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Thursday March 5, 2015
More Opportunities to Soar, Enjoy Toy Story Mania Coming to Walt Disney World Resort
AMC Theaters to Hold The Ultimate Marvel Marathon For AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
ESPN’s ‘Mike and Mike’ celebrates 15th anniversary at Disney World

More Opportunities to Soar, Enjoy Toy Story Mania Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

DisneyParks Blog - Here at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, we’re always making investments to exceed your expectations – whether it’s creating new attractions and entertainment or making existing experiences even better.

One of the things we’ve heard from our guests is that a visit to Walt Disney World Resort just isn’t complete without enjoying the spectacular views at Soarin’ in Epcot or a spin through Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Well, I’m excited to share that we are expanding both attractions by adding another theater at Soarin’ and more midway track at Toy Story Mania! We’ll also be updating the screens and projection system at Soarin,’ bringing a visually enhanced experience.

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These expansions are expected to be complete by late 2016, offering even more opportunities for you to enjoy these beloved attractions during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

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AMC Theaters to Hold The Ultimate Marvel Marathon For AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
 
Do you think you have what it takes to have a true Marvel marathon?

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AMC is celebrating the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron in a huge way by putting you through a gauntlet of their own. AMC challenges you to watch all 11 Marvel films in a row. Starting April 9, AMC theaters will show the following:

  • 6:00pm IRON MAN
  • 8:25pm THE INCREDIBLE HULK
  • 10:35pm IRON MAN 2
  • 1:00am THOR
  • 3:10am CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
  • 5:30am THE AVENGERS
  • 8:48am IRON MAN 3
  • 11:15am THOR: THE DARK WORLD
  • 1:45pm CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
  • 4:20pm GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
  • 7:00pm AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (RealD® 3D)

As if watching all these amazing films back to back isn’t enough for you, AMC will reward the fans who last throughout the whole marathon with an Avengers logo Marvel Medal.

Participating theaters include

Kansas City: AMC Studio 28
New York: Lincoln Square 13
Anaheim: Downtown Disney 12
Orlando: Downtown Disney 24

Do you have what it takes? Reserve your tickets at AMC’s website.

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ESPN’s ‘Mike and Mike’ celebrates 15th anniversary at Disney World

Washington Post - They didn’t even have to win a Super Bowl, but they get to go to Disney World anyway. To celebrate their ESPN Radio show’s 15th anniversary, “Mike and Mike” hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic are broadcasting this week from the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

On Wednesday morning, the duo broadcasted from Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, where the Braves are currently holding spring training. Friday’s show, broadcasted from Downtown Disney, will include some of “Mike and Mike’s” best-known guests: comedian Frank Caliendo, ESPN NFL analysts Cris Carter and Mark Schlereth, “First Take’s” Stephen A. Smith and ESPN.com senior writer Jayson Stark.

Lest you think the week at Disney is all work and no play, the show’s Instagram account is chronicling the fun the duo is having in the parks.

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Wednesday March 4, 2015
Photo Tour of The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (Topiaries)
Outdoor Kitchens with Menus and Prices
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Returns Today
Fresh flavors mark opening of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Disney's Zootopia Could Bring Back Your Furry Robin Hood Fantasies
Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer 3 is Out
Walt Disney World's Pirates of the Caribbean ride to close May 11 through Sept. 25, 2015
Disney and Orlando City Team Up to Make Soccer Magic at Walt Disney World Resort

Photo Tour of The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (Topiaries)

Goofy about Spring with Goofy, Pluto, Daisy, Donald Duck, Chip & Dale
 
 
 
 

Spring is in the Air Butterflies
 

Buzz Lightyear
 

Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen
 
 

Farmer Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
 

Phineas and Ferb
 

Mike and Sulley's Monstrous Garden
 
 
 

Tinker Bell
 

Fantasia
 
 
 
 

Frozen's Ana and Elsa
 
 

Simba and Friends
 
 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
 
 
 

Lady and the Tramp
 

Miss Piggy
 

Woody
 

Beauty and the Beast
 
 

Cinderella and Prince Charming
 

Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tick Tock Crock
 
 
 
 

Pollinator's Paradise with Winnie the Pooh
 

Bambi and Friends
 

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Outdoor Kitchens with Menus and Prices

Urban Farm Eats
 
 

Pineapple Promenade
 
 

Jardin de Fiestas
 
 

Lotus House
 
 

Florida Fresh
 
 

Primavera Kitchen
 
 

The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews
 
 

Hanami
 
 

Taste of Marrakesh
 
 

Botanas Botanico
 
 

Fleur De Lys
 
 

 

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The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Returns Today

DisneyParks Blog - The 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival starts today, and we’ve got plenty of fresh experiences, food and music for you to enjoy.

Our 11 Outdoor Kitchens are bursting with flavors from the garden, the barbecue and the globe. The new Botanas Botanico features Cachapas with Farmer’s Cheese, a Seafood Ceviche and a fruity La Tizana punch that can become an adult beverage with a splash of Santa Teresa RHUM Liqueur.

Ten new specialty gardens including a pepper garden, health garden of healing herbs, Shakespeare garden and dinosaur plant gardens may inspire your green thumb.

Kids will love the Living Desert Road Rally with Mater and Lightning McQueen topiaries and the Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden. (Truth be told … I was tempted to do some climbing myself on the rope web – check it out!).

Ease into the evening with Garden Rocks concert series. The Gin Blossoms – perfect for a festival featuring flowers and gardens, right? – kick off our festival music offering.

Linger as the sun goes down to roam our illuminated gardens. It’s really a wondrous way to see Epcot at night.

We’ve already seen two of the newest stars make some young guests leap out of their strollers and dash for a closer look. The Anna and Elsa topiaries are pretty spectacular. Horticulture Manager of the festival, Eric Darden, gives us a closer look at the royal sisters before they made their debut at Epcot.

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Fresh flavors mark opening of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Orlando Sentinel - Fresh flavors mark the opening of the 75-day Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. From March 4-May17 participants can enjoy lush landscapes as well as inspired flavors. Eleven Outdoor Kitchens are offering a balance of sweet and savory.

The new Botanas Botánico Outdoor Kitchen between the France and Morocco pavilions will showcase treats such as cachapas with farmer’s cheese (sweet yellow corn pancake) and ceviche (shrimp, scallops and grouper with mango and avocado). Guests can sip La Tizana, a nonalcoholic punch finished with fresh fruit that can become an adult beverage with a splash of Santa Teresa RHUM Orange Liqueur.

Returning menu favorites include garden- and spring-inspired tapas and beverages. 

In addition, guests can enjoy free cooking demonstrations at 3 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through May 17 at Port of Entry at the entrance to World Showcase. For each 15-minute demo, a Disney chef will prepare a dish that’s featured at one of the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens. Home cooks also can purchase a copy of the Taste of Epcot festival cookbook with plenty of recipes to try at home.

April 24-26 Florida Fresh Weekend will feature edibles and plants that thrive in Florida.

For more information about the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, call 407-934-7639 or check out epcotinspring.com.

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Disney's Zootopia Could Bring Back Your Furry Robin Hood Fantasies

io9 - Disney's next animated film, Zootopia, is all about anthropomorphized animals and the wacky world they live in (where one of the main characters happens to be a fox, cough cough). And this brand-new concept art from the movie gives us a great look at that world.

Taken from the Disney Facebook page, these new Zootopia images reveal these animals have designed their buildings and bridges look like their own furry appendages. It's pretty cool!

Disney's Zootopia Could Bring Back Your Furry Robin Hood Fantasies 

Disney's Zootopia Could Bring Back Your Furry Robin Hood Fantasies 

Here's the official synopsis:

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Zootopia," a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard ("Tangled," "Bolt") and Rich Moore ("Wreck-It Ralph," "The Simpsons") and co-directed by Jared Bush ("Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero"), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer 3 is Out

Finally the third Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron is here, Watch it Below.

 

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Walt Disney World's Pirates of the Caribbean ride to close May 11 through Sept. 25, 2015

Orlando Weekly - You might recall last year that a tourist decided to not listen to the rules at Walt Disney World and got their fingers chopped off while on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Magic Kingdom. It now looks like Disney is making sure that doesn’t happen ever again: The iconic boat ride will close in a few months for upgrades, and it won’t reopen until well after the summer rush.

The problems seem to have started a few years ago, when the older boats began bottoming out in certain parts of the ride due to the increase in the number of, um, shall we say more “plump” tourists than visited the park when the ride first opened decades ago. New, lighter boats were added to resolve the problem, but their smaller design caused them to take on water. On top of that, the drop that used to provide a brief bit of excitement on an otherwise slow-moving ride was now soaking tourists when the boats splashed down.

Complaints about the boats were already mounting last year when two separate incidents made the news. One involved a 12-year old boy who had four of his fingers lacerated after dangling them off the edge of the boat. Then, a British guest in his mid-40s got two fingers completely cut off by doing the same thing. At that time Disney closed the ride for inspections but reopened it a mere five hours later with a new rule, which is still in effect now, barring anyone from riding in the last row.

Pirates went down for a short two-day closure two weeks ago, likely for ride for a checkup to make sure everything is ready for the update happening this summer. The coming rehab will last from May 11 through Sept. 25.

It’s believed that the rehab will fix these nightmare boats and return the ride to its former, safer self. The question is whether it will be the boats or the track that Disney upgrades. The rehab will also likely mean improvements to the special effects that have been installed over the past decade or so – mermaid effects in one scene, Jack Sparrow audio-animatronics and a fog screen are just a few of the additions made to the ride in recent years. Many of the effects are breaking down on a regular basis, so hopefully they’ll all get a good checkup.

The surprising thing here isn’t really the closure itself, but the timing  of it. To have one of the most famous rides in the park closed during one of the busiest times of the year isn’t typical. The fifth movie in the Johnny Depp-anchored franchise is open ing in theaters on July 7, 2017. It’s fair to say that Disney would want the ride in full working order by that time.

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Disney and Orlando City Team Up to Make Soccer Magic at Walt Disney World Resort

DisneyParks Blog - With Orlando City Soccer Club only days away from its Major League Soccer debut this weekend, Walt Disney World Resort is getting in on the fun.

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We are thrilled to announce today that Walt Disney World Resort is now a founding sponsor of Orlando City, further strengthening our ties to the area’s newest pro sports franchise which played its home games at our ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex last season.

This sponsorship deal means the soccer fever that has been sweeping Central Florida lately is going to be even more visible in and around Walt Disney World Resort. That’s because we are now the team’s official theme park and resort destination, and Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club are its official cruise line and vacation club, respectively.

When the season kicks off Sunday in front of a capacity crowd of 60,000 screaming fans at the Citrus Bowl, Walt Disney World Resort will have a significant presence at the game much like we will at all Orlando City home games this year and at the team’s new downtown stadium starting in 2016.

The soccer action will happen here, too. We’re planning to collaborate with Orlando City on a variety of soccer events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the coming months, further enhancing the soccer experience for athletes, coaches and fans who attend the many youth and pro soccer events at the sports complex.

Ultimately we hope to leverage our collective resources to further elevate Central Florida’s profile in key travel markets such as Brazil and other Latin American countries where soccer is king.

Hope to see you at some of the Orlando City games!

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Tuesday March 3, 2015
Join ‘Galactic Gathering’ for Star Wars Weekends 2015 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 14
New Tastes ‘Hit It Out of the Ballpark’ for Braves Spring Training
How young is too young for Walt Disney World?
Marvel Releases Captain America Solo Poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron
Enter for a Chance to Win an Adventures by Disney Trip to San Francisco, the City that Inspired San Fransokyo in Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6′

Join ‘Galactic Gathering’ for Star Wars Weekends 2015 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 14

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Disney News - Star Wars Weekends 2015 returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on Friday, May 15. To kick off this event, Disney Theme Park Merchandise is holding a special ticketed event called “Galactic Gathering” on Thursday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Similar to the “Rebel Rendezvous” event held last year, this year’s event will give guests the first opportunity to purchase new products created especially for Star Wars Weekends.

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Packages for the Galactic Gathering will include the following:

  • ‘Rebel’ or ‘Empire’ retail MagicBand (Guests can choose their side when registering online)*
  • Commemorative trading pin*
  • Darth’s Mall Light Speed Pass which gives expedited entry into Darth’s Mall for all five weekends.*
  • First opportunity to pre-purchase select merchandise including personalized Aurebesh nametags, D-Tech phone cases, Dooney & Bourke handbags, Galactic Gathering Disney Gift card, retail MagicBands, limited edition pins and Vinylmation.
  • First opportunity to purchase the new designs of Star Wars-themed Disney Gift Cards.
  • Han Solo-inspired popcorn bucket with popcorn.

Guests who attend this event will also have the opportunity to meet Disney characters, Disney Design Group Artists and Ashley Eckstein from Her Universe.

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Finally, attendees will be some of the first to purchase the new figures for Star Wars D-Tech Me including a Jedi Knight and a TIE-Fighter pilot.

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Tickets to this event are $250 per guest (theme park admission is not included but required to participate in this event).

Registration will begin on March 4 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

I hope to see you there!

*These items will only be available to Galactic Gathering attendees.

The number of packages available is limited and available while supplies last on a first come, first serve basis. Event package and content are not subject to discounts. Appearances are subject to space and time availability and are not guaranteed. Tickets are non-refundable. Event information subject to change without notice.

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New Tastes ‘Hit It Out of the Ballpark’ for Braves Spring Training

DisneyParks Blog - The Atlanta Braves return March 4 for spring training at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort – a fun outing in an old-fashioned stadium with throwback architecture to the golden era of baseball in the 1960s.  

And what’s a baseball game without a hot dog (and a cold brew?). This season the ESPN chefs have their own triple play with three new tastes on the menu.

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If it’s not a baseball game without a hot dog, try the new Fiesta Dog, a foot-long, all-beef hot dog smothered in nacho cheese, chili, shredded cheddar, lettuce, tomato and garnished with nacho chips.

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If you have a hard time deciding, the Double Header kicks it up the hot dog idea with two takes: a mini-bratwurst and a mini-smoked sausage – sauerkraut on one, peppers and onions on the other, house-made kettle chips on the side.

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And the new Triple Play is a hefty 2 pounds – you might want to share this one, with shredded pork, ham and beef, topped with peppers and onions, shredded Cheddar and potato strings.

Here’s the challenge: these new menu items are only available during Braves Spring Training dates – but each one is worth the indulgence. And on the Disney Dining Plan.

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How young is too young for Walt Disney World?

North East Ohio Media Group - They were supposed to nap.

In a well-ordered world, we would tuck our 4-year-old son and almost 2-year-old daughter into our BOB Duallie, the Hummer of double strollers, with their new plush Olaf snowmen, and meander around the Magic Kingdom while they rejuvenated.

Instead, our daughter hollered whenever I had the audacity to put her down. Our son wouldn't stop asking to ride the Liberty Belle riverboat.

So, since we paid $300 for the four of us to experience the wonder of Walt Disney World, I carried our daughter on the boat and tried to assuage the crankiness inherent in little kids who sorely need a nap.

We weren't the only parents who took this approach. Throughout the stroller-laden, sun-soaked crowds of the Happiest Place on Earth, I heard whining and parents snapping: "I said no!" "If you do that one more time, we are not [insert activity here]!"

So why go? How young is too young for Disney?

We went to Orlando because I was dreaming of sunshine instead of snow - and got lured into deals with Hilton and Spirit Airlines. We went to the Magic Kingdom because I loved it as a kid. And because, why not?

The place is overwhelming, the pace is manic, even in the relative quiet of February. But it is magic.

I watched my son climb on Mater, his favorite tow truck from the "Cars" franchise, and shake hands with Buzz Lightyear, the beloved spaceman from "Toy Story

I "awed" as my daughter hugged Anna, from "Frozen," and listened to her murmuring "Mickey. Happy. Mickey. Happy" drowsily in my arms on the way to the car.

Sure, it would make more sense to wait until my kids were older, until they no longer needed naps, to explore Disney World, a 44-square-mile money-making mecca. They were too small to ride Space Mountain and too tuckered to see the Main Street Electrical Parade, and that was just at the Magic Kingdom, the most preschool-friendly of Disney's four Florida theme parks.

I mean, my kids have seen only three Disney movies. While my son recognized "Cinderlella," they had no clue about "The Little Mermaid," the Genie from "Aladdin" or Simba from "The Lion King."

But I remember the movies, and the characters. And I loved sharing them with my kids, whether they were reaching out their hands to catch 3D dancing food during Mickey's Philharmagic show or marveling at Cinderella's castle.

I suppose parental nostalgia is the real reason to take little ones. (Well, that and the fact that kids under 3 are free.) Disney World makes parents feel like excited kiddos themselves.

That said, I gleaned a few lessons from my first Disney experience as a parent.

Make FastPass reservations - for the afternoon.

If you buy your Disney World tickets online in advance, you can reserve hour-long windows for rides, when you won't have wait in line, up to 30 days in advance. These FastPass reservations are a godsend.

I booked our FastPasses for the morning, thinking that's when my kids would be fresh. But when we got to the park at 8 a.m., we walked right on to the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride. For an hour and a half, there was no wait for anything (except to meet the "Frozen" princesses). I should have saved the FastPasses for the afternoon, when kids were cranky and lines start climbing to an hour.

Make a plan.

In my memory, trips to Disney World were serendipitous. My mom, dad, sister, brother and I walked around and saw what caught our eye. I figured since my kids had no must-see attractions, that's what we'd do, with the help of the Disney app, which shows nearby rides, character meet-and-greets and restrooms.

That was stupid.

My iPhone battery drained quickly in the park, and with no clear plan, we wasted more than an hour of the afternoon sludging through crowds, not exactly sure where we were going, unable to find the Toy Story characters we wanted to meet.

Time in the Magic Kingdom is expensive. I suggest making your own itinerary and knowing where you want to go when.

Make lunch reservations.

Again, I thought we'd find a restaurant for a quick bite whenever we got hungry. I hoped we could hit the new, coveted Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Beast's castle for lunch, early. But the line wound all the way down the mountain.

So I ended up waiting in line at a spot called the Columbia Harbor House for tuna sandwiches and fried shrimp. It was decent food, not overly expensive, within sight of the riverboat. But it was definitely time-consuming and difficult to carry both a tray - with chocolate milk - and a toddler.

This, I did right, packing fruit snacks, granola bars and clementines I bought from a grocery store near our condo. Disney allows you to bring in outside food, which does wonders to head off meltdowns. I even packed myself a Diet Coke.

Don't shop in the park.

This can be tough, when attraction exits dump you in gift shops. But as long as you're at Disney for more than one day, make a rule that you will buy no souvenirs inside the park.

This will preempt whining and save time, since you spent that $300 to experience magic, not balk at the price of Christmas ornaments. There are dozens of gift shops outside the actual theme parks, in hotels, at the Boardwalk and in Downtown Disney retail areas, where your kids can beg for overpriced Mickey memorabilia.

Take advantage of free stuff.

Again, this is only good if you're staying at Disney World or nearby. But why not walk through hotel lobbies and take a ride on a free ferry boat? Our kids even got stickers from one of the friendly ship captains.

Buy Disney gift cards from Giant Eagle.

I never would have thought of this one. But a colleague bought Disney gift cards at Giant Eagle, to earn FuelPerks for free gas. He's staying at Disney resort, too, and figures he'll save $240 in gas fill-ups over the next few months.

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Marvel Releases Captain America Solo Poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel today released the Captain America Solo Poster of Avengers: Age of Ultron movie coming May 1st. Below also is the solo poster of Hawkeye in case you missed it yesterday.

 

 

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Enter for a Chance to Win an Adventures by Disney Trip to San Francisco, the City that Inspired San Fransokyo in Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6′

DisneyParks Blog - With the recent release of “Big Hero 6” on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, I have exciting news that will make you want to fly as high as Baymax. Our Adventures by Disney team wants you to know about a current sweepstakes opportunity that could send you and three guests on a quest to the captivating city of San Francisco, the inspiration for the film’s fictional city, “San Fransokyo”.

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From seeing expansive views of the San Francisco skyline to visiting a scenic vineyard in Napa Valley to discovering the magic of the Walt Disney Family Museum, this four-day, three-night Adventures by Disney vacation lets you discover what San Francisco and Napa have to offer. And one lucky winner of the Big Hero 6 Big Adventure Sweepstakes will receive this exciting Adventures by Disney vacation.

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For more information on how to enter for a chance to win, please visit Big Hero 6: Big Adventure Sweepstakes. Also, don’t forget to pick up your copy of Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to Disney Movie Rewards Members who are legal residents of the 50 US/DC, Puerto Rico & Canada (excl. QC) 13 years and older only. Sweepstakes starts 2/3/15, ends 5/1/15.

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Monday March 2, 2015
Disney Sea & Shore Week on ‘Wheel of Fortune’
Walt Disney Studios Promotes Lylle Breier to Lead Promotions, Partnerships and Special Events
A Look at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy Through the Eyes of Three Michelin-Starred Advising Chef Arnaud Lallement

Disney Sea & Shore Week on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

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DisneyParks Blog - There are many partners that we work with at Disney – but it’s no secret that “Wheel of Fortune” is one of our favorites, and we’re always thinking about new ways that we can work together.

Disney Cruise Line has been featured on the show before. But, this week, two more exciting vacation destinations join for the very first time: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa and Adventures by Disney! And with all three together, it’s Disney Sea & Shore Week on “Wheel”!

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I always tell you that I have the best job at Disney… and working on this production may have been the most fun of all. Along with some other very talented (and lucky) cast members, we played host to our friends Pat Sajak and Vanna White as they sailed aboard the Disney Cruise Line, got a taste of Hollywood on one of our spectacular Adventures by Disney trips, and experienced the true magic of Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii.

Pat and Vanna, along with the entire crew from “Wheel of Fortune” made memories that will last a lifetime, as we all traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific. From an extraordinary dinner at Palo aboard the beautiful Disney Dream, to storytelling by the fire at Aulani, to a stroll along world famous Hollywood Boulevard on a unique Adventures by Disney excursion, I don’t think any of us will soon forget these special moments.

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Good news is, you’ll get to see many of these experiences throughout the week of shows, beginning tonight, along with some clever Disney-themed puzzles, a dazzling set, special contestants who love these destinations just as much as we all do. There’s plenty of inspiration, too, for your next Disney vacation as you venture outside the theme parks. And, another exciting treat – five lucky viewers will win their very own dream vacation to Aulani, just for watching!

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So, don’t miss Disney Sea & Shore Week, beginning tonight! Check your local listings for time and channel.

(One last thing. I would never dream of giving anything away. But, just between us, don’t be surprised to see even more Disney fun ahead this season on “Wheel.” No one will know I told you, right?)

Buy a vowel!

 

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Walt Disney Studios Promotes Lylle Breier to Lead Promotions, Partnerships and Special Events

Variety - Walt Disney Studios has promoted Lylle Breier to lead promotions, partnerships and special events.

The role expands Breier’s duties at the company, for which she has overseen event strategies across all of Disney’s motion picture brands, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel, Touchstone, Disneynature and DreamWorks’ live-action releases.

As part of the title change, film-related promotions and nonbroadcast synergy activities will now be centralized under Breier’s leadership. That includes oversight of the studio’s field operations, including screenings and stunt marketing. She will continue to manage worldwide events for the studio as well. That includes the rollout of the studio’s next tentpole, a live-action retelling of “Cinderella.”

“This is an extremely talented group of people, and this new structure will enable us to better serve our partners and optimize our strengths and resources,” said Breier, who has spent the past 25 years at Disney, working in various areas of the film marketing and distribution. “We are very excited about the wealth of opportunities ahead.”

Breier, whose new title is senior VP, global marketing partnerships and strategic alliances, promotions, synergy and special events for the Walt Disney Studios, reports to Ricky Strauss, president of marketing at the Walt Disney Studios.

“Lylle combines strategic acumen and creative insight with a vast knowledge of the Walt Disney Company and longstanding industry relationships,” Strauss said. “She is the perfect choice to lead this newly integrated and broad-reaching department within marketing.”

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A Look at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy Through the Eyes of Three Michelin-Starred Advising Chef Arnaud Lallement

DisneyParks Blog - The ever-changing menu at our French-inspired restaurant, Remy, is created by two prestigious chefs, Scott Hunnel and Arnaud Lallement, who are both internationally known for their outstanding culinary creations. My guess is that many of you have enjoyed cuisine from Chef Scott Hunnel at the award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort. But if you haven’t dined at Remy on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream yet, you most likely haven’t had the exceptional experience of tasting dishes developed by Chef Arnaud Lallement.

Today I want to give you the chance to hear first-hand from Chef Arnaud about his commitment to bringing the same excellence to Remy that you’ll enjoy at L’Assiette Champenoise, his Michelin three-star restaurant just outside Reims, France. He sails with us throughout the year to develop new menu items and work with the onboard culinary team, so I took the opportunity on his last visit to talk with him about his role at Remy. Take a look at this video to hear what he had to say …

 

Check back next week to hear more from Chef Arnaud about his inspiration for creating the exquisite cuisine that sets Remy apart from any other restaurant at sea!

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Sunday March 1, 2015
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