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Vivoli Gelateria Now Open at Downtown Disney

by on June 11, 2015

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Are you looking for authentic Italian gelato on your next Walt Disney World vacation? Then you need to head to Downtown Disney to experience Vivoli Gelateria, a brand new gelato location now found in The Landing section.

Vivoli Gelateria was founded in Florence, Italy, and the Downtown Disney location is only its second ever full-service shop.

The quick-service place showcases gelato making, an art that has been perfected by three generations of family. This really is a family run business, as it was founded in 1932 by Raphael Vivoli and his two brothers. Vivoli Gelateria started out as a dairy. It is now run by Raphael’s granddaughter, Silvana.

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First Details About The Edison at Disney Springs

by on June 9, 2015

gI_87390_2015-0505 - Edison Rendering JPEG copyOne of the recent dining establishments announced for Disney Springs is The Edison. For those who are curious about this upcoming hot spot, here is what you can expect to find.

The Edison is a lavish “Industrial Gothic”-style restaurant, bar, and nighttime destination. It is inspired by its sister location, which can be found in Los Angeles. It will be themed around old-world style sophistication and romance and this particular venue’s story is that it is set in a 1920s-period power plant, recalling the era of innovation and imagination.

This destination establishment is famous for classic American food, craft cocktails, as well as live music and entertainment. Various entertainment options will include contortionists, palm readers, DJs, and more.

There will be multiple themed areas for guests to explore. They include The Ember Parlour, Telegraph Lounge, The Patent Office, The Radio Room, The Tesla Lounge, The Lab performance space, and a Waterfront Patio.

The Edison will be run by the Patina Group, which is the same company who runs Via Napoli, Tutto Italia, and Tutto Gusto.

While there is no official opening date announced for The Edison, it is expected to open in The Landing section of Disney Springs in 2016.

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First Details on Epcot’s Newest Attraction Frozen Ever After

by on June 9, 2015

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Today, the Wall Street Journal gave us a first glimpse at what we can expect with the upcoming Frozen attraction, called Frozen Ever After, slated to hit Epcot’s Norway Pavilion sometime next year.

The goal of the attraction is to “try to take you back to the movie, without retelling the story,” said Imagineering Creative Executive, Kathy Mangum.

The attraction is set to take place during the Winter Festival (which takes place in the summer), when the residents of Arendelle celebrate their favorite time of the year.

Here is what guests will experience in the upcoming attraction:

First, the Maelstrom attraction building has been gutted to make way for Frozen Ever After; however, the ride path will remain the same.

As far as the attraction goes, the queue will have guests walk past Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post. Guests may even catch a glimpse of him, and you can bet you may hear Yoo-hoo a few times!

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Frozen Fever Short Added to Frozen Summer Fun Activities

by on June 6, 2015

Frozen Summer FunThe Frozen Summer Fun event kicks off in a little less than two weeks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and this year, a brand new activity has been added to the schedule.

For those who loved the short, Frozen Fever, which played ahead of the live action Cinderella, you’ll be able to catch both the short and a behind the scenes look at the making of the film at the ABC Sound Studio.  The premise (for those who missed it) takes us back to Arendelle to celebrate Anna’s birthday, but unfortunately, Elsa has a cold which could hamper the activities planned.

The short will air twice each hour, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In addition getting to see the short, during Frozen Summer Fun, guests will also be able to enjoy the Frozen Royal Welcome mini-parade, Olaf’s Summer Cool Down, Hot Frozen Nights DJ Dance Party, and the Frozen Fireworks.  In addition, guests will also be able to catch For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing Along Celebration in its new theater, the Hyperion Theater, which is the former American Idol Experience stage.

The Frozen Summer Fun event will take place from June 17 through September 7.

 

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Dining Changes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this June

by on June 5, 2015

image1Disney’s Animal Kingdom has seen quite a few dining changes recently, with the addition of Harambe Market and Tamu Tamu’s switch back to selling sweet treats like ice cream (and Dole Whips with rum!)

This June, there will be a few more dining changes in this park. First, the former Creature Comforts store, which has been announced as the most recent place to get a cup of Starbucks coffee, will reopen in Discovery Island on June 18.

This location will be just like the other Starbucks locations at the theme parks, offering coffee, espresso, frappuccinos, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and Disney-crafted snacks and treats.

This location is the fourth and final Starbucks to be located in a park. The other shops can be found at:

There are also two additional Starbucks locations at Downtown Disney: one is a walk up window, found on the Marketplace side, and the other is a full-fledged Starbucks, found on the West Side.

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The NBA Experience Coming to Disney Springs

by on June 3, 2015

imageDetails about Disney Springs’ transformation have been slowly trickling out and today we have another piece of the puzzle.

A new one-of-a-kind destination will be opening up in the shopping and dining district called The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World. This attraction will feature hands-on activities that put guests right in the middle of the NBA action, creating an immersive experience of both the game and its players. Guests will enjoy unique NBA video productions, a restaurant, and a store.

“We’re excited to join the NBA in offering this unique form of family entertainment,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “It will be a terrific addition to the world-class lineup of shops and restaurants coming to Disney Springs.”

Not many additional details are known about this new eatablishment headed to Disney Springs, as it’s still in the early development process, but as soon as I do know more, I’ll make sure to let you know.

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Complete Video of Updated Great Movie Ride presented by Turner Classic Movies at DHS

by on June 2, 2015

DHS updated Great Movie Ride presented by Turner Classic Movies

DHS’s Great Movie Ride is now presented by Turner Classic Movies (Photos and video by Seth Kubersky)

Just a few days ago, Disney’s Hollywood Studios quietly implemented some major changes to one of its iconic attractions, when WDW introduced the updated Great Movie Ride presented by Turner Classic Movies. The update features TCM host Robert Osborne, and includes new decor elements in the queue, an entirely new preshow video, brand new narration through the ride, and a revised finale film.

Here’s a look at the ride’s Chinese Theater exterior, which has received subtle new signage and a much-needed cleaning.

The attraction had a 25 minute standby wait in the late afternoon when I visited, but earlier in the day it went up to nearly an hour. Is the refreshed ride really popular, or is there just not much else to ride at DHS?…

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Epcot Introduces New Backstage Tour

by on June 2, 2015

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I love a good Disney tour. It’s so cool getting to go behind the magic and take a look at things that most Guests normally don’t get to see.

So, I’m super stoked about this brand new tour that has been introduced at Epcot called World Showcase: DestiNations. Its goal is to bring culture, history, and Disney magic to life. During this five hour tour, Guests will get to see what inspired the Disney animators in the creation of beloved movie classics. The tour is an all walking tour that highlights the gorgeous architecture and world history, includes a cultural demonstration at one of the pavilions, and the best part is that Guests can also partake in a dining experience at Restaurant Marrakesh.

The cost for the tour is $109 and it takes place daily, departing at 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Park admission is required, and guests must be aged 16 and over. The tour can be booked by calling (407) 939-5277.

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Celebrate World Ocean Day at Epcot

by on June 2, 2015

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The ocean is a beautiful thing; so very vast and often a color of blue that you can’t believe is real (can you tell I’m getting excited to sail that gorgeous ocean soon on the Disney Dream?) Well, did you know that June 8 is World Ocean Day? To celebrate the special day, Disney will actually be holding some special events on Wednesday, June 3.

Guests are invited to head to Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion where they can explore the 5.7 million gallon salt water aquarium, learn about the different sea animals, and play ocean themed games.

Activities will include:

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NBC Sports Grill & Brew Opening Fall 2015 at Universal Orlando CityWalk

by on June 1, 2015

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Concept art for CityWalk’s new NBC Sports Grill & Brew (image via Universal Orlando)

We’ve been watching the construction and following the permit filings for months, but now it is finally official: NBC Sports Grill & Brew is coming to Universal Orlando CityWalk, on the site of the former NASCAR Sports Grille.

The new venue was announced at an industry convention last night, and publicly revealed today via the following Youtube video:

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