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Disney Cast Members Create ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ CANstruction for Local Food Bank

posted on November 2nd, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Who’s excited to see “Wreck-It Ralph” when it opens in theaters today?

A group of 50 Disney VoluntEARS recently combined their excitement for the film with their enthusiasm for volunteer work by building a “Wreck-It Ralph” CANstruction for Second Harvest Food Bank here in Central Florida. The VoluntEARS actually worked for two months to plan just how this larger-than-life structure would look and be pieced together.

Check out the full project in this video:

A few days ago, the structure was disassembled and the 7,634 cans of food were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

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22nd Annual CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland Resort Breaks Records for Kids Like Carson Bosley

posted on October 19th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


22nd Annual CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland Resort

The 22nd annual CHOC Walk in the Park at the Disneyland Resort on October 14 was a huge success, with 850 teams raising $1.8 million, and counting, for CHOC Children’s (Children’s Hospital of Orange County). Walking teams set several new records, including the Disneyland Annual Passholder walk team, which raised their highest amount to date with more than $60,000, and the Disney VoluntEARS walk team, which contributed $150,000, with matching funds from Disney.

This year, Disneyland Resort offered a one-night stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite for any cast member on the Disney VoluntEARS walk team who raised $5,000 or more. Ticket Services cast member Bill Weeks, a former kindergarten teacher, passed the $5,000 mark as the Resort’s top individual fundraiser. Of course, Weeks didn’t walk for the prize. He raised more than $6,000 in memory of a former student, Carson Bosley, who suffered a brain aneurysm at age 7 and passed away 19 days later, devastating Carson’s family and friends, including Weeks.

22nd Annual CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland Resort

“The good people at CHOC Children’s were extraordinary,” Weeks said. “They worked relentlessly around the clock to restore him to good health. They made Carson’s family feel so special during his stay. They were, and still are, champions in my eyes. CHOC Children’s needs our support because they can’t reach all of the children in need without it.”

Weeks says he plans to donate his stay in the Disneyland Dream Suite, possibly to the Bosley family, in memory of Carson. “I always thought Carson would go on and do great things … and he has through CHOC Children’s,” Weeks said. Since its inception, CHOC Walk in the Park has raised nearly $21 million for health care programs, education and research at CHOC Children’s.

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Disney VoluntEARS Help Tow Away Hunger in Orange County, California

posted on September 27th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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For the fifth year, Disney VoluntEARS had “fuh-un” at the annual Orange County CANstruction event, where they spent nearly six hours “can-structing” our favorite tow truck, Mater, from 5,700 cans of food donated by the Disneyland Resort.

The event, benefiting the Orange County Food Bank, takes place every September in conjunction with the Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., where structures made entirely out of canned foods are put on display.

Disney VoluntEARS created Mater’s main structure from cans of kidney beans, and eyes and pupils from cans of mandarin oranges, evaporated milk, green beans and salmon. In total, more than 20 types of canned foods were used, and “dadgum,” the design won “Juror’s Favorite!”

Check out this time lapse of Mater being “can-structed.”

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Disney VoluntEARS Create Play Space in Santa Ana, California

posted on September 13th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


When Disneyland Resort cast member Adrian Garcia played basketball and capture the flag as a member of the Boys & Girls Club in Santa Ana, Calif., years ago, he never dreamed he would one day build a new playground there. Adrian, an attractions host and video producer, joined Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis and 60 members of his executive team to build a new playground and garden at the club on September 10, along with members of the Disneyland Resort College Program, Boys & Girls Club volunteers and KaBOOM! organizers.

Adrian said, “I’ve lived next to this club my whole life and it makes me feel proud to be able to give back to the place that was such a big part of it.” The new playground was built in less than eight hours and will provide more than 2,000 children in Santa Ana a safe place to play.

Disney is a KaBOOM! National Partner and supports the nonprofit’s vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. The Disneyland Resort has built three playgrounds since June 2011 – two in Anaheim at Edison Park and Stoddard Park, and this one in Santa Ana. Check out the build in this video!

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Walt Disney World Resort Donates Record 3.1 Million School Supplies to Students

posted on August 10th, 2012 by Kathleen Prihoda, Manager of Media Relations, Walt Disney World Resort


A new school year is almost here. Are you ready?

Walt Disney World VoluntEARS Donate School Supplies for Children in Central Florida

Here in Central Florida, back-to-school efforts are getting in gear with a little help from Disney VoluntEARS. Mickey Mouse and pals just gave a record 3.1 million supplies and 13,000 backpacks to school superintendents, who received bus loads of essentials for their students.

Orange County Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Osceola County Superintendent Melba Luciano, Lake County Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, Seminole County Superintendent Walt Griffin and Polk County Superintendent Dr. Sherrie B. Nickell all were on hand to accept the donations and ring a bell celebrating the start of the upcoming school year.

Walt Disney World VoluntEARS Donate School Supplies for Children in Central Florida

On a mission to set students up for success, Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members have spent 2,300 hours the past month collecting and sorting pencils, notebooks, rulers and more – all as part of the annual Back-to-School Supply Drive. It’s one of the many ways Disney shows its support of education and children in Central Florida.

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Disney Cruise Line Builds a Nautical Playground in One Day!

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Approximately 300 volunteers + six hours = one shiny, new playground!

More than 150 Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS joined an additional 150 volunteers from the City of Rockledge to construct a playground in Rockledge, Florida, this past weekend.

In cooperation with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to preserving play for children, the group labored in the heat and humidity, transforming an empty 40-by-60-foot piece of property into a children’s wonderland of slides, climbing walls and zip lines.

 Volunteers mixed and poured 285 bags of concrete, shoveled 135 cubic yards of mulch and planted fruit trees for a custom-designed community garden.  The end result was a space for children and families to come together and enjoy the outdoors.

Crew Members from the Disney Fantasy joined in the effort, coming off of the ship in nearby Port Canaveral to roll up their sleeves while the ship was in port.

Disney is a KaBOOM! National Partner, supporting its vision of safe play places within walking distance of every child in America. Since 2011, Disney has pledged more than $3.5 million to help build playgrounds and gardens across the country with the participation of thousands of Disney VoluntEARS. By the end of the year, Disney will have helped KaBOOM! build nearly 30 playgrounds nationwide!

Although the heat was sweltering and our Disney VoluntEARS shirts got a bit “grimier” than we’ve ever seen them before, we were proud to contribute to something that will bring joy and happiness to families for many years to come.



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Disney VoluntEARS Help Build New Playground Near the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 16th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disney VoluntEARS Helped Build A New Playground in Anaheim

Hundreds of volunteers rose bright and early last Saturday, May 12, to help build a new playground just blocks away from the Disneyland Resort – and it came together in just one day!

Partnering with the City of Anaheim, Anaheim Family YMCA, KaBOOM! and local community members, Disney VoluntEARS built a playground at Stoddard Park in Anaheim that will provide more than 1,000 children a safe place to play. Planning began in March when local children met with Disney and KaBOOM! to design their ideal playground. The children’s drawings were then used to create the playground’s final design.

Disney is a KaBOOM! National Partner, supporting its vision of a play space within walking distance of every child in America. Since 2011, Disney has pledged more than $3.5 million to help build playgrounds and learning gardens across the country with the participation of thousands of Disney VoluntEARS. By the end of the year, Disney will have helped KaBOOM! build nearly 30 playgrounds nationwide!

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Disneyland Resort Sponsors Local Community Garden

posted on April 26th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Happy Earth Month!

Boys & Girls Clubs in Orange County, Calif., Plant First of Five Magic of Healthy Living Gardens, Sponsored by the Disneyland Resort

Last weekend, more than 150 children from 15 Boys & Girls Clubs in Orange County, Calif., came together for Earth Day to plant the first of five Magic of Healthy Living gardens that the Disneyland Resort is sponsoring in the local community.

Participants planted 19 types of native plants in the garden, which Disney VoluntEARS prepped earlier this month by clearing a 100 x 30-ft. area of non-native plants and weeds at Rancho Sonado, a local environmental education facility that received the first garden. The remaining gardens will benefit local schools.

Disney Kids and Nature Celebration alumni Briana Perlson, Katherine Gwaltney and Jennifer Janneck from Brea Olinda High School in Brea, Calif., rounded out the event with a mentoring activity that inspired participants to plan their own, similar project for the planet!

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Disneyland Resort Cast Members Educate Local Students About Water Conservation

posted on April 6th, 2012 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort Cast Members Educate Local Students About Water Conservation at the Children’s Water Education Festival

It’s not every day that more than 5,000 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from 21 cities in Orange County, Calif., gather to learn about the environment and protecting water supplies. But then again, the Children’s Water Education Festival only comes around once a year!

In celebration of Earth Month, the Disneyland Resort and the Orange County Water District, along with other sponsors, presented the 16th annual Children’s Water Education Festival at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., March 28-29, along with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and more than 180 Disney VoluntEARS.

Disney Ambassadors Jolie Hales and Rene Torrico led an educational presentation that included environmental tips and fun facts, like how the Disneyland Resort recycles enough aluminum each year to make a soda can five times taller than Mount Everest!

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Disney Cruise Line Contributes $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of New York

posted on March 1st, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


It’s no secret that we’re excited for the March 1 christening of our new ship, the Disney Fantasy. In fact, we’re so excited that we’ve decided to share that joy with some of the local community, especially the New York area Boys & Girls Clubs.

After the ship pulled into port, Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line, was joined by several Disney VoluntEARS and Captain Mickey Mouse where they surprised the children at the Frederic Douglass Academy Clubhouse in New York City with a $100,000 donation to support the New York area Boys & Girls Clubs.

Disney Cruise Line Contributes $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of New York

The donation will help fund programs at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout New York City that teach children character and leadership, develop life and health skills and expand their creativity and cultural awareness through the arts.

Disney Cruise Line Contributes $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of New York

The Boys & Girls Club and Disney share similar values, in that we both champion the happiness and well-being of kids, as well as inspire them to make a lasting, positive change in the world.

Be sure to check out posts by fellow Disney Cruise Line bloggers and my friends Jason Lasecki and Jonathan Frontado as we get ready to christen the ship.

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