Easter at the Hilton

22 04 2011

Happy Easter from your friends at the Hilton, located in the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort!  This weekend guests can enjoy a variety of Easter activities around the hotel.  Don’t miss out on the fun!  Plus, don’t forget to stop by our Easter display outside of Mainstreet Market and see our furry little friends! 

Friday April 22: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cookie Decoarting at Rum Largo Poolside Bar & Cafe.

Saturday, April 23: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Egg Dying and Decorating at Rum Largo Poolside Bar & Cafe

Sunday, April 24: 7:00 am – 3:00pm

Easter Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch in Covington Mill Restaurant

  • 8:30 am – 11:00 am: Disney Character Breakfast will be taking place as usual in Covington Mill Restaurant
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: The Easter Bunny will be visiting guests dining in Covington Mill

Sunday, April 24: 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn in front of Palm Ballroom



Extra Magic Hours for April 2011

5 04 2011


Spring has sprung and its time to get outside and enjoy it — and what better place to do it at than the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!  It’s perfect park hopping weather – low 80’s, low humidity — so while visiting us this month, be sure to take advantage of the Disney’s exclusive Extra Magic Hours benefit offered to our guests.

Each day one of the Walt Disney World theme parks opens 1 hour early or stays open up to 3 hours after regular park closing time.  Plus, don’t forget, complimentary transportation to the parks is provided to all of our guests!  Below are the Extra Magic Hours for the month of April 2011:

Morning Extra Magic Hours
Magic Kingdom – 7, 14, 17-23, 26
Epcot – 5, 12, 17, 24
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 2, 9, 16, 18, 22, 25, 29
Animal Kingdom – 4, 6, 11, 13, 20, 23, 27, 30

Evening Extra Magic Hours
Magic Kingdom – 3, 10, 17, 22, 24, 28
Epcot – 1, 8, 15, 19, 21, 26, 29
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 4, 11, 20, 27

Join Us for Earth Hour 2011!

25 03 2011

Saturday evening at 8:30 pm local time, people may notice its a little darker than usual.  The global movement, Earth Hour, that encourages everyone to turn off the lights and conserve energy for at least one hour will be taking place and we plan on participating!  We have informed our guest that if they would like to become a part of the solution, they can simply turn off the lights in their guest room from 8:30 pm- 9:30 pm.  We are also going to be serving dinner by candlelight in Andiamo Italian Bistro & Grille during that time.  Will you be participating? 

For more information on this event, visit www.earthhour.org or check out this blurb from their site describing its history.

“Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet. Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30PM (local time). This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up.”

HGTV Sponsors the EPCOT Int’l Flower and Garden Festival!

9 03 2011

The 18th annual EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival is officially underway!  For the first time, HGTV is sponsoring the event which is running from March 2 through May 15. 

“We are thrilled to welcome HGTV and so many of the network’s great Talent to Epcot this spring,” said Dan Cockerell, vice president of Epcot.  “HGTV’s design and gardening personalities add an exciting, and entertaining new element to a festival that reinvents itself year after year.”

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, guests visiting EPCOT will have the opportunity to see their favorite designers and landscaping experts from HGTV during informative sessions at the Festival Center.   However, the Festival Center will be open 7 days a week for the first time! (In the past, it has only been open on the weekends.)

“People visit Disney for a memorable experience where they are inspired, enlightened and entertained,” said Jim Samples, president, HGTV. “Our star designers will provide just such an experience for the Disney guest during The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV.  Disney is the ideal venue and destination for us to connect face-to-face with our passionate viewers.”

The schedule of speakers also includes many Disney and other non-HGTV horticulturalists, landscape architects and other garden experts.

So head over to EPCOT, and check out over 100 topiaries representing characters from your favorite Disney classics! New this year are characters from Toy Story 3 and Cars 2.  Also enjoy The Flower Power concert series, starring musicians from the 1960s and ’70s, includes performances by Melissa Manchester, Davy Jones of the Monkees, Juice Newton and Jose Feliciano.  Also new this year?  Bambi’s Butterfly House moves to a new location and more than doubles in size; and HGTV presents a Sustainable Beauty Garden.

Check out the schedule below to see when your favorite HGTV star will be hosting a seminar:

Extra Magic Hours for March 2011

2 03 2011

The weather is beautiful this time of year so grab your sunglasss, lather up the sun tan lotion and spend as much time outdoors as possible! Did you know that when staying at the Hilton, located in the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort you’re able to do just that with Disney’s exclusive Extra Magic Hours benefit!?

Each day one of the Walt Disney World theme parks opens 1 hour early or stays open up to 3 hours after regular park closing time.  Plus, don’t forget, complimentary transportation to the parks is provided to all of our guests!  Below are the Extra Magic Hours for the month of March:

Morning Extra Magic Hours
Magic Kingdom – 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Epcot – 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 5, 12, 19, 26
Animal Kingdom – 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
Evening Extra Magic Hours
Magic Kingdom – 6, 13, 20, 27
Epcot – 4, 11, 18, 25
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 1, 7, 14, 21, 28

Coming Soon: FASTPASS Tickets for a Meet-and-Greet with Mickey!

23 02 2011

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Magic Kingdom officials have a hunch a really “hot ticket” in their realm this summer is going to be something other than a ride, a snack or a show. Rather, it’s a first-ever opportunity to nail down a time to meet with Mickey Mouse.

When meet-and-greets with Mickey move into a permanent new location in Town Square later this spring, Magic Kingdom guests will be able to obtain a Disney’s FASTPASS ticket specifying a one-hour window when they can return to see the popular character for hugs, photos and autographs — without waiting in the standby queue. It will mark the first time the complimentary, computerized service has been available for a character meet-and-greet at any Disney Park.

Since spending time with Disney characters is at the top of the “must-do list” of many guests, the FASTPASS ticket will allow them to experience their Mickey Mouse meet-and-greets more conveniently. As a result, guests will be able to devote more time enjoying other Magic Kingdom experiences with family and friends.

The new meet-and-greet location, Town Square Theater, will be located inside the current Exposition Hall area just inside the park entrance. Imagineers already are working to completely transform the space for the new experience. “This isn’t just remodeling Expo Hall; it is completely re-imagining this entire venue as a beautiful Victorian-era theater and the new home for Mickey Mouse,” Jon Georges, WDI Director, Senior Show Producer, said.

“Mickey and Main Street, U.S.A. are great examples of pure Americana that complement each other very well,” Concept Designer Jason Grandt said. “We drew a lot of inspiration from classic Mickey animated shorts such as The Nifty Nineties and Mickey’s Grand Opera. Many of the scenes in these shorts look like they take place right on Main Street.”

Guests arrive at a building befitting Mickey Mouse’s stardom — with a grand-Victorian-theater elevation, including a marquee that glistens with gold-leaf trim and sparkles with lights. Inside, there’s a mosaic floor, lush curtains with gold rope tie-backs and polished-brass chandeliers. Imagineers are creating new elements and surprises for Magic Kingdom guests, including an interactive queue — with an extra touch of Disney magic — and highly themed retail shops.

The queue takes guests “backstage,” where Mickey is waiting to greet them in a rehearsal-room environment amid posters, steamer trunks and stage props.

In addition, during the New Fantasyland construction, royalty will be visiting as the Disney Princesses will be in Town Square Theater to meet and greet their loyal subjects.

Currently, guests can visit with Mickey Mouse in Tomorrowland, in a location to the right of Space Mountain. Meet-and-greet experiences with the Disney Princesses are currently at Adventureland Verandah.

– Walt Disney World News, www.wdwnews.com

“I’m Going to Disney World!”

9 02 2011

On Monday afternoon, the Super Bowl MVP, was honored in a ticker tape parade that marched down Main Street USA.  Just a few short hours after winning Super Bowl XLV 31-25 against the Pittsburgh Steeles and proclaiming “I’m goig to Disney World!,” Aaron Rodgers’ was sitting on the back of a Chevy Camaro convertible (the same kind of car he won for being the Superbowl MVP) with Mickey Mouse waving to fans at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park.

The proclamation is now the 44th time it has been used in the “I’m going to Disney World!” promotion.  Disney World released the following statement regarding it:

Rodgers’ pronouncement, part of the production for one of TV’s most enduring and celebrated commercials, was captured after the Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers – a game during which he completed 24 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns. It added up to be a catalyst for the Packers’ first Super Bowl celebration since 1997 and fourth all-time.

This latest commercial is the 44th of a series that began in 1987 following Super Bowl XXI. The first “I’m going to Disney World” commercial, featuring New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, was regarded as a groundbreaking concept – a produced national commercial involving a current event, airing on major networks within hours of its conclusion. Rodgers joins a lineup of people from sports and beyond who have celebrated milestone accomplishments in “I’m going to Disney World” commercials.

Throughout the parade, which started an hour and a half late due to Rodgers’ delayed flight, he had a permanent smile on his face.  “It’s a special day, it really is,” the quarterback said after the parade. “I didn’t get a lot of sleep (Sunday) night, but it’s great to be able to celebrate. This is a team that came together and accomplished something special.”

What made the day even more special was that Rodgers, a native of California, had never been to Walt Disney World in Florida — only Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.  After the parade, Rodgers posed for photos with the Mickey and the gang then took a bite of block of cheese which was in the shape of the Packers logo!  After spending the afternoon at Disney, Rodgers hopped on a flight to New York City and appeared on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.”

What was Rodgers looking forward to the most? “I mean, honestly, just sleeping in. I’m a homebody. I don’t do a whole lot. I like to, you know there’s a couple of events I like to go to in the off season, Kentucky Derby, the ESPY Award Show, and a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. But I’m just looking forward to relaxing and getting some much needed rest.”