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October 23, 2014

Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer

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Opens May 1, 2015


When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.


Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

October 21, 2014

Capa Restaurant Opens at the Four Seasons Orlando

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Capa Restaurant at the Four Seasons Orlando
Authentic Spanish Cuisine in a Modern, Sophisticated Setting

The highly anticipated Capa restaurant officially opened its doors at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort on October 20, 2014, providing Resort guests and local Floridians a new, sophisticated dining option rich in flavour and ambiance. Decorated in a striking palette of black, grey and crimson, the 17th level rooftop restaurant is a stylish venue destined to be Orlando’s most sought after culinary hotspot. The menu and setting of Capa is inspired by the Basque culture, an area of northwest Spain and southwest France. Capa Bar and Capa Restaurant are open exclusively during the evening for bar and dinner service.

Designed by Puccini Group of San Francisco, Capa is an elegant space with high ceilings and an open kitchen concept that provides warmth and lends a great ambiance. Capa Bar offers a vibrant setting with a spacious terrace and a focal point of a mural made of antique Spanish coins. Dark wood finishes lead the way into Capa Restaurant, a 122-seat space with a wall of windows. A stunning, vibrant red art installation by artist Peter Genetenaar of the Netherlands flows above across the entire ceiling. Black banquettes and intimate tables set the stage for an upscale dining experience.

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An expansive terrace outside Capa restaurant features an additional 31 seats - what some may say are the best seats in town. Terrace diners enjoy a serene view of the abundant woodlands, the lakeside setting with natural wetlands, the Tranquilo Golf Club greens, and views of all four of the Walt Disney World Resort parks. Terrace diners may be able to enjoy setback views of the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park, as well as the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth show at Epcot. The productions typically occur nightly.

“This is the most scintillating restaurant in all of Orlando,” Stephen Wancha, Director of Food and Beverage for the Resort, unabashedly gushes. “The design of the space is absolutely phenomenal - true to Spain’s heritage yet with a modern edge. With the terrace overlooking the Walt Disney World Resort area, offering the most incredible views, there’s no doubt about it - Capa is the ultimate dining destination for any occasion.”

At the helm of Capa’s kitchen is Capa Chef Tim Dacey, a Florida native and graduate of Florida State University who is excited to be back in the Sunshine State. Dacey arrived to Four Seasons Resort Orlando by way of Reynard restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, where he served as sous chef. Previously, Dacey was chef tournant at The Setai in Manhattan, New York. His experience also includes serving as chef de partie at The NoMad in Manhattan, which was awarded one Michelin star. Dacey also served two years as the chef de partie at Chicago restaurant Mercat a la Planxa, a tapas restaurant, working directly with acclaimed Latin chef Jose Garces. Additionally, Dacey’s culinary background includes serving as chef de partie at Spiaggia restaurant in Chicago, a one Michelin star and a James Beard Award winner. Before honing his skills at these swanky city spots, Dacey started out working with Four Seasons Resort Orlando Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi, when the two cooked alongside each other at Pelagia Trattoria in Tampa, Florida in 2004. Schenardi was delighted to bring Dacey back to Florida for the celebrated opening of Capa.

“It’s a true honour to have experienced Tim’s evolution in his culinary career,” notes Schenardi, who oversees the culinary program of the Resort’s five on-property restaurants. “His culinary talent has really intensified over the past 10 years while cooking at some of our nation’s finest restaurants. I’m definitely proud to have Tim’s talent and culinary passion representing Capa. Guests are in for a real treat!”

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Overseeing the pastry element of Capa is Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber. Saber brings ample resort pastry experience to Four Seasons Resort Orlando, including serving as Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Hawaii. In addition to his tenure in Hawaii, Saber served as executive pastry chef at the Ritz Carlton Bahrain, as well as the Greenbrier Hotel and Resort in West Virginia. One of the signature desserts on the menu will be churros, accompanied by chocolate and caramel dipping sauces.

Restaurant General Manager Josh Loving Aaronson joined Capa from Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, where he served as Restaurant Manager for MKT restaurant. Aaronson is a true “foodie” and even spent two weeks in Spain this past May, studying the Basque culture and cuisine and gaining inspiration for specific menu concepts and presentations for Capa. Fluent in Spanish, Aaronson also is a certified sommelier and the Resort’s Wine Director.

The cuisine at Capa is inspired by authentic Spanish offerings, often with a modern twist. At Capa Bar, small tapas style plates are featured. Crudos include a selection of oysters and hamachi. Embutidos include a cured sausage, created in the Resort’s own butcher shop; both Capa and the Resort’s Italian restaurant Ravello feature a charcuterie program. A cheese plate includes Spanish cheeses Cana de Cabra, Garroxta, La Peral and Manchego. Additional para picar small plates include huevos deviled eggs with vadouvan and espelette; croquetas ham with guindilla pepper; olivas wood roasted olives; caracoles escargot with chorizo, tomato and fennel; and cerdo pork belly with apple butter and marcona almond.

At Capa restaurant, oysters and a Chef’s Seafood Tasting are available, as well as the charcuterie program including Jamon de Bellota, a pure Iberico acorn fed ham. A cheeseboard and charcuterie board featuring Spanish cheeses are available, plus numerous breads, olives, prawns, anchovies and more. The raciones are slightly larger plates including octopus, fluke, king crab, veal cheeks, beets with goat curd, cauliflower with caper and egg, and radish with smoked yogurt and pomegranate. The main courses at Capa include a seafood selection of snapper or halibut; a paella dish with calasparra rice, mussels, clams, chicken, chorizo and peas; and an assortment of prime meats, including an 8 oz prime filet, a 12 oz bone-in filet, a 12 oz 30 day dry aged NY strip, a 16 oz 40 day dry aged bone-in rib-eye, and a 32 oz porterhouse for two. The meats are expertly grilled on Capa’s wood-burning grill over American white oak, a wood traditionally used in Spanish wine barrels that lends a unique flavour to the meat. A variety of salsas are served to accompany the portions, including a jerez sherry reduction, a rioja red wine sauce, and a verde with cilantro, chives and parsley.

Little ones have their own children’s menu, including the staple of mac & cheese, and additional options including roasted chicken breast and a petite filet mignon. Children’s entrees are served with choice of steamed vegetables or french fries.

Capa will offer a variety of Spanish-influenced cocktails designed by James Beard-nominated barman Joe Cleveland. Cleveland gained notoriety working alongside chef Jose Andres at Minibar in Washington, DC and most recently, Cleveland joined forces with celebrity chef Michael Chiarello in the opening of his San Francisco Spanish flagship restaurant, Coqueta. The In Spanish Fashion is made with Rittenhouse rye, gold dust, and ice cubes made of vermouth, and is served in a glass that has been smoke-infused over a piece of American white oak. Another, the Leche Frita, includes Licor43, clementine-infused anejo and smoked pineapple. The signature Capa GinTonic features Carounn gin, Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic and striking botanicals of green apple, key lime, juniper berries and edible marigolds. Finally, a delicious cocktail inspired by the setting of Capa, the Magic Mojito, features minted rum, kiwi, and lime fairy floss (cotton candy).

With three sommeliers on staff, including Aaronson, Capa offers more than 50 selections of Spanish wine, including the traditional txakoli, a slightly sparkling, dry wine. Additionally, two signature wines under the Iconoclast label, introduced in 2012 exclusively for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts are on the wine list: a cabernet sauvignon from the Stags Leap District in Napa Valley and a chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. Made for Four Seasons by the Terlato Family Estates, Iconoclast wines are a Four Seasons signature, available by the bottle or by the glass. The remainder of the 300 bottle list features a broad selection of regional gems and international classics. Additionally, drawing from their strong relationships with Napa Valley producers, Wancha and Aaronson crafted one of the finest collections of California cabernet sauvignon, from iconic producers to cult favourites.

Capa offers two visually appealing private dining rooms that each seat up to 35 guests. Two custom pre fixe menus are available for private dining at Capa. Private dining inquiries can be directed to Robbie Wilcox, private dining room sales manager.

Capa Bar is open from 5:00 to 11:00 pm and Capa restaurant is open from 6:00 to 10:00 pm seven days a week. Visit OpenTable for reservations and become a fan of Capa’s Facebook page for the latest news and events.

AllEars attended the media preview of Capa and will be posting a review soon.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Sets Sail with Moana

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Ron Clements and John Musker (“Aladdin,” “The Princess and the Frog”)
Helm the Epic Comedy-Adventure

BURBANK, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2014) Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed plans today for “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest. In theaters in late 2016, the film is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Frog," "Aladdin”).

“John and I have partnered on so many films—from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania."

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She's the kind of character we all root for, and we can't wait to introduce her to audiences.”

October 18, 2014

Feast - Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Sneak Peek

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“Feast,” a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. The short opens on Nov. 7, 2014, in front of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6.”


October 17, 2014

Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6 Coming to Disney Parks

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The DisneyParksBlog announced in August that Big Hero 6 characters would be coming to Disney Parks in the US this fall.

Although the start date has not been announced (mid-November is all we know right now), the locations of the Meet and Greet have. In Disney's Hollywood Studios, look for Hiro and Baymax inside the Magic of Disney Animation attraction. The themeing of the area will be the lab from the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and then you'll find the characters inside Hiro's garage workshop.

The current Meet and Greet for Wreck-it-Ralph will close on October 24th to prepare for Big Hero 6!

In Disneyland, Hiro's robotic workshop will be located near the Starcade in Tomorrowland. Also right now in Disneyland you can see a preview of the new film in Tomorrowland's Magic Eye Theatre.

Grand Deluxe Guest Rooms at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin are undergoing the largest renovation in its 25 year history! Newly designed guest rooms feature upgraded furniture, a completely new bathroom, and the latest in technology enhancements including large HD TVs, additional power outlets and more.

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The room blends a beautiful combination of whites, blues and grays creating a tasteful ambiance that appeals to adults while abstract artwork playfully delights children as well.

The centerpiece of the room is the famous Westin Heavenly Bed with its all-white custom-designed pillow-top mattress set, cozy down blanket, a trio of crisp sheets, goose down comforter and four over-stuffed pillows. The design continues into the completely new bathroom where guests may enjoy two separate vanities and a back-lit mirror mounted on iridescent glass tiles.


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The renovations began earlier this year in the Swan and are expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The Dolphin will begin renovating rooms in 2015 with an expected completion date of 2016.

SEE MORE UPDATED SWAN ROOM PHOTOS HERE!

October 14, 2014

Four Seasons Food Truck Heads to Orlando on Tour Down America's East Coast

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will welcome the Four Seasons Food Truck on October 27 and 28, 2014. The truck’s stay in Orlando is one of nine visits it will make on its journey down the eastern seaboard, serving up exclusive menus and culinary experiences to the local Central Florida communities and Resort guests.

Beyond providing diverse culinary experiences, the Food Truck is a charitable endeavour. Four Seasons Resort Orlando will be donating a portion of Food Truck revenue to Compassionate Hearts and Hands, an Orlando-based charity that supports patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

When: October 27 and 28, 2014 - times and locations below

How: Visit the Food Truck as it makes stops around the city, and savour street-food menu items created by Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi of Ravello restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, including Italian favourites such as pressed rosemary focaccia sandwich and bomboloni doughuts. All items are priced at USD 8.00 and under.

Four Seasons Pressed Rosemary Focaccia Sandwich

Four Seasons Bomboloni Doughuts

Fans can also follow the Four Seasons Food Truck tour on Taste by Four Seasons, showcasing highlights from the nine featured destinations and recipes from Four Seasons chefs. For an interactive tour map and other delicious details, visit Four Seasons Magazine or follow the hashtag #FSFoodTruck on Twitter and Instagram.

Where: Orlando itinerary stops include:

Where: Orlando itinerary stops include:

Monday, October 27

2:00 to 5:00 pm: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, 10100 Dream Tree Boulevard, Golden Oak, Florida

Tuesday, October 28

11:00 am to 2:00 pm: The Mall at Millenia, Neiman Marcus parking lot, 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando, Florida

5:00 to 7:00 pm: Winter Park Library, 460 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, Florida

At each of the stops, visitors can enter to win a Food & Fashion prize giveaway, including a USD 250.00 gift card courtesy of The Mall at Millenia, paired with a USD 150.00 gift certificate to enjoy dinner at Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando.

What’s on the Menu:

House cured lonza, truffle pecorino, fig bread USD 6.00

Arancini al Brasato USD 5.00

Braised short rib, peas, carnaroli rice croquettes

Fett’unta USD 4.00

Roasted eggplant, tomato crudaiola, roasted cauliflower, country bread

Rostelle Sanremasche USD 7.00

Lamb brochette, citronette, arugula

Pressed rosemary focaccia USD 8.00

Speck, salame, fontina, giardiniera, pesto

Piadina Romagnola USD 7.00

Chicken porchetta style, mozzarella

Baby shrimp salad USD 8.00

Florida citrus, fennel, romaine, extra virgin olive oil

Bomboloni USD 3.00

Vanilla, chocolate, Nutella

Torta di mele USD 4.00

Italian soda USD 4.00

Gassosa, Chinotto, Spuma

Acqua di Lurisia USD 4.00

October 13, 2014

Once Upon a Time Frozen Photo Op

In celebration of Anna, Elsa and Kristoff visiting Once Upon a Time's Storybrooke, a special photo op is available in Disney's Hollywood Studios for a limited time.

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At the special Once Upon a Time Photo background, a PhotoPass Photographer will take your photo. When you visit mydisneyphotopass.com you'll find Elsa and the Evil Queen in your photo too!

This photo op is complimentary and for a limited time only.
Please share if you know where the exact location is for this photo op.

Tomorrowland - Teaser Trailer

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From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Brigham Taylor, Jeff Jensen and Bernard Bellew serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

October 8, 2014

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Medals Revealed

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This January runDisney celebrates the 10th anniversary of Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge. Runners participate in the half marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday, 39.3 miles over 2-days. Once they cross the finish line of the marathon, they not only receive a marathon medal, but they also earn the commemorative anniversary Goofy medal. This one of a kind medal features a spinning Goofy in the middle and clearly commemorates the 10th anniversary.

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