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April 9, 2018

Look at What's in Woody's Lunch Box! Coming to Toy Story Land

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What’s in Woody’s Lunch Box?

In the toy-filled back yard that is Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests “shrink” to the size of a toy and explore the world of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and friends. In the middle of all the fun, Andy has taken his vintage Woody-themed lunch box and propped it open with a thermos, turning it into a walk-up window where his toys can grab a bite to eat. From a nearby tower, green army men stand at the ready, keeping watch for Andy’s return.

Opening June 30, Woody’s Lunch Box will dish up all sorts of sandwiches and sides that blend classic flavor combinations with a modern twist, plus nostalgic soda floats and specialty beverages. The team at Flavor Lab -- the concept development kitchen -- shared how much fun (and how challenging) it was to take sentimental food favorites and give them a modern make-over…in flavor and presentation.

“Everyone has a special food memory, so it can be tricky putting a modern spin on the favorites,” explained Lenny DeGeorge, Concept Development Culinary Director for Walt Disney World, about the year-long menu development process. “We honored these classic dishes by using the best ingredients to elevate the flavors. How we constructed the sandwiches was important, such as layering the ingredients in a specific order, to maximize textures and flavors. Why have a cold sandwich when you can have a toasted hot, gooey cheese-filled one?”

Here is a peek into Woody’s Lunch Box.

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S’more French Toast Breakfast Sandwich -- Oozy goodness in a chocolate ganache-and-marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles. Inspired by the classic American campfire treat.


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Smoked Turkey, Eggs, Swiss, Peppers, and Onions on Sourdough - The perfect hand-held stack of breakfast goodness.


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Breakfast Bowl – The green army men line up for this hearty bowl of potato barrels, brisket-country gravy, and scrambled eggs.


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BBQ Brisket Melt -- With a nod to cowboy Woody, this Texas-style smoked brisket features cheddar, Monterey Jack, pickles, and BBQ sauce on garlic butter-grilled sourdough.


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Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam -- Woody’s version of this classic sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, Swiss, and raspberry jam…and is grilled to a golden brown.


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Totchos -- Potato barrels, corn chips, chili, and cheese


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Sides include tomato basil soup, vegetable macaroni salad, and potato barrels. Mini Babybel snack cheese, the official snack cheese of Walt Disney World Resort, is also an option to eat with your meal or as an on-the-go snack.


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Raspberry Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit and Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon – Even toys need a sweet treat! Inspired by breakfast toaster pastries, this modern interpretation, with its uniquely delicate crust, is the perfect hand-held pastry.


The littlest toys can enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich or turkey sandwich, both served with potato barrels and mandarin oranges. For toys looking for more lighter options, they can grab one of these tasty bites at Woody’s Lunch Box or check out the many other healthful offerings available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, and grilled meats and fish.


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Banana Split Yogurt Parfait – Layers of banana-vanilla Greek yogurt (with a hint of honey), fresh bananas, strawberries, and pineapple topped with granola and chocolate chips. A delicious and healthful way to start the day!


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Smoked Turkey, Tomato, and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread – This quintessential lunch box sandwich is a light and fresh option. And to give it a kick of flavor, we add a creamy Dijonnaise.


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Soda Floats -- All toys would agree that a refreshing soda float is the perfect nostalgic beverage!


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The adorable Alien Sipper may be purchased and filled with any fountain drink or the signature Mystic Portal Punch – Powerade Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of lemon-lime and tangerine.


The big kids can enjoy the backyard with Grown-Up’s Lemonade cocktail (cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée), beer, or hard cider.

So what do you think? Ready to dine at Woody's Lunch Box? What looks good to you?






April 6, 2018

Something NEW at Pandora?

It looks like something new has emerged on Pandora!

Disney just released this snippet of video, shot in the breathtaking Valley of Mo'ara, amid the moon's floating mountains, waterfalls and native flora.

Tune in to the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow, Saturday, April 7, for a behind-the-scenes look at what’s coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in time for the park’s 20th anniversary on April 22, 2018.






Wine Bar George UPDATE

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Wine Bar George, opening late spring, has released additional artist renderings of what we can expect to see!

“Guests will experience a feel reminiscent of the 'Old World' as if they are on the bottom floor of a gravity-flow winery surrounded by their best friends. The upstairs floor includes seating for groups of all sizes, space for private events and sweeping views of Disney Springs.” - Master Sommelier George Miliotes


First up, a look at the second floor bar:

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First Floor:

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In case you missed the earlier announcement about the Executive Chef:

Master Sommelier George Miliotes will bring his renowned wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort when his new venture, Wine Bar George, opens in spring 2018. Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.

“I’m thrilled that Ron is joining our team and I’m looking forward to working with him again,” Miliotes said. “Ron is incredibly creative, and his expertise will bring a menu that’s designed to complement the wine list. With our menu, guests will have the opportunity to explore endless food and wine pairings.”

Rupert began his culinary career at Walt Disney World Resort in 1988. He was part of the opening team of California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where he teamed with Miliotes and Chef Clifford Pleau. During his 14 years at Walt Disney World Resort, Rupert was also part of the opening teams at Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Ariel’s at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Rupert and Miliotes have worked closely to create a menu that will pair with a wine list of more than 130 selections by the ounce, glass and bottle.

“The menu will include a selection of small plates, sharable plates, cheese and charcuterie boards, and desserts. Offerings will feature seasonally relevant items and everything will be made in-house,” Rupert said. “I’ve worked jointly with George to develop a menu that represents both global and local cuisine. Guests can expect to experience food that is familiar, yet new all at once.”

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April 5, 2018

Mobile Ordering Service Coming Soon to Disneyland Resort

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(Disney Parks Blog 4/5/18) A new mobile ordering service will soon be available at the Disneyland Resort.  Mobile ordering is just one more option for guests to further customize their Disney visits, allowing them to conveniently place orders at select fast casual and quick-service restaurants using the Disneyland App from anywhere across the resort.

Using the new mobile ordering service, guests will be able to easily search for a participating location, select an arrival time window for pickup, choose items from the menu and place their order. As an added convenience, Annual Passholders will be able to apply their discount to meal purchases using the app. Guests will notify the restaurant of their arrival on the app and within minutes, an app notification will indicate the meal is ready to pick up at a designated window - with no time spent waiting in line to order and pay.

The mobile ordering functionality is part of the continued effort to enhance the guest experience. Combined with the recently launched Disney MaxPass, also part of the Disneyland App, guests will spend more time with family and friends enjoying everything the Disneyland Resort has to offer - including the first-ever Pixar Fest, a limited-time celebration throughout the resort, April 13-Sept. 3, 2018.

Star Wars: Galactic Nights Celebrates Release of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' on May 27

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Star Wars: Galactic Nights, to be held at Disney's Hollywood Studios from 7 p.m.-midnight on May 27, will celebrate the entire Star Wars saga, including "Solo: A Star Wars Story," which will hit theaters on May 25.

Actor Joonas Suotamo, who plays Chewbacca in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” will make a special appearance at the event. In addition, the event’s Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away presentation will debut some new video moments from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The park’s nighttime projection show, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, also will debut a new action sequence from the Solo film.

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On top of all that, guests will be able to shop for event-exclusive merchandise from the film, taste a Star Wars-themed cupcake with a glowing Millennium Falcon, snap pics with Chewbacca, and more.

Tickets are available now for Star Wars: Galactic Nights. Discounts are available for Annual Passholders and DVC Members. Call 407-W-DISNEY (407 934-7639) for details and reservations.

DISNEY TWENTY-THREE EPIC SUMMER MOVIE SPECTACULAR ISSUE

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DISNEY TWENTY-THREE EPIC SUMMER MOVIE SPECTACULAR ISSUE FEATURES AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, INCREDIBLES 2, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, AND CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH SCARLETT JOHANSSON, ZOE SALDANA, RON HOWARD, ALDEN EHRENREICH, EVANGELINE LILLY, EWAN MCGREGOR, SEBASTIAN STAN, KEVIN FEIGE, CRAIG T. NELSON, ANTHONY & JOE RUSSO, AND MORE GIVE FANS A FRONT-ROW SEAT TO THE YEAR’S MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS
PLUS, GET A FIRST LOOK AT FREEFORM’S UPCOMING DISNEY’S FAIRY TALE WEDDINGS

BURBANK, Calif. – April 5, 2018 – Summer is always a time for incredible films, and this year, Disney’s slate is both incredible and Incredibles. The new issue of Disney twenty-three goes behind the scenes of some of the year’s biggest films. The summer edition is so big, in fact, that every reader will get to enjoy five stunning covers, each featuring one of the new movies: Avengers: Infinity War, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Christopher Robin.


The issue is filled with exclusive interviews with the casts and creative teams behind this season’s films. Directors Anthony & Joe Russo—along with Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, and Sebastian Stan—take readers inside the thrilling ride that will be Avengers: Infinity War. And just for Disney twenty-three, Marvel’s Ryan Meinerding has created a spectacular piece of artwork, “The Road to Infinity War—10 Years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” featuring 14 characters heading into a battle. Director Ron Howard and star Alden Ehrenreich talk about filling the big boots and capturing the swagger of the galaxy’s greatest smuggler in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) takes off on his character’s greatest adventure yet: being a stay-at-home dad in Incredibles 2. Plus, Edna Mode gives her list of the best-dressed Disney characters. Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed reveals he had a special visit from exterminators after finishing the first Ant-Man, while the hilarious Evangeline Lilly talks about playing it cool with co-star Paul Rudd. Rounding out the summer, Christopher Robin promises to charm us, and Ewan McGregor, who plays the title character, talks about relating to the challenges of the now-grown-up Christopher, as he meets up once again with Winnie the Pooh and his childhood friends.

The issue also takes readers down the aisle for a first-look at Freeform’s Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. Disney twenty-three spoke to some of the happy couples—and happy hosts Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker—about tying the knot at the happiest places on earth: Disney theme parks and resorts.

Plus, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Mulan, actress Ming-Na Wen shares some of her memories of making the beloved film—and the traits she thinks the animated warrior shares with Wen’s current role as Agent Melinda May on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Also included in the summer issue of Disney twenty-three:

“From the Desk of” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige
A celebration of all things tiki at Disney parks and resorts around the world
A look at the groundbreaking short Three Little Pigs
The rich history—and vibrant present—of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
Regular features including Character Analysis, D Society, and Ask Dave

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in mid-April.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99), Gold Family Membership ($99.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at shopDisney.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

National Beer Day April 7th

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National Beer Day
is right around the corner (April 7) and the brews below were highlighted by the F&B experts from Disney Parks and feature unique and delicious brews available from coast-to-coast. Enjoy one (or two) of the below to make this special day even more magical.

Sakura Kolsch, Crooked Can Brewing Co., served at Morimoto Asia, Disney Springs - A true collaboration between Morimoto Asia and Crooked Can brewing, the Sakura Kolsch or Cherry Blossom Kolsch is dry hopped with Cherry Blossom tea. It is a unique and one of a kind beer that complements so many of Chef Morimoto's dishes including sushi.

Morimoto Soba Ale served at Morimoto Asia, Disney Springs - part of the Signature Series of Rogue Ales, launched in the Spring of 2003 with internationally acclaimed Chef Masaharu Morimoto—a James Beard awarded chef and one of the stars of the Food Network series, Iron Chef. The delicate flavor of roasted Soba brings a nutty finish to this light and refreshing ale. A perfect accompaniment to lighter cuisine.

Cantillion served at The Edison, Disney Springs – One of the most highly regarded and coveted beers in the world, this Belgium-based brew specializes in the the (almost) lost style of Lambics. Lambics are particularly interesting as they really are the “terroir” of beer. Brewed only 5 months a year, this beer is cooled off and inoculated with wild yeast that floats in from the open windows, settling in the Koelschip, which uses the cool fall and spring air to cool the wort and to give the yeast it’s local flavor and terroir – a true adventure for the nose and the palate. The Edison’s current selection special is the rare version Fou’ Foune or a Lambic aged on apricots.

Birra Frangante, Birrificio Del Ducato, served at Maria & Enzo's, Disney Springs - Translated as "fragrant beer" in Italian, this brew from Parma Italy borders on a Belgian pale ale style, but much more fragrant and aromatic. Paired beautifully with 24 month-aged prosciutto di Parma.

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Mo’ara High Country Ale served at Satu’li Canteen, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park - Features an herbal spice hop aroma and notes of caramel, toffee and nuts. A perfect refreshment after riding a banshee on Pandora's Flight of Passage.

Hawkes’ Grog Ale served at Satu’li Canteen, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park - a light, wheaty ale made by Terrapin Beer Co. It's a Golden Ale with a green color and contains the flavors of wheat and citrus all followed by a creamy finish.

Safari Amber, served at Dawa Bar in Africa at Animal Kingdom - Whether you are riding with the Yeti on Expedition Everest or spotting animals on the Kilimanjaro Safaris, make sure to stop in Dawa Bar at Animal Kingdom for this delicious and refreshing lager. With a subtle citrus taste, it is the perfect refresher on a hot day.

Lucky Buddha, served at Yak and Yeti Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom - If you're lucky enough to be spending the day at Animal Kingdom, drinking a Lucky Buddha Beer, you're lucky enough. Served in a green bottle sculpted with a signature laughing buddha, this true asian style lager with a crisp, clean finish is the perfect afternoon refreshment.



Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
served at Enzo's Hideaway, Disney Springs - The original bourbon barrel aged stout with rich, luscious notes of chocolate, vanilla and a nice roasted barley note. This brew is a perfect fit to this speakeasy bar that rotates its "smuggled selections" regularly.

Monarch Milk Stout served at Florida Fresh, Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival – This brew from First Magnitude brewing Co. in Gainesville Florida is smooth with a hint of sweetness. Rich and dark in color, this milk stout is the like cream added to your morning coffee…with a little kick.

Violet Lemonade Ale served at Pineapple Promenade, Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival – This Playalinda Brewing Company beer from Titusville Florida is refreshingly sweet and sour, a perfect complement to bright Florida sun.

Sunshine Greetings Orange Hibiscuses Wheat Al, Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival – this beer is brewed with hibiscus and orange peel. Light, fruity & refreshing, this ale has a light pinkish hue and a bright, floral aroma. Light citrus notes blend seamlessly with the rosy / gently-tart character of the hibiscus - Subtle malt sweetness backs the easy going floral notes, giving this beer complexity paired with superb drinkability.

Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, served at Le Cellier in Canada - World Showcase at Epcot -the first beer Unibroue ever brewed with pale golden, Belgian white ale pairs perfectly with the Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup, or the Oatmeal Stout-Braised Short Ribs.

Kungaloosh Spiced Excursion Ale served at at Nomad Lounge, Tiffins and Thirsty River, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park –This African-inspired deep amber ale is brewed exclusively for Walt Disney World with sorghum and a special blend of spices including cinnamon and cardamom.

Full Sail Session Lager, served at 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Hollywood Studios - Session Premium lager is a crisp, smooth, and refreshing import-style lager, like the kind of beer made back in the pre-Prohibition days. Crisp, smooth, light bodied, but with a nice creaminess when you swish it. There is a lot of flavor in here for a pale lager.

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Stone Delicious IPA served at BaseLine Tap House at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Intensely citrusy, beautifully bitter beer brings a magnificent lemon candy-like flavor that’s balanced by hop spice.

Golden Road Hefeweizen, served at BaseLine Tap House at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – this Bavarian-style wheat beer has hints of banana and clove on the nose from the German yeast. A medium body and smooth crisp finish that has you ready for the next sip.

April 3, 2018

Disney Cruise Line Unveils Culinary Port Adventures Approved by The Chew

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Disney Cruise Line has partnered with ABC’s “The Chew” to bring its passengers unique, food-and-beverage-themed Port Adventures that celebrate the stories, cultures and flavors of the places visited.

These one-of-a-kind, culinary-themed Port Adventures are innovative and inspirational, just like the cooking and food trends the daytime talk show explores. The Chew hosts Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Michael Symon have given their stamp of approval on these culinary adventures offered in countless destinations across the globe.

DCL also is working with The Chew team to create brand new Signature Collection Port Adventures that will feature recipes from the show prepared by local chefs in ports of call around the world.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

Culinary Classes
Master the secrets to creating exotic specialties from around the world during hands-on seminars and programs led by top chefs ashore. From a cooking lesson in Tuscany to a culinary bootcamp on Prince Edward Island and time at the Klipfish Academy in Norway, you’ll learn to prepare local favorites from an expert chef. The best part? Getting to enjoy your creation!

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Epicurean Adventures
Eat, drink and enjoy a little something extra during select Port Adventures where savoring a delicious meal is only half the fun. In Alaska, feast on fresh seafood you’ve just caught on a fishing expedition off the coast of the scenic Tongass National Forest. On your adventures in Italy, compete in a cooking challenge at a local farm after exploring the ruins of Pompeii and the beauty of the Sorrento Coast.

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Wine & Dessert

Work alongside kitchen pros during appetizing port excursions that teach everything from wine appreciation to dessert creation. After touring an 18th-century wine cellar in the Bahamas, you’ll indulge in a 4-course meal with expertly paired wines. During an excursion to discover the legend of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster, you’ll decorate a cake to artistically express your unique take on the elusive creature.

In the coming weeks, more details will be released about The Chew-approved Port Adventures in Europe, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

April 2, 2018

Late-Night Offerings and Trend-Setting Styles at Disney Springs

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Springtime in Florida means longer, sun-filled days followed by warm-breezy nights perfect for spending time outside. And with dynamic, late-night entertainment, fresh dining experiences and stylish new stores, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort is the place to be … and be seen … this spring season.

Enjoy Late-Night Your Way

Every Thursday through Saturday after the clock strikes 10 p.m., Disney Springs comes alive with late-night offerings until 2 a.m., perfect for those wanting that extra zing for an adult fun-filled weekend.

The Landing neighborhood is the place where late night is taken to the next level with a collection of venues offering a variety of unique experiences, all within steps of each other. Guests can mix and match their options to design the perfect night, with choices that range from sophisticated to laid back; romantic candlelight to high-energy dancing; and the ability to hop to each venue (with complimentary parking and no cover charges).

Flapper-style dancers lead the way to the dance floor at The Edison. The lavish “Industrial Gothic” – themed restaurant offers hand-crafted cocktails and live entertainment. Follow the sake sangria to the sophisticated Forbidden Lounge at Morimoto Asia, where a separate entrance welcomes guests for a late-night menu and libations. Or witness the art of pouring the perfect pint at Raglan Road, singing is a must to keep up with the Irish spirit.

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Other venues welcoming late-night explorers include Enzo’s Hideaway, Paradiso 37, The BOATHOUSE, STK Orlando, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and Vivoli Il Gelato.


New Retail Locations

Fresh and fabulous trends will debut at Disney Springs with the May arrival of DisneyStyle. This Instagram-worthy location will have fans swooning over spirit jerseys galore and an endless supply of Disney Parks-inspired accessories.

DisneyStyle will join the lineup of other Disney-chic locations such as The Disney Corner. Open for a limited time, this retail location is a two-story Disney dream come true filled with apparel for kids – including infants – a fun mix of accessories and selfie-worthy backdrops.

Also in Town Center, Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories is now the ultimate spot for high-end fashion jewelry from Disney Parks. It offers an even larger selection of favorite brands and products including PANDORA Jewelry, Alex & Ani bracelets and charms, handbags by Dooney & Bourke, stylish headwear and more.

Delicious New Flavors Coming Soon

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The highly anticipated Wine Bar George will open its doors later this spring, bringing the expertise of Master Sommelier George Miliotes to Disney Springs. The wine list will feature more than 135 wines by the ounce, glass and bottle, and the menu will include small plates, cheese and charcuterie, and sharable entrees. The design of the two-story space will reflect the style of a winemaker’s home estate, with a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. Guests will learn about food and wine pairing while enjoying stunning views of Disney Springs.

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Also opening this spring is Terralina Crafted Italian. The new dining experience, curated by celebrity and James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano, will transport guests to the splendor of the Italian countryside with cuisine combining authentic Italian flavors and an unparalleled ambiance.

Disney Springs is open every day of the year from 11:00 a.m. to midnight, with select restaurants, lounges and entertainment locations open late-night hours until 2:00 a.m. on select nights. To learn more about Disney Springs, visit DisneySprings.com or call (407) 939-6244.

Digital Key Feature Coming Soon to My Disney Experience App

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Walt Disney World today unveiled another new feature coming soon for the My Disney Experience app: a digital key.

Coming soon to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the new feature will allow guests to quickly unlock their hotel room using their mobile devices, providing them with a seamless room entry option that brings added flexibility.

Guests can also use the digital key to unlock the hotel entrance gate and common area doors that require a key, such as at pools, fitness centers, elevators and club level lounges. Arriving travel parties who have checked in online may even use their digital key to bypass the front desk, giving them the opportunity to go directly to their room when it is ready to start their vacation even faster.

The feature represents the latest evolution of keyless room entry, which Disney World began offering with the MagicBand. Guests may use either or both options to enter their room during their stay.

How does it work? To use their digital key, guests opt in and activate the feature on their check-in day through a brief set-up process in the app. To enter their room, guests tap the “Unlock Door” button and then simply hold their phone against the door lock.

Bluetooth®-enabled mobile devices with the latest version of the My Disney Experience app are required to take advantage of a digital key for room entry.

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