Dateline Disney

Walt Disney World's Media Office publishes a bimonthly Press Release called Dateline Disney,
which highlights WDW activities for that particular month.

September/October 2010

In This Edition:

 Disney's Hollywood Studios: Disney STEP Classic returns Sept. 3-5

 Magic Kingdom: Christian music's "Artist of the Year" Casting Crowns heads star-powered 16-act lineup for Night of Joy Sept. 10-11; Halloween fun begins Sept. 14 with the first Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Epcot: "Delicious Discoveries" reign at 15th annual Food & Wine Fest; Taylor Dayne kicks off Eat to the Beat! concert series

Disney Sports and recreation:
Mickey's Halloween Family Fun Run 5K charts unique course through Magic Kingdom

Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine: Search is underway for 2011 class

Walt Disney World Resort: Four resorts earn Fodor honors; Good Sam Club names Walt Disney World Resort most RV-friendly tourist attraction; Wake-up calls go international


Four Christian Artist of the Year Recipients Add Star Power
To 28th Night of Joy Sept. 10-11 in Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A star-powered, 16-act Christian music lineup will herald the return of Night of Joy to Magic Kingdom Sept. 10-11, with 2010 "Artist of the Year" Casting Crowns plus three other "Artist of the Year" recipients topping a bill featuring seven additional acts that have won Dove Awards or Grammy Awards.  Other "Artist of the Year" winners performing during the 28th edition of the Walt Disney World event are Chris Tomlin (2006 and 2007), mercyme (2004) and Third Day (2001).

Also part of the two-night event (when specific acts play one evening each): David Crowder*Band, Family Force 5, Red, BarlowGirl, Group 1 Crew, Day of Fire, Smokie Norful, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Sidewalk Prophets, Thousand Foot Krutch and Britt Nicole.

From 7:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. each night – after regular Magic Kingdom hours – the special-ticket event will feature live performances on several stages throughout the park. In addition, guests can experience some of the park's most popular attractions during Night of Joy hours.

The show schedule (talent and times are subject to change without notice):

Friday, Sept. 10, 2010
Galaxy Stage
10:45 p.m., 12:15 a.m.
Casting Crowns
Castle Forecourt
9:45 p.m.
David Crowder*Band
Castle Forecourt
7:45 p.m.
Group 1 Crew
Galaxy Stage
7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.
Sidewalk Prophets
Rockettower Plaza Stage
8:15 p.m.
Tenth Avenue North
Rockettower Plaza Stage
9:45 p.m.
Thousand Foot Krutch
Rockettower Plaza Stage
11:30 p.m.
Chris Tomlin
Castle Forecourt
11:45 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010
Day of Fire
Rockettower Plaza Stage
9:45 p.m., 11:20 p.m.
Family Force 5
Castle Forecourt
7:45 p.m.
Galaxy Stage
10:30 p.m.
Castle Forecourt
11:45 p.m.
Britt Nicole
Rockettower Plaza Stage
8:20 p.m.
Smokie Norful
Galaxy Stage
7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.
Galaxy Stage
12 midnight
Third Day
Castle Forecourt
9:45 p.m.

Night of Joy tickets and additional information about the event are available at

Special Savings for Advance Ticket Purchases

The Fun is Ghostly but Not Ghastly on 24 Select Nights

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – "Boo" has never been uttered in a bouncier, bubblier, "not-so-scary" fashion than during "Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade" … and ghostly apparitions never have been more wistful than they are skittering along the rooftops of Main Street, U.S.A.  When you put it together with a green-and-orange fireworks spectacular and Land-to-Land trick-or-treating throughout Magic Kingdom, you have a Halloween event like none other: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

        It's enough to bring a smile to the face of a Disney villain!  And the special-ticket after-hours party on 24 select evenings between Sept. 14 and Nov. 1, 2010, at Walt Disney World Resort will do just that.  About the only one not wearing a grin is The Headless Horseman as he rides his trusty steed through the park.


Guests wanting to join in the "spirit" of the party are welcome to don their favorite Halloween costumes for the 7 p.m.-to-12 midnight event.  The special entertainment schedule includes "Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade" at 8:15 and 10:30 p.m. and "HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular" at 9:30 p.m.

     In addition to trick-or-treating, meet and greets with characters and entertainment unique to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, many popular Magic Kingdom attractions – including, of course, The Haunted Mansion – are available to experience (but beware of hitchhiking ghosts).

Party dates in 2010 are: Sept. 14, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30; Oct. 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1.

Prices are $59.95 (ages 10+) and $53.95 (ages 3-9) for all dates except Oct. 29 and
Oct. 31 when tickets cost $64.95 (ages 10+) and $58.95 (ages 3-9).  Advance purchase (prior to event day) savings of $6 per ticket are available for the parties on Sept. 14, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30; Oct. 1, 3, 7, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24 and 26; and Nov. 1.

Additional information is available at  Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 407/W-DISNEY.

Delicious Discoveries Continue as Walt Disney World Presents
15th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens Oct. 1 with the theme, "Celebrating 15 Years of Delicious Discoveries."  But don't get the impression that means the fest merely will be a six-week stroll down a culinary memory lane.

Rather, the 15th annual festival Oct. 1-Nov. 14 will combine the familiar with sipping-and-nibbling adventures to places yet unexplored.  To Belgium.  To South Korea.  To charcuterie and cheese.  To an event where the main course is a "sweet tooth's" dream.  To signature dining adventures where they've never been before. To music concerts by artists who've never stepped onto the America Gardens Theatre stage before.

Even before the first pour of the festival, "new" will be the word of the day during the first-ever First Bites Opening Reception on Sept. 30, the eve of the festival opening.  There'll be epicurean samplings from some of the festival's 27 International Marketplaces, Wine Seminars, Culinary Demonstrations, merchandise locations, celebrities and entertainment – a true sneak peek of the festival during an upscale, reservation-only evening in the Festival Welcome Center.

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining, showcasing signature restaurants during memorable meals complemented by special wines, features four new venues.  The 15-stop series kicks off Oct. 5 with a date at Paradiso 37.  Later in the festival, there'll be new experiences at Kouzzina by Cat Cora, Bongo's Cuban Café and Fulton's Crab House.

3D–Disney's Dessert Discovery, on select Thursdays and Fridays, combines a variety of desserts and samplings of cordials with VIP viewing of "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" to provide a sweet finish to a festival day.

More information about the festival is available at  For additional details about special programs, click the "Special Festival Experiences" link on the left side of the page.  To make reservations for special experiences, call 407/939-3378.

Included with Epcot admission are Authentic Taste seminars and Authors Without Borders programs with special book signings at the Festival Center, Eat to the Beat! concerts (including shows in October featuring four newcomers to the lineup), cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment.

Pop Music Hit-Maker Taylor Dayne Slated to Kick Off
Eat to the Beat! Concert Series Schedule Oct. 1 at Epcot


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Pop music hit-maker Taylor Dayne will raise the curtain Oct. 1 on Eat to the Beat!, the long-running concert series in conjunction with the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Oct. 1-Nov. 14, 2010.  She will be the first of 18 musically diverse acts scheduled during the six-week festival at Walt Disney World Resort.     

During a recording career of more than two decades, Dayne has hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, Dance/Club and Adult Contemporary charts with "Prove Your Love," "Love Will Lead You Back," "Planet Love" and "Beautiful," all ascending to the top of one or more list.  She has had 18 "Top 10s" since "Tell It to My Heart" in 1988.

Dayne will perform Oct. 1-3 and will be followed in October by a lineup that includes four acts playing Eat to the Beat! for the first time: Sugar Ray, Air Supply, Howard Jones and 38 Special.  Here's the complete October schedule (artists are subject to change without notice):

Oct. 1-3 – Taylor Dayne
Oct. 4-5 – Kool & The Gang
Oct. 6-8 – Sugar Ray
Oct. 9-10 – Taylor Hicks
Oct. 11-12 – Air Supply
Oct. 13-15 – Sister Hazel
Oct. 16-17 – Howard Jones
Oct. 18-19 – Expose
Oct. 20-21 – 38 Special
Oct. 22-24 – Night Ranger
Oct. 25-27 – Billy Ocean
Oct. 28-31 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas

All performances are at America Gardens Theatre, with shows at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. each day.  The opportunity to enjoy Eat to the Beat! is included with Epcot admission on the days of scheduled shows.

Mickey's Halloween Family Fun Run 5K Charts Course
Through Magic Kingdom, Admission to Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon on Oct. 2 has reached capacity, but people looking for some exercise that day – combined with some Disney theme park fun on Oct. 3 – can still enter Mickey's Halloween Family Fun Run 5K.

Mickey's Halloween Family Fun Run, at 7 a.m. on Oct. 2, is the only Disney 5K with a course through Magic Kingdom – and is unique also in that entry includes admission to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Oct. 3 after regular park hours.  The 5K course is Halloween-themed, enticing race participants to be immersed in the fantasy of Halloween and dress up as their favorite character or villain! This is the ultimate race around the neighborhood – a race to the finish to receive a "trick or treat bag of refreshments."

More information and registration is available at

Nominations Open for Fourth Disney's Dreamers Academy Class

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Do you know a high school student who could benefit from several days of interactive workshops and seminars, mentoring and inspiration focusing on careers and life enrichment – all sprinkled with Disney fun?

One hundred students just like that will be packing their bags for Walt Disney World Resort in early 2011 as the fourth class of Disney's Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine – but to have a chance to be part of the experience, they need to be nominated.  A parent, teacher, school administrator, church group and even the student himself or herself can initiate the nomination.

Nominations for the Class of 2011 can be submitted between now and Oct. 31, 2010, with information about procedures at


Disney STEP Classic Returns to Walt Disney World Resort Sept. 3-5

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Disney STEP Classic will return to Disney's Hollywood Studios Sept. 3-5, 2010.  Produced in cooperation with the National Step Show Alliance (NSSA), the event features teams competing in Ages 19-and-under and Ages 18-and-up divisions.  Performances will be in the 900-seat Premiere Theatre in the Backlot area of the Walt Disney World theme park.

Created in 2008, the step-dance program provides performing groups with a world-class experience that includes performance opportunities, workshops and clinics.  A big change this year will be the addition of compulsory moves, marking the first time these dance steps will be part of a competition.

Winning teams will be showcased during pregame activities for the MEAC/SWAC college football game taking place at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.  The winning team will also be recognized during the game's half-time show.

Four Walt Disney World Resorts Earn
Choice Gold 2010 Awards from Fodor's Travel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Four Walt Disney World Resort hotels have been recognized by Fodor's Travel with 2010 Choice Gold Awards:

·         Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was recognized as a Best Destinations Wedding Hotel in the United States.

·         Disney's All-Star Movies, All-Star Music and All-Star Sports resorts were recognized as Best Hotels for Kids and Families in the United States.

Fodor's says of Disney's All Star Movies, All-Star Music and All-Star Sports resorts: "Stay here if you want the quintessential Disney-with-your-kids experience."

Fodor's says of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: "Holding a wedding at Walt Disney World's flagship resort is like living the happy ending of a fairy tale."

The Fodor's Choice Gold 2010 Awards cater to travelers with a range of budgets, experiences and interests, making sure that each listed property embodies a truly authentic experience.  To see a full list of winners in all 10 categories and read a full review of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's All Star Movies, All-Star Music and All-Star Sports resorts visit:

Walt Disney World Earns Welcome Mat Award from Good Sam Club

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Walt Disney World Resort has been recognized by the Good Sam Club, the world's largest membership organization of recreational vehicle (RV) owners, with their 2010 Welcome Mat Award as the most "RV-Friendly" Tourist Attraction.

The Good Sam Club is an organization of more than 1 million families who own RVs.  Members were eligible to vote for the most RV-friendly businesses and organizations in more than 20 categories that go out of their way to recognize the needs of RVers.

The Good Sam Club began in 1966 when a group of RV owners put Good Samaritan bumper stickers on their rigs so fellow members would know they could get help on the road.

Disney Resorts Wake-up Calls Go International

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Guests staying at owned-and-operated Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Disney's Vero Beach Resort and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort can now receive their wake-up calls in not just English, but also French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish.  The enhanced service began in late July.

To use the service, guests press the wake-up call button or two-digit code for wake-up calls on their in-room telephone and are prompted to enter a language choice and desired wake-up time.  Currently, this new offering does not apply to character-spoken wake-up calls, which are still only available in English.