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Disney Debuts #DreamBigPrincess Photography Campaign to Encourage Kids around the Globe to Dream Big

Disney today unveiled a global photographic campaign in support of #DreamBigPrincesscelebrating inspiring stories from around the world to encourage kids everywhere to dream big. Nineteen female photographers from fifteen countries have created a series of empowering images showcasing real-world girls and women, as part of Disney’s Dream Big, Princess initiative launched in 2016, which taps into the power of Disney Princess stories to inspire kids. Photographs will be shared on social media to help raise funds for Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

“The idea that stories, whether real life or fictional like those of Belle or Rapunzel, can inspire kids to follow their dreams is at the heart of the #DreamBigPrincess campaign,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We asked some of the most accomplished female photographers to help tell the stories of inspiring women and girls from around the world—and the results are incredible.”

From one of the first female staff photographers at National Geographic to winners of the International Picture of the Year, World Press Photo Award for Nature, Commonwealth Photographer of the Year, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, the accomplished roster of photographers bring a wealth of experience and talent. Each was challenged to find and document stories with the power to inspire kids.

With subjects including the youngest ever speaker at the UN; a gold-medal-winning Chinese Paralympian; the founder of the first female cycling team in Bamiyan, Afghanistan; a teenage author of a STEM coding book for kids; and a young surf champion from Brazil, the project aims to spotlight a diverse range of stories to connect with kids and families around the world. The images bring the #DreamBigPrincess message to life in a multitude of ways, including highlighting women who’ve achieved success in the face of adversity, young Girl Up Teen Advisors who’ve already helped make a positive impact on the world, and girls at play who illustrate the importance of imagination in childhood.

As well as inspiring kids with positive images and the stories behind them, the campaign aims to make a tangible difference for girls who face challenges in achieving their dreams, through its collaboration with Girl Up. From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million. Girl Up’s leadership program engages girls to take action and advocate for girls around the world, giving them empowering tools to help make a difference.

“Girl Up envisions a world where every girl can reach her full potential and be an advocate within her community for positive change and empowerment. The #DreamBigPrincess campaign is perfectly aligned with our goals, and we’re excited to partner with Disney and this incredible group of women to spotlight what it means to dream big around the world,” says Melissa Kilby, Director of Girl Up.

Annie Griffiths, one of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers, profiled eight teenage girl leaders at Girl Up’s Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, to showcase their inspiring stories as part of the campaign.

“Every picture tells a story, and I’m delighted to be part of an initiative that tells so many stories that are interesting and diverse. I hope that people around the world will be motivated to share their own inspiring #DreamBigPrincess images in support of Girl Up,” says Annie.

Girl Up Teen Advisor alumna Meg Schwartz was given the chance to follow her dream of becoming a professional photographer by creating images of Girl Up celebrity Champions, including YouTube influencers Brooklyn & Bailey, actress Katherine McNamara as well as philanthropist and actress Monique Coleman. Meg’s images will be shared as part of the campaign to help raise funds for Girl Up.

In 2016, Disney launched “Dream Big, Princess,” a campaign that encourages kids everywhere to dream big by highlighting key story moments and the inspiring qualities that each Disney Princess showcases through her adventures, such as Merida’s bravery, Cinderella’s kindness or Tiana’s perseverance. While each princess has her own unique and admirable qualities, what they all have in common is resilience and an ability to triumph over adversity to make their dreams come true. The Dream Big, Princess content series, which runs across Disney TV and digital networks globally, brings together a host of inspiring moments from beloved Disney movies with the stories of real-life young role models, who have dreamed big and achieved their goals to show kids what’s possible.

The Dream Big, Princess series has already reached millions of kids and families and the photographic campaign builds on this success by spotlighting women and girls from around the world with stories that have the power to inspire others.

Visit the Disney Princess Facebook page to support the campaign.

Might Disney Add Music To Its New Streaming Service?

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger rocked the entertainment world – and Netflix’s stock – this week when he announced plans to launch direct-to-consumer streaming services.

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Disney Is Hiring People to Work From Home Across the U.S.

The Disney Store is hiring remote customer service representatives in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina, which means you can do the entire job all from the comfort of your couch.

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NEW MICKEY MOUSE CELEBRATION CAKES COMING SOON TO WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

There’s a magical new way to celebrate special milestones at Walt Disney World® Resort! Beginning May 17, 2017, guests can order a brand-new Mickey Mouse celebration cake at any Walt Disney World Resort owned-and-operated table-service restaurant

Available in decadent chocolate or sweet white chocolate, the Mickey-shaped cakes are sure to be the icing on the cake of guest’s celebration! A special message of “Happy Birthday” or “Congratulations” is available on the chocolate ears—or leave them blank. Each cake serves 4-6 guests, and costs $35 plus tax and gratuity (where applicable). Advance payment is not required with confirmed restaurant reservations.

Reservations for the new Mickey Mouse celebration cakes begin May 17, 2017. Celebration cakes will be able to be added to a new or existing dining reservation by calling 407-WDW-DINE or by inquiring in person at a Walt Disney World Resort concierge desk or restaurant podium. Day-of quantities are limited, so make arrangements prior to dining.

WATCH: Steph Curry sings Disney songs on Carpool Karaoke while chewing on mouthguard

If you are reading this post, you have an internet connection, which means you’ve likely seen, or at least heard of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment on CBS’ “The Late Late Show.” But, you’ve never seen a Carpool Karaoke like this: the latest edition features none other than two-time reigning MVP, Steph Curry.

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Disney launches its own adult coloring book app

Adult coloring book apps are all the rage, and now Disney’s getting in on that action, too. The company has today released its own take on the genre with the launch of the Color by Disney mobile application, and app that lets wannabe artists practice their skills…

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4 Reasons to Prefer Disney Over Netflix

Netflix (NFLX) stock has been on a tear since 2012. Over the past five years, the stock has returned roughly 892% to investors.

Its returns almost seem too good to be true, but that is what happens when a company disrupts its industry like Netflix has.

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Will Disney World Start Charging for FastPass?

Disney has a new way to milk a little more spending money out of some of its guests at its original California resort. The theme-park giant unveiled Disney MaxPass on Wednesday, a new option that will allow guests at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure the ability to use mobile devices to make reservations for expedited FastPass queues.

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NEW MAGICBANDS NOW AVAILABLE WITH WALT DISNEY TRAVEL COMPANY PACKAGES

Recently at Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney introduced MagicBand 2. This new form of the original MagicBand is more versatile and customizable for Guests to unlock the magic of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

When guests book a Walt Disney World Resort vacation and elect to receive their MagicBands at home prior to arrival, they will receive a complimentary MagicBand 2. Guests will continue to have the option to choose from the current eight colors: pink, blue, red, green, orange, gray, yellow and purple. Guests who pick up their MagicBands at the front desk upon check-in will continue to receive the original MagicBand until early February.

The interior design of the MagicBand shipping box, as well as the cover of the “I’m Going to Walt Disney World” booklet now feature a new Cinderella Castle design.

10th Annual Disney Parks Moms Panel Welcomes 12 New Members

Today, Disney Parks officially announced 12 new members to the 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel. Selected from thousands of applicants, the 12 will join 19 returning panelists to be part of the tenth annual Panel of dedicated and diverse Disney-loving parents who help guests plan and get the most out of their next Disney vacation.

Over the past decade, more than 150 moms, dads, and grandparents have served on the Disney Parks Moms Panel. This year’s Panel promises to deliver an impressive roster of trusted Disney advisors from all walks of life and experiences. With parents of twins and those with special needs children to single working moms, bilingual mavens and members of the LGBT community, the 2017 Panel is inclusive of every type of parent or guardian looking to plan a magical Disney getaway.

Originating in 2008 as a simple question-and-answer forum with only 12 members focused on the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has evolved into a global multilingual resource used by millions and backed by a passionate and varied group of frequent Disney travelers eager to share their expertise with likeminded families. Today, these everyday moms and dads possess exemplary knowledge of not only the Walt Disney World Resort, but also other memorable Disney vacation escapes and offerings, including the Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, runDisney, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

As a planning tool, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is available in four languages; English, Spanish, French and Portuguese; and compatible with laptop computers and handheld touch screen devices alike. The award-winning digital resource is teeming with information to satisfy any Disney trip-planning need, offering personalized answers to more than 300,000 guest questions over the years. Whether a family is looking to surprise their daughter with a one-of-a-kind birthday celebration, find the best restaurants to accommodate a peanut-allergy child, or learn how to make traveling with a preschooler hassle-free, a friendly and knowledgeable parent is there to offer sound, personalized recommendations rooted in real experience.

“The success of the Disney Parks Moms Panel is wholly measured by the satisfaction of our guests and their families, which is what makes the annual selection process so important for us,” said Leanne O’Regan, Director of Content Relations for Disney Parks. “We are so grateful to the thousands of inspiring Disney advocates who apply each year, including our dynamic new group for 2017. With their continued support, we can deliver on our promise to help visitors around the world tailor unforgettable Disney vacations for years to come.”

In September 2016, thousands of parents around the world vied for a spot on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and the chance to share their Disney travel experiences with others. Following the selection process, an impressive group of 12 dedicated and thoughtful moms and dads – composed of a litigation lawyer, high school English teacher, engineer, registered nurse, and more – were chosen to usher in the tenth year of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panelists joins 19 other Disney-savvy travelers ready to help families plan and create magical vacation memories.

The new 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel members are as follows:

  • Trish A.; Halifax, N.S., Canada (Disney Vacation Club)
  • Jennifer C.; Ottawa, Ont., Canada (Walt Disney World Resort; Fluent in French)
  • Emille C.; Orlando, Fla. (Walt Disney World Resort; Fluent in Spanish)
  • Todd D.; Pickering, Ont., Canada (Walt Disney World Resort)
  • Jan K.; Maplewood, N.J. (Walt Disney World Resort)
  • Anabel M.; North Hills, Calif. (Disneyland Resort; Fluent in Spanish)
  • Linda M.; Denver, Colo. (Disneyland Resort)
  • Lindsey M.; Houston, TX (runDisney)
  • Lindsey P.; Kennesaw, Ga. (Walt Disney World Resort)
  • Donyell L. R.; Wilmington, N.C. (Walt Disney World Resort)
  • Thiana S.; Novo Hamburgo, Brazil (Walt Disney World Resort; Fluent in Portuguese)
  • Beth S.; Vernon Hills, Ill. (Disney Cruise Line)

To learn more about the Disney Parks Moms Panel and meet the panelists, please visit DisneyParksMomsPanel.com. For those interested in applying for next year’s Panel, application details will be posted on the website in the fall of 2017.