Posts Tagged ‘events’

Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever July 23, 2014: An Evening with Jodi Benson

by on July 23, 2015

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Spend an evening with Jodi The Little Mermaid Benson in the best Best Week Ever ever! (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

The hyperbolic title of this column is intended to be tongue in cheek, but every so often I truly do experience something that qualifies for the Best Week Ever superlative. Last Sunday night certainly qualifies, since — thanks to a contest conducted by Shelly Valladolid via her Fabulous Disney Babe column on — I had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet a real-life Disney heroine. Part of Your World: An Evening with Jodi Benson at the Bohemian Hotel in Celebration, afforded 60 guests an intimate audience with Jodi Benson, original voice of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, over an excellent three-course meal, as she told stories, answered questions, posed for photos, and (best of all) performed a mini-concert of songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.

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More 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Food Finds

by on March 21, 2015

While Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival hasn’t yet caught up with the International Food and Wine fest in edible options, there are still more items to sample than any human stomach should attempt in a single day (trust us, we’ve tried). Therefore, I recently followed up my first visit to 2015 Flower and Garden Festival with another lap around World Showcase, this time in the opposite direction. The following photos show of some of my favorite Flower and Garden food finds from the western “hemisphere” of Epcot’s promenade, along with a closer look at a few of the floral arrangements we overlooked the first time around.

2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Food Finds

Let’s start with Urban Farm Eats, home to two of my favorite dishes at this year’s festival.

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TNA Wrestling Returning to Universal Studios Florida

by on November 4, 2013

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TNA Wrestling Impact is returning to Universal Studios Florida

Earlier this year, TNA Wrestling pulled up stakes and left its home in Universal Orlando’s soundstages, ending the resort’s last regular television production. Now, we have word of a reversal in course, as TNA Wrestling is returning to Universal Studios Florida and will resume regular filming there in November.

The first new episode of TNA Impact will be recorded live at Universal Orlando’s Soundstage 19 on November 21-23, 2013. In the past, guests wishing to be part of the studio audience could attend free of charge. Since production typically occurs inside the soundstages, we anticipate little to no impact on crowds or touring inside the parks on broadcast days. Keep an eye on Universal’s production website for information on how to attend.

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Annual Passholder Preview of Disneyland’s Iron Man Exhibit Tonight

by on April 12, 2013

If you are a Disneyland annual Passholder who is eagerly awaiting the next installment in Tony Stark’s superhero saga, you’ll want to head to Tomorrowland for tonight’s (Friday, April 12) exclusive preview of a new Innoventions exhibit. In anticipation of the May 3 premiere of Iron Man 3, a Stark Industries interactive display has been temporarily installed inside the circular building. Guests will get the chance to see Stark’s iconic suits of armor up close, and experience a simulation of strapping one one.

Registration for tonight’s event begins at 1pm at Innoventions; a valid AP is required. Participants can preview the new attraction starting at 6pm, and can stay in the park to enjoy select Tommorowland attractions until 1am.

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Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Event Tickets Now On Sale

by on April 8, 2013

Are you a devoted fan of Disneyland’s original Audio-Animatronics attraction, home to dozens of frolicking feathered friends (and the delectable Dole Whip)? Then you’re going to want to dig deep any pony up for passes to the Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Event, scheduled for June 28-29 at the Disneyland Hotel exhibit hall.

Event admission starts at $85 per person for the “Jose package,” which includes admission to the event store, silent auctions and trading opportunities, and a presentation featuring Disney Legends Rolly Crump and Bob Gurr. For an additional $185, you can meet popular retro artist SHAG at an evening cocktail reception.

The real reason people pay big bucks to attend these merchandise events is the opportunity to spend even more on exclusive and limited-edition souvenirs. A “random selection process” is used to distribute purchase opportunities among registrants for rare items, while other “open edition” artwork may be available online and in resort stores after the event.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased now online. If similar past events for the Haunted Mansion are any indication, you’ll want to order your tickets now if you plan on attending. Here is the complete event itinerary:

June 28, 2013 (5pm – 9pm)

  • Early Registration (including pick-up of Random Selection Process Merchandise)
  • Event Store
  • Trading Area

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (5/13/2012 – 5/19/2012)

by on May 21, 2012

Greetings, and welcome to the latest edition of Last Week at Disneyland Resort. The resort is rapidly gearing up for the debut of Buena Vista Street and Carsland in less than a month, so there is plenty of activity all around!

Crowd Calendar

Look for the light May attendance to give way to Memorial Day crowds, which will then stick around most of the summer.

  • Quietest Day: Resort attendance was lowest on May 15 (predicted 3 out of 10, actual 2)
  • Busiest Day: Resort attendance was highest on May 13 (predicted 6 out of 10, actual 8 )

Subscribe to the Disneyland Crowd Calendar for full details on projected attendance for the next 30 days.

Special Events

  • After-hours parties were held on May 14 & 15 for annual passholders to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Fantasmic. Two more parties will be held on May 21 & 22.
  • The sweepstakes for annual passholders to win a preview of Cars Land continues through May 24.
  • Grad Nights were held for high school seniors on the 16-18, and will continue on 23-25 and 30&31.
  • In anticipation of Cars Land’s opening, “faces” have been applied to the monorails at Disneyland Resort. Look for Mandy, Mona, and Manny Monorail circling the beam all summer.
  • A Cars Land walking tour “meet up” was announced on May 16 for readers of the Disney Parks blog. All 33 slots On the May 39 tour were quickly claimed.
  • Annual Passholders, D23, and Club 33 members were also invited to purchase admission to special preview events on June 8 & 9, including VIP World of Color viewing and dinner at the new Carthay Circle.
  • On May 18, Disney gave two days notice of a major price increase for Disneyland Resort admission tickets, effective May 20. Among the notable changes: 6-day park hoppers have been discontinued, and Premiere Passes have jumped an astronomical $100 to $850. Read all the details here.
  • It was announced that Annual Passholders will have the opportunity to attend “early entry” events at both parks this summer (June 18 though September 13). Availability will be limited and advance registration is required.

Openings, Closings, and Refurbishments

Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
  • Goofy’s Sky School had a brief refurbishment May 7-17.
  • Construction on Buena Vista Street and Cars Land continues though June 15. Details of new Red Trolley Car-themed merchandise were announced.
  • Pixar’s upcoming film Brave will join the World of Color show in a new segment starting June 15.
  • More details were released about the Mad T Party evening street festival that begins in June.
  • The Cove Bar at Ariel’s Grotto was closed for refurbishment, and is scheduled to reopen this weekend.
Downtown Disney
  • The former home of Island Charter is being converted into the WonderGround Art gallery, to reopen on June 9.
  • The former Compass Books is being turned into an Earl of Sandwich, opening date TBA.
  • The UVA Bar is being renovated and will return in early June.

All photos copyright Disney.

Seminars and Culinary Demos at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival

by on September 9, 2011

Presenter at a Wine Seminar

We’re gearing up for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with a series of posts about our favorite time of year! You can see my previous post in this series here!

Travelers to this 16th annual event will find plenty to nosh on at the booths around Epcot’s World Showcase, but visitors looking for more involvement will want to book a low-cost seminar or demonstration (often called “deminars” by F&W veterans)!

Most seminars and demos are relatively cheap (sometimes free ;-)) activities held inside the Festival Welcome Center in Epcot’s Future World (it’s in the old Wonders of Life Pavilion). And in addition to the low-cost of these events, if you are a Tables in Wonderland member, Annual Passholder, and/or DVC member booking a seminar for Monday through Thursday, you’ll be eligible for a discount!

Let’s take a look at some of our Deminar options:

Note: Click the links below to see lists of all deminars available!
Culinary seminars are held daily at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 p.m. and are only 45 minutes in length. About 100 guests are seated facing a show kitchen, where a presenter (sometimes a celebrity chef like Robert Irvine!) creates a dish right in front of your eyes. You’ll get valuable tips from top chefs and wine presenters with the anticipation of getting to taste-test the finished dish. Some of my favorite demos include those presented by Disney-related celebrity chefs like Cat Cora (who headlines Kouzzina) and Kevin Dundon (who headlines Raglan Road).

Presenters at a Culinary Demonstration

Tasting Portion from a Culinary Demonstration

Wine and Beverage seminars are hosted daily at 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 p.m. These 45 minute sessions will emphasize tips and sips! Most beverage seminars offer three tasting glasses for guests, and a presenter — usually a representative from the winery or brewery involved — will discuss the various attributes of the different tasting portions.

Tasting Glasses From a Wine Seminar

Mixology seminars are new to the festival this year! Featuring presenters discussing different spirits, guests will have the chance to create a mixed drink or two!

Passing Out Tasting Portions at a Demo

New for 2011 is a Scent Demonstration scheduled for October 2nd. No idea what to expect with this one, but I’ll be there!

When you’re done mixing it up with some seminars and demos, take in a Book or Bottle Signing, Taste Seminar, or an HGTV Home Entertaining session. Watch for your fave HGTV designers with Vern Yip starting the festival on September 30th (yay!!). (More on these later!)

Deminars range in cost from $10-13 per person. To book, call 407-WDW-FEST or book online via this link — scroll down to “Demonstrations and Seminars” and click on Make a Reservation.

Check out Food and Wine Festival coverage (including live coverage during the festival) on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival section of