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October 10, 2001

Holiday Spectcular to Debut at Disney's California Adventure

Anaheim, CA -- This holiday season at Disney's Calfornia Adventure, Disney's LuminAria - a spectacular celebration of dazzling lights, low level pyrotechnics and favorite holiday music performed on the waters of Paradise Pier Lagoon - will debut November 9, 2001 and run through January 6, 2002.

Disney's LuminAria begins as all the lights within Disney's Calfornia Adventure dim and a swirling pyrotechnic-flame ignites the surface of Paradise Pier Lagoon. As the flame rises into the air, the narrator, which is the voice of "LuminAria" is heard to offer a message of peace for the holidays.

The show then follows with a dazzling display of fireworks appearing to dance to such musical standards as "White Christmas," "Sleigh Ride," "Valse de Fleurs," and numerous others. Giant screens on the water will display hundreds of holiday cards hand crafted by park guests earlier in the day, and a giant 60-foot tree filled with candles will appear to rise from within the lagoon.

"We wanted to create a truly memorable experience for our first holiday season for our guests in Disney's Calfornia Adventure," says Disneyland Resort president Cynthia Harriss. "Disney's LuminAria will not only be a treat for the eyes, but will offer a warm holiday message of sharing with one another."

A craft location will be set up in the Bay Area district in Disney's Calfornia Adventure that will enable guests to create holiday cards with a message or drawing, and then each night, hundreds of the cards will be featured in the show.

The holiday season is a time of reflection, joy and generosity and we wanted to capture those feelings in Disney's LuminAria. That is why the show is filled with lights that float, sparkle and burst into the air," says Steve Davison, creative director.

Disney's Calfornia Adventure, opened in February 2001, is located next door to Disneyland park in Anaheim, California. Disney's Calfornia Adventure immerses guests into the fun and excitement of the Golden State in three distinct lands: Hollywood Pictures Backlot, Paradise Pier and the Golden State.