Posts Tagged ‘Downtown Disney’

My Favorite Disney World Stores for Unique Merchandise

by on July 28, 2015

Art of Animation Ink and Paint

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Ink and Paint Shop

Is shopping a big part of your Walt Disney World Vacation? It’s a big part of mine! I love browsing the numerous stores throughout the Disney World Resort looking for a piece of the magic to bring home, but have you ever noticed that so much of the merchandise lining the shelves of one store is the same as what you find at the next? I mean, I love plush and pins and t-shirts too, but not when it’s in every store. Fortunately, there are a few places scattered around Disney World where you can discover some hard to find souvenirs which is why for today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite Disney World stores for unique merchandise!

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Pillow for $24.95

Zawadi Marketplace – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort’s gift shop is a big favorite among Disney World guests! It’s large and very open; and in addition to your standard gift shop items, has a selection of handmade African art, collectibles, and even books about wildlife. Some items, including plush toys that I’ve seen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park can also be found here too. Now I’m a big fan of the Disney World Resorts and kind of consider them like second homes, so naturally I love a wide selection of resort exclusive merchandise and Zawadi Marketplace has a lot in the form of tees, cups, magnets, artwork, and even home décor.

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What To Do With Teens at Downtown Disney Once DisneyQuest is Gone

by on July 13, 2015

DisneyQuest

Downtown Disney’s DisneyQuest

So you want to check out Downtown Disney during your next trip to Walt Disney World. The problem is…you have teenagers. Will they want to be pulled away from the thrill rides and water parks for several hours of shopping? Will there be anything for them? Is it even worth a try?

For years, DisneyQuest was a haven at Downtown Disney for older kids and teens, an interactive playground of sorts with experiences such as the Virtual Jungle Cruise and CyberSpace Mountain. It first opened in 1998, and unfortunately it hasn’t changed much since then. In fact, during my last visit, DisneyQuest reminded me more of my local arcade with its faded carpets and outdated technology than something I would expect to find at Disney World. What I did notice was that older kids and teens, despite having smartphones in their pockets and the latest game consoles at home, were still having fun playing around DisneyQuest. But now, Disney has announced that DisneyQuest will be closing its doors for good in 2016.

So the question is: what does Downtown Disney have to offer this age group now? Is it all just stores and restaurants for Mom and Dad? No way! During my last visit to Downtown Disney, I discovered many restaurants and stores that I think teens are sure to enjoy. Like what? I’m here to tell you all about it with What To Do With Teens Once DisneyQuest is Gone.

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More Details About Two New Downtown Disney Dining Establishments for Walt Disney World

by on July 6, 2015

Today, I am here to share some updated information about two of the new Downtown Disney/Disney Springs dining establishments; one of which has opened already and one which is to come in the future.

Let’s start with the one that recently opened. Tea Trader’s Cafe by Joffrey’s has officially opened its location this week in The Landing and can be found near The BOATHOUSE.

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DisneyQuest Will Close at Downtown Disney

by on June 30, 2015

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Bye bye Cyber Space Mountain. See you later Buzz Lightyear’s AstroBlasters. Sayonara Virtual Jungle Cruise. DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park will be officially closing its doors sometime in 2016. The extremely dated video and virtual game center which featured 5 floors of virtual worlds, 3D encounters, and classic video games will be making way for the recently announced NBA Experience.

NBA Experience 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.

DisneyQuest opened in 1998 in Downtown Disney’s West Side and was originally supposed to become a chain, however, the idea didn’t take off like Disney had hoped.

There has been no official closing date announced, so I’ll make sure to keep you posted in the future.

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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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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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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 5/29/15

by on May 29, 2015

Wow! It’s been a long time since I brought you the latest Newsworthy Notes for Walt Disney World. But that all changes today! I am back with those little nuggets that can help you navigate your next Disney vacation a little bit better. There’s quite a few great nuggets again, so let’s get to them!

  • The big news is that a new grab and go food and beverage location is being constructed in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  It will be located where guests could previously get their FastPass tickets for Expedition Everest. No details are known about the location other than the fact that it will open in the fall.

Hoypoloi

  • At Downtown Disney, Hoypoloi has officially closed. The shop has made way for the United World Soccer store to return. (Wait…wasn’t that supposed to be temporary?) For guests looking for Hoypoloi merchandise, you’ll be able to find it at their sister store, Pop Gallery, which is located on the West Side. The United World Soccer store will transition from its current kiosk location found on the West Side into its new store in July.

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13 New Retail and Dining Establishments Announced for Disney Springs

by on May 15, 2015

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Today some exciting new tenants were announced for Disney Springs, as the transformation from Downtown Disney continues. 13 new shops, 8 of which are retail-based will be coming to the area. It is an eclectic bunch of establishments, for sure.

These new shops are set to open in both The Landing and the Town Square sections of the shopping and dining district.

The new shops are:

Zara: Zara is known for its men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, and how it expertly interprets current fashion and style trends of the season, delivering original designs to the consumer in a matter of weeks.

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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar to Open at Downtown Disney

by on May 12, 2015

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We now know another restaurant that will be opening with the Downtown Disney expansion to Disney Springs — Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. This new restaurant will be aviation-themed and many will recognize the name Jock Lindsey as the pilot from the ever popular (and now Disney-owned) Indiana Jones films. The restaurant will be found in between Paradiso 37 and the BOATHOUSE and will be a Disney operated restaurant.

There will be seating available for 150 Guests and the details will be top-notch; everything will be within the storyline. (For example, Jock had a pet snake named Reggie…so Guests should be on the lookout for the name of the dry-docked boat that will also serve as a dining area for Guests.) Other details include correspondence between Jock and Indy, as well as aviation-themed memorabilia.

The restaurant is slated to open this fall and I’ll make sure to keep you updated on additional details as they become available.

One thing is for sure, I fully expect this to be an experience like no other and the perfect place for Indiana Jones fans to enjoy.

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