Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates American Indian Culture in New Gallery Exhibition

“Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” debuts inside The American Adventure pavilion at Epcot
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (July 27, 2018) – American Indian history and culture come to life in a new art exhibition at Walt Disney World Resort that debuted July 27. “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” at Epcot displays the work of contemporary Native artists alongside artifacts from centuries past, demonstrating how ancestral craftsmanship influences modern generations.
The exhibition opened at the American Heritage Gallery inside The American Adventure pavilion. The 89 pieces on display represent 40 different American Indian tribes from seven geographic regions across the United States.
“At Epcot, guests are invited to celebrate the limitless possibilities of human imagination and innovation.” said Melissa Valiquette, vice president of Epcot. “By showcasing artwork from so many diverse American Indian tribes, ‘Creating Tradition’ is a wonderful way to share a vital part of the United States’ culture with all those who visit The American Adventure.”
Highlights from the collection include:

Fashion designer Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo) used the patterns on a jar made in the 1900s by an Acoma Pueblo potter as inspiration for his “Ancient Resonance” dress.
A Pokagon Potawatomi black ash hamper basket, made in the early 1900s, is paired with modern baskets, exemplifying how this technique is maintained over centuries. For example, on display is “Mother’s Womb,” a basket made by Cherish Nebeshanze Parrish (Potawatomi/Odawa) in 2011.
A Chilkat blanket from Alaska dating to the 1890s complements “Raven and the Box of Daylight,” a 2017 glass sculpture by Preston Singletary (Tlingit). This piece shows how Singletary experiments with designs from his Tlingit heritage in mediums beyond traditional Native materials.

“Creating Tradition” also offers three interactive video exhibits where contemporary American Indian artists share perspectives on their work and culture. When guests wave their hands in front of a display resembling a campfire, the “flames” transform into a video presentation. Music playing in the gallery, performed by Native musicians, supports the objects and regions represented throughout the exhibition.
The new art exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Leaders from both cultural institutions were on hand for the gallery opening.
“I am delighted to recognize this association with Disney as their leadership shares the vision and creativity of contemporary American Indian artists with international visitors,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “We hope Epcot visitors will see the American experience begins with the American Indians who have always been here.”
“We are honored to collaborate with Walt Disney Imagineering and the Smithsonian in developing this exhibition,” said Della Warrior (Otoe-Missouria), director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. “Hopefully, it will foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the various tribes located in almost every state in this nation, and people seeing these artifacts will be inspired and strive to learn more about American Indians.”
The dedication ceremony for “Creating Tradition” included a blessing from Seminole Tribe of Florida representative Bobby Henry and a stomp dance performance by Seminole tribe members.
During the next five years, the exhibition will feature new artifacts and refreshed displays, incorporating pieces from more of the 573 American Indian tribes recognized by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (www.bia.gov).
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Acoma Pueblo jar courtesy of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 12055/12
“Mother’s Womb” © 2018 National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, 26/8835
Tlingit Chilkat blanket courtesy of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 26160/12
 
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Guy Fieri and Robert Earl Join Forces to Launch a New Concept, Chicken Guy! at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — (July 25, 2018) Following one successful collaboration between celebrity chef, Guy Fieri, and restaurateur, Robert Earl, the two dynamic forces have come together to create a new concept that will launch its flagship location at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Chicken Guy! is a fast-casual chain dedicated to serving delicious, succulent chicken tenders paired with a wide variety of flavorful sauces meant to please all palates.
The menu at Chicken Guy! will feature one-of-a-kind all-natural fresh chicken tenders, hand-pounded to maximize crunch and paired with a wide selection of delicious sauces. Brined in fresh lemon juice, pickle brine and buttermilk, and infused with fresh herbs, these tenders deliver on flavor and texture. The menu features the tenders—grilled or fried—in sandwiches, straight up on skewers, or in meal-sized salad bowls, and a wide array of sauces to enjoy with the chicken as well as tempting sides like Guy Fieri’s fries, crowd pleasing mac ‘n cheese, fried pickles and fresh slaw. If all of that isn’t enough to satisfy, Chicken Guy! has two delicious Flavortown Frozen Treats that will make anyone’s mouth water! Guests can end their meal on a sweet note with the Triple Double Ice Cream Treat, a large cup of deliciousness combining triple chocolate and double mint, that may cause a few cases of brain freeze or the Cinnamon Apple, a heaping cup vanilla soft serve ice cream smothered in Cinnamon Toast Crunch & Apple Jacks cereal, yum!
“I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Guy—first with the launch of his sandwich and burger menu at Planet Hollywood. Since then, we have kept in touch, determined to work on more projects together,” said Planet Hollywood Founder and Chairman Robert Earl. “We have found the perfect venture with Chicken Guy!, certain to be a crowd-pleaser. I have personally tasted all the menu items and can’t wait to open at Disney Springs and across the country, because I know our guests will love what Guy has put on the menu.”
Fieri, a chef, entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, has brought his signature blend of authentic-meets-surprising flavors to Chicken Guy!, once again creating crave-worthy blends of spices and seasonings that keep his fans coming back for more. In this new concept, Fieri has taken the always popular chicken tender, endowed
it with a proprietary blend of flavors, and provided guests with a myriad of delicious sauce options resulting in endless combinations of flavors.
“I’m stoked to be building Chicken Guy! with my friend, Robert Earl,” said Fieri. “It’s all about the real deal, all-natural chicken but lemme tell you, our sauce game is on point.”
Opening this summer, Chicken Guy! Is located in the heart of Disney Springs. With a whimsical design that will delight guests as they place their orders, innovative packaging that will make carrying out and enjoying food on the go fun and easy—and, of course, seating will be available indoors and out. No detail has been overlooked in providing the best possible guest experience.
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ABOUT CHICKEN GUY!
With its flagship location opening soon in Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort, Chicken Guy! features one-of-a-kind tenders pounded out to maximize crunchy texture and flavor, served with an array of tantalizing sauces. They are brined in a mixture of fresh lemon juice, pickle brine and buttermilk and infused with a proprietary blend of herbs and spices, giving Chicken Guy! tenders their unique texture and flavor. Sourced from chicken that is all-natural, antibiotic free, never frozen, hand-pounded and breaded fresh every day. Chicken Guy! tenders are paired with your choice of a wide range of delicious sauces–your taste buds will be thanking you for the experience.
For more information, visit www.chickenguy.com  Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @realchickenguy and on Facebook at Chicken Guy
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.
 
 
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New Spooky Experiences Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – There are more nights and new reasons to celebrate the spooky season this year during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special-ticket event runs select nights Aug. 17-Oct. 31, 2018, at Magic Kingdom Park – the earliest it has ever started.
New twists and treats this year include:

On Pirates of the Caribbean, new pirates invade the experience, interacting with sailing guests who will join the search for Gunpowder Pete.
The Mad Tea Party will take guests on a colorful teacup ride, as special lighting and other effects put a glowing new spin on the night.
Explorers visiting Space Mountain will hurtle through deep space, as a new soundtrack and more transform the adventure.
Storybook Circus welcomes the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam, a dance party featuring favorite Disney Junior Characters, including Doc McStuffins.

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Hocus Pocus.” What better way to celebrate the film than with the spellbinding Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt stage where the Sanderson Sisters will “put a spell on you.”
As always, guests should keep their eyes open for dancing ghosts, the Headless Horseman, plus Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and many more beloved Disney Characters in the Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. There will also be plenty of sweets around the park for all trick-or-treaters, including allergy-friendly options. And each night during the party, the skies above an eerily lit Cinderella Castle come alive during Happy HalloWishes, a magical fireworks extravaganza that definitely goes bump in the night!
Advance tickets start at $75 for adults and $70 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). For a full list of event dates, visit MickeyHalloween.com. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as space each night is limited. For more information, call (407) WDISNEY (934-7639).
Guests visiting in August or September can take advantage of a Walt Disney World Resort hotel room offer with discounts of up to 25%. For details, click here or visit DisneyWorld.com. Guests visiting in October, can take advantage of resort hotel discounts of up to 20%. For details, click here or visit DisneyWorld.com.
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Couples Can Now Say ‘I Do’ in front of Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons makes dreams come true at Walt Disney World Resort
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the newest romantic venue available to happy couples looking to “tie the knot” at Walt Disney World Resort. With magical locations inside theme parks and across the resort, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons make that special day truly unforgettable.
New and Exciting Venues for Incredible Weddings
Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – The iconic centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom serves as the picture-perfect backdrop for a memorable wedding. Lush trees and exotic flowers surround the space, creating an enchanted setting.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground – The resort’s 750 acres of pine forest make for a rustic, yet elegant location for a fun and adventurous wedding. Couples can enjoy the timeless beauty of nature in an open-air space with breathtaking views of Seven Seas Lagoon.
The Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – The glitz of Hollywood Boulevard helps set the stage for a glamorous wedding. The Chinese Theatre makes an elegant and unique backdrop when couples exchange vows.
Limitless Venue Options
Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, located steps away from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, is the crown jewel of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings ceremony locations. Guests are treated to enchanting views of Cinderella Castle while the couple exchanges their vows in a fairy-tale setting. Inside this picturesque venue, couples will find white pews, vaulted ceilings and a wall of arched windows with seating for up to 250 guests.
Other locations include unique areas at all four theme parks, as well as ballrooms, restaurants and more at many of the luxurious resort hotels on property.
Options Beyond Walt Disney World Abound
Walt Disney World Resort is just one of the destinations that offers Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. Other options include:

Disneyland Resort in California
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Haw’ii
Disney Cruise Line ships, or at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay

For more information about Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, visit disneyweddings.com, or call (321) 939-4623.
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Experience Joy Throughout the Walt Disney World Resort this Holiday Season

Enchanting experiences, characters, specialty treats and spectacular entertainment make it the most wonderful time of the year to visit the Vacation Kingdom
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (July 9, 2018) – From captivating décor and unique character experiences to delicious treats and magical moments, there is something for everyone during the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort, starting Nov. 8. Here is a preview of the festivities that await guests.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Guests will experience a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Nov. 8-Jan.6, with festive entertainment and exciting holiday touches around the park.

The new Toy Story Land will feature special seasonal fun, such as holiday songs on Alien Swirling Saucers.
Sunset Seasons Greetings returns this year with impressive new laser effects and “snow.” Guests will witness spectacular projections of beloved Disney Characters – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Olaf and others – sharing their favorite seasonal stories as holiday magic transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into scenes of the season.
The nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will combine state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and music to create a one-of-a-kind holiday experience.
Guests will meet Santa at the Once Upon a Time shop Nov.10-Dec. 24, and Santa Goofy after he steps in Dec. 25.

Magic Kingdom Park
Charming decorations, holiday treats, a sparkling icy castle and more will await guests at Magic Kingdom Park, transforming it into an enchanting holiday wonderland.
The holiday festivities at the park will also include Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a specially ticketed, limited-attendance celebration that will take place on select nights starting Nov. 8. Each night of the event will feature an exclusive showing of Holiday Wishes fireworks and performances of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show. Guests will also experience the beauty of a scintillating Cinderella Castle, meet characters in their festive finery and even enjoy complimentary cookies and cocoa.
For more information about this specially ticketed party, guests can visit Disneyworld.com/Christmasparty.
Epcot
Guests will discover joyous holiday traditions from 11 World Showcase nations during Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. Beginning Nov. 18, this year’s festival will deliver a yuletide extravaganza.

Seasonal tastes from around the globe are served at special Holiday Kitchens.
World Showcase pavilions come alive with the sights and sounds of special entertainment celebrating each country’s holiday heritage.
Chip and Dale will be collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree. In Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree scavenger hunt, guests will purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations and travel around World Showcase looking for the famous chipmunks with their ornaments. Guests will then return their completed maps for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale. Maps are available for $6.99 (plus tax).
The nightly fireworks display, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will feature an additional holiday finale.
One of the most popular Epcot traditions, the Candlelight Processional, returns. This retelling of the Christmas story will feature a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a choir. Performances will run three times each night from Nov. 22-Dec. 30.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New this year, the magic of nature will receive a holiday touch with the inclusion of Diwali, the holiday Festival of Lights in India, as part of the new live show UP! A Great Bird Adventure. Starting Nov. 8, guests will join fun-loving pals Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “Up” in discovering some of the world’s most exotic birds.
Disney Springs
Disney Springs will be the perfect destination for holiday shopping, dining and entertainment, with the chance to experience holiday magic along the way. Festivities run Nov. 8-Jan. 5:

Guests will stroll through the Christmas Tree Trail and view custom-decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme featuring characters like Mary Poppins, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, among others.
At Santa’s Chalet, Santa Claus will accept Christmas wish lists and welcome guests. From Dec. 25-Dec. 31, Santa Goofy will take over after Old Saint Nick heads back to the North Pole.
Guests will take part in Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt and discover where the mischievous Experiment 626 is hiding.

Holiday Fun at Resort Hotels
Resorts across Walt Disney World will be decked out for the holidays. Special offerings include:

Life-size edible creations will take shape at select resorts. A holiday gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be home to The Bake Shop, where guests will pick up holiday treats, including the namesake gingerbread. A life-size, edible spinning carousel is a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, while a holiday village with a miniature train takes center stage at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
In the lobbies of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests will take in the grandeur of massive Christmas trees.
No holiday is complete without a special dining experience. Holiday menus that celebrate the season will be found at restaurants throughout Walt Disney World. For holiday dining information and reservations, guests can call (407) WDW-DINE.

Ring in the New Year at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
To celebrate the New Year, guests will be able to choose between two New Year’s Eve celebrations at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration and Disney Countdown to Midnight, including an option to purchase VIP access to the Ink and Paint Club. Both celebrations will feature entertainment, music, food and refreshments, plus a viewing of the Magic Kingdom New Year’s Eve fireworks to cap off the night.
To make it even easier to vacation at Walt Disney World during the holidays, guests can visit www.DisneyWorld.com/Holidays.
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Experience Joy Through the Walt Disney World Resort this Holiday Season

Enchanting experiences, characters, specialty treats and spectacular entertainment make it the most wonderful time of the year to visit the Vacation Kingdom
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (July 9, 2018) – From captivating décor and unique character experiences to delicious treats and magical moments, there is something for everyone during the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort, starting Nov. 8. Here is a preview of the festivities that await guests.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Guests will experience a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Nov. 8-Jan.6, with festive entertainment and exciting holiday touches around the park.

The new Toy Story Land will feature special seasonal fun, such as holiday songs on Alien Swirling Saucers.
Sunset Seasons Greetings returns this year with impressive new laser effects and “snow.” Guests will witness spectacular projections of beloved Disney Characters – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Olaf and others – sharing their favorite seasonal stories as holiday magic transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into scenes of the season.
The nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will combine state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and music to create a one-of-a-kind holiday experience.
Guests will meet Santa at the Once Upon a Time shop Nov.10-Dec. 24, and Santa Goofy after he steps in Dec. 25.

Magic Kingdom Park
Charming decorations, holiday treats, a sparkling icy castle and more will await guests at Magic Kingdom Park, transforming it into an enchanting holiday wonderland.
The holiday festivities at the park will also include Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a specially ticketed, limited-attendance celebration that will take place on select nights starting Nov. 8. Each night of the event will feature an exclusive showing of Holiday Wishes fireworks and performances of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show. Guests will also experience the beauty of a scintillating Cinderella Castle, meet characters in their festive finery and even enjoy complimentary cookies and cocoa.
For more information about this specially ticketed party, guests can visit Disneyworld.com/Christmasparty.
Epcot
Guests will discover joyous holiday traditions from 11 World Showcase nations during Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. Beginning Nov. 18, this year’s festival will deliver a yuletide extravaganza.

Seasonal tastes from around the globe are served at special Holiday Kitchens.
World Showcase pavilions come alive with the sights and sounds of special entertainment celebrating each country’s holiday heritage.
Chip and Dale will be collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree. In Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree scavenger hunt, guests will purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations and travel around World Showcase looking for the famous chipmunks with their ornaments. Guests will then return their completed maps for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale. Maps are available for $6.99 (plus tax).
The nightly fireworks display, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will feature an additional holiday finale.
One of the most popular Epcot traditions, the Candlelight Processional, returns. This retelling of the Christmas story will feature a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a choir. Performances will run three times each night from Nov. 22-Dec. 30.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New this year, the magic of nature will receive a holiday touch with the inclusion of Diwali, the holiday Festival of Lights in India, as part of the new live show UP! A Great Bird Adventure. Starting Nov. 8, guests will join fun-loving pals Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “Up” in discovering some of the world’s most exotic birds.
Disney Springs
Disney Springs will be the perfect destination for holiday shopping, dining and entertainment, with the chance to experience holiday magic along the way. Festivities run Nov. 8-Jan. 5:

Guests will stroll through the Christmas Tree Trail and view custom-decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme featuring characters like Mary Poppins, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, among others.
At Santa’s Chalet, Santa Claus will accept Christmas wish lists and welcome guests. From Dec. 25-Dec. 31, Santa Goofy will take over after Old Saint Nick heads back to the North Pole.
Guests will take part in Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt and discover where the mischievous Experiment 626 is hiding.

Holiday Fun at Resort Hotels
Resorts across Walt Disney World will be decked out for the holidays. Special offerings include:

Life-size edible creations will take shape at select resorts. A holiday gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be home to The Bake Shop, where guests will pick up holiday treats, including the namesake gingerbread. A life-size, edible spinning carousel is a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, while a holiday village with a miniature train takes center stage at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
In the lobbies of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests will take in the grandeur of massive Christmas trees.
No holiday is complete without a special dining experience. Holiday menus that celebrate the season will be found at restaurants throughout Walt Disney World. For holiday dining information and reservations, guests can call (407) WDW-DINE.

Ring in the New Year at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
To celebrate the New Year, guests will be able to choose between two New Year’s Eve celebrations at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration and Disney Countdown to Midnight, including an option to purchase VIP access to the Ink and Paint Club. Both celebrations will feature entertainment, music, food and refreshments, plus a viewing of the Magic Kingdom New Year’s Eve fireworks to cap off the night.
To make it even easier to vacation at Walt Disney World during the holidays, guests can visit www.DisneyWorld.com/Holidays.
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23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Celebrates Global Flavors at Walt Disney World Resort

Summer-into-fall 75-day event serves up culinary extravaganza, Aug. 30-Nov. 12, 2018    
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The aromas and flavors of more than 30 global food and beverage marketplaces, plus a full menu of new offerings such as “Sunday Brunch with the Chef” series, will welcome guests to Epcot during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 30-Nov. 12, 2018.
Throughout the celebrated 75-day event, guests will have a chance to meet their favorite celebrity chefs, try a new Food & Beverage Pairing in the Festival Center each Friday through Sunday, and get their gourmet groove on at nightly Eat to the Beat Concert Series shows. The first of five popular Party for the Senses events will kick off Sept. 22 in the park’s World ShowPlace Events pavilion.
One of America’s top food festivals since 1996, the Epcot dine-around extravaganza will surprise guests with new and inspiring sips and bites throughout the park’s World Showcase and on into several Future World venues.
Here’s the latest festival buzz:

The NEW Taste Track global marketplace featuring specialty croissant doughnuts (add gelato for an extra-sweet treat) joins dozens of popular returning marketplaces. For a fourth year, global marketplaces will extend into Future World to offer brand-new taste sensations. Disney chefs are in the kitchen whipping up delicious new bites like Butternut Squash Ravioli with brown butter vinaigrette, Parmesan cheese and pumpkin seeds at The Wine & Dine Studio; Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak with smoked corn cake, pickled vegetable slaw and cilantro aïoli at Flavors from Fire; and New Brunswick Slider, slow-braised beef brisket “pot roast-style” on a potato roll with horseradish cream, crispy fried onions and pickled vegetables on the side at the Hops & Barley
The NEW “Sunday Brunch with the Chef” series in World ShowPlace will kick off Sept. 2 with Top Chef All-Star Richard Blais and continue on select Sundays through Nov. 11 with a lineup that includes Jamie Deen, Tiffani Thiessen, Masaharu Morimoto, Buddy Valastro, Art Smith, Geoffrey Zakarian, Carla Hall and Alex Guarnaschelli.
Eat to the Beat concerts – 225 shows in all – will rev up the America Gardens Theatre stage three times each night with new musical acts including Vertical Horizon, Sheila E, 98 Degrees, MercyMe and Glass Tiger, along with returning festival favorites spanning a broad range of eras and genres from rock and pop to rhythm and blues.
The grandest of the festival’s don’t-miss tasting events, Party for the Senses at World ShowPlace, will welcome acclaimed chefs and vintners Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and Nov. 10 to showcase creative bites and palate-pleasing sips with sensational live entertainment.
“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops Wednesdays and Thursdays will offer new opportunities for guests to interact with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros. Event hosts and topics will be announced this summer.
Popular TV chefs and other culinary icons will entertain guests and inspire their palates at festival seminars and other events. Just a few of the big names on tap are Robert Irvine, Maneet Chauhan, Jet Tila, Shaun O’Neale, Keegan Gerhard, Dan Pashman and Rock Harper.

Throughout the festival, park guests can pair wines, beers and cocktails with savory and sweet dishes as they stroll the park and let their complimentary festival passports be their guide. As guests explore, they’ll find something for everyone in the family:

A “Ratatouille”-inspired adventure is back as Chef Remy encourages families to play together during Remy’s Ratatouille Hide ‘n’ Squeak scavenger hunt. This year Remy is hiding in all new locations!

Other returning favorites include:

The complimentary Back to Basics weekend series offered in the Festival Center will share epicurean tips and tricks from the pros. Book and bottle signings by some of the world’s top vintners will be available, and The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli, will offer guest samples.
Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars will offer daily learning and tasting sessions at the Festival Center. On select Saturdays, Cheese Seminars will be a fromage fan’s delight.
Eat to the Beat Dining Packages and other Specialty Dining and Pairing events will be on tap at a number of Epcot participating restaurants. Bookings for special programming and premium festival events is open now.

Included with Epcot Admission
Back to Basics series, book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, Festival Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.
Special Programming by Reservation
Party for the Senses grand tasting events, signature dinners and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission. Guests can call (407) WDW-FEST (939-3378) to make reservations and find more details at TasteEpcot.com.
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Toy Story Land Continues Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World Resort

Lightning McQueen to star in new Cars experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, joining a host of upcoming new attractions, restaurants and more throughout the resort 
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 29, 2018) – As Toy Story Land is about to become part of the Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney executives today provided updates on other exciting projects at the resort – including news of a high-revving addition coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 
The updates precede Saturday’s much-anticipated grand opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests to this new land become “honorary toys” and play with their favorite Toy Story characters in fun adventures throughout Andy’s backyard.  
“Disney World is enjoying the most significant period of growth in the last two decades, thanks in large part to Toy Story Land,” said George A. Kalogridis, President of Walt Disney World Resort. He noted the new land is part of a “Disney Theme Park trifecta” with last year’s opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming in 2019 to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. “In the run-up to 2021 and the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, more exciting new attractions and experiences are planned that position the resort for continued growth and galvanize Disney’s place as the leading vacation destination in the world.”  
Kalogridis was joined by Catherine Powell, President, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – Western Region, as well as executives from Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks Live Entertainment.  
In news announced today, speeding into Disney’s Hollywood Studios early next year will be – Ka-chow! – Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. The all-new show-attraction, to be located in Sunset Showcase near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, will immerse guests in the world of Cars and bring them face to face with racing legend Lightning McQueen. With help from friends Mater and Cruz Ramirez, McQueen will demonstrate racing techniques on a new simulator and share career highlights with his guests. Of course, this is Lightning McQueen, so a few twists and turns are to be expected on the road ahead. 
Incredible Summer 2018…and Beyond 
Disney executives also provided updates on previously announced attractions and experiences aimed at creating magical Walt Disney World vacations for guests both now and in the future, starting with Disney’s Incredible Summer already underway.  
From Supers to an intergalactic concert and much more, Incredible Summer highlights include: 

Magic Kingdom Park is home to the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo, featuring character appearances, dancing, special activities, Incredibles-themed décor and more. 

Star-Lord and Gamora are part of daily cosmic concerts at Epcot in Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!, with an alien band playing timeless classics from the ’70s and ‘80s in the America Gardens Theatre. 
Donald’s Dino-Bash at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a prehistoric party in DinoLand USA hosted by Donald Duck and featuring Disney characters in dino-themed attire. 
UP! A Great Bird Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom invites guests to discover some of the world’s most exotic birds during an all-new show starring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “Up.”  

Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Midst of Multi-Year Transformation 
Toy Story Land and Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy are part of a multi-year transformation of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where guests will experience their own adventures in the worlds of their cinematic imaginations and make cherished memories like never before. Upcoming attractions and experiences in and around the park include:  
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge 
Late fall 2019 is liftoff for the new 14-acre land inviting guests to live their own Star Wars adventures, taking them inside stories from a galaxy far, far away. Guests will explore Black Spire Outpost, the largest settlement on the remote planet Batuu. Here they will meet characters both familiar and new and experience the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and adventures of the Outer Rim and Wild Space. 
One attraction will be an epic Star Wars adventure unlike anything Disney has ever created. It will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Elsewhere in the land, guests will step aboard the Millennium Falcon and pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, firing laser cannons and steering the starship through deep space.  
In summer 2019, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will also open at Disneyland Park in Southern California. 
Immersive Star Wars-Themed Resort Hotel 
Fans will live out their Star Wars adventures beyond the theme parks with an epic experience at a groundbreaking new Star Wars-themed hotel concept located near Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests will enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience where a luxury resort meets a multi-day adventure in the Star Wars galaxy, as adventures unfold around their starship. An opening date will be announced later. 
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway 
Opening in 2019, the first ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will feature a new original story and lovable theme song as it takes Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts. New technologies will transform the two-dimensional cartoon world into an astounding multi-dimensional experience. 
Disney Junior Dance Party 
In fall 2018, the new Disney Junior Dance Party premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This interactive performance will feature high-energy music, a vibrant party atmosphere, special effects and characters from popular Disney Junior TV shows. Guests join all the fun with the stars of “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” “Doc McStuffins,” “The Lion Guard” and the newest hit series, “Vampirina.”  
Play Disney Parks App Encourages Families to Play Together 
Launching June 30 at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, the Play Disney Parks App will turn wait times into play times for the entire family to enjoy together. Free to download from the App Store and Google Play, the app offers all-new interactive experiences and activities created for select attraction queues, including Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania! Guests using the app earn uniquely themed achievements as rewards for playing games, answering trivia, completing challenges and experiencing select attractions. The app also allows guests to celebrate the songs of Disney by accessing playlists directly from Apple Music – a curated audio experience inspired by Disney Theme Park lands.  
Disney Springs Continues to Offer Wide Range of Dining and Entertainment Experiences 
Wine Bar George by Orlando Master Sommelier George Miliotis is now open, offering more than 130 selections by the ounce, glass and bottle in a range of varietals, vintages and prices. And coming summer 2019 is the new NBA Experience that will offer a mix of games, competitions, hands-on immersive experiences, a retail store and more. 
Exciting Expansions on the Way for Disney’s Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach Resorts 
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will open a new 15-story tower in summer 2019, including 500-plus new rooms and suites, as well as concierge-level services, a rooftop restaurant and other enhancements. As part of the transformation of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort later this year, Old Port Royal will provide a new centralized location with more convenient access to services, amenities and dining with a tropical flare. 
Disney’s Riviera Resort to Become 15th Disney Vacation Club Property 
The proposed 15th Disney Vacation Club property will be located near Epcot with a rooftop restaurant showcasing panoramic views of nighttime spectaculars at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. An opening date will be announced later.  
Minnie Van Service Now Open to All Walt Disney World Resort Guests 
Now available to everyone at Walt Disney World Resort, Minnie Van service offers a comfy, convenient and expedient way for guests to travel to and from theme parks, to dining reservations at resort hotels, to shopping sprees at Disney Springs and much more. Minnie Van service to and from Orlando International Airport is also available.  
New Disney Skyliner Will Connect Select Resort Hotels with Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios 
Starry-eyed guests will glide in overhead gondolas to two Disney Theme Parks from any of four Epcot-area hotels aboard this new transportation system. Disney Skyliner will offer Tinker Bell views as guests float to either Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios on roundtrips from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the proposed Disney’s Riviera Resort. An opening date for Disney Skyliner will be announced later.   
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First-Of-Its-Kind ‘Play Disney Parks’ Mobile App Debuts This Week at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – June 26, 2018 – Guests can explore the Disney theme parks like never before with the Play Disney Parks mobile app, a transformative new digital entertainment offering that will make its official debut on June 30 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.
The Play Disney Parks app will bring to life unique interactive experiences that enable guests of all ages to access a wide range of activities including themed games, Disney trivia, digital achievements, music and so much more – whether they are playing on Main Street, U.S.A. or waiting in line at beloved attractions.
Developed in close collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering, Play Disney Parks was designed for families and guests to enjoy together, with group play options that enable everyone to join in on the fun while staying fully engaged in the immersive environments of Disney parks. The app will be available for iOS and Android platforms and will be free to download.
“Play Disney Parks represents the next step in how we use innovative digital technology to enhance the guest experience in our parks,” said Vivek Sharma, Senior Vice President of Digital Guest Experience and eCommerce for Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “The app is designed to help guests immerse themselves in the Disney stories they know and love in a whole new way.”
Turn Wait Time into Play Time
With an imaginative set of in-queue games, wait time will turn into play time at select in-park locations as guests play games that interact with the physical environment around them – from activating special show effects to uncovering magical surprises during their experience.
Joy-filled experiences and quests can be found throughout the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort and the two theme parks at Disneyland Resort, including discovering happy thoughts with Tinker Bell before setting sail on Peter Pan’s Flight, embarking on galactic training missions prior to boarding Space Mountain and even playing a whimsical series of mini-games with Buzz, Woody and the “Toy Story” gang at new Disney·Pixar areas opening this summer:

Walt Disney World Resort: At the soon-to-be-unveiled Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests can extend their play time at the new Slinky Dog Dash coaster with “Andy’s Board Game Blast,” a fun game that Andy has crafted in his backyard from some spare toys, cardboard boxes and his own imagination. Guests visiting this new land will also be able to experience “Playset Party,” a game in which they help assemble the Toy Story Mania! playset.
Disneyland Resort: At the newly reimagined Pixar Pierin Disney California Adventure, guests can also experience “Playset Party” while progressing through the queue of Toy Story Mania! and preparing to take a spin on this guest-favorite attraction.

Earn Themed Achievements
Guests signed into their Disney account, available to guests 13 and over, can also earn, collect and share uniquely themed achievements, rewarded for experiences both in the app and across the Disney parks. Whether venturing to certain attractions in the parks or accomplishing an impressive feat at an in-queue game, guests are able to use this feature to showcase their in-park experiences and Disney fandom while filling their “Playfile” with these special achievements.
Listen to the Songs and Sounds of Disney
Guests will be able to celebrate their Disney vacation with an enchanting audio experience featuring the music of Disney and the classic sounds of the Disney theme parks. Before, after or during their next visit, guests can listen to Apple Music in the Play Disney Parks app to access curated playlists inspired by beloved lands, attractions and characters – and some favorite memories too.*
Uncover Disney Trivia and Fun Facts
Through the Disney trivia feature, guests can band together before, during or after their visit to see if they have what it takes to become Disney trivia masters as they discover fun facts about their favorite theme parks.
The new Play Disney Parks app is the latest addition to the Disney Parks digital app portfolio. Play Disney Parks complements the popular My Disney Experience app at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland App at Disneyland Resort, the convenient places for guests to plan their visit, access important information such as attraction wait times and park hours and utilize services like mobile food ordering.
And this is just the beginning. Play Disney Parks is planned to grow and evolve over time with new experiences and offerings at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, including at the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, coming to Disneyland Resort in summer 2019 and Walt Disney World Resort in late fall 2019. For the latest updates, follow the dedicated Play Disney Parks app pages – Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort  – as well as the #PlayDisneyParks hashtag on social media.
Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations, and features may vary by handset, service provider or otherwise. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.
*Some features require Apple Music subscription and are only available on iOS devices. Separate terms and conditions apply.
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Android is a trademark of Google LLC.
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In Their Own Words: Disney, Pixar Executives Reflect on Toy Story Land

Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products
The opening of Toy Story Land is a big step in the evolution of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as we transform it from a place that took guests behind the scenes into one that puts them at the center of the action. We’re thrilled to invite guests to visit Andy’s backyard and to experience what it’s like to play right alongside their favorite Toy Story characters – all thanks to the amazing partnership between our Imagineers and the storytellers at Pixar.
Catherine Powell, President, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Western Region
I’m thrilled we’re adding Toy Story Land to Walt Disney World’s incredible portfolio of storytelling experiences. Enhancing Pixar’s presence in our parks with this delightful new land will enchant our guests, bringing them joy and excitement. It is a pleasure to welcome these beloved characters into their new home.
George A. Kalogridis, President, Walt Disney World Resort
Toy Story Land is the result of an amazing progression. What began in the imagination and took shape at Pixar Animation Studios is now brought to life as an actual place where you can step into this iconic story. I am very proud of all the Cast Members, Imagineers and our Pixar partners who played a role in the creation of this incredible new land. Our guests are going to love it.
Phil Holmes, Vice President, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Toy Story films and characters hold a special place in our guests’ hearts, as we’ve seen with the continued popularity of Toy Story Mania! and nearby character greetings with Buzz Lightyear and Woody. Toy Story Land gives our guests a chance to become part of the story in a whole new way. From welcoming our guests to the new land to bringing fun to every moment of their visits, our Cast Members are ready to make Toy Story Land a place where families create cherished memories.
Roger Gould, Creative Director, Theme Parks, Pixar Animation Studios
Everyone at Pixar is thrilled to see the Toy Story films coming to life so spectacularly in Toy Story Land. Watching our stories and characters leap off the screen into the fun and whimsical world of Toy Story Land is a joy for all of us at the studio. Naturally, we love animation and we love the Disney Parks, so it’s amazing to collaborate with our partners at Walt Disney Imagineering to create this enormous immersive world. And just as each Toy Story film expands the world of our favorite toy friends, our land gave us loads of opportunities to invent and open up the world with new fun and surprises. We’re delighted to join Disney in the fun and invite guests to explore Andy’s backyard – full of their favorite toys – ’cause Andy’s away and it’s time to play!
Bob Weis, President, Walt Disney Imagineering
Toy Story Land showcases Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering’s high caliber of storytelling and brings a new energy and enthusiasm to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As the design lead on the park’s creation, and having worked on various expansion projects, it’s been rewarding to see the park evolve and grow throughout the years. I’m looking forward to 2019, as we put the finishing touches on this amazing transformation, which is the largest expansion Disney’s Hollywood Studios has ever seen and will bring to life some of the most immersive experiences we’ve ever created.
Kathy Mangum, Regional Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
I’ll never forget the first time I saw “Toy Story” in the theater. The movie was utterly charming, from its funny and relatable characters, to its poignant storyline, to its playful and eye-grabbing art direction – it was a movie that resonated with me and the entire audience. Once we saw “Toy Story,” we never looked at an animated movie in the same way again. How lucky we are that we get to expand the world of this movie by bringing it to our guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
One of my greatest pleasures during my career at Walt Disney Imagineering has been working with the team on creating a whole new land based on these wonderful films that just seems to be getting better with each new movie. Toy Story Land is a very special place, and I’m thrilled at the thought of all the new memories that will be created here for millions of guests in the years to come.
Dave Minichiello, Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering
It has been an incredibly rewarding experience bringing Toy Story Land to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and I’m sure it will soon be a classic land our guests will love to visit here at Walt Disney World Resort. The Toy Story films and characters are as beloved by our guests today as they have ever been, and with the opening of Toy Story Land and next summer’s release of “Toy Story 4,” these stories will continue to live on for generations to come. I am so proud to bring this amazing land to life with the rest of my Walt Disney Imagineering team, our incredibly talented Pixar partners and our contractor teams, so our guests can experience, enjoy and have a magical time together in Andy’s backyard.
Bettina Buckley, Vice President, Disney Parks Live Entertainment
Our new live entertainment helps bring Andy’s backyard to life. As honorary toys, our guests will get to play with toys their own size. They will meet Toy Story stars Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie; become new recruits with Sarge and be part of the Green Army Drum Corps. Entertainment helps guests “play big” in Toy Story Land, and we are excited to see all the fun those interactions will bring.
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