Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
"The first Mickey Mouse cartoon released, and the first cartoon with synchronized sound. As a mischievous deckhand on a riverboat, Mickey, to Minnie's delight, plays "Turkey in the Straw" utilizing an animal menagerie as his instruments. However, the tyrannical Captain Pete is not amused, and Mickey ends up peeling potatoes in the galley.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Fees:Registration is Free
You Are Invited!:Lights! Camera! Action! The cameras are ready to roll on the “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” television show at Magic Kingdom and you are invited to be part of the audience on Friday, December 3, or Saturday, December 4, 2010.
Space is limited so sign up now to watch your favorite Disney characters and guest stars perform on Main Street U.S.A. and on Cinderella’s Castle Stage in the Magic Kingdom.
Who Can Participate?:We are looking for people of all ages to join this year’s production audience. We do not have any age restriction on who can join. Please let us know how many people (up to 8 per family) may join you who are 3 years of age or older. (Children 2 and under will not need a ticket and do not need to be included in the count)
When Will It Happen?:Friday, December 3rd & Saturday, December 4th:
The production company will be shooting various Parade Elements and Guest Star Performances on Cinderella’s Castle Stage and Main Street USA.
Production is subject to change and Guest Performance may be cancelled or changed at the last minute.
What Time Will It Happen?:Shifts may start as early as 7:30 AM, however, due to the ever changing world of production, we do not have any specific shift times as of this moment.
You will be expected to commit to a 4-hour time slot for each shift. We ask that you stay for the entire time (even during the occasional, brief production breaks). If for some reason you leave the area during the shift, we cannot guarantee or hold your place. Participants are welcome to remain in the Magic Kingdom following the production.
How Do I Register?:The first step is to complete the form on this site. That will indicate your interest in participating. In the near future a specific number of those interested registrants will receive an email with instructions on completing further registration to receive tickets to the event.
Registering on this site does not guarantee you will be selected to participate. A limited number of tickets will be available on a first-come basis.
What Do I Do If I Am Selected?:You will receive specific instructions to visit a web site to complete further registration. Each person (3 and older) will then need to print out a COMPLIMENTARY E-Ticket that will be valid for complimentary parking and for entry into the Magic Kingdom for the Production.
Space is available on a first-come basis. If you arrive late on the day of the taping, you will not be guaranteed admission into the park.
What Should I Wear?:Wardrobe Tips:
• Dress in casual, comfortable clothing.
• Wear bright colors – especially holiday colors. All are encouraged to wear holiday clothing and hats.
• Children under 10 are encouraged to wear their favorite Disney character costumes.
• Please no logos or advertising on clothing unless it’s Disney related.
What If I Have Questions?:If you have any questions please e-mail: WDW.Christmas.Production@disney.com
Please identify yourself as a Sports Enthusiast on the email.
This photo above with Lilo and Stitch was at Animal Kingdom on the trail to Camp Minnie Mickey. Deb, Karen and I were enjoying the parks during the days prior to our Marathon adventure! That in itself is a whole different post for another day! On the day we had this photo made, we had already ridden Kaili River Rapids, which is why we are soaked from head to toe! My hair even had to make it to ponytail status after that ride! The autographs were right before the photo was made!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
NEW YORK — With fireworks, fanfare and fairy dust, The Walt Disney Co. officially opened its largest store in North America in Manhattan's Times Square Tuesday, touting it as the crown jewel among approximately 360 worldwide.
Disney joins a string of retailers like Aeropostale Inc., Forever 21 and American Eagle Outfitters that recently opened flashy outlets in the tourism hotspot, hoping to cash in as an estimated 1.5 million people pass through Times Square daily.
"This is family shopping at its finest," Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of retail leasing and marketing at Prudential Douglas Elliman, said.
Celebrities and a complement of top Disney executives were on hand for an event that included speeches and an appearance by Brooke Shields, who plays Hannah Montana's mother in Disney's movies featuring the high-school-age pop star.
In the two years since it regained ownership of the chain, Disney has done major renovations; 18 stores already offer what the company calls "the best 30 minutes of child's play" from a personalized theater experience to magical mirrors. The rest — 105 in Europe, 40 in Japan and 220 across North America — are to be converted in five to seven years.
The 20,000-square-foot Times Square emporium is about five times bigger than most Disney stores. Divided by franchise, from Mickey Mouse — still the global entertainment company's most popular character — to an assortment of princesses, it offers similar merchandise to other stores, only more and on a grander scale, said Andy Mooney, chairman of Disney Consumer Products.
Highlights at the new store include a "Cars" display where kids can build their own miniature vehicles — $50 for a freewheel version, $75 for a remote control. In a two-story, 20-foot-tall princess castle, there's a talking mirror that produces an image of Cinderella or another princess with a wave of a wand. And on a 12-foot screen nestled in a small theater area, guests can choose exactly which Disney film clips, videos and classic animation to watch.
Robert Iger, Disney's president and CEO, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he and other top executives consulted two years ago with Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs, who recommended developing a message for the stores. That's where "the best 30 minutes" idea came from.
"This gave us a focus," Iger said.
Iger said Disney merchandise has intrinsic value because its characters resonate with children, even though consumers are still cautious about spending.
"There's no question that consumers are shopping harder, and later," he said. "They're looking for value."
In response, Disney is bundling some items. A 10-pack doll set for $99.50 is popular, for example, company officials said.
But Disney has invested in new theme parks and new entertainment businesses as other companies have pulled back during the down economy. Iger said he's still scrutinizing each investment, looking for a solid return.
The Times Square store, two years in the making, is expected to produce 5 percent of the chain's North American revenue. Disney's first Manhattan store opened in 1997 on Fifth Avenue and closed in January.
The new store debuted informally on Thursday and was to be open from 9 a.m. to midnight daily. But managers are testing a 1 a.m. store closing to accommodate the crowds showing up.—Copyright 2010 Associated Press
- Use the Rider Swap option! Adult guests can take turns riding the rides with little ones who are too small to ride. One adult rides while the other adult waits with the little one. Once the ride is over, the adults swap places and the other adult rides while the first adult stays with the little one. See a cast member at the attraction for more information.
- Use FASTPASS. This will reduce your time spent waiting in lines for select attractions. These are the "little ones" rides that have FASTPASS. Magic Kingdom: Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Peter Pan's Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Hollywood Studios: Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Toy Story Mania. Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Be familiar with and use the baby care stations at the parks! If you child is lost, a Cast Member will most likely take them to the baby care stations until you are located.
- Bring your own stroller from home (umbrella, light weight, to easily carry on transportation) or rent one from the parks. You can visit Guest Services to rent a stroller. You can get single day or multi day stroller rental. Save your receipt! If you park hop, you can take your receipt to the other parks and get one there too!
- Have a plan for each day you are at WDW. Make plans for trips back to the room for naps, relaxing or swimming. You can also play on playgrounds or play areas designed for little ones at the resorts.
- Resorts have pack n play cribs available on request for little ones.
- If you want, you can have Disney provide in room child care for kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Some locations provide child activity centers for ages 4-12.
- I've heard that kids under age 3 can eat for free... but I've also heard they can only eat off their parent's plates for free or eat from a buffet for free! Either way, one less meal to buy! There are kids menus available at most restaurants and there are plenty of Character Dining experiences available with advanced reservations.
- Make reservations at the Harmony Barber Shop or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for hair cuts and "up dos" for your little ones!
- Sign up for free maps prior to your trip so your kids can become familiar with the parks!