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Minnie Cheers On Her Disney Side With Never-Before-Seen Moves

posted on October 24th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


With some never before seen fancy footwork, unique dance moves and a cheer lift, Minnie Mouse and her spirit team recently stopped by the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort to cheer on her Disney Side.

Minnie Cheers On Her Disney Side at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Minnie Cheers On Her Disney Side at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Minnie Cheers On Her Disney Side at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Performing never before seen moves, Minnie is looking to inspire college cheer and dance squads to show their Disney Side and compete in the nationwide Cheer Your Disney Side campaign.

College cheer and dance squads have until November 10 to create and submit a 30-second Disney Parks-inspired routine using remixed Disney Parks attraction music to show off their Disney Side. Video submissions are being accepted at Espn.com/CheerMagic. Four teams will be selected as finalists and announced December 11 on ESPN around the telecast of the Home Depot College Football Awards show at Walt Disney World Resort. The winning squad will be announced January 12 on ESPN before the college football National Championship. The winning team of Cheer On Your Disney Side sponsored by ESPN working in collaboration with Disney Destinations and Varsity Spirit, wins a $100,000 grant for their college spirit program and a group trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The excitement is not limited to just cheer and dance squads. Fans can get into the action by voting for their favorite Disney Side cheer and dance routine from the four finalists.

For more information, rules and to submit a video, visit Espn.com/CheerMagic.

This year, Disney Parks is encouraging people to show their Disney Side – their fun-loving adventurous side that laughs more, says “yes” more and just plain lives life to the fullest.

ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort has been the home of Varsity Spirit’s College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, the premier athletic competition for these teams, for over 20 years. Varsity Spirit has been a driving force behind cheerleading’s dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today. Focused on safety, entertainment and school leadership, Varsity Spirit conducts educational camps, administrates competitions and provides apparel for more than 350,000 cheerleaders and dancers.

Cheer Your Disney Side Promotion By ESPN.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of 50 US States and DC, at least 18+ who are a School Administrator, Teacher, Coach or Administrative Director, representing a public or private, 2 or 4 year college/university located in the 50 US States or DC. Starts 9/3/14 12:00 PM EST. Ends 11/10/14 11:59 PM EST. To enter visit www.espn.com/CheerMagic and follow the directions provided to complete the Online entry form, and upload your Spirit Squad’s 30 sec videos. For prize details odds of winning and complete Official Rules go to www.espn.com/CheerMagic. Subject to Official Rules. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: ESPN Internet Ventures, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158.

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Glitz, Glamour and Gridiron Greats on Display at Walt Disney World

posted on December 15th, 2009 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Mark Herzlich
It was a glitzy and glamorous night at Walt Disney World on Thursday as the biggest stars in college football were on hand for the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards show. Marquee gridiron stars such as Florida’s Tim Tebow, Texas’ Colt McCoy, Alabama’s Mark Ingram and Boston College’s Mark Herzlich walked the red carpet amid a sea of fans and media before picking up some of the game’s most prestigious year-end awards.

Among all of the star players and legendary NFL pros who served as award presenters, Herzlich really stood out because he won the Disney Spirit Award that’s given annually to college football’s most inspirational player regardless of on-field achievements. Herzlich recently survived a life-threatening battle with a rare bone cancer and is determined to return to the football field for Boston College next season.

Still, despite the fierce competition for each award, these celebrity athletes found plenty of time to have a little fun, hoping on a few of the more popular attractions at Disney. Hey, when you’ve reached the pinnacle of your sport, what else are you going to do except shout: “I’m Going to Disney World!’’

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ESPN Innovation Lab debuts at Disney’s Sports Complex

posted on October 16th, 2009 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


NBA stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were going one-on-one the other day at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Well, in a virtual sense they did.

The virtual image of Kobe and LeBron, which ESPN used in its NBA Finals broadcast coverage this summer, is just some of the cool new on-air broadcast technology being developed by ESPN at its new Innovation Lab at Disney’s Sports Complex.

The virtual player images are part of what ESPN calls its EA Sports Virtual Playbook application, which it also used during its NFL broadcast coverage. Essentially, it allows ESPN’s on-air talent to demonstrate team plays for the viewer by interacting with virtual players on a virtual field in the studio.

More high-tech applications are on the way. Construction was recently completed on the ESPN Innovation Lab, a new building near the complex’s tennis courts, which is where an ESPN Emerging Technology team will now work exclusively. It’s the perfect location because ESPN has no shortage of test subjects given that more than 250,000 athletes compete and train in 60 different sports at the Disney complex each year.

And ESPN has been putting them to good use, testing all sorts of funky new innovations on them – innovations that will be coming to a TV set near you soon. Nothing has been formally announced yet, but word is that a couple of things they are working on involve utilizing hologram technology for something similar to a virtual interview, as well as some funky new freeze frame and zoom applications.

Stay tuned.

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Rare Video of Mickey Mouse Dancing at WDW

posted on October 2nd, 2009 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


What better way to get an early start on the weekend than with rare video of dancing Mickey.

Hi, I’m Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director at Walt Disney World Resort.

This amazing Mickey dance routine is just one example of the one-of-a-kind experiences that take place at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex throughout the year.

We’ll be giving you the scoop on those kinds of experiences and so much more as Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex transitions into ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex over the next several months as part of the Disney-ESPN collaboration to take youth sports to the next level.

Along the way, we’ll take you behind the scenes at some of the biggest sports events at Disney, such as the Old Spice Classic college basketball tournament over Thanksgiving Weekend, the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards in December and Atlanta Braves Spring Training in February.

Essentially, this is a great place to get all of the insider information about the biggest events in amateur sports and some of the marquee names in pro sports.

See you in the huddle …

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