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A Dreamy Summer of Laughin' and Lovin'...
...Havin' a blast at Walt Disney World Resort in summer 2007
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Summer splashes onto the scene at Walt Disney World Resort with a bang and a belly laugh -- the new Monster's, Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club bringing down the house at Magic Kingdom while Donald Duck reprises a famous comedic movie role in the new "Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros" at Epcot's Mexico pavilion.
Meanwhile, Disney's Dream Squad will continue to patrol the parks on a mission to deliver hundreds of thousands of dreams and magical moments as part of "The Year of a Million Dreams," a first-of-its-kind event celebrating Disney Dreams and the role that Disney cast members play as dream makers. Guests are treated to an unprecedented level of guest service as cast members are empowered to create tens of millions of personal interactions and special experiences that money can't buy.
With new shows and attractions -- plus a fancy flower festival, football and "The Force!" --summer 2007 guests at Walt Disney World Resort can expect even more vacation magic.
Here's a closer look at what's in store:
Magic reigns in Monstropolis and Mexico with all-new attractions
The Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club (inspired by Disney-Pixar's "Monsters, Inc.") in Magic Kingdom puts Walt Disney World guests straight into the action as they help Mike Wazowski, the "Monster of Ceremonies," and his wild and crazy pals power the city of Monstropolis -- with laughter!
Mike and his buddies have transformed the Laugh Floor at Monsters, Inc. into a comedy club for visiting humans. Utilizing the latest in interactive technology, guests have the opportunity to engage in real-time conversations with Mike and his furry friends as they're called to the digital stage to trade jokes. The new interactive attraction is a one-of-a-kind comedy club where the routine is never the same and the only predictable thing is a ton of fun!
At Epcot's Mexico pavilion, "Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros" debuts (replacing "El Rio Del Tiempo") with a new storyline and film featuring Donald Duck, José Carioca (the parrot), and Panchito (the Mexican charro rooster) from the 1944 Disney film "The Three Caballeros."
The "Gran Fiesta Tour" film features an animated overlay of the caballeros being reunited for a grand performance in Mexico City. Along the way, Donald disappears to take in the sights of the country, leaving José and Panchito to search for their missing friend.
In addition to the new film, the boat ride's props, set facades and sound system have been refurbished and enhanced.
Magic Kingdom Naturalization Ceremony welcomes 1,000 new citizens
For the first time, Magic Kingdom will serve as the backdrop for an Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony, as 1,000 immigrants receive their United States citizenship on Walt Disney World property on July 4.
Alongside family and friends, guests will gather for a magical ceremony at the hub of Cinderella Castle before marching down Main Street, U.S.A. in a triumphant, American flag-waving finale.
The new American citizens will receive certificates to commemorate their special day, and will be invited to an afternoon of July 4th fun at Epcot's American Adventure pavilion.
Disney's customization makes vacation planning personal
is "Magic Your Way" when guests visit Walt Disney World Resort.
In addition to Disney's flexible ticketing system that lets families pay
for only those features they need, Walt Disney World now offers a portfolio
of online opportunities to create magic that's even more personalized:
-- Online customizable maps allow families to highlight their favorite park activities and explore all that Walt Disney World theme parks have to offer. Using fun, easy-to-use interactive maps, guests select those attractions, shows and entertainment venues that top their list of favorites, then have the maps delivered straight to their door in full-color, 14"-by-20" keepsake format.
-- An all-new Disney's PhotoPass Web site gives guests even more opportunities to customize photos from their Walt Disney World vacation. More than 600 professional photographers are on hand through all four theme parks to snap those picture-perfect moments that are recorded and stored on a digital card. Guests can view their photos while on vacation or once at home, with the opportunity to add signatures of favorite characters, themed borders and customized messaging. Best of all, guests can upload and personalize photos from their personal cameras, too.
-- Get ready for DisneyLink, the all-new desktop widget that provides guests Walt Disney World content 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guests can customize their widget to deliver the latest audio and video content on only those subjects they find interesting, whether that be attractions, movies, shopping or sports. DisneyLink alerts guests when updates are available, keeping them in-the-know about all the hot-off-the-wire Disney news.
Popular events return during May-August
-- April showers bring May flowers -- more than 30 million of them! During the 14th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, guests are treated to a record 60 days of blooms, blossoms and butterflies. The festival, which kicks off April 5 and runs through June 3, features whimsical character topiaries, brilliant beds of flowers, rose displays, water gardens and lush exhibits that set the scene around Future World and World Showcase.
--The first-ever pirate ship topiary will feature Peter Pan and his nemesis, Captain Hook, plus Tinker Bell -- all intricately designed. Pirate Mickey Mouse and Princess Minnie Mouse, plus Cinderella and Prince Charming, Belle and her Beast from "Beauty and the Beast," and other popular characters make topiary appearances throughout the park. In all, there will be more than 70 topiaries -- plus artfully designed floral beds, expertly crafted bonsai trees and lush rose gardens.
Themed festival weekends celebrate art, bugs and special events, including Mother's Day. Nightly Flower Power concerts rock the landscape with live entertainment from top acts of the 1960s and '70s.
More information about the 14th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is available by calling 407/W-DISNEY or visiting disneyworld.com/flower. Festival activities are included with regular Epcot admission.
-- Once again, the power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine for Star Wars Weekends, a family-friendly fan-fest scheduled for four consecutive weekends in June at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park. The fun kicks off June 1 and continues each Friday, Saturday and Sunday until June 24.
With the park's famous Star Tours thrill ride serving as the centerpiece of the celebration, the annual Star Wars Weekends event fills Disney-MGM Studios with dozens of heroes, heroines, droids and villains from the famous Star Wars films. Star Wars celebrities often take part in meet-and-greet sessions, star conversations and Hollywood-style motorcades.
Throughout Star Wars Weekends, guests never know which Star Wars character they'll find around the corner, whether it's the heroic Jedi Luke Skywalker, the mysterious bounty hunter Boba Fett, the furry, loyal and lovable Chewbacca or the evil Sith Lords Darth Vader and Darth Maul. Jedi Mickey Mouse has even been known to make an appearance during the festival.
The special fun is all included with regular admission to Disney-MGM Studios.