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Dateline Disney

Walt Disney World's monthly press release highlighting WDW activities

May 2003

The Force is With Disney-MGM Studios Guests on Weekends
Beginning May 16

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The power of The Force and the magic of Disney combine once again for Star Wars Weekends, scheduled for five consecutive weekends (Friday-Sunday) from May 16-18 through June 13-15 at Disney-MGM Studios.

A galaxy of Star Wars fun features trivia games, game shows, meet-and-greets and Q&A sessions with Star Wars legends. More than 40 characters from the Star Wars films will appear throughout the park, posing for photographs and signing autographs.

Activities are included in regular admission to Disney-MGM Studios. Fans can get the latest updates online at or

From Starship to Gary Puckett, May is 31 Days of Musical Fun at Epcot

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Performers who created pop music hits during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s will rekindle the memories during May when the Flower Power Concert Series at Epcot features 10 acts live at America Gardens Theatre.

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (“Sara” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”) kicks off the musical fun and Gary Puckett (“Young Girl” and “Lady Willpower”) closes the month. In between, hit makers such as Paul Revere & The Raiders, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, and Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone will take the stage.

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 complete May schedule:
  • April 29-May 2 -- Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
  • May 3-4 -- Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals
  • May 5-8 -- Classic Rock All-Stars (Rare Earth, Iron Butterfly, Sugarloaf All-Stars)
  • May 9-12 -- Paul Revere & The Raiders
  • May 13-15 -- Gary Lewis & The Playboys
  • May 16-19 -- The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
  • May 20-22 -- The Grass Roots starring Rob Grill
  • May 23-26 -- Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone
  • May 27-29 -- Dave Mason
  • May 30-June 1 -- Gary Puckett (of Gary Puckett and The Union Gap)

Goofy and Donald Duck Return to Disney Dollars for 2003

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Goofy and Donald Duck are mugging again on Disney Dollars -- currency that can be used on par with U.S. dollars at most Walt Disney World locations.

The 2003 series of Disney Dollars now available features Goofy on the $5 denomination and Donald on the $10 bill. They were last on the bills during Disney’s Millennium Celebration.

Mickey Mouse is on the new $1 Disney Dollar.

The new Disney Dollars replace a series created for the 100 Years of Magic celebration, which featured Mickey as Steamboat Willie, plus Snow White and Tinker Bell.

The backs of the 2003 series are all about Disney theme park castles: Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland Resort ($1), Cinderella Castle from Walt Disney World Resort ($5), and Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant from Disneyland Paris ($10).

When the individually serialized Disney Dollars debuted in May 1987, Mickey Mouse appeared on the $1 bill and Goofy on the $5 bill. A $10 bill featuring Minnie Mouse was added in November 1989.

Disney Dollars are available at Walt Disney World Guest Services and Guest Relations locations.

Epcot Salutes Moms with Mother’s Day Brunch

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Families can treat mom to a marvelous Mother’s Day weekend at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival with a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch.

The brunch is offered May 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and May 11 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Guests can enjoy a variety of breakfast items including fresh breads, cereals, made-to-order omelets and banana-stuffed cinnamon-raisin French toast. Lunch items include carved meats, salads and fresh vegetables. For reservations, guests can call 407/WDW-DINE. The brunch is $29.99 for adults and $12.99 ages 3-9.

Through June 8, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is celebrating its 10th year with favorite topiary displays including characters from “Fantasia,” psychedelic blooming butterflies and everyone’s favorite topiary couple -- Mickey and Minnie. Experts such as Paul James of Home & Garden Television’s “Gardening By the Yard” and P. Allen Smith of “P. Allen Smith Gardens” on The Weather Channel will offer expert advice on gardening. Budding green thumbs should not miss the activities in the Kid’s Garden or the all-new Disney DogGone Maze featuring favorite Disney canines like Pluto, Goofy and the 101 Dalmatians.

Most events for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival are included with regular theme park admission.

Disney Welcomes Guests to New Luau at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Walt Disney World guests can soak up the sights, sounds and tastes of the South Seas at “Disney’s Spirit of Aloha,” an enhanced dinner show at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Luau Cove has been themed as a beachfront backyard cabana of a Hawaiian house that comes alive with traditional Polynesian music and dancers, plus tunes from the popular Walt Disney Pictures animated feature “Lilo and Stitch.”

The family-friendly celebration, with a savory new menu, allows guests to join in the show and experience the cultures and traditions of the South Pacific. Several dances throughout Polynesia are featured, including Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand and Hawaii.

The feast is housed in a recently renovated open-air theater adjacent to Seven Seas Lagoon. Influenced by the flavors of Polynesia, the all-you-care-to-eat feast features Lanai roasted chicken, Polynesian wild rice and South Seas vegetables, plus draft beer, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, sodas, milk, coffee and tea. The children’s menu features peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets and hot dogs.

Show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 5:15 and 8 p.m. The adult price (including tax and gratuity) is $49.01. For ages 3-11, it’s $24.81. For reservations, contact 407/WDW DINE.

Families Unite at Walt Disney World Resort
With Radio Host Tom Joyner

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Fun, music, laughter and love are all part of the American institution known as the family reunion. And syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner is inviting families from around the country to join him and his “family” from the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” at his first family reunion event at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Tom Joyner’s Family Reunion is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, and promises to bring three days of entertaining, thought-provoking and uplifting events that will engage the entire family. All of this fun and family bonding takes place at America’s No. 1 vacation destination, Walt Disney World Resort.

Participants will be treated to special parties at Walt Disney World theme parks and Downtown Disney Pleasure Island featuring live entertainment. There will be a Sunday worship service and an opportunity to participate in seminars and activities throughout the weekend, including family fitness workouts, book club discussions and a “Town Hall” meeting that will cover issues relevant to families and the African-American community.

For more information about the events, log on to [url=] or call 1-888/TJ-FAMILY (888/853-2645) to book specially priced packages. Lines are open 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For a family of four, a $2,500 package includes: resort accommodations, tickets for exclusive theme park and Pleasure Island parties with live entertainment and other special events, plus entrance to seminars and workshops that will be offered throughout the weekend.

The “Tom Joyner Morning Show” reaches eight million listeners each week and is carried on nearly 200 radio stations across the country.

Wetzel’s Pretzels Adds New Snackin’ Twist
To Downtown Disney West Side

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The leader of super-premium soft pretzels has come to Walt Disney World Resort. A new Wetzel’s Pretzels store has opened at Downtown Disney West Side and a satellite kiosk is located at Downtown Disney Marketplace. Known for its “30-minute freshness guarantee,” Wetzel’s Pretzels features fresh hand-rolled soft pretzels in a variety of popular flavors, fresh-baked pretzel dogs, fresh-squeezed lemonade and frozen drinks. Haagen-Dazs ice cream, shakes and sundaes are also sold in the store.

Quick-Service Now Offers Kosher in Magic Kingdom

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Magic Kingdom is the first quick-service restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort to offer kosher menu items with no advance notice necessary. Kosher selections include hot dogs, hamburgers and honey-glazed corned beef sandwiches. All products are Glatt Kosher and have Star-K certification.

Kosher meals are available at any Walt Disney World table-service restaurant. A 24-hour notice is required, as meals are purchased from a vendor. To order kosher selections and to make a priority seating, call 407/WDW-DINE.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Newest Land-side Adventure
for Disney Cruise Line Guests

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the newest Walt Disney World hotel to welcome Disney Cruise Line land & sea vacation guests as part of official land & sea packages.

The 1,293-room deluxe resort showcases the wonder and romance of Africa, from hand-carved furnishings and gourmet cuisine to the splendor of a 33-acre savannah where animals roam freely.

Following the final night of their Walt Disney World stay, Disney Cruise Line guests can enjoy complimentary admission to the nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Afterward, guests depart directly from the park’s entrance for Port Canaveral aboard the cruise line’s motor coaches.

At the port, the seamless land & sea package continues as guests proceed directly aboard without having to check in at the terminal. The same room card they received when they registered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge also accesses their stateroom. Disney Cruise Line transports guests’ luggage from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to their respective staterooms.

Other official land & sea package resort hotels are Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin hotels.

Expect Lots of Fireworks as Orlando Rays at Home Often During May

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There’ll be plenty of fireworks at Cracker Jack Stadium during May as the Orlando Rays host six Southern League opponents for 21 games -- including five fireworks nights. Here’s the schedule for May:

May 1-4 vs. Birmingham Barons, May 6-9 vs. Carolina Mudcats, May 15-18 vs. Mobile BayBears, May 23-26 vs. Greenville Braves, May 27-30 vs. Jacksonville Suns, May 31 vs. Chattanooga Lookouts.

Fireworks Nights: May 3, 9, 17, 24 and 31.

The Class AA affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Orlando Rays are in their fourth season at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

Individual tickets -- $8 (lower reserved) and $5 (bleacher and general admission lawn) -- may be purchased at the Disney’s Wide World of Sports box office and through Ticketmaster at 407/839-3900. Information on ticket packages and group tickets is available by calling 407/939-GAME.

Most games start at 7:05 p.m. Exceptions: May 4, 18 and 25, when game time is 1:30 p.m.

Copyright © 2003 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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