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Disney Time Magical Mashup By DJ Steve Porter (from Disney Parks Blog) 8(:-D

Star Wars’ Weekend 2013 Dates Announced (Disney Parks Blog)

posted on December 27th, 2012 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor

“Luke, We’re gonna have company!” — Han Solo

If your starship can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs (I’m still trying to figure out how fast that is), set your hyperdrive for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios sector for May and early June, for the 2013 edition of Star Wars Weekends.

This year’s Force-filled fun will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17 – June 9, 2013.

James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein Share a Laugh On-stage at Star Wars Weekends 2012.  The Pair Will Return as Celebrity Hosts in 2013.

While details are still being planned, we’re excited to announce that James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein are returning as celebrity hosts for the annual special event. James, the voice behind many of the most famous animated characters in film, television and commercials, is known to Star Wars fans as the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series. Ashley, who started her show business career as a parade dancer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is the voice of Anakin’s ambitious Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

James is the Official Celebrity Host of Star Wars Weekends 2013, and Ashley is Celebrity Host of “Behind the Force,” a live show that takes fans behind-the-scenes in the Star Wars universe.

Be sure to program your scanning droids to check here for the latest updates from the Galactic Senate about Star Wars Weekends 2013.

For guests who may be considering a visit to Walt Disney World Resort for their very first Star Wars Weekends, here’s a short overview video with our own galactic reporter, “Jedi John” (please note his very stylish “mic saber”). While the celebrity appearances for this year have not been announced (stay tuned for those names in an upcoming post), John talks to some Star Wars celebrities from past events to get their thoughts.


20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Route (video from RunDisney)

Happy 15th Anniversary to EPCOT’s OFF KILTER (Disney Parks Blog)

I was blessed enough to get to know the guys from OFF KILTER when they played the American Gardens stage (American Pavilion) when the acts for the summer concert series weren’t there in 2002.

And tho I don’t get to “hang” out with these guys much any more, I always make it a point to see at least one show whenever I visit EPCOT 🙂


May you be blessed with 15 more years of playing your wonderful music!!!

KD 8(:-D

This is the DISNEY PARKS BLOG post….

This July 1, Epcot’s Off Kilter Celtic rock band will mark 15 years of performances at the Canada Pavilion in World Showcase.

Off Kilter founder Jamie Holton first started playing the bagpipes when he was 11, inspired by his family’s Scottish heritage and his father’s love for bagpipe music.

In addition to classic Celtic folk tunes, Off Kilter will often throw radio hits into the mix, like Bryan Adam’s “Summer of ’69″ or Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Takin’ Care of Business.” (Both Canadian bands, by the way.) If you’re lucky enough to hear Off Kilter play “Farewell to Nova Scotia,” don’t be surprised if it suddenly sounds a whole lot like “Mickey Mouse March (The Mickey Mouse Club March).”

Entertainment is subject to change. Check the park’s Times Guide for more.


Night Of Joy Tickets Available at WDW Resort (from Disney Parks Blog)

I have always been a HUGE fan of NIGHT OF JOY and have many great memories of this event.

In case you don’t know what Night Of Joy is it is a separate ticket event that combines the magic of the Magic Kingdom                                                                      with some of the best contemporary Christian music acts the weekend after labor day.

See below for more information about the acts and how to get tickets 🙂

Yolanda Adams and Minnie at Magic Kingdom Park

Minnie and Yolanda Adams

The countdown begins. We’re only five months away from this year’s Night of Joy at Magic Kingdom Park – our 30th year. So guess what? Tickets went on sale today!

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $52.95 plus tax per ticket and on the days of the event (if available) for $62.95 plus tax. They can be purchased by calling 407-W-DISNEY or at www.nightofjoy.com.

We’re so excited. Here’s the night-by-night Night of Joy 2012 lineup (entertainment and schedule subject to change):

  • Friday, September 7, 2012: Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, NEEDTOBREATHE, Red, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor, Disciple.
  • Saturday, September 8, 2012: MercyMe, Third Day, Kutless, Chris August, Lecrae, Yolanda Adams, Thousand Foot Krutch and Dara Maclean.

Newcomers to Night of Joy, Royal Tailor and Dara Mclean, bring the 30-year roster of artists to 150 acts.

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available atwww.nightofjoy.com.

Night of Joy Tickets Are Now Available at Walt Disney World Resort by Charles Stovall, Public Relations, manager: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

Voices Of Liberty 4th of July Concert (2011-You Tube)

This took place on the 4th of July 2011 at EPCOT’s American Garden Theater

My friend Tiffany is the soloist for the National Anthem (last song)

Wounded Military Heroes Play Ball at Walt Disney World Resort – YouTube

Wounded Military Heroes Play Ball at Walt Disney World Resort – YouTube.

Why We Do What We Do at Walt Disney World Resort « Disney Parks Blog

Why We Do What We Do at Walt Disney World Resort « Disney Parks Blog.

Why We Do What We Do at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 2nd, 2012 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine

Not every great gift this holiday season came wrapped in paper and topped with a bow. Some arrived by email, attached to a photo.


That was certainly the case when I opened a recent email sent by a Disney Vacation Club member from Kansas named Mike. A proud and grateful father of three, Mike thanked cast members for the powerful role they played in the life of his son Brandon, born with Cerebral Palsy and confined to a wheelchair. Brandon passed away this year at the age of 16.

“For the past 9 years, my family and I have visited Disney World at least once and sometimes twice a year,” Mike wrote. “Every time we would go to Disney World, something magical would happen. From Mickey pushing his wheelchair … to Pluto dancing with him or Minnie kissing him … I have so many thoughts and stories that I could go on for days … Brandon only lived 16 years, but he had a great life. Thirteen trips to Disney, and he never got tired of it. He kept our family young at heart, and we learned to take nothing for granted.”

Addressing Walt Disney World Resort cast members, Mike wrote, “You should be very proud of the work you do and how you impact more lives than you probably realize. I am crying right now (tears of joy) as I think of all the hard work and dedication you show to everyone. At Disney World, Brandon truly was treated just like everyone else. Well, maybe a little better than most. We are saddened by his passing but grateful to have such warm memories. I have two other children, and our return to Disney is inevitable. We have so many great memories, and Brandon LOVED the Parks. How can we top that? I just wanted to say thank you for giving him dignity, honor and respect. I hope you know the value of your work and how it makes a difference in the lives of many. With much love, I thank you again.”

Brandon’s photo will appear prominently in a Member mosaic on the spring 2012 cover of Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine as a small tribute to an enormously inspiring young man.

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Artists For 2011 Eat To The Beat Concert Series Announced (from Disney.com)

Eat to the Beat! Concert Series

(during Epcot’s Food  and Wine Festival)

Musical entertainment pairs perfectly with culinary fun during the nightly Eat to the Beat! concert series. Enjoy a varied lineup of classic rock, soul, R&B, jazz and funk hit-makers!

Location: America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase
Show Times: Daily at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Please note that Epcot Theme Park theme park admission is required. Entertainment is subject to change without notice. All songs listed below are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the playlist.

Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne

Dates: September 30 – October 2, 2011
“Tell It To My Heart”

38 Special

.38 Special

Dates: October 3—5, 2011
“Hold on Loosely”

Jon Secada

Jon Secada

Dates: October 6 & 7, 2011
“Just Another Day”

Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp

Roger Hodgson (Formerly of Supertramp)

Dates: October 8 & 9, 2011
“Give A Little Bit”

Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean

Dates: October 10—12, 2011
“Caribbean Queen”


Starship starring Mickey Thomas

Dates: October 13—16, 2011
“We Built This City”

Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray

Dates: October 17—19, 2011

The Orchestra starring former members of ELO

The Orchestra starring former members of ELO – NEW!

Dates: October 20 & 21, 2011
“Don’t Bring Me Down”

Howard Jones

Howard Jones

Dates: October 22 & 23, 2011
“No One Is To Blame”

Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men

Dates: October 24—26, 2011
“End of the Road”

Gin Blossoms

Gin Blossoms – NEW!

Dates: October 27 & 28, 2011
“Hey Jealousy”

Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

Dates: October 29 & 30, 2011
“All For You”



Dates: October 31 & November 1, 2011
“Give a Little”

Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters – NEW!

Dates: November 2 & 3, 2011
“He’s So Shy”

Night Ranger

Night Ranger

Dates: November 4—6, 2011
“Sister Christian”

Air Supply

Air Supply

Dates: November 7 & 8, 2011
“Lost in Love”

Richard Marx

Richard Marx

Dates: November 9 & 10, 2011
“Right Here Waiting”

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Dates: November 11—13, 2011
“Go Daddy-O”

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