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WALT DISNEY WORLD DETAILS MAJOR RESORT EXPANSION

 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In addition to three major resort projects now under construction, the Walt Disney World Resort is planning at least five other resort hotel projects, the addition of Planet Hollywood near Pleasure Island and a third giant water adventure park -- all slated for completion within, at the most, five years.
 Disney officials said they would continue to move forward with resort development as rapidly as demand will support. The list of new resort facilities under construction or in active planning includes:
 -- Blizzard Beach -- Already under construction, this northern cousin to Typhoon Lagoon and River Country, Blizzard Beach is Disney's largest themed water adventure park including 19 water slides and "icy" bobsled runs which stay comfortably warm and thrillingly fast. It creates the impossible -- a Florida "Winter Sports" Resort. Built on the sides and around the base of a "snow-capped" mountain are such thrills as Summit Plummet, the world's longest speed slide (120-foot free-fall plunge), and Teamboat Springs' bobsled run where four-man tube sleds twist down a 1,200-foot water-run. Special areas for teenagers, young children and a one-acre wave pool are among other amenities in the project located just north of the All-Star Sports Resort (opening early 1995).
 -- Disney's All-Star Sports Resort -- Located southwest of Disney- MGM Studios, this modest-price hotel features giant sports icons -- football, basketball, baseball, tennis, surfboard images towering to the second story -- with corresponding decor in its 1,920 rooms. Reservations are now being accepted for rooms beginning at $69 per night. (Phased opening beginning summer 1994.)
 -- Disney's All-Star Music Resort -- Just south of its sports twin, the Music Resort includes such giant icons as an oversized walk-through neon-lit jukebox, guitar-shaped swimming pool and three-story cowboy boots. Its 1,920 rooms will begin opening in early 1995 with rates comparable to the other All-Star Resorts.
 -- Third All-Star Resort is panned nearby with an additional 1,900 rooms to open in 1998.
 -- Disney's Wilderness Lodge -- The romance of Old Faithful Inn and its geyser meadows inspired this rustic lodge snuggled in the forests overlooking Bay Lake. Bubbling streams run from its atrium lobby across a geyser-filled courtyard to the swimming pool. The atrium is supported by 55-foot lodge-pole pines with generous use of mountain flagstones. Its 729 guest rooms, with rates beginning at $149, include luxury suites with a woodland atmosphere. Reservations are now being accepted. (Opening June 1994.)
 -- Disney's Wilderness Junction Resort -- Companion to Wilderness Lodge, this rustic log-sided hotel will be located well into the woods of Ft. Wilderness at the end of a nature trail. Its 575 guest rooms are tentatively scheduled for opening in the spring of 1997.
 -- Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort -- U.S. Armed Forces Recreation Center will operate this 288-room resort for vacationing servicement from all branches of the armed forces. A long-term lease completed recently for this country-inn style resort (formerly Disney Inn) makes all the Disney attractions conveniently accessible for service families beginning next February.
 -- Disney's Boardwalk Resort -- Combining a seashore entertainment center with shopping, dining, villas, hotel accommodations and convention facilities, the Boardwalk will capture the atmosphere of turn- of-the-century Atlantic City. Nightclubs include a sports bar, game room, dance club, piano bar plus two waterside restaurants and festive food carts. The project includes a 15,000-square-foot convention center, 375 hotel guest rooms and 525 Disney Vacation Club villas. Hotel room rates are scheduled to be about $200 per night. (Open 1996.)
 -- Disney's Coronado Springs Resort -- Recalling the romance of the American Southwest with its Spanish-style tile roofs, sand walls and palm shaded courtyards, this expansive but moderately priced resort will be located west of World Drive and north of Blizzard Beach. It will be the first moderate-range Disney resort to encompass a major convention center -- 95,000 square feet of meeting space plus themed pools and other amenities with a total of 1,980 guest rooms in four-and-five-story structures. Rates are expected to be comparable to Disney's Dixie Landings Resort (Opening Spring 1996.)
 -- Disney's Mediterranean Resort -- Long visualized as a new jewel in the crown of resorts surrounding the Seven Seas Lagoon, the Mediterranean Resort will occupy a prime location on the monorail line looking across the water to the Magic Kingdom. It's 1,000 deluxe rooms and suites will capture the romance of the sunny resorts of the Greek Islands. It will also provide a luxurious new convention facility with more than 65,000 square feet of meeting space and outstanding recreational facilities including a marina.
 -- Planet Hollywood -- Internationally famous Planet Hollywood will open a glamorous 400-seat entertainment-restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort near Pleasure Island in late 1994. Renowned Hollywood personalities are among the fans of this modern movie memorabilia Mecca. Just outside the gated area of Pleasure Island adjacent to AMC Theaters, Planet Hollywood adds a dynamic new dimension to the nightclubs, shops and dining experience of the nearby Pleasure Island and a complement to the Disney-MGM Studios and other parts of the Walt Disney World Resort. With Robert Earl and Keith Barish at the head of the company, its owners include Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Demi Moore who are expected to be on hand for a gala premier.
 -- Pleasure Island Jazz Club -- Just opened this fall, the Jazz Club is the island's seventh nightclub, destined to become a haven for blues and jazz recording artists and international stars appearing as soloists or in monthly concerts. Unique in the Southeastern United States, the club has ideal acoustics with a state-of-the-art sound system filling the 10-sided building with pure jazz.
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 /CONTACT: David Herbst of Walt Disney World Press & Publicity, 407-934-7500/


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