Vacation Planning Specialist – Nicole!

Independent Travel Agent with The Vacation Wizards!

An All NEW Star Wars Hyper-Reality Experience is Coming to Downtown Disney and Disney Springs!

The VOID’s new, groundbreaking hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is coming to Downtown Disney at the Disneyland® Resort and Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Beginning this holiday season, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will transport you to a galaxy far, far away where you’ll be able to engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters through sight, sound, touch, smell, and motion. It’ll even allow environmental effects to be felt using Haptic feedback – melding the physical and digital worlds together. So, you don’t just see the Star Wars universe, you’re part of it at Disney Parks.

Plans for this first-of-its-kind experience were just unveiled by THE VOID, an entertainment company that combines the magic of illusions and advanced technology to create immersive social experiences that take visitors to new worlds. Lucasfilm and ILMxLab are collaborating to help develop this one-of-a-kind experience at Downtown Disney and Disney Springs.

We’ll have many more details to share in the future. Stay tuned for more details as work begins on Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.

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TERRALINA CRAFTED ITALIAN OPENS THIS FALL AT DISNEY SPRINGS

The much-anticipated Terralina Crafted Italian is anticipated to open this fall at Disney Springs® in the space of the former Portobello Country Italian Trattoria at Walt Disney World® Resort. Good news, James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano returns from Portobello to curate the new menu, and Chef Justin Plank will be back to run the kitchen.

A multi-million- dollar makeover is transforming the space in The Landing on the shores of Lake Buena Vista. Inspired by the design and lifestyle of Italy’s Lake District, the new restaurant will be reminiscent of an Italian home, with an open kitchen, dining rooms with eclectic décor and a new veranda bar outside the main entrance.

Chef Mantuano’s authentic Italian cuisine (much of it infused with his signature olive oil imported directly from Italy) will include artisanal pizzas and fresh vegetable dishes fired up in a wood-burning oven. Two new signatures – mussels and a grilled pork chop – will be on the menu, along with favorites from Portobello such as the antipasti platter and signature pastas.

Terralina Crafted Italian will be open for lunch and dinner – stay tuned for an opening date!

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COOL Summertime Surprises at Disney Springs!

With Florida temperatures heating up, there are lots of great ways to stay cool at Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort. Check out what your Clients can enjoy this summer at Disney Springs!

  • The “Beat the Heat DJ Dance Party” is a summer-inspired dance party at Disney Springs Marketplace featuring family-friendly music and the iconic Marketplace Fun Fountains. The party takes place daily 1-5 p.m. in between Earl of Sandwich and Once Upon a Toy. And then, once the sun begins to set, the fountains are turned off for the ultimate nighttime dance party – 6-10 p.m.
  • Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, California and offering the Haight Ash’berry’ sundae (hot fudge sundae with seasonal berries, topped with whipped cream and a dark chocolate blueberry square) for a limited time only. If your Clients purchase this sundae, they’ll receive a flower crown and heart shaped sunglasses.
  • Amorette’s Patisserie is now offering Sparkling Hibiscus Lemonade for summertime guests. This refreshing drink can also receive a splash of liquor for those looking to enjoy a spirited beverage.
  • More shade, big umbrellas and new frozen margaritas at Dockside Margaritas , a favorite waterfront respite for cold drinks and live music. And while classic margaritas and other cocktails are on the menu, seasonal frozen margaritas (watermelon, apple, agave nectar and tangerine mix-ins are among rotating flavors) are fun for summertime. Live music usually starts around noon and goes until 10:15 p.m. Plus, every Thursday through Sept. 28, 2017, four drinks will be featured, all at a special “throwback” price. You can look for your favorite blast from the past cocktail, such as the Kungaloosh from Adventurer’s Club and the Bell Bottom from 8Trax. The non-alcoholic Emil’s Strawberry Colada from Adventurer’s Club will also be offered every Thursday for kids (of all ages) to enjoy.
  • Coca-Cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar is offering a wide variety of Coca-Cola flavors this summer, in addition to an array of cocktails, mocktails, smoothies and ice cream floats. Here, you can sip on the ‘Coca-Cola Tastes of the World’ and enjoy a selection of Coca-Cola beverages from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • Paddlefish, located on the iconic Lake Buena Vista paddleboat, is open and has a rooftop bar and lounge that allows you to unwind and enjoy the spectacular views of the summertime sunset and evening activities at Disney Springs. They can also enjoy live entertainment on the rooftop deck every Friday and Saturday night, 9 p.m. to midnight.
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes on the West Side added more air-conditioned space on the second floor with an enclosed balcony that expands the dining room. Tables and high tops are along the windows, with fabulous views of Disney Springs through floor-to-ceiling windows. A new bar anchors the space.
  • The BOATHOUSE at The Landing has three new summer dishes: herb-marinated grilled shrimp with smoked jalapeño grits, cornbread and housemade jalapeño jelly; house-smoked beef brisket au jus sandwich with spicy giardineria; and coconut bread pudding souffle with roasted pineapple and rum caramel sauce.
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. kiosk in Marketplace has a new Latin Dog, topped with chipotle mayo, corn salsa and queso fundido, one of five delectable choices – vegetarians can try the meatless Italian-style with peppers, onion and marinara.
  • The popular “Jasper Board” starter gets bigger at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ with smoked fish dip, pimento cheese, shaved country and tasso hams and buttermilk crackers. With a cocktail, it’s a meal. There is also the new “Ham, Ham & Jam” with three Cheddar drop biscuits with ham, blackberry fig jam and pimento cheese. A new hangar steak with good ol’ Southern succotash (made with grilled corn, tomato and lima beans) and a new Chef Art Burger with Art’s special secret sauce round out the savories. As a lighter option, there’s a new watermelon salad with heirloom tomatoes, crispy ham, feta cheese and candied pecans.

There are also some great shopping opportunities throughtout Disney Springs:

  • Now through July 31, 2017 shoppers can enjoy 50% off select styles at Unode50.
  • British label Superdry is also offering up to 50% off select styles, including their men’s denim and women’s summer dresses now through July 31, 2017.
  • And if you are looking to bring some items back home to help cool-down this summer, they can check out D-Living located in Town Center. This seasonally themed boutique features all the Disney merchandise necessary to enjoy the summer.

Some of these offerings are for a limited time, so be sure to head to Disney Springs to enjoy this cool celebration of summer.

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Refurbishments #4 WDW Theme Parks

AS OF TODAY AUGUST 1, 2016 THESE ARE THE CURRENT UP TO DATE SCHEDULED REFURBISHMENTS AT THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT’S THEME PARKS. CHECK BACK FOR MORE POSTS AS MORE NEWS BECOMES AVAILABLE!

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Monorail: Now – Summer 2016: The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

Swiss Family Treehouse: July 6 – September 24, 2016

Liberty Square Riverboat: August 1 – 7, 2016

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: August 8 – November 18, 2016

“It’s a Small World”: August 22 – September 15, 2016

EPCOT

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Pizza Planet: January 19 – Late 2016

Muppet Vision 3D: August 15 – 22, 2016

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

DINOSAUR: July 25 – October 16, 2016

Dino Institute Shop: July 25 – October 16, 2016

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

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Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Annual Referbishment October 23 – December 24, 2016

Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood: January 5 – Fall 2016

Fulton’s Crab House – reopening as Paddlefish: April 4 – Fall 2016

Cookes of Dublin: August 1 – 8, 2016

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MORIMOTO ASIA NOW OPEN AT DISNEY SPRINGS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Along with the name change from Downtown Disney to Disney Springslast week, we also celebrated the opening of Morimoto Asia – the newest venture for Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

From pristine sushi to noodle bowls, the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian restaurant provides flavors from across Asia with unique exhibition kitchens showcasing the continent’s traditions. 

Located in The Landing section of Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia’s dining room features open terraces, a private, glass-walled dining space, a cocktail lounge and a sushi bar sculpted from hand-selected ash wood and hammered copper.

Morimoto Asia is now open daily for dinner and weekend brunch. Reservations are now available by calling 407-560-6686. Reservations will be available through 407-WDW-DINE beginning Nov. 1, 2015.

Disney Springs is now live online at DisneySprings.com. This new website provides robust information highlighting merchandise, dining, entertainment locations and offerings. 


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A Disney Christmas: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar & Star Wars Launch Bay!

So yesterday I posted about how the Osborne Lights will be on display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the last time this year! Well today I found out some more amazing things that will be new when I go to Disney during December!!

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will be opening September 22, 2015 at Disney Springs! (Downtown Disney) I am a HUGE Indiana Jones fan and was so excited when this bar was announced and now I get the chance to experience it! But I do have to ask the question Disney Imagineers! If you were wanting to create a bar with an Indiana Jones theme, why didn’t you make one that resembled Marion’s bar that she owned in Raiders of the Lost Arc? I mean don’t get me wrong the Hangar looks amazing and the theming is looking to be great too, but Marion plays a bigger role than Jock? Right??

Also, it has been announced that the new Star Wars Launch Bay will be opening in December 2015! No official date has been announced, BUT it would be awesome if it opened sometime during the days of December 11-14th? Just a suggestion! I’m not a huge Star Wars fan like many people are, but I am very excited about the new Star Wars Land that is coming!

So many exciting things! So little time!!!

87 Days until A Disney Christmas!!!

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MORIMOTO ASIA OPENS SEPT. 30 AT DISNEY SPRINGS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Morimoto Asia, a creative collaboration between world-famous Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group, is set to open Sept. 30, 2015 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

Morimoto Asia is the first “pan-Asian” dining experience for Chef Morimoto, and includes his eclectic take on his favorite Asian flavors including moo shu pork, Peking duck, lobster chow fun, sweet and sour crispy whole fish, and spicy kung pao chicken. Weekends, dim sum will be served during brunch, with dumplings, shumai, bao, spare ribs and more. Kids can enjoy chicken ramen, kakuni pork bao, and karaage fried chicken.

The sushi bar has just 14 coveted seats and has global inspiration from toro, kanpachi, Japanese red snapper, uni, sea eel, hamachi, fluke, salmon and more. A selection of specialty rolls and sushi platters will be available for Guests in the lounge or dining rooms.

The restaurant will serve sake, including the Morimoto signature line, wines from around the globe, signature cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. Beers, bottled and draft, will be mostly Asian, including the Morimoto signature beer by Rogue Ales.

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The expansive restaurant includes beautiful lounges, dining spaces, open kitchen and a two-story outdoor terrace overlooking the water. The main entrance features a three-story glass corner, and the sculptural bar is one of the largest in the world, more than 270 feet long, connecting the grand dining room on the ground floor with the upper level Forbidden Lounge as it wraps around the staircase. You can look for custom glass beaded chandeliers and glass mosaics based on ancient Japanese prints.

Morimoto Asia will begin accepting reservations as early as Sept. 16, 2015 and through 407-WDW-DINE beginning Nov. 1, 2015. Hours are daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2 a.m. serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

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DOWNTOWN DISNEY EXCITEMENT AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort is currently undergoing the largest expansion in its history as it transforms into Disney Springs! Doubling the number of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences to more than 150, this area is bustling with excitement. Get a glimpse at the current look of Downtown Disney in this video!

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Downtown Disney Area (Future Disney Springs) Dining Plan Locations

Quick Service Locations & Table Service Locations

– Marketplace –

Earl of Sandwich – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner –

Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney Marketplace – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner –

Rainforest Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

– The Landing –

Cookes of Dublin – Lunch & Dinner –

T-Rex – Lunch & Dinner –

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – Lunch & Dinner –

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant – Lunch & Dinner –

Paradiso 37, Taste of Americas – Lunch & Dinner –

– West Side –

STARBUCKS at Downtown Disney West Side – Breakfast –

Food Trucks at Exposition Park – Lunch & Dinner –

Bongos Cuban Cafe’ Express – Lunch & Dinner –

The Express at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

The Smokehouse – Lunch & Dinner –

Food Quest – Lunch & Dinner –

Planet Hollywood – Lunch & Dinner –

Bongos Cuban Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

Splitsville Luxury Lanes – Lunch & Dinner –

Crossroads at the House of Blues – Lunch & Dinner –

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