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MISS AMERICA COMES HOME TO DISNEY-MGM STUDIOS THEME PARK OCT. 16-17

MISS AMERICA COMES HOME TO DISNEY-MGM STUDIOS THEME PARK OCT. 16-17
 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A homecoming celebration fit for a queen is planning for Miss America, Leanza Cornett of Winter Park, Fla., at the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Oct. 16-17.
 Cornett, who played the title role of Ariel in the "Voyage of the Little Mermaid" attraction at the Studios prior to being named Miss America, will be feted with a homecoming parade on Hollywood Blvd. Oct. 17. There'll be proclamations from Gov. Lawton Chiles and the mayor of Winter Park and salutes by officials from the Miss America and Miss Florida pageants.
 The Walt Disney World homecoming celebration includes Cornett's first Florida media tour since being crowned Miss America. She greets the media Oct. 16 in a 10 a.m. news conference and photo opportunity on the Studios' Soundstage Two. Also from the Disney-MGM Studios, Cornett will be interviewed via satellite by major-market television stations from across the country.
 On Oct. 17, theme park guests will have a chance to meet Miss America up close and personal. At 1:30 p.m., Cornett will be the honored guest in a homecoming parade and welcoming ceremony with shiny convertibles, a brass band and Disney characters on Hollywood Blvd.
 Also participating will be Cornett's parents, local and state dignitaries, the new Miss Florida and Miss America Pageant officials.
 Afterward, Studio guests will have their change to query Cornett during "A Conversation With Miss America" at Theater of the Stars.
 Saturday evening, several hundred guests will honor Cornett at a private reception and fund-raiser at the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park to benefit the Miss Florida Scholarship Foundation. The reception features a special showing of the Studios' popular Broadway-style musical, "Beauty and the Beast -- Live on Stage," followed by the official crowning of the new Miss Florida, Melinda Miller, who replaced Cornett.
 The homecoming celebration ends on a regal note as Cornett graces the stage with a musical performance.
 The 21-year-old Cornett arrives home on the heels of a hectic national media tour that included such high-profile shows as "Good Morning America," NBC "Today," "The David Letterman Show" and "The Tonight Show."
 Despite her busy schedule, Cornett also plans to spend time Saturday visiting with fellow cast members of "Voyage of The Little Mermaid."
 MISS AMERICA 1992 HOMECOMING CELEBRATION AT
 THE DISNEY-MGM STUDIOS THEME PARK
 Friday, Oct. 16
 10 a.m. -- Miss America News Conference followed by Surprise Photo
 Opportunity, Soundstage Two
 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Miss America Satellite Interviews
 Saturday, Oct. 17
 1:30 p.m. -- Homecoming Parade and Welcoming Ceremony on Hollywood
 Blvd. Miss America will be presented with the keys to Walt Disney
 World and Winter Park and receive an official welcome from the State
 of Florida.
 1:50 p.m. -- Miss America places her handprints in cement in front
 of the Chinese Theatre.
 2:45 - 3:15 p.m. -- "A Conversation with Miss America" at Theater of
 the Stars.
 -0- 10/12/92
 /NOTE TO EDITOR: News media who wish to cover the Friday or Saturday events should confirm their attendance in advance with Carole Munroe of the Press & Publicity Office, 407-824-4531. Check in at the Guest Relations window at the park's main entrance./
 /CONTACT: Walt Disney World press & publicity department, 407-824-4531/ CO: Walt Disney World ST: Florida IN: ENT LEI SU:


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