November 23, 2012

MouseMail - Walt Disney World Update for Community Leaders


November 15, 2012

  Community Leaders Experience New Fantasyland

PhotoMore than 150 Central Florida community leaders got a special preview Wednesday of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. They sampled the fare atBe Our Guest Restaurant, experienced attractions like Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid and Enchanted Tales with Belle and heard about the positive impact New Fantasyland is having on Central Florida. “There is no better way to celebrate this landmark occasion than by sharing New Fantasyland with our Central Florida friends and neighbors,” said Meg Crofton, president, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France. “Not only is this magical, story-filled land a milestone for Walt Disney World, it’s a boost for local jobs and businesses, and it offers families yet another reason to visit Central Florida.” New Fantasyland officially opens Dec. 6. Read more.

  Largest Expansion in Magic Kingdom History Creates 1,500 Jobs

PhotoDoubling the size of the most popular land in the most popular theme park in the world has created 1,500 jobs, delivering a significant economic impact to Central Florida. Since work began in 2010, 700 construction jobs have been created, with an additional 800 operational jobs, ranging from skilled mechanical jobs to management positions, coming online over the next two years. “Walt Disney World is an integral part of the fabric of Central Florida, so it’s rewarding to help build this unique feature of the Magic Kingdom from the ground up,” said Brian Butler of JCB Construction, a minority-owned underground utility and site development firm based in Orlando. “Because of this project, we were also able to retain many valuable employees.”

  Disney Surprises Orange County Library with Donation

PhotoWhile Princess Belle was getting ready to meet a group of local community leaders in her library at New Fantasyland, another library was receiving great news. In honor of Belle’s love of reading, and the year 1955, when the first Fantasyland opened at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort donated $55,000 to the Orange County Library System (OCLS). Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Operations, United States and France, announced the donation during a community leader preview of New Fantasyland. “Disney’s generous donation is just another example of its enduring support for education in our community,” said Mary Anne Hodel, director of the OCLS. “We’re grateful for this gift and our partnership with a company that loves storytelling just as much as we do.”

  Osceola County Students Perform for Community Leaders

PhotoYoung musicians from the Osceola County School for the Arts filled the air with music from “The Beauty and the Beast Overture” as dozens of Central Florida community leaders gathered at Be Our Guest Restaurant for a preview of New Fantasyland. Seven students from the school’s Chamber Orchestra and Woodwind Trio were invited to be part of the celebration. “The kids did not believe me when I told them that Disney wanted us to play today,” said Randall Love, orchestra director at the School for the Arts. “We started rehearsing two to three days a week after school and it was truly an honor for them.”

  Central Florida Kids Get Sneak Peek of New Fantasyland

PhotoA group of kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida were among the first to experience New Fantasyland during a sneak peek at Magic Kingdom. After a welcome from Mickey Mouse and some of his closest friends, the kids enjoyed new attractions and were treated to a frozen mug of Le Fou’s Brew by none other than Gaston himself. “To have the sneak peek and VIP service they got, it was incredible. They had a blast and felt special,” said Leander Anderson from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida. Read more. To experience New Fantasyland with the kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs, watch the video here.

In Other News …

  Disney Celebrates Veterans Day with Donation

PhotoThe Walt Disney Company Foundation marked Veterans Day with a $367,500 donation to the Heart of Florida United Way’s (HFUW) Veterans Assistance Program. Combined with a grant from Dr. Phillips Charities, the support will give the program a boost in helping Central Florida veterans pay for food, rent, utilities and other life necessities. HFUW estimates that over the next year, the donations will help an additional 135 veteran households — or 345 individuals — who are struggling with the return to civilian life. To learn more, visit the HFUW website.

  Local Disney VoluntEARS Support National “Day of Giving”

PhotoMore than 75 Disney VoluntEARS answered phones at the Disney Reservation Center in Orlando last week to help raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Their efforts supported ABC’s national “Day of Giving,” which raised more than $16.8 million for the American Red Cross. “Having Disney as our community partner, taking the initiative to develop and execute a fundraising effort on our behalf is an invaluable contribution,” said Karen Hagan, CEO of Mid-Florida Region of the American Red Cross. “This contribution of time, talent and treasure will translate into essential services to those in need due to Hurricane Sandy.” Read more.

  Mickey Check Helps Guests Identify Nutritious Choices

PhotoThe Mickey Check debuted on kids’ menus at quick-service food locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort this week. Part of the Disney Magic of Healthy Living initiative, the tool was created to make it easier to identify nutritious choices that address family needs. To receive the Mickey Check, kids’ meals and other items must meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines, which align to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and focus on contributing to a nutritious diet, encouraging kid appropriate portions (with calorie criteria) and limiting nutrients to avoid (e.g., sodium, sugar, saturated fat and trans fat). The icon will appear on table-service restaurant menus in January. For more information, click here.

  Walt Disney World Launches Facebook Page for Community

Walt Disney World Resort has launched a Facebook Page to connect with community leaders who share a passion for making Central Florida an even better place to live, work and play. Click HERE to like the “Walt Disney World in the Community” page and follow the company’s efforts to make a difference, working closely with others throughout the region.

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MouseMail is a periodic news brief for Central Florida business, community
and government leaders, produced by Walt Disney World Co.

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MouseMail is a periodic news brief for Central Florida business, community and government leaders, produced by Walt Disney World, Co.

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