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Some of the walls are down at Planet Hollywood in Disney Springs and we can now see the signage for Stargazers Bar!

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As you can see in the photos everything is all shiny and chrome.

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Stargazers has a nice view of the Disney Springs Lagoon.

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Earlier this week we shared news how Planet Hollywood has cancelled some advanced dining reservations due to construction delays.

We are uncertain when the Grand Opening is but as soon as we get word we will let you know!

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The Totem Pole at the Canada Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase was in dire need of an update.  Disney decided to take the update two steps further.  Epcot’s Canada Pavilion has added not one, but two, new Totem Poles in addition to repainting, and refurbishing, the original.

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The first new Totem Pole stands proudly at the top of the accessibility ramp where it meets the top of the staircase.  It looks magnificent and its placement does not block the view of the main Canada building.

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The second totem pole is set a bit further back near the second set of stairs leading up to the main Canada Pavilion building.  When I spoke with a Cast Member at the Canada Pavilion, she referred to the area housing the two new totem poles as the  “garden area.”

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The new Totem Poles were hand carved and painted by Northwest Coast Tsimshian Artist David Boxley.  We were sad to discover that we missed the Totem Pole Dedication Ceremony this weekend.  The original Totem Pole looks splendid now that it has been refurbished, repainted and updated.  The paint has brightened up its look for sure and the two additional Totem Poles have maintained similar color schemes as well.

What do you think of the new Totem Poles gracing the grounds of the World Showcase Canada Pavilion?  Please leave your comments in the box below.

 

 

 

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Artsy Photo-Ops Allow You To Be Part Of A Masterpiece Painting During Epcot’s International Festival Of The Arts http://www.chipandco.com/artsy-photo-ops-allow-part-masterpiece-painting-epcots-international-festival-arts-257925/ http://www.chipandco.com/artsy-photo-ops-allow-part-masterpiece-painting-epcots-international-festival-arts-257925/#respond Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:33:44 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257925 Have you ever looked at people in a painting and wondered what may have inspired the artist to paint that particular moment on canvas?  Now you can imagine being one of the characters in a famous painting by placing yourself into the painting.  The artsy photo-ops around World Showcase allow you to be part of […]

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Have you ever looked at people in a painting and wondered what may have inspired the artist to paint that particular moment on canvas?  Now you can imagine being one of the characters in a famous painting by placing yourself into the painting.  The artsy photo-ops around World Showcase allow you to be part of a Masterpiece Painting during Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts.

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The America Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase is hosting the photo-op for Artist Emmanuel Leutze’s George Washington Crossing Delaware.  Of course, if you are traveling alone, it will just be you and George Washington crossing the Delaware but it is quite fun.

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Between Italy and Germany you will find a really fun Artsy photo-op spot.  Here you place yourself into the artwork as the characters depicted in the paintings.  Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is one of the painting options.  The idea is to try your best to hold that Mona Lisa smile for your photo. The other side of this photo-op spot features Edvard Munch’s Scream.  You are given the picture, behind the wall of the photo-op spot, to try your best to pose with a frozen Scream.  This was really a great photo-op location.  Be sure to have the photographer double-check that your photos are loaded onto your band.  Not sure what happened but my photos from this photo-op spot were never loaded to My Disney Experience account.

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Whether you are jumping in as an extra for Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party (located near the International Gateway), riding in a boat with George Washington in Emmanuel Leutze’s George Washington Crossing Delaware, holding a smile in Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, or holding a silent scream in Edvard Munch’s Scream you are sure to find just the right part for yourself.  There are no really serious moments in paintings as these visions on canvas are derived from the imaginative minds of the Artists themselves.  Be sure to strike a pose for these Artsy photo ops that allow you to become part of a Masterpiece Painting during the 2017 inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

Which Artsy photo op Masterpiece Paining will you choose to become part of?  Please leave your comments in the box below.

 

 

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Ohana Bread Pudding now being served at the Tambu Lounge http://www.chipandco.com/ohana-bread-pudding-now-served-tambu-lounge-257911/ http://www.chipandco.com/ohana-bread-pudding-now-served-tambu-lounge-257911/#respond Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257911 Great news! The World Famous ‘Ohana Bread Pudding is now available at Tambu Lounge in the Polynesian Resort! For those of us who are not online exactly 180 days out to make Advanced Dining Reservations at ‘Ohana, now is your chance to get this yummy treat served with Vanilla ice cream and Bananas Foster Sauce at the […]

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Great news! The World Famous ‘Ohana Bread Pudding is now available at Tambu Lounge in the Polynesian Resort!

For those of us who are not online exactly 180 days out to make Advanced Dining Reservations at ‘Ohana, now is your chance to get this yummy treat served with Vanilla ice cream and Bananas Foster Sauce at the Lounge just outside.

Actually the photo above is from Kona Cafe just next door to ‘Ohana. While dining at Kona I have asked the wait staff a couple of times for the Bread Pudding and one time our server hooked us up and the other time they were unable. So try it at your own risk.

But for now head on over to the Tambu Lounge and grab a Lapu Lapu and for dessert grab a delicious Bread Pudding!

 

 

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How to make Disney’s Tonga Toast at home http://www.chipandco.com/tonga-toast-kona-cafe-home-63977/ http://www.chipandco.com/tonga-toast-kona-cafe-home-63977/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:00:34 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=63977 While this is a must for us on every Disney World Vacation I imagine there is probably a few new Disney Addicts that have not tried the Tonga Toast at the Kona Cafe or Capt Cooks. If you have never heard of Tonga Toast check out a few of our past articles to get you up […]

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While this is a must for us on every Disney World Vacation I imagine there is probably a few new Disney Addicts that have not tried the Tonga Toast at the Kona Cafe or Capt Cooks. If you have never heard of Tonga Toast check out a few of our past articles to get you up to speed.

In the video below Chef Lawrence Searl from Disney’s Kona Cafe shows you how to make this delicious breakfast treat at home.

Oh and it is also available at Capt Cooks for around $6, but in my opinion, I don’t find it to be as good!

Be sure to check out how to make Mickey Waffles at home too!

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Disney Artist Thore Paints 108 Foot Mural During Epcot International Festival of the Arts http://www.chipandco.com/disney-artist-thore-paints-108-foot-mural-epcot-international-festival-arts-257541/ http://www.chipandco.com/disney-artist-thore-paints-108-foot-mural-epcot-international-festival-arts-257541/#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:16:54 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257541 One of the many things that Disney is really good at is Art.  They have taken their talent for Art and introduced a new Festival for guests to explore in 2017.  We were thrilled to discover that Disney Artist Thore is painting a 108 foot mural during the inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Arts. As […]

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One of the many things that Disney is really good at is Art.  They have taken their talent for Art and introduced a new Festival for guests to explore in 2017.  We were thrilled to discover that Disney Artist Thore is painting a 108 foot mural during the inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

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As this was opening weekend for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Thore was just beginning work on the mural.  He shared with us his concept art for the mural and explained that it will take 6 weeks to complete the 108 foot mural.  He spent much of the morning drawing and measuring the first section.  His assistant was mixing and measuring paint colors for him while we were there.

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We checked back with Thore around 4:00pm and saw that he had begun painting the first section.  He had also been working on the drawing that leads into the second section.  On our way out at 8:30pm, we were able to see the additional progress that had been made with the painting of the mural.

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You can find Thore’s mural along the walkway beside Club Cool as you head towards the Imagination Pavilion.  Be sure to walk through and check the progress of this beautiful mural during your visit to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.  Stay tuned here to Chip and Company as we present updates on Disney Artist Thore’s 108 foot mural painting during the next 5 weeks of the Festival of the Arts.

You can see our video conversation with Disney Artist Thore here:

Here is the mural progress from today

What do you think of Disney Artist Thore’s 108 foot mural painting?  Please leave your comments in the box below.

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5 Reasons to LOVE Garden Grocer Delivery Service http://www.chipandco.com/5-reasons-love-garden-grocer-delivery-service-2-99045/ http://www.chipandco.com/5-reasons-love-garden-grocer-delivery-service-2-99045/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:15:34 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=99045 What is a Garden Grocer and why are we so in love with it? Garden Grocer is a local supermarket outside the Disney World properties in Orlando.  There are many grocery stores in the area that will make your deliveries but Garden Grocer does the best job by far! Here are 5 Reasons why we love […]

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What is a Garden Grocer and why are we so in love with it? Garden Grocer is a local supermarket outside the Disney World properties in Orlando.  There are many grocery stores in the area that will make your deliveries but Garden Grocer does the best job by far!

Here are 5 Reasons why we love Garden Grocer:

  1. Online ordering.  It’s so much easier to peruse the selections online than try to explain something over the phone.  Their system is very user-friendly and their selection complete.  Coming from “up North” some of the brands were unfamiliar, but they had everything I was looking for.
  2.  Delivery.  Right to your Disney Resort.  With a delivery to our Disney Resort we didn’t even need to be in our room.  Your groceries are left with luggage/bell services and the cold items in refrigerated storage.  At most of the moderate or deluxe grade resorts you may have the groceries then delivered by bell services upon your return.  Otherwise you can pick them up at the luggage rooms.  Check with your resort ahead of time if you think there may be an issue.
  3. Selection.  Garden Grocer has a huge selection of products.  They have baby items, snacks and even alcoholic beverages.  The online ordering section is divided into “aisles” just like your grocery store at home.  My favorite section…”Park Essentials”.
  4.  Savings.  Buying these same items are a fortune at Disney’s gift shops.  If all you want is a half-gallon of milk you can go into any Disney gift shop and get one.  We even found we were able to use snack credits for boxes of crackers and cookies.  However, if you are looking to save on snacks to bring to the park or have breakfast items on hand you will not save any money by going to the food courts.
  5. Time.  We don’t rent a car while at Disney.  If we did, the LAST thing we would want to do is running to the grocery store.  We would rather be relaxing by our resort pool or enjoying the parks.  You are on vacation, for a small delivery fee and a little planning ahead you really can enjoy it!

The Facts

  • Order at least 72 hours in advance, longer if possible.  There is a 36 hour minimum.  You will select a 2 hour delivery window and the earlier you order, the better your selection will be.  You will receive a courtesy call once your order is placed.
  • Delivery Fee is $14 and minimum order is $40.  Deliveries over $200 are only $2.
  • You have to use a credit card to have your groceries left at the resort.  COD orders require your attendance.  The store will call to confirm with you before delivery.
  • Tipping is optional according to their website.  We always leave a tip for the driver.
  • If you cancel your order before the 48 hour mark there is no fee.  Inside 48 hours there is a restocking fee.  It gets gradually higher the later you cancel.
  • Delivery times are between 8am and 9pm, 7 days a week.  You select a 2 hour window but keep in mind they may deliver a little earlier.
  • Refrigerated items will be kept cold at a Disney resort.  If not staying at a Disney resort, please check with your hotel/condo for their policies on delivery.
  • Visit Gardengrocer.com for additional and current information.

Insider Tips

  • Don’t go nuts with the refrigerated and frozen items.  There just simply isn’t the space to keep them cold.  Value and Moderate resorts have tiny, dormitory style refrigerators.  For Milk or Juices do not order larger than a half-gallon.
  • Do go nuts with snack items.  Order things your child wouldn’t normally have at home.  This makes the snack special and can hold them until you are ready to splurge on the Mickey Ears Ice Cream Bar.  Get those Disney gummy fruit snacks and Cars shaped pretzel bags.  Put a few in your backpack every day for happy children (which equals happy parents).
  • Do order bottles of water by the case.  Put a few in the fridge each night.  No need to waste snack credits or cash on bottled water at the parks.  Same goes for sodas or juices for the end of the day.
  • Do order baby supplies.  This has been a packing lifesaver for us.  We’ve ordered formula, diapers, wipes, gallons of water, etc for our little one when we traveled.  Don’t forget to pack enough until you get that delivery though!
  • Do order breakfast items.  Depending on your dining plan you may want to have some breakfast items available.  Makes for savings and a quick exit from the resort in the morning.  Bagels, Nutri-grain Bars, and Cold Cereal make great choices.  Don’t forget the cream cheese!

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Pro Bowl Festivities to Kick-off at Disney World In a Few Short Days. http://www.chipandco.com/pro-bowl-festivities-kick-off-disney-world-short-days-257846/ http://www.chipandco.com/pro-bowl-festivities-kick-off-disney-world-short-days-257846/#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257846 Walt Disney World will be welcoming football fans by the droves later this week as the the Resort plays host to the a wide range of Pro Bowl Week  festivities starting at ESPN Wide World of Sports starting Wednesday, January 25th.  The venue will serve as the practice space for both AFC and NFC teams […]

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Walt Disney World will be welcoming football fans by the droves later this week as the the Resort plays host to the a wide range of Pro Bowl Week  festivities starting at ESPN Wide World of Sports starting Wednesday, January 25th.  The venue will serve as the practice space for both AFC and NFC teams in the lead-up to the the Pro Bowl itself which will take place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday, January 29 and televised live at 8 PM ET on ESPN

Here’s a sneak peek of the various events that will be on offer during the days ahead.

Team Practices:
AFC Team Practice Schedule:  
  • Wednesday January 25: 11:45AM – 12:45PM
  • Thursday January 26: 9:45AM – 10:45AM
  • Friday January 27: 11:20AM – 12:20PM
  • Saturday January 28: 9:45AM – 10:45AM

NFC Team Practice Schedule

  • Wednesday January 25: 11:30AM – 12:30PM
  • Thursday January 26: 11:20AM – 12:20PM
  • Friday January 27: 9:45AM – 10:45AM
  • Saturday January 28: 10:00AM – 11:00AM

 

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2017 NFL Pro Bowl Experience – Taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on January 25 – January 26th from 10am – 6pm, and on Friday January 27th  – Saturday, January 28th from 10pm -7pm.  The NFL Pro Bowl Experience will run a series of family friendly activities celebrating the NFL including the following highlights:

  • EA Sports  Madden Tournament – A chance for fans to enjoy both Madden NFL 17 as well as Madden NFL Mobile so get your gaming fingers ready.
  • Pro- Bowl Trophy Photo Op- Guests will be able to get up close and personal with the Pro Bowl trophy and snap a photo or two.
  • Airbrush Tattoos – Support your favorite team with NFL and Pro Bowl themed face painting and airbrush tattoos.
  • 40-Yard Dash – Guests can try to out-run virtual NFL players on a 40 yard long LED wall.
  • Family Football Zone –  This family friend, interactive area provides NFL fans of all ages with an opportunity to play together whether its through a game of catch or a range of other football or tailgating themed activities.
  • Virtual Reality Experience – Use the latest virtual technology to experience the NFL like never before.

There will be additional offerings available on the day including food trucks serving up Game Day favorites like BBQ, donuts and cheesesteaks. There will also retail shops where fans can stock up on the latest NFL and Pro-Bowl merchandise.

Admission to the event is FREE.

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Pro Bowl Parade – On  Friday January 27th, the Magic Kingdom will host a special parade in honor of the current Pro Bowl players.  The four team captains will be joined by Mickey and his friends as well as children and their families from Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) in a colorful afternoon parade starting at 2.30pm.

Guests will be able to watch the parade live streamed on the Disney Parks Blog.

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Pro- Bowl 5K – Don the jersey of your favorite team and head on over to Epcot for a 5K race present by Aquafina in celebration of the 2017 Pro Bowl.  The race will take place on Saturday, January 28th at 7am.  In addition to the fantastic views that runners will get to enjoy en route, there will also be live entertainment at the start and finish lines.  The Pro Bowl 5K Run benefits Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida.

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Mike & Mike – Live Broadcast – If you’re in the Disney Springs area this coming weekend you may catch a glimpse of Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic recording one of their much-loved broadcasts live form Disney Springs.  The recording will take place on Thursday, January 26th from 6 am – 10am and again on Friday, January 27th from 6am – 10am.

Cant make it? Then be sure to tune into ESPN Radio.

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Disney Springs Pro Bowl Dance – Get into the spirit of the game with this Disney Springs Pro Bowl celebration.  The event will take place on January 28th from 4-7pm and will feature dancing, live radio broadcasts, NFL cheerleaders and Team Mascots.  Visitors will get to participate in giveaways and dance the night away to the tunes spun by a Disney DJ.

This is just a sampling of the many events that are going to be available in the lead-in to Game Day.  Others include: Special Olympics Flag Football, Pro Bowl Skills Shakedown as well as the Punt, Pass and Kick National Championship.

For more information on these and other offerings please check out www.ProBowl.com.

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Do you find tips like this helpful? Then why not consider working with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner? As an agent with MickeyTravels, I love sharing tips and tricks with my clients to help them get the most out of their time at the parks. I can also help you find your perfect package, make dining and Fastpass reservations and monitor for discounts so that you can save even after you’ve booked.  Best of all my services are absolutely FREE.  You’d pay the same as if you were to book directly with Disney.  Get in touch at 1-800-801-4025 at mroden@mickeytravels.com or follow along on Facebook to find out more. 

 

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Portobello in Disney Springs to Host Ravioli Cooking Class http://www.chipandco.com/portobello-disney-springs-host-ravioli-cooking-class-257823/ http://www.chipandco.com/portobello-disney-springs-host-ravioli-cooking-class-257823/#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:54:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257823 If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make delicious homemade ravioli from a chef, then Portobello in Disney Springs is offering you the chance this March!   Chef Tony Mantuano, a James Beard Award winner and Top Chef Master, will be hosting a ravioli cooking class at Portobello this March 11th. The class will […]

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make delicious homemade ravioli from a chef, then Portobello in Disney Springs is offering you the chance this March!

 

Chef Tony Mantuano, a James Beard Award winner and Top Chef Master, will be hosting a ravioli cooking class at Portobello this March 11th. The class will cost $55/person and will be from 12:00pm-2:00pm.

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To make your reservations for this very special ticketed event, please call Marian at 407-828-8996, or email mream@levyrestaurants.com

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January 31st is National Hot Chocolate Day and Vivoli il Gelato in Disney Springs is grabbing the steaming cup with both hands and giving a complimentary hot chocolate to guests with any in-store purchase! (limit of one per person).

At Vivoli il Gelato, guests can enjoy the authentic taste of Florence with original gelato recipes dating back to the 1930’s. Overseen by third-generation gelato maker, Silvana Vivoli, this team of expert gelato-makers create Italian masterpieces with fresh ingredients just like they did at her grandfather, Raffaello’s, shop in Italy.

Indulge in a variety of unique flavors of signature gelato, milkshakes, affogato, sorbet and more, all within the newly reimagined Disney Springs.

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Epcot International Festival of the Arts Presents Fun & Artistic Foods At World Showcase Food Kiosks http://www.chipandco.com/epcot-international-festival-arts-presents-fun-artistic-foods-world-showcase-food-kiosks-257522/ http://www.chipandco.com/epcot-international-festival-arts-presents-fun-artistic-foods-world-showcase-food-kiosks-257522/#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257522 The 2017 inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Arts opened this weekend.  Food kiosks have become popular and are a staple of any Epcot Festival.  Now in its first year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts presents fun and artistic foods at food kiosks around World Showcase. As you enter Epcot, be sure to pick […]

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The 2017 inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Arts opened this weekend.  Food kiosks have become popular and are a staple of any Epcot Festival.  Now in its first year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts presents fun and artistic foods at food kiosks around World Showcase.

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As you enter Epcot, be sure to pick up your Guidemap, Times Guide, and Festival Passport.  Your guidemap will help you navigate the World Showcase to find the food kiosks as all restaurants and food kiosks are noted in the Legend of the map with a fork and knife enclosed in a purple circle.  The Times Guide will help you find complimentary seminars such as Watermelon Carving and Tea Discovery.  Your Festival Passbook will assist you with checking off foods you have tried, and others you hope to try on your next visit.

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As you enter the World Showcase from Future World, and turn right to head towards Canada, you will see the Decadent Delights food kiosk.  The menu features such items as the popular Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie and the Deconstructed Purple Sweet Potato Pie.  The kiosk did not have any of the Purple Sweet Potato Pies when they opened at 11:00am so I have placed that on my list of food items to try next weekend.

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The Masterpiece Kitchen, at the Canada Pavilion, boasted a line at 11:30am for their food menu items.  The Smoked Salmon Tartare looked delicious and the Mickey & Pluto White Chocolate Art Painting was adorable.  The most popular menu choices were the Charcuterie Palette and the White Chocolate Puzzle.  I have added the Charcuterie Palette to my list of must-try-foods for my next visit to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

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The Japan Pavilion food kiosk is featuring Futomaki Sushi.  This particular food choice is appetizing just by the colors alone.  The pink soy wrap encasing the Sushi adds to the presentation of this delectable dish.

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The American Pavilion hosts The Artist’s Table food kiosk.  The Roasted Pork Roulade was tender and seasoned to perfection.  The Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate Flight was simply magnificent.  The melted chocolate was very warm and smooth.  If you enjoy chocolate this is a must-try item for your list.  The Pan Seared Scallop was the most popular menu item and the team at The Artist’s Table were hard-pressed to keep up with the demand for this flavorful dish.

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The Cuisine Classique food kiosk is located near the Germany Pavilion.  The Braised Beef Short Rib was the most requested food item at this kiosk.  The beef was tender and full of flavor.  This particular dish was accented with Broccolini and Baby Tomatoes.

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The Painter’s Palette, located inside the Odyssey Festival Showplace building, features some popular choices.  More than half of the people in line were waiting for the Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts.  They look like bagels to me and I was told by guests that they are more airy.  Each Doughnut is filled with a savory combination of ingredients.  I have added this to my must-try list on my next visit to the Festival of the Arts.  The Margherita Flatbread is what you would expect for a Flatbread option.  The basil pesto really makes this dish.

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The E=AT2 offers some familiar foods with an artistic twist.  The Classic Reuben, Cobb Salad, and BLT are sure to be a hit .  The POP Eats food kiosk is clearly a take on Pop Art, and Pop Tarts, with their artistically created Pop’t Art sugar cookie option.  We have also added this particular item to our must-try list on our next visit.

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If you enjoy coffee drinks, then the Joffrey’s kiosks are what you will be looking for.  Joffrey’s offers Passport Specialty Beverages at each of their locations.  Can you say Dreamy Bourbon?

Epcot’s food kiosks have certainly become quite popular.  We see them for basically every special event offered at this park.  While there are not as many food kiosks as what we are used to with the annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival, they have enough on offer to grab the interest of your flavor palate.  The Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie is featured at many of the food kiosks and is a popular item amongst the guests.

Food presentation and preparation are truly an Art form. The Chef’s have put together some beautiful dishes for us to purchase at the food kiosks of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.  Even the name of each food kiosk is somehow reminiscent of  Artists.  We look forward to sampling additional food items over the course of the next five weeks, as the Epcot International Festival of the Arts presents fun and artistic foods at its World Showcase food kiosks.

What foods are you excited about sampling at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts food kiosks?  Please leave your comments in the box below.

 

 

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#RockTheDots at Disney Springs on Sunday, January 22 for Special Offers and Discounts http://www.chipandco.com/rockthedots-disney-springs-sunday-january-22-special-offers-discounts-257796/ http://www.chipandco.com/rockthedots-disney-springs-sunday-january-22-special-offers-discounts-257796/#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257796 National Polka Dot Day is Sunday, January 22 and you’re invited to #RockTheDots at Disney Springs located at Walt Disney World Resort. Wear your favorite polka-dotted ensemble in order to enjoy special discounts and offers while supplies last. Entertainment and fun photo opportunities will be available at Town Center from 1-5pm. Special Offers Include: Disney’s […]

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National Polka Dot Day

National Polka Dot Day is Sunday, January 22 and you’re invited to #RockTheDots at Disney Springs located at Walt Disney World Resort. Wear your favorite polka-dotted ensemble in order to enjoy special discounts and offers while supplies last.

Entertainment and fun photo opportunities will be available at Town Center from 1-5pm. Special Offers Include:

  • Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories – Receive a complimentary stitching with a purchase of a Minnie Mouse Dot ear hat from 12-5pm
  • kate spade new york – Receive a special treat with a purchase of a polka dot item
  • LittleMissMatched – Receive a free pack of zany socks with a $10 purchase; select polka dot items 40% off
  • Origins – Receive 6 mask pods & holder with a purchase of $45 or more
  • Pandora Jewelry – Complimentary make-up pouch with a polka dot item purchase of $125 or more
  • Sephora – Receive a complimentary “mini” makeover; check out inspired Minnie Mouse Looks with a “pop art” flare
  • Sprinkles – Limited time polka dot cupcakes
  • UGG – Minnie Mouse inspired merchandise and a special in-store offer
  • Vera Bradley – Free small gift with purchase and a special in-store offer

Discounts Include:

  • DisneyQuest – Save 50% off admission
  • 20% off purchases at American Threads, Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC, JOHNNY WAS and Sperry
  • 15% off purchases at Dino-Store at T-REX (excluding non-sale items & Build-A-Dino), Kipling, Ship’s Store at The BOATHOUSE, Sugarboo & Co. and Volcom
  • 10% off purchases at Basin, Edward Beiner, L’Occitane en Provence, Paradiso 37, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, Set the Bar Kiosk, Sublime kiosk, Something Silver, United World Soccer and Wolfgange Puck Grand Cafe

Special commemorative buttons can be found at the following locations:

  • The Welcome Center
  • Marketplace Co-Op
  • Tren-D
  • World of Disney
  • Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories
  • DisneyQuest
  • Select participating retailers

Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort is also joining in on the polka dot fun. A DJ dance party will take place from 1-5pm at the Downtown Disney Live! Stage along with photo opportunities. Commemorative buttons are available at World of Disney, Marceline’s Confectionary and Vault 28, while supplies last.

Don’t forget to wear polka dots on Sunday, January 22 to celebrate National Polka Dot Day!

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We had mentioned recently that rumor had it that Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs was taking reservations for January 22nd and on. Even though there was no official announcement of an opening date from Disney, we hoped this meant it was a for sure thing that the newly renovated restaurant was opening next week.

 

However ,we hear today that our friend Kenny The Pirate had his January 23rd reservation cancelled by the restaurant and received a phone call stating that the new opening Date is January 27th.

 

We also had a Chip & Co. writer scheduled to attend an event today with a meet and greet with Guy Fieri at the restaurant, and that was cancelled as well. We were told they would get back to us with any rescheduling information.

 

Did you have a reservation that got cancelled as well?

 

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“Brunch With a Twist” Served at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on February 11 http://www.chipandco.com/brunch-twist-served-disneys-grand-floridian-resort-spa-february-11-257737/ http://www.chipandco.com/brunch-twist-served-disneys-grand-floridian-resort-spa-february-11-257737/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:00:24 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257737 “Brunch With a Twist” will be held at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 12pm. The five-star, five-course brunch is hosted by the signature dining restaurant Citricos and features award-winning chefs at the Resort. The event debuted in 2016 as part of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Some […]

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Brunch with a Twist

“Brunch With a Twist” will be held at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 12pm. The five-star, five-course brunch is hosted by the signature dining restaurant Citricos and features award-winning chefs at the Resort. The event debuted in 2016 as part of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Some of Disney’s top chefs representing Victoria & Alberts, Citricos, Narcoossee’s, Grand Floridian Cafe and the Grand Floridian Bakery will be present. They’ll share cooking techniques and answer questions as the courses are being prepared on-stage at Citricos.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste the creations of Executive Chef Scott Hunnel, Chef Dominique Filoni, Chef Noah Estabrook, Chef Nick Mussara, Chef Lawrence Searl and Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek. Each dish is thoughtfully paired with Champagne for the ultimate dining experience.

The brunch menu includes:

Chef Nick presents…
Passed Hors d‘oeuvres

Farm Egg Omelet with King Crab and Caviar
Bloody Mary Shooter with Jumbo Shrimp
Smoked Bacon Fritter
Prosecco Cocktail

Chef Dominique presents…
Tuna Carpaccio “Niçoise”, Tuna Confit, Niçoise Olives
Bolla Rosé | Veneto | NV

Chef Scott presents…
Farm Fresh Egg Ravioli with Lobster and Corn Butter
Iron Horse Fairy Tale Celebration Cuvée | Brut | Green Valley of Russian River Valley | 2013

Chef Lawrence presents…
Duo of Duck
Crispy-skin Breast and Confit Leg Raviolo,
Butternut Squash, Cauliflower, Pomegranate
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label | Brut | Reims | NV

Chef Noah presents…
Veal Tenderloin, and Cheek, Porcini Mushrooms,
Caramelized Onion Potato Croquette, Violet Mustard
Raventós i Blanc De Nit Rosé | Barcelona | 2011

Chef Erich presents…
Orange Scented Chocolate Sphere
Vietti Moscato d’Asti | NV

The cost of “Brunch With a Twist” is $169 plus tax (gratuity and valet included). Reservations and pre-payment can be made by calling 407-939-3463. Another brunch with a fabulous new menu will be held on May 6, 2017 at 12pm. Mark your calendar!

Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to start planning your next magical Disney adventure. All of my planning services are 100% FREE and can help save you both time and money. 

Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog 

 

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Chef Morimoto’s signature Peking Duck from Morimoto Asia celebrates National Peking Duck Day http://www.chipandco.com/chef-morimotos-signature-peking-duck-morimoto-asia-celebrates-national-peking-duck-day-257723/ http://www.chipandco.com/chef-morimotos-signature-peking-duck-morimoto-asia-celebrates-national-peking-duck-day-257723/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:04:49 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257723 Yup, that’s right. National Pecking Duck Day is upon us! Central Florida has some great restaurants for pecking duck. One of my favorites is found at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs. Chef Morimoto’s signature duck is not served in three courses like some restaurants, but has all of the fabulous elements. The duck is fire […]

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Yup, that’s right. National Pecking Duck Day is upon us! Central Florida has some great restaurants for pecking duck.

One of my favorites is found at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs. Chef Morimoto’s signature duck is not served in three courses like some restaurants, but has all of the fabulous elements.

The duck is fire roasted, then is deep fried for crispy skin! The wonderfully fattiness of the deck meat and crispy skin is the perfect combination. Served with steamed flour pancakes, picked onions, hoisin miso sauce and apricot sweet chili sauces.

You get to form these fun little wraps! SOOO GOOD!

Click Here for the yummy recipe!

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Permits Filed for Caribbean Beach Expansion http://www.chipandco.com/permits-filed-caribbean-beach-expansion-257708/ http://www.chipandco.com/permits-filed-caribbean-beach-expansion-257708/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:58:21 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257708 It has been a rumor now for quite some time that Disney is going to start building  Disney Vacation Club properties at a Moderate Resort, and many speculated Caribbean Beach would be the most likely location for this project. We speculated back in September that some changes would be coming when height test balloons were […]

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It has been a rumor now for quite some time that Disney is going to start building  Disney Vacation Club properties at a Moderate Resort, and many speculated Caribbean Beach would be the most likely location for this project. We speculated back in September that some changes would be coming when height test balloons were spotted at the resort. Height test balloons are used to simulate where peaks and tops of planned buildings would be, so that imagineers could visualize whether or not a project would need to be altered or would interfere with the overall aesthetic of the view for the location.

 

We hear now from WDW Magic that permits have been filed for an expansion at Caribbean Beach resort. The permit appears to be for 7 new buildings, with one large multi-level building. The area where the expansion is proposed is where the Barbados Village is located right now; and assumption is that the current village will be demolished for this new project, whatever it may be. Work is set to begin in 2017 with planned timeframe of sometime in 2019 for completion.

 

There is no official word from Disney as of yet, and we can only speculate that this may be part of the new DVC expansion, but we could be wrong, too. Don’t get your hopes up just yet for a moderate DVC location. If we learn more we will be sure to share it with you!

 

What do you think is going to be constructed at Caribbean Beach with the new permits?

 

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Maple Popcorn Now on the Menu at Magic Kingdom http://www.chipandco.com/maple-popcorn-now-menu-magic-kingdom-257704/ http://www.chipandco.com/maple-popcorn-now-menu-magic-kingdom-257704/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:45:29 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257704 A huge shout out to Tim Corless over at WDW News Today for making us salivate over the announcement that Magic Kingdom (taking their lead from Tokyo Disneyland) is now serving Maple Popcorn! This new addition to Disney World’s popcorn line-up is the perfect marriage between sweet and savory and can be found at  Magic […]

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Magic Kingdom Popcorn

A huge shout out to Tim Corless over at WDW News Today for making us salivate over the announcement that Magic Kingdom (taking their lead from Tokyo Disneyland) is now serving Maple Popcorn!

This new addition to Disney World’s popcorn line-up is the perfect marriage between sweet and savory and can be found at  Magic Kingdom’s Westward Ho over in Frontierland.  Visitors can enjoy a single serving for $5.25 or get a refillable popcorn bucket for $11.00 with subsequent refills only costing a dollar.  For those on one of Disney’s Dining Plans, the single serving version is available using your Snack Credits.

No news yet as to whether Disney plans to unveil this tasty snack at other locations across Walt Disney World.  Watch this space and we’ll keep you posted.

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Portobello’s in Disney Springs offering Happy Hour Special http://www.chipandco.com/portobellos-disney-springs-offering-happy-hour-special-257697/ http://www.chipandco.com/portobellos-disney-springs-offering-happy-hour-special-257697/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:53:35 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257697 An all new Happy Hour Special is taking place at Portobello’s in Disney Springs! The new Contenta Ora or Happy Hour will be taking place on Monday through Friday from 3:00-5:00 p.m and Monday – Thursday from 9:30-11:00 p.m. and will feature wine & pizza. According to the flyer if you hold on to your receipt and bring […]

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An all new Happy Hour Special is taking place at Portobello’s in Disney Springs!

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The new Contenta Ora or Happy Hour will be taking place on Monday through Friday from 3:00-5:00 p.m and Monday – Thursday from 9:30-11:00 p.m. and will feature wine & pizza.

According to the flyer if you hold on to your receipt and bring it back in before March 31, 2017 you will receive a 20% discount off of your next meal.

You don’t need to make a reservation for the Contenta Ora but if you would like to book a group or private dining, please contact the group sales director for Portobello at (407) 828-8996 or send an email to mream@levyrestaurants.com.

For more information, visit www.levyrestaurants.com.

 

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DVC Membership Extras Available at Epcot International Festival of the Arts http://www.chipandco.com/dvc-membership-extras-available-epcot-international-festival-arts-257689/ http://www.chipandco.com/dvc-membership-extras-available-epcot-international-festival-arts-257689/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:36:50 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257689 If you’re a DVC Member and plan on attending the Epcot International Festival of the Arts then don’t forget to take advantage of your “Membership Extras”. Disney Vacation Club Members can enjoy a 15 percent discount off the cost of each workshop that is normally priced at $39 plus tax. Contact Member Services at 1-800-800-9800 […]

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If you’re a DVC Member and plan on attending the Epcot International Festival of the Arts then don’t forget to take advantage of your “Membership Extras”. Disney Vacation Club Members can enjoy a 15 percent discount off the cost of each workshop that is normally priced at $39 plus tax. Contact Member Services at 1-800-800-9800 to make discounted reservations.

Show your membership card and a valid ID for a 20% discount on commemorative festival merchandise at select Disney owned-and-operated Walt Disney World shops. This discount was previously only 10% but has doubled for 2017 as part of the Membership Magic Ever After DVC 25th anniversary celebration.

Members can also enjoy a 10% discount on the following restaurants located at Epcot: Akershus, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Rose & Crown Dining Room and The Garden Grill. Dining discounts are off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages, excluding tax and gratuity. Valid for the Member and up to 4 guests.

Relax and unwind at the Member Lounge located in the Imagination! Pavilion at Epcot. Complimentary soft drinks, snacks and charging stations are available between the hours of 10am to 6pm.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts takes place Fridays through Mondays until February 20, 2017. New Disney Vacation Club purchasers after April 4, 2016 must purchase directly from Disney to have have access to Membership Extras.

Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to start planning your next magical Disney adventure. All of my planning services are 100% FREE and can help save you both time and money! 

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Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Reopens with a New Artisanal Menu http://www.chipandco.com/gasparilla-island-grill-disneys-grand-floridian-resort-spa-reopens-new-artisanal-menu-257658/ http://www.chipandco.com/gasparilla-island-grill-disneys-grand-floridian-resort-spa-reopens-new-artisanal-menu-257658/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:30:25 +0000 http://www.chipandco.com/?p=257658 Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa recently reopened with a new menu. The casual dining restaurant features a sandwich and salad bar, a pizza and hot sandwich station along with a coffee and dessert station. The menu includes elevated flavors, artisanal ingredients and great attention to detail. Sandwich Bar Each sandwich […]

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Gasparilla Island Grill

Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa recently reopened with a new menu. The casual dining restaurant features a sandwich and salad bar, a pizza and hot sandwich station along with a coffee and dessert station. The menu includes elevated flavors, artisanal ingredients and great attention to detail.

Sandwich Bar

Each sandwich is assembled per order at the Sandwich Bar and includes fresh, perfectly crusty bread baked in house daily. Guests can enjoy fresh, high-quality ingredients including Tillamook Cheddar on the smoked ham sandwich, Florida orange vinaigrette on the roasted turkey, thick slices of Mozzarella on the grilled vegetable sandwich and roast beef with horseradish. Each sandwich is served with house-made chips.

Salad Bar 

Create your own salad at the salad bar and top it off with flank steak or marinated chicken. At breakfast, the salad bar becomes a yogurt bar that allows guests to build parfaits with toppings such as fresh fruits, granola and bananas in a decadent caramel sauce.

Pizza and Hot Sandwiches

Pizzas are served on dough made in-house daily. Choose from sausage and Mozzarella, fire-roasted tomatoes with basil pesto and a three-cheese blend, or the chicken and mushroom. For hot sandwiches indulge in the artisanal burger, featuring 7 ounces of a signature beef blend, bacon and Cheddar cheese on a freshly-baked Brioche bun. Other options include a Mahi Mahi “Ruben,” featuring house-made cabbage slaw on marble Rye bread, or the chicken and Brie, a delicious twist on Cordon Bleu – with ham, spinach, raspberry mustard on a Brioche bun.

Coffee and Dessert

Don’t forget to enjoy specialty coffees and delicious baked goods and pastries at the coffee and dessert station.  Sweet treats include Coconut Pot de Crème, Almond Fruit Tart, Chocolate Mousse Pie, Mickey Brownie, Minnie Mouse Cupcake and assorted cookies.

Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is open 24 hours. The restaurant serves hot breakfast daily until 11:00am and made to order grill items until 11:30pm.  Sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, soups, salads grab ‘n’ go items, desserts, beer and wine are available.

Contact lbourget@mickeytravels.com or visit my Facebook page here to start planning your next magical Disney adventure. All of my planning services are 100% FREE and can help save you both time and money! 

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