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May 5, 2016

"Frozen" Games Coming to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

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Kristoff and Olaf to host inaugural event to kick off summer season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 3, 2016) – For the first time in forever, Olaf’s wish to experience summer fun with his friends will come true when he and Kristoff, stars of the hit Disney animated film “Frozen,” host the inaugural “Frozen” Games this summer at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.

The “Winter Games Committee” has decided to take advantage of the magical snowstorm over Blizzard Beach and host daily activities this summer. The committee members have even invited Kristoff and Olaf to lead teams of guests in a fun day of “Frozen” activities.

From May 27 to Aug. 21, 2016, guests of all ages visiting Blizzard Beach may choose to join Team Kristoff or Team Olaf to participate in a variety of winter-themed activities throughout each day, including:

Ice Pail Relays – teams will line up and pass pails of water quickly from one person to the next, trying to fill a container at the The team that fills their container first is the winner.
Snowball Toss – pairs compete in a snow-themed water balloon toss from progressively greater The pair that gets the farthest apart without breaking its water balloon is the winner.
Ski Pole Limbo – guests play limbo, using a ski pole as the
Slide Races – teams race down one of the signature water slides at Blizzard Beach, and much more!

Olaf and Kristoff will take part in the “Frozen” Games’ opening and closing ceremonies by appearing on the Observation Deck near the Summit Plummet attraction each day, accompanied by trumpet fanfare, banners and music. Additionally, one lucky guest will be chosen each morning to be the Ski Captain and thus the first guest to take the plunge down Summit Plummet, signaling the start of the “Frozen” Games.

From the observation deck, Olaf and Kristoff will give regular updates throughout the day on their teams’ progress and achievements, as well as announce the winning team of the “Frozen” Games.

The “Frozen” Games are an all-day event at Blizzard Beach, beginning shortly after the park opens. Guests can sign up at the park entrance, and all activities are included with regular park admission.

Blizzard Beach is a 66-acre winter-themed water park. The park offers water activities suitable for all ages, including signature attractions such as Summit Plummet, one of the world’s fastest free-fall water slides that plunges guests from 120 feet high at speeds up to 55 mph; Toboggan Racers, an eight-lane water slide that sends guests racing over exhilarating dips down a 250-foot “snowy” course; Tike’s Peak, a kid-sized version of Blizzard Beach designed for kids ages 2-5; and Ski Patrol Training Camp, designed for pre-teens with a twin inner tube slide, crinkle slide and a challenging ice-flow walk along slippery, floating “icebergs.”

May 4, 2016

Day of Frozen Fun Returns on Select Disney Cruises

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For the First Time in Forever!

Experience a whole day of Frozen fun on select 7-night Disney Wonder and Disney Magic summer sailings. Wake up one special morning to discover the atrium aboard the Disney Wonder or the Disney Magic transformed into a winter wonderland with friends from the Frozen Kingdom of Arendelle—plus a full day of Frozen activities! Festivities include:

Meet-and-greet favorite Frozen friends as Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Olaf the Snowman.

Join "Anna's Chocolate Chase" on a scavenger hunt with a special surprise at the finish line.

Create snow and ice as you wield the magical powers of Queen Elsa in this fun and frosty activity.

Learn Oaken's Maypole Swirl and Twirl, a traditional Scandinavian folk dance, spinning ribbons into a spectacle of colors.

Dine on a Nordic-inspired dinner menu followed by a fun-filled show of Frozen singing, dancing and games. Delight in the decorative deep freeze as it spreads to the upper decks of the ship, with giant snowflakes, icicles and snow-covered rocks.

A Frozen-Themed Dining Experience

Enjoy traditional Nordic fare created just for the party—along with special dishes inspired by the hit movie—in a feast fit for a royal appetite.

"Freezing the Night Away With Anna, Elsa and Friends"

This star-studded show features Anna, Elsa and Kristoff—along with virtual visits from Sven, Olaf and the trolls! Delight in upbeat dancing, Frozen song favorites and Elsa's powerful ice magic. Play reindeer games with Sven. Sing along to Olaf's signature song "In Summer." You'll have a wintry blast because this deck party extravaganza is anything but chill!

Frozen Fun is only available aboard select 7-night Disney Wonder sailings departing May 1, 2016 through August 26, 2016, and on select 7-night Disney Magic sailings departing May 15, 2016 through September 17, 2016.

Visit Olaf at the New Celebrity Spotlight in Disney's Hollywood Studios

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 4, 2016) — Beginning this week, guests can join some of their favorite Disney Characters as they live out their Hollywood dreams in two new character greeting experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

In Celebrity Spotlight, located in the park’s Echo Lake district, guest are invited to meet Olaf from Disney’s blockbuster film, “Frozen.” Olaf is living his dream “In Summer,” chilling on the beach and ready to give warm hugs to all his new friends.

And on Commissary Lane, guests will find “Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams.” Here, guests will discover Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, living the dream as A-list Hollywood stars. Guests first walk the red carpet and step right into a scene with Minnie, where she appears as a Tinsel Town starlet in a ritzy setting straight out of a lush and colorful musical extravaganza. Next, guests can join Mickey in a scene from “Fantasia,” where he’s portraying his iconic role of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Olaf is in the Celebrity Spotlight now, while “Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams” makes its debut on Sunday, May 8.

Paddlefish Opens Fall 2016 at Disney Springs

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The steamboat at Disney Springs, formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, gets a bow-to-stern transformation and offers a whole new seafood-centric dining experience, opening in Fall 2016 for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Paddlefish will serve fresh seafood, steaks and chops, a catch of the day, and composed seafood entrees such as lobster risotto with poached Maine lobster, saffron and Meyer lemon oil and redfish with coconut milk, crab broth, tomato, peppers and ginger. (No worries, fan favorites including Florida stone crab, Alaskan King and Queen crab, and lobster corn dogs will be back.) A fun new addition is lobster guacamole made tableside with Maine Lobster, chilies, cilantro, lime and tortilla chips. And there’s a “build-your-own boil” so you can pick your own ingredients and seasonings.

The sleek and modern design of Paddlefish includes a new rooftop lounge, open until 2 a.m., with spectacular views of Disney Springs and the water. The lounge will have a separate menu of eclectic dishes perfect for sharing.

Source: The Disney Parks Blog

May 3, 2016

More than 15,000 Californians Will Spread Their Wings and Fly This Mother's Day Weekend in the 5th Annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

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Nearly 1,000 Registered Runners Have Competed Yearly Since the Inaugural Event

Propelled by pixie dust, more than 24,000 total registered runners, including 15,000 from California, will spend their Mother's Day morning flying through Disneyland Resort and the streets of Anaheim in the 13.1-mile Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry. Tinker Bell Half Marathon celebrates its fifth year this weekend with nearly 1,000 repeat half marathon registrations since its debut. The popular event is now one of the top three largest women-focused race weekends in the country. Many runners are participating in one or more events during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, including more than 4,000 in the Pixie Dust Challenge, where runners do the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon Sunday.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is one of four runDisney race weekends held at the Disneyland Resort.

May 5-8, 2016
Health & Fitness Expo, Thursday - Saturday at Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall
Never Land 5K Friday, 5 a.m.
Tinker Bell 10K Saturday, 5:30 a.m.
Tinker Bell Half Marathon Sunday, 5:30 a.m.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Take Center Stage At Iconic New Magic Kingdom Location

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Cinderella Castle Serves as Backdrop for Magical Matrimony

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The fairest wedding wish of all comes true as couples can now say their “I do’s” in the heart of Magic Kingdom Park with enchanting Cinderella-like weddings now offered at Walt Disney World Resort.

For the first time ever, Magic Kingdom park goers may enjoy unforgettable glimpses of once-in-a lifetime celebrations as trumpeters herald a bride’s grand entrance down Main Street, U.S.A. aboard Cinderella’s glass coach or horse-drawn carriage, as ceremonies are staged in the morning hour just after the official “rope drop” at the park entrance.

As part of the popular “Wishes Collection,” couples can now exchange vows in the newly enhanced East Plaza Garden offering up to 100 guests a picture-perfect view of Cinderella Castle.

“Couples have been seeking a celebratory location showcasing the iconic Cinderella Castle,” said Korri McFann, Marketing Director for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to make those dreams a reality.”

The colorful floral and customized décor enhance the lush garden setting creating an elegant venue fit for a princess. And after the celebrated “I do,” guests are whisked off for reception festivities at a variety of locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

The expert team at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has helped to create and execute fantasy engagements, weddings and honeymoons for almost 25 years, delivering everything couples may dream about for an unforgettable event. Guests may choose from a variety of magical settings and destinations around the world, including theme parks, breathtaking beaches and grand ballrooms. This top-ranked wedding and honeymoon destination hosts more than 1,200 weddings yearly at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings package collections start at $2,500, and custom experiences begin at $12,000. Premiere locations such as Magic Kingdom Park, with a completely customized ceremony and reception for 100 guests, start at $75,000.

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April 26, 2016

Disney Conservation Fund Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary by Unveiling New Initiative to Protect the Planet

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(Dr. Jane Goodall visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom recently to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disney Conservation Fund and support the launch of its new initiative called “Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time,” which aims to reverse the decline of threatened species through scientific research and increasing the time kids spend in nature.)

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 19, 2016) –- The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF), in honor of its 20th anniversary, announced a targeted philanthropic strategy to help protect the planet by collaborating with leading nonprofit organizations that will help threatened wildlife and inspire a lifelong love of nature in young people. The new initiative, called Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time, is aimed at reversing the decline of 10 threatened species through scientific research, community engagement, and increasing the time kids spend in nature to inspire them to care for the planet.

As part of Reverse the Decline, Disney is supporting a network of leading conservation nonprofit organizations to develop strategic plans that aim to reverse the decline of 10 animals: elephants, butterflies, coral reefs, tamarin monkeys, great apes, sea turtles, sharks and rays, cranes, rhinos and tigers. These organizations employ experts who work with each species to address the protection of habitats, collect critical population data, and develop conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems around the world. Additionally, this initiative provides opportunities for Disney to apply the expertise and talents of its employees and cast members to help reverse the decline of these animals. Already, scientists, educators and veterinarians on Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment team are collaborating with each organization to help protect threatened species and their habitats.

Increase the Time, the second part of the two-pronged commitment, comes on the heels of a 2012 Disney initiative to connect 35 million kids and families with nature experiences by 2015. Disney reached the target a year early based on its efforts to connect kids with nature through support from the Disney Conservation Fund to nonprofit organizations and nature experiences in Disney Parks and Resorts. The new Increase the Time initiative amplifies the philanthropic component of these efforts to fund projects with leading nonprofit organizations that engage young people in discovering the magic of nature and inspiring them to protect the planet.

Since 1995, DCF has provided $40 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in 115 countries.

What is Reverse the Decline and Increase the Time?

In the next decade, Disney Conservation Fund’s commitment will be focused in two areas:

Increase the Time kids spend in nature.
Reverse the Decline of threatened animals in the wild.
Disney aims to make measurable conservation impacts by inspiring the next generation to care about the planet.

Why Reverse the Decline?

The Disney Conservation Fund’s focus on the future builds on conservation accomplishments of the past. The Reverse the Decline initiative seeks to:

Stabilize and increase dwindling numbers of threatened animals around the world by providing grants and applying the expertise of Disney employees and cast members to address threatened species.

Engage leading conservation organizations to come together to create and implement comprehensive, measurable, strategic plans to reverse the decline of ten threatened animal populations in the wild.

Build upon the significant work Disney’s team of animal experts has been doing for years: working to reduce human-elephant conflict to benefit people in Kenya; involving kids in coral reef protection; providing expertise on the care of orphaned gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; engaging communities in conservation of cotton-top tamarins in Colombia; and raising awareness about the endangered sea turtles that nest on Florida’s beaches. Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment cast members will work with each of the Reverse the Decline organizations to determine where the company can lend support from expert teams to advance efforts to protect threatened species in places where they live.

The 10 threatened species include:

Big Cats: The Sumatran tiger is critically endangered as a result of poaching, both of tigers and their prey species; high rates of habitat loss as a result of human encroachment, deforestation, and forest fires; illegal wildlife trade; and the killing of tigers involved in human-tiger conflict. A consortium of Sumatra-based organizations aims to increase Sumatran tiger population levels by reducing poaching and illegal trade, encouraging community engagement, and improving the management of protected areas.

Butterflies: In many cultures, butterflies are considered beautiful symbolic creatures; but they are also important pollinators and indicators of environmental health and model organisms for studying the impact of habitat loss and climate change. Butterflies are threatened by loss, degradation and fragmentation of habitat. Disney is supporting work to identify the numerous at-risk butterfly species in Florida and California and to develop tailored conservation strategies for the most critical groups, including habitat restoration, captive breeding and reintroduction programs.

Coral Reefs: Living coral reefs are diverse ecosystems built by colonies of tiny animals (corals) that support a vast array of marine organisms and help provide natural protective barriers to coastal erosion. Numerous threats to coral reefs include coral bleaching, reduced growth and dying reefs as a result of climate change and changing ocean chemistry caused through acidification; in addition, widespread disease, coastal development, anchor damage, predation, and invasive species contribute to their decline. Disney is collaborating with experts in the Caribbean to protect the shrinking Bahamian reefs through a comprehensive study, training, and actions such as limiting harmful human contact with existing reefs, promoting natural coral reef ecosystem resilience, setting up coral nurseries, and experimenting with reef rehabilitation techniques.

Elephants: The African elephant is currently listed as a vulnerable species, due in large part to poaching driven by the illegal ivory trade. However, human-elephant conflict also contributes to elephant declines as many elephants are killed in retaliation for damaged crops and homes and even loss of human life. Disney is helping to reverse their decline by supporting work that addresses both poaching and human-elephant conflict, protects elephant habitat, promotes conservation legislation and helps train local conservationists.

Great Apes: Gorillas and chimpanzees are among our closest relatives, yet they are threatened as a result of human activities. Grauer’s gorillas and eastern chimpanzees are two endangered great ape species found in the Eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their populations have dwindled due to hunting for bushmeat, capture for the illegal wildlife pet trade, and habitat loss and fragmentation. Disney’s support will help nonprofit organizations work with communities to reduce hunting, explore strategies to reintroduce rehabilitated apes to the wild, increase protection of great apes by local communities, and fund analysis and implementation of additional conservation strategies.

Migratory Birds: Cranes are iconic birds, especially in China, where the Siberian crane overwinters before traveling to its breeding grounds in northern Russia. The Siberian crane is critically endangered due to the loss of wetland habitat along its migratory route. Disney is supporting work to monitor and protect the relevant stopover sites along the birds’ more-than-three-thousand-mile migration path.

Monkeys: Disney is supporting work to protect two kinds of tamarins (tiny forest dwelling monkeys) – golden lion tamarins in Brazil and cotton-top tamarins in Colombia. Golden lion tamarins are threatened by forest habitat fragmentation due to urban development and Disney is supporting efforts in Brazil to restore the connections among enough forest fragments and golden-lion tamarin populations to save the species from extinction. In Colombia, Disney’s support is helping to protect and expand forest habitat, reduce the illegal wildlife trade, recycle more than three million plastic bags, and create alternative income sources for community members.

Rhinos: The critically endangered Sumatran rhino is the smallest member of the rhinoceros family and is known for its distinct hairiness. While the exact number of remaining Sumatran rhinos is difficult to determine, some estimate the population at less than a hundred. Disney’s support will help nonprofit organizations to address the threats of habitat loss and poaching by improving the range and effectiveness of anti-poaching patrols, increasing population numbers through a conservation breeding program, working with local communities to stop forest encroachment, and working with the Indonesian government to implement a national protection strategy.

Sea Turtles: The five species of endangered and threatened sea turtles in Florida face numerous threats including death in fisheries bycatch, loss of nesting and foraging habitats, and climate change. Disney’s support to Reverse the Decline of Florida’s sea turtles helps nonprofit organizations to combat the many threats to sea turtles by increasing public awareness, monitoring populations, and restoring marine habitat and beach nesting areas.

Sharks and Rays: Many species of sharks and rays around the world are considered endangered, impacted by factors such as overfishing, loss of habitat, and pollution. Sharks and rays cannot easily overcome these threats because they are slow to mature and reproduce relative to other fish. Disney is supporting the recovery of sharks and rays by supporting the scientific management of fisheries, reducing the demand for shark and ray products, and advancing research to secure protected status for threatened species.

Why Increase the Time?

The Disney Conservation Fund’s Increase the Time initiative supports the following nonprofit organizations to connect kids and families with nature. Children who are exposed to nature are happier and healthier, and it is widely believed that these outdoor experiences lead to kids caring about the planet over their lifetimes:

4-H: As part of the organization’s commitment to teach young people about science, technology, engineering and math, with Disney grants the National 4-H Council is engaging more than 8,700 youth in 14 urban communities across eight states in hands-on experiences through after school clubs and summer camps to inspire youth to protect and preserve the planet.

Association of Zoos and Aquariums: With support from Disney, The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is removing barriers and apprehension for families to engage with nature by providing resources to families, educators and accredited zoological institutions to establish or expand nature play opportunities – providing and encouraging family nature play opportunities at zoos, aquariums and within local communities.

Children & Nature Network: The Children & Nature Network is leading a movement to connect children, families and communities to nature with innovative ideas, evidence-based resources, and broad-based support of grassroots leadership. The members of this coalition work together to curate current research and address the challenges it presents.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW): IFAW is hosting a Youth Forum for People and Wildlife in South Africa – bringing together young conservation leaders (ages 18-25) from across the globe to connect with experts, explore solutions and build skills to help them better understand and address wildlife conservation issues. The Forum is occurring just ahead of the CITES COP in South Africa – a convening of global experts to tackle the world’s biggest wildlife challenges and opportunities. IFAW is also creating a digital platform to engage thousands of school-aged children worldwide in the Forum.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots: Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. Disney’s grants to the organization support programs in 13 countries, empowering the next generation of environmental stewards.

National Park Foundation (NPF): Disney is supporting the National Park Foundation’s (NPF) efforts to connect half a million kids with national park experiences by 2017 through NPF’s Find Your Park Campaign and the Open OutDoors for Kids program. The program provides grants to local schools to enable hands-on field trips to nearby parks and historical monuments.

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA): Disney, including Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, are supporting NRPA’s Parks Build Community campaign, providing grants for local park projects in 16 U.S. cities to revitalize parks and improve kids’ access to sports, help families live healthier, and connect kids and families with nature.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): The National Wildlife Federation encourages kids and families to pledge to be Butterfly Heroes and commit to creating backyard garden habitats for pollinators and other wildlife. Disney also supports the Great American Campout which encourages kids and families to immerse themselves in outdoor experiences together.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC): DCF supports school garden programs with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to provide online resources that integrate gardens into curriculum, while extending mini-grants to schools that build gardens as outdoor classrooms. In the past, Disney has also supported Nature Rocks, a TNC online platform for parents to find ways for their kids to get outside no matter what season, or where they live, as well as TNC’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program which provides summer internships for high school students.

April 25, 2016

MORIMOTO ASIA RECEIVES AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS ORLANDO “DESIGN BUILT AWARD OF MERIT”

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Studio V Architecture and Patina Restaurant Group accept the award for striking new restaurant design

(Orlando, Fla. – April 25, 2016) – Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first pan-Asian restaurant, received the Design Built Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA Awards Gala honored the best of architectural design in Central Florida at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 23. As one of Florida’s most prestigious and inclusive honors in exemplary design, the award celebrates the newly opened restaurant alongside celebrated architects, designers and key industry professionals both theoretical and built projects.

In collaboration with STUDIO V Architecture and Patina Restaurant Group, Morimoto Asia’s complex design pays homage to the industrial history of the pre-existing space, rebuilt with a strong contemporary twist. The delicacy and vibrancy of traditional Asian motifs juxtaposes a theatrical backdrop for a fine-dining experience. The ambiance complements the cuisine aiming to inspire and excite through an innovative experience.

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“We are so proud to accept this prestigious award as Morimoto Asia is a true work of art,” said Robert Consla, Vice President, Project Development at Patina Restaurant Group as he accepted the award. “The restaurant embodies a fantastic mixture of industrial, contemporary and Asian elements making it an experience like no other. We are so honored to be among the best architectural designs in Central Florida within the restaurant’s first year of opening.”

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The dramatic space includes a multi-level bar, upper mezzanine and two levels of outdoor terraces. The industrial “bottling factory” façade is reimagined by a triple-height wall of windows and conveyor belts of illuminated glass bottles, spiraling into a chandelier. The restaurant’s dramatic winding sculptural bar at over 270 feet in length is one of the largest in the world, as it leaps and snakes through the soaring 36-foot tall space to connect the grand dining room on the ground floor with the upper level, wrapping around the grand stairway.

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Morimoto Asia is open Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. The restaurant’s second floor Forbidden Lounge late-night menu is served daily from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information on Morimoto Asia visit www.morimotoasia.com - http://www.morimotoasia.com/ - or call (407) 939-MOTO.


About Patina Restaurant Group
-- Patina Restaurant Group (www.patinagroup.com) is a bicoastal boutique company and leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry. In New York, its portfolio features the Michelin-starred Lincoln Ristorante, STATE Grill and Bar at the Empire State Building, Stella 34 Trattoria at Macy’s Herald Square, The Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center, Brasserie, Brasserie 8 1/2, The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera, La Fonda Del Sol at Grand Central, and The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Other East Coast properties include Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli at the Epcot World Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. On the West Coast its portfolio includes the renowned Los Angeles Times’ four-starred and Michelin-starred Patina Restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Café Pinot, Ray’s & Stark Bar, Catal and Naples in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge, and catering and food service in museums and cultural centers throughout California.


About STUDIO V Architecture
-- In just nine years, STUDIO V Architecture has grown to one of New York City’s most innovative design firms. The Studio’s designs focus on explorations of contemporary culture in the most urban environment at every level: ground up buildings, radical interiors, innovative public spaces, and massive urban designs. The firm insists that every project is an expression of a unique place and encompass a range of unconventional approaches to structure, form, materials, and lighting. Current projects include the historic Empire Store warehouses next to the Brooklyn Bridge, cut through by a glass courtyard with a rooftop public park; a new center for the arts in the Park Theater, Rockaways; and new waterfront communities and parks that are re-inventing the East River in New York City.
About Masaharu Morimoto

Perhaps most recognizable as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, Chef Masaharu Morimoto has created a bridge between the culinary traditions of his native Japan and the American palate, bringing intense excitement, exquisite technique, and perfectly balanced flavors to thousands of diners throughout the world. He has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients and has effectively created a signature style that positions him as one of today’s foremost chefs. In 2001, Morimoto opened his first eponymous restaurant in Philadelphia, which was followed by Wasabi by Morimoto in Mumbai in 2004 and another in New Delhi in 2008.

Today, Chef Morimoto has expanded his culinary empire across the globe, with restaurants in Boca Raton, Chicago, Maui, Mexico City, Napa, New York City, South Beach, and Waikiki. Morimoto’s restaurants have received numerous accolades throughout the years, including Morimoto Napa which was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best U.S. Restaurant Openings” in 2010, and Morimoto New York which won the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Restaurant Design” in 2008, as well as a “2006 Hot List Restaurant” by Conde Nast Traveler, one of New York’s “Top 50 Restaurants” by Travel + Leisure, and one of New York Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants.”

WDW Announces Free Dining for Late Summer and Fall

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Walt Disney World announced today that a free dining plan MAY BE available when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day package that includes a room at a select Disney resort hotel and a ticket with the Park Hopper Option.

The offer must be booked April 25, 2016-July 8, 2016, for arrival dates between August 23-October 1; November 15-21; November 26-28, or December 10-21, 2016.

AllEars recommends you price this offer out carefully to see if it meets your needs and saves you money!

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