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Officially Announced Future Projects

Pirates of the Caribbean (2006) -- The classic Disney theme park adventure brought to the big screen in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” is adding new characters and features from the blockbuster entertainment franchise. Woven into some of the attraction’s most memorable scenes, Captain Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Barbossa will be seen interacting with the familiar Audio-Animatronics buccaneers when it re-opens at Magic Kingdom in time for the debut of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” on July 7.

Disney’s All-Star Resort Family Suites (2006) -- Nearly 400 guestrooms are being converted to 192 family suites at the value-priced Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. Featuring two bathrooms and sleeping up to six people, each suite will include a generously sized kitchenette with counter space, sink, microwave, coffee maker and under-counter refrigerator. Other amenities include a private “master” bedroom with its own flat-screen television, desk and lounge chair. Completion of the project is mid-October.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends (2006) -- Featuring technology that for all appearances has the stars of the Disney presentation of the Pixar Animation Studios film “Finding Nemo” swimming amid the live marine life of the huge aquarium in The Living Seas pavilion at Epcot, the whimsical and visually stunning attraction picks up where the motion picture left off. Riding aboard “clamobiles” in a colorful coral reef setting, guests meet Mr. Ray and his class on a field trip and soon learn that Nemo has wandered off. The journey to find Nemo continues as familiar characters such as Dory, Bruce, Marlin, Squirt and Crush help with the search. These deep-sea friends inhabit a variety of vibrant vignettes, including the huge Living Seas aquarium which contains more than 65 species of marine life. Their search leads to a happily musical finale.

“Finding Nemo-The Musical” (2006) -- The undersea world that charmed audiences around the world in the Disney presentation of the Pixar Animation Studios film “Finding Nemo” comes to life in an all-new live musical stage show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom featuring original songs by Tony Award-winning “Avenue Q” composer Robert Lopez and a cappella musical “Along the Way” composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The show will immerse guests of all ages in the story of Marlin and Nemo, an overprotective clownfish father and his curious son, through a dazzling production that combines puppets, dancers, acrobats and animated backdrops. The 30-minute show represents the first time Disney has taken a non-musical animated feature and transformed it into an original musical production.

Disney Cruise Line European Cruises (2007) -- Europe will be the calling card for summer 2007 cruises of the Disney Magic of Disney Cruise Line. By popular demand the Disney Magic will sail 10- and 11-night Mediterranean cruises, based out of the Port of Barcelona in Spain, and will include eight ports of call providing gateways to such famous cities as Florence, Rome, Pisa and Cannes. Additionally, two 14-night trans-Atlantic sailings will be available as the ship repositions itself to Spain in May and back to Florida in August.

Themed Restaurants (2007/2008) -- Walt Disney World guests will have two new restaurants to choose from when they visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney. The restaurants will be operated by Landry’s Restaurants, which currently operates the Rainforest Cafés at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney. At Downtown Disney, guests will be able to dine face-to-face with a dinosaur at T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure, A Place to Eat, Shop, Explore and Discover, which combines table-service dining and retail in an interactive prehistoric environment built around water, fire and ice. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests who travel to the land of Asia will get a real taste of that exotic part of the world at a new Asian-themed eatery which also will include retail space. The restaurant will feature table-service dining, as well as quick-service food