From our Mailbox: A Tampa Bay area team won the championship game in their division this weekend in the FIMBA Maxibasketball Championship at Walt Disney World Resort. The USA 50-and-over team beat the Italy 50-and-over team Sunday afternoon after trailing behind for the first three quarters of the game. Lead scorer Jerry Woodka, former Orlando Magic player, Greg Kite, and the rest of the team from Tampa wore Italy down in the final 15 minutes…"Tampa Bay Area Team Wins in FIMBA World Maxibasketball Championship Finals at Walt Disney World Resort"
From our Mailbox: April 14-17 event in Florida joins Star Wars-themed race at Disneyland Resort and features new Kessel Run Challenge and Dark Side Challenge LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (Aug. 25, 2015) – runDisney is summoning the Force today to announce another Star Wars-inspired intergalactic journey, this time to the dark side. The “Star Wars Half Marathon – the Dark Side” enters the galaxy April 14-17, 2016, at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and…"The Force is Even Stronger: Second runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Event Sprinting Toward Walt Disney World Resort in 2016"
From our Mailbox: Mexico’s and Colombia’s 40-over women’s basketball teams competed on Aug. 23 at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. Colombia defeated Mexico by 21 points. The final score was 56 to 35. The FIMBA Tournament features teams from 36 countries around the world competing in the 11-day tournament in various age groups, including 50-over, 60-over and 70-over. Among the notable names in the event are Billy Thompson (Miami Heat)…"Two Latin American Women’s Teams Faced Off at the 13th Annual FIMBA Tournament at Walt Disney World Resort"
From our Mailbox:"2015 FIMBA Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports"
From our Mailbox: New ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Added to Entertainment for Mickey’s Halloween Party, Joining ‘Halloween Screams’ Fireworks ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 19, 2015) – Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort receives a Diamond Celebration infusion for 2015, making the season shine as never before as Halloween Time sparkles with Diamond Celebration décor and entertainment. The one-of-a-kind celebration of chilling, family-friendly fun will begin Friday, Sept. 11, and continue through Sunday, Nov. 1, with 17…"Mickey’s Halloween Party Expands to 17 Nights As Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Adds Sparkle To Halloween Time 2015"
From our Mailbox: During Disney Cruise Line sailings to Iceland, guests will discover breathtaking natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of the European season, the Disney Magic sails to Reykjavik, Iceland. (Kent Phillips, photographer) During Disney Cruise Line sailings to Iceland, guests can experience the country’s rich geographical history, walking the rugged chasm walls along the Continental Divide, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. As…"Iceland 2016"
From our Mailbox: Ian Mahoney, a Chicago high school basketball coach and a close friend to President Obama, led a 50-over Clearwater, Fla., team to the next round with a 23-point win against a Chile team in the first game at the FIMBA Maxibasketball World Championship at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., on Saturday. The final score was 81 to 58 Five years ago, Mahoney, who…"Chicago Resident and Obama Personal Friend Led Tampa Bay Area Team to Next Round in 13th FIMBA World Maxibasketball Championship at Walt Disney World Resort"
From our Mailbox: Star Wars, Toy Story Land, Pandora – The World of AVATAR, Soarin’ and Iron Man among new experiences coming for guests ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2015) – Today, Disney announced a line-up of new attractions and entertainment coming to its theme parks around the world during the D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek gave 7,500 lucky fans a behind-the-scenes look at what’s to come.…"Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Announces New Lands, Entertainment and Experiences at D23 EXPO 2015"
From our Mailbox: Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.…"Star Wars-Themed Lands and More Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts"
From our Mailbox: STAR WARS LAUNCH BAY – Opening Nov. 16, 2015, as part of Season of the Force, Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the worlds of the Star Wars galaxy with special exhibits, opportunities to visit some Star Wars characters, special merchandise and peeks behind the scenes at Disneyland park. Season of the Force celebrates iconic characters and moments from the Star Wars saga with special entertainment, themed food offerings and…"Star Wars-Themed Lands and More Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts"