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May 22, 2017

Springs Street Eats Food Truck Rally Coming to Disney Springs

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This June 2 and 3, Disney Springs will host "Springs Street Eats," which will highlight the fare from eight Central Florida food trucks, including some from Disney Springs' own Exposition Park.

The visiting food trucks scheduled are:

-- Fantasy Fare, with fan favorites found at Disney theme parks around the world, like the famous Hand-dipped Corn Dog.

-- World Showcase of Flavors, with signature sandwiches inspired by the cuisine featured at the Global Marketplaces during the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

-- Caketeer, which offers high quality gourmet cupcake and custom cake products throughout the Downtown Orlando and Central Florida area, made using the finest culinary-grade ingredients.

-- Philly’s Best Cheesesteaks, which claims to have the best cheesesteaks in or out of Philadelphia.

-- 900 Degreez Pizza, with a bespoke imported Italian wood-fired oven that can cook a pizza in an unbelievable 90 seconds.

-- Magic 4 UR Palate, with creative dishes that are appealing to the eye and at the same time arouse the taste buds.

-- The London Fish and Chippy -- homemade beer batter with specialty haddock fish and chips

-- Tikiz Shaved Ice, offering ice cream as well as refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice.

The event will also include live entertainment.

Spring Street Eats will be held in the West Side neighborhood outside of Cirque du Soleil Friday, June 2 from 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, June 3 from noon until 11 p.m.

Adventures by Disney Introduces New Iceland Vacation, Reimagines Classic Itineraries in 2018

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BURBANK, Calif. (May 17, 2017) – Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel worldwide, recently revealed an action-packed new vacation to debut in 2018 – Iceland. This first-ever itinerary to one of the world’s most majestic and storied countries will add to the company’s existing portfolio of more than three dozen family vacation destinations around the world, including newly reimagined trips through the scenic countries of Germany, Ireland and Costa Rica.

Adventure Through the Land of Fire and Ice

In 2018, travelers will navigate the diverse landscapes of Iceland, exploring the natural wonders of majestic waterfalls, massive glaciers and stunning volcanos. Rich Icelandic culture and unparalleled natural beauty join forces on this new 8-day, 7-night vacation.

Highlights include:

--Experience the splendor of Iceland’s Golden Circle with visits to the iconic Thingvellir National Park, Goðafoss waterfall and Kerið crater.
--Unwind, relax and indulge at the soothing Blue Lagoon and Mývatn Nature Baths.
--Come face-to-face with magnificent glaciers on a scenic cruise, and hike on the massive icecaps themselves.
--Trot through the scenic countryside on Icelandic horses.
--Embark on a humpback whale-watching expedition, capturing the experience in your mind’s eye and your camera’s lens.
--Savor unique culinary experiences and the stories behind them, such as learning to make bread baked using geothermal heat, and discovering the secret to Iceland’s traditional smoking process.
--Embark on a whitewater rafting adventure through the glacial river of Skagafjörður.
--Hike along, and even behind, some of the region’s most captivating waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss and Goðafoss.
--Journey to the past while being immersed in rich Icelandic Viking heritage and exploring traditional turf houses.

“We’re excited to offer travelers the opportunity to explore the incredibly popular destination of Iceland in uniquely enriching ways,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney. “With Adventures by Disney, families can experience this beautiful country, it’s iconic sights and cultural destinations like never before during a completely hassle-free vacation experience. Disney storytelling, engaging, active experiences and breathtaking natural wonders combine to make this one of our most remarkable itineraries to date.”

Discover Iconic Cities and Hidden Gems in Germany, Costa Rica and Ireland

Other popular destinations have also undergone itinerary revisions and additions for 2018. Enhancements to the Germany, Costa Rica and Ireland vacations focus on further enriching an already robust lineup of authentic experiences and local storytelling. Highlights of the reimagined Germany itinerary introduce first-ever experiences centered in Berlin, Ireland adds cultural activities such as learning the ancient sport of hurling, and Costa Rica takes travlers on explorations through the hidden gem of Caño Negro. These additions are sure to surprise and delight even the most seasoned travelers.

Travelers will also see an increase in departure date options for North American vacation offerings from Adventures by Disney in 2018, solidifying the company’s focus on making it easy for families to explore the American “Great Outdoors” together.

Bookings for all 2018 vacations open May 19, 2017. Call 1-800-543-0865 or contact a travel agent to book. For more information on the itineraries offered and activities included on an Adventures by Disney vacation, visit AdventuresByDisney.com.

DISNEY CHANNEL, DISNEY XD, AND DISNEY JUNIOR ANNOUNCE STAR-FILLED EVENTS FOR FANS AT DISNEY'S D23 EXPO 2017

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Stars Join Not-to-be-Missed DuckTales Q&A Session

Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin is Real—on the D23 Expo Show Floor!

Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Eden Espinosa, and Jeremy Jordan Unravel the Tales of Tangled: The Series

Special Appearance by the Stars of Descendants 2

BURBANK, Calif. (May 17, 2017) – Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior will present one-of-a-kind experiences for kids and families during D23 Expo 2017, the ultimate Disney fan event, taking place FRIDAY, JULY 14–SUNDAY, JULY 16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The lineup includes star-studded Q&A panels featuring the talented voice casts of Disney XD’s highly anticipated DuckTales series and Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series, plus a special appearance by the stars and director of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants 2. Disney Channel and Disney XD cast members from Stuck in the Middle, Bizaardvark, K.C. Undercover, Walk the Prank, and MECH-X4 will greet fans at the D23 Expo’s Talent Central throughout the weekend.

The one-and-only Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin, located on the show floor, will provide the priceless opportunity for fans to dive into more than 30,000 plastic gold coins and “swim” away with a professional 180-degree video capture to share with friends. The new DuckTales series premieres this summer on Disney XD, in the 30th anniversary year of the Emmy® Award-winning original series treasured by a generation.

On FRIDAY, JULY 14, Descendants 2 stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart, along with Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director, executive producer, and choreographer, will make a special appearance.

On SATURDAY, JULY 15, Disney XD’s DuckTales stars Ben Schwartz (the voice of Dewey), Kate Micucci (Webby Vanderquack), Beck Bennett (Launchpad McQuack), and Toks Olagundoye (Mrs. Beakley) will join executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones for a Q&A panel taking place from 4:15– 5:15 p.m. on Stage 28.

On SUNDAY, JULY 16, fans are invited to join the stars and creative team of Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series for a Q&A panel as they share some of the magic behind bringing the series to life. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, who reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene (AKA Flynn Rider) from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ acclaimed feature film, will be joined by executive producer Chris Sonnenburg, co-executive producer Ben Balistreri, and Broadway stars Eden Espinosa (Cassandra) and Jeremy Jordan (Varian). The panel will take place from 10:30–11:30 a.m. on Stage 28.

Fans of Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins are invited to visit McStuffins Toy Hospital Nursery, which will be on the Expo show floor during the entire three-day event. Young visitors can give the toy babies a checkup, as well as be among the first to play the new Doc McStuffins Baby app, set to launch this summer. The McStuffins Toy Hospital Nursery is part of Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit, a traveling museum exhibit designed to model “care and compassion” for kids ages 2-7 via immersive activities that reinforce the importance of health and well-being.

Ticketsfor D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.

May 15, 2017

Disney Dream Store Returns to the D23 Expo with One-of-a-Kind Items and Unique Collectibles

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Special logo apparel, product debuts, artist signings, and more will highlight the Ultimate Disney Fan Event July 14–16

BURBANK and ANAHEIM, Calif. – May 15, 2017 – Bursting with D23 Expo 2017-themed official merchandise and other specialty items from Disney Theme Parks, the Dream Store returns with something magical for Disney fans of all ages. From Disney-inspired apparel, art and collectibles to accessories, books, and more, the Disney Dream Store is a Disney enthusiast’s dream come true. Highlights include:

Disney Theme Parks Merchandise: Celebrate the joy and magic of Disney history with specially curated Throughout the Years collections celebrating key milestones, such as the Pirates of the Caribbean 50th Anniversary, Space Mountain 40th Anniversary, Epcot 35th Anniversary, Star Tours 30th Anniversary, as well as other items that are sure to bring excitement to every Disney fan-atic! Guests can enjoy a sparkling selection of jewelry designs from ALEX AND ANI, Crislu, and Rebecca Hook.

The creative Interchangeable Bow Collection will make its debut at the Disney Dream Store.The collection comes with a traditional Mickey Ears headband that guests can easily swap with one of six specially designed bows available for purchase.

Official D23 Expo and Disney Legends 30th Anniversary Merchandise: Show your D23 Expo 2017 side with official D23 Expo 2017 logo merchandise including tees, headwear, drinkware, souvenirs, pins, and more! Guests can bring home the “R5-D23” droid and Brethupp the Ewok plush -- debuting at D23 Expo 2017! The Dream Store will also be featuring a Legends 30th Anniversary collection including a commemorative tee, limited-edition pin, and paperweight.

Guests can find an exciting assortment of items showcasing product debuts, original artwork, giclées, deluxe prints, and more from the following: Steve Adams, Dave Avanzino, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, David Bird, Britni Brault, Choice Collectibles, Joey Chou, John Coulter, Daniel’s Woodland, Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions, Dooney & Bourke, Craig Fraser, Jeremy Fulton, HARVEYS, Brian Kesinger, Daniel Killen, Ink & Paint Artists, Jerrod Maruyama, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, Mark Page, Mike Peraza, Patty Peraza, Larry Nikolai, Noah, Precious Moments, Linda Rick, Shag, Jim Shore, Javier Soto, George Scribner, Sketch Artists, Vinylmation™, Joe Yakovetic, Kenny Yamada, and more!

Dream Store Autograph Sessions: Disney fans will get the chance to meet some of their favorite authors and artists inside the Dream Store. Autograph sessions will be posted daily via the D23 Expo Mobile App (available soon for download) and daily at the Disney Dream Store.

Details about Dream Store merchandise offerings, special artist appearances, and more will continue to be updated on www.D23expo.com, www.DisneyParksBlog.com, www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com and on Facebook and Twitter at “DisneyD23”.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23expo.com.

May 14, 2017

Meet the Stars of Freeform's Hit Series 'The Fosters,' 'Shadowhunters,' and 'Stitchers,' Plus 'The Bold Type' at D23 Expo 2017

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BURBANK, Calif., May 12, 2017 – Fans can meet their favorite stars from Freeform’s hit series The Fosters, Shadowhunters, and Stitchers, along with cast from the new series The Bold Type at D23 Expo 2017, taking place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Members of The Fosters family, as well as cast from the sci-fi series Stitchers, the saga Shadowhunters, and the new series The Bold Type, will appear throughout the weekend in the “Talent Central” autograph area, located in Hall A. Following is the appearance schedule (subject to change, times and cast to be announced at a later date), plus more information on each series.

FRIDAY, JULY 14
Stitchers
The Fosters

SATURDAY, JULY 15
Shadowhunters
The Bold Type

Shadowhunters returns for the second half of season two with Shadowhunters and Downworlders reeling from what happened at the New York Institute in the winter finale. As the rift between the two sides grows larger, the team and their Downworld friends and lovers are put in the middle of the dangerous divide. Torn between the Clave’s rules and what they feel is right, Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle struggle to help forge a new beginning. Relationships will be tested, a new Shadowhunter named Sebastian will join the fray, and the Seelie Queen will step out of the shadows in the summer season. Shadowhunters is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, McG, Michael Reisz, Matt Hastings, Mary Viola, Martin Moszkowicz, and Robert Kulzer. The series stars Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario, Isaiah Mustafa, and Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters midseason premiere will be MONDAY, JUNE 5, at 8 p.m. EDT.

On the upcoming season of fan favorite Stitchers, Kirsten and the Stitchers team hack into the minds of the recently deceased to investigate diverse and unusual cases spanning from international relations to within their own families. New relationships will develop while others will end, and the true purpose of the Stitchers program will be revealed. Stitchers is executive produced by Jeffrey Alan Schechter, Jonathan Baruch, and Rob Wolken. The series stars Emma Ishta, Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Allison Scagliotti, and Damon Dayoub. Stitchers will return for its third season on MONDAY, JUNE 5, at 9 p.m. EDT.

The Fosters returns for its fifth season. Winner of a Television Academy Honors Award and GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series, The Fosters follows a multi-ethnic family mix of adopted and biological teenaged kids being raised by two moms. The drama’s fifth season will include the milestone 100th episode. The Fosters is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, who also serve as executive producers and writers, along with Joanna Johnson. Greg Gugliotta, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, and Benny Medina also serve as executive producers. The series stars Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, Noah Centineo, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci, and Cierra Ramirez. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc. in association with Freeform. The fifth season premiere of The Fosters will be on TUESDAY, JULY 11, at 8 p.m. EDT.

The Bold Type, inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, chief content officer of Hearst Magazines, reveals a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for the global women’s magazine Scarlet. The rising generation of Scarlet women leans on one another as they find their own voices in a sea of intimidating leaders. Together they explore sexuality, identity, love, and fashion. The series stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Sam Page, Matt Ward, and Melora Hardin as Jacqueline, editor in chief of Scarlet Magazine. The Bold Type is executive produced by Sarah Watson, David Bernad, Joanna Coles, and Ruben Fleischer. Holly Whidden is co-executive producer. The series is a Universal Television and The District production. The Bold Type will have a special two-hour premiere on TUESDAY, JULY 11, at 9 p.m. EDT.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23expo.com.

New Hampshire Native Kate Farrell Flies to Victory at the 6th Annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

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Nearly 14,000 California runners were among 27,500 participants celebrating Mother’s Day weekend at one of the top women-focused race weekends in the country

ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 14, 2017) – Kate Farrell of Windham, New Hampshire won the 6th annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry. A long-time runner and cross country veteran, Farrell channeled her inner pixie power to fly past the competition with a winning time of 1:23:27. Audrey Urlacher of Boise, Idaho took second place with a time of 1:25:38 and Kellie Nickerson of Albuquerque, New Mexico finished in third, clocking in at 1:26:39.

“A runDisney race has been on my bucket list since I was little. I started running with my mom when I was nine and I ran high school and college cross country,” stated Farrell. “…One of the reasons I really love runDisney is the community of people that run road races. Everyone is so supportive…I’m just really grateful for running and the people around me, like my mom and dad.”

The 6th annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is one of four races held at Disneyland Resort and features the only half marathon in the runDisney series without a repeat winner. Approximately 690 runners participating in this year’s race have run all six years.

Over the race weekend, moms and fellow runners celebrated Mother’s Day by earning their wings in the Tinker Bell-inspired half marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Races. Runners also enjoyed experiencing the latest in fitness apparel, high-tech gadgets and nutritional products at runDisney Health & Fitness Expo.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is the fifth race in runDisney’s nine-race series that encompasses Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris.

In August, runners can go to “infinity and beyond” in the Pixar-inspired Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, August 31-September 3.

Starting in June, runners can train for upcoming races through the runDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series. The virtual race series invites runners to join one of three 5Ks available throughout the summer by running through their neighborhood, on a treadmill or at a local park. Runners must complete the 3.1 miles within the specific month to receive a uniquely designed medal inspired by the series’ honorary host, Pluto.

May 12, 2017

Disney Cruise Line Sails to Bermuda for the First Time and Visits New Ports Including Quebec City, Canada, in Fall 2018

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Sailings from New York to Bermuda and Quebec City offer more time to explore; departures from California and Texas are back by popular demand

CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 11, 2017) – In fall 2018, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to Bermuda and Quebec City, Canada – both with multiple days to experience these captivating destinations. In addition to the new itineraries from New York to Bermuda and Canada, three special sailings from New York will take guests to Walt Disney World and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Sailings from California, Texas and Florida round out the 2018 fall season.

Bookings open to the public on May 18, 2017. More details on 2018 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2018 page of disneycruise.com.

New sailings to Bermuda from New York

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line guests can sail to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Each of the five-night sailings includes two full days in Bermuda, while one special six-night sailing includes three days there.

An idyllic setting for outdoor enjoyment, Bermuda offers its famous pink sand beaches and a range of water activities. Shopping and sightseeing are plentiful and, at only 21 square miles, the island is easy to navigate and explore. With its own distinctive blend of British and Caribbean culture, Bermuda boasts a rich history in sailing, a passion for cricket and a truly unique national attire – Bermuda shorts.

Disney Magic cruises to Bermuda from New York set sail in October 2018.

New cruises between New York and Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City, Canada, a new port for Disney Cruise Line, will be featured on two new itineraries sailing between New York and Quebec City. Both of these sailings include two full days in Quebec City as well as stops at other Canadian ports new to Disney Cruise Line – Saguenay and Baie-Comeau.

With towering fortresses, lavish castles, cobblestone streets and French-inspired cuisine, Quebec City offers a taste of European charm. Must-see sights include the historic and grand Chateau Frontenac hotel and the impressive Montmorency Falls, which measure 30 meters taller than Niagara Falls. Both Saguenay and Baie-Comeau offer natural beauty, picturesque ports and local cuisine featuring plentiful seafood, wild game and the indigenous and delectable cloudberries.

Two seven-night Disney Magic cruises between New York and Quebec City depart in September 2018.

More magic from New York on sailings to Walt Disney World and Castaway Cay

Fall 2018 Disney Magic sailings from New York also include three seven-night voyages to Walt Disney World. Each cruise includes a stop in Port Canaveral, Florida, located near the Walt Disney World Resort, and a day at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Adding to the magic on these special sailings, every guest will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and round-trip transportation between the ship and the theme parks. During their visit, guests can enjoy experiences like the new Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which will immerse guests in a mystical world of massive floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and breathtaking new experiences.

Back by Popular Demand: Cruises from California, Texas and Florida

In September and October 2018, the Disney Wonder will sail from San Diego, California, to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. Baja sailings visit Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico, both famous for stunning beaches and exciting water activities. Mexican Riviera sailings feature the snorkeling and scuba diving hot spots Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.

In November and December 2018, the Disney Wonder returns to Galveston, Texas, with a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries. All cruises to the Bahamas include a stop at Castaway Cay.

In December 2018, the Disney Magic will return to Miami with voyages to the Western Caribbean and Bahamas, including stops at Key West and Castaway Cay.

During late 2018, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue to sail a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida, with every sailing including a day at Castaway Cay.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

May 9, 2017

May is for Moms: 10 Ways to Celebrate Mom at Walt Disney World Resort

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Mother’s Day is the special time of year when you get to celebrate mom, and at Walt Disney World Resort you can treat mom to some truly unforgettable experiences that she will cherish forever. Whether mom enjoys getting pampered with a spa experience, indulging in delicious dining, or spending time exploring the attractions and shows inside the theme parks, there’s something special for every mom this Mother’s Day and throughout the month of May.

Here are 10 ways to spoil mom at Walt Disney World Resort:

1. Relax with a Spa Day

Treat mom to a relaxing spa experience Senses – A Disney Spa at either Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. Both offer a therapeutic haven of pampering and wellness with services including aromatherapy massages, water therapy, sugar exfoliation body treatments, rejuvenating citrus facials and more. Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort also offers a whimsical new nail treatment: Disney Nail Designs by Jamberry. Make it a mother/daughter day and have young spa-goers get matching Mickey, Minnie or Frozen nail decals with mom. To book a treatment at either spa, call 407-WDW-SPAS.

2. Try Your Hand at Cake Decorating

A new pastry experience at Disney Springs is sure to delight mom and all the sweettooths in the family. Amorette’s Patisserie, located next to the World of Disney store, offers a 90-minute cake decorating class led by expert pastry chefs. Participants will get to decorate their own iconic Mickey Character Cake. This experience is only available to those age 10 and up, with a minimum of two guests. Reservations can be made online at DisneyWorld.com/dining.

3. Indulge in Bountiful Brunch at Walt Disney World Restaurants

Show mom how important she is with a delicious brunch at one of Walt Disney World’s top-rated restaurants. Several, such as The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Garden Grove at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort, offer special Mother’s Day brunches on May 14 to celebrate mom. Several other Disney eateries offer a daily brunch. Dining reservations can be made online at DisneyWorld.com/dining or call 407-WDW-DINE.

4. Enjoy Dinner and a Captivating Show

Treat mom to an enchanting evening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a Rivers of Light dining package. Mom will enjoy a delicious meal from one of two restaurants and receive guaranteed seating for Animal Kingdom’s newest nighttime spectacle, Rivers of Light. The show combines water and light to celebrate the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans in the world. Families can dine at either Tiffins or Tusker House for their pre-show dining experience. For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dining or call 407-WDW-DINE.

5. Get Closer to Nature

Take mom on Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest nature tour, Caring for Giants. This hour-long expedition lets guests get a closer look at the African elephant herd on Kilimanjaro Safari’s savannah and learn what it takes to care for them. A dedicated animal specialist will detail how the animals are cared for and talk about the habits of these pachyderm. Guests must be at least 4 years old to participate. The tour is $30 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.

6. Tour the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Enjoy one of the many exclusive tours offered during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. In the Gardens of the World Tour, guests join horticulture experts to learn about the landscaping that goes into preparing for and maintaining the flora and fauna of this festival, including the artistic topiaries found throughout the park. In the English Tea Garden Tour Presented by Twinings of London, mom can stroll through an English tea garden and learn about the importance of this classic beverage in British culture. These tours, along with others, can be booked by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.

7. Explore Unique Resort Adventures

Take mom on a one-of-a-kind adventure at one of many Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Mom can fly high above Bay Lake with a parasailing excursion at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. All fliers must be at least 6 years of age to take to the skies. Reservations can be made by calling (407) 939-7529. If she prefers to keep her feet closer to the ground, take her to Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. There, guests can see the horses that pull Cinderella’s carriage or trot up and down Main Street, USA. There are also pony rides, horse rides, carriage rides and more. Prices vary based on experience. Reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.

8. Take in a Stage Show

Enjoy a theatrical day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios by taking in all of the exciting stage shows in the park. Start mom’s day off with Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage. This 25-minute experience retells the classic story of Beauty and the Beast in a Broadway-style musical complete with live renditions of the film’s songs, enchanting choreography and favorite characters. After experiencing the tale as old as time, stroll over to the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. This action-packed, 30-minute show gives guests a peek into how stunt scenes are executed for thrilling movies like the Indiana Jones series. Cap off the day with Fantasmic!, a 30-minute nighttime show where Cheer on Mickey Mouse and friends as they fight to win back his imagination from the hands of various Disney villains.

9. Live Adventurous Thrill Rides

The daring mom will love a day taking on the exciting attractions at Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can complete the mountain challenge by riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and Space Mountain all in one day. Once those are conquered, they take a ride to see where ‘a million diamonds shine’ on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland. If younger ones are in tow, take flight on The Barnstormer located in Storybook Circus.

10. Give Mom a Night Out

Guests at Walt Disney World Resort can enjoy a grown up night out and drop the kids off at one of the Children’s Activity Centers. There are four convenient locations on property that provide supervised childcare for children ages 3-12. Centers include arts & crafts, video and board games, Disney movies, dinner and activities. For reservations, see the resort’s front desk or call (407) 939-3463.

Camp Dolphin, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Lilo’s Playhouse at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Sandcastle Club, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Simba’s Cubhouse, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

May 1, 2017

The Culinary Story on Pandora - The World of Avatar

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla – Not only can you explore like a Na’vi and talk like a Na’vi – you can eat like a Na’vi, too, on Pandora – The World of Avatar.

Dining Na’vi-style is at the heart of Satu’li Canteen, the fast-casual restaurant in the new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The canteen calls out the friendship and cultural kinship that exists between the humans on Pandora and the indigenous Na’vi.

“The setting of Pandora – The World of Avatar is long after the Na’vi and the humans have reconciled their conflict, and we are invited as guests to visit Pandora,” said Stefan Hellwig, executive creative director for Walt Disney Imagineering.

Satu’li (Sa-too-lee) Canteen is the land’s restaurant, with a design inspired by bases set up on Pandora by the Resources Development Administration (RDA) in the blockbuster “AVATAR” film. Once the main mess hall of the RDA base in the Valley of Mo’ara, the canteen is now owned and operated by the Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) tour company and has been redesigned into a beautiful museum-like dining room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The interior has been transformed with colorful Na’vi items filling the walls and hanging from the ceiling – hand-woven tapestries, natural Pandoran elements and cooking tools decorate the interior.

Surprising Twist on Familiar Flavors
Satu’li Canteen combines creativity and approachable flavors in a menu inspired by the healthful bounty on Pandora, with wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and hearty proteins. An on-stage grill is a prominent feature in the colorful dining room, “bringing all five senses into play,” said Ed Wronski, director, culinary development for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.

Fast-casual Satu’li Canteen offers bowls that allow diners to customize their meal. Diners start with a base of quinoa and vegetable salad; red and sweet potato hash; mixed whole-grain and rice or romaine and kale salad. Next is either wood-grilled chicken, slow-roasted beef, sustainable fish or chili-spiced fried tofu. And the bowl is finished with charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette or creamy herb dressing.

Satu'li Canteen bowl

“This is one of our first fast-casual restaurants that gives guests the ability to customize their meal,” said Wronski. “We played with the theme of Avatar, and ended up with the bowl concept that is healthful, lighter and with plant-based ingredients to tie back to the World of Avatar.” The guiding principle, he said, was to “balance creativity with dishes that are approachable.”

The menu also offers steamed “pods” – bao buns with either cheeseburger ingredients or vegetable curry served with root vegetable chips and crunchy vegetable slaw.

For little ones, there’s an option of grilled chicken or beef, fish or tofu with greens or rice; a hot dog wrapped in Parker House dough; cheese quesadilla, or a steamed “pod” (cheeseburger bao bun).

Dessert is Blueberry Cheesecake with Passion Fruit Curd or Chocolate Cake with a Crunchy Cookie Layer, Banana Cream and Goji Berries.

Satu’li Canteen offers draft beers, including Avatar Private Label Green Ale and Avatar Private Label Amber Ale; Pandoran blend sangria; wine on tap, including Banshee Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast); Banshee Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast), and a non-alcoholic blend of tropical juices served in a souvenir cup with a removable, playable pan flute.

Satu’li Canteen is also the first Disney restaurant to offer Mobile Order, a new convenient option to order and pay for meals on-the-go using the My Disney Experience app. The service also enables guests to bypass the queue to order when they arrive at the restaurant. Using the app, guests can select menu items, customize their orders and pre-pay for their meals. When they arrive at the restaurant they will tap an “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When their meals are ready, guests will be alerted through the app to pick up them up at a designated window. Additional fast-casual and quick-service restaurants will begin to offer Mobile Order later this year. Disney Dining Plan is accepted but Mobile Order only accepts credit cards.

Satu’li Canteen offers 330 seats with an additional 190 seats outside.

Pongu Pongu Kiosk
Adjacent to Satu’li Canteen is Pongu Pongu, Pandora’s specialty beverage kiosk. “Pongu Pongu” means “party party” and this kiosk, as the story goes, was built by a human who befriended the local Na’vi clan and built a place to gather and socialize. The name came from all the “wild and memorable times” Na’vi and humans had together there.

Pongu Pongu beverages

The signature drink is the Frozen Nectar (frozen limeade with layered flavors of Granny Smith Apple and Desert Pear topped with bursting mango boba balls) that glows with bioluminescent colors reminiscent of Pandora’s flora. There’s also a Screaming Banshee Margarita and Avatar Private Label Ale. Drinks can be purchased in a tiki-inspired mug with an Avatar “juju” light-up cube.

For sweet snacking, Lumpia (loom-pee-ah), a pineapple-cream cheese spring roll, is also on the menu.

Wonderment and Unforgettable Encounters Await at the New Na'vi River Journey in Pandora - The World of Avatar

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Attraction takes guests on a wondrous river adventure through a bioluminescent rainforest

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Set sail on a river journey unlike any other. On a moon that is light years from Earth.

You are not alone, either. This riverscape pulses with sensational sights and sounds that fill your senses. And, at journey’s end, a very special surprise.

Aboard the reed boats of the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey, adventurers float through an alien world beyond their imagination. That wonderment begins in the very heart of Pandora – The World of Avatar, the all-new land in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

As guests approach the iconic floating mountains and waterfalls on Pandora, a towering totem beckons. Paying homage to the mystical Shaman of Songs, the massive totem was delicately woven by the Na’vi, the indigenous people of Pandora, and celebrates the shaman’s deep connection to the life force of Pandora.

The totem also invites guests to venture further into grottos that lead to the mystical river – and an eventual encounter with the shaman.

At the water’s edge, guests board those reed boats. Barely have the boats cut the first ripples of water when a Na’vi warrior appears. With a nod, he grants passage to the human voyagers, and soon an amazing scene unfolds. A spectacular bioluminescent rainforest surrounds guests. By day or night, boats pass through this darkened world, pushing deep into a jungle alive with exotic glowing plants and traversed by Pandoran creatures.

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Keen observers will notice that the animals and Na’vi are moving in the same direction as they make their way to see the shaman. Music is heard, which means the shaman is not far off.

“Na’vi River Journey is a very sweet, lyrical adventure through a spectacular visual environment that just becomes more and more spectacular as you go on,” explains Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive. The bioluminescent activity of the plants around you unfolds in richer and richer scenes in really just a very uplifting, wonderful kind of journey.”

The journey builds to an encounter with the remarkable Shaman of Songs. Like most Na’vi, she is nearly 10 feet tall.

Music is central in Na’vi culture. Guests observe the shaman in the midst of a musical ceremony, playing an instrument and singing. Through her music, the shaman sends positive energy into the rainforest, telling of the sacred bond with nature that Na’vi and humans share.

Disney technology put fluid energy into every movement and gesture, Rohde said.

“The shaman is even more extraordinary than we expected,” said Rohde. “Her facial expressions, little movements in the cheek, tiny movements in the eyelid – each one of these carries an emotion she’s capable of conveying.”

It is part of Disney’s attention to detail that makes Pandora a world of adventure, he added.

“There is a real edge to our Pandora,” he said, “just like the rest of Animal Kingdom. When guests get here and really look around, they will see there’s this edge, this little adventurous edge on the land. Na’vi River Journey helps complement that edge.”

FAST FACTS: Na’vi River Journey
Background: A family-friendly expedition, Na’vi River Journey takes guests on an adventure down a gentle, mysterious river hidden within the sacred bioluminescent rainforest in search of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs. Among guest experiences on Pandora – The World of Avatar, all-new land in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Method of transportation: 8-person reed boats; accessible to guests with disabilities

Experience time: 4.5 minutes

FastPass+: Yes

Queueing: Managed by Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE), the eco-tour company that brings humans to Pandora. ACE created the pathway and load station at the queue structure. ACE assemblers also built the rafts using Na’vi techniques.

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