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Moms Panel: Top 5 Restaurants Where You Get The Most For Your Money

posted on June 30th, 2010 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Eat Here!

Let’s face it. Today, everyone is looking for ways to stretch their dollars. Doug I. of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel knows exactly where to go to feed his hungry princesses and which places won’t break his piggy bank. Here’s the list:

1. Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park – Enjoy a quick service meal with table service ambiance.

2. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe at Magic Kingdom Park – Start with a burger and add veggies, etc. at the fixin’s bar to make it into a great meal.

3. Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park – It’s an amazing buffet at a lower price. The characters at breakfast make it an even better deal!

4. Tangierine Cafe at Epcot – It may be more expensive than most quick service locations, but the more complete meals featured here make this like a table service restaurant without the added expense of tipping.

5. Snackapalooza at Epcot – Who says you have to go to a restaurant to eat? Grab little bites to share with each other as you walk around the Epcot World Showcase and feast on a global menu and try new things you have never eaten before.

Do you have any to share? Please let us know in the comments.

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Behind the Scenes: ‘World of Color’ Control Room

posted on June 30th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


Today, we’re taking you behind the scenes and going inside the control room that allows Disney cast members to run “World of Color” every night.

The production uses one of the biggest show control systems ever built. More than 18,000 active points of control are precisely managed by a single system.

In this video, Disneyland Resort Ambassador Danielle DuBois takes us into this technological marvel and speaks with Chuck Davis, Senior Technical Director.

Enjoy!

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The Fortune Teller on Main Street, U.S.A

posted on June 30th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


A quarter may not get you much these days, but on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park, for 25 cents you can take home a unique piece of nostalgia – your very own fortune from Esmeralda.

Many of our guests have been coming here for years to see what Esmeralda predicts for them, and some even say she has been correct. For one couple, Esmeralda predicted years earlier that they would eventually get married.

I predict you will love this video. Don’t miss the surprise ending, and leave a comment if you catch it.

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Behind the Scenes at Encore! Rehearsals for Make-A-Wish Shows

posted on June 30th, 2010 by Kathleen Prihoda, Manager of Media Relations, Walt Disney World Resort


Rehearsals are underway for the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra’s summer production, Dream Our Dreams, A Musical Tribute to the Legacy of Disney. I had a chance to peek in on the volunteer ensemble last week as they practiced and was amazed by the sheer talent of the troupe; which is comprised of roughly 330 singers, 100 instrumentalists, 50 dancers and a production team of 40.

Encore! offers Cast Members an outlet for their creativity and a chance to showcase their talents while performing great music for worthy causes. Encore! producer Bruce Light says at least half of the group have day jobs outside of entertainment and aren’t performers by trade. For all involved, it’s a labor of love.

Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra

Since its inception in 2002, Encore! has donated the funds from its ticket sales to local charities, raising more than $115,000 to date. They’ve chosen Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Northern Florida as their 2010 beneficiary.

Already known for staging spectacular performances, Clay Price, Encore! co-founder, artistic director and conductor, claims this year’s shows are their most ambitious yet.

Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra

Come and see for yourself. Performances are open to the public and scheduled for Aug. 6 – 8 at Epcot World ShowPlace. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and available through www.encorecentral.org.

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Disney’s Field of Dreams

posted on June 30th, 2010 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


I met the strongest, toughest, most fearless athlete I’ve ever seen at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex the other day. The kid’s name is Chris Siders and he was huge. If you look at him, though, out there playing right field for his Pensacola AAU baseball team, he seems tiny because he’s only 13 and weighs barely 100 pounds. But his heart is the size of Epcot.

Problem was, for the last couple of years that huge heart of his had a mass growing near it. A cancerous one. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Staring at the proverbial last at-bat of his life, this kid didn’t try to bunt; he swung for the fences. Against all medical odds, he survived a third round of chemo and radiation treatments and has returned to the baseball diamond. The cancer, doctors told him, is apparently gone.

These days, Chris is back out there in right field doing everything his little body can do to help his team compete in the AAU National Baseball Championships here at Walt Disney World this week.

There are undoubtedly a lot of great teams and extraordinary players in the tournament who would be deserving of a prestigious AAU National title. But my money is on that Pensacola team with the giant kid out there in right field.

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Allstar Weekend Performs at Studio Disney 365

posted on June 29th, 2010 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Allstar Weekend

Last week, Allstar Weekend, a band whose hit single “A Different Side of Me” recently hit number one on the Radio Disney Countdown, celebrated the release of their debut album at the Disneyland Resort. Fans had the opportunity not only to hear the band perform outside Studio Disney 365 at the Downtown Disney District, but also to meet the guys in the band and get their CDs autographed!

Allstar Weekend

Allstar Weekend

They stayed for hours and made sure they met every fan who came out to see them. Zach, Cameron, Nathan and Michael are four of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and I really couldn’t tell who was more excited to be there – the fans or the the band!

Allstar Weekend’s appearance at Studio Disney 365 can be seen here.

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Wedding Trends – Making New Traditions

posted on June 29th, 2010 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons


Our wedding planners always keep an eye out for the latest trends. While plenty of brides still opt for classic and traditional choices, many couples choose to go mod by putting a trendy spin on their wedding details – everything from flower to favors, and everything in between.

Here are just a few of the wedding trends we’ve noticed this year at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.

Dancing the night away
The first dance between a husband and his new wife is always a beautiful sight. And now, many couples are spicing up their routine a bit. Whether it’s a choreographed number they worked weeks to perfect, a zany upbeat tempo destined to be the next YouTube frenzy, or an elaborate pantomime complete with props, brides and grooms are finding new and interesting ways to two-step through their first dance.

Wedding Trends – Making New Traditions

A picture is worth a thousand words
The traditional posed wedding shots are quickly becoming a thing of the past. More and more I see couples selecting photography options that better highlight their individual style. This couple chose a sunset theme for their engagement portraits at the Walt Disney World Resort, allowing the photographer to snap natural shots of them as they cuddled on the beach.

Wedding Trends – Making New Traditions

Wedding photos can be fun too! The great thing about getting married at one of our parks or resorts is that you have a wealth of unique backgrounds for your bridal shots. This adorable photo was taken in World Showcase at Epcot.

Wedding Trends – Making New Traditions

A fond farewell
On your wedding day you are a star, why not feel like one? Grand exits are all the rage for our brides, who are choosing to end the night with a bang by surprising their guests with a private fireworks show. This is the perfect example of an element that really makes a Disney’s Fairytale Wedding unique … and it certainly adds to the happy couple’s celebrity status!

Wedding Trends – Making New Traditions

A sweet gift
Wedding favors also come in and out of popularity. Right now edible is “in” – in a big way! Tasty treats can match the theme of a wedding while looking good arranged in attractive bowls and glasses of all shapes and sizes. Leave each guest a goodie bag for collecting their favorite treats from the bar and it makes for a delicious take-away they’re sure to favor.

One size does not fit all
Bridesmaids throughout the years have relished the honor of standing beside a friend on her big day while simultaneously fretting about the way they look in a dress that doesn’t flatter. Whether a bride allows her maids to all pick their favorite frock in any shade of fuchsia or, like a recent Disney Cruise Line wedding on Castaway Cay, simply tells them to pick something “beachy,” many of today’s bridesmaids are free to express their style in a way that suits them perfectly.

Did you see my tweet?
Couples are getting the word out about their special day in lots of new ways. Modern brides and grooms get their loved ones involved in their big day using technology and social media.

Being the hipsters that we are, we here at Disney’s Fairytale Weddings use many of these same technologies to talk to you. Follow us on Twitter @DisneyWeddings and check out our Facebook page – you’ll even see a pretty cool wedding planning app there in the months to come. How trendy is that?

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Butterflies Take Graceful Flight in Natural Habitat at Disney

posted on June 29th, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Butterflies Take Graceful Flight in Natural Habitat at Disney
To me, the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs are a peaceful retreat from the excitement of the theme parks. This DVC Resort takes me to my happy place – in the wilderness, surrounded by nature. If you take a stroll at the resort you might stumble upon a recent find of mine. Colorful wildflowers and flowering plants have created the perfect butterfly habitat. Gorgeous butterflies flutter around a sunny enclave they call home. It’s just a beautiful site.

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‘World of Color’ Road Show

posted on June 28th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


‘World of Color’ Road Show
Have you had a chance to see “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park?

While there’s no substitute for that nighttime spectacular, special colorful and animated changes will come to California icons in cities across the state in the “World of Color” Road Show this July. You’ll have the chance to see these cool transformations online at www.WorldofColorRoadShow.com.

Don’t forget – get the scoop and follow us online at www.WorldofColorRoadShow.com.

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Coffee With Walt

posted on June 28th, 2010 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


One the best parts of my role at the Disneyland Resort is being able to review images in our extensive publicity photo archive whenever I need to. Naturally, over time, many photos become familiar, and certain pictures begin to take hold as “special.” As one of my colleagues recently pointed out, I call many of them my “favorite,” so, here’s one of those favorite photos I like so much that it hangs on the wall in my office, directly above where I usually enjoy my morning coffee.

Coffee With Walt

This picture was taken at the Plaza Inn, in 1966, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather share a cup of coffee with.

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