A Big New Way to Play Comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Summer: Toy Story Land!

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – It’s a joy-filled, toy-filled world as only Disney can create, and it opens June 30, 2018. The new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort, inspired by Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films, turns guests of all ages into “honorary toys” and allows them to PLAY BIG in the whimsical world of a child’s imagination.
In Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, Slinky Dog, Green Army Men and other fun-loving Toy Story characters come to life in the outdoor setting of Andy’s backyard. A world of toys surrounds guests: giant building blocks, Tinkertoys, yo-yos, board-game pieces, dominoes, Scrabble tiles, and even a giant roller coaster set. The entire land encourages the best playtime ever.
Toy Story Land includes two all-new attractions and a new entrance for an enduring favorite. Guests hop on Slinky Dog for a family-friendly roller coaster ride, take a spin with the little green Aliens from Pizza Planet and go for the high score in midway games populated by beloved Toy Story toys.
Toy Story Land also celebrates what defines entertainment for kids of all ages. Crayola crayons, a Rubik’s Cube, Cooties, and other toys and games pour on the nostalgia for park-goers – and fascinate young ones. With building blocks around every corner, there are lampposts shaped like Tinkertoys and benches built from Lincoln Logs and K’nex pieces. A balsa-wood glider, a Barrel of Monkeys, giant playing cards and jacks add to the visual tapestry of the new land.
Sheriff Woody, standing nearly 20 feet tall, welcomes all to Toy Story Land by jauntily leaning on a tall assemblage of colorful wooden blocks, tipping his wide-brimmed hat to guests while holding onto his trusty lasso.
“With set pieces, staging, attractions and experiences, Toy Story Land represents the best of Walt Disney Imagineering’s collaboration with our storytelling partners at Pixar Animation Studios,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “This new land will place guests inside the wondrous world of Woody, Buzz and their pals – and invite everyone to experience the joy of being a toy.”
Slinky Dog Dash 
From his Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Kit, Andy has assembled his roller coaster for maximum family fun. But instead of just using the roller coaster vehicle that came with the kit, Andy has put his Slinky Dog on the track. The result is a family-friendly thrill ride around the backyard that includes two launches. Tracks and supports in bright colors of red, orange, yellow and blue were snapped together according to Andy’s hand-drawn plans. Rex and Jessie helped by stringing lights above Andy’s stacked Jenga game pieces. To complete his creation, Andy picked everyone’s favorite floppy-eared dachshund with a stretching coil body – Slinky Dog – and dropped it onto the coaster track. Slinky Dog Dash is inspired by the delightful pooch spinoff of Slinky, the classic 1940s American toy. Riders of all ages delight as Slinky Dog bends and twists his coils around curves, over hills and down drops in the Slinky-est coaster ever. In each 18-passenger coaster train, riders zip around and above Toy Story Land, catching great vistas of all the new land has to offer. In a first for a Disney coaster, Slinky Dog Dash features a second launch at its midpoint as riders experience cool sound effects and spinning lights, darting through a series of rings on their way to the attraction’s finale featuring Wheezy, the squeaky penguin from the Toy Story films.
Alien Swirling Saucers 
Brace yourself for out-of-this-world thrills, because the Aliens have powered up their flying saucers! Alien Swirling Saucers immerses guests in the playful world of Andy’s imagination. This galactic space toy is designed as a playset Andy won at the Pizza Planet restaurant. The adorable little green Aliens from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story swirl about in toy rocket ships with guests in tow, while “The Claw” hangs overhead. Two sets of 11 saucer/rocket-ship pairings spin guests through a multi-colored galaxy to a raucous, energetic musical beat.
Toy Story Mania! 
While Andy’s away, the toys will play! Toy Story Mania! – one of the most popular attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – receives a colorful all-new entrance. Evoking the fun in store, the entrance is actually the box Andy’s Toy Story Mania! game came in. Recently updated with a third track, the attraction allows even more guests to experience the carnival playset action, using virtual objects from baseballs to cream pies to hit targets in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced scenarios. To the highest scorer go the bragging rights!
Woody’s Lunch Box 
When it’s time for on-the-go refreshments, Woody’s Lunch Box serves tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats from a walk-up window in a setting surrounded by Andy’s favorite toys and a giant vintage thermos. Order a grilled three-cheese sandwich, grab a seat under festooned lighting at a Tinkertoy table and take in the scene. You’ll even spot Sarge, the Green Army Men leader, in a tower on the lookout for Andy. Woody’s Lunch Box features Mini Babybel cheese – the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort. Babybel’s famous cheese wheel also provides inspiration for fun chairs and tables nearby.
Two merchandise locations – a toy camper and toy dump truck – offer shoppers logo merchandise, must-have collectibles and unique gifts sure to become long-lasting memories of their time in Toy Story Land. Special items sure to become guest favorites are small scale replica toys of the attraction vehicles, a Slinky Dog that can be a tabletop toy or double as a fashionable accessory, and colorful headbands sprouting an Alien or Slinky Dog himself.
To add to the fun, Woody, Jessie, Buzz and their pals appear throughout the land. The Green Army Drum Corps creates a playfully percussive rhythm, and Sarge and the Green Army Patrol march through the land, playing games with guests in a fun and interactive boot camp – ten-hut!
Toy Story Land is part of a multi-year reimagining of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the largest expansion in the theme park’s history. Next year will see the premiere of the all-new, 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This new land will allow guests to visit Black Spire Outpost, a remote trading port on the edge of wild space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life – and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action. Also coming in 2019 is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The first Mickey-themed ride-through attraction in Disney Parks history will feature new technology, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that put guests in the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon short. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is transforming into a place where everyone can play together and experience their own adventures in the immersive worlds of their cinematic imagination.
Toy Story Land: At a Glance 
• The latest addition to Walt Disney World Resort, Toy Story Land is new at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
• Project announced: Aug. 15, 2015
• Size of land: 11 acres
• Opening: June 30, 2018
• Featured attractions: Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and an updated Toy Story Mania!
Other Toy Story-Themed Lands Around the World 
• Toy Story Playland, Walt Disney Studios Paris – Aug. 17, 2010
• Toy Story Land, Hong Kong Disneyland – Nov. 17, 2011
• Toy Story Land, Shanghai Disneyland – April 26, 2018
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Walt Disney World Paints the Sky Red, White and Blue with Independence Day Fireworks

Special character interactions, live entertainment, holiday treats and more round out Fourth of July offerings across the resort
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July and Walt Disney World Resort, and on Independence Day 2018, Disney theme parks will offer guests a bevy of booming delights.
Nighttime “wows” for the holiday include:
Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky
Fireworks will soar above Magic Kingdom Park while the air swells with patriotic melodies. The two-nights-only show starts at 9:15 p.m. on July 3 and July 4.
Also at Magic Kingdom Park:

DJs will host dance parties in Frontierland and Tomorrowland on July 3 and July 4.
The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History: Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and friends reenact famous moments in American history – as only they can. The live show is performed daily in Liberty Square.

FUN FACT: The Liberty Bell in Liberty Square is a replica cast from the same mold of the original in Philadelphia; it was placed in Magic Kingdom Park in recognition of the bicentennial of the United States Constitution in 1987.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
The perennial “kiss goodnight” at Epcot will include a special fireworks finale that paints the sky red, white and blue. The spectacular begins at 9 p.m. on July 4.
Also at Epcot:

The Voices of Liberty a cappella group will perform traditional Americana songs on the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.
Disney Characters dressed in Independence Day attire will meet guests during the day at The American Adventure.

FUN FACT: More than 26,000 feet of lights outline the Epcot World Showcase pavilions that play a role in “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
Fireworks are just one portion of this immersive nighttime experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Adding state-of-the-art projection effects, dynamic lighting and lasers, the show transports guests to a galaxy far, far away and into iconic scenes from the Star Wars saga. This one-of-a-kind “wow” begins at 10 p.m. on July 4.
FUN FACT: The show now includes an all-new sequence from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
Patriotic Treats
Select theme parks and resorts will offer exclusive dessert items in honor of Independence Day. Examples include:

A Fourth of July cupcake featuring an apple-pie filling at Creature Comforts and Isles of Java at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
A sparkly red-white-and-blue coconut macaroon dipped in white chocolate at BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort.
Patriotic dipped strawberries and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse mini-domes at Amorette’s at Disney Springs.

The Fourth at the Fort
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will offer several special events around the Fourth of July holiday:

The Fourth of July 5K Run will take place Tuesday, July 3. Pre-registration is available June 24-30 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. in the field next to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ; the run begins from that location at 7:30 a.m.
The Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade begins at 4 p.m. on July 4. Registration will be open June 24-30 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn.
The Fourth of July Beach Bash at Clementine’s Beach will take place from 6-11 p.m. on July 4. Guests will enjoy a live DJ, dancing, games, contests, a movie, and more. In addition, the Fort Wilderness food truck will be available in the settlement area with delicious items for purchase.

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It’s a Dandy Time for Dads this Father’s Day at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Walt Disney World Resort is the place to give Dad the special treatment this Father’s Day. Day or night, it’s all about celebrating Dads, husbands and all the special guys who deserve the very best on their special day.
DAYTIME WITH DAD
If Dad’s an adrenaline junkie, start the day with exhilarating rides and shows at any of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom

For the ultimate out-of-this-world adventure, take Dad to Pandora – The World of Avatar to experience Avatar Flight of Passage, the top-rated attraction at Walt Disney World Resort. Fly on the back of a banshee and soar between floating mountains in this one-of-a-kind journey.
After returning to Earth, guests can grab their passports and head to Asia for a thrilling, high-speed climb into the Himalayas on Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

Epcot

Car aficionados will get their fix on Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, where guests design a virtual concept vehicle and take it for a high-octane spin. Afterwards, Dad can pose for a picture with a Chevrolet dream car.
Head over to Soarin’ Around the World for a breezy, airborne adventure above some of the most breathtaking wonders the world has to offer.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Only a boat ride away from Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! In this show, viewers can get a behind-the-scenes look at movie-making magic. Dad can even volunteer to be part of the action.
Take a trip down memory lane on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, where Dad can relive his rock star days in a super-stretch limo featuring songs by Aerosmith. 

SPORTS AND SNACKS
If sports are Dad’s thing, head over to the ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk. With nearly 100 video monitors, each featuring global satellite feeds, families can watch virtually any televised game while enjoying a pub-style menu that includes popular items such as wings, loaded tots and craft-beer batter fish & chips. Dad can relax with delicious specialty cocktails and craft beers on tap, while surrounded by the best in televised sports entertainment—including a 108-square-foot video wall!
A Round of (Foot) Golf with Dad
What’s better than hitting the course with Dad?  This Father’s Day, golfers 18 years-old and under play for free with Dad at all Walt Disney World Golf courses.
And for the very first time, Walt Disney World Golf, operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management, is proud to offer the game of FootGolf on Disney’s Oak Trail golf course. The 18-Hole FootGolf course is certified by the American FootGolf League (AFGL), the governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the United States. For more information, visit golfwdw.com/footgolf
SUMMER NIGHT DELIGHTS  
After a day of park-hopping and sports, head to Disney Springs and treat Dad to specialty shops, amazing dining and entertainment. Here’s a sampling of what’s in store:

The Boathouse is the only place in the world where Dads can thrill to a Captain’s Guided Tour in a vintage Amphicar that drives on land and enter the waters of Lake Buena Vista with a splash. The Boathouse is also home to one of the world’s largest collections of fully restored Dream Boats from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s – from classic Chris-Crafts to a one-of-a-kind jet boat that once reached speeds of over 200mph.
Live Entertainment – Treat Dad to great music and entertainment with any of the 25 live performers and acts that appear nightly at Disney Springs.
Tommy Bahama, the retail location known for its island flair and garden-grove ambiance, is celebrating Dads and the “Boys of Summer” with MLB® With its new MLB Collection, on the field or in the stands, Dads can be game-ready in ball club gear.
The Art of Shaving serves up high-end grooming greatness for the modern man. Fathers can choose from essentials that go from brushes and creams to razors and travel kits.

With over 50 food and beverage locations, including five restaurants by James Beard Award-winning chefs, Disney Springs is the go-to place for a lunch or dinner date with Dad.

Start with a meal fit for a champ at Paddlefish. This on-the-water restaurant will serve a special “T-Bone & Tail” Father’s Day meal – a 20oz T-Bone and cold water lobster tail with a classic béarnaise sauce for $59.
Families can treat Dads to tasty drinks carefully paired with delicious dishes in the new Discover Bourbon at Disney Springs experience. Whether Dad is a bourbon aficionado or just enjoys sipping and savoring new drinks, this experience is perfect for an afternoon stroll or an evening out with family.
For a sweet snack, Amorette’s Patisserie will offer dipped “Tuxedo” strawberries and special treats honoring a beloved Disney Dad – Geppetto from “Pinocchio.” The treats will be available June 14-17, 2018.

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Memorial Day Weekend Marks the Start of an Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – (May 25, 2018) The fun is heating up at Walt Disney World Resort with all-new entertainment and more set to debut Memorial Day weekend rounding out a simply incredible kick-off to summer.
Donald’s Dino-Bash! is a lively celebration with festive decor and character greetings galore, premiering May 25 in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. During this prehistoric party Donald and pals take over DinoLand U.S.A. to celebrate Donald’s new-found discovery that ducks are actually descendants of dinosaurs. Guests will enjoy photo ops and greetings in several locations with feathered friends like Donald, Daisy, Scrooge McDuck, Launchpad McQuack, and others during a rip-roaring party. The day culminates with a nightly Dino-Riffic dance party with Chip ‘n Dale, along with a DJ spinning wild tunes.
At Magic Kingdom Park, Super Heroes take center stage with the May 25 premiere of the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo. This celebration of all things super welcomes Edna Mode – the legendary supersuit designer for the Supers – to Magic Kingdom Park for the first time ever. Mr. Incredible, Frozone, Mrs. Incredible and other characters from the Disney●Pixar film, “The Incredibles,” and the upcoming “Incredibles 2,” join together for an interactive celebration featuring incredible decor and high-energy music. Families can even get their groove on during “Super Party Time,” a continuous dance party and show on the Rockettower Plaza Stage with themed games and engaging performances by up-and-coming Supers.
More Big Fun in Store
Incredible summer fun continues at Epcot with more Super Hero action. Star-Lord and Gamora, from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies take guests on a musical journey through the cosmos in the Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! concert series. Featuring hits from Star-Lord’s Awesome Mixtapes – fun and favorite tunes from the two movie soundtracks – the show will take place five times daily June 9 through Aug. 19.
The big thing happening June 30 is also really small.  That’s the grand opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where guests will “shrink” to the size of a toy in a playful land inspired by the hit Disney●Pixar “Toy Story” films. Encompassing eleven fun-filled acres, Toy Story Land will be home to two all-new attractions, Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers, and one expanded favorite – Toy Story Mania!
More Memorial Day Fun at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is in on the incredible summer fun, too. The Memorial Day Summer Kickoff Fan Zone is a two-day, festival-style event that is free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy a variety of food and beverage options, high-energy music by a popular DJ, event merchandise, vendor booths presented by brands such as GoGo Squeeze, Apex and Puma, and a television viewing party Saturday afternoon for the UEFA Champions League title match between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
The sports complex’s packed summer schedule also gets underway May 25-28 with three major events – the Disney Memorial Day Soccer Tournament presented by Danimals, the Disney Memorial Day Baseball Classic and the AAU Basketball Memorial Day Classic. Combined, these three events will encompass more than 16,000 athletes and coaches from 21 different states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Argentina, making it one of the most active weekends of the year at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
One-Year Anniversary for Pandora – The World of Avatar
Memorial Day weekend also marks the one-year anniversary of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The jaw-dropping land continues to amaze guests, letting them journey to an alien world where they soar on the back of banshees, marvel at floating mountains and sail thru a bioluminescent rainforest.
The glowing world of Pandora was the inspiration for a limited-release, interactive banshee that is set to fly into the Windtraders merchandise location on May 27, the land’s one-year anniversary. Banshees – available in myriad colors – have been a treasured take home for guests since Pandora opened. The new banshee is inspired by Pandora’s bioluminescent landscape and features a moving head, mouth and wings.
To learn more about planning a Walt Disney World vacation, see a local travel agent, visit DisneyWorld.com or call (407) 934-7639.
 
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Wine Bar George to Open May 19, 2018 at Disney Springs

George Miliotes, Master Sommelier, Returns to Walt Disney World Resort with New Wine Bar
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., – Master Sommelier George Miliotes will bring his renowned wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort when his new venture, Wine Bar George, opens May 19, 2018. Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.
Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World Resort – he was part of the opening team of the California Grill restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed the venue from 1995 to 2002. While there, he created an award-winning wine list and one of the first “100 wines by the glass” lists in the country.
“Disney Springs is the perfect place to open a wine bar and share my passion with the world,” Miliotes said. “Having the opportunity to train and hire my own team while sharing my 40-plus years of knowledge is truly incredible, and I look forward to opening our doors soon.”
As one of only 249 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Miliotes will feature wines from acclaimed and well-known wineries as well as growing regions and wineries that are up-and-coming. The location will offer an unparalleled wine list including more than 130 selections by the ounce, glass and bottle.
“The wine list will feature more than 130 wines all served by the ounce, glass or bottle,” Miliotes said. “The list will include more than 40 varietals from regions around the world. We will use the Coravin, the Vinfinity system and wine on tap to ensure each wine is enjoyed to its fullest extent. Servers will adeptly pair a range of small plates, cheese and charcuterie, shareable entrees and dessert with each wine. If you are looking for an awesome $9 glass on tap or a few ounces of Château Margaux, we will have wines for you to enjoy.”
Guests will have the opportunity to explore endless food and wine pairings at Wine Bar George. Executive Chef Ron Rupert and Miliotes have worked closely to create a menu that will pair with the extensive wine list.
“Offerings will feature seasonally relevant items, and everything will be made in-house,” Rupert
said. “I’ve worked jointly with George to develop a menu that represents both global and local cuisine.
Guests will enjoy food that is familiar, yet new all at once.”
With a team hand-selected by Miliotes, guests can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Joining Miliotes as General Manager is George Vavalides who brings more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry including nearly 20 years with P.F. Chang’s. Jamie Irizarry will be part of Miliotes’ team as Restaurant Manager. Irizarry has more than 15 years in the industry working with restaurants such as Seasons 52, Eddie V’s and The Capital Grille. Robyn Cohen will join as Bar Manager with 15 years of bartending experience including, most recently, at Flying Fish on Disney’s BoardWalk. Cohen and Miliotes worked jointly to develop the featured cocktails at Wine Bar George, all of which will include a grape-based spirit. In addition to the extensive wine list, the wine bar will offer a variety of cocktails, a selection of beer and cider and frosé.
The 200-seat wine bar will join a growing and remarkable group of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Disney Springs. The design for the 6,000-square-foot space will be similar to a winemaker’s home estate with a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. The space includes seating for groups of all sizes, areas for private events and sweeping views of Disney Springs. Follow George @WineBarGeorge on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and join the #WineBarGeorge conversation. Visit WineBarGeorge.com for more news and updates.
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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Wine Bar George Now Open at Disney Springs

George Miliotes, Master Sommelier, Returns to Walt Disney World Resort with New Wine Bar
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., – Master Sommelier George Miliotes will bring his renowned wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort when his new venture, Wine Bar George, opens May 19, 2018. Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.
Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World Resort – he was part of the opening team of the California Grill restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed the venue from 1995 to 2002. While there, he created an award-winning wine list and one of the first “100 wines by the glass” lists in the country.
“Disney Springs is the perfect place to open a wine bar and share my passion with the world,” Miliotes said. “Having the opportunity to train and hire my own team while sharing my 40-plus years of knowledge is truly incredible, and I look forward to opening our doors soon.”
As one of only 249 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Miliotes will feature wines from acclaimed and well-known wineries as well as growing regions and wineries that are up-and-coming. The location will offer an unparalleled wine list including more than 130 selections by the ounce, glass and bottle.
“The wine list will feature more than 130 wines all served by the ounce, glass or bottle,” Miliotes said. “The list will include more than 40 varietals from regions around the world. We will use the Coravin, the Vinfinity system and wine on tap to ensure each wine is enjoyed to its fullest extent. Servers will adeptly pair a range of small plates, cheese and charcuterie, shareable entrees and dessert with each wine. If you are looking for an awesome $9 glass on tap or a few ounces of Château Margaux, we will have wines for you to enjoy.”
Guests will have the opportunity to explore endless food and wine pairings at Wine Bar George. Executive Chef Ron Rupert and Miliotes have worked closely to create a menu that will pair with the extensive wine list.
“Offerings will feature seasonally relevant items, and everything will be made in-house,” Rupert
said. “I’ve worked jointly with George to develop a menu that represents both global and local cuisine.
Guests will enjoy food that is familiar, yet new all at once.”
With a team hand-selected by Miliotes, guests can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Joining Miliotes as General Manager is George Vavalides who brings more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry including nearly 20 years with P.F. Chang’s. Jamie Irizarry will be part of Miliotes’ team as Restaurant Manager. Irizarry has more than 15 years in the industry working with restaurants such as Seasons 52, Eddie V’s and The Capital Grille. Robyn Cohen will join as Bar Manager with 15 years of bartending experience including, most recently, at Flying Fish on Disney’s BoardWalk. Cohen and Miliotes worked jointly to develop the featured cocktails at Wine Bar George, all of which will include a grape-based spirit. In addition to the extensive wine list, the wine bar will offer a variety of cocktails, a selection of beer and cider and frosé.
The 200-seat wine bar will join a growing and remarkable group of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Disney Springs. The design for the 6,000-square-foot space will be similar to a winemaker’s home estate with a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. The space includes seating for groups of all sizes, areas for private events and sweeping views of Disney Springs. Follow George @WineBarGeorge on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and join the #WineBarGeorge conversation. Visit WineBarGeorge.com for more news and updates.
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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Texas Couple Celebrates Happily Ever After With Their Own Royals-Inspired Wedding at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 10, 2018) – Inspired by this month’s royal wedding and very much in the moment of their own prince and princess dreams, a lucky Houston couple spoke their “I Do’s” Thursday in front of a national television audience and their dream backdrop: Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort.
Late last summer, Alexis Preston and Jay Patel’s wedding plans were washed away by Hurricane Harvey which left their Houston home flooded, ruined their car and put their dreams on hold.
In honor of the upcoming royal nuptials of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and ABC’s Good Morning America teamed up on a national search for a couple worthy of a wedding with all the royal accoutrements. Alexis and Jay, exuberant Disney fans who got engaged at Cinderella’s Royal Table and dreamed of getting married in the Magic Kingdom, were selected from more than 3,000 couples for a regal wedding fit for royalty.
Regal it was. Resplendent in an elaborately beaded Kleinfeld wedding gown, the bride arrived princess-style in Cinderella’s Glass Coach, pulled by six white ponies. Royal trumpeters, joined by Major Domo (from Cinderella), flower girls and page boys, heralded her arrival. Some women accessorized with fascinators – fancy headwear commonly worn by the English on festive occasions.
After a dream-come-true wedding night stay in the opulent Cinderella Castle Suite in the Magic Kingdom, the newlyweds will be whisked off to an unforgettable honeymoon in England and France, courtesy of Adventures by Disney.
“It’s been a hard year,” Alexis told GMA. “So it’s such a blessing to get married at my favorite place in the world.”
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For information about Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, visit www.disneyweddings.com or call 321-939-4623.
About Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has been making dreams come true for couples since 1991. Well over 45,000 couples have exchanged vows in storybook settings at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani and aboard the ships of Disney Cruise Line. Whether it’s an intimate gathering for two or a Cinderella-like affair for hundreds, Disney’s Wedding Planners handle all the details from music and entertainment to floral and decor.

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Couples Can Say “I Do” at Romantic Venues at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons Make Dreams Come True
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — From castles to beaches, and everything in between, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons offers enchanting backdrops for romantic milestone moments.
Whether couples are looking for an iconic spot to propose, a memorable wedding destination, or an extraordinary honeymoon getaway, Disney Parks & Resorts is the ultimate place to celebrate.  Brides and grooms can choose to celebrate their love story at Disney destinations around the globe including Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, or aboard the Disney Cruise Line.
The Disney Weddings team of dedicated experts can turn fairy tales into reality with amazing venues, world-class entertainment, award-winning chefs, and stunning décor elements — creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Traditionally recognized as a top-ranked wedding and honeymoon destination, Walt Disney World Resort is now a wedding destination with approximately 1,200 couples tying the knot each year. Limitless venues serve as magical backdrops – from outdoor garden settings, gazebos and courtyards, to stunning indoor resort locations.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings crown jewel venue is steps away from flagship Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Built on an exclusive island surrounded by Seven Seas Lagoon, the elegant pavilion offers the quintessential fairy tale setting for the perfect union.  Swaying palm trees and lush landscapes envelop the solarium, which offers a picturesque backdrop of Cinderella Castle.
Located south of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the 300-seat, non-denominational wedding pavilion can accommodate an intimate gathering of two to the grandest ball.
A variety of fantasy receptions can be planned at one of Disney’s luxurious resorts — Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s BoardWalk and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. The sky is the limit with themes that include the ultimate Cinderella ball where the bride arrives in Cinderella’s glass carriage drawn by six white Dapper Dan ponies.
Fun-filled memories await couples and their guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  In the evening, couples can choose from exciting dinner shows and romantic candlelit dinners or a night of fun at Disney Springs.  Family members also can enjoy the excitement of staying at a Walt Disney World hotel with specially priced accommodations.
For information about Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, visit disneyweddings.com or call 321-939-4623.
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Fast Facts: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings continues to be recognized as a top-ranked global destination for weddings and honeymoons.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings hosts 4,000 weddings globally each year.
From castles to beaches, there are endless possibilities around the globe to celebrate nuptials, including the crown jewel, Disney’s Wedding Pavilion.

Couples can even say “I do” in front of Cinderella Castle. Imagine beginning your happily ever after inside the Magic Kingdom for an exclusive ceremony surrounded by magic and wonder of the iconic park.
Couples have traveled from every state in the United States, and from international locations such as Japan, United Kingdom, Brazil and the Netherlands to get married at Walt Disney World Resort.
Couples can choose from an expansive collection of fairy tale transportation options to arrive to the ceremony including Cinderella’s Coach, a horse-drawn carriage, or vintage automobile.
Six trained ponies pull the beautiful Cinderella’s Coach and when they’re not working, they can be found in the Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
As part of the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, the iconic Disney’s Wedding Pavilion was completely reimagined with elegant new decor and the addition of a gorgeous chandelier in the center. It remains the most popular location for couples to marry.

Disney Imagineers designed Disney’s Wedding Pavilion to frame Cinderella Castle in two views: through the stained-glass window directly behind the altar and through Picture Point, an arch located just outside the pavilion.
It’s a 75 foot walk down the aisle at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion.

The tallest cake ever created for a Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding towered at 10 feet tall.
Couples are able to select from three unique Collections at Walt Disney World Resort to tie the knot – Memories Collection, Escape Collection and the Wishes Collection.
The first wedding at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion was televised live June 18, 1995, on Lifetime Television as part of its “Weddings of a Lifetime” series.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has been featured on “ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Travel Channel, WE TV, Food Network, Cake Boss, The View, and Live! with Regis and Kelly, The Steve Show, and Wheel of Fortune.
At least twice throughout the history of the Walt Disney World Marathon, couples have stopped mid-race to get married in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.
Walt Disney World is among the top destinations for proposals. The most popular places to ‘pop the question’ are Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom, or during Illuminations: Reflections of Earth near the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has an online service that allows couples to create a registry for family and friends to gift an unforgettable honeymoon to Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Adventures by Disney, aboard the Disney Cruise Line, or through Disney Vacation Club.
In December 2010, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons launched the Ever After Blog, the first Disney blog outside of the Disney Parks Blog.
Couples can connect on Facebook , Twitter, YouTube, Instagram , and Pinterest with past, present and future couples.
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6 Ways to Get Married Like a Royal at Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (May 9, 2018) — With the highly anticipated Royal Wedding right around the corner, lots of couples are looking to add a bit of royalty to their lives. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons offers so many easy ways for a bride and groom to add royal touches to their special day. From castles to cakes, here are six fun and creative ways for couples to live like royals on their big day at the Walt Disney World Resort.
1. Exchange Vows in Front of the Iconic Cinderella Castle
Majestic and iconic, Cinderella Castle is the epitome of royalty and romance. Surrounded by the beauty and wonder of the Magic Kingdom, the castle is the perfect backdrop for a princess to say “I do” with her prince charming.
2. Arrive Like a Princess
Brides will turn heads as they arrive to the ceremony in the enchanting Cinderella’s  Coach. Led by six white Dapper Dan ponies and accompanied by a team of coachmen in all-white attire, this one of-a-kind arrival is fit for royalty. The glass coach was even made by the official coach makers to the British monarchy!
3. Cut into a Princess Cake
From princess-themed cakes to cakes shaped like castles, characters and more, couples can customize the cake of their dreams for their fairy-tale wedding. With Disney’s cake animation technology, cakes come to life with displays of custom photos of cherished moments or scenes from beloved Disney movies. The possibilities are endless!
4. Enjoy Florals Fit for Royals
Custom floral arrangements are the perfect way for couples to show their love for each other and their favorite Disney princess or movie. Beauty and the Beast lovers will be surrounded by the symbolic red roses and quaint gold details, while fans of Queen Elsa will find themselves in a winter wonderland of white roses and orchids. With plenty of other options, like a fairytale floral wall, there is something for everyone!
5. Wed like the English
Couples can truly release their inner Megan and Harry with a wedding at the United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot World Showcase. Morning ceremonies take place in a flourishing formal English garden followed by pictures in a replica of King Henry VIII’s lavish Hampton Court Palace. Evening ceremonies take place on a charming terrace styled with Victorian details – just like the English countryside! Guests can even purchase Royal Wedding merchandise at the pavilion – the perfect keepsake for a wedding at this unique venue.
6. Accessorize with Princess-Inspired Jewelry
The Fables Collection by Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry is the perfect marriage of Disney romance and timeless jewelry. The jewelry collection offers a beautiful selection of earrings, rings, pendants and more, all inspired by beloved Disney Princesses. The perfect way for brides to express their inner princess on their big day!
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