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8th Annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament Raises $58,000 for Give Kids The World





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8th Annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament Raises $58,000 for Give Kids The World

(Nov. 16, 2010) – On Sunday, Nov. 14 150 attractions industry professionals raised $58,000 for Give Kids The World (GKTW) by participating in the eighth annual IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament at Hawk's Landing Golf Club at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort. The tournament, which sold out in mid-October, allowed participants to network, socialize, and enjoy a round of golf to benefit GKTW, a charity organization that creates dreamlike vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses. The event was the first of five GKTW fundraising events to take place during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010, the largest conference and trade show for the worldwide attractions industry.

Placing in first was the foursome comprised of Andrew Callies, Christian Vozza, Giorgio Vozza, and Tyson Vozza with Congo River Golf in Traverse City, Mich. Second place was the group from Ripley’s Entertainment in Orlando, Fla.: John Corcoran, Scott Line, Jim Pattison Jr., and Billy Roosa.

Players from Germany, Lichtenstein, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, Canada, and the United States participated.

“The Village has sold itself to this industry—everybody knows about it and feels good about it,” said John Graff, the tournament’s co-chairman. “This is just one of the many ways we support it.”

“Today is the perfect way to start the week. Players engage in friendly competition and network, all while supporting a great cause,” said Charlie Bray, president and CEO of IAAPA. “IAAPA is proud to support Give Kids The World and their efforts to bring joy into the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.”

“Each year we look forward to the Annual IAAPA/Give Kids The World Golf Tournament,” said GKTW President Pamela Landwirth. “Our dearest friends from the entire amusement industry come together and raise an incredible amount of money for the precious children we serve. We just can’t say thank you enough.”

IAAPA has partnered with GKTW for more than 15 years to raise donations and coordinate amusement park and attraction visits for children with life-threatening illnesses. The golf tournament, 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk, car raffle, and other events held in conjunction with IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010, have been established so the attractions industry can make significant financial contributions to the Village.

Leisure Labs LLC was the Gold Sponsor for the tournament. Allied Specialty Insurance, Inc. was a Silver Sponsor and Ride Entertainment Group was a Bronze Sponsor. The following companies and individuals also sponsored aspects of the tournament, or provided in-kind donations: Apple Industries, Astrid Lindgrens World, Avius Experience, Bloody Mary, Inc., Bob and Phai Masterson, Bob Rippy, Bob Rittereiser, Bob's Space Racers, Inc., Canobie Lake Park, Cedar Fair, Colorvision International, Inc., Coney Island Park, Deltronic Labs, DNC Parks and Resorts, Dollywood, E.K.  Fernandez Shows, Inc., Enchanted Kingdom, Europa-Park,, Forrec, Ltd., Freeman, Gary Story, Gateway Ticketing Systems, Gillian's Wonderland Pier, G.J.C. Products Inc., GKTW, Glynn  Geotechnical Engineering, Gold Medal, Good Stuff / Win Stuff, LLC, Haas & Wilkerson Insurance , Haystack Dryers, Ltd., Herschend Family Entertainment, Hersheypark, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, INTAMIN / RIDE TRADE, Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, Jack Rouse Associates, John Collins, Kay and John Graff, Kennedy Space Center, Kennywood, Knoebels Amusement Park, Liseberg, Lo-Q plc, Mack Rides, Morey's Piers, Namco Cybertainment, Inc., Nanco, Nashville Shores, National Ticket Company, Naughton Insurance, Neptune Benson, New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (NEAAPA), New Jersey Amusement Association, OmniTicket Network, Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA), Parques Reunidos / Palace Entertainment, Pennsylvania Amusement Park Association (PAPA), Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc., Pinnacle Entertainment Advisors by Redemption Plus, P.T. Funworld Prima, Ring*BINGO AB, Sacoa Playcard System, SALLY Corporation, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Seabreeze Amusement Park,  SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove Shepard Exposition Services, Showmen's League of America (SLA), Syndicate UAE FZC, Technifex, The Bray Family, Tisha and Angus Jenkins, TRAC India – In Pursuit of Educative Entertainment, Travel Planners, Triotech Amusement, Inc., Universal Studios Florida, Waldameer Water World, Water Safety Products, Inc., West Midland Safari Park, Whitewater West Industries, Ltd., Wild Wadi Waterpark, and Zamperla.

The next IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament is planned during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011, Nov. 14 – 18 in Orlando, Florida. Players or companies interested in participating in or sponsoring the tournament should contact Diane Williams at, or +1 703/836-4800.

About Give Kids The World
Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village is a 70-acre, international resort based in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical Village, donated attractions tickets, meals, and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 100,000 families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. To learn more about GKTW, visit

IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry.


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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



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When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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Marvel Fans: See Props, Costumes, New Games, Exclusive Content and More at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim





BURBANKCalif. (June 1, 2017) – Marvel will make its way to D23 Expo’s show floor from July 14­-16 with an exciting look at its upcoming film titles in the Marvel Studios Pavilion, featuring an array of props and costumes from the Studios’ upcoming slate, including Thor: RagnarokBlack Panther, and more.

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 2017, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok-the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization-at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela., played by Cate Blanchette. 

But first he must survive the Grandmaster’s gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger-the Incredible Hulk. 

Fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from this highly anticipated movie as well as photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film. 

The incredible costumes from Black Panther will also be on display. 

Black Panther follows the journey of T’Challa after the events of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War,where he returns to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. 

In addition to the exciting props and costumes on display, Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B.

Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.

Fans will also be able to enjoy all-new console and mobile Marvel Games, plus incredible exclusive content and announcements throughout the weekend!

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests will be able to get their hands on the hottest new console and mobile games featuring favorite Marvel Super Heroes, playing as the world-famous Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more! 

LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes.Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor,the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.

Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. 

Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. 

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Gazillion will offer a chance to play Marvel Heroes Omega and win fantastic prizes.

Marvel Heroes Omega combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards,Marvel Heroes Omegacomes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.

Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with MARVEL: Future Fight.

Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.

Marvel Puzzle Quest is where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC.

Marvel Puzzle Questcombines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more

Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joe on Friday, July 14, at 1:15 p.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel!

That same day at 6 p.m. on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 forchildren 3-9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3-9. Multi-day tickets are also available. 

For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit

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Shanghai To Host World Premiere Of Disney’s “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”



First-ever Mainland China Hollywood Movie World Premiere Will Take Place at Shanghai Disney Resort with an

All-star Lineup of Special Guests on May 11

BURBANK, CALIF. (April 25, 2017)-Disney announced today that Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will have its World Premiere in Shanghai, China, at Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11, marking the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in Mainland China. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend the gala event.

The red-carpet event will take place in Disneytown at Shanghai Disney Resort. After the red carpet, the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” screening will be held in Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown. Shanghai Disney Resort is also home to Shanghai Disneyland, featuring Treasure Cove, the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park, inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. 

Premiere guests will enjoy a stunning presentation of the film in Dolby Vision laser projection and Dolby Atmos immersive audio provided by Dolby and delivered through QSC speakers and amplifiers with Q-SYS control at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre.

Samsung is the title sponsor of the World Premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which will be released on May 26 in China, day and date with its release in the U.S.

About the Movie:

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.  

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs,  Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor. The story is by Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” drops anchor in U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.     

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