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Team Up with Disney Sports Solutions from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on June 5th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Recently Developed an Innovative Solution-Oriented Program to Make Nationwide Youth Sports Travel Easier for Families

Millions of kids participate in youth sports across the country each year and that often means traveling to out-of-state tournaments, which can be a logistical monstrous summer of its own for many parents, coaches and team moms. To tackle that problem, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex recently developed an innovative solution-oriented program to make nationwide youth sports travel easier for families.

Disney Sports Solutions leads off with pre-event fundraising assistance, including established programs to leverage Disney and its partners such as ESPN the Magazine and Enterprise. On-site itinerary assistance is available at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Welcome Center so teams can make the most of their trip to Walt Disney World Resort, and a business lounge opening later this month allows parents to stay connected while on the road.

Convenience is the name of the game, too. High quality boxed lunches, pizza, group snacks and stocked coolers can be delivered to your team at Disney’s 255-acre sports complex. Coaches, if you’re tired of lugging your team’s bags to the field, equipment drop off might seem like you’ve arrived at your own New Fantasyland. Disney Sports Solutions will take your equipment at the drop off location and have it delivered to your field of play.

Need help capturing your little star’s big moment? A team of photographers can take hi-res pictures of athletes during games, and parents can watch game highlights on a dedicated channel in their Walt Disney World Resort hotel room. Debuting this summer, the complex will bring the big-time environment of ESPN to the guests like never before with its on-site show, ESPN Wide World of Sports Live.

To follow all this summer’s action, follow @DisneySports and the #DisneySportsFestival hashtag.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 1st, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


If you’re a baseball fan like me, today is the day you’ve longed for since the fall. Opening Day of Major League Baseball is here, and that means the return of first pitches, green grass and the crack of the bat.

However, for those of us at Walt Disney World Resort it also means saying “See ya real soon” to the Atlanta Braves, who called ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex their home for the past month.

In honor of the national pastime returning to center stage, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories from this past spring training at Disney. The 18-game slate at Champion Stadium saw everything from a new power hitting duo with the Upton brothers, to a couple of characters you may recognize from “A Galaxy Far, Far Away.”

Veteran Pitcher Tim Hudson Was Back in Action for the Atlanta Braves at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort

The Braves return to action tonight as they host the Philadelphia Phillies on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Play ball!

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Moms Panel Monday: Go Team!

posted on March 18th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


For the first time in Disney Parks Mom Panel history, we have added two very special moms who can help you plan sporting event vacations at Disney Parks. It is my pleasure to introduce ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex panelists Audra Anders and Angie Gregg.

Team Mom Audra
I’m originally from Alabama but have lived in Atlanta for over half of my life. I’m the only female in a house of two boys, a wonderful husband of 17 years and our dog George. We have crazy sports schedules that include baseball, football, cross country, basketball, golf and fishing. Baseball is our favorite and my husband and I have been Atlanta Braves fans since the 1980’s! I’ve been a team mom for years and I am very excited about helping other parents and coaches plan trips to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for tournaments!
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Panelist Audra Anders Has Been Added to our Disney Parks Mom Panel

Team Mom Angie
I work part-time as a certified dermatology coder and also volunteer at my children’s school as a room parent. I served the role of team manager for my oldest daughter’s soccer team for the past 3 years. That meant that I was responsible for registration, tournaments, financials, hotels, and group dining. I am ecstatic to be one of the first sports specialist for the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I can’t wait to share my experience with those families who mix sports and vacation!
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Panelist Angie Gregg Has Been Added to our Disney Parks Mom Panel

If you are the team coach in your community, now there are two moms who know how to put the ‘planning’ in team! Go meet them before your team’s season starts.

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‘Star Wars’ Invades Atlanta Braves Spring Training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on March 15th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


No, it’s not a galaxy far, far away. It’s Atlanta Braves spring training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Today’s Braves-Mets game saw the first mash-up of Disney, Star Wars and Major League Baseball spring training at Walt Disney World Resort.

The good news is your favorite friends from all across the galaxy will be back when the Braves host the New York Yankees on Saturday, March 16 (5:05 p.m.).

If you’re planning on attending, not only will there be character appearances, but also specially themed in-game entertainment, including the X-Wing Sax Quartet, Star Wars trivia and more.

To catch all the fun, check out the photo gallery below.

‘Star Wars’ Invades Atlanta Braves Spring Training at ESPN Wide World of Sports

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A Pair of All-Stars: Mickey and ‘The Kid’ at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 4th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


Mickey is no stranger to kids, especially those visiting Walt Disney World Resort. Today, however, was a special occasion as “The Mick” met “The Kid.”
“Mickey
On his way to the Magic Kingdom, the National League all-star Bryce Harper stopped by ESPN Wide World of Sports to receive a couple of hitting tips from Disney’s favorite all star. (Disney Parks Blog author and photographer Gene Duncan was on hand to capture this highlight).

Of course, if his first year in the major leagues is any indication, Bryce doesn’t need many tips. Last Friday night, Harper showed off his natural hitting prowess with a spring training home run against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. In the video below Bryce also talks about how this wasn’t the first success he tasted at Disney’s sports complex; he also played here as a youth on a handful of occasions for USSSA tournaments.

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A Triple Crown in ‘King’ Mickey’s Court at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

posted on February 22nd, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


It might be every day that royalty visits Magic Kingdom Park, but today ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex played host to quite an impressive court of its own.

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who became the first player in 45 years to win baseball’s celebrated Triple Crown, opened his 2013 spring training season at Disney, with a game against Disney’s home team, the Atlanta Braves.

Detroit Tigers Third Baseman Miguel Cabrera Visits the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Prior to the game, Cabrera met “King” Mickey Mouse and “Queen” Minnie Mouse, before stepping into the batting cage to start work on following up his monster 2012 season where he led the American League in home runs, batting average and runs batted in.

Of course, baseball fans have become accustomed to seeing their favorite Braves players at Disney, but spring training also offers the opportunity to see your favorite players from the Tigers, Yankees and Mets, among others clubs, at Champion Stadium.

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Pro Soccer Invades Disney for Prestigious Preseason Tournament

posted on February 9th, 2013 by Tony Morreale, Sports Public Relations Manager


The Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic is back and it’s the ideal place to get up close and personal with some of the top pro soccer teams in the nation. The fourth annual preseason soccer tournament kicks off at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex today, and we’ve got some new and exciting changes to share.
Pro Soccer Classic at Walt Disney World Resort
For the first time in the tourney’s four-year history, the field will include six Major League Soccer clubs – D.C. United, Philadelphia Union, Sporting Kansas City, Columbus Crew, Toronto FC and Montreal Impact – along with the United Soccer Leagues’ Orlando City Soccer and the North American Soccer League’s Tampa Bay Rowdies. With six MLS franchises in the field, this is the largest contingent of MLS teams competing in a pre-season tournament in the country.

Also, for the first time this year, the tourney will feature four event days – today, Wednesday, February 16 and February 23. And unlike some of the more cavernous soccer stadiums in MLS, the beautiful open fields at the complex are the perfect, intimate setting to watch these world-class athletes train and compete. Fans can get autographs and photos of players as they walk on and off the field after soccer matches.

Even if you don’t follow soccer, this is a great chance to get a close up view of some of the most storied franchises in the MLS. For instance, D.C. United is a four-time MLS Cup champion and Sporting KC will represent the MLS in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League.

The Pro Soccer Classic championship game is Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the sports complex box office or by calling 407-949-GAME (4263).

If you can’t make it out to the complex for the games, check out the action online, as all games will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com (except for the semifinals and the championship game, which will be shown on ESPN3.com).

For more Pro Soccer Classic information visit: espnwwos.com/prosoccerclassic

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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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Dreams Come True in Fast Motion at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort

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


Magical moments happen all the time at Disney Parks. A cool one occurred this week at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, when several Daytona Beach area school kids got to spend the afternoon with NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson.
“NASCAR

Johnson, who was in town to promote the Coke Zero 400 race at Daytona International Speedway next month, raced wooden stock cars (think pine box derby cars) with the kids, who built the cars to resemble Johnson’s actual No. 48 race car. Johnson then spent several minutes talking to the kids, answering all of their questions and giving autographs to anyone who asked for one.

It was a dream day for the kids even before Johnson arrived at the sports complex, because the kids got to do some fun training with various NFL players and Olympic athletes who regularly train at the complex. One of the NFL drills involved the kids running across the field tethered to two parachutes.

By the time Johnson left Disney, there were lots of smiles, laughs and priceless memories that will probably last a lifetime.

Oh, and the kids had a good time, too.

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