Ever want to see your picture plastered on the side of a fairy tale castle? Sure you have, admit it. Well, my friends, dreams do come true, especially at Disney World. Starting next year, Disney's "Let the Memories Begin" campaign will make theme park guests the stars of a nightly show, when photos taken in the parks during the day become larger-than-life projections on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World or on the facade of "it's a small world" at Disneyland. As many as 500 images captured by Disney PhotoPass photographers will be shown every night at each location. They're even commissioning a new song for the show.
And this week, park-goers will begin starring on TV, too, when Disney begins featuring guests' home videos and snapsots in its ads. The goal, the company said, is to allow an audience of millions to "share in true-life, heartfelt moments." The campaign kicks off this week with a TV commercial created from videos posted online in social-media forums.
Gotta love Disney. Always good for a heart-tugging, money-is-no-object, top-quality experience in its ever-changing-yet-nostalgic landscape. Here are more changes coming down the pike:
"World of Color," the new "nighttime spectacular" in Disney California Adventure park, brings classic Disney and Disney-Pixar animation to life with nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, music and special effects.
Next up for the continuing expansion of the park is the first major attraction based on the modern Disney classic, "The Little Mermaid." The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure is a musical retelling of the motion picture.
Walt Disney World, Florida
Bridging that "long time ago" between the two "Star Wars" trilogies, "Star Tours: The Adventures Continue" will take flight in 2011, taking voyagers to thrilling destinations throughout the "Star Wars" galaxy. And it will all happen in -- you guessed it -- 3-D.
Disney Cruise Line
The Disney Dream, the line's newest ship, launching January 2011, will offer a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to preferences of the entire family. The Disney Wonder cruise ship will "go west" in early 2011; and new West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver.
A new resort, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina Hawai`i , will include traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas. It's being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property, 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki.
Adventures by Disney
In 2011, Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. These guided travel vacations allow families to visit destinations – including Italy, South Africa and China – with Disney.