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PANTAGES KICKS OFF WEST SIDE STORY NOV. 30TH WITH EXTENDED ENGAGMENTS THROUGH JAN. 2: CLASSIC LOVE STORY SET TO SOAR, BRINGING TO LIFE THE MUSICAL TALENTS OF LEGENDARIES BERNSTEIN AND SONDHEIM

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Hollywood, Calif. – Broadway/L.A. and the Producers of the national tour of the current smash hit Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY are proud to announce that, due to popular demand, the show has extended its Los Angeles engagement by two weeks.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Ali Ewoldt stars as Maria opposite Kyle Harris as Tony. Photos by Joan Marcus

Added performances December 21st through January 2nd, 2011 will go on sale to the public on Sunday October 17th at 10am.
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WEST SIDE STORY will begin performances at the Pantages Theatre on November 30, 2010, and will now play a strictly-limited five-week holiday season engagement through January 2, 2011.

Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy From Oz, The Life).

Tickets for previously announced dates are now on sale and may be purchased online atwww.BroadwayLA.org or by phone at 1-800-982-ARTS(2787). Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster ticket outlets. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am.
The new Broadway cast recording of WEST SIDE STORY won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album on January 31, 2010. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”
The new Broadway production began previews at the Palace Theatre on February 23, 2009, opened to critical acclaim on Thursday, March 19, 2009, breaking box office records and going on to recoup its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks.

Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, WEST SIDE STORY is set in 1950’s New York City. It follows the doomed love story of two star-crossed lovers from rival gangs – the Jets (a working-class white gang) and the Sharks (first-generation Puerto Ricans). Tony, a member of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.

WEST SIDE STORY has often been credited with changing the course of American musical theatre. Originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, WEST SIDE STORY opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 26, 1957 and garnered passionate reactions from critics and audiences alike.

Applauding the creators’ innovation in dance and musical style, TIME Magazine exclaimed “Robbins’ energetic choreography and Bernstein’s grand score accentuate the satiric, hard-edged lyrics of Sondheim and Laurents’ capture of the angry voice of urban youth.” New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson described the show as “profoundly moving; an incandescent piece of work where theatre people, engrossed in an original project, are all in top form.” The original Broadway production won six 1958 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Choreography. The show ran 732 performances, closing on June 27, 1959.

The motion picture version, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, was released in 1961 and starred Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as Maria and Tony, and featured Rita Moreno, recreating the role of Anita, which she had originated in the Broadway production. The film was widely praised by critics, and it won a staggering 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, out of its eleven nominated categories, as well as a special award for Robbins. The film’s soundtrack grossed more than any other album before it.

The cast of the current tour of WEST SIDE STORY features Kyle Harris as Tony, Ali Ewoldt as Maria, Michelle Aravena as Anita, Joseph J. Simeone as Riff and German Santiago as Bernardo. Also featured are Mike Boland as Krupke, Ryan Christopher Chotto as A-rab, Stephen DeRosa as Glad Hand, Drew Foster as Action, Alexandra Frohlinger as Anybodys, Jay Garcia as Chino, Grant Gustin as Baby John, Nathan Keen as Big Deal, Christopher Patrick Mullen as Schrank, John O’Creagh as Doc, Kyle Robinson as Diesel, Cary Tedder as Snowboy.
Rounding out the cast of WEST SIDE STORY are Lauren Boyd, Alicia Charles, Beth Crandall, Dean Andre de Luna, Ted Ely, Lori Ann Ferreri, Ryan Ghysels, Tim Hausmann, Dea Julien, Daniel Kermidas, Kristen Paulicelli, Christie Portera, Erika Santillana, Kevin Santos, Michael Scirrotto, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Jessica Swesey, Kathryn Lin Terza and Kirstin Tucker.

WEST SIDE STORY is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut. WEST SIDE STORY features scenic designs by James Youmans (Gypsy), costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard (The Farnsworth Invention, The Who’s Tommy), lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Gypsy, Jersey Boys), sound design by Tony Award nominee Dan Moses Schreier (Gypsy, A Catered Affair) and hair by Mark Adam Rampmeyer (The Farnsworth Invention).

For more information on WEST SIDE STORY, please visitwww.BroadwayWestSideStory.com.

The Pantages Theatre is located in Hollywood at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard at Vine Street.

The Pantages Theatre engagement of WEST SIDE STORY will feature two performance schedules. From November 30 – December 19, performances will be Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. The performance schedule for holiday weeks, December 21-January 2, will be Tuesday & Wednesday at 8pm, Thursday at 2pm & 8pm, Friday at 2pm, Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.

Regular tickets for WEST SIDE STORY range in price from $25 – $90, with tickets for the November 30th preview ranging from $20-$85. Prices are subject to change without notice.

WEST SIDE STORY is produced by Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander, Jeffrey Seller with Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman / Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman / Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, The Weinstein Company and Broadway Across America.
WEST SIDE STORY is presented locally by Broadway/L.A. as the first show of its 2010-2011 Season.
For more information, please visit the Pantages Theatre’s official website:www.BroadwayLA.org.

‘MICKEY’S HALLOWEEN PARTY’ MOVES TO DISNEYLAND PARK AND SPECTACULAR

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Disney villains will invade Disneyland park along with Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes when Halloween Time returns to Disneyland Resort, now through Oct. 31. Highlights of the Disneyland Halloween season include the return of Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy – the thrillingly “haunted” version of the popular Tomorrowland attraction – and the longtime favorite Haunted Mansion Holiday, in which Halloween and Christmas collide for an attraction inspired by “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.” Photo Courtesy, Disneyland NewsGuests also will enjoy the new, nighttime water spectacular “World of Color,” performing nightly at Disney California Adventure park.

Halloween Time offers families a chance to enjoy seasonal attractions and décor, as well as interact with beloved Disney characters decked out in whimsical Halloween costumes. Guests also will experience spooky fun with Disney’s more sinister characters, the Disney Villains. In addition, the private-party celebration that has been so popular with guests will return for 10 special nights in October as Mickey’s Halloween Party.
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Moving to Disneyland this year with a new name, Mickey’s Halloween Party is the separate-ticket event that invites adults and children to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at the resort. This nighttime celebration is scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays in October (1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29) plus Halloween night itself, Sunday, Oct. 31. Highlights include:

· Trick or Treating in the ultimate Disney neighborhood, with even more treats along “Mickey’s Hide-and-Go-Treat Trails”
· New dance parties – at Tomorrowland Terrace and the French Market
· The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington (presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party)
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· New surprises in “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade, performed twice nightly
· Character photo locations featuring Mickey and his pals, princesses and other favorites
· The opportunity to arrive three hours before the party starts to play in Disneyland
· Nearly all the favorite Disneyland rides and attractions

Tickets purchased in advance for Mickey’s Halloween Party are $49 most days, while tickets purchased on the event days are $54. For Oct. 31, all tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party are $59.

Favorite Disney characters, including Mickey himself, will dress up in their favorite costumes. It’s the ideal environment to have fun, eat special holiday treats, play interactive games, listen to “spirited” music and watch a nightly character cavalcade that celebrates the season.

For Halloween fun at Disneyland, guests will enjoy Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland. The experience begins as a typical Space Mountain adventure, but suddenly launches voyagers into a haunted section of the universe. Ghosts appear out of the starry darkness and swirling galaxies of Space Mountain, reaching out as if to grab guests as they speed through space. The exhilarating drops and curves of the journey are punctuated by piercing screams, creepy sound effects and haunting music.

Jack Skellington also returns to take over the Haunted Mansion and bring back Haunted Mansion Holiday to New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Transformed to a mix of Halloween spookiness and Christmas tradition, Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by the classic animated film “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.” Jack and his friends provide plenty of havoc and surprises as they celebrate the holidays in their unusual style. Jack’s return to the Haunted Mansion includes the traditional Halloween/Christmas gingerbread house in the Mansion Ballroom, with some special spooky surprises in this year’s design.

Halloween Time offers frightfully delightful fun for children and adults.

· For spine-tingling fun, drop in at The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure park, where a “supernatural” event happened on Halloween evening, 1939, forever haunting the building.
· Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland is transformed for the Pumpkin Festival. More than 300 pumpkins will be on display in shop windows and none of them are the same!
· Visitors to Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland will find ranch animals, pumpkin carvers, Halloween décor and activities for youngsters, all presided over by Sheriff Woody.
· Meeting Disney characters will be easier than ever as Disney villains gather to plot Halloween mischief at “it’s a small world” Mall in Disneyland, while other characters in spooky attire greet guests in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A.
· Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland will honor Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with traditional skeleton figures on display Sept. 19 through Nov. 2.
· Special Halloween treats will be available in Disneyland, including menu items such as Zero’s Ghostly Ghoulash, served in a dog dish in honor of Zero.
· Halloween Time gifts are offered in Disneyland Resort shops. Gifts include jack-o-lantern mouse ears and collectable pins depicting Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes.

For more information about Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, seewww.disneyland.com/halloween. This site will be updated with frightfully fun details.

$300 Savings on Four-Day, Four-Night Vacation Package*

Value-minded vacationers can celebrate Halloween Time with a special travel offer this fall. Guests will enjoy a $300 savings on a four-day, four-night Disneyland Resort vacation package at any Disneyland Resort hotel if booked between now and Dec. 1, 2010. The package features hotel accommodations and park hopper tickets, for travel from Oct. 1 through Dec. 16, 2010. For guests seeking a hotel room-only offer, Disneyland Resort features great savings this fall at any three of its on-site deluxe hotels. Details are at www.disneyland.com/specialoffers.

Disneyland Resort features two fantastic theme parks – Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The resort’s three guest-welcoming hotels are the luxurious 745-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 988-room Disneyland Hotel and the 489-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” fun. For information on new attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort visitwww.disneyland.com, call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

9TH ANNUAL PRECIOUS® CHEESE ITALIAN FEAST OF SAN GENNARO, LOS ANGELES SEPTEMBER 24–26, 2010 – PRIMA NOTTE GALA ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD PAYING TRIBUTE TO ITALIAN-AMERICAN MILITARY SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WITH SPECIAL GUESTS CONNIE STEVENS, ROBERT D

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood community will celebrate Italian culture with an exciting three days of music, food, wine, rides and games. The San Gennaro Foundation kicks off October’s Italian Heritage Month, a celebration of everything it means to be Italian, with their annual street festival.

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Last year, the San Gennaro Foundation donated over $200,000 to local charities that benefit Los Angeles shelters for children and families, food banks for the homeless and school programs for underprivileged youth, among others.

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Hosted by event co-founder Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, the Precious® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles will once again take over Hawthorn Ave. (between Highland and Orange) in Hollywood.

Kimmel said “The Feast of San Gennaro is now a beloved Hollywood tradition. Bring your family and I’ll bring mine. Then afterwards, we’ll all get our stomachs pumped.”

Inspired by the 80+year old New York City tradition, the Feast celebrates Italian culture, entertainment and cuisine, and throughout the weekend will feature great food, music, genealogy research, a kid’s corner, bocce, bingo, carnival rides, games and more. Surprise celebrity guests will join the cooking team, as they demonstrate Italian recipes on the Precious® Cheese La Cucina Italiana Cooking Stage with special guest, Precious® Cheese’s very own Chef Marco.

The fun-filled weekend commences Thursday, September 23rd with the opening night fundraising gala, “Prima Notte 2010,” which will pay tribute to the US Military. Continuing in their commitment to honor Italian-Americans in the community, this year the San Gennaro Foundation will recognize the outstanding efforts that Italian-Americans have made to serve their country and will highlight Italian American entertainers who have entertained our troops from WWII to the present. Master of Ceremonies Mark DeCarlo will introduce special performances during the “old-fashioned USO show”, featuring Pete Jacobs’ Wartime Radio Review. Additionally, the entire weekend’s festivities will be broadcast live via the Internet to US troops serving overseas. The night will also feature special guests actress/singer Connie Stevens (TV’s “Hawaiian Eye”) and actor Robert Davi (License to Kill, Die Hard) in recognition of their charitable work.
“We have been bringing Italian culture to the heart of Hollywood for nine years running,” said Frankie Competelli, President of The San Gennaro Foundation, Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to, once again, celebrate tradition, family, and great food with the community.”
Tickets for the opening night gala are available online at www.feastofla.org and are $100 each for VIP admission and $50 each for general admission. Reserved tables for 10 guests are available for $2,000 for VIP and $1,000 general. Additionally, all US Military will receive 50% off the $100.00 Prima Notte Ticket and FREE admission all weekend (must show Military ID at entrance).

“Precious® Cheese is proud to be presenting sponsor again this year helping to bring authentic Italian culture, entertainment, food and fun to the Los Angeles area,” said Jessica Ruth, spokesperson for Precious® Cheese. “The San Gennaro Foundation’s commitment to preserving Italian-American heritage resonates with the Precious® Cheese brand and we look forward to continuing to raise funds for the organization and its programs.”

The festival venue is conveniently located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex, directly behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Ave. The Feast will be held September 24-26, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. General admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free. All proceeds benefit the San Gennaro Foundation, established to provide aid to children and families in need in Los Angeles.

For more information about the Precious® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, please visit www.feastofla.org or call (818) 508-0082.

About Precious® Cheese

Precious® brand cheese is brought to you by Lactalis Retail Dairy, Inc. LRDI is part of Groupe Lactalis, one of the largest dairy companies in the world. Lactalis produces a wide array of all-natural cheese products included among the leading brands of mozzarella, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, string and stick cheese sold in the United States. Our wide variety of specialty cheese is available to retail, foodservice and industrial customers. More information on Precious® cheese may be found atwww.preciouscheese.com.

About The San Gennaro Foundation

The San Gennaro Foundation is a 501(3)c non-profit created by celebrity Jimmy Kimmel and producer Douglas DeLuca, along with some of Los Angeles’ most prominent Italian-American citizens, to benefit underprivileged children and homeless in Los Angeles, as well as to provide entertainment and cultural enrichment to the community through its non-profit, cultural outreach program.

The Foundation’s mission is to uphold the principles established by St. Gennaro, patron saint of Naples who worked tirelessly to help people in need. In addition to fundraising, the group seeks to perpetuate cultural identity and solidarity within the Italian American community. All events are intended to embody the attributes of generosity and goodwill that define the Italian spirit. While some efforts celebrate Italian culture, the Foundation and its programs are not limited to Italian Americans and are supported by diverse individuals.

25TH ANNUAL CHILDREN�S FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS TO BE HELD AUGUST 8TH AT PARAMOUNT PICTURES

25TH ANNUAL CHILDREN�S FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS TO BE HELD AUGUST 8TH AT PARAMOUNT PICTURES

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Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Arts Council�s 25th Annual Children�s Festival of the Arts will be held Sunday, August 8th from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. at Paramount Pictures Studio, 5555 Melrose Ave.

This Free Children�s Festival is a day-long celebration of the arts and culture in Hollywood. The festivities will include a full schedule of performances featuring a variety of music and dance from around the world to entertain the entire family.
Image and video hosting by TinyPicPerformers include Korean Dancers, Native American dancers from United American Indian Involvement, Jim Gamble�s Marionette Puppets, Folkloric Dance, Russian Entertainment Unlimited, and other surprises.

An assortment of art workshops with professional artists will provide children the opportunity to create their own art pieces to take home, in a variety of styles including Japanese windsocks, artists trading cards, sand mandalas, pet butterflies, puppets, and more! Look for face painters and many other surprises to delight young and young at heart alike.

Food will be available for purchase. The festival is presented by the Hollywood Arts Council and is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Paramount Pictures, Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, Discover Hollywood, Wells Fargo, Sunset Gower + Sunset Bronson Studios, Barnsdall Arts, Kaiser Permanente- Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles Children�s Hospital, and Council President Eric Garcetti.
The Hollywood Arts Council is a community-based organization founded in 1978 to promote, nurture, and support the arts in Hollywood. The free annual Children�s
Festival of the Arts is one of many projects and events presented by the Council to enhance the quality of life in the city. The Council�s projects also include Project SOAR

(Students Overcoming All Risks), an after school art program presented in Hollywood area elementary schools. The Hollywood Arts Council�s funders include the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Paramount Pictures, Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, and the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council.
Paramount Studios is located at 5555 Melrose Avenue between Van Ness Avenue and Gower Street. Enter at Bronson Gate, where there will be ample free parking on site. For more information, call (323) 871-ARTS or visit us at www.hollywoodartscouncil.org.

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA HOSTS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AT CONCERTS IN THE PARK AT SCV’S CENTERAL PARK – ZOOT SUIT REVUE TO HEADLINE

CITY OF SANTA CLARITA HOSTS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AT CONCERTS IN THE PARK AT SCV’S CENTERAL PARK – ZOOT SUIT REVUE TO HEADLINE – AUGUST 6, 2010

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Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station will host a National Night Out Against Crime at Central Park on Saturday, August 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm.

Night Out will be held in conjunction with Concerts in the Park, where Zoot Suit Revue will take the stage at 7:00 p.m.Image and video hosting by TinyPicThe Los Angeles based supersonic swing band Zoot Suit, will headline the event.

Sponsored for the past 26 years by the National Association of Town Watch, “National Night Out” is a nationwide event in which over 10,000 communities participate to promote community safety. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and to generate support for local crime prevention efforts and programs in the community.

“Concerts in the Park draws so many residents and their families, making it the perfect opportunity for the message of crime prevention to reach our community,” said Mayor Laurene Weste.

This year’s event will feature the Sheriff’s Posse; Station’s Command Post Trailer; Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station’s Search and Rescue Team; the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol, crime prevention brochures, and child fingerprinting services.

Central Park is located at located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. For additional information regarding National Night Out, please contact Sergeant Gregg Lewison at (661) 799-5158.

For more information on Concerts in the Park visit santa-clarita.com/concerts

DISNEY’S CALIFORNIA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES SIXTH ANNIVERSARY WITH SIX WEEKS OF CULINARY DELIGHTS

DISNEY’S CALIFORNIA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES SIXTH ANNIVERSARY WITH SIX WEEKS OF CULINARY DELIGHTS -JULY 21, 2010

Annual Festival Will Run April 29-June 12, 2011, at Disney California Adventure Park

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival will celebrate its sixth anniversary in 2011 with six weeks of culinary experiences for guests of all ages, April 29-June 12 at Disney California Adventure park and select locations across the Disneyland Resort.
Chefs, winemakers and guest speakers will focus on cultures, tastes and traditions with hundreds of tantalizing demonstrations, along with outstanding wine and spirits seminars. Guests will also feast on delicious food, wine and beer available throughout Disney California Adventure park.
Look for celebrity chefs, Disney chefs and culinary masters to present their gastronomic talents in a full menu of complimentary demonstrations and signature paid events. In years past, the signature events have included Sweet Sundays, “Taste Wine Like an Expert” classes, and Taste Food-Wine-Life, a night that celebrates the essence of the festival with a mosaic of food, wine and live entertainment.
Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival includes experiences for anyone who appreciates the art of food, wine and beer.
· Many of the popular live culinary demonstrations and autograph sessions feature celebrity chefs. The 2010 lineup included chefs Guy Fieri, Cat Cora, Robert Irvine and Jeffrey Saad.
· At the spectacular ticketed events, food and wine aficionados collect cooking tips from chefs, mingle with noted winemakers and celebrate the flavors presented by culinary masters.

* Guests sample from the delicious tapas menu at the Taste of California Marketplace.

· Some Festival events held in Disney California Adventure may require park admission, which is not included in the event price.
· As the date gets closer, look for details at www.disneyland.com/foodandwine.

The Disneyland Resort features two theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney’s California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s three hotels are the luxurious, newly expanded 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 970-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” fun. For information on new attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort visit www.disneyland.com, call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.
* Guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend; valid ID required. Space is limited. Admission to Disney’s California Adventure Park is required for events held within the Park and is not included in the event price. Information is subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.

DISNEY VACATION CLUB LAUNCHES SALES FOR AULANI, FIRST RESORT IN HAWAII

DISNEY VACATION CLUB LAUNCHES SALES FOR AULANI, FIRST RESORT IN HAWAII – JULY 16, 2010

CELEBRATION, Fla. – Disney Vacation Club began selling real estate interests for the company’s first family-friendly destination resort in Hawaii today. Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawaii, is scheduled to open its first phase in fall 2011 and will mark the eleventh resort for Disney Vacation Club.

“We are thrilled to give families joining Disney Vacation Club a new resort option in one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world,” said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis. “Once Aulani opens, families will be able to immerse themselves in the culture of Hawaii while knowing that they will get the quality vacation experience only Disney can deliver.”

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii, is planned to include 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas and 359 traditional hotel rooms upon its completion. Other family-friendly resort amenities are scheduled to include an 18,000-square-foot spa, two restaurants, a wedding lawn, a kids’ club, a conference center and a pool area complete with a feature pool, wading pool, tube slides, sunset-facing hot tubs and a snorkel lagoon.

Built adjacent to a crystal-blue lagoon and a white-sand beach, Aulani is located on 21 acres of oceanfront property in the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development, near the existing Ko Olina Marina and a Ted Robinson-designed, 18-hole Championship Golf course. Located on the western side of Oahu, the resort will also offer easy access to other points of interest on the island, such as the North Shore area and Pearl Harbor.

Disney Vacation Club offers families unparalleled flexibility and is designed to accommodate changing vacation needs as families are able to determine where to go, when to visit, how long to stay and what size of accommodations best suits their needs on each trip.

To begin, Disney Vacation Clubmembers are able to choose from among a variety of exciting vacation destinations, including a stay at any Disney Vacation Club resort, a trip on one of the Disney Cruise Line ships, a guided vacation with Adventures by Disney or a jaunt to one of more than 500 other destinations around the world. Plus, members staying at Disney Vacation Club resorts truly get “more room in the room,” as they can choose from four sizes of accommodations that sleep from four people up to 12 and range from 350 square feet to more than 2,000 square feet. Additionally, vacations at a Disney Vacation Club resort can last any length of time, from one night to several weeks.

“Families can experience diverse destinations around the world with their Disney Vacation Club membership,” Lewis said. “Plus, Disney Vacation Club can be enjoyed by generations of family members, allowing families to continue to experience the magic of memorable Disney vacations year after year.”

Disney Vacation Club revolutionized the timeshare industry in October 1991 when it introduced a flexible, vacation points-based model. Today, more than 450,000 individual members from approximately 100 countries and all 50 states have discovered the joys of membership with Disney Vacation Club.

To learn more about Disney Vacation Club and Aulani, call 800/500-3990 or visitwww.disneyvacationclub.com.

DISNEYLAND RESORT WELCOMES MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS – HALL OF FAMER ROD CAREW LEADS MAIN STREET PARADE CELEBRATION –

DISNEYLAND RESORT WELCOMES MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS – HALL OF FAMER ROD CAREW LEADS MAIN STREET PARADE CELEBRATION – JULY 13, 2010

Hall of Famer Rod Carew leads 2010 All-Stars Down Main Street, U.S.A. before All-Star Game

Anaheim, Calif., – More than 60 of the world’s top baseball players made their way down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park on Tuesday before heading to Angel Stadium for the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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The procession followed the public portion of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show in Anaheim.

One of the best players ever to wear an Angels uniform, Rod Carew,
served as Grand Marshal of the event in Disneyland. This event celebrated the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game. For more information go to www.allstargame.com.

The MLB All-Star event is one more celebration taking place during a year when Disney Parks asks guests, “What Will You Celebrate?” For more information about Disneyland Resort, go to www.disneyland.com, and for information about Disney Parks, visitwww.disneyparks.com.

THE LATE LOUIS PRIMA TO BE HONORED WITH 2,413TH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

THE LATE LOUIS PRIMA TO BE HONORED WITH 2,413TH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME – JULY 13, 2010

Hollywood, Calif. – July 25, Kicks-Off The Day-Long “Walk the Walk” Community Festival
in Hollywood Honoring the Walk Of Fame’s 50th Anniversary and Celebrates what would have been Prima’s 100th birthday

Performance by Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses, with special appearance by Lena Prima
1617 Vine Street in front of the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, July 25, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.

Louis Prima remains one of the greatest contributors to popular music and a powerful entertainment influence during the past eight decades. A new era of music began when Louis left his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana and launched his recording career in 1933 in Chicago with upbeat renditions of Dinah and Chinatown. He defined the early Swing Era in New York and Hollywood with his New Orleans Gang and had an incredible output of recordings and appearances in films and on stage between 1934-39.

DISNEYLAND RESORT WELCOMES MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS – HALL OF FAMER ROD CAREW LEADS MAIN STREET PARADE CELEBRATION

DISNEYLAND RESORT WELCOMES MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS – HALL OF FAMER ROD CAREW LEADS MAIN STREET PARADE CELEBRATION – JULY 13, 2010

Hall of Famer Rod Carew leads 2010 All-Stars Down Main Street, U.S.A. before All-Star Game

Anaheim, Calif., – More than 60 of the world’s top baseball players made their way down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park on Tuesday before heading to Angel Stadium for the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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The procession followed the public portion of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show in Anaheim.

One of the best players ever to wear an Angels uniform, Rod Carew,
served as Grand Marshal of the event in Disneyland. This event celebrated the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game. For more information go to www.allstargame.com.

The MLB All-Star event is one more celebration taking place during a year when Disney Parks asks guests, “What Will You Celebrate?” For more information about Disneyland Resort, go to www.disneyland.com, and for information about Disney Parks, visitwww.disneyparks.com.

WORLD OF COLOR’ GOES ONLINE AND ON TOUR – JULY 6, 2010

Iconic Locations in California Cities Will be Transformed Using Digital Projections and Favorite Disney and Disney•Pixar Stories. Viewers Invited to Watch and Participate Online

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 1 , 2010) – Viewers around the world will join a one-of-a-kind, online phenomenon in July to experience the extraordinary magic of “World of Color,” the new after-dark spectacular presented nightly in Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim. The interactive tour will feature live shows in four California cities, and the online audience will travel “virtually” to each location to watch the shows and interact with the webcast.

In each city, specially produced animation will be projected onto a familiar city landmark, using a sensational mixture of special effects, high-tech projections and one of the storytelling themes presented in “World of Color.”

The public is invited to participate online only at the “World of Color” Road Show website (www.worldofcolorroadshow.com), where viewers will enjoy a rich experience that includes Disney animation and music, video entertainment and a “viewer’s choice” opportunity to vote for the starring color in that evening’s show. Each city will have a broadcast location designed for media only.

This “online spectacular” is inspired by the dazzling “World of Color” show, which combines music, animation, water and a multitude of special effects in a magical celebration of Disney characters and storytelling. A new venture for the Disneyland Resort, the tour will utilize streaming online video to bring its own special magic to the World Wide Web and to iconic locations in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles. Each locale will deliver a different, amazing show.

ONLINE EXPERIENCE: Viewers will be able to access the webcast performances live and on encore nights at the website, in English at www.WorldofColorRoadShow.com and in Spanish at www.coloresdisney.com. The site also features an artistic video mashup, interviews with the creators of “World of Color” and the voting option. Video clips from each iconic location will be added to the show on ensuing nights, inspiring viewers to follow the virtual tour throughout California.

CAST YOUR VOTE: Just as fairies cast their spells, online viewers will cast their votes each night for one of three colors representing each of the Three Good Fairies from “Sleeping Beauty” – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. The color with the most votes will be featured in the show’s opening moment, complete with a trail of pixie dust. In true Disney style, the winning fairy will fly from computer screens to the landmark location and she will conjure the magical transformation of the landmark using the chosen color – red, green or blue. With this bit of magic, online audience members are able to lend their own spark of inspiration to the show.

SHOW THEMES: A different theme will come alive in each of the four cities, with each show reflecting a theme from the“World of Color” production at Disney California Adventure. To experience the show in each city, people will have to visit the website. There will be no accommodations on site in each city.

SAN FRANCISCO: In San Francisco, the unique animation will be projected onto the façade of a landmark that will be revealed online on Opening Night. The presentation is dedicated to the theme of “Love,” featuring romantic couples from Disney and Disney•Pixar animated films. The live show, presented Wednesday and Thursday, July 7 and 8, will repeat continuously from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Pacific time and will be shot from several different angles for the ongoing, live webcast. Encore webcasts (not live) of the San Francisco show will appear online from 9 to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 9-11.

SACRAMENTO: With forest and garden scenes from such films as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Pocahontas,” “Bambi” and “Alice in Wonderland,” the online experience in Sacramento will be built around the theme of “Nature.” Presented Thursday through Sunday, July 15-18, in historic Old Sacramento, it will be webcast live from 9 to 11:30 p.m. each evening.

SAN DIEGO: The next stop will be San Diego where, appropriately enough, “Water” will be the theme of the interactive experience, featuring scenes from “The Little Mermaid,” “Finding Nemo” and others projected onto the U.S.S. Midway Museum at Navy Pier. The San Diego webcasts will be live from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 22-25.

LOS ANGELES: The final shows of the online tour will be projected onto the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles Thursday and Friday, July 29 and 30. The theme will be “Sky,” illustrated by scenes from such films as “Aladdin” and “Fantasia.” As before, the live online presentation will be repeated continuously from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Encore performances (not live) will be webcast from 9 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 31 and Aug. 1.

About Disneyland Resort: The Disneyland Resort features two theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s three hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 970-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” fun. For information on “World of Color,” other attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort visitwww.disneyland.com., call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.
Posted by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications.

DISNEY VACATION CLUB LAUNCHES SALES FOR AULANI, FIRST RESORT IN HAWAII – JULY 6, 2010

CELEBRATION, Fla. (July 1, 2010) – Disney Vacation Club began selling real estate interests for the company’s first family-friendly destination resort in Hawaii today. Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawaii, is scheduled to open its first phase in fall 2011 and will mark the eleventh resort for Disney Vacation Club.

“We are thrilled to give families joining Disney Vacation Club a new resort option in one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world,” said Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis. “Once Aulani opens, families will be able to immerse themselves in the culture of Hawaii while knowing that they will get the quality vacation experience only Disney can deliver.”

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii, is planned to include 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas and 360 traditional hotel rooms upon its completion. Other family-friendly resort amenities are scheduled to include an 18,000-square-foot spa, two restaurants, a wedding lawn, a kids’ club, a conference center and a pool area complete with a feature pool, wading pool, tube slides, sunset-facing hot tubs and a snorkel lagoon.

Built adjacent to a crystal-blue lagoon and a white-sand beach, Aulani is located on 21 acres of oceanfront property in the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development, near the existing Ko Olina Marina and a Ted Robinson-designed, 18-hole Championship Golf course. Located on the western side of Oahu, the resort will also offer easy access to other points of interest on the island, such as the North Shore area and Pearl Harbor.

Disney Vacation Club offers families unparalleled flexibility and is designed to accommodate changing vacation needs as families are able to determine where to go, when to visit, how long to stay and what size of accommodations best suits their needs on each trip.

To begin, Disney Vacation Clubmembers are able to choose from among a variety of exciting vacation destinations, including a stay at any Disney Vacation Club resort, a trip on one of the Disney Cruise Line ships, a guided vacation with Adventures by Disney or a jaunt to one of more than 500 other destinations around the world. Plus, members staying at Disney Vacation Club resorts truly get “more room in the room,” as they can choose from four sizes of accommodations that sleep from four people up to 12 and range from 350 square feet to more than 2,000 square feet. Additionally, vacations at a Disney Vacation Club resort can last any length of time, from one night to several weeks.

“Families can experience diverse destinations around the world with their Disney Vacation Club membership,” Lewis said. “Plus, Disney Vacation Club can be enjoyed by generations of family members, allowing families to continue to experience the magic of memorable Disney vacations year after year.”

Disney Vacation Club revolutionized the timeshare industry in October 1991 when it introduced a flexible, vacation points-based model. Today, more than 450,000 individual members from approximately 100 countries and all 50 states have discovered the joys of membership with Disney Vacation Club.

To learn more about Disney Vacation Club and Aulani, call 800/500-3990 or visitwww.disneyvacationclub.com.
Posted by Margie Anne Clark, City Life Communications.