Disney Parks Will Let the Memories Begin in New Campaign

Next year Disney Parks guests will become the stars of a nightly spectacular when photos taken in the park during the day become larger-than-life projections on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort or "it's a small world" at Disneyland Resort. This new experience will celebrate the family vacation memories created in Disney theme parks every day.

Beginning this week, Disney guests will begin starring on television, too, as part of the new "Let the Memories Begin" campaign.  For the first time, Disney Parks is featuring the home videos and snapshots of real guests in television ads and other marketing that will allow an audience of millions to share in true-life moments.

"A Disney vacation is the perfect way to create family memories that will last a lifetime," said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, at a media announcement Thursday in New York.  "We'll spotlight those 'only-at-Disney' moments with family and friends during our 'Let the Memories Begin' campaign."

The new campaign was announced at a luncheon presentation in New York today with comic and “Dancing With the Stars” personality Tom Bergeron hosting with a decidedly less formal approach than most press conferences. The media present were also blown away by the appearance of special guest Michael J. Fox, who talked with Bergeron about—and showed pictures of—his own family’s Disney park vacations. The audience reacted with audible gasps at the mention of Fox’s name, and a warm, heartfelt applause followed for the actor, whose battles against Parkinson’s disease are well known. 

As for the Disney campaign, just as last year’s “What Will  You Celebrate?” tied marketing efforts into market research, a just-released survey of U.S. and Canadian families conducted for Disney Parks by Ypartnership, showed that vacation memories hold a special place in family history.

Nine out of 10 parents said they planned their vacations with the express hope that they would result in a lasting family memory, the survey showed. And those memories stuck with them—nearly three-quarters said they think back "often" or "very often" on their favorite vacation experiences.



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