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Garden Rocks Artists Announced for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2017

by on February 2, 2017

Garden Rocks Concert Series Artist Line Up

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While Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, meaning six more weeks of winter…it appears that there’s only four more weeks until spring at Walt Disney World.

The annual springtime event, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival kicks off on March 1 and will run for 90 days – through May 29. That’s 90 days of flowers, topiaries, food, demonstrations, seminars, and yes, the Garden Rocks Concert Series.

In the past, the Garden Rocks Concert Series (which was formerly known as the Flower Power Concert Series) was performed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings during the festival, but this year, the artists will also perform on Monday nights too! Concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion.

This year, many favorite performers will be returning, but there will also be quite a few new artists from the ’60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s ready to rock! Here is this year’s line up:

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All-New Character Meal Announced For Trattoria al Forno

by on February 1, 2017

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Can you feel the love in the air? It’s not just because Valentine’s Day is quickly coming up. No….it’s because today Disney announced that an all-new character breakfast will be debuting this spring at Trattoria al Forno.

This table service restaurant located at Disney’s BoardWalk will feature a great way to start your day with a fun meal that not only includes some of your favorite Disney Princesses, but also their Princes, as well! Characters will include Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled and Ariel and Eric from The Little Mermaid.

Not much else is known about this new dining opportunity. Stay tuned to the blog for further information about this great breakfast option.

 

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Lunch Now Offered During Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 1, 2017

Minnie's Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine

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I guess Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine has been popular! Originally offered just as a dinner option, now beginning May 14, Guests will be able to experience lunch with Minnie Mouse and friends soon too.

Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a character meal that changes themes frequently. Minnie hosts a fabulous meal with each season will bringing about a new theme. During the winter, the meal celebrates the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, there is a holiday-themed soirée, a celebration of the delight of spring, the excitement of summer, and an event surrounding the spooktacular fun of Halloween.

Don’t worry! For those with little ones, Disney Junior Play ‘n’ Dine will still occur at breakfast and will include fun moments with favorite Disney Junior pals including Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia from Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Handy Manny.

Guests can book their lunch reservations for Minnie’s Seasonal Dine now by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

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DisneyQuest to Close for The NBA Experience

by on January 30, 2017

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Almost a year and a half ago, Disney announced that the NBA Experience would be making its way to Disney Springs and that DisneyQuest would be closing to make way for this new one-of-a-kind destination. Then…we heard nothing. Not a peep. I honestly thought the idea was dead.

That is until today when Disney announced that they would indeed still be going forward with The NBA Experience and that DisneyQuest had a date when it would officially close for good. DisneyQuest, located on The West Side, will officially close on July 3. Leading up to its closure, the indoor theme park will still operate as usual, offering classic arcade games and unique interactive experiences, such as Buzz Lightyear’s AstroBlasters and CyberSpace Mountain.

As far as The NBA Experience is concerned, not much is known about what the basketball-themed complex will offer. We do know that it will feature hands-on activities that put guests right in the middle of the NBA action, and will create an immersive experience of both the game and its players. Guests will enjoy unique NBA video productions, a restaurant, and a store.

Stay tuned to the blog for more information about further announcements about The NBA Experience, as well as any further announcements regarding DisneyQuest.

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Planet Hollywood Observatory Now Open at Disney Springs

by on January 27, 2017

Planet Hollywood Observatory

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After a very lengthy refurbishment, according to their Facebook page, Planet Hollywood Observatory located in the Town Center section of Disney Springs has now officially opened.

The restaurant features an eclectic menu, including sandwiches and burgers from celebrity chef, Guy Fieri. Sandwiches will include the Prime Time American Kobe-Inspired Burger, Turkey Pic-a-nic Sandwich, and a lobster roll. It also features some returning classics from the previous version of Planet Hollywood, like the World Famous Chicken Crunch. (Which are chicken fingers with a Cap’n Crunch cereal coating.) The rest of the menu will range from salads to  steaks and ribs. Oh and dessert will be out of this world, with incredible milkshakes, as well as an ice cream and gelato challenge. Take a look at the Planet Hollywood Observatory’s full menu here.

Inspired with a turn-of-the-century theme, Planet Hollywood Observatory will continue to feature rare Hollywood memorabilia. Inside, the restaurant will continue with the observatory theme with a high-tech planetarium with stars and constellations on the ceiling.There is also a massive 4,500-square-foot video wall that features state-of-the-art sound and media. In addition, Guests who visit the newly updated restaurant will be able to enjoy a drink while an interactive DJ spins today’s Top 40 and classic favorites on the main floor.

Speaking of enjoying a drink, there will be two bars for Guests to enjoy. First, at the Upper Bar, Guests can enjoy artisanal cocktails and a curated collection of libations. At Stargazers Bar, live entertainment will take place nightly on this outdoor patio that overlooks the Town Center section of Disney Springs.  At Stargazers, there will be 20 Florida craft beers on tap and 10 signature cocktails.

Of course, new merchandise has also been created and Guests who enjoyed their experience will want to stop by the gift shop to pick up a movie-themed souvenir.

Planet Hollywood Observatory is open for both lunch and dinner.

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Sneak Peek of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Live Action Film at Disney Parks

by on January 27, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

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As a child of the 90s, I have to say, I am super excited about the upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast. While Ariel got me into the Disney princess phenomenon, it was really Belle who was most like me, as I too always had my nose in a book.

If you, like me are anxiously awaiting this film, I am happy to tell you that if you’ll be visiting either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts, you’ll soon be able to catch a sneak peek.

At Walt Disney World, beginning February 10 through March 26, at One Man’s Dream in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests will be able to catch a preview scene from the film. In addition, two iconic props will be available for Guests to view – the yellow ballroom dress and the magical rose.

In addition, at Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, a performer will invite a father and daughter from the audience onstage where they will be able to participate in a magical moment prior to the show in which the performer will sing to them a new song from the film.

Over on the West Coast, at Disney California Adventure, beginning February 10, the preview of Beauty and the Beast will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. There will also be special props from the film available for Guests to view.

The film preview will last approximately eight minutes.

Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17.

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Paddlefish at Disney Springs Gets Official Opening Date

by on January 25, 2017

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After months and months of refurbishment work, I can officially tell you that Paddlefish is reopening on February 4!

The Disney Springs restaurant, which is formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, has been seeing a massive bow to stern transformation. When the seafood-centric restaurant reopens, it will be themed more now after a modern, luxurious yacht and will be an inviting and opulent atmosphere for guests. Paddlefish will offer Guests multiple dining experiences and private event spaces.

While Paddlefish’s main focus will be on seafood, there will also be beef, chicken, vegetarian, and vegan options for Guests to enjoy. Specialties will include oyster shucking bar, Florida stone crab and Alaskan king crab, steaks and chops, as well as classic and curated cocktails. Paddlefish will feature separate lunch and dinner menus.

Here’s a look at some of the dishes you’ll be able to enjoy at Paddlefish:

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Disney Springs to Offer Personal Shopping Services

by on January 24, 2017

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Today, we’re going to add to the list of “exclusive” high-end experiences you can experience at Walt Disney World. Guests will now have the option to take advantage of a personal shopping service.

Melanie Pace, who is a distinguished fashion advisor and has been featured in “Women’s Health,” “Shape Magazine,” and “E! News” is now available for clients and is accepting appointments for those looking to shop at Disney Springs. It is said that she can create looks on with any budget.

The Personal Shopping Session provides one-on-one consulting, fashion recommendations, beauty advice, and special access to Disney Springs retailers.

The Personal Shopping Sessions are $250 per hour and can be booked by visiting melaniepace.com or call 321-377-1337 and ask for a “Disney Springs Style Session”. Small group experiences can also be booked. Appointments will be available on a first come, first-served basis during normal Disney Springs operating hours.

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#RockTheDots Event at Disney Springs and Downtown Disney

by on January 19, 2017

#RockTheDots

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Did you know that January 22 is National Polka Dot Day? Disney is inviting its Guests to #RockTheDots and celebrate the fashion icon that is Minnie Mouse. Guests looking to celebrate should visit Disney Springs in Walt Disney World or Downtown Disney in Disneyland dressed in their polka-dotted attire. During the #RockTheDots event, Guests will be able to take part in unique entertainment, photo opportunities, discounts, and giveaways.

At Disney Springs, Guests who visit should first stop and pick up a commemorative button. Those dressed in polka dots can grab one at the following locations:

  • The Welcome Center
  • Marketplace Co-Op
  • Tren-D
  • World of Disney
  • Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories
  • DisneyQuest
  • Select participating retailers

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Disney Vacation Club Members Can Experience Moonlight Magic

by on January 18, 2017

Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic

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Last year, Disney Vacation Club members were able to participate in special events that were held periodically throughout the year to celebrate their membership. These complimentary, after hours events took place at each of the four different theme parks and this year are back with a twist! The evenings are now called Moonlight Magic and this year, they will not only take place at Walt Disney World, but also at Disneyland!

During Moonlight Magic, Guests will be able to experience shorter-than-usual wait times at some of the parks’ most popular attractions, special entertainment and character appearances, complimentary treats and more.

This year’s events will take place on the following dates and locations:

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