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Nadal Celebrates Monstrous Summer in Monsters Style at Disneyland Paris

posted on June 10th, 2013 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Nadal Celebrates Monstrous Summer in Monsters Style at Disneyland Paris

After winning his fourth straight and record eighth French Open on Sunday, tennis star Rafael Nadal is off to a “monstrous” start to the summer tennis season, so it’s fitting that he celebrated today at Disneyland Paris with Sulley from the soon-to-be-released Disney•Pixar blockbuster “Monsters University.”

Nadal spent Monday with his family at Disneyland Paris enjoying the attractions and interacting with various Disney characters, as well as posing with his trophy. He probably knew his way around the resort pretty well. After all, “Rafa” celebrated his French Open wins in 2011 and 2010 there, which are part of a streak of four straight French Opens victories for him.

So if he wins his fifth straight next year will he celebrate again at Disneyland Paris?

With the additional memories he created Monday with his family at Disneyland Paris, Nadal said before leaving the resort that he isn’t thinking about next year’s French Open at the moment, but rather is already turning his focus toward tennis’ next major event – Wimbledon, which starts in a couple of weeks. If he wins that one, too, this really will be a monstrous summer for him.

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Get Into The Swing of Things with New Disney Golf Program

posted on May 2nd, 2013 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Spring is here and golfers are flocking to courses everywhere these days. If you’re looking to sharpen up your game and hit the links, there’s a cool new program that’s just being launched by Walt Disney World Golf, which is operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management.

It’s called the Players Club and it’s exactly what every golfer needs to get their game ready for the spring and summer seasons. The program, which costs $29 per month, offers members free use of the practice ranges and free daily golf clinics (Monday-Friday) led by PGA-certified golf instructors.

Get Into The Swing Of Things with New Disney Golf Program

In addition, members can play Disney’s four championship courses during select times of the day for only $15 ($10 on the 9-hole Oak Trail walking course). And members also receive special pricing for their guests when playing at these select times.

If you’re here on vacation, don’t worry if you don’t have your own clubs with you. Our courses have top-of-the-line TaylorMade Rocketballz clubs available to rent along with Adidas golf shoes.

For more information on the Players Club, stop by the pro shop at any Disney golf course or call (407) WDW-Golf (939-4653).

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MVP Joe Flacco Celebrates Super Bowl Win at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 4th, 2013 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Magic Kingdom Park had a distinctive purple haze to it this afternoon as Baltimore Ravens fans joined other park guests and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco in celebrating the team’s big win with a parade down Main Street, U.S.A.

“MVP

Flacco rode in the parade along with Mickey Mouse, who dressed for the occasion by wearing his own football uniform, as confetti and balloons swirled around them amid cheers from the crowd.

Flacco, who was accompanied by his wife and other family members, is appearing in the famous “I’m Going To Disney World” commercial that is airing this week. Flacco threw three touchdown passes to lead the Ravens over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII and become part of our 26th “I’m Going To Disney World” campaign.

In case you missed it, here are some photos from the parade.

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Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco Coming to Disney World

posted on February 3rd, 2013 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


The world just saw quarterback Joe Flacco lead the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl win tonight in New Orleans, so the only question now is what Flacco is going to do next. Unless you have been stuck inside Space Mountain the last 20 years, the answer is pretty obvious: He’s going to Disney World, of course!

Yep, immediately after Flacco and his team beat the San Francisco 49ers tonight 34-31 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Flacco stood on the field, stared into a camera and shouted those now famous words: “I’m Going To Disney World!” The iconic moment is being used as part of a national TV commercial that, over the years, has become woven into the very fabric of the Super Bowl.

Flacco was the hero of the game, throwing three touchdown passes – all in the first half of the game – and completed 22 of his 33 passes for 287 yards to lead the Ravens to victory in front of a packed superdome crowd and a worldwide TV audience of more than 100 million. The performance earned him the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

More importantly for Walt Disney World Resort guests, the performance means Flacco will be coming to Magic Kingdom Park on Monday for a celebratory Super Bowl parade down Main Street, U.S.A., featuring balloons, confetti and Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie. It’s the perfect way for Flacco and fans to spend some “Disney Time” which very likely will become magical memories that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Check back on the Disney Parks Blog late Monday afternoon and I will have pictures and video from the parade to share with you.

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Splitsville Hosting Super ‘Bowl-ing’ Party at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 21st, 2013 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


The Super Bowl is less than two weeks away and if you haven’t decided where you’re going to watch the big game, I’ve got the perfect suggestion for you: Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney.

Splitsville Hosting Super 'Bowl-ing' Party at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

Sure, it’s normally all about family-friendly bowling, food and entertainment, but come Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3), it’s going to be one of the hot spots to catch the game. That’s because Splitsville is hosting what it calls the Clean The World Super Bowling Party that day. It’s a fun way to watch the game while also helping impoverished areas around the world.

Here’s how it works: Admission is $75 per person (must be 21-and-up) and that includes complimentary appetizers and open bar from 6 pm-9 pm (open bowling is an additional $20) and part of the proceeds from the event will go to the Orlando-based Clean The World Foundation, a non-profit organization that collects and recycles soap and shampoo products from the hospitality industry and distributes them to impoverished communities worldwide.

And Splitsville has plenty of TVs – 40 flat-panel screens total – to watch the game, plus there are three full bars and indoor/outdoor seating.

The only thing left for you to decide is whether the 49ers and Ravens are going to win the Super Bowl. If you ask me (and I know you aren’t), I say go with the Falcons/49ers.

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Bastos Regains Disney Marathon Title in Magical Fashion

posted on January 13th, 2013 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


“Adriano
One way or another you had to figure the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna was going to turn out this way. After all, it was the 20th annual event, so it was only fitting that Brazilian runner Adriano Bastos, the greatest name in Disney Marathon history, would break his two-year drought and win on Sunday. I mean, what else would you expect from the place “Where Dreams Come True?”

So, after fending off another fierce challenge from his fellow countryman and training partner Fredison Costa, Bastos made it back home Sunday – a la to the finish line ahead of everyone else for his seventh Disney Marathon win in the past nine years and eighth overall.

He wants to get to 10.

It was a day of former champions winning again. Virginia’s Renee High won the women’s division for the second straight year, easily finishing ahead of the rest of the field which included more women (57 percent) than men for the first time in the event’s history.
“Joey

Among the more than 25,000 runners who trekked through all four Disney theme parks were former pop star Joey Fatone, who had never run so much as a half marathon previously, yet completed the half marathon and the full marathon this weekend at Disney.
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The race capped a magical weekend of running events, parties and family entertainment that commemorated the 20th annual event. The four-day event drew more than 65,000 runners, including celebrities and famous running legends, that culminated with the 26.2-mile marathon Sunday that included new course enhancements, a new finisher’s medal, a post-race party at Downtown Disney and spectacular entertainment along Mile 20.

For those runners who are craving the opportunity to run another Disney event, they won’t have to wait long. The Tinker Bell Half Marathon is next weekend at Disneyland Resort in California. Meet you at the starting line!

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Italian Soccer Club AS Roma Announces Upcoming Winter Training Schedule at ESPN Wide World of Sports

posted on December 18th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


You may remember that back in March, we announced that famed Italian soccer club AS Roma would be coming to Disney for their winter training. We now have details on where and when you can catch the three-time Serie A champions later this month at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Francesco Totti and the Rest of AS Roma Will Train at ESPN Wide World of Sports

International soccer superstars Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi, and U.S. National Team member Michael Bradley, among others, will kick off their training December 29, with their first session at 11 a.m., and continuing through January 1.

At the same time, America’s top youth players will be taking the ESPN Wide World of Sports pitch as well. The Disney Soccer Showcase presented by AS Roma runs December 27-30, and features top teams from around the country. During a special clinic, the dream of taking the pitch with the pros will come true for two youth teams. Players from Orlando’s FC America (girls) and Atlanta’s Concorde Fire Soccer Club (boys) will train together with AS Roma in a 30-minute clinic.
Michael Bradley and the Rest of AS Roma Will Train at ESPN Wide World of Sports

AS Roma Training Schedule:

Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • 4:00-6:00 PM

Monday, December 31, 2012

  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • 4:00-6:00 PM

All training sessions are open to the public with paid admission to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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Brees to Host Prestigious Football Academy at Disney

posted on December 12th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


NFL star quarterback Drew Brees shouted those famous words “I’m Going to Disney World’’ after his team won the Super Bowl in 2010. Now, he’s coming back to Disney, this time during the summer to launch his first high school football academy.

The Drew Brees Passing Academy and Tournament will make its debut at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, June 27-30, 2013. The academy is open to all skill levels but is expected to attract some of the most highly-ranked high school players in the country and will involve elite-level instruction from Brees and other marquee NFL players and coaches. The academy participants will learn insider tips related to virtually every facet of the passing game, from the proper throwing motion to throwing on the run to taking command of the huddle, from one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks.

Also, the athletes will immediately get to test what they have learned by taking part in three days of intensely-competitive 7-on-7 competition, a format which has been widely credited with helping accelerate the development of several current young NFL starting quarterbacks. The 7-on-7 competition will be run by KSA Events, the nation’s premier host of high school sports events.

The unique part of the academy is that the proceeds from it go to benefit Brees’ charitable foundation, the Brees Dream Foundation, established in 2003 by Brittany and Drew Brees to help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.

Teams can sign up for the academy at www.ksaevents.net/.

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Splitsville Almost Ready to ‘Roll In and Rock Out’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 13th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Construction has been underway on the new Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney for several months now, and I bet you’ve been wondering how things are going over there.

Me too.

So, I decided to pop by there the other day to check out the place and find out firsthand what’s going on behind those construction walls. Splitsville founders Guy Revelle and Mark Gibson, two of the driving forces behind the project, suited me up in a hard hat, vest and safety glasses and allowed me to take a look around. Afterwards, they talked to me about what we can all expect when the doors to the place are finally swung open.

I was really interested in what they had to say. I thought you would be too, so we shot this video of them talking about everything from the construction process to the excitement surrounding the greatly anticipated grand opening later this year.

 
Sorry, I could only show you a little of the actual venue right now because there’s still some construction going on (some of the video you’ll see includes renderings and video from their Tampa location), but I’ll definitely have a full video tour for you once we get a little closer to the grand opening. Be sure to check back here regularly for more updates from me, in particular when I announce the official grand opening date.


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Fairytale Ending at Disney Golf Classic at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 11th, 2012 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Pro golfer Charlie Beljan at Disney Golf Classic at Walt Disney World Resort

It just wouldn’t have been right if pro golfer Charlie Beljan of Arizona had won his first PGA TOUR tournament somewhere else Sunday besides Walt Disney World Resort. I mean, his performance throughout the week at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic here was a classic fairytale story – rookie player takes early lead then falls ill on the course only to recover the next day and go on to win his first title at the last TOUR event of the season.

Only this was no fairytale, but rather a real-life dream come true for Beljan, 28, whose $846,000 winner’s check was nearly double what he had earned so far this year. And then there’s this: he joins Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus in the fraternity of eight players to win this tournament the first time they played here.

While leading the tournament, Beljan’s blood pressure spiked during Friday’s second round when he also developed a shortness of breath, causing him to nearly collapse at times during the final few holes. After getting medical attention, he returned the next day and continued his blistering play the final two rounds – he had 22 birdies in all – to notch one of the most emotional and inspiring victories in the Disney tournament’s 42-year history.

“Every day I drove underneath that Disney sign coming here (and) it said ‘Welcome to Disney World, Where Dreams Come True,” Beljan said after his win. “And that’s just what happened this week.”

Of course it did.

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