Disney Paper Parks: Happy Haunts Part 1

Disney Paper Parks Halloween 2020

To help get everyone into the holiday spirit (see what I did there) the Disney Parks Blog is launching a new, four-part series of Disney Paper Parks inspired by Halloween and the Haunted Mansion!

These printable activity sheets will help Disney theme park fans bring a piece of the Disney Parks into their own homes, complete with instructions about how to create 3D versions of some of your favorite aspects of Disney Parks.

Today I am really stoked to share the part-one of the Disney Paper Parks series that includes Haunted Mansion home decorations!

Bring the macabre style of the Haunted Mansion into your home by printing out and crafting these spooky decorations that appeal to a variety of ages and skills. From the bats atop the queue stanchions to paper chains inspired by the Haunted Mansion’s wallpaper, the finishes will set the mood of the mansion in your home.

You also can use this release to transform your home with the spirits of the mansion using grinning ghosts shadow puppets!

Just as the Haunted Mansion is filled with illusions, the shadow puppets include rotating hand shadows, the Hitchhiking Ghosts, the Hatbox Ghost, and more (there’s always room for one more).

The Disney Paper Parks sheets were created for the Disney Parks Blog by talented Imagineers Stephanie Jazmines and Amy Young, and only require the use of scissors, glue, and folding along dotted lines in specific directions.

For best results, the Disney Parks Blog recommends printing the sheets at their actual size, not scaling them to fit the page. We also recommend adult participation or supervision for those with little ones to help make this great activity even more enjoyable.

Have fun and I can’t wait to share more Disney Paper Parks: Halloween Editionactivity sheets!

Note from the Disney Parks Blog Post: By downloading Disney Paper Parks, you acknowledge and agree that these materials are being provided to you for personal, non-commercial use.

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Tickets On Sale For Give Kids The World Village’s Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular

For the first time ever, Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee will open its gates to the public – offering a glimpse into the magical, whimsical non-profit resort that fulfills the wishes of critically ill children from around the world. 

Give Kids the World Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular

From Friday, November 13, through Sunday, January 3, 2021, visitors can experience the childlike wonder of the Village during Night of a Million Lights, a walk-through, fully immersive holiday light spectacular.

More than three million lights will adorn the 84-acre resort, including a 150-foot lighted tunnel along the Avenue of Angels leading to elaborately decorated wish family residential villas; more than 50 larger-than-life holiday-themed wireframes, some spanning more than 40 feet; an enormous dancing gingerbread arch; and out-of-this-world space-themed decorations showcasing the Village’s newest centerpiece, Henri’s Starlite Scoops. 

Give Kids the World Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular

A stellar group of corporate treasured Partners will showcase their design talents by adopting and decorating a residential villa for display throughout the 52 nights of the event.

Tickets are on sale starting October 1 at www.gktw.org/lights, enabling guests to walk among the brilliant lights and participate in a variety of fun and festive activities in a safe, socially distant manner.  Ticket prices start at $15 for children ages 3-17 and $25 for adults, and include on-site parking, complimentary ice cream and hot cocoa, and unlimited access to the Village’s wheelchair-accessible attractions – including The Enchanted Carousel; Marc’s Dino Putt; Kelly’s Sunny Swing; Lori’s Magical Flight; an interactive model railroad; and the Village’s iconic Castle of Miracles, where thousands of stars fill the ceiling in honor of wish children who have visited the Village.  The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, with staggered entry times at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. (confirmed at the time of purchase) to ensure social distancing.  Mask wearing will also be required for all guests.

Give Kids the World Night of a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular

Proceeds from the event will support Give Kids The World’s mission to provide wish vacations for critically ill children and their families.  When wish-granting organizations receive a request from a critically ill child who wants to visit Central Florida, Give Kids The World fulfills the wish – providing each child and his/her family with a magical week-long stay at absolutely no cost.  Each family receives transportation, accommodations in one of the Village’s 166 storybook residential villas, all meals and snacks, nightly entertainment, tickets to Orlando’s world-class theme parks and attractions, and priceless interactive experiences at the Village.  Since 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 176,000 families from 50 states and more than 76 countries. 

Give Kids The World Village closed to wish families in mid-March due to the global pandemic, delaying more than 4,000 wishes.  Night of a Million Lights is designed to raise funds to ensure that the wishes of critically ill children can return bigger and better than ever before once the Village reopens.

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New Virtual Camp Kennedy Space Center Program

What goes better with an after-school snack than a visit to space? Space After School, a new program from Virtual Camp Kennedy Space Center will bring all the wonder and excitement of space exploration into the comfort and safety of homes nationwide when it launches on October 19.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Virtual After-School Program October 2020

Brought to participants live from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Space After School, a five-day program, will be offered three times each day. Each section will last about an hour and a half and will be offered at either 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 7 p.m. ET. During the program, campers will engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities, perfect for elementary school-age students.

Each of the five Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex virtual sessions will be centered on NASA-based science and engineering and themed per day as follows:

  • Monday: Rocketry – Forward to the Moon 
    Campers complete hands-on missions based on the Apollo and Artemis programs
  • Tuesday: To the Moon and Back 
    By building an interactive, campers learn more about the Apollo program
  • Wednesday: Space Shuttle Program 
    Campers learn about the Space Shuttle Program in hands-on activities
  • Thursday: International Space Station 
    Mission challenges inspired by the International Space Station 
  • Friday: Life on Mars 
    Campers travel virtually to Mars, where they practice skills needed to live on another planet

The $65 (plus tax) per session cost includes a kit containing supplies for the activities, which will be mailed approximately one week prior to the start of the program. Additional Space After School kits are available for $25 (plus tax).

For more information and to register for Space After School, visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com.

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I Love Christmas Movies Coming to Gaylord Palms

I Love Christmas Movies Gaylord Palms Resort Christmas 2020

As the holiday season approaches, Gaylord Palms is excited to announce a new one-of-a-kind marquee Christmas pop-up experience that will debut November 13, 2020, and run through January 3, 2021. Called I Love Christmas Movies, the new experience presents a multi-sensory exhibition in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products allowing guests to experience beloved holiday movies in a completely new way.

The new pop-up experience anchors Gaylord Palms’ lineup of renowned annual Christmas programming, promising an enchanting holiday celebration this year. 

With the unveiling of the new, I Love Christmas Movies immersive pop-up experience, visitors will enjoy enhanced holiday fun and delights as they discover this exclusive activity offered only at Gaylord Hotels for a limited time.

I Love Christmas Movies Gaylord Palms Resort Christmas 2020

I Love Christmas Movies presents a fully immersive exhibit featuring key moments from some of the most iconic Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas movies including THE POLAR EXPRESS, A CHRISTMAS STORY, ELF, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS.

As guests young and young at heart navigate the multi-sensory exhibits, they will enjoy over 13 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips, and more, making participants feel as if they have stepped into the part of the actual story. Guests will travel with Buddy the Elf from Santa’s North Pole workshop to New York City; take photos in front of the Griswold’s house adorned with thousands of Christmas lights; and more.

For almost two decades, Gaylord Palms has become legendary for providing magical holiday events and activities for winter visitors to experience, and this year will be no different.

I Love Christmas Movies Gaylord Palms Resort Christmas 2020

A lineup of additional signature activities and experiences visitors have come to know and love over the years is being developed and will be featured alongside the new I Love Christmas Movies experience. 

With a full lineup to be announced soon, visitors can look forward to experiences such as ice tubing, scavenger hunts, gingerbread decorating, elf training academy, holiday stage shows, and much more, all

to be enjoyed within acres of airy indoor atriums decorated with millions of twinkling holiday lights, towering Christmas trees, and thousands of shimmering ornaments.

“The holidays are the perfect time of year to make memories with friends and family, and we know that this year more than ever, guests will be looking for places where they can celebrate the magic of the season in a safe environment,” said General Manager Johann Krieger. “This year we are excited to present the new I Love Christmas Movies experience, along with our other amazing events and activities our guests have come to know and love.” 

I Love Christmas Movies Gaylord Palms Resort Christmas 2020

As the safety of guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, the Christmas at Gaylord Palms program is being developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and with enhanced protocols and social-distancing measures. Programming will also operate in consideration with the latest local, state and federal legislation. 

Overnight Christmas packages including admission into the I Love Christmas Movies immersive pop-up experience are available to book now. Tickets for all the events and activities for Christmas at Gaylord Palms will go on sale in early October. 

For more information about the I Love Christmas Movies pop-up and Christmas programming, visit ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com, which will be updated with this year’s lineup soon. 

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Four Seasons Orlando Offers Club Memberships

Since its inception two years ago, Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando has grown a steady membership, primarily of local Central Florida area residents who desire a strong golf offering in addition to the renowned personalized service Four Seasons is known for. 

Four Seasons Orlando Resort Exterior

“With many foregoing their international vacations, we’re finding they are looking for more entertainment close to home,” says Joe Angelino, PGA, Club General Manager. “Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando offers outdoor activities and socialisation opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy quality time together, making memories and staying active.”  

Plancha restaurant at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando serves as the members’ home base, with an expansive lakeside terrace for outdoor dining in addition to ample indoor seating. The clubhouse also offers a pro shop carrying premium apparel, footwear, and accessories, plus there are spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms.

Plancha Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Course
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

With many families electing for their kids to participate in a virtual school, the flexibility in scheduling enables them to spend more time as a family enjoying all the Club has to offer.

“When the kids are finished with their schoolwork, it’s great for the family to head to the Club for some afternoon pool time or practice time on the Par 3 course, before enjoying happy hour or an early dinner at Plancha,” notes Angelino.  

A highlight of membership at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is the renowned guest service provided by the seasoned team of hospitality professionals. PGA Director of Golf Instruction Rod Cook and Tennis Professional Alain Labrecque, plus award-winning culinarians and access to the “best of the best” Resort staff from concierge to master stylists and spa therapists, the Club’s mantra of “it’s all here for you,” rings true.  

Four Seasons Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Club Membership Overview

Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando membership includes:  

  • Exclusive access to golf on the 18-hole Tranquilo Golf Course, certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf by the National Audubon Society, and home to a nationally televised LPGA TOUR Champions event, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions
  • Unlimited use of the golf practice facilities, including a Par 3 course and putting area, a 400-yard double-ended driving range with a two-acre (3/4 hectare) natural grass teeing area, a chipping and pitching area totaling 14,000 square feet (1,300 square meters), and an 18,000 square foot (1,675 square meters) putting course
  • Access to the following resort amenities: state-of-the-art fitness center open daily; complimentary access to Har-Tru tennis courts; basketball; sand volleyball; plus, access to special pricing for instruction (golf, tennis and personal training)
  • Invitations to exclusive member-only events
  • Savings of 15 percent at The Spa & Salon at Four Seasons
  • Savings of 15 percent at the Resort’s six restaurants, with no food and beverage minimum
  • Savings of 10 percent on banquet/catered events held at the Resort’s event spaces
  • Savings of 20 percent at the Golf Shop and 10 percent at the Resort’s retail boutiques
  • Complimentary valet parking for up to one vehicle per day  
Four Seasons Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

An upgraded membership offering includes access to the Resort’s water park and adult-only pool. The facilities include the lakeside infinity-edge Oasis Pool for guests 21 and older, a winding lazy river complete with waterfalls and a bubbling rapids section, a splash zone ideal for little ones, a zero-entry family pool, and two water slides. In addition, the five-acre (two-hectare) Explorer Island complex includes an outdoor sports court for basketball, a sand volleyball court, and a pavilion area with games such as foosball and table tennis.  The expansive pool grounds provide ample space for guests to spread out, in the sunshine or under the shade of the palm trees, and all of the lounge chairs are spaced apart for physically distancing measures.

Four Seasons Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Golf and Sports Club Membership is priced at:

  • Individual:  USD 14,000 Initiation Fee (one time); Monthly Dues*:  USD 675
  • Family: USD 16,250 Initiation Fee (one time); Monthly Dues*: USD 755  
Four Seasons Orlando
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Upgraded Golf and Sports Club with Pool Membership is priced at:

  • Individual: USD 17,500 (one time); Monthly Dues: USD 875
  • Family: USD 19,750 Initiation Fee (one time); Monthly Dues*: USD 960

*Note: Family is designated as two adults living in the same household including children in the household under age 25.

For Prospective Members

For more information on the membership offerings available at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando, visit online or contact the Club Membership Office at 407 313 6778. 

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Orlando Science Center Hosts Kids Night

The Orlando Science Center is hosting a Kids Night at the Museum this Saturday, August 29th, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., where kids ages 5 to 12 years have the opportunity explore exhibits, experience enhanced programming, and enjoy dinner and a film in age-appropriate small groups to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

The best part? Caregivers can enjoy a stress-free and childless evening on the town while their budding scientists have an entertaining experience of their own exploring the wonders of everything the Science Center has to offer.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

This event has a limited capacity to support our health and safety guidelines and ensure proper social distancing so caregivers need to reserve spots for their children ASAP.  The schedule for the evening will be as follows:

  • 6:00 p.m. – Drop-off Begins Until 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – In Classroom Activities 
  • 7:00 p.m. – Pizza Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. – Guided Exhibit Hall Experience
  • 8:00 p.m. – Live Science Show
  • 8:30 p.m. – Guided Exhibit Hall Experience
  • 9:00 p.m. – Giant-Screen Film
  • 9:45 p.m. – In Classroom Activities (pickup begins)
  • 10:30 p.m. – Program Concludes

Registration is open until this Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. so we’re just trying to get the word out.

Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

For more info, including FAQs, fees and how to register, please visit https://www.osc.org/visit/events/kids-night-at-the-museum/

Discounts available for siblings and Orlando Science Center members and families. The Science Center’s exhibits don’t come to life after hours, but during Kids Night at the Museum, the building will definitely be full of energy!

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Central Florida Zoo Offers Programs for Families

The Central Florida Zoo is once again answering the call of families as Central Florida students are heading back to the classroom, logging in for virtual learning, and many homeschool families are doing the same.

Central Florida Zoo ZooVenture Educational Program 2020

Building on years of providing homeschool families with a variety of programs to help bring the classroom to life, the Central Florida Zoo has a series of programs families may want to take advantage of in these times.

Registration is now open for the Central Florida Zoo’s ZOOventure Programs which offer both onsite and virtual classes for children ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 13 as well as onsite family workshops.

Classes are offered monthly from September through May, with topics ranging from animal calls and the food chain to taxonomy and mutations.

“Education is at the very heart of what we do at the Central Florida Zoo,” said Stephanie Williams, the Zoo’s director. “Seeing students make the connection when they see something they read about up close and personal is truly a gift.”

ZOOventure Programs include up-close animal encounters, games, crafts, and activities. The virtual versions of the programs will include materials typically found at home, and a list will be provided one week in advance.

Virtual classes are $10 per child for annual pass holders and $12 per child for non-pass holders. Onsite classes are $15 per child for annual pass holders and $18 per child for non-pass holders. Family workshops are $20 per family for annual pass holders and $25 per family for non-pass holders.

Classes are limited in size, and onsite classes will include other social distancing and safety measures. Registration is required at least one week in advance.

To view the entire schedule, class topics, and more visit their website.

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Take a Swing at Walt Disney World Golf

Walt Disney World Golf May 2020

Golfing is a great way to spend time outdoors while social distancing, and Walt Disney World Golf, operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management, is offering players the chance to experience their four fantastic courses.

Disney’s Palm Golf Course

Walt Disney World Golf - Disney Palm Golf Course
Photo: Walt Disney World Golf

Disney’s Palm Golf Course, rated 4 stars by Golf Digest, is an 18-hole championship course that is visually stunning and challenging with 59 bunkers and 9 holes with water hazards.

Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course

Walt Disney World Golf - Disney Magnolia Golf Course Logo
Photo: Walt Disney World Golf

Designed in classic Tour style, Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course is the longest of the Walt Disney World Resort golf courses with elevated tees, spacious greens, and wide fairways with 97 bunkers and 11 holes with water hazards. 

Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course

Walt Disney World Golf - Disney Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
Photo: Walt Disney World Golf

Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, conceived by Joe Lee, is an 18-hole classic, country-club style course that has hosted the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, and USGA events.

Due to the current closure of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, players must have a confirmed tee time reservation before entering the property. 

Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Club

Walt Disney World Golf - Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course
Photo: Walt Disney World Golf

Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course is a  family-friendly, 9-hole walking course with rolling greens and exciting challenges.

Walt Disney World Golf FootGolf
Photo: Walt Disney World Golf

If you are looking for a different spin on the game, you can also take on its 9-Hole FootGolf course that is certified by the American FootGolf League (AFGL), the governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the United States.

FootGolf combines the game of soccer with shortened length golf holes, where the fewest kicks wins the hole.

Walt Disney World Golf Logo

When you are ready to take your swing, players will notice that significant measures to help ensure the well-being of all who visit and work at Walt Disney World Golf have been implemented.

Most notably, the new “Park and Play” procedure allows players to make an online tee time reservation and pre-pay online. Upon arrival, each player will have a designated sanitized golf cart waiting to take them to the first tee.

Other measures to be aware of include: 

  • Tee time intervals have been adjusted to help aid in social distancing.
  • Club drop off is not being offered, but the staff will be available if special assistance is required.
  • Rentals of clubs and shoes are not available.
  • Tees, pencils, and scorecards can be requested.
  • The courses no longer have bunker rakes, water coolers, and ball washers.
  • Flagsticks should not be removed, and raised cups are in use on the greens to make ball retrieval easier.
  • The Pro Shop is open with special social distancing and sanitizing procedures.
  • On course food and beverage carts are not in use, however, Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Deli (Magnolia, Palm, and Oak Trail) and Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Cafe (Lake Buena Vista) are available during play without seating for guests.
  • All transactions must be completed with chip only credit cards.
  • All facilities have hand sanitizers.

You can find more information about the Walt Disney World Golf courses by calling the reservations center at (407) WDW-GOLF or by visiting golfwdw.com.

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Star Wars Day 2020 – What to Watch

It’s a very special day… Its Star Wars Day!!!

And while there’s no place I would rather be than running around Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are some really great things you can watch to celebrate Star Wars Day at home!

5 Things to Watch on Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day May the 4th Be With You
1. Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian

On May 4th Disney+ will be adding some great Star Wars content and features you won’t want to miss!

Star Wars Day - Disney Plus Disney Gallery Star Wars The Manalorain
Disney+

I am REALLY excited about the new ‘Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian’ 8 episode series that takes fans behind the scenes of the first live-action Star Wars series.

In the series Executive Producer, Jon Favreau along with the cast and crew share an unprecedented look at the making of the series through interviews, never-before-seen footage, and roundtable conversations hosted by Favreau himself.

New Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian episodes will be released every Friday after Star Wars Day.

2. The Final Episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars Day - Disney Plus Final Clone Wars Episode
Star Wars

I don’t know about your house, but my house is excited for the final episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, “Victory and Death.”

Created by George Lucas and shepherded by Dave Filoni (The Mandalorian), the animated series first aired in 2008 and became an entry point into Star Wars for an entire generation, following fan-favorites like Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala, while introducing major new characters like Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. Star Wars: The Clone Wars became a multiple-Emmy Award winner and a favorite among Star Wars fans.

The final season features Ahsoka Tano and Rex on their adventures that lead up to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

3. Stream Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars Day - Disney Plus Final Clone Wars Episode
Star Wars

TODAYS IS THE DAY!!!!!!

You can now stream the entire Star Wars Saga because Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Disney+.

Though I’ll let you argue about the right order to see them in…

4. Star Wars Concept Art takes over Disney+
Star Wars Day - Disney Plus Concept Art Takeover
Star Wars

This week there is going to be a concept art takeover on Disney+ featuring each Star Wars film’s and series’ artwork.

From Star Wars: A New Hope to The Mandalorian, the updated art will feature pieces from celebrated artists such as the legendary Ralph McQuarrie and Academy Award-winning artist, author, and production designer, Doug Chiang. On the Disney+ home screen, the animated Star Wars brand tile, viewable on web and connected TV devices, gets upgraded with a new animation that honors the signature hyperspace jump.

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Star Wars Day - Disney Plus Final Clone Wars Episode
Star Wars

There are new Star Wars avatars for Disney+!!!

You can now choose from Darth Maul, Jabba the Hutt, Bo-Katan, D-O, Captain Rex, a porg, and 332nd trooper.

5. Watch YouTube videos of Star Wars attractions in the parks!

Since we all can’t be in the parks for Star Wars Day, watch your favorite Star Wars attractions on YouTube!

And while you are there…make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!!!

I hope that you have a great Star Wars Day!!! May the 4th be with you!!!

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Celebrating Earth Day with Disney

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and Disney has been honoring the important role that nature plays in igniting joy during these unprecedented times for the last month by sharing educational information about this extraordinary planet we inhabit.

And for over 30 years the Disney Parks have been dedicated to environmental and sustainability initiatives, implementing programs in support of waste and emissions reduction, and water and resource conservation.

They are continually exploring, testing, and implementing new ways to turn everyday occurrences into sustainable experiences.

These efforts have led to incredible progress towards conserving natural resources – protecting the magic of nature for the future of our business, community, and the planet.

This year also marks a special year for several anniversaries for The Walt Disney Company.

The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) is proudly celebrating 25 wonderful years of supporting nonprofit organizations globally in their efforts to save wildlife, inspire action, and protect the planet.

The Walt Disney Company is also celebrating one year since welcoming National Geographic into the Disney family.

National Geographic recently launched NatGeo@Home to support families and caregivers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Nat Geo at Home Earth Day 2020

The hub is home to free educational resources and content to help parents and educators keep kids engaged while schools are closed, including an exciting neighborhood safari. 

The Earth Day Neighborhood Safari invites families to design their own “safari stop” with resources available on NatGeo@Home, complete with lessons from Disney Animation, Pixar, and Marvel Studios on how to draw your favorite safari animal. National Geographic is collecting a feed of “safari art” on NatGeo@Home to help bring neighborhoods all over the world together.

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13 at home

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13 Mission with Virtual Watch Party

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission – made famous for its “successful failure” by the 1995 film named for the mission, starring Tom Hanks, Kathleen Quinlan, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation want the country to come together for a virtual celebration of these brave men and their families.

Join in by tuning in to watch the classic film at the time of launch in 1970 – 2:13 p.m. EST on Saturday, April 11 – via a favorite streaming service, and share your watch party pictures by tagging @kennedyspacecenter on Instagram and following #Apollo13inquarantine on Twitter.

The real men behind the Apollo 13 mission are astronauts James (Jim) Lovell Jr. (Commander), Fred Haise (Lunar Module Pilot) and John (Jack) Swigert Jr. (Command Module Pilot). The crew launched via a Saturn V rocket at 2:13 p.m. on April 11, 1970 from the iconic Launchpad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Though the mission of reaching the moon, and conducting moon walks was not realized, the mission was successful in its safe return of the crew and learnings applied to future missions.

“The Apollo 13 mission has been an inspiration to generations of space explorers – and continues to inspire future space explorers today,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “The crew’s story of resourcefulness and perseverance in a time of distress is especially meaningful today as we deal with this global pandemic.”

For more information visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com.

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New At Home with Disney Magic Series

Disney Magic Moments

Millions of people around the world are at home and looking for ways to spend time together (and apart!) and the Disney Parks have been thrilled to see how fans and families are creating their own “only Disney” moments in their daily lives.

And it has now inspired the parks to bring Disney to you in new ways, from livestreamed Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, to the virtual viewing of the “Magic Happens” parade from the Disneyland Resort, to singing along with the Dapper Dans. There’s even been drawing Olaf with Disney Animation and reading along with Disney talent for storytime!

Now the parks are thrilled to share an even easier way for kids, families, and fans to access #DisneyMagicMoments like these, all from the comfort of your own home.

Disney has launched www.DisneyMagicMoments.com, a website where you will find fun and engaging Disney content, stories, and resources for free from Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars, to Walt Disney Animation Studios, National Geographic, Disney Parks, and beyond.

Keep an eye out for even more virtual pixie dust, and make sure to use #DisneyMagicMoments to show how you’re bringing the Disney magic to your life at home!

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Disney’s Aladdin flies into Orlando

Disney’s Aladdin has entertained audience members around the world, and beginning January 22 the show will begin a 24-performance run on the Walt Disney Theatre stage at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Disney's Aladdin Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts January 2020

Disney’s Aladdin brings the timeless Disney animated feature film to life with fan-favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman, Tony Award winner Tim Rice and book writer Chad Beguelin.

I am beyond excited to see “Friend Like Me”, featuring the Genie and all his antics!

If you have a little Disney’s Aladdin fan in your family, don’t feel intimidated about bringing them to the theatre! Check out my past post where I share tips and tricks for bringing them!

Tickets for Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from January 22 to February 9 are on sale now and start at only $31.

Here are a few thing to keep in mind if you are planning on attending Disney’s Aladdin at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts:

  • Parking can be purchased in advance for valet and two garages, Seaside Plaza and City Commons, online before you arrive to make parking a breeze.
  • All persons entering the theater, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the theatre.
  • Only purchase tickets directly from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in person or online at Drphillipscenter.org.
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Now Snowing in Celebration Celebrates 21 Years

Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event, offers one of the area’s only synthetic ice rinks, special community performances by some of the area’s top young talent, and special concert events throughout the season. Now Snowing is a month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers**, photos with Santa**, horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, train rides, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM. It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday.

In addition to the everyday fun at Now Snowing Nightly, you can catch a A Countdown to Christmas on December 14th – an evening filled with young talent from across the United States and featuring talent seen on national television and radio, and more. These free concerts are in addition to the everyday fun already a part of Now Snowing. Past performances include Justin Bieber, Keke Palmer, Mitchell Musso and many more.

The event is brought to you by Lexin Capital, and sponsored in part by the Celebration Town Tavern, and Experience Kissimmee. Now Snowing Nightly parking and admission are free. Celebration is conveniently located between Highway 192 and interstate 4 near Walt Disney World.

Parking is Free in Open Lots. The town will enforce parking laws, and tow vehicles illegally parked or parked in unauthorized areas at owner’s expense. Please pay close attention to parking and street signs.

*weather permitting. Inoperable during periods of heavy rain or temperatures below 34 degree (F)
** on select nights through December 24th

Free Nightly Snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM
everyday November 30th-December 31st *

*weather permitting. Inoperable during periods of heavy rain or temperatures below 34 degree (F)

ICE SKATING

Cost to Skate*: $10.00 (ice skates included) for 30 minutes of skating

Hours:  4:00 pm-10:00 pm Nightly November 30th -December 31st.

For more Information: 407-566-2526

*Synthetic ice rink

CELEBRATION EXPRESS TRAIN

Cost: $5.00

Hours:  5:00 pm-close Nightly November 30th-December 31st.

For more Information: TBA

HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES

Cost:

Cinderella Carriage $65.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Christmas Sleigh: $65.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Vis a Vis (Small Carriage): $45.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Wagon Rides: $5.00 per person

(infants under 1 year of age-no charge)

Hours:  5:00 pm-close Nightly November 30th-December 31st.

For more Information: 321-624-6380

SANTA PHOTOS

Cost: Depends on Package Purchased

Hours:  5:30-9:00 PM Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday through December 24th
6:00-9:00 PM Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 24th

For more Information: 407-512-0662 or on the web at towncenterphotos.com

Wednesdays  December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th.
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Three Disney Holiday Specials You Won’t Want to Miss

Disney Holiday Specials 2019
ABC officially kicks off the holidays with “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,“ Thursday, Nov. 28 (8-10 p.m. EST.) on ABC; followed by “Disney Channel Holiday Party at Walt Disney World“ premiering Friday, Dec. 13 (8-8:30 p.m. EST) on Disney Channel and in the DisneyNOW app. Then, the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” airs Christmas morning, Wednesday, Dec. 25 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST); airtimes vary, check listings, on ABC and on the ABC app. (Disney Parks/ABC)

This holiday season, ABC and the Disney Channel will transport the magic of Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line to viewers with three magical Disney Holiday Specials featuring star-studded performances, merry entertainment and more.

During the Disney Holiday Specials, viewers will get exclusive looks at upcoming Disney Parks attractions, including Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening soon at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. 

ABC officially kicks off the holidays with “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC; followed by “Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World,“ premiering FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on Disney Channel and in the DisneyNOW app. As part of the annual tradition, the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” airs Christmas morning, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check listings, on ABC and on the ABC app). 

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” kicks off the holiday seasonThursday, November 28, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. EST, on ABC and on the ABC app. 

Join hosts artist Matthew Morrison, singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton, and TV host Jesse Palmer as they present the two-hour prime-time special on Thanksgiving night from Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California. 

This magical celebration will feature celebrity musical performances among a flurry of Disney holiday entertainment. During the prime-time special, viewers will be treated to several Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a behind-the-scenes look into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on December 5, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and January 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California. 

Musical performances include the following: 

  • GRAMMYAward-winning icons Sting and Shaggy perform duets and solo numbers from Walt Disney World Resort, including a new festive reggae version of “Silent Night (Christmas is Coming).” 
  • GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Portugal. The Man performs “Happy Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Everybody” from Disneyland Resort.
  • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning group Pentatonix will sing a cappella renditions of “Deck the Halls” and “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Singers Ingrid Michaelson and Andy Grammer perform an all-new original holiday song from Disneyland Resort.
  • International pop star Ally Brooke sings “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) performs “Santa Baby” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • The Tony, Emmy, and two-time Golden Globe-nominated artist Matthew Morrison performs a medley from Walt Disney World Resort of “When You Wish Upon A Star” from the upcoming album “Disney Dreamin’ with Matthew Morrison” and the classic “Let it Snow.”
  • Acclaimed two-time Billboard Award-winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling pulls all the strings for “Carol of the Bells” from Walt Disney World Resort. 

Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World“ airs Friday, December 13, from 8:00-8:30 p.m.  EST/PST, on Disney Channel and in the DisneyNOW app. Disney Channel’s “ZOMBIES 2” stars Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim will co-host this holiday party with artist Matthew Morrison, treating fans to a magical holiday celebration featuring performances from Shaggy,  Pentatonix andDisney Channel stars Issac Ryan Brown (“Raven’s Home“), Ruby Rose Turner (“Coop & Cami Ask the World”), and Kylie Cantrall (“Gabby Duran & The Unsittables”) broadcast from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and aboard the majestic Disney Fantasy – part of the Disney Cruise Line fleet. 

During the special, viewers will enjoy exclusive Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a first look at Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in spring 2020 and Disneyland Park in California in the future. Viewers will also get an exclusive look at the Disney Channel Original Movie sequel “ZOMBIES 2,” premiering on Disney Channel in 2020. 

Additionally, “BUNK’D” stars Scarlett Estevez and Israel Johnson will host a special family segment highlighting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program.

Musical performances include the following: 

  • Disney Channel’s “ZOMBIES 2” star Meg Donnelly sings “Home for the Holidays” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Disney Channel stars Issac Ryan Brown (”Raven’s Home”) and Ruby Rose Turner (”Coop & Cami Ask the World”) perform “12 Days of Christmas” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Disney Channel’s “Gabby Duran & The Unsittables” star Kylie Cantrall performs “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“ aboard the Disney Fantasy.
  • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Pentatonix performs an a cappella renditionof “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning reggae star Shaggy sings “Jamaican Drummer Boy” from Walt Disney World Resort.

“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” airsWednesday, December 25, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check listings, on ABC and on the ABC app. 

Disney’s annual Christmas celebration airs Christmas morning on ABC hosted by artist Matthew Morrison,singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton, and TV host Jesse Palmer. Joining as co-hosts are ABC’s “black-ish” star Marsai Martin with Hollywood Records Artist and Disney’s “The Lion King” star JD McCrary, who voiced young Simba in the live-action film.

Presented from Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California, the show features the Christmas Day Parade down Main Street U.S.A., heartwarming stories and amazing celebrity performances. Among the exclusive Disney Parks sneak peeks planned for this special are Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in spring 2020 and Disneyland Park in California in the future, plus Avengers Campus coming to Disney California Adventure Park in California in 2020. 

Viewers will also get a special look at “the most magical flight on earth”: the newly opened Disney Skyliner gondola system, connecting Walt Disney World Resort guests to two Disney theme parks and four resorts, including the new Disney’s Riviera Resort, opening December 16.

Musical performances include the following: 

  • Seventeen-time GRAMMY Award-winning Sting performs “Soul Cake” off his platinum-selling album “If On A Winter’s Night…” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning reggae star Shaggy sings his new Caribbean-flavored original song “Christmas with Friends” from Walt Disney World Resort 
  • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix performs “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Walt Disney World Resort. 
  • Singers Ingrid Michaelson and Grace VanderWaal sing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Disneyland Resort.
  • GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Portugal. The Man performs “White Christmas” and “Feel it Still” from Disneyland Resort. 
  • International pop star Ally Brooke performs “Christmas Through Your Eyes” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • The cast of the new Disney+ original “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” performs a high-energy medley from Disneyland Resort. 

The Disney Holiday specials are a collaboration by Disney Parks, ABC, Disney Channel and Endeavor Content, and I can’t wait to tune in!

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