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February 2009 Edition 1

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<< Introduction >>

Groundhogs, Valentines, and Presidents, Oh My!  February is rolling in clad with holidays and this edition of the Insider is arriving in your mailbox clad with the latest info and helpful tips.  In this edition we cover the latest dollar saving deals, find out how Disney World is spreading cheer with the "What will you celebrate?" campaign, round-up the latest Disney news from around the globe, go aboard the newest accommodations to dock at Disney World , catch the latest buzz in info Central, and learn how a Disneyland classic attraction has received a fresh dusting of pixie dust. Hang on to them hat's and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the Internet!

<<Disney Deals>>

-Discount for the Kid at Heart-

Guests vacationing at the Disneyland Resort can now book a special "Kid Priced" Walt Disney Travel Company package for travel now through April 28, 2009. Bookings must be completed by April 26. Each package include two night hotel accommodations, three-day Park Hopper tickets and a host of extras such as admission to Magic Morning, where families can enjoy select theme park attractions before Disneyland park opens to regular guests.

>> Details


<<New Ways to Celebrate!>>

As the "What will you celebrate?" campaign rolls-on, the Magic Kingdom has rolled-out the pixie dust to help Guests celebrate their special occasions in new ways.

Guests wishing to get a complimentary button to celebrate their special occasion should now visit the new "button cart" that has been set-up outside of City Hall. The cart features newly designed Birthday, Anniversary, Honeymoon, First Visit, and Family Reunion buttons in addition to a new catch-all "Celebrate!" button. 

Guests can continue to celebrate their occasion on the classic Tommorowland Speedway attraction. The attraction has recently introduced "tailgate signs" that can be attached to the back of the celebrating Guest's speedway vehicle. Guests can currently choose signs to help them celebrate their Birthday, Honeymoon, or Anniversary.

Guests can also celebrate their special occasion by taking part in the brand new Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party. The party kicks-off with Disney Characters, gift-wrapped package floats, stilt-walkers and other performers promenading toward Cinderella Castle, as an MC entices Guests to join in. As the party settles in at the Castle hub, packages burst open to reveal the Genie, The Mad Hatter, Lumerie, and Sebastian each singing a signature tune. Everyone is invited to dance amongst Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, King Louie, Baloo, Woody, Jesse, Mr. Incredible, Frozone, Chip and Dale and the colorful cast of performers. This exciting new entertainment offerings will be offered three times each day.

<<WebDisney Round-Up with Mel>>

Disney News Headlines Around the World -- January 25th through February 10th, 2009


16th Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Begins March 1

An elaborate "Cinderellabration" topiary and an environmentally friendly Green Garden will bring fresh springtime flair to the 16th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 18-May 31, 2009. 

Disney To Combine Two ABC Units

Walt Disney Co said on Thursday it would combine two divisions, ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios. The newly formed unit, to be called ABC Entertainment Group, will be managed by President Stephen McPherson, who had previously served as president, ABC Entertainment.

Disney/ABC TV Group Cuts 400 Positions

The Walt Disney Co.'s television division is cutting 400 jobs, or about 6 percent of the unit's work force, due to the slumping economy.

Disneyland Trains Now Running On Biodiesel

The five Disneyland Railroad trains that circle a one-mile perimeter of the park, recently began running on cleaner burning biodiesel made with oil that comes from the resort's restaurants and hotels.

They're Going To Disney World!

How did Santonio Holmes celebrate his Super Bowl XLIII heroics? He went to Disney World for a victory parade down Main Street U.S.A.

Disney Cruise Line Ranked No. 1 Cruise Experience

Disney Cruise Line was recently named the top large cruise ship experience by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine in the ninth annual 'Reader's Cruise Poll.'

Walt Disney Company Reports First Quarter Earnings

The Walt Disney Company recently reported earnings for its first fiscal quarter ended December 27, 2008. "We faced a challenging first quarter with many of our businesses impacted to various degrees by the economic downturn," said Robert A. Iger, Disney’s
president and CEO.

Hong Kong Disneyland Raising Prices

Hong Kong Disneyland will increase weekday admission prices for both mainland and overseas tourists by nearly 20 percent, despite the global financial crisis.

DreamWorks And Disney Talk Distribution

According to the Associated Press, Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks SKG production company is in talks to have The Walt Disney Co. distribute six of its movies a year as talks broke down with current distributor Universal Pictures.

Ed Catmull Honored At Sci-Tech Oscars

Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, recently accepted an Oscar statuette for a lifetime of work in computer animation.

Disney Creates Fellowships To Honor Randy Pausch

The Walt Disney Company has announced the creation of the Disney Memorial Pausch Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University in recognition of the passion and energy Dr. Randy Pausch brought to his work at both Carnegie Mellon and Walt Disney Imagineering.


>> Stay tuned to WebDisney for the latest company-wide Disney News


<<Accommodations Ahoy!>>  

Landlubbers and scallywags alike can now live like Captain Jack in a pirate-themed guestroom at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. More than 350 guestrooms in the Trinidad South section of the resort have received new decor and furnishings fit for a buccaneer. 


Swashbucklers can swing their way to Old Port Royale to find the resort's shops, game room, lounge, food court, restaurant and entertainment in a festive, island streetscape setting.  The resort's treasure trove of dining options include Shutters at Old Port Royale, a table service restaurant featuring pan-seared fish and jerk-roasted ribs. Additionally, counter-service restaurants in the food court serve up plenty of dining choices: Montego's Market Deli offers a large selection of soups, salads and sandwiches; Bridgetown Broiler features poultry and All-American fare; Royale Pizza offers pizzas and pasta; and Old Port Royale Hamburger Shop spotlights burgers of all types. The restaurants border a 500-seat common dining area. The Banana Cabana offers all types of drinks.  


Buccaneers need not walk the plank to cool off, the resort has recently unveiled a brand new a Spanish fortress-themed pool featuring stone walls, pirates' cannons, waterfalls, and a waterslide. Adventures be-a-foot all around the resort, footbridges over the lake connect the "mainland" with the one-acre Parrot Cay island play area for children and a 1.4-mile tropical promenade around the lake serves strollers, joggers and bicyclists.  Captains and First Mates alike can take to the seven seas from Barefoot Bay Boat Yard.  The marina rents small sailboats, Sea Raycer by Sea Ray, pontoon boats, canoes and other watercraft. 


Hurry before all the rum, err rooms are all gone -- contact Magical Journeys to book your Pirate-themed vacation now!


>> Magical Journeys

>> Pirate Room Pictures

<< Inside info Central>>


Park Calendar Released for May 2009


The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event schedules for May 2009. For guests visiting during this time, you will want to visit the Park Hours and Events pages to aid in planning your trip. Remember, all times and schedules are subject to change, so check back often.


>> Extra Magic Hours Schedule and Info


>> Current Park Hours


>> Fireworks, Parades, & Event Schedules

What's Updated?

INTERCOT info Central has recently updated the following sections to keep you up-to-date as you plan your Disney World Vacation. 

>> Closing & Refurbishment Schedule


>> Historic Temp Averages by Day  


>> Star Wars Weekends


>> Epcot's Annual International Flower & Garden Festival

<< A Whole New (Small) World >>

A beloved Disneyland attraction returned to Fantasyland on February 6th, 2009 when "it's a small world" re-opened with some new storytelling magic. With the premiere of a new scene, new musical enhancements, and a new look for some of the attraction’s familiar child dolls, "it's a small world" once again takes guests of all ages on the happiest cruise that ever sailed. 

This classic attraction has been renovated and enhanced while retaining the world-renowned charm that holds such a special place in the hearts of Disneyland guests. The "it's a small world" journey continues to celebrate children of the world and their message of harmony and friendship. And now, for the first time, guests will be able to find some of the child dolls dressed as their favorite Disney characters, in the countries where their stories take place.

Guests will enjoy riding "it's a small world" again and again as they search for the 29 Disney and Disney/Pixar characters now represented in the attraction. Some appear as child dolls and some are playful-looking toys, such as the White Rabbit who accompanies Alice. The new doll costumes and toys are fashioned in the same artistic style that has made "it's a small world" an icon around the globe. That style was created by art director, color stylist and Disney Legend Mary Blair, whose sense of design shaped "it's a small world" from the very beginning. Among the enhancements is a new Spirit of America scene based on original concept art by Disney Legend Mary Blair, in keeping with the "it's a small world" theme that friendship crosses all nations, including the United States. Additional fresh touches will be heard in the augmented "it’s a small world" soundtrack. The renowned "it's a small world" song, written by Academy Award-winning composers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, will still play throughout the attraction. Now, however, some subtle film music is woven into the song as counterpoint melodies, fitting the characters and scenes. All of the boats in "it's a small world" are new and designed to evoke the look and feel of boats that children of the world might play with anywhere.


>> Details, Discussion, and Pictures

<< Conclusion >>

This edition has come to a close, but exciting happenings continue to roll-on at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts.  Whether you might be looking most forward to a stay like a swashbuckler at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort; celebrating a special occasion in style at the Magic Kingdom; or taking-in the rejuvenated magic on the happiest cruise that ever sailed at Disneyland, its shaping up to be an exciting year at the Disney Resorts on both coasts.  We'll be back in a few weeks with more insightful columns to help you plan a great Disney vacation.  See ya real soon!

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