March 14, 2013

MouseMail - Walt Disney World Update for Community Leaders


March 14, 2013

 Disney Unveils Vision for Disney Springs

PhotoWalt Disney World Resort today announced the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney that will treat guests to significantly more shopping, dining and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm. The renamed Disney Springs will double the number of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences for guests, and feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands. Central Florida stands to benefit from the expansion with an estimated 1,200 construction jobs and 4,000 operational roles, increased tax revenues and business opportunities. ”Disney Springs will be a timeless, vibrant place where Walt Disney World guests and local residents can relax, shop, dine and be entertained in an imaginative setting where they’ll instantly feel at home,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. See more images here.

 Disney Bowl-A-Thon Supports Education in Local Schools

PhotoMore than 5,000 Walt Disney World Resort VoluntEARS recently bowled to raise money for local children during the annual Disney Bowl-A-Thon. The event benefits Junior Achievement of Central Florida, a nonprofit that provides age-appropriate economic literacy education for children in grades K-12. “With the support of Walt Disney World and its Cast Members, Junior Achievement is better able to achieve its goal of empowering children to own their economic success and plan for their futures through smart academic and economic choices,” said Craig Polejes, president,Junior Achievement of Central Florida. JA recently presented Walt Disney World with the 2012 U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for providing at least 15,000 service hours to the community. Read more.

 Cast Members Help Celebrate New Second Harvest Distribution Center

PhotoA giant mural designed by Walt Disney Imagineers served as the backdrop for a recent ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida‘s new 100,000-square-foot distribution center. The $15 million facility will help provide hunger relief for thousands of Central Floridians in need. Walt Disney World Resort donated $500,000 to help build the new center. “Disney’s support went the extra mile,” said Dave Krepcho, President and CEO of Second Harvest. “In addition to their financial contribution, the volunteer commitment of Disney Imagineers to provide such a beautiful mural in our facility to make our space come alive was just phenomenal.”  Read more.

 Jones High School Students Help Open Epcot Exhibit

PhotoSingers from Jones High School in Orlando helped open an exhibit representing more than 400 years of African-American achievement and contribution at the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot. “Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” features rare art, books and documents that pay homage to African-Americans who helped build and transform the nation. “The exhibit is an inspiring reminder of how diverse our nation is and how many stories there are beyond the pages of history books,” said Dr. Robert Spooney, president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida. Read more.

 Disney Surpasses Veterans Hiring Goal, Sets New One

PhotoThe Walt Disney Company has surpassed its goal to provide 1,000 career opportunities for returning U.S. service men and women over a three-year period — hiring more than 1,300 veterans in just one year. In 2012, Disney launched Heroes Work Here, an initiative to hire, train and support returning military members. Disney now aims to hire an additional 1,000 veterans over the next two years. Read more.

 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Reveals Citrus Bowl Matchup

PhotoCentral Florida will once again have a leading role in the start of college football season with the ninth annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. The Sept. 1 event features teams from two prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and is expected to draw approximately 20,000 visitors to the region. This year’s challenge will feature the Florida A&M University Rattlers of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) against the Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). “The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is more than a football game — it’s a celebration for our whole community that underscores the importance of diversity and higher education,” said Eugene Campbell, vice president of Domestic Minority Business Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Read more.

 Central Florida Students Experience New IBM Exhibit

PhotoDozens of students from University High School in Orlando were among the first to explore the new IBM THINK Exhibit, an interactive experience at Epcot that shows how technology makes the world work better. “THINK has made my students see the process of innovation in a way they never have before,” said Danielle Miller, astronomy and physical science teacher at University High School. “It has helped my students become aspiring scientists.” Read more.

 Disney Offers Opportunities to Local Minority Businesses

PhotoOpening a door to local minority businesses looking to become part of the magic, Walt Disney World Resort will host a supplier diversity summit March 19 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. As part of its commitment to diversity and economic inclusion, more than 100 local businesses are expected to attend the event and gain insight on the types of products and services Walt Disney World anticipates needing in the coming year. “We constantly challenge ourselves to expand our supplier and contractor base, which enables us to offer experiences that reflect the diversity of our guests,” said Matt Thursam, manager of Minority Business Development at Walt Disney World Resort. Read more.

 Disney Fantasy Earns Top Honors in the Cruisers’ Choice Awards

PhotoThe newest ship in Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Fantasy, earned the top honor ” Best Large Ship ” in the Cruise Critic 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards. The Disney Fantasy also received the top spot in four other categories ” Large Ship Best Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best Public Rooms and Best Service. “Our Crew Members strive to deliver a vacation experience unlike anything else at sea and this recognition speaks directly to their dedication and attentive service,” said Karl L. Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. Read more.

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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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