Walt Disney World Debuts Reality Gameshow ‘Celebration Showdown’ (Video)

Take two families with something special to Celebrate, and two motivated individuals who want those families to have an experience of a lifetime…put them head-to-head as they compete to win special Walt Disney World moments theyll remember for the rest of their lives. See the full episodes, hosted by Disney Channel’s Phill Lewis at www.DisneyParks.com/videos.

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Alternative Options for ‘Give a Day, Get a Day’ Disney Parks Program Announced

As with the Birthday promotion, guests who will not see a benefit from receiving a free day of admission to a Disney theme park can choose one of the following options:

  • Disney’s Special FASTPASS® card for certain attractions for themselves and up to five additional members of their part (note the number of available FASTPASS cards is limited on a daily basis; guests are advised to claim theirs before 11 am)
  • A collectible Ear Hat figurine with exclusive trading pins (available at select retail locations)
  • Donate their ticket to a non-profit organization designated by Disney Parks

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Disney Parks Offers New ‘Give a Day, Get a Day’ Program in 2010 – Volunteer for Free Admission

Walt Disney Company President and CEO, Robert Iger (left), is joined by Teri Hatcher, James Denton and HandsOn Network President, Amy Smith (right), are joined by Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy for an announcement by Disney Parks at a volunteer event in Los Angeles, Calif., on Tuesday. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)Sept. 29, 2009 – Disney Parks today announced a new program that celebrates the spirit of volunteer service with a simple proposition: “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day.”

Disney hopes to inspire families to volunteer in their communities during 2010 through this first-of-its-kind program. One million people who perform volunteer service for a participating organization will receive a free one-day admission ticket to a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park.

While the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program kicks off Jan. 1, right now guests can learn more about the program and how to get their free one-day admission to a Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme park by visiting www.DisneyParks.com (for the United States and Puerto Rico) or www.DisneyParks.ca (for Canada).

In the past year, guests have been celebrating all sorts of special moments in their lives at Disney parks – from birthdays and anniversaries to reunions and graduations – as part of the “What Will You Celebrate?” campaign.

“In 2010, we want to recognize and add one more reason for celebration: the contributions people make to their communities every day,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “We want to inspire 1 million volunteers – people who will invest time and energy to make their own communities and neighborhoods a better place.”

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Villas at Grand Californian Hotel Grand Opening and Tour (Video)

Disneyland has just released this video of the grand opening of the Disney Vacation Club’s first west coast entry, the Villas at the Grand Californian at the Disneyland Resort. Also featured are several cast members talking about the new addition to the DVC family as well as a tour of the rooms and facilities.

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The Princess and the Frog Display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Photo Gallery)

Although it’s been on display for about a month or so thus far, we hope those of you who have not yet seen or it will be unable to see it will enjoy our photo gallery of the artwork, maquettes and other items of interest on display at the Animation Building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for The Princess and the Frog.

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Disney’s Key Largo Woodrat Recovery Program Receives Prestigious Award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Sept. 23, 2009 – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recently recognized Disney’s Animal Programs for conservation efforts to help protect the endangered Key Largo woodrat. During the AZA’s annual conference, the team received the Edward H. Bean Significant Achievement Award, which recognizes programs that contribute to the reproductive success of a species.

Since 2005, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in developing and implementing a recovery plan for the Key Largo woodrat, which is threatened by habitat loss along with an invasion of non-native animal species, such as the Burmese python.

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Disney Vacation Club Premieres First West Coast Disney Venture at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Photo © DisneyANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2009) – Disneyland Resort today unveiled a stunning new addition to its Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, including 203 new guest rooms and 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas, the first Disney Vacation Club property on the West Coast.  Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa immerses guests in the magic of the Disneyland Resort by capturing the spirit of early California through design and architecture.  Many of the new vacation villas offer guests spectacular views into Disney’s California Adventure Park.

“This expansion reinforces Disney’s long-term commitment to investing in Anaheim’s Resort District,” said Ed Grier, president of Disneyland Resort.  “Since opening in 2001, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa continues to impress our guests with its timeless sophistication and exquisite service.  The new villas and hotel rooms will give more guests the opportunity to enjoy the immersive vacation experience Disney is known for.”

The 2.5-acre addition to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which increases accommodations by more than 30 percent, is part of ongoing resort expansion work.  Currently underway is a multiyear expansion of Disney’s California Adventure Park, which will add new attractions, entertainment experiences and an entirely new 12-acre Cars Land.  In addition, the resort’s historic Disneyland Hotel also began a major three-year renovation last month.

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Walt Disney World Offers Guests Movie Ticket Discount for ‘The Princess and the Frog’

Beginning October 5 and through November 22, guests with a valid adult theme park  admission can visit one of several retail locations within the parks and obtain a coupon good for up to $8 off the price of a child’s movie ticket when purchased with an adult movie ticket to view Disney’s The Princess and the Frog through December 31.

The participating retail locations are as follows:

Magic Kingdom: The Emporium, Main Street Confectionery, Main Street Cinema, Town Square Exposition Hall, Uptown Jewelers, Cornelius Coot’s County Bounty

Epcot: Mouse Gear, Gateway Gifts, Epcot Camera Center, World Traveler, Port of Entry, Disney Traders

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Buzz Aldrin to Boldly Sign Books at Magic Kingdom on October 2; Ticker-tape Parade Information

To commemorate his return to Earth after record-breaking service in space, the Magic Kingdom will hold a ticker-tape parade for Buzz Lightyear on October 2 at 2:45 pm, just prior to the afternoon parade. Accompanying Mr. Lightyear will be his namesake, NASA legend and visionary Dr. Buzz Aldrin, as well as other astronauts that served with Lightyear on his mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Tower of Terror Hosts Book Signing Oct 2 for ‘Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone’

Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone by Douglas Brode with Carol SerlingJourney, if you will, to the Tower of Terror gift shop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on October 2 from 1 pm – 2 pm and 5 pm – 6 pm where you will cross over to another dimension to meet Douglas Brode, author of Rod Serling and  the Twilight Zone.

The Twilight Zone has always been considered the greatest science fiction/imaginative fantasy series in the history of television. The series featured an intelligent subtext on the time period during which it was made. Now, with the publication of the book Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, comes a fresh analysis of the Twilight Zone also serving as an autobiographical look into the life of its creator, Rod Serling.

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