The Walt Disney Studios to Open Its Gates to the Public for Advance Special Engagement

Wed Sep 9, 2009 3:00am EDT

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Unprecedented Event Hits New York and Los Angeles Nov. 25-Dec. 13, 2009,
Celebrating Disney`s Newest Animated Musical "The Princess and The Frog"

Bicoastal Event to Feature Film Screening and Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience with
Disney`s Nine Princesses, Plus Games, Disney Movie Archives and How-to
Presentations from Disney Animators
BURBANK, Calif. & NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
In celebration of Disney`s newest animated musical "The Princess and The Frog,"
Walt Disney Studios is opening its Burbank gates to the public for a
once-in-a-lifetime advance special engagement, welcoming Disney fans to
experience its newest animated musical comedy Nov. 25-Dec. 13, 2009. The advance
special engagement will also be featured in Clearview`s historic Ziegfeld
Theatre in New York City. Following the film, fans on both coasts will also be
treated to The Ultimate Disney Experience, an exciting extravaganza that will
feature-for the first time ever-all nine of the Disney princesses (including the
film`s Princess Tiana, Disney`s newest princess), as well as exciting Bayou
games, movie archives, how-to presentations from Disney animators, Studio tours
(for L.A. guests) and more. Tickets went on sale at midnight last night. 

"We`re welcoming families to our Studio to see where Walt Disney made real movie
magic," said Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. "Our Studio is not
open to the public, so it`s an unprecedented opportunity for Disney fans to
experience a movie right here on the Disney lot where we`ve filmed Disney
classics like `Mary Poppins,` `Princess Diaries,` `Pirates of the Caribbean` and
many more. In fact, Walt built the original theater on the Studio lot back in
1940; it opened just in time for special audiences to view his `Fantasia.` With
a newly renovated, state-of-the-art theater, the Studio will open its gates once
again, inviting audiences to not only see our newest animated musical, but to
take part in a one-of-a-kind experience after the movie. We`re bringing the same
exciting experience to New York City at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre and
Roseland Ballroom." 

Themed to the film`s setting, New Orleans, The Ultimate Disney Experience will
feature something for the whole family.

* PRINCESS POWER -- All nine of the Disney princesses will come together for the
first time ever, welcoming Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle,
Ariel, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Mulan and of course, Disney`s newest princess,
* FUN `N GAMES -- The Experience will feature opportunities to swing on ropes,
climb trees, play games and race through the Bayou Adventure, plus a New
Orleans`s Bead Toss, Naveen`s Leap Frog, video games and more. 
* HOLLYWOOD HEIRLOOMS -- Disney movie archives will be on display for the first
time ever, including props and costumes from a variety of films like "Mary
Poppins," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy and more. 
* MOVIE MAGIC - Guests can learn movie magic from real Disney animators who will
be on hand teaching guests how to draw a character from the film. 
* PICTURE THIS - Guests can put themselves in the movie at Kodak photo
locations. Kodak photographers will capture guests` images and place them in a
scene from the movie. 
* INSIDER`S GLIMPSE -- Burbank guests will also have the rare opportunity to
tour the Studio lot.

Several shows will be presented daily on both coasts from Nov. 25-Dec. 13; show
times are 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., with a 9:30 p.m. show available
select dates. Tickets go on sale at midnight Sept. 8, featuring three options
for Disney fans wishing to experience "The Princess and The Frog" and The
Ultimate Disney Experience in New York or Los Angeles. Group general admission
tickets (for groups of 20 or more) are $20 each, general admission tickets are
$30 each, and royal seating (a reserved seat, "The Princess and The Frog" Mardi
Gras beads and an exclusive limited-edition collectible lithograph from "The
Princess and The Frog") is $50 per ticket. Guests can call 1-800-DISNEY6 or log
onto for more information and to purchase


Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an
animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of "The
Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin" comesa modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a
beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately
wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious
adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. 

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG marks the return to hand-drawn animation from the
revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by OscarĀ®-winning
composer Randy Newman. 

The film opens nationwide on Dec. 11, 2009. 

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Burbank
Jasmine Madatian, Senior Vice President, Publicity
The Walt Disney Studios
Heidi Trotta, Senior Vice President, Studio Communications

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