ESPN The Weekend

ESPN The Weekend is a winter special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park packed with all-star athletes, live ESPN telecasts, broadcast personalities and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in interactive sports experiences with hall of famers.

Come live your sports dream at the ultimate sports fan fest featuring in-depth public discussions with sport luminaries, informative presentations, motorcade parades with many of your favorite stars, the kinetic ESPN Sports Zone Interactive Area and plenty of collectable merchandise.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park admission is required. ESPN The Weekend events are included with admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Availability is limited for some events. Events and celebrity appearances are subject to change and may be cancelled at any time.

ESPN personalities John Anderson, Colin Cowherd, Jay Crawford, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Dana Jacobson, Chris McKendry, Karl Ravech, Stuart Scott and Trey Wingo are scheduled to participate, along with more than 30 athletes, including NFL players Chad Ochocinco, Devin Hester, Maurice Jones-Drew, Darrelle Revis and Steven Jackson; 2009 MLB Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson; and U.S. Olympic gold medalists Shawn Johnson and Misty May-Treanor, among many others. The complete list of ESPN personalities and sports celebrities expected to attend the sixth annual event are listed at www.espntheweekend.com (click on Who’s Coming).

The event will take place this year from February 26-28, 2010

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Inside The Magic: Treehouse Villas

Treehouse Villas

Details:

  • Resort Area: Downtown Disney
  • Resort Category: Deluxe Villa
  • Address: 1960 Broadway Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-1000
  • Phone: (407) 827-1100
  • Fax: (407) 827-4444

Overview:

A cherished Walt Disney World tradition from 1975-2002, the original octagonal treehouse villas were built on pedestals in forested glens, offering Guests breathtaking treetop views of the natural surroundings.

When designing the new Treehouse Villas accommodations, Disney Imagineers went to great lengths to ensure that the new villas would actually lessen the original villas’ footprint. As a result, Disney Imagineers were able to reduce encroachment on the surrounding wetlands by 70 percent for each individual home site.

Treehouse Villas built in natural forest glens with 60 three-bedroom homes opened on June 1, 2009. These stand-alone structures—elevated 10 feet off the ground on pedestals and beams—are nestled unobtrusively into natural glens alongside the Sassagoula River.

Each Treehouse Villa can sleep up to 9 Guests, plus a child under age 3 in a crib. The Treehouse Villas have two full bathrooms; one private bath off of the Master bedroom and a 2nd bathroom off of the living area. FYI: none of the bathroom doors have locks on them. Due to the unique octagonal shape, each Treehouse Villa is surprisingly spacious at approximately 1,074 square feet in size.

Dining:

The Artist’s Palette is a market-style counter service eatery that offers both hot and cold meals and food grocery items including a bakery and wine selection. The restaurant is themed after an artist’s studio. The Artist’s Palette also offers a gift shop adjacent to the eatery with Disney merchandise, resort merchandise, sundries, and other convenience items for guests.

The Turf Club Bar & Grill offers a full service restaurant and lounge area. The lounge area is known as the “Turf Club” which offers a full-size pool table and full service bar. The Turf Club Grill restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

On The Rocks Pool Bar is the main poolside bar located at the High Rock Springs Pool. The bar offers alcoholic drinks and beverages, soft drinks, light snacks, and a refillable mug station. The Back Stretch Pool Bar is a similar poolside bar at The Grandstand pool. In addition to drinks, this poolside bar will offer small meals.

Spa and Recreation:

The Disney’s Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa offers recreational activities. Recreational activities includes the main pool, three additional pools, a spa and fitness center, bike and surrey rentals, an arcade, a “Community Hall” (arts, crafts, and entertainment center), and the Lake Buena Vista Golf Club.

The Spa at Saratoga Springs offers professional spa treatments and packages. The center features relaxing mineral pools and private treatment rooms for spa guests.

Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is a golf course. The golf club entrance is located on the lower level of the Carriage House lobby building and is only accessible behind the Carriage House lobby building below the Turf Club Bar & Grill. The course has been a host to PGA and LPGA events.

Transportation:

Disney’s Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is served by Disney Transport bus and watercraft transportation. For bus service, there are five bus stops located throughout the resort. The bus stops are The Springs (Guest Villa 3101 – 4436 & The Carriage House), Congress Park (Guest Villas 1101 – 2836), The Paddock (Guest Villas 4501 – 6836), The Carousel (Guest Villas 7101 – 7836), and The Grandstand (Guest Villas 8101 – 9836). Buses at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa have direct routes to all theme parks and Downtown Disney. Watercraft service is available to Downtown Disney, with connecting service to Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort at Downtown Disney. Transportation to a Walt Disney World Resort Golf Course is also available by taxi, which will be arranged by the Bell Services Desk, located at the Carriage House. Upon return to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, the Pro Shop at the golf course will arrange a return taxi. This service is free of charge.

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Michael Jackson film back at Disney

Michael Jackson’s 3-D film Captain EO is returning to Disneyland.

The park says it will show the 1986 musical – starring the late King of Pop and directed by Francis Ford Coppola – starting on Tuesday and running indefinitely.

Michael Jackson’s 3-D film is being shown at Disneyland again On the Disney Parks blog, Disney executive Heather Hust Rivera says the park will show a 70mm print of the 17-minute movie in the Tomorrowland theatre, with enhanced sound.

However, Rivera said the showing would not feature some special effects from the original presentation.

The original presentation included lasers and smoke. Jackson, who died last year, plays the role of a spaceship captain who uses love and music to fight a wicked witch queen played by Anjelica Huston.

The original ran at Disneyland from 1986 to 1997.

The new showing replaces the 3-D show Honey, I Shrunk The Audience.

Tuesdays Tips: Celebration

Celebration

Just a ten-minute drive from Disney World you can travel back in time to find the town of Celebration, a planned community developed by the Walt Disney Company. This is a pedestrian-friendly, wonderful small town (think Mayberry!) You can have a great time exploring the old-fashioned downtown area called Market Street. Here are some ideas to take advantage of during your tour, that will cost you little or nothing (as well as a couple of splurges to consider)!

Tour the model homes.

Window-shop on Market Street, which has wonderful specialty stores, boutiques and galleries.

Explore the Lakeside Promenade or the miles of walking paths and nature trails.

Tour the Celebration Hotel. Sit in one of the oversized wicker chairs, people-watch, and have a drink or coffee at the lobby bar.

Market Street often has different events scheduled each month, such as craft festivals, antique car shows, etc. During the winter holidays, Market Street hosts an event called “Now Snowing Nightly” — it “snows” on Celebration’s main street four times a night and the town provides entertainment and a visit to Santa in his lakeside chalet, all for FREE!

Have an appetizer or dessert at one of the varied restaurants including award-winning Spanish and Cuban cuisine!

Pick up some picnic items and head over to the Interactive Fountain to let the kids (or you) have a splash!

Treat yourself to an ice-cream or lemonade from Herman’s Ice Cream and then enjoy it relaxing in one of the rocking chairs by the lake.

Scenic tour Carriage Rides are offered every weekend, September – June, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 – 10 pm. Call (407) 414-1981 for information. Depending on the size of your party, this can work out to less than $10 per person.

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