Just a reminder: This is your last week to try to win a three-night Disney Cruise for four in the Who Wants to be a Millionaire Play It! game at Disney's California Adventure park. The attraction's final show is this Friday at 5 p.m.
Fans of Millionaire have been attending during these final weeks, with a number of them taking advantage of the opportunity this past weekend (especially since Millionaire was cancelled for all of Saturday, August 7 to accommodate the Princess Diaries 2 premiere party, which we reported about last week); several of those who qualified for hot seats during a Saturday show indicated their ineligibility to play, either because they were cast members, or because they had been in the hot seat within the past month.
A sign announces the new opening of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Play It! at Disney's California Adventure park in September 2001. Within a week, the attraction, based on a once-popular TV game show, closes its doors for good. MousePlanet file photo.
For the third year in a row, Disneyland and ABC display corporate synergy as Disney's California Adventure hosts the ABC Primetime Weekend event on September 10, 11 and 12.
Advertising has already started with banners in DCA, and a presence at ABC's Web site (link). And with ABC coming in third in ratingsskating in above FOX by only 100,000 viewers and listing only three shows in Nielson's Top 25 list for the week of July 26 to August 1the network needs all the help it can get for the upcoming fall season.
A promotional banner for Primetime Weekend hangs in the DCA entrance area. Photo by Alex Stroup.
The Web site provides a page about tickets and reservations. Although there is currently no information there, this may imply that event organizers are trying to boost perceived value by giving away tickets to celebrity Q-and-A sessions or autograph sessions.
Those who feel their bodies or homes need drastic alteration to be accepted by their peers are invited to submit their video applications for Extreme Makeover and Extreme Makeover Home Edition at the shows' kiosk during the event, while America's Funniest Home Videos is also expected to have a booth for dropping off your video (we suggest you not accidentally drop your video at the wrong booth).
The following actors are scheduled to appear in person on either Saturday, September 11, or Sunday, September 12:
Note: Recently announced Boston Legal, starring William Shatner, is not officially on the attendance roster at this time. [And as always, schedules and scheduled appearances may change without notice.]
Overheard on Main Street:
Mommy, when does Disneyland open?
It's already open sillyyou're here!
Oh Then why are the buildings still wrapped?
Sleeping Beauty Castle is now completely wrapped with tarps. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.
The Enchanted Tiki Room is closed for refurbishment. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.
Aladdin's Oasis is closed as part of the Enchanted Tiki Room rehab. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.
New Orleans Square gets another facelift. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.
ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ In celebration of the nationwide August 11 release of Walt Disney Pictures' new film "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement," the Disneyland Hotel has transformed a bedroom of its luxurious Presidential Suite into a re-creation of Princess Mia's regal quarters. The new, totally redecorated room has been beautifully appointed with elaborate reproductions of the elegantly designed Drexel-Heritage furniture seen in the motion picture, creating a new level of stately, yet fun-filled accommodations fit for any princess or prince. "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" stars Anne Hathaway as Princess Mia of Genovia, and Julie Andrews portrays her grandmother, Queen Clarisse. The film continues the fun where the 2001 smash hit "The Princess Diaries" ended, with Mia now ready to assume her formal role as princess.
The Princess Diaries Suite is located atop the 11-story Sierra Tower at the Disneyland Hotel, providing a sweeping view of the nearby Downtown Disney District and surrounding Disneyland Resort. The room features an ornate, hand-crafted queen-size bed and delicate overhead cornice that are matched with a collection of European-influenced furniture, and most pieces are from the original movie set depicting Mia's private chambers. The themed bedroom can be booked separately or as part of the complete 1,320 square-foot Presidential Suite.
"When we learned that identical furniture from 'The Princess Diaries' film was available, we developed a plan to create a Princess Diaries Suite so our guests could experience the setting of this wonderful Disney story," said Tony Bruno, vice president, Disneyland Resort Hotels. "The Disneyland Hotel's overall decor is inspired by classic Disney themes and the royal styling of this special room is a wonderful compliment to the inviting and imaginative atmosphere of our hotel."
The suite's distinctive furniture, provided by Drexel-Heritage, was inspired by traditional, fine European designs, and each piece was formed and finished by hand to produce a classic, aged appearance. Exquisite linens from Italy were used for the bed covers, pillows and accompanying treatments. Two slipper chairs are carefully upholstered with fine silk decorated with tiny images of chairs. A pair of demilune chests are intricately hand-painted with bygone European scenes and topped with marble slabs. A large, French-style dresser stands ready to hold the clothing of any visiting princess or prince.
Guests staying in the special room receive the "royal treatment" in every regard, including complimentary gifts such as the DVD of "The Princess Diaries," a CD of the original motion picture soundtrack of "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement," a sparkling rhinestone tiara in a presentation box. Other princess-theme items or services can be included for an additional fee. By staying in the hotel's concierge-level accommodations, guests also have access to the nearby Concierge Lounge which offers more exclusive amenities.
The rate to book the Princess Diaries Suite itself ranges from $430 to $515 per night. If reserved as part of the entire contemporary-style Presidential Suite, the total rate can range from $1,400 to $1,755, depending on season.
To book this whimsical, new addition to the Disneyland Hotel, or for more information, call (714) 956-6545. General information about the Disneyland Resort can be found at www.disneyland.com.
Disneyland is now accepting Random Selection Process forms for the 2004 Haunted Mansion Holiday event. The merchandise can be viewed at the Disney Gallery Web site (link). This event marks the first time that Disneyland has handled the merchandise selection entirely onlineno catalogues were mailed, and attendees have to complete an online form to request their merchandise. RSP forms must be completed by August 25.
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Note: Disneyland is progressively closing more and more attractions as the park readies for its 50th anniversary celebration in 2005.
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