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    Disney To Welcome 33 Chilean Miners, Families and Rescue Workers

    Following in the footsteps of many other celebrities, the miners who spent more than two months trapped underground in a Chilean mine are "going to Disney World."



    "The amazing story of these miners captured the attention of the world for demonstrating the true power and resilience of the human spirit," Disney President and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. "We are proud to welcome these courageous men and their families to the Walt Disney World Resort."


    Disney is picking up the tab for the miners, their rescuers and their immediate families during a six-night stay -- January 27 to February 2. Each family will get a $500 gift card. The group will serve as honorary Grand Marshals of a Main Street U.S.A. parade.


    The story of the miners, known simply as "the 33" in Chile, transfixed much of the world during their 69 day ordeal about half a mile below ground.


    They have been popular on the American talk show circuit since their rescue in October and have been honored by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and on the "CNN Heroes" show.

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    Re: Disney To Welcome 33 Chilean Miners, Families and Rescue Workers

    Here is a follow-up story on the Miners.


    Chilean Miners Enjoy Hero’s Welcome and Family Vacations at Walt Disney World Resort




    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA, Jan. 27, 2011 - A new chapter in one of the most inspirational stories of 2010 is unfolding at Walt Disney World Resort over the next few days. The Chilean miners, their rescuers and their families will create new memories together as they are treated to a hero’s welcome and family vacations of a lifetime Jan. 27-Feb. 2.
    “The amazing story of these miners captured the attention of the world for demonstrating the true power and resilience of the human spirit,” said Disney President and CEO Bob Iger. “We are proud to welcome these courageous men and their families to the Walt Disney World Resort.”

    During their complimentary vacation, the miners, their families and their rescuers will enjoy VIP treatment as they serve as Grand Marshals in a special 2:15 p.m. parade at the Magic Kingdom on Jan. 31, meet Disney characters and visit all four Walt Disney World theme parks.
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    Re: Disney To Welcome 33 Chilean Miners, Families and Rescue Workers

    I am so happy they can relax and enjoy their vacation!!

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    Re: Disney To Welcome 33 Chilean Miners, Families and Rescue Workers

    great, just what they want now.
    Hey, I have just been sealed up alive,
    and now I want to go to Disneyworld!
    I can just see the commerial now...
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    Magical Festivities Salute Chilean Miners as Walt Disney World Resort Honors the Freed Heroes and their Families


    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2011) – Magical new memories were embraced today by the rescued Chilean miners as they paraded down Main Street, U.S.A. in grand fanfare at Walt Disney World Resort toward the close of a Disney-sponsored vacation honoring the miners, their rescuers and their families.

    Last fall, the world united to celebrate the dramatic rescue of the trapped Chilean miners. Since last Thursday, the miners and their rescuers and families joined in a festive gathering in their honor at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

    Aboard Copa Airlines, the group of nearly 160 Chileans arrived last week in grand style to Orlando International Airport where they received a ceremonial “water salute” by local firefighting vehicles: a dramatic arch of water rising over the tarmac as the airplane passed underneath.

    Their summer holiday (seasons are reversed in Chile) included a welcome party Friday hosted by Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton and local dignitaries at The American Adventure pavilion in Epcot. The miners enjoyed a long weekend filled with thrilling attractions, shopping, character hugs and VIP treatment in all four theme parks, creating lasting memories with their families.

    One highlight of their six-night vacation to Disney was serving as Grand Marshals of the Main Street, U.S.A. parade Monday in Magic Kingdom. The miners and rescuers were greeted by cheers of guests waving Chilean flags in their honor, Disney characters and entertainers pulling out all the stops and the ‘Mayor’ of Main Street proclaiming their special day. To the accompaniment of “When You Wish Upon a Star” their day was capped by daytime pyrotechnics and streamers in a rainbow of colors of the Chilean flag. Later that evening, they watched Cinderella Castle magically transform during the nighttime spectacle, “The Magic, The Memories, and You!”, a projection spectacular starring images of guests shot earlier in the day in the park.

    “These courageous men captivated the world with their story of hope and perseverance,” said Disney President and CEO Bob Iger. “Great stories are at the heart of all we do at The Walt Disney Company and we are pleased that the next chapter in this inspirational story is taking place at Walt Disney World Resort.”

    The Chilean miners (31 of the 33 miners were able to make the trip) were scheduled later Monday to share their lessons of hope, courage and pride with about 40 youngsters from local Boys & Girls Clubs.

    Trapped 2,300 feet inside the earth for 69 days in a collapsed Chilean mine, the men were pulled from the darkness in a miracle rescue. In one of 2010’s most compelling stories, their unbending faith and endurance sustained them throughout a saga that transfixed the world.
    “We are not the heroes,” said Omar Reygada, one of the miners whose comments were translated from Spanish. “Our families and all the people around the world who prayed, wished us well and helped us through our ordeal – those are our real heroes.”

    During their Walt Disney World vacation, the miners also will be treated to a keepsake group photo in front of Cinderella Castle and personal photo albums of their visit.

    Their departure for home is scheduled for Feb. 2.
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    Re: Disney To Welcome 33 Chilean Miners, Families and Rescue Workers

    I saw some pictures of the miners on the Disney Parks Blog this morning. They looked like they were having a lot of fun!!

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    Re: Disney To Welcome 33 Chilean Miners, Families and Rescue Workers

    They were given yellow miner's helmets with Mickey ears!

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    Re: Disney To Welcome 33 Chilean Miners, Families and Rescue Workers

    Chilean Miners Inspire Boys & Girls Club Members at Walt Disney World Resort


    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Feb. 3, 2011 - Fresh from their appearance as Grand Marshals in a special parade held in their honor on Jan. 31 at the Magic Kingdom, the Chilean miners took some time out from their vacation to share their inspirational story with approximately 40 children from Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.
    Entering the room with cheers and much enthusiasm, the kids were thrilled at the opportunity to meet the miners and learn more about how they overcame tremendous odds. The miners captured the attention of the world for demonstrating the true power and resilience of the human spirit by surviving 69 days underground in a collapsed mine before a dramatic rescue this past October.

    “The kids are really excited,” said Jacky Adelson, teen service director at the Walt Disney World Clubhouse branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. “It’s not very often you get to meet people who have been through the experience the miners have been through.”

    With assistance from an interpreter, the miners shared their insights on courage, faith and the importance of teamwork. As they responded to many questions from the children, a common theme was that of perseverance. Many of the men said they always believed there would be a way out. They encouraged the children to never give up and never lose faith
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