When you visit Walt Disney World Resort, slow down and pay attention. It’s impossible to see and do everything in one Park visit anyway, so try not to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of doing it all that you overlook what makes the place so magical.
It’s tempting to take touring plans in hand and race from one attraction to the next or to watch your watch closely and time each curtain call. Gotta catch that bus, make the dinner reservation, sprint back for your Fast Pass slot.
Don’t be so rushed you forget to notice the details.
Fireworks light the sky above Walt Disney World Resort most nights throughout the year. This week, however, extra spectacular, super fantasmical pyrotechnic shows will dazzle the darkness with a pixie dusted patriotic display at Magic Kingdom, a rockin’n’rollin’ extravaganza at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and a classic sky show at Epcot infused with an Independence Day finale.
As Chip informed you recently, you can celebrate America’s birthday with a Disney bang!
- “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will light the skies at 9:00 p.m. July 3 and July 4 at Magic Kingdom Park.
- “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” rocks and rolls at 9:45 p.m. July 4, immediately following the 9:00 p.m. Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- “The Heartbeat of Freedom” enhances “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” bursting high above Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon at 10:00 p.m. on the4th of July. In addition, Voices of Liberty will perform a 4th of July Concert at the American Adventure pavilion where guests may meet Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, and Disney characters adorned in patriotic dress.
During this holiday week, you’ll find special treats like these red, white, and blue chocolate dipped apples and layered cupcakes in eateries around the parks. Even the Mickey Rice Krispie treats have been given some holiday flair! (Photos courtesy Disney Food Blog.)
You’ll also find patriotic plush Mickey Mouse and Duffy Bears in various shops, as well as Uncle Sam hats, beads, and an assortment of American flag-themed souvenirs, apparel, pins and knick-knacks in stores and at kiosks in the parks and at Downtown Disney.
If you’re at the parks this week, keep in mind they will be super crowded as this is one of the Resort’s busiest times of the year. Be patient with those around you and expect long waits for attractions and transportation. Theme park hours on July 4 (subject to change without notice): Magic Kingdom, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.; Epcot, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Have a safe and magical 4th!
- Fireworks Light the Sky for Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Resort (chipandco.com)
- Events and Attractions coming to Disney World Fall 2012 (chipandco.com)
Meet Oscar, the young chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest.
Experience the spectacular imagery and stunning high-definition visuals on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital & On-Demand August 21, 2012. Disneynature will donate a portion of first-week sales to the Jane Goodall Institute through the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” Conservation Program.
On August 21, 2012, Disneynature’s most unforgettable and heartwarming adventure yet, “Chimpanzee,” debuts as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), Digital and On-Demand viewing. The inspiring film follows the True-Life Adventure of Oscar, a young chimpanzee whose curiosity and zest for life showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom.
To celebrate the in-home debut of “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature is proud to continue the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” conservation program initiated with the film’s theatrical release. For every purchase of the movie through August 27, 2012, Disneynature will make a donation through the Disney Worldwide ConservationFund to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to conserve chimpanzee habitat, educate the next generation, and provide care for orphaned chimpanzees.
The conservation program tied to the theatrical release will help protect 129,236 acres (202 square miles) of wild chimpanzee habitat through infrastructure investments in the expanded Tchimpounga Nature Reserve in the Republic of Congo (Congo); educate 60,000 schoolchildren about chimpanzee conservation; and provide food and medicine for nearly all of the orphaned chimpanzees at JGI’s Tchimpounga chimpanzee sanctuary for at least the next year.
In addition to the remarkable story filmed in the depths of the African forest, the “Chimpanzee” Blu-ray Combo Pack is filled with spectacular bonus features, including in-depth behind-the-scenes footage showcasing the filmmakers’ amazing efforts to document the making of the film; a music video for the song “Rise,” written and performed by McClain Sisters; a feature on Disney’s conservation legacy; and much more.
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you “Earth,” “Oceans,” and “African Cats,” comes “Chimpanzee” — a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Journey deep into the African forest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps who love creating mayhem. His playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Stunning hi-definition images bring you up close and personal as Oscar and his family navigate the complex territory of the forest. It’s an inspiring and life-changing adventure that overflows with courage and charm. And it will capture your heart.
- “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees”—This feature details the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” conservation program and how for every copy of the film purchased until August 27, 2012, Disneynature will make a donation to JGI to protect chimpanzees today and tomorrow. The feature also includes an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.
- Disney’s Friends for Change—This feature highlights Disney’s Friends for Change, a program that showcases steps that kids and families can take to make a positive impact on the world and the people and animals that live there.
- Disney’s Conservation Legacy—This feature provides a look at the conservation efforts that Disney sponsors around the world.
- Everything on the DVD, plus …
- ON LOCATION: THE MAKING OF “CHIMPANZEE” is a series of exciting short features that delve further into the incredible lengths the filmmakers went to tell the story of Oscar and his chimpanzee family.
~30 Years in the Making—The story of the team of researchers who have been observing chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast for 30 years.
~The Heart of the “Chimpanzee”—A behind-the-scenes look at how and why the film was made.
~Piece of the Puzzle—A cameraman’s two-hour daily trek through the forest to get to the chimpanzees.
~Don’t Blame the Tool—An observation of the chimpanzees’ daily lives and how they use rocks as tools to prepare their food.
~Scar’s Army—An inside look at the struggles between the film’s two rival chimpanzee groups who share the same forest home.
~Camp Invaders—A featurette on all the creepy, crawly creatures found at the filmmakers’ forest camp.
~Forest of Bees—A feature detailing how the crew spent two days wading through a sea of bees that inhabited their filming location in order to capture 20 seconds of footage.
- “Rise” Music Video—A music video featuring Hollywood Records recording artists McClain Sisters who wrote and performed the inspirational song that plays during the film’s end credits.
- Behind the Scenes of “Rise”—An inside look at McClain Sisters music video shoot.
- “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees”
- Disney’s Friends for Change
- Disney’s Conservation Legacy
- “Rise” Music Video
- ON LOCATION: THE MAKING OF “CHIMPANZEE”
- 30 Years in the Making
- The Heart of the “Chimpanzee”
Street Date: August 21, 2012
Direct Prebook: June 26, 2012
Distributor Prebook: July 10, 2012
Suggested Retail Prices: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 U.S. and $46.99 Canada
Digital and On-Demand = For additional information and pricing, consumers should contact their favorite digital retailer or television provider.
Feature Run Time: Approx. 78 Minutes
Rating: G (U.S. and Canada); Bonus Features not rated
From its early roots, the Walt Disney Company has had a compassionate heart. Take a few moments to watch the 1932 short, Mickey’s Good Deed, and you’ll understand Walt’s selfless generosity. In this wonderful tale, Mickey Mouse portrays a fellow down on his luck, playing Christmas carols on the street corner for change. To his and Pluto’s dismay, passersby do not give money at all, but nuts and bolts and useless junk. Soon Mickey’s instrument—his source of income—gets destroyed by a passing sleigh. When he sees a poverty-stricken house full of children with no presents, instead of pitying his own misfortune, Mickey sells his beloved pal Pluto to a wealthy man and uses all the money to purchase gifts for the kids. He delivers them incognito while they sleep, thus giving the children the gift of dreams come true.
Today the Walt Disney Company continues to devote both funding and services to various organizations and people in need. Magical Mouse Schoolhouse has discussed Walt Disney World Resort’s food donations to the Disney Harvest Food Program, as well as their VoluntEAR partnership with Toys for Tots, and soap recycling through Clean the World. The Resort also assists a very special organization that helps ill children and their families receive their wish to visit the Parks.
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