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Happy Holidays! Booking for Candlelight Processional Packages at Epcot Starts Today

posted on July 9th, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


I know, I know, I know. Independence Day was just last week, but we get into the holiday spirit VERY early here at the Disney Parks Blog.

Today is a very exciting day because guests can now start booking dinner packages for our Candlelight Processional at Epcot. And, this year, you can actually book them online at www.disneyworld.com.

The Candlelight Processional, part of Holidays Around the World at Epcot, is one of my all-time favorite events at Disney Parks. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s a joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir. Dinner packages (available on select nights) include a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant, a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. Availability is limited.
The Candlelight Processional at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

Not only have I seen the Candlelight Processional every year since I was a kid, I have also been privileged to be part of the cast choir for the last six years. Last year, Amy Grant was the celebrity narrator on the night I sang. It was amazing!

Here are the celebrity narrators we’ve confirmed so far (including three new narrators, actors Ashley Judd, Sigourney Weaver and Dennis Haysbert):

  • 11/29-12/1:Gary Sinise
  • 12/2-12/3: Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/4-12/5: Ashley Judd
  • 12/6-12/7: Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/8-12/10: Sigourney Weaver
  • 12/11-12/13: Dennis Haysbert
  • 12/14-12/16: James Denton
  • 12/17-12/19: Edward James Olmos
  • 12/20-12/22: Trace Adkins
  • 12/23-12/25: Steven Curtis Chapman
  • 12/26-12/28: Blair Underwood
  • 12/29-12/30: Amy Grant

As usual, entertainment is always subject to change.

The Candlelight Processional is performed three times per night throughout the holiday season, November 29–December 30, 2013. For more information about Holidays Around the World at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional, or to book the Candlelight Dinner packages, you can call 407.WDW DINE (407.939.3463) or check-out www.disneyworld.com.

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Kowabunga Dudes! Disney Channel Stars Check Out the New ‘Teen Beach Movie’ Dance Party

posted on July 3rd, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


We are having the grooviest time this summer here at the Disney Parks Blog!

Last month, we told you about how things are cooking at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park this summer with the new “Teen Beach Movie” Beach Party.

Well, as if it couldn’t get any more rad, three stars of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach Movie” dropped by last Friday to meet fans and check out the new dance party scene. (“Teen Beach Movie,” a modern take on classic beach party movies, premieres July 19 on Disney Channel.)

Actors Garrett Clayton (“Tanner”), Chrissie Fit (“Chee Chee”), and Kent Boyd (“Rascal”), surprised Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon guests with a special “Limited Time Magic-al” moment – getting out on the sand and dancing with the crowd, even teaching some kids a few steps they learned for the movie.

“Teen Beach Movie” Dance Party features a DJ spinning remixes of retro tunes, beach-y-themed games and “biker” and “surfer” hosts to lead guests as they dance, hula hoop, and play other summer games. The trio of actors joined in on the fun during the first show of the morning and wowed guests with their awesome moves.

Garrett, Chrissie, and Kent also caught some waves before Typhoon Lagoon opened for the morning. The water park’s 2.75-million-gallon wave pool provides consistent waves every ninety seconds that can rise up to six feet high. Several mornings each week, Craig Carroll’s Cocoa Beach Surf School teaches guests how to “cut,” “carve” and “hang ten.”

“Teen Beach Movie” Beach Party continues daily at Typhoon Lagoon through September 2, 2013, as part of “Limited Time Magic”. For information on “Teen Beach Movie,” check out disneychannel.com; and for more information about Typhoon Lagoon, head to www.disneyworld.com.

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‘Teen Beach Movie’: Beach Party Shakes Up Summer Fun at Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 21st, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


‘Teen Beach Movie: Beach Party’ Shakes Up Summer Fun at Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort
As if Disney water parks weren’t fun ENOUGH this summer, starting Monday, June 24, guests of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park can enjoy a taste of the new Disney Channel Original Movie “Teen Beach Movie” as part of Limited Time Magic.

Running at various times throughout each day through Sept. 1, “Teen Beach Movie”: Dance Party will feature a hip DJ spinning remixes of retro tunes, beach-y-themed games and some really rad “bikers” and “surfers” to party with guests as they dance away the dog days. Taking over part of Typhoon Lagoon’s main beach and wave pool area, guests can participate in relays on the sand, hula hoop spinning, water balloon and beach ball tossing, and the grooviest dance moves this side of Mt. Mayday.

One of two Disney spectacular water parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach being the other), Typhoon Lagoon ushers (and gushers) in a new generation of water adventures for Walt Disney World Resort guests with the first-ever water coaster thrill ride attraction in Central Florida, Crush ‘n’ Gusher; a 362,000-gallon salt-water coral reef diving environment in which guests can snorkel amidst colorful fish, coral and plant life; and a two-and-one-half-acre wave-making lagoon with surfing-size waves.

“Teen Beach Movie,” a modern take on classic beach party movies, premieres Friday, July 19, on Disney Channel. Starring are Ross Lynch (of Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally” and Hollywood Records’ R5) and Maia Mitchell (ABC Family’s “The Fosters”) as Brady and McKenzie, surfers who take the last wave of summer, one that mysteriously takes them into a classic beach party movie, Wet Side Story. Brady and McKenzie must try to return to present day, but their lives may be changed forever when they inadvertently change the movie’s romantic storyline.

For more information “Teen Beach Movie,” check out DisneyChannel.com/TeenBeachMovie. For more information about Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach water parks, check out disneyworld.com.

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Disney Parks Featured in National Awards

posted on March 29th, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


We at the Disney Parks Blog believe in tooting our own horn, but from time to time we also let others toot our horn for us.

FamilyFun magazine, a trusted, go-to source for travel recommendations and family activities for more than 20 years, has recognized Disney Parks and Resorts on both sides of the United States as the very best in family travel for 2013.
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Here at the Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom Park has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Overall Favorite Family Destinations” in the U.S. Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park were also recognized as part of “Top 10 Amusement Parks” is the country. And, in the same survey, Walt Disney World Resort hotels were named “Number One” in the category of “Top Family Resorts” in the country.

FamilyFun magazine’s 2013 survey recognized vacation destinations, attractions and resorts in six unique categories: Tourist Attractions; Tourist Towns; Nature Escapes; Museums, Zoos & Aquariums; Amusement Parks; and Family Resorts.

In California, the Disneyland Resort was also recognized. Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks were also named among the “Top 10 Amusement Parks” in the U.S. FamilyFun conducted an extensive nationwide survey of 2,000 parents with children ages 3 to 12, asking them to rate 360 popular destinations on a scale of 1-100. For voting purposes, the country was divided into four geographic regions – West, Midwest, South and Northeast – and respondents provided feedback solely on their regions. High marks were awarded for affordability, accessibility and fun factor.

In addition to the FamilyFun magazine awards, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge created the first ever tie in the About.com 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards for Favorite Disney Resort Hotel.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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HGTV’s Chris Lambton Goes ‘Yard’ – Family-Style – at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on March 8th, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Well, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, presented by HGTV, is in full swing and, although it’s a tad chillier than normal here in Florida, we are already having some great times.

Chris Lambton, star of HGTV’s “Going Yard,” is here this weekend, giving tips to Epcot guests on how to turn their yards into spectacular, outdoor venues.

We caught up with Chris during rehearsals and he gave us a sneak peek into his presentation, ”Going Yard for Your Lifestyle.” He encourages families to treat their outdoor spaces with the same care and planning that they would any other room in their homes, tailoring the design to their family’s interests.

Guests of the Festival can see Lambton and other favorite HGTV and DIY stars on “The Designers’ Stage Presented by HGTV” at the Festival Center each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival at noon and 3 p.m.

    The complete lineup includes:

  • March 15-17 – Chris Grundy, DIY Network’s Cool Tools: “Keepin’ It Green with Grundy”
  • March 22-24 – Egypt Sherrod, host of Property Virgins: “Getting the Inside Scoop on HGTV’s Top Home Features for 2013″
  • March 29-31 – Brandon Johnson, My Yard Goes Disney: “Bringing More Disney Inspiration and HGTV Design to Your Backyard”
  • April 5-7 – Meg Caswell, Meg’s Great Rooms: “Discovering Design Tips to Personalize Your Space & Make a Good Room Great”
  • April 12-14 – Jason Cameron, DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves: “Desperate Landscapes . . . Where Do We Grow from Here?”
  • April 19-21 – Sara Peterson, Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine: “Boosting Your Curb Appeal! 25 Easy Ideas from Front Doors to Flower Pots”
  • April 26-28 – Carter Oosterhouse, Million Dollar Rooms: “Million Dollar Trends”
  • May 3-5 – Casey Noble, Design on a Dime: “Creating Luxury Hotel Floral Arrangements in Your Home”
  • May 10-12 – Dan Faires, HGTV.com, DanMade: “Easy Ideas for Creating a Designer Garden”
  • May 17-19 – David Bromstad, HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, Design Star All-Stars: “The Power of Color”

Presentations by HGTV and DIY Network stars are included with admission to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

The 20th annual festival runs from now through May 19, 2013 at Epcot.

For more information on the Festival, click over to EpcotInSpring.com and check back to the Disney Parks Blog for updates and posts throughout the Festival.

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Brings Perennial Favorites, New Faces From HGTV

posted on January 25th, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


We are less than a month and a half away from the start of the 20th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival; and boy are we excited!

For the third year in a row, the Festival is being presented by HGTV which, of course, means the stars of your favorite HGTV and DIY Network shows will once again be on hand to meet festivalgoers and give expert tips and tricks.

David Bromstad, HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, and Design Star All-Stars, Will be at This Year's Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

New to this year’s festival are HGTV and DIY superstars like Florida’s own David Bromstad (HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, Design Star All-Stars); Egypt Sherrod, new host of HGTV’s Property Virgins; Sara Peterson, editor-in-chief of HGTV Magazine; Design on a Dime’s Casey Noble; Chris Lambton from Going Yard; and Chris Grundy from DIY Network’s Cool Tools.

And we also have returning favorites like Carter Oosterhouse (Million Dollar Rooms); Meg Caswell (Meg’s Great Rooms); and Jason Cameron (DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves).

Guests of the Festival can see their favorite HGTV and DIY stars on “The Designers’ Stage Presented by HGTV” at the Festival Center each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival at noon and 3 p.m.

The complete lineup includes:

  • March 8-10 – Chris Lambton, Going Yard
  • March 15-17 – Chris Grundy, DIY Network’s Cool Tools
  • March 22-24 – Egypt Sherrod, host of Property Virgins
  • March 29-31 – Brandon Johnson, My Yard Goes Disney
  • April 5-7 – Meg Caswell, Meg’s Great Rooms
  • April 12-14 – Jason Cameron, DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves
  • April 19-21 – Sara Peterson, Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine
  • April 26-28 – Carter Oosterhouse, Million Dollar Rooms
  • May 3-5 – Casey Noble, Design on a Dime
  • May 10-12 – Dan Faires, HGTV.com, DanMade
  • May 17-19 – David Bromstad, HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, Design Star All-Stars

Presentations by HGTV and DIY Network stars are included with admission to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The 20th annual festival runs from March 6 – May 19, 2013 at Epcot. Check back to the Disney Parks Blog for any updates and posts throughout the Festival.

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Christian Music Legends Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith Co-star at 31st Night of Joy

posted on December 11th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Two legends of Contemporary Christian music – Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith – will team up for one spectacular set for the 31st Night of Joy at Walt Disney World Resort, September 6-7, 2013.

The pair, who have played stages individually at Magic Kingdom Park in past events will play together at the 2013 event for the first time. They have played Night of Joy a combined 18 times, amassed more than 90 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, and garnered eight Grammy Awards and countless other accolades.

Night of Joy Stalwarts MercyMe Return for Their Sixth Consecutive Event

Night of Joy stalwarts MercyMe also are back for their sixth consecutive Night of Joy (eight Night of Joy performances total); and 2012 Grammy Nominee TobyMac, Central Florida’s own Francesca Battistelli and rockers Skillet and Newsboys return this year to fill out headliners.

The line-up features five new artists to the event: Moriah Peters, We As Human, City Harbor, For King and Country and Jamie Grace.

The complete line-up includes:

  • Friday, September 6: Mercy Me, Steven Curtis Chapman & Michael W. Smith, Skillet, Mandisa, Matthew West, Audio Adrenaline, Moriah Peters, We As Human, City Harbor
  • Saturday, September 7: TobyMac, Francesca Batistelli, Newsboys, Britt Nicole, Group 1 Crew, Building 429, For King and Country, Jamie Grace

Night of Joy tickets go on sale in the Spring. For more information about the event, visit www.nightofjoy.com.

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HGTV Stars Return to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on September 30th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


We love our festivals here at Walt Disney World Resort!

Having finished the 2012 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, we now turn to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This year’s food and wine extravaganza runs from September 28 to November 12, and we’re excited to announce the return of some your favorite HGTV stars.

As regular watchers of HGTV (and I’m one of them) know, HGTV programs go beyond just home renovation and gardening. They feature ideas and helpful hints for party planning, catering and tons of other food and beverage topics, which makes them a perfect fit for our festival.

“HGTV Design Star” winner Danielle Colding will kick off this year’s HGTV presentations. Here’s a look at what to expect.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more information on the 17th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

For more 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival news, check out the posts below:

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Night of Joy 2012 Hits High Notes; Magic Kingdom Park Prepares for 2013

posted on September 14th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Well, another Night of Joy has come and gone. It was a whirlwind weekend at Magic Kingdom Park, but the rain held off (mostly).

On three stages throughout the park, 16 top Contemporary Christian artists played to huge crowds of Christian music fans. Lots of great concerts, fun and fellowship.
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We are already looking toward 2013, confirming dates for September 6-7, 2013 and MercyMe to be a part of next year’s event.

And, in case you couldn’t be there, our friends at Trinity Broadcasting Network were out in full force, taping some of the shows for future broadcast.
“Francesca

One of the most special moments of this year’s event came early Friday, when Word Records executives surprised Orlando native Francesca Battistelli with a gold record for her first album “My Paper Heart” – the first Contemporary Christian debut record to “go gold” since Night of Joy artist Casting Crowns’ debut in 2003. Francesca also stopped by Magic Kingdom Park on Saturday to have some fun with her family and grab a quick photo.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the event and we’ll see you next year!

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Disney’s Night of Joy 2012 Artist Profile: Royal Tailor

posted on September 5th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Just a few days until Night of Joy 2012 at Magic Kingdom Park – very exciting. FYI: I hear tickets are going pretty quickly; so you might want to get yours soon if you want to go. It’s a great time.

Today’s artist profile presents a great new group called Royal Tailor.

See Royal Tailor at Night of Joy 2012 at Magic Kingdom Park

The four-member band – made up of Tauren (lead singer), DJ (guitar), Blake (bass) and Jarrod (drums) – met while in school in Indianapolis and began to hone its sound while playing for churches and youth groups around the country. The guys call their sound a mixture of pop, rock, R&B, hip hop and worship, with hits like “Make a Move” and “Hold Me Together.” Though just one studio album into their career, they were nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Contemporary Christian Album for their debut record, Black or White.

The guys stopped by Magic Kingdom Park recently and even had time to challenge one of their favorite characters to a “dougie” dance-off.

In addition to Royal Tailor, Disney’s Night of Joy features 16 of Contemporary Christian and Contemporary Gospel’s top artists. Here is the stellar lineup.

  • Friday, September 7, 2012: Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, NEEDTOBREATHE, Red, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor, Disciple
  • Saturday, September 8, 2012: MercyMe, Third Day, Kutless, Chris August, Lecrae, Yolanda Adams, Thousand Foot Krutch and Dara Maclean

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at www.nightofjoy.com.

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