New at Disney World: Comedy club, wish-granting and Nemo musical

ORLANDO (AP) — Disney World is launching a new program called The Year of a Million Dreams— but you'll have to luck out to take advantage of it.

Starting Oct. 1, Disney cast members will be empowered to grant wishes big and small to guests — including free dining, ticket upgrades, FastPasses that allow entry into all the major attractions, shopping sprees and opportunities to travel the world to be grand marshal at parades in Disney parks globally. Starting in January, families visiting the park will be chosen at random to stay atop Cinderella's Castle in Disney's first-ever castle suite.

Disney World is also debuting a new attraction in early 2007 — the Laugh Floor Comedy Club at Magic Kingdom, which will allow guests to laugh, joke, sing songs and match wits with the animated characters from Disney-Pixar's Monsters, Inc.

Also new at Disney is Finding Nemo — the Musical, at Animal Kingdom, opening in November, and the conversion of 400 guest rooms to 192 family suites, each sleeping up to six people, by mid-October at Disney's All-Star Music Resort.

Old favorites returning to Orlando this fall include Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, 18 parties between Sept. 15 and Oct. 31; the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Sept. 29-Nov. 12; ABC Super Soap Weekend, Nov. 11-12, where fans can meet soap opera stars; and an outdoor juried art show called Festival of the Masters, Nov. 10-12 at Disney World in Orlando.

For more information, visit www.Disneyworld.com or call 407-934-7639.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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