Posts Tagged ‘Disney Springs’

Brand New Immersive Star Wars Experience Coming to Disney Springs and Downtown Disney

by on August 3, 2017

Today, it was announced that a brand new collaboration between Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and THE VOID will take Guests literally into the Star Wars world via a hyper-reality experience. Called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, Guests will be able to be thrust into the Star Wars universe at two new new VOID Experience Centers. These centers will be found at unannounced locations at both Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort and at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will allow fans to move freely in an untethered, social, and multi-sensory experience. Guests will be able to interact with friends, fans, and even some characters.

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“At THE VOID, we combine the magic of illusions, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that take guests to new worlds,” said Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at THE VOID. “A truly transformative experience is so much more than what you see with your eyes; it’s what you hear, feel, touch, and even smell. Through the power of THE VOID, guests who step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire won’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story.”

The fun begins sometime during this holiday season. Stay tuned to the blog as I find out more information about this ground-breaking experience.

American Idol Auditions to Begin at Disney Springs

by on August 3, 2017

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Have you always wanted to hear the words “This is American Idol” in person? Well, you may very well be in luck.

For those who don’t know, ABC is bringing back the singing competition and auditions for this new season are kicking off at Disney Springs on August 17. So, if you think you can be the next “American Idol“, you’ll want to audition in front of of the American Idol producers as they cruise into town with their bus tour. (Sorry, Katy Perry – one of the new celebrity judges – won’t be there.)

Guests are encouraged to arrive early, as parking will be available beginning at 4:00 a.m.  There will be no overnight camping, so don’t arrive before 4:00 a.m.! Parking will be available at the surface parking lot on the West Side of Disney Springs, near House of Blues and Cirque du Soleil.

Registration will begin at 6:00 a.m. and auditions will start at 8:00 a.m. Do keep in mind that registration will close at 12:00 p.m or sooner, depending on capacity. Do keep in mind that auditions will take place outdoors. 

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Daisy’s Best Week Ever, July 27, 2017: Olivia’s and Christmas in July!

by on July 27, 2017

Hello, friends! Thanks for joining us for another Best Week Ever. This week is not one to read if you’re feeling hungry, because we’re visiting Olivia’s Cafe for a scrumptious breakfast. After that we’re checking out Christmas in July at Disney Springs and maybe even showing off some new Dooney & Bourke patterns. Let’s get going!

When we were hunting restaurants to feature I realized that I hadn’t visited Olivia’s at Disney’s Old Key West Resort in several years. I had very fond memories of this dining spot, so I had high expectations. I was surprised how crowded the resort was at 9am. We would have had a very tough time finding a parking spot an hour later. We were scrambling a bit to make our reservation, but arrived just in time.

At the podium we were seated quickly and found the dining room to be quiet. However, there were several people waiting. It seems like this is a spot you can get into without a reservation, but it’s much faster if you book online. There are several dining rooms and we were seated in a smaller one pictured below. All those frames contain guest photos, mostly from the 90s. I immediately felt at home and settled in for our meal.

Don’t you want to see our fancy breakfast? Click below to read more from our adventure this week! 🙂

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Terralina Crafted Italian Coming to Disney Springs

by on July 11, 2017

Terralina Crafted ItalianDisney Springs is still continually adding new restaurants, and now we have learned what will be replacing Portobello Country Italian Trattoria. Terralina Crafted Italian is being brought to life courtesy of James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano this fall in The Landing.

The new restaurant will be reminiscent of an Italian home, with an open kitchen, dining rooms with a unique décor and a new veranda bar outside the main entrance and sweeping views of Lake Buena Vista. The restaurant will transport guests to the Lake District of Italy with its authentic flavors.

Terralina 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 such as the antipasti platter and signature pastas.

Stay tuned to the blog for further info about this new addition soon!

Shopping Card Promotion for Disney Springs

by on July 5, 2017

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Beginning July 10, Guests who purchase a limited-edition $100 Shopping Card for Disney owned and operated merchandise locations at Disney Springs will receive an additional $25 bonus Shopping Card to be used on future visits. This bonus shopping card is redeemable beginning the following day of purchase.

Both shopping cards are redeemable at Disney owned and operated merchandise locations at Disney Springs, Earport and Magic of Disney at Orlando International Airport, and the Shop Disney Parks app. The special shopping cards may not be used at any Disney Springs Operating Participant locations or other merchandise locations found at the Walt Disney World Resort.

For those looking to take advantage of this special promotion, it is only available for purchase via World of Disney. The $100 shopping card has no expiration date, but the $25 Bonus Shopping Card expires on October 29, 2017.

Guests may use the Shopping Cards at the following locations:

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Megaphone To Host Album Release Party at House of Blues at Disney Springs

by on June 20, 2017

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I know a lot of you are reading the title of this blog post and going, ok….what’s the connection between this Orlando band, Megaphone, and Disney. You know, minus the fact that they are holding their release party at House of Blues at Disney Springs. Well, for those who don’t know, Megaphone includes musicians from the fan favorite band, Mulch Sweat n’ Shears (who used to play at Disney’s Hollywood Studios), as well as current musicians from Blue Man Group at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Megaphone band members include Matt Bloodwell who is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Paul Smith who is on lead guitar, Scott Smith who is on drums, and Dave Traver who is on bass. Matt, Paul and Scott were all part of Mulch Sweat n’ Shears and currently Matt, Paul and Dave are musicians at Universal’s Blue Man Group show.

To celebrate the release of Megaphone’s new album called “Sending Out a Signal,” the band will be performing at House of Blues in Disney Springs on June 24. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Megaphone’s new album will be available for the first time at this event! Tickets are available for FREE at megaphonemusic.com. On the night of the concert, tickets will be $5.00 at the door.

Also performing that evening will be Copper Bones, Kinky Rhino and Kasson.

For those who love great music, this will be a rockin’ evening that you won’t want to miss!

Premium Parking Now Available at Disney Springs

by on June 2, 2017

Disney Springs ParkingIf you are looking to park at Disney Springs, you now have a brand new option, though it will come at a cost. Two new “Preferred Lots” have been introduced. For only $10 Guests can conveniently park in either the Lemon lot (near World of Disney on the Marketplace side) or Grapefruit Lot (on the West Side.)

Parking is still available for free in both the Orange and Lime garages, as well as the Watermelon and Strawberry surface lots.

In addition, Disney is currently building a third garage located across from Disney Springs near the Casting and Speedway parking lot that will add approximately 2,000 additional parking spaces for the area.

The Walt Disney World theme parks recently rolled out preferred parking which is currently a $20 upcharge, in addition to regular parking fees.

 

New Restaurants Announced for Disney Springs

by on May 31, 2017

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Disney Springs has been rocking and rolling since its official debut one year ago, but the fun isn’t stopping, as there are still a few restaurants that are on their way and this week, a couple more got announced!

The first of these new restaurants is called Jaleo. This will be a concept brought to life by world-renowned Chef José Andrés and will bring flavors of Spain with a menu that features tapas, including paella cooked over a wood fire, hand-carved Jamon Iberico de Bellota and wood-grilled Iberico pork. This will be a multi-level restaurant that will also include a grab and go storefront with Spanish-style sandwiches on the first floor. The restaurant’s design will feature vibrant decor that represents the colorful culture of Spain. This new restaurant will open in 2018 on the West Side.

Wolfgang Puck will be represented with a new new concept that will open in Town Center. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will modernize the bar and grill concept. The restaurant will be inspired by traditional farmhouses with a touch of elegance. The restaurant, which will be designed by tonychi, will capture the essence of laid-back California dining made popular at Spago. The menu will highlight the best of Puck’s signature dishes with Mediterranean influences, innovative takes on comfort food classics and handcrafted specialty cocktails, beer and wine. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will open in 2018.

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Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally at Disney Springs This June

by on May 22, 2017

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Looking for a unique weekend at Disney Springs? On June 2 and June 3, Guests will be able to take part in the Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally!

During the event, Guests will be able to sample delights from eight different food trucks, both in the form of Disney food trucks, as well as some Central Florida favorites. Here is a list of the different trucks you’ll be able to find:

  • Fantasy Fare: Fan favorites from around Disney theme parks from around the globe, including the famous hand-dipped corn dog
  • World Showcase of Flavors: Sandwiches inspired by cuisine found at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Marketplaces
  • Philly’s Best Cheesesteaks – Plain and simple. The best cheesesteak sandwiches
  • 900 Degreez Pizza – Pizza cooked in 90 seconds courtesy of an imported Italian wood-fired oven? Ok!
  • Magic 4 UR Palate – Dishes that are appealing to the eye as they are to the stomach
  • The London Fish and Chippy – Beer battered haddock and chips, as well as other fresh fried seafood flavors.
  • Caketeer – Gourmet cupcakes and custom cake products
  • Tikiz Shaved Ice – Ice Cream, as well as Hawaiian Shaved Ice where Guests can dispense their own custom shaved ice syrup creations.

 

There will also be live entertainment to enjoy too!

The event will take place on the West Side of Disney Springs, outside of Cirque du Soleil from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2 and from 12:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

 

Disney Springs’ Portobello Country Italian Trattoria Closed for Refurbishment

by on April 24, 2017

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The table service dining establishment, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria is now closed for a lengthy refurbishment.

James Beard Award winner Chef Tony Mantauno is helping to lead the charge on the reimagining of this restaurant, which is located in The Landing section of Disney Springs. When it reopens, the restaurant is expected to feature an authentic Italian concept that will include a family style menu, alongside craft beers and wines.

Portobello is expected to welcome Guests once again when it reopens in early fall.

Stay tuned to the blog for further information about additional changes coming to this restaurant.