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10
May 13

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Asks You to Decide

Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Spirits

For the first time in its history, the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is giving food and wine lovers the power to decide the beverage seminar that will be featured during the outdoor festival at this year’s event. This featured seminar will take place multiple times throughout the evening and is open to anyone with a ticket to the causeway festival. It is in addition to the event’s separately ticketed classroom seminars that take place earlier in the evening.

Voting is currently open on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel’s Facebook page. Fans have the option of choosing between three different seminars: Cocktail 101, Straight from the Still or The Truth About Blush.

  • Cocktail 101: Stop by Crescent Terrace to enjoy a special presentation from one of our property’s bar-certified mixologists. Learn how to concoct and sample a few of the Swan and Dolphin’s favorite cocktails.
  • Straight from the Still: Learn about the origins of America’s spirit, Bourbon. Sample some cocktails crafted with our mixologist’s favorite varieties.
  • The Truth About Blush: The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin celebrates PINKtober with this drink seminar. Join the women sommeliers of the hotel as they squash rumors of the “undistinguished blush wine” and reveal a variety of blushes any connoisseur can appreciate. All guests will leave this event thinking pink. Be sure to stop by and support Breast Cancer Awareness the wine-o way.

Voting will be open through May 31. To vote, guests can visit www.facebook.com/swananddolphin and look for the Food & Wine Wednesday post.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will be held on Oct. 18 – 19, 2013. The outdoor festival will include food and beverage seminars, food and wine tastings and live music. Seminars will be led by the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts, while the hotel’s award-winning restaurants will showcase signature culinary selections to pair with tastings from more than 30 wineries.

Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are currently available as part of a hotel package or individually and can be purchased at www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com

See you on the causeway!!!


10
May 13

Celebrity Appearance Schedule for Disney’s 2013 Star Wars Weekends

Darth Vader Star Wars Weekends 2013

Star Wars Weekends, the Force-filled fun-fest that takes place annually at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, returns to the Walt Disney World Resort galaxy every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17-June 9, 2013.

Weekend I (May 17–19)
Ray Park (Darth Maul – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett – Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Captain Rex – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Weekend II (May 24-26)
Ray Park (Darth Maul – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Jim Cummings (voice of Hondo Ohnaka – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Weekend III (May 31 – June 2)
Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Sam Witwer (voice of Darth Maul – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Weekend IV(June 7-9)
Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian – Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca – Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Tom Kane (voice of Yoda – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

stormtroopers Star Wars Weekends 2013Also new this year is a photo opportunity with a “life-size” rancor. The giant beast, which was Jabba the Hutt’s prized pet in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, will be on display during the event. The handcrafted replica is 17 feet long and weighs more than 700 pounds. The reptomammal sculpture is well-traveled — it’s a popular piece at Star Wars events around the globe and will make its way to our park for Star Wars Weekends.

A trio of specialty “one-man shows” will be presented this year, giving guests a peek into the on- and off-screen worlds of three Star Wars celebrities — James Arnold Taylor, Ray Park and Warwick Davis.

  • “Obi-Wan & Beyond” (each event day) stars James Arnold Taylor. James takes audiences on a journey into his wonderful world of voice acting.
  • “Visit to the Maul” (Weekends I and II) features Ray Park. Guests can see a demonstration of amazing martial arts skills by the actor who portrayed Darth Maul on the silver screen.
  • “An Ewok’s Tale – my short story” (Weekends II and III) stars Warwick Davis. Guests get a unique look into the fascinating world of this Star Wars legend.

Star Wars Weekends 2013

As you plan your visit to Star Wars Weekends, be aware that many of the behind-the-scenes shows reach capacity quickly, so arrive early. Also, you’ll want to arrive early to the park if you would like to get a celebrity autograph.

Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #StarWarsWeekends on Twitter.

Star Wars: © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM.
(*celebrities and entertainment schedule subject to change)


10
May 13

2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Pictures {Day 1}

For the past three years Disney PR has put on a highly coveted event called Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.  The event offers influencers in the social media space, namely bloggers, an opportunity to learn and connect with other influencers while simultaneously vacationing with their family at the Walt Disney World Resort.  It’s quite the opportunity and invitations are dreamt about throughout the year leading up to the event. Attendees arrived at Walt Disney World yesterday and started feverishly tweeting with the hashtag #DisneySMMoms. Here are some of the highlights.

Be sure and give these ladies and gents a follow to stay abreast of all the #DisneySMMoms happeneings over the next couple days!

In advance of the conference, attendees were mailed an American Tourister suitcase and were told to #PackMoreFun. We think (@LoveDisneyRun) nailed it!

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms American TouristerI also can’t help but share the customizations @VelveteenMind made to her green bag!

Monsters Inc Mike Wazowski Suitcase Green University Disney Social media MomsSome flew and some drove but the final destination was the same! (source @theqfamily)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Welcome ArchThis year accommodations were provided at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (source @mommy_gaga)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Contemporary ResortWinnie the Pooh swag (@LoveDisneyRun)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Winnie the Pooh SwagThe ladies checked into the conference (source @nicolebrady)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Check InSnow White Social Media Swag Shirt (source @theposhparent)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration snow white swag shirtand picked up their credentials (source @theqfamily)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms CredentialRegistration Photo Opp! (source @lovedisneyrun)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMomsEarly arrivals enjoyed #PoohStoryTeller Time (source @jendisjournal)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Pooh Storytimeand Winnie the Pooh cupcakes! (source @nicolebrady)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Pooh CupcakesThen it was time for the attendees to have some free time fun!

@cluelessmama tried her first ever Dole Whip at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival while sporting her 1st Visit Button #LikeaBoss

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Dole Whip Epcot@aboutamom and her crew survived the perils of Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Splash Mountain@jessicamcfadd and her family did some Jungle Cruisin’

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms jungle cruiseThen it was time for all of the Disney Social Media Moms to head on over to Epcot‘s World Showplace for a Welcome Reception (source @lovedisneyrun)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms world showplace gates epcotMeg Crofton (President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, US and France) was on hand (source @amybarseghian)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception Meg Croftonas the champagne flowed (source @disneygotogirl)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception champagneAttendees learned about the Magic of Healthy Living from Chris Powell of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” (source @glitterfulfelt)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception chris powellThen it was time to dine on Disney #TryIt Items (source @glitterfulfelt)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception chris powell dinnerwhile being entertained with fetes of strength (source @kellywhalen)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception entertainment and Breakdancing Mickey! (source @suburbancouponmom)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome reception breakdancing mickeya good time was had by all (source @kpugs)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms welcome receptionThe night was capped off with a dessert party (source @bobaycock)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms dessert partyand Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks extravaganza! (source @kristenhowerton)

2013 Disney Social Media Moms DisneySMMoms Epcot Illuminations Stay tuned for a photo recap of Disney Social Media Moms Celebration {Day 2} and keep those images coming #DisneySMMoms!!!


09
May 13

Passholders Get Free Admission to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park in May

Disney Blizzard Beach Summit Plummet water park slideAnnual Premium, Seasonal, Weekday and Epcot After 4 Annual Passholders can enjoy complimentary admission to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park after 2:00 p.m. on the following days:

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013

While you’re there, be sure to stop by Lottawatta Lodge to cool off with complimentary refreshments and giveaways.

There’s no need to RSVP. Simply show your valid Passholder ID at the gates after 2:00 p.m. for entry to the water park—and get ready to splash into fun. This action-packed water wonderland is full of slides and rides the whole family will enjoy!

Important Information

Walt Disney World Passholder ID card required for entry.
Each Passholder ID card grants entry for cardholder only.
No rain checks.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park subject to close due to inclement weather.


06
May 13

Concept Art for Disney Haunted Mansion Resort Rooms

A few years ago Walt Disney World was toying around with the idea of Haunted Mansion rooms. I wish they’d entertain the idea some more. Who else would love to stay inside of a Haunted Mansion themed room on vacation?

Disney Haunted Mansion Hotel Room

Disney Haunted Mansion Resort Room(image source)