Just in time for the holiday season, United Way (UW) is announcing The Benefit Sale, hosted and sponsored by Walt Disney World Resort. Supporting the efforts of UW and other local nonprofit agencies, the inaugural retail event on Saturday, November 6 from 5:30 – 9:30 a.m. will feature incredible discounts of up to 50 to 75 percent off select merchandise at many of the participating Downtown Disney locations.
Access will be limited; a special voucher will be required for entry and can be purchased in advance for $5 from HFUW or from local participating nonprofit agencies. All of the proceeds from the sale of vouchers will go directly to HFUW and the 94 health and human service programs it supports through nearly 50 social services agencies throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
“The Benefit Sale is a great way for residents to kick-start their holiday shopping while helping their friends, family and neighbors in need,” said Robert H. (Bob) Brown, HFUW President/CEO. “We all know someone who’s been tremendously impacted by today’s economy. United Way and our partner agencies are doing everything that we can to help residents who are in dire need. Your contribution by purchasing a voucher to The Benefit Sale will have a tremendous, lasting affect for so many people right here in our own community.”
In addition to helping Central Floridians in need, residents can enjoy great discounts for early birds. The sale will also feature door buster specials, surprise markdowns and more from Downtown Disney area merchandise locations.
Also, special boutiques from Epcot will be offering several unique assortments in a rare opportunity to shop from outside the park. Beauty specialists from Dior, Pucci, Acqua di Parma, Guerlain and Givenchy will be on hand with special offers on the latest cosmetics and fragrances.
A preview of many other special promotions, product launches and discounts from Walt Disney World Resort will be updated throughout October and can be viewed in advance at www.thebenefitsale.com.
On Nov. 6, only shoppers with vouchers will receive wristbands to gain access to The Benefit Sale. Wristbands will be required for admission to the Downtown Disney merchandise locations during the hours of The Benefit Sale. Vouchers and wristbands are not required for children ages 12 and under. To purchase vouchers for The Benefit Sale or for more information about Heart of Florida United Way, please visit www.hfuw.org or www.thebenefitsale.com.
A rhythmic and artful Skipping Ropes act joins the cast of La Nouba, an original Cirque du Soleil production performed at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The pair of Japanese rope skippers balance speed, grace and agility in a series of solo, duo and group rope formations.
Photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.
Walt Disney World has made guidemaps available for its annual Night of Joy event which takes place at Magic Kingdom this year on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11.
The guidemaps feature listings of available attractions, dining and shopping experiences as well as the schedule for each night and the various stage locations as well as other goings-on those evenings.
Between now and December 31, 2010, D23 members and up to 5 guests will receive a 15% discount off meals (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities) when they dine at the House of Blues at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney district when they present their D23 membership card to the server.
House of Blues was founded in 1992 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has grown to more than a dozen eateries across the United States. Along with their sumptuous cuisine, House of Blues has played host to some of the biggest names in the recording industry in their Music Hall venues, and their infamous Gospel Brunch has become an institution with inspiring music and a bountiful buffet.
This offer cannot be combined with any other offers and is valid only at the House of Blues Orlando. Some restrictions may apply.
The Vinylmation Nightmare Before Christmas 3″ and 9″ figures will be released at D-Street at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts on September 10, 2010 a per the official Vinylmation blog.
The 9″ Oogie Boogie and Santa Jack (with elf) figures are limited to an edition size of 1,000
On Tuesday, July 20, D23 will be hosting a member mixer event at the House of Blues at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney West Side from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The event is free for members and does not require tickets attend the event. Proof of membership is required and easy D23 member may bring up to three non-members as guests. Each D23 member attending the event will also receive a coupon good for 15% off merchandise at the House of Blues as well as a special gift.
As a west-coast counterpart to the Last Tour to Endor event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, D23 will be sponsoring a Final Flight event at the Disneyland Resort on July 26, 2010 from 10 pm – midnight. Tickets for the event are free and will become available online on a limited basis on July 14 at 10 am PT. Guests will check in at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney and receive a commemorative boarding pass for their trip as well as a strand of ‘intergalactic beads.’ Once the park has been cleared, event attendees will be led into Disneyland where they’ll get to be the very last to ride Star Tours before it closes until May, 2011 to re-open as Star Tours II. More information on the event can be found here.
Finally, on September 26, the day after the Destination D event ends, D23 will hold the Great Disney Scavenger Hunt throughout the Disneyland Resort. Teams of 2 – 4 players each will compete for prizes as they’re sent throughout the resort on their scavenger hunt (a digital camera is required). Only the leader for each team needs to register for the event which is open to non-D23 members as well. Registration for a D23 member team is $50 while registration for a non-member team is $75 and is available on a limited basis beginning July 12. For full details on the event, click here.
Destination D tickets will also become available online July 12 and will cost $125 per individual or can be bundled with a D23 Great Disney Scavenger Hunt team for $165. The full schedule for the two-day event can be found here.
We have previously advised that both the Urban #4 and Have a Laugh Vinylmation series will be released at the Disneyland Resort on July 2.
We can now confirm that both series will become available at D-Street at the Walt Disney World Resort’s Downtown Disney West Side exactly one week later on July 9.
Both series have already been on sale at the new Disney Store in Montebello, CA, the first Disney Store to sell Vinylmation figures. Although the store has also been selling the Toy Story series, no release dates for the Parks have been made available to us at this time.
Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels are giving vacationers another reason to enjoy Summer Nightastic! at the Walt Disney World Resort with special discounts up to 25 percent off regular rates good from now through August 14, 2010 or later.
Summer nights at Walt Disney World Resort enchant theme park guests when the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot present special events designed to add summertime energy to the after-dark theme-park experience. Summer Nightastic! — which runs from June 6, 2010 through August 14, 2010 — lights up the entertainment experience at the Vacation Kingdom with the return of the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade, a fireworks extravaganza, a rockin? dance party, concerts and more.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror adds new effects — and a summer-only drop sequence — to the mix for guests daring to step into the attraction?s infamous service elevator. On nearby Hollywood Boulevard, guests are invited to the Rock n? Glow Dance Party, where a DJ and live rock band keep popular tunes coming five nights a week. And at Epcot, live Sounds Like Summer tribute-band concerts rock guests each evening from June 12 to July 31 with familiar tunes ranging from Hotel California to Stayin’ Alive.
Visitors planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort for Summer Nightastic! will find special savings at Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. The Royal Plaza is featuring Hot Summer Night values with rates starting at $69 per night, with a free upgrade to deluxe tower rooms. Guests also receive the Royal Savings Passport at check-in, which features up to $275 in additional savings throughout the hotel. Passport offers include: 25 percent off a dinner check at the hotel?s restaurant (up to a $50 value), buy one movie and get one free, buy one 16-inch pizza and get one of equal or lesser value for free, and 50 percent off the second night of a subsequent stay at the property. Guests must reserve a room by June 30, 2010 and travel between now and Sept 30, 2010.
On July 24, 2010, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. local times, Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can enjoy an early shopping opportunity with incredible discounts of up to 50% off select merchandise items, special doorbusters, surprise markdowns and more at the World of Disney® Store in the Downtown Disney® District. The first 1000 Annual Passholders or Disney Vacation Club Members at the World of Disney® Store on July 24, 2010, will receive a complimentary gift.
A valid Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member I.D. must be presented to enter the World of Disney® store for the early shopping opportunities and must be presented at time of purchase to receive offers. Merchandise and offers valid while supplies last. Offers not valid on any previous purchases nor for phone, e-mail , on-line, or mail orders. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Other restrictions may apply. Information and offers are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
A new store has joined the unique collection of shopping and dining experiences in the Downtown Disney area with the opening of D Street, where urban-inspired product “intersects” with a Disney creative edge.
D Street is located in Downtown Disney West Side and showcases a mix of products for both men and women. Items include cutting-edge apparel, pop culture novelties and Vinylmation™ collectibles. The store offers an unfinished “industrial look” with fun, oversized props adorning the venue.
Product lines feature vintage looks from Disney and urban influences. Vintage apparel includes artwork from classic Disney attractions and characters. D Street also provides a great venue to showcase Disney art created by local artists.
This new urban-style location is the flagship store for Vinylmation serving as the place for launching the latest releases and trading of this new Disney collectible. Designed by artists from Disney Design Group, Vinylmation gives a whole new meaning to creative expression. Disney artists use a blank three-dimensional canvas bringing to life classic characters, attractions or icons inspired by Disney Parks & Resorts from around the world. They also showcase their own artistic styles with edgy and graphic-focused looks. These collectible figures come in a variety of sizes including 1.5- or 3-inch limited-release mystery or open edition boxes, to 9-inch limited-edition figures.