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Disney’s Night of Joy 2012 Artist Profile: Casting Crowns

posted on August 29th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Disney’s Night of Joy 2012 is just around the corner – less than two weeks away – and we are working fast and furious to make this year’s event the best ever. 2012 marks the event’s 30th year, and I’m thrilled to profile some of our fantastic talent.

Today’s post showcases Billboard Magazine’s top-selling Christian music act, Casting Crowns.
Casting Crowns, One of the Bands Performing at Night of Joy 2012 at Magic Kingdom Park

Casting Crowns’ roots are grounded in youth ministry, not the music industry. The band was started in 1999 by Mark Hall, as a part of his youth ministry in Daytona Beach, Florida. The members of the band are all still involved in youth ministry in various churches around McDonough, Georgia, molding their tour schedule to fit their ministry commitments.

The last year has been an explosive year for Casting Crowns, starting with the stunning launch of their latest record “Come to the Well,” which sold almost 100,000 copies its first week of release and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200. The record went on to win two Billboard Music Awards in 2012.

The band stopped by Magic Kingdom Park earlier this year to challenge label-mates and Night of Joy artists Royal Tailor to a ride on the Tomorrowland Speedway. More on Royal Tailor in our next Artist Profile.

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

  • Friday, Sept. 7, 2012: Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, NEEDTOBREATHE, Red, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor, Disciple.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012: Lecrae, MercyMe, Third Day, Kutless, Chris August, 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 NightofJoy.com.

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Night of Joy Musical Line-Up Announced for Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 17th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


I can’t believe Night of Joy 2012 is less than a month away. This is our 30th year of hosting the top Contemporary Christian and Gospel artists at Walt Disney World Resort, and this year’s lineup is one of the most exciting in our history. Magic Kingdom Park is getting ready, and so are our artists. Throughout the month, I’ll be showcasing some artists on the Disney Parks Blog. Today, we have a few shout-outs we’d like to share with you.

Also, hot off the press are the concert schedules for each night. Here’s how they shake out. Of course, times, stages and performers are always subject to change.

Francesca Battistelli, One of the Artists Performing at Night of Joy 2012 at Magic Kingdom Park Red, One of the Bands Performing at Night of Joy 2012 at Magic Kingdom Park

Friday, September 7

Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage

  • 7:45 p.m. – NEEDTOBREATHE
  • 9:50 p.m. – Chris Tomlin
  • 11:55 p.m. – Casting Crowns

Galaxy Stage

  • 7:30 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
  • 8:50 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
  • 10:25 p.m. – Red
  • 12:10 a.m. – Brandon Heath

Rockettower Plaza Stage

  • 8:15 p.m. – Disciple
  • 9:40 p.m. – Disciple
  • 11:20 p.m. – Royal Tailor

Saturday, September 8

Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage

  • 7:35 p.m. – Gospel Music Association Winner Theresa Bailey
  • 7:55 p.m. – Lecrae
  • 9:55 p.m. – Third Day
  • 11:55 p.m. – MercyMe

Galaxy Stage

  • 7:30 p.m. – Kutless
  • 8:50 p.m. – Kutless
  • 10:25 p.m. – Thousand Foot Krutch
  • 12:10 a.m. – Yolanda Adams

Rockettower Plaza Stage

  • 8:15 p.m. – Chris August
  • 9:40 p.m. – Chris August
  • 11:20 p.m. – 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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VIDEO: An Adventures by Disney Trip to Canada Recap

posted on August 6th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Well, as they say, all good things must come to an end. Our exciting trip to Canada with Adventures by Disney is over.

It was a spectacular trip, not only because of the destination but also because Adventures by Disney makes everything seamless and fun.

And don’t just take my word for it. We brought back some great video of the trip to share with you.

My colleague John Graham, known to Disney Parks Blog fans as your guide to all things Star Wars Weekends, accompanied me to lend his talents for the video portion of this post. Take a look:

If you haven’t tried Adventures by Disney, it’s a great way to travel both domestically and throughout the world, especially with your family. As I said earlier, this was my second Adventures by Disney trip. The first was to Ireland on the Emerald Isle excursion. That was a home run too.

In addition to our super star Adventure Guides – Lisa, Tiffany and Courtney – we had a lot of assistance with the trip including the Canadian Parks Department; employees of the hotels where we stayed – The Emerald Lake Lodge in British Columbia and the Fairmont Springs Hotel in Banff; and the Brewster Travel Company in Canada.

Thanks all. Looking forward to my next destination.

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Adventures by Disney: Junior Adventures in the Rockies

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


I would be remiss if I didn’t talk a little about the Junior Adventurers program – one of the hallmarks of every Adventures by Disney vacation.

Adventures by Disney: Junior Adventures in the Rockies

Each excursion is specifically designed for families traveling together, with activities for every member of the family. Kids (affectionately known as Junior Adventurers or JAs) have events created specially for them.

For example, on the “Cities of Knights and Lights” trip to England and France, JAs take their own Art Detective tour of The Lovure in Paris while the adults take the official museum tour; and in Cape Town on the “Safari in South Africa” vacation, JAs learn the about the ancient art of falconry at the Eagle Encounter of the Spier Winery while the adults are enjoying an afternoon wine tasting.

Each Adventures by Disney excursion also includes a Junior Adventurer Movie Night, where adults are on their own for dinner, and the Adventure Guides and JAs find their own private space for dinner and a movie. Specifics on what actually happens during Junior Adventurer Movie Night are hard to come by as, technically, no adults are allowed and the JAs are sworn to secrecy.

I did, however, sneak a peek into ours – for research purposes only, of course. On “Roaming the Rockies,” the Junior Adventurers Movie Night ends with a sticky smores session around the campfire.

Here’s an Inside Look at Some of Our Junior Adventurers on Adventures by Disney’s “Roaming in the Rockies”

You’ll be able to see some of the JAs and their activities in my final post – a wrap-up of our trip including video of all the festivities. The video will feature highlights of the fabulous “Roaming the Rockies” accommodations in Canada (The Emerald Lake Lodge and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel), our excursions through three of Canada’s most beautiful parks and a report directly from atop a glacier!

For more information on Adventures by Disney, “Roaming the Rockies,” or the Junior Adventurers program, check out AdventuresByDisney.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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