Leadership Profile: Randy Garfield, WDW Executive Champion of Heart of Florida United Way


With the 2011 Heart of United Way campaign well underway at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney executive Randy Garfield is rallying the company’s more than 62,000 Cast Members to support their community by donating. Today, Garfield is the executive vice president of Worldwide Sales & Travel Operations for Disney Destinations and president of Walt Disney Travel Company. He leads the sales and trade marketing efforts for the Disneyland Resort; Walt Disney World Resort; Disneyland Paris; Hong … [Read more...]

Magic Kingdom Parking Lot Goes to Disney Heroes and Villains


It may seem “goofy” or “dopey” and make you feel “grumpy” or “happy,” but: The parking lot at Magic Kingdom has gone to the Disney Heroes and Villains.Say “hello” to Woody, Aladdin, Simba, Hook, Scar, Zurg and a half dozen other goodies and baddies. They have replaced sections named for “classic” Disney characters and Dwarfs.New names for sections of the lot are part of an operational change designed to make it easier for Magic Kingdom guests to navigate and remember where they parked … [Read more...]

Indiana State Leads Strong Old Spice Classic Field at Disney


The sixth annual Old Spice Classic, headlined by Indiana State, will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24, 25 and 27, at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort.The Old Spice Classic field is once again strong, featuring three teams that reached the postseason in 2011. Indiana State earned an NCAA berth, while Dayton and Fairfield played in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). They will be joined by Arizona State, DePaul, Minnesota, Texas … [Read more...]

Walt Disney World Resort Sends 2011 out with a Bang


New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest fireworks evenings of the year at Walt Disney World Resort, a place where fireworks are both spectacular and an every-night occurrence. Fireworks and nighttime shows will light up the skies and create a mood of celebration at three theme parks on Dec. 31, 2011, while revelry of other sorts takes place elsewhere throughout the Vacation Kingdom.Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store:Magic Kingdom presents a double helping of pyrotechnics: “Wishes” … [Read more...]

Festival of Masters Welcomes Artist Graham Knuttel


The works of Irish artist Graham Knuttel have found homes among Hollywood royalty like Sylvester Stallone, Whoopie Goldberg and Robert DeNiro. On Nov. 11, 2011, one of the renowned artist’s works will find a home at Walt Disney World Resort.His latest commission — a painting for Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Downtown Disney — will be unveiled during the opening day of Festival of the Masters, one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded juried art festivals since 1975. While the … [Read more...]