Emily Blunt, Jennifer Lee, Kathleen Kennedy, Jo Malone CBE, Robin Roberts & Victoria Arlen Join Forces with Renowned Athletes, Doctors, Scientists and More in Disney’s New #DreamBigPrincess Global Video Series

21 aspiring young filmmakers from 13 countries direct digital shorts spotlighting the stories of female trailblazers to inspire the next generation to follow their dreams
BURBANK, Calif. (October 10, 2018) – Ahead of International Day of the Girl (October 11), Disney today launched a new global video series offering advice and inspiration on achieving success for the next generation of young leaders around the globe. The #DreamBigPrincess video series, produced and directed by young women from the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative, shares the stories of 20 trailblazing women across technology, entertainment, medicine, law, sports, arts, science, fashion and politics to show the next generation what’s possible if you dream big.
“Dreaming big is one of the most important things any of us can do – to keep aiming higher,” says Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, who was interviewed for the series by Maud Webster, age 16, from the UK. “The #DreamBigPrincess series is giving a voice to a group of talented young women, helping them tell stories that kids can learn from, whatever their ambition.”
Disney provided mentorship support for the 21 Girl Up leaders from different corners of the globe as they captured the stories of a diverse group of role models in digital shorts. Each video will be shared across Disney’s global media platforms as part of a campaign to unlock up to a $1 million donation to Girl Up, an initiative of the UN Foundation to support girls’ leadership.
“We have the responsibility to hand that baton of self-belief and positivity to the next generation,” says Jo Malone CBE, Entrepreneur and Founder of Jo Loves, who was interviewed by Bethel Kyeza, age 16. “Storytelling can help us believe that no matter who we are or where we come from, we have every right to write the story of our own life and fulfill it.”
“There’s a line in Mary Poppins where she says anything is possible, even the impossible. I think that really symbolizes what dreaming big is all about, the idea if you want something big enough that the universe is going to conspire to give it to you,” says Emily Blunt, Golden Globe Award-winning actress who was interviewed by Marisa Torre, age 17.
Spanning a host of professions, an accomplished roster of women share their tips for success in the 20-part series:

Asmaa Boujibar – Research scientist and the first Moroccan woman in history to join NASA Johnson Space Center.
Ashima Narain – Photographer, filmmaker and former photo editor for National Geographic Traveler India.
Blanca Treviño – President and CEO of Softtek, the leading IT services company in Latin America, champion for entrepreneurialism, IT and the role of women in business.
Emily Blunt – Golden Globe Award-winning actress and star of upcoming Disney movies Mary Poppins Returns and Jungle Cruise.
Celina Caesar-Chavannes – Canadian member of Parliament who served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister of Canada.
Jennifer Lee – Chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, writer and co-director of Disney’s Frozen for which she won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Jo Malone CBE – Founder and creative director of Jo Loves, responsible for creating some of the world’s most-loved fragrances, awarded a CBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honors List for her services to the British Economy and the GREAT Britain campaign.
Karen Jonz – Brazilian skateboarder, designer and musician who won the 2008 X Games women’s vertical and the World Cup Skateboarding Championship four times, first Brazilian to win the title of World Champion.
Karen Walker – Designer with a global, multimillion-dollar eponymous fashion label, awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to fashion design in 2014.
Kathleen Kennedy – Film producer and president of Lucasfilm, has produced more than 60 films, including three of the highest-grossing movies in motion picture history.
Leia Mi – Art director for Shanghai Disneyland who creates concept designs and provides art direction for Shanghai Disney Resort, was a creative designer at Walt Disney Imagineering.
Maria Teresa Ruiz – Chilean astronomer, the first woman to study astronomy at the University of Chile, the first female scientist to receive a PhD in astrophysics from Princeton University and the first woman to receive Chile’s National Prize for Exact Sciences.
Martina Stoessel – Actress and singer who played the leading role on the internationally successful Disney Channel telenovela Violetta, first Argentine singer to reach one million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours for her single “Te Quiero Mas.”
Monica Lopez Hidalgo – Accomplished professor and researcher of neuroscience, one of the winners of the L’Oréal Unesco Conacyt AMC 2017 Scholarships for Women in Science for her research on the deterioration of cognitive functions related to age.
Ndifanji Namacha – Medical doctor and assistant lecturer of public health, Malaria No More UK youth ambassador, delivered a keynote speech at the 2018 Malaria Summit in London.
Paola Carosella – Award-winning chef and restaurateur, opened her first restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2001, has appeared as a judge on MasterChef Brazil since 2014.
Robin Roberts – Award-winning broadcaster and co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America.
Susan Prescott – Vice president of product marketing at Apple with more than 25 years of experience in the computing industry.
Virginie Delalande – Founder of Handicapower, first deaf person to become a lawyer in France.
Victoria Arlen – Accomplished motivational speaker, actress, model and swimmer, won three Silver medals and a Gold medal from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, joined ESPN as one of the company’s youngest on-air talents.

“The #DreamBigPrincess series documents a host of inspiring stories and diverse experiences, but the common message is clear,” says Zenia Mucha, Senior Executive Vice President, Communications, The Walt Disney Company. “Having a big dream is the first step on the path to success, and positive role models are critical in helping you continue on that journey – whether that’s a fictional entrepreneur like Tiana or a real-world success story like any of the women in this series.”
The aspiring filmmakers embarked on their creative journeys back in July, with ongoing mentorship from Disney, Apple and female-led production company Summerjax ahead of the series debut. Each video was shot on iPhone X and edited using Final Cut Pro X running on MacBook Pro.
“It’s important to have role models – and by role models I mean the 21 girls that are part of the ‘Dream Big, Princess’ project – out there to inspire other girls,” says Susan Prescott, Vice President of Product Marketing at Apple, who was interviewed by Jessica Zhang, age 16. “I think it’s important to recognize their talents, let them have a voice and show the great things they can do.”
Through Disney’s collaboration with Girl Up, the #DreamBigPrincess campaign aims to make a tangible difference for girls who face challenges in achieving their dreams. For each like or share of a video or photo posted publicly with #DreamBigPrincess on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 to Girl Up in support of girls’ leadership and empowerment (minimum donation: $500,000/maximum donation: $1 million). This charitable initiative kicks off today and runs until November 20, 2018.
“Last year’s donation from Disney has already had a huge impact, allowing us to extend our network of Girl Up clubs outside the US by more than 50%, giving more girls the leadership skills they need to advocate for themselves and others,” says Girl Up Co-Executive Director, Melissa Kilby. “We’re so proud of the series that our young Girl Up leaders have created and hope people around the world will play their part in supporting the rights of girls by liking and sharing them on social media.”
This year’s video series builds on the success of the #DreamBigPrincess Global Photography series, which saw 19 female photographers from 15 countries capture inspiring stories of real-world women and girls to encourage kids to reach for their goals. The campaign reached millions of families around the world unlocking a $1 million donation to Girl Up in less than five days. The images from the multi-award-winning campaign were also honored with an exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
The initiative is part of Disney’s ongoing Dream Big, Princess campaign that encourages kids everywhere to dream big by highlighting key story moments and inspiring qualities that each Disney Princess showcases through her adventures, such as Merida’s bravery, Cinderella’s kindness or Tiana’s perseverance. Disney is committed to helping today’s youth create the future they imagine by providing them with inspiration and opportunity through transformative programming, of which this campaign is an example.
CLICK HERE to view the #DreamBigPrincess video series and biographies of each of the aspiring filmmakers and interview subjects.
In honor of the new #DreamBigPrincess digital shorts series, all Disney Parks guests around the world are also invited to Disney bound in outfits inspired by their favorite female Disney characters on October 11, declared the International Day of the Girl by the United Nations. Disney bounding can include color schemes, patterns, accessories and more that speak to favorite Disney characters. Disney stores nationwide will also celebrate the launch of the initiative with in-store Dream Big, Princess events on Saturday, October 13th.
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Joss Hastings
818-934-5635
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507-951-8855
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Coming in 2019: City Works Located at Disney Springs

Bottleneck Management to open City Works Eatery & Pour House location at Disney Springs in summer of 2019
(ORLANDO, Fla.; Oct. 10, 2018)—Bottleneck Management proudly announces the addition of City Works to Disney Springs in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in the summer of 2019. The lively eatery and pour house style restaurant, currently found in seven locations across the country, offers a massive draft selection of local, regional, and global craft brews with a constantly rotating draft list, complemented by classic American cuisine with chef-driven twists.
The 8,632 square foot restaurant at Disney Springs will offer a retail space, expansive seating, plenty of high-definition TVs – including a 165-inch screen – and a 1,767 square foot patio. The space will also exhibit three full-service bars, two of which allow for covered, open air dining along the patio.
City Works will be located in the Disney Springs West Side. An independent entrance and exit to the promenade will make it convenient for guests to stop in for a bite, watch a game or just to grab a beer to enjoy while they walk throughout Disney Springs. City Works will be the go-to spot for sports fans looking to enjoy craft beers, a delicious menu and  a state-of-the-art, game-viewing experience.
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About City Works
City Works currently has seven locations across the country in cities including Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Miami, Frisco, Fort Worth, and Orange Village. With 90 local and global beers on tap, the restaurant offers a wide range of rare and unique craft selections. All locations are open for lunch and dinner, and prices range from $13-$20 at lunch and $15-$28 during dinner. For more information, or to make a reservation, please visit www.cityworksrestaurant.com.
About Bottleneck Management LLC
Bottleneck Management Inc. manages and operates premier restaurants and bars throughout the United States. Founded in 2001, its venues include City Works (Pittsburgh, PA; Minneapolis, MN; Doral, FL; King of Prussia, PA; Frisco, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Orange Village, OH), Old Town Pour House (Chicago, IL; Naperville, IL; Oak Brook, IL; Gaithersburg, MD), South Branch Tavern & Grille (Chicago, IL), Sweetwater Tavern & Grille (Chicago, IL), and The Boundary Tavern & Grille (Chicago, IL). By pushing the envelope in cutting-edge design and product, Bottleneck Management is able to create unique experiences for guests and continues to be a leader in the vibrant dining and craft beer scene. For more information, please visit http://www.bottleneckmgmt.com.
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 more information, please contact
Colleen Rooney or Cassy Iverson at Wagstaff Worldwide
colleen@wagstaffworldwide.com | cassy@wagstaffworldwide.com
312.471.6752  |  312.471.6744
 
 
 
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Reimagined Port of Entry Welcomes Guests to New Restaurants, Amenities at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Table-service dining, marketplace, pool bar and more unveiled at Walt Disney World Resort island-themed getaway
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2018) – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a place to relax in comfort as life slows to a leisurely pace amid lush surroundings and the sound of steel drums drifting through the air. Now with a new port of entry and lobby to explore and enjoy, as well as three new food and beverage locations, the resort offers more ways than ever before for guests to embrace the island spirit of the Caribbean.
Reimagined Old Port Royale
The Old Port Royale complex has been reimagined as a new port of entry for Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. It’s a centralized and convenient location for services, amenities and three new dining options. Guests arrive at Old Port Royale via an all-new porte-cochere, where they are welcomed into a colorfully reappointed lobby under an open-trussed roof and a colonnade with floor-to-ceiling drapes. Friendly cast members are waiting in this open and communal environment to help guests check in to their rooms, answer questions, offer advice to help them better enjoy their stays and more.
Guests who choose to linger in the new lobby may rest in lounge-style seating areas with handmade furnishings. Or they may choose to stock up for their island adventures in the new Calypso Trading Post, offering favorite Disney merchandise and everything they need for their vacation.
Sebastian’s Bistro
As Sebastian would say, “life is the bubbles” at his new Caribbean-inspired table-service restaurant featuring warm island hospitality and waterfront views. Guests will feel as though they’ve stepped into a tropical beachfront home, where every detail celebrates the natural beauty of the region – from coral patterns and kelp filigree to lure-inspired art and nautical designs.
The tantalizing menu blends Latin and Caribbean flavors into bright, fresh tastes ranging from seafood and steak to salads, sandwiches and burgers. Signature items include:

Skirt steak “chimichurri” with crispy yuca
Citrus-stuffed sustainable whole fish with turmeric brown rice and cilantro-lime vinaigrette
Sautéed shrimp and tamales with roasted peppers and salsa verde
Arepa with slow-cooked pork and chili-mango barbecue sauce
Crispy avocado-and-bacon burger with chimichurri and pico de gallo

Vegan options include an island curry “eggless” salad sandwich on multi-grain bread, as well as a plant-based banh mi sandwich with pickled vegetables. To finish the meal, tropical fruits elevate decadent desserts, including:

Banoffee Pie – Banana custard, chocolate ganache and graham cracker tart with caramel sauce
Milemarker Zero – Iced key lime pops with sea salt and tropical sauce

Sebastian’s Bistro also offers island-inspired cocktails with Caribbean rums, as well as a customizable rum flight.
Centertown Market
This fast-casual restaurant transports guests to an indoor island street market. Guests enter under a large, palapa-like structure modeled after a traditional Caribbean thatched roof. As they stroll beneath glowing colored light pendants, guests will discover a diverse menu of family-friendly fare. Centertown Market specializes in customizable Latin- and Caribbean-inspired dishes; with these made-to-order bowls, guests choose their base, protein and sauce, available for both breakfast and dinner.
Centertown Market also features farm-to-table salads, Sicilian-style pizza and a variety of sandwiches and burgers. Those craving something sweet may indulge in an assortment of custom tarts and other delectable morsels. Children will be thrilled by Pirate Mickey waffles and French toast for breakfast, and chicken breast nuggets, tacos and grilled cheese for dinner. There’s also an egg popper – a hard-boiled egg pop with green pirate juice, roasted pineapple and bacon.
The market’s expansive beverage island features Coca-Cola freestyle machines, freshly brewed coffee and a selection of teas. Draft beer and single-serve wine and cocktails are also available. And for those who are excited to get moving, a grab-and-go market offers specialty coffee and quick bites.
Banana Cabana Pool Bar
It’s always “island time” at this festive pool-side bar that immerses guests in relaxed Caribbean living. Banana Cabana offers exclusive cocktails with premium spirits, including the Pink Guava Colada with rum, guava purée, pineapple juice and cream of coconut. Kraken Punch mixes black spiced rum with blood orange sour and pomegranate and orange juices.
Caribbean beers are also available, along with a variety of craft and traditional beers, as well as premium white and red wines. Non-alcoholic specialty drinks feature fruit juices and tropical flavors, including the Tropical Paradise, which blends pineapple, coconut, cinnamon and lime, dusted with nutmeg.
For more information about Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, visit DisneyWorld.com.
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Deadline Approaching Soon to Apply for Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

Submit application by Oct. 31 for a chance to be one of 100 high school students selected for all-expenses-paid mentoring experience of a lifetime
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Oct. 31, 2018, will be last day to apply 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 World 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. Anyone interested in participating should visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to submit an application.
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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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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