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November 1, 2014

Marvel's ANT-MAN

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ANT-MAN in Theaters July 17, 2015

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man." Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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Marvel's "Ant-Man" stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel's "Ant-Man" delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

2016 Disney Cruise Line Ports and Itineraries

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Popular Caribbean ports Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Martinique take center stage

CELEBRATION, Fla. Disney Cruise Line introduces two popular Caribbean destinations -- Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Martinique -- into the lineup of favorite tropical itineraries for early 2016. The return to the homeport of San Juan, Puerto Rico brings a new itinerary that includes Martinique.

From the warm Caribbean culture of Tortola, capital of the British Virgin Islands, to the exquisite French island of Martinique, these destinations provide Disney Cruise Line guests the chance to relax on pristine beaches, discover natural wonders and indulge in local shopping and cuisine.

Bookings are now open to the public. AllEars recommends MouseFanTravel for your cruise planning and booking.

November 2, 2014

INTO THE WOODS Featurette

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In Theaters December 25, 2014

"Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.

November 4, 2014

New Holiday Card for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game

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Ever since the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game debuted in early 2012, special cards have been issued for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and also Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

2014 is no different and today, the Disney Parks Blog revealed the card for this year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party which begins on November 7th. The new card is Elsa's Icy Shield, from Frozen.

The special party card will be distributed in addition to the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs). Guests must show their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.

Here are previous Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Cards:

2013 - Huey, Dewey and Louie's Snowfort Barricade

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2012 - Chip and Dale's Bag of Tricks

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Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2014

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Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off on Friday, November 7th.

New this year:

A Frozen Holiday Wish with Anna and Elsa in an all-new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage. With special appearances by rugged mountain man Kristoff and lovable snowman Olaf, the show culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom, transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays. "A Frozen Holiday Wish" begins November 5 and will be presented nightly through December 31, 2014.

New additions to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade
Citizens of Arendell including Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf are new as is Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck-it Ralph.

The Diamond Horseshoe becomes the Holiday Hootenanny with Country Bears, Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, and Clara Cluck

Special holiday costumes in Storybook Circus for Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Scrooge McDuck, Santa Goofy and a special appearance by Jack dressed as Sandy Claws.


November 6, 2014

INTO THE WOODS - Great New Trailer

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In Theaters December 25, 2014

"Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical "Chicago" and Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by John DeLuca, Marshall, "Wicked" producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, "Into the Woods" will be released in theaters December 25, 2014.

UPDATED Completion Dates: 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 project will start at the Swan Hotel, with approximately 500 of the 756 rooms redesigned by the end of 2014. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel rooms will begin in 2016 with the entire rooms project currently scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.

SEE MORE UPDATED SWAN ROOM PHOTOS HERE!

November 7, 2014

New Fantasmic Viewing Options at Disneyland

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Disneyland guests will have new viewing options for the ever popular Fantasmic beginning December 12th. There will be reserved and standby viewing as well as new dining packages.

FASTPASS will now be requested to gain access to the reserved viewing space. Distribution will begin at park opening along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland. FASTPASS will be first come first served while supplies last. Your Fantasmic FASTPASS will indicate the show time and your reserved viewing section.

A non-ticketed limited stand-by viewing area will also be available.

The new dinner packages at the Blue Bayou, River Belle Terrace and Hungry Bear Restaurant will also include a FASTPASS for Fantasmic. For On-The-Go Options check out Aladdin's Oasis.

Dinner Packages outlined at the bottom of this blog.

Space is limited for these experiences, so advance reservations are recommended online at disneyland.com or by calling 714-781-DINE (714-781-3463).

The current Premium Viewing Dessert Sampler will no longer be offered.

Blue Bayou Restaurant "Fantasmic!" Dinner Dining Package

Includes one 3-course meal (starter, entrée, beverage and dessert)
Includes a "Fantasmic!" FASTPASS
Includes "Fantasmic!"-themed souvenir
Dinner beginning at 4 p.m.
Pricing:
$61.00 - Adult
$23.00 - Children (ages 3-9)
Tax and gratuity not included

River Belle Terrace "Fantasmic!" Dinner Dining Package

The dates on which "Fantasmic!" is showing, River Belle Terrace will transform into a table-service dining location available exclusively to guests who have purchased the "Fantasmic!" dining package. River Belle Terrace will be open for breakfast until 2 p.m. each day.

Includes one 3-course meal (starter, entrée, beverage and dessert)
Includes a "Fantasmic!" FASTPASS
Dinner beginning at 3 p.m.
Pricing:
$41.99 - Adult
$21.99 - Children (ages 3-9)
Tax and gratuity not included

Hungry Bear Restaurant "Fantasmic!" Show Dessert Party

Includes sweet dessert selection and beverages
Includes a "Fantasmic!" FASTPASS
Includes live entertainment
Begins 90 minutes prior to show time
Pricing:
$29.99 - Adult/Children
Tax and gratuity included

Aladdin's Oasis "Fantasmic!" On-The-Go

Includes one grab & go meal
Adult options are served with salad with choice of dressing, dinner roll, beverage and dessert:
Herb marinated chicken with seasonal vegetables
Lasagna Bolognese
Vegetarian Lasagna

Child options are served with seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, dinner roll, beverage and Mickey cookie:
Kids chicken
Kids pasta
Kids macaroni and cheese
Includes a "Fantasmic!" FASTPASS
Pick-up times: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Pricing:
$19.99 - Adult
$13.99 - Children (ages 3-9)
Tax not included

Toy Story 4 Announced

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TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!

Nearly two decades after Pixar Animation Studios created the world's first computer-animated feature film with "Toy Story," it revealed plans for Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 4," an adventure that returns audiences to the world of the studio's signature characters.

John Lasseter, director of the original "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," will direct the film, which opens a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the "Toy Story" gang. The story was dreamt up by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, the storytellers who have been the driving force behind all three "Toy Story" films.

"We love these characters so much; they are like family to us," said Lasseter. "We don't want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what's gone before. 'Toy Story 3' ended Woody and Buzz's story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another 'Toy Story' movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie-and I wanted to direct it myself."

Writing team Rashida Jones and Will McCormack ("Celeste and Jesse Forever") joined the project, and Pixar veteran Galyn Susman (ABC's "Toy Story OF TERROR!" and "Toy Story that Time Forgot") is producing.

The film is slated for release on June 16, 2017.

November 11, 2014

Disney Twenty-Three Travels Into the Woods

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DISNEY TWENTY-THREE TRAVELS INTO THE WOODS, FEATURING EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH MERYL STREEP, EMILY BLUNT, ANNA KENDRICK AND CHRIS PINE

ALONG WITH A LOOK AT THE MAKING OF THIS SPECTACULAR MOVIE MUSICAL, D23 GOES "BEHIND THE SEAS" ON DISNEY CRUISE LINE AND REVEALS SECRETS BEHIND DISNEYLAND'S HOLIDAY TRANSFORMATION


BURBANK, Calif. - NOVEMBER 10, 2014 - To celebrate Disney's big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Into the Woods, Disney twenty-three, the publication of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, got all the thrilling details from the stars and creative team behind the new breathtaking, upcoming film. In exclusive interviews with Disney twenty-three, stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, along with director Rob Marshall and screenplay author James Lapine, detail the excitement and challenges of bringing the Tony® Award-winning musical to the big screen, including explaining how they played a game of hide-and-seek with some (fake) witchy fingernails and how the team gracefully-and sometimes hilariously-handled Blunt's pregnancy during filming.

Disney twenty-three's Winter issue, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23, also includes a fascinating look "behind the seas" at Disney Cruise Line, with dazzling photography that reveals places guests never see while on board, as well as interviews with the people who keep everything shipshape. "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" unlocks the secrets that enable the creative teams at Disneyland to bring the holidays to life, seemingly overnight. Director Steve Purcell unwraps the newest Disney-Pixar television treasure, Toy Story That Time Forgot, which airs on ABC December 2. Star Hayley Atwell and producer Jeph Loeb unleash the action of Marvel's Agent Carter, also coming to ABC, which brings one of Captain America: The First Avenger's most thrilling stars to the small screen.

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

The fascinating tale of Herman J. Schultheis, whose personal notebooks detailing Disney's first golden age of animation are showcased in a new book by Disney animation scholar John Canemaker

A Frozen-influenced Adventures By Disney vacation in Norway

Twenty-three reasons fans will love the new Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes game

Festive holiday content to kick off D23.com's "D23 Days of Christmas"

Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

All D23 Members are invited to visit D23.com for additional features and members-only content, including our "D23 Days of Christmas" celebration, where members can unwrap stories, videos, printables, and more beginning December 1.

Other features coming to D23.com include:

Additional Into the Woods tales including a "character who's who" and a discussion with James Lapine and Rob Marshall about the changes made in taking the show from stage to screen.

A gallery of photos from our backstage exploration of the Disney Dream

More about the mysterious tale of Herman Schultheis

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans' doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The publication will begin arriving mid-November.

November 13, 2014

2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival News!

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Fresh Flavors, Gardens, Music and Fun on Tap March 4-May 17, 2015 at 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Spring 2015 will bloom with a fresh take on lush gardens, inspired flavors and lively entertainment during the 75-day Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 4-May 17 at Walt Disney World Resort. New Disney character topiaries, including a nod to the blockbuster animated film, "Frozen," will offer colorful selfie and family photo ops. Outdoor Kitchens will serve a fresh take on sweet and savory noshes. And guests can get "hands-on" with festival fun during Disney-led gardening seminars.

"Frozen" will melt hearts in the park's World Showcase:
Disney's first Anna and Elsa topiaries will appear in a scene from the Oscar-winning film's finale. Other brand-new Disney character topiaries will be Chip and Dale taking a star turn in two whimsical front-entrance "Goofy About Spring" floral vignettes. Topiary Goofy and friends will be in on the fun.

Fresh new menu items will debut at the festival's Outdoor Kitchens where, for the third festival year running, guests can taste garden- and spring-inspired tapas-sized food and beverages and have their complimentary Garden Passports stamped as they stroll the World Showcase promenade.

A Southwest desert garden will premiere as a thriving ecosystem.

Ten new mini-gardens will surprise guests around every corner. Guests will discover a new "health garden," a pepper garden, a dinosaur-plant garden and a Shakespeare garden, among others, each designed with a storytelling element.

Guests can discover the story of the Monarch butterfly's epic journey across the continent and see butterflies emerge from their chrysalises at Tinker Bell's Butterfly House.

A weekend concert series will rock audiences every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performers will include Gin Blossoms, Pablo Cruise, Village People and a lineup of top bands representing four decades of pop music.

Disney gardeners will lead weekend how-to Gardening Seminars at the Festival Center, where guests also can pick up signature festival merchandise.

When the sun sets, illuminated topiary and play gardens will glow brightly for an after-dark festival experience.

"This is one of our most ambitious festivals ever," says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. "We're telling stories we've never told before. You'll get a fresh taste of spring - it'll be like the first spring farmer's market for America."

As park guests nibble on inspired Outdoor Kitchen goodies, they can wander among multiple themed gardens and children's play areas. Nearly 100 expertly crafted topiary characters, including Snow White, Bambi, Mickey Mouse, Simba and Peter Pan, will animate the landscape when Epcot transforms to a vibrant wonderland of sweeping garden beds and exhibits.

The "Frozen" topiary vignette at World Showcase Plaza will pop with color as Anna's and Elsa's icy world, illustrated with white and silver blooms of delphinium, alyssum and other floral varieties, transforms to a brilliant spring palette featuring Gerbera daisies, petunias, Sweet William and other flora.

A Health Garden near The Land pavilion in Future World will display ancient medicinal plants including garlic, aloe, chamomile, fennel, mint and others. Plants used to develop modern prescriptions will be papaya, periwinkle, turmeric, yew, thyme and valerian. And the new Shakespeare Garden at the United Kingdom pavilion will feature roses to represent Romeo and Juliet: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Also in the garden: rosemary from Hamlet, lavender from The Winter's Tale, plus representations featuring poppy, lily, honeysuckle and willow.

Tinker Bell's Butterfly House will return with hundreds of winged beauties fluttering above and lighting upon their favorite nectar-producing plants. Dozens of Disney-crafted "flower towers" and beds of multi-colored blooms will add to the floral splendor of the park's landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.

Several special weekend happenings will include Art in the Garden Weekend (March 27-29); Florida Fresh Weekend (April 24-26); and Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. Weekend (May 8-10).

For more information about the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, call 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639). As the festival nears, more details will be available at epcotinspring.com. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

Cinderella Dining Moves Temporarily to Citricos

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Cinderella's Royal Table moves from Cinderella Castle to Citricos at the Grand Floridian during restaurant renovations January 5 - March 2015.

Cinderella will greet guests as they arrive and her Disney Princess friends will visit each table for autographs and photos. You can also participate in an interactive "Magical Wishing Ceremony" with the characters with "wishing wands" or "wishing swords" for little ones.

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The Citricos menu is a combo breakfast/brunch from 8:00am to 2:20pm. The cost is $49.99 and $31.99 for those ages 3-9. Two Disney Dining Plan entitlements are required if you use the dining plan. Scroll down for the menu for both adults and children.

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Reservations open to Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders on December 3rd. Reservations open to all on December 4th. Online reservations will be available at a future date.

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Cinderella's Dining at Cítricos
Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses

Adult Menu

APPETIZERS OF THE COURT

Bakery Basket

Choice of One: Garden Salad-Artisanal Greens, Endive, Roasted Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas, and Marcona Almonds with Riesling Vinaigrette

Assorted Fresh Fruits

ENTRÉES ROYALE

Choice of One:

Traditional Breakfast-Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, and Twice-cooked Breakfast Potatoes

Scrambled Egg Whites, Hot Ten-Grain Cereal, Greek Yogurt topped with Granola,
Whole-Grain Bread, and Fresh Fruit

Steak and Slow-Poached Eggs with Twice-cooked Breakfast Potatoes and Wilted Spinach

Grilled Ham and Biscuit, Slow Poached Eggs topped with Sausage Gravy

Market-inspired Fish with Angel Hair Pasta, and Aromatic Tomato Sauce

Florida Shrimp with Creamy Cheddar Cheese and Smoked Bacon Grits

DESSERT TRIO

Beverages included: Unlimited Coffee (regular/decaf), Iced Tea regular/decaf),
Fountain Beverages, and Juices (Apple/Orange/Tomato), One Specialty Beverage

Children's Menu

APPETIZERS

Choice of One

Bite-size Cheddar Cheese and Grapes

Garden Salad Fat-free Ranch Dressing

ENTRÉES

Choice of One

Turkey Pot Pie topped with a Cheese Biscuit

Roasted Chicken Leg with Brown Rice Pilaf and Broccolini

Children's Scrambled Eggs

Mickey-shaped Waffles

Steakserved with Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Corn

DESSERT TRIO

Beverages included:

Milk and Skim Milk
Fountain Beverages
Juices: Orange/Apple/Tomato
One Specialty Beverage

Specialty Beverage Selections

Adult Specialty Beverage Selection

Choice of One

Mimosa
Champagne
Seasoned & Spiced Tomato Juice with Vodka
Cappuccino
Latte
Espresso
Glass of Wine

Children's Specialty Beverage Selection

Choice of One served in a Specialty Cup

Tink Drink
Lemonade, Orange Juice and Sprite

Strawberry Smoothie

(Menu subject to change without notice)

November 14, 2014

Tranquilo Golf Club Now Open - Florida Resident Special

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Tranquilo Golf Club Now Open at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort


The 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course includes a spacious clubhouse, Plancha restaurant, and golf shop.

The long-anticipated Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando has officially opened, enabling resort guests and locals the opportunity to play on the stunning 18-hole championship course. Unique to Central Florida for its varying elevation, abundant wildlife and protected wetlands, the name Tranquilo pays homage to the resort's Spanish Revival design and tranquil setting, featuring many Southern Live Oak trees with delicate Spanish moss.

Special for Florida residents From now through the end of the year,12/31/14, between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm, a special rate of USD 99.00 per player is offered for a round of 18 holes, based on tee time availability. This fee includes the greens fee, cart fee and practice balls before the round. Rental clubs are available for USD 75.00 and shoes are available for USD 20.00. To reserve the Florida resident special, tee times must be scheduled by phone only, at 407-313-6880. Some black out dates may apply. A valid Florida state driver's license is required to be presented for the special rate.

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Course Design
Originally built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio as Disney's Osprey Ridge, Fazio re-designed the course for its launch as Tranquilo Golf Club. Enhancements included creating a completely new hole and renovated bunkers, plus improved visibility and airflow by enhancing the landscape design, in addition to a fully renovated clubhouse. The course is a Par 71, with a yardage of 6,901 and four sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels.

"I am very proud of the transformation of the Tranquilo Golf Club golf course. Since the course opened over 20 years ago, it has been considered among the best courses in the region, and the recent upgrades and improvements to the course will surely solidify that reputation for many years to come," said Tom Fazio of Fazio Golf Design.

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Charlie Kent, director of golf for Tranquilo Golf Club and a member of the PGA of America since 1993, brings more than 25 years' experience in golf course management. He notes, "The Osprey Ridge course was so well-regarded by golfers for many years. We are very proud of the renovation work and enhancements the Fazio team completed and we're confident golfers who were fond of the former layout will truly be able to connect with the course once again."

The course is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program for golf by the National Audubon Society, and just received its re-certification this past September under the leadership of Rusty Wilson, golf course superintendent and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America member. The addition of native plants and trees, as well as the creation of naturalized areas on the golf course to provide water and food for local and migratory wildlife, was a key factor in the course's certification.

As part of the enhancements, all of the greens were resurfaced with Tiff Eagle Bermuda grass, in addition to improvements to drainage in many key areas of the course. To accommodate the development of Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Fazio created a new par three 16th hole, which Kent describes as one of the signature holes. This beautiful spot on the course is framed by Southern Live Oak trees and a natural sand area that runs from the tee area to the green. Measuring 163 yards from the back tee, it presents a scoring opportunity for the golfer, as Kent notes golfers will be more challenged by the 17th and 18th finishing holes. The 18th hole, a finishing Par 3, offers 217 yards fronted by a large bunker and a pond to the left. With the stunning backdrop of Four Seasons Resort Orlando in the distance, this hole presents a memorable completion to the round.

Tranquilo Golf Club Highlights
The course is available for individual tee times, available up to 60 days in advance for registered resort guests, and is open to the public for tee times 30 days in advance. Guests of Tranquilo can enjoy the full-service clubhouse, featuring locker rooms, and a Golf Shop featuring a variety of retail offerings. From a full line of logo wear and accessories, ranging from hats to jackets and even leather logo iPad cases, the Golf Shop is open daily from 7 am to 6 pm. Complimentary shoe shine and bag storage is also available at the clubhouse.

Tranquilo offers custom Four Seasons golf carts that include a state-of-the-art GPS navigation system with two-way communication, a ball washer, and coolers stocked with bottled water.

Family play is encouraged, and the course offers special golf carts that accommodate a family of four. In addition, children 12 and younger play free with an adult, and children ages 13-18 golf at half price.

Plancha
Plancha is the Cuban American restaurant located at the golf clubhouse. Helmed by Chef Pedro Sanchez Negron, who brings 16 years' experience and a strong background in Latin/ Caribbean/Spanish cuisine, Plancha offers a true delight for the culinary senses. The flavorful menu includes dishes such as empanadas, a smoked bacon and black bean soup, "La Plancha" burger with chorizo, maduro and smoked gouda cheese, "El Cubano" sandwich, churrasco flat iron steak, marinated chicken, and much more. Dessert is not to be missed at Plancha, with specialties such as the "Tres Leches" with coconut; traditional flan; and the coconut banana torta.

Frank Reilly, restaurant manager, brings nine years of food and beverage management experience to Plancha, which is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Plancha features a full bar plus a cigar bar, with an expansive lakeside terrace and outdoor smoking lounge area perfect to enjoy an "après golf" cigar. The Plancha Cigar is a custom hand-rolled cigar made exclusively for Tranquilo Golf Club. Currently, two custom Plancha Cigars are available: shade grown and sun grown, offered in five different sizes. Additional cigars from Davidoff, Padron and Romeo Y Julieta are also offered in the Plancha humidor.

Rate Structure
Tranquilo Golf Club offers a seasonally based rate structure. For the introductory period of November 2014 through January 16, 2015, between the hours of 8 am to 2 pm, it is USD 155.00 per player for a round of 18 holes. From 2pm to 4 pm, it is USD 105.00 per player. A special option is the "7 for 77"-guests can enjoy seven holes on the course for USD 77.00. This is an ideal option for a parent who wishes to wake up early and golf before enjoying family time, or for the golfer who wants a quicker golf experience in order to enjoy more of Four Seasons' and the destination's offerings. The play time is estimated at 90 minutes for seven holes.

From January 17 through May 25, 2015, rates will increase to USD 195.00 from 7 am to 2 pm; USD 125.00 for 2 pm to 4 pm. From May 26 through September 24, 2015, rates will be USD 95.00 for 7 am to 10 am; USD 75.00 for 10 am to 2 pm; USD 55.00 for 2pm to 4 pm; and USD 47.00 for seven holes. For September 25, 2015 through January 15, 2016, rates will be USD 175.00 for 7 am to 2 pm; USD 115 for 2 pm to 4 pm; and USD 77.00 for seven holes.

All fees include the greens fee, cart fee and practice balls before the round, plus all day use of the driving range, chipping green/bunker and putting green. Rental clubs are available for USD 75.00 and shoes are available for USD 20.00.

Tee times can be reserved online or by contacting the resort directly at 407-313-7777.

Lessons
Rod Cook, Director of Golf Instruction and PGA member since 1996, is available to accommodate private or group instruction for all skillsets. Cook joined Four Seasons Resort Orlando from Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, where he served as both head golf professional and as marketing manager. Previously, he served as head golf instructor at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. An avid golfer, Cook has won more than 20 professional tournaments in his career and is on the advisory board for Titleist and Summit golf brands. All lessons at Tranquilo Golf Club include a custom video swing analysis that is e-mailed to the golfer. For more information regarding lessons, contact Cook at 407-313-6888.

Membership Option & Events
Tranquilo Golf Club offers several different membership options. The Full Membership is for two people (spouse, partner or child under age 19) or the Corporate Membership (available for two business associates), and each includes a private locker, storage of clubs, charging privileges, complimentary use of rental clubs, a 20 percent savings in the golf pro shop, and exclusive access to special events. Membership is offered at USD 10,500. Membership and event inquiries can be directed to Kimberly Chase, director of golf membership and events, 407-313-6723.

Scott Blanchard, Head Golf Professional, is highly familiar with overseeing golf tournaments. Blanchard brings more than 22 years' experience in golf, beginning his apprenticeship at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando and working his way up to Head Golf Professional, a position he held for 12 years. Most recently, Blanchard was Director of Golf at the nearby private Isleworth Country Club. During his tenure at these prestigious local clubs, Blanchard was involved in many high level tournaments.

Tranquilo Golf Club is ideal for golf tournaments and events of all sizes. The accessibility of the course to Four Seasons is a key benefit to golfers. Just a serene two minute walk, the course also offers shuttle service for guests. Shotgun start times are offered at 8 am or 1 pm, and tee times are spaced 10 minutes apart to allow for a leisurely pace of play. A picturesque, lakeside banquet event space at the clubhouse offers an ideal place for tournament lunches or dinners for groups of up to 150. Options range from box lunches to full-course plated or buffet menus, as well as customized on-course food and beverage offerings, such as innovative bar and appetizer stations.

November 18, 2014

Disney Springs Update

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The transformation of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs continues.

Above the future location of Morimoto Asia, the Springs Bottling Co sign has been installed. The sign is part of the story that goes back to Florida's waterfront towns at the turn of the century. The interior of Morimoto Asia will also showcase the theme and pay tribute to that period in history.

The Waterview Stage is now open and offering nightly entertainment. Check the times guides for specifics.

Later this month the Food Trucks Exposition Park located on the West Side will open! The Food Trucks will serve a variety of items from chicken waffles to tandoori spice shrimp. Look for additional seating in that area as well.

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The Pedestrian Walkway is scheduled to be completed later this month connecting to the West Side.

The West Garage (first of two) will open in phases for guests beginning November 20th.

November 21, 2014

Holidays Around the World in Epcot Changes

The changes in Epcot live entertainment offerings continue into the Holiday Season.

The Disney Parks Blog announced new experiences will take plan in Mexico, Morocco and China.

"In Mexico, guests will enjoy the songs and traditions of "Fiesta de Navidad," featuring colorful dancers and mariachis, who celebrate the holiday customs of Mexico in an interactive, musical performance. A Moroccan storyteller invites guests to join her on a journey to experience the gaiety of festivals, holiday traditions, and celebrations that are like the "spice of life" across Morocco. And the China pavilion bursts to life with the vibrant Chinese Lion Dance, bringing good fortune and happiness to all in honor of major holidays such as the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival."

Returning this year are the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs, Joyful! A Gospel Celebration and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Based on this announcement is seems as though Los Tres Reyes (Mexico), the Monkey King (China), and Taarji (Morocco) are not part of the Holidays Around the World in 2014.


November 25, 2014

D23 Announces Membership Changes

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Much of D23's growth over the past five years-a complimentary General Membership level, additional events around the country, exclusive website content-is a direct result of feedback we have received from you, Disney's best fans. Many of you have told us you'd like to bring your entire family to our events. And so today, we announced that in 2015 we will add a D23 Gold Family Membership, allowing members to bring three guests to our events. 2015 will also bring special D23 Gold Member event pricing and early ticketing, as well as Gold Member-exclusive opportunities and other enhancements that we're excited to share with you in the coming months.

As we focus on bringing even greater value to the D23 Gold Membership experience, we'll be phasing out D23 Silver Membership. Beginning today, new D23 Silver Membership and renewal will no longer be available; however, current D23 Silver Memberships will still be honored, and during renewal those members will have the opportunity to upgrade to D23 Gold, D23 Gold Family, or to become General Members. If you have questions about how to renew your membership, please contact our guest services team at GuestRelations@D23.com or at (855) 323-5973 (Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT).

There is much more excitement in store for D23 in 2015, not the least of which is D23 Expo 2015. It is, without a doubt, going to be the biggest Expo ever, and we hope to see you there. (And remember, Early Bird pricing ends December 31!)

SeaWorld Orlando Announces "Blue Friday" Deals

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SeaWorld Orlando Releases Exclusive Deals for "Blue Friday"
Deep online-only discounts are available at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28

SeaWorld Orlando today announced the return of its popular "Blue Friday" deals on many exclusive park experiences, including special pricing on admission and packages. Blue Friday deals jump start the holiday shopping season by providing the best value to experience SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration and allow the fun to continue well into 2015.

Online-only deals include the following buy-one-get-one free (BOGO) offers:

Admission Offers:

BOGO SeaWorld Orlando 1-Year Annual Pass; a savings of $156

BOGO SeaWorld/Aquatica Orlando 1-Year Annual Pass; a savings of $180

BOGO Full-Paid, Any-Day SeaWorld Orlando Ticket; a savings of $75

BOGO Aquatica Orlando Single-Day Ticket; a savings of $19

BOGO SeaWorld Orlando/Aquatica Orlando Combo Ticket; a savings of $89


In-Park Offers:

BOGO SeaWorld Orlando Quick Queue Unlimited; a savings of $19

Buy one Adult Santa's Fireside Feast, get one Child Santa's Fireside Feast free; a savings of $19

BOGO Dolphins Up-close Tour; a savings of $59

BOGO Sea Lion and Otter Tour; a savings of $39

BOGO Wild Arctic Up-Close Tour; a savings of $59

To see the offers and take advantage of the incredible Blue Friday deals, fans MUST register to receive SeaWorld Orlando's e-mail updates or already be subscribed. Blue Friday deals will be e-mailed to subscribers today, November 24, along with official details about these limited-time offers. Fans can subscribe at any moment between now and Dec. 1 to participate.

These can't-miss deals are only available online starting at 12:01 a.m. EST on Friday, November 28, 2014, through 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 1, 2014.

November 26, 2014

The Great Movie Ride Presented By Turner Classic Movies

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The New York Times has reported that Turner Classic Movies and the Walt Disney Company have formed an agreement.

Turner Classic Movies will assist Walt Disney World in making changes to the Great Movie Ride. Turner Classic Movies will receive "Presented by" credits at the attraction in posters, banners, windows and more. The changes will be seen spring-summer in 2015.

More information as it's officially announced by the companies.

Turner Classic Movies and Disney Team Up

Features Include New TCM Integration in Theme Park Attraction and On-Air Showcase of Disney Treasures

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced new strategic relationships with Walt Disney World Resort and The Walt Disney Studios to broaden its reach in family entertainment with joint efforts centered on classic film.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the "The Great Movie Ride" Attraction highlights some of the most famous film moments in silver screen history and is set to receive a TCM-curated refresh of the pre-show and the finale. TCM branding will be integrated into the attraction's marquee as well as banners, posters and display windows outside the attraction. In the queue line, families will enjoy new digital movie posters and will watch a new pre-ride video with TCM host Robert Osborne providing illuminating insights from the movies some of which guests will experience during the ride. The finale will feature an all-new montage of classic movie moments. After guests exit the attraction, they will have a photo opportunity with a classic movie theme. The TCM-curated refresh is set to launch by spring.

As part of the relationship with The Walt Disney Studios, TCM will launch Treasures from the Disney Vault, a recurring on-air showcase that will include such live-action Disney features as Treasure Island (1950), Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) and Pollyanna (1960); animated films like The Three Caballeros (1944) and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949); classic nature documentaries, including The Living Desert (1953) and The African Lion (1955); made-for-television classics, such as the Davy Crockett series; special episodes from Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color; documentaries about the studio, including Walt & El Grupo (2009) and Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010); and animated shorts, such as 1932's Oscar®-winning "Flowers and Trees."

Treasures from the Disney Vault is scheduled to premiere on TCM Sunday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. The opening night will include the holiday and winter animated shorts "Santa's Workshop," "On Ice" and "Chip An' Dale," followed by The Disneyland Story. The night will also include The Reluctant Dragon, Disney's 1941 film that combined a live-action tour of the Walt Disney Studios facility with animated shorts; Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955), a compilation of the first three episodes of the iconic series starring Fess Parker; the Oscar®-winning documentary The Vanishing Prairie (1954), part of Disney's True Life Adventure series; the rarely seen Third Man on the Mountain (1959), an Alpine tale starring Michael Rennie and James MacArthur; and Perilous Assignment (1959), a documentary about the making of Third Man on the Mountain.

"At TCM, it's our mission to share and celebrate the greatest films of all time," said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM. "Disney provides the perfect relationship through which we can share the magic of the movies with every generation, not only through an amazing new showcase on TCM, but also through newly refreshed components of 'The Great Movie Ride' Attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios."

"We are looking forward to this collaboration, which complements Disney's commitment to telling great stories and immersing our guests in family entertainment," said Tiffany Rende, senior vice president of Disney Corporate Alliances and Operating Participants. "Through this alliance, we are able to share more classic Disney stories with TCM audiences, while further enhancing the guest experience by showcasing TCM content and talent."

This marks an expansion of TCM's already robust relationship with the family entertainment and media enterprise. TCM set sail on its fourth TCM Classic Cruise in October 2014, the second aboard the Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic. In addition, TCM has collaborated with Buena Vista Home Entertainment on various initiatives, including the 2008 documentary The Age of Believing: The Disney Live-Action Classics, which premiered in conjunction with a 25-movie showcase of family classics. The 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood featured a multi-film collection of Disney classics presented in collaboration with D23, The Official Disney Fan Club. And the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival featured the 50th Anniversary screening of one of Walt Disney's most successful films Mary Poppins (1964) at Disney's El Capitan Theatre.

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Baymax

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November 28, 2014

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Celebrates its First Festive Season at the Most Magical Place on Earth

This holiday season, for those willing to trade shovels and snow boots for palm trees and infinity pools, the first festive season at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is destined to be an unforgettable experience. From a decadent gingerbread display in the lobby to holiday décor throughout the main Resort areas, cooking and mixology classes, and many fun activities in Kids For All Seasons, Four Seasons offers something for everyone this holiday season.

Lobby Décor

The lobby will feature glorious holiday décor in elegant colours of plum and gold, complete with a grand 12-foot (3.7 metre) tall Christmas tree in the lobby, wreaths and columns wrapped with garland, holiday inspired floral arrangements, and more. A gingerbread creation made by Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber will be a fun conversation starter, and Resort guests will enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cider daily from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The holiday décor will be in place from December 6, 2014 through January 3, 2015.

Sweet Treats

From peppermint bark to gingerbread cookies, and even Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi's holiday gelato flavours of chocolate peppermint, cranberry and gingerbread, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge. At The Hideout, ice cream will be offered each afternoon and complimentary cookie decorating with Chef Rabii will be offered to Resort guests on December 23 and 30 and January 2 at 2:00 pm.


Kids For All Seasons

The Kids For All Seasons (KFAS) complimentary kids camp, open daily for ages 4-12 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, has an array of organized activities planned for Resort guests throughout the festive season. From candy cane scavenger hunts to animal visits, timed races in the lazy river, balloon art, face painting, and much more, the KFAS team has a thoughtfully orchestrated schedule to provide fun for all ages. Kids will love the weekly holiday movies, from classics such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas to Home Alone and Elf, plus making jingle bell necklaces and writing letters to Santa.

Adults Only

The young, and young at heart, surely love classes such as candy making and cookie decorating. But, Four Seasons has not forgotten about those who would love more of an "adult" class - hence the Mixology Classes led by the Resort's team of master mixologists. Guests ages 21 and older can enjoy how to mix up cocktails guaranteed to spread the holiday cheer. Classes include: December 21, PB&G Cocktails of the South; December 26, Capa's Spanish Sangria; December 28, Ravello's Cocktails of Northern Italy; December 30, Plancha's Rum Based Cocktails; and January 2, PB&G's Cocktails of the South. All classes take place in the resort's demonstration kitchen in Ravello from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

Additionally, for Resort guests who don't want to miss out on NFL games, during football games the Ravello Bar will turn into the Cigar City Brewery's Fan Cave. Table tennis and other games will be available in Ravello Bar and a themed bar menu will be offered during the games.

Guests will also enjoy playing 18 holes on the picturesque Tranquilo Golf Club or unwinding with a Spa treatment at the 18-treatment room Spa.

Special Dinners

In the spirit of the season, several of the Resort restaurants will be offering special dinners. PB&G is offering a Craft Beer & Holiday Cheer event on December 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The event is USD 49.00 per person and includes small bites and an unlimited tasting of more than 20 different seasonal beers from around the country. The cost of this event include a souvenir 5-ounce tasting glass.

Plancha, the Resort's Cuban American restaurant at the Tranquilo Golf Clubhouse, will offer a family style dinner on December 22 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, featuring the best of Latin American cuisine with Chef Pedro Sanchez Negron. Chef Pedro will share some of his family's favourite recipes as well as a taste of Plancha. This event is USD 55.00 per adult and USD 22.00 per child. Additionally, on December 29 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, Plancha will offer the best of Turkish cuisine with Chef Erhan Kor. Chef Erhan will share some of his family's recipes in traditional Turkish flavours rich in vegetables, herbs and fish. The Turkish dinner is USD 75.00 per adult and USD 26.00 per child. Non-resort guests are welcome; reservations are required for these special dinners and can be made by calling 407 313 6161.

Holiday Dining

The Resort offers several options for holiday dining. For Christmas Eve, Ravello is offering a five-course pre-fixe dinner for USD 95.00 per person. Additionally, Capa is offering a prix-fixe dinner menu for USD 95.00 per person.

For Christmas Day, Ravello is offering a buffet brunch for USD 95.00 per adult and USD 35.00 per child. Capa is offering a pre-fixe dinner menu for USD 95.00 per person.

For New Year's Eve, Ravello is offering a holiday buffet for USD 115.00 per adult and USD 45.00 per child. Additionally, Capa is offering a dinner with two seating options: a three-course pre-fixe seating between 5:00 and 7:00 pm, available for USD 145.00 per adult and USD 65.00 per child; or a second seating, a five course pre-fixe menu, between 8:00 and 11:00 pm at USD 295.00 per adult or USD 95.00 per child. Both Capa seatings include access to the New Year's Eve "After Party" in the Grand Ballroom, which will feature a DJ, dance floor, balloon drop and more. Desserts and appetizers are included and there is a cash bar available. Admission to the after party, available exclusively for Resort guests and guests with restaurant reservations, is available for USD 65.00 per adult and USD 35.00 per child. Kids For All Seasons is open on New Year's Eve for children ages 4-12 for USD 95.00 per child (Resort guests only).

For all holiday dining options and special events, space is limited and reservations are based on availability; for reservation inquiries, call 407 313 6161.\


Festive Reservations

For guests' convenience, Four Seasons now offers a Disney Ticket Package, available for stays beginning December 19, 2014 and beyond. The package includes Disney park tickets for the guests' park of choice (Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios), available for a 4-7 night stay; pricing varies by number of tickets needed. A four-night stay includes two days of park admission; a five-night stay includes three days of park admission; a six-night stay includes four days of park admission; and a seven-night stay includes 5 days of park admission. The package ensures guests have the flexibility of choosing which parks they would like to experience, while also allowing for two days of free time to enjoy the amenities of the Resort, the Downtown Disney area, and more. Additional tickets, or Park Hopper Option upgrades, can easily be added to the guests' ticket arrangements through the Resort's lobby level Disney Planning Center.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort enjoy complimentary transportation in a Four Seasons motor coach to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios. In addition to enjoying all the nearby Disney attractions, a highlight of Four Seasons Resort Orlando is the five-acre (two hectare) Explorer Island water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, and much more. The Kids For All Seasons program offers organized activities for children ages 4-12, and is complimentary. Adults will enjoy the adult-only pool, 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club, and The Spa at Four Seasons. Recreational pursuits for guests of all ages are sure to provide ample entertainment.

Gifts

Four Seasons lobby level boutiques, Wardrobe and Fable, offer an array of options perfect for gift giving. From fabulous outfits to chic accessories, Four Seasons logo apparel and more, there are numerous choices at all price levels. In addition, gift cards are available for purchase at the Resort's front desk in any dollar amount. Gift cards can be redeemed at Four Seasons Resort Orlando for overnight stays, at The Spa, at Tranquilo Golf Club, at the boutiques or any of the Resort's dining outlets.

November 30, 2014

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Teaser

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Watch an early teaser from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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