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.
ANAHEIM, 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.
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
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).
Journey, 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.
I’ve got a HUGE refurb update here, so bear with me.
At the Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace will be closed from January 3 through February 13.
At Epcot, Living with the Land is now scheduled to re-open on October 4, which is several weeks earlier than the original date of November 1. Also, the new exhibit in the Japan pavilion (which was the tin toy museum) is now slated to open on October 16.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Boneyard is now scheduled to be closed October 5 through October 18
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 — Gap’s nationwide search for babies and kids with a twinkle in their eye, charm in their smile and an expressive personality to match has officially started. Today Gap launched its fourth annual Gap Casting Call, a nationwide contest to find the next faces of babyGap and GapKids. This year, Gap is teaming up with online parenting site, Disney Family.com, offering phenomenal prizes and more chances to win with its first-ever America’s Fan Favorite and Voters’ Sweepstakes awards.
“Casting Call is one of our favorite programs and this year we want to make it bigger and better than ever,” said Pam Wallack, president of babyGap, GapKids and GapMaternity. “The contest is a unique and fun way for us to interact with our customers and their children and we are extremely excited to be partnering with Disney, a brand synonymous with not only families but also family entertainment, to enhance the program and add a little something special to this year’s Casting Call.”
Radio Disney marks the highly anticipated Hollywood Records release of “Kiss and Tell,” the debut album from Selena Gomez & the Scene, with three weeks of special programming and promotions designed to connect listeners directly to one of their favorite artists. On the album release date, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, Radio Disney will announce the name of one lucky listener who will win the “Ultimate Rock Star Flyaway” sweepstakes prize — a chance to travel via private jet to Los Angeles where the winner and seven guests will go via limousine to an exclusive concert by Selena Gomez & the Scene.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2009) – A sold-out field for Disney’s Expedition Everest Challenge presented by Champion will be tested like never before by several new twists and turns Sept. 26 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. A series of Kids’ Races have been added to kick off the event, making it an experience the whole family can enjoy.
The first urban adventure race in Disney’s Endurance Series, Disney’s Expedition Everest Challenge is a nighttime competition that will test both the mental and physical stamina of participants. It begins with a 5K run, transitions to a fun obstacle course and finishes with a scavenger hunt, all taking place around the Expedition Everest attraction. Among the new challenges are several tricky scavenger hunt clues designed to test the mental endurance of the more than 3,500 competitors.
6 – 12/19.All of Typhoon Lagoon is now showing to be closed throughout December. The Liberty Belle has also been extended until September 26.
New additions to the refurb list include Mad Tea Party from November 3 – 5 and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin from 12/6 – 12/19
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