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Latest News, Deals & Savings for June 15

Disneyland celebrates summer with new shows, night sky surprises, California’s Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park reopens for limited camping, and the 37th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance will feature 80 classic wooden boats

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Disneyland Greets Summer With New Shows, Night Sky Surprises

Disneyland will glow like never before this summer with a new after-dark show, a new fireworks spectacular, an enhanced Disney's Electrical Parade and new special effects for its Fantasmic show.

"This summer is all about new surprises at nighttime," said Ed Grier, president of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. "With the sparkling Summer Nightastic! entertainment and our valuable summer offers, Disneyland Resort will be the hottest spot in Southern California this summer for kids of all ages."

To enjoy all the fun, guests will find special ticket offers and vacation packages at Disneyland.com, including the Summer Fun Pass for residents of Southern California and Northern Baja, and a "2 Nights Free" offer at Disneyland Resort hotels and Resort Good Neighbor hotels. The special hotel deal provides guests five days and nights of Disneyland fun, for the price of three.

Nighttime entertainment, always an exciting part of summer at Disneyland Resort, appears in a whole new light - bigger, bolder and brighter - during Summer Nightastic!

Dumbo makes his debut in the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle in the "Magical" fireworks spectacular and Tinker Bell leads the way in "Disney's Electrical Parade."

New creatures will thrill guests in this summer's "Fantasmic!" show, rockin' bands and DJs heat up a great new dance club in Tomorrowland, and the fairies of Pixie Hollow play under the lights for the first time.

Later this summer, a new, 40-foot-tall dragon will breathe fire across the Rivers of America in "Fantasmic!"

Summer Nightastic! continues nightly through Sunday, Aug. 23, at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks. "Magical" fireworks continue through Labor Day weekend.

All shows and immersive experiences are free with park admission. More information about Summer Nightastic! can be found at
www.disneyland.com/summer .

The "Get 2 Nights Free" offer is valid for bookings from now through Aug. 11, 2009 for arrivals at a Disneyland Resort hotel through Sept. 26 with travel being completed by Oct. 1, and is valid from through Sept. 26 at participating Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor hotels with travel completed by Oct. 10. Other conditions may apply.

California's Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Open Again

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, one of the jewels in the California State Parks system, is now open again for campers. The park, just south of Monterey along State Highway 1, was badly impacted by the devastating 2008 Chalk Fire in Big Sur.

On a limited basis, the park will be open for camping through Oct 31.

"We have been working hard to get this campground open in time for summer," said C.L. Price, superintendent of the Big Sur Sector of California State Parks. "This is great news because we know how important this particular campground is to hundreds of families who go here every year, and we know how important this park is to the economy of the Big Sur area."

Due to fire damage in 2008 a limited number of campsites will be available in South Camp and Weyland. The Main Camp will be off reservations due to a major capital outlay project and is anticipated to be closed during the summer.

California State Parks employees request patience while they work diligently to reopen more of the campground. Trail crews will be continuing their efforts to rebuild and rehabilitate many of the trails on the east side of Highway 1. It is advisable that visitors check in at the Ranger station or the California State Park Website at
www.parks.ca.gov for the most current trail conditions.

Due to limited access to the campground, check-in and check-out times will be strictly enforced. Camping reservations can be made through Reserve America at
www.reserveamerica.com or by calling (800) 444-7275.

Lake Tahoe to Display 80 Classic Wooden Boats

The 37th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance set for June 20-21 at the Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay on Lake Tahoe's North Shore will showcase more than 80 wooden boats of all makes and models, all meticulously and beautifully restored.

The 2009 marque - or featured - class is "Blonde Deck Runabouts," post-war runabouts mainly produced in the late 1940s and the 1950s that feature two-tone deck designs, created by bleaching and staining the mahogany to a "blonde" tone.

The grandest of their class and time, the Blonde Deck Runabouts also boast "streamlined" hardware, rakish transoms and big block engines.

For a special Father's Day treat, this year's event will feature ‘Take Dad to VIP Day' on Friday, June 19, from 12-4 p.m., where he will enjoy hosted hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and a ride on a classic "woody."

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday June 21, which will culminate with the traditional "Roar Off" to signify the show's end.

Judges representing the highest level of knowledge and experience in the restoration of vintage mahogany boats will evaluate entries in more than 15 classes, and show visitors will be able to participate in voting for the "People's Choice" award.

Sponsored by the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, all proceeds from the event will benefit Tahoe Basin non-profit organizations. For more information, tickets and show times, visit
www.laketahoeconcours.com, or call (530) 581-4700.