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First Mickey-Themed Ride-Through Attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

First Mickey-Themed Ride-Through Attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A new attraction featuring international icon Mickey Mouse is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort! Details for our first Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, unveiled during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo 2017 – and we think you’re going to love it.

On Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you’ll step through the movie screen and join Mickey and his friends like never before. The attraction will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you’re the star and anything can happen. This zany out-of-control adventure features surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that happen before your very eyes.

First Mickey-Themed Ride-Through Attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The attraction is inspired by the Mickey Shorts that you can see on the Disney Channel. And the people who bring you the shorts at Disney Television Animation are partnering with us to help bring the attraction to life.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new story and a new singable attraction theme song as well as a new experience we’re calling “2 1/2 D.” No glasses required. Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty said teams are inventing new technologies that turn the flat world of a colorful cartoon short into a “dimensional display of amazingness.”

“This is one of the boldest…most impossible things I’ve ever worked on in almost 40 years of being an Imagineer. And you know what? That’s what I love about it. Well, that, and Mickey,” Kevin said. “This is not going to be a small attraction, it’s going to be game-changing.”

As you plan ahead, we also wanted to let you know that in order to begin to prepare the new home of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at the Chinese Theatre in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, August 13, 2017 will be the final day of operation for The Great Movie Ride presented by Turner Classic Movies. Until August 13, you can still relive some of the greatest movie moments in history on the Great Movie Ride attraction.

Toy Story Land to Open at Walt Disney World Resort in Summer 2018

Toy Story Land to Open at Walt Disney World Resort in Summer 2018

Many of you know that Toy Story Land is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios – we’ve shared several updates on this exciting project. Today, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts announced that the land will open next summer!

In 2018, you’ll find yourself shrunk to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz. And Toy Story Land will feature two new themed attractions.

Slinky Dog Dash will be a family coaster attraction where you’ll zip, dodge and dash around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits.

Alien Swirling Saucers will also be a new attraction at Toy Story Land. It’s 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 with “The Claw.”

Which Toy Story themed attraction are you excited to experience for yourself?

The Crystal Palace

From the moment you walk into this bright, Victorian-style restaurant, you may feel a little rumbly in your tumbly! And if you get that reference, this is definitely the place for you! Join Pooh and all his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at The Crystal Palace.

The Crystal Palace is home to a beautiful glass atrium that will have you oohing and ahhing from the moment you walk in. This all-you-can-eat buffet has something for everyone and for every meal. While you’re dining, your favorite characters like Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet mingle throughout the table to take pictures and share lots of laughs and hugs.

All food is prepared right before you in the onstage kitchen, and dining at this restaurant for breakfast will start your day at Magic Kingdom off in the best way possible! Fill your tumbly with fresh omelets, pastries, fruit, pancakes, and much more!

For lunch and dinner, you have even more hearty options like roasted carved meats, freshly prepared pastas, salads, and thelist just keeps going!

If you still have room from making multiple trips to the bountiful buffets, treat yourself to dessert! Options include warm banana pudding, brownies, fruit cobbler, and the Florida classic: key lime pie.

The Crystal Palace is located at Magic Kingdom, and you can get there by the complimentary bus system, the monorail, or you can park your car. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Celebrating the Fourth of July Across Walt Disney World Resort

Celebrating the Fourth of July Across Walt Disney World Resort

Independence Day is coming up, and the parks at Walt Disney World Resort are planning to celebrate our nation’s birthday with some star-spangled salutes to America!

If you’re visiting Walt Disney World Resort for the 4th of July, here are some highlights of the special entertainment planned for that day:

  • Magic Kingdom Park – “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” rockets into the air above – and all around – the park. This special, fireworks spectacular will be presented two nights in a row, at 9 p.m. on both July 3 and 4. You can also rock out each night to DJ dance parties in Tomorrowland and Frontierland, each a great location from which to catch the fireworks!
  • Epcot – On July 4, enjoy special evening concerts of great American songs by Voices of Liberty at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the America Gardens Theater. Throughout the day, you can also meet Mickey and the gang in patriotic attire outside The American Adventure, and at 9 p.m. that night “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” joins the celebration with the addition of a heart-pounding, all-American grand finale!
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Spend the Fourth celebrating some of the great icons of American popular culture at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters” at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m., the all-new “Disney Movie Magic” experience at 9 p.m. and “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” which takes to the skies at 9:30 p.m. with fireworks, lasers, projection effects and more!

Dining Reservations Now Available During Holiday Parties at Magic Kingdom

Dining Reservations Now Available during Holiday Parties at Magic Kingdom

Summer may have just begun, but Walt Disney World Resort is already preparing for fan favorite seasons – autumn and Christmas! Reservations open today for table-service dining at Be Our Guest Restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table and The Crystal Palace for times during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place select nights August 25 through November 1. And Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party happens select nights November 9 through December 22.

Reservations for the frightfully fun HalloWishes Dessert Party and festive Fireworks Holiday Dessert Party are also now available. The cost for either of these dessert parties is $79 plus tax per adults and $47 plus tax per child.

Reservations for either dining or dessert parties can be made by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planners.

To make dining or dessert party reservations that take place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you must have a valid event ticket for that night.

7 Spots for Sushi at Walt Disney World Resort

7 Spots for Sushi at Walt Disney World Resort

If you love sushi like we do, here’s where you can find your fix at Walt Disney World Resort. It’s that small ball of vinegar-flavored cooked rice with fish (usually raw) or vegetables that makes sushi, well, sushi. Rolls count too.

Female sushi chefs are onstage at Tokyo Dining at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot, rolling out favorites such as the Fire Cracker Roll with tempura shrimp, a touch of jalapeño and Sriracha drizzle, or the Tropical Roll with salmon and avocado topped with fried plantain and mango-sweet chili coulis. You can be more straightforward with nigiri (raw salmon, scallops, sea bream and other fish) on a small ball of rice with a dab of wasabi. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
7 Spots for Sushi at Walt Disney World Resort

  • California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort counts sushi as one of its top appetizers (or we can make a meal of it). From a California Combo Roll with jumbo lump crab, avocado, cucumber and shrimp tempura to a snazzy Truffle-Scented Tofu Roll with avocado, jicama, quinoa, crispy fingerling potatoes, silken tofu and truffle emulsion, there are six inventive rolls on the menu. Dinner daily.
  • At Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Kona Island offers sushi for lunch and dinner in a casual setting in the upstairs lobby. We like the vegetable nigiri, six pieces of seasonal veggies on vinegar-flavored rice. Or try the Hamachi Tuna-Cilantro roll or classic California Roll with lump crab, citrus mayo, cucumber and avocado. Lunch and dinner daily.

7 Spots for Sushi at Walt Disney World Resort

  • Disney Springs has two spots for sushi: Morimoto Asia and Splitsville. The chefs put on a dazzling show at the sushi bar at Morimoto Asia with favorites like the Spider Roll with tempura soft shell crab, spicy mayo, and asparagus; Eel and Avocado Roll, and the Spicy Salmon Roll. But the pièce de résistance is the Sushi and Sashimi Platter for four to six guests that includes chilled whole lobster, Alaskan king crab, oysters, shrimp, nine pieces of nigiri and 14 pieces of sashimi. Splitsville Luxury Lanes (yes, the luxury bowling lanes) has two sushi bars and offers 10 rolls – try the Ninja Crunch with fried salmon, krab, tempura crunch and salmon drizzled with spicy mayo and eel sauce. Both locations are open for lunch and dinner daily.
  • Kimonos at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel offers one of the largest selections of sushi at Walt Disney World Resort, with seven cooked sushi rolls and 10 raw sushi rolls. From tempura asparagus to a Cajun Roll with spicy crawfish, there’s something for every palate. Open daily for dinner (nightly karaoke too!).

Where is your favorite place to get sushi at Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments below.

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Scouting the perfect location for your family vacation? Here, larger-than-life characters from Toy Story, Fantasia, and 101 Dalmatians are just the beginning of the “Gee!”-rated excitement. Little ones can have epic fun at the kiddie pool or swing into action at the playground. And the kid-friendly food court is just the ticket at meal time.

Recreation
There are two pools at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort: the Fantasia Pool and the Duck Pond Pool. The Fantasia Pool is inspired by the Disney classic Fantasia, and you can find Sorcerer Mickey spraying water! Nearby is a kiddie pool and a water play area for little ones.

The Duck Pond Pool is based on The Mighty Ducks movies, and you’ll notice it resembles a hockey rink. This 105,438-gallon pool is perfect for lounging around and catching some rays. Also at this resort, you can find the Reel Fun Arcade, a jogging trail, a playground, and complimentary movies under the stars.

Dining
World Premiere Food Court is a quick-service dining option open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With 5 stations, this is the perfect place to grab a meal before and after a long day at the parks! Enjoy all-American classics like pizza, pasta, bakery items, and ice cream until 12am.

Silver Screen Spirits Pool Bar is your go-to for poolside cocktails. Open from 12pm – 12am, you can sit at the bar and enjoy draft beers, specialty cocktails, sangria, and wine.

Transportation:
Disney’s complimentary bus system is available to take you from the resort to all the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs.

Rock out at this resort where music is literally all around you! 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 All-Star Music Resort

Let the rhythm move you at this resort that pays homage to some of the world’s most popular music genres including country, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, calypso, and Broadway-style show tunes. Large-sized, music-inspired icons outside and subtle song-and dance surprises inside provide a harmonious setting for music lovers of all ages.

Recreation
There are two pools at Disney’s All-Star Music: the Calypso Pool and the Piano Pool. The Calypso Pool is home to the Three Caballeros who stand in the center of this 251,418-gallon, guitar-shaped pool. Watch out because this fountain shoots water at nearby swimmers! The Piano Pool is a grand piano-shaped leisure pool making it the perfect place to unwind and catch some sun.

This resort features also a jogging trail, a playground for little ones, and an arcade. On select nights, you and your family can end a long day with a complimentary movie under the stars

Intermission Food Court
This quick-service restaurant opens at 6:30am and closes at 12am, making it the perfect place to grab some breakfast before hitting the parks and indulging in a late-night snack after a long day. Grab ‘n’ go items such as burgers, pizza, nachos, desserts, and more are available. In-room pizza delivery is also available from 6pm – 1am.

Singing Spirits Pool Bar
Enjoy an array of specialty cocktails, draft beers, sangria, and wine at this poolside bar that’s open from noon-12am.

Transportation:
Disney’s complimentary bus system is available to take you from the resort to all the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs.

Rock out at this resort where music is literally all around you!. 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!

Yachtsman Steakhouse

Mouthwatering cuisine awaits at Yachtsman Steakhouse, located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Walk into this New England-style steakhouse and notice the airy dining room surrounded by New England nautical decor before enjoying their selection of premium steaks and seafood.

Yachtsman Steakhouse only serves dinner, so if you’re a fan of steaks and seafood, this restaurant should be at the top of your list. High-quality, grain-fed beef is their specialty here. Their beef is aged in-house and prepared on an oak-fired grill in the open kitchen, letting you get a great view on all the action.

Start your meal with one of their appetizers such as Maine lobster bisque or Caesar salad with shaved parmigiano, and then delight your taste buds with prime New York strip steak with peppercorn-brandy sauce, pan-roasted chicken, or their “catch of the day.” And you certainly don’t want to miss out on their truffle mac-and-cheese. Pair your meal with one of the wines from their extensive wine list.

Be sure to save room for dessert and enjoy their signature Yachtsman Sundae, crème brûlée, or their peanut butter and pretzel gianduja cake!

You can get to Disney’s Yacht Club by the complimentary monorail and bus system, or you can valet your car. There is a recommended dress code and reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Disney’s Night of Joy 2017: Ticket Price, On Sale Date Update

Disney’s Night of Joy 2017: Ticket Price, On Sale Date Update

A little Night of Joy update for this week.  Disney has a new ticketing structure for this event being held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and I wanted to share it with you.

This year, Disney’s really tried to create a ticketing structure that meets the needs of a variety of different types of guests including Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.

Event guests will be able to buy a concert only OR a concert plus theme park combination ticket for either evening – or even a two-night concert ticket.

  • Single-night concert only tickets will be $45 plus tax in advance
  • Two-night concert only tickets will be $69 plus tax in advance
  • Add-on a (1) day Walt Disney World theme park ticket for only $62 plus tax*.

There also will be premium seating packages available for an extra charge; and groups of 10 or more will be able to get discounted tickets, as with past events.

Tickets will go on sale in early June.

A little reminder about this year’s talent: (Entertainment subject to change.)

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

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!

Escape to the Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disney Parks in Full Bloom for Spring

Disney Parks in Full Bloom for Spring

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

Disney Parks in Full Bloom for Spring

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

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

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

Disney Parks in Full Bloom for Spring

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

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

Disney Parks in Full Bloom for Spring

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

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

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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