Wine Bar George to Open May 19, 2018 at Disney Springs

George Miliotes, Master Sommelier, Returns to Walt Disney World Resort with New Wine Bar
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., – Master Sommelier George Miliotes will bring his renowned wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort when his new venture, Wine Bar George, opens May 19, 2018. Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.
Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World Resort – he was part of the opening team of the California Grill restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed the venue from 1995 to 2002. While there, he created an award-winning wine list and one of the first “100 wines by the glass” lists in the country.
“Disney Springs is the perfect place to open a wine bar and share my passion with the world,” Miliotes said. “Having the opportunity to train and hire my own team while sharing my 40-plus years of knowledge is truly incredible, and I look forward to opening our doors soon.”
As one of only 249 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Miliotes will feature wines from acclaimed and well-known wineries as well as growing regions and wineries that are up-and-coming. The location will offer an unparalleled wine list including more than 130 selections by the ounce, glass and bottle.
“The wine list will feature more than 130 wines all served by the ounce, glass or bottle,” Miliotes said. “The list will include more than 40 varietals from regions around the world. We will use the Coravin, the Vinfinity system and wine on tap to ensure each wine is enjoyed to its fullest extent. Servers will adeptly pair a range of small plates, cheese and charcuterie, shareable entrees and dessert with each wine. If you are looking for an awesome $9 glass on tap or a few ounces of Château Margaux, we will have wines for you to enjoy.”
Guests will have the opportunity to explore endless food and wine pairings at Wine Bar George. Executive Chef Ron Rupert and Miliotes have worked closely to create a menu that will pair with the extensive wine list.
“Offerings will feature seasonally relevant items, and everything will be made in-house,” Rupert
said. “I’ve worked jointly with George to develop a menu that represents both global and local cuisine.
Guests will enjoy food that is familiar, yet new all at once.”
With a team hand-selected by Miliotes, guests can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Joining Miliotes as General Manager is George Vavalides who brings more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry including nearly 20 years with P.F. Chang’s. Jamie Irizarry will be part of Miliotes’ team as Restaurant Manager. Irizarry has more than 15 years in the industry working with restaurants such as Seasons 52, Eddie V’s and The Capital Grille. Robyn Cohen will join as Bar Manager with 15 years of bartending experience including, most recently, at Flying Fish on Disney’s BoardWalk. Cohen and Miliotes worked jointly to develop the featured cocktails at Wine Bar George, all of which will include a grape-based spirit. In addition to the extensive wine list, the wine bar will offer a variety of cocktails, a selection of beer and cider and frosé.
The 200-seat wine bar will join a growing and remarkable group of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Disney Springs. The design for the 6,000-square-foot space will be similar to a winemaker’s home estate with a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. The space includes seating for groups of all sizes, areas for private events and sweeping views of Disney Springs. Follow George @WineBarGeorge on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and join the #WineBarGeorge conversation. Visit WineBarGeorge.com for more news and updates.
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.
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Texas Couple Celebrates Happily Ever After With Their Own Royals-Inspired Wedding at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 10, 2018) – Inspired by this month’s royal wedding and very much in the moment of their own prince and princess dreams, a lucky Houston couple spoke their “I Do’s” Thursday in front of a national television audience and their dream backdrop: Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort.
Late last summer, Alexis Preston and Jay Patel’s wedding plans were washed away by Hurricane Harvey which left their Houston home flooded, ruined their car and put their dreams on hold.
In honor of the upcoming royal nuptials of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and ABC’s Good Morning America teamed up on a national search for a couple worthy of a wedding with all the royal accoutrements. Alexis and Jay, exuberant Disney fans who got engaged at Cinderella’s Royal Table and dreamed of getting married in the Magic Kingdom, were selected from more than 3,000 couples for a regal wedding fit for royalty.
Regal it was. Resplendent in an elaborately beaded Kleinfeld wedding gown, the bride arrived princess-style in Cinderella’s Glass Coach, pulled by six white ponies. Royal trumpeters, joined by Major Domo (from Cinderella), flower girls and page boys, heralded her arrival. Some women accessorized with fascinators – fancy headwear commonly worn by the English on festive occasions.
After a dream-come-true wedding night stay in the opulent Cinderella Castle Suite in the Magic Kingdom, the newlyweds will be whisked off to an unforgettable honeymoon in England and France, courtesy of Adventures by Disney.
“It’s been a hard year,” Alexis told GMA. “So it’s such a blessing to get married at my favorite place in the world.”
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For information about Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, visit www.disneyweddings.com or call 321-939-4623.
About Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has been making dreams come true for couples since 1991. Well over 45,000 couples have exchanged vows in storybook settings at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani and aboard the ships of Disney Cruise Line. Whether it’s an intimate gathering for two or a Cinderella-like affair for hundreds, Disney’s Wedding Planners handle all the details from music and entertainment to floral and decor.

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Couples Can Say “I Do” at Romantic Venues at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons Make Dreams Come True
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — From castles to beaches, and everything in between, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons offers enchanting backdrops for romantic milestone moments.
Whether couples are looking for an iconic spot to propose, a memorable wedding destination, or an extraordinary honeymoon getaway, Disney Parks & Resorts is the ultimate place to celebrate.  Brides and grooms can choose to celebrate their love story at Disney destinations around the globe including Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, or aboard the Disney Cruise Line.
The Disney Weddings team of dedicated experts can turn fairy tales into reality with amazing venues, world-class entertainment, award-winning chefs, and stunning décor elements — creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Traditionally recognized as a top-ranked wedding and honeymoon destination, Walt Disney World Resort is now a wedding destination with approximately 1,200 couples tying the knot each year. Limitless venues serve as magical backdrops – from outdoor garden settings, gazebos and courtyards, to stunning indoor resort locations.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings crown jewel venue is steps away from flagship Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Built on an exclusive island surrounded by Seven Seas Lagoon, the elegant pavilion offers the quintessential fairy tale setting for the perfect union.  Swaying palm trees and lush landscapes envelop the solarium, which offers a picturesque backdrop of Cinderella Castle.
Located south of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the 300-seat, non-denominational wedding pavilion can accommodate an intimate gathering of two to the grandest ball.
A variety of fantasy receptions can be planned at one of Disney’s luxurious resorts — Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s BoardWalk and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. The sky is the limit with themes that include the ultimate Cinderella ball where the bride arrives in Cinderella’s glass carriage drawn by six white Dapper Dan ponies.
Fun-filled memories await couples and their guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  In the evening, couples can choose from exciting dinner shows and romantic candlelit dinners or a night of fun at Disney Springs.  Family members also can enjoy the excitement of staying at a Walt Disney World hotel with specially priced accommodations.
For information about Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, visit disneyweddings.com or call 321-939-4623.
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Fast Facts: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings continues to be recognized as a top-ranked global destination for weddings and honeymoons.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings hosts 4,000 weddings globally each year.
From castles to beaches, there are endless possibilities around the globe to celebrate nuptials, including the crown jewel, Disney’s Wedding Pavilion.

Couples can even say “I do” in front of Cinderella Castle. Imagine beginning your happily ever after inside the Magic Kingdom for an exclusive ceremony surrounded by magic and wonder of the iconic park.
Couples have traveled from every state in the United States, and from international locations such as Japan, United Kingdom, Brazil and the Netherlands to get married at Walt Disney World Resort.
Couples can choose from an expansive collection of fairy tale transportation options to arrive to the ceremony including Cinderella’s Coach, a horse-drawn carriage, or vintage automobile.
Six trained ponies pull the beautiful Cinderella’s Coach and when they’re not working, they can be found in the Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
As part of the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, the iconic Disney’s Wedding Pavilion was completely reimagined with elegant new decor and the addition of a gorgeous chandelier in the center. It remains the most popular location for couples to marry.

Disney Imagineers designed Disney’s Wedding Pavilion to frame Cinderella Castle in two views: through the stained-glass window directly behind the altar and through Picture Point, an arch located just outside the pavilion.
It’s a 75 foot walk down the aisle at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion.

The tallest cake ever created for a Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding towered at 10 feet tall.
Couples are able to select from three unique Collections at Walt Disney World Resort to tie the knot – Memories Collection, Escape Collection and the Wishes Collection.
The first wedding at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion was televised live June 18, 1995, on Lifetime Television as part of its “Weddings of a Lifetime” series.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has been featured on “ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Travel Channel, WE TV, Food Network, Cake Boss, The View, and Live! with Regis and Kelly, The Steve Show, and Wheel of Fortune.
At least twice throughout the history of the Walt Disney World Marathon, couples have stopped mid-race to get married in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.
Walt Disney World is among the top destinations for proposals. The most popular places to ‘pop the question’ are Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom, or during Illuminations: Reflections of Earth near the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has an online service that allows couples to create a registry for family and friends to gift an unforgettable honeymoon to Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Adventures by Disney, aboard the Disney Cruise Line, or through Disney Vacation Club.
In December 2010, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons launched the Ever After Blog, the first Disney blog outside of the Disney Parks Blog.
Couples can connect on Facebook , Twitter, YouTube, Instagram , and Pinterest with past, present and future couples.
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6 Ways to Get Married Like a Royal at Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (May 9, 2018) — With the highly anticipated Royal Wedding right around the corner, lots of couples are looking to add a bit of royalty to their lives. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons offers so many easy ways for a bride and groom to add royal touches to their special day. From castles to cakes, here are six fun and creative ways for couples to live like royals on their big day at the Walt Disney World Resort.
1. Exchange Vows in Front of the Iconic Cinderella Castle
Majestic and iconic, Cinderella Castle is the epitome of royalty and romance. Surrounded by the beauty and wonder of the Magic Kingdom, the castle is the perfect backdrop for a princess to say “I do” with her prince charming.
2. Arrive Like a Princess
Brides will turn heads as they arrive to the ceremony in the enchanting Cinderella’s  Coach. Led by six white Dapper Dan ponies and accompanied by a team of coachmen in all-white attire, this one of-a-kind arrival is fit for royalty. The glass coach was even made by the official coach makers to the British monarchy!
3. Cut into a Princess Cake
From princess-themed cakes to cakes shaped like castles, characters and more, couples can customize the cake of their dreams for their fairy-tale wedding. With Disney’s cake animation technology, cakes come to life with displays of custom photos of cherished moments or scenes from beloved Disney movies. The possibilities are endless!
4. Enjoy Florals Fit for Royals
Custom floral arrangements are the perfect way for couples to show their love for each other and their favorite Disney princess or movie. Beauty and the Beast lovers will be surrounded by the symbolic red roses and quaint gold details, while fans of Queen Elsa will find themselves in a winter wonderland of white roses and orchids. With plenty of other options, like a fairytale floral wall, there is something for everyone!
5. Wed like the English
Couples can truly release their inner Megan and Harry with a wedding at the United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot World Showcase. Morning ceremonies take place in a flourishing formal English garden followed by pictures in a replica of King Henry VIII’s lavish Hampton Court Palace. Evening ceremonies take place on a charming terrace styled with Victorian details – just like the English countryside! Guests can even purchase Royal Wedding merchandise at the pavilion – the perfect keepsake for a wedding at this unique venue.
6. Accessorize with Princess-Inspired Jewelry
The Fables Collection by Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry is the perfect marriage of Disney romance and timeless jewelry. The jewelry collection offers a beautiful selection of earrings, rings, pendants and more, all inspired by beloved Disney Princesses. The perfect way for brides to express their inner princess on their big day!
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Celebrate Mother’s Day with Brunch, Bangles and Bags at Disney Springs

Delightful dining, unique gifts and family activities make it easy to honor Mom at Walt Disney World Resort
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Guests can add a little extra pixie dust to this year’s Mother’s Day celebrations with a great mix of dining, shopping and entertainment at Disney Springs.
A memorable brunch is the perfect way to begin – topped off with delicious desserts and maybe champagne or a smart cocktail. Whatever Mom’s culinary taste, she’ll love one of these tasty options.

Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante – If Mom thinks Italian food is delizioso, then reservations for the Mother’s Day brunch at this stunning new trattoria are a must! A special buffet will be served Sunday, May 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., featuring gems like mascarpone French toast, poached hen egg and quinoa kale salad and hand-carved NY strip steak. The regular lunch menu will also be served. Reservations available at Maria & Enzo’s.com.
Enzo’s Hideaway – To celebrate Mother’s Day, Enzo’s Hideaway will offer a Prix Fixe menu of Italian specialties including ahi tuna crudo, ricotta gnocchi, pasta frutti di mare and trio of homemade gelatos. The restaurant will also serve regular menu items. Mom will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco when dining that day.
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar – On May 13, 2018, guests can celebrate Mother’s Day at the world-famous Gospel Brunch – a soulful experience that includes an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet and live entertainment. Guests can choose between the 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. seating based on availability.
Paddlefish – Guests can take in the scenic views of Disney Springs aboard an iconic Mississippi riverboat. This on-the-water seafood restaurant will whip up a special dish only for Mother’s Day brunch – lobster ravioli with tarragon cream sauce. The regular Sunday brunch will also be available.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant – There’s plenty of Celtic spirit during The Rollicking Raglan Brunch, May 12 and May 13, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The menu will include traditional Irish favorites, and live entertainment will be featured from noon to 4:00 p.m. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.
STK Orlando – The ultra-modern steakhouse will feature a Mother’s Day weekend brunch buffet – served Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The buffet will include an omelet station, smoked salmon platter and an assortment of desserts including tres leches cakes, churros and cotton candy.

For reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463, or visit DisneyWorld.com 
Sweet Treats
Chocolates, baked goods and wine are always in style for Mother’s Day. Here are some of the sweet ideas at Disney Springs:

The Ganachery – Themed offerings include a glass of Rosa Regale paired with a gourmet ganache square or a Mother’s Day ganache lollipop.
Frontera Cocina – Moms can stop by for a relaxing glass of wine (on the house!), beautiful flowers and an afternoon of smooth Spanish guitar. Perfect for a much needed R&R. (Complimentary glass of wine must be accompanied by full-priced entree. Limit one glass of wine per entrée).
Sprinkles – The brand behind the most sought-after, gourmet cupcakes will offer a special Mom Box filled with the most popular cupcake flavors! This special box is only available from May 11 to May 13, 2018.

From Bangles to Bags
With great discounts, complimentary gifts with select purchases and unique gift sets designed with Mom in mind, ideas abound to score the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Alex and Ani – Mom-themed pieces and gift-sets will be available, including birth-month crystals and “initials” charms. Mom is sure to find something to make her feel extra special. (Only from April 18, 2018 to May 13, 2018.)
Coach – From May 4 – May 13, 2018, the upscale boutique will offer 30% off during a special Mother’s Day event (with select exclusions).
PANDORA Jewelry – Guests can shop for beautiful collections of rings, earrings, necklaces and signature charms or create their own at a mother-daughter bracelet-building station that is exclusive to this location. From May 1 to May 13, 2018, moms will receive a complimentary gift with purchase.
Sugarboo & Co. – On May 12, 2018, the quirky boutique will offer a fun morning macramé class for mom, with coffee and shopping. Talk about the perfect combo!
Amorette’s Patisserie – Exclusively on Mother’s Day, this artsy and sophisticated pastry shop will offer cute cakes themed after Disney mothers – Mrs. Potts, Moana’s grandmother, and Coco’s mother and grandmother. Sugar cookies and millennial pink macaroons with pink filling will also be on the menu.
Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories – The ultimate destination for the latest fashion accessories and jewelry from Disney Parks has the perfect gift for mom – a PANDORA Jewelry mom charm! And on May 30, 2018, the one-stop styling location will release a special Pandora Spring charm.

The Celebration Continues Throughout Walt Disney World Resort
Guests looking to treat mom to different and unique experiences can chose from a wide range of options that go from the adventurous to the soothing.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Guests can enjoy a family stroll at the 25th annual event bursting with brilliant gardens, fresh flavors and rocking entertainment. The festival offers many exclusive tours perfect for an afternoon with mom, such as the English Tea Garden Tour presented by Twinings of London. Mom can stroll through an English tea garden and learn about the importance of this classic beverage in British culture. These tours, along with others, can be booked by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.
Senses – A Disney Spa – A relaxing spa experience at Senses – A Disney Spa is what mom (and why not the rest of the family?) needs to celebrate her special day. Guests can visit either Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa to find a therapeutic haven of pampering and wellness. Services include aromatherapy massages, water therapy, sugar exfoliation body treatments, rejuvenating citrus facials and more. To book a treatment at either spa, call (407) -WDW-SPAS.
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID at Disney Springs – This highly immersive and interactive hyper-reality experience is the perfect activity to spend some family quality time exploring an out-of-this-world galaxy. Tickets and details are available at TheVoid.com

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Adventures by Disney Debuts All-New Japan Vacation, Robust Line-up of Worldwide Itineraries in 2019

BURBANK, Calif. (May 3, 2018) – Today Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel worldwide, announced their line-up of 2019 vacation options, including an all-new itinerary to Japan. This exciting first-time destination is the latest addition to the company’s portfolio of more than 50 world-class family vacations across six continents.
Journey to The Land of the Rising Sun
In 2019, Adventures by Disney travelers will experience the captivating culture and rich diversity of Japan during a brand-new itinerary, with expeditions ranging from ancient locales steeped in tradition to fast-paced modern cities. Adventures by Disney collaborated with the Japan National Tourism Organization to create a trip that is both culturally authentic and deeply immersive. Whether exploring a breathtaking bamboo forest, centuries-old temple or high-tech metropolis, vacationers will be fully immersed in the ancient customs and storied traditions deeply rooted within this cultural wonderland.
During this 11-day, 10-night itinerary, travelers will visit Kyoto, Osaka, Takayama, Hakone and Tokyo where they’ll:

Explore historical shrines and temples, such as Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sensoji Temple, Pure Water Temple, the Kamakura Daibutsu and Meiji Shrine.
Experience the masterful time-honored tradition of samurai swordsmanship and the charm of a maiko dance performance.
Bike through farm villages and along rice paddies, cruise on a river boat and traverse through a bamboo forest on an authentic Japanese rickshaw.
Engage with local practitioners in the arts of Taiko drumming, origami and calligraphy.
Discover the secrets to making perfect sushi and learn how to build a delectable bento box.
Seek serenity at Hama Rikyu Gardens, a green oasis nestled among Tokyo’s skyscrapers, and unwind with a customary tea ceremony steeped in history and tradition.
Journey to some of Japan’s most famous neighborhoods and markets, like Takeshita Street in Harajuku, Tokyo, and Dotonbori, Osaka’s popular dining district.
Savor world-class culinary experiences and delight in delicious local treats, such as sake tasting for adults and giant cotton candy for smaller travelers.

Travelers will also have the option to add a post-trip vacation package that provides a stay and special experiences and access at Tokyo Disney Resort.
“Japan offers the perfect setting for an immersive and unforgettable Adventures by Disney experience,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney. “This trip is designed to enrich and inspire explorers, giving them an authentic, hassle-free way to experience the rich culture of this magnificent country, complete with special touches and unique adventures that only Disney can provide.”
Embark on Adventures in Canada, France and Beyond
Adventures by Disney also continues to refresh and enhance their existing vacation portfolio, offering exciting new ways for travelers to experience the world’s most remarkable destinations.
In 2019, a reimagined Alberta, Canada itinerary will offer all-new adventures in Calgary, before traveling to breathtaking Banff National Park and the stunning Lake Louise. In Calgary, travelers will be welcomed as honorary citizens during a traditional ceremony before visiting some of the area’s ranches and farms, sampling local delicacies such as the Saskatoon berry and freshly jarred honey, and even trying their hand at cowboy-style rope wrangling!
Adventures by Disney also recently announced a robust array of offerings that can be added to a Disney Cruise Line sailing to make for the ultimate land and sea vacation. In 2019, travelers can journey to unforgettable locales such as Barcelona, New York City, Vancouver, Copenhagen and more, all while enjoying renowned Disney service and storytelling.
These unforgettable trips join an existing array of dozens of Adventures by Disney vacations worldwide, including the largest-ever line-up of Adventures by Disney river cruise departures, including a brand-new itinerary on France’s Seine River. Here travelers will revel in the beauty of the iconic sites of the City of Lights, the provincial landscape of Monet’s beloved Giverny, the beaches of Normandy and a myriad of stunning destinations in between, all while engaging in an exciting array of immersive entertainment and exhilarating activities for the whole family.
The full line-up of 2019 Adventures by Disney land tours feature a wide variety of vacation destination options, offering something for every type of traveler. Whether hand-crafting pasta on a family farm in Tuscany, saddling up for horseback riding at a Montana dude ranch, snorkeling in the Galapagos, or enjoying one of the many other hands-on experiences available through Adventures by Disney, families will find a wealth of unforgettable moments imbued with special touches that are uniquely Disney.
Bookings for all 2019 vacations open May 9, 2018. Call 1-800-543-0865 or contact a travel agent to book. For more information on the itineraries offered and activities included on an Adventures by Disney vacation, visit AdventuresByDisney.com.
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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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Unwrapping New Details: Toy Story Land Coming June 30 to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Inviting Guests to Play Big with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and All Their “Toy Story” Pals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 2, 2018) – As fans continue the countdown to the opening of Toy Story Land on June 30, more “toy-riffic” news is emerging as anticipation builds for the colorful new land coming to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Guests will “shrink” to the size of a toy as they enter into this land full of everyone’s favorite toys, building blocks and game pieces. Across eleven fun-filled acres designed to recreate Andy’s toy-filled backyard from the Disney·Pixar “Toy Story” films, guests will be fully engaged in the wonderful world where Woody, Buzz, Jessie and all their pals come out to play. Attractions and experiences straight from Andy’s imagination will treat park-goers to the best playtime ever – even after the Tinker Toy lights come on.
Here’s some freshly unwrapped news:

Alien Swirling Saucers. Designed as a playset Andy won at the Pizza Planet restaurant, this all-new attraction is out-of-this-world fun. “Toy Story” green aliens have powered up their flying saucers and earthbound guests get to play along. In rocket ship toys, guests swirl and whirl among toy planets and space stations as part of the game while “The Claw” hangs overhead. This space adventure is bathed in multi-color lighting and sound effects from throughout the galaxies. NEW: Disney has released the first-ever images of the new attraction, showing the toy spaceships being piloted by everyone’s favorite aliens.

 

Ten-hut! Just announced, Sarge and the Green Army Man Drum Corps will be marching several times a day through Toy Story Land. As the Drum Corps marches on, everyone’s invited to follow another contingent of Green Army Men to their fun and interactive boot camp, where they’ll “toy” with guests using giant Pixar balls, oversized crayons and a game of SARGE SAYS (their own spin on Simon Says). Will guests have what it takes to become official recruits in Andy’s backyard?

 

Wheezy, the squeaky toy penguin from the “Toy Story” films, will do more than bring smiles to the faces of guests riding Slinky Dog Dash, the family-style coaster coming to Toy Story Land. The all-new Audio-Animatronics figure will appear in the last scene of the coaster singing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” in that great (and unexpected) voice of his. Wheezy will be accompanied by his toy friends: Mike the tape recorder, who’s provided him with a microphone, and Mr. Spell, who “texts” funny commentary.

 

After a day of play in Andy’s backyard, guests can relive their memories with fun merchandise created especially for Toy Story Land. Just announced – headbands are crowned by three-eyed space aliens or Slinky Dog. Slinky Dog also inspires a toy with light-up rings; he can even strrreetch around the waist or shoulders and double as a fashion accessory. Kids get bragging rights with commemorative “I Played There” t-shirts that let the world know they were among the first guests to Toy Story Land. These and other playful items will be available in merchandise locations found in Toy Story Land and at select shops in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

To learn more about Toy Story Land, visit DisneyWorld.com or call (407) 934-7639.
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“New Species of Theme Park.” Disney’s Animal Kingdom Marks 20-Year Anniversary in Special Earth Day Ceremonies

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (April 22, 2018) – Disney’s theme park of exploration is a place unique in all the world. Here Walt Disney World guests can venture to the snowy flanks of Mt. Everest, raft down a rainforest river, view wildlife on an African savannah and travel light years to an alien planet where banshees fly and mountains float.
Today — fittingly as the world celebrates Earth Day 2018 — Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrates its 20th anniversary in a ceremony marking two decades of magical adventures and unforgettable experiences.
Gathered at the Harambe Theater, set of the popular Festival of the Lion King stage show, drummers, dancers, stilt performers and Disney characters joined Disney executives in a ceremony observing the 20th anniversary and the kickoff of the two-week Party for the Planet celebration, on now through May 5.
Joe Rohde, Creative Portfolio Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, led the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and reflected on its 20-year history.
“We created this park out of a set of ideals that we believed were relevant and meaningful,” Rohde said, “and as the years have passed, those ideals have only become more relevant and more meaningful. Our lives are bound to the lives of all creatures.”
Djuan Rivers, vice president of Disney’s Animal Kingdom noted how the park has grown over the last two decades, and its profound impact on guests and conservation efforts around the world.
“Since 1998, we have been extremely conscious that what we have here is a new species of theme park,” said Rivers. “And while it has undergone an amazing transformation in the past few years, it will always be dedicated to helping our guests create a personal connection with the natural world.”
Rivers also called out the success of the Disney Conservation Fund, aimed at reversing the decline of imperiled creatures in the wild. To date, he said, the fund has directed more than $70 million to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet.
Maribeth Bisienere, senior vice president of Walt Disney World Parks, noted today was more than an anniversary, it was a day of firsts.
“’UP! A Great Bird Adventure’ has its official debut in the park today,” she noted. “On Pandora – The World of Avatar you’ll be able to interact with a scientist who explores in a Pandora Utility Suit.”
In their lush surroundings, more than 2,000 animals – some endangered, all unique and colorful – call Disney’s Animal Kingdom home. Commemorating the milestone year, the 500-acre adventure park will offer animal encounters, family-friendly activities, special photo opportunities, backstage tours at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, specialty desserts and other activities during the Party for the Planet. Tiffins, a signature restaurant, will host themed dinners hosted by animal care experts.
On May 26 Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut even more entertainment with Donald’s Dino-Bash! Guests can join Donald Duck and friends in DinoLand, U.S.A. for playful character encounters and a DJ-powered dance party. It’s all part of the Incredible Summer of fun that kicks off across the Walt Disney World Resort Memorial Day weekend.
For more information about the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests can visit www.Disneyworld.com/AnimalKingdom
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In Their Own Words Reflections on Disney’s Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary

Joe Rohde, Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
“It’s kind of unusual to stay attached like this to a single project for two decades, but there you have it…Disney’s Animal Kingdom is more or less the story of my life!! Even though it’s…like…twenty years old, there has never been a single day when we were not working on something that was going to go into the park or change the park. It’s a living thing, because it is full of other living things.”
“The super complex horticulture and landscaping of the park is part of what makes it alive.  It isn’t managed to stay the same, but rather to continue to grow and change…to be as real as we can make it be. You would not believe how much work that takes!!
Djuan Rivers, Vice President, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
“Disney’s Animal Kingdom has undergone an amazing transformation in the past few years, but at its heart, it has always been dedicated to helping our guests create a personal connection with the world around us. As we approach this 20th anniversary milestone, I’m honored to have been entrusted with leadership of this unique park and to work with this incredible group of Cast Members who share the magic of nature with our guests every day.”
“Disney’s Animal Kingdom has seen a lot of change, and through all the amazing accomplishments, we have remained committed to bringing the magic of nature to our guests in ways only Disney can.”
Walt Disney
“You’ve probably heard people talk about conservation. Well, conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us. It’s a science whose principles are written in the oldest code in the world, the laws of nature. The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible. But if we will use our riches wisely, if we protect our wildlife and preserve our lakes and streams, these things will last us for generations to come.”
Jane Goodall, Phd, DBE, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute, L&U Messenger of Peace
“I have been involved with Disney’s Animal Kingdom since before the grand opening day 1998.  From the start I was impressed by the scale of the park – it was especially magical to see four elephants able to disport themselves in a huge pool. How lucky I was to be allowed to climb the scaffolding and look close up at the amazing art work on the Tree of Life. The huge sculpture of David Greybeard, the only named animal on the Tree, was a surprise, sculpted specially for me.
Now, 20 years later, I think of all the animals and how many visitors have had a chance to watch them and learn about the importance of wildlife on Planet Earth. The Animal Kingdom provides an experience that is not only fascinating, but also educational as visitors hear stories about the importance of conserving animals and their habitats
The Disney Conservation Fund was established to support conservation efforts in many countries, including educational programs.  I am particularly grateful that hundreds of young people in Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots have benefited from this fund in eighteen countries around the world.  It is so desperately important that the next generations should be better stewards of the natural world than we have been.
Visitors to Disney’s Animal Kingdom learn to respect animals as individuals.  They also come away understanding that each one of us makes an impact on Planet Earth every day. By choosing wisely, choosing to tread lightly on the Earth and thus conserve our precious and finite natural resources, we can ensure a better future for generations of people and animals to come.”
Anne Savage, Ph.D, Conservation Director, Disney’s Animal Programs, Disney Parks
“For the past 20 years, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has worked to help save wildlife and engage communities in helping protect the magic of nature.  I’m so excited to see these care and conservation efforts continue to grow through the Disney Conservation Fund and our dedicated cast.”
Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks
“We are proud to contribute to Walt Disney’s legacy of caring for wildlife and wild places. As a world-class leader in animal care and conservation, we are leading the way and reversing the decline of endangered and imperiled species. Through our participation in Species Survival Plans, we’ve been able to responsibly breed more than 200 species, thus ensuring diverse animal populations for the future.”
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