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Valentines, and Presidents, Oh My! February is rolling in clad with
holidays and this edition of the Insider is arriving in your mailbox clad
with the latest info and helpful tips. In this edition we cover the latest
dollar saving deals, find out how Disney World is spreading cheer with the
"What will you celebrate?" campaign, round-up the latest Disney news from
around the globe, go aboard the newest accommodations to dock at Disney
World , catch the latest buzz in info Central, and learn how a Disneyland
classic attraction has received a fresh dusting of pixie dust.
Hang on to them
hat's and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the
-Discount for the
Kid at Heart-
at the Disneyland Resort can now book a special "Kid Priced" Walt Disney
Travel Company package for travel now through April 28, 2009. Bookings must
be completed by April 26. Each package include two night hotel
accommodations, three-day Park Hopper tickets and a host of extras such as
admission to Magic Morning, where families can enjoy select theme park
attractions before Disneyland park opens to regular guests.
Ways to Celebrate!>>
As the "What will you celebrate?" campaign
rolls-on, the Magic Kingdom has rolled-out the pixie dust to help Guests
celebrate their special occasions in new ways.
Guests wishing to get a complimentary button to celebrate their special
occasion should now visit the new "button cart" that has been set-up outside
of City Hall. The cart features newly designed Birthday, Anniversary,
Honeymoon, First Visit, and Family Reunion buttons in addition to a new
catch-all "Celebrate!" button.
Guests can continue to celebrate their occasion on the classic Tommorowland
Speedway attraction. The attraction has recently introduced "tailgate signs"
that can be attached to the back of the celebrating Guest's speedway
vehicle. Guests can currently choose signs to help them celebrate their
Birthday, Honeymoon, or Anniversary.
Guests can also
celebrate their special occasion by taking part in the brand new Move It!
Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party. The party kicks-off with Disney
Characters, gift-wrapped package floats, stilt-walkers and other performers
promenading toward Cinderella Castle, as an MC entices Guests to join in. As
the party settles in at the Castle hub, packages burst open to reveal the
Genie, The Mad Hatter, Lumerie, and Sebastian each singing a signature tune.
Everyone is invited to dance amongst Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, King
Louie, Baloo, Woody, Jesse, Mr. Incredible, Frozone, Chip and Dale and the
colorful cast of performers. This exciting new entertainment offerings will
be offered three times each day.
<<WebDisney Round-Up with Mel>>
Disney News Headlines
Around the World -- January 25th through February 10th, 2009
16th Epcot Flower and
Garden Festival Begins March 1
An elaborate "Cinderellabration" topiary and an environmentally friendly
Green Garden will bring fresh springtime flair to the 16th annual Epcot
International Flower & Garden Festival March 18-May 31, 2009.
Combine Two ABC Units
Walt Disney Co said on Thursday it would combine two divisions, ABC
Entertainment and ABC Studios. The newly formed unit, to be called ABC
Entertainment Group, will be managed by President Stephen McPherson, who had
previously served as president, ABC Entertainment.
Group Cuts 400 Positions
The Walt Disney Co.'s television division is cutting 400 jobs, or about 6
percent of the unit's work force, due to the slumping economy.
Trains Now Running On Biodiesel
The five Disneyland Railroad trains that circle a one-mile perimeter of the
park, recently began running on cleaner burning biodiesel made with oil that
comes from the resort's restaurants and hotels.
To Disney World!
How did Santonio Holmes celebrate his Super Bowl XLIII heroics? He went to
Disney World for a victory parade down Main Street U.S.A.
Line Ranked No. 1 Cruise Experience
Disney Cruise Line was recently named the top large cruise ship experience
by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine in the ninth annual 'Reader's
Company Reports First Quarter Earnings
The Walt Disney Company recently reported earnings for its first fiscal
quarter ended December 27, 2008. "We faced a challenging first quarter with
many of our businesses impacted to various degrees by the economic
downturn," said Robert A. Iger, Disney’s
president and CEO.
Disneyland Raising Prices
Hong Kong Disneyland will increase weekday admission prices for both
mainland and overseas tourists by nearly 20 percent, despite the global
Disney Talk Distribution
According to the Associated Press, Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks SKG
production company is in talks to have The Walt Disney Co. distribute six of
its movies a year as talks broke down with current distributor Universal
Honored At Sci-Tech Oscars
Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, recently
accepted an Oscar statuette for a lifetime of work in computer animation.
Fellowships To Honor Randy Pausch
The Walt Disney Company has announced the creation of the Disney Memorial
Pausch Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University in recognition of the
passion and energy Dr. Randy Pausch brought to his work at both Carnegie
Mellon and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Stay tuned to WebDisney for the latest
company-wide Disney News
Landlubbers and scallywags alike can now
live like Captain Jack in a pirate-themed guestroom at Disney's Caribbean
Beach Resort. More than 350 guestrooms in the Trinidad South section of the
resort have received new decor and furnishings fit for a buccaneer.
Swashbucklers can swing their way to Old
Port Royale to find the resort's shops, game room, lounge, food court,
restaurant and entertainment in a festive, island streetscape setting. The
resort's treasure trove of dining options include Shutters at Old Port
Royale, a table service restaurant featuring pan-seared fish and
jerk-roasted ribs. Additionally, counter-service restaurants in the food
court serve up plenty of dining choices: Montego's Market Deli offers a
large selection of soups, salads and sandwiches; Bridgetown Broiler features
poultry and All-American fare; Royale Pizza offers pizzas and pasta; and Old
Port Royale Hamburger Shop spotlights burgers of all types. The restaurants
border a 500-seat common dining area. The Banana Cabana offers all types of
Buccaneers need not walk the plank to
cool off, the resort has recently unveiled a brand new a Spanish
fortress-themed pool featuring stone walls, pirates' cannons, waterfalls,
and a waterslide. Adventures be-a-foot all around the resort, footbridges
over the lake connect the "mainland" with the one-acre Parrot Cay island
play area for children and a 1.4-mile tropical promenade around the lake
serves strollers, joggers and bicyclists. Captains and First Mates alike
can take to the seven seas from Barefoot Bay Boat Yard. The marina rents
small sailboats, Sea Raycer by Sea Ray, pontoon boats, canoes and other
Hurry before all the rum, err rooms are
all gone -- contact Magical Journeys to book your Pirate-themed vacation
Released for May 2009
The Walt Disney
World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event
schedules for May 2009. For guests visiting during this time, you will want
to visit the Park Hours and Events pages to aid in planning your trip.
Remember, all times and schedules are subject to change, so check back
Extra Magic Hours Schedule and Info
Current Park Hours
Fireworks, Parades, & Event Schedules
INTERCOT info Central has recently updated the following sections to keep
you up-to-date as you plan your Disney World Vacation.
Closing & Refurbishment Schedule
Historic Temp Averages by Day
Star Wars Weekends
International Flower & Garden Festival
<< A Whole New (Small)
A beloved Disneyland attraction
returned to Fantasyland on February 6th, 2009 when "it's a small world"
re-opened with some new storytelling magic. With the premiere of a new
scene, new musical enhancements, and a new look for some of the attraction’s
familiar child dolls, "it's a small world" once again takes guests of all
ages on the happiest cruise that ever sailed.
This classic attraction has been
renovated and enhanced while retaining the world-renowned charm that holds
such a special place in the hearts of Disneyland guests. The "it's a small
world" journey continues to celebrate children of the world and their
message of harmony and friendship. And now, for the first time, guests will
be able to find some of the child dolls dressed as their favorite Disney
characters, in the countries where their stories take place.
Guests will enjoy riding "it's a small
world" again and again as they search for the 29 Disney and Disney/Pixar
characters now represented in the attraction. Some appear as child dolls and
some are playful-looking toys, such as the White Rabbit who accompanies
Alice. The new doll costumes and toys are fashioned in the same artistic
style that has made "it's a small world" an icon around the globe. That
style was created by art director, color stylist and Disney Legend Mary
Blair, whose sense of design shaped "it's a small world" from the very
beginning. Among the enhancements is a new Spirit of America scene based on
original concept art by Disney Legend Mary Blair, in keeping with the "it's
a small world" theme that friendship crosses all nations, including the
United States. Additional fresh touches will be heard in the augmented "it’s
a small world" soundtrack. The renowned "it's a small world" song, written
by Academy Award-winning composers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, will
still play throughout the attraction. Now, however, some subtle film music
is woven into the song as counterpoint melodies, fitting the characters and
scenes. All of the boats in "it's a small world" are new and designed to
evoke the look and feel of boats that children of the world might play with
Details, Discussion, and Pictures
This edition has
come to a close, but exciting happenings continue to roll-on at the Walt
Disney World and Disneyland resorts. Whether you might be looking most
forward to a stay like a swashbuckler at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort;
celebrating a special occasion in style at the Magic Kingdom; or taking-in
the rejuvenated magic on the happiest cruise that ever sailed at Disneyland,
its shaping up to be an exciting year at the Disney Resorts on both coasts.
We'll be back in a few weeks with more insightful columns to help you plan a
great Disney vacation. See ya real soon!
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