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Archive for January 2013

January 31, 2013

Adventures by Disney Vacations Cultivate Learning Experiences

By Christi Erwin Donnan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Adventures by Disney is true to its name: each trip is an incredible adventure, where travelers explore distant locales led by expert guides. Not only do adventurers visit some of the world’s most amazing wonders, but they also become part of the legends, lands and local cultures by experiencing them firsthand – learning about a place by living it.
January 30, 2013

UNICEF Launches Play Initiative with $1 Million Grant from Disney

By David Gill, The Walt Disney Company
The P.L.A.Y. initiative is a pilot program created by UNICEF – and supported by a $1-million founding grant from Disney – that brings portable playground units to children living in disaster-recovery conditions and extreme poverty. We recently caught up with Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, to learn more about the program and the impact it's having.
January 29, 2013

Bringing Disney Stories to Life at Disney Parks — A Look at Sleeping Beauty Castle

By Patricia Sheppard, The Walt Disney Company
"Sleeping Beauty," which celebrates its 54th anniversary today, was in development while Walt Disney was building his dream of Disneyland. To help promote the film, Walt decided to name his castle after "Sleeping Beauty" — using the centerpiece of Disneyland as a tool to immerse guests in the now beloved classic.
January 28, 2013

Disney and Young Storytellers Foundation Help Inspire Students' Creativity

By David Gill, The Walt Disney Company
Young Storytellers Foundation provides mentors who help underserved kids write screenplays that are brought to life through performances by older students and professional actors, including Disney talent. Mentors work at the students’ pace to make sure key story elements are there while students create the actual characters and their worlds.
January 25, 2013

J.J. Abrams to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

Exciting news! We've just confirmed that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under theleadership of Kathleen Kennedy.

January 25, 2013

Disney News This Week: January 25, 2013

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Here are some of this week’s highlights from around Disney that we haven’t yet shared on Disney Post, including news of Disney’s Broadway musical, Aladdin, which will soar into New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014.
January 24, 2013

Disney Professional Internships: Every Story Has a Beginning

By David Gill, The Walt Disney Company
One of the ways Disney cultivates creative thinking and cutting-edge innovation is by attracting new talent through the Disney Professional Internship program. Internships or apprenticeships of some form date back to the early days at Disney.
January 23, 2013

ESPN Leaders Share 'New Year's Resolutions' for 2013

By Sheldon Spencer, ESPN
ESPN Front Row recently asked content executives throughout ESPN to look ahead to 2013 as well as review 2012. The Forward/Rewind snapshots showcase highlights of ESPN’s recent sports coverage, provide insights into future plans, and glimpses of the camaraderie and teamwork involved.
Topics: ESPN
January 22, 2013

El Capitan Theatre: Home to Past, Present and Future Disney Films

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
The El Capitan Theatre is home to past, present and future Disney films such as Marvel's The Avengers, Wreck-It Ralph, Peter Pan, Oz The Great and Powerful, Mulan, and Lady and the Tramp.
January 21, 2013

Expansion of the Mickey Check Makes Nutritious Eating More Simple and Fun

By David Gill, The Walt Disney Company

One of the rewarding things about working at Bengal BBQ at Disneyland – where I got my start years ago – was hearing that guests appreciated the location’s healthier fare. Today we offer more nutritious food options than ever before throughout Disney parks, and it’s even easier for guests to identify them with the Mickey Check, which debuts on kids' menus this week at table-service restaurants throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts.

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