Mar 15

New Shopping Locations Open at Downtown Disney as Progress Continues on Disney Springs

The Art of Shaving Downtown Disney Springs

Trendy new retail shops are just the beginning of an entirely re-imagined Downtown Disney. With everything from sun hats and stylish flip-flops to customized headphones and gluten-free cupcakes, Downtown Disney has become a shopper’s oasis for all to enjoy. The new offerings are part of an expansion that will double the number of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences available as the area transforms into Disney Springs.

New shopping at Downtown Disney includes:

The Art of Shaving Downtown Disney Springs

  • The Art of Shaving- A boutique retail offering that sells high-end shaving supplies and related grooming products for the modern man. Founded by a husband and wife in a Manhattan apartment, The Art of Shaving has grown to a worldwide organization. Guests can receive expert shaving advice on products and techniques, or make an appointment for a luxurious grooming experience at the Barber Spa.

Apex Sunglass Hut Downtown Disney Springs

  • Apex by Sunglass Hut- A first-of-its-kind sunglass store that was built with the athlete in mind. This retail location showcases the industry’s best selection of sport performance and lifestyle eyewear including Oakley, Ray-Ban, and Under Armour. In order for guests to choose a lens to best suit their needs, Apex has developed environmental simulators so guests can test out how a specific lens will perform under a variety of light conditions.

Chapel Hats Downtown Disney Springs

  • Chapel Hats – A fashion forward shop that specializes in an assortment of hats for guests of all ages.  The location carries stylish hats including fedoras, cowboy hats, floppy hats, outdoors hats, kid’s hats and more. Every Chapel Hats location is themed to a different time period and is built by using old pieces of shops, factories, schools, pubs and The Downtown Disney location is themed to the 1920s.
  • Havaianas – A Brazilian-based shoe store that offers fashionable flip flops made with the highest quality rubber — with hundreds of styles to choose from. This store will feature a large assortment of colorful Havaianas for women, men and children, plus kids’ rain boots. There’s also the “Make Your Own Havaianas” and “Embellish Your Own Havaianas,” option, where guests can customize this casual footwear.

Sanuk Downtown Disney Springs

  • Sanuk- Innovative, fun and comfortable footwear with more than 175 designs will be available at this 1,000-square-foot venue. Taking its name from the Thai word for “fun,” Sanuk strives to make more innovative products that are as much about funk as they are about function. Favorite styles including Yoga Mat Sandal Collection and its patented “Not-A-Shoe” Sidewalk Surfers will be showcased.
  • Sound Lion – A new retail concept that offers the latest technology in headphones, docking stations, wireless music players and other products. Before purchasing a product, guests can hang out at their Listening Bar and find which product works best for them.
  • Erin Mckenna Bakery NYC – A unique bakery with savory offerings and an all-vegan and gluten-free menu. Look for a full selection of award-winning donuts, cupcakes, cookies, bagels with vegan butter, and other delicious items daily. Some of their fan-favorite cupcakes from their flagship bakery in New York and sister bakery in Los Angeles include vanilla cupcakes with zesty lemon frosting, red velvet cupcakes with creamy vanilla frosting and brownie cupcakes with rich chocolate frosting.

Mar 15

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Gets a New Baby

Disney Animal Kingdom New Baby Rhino Calf

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is celebrating the birth of a new white rhino calf, marking the third generation of white rhinos born at the theme park. Native to central and southern Africa, the white rhinos love grassy areas and live in tightly-knit family groups. Due to poaching, they are severely endangered in the wild. The young male was born in early February at the theme park in Orlando as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan and will join the rest of the herd on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna in the coming months. (David Roark, photographer)

Mar 15

Country Music Artist Luke Bryan Visits Walt Disney World and Obviously Takes a Photo in Front of This Attraction

Country Music Artist Luke Bryan Visits Walt Disney World

Country Music Artist Luke Bryan poses with cowboy Goofy February 20th, 2015 in front of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom in Orlando. Bryan visited the theme park with his family and friends during a break between the Orlando concerts on his “That’s My Kind of Night Tour 2015.” (Chloe Rice, photographer)

Mar 15

Photos of Nine of the Dishes You Can Sample at the 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens

2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchen Menu ItemsTomorrow is the day!

The 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival officially kicks off it’s festivities and I’m bringing you a lil sneak peek of nine of the dishes you will be able to sample as you stroll the World Showcase Promenade on your Outdoor Kitchen culinary adventure.

Florida Blueberry and Lemon Curd Tart

Florida Blueberry and Lemon Curd Tart

Cachapas with Farmers Cheese

Cachapas with Farmers Cheese

Quinoa Vegetable Naanwich

Quinoa Vegetable Naanwich

Kale Salad, Dried Cherries, Almonds and Goat Cheese

Kale Salad, Dried Cherries, Almonds and Goat Cheese

Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash

Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash

Piggylicious Bacon Cupcake

Piggylicious Bacon Cupcake

Cheese Manicotti

Cheese Manicotti

Urban Mary

Urban Mary

Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale

Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale

The 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features a variety of beverage options at 11 Outdoor Kitchens, including La Tizana, a classic Venezuelan fruit drink at Botanas Botánico, the Urban Mary at Urban Farm Eats, and the Florida Hefeweizen from Funky Buddha Brewery at The Smokehouse: Barbeque and Brews. The festival, taking place March 4th – May 17th, 2015, features garden- and backyard-living-inspired food and beverage items at Outdoor Kitchens around the World Showcase promenade. See the complete list of kiosks and menu items here: 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchen Food and Wine Menus

Mar 15

2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchen Food and Wine Menus

2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World

We’re just a few short days away from the start of the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World and as a foodie I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the complete list of menu items for the Outdoor Kitchens that will be sprinkled around the shores of World Showcase Lagoon from March 4th until May 17th.

Botanas Botanico (NEW!)

  • Seafood Ceviche
  • Cachapas with Farmer’s Cheese
  • White Corn Arepa with Braised Beef and Chayote Slaw
  • Coconut Tres Leches
  • Polar Beer
  • La Tizana
  • Monte Paschoal Reserve Tannat
  • Monte Paschoal Natural Brut White Sparkling Wine

Florida Fresh

  • Watermelon salad with pickled onions, BW Farm baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction
  • Shrimp and stone ground grits with andouille sausage, sweet corn, tomatoes and cilantro
  • Florida blueberry and lemon curd tart
  • Watermelon passion fruit slush featuring Simply Lemonade®
  • Key Lime Sparkling Wine
  • Blonde Ale
  • Channel marker Red Ale
  • Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale, Florida Beer Company (Cape Canaveral, Florida) – Festival Exclusive!
  • Jai Alai IPA
  • Beer Flight – Blonde Ale, Channel Marker Red Ale, Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale and Jai Alai IPA


  • Frushi – Fresh pineapple, strawberries and melon, rolled with coconut rice, topped with raspberry sauce, sprinkled with toasted coconut and served with whipped cream on the side
  • Teriyaki Curry Bun — Steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables, curry and sweet sauce
  • Osaka Salmon Sushi – “Hako-sushi” Box style Sushi with Salmon and Rice, topped with Dynamite, Volcano and Eel sauce
  • Kirin Draft Beer
  • Strawberry Nigori
  • Daishichi Kimoto Sake

Jardin de Fiestas

  • Tacos al pastor – Achiote marinated pork taco in a corn tortilla, garnished with grilled diced pineapple, onions and cilantro and salsa verde
  • Veggie Quesadilla – flour tortilla filled with Monterey Jack Cheese and Mixed Veggies
  • Flan de chocolate Abuelita – Mexican chocolate custard
  • Blueberry/Pomegranate Margarita
  • Tecate with Patron Citronge
  • Mexican Sangria
  • Tequila flight

Fleur de Lys

  • Gnocchi Parisien à la Provençal – Parisian-style dumplings with vegetables and mushrooms
  • Confit de Canard, Pommes de Terre Sarladaise – Pulled duck confit with garlic and parsley potatoes
  • Macaron Guimauve a la Fraise – Strawberry Marshmallow Macaron
  • Ice Pop Peach Grand Marnier Cocktail
  • La Vie en Rose St-Germain Vodka Slush
  • Kir Imperial with Sparkling Wine, Chambord Liquor and Black Raspberry Liquor
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – Fruity white beer with citrus notes

Lotus House

  • Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries
  • Kung Pao Chicken Bun
  • Vegetable spring rolls
  • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea
  • Kung Fu Punch (Vodka and Triple Sec with Mango and Orange Juice)
  • South Sea Storm (Guava with Light and Dark Rum)
  • Honey Mango Wine Cooler
  • Tsing-Tao Beer
  • Plum Wine

Pineapple Promenade

  • Pineapple Dog – Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Sriracha Mayo
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve with Sammy’s Beach Bar Red Head Macadamia Nut Flavored Rum or Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic)
  • Berry Tea Cocktail with Twinings Cold-Brewed Mixed Berry Tea
  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine
  • Ace Pineapple Hard Cider

Primavera Kitchen

  • Fior di Latte, Prosciutto e Pane di Casa – Pinwheel of Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Ciabatta Bread
  • Three cheese manicotti – Egg pasta stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce and béchamel
  • Limoncello Panna Cotta – lemon Custard, limoncello liqueur, raspberries
  • Placido Pinot Grigio
  • Placido Chianti
  • Bosco del Merlo Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • White Peach Bellini
  • Strawberry Rossini
  • Frozen Italian Primavera
  • Moretti Lager and La Rossa

Taste of Marrakesh

  • Harissa Chicken Kebab
  • Falafel Pocket with Cucumber Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce
  • Pistachio Baklava
  • Mint iced tea
  • White sangria
  • Guerrouane red
  • Desert Rose – Sparkling wine with pomegranate liqueur

Urban Farm Eats

  • Kale Salad with dried cherries, almonds and goat cheese with white balsamic vinaigrette
  • Quinoa Vegetable “naanwich” with arugula pesto and oven-dried tomatoes
  • Ghost pepper-dusted tilapia with crisp winter melon slaw and mint oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub
  • Cucumber Lemon Spa Water with a sprig of fresh Mint
  • Hess Shirtail Creek Vineyard, Chardonnay
  • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir
  • Urban Mary: spicy tomato juice, lime juice, and worcestershire, with shot of vodka (optional)
  • Crispin Blackberry Pear Cider

THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Cole Slaw
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapenos
  • Smoked Debreziner Sausage with House Made Kraut and Mustard
  • “Piggylicious” bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzel crunch featuring Nueske’s Applewood smoked bacon
  • Floridian Hefeweizen
  • Category 3 IPA
  • Maple Bacon Stout
  • Billy’s Chilies
  • Beer Flight
  • The Original Rib Shack Red Wine
  • Frozen Lemonade, Frozen Lemonade with Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey
  • R.C. Sweet Tea made with Twinings Cold-Brewed English Classic Tea

Intermissions Café

  • Grapes
  • Fruit and cheese plate
  • Vegan trio
  • Southwest Chicken Wrap
  • Tuna Salad with Pita
  • Side Salad
  • Asian Tuna Salad with Noodles
  • Hurricane Class 5 Florida White Sangria
  • Hess Shirtail Creek Vineyard Chardonnay
  • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir
  • Zonin Prosecco
  • Floridian Hefeweizen
  • Crispin Blackberry Pear Cider
  • Dasani Bottled Water
  • Dasani Lemon Sparkling Water
  • Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite

The 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs March 4th – May 17th, 2015, at Walt Disney World Resort. See you out on the promenade!