Aug 14

ESPN and Walt Disney World Resort to Host Inaugural Fantasy Football Convention

ESPN at Walt Disney World Inaugural Fantasy Football Convention

ESPN and Walt Disney World Resort will host a Fantasy Football Convention at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, August 22-23. The weekend will feature a live telecast of ESPN’s Fantasy Football Now (Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2), a question-and-answer session with ESPN commentators sponsored by Champion and a fantasy football draft where fans can interact with and seek advice from the network’s experts.

Other events include ESPN: The Tailgate sponsored by Johnsonville Brats, Disney chefs competing in the ESPN Chili Bowl, and a training table breakfast with Disney characters.

The Fantasy Football Now team of host Robert Flores, senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry, Tim Hasselbeck, injury expert Stephania Bell and Sara Walsh will participate in the weekend festivities along with NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, analyst Mark Schlereth and Insider KC Joyner.

NFL Live host Trey Wingo will also participate in the event. He and Schlereth will judge the Chili Bowl, joined by former Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James.

To register for the event and for information on event packages, fans can visit: espn.com/fantasy. Florida-based fans are offered a special $99 registration rate.

Jul 14

Frozen Summer Event Schedule at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World

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This summer, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is celebrating “Frozen,” the hit animated feature film from Disney Animation Studios, with a daily character procession, sing-alongs with Anna and Elsa, fireworks, a polar playground, ice skating rink and a nightly party featuring a live band, all themed to the worldwide phenomenon.

Now through Sept. 1, 2014, “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” brings to life the world of royal sisters Anna and Elsa and their fairy tale kingdom of Arendelle. Most activities are included in theme park admission.

Special experiences immerse guests in lots of Frozen fun. Here are some highlights (schedule subject to change without notice):

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Anna’s & Elsa’s Royal Welcome: Each day at 11 a.m., Anna and Elsa, riding in a horse-drawn sleigh, travel in a royal procession down Hollywood Boulevard. Rugged mountain man Kristoff is along for the fun joined by a flurry of skaters, skiers and ice cutters, all dressed in their Arendelle best.

For The First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration: Inside the park’s Premiere Theater, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa join the Royal Historians of Arendelle for a fun and comedic retelling of the history of their kingdom amidst projections, lighting and special effects. Guests are invited to join in special sing-along moments from the film’s chart-topping soundtrack. At the end of the performance, guests might find themselves becoming “Honorary Citizens of Arendelle.” The 20-minute show is presented multiple times each day.

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Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland: There’s a “big summer blowout” happening inside the park’s Soundstage One, where Oaken – the film’s trading post owner – and his cousins have created the “Frozen Funland” amidst a winter wonderland. Living up to its name, there will be frozen festivities galore inside the makeshift adventure park Oaken and his cousins built to make the most of the sudden snowstorm.

Part of the Oaken’s Frozen Funland is an ice skating rink with demonstrations by some of Oaken’s talented cousins on the Arendelle ice. Daily ice skating sessions are available to guests to purchase. The cost is $10 for 30 minutes of fun on the ice, and includes the use of ice skates, socks and a helmet.* Skating sessions are available on a first come, first serve basis each day from park open to 8 p.m.**

Kids can enjoy frozen wintertime activities in the “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” area. For all of his Frozen Funland friends, Oaken has plenty of merchandise at his Trading Post, along with hot cocoa and sweet treats available for purchase.

Guests can take pictures with the film’s animated characters in a virtual setting, and then email them or share on their social media channels.

Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party: From 5:30-9:30 p.m. each evening, a live band takes the stage to celebrate the Frozen summer fun with contemporary songs and a few familiar tunes from the film.

Take-Along Olaf: As a special feature before the fireworks, guests have a chance to be a part of a pre-show celebration by hashtagging photos of themselves in the park with a “Take-Along Olaf.” Throughout the day, Take-Along Olafs will be distributed at various locations in the park. Guests are then invited to take Olaf along with them on their Disney’s Hollywood Studios adventures. By sharing their photos with the unique hashtag #OlafSummerVacation, their photos may appear on the big screen in this special pre-show feature.

Frozen Fireworks: At 9:45 each evening, the giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat on Hollywood Blvd. gets the full Frozen treatment with special projections of snow and ice images, in an eye-popping spectacular above Hollywood Blvd. Set to the film’s soundtrack, the fireworks show features some special guests – including a very magical appearance from Elsa in which she shows how her powers flurry “through the air and to the ground” to produce magically icy blue and white gleaming fireworks.

Guests also can purchase The Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package, which offers reserved viewing for three of the new experiences: Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession, a showing of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and an exclusive dessert party in a reserved area for viewing of the nighttime Frozen Fireworks. Packages cost $59 for adults and $34 for children (including tax and gratuity); guests can book the package by calling 407-939-1939.

May 14

A Look Inside Seafarers Wood Carving in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

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So much excitement around the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opening this week! The Mine Train attraction is housed and travels around a huge mountain near the center of New Fantasyland. If you wander around that mountain to the side closet to Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid you’ll find Seafarers Wood Carving along with a huge unfinished wooden statue of Ariel’s father King Triton.

Let’s explore shall we?

As a frame of reference, here’s a shot of the exterior of the building. You can see the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction behind the building. To the right is Prince Eric’s Village Market where guests can pick up a healthy snack. Directly behind you would be Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. To the left is H. Goff Cartography, New Fantasyland’s DVC (Disney Vacation Club) Sales Center.

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As with the windows on Main Street U.S.A., there is a bit of history behind this sign. Ralph Harper Goff, a Disney Legend, was the artist behind the design of the Nautilus in Disney’s first live-action film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Coincidentally, this very building is built on top of the area that originally housed the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage attraction from 1971-1994.

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Seafarers Wood Carving New Fantasyland magic kingdom king tritonUpon entering Seafarers, you will notice several sketches on the wall. Does the top right sketch look familiar? It’s Ariel as she appears on the ship outside of Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid.

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More wooden statues.

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Seafarers Wood Carving New Fantasyland magic kingdom carvings

A rack full of woodworking tools for the woodsmith.

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These raw logs will no doubt be fashioned into fine nautical creations.

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Seafarers Wood Carving New Fantasyland magic kingdom woodsmith woodworking tools logs

I just adore these little details at the Walt Disney World theme parks. It’s what makes them so magical.

Looking to explore all of the wonders of New Fantasyland for yourself? You can obtain tickets for Disney via American Attractions by whom this post was sponsored.

Mar 14

2014 Orlando City Soccer Club Regular Season Schedule at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney

Orlando City Soccer Club at Disney

Orlando City Soccer Club will play its regular-season home games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort this season. To enhance the experience for spectators, additional stadium seating is planned to surround all four sides of the main soccer field at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, bringing seating to approximately 5,200.

This will be the Lions’ final United Soccer League (USL) season before becoming the 21st Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in 2015.

Below is the Lions’ 2014 regular-season home schedule at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex:

Saturday, March 29 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Pittsburgh
Saturday, April 5 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Rochester
Saturday, April 12 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charleston
Sunday, May 4 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. OKC
Wednesday, May 21 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charlotte
Saturday, May 31 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charleston
Saturday, June 7 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Impact Reserves
Wednesday, June 11 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Orange County
Saturday, June 28 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. LA Galaxy II
Saturday, July 12 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Wilmington
Saturday, August 2 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Charlotte
Saturday, August 16 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Harrisburg
Sunday, August 31 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Dayton
Saturday, September 6 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Richmond

Mar 14

Tina Fey Sighting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

tina fey disney hollywood studiosTina Fey poses March 16th, 2014 with Sweetums from The Muppets in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Fey is one of the stars of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” film, which opens in theaters March 21st, 2014.