All-New Disney’s Riviera Resort Now Accepting Guest Reservations

New Walt Disney World and 15th Disney Vacation Club Resort Inspired by European Riviera and Walt Disney’s Travels
Celebration, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2019) ­— Disney’s Riviera Resort is now accepting guest reservations for stays beginning in December 2019. This all-new resort coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and slated to be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property, will immerse guests in the grandeur and enchantment of the European Riviera.
“Disney’s Riviera Resort is inspired by Walt and Lillian Disney’s travels throughout Europe and the Mediterranean coastline —from France to Italy,” said Terri Schultz, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club. “Walt fell in love with European art, architecture, food and stories, and his extended tours of the region continue to influence Disney storytelling and theming. We look forward to welcoming our members and guests later this year to this new resort inspired by Europe and imagined by Disney.”
Disney’s Riviera Resort brings the elegance of a modern European retreat blended with a touch of old-world glamour and Disney charm to the Disney Vacation Club portfolio and Walt Disney World Resort. With an elegant early-20th-century design, Disney’s Riviera Resort will welcome guests with a palm tree-lined boulevard and a striking façade featuring grand archways, porticos, cascading water features, towers and terraces. In the grand oval lobby that will provide stunning views of the resort lawn and lakefront, guests will encounter a mix of modern and classic furnishings. Throughout the resort and inside the accommodations, a unique art collection will celebrate beloved Disney characters and icons with one-of-a-kind pieces influenced by the works of master artists who also found inspiration along the European Riviera. This eclectic mix of art will blend Disney artistry and European storytelling with a nod to the Riviera region’s renowned art heritage.
The deluxe Disney Vacation Club resort is slated to offer approximately 300 family-friendly vacation homes, including deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, and grand villas that sleep up to 12 guests each. Disney Vacation Club continues to offer the widest range of accommodations found at Walt Disney World, and adding to these unique accommodations will be an all-new room category — tower studios, which sleep two guests each. Each charming, bright tower studio will include a private balcony with scenic views and seating for two, offering a more intimate setting. The deluxe studios, which sleep five, will also feature kitchenettes. One-bedroom, two-bedroom and grand villas will feature large, fully equipped kitchens with dining space open to a living area. Villas will also feature an en-suite luxury bathroom, including a freestanding soaking tub and walk-in shower, as well as a private porch or balcony and a laundry area with a washer and dryer.
Topolino is the Italian name for Mickey Mouse, and the new, signature table-service restaurant perched on the rooftop of Disney’s Riviera Resort will be aptly called Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera. The restaurant, featuring authentic dishes infused with French and Italian flavors, is set to become one of the most stunning dining experiences at Walt Disney World, offering picturesque vistas of the nighttime spectaculars of nearby Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Inside, guests can watch with wonder as their meal is prepared just for them at the exclusive expo kitchen or wood burning grill. Guests looking to pair their meal with a glass of wine can choose from an impressive collection of wines sourced from the Mediterranean coast. Throughout the restaurant, a stunning visual aesthetic is created through modern interpretations of textures, colors, carved details, and stonework found in ancient villages along the Riviera. Plus, families looking to start their morning off with a breakfast experience can visit Topolino’s Terrace for exclusive Disney character dining inspired by the Riviera.
Other dining options at the resort include Le Petit Café, an inviting lobby locale with fresh-brewed coffee aromas by day and a bustling wine bar by night. The new quick-service location, Primo Piatto, reminiscent of chic dining venues found along Riviera promenades, will be conveniently located near the feature pool, and Bar Riva, an open-air pool bar with a seaside vibe featuring crisp white tiles and cool blue accents, will offer guests a place to relax as they enjoy a cold beverage and poolside views.
Guests at Disney’s Riviera Resort will also have a new way to travel to Epcot or on to Disney’s Hollywood Studios via Disney Skyliner, a state-of-the-art gondola system that will begin operating this fall. In addition to a dedicated Disney Skyliner station at Disney’s Riviera Resort, the system will conveniently connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
Offering the flexibility, value and world-class service families expect, Disney’s Riviera Resort will be the first all-new, stand-alone Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World since 2004. The grand opening date of the resort will be announced at a later date, as will the start of Disney Vacation Club sales and the date when Disney Vacation Club members can begin booking the resort with vacation points using an exclusive, protected member inventory. Current Disney Vacation Club members will also have an exclusive window to purchase Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Staying at a Disney resort hotel like Disney’s Riviera Resort, or any other Walt Disney World vacation ownership accommodation, puts guests inside the magic for the entirety of their vacation. Guests staying at any of the Disney resort hotels experience special features including legendary guest service and unique theming, along with other benefits such as access to FastPass+ selections up to 60 days prior to arrival and the Extra Magic Hours at the theme parks (both FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours require valid theme park admission). In addition, Disney resort hotel guests receive complimentary transportation around Walt Disney World, complimentary theme park parking, complimentary airport transportation via Disney’s Magical Express service, the convenience of MagicBands, and the ability to purchase Disney Dining Plan packages.
Now, more than ever is the perfect time to experience all of the fun and magic of a Walt Disney World vacation, as Disney’s Riviera Resort is part of the largest expansion period at Walt Disney World in the past two decades. Recent additions include the wildly popular Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the fun-filled Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This month, Walt Disney World unveiled a collection of new shows, parties and Disney character experiences in all four parks, giving guests more ways to enjoy cherished time with family and friends—Now More Than Ever. Later in the year, guests will be able to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where they can live out their own adventures in a galaxy far, far away.
Guests can contact 407-W-Disney (934-7639) to make reservations for the new Disney’s Riviera Resort. To learn more about the new Disney Vacation Club resort, visit DisneysRivieraResort.com, and visit the Disney Parks Blog for the latest updates.
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Source: WDW Feed

All the World’s a Stage at Walt Disney World Resort

Exciting new entertainment starts today
Explore Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration; party with Pixar pals; discover more Broadway-style musical performances than ever before; and Hakuna Matata – it’s dancing time!
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2019) – The big day has arrived! Now, more than ever, is a great time to experience fabulous new entertainment in all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, including these experiences debuting today:
Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom Park

Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration honors those true originals, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with new entertainment, merchandise and specialty food and beverages at Magic Kingdom Park. Mickey and Minnie will greet guests together at Town Square Theater, and guests can dance with their favorite Disney pals during the “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” in front of Cinderella Castle.

Party with Pixar Pals as Disney’s Hollywood Studios Celebrates 30 Years

Beloved Pixar characters help Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2019. Guests can leap into action during An Incredible Celebration featuring Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone in “The Super Shindig” dance party, and have a chance to meet super-suit designer Edna Mode. In addition, a door to the monster world is open inside Walt Disney Presents, inviting guests to visit with Mike and Sulley from Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.”

More Broadway Music Than Ever at Epcot International Festival of the Arts

The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts comes to life Jan. 18-Feb. 25, where guests indulge in world-class culinary, visual and performing arts, including the Disney on Broadway Concert Series that expands this year to every day of the festival.

Feel the Love of “The Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Guests take a walk on the wild side at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party,” featuring Timon and Rafiki from Disney’s “The Lion King.” Guests will also be able to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “The Lion King” by taking photos with special, dimensional backgrounds on Discovery Island and at the park’s entrance.

Even more entertainment is on the way later in 2019, including:

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will keep the Pixar party going when it debuts March 31, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This new show experience will bring guests face to face with racing legend Lightning McQueen from Pixar Animation Studios’ Cars
The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will awaken in a whole new way to honor “The Lion King.” Starting Memorial Day weekend and appearing nightly through Sept. 30, stunning projections on the iconic tree will feature music and animation paying tribute to the classic film.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! returns to Epcot this summer. Star-Lord and Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy films will take guests on a musical journey through the cosmos, showcasing hits from Star-Lord’s Awesome Mix tapes. Live shows will take place daily from June 14 through Aug. 18.

At Walt Disney World, There’s Entertainment for All
Curtain up! All of these new shows, parties, character experiences and more demonstrate how, across the vast, 40-square-mile stage that is Walt Disney World Resort, live entertainment plays a starring role each and every day. Since the first parade stepped down Main Street, U.S.A. in 1971, shows have filled stages and streets, resorts and festivals, lakes, lagoons and skies with Disney magic for nearly 50 years.
With more live entertainment at Walt Disney World than Disney creates anywhere else around the globe, guests enjoy everything from Broadway-style stage shows to nighttime fireworks spectaculars to those little surprise moments that can seem to appear magically around any corner.
Nearly 200,000 shows, parades, spectaculars, special events and other live performances are produced every year at Walt Disney World. That’s literally millions of live performances since the resort opened in 1971. Most of these experiences are included in theme park admission, providing a tremendous entertainment value. Guests can spend days in the parks and resorts and still not see all the live entertainment available to them.
“Live entertainment is the heartbeat of Walt Disney World Resort, and we have an incredibly diverse variety of entertainment offerings that we bring to guests every day in our parks and resorts,” said Bettina Buckley, vice president of Disney Parks Live Entertainment.
Walt Disney World shines the spotlight on live entertainment in all four theme parks, Disney Springs and many of its resort hotels. Here’s a sampling:
Performing Live … from Mickey Mouse to Indiana Jones
CENTER STAGE: Live entertainment at Walt Disney World can be as grand as a full ensemble cast on the castle forecourt stage for Mickey’s Royale Friendship Faire or as intimate as the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet harmonizing on a Magic Kingdom street corner. It can be action-packed thrills at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or it can be sitting around the campfire with Chip and Dale at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
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Grand stage shows such as The Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo – The Musical delight Disney’s Animal Kingdom audiences, while Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage weaves a musical “tale as old as time” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. UP! A Great Bird Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom presents the world’s most exotic birds starring alongside those fun-loving pals from Disney•Pixar’s “Up.”
More unique encounters find wide-eyed kids talking live with Crush, the righteous reptile star of Turtle Talk with Crush at Epcot, or being face to foliage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with DiVine, a walking stick of green wrapped in climbing, winding vines. Double-takes are guaranteed for the 10-foot-tall Pandora Conservation Initiative Utility Suit operated by a conservation scientist roaming Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And it’s custodial craziness as the JaMMitors drum on trash cans to the delight of Epcot guests.
The Garden Rocks Concert Series at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival expands in 2019 to every day of the festival, March 6-June 3. With three shows nightly for all 90 days of the event, Garden Rocks will deliver an amazing 270 concerts this year at the America Gardens Theatre!
The Disney Springs district is a haven for live entertainment, from Irish music groups performing nightly at the lively Raglan Road pub to concerts at House of Blues to live performers at The Edison and much, much more.
Singers and dancers transport guests to the South Pacific at the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, while diners receive heaping helpings of cornpone humor at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
Live comedy is king at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom, hosted by the monsters of Monstropolis.
The sweeping promenade outside Disney’s BoardWalk Resort rekindles the golden age of mid-Atlantic resorts with jugglers, magicians and more. When the sun goes down and the lights turn on across this quarter-mile-long stage, the boardwalk transitions into an energized street festival.
Intimate entertainment moments abound, such as the talented pianists near Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom, in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or at the charming Rose & Crown Pub in the Epcot United Kingdom pavilion. Guests can also thrill to the stirring patriotic music performed a cappella by the Voices of Liberty in The American Adventure at Epcot.

Disney on Parade
CENTER STAGE: With pirates, princesses, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and so many more favorite Disney characters, fairytale dreams come true in Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom. Full of color, characters, acrobats, music and fantastic floats, this is a must-see theatrical spectacle performed daily.
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Star Wars fans at Disney’s Hollywood Studios stand in awe as ruthless Captain Phasma leads her Stormtroopers in the March of the First Order down Hollywood Boulevard.
A nighttime spectacle of lights – the playful Electrical Water Pageant – snakes, parade-like, along waterways of the Magic Kingdom Resort Area.

Nighttime Spectaculars Fill the Skies
CENTER STAGE: The skies above Walt Disney World come alive at night with darting lasers, dancing spotlights and spectacular fireworks in live entertainment spectacles that leave guests breathless. With amazing projections on Cinderella Castle and fireworks exploding in the skies above it, Happily Ever After is a dazzler showcasing current and classic Disney stories. It’s accompanied by “Once Upon a Time,” a nighttime show using projection-mapping technology to dramatically fill every nook and cranny of Cinderella Castle with Disney magic.
Epcot guests stand in wonderment as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth unfolds before them, bursting forth above World Showcase Lagoon in homage to the nations of the world, with a memorable soundtrack and brilliant effects. Now, more than ever, is the time to say farewell to IllumiNations, as it is scheduled to complete its nearly 20-year run in the second half of 2019.
Spellbound guests of Disney’s Hollywood Studios see the forces of good and evil battle it out in Fantasmic!, an amazing spectacle of pyrotechnics, laser lights, characters, music, decorative floats and dancing water taking audiences through the imagination of Mickey Mouse.
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Guests relive memorable Star Wars moments projected onto the Chinese Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, featuring the music, magic and characters of the film series accompanied by sensational fireworks, lasers, fog effects and more.
Tree of Life Awakenings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom leave guests gazing in wonderment as animal images emerge nightly from within the mystical tree – anything from flickering fireflies to a leaping doe to love blossoming among hummingbirds.

Live Entertainment with Character
CENTER STAGE: It’s a pulse-racing moment when you know you’re about to meet Belle in her storybook house, Ariel in her mermaid grotto, Buzz Lightyear, a Star Wars hero or that true original, Mickey Mouse. More than 80 Disney characters greet guests at Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks, resort hotels and more (that’s 2,300-plus greetings a day!), so magical encounters are seemingly possible almost everywhere guests turn.
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Around World Showcase at Epcot, guests find Disney characters in the countries that inspired their stories, including Anna and Elsa in Norway, Mulan in China, Snow White in Germany, Aurora in France, and Alice in the United Kingdom.
Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios boasts a galaxy of stars from the film series, including BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and Stormtroopers.
Dinoland at Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers Donald’s Dino Bash!, featuring Donald and pals Scrooge McDuck and Launchpad from “DuckTales.”
When kids and their parents sit down to a meal at special character-dining experiences, faces light up! Passing among tables for photos, autographs and hugs are cherished Disney characters, from Goofy to the Disney princesses, Winnie the Pooh to Mickey Mouse. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is home to the new Storybook Dining at Artist Point, where guests meet Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and The Queen.

“From street performers to the grandest of stages to that first glimpse of Mickey and everything in between, Walt Disney World Resort is defined by its live entertainment,” Buckley said. “Every day in every way, we’re thrilled with the excitement it brings to our guests.”
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Walt Disney World Resort Live Entertainment: Fun Facts

Nearly 200,000 pieces of live entertainment are produced each year, comprised of shows, parades, and nearly 2,000 nighttime spectaculars
There are 15 separate opportunities to dine with a Disney character, for a total of 33 possible unique character meetings
In 2018, Disney characters made more than 900,000 appearances to meet guests
The Disney Parks Live Entertainment music library holds more than 20,000 arrangements of songs
Mickey Mouse has more than 200 unique looks, including 15 different types of formal attire and a new celebration outfit for this year’s Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom Park

 
 
 
 
Source: WDW Feed

Four Signature Epcot Festivals Welcome Guests to Walt Disney World Resort in 2019

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2019) – Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort celebrates the arts, flowers, food, music, holidays and non-stop family fun throughout the year during four signature theme-park festivals beginning Jan. 18.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts: Jan. 18-Feb. 25
This annual celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts presents 39 fun-packed days showcasing art in many forms for everyone in the family. Food and drinks are created with artistic flair at more than 15 park destinations. The festival’s creative menus feature everything from red wine-braised short ribs with parsnip puree at Cuisine Classique to vanilla, rose water and pistachio panna cotta at Masterpiece Kitchen. Kids of all ages will want to try the Pop’t Art modern-design sugar cookie and other delectable treats.
In 2019, the festival’s popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series will offer performances every day of the festival. The series presents musical performances from Disney on Broadway shows like “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast,” and special dining packages guarantee concert seats.
Interactive fun is around every corner. Guests can help paint a mural, pose for a memorable photo in the frame of an iconic piece of art, participate in a workshop, or take a break to watch performance artists in action.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: March 6-June 3
Millions of spring blossoms will transform Epcot into a wonderful world of brilliant color during this 90-day celebration of flowers, topiaries, themed food, libations and music. Now in its 26th year, the festival continues to offer fresh experiences. A new Bo Peep and her Sheep topiary from Disney•Pixar’s upcoming “Toy Story 4” will greet guests at the festival’s new Family Play Zone. Featured gardens will focus on butterflies, bamboo and Shakespeare’s metaphoric plants, while more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries – from Snow White to Daisy Duck – dot the landscape.
New Outdoor Kitchens with their own herb and veggie gardens will debut this year with creative bites and beverages. The Garden Rocks Concert Series expands this year to every day of the festival, offering new and returning acts spanning multiple genres. With three performances daily, that’s 270 concerts over the course of the festival – more than ever before! Returning favorites like The Spinners and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone will be joined by artists new to the festival like TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman and Colin Hay of Men at Work.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Late Summer/Fall
Disney guests can get their gourmet groove on during this iconic culinary dine-around that will run late summer to November in 2019. More than 30 Festival Marketplaces will offer tempting tastes and sips throughout Epcot. During the festival, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series presents a diverse collection of hitmakers from pop to country to R&B and more. Concert seating is guaranteed for guests who book Eat to the Beat Dining Packages. Guests can also discover new savory and sweet treats by making reservations for the festival’s beverage seminars and specialty dining and pairing events.
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays: Fall/Winter
The annual yuletide extravaganza at Epcot celebrates holiday traditions of World Showcase cultures with live musical productions, spirited storytellers, seasonal lights and décor, delicious holiday treats and more. The beloved, long-running Candlelight Processional invites guests to experience the story of Christmas narrated by a celebrity host to the cherished Christmas music performed by a professional orchestra and full choir. Dining packages offer guaranteed Candlelight seating.
Disney chefs create treasured seasonal dishes to keep palates merry at Holiday Kitchen kiosks surrounding the World Showcase Lagoon. From savories to sweets, from children’s drinks to adult libations, there’s something on the holiday menu for everyone.
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Each of the four Epcot festivals provides guests opportunities to enjoy all park entertainment and attractions in addition to festival offerings. The 305-acre Epcot park, identified by its iconic Spaceship Earth geosphere, features two distinct areas: Future World, a showcase of discovery packed with new ideas and technology, plus an exploration of planet Earth from land and sea to air and space; and World Showcase, a kaleidoscope of nations featuring architecturally authentic buildings and backdrops that celebrate cultural heritage, arts and entertainment. The 11 nations plus an African-themed Outpost are situated along a 1.3-mile promenade encircling the 40-acre World Showcase Lagoon.
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Source: WDW Feed

Outstanding Group of 100 Teens Selected from Among Thousands to Take Part in 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy

High school students will receive all-expenses-paid trip to Disney to participate in coveted mentoring event in March with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2019) –Today, Walt Disney World Resort revealed the 100 extraordinary youths from across the nation who will participate in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine. Each student receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World to participate in an immersive, transformational four-day experience that will take place March 21-24.
The program, now in its 12th year, is an important part of Disney’s commitment to helping the next generation of young people by inspiring them at a critical time in their development. The Disney Dreamers Academy theme is “Be100,” encouraging teens to be positive, to be “all in” and to carry what they learn back with them, so they can relentlessly pursue their dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.
“These students are in for a life-changing experience,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “Our goal is to help them see the unlimited possibilities and to inspire them to achieve their full purpose. To become the heroes of their own stories.”
Participating students, known as “Disney Dreamers,” embark on a journey that takes them throughout the Disney theme parks and behind the scenes of this 40-square-mile vacation destination. Walt Disney World becomes a vibrant classroom where students discover new career opportunities, pursue their dreams and interact with Harvey and other celebrities and motivational speakers. Celebrities who have participated in the past include singers Patti LaBelle and Ne-Yo, NBA legend and business mogul Magic Johnson, gospel music star Yolanda Adams, actor Jussie Smollett, plus TV personalities such as celebrity chef Carla Hall and “Good Morning America’’ co-anchor Michael Strahan.
Additionally, students participate in immersive career-oriented workshops that range from animation to zoology. Each student is also given important life tools such as effective communication techniques, leadership skills and networking strategies.
“Having a dream is one of the most important things in life.  My success is a direct result of dreaming big,” said Harvey. “It is my passion to help others dream bigger and to give them the tools to achieve those dreams.  That is why I enjoy partnering with Disney on this program every year.”
 Since 2008, Walt Disney World Resort has provided all-expenses-paid trips to more than 1,100 students, plus a parent or guardian, to participate in the annual Disney Dreamers Academy. Students are selected from thousands of applicants who answered a series of essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future.
“We have a remarkable group of students attending this year,” said Michelle Ebanks, Chief Executive Officer of Essence Communications Inc. “At ESSENCE, we embrace the mission of inspiring the next generation of leaders, and we’re looking forward to partnering with Disney once again to cultivate greatness in the 2019 class.”
For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are also available on social media at Facebook.com/DisneyDreamersAcademy, Twitter.com/DreamersAcademy and Instagram.com/disneydreamersacademy.
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The 100 students selected to participate in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy are (listed by state):

First
Last
City
State

Holden
Dunlap
Abbeville
AL

Kendall
Moore
Mobile
AL

Cameron
Ware
Pinson
AL

Hannah
Irby
Tuscaloosa
AL

Hanna
Sha
Vestavia
AL

Pranav
Kishore
Elk Grove
CA

Monica
Tavassoli
Irvine
CA

Zac
Adler
Long Beach
CA

Gerard
Legaspi
Long Beach
CA

Rachel
Clinton
Manhattan Beach
CA

Reagan
Smith
Oceanside
CA

Karina
Garcia Ortiz
San Diego
CA

Jazmine
Livian
Spreckels
CA

Arianna
Cabada
Tustin
CA

Kieran
Doolabh
Danbury
CT

Lauren
Taylor
Washington
DC

Jacqueline
Means
Wilmington
DE

Julia
Shepherd
Apopka
FL

Marlon
Griggs
Jacksonville
FL

Faith
Daise
Kissimmee
FL

Anthony
Taylor
Miami
FL

Jonathan
Nabaka
Miami Beach
FL

Bransyl
Boston
Middleburg
FL

Gabrielle
Wright
Orlando
FL

Jalen
Sanders
Pinetta
FL

Kevant
Gross
Reddick
FL

Kendyll
Gabriel
Saint Johns
FL

Amiah
Adams
Saint Petersburg
FL

Grace
Allen
Windermere
FL

Anthony
Juba-Richardson
Winter Garden
FL

Mary
Yeboah
College Park
GA

Malik
Carter
Dallas
GA

Matthew
Jackson
Demorest
GA

Henry
Stephens iv
Grovetown
GA

April
Breedlove
Lithonia
GA

Benedict
Zuzi
Loganville
GA

Mikaela
Sanders
Mableton
GA

Devan
Smith
Marietta
GA

Makaya
Clinton
McDonough
GA

Caleb
Middleton
McDonough
GA

Patrice
Roberts
Smyrna
GA

Myles
Madden
Stockbridge
GA

Sean
Hanford
Stone Mountain
GA

Alanis
Broussard
Woodstock
GA

Isabel
Schwartz
Highland Park
IL

Yvette
Cabrera
Portage
IN

Akerth
Jain
Olathe
KS

Samantha
Gallant
Bedford
MA

Hannah
Goldman
Norton
MA

Gabrielle
Williams
Accokeek
MD

Iyana
Charles
Baltimore
MD

Mamaie
Evonlah
Germantown
MD

Lauryn
Howell
Upper Marlboro
MD

Ilyna
Fontaine
Waldorf
MD

Elizabeth
Bennett
Almont
MI

Sade
Ried
Detroit
MI

Alyse
Dees
Burnsville
MN

Benjamin
Walworth
Branson
MO

Kevin
Neely
Ferguson
MO

Sabrina
Baggstrom
Kirkwood
MO

Kyra
Moody
Ruleville
MS

Jasmine
Bell
Charlotte
NC

Nasir
Turnage
Greensboro
NC

Nicholas
Harvey III
Kinston
NC

Ashley
Ward
Wilson
NC

Andrew
Coates
Orange
NJ

Emmanuel
Lee
Teaneck
NJ

Roman
Jimenez
Las Vegas
NV

Aileen
Nieto Martinez
Bronx
NY

Alison
Parish
Bronx
NY

Tori
Manuel
Brooklyn
NY

Avaneque
Pennant
Hollis
NY

Meril
Mousoom
Jamaica
NY

Tianna
Gonzales
Lake Grove
NY

Kaiya
Simmons
Miller Place
NY

Katerina
Corr
New York
NY

Eason
Rytter
New York
NY

Kynnedy
Smith
Cleveland
OH

Gabrielle
Dennis
Toledo
OH

Bryson
Simpson
University Heights
OH

Liam
McGarry
Erie
PA

Mason
Hedge
Freedom
PA

Collin
Mentzer
Lebanon
PA

Jacques
Moye
Pittsburgh
PA

Jeffery
Feaster
Blair
SC

Anna
Zielke
Daniel Island
SC

Alyssa
Gottheiner
Manning
SC

Alexis
Clark
Myrtle Beach
SC

Kristen
Namminga
Avon
SD

Jasmine
Durham
Memphis
TN

Ian
McKenna Goncalo
Austin
TX

Lucas
Davis
Cibolo
TX

Frances
Rangel
El Paso
TX

Charlye
Jackson
Houston
TX

Gavin
Wiltshire
San Antonio
TX

Hanah
Lopez
Schertz
TX

Paige
Dawson
Layton
UT

Cristofer
O’Brien
Chesterfield
VA

Sabrina
Rittner
Lovettsville
VA

Piper
Vance
Nitro
WV

 
 
 
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12 New Panelists Join 2019 Disney Parks Moms Panel to Answer Wide-Ranging Questions from Disney Vacationers

Get vacation advice from 40 Disney-savvy panelists by visiting DisneyParksMomsPanel.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2019) – Walt Disney Parks & Resorts today announced its new class of 12 panelists joining the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Comprised of moms, dads and grandparents as well as those without children, the panelists’ answers, tips and insights are shared through one-on-one Q&As and available to everyone at DisneyParksMomsPanel.com.
Wondering about the best place for a stroller nap? Or the best restaurants for your picky eaters? What Disney resort hotel is best for your family? For 12 years, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has answered thousands of questions just like these.
The 12 new members join 28 returning panelists to answer questions online from those thinking about planning a visit to Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line or with Disney Vacation Club. Carefully selected from thousands of applicants to provide honest and relatable vacation tips, the panelists share their personal experience from their own Disney vacations to provide authentic answers to guests seeking advice.
“Ask 20 people their favorite part of Disney and you’ll get 20 answers. The magic of Disney is it provides a unique and personalized experience to thousands of guests daily. But there’s a lot to consider when planning your dream Walt Disney Parks & Resorts vacation,” said Leanne O’Regan, Director of Public Relations for Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “The Disney Parks Moms Panel exists to help you find that perfect experience for your family and confidently plan your own Disney magic. They love Disney, and want to see each and every person who visits also experience the wonder of Disney for themselves.”
The 2019 newly selected Disney Parks Moms Panelists include:

Amy M.; Irmo, S.C. (Walt Disney World Resort) – “Stitch juice” (AKA sweet tea) at ’Ohana and fresh fruit waffle sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow are a few of this mom’s favorite things; ask her for more of her favorite Disney dining
Angie G.; Cottage Grove, Minn. (Disney Cruise Line) – Mom to two and lover of Disney Cruises, ask Angie about character visits (like her son’s memorable moment with Snow White).
Anne Marie R., Grayslake, Ill. (Walt Disney World Resort) – This math instructor and mom of four can help squeeze the most magic from vacation budgets (and share tips for achieving Galactic Hero status on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin).
Desiree F.; Lima, Peru (Walt Disney World Resort) – Inspired by Disney’s multiculturalism and diversity, this Peru-based mom of two speaks Spanish, English and French and is here to help with international travel
Eean K.; Pittsburgh, Pa. (Walt Disney World Resort) – With her first Disney visit as an adult, this mom of three knows how to plan a vacation all ages will
Jessica B.; Austin, Texas (Walt Disney World Resort) – Proving half the fun is getting there, Jessica loves planning Disney vacations with her
Julie P.; Mountain View, Calif. (Walt Disney World Resort) – Originally from Brazil, Portuguese-speaking Julie loves traveling to Disney with her husband and experiencing all that Disney Dining
Kristin C.; Trabuco Canyon, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) – An Annual Passholder for nearly 20 years, Kristin has three kids under age seven and will make sure parents know the best tips for Disney with babies and
Rayna C.; Wesley Chapel, Fla. (Disney Vacation Club) – This mom of five loves Disney’s Animal Kingdom and has visited almost every Disney Vacation Club Resort, so ask her if she can pick a
Samantha K.; Allison Park, Pa. (Walt Disney World Resort) – Ask this mom of two for advice on navigating Disney Parks and Resorts with a child with special- needs.
Tony S.; Riverton, Utah (Disneyland Resort) – With 30 years’ experience at Disneyland Park, this dad can help plan a trip with kids (he has four!) and without (ask him about romantic visits for two).
Wyatt G.; Roswell, Ga. (Walt Disney World Resort) – With a goal to stay at every Walt Disney World resort hotel, ask this Disney enthusiast for his tips on accessibility.

With all of their experiences combined, the 40 Disney Parks Moms Panelists:

Have taken 1,536 Disney vacations – that’s 122,334 hours of Disney Parks and Resorts experience, or 1,645 rides on “it’s a small world”
Know how to travel with kids, with more than 89 kids among them
Can answer guest questions in four languages – English, Spanish, French and Portuguese
Are real moms, dads, grandparents and “in the know” family members

Whether you are planning a trip with friends, spouses, a large or multi-generational family or anything in-between, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is a proven resource for Disney dreamers in search of reliable and easily accessible advice from someone with firsthand experience.
Guests can visit www.DisneyParksMomsPanel.com on a computer or mobile device to receive a personalized response from a knowledgeable member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Guests can save favorite answers for reference or access more than 220,000 available questions and answers, including exclusive video content, from seasoned Disney vacationers.
About the Disney Parks Moms Panel
The Disney Parks Moms Panel is an online forum where guests can find personalized tips and insights on Disney vacations from real guests – parents and non-parents alike – who have mastered the art of planning Disney vacations. Guests can pose questions to the panelists in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, and gain access to other vacation-planning tools. Featuring just 12 members during its inaugural year in 2008, the panel now boasts approximately 40 park-savvy, active panelists as a result of the popularity of the site and the ever-growing number of questions submitted by curious guests. For more information and to meet all the panelists, visit www.disneyparksmomspanel.com.
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Jaleo at Disney Springs in Central Florida Reveals Dynamic Design

José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup Prepares to Open Spanish Restaurant at Disney Springs
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (January 8, 2019) – Today, José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, in collaboration with renowned Spanish design firm Capella Garcia Arquitectura, revealed details of the striking design of the beloved Jaleo brand’s newest location at Disney Springs. Opening this winter, the 22 thousand square foot restaurant will be Andrés’ largest to date and will bring the spirit and flavors of Spain to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Based on the colorful iconography of Spain, the architectural form of the building is inspired by an artichoke, a vegetable native to José’s homeland. The artichoke structure opens up, inviting guests to enter and experience the very best of Spanish cuisine. The petals themselves form pergolas, which extend toward the outdoors. The freestanding, two-story building lacks solid walls and is completely open to the outside, with large windows offering views of the lake while protecting diners from the sun. “There are no cubic forms, no opaque walls, no straight lines: here reigns a plant-like organic structure with its dynamic forms. An avant-garde, expressionist and welcoming architecture,” remarks Juli Capella, principal at Capella Garcia Arquitectura, on Jaleo’s design.
The interior features a double height central courtyard that visually connects the restaurant’s two floors. The idea of Jaleo, the Spanish word for “revelry,” inspires the large, family-style gathering space, inviting guests to share tapas and sangria, gather with family at the foosball tables, or enjoy the more elegant central seating for paellas and grilled meats, anchored by the restaurant’s open kitchen and wood fire grill. Private dining options include two terraces, one overlooking the Disney Springs promenade and another overlooking the lake.
Typical Spanish colors of citrus, namely orange and lemon, offer a welcoming ambience alongside predominant touches of wood and ceramic materials. Stunning artwork includes the “Suit of Lights,” an iconic photo of a bullfighter’s suit from Spanish photographer Rafael Vargas, as well a collage of San Sebastian’s popular Concha beach by photographer Ciuco Gutiérrez, bringing the Spanish landscape closer to Walt Disney World Resort.
Occupying the front-corner of Jaleo and overlooking the main promenade of Disney Springs will be a quick-service concept serving Spanish street-food-inspired sandwiches and salads. The design of the casual restaurant features natural materials and a luminous, open feel, inviting visitors into the friendly space, which is centered around a large mural from Marc Jesús, a famous painter from Menorca. With dynamic visual elements drawn from the culinary delights and landscapes of Spain, Andrés and Capella aim to surround visitors in the culture of their native country and all its creativity.
About Chef José Andrés (www.thinkfoodgroup.com)
Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is known for his avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of 27 restaurants throughout the country and beyond. His innovative minibar by José Andrés earned two Michelin stars in 2016 and with that, José is the only chef globally that has both a 2-star Michelin restaurant and 4 Bib Gourmands. Andrés’ work has earned numerous awards including the 2015 National Humanities Medal, one of 12 distinguished recipients of the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
About Jaleo (www.Jaleo.com)
Since its debut in Washington D.C.’s Penn Quarter in 1993, Jaleo has evolved to represent modern Spain at every moment. With each extension in Maryland, Virginia, Las Vegas and most recently with J by José Andrés in Mexico City, it embraces the local community while staying true to its roots: providing a comfortable, welcoming space in which to explore, discover and share the incredible spirit of Spain. Renowned for its award-winning assortment of tapas, the traditional small plates of Spain, as well as savory paellas, sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and sherries, Jaleo celebrates these flavors in a festive, inviting atmosphere. Jaleo is located in Washington, DC; Bethesda, Maryland; Arlington, Virginia; Las Vegas; Mexico City and will debut at Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida in 2019.
About Disney Springs (www.disneysprings.com)
Disney Springs is a one-of-a-kind retail, dining and entertainment district located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. With its namesake springs, beautiful open-air promenades and lakefront setting, Disney Springs evokes the charm of Florida waterfront towns at the turn of the 20th century. It’s also home to a collection of more than 150 shops and restaurants, including top-name retail brands, specialty boutiques and dining experiences created by celebrity and award-winning chefs.  Located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Disney Springs is open daily.
 
For more information, please contact:
Chloe Mata Crane, Baltz & Company // cmcrane@baltzco.com; 212 300 7102
Katie Hurd, Baltz & Company // khurd@baltzco.com; 703 597 6705
Rebecca Kleha, Allied Global Marketing // jaleo@alliedglobalmarketing.com; 407 562 3946
 
 
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New Details and Activities Revealed for NBA Experience at Disney Springs

All-new destination at Walt Disney World Resort to open summer 2019, bringing NBA moments to life through thrilling basketball activities and interactive exhibitions
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2018) – For the first time, Walt Disney World Resort is giving guests and basketball fans a glimpse of the exciting action coming to the new NBA Experience at Disney Springs in summer 2019. This one-of-a-kind destination – developed by Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with the NBA – will feature hands-on activities that immerse guests into the world of professional basketball.
“Developed with the NBA, and inspired by the league’s 29 arenas around the country, NBA Experience will highlight the heart-pounding action and excitement of the NBA world,” said Stan Dodd, Executive Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering. “From training simulations and clock-racing competitions to fan-favorite NBA moments – we’re bringing new experiences and thrilling games to life to make fans truly feel like a star player.”
“The Walt Disney Imagineering team has unparalleled expertise in creating best-in-class attractions for the millions of guests who visit their parks each year,” said Salvatore LaRocca, President, Global Partnerships, NBA. “The NBA Experience will be a destination for basketball fans from all over the world, and we are excited to partner with Disney to bring new and lifelong fans closer to the game.”
NBA Experience will feature something for everyone. Visitors will get a glimpse into the atmosphere at the NBA Draft, participate in their own scouting reports, go through pregame preparations, and step onto the court to make clutch shots and highlight reel-worthy slam dunks. With a dozen unique and innovative activities, guests will:

Experience one of the biggest milestones for a basketball player at the NBA Draft with a photo moment that re-creates the atmosphere of the draft stage.
Track and improve their jump shots and passing skills in a replicated NBA Combine challenge, complete with a scouting report that highlights their stats at the end of the session.
Step onto the court and hear the roar of the crowd as they maneuver through a series of timed shots to aim for a high score.
Execute the perfect slam dunk just like NBA superstars, captured by cameras surrounding adjustable baskets.
Test their ball-handling skills with an interactive trainer who will challenge them with a variety of dribbling routines.
Use an oversized slingshot to launch basketballs at hoops of varying heights, making as many shots as possible before the clock runs out in this thrilling timed challenge.
Immerse themselves in the rich legacy and history of NBA and WNBA championship-winning teams.
Access a team locker room that showcases up-to-date statistics and visuals of top NBA and WNBA players.
Test their knowledge of the NBA and WNBA – past and present – during a trivia game with up to 25 participants competing against one another to be champion.
Enjoy two 180-degree cinematic presentations that showcase the in-arena experience moments before the start of the game, as well as special stories from the players’ perspectives.
Take a seat at an interactive multi-screen module to watch replay clips from NBA games, using the tools at their stations to make the right calls.
Play interactive basketball games, from the fan-favorite Pop-A-Shot to modern video games.

In addition to these games and competitions, NBA Experience will also include a retail store featuring exclusive NBA-themed merchandise designed by Disney.
NBA Experience at Disney Springs is just one of several ways Walt Disney World Resort is continuing to grow and add new experiences to delight and entertain guests. This soon-to-be fan-favorite destination is also the latest example of the rich basketball tradition at Walt Disney World, which hosts the Jr. NBA Global Championship, AAU National Championships and the AdvoCare Invitational at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
ABOUT DISNEY SPRINGS
Disney Springs is a one-of-a-kind retail, dining and entertainment district located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. With its namesake springs, beautiful open-air promenades and lakefront setting, Disney Springs evokes the charm of Florida waterfront towns at the turn of the 20th century. It’s also home to a collection of more than 150 shops, entertainment venues and restaurants, including top-name retail brands, specialty boutiques and dining experiences created by celebrity and award-winning chefs. Located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Disney Springs is open daily.
ABOUT NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.5 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.
 
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Attention Planners and Resolution-Makers!

In the new year, experience new excitement at Walt Disney World Resort with special 4-Park Magic Tickets
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2018) – As the calendar turns to 2019 and thoughts turn to new year’s resolutions, now, more than ever is the time for spending time with family, making memories that last a lifetime. A visit to Walt Disney World Resort is the perfect place for families to get away from it all, and special 4-Park Magic Tickets will help them experience the new fun and excitement heading to all four theme parks this coming year.
Starting Jan. 18, guests will be able to purchase a four-day, 4-Park Magic Value Ticket for $85 per day (plus tax) for a total price of $340 (plus tax). The 4-Park Magic Tickets include one day of admission to Magic Kingdom Park, one day of admission to Epcot, one day of admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and one day of admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, for a total of four admissions over four separate days.
4-Park Magic Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Jan. 18, 2019, at Disneyworld.com/parkmagic, through the Disney Reservation Center or authorized travel professionals and ticket sellers. 4-Park Magic Tickets are seasonally priced for varied usage between Jan. 18 and Sept. 30, 2019, as follows:

4-Park Magic Value Ticket: Valid for admission Jan. 18-March 1, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use, or by March 1, 2019, whichever comes first

Adult: $85 per day, plus tax ($340 total, plus tax)
Child: $80 per day, plus tax ($320 total, plus tax)

4-Park Magic Select Ticket: Valid for admission March 2-March 14; March 27-April 9; April 27-May 27; and Aug. 19-Sept. 30, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use, or by Sept. 30, 2019, whichever comes first

Adult: $89 per day, plus tax ($356 total, plus tax)
Child: $84 per day, plus tax ($336 total, plus tax)

4-Park Magic Summer Ticket: Valid for admission May 28-Aug. 18, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use or by Sept. 30, 2019, whichever comes first

Adult: $95 per day, plus tax ($380 total, plus tax)
Child: $90 per day, plus tax ($360 total, plus tax)

Note: 4-Park Magic Tickets are valid for one theme park per day; tickets can be used to enter each theme park only once. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable and exclude activities/events separately priced. Higher-priced tickets are valid for use on dates with a lower price. For more information about the 4-Park Magic Tickets, visit Disneyworld.com/parkmagic.
2019 will be a fantastic time to visit Walt Disney World, with new shows, parties, character experiences and more debuting at all four theme parks, starting Jan. 18:

Anything can happen during Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom, including the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party,” featuring those true originals, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (Jan. 18-Sept. 30)
Pixar pals will party with guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the park’s 30th anniversary year, featuring The Incredibles, Mike and Sulley from Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” and Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang at the new Toy Story Land.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Disney animated classic “The Lion King,” Rafiki and Timon will help guests let their inner animals loose on the dance floor during the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
As part of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series expands to seven days a week, providing more opportunities than ever before for guests to hear pairs of Disney on Broadway stars sing favorite tunes from award-winning productions. (Jan. 18-Feb. 25)

There are more than 30 resort hotels at Walt Disney World. From the African savanna to the classic American boardwalk and so many more themes in between, these resort hotels allow guests to remain inside the magic of a Disney vacation for the entirety of their stay. When booking now through Jan. 2, 2019, guests can save up to 25 percent on rooms at select Walt Disney World resort hotels for stays most nights Jan. 1-April 27, 2019*. For more information or to book a room, visit Disneyworld.com.
*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if there are more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate, Deluxe and Studios at Deluxe Villa Resorts. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, three-bedroom villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. 25 percent savings is for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts. Lower savings may be available for other Disney Resort hotels. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
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Disney Chefs Bake Up Holiday Magic with Gingerbread Displays at Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney Cruise Line

Guests can celebrate National Gingerbread Day Nov. 21 by visiting whimsical custom creations
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2018) – Wide-eyed wonderment will wash over Disney guests this holiday season when they see gingerbread displays at select Disney theme parks and Disney resort hotels, as well as the ships of Disney Cruise Line.
So magical is the aroma of gingerbread at holiday-time that National Gingerbread Day is celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 21. In the spirit of the season, Disney chefs decked the halls (roofs, doorways and windows, too) to create life-sized, gingerbread houses yummy enough to eat.
Here’s a look at storybook houses, carousels and other confections baked with love by Disney chefs, with savory sweets for sale in most locations:

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – This year marks the 20th anniversary of this resort hotel’s gingerbread house. A classic recipe from Austria inspires the ornaments, cookies and a house standing 14 feet tall in the lobby. Home to The Bake Shop, the gingerbread house is the perfect place to pick up holiday treats. Gingerbread house decorating demonstrations occur daily Dec. 1-25.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Cinderella Castle is re-created with an “it’s a small world” backdrop depicting Cinderella and Prince Charming greeting guests in the castle forecourt. The 18-foot display is crafted from thousands of gingerbread blocks. A life-sized spinning carousel highlights the display.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Donald Duck- and Daisy Duck-themed horses are decorated with chocolate, sugar and fondant in this scrumptious classic carousel.
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort – A delightful gingerbread version of the resort’s BoardWalk features iconic locales such as BoardWalk Bakery, Flying Fish, Trattoria al Forno and more.
The American Adventure – Patriotic flair meets pastry magic at Epcot, where gingerbread renditions of the U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument (topped with golden Mickey ears!) are on display
Amorette’s Patisserie – This sophisticated pastry shop at Disney Springs dresses up its front window with a miniature gingerbread replica of itself – right down to the gingerbread trees!
The Haunted Mansion – Disneyland Resort turns to Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” to create a wonderfully spooky gingerbread display inside this classic attraction. A giant spider with glowing eyes hangs over the Grand Hall Table, attempting to pry the edible gingerbread mansion from its foundation as gingerbread zombies watch in amazement.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – Disney artists, engineers and bakers teamed up on a gingerbread house that adds to the resort hotel’s festive lobby. With over 600 pounds of gingerbread and adorned with Hidden Mickeys, this grandly Californian gingerbread house is on display all season long.
Disney Cruise Line – Aboard the four Disney Cruise Line ships, the chef competition is on! Bakery teams are challenged to create their own individual gingerbread houses for display throughout the holiday season in the atrium lobby of each ship. Taking weeks to conceptualize and construct, each features more than 600 pounds of gingerbread dough, 200-plus pounds of sugar and 5,000 gingerbread bricks.
Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii gets its gingerbread on with “A Kakamora Holiday.” This festive display includes a chocolate tree, a Moana-inspired gingerbread hut, chocolate sleigh and merrymaking Kakamoras celebrating with a tropical twist.

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Wolfgang Puck’s Neighborhood Restaurant Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Opens at Disney Springs

Legendary Chef expands into Florida at Disney Springs
Orlando, FL (November 19, 2018) – World-renowned chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck has expanded his popular namesake restaurant to Central Florida, opening Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Disney Springs. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill modernizes the traditional “bar and grill” concept with approachable dining in a dynamic setting inspired by traditional farmhouses and a touch of California elegance. The restaurant captures the essence of the laid-back Californian dining experience, made popular by Puck himself. The Disney Springs location will be Puck’s fourth Bar & Grill behind LA Live, MGM in Las Vegas and most recently, Summerlin.
“We are very excited to be returning to Disney Springs with Bar & Grill concept,” said Wolfgang. “The restaurant is a perfect fit for the area and we look forward to bringing our cuisine to locals and all of the visitors to this area as well. My team and our partners all have something fresh to introduce and we cannot wait to see it flourish.”
The restaurant’s approachable, casual lunch and dinner menus are led by Executive Chef Michael Tiva alongside Executive Sous Chef, Jeff Thornsberry, and feature some of Puck’s signature dishes. Chef Michael currently heads up Lupo by Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas and has been with the company for 20 years. The menus are designed to accommodate a variety of occasions from leisurely meals or the perfect celebratory gathering, as well as welcoming visitors from around the world.
Both the lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of Puck’s signature dishes such as pizzas from a wood-burning oven, handmade pastas, steak and seafood – with menu items often featuring local and organic ingredients. Lunch menu items include Local Burrata with baby carrots, romesco and grilled ciabatta; Heirloom Baby Beet Salad with winter citrus, pistachio ricotta salsa cheese; Fennel Sausage Pizza with pickled peppers and rapini; and the WP Burger with white cheddar cheese, red onion marmalade, garlic aioli on a brioche bun. Dinner menu items include BBQ Shrimp Pizza with toasted padron pepper and red onion; My Grandmother’s Lasagna with traditional meat sauce and bechamel; Olive Oil Seared Red Snapper with mussels, clams and fennel, in a spicy tomato broth; and a 32oz Porterhouse Steak for two with roasted elephant garlic and fries. To complement the dining experience, the restaurant features a full-service bar with an extensive selection of classic and artisanal cocktails, craft beers and wines.
The 250-seat restaurant provides a warm and casual environment in the heart of Disney Springs with a beautiful setting designed by tonychi. The design is reminiscent of a grand barn house; it features natural materials and a working fireplace, providing a sense of tranquility, refinement and warmth. The restaurant also has a 24-person seated patio as well as a pizza bar and a walk-up window where guests can order a selection of gelato and homemade pastries. The team offers personalized service and attention to deliver an unforgettable dining experience.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Disney Springs is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am to 11 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 12 am.
For reservations or additional information, please call (407) 815.2100 or visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/disney-springs/wolfgang-puck-bar-and-grill/.
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About Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group
The name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with the best of restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in all aspects of the culinary arts. The award-winning restaurants in the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group include Spago (Beverly Hills, Istanbul, Las Vegas, Maui and Singapore); CUT (Bahrain, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, London, Singapore, New York City, Doha (Fall 2016)); Cucina by Wolfgang Puck (Las Vegas); Five Sixty (Dallas); The Source by Wolfgang Puck (Washington, DC); Lupo by Wolfgang Puck (Las Vegas); Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles); re/Asian Cuisine (Bahrain); Wolfgang Puck American Grille (Atlantic City); Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (Las Vegas, Summerlin and Los Angeles); Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina (Detroit); Wolfgang Puck Steak (Detroit); Chinois (Santa Monica) and WP24 (Los Angeles).  For more information, please visit www.wolfgangpuck.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About Disney Springs
Disney Springs is a one-of-a-kind retail, dining and entertainment district located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. With its namesake springs, beautiful open-air promenades and lakefront setting, Disney Springs evokes the charm of Florida waterfront towns at the turn of the 20th century. It’s also home to a collection of more than 150 shops, entertainment venues and restaurants, including top-name retail brands, specialty boutiques and dining experiences created by celebrity and award-winning chefs. Located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Disney Springs is open daily.
For more information:
Abegail Cal, Public Relations Manager, Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group and Worldwide Inc.
Abegail.cal@wolfgangpuck.com
(310) 432.1541
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