(Oct. 1, 2007) – As the holidays approach with a deluge of gift catalogs landing in mailboxes everywhere, Disney Parks today released an online catalog filled with amazing experiences that money can’t buy.
To announce the extension through 2008 of the successful “Year of a Million Dreams,” Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida teamed to create the first-ever Disney Dreams Catalog showcasing fabulous dreams that will be awarded in the 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway.
Guests may browse the catalog online at DisneyParks.com/DreamCatalog.
This first-ever Disney Dreams Catalog is a sky’s-the-limit showcase brimming with amazing dreams that only Disney can make come true, such as:
A private tropical island paradise for the day… A VIP overnight stay inside DisneylandPark… A royal New Year’s Eve, spending the night inside CinderellaCastle Suite… A star-studded trip to the “High School Musical 3” film premiere… A globetrotting trip to be the parade Grand Marshal in Disney theme parks on three continents.
And that’s just for starters.
But the one thing guests won’t see when browsing the online catalog? Pricetags. That’s because the Disney Dreams Catalog is priceless – literally.
“These dreams can’t be bought anywhere, or by anyone,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of WaltDisneyParks and Resorts. “The Disney Dreams Catalog is an unprecedented collection of over-the-top experiences that only Disney can bring to life.”
The dreams detailed in the catalog, and hundreds of thousands more dreams, will be awarded through a random process to eligible guests at Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts throughout 2008, as well as eligible mail-in participants. The Disney Dreams Catalog features some of the biggest dreams Disney has ever imagined – all of which will be awarded in 2008 – including:
· Reign at Disney’s PrivateIsland for the Day: One winner will be awarded Disney’s private Bahamian paradise for the day. Castaway Cay, the Disney Cruise Line private island, will allow the winner and up to three guests to lounge in the lap of tropical luxury – all by themselves – with Disney amenities at their fingertips, including gourmet dining, recreation, beachfront cabana massages, entertainment and overnight accommodations on a private yacht.
· Spend the Night Inside Disneyland in Walt’s Dream Suite: Using architectural renderings that Walt Disney himself commissioned for an in-park, family retreat that was never completed, Disneyland Resort is creating a lavish new guest suite in the park’s New Orleans Square. Beginning Jan. 31, 2008 – and continuing most nights throughout the year – a different winner will be chosen through a random process to bring up to five guests to live Walt’s dream and spend that night in the Disneyland Dream Suite inside Disneyland Park.
· Be the Guest of Honor at the Largest Character Breakfast in Magic Kingdom History: On Main Street, U.S.A. at MagicKingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, one winner and up to three guests will be treated to an unprecedented ultimate Disney character breakfast, with dozens of Disney characters in attendance, including Mickey and Minnie. Served in the shadow of CinderellaCastle, it will be the largest Disney character breakfast ever presented – and it will all be in honor of one lucky winner.
· Celebrate New Year’s Eve Inside Cinderella Castle: One of the most magical nights of the year, New Year’s Eve, will be celebrated in royal style Dec. 31, 2008, by a winner and up to three guests inside the Cinderella Castle Suite in the heart of MagicKingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.
· See the Stars at the “High School Musical 3” World Premiere: Two winners and up to three guests each will attend the star-studded film premiere of “High School Musical 3,” the next installment of the record-setting Disney Channel movie series. One prize includes a VIP vacation to Disneyland Resort in California and the other features a VIP vacation to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida where the music and excitement of “High School Musical” comes to life in high-energy shows.
· Become a “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” to a Disney Imagineer for the Day: Taking on the honorary role of a “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” one winner and a guest will get to peek behind the magic and enter the secret labs of Walt Disney Imagineering. The prize includes a tour of the Walt Disney Imagineering campus and an Imagineer-guided tour of DisneylandPark.
· Become Disney’s Grand Marshal Around the Globe: One winner and up to three guests will be sent on a 15-day, whirlwind tour of four Disney destinations on three continents – Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Resort Paris. At each stop on the magical journey, the winner will serve as Honorary Grand Marshal of Disney’s daily parade.
“During ‘The Year of a Million Dreams,’ we heard loud and clear from our guests that they wanted to keep dreaming even longer,” Rasulo said. “We’re pleased to be able to announce the continuation of the celebration today and introduce this catalog of fantastic new dreams to be awarded in the 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway.
The 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway is part of “The Year of a Million Dreams,” a pull-out-all-the-stops Disney Parks celebration that includes incredible new attractions, parades and interactive entertainment – with even more on the way.
The Toys are Back in Town in a New Disney•Pixar-inspired Attraction:
Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts will open Toy Story Mania! a cutting-edge and interactive ride-through attraction that combines the fun of a video game, whiz-bang 3-D technology created by Walt Disney Imagineering and favorite characters from the smash-hit Disney•Pixar films “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2.”
Interactive Entertainment Brings Dreams to Life for Guests of All Ages
The unique Disney Parks brand of entertainment that makes guests the stars of the show – literally – will share the spotlight at Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts during “The Year of a Million Dreams,” with expanded offerings that feature be-bopping, toe-tapping, lightsaber-wielding and pirate-plundering fun.
It’s this type of interactivity that allows guests to live out the fanciful dreams of their imagination. Some of the highlights for 2008:
Disney•Pixar Parades Debut on Both Coasts: The Disney•Pixar fun will continue to rock and roll throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in 2008, as characters from smash-hit animated films like “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” “Monster’s, Inc.” and “A Bug’s Life” take to the street in “Block Party Bash.” Disneyland Resort will be the home to the new “Pixar Play! Parade,” an all-new Disney•Pixar-inspired parade that invites guests to play and dance along with favorite characters from hit films like “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Cars” and “Ratatouille.”
· Wildcat Fever Pitch Spreads Across Disney Parks: “Wildcat fever” has guests dancing in the streets at Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts in the new “High School Musical 2: School’s Out!” interactive show. Inspired by the Disney Channel’s record-breaking, original film, “High School Musical 2,” the high-energy cast invites guests to join the fun as they sing and dance along to the movie’s hit tunes. “High School Musical 2: School’s Out!” concludes with an all-out dance finale featuring one of the film’s soundtrack hits, “All for One,” and a reprise of “We’re All in This Together,” from the original “High School Musical” film. “High School Musical 2: School’s Out!” is presented multiple times daily at Disney’s California Adventure in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.
· ‘Obi-Wanna Bes’ Learn the Ways of the Force: Taking a cue from the popular Star Wars™ Saga, the power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine for “Jedi Training Academy,” an original and intergalactic entertainment experience. Young Jedi hopefuls – known in ‘Star Wars-speak’ as “Padawans” – learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master before facing off in a final test against the evil Darth Vader. Created with Lucasfilm Ltd., “JediTrainingAcademy” is presented multiple times daily, adjacent to the popular Star Tours attraction, at both the DisneylandPark in California and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.
· Playhouse Disney Rocks the Mouse House: Debuting at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts in 2008 will be some of the most beloved characters from the Disney Channel lineup in “Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage!” – a singing, clapping and be-bopping show. Designed for preschoolers, the show stars favorites from popular Disney Channel programs including “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Little Einsteins,” “Handy Manny” and more.
· A Pirate’s Life for Me!: Building on the worldwide popularity of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” films and attractions, Captain Jack Sparrow and his band of merry mates invite guests to their world of adventure at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts. At MagicKingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, Captain Jack himself leads a series of pirate “skill tests” to find honorary crew members, while at DisneylandPark, young buccaneers can enjoy the new Pirates Lair on TomSawyerIsland, an island of interactive adventures and immersive entertainment for plundering pirates of all ages.
· Have Some Hootin’ & Hollerin’ Fun with Woody, Jessie & Bullseye: There’s a rootin’ tootin’ good time in store as Woody, Jessie and Bullseye from the hit Disney•Pixar film “Toy Story 2” invite everyone to “Woody’s Cowboy Camp!” in the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom. Designed for younger cowpokes, the rollicking hoedown features an Old West obstacle course – maneuvering around parents donning hats shaped like cacti, mountains and mine shafts. It’s kick-up-the-spurs, hootin’ and hollerin’ fun as the cowboy spirit comes to life on the dusty streets of Frontierland in Florida.
· A Magical Main Street, U.S.A. Parade: Guests are able to parade down Main Street, U.S.A. in MagicKingdom in Florida alongside favorite Disney characters in an interactive parade. For guests, it’s a pennant-waving, drum-beating rush as they join characters to march alongside parade floats, a marching band and an old-timey fire truck. To accommodate pint-size paraders and their parents, there’s even a “stroller drill team.”
For more information about “The Year of a Million Dreams” celebration, visit disneyparks.com. For more specific information about the 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway, visit disneyparks.com/2008rules. To browse the new Disney Dreams Catalog, visit DisneyParks.com/DreamCatalog.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter or win the 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Certain prizes are limited in number and may be depleted at any time during the giveaway. Open only to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan & UK. Void elsewhere and where prohibited. Giveaway runs January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008 (mail-in entries must be postmarked on or between December 19, 2007 & December 31, 2008, & received by January 14, 2009, on a piece of paper or postcard with complete name, address, daytime phone #, birth date and proper postage sent to P.O. Box 8650, Elmhurst, IL 60126 USA; UK residents only mail entries to 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway, 483 Green Lanes, Suite 200, London N13 4BS, England). Disneyland Dream Suite stay will be awarded most days starting January 31, 2008. It will likely be awarded early in the day, will be for a stay that night and is only available to eligible participants at the parks, common areas of Disneyland® Resort hotels and Downtown Disney® area, all in California. Mail-in winners of prizes that require use on day awarded, such as Disneyland Dream Suite stay, will receive a prize of comparable value. Approximate retail value of prizes advertised: Disneyland Dream Suite stay US $594; Disney’s Private Island prize US $42,250; High School Musical 3 and Walt Disney World® Vacation prize US $8,710; High School Musical 3 and Disneyland® Vacation prize US $7,800 - $8,640, depending on location of premiere; Ultimate New Year’s Eve trip US $6,925; Disney Parks – Global Grand Marshal prize US $36,881; Character Breakfasts Extraordinaire trip US $7,200; Sorcerer’s Apprentice for a Day prize US $4,063. Prizes range in value from US $4.76 to US $87,361. All prize awards are subject to verification. Odds of winning on a given day depend on the number of eligible participants at a selected location or within the mail-in entry pool for the time or date (as applicable) selected. Subject to Official Rules (see disneyparks.com/2008rules). Sponsor: Magic Kingdom Productions, Inc., P.O. Box 10000, Lake Buena Vista, FL32830.