Full Sail University Announces 4th Annual Hall of Fame Celebration Week – February 13-16, 2013

Full Sail University Announces 4th Annual Hall of Fame Celebration Week –

February 13-16, 2013

 Full Sail University

Full Sail University is proud to announce the 4th Annual Hall of Fame celebration week featuring the induction ceremony of the 2012 class of the Full Sail University Hall of Fame on February 15, 2013 on Full Sail’s campus in Winter Park, Florida. The induction ceremony is the highlight of a series of campus-wide special events scheduled to take place from February 13-16, 2013.

Full Sail’s 4th Annual Hall of Fame Week is sponsored by Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America, with additional sponsors Adobe, Avid, CDW, ESPN, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, and WWE. The university will welcome celebrity and industry friends of Full Sail and among those scheduled to appear at the February 15 induction ceremony and participate in Hall of Fame Week include: GRAMMY® award-winning audio engineer and music producer Bruce Swedien, Academy Award-winning visual effects artist and producer Ed Jones, ESPN’s Senior Vice President, Content and Information Technology Kevin Stolworthy, ESPN’s Vice President of Emerging Technology Anthony Bailey, former NARAS President and music attorney Al Schlesinger, Live Nation’s Senior Vice President of Global Operations Craig Evans, actor and television personality John O’Hurley, founding member of the GRAMMY®- nominated multi-platinum selling group 98 Degrees Jeff Timmons, former NFL Super Bowl

winning running back Ricky Watters, GRAMMY®-nominated multi-platinum hip hop group the Nappy Roots, Senior Vice President of Special Events at WWE John Saboor, Meyer Sound’s Live Audio and Education Specialist Buford Jones (who has mixed on tour for Eric Clapton, Prince and Pink Floyd), Google’s Cherie Hannouche, People Magazine writer and New York Times best-selling author Steve Helling, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz, Charles Divins, Lisa Spooner, Lance Smith and Jessica Reyes, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated lifestyle show Life Love Shopping, Andrea Jackson and Michelle Yarn, Wilspro Management’s Debbie Wilson and Doug Shaw, and Orlando Predators Defensive End R-Kal Truluck.

The mission of the multi-day celebration is to acknowledge past Hall of Fame inductees, honor and induct the newest members (comprised of six Full Sail graduates), and to provide one-of-a- kind educational experiences showcasing entertainment and media industry leaders.

Guest lectures and panel discussions will take place featuring many of the guests listed above, as well as all of the new Hall of Fame inductees and nine previous inductees. Portions of the week will be streamed live to the university’s online students.

In addition, a number of Hall of Fame week music-related events will be held on the university’s campus highlighted by two free public concerts. The concerts will be held in the university’s on-campus state-of-the-art performance venue, Full SailLive.

“Hosting our annual Hall of Fame celebration week allows us to take time to reflect upon the vast and tremendous accomplishments of our alumni, while inspiring our university as a whole,” said Full Sail University President, Garry Jones. “It is my great pleasure to thank all of our students, staff, educators, guests, friends, industry leaders, inductees, and sponsors, both past and present, who will be celebrating with us throughout the 4th Annual Hall of Fame Week.”

For more information on this year’s Hall of Fame inductees and a full listing of their credits, please visit here.

Additional information regarding events, special guests, and sponsors will be announced, as we get closer to Hall of Fame Week. Please visit our mobile-optimized site and for more details, and follow @FullSail to join the #FullSailHOF conversation on Twitter.

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SeaWorld Bands, Brew, & BBQ Festival 2013 Kicks Off This Weekend!

SeaWorld Bands, Brew, & BBQ Festival

Featuring live concerts by top names in the music industry

 SeaWorld Bands 

SeaWorld Orlando hosts an exciting concert lineup for its Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival, Saturdays and Sundays, February 9 – March 17. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever with two additional weekends of sizzling BBQ and incredible concerts.

Bands, Brew & BBQ is included with park admission. And the best way to experience this festival is with a Fun Card where you pay for a day’s admission and come back all year –
with no blackout dates – to experience all of SeaWorld’s remarkable events.

The 2013 Bands, Brew & BBQ concert lineup includes:

  • Saturday, February 9              Chris Young with Jerrod Niemann
  • Sunday, February 10              Merle Haggard
  • Saturday, February 16            The Beach Boys
  • Sunday, February 17              Styx
  • Saturday, February 23            Big & Rich
  • Sunday, February 24              Third Eye Blind
  • Saturday, March 2                  Daryl Hall and John Oates
  • Sunday, March 3                    Darius Rucker
  • Saturday, March 9                  Michael McDonald
  • Sunday, March 10                  Josh Turner
  • Saturday, March 16                Rodney Atkins with Uncle Kracker
  • Sunday, March 17                  Sheryl Crow

Enjoy a cornucopia of all things BBQ featuring SeaWorld’s signature mouth-watering BBQ, along with local favorites such as Tony Roma’s, Cecil’s Texas Style Bar B Q and Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, who will be on hand serving BBQ foods tendered to perfection.

For those who want to feel like a rock star, the VIP package and Craft Brew Sampler are available. Guests who take advantage will enjoy the best seats in the house, mouth-watering food and a unique experience that they’ll never forget as they get up-close and personal with some of today’s hottest classic rock and country music performers.

There is a side stage showcasing local bands and for those who want to show off their line dancing and boot scootin’ skills, a DJ will be spinning music to satisfy movers and shakers of all ages and levels.

And through March 3, in between all the barbeque eatin’ and side steppin’, event-goers can take in the sights of the proudly displayed 2013 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. For all Harley lovers who ride their Harley to Bands, Brew & BBQ, parking is free!

For more details about Bands, Brew & BBQ visit www.SeaWorldOrlando.com

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The Company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands.  The parks offer guests a variety of up-close experiences, from animal encounters that invite exploration and appreciation of the natural world, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows.  In 2011 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products. 

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care.  The Company maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 22,000 animals in need over the last four decades. 

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment employs more than 21,000 people nationwide.

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Daniel Tosh ‘The June Gloom Tour’ is coming to Orlando!!!!!

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WHO:         DANIEL TOSH l The June Gloom Tour wsg Jarrod Carmichael

WHEN:      June 25, 2013 | 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

WHERE:    Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre | Orlando, Florida

ON SALE: Friday, February 8, 2013 | 10a.m.

Daniel Tosh

Live Nation and Comedy Central welcome “The June Gloom Tour” with Daniel Tosh and special guest, Jarrod Carmichael coming to the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on June 25, 2013 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The University of Central Florida graduate’s tour kicks off on May 30 and travels to over 25 cities across the United States.

“Tosh.0” currently airs on Tuesday nights on Comedy Central at 10 p.m. ET/PT and the new season consists of 30 episodes televising in three installments throughout 2013.  This weekly, topical series premiered on June 4, 2009 and features the razor-sharp humor and biting commentary from comedian Daniel Tosh and delves into all aspects of the internet from the absolutely absurd to the incredibly ingenious.

TICKETS:  $57.50 & $73 – All seats reserved.  Tickets are available through OrlandoVenues.net, Amway Center box office, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 and at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For box office and ticket information call 407.440.7900.

ABOUT LIVE NATION

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE-LYV) is the largest live entertainment company in the world, consisting of five businesses: concert promotion and venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and artist management.  Live Nation seeks to innovate and enhance the live entertainment experience for artists and fans: before, during and after the show.  In 2009, Live Nation sold 140 million tickets, promoted 21,000 concerts, partnered with 850 sponsors and averaged 25 million unique monthly users of its e-commerce sites.  For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

ABOUT ORLANDO VENUES

Since 1989, Orlando Venues has served as Central Florida’s epicenter of sports and live entertainment. Orlando Venues includes the Amway Center, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Florida Citrus Bowl, Tinker Field, Harry P. Leu Gardens and Mennello Museum of American Art.  Orlando Venues’ mission is to present the Central Florida community with an extensive collection of live sports and entertainment and deliver a standard which results in the ultimate experience for our visitors.  Amway Center is home to the NBA’s 2009 Eastern Conference Champions, the Orlando Magic, the East Coast Hockey League’s Orlando Solar Bears and the Arena Football Leagues’ Orlando Predators.  The Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre is the principal theatre for Fairwinds Broadway Across America-Orlando, Orlando Ballet and the Orlando Philharmonic.  Annually, the Florida Citrus Bowl hosts the historic Florida Classic and two of the NCAA’s premier bowl games – the Russell Athletic Bowl and Capital One Bowl.  Tinker Field, built in 1914, is on the US National Register of Historic Places and is a recurrent venue for outdoor music festivals.  Harry P. Leu Gardens features 50 acres of lush landscapes and has one of America’s largest collections of camellias.  The Mennello Museum of American Art enriches the community with special exhibitions and showcases a permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham.  The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program which includes the City Hall Gallery and Mayor’s Gallery.

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Disney T-shirt Collection

T-shirt from runDisney I’d love image copyright Disney

People often ask what Disney items I collect. I don’t really do pins, other than for the races I’ve done or special occasions like Epcot’s 30th. Vinylmations aren’t really my thing because I know there are ones I like, but I can’t deal with the blind boxes and not knowing what I’m going to get. My weakness, when it comes to Disney, and other things, is my affinity for t-shirts. I’ve collected them since I moved to Florida in the late 1990s and thought I had a few added to the collection over the years. It wasn’t until I went to take pictures for this post that I realized that the number of Disney t-shirts I now own is pushing fifty.

Most of my Disney t-shirts have stories behind them as to when and where I purchased them. Others, I have no recollection of how I acquired them, but I am fairly certain that I purchased them all, if not all but one or two. At an average price of probably $20-25 each after discounts, I am a little embarrassed at the amount of money I’ve probably spent (well over $1,000.), but I do love them and the memories they bring. So I thought I’d take this time to share my t-shirt collection and what a few of them mean to me.

I wish I had a picture, or could find the shirt, but the first Disney t-shirt I actually remember getting (or having my mom possibly buy it for me) was in middle school on my first trip to Epcot in 1993. I loved the France pavilion so much and was a scholar of French at the time, so it was a perfect fit (or so I thought at the time) when I found a shirt that featured helpful phrases and words in French with their translation into English. The brilliant thing about this shirt was that the words were printed upside down, so I as the shirt wearer could read it a little easier. Dorky, I know, but I loved it and really wish I could lay my hands on it. I’ve spent over an hour looking and I’m temporarily calling off the search.

When I was in middle school and high school, my favorite Disney character was Winnie the Pooh. I had a stuffed Winnie the Pooh that even sang when you pushed a button on the hunny pot he was holding. I’m sure I still have him around here, but not sure where. These three shirts have survived a good two decades almost now.

Winnie the Pooh So Squeezable
Winnie the Pooh So Squeezable
Winnie the Pooh Midnight Smackeral
Winnie the Pooh Midnight Smackeral
Luvable, huggable Pooh
Luvable, huggable Pooh

The older I got, the more I realized that Mickey Mouse was actually my favorite character. I would say he probably makes up the character on the highest percentage of my shirts.

Mickey Live Laugh Relax tank
Mickey Live Laugh Relax tank
Mickey Swirl Design
Mickey Swirl Design
Mickey with bats
Mickey with bats
Mickey Woody
Mickey Woody
Mickey You Gots to Chill
Mickey You Gots to Chill
Peace, Love & Mickey Mouse
Peace, Love & Mickey Mouse
Surfing Mickey
Surfing Mickey

Over the years I have acquired a love for Disney t-shirts from the parks, whether to celebrate anniversaries or just favorite attractions.

EPCOT Center from WDW 40th Anniversary
EPCOT Center from WDW 40th Anniversary
Epcot 30th Anniversary
Epcot 30th Anniversary
The American Adventure Epcot 30
The American Adventure Epcot 30
The Magic Kingdom Shag
The Magic Kingdom Shag
Peoplemover
Peoplemover
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean
S is for Sparrow POTC
S is for Sparrow POTC
Disney MGM Studios Where Animation Comes to Life front
Disney MGM Studios Where Animation Comes to Life front
Disney MGM Studios Where Animation Comes to Life back
Disney MGM Studios Where Animation Comes to Life back
Star Tours Judge Me By My Size, Do You front
Star Tours Judge Me By My Size, Do You front
Star Tours Judge Me By My Size, Do You back
Star Tours Judge Me By My Size, Do You back
Star Tours I Am the Rebel Spy
Star Tours I Am the Rebel Spy
Plaid Mickey WDW 71
Plaid Mickey WDW 71
WDW Surfboards
WDW Surfboards
WDW Tour Quadruple Decker Bus
WDW Tour Quadruple Decker Bus
Disney Tradition Built by Characterss front
Disney Tradition Built by Characterss front
Disney Tradition Built by Characterss back
Disney Tradition Built by Characterss back
Disneyland
Disneyland
Red Car Trolley at Disney California Adventure
Red Car Trolley at Disney California Adventure

My favorite sports team trains at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports, so they even have Disney Atlanta Braves shirts.

ESPN WWOS Atlanta Braves Spring Training
ESPN WWOS Atlanta Braves Spring Training

Miscellaneous shirts

Don't Worry Be Happy
Don’t Worry Be Happy
Dopey I'm Smarter Than U Look
Dopey I’m Smarter Than U Look
Captain America
Captain America
The Avengers
The Avengers
Darth Vader Who's Your Daddy
Darth Vader Who’s Your Daddy
Will Turner POTC tank
Will Turner POTC tank
Tropical Minnie
Tropical Minnie
Muppets I Love Nerds
Muppets I Love Nerds
Kermit Geek
Kermit Geek
Goofy Simplicity
Goofy Simplicity

Even my favorite actor, Sean Connery, was featured on a t-shirt I got at MGM about fifteen years ago.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Then there are the holiday shirts. The one that was the hardest to get and to wear after earning it was the 24 hours Leap Day in 2012.

Mickey Leap Day
Mickey Leap Day
Mickey Boo
Mickey Boo
Mickey May Your Holidays Be Bright
Mickey May Your Holidays Be Bright

I only have one Disney resort t-shirt and that is for my favorite resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Disney's Polynesian Resort front
Disney’s Polynesian Resort front
Disney's Polynesian Resort back
Disney’s Polynesian Resort back

The shirts I am most proud of, and have paid the most for individually, are those from my RunDisney races.

Mickey's Halloween 5K 2010
Mickey’s Halloween 5K 2010
Buzz and Woody's Best Friends 5K 2011
Buzz and Woody’s Best Friends 5K 2011
Beauty and the Beast Royal Family 5K 2011
Beauty and the Beast Royal Family 5K 2011
ESPN The Weekend 5K 2011
ESPN The Weekend 5K 2011
Expedition Everest Challenge 2011
Expedition Everest Challenge 2011
Disney Halloween 5K 2011
Disney Halloween 5K 2011
Expedition Everest Challenge 2012
Expedition Everest Challenge 2012

My latest addition to my collection came last weekend in The Adventures of the Gummi Bears t-shirt.

The Adventures of the Gummi Bears front
The Adventures of the Gummi Bears front
The Adventures of the Gummi Bears back
The Adventures of the Gummi Bears back

In doing this, I noticed that I don’t have any Animal Kingdom shirts. I saw one the other day that I really liked, so this may be the next one to join the others.

Disney's Animal Kingdom t-shirt
Disney’s Animal Kingdom t-shirt

Do you collect anything? Do you have more Disney t-shirts than me? Do you have a favorite?

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SPCA of Central Florida: Paws in the Park 2013 Mardi Paws

SPCA of Central Florida Mardi Paws

 

Join thousands of other animal lovers in your community to support the SPCA of Central Florida on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando for the biggest and best FUN-raising pet walk in Central Florida!

This fun family event will have something for everyone. Kids can visit the new Disney Kids Zone plus amazing entertainment zone for the whole family. Enjoy the leisurely walk which raises money to find permanent homes for thousands of homeless animals and support the SPCA of Central Florida’s programs.

Enjoy pet related vendors, entertainment, raffles and more!

All donations received from “Mardi Paws” will go back to support the SPCA of Central Florida in their community programming, low cost medical facilities and finding loving permanent homes for thousands of animals!

 

Make sure that you take a moment to Register Online.

SPCA of Central Florida Mardi Paws Details:

When: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Where: Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando (corner of Robinson Street and Eola Drive)
Registration: 9:00 a.m.
Entertainment and Disney Kids Zone: 9:00 – Noon
Vendor Area: 9:00 – Noon
Walk Start: 10:30 a.m.

Self-parking can be found throughout Downtown Orlando. Parking infromation can be found at www.CityofOrlando.net and follow the ParkSmart link. The SPCA of Central Florida is not responsible for towed vehicles.

Things To Remember:

  • All pets must be at least 6 months old and have proof of vaccinations.
  • Dogs only please. No female dogs in heat.
  • Pets must wear a suitable collar.
  • Keep your dogs on a 6ft leash or shorter and under control at all times.
  • Water for dogs will be supplied.
  • Please be considerate and pick-up after your dog.
  • For the enjoyment and safety of all participants, we reserve the right to require any aggressive animal to leave the park.
  • Please obey all rules of beautiful Lake Eola. No swimming in the lake and no chasing the ducks or swans.
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Wordless Wednesday – First Sunrise

Wordless Wednesday – February 6, 2013

Wordless Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday takes me to a moment that took my breath away and reminded me to take advantage of every moment I have. This was our first sunrise at Sea on the Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship the Fantasy.
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Tuskegee Airmen To Visit Fantasy Of Flight ‘Legends & Legacies’ Series

Nation’s First African-American Aviation Heroes, The Tuskegee Airmen, Return to Fantasy of Flight to Kick Off Fifth Annual “Legends & Legacies” Series, Moderated by Aviator/Educator Barrington Irving,

February 7-9, 2013

 “They Dared to Fly” Student Essay Contest Salutes World War II Veterans During Black History Month for Their Leadership, Excellence, Advocacy and Determination

 Tuskegee Airmen

For the fifth year, Fantasy of Flight, home to the World’s Greatest Aircraft Collection™, will once again welcome the nation’s first African-American Aviation heroes, the Tuskegee Airmen, when it kicks off its 2013 Legends & Legacies Symposium Series Thursday, Feb. 7 through Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. The attraction will celebrate Black History Month not only by hosting a three-day limited engagement event called “They Dared to Fly” featuring several surviving Tuskegee Airmen, but also by sponsoring its third annual student essay contest in which students are encouraged to write about the values of leadership, excellence, advocacy and determination (LEAD) embodied by the Tuskegee pilots.

“They Dared to Fly” is scheduled to feature several open-forum/question-and-answer sessions as well as meet/greet autograph signings with five of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Of the original group of nearly 1,000 trained pilots and 15,000 ground personnel that made up the Tuskegee Airmen, roughly 40 pilots and 200 ground crew are alive today. In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded the surviving Airmen the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest civilian award.

For the first time, the event will be moderated by pilot and educator Barrington Irving. Raised in Miami’s inner city, surrounded by crime, poverty, and failing schools, he beat the odds to become the youngest person and only African American ever to fly solo around the world. He built a plane himself, made his historic flight, graduated magna cum laude from an aeronautical science program, and founded a dynamic educational nonprofit Experience Aviation, to boost the numbers of youth in aviation and other science and math related careers — all before the age of 28.

The impact of the Tuskegee Airmen on his career was profound, Irving said. “The Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy is one that we should we should never forget. Early on in my career, I had the opportunity to work with Lieutenant Colonel Leo Gray and a local Airmen’s chapter in Miami.  These men were a great inspiration to me.  They had fought two wars — one for their country and another for equality and respect when they got back home.  They are my heroes.”

Fantasy of Flight’s permanent multi-media Tuskegee Airmen exhibit and vintage aircraft collection, including the P-51C Mustang “Red Tail,” provides the perfect backdrop for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the brave men who fought America’s enemies abroad while enduring racism at home. Scheduled to appear at one or more of the symposiums are: George E. Hardy, Leo. R. Gray, Daniel Keel and Charles E.McGee.   Symposium events are included in the attraction’s general admission price and are free for annual pass holders.

In tribute to the Tuskegee, students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the “They Dared to Fly” essay contest. Using the principles of LEAD (leadership, excellence, advocacy and determination), students should describe how the Tuskegee Airmen achieved success or describe how they can use these values to achieve a personal goal of their own.

Required essay length for students in grades 6-8 is 350 words; 500 words for students in grades 9-12. Entries will be judged on overall content, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, legibility and penmanship (as applicable). First place winners in each of two categories (grades 6-8 and 9-12) will take home $500; two second place winners each will receive $300. The deadline for the essay contest is 5 p.m., Feb. 22, 2013. Winners will be announced March 8, 2013. Additional rules apply. For more information, visit www.fantasyofflight.com.

Students and student groups can attend the symposium Feb. 7-9 and use the information they learn to write their essays.  Special rates are available for student groups. For more information, contact Stephanie Connor, sconnor@fantasyofflight.com. Fantasy of Flight also has a recommended reading list of age-appropriate books available on its website at www.fantasyofflight.com/livinghistory.

“We are proud welcome back the Tuskegee Airmen and their families to Fantasy of Flight for our Fifth Annual Legends & Legacies Symposium Series,” said Kim Long, General Manager. “These gentlemen are incredible role models for all of us, particularly young people, and it is so fulfilling to witness through the essay contest the inspiration and positive message they pass on to students.”

The following Tuskegee Airmen are scheduled to appear at one or more of the symposiums:

  • George E. Hardy (Sarasota, Fla.) – George E. Hardy entered military service in July 1943, and graduated as a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen in September 1944. He was shipped overseas in February 1945 and flew twenty-one (21) combat missions over Germany. He continued his military career with service in Korea and Vietnam and retired in November 1971 with the rank of Lt. Colonel.  His decorations include: the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with eleven (11) Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Commendation Medal with one (1) Oak Leaf Cluster.
  • Leo. R. Gray (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) – After completing the College Training Detachment Program at Tuskegee Institute, Gray entered aviation cadet training to become a pilot. He graduated from the Tuskegee Army Air Field Flying School as a 2nd Lieutenant and was stationed in Italy as a fighter pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group. He flew 15 combat missions over Europe before separating from active duty in 1946.  During his 41 years of military service, Lt. Col. Gray was awarded the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, a Presidential Unit Citation, and the Mediterranean Theatre of Operation ribbon with three Battle Stars.
  • Daniel Keel (Orlando, Fla.) Keel was a junior studying aeronautical engineering at Northeastern University when he was drafted in 1943. Although he earned his wings as a pilot and navigator in the Tuskegee program, the war ended before Keel’s 477th Bombardment Group (Medium) saw action. He left the military in 1946 and secured a commercial pilot’s license, although a black man would not be allowed to pilot a major commercial airline for nearly 20 years. Instead, he started an electrical contracting firm and is now retired.
  • Charles E. McGee (Maryland) – McGee was studying engineering at the University of Illinois when he enlisted in the U.S. Army, became a part of the Tuskegee Airmen and earned his pilot’s wings in  June 1943. McGee flew 137 combat missions before returning to the United States in Dec. 1944 as a Captain. He served as a pilot in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War, completing more than 270 more missions. In a 30-year active service career, he achieved the highest three-war fighter mission total, 409 fighter combat missions, of any Air Force aviator. McGee retired on Jan. 1973 as a Colonel and ended his military career with 6,308 flying hours. He was recognized for his combat and military service with a number of awards including: Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, and numerous other awards. In 2011, he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. He also served as a consultant to the 2012 George Lucas film, “Red Tails.”

The compelling and historically significant Fifth Annual Legends & Legacies Symposium Series brings to life the experiences of some of America’s most courageous aviators through permanent and semi-permanent exhibits, real aircraft, and most importantly, their own personal stories and interactions with guests. All new programs this year take an in-depth look at World War I and the Cold War as well as saluting veterans of every era.

The six topics scheduled for 2013 include: “They Dared to Fly: Featuring the Tuskegee Airmen” in honor of National Black History Month, Feb. 7-9; “Beyond the Battlefield,” March 8-9;  “The First World War,” April 6; “D-Day: Normandy & Beyond,” May 3-4;  “Espionage: The Cold War,” Oct. 4-5 and “Veteran’s Day Salute: A Celebration of Service,” Nov. 9-10.

Symposium events are included in the price of Fantasy of Flight general admission and are free for annual pass holders. General admission is $29.95 for adults, $27.95 for seniors ages 55 and over and $15.95 for children, ages 6-12, plus 7 percent sales tax.  Children five and under are free with full paying adult. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more; for more information, call 863-984-3500, ext. 220. For general information, visit www.fantasyofflight.com.

About Fantasy of Flight

Fantasy of Flight is Central Florida’s premier aviation-themed attraction showcasing vintage aircraft from the world’s largest private collection; themed immersion experiences; interactive exhibits; a tram tour of aircraft maintenance areas; Restoration and Backlot tours; Fun with Flight center for families and the country’s only Aerial Demonstration of the Day

(Weather permitting) featuring a vintage plane.  General admission also includes The Tuskegee Airmen – They Dared to Fly

exhibit; the multimedia tribute to the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) – A Passionate Pursuit, a walking audio tour and many special events throughout the year.

New at Fantasy of Flight this year is Wing WalkAir, a thrilling outdoor attraction featuring a 600-foot zip line suspended four stories above water and a three-level ropes course complete with 33 midair challenges to be performed while tethered

to an overhead line at heights of up to 45 feet.  Ideal for families, couples, student/youth groups or corporate groups seeking teambuilding opportunities, Wing WalkAir is the first attraction of its kind in Polk County, located midway between Tampa and Orlando. Admission is $25 for the Wing WalkAir Ropes Course & Zip Line or $15 for the zip line and $12 for the ropes course when purchased separately. Group rates are available. Fantasy of Flight admission is not required for entry to Wing WalkAir.

Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. General admission is $29.95 for adults, $27.95 for seniors ages 55 and over and $15.95 for children, ages 6-12, plus 7 percent sales tax. Annual passes are available for $69.95 for adults, $39.95 for children ages

6–12, plus 7 percent sales tax, and are good for one year from the date of purchase.  Biplane rides through Waldo Wright’s

Flying Service and hot air balloon rides are available for an extra charge.  For more information about Fantasy of Flight, call 863-984-3500 or visit www.fantasyofflight.com.

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D23 Fanniversary Celebration Returns In 2013: Tickets Available February 5th

D23 Fanniversary Celebration

I am so excited that D23: The Official Fan Club  has announced that they are bringing the Fanniversary Celebration to several cities to help celebrate Disney milestones and landmark anniversaries in 2013! I had the chance to attend the D23 Fanniversary in Orlando last year, and it was a great opportunity to spend some time with my fellow Disney Geeks!!!

Each special 90 minute show will be hosted by a Disney archivist and D23 Team member, and will highlight the rich behind-the-scenes stories of these magical moments through rarely or never-before-seen film footage, concept art, photography, and exclusive interviews with many of your favorite Disney Legends and luminaries.

D23 will lead guests on a journey through dozens of unforgettable Disney moments that have delighted generations of Disney fans, including beloved movies like Peter Pan, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and the first Pirates of the Caribbean film; classic characters like Mickey Mouse and Chip ‘n’ Dale; favorite attractions and entertainment spectaculars at Disney parks such as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Horizons, and Mickey’s Toontown; the openings of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland, the launch of The Disney Channel; the first voyage of Disney Cruise Line; and the momentous founding of The Walt Disney Company in, of course, 1923.
Following each presentation, guests will have the opportunity to briefly mix and mingle with presenters and fellow Disney fans. Plus, we will have a special treasure from the Walt Disney Archives available on display!

D23′s Disney Fanniversary Celebration events will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C so we can “Unlock the Magic” of Disney and D23 from coast to coast!

Los Angeles
Date: Friday, March 1
Location: The Studio Theatre, The Walt Disney Studios (500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California)
Time: 5 and 8 p.m. (Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the show.)
San Diego
Date: Saturday, March 2
Location: San Diego MOPA-Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater (1649 El Prado, San Diego, California)
Time: 2 p.m. (Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the show.)
Phoenix
Date: Sunday, March 3
Location: Phoenix Center for the Arts (1202 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, Arizona)
Time: 2:30 p.m. (Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the show.)
Orlando
Date: Friday, March 8
Location: Atlantic Dance Hall, Walt Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Walt Disney World
Time: 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the show.)
Chicago
Date: Sunday, March 10
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Time: 2 and 5 p.m. (Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the show.)
Washington, D.C.
Date: Thursday, March 21
Location: U.S. Navy Memorial (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.)
Time: 7 p.m. (Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the show.)
Newark
Date: Saturday, March 23
Location: Newark Museum, Billy Johnson Auditorium (49 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey)
Time: 2:30 p.m. (Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the show.)
Boston
Date: Sunday, March 24
Location: Boston Theatre 1 at the Revere Hotel (200 Stuart St., Boston, Massachusetts)
Time: 2 and 5 p.m. Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the show.)
Seattle
Date: Friday, April 5
Location: Seattle Public Library in the Microsoft Auditorium on level 1 (1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA; Access to the building for the event will be through the 4th Avenue entrance.)
Time: 7 p.m. (Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the show.)
San Francisco
Date: Sunday, April 7
Location: Walt Disney Family Museum, (104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco, California)
Time: 2 and 5 p.m. (Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the show.)

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I love the D23 Fanniversary Celebration 2012 Pennant we got last year!!!

Tickets will be available February 5 at 10 a.m. PST for D23 Members to purchase online. The remaining General Admission tickets will be available February 12 at 10 a.m. PST if available.

Tickets are $21 for D23 Members (and their guest). Tickets are $35 for general admission when/if they become available. It’s important to note that parking is not included with the price of the ticket.

As always it’s important to keep in mind that D23 event tickets tend to go quickly, so make sure that you’re online quickly if you’d like to attend one of the D23 Fanniversary Celebrations!

And now for the D23 Fanniversary Celebration Fine Print and Details you want to make sure you know…

  • Available only to D23 Members in good standing. Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest.
  • There are a limited number of tickets available. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets.
  • Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event.
  • General admission tickets will be available only if additional seats remain. Ticketed Members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event.
  • If you wish to request for sign language interpreting services for this event, please submit your request to d23.guestservices@disneystore.com at least two weeks prior to the event date.
  • All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice.
  • There are no cancellations or refunds, tickets are not transferrable.

I hope that you’re able to make it to one of the D23 Fanniversary Celebrations, and if you’re at the Orlando Fanniversary Celebration make sure to give me a shout!!!

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D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present, and future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his world-famous company. D23 brings its members a host of exclusive benefits, including a weekly e-mail newsletter; an array of discounts and special offers; and exclusive, member-only special events.

Disney fans can join the world’s only Official Disney Fan Club by visiting www.D23.com or select shops at the Disneyland® Resort, the Walt Disney World® Resort and www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow “DisneyD23” on TwitterYouTube and Facebook.

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend As A Spectator With Jaimee – @Jaimd929

Hey There!  My name is Jaimee Dietz and I was asked to write about my experience as being a spectator at this year’s Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. This was my very first time going to marathon weekend so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I went to support my friends who were running the Family Fun Run 5k, the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon and even the Goofy (the 1/2 on Saturday followed by the full on Sunday).

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First off, I had the opportunity to see the Family Fun Run 5kers early, 4:30 AM to be exact, Friday at the Epcot parking lot, which is where all the runners congregate before heading into their respective corrals. Even though I wasn’t running, I could feel the excitement in the air. There was music blasting, a photo opportunity with Mickey and Minnie, and just a great time of seeing some old and new friends.

As the time approached for the runners to start the 5k, I then headed over to Hollywood Studios with James Hansen and Mary Jo Collins for the Run Disney Marathon Meet up.  In order to be a part of the meet up, you had to follow the link in @runDisney‘s tweet announcing the event to sign up for a chance to attend. They only allow a certain number of participants, so it was very exciting to be chosen to go.

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Jaimee and the Big Cheese at the RunDisney Meet Up

We met at Hollywood Studios and ran 2 1/2 miles through the park followed by the opportunity to meet some inspiring runners, including Jeff Galloway. I even had my picture taken with celebrities Joey Fatone and Drew Carey. This was also my first time going to this event and it was so much fun.  I would definitely do it again if I get the chance.

Saturday was an even earlier start where I got up at 2 am to see the Walt Disney World Half Marathon runners get ready to start their trek through the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.  This race also started at the Epcot parking lot. I know this is insanely early but it was completely worth it.

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Jaimee and Beth before the Walt Disney World Half Marathon

After we left the runners, my friends James and Stephanie and I started our adventure by heading over to the Magic Kingdom via the monorail.  This was the most practical way to get over to MK rather than driving a car. The whole process took about 30 min.  To see the runners through MK, you don’t need a park ticket because technically the park is still closed. Main Street USA was breathtaking that early in the morning, because all the buildings were lit up with the sun rising behind them. They even had Cinderella’s castle all lit up with the Dream Lights. I could only imagine being one of those runners turning the corner to run down Main Street and see that glorious sight that is Cinderella’s castle. We stayed there for about an hour or two and then headed back over to Epcot to see our friends finish.

Taking the monorail back to Epcot was a little time consuming but we were in no rush so it really didn’t bother us.  What was really neat and unexpected was as we were riding the monorail we could see the runners below.  When we arrived back at Epcot, we headed over to the area where the resort buses are located to grab a spot to watch the runners head towards the finish line. Seeing my friends finish and wearing their medals proudly was so awesome and inspiring. It even made me proud for them.

Sunday was another amazing day being able to see some of my friends run the Walt Disney World Marathon. We made our way to the United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot to watch the runners come through the end of the race at mile 25. I saw a lot tired and weary faces but also determined faces knowing that they were nearing the end.  Some had smiles and some had tears in their eyes. I tried to cheer for everyone, strangers and friends alike, clapping, yelling, and ringing a cow bell!

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The whole gang after the Walt Disney World Marathon

Overall, I was so thrilled to be able to have this experience being a spectator at Marathon weekend. It was extremely inspiring seeing all different types of people running.  One of the most touching moments was seeing a man carrying the American Flag while running down Main Street.  It was such an amazing sight to see.  It filled my heart with gratitude. Another very special moment was seeing a few men dressed in full firemen garb carrying tanks and all.

This weekend will definitely be a weekend I will never forget. You don’t have to be a runner or interested in running to enjoy marathon weekend.   It’s so fun and exciting just being in the midst of all the Marathon Weekend activities. But be careful, you might just get inspired to hit the pavement and sign up for a race of your own.  I’ll be running my first half marathon in February, the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon and I’m also training for the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge at Disneyland later this summer.

So get out there and cheer for those runners!  You never know where it might lead you!

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Disney Twenty-Three Spring Issue On Stands February 12th

RETURN TO OZ IN THE ALL-NEW SPRING ISSUE OF DISNEY TWENTY-THREE 

ON STANDS FEBRUARY 12

Disney Twenty-Three

A Dazzling Behind-The-Scenes Look At Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful,
The 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and
Never-Before-Seen Concept Art from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen

 

The spring issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, hits stands February 12, loaded with articles to delight both Disney fans and the general public. The cover story, “A Great and Powerful Odyssey,” gives readers an exclusive tour of the land at the end of the road of yellow bricks in Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful releasing in theaters this March. The article features interviews with stars Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff. In addition, there’s a sneak peek of 2014’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, which offers a new take on the legendary Sleeping Beauty story.

The Emerald City theme continues with a second story illuminating the many connections between Disney and Oz, including Walt Disney’s early attempts to bring Oz to the big screen. The story includes rarely seen images from the Walt Disney Archives and a fond look back at Disney’s 1985 release Return to Oz.

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we sit down with Imagineer Joe Rohde as he reflects on the evolution of Disney’s wildest and most spiritual park.

“Frozen in Time” includes concept art from the upcoming film Frozen, due in theaters this November. Walt Disney Animation Studios brings an ice-covered world to life as Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) seeks to reverse a curse put on her kingdom by a cold-hearted snow queen (voiced by Idina Menzel), who also happens to be her sister.

Disney twenty-three also offers the latest on exciting new projects from the world of Disney and a look at some celebrated classics. The spring issue:

  • Celebrates the 30th anniversary of Disney Channel from the original show Good Morning Mickey through theHigh School Musical trilogy;
  • Reveals the secrets and hidden delights to look out for when exploring New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom ;
  • Catches up with Bob Baker, a legendary Los Angeles puppeteer whose exquisite artistry is threaded throughout Disney history;
  • Tells the story of master glass craftsmen, the Arribas brothers, who now have art in 14 (and counting) different Disney park locations around the globe.

The Disney discoveries do not stop at the end of the publication this spring. In conjunction with the release of this spring issue of Disney twenty-three on February 12, www.D23.com will feature original and exclusive stories that complement the contents of D23’s glossy magazine. Only available on D23.com:

  • An exclusive Q&A with Brian Henson about his first film, Return to Oz;
  • An off-road tour of Kilimanjaro Safaris with the head zookeeper in celebration of Disney’s Animal Kingdom 15th anniversary;
  • An in-depth look at Disney Channel’s schedule, stars, and shows and an exclusive look back at the first day of programming as the Channel turns 30.

Disney twenty-three is delivered directly to the doorstep of all D23 Gold Members, along with a special gift. The gifts for this issue are reproductions of vintage Disney Valentine’s Day cards, which will be attached exclusively to member issues. This special gift will be received by members just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Beginning February 12, Disney twenty-three magazine will be available at retail locations across the country for $15.95, and can also be purchased online at DisneyStore.com and throughout the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts.

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About D23

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present, and future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his world-famous company. D23 brings its members a host of exclusive benefits, including a weekly e-mail newsletter; an array of discounts and special offers; and exclusive, member-only special events.

Disney fans can join the world’s only Official Disney Fan Club by visiting www.D23.com or select shops at the Disneyland® Resort, the Walt Disney World® Resort and www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow “DisneyD23” on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

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