Baby Mandrill Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


After six and a half months of waiting, Disney's Animal Kingdom is welcoming a "colorful" addition to its animal family. A male baby mandrill was born May 30 to first-time mother, Kelley, and is the third one born at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Mom and baby are doing very well.Native to Africa, mandrills are among the largest species of monkey in the world and are considered endangered. They're known for their bright coloration, furry head crests, manes and beards. Adults also have thick … [Read more...]

“Just Keep Swimming”-Typhoon Lagoon Sets Guinness World Record!


In 2010 a coalition of water safety and training taught 4,000 people how to swim, simultaneously! The World's Largest Swimming Lesson took place in 34 states, five countries and three continents.Only a year later, more than 900 facilities world wide participated in the event, including Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, which set a new Guinness World Record record with approximately 30,000 participants!Remember Just Keep Swimming! Related articlesDisney's Typhoon Lagoon Selected as Host Site … [Read more...]

Disney VoluntEARS donate $686,950 for Central Florida Nonprofits

Disney cast members are well-known for providing legendary guest service, which is admirable, but I find their compassionate spirit to be equally impressive. Outside of work, many of my fellow colleagues are making a difference in their communities through the Disney VoluntEARS program.From coaching Little League to caring for rescued animals, Disney VoluntEARS gave more than 228,000 hours of their time and talents last year for the benefit of everyone in Central Florida.This month, in … [Read more...]

Tim Tebow and Adam Hubbs, 16, strike a Heisman pose at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex


Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and Adam Hubbs, 16, strike a “Heisman pose” June 13, 2011 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy winner at the Univ. of Florida, and Hubbs, from Millstadt, Ill., were visiting Walt Disney World Resort as a part of the joint ESPN SportsCenter and Make-A-Wish Foundation series “My Wish,” which grants sports-related wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.The two played games at … [Read more...]

Kurt Warner helps make kids dreams come true at Walt Disney World


Former NFL and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner (right), his wife, Brenda (left), and Mickey Mouse pose June 13, 2011 with Kenny Bender (center), age 6, and Landon Smith (far right), 4, at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.Representing the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation, the Warners, in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visited Walt Disney World Resort with a group of families from St. Louis, Arizona and Iowa.This marked the 10th … [Read more...]