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September 19, 2017

Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns Dec. 16

Darth Vader and Seventh Sister

Returning Special Event Will Feature Out-Of-This-World Entertainment, Character Encounters and Fun Galore

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Star Wars fans across the galaxy, get ready for a special Disney party you won’t want to miss.

Following a sold-out event last April, Star Wars: Galactic Nights is returning Dec. 16 to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This gala evening will be filled with out-of-this-world entertainment celebrating the entire Star Wars saga.

Among many thrills in store, guests will be treated Hollywood-style to a red carpet arrival, iconic attractions with little to no wait time, amazing fireworks and projections, and experts sharing details about the Star Wars expansion coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Throughout the event (entertainment subject to change):

-- The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show will both be enhanced with special elements from the entire saga. In between, a DJ will keep things spinning at Center Stage for a Star Wars dance party.
-- The Epic Theater plays host to a special one-night-only panel discussion about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, sharing some of the excitement coming to the 14-acre Star Wars-inspired expansion opening in 2019 at Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
-- Park-wide, guests can step into immersive and iconic scenes from their favorite Star Wars films in a series of incredibly detailed photo locations, including a new backdrop inspired by Star Wars Rebels.
-- Star Wars: Galactic Nights features encounters with Star Wars characters like Ewoks, AWR Troopers and roaming droids; Jedi Knights teaching younglings in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple; rocketing to the stars aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; and stunning projection effects on park icons such as the Chinese Theatre. At Star Wars Launch Bay, home base for Star Wars fandom in the park, you never know what denizens from the light or dark side of The Force will appear.
-- Don’t miss Darth Vader and a battalion of Imperial Stormtroopers march menacingly down Hollywood Boulevard.
-- Even more specialty Star Wars-themed food and beverage and merchandise will be available.
-- Select park attractions will be open to all guests. At embarkation points to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests may come face-to-face with Stormtroopers on the lookout for a Rebel spy.
-- Come dressed in your finest Star Wars Arriving park guests will walk a red carpet that runs the length of Hollywood Boulevard. The street itself will be dressed in all the trappings of a Tinseltown premiere.

Callers to 407 WDW-PLAY (407 939-7529) will be able to sign on for premium offerings such as a Galactic Tasting Sampler (food and beverage items including lightsaber churros and a charcuterie with C3PO crackers).

Park access and activities will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket holders. Event hours on Dec. 16 are 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are priced at $129 adults, $124 ages 3-9 (discounts available for Annual Passholders & DVC Members). Purchase tickets at or call 407-W-DISNEY (407 934-7639).

April’s event sold out; guests are encouraged to book early for Dec. 16 -- a date not far, far away.

November 21, 2016

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Launches Jan. 13 - Feb 20, 2017


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2016) Combining visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world, the first-ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will create a global masterpiece for six inspired weekends. Held Fridays through Mondays starting Jan. 13 through Feb. 20, 2017, the Festival will feature new art each week, making each weekend original.

Here’s a sample of what’s in store:

From the pieces of Disney historical artist Mary Blair and Herb Ryman art of Epcot, to current Disney artists Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos, guests won’t only be surrounded by incredible visions, they’ll watch the creative process live.

In the inaugural year of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, a collaboration with Disney Theatrical will bring an exciting new showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage.

Over the six weekends of the festival, park Guests will enjoy different pairings of phenomenal Broadway talent in concert, performing songs from some of Disney on Broadway’s award-winning shows, including ‪The Lion King‪, Newsies, and Aladdin, to name a few.

New Food Studios will showcase culinary creations so delicious and intricate, guests may not know if the menus are for admiring or eating. Disney chefs will surely encourage guests it’s the latter.

And there’s more: hands-on experiences for the whole family, favorite Disney characters channeling their favorite artists, and seminars. It’s a colorful, whimsical celebration of a new artful Epcot.

The festival is included with regular Epcot admission.

October 1, 2013

Air Supply to Perform October 2-4 in Epcot's "Eat to the Beat" Concert Series


Air Supply ("All Out of Love") will perform October 2-4, 2013, as part of the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival "Eat to the Beat" concert series.

Shows are nightly at America Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

Performances are included with Epcot admission.

September 25, 2013

Starship Starring Mickey Thomas Kicks Off 2013 "Eat to the Beat" Concert Series


Starship starring Mickey Thomas ("We Built This City") will perform September 27-29, 2013, as part of the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival "Eat to the Beat" concert series.

Shows are nightly at America Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

Performances are included with Epcot admission.

July 10, 2012

DisneyanaMania Convention July 19 thru 22

DisneyanaMania Convention July 19 thru 22 at the Anaheim Crowne Plaza Resort

Would you like to spend an hour with Walt's Granddaughter? Want to have a Goofy dinner with a Disney Legend? Have you been wondering about the evil creative genius behind Phineas and Ferb? Have you had the urge to dress up like a pirate and have your costume judged by Alice Davis? Do you like to spend crazy amounts of money on Disney collectibles?

If you have answered YES to any or all of these questions, you need to come to our DisneyanaMania Convention July 19 thru 22 at the Anaheim Crowne Plaza Resort. Special Rates available.

Here is what you will be doing:

Thursday, July 19th

6:30 p.m. - Goofys Anniversary Celebration benefiting Ryman Arts

Here is your chance to sit with one of our famous Disney Guests at dinner and donate to a great cause. There will also be silent auction and live auction items donated by our special guests. Our special guests list includes:

Marty Sklar, Bill Farmer, Bob Gurr, Susan Egan, Rick Farmiloe, Mark Silverman , Margaret Kerry, Elisabete Gomes, Terri Hardin Jackson, Carolyn Carroll, Dick Jones, and Floyd Norman.

At least one of guests will be at your table! Don't miss out!

Seminar highlights for Friday and Saturday:

** Joanna Miller - Walt's Granddaughter

** ASIFA-Hollywood Aladdin Panel Moderated by Tom Sito and featuring Andreas Deja, Scott Weinger, Rick Farmiloe, and Duncan Majoribanks

** Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily

** Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh - Creators of Phineas and Ferb!
(Yes, yes they are)

** David Stollery- Marty from Spin and Marty series

Authors Panel:

Jack Lindquist, Sam Genneway, Bob Gurr, Dave Smith, Margaret Kerry, Carolyn Carroll and Dave Smith

Selling Disney - the Art (and Fun) of Movie Promotions with Robert Tieman

Luncheon with a Disney Legend honoring:
Glen Keane, Roger Broggie (Posthumously) and Roger Broggie Jr.

Celebration Banquet Dinner Panel with Alice Davis, Roger Broggie Jr., Ruby Pena and vocalist Nora Linden. We will be celebrating 45 years of Pirates of the Caribbean. Come dressed as your favorite pirate or red head!

Sunday, July 22 is our famous All Disneyana Show and Sale

If you are looking for a special piece of Disneyana, this is the place to be!

AllEars Readers get $1.00 entry to the Show and Sale. Click HERE for Coupon!

Don't miss out on one minute of the fun!

Limited number of packages left.

Registration is now open at and

Also Our Host venue the Crowne Plaza Resort Anaheim is offering a special rate for us and you can book you room at this link:
or by calling the Hotel directly at

You can also Pre buy your All Disneyana Show And Sale Tickets at the link below.

WDW Encore Cast Performing Arts - July15-22, 2012

Finding Wonderland July 15-22, 2012

Have you ever felt that something was not quite right? Or maybe as though you had lost something? Or that there is a place where you are meant to be?

In "Finding Wonderland" we follow the journey of one person as they seek to discover a way back to a place they've always dreamed of.

Along the way they stumble upon friends and foes, triumphs and defeats, all the while certain they were meant for something more.

Performance Schedule

July 15, 16, 19, 20, 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m.

Premier Theater, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Ticketing Information

Prices - $15 to $35 , available at

Proceeds benefit A Better Life Pet Rescue

About Encore! Cast Performing Arts

Encore! Cast Performing Arts is dedicated to providing Disney Cast Members and their families an outlet for creativity and expression in the performing arts as well as supporting charities that make Central Florida a better place to live.

Founded in 2002, Encore began with a handful of Walt Disney World Cast Members with a passion for music and a desire to benefit their local community. Assembling a small choir, dance troupe and pit orchestra, the team presented a cabaret-style collection of Broadway standards.

Since then, the group's repertoire has expanded to include pop favorites, Disney classics, patriotic anthems, gospel hymns, rock ballads and movie soundtracks. The group itself has expanded as well, now numbering over 500 volunteer singers, instrumentalists, dancers, actors, flag performers and support staff.

In 2012, the group adopted the name Encore! Cast Performing Arts to reflect this artistic diversity and commitment to creativity. As every member of Encore volunteers his or her time to participate, all proceeds from the group's concert spectaculars go directly to a Central Florida charity selected by the group. Since its inception, Encore has raised $175,000 for deserving Central Florida organizations dedicated to causes from medical research and wish granting to animal rescue and arts advocacy.

Annually, more than 50,000 volunteer hours go into preparing Encore performances from early concepts to sold-out shows. Encore is proud of the diversity the group's mission attracts. While many Encore members work in entertainment professionally, more than half of the group have daily roles in other lines of business at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, from park and resort operations to marketing, public affairs and information technology.

For more on Encore! Cast Performing Arts, including the 10th anniversary show "Finding Wonderland," visit the official Encore website at

February 28, 2012

One More Disney Day

With fans spending 24 hours in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World has announced their entertainment, attraction and restaurant schedules.

A variety of special park merchandise will be available for purchase. Embroidered Mickey Ears will be offered for sale at The Chapeau, Curtain Call Collectibles, and Sir Mickey's at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. The nice part is that these apparel items will also be sold via the Disney Parks Online Store from February 29 through March 1.

The Leap Day logo will also be found on an artisan watch that will be offered at Uptown Jewelers at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. There will also be cupcakes, caramel apples and cake pops with the Leap Day logo being offered at both parks.


In addition to regularly scheduled park entertainment, Magic Kingdom Park guests on One More Disney Day will be treated to:

• Two performances of the Main Street Electrical Parade, at 10 p.m. and midnight

• Four showings of "The Magic, The Memories and You!" at 7:45 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. (March 1)

• The Frontierland Hoedown near Country Bear Jamboree, at 2:45 a.m., 3:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.

• Disney's Dance the Night Away Party at Cinderella Castle, from 1 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.

• Character greetings throughout the night, including:
• Phineas and Ferb in Tomorrowland
• Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Fantasyland
• Mickey and Minnie Mouse in Town Square, wearing their pajamas for the party in Florida before heading out west to visit guests at Disneyland park

Please remember that all show times and Disney character appearances are subject to change. Be sure to check the park Times Guide on that day for show times and character availability.

These Magic Kingdom restaurants will be open during One More Disney Day on February 29th:

Casey's Corner (11 am Wed. until 6 am Thursday);
Columbia Harbour House (11 am to 10pm);
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café (10 am Wed. to 6 am Thursday);
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (10:30 am Wed. through 2 am Thursday);
Pinocchio Village Haus (10:30 am to 10 pm);
Tortuga Tavern (11 am to 3 pm);
Plaza Restaurant (open til 3:00 a.m. on Thursday).

Breakfast will be available from 3am to 6am at The Lunching Pad, Main Street Bakery, Sleepy Hollow, Westward Ho Refreshments, and Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe.

December 9, 2011

Neil Patrick Harris Narrates Epcot's Candlelight Processional December 10-12


Neil Patrick Harris, the Emmy Award-nominated star of the hit television series "How I Met Your Mother" and former star of the hit series "Doogie Howser, M.D.," will be the guest narrator for the Candlelight Processional at Epcot December 10-12 2011

October 31, 2011

Special Halloween TREAT - Book today with Swan and Dolphin

As a special "treat" for Halloween fans, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is pleased to offer our guests a sale that's truly spooktacular! From 8am - 7pm EST on October 31, 2011, book your reservation and say "TRICK OR TREAT" to our bewitching reservations agent. As simple as that, you'll instantly receive a unique treat drawn at random that will be immediately applied towards your reservation!

This deluxe Disney resort is located in the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, within walking distance to Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood StudiosTM. Guests of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin receive special Disney benefits including the Extra Magic Hours in the theme parks, complimentary Disney transportation throughout Walt Disney World®, on-site character dining, Disney ticket desks and advance tee times on Disney championship golf courses.

Treats include, but are not limited to:
• Two nights free room accommodations (incl. taxes and resort service fee)
• $100 food & beverage credit
• In-room "Personal Pantry" stocked with 6 mixed sodas, 6 waters, 4 juices, 4 bags chips, 4 box cookies, 4 granola bars
• One day, one park Disney ticket
• Refillable Swan and Dolphin drink cup
• Complimentary pool raft rental
• "Poolside Piñas" for two at Cabana Bar and Beach Club
• Two sushi rolls of your choice at Kimonos
• AMC movie passes for two
• Two kids eat free at Garden Grove Character Dinner
• Additional 10% off room rate
• Chocolate box at check-in made by two-time world pastry chef, Laurent Branlard
• Two Zooberry cocktails in bluezoo lounge
• Two glasses of house wine in Il Mulino New York Trattoria
• Ice cream cone or milkshake at the fountain for two
• Complimentary breakfast credit for two
• Milk & cookie turndown amenity
• 1/2 hour Swan paddle boat rental voucher
• Complimentary one-category room upgrade

Mark your calendars; this sale goes back in the grave at 7pm EST sharp on October 31, 2011 and rooms will go quickly!

Offer is valid for stays November 1 - December 23, 2011. One-night/non-refundable deposit required at time of booking. Additional terms and conditions apply.

You must call (888) 828-8850 on October 31, 2011 to make your reservation and don't forget to say TRICK OR TREAT!
Terms & Conditions

October 24, 2011

Boyz II Men - Eat to the Beat Concerts

Eat to the Beat concert series features Boyz II Men on October 24-26, 2011.

The concerts, which are included with Epcot admission, will be at the America Gardens Theatre nightly at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.



October 17, 2011

World’s Top Two Golfers, Donald and Simpson, to Battle for PGA TOUR Money Title at 41st Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Disney

128-player field to also feature Justin Rose, Retief Goosen, Charles Howell III, Jonathan Byrd and Gary Woodland, along with returning champion Robert Garrigus

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2011) - One pro golfer's dream of being the top player in the world will come true at the 41st Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Walt Disney World Resort Oct. 20-23, as Luke Donald and Webb Simpson take to the Palm and Magnolia Courses to settle the top spot on the PGA TOUR's annual money list.

The No. 1 World Ranked Donald is playing for a chance to make history, trying to become the first player to win the money list on the PGA TOUR and European Tour. For the first time since 2003, the PGA TOUR money title is coming down to the final event, the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

Positioned first and second on the money list, Donald and Simpson are joined in the hunt for the $4.7 million tournament purse by 2011 PGA TOUR event winners Justin Rose (BMW Championship), Michael Bradley (Puerto Rico Open), Jonathan Byrd (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), Scott Piercy (Reno-Tahoe Open), Scott Stallings (The Greenbrier Classic), Johnson Wagner (Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun) and D.A. Points (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am).

Adding to the season finale excitement, Bill Lunde currently leads the battle for the $1 million winner-takes-all Kodak Challenge by two strokes over Cameron Tringale and Josh Teater, who birdied the par-4 on the Seaside Course in the McGladrey Classic to pull into a tie for second. Several other players are fighting to finish the year among the TOUR's Top 125 money list.

This year's field includes defending champion Robert Garrigus and six other former Disney Classic champions (Davis Love III, Stephen Ames, Joe Durant, Jeff Maggert, Ryan Palmer and David Duval), eleven past major winners (Duval, Rich Beem, Steve Elkington, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman, Ben Curtis, Goosen, Shaun Micheel, Leonard, Love and Immelman), and ten players who have earned more than $2 million on tour this year (Simpson, Donald, Rose, Byrd, Charles Howell III, Spencer Levin, John Senden, Gary Woodland, Tommy Gainey and Points).

Beem received the fourth and final sponsor exemption. He has three PGA TOUR wins including the Kemper Open (1999), The International (2002) and a major championship win at the PGA Championship (2002) in which he beat out Tiger Woods by one stroke. Beem, who returns to Disney for the 11th time, is joining previously announced sponsor-exempt Rod Pampling, Tom Lehman and Joe Ogilvie. The complete field can be found at

The two-day pro-am field, which will compete Thursday and Friday of tournament week on both the Palm and Magnolia courses, is set to be headlined by Head Coach of the Boston Celtics Doc Rivers, former Super Bowl star Jerome "The Bus" Bettis (Pittsburgh Steelers), ex-NBA player Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat), Celtics' sharp-shooter Ray Allen, Tampa Bay Rays star Johnny Damon, future NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks (Tampa Bay Bucs) and popular MLB player Brian Wilson (SF Giants).

This year's "Miracle Story" Ashtyn Brown will also compete in the pro-am. Brown, who was treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals years ago, is now a scholarship golfer at Ball State University. Other notable pro-am entries include Super Bowl XXIX Champion William Floyd, Steve Young (ex-49ers QB), James Shields (Tampa Bay Rays), David Price (Tampa Bay Rays) and Carlos Pena (Chicago Cubs).

The winner of this year's Classic will join an impressive group of former champions, including golf legends Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart and Raymond Floyd.

Tournament rounds on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 will begin at 7:50 a.m. on both the Magnolia and Palm courses. At the conclusion of the second round, the field will be cut to the low 70 scores for the weekend rounds on the Magnolia course. All four rounds will be televised live on The Golf Channel from 2-5 p.m. ET, but fans in attendance can also experience the Wine & Dine Walk - offering culinary pairings of tapas-sized appetizers, entrees, desserts and wines from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Tickets for individual rounds ($10), week-long badges ($20) and a new one-day Wine & Dine ticket ($30) are available at or through All net proceeds from the tournament go to Children's Miracle Network hospitals, including the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, and Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville.

Follow @DisneySports on Twitter for #CMNHclassic news and updates throughout tournament week.

July 19, 2011

Cast Members to Perform Benefit Concerts for Performing Arts Center

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., July 18, 2011 - Hoping to hit a high note for charity's sake, the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra - a volunteer ensemble of nearly 300 talented Walt Disney World Resort cast members - is currently in rehearsals for concerts to benefit the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are now available for "An American Revival - A Concert Celebrating the Voice of America!," on July 29, 30, 31 and August 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Premier Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The concerts will feature classic pop, gospel and patriotic songs that celebrate the grand musical history of America.

"This year's shows will be a tribute to the voice of America," says Clay Price, artistic director and founder of Encore!. "It will showcase the sounds and emotions that have musically shaped our nation. From Americana, Gospel, Jazz, Swing, Broadway, and even "The King" himself, there will be something for everyone to enjoy."

Founded in 2002, Encore! gives Walt Disney World cast members and their families the opportunity to showcase their talents and perform great music for worthy causes. The group is comprised of a 175-person choir, 65-piece symphony orchestra and 20-person dance troupe.

Since its inception, Encore! has donated the funds from its ticket sales to local charities, raising more than $150,000 to date. Beneficiaries are determined by group vote; Encore! has chosen the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as their 2011 beneficiary.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the upcoming performances, visit

May 7, 2010

Be The First To Be The Last, As Star Tours Prepares To Launch Its…LAST TOUR TO ENDOR

On August 14, Fan-Favorite Disney Theme Park Attraction
Gets the Ultimate, Out-of-this-World Send-Off

Exclusive Festivities Coincide with the Biggest Party
This Side of the Galaxy - Star Wars Celebration V

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - After more than a decade of interstellar travel, Disney Parks' Star Tours attraction is powering down to make way for its reimagining in 2011 - but Last Tour to Endor offers fans the opportunity to attend an out of-this-world, first-of-its-kind decommissioning party before Star Tours launches its final flights. Taking place on August 14 from 8:00pm - 1:00am at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Last Tour to Endor is a special event on the Saturday night of Star Wars Celebration V - THE official Lucasfilm fan convention and the biggest Star Wars party in the galaxy!

Fans and families attending Last Tour to Endor at the Walt Disney World Resort can enjoy a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience - including specially-themed intergalactic party zones, Star Wars shows, a Death Star Disco and much more. The evening will culminate with Symphony in the Stars - a Star Wars fireworks spectacular as only Disney Parks can create. Though the party begins at 8:00pm, Last Tour ticket-holders will also be allowed early entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios at 4:00pm - where they can be sure to secure a seat one of the StarSpeeder 3000's final voyages!

Disney Parks will also have a prominent presence on the Celebration V show floor at the Orange County Convention Center - including Jedi Training Academy for younglings and Padawans and a Disney merchandise booth featuring a host of exclusive items as well as Star Wars items only previously available at Disney park stores. CV attendees will also enjoy special room rates at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, specially-priced tickets with pre-arrival purchase savings for Walt Disney World parks and an exclusive, reserved room block at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - which will include complimentary round-trip transfers to and from the convention center.

To purchase tickets - and to take advantage of Last Tour to Endor special offers - visit For more information on Star Wars Celebration V visit for the latest updates.

Featuring celebrities, costumes, live entertainment, screenings, autographs, collectibles, panels and much, much more, Star Wars Celebration V allows fans, friends and families to share their love of the Saga. There have been four Star Wars Celebrations in America to date, as well as a Star Wars Celebration Europe (2007) and Star Wars Celebration Japan (2008). Taking place in Orlando, FL from August 12-15, Star Wars Celebration V will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and the ongoing, weekly adventures of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. For more information about Celebration V and to purchase tickets, visit

February 10, 2010

Star Wars Weekends Artwork



This summer, Walt Disney World® continues the tradition of offering new Disney/Star Wars-themed logo art for its Star Wars Weekends event, with Jedi Mickey fending off laser blasts from the galaxy's best bounty hunter, Boba Fett!

2010 celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, the film which originally debuted Boba Fett, and for those fans with a slant for the old-school Star Wars aesthetic, you can't miss that nod to the classic double-bar wrap-around logo!

Look for this event logo artwork on merchandise offered at Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida starting in May, and don't miss the four Star Wars Weekends happening this summer:

* May 21 - 23
* May 28 - 30
* June 4 - 6
* June 11 - 13

December 25, 2009

26th Annual ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ on ABC-TV Dec. 25

Television holiday extraordinaire includes celebrity performances by Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder pop music sensations Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, plus more!

Welcome the holidays with festive favorites featuring 'Dancing with the Stars' talent, cheerful characters, Disney's newest princess debut and more from Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

Celion Dion - Grammy Award-winning singer Celine Dion performs "O' Come All Ye Faithful" at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., while taping the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" holiday TV special.

Celine Dion

Stevie Wonder - Music legend Stevie Wonder, his daughter Aisha Morris, right, and Minnie Morris take a break during the taping of the 2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Wonder performs his classic song "That's What Christmas Means To Me".

Stevie Wonder

Demi Lovato and Pluto pal around while taping the 2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade special for ABC at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Demi Lovato

Jonas Brothers - (L-R: Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas) perform in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Jonas Brothers performed their new holiday single, "Summertime Anthem," in a segment taped for the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.

Jonas Bros

Kelly Ripa poses on Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. while taping the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" TV special.

Kelly Ripa

SANTA PAWS: The canine stars from Disney's new holiday DVD "Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws" poseon Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom in Florida while taping a segment for the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade."

Santa Buddies

Ryan Seacrest tapes the 2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, airing December 25 on ABC, at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Ryan Seacrest

November 23, 2009

Sleigh rides featured as a special holiday treat at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

THROUGH THE WOODS Ft. Wilderness Sleigh Rides

The same seasonal magic that brings "snow" flurries to central Florida during Disney Parks holiday events now gives guests the opportunity to experience a horse-drawn "sleigh" ride. And where? Over the river and through the woods, of course!

This year, Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at Walt Disney World in Florida is offering sleigh rides through the secluded beauty of the 700-acre backwoods resort. From Nov. 29-Dec. 30, 2009, four adults - or two adults and three small children - can climb into a shiny, fire engine-red sleigh, decked out with garland and twinkling holiday lights, and take a relaxing, 25-minute sojourn into the lush forest.

And while the resort's woodland paths may not be blanketed with drifts of driven snow to glide through, the magic-makers at the resort's Tri-Circle-D Ranch utilize sleighs equipped with tires to insure a smooth sleigh ride behind one of the ranch's gentle steeds.

Cost is $60 per sleigh. Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Sleighs depart from the Blacksmith's Shop near the Settlement area inside Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Guests driving to the resort can park at the entrance of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and board a Disney motorcoach to be transported to the Settlement area.

For reservations and more information, guests can call 407/WDW-PLAY.

October 22, 2009

Mickey Mouse and Friends Cheered on Thousands of CHOC Walkers at Disneyland


19th Annual Event was a colorful, unique celebration of children

Anaheim, Calif. (October 18, 2009) - Thousands of participants, including community members, corporate teams, and current and former patients and families of CHOC Children's, walked a 5K route through Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks before they officially opened for the day in the 19th Annual CHOC Walk in the Park, presented by The Disneyland Resort. Walkers enthusiastically held banners and signs, and donned colorful t-shirts to celebrate the health and well being of children, and to memorialize those children who bravely lost their battle against serious disease or illness.

Along the route, participants were encouraged by Disney friends, and celebrated the event's conclusion in the Downtown Disney District with a variety of live entertainment, food and fun. Proceeds from the annual event will support research and education at CHOC Children's, and will also support the Kids Care Fund, which helps provide medical care for all children regardless of their family's ability to pay.

AllEars® blogger Lisa Berton particpated in the CHOC Walk!

About CHOC Children's

CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to our patients. CHOC's regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several community clinics, a residency program that trains tomorrow's pediatricians, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children's Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience, and Orthopaedic Institutes.

CHOC earned the Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence - the only children's hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation - the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC is the first children's hospital in the nation to earn the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

For more information about CHOC Children's, visit

October 21, 2009

Travel Channel and Samantha Brown Casting Call


Currently casting a special for Travel Channel with Samantha Brown! We are looking for the following:

A) fun, out-going, energetic Disney World family that lives in the Orlando, FL area to be filmed with Samantha Brown

B) fun group(s) of 5-12 women to have sit-down lunch shoot with Samantha Brown

Candidates should live in or near the Orlando, FL area. We will be shooting November 3rd & 4th, 2009. Families will ONLY be needed on ONE of those 2 dates however we require that you have flexibility with both dates for scheduling purposes.

For immediately consideration, please email your name, names of friends &/or co-workers and/or family that you believe would be interested and great on TV for our Samantha Brown special.

Please submit the following by Friday AM, October 23rd to

1) Recent photo of the entire family &/or photo of woman friends (no sunglasses, please)

2) A brief description of who you are (& include your family if you are submitting as family &/or group of friends)

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June 27, 2009

Celebrating Citizenship, 1,000 Immigrants To Be ‘Sworn In’ July 3 on Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort

Celebrating Citizenship, 1,000 Immigrants To Be 'Sworn In' July 3 on Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort


New citizens will attend premiere of re-imagined Hall of Presidents attraction, now featuring President Barack Obama figure
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - In a stirring celebration of citizenship, more than 1,000 immigrants will gather on Main Street, U.S.A. July 3 to be "sworn in" as American citizens.

And as the country kicks off Independence Day weekend, these brand-new Americans will attend a premiere performance of the newest Walt Disney World attraction, a re-imagined Hall of Presidents, now featuring a lifelike Audio-Animatronics figure of President Barack Obama.

From more than 100 countries and ranging in age from 18 to 82, the immigrants will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States during a Friday morning ceremony jointly hosted by Disney Parks and Resorts and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

USCIS's highest-ranking official will preside over the ceremony on the forecourt of Cinderella Castle. The event will feature a welcoming address by Walt Disney World Resort President Meg Crofton, the presentation of the colors, the national anthem, the Oath of Allegiance and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Actor Andy Garcia - a naturalized citizen himself - will deliver a keynote address during the ceremony. Garcia, originally from Cuba, is an acclaimed actor known for roles in films as diverse as "The Untouchables," "The Godfather: Part III" and "Oceans Eleven."

"This year, Disney parks are asking our visitors, 'What will you celebrate?' " Crofton said. "And on a weekend when our entire nation celebrates its independence, we are honored to host - and celebrate - 1,000 individuals who are embracing American citizenship."

New Citizens to Preview Revised Hall of Presidents

To cap a star-spangled morning, the new citizens and their family members will get to preview the Hall of Presidents attraction - which reopens July 4 in the Liberty Square area of Magic Kingdom. The attraction has been closed since Election Day last November for a makeover that included installation of a lifelike Audio-Animatronics figure based on President Obama.

The figure of the country's 44th chief executive - which comes to life with recognizable mannerisms and makes comments that were recorded recently at the White House - is part of an eight-month makeover so significant that the iconic attraction has been retitled Hall of Presidents: A Celebration of Liberty's Leaders. Other updates to the "re-Imagineered" attraction which has been entertaining Magic Kingdom guests since 1971:
A re-programmed Abraham Lincoln delivers arguably the greatest speech in the history of the presidency - the Gettysburg Address.

For the first time in the attraction's history, George Washington stands and delivers a stirring speech.

Developed with the assistance of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the show now tells a moving story of the bond between the presidents and "We, the People," focusing on the chief executives who have guided America through trying, turbulent times.

"Our goal with every major Disney attraction is to completely immerse our guests in a compelling story," said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "The stories associated with the American presidency are some of the most engaging and relevant our guests will hear while they are with us. And, like all great stories, these stories inspire, motivate and teach us to appreciate the challenges and personal triumph that comes with overcoming adversity."

Presentations of the Hall of Presidents show will take place daily beginning July 4 and are included with Magic Kingdom admission.

May 7, 2009

Disney’s Animal Experts Ensure Mother-Child Bond Among Animals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 7, 2009 - The animal care team from Walt Disney World Resort has been busy since last Mother's Day, assisting with the births of more than 440 animals and more importantly, helping to ensure that the relationship between mother and child remains uncompromised.

While much focus is given to the expert care of the animals during the birthing process, equal attention is given to the delicate and complex mother-child bonding process which uniquely varies among species and among individual animals.

For example, animal care experts at Disney's Animal Kingdom were recently monitoring two baby vultures hatched from two different sets of new parents. One pair adapted quickly to their new parenting roles, while the other pair struggled and had difficulty feeding their new offspring. Concerned about malnourishment, the animal husbandry team intervened by providing supplemental food to the smaller bird. Eventually, the struggling parents began copying the behaviors of the adept parents and improved their parenting skills. Their efforts have been successful and today, both young chicks are of equal size.

"Disney's Animal Programs team constantly balances animals' physical needs such as food and shelter with the social needs of both mother and child." said Matt Hohne, animal operations director at Disney's Animal Kingdom. "By sharing this information with guests and with other researchers, Disney's Animal Programs hopes to protect species and learn more about breeding, animal behavior, health and natural habitats, which are paramount to the success of long-term conservation efforts."

Among mammals, nearly all of the primary caregivers are mothers, but in some groups, it may take an entire village to raise a child. For instance, Walt Disney World Resort welcomed a black and white colobus monkey baby - the first of its species born at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Animal keepers are typically more anxious about the parenting skills of any first-time mother, but this baby continues to thrive under the attentive and watchful eyes of first-time mother, Kabibi. She's also getting some extra help from three other adults that take turns watching the baby while the mother sleeps or eats.

Last June, second-time mother Moyo gave birth to a 327-pound male elephant calf - the heaviest animal yet to be born at Disney's Animal Kingdom. During the baby's first days, mother and son bonded quickly and the animal care team quickly became confident about the calf's future since nursing was early and successful. Some of that confidence may be attributed to experience. Having groomed and nursed a first-born, Moyo quickly remembered her prior parenting skills.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom, animal experts carefully monitor the progress of mother and baby, starting with the infant's eating habits and activity levels. They also closely watch the care-giving habits of the mother to ensure the baby receives appropriate care and grooming. This level of attention is maintained not only during infancy but throughout an animal's entire lifespan.

Through successful breeding programs, Disney's animal experts are helping to increase the population of endangered animals such as the Key Largo woodrat and the Micronesian kingfisher. The goal is to eventually reintroduce these captive-born animals in the wild. Such was the case with a pair of endangered white rhinos that were born at Disney's Animal Kingdom and transferred to a wildlife preserve in Africa. This was the first reintroduction of white rhinos from the United States to Africa and marked the beginning of efforts to re-establish a rhino population -- extinct since 1972 when white rhinos were a casualty of civil unrest in the region.

This commitment to animals reaches beyond the boundaries of Disney theme parks through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, (DWCF). Since establishment in 1995, the DWCF has donated $13.8 million in funding to 750 projects in 110 countries. One of the current projects is a gorilla rescue center in the Democratic Republic of Congo where animal experts are working to rehabilitate and reintroduce orphaned gorillas that lost both parents due to poaching and other illegal activities.

March 23, 2009

Biggest Character Breakfast Ever

California family wins the biggest character breakfast ever -- as part of last year's Year of a Million Dreams program, this family won the chance to have breakfast with two dozen characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Peter Pan and more!

November 16, 2008

Super Soap Weekend: Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani, from the ABC hit show "Dancing with the Stars," at Disney's Hollywood Studios


Susan Lucci, Emmy Award-winning star of the ABC Daytime drama "All My Children," strikes a pose with her "Dancing with the Stars" professional dance partner, Tony Dovolani, Nov. 15, 2008 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Lucci and Dovolani, who were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" on Nov. 5, appeared at "ABC SOAPnet Super Soap Weekend," a soap opera fan event being held this weekend at the Walt Disney World theme park. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

October 9, 2008

En Vogue Performs at Epcot's Eat to the Beat Concert Series

EN VOGUE ROCKS THE HOUSE -- En Vogue sings "Hold On" and other pop hits during Eat to the Beat! concerts at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

En Vogue

October 8, 2008

Two-Time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen and Comeback Player Scott McCarron to Compete in 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen and PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the Year award contender Scott McCarron have accepted sponsor's exemptions to play in the 2008 Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart Nov. 6-9 at Walt Disney World Resort.
"We are pleased to have Lee and Scott join what we feel will be a talented Children's Miracle Network Classic field this year," said tournament chairman Kevin Weickel. "Lee is one of the marquee names in the sport and Scott's resurgence is one of the most inspiring stories of the year. Both players add excitement and tradition to this year's tournament, which we expect will be one of the best ever."

Janzen, an Orlando resident, won the U.S. Open in 1993 and 1998, and eight total PGA TOUR titles. He also is a two-time Ryder Cup participant.

This year he is currently 147th on the TOUR money list and will be part of the frenzied scramble at Disney to be among the final top 125 money winners who earn full exemptions for the 2009 PGA TOUR season.

He has played at Disney 16 times since 1990, with his best finishes a sixth in 1992 and a seventh in 1997.

A three-time PGA TOUR winner, McCarron is enjoying a resurgent 2008 after missing the majority of 2006 and the entire 2007 season while recovering from a shoulder injury. This season, he has posted a pair of top five finishes -- second at the Wyndham Championship and tied for fifth at the RBC Canadian Open -- along with a 93rd ranking on the TOUR money list.

This will be McCarron's ninth tournament at Disney since 1995, with his best finish a sixth (tied) in 2001.

The Children's Miracle Network Classic has four sponsor's exemptions to extend to players who otherwise wouldn't qualify for the field of 132 players that will tee off in the PGA TOUR Fall Series finale on Disney's Palm and Magnolia courses.

The defending champion is TOUR veteran Stephen Ames, who joined the likes of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart and Raymond Floyd as winners of the prestigious Disney tournament.

Tickets for individual rounds ($20) and badges for Classic week ($30) are available at Net proceeds go to Children's Miracle Network hospitals, including the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, and Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville.

September 27, 2008

CULINARY GREATS -- Bocuse d'Or USA Semifinal Competition at Walt Disney World -- Sept. 26, 2008


Disney Chefs present an elaborate fish dish, Sept. 26, 2008, created by Chef Richard Rosendale of Rosendales in Columbus, Ohio, during the Bocuse d'Or USA semifinal competition held during the launch of the 13th annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The legendary Chef Paul Bocuse (right) and sole female Bocuse d'Or International winner -- Chef Lea Linster (left) of Luxembourg, judge the platter during the competition at Walt Disney World. The rigorous competition was held before a live audience. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

September 4, 2008

New Character Costumes at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Parties

Mickey and Minnie Planning to Show Off New Costume-Party Look at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates, Beginning Sept. 5


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - When the Disney characters dress up for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this September and October, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be debuting a whole new look. Mickey has traded his scarecrow costume for stunning purple and orange eveningwear fit for a Halloween ball. Not to be outdone, Mickey's best girl, Minnie Mouse, exchanged her witch costume for a party dress to complement Mickey's attire.

For Mickey, it's a top hat and purple tails. For Minnie, it's a party dress with a purple hat with an orange ribbon - bright and colorful, befitting the fun on 26 evenings between Sept. 5 and Oct. 31 when Magic Kingdom hosts the popular after-hours party.

Guests are invited to dress up as well for the 7 p.m.-midnight party which features two scheduled entertainment extravaganzas guests can see at no other time: the "Boo-to-You" Halloween parade and the bewitching "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks spectacular. There's trick-or-treating galore and also a chance to experience popular attractions throughout the evening.

Parties are slated for Sept. 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 28, 30 and Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31. To purchase advance tickets, guests can call 407/W-DISNEY or visit


DUCK-O-LANTERN: Donald and Daisy Duck are decked out in their newest Halloween party-wear in front of the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It's all part of the fun that takes place when the Magic Kingdom hosts "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party." Activities include trick-or-treating, a Halloween parade and Disney's "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks show. A separate ticket is required to attend.

Disney's Official Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Website

August 16, 2008

Famed entertainer Steve Harvey announces plans for 2009 "Disney's Dreamers Academy" event

MORE DREAMING IN 2009: Famed television and radio entertainer Steve Harvey poses with Mickey and Minnie Mouse prior to the 2008 Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic in Chicago. Mickey and Minnie joined Harvey as he announced plans for next year's "Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey" -- a motivational event for teens which will take place at Walt Disney World in Florida in early 2009. Harvey said nominations for the 2009 "Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey" are available at his Web site:

Steve Harvey

Jacquez Walker (left), a Chicago-area student from Kelvyn High School, shared the spotlight with famed television and radio entertainer Steve Harvey (right) prior to the 2008 Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic in Chicago. During the parade, Walker shared the Grand Marshal honor with Mickey and Minnie Mouse in recognition of his selection to the inaugural "Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey.

Jacquez Walker and Steve Harvey

(Clifton Henri, photographer)

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