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Disney donates more than $1.2 million to Central Florida Children.

For the last two weeks, the Walt Disney World resort sent prize patrols across Central Florida to give more than $1.2 million in Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants to 57 charities and recognize 15 outstanding students in the five-county area as Disney Dreamers & Doers Shining Stars for their civic-minded efforts. This really demonstrates Disney’s commitment to building better futures for local children.

“Walt Disney World Resort is always looking to invest in community partners that help children thrive,” says Eugene Campbell, vice president of Community Relations and Minority Business Development for Walt Disney World Resort. “It has been such an honor and incredibly rewarding to make dreams come true for some very deserving non-profits that are improving Central Florida by inspiring our youth.”

Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants financially support non-profits that demonstrate the strongest alignment with Disney’s goal of improving children’s lives by focusing on one or more of following areas: connecting with adults, character development, constructive use of free time and compassion. Details on all 57 Disney Helping Kids Shine recipients, along with prize patrol reports and pictures are available at

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Disney Cast Members Donate $47,000 to Haiti Relief Efforts

Over the last few weeks, approximately 1,700 individual Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members raised more than $47,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund through direct contributions from their paychecks. Nearly a hundred Disney Cast Members gathered early this morning to… Read More »Disney Cast Members Donate $47,000 to Haiti Relief Efforts

Disney’s Princess 1/2 Marathon returns

You may do a double take this weekend as 18,000 Disney Princesses take to the roads of Walt Disney World for the second annual Disney’s Princess Half Marathon. That’s nearly twice as many as ran last year. A plus, because it’s all for a good cause The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Also returning is Disney’s Fit For A Princess Expo. It is open to the public and is a great place for women to learn about health and wellness. Find it at the newly re-branded ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

“Every woman wants their chance to feel like a princess and this event allows them to embrace the attributes Disney princesses embody: commitment, courage, determination, fantasy, perseverance and strength,” said Disney Sports Area Manager Kathleen Duran. “This event is all about princesses and spreading the message of health and wellness to women of all fitness levels while incorporating the glamour and grace of the Disney princesses.”

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend is part of the Endurance Series at Walt Disney World Resort, which gives recreational athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to walk, jog, run, bike and swim their way “around the world.” From marathons to road races to triathlons, athletes from across the country and around the world compete to stay in shape, achieve personal best times and raise donations for charitable causes. Popular Endurance Series events are Expedition Everest Challenge (June 12, 2010), Inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend (Oct. 1-2, 2010), Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon (Jan. 6-9, 2011) and Champion 5k at ESPN the Weekend (February 2011).

More about this great event below the jump:

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Disneyland Cast Flashback for Charity

if there is one thing you can say about Disney Parks, it’s that they have the best Cast Members. Take for instance, the Flashback tradition at Disneyland. On February 16 and 17, after California Adventure closed for the day, nearly 300 Cast Members representing the… Read More »Disneyland Cast Flashback for Charity

Timelapse Video of Canned Food Sculpture Build

Yesterday Disney revealed a giant World Record Setting canned food sculpture – titled “Celebrate Volunteers” – and then promptly dismantled it and shipped it off to regional food banks. Disney VoluntEARS shaped the sculpture with a larger-than-life Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto –… Read More »Timelapse Video of Canned Food Sculpture Build

Chad Ochocinco invades Disney World

Wearing oversized Mickey Mouse gloves, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco catches a pass Jan. 23, 2010 in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The NFL All Pro visited the theme park during the “Ocho Cinco Tour For… Read More »Chad Ochocinco invades Disney World

Disneyland’s 12 days of Giving

The Disneyland Resort and its Cast Members give back to the community 365 days a year, but at no time is it more evident than during the 12 days of Christmas. Cast Members join together to participate in toy and food drives, adopt families and… Read More »Disneyland’s 12 days of Giving