Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tom Brady could be first to star in Disney commercial 3 times if he wins Super Bowl XLIX

If Tom Brady can lead the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, he could be the first player to utter the phrase "I'm going to Disney World" -- three times.

Ever since Phil Simms won Super Bowl XXI and said the phrase (for a reported $75,000) athletes and a few American Idol winners have uttered the pitch phrase after winning.

While Disney has never come out and talked about its origins, Michael Eisner, who was Disney CEO from 1984 to 2005, credits his wife with the idea in his book "Work in Progress." Eisner said it all began when he and his wife Jane were out to dinner with friends. After dinner Eisner's wife asked the couple what they were planning on doing next, their reply: "Well, we're going to Disneyland."

Disney publicity photo.
Tom Brady signs autographs in 2004 after winning Super Bowl XXXVIII
Most of the people used for the campaign have been athletes, and mostly from the Super Bowl, but starting in 2008 "American Idol" winners joined the crowd. That coincided with the opening of the American Idol Experience at Disney Hollywood Studios in Disney World.

There have been five people who have appeared twice in the campaign: Joe Montana (1989 and 1990), Emmitt Smith (1994 and 1996), John Elway (1998 and 1999) and Tom Brady (2002 and 2004), Eli Manning ( 2008 and 2012).

If Brady wins, he could the first to do a three-peat for the campaign.

Here is a look of all those who have participated in the campaign:
2014: Super Bowl XLVIII (Malcolm Smith, Seattle Seahawks)

2013: Super Bowl XLVII (Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens)

2012: Super Bowl XLVI (Eli Manning, New York Giants)

2011: Super Bowl XLV (Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers); American Idol Winner (Scott 

2010: Super Bowl XLIV (Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints); American Idol Winner (Lee Dwyze)

2009: Super Bowl XLIII (Santonio Holms and Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers); American Idol Winner (Kris Allen)

2008: Super Bowl XLII (Eli Manning, New York Giants); American Idol Winner (David Cook)

2007: Super Bowl XLI (Tony Dungy and Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis Colts)

2006: Super Bowl XL (Hines Ward, with Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh Steelers)

2005: No commercial

2004: Super Bowl XXXVIII (Tom Brady, New England Patriots); Major League Baseball World Series Champions (Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox)

2003: Super Bowl XXXVII (Jon Gruden and Brad Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

2002: Super Bowl XXXVI (Tom Brady, New England Patriots)

2001: Super Bowl XXXV (Trent Dilfer, Baltimore Ravens); Major League Baseball home run record (Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants)

2000: Super Bowl XXXIV (Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams)

1999: Super Bowl XXXIII (Terrell Davis and John Elway, Denver Broncos); Women's World Cup (United States Championship Team)

1998: Super Bowl XXXII (John Elway, Denver Broncos); Major League Baseball home run record (Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals)

1997: Super Bowl XXXI (Desmond Howard, Green Bay Packers); Holiday Gift-Giving (Santa Claus)

1996: Super Bowl XXX (Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys)

1995: Super Bowl XXIX (Jerry Rice and Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers)

1994: Super Bowl XXVIII (Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys); Olympics (Nancy Kerrigan, U.S. Figure Skater)

1993: Super Bowl XXVII (Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys); Stanley Cup (Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens) 

1992: Super Bowl XXVI (Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins)

1991: Super Bowl XXV (Ottis Anderson, N.Y. Giants): NBA (Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls)

1990: Super Bowl XXIV (Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers); Graduation (Jim Thompson of Temple University, and Matt Kaldenberg, Phyllis Kaldenberg and Laura McEwen of Simpson College)

1989: Super Bowl XXIII (Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers); NHL (Al MacInnis, Calgary Flames); NBA (Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons)

1988 :Super Bowl XXII (Doug Williams, Washington Redskins); Miss America (Gretchen Carlson); World Series (Orel Hershiser, L.A. Dodgers); NBA (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, L.A. Lakers)

1987:  Super Bowl XXI (Phil Simms, N.Y. Giants) ;America's Cup (Dennis Conner); NBA (Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers); World Series (Frank Viola, Minnesota Twins)

Disneyland measles outbreak now crosses over 100 cases

Three people in the San Francisco Bay Area have come down with measles, adding to the more than 100 cases confirmed so far in the United States. Health officials in San Mateo County confirmed one measles case Friday, while officials in nearby Marin County reported two people had become infected with the highly contagious disease, local…

Friday, January 30, 2015

5 romantic things to do on Valentine's Day at Disney World

Disney publicity photo
If you happen to be at Disney World on Valentine's Day you may want to try something a little more romantic than riding the Jungle Cruise (although that certainly has its charms).

Here are five romantic things to do on Valentine's Day, or any day:

1. Couple's Spa Day: Yes, there is nothing like relaxing together. The new Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort both feature a "couples room" where guests can enjoy specialized spa treatments such as massages and facials.

2. Take to the skies: Fly through the sky with your special someone on a tandem parasail over Bay Lake. You can spend 10 minutes in the air getting a special view of The Magic Kingdom and other resorts. Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre at Disney's Contemporary Resort, (407) 939-0754, is where you can make reservations.

3. Horse-drawn carriage ride: Take a romantic evening ride in an antique horse-drawn carriage through Fort Wilderness Resort. The nighttime outing departs from Pioneer Hall at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and traverses throughout the scenic landscape of the 750-acre rustic resort. Or you can choose a ride through Port Orleans Resort-Riverside. Each ride lasts about 25 minutes. For reservations, guests can call (407) 939-7529.

4. Romantic memories: Put on your matching shirts and head to every PhotoPass photographer you can find and get your picture taken. Sure, you can take a selfie, but it adds another dimension to have a picture taken from more than an arm's length away. Plus, don't you both want a photo of the two of you with those other famous lovebirds, Mickey and Minnie?

5. Ditch the kids: It's OK. You deserve it, and they'll have a blast as well. Disney offers a variety of childcare services, including in-room babysitting and children's activity centers. Get more info here.

Disney works with First Book to provide 1M books into the hands of kids in need

Disney is working with the non-profit group to put 1 million new books into the hands of kids in need.

The campaign, which runs through March 31, 2015, is with First Book and you will start seeing some PSA's on TV called "The Magic of Storytelling."

The public service announcement launched Jan. 20 and will appear through the end of March on all of Disney|ABC Television Group's eight owned television stations, various ABC affiliate stations, ABC Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cruise Line and Resort TVs, the ABC Watch app, New York digital super signs and in New York taxis, according to a news release.

For every $5 donated to First Book, Disney Publishing Worldwide will provide two books to First Book. The public is also invited to share "speed read" videos of themselves reading as many words as possible in 10 seconds on social media using the hashtag #MagicOfStorytelling.

For mor info on how to help you an head to

Disneyland diamond anniversary pins coming soon

Beginning Saturday, Disney will release a series of limited-edition pins to mark the 60th anniversary of Disneyland as part of its Diamond Celebration. Each pin includes a memorable Walt Disney quote and a scene revealed behind the hinged diamond.

One pin will be released each month, beginning Jan. 31 (see schedule below). Only 3,000 of each design will be sold.

Here's a peek at the pins, although the Disney Theme Parks Merchandise Blog notes that the designs have changed somewhat from what you'll see below.

Release dates

  • Blue 60th Pin: Jan. 31
  • Red 60th Pin: Feb. 19
  • Turquoise 60th Pin: March 19
  • Purple 60th Pin: April 16
  • Yellow 60th Pin: May 14
  • Navy 60th Pin: June 18
  • Silver-toned 60th Pin (not pictured): July 16 (Edition size: 5,000)

Disneyland 60th anniversary merchandise design revealed

Disney is in high gear preparing to mark Disneyland's 60th anniversary with a Diamond Celebration beginning May 22. We've already shared with you the concept art for the celebration. Now it's on to the merchandise!

The Disney Parks Blog today released images of the art that will adorn "more than 500 merchandise items, including apparel, accessories, headwear, home d├ęcor, souvenirs, toys, pins, D-Tech, collectibles and more."

Take a look:

The "Character" collection

The "Castle" collection

The "Diamond" collection