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Welcome back to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World information Station, hosted by Lou Mongello. Thanks for tuning in once again. This is Show #19 for the week of June 17, 2007.

Our News and Views from Walt Disney World segment includes talk about the first change to the Haunted Mansion, and new handheld devices available in the parks. Our visit to the Walt Disney World Rumor Mill includes a rumor about a possible corporate partnership and new retail location in Walt Disney World, and some nearly-news about the Contemporary Resort and BIG changes coming to resorts property-wide.

This week’s show will include some guests who will join me for some segments. First, Jeff Pepper and I conduct a detailed Disney Scene Investigation in Disney’s Animal Kingdom; and Gary Chambers from the MouseLounge podcast joins me to look at a Hidden Treasure of Walt Disney World on Main Street, USA. I’ll also take a quick look at the Year of a Million Dreams promotion, and update you on some of the statistics and fun facts. Jeff comes back to talk about one of Disney’s forgotten character’s connection to Walt Disney World.

The topics in this week’s email segment include Cirque du Soleil La Nouba, technology in the theme parks, the Backlot Theater, E-Ride Nights, young children in Walt Disney World and more!

Stay tuned for a special announcement from Jonathan Dichter at the end of the show, so sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

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Year of a Million Dream Update and Fun Facts

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During “The Year of a Million Dreams,” more than one million very special dreams are being awarded to guests at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as part of the Disney Dreams Giveaway.

Since the Oct. 1, 2006, launch of “The Year of a Million Dreams,” dreams have been awarded to theme park guests visiting from as far away as Glenrothes, Scotland, or as close as Mickey Mouse’s “backyards” of Central Florida and Southern California. Dreams are awarded every day at Disney Parks and Downtown Disney locations in the U.S.

Presented in random, surprise fashion by Disney’s Dream Squad, Disney Dreams have come in all shapes and sizes so far, including a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite, Dreams FASTPASS badges, admission to special sold-out Disney Parks events, 14-night sailings aboard Disney Cruise Line, $500 Disney Parks shopping sprees and more.

Following are a few fun facts (* refers to prizes valued at $25 or more):

* Total number of Dreams given away: 618,915 and counting!

*Most-awarded prizes (valued at more than $25): Overnight stays in the Mickey Mouse Penthouse at Disneyland and Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom

*Dreams winner from farthest away: Steven Brannican from Glenrothes, Scotland, won Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets at Magic Kingdom

*State with the most overall Dreams winners: California

*U.S. cities with the most overall Dreams winners: Las Vegas, NV; Mesa, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; San Jose, CA (tied at four each)

*Cities (outside the U.S.) with the most overall Dreams winners: Calgary, British Columbia; Coquitlam, British Columbia (tied at three each)

*Country (outside the U.S.) with the most overall Dreams winners: Canada

* State with the most Cinderella Castle Suite winners: Florida

* Country (outside the U.S.) with the most Cinderella Castle Suite winners: Canada

* Total number of Cinderella Castle Suite overnight guests: 470

* State with the most Mickey Mouse Penthouse winners: California

* Country (outside the U.S.) with the most Mickey Mouse Penthouse winners: Canada

*Most common first name of winners: David

* Biggest single group to win a Dreams giveaway: 100 (Dreams FASTPASSES; multiple giveaways)

* Total number of Dreams mouse ears given away: 124,125

* Total number of Dreams FASTPASS badges given away: 248,476

* Total number of Dreams pin and lanyard sets given away: 208,576

* Current number of Walt Disney World Dream Squad members: approximately 80

* Total number of Walt Disney World Dream Squad members to date: approximately 120

And there’s plenty more dreaming still left for eligible guests and mail-in participants selected through a random process as part of the unique Disney Dreams Giveaway. Whether it’s a Dreams FASTPASS badge, Disney Vacation Club membership, magical journeys to Italy and Costa Rica courtesy of Adventures by Disney, or becoming grand marshal for parades at every Disney theme park around the globe (a 14-day, whirlwind dream journey valued at more than $45,000), hundreds of thousands of additional dreams will be awarded by the Disney Dream Squad throughout the year.

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1 thought on “Show #19 – June 17, 2007”

  1. Chuck Zitta says:

    Your breakdown of DinoLand was very insightful and fun to listen to. Will always have good memories of taking my oldest son to Restaurantosaurus for the Donald Duck (his favorite) character breakfast. I know this has been moved, which makes it that much more special. The Character Connections segment with Jeff is always interesting as well. Have a great day, Lou!