Nov 14

First Look at the Exclusive 2014 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card

2014 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card

The 2014 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party starts this Friday, November 7th. If you have plans to attend MVMCP this year, be sure and pick up your limited edition Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. Guests must present their party ticket and event wristband in order to receive this “Elsa’s Icy Shield” card. For more info on this hard ticket event see: Dates and Prices for the 2014 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom

Nov 14

Concept Art for a New Waterfront Restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort

the boathouse restaurant downtown disney

Opening Spring 2015 as one of the new venues in The Landing at Disney Springs – a re-imagined and exciting district of entertainment, dining and shopping –The BOATHOUSE will be an upscale, waterfront dining experience featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. Guests will enjoy a gourmet menu served daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar. (Concept renderings courtesy of Schussler Creative)

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

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.

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”.