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Aug 14

New Baby Arrives at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

New Baby Arrives at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

As they follow the path that winds along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom may get a glimpse of one of nature’s most endearing sights – a newborn male gorilla cuddling with his mother. Born Aug. 7 to mother Azizi and father Gino, the healthy infant has already become an integral member of his family group, which includes two other adult females, Kashata and Benga and a four-year-old female named Lilly.

The new baby, which is yet to be named, is the fourth gorilla born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan, which manages genetic diversity among species through detailed records of individual animals. The first gorilla birth at Disney’s Animal Kingdom occurred in 1997 before the park opened, the second baby arrived in 1999 and the third was born in 2010.


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Aug 14

ESPN and Walt Disney World Resort to Host Inaugural Fantasy Football Convention

ESPN at Walt Disney World Inaugural Fantasy Football Convention

ESPN and Walt Disney World Resort will host a Fantasy Football Convention at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, August 22-23. The weekend will feature a live telecast of ESPN’s Fantasy Football Now (Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2), a question-and-answer session with ESPN commentators sponsored by Champion and a fantasy football draft where fans can interact with and seek advice from the network’s experts.

Other events include ESPN: The Tailgate sponsored by Johnsonville Brats, Disney chefs competing in the ESPN Chili Bowl, and a training table breakfast with Disney characters.

The Fantasy Football Now team of host Robert Flores, senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry, Tim Hasselbeck, injury expert Stephania Bell and Sara Walsh will participate in the weekend festivities along with NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, analyst Mark Schlereth and Insider KC Joyner.

NFL Live host Trey Wingo will also participate in the event. He and Schlereth will judge the Chili Bowl, joined by former Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James.

To register for the event and for information on event packages, fans can visit: espn.com/fantasy. Florida-based fans are offered a special $99 registration rate.


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Aug 14

The Jungle Book Disney Manicure

Nail art by Toxic Vanity

The Jungle Book Disney Manicure


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Aug 14

Demand for This Limited Engagement Disney Event Was So High That It’s Been Extended Four More Weeks

Earful Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World

The “Frozen” fun of Arendelle won’t melt away on Labor Day, as “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been extended through September 28, 2014.

The popularity of the icy special event prompted Anna, Elsa, Olaf and their polar pals to extend their stay at the Walt Disney World Resort theme park beyond September 1, 2014 (the originally announced closing date for the event).

“Frozen,” a comedy-adventure presented by Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the highest grossing animated film of all time.

Fans of “Frozen” have been flocking to the flurry of fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since July 5, enjoying immersive experiences like the “For The First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration” and ice skating (on real ice!) inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland.  Anna, Elsa & Kristoff are also welcomed by guests daily in an 11 a.m. processional down Hollywood Boulevard while ice cutters, skaters and skiers join the cavalcade.

Nearly all of the event’s components will continue daily, with the exception of the “Frozen Fireworks” spectacular.  The fireworks show will be presented each night (except August 23) through September 1, and then on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only from September 5-28.

Most activities in “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” are included in regular park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


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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.