Disney Makes Fan Experience a Whole New Ballgame During Braves Spring Training Season

Special viewing areas, concerts, all-you-can-eat options and expanded Disney character appearances among features aimed at creating more immersive experience for spectators

LAKE BUENA VISTA- (Feb. 19, 2009) – Fans attending Atlanta Braves spring training games this year at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex have the opportunity to customize their experience with a variety of new immersive features created specifically for spectators.

Among the features at Disney:

· On-Field Spectator Experience ($75 per person): Sponsored by Kodak, this option allows a limited number of fans to watch pre-game batting practice and warm-ups on the field in an area behind home plate. Fans purchasing this option will also receive a free disposable Kodak camera.

· House of Blues Entertainment (Free): Special pre-game and in-game concerts in the ballpark featuring blues musicians Ruth King and Jeff Coffee at select games.

· All-You-Can-Eat Buffet ($18.95 per person): Designated patio along the third base side that features all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, peanuts, soda and bottled water.

· Disney Character Appearances: A classic Disney character will be on hand at all 18 home games. Characters will accompany first-pitch contestants to the mound.

· Music-Themed Games: Six games will be themed with music from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, as well as Latin music.

Additional fan features include trivia contests and several promotional nights, all designed to give fans a baseball spring training experience they can’t get anywhere else.

“With these new guest enhancement options, fans will have the ability to immerse themselves in Braves spring training like never before, creating a customizable experience at an affordable price that can bring them closer to their favorite players and enhance their overall spring training experience at Disney,” said Faron Kelley, director of Marketing and Communications for Disney Sports. “We think these fan options, coupled with the Braves’ extraordinary spring schedule that includes the Yankees, Red Sox and reigning World Series champion Phillies, will make this year’s spring training season one of the best ever for fans attending the games.”

The 12th edition of Atlanta Braves Spring Training at Disney features the best schedule ever at Champion Stadium including games against the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, the Boston Red Sox and two World Baseball Classic exhibitions against Venezuela and Panama. The Braves open the spring season Feb. 26 against the Houston Astros.

Individual game tickets range from $15 (general admission lawn seats) to $28 (lower reserved); please add $4 per ticket for Premium Games (Yankees, Mets and Red Sox). Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (407/839-3900 and ticketmaster.com) and at the Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex box office.

Information on the Braves’ spring training season, group tickets and mini-packs is available by calling 407/939-GAME (4263) and online at disneysports.com. Fans may also purchase Atlanta Braves Spring Training travel packages through Spring Training USA. Travel packages include Braves game tickets, accommodations at Walt Disney World Resort and other benefits. Information is available online at springtrainingtours.com.

2009 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Home Schedule
At Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex

Game Date Opponent Time
Thursday, Feb. 26 Houston Astros 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 Philadelphia Phillies 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3 World Baseball Classic Exb. 1:05 p.m.
Wed., March 4 New York Yankees 1:05 p.m.
Thurs., March 5 World Baseball Classic Exb. 2:05 p.m.
Friday, March 6 Houston Astros 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 Philadelphia Phillies 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 12 Washington Nationals 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 Houston Astros 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17 New York Mets 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 19 Detroit Tigers 7:05 p.m.
Friday, March 20 Florida Marlins 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 New York Mets 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24 Pittsburgh Pirates 6:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 p.m.
Friday, March 27 Detroit Tigers 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 New York Yankees 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 30 Boston Red Sox 1:05 p.m.

All times are Eastern and are subject to change.
All games to be played at Champion Stadium at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

Atlanta Braves Spring Training Ticket Prices:

Seat Location Season Individual Game
Lower Level Reserved $425 $28
Upper Level Reserved (Rows A-L) $340 $24
Upper Level Reserved (Rows M-W) $323 $22
Bleacher Reserved (Sections 104-106) $340 $24
Bleacher Reserved (Sections 101-103) $323 $22
Grass Berm – General Admission $255 $15

(Add $4 per ticket for Premium Games: Yankees, Mets and Red Sox).

Five-Game Mini-Plan includes tickets to: Nationals (3/12), Astros (3/15), Mets (3/17), Marlins (3/20) and Yankees (3/28) games for $128 (upper reserved, rows A-L, or bleacher reserved sections 104-106 – on sale now)

First Half Three-Game Mini-Pack includes tickets to: Phillies (3/1), Yankees (3/4) and Astros (3/6) games for $76 (upper reserved, rows A-L, or bleacher reserved sections 104-106 – on sale now)

Second Half Three-Game Mini-Pack includes tickets to: Pirates (3/24), Tigers (3/27) and Red Sox (3/30) games for $76 (upper reserved, rows A-L, or bleacher reserved sections 104-106 – on sale now)

Single-Game Tickets: Ticketmaster – 407/839-3900, www.ticketmaster.com or DWWS box office

Season and Group Tickets/Suites/Mini-Packs: DWWS Sports Sales – 407/939-GAME (4263)

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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