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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.

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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!