UA-36047796-1 What to Do at Disney: August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Registration Opening October 6, 2015

Disneyland Paris is doing it, too! Making guests run! Register for a Disneyland Paris half marathon package beginning October 6, 2015 to run the weekend of September 23, 2016 in Paris, France.

Castaway Cay Challenge

Are you a Disney, vacation, and fitness enthusiast who doesn't know what the Castaway Cay Challenge is? Well, if you are who you say you are, you'll want to know! It is running a marathon (or a 5K or 10K but those are filled up) and then going on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas! The cruise takes places January 11 - 16, 2016 from Port Canaveral after the January 10th Marathon in Orlando.

To sign up, go to to book your cruise aboard the Disney Dream using the promotional code run, and then visit to register for the Castaway Cay Challenge. When registering for the marathon, make sure to enter your cruise reservation number.

2016 Walt Disney World Marathon

It happens every year. A marathon takes place at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida right around the first - second week of January. What a way to start 2016!

Sign up for this marathon (26.2 magical miles) at

The run takes places Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 5:30 a.m., starting and finishing at Epcot.

Register for Avengers Half Marathon

There are still a few open spots left for participants in the Avengers Half Marathon at Disneyland in California. Visit to sign up. The race takes place Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 5:30 a.m.

Star Wars Races at Walt Disney World

Register September 22, 2015 and after for the Star Wars races at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. You can sign up for a 5K, 10K, half marathon, Dark Side Challenge (combining the half marathon and 5K), and kids races. The events take place April 14 - 17, 2016. Visit for more details.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack in Stores

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack is now in stores. This edition includes characters from Star Wars. The new characters can join forces with characters from previous editions for an adventure!

This starter pack includes:

  • video game
  • edition base
  • Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker Star Wars figures
  • Star Wars Twilight of the Republic play set piece
  • web code card

Dwayne Johnson Starring in Jungle Cruise Movie

A new movie based on the Jungle Cruise book will star Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson. The Jungle Cruise is also an attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom as well as other Disney locations. The Jungle Cruise attraction is, you guessed it, a boat ride that simulates a riverboat cruise down rivers in Asia, South America, and Africa. A Disney cast member narrates the tour.

Cars Daredevil Garage App

Another new Disney app has arrived. It's all your favorite Cars movie characters including Mater and Lightning McQueen. The app, Cars Daredevil Garage, lets players try stunts with over 160 cars.

New Doc McStuffins Pet Vet App

Download the new Doc McStuffins Pet Vet App. You will be helping Doc care for her toy pets. Play games and earn badges on your scrubs. If you have a little one in your house that enjoys the Doc McStuffins show, this may be an app to try.

Disney Star Wars Credit Card

Did you know there is a Disney Visa Card Program? A few of the designs on the credit cards from Chase Bank include Mickey, Tinker Bell, and a picture of Cinderella's castle. Check them out at If you are already a cardholder or are just a Star Wars fan, now you can get one of the three new Star Wars designs. It is free to switch to one of the new designs that include Yoda, Darth Vader, and Droids.

Perks of the Star Wars cards include:

  • 10% off $50 or more dollars when using the card at the Disney Store or
  • 10% off select Star Wars merchandise of $50 or more at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts
  • Imperial Meet 'N' Greets at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Reserve Seats at Epcot 2015 Concerts with FastPass+

The "Eat to the Beat" Concert Series is taking place at Epcot September 25th to November 16th. FastPass+ is available. Make your reservation up to two months prior to the concert for Disney Resort guests or up to one month prior to the concert for non-Disney Resort guests on the My Disney Experience App or website. The FastPass+ line will be outside the American Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early for the shows. The lineup includes:

09/25 - 09/27 - David Cook
09/28 - 09/29 - Wilson Phillips
09/30 - 10/01 - Christopher Cross
10/02 - 10/04 - Starship
10/05 - 10/07 - Smash Mouth
10/08 - 10/09 - The Pointer Sisters
10/10 - 10/11 - 38 Special
10/12 - 10/13 - Rick Springfield
10/14 - 10/16 - Sugar Ray
10/17 - 10/18 - The S.O.S. Band
10/19 - 10/21 - Air Supply
10/22 - 10/23 - Fuel
10/24 - 10/25 - Tiffany
10/26 - 10/28 - Dennis DeYoung
10/29 - 10/30 - Jo Dee Messina
10/31 - 11/01 - Everclear
11/02 - 11/04 - Boyz II Men
11/05 - 11/06 - Sister Hazel
11/07 - 11/09 - Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy
11/10 - 11/12 - Hanson
11/13 - 11/14 - Maxi Priest
11/15 - 11/16 - Chaka Khan 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Food and Wine Festival at Epcot Premium Package

Ok, food and wine lovers, Epcot has a premium package for you! For $199, receive four food tickets, use of shaded areas to relax, admission to IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party, admission to a culinary demo or beverage seminar, a wine glass, a bottle of 20th celebration festival wine, and a Food & Wine Fest-themed MagicBand. Call 407-939-3378 for more information.

Applications Open for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE

High school students nationwide can now apply at to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the innovative, outside-the- classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.
Entering the search for its ninth class of Dreamers, Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire and fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of possibilities and help them prepare for the future. Each year, students participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques, leadership values and networking strategies.
It all takes place in the very magical and creative setting of Walt Disney World Resort. Dreamers are taken both on stage and behind the scenes, where Disney theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms,’ leading to career discoveries, the pursuit of dreams and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Disney Dreamers are exposed to motivational speakers and celebrities who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG. Dreamers have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while they gain first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.
“We’re excited to welcome back Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE for the ninth year,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of deluxe resorts and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “This program stands out for its ability to motivate and inspire teens to think big and achieve their dreams. By applying for Disney Dreamers Academy, high school students from across the country are taking a step toward an experience that can change their lives.”
Applicants must answer essay questions about their personal stories and their dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including a strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams.
Select Disney Dreamers along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where they will participate in life-changing sessions as they are surrounded by the creativity and innovation represented in Disney theme parks around the world. Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 3-6, 2016.
Steve Harvey, syndicated radio and television personality, along with ESSENCE and Walt Disney World Resort will host the selected Dreamers during their four-day power packed career and educational exploration. “One of my personal commitments is to always give back and particularly to youth,” said Harvey. “We’ve seen 800 students come through the program, and I’m excited to find the next 100. I encourage all high school students to take the time to apply for Disney Dreamers Academy because I truly believe that a young person’s dream is more important than anything.”
ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks added, “Each year, ESSENCE is honored to seek out the next generation of big dreamers and welcome them to Walt Disney World Resort for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is our privilege to take part in such an empowering youth platform that enables us to impact the leaders of tomorrow.”
Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, until Oct. 30, 2015. A distinguished panel of leaders will judge the applications in November and winners will be announced in December 2015.
For more information regarding applications, visit: Follow the Dreamers on or on
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Epcot Food and Wine Tasting Sampler

Are you going to Epcot's Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida sometime between September 25th and November 16th? Get the tasting sampler for $59 for a choice of eight tastes of food or beverages. In addition, the tasting sampler includes a collectible pin and priority seating at the Eat to the Beat Concert. This deal may be especially for food guests who want to pair food and drink perfectly. It comes with ideas for pairing.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with Family Feasts at Walt Disney World Resort

Is it too early?

Walt Disney World Resort guests can join together for a joyous and delicious Thanksgiving Day dinner. With a variety of dining options at the theme parks and resorts, there is a cornucopia of exciting lunch and dinner offerings inspired by this American tradition.
Guests can enjoy menu options for Thanksgiving Day meals at Walt Disney World Resort featuring a classic turkey dinner, such as the hearty all-American eats and traditional family- style Thanksgiving feast at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park. For guests looking for a special spin on the traditional turkey dinner, try some of the more unique options, such as traditional Norwegian meatballs and pan-seared salmon at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall or roasted heirloom beets with candied walnuts and mulled apple cider at Artist Point.
At Epcot, guests can dine on Thanksgiving menus during lunch and dinner seatings at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Tutto Itlalia Ristorante, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Dining Room, and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, as well as quick service at Sunshine Seasons.
Holiday menus also are offered at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom; Hollywood & Vine, 50’s Prime Time Café and The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Planet Hollywood, Portobello Country Italian Tattoria, Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, Fulton’s Crab House and Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Downtown Disney; and in resort hotels throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
Availability is limited and dining events are subject to change. For information and reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced to an audience of more than 7,500 fans that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away.
Ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life in the two parks include creating Disney’s largest single themed land expansions ever at 14 acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.
“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”
These authentic lands will have two signature attractions. Along with the thrilling battle experience, another attraction puts guests behind the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, as they take on a customized secret mission.
Iger also shared concept images of the Star Wars-themed lands, giving fans a glimpse at what is to come for Disney parks.
The partnership between Disney and Lucasfilm dates back to 1987, when the successful Star Tours attraction, inspired by George Lucas’s legendary Star Wars film series, opened at Disneyland. The attraction was then redesigned, emerging as “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” in 2011 and featuring more than 50 different story outcomes and the possibility to visit five different planets.
For 60 years, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has been delighting millions of people with fantastic storytelling, exceptional entertainment and extraordinary experiences, creating places where guests can make life-long memories with their friends and families. This announcement marks an unprecedented time of growth with exciting developments happening around the world – from Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration to the anticipated opening of Shanghai Disney Resort in China.