In 2019, Walt Disney World Resort Offers More to See, Do, Taste and Experience Than Ever Before

New and limited-time shows, parties, character experiences and more begin in January across all four parks
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2018) – With a host of new and limited-time magic debuting in 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort, now, more than ever it’s time to plan a trip to the place where dreams come true.
Starting Jan. 18 and continuing well into 2019, Walt Disney World will unveil a collection of shows, parties, Disney character interactions and more that will evoke guests’ passions for fun and adventure, and allow them to cherish time with family and friends.
All of these new experiences will happen while Walt Disney World is in the midst of its most significant growth of the past two decades, including the recent debuts of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
“Whether you grew up with Mickey and Minnie, ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Cars’ or another classic story, you are going to love what all four of our theme parks have to offer in the coming year,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “This will be a year when the entire family can re-live those memories, plus make new ones together – right here in the world’s premier family vacation destination … the place where dreams come true.”
Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration Arrives at Magic Kingdom Park
The fun begins Jan. 18 when Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration kicks off at Magic Kingdom Park, honoring those true originals, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with new entertainment, merchandise and specialty food and beverage. A highlight of the celebration will be the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party.” Several times daily, this colorful procession will parade up Main Street, U.S.A. toward Cinderella Castle, where guests will be invited to join in the energetic dance party. Singing hosts will keep things hopping with modern remixes of favorite “Mickey Mouse Club” melodies and more. Joining Mickey and Minnie in all the fun will be a bevy of beloved Disney characters, including Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Max, Chip ’n Dale and others.
All of the Main Street, U.S.A. residents are eager to be part of this special Surprise Celebration. From Jan. 18 to Sept. 30, the Dapper Dans, the Casey’s Corner piano player and others will honor Mickey and Minnie with special musical moments throughout the day. And during the celebration, guests will be delighted to find other surprise, limited-time magical experiences popping up all around Magic Kingdom.
Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration is also a great time for guests at Magic Kingdom to remember why they fell in love with Mickey and Minnie in the first place: Experience the 4D fun of Mickey’s PhilharMagic, see Mickey and Minnie glide down Main Street, U.S.A. as part of the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade or meet Mickey at the Town Square Theater.
Party with Pixar Pals and More as Disney’s Hollywood Studios Marks 30 Years
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is transforming into a place where guests experience their own adventures in the immersive worlds of their cinematic imaginations. This reimagining of the park came to life in 2018 with the debut of Toy Story Land, an 11-acre immersive land dedicated to Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films. As Disney’s Hollywood Studios prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary May 1, now, more than ever, Pixar pals in the park will ensure 2019 is a blockbuster year.
Beginning Jan. 18, Pixar Place will transform into a Municiberg city block from Pixar’s Incredibles films. Guests will meet super suit designer Edna Mode and see some of her greatest creations. They will look for clues to the whereabouts of the youngest Incredible, the mischievous and multi-powered Jack-Jack. And at the end of the block, guests will celebrate the heroic deeds of Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone, who will make appearances throughout the day during a party featuring lively music, dancing, interactive games and lots more Super fun.
Also starting Jan. 18, two popular guest favorites return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios when a door to the monster world opens inside Walt Disney Presents, welcoming Mike and Sulley from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.
And then in spring 2019, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will speed into Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This new show experience will welcome guests to the world of Pixar’s Cars films, bringing them face to face with racing legend Lightning McQueen. As the next generation of rookie racers, guests will learn from Lightning’s years of experience on the track. This will be the untold story of Lightning McQueen … as told by Lightning McQueen!
Honor 25 Years of ‘The Lion King’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
It’s been 25 years since Simba, Timon, Rafiki and all the other treasured characters from Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lion King” first roared into our hearts. In 2019, guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be able to celebrate the classic animated film more than ever.
Each day from Jan. 18 to Sept. 30, guests will feel the love during the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party,” a raucous celebration where young adventurers will let their inner animals roam free on the dance floor. Timon and Rafiki will engage everyone in entertaining dances and games inspired by “The Lion King,” as wildly talented musicians provide the perfect soundtrack in a World Beat style.
Also from Jan. 18 to Sept. 30, guests will imagine themselves in scenes from the film via new three-dimensional photo opportunities at the park. These backdrops will allow guests to re-create iconic “Lion King” moments ideal for sharing on social media platforms.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom has come alive in a whole new way in recent years. Since its debut in 2017, Pandora – The World of Avatar has captured guests’ hearts and filled them with a sense of wonder. Most recently named one of the “World’s Greatest Places” by TIME magazine, Pandora invites adventurers to a faraway planet filled with floating mountains, flying banshees and bioluminescent foliage. Other new offerings include the Rivers of Light nighttime show and a twilight trek on Kilimanjaro Safaris, both of which allow guests to see and experience the park in new ways.
More Live Music Than Ever for Epcot Arts and Flower & Garden Festivals
Festive fun is returning to Epcot throughout 2019, beginning with the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Jan. 18-Feb. 25. This stirring extravaganza invites guests to indulge in world-class cuisine, remarkable visual art and an extraordinary lineup of live entertainment.
This year, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series expands to seven days a week during the festival, providing even more opportunities than ever before to bask in live Disney magic. Each week, different pairs of Disney on Broadway stars will take to the America Gardens Theatre stage to sing favorite songs from award-winning Disney on Broadway productions. Song choices will derive from the singers’ repertoires, and the lineup will rotate regularly.
Welcome spring’s arrival with the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, returning March 6-June 3. This year’s event will feature delectable bites at outdoor kitchens, as well as dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries. For more fun than ever, the Garden Rocks Concert Series expands to seven days a week in 2019, offering a mixture of new artists and returning favorites. With three concerts per day for all 90 days of the festival, Garden Rocks will deliver an amazing 270 concerts next year at the America Gardens Theatre.
And there is even more on the way! An announcement about summertime experiences at Epcot is forthcoming.
A Fond Farewell for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
After nearly 20 years of delighting Epcot guests through music, fireworks, fire torches and more, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will be ending in the second half of 2019 to make way for an all-new nighttime spectacular. Guests will want to spend another evening around World Showcase Lagoon to celebrate this classic show that has entertained millions of guests since its October 1999 debut.
The Disney Parks Live Entertainment team is already creating new thrills for World Showcase Lagoon; details on the future of nighttime entertainment at Epcot will be released at a later date. The new show will keep true to the original vision of the park and will be part of the park’s exciting evolution.
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At a Glance: New and Limited-Time Magic at Walt Disney World in 2019
Magic Kingdom Park

“Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” (Jan. 18 – ongoing)
New songs for entertainers on Main Street, U.S.A. (Jan. 18 – Sept. 30)
Limited-time magical moments across the park (Jan. 18 – Sept. 30)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Celebrate the Incredibles at Pixar Place (Jan. 18 – Sept. 30)
Meet Mike and Sulley from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. (Jan. 18 – ongoing)
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy (spring 2019 – ongoing)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” (Jan. 18 – Sept. 30)
“The Lion King” three-dimensional photo opportunities (Jan. 18 – Sept. 30)
More celebration of “The Lion King” to be revealed at a later date

Epcot

Epcot International Festival of the Arts, featuring expanded Disney on Broadway Concert Series (Jan. 18 – Feb. 25)
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, featuring expanded Garden Rocks Concert Series (March 6 – June 3)

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All-New Nighttime Fireworks Spectacular to Replace IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth as Part of the Transformation of Epcot

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2018) – After nearly 20 years of delighting Epcot guests through music, fireworks, fire torches and more, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will be ending in the second half of 2019. The Disney Parks Live Entertainment team is already busy creating new thrills to debut immediately following the conclusion of IllumiNations, continuing the tradition of nightly entertainment on the World Showcase Lagoon.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, which is currently planned to run to the end of summer 2019, has entertained millions of guests since it debuted in October 1999 as part of the Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration. During the coming year, guests will have plenty of time to experience the nighttime spectacular again and again as excitement builds for what’s next.
Epcot is undergoing a multi-year transformation, with new experiences that will excite guests while keeping true to the original vision of the park. As part of this exciting evolution, the all-new nighttime fireworks spectacular joins several previously announced experiences coming to Epcot, including the highly anticipated “Guardians of the Galaxy” roller coaster attraction in Future World, a “Ratatouille”-inspired attraction in World Showcase, a new table-service restaurant adjacent to Mission: SPACE in Future World and much more.
For information about booking a vacation at Walt Disney World Resort, visit disneyworld.com, call (407) W-DISNEY or contact a local travel agent.
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Adventures by Disney Reveals New Short Escape Vacations for 2019

BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2018) — In 2019, families will have more ways than ever to explore the world with Disney with an expanded line-up of Short Escape vacations with Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel worldwide. In addition to its existing portfolio of more than 50 global vacations, Adventures by Disney will transport travelers to three new international cities on brand-new itineraries in Boston, London and Vancouver, Canada.
Short Escapes are two- to four-night adventures in iconic destinations that can be booked as stand-alone getaways or as add-ons to other vacation plans. Combining visits to must-see attractions with hands-on activities and opportunities to discover hidden gems, these itineraries are founded on enriching, authentic experiences and bolstered by signature Disney storytelling, VIP service and special access. The expert services of two knowledgeable Disney-trained Adventure Guides ensure guests enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime vacation from start to finish.
From hassle-free planning to premier accommodations to private tours and interactive activities, the new Short Escape itineraries offer endless opportunities for families to soak in every moment in these incredible cities.
Best of Boston – Past and Present
Treasured American history and spirited contemporary culture come to life during a diverse line-up of experiences in Boston on the new four-day, three-night Short Escape itinerary.
Throughout the trip, guests are immersed in the city’s legendary stories. During a privately guided tour along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route teeming with historical locales, families follow 18th-century costumed guides back in time as they are regaled with thrilling tales from the American Revolution. A private, after-hours tour of the Old North Church places travelers in the famed footsteps of Paul Revere, while another special after-hours visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum concludes with a private dinner steeped in the city’s storied roots.
Other family-friendly excursions and activities include rowing along the Charles River, biking the city on a private sightseeing tour, exploring the grounds of Harvard Yard and indulging at a private New England clambake on Thompson Island.
The new Boston Short Escape is available on select dates in May through October 2019.
Bucket List Getaway in London
Adventures by Disney guests will revel in the royal treatment with VIP experiences in one of the world’s most iconic cities during the new three-day, two-night Short Escape in London. This bucket list getaway can be booked as a stand-alone vacation or as a pre-cruise add-on to Disney Cruise Line sailings out of nearby Dover, England.
The itinerary is filled with exceptional experiences, including a once-in-a-lifetime, private viewing of the royal Crown Jewels led by the Tower of London’s Jewel House Warden; a private, high-speed thrill ride in a boat along the River Thames; and a privately guided tour of Westminster Abbey, the revered site of royal coronations and weddings. Families will also witness the time-honored tradition of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an unforgettable dinner show.
The new London Short Escape is available on select dates in July, August and September 2019.
City Highlights and Outdoor Recreation in Vancouver
Active adventures and culinary delights await on the new three-day, two-night Short Escape itinerary in Vancouver. This trip can be booked as a stand-alone vacation or as the perfect complement to a Disney Cruise Line Alaska voyage.
Exciting outdoor activities offer unparalleled vantage points of the city’s lush natural surroundings. At Grouse Mountain, adventurers soar over treetops on a thrilling ziplining excursion after a scenic gondola ride to the mountain peak. A privately guided tour at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers breathtaking views from 110 feet above the forest floor, while a morning bike ride through Stanley Park provides a leisurely look at one of North America’s largest parks.
On the first night, Junior Adventurers embark on a special scavenger hunt expedition with their Adventure Guides, while adults unwind with beer and wine flights at a local tasting room. During a “foodie” walking tour of Granville Island’s famous Public Market the next day, travelers will get a taste of the city’s thriving culinary scene as they sample local cheeses, charcuterie, freshly baked breads, indulgent desserts and more.
The trip also features early access to Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bear habitat, where guests can observe bears up-close and enjoy a special breakfast with amazing views, plus photo-worthy encounters with lively lumberjacks, birds of prey and towering totem poles.
The new Vancouver Short Escape is available on select dates in May through September 2019.
More Big Adventures on Short Escapes
Returning in 2019 are Adventures by Disney’s popular Short Escapes to New York City, San Francisco, Southern California, Wyoming, Barcelona and Rome. Highlights of these spectacular itineraries include exclusive visits to Good Morning America in New York City; private, after-hours tours of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome; and behind-the-scenes access at Disneyland Resort in California.
Like all Adventures by Disney vacations, Short Escape packages include all accommodations, tickets and admissions, transportation within the destination, luggage handling, snacks and most meals, and the services of two dedicated Adventure Guides.
Bookings for new 2019 Short Escape vacations open to the public on Sept. 20, 2018. To learn more about Adventures by Disney or to book a vacation, visit adventuresbydisney.com, call 1-800-543-0865 or contact a travel agent.
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ABOUT ADVENTURES BY DISNEY
Adventures by Disney provides immersive, hassle-free group guided vacation experiences to destinations on six continents. Families traveling with Adventures by Disney receive exceptional service while taking part in extraordinary experiences at locations including: the South African plains, the great cities of Europe, Costa Rica’s rich rainforest, the ruins of Pompeii and Machu Picchu, Australia’s Outback, the Great Wall of China and some of America’s most iconic destinations.
Adventures by Disney has been recognized by numerous travel organizations for its excellence in family tourism. In Cruise Critic’s 2016 & 2017 Editors’ Picks, Adventures by Disney river cruises were honored as the Best River Cruise Line for Families. It was also voted Top “Adventure” Tour Operator in the Travel Weekly 2016 Readers Choice Awards, and has garnered many other excellence awards over the past decade.
Offering Disney-trained Adventure Guides on each trip, engaging activities, VIP experiences and personal touches throughout, Adventures by Disney vacations are crafted to excite and delight everyone. Visit AdventuresByDisney.com to learn more.
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Minnie Van Service Whisks Guests Around Walt Disney World Resort in Comfort and Style

Request rides in colorful vehicles to locations all across Disney property; shuttles to and from Orlando International Airport also available
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Only at Walt Disney World Resort will guests find a fleet of colorfully decorated, Disney-operated vehicles inspired by the polka-dot dress made famous by Minnie Mouse. The appropriately named Minnie Van service is one of the many ways guests can travel comfortably and conveniently around the 40-square-mile resort.
The Minnie Van service is accessible via the Lyft app, where guests request, track and pay for their personal rides all from their mobile devices. Once guests confirm their pickup location and hit “Request,” the app displays a map tracking the Minnie Van on its way, providing an identifying number to help them spot the vehicle. A Minnie Van usually arrives within a few minutes.
Each playfully themed van holds up to six passengers and comes equipped with two children’s car seats. Vans can also accommodate guests with wheelchairs and motorized vehicles (additional wait times may occur).
Minnie Vans are a relaxing and quick way to travel across Walt Disney World Resort, from resort hotels to theme parks to Disney Springs and points in between. Minnie Van drivers are Disney cast members who are knowledgeable and friendly, ensuring guests get where they need to go safely and easily.
In addition, Minnie Van service airport shuttle transports guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel to and from Orlando International Airport. To reserve an airport shuttle, guests can call 407-WDW-PLAY (939-7529); this service is not available via Lyft. Minnie Van airport shuttle vehicles can accommodate up to three children’s car seats and are ADA accessible.
The Minnie Van service is available daily from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; hours of operation are subject to change.
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Disney Parks Moms Panel Kicks Off 2019 Search Sept. 5, 2018

Dads, moms and in-the-know park-goers invited to apply
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Aug. 22, 2018 – Calling all vacationers who know a thing or two about the power of magic: The Disney Parks Moms Panel is looking for you! Entering its 12th year, the search for the Disney Parks Moms Panel (www.DisneyParksMomsPanel.com) will be open Sept. 5-12, 2018, inviting park-savvy Disney buffs to apply for a coveted spot to serve on the popular online forum. Disney welcomes dads, moms, in-the-know family members and anyone who feels they’ve spent as much time at a Disney park as Mickey Mouse himself to apply at www.momspanelsearch.com for a chance to be a part of the magic.
The Disney Parks Moms Panel is an online resource comprised of everyday parents, grandparents and even adults without kids who share first-hand advice with those planning a Disney vacation, while offering personal guidance on any and all topics surrounding Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and beyond. The panel offers recommendations on vacation “musts” and information on a variety of Disney experiences and activities, such as identifying the most incredible experiences for toddlers at Disneyland Resort’s new Pixar Pier, recommendations on what to order at Woody’s Lunch Box in the newly opened Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort, or how to uncover the best snorkeling spots on Disney Cruise Line’s private island, Castaway Cay. New this year, the Disney Parks Moms Panel will be more accessible than ever with answers optimized for search engines and home assistant devices – a first for Disney Parks and Resorts – allowing the panelists to reach even more Disney guests around the world.
“My passion for creating epic Disney getaways led me to the Disney Parks Moms Panel,” said Jerry M., one of the Disney dads on the panel. “The magic of the Disney Parks Moms Panel is our collective experience and our diverse backgrounds coming together that make this panel so informative. Our mission is to be everyone’s trusted guides when it comes to planning a Disney vacation, offering heartfelt advice from our own experiences. Together, as a panel, we’ve just about done it all!”
“It is truly rewarding to see Disney guests come together and share their personal stories and experiences in an effort to help others plan a memorable Disney vacation,” said Leanne O’Regan, Director of Public Relations for Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “For 12 years, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has helped millions of people around the world plan outstanding Disney vacations with over 250,000 questions and answers available at any given time, all thanks to the impressive group of panelists who are chosen each year. We encourage those who have a passion for sharing their knowledge on all things Disney Parks to be our guest and apply to the 2019 Disney Parks Moms Panel!”
How to Apply
Applications for the 2019 Disney Parks Moms Panel will be accepted from noon EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, through noon EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. To apply, visit www.momspanelsearch.com. The application process includes a series of short-answer questions, a brief video submission and a phone interview over three rounds. The 2019 Disney Parks Moms Panelists will be announced in January. Applicants selected must be available to attend a training session at Walt Disney World Resort from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2018. Panelists are selected based on their wealth of Disney knowledge, as well as their ability to communicate authentic answers to those seeking assistance for their upcoming trips.
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About the Disney Parks Moms Panel
The Disney Parks Moms Panel is an online forum where guests receive personalized tips and insights on Disney vacations from real dads, moms, grandparents and others who have mastered the art of planning Disney vacations. Guests can pose questions to the panelists in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, as well as gain access to other vacation-planning tools. Featuring 12 members during its inaugural year in 2008, the panel now boasts approximately 40 park-savvy active panelists as a result of the popularity of the site and the ever-growing number of questions submitted by curious guests. For more information and to meet the panelists, visit www.disneyparksmomspanel.com.
 
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Guests’ Favorite Disney Characters are the Inspiration for New Couture Makeovers at Walt Disney World Salons

Disney style goes to the next level with hair, makeup and nails inspired by beloved Disney heroes, villains and more
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – From Ursula and Bambi to Cinderella and Minnie Mouse, guests are now indulging in an array of custom character-inspired makeovers at salons across Walt Disney World Resort. Disney’s new Character Couture packages offer sophisticated hairstyles, as well as detailed makeup and nail designs inspired by Disney characters.
“This is all about creating a stylish, new way for guests to have fun and be creative,” said Joseph Motowidlak, guest experience manager at Walt Disney World Spas. “Our makeover experts consult with guests to create a character-inspired look that captures their personality and Disney style. It’s a salon experience only Disney could create.”
Makeovers are available for guests ages four and up. And with a little pixie dust, style options are limitless at a Disney salon. An out-of-this-world galactic transformation inspired by Star Wars characters, a regal style befitting a Disney Princess, or a spooky-yet-glamorous look inspired by a Disney Villain are just a few of the possibilities.
Packages and Locations
Whatever look guests choose, they get to step into the stories of their favorite characters with these transformative makeovers. That starts with choosing from three makeover options. Storybook Style features a character-inspired hairstyle, including fancy up-do. Magical Makeover compliments the hairstyle with intricate makeup. Rounding out the options, the Timeless Transformation includes hairstyle, makeup and nails.
Services are available at salons at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels including Ivy Trellis at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, La Vida Salon at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and Salon by the Springs at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Experiencing a Character Couture makeover can be a fun day out for best friends, a great way to get dolled up before a birthday or anniversary celebration, or a unique way to express a guest’s individual style while on vacation.
More Ways to Feel and Look Your Best
Whether at one of Disney’s signature spas or full-service salons, Character Couture packages are just some of the pampering options available. Other services include manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and more.
Appointments are strongly recommended. To make a reservation, guests can call (407) WDW-SPAS, or (407) 939-7727.
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32 Eat to the Beat Bands Slated to Appear During 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

9 new acts join hit makers of all genres appearing Aug. 30 – Nov. 12, 2018
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Thirty-two musical acts will perform during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 30-Nov. 12, 2018. These performers represent a diverse collection of hitmakers from pop to country to R&B and more.
The concert series packs a powerful lineup ready to rock the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily. Eat to the Beat welcomes nine new-to-the-festival bands including MercyMe, Sheila E and Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts, who join 23 returning acts.
The lineup (included in Epcot admission and subject to change) includes the following artists, best known for these popular songs:
Aug. 30-31                Blue October – “Into the Ocean”
Sept. 1-3                   Tiffany – “I Think We’re Alone Now”
Sept. 4-5                   NEW! MercyMe – “I Can Only Imagine”
Sept. 6-7                   NEW! Glass Tiger – “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”
Sept. 8-9                   NEW! Tauren Wells – “Hills and Valleys”
Sept. 10-11               Postmodern Jukebox – Known for vintage-style covers of modern hits
Sept. 12-13               NEW! Vertical Horizon – “Everything You Want”
Sept. 14-16               Baha Men – “Who Let the Dogs Out”
Sept. 17-19                Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”
Sept. 20-21                Living Colour – “Cult of Personality”
Sept. 22-23                NEW! Sheila E – “The Glamorous Life”
Sept. 24-26               Sugar Ray – “Every Morning”
Sept. 27-28                David Cook – “Light On”
Sept. 29-30               Jeffrey Osborne – “On the Wings of Love”
Oct. 1-2                     NEW! Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts – Known for their soulful rhythm & blues covers
Oct. 3-4                     Everclear – “Santa Monica”
Oct. 5-7                     Mark Wills – “19 Something”
Oct. 8-10                   Air Supply – “All Out of Love”
Oct. 11-12                 NEW! Anderson East  – “All on My Mind”
Oct. 13-14                 Smash Mouth – “All Star”
Oct. 15-16                 NEW! 98 Degrees  – “Give Me Just One Night”
Oct. 17-18                 38 Special – “Hold On Loosely”
Oct. 19-21                 The Devon Allman Project – “Ragged and Dirty”
Oct. 22-23                 Kenny G – “Songbird”
Oct. 24-25                 Billy Ocean – “Get Outta My Dreams”
Oct. 26-28                 Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – “We Built this City”
Oct. 29-31                 Hanson – “MMMBop”
Nov. 1-2                   NEW! High Valley – “She’s with Me.”
Nov. 3-4                   Taylor Dayne – “Prove Your Love”
Nov. 5-7                   Boyz II Men – “End of the Road”
Nov. 8-9                   The Hooters – “And We Danced”
Nov. 10-12                Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – “Go Daddy-O”
(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert set list)
Festival-goers can book Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert. Reservations can be booked at (407) WDW-FEST or (407) 939-3378. Visit TasteEpcot.com for details.
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4 Rivers Introducing New Concept at Disney Springs, The 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck Opens Late August

The newest 4R Restaurant Group concept marks the first time the beloved barbecue cuisine will be available at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort
Winter Park, Fla. – Aug. 6, 2018 – The award-winning 4R Restaurant Group will launch its newest concept in late August with the opening of its 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck located in the Marketplace at Disney Springs. The eatery will debut a variety of new signature dishes, including a Taco Cone and Burrito Bowl filled with choice of meats such as Brisket Barbacoa or Pork Sofrito.
The 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck will also offer standout vegetarian options like the Squash Blossom Burrito. Additionally, decadent desserts such as Dulce De Leche Churro Balls will be available.
“It’s an honor to open the 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck at Disney Springs in the company of so many talented chefs and award-winning restaurants,” said John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder and CEO. “Our first-ever daily 4R offering at Disney Springs will provide an opportunity for tourists to savor an authentic local brand. It will also give Floridians who know and love our food an all-new 4R experience and chance to enjoy dishes that are not currently available at any of our 4 Rivers Smokehouses.
Inspired by his recent culinary adventures in Mexico City, Rivers has developed the food truck’s barbacoa-style menu. Dishes will feature signature 4 Rivers meats such as brisket and pulled pork, but prepared using traditional barbacoa techniques – methods with roots in the Caribbean and ultimately perfected in Mexico.
The opening of this Mexican-inspired barbacoa eatery marks the first time a 4R location will be available to guests at Disney Springs. The 4R Cantina Barbacoa menu has been crafted with the same pride and passion that has earned 4 Rivers Smokehouses some of the culinary world’s highest accolades, including recently being named “America’s Best Barbecue Chain” by The Daily Meal.
The 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck at Disney Springs will be the only 4 Rivers location to offer service seven days a week – including Sunday. Following in the philanthropic footprints of the 4R “Barbecue Ministry,” all net proceeds from sales every Sunday will support The 4R Foundation, which in 2017 helped more than 950 local schools, churches and charitable organizations. All other 4 Rivers Smokehouse locations will remain closed on Sundays.
For more information visit www.4Rsmokehouse.com.
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ABOUT 4 RIVERS RESTAURANT GROUP
Established in Winter Park, Fla. in 2009, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a family-owned “Barbecue Ministry” specializing in 30-day aged Smoked Angus Brisket and “Homestyle Sides,” as well as bold twists of flavor and ingredient combinations with “Signature Stackers” and “From the Farm” offerings. At the helm is Founder/CEO John Rivers, who strives to support the local community through exceptional products, steadfast customer service, and uncompromised integrity.
4 Rivers Smokehouse currently has 15 operating locations spanning the state of Florida and recently opened their first location in Atlanta, Georgia.  In addition to online ordering, the Smokehouse also has a catering food truck that can be spotted in and around the Central Florida area with locations listed on @4RiversCatering Instagram handle.
ABOUT DISNEY SPRINGS
Disney Springs is a one-of-a-kind retail, dining and entertainment district located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. With its namesake springs, beautiful open-air promenades and lakefront setting, Disney Springs evokes the charm of Florida waterfront towns at the turn of the 20th century. It’s also home to a collection of more than 150 shops, entertainment venues and restaurants, including top-name retail brands, specialty boutiques and dining experiences created by celebrity and award-winning chefs. Located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Disney Springs is open daily.
For media inquiries contact:
Bo Morris
Story Farm
407.808.3310
BoMorris@Story-Farm.com
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Walt Disney World Resort to Host Kickoff of ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Nationwide Bus Tour Auditions

Starting Aug. 25, simultaneous bus tours from Orlando and San Diego will visit over 20 cities across the country
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Aug. 2, 2018) – Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is set to host the kickoff of the nationwide bus tour for auditions for the second season of ABC’s “American Idol.” The beloved competition series’ search for the next singing sensation begins Aug. 25 when the Idol Bus embarks on its more than 20-city tour across America, offering hopefuls the chance to audition for a shot at superstardom.
The journey begins at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, a 220-acre facility that annually hosts more than 100 events ranging from youth sports to professional sports. During singing auditions at the complex, ABC’s “American Idol” Season 1 winner Maddie Poppe, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson and finalist Catie Turner will make special appearances.
Early arrival is encouraged. Parking will be available as early as 4 a.m., but not before. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with auditions starting at 9 a.m. Overnight camping will not be permitted. Celebrity judges will not be on site.
All singers must be at least 15 years old to audition. Pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register and for additional details, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, and terms and conditions, visit www.americanidol.com/auditions. Those auditioning can bring one guest to accompany them and the guest must be over 5 years old.
“American Idol” bus tour auditions begin on the same day in San Diego, California, as a second Idol Bus joins the nationwide quest for talent. In addition to appearing in person, hopefuls can submit audition videos online via www.americanidol.com/auditions or by showing off their talents via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Musical.ly using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.
“American Idol” returns for its second season on ABC (2018-2019) with all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy®-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return as host.
“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane, serving as showrunner, Jennifer Mullin and  Megan Wolflick.  FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.
For a full list of cities hosting auditions, visit www.americanidol.com/auditions.
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Walt Disney World Resort Public Relations
Gabriel Gibaldi
(407) 566-6397
Gabriel.m.gibaldi@disney.com

For “American Idol” Specific Inquiries, please contact:
ABC Media Relations
Katherine Taylor
(818) 460-7920
katherine.taylor@abc.com
FremantleMedia North America Publicity
Emma Harvey
(818) 748-1236
emma.harvey@fremantlemedia.com
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Applications Now Open for Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

 100 high school students to be selected for all-expenses-paid mentoring experience of a lifetime
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Applications are being accepted now through Oct. 31, 2018, for the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine. This annual outside-the-classroom mentoring program is scheduled for March 21-24, 2019, at the Walt Disney Resort in Florida. The program helps 100 select high school students, ages 13-19, from across the United States jump-start their life goals and pursue their dreams.
Disney Dreamers Academy turns the entire magical setting of Walt Disney World into a vibrant classroom. Students participate in a series of sessions and workshops designed to help them imagine bright futures, make exciting discoveries and learn how to put their goals into action. Disney Dreamers engage in a wide variety of experiences at Walt Disney World while working side by side with celebrities, community and industry leaders and Disney cast members.
For more than a decade, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired young people from across the country by fueling their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities as they prepare for the future. Each year, students participate in hands-on, immersive career seminars in a wide range of disciplines found at Walt Disney World. Participants learn how to improve their communication skills, what it means to be a leader and networking strategies, among other skills. They are also inspired by celebrity speakers and other special guests who share their stories and provide insights on how to achieve their life goals.
The second decade of Disney Dreamers Academy is focused on challenging young people to relentlessly pursue their dreams through the “Be 100” campaign. This promotional push is inspired by the powerful impact Disney Dreamers Academy has made on graduates, who have gone on to become doctors, nurses, engineers, pilots, journalists and more. Some have started their own public relations firms, while others have worked with national political leaders.
Applicants must answer essay questions about their personal journeys and dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams. A parent or guardian accompanies each student on the trip.
This four-day, all-expenses-paid experience at Walt Disney World will continue to help change the lives of young people in 2019. For more information or to apply, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com.
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Walt Disney World Resort
Annette Gibbs, Public Relations Manager
Annette.gibbs@disney.com
(407) 566-5337
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