ORLANDO, Fla., July 24, 2009 – Hoping to strike solid gold for charity’s sake, the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra – a volunteer ensemble of nearly 300 talented Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members – is performing songs by The Beatles, Queen, Elton John and ABBA to support the local arts community.
“Revolution! – A Musical Flashback to the ‘60s and ‘70s,” is a spectacular journey of classic pop and rock songs that is leaving audiences feeling groovy. Tickets for the July 24-25 concerts at Epcot World ShowPlace are still available for sale through www.encorecentral.org and www.UnitedArts.cc. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.
“The show has a nostalgic pop music feel with some fun and unexpected twists,” says Ray Fournier, Encore! Production Manager. “Please come out to support us in our goal to raise some well-needed funds for Central Florida’s arts community.”
Known for staging amazing charity concerts, Encore! has chosen United Arts of Central Florida as the beneficiary of its performances for the second consecutive year. United Arts is a collaborative partnership of businesses, government, foundations, arts and cultural organizations, school districts, artists and individuals that work to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences available in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
In July 2008, Encore! raised a record $25,940 for United Arts. Since its inception in 2002, Encore! has raised more than $80,000 for local charities.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 9, 2009 — Magical Moments are one of the many things Cast Members do to leave lasting impressions on Walt Disney World Guests long after they return home. Often times, Guests surprise Cast Members and leave lasting impressions on us as well.
During a conversation with a female Guest at the Magic of Disney shop at Orlando International Airport, Merchandise Host Joseph Haworth discovered that she graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park. He attended the same school but wasn’t able to participate in his graduation ceremony, a major milestone in a college student’s life.
“I had accepted the invitation to attend the ceremony with everyone else, but I was reassigned to Sunneyvale, Calif., with the Air Force, and I didn’t have the money to travel back, so I missed it.”
Joseph didn’t think anymore about the conversation with the Guest until she returned to the shop. His story had touched her so that she came back to create a special Magical Moment just for him: She brought him a graduation gown and a medallion from the university, and conducted a graduation ceremony for him in the shop as Guests and Cast Members looked on and applauded.
“I thought it was some kind of joke when she came out with the gown,” he said. “And then she put the medallion around my neck and she said, ‘You didn’t get to walk. This is your walk.’
“All of a sudden I saw my manager taking pictures and everyone looking on, and that’s when it hit me. I was overjoyed and tears came to my eyes.”
Daily human interest story: Whilst in town for the touring production of Mickey’s Magic Show, Mickey visited Claire House, a hospice for terminally ill children and young adults, near Liverpool in England yesterday morning. Brief article here.
A ten year old was recently honored for saving the life of her grandmother late last year using the Heimlich Maneuver which the girl credits The Suite Life of Zack and Cody for teaching her that very same day. Full article found here via HappyNews.