Just about a year and a half after we first shared details on a new program from The Walt Disney Travel Company and Disney Parks and Resorts North America to assist guests with saving for their future theme park vacations, the ‘Disney Vacation Account’ service is now live at DisneyVacationAccount.com.
As park of the Disney Parks ‘Disney Side’ campaign, The Walt Disney Company is awarding a five-day/4-night vacation for four to one lucky entrant including theme park tickets, roundtrip airfare, hotel stay, $500 Disney gift card and a Disney PhotoPass CD with a sweepstakes it has dubbed ‘Show Your Ears.’ Five first place winners will receive a $100 Disney gift card.
To enter the sweepstakes, which runs from November 21 through December 20, 2013, entrants are encouraged to upload a photo displaying them wearing a set of mouse ears that reflects their Disney Side (an alternate method of entering is also available). Entries can be uploaded daily.
Nikon Inc. and Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts today announced a multi-year strategic alliance naming Nikon the official camera of Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Ca. Bringing together a global leader in imaging and the world’s leading family vacation destinations, this relationship continues the longstanding commitment to help guests capture every moment of their vacation.
“The alliance between Nikon and Disney allows us to connect with millions of passionate Disney guests who want to tell their stories through the capture of amazing imagery,” said Nobuyoshi Gokyu, president, Nikon Inc. “Through this agreement, Nikon will play an integral role in helping Disney guests to preserve and share every unforgettable moment.”
Adorned with the familiar images of Disney-Pixar’s animated Cars characters Mater, Lightning McQueen, Guido and Luigi, the colorful Boeing 737-800 named ‘Adventure of Disneyland Resort’ celebrates Alaska’s partnership with Walt Disney’s original theme park.
At a special airport event, Mater himself made a satellite appearance from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, providing travelers with updates on the arrival of the plane as it neared Seattle. After the ceremony, the aircraft officially joined the Alaska fleet on a flight to Orange County, Calif., and will then fly throughout the carrier’s 65-city network.
Beginning today at noon, Disney Parks and Resorts will begin giving away 725 pairs of tickets to what’s being called the ‘Disney Side Event,’ taking place in Stage 17 at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort on November 5, 2013.
The giveaway is titled ‘Social Media All Stars Disney Side Event Ticket Giveaway’ and will run through November 1. It will involve 19 people dubbed ‘social influencers’ who will post — without advanced notice — a ‘fire drill alert’ calling for entrants to ‘show off your Disney Side in style.’ The first x entrants to respond to the ‘fire drill alert’ and click on the respective link will win a pair of park tickets good for November 5, 2013, to attend the event. The alerts, which will max out at 22, will come unannounced through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine via the ‘social influencer’s’ account.
Yesterday, Disney Parks revealed its newest campaign, ‘Disney Side,’ confirming a Stitch Kingdom report filed back in July of this year.
Beginning at noon today, Disney Parks will unveil its next ‘Disney Side’ campaign move — a six second ‘Disney Side’ video contest to take place via Vine. During the contest period, which kicks off today and runs through the end of the month, Disney will be awarding one winning video $1,000 each day starting October 6 (for a total prize pool of $25,000). In addition, one grand prize winner will receive their choice of either a Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort vacation package plus an additional $10,000. Videos will be judged on creativity (50%), originality (25%) and expression of the Disney Parks ‘Disney Side’ campaign (25%).
The official Disney Parks blog today confirmed an earlier report by us speculating that virtual choir maestro Eric Whitacre would be teaming up with the Disneyland Resort to produce a special presentation of his composition ‘Glow’ written for the seasonal ‘World of Color – Holiday Dreams’ at Disney California Adventure.
Submissions are now being accepted, from which 500 performers will be selected and added into the show. Deadline for auditions are set for Sunday, October 6 at midnight Pacific time. A website with more information as well as a forum to answer questions and offer guidance has been set up at WorldOfColorHonorChoir.com.
After introducing several older (and current) theme park-only albums to the digital download sector this year, Walt Disney Music continues the trend with the soundtracks to two of the Disneyland Resort’s traditions — ‘Haunted Mansion Holiday‘ and ‘“it’s a small world” Holiday.’ Both soundtracks will be available beginning September 10, 2013 and are currently listed on Amazon.
Initially released in 2003, ‘Haunted Mansion Holiday‘ features the vocal talents of Corey Burton. Jack Skellington of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas fame, who temporarily takes up residence in the parks’ classic Haunted Mansion attraction, pays tribute to several classic Christmas carols with a nightmarish twist. The album also features a recorded ride-through of the holiday overlay.
As we previously reported, beginning November 15, 2013, Disney California Adventure will present a new holiday version of its ‘World of Color’ nighttime show, dubbed ‘World of Color — Winter Dreams.’ The show — which will be hosted by Olaf from Disney’s Frozen — will introduce new special effects along to a brand new cut of the show which will feature animation from Frozen as well as winter scenes from beloved Disney animated classics such as Bambi, Fantasia and Toy Story.
The Disney Parks official blog today confirmed earlier speculation by Stitch Kingdom that the Disneyland Resort will soon be introducing its first official Marvel meet and greet this year, that of Thor.
Earlier this month, we noted that the Disneyland Resort had issued a casting call for a mysterious, unnamed meet and greet to take place in an immersive environment. Specifically the role called for a ‘6’0” – 6’2” male to play 20 – 30 years old. Look is handsome, athletic, muscular build with broad shoulders. Be able to portray a hero type with a commanding presence. Acting experience is a plus.’