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Disney Springs Is the Place to Start New Traditions This Holiday Season

Disney Springs Is the Place to Start New Traditions This Holiday Season

This holiday season at Disney Springs, you can create family memories, celebrate the season and find special gifts for all of the special people on my list – plus a treat or two for yourself! Make your holidays more magical, too, by enjoying everything Disney Springs will have to offer this holiday season…

While holiday shopping is certainly more magical here at Disney Springs, here’s some of our seasonal “must-dos”:

  • A Bigger, Better Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail: Last year Disney introduced custom decorated holiday trees to the Marketplace, each themed to a popular Disney story or character. This year, the Christmas Tree Trail will expand to twenty-five trees – many of them larger than last year’s evergreens – including ten new trees inspired by Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Snow White and Dumbo.

Disney Springs Is the Place to Start New Traditions This Holiday Season

  • Santa’s Chalet: Santa Claus is accepting Christmas wish lists and welcoming guests to his chalet near the exit of Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail, making the Marketplace the most magical nook in all of Disney Springs. You’ll be visiting in your holiday best, smiling for Disney PhotoPass Photographers who will be on hand to capture photos, and probably taking a few selfies with your own camera, too! Santa Goofy will take over when Saint Nick heads back to the North Pole on December 25 – so we may have to visit twice.
  • Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt: The mischievous experiment 626 is at it again with an expanded scavenger hunt featuring four new stops, including a special stop at the more-magical-than-ever Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail. A great activity for families with kids older than mine, it’s your chance to work together, decipher clues, and discover all the spots where Stich is hiding. Complete the mission and receive a limited-edition button.
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil: After nearly twenty years, “La Nouba” will take its final bow on December 31, 2017. I’ve seen the show a handful of times and can attest that there’s nothing else quite like the gravity-defying, jaw-dropping thrill of this stunning 90-minute show. There’s a good chance we’ll be getting a sitter so we can see it one last time before the curtain closes. Limited tickets available; visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/la-nouba for additional information and to purchase.

Complimentary and adjacent self-parking keeps things simple and hassle-free. With the retail delivery service available at all Disney Springs stores, I won’t have to add anything else my overloaded stroller, making it easier for guests to pop in to one of the award-winning restaurants to relax and refuel. Fan favorite eateries include Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza or D-Luxe Burger for a quick bite or any of our signature restaurants – featuring everything from steak and seafood to home-style favorites – for a more substantial sit-down meal.

What’s your first stop at Disney Springs this Holiday Season?

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.

New VOID Experience Centers Coming to Downtown Disney and Disney Springs This Holiday Season

New VOID Experience Centers Coming to Downtown Disney and Disney Springs This Holiday Season

Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID recently announced the new Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire hyper-reality experience. This ground-breaking experience will open to the public at two new VOID Experience Centers at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort beginning this holiday season, giving Star Wars fans the opportunity to step beyond reality and into a galaxy far, far away.

“At The VOID, we combine the magic of illusions, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that take guests to new worlds,” said Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at The VOID. “A truly transformative experience is so much more than what you see with your eyes; it’s what you hear, feel, touch, and even smell. Through the power of The VOID, guests who step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire won’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story.”

ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s Immersive Entertainment division, created this first of its kind experience, in collaboration with The VOID. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will plunge guests directly into the iconic Star Wars galaxy. Guests will move freely throughout the untethered, social, and multi sensory experience as they interact and engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters.

“At ILMxLAB, we want people to step inside the worlds of our stories,” explained Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of the division. “Through our collaboration with The VOID, we can make this happen as guests become active participants in an unfolding Star Wars adventure. By combining Lucasfilm’s storytelling expertise with cutting-edge imagery, and immersive sound from the team at Skywalker Sound, while invoking all the senses, we hope to truly transport all those who experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire to a galaxy far, far away.”

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire marks an important milestone in the continued expansion of The VOID, which also joined the 2017 Disney Accelerator earlier this year.

Enjoy Special Character Experiences and Photo Opportunities During Disney PhotoPass Day

Enjoy Special Character Experiences and Photo Opportunities During Disney PhotoPass Day

August 19 marks World Photo Day, and we’re excited to celebrate the occasion with the return of Disney PhotoPass Day at Walt Disney World Resort! During this event, Disney PhotoPass Service will offer a number of exclusive photo opportunities that will let you take home even more picture-perfect memories of your visit.

You can also celebrate Disney Princesses during Disney PhotoPass Day! In honor of Disney’s “Dream Big, Princess” campaign, you’ll find photo opportunities focused on some of your favorite Disney Princesses.

Check out all of the special opportunities that are planned in each of the four theme parks and Disney Springs on August 19:

Entertainment and photo opportunities are subject to change. Some locations could be affected by inclement weather.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Character Experiences:

  • Meeko joins Pocahontas at Character Landing on Discovery Island
  • Timon joins Rafiki at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  • Princess Atta joins Flik at Discovery Island near Creature Comforts

Photo opportunities:

  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop before the park entrance (daylight hours only)
  • Jungle Book Magic Shot near Yak & Yeti Restaurant
  • Visit the PhotoPass photographer in DinoLand U.S.A. from 9-10 p.m. to have magical Mickey light effects added to your photo (example below)

Enjoy Special Character Experiences and Photo Opportunities During Disney PhotoPass Day

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Character Experiences:

  • The Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Maleficent, and Cruella de Vil will meet with guests at Sunset Showcase. This opportunity will be available from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Photo opportunities:

  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop outside the Theater of the Stars (daylight hours only)
  • Poison Apple Magic Shot on Sunset Boulevard
  • Fisheye lens in the Chinese Theatre Courtyard area

Epcot
Character Experiences:

  • Genie will join Princess Jasmine in the Morocco Pavilion
  • Mushu will join Mulan in the China Pavilion

Photo opportunities:

  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop near Epcot Character Spot (daylight hours only)
  • Baymax Animated Magic Shot with the PhotoPass photographer located near Mouse Gear and the Fountain of Nations
  • Fisheye lens near the fountain close to the entrance to Spaceship Earth

Enjoy Special Character Experiences and Photo Opportunities During Disney PhotoPass Day

Magic Kingdom Park
Character Experiences:

  • Dopey joins Snow White at Town Square Courtyard
  • Captain Hook joins Peter Pan in Fantasyland

Photo opportunities:

  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop in Fantasyland (daylight hours only)
  • Cinderella’s Coach in Fantasyland
  • “Tangled” light painting photo opportunity near Ariel’s Grotto (available after dark)
  • Mickey Mouse Magic Shot on the bridge near Fairytale Garden
  • Main Street Vehicle near the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (available in the morning and early afternoon)

Disney Springs 
Photo opportunities:

  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop next to the Marketplace Stage
  • Fairy Wings Magic Shot from the PhotoPass photographer roaming around the Marketplace near Tren-D (available from 1-10:30 p.m.)
  • You can also visit the Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs to enjoy special $99.95 plus shipping pricing on a Personalized Storybook now through August 20!

Don’t forget to share your photos using #DisneyPhotoPassDay and #DreamBigPrincess, and if you want access to all of your PhotoPass photos from Disney PhotoPass Day, purchase Memory Maker One Day for $59 in the My Disney Experience mobile app during or after your visit!

‘American Idol’ Bus Tour Visits Disney Springs for Open Auditions

‘American Idol’ Bus Tour Visits Disney Springs for Open Auditions

The groundbreaking series, “American Idol,” will debut on its new home at ABC in 2018. And, there’s more exciting news! For the first time, the ‘Idol’ bus will kick off open auditions at the Walt Disney World Resort.

If you think you could be the next “American Idol”, head over to Disney Springs on August 17 to audition with “American Idol” Producers. (Celebrity Judges will not be on site.) Early arrival is encouraged. And, for you early birds, parking will be available as early as 4 a.m. – but not before. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. with auditions starting at 8 a.m. Early arrival is encouraged, as registration will close at 12:00 p.m or sooner due to capacity. No overnight camping please.

‘American Idol’ Bus Tour Visits Disney Springs for Open Auditions

The auditions will take place outdoors, so make sure to bring water, sunscreen, and a hat to stay in top shape for your audition. Parking will be available at the surface parking lot on the West Side of Disney Springs, near House of Blues and Cirque du Soleil.

All singers must be at least 15 years old to audition. Pre-Registration is encouraged. To Pre-Register and for additional details, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, and terms and conditions, visit www.americanidol.com. Those auditioning can bring one guest to accompany them and the guest must be over 5 years old.

The search is on for the next American Idol. Could it be you?

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Experience the romance of the Florida Keys at this tranquil community of Conch Flats—a sprawling island hamlet with shimmering waterways, swaying palm trees and manicured golf-course fairways. Delight in sun-soaked pools, casual dining and such amenities as fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes.

Recreation
At Disney’s Old Key West Resort, there are 4 pools for your enjoyment. The Sandcastle Pool is 149,600-gallon pool with a 125-foot-long waterslide that flows through a giant sandcastle and features a sand beach that is waiting for you to lounge around on. Nearby is a whirlpool spa and a dry sauna where your cares will melt away.

There are 3 leisure pools all located at their own sections of the resort: Old Turtle Pond, South Point, and Miller’s Road. These pools offer a quiet spot where you can lounge the day away.

There’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy at this resort. From sports such as volleyball, basketball, tennis, and fishing to bike rentals and movies under the stars, there is something for everyone! There is also a community hall where you can play foosball, video games, check out equipment for sports, and rent DVD’s to take back to your room.

Dining
While you’re lounging around the pool, you’ll need snacks and beverages which is why there are 3 quick-service pool bars at this resort. Good’s Food to Go, Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks, and Gurgling Suitcase are your go-tos. Options include burgers, hot dogs, pizza, salads, desserts, and plenty of beverages – alcoholic and non alcoholic.

Olivia’s Cafe is a casual dining restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, you absolutely can’t miss the banana bread french toast. Lunch options include conch fritters, conch chowder, stacked sandwiches, and their signature burger, while dinner offers heartier choices such as pan-seared scallops and barbecue pork ribs.

Transportation
Disney’s complimentary bus system is available to take you from the resort to all the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. You can also get to Disney Springs from the water taxi.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort is a peaceful tropical paradise awaiting you and your family. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are your concierge to the magic and much more!

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Inspired by historic Saratoga Springs—a late-1800s’ New York retreat famous for its spas and horse racing—this charming, Victorian-style Resort hotel is nestled between rolling golf course greens and the shimmering Village Lake. Delight in stately Studios and multi-bedroom Villas, dazzling pools and a spa.

Recreation
At Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, there are five pools (that’s right, 5!) for you and your family to enjoy. The High Rock Spring Pool features gushing waterfalls, a zero-depth entry similar to a beach, and a 128-foot-long waterslide. Nearby are 2 whirlpool spas for you to enjoy.

The Paddock Pool has a massive146-foot-long waterslide that you can slide down from atop a water tower. This pool also has a zero-depth entry and a nearby horseshoe-shaped whirlpool spa. Nearby is The Paddock Grill. Open from7:30am – 9pm, this quick-service dining option has quick and delicious bites such as sandwiches, cheeseburgers, fish, and more.

Three leisure pools are located at the Treehouse Villas, Congress Park, and The Grandstand and they each have their own whirlpool spa.

Saratoga Springs is home to endlessactivities such as movies under the stars, campfire activities, bike rentals, fishing, golfing, and a community hall where you can play ping-pong, foosball, rent DVDs, board games, and more!

Senses – A Disney Spa at Saratoga Springs
Senses is a full service spa and health club where you can relax and rejuvenate your mind and body in a calming environment that draws inspiration from the American countryside. Some of their spa services include massage therapies, facial treatments, body therapies and wraps, and more!

A 24-hour fitness center is also available for you to keep fit even while on vacation.

Dining
The Turf Club Bar & Grill is nestled alongside the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course and is the perfect place to enjoy a meal after a round of golf or a day at the parks. This dimly-lit, sophisticated restaurant surrounds you with vintage equestrian memorabilia and a beautiful view of the golf course and Disney Springs. Here you can enjoy a cocktail and a round of pool in their lounge before your hearty meal of American classics like prime rib or oven-roasted lamb.

The Artist’s Palette Restaurant is a quick-service restaurant open from 7am – 11pm where you can grab breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Featuring grourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, and grab ‘n’ go items, be sure to stop by any time of the day for mouth-watering meal.

The Backstretch Pool Bar serves up refreshing beverages, non-alcoholic and alcoholic, and a selection of poolside snacks and sandwiches from 12:30pm – 6pm.

Transportation
Disney’s complimentary bus system is available to take you from the resort to all the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. You can also get to Disney Springs from the water taxi. One boat launch is located by the Treehouse Villas and the second is near The Turf Club Bar and Grill.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa takes you back to the charming Victorian age of New York. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are your concierge to the magic and much more!

Splitsville Dining Room

Rock n roll is all around you at this vintage, retro-style bowling alley that gives a fresh spin on dining, music, and entertainment. Whether you want to bowl before or after your meal, this indoor-outdoor restaurant spans two floors, has five bars, a billiards area, and 30 bowling lanes – and there’s often live music!

Open from 10:30am – 1am, Splitsville is 50,000 square-feet of pure fun. With a seemingly endless menu, there is something for even the pickiest of eaters. From burgers to fresh-rolled sushi, hand-tossed pizzas, and veggie bowls, everyone will be pleased.

Start your meal with amped-up bowling alley classics like loaded fries, macho nachos, and cheeseburger sliders. For those who have to eat gluten free, there is no shortage of choices! Grilled salmon with mango chutney, ahi tuna, spicy veggie bowl, and the fiesta chicken bowl are just a few of your many options.

Save room for dessert so you can enjoy a Ghiradelli brownie a la mode, root beer float, or the super sundae, and you will surely be ready for a nap after a few rounds of bowling!

You can get to Disney Springs by the complimentary bus system, or you can park your car. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Disney Springs with Special Experiences, Gifts and Restaurant Menus

 

Celebrate Father’s Day at Disney Springs with Special Experiences, Gifts and Restaurant MenusWith Father’s Day right around the corner, we know many of you are looking for special ways to treat dad. Today, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of this year’s favorites at Disney Springs – including experiences beginning before June 18.

Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs is kicking off the celebration early and offering a Style My Coke Father’s Day Bottle for visiting guests. This one-of-a-kind gift will only be available during the week of June 11.

Vintage Amphicar Tour Water Taxi Tours at The BOATHOUSE is offering the chance to treat your father to a memory of a lifetime when you book a captain-guided tour of Lake Buena Vista aboard a vintage Amphicar. To celebrate Father’s Day, you’ll receive $25 off the price of a tour and a free family photo when you purchase an experience from June 16 through June 19.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Disney Springs with Special Experiences, Gifts and Restaurant Menus

Looking to treat dad to a nice meal on Father’s Day? Father’s Day reservations are limited; call 407-WDW-DINE to book a table or to check availability for other dates in June.

STK Orlando – On June 18th, STK Orlando is featuring a special menu featuring a 70-day Dry Aged Prime New York Strip with House Tater Tots, scallions, and bourbon-peppercorn sauce. You can also enjoy the New York Strip menu topped with a Lake Meadow Farm Egg for brunch. On Father’s Day, dads receive one complimentary POP-sicle (Bourbon in a champagne glass with an orange bitters ice cube) in addition to a special takeaway gift.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Disney Springs with Special Experiences, Gifts and Restaurant Menus

Paddlefish – Also on June 18th, you can share a special surf & turf meal with dad. The meal features a 20-ounce Porterhouse, jumbo gulf shrimp, and a double stuffed potato paired with a glass of cabernet sauvignon, and red velvet cake for dessert.

Senses – A Disney Spa Activation at Marketplace Co-Op – From June 16-18, bring dad by for massages and facials from noon-9 p.m. Prices start at $20 and includes a complimentary brew at the bar inside Twenty Eight & Main at Marketplace Co-Op (Additional beverages sold separately. Spa Appointments made on a first-come, first-served basis.)

There are also limited-time offers especially for Father’s Day you don’t want to miss.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Disney Springs with Special Experiences, Gifts and Restaurant Menus

Sprinkles – Beginning June 11 through June 18, you can say “thank you” with the Sprinkles DAD box! Salty Caramel, Red Velvet, Black and White, Vanilla Milk Chocolate. The cupcakes have Sprinkles stars and DAD sugar decorations.

Tommy Bahama – To celebrate Father’s Day, for every $175 you spend from now through June 18, 2017, you’ll receive a $50 Award* to use on any purchase in our stores, or purchase of $100 or more in our restaurants or at tommybahama.com. *Your $50 Flip Side Award is good on purchases made between June 19 – July 16, 2017.

United World Soccer – On June 17 and June 18, you’ll receive 20% off an adult/youth full-priced Jersey bundle for Father’s Day. Discount applies to the customization add-on as well.

UGG – For Father’s Day week at UGG, you can receive a free leather money clip with any purchase of men’s product beginning on June 11 – June 18.

Sublime Gifts & Finds – Enjoy 15% off all “Dad Books” by Compendium Publishers from June 11 through June 18. Give your Dad a gift of the stories you share, written in your own words. When you’re finished, the book will be a keepsake.

Johnston & Murphy – If you buy one pair of pants or shirt for Dad, you’ll receive half off the 2nd item now through Father’s Day – June 18.

Columbia – Now through June 18, you’ll receive 25% off “almost everything” in the store to celebrate Father’s Day.

The Ganachery – Now through Father’s Day, you can enjoy a pairing of chipotle ganache and Knob Creek bourbon at a discounted price.

Disney’s Days of Christmas/The Art of Disney/Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories – You can find great gifts to personalize for Father’s Day 2017, included wood and metal frame engraving, personalized ornaments, and father/son themed sketches.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Disney Springs with Special Experiences, Gifts and Restaurant Menus

Paddlefish at Disney Springs

When you’re at Disney Springs, there’s no way you can overlook this iconic and modern steamboat that’s anchored on Lake Buena Vista. This restaurant serves fresh seafood and savory steaks as well as Floridian classics you won’t want to miss out on.

Paddlefish serves lunch and dinner in the main restaurant daily from 11:30am – 11:00pm. There is also a lounge on the third deck called Sunset Rooftop where you can enjoy shareable options such as Maine muscles, fried green tomatoes, and tableside lobster guacamole made right in front of you. After 9:30pm, the lounge offers late night appetizers. Signature cocktails, wine, and beer are always available.

Start your dinner with an appetizer like their Point Judith calamari, crab fries, or a soup or salad. Their extensive menu options include king crab from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, fish and chips, jambalaya, New York Strip, a low country boil, and much more.

Save room for dessert so you can enjoy a classic strawberry shortcake, doughnuts and coffee, or the Floridian classic: Key Lime Pie.

You can get to Disney Springs by the complimentary bus system, or you can park your car. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Celebrate National Wine Day With First Look at Interior of Wine Bar George at Disney Springs

Celebrate National Wine Day With First Look at Interior of Wine Bar George at Disney Springs

Happy National Wine Day – officially May 25, and we’re sharing the first look at the interior of the new Wine Bar George at Disney Springs.

Opening in late 2017, Master Sommelier George Miliotes will bring his expertise to the eponymous bar that will feature wines from famed growing regions in the United States and abroad – more than 100 selections by the bottle and glass.

Celebrate National Wine Day With First Look at Interior of Wine Bar George at Disney Springs

Miliotes describes Wine Bar George as a “comfortable-yet-lively environment that’s reminiscent of a renovated winery.” The design for the 6,000-square-foot space features wood ceilings, concrete floors, warm lighting and a welcoming atmosphere.

“Guests will experience a feel reminiscent of the ‘Old World’ as if they are on the bottom floor of a gravity-flow winery surrounded by their best friends,” explains Miliotes. The space includes a center bar on the first floor, seating for groups of all sizes and chalkboards displaying menu details.

Celebrate National Wine Day With First Look at Interior of Wine Bar George at Disney Springs

You can order a glass of wine on tap at the bar, share a communal table for cheese and wine pairings, or taste through a flight of world-class Pinot Noir with a few sharable bites. “We’ll offer a number of ways to experience and explore wine,” says Miliotes.

Disney fans may remember Miliotes from the opening of award-winning California Grill, where he ran the beverage program from 1995-2002. Now he’s back at Disney Springs as one of only 236 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers (and the only master somm-led bar in Florida).

“My hope is that Wine Bar George will cater to wine connoisseurs and novices alike,” says Miliotes. With a ranges of varietals, vintages and prices, Miliotes says he promises well-known wineries, but also sips from up-and-coming regions.

Shareable plates will be served including cheese and charcuterie that complement the wines, with local, seasonal features. “We’ll change our offerings as ingredients come into their prime,” he explains.

And with Miliotes, you can expect a little wine education – in the most fun way. Look for renowned winemakers and special events, as Miliotes welcomes his friends from around the globe.

“Good wine and good food go together,” says Miliotes. “At Wine Bar George guests can enjoy the trifecta: exceptional food, renowned wines and as much wine knowledge as they wish.”

Until then, pour your favorite (red, white, rosé) and celebrate National Wine Day!

Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally Coming to Disney Springs

Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally Coming to Disney Springs

A fun dining event is “rolling” into Disney Springs June 2 and 3! Springs Street Eats will highlight eight food trucks – featuring some Central Florida favorites, including the Fantasy Fare and World Showcase of Flavors usually found in Exposition Park! You’ll find the trucks in the West Side neighborhood outside of Cirque du Soleil Friday, June 2 from 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, June 3 from noon until 11 p.m.

With live entertainment, this food truck rally is sure to be a tasty event that’s fun for the whole family. Check out the visiting food trucks below!

  • Fantasy Fare – Treat your senses to fan favorites found at Disney theme parks around the world – like the famous Hand-dipped Corn Dog!
  • World Showcase of Flavors – Try signature sandwiches inspired by the cuisine featured at the Global Marketplaces during the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
  • Caketeer – Offers high quality gourmet cupcake and custom cake products throughout the Downtown Orlando and Central Florida area, made using the finest culinary-grade ingredients.
  • Philly’s Best Cheesesteaks – The best cheesesteaks in or out of Philly are on the prowl on the streets of Florida! Philly’s Best Cheesesteaks are serving up hot and fresh cheesesteak sandwiches just for you! Real Philly Cheesesteaks, you just can’t get any better than that!
  • 900 Degreez Pizza – This converted container food truck features a bespoke imported Italian wood-fired oven that can cook a pizza in an unbelievable 90 seconds. The food truck façade features an all-glass panel that allows customers to view the chefs at work.
  • Magic 4 UR Palate – Maintaining a high standard and quality to creativity, our dishes are appealing to the eye and at the same time arouse the taste buds, leading you to crave more.
  • The London Fish and Chippy – Homemade beer batter is the perfect dip for preparing specialty haddock fish and chips. Bringing seafood lovers a vast selection of fresh fried seafood you will enjoy.
  • Tikiz Shaved Ice – Bringing sweets to the streets, Tikiz Shaved Ice is the ice cream truck of the future! Offering Ice Cream as well as refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice where Guests can dispense their own custom shaved ice syrup creations.

Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter

Revel in the romance and pageantry of New Orleans’s historic French Quarter at this Resort hotel, where cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms evoke the Antebellum era and colorful Mardi Gras characters and jazz keep things lively. Then stroll along the Sassagoula River to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, home to Cajun and Creole specialties.

Recreation:
At Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter, Doubloon Lagoon is home to Scales: the 51-foot-long sea serpent slide whose tongue splashes you into the lagoon. It’s Mardi Gras every day with the water play area, a whirlpool spa, and the Mardi Grogs pool bar.

Take your family on a horse-drawn carriage ride as you take in the rustic beauty along the pathways and banks of the Sassagoula River. Each ride is 25 minutes and reservations are recommended.

There are plenty of more activities you and your family can enjoy such as movies under the stars, campfires complete with smores, bike rentals, fishing, and an arcade too!

Dining:
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is a quick-service restaurant at Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter where you can enjoy traditional Cajun and Creole cuisine such as beignets, jamalaya with sausage and cornbread, and create-your-own rice bowls.

Scat Cat’s Club is a Southern-style jazz lounge with a full bar serving specialty cocktails, draft beer, and mouth-watering appetizers all while you enjoy live music.

Transportation:
Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Disney Springs on the complimentary water taxi. Disney’s bus transportation is available to and from all Disney’s theme and water parks.

Experience the enchanting rustic beauty and southern hospitality of the bayou at this picturesque Disney Resort hotel. 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!

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Discover a place where simple pleasures flourish and Southern hospitality abounds. From the stately white-column mansions of Magnolia Bend to the quaint backwoods cottages of Alligator Bayou, delight in this picturesque Resort hotel that evokes the romance and tranquility of rural Louisiana.

Recreation: 
At Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside, you can have a good ol’ time at Ol’ Man Island: a 3.5-acre refuge with a swimming pool with a rustic waterslide that is fashioned after an abandoned sawmill. Nearby is a whirlpool tub, a kiddie pool, and the Muddy Rivers pool bar. Everyone can enjoy a daily pool party, an evening campfire, and a movie screening on select nights.

Throughout the resort are also five leisure pools – three in Alligator Bayou and two in Magnolia Bend – offering a more relaxing spot for you to lounge the day away.

Take your family on a horse-drawn carriage ride as you take in the rustic beauty along the pathways and banks of the Sassagoula River. Each ride is 25 minutes and reservations are recommended.

Dining:
Boatwright’s Dining Hall is a casual restaurant where your family can enjoy tasty New Orleans cooking in a rustic shipyard warehouse. After dinner, stop by the River Roost lounge for live entertainment and southern-style cocktails. A full bar and light snacks are also available while the kitchen is open.

Riverside Mill Food Court is open all day and night for quick service dining. Whether you’re craving pizza & pasta, something sweet, or something grilled, you’ll be sure to find it here.

Transportation:
Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Disney Springs on the complimentary water taxi. Disney’s bus transportation is available to and from all Disney’s theme and water parks.

Experience the enchanting rustic beauty and southern hospitality of the bayou at this picturesque Disney Resort hotel. 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!

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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