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New Details About Terralina Crafted Italian Restaurant at Disney Springs

by on December 13, 2017

Well, it looks like the opening date for Terralina Crafted Italian which will be located in The Landing section of Disney Springs has been pushed back. Originally slated to open in the fall of this year, the Italian restaurant will now open in early 2018.

The backstory behind the newly refurbished restaurant (Terralina is replacing Portobello) is that a first-generation Italian family, from the Lake District, who built a home in Disney Springs, has been expanding their home over the years to welcome more friends and neighbors to enjoy their hospitality, and food.

Terralina Crafted Italian will feature an open rotunda that will welcome guests with a rustic stone fireplace. There will also be a new outdoor patio with a veranda bar that spills out into the Disney Springs promenade, and a two-story glass conservatory that showcases stunning views of Lake Buena Vista. Out front, there will be a herb garden just outside the doors.

Terralina Crafted Italian is being brought to life courtesy of James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and will be open for lunch and dinner. Dishes will include artisanal pizzas and fresh vegetable items fired up in a wood-burning oven. Two new signatures items will be added, mussels and a grilled pork chop, along with favorites from Portobello included too, such as the antipasti platter and signature pastas.

Stay tuned for more details about this upcoming dining experience.

The Edison Will Open at Disney Springs With a Dazzling New Year’s Eve Event

by on December 13, 2017

The Edison

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It’s the date you’ve all been waiting for! The Edison, located in The Landing at Disney Springs has an opening date and they are going to celebrate the opening in style with a Grand Opening party on New Year’s Eve!

The event will showcasing The Edison’s lavish Industrial Gothic-style, crave-worthy food and exceptional cocktails. In addition, there will be a spectacular lineup of world-class entertainment for Guests to enjoy.  The Edison will be a fully immersive gastronomic experience and will feature multiple themed areas to exploreand also includes a waterfront patio that overlooks Lake Buena Vista.

The Edison will be an awe-inspiring place for families to come throughout the day for delicious contemporary American fare and drinks. At night, The Edison truly comes alive for the adult crowd and provides a sensory overload of entertainment that will include live musicians, dancers and aerialists – all of which will be on display during the New Year’s Eve Grand Opening.

Doors for the New Year’s Eve Grand Opening evening will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 and are available to the first 350 guests to purchase. The evening will include tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, live-action food stations and a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits from 8:00 p.m until midnight. In addition, there will be a selection of coffee, desserts and a celebratory midnight toast to ring in the new year.

Guests attending this event must be at least 21 years of age. Also, keep in mind that there will be a dress code, as men may wear slacks, jeans or dress shorts. No ball caps, sleeveless shirts or flip-flops are permitted.

Looks like this party will be a fun way to say welcome to the neighborhood to The Edison!

Flights of Wonder to End and New “Up” Themed Show to Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on December 13, 2017

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This week, it was announced that the show, Flights of Wonder found in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be ending it’s almost 20 year run. Its last performance will take place on December 31.  The show, which took place on the Caravan Stage, featured at least 20 different species of exotic birds displaying fun “tricks” that were all part of their natural behaviors and often included humorous talents. There was also a strong conservation message that was delivered.

Flights of Wonder will be replaced by another bird show, but this time, it will feature Russell and Dug from the Pixar film, Up. The duo will discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure. This new show is expected to debut in the spring of 2018.

Stay tuned to the blog for further information about the new show that will be coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New Details About the Disney Skyliner Gondola Transportation System

by on December 8, 2017

When it was announced at the D23 Expo that the Walt Disney World Resort was getting a gondola transportation system, called the Disney Skyliner, I was a little surprised. It was a cool idea, but the questions soon started coming to my mind. Today, Disney answered some of the questions I had, as well as some additional ones.

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First things first, it was announced that Disney characters like the Fab Five, characters from Disney attractions, fan favorites from movies, and more would be a part of the fun. The exterior of the cabins will feature iconic beloved Disney characters incorporated into their design, like Belle and Beast, the Haunted Mansion ghosts, Mickey and Minnie, and more.

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Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Returns for 2018

by on December 7, 2017

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Exciting news for those who love the festivals that take place at Disney California Adventure! The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will be returning and this year, will be expanded. The festival, which is a celebration of California, will take place from March 2 through April 12 for its third season.

During the event, Guests will be able to enjoy delicious cuisine and specialty beverages courtesy of more than a dozen Festival Marketplaces. In addition, there will also be great entertainment offerings, as well as presentations and demonstrations with celebrity chefs such as Robert Irvine and Alex Guarnaschelli; food and beverage tastings; winemaker dinners; beer, wine and spirit seminars, and more.

New experiences for this year’s event will include the Disney Family of Wines Dinner. There will also be returning favorites like the Winemaker or Brewmaster Dinners or Sweet Sundays, and the Junior Chef experience for children ages 3-11.

Stay tuned to the blog for more details about what you can expect during the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

Artists Announced for the Disney on Broadway Concert Series

by on December 6, 2017

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

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The Epcot Festival of the Arts is a celebration of all things art. That includes visual art, culinary art, and theatrical art. Which means that during this unique festival, the park collaborates with Disney Theatrical to bring favorite music and Broadway talent who will perform at the America Gardens Theatre singing the award-winning music of Disney on Broadway, including ‪The Lion King‪, Newsies, and Aladdin. The shows will take place Fridays through Mondays from January 12 through February 19.

Here is a list of performers for the 2018 Disney on Broadway Concert Series:

January 12 to 15
Performers: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
Songs from: Tarzan, Aladdin, Newsies and Frozen

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New Details About Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

by on December 6, 2017

As we all know, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is undergoing a massive refurbishment. Today, Disney shared some great new details about what we can expect to experience when the resort’s enhancements debut in the summer of 2018.

First, Old Port Royale will be reimagined as the port of entry where guests will check in. This centralized location will offer resort guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining. This includes the all-new quick service location known as Centertown Market, an all-new Shutters restaurant that will include waterfront dining and will be adjacent to the new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge. For Guests looking to do some shopping, look no further than Calypso Trading Post which will offer shoppers Disney merchandise and other vacation essentials.

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Pixar Play Parade to See Enhancements During Pixar Fest

by on December 5, 2017

Next year, the Disneyland Resort will be celebrating Pixar Fest, which is a celebration of all of your favorite Pixar stories. When Pixar Fest debuts on April 13, the Pixar Play Parade will be returning, but this time at Disneyland park. Oh and the parade will see new additions featuring characters from Up, Inside Out and more!

Leading out the parade will be Luxo Junior and the famous Pixar ball.

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International Parks Round-Up — November/December 2017

by on December 5, 2017

While not as exciting as October, the month of November brought us a few new announcements regarding the International Disney Parks, with more excitement happening for the holidays in December. Let’s break the news down park by park.

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Disneyland Paris sparkles this holiday season! (Photo courtesy of Disney)

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The holiday season is in full force at Disneyland Paris, with special holiday entertainment throughout both parks. Disney’s Christmas Parade at Disneyland Park features familiar characters, dancing sugar canes and gingerbread men, and so much more! Ending with the always-magical snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., this parade will put you in the Yuletide spirit.

You can also find a brand-new show, “A Merry Stitchmas” on the Royal Castle Stage, led by that ever-mischievous alien Stitch. In addition, meet and greets are taking place throughout the park with Marie, Scrooge McDuck, Thumper, Miss Bunny, and Santa Claus.

Furthermore, at Walt Disney Studios Park you’ll find two new holiday shows. The stage show “Sing Me a Merry Christmas” gives you a chance to sing along with Mickey and friends to your favorite Christmas songs. At night, gaze in awe at “Goofy’s Incredible Christmas,” a nighttime extravaganza featuring all-new mapping technology and special effects displayed on The Hollywood Tower Hotel. If you’ve ever needed a reason for international travel, Christmas at Disneyland Paris seems like a good one!

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Details about the 2018 Epcot Festival of the Arts

by on November 28, 2017

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I am super happy to see that the Epcot Festival of the Arts is returning. Debuting last year, the festival celebrates everything artistic. This includes visual arts, culinary arts, performing arts, and so much more.

The festival has been expanded for 2018, with it taking place every day this year, from January 12 through February 19. During the Epcot Festival of the Arts,  Guests will be able to see some gorgeous works of art in person. They will also be able to participate in seminars and watch the creative process live. There are multiple food booths called Food Studios located around the World Showcase promenade which features dishes that are serious works of art. Finally, through a collaboration with Disney Theatrical, favorite music and Broadway talent will perform at the America Gardens Theatre singing the award-winning music of Disney on Broadway. (Which I recently shared details about how you can now book the Disney on Broadway Dining Packages.)

Here is the rundown of what you can expect to experience at this year’s Epcot Festival of the Arts:

Featured Exhibits

There are not only Featured Exhibits that contain unique artwork, but many of the World Showcase pavilion’s artwork is also highlighted. These Featured Exhibits can be seen in the Odyssey Festival Showplace.

  • Disney’s Iconic Artists  – Study pieces that are responsible for creating so many childhood memories.
  • Disney-Inspired Original Art – Take home original artwork created by some of Disney’s most beloved artists.

Pavilion Exhibits

  • American Heritage Gallery – American Adventure: Journey through 400 years of African-American achievement.
  • Art of Disney – Future World West: Purchase work by popular Disney artists as well as Festival merchandise.
  • Bijutsu-kan Gallery – Japan: Delve into the origin and evolution of “kawaii,” Japan’s cute culture.
  • Gallery of Arts and History – Morocco – Check out the unique designs of time-honored crafts.
  • House of the Whispering Willows – China: Discover the wonders of the new Shanghai Disney Resort.
  • Mexico Folk Art Gallery – Mexico: Celebrate the traditions of Día de Muertos.
  • Stave Church Gallery – Norway: Observe art representational of the culture that influenced Disney’s Frozen.
  • Chalk Gallery – World Showcase: Watch imaginative chalk artists recreate works by famous masters.

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