||Fourth of July Fun Salutes America
in a Star-Spangled Celebration
Guests celebrating the Fourth of July at
Walt Disney World Resort will have a choice
of fireworks shows as Magic Kingdom and
Disney's Hollywood Studios present special
pyrotechnics and Epcot adds a patriotic
"tag" to its famous "IllumiNations:
Reflections of Earth" spectacular.
Here's what's in store:
Magic Kingdom - "Celebrate America
Fireworks" will fill the sky at 9 p.m.
July 4 (guests who'd like to begin the celebratory
weekend a day early can enjoy the special
fireworks on July 3 at 9 p.m.).
After the fireworks, guests can enjoy a
performance of Disney's "SpectroMagic"
parade of lights, music and magic at 10:30
p.m. on July 3-4. Park hours are 9 a.m.-11
p.m. July 3-4.
Disney's Hollywood Studios - Special fireworks
will be presented at 10 p.m. on July 4,
providing guests with a bonus nighttime
entertainment extravaganza to complement
"Fantasmic!" (which will be at
9 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.). Park hours July
4 are 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Epcot - "IllumiNations: Reflections
of Earth," which features dazzling
special effects, colorful lasers, brilliant
fireworks, and fiery torches all choreographed
to a musical score, becomes even more dynamic
on July 4 as the normal show is supplemented
with a patriotic finale. The performance
begins at 10 p.m. Park hours July 4 are
9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Additional Walt Disney World guest information
is available online at www.disneyworld.com.
Sounds Like Summer Musical Revival Continues
Musical tributes to legendary pop and rock
acts continue in July and early August at
Epcot as the Sounds Like Summer concert
series brings popular tribute bands to the
America Gardens Theatre stage. Acts celebrating
the music of Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, the Supremes,
U2 and Tom Petty will be featured in July-August.
Concerts, which are included in regular
Epcot admission, are nightly at 5:45, 7
and 8:15 p.m. (except July 4, when show
times will be 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.).
Here is the lineup (subject to change):
June 29-July 8 - Slippery When Wet - A Tribute
to Bon Jovi
July 9-17 - 52nd Street - A Tribute to Billy
July 18-26 - The Sounds of the Supremes
- A Tribute to the Supremes
July 27-Aug. 2 - 2U - A Tribute to U2
Aug. 3-9 - Petty Theft - A Tribute to Tom
For more information, guests may visit
Disneyworld.com or call 407/824-4321.
The Pirates League Sets Sail in Magic Kingdom
Calling all scoundrels, rogues and ne'er-do-wells
- Captain Jack and the crew of the Black
Pearl want you.
The Pearl now drops anchor in Adventureland
at Magic Kingdom for The Pirates League,
recruiting and training Walt Disney World
guests ages 3 and up in the scurrilous ways
Each guest checking in at the plunder-filled
pirate's lair gets an official pirate name.
Then it's off to Muster Station for applications
of beards and eye patches, scarves and scars,
earrings and gold teeth - all done with
the savvy skill of a veteran pirate who
shares his own tales of sea-sailing adventures.
After the new buccaneers recite a sacred
pirate oath, they are officially part of
Captain Jack's motley crew, leaving their
old identities behind. Past a hidden portal
and into the treasure room, the shipmates
have their "pirate portrait" taken
before being turned loose on an unsuspecting
Adventureland - and no doubt feeling right
at home at the Pirates of the Caribbean
Guests can choose from three daily pirate
" First Mate Package: Includes bandana;
choice of facial effects; scars; tattoos;
fake teeth; earring and eye patch; sword
and sheath; pirate coin necklace; one 5x7-inch
photo; and personalized pirate oath -- $49.95
" Empress Package: Includes bandana;
shimmering makeup; face gem; tattoos; nail
polish; earring and eye patch; sword and
sheath; pirate coin necklace; one 5x7-inch
photo; and personalized pirate oath -- $49.95
" Captains Package: Includes choice
of costume/outfit from selection; choice
of facial effects; scars; tattoos; fake
teeth; earring and eye patch; sword and
sheath; pirate coin necklace; three 5x7-inch
photos; and personalized pirate oath --
$124.95 plus tax.
Newly donned swashbucklers can test their
pirate prowess on the streets of Adventureland
where they search for clues and discover
treasures. And for mateys who need a little
more training, learn the secrets for survival
by the captain himself during "Captain
Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial."
Boys, girls and grownups ready for the pirate
life can start the process by calling 407/WDW-CREW.
For more information about The Pirates League,
Fireworks Dessert Party Offered for First
Time in Magic Kingdom
Magical finishes to evenings in Magic Kingdom
can be sweeter than ever this summer, thanks
to a limited-time Fireworks Dessert Party
being offered June 23-Aug. 28, 2009.
The dessert party begins an hour before
fireworks show time with a self-service
buffet featuring a wide variety of sweets
and beverages. Then, when "Wishes"
(or an alternate, special-occasion fireworks
show) begins to fill the sky, partygoers
have an exclusive area to view the pyrotechnics.
The party and viewing are nightly (weather
permitting) at Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle
Station. Cost is $17.99 (age 10-up) and
$9.99 (ages 3-9). Valid Magic Kingdom admission
is required. Seating is limited and reservations
are recommended (407/WDW-DINE).
Exhibit of Princess Diana Artifacts Coming
to Downtown Disney
The People's Princess Charitable Foundation,
Inc. (PPCF) is bringing "DIANA-The
People's Princess" - a major exhibit
of royal artifacts - to Walt Disney World
Resort for a limited time beginning in early
July 2009. The experience, which will run
through Nov. 30,2009, showcases the life
and story of Princess Diana, one of the
most iconic and inspirational figures in
recent history, including a sampling of
the royal dresses Diana chose to auction
for charity and hundreds of authentic artifacts
relating to her life.
"DIANA-The People's Princess"
exhibit will be held in a 17,500-square-foot
setting at Downtown Disney West Side adjacent
to DisneyQuest. This unique exhibition is
one of the largest collections of royal
dresses and rare artifacts ever assembled
for an American audience which provides
an in-depth historical perspective of her
life. The exhibit includes five rarely seen
royal dresses worn by Princess Diana.
As part of this unique experience, guests
will come to understand:
" The stories of Diana's own childhood
and ancestry and how that lineage was influential
in her selection as the future bride of
HRH Charles, The Prince of Wales, the future
King of England.
" Her magical royal wedding which was
viewed by over 750 million people from around
the globe; her favorite role as "mum"
to princes William and Harry.
" Kensington Palace, the royal residence
where Diana lived from the moment she became
the Princess of Wales until her death and
which today plays an active role in preserving
her charitable legacy.
" The historical significance of her
role as Princess of Wales and the impact
she had through that role on the fashion
industry and charitable landscape.
" How at the Christie's "Sale
of The Century," 79 of Diana's royal
dresses were sold to benefit charities which
helped position her as an astute philanthropist.
" Her untimely passing and the massive
media and public interest in the tragedy.
" The charitable impact still being
recognized through her gowns and personal
A hint at some of the items on display:
" Royal Doulton figurine of Diana in
her wedding dress - Made in 1981 at the
time of the royal wedding, the doll is wearing
an exact replica of the famous wedding dress.
" The Black Velvet "V" Neck
- Designed by Bruce Oldfield and worn by
Diana for her official royal portrait in
" Wedding Breakfast booklet - Contains
guest names and two tickets to observe the
bride and bridegroom before and following
the wedding ceremony in the quadrangle at
Buckingham Palace and Clarence House.
" Three-foot doll of Diana as a young
girl - Released by the Great American Doll
Company in 1998 as a tribute to Diana, Princess
"The late Princess used her globally
renowned platform brilliantly," commented
Maureen Rorech Dunkel, founder of PPCF.
"She understood that the many different
experiences she had in her life, both positive
and negative, made her more relatable to
the public. She used this quality to connect
to the common masses and in doing so became
known as 'The People's Princess.' She used
her compassion to bring support to all those
in need and is still to this date, almost
12 years after her tragic passing, regarded
as one of the most influential humanitarians
of all time."
"We look forward to The People's Princess
Charitable Foundation bringing this unique
experience to our Downtown Disney guests,"
said Kevin Lansberry, vice president of
Downtown Disney. "We remain committed
to offering guests new and exciting experiences
they can only have at the Walt Disney World
Tickets may be purchased at the exhibit
- $14.50 (ages 10 and above), $5 (ages 3-9).
The exhibition will be through Nov. 30,
2009. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.
ABC Commissary ceases Breakfast
The ABC Commissary at Disney's Hollywood
Studios has ceased Breakfast service. The
location now starts operations at 11:00
am daily with Lunch service.
Kids activity at Rock 'n' Rollercoaster
The KidCOT concept has migrated from Epcot
to Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Rock
'n' Roller Coaster Kid Spot has recently
opened near the KRNR The Rock Station snack
kiosk. This new activity station offers
children the ability to decorate large paper
CD's at no cost. It is currently not known
if this is the only Kid Spot location planned
for the Studios or if others will be added
around the park as well.
Disney Channel Stars Hit the High Seas Aboard
In a Disney exclusive, selected Disney Channel
stars will set sail in July and early August,
joining thousands of Disney Cruise Line
guests aboard the Disney Wonder for eight
special sailings during the first-ever "Disney
Channel Summer at Sea" presented by
Popular stars from Disney Channel's "Hannah
Montana," "Sonny With A Chance,"
"Wizards of Waverly Place," "The
Suite Life on Deck," "JONAS,"
"Camp Rock," "High School
Musical" and "Hatching Pete"
will sail with guests on three- and four-night
Bahamian cruises taking place July 9 through
Aug. 2. Aboard these specially themed sailings,
Disney Channel stars will help pump up the
volume during onboard deck parties and will
join guests for Q & A and autograph
sessions along with preview screenings of
Disney Channel programming.
The onboard fun culminates with a "Party
with the Stars" event, an evening during
which guests are invited to join the stars
for a special musical performance by a Disney
recording artist. Radio Disney's Ernie D
will broadcast live from two of the cruises.
For each cruise during "Disney Channel
Summer at Sea," guests set sail with
selected Disney Channel stars. A comprehensive
list of stars participating is available
at ww.disneycruise.com/summeratsea. Among
those scheduled (subject to change) are:
July 9 Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical")
and Tiffany Thornton ("Sonny With A
July 12 Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical")
and Tiffany Thornton ("Sonny With A
July 16 Jason Earles ("Hannah Montana")
and Oleysa Rulin ("High School Musical")
July 19 Musical act Mitchel Musso and Jason
Earles ("Hannah Montana")
July 23 Chelsea Staub ("JONAS")
and Jason Dolley ("Hatching Pete")
July 26 Chelsea Staub ("JONAS")
and Jason Dolley ("Hatching Pete")
July 30 Debby Ryan ("The Suite Life
on Deck") and musical act KSM
Aug. 2 Alyson Stoner and Meaghan Martin
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or
to book a vacation, guests can contact their
travel agent, visit www.disneycruise.com
or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500.
Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line
at 888/325-2500 or visit www.disneytravelagents.com.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2009
Every year at Disney's Magic Kingdom special
parties are held for Halloween and Christmas.
The dates for this year have been announced.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20,
22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
November 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 29
December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15,
During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween
Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged
to dress up in their favourite Halloween
costumes. The tone of the event is "Not-So-Scary",
and is appropriate for children of all ages.
Tickets may be purchased in advance. Standard
Magic Kingdom Theme Park admission tickets
will not allow Guests to attend Mickey's
Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is
held on select nights at Magic Kingdom and
a separate ticket is needed to attend. The
event is very popular as special features
include a special parade, exclusive holiday
fireworks, complimentary cookies with hot
cocoa and a magical snowfall on Main Street.
Tickets go on sale May 1st, here's a link
to the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Hall of Presidents - Barack Obama.
A July reopening is planned for the Hall
of Presidents, an iconic attraction in Magic
Kingdom. An Audio-Animatronics version of
President Barack Obama will join representations
of the previous 43 presidents of the United
States as part of an attraction that has
been celebrating American history since
Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971.
Disney Imagineers also are updating a broad
array of show elements.
President Obama's likeness will have a
speaking role, along with "George Washington"
and "Abraham Lincoln."
Guests are invited to a new nightly celebration
at the Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station
that includes a dessert party and exclusive
viewing of Wishes nighttime spectacular.
This brand new experience starts Tuesday,
June 23, and will be available all summer
long through August 28, 2009. The Fireworks
Dessert Party will open nightly to Guests
one hour prior to the nighttime spectacular
and includes a self-service buffet featuring
a wide range of sweets and beverages. Offerings
for Guests with special dietary needs will
Guests are encouraged to call (407) WDW-DINE
to make reservations. Reservations will
be accepted beginning Monday, June 22. Reservations
are not required but are highly recommended
due to the anticipated popularity of this
experience. Seating is limited. Space permitting,
seating for walk-ups may be available on
a first-come, first-served basis.
The price for this experience is $17.99
for Guests ages 10 and over and $9.99 for
Guests ages 3 - 9. Park admission to Magic
Kingdom Park is required. The Disney Dining
Plan is not currently being accepted. Prepayment
will be required reserving seats for this
event in advance.
PLANS UNVEILED FOR "DISNEY'S AMERICA
" NEAR PHILADELPHIA , PA
The Walt Disney Company plans to create
a unique and historically detailed environment
celebrating the nation's richness of diversity,
spirit and innovation -- " Disney's
America " -- to be located east of
Philadelphia in Bellmawr NJ , it was announced
today by Robert Iger, chairman and CEO of
"In 'Disney's America' we will create
a totally new concept using the different
strengths of our entertainment company --
our motion picture and television talent,
our park Imagineers, our interactive media
and publishing executives as well as our
sports enterprise and education executives
-- to celebrate those unique American qualities
that have been our country's strengths and
that have made this nation the beacon of
hope to people everywhere," Iger said.
" We bring eighty years of entertainment
experience -- many of them creating the
world's most original parks -- to this project."
The park will be located on a 120-acre site
the company has purchased or optioned in
Bellmawr, Camden County NJ . It may also
include additional acreage in adjoining
Disney CEO Iger continued, "We have
been looking at projects in the Philadelphia
region for 20 years. The location in Bellmawr
is a perfect match for us, as it combines
several things that match our core Corporate
values, specifically the efforts taking
place to reclaim a once forgotten and dangerous
landfill and turn it into something postive
for the region."
A unique feature to the park, will be its
direct link to the Philadelphia Historical
region via a high speed rail line. Partnering
with the Delaware River Port Authority and
its Patco subdivsion, the DRPA has agreed
to extend the Speedline into Bellmawr ,
NJ . "Bringing Patco through Bellmawr
has been a long rumored project, and Disney
provided us with the reasoning we needed
to make this decision", said DRPA spokesperson
Ed Rendell. "We will be opening the
closed Patco station at the foot of the
Ben FranklinBridge , and Visitors will able
to seamlessly move between the real historical
sites of Philadelphia , and the Disney version
in Bellmawr NJ . Both train stations will
be in the heart of thier respective attractions.
Disney is even paying to retrofit several
Patco trains into an early American theme."
Peter Rummell, president of Disney Design
and Development Company, said the new park
will differentiate itself from all others
in both subject matter and presentation.
Said Rummell, " 'Disney's America '
will allow guests to celebrate the diversity
of the nation, the plurality and conflicts
that have defined the American character."
Bob Weis, senior vice president of Walt
Disney Imagineering, in charge of the project's
creative development, said the park is envisioned
as " an ideal complement to visiting
Washington 's museums, monuments and national
"Beyond the rides and attractions for
which Disney is famous, " said Weis,"
the park will be a venue for people of all
ages, especially the young, to debate and
discuss the future of our nation and to
learn more about its past by living it."
The park will have facilities
to host and televise political debates,
public forums and gatherings of writers,
educators, journalists, students and historians
to discuss issues of the past, present and
future. The Disney-inspired American Teacher
Awards also will be broadcast from the site.
At "Disney's America " guests
may also find themselves piloting a World
War II fighter by way of virtual reality
or participating in a harrowing Lewis and
Clark river expedition inside a Native American
Indian Village or in the center of Revolutionary
War and Civil War Battle re-enactments.
They will even have an opportunity to meet
every American president through the magic
of Disney's Audio- Animatronics (R) technology.
" Disney's America " will include
a number of unique guest experiences:
---- Entering the park, guests will find
themselves in a detailed Civil War era village,
which is the hub of " Disney's America
---- From there guests may venture to Presidents'
Square, celebrating the birth of democracy
and those who fought to preserve it.
---- Native America explores the life of
America 's first inhabitants and offers
an exciting white water river raft expedition.
---- Civil War Fort plunges guests into
the most turbulent time in American history,
and outside its ramparts the historic battle
of the Monitor and Merrimac will once again
---- We the People introduces the compelling
immigrant experience through music, ethnic
foods and a powerful multimedia presentation,
all inside a building resembling Ellis Island.
---- Enterprise , a factory town, highlights
American ingenuity and features a high speed
thrill attraction called the " Industrial
---- Victory Field lets guests experience
what America 's soldiers faced in the defense
The location of the park and many of its
historic themes are closely tied to the
importance of the Philadelphia Region. Philadelphia
has long been known as the birthplace of
our country, and has a rich array of historical
" Disney's America " which includes
the park and recreation area on 120 acres
will create nearly 600 jobs, making The
Walt Disney Company one of the largest private
employers in Camden County . Direct and
indirect economic activity generated by
the project will result in $300 million
in new tax revenues for the New Jersey and
Camden County over the next 30 years, as
well as $50 million directly to the town
of Bellmawr .
The Walt Disney Company will work with state
and county officials over the next several
months to put together a package of public
improvements that will make the project
possible. They also will consult with local
residents and businesses throughout the
planning of the project. While long-term
plans are not final, The Walt Disney Company
proposes to build residences, hotels and
mixed use development of the remaining land,
much of which was slated to become the Waverly
Farms housing development. The projected
facilities, like the park, would be surrounded
by greenbelts and open spaces for the benefit
of the environment and neighbors.
" Disney's America " could open
as early as 2011 if agreements are reached
with state and county governments. The Bellmawr
site is currently the only one under consideration.
" There is quite a bit of work ahead
of us and many hurdles to overcome",
said Rummell. " But The Walt Disney
Company is very excited and very enthusiastic
about this project and is committed to making
it become a reality."
" Disney's America " will be the
company's third location for a U.S. park,
joining Disneyland in Southern California
and The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida
. Other Disney parks are located in France
, Japan and Hong Kong
These were sent to me recently, not sure
of the source however they are not confirmed.
1. STAR TOURS: rehab is rumoured, about
Apparently, the original Star Tours was
supposed to be updated every three years
or so with a new film (ha!). So now, they're
creating a new 3-D film (yes, everyone will
have to wear 3-D glasses). The new film
will be set in the time between Star Wars
Films 3 and 4 (so, after Queen Amidala's
death but before Luke finds Obi Wan and
blows up the Death Star). But here's the
cool part -- they're saying that the ride
will now have hundreds of versions, so guests
will never know what they're getting into....they're
going to film about 25 openings, about 25
middles, and then 25 endings, so your ride
will never be the same.
2. Fantasy Land in the Magic Kingdom is
rumoured to be getting an expansion in Mickey's
Toon Town Fair, a place that was originally
designed to be only a 3-year entry. Apparently,
Imagineers are adding "The Enchanted
Forest," a place, according to the
head story exec, where Princesses seem to
always run into. So, yes, it sounds like
it will definitely be a heavy does of princesses,
but with lots and lots of room for kids
and whole families to have tons of fun.
Looks like it will include musical shows,
story times, birthday parties, lots of character
meet-and-greats (of course). We'll see if
it turns out to be as cool as their promising.
And the area between the castle and the
Carousel is being transformed into a castle
courtyard, complete with brand new themeing
3. As speculated, the LITTLE MERMAID dark
ride is going into both Disneyland AND WDW.
It's taking over the space once occupied
by the Subs.
4. The next major Disney theme park will
be on 2,000 acres in Shangai. The Shanghai
project looks to be pretty expansive, with
lots of lakes, hotels, etc.
5. The Disneyland Hotel is getting a top-to-bottom
rebuild. And the entire courtyard/recreation
area is being torn down and rebuilt. Basically,
Disney's almost rebuilding this hotel from
6. Disneyland Paris is getting a whole new
TOYSTORY Play Place land, which looks like
it's kind of like the "Honey I Shrunk
the Kids" play area, but WAAAAAY more
expansive and with actual attractions. We
can probably expect to see some form of
this in Florida soon, to replace the "Honey"
7. Disney has purchased land in Washington
D.C. to build a major resort/water park/themed
area....basically, the head designer said
that since Disney failed twice to build
an American History-themed park, this was
their attempt to "do it" right.
The designs showed a very large historical-type
resort hotel with an adjacent water part.
They said, however, this plan was in the
very early stages.
8. The POP CENTURY resort is back on track
to be finished now, but the remaining hotels
will be Animation Suites hotels, which are
described as vacation suites for families
on a budget -- and completely new concept
for Disney. Waaay cool.
9. The Tree House Villas have all been
replaced and are ready to be occupied by
Disney Vacation Club members.
10. On the Cruise Ships, the areas for age-specific
programming are being expanded, but the
cool part is the new ANIMATOR'S PALETTE
restaurants -- guests will actually draw
cartoons when they sit down. These cartoons
will be given to the "magic people."
Then later, during the meal, those actual
drawings will come to life and be animated
on the walls next to each table. Very cool.
Also, the Turtle Talk with Crush is coming
aboard the new Cruise Ships, and Crush will
be swimming all around the Animator's Palette
to interact with guests. Sounds cool.
11. Hong Kong Disney is getting site-specific
attractions based on existing ones here
in the states -- for example, instead of
Haunted Mansion, they'll be getting the
Mystical Manor, where a curse is released
inside the house and all manner of supernatural