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The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Ride Is Getting a Spoo-o-oky Makeover for Halloween

The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Ride Is Getting a Spoo-o-oky Makeover for Halloween

“Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission:BREAKOUT!” is bringing an entirely new ride experience to Disney California Adventure for just six weeks — and it’s only happening at nighttime.

The massively popular attraction will operate normally each day, but will transform into “Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark” on evenings from September 15 to October 31.

When the sun goes down, the lighting and ambiance of the Marvel superhero drop tower will change and the ride itself will be completely anew. Daytime guests will continue to enjoy the six random ride sequences set to a rotation of classic rock jams, but on Monsters After Dark, all riders will be treated to three never-before-seen show scenes created specifically for the Halloween season. Add to it a series of sudden drops synchronized to a brand new song by the film series’ composer, Tyler Bates, and you’ve got a thrill ride that will outdo any haunted house.

This seasonal adrenaline rush builds upon the Mission:BREAKOUT! storyline, which sees Rocket Raccoon breaking the other Guardians out of collector Taneleer Tivan’s fortress with the help of its passengers. In “Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark,” guests will see what happens next as they’re enlisted to distract the supernatural creatures inhibiting the gang’s jailbreak as Rocket saves Baby Groot from being left behind.

“Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark” is just one of many Halloween-inspired enhancements coming to Disneyland Resort this fall. In addition to decorations, themed merchandise and four additional rides re-themed for the holiday, Disneyland also offers a ticketed holiday party with a festive parade, fireworks, entertainment and trick-or-treating.

Meet the Super Heroes of Marvel Day at Sea: Captain America

Meet the Super Heroes of Marvel Day at Sea: Captain America

The premiere of Marvel Day at Sea is just around the corner! If you love Marvel, you’ll want to join us as we count down the weeks to this epic celebration on select cruises aboard the Disney Magic.

Over the next several weeks, we’re featuring some of the mighty Marvel Super Heroes you can meet onboard during the daylong event, giving you insights into who they are and how you can get some face time with them. First up, Captain America …

Meet the Super Heroes of Marvel Day at Sea: Captain America

Patriotic soldier Steve Rogers took the super soldier serum giving him super-human powers and learned the vital values to become the living symbol of freedom and liberty, Captain America. He is the master strategist in the field and has superior agility, strength, speed and endurance. The patriotic hero with an indestructible shield embodies honor, integrity, courage and trustworthiness.

You may see Captain America patrolling the ship or visiting Marvel’s Avengers Academy, teaching kids the true qualities of being a hero like honor, courage and teamwork. The star-spangled man with a plan also has a big role in the Marvel Day at Sea nighttime deck show, which will be the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains ever assembled at sea.

Stay tuned to meet more Super Heroes assembling for Marvel Day at Sea, which 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 offerings at the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is now in full swing at Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort!

This annual festival is always a fan favorite. The event gives guests the opportunity to sample food and beverage offerings from countries around the world! This year the festival runs longer than ever from August 31 – November 13, 2017.

Each year guests look forward to enjoying their returning favorites and get excited to sample what is new to the festival! This year is no exception. With more marketplaces than ever before there are many new culinary offerings for visitors to enjoy!

Highlighted below are the new marketplaces that you can experience this year,

Active Eats

Here you can enjoy items such as loaded mac ‘n’ cheese, Salmon with quinoa salad, specialty beverages and more.

Coastal Eats

This marketplace has a focus of fresh seafood. Here you can enjoy a fresh lump crab cake with Napa cabbage slaw, bake shrimp scampi dip with sourdough baguette or a seared scallop.

Earth Eats from The CHEW

The food offerings here include such items as ricotta and zucchini ravioli, grilled beef skewer with romaine, apricots and feta cheese, for dessert you can try the peanut butter and white chocolate mousse. Here you can also enjoy wine samples from the Kurt Russell collection of wines.

Flavors from Fire

Here you can enjoy such items as piggy wings, smoked corned beef, Sweet pancake with spicy chipotle chicken sausage and for something sweet try the chocolate picante.

Light Lab

A new experience this year is the Light Lab which makes unique beverages, one example is the vanilla tonic water and cotton candy!This lab bring science and culinary together for a one of a kind experience!

Many new exciting things are being offered this year at The 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chefs & Master Sommeliers Announced for 2018 Adventures by Disney Rhine Food & Wine Sailings

Chefs & Master Sommeliers Announced for 2018 Adventures by Disney Rhine Food & Wine Sailings

While the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival just kicked off yesterday, Adventures by Disney is already prepping for its 2018 Food & Wine sailings along the Rhine River. The timing is fitting, as these 8-day, 7-night adult-exclusive epicurean sailings, departing in fall of 2018, expand on the theme of international eats by taking guests to the heart of Europe to indulge in the authentic foods from 4 different countries!

The sailings are hosted by renowned chefs and sommeliers, serving up extraordinary food and beverage experiences both on and off the ship. On the Sept. 24, 2018 sailing, Scott Hunnel, Executive Chef at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, including the AAA Five Diamond award-winning Victoria and Albert’s, will be hosting culinary presentations and demonstrations. Joining him onboard the river cruise ship will be George Miliotes, one of only 236 Master Sommeliers in the world, who is also behind Wine Bar George at Disney Springs which will open in early 2018.

Chefs & Master Sommeliers Announced for 2018 Adventures by Disney Rhine Food & Wine Sailings

On the second sailing, departing on Oct. 8, 2018, guests will be joined by Chef Rudolf “Rudy” Muller, Executive Chef and Culinary Director at Hong Kong Disneyland along with Brian Koziol, Master Sommelier and Concept & Development Director, Food and Beverage at Walt Disney World Resort.

While cruising along Europe’s Rhine River, you’ll also make visits to world-famous breweries and award-winning wineries, partake in gourmet demonstrations and workshops, sip your way through local beer and wine pairings on culinary walking tours, and much more. These activities will allow you to discover the unique culinary history and culture of four countries—Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Bookings for these special sailings are now open! And, don’t miss the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, taking place now through Nov. 13.

First Look: Slinky Dog Dash Ride Vehicle Arrives At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

First Look: Slinky Dog Dash Ride Vehicle Arrives At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Slinky Dog Dash attraction, currently under construction in Toy Story Land, celebrated a major milestone today – National Slinky Day – with the reveal of the coaster’s first Slinky Dog ride vehicle.

Slinky Dog Dash is one of two major attractions coming to Toy Story Land, a 11-acre expansion that’s set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Summer 2018. In Toy Story Land, guests will shrink to the size of a toy and explore the world of Andy’s backyard on two fun family attractions – Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.

 

Slinky Dog Dash is a family coaster themed as if Andy built it in his backyard using his Mega Coaster Play Kit and some of his other favorite toys. The attraction’s ride vehicles, inspired by the character of Slinky in the film, will send riders dipping, dodging and dashing around turns and drops Andy has created to stretch Slinky’s coils to the max.

The second attraction, Alien Swirling Saucers, is designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, inspired by the first “Toy Story” film. Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle using “The Claw.”

Check out the video above for a look at the warm welcome the new ride vehicle received.

Force Friday II Merchandise Event Coming to Disney Parks on September 1

Force Friday II Merchandise Event Coming to Disney Parks on September 1

We are delighted to announce Force Friday II is coming to Disney Parks!

New Star Wars themed merchandise and more will land in our galaxy at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts on September 1, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. (Midnight).*

The Force Friday II event is your opportunity to be among the first to purchase new Star Wars and Star Wars: The Last Jedi themed merchandise, including unique products found only at Disney Parks.

 

Please see details below if you are planning to attend this free event in California or Florida.

Disneyland Resort – World of Disney Store, Downtown Disney District
Pre-registration for the Force Friday II event is required for guests attending the event in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.

Registration will be accepted only on DisneyParksMerchandise.com beginning August 24 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific) / 2:00 p.m. (Eastern).

Once registered, guests will receive additional instructions via email. Doors open at 12:01 a.m. on September 1.

Walt Disney World Resort – World of Disney, Disney Springs

For guests attending the event at Disney Springs, registration for Force Friday II will take place outside the World of Disney store entrance across from Basin on August 31 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Guests will be given a numbered wristband on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a wristband is received, guests are invited to return to World of Disney by 11:30 p.m. where they will be lined up in sequential order. Doors open at 12:01 a.m. on September 1.

Please park in the Lime Parking Garage at Disney Springs for shopping convenience.

Set your hyperspace coordinates for this merchandise event in preparation of the highly anticipated film release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 15.

May the Force Be With You!

*Event subject to change.

Popular Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Gets a Makeover, but Favorites Remain on Menu

Popular Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Gets a Makeover, but Favorites Remain on Menu

The rustic Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is open again, one of those spots favored by vacationers looking for a creative, quick bite that’s above average. Located in the main building with patio seating near Copper Creek Springs pool area, it’s a convenient stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with spacious seating inside – or get your food to go and head outdoors as the weather cools.

Popular Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Gets a Makeover, but Favorites Remain on Menu

For the first time, Roaring Fork is offering specialty beverages like the Gold Rush Latte (vanilla latte with caramel) previously featured in Territory Lounge, and now on the daily breakfast menu.

Popular Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Gets a Makeover, but Favorites Remain on Menu

Lunch and dinner is served from 11 a.m.-midnight, and the big winner on the new menu is Chef Michael Bersell’s Brisket Burger with cheddar, cranberry barbecue sauce, cast-iron onions and frisée served on a sweet brioche bun. Or try the Grilled Chicken on Focaccia with roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella. A Gourmet Grilled Cheese features cheddar, arugula, tomato and onion jam on multi-grain bread.

Popular Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Gets a Makeover, but Favorites Remain on Menu

Flatbreads are back with two new options: Fennel Sausage and Pepperoni with caramelized onion and goat cheese, or an Asiago Grilled Chicken topped with peppers and onions.

Popular Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Gets a Makeover, but Favorites Remain on Menu

Fans of the popular Wilderness Salad with chicken, walnuts, apples and cheddar will still find both in the grab ‘n go area – or they can be made to order.

Popular Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Gets a Makeover, but Favorites Remain on Menu

Roaring Fork is open daily.

Four Horrific Original Houses Revealed For Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Four Horrific Original Houses Revealed For Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Welcome back to the Halloween Horror Nights campfire. In the distance, we hear the call of The Festival of the Deadliest. As opening night closes in, the call grows stronger, drawing us all into its seductive grasp. The chilling celebration of blood and bone is about to begin at Universal Orlando Resort.

It is time to unleash the Original Houses and the secrets they contain. So gather ‘round the campfire for our final chilling stories.

Scarecrow: The Reaping

Since the great dustbowl, an abandoned farmhouse stands in Nebraska. The bountiful fields ravaged by the farmers’ plows have spurred anger in the Land. Scarecrow guardians have risen from the blood soaked soil to seek revenge. The harvest that will be reaped this season is you.

Hive

We’re huge fans of those little-known 1980s horror movies, and we wanted to make you feel as if you’re in those movies. The story takes everything that is sexy, beautiful or cool about vampires and flushes it down the toilet. These Nosferatu are nasty, animalistic, and vicious. It’s the type of house that will make you cling to your date all the way to the exit…if you make it that far.

Dead Waters

We have had houses that later became scare zones in the streets of Universal Studios Florida. This is one of the first times, in recent memory, that a scare zone has influenced a house. For Halloween Horror Nights 24, we had the Bayou of Blood scare zone. It was so strong in character and story that we had to revisit its story again.

We’re excited to have you explore the Dead Waters of the Voodoo Queen and her hellish realm. Trust me…you’ll freak out when you see the half sunken riverboat and the skeletal remains of her victims close in.

The Fallen

It’s the ancient battle between good and evil. The Fallen are flying, jumping, and crawling up from the kingdom of darkness and laying waste to all who cross their path of destruction. These creatures are awesome…and yes, I did say flying. This house is a mix between beauty and decay, high screech and deep roar, and delivers more surprises than I can fit in this paragraph.

These stories are just the beginning. They only lack one thing—you. Come and be a part of these tales before the firelight dies out and we are plunged into darkness. The Festival of the Deadliest is almost here…and it’s enticing lights are pulling us to our wondrous doom.

Get your tickets now and come be a part of the celebration of blood and bone. You know you want to (Cue evil laughter).

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.

World Showcase to Feature New and Returning Musical Acts During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

World Showcase to Feature New and Returning Musical Acts During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The delicious bites available in the record 35 Marketplaces at the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival aren’t the only treats you’ll find at the park this fall! We’ve also got an exciting lineup of live entertainment planned. In addition to the “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series, featuring 11 new artists, you’ll also want to look for authentic performers throughout World Showcase, with some new acts and returning favorites.

Suroît – New to Epcot, this renowned band hails from Canada’s Magdalen Islands in eastern Quebec. For four decades, their infectious sound has embraced influences from Cajun, Celtic, bluegrass and rock music. Join Suroît on the Mill Stage at the Canada pavilion, August 31 – October 1.

World Showcase to Feature New and Returning Musical Acts During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Margret Almer & The Bavarian Band – World-famous yodeler Margret Almer makes an encore appearance at Epcot this fall. She’ll be performing with The Bavarian Band at the Germany pavilion, beginning August 31 and continuing through the holiday season.

Musique Aramenco – Another returning favorite takes the stage at the Morocco pavilion September 1 – December 30. Musique Aramenco presents a fusion of traditional and modern Moroccan music.

Bodh’aktan – Back by popular demand, Bodh’aktan mixes Quebecois, folk and polka to make fantastic rock and dance music. After rocking stages across Quebec, the United States and Europe, this incredibly popular, kilted band is returning for an Epcot encore at the Canada pavilion October 2 – 22.

World Showcase to Feature New and Returning Musical Acts During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Raffy – This musical quartet makes their Epcot debut October 23 – November 26 on the Mill Stage. Raffy’s infectious energy has been embraced across Canada through a live tour, appearances on television and radio airplay of their first hit single.

This fall, you’ll have lots of reasons to head out to World Showcase for all the singing, dancing, sipping and dining during the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

For the First Time Ever, Walt Disney World Restaurants Are on the Menu for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

For the First Time Ever, Walt Disney World Restaurants Are on the Menu for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

As part of the one of the most-anticipated dining events in Central Florida, for the first time, select Walt Disney World restaurants are part of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month that kicks off August 25 and runs through October 1.

For the First Time Ever, Walt Disney World Restaurants Are on the Menu for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

Magical Dining Month celebrates Orlando’s amazing culinary scene and gives us a chance to showcase the talent of Disney chefs with special prix fixe dinners. Participating Walt Disney World Resort hotel restaurants include:

Magical Dining Month menus feature three courses for $35 per person, including appetizer, entrée and dessert and cannot be combined with other offers, packages or discounts. One dollar from each meal supports Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation.

For the First Time Ever, Walt Disney World Restaurants Are on the Menu for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

To view all participating restaurant’s menus, go to Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, select an area and restaurant, then click on the fork.

To make a reservation for the Disney restaurants, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planners. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

My Disney Experience’s Mobile Order Feature Expands to 15 Locations at Walt Disney World Resort

My Disney Experience’s Mobile Order Feature Expands to 15 Locations at Walt Disney World Resort

Now, it’s easier than ever to personalize your Walt Disney World Resort experience through the My Disney Experience app. My Disney Experience continues to add new features – including the new Mobile Order and Online Mobile Check-in at Disney Resort hotels – while still helping guests plan their vacation experience and make changes on the go through helpful tools like online ticket purchasing, FastPass+, Disney PhotoPass and more.

With the great feedback we’re hearing from guests about how easy and convenient it is to use Mobile Order, we’re pleased to share that the Mobile Order service is now available at 15 locations throughout Walt Disney World theme parks and at Disney Springs. The new service saves you time when ordering meals at quick-service restaurants by allowing you to order on demand, pay in advance and skip the line, and not have mealtime interfere with time spent enjoying all of the other attractions and experiences throughout the resort.

To use Mobile Order, sign in to the My Disney Experience app and tap the “Order Food” button, which lists restaurants that offer the service. Browse restaurant menus, select items, customize your order and prepay, all right through the app. Then, when you arrive at the restaurant, just tap “I’m Here, Prepare My Order” in the app, which notifies the kitchen to prepare your meal. When it’s ready, a notification will alert you to pick up your meal from the “Mobile Order Pick Up” area in the restaurant. Here are the 15 restaurants that currently offer Mobile Order:

Magic Kingdom Park:
Columbia Harbour House
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe
Pinocchio Village Haus
Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant*

Epcot:
Electric Umbrella
Liberty Inn

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
ABC Commissary
Backlot Express
PizzeRizzo

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Flame Tree Barbecue
Pizzafari
Restaurantosaurus
Satu’li Canteen

Disney Springs:
D-Luxe Burger

*Location operates seasonally.

The only form of payment currently accepted through Mobile Order is credit card, but we’re working on adding more payment options soon. Anyone with special dietary restrictions, or those who want to use discounts or redeem dining plan entitlements must place their order with a cashier.

What’s the best news? Disney plans to continue expanding the service to even more locations across Walt Disney World Resort throughout the year.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Recently, Walt Disney Imagineering and the project teams responsible for bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life at Disneyland park celebrated a major milestone — the topping out of the tallest peak in the 14-acre land.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Rising to 130 feet, the steel that makes up the highest point in the new land was put in place as the design and construction teams celebrated the tradition.

 

Another part of this longtime construction tradition is when signatures are placed on the steel beam, and for this topping out every Disneyland Resort cast member was invited to take part! This isn’t the only way our cast members are getting involved.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Soon, a selected team of cast members will lend their expertise to the process of bringing the land’s two signature attractions to life. They will offer their unique knowledge of our parks, attractions and operations to inform and influence how the immersive attractions allow guests to experience Star Wars in their own way.

As you can see in the photo below, progress continues on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney World Resort where the remote trading port continues to take shape at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

As announced recently at D23 Expo, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open in 2019, first at the Disneyland Resort and later that year at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Spooky Fun During Halloween on the High Seas Aboard Disney Cruise Line

Spooky Fun During Halloween on the High Seas Aboard Disney Cruise Line

Halloween on the High Seas will transform Disney Cruise Line ships into a ghoulish wonderland starting in September through the end of October, and there are haunted adventures to be had by each and every one of you! From joining the spine-chilling Sing and Scream to gathering around the Pumpkin Tree for mysterious fun, you won’t want to miss this Halloween celebration!

Here are just some of my favorite ways to celebrate the spookiest time of year onboard a Disney ship:

Spooky Fun During Halloween on the High Seas Aboard Disney Cruise Line

1. Experience the Mysterious Pumpkin Trees
Each ship’s Pumpkin Tree is unique, with Grim on the Disney Dream, Muckelbones on the Disney Fantasy, Bog on the Disney Wonder and Reap on the Disney Magic. Watch these trees magically transform from eerie and barren into the life of the party with sprouting Jack-O-Lanterns and flickering lights.

Spooky Fun During Halloween on the High Seas Aboard Disney Cruise Line

2. Dance the Night Away at a Mouse-Querade
Join your favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best for Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party. This spooky costume party features games, dancing and of course, lots of candy!

Spooky Fun During Halloween on the High Seas Aboard Disney Cruise Line

3. Sing and Scream with Jack & Sally
During A Nightmare Before Christmas – Sing and Scream, enjoy an interactive movie experience and be immersed in the infamous Halloween Town. Afterwards, meet the couple that was “simply meant to be” in a special meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally.

Spooky Fun During Halloween on the High Seas Aboard Disney Cruise Line

4. Indulge in Eerie Eats
Our bone-ifed genius chefs have conjured up some yummy eats and tasty treats for you this Halloween. Make the day’s celebration extra special with indulgences like the not-so-scary Spider Cake and Spooky Juice.

Spooky Fun During Halloween on the High Seas Aboard Disney Cruise Line

5. Live to Tell the Tales
After a night of thrills and chills, gather on the upper decks for Haunted Stories of the Sea. A mysterious sea captain will guide the way and tell the tales of the legends who once sailed the high seas many moons ago.

Spooky Fun During Halloween on the High Seas Aboard Disney Cruise Line

6. Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids
Keep the fun going late at night in the ship’s nighttime entertainment district. With an adults-only costume contest and a Villainous Takeover on the dance floor, the party doesn’t stop when the little ones head to the youth clubs!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a costume and set sail for a spooky fun time during Halloween on the High Seas aboard the Disney Dream starting Sept. 4, Disney Fantasy starting Sept. 2, Disney Wonder starting Sept. 15 and Disney Magic starting Sept. 27. Happy Haunting!

Experience Frozen on Broadway with Adventures by Disney in 2018

Experience Frozen on Broadway with Adventures by Disney in 2018

We are excited to announce that in 2018 guests on the Adventures by Disney New York City Long Weekend trip will be able to experience the excitement of Disney’s newest Broadway musical, Frozen.

You’re invited to discover that love is a force of nature as the beloved story of Anna and Elsa comes to life on the Great White Way next year. This all new production, created for the Broadway stage by a Tony and Oscar Award-winning team, features state-of-the-art stagecraft and more than twice as many songs as the original film.

Not only will you be able to see this magical new musical but also take part in a Broadway Theater Workshop where you’ll go into a rehearsal studio and learn the music and dance steps from one of your favorite songs in the show. So, get ready to “let it go” and leave your inhibitions at the door!

Your adventure through the Big Apple doesn’t stop there. You’ll unravel the history of New York by visiting the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and go behind-the-scenes of “Good Morning America,” for an exclusive look at one of ABC’s longest-running live shows!

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs

Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney) has recently expanded and welcomed many exciting new additions. Disney Springs has become a hotspot for entertainment, shopping and some amazing food! It’s a great place to have fun and unwind after an action-packed day in the parks!

One of our new favorite Disney Springs restaurants is Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’.

Disney Springs theming immerses you into a waterfront town in Florida. Homecomin’ fits this environment perfectly because every ingredient here is fully sourced in the sunshine state! Homecomin’ serves the best in southern comfort food complete with a modern twist.

Everyone has heard of fried chicken and waffles. But what about fried chicken and donuts?! Yes, you heard me right, fried chicken and donuts is one example of southern comfort food reimagined that you can enjoy here!

The restaurant’s name has a significant meaning to the famous chef. Chef Art Smith participated in the Disney College Program in 1982, and now flash forward, he is proud to have his own restaurant at Disney. He has come full circle and this restaurant truly does represent his homecoming!

When we dined here we tried one of the menus staples, the fried chicken and donuts I mentioned before. This dish was fantastic! The fried chicken is done to a light and crispy perfection, accompanied by the stand out donut holes that bring in that sweet note. The two pair together perfectly in the best sweet and savory combination.

We also enjoyed the “Art’s” famous fried chicken. This dish is your classic fried chicken but with an added kick. This was another win for us, the spices brought the dish flavor with just the right amount of heat.  Some other dishes you may enjoy are the chopped pork barbecue plate, hanger steak, fried catfish, thigh high chicken biscuits, shrimp and grits and much more.

If you like southern comfort food definitely make Homecomin’ a stop on your next trip to Disney Springs!

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