Chilean miners are going to Walt Disney World

“Esteban Rojas, you’ve just survived 69 days trapped 2,300 feet underground. What are you going to do next?”

“I’m going to Disney Worldl!

OK, so maybe that’s not quite the way it happened, but the 33 Chilean miners who survived underground after a mine collapse this year are being treated to a Walt Disney World vacation in 2011.

Disney has confirmed that the miners and their immediate families will be traveling to Orlando Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, 2011. In a nice added touch, rescue workers who helped save the men will get a vacation, too.

“The amazing story of these miners captured the attention of the world for demonstrating the true power and resilience of the human spirit,” said Disney President and CEO Bob Iger. “We are proud to welcome these courageous men and their families to the Walt Disney World Resort.”

A welcome dinner that includes Disney characters, dancing and Chilean cuisine prepared by Disney chefs will greet the Chilean families.

Over the course of their six-night vacation, the miners, rescuers and their families will visit all four Disney theme parks in Florida and serve as grand marshals of a parade at the Magic Kingdom.

Mickey Mouse is picking up the tab for the trip, and giving each family a $500 Disney gift card.

[Image credit: Flickr user Rescate Mineros]

Chilean miner Edison Pena invited to meet Elvis in Las Vegas

What do you do when you’ve finally escaped from the mine? Hit Las Vegas, of course. Las Vegas’ official Elvis, Jesse Garon, is sponsoring a star-studded vacation for rescued miner Edison Pena to meet his favorite star – Elvis! Pena used music and movies of the King including the 1960s Elvis movie Viva Las Vegas and Jailhouse Rock to pass the time and keep up the spirits of all the miners trapped underground.

Pena’s invitation includes a visit from the Official Elvis of Las Vegas (Jesse Garon), showgirls, five star accommodations, show tickets, buffets, and a renewal of vows with the King under the Welcome to Las Vegas sign in a 1955 Pink Cadillac.

“How those men survived is nothing less than miraculous,” said Garon. He continued with, “All of the Elvis community and fans everywhere bonded together and have been inspired by the miner trapped underground since first hearing about the fan of the King on Facebook.”

Mr. Garon extending the invitation by saying, “These men deserve the best.”

Pena has also reportedly been invited to visit Gracelan and run the New York Marathon.

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