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Photo Update – Disney Springs Construction Continues

Construction continues on the transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs. While the metamorphosis won’t be complete until 2016, we thought you might like to see some of the completed portions of this massive project.

Disney Springs will feature an eclectic mix of offerings. From boutique shops to unique flagship anchor stores, visitors can explore a wide variety of shopping and dining options. The transformation will double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues with more than 150 unique establishments.

When the project is complete, Disney Springs will include four outdoor districts; The West Side, Marketplace, The Landing and Town Center… all interconnected by a flowing spring and a scenic waterfront.

Here’s a few shots we took of the progress on a recent visit. Click a photo for a larger view…

Disney Springs - The Boathouse | I-4 Exit Guide
Disney Springs | The Landing – The Boathouse (Table Service Dining)

 

Disney Springs - The Boathouse | I-4 Exit Guide
Disney Springs | The Landing – Paradiso 37 (Table Service Dining)

 

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Disney Springs | The Landing – Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar (right) and Paradiso (center)

 

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Disney Springs | The Landing – The Boathouse (Table Service Dining)

 

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Disney Springs | Westside – Wolfgang Puck Express (Quick Service) and Grand Cafe (Table Service Dining)

 

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Disney Springs | West Side – Shopping Promenade (Splitsville in the distance)

 

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Disney Springs | The Landing – Shopping Promenade outside The Boathouse

 

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Disney Springs | The Landing – Shopping Promenade

 

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Disney Springs | West Side – Bongos Cuban Cafe (Table Service Dining)

 

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Disney Springs | West Side Shopping Promenade

 

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Disney Springs | The Landing – Fulton’s Crab House and Planet Hollywood in the distance

Disney Reveals Look at Avatar Land Glowing Forest

Disney Imagineers have recently revealed a behind-the-scenes look of their upcoming Animal Kingdom attraction based on James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi fantasy film “Avatar.”

The new “land” coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is a re-creation of Cameron’s mythical jungle planet Pandora. Disney has yet to release specifics on Avatar Land’s rides or shows, but the theme of the new attraction will no doubt attempt to recreate iconic scenes from the film including the world’s floating mountains, flying banshees and interactive bioluminescent forest.

Imagineers have been working on the project since 2011, and the new expansion is projected to open in 2017.


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Now Playing: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Embark on a culinary adventure of eclectic cultures, global cuisines and the finest wine country offerings at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Presented by CHASE.

Each fall, as the seasons transform, so too does Epcot—where dozens of unique flavors and fun experiences unfold across the park. Enjoy the pinnacle of food and wine celebrations, celebrity chef cooking demos and some of the most unique dining opportunities in the world.

International Marketplaces
Make your way through gastronomy greatness at over 25 global marketplaces. Enjoy tantalizing bites, sip perfect pairings and try decadent desserts.

Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Late Nights LIVE!
Join the festivities at an extraordinary after-hours street party that goes into the night, and indulge your evening cravings for delicious sips and bites.

New Experiences
Reserve a spot at premium events, sharpen your culinary skills and discover sumptuous dishes along with wines, beers and spirits.

Demonstrations, Seminars & Talks
Have a meeting of the minds with master mixologists, wine experts, world-class Fromagers and celebrated chefs. Sample, sip and learn!

Festival Fine Dining Events
Discover impeccable menus, innovative dishes and new culinary trends. Haute cuisine has its place. Here, it has several.

Eat to the Beat Concert Series
Soak up the rocking sounds of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s at this outdoor concert series, featuring nightly performances from a sizzling line-up of musical acts.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival runs from September 19 thru November 10, 2014

Disney Moving Forward With Flamingo Crossings Project

Disney is finally moving forward on “Flamingo Crossings”, a project that was originally announced back in 2007 but became a victim of the faltering economy.

Flamingo Crossings is located directly outside the western gateway to Walt Disney World Resort and directly off Florida State Route 429. Disney has confirmed that the project is now on the front burner. Disney spokesperson, Marilyn Waters explained “Flamingo Crossings is a Disney master-planned, value-oriented tourist district that will combine third-party branded lodging, retail and dining. We are pleased that the project continues to move forward with interest from well-known brands and hotels.”

Right now, Marriott has filed an application to build 2 hotels and “associated site amenities” on 10.5 acres. Those hotels are the Springhill Suites and Towneplace Suites. Marriot describes TownePlace Suites as “designed for comfortable long-term stays, featuring full- sized kitchens, high-tech amenities and more.” SpringHill Suites are described as “Style and space. Beautifully priced.”

According to Disneys Flamingo Crossings website Flamingo Crossings will be a “pedestrian-friendly themed” development ultimately consisting of 7 hotels, a “Main street” retail development site, several casual sit-down and fast food restaurants, 300,000 to 500,000 square feet of tourist-related retail including gas/convenience stores, grocery, gift shops, and services related outlets.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, New Walt Disney World Coaster, To Grand Open for Guests May 28

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, will officially open to Walt Disney World guests on May 28, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced today at a media preview of the attraction.

Continue reading Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, New Walt Disney World Coaster, To Grand Open for Guests May 28

Disney Springs to Include Several New Upscale Restaurants

The transformation from Downtown Disney into the new Disney Springs continues and with it comes the possibility of several critically acclaimed restaurants putting down roots.

According to reports from several well respected Orlando are blogs, big name restaurants expected to be added to the Disney Springs lineup include:

– The Edison, a Los Angeles restaurant that celebrates the era of invention

– STK, a modern steakhouse with locations in New York, Miami and Las Vegas

– Morimoto, the Japanese and sushi restaurant of chef Masaharu Morimoto and the Starr restaurant group with locations in Philadelphia and New York

– The Boathouse, a new concept from the same people who brought you Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex Cafe

In addition, existing Planet Hollywood, the movie-themed restaurant, will undergo major renovations that will convert the massive globe-shaped structure into one that resembles a planetary observatory. The Boathouse will be built in a space on the lagoon next to Fulton’s Crab House and Portobello, the Italian restaurant. Both of those restaurants are expected to remain as is. Paradiso 37 is also expected to remain.

Celebration, Florida

Founded in 1994, Celebration is a planned community created by a real estate division of The Walt Disney Company. Disney commissioned famous architects to create the master plan and to design the streets and buildings.

Celebration has the flavor of a southern American village from the 1930s. Residential neighborhoods are clustered around a small, pedestrian-friendly downtown area. Market Street has a storybook atmosphere with a Caribbean flavor. Sided in brightly-colored stucco, the downtown buildings have wide overhangs, shutters, verandas, and arcades.

Places to Stay

Nestled lakeside in downtown Celebration is the “Bohemian Hotel Celebration” offering a charming blend of Old Florida elegance and contemporary luxury. The “Mona Lisa” is a an all suite hotel is located near the entrance to Celebration and easily accessible from I-4 and US 192. Just outside of the “bubble” is US Route 192, a 10 mile strip of commercial development that has just about every chain hotel you can think of.

Places to Eat

There are variety of dining options in Downtown Celebration with world-class restaurants and specialty food stores offering a variety of international cuisines perfect for any occasion. Cafe D’Antonio features items representative of many of Italy’s varied regions. The Celebration Tavern is a New England style restaurant and tavern that has become the town’s social hub and place to be seen since opening. The Columbia Restaurant overlooks Celebration’s picturesque lake and offers classic elegance in a Mediterranean style setting where diners can enjoy fine Spanish/Cuban cuisine in our old-world-style dining rooms, an outdoor cafe, or courtyard. Imperium Wine Room is a 100 seat, class-service, food and wine bar offering the highest quality food and wines with a 50 seat patio. Enjoy the delights of the Confectionery Chocolates and Ice Cream from Kilwin’s. The Market Street Cafe makes over 60 items from scratch every day. Savor quality authentic Japanese food and sushi at Seito Sushi. Shannon’s of Celebration is an authentic Irish restaurant in a perfect lakeside setting. Discover the authentic taste of Thai food at Thai Thani. Upper Crust Pizza and Starbucks round out the downtown Celebration food choices.

This is, of course the heart of tourist country, so venturing out of the confines of Celebration will prove to be a restaurant and fast food wonderland.

Places to Go

Downtown Celebration has the finest selection of shops and boutiques with something for everyone in the family. Enjoy walking the brick-lined streets of Celebration Town Center and spend time with family and friends.

The town of Celebration also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. Whether you prefer to stroll down Market Street perusing fine art, dance to family friendly music in front of the lake, or watch snow falling during the holiday months, there’s always something to do in Celebration!

Just two blocks from Market Street is the Celebration Golf Club, a daily fee golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Getting Around

Celebration is located approximately 20 miles southwest of Orlando just off Interstate 4, exits 65, 64 or 62. US Route 192 runs east-west. Once in the Celebration “bubble” it’s not unusual to see electric vehicles, Segway human transporters and bicycles in your travels. Celebration has miles of wide, paved and wooden trails and paths. It is a very walkable community so park your car and explore!