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Disneyland Band Concerts Mark 30 Years of Educating Local Youth

posted on March 20th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


For 30 years now, the Disneyland Band has traveled to various venues throughout Orange County to educate more than 1.5 million second-graders about the history of the American Band. In fact, I remember attending the Disneyland Resort Salutes the American Band concert series when I was in elementary school! (Who can forget a field trip to see Mickey Mouse?) To celebrate the milestone anniversary, a few of the people who make the experience possible explain the program and its importance in this video!

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Cast Member Competitions Benefit Local Charities at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 13th, 2013 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


One of the benefits of working at the Disneyland Resort is the opportunity to participate in special events designed especially for cast members. Recently, two cast favorites took place after hours with proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations.
Orange County's Pacific Symphony was Awarded With $5000 at This Year's Minnie's Moonlit Madness Event
On February 28, 350 teams of cast members and employees from around The Walt Disney Company, along with family and friends, took part in this year’s Minnie’s Moonlit Madness. The event consisted of a Disney trivia-based quiz, followed by a scavenger hunt inside Disneyland park where four-person teams tested their music savvy under a “Soundsational” theme with a special catch: to complete 10 assignments by midnight while connected by rope!

Participants this year included a team of cast members from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai`i. Entry fees benefited Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, which was presented with $5,000 at the event!
The First “More Than 250 Cast Members Participated in 'Flashback' at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park
Days later, the lights of the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park shone brightly when more than 250 cast members participated in “Flashback”, an annual production where cast members produce and star in their own mini-musicals. Each year, four teams of cast members representing various areas of the Disneyland Resort perform for family and friends after nearly two months of practice and production.

The first “Flashback” performance was in the Golden Horseshoe in 1998. Over the years, the event has gained popularity and grown to attract an audience of thousands, with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting local charities – more than $250,000 donated over the past 15 years. This year’s event benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County with $15,000 each!

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Disney VoluntEARS Spend ‘A Day at the Beach’ to Help Keep Florida’s Coastline Clean

posted on January 29th, 2013 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


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More than 150 VoluntEARS from Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line did their part on Friday, January 25, to help clean up a stretch of beach along Florida’s coastline.
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With temperatures in the 70s that turned this January morning into a perfect day at the beach, Disney VoluntEARS worked alongside friends, family and community partners from Keep Brevard Beautiful, the United States Coast Guard and the Canaveral Port Authority.
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By the end of the cleanup, the team cleared more than 250 pounds of trash and debris from coastal areas near the Disney Cruise Line terminal in Port Canaveral. Picking up litter keeps our shores pristine and safe for beachgoers to enjoy, while also preventing trash from harming wildlife such as sea turtles, birds and fish.
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Disney VoluntEARS have supported local coastal cleanup efforts for almost two decades. Their commitment has contributed to the removal of approximately 40,000 pounds of trash along fragile waterways.

Nice work for a day at the beach!

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Giving Around the Community from the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 24th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Happy holidays, Disney Parks Blog!

As in years past, please enjoy caroling about the ways in which the Disneyland Resort supported the local community in 2012. And if you don’t feel like caroling, check out the video instead – it recaps many of the Resort’s efforts to support the community during a year that was not only focused on the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure park, but also on enriching the lives of our neighbors!

Giving Around the Community
To the tune of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Giving around the community
At the Disneyland Resort,
Helping nonprofits in the OC
New records to report!

Giving around the community
More than $16 million bucks*,
CALIFORNIA letters for the state fair
Traveled north on flatbed trucks.

You may get a sentimental feeling,
When you hear:
Disney VoluntEARS have been on duty
Ninety-two thousand hours this year.

Giving around the community
$5 million for CHOC’s lobby,
After school programs in Anaheim
Kids find a safe hobby.

Giving around the community
KaBOOM! playgrounds down the street,
Collecting toys for families
Gardens for schools complete.

You may get a sentimental feeling,
When you hear:
Make-A-Wish and military
Guests attended Cars Land premiere.

Giving around the community
Healthy cooking videos,
College scholarships and arts grants
How quickly another year goes!

*Amount includes cash, Disney VoluntEARS hours and in-kind donations

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Disney Cruise Line Brings Holiday Cheer to Port Communities

posted on December 19th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


Disney Cruise Line crew members who donated their time as Disney VoluntEARS put smiles on the faces of more than 2,600 people in less than a week in nine of the port communities that our ships call home.

That’s a lot of cheer!
Disney Cruise Line Brings Holiday Cheer to Port Communities

From helping deliver toys to deserving children to creating holiday crafts with senior citizens, these Disney VoluntEARS made a difference in communities throughout The Bahamas, The Caribbean, Mexico and Port Canaveral.
Disney Cruise Line Brings Holiday Cheer to Port Communities

Officers and crew on all four ships collected toys to benefit the US Marines Toys For Tots Foundation, while crew members living on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, delivered 1,200 storybooks to children in the surrounding Abaco Islands.

Throughout 2012, Disney Cruise Line cast and crew members contributed more than 4,500 community service hours, supporting a number of causes benefitting children and families, as well as the environment.

How does your family give back during the holiday season?


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Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members Show the True Meaning of the Holiday Season

posted on December 13th, 2012 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is easy to forget the true meaning of the season! Today I got a big lesson about generosity, compassion and caring for others from our Walt Disney World Resort cast members who donated 35,000 toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members Show the True Meaning of the Holiday Season by Donating Toys to the Toys for Tots Program

Mickey Mouse was there and so were the Marines; all coming together as one big community to make sure that many kids in need have at least one present to open during the holidays. Our Disney VoluntEARS are also giving 7,100 hours of their time to help the U.S. Marines with everything from registering families to sorting and packing toys.

Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members Show the True Meaning of the Holiday Season by Donating Toys to the Toys for Tots Program

Since Walt Disney and his animators designed the original Toys for Tots logo 60 years ago, Disney has supported this program that puts the season of sharing in the right perspective.

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Community Leaders Enjoy the Candlelight Processional at Epcot

posted on December 4th, 2012 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


It’s hard to get in the spirit of the holiday season when the calendar shows it’s December but the temperature in Orlando is 81 degrees. But last night I was able to feel the true magic of the season when, for the first time as a cast member, I experienced the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Andy Garcia Narrates the Candlelight Processional at Epcot

The experience was even more special as I was surrounded by hundreds of community leaders and friends who were invited by Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy this unique holiday tradition. The music of the 50-piece orchestra was touching, the voices of the community choirs were inspiring and the deep and familiar voice of celebrity narrator Andy Garcia was a treat.

Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France, Presented $100,000 Donation to Central Florida Organizations During the Candlelight Processional at Epcot

But the true highlight of the evening was $100,000 donation that Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France, presented to two local organizations that help address homelessness and its underlying causes here in Central Florida. Receiving $50,000 each, the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida provides food, shelter, and support services to people who are homeless and the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness is working to end homelessness in Central Florida.

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Central Florida Community Leaders Get First Look at New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 15th, 2012 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


More Than 150 Community Leaders Gathered to Hear About the Positive Impact New Fantasyland is Having on Central Florida

More than 150 community leaders yesterday got a glimpse of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history. In between sampling the fare at Be Our Guest Restaurant and experiencing attractions like Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid and Enchanted Tales with Belle, on Wednesday they heard about the positive impact New Fantasyland is having on Central Florida.

More Than 150 Community Leaders Gathered to Hear About the Positive Impact New Fantasyland is Having on Central Florida

“There is no better way to celebrate this landmark occasion than by sharing New Fantasyland with our Central Florida friends and neighbors,” said Meg Crofton, president, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France. “Not only is this magical, story-filled land a milestone for Walt Disney World Resort, it’s a boost for local jobs and businesses, and it offers families yet another reason to visit Central Florida.”

More Than 150 Community Leaders Gathered to Hear About the Positive Impact New Fantasyland is Having on Central Florida

The expansion has created jobs and economic opportunity for the region. Since work began in 2010, New Fantasyland has generated 700 construction jobs. And when it’s complete in 2014, it will have added another 800 operational jobs, ranging from skilled mechanical jobs to management positions.

More Than 150 Community Leaders Gathered to Hear About the Positive Impact New Fantasyland is Having on Central Florida

“Walt Disney World Resort is an integral part of the fabric of Central Florida, so it’s rewarding to help build this unique feature of the Magic Kingdom Park from the ground up,” said Brian Butler of JCB Construction, a minority-owned underground utility and site development firm based in Orlando. “Because of this project, we were also able to retain many valuable employees.”

More Than 150 Community Leaders Gathered to Hear About the Positive Impact New Fantasyland is Having on Central Florida

In celebrating the upcoming grand opening of New Fantasyland with the community, yesterday’s event also included a $55,000 donation to the Orange County Library System. The donation honors Belle’s love of reading and 1955, the year the first Fantasyland opened at the Disneyland Resort.

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Disneyland Resort VoluntEARS Support Anaheim Veterans

posted on November 12th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disney VoluntEARS recently celebrated Anaheim-area veterans by working with The Mission Continues, an organization that challenges veterans to serve and lead in communities across America. On November 3, Disney VoluntEARS visited Veterans First in Anaheim for a work day where they, along with other volunteers from The Mission Continues, painted, landscaped and performed general maintenance at the facility, which provides housing for homeless and at-risk veterans in the area.
Disney VoluntEARS, Including Veteran Manny Kiesser, Visit Veterans First in Anaheim for a Work Day

“It was an honor to work with the Disney VoluntEARS and The Mission Continues teams at the Veteran’s First home on Saturday,” said Disney VoluntEAR and veteran Manny Kiesser. “Veterans really do have an unspoken bond that spans generations and even the branch you served with. So as a veteran, it felt really special to be working alongside veterans again – and with others who care about us. It was even more special to be able to help out some other, less fortunate veterans. I served with the Marines and our motto is Semper Fidelis – Always Faithful. On Saturday, we kept the faith with our vets, and I’m grateful to Disney for providing the opportunity.”

The Mission Continues is one of the organizations to which Disney has provided a grant through the Heroes Work Here initiative, launched in March 2012. Disney committed to providing at least 1,000 jobs and career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans over the next three years, supporting military families and veterans during their transition into civilian life, and launching a national public awareness campaign to encourage all employers across the U.S. to hire veterans.


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Walt Disney World Resort Shares New Fantasyland with Central Florida Kids

posted on November 12th, 2012 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


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Mickey Mouse and his closest pals stood beneath the arches of the castle wall in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park to welcome them.
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Belle was excited to meet them in her library.
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And Gaston waited outside his tavern to offer them a mug of LeFou’s Brew.

While New Fantasyland officially opens December 6, we were excited to open the gates for an exclusive sneak peek this weekend with some of our most important neighbors. Dozens of members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, who share Belle’s love of learning, were among the first to experience the latest example of Disney storytelling. They found themselves inside the pages of some of their favorite stories by experiencing the new Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and a double dose of Dumbo The Flying Elephant.
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Their excitement and laughter truly added to the magic of this enchanted place. And I can’t think of a better way to write a new chapter of Disney history than by creating childhood memories in a land where the pages of a book come to life. Fantasyland is here for these kids to enjoy today and for years to come.


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