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19-06-2009, 08:11 AM
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 Princess Diana, 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.


Media Contacts:
Lisa Brock
Brock Communications

Walt Disney World Public Relations


19-06-2009, 08:48 AM
i read about this else where. i dont know what disney are thinking about when i go to disney i want to see mickey mouse etc but i suppose i am from the UK and feel we get enough of the royal family here i cant undersatnd why have it at disney.
this is just my personal opinion and i dont mean to offend anyone :)

19-06-2009, 03:44 PM
Although I believe she was a wonderful person, I just dont see how a Diana exhibit fits in with Mickey Mouse, La Nouba, and Bongos....

maybe its just me.... it will probably have 5 hour long lines...

19-06-2009, 04:52 PM
I agree with you both - seems a bit of a strange thing to have at DTD :unsure:

20-06-2009, 10:01 PM
I would like to see it... don't know when it ends though. The tickets are cheap.

21-06-2009, 12:54 PM
:unsure: I'm another one who's not sure that it is fitting to Disneyworld. Perhaps they just know it is one of the tourist capitals of America and that lot's of people will get to see it ($$$$$). I agree that it would be a nice thing to see- but it seems a bit depressing to have at WDW.

Perhaps it will be a celebration of her life rather than a depressing monument sort of thing...

21-06-2009, 01:04 PM
I wonder if it's going to be in the Virgin Megastore building? :unsure:

I think I would like to see this. I really admired Diana and still do respect her memory. Herself and I were staying at the BC that fateful day in August when the accident happened. :(

Diana loved Disney, and since there are so very many people who visit this area, and they are from so many different countries, I think it does make some sense to have it here.

I'm not sure I'll go, because I'm an old emotional fool about some things, and it most likely wouldn't be a good experience for me. :( But, I may just buck up and try to see it.

Thanks for the information!

21-06-2009, 01:07 PM
I wonder if it's going to be in the Virgin Megastore building? :unsure:

I believe it is :yes:

21-06-2009, 01:12 PM
Yeah, if I'd have read the title thoroughly. :rolleyes: Some days I really wonder about myself. :sigh: Most days, actually. :lol:

They've got the windows blocked with paper that has Mickey Balloons printed on it. I wondered why, and now it makes sense. They must be getting ready for the display.

21-06-2009, 01:19 PM
Yeah, if I'd have read the title thoroughly. :rolleyes: Some days I really wonder about myself. :sigh: Most days, actually. :lol:

They've got the windows blocked with paper that has Mickey Balloons printed on it. I wondered why, and now it makes sense. They must be getting ready for the display.

yeah I wondered the same thing! they've very comprehensively covered up all the windows with those "celebrate" posters :lol: kinda impressive really compared to the normal white paint everywhere else in the world seems to settle for on refurbs.

I won't be going to see this exhibit. I felt totally drowned in the Diana press over here in the UK, it bordered on the completely obsessive day after day, week after week, month after month. Nevertheless, she did some seriously good works and I think the world around her worked hard to kill her, first slowly then definitively at the end :(

I've no wish to see what I'm sure will be a pretty soulless exhibit of clothes and assorted wotnots.

I've said this to uk friends most, not all, of whom have agreed with me and US friends, most of whom have disagreed :) so I suspect they'll have no shortage of attendees.

As an aside, it was very sad to see that space unused this month. I was sad not to wander around virgin, look at the magazines upstairs, visit the little cafe. I do hope they manage to find a really great long term use for that space!

21-06-2009, 01:28 PM
I'm mostly of your mind, Kieth. Diana is not a cumulative display of "things." She was a soul, a spirit, and energy. I'm not real good with those sorts of displays, anyway as I've said.

Last night we stopped by DTD after bringing Seth back to Ft. Myers and the place was absolutely hopping. It was like Christmas! :eek: We commented that it sure seemed a huge waste to not have Virgin there with the attendance so high.

We miss the place too. :( It was great for having a poke around in. There were always neat things... just don't understand some corporate decisions. :shrug: