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Posted: July 22, 2003 11:19 am/pm Quote

Dateline Disney
August 2003

Musical Talent from 3 Continents Takes Epcot Stage in August

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Epcot World Music Concert Series continues in August by featuring popular international touring groups with roots in Africa, Europe and South America. They will perform each Tuesday-Sunday, with a resident Epcot World Showcase performing group taking the stage each Monday.

Performances are at 5:45, 7 and 8:15 p.m. on the America Gardens Theatre stage in Epcot World Showcase.

The August lineup includes:
  • Baka Beyond (July 29-Aug. 3, Aug. 5-10) -- Top musicians from six countries in West and Central Africa and the Celtic fringes of Europe mix harmony and rhythm in songs imported from the African rainforest via Brittany, Cornwall and the Outer Hebrides.
  • Mestre Ambrosio (Aug. 12-17, 19-24) -- Brazilian musicians mix Latin rhythms and dance steps while performing music with influences from rock to Oriental -- a mix resulting in urban music with a rural feeling.
  • Vieux Diop with Wassalou (Aug. 26-Sept. 1) -- Senegalese musician Vieux Diop and West African pop group Wassalou combine ancient and modern into a cultural celebration.
"Resident" Epcot performers Mo'Rockin and Off Kilter will perform on the America Gardens stage each Monday during the event.

The Epcot World Music Concert Series, which concludes Sept. 1, is included with regular theme park admission. For tickets, guests may contact 407/W-DISNEY, a travel agent or online at Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus tickets may also be purchased in advance, at a discount, at The Disney Stores nationwide at special Walt Disney World kiosks.

St. Lucia, Antigua, San Juan are Ports of Call On Select 2004 DCL Sailings

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. -- For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will include St. Lucia, Antigua and San Juan as scheduled ports of call on select sailings now being booked for 2004. In another first, Disney plans to embark on a 10-night holiday cruise vacation from Port Canaveral Dec. 18, 2004.

Plus, shore excursions for these and all other Disney Cruise Line vacations can now be reserved within 60 days prior to sailing.

San Juan will be included on sailings embarking Aug. 7, Aug. 21 and Sept. 4, 2004. Antigua will be part of the itinerary during sailings that embark Sept. 18 and Oct. 2, 2004. Included on both seven-night itineraries: St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.

The 10-night holiday cruise will include St. Lucia and Antigua as well as St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Key West and Castaway Cay.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a Disney Cruise Line vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or 888/325-2500.

The Ladies of Destiny's Child, LL Cool J, Cedric the Entertainer Headline Star-Studded List at Tom Joyner Family Reunion At Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, the lovely ladies who topped the charts as Destiny's Child, will join actor/rap pioneer LL Cool J, actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and many other entertainers for the Tom Joyner Family Reunion at Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 28-Sept. 1.

The first-time event, hosted by syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, offers families who purchase an exclusive event package access to Walt Disney World theme parks and all the entertainment shows, seminars and activities plus surprises and goodies Joyner has planned.

"This is a one-of-a-kind event and the first of its kind at Disney World," said Joyner, known as the 'hardest working man in radio.' "We've got the hottest comedy, R&B, hip-hop and gospel artists -- and the best part is that it's all geared toward families."

Based at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, reunion participants will have a chance to enjoy the magic of Disney with special events Joyner has scheduled to make it truly a unique experience, including:
  • Opening night on Downtown Disney Pleasure Island featuring the humor of Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps from the hit movies "Next Friday" and "Friday After Next."
  • An "after party" session with the Gap Band.
  • Tom Joyner Day at Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom -- during which families can catch Tom in daily parades and participate in other specially planned activities.
  • The Funky Family Throwdown at Disney-MGM Studios with performances by Lil' Romeo; Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child; Maze featuring Frankie Beverly; and Betty Wright.
  • A Sunday morning concert with performances by Michelle Williams, Kurt Carr and pioneering gospel group Mighty Clouds of Joy.
A family of four can book a package for $2,500 that includes a three-night hotel stay, theme park tickets, access to exclusive Tom Joyner Family Reunion parties that feature live entertainment at Pleasure Island and Disney-MGM Studios, and entrance to seminars and workshops provided during the event.

To book a specially priced family package guests can call 1-888-TJ-FAMILY (888-853-2645). For more information about the events, guests can log on to or

Tampa Bay Bucs Training Camp, Orlando Rays Baseball 'Farewell' Highlight August Activity at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The final week of training camp for the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the final two home stands in the history of the Orlando Rays baseball team -- plus amateur baseball, softball, soccer and inline hockey -- will be featured during August at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.

The National Football League champion Bucs resume practice at the complex Aug. 4 following participation in the American Bowl in Tokyo Aug. 2 vs. the New York Jets. The Bucs will continue workouts at Walt Disney World Resort until Aug. 15 (they are in Miami Aug. 8). Practices are tentatively scheduled for 8:35-10:45 a.m. and 2:45-4:45 p.m. (subject to change).

Meanwhile, the Orlando Rays, the Class AA Southern League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, bring down the curtain on their tenure at Cracker Jack Stadium before migrating to Birmingham, Ala., for 2004. The Rays have four four-game series at home: against the Tennessee Smokies (Aug. 12-15), West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Aug. 16-19), Greenville Braves (Aug. 25-28) and Carolina Mudcats (Aug. 29-Sept. 1).

Fireworks nights are Aug. 15 (vs. the Smokies) and Aug. 29 (vs. the Mudcats). Tickets ($8 for lower reserved and $5 for 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.

Also during August at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex:
  • The 10th annual WALT DISNEY WORLD Soccer Classic on Aug. 14-17 will have new features: Men's Masters Division (Over 50) and separate Premier and Division I classes in the Men's Open category.
  • The first USSSA Boys Baseball World Series Qualifier at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex will pit teams of players 18 and under Aug. 3-10.
  • Part of Softball Magazine's National Championship Tournament Series, Disney's Last-Chance Challenge on Aug. 15-17 is just what the name suggests: the last chance to qualify for berths in the USSSA Men's Class C & D National Tournament-World Series, which takes place Labor Day weekend.
  • A strong multinational field will compete in six divisions during Disney's Ultimate Inline Hockey Experience VI Aug. 22-24 in The Milk House, with teams traveling from as far away as Austria to get into the action.
General admission for all events is $10 (ages 3-9 admission is $7.50). Tickets are also available for the length of championships at varying rates by calling 407/939-GAME (939-4263). Information on team and spectator travel packages is available through Disney Sports Travel at 407/828-FANS (828-3267).
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