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Walt Disney World's monthly press release highlighting WDW activities
Epcot Showcases Global Musical Styles in World Music Concert Series June 13-Sept. 1
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Bering Strait, the Grammy-nominated Russian group that has made its mark in country and bluegrass music, will kick off a lineup of global performers for the Epcot World Music Concert Series June 13-Sept. 1 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The series will be a feast for the senses featuring musical acts with influences from all parts of the globe. Epcot guests will enjoy musicians from Russia, Africa, Europe, Canada, Brazil and Australia. Six international touring groups will take the America Gardens Theatre stage in Epcot World Showcase three times each day Tuesday-Sunday. A resident performing group in Epcot World Showcase will showcase its talents onstage each Monday.
The lineup of international touring groups includes: Russian country and bluegrass group Bering Strait (June 13-29); Canadian fiddler Richard Wood (July 1-13); Australian rockers Brother (July 15-27); African/Celtic group Baka Beyond (July 29-Aug. 10); Brazilian musical artists Mestre Ambrosia (Aug. 12-24); and Senegalese and West African fusion group Vieux Diop with Wassalou (Aug. 25-Sept. 1).
The Epcot World Music Concert Series is included in regular theme park admission to Epcot.
Tickets on Sale for Mickey's Halloween and Christmas Parties
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Those popular Magic Kingdom parties hosted by Mickey Mouse in October, November and December to celebrate Halloween and Christmas are returning to Walt Disney World Resort in 2003 -- and tickets are now available.
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be offered on 10 October evenings. Then there will be 12 nights of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party events in late November and during December. All of the parties are after park closing and require a special ticket. Here are the details:
( Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Oct. 3, 5, 10, 14, 16, 19, 24, 26, 30 and 31; 7 p.m. till midnight each evening) -- Guests are invited to dress in costumes and trick-or-treat through the park; the boo-free bash includes a parade and a bewitching fireworks spectacular; advance tickets $29.95 ages 10-and-up, $24.95 ages 3-9; day-of-event tickets $32.95 ages 10-and-up, $27.95 ages 3-9; 407/W-DISNEY.
( Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (Nov. 30, Dec. 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 19; 7 p.m. till midnight each evening) -- Holiday gaiety fills the park -- special shows, a Christmas parade, and fireworks plus treats and a souvenir family photo; advance tickets $35.95 ages 10-and-up, $25.95 ages 3-9; day-of-event tickets $41.95 ages 10-and-up, $31.95 ages 3-9.
Flower Power Musical Fun Continues into Early June at Epcot
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It's "Kind of a Drag" that the musical memories of the Sixties and Seventies that have been filling Epcot during the spring will be ending June 8 when Arlo Guthrie strums his final guitar chord. But up to that last measure, early-June guests to the Walt Disney World theme park will be treated to four more Flower Power Concert Series 2003 acts.
Gary Puckett ("Young Girl" and "Lady Willpower") opens the month, followed by The Buckinghams ("Kind of a Drag"), The Lovin' Spoonful ("Summer in the City") and Arlo Guthrie ("City of New Orleans" and "Alice's Restaurant").
Running concurrently with the 10th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Flower Power performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:45, 7 and 8:15 p.m. and are included with regular Epcot admission. Here's the June schedule:
May 30-June 1 -- Gary Puckett (of Gary Puckett and The Union Gap)
June 2-3 -- The Buckinghams
June 4-5 -- The Lovin' Spoonful
June 6-8 -- Arlo Guthrie
June is not too late to catch the fun and excitement of the festival. Until closing day on June 8, Walt Disney World guests can breeze among dazzling displays, beautiful blooms and favorite Disney topiary. During the closing weekend June 6-8, the Great American Gardeners Series concludes with an expert-led discussion about gardening in containers; talks are Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. On June 8 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Disney horticulture pros Heather Will-Browne and Barry Stockwell give tips on how to spiff up a front yard.
Way-Cool Fun at Disney's BoardWalk June 27-29
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- What's cool? Guests who head over to Disney's BoardWalk June 27-29 are in for way-cool fun. Disney Adventures Magazine's Cool Summer Nights event offers interactive fun each evening from 5-10 p.m. Disney Adventures hosts carnival-style games, sport challenges and live entertainment showcasing an extreme bike and rollerblade stunt show and the popular Disney Adventures Trivia Challenge Stunt Show.
Walt Disney World Wine Program Wins Award
MONTEREY, Calif. -- The "Special Innovation" award at the second annual America's Best Wine Lists competition at the Monterey Wine Festival went to Walt Disney World Resort. The award recognizes restaurant wine programs that cut new territory in the industry, altering the landscape for consumers and competitors, said Doug Frost, director of the awards.
The nationwide competition recognizes wine lists that are in harmony with the restaurant's cuisine and concept, acknowledging wine lists that are user friendly, easy to use and original. Eleven awards were presented.
Disney Restaurant Wins Four Diamonds
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jiko-The Cooking Place at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge received the AAA Four Diamond Award for 2003, one of only 10 Central Florida restaurants ever to achieve the status.
Only 4 percent of the 41,000 AAA-rated lodgings and restaurants have attained this level of excellence, according to AAA. The Disney restaurant, run by the team of Chef Anette Grecchi Gray and manager Keith Landry, serves South African-inspired cuisine and offers award-winning South African wines.
New Kosher Food Items at Cosmic Ray's
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in Magic Kingdom has introduced kosher food to its quick-service menu. This now gives a quick-service option to Disney guests for whom kosher food had been available only in table-service restaurants -- with 24 hours notice. The menu features hot dogs, beef burgers and corned beef sandwiches.
A Makeover for Epcot Japan Pavilion Retail Shop
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Mitsukoshi USA, Inc. recently debuted a major renovation at the Epcot Japan pavilion, the first since the pavilion opened more than 20 years ago. The 10,000-square-foot store is divided into four areas: Festivity, Silence, Harmony and Interest. Additions include the Nishiki Food Market where guests can experience a sake tasting bar that features five micro-brewed selections, available for sale by the glass or bottle.
The biggest expansion is in the Interest section, encompassing everything from Samurai swords to clocks and famous Mikimoto pearls. A giant selection of Dragonball Z, Totoro, Gundam and Yu-Gi-Oh cards, models and animation paraphernalia is popular with young collectors.
Pin Traders Making Plans for June 14 Event in
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Pin traders will rise early on June 14 for Mickey's Toontown of Pin Trading in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. The party will begin at 6:30 a.m. in Town Square and feature a private character breakfast at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, pin artisans signing their creations, commemorative merchandise and gifts, and the opportunity to view upcoming pin releases.
Registered event guests will be able to sign in on June 13, 2003. Event admission is $45 per person (children under 3 are free). Theme park admission is not included but is required for attendance. Guests can register at the official Web site for Disney pin trading, www.officialdisneypintrading.com.
Orlando Rays Host Four Series in the Month of June
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Orlando Rays, the Class AA affiliate of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays, have four Southern League home stands at Cracker Jack Stadium at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex during June.
The Rays begin the month with a four-game set against the Chattanooga Lookouts from May 31-June 3. The cross-state rival Jacksonville Suns ride into town for four games against Orlando (June 9-12). Before ending the month, the Birmingham Barons (June 18-21) and the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (June 27-29) come in for four and three games, respectively. Sunday games begin at 1:35 p.m. All other games begin at 7:05 p.m. with the exception of Summer Camp Days (June 10, 11 and 12) which start at 11:05 a.m.
Summer Camp Days are opportunities for children at area day camps to experience minor league baseball. Visiting youth will have the chance to play on the field and run the bases at Cracker Jack Stadium before the game. Children in attendance will also receive water bottles for participating.
The Rays also have Lou Pinella Bobblehead night (June 21) and fireworks shows (June 21 and June 28).
Information on ticket packages and group tickets is available by calling 407/939-GAME. Individual tickets - $8 (lower reserved) and $5 (bleacher and general admission lawn) - may be purchased at Disney's Wide World of Sports box office and through Ticketmaster at 407/839-3900.
Amateur Athletic Union Opens the Summer Sports Season
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) will host boys and girls youth sports teams from across the U.S. and other countries at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex during the summer months. Athletes ages 9-17 will compete for championships in volleyball, baseball, basketball and wrestling as part of the three-month AAU summer season.
The season begins with the 30th AAU Junior National Volleyball Championship at The Milk House from June 13-18. The tournament features more than 275 girls teams from around the country competing in eight divisions from 10:U through 18:U. After drawing more than 200 athletes from 60 associations and teams in 2002, AAU Wrestling Scholastic Duals will take over The Milk House June 21-25. The AAU 10:U & 12:U Baseball International Championship will take place June 13-19. Last year, the event attracted 40 teams from both the U.S. and abroad. The AAU 10:U Girls National Basketball Championships will draw an estimated 40 teams from across the country to compete for the Division I and II titles (June 26-July 4).
General admission for all events is $10 for adults and $7.50 for children. Tickets are also available for the length of championships at varying rates by calling 407/939-GAME. Information on team and spectator travel packages is available through Disney Sports Travel at 407/828-FANS.
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