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Tickets Are Now On Sale for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Immersive Hyper-Reality Experience

Tickets Are Now On Sale for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Immersive Hyper-Reality Experience

Tickets are now on sale for the highly anticipated hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, debuting at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando on December 16 and Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on January 5.

Tickets for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire can be purchased now at www.thevoid.com.

FIRST OF ITS KIND HYPER-REALITY EXPERIENCE: Total immersion in the Star Wars universe. 

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will transport guests deep into the beloved Star Wars universe allowing them to walk freely and untethered throughout the multi-sensory experience with friends and family. In groups of four, teams will go undercover as Stormtroopers to capture Imperial intelligence vital to the budding rebellion’s survival.

“We are so excited about this magical collaboration between three boundary-pushing companies in the burgeoning out-of-home VR entertainment sector,” says Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at The VOID. “We can’t wait to share the experience of hyper-reality with everyone.”

Guests can experience the excitement of hyper-reality with this first look at Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.

 

“People have longed for a chance to step into the Star Wars universe and this incredible new hyper-reality experience will allow them to do just that in a totally unique way,” notes Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge, ILMxLAB. “It’s a group experience that evokes the senses in bold new ways.

Full List of Celebrity Narrators Announced for 2017 Candlelight Processional

Full List of Celebrity Narrators Announced for 2017 Candlelight Processional

If you thought our last announcement of Matt Bomer and Warwick Davis was exciting; this one will BLOW your mind.

Rounding out this year’s celebrity narrators for the 2017 Candlelight Processional, part of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, are two new faces and two returning favorites.

Disney Legend Kurt Russell, who has starred in Disney films from the 1960s to 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will read the Christmas story this year – as well as gold- and silver-medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez. Two veterans of the event – actress/comedienne Ana Gasteyer and Jodi Benson, voice of Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” – complete this year’s list.

As previously announced, new narrators for this year’s lineup include Matt Bomer (“White Collar,” “The Last Tycoon,”); Star Wars fan favorite Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi;” Daytime Television Legend Pat Sajak and TV star CCH Pounder, who was recently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.

And returning this year are everyone’s favorite hard-driving Dr. Bailey from “Grey’s Anatomy,” Chandra Wilson – and newly-named Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View.”

Here is the full list of narrators (everything subject to change, of course):

  • Nov. 24- 26 – Laurie Hernandez – NEW!
  • Nov. 27-28 – Matt Bomer – NEW!
  • Nov. 29 – 30 – Ana Gasteyer
  • Dec. 1-3 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak – NEW!
  • Dec. 6-8 – Jodi Benson
  • Dec. 9-11 – Kurt Russell – NEW!
  • Dec. 12-14 – Warwick Davis – NEW!
  • Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
  • Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder – NEW!
  • Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
  • Dec. 28-30 – Chandra Wilson

The Candlelight Processional presents the traditional story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a massed choir.

The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre. These packages, available on select nights, include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.

In addition to lunch and dinner packages, breakfast options are available at some favorite restaurants in and near Epcot like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and The Garden Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort,** with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $35 plus tax per person for adults and $21 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $44 plus tax per person for adults and $15.50 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.

Epcot provides an extravaganza of holiday entertainment, merchandise, food, beverages and festivities where guests can celebrate at Epcot throughout the holiday season. Time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase, and live performances enliven the park throughout the day.

Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels Starting Oct. 15

Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels Starting Oct. 15

Disney has some exciting news for Disney Parks fans who are also dog lovers. Beginning this Sunday, Oct. 15, for the first time ever, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome guests – and their dogs – to four of its resort properties!

As part of this new dog-friendly pilot program, four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly. Each property’s per night/per room pet-cleaning rate is:

A maximum of two dogs per guest room can be accommodated. Each guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.

We will also designate certain floors or sections of a hotel as dog-friendly, while the majority of areas will remain canine-free to accommodate Guests with allergies or other concerns.

Dog lovers will find plenty of Disney amenities and special touches for their four-legged friends.

  • At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
  • Disney enjoys a partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply).
  • Pet merchandise is coming soon to participating resorts.
  • While there are no in-room services available at this time, Best Friends Pet Care does provide services like doggie day care at its nearby facility on Disney property.

Dogs that are allowed to stay in guest rooms will be expected to be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated.

A Celebration Of Harry Potter Returns For A Fifth Year To Universal Orlando Resort

A Celebration Of Harry Potter Returns For A Fifth Year To Universal Orlando Resort

We are so excited to announce that A Celebration of Harry Potter will return to Universal Orlando Resort for a fifth year from January 26-28, 2018. And for the first time ever, Stanislav Yanevski, who played the role of Viktor Krum, will be attending the event alongside fan-favorites James and Oliver Phelps, who starred as Fred and George Weasley. This is just the first wave of Harry Potter film stars to be announced for next year’s event so stay tuned!

Some of fan-favorite magical experiences during this weekend-long event include Q&A sessions with select Harry Potter film stars, as well as special panels, demonstrations, activities and displays that celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

While all of these opportunities are included in regular theme park admission or with an Annual Pass – the vacation packages offer even more activities throughout A Celebration of Harry Potter. By purchasing a package, guests will receive exclusive benefits such as admission to a private event reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and access to new Workshops (more details to be revealed at a later date). Not to mention, by purchasing a vacation package you get reserved seating for the panels and demonstrations.

Premium Vacation Package Overview:

For those who always have their wands – and Harry Potter trivia – at the ready!

  • 3-night hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels
  • 2-park 3-day park-to-park ticket to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Exclusive autograph session with select film stars
  • Evening reception at the Harry Potter Expo (Saturday)
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select film stars
  • Special guest access to Workshops (details coming soon)
  • Exclusive evening access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (includes access to both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley)
  • Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio session at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens
  • Special access to the Harry Potter Expo, panels and demonstrations
  • Reserved section for select panels and demonstrations
  • Breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Breakfast at Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios Florida
  • Commemorative A Celebration of Harry Potter merchandise item, pin and lanyard
  • Access to select venues at Universal CityWalk

A Celebration of Harry Potter Vacation Package Overview:

Perfect for those that have an obsession with all things Harry Potter. This package also includes special rates and benefits for Annual Passholders and Florida Residents.

  • 3-night hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels
  • 2-park 3-day park-to-park ticket to Universal Studios Florida AND Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select film stars
  • Exclusive evening access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (includes access to both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley)
  • First come, first served special guest access to Workshops (details coming soon)
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the park opens
  • Special access to the Harry Potter Expo (Friday – Sunday)
  • Special access to panels and demonstrations
  • Breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Commemorative A Celebration of Harry Potter merchandise item, pin and lanyard
  • Access to select venues at Universal CityWalk

Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner for more information and details about A Celebration of Harry Potter and the different vacation packages.

The time is now to get your mischief managed and prepare for the fifth annual A Celebration of Harry Potter!

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

It’s that time of year again, time to solidify your New Year’s Eve plan and avoid major FOMO by choosing the best celebration. Celebrating the arrival of 2018 will not be complete without a delicious spread of food, great music to dance to and flashy outfits.

Search no further than EVE Universal CityWalk’s eye-popping, mind-blowing, jam-packed New Year’s celebration.

Here’s why EVE is your ultimate New Years’ experience:

1. Foodie Paradise

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

Satisfy your cravings and enjoy unlimited gourmet food like prime rib, tenderloin and fresh seafood.

2. Move and Groove All Night Long

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

Bust a move on Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor.

3. Endless Live Music and DJs

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

Enjoy unlimited access to six Universal CityWalk clubs with live bands and DJs.

4. Classy Goodbye to 2017

Why Eve Is The Ultimate New Year’s Celebration

Cheers 2017 goodbye with a midnight champagne toast!

We’ll see you at EVE!

Celebrate ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ at Star Wars: Galactic Nights on December 16

Celebrate ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ at Star Wars: Galactic Nights on December 16

Star Wars fans across the galaxy, get ready for a special celebration you won’t want to miss. Star Wars: Galactic Nights will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16 – and it will be the perfect way for Star Wars fans to celebrate the opening of the new film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

In case you aren’t familiar, Star Wars: Galactic Nights is an out-of-this-world event that celebrates the entire Star Wars saga.

Among many thrills in store, guests will be treated Hollywood-style to a red carpet arrival, iconic attractions with little to no wait time, amazing fireworks and projections, and experts sharing details about the Star Wars expansion coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Throughout the event (entertainment subject to change):

  • The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, fireworks and Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show will both be enhanced with special elements from the entire saga. In between, a DJ will keep things spinning at Center Stage for a Star Wars dance party.
  • The Epic Theater plays host to a special one-night-only panel discussion about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, sharing some of the excitement coming to the 14-acre Star Wars-inspired expansion opening in 2019 at Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Park-wide, guests can step into immersive and iconic scenes from their favorite Star Wars films in a series of incredibly detailed photo locations, including two new backdrops inspired by Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
  • Star Wars: Galactic Nights features encounters with Star Wars characters like Ewoks, AWR Troopers and roaming droids; Jedi Knights teaching younglings in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple; rocketing to the stars aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; and stunning projection effects on park icons such as the Chinese Theatre. At Star Wars Launch Bay, home base for Star Wars fandom in the park, you never know what denizens from the light or dark side of The Force will appear.
  • Don’t miss Darth Vader and a battalion of Imperial Stormtroopers march menacingly down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Even more specialty Star Wars-themed food and beverage and merchandise will be available.
  • Select park attractions will be open to all guests. At embarkation points to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests may come face-to-face with Stormtroopers on the lookout for a Rebel spy.
  • Come dressed in your finest Star Wars attire. Arriving park guests will walk a red carpet that runs the length of Hollywood Boulevard. The street itself will be dressed in all the trappings of a Tinseltown premiere.

Park access and activities will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket holders. Event hours on Dec. 16 are 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are priced at $129 adults, $124 ages 3-9 (discounts available for Annual Passholders & DVC Members).

Salon by the Springs Joins New Enhancements at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Salon by the Springs Joins New Enhancements at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge recently welcomed the addition of a new Disney Vacation Club property, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, as well as newly enhanced pool and dining areas. And now there’s one more new enhancement at the resort, the all-new Salon by the Springs!

Those of you looking for some extra pampering can stop by the recently opened salon for manicures, pedicures, hair styling and other spa services. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a spa-like retreat without even having to leave the resort.

Salon by the Springs is open daily from 9am-5pm, and reservations can be made by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner!

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise Returns

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise Returns

Hoist anchor and prepare to set sail on Seven Seas Lagoon with the return of Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise! Beginning Dec. 1, you’re invited to partake in this unique dessert party featuring unforgettable views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

Get ready to make dreams come true as you board the iconic General Joe Potter ferryboat, named after the longtime Disney Legend, at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Once on the water, set your sights on the horizon and celebrate your senses with decadent sweets and tasty specialty beverages for all ages, followed by one-of-a-kind views of the world-famous fireworks blooming over Magic Kingdom Park. On select nights that coincide with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during the month of December, the cruise will feature the beautiful holiday fireworks spectacular and special seasonal desserts such as holiday cookies and peppermint cheesecake, as well as hot cocoa with a variety of toppings.

In addition to desserts and drinks, this event also offers fun activities such as a Glow-in-the-Dark Scavenger Hunt, where you’ll search for Hidden Mickeys throughout the Ferryboat. And when the fireworks begin, you’ll receive a pair of “Mickey Vision” viewing lenses, through which you might just be able to see one of your favorite characters appear in each burst of light!

Starting Dec. 1, 2017, Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise returns to Walt Disney World Resort on Fridays and Sundays through January 28, 2018. The event will begin one hour and 15 minutes prior to each evening’s fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park, meeting at the Transportation and Ticket Center Tour Garden. Be sure to get in on the fun by reserving your place on this fabulous fireworks cruise today!

Insiders Look at Marvel Day at Sea with Stan Lee

Insiders Look at Marvel Day at Sea with Stan Lee

Avengers assemble! This Friday, the Disney Magic sets sail from New York City for an extraordinary 8-night voyage to the Bahamas featuring the first-ever Marvel Day at Sea.

To hear more about the adventures that lie ahead, Disney sat down with Marvel legend Stan Lee and two of the event’s creators. Take a look…

 

On one action-packed day during the cruise, we’ll transport guests to a new realm of possibilities when the Marvel Universe assembles on the ship. Marvel Day at Sea will feature all-day entertainment for the entire family, combining the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series with the excitement of a Disney Cruise.

Marvel Day at Sea premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018.

New! Grand Avenue & Baseline Tap House at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This past week Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort opened a brand new reimagined area for guests to enjoy. ‘Grand Avenue’ sits tucked beside the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater and across from Star Tours and the Muppets Courtyard area on a small section of what used to be the “Streets of America” section of Hollywood Studios. Grand Avenue is themed to a Los Angeles street in the glamour of the modern, bustling city. The theming is complete with so much attention to detail, each shop window tells a story and contributes to the backstory of Grand Avenue.

BaseLine Tap House Debuts in the New Grand Avenue Area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Grand Avenue is the first newly reimagined area to open in the Hollywood Studios renovations. Next we will get to welcome Toy Story Land and later Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Grand Avenue will serve as an entrance way and transition area, leading you eventually through to where you will enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from the main part of Hollywood Studios.

Grand Avenue is much more than just a beautiful new spot to relax in the park. It also brings us a brand new walk-up dinning location. ‘Baseline Tap House’ specializes in craft beers and some unique small plates. The lounge immerses you in the atmosphere of a trendy pub in downtown Los Angeles where you can sip on a variety of California brews and wines. Baseline Tap House is family friendly and also offers gourmet non- alcoholic drinks such as a lemonade and a specialty soda. Some small-bite items that can be enjoyed here include a Bavarian pretzel served with a mustered and beer cheese fondue, spiced almonds and a charcuterie board that features some wonderful California cheeses.

Grand Avenue along with The Baseline Tap House are wonderful new additions to Hollywood Studios! Be sure to check them out on your next trip to the park!

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Enjoy Florida Craft Beers and Oktoberfest-Inspired Eats This Fall at Disney Springs

Enjoy Florida Craft Beers and Oktoberfest-Inspired Eats This Fall at Disney Springs

Since October is just beginning, I was surprised to learn that Oktoberfest – the premiere annual beer festival in Munich, Germany – officially ends today. No need to worry … if you’re here in Central Florida, Disney Springs will be serving up cold brews and hot eats all month long and through the fall

Disney recently caught up with a few of my favorite craft beer connoisseurs, including Disney Springs Food and Beverage Proprietor, Jamie Entwistle. According to Jamie, “Disney Springs is a melting pot of beer options. Here, you can enjoy craft beer from a wide mix of local and national breweries in addition to tried and true favorites – each guest is sure to find their favorite style and may even expand their palate by trying something unique as they walk the promenade and enjoy our great entertainment options.”

Enjoy Florida Craft Beers and Oktoberfest-Inspired Eats This Fall at Disney Springs

Disney Springs Senior Duty Manager, Mike England, echoed the sentiment. Though he’s here five days a week for work, he’s often here during his weekends, too, trying out the newest beers on tap. Of all my friends, Mike is one of the most knowledgeable when it comes to ales, lagers and everything in between, so I asked him for his “Top Five” list at Disney Springs; not one to shy away from a challenge, he came back with ten.

“Here are my current favorites,” Mike shared, “they’re all Florida Craft beers, and they’re listed in no particular order, except for Cigar City Jai Alai – it always tops my list!”:

1. Cigar City Jai Alai (AMC Dine-In, House of Blues and multiple other locations)
2. Big Storm Wavemaker Amber (Boathouse)
3. Orange Blossom Pilsner (Dockside Margaritas)
4. Crooked Can McSwaggers Own (Frontera Cocina)
5. Cask & Larder Five Points IPA (Polite Pig)
6. Coppertail Brewing Miriam’s Irish Coffee Stout (Raglan Road)
7. Orlando Brewing Blonde Ale (Paddlefish)
8. Funky Buddha Hop Gun (Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’)
9. Swamp Head Brewery Stump Knocker APA (Planet Hollywood Stargazers Lounge)
10. 3 Daughters Brewing Seasonal (Dockside Margaritas)

Enjoy Florida Craft Beers and Oktoberfest-Inspired Eats This Fall at Disney Springs

If the above doesn’t suit your fancy, remember that Disney Springs’ offerings are always evolving. One of the upcoming additions I’m most looking forward to is a new Disney Springs beer that will soon debut in partnership with a local craft brewery; the selection will rotate seasonally and will even have a custom “Disney Springs” tap, only found here.

Have you discovered any “must-try” sips during your Disney Springs visits? If so, share in the comments below – I’m always eager to find a new favorite!

“Walt Disney Presents” Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Showcases New Lands and Attractions

“Walt Disney Presents” Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Showcases New Lands and Attractions

Guests to Disney’s Hollywood Studios can now get an insider’s look at the new Toy Story Land that opens at the theme park next summer.  The sneak peek is part of the new Walt Disney Presents gallery that opened September 8. The gallery is home to a never-before-seen model of the new land, concept renderings and maquettes of attraction vehicles and icons.

Visitors to the gallery will also discover a model of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – another new land that will open in 2019 – and concept art of the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction also under development.  Guests will get an idea of all the fun and exciting adventures being conjured up as part of a multi-year expansion of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Walt Disney Presents – renamed and reimagined from the former One Man’s Dream attraction – offers a self-guided stroll through Disney history. From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms, guests are transported into the life and legacy of the man who started it all – Walt Disney.

From sketches, photos and storyboards to models, costumes, artwork, props and more, Walt Disney Presents is a Disney history book open wide. On display in this multimedia, interactive space is the original Audio Animatronic Abraham Lincoln from the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Walt’s second grade desk is among dozens of other one-of-a-kind finds on view. A film presentation celebrates his amazing life story.

Walt Disney Presents explores Walt’s boyhood life in small-town America, the founding of his first cartoon studio and his many contributions to the film industry.

Guests see firsthand how his ideas began to grow beyond the silver screen, as he explored the world of three-dimensional entertainment, culminating in the creation of the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. That legacy inspires his namesake company to stay true to his vision of innovation and excellence in the fields of animation, film and television, theme parks, resorts and much more. The new lands and coming attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and theme parks around the globe continue Walt’s legacy.

Walt Disney Presents will also host character greetings as well as special sneak previews of upcoming Disney films.

BaseLine Tap House Debuts in the New Grand Avenue Area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BaseLine Tap House Debuts in the New Grand Avenue Area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BaseLine Tap House, a lively corner pub specializing in California beers and wines, debuts as part of the new Grand Avenue area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Capturing the spirit of present-day Downtown Los Angeles, Grand Avenue is home to vintage office buildings and warehouses that represent the city’s vibrant districts and cultures. In a quaint brick building, BaseLine Tap House pays homage to the Figueroa Printing Company, a mom-and-pop print house that had ties to the Disney Studios in nearby Burbank. The space features many cool architectural and mechanical details with exposed walls and old printing equipment and artifacts, blending the past and present in an inviting space. Outside is a charming tree-shaded terrace, perfect for a relaxing break in the day.

BaseLine Tap House Debuts in the New Grand Avenue Area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BaseLine Tap House celebrates the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles with California craft ales, lagers and cider as the stars of the drink menu, along with California wines on tap and specialty cocktails. A gourmet non-alcoholic lemonade and soda on tap round out the drink selection. Small bites include a Bavarian pretzel with mustard and beer-cheese fondue, spiced almonds and a charcuterie board featuring California cheeses.

BaseLine Tap House Debuts in the New Grand Avenue Area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

BaseLine Tap House will open daily at 11 a.m.

Epcot Celebrates 35 Years With Disney Characters, Voices of Liberty & More

Epcot Celebrates 35 Years With Disney Characters, Voices of Liberty & More

This past weekend, thousands of Disney fans gathered at Epcot to celebrate the park’s 35th anniversary by watching a special ceremony that was highlighted with Disney characters, fun performances by the park’s most beloved musical acts and more.

During the ceremony, George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort, spoke, honoring the park’s past and sharing excitement for its future.

“It’s been an amazing 35 years,” George said. “And as we look toward the future, there is so much more on the horizon.”

George was also joined onstage by Voices of Liberty and the Mariachi Cobre – two musical groups that debuted when the theme park opened on Oct. 1, 1982.

“Epcot has always been, and always will be, an optimistic celebration of the real world – brought to life through the magic of Disney,” George said. “I promise you the exciting plans we have on the horizon will honor Epcot’s rich legacy of creativity and innovation while continuing to exceed the expectations of our guests, for decades to come.

“The spirit of the expansion will continue to evolve Epcot to make it more timeless, more relevant, more family and more Disney, while staying true to its original vision.”

Already announced as part of this expansion is a new restaurant for the Mission: SPACE pavilion, inviting guests to dine above Earth, two new attractions inspired by “Ratatouille” and the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, and an updated Circle-Vision film for the China pavilion in World Showcase that highlights the country’s splendor and majesty.

Be Our Guest! Magic Kingdom Restaurant

Tucked away inside New Fantsayland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, you will find Be Our Guest Restaurant. The restaurant is a dream come true for a fan of the Beauty and the Beast film. You feel as though you have stepped right into the story!

The restaurant has three main dining areas, the main ballroom is the setting where Belle and beast shared their first dance together in the movie. This room is a romantic and beautiful spot to dine underneath the shimmering chandeliers! Next you can dine in the gallery. This is a very nice and quite room to enjoy your meal. On the walls are gorgeous photos of all of Belle and Beast’s adventures and in the center of the room sits a beautifully detailed music box softly playing beloved songs from the film. The third dining space is the West Wing. This room is more dark than the first two with ripped curtains, flashing lightening outside the window and even the infamous enchanted rose. It is defiantly a unique location to enjoy your meal!

For food here at Be Our Guest, visitors can enjoy a selection of French influenced dishes such as the croque monsieur, French onion soup, or braised pork.

My personal favorite is the braised pork, this dish is marinated in coffee for 24 hours, the meat is tender and so full of flavor.

 

We highly recommend Be Our Guest for your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. The memory of dining in the Beast castle is one you and your family will never forget!

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