Walt Disney World – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com Disney Theme Park & Disney Movie News, Disney World & Disneyland Planning Tips, Disney Dining, Reviews and More! Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:25:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 http://www.chipandco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/512-icon-54ced060v1_site_icon-32x32.png Walt Disney World – Chip and Co http://www.chipandco.com 32 32 Orlando Theme Park Accident & Injury Report for the 2nd Quarter of 2016 http://www.chipandco.com/orlando-theme-park-accident-injury-report-2nd-quarter-2016-244614/ http://www.chipandco.com/orlando-theme-park-accident-injury-report-2nd-quarter-2016-244614/#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:57:09 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244614 The Orlando Theme Park Accident & Injury Report for the second quarter is in, this is where the parks report any incidents that happen on rides or result in hospital stay of more than 24 hours, or death. The results are as followed: Walt Disney World had 10 injuries or illnesses, Universal Studios reported 5, […]

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The Orlando Theme Park Accident & Injury Report for the second quarter is in, this is where the parks report any incidents that happen on rides or result in hospital stay of more than 24 hours, or death.

The results are as followed:

Walt Disney World had 10 injuries or illnesses, Universal Studios reported 5, SeaWorld had 1 and LegoLand, Bush Gardens and Wet and Wild had none.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Rock n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – a 26 year old man had back and leg pain and said he felt lightheaded, he had to have heart surgery later. Also on the roller coaster a 50-year-old man felt nauseous.
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – an 18-year-old man felt chest pain and numbness in his arm after riding, there was a pre-existing health condition

Disney’s Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney World Railroad – a 41-year-old man felt ill and began shaking after riding.
  • Space Mountain –  a 46-year-old woman felt ill, dizzy and disoriented while riding.
  • Haunted Mansion – A 70-year-old woman became dizzy on the ride, she had a pre-existing condition.
  • Tomorrowland Speedway – A 67-year-old man felt sick after exiting the ride, there was a pre-existing health condition.

Epcot

  • Spaceship Earth –  a 69-year-old woman fell and fractured her leg while boarding the ride.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris – a 70-year-old man felt ill and had neck discomfort, there was a pre-existing condition.

Typhoon Lagoon

  • Typhoon Lagoon surf pool – A 65-year-old woman injured her knee while in the pool

Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – a 50-year-old woman fainted and a 59-year-old man suffered motion sickness during the ride.
  • Dragon Challenge – a 46-year-old woman felt neck pain while on the ride

Universal Studios Florida

  • Fievels Playland – a 3-year-old had arm pain while at the play area
  • Men in Black Alien Attack – a 46-year-old man with a pre-existing condition had a seizure while on the ride

SeaWorld

  • SeaWorld’s Manta – a 54-year-old man felt chest pain and shortness of breath while on the ride

For the full report visit the Orlando Sentinel here.

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Some genius, somewhere, took the iconic Dole Whip dessert that we all know and love and turned it into a cake. I will admit – I was skeptical at first, like “Is that REALLY going to translate well into cake form?” well – the answer is YES. Not only does it translate well, but it’s delicious, too!

Check it out:

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Dole Whip Cake
(Recipe Courtesy of Dole)

Ingredients
1 can (20 oz.) DOLE Crushed Pineapple 1 box (2¬layer) white cake mix
1 cup plus 5 tablespoons all¬purpose flour, divided
1¬ 3/4 cup sugar divided
3/4 plus pinch teaspoon salt, divided
4 egg whites
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 ¬1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, divided
1¬ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
1 can (6 oz) DOLE Pineapple Juice
1 cup whole milk
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature and cubed
1/2 cup boiling water
1 box (4 servings) pineapple flavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1¬ 1/4 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed

Instructions
Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray two (9¬inch) round baking pans with cooking spray and line with parchment or wax paper.

Press crushed pineapple through a sieve to drain well, reserving the juice. Juice should measure about 1¬1/3 cups. Set aside. Add pineapple to food processor and process until pureed. Set aside.

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Combine cake mix, 1 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add egg whites, oil, 1 cup yogurt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, reserved juice, and half of the reserved pineapple puree. Mix with a hand mixer for 2 minutes.

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Divide batter between prepared baking pans. Bake for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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Meanwhile, heat pineapple juice to boil and add gelatin. Stir until completely dissolved. Add cold water and stir to combine. Allow to cool to room temperature. Fold in remaining 1/2 cup yogurt and whipped topping until well blended. Cover and chill until set, about 1 hour.

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Combine remaining 5 tablespoons flour, 1 cup sugar, and milk in a small sauce pan. Whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a simmer. Continue to cook and whisk for 3 minutes, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Beat in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, pinch of salt, and butter one cube at a time, ensuring frosting is smooth. Fold in remaining pineapple puree.

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Spread filling over bottom layer of cake. Top with second layer. Spread frosting over cake. Chill cake for at least an hour before serving.

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It got an enthusiastic seal of approval from my little Mickey lover!

It’s tropical, it’s moist and flavorful, and best of all – its reminiscent of those hot sunny days at Disney – so if you’re looking for the perfect dessert to bring along to a summer cookout or BBQ, or if you’re just looking for a reminder of just how delicious those Dole Whips are – then I suggest you give this recipe a try.

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Turkey Legs no longer being sold at Hollywood Studios http://www.chipandco.com/turkey-legs-no-longer-sold-hollywood-studios-244591/ http://www.chipandco.com/turkey-legs-no-longer-sold-hollywood-studios-244591/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:42:20 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244591 According to Kenny the Pirate, Disney will be pulling the popular Turkey Legs from their menus at Hollywood Studios. This just months after removing the Turkey Legs from their Animal Kingdom theme park. The Turkey Legs are a fan favorite and debuted back in the 80’s at Big Al’s Coonskin Caps in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom […]

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According to Kenny the Pirate, Disney will be pulling the popular Turkey Legs from their menus at Hollywood Studios. This just months after removing the Turkey Legs from their Animal Kingdom theme park.

The Turkey Legs are a fan favorite and debuted back in the 80’s at Big Al’s Coonskin Caps in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Toloca Legs Turkey Co will be changing its name to the Sunshine Day Cafe in the coming weeks and will offer a new menu which has not been released at this time.

Your final day to get those Turkey Legs at Hollywood Studios is August 1st so be sure to pick one up the next time you are there!

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Tomorrowland Terrace New Lunch and Dinner Menu http://www.chipandco.com/tomorrowland-terrace-new-lunch-dinner-menu-244549/ http://www.chipandco.com/tomorrowland-terrace-new-lunch-dinner-menu-244549/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244549 Tomorrowland Terrace is known for its great seating for the Wishes nighttime firework show and dessert party.  They are open seasonally for counter service meals and this summer they have come up with a new lunch and dinner menu!  Most Disney Dining Plans are accepted as a Quick Service meal, and prices range from $14.99 […]

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Tomorrowland Terrace is known for its great seating for the Wishes nighttime firework show and dessert party.  They are open seasonally for counter service meals and this summer they have come up with a new lunch and dinner menu!  Most Disney Dining Plans are accepted as a Quick Service meal, and prices range from $14.99 and under.

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Here’s a look at some of the new items and your old favorites:

  • 1/3 lb Angus Bacon Cheeseburger served on a Pretzel Bun
  • Dipped Chicken Stips choose from Buffalo, Barbecue, or Honey Mustard Garlic Sauces
  • Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Pulled Pork Bahn Mi Sandwich
  • Smoked Sausage Sandwich
  • Chicken Caesar Salad

All meals (exception of salad) are served with Apple Slices or House-made Chips.  Dessert options are Coconut Tres Leches Cake, Rocky Road Brownie, and Dannon Greek Yogurt.

Kids’ Meal choices, for ages 9 and under, include Smucker’s Uncrustables, Chicken Strips, and Macaroni & Cheese.  All kids meals served with Grapes, Dannon Danimals Smoothie, and choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani Water.

As you dig in to your lunch you can enjoy one of the best dining views in the Magic Kingdom of Cinderella Castle.

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You can also enjoy this amazing view for Wishes at the Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace.  Admission is $79 per adult and $47 per child (ages 3-9).  For reservations call (407) WDW-DINE or visit and Table Service podium, Guest Relations or your Walt Disney World Resort Concierge.

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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort now Offers Surrey Bike Rentals http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-coronado-springs-resort-now-offers-surrey-bike-rentals-244538/ http://www.chipandco.com/disneys-coronado-springs-resort-now-offers-surrey-bike-rentals-244538/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:23:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244538 Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is now offering surrey bike rentals for guests to explore the expansive hotel area. A 30 minute rental on a single surrey bike costs $20 while a double surrey bike costs $22. Rentals are available at La Marina daily between the hours of 12pm and 8pm. Sea Raycers are also available to rent at the […]

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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is now offering surrey bike rentals for guests to explore the expansive hotel area. A 30 minute rental on a single surrey bike costs $20 while a double surrey bike costs $22. Rentals are available at La Marina daily between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

Sea Raycers are also available to rent at the rate of $10 for 30 minutes along with elliptical bikes at the rate of $15 for 30 minutes.

Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to start planning your next Disney Destination vacation.  It costs nothing extra to book through an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner such as MickeyTravels and it can help save you both time and money! 

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Make a stop by the Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom http://www.chipandco.com/make-stop-main-street-bakery-magic-kingdom-244421/ http://www.chipandco.com/make-stop-main-street-bakery-magic-kingdom-244421/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:00:11 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244421 Did you know that in Disney World they pump irresistible scents into the streets to tempt their guests to enter certain stores? The Main Street Bakery located on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom is one of the locations that does this, and it has been serving guests delectable treats for years.  In 2013 Starbucks took […]

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Did you know that in Disney World they pump irresistible scents into the streets to tempt their guests to enter certain stores?

The Main Street Bakery located on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom is one of the locations that does this, and it has been serving guests delectable treats for years.  In 2013 Starbucks took over yet they continued serving those irresistible baked goods.

This delicious menu changes from season to season and here is what you can find there this summer:

  • Specialty Mickey Cupcakes in vanilla or chocolate, perfect for guests who love icing
  • Giant Brownies with and without walnuts
  • Marshmallow Dream Bars and S’mores Bars
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies and Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles
  • Banana Nut Bread, Chocolate Marble Pound Cake, Iced Lemon Pound Cake, and Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake
  • Blueberry Yogurt Muffins with Honey
  • Petite Vanilla Bean Scones and Blueberry Scones
  • Butter, Almond, and Chocolate Croissants
  • Apple Fritters
  • Chocolate Chunk and Vermont Maple Walnut Muffins
  • A variety of breakfast egg sandwiches
  • Coffee Cakes and Cake Pops

Not only do they have incredible desserts, but some of these snacks you can grab on-the-go when heading down Main Street for a quick breakfast. They also have large selection of coffees and teas to go along with your snack.

Be sure to check out the Main Street Bakery next time you go to the Magic Kingdom!

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A look inside AbracadaBar at Disney’s Boardwalk http://www.chipandco.com/look-inside-abracadabar-disneys-boardwalk-244480/ http://www.chipandco.com/look-inside-abracadabar-disneys-boardwalk-244480/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:22:15 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244480 Disney released a first look inside, as well as more details about the new lounge AbracadaBar that will be located at Disney’s Boardwalk. Here is what they had to say:   When it comes to describing this new location, “magic” is key. As the story goes, this little lounge was a former stomping ground for […]

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Disney released a first look inside, as well as more details about the new lounge AbracadaBar that will be located at Disney’s Boardwalk. Here is what they had to say:

 

When it comes to describing this new location, “magic” is key. As the story goes, this little lounge was a former stomping ground for the famous magicians, boardwalk illusionists, and lovely magician’s assistants of the Golden Age. After a show, prestidigitators would gather to “conjure” up new cocktails, swap magic tips and tricks, and stay up all night attempting to “out-charm” each other with their extraordinary illusions. According to BoardWalk lore, it was on just such an evening that every single magician in the lounge vanished into thin air, and was never seen again …

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Now, after sitting vacant for nearly seventy years, the secret magician’s lounge is now back in the spotlight and making its world debut as “AbracadaBar.”

Once inside, guests will get a special peek at the sophisticated social club of some of the most famous illusionists of the 20th century. While it’s rumored that the magicians who frequented the lounge vanished without a trace decades ago, their magic still remains strongly intact, and can be seen, heard, and savored in the bar’s signature cocktails. From its enchanted magic show posters and mystifying mirrors, to vintage props and tricks left behind years ago, AbracadaBar promises to be just as surprising and magical as its name suggests.

While the finishing touches are being made, AbracadaBar isn’t open yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know when they are!

Are you looking forward to the new opening?

If you’re unsure of where to begin planning your Disney Parks vacation, contact me today to take advantage of my FREE vacation planning services! I specialize in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii, as well as Adventures by Disney. Contact me today at slawless@mickeytravels.com for a free quote, or you can find me on my facebook page here.

Photos from inside AbracadaBar: Disney

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Living With the Land in Epcot is now a Tier 2 Attraction http://www.chipandco.com/living-land-epcot-now-tier-2-attraction-244465/ http://www.chipandco.com/living-land-epcot-now-tier-2-attraction-244465/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:36:43 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244465 According to Kenny the Pirate, Living with the Land in Future World at Epcot is now categorized as a Tier 2 attraction rather than Tier 1. Guests are currently able to choose one attraction from Tier 1 and two attractions from Tier 2 when making their FastPass+ selections at Epcot. The following is the current list […]

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According to Kenny the Pirate, Living with the Land in Future World at Epcot is now categorized as a Tier 2 attraction rather than Tier 1. Guests are currently able to choose one attraction from Tier 1 and two attractions from Tier 2 when making their FastPass+ selections at Epcot.

The following is the current list of Tier 1 attractions at Epcot:

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Soarin’
  • Test Track
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

The following is the current list of Tier 2 attractions at Epcot:

  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Epcot Character Spot
  • Living With the Land
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Mission: Space
  • Disney & Pixar Shirt Film Festival

FastPass+ selections can be made beginning 60 days in advance for guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel and 30 days in advance for those who stay off Disney property.

Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to start planning your next Disney Destination vacation. It costs nothing extra to book your vacation through an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner such as MickeyTravels and it could help you save both time and money!

 

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The “Get Directions” Feature is now Live on the My Disney Experience App http://www.chipandco.com/get-directions-feature-now-live-disney-experience-app-244382/ http://www.chipandco.com/get-directions-feature-now-live-disney-experience-app-244382/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:15:42 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244382 Navigating around Walt Disney Disney Resort just became a whole lot easier. The”Get Directions” feature is now available on the My Disney Experience app, which is available for download or update via the app store. Guests can select any attraction, character, restroom, resort, restaurant or shop and then choose “Get Directions”. You will then be […]

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Navigating around Walt Disney Disney Resort just became a whole lot easier. The”Get Directions” feature is now available on the My Disney Experience app, which is available for download or update via the app store.

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Guests can select any attraction, character, restroom, resort, restaurant or shop and then choose “Get Directions”. You will then be prompted to enter your starting location. The new feature provides step by step directions whether you’re walking, taking a bus, water taxi or arriving by car.  The app will also provide turn by turn directions while you’re in the park by tracking your location with a GPS signal.

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The example above shows how to get from Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom to Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square. It would take an estimated 4 minutes to walk between the two attractions.

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Travelling from resort to resort can be a bit tricky and guests should allow plenty of time in order to arrive to their reservation on time. A guest staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort with a dinner reservation at Boma – Flavors of Africa should allow at least 60 minutes travel time in order to get to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

In the example above, it is suggested that the guest board a bus at Pop Century that is heading to Animal Kingdom theme park. They should then board another bus from Animal Kingdom heading to Animal Kingdom Lodge, where the restaurant named Boma is located.

The new “Get Directions” feature is sure to make a lot of guests happy and relieve the uncertainty of how to get from point A to point B while visiting Walt Disney World. Whether you’re a first timer or Disney veteran, make sure to try it out during your next trip!

Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to start planning your next Disney Destination vacation.  It costs nothing extra to book through an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner such as MickeyTravels and it could help save you both time and money! 

 

 

 

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Disney Chase Visa Cardmember Early Booking for Epcot Food and Wine Festival Begins Today! http://www.chipandco.com/disney-chase-visa-cardmember-early-booking-food-wine-festival-begins-tomorrow-244359/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-chase-visa-cardmember-early-booking-food-wine-festival-begins-tomorrow-244359/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:30:16 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244359 If you’re a Disney Chase Visa Cardholder, then you might not know about the Chase Visa Members Lounge on the third floor of the Epcot American Adventure Pavilion. Chase Visa debit and credit card members, including Disney Visa Card members, receive exclusive access to the Chase Lounge during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Inside the lounge, cardholders […]

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If you’re a Disney Chase Visa Cardholder, then you might not know about the Chase Visa Members Lounge on the third floor of the Epcot American Adventure Pavilion. Chase Visa debit and credit card members, including Disney Visa Card members, receive exclusive access to the Chase Lounge during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Inside the lounge, cardholders enjoy a nice place to cool off, complimentary soft drinks, places to charge devices, and my personal favorite, restrooms with no wait, during the Festival.

“We are thrilled to continue as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Festival and provide all Chase card members an exclusive retreat at the Chase Lounge,” said B.J. Mahoney, general manager, Chase Card Services. “Not only will Chase card members taste their way around the world, but they will be able to relax, recharge and refuel at the Lounge.”

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Disney Visa Credit Card members also have the opportunity on July 19 and July 20 to book reservations for special events offered at this year’s Festival before sales open to the general public on July 21. Call 407-939-1870 to book reservations with your Disney Visa Credit Card.

What exciting offering will you be booking?

If you’re unsure of where to begin planning your Disney Parks vacation, contact me today to take advantage of my FREE vacation planning services! I specialize in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii, as well as Adventures by Disney. Contact me today at slawless@mickeytravels.com for a free quote, or you can find me on my Facebook page here.

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Height Test Balloons Spotted over Epcot in Future World http://www.chipandco.com/height-test-balloons-spotted-epcot-244370/ http://www.chipandco.com/height-test-balloons-spotted-epcot-244370/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:49:54 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244370 Our friends at WDW Magic have reported that earlier this morning height test balloons were spotted over the Future World area of Epcot. Specifically near Ellen’s Energy Adventure in The Universe of Energy, where it has been rumored that a new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction is going to be constructed. The height test balloons […]

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Our friends at WDW Magic have reported that earlier this morning height test balloons were spotted over the Future World area of Epcot. Specifically near Ellen’s Energy Adventure in The Universe of Energy, where it has been rumored that a new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction is going to be constructed. The height test balloons are used to mark points of buildings before they are constructed, that allow the imagineers to visualize the impact/views/obstructions a new building can impose once completed.

It looks as though instead of just replacing Ellen’s Energy Adventure with the new attraction like they did with Frozen taking over Maelstrom, that the Guardians are about to get their very own brand new building and attraction, while Ellen’s Energy Adventure may be getting the boot.

Disney has not commented on the balloons or the rumors of a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction/ride. What do you think?

If you’re unsure of where to begin planning your Disney Parks vacation, contact me today to take advantage of my FREE vacation planning services! I specialize in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii, as well as Adventures by Disney. Contact me today at slawless@mickeytravels.com for a free quote, or you can find me on my facebook page here.

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World Class Dining, Unique Shopping and Nightly Entertainment at Disney Springs http://www.chipandco.com/world-class-dining-unique-shopping-nightly-entertainment-disney-springs-244349/ http://www.chipandco.com/world-class-dining-unique-shopping-nightly-entertainment-disney-springs-244349/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:19:53 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244349 This summer Disney Springs is the place to be by day and by night! With a Grand Opening Summer Celebration taking place all season long, Disney Springs features an array of hard-to-pass-up deals and a variety of delectable new dining options at the newest neighborhood–Town Center, plus free nightly entertainment featuring more than 20 different […]

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This summer Disney Springs is the place to be by day and by night! With a Grand Opening Summer Celebration taking place all season long, Disney Springs features an array of hard-to-pass-up deals and a variety of delectable new dining options at the newest neighborhood–Town Center, plus free nightly entertainment featuring more than 20 different acts performing across all four neighborhoods – The Marketplace, Westside, The Landing, and Town Center.

Wrapped in Florida-inspired, made-for-strolling promenades, arcing footbridges, flowing streams and waterfront charm, Disney Springs treats Walt Disney World Resort guests to an exciting blend of shopping, dining and entertainment with a Disney touch. By day or night guests can expect a vibrant scene at Disney Springs, whether they are shopping world-class brands, enjoying high-quality entertainment, having that special dining experience, pleasure boating on Village Lake or hopping a balloon skyward for spectacular views of Walt Disney World and beyond.

Now and every day, guests can enjoy the benefits of a dramatically transformed exciting new waterfront district for world-class shopping, unique dining, and high-quality entertainment featuring more than 150 establishments across its four neighborhoods.

Discover Disney Springs like never before! Here are just a few of the highlights:

Town Center – Spectacular Shopping and Award-winning chefs

  • Some of the most unique and recognizable names in retail such as UNIQLO, Vince Camuto, Anthropologie, Zara, Lilly Pulitzer, Columbia Sportswear, LACOSTE, Under Armour, kate spade new york, Sephora and Oakley all call Town Center home.
  • Among new dining choices awaiting Town Center guests are restaurants developed by James Beard award-winning chefs. Frontera Cocina serves up gourmet Mexican cuisine and creative cocktails from the menu envisioned by celebrity chef Rick Bayless, a six-time James Beard Foundation winner. Chef Art Smith, two-time winner of the James Beard Award brings a unique taste of gourmet southern cuisine and Florida agriculture to the heart of Disney Springs with Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine.

The Landing – Inspired dining, breathtaking waterfront views, and unique boutiques

  • High-quality retailers including Erwin Pearl for fashion jewelry and Havaianas for sandals are found along lantern-lined byways.
  • Dine off a shipshape menu at The BOATHOUSE or enjoy, at Morimoto Asia, Pan-Asian cuisine from celebrity chef Matsaharu Morimoto, of Iron Chef fame. STK Orlando offers guests a fine dining experience set in chic, contemporary surroundings. Finish off the evening with a relaxing stroll to grab a signature gelato at Vivoli Gelateria or a crafted cocktail at Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar.

The Marketplace — Family-friendly delights for guests of all ages

  • Beautiful waterside shopping that combines new experiences such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded new Bibbity Bobbity Boutique inside the newly re-designed World of Disney store.
  • Nearby, the new Lime garage makes getting to the Marketplace a breeze

The West Side – Exuberant entertainment retail and dining options

From new acts at Cirque du Soleil to iconic restaurants to colorful food trucks to bowling with a stylized twist at Splitsville, West Side offers something for everyone. There is even the opportunity to lift off in a tethered balloon. Characters in Flight rises from the banks of Village Lake for eye-popping, 360-degree views (on a clear day you can see Florida’s east coast).

Two new slot-smart parking decks where green lights indicate available spaces make parking convenient to the entire Disney Springs scene – and it’s free. Valet parking also is available. Disney Springs is easily accessed from I-4, Central Florida’s major interstate, and connected to the rest of Walt Disney World Resort by motor coach and watercraft.

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Polite Pig to Open in Disney Springs in 2017 http://www.chipandco.com/polite-pig-open-disney-springs-2017-244342/ http://www.chipandco.com/polite-pig-open-disney-springs-2017-244342/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:26:39 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244342 Disney released some more information today about the newest restaurant to be added to Disney Springs, The Polite Pig, that we mentioned last week. The Polite Pig will bring a new twist on favorite local flavors to Disney Springs when it opens in spring 2017. A sister restaurant to The Ravenous Pig of Winter Park, […]

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Disney released some more information today about the newest restaurant to be added to Disney Springs, The Polite Pig, that we mentioned last week.

The Polite Pig will bring a new twist on favorite local flavors to Disney Springs when it opens in spring 2017. A sister restaurant to The Ravenous Pig of Winter Park, FL, The Polite Pig will feature a variety of wood-fired smoked and grilled items as well as an innovative beverage program that serves all drinks on tap, including locally-brewed Cask & Larder beer, wine and cocktails.

Owners and James Beard award nominees James and Julie Petrakis are partnering with James’ brother (who operates another popular Orlando-area eatery, Greens & Grille) to open the new restaurant, located in the Town Center neighborhood of Disney Springs. The 5,000-square-foot venue will be open daily for lunch and dinner, with seating for about 200 guests.

“As a locally-based restaurant group, it’s great to bring our new concept to Disney Springs where we’ll have the opportunity to showcase genuine Florida cuisine for guests from around the world,” James Petrakis said. “With so many talented chefs opening new restaurants at Disney Springs, we’re really excited to be part of a group helping Central Florida distinguish itself as a world-class culinary destination.”

We’re looking forward to another great place to dine at the Walt Disney World resort, how about you?

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Disney Springs Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Offers Farmhouse Atmosphere and Comfort Food http://www.chipandco.com/disney-springs-chef-art-smiths-homecoming-offers-farmhouse-atmosphere-comfort-food-244278/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-springs-chef-art-smiths-homecoming-offers-farmhouse-atmosphere-comfort-food-244278/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244278 Are you looking to find some home-cooked comfort food with a farmhouse atmosphere during your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort?  Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine opened in The Landing section of Disney Springs on July 12th and is an excellent lunch or dinner option.  From the Bee Haven Bay Fried […]

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Are you looking to find some home-cooked comfort food with a farmhouse atmosphere during your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort?  Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine opened in The Landing section of Disney Springs on July 12th and is an excellent lunch or dinner option.  From the Bee Haven Bay Fried Green Tomatoes, to Art’s Fabulous Fried Chicken and Shine Cake, you are sure to find something that will tempt your palate.  The main dining room offers a family dining atmosphere while the Shine Bar has a more relaxed atmosphere with patio seating and walk-up bar.

The menu offers comfort food items with a southern flair.  Enjoy a signature starter to begin your meal enjoyment.   You may find yourself hard-pressed to choose just one entrée, but be sure to leave room for some amazing dessert.

The atmosphere focuses on an old farmhouse theme.  If you choose to have your meal in the main dining room, be sure to check out the wood beams along the ceiling, the open-kitchen, the lighting fixtures, and the fun decorative elements reminiscent of being in an old farmhouse.  While this restaurant has a southern style, it brought back some fond memories of eating with family in my uncle’s old farmhouse kitchen in Maine.

If you are looking for a smaller, more relaxed atmosphere, you may want to head into the Shine Bar for patio seating.  This area offers an excellent view of the Disney Springs and will likely become a very popular location in the evenings.   The walk-up bar along the patio also offers seating and you can order menu items as well.  The patio is completely screened while offering views of the Disney Springs and the surrounding area.

Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming is on the Disney Dining Plan, requiring one table service credit per person.  For now, this is a walk-in-seating restaurant, however they will begin taking reservations on August 15th.

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Sprinkles Offers Free Cupcakes with Purchase of Ice Cream in Honor of National Ice Cream Day http://www.chipandco.com/sprinkles-offers-free-cupcakes-purchase-ice-cream-honor-national-ice-cream-day-244279/ http://www.chipandco.com/sprinkles-offers-free-cupcakes-purchase-ice-cream-honor-national-ice-cream-day-244279/#respond Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:56:06 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244279 Sprinkles Cupcakes is offering a sweet deal in honor of National Ice Cream Day on July 17th. Order two ice cream sundaes and score two free cupcakes now through July 31st! Sprinkles opened at Disney Springs in May and features cupcakes, ice cream and cookies that are handcrafted from the finest ingredients. The store is open daily […]

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Sprinkles Cupcakes is offering a sweet deal in honor of National Ice Cream Day on July 17th. Order two ice cream sundaes and score two free cupcakes now through July 31st!

Sprinkles opened at Disney Springs in May and features cupcakes, ice cream and cookies that are handcrafted from the finest ingredients. The store is open daily from 10am to midnight and the unique Cupcake ATM operates from 8am until 2am daily.

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The Cupcake ATM is one of the bakery’s most popular offerings, with Sprinkles at Disney Springs being the 12th ATM location. The Cupcake ATM can hold up to 400 cupcakes at a time and is constantly restocked throughout the day to ensure freshness. The Cupcake ATM will also carry dog-friendly cupcakes.

Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to start planning your next Disney Destination vacation. It costs nothing extra to book through an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner such as MickeyTravels and it can help save you both time and money. 

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Early Registration Available for Select 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Events! http://www.chipandco.com/early-registration-available-select-2016-epcot-international-food-wine-events-244256/ http://www.chipandco.com/early-registration-available-select-2016-epcot-international-food-wine-events-244256/#respond Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:19:13 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244256 Embark on a culinary adventure celebrating over 20 years of culture and cuisine with the finest wine and beverage offerings at the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, presented by CHASE, taking place September 14, 2016 to November 14, 2016. Beginning Tuesday, July 19, 2016, DVC Members can take advantage of special offers and […]

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Embark on a culinary adventure celebrating over 20 years of culture and cuisine with the finest wine and beverage offerings at the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, presented by CHASE, taking place September 14, 2016 to November 14, 2016. Beginning Tuesday, July 19, 2016, DVC Members can take advantage of special offers and early registration for culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars!

Enhance your festival experience by learning from world-renowned chefs, master sommeliers and esteemed cocktail creators from across the country during one of the available culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars. Each session, lasting 45-minutes, lets you pick up a few expert tips and, best of all, taste the demonstrated dishes and sample the selected beverages! Disney Vacation Club Members and their Guests can take advantage of a $2 discount as well as advanced registration for these sessions beginning next Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Sessions are offered daily, at multiple times throughout the day and take place at the Festival Center. For details on available culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars, including dates, please visit here.

Give your senses an all-new outlook with the sights, sounds, scents and tastes showcased at Party for the Senses, a specialty culinary event at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Members and their Guests are invited to take part in extra-special event nights, available on October 8, 2016 and October 28, 2016, both with early entry and reserved seating available only to them and their Guests. Join Disney Chefs in a flavorful celebration where you will be guided through tasting stations to sample featured cuisine. This year, each event night will showcase a different culinary theme:

  • October 8, 2016: Enjoy a taste of Disney Springs with delicious signature creations from their new restaurants and bars. Dine while also enjoying various entertainment acts that are offered daily at this new location.
  • October 28, 2016: Celebrate Halloween in elegant style during a festive masquerade setting. Explore the culinary stations featuring delectable menu items paired with champagne, wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails. Invoke all of your senses as you dine while enjoying alluring music with magnificent visuals.

New this year to the festival is Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It, a master mixology, cake decorating and culinary technique event. Members can also enjoy advanced reservations for this all-new event.To make reservations for any of the above events, please contact Member Services at (800) 800-9800 beginning Tuesday, July 19, 2016. All other reservations for events at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be available beginning July 21, 2016.

Theme Park Admission is required and not included.

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UNIQLO Adds Much-Anticipated Disney Vibe to Disney Springs Town Center http://www.chipandco.com/uniqlo-adds-much-anticipated-disney-vibe-disney-springs-town-center-244225/ http://www.chipandco.com/uniqlo-adds-much-anticipated-disney-vibe-disney-springs-town-center-244225/#respond Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:00:46 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244225 The newly opened UNIQLO store is adding a fresh, and much-anticipated, Disney vibe to the Town Center area of Disney Springs located at Walt Disney World.  UNIQLO and Disney have collaborated and developed their Magic For All and Disney Project collections.  UNIQLO offers exclusive Mickey Mouse plush, Disney-themed umbrellas and totes, and clothing for infants, […]

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The newly opened UNIQLO store is adding a fresh, and much-anticipated, Disney vibe to the Town Center area of Disney Springs located at Walt Disney World.  UNIQLO and Disney have collaborated and developed their Magic For All and Disney Project collections.  UNIQLO offers exclusive Mickey Mouse plush, Disney-themed umbrellas and totes, and clothing for infants, children, men and women.  The store also has fun in-store events like calligraphy, spin-the-wheel, and origami.

Children and adults alike will love the exclusive Mickey Mouse UNIQLO plush project.  These adorable plush are made from soft, quality materials that are durable, and are sure to be a hit with all age groups.  I spoke with a woman in line and she told me she could not decide which one she wanted so she was buying three of them for herself and one for her grandchild.

For infants, UNIQLO has developed their first-ever Disney printed four piece gift set containing a bodysuit, two bibs and a hat.  There are many Disney and Pixar printed t-shirts for children featuring iconic characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Buzz and Woody to name a few.  Men will enjoy the Mickey + Friends Summer Collection for men, Star Wars and Marvel t-shirts, and selections from The Mickey 100 Project.  Women might like the Disney Collection City Logo Series, the Alice in Wonderland Collection, or the Mickey + Friends Summer Collection for women.  They will also find Disney-themed slippers, totes, and umbrellas.

I visited the store during their grand opening on July 15th.  A lady specializing in calligraphy was writing people’s names for them in Japanese as a special event in-store.  She wrote “Chip and Company” for me and she explained that Japanese is written top to bottom and right to left.  I was also able to spin-the-wheel for the chance at a prize.  You can win money off your purchase, origami, or Japanese candy.  This was quite fun and I won origami after my spin of the wheel.  The origami presentations were scheduled for later in the day and I was not able to see that.  Be sure to ask, when you visit, if they have any special demonstrations, or events, going on the day of your visit.

The Disney and UNIQLO collaboration collections are bringing a magical Disney vibe, something that many fans have been looking for, to the Disney Springs Town Center at the Walt Disney World Resort.  Disney and UNIQLO have added fresh insight to the idea of keeping the fairytales, and the dreams, alive in the hearts of many.

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Is the Character Line-up at Hollywood Studios Changing? http://www.chipandco.com/character-line-hollywood-studios-changing-244182/ http://www.chipandco.com/character-line-hollywood-studios-changing-244182/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2016 15:00:02 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244182 We hear from Kenny the Pirate that there is talk about some character meet and greet changes coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It seems these changes are slated to start on July 17, and the characters that will cease their current meet and greets will be Bolt, Max, and Lilo and Stitch. So if you […]

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We hear from Kenny the Pirate that there is talk about some character meet and greet changes coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It seems these changes are slated to start on July 17, and the characters that will cease their current meet and greets will be Bolt, Max, and Lilo and Stitch. So if you haven’t had a chance to catch up with these characters you better get to the parks soon!

Starting on July 17th, it looks as though Donald, Daisy and Goofy will also have wardrobe changes. Daisy will now wear her pink Epcot dress, and Donald will go back to wearing his traditional sailor’s outfit. You will be able to find both of them near the park entrance by Sid Cahuenga’s.

Goofy will wear his traditional orange shirt, blue pants, and green hat; and will be located near ABC Commissary on Commissary Lane.

There’s no official word from Disney on these changes, or how long they may last, so if you want to see these characters you better run on over to Hollywood Studios while they’re still around! Which new rumored change are you most excited about?

If you’re unsure of where to begin planning your Disney Parks vacation, contact me today to take advantage of my FREE vacation planning services! I specialize in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii, as well as Adventures by Disney. Contact me today at slawless@mickeytravels.com for a free quote, or you can find me on my facebook page here.

 

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Disney Springs Testing Cell Phone Charger Rentals for Guests http://www.chipandco.com/disney-springs-testing-cell-phone-charger-rentals-guests-244178/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-springs-testing-cell-phone-charger-rentals-guests-244178/#respond Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:05:47 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244178 With the news breaking recently about the new Fuel Rod Kiosks that have popped up throughout Disney property, it’s no surprise that Disney is testing out yet another option to keep their tech-savvy guests happy and fully charged, with phone charger rentals at Disney Springs. WDW News Today reports that with this new offering being […]

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With the news breaking recently about the new Fuel Rod Kiosks that have popped up throughout Disney property, it’s no surprise that Disney is testing out yet another option to keep their tech-savvy guests happy and fully charged, with phone charger rentals at Disney Springs.

WDW News Today reports that with this new offering being tested, guests can either leave their device at Guests Relations where they will charge it for them, or they can pay a $35 deposit and they will receive a pre-charged portable charger for their device. When you are done with the portable battery, you return it to Guest Relations and get your $35 deposit back.

Currently, it is recommended that you bring your own USB cord to utilize the portable charger however, since they seem to be in short supply at the Disney Springs guest Relations booth, but this is still an amazingly effective way to get your device charged while you enjoy Disney Springs. Would you try this new service?

 

If you’re unsure of where to begin planning your Disney Parks vacation, contact me today to take advantage of my FREE vacation planning services! I specialize in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii, as well as Adventures by Disney. Contact me today at slawless@mickeytravels.com for a free quote, or you can find me on my facebook page here.

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“Teacher Appreciation Rates” at the Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels http://www.chipandco.com/teacher-appreciation-rates-seven-disney-springs-resort-area-hotels-244152/ http://www.chipandco.com/teacher-appreciation-rates-seven-disney-springs-resort-area-hotels-244152/#respond Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:00:44 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=244152 There is still time for the hard working teachers to take advantage of the special “Teacher Appreciation Rates” at the Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels at the Walt Disney World Resorts. If you are a teacher, including preschool, daycare, kindergarten through college or a support staff in the U.S. and Canada you can now book a vacation […]

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There is still time for the hard working teachers to take advantage of the special “Teacher Appreciation Rates” at the Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels at the Walt Disney World Resorts.

If you are a teacher, including preschool, daycare, kindergarten through college or a support staff in the U.S. and Canada you can now book a vacation through September 30, 2016, at a special “Teacher Appreciation Rates”. Some blackout dates may apply, and availability may be limited. The rates are being offered by the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in the Walt Disney World Resort.

This is a great time to visit Walt Disney World as you will get to enjoy amazing attractions and shows such as Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Frozen Ever After in Norway at Epcot, The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot.

In addition, you can experience the many terrific new offerings at the significantly expanded and enhanced Disney Springs, formerly known as the Downtown Disney area. When work is completed in 2016, Disney Springs will have expanded to more than 150 shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

Featuring an ideal location in the Walt Disney World Resort, these seven Official Walt Disney World Hotels are within an easy walk to Disney Springs. Inspired by Florida’s charming waterfront towns, historic architecture and natural beauty, Disney Springs features four distinct outdoor neighborhoods, with a high-quality, diverse mix of retailers, entertainment, upscale restaurants, and casual dining options.

In addition to featuring an ideal location at an outstanding value, the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, two water parks, and to the Disney Springs area.

Plus, as a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the “2016 Disney Springs Passport” booklet that features exclusive discounts and specials from Disney Springs merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. Among the coupons featured in the booklet are discounts at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, House of Blues Restaurant, and Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop.

The Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels’ “Teacher Appreciation Rates” for stays through September 30, 2016 are:

  • B Resort & Spa – rates from $89 per room, per night
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – rates from $79 per room, per night
  • Buena Vista Palace – rates from $89 per room, per night
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Orlando Lake Buena Vista — rates from $109 per suite, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $99 per room, per night
  • Holiday Inn located in the Walt Disney World® Resort – rates from $99 per room, per night
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – rates from $59 per room, per night.

For more information on the special hotel rates, or to make a reservation, visit http://disneyspringshotels.com/special-offers/limited-offers/teacher-appreciation The “Teacher Appreciation Rates” apply to Preschool, Daycare, Kindergarten – College teachers and support staff in the U.S. and Canada. The special rates are available for stays through September 30, 2016, based on availability. Some blackout dates may apply, and availability may be limited. The rates do not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. The offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups. All teachers and school support staff must show proof of employment upon check-in.

Visiting provides the opportunity to take in such special events as:

  • Sounds Like Summer Concert Series – through July 23, 2016 at Epcot
  • Disney Night of Joy – Sept. 9-10, 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – select nights September 2-October 31, 2016 at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival – September 14-November 14, 2016 at Epcot®.

Other benefits of staying at one of the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels include:

  • The ability to purchase Disney theme park admissions at each hotel
  • Advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World Resort golf courses
  • Disney Merchandise store located in each hotel
  • The ability to book advance dining and dinner show reservations for all restaurants across the Walt Disney World Resort.

The reimagined Disney Springs overflows with the sights, sounds and flavors that come together in a beautiful outdoor environment with a charming waterfront setting. Set amid beautiful open-air promenades and bubbling springs, this vibrant destination features four distinct outdoor neighborhoods: The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace, and West Side.

Well underway in its transformation, Disney Springs already has many new offerings that are open. Among these are 25 exciting new retail tenants that opened their doors in Town Center in May, which includes: Kate Spade New York, Vera Bradley, Tommy Bahama, PANDORA, Under Armour Brand House, ALEX AND ANI, Sephora, UGG, TROPHY ROOM, and MAC Cosmetics.

In addition, nine new specialty dining locations also just opened at Disney Springs in May: Amorette’s Patisserie, STK Orlando, B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co., D-Luxe Burger, Morimoto Asia Street Food, Sprinkles (cupcake bakery), The Daily Poutine, YeSake, and Aristocrepes. This follows such other recent openings as the Indiana Jones-themed Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, The Ganachery chocolate shop, Vivoli Il Gelato (serving Italian gelato like its sister shop in Florence, Italy), Dockside Margaritas, and Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC (which specializes in gluten-free and vegan baked goods).

Other new shops include Star Wars Galactic Outpost, Chapel Hats, Havaianas sandals store, Sanuk (home of unique footwear), Sound Lion, and men’s grooming store The Art of Shaving.

Also recently opened is Exposition Park, the home to Disney-owned food trucks, with delicious offerings from each of the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. Plus, there are two new parking garages with a total of 6,000 spaces, and the new Village Causeway which provides guests another path of travel through the area. Plus, a pedestrian bridge from the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels to the Disney Springs area opened, making it even easier for guests.

Among the many other offerings open at Disney Springs are: World of Disney store, AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24, The Art of Disney, The LEGO Store, Build-A-Dino by Build-A-Bear Workshop, Disney Design-A-Tee, Disney’s Candy Cauldron, Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories, Once Upon a Toy, Orlando Harley-Davidson (apparel and accessories), Steve Baker Caricatures, Pearl Factory, Starbucks at Disney Springs Marketplace, and Shop for Ireland.

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels is a consortium of seven Official Walt Disney World Hotels that includes:

  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – the closest hotel to Disney SpringsTM, the resort offers two pools, a Disney Character Breakfast each Sunday, seven restaurants and lounges (including Benihana® Steakhouse), and 24-hour fitness center
  • B Resort & Spa – the stylish resort opened in June 2014 with 394 newly renovated guest rooms, the full-service B Indulged® AVEDA Spa, and features the new American Kitchen Bar & Grill
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – the 18-story, 325-room resort overlooks scenic Lake Buena Vista and the Walt Disney World® Resort, and offers two restaurants, lounge, and wireless internet
  • Buena Vista Palace –  situated on 27 lush acres, the 27-story contemporary hotel is just steps from the Disney SpringsTM area, and features a Character Breakfast every Sunday, sports grill and grab-and-go market
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Orlando Lake Buena Vista – the luxurious and newly renovated resort hotel features 229 spacious suites, and is the only all-suite resort hotel in the Disney SpringsTM Resort Area
  • Holiday Inn located in the Walt Disney World Resort – offers the ideal setting to stay, meet and play, featuring modern Florida décor and no resort fees
  • Windham Garden Lake Buena Vista – featuring Disney Character Breakfast 3 days a week, 394 comfortable guest rooms, six dining options, and the Oasis Aquatic Pool Playground with interactive water features.

With nearly 30 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, over 3,700 rooms and an array of amenities, the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest. Located in the heart of the Disney Springs area, these properties are within walking distance of exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Visit DisneySpringsHotels.com

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