Dreams Come True as 2011 Disney’s Dreamers Academy Kicks Off at Walt Disney World Resort

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An unprecedented 110 “Dreamers” from across the country came together at The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Park as Walt Disney World Resort rolled out the red carpet for the 4th annual Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine.Disney’s Dreamers Academy is a four-day program aimed to motivate, empower and inspire high school students. This year’s class is the largest ever since the program began.“There are turning points in your life and this might be one … [Read more...]



Price Charming and Princess Aurora waltz royally during the 18th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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: In a ballroom of flowers, Price Charming and Princess Aurora waltz royally during the 18th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV. The festival, which runs 75 days March 2 – May 15 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., features dozens of character topiaries, stunning floral displays, workshops, the Flower Power concert series and presentations by HGTV personalities – all included in regular Epcot admission.Gene Duncan, photographer … [Read more...]



Disney Experts Help Establish National Pool Safety Code

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Two Walt Disney World Resort cast members recognized as experts in water quality and aquatic safety have been tapped to join a national panel that will establish standards for constructing and operating swimming pools.Amy Duck, a safety and health manager and Michael Beatty, a manager with engineering services, will help the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) build a Model Aquatic Health Code.While many states have stringent safety requirements for swimming pool construction and … [Read more...]



Lady and the Tramp add to the magnificent topiary displays during the 18th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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Lady and the Tramp add to the magnificent topiary displays during the 18th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV. The festival, which runs 75 days March 2 – May 15 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., features dozens of character topiaries, stunning floral displays, workshops, the Flower Power concert series and presentations by HGTV personalities – all included in regular Epcot admission.Gene Duncan, photographer Related … [Read more...]



BEWARE! The Hidden Poles of Main Street USA

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My family and I began our regular visits to Walt Disney World in June, 2000. At that time, our children were 6, 9 and 14. We know our way around the Walt Disney World resort just like we know our way around our hometown. I have no problem letting my kids go to the parks without us as they know exactly how to get from park to park, park back to resort, park to any dining reservations we have, etc. So, for several years we have had some flexibility if everyone did not want to do the exact same … [Read more...]