Disney Magic of Healthy Living – The Weekend is bringing Disney Channel stars and characters to Walt Disney World March 18-20, 2011 to encourage choosing a healthier lifestyle.
The event will take place around the World Showcase at Epcot, where the “Healthy Living Champions,” including fifty young essay contest winners and their families, will participate in a one-of-a-kind “TRYathlon,” an imaginative course around the “world” to discover new ways that “healthy” can be fun and easy. It’s the first in an annual series of Disney Magic of Healthy Living special events and will also include surprise-filled opening and closing ceremonies.
Disney Channel stars in attendance at the event will be:
Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine from “Shake It Up”, Daniel Curtis Lee from “Zeke and Luther”, Jennifer Stone from “Wizards of Waverly Place”, and Alyson Stoner from “Phineas and Ferb” and “Camp Rock 2”.
Disney Channel stars previously helped Disney in an event at Epcot during the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” launch party in February 2010, when Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas first premiered their song “Make a Wave”. Daniel Curtis Lee and Alyson Stoner also appeared on stage at Epcot that night as part of Disney Channel’s “Friends for Change.”
Activities featured throughout the weekend will include:
TRY-athlon activity #1: “Play-Your-Way” — Fun and creative games from different countries, including Chinese jump rope, South African “keep away” and Spanish “dodge ball.”
TRY-athlon activity #2: “Pass the Plate” — A lunchtime challenge with Disney World chefs guiding families in preparing quick, balanced and healthy meals.
TRY-athlon activity #3: “Bouncing Around the World” — A hunt for playmates in the countries of Epcot World Showcase led by, among others, the Mad Hatter and Captain Jack Sparrow.
TRY-athlon activity #4: “Garden of Possibilities” — Walt Disney World flower and garden experts guide the kids in planting a variety of vegetable gardens, including a special Italian pizza garden.
While it doesn’t kick off until tomorrow afternoon, the Disney Channel stars have already started in the excitement of the weekend by shooting a public service announcement along with Epcot Chef Jens Dahlmann:
Disney Magic of Healthy Living launched in September 2010 with a year-long series of healthy living public service announcements on Disney television and radio networks featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and Disney Channel stars. It also features two websites, one geared for kids (Disney.com/healthyfun), the other offering healthy living advice and resources, including delicious recipes (Family.com/healthymagic).
Check back here to InsideTheMagic.net tomorrow for all the fun from the opening ceremony of Disney Magic of Healthy Living – The Weekend, including interviews with Disney Channel stars and a look at the festivities! And follow us on Twitter @insidethemagic and on Facebook for live updates from the event.