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Celebrating 100 Years of Magic, October 1, 2001-December 31, 2002

For three decades, meeting professionals have been among the most dedicated Disney fans--and for good reason. Walt Disney World Resort is a sought-after meetings destination unrivaled in its ability to cater to associations. It's where association professionals are given free rein to utilize every corner of a 47-square-mile world, putting to imaginative use Disney's six meetings resorts, four world-famous theme parks, five championship golf courses, and incredible nighttime entertainment complexes.

For any other location, this would be incentive enough. But Disney never rests when it can continually surpass its own stellar achievements. Every season Disney is preparing new shows, attractions, entertainment, and recreational activities designed especially for association members.

Beginning October 1, 2001, Disney's doing it all again. In celebration of Walt Disney, whose creative genius continues to inspire the world, the Walt Disney World Resort will launch 100 Years of Magic. Throughout this 15-month spectacular, Disney will unveil new resorts, new attractions, and new entertainment. It's destined to be Disney's biggest, most spectacular celebration ever. It will also be the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable association event.

Exploring the world from venues to menus

100 Years of Magic will usher in dozens of new theme park event opportunities. At Epcot, meeting professionals can book the largest dedicated group facility ever created inside a theme park. The 40,000-square-foot World ShowPlace sits at the crossroads of the world, just steps away from the sights, sounds, and tastes of 11 different countries.

At the Disney-MGM Studios, meeting planners have begun casting "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire--Play It!" in a starring role. The new attraction seats 600, but there's always room for one more in the hot seat. Customized scripts, signage, and questions are making America's favorite game show a favorite for every group.

Disney is constantly creating new ways of enhancing the experience for associations. More than just offering a meeting location, however, Disney can be part of the program itself.

Disney Institute programs take attendees behind the scenes to "discover the business behind the magic." Combining equal parts entertainment and information, these programs explore the Disney approach to management, service, leadership, customer loyalty, and creativity. Tailored to association needs, these exclusive "only at Disney" programs have earned a reputation for being engaging and relevant.

When the sun sets, Disney lights up the night. Evenings here are charged with the energy of exciting nightclubs, award-winning dining, and world-class entertainment--a host of after-hour options that rival the most cosmopolitan of cities.

The epicenter of it all is Downtown Disney, where the richness of restaurants and nightclubs alone would place it at the top of most meeting-planner lists. Of course, Disney went a step further by adding the daring artistry of the Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba" and five floors of interactive adventures known as DisneyQuest.

Whether for organized events or free evenings, Downtown Disney is a dream come true for meeting planners and participants.

Make it happen

There's a reason why meeting professionals cast Disney as their co-star. In part, they credit Disney's style, reputation, experience, and professionalism. Of course, they have learned from experience that at Disney, if you can dream it, they can do it.

Disney Event Productions is a single source for complete meetings support, from audiovisual and entertainment to floral, event transportation, and merchandise. Planners can always rest assured that Disney will plan and execute their events with its famed attention to detail.

When it comes to creating an association event, the demands of planning are replaced by the ease of working with a single contact. From the first call to the closing gala, Disney experts have a gift for streamlining the process and creating new ways to "Wow!" association members.

With 100 Years of Magic promising more Disney excitement and magic than ever before, make sure this once-in-a-lifetime event becomes part of your next meeting.

Make Disney part of your world.
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