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Oct 14

Iron Chef Bringing New Restaurant to the Walt Disney World Resort

Iron Chef Morimoto Asia Restaurant Concept Art Walt Disney World

Chef Masaharu Morimoto is teaming up with Patina Restaurant Group to open Morimoto Asia as Walt Disney World Resort brings to life Disney Springs, an entertainment-dining-retail district re-imagined from Downtown Disney. To open in summer 2015 at The Landing, in the heart of Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia is the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience.

Morimoto Asia’s extraordinary, 36-foot tall, two-story layout includes a vast range of areas to explore including open terraces, grand hall, private rooms, a long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more. The restaurant is being designed by STUDIO V Architecture.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto

“I’m very excited to bring this new concept to Disney, something I’ve always dreamed of,” said Chef Morimoto. “It’s a wonderful chance to share some of my favorite foods from across the Asian continent.”

Morimoto Asia’s culinary elements will provide flavors from across Asia, while exhibition kitchens will showcase the continent’s traditions. Included among them are street-food stalls, Peking duck carving and dim sum. Morimoto’s inspiration and perspective will create an unmatched dining experience in this richly layered setting.

Iron Chef Morimoto Asia Restaurant Concept Art Walt Disney World


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Oct 14

Which Walt Disney World Theme Park Is Losing It’s Icon?

disney's hollywood studios

Adios Contaminos!

Some people love it and some people hate it but it’s no matter cause it’s going away in 2015.  Installed in 2001, Sorcerer Mickey’s 122 foot tall hat has been the backdrop for many a family’s vacation photos over the past 13 years at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

I was a cast member at this very park a long, long time ago. And I remember the centerpiece of Disney’s MGM Studios (what it will always be to me) as the Chinese Theater. It was that iconic building that served as the backdrop for my memories and other guest’s memories as it stood tall at the end of Hollywood Blvd for nearly 12 years before the giant and misplaced sorcerer’s hat obstructed it’s glory.

I didn’t want to see it placed there as much as I wouldn’t have wanted it to be placed smack dab in front of Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth or the Tree of Life. I happily wave farewell to Sorcerer Mickey’s hat as I did to his glove and wand in July of 2007.


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Oct 14

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the 2014 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

2014 epcot international food and wine festival

Walt Disney World Resort guests can taste the cuisine of six continents, sip beverages from around the globe and eat to the beat of live entertainment at the 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase through November 10th, 2014. That’s 19 years that the festival has been taking place at Epcot. Here are ten things you may not have known about this year’s festival.

  1. More than 250 food-and-beverage menu items are being offered this year with 35 of those offerings being new.
  2. Nearly 400 culinary demos, beverage and mixology seminars take place during the 53-day festival.
  3. 159 “Eat to the Beat!” concerts will be performed.
  4. More than 60 wineries are represented at festival marketplaces.
  5. More than 40 breweries from around the world, including local craft beer operations, are serving cold ones at festival marketplaces.
  6. The festival began in 1996 with a first run of 30 days.
  7. 200-plus chefs will present culinary demonstrations and cook for festival events.
  8. 100,000-plus desserts will be served.
  9. More than 80,000 servings will be dished up of the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce from Canada.
  10. More than 1,200 fireworks explode each night over World Showcase Lagoon in  “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth”.


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Oct 14

Walt Disney World Resort Hotel to Get a $125 Million Face Lift

swan and dolphin resort at walt disney world

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is getting the largest makeover in its 25 year history. The hotel has launched a multi-phase, multi-year, $125 million redesign project that will transform every guest room in the 758-room Swan Hotel and the 1,509-room Dolphin Hotel.

The transformation will occur without disruption to the guest experience as the majority of guest rooms will be available throughout the process. The hotel’s public spaces, restaurants, meeting rooms, shops, pools and recreational areas will not be impacted and remain fully operational throughout the renovation.

The new room design is inspired by the resort’s water-themed architecture. The goal was to create a serene and sophisticated atmosphere.

The guest room features upgraded furniture and all of the latest technology including large HD TVs. Additional power outlets provide corporate executives and family travelers more options for use of multiple personal electronics.

Blending an artistic combination of whites, blues and grays, the design creates a tasteful ambiance that appeals to adults while abstract artwork playfully delights children as well.

The centerpiece of the room is the famous Westin Heavenly Bed with its all-white custom-designed pillow-top mattress set, cozy down blanket, a trio of crisp sheets, goose down comforter and four over-stuffed pillows.

The design continues into a completely new bathroom, featuring a back-lit mirror mounted on iridescent glass tiles.

The project started at the Swan Hotel, with approximately 500 of the 756 rooms redesigned by the end of 2014. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel rooms will begin in 2015 with the entire rooms project currently scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.


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Oct 14

Looking for New Years Eve Dining Options at the Walt Disney World Resort?

New Years Eve at Walt Disney World

Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort can ring in the new year with special holiday meals at more than a dozen spots within the theme parks and resorts.

At Epcot World Showcase, Biergarten Restaurant in Germany is offering both lunch and dinner celebrations; La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico is offering a New Year’s Eve dinner; Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada has three seatings, and Monsieur Paul in France starts celebrating at 11:45 a.m. with seatings throughout the day and evening.  The World ShowPlace pavilion also will host a custom dinner package.

In the Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland Terrace will feature a New Year’s Eve fireworks dessert party twice nightly on December 30-31. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine will host a special holiday dinner buffet.

In the resorts, special dining for ringing in the New Year is planned at Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk; Victoria & Albert’s and Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; The Wave…of American Flavors and California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; and Trail’s End Restaurant at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground (lunch and dinner).

For information and reservations, 407-WDW-DINE.