Walt Disney World Resort and Arnold Palmer Golf Management have signed a 20-year strategic alliance to create even more magic for Disney golfers. Beginning Sept. 25, Arnold Palmer Golf Management will operate, manage, maintain and help promote all five Disney courses including Disney’s Palm and Magnolia, Lake Buena Vista, Osprey Ridge and Oak Trail golf courses.
As part of this long-term alliance agreement, golf legend Arnold Palmer and his golf course design team will be actively engaged in implementing strategic and innovative design features to several of the golf courses. Future enhancements include plans for a full renovation of Disney’s Palm under his direction to become an Arnold Palmer designed course.
“After 40 years as a golf course architect, I’m looking forward to this opportunity to contribute to Disney’s rich and storied golf legacy,” said Arnold Palmer. “I’ve enjoyed a lifetime of memories playing golf and it will be a great reward to pass that on to those who share a passion both for Disney and the game of golf.”
With an extensive following of serious golf enthusiasts, Arnold Palmer Golf Management is known for its excellent course conditions, pace of play, service standards and player development. In addition to course operation, the company also manages “Palmer Advantage,” a reciprocal club and concierge service program, that provides members with unique travel benefits and access to more than 250 private clubs, resorts and golf courses around the world.
“Drawing on Arnold Palmer Golf Management’s expertise and experience enables us to build on our mutual strengths and extend our appeal both among leisure players and avid golfers,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises. “We’re excited about this new collaboration, which will benefit Disney guests and Palmer Advantage club members wanting a destination golf experience.”
The agreement gives Arnold Palmer Golf Management an opportunity to add a uniquely Disney, family-friendly golf destination to its portfolio of more than 70 private clubs and championship golf courses. Disney Golf will be promoted within the Palmer Advantage network of golf devotees, through a dedicated website and featured within the exclusive publication, “Kingdom Magazine,” which celebrates Mr. Palmer’s contributions to the game of golf and extensive philanthropic ambassadorship.
“With a reputation for service excellence and exceptional family entertainment, Walt Disney World is an ideal complement to our member offerings,” said Jim Hinckley, president of Arnold Palmer Golf Management. “This collaboration will give our members both a superior golf experience and a one-of-a-kind family golf vacation.”
Since Walt Disney World opened with two 18-hole courses in 1971, golf has been a key component of the resort. Over the past four decades, Disney World has hosted professional and amateur golf tournaments, including one of the longest-running events in PGA Tour history – the PGA Tour’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Disney has also hosted the LPGA Tour, NCAA golf championships and dozens of celebrity golf tournaments.
Walt Disney World Resort is one of the largest golf resorts in the country with a total of 81 holes on four 18-hole championship courses and a 9-hole family-play course. All five courses are certified by Audubon International as cooperative wildlife sanctuaries. The resort includes:
- Disney’s Magnolia course – Named for its 1500 magnolia trees, this course is one of the two original golf courses that opened with Walt Disney World Resort forty years ago. Designed by Joe Lee, the course has hosted final round play for PGA Tour events since 1971.
- Disney’s Palm course –Designed to accentuate the natural beauty of the land, the course opened in 1971 near Magic Kingdom. Recognized as one of America’s premier resort courses, Disney’s Palm will be renovated to earn the designation of an Arnold Palmer designed course.
- Lake Buena Vista course – Built in 1972, the course adjacent to Downtown Disney and Saratoga Springs Resort stretches to 6,829 yards from the championship tees. As a past host for PGA, LPGA and USGA tour stops, the beautifully conditioned course is a challenge for pros and amateurs alike.
- Osprey Ridge course – Designed by Tom Fazio in 1992, the course will transition to Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort as part of their new luxury resort anticipated to open in 2013-14.
- Oak Trail course – one of Disney’s most popular courses, this nine hole walking course is ideal for golfers of all ages and skill levels.
ESPN today announced an agreement to supply sports venue data on foursquare’s newly launched Events platform, enhancing the check-in experience at sporting events with game time, teams, venue, location information and more. With the new feature, fans will not only be able to share their check-ins at the venue, but also access all the news and information from ESPN about the game.
“Having ESPN integrated into foursquare’s check-in functionality is a great way to serve highly engaged fans at the game,” said John Kosner, Senior Vice President, Digital and Print Media at ESPN. “Teaming up with the talented team at foursquare is in line with our goal to deliver our content wherever fans are, and foursquare’s growing audience of 10 million users is an important place for us to be.”
“Through our new Events platform, users can easily tell their friends not just where they are, but also what they’re doing, while unlocking valuable information about the events they’re attending,” said Jonathan Crowley, Director of Business Development for foursquare. “We’re thrilled to work with ESPN to provide our more than 10 million users with the most up-to-date information on the sporting events they’re checking in to.”
ESPN will provide facts, stats, and other up-to-the-minute news on ESPN-branded venue detail pages for major sporting events including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football and basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, racing and more. In addition, ESPN has launched a foursquare brand page at https://foursquare.com/espn that features Tips left at sports venues around the world along with links to relevant ESPN apps and pages. Some examples of Tips at the ballpark include:
- Miller Park (Milwaukee): Brett Wurst. Stosh. Guido. Frankie Furter. Cinco. Sausage Race. Bottom of the 6th. Be there.
- Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia): Be sure to find the McNally’s stand out in left field, home of Mike Schmidt’s namesake (in sandwich form): The Schmitter. This beast features sliced steak topped with tomatoes, fried onions, 3 layers of cheese, special sauce… and grilled salami.
- Safeco Field (Seattle): Sushi at the ballpark? Why not! Go to Rice-N-Roll in Section 137, and grab yourself an Ichi-Roll. And if you want the full experience, eat 51 of ‘em.
- Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay): Peer out to right field. In a sea of teal, you’ll see a lone yellow seat in section 144. That’s where Wade Boggs’ 3,000th hit (a home run) landed back on August 7, 1999.
- Ballpark in Arlington (Texas): True story: distance-wise, Arlington’s upper deck is the farthest away from the diamond in MLB history. Talk about nosebleeds…
At the conclusion of a game, users will see an ESPN link in their foursquare check-in history, pointing them to a mobile site where they will be able to view more information about the event. Users who follow ESPN on foursquare and check in at sporting events and venues where ESPN has left Tips will unlock a branded “ESPN Foam Finger” badge as well.
Foursquare is one of the first collaborators to leverage elements of ESPN’s new and developing API program. ESPN is planning to release a set of APIs more broadly later this year.
During X Games 17, fans will be able to consume original X Games content on more platforms than ever before. ESPN will televise 25 hours of live HD programming on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN on ABC, July 28-31. In addition to the nine live competition shows, X Center will air nightly on ESPN2. ESPN 3D will televise 21 hours of X Games 17 live. ESPN3.com will stream 29 total hours, including more than six hours of original X Games content. The event will also be televised in more than 192 countries and territories to more than 232 million homes.
This year, viewers will be able to connect with the X Games in unprecedented ways. Content will be available via television, smartphones, tablets and online through digital and social media platforms. On Saturday, July 30, from 2 – 6 p.m. ET, ESPN will debut X Games Everywhere with unique live content simultaneously projected across every platform and device. The new content initiative will also enhance, add dimension and establish a two-way conversation between ESPN, athletes, fans on-site and those viewing the competition with a companion screen through XGames.com
“The X Games is a truly unique brand that is relevant to a wide audience around the world and especially to youth. Applying our best available screen approach to the production and distribution of X Games content is the perfect way to demonstrate this relevance and provide unique experiences for fans at the event and around the world.“ said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president programming and X Games Franchise. ”Our content strategy around X Games 17 will provide exciting ways for fans to interact with the event, the athletes and sponsors like never before.”
X Games 17 will be hosted by Sal Masekela for all 25 hours of live HD coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN on ABC. ESPN anchor Dana Jacobson will return to host X Center nightly on ESPN2. ESPN 3D will telecast 21 hours of X Games 17 live.
A prominent collection of action sports legends will join Masekela on the air. Tony Hawk, Jeremy McGrath and Dennis McCoy return to the telecast this year. New additions to the team include Kevin Robinson, Toby Moody and Emile Bouret. Moody will serve as the play-by-play commentator for the Rally Car events while Hawk, McGrath, McCoy, Robinson and Bouret will be analysts for the Skateboard, Moto X, BMX Freestyle and Rally Car competitions.
ESPN3.com will carry 29 total hours of coverage, including more than six hours of exclusive coverage. In addition, ESPN3.com will allow users to partake in a live ride-along during Rally Car Racing on Saturday, July 30th with exclusive in car camera coverage.
XGames.com will provide comprehensive on-site coverage, delivering cross-platform schedule information, instant results, breaking news, event recaps and live commentary with analysis by sport experts during select events. ESPN’s official website of the X Games will also have enterprise feature reporting around the marquee events and athletes of the event, as well as daily full bleed photo galleries shot by the best creative talent in the action sports industry. XGames.com will also feature video from every medal run at the event, along with daily highlight video and behind-the-scenes, high-access original video.
XGames.com/realstreet will be the on-line home of X Games Real Street. With the return of Real Street, 16 of the world’s best street skateboarders submitted 60-second video parts for a shot at $50,000 and an X Games gold medal. A panel of judges will pick the winning part after the videos air on ABC and ESPN on Saturday, July 30. The top four judges’ picks will also be invited to Los Angeles to compete for another X Games medal and $5,000. The winners will compete in the Game of SK8 competition, airing live on ESPN on Sunday, July 31. But first, fans can vote in a tournament-style bracket for their favorite real street video. The skater who gets the most fan votes wins $10,000. The fan favorite will be announced on the website on Saturday, July 30.
X Games Everywhere: Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 2-6 p.m. ET
ESPN / ESPN3.com / Mobile TV / Watch ESPN App (2-6 p.m. ET)
- BMX Freestyle Park
- Skateboard Street Women’s
- Rally Car Racing
- Rally In-Car Cameras & Driver Audio (ESPN3.com Exclusive)
ESPN 3D (2-6 p.m. ET)
- BMX Freestyle Park
- Skateboard Street Women’s
- Skateboard Street Men’s
ABC (4-6 p.m. ET)
- Skateboard Real Street
- Skateboard Street Men’s
XGames.com (2-6 p.m. ET)
- X Cast Companion Screen
- X Cast: Hosted by Kier Dillon, X Cast is a live X Games webcast that will be simultaneously streamed during the telecast windows on Saturday, July 30. As increasing numbers of fans now watch live sporting events while concurrently connected to the internet, X Cast will offer viewers a companion screen experience with greater access to what is happening on site and during the event. X Cast will feature compelling, original and unique content, live athlete interviews with viewer’s questions through X Games on Facebook, Twitter, reporters providing behind the scenes pieces and upcoming event previews, head judge commentary and much more. X Cast will be available on Saturday, July 30 from 2-6 p.m. ET on XGames.com.
- Inside X: A five-week webcast, leading up to and during the X Games, will be streamed live on the X Games Facebook page. Inside X will air every Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET from June 28 through August 2. After the kickoff of the X Games, Inside X will transition to daily morning preview and afternoon recap shows that will stream during the event dates.
Brandon Graham, host of ESPN 710 Radio’s Late Night Action, will host the show with help from special athlete guests each week. Inside X will feature previews and recaps of the action with exclusive athlete interviews, behind-the-scenes content, real-time fan interaction and first looks at courses.
- Facebook: Live Inside X webcast including athlete chats, daily preview and recap show, competition highlights, and course overviews. Exclusive video and photo galleries posted daily along with telecast and event information. The X Games Facebook page currently has more than two million fans.
- Twitter: ESPN X Games’ twitter feed will feature instant event updates, breaking news, results, scavenger hunts and a behind the scenes look at the event.
- ESPN.com Page 2: ESPN.com Page 2 will talk about athletes away from the Games, the fans who cheer on their stars, a look at the onsite trade expo and the sights and sounds you will hear during the Games.
- espnW: Throughout the X Games, espnW.com will recap the women’s events and provide interviews and features. Athletes to watch will be highlighted, including profiles of Elissa Steamer (Skate), Marisa Dal Santo (Skate), Alexis Sablone (Skate), Lacey Baker (Skate), Ashley Fiolek (Moto), Sara Price (Moto) and Tara Gieger (Moto).
- ESPNLA.com: The site will feature stories on skating downtown Los Angeles, building the X17 Big Air ramp and what it is like to ride shotgun in an X Games Rally Car. ESPNLA.com will also display a tilt-shift photography wrap-up of the X17 experience.
ESPN Mobile TV will carry 23 hours of live coverage, plus four hours of simulcast coverage of X Center. All four X Games 17 late night highlight shows will also be available.
X Games app for iPhone and Android will feature dynamic tools to enhance the X Games experience. The app features include: instant results, live news, full schedules, highlight videos, athlete bios and photo galleries. Fans can download the app for free from the iTunes store and Android market.
ESPN On Demand will have X Games Classix available leading into the new season, and will also make available highlight shows from all four days of the event. ESPN On Demand will also feature “Best of” discipline shows from BMX, Skate and Motor sports.
Outside the United States, the X Games will be delivered to more than 232 million homes and will be telecast live to 192 countries and territories, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Israel, Latin America, Mexico, Middle East and New Zealand.
In addition, the event will be syndicated to 41 countries around the world, reaching more than 67 million homes. ESPN will produce 10 one-hour syndication shows for networks to air following the event.
The X Games will also be simulcast on ESPN’s international broadband platforms in 13 countries.
More than 27 hours of live coverage will air on ESPN’s broadband platforms in Australia, Europe and Latin America.
ESPN Deportes will air two live hours of competition coverage and eight total hours of X Games content.
A full X Games music page will be featured on ESPN.com. Fans can access the page by logging on to ESPN.com/music.
The X Games 17 telecast will feature music from LMFAO, Far East Movement Rise Against, Blink 182, Cold War Kids, All American Rejects, 50 Cent, TV On The Radio and many more.
iTunes: iTunes will have a splash page available at www.itunes.com/xgames for everything X Games past and present. Sony & Microsoft will have all daily highlights and discipline highlights from X Games 17 available for purchase.
Truthfully, we don’t really have any of the details of the new athletic event currently being teased by runDisney on its Facebook page but we can confirm that on Tuesday, April 19 at approximately 10 am ET (7 am PT), Disney will announce the inaugural ‘Tinker Bell Half Marathon’ at the Disneyland Resort.
The runDisney ‘Tinker Bell Half Marathon’ will provide ‘women and girls an opportunity to celebrate health, fitness, active lifestyles’ and will take place at the Disneyland Resort from January 27-29.
Until the official announcement, we invite everyone to review the clues from runDisney to see how they could apply to this pre-announcement.
- Clue 2: In reference to just the introduction, a world of Fantasy likely refers to Fantasyland where ‘Peter Pan’s Flight’ can be found. Noodle, however, is apparently a strong keyword here since its mention is just plain odd. There is, however, a pirate named Noodler in Peter Pan.
- Clue 3: May refer to a combination of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Placing the illustrated maps side-by-side roughly produces the same teapot shape, complete with lid (Toontown), handle (Rivers of America) and crack (Jungle Cruise) (via Facebook clues page)
- Clue 4: May refer to the upcoming 2012 direct-to-home-video film, Tinker Bell: Race Through the Seasons
- Clue 5: This has already widely been accepted as 13.1 / Half Marathon, but most can’t seem to pinpoint why it is other than the clue’s introduction mentions ‘distance’ and ‘halfway.’ Many have tried to create a mathematical formula off of the marked BINGO numbers, but it may be as simple as 2:30 is officially considered the time to beat for a full marathon, coupled with the other mark being halfway between 72 and 73. 72:30 is also a respectable time for a half marathon, so that may be why those numbers in particular were chosen.
- Clue 6: The flag of Scotland undoubtedly refers to Peter Pan (and Tinker Bell) creator J.M. Barrie’s country of birth (the use of the word author in the clue introduction supports this strongly)
- Clue 8: The spotlight most likely refers to how Tinker Bell is portrayed in staged productions. What fuels this believe is the use of the word ‘act’ in the clue’s introduction, which is of course a theatrical term (hat tip to @erwinmascardo)
- Clue 9: The given names of the three hosts (Ronald Reagan, Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings) who hosted the televised opening of Disneyland (via runningoftheears.com)
- Clue 10: The pinkish, height-challenged castle appears to be Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, but it seems the Tangled tower is where the Matterhorn should be. And, of course, Tinker Bell, is prominently featured. Lastly, some believe the mention of both time zones to be a possible ‘Coast to Coast’ half marathon event to be tied in with the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World.
Holding off challengers virtually the entire race Sunday, Jennifer Hanley-Pinto of Jacksonville, Fla. survived long enough to cross the finish line first to win Disney’s 2011 Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World Resort.
Caitlin Latimer of Lexington, Ky. came in second with a time of 1:23:14, which was just 24 seconds behind Hanley-Pinto, whose winning time was 1:22:50. Heather Schulz of Orlando was third (1:25:01) despite running a faster time than last year when she finished second.
Yet as fast as the field was, no one could quite outrun Hanley-Pinto, 33. Latimer and Schulz stayed on her heels down the stretch but couldn’t overtake her as she finished ahead of a field of more than 17,000 runners. In all, more than 22,000 runners participated in endurance events throughout the weekend at Disney, including a health and fitness expo, a 5K and several kid races.
The weekend of events were all designed to celebrate and promote women’s empowerment, health and an active lifestyle. It’s widely regarded as one of the nation’s largest endurance race weekends geared towards women.
Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend was the second of runDisney’s four signature events. The remaining two are the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend (September 2-4, 2011) and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend (September 30-October 1, 2011) events. For more information or to registration for any runDisney events, go to www.rundisney.com.
Super Bowl XLV Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers takes a celebratory ride with Mickey Mouse Feb. 7, 2011 at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. following the Green Bay Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Feb. 6, 2011. Rodgers was 24 for 39 for 304 yards and threw three touchdowns in the Packers’ Super Bowl win. Immediately after Super Bowl XLV was over, Rodgers shouted “I’m Going to Disney World!” and “I’m Going to Disneyland!” for TV cameras as the star of the latest Disney Parks advertisement.
Photos courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort
After making memories with his heroic play in Super Bowl XLV, what is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers going to do next? In the frenzied moments just after the Packers claimed the National Football League championship Sunday night in Dallas, he stood in front of a TV camera and shouted five words that have become an almost iconic reaction to milestone achievements: “I’m going to Disney World!”
Rodgers’ pronouncement, part of the production for one of TV’s most enduring and celebrated commercials, was captured after the Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers – a game during which he completed 24 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns. It added up to be a catalyst for the Packers’ first Super Bowl celebration since 1997 and fourth all-time.
This latest commercial is the 44th of a series that began in 1987 following Super Bowl XXI. The first “I’m going to Disney World” commercial, featuring New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, was regarded as a groundbreaking concept – a produced national commercial involving a current event, airing on major networks within hours of its conclusion. Rodgers joins a lineup of people from sports and beyond who have celebrated milestone accomplishments in “I’m going to Disney World” commercials.
Later today, Rodgers is scheduled to be at the place where millions of vacationers make memories celebrating their own personal milestone moments – Walt Disney World Resort. He will be joined in the Magic Kingdom by NFL Youth Football players, who will participate with the Packers star in a Super Bowl celebration parade down Main Street, U.S.A.
The Walt Disney World resort has announced that registration for the 2012 Walt Disney World Marathon will open on March 15, 2011.
The 2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA will take place at the Walt Disney World Resort from January 5, 2012 through January 8.
Brazil’s Fredison Costa Establishes New Era With Surprising Victory in 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon
In perhaps the biggest upset in Walt Disney World Marathon history, Fredison Costa of Brazil upstaged fellow countryman Adriano Bastos to win the Disney Marathon on Sunday and abruptly end Bastos’ six-year dominance at Disney.
After finishing second to Bastos at last year’s Disney Marathon, Costa, 33, crossed the finish line first this time, posting a time of 2:21:15 to lead the field of more than 17,000 runners who ran through all four Disney World theme parks along the 26.2-mile course. Bastos, who had won the past six Disney Marathons and seven of the last eight, finished 15th (2:45:09). Michael Wardian from Arlington, Va., (2:27:37) was second followed by Paul Nielsen from Orlando, Fla. (2:31:45).
Leah Thorvilson from Little Rock, Ark., was the top women’s finisher (2:42:11), celebrating her 32nd birthday by pulling a mild upset of her own in halting Lisa Mizutani’s streak of back-to-back Disney Marathon women’s victories. Karen Simmonds-Brady from Auburn. NY, was second (2:51:14) and Jessica Crate from Melbourne, Fla., was third (2:51:53). Mizutani from Japan was 12th (3:02:34).
Costa, who now lives in El Paso, Tex., ran near the front of the lead pack early in the race, but then quickly charged into the lead well before the 10-mile mark and then steadily pulled away, winning by more than six minutes.
“I felt very strong the entire race, probably could have pushed the pace if I had to,” said Costa, who aspires to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. “The weather was great and I knew the course very well after running here last year.”
Pat Bragassa of Rigby, Idaho., was the top men’s Masters Division finisher (runners age 40 and over) with a time of 2:38:41 and Myriam Grenon from Canada won the women’s Masters Division with 2:58:30. In the wheelchair division, Krige Schabort of Cedartown, Ga. (1:47:13) won for the third straight year, while Shannon Schaffer of Kissimmee, Fla. (2:47:39), was the first wheelchair woman to cross the finish line.
On Saturday, Tim Young of Rochester Hills, Mich., won the 13.1-mile Disney Half Marathon with a time of 1:05.35. Jenny Scherer, Delavan, Wisc., was the top woman finisher, posting a time of 1:17.35.
In all, runners from all 50 states and 60 other countries took part in a variety of Disney Marathon Weekend events, such as the Disney Family Fun Run 5K, Mickey Mile and Mickey Marathon Kids Fest and the Disney Half Marathon in addition to the Disney Marathon. And, once again more than 5,000 runners put themselves to the ultimate test — Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge which involved running the half-marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday.
Many runners are celebrating their accomplishments by participating in “Marathon Monday” — all runners who participated in the marathon receive complimentary entry into Walt Disney World the day after the race.
Registration for the 2012 Disney Marathon Weekend opens March 2011. To register or for more information on all runDisney events, visit www.rundisney.com.