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Mar 13

Country Crooner Zac Brown Spotted in the Magic Kingdom

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Country music artist Zac Brown, singer/songwriter for the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, poses March 18, 2013 with Goofy at the Magic Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Zac Brown Band won “Best Country Album” for their latest release, “Uncaged,” at the 55th Grammy Awards held February 10th, 2013. (Gene Duncan, photographer)


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Mar 13

Pleasure Island to Be Replaced in New Disney Springs Project {Concept Art}

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Walt Disney World Resort announced the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, a unique destination that will treat guests to significantly more shopping, dining and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm.

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Disney Springs will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands. From boutique shops to unique flagship anchor stores, guests will be able to explore a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences and discover options unlike any other currently available in Central Florida.

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“Disney Springs will be a timeless, vibrant place where Walt Disney World guests and local residents can relax, shop, dine and be entertained in an imaginative setting where they’ll instantly feel at home,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Featuring distinctive brands, world-class restaurants and unforgettable entertainment, Disney Springs will be brought to life with the same focus on storytelling and attention to detail that goes into our theme parks, resorts and cruise ships, resulting in a welcoming space that only Disney could create.”

Disney Springs will double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues for guests to explore, resulting in more than 150 establishments. In addition, Staggs noted, Central Florida stands to benefit from the expansion with more jobs, tax revenues and business opportunities.

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Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will include four outdoor neighborhoods interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront. In addition to a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry, the destination will feature:

  • The Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect.
  • A colorful and thriving commercial district called The Landing with inspired dining and beautiful waterfront views.
  • The family-friendly Marketplace that will continue to delight guests of all ages by combining new experiences, such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded World of Disney store.
  • West Side that provides an exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both shade and an overlook to the activity below.

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Collectively, these efforts will not only have an impact within Walt Disney World, but will also have an economic ripple effect on Central Florida. The project will create an estimated 1,200 construction jobs and nearly 4,000 operational roles.

Disney will share more details on specific experiences coming to Disney Springs in the future. Construction is slated to begin next month with new areas opening in phases. Disney Springs is expected to be complete in 2016.


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Mar 13

Tour of the $8 Million New Fantasyland “Tangled” Bathroom in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

The film “Tangled” spent six years in production at a cost that has been estimated at $260 million. The recently opened Tangled bathrooms in New Fantasyland only set the company back $8 million, at least that was the ‘word on the street’ from a local contractor I know.  I don’t know if these powder rooms are worth $8 million but they sure are beautiful! Here’s a tour…

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This is the part where I refrain from cracking a joke about Rapunzel letting something golden down in the bathroom right?

Here’s a shot looking over to the Columbia Harbor House. We entered the bathroom area by way of the Haunted Mansion. It’s odd to see The Yankee Trader out in the middle of nowhere and I had to get my bearings straight for a few seconds.

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Rumor is that the old bathrooms by Peter Pan are going to be transformed into stroller parking.

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First up is the Ladies Room.

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Next to the Ladies Room is the Companion Restroom and a Cast Member doorway to who knows where?

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This is all you get from the Mens Room. Wanted posters inside. I may or may not have accidentally gone in….by accident. I jest. Thank you Mike for the photo.

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Oh…and my pal Charles just sent me this pic from the sink area!

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The poster theme continues outside as well.

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Absolutely love the stonework here.

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…and I can’t wait to come back here after dark to see the lanterns lit!

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Mar 13

Walt Disney World ‘Opening Day’ Fastpass iPhone Case

Hey Doc! Can I borrow your DeLorean? I’ve got some extinct attractions to ride! Spotted on WANELO

Walt Disney World Opening Day Fastpass iPhone Case


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Mar 13

2013 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon – Guess How Many People Will Be Running It?

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon WeekendRunners can now register for this year’s Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort, Nov. 8 – 9, by going to www.rundisney.com.

     More than 20,500 runners are expected to register for weekend races, including 14,000 for the nighttime half marathon, increasing the number of registeredrunners for runDisney races in 2013 to more than 175,000 – a single-year record for runDisney, which has seven event weekends.  Last year more than 125,000 runners competed in runDisney’s seven event weekends at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

     The 13.1-mile Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon course takes runners through Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.  After crossing the finish line runners can join family and friends for a special ticketed post-race party inside Epcot until 4 am (friends and family must purchase party ticket for entry).   The Finish Line Party features more than 25 kiosks offering fine cuisine and wine from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, plus Disney characters, music and the opportunity to ride various attractions such as the newly reimagined Test Track Presented by Chevrolet and Soarin’.

Epcot Food Wine Festival Cocktails     New this year is the Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste on Friday, Nov. 8, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This special ticketed event offers runners and fans a private reception on the set of Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, featuring food and beverages from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, music and Disney characters.

     In addition, Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend features the runDisney Kids Races, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and the half marathon which starts at 10 pm at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

     There’s also Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 – 9, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  The expo offers the latest in running apparel, technology and a speaker series featuring running experts such as runDisney official training consultant Jeff Galloway and runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus.  Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo is free and open to the public.

     To register for Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend races and to purchase tickets for the Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste and Finish Line Party at Epcot, visit www.runDisney.com.

 

Schedule of Events

Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo

Nov. 8 – 9

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

 

Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste

Nov. 8, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K

Nov. 9, 7 am

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

 

runDisney Kids Races

Nov. 9

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

 

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Nov.9, 10 pm

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

 

Finish Line Party

Nov. 9, 10 pm – 4 am

Epcot

This is an amazing event AND the only runDisney half marathon where you get to run through THREE Walt Disney World theme parks: Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Check out my 2012 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap and I’ll see ya out on the course!