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Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:25 PM

Hundreds of royal artifacts on view in largest Princess Diana exhibit


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The People’s Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc. (PPCF) is bringing “DIANA–The People’s Princess” – a major new exhibit of royal artifacts – to Walt Disney World Resort. Opening in early July 2009, this limited-time experience showcases the life and story of one of the most iconic and inspirational figures in recent history, including a sampling of the royal dresses Diana chose to auction for charity and hundreds of authentic artifacts relating to her life.

“DIANA–The People’s Princess” exhibit will be held in a 17,500-square-foot setting at Downtown Disney West Side adjacent to DisneyQuest. This unique exhibition is one of the largest collections of royal dresses and rare artifacts ever assembled for an American audience which provides an in-depth historical perspective of her life. The exhibit includes five rarely seen royal dresses worn by Princess Diana.



As part of this unique experience, guests will come to understand:

The stories of Diana’s own childhood and ancestry and how that lineage was influential in her selection as the future bride of HRH Charles, The Prince of Wales, the future King of England.
Her magical royal wedding which was viewed by over 750 million people from around the globe; her favorite role as “mum” to princes William and Harry.
Kensington Palace, the royal residence where Diana lived from the moment she became the Princess of Wales until her death and which today plays an active role in preserving her charitable legacy.
The historical significance of her role as Princess of Wales and the impact she had through that role on the fashion industry and charitable landscape.
How at the Christie’s “Sale of The Century,” 79 of Diana’s royal dresses were sold to benefit charities which helped position her as an astute philanthropist.
Her untimely passing and the massive media and public interest in the tragedy.
The charitable impact still being recognized through her gowns and personal effects.
A hint at some of the items on display:

Royal Doulton figurine of Diana in her wedding dress – Made in 1981 at the time of the royal wedding, the doll is wearing an exact replica of the famous wedding dress.
The Black Velvet “V” Neck – Designed by Bruce Oldfield and worn by Diana for her official royal portrait in 1985.
Wedding Breakfast booklet – Contains guest names and two tickets to observe the bride and bridegroom before and following the wedding ceremony in the quadrangle at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House.
Three-foot doll of Diana as a young girl – Released by the Great American Doll Company in 1998 as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.
“The late Princess used her globally renowned platform brilliantly,” commented Maureen Rorech Dunkel, founder of PPCF. “She understood that the many different experiences she had in her life, both positive and negative, made her more relatable to the public. She used this quality to connect to the common masses and in doing so became known as ‘The People’s Princess.’ She used her compassion to bring support to all those in need and is still to this date, almost 12 years after her tragic passing, regarded as one of the most influential humanitarians of all time.”

“We look forward to The People’s Princess Charitable Foundation bringing this unique experience to our Downtown Disney guests,” said Kevin Lansberry, vice president of Downtown Disney. “We remain committed to offering guests new and exciting experiences they can only have at the Walt Disney World Resort.”

Tickets may be purchased at the exhibit – $14.50 (ages 10 and above), $5 (ages 3-9). The exhibition will be through Nov. 30, 2009. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 07:28 AM

This strikes me as kind of an odd fit.

I can't imagine spending vacation time in Florida at a Princess Di exhibit, it seems more fitting for London or Paris.
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:19 AM

View PostTheInfrequentVisitor, on Jun 18 2009, 08:28 AM, said:

This strikes me as kind of an odd fit.

I can't imagine spending vacation time in Florida at a Princess Di exhibit, it seems more fitting for London or Paris.


I can see the fit. Moms and Dads taking their little princess' to see artifacts from the life of a real life, honest to goodness, princess. Not a fairy tale one, therefore, encouraging them to believe that even their dreams can come true.
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:57 AM

Yes, if you can catch someone Royal's eye.


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Posted 18 June 2009 - 04:04 PM

View PostLawrick, on Jun 18 2009, 09:19 AM, said:

I can see the fit. Moms and Dads taking their little princess' to see artifacts from the life of a real life, honest to goodness, princess. Not a fairy tale one, therefore, encouraging them to believe that even their dreams can come true.

The problem is, Princess Di's story didn't end like a Disney Movie. She died in a car crash and Prince Charming went on to marry Camilla.

It strikes me as a bit sad for the little'uns.
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 05:06 PM

Uh. . . I can't seem to wrap my mind around this one.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 05:31 PM

Or Stitch's Celebration?


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 11:13 AM

Wonder how much it will cost? I guess you can use it as a teachable moment somehow. I mean, her whole story shows that even though she was a princess, she didn't live "happily ever after". I don't think we would go, unless maybe on a rainy day...send the boys to Disney Quest & I can bring my daughter to see the real princess stuff. I think she would love to see the dresses etc. I couldn't care less but she's a girly-girl and loves that type of stuff.
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 12:12 PM

So if this is temporary, what is the long-term plan for the space?
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 04:26 PM

View PostTheInfrequentVisitor, on Jun 21 2009, 01:12 PM, said:

So if this is temporary, what is the long-term plan for the space?

Rumors say that a proposed Apple store was to occupy the space for the late Virgin Megastore, and why not? The space looks like it can accommodate one. Too bad Disney isn't that smart to do something like this.
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:33 AM

Hmmmm... decisions, decisions.... go on a tethered balloon ride to nowhere or go see an exhibit about a dead British princess.... Have to say neither is going to capture my $$$
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  Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:26 PM

The whole Pleasure Island and West Side is in BIG TROUBLE. And this is the best they could do? Who cares about an exbit. The last couple of times I've gone to Pleasure Island or West side it has been pretty empty. After Disney decided to stop the clubs it has hurt all the buisness around. I wouldn't be surprised to see stores or resturants pull out after their leases are up. Unless Disney does something to improve these 2 areas!! Princess Diana Exbit $14 give me a break!!
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 05:08 PM

I only hope they at least bring back the Adventurers CLub and Comedy Warehouse at PI. Given it doesn't look like companies are jumping at the opportunity to buy into a "dead zone", re-opening those two clubs, at least, might bring in some money for the suits and bean counters. Given a conversation we had with the Event planners about ConGaloosh 2009, I know B
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 05:08 PM

I only hope they at least bring back the Adventurers CLub and Comedy Warehouse at PI. Given it doesn't look like companies are jumping at the opportunity to buy into a "dead zone", re-opening those two clubs, at least, might bring in some money for the suits and bean counters. Given a conversation we had with the Event planners about ConGaloosh 2009, I know BET is still intact, also.
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 04:56 PM

Its an interesting use of the space. I wonder if they've ever considered using the building as a museum.

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