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Disney Characters Get Romantic on New U.S. Postal Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service honors romance in the third in the Art of Disney series to be issued on April 21, 2006, and available April 22, nationwide.

These romance 39-cent stamps will be issued during the kick-off of the 13th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (April 21-June 11). All of the stamps will be recreated in larger- than-life, seven-foot topiaries composed of fresh flowers and plants and will be unveiled on stage in an elaborate ceremony directly behind Epcot's Spaceship Earth.

Each stamp tells its own romantic tale:

* Everyone dreams of living a rags-to-riches fairy tale and dancing with that special someone. As Cinderella and Prince Charming learn, one waltz can lead to a moment of realization: So this is love.

* This is the evening the Beast has awaited, but can he tell Belle of his love? He knows his heart, but does she yet know her own? These two are as uncertain as they are hopeful emotions and a tale as old as time.

* First dates can be full of risks and ordering spaghetti only complicates matters. Fortunately for Lady and Tramp, a plate of pasta leads to a memorable kiss, turning a simple dinner out into a wonderful Bella Notte.

* Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have been sweethearts for many years, yet they still have that first blush of romance. Seeing this celebrated couple, we can all take heart; they prove that sometimes the course of love can indeed run smooth.

Joining featured costume walk-around characters Cinderella, Prince Charming, Belle, Beast, Lady, Tramp and Mickey and Minnie for the unveiling will be:

Jo Ann Feindt, (vp, Great Lakes Area Operations, U.S, Postal Service), Al Weiss, (president, worldwide operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts), and Brad Rex, (vp, Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort).

For more about the stamps or to order them go to www.usps.com.

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