Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary


It was October 1, 1971, and Magic Kingdom turnstiles began to spin after three weeks of trial runs by nearly 100,000 selected guests from throughout Central Florida.  Twenty-two park attractions opened, and 5,000 costumed cast members (employees) made their debut as guests took a dive aboard 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, flew through the air in flap-eared Dumbo the Flying Elephant cars and met the iconic film character who started it all – Mickey Mouse.The Magic Kingdom premiere 40 years … [Read more...]

Walt Disney Imagineer Earns Junior Achievement Top Volunteer Award


Junior Achievement of Central Florida chose Jack Blitch, vice president and general manager of Walt Disney Imagineering-Florida, from 171,000 U.S. volunteers as winner of the organization’s highest award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award.“The local business community has been extremely supportive of JA’s goal of inspiring local students to succeed in the new global economy,” said Craig Polejes, president of Junior Achievement of Central Florida. “Jack Blitch is a remarkable … [Read more...]

Food & Wine Weekends Premieres at Waldorf Astoria Orlando


This October, Waldorf Astoria® Orlando premieres Food & Wine Weekends, a celebration of fine wine and the culinary arts. This is the perfect complement to Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival for the serious epicurean. Come for an evening or enjoy a weekend experience.Orlando Food & Wine Weekends events will be held at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, which is conveniently located less than one mile from Epcot, and accessible inside the gates of the Walt Disney World … [Read more...]

Funjet Vacations Announces “Funjet to a Fairy Tale Adventure” Contest


Funjet Vacations announced today it will host a photo contest specifically targeted to fans who love Walt Disney World® Resort. Participants are encouraged to post their photos displaying their love for Walt Disney World® Resort. Then, three winning families will enjoy an all-expense-paid trip for four to Walt Disney World® Resort this November. One of those families will have the rare opportunity to spend a night in Cinderella Castle on 11-11-11! "Walt Disney World® Resort is one of the most … [Read more...]

Super Greeters Contribute to Bottom-Line Success at Walt Disney World Resort


Guests from Brazil visited Walt Disney World Resort in record-breaking numbers this year, topping last year’s all-time high.A big part of the success with international tour groups from Latin America - and Brazil in particular – has been the 54 Cast Members who serve as “Super Greeters” stationed throughout Walt Disney World Resort during the peak international travel months, which wind down at summer’s end.The majority of this year’s ”Super Greeters” hail from Brazil and are all alumni … [Read more...]