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08
Aug 14

Because Nothing Says Coffee and Disney Like a Moss Fireplace in Florida

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

I’d forgotten to post these photos I took a few months ago when Starbucks first opened it’s doors at Downtown Disney West Side. Well, better late than never I always say. This new Starbucks location is right on the water and has a fantastic rear porch. Of course it’s only a few months out of the year here in Central Florida where it’s actually cool enough that you’d want to sit outside let alone sit fireside, but Starbucks has ya covered with it’s moss covered mermaid fireplace.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

OK. I admit it. There was one person outside on this sweaty afternoon.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Grass. It’s not just for grazing animals anymore. Actually, it’s an environmental feature.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

The new site is Starbucks 500th LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) store. The standard, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a rating system for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings. LEED certification is just one component of energy and environmental design for the Starbucks.

Among the elements of sustainable design at the new store at Walt Disney World Resort: 100 percent energy-efficient LED lighting; reclaimed oak, maple and other materials used throughout the store; community tables made from salvaged trees; a green roof consisting of hundreds of lemon grass plants. All the grass was grown in a nursery and it was fed with compost from coffee grounds from a nearby Starbucks store.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Love this big long window cause I love me some people watchin’.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Let’s take a look inside shall we?

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

The nearly 4,000 square foot store is a new page in the collaboration between two iconic brands. In March of this year, Starbucks and Disney teamed up to open the first company-operated Starbucks location at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.

David Daniels, the lead designer of the Orlando store, says both locations are the result of the “magic” that can happen when two storytelling companies work together to design distinctive, memorable experiences for customers.

The Orlando and Anaheim Starbucks locations share another special bond. For the first time, Starbucks is connecting customers through in-store interactive touchscreens. The 70-inch digital display panels – one in each Starbucks store – use built-in cameras to create chalk sketches of guests and their surroundings. Customers in the Disney World Starbucks will be able to interact with those in the Disneyland location.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

The location is also the first Starbucks Reserve Store at the resort, offering rare and exquisite small-batch coffees from around the world. The store is equipped with the Clover Brewing System and four Mistrena espresso machines. Elegant bar seating encourages interaction between Starbucks baristas and customers. The store also has a more expansive food case than most cafes, and 30 Starbucks partners (employees) per shift serving customers.

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney West Side Starbucks at Walt Disney World

This newest Disney Starbucks is modern and hip just like you’d expect it to be. It really is a beautiful space and will help draw tourists to the West Side area.


07
Aug 14

First Look at the 2014 Inaugural @runDisney #AvengersHalf Marathon Weekend Medals

Inaugural runDisney Avengers Half Marathon Weekend Medals

This new three-day runDisney race weekend will involve kids races, a 5K and a half marathon, plus several family-friendly events such as a Health & Fitness Expo and a pre-race Pasta in the Park Party. The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend will take place at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA and will debut November 14-16, 2014.


07
Aug 14

Disney California Adventure’s Alfresco Tasting Terrace Will Get Your Mouth Watering with These Offerings

I’m a Florida girl. I’ve only been out to Disneyland three times. I was lucky enough to dine at Club 33, Napa Rose and Carthay Circle. Though I’ll admit to you in private that Tortilla Joe’s is my guilty pleasure.

One place that I haven’t tried yet is the Golden Vine Winery in Disney California Adventure park. I’ve not heard the best reviews of the place when talking to friends. These food photos are moving me to sway in the other direction though.

Charcuterie Plate with Wine

Charcuterie Plate with Wine - Alfresco Tasting Terrace at DCA

Grilled Shrimp and Spanish Chorizo

Grilled Shrimp and Spanish Chorizo with Wine - Alfresco Tasting Terrace in DCA

Risotto Bites

Risotto Bites - Alfresco Tasting Terrace in DCA

Wine Flight

Wine Flight - Alfresco Tasting Terrace in DCA

Lounge - Alfresco Tasting Terrace in DCA

The Alfresco Tasting Terrace, on the second floor of the Golden Vine Winery at Disney California Adventure Park, offers small plates of classic Mediterranean favorites complemented by wines from the “Disney Family of Wines,” a collection whose vintners have a personal connection to the Disney name. Guests can savor the delectable flavors, relax and enjoy the great views of Radiator Springs, which comes alive after dark in Cars Land.

Now this calls for another trip to Disneyland indeed!


05
Aug 14

Yep, Disney is Working on Yet Another Sequel Starring Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp to Star in Disney's Alice in Wonderland Sequel

Production recently started on the second installment of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland“. Part deux being titled “Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.”

Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as the Mad hatter along with Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Ed Speleers and Sacha Baron Cohen also star, with voice credits from Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman and Stephen Fry.

Look for Alice in Wonderland Part 2 to hit theaters in May of 2016.


03
Aug 14

20 Things Every Disney Fan Should Know About the Festival of Fantasy Parade in the Magic Kingdom

20 Things Every Disney Fan Should Know About the Festival of Fantasy Parade

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade continues a long tradition of classic parades in the Magic Kingdom dating back to opening day more than 40 years ago. Some fun facts:

  • Parade features a cast of more than 100
  • Disney characters from more than a dozen classic stories are represented among nine parade floats
  • 40 additional characters are presented in animated or sculptural form
  • Performers appear on stilts, swings and pendulums, bringing a kinetic energy to the procession
  • The Princess Garden lead float stretches more than 50 feet long
  • The Jolly Roger atop the Peter Pan float flies 28 feet above the parade route
  • Mickey’s Airship finale float is the tallest float topping out at 32 feet
  • The trio of finale floats span more than 90 feet along the parade route
  • Elaborate costumes were crafted by 10 different costume houses, in eight cities, in two countries — including Creative Costuming facilities in both Florida and California.
  • Some 27 separate custom designed fabrics were designed by costume designer Mirena Rada in collaboration with Creative Costuming Graphic Artist Paul Jordan.
  • Counting interfacings and trims, it takes 28 separate fabrics to make up one Swing Thug #1 Costume (Tangled unit).  His vest requires vinyl to be cut into 75 separate diamond shapes and then stitched onto cool max fabric.
  • Some pieces, including the Seashell Girl (The Little Mermaid unit) headpiece, were digitally sculpted and then grown to size with a 3D printer.
  • It takes 30 yards of fabric to make one Seashell Girl costume which includes 12 different colors of Nitex Mesh.
  • The coral pieces for the Coral Twins (The Little Mermaid unit) were custom designed.  They are being hand poured in three separate colors by the artisans of the Creative Costuming Craft Team and baked and finished for 16 hours each in an oven.
  • The socks worn by the Lost Boys (Peter Pan unit) are custom designs that were knitted to order in Hong Kong.
  • Minnie Mouse’s Dress and Hat (finale unit) uses 95 gold lame dots that are cut out, “blinged out,” and then sewn on.
  • The Bubble Girl (finale unit) headpiece is made from three separate clown wigs that are blended together by the Creative Costuming Millinery Team.
  • Cha Cha Girl (finale unit) – Her wig was designed with 148 yards of horsehair in four colors, that is then rolled, pressed and curled by hand.
  • The Steampunk-inspired Maleficent Dragon stretches 53 feet from snout to tail and reaches 26 feet in the air.
  • Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment team members partnered with Tony Award-winning designer Michael Curry on the development of the Maleficent Dragon.