Silver Spring, Maryland, March 30, 2009 – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that The Seas was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.
“The Seas has been awarded AZA accreditation because of its high standards in every aspect of its operations,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “Orlando should be proud to have one of the top facilities in North America as a valuable community asset and economic engine.”
To be accredited, The Seas underwent a thorough investigation to ensure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process in order to be members of the Association, and are required to resubmit to this process every five years.
The attraction refurb that’s more than 65,000,000 milliseconds in the making. Ellen’s Energy Adventure refurb is extended once again, set to now re-open on April 5.
The refurbishment has been extended through March 25. Re-opening date is March 26.
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Guests of the 2009 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort can see amazing creations made entirely of sand to celebrate the new theatrical release Earth, presented by Disneynature, which premieres nationwide April 22, 2009. The 16th annual festival takes place March 18-May 31, 2009. Amid a colorful tableau of flowers, plants and topiaries, Walt Disney World guests of all ages can explore myriad exhibits and activities geared toward gardening and outdoor fun.
The Great Piggy Bank Adventure(SM) Exhibit to Open this Spring at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot
BALTIMORE, March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — T. Rowe Price, the global investment management organization, today announced that it has signed a sponsorship agreement to create an innovative financial education and entertainment experience at Epcot(R). Designed in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering, The Great Piggy Bank Adventure(SM) is scheduled to open this spring at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot(R) at the Walt Disney World(R) Resort in Florida. This interactive exhibit will bring basic saving and investing concepts to life in a fun and captivating way. The experience will entertain and empower families, while encouraging them to engage in regular dialogue about the importance of saving and how to manage money responsibly.
The action hero superstar of Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille, Remy, currently appears in amatronic form at Les Chefs De France located in Epcot’s World Showcase. He made his debut March 8 and is expected to hang around the kitchen for at least six months. Remy, the not-so-silent fourth partner in the restaurant, greets his guests daily at lunch until approximately 6 pm.
Previously, Remy entertained invités at the Walt Disney Studios Park at the Disneyland Paris Resort. Here’s a video of an appearance by Remy courtesy of our friends at DLP fan site PhotosMagiques.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that with a sponsorship contract set to expire this year with GM, the auto maker (who reportedly pays Disney around $5million annually for the privilege) is in no financial position to go another lap with the attraction. Talks are in the works but the economic gloom is suggesting that Disney should start talking to Lexus on how to make Test Track drive itself. Full article here.
Preliminary park hours are now being posted on the international versions of the Walt Disney World calendar. Unfortunately issues with the international calendar are preventing TimeKeeper from updating itself, although I hope to rectify this soon. Until then, enjoy these direct links to the calendar (no entertainment information has been posted as of yet):
The other parks have not yet been posted.
With a little less than a week to go before the official opening (DVC members are being treated to a preview Jan 23-25), the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure section of the Definitive Guide to Kidcot has been updated to reflect some new details including those mentioned in this article from the Orlando Sentinel.