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March 16, 2015

Walt Disney World to host On the Road to the Radio Disney Music Awards concert

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The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards will be televised in a little more than a month, but in the meantime, fans can vote for their favorite musicians. In addition, Radio Disney is hosting a series of free concerts called "On the Road to the RDMAs" and one will take place at Walt Disney World.

The Orlando event will take place April 4 at Typhoon Lagoon, one of Walt Disney World's two water parks. Jacquie Lee, Sweet Suspense, The Fooo Conspiracy and Alex Angelo will perform, with Radio Disney's on-air personality Brooke Taylor hosting.

Lee is a pop singer best known for being a runner-up on Season 5 of The Voice. Sweet Suspense is an American all-female pop trio that were grouped together on "X Factor USA" by Simon Cowell. The Fooo Conspiracy is a Swedish pop boy band that opened for Justin Bieber at a 2013 concert. Alex Angelo produces and hosts his own weekly radio show on Radio Disney called the Saturday Night Party, making him the youngest nationally syndicated radio host. Last year, he was the DJ throughout the Disney Channel broadcast of the Radio Disney Music Awards.

The Typhoon Lagoon concert is included in the price of admission, which is $53 plus tax for ages 10 and older and $45 plus tax for ages 3 to 9.

The "On the Road to the RDMAs" concert tour kicks off on Saturday, March 21 in Macon, Ga. The Fooo Conspiracy, Megan Nicole and Alex Angelo will perform at The International Cherry Blossom Festival. The concert will be hosted by Radio Disney's Alli Simpson, sister of singer Cody Simpson, and Brooke Taylor.

Next, Jessica Sanchez, Jordan Fisher and Alex Angelo perform at the McDonald's Houston Children's Festival on March 28 in Houston. That concert will be hosted by Radio Disney's Candice.

Radio Disney listeners can win a trip to the Walt Disney World concert or one to be held at Disneyland in mid- to late April through its Radio Disney On the Road to the RDMAs Sweepstakes. The winner can choose which concert to attend and will view the concert by the stage, hang out backstage and introduce a performance with host Taylor.

To enter, listen for Radio Disney to announce the daily code word and enter it online. Code Word of the Day is valid from 6 a.m. ET on the day it is announced on-air until 5:59 am ET the following morning. The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, DC or Canada (excluding Quebec), 16 years of age or younger. Sweepstakes ends at 6 p.m. ET March 26, 2015.

The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards will be televised at 8 p.m. ET April 26 on the Disney Channel. Fans can vote until April 5 on the RMDA website, Facebook and Twitter, by text and through the Radio Disney phone app.



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August 16, 2014

Radio Disney to close Orlando station and most others

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Earlier this week, the Walt Disney Co. announced it is planning to sell all but one of its Radio Disney stations. The move is a sign of the times, the company said, because most of its listeners access its broadcast content digitally.

According to published reports, only about 18 percent of Radio Disney listeners hear the network's programming via AM or FM broadcasts. Instead, they choose satellite radio, the Internet and mobile devices that use digital radio distribution apps. To be sure, that is the case at our house. My 11-year-old son, who started out listening to Radio Disney on an actual radio as a kindergartner now prefers to listen to music through Pandora.

The Walt Disney Co. will retain one Radio Disney station -- KDIS-AM (1110) in Los Angeles -- which will generate Radio Disney's national content for the digital platforms.

Locally, Orlando's WDYZ, AM 990, which broadcasts Radio Disney for all of Central Florida, will close Sept. 26. Although kids and parents still will be able to digitally access the content they enjoy, it's still a loss for our market. Radio Disney is one of the few family-friendly stations that focus on music that pre-teens want to hear. (Others that are "safe for little ears" play pop music, too, yet their playlist isn't created specifically with youngsters and pre-teens in mind.)

In addition, Radio Disney was a presence in the Orlando area with its many fun promotions and appearances. My family and I have attended many through the years and will miss those fun opportunities. The station's Road Crew brought family friendly activities to festivals, openings and special events, such as Noon Year's Eve in Tampa, just to name one. (Once, when my son was a Cub Scout on a eco-field trip, he actually saw the Radio Disney Road Crew taking part in a community event at the Orange County landfill. Talk about eclectic marketing.)

Of other marketing efforts, perhaps most notably is the annual holiday concert in Celebration, which is the planned community not far from the gates of Walt Disney World. The free concert showcases winners from Radio Disney's annual Next Big Thing (N.B.T.) competition and always attracts a crowd of pre-teens and teenagers. When announcing the news of the station's closing, Disney did say it will continue to focus on events such as N.B.T., so perhaps there is hope the concert will continue.

In February, Radio Disney kicked off its first "On the Road to the RDMAs [Radio Disney Music Awards]" tour with a free concert in Central Florida. Families were invited to go out to the Leesburg Mardi Gras Celebration to hear Mexican-American rapper Becky G and British pop rock band The Vamps, and to meet rock band Before You Exit from Orlando.

In addition, Radio Disney has brought its national on-air personalities and Disney Channel actors to Central Florida for various events, which were unique opportunities for fans to meet their favorite stars. Creative Director and lead DJ Ernie D, a.k.a. Ernest Martinez, has been a frequent visitor, as well as actors Laura Marano, Ross Lynch, Debby Ryan, Bella Thorne and Zendaya in recent years.

Despite my disappointment in hearing that Radio Disney was selling most of its radio stations, the news isn't entirely a downer for parents who have come to trust the stations as ones their kids could listen to without being exposed to some of the more grown-up aspects of adult radio stations.

After all, Radio Disney still will exist in the digital realm, including various Internet app platforms (both Disney's own apps and others) and via Sirius XM satellite radio for the car. Also, Disney's Top 30 song segment is still distributed on various AM and FM stations nationwide.

Still, I just hope we'll continue to see something similar to the stations' Road Crew having a community presence here in Central Florida, adding friendly faces and a little bit of Disney magic to some of the family outings we attend.



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February 21, 2014

Radio Disney hosts free concert for families Saturday in Central Florida

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Radio Disney is kicking off its first "On the Road to the RDMAs [Radio Disney Music Awards]" tour with a free concert in Central Florida on Saturday. Families are invited to come out to the Leesburg Mardi Gras Celebration to hear Mexican-American rapper Becky G and British pop rock band The Vamps, and to meet rock band Before You Exit from Orlando.

Although adults might not readily recognize these artists, chances are kids are familiar with these up-and-comers. Here's why:

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Becky G was chosen as Radio Disney's "N.B.T." (Next Big Thing) in 2013. Becky G got her start uploading remixes to YouTube, which led to her being discovered by producer Dr. Luke and later signed to his label Kemosabe/RCA Records. The music video for her debut single, "Becky from the Block," features a cameo by Jennifer Lopez and has gotten more than 8 million views on YouTube. Her EP "Play It Again" includes her new single "Can't Get Enough" featuring Pitbull. Becky G also may be recognized from her modeling photos because she has a contract with Cover Girl.

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The Vamps, signed by Island Def Jam, currently are touring with Taylor Swift on the UK leg of her "Red" tour and opened for Selena Gomez at her London "Stars Dance" tour stops. They will be performing with The Wanted on their "Word of Mouth" tour later this year. The Vamps first single "Can We Dance" debuted at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and they are releasing their initial studio album later this year.

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Before You Exit (BYE) is a trio of brothers (Connor, Riley and Toby McDonough) from Orlando, who write and perform pop rock music. Their first EP "A Short Story" was released in 2009, and they performed their songs when they opened for All Time Low on their "My Small Package" tour. In 2013, the band released its EP "I Like That" and toured behind it with Olly Murs. They also opened at Cody Simpson's North American concerts and performed at the Radio Disney Holiday Concert in Celebration.

Much like the holiday concert, this Mardi Gras event gives kids the chance to hear live music and perhaps even attend their first concert. My own elementary-school-age children have enjoyed attending the holiday concert in Celebration for several years.

The Leesburg Mardi Gras Celebration, which takes place on Main Street in the historic downtown area, begins at 11 a.m. with Radio Disney's Orlando Road Crew hosting family friendly activities before the concert. The Vamps take the stage at 12:30 p.m., followed by Becky G at 1:15 p.m. Both The Vamps and Becky G will participate in a public meet-and-greet, starting at 3 p.m. Before You Exit will greet fans at 2 p.m.

Attendees also will have the opportunity to vote for RDMA artists via an interactive kiosk. To read more about the nominees, visit www.disney.com/RDMA

"On The Road to the RDMAs" is a seven-city tour that continues on to Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, Seattle and Los Angeles. The road show culminates in a free Radio Disney Music Awards Pre-Show Festival that will take place in Nokia Plaza (at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles) in the hours leading up to the awards show on April 26.



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December 30, 2013

Celebrate New Year's Eve 2013 with your family and Disney outside its parks

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Does the idea of celebrating New Year's Eve with your family at Walt Disney World fill you with excitement? Or is your joy coupled with a bit of trepidation because this is one of the most crowded weeks of the year at the resort? If you'd rather not face that many revelers in one place, there are other options for celebrating Disney-style in Florida.

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DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney

DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney is once again hosting a family-friendly New Year's Eve party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission includes unlimited use of the games on all five floors, two DJ dance parties, a New Year's Eve countdown and confetti drop at midnight. Plus, Chip 'n Dale, Buzz Lightyear and Wreck-It Ralph will be on hand for meet-and-greets.

In addition, tickets to the party include a dinner of grilled chicken sandwich, grilled veggie wrap sandwich, cheesesteak sandwich or barbecue pork sandwich; chips or a side salad; fruit cup or a cupcake; and a soda or bottled water.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $55 (including tax) online or by calling 407-934-7639. Space permitting, tickets also will be sold at DisneyQuest the day of the event for $65.

The rest of Downtown Disney will be celebrating year's end, as well. Individual restaurants are hosting their own bashes, and there will be live entertainment and DJ dance parties in the common areas of the West Side, Pleasure Island and Marketplace. The new Disney food trucks will be out, and "adult beverages" can be purchased as usual. West Side and Pleasure Island will be open until 2 a.m., while the Marketplace closes at 1 a.m.

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Radio Disney's Noon Year's Eve

As in years past, Radio Disney hosts Noon Year's Eve celebrations in several U.S. cities for kids who might not stay up past their bedtimes to ring in the new year.

The closest location to Orlando will be at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo (1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604) from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Families can participates in games, arts and crafts, live entertainment, educational displays, and hear the year's top songs from the Radio Disney 1380 Road Crew. Before noon, participants will be given noisemakers, New Year's hats and juice to toast the Noon Year.

This 2013 Radio Disney celebration is included with regular zoo admission, which is $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors, and $19.95 for ages 3 to 11. Ages 2 and younger are free. Call 813-935-8552.

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Celebration Town Center

The last "snowfalls" of the season in the town of Celebration, in Disney World's back yard, happen on New Year's Eve. Show flies at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m., and guests can enjoy the flurries for free. Our family looks forward to our annual tradition of dinner and then experiencing Now Snowing Nightly. There are many fabulous restaurants to choose from in Celebration.

Some holiday activities there also still will be available, such as ice skating on an outdoor rink from 4 to 10 p.m. Prices are $10 for 30 minutes, which includes skate rental. Equipment is available to help those who are less than steady on the ice. Horse and carriage rides take guests throughout the town. Wagon rides are $5 per person and carriage rides are $25 for the first two passengers and $10 for each additional guest.

Tuning in to Times Square

Of course, there's always the tradition of watching "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014" on Disney-owned ABC. This year's broadcast from Times Square in New York features performers Pitbull, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, The Fray and more.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!



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June 13, 2013

Radio Disney to travel Central Florida this summer with family entertainment

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The Road Crew from Radio Disney AM 990 is going to be traveling back and forth across Central Florida this summer, bringing music, games and prizes to a lot of family friendly local events. The experiences are inexpensive or free and often include prizes and fantastic giveaways.

Here's the upcoming schedule for those Disney DJs:

June 13

Orange County Public Library, South Creek Branch: 11 a.m. at 1702 Deerfield Blvd., Orlando. The Radio Disney Road Crew caps a weeklong library tour for its Summer Fun Kick Off promotion. This is an interactive event for the whole family.

June 15

Fifth Third Street Fair in Sanford: 10 a.m. to noon at 109 Bernini Way. Come out and hear Radio Disney hits while enjoying some family time.

Sea Turtle Odyssey at New Smyrna Beach: 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shoppes at Seaside Station on Flagler Avenue. The event itself kicks off at noon with educational opportunities hosted by Canaveral National Seashore, Marine Discovery Center, Marine Science Center and NSB Turtle Trackers. After the Radio Disney Road Crew wraps up, families can watch a movie under the stars, "A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventure."

Summer Saturday Nights at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne: 5 to 7 p.m. at 8225 N. Wickham Road. Summer Saturday Nights take place every Saturday in June and July at the zoo from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is just $6. Many of the animal exhibits are open until dusk, and special animal encounters begin at 7 p.m. Plus, there are live musical performances and a kids' water play area open until 7:30. Last admission is at 8 p.m.

June 21

New Fantasyland Mobile Experience in Orlando: 1 to 3 p.m. at Orlando Premium Outlets at 4951 International Drive. At this event, Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts will share the latest news about its New Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom. Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets to the Magic Kingdom to experience New Fantasyland for yourself!

Monsters U Premiere in Ocoee: 5 to 7 p.m. at West Oaks Mall, 9401 W. Colonial Drive. Radio Disney's Road Crew will be throwing a red carpet event to celebrate the opening of Disney-Pixar's "Monsters University." Families can enter to win passes to see the sequel to "Monsters Inc." following the party.

June 22

Kids' Run at Winter Springs Town Center: 3 to 5 p.m. at 434 Tuskawlla Road. The event kicks off with the race, so be sure to wear your running shoes! Afterward, celebrate with Radio Disney's Road Crew.

June 29

Summer Saturday Nights at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne: 5 to 7 p.m. at 8225 N. Wickham Road. The AM 990 Road Crew returns to the East Coast for another fun family night.

Fifth-Third Community Appreciation Event in Conway (Orlando):
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10401 Curry Ford Road. Fifth-Third Bank invites families to come out and enjoy free entertainment.

March 19, 2013

Radio Disney brings fun and fitness to festival in Altamonte Springs

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Are you looking for some Disney fun this weekend -- without having to step onto Walt Disney World property during the busy Easter weeks?

Radio Disney AM 990 has just the event for Central Florida families. Join the Road Crew and actor Calum Worthy (Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally") at the Magic of Healthy Living Festival at Cranes Roost Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

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Calum Worthy

The Magic of Healthy Living is a national initiative that The Walt Disney Company launched in 2010 to help children and their parents lead healthier lives. It focuses on nutritional guidelines and, most recently, standards for food advertising. On its Magic of Healthy Living web site and the companion Disney site, Family.com, there are ideas for exercising, recipes for delicious healthy foods, explanations of how to be health-conscious in the Disney Parks and even encouragement for trying new activities and foods.

At the festival, the focus will be on offering hands-on ways to deliver the message of healthy living, including fun options for getting active. The Ultimate Field Day area offers kids the chance to hula hoop, jump rope, try their hand at a ring toss, attempt a soccer goal and more. Of course, the Road Crew will be playing the latest music to get the crowd dancing. There will be more than 30 vendors lining Cranes Roost Boulevard and offering activities and information, including a kids' yoga demonstration by Florida Hospital for Children.

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Eric Darden

Walt Disney World, too, is among the vendors, and Eric Darden, horticulture manager for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, will be representing the theme park at the booth. He will share tips about gardening as a great way to grow healthy foods and also take part in a 30-minute presentation on the amphitheatre stage at 2 p.m. during which he'll accept questions from the audience. Walt Disney World also will be giving away seed packets to visitors who stop by the booth.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., Calum Worthy will take the stage and answer questions that were submitted earlier in the day in writing by festival-goers. Afterward, he will be available to meet and talk with fans.

Visitors who are 16 years old or younger also will be able to enter the Radio Disney Music Awards Ultimate Sweepstakes, which gives the winner a trip to Los Angeles to experience the awards show as a VIP.

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