Landmark Disneyland Hotel to Undergo Significant Renovation

ANAHEIM, CALIF. June 16, 2009 – Beginning in August 2009, Southern California’s landmark Disneyland Hotel will start a significant renovation project that will include major improvements to its guest rooms and considerable changes to the exterior of the hotel. The hotel will remain open during the renovation, which will be conducted in phases, and is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

“We are excited to embark on the largest and most extensive renovation of one of Disney’s classic hotels,” said Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier. “This renovation provides us with the opportunity to bring new magic to this historic hotel, which enables us to enhance the Disney experience that our guests have come to expect. “It also reinforces our ongoing commitment and investment in the Anaheim Resort District – working with the city and area businesses to continue to evolve the District into a world-class, multiday tourist destination,” added Grier.

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Disneyland Resort Celebrates Summer Nightastic! With New Shows, Surprises in the Night Sky and Valuable Offers

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, appears for the first time in the night sky, dancing through the air over Sleeping Beauty Castle in Magical! (Photo: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, appears for the first time in the night sky, dancing through the air over Sleeping Beauty Castle in Magical (Photo: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 11) —  Disneyland Resort glows like never before this summer with the exciting, after-dark entertainment of Summer Nightastic!: a new fireworks spectacular, “Magical,” starring Dumbo the flying elephant; Tinker Bell’s “pixie magic” in “Disney’s Electrical Parade”; sensational new characters and special effects in “Fantasmic!” – and more.

“This summer is all about new surprises at nighttime,” said Ed Grier, president of Disneyland Resort. “With the sparkling Summer Nightastic! entertainment and our valuable summer offers, Disneyland Resort will be the hottest spot in Southern California this summer for kids of all ages.”

To enjoy all the fun, guests will find special ticket offers and vacation packages at Disneyland.com, including the Summer Fun Pass for residents of Southern California and Northern Baja, and a “2 Nights Free” offer at Disneyland Resort hotels and Resort Good Neighbor hotels. The special hotel deal provides guests five days and nights of Disneyland fun, for the price of three.

Nighttime entertainment, always an exciting part of summer at Disneyland Resort, appears in a whole new light – bigger, bolder and brighter – during Summer Nightastic! Dumbo makes his debut in the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle in the “Magical” fireworks spectacular and Tinker Bell leads the way in “Disney’s Electrical Parade.” New creatures will thrill guests in this summer’s “Fantasmic!” show, rockin’ bands and DJs heat up a great new dance club in Tomorrowland and the fairies of Pixie Hollow play under the lights for the first time. Later this summer, a new, 40-foot-tall dragon will breathe fire across the Rivers of America in “Fantasmic!”

Summer Nightastic! continues nightly through Sunday, Aug. 23, at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure parks. “Magical” fireworks continue through Labor Day weekend.

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Disney and the NBA Team Up to Offer Mickey & Friends Tees Inspired by the 2009 NBA Finals

LA Lakers Finals tee shirt from Disney and the NBAJune 5, 2009 – Glendale, CA –  Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced an all new line of t-shirts from the NBA celebrating the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers as they head for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The Magic and Lakers share their hometowns with Disney’s two U.S. theme parks, Disneyland Resort® and Walt Disney World Resort®, and will be showcasing the most iconic of Disney characters, Mickey Mouse, as this new line designed for boys and men takes Mickey and friends Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto courtside. With character-themed styles that incorporate the Magic and Lakers colors and logos, as well as the NBA Finals trophy, this line is fun and fashionable for all ages. The collection also includes iconic pieces using Mickey silhouettes, giving Magic and Lakers fans alike the chance to go coast to coast in Disney style.

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Forget HSM4, It’s a Real World East Meets West as WDW and DLR Presidents Make NBA Wager

Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton shows her support for the Orlando Magic © Gene Duncan/Disney

Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton shows her support for the Orlando Magic © Gene Duncan/Disney

ANAHEIM, Calif./LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 3, 2009) – Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton and Disneyland President Ed Grier are squaring off – all in fun – as their local teams, the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers, head for the NBA Finals.

With both Disney parks asking guests “What Will You Celebrate?” in 2009, Grier and Crofton are getting in the act, making a celebratory wager on the outcome of the NBA Finals:

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Disneyland Resort Announces Kitson Kids Coming to Downtown Disney Anaheim

Disneyland Resort is excited to announce an agreement with Kitson Kids for a new retail store in Downtown Disney.  Slated to open in July 2009, it will be the first location in Orange County and the first Kitson Kids outside Los Angeles.  Kitson Kids will be located near the entrance to Downtown Disney, adjacent to AMC theaters.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kitson Kids to Downtown Disney,” said Tony Bruno, vice president Disneyland Resort hotels and Downtown Disney.  “Kitson Kids offers a hip blend of merchandise that Orange County shoppers will only find here.  Kitson Kids is a great fit with Downtown Disney’s eclectic blend of shops, restaurants and entertainment.”

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Disneyland Resort Announces First-Ever LittleMissMatched Retail Store at Downtown Disney Anaheim

Disneyland Resort is pleased to announce an agreement for the first-ever permanent retail location of the popular lifestyle brand LittleMissMatched. Due to open late summer 2009, it will be situated in the heart of Downtown Disney. A temporary LittleMissMatched store opened May 18, next to where the permanent store will be located.

“We are excited that Downtown Disney was selected as the first bricks and mortar location of this innovative concept,” said Tony Bruno, vice president Disneyland Resort hotels and Downtown Disney. “LittleMissMatched offers unique merchandise for the young and young at heart, and is a terrific complement to Downtown Disney’s eclectic blend of shops, restaurants and entertainment.”

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Segway Speaks on Walt Disney World Lawsuit: Do Not Doubt Our Safety

In light of some concerns it has over the public perception of an ongoing lawsuit (as most recently reported on by the Orlando Sentinel here).

To summarize, a lawsuit was initially filed against Disney claiming that those who use the Segway for mobility purposes were being discriminated against when not allowed to take their Segway into the parks. Disney’s response is that a guest on a Segway can not be monitored and that it inherently poses a security risk to the safety of not only the guest using the device unsupervised, but the rest of the guests. In addition, the Segway units can travel faster than walking or, in particular, the ECVs that the park usually recommends, which essentially gives Segway riders a speed advantage. Segway’s response almost appears to speak out of both sides of the mouth since they obviously don’t want to offend Disney and hurt/jeopardize the longstanding relationship but they evidently take offense to the suggestion that the devices are in any way unsafe to anyone (when used properly), at least when taken out of context.

The full statement is as follows:

BEDFORD, N.H., June 3 — Segway feels that issues raised in a class action lawsuit against Walt Disney World Co. pending in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Mahala Ault et al. v. Walt Disney World Co.) may have caused some confusion about the safety of our Segway(R) Personal Transporter (“Segway PT”) product. The plaintiffs in this action allege that the policy of Walt Disney World Co. (“Disney”) not to permit two-wheeled vehicles violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). While Disney and the plaintiffs have reached a compromise in the lawsuit, some have objected to the settlement based on the premise that they prefer to use a Segway PT at the Walt Disney World Resort instead of the mobility devices permitted by Disney. Segway is not a party to this lawsuit and has not taken a position in this dispute. However, since the issue of safety has arisen in the context of the lawsuit, we are taking this opportunity to comment.

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Disneyland Resort Announces 3-Day Summer Fan Pass for Southern California Residents for $99

ANAHEIM, Calif., June 1  — Just in time for summer, Disneyland Resort delivers a valuable ticket offer – the 3-Day Summer Fun Pass, available exclusively for residents of Southern California and Northern Baja.

With this special ticket, local residents can play at the Disneyland Resort for three days within a 45-day period, for just $99. Guests who live in zip codes 90000 through 93599, and 21000-22999, will be able to enter both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, enjoying three days of fun for only $33 per day.

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D23 Gift Membership Cards Now Available at Theme Parks, the Disney Store and NYC World of Disney

D23 Membership Gift CardBeginning June 1, membership gift cards for D23 are available for purchase at Disney Stores in the United States, the New York City World of Disney location on Fifth Avenue as well as select locations at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts.

At the Disneyland resort, membership gift cards can be purchased at the Disneyana Shop at Disneyland, Off the Page at Disney’s California Adventure and the World of Disney at Downtown Disney.

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Details on Disneyland Resort’s Studio Disney 365 Hollywood Makeover Salon – Opening June 26

Disney Studio365

Ever wish you could rock out like some of your favorite Disney Channel stars or become a huge singing sensation on your own Disney Record label? Now you can! From the moment you step into our Studio Disney 365 “sound stage” you will see lights, cameras, and a lot of action! Our talent agents and stylists will help our “stars of tomorrow” undergo a complete transformation getting camera-ready to walk the carpet, preparing them for their grand entrance onto the set. Studio Disney 365 is the place to be with so much to do and so much to see! Studio Disney 365 opens June 26, 2009 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

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