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Walt Disney World's Media Office publishes a bimonthly Press Release called Dateline Disney, which highlights WDW activities for that particular month.
In this edition:
- Epcot: Feel the flower power at a groovy concert series
- Magic Kingdom: New Fantasyland adds to the fun for Disney Guests
- Downtown Disney: You're in luck this St. Patrick's Day with even more fun at Pleasure Island
- Disney Sports and More: Land of the free and home of the Atlanta Braves
- Disney Cruise Line: Disney Fantasy inaugural sailings begin March 31
- Disney Resorts: Stay with Disney Royal Friends at new Story Book Rooms
The Flower Power concert series returns to Epcot starting March 9th during the 19th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Among millions of beautiful blooms, gorgeous garden walks and dozens of whimsical topiaries, you may just hear the sounds of some of the greatest pop, rock and R&B hits from the grooviest decades. During the 19th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival which runs from March 7 to May 20, guests will have the chance to hear music from artists such as Davy Jones and Jose Feliciano at the Flower Power concert series.
With a different artist every weekend during the festival, this unforgettable live music show will take you back in time with tunes from the 1960s and 70s. Don't miss two new acts—Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night and The Orchestra featuring former members of ELO and ELO Part II—perform some of their greatest songs.
Performances are at America Gardens Theatre and are included with Epcot admission. Show times are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15p.m., 6:30p.m. and 7:45p.m.
Here's the complete Flower Power concert series lineup:
March 9-11: Jose Feliciano
March 16-18: Starship starring Mickey Thomas "
March 23-25: The Guess Who
March 30-April 1: The Spinners
April 6-8: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
April 13-15: Paul Revere & The Raiders
April 22-24: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
April 27-29: NEW! Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night
May 4-6: NEW! The Orchestra featuring former members of ELO and ELO Part II
May 11-13: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
May 18-20: Davy Jones
For more information about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, please visit www.disneyworld.com/flower.
Early Fantasyland Openings Greet Spring Guests
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Set for completion in 2014, the New Fantasyland will come to life starting spring 2012, offering guests the chance to fly high with The Great Goofini or with Dumbo the Flying Elephant, later "immerse" themselves in Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and "be our guest" at the Beast's Castle, plus other great attractions.
With the expansion, Fantasyland will nearly double in size and immerse guests in Disney stories as never before. As the largest expansion project in Magic Kingdom history, Fantasyland will open in phases with most new experiences open by 2013.
St. Patrick's Day Festivities Invite ‘Wearin' of the Green' at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island March 15-17
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Authentic Irish food, music and dance performances set the scene for a three-day St. Patrick's Day celebration and the "wearin' of the green" March 15-17 in and around the Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island.
At Raglan Road, a true Irish pub with Dublin roots, entertainment revs up the evenings of March 15 and 16 with house band Creel on the restaurant's main stage while Murphy's Law and The Irish Rogues perform on the Raglan Road patio. When St. Patrick's Day arrives March 17, non-stop entertainment kicks off at noon with Creel, The Raglan Road Dancers, more outdoor entertainment and a special appearance by U2 tribute band Elevation.
The weekend of festivities spans Pleasure Island with live Pleasure Island stage performances by The Wyndbreakers — Florida's own "neo-traditional, pub-rockin', guitar pickin' Celtic" musicians; Celtic Wave, with its own traditional Irish flair; and Celtic Nova, putting its own twist on popular lrish tunes. Family-fun activities will include face painting and stilt walkers, and St. Patrick's Day souvenirs will be in abundance.
More St. Patrick's Day fun is in store:
- Authentic Irish cuisine is featured March 15 at 1 p.m. as Raglan Road celebrity Irish chef Kevin Dundon creates a four-course kickoff luncheon and culinary demonstration in the restaurant's Grand Dining Room. (Call 407-938-0300) or visit www.raglanroad.com for reservations).
- March 15 and 16, beginning at 6 p.m. Irish bands Murphy's Law, known for modern Irish music, and The Irish Rogues, popular for ballads and other Irish folk tunes, perform on the Raglan Road patio. At 7 p.m., house band Creel rocks the audience on the restaurant's main stage – expect surprise guest appearances. Guests can order favorites like fish ‘n chips and Shepherd's pie from the restaurant's lunch or dinner menus.
- March 17, St. Patrick's Day, doors open at 11 a.m. House band Creel performs on the main stage at noon and at various times throughout the day. Entertainment on the patio kicks off at 1 p.m. with Irish dancing from The Raglan Road Dancers and performers from the Watters School of Irish Dancing, established in Central Florida more than a decade ago to train young dancers for championship performances. U2 tribute band Elevation is expected to bring down the house with renditions of U2′s greatest hits. Guests can order from Raglan Road's dinner menu throughout the day, which includes the authentic Irish dish of St. Patrick's Day — loin of bacon and cabbage. A $10 cover charge applies on March 17 for guests 18 and older.
Atlanta Braves Return to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for Spring Training
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Atlanta Braves Spring Training returns to Walt Disney World for the 15th consecutive year, with an 18-game home schedule featuring Major League Baseball's top teams at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Marquee opponents visiting Champion Stadium in March include the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and Detroit Tigers.
Guests also will be treated to game-day entertainment and additional fan experiences in a way only Disney can do, from character appearances, to an exclusive On-Field Spectator Experience and kids running the bases after the game.
The schedule features three night games at Champion Stadium – the Washington Nationals on March 14 and the Houston Astros March 16 and 30.
Information on the Braves' spring training season, group tickets and mini-packs is available by calling 407/939-GAME (4263) and online at www.espnwwos.com/atlantabraves. Individual game tickets are available through Ticketmaster (800/745-3000 and ticketmaster.com) and at the sports complex box office.
2012 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Home Schedule:
|March 3||Detroit Tigers||1:05 PM|
|March 6||Washington Nationals||1:05 PM|
|March 9||New York Mets-SS||1:05 PM|
|March 10||New York Yankees||1:05 PM|
|March 11||Toronto Blue Jays-SS||1:05 PM|
|March 14||Washington Nationals||6:05 PM|
|March 16||Houston Astros||6:05 PM|
|March 17||Toronto Blue Jays-SS||1:05 PM|
|March 18||Baltimore Orioles||1:05 PM|
|March 19||St Louis Cardinals||1:05 PM|
|March 22||Miami Marlins||1:05 PM|
|March 23||New York Mets||1:05 PM|
|March 25||Houston Astros||1:05 PM|
|March 28||New York Yankees||1:05 PM|
|March 30||Houston Astros||6:05 PM|
|March 31||Detroit Tigers||1:05 PM|
|April 1||Philadelphia Phillies||1:05 PM|
|April 2||New York Mets||12:00 PM|
*SS – denotes split squad
All times are Eastern and are subject to change
Bon Voyage! Disney Fantasy Sets Sail Starting in March
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Fresh from its March 1 christening in New York City, the Disney Fantasy will begin whisking guests away on week-long Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida, with her maiden voyage set for March 31, 2012. Rates for enchanting seven-night Caribbean itineraries start at $959 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. Disney Fantasy itineraries will alternate between eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel) Caribbean destinations.
And it wouldn't be an East Coast Disney cruise experience if each Disney Fantasy itinerary didn't include a day at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Guest comments suggest that this port of call is the "best stop" of the cruise, and is a day that can be filled with water fun, beach play or just plain relaxation plus cookout eating.
The Disney Fantasy is the second of two newly-designed Disney ships that take the family cruise experience to new heights – and features many of the innovations found on her sister ship, Disney Dream, plus exciting new shipboard additions. Both cruise ships are 1,115 feet in length, with 1,250 staterooms and suites and 4,000-passenger capacity.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent.
Royal Rooms Make Debut at Port Orleans Riverside
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – An enchanting new hotel offering fit for a prince or princess opens its regal doors at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside in spring 2012.
Behind a special door is a hidden jewel, The Royal Guest Room, with 512 themed rooms where beds are trimmed with dazzling crystals and gold accents and "magical fireworks" swirl about. The new Royal Rooms immerse families in favorite Disney fairytales with fun and engaging features, playful artwork, plus richly appointed drapery and custom linens. Rooms sleep four with rates starting at $198. Call 407-W/DISNEY for reservations.