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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!

Don’t Miss the Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Disney Springs

Don’t Miss the Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Disney Springs

With a kick-off that’s less than 10 days away, now is the time to mark your calendar and make plans to take part in the most authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Central Florida: The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs.

The team at Americas #1 Irish Pub takes the holiday seriously and recently shared their top tips on how to “celebrate like the Irish:”

  • Please don’t call the holiday “St. Patty’s.” It’s either “St. Patrick’s Day” or “St. Paddy’s.”
  • A shamrock has three leaves (not four – that would be a clover).
  • Americans invented the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737 in Boston.
  • Most Irish pubs do a full month’s business on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Guinness sells 13 million pints on St. Patrick’s Day versus the usual 5 million daily.
  • Green beer is an American invention. Raglan Road does not serve green beer.

Though green beer isn’t on the menu, a full line-up of entertainment is on tap, along with a mighty selection of beers, spirits and craft cocktails served alongside exceptional Irish fare.

New to the Raglan Road stage this year, the Young Dubliners will bring their hearty rock and Irish-infused tunes to the celebration, as will the Byrne Brothers, featuring brothers Luca, 12, Finn, 10, and Dempsey, 7; expect them to dazzle the audience with fun interactions during their sets. Rounding out the entertainment schedule are HanaLena Band, The Raglan Roots Coalition, Swingin’ On the Gate, Rollickin’ Rua and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers.

Don’t Miss the Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Disney Springs

On the food and beverage front, guests can order from popular brunch, lunch, bar and dinner menus, including loin of bacon and cabbage, the authentic Irish dish of St. Patrick’s Day. My favorite continues to be the pub’s fish and chips, which will be available throughout the weekend in the main dining room as well as at the nearby Cooke’s of Dublin Counter-service eatery. Pair your selection with Guinness, the new Mighty Festival brew (a collaboration with the local Orange Blossom Brewing Co.) or a Bailey’s Shake for the perfect combo.

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Irish holiday attire is encouraged, but for those who need an extra dose of shamrock flair, complimentary face painting will be available from noon – 8 p.m. daily during the festival.

Please note: On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest age 18 and older. To make reservations for other festival days, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner.

The festivities take place from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. March 16-19, 2017. Will you be celebrating at Raglan Road this St. Patrick’s Season? If so, let us know in the comments below!

Iconic Disney Destination Undergoes Complete Transformation to Become Paddlefish

Levy Restaurants is excited to announce the grand opening of Paddlefish, its newest dining experience at Disney Springs, on Saturday, February 4. Levy Restaurants is excited to announce the grand opening of Paddlefish, its newest dining experience at Disney Springs, on Saturday, February 4. The seafood-centric restaurant, formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, has undergone an extensive, multimillion-dollar transformation which involved a full renovation with a brand new design (interior and exterior) that has transformed the vessel into a modern yacht experience.

Levy Restaurants is excited to announce the grand opening of Paddlefish, its newest dining experience at Disney Springs, on Saturday, February 4.

The aesthetic of Paddlefish was inspired by a modern, seafaring yacht with its clean lines, crisp designs, refined woods and a sophisticated color palette of blues and grays. Purposeful elements will be showcased in the dining areas such as booths that are put into spaces with great views and a bar that overlooks the paddlewheel. Unique design features include opening up all of the windows for an open-air feel and bar areas decorated with brass accents that resemble fish gills.

Levy Restaurants is excited to announce the grand opening of Paddlefish, its newest dining experience at Disney Springs, on Saturday, February 4.

“We’re excited to embark upon Paddlefish’s next voyage, and can’t wait for guests to share this new experience with us,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy Restaurants. “As Disney Springs evolves and grows, we’re looking forward to sharing this newly reimagined restaurant with both vacationers and Florida locals.”

Levy Restaurants is excited to announce the grand opening of Paddlefish, its newest dining experience at Disney Springs, on Saturday, February 4.

Paddlefish’s menu will showcase fresh seafood including Maine lobster, King and Snow crabs and a selection of fresh fish including sea bass, catfish and salmon. Fan favorites and classic dishes from Fulton’s Crab House, such as Lobster Corn Dogs and Crab Legs, will still be offered on the menu alongside new, contemporary options such as Lobster Risotto and Jambalaya. The menu also features interactive dining experiences including tableside services like Lobster Guacamole and Branzino for Two carved right at your table.

Levy Restaurants is excited to announce the grand opening of Paddlefish, its newest dining experience at Disney Springs, on Saturday, February 4.

“It’s been incredible to have this opportunity to not only completely redevelop the menu, but also the kitchen design to accommodate it,” said Executive Chef Mark Boor. “I’ve put my heart and soul into creating a well-balanced menu that will have something that appeals to every palate and I’m excited to finally welcome guests onboard and see that hard work and vision come to life.”

Paddlefish will also showcase unique beverage offerings. The cocktail menu was inspired by classic, turn-of-the-century American cocktails and gives them a unique, modern spin with fresh ingredients and spirits that are house made by small craft artisan distillers. “We’ve really dug deep into finding some truly rare and amazing wines and spirits along with our favorite, familiar classics,” said General Manager, Jimmy Kraus. “Our goal was to have cocktails that feel timeless, unique and balanced.”

Levy Restaurants is excited to announce the grand opening of Paddlefish, its newest dining experience at Disney Springs, on Saturday, February 4.

Paddlefish will be open for lunch and dinner in addition to offering a Sunday brunch. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy three unique dining room experiences on the ship, which can seat a total 760 guests. Guests can enjoy their meal in the main dining room, in the “Boil Room” where guests can create their own seafood boils or on the rooftop deck where guests can sip on shared punch bowls and snack on shared plates while soaking in the sun and views of Lake Buena Vista and Disney Springs. Paddlefish also offers versatile private dining rooms and event spaces to accommodate celebrations or meetings from 20 to 1,000 guests.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Opens at Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood Observatory has opened its flagship location in the heart of Disney Springs™ at Walt Disney World® Resort, transforming its iconic globe into a four-story stargazing observatory with new spaces including an outdoor terrace, a new menu and an exciting new look and feel.

Inside it’s an immersive theatrical dining experience, with each floor providing a different ambiance, including the fabulous curated collection of film-making memorabilia and a 4,500-square-foot video wall the uses trompe l’oeil 3D technology – images with such realism that they appear to be in three dimensions.

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Classic Planet Hollywood dishes are on the new menu, as well as a selection of over-the-top burgers and sandwiches by celebrity Chef Guy Fieri. Desserts are a hallmark of the restaurant, like the hand-dipped milkshakes and generous sweets made for sharing.

Beer, wine and cocktails offer a little something for every taste, and Stargazers Lounge has a beverage menu that focuses on Florida craft beers (with 20 on tap) and 10 signature cocktails.

The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. The new 5,000 square-foot Stargazers Lounge that will let you relax under the stars will be opening soon.

Re-Imagined Planet Hollywood Observatory Opens at Disney Springs

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Planet Hollywood Observatory has opened its flagship location in the heart of Disney Springs, transforming its iconic globe into a four-story stargazing observatory with new spaces including an outdoor terrace, a new menu and an exciting new look and feel.

Inside it’s an immersive theatrical dining experience, with each floor providing a different ambience, including the fabulous curated collection of film-making memorabilia and a 4,500-square-foot video wall the uses trompe l’oeil 3D technology – images with such realism that they appear to be in three dimensions.

Classic Planet Hollywood dishes are on the new menu, as well as a selection of over-the-top burgers and sandwiches by celebrity Chef Guy Fieri. Desserts are a hallmark of the restaurant, like the hand-dipped milkshakes and generous sweets made for sharing.

Beer, wine and cocktails offer a little something for every taste, and Stargazers Lounge has a beverage menu that focuses on Florida craft beers (with 20 on tap) and 10 signature cocktails.

The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. The new 5,000 square-foot Stargazers Lounge that will let guests relax under the stars will be opening soon.

Paddlefish Set to Open Feb. 4 at Disney Springs

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Adding to the spectacular dining lineup at Disney Springs, Paddlefish will open Feb. 4 following a multimillion-dollar transformation and a seafood-centric menu that includes a few guest favorites from the former Fulton’s Crab House.

The iconic paddleboat at Disney Springs has been reimagined into a modern yacht experience by Levy Restaurants, with clean lines, crisp designs, refined woods and a sophisticated color pallet of blues and grays.

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As the name suggests, Paddlefish showcases a seafood-centric menu, featuring delectable Maine lobster, King and Snow crabs and a selection of fresh fish including sea bass, catfish and salmon. Branzino for two is carved tableside, and a new lobster guacamole is also mixed in the dining room. Fan favorites and classic dishes from Fulton’s Crab House remain, such as Lobster Corn Dogs and crab legs.

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Cocktails are inspired by classic turn-of-the-century American cocktails, and an expansive wine list includes both Old and New World wines.

Paddlefish will be open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday brunch.

From Light to Indulgent, Something for Every Taste at Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs

From the return of the classic World Famous Chicken Crunch to Guy Fieri’s take on a veggie burger, the new Planet Hollywood Observatory set to open in early 2017 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort offers even more options for guests.

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Let’s start with indulgent, like the L.A. Lasagna, a fried take on the classic comfort food with Bolognese sauce, roasted garlic cream and tomato basil sauce. Or one of Fieri’s new Big Bite Burgers or Knuckle Sandwiches – the Bacon Mac-N-Cheese with his signature Donkey Sauce on a garlic-buttered brioche bun. You can have Lobster Feast Fra Diavolo with kicky spaghetti piled high in a whole lobster shell. A 10-ounce bone-in New York Strip Steak for two (add a whole steamed lobster if you please). And if you can’t decide, go for the High Roller Platter, a generous serving of guest favorites: Chicken Crunch, Texas Tostados, Buffalo Wings, Cheesy Spinach Dip and Peri-Peri Shrimp – perfect for the whole table to share.

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Healthful options include salads like Citrus Kale with julienned broccoli, slivered brussels sprouts and cabbage, feta, grapefruit, oranges, cranberries and sunflower seeds with citrus-agave dressing. The Spinach & Berries salad features candied walnuts, blue cheese crumbles and balsamic vinaigrette.

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The beverage menu focuses on Florida craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails made with fresh ingredients. And those souvenir serving glasses are back, including the Halley’s Comet cocktail served in a 45-ounce Planet-bowl.

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Oh, those delectable milkshakes return (try the new Chocolate Comet or Strawberry Borealis), and the dessert menu alone is worth the trip – you can do a blind tasting of 12 flavors of house-made ice creams and sorbets, or finish with the Planet Melt Down, a chocolate hardshell dome that’s melted tableside with hot chocolate sauce to reveal double chocolate fudge cake, fresh strawberries and whipped cream. It’s out of this world.

Disney Parks Prepares for Most ‘Magical Christmas Celebration’ Airing Dec. 25

Following a festive kick-off to the holidays that began Thanksgiving Day with two new broadcast specials, Disney Parks will close out 2016 with its most cherished seasonal tradition of all – the annual Christmas Day spectacular. “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” airs Sunday, December 25, 2016, on the ABC Television Network (10a.m. – 12 p.m. ET; airtimes vary; check local listings) and on the ABC and the Disney Channel apps.

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Ushering in its 33rd year are the dynamic brother-sister duo from “Dancing with the Stars,” Julianne Hough and Derek Hough, who will present the two-hour ABC special from the Walt Disney World Resort. The season’s most eagerly awaited celebration culminates with the fan-favorite Christmas parade delivered by Disneyland correspondent, Good Morning America’s Jesse Palmer from the action-packed parade lines alongside other exciting celebrity guests.

Beyond offering an all-star performance lineup featuring the biggest names in music and entertainment, the joyous program will provide viewers with a necessary holiday reminder: the importance of family togetherness. Following the inspirational stories of the families introduced in the Thanksgiving Day special, the telecast will feature heartwarming moments between loved ones, reinforcing the notion that Christmas is all about friends and family coming together.

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Taking viewers on a magical ride down Main Street U.S.A. and beyond, the Christmas Day festivities will be bigger and brighter than ever before. A complete list of musical performances is included below.

  • Alessia Cara performs a “A Holly Jolly Christmas” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
    Mariah Carey performs one of the biggest selling holiday songs of all time, “All I Want for Christmas is You” from the Disneyland Resort
  • Sofia Carson delivers a new arrangement of “Silent Night” from her Disney Channel performance and also hosts from backstage at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Kelly Clarkson performs “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in front of Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • Gavin DeGraw sings “Merry Christmas Baby” in front of Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • Jordan Fisher performs “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
  • OneRepublic performs “Kids” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks deliver in front of Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort solo and duet performances from their new album, “Christmas Together,” out now

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In keeping with the spirit of the season, Disney Parks around the world are festively cast with spectacular experiences and special castle lighting moments, making them the perfect destinations for families celebrating the holidays and for the beloved ABC special.

  • All four parks of the Walt Disney World Resort get in the holiday spirit with new shows, thrilling spectaculars and beloved characters to create lasting memories. At Magic Kingdom Park, in addition to exciting new entertainment for the special-ticket “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party,” Cinderella Castle transforms into a shimmering ice palace as Queen Elsa leads “A Frozen Holiday Wish” nightly. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, an all-new “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” sends beloved Disney characters on a mission to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. At Epcot, in addition to global entertainment, guests can explore what the holidays taste like around the world. For its first-ever full holiday celebration, Disney Springs is wrapped in festive décor and entertainment, while dozens of new stores have laid the welcome mat out for holiday shoppers. An all-new nightly spectacle, “Starbright Holidays,” fills the skies above Disney Springs with 300 show drones performing an amazing aerial ballet set to holiday music.
  • At Disney California Adventure Park in the Disneyland Resort, a new “Festival of Holidays” treats guests to music, dance, food and heartwarming holiday traditions. The popular World of Color nighttime water spectacular is also transformed into “World of Color – Season of Light” with holiday music and treasured Disney animation. Among a sleigh-full of holiday events and activities at Disneyland Park is “A Christmas Fantasy,” a daily parade of floats, music, tin soldiers and holiday cheer. In addition, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle creates magical snowfall moments along Main Street, U.S.A.

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The 33rd annual Christmas celebration airs nationwide on December 25 at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. CST, MST and PST on the ABC Television Network. The show will also be available on the ABC and the Disney Channel apps.

Holiday Shopping Made Fun for Little Ones at Disney Springs

For many parents, the thought of holiday shopping with their kids in tow sounds like a surefire way to put a damper on the spirit of the season. The reality is that it’s not always possible to get away for a few hours, especially during this busy time of year.

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Our solution? Do your shopping at Disney Springs, and build in time for the kids to have some fun, too! There are countless scenarios, but here’s what we’d suggest:

SHOPPING: Start your day in Town Center, picking up presents for some of the fellow grown-ups on your list. Make sure to visit UNIQLO (where the fashions are on-trend and the looks are affordable) and let your son or daughter spin the famous UNIQLO prize wheel after you check out – kids love it! Next? Stop by nearby UNDER ARMOUR BRAND HOUSE where they’ve recently debuted a new virtual reality experience. For the perfect stocking stuffers, stock up on bath bombs from Basin in the Marketplace; while there, try out one of their latest scrubs for your own mini spa-like service. Then there’s World of Disney, with something to thrill Disney every fan in your life.

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TREATS: Looking for an incentive to encourage good behavior? Options abound! I’m currently craving the new Gingerbread cupcake from Sprinkles Cupcakes, but the peppermint milkshake from D-Luxe Burger or a holiday-inspired specialty apple from Candy Cauldron would also do the trick! If frozen treats are more your style, the seasonal flavors from Vivoli il Gelato are a sure bet.

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SANTA: Make sure your kids have their wish lists ready to share with Santa – he’s available daily from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. through Christmas Eve. With the convenient pager system (just check in at the podium when you arrive), your wait time in line is minimal.

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EATS: Fuel up with lunch or dinner. Kids go crazy for Rainforest Café or T-REX, both located in the Marketplace. Other favorites include The BOATHOUSE where kids’ meals come in tiny amphicars or Morimoto Asia where special chop sticks let kids practice their culinary etiquette.

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HOLIDAY FUN: During this time of year, your visit isn’t complete without a trek through the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail. (Tip: Find out which tree your kids love most, then let them choose an ornament to take home from Disney’s Days of Christmas, where literally thousands of ornaments are available for sale.) Every evening at 6:00 p.m. the nightly tree lighting ceremony kicks off the evening with a festive glow. Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt is not to be missed – it’s a scavenger hunt style adventure designed for families with kids of all ages. Cap off the night with a viewing of “Starbright Holidays | An Intel Collaboration” featuring 300 show drones choreographed in a stunning aerial ballet in the sky, at 7:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

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FAMILIAR FAVORITES: For some kids (my oldest niece included!), it’s impossible to visit Disney Springs without a ride on the Marketplace Carousel and Marketplace Train. Take a few minutes to indulge your kids, and their memories of your “shopping day” at Disney Springs will be nothing but fond!

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