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Adventures by Disney: Roaming the Rockies

posted on August 1st, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

Whoever coined the phrase “every view a post card” must have been talking about Montana and Western Canada. This Adventures by Disney trip has been one spectacular vista after another.

As I write this post, my view is the most idyllic mountain/lake setting you could possibly imagine. It’s straight out of a painting. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the pictures for yourself.
'Roaming the Rockies' with Adventures by Disney

Not only do you get to see the natural beauty of the North, you also get to experience it. This morning’s group activity was a rafting trip. Normally, the experience would include Class II-IV rapids, but since we had some smaller Junior Adventurers (Disney-speak for kids), we opted for a less-intense float-along experience. Adventures by Disney trips are specifically designed for families traveling together. We’ll chat more about the Junior Adventurer activities in my next post.

In addition to regularly scheduled group excursions, “Roaming the Rockies” also includes opportunities for hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and lots of other outdoor activities.
'Roaming the Rockies' with Adventures by Disney Adventure Guides

I do have to say a word or two about the Adventure Guides. One thing that makes Adventures by Disney trips extra special is the Adventure Guides. Each trip has at least two Disney Adventure guides. You’ve probably seen some of their earlier posts on the Disney Parks Blog. We have three guides on this trip. Lisa and Tiffany are the pros and Whitney is shadowing them so she can learn all the tricks of the trade before guiding her own trips this year.

They take care of everything! From the normal travel stuff like luggage, tips and transport to the above and beyond like, on another Adventures by Disney trip, having clothes you forgot at one hotel forwarded to the next one. Yes – I was that guy.

Well, enough chitchat. I’m off to the next Adventure. As I mentioned earlier, I’ll explore some of the Junior Adventure programs in my next post.

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Follow Along on an Adventures by Disney Vacation

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

Question: Where is this and how does it involve Disney Parks?
'Roaming the Rockies' with Adventures by Disney

I think the “where” might be a little more difficult to guess than the connection to Disney. If you said “Glacier National Park” in Montana and “Adventures by Disney,” you are correct.

For those of you not as familiar, Adventures by Disney provides immersive, hassle-free and unforgettable group guided-family vacation experiences to destinations in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Families traveling with Adventures by Disney receive exceptional service while taking part in extraordinary experiences, assistance from Disney-trained Adventure Guides, engaging activities, VIP experiences and personal touches that only a Disney vacation can provide.

In 2013, Adventures by Disney will take guests to two new exotic locales: Southeast Asia (including Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) and Scotland (visiting some of the sites which inspired the new Disney●Pixar hit film “Brave.”)

In my role as public relations manager for Disney Parks, I also have the great pleasure to assist with Adventures by Disney. This week I am on a spectacular trip called “Roaming the Rockies.” This trip explores breathtaking vistas in Montana (including Glacier National Park) and Alberta and British Columbia in Canada (including Yoho, Jasper and Banff National Parks).

I’ll let you know how the trip goes along the way, including the awesome excursions, world-class accommodations and delicious cuisine – with some special Disney surprises thrown in along the way. So check back to the Disney Parks Blog for updates. And check out AdventuresbyDisney.com for information on all the exciting excursions from Adventures by Disney.

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Update: And the Winner Is…

posted on July 26th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

Here’s a quick update on special speakers for the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from our friends at HGTV. We are truly pumped to have the newly-crowned HGTV Design Star with us during the opening weekend of the festival.
HGTV 'Design Star' Winner Danielle Colding Will Appear at the 2012 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

For those who didn’t watch Tuesday’s “Design Star” finale, interior designer Danielle Colding came out on top, wowing the judges with both her design acumen and her on-camera presence. Danielle’s new show is called “Shop This Room,” where she examines how the process of finding a spectacular piece of artwork, furniture, or an accessory can lead the way to inventive new concepts for design.

In addition to Danielle, festival guests can see these HGTV and DIY Network stars:

  • September 28-30 – Danielle Colding (“HGTV Design Star” Winner, Season 7, “Shop This Room”) – Entertainment Passport: Your Ticket to Creating a Travel-inspired Dining Experience
  • October 5-7 – Casey Noble (“Design on a Dime”) – Gifts That Keep Giving: Holiday Favors That Double as Décor
  • October 12-14 – Alison Victoria (DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers”) – Crash Course for Holiday Décor
  • October 19-21 – Brian Patrick Flynn (HGTV.com, “Design Happens”) – Express Lane Elegance: Stylish Table Settings from Supermarket Finds
  • October 26-28 – Meg Caswell (“Meg’s Great Rooms”) – Entertaining in Style: Make It and Make It Fun
  • November 2-4 – Marianne Canada (HGTV.com Special Projects Editor) – Handmade Goodies They Won’t Regift
  • November 9-12 – Emily Henderson (“Secrets from a Stylist”) – Create Holiday Memories: Style, Share and Preserve Those Family Photos & Cards

For more information on the 17th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, presented by Chase, you can check out epcotfoodfestival.com. And don’t forget to check back on the Disney Parks Blog for updates.

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HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder Appearing at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on May 18th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

Wow! I can’t believe it’s the last weekend of the 19th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival already. Seventy-five days go by pretty fast!

We’ve had a wonderful time, with all the seminars, colorful plant and flower displays, beloved Disney topiaries, brilliant botanicals, unique gardens, and especially the appearances by stars from our favorite shows on HGTV, our presenting sponsor. They’ve just been fantastic!

This weekend features an appearance by Genevieve Gorder, who, along with her thriving professional design business in New York City, is the star of not one, but two hit HGTV shows: Dear Genevieve and HGTV Design Star.

Earlier this year, we caught up with Genevieve in Los Angeles where she was filming this season’s “Design Star,” new episodes of which start airing Tuesday, May 29. The producers of the show graciously allowed us to tape on the actual Design Star “judging” stage. It was very exciting to be in the place where HGTV favorites like David Bromstad, Antonio Ballatore and current champ Meg Caswell all became household names.

Genevieve talked with us about how her discussions this weekend, titled “Turning Your Landscape Inside Out,” will focus on using the aesthetics of creating a great landscape in your home decorating.


Genevieve was just great. If you get a chance, you should really come see her at the Festival. Today, Saturday, and Sunday, she will lead seminars at the Festival Center, presented by HGTV.

You can also catch her on the new season (Season 6) of Design Star, on Tuesdays this summer at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, starting on May 29, and on Dear Genevieve, Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 19th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, presented by HGTV, you can check out disneyworld.com/flower.

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Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure Coming In Late June

posted on May 16th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

Just wanted to give you a quick update on the new Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, including showcasing some new renderings of the experience we debuted at our Summer to Remember press event in April.

Starting in late June, Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure is based on the wily secret-agent alter-ego of Perry the Platypus – faithful pet to the title characters from Disney’s animated series “Phineas & Ferb.” Although just a simple pet to Phineas and Ferb, Perry turns into Agent P in each episode to help stop the misguided plans of his nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz.



Epcot guests will transform into secret agents to help Agent P thwart some of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s most daring plots. Agents will use a high tech detection device called a “F.O.N.E.” or Field Operative Notification Equipment to receive clues for each case. Solving the clues will take agents to different places throughout seven World Showcase countries at Epcot – Mexico Pavilion, France Pavilion, Germany Pavilion, Norway Pavilion, Japan Pavilion, China Pavilion and the United Kingdom Pavilion. Agents will scour each country for clues, evil “Inators,” and – with a little bit of luck – help Agent P defeat Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

The current Disney Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure will close this Friday, May 18.

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Carter Oosterhouse, Host of HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms and Carter Can, Comes to Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on May 12th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

Carpenter and “America’s Handyman” Carter Oosterhouse likes to build “green” whenever he can, so it only makes sense for Carter to visit Walt Disney World Resort in Florida this weekend and talk to guests at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Carter’s newest HGTV show is Million Dollar Rooms, airing Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 CT. Million Dollar Rooms features special access into the most exclusive and expensive spaces as Carter travels the world, visiting the most spectacular, one-of-a-kind spaces where money is no object.

Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the festival, HGTV hosts and personalities lead seminars at the Festival Center, presented by HGTV. Carter calls his talk, “10 Renovation Tips You Need to Know.”


You can catch Carter on HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT and Carter Can, which airs throughout the week (check the HGTV schedule for specific air times).

Don’t forget to come see Carter this weekend and next week, May 18-20, Genevieve Gorder (Dear Genevieve, HGTV Design Star) closes out a festival that’s been full of HGTV and DIY Network stars.

For more information, check out disneyworld.com/flower.

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Learn to Draw Phineas and Ferb at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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

It seems like Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb are popping up everywhere around Walt Disney World Resort these days. In addition to meet-and-greets at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the soon-to-open Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot, now guests can learn how to draw Phineas, Ferb and Agent P (among other Disney characters) as part of The Magic of Disney Animation attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Magic of Disney Animation is an eye-opening attraction where guests of all ages discover the art of how Disney characters are created and get a hands-on opportunity to create their very own Disney character sketch. Disney artists teach guests to draw one of more than 20 beloved characters including Mickey, Stitch, Goofy – and now Phineas, Ferb and Agent P. Sessions run continuously throughout the day, with each session drawing a different character.

Disney Artist Don Shane Creates Agent P in Front of Classroom at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Gracie Kitterman, 10, and Her Dad Draw Agent P at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney's Hollywood Studios Disney Artist Don Shane Shows Off Finished Drawing at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney's Hollywood Studios Jason Kitterman and Daughter Gracie Show Off Their Agent P Sketches.

Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb” creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” March met with some of the Disney artists from the attraction recently at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Dan and “Swampy” shared secrets from the early days of their creations and gave tips on how the characters have evolved.

Fans of the show can also enter for a chance to be one of 26 winners, plus three guests each (104 people) who will receive a Walt Disney World Resort vacation to make unforgettable summertime memories and can celebrate the end of summer and party with Phineas and Ferb! Disney Channel and Target present the “Phineas and Ferb Summer to Remember Sweepstakes.” No Purchase Necessary. For official rules/details and to enter: Disney.com/SummerToRemember.

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Blues Traveler, Smash Mouth and More Set for ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series This Fall at Epcot

posted on May 4th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

Even though summer is rapidly approaching us in Florida, we are already starting to plan for fall.

We are excited to announce this year’s lineup for the “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series at the 17th annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (talent/dates subject to change):

  • 9/28-9/30: Night Ranger
  • 10/1-10/3: Sugar Ray
  • 10/4- 10/7: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
  • 10/8-10/10: Boyz II Men
  • 10/11-10/12: Smash Mouth
  • 10/13-10/14: Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice”
  • 10/15-10/17: Air Supply
  • 10/18-10/19: Gin Blossoms
  • 10/20-10/21: Survivor
  • 10/22-10/23: Hanson
  • 10/24-10/25: The Pointer Sisters
  • 10/26-10/28: Sister Hazel
  • 10/29-10/31: Billy Ocean
  • 11/1-11/2: 38 Special
  • 11/3-11/4: Howard Jones LIVE
  • 11/5-11/6: Blues Traveler
  • 11/7-11/8: Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX
  • 11/9-11/12: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will run from Sept. 28-Nov. 12, 2012. Continue to check back at the Disney Parks Blog and Disneyworld.com/foodandwine for more details on this year’s festival.

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Night of Joy Tickets Are Now Available at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 1st, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

Yolanda Adams and Minnie at Magic Kingdom Park

The countdown begins. We’re only five months away from this year’s Night of Joy at Magic Kingdom Park – our 30th year. So guess what? Tickets went on sale today!

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $52.95 plus tax per ticket and on the days of the event (if available) for $62.95 plus tax. They can be purchased by calling 407-W-DISNEY or at www.nightofjoy.com.

We’re so excited. Here’s the night-by-night Night of Joy 2012 lineup (entertainment and schedule subject to change):

  • 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.

Newcomers to Night of Joy, Royal Tailor and Dara Mclean, bring the 30-year roster of artists to 150 acts.

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 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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American Institute of Architects Honors Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 23rd, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

Cinderella Castle just keeps racking up the honors.

This month, the Walt Disney World Resort landmark icon was named one of the Top 100 Buildings in Florida by The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) as a part of their “Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.” celebration for the organization’s 100-year anniversary. Cinderella Castle was also named Top Building in the Recreational Architecture category.

AIA Florida is an association of architects with a mission to unite, educate and position architects to lead the shaping of Florida’s future. The members of AIA Florida are leaders in their communities and passionate about good design; the health, safety and welfare of others; and preserving architecture through sustainable practice.

AIA Florida Immediate Past President and former Imagineer Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA, LEED AP, presented the award to Magic Kingdom Park Vice President Phil Holmes on Wednesday, April 18. It was a homecoming of sorts for Lingerfelt, whose 15-year tenure with WDI included working on Magic Kingdom Park projects such as New Tomorrowland, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Mickey’s PhilharMagic.

In March, AIA Florida launched the Top 100 Buildings statewide online competition, inviting the public to vote for their favorite Florida building. More than two and a half million votes were cast, both by architects in the association and the general public. This year marks the 100th anniversary of AIA Florida, recognizing the important contributions architects have made in the Sunshine State. The awards are just one of the events the association has planned throughout the year to celebrate its anniversary, which is Dec. 14.

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