Walt Disney World Resort today announced an expansion to its long-term business relationship with HP, which now includes naming rights for the 165,000-square-foot fieldhouse at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Hundreds of Disney Cast Members arrived at the Magic Kingdom before sunrise this month to participate in Canoe Races of the World, also known as C.R.O.W., a spirited Disney tradition that involves friendly competition and strength behind the oars. The beloved annual Cast Member event dates back to 1963 at Disneyland, 1973 at Walt Disney World Resort and is now at Disney Parks worldwide.
Of the 79 participating teams, Shut Up and Let Me Row… HEY! from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, was crowned the 2010 C.R.O.W. grand champion on July 23. The title is a first for the co-ed recreational team, who competed against five other finalists in the grand championship round, held pre-dawn on the Rivers of America.
If you’ve ever pictured yourself on Tower of Terror Re-Imagined, having a dart thrown at you on Toy Story Mania or craved the sensation of having Elliott the dragon breathing fire on your face, we have the news you’ve been waiting for!
Disney Parks has launched www.disneylandwallpaper.com and www.waltdisneyworldwallpaper.com, sites that allow you to create custom wallpaper featuring your own photo combined with one of several different ‘Summer Nightastic’ themes. To begin, email or text a photo to either [email protected] or [email protected] and in just a couple of minutes, you’ll receive a special custom link that will direct you to a page where you can choose the frame you want along with some basic edition functions, allowing you to resize and move your photo.
Vienna Girardi, one of the stars from the most recent season of the ABC reality series “The Bachelor,” poses July 24, 2010, at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Girardi, who is from the central Florida area, visited the water park with her family. (Todd Anderson, photographer)
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai’i, will begin accepting reservations for hotel rooms and vacation packages August 2, 2010, through the Walt Disney Travel Company.
Aulani is scheduled to welcome its first guests on August 29, 2011.
“Aulani will represent a new way for every member of the family to enjoy a vacation in Hawaii,” said Djuan Rivers, Vice President of Aulani. “It is designed so that parents, children and guests of any age can find their own kind of fun and relaxation. Families will experience the island in ways they might never have discovered before.”
StarWars.com checks in with popular Walt Disney Imagineer and Last Tour to Endor show director Jason Surrell as he talks about the preparation going into some of the exclusive events guests will get to experience first hand as part of the special hard-ticket event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 14 commemorating the transition of Star Tours into Star Tours II.
Walt Disney World has just made its festival guide and map available for the 15th annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival which takes place October 1 – November 14, 2010. The guide covers returning and new international marketplaces such as Belgium, South Korea and Charcuterie & Cheese plus events unique to the festival including brand new entries such as the Marketplace Discovery Passport sponsored by Disney Vacation Club, ‘First Bites Opening Reception,’ ‘”3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery,’ ‘Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French’ and more! Newer eateries such as Kouzzina and Paradiso 37 as well as some older favorites such as Bongo’s Cuban Cafe and Fulton’s Crab House are also joining in on the fun this year.
Tim will be offering signings at the festival gift shop near the Canada Pavilion on October 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 and November 6, 7, 13, 14 between 11 am and 9 pm.
The event runs from October 1, 2010 through November 14, 2010.
To preview the special festival merchandise available, see the official merchandise page here.
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade poses July 11, 2010 with a basketball-clad Mickey Mouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In honor of Wade’s visit to the 220-acre sports facility, Walt Disney World presented him with a custom-made and hand-painted trio of basketballs in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head. The Disney World visit ended a week which saw Wade re-sign with the Miami Heat, where he will be joined next season by newly signed stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh. (Todd Anderson, photographer)
Two ailing Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are on the road to recovery after being brought to Walt Disney World Resort last month from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss. to make room for animals directly impacted by the Gulf oil spill.
The sea turtles, suffering from pneumonia, were flown to Orlando June 25 and placed in the care of Disney animal experts. Kemp’s Ridley turtles are among the most endangered species of sea turtles in the world. The two are being monitored in a special backstage area at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot and will require several months of rehabilitation before they are released back into the wild. Progress so far is favorable.