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Casual Elegance at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

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Discover the casual elegance of this charming, New England-style resort hotel. Savor exquisite dining, and explore the pools, lagoons and spas of Stormalong Bay. Sail around Crescent Lake on a rented mini-powerboat, and experience the luxurious comfort of a Club Level Suite. Sharing many amenities with its more formal sister, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot and a convenient boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Recreation:
Disney’s Beach Club Resort may possibly have the coolest pool at Walt Disney World. Stormalong Bay is a 3-acre water wonderland that features a sand-bottomed pool, a lazy river to float down, three whirlpool spas, and a life-sized shipwreck replica with a 230-foot-long waterslide, making it one of the highest hotel slides at Walt Disney World. There are also three leisure pools to choose from if you’re looking for a more tranquil swim.

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Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf is near the resort and features 36 whimsical and challenging mini golf holes. You’ll put your way through scenes featuring hippos, marching broomsticks, and dancing ostriches all inspired by Disney’s classic film Fantasia.

Seemingly endless outdoor activities can be found at Disney’s Beach Club such as fishing, motorized boat rentals, tennis, volleyball, bike rentals, movies under the stars, and more!

Dining:
beachclub_3Disney’s Beach Club offers dining selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between for everyone to enjoy. There are three lounges and two quick-service options. Beach Club Marketplace is the perfect place to grab a hot breakfast before hitting the parks, and at Hurricane Hanna’s Grill you can enjoy cocktails and craft beer poolside.

Cape May Cafe is a casual restaurant that offers a seafood-and-more buffet for dinner but at breakfast, join Minnie and her friends for a character breakfast!

Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness:
Enjoy a massage, facial or workout at this full-service exercise facility at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Never miss a beat in your workout routine thanks to fitness equipment from Hammer Strength, Life Fitness and Cybex or relax and rejuvenate with massages and facials designed to soothe your spirit, mind, and body.

Transportation:
Staying at Disney’s Beach Club Resort makes transportation to two of Walt Disney World’s parks super easy: Epcot is a short walk away and you can hop on the complimentary water taxi to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Most other areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus transportation.

There’s nothing like a day at the Beach Club with its New England charm and family-friendly activities. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Star Wars Day at Sea Returning in 2018

Star Wars Day at Sea Returning in 2018

This week was the last time Disney Cruise Line transported Disney cruisers to “a galaxy far, far away” for an entire day of fun – in 2017, that is. We’re so excited to be bringing back Star Wars Day at Sea in 2018 for another season of out-of-this-world adventures!

 

Over the past four months, guests aboard the Disney Fantasy have discovered the Force by hanging out with Jedi, Wookiees, droids, Stormtroopers and other iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during the epic day at sea on their Caribbean cruise. Now, you’re invited again to join us in 2018 when the day-long celebration returns to 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings from January through April.

Escape to the Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Step into the heart of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Inspired by the traditional African kraal, the horseshoe-curved design provides spectacular views of 4 lush savannas that over 200 hoofed animals and birds call home. Delight in dazzling pool areas, exciting animal programs, and one of the largest collections of African art in the United States as you experience your own African safari adventure with a touch of Disney magic.

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Recreation: 
Cool off amid African-inspired architecture and a wildlife preserve at the Uzima Springs Pool and the Samawati Springs Pool. The Uzima Springs Pool is an 11,000-square-foot oasis surrounded by canopy trees and features a zero-depth entry and a 67-foot-long waterslide. The Samawati Springs Pool is an even larger pool that features an exciting 128-foot-long waterslide and a nearby lounge and bar for snacks and refreshments.

Simba’s Cubhouse is an activity center for kids aged 3 to 12 to run wild in a supervised, fun environment full of activities, snacks, and plenty of friends to be made. Also located at Animal Kingdom Lodge is the Hakuna Matata Playground: a 24-hour playground overlooking the flamingo area and savanna.

Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center:
Service your body, mind, soul and spirit at this workout facility and sauna offering massage and facial treatments. Here you can unwind with a soothing massage or facial designed to invigorate your body and relax your mind. For additional rejuvenation, a sauna is available on site.

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Dining:
There are three main restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge: Boma – Flavors of Africa resembles a lively African Marketplace that features all you can eat buffets for breakfast and dinner; Sanaa is a family-friendly feast that lets you experience the art of African cooking while the animals roam the Sunset Savanna right before you; Jiko – The Cooking Place is truly a fine dining experience that offers traditional African and Mediterranean cuisine that changes seasonally. You can take part of the Jiko Wine Tasting that takes you on a charming tour through the wine regions of South Africa.

Transportation:
Most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by complimentary bus transportation. The bus stop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is located near the entrance.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is an ultra-modern retreat that stands out at Walt Disney World Resort. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

BB-8 Now Greeting Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BB-8 Now Greeting Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BB-8, the loyal droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has just begun greeting guests at the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

BB-8 appears in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters from the Star Wars galaxy who guests regularly encounter at Star Wars Launch Bay. In addition to character greetings, the location also offers guests the chance to explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including some from the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Frozen Summer Games Coming to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Frozen Summer Games Coming to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney has announced that the “Frozen” Summer Games will be returning to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park starting May 26, with even more snowy, summery fun!

And for the first time in forever, you will be able to meet and take photos with Kristoff and Olaf at Blizzard Beach! Either Kristoff or Olaf will be at a designated character greeting location at the park, where you can snap photos of each “Frozen” star and let them know which team you chose to play for.

Following the success of the inaugural “Frozen” Summer Games last year, guests visiting Blizzard Beach can once again join Team Kristoff or Team Olaf to participate in a variety of activities, from Ice Pail Relays and a Snowball Toss to Ski Pole Limbo and Slide Races. It’s going to be a blast!

With crafts, games and a DJ spinning some up-tempo tunes throughout the day, the “Frozen” Summer Games are sure to be a major highlight of your day at Blizzard Beach this summer.

Let us know in the comments if you’ll be playing for Team Kristoff or Team Olaf this summer!

Ultra-Modern Retreat at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Retreat to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and discover award-winning dining, spectacular views, and dazzling pools. Whether you’re staying in the iconic A-frame Contemporary tower or the nearby Garden Wing, you can walk to Magic Kingdom main gate or catch the Resort Monorail as it breezes through the tower. Inside, a 90-foot-tall mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair—responsible for the distinct look and feel of the “it’s a small world” attraction—celebrates the Grand Canyon and the American Southwest.

Recreation:
Start your day in the best way possible with a complimentary 30-minute yoga class under the Skyway Bridge. You’ll walk away feeling centered, focused, and ready to own the big day ahead! Also at this resort are two pools – the main “Feature Pool” and the “Bay Lake Pool.”  At the Feature Pool you can splash around and slide down their 17-foot-high curving waterslide or rent a poolside cabana for a private retreat. The Bay Lake Pool is a more tranquil pool with a nearby hot tub for parents to relax by.

There are plenty of outdoor activities that are fun for the whole family, such as fishing, volleyball, tennis, motorized boat rentals, movies under the stars, and more!

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Dining:
Easily the most family-friendly restaurant at Walt Disney World is located right in the heart of Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Chef Mickey’s. Enjoy a fun-filled buffet-style feast where Mickey,Minnie, and the whole gang mingle around for photos and autographs.

There are four lounges where adults can unwind before or after dinner as well as three quick-services dining options that offer poolside snacks and grab and go goods before hitting the parks.

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Transportation:
The monorail stops directly in the center of the Contemporary Resort, making it a quick ride to Magic Kingdom park and Epcot. A water taxi is also available for a cruise over to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. And as always, Disney’s bus transportation can take you and your family most everywhere throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is an ultra-modern retreat that stands out at Walt Disney World Resort. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

New Holiday Entertainment Including Christmas At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

New Holiday Entertainment Including Christmas At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Since 2010, you’ve been able to step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort and become a part of the iconic moments from the books and films.

For the first time at Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will transform for the most wonderful time of year – Christmas.

 

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Festive garland décor, each with its own unique detail, will complement the shops and architecture. These fantastic textures will surround you as you wander the streets of both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

You’ll also be able to enjoy new holiday food, drink and entertainment throughout both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

The Christmas celebration will crescendo nightly as a festive spell will be cast onto Hogwarts castle, cascading it in décor, candlelight and festive moments inspired by the films. Using the latest in mapped projection technology, Hogwarts Castle will transform itself into a yuletide display, gifting fans with an amazing, new view.

The holidays have always been a special time for Hogwarts students. And Universal is going to capture that same spirit, allowing you to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter like never before.

And that’s not all.

This year, Universal is introducing the new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment. You’ll enjoy newly designed floats, festive balloons and your favorite Universal characters in Universal Studios Florida.

Santa Claus is going to have his hands full as the Minions bring merry and mayhem to the parade, along with Dreamworks characters from Madagascar and Shrek.

All of these holiday experiences will run daily starting Nov. 18, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018.

Make Reservations for Mother’s and Father’s Day Events

Make Reservations for Mother’s and Father’s Day Events

Disney community’s next two Culinary Magic events are just around the corner, and whether you are a parent, have a parent or know a parent, you may want to check these out. Presented as part of Membership Magic Ever After, these festive celebrations for Disney Vacation Club Members and special guests put a distinctively Disney spin on Mother’s Day at Walt Disney World Resort and Father’s Day at the Disneyland Resort.

Reservations are now open for the Disney Vacation Club Member Mother’s Day Brunch, taking place on May 14 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom at the Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Priced at $53.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids ages 3-9 (plus tax and gratuity), this year’s brunch theme – “You’ll Be in My Heart” – draws inspiration from the unconditional love and unbreakable family bond celebrated in the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit “Tarzan.” Beyond the bountiful buffet of traditional brunch favorites, the Mother’s Day Brunch will feature music from “Tarzan” and beyond performed by a live guitarist, mimosas for Moms (and other attendees of legal age) and visits with some of your other favorite jungle friends.

Make Reservations for Mother’s and Father’s Day Events

On April 19, reservations are scheduled to open for the Disney Vacation Club Member Father’s Day Lunch, taking place on June 18 from noon-2 p.m. in the Sequoia Ballroom at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Priced at $53.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids ages 3-9 (plus tax and gratuity), this year’s lunch celebrates Super Dads (a title I aspire to earn) with a feast fit for a hero. BBQ baby back ribs and buttermilk fried chicken are among the hungry-Dad staples on the buffet, with fathers also receiving a “Super-Sized” cookie that I’m told is designed to be shared with one’s kids. (Wait, if being a Super Dad requires sharing your cookie, I’ll settle for the title of Really Good Dad.) Kids can pose with their paternal hero in three different photo locations designed to celebrate what’s super about their Dads, with other activities ranging from a DJ dance party, “Super Smart” Disney trivia, crafts for kids to create for Dads and more.

Both events personally cater to families with tables custom-set for their party size. Call Member Services for reservations, and enjoy your celebration!

Menu, activities, entertainment and Characters are subject to change. Guests must be 21 years old with a photo I.D. to consume alcohol.

You should not purchase or add on a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club Resort in reliance upon the continued availability or renewal or extension of these offers. These offers may only be available to Members at various times and may or may not be renewed or extended. Membership Extras, such as certain discounts, offers, and special events are incidental benefits. These incidental benefits are subject to change or termination without notice, may require the payment of a fee and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Membership Extras are also subject to availability and block–out dates may apply, including high periods of demand such as Christmas and New Year’s Day. To receive any Membership Extras, purchasers must present a valid Disney Vacation Club Membership Card along with a corresponding valid photo ID. Effective April 4, 2016, Members who do not purchase an ownership interest directly from Disney Vacation Development Inc. will not have access to Membership Extras.

Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, MercyMe, Kirk Franklin to Play 35th Disney Night of Joy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Sept. 8, 9

Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, MercyMe, Kirk Franklin to Play 35th Disney Night of Joy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Sept. 8, 9

The hits just keep on coming – as they say – with this year’s Disney Night of Joy event featuring 15 of the greatest performers in Contemporary Christian music – Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9.

With Country Christian Music legends like MercyMe, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman and Kirk Franklin joining a new generation of Christian hit makers like Danny Gokey, Jordan Feliz and Rend Collective, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will be filled with two nights of awe-inspiring music.

Word has it that Amy and Steven might sing a couple of songs together!

We are also thrilled to welcome Night of Joy favorite, Matthew West as our host for the two-night event this year. Matthew will be running around the complex, introducing artists and just generally keeping things hopping.

This year’s event – our 35th actually – will feature one of the greatest concert lineups in Contemporary Christian music history. (Entertainment subject to change.)

  • Friday, Sept. 8 – MercyMe, TobyMac, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon, Rend Collective, Zach Williams.
  • Saturday, Sept. 9 – Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Jordan Feliz, Crowder, Jeremy Camp, Tye Tribbett.

Tickets will go on sale in early June.

Meet the Heroes of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Coming to Disney California Adventure May 27

Meet the Heroes of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Coming to Disney California Adventure May 27

The Guardians of the Galaxy are coming to Disney California Adventure park! Opening May 27, the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! blasts you straight into their story for the first time ever as you help Rocket bust his pals out of the Collector’s Fortress.

But wait … “Who is Rocket?” you may ask. If you have not seen the blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” film, animated series, read their comics or if you just need a refresher, we’ve got you covered!

Meet the Guardians of the Galaxy

A group of cosmic adventurers led by Star-Lord, the Guardians of the Galaxy protect the universe from threats all across space. The team also includes Drax, Gamora, Groot and Rocket. Learn more in this video!

Meet Rocket

An expert marksman with a penchant for large weaponry, Rocket is the last of his kind. He teams up with Star-Lord and other adventurers to form the Guardians of the Galaxy, and together they travel the galaxy and defend it from those who wish it harm. Learn more about this fighting ball of of fur and fangs in this video!

Encounter the Guardians of the Galaxy at Disney California Adventure Park

Come face-to-face with the Guardians of the Galaxy this summer, at Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Deep inside his fortress-like collection, the mysterious Taneleer Tivan (aka The Collector) has the Guardians of the Galaxy on display as his newest acquisitions. Unbeknownst to their captor, Rocket has escaped and is enlisting the Collector’s VIP guests for help. Guests board a gantry lift, which launches them into a chaotic and hilarious adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to break his fellow Guardians out of captivity.

After breaking out of the Collector’s Fortress, you may run into Star-Lord and Gamora on their way to escape aboard the Milano, with Star-Lord stopping to fire up his old-school boom box and get a dance party started. And for the first time, citizens of Earth will have the chance to meet Groot!

Keep an eye on the blog to learn more about the Guardians of the Galaxy, and don’t miss Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and Summer of Heroes, beginning May 27 at Disney California Adventure park!

Disney Parks in Full Bloom for Spring

Disney Parks in Full Bloom for Spring

Spring is a favorite season at Disney Parks – and this year, we’ve got even more in store for you. With a new festival at Shanghai Disney Resort, a dazzling celebration at Disneyland Paris and a long list of limited-time experiences at every resort around the world, a springtime visit is an absolute must. Today, we’re sharing a look at how you can soak up the sun and celebrate with us.

Disney Parks in Full Bloom for Spring

We’re excited to share that as part of Shanghai Disney Resort’s first spring season, we recently kicked off a brand new Egg-tastic Celebration. This 10-day festival is filled with plenty of Easter-inspired events and entertainment, including a scavenger hunt, surprise appearances from favorite Disney characters and spring-themed food and beverage items.

This year, more than one hundred Disney characters are taking part in Hong Kong Disneyland’s spring celebration. See if you can spot your favorites in the Disney Friends Springtime Processional, exclusive to the resort. Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the gang will be dressed in their most dapper outfits atop parade floats adorned with beautiful blossoms.

Tokyo Disney Resort’s ever-popular Disney’s Easter program is back this year through June 14, featuring the mischievous Usatama bunny-eared egg characters known for causing mayhem all over both parks.

Disney Parks in Full Bloom for Spring

Did you know that April 12 is Disneyland Paris’ official anniversary date? The 25th anniversary celebration has already begun with a dazzling array of entertainment offerings including a new parade, two daytime castle shows and a nighttime spectacular. Jump into the stories of some of your favorite Disney movies as scenes are projected onto Sleeping Beauty Castle during “Disney Illuminations,” or transport yourself into a galaxy far, far away on Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.

Of course, it wouldn’t be spring without a visit to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Catch a glimpse of our signature topiaries inspired by classic Disney characters and treat your taste buds to foods made from the freshest ingredients. Then hop over to Magic Kingdom Park, where you’ll find Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny greeting guests by Town Square through April 16. As a treat, a special Easter pre-parade will also appear before the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade on April 15 and 16.

Disney Parks in Full Bloom for Spring

At Disneyland Resort, keep an eye out for our Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt and be sure to grab a bite at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. The fun continues with the added bonus of the Main Street Electrical Parade extension through August 20.

What are you looking forward to the most this spring? Tell us in the comments below.

Now Open: “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Now Open: “race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon”

The wait is over – “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” is officially open at Universal Studios Florida.

You can now experience New York like never before. Board the unique “flying studio audience” and it’s you versus Jimmy as you speed down The Tonight Show’s hallways and through the busy streets of midtown Manhattan.

 

Jimmy Fallon kicked off the celebration with a New York-style ticker tape parade with tons of confetti, a spectacular float and beloved Universal Orlando Resort characters. The moment culminated with a countdown to the official opening of the attraction – and a ribbon cutting with larger-than-life scissors you have to see to believe.

Other special guests included Tonight Show house band – The Roots, Tonight Show announcer – Steve Higgins, the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet, your favorite Tonight Show mascot Hashtag the Panda and even Stepdad Gary from the popular “Ew!” sketch.

Now Open: “race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Your Race Through New York experience begins the moment you step inside. With two interactive pre-show areas jam packed with entertainment, “waiting” to race Jimmy has never been more fun.

You can check out over 60 years’ worth of The Tonight Show memorabilia and play games or send “Thank You” notes from interactive desks. You’ll also be able to catch live performances of the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet and The Tonight Show’s mascot Hashtag the Panda.

Now Open: “race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon”

“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” also features our new Virtual Line. All you need to do is download The Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App and select your return time on the day of your visit. You’ll be able to enjoy the other attractions throughout Universal Studios at your leisure until it’s time for your Tonight Show experience to begin. You may also select your ride time at the kiosks located in front of the attraction.

Once your ride time comes and you’re inside the attraction, you’ll receive a Peacock Card. Hold on to this card because when your color is called throughout the interactive pre-show areas, it’s time for you to race against Jimmy.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Perform ‘Magical’ Flyovers at Magic Kingdom Park

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Perform ‘Magical’ Flyovers at Magic Kingdom Park

This past Thursday, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed several spectacular flyovers at Magic Kingdom Park – roaring over Cinderella Castle as guests in the park cheered (and even shed tears of joy) during the aerial demonstration.

The Blue Angels executed two planned passes at 500 feet above Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday. At speeds of more than 250 mph, the Blue Angels performed a perfect “Delta Break” maneuver right above Cinderella Castle. Check it out:

 

Guests at Magic Kingdom Park said they enjoyed the rare opportunity to see some of the world’s best pilots in action during their Disney vacation. “You don’t think it can get much more magical (at Walt Disney World) but then you see the Blue Angels fly over and it’s just incredible,” Magic Kingdom guest Eric Delee from Port St. Lucia said. “It brought tears to my eyes.”

After the Walt Disney World flyovers, the Blue Angels are heading to Lakeland, Florida for a weekend performance at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In.

All in the Details: Imagineers Partner With AVATAR Filmmakers To Create Pandora – The World of Avatar

All in the Details: Imagineers Partner With AVATAR Filmmakers To Create Pandora – The World of Avatar

This week we’re happy to share another behind-the-scenes look at Pandora – The World of Avatar, which will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27.

Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering just shared another video on the construction of this new land, which gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how our the project team has partnered with Lightstorm Entertainment and many of the original AVATAR filmmakers – including James Cameron and Jon Landau – to bring the new land to life. In this video, several members of the Pandora “Super Team” share what the experience of bringing Pandora – The World of Avatar to life has been like for them, and some of the amazing moments that have exceeded even their imaginations.

The Polite Pig to Open April 10 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

The Polite Pig to Open April 10 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Finishing touches are being made for the April 10 opening of The Polite Pig in Town Center at Disney Springs, the newest concept for award-winning Orlando Chefs James and Julie Petrakis. The husband-wife team, also owners of The Ravenous Pig and Swine & Sons in Winter Park and Cask & Larder at Orlando International Airport, are opening this newest concept with James Petrakis’ brother Brian.

The Polite Pig will feature “modern barbecue” in an open kitchen, with Southern sides like a tomato and watermelon salad, mac and cheese and smoked corn with lime butter. (Sauce fans, there’s a bar with seven different ways to top your ‘cue, from Layla’s Sweet to Fresno Hot Sauce.) Add a solid selection of craft beers and cocktails, and a bourbon bar with more than 50 selections, from small batch bourbons to a Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year Family Reserve.

Disney recently talked with Julie, who met James, by the way, while studying at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Both are Central Florida natives.

Why did you decide to open at restaurant at Disney Springs?
Disney approached us with the idea of opening a fast-casual outpost that would represent the atmosphere and quality of our Winter Park location, The Ravenous Pig. We shared their enthusiasm for bringing a true local restaurant to Disney Springs.

Is the menu similar to The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, your other restaurants in Central Florida?
I would say that the menu is similar in its approach to using quality, seasonal ingredients, with our signature touch. We’ll have Cask & Larder Brewery beers, cocktails on tap and also an extensive Bourbon Bar. And this restaurant will focus a bit more on wood-smoked and grilled items.

Anything you’ll offer at The Polite Pig that will be a signature, or exclusive to that restaurant?
Most of the menu will be exclusive to The Polite Pig: modern barbecue with The Ravenous Pig twist. Like the Southern Pig Sandwich with pulled pork off the smoker, apple slaw, mustard sauce and Duke’s mayo; peel-and-eat shrimp with bourbon-cocktail sauce, and crispy Brussels sprouts with whiskey caramel.

Who will be the chef daily in The Polite Pig kitchen?
We have two of our Ravenous Pig/Cask & Larder veterans at the helm, Jared Thate and Allie Weldon, along with Chef James Petrakis’ guidance and inspiration.

Tell us about the craft beer program.
We will feature four of our beloved Cask & Larder Brewery brews on tap, as well as a couple other Florida/domestic craft beers.

Anything special about The Polite Pig cocktails?
We will feature five house cocktails on tap, including some of our crowd favorites from The Ravenous Pig, such as the Gin and Tonic and Old-Fashioned.

How many seats and describe the décor.
We’ll have 190 seats, and the décor pays homage to the beloved swine of The Polite Pig, as well as antiquity. Whimsical pigs on various adventures can be seen throughout the space, and rustic touches are used for custom featured art pieces. Large faded graphics also adorn the main wall of the space adding to the feel of the long-time family run business.

What’s your favorite dish on The Polite Pig menu?
My favorite appetizer is the Hop Salt Pretzel with beer cheese fondue and IPA mustard. Favorite sandwich: the Salmon BLT with bacon jam, marinated tomato, romaine and aioli. I love that with a side of charred broccoli tossed with herb buttermilk dressing and house granola.

What do you think is the secret to good food?
Using quality seasonal ingredients and taking great care of it by enhancing with smoke/cooking, proper seasoning and passion!

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