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February 18, 2015

Village Causeway and New Shops Open at Downtown Disney Marketplace

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The conversion from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs continues with the opening of the Village Causeway, linking the Marketplace from the Rainforest Cafe to the Lego Store.

New kiosks are open.....

Flour & Sugar - This kiosk offeres freshly baked cookies with Florida flavors like coconut, key lime and strawberry. You can buy them individually or in easy-to-transport canisters of six.

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Florida Bath Co. - This kiosk offers products made with home grown ingredients like organic vegetable juices and essential citrus oils. Florida Bath Co. is owned by the same folks as Basin.

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Icon Jewellery by Bico - Concepts like Love and Friendship, Protection, Strength and Luck are represented in pieces crafted from hand-polished fine grade pewter and enhanced with fine materials like Swarovski Crystals, New Guinea Rosewood and genuine leather.

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Kate & Leo - Creativity and imagination toys and games for kids including travel games, magnetic story boards, beautiful art supplies and more, no batteries required.

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February 21, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Invites Wearin' of the Green at Downtown Disney March 7-17

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Music and merriment abound when the most authentic St. Patrick's Day celebration in Central Florida comes to Downtown Disney March 7-17.

The celebration at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant and throughout Downtown Disney pays homage to Celtic culture with nearly 10 top Irish bands and pro dancers performing on three stages during select days of the festival. With performances starting nightly March 7-14 from 5 to 1 a.m. March 15-17 on stages indoors and out, guests can don their finest green duds and join in a jig or two.

Highlights of the celebration across Downtown Disney will include:

--Performances by The Willis Clan, world-famous U2 tribute band Elevation, Goitse, Three Dollar Band, We Banjo 3, The Ragland Rebels, The Brazen Heads and Raglan Road house bands Creel and The West Coast Trio
--The Raglan Road Dancers - seven full-time champion dancers, performing daily
--Renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast, leading Irish Dance Workshops "From Roots to Riverdance"
--Ceili (kay-lee) traditional music and structured set-dancing event, during which host Ronan McCormack invites guest participation

Additional entertainment inspired by the Emerald Isle will include more than 50 musicians and dancers, face painting, stilt walkers, living statues and giveaways. Guests will find it's easy being green at The Mighty Family Zone on the West Side, a new offering during the Mighty St. Patrick's Festival, where guests can snag a photo with Kermit, learn how to draw everyone's favorite frog, take part in games and DJ dance parties, and more.

Also new this year: the four Disney Food Trucks (Fantasy Fair, Namaste Café, Superstar Catering and World Showcase of Flavors) will serve delicious eats each evening of the festival at Downtown Disney West Side, including a special St. Patrick's Day-themed cupcake. Guests can also purchase Fisherman's Pie, a favorite dish from the Ireland kiosk at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, at the World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck.

Guests can order from the popular Raglan Road lunch, dinner and bar menus throughout the event. Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon of Raglan Road will bring traditional Irish flavors to Downtown Disney with dishes such as loin of bacon and cabbage, and guests will find a hearty selection of beers on tap.

The restaurant's Cooke's of Dublin counter-service eatery will offer Irish favorites like fish and chips, battered sausages and deep-fried candy bars, and guests will discover additional food and specialty drinks created just for the festival at select Downtown Disney restaurants.

On Monday, St. Patrick's Day, guests will be seated at Raglan Road on a first-come, first-served basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest age 18 and older. Reservations can be booked for other festival days by calling 407/938-0300. For more information visit Disneyworld.com/StPatricksDay.

November 9, 2013

Marketplace Co Op Coming to Downtown Disney in 2014

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The Disney Parks Blog announced yesterday that a new merchandise location is coming to Downtown Disney Marketplace in spring 2014.

The Marketplace Co Op will occupy the site that currently houses Team Mickey, next to TrenD. Team Mickey will close in early January 2014 to make way for the new Co Op.

According to the Disney Parks Blog, the marketplace will act as a collection of shops within a shop -- a sort of "incubator," serving to introduce new Disney specialty retail shops and products to the public.

The current building will be slightly redesigned, but will retain its original ceiling elements, including the skylight.

When it opens, The Marketplace Co Op will house:

-- Beautifully Disney - featuring make-up, fragrance and beauty accessories.

-- Cherry Tree Lane - accessories such as scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry.

-- D-Tech on Demand - personalized, customized electronic accessories.

-- The Trophy Room - vintage inspired, lifestyle sports apparel and collectibles.

-- Centerpiece - room furnishings, textiles and everyday ware with a touch of Disney.

-- Zoey and Pickles - the latest trends and glamour for young girls.

September 20, 2013

Downtown Disney Offers "Foodtopia" in October

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Fantastic flavors from some of Downtown Disney's signature restaurants will take center stage this fall and feature some of the restaurants' most popular dishes during "Downtown Disney Foodtopia," Oct. 1-Oct. 31.

Seven restaurants are rolling out three-course dinners for $30, with a $60 option at Fulton's Crab House (tax and gratuity extra). The seven restaurants include Bongo's Cuban Cafe, House of Blues, Paradiso 37, Planet Hollywood, Portobello, Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Wolfgang Puck Cafe.

Each of the flavorful menu options include three full courses and a non-alcoholic beverage. For instance, at Wolfgang Puck Cafe, guests can start with garlic and white bean hummus, a Caesar salad or butternut squash soup. Entrees include pesto chicken, crispy pork loin or spaghetti Bolognese. Desserts are key lime pie, carrot cake or a brownie sundae.

Paradiso 37 is offering blackened mahi sliders, a hearty beef burrito or chicken enchiladas paired with a starter and dessert, while Planet Hollywood has a choice of their Celebrity BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, lasagna or their gargantuan Southwest Salad for your entree options. Splitsville lets guests choose from eight appetizers and 10 entrees, with a brownie with ice cream for dessert.

For guests craving savory seafood, the Fulton's Crab House menu includes either shrimp cocktail, steamed clams and mussels or jumbo lump crab cake to start; a whole Rhode Island lobster, cioppino or filet mignon for an entrée, and a Tollhouse Cookie sundae, key lime pie or root beer float for dessert.

Guests can sample all that Foodtopia has to offer any day of the week between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations and payment are required at least 48 hours in advance by calling 407/WDW-DINE. Reservations can be made starting Sept. 28.

And for those wanting to make it a dinner-and-a-show evening, guests who make a Foodtopia reservation can save on tickets to Cirque du Soleil "La Nouba" with a 20 percent discount for everyone in their party.

To make dining reservations for Foodtopia, guests can call 407/WDW-DINE.

June 5, 2013

Downtown Disney Revs Up for Car Masters Weekend June 15-16

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Car Masters Weekend, now in its third year, is the perfect way to celebrate Father's Day as Downtown Disney West Side hosts a classic car show with a modern twist June 15-16, 2013. Featuring all things "Cars," the event also showcases meet and greets with Disney-Pixar "Cars" and "Cars 2" characters, a sock hop at Splitsville, select discounts on food and shopping, and more exciting entertainment for the whole family.

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In a race for 'Best in Show' at Sunday's awards ceremony, car enthusiasts from the local Muscle Car Network of Central Florida will display more than 150 classic, muscle and exotic cars for families to view and vote on their favorites. Guests also can take pictures with favorite Disney-Pixar "Cars" and "Cars 2" characters Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile.

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Revving up the fun, legendary automotive designer Chip Foose and Disney-Pixar "Cars" filmmaker Jay Ward will host celebrity chat shows on the Car Masters Stage throughout the weekend. Foose, who contributed to the design of Ramone in the Disney-Pixar "Cars" film, also will be on-hand for autograph sessions and will have Chip Foose design items available for purchase at the event.

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New this year, Splitsville - the luxury bowling emporium - will take guests for a spin on the dance floor when it hosts the first Car Masters Weekend Sock Hop. This rockin' and rollin' special event, taking place Saturday from 6-9 p.m., features live entertainment, a fun bowling competition, a buffet of Splitsville delights, a limited bar, raffle prizes and special appearances by Foose and Ward. A limited number of Sock Hop tickets will be available beginning June 5 at DisneyCarEvent.com for $69 per person.

Also making Car Masters Weekend debuts are a special street performance by artists with La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, a chance for guests to play the upcoming Disney Infinity video game and new interactive activities based on future Disney film releases "Monsters University," "The Lone Ranger," and "Planes."

Fan-favorite Car Masters elements returning this year include the chance to test drive remote control "Cars 2" RideMakerz models; vehicles on display from the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway; live performances by the Car Masters Singers and DJ's spinning classic-car tunes from the '50"s and '60"s. Guests also can idle over to the Chevrolet Showcase, pose for photographs inside the newest Chevrolet models and discover the latest in design and automotive technology. In addition, fans can purchase tickets for an all-day "Cars" and "Cars 2" movie marathon at AMC Downtown Disney 24.

The event will take place at Downtown Disney West Side from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. For more information, visit DisneyCarEvent.com.

October 2, 2012

Characters in Flight Balloon Returns to Downtown Disney

The Characters in Flight balloon has returned to Downtown Disney and is currently in a testing phase.

This balloon features a new red, yellow and blue color scheme, as well as a new set of flying characters: Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Buzz Lightyear, Dumbo, Jasmine and Aladdin.

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Guest flights should resume sometime in the next week or so.

September 20, 2012

"Frankenweenie Weekend" Takes Over Downtown Disney Sept. 28-30, 2012

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - In celebration of Disney's new stop-motion animated movie "Frankenweenie," directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton and opening October 5 in 3D, Walt Disney World Resort is hosting a variety of engaging experiences inspired by the new movie, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Alice in Wonderland." The fun takes place at Downtown Disney West Side Sept. 28 - 30, 2012.

Here's a look at what's in store for guests:

-- Special 3D screenings of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Alice in Wonderland," featuring a 3D extended preview of "Frankenweenie," which debuts Oct. 5. Tickets may be purchased for $6. The fun takes place at AMC Downtown Disney 24. Show times:

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" 4:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.
"Alice in Wonderland" 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

-- New Holland Pet Cemetery picture spot presented by HGTV will place guests in one of the key locations of "Frankenweenie" among tombstones of beloved turtles, rabbits, cats and of course, dogs. Located between AMC Downtown Disney 24 and Something Silver boutique, available 6-11 p.m.

-- The first-ever meet and greet with Jack and Sally from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" at Walt Disney World Resort. Located between AMC Downtown Disney 24 and Harley Davidson, available 6-11 p.m.

-- Special merchandise inspired by "Frankenweenie" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" will be available for purchase at D-Street boutique and mobile carts throughout Downtown Disney West Side. Special treats, such as Franken Fusion Lemonade and Frankenweenie hotdogs will be available near the New Holland Pet Cemetery picture spot.

August 14, 2012

Phineas and Ferb & YOU: A Brand New Reality’ Opens at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort September 1

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"Phineas & Ferb" will invade another area of Walt Disney World Resort: Beginning September 1, guests of all ages can participate in a complimentary augmented reality offering at Downtown Disney called "Phineas and Ferb & YOU: A Brand New Reality."

The experience, which will take place next to Bongos Cuban Café, will allow guests to step onto a platform and virtually interact with Phineas, Ferb, Dr. Doof and Agent P (in their animated forms) on a screen above. Fans can expect to experience any one of 20 different interactions, from dancing "The Platypus Walk" to getting caught in Dr. Doof's Freeze-inator.

Afterward, guests can digitally share a complimentary souvenir photo of their animated interaction with their family and friends.

Special "Phineas & Ferb" merchandise will also be available.

"Phineas and Ferb & YOU: A Brand New Reality" will run through December 1, and is open from 2-9:30 p.m., daily.

From the Disney Parks Blog

August 7, 2012

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant Hosts Central Florida’s First Boutique Irish Festival ‘The Great Irish Hooley’ August 31-Sept. 3 at Downtown Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Labor Day weekend guests at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island can eat, drink, dance and celebrate during Central Florida's first boutique Irish festival -- The Great Irish Hooley -- August 31 through Sept. 3.

A traditional Irish social celebration, the "Hooley" combines music ranging from traditional to rock tunes with entertainment and interactive fun for the whole family. Raglan Road's Great Irish Hooley will make the long weekend memorable with a mix of great Irish bands, Irish Dance Workshops for anyone in the family, structured set dancing known as the Ceili (pronounced kay-lee), Celtic face-painting Saturday through Monday and authentic food and beverages for all.

"At last, Orlando has its own boutique Irish festival like those found back home in Ireland and in certain other U.S. cities," says John Cooke, a founding partner of Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. "This unique Irish festival will be jam packed with the best of Irish music and entertainment outside of Ireland."

The four-day party kicks off Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m. and continues through midnight Monday, Sept 3. The Great Irish Hooley entertainment lineup includes six top Irish bands and a troupe of acclaimed dancers:

o Full Set, a popular Irish band that released its successful debut album last year. The band plays the festival Friday through Monday to begin a U.S. tour that includes the Milwaukee Irish Fest.

o Elevation, the U2 Tribute Band. Elevation will play the pub stage Saturday and a full show under the Florida sky on the patio stage Sunday evening.

o Creel, Raglan Road's popular house band, will play all weekend.

o The Raglan Rogues, here from Dublin with their energetic expression of Irish folk and traditional tunes, will play Thursday through Monday.

o Danny Burns brings his unique blend of Irish ballads and contemporary Irish music to Raglan Friday through Monday.

o Johnny "Snaggs" Norton is a renowned Dublin entertainer in the tradition of the great Irish folk and ballad groups who has toured worldwide with Riverdance. His performances Saturday through Monday include sing-along songs from the great Traditional Irish Songbook.

o The Raglan Road Irish Dancers, the resident six-strong troupe of champion Irish dancers plucked from the stages of the most famed Irish dance shows, perform throughout the weekend.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, guests can participate in Irish Dance Workshops -- "From Our Roots to Riverdance" -- with renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast and the Raglan Road Dancers. Ronan will chart and demonstrate the origins and traditional styles of Irish Dance through to the contemporary styles of dance made famous by Riverdance. And on each of those three afternoons, guests can step up for a two-hour Ceili (kay-lee) - a traditional music and structured set-dancing event that was the precursor to today's popular country line dancing.

Throughout the Hooley, guests can belly up to one of Raglan Road's 130-year-old imported-from-Ireland bars or grab a table for authentic fare by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon. The restaurant, a Diners' Choice 2012 award winner, is known for its beer-battered fish and chips, as well as its Shepherd's pie with a contemporary twist, delectable seafood, Kevin's Heavenly Ham and other popular entrees. Desserts like the Bread & Butter Pudding and the decadently chocolate Dunbrody Kiss are just as popular. Raglan Road also offers gluten-free items including scallops, fish and chips, calamari, onion rings and pasta dishes.

Owned and operated by Irish partners and celebrity chef Kevin Dundon - famous for his five-star hotel and cookery school in Ireland - Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. The restaurant's warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando. Live entertainment nightly includes Irish house band Creel (Monday through Saturday) and Irish duo Johnny and Justin (Sundays) plus The Raglan Road Irish Dancers perform seven nights a week. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located on Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300.

June 1, 2012

Downtown Disney Revs Up All Things 'Cars' June 2-3

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A classic car show with a modern twist and turn, Car Masters Weekend is back for its second year at Downtown Disney June 2-3, 2012. Celebrating everything "Cars," the free, two-day event features a car show presented by Hess Express, meet and greets with Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile.

In a race for Best in Show, car enthusiasts from the local Muscle Car Network of Central Florida will display more than 100 classic, muscle and exotic cars for families and judges to view. Guests are invited to vote for their favorite car to win the People's Choice and Kid's Choice awards.

Revving up the fun, legendary automotive designer Chip Foose will be making special appearances as one of the car show's guest judges. Foose, who contributed to the design of Ramone in the Disney-Pixar Cars film, also will be on-hand for a signing of his Cars-inspired images, including Doc Hudson, Lightning McQueen, Flo, Ramone and Mater.

New Car Masters elements this year include High Performance Karting from Richard Petty Driving Experience; vehicles from the new Exotic Driving Experience at Walt DisneyWorld Speedway; a LEGO interactive zone and "Cars"-themed topiaries. Jay Ward, Disney-Pixar Cars filmmaker, also will make an appearance. In addition, fans can purchase tickets for an all-day Cars and Cars 2 movie marathon at AMC Downtown Disney 24.

Returning events will include a chance for guests to put the pedal to the metal with Ridemakerz model cars; Disney face painters & tattoo artists; a DJ and several local food trucks. General Motors also will have their latest Chevrolet models on display, including the Corvette Grand Sport, Camaro Convertible and the Volt.

The event will take place at Downtown Disney West Side from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. For more information, visit disneyworld.com/downtowndisney.

May 21, 2012

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant To Celebrate Solstice June 20 with Midsummer Feast

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - When the summer solstice arrives June 20, guests at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant can celebrate the season with traditional merrymaking during Chef Kevin Dundon's first signature Midsummer Feast. Dundon's tantalizing menu will incorporate fresh seasonal flavors to highlight the joyous occasion long tied to ancient summer customs and traditions. In Ireland, many towns and cities hold Midsummer carnivals celebrating culture, music and food.

"Our first Midsummer Feast will be a grand celebration of the summer harvest," said Dundon, restaurant partner and owner of a five-star hotel and cookery school in Ireland. "I'm looking forward to sharing the delicious flavors of the season and telling our guests about the traditions tied to this ancient celebration."

The 6 pm. dinner in the restaurant's Raglan Room kicks off with a salute to the season at a cocktail reception featuring the Summer Solstice Cocktail crafted just for the Midsummer dinner. Chef Dundon's festive menu will feature:

-- An elegant Picnic Basket of Assorted Pates and Homemade Jams including smoked salmon mousse and brandied chicken liver pate.

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-- A second-course Champagne Splashed Raspberry Sorbet.

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-- An entree of Roast Stuffed Suckling Pig, Braised Vegetables, Raisin and Cider Glaze and Potato Roasties.

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-- Dessert of Pimms Knickerbocker Glory, a creamy, light treat featuring Pimms liqueur.

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Craft beer pairings will include Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Jai Alai India Pale Ale and Bunratty Mead. Raglan Road's house band, Creel, will perform along with the Raglan Road step dancers.

Midsummer's Day festivals during the summer solstice -- the longest day of the year -- were European traditions that brought families and friends together to celebrate nature's bounty. Midsummer was celebrated in Ireland with the lighting of bonfires and an evening of music, storytelling, feasting and merrymaking. The ashes from the fires would be tossed onto the fields as an offering to protect the crops. The timing of the solstice depends on when the sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. This year, summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20 at 7:09 p.m., just as Raglan Road's Midsummer Feast is underway.

To book a table at the Midsummer Feast with craft beer pairings ($90 per person, plus tax and gratuity), call 407/938-0300 or 407/WDW-DINE, or visit www.raglanroad.com.

Owned and operated by Irish partners Paul Nolan and John Cooke with celebrity chef Kevin Dundon -- famous for his five-star hotel and cookery school in Ireland -- Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. The restaurant's warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando. Live entertainment nightly includes Irish house band Creel (Monday through Saturday) and Irish band Tuskar Rock (Sundays) plus Irish dance performances. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located on Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

February 22, 2012

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant ‘Gets Its Green On’

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Non-Stop St. Patrick's Day Festivities March 15-17

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Whether you're Irish or wish you were, there's one sure place in Central Florida where you'll find St. Patrick's Day festivities as authentic as the Emerald Isle's lush green countryside. Genuine Irish music, dance and cuisine headline a lively weekend of St. Patrick's Day events beginning March 15 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island.

The fun begins when Raglan Road's celebrity chef Kevin Dundon presides over a four-course kickoff Luncheon and Culinary Demonstration March 15 at 1 p.m. in the restaurant's Grand Dining Room. Dundon will demonstrate how to create each course, including a Loin of Traditional Irish Bacon with Irish Mist Glaze. Guests ready to "get their green on" can check out events that continue throughout late Saturday:

-- March 15 and 16, beginning at 6 p.m. Irish bands Murphy's Law, known for modern Irish music, and The Irish Rogues, popular for ballads and other Irish folk tunes, perform on the restaurant's patio. At 6 p.m., house band Creel performs on the Raglan Road Main Stage - expect a few surprise guest appearances. Guests can order from the restaurant's lunch menu (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) and dinner menu (3-11 p.m.), which include favorites like fish 'n chips and Shepherd's pie.

-- March 17, St. Patrick's Day, doors open at 11 a.m. House band Creel performs on the main stage at noon and at various times throughout the day. Entertainment on the patio steps off at 1 p.m. with Irish dancing from The Raglan Road Dancers and performers from the Watters School of Irish Dancing, established in Central Florida more than a decade ago to train young dancers for championship performances. U2 tribute band Elevation will bring down the house with renditions of U2's greatest hits. Guests can order from Raglan Road's dinner menu throughout the day, which includes the authentic Irish dish of St. Patrick's Day -- loin of bacon and cabbage.


Pubs in Ireland have long been considered a place for families to gather. Following that tradition, Raglan Road is a place to meet friends and family and experience the Irish culture on St Patrick's Day and every day. Guests are encouraged to proudly wear a sprig of Shamrock as is the tradition in Ireland and participate in "the wearin' of the green."

Festivities at Raglan Road and in surrounding Pleasure Island areas will include face painting, stilt walkers, competitions, giveaways and plenty of St. Patrick's Day memorabilia. Throughout the event, the restaurant's Cooke's of Dublin will offer counter service favorites like fish and chips, battered sausages and deep-fried candy bars.

To book a table at the Signature Lunch ($45 per person, plus tax and gratuity), call 407/938-0300 or 407/WDW-DINE, or visit www.raglanroad.com. On St. Patrick's Day, guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis and a $10 cover charge (March 17 only) applies for guests 12 and older. Reservations can be booked on March 15 and 16.

Owned and operated by Irish partners and celebrity chef Kevin Dundon - famous for his five-star hotel and cookery school in Ireland - Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. The restaurant's warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando. Live entertainment nightly includes Irish house band Creel (Monday through Saturday) and Irish band Tuskar Rock (Sundays) plus Irish dance performances. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located on Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

October 27, 2011

Benefit Sale returns to Downtown Disney to raise funds for United Way

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Early-bird shoppers will have a fabulous opportunity Nov. 5 to support Heart of Florida United Way and enjoy discounts on most merchandise at participating Downtown Disney Marketplace stores.

Shoppers can purchase a $5 voucher that will serve as their ticket to The Benefit Sale. All proceeds from the voucher sales will go to HFUW and the many health and human service programs it supports throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

"For the second year in a row, Walt Disney World is teaming up with United Way to present The Benefit Sale, which is a terrific opportunity to shop early, save big and give back," said Robert H. (Bob) Brown, HFUW President/CEO. "This event provides critical support for United Way; funds raised will help us support 108 local nonprofit programs that in turn help Central Floridians in their times of greatest need."

Shoppers can enjoy great discounts of 25 percent off select merchandise at World of Disney, Tren-D, Team Mickey, Disney Days of Christmas, Once Upon A Toy, Disney Pin Traders and Mickey's Pantry.

From 5:30-9:30 a.m., only shoppers with vouchers will receive wristbands to gain access to The Benefit Sale. Wristbands will be required for admission to the Downtown Disney shops during the hours of The Benefit Sale.

For details about special offers and to purchase sale vouchers or for more information about Heart of Florida United Way, visit www.hfuw.org or www.thebenefitsale.com.

August 23, 2011

La Nouba Celebrates 6,000 Bravos at Downtown Disney

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., August 19, 2011 -- This week, Cirque du Soleil celebrated the 6,000th performance of La Nouba at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort. La Nouba features high wire and flying trapeze, acro-gymnastic performances and other displays of coordination and strength, set to live music and brilliant choreography. With an international cast of 67 artists, Cirque du Soleil welcomes more than 1,650 spectators, ten times per week.

"The partnership between Cirque du Soleil and Walt Disney World, represents the union of two of the world's most iconic brands in what is a very unique and ideal relationship," said Cirque du Soleil Company Manager Neil Boyd. "We continue to be thrilled with providing world-class family entertainment by presenting La Nouba to an international audience for nearly 13 years here at Downtown Disney."

The dynamic, white structure found on the Westside of Downtown Disney houses the multi-media stage and theatre which was the first permanent "Big Top" Cirque du Soleil ever built. Since Cirque opened the show for the first time on Dec. 23, 1998, multi-generations of Disney guests have made this theatrical circus a success over the years. This past July, La Nouba welcomed its 8,000,000th guest.

"Reaching the 6,000th performance of La Nouba demonstrates just how special, timeless and unique the show is," said Keith Bradford, vice president of Downtown Disney. "La Nouba appeals to guest of all ages, making it a perfect fit among our assortment of offerings at Downtown Disney."

The professional athletes and entertainers of La Nouba come from 14 countries around the globe and together deliver unparalleled artistic entertainment that sparks the audience's curiosity and imagination, 478 shows a year.

May 7, 2011

A New In-Theatre Dining Experience with a Menu of Choices Opens May 16 at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 6, 2011) - AMC Theatres® (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announced today that guests will be able to watch the latest movies while enjoying their favorite food and beverages at AMC Downtown Disney 24 located in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort. AMC Dine-In Theatres, the only theatre of its kind in the Orlando area, debuts at this location May 16 and combines restaurant cuisine and cocktails with AMC's noted immersive movie theatre experience and hit movies.

"We are excited to present AMC Downtown Disney as another one of our flagship AMC Dine-In Theatres," said Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president, AMC. "Since the launch of this concept, we've received tremendous feedback from our guests about the enhanced experience and variety of food and beverage options. More than 90 percent of our surveyed guests who attended a Dine-In location said it met or exceeded their expectations."

AMC Dine-In Theatres offers a meal-and-a-movie option and a bar and lounge.

Dine-In Theatres (six auditoriums at AMC Downtown Disney):

* Casual, in-theatre dining
* Upgraded, comfortable reserved seating
* Table-top dining
* Seat-side service and a personal call button that discreetly alerts a server
* An extensive menu including a wide array of entrees such as an enticing selection of quesadillas, burgers, flatbread pizzas, grilled sandwiches, house specialties, as well as appetizers and deserts
* A wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks, beer and wine
* Fork & Screen guests must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian

MacGuffins® Bar & Lounge:

* A full-service bar and lounge area inside AMC Downtown Disney 24
* The perfect place to hang out with friends before the show or discuss the movie after it ends
* Named after a term coined by famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock
* Features a variety of beer, wine, cocktails and the full Dine-In Theatre menu, including appetizers and desserts
* MacGuffins Bar & Lounge guests must be at least 18 years old; minors accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least 21) are welcome

AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Downtown Disney 24 pricing:

* Ticket prices range from $6-13, depending on day of week and showtime, for the Dine-in Theatre experience.
* Menu items start at $6.59-8.99 for appetizers and adult entrees range from $8.59-11.99.
* Specific pricing information, including value pricing and senior/student pricing, for the Dine-In Theatres at AMC Downtown Disney 24 can be found at www.amctheatres.com/dinein (click on the Downtown Disney 24 link).

AMC Downtown Disney 24 also offers 18 traditional auditoriums featuring stadium seating, the innovative Marketplace concession area and an ETX auditorium. ETX includes a 20-percent larger screen, 3D technology, digital projection and an upgraded sound system. Specifically, the digital projection system produces images at a higher resolution than HD and there are nearly twice as many audio channels compared to typical auditoriums.

In addition to AMC Downtown Disney, AMC features seven existing AMC Dine-In Theatre locations:

* AMC Buckhead - Atlanta
* AMC Studio 30 - Olathe, Kan.
* AMC Mainstreet 6 - Kansas City, Mo.
* AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 - Bridgewater, N.J.
* AMC Menlo Park 12 - Edison, N.J.
* AMC Essex Green 9 - Menlo Park, N.J.
* AMC Grapevine Mills 30 - Grapevine, Texas

For complete pricing information and showtimes, please visit: www.amctheatres.com/dinein.

May 6, 2011

Fun Revs up at Downtown Disney During Car Masters Weekend May 13-15

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Classic cars will meet their match as star racecar Lightning McQueen, pal Mater and master British spy Finn McMissile from Disney-Pixar's upcoming animated motion picture "Cars 2" race into town during Car Masters Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort May 13-15, 2011. Car lovers will delight in a weekend devoted to all things cars, with activities from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at Downtown Disney West Side:

Muscle cars will line the Downtown Disney promenade alongside the largest life-sized, radio-controlled replica cars ever built--which bring their big-screen "car-acter" counterparts to life for fans to meet face to face.

Pixar Animation Studios' "Cars" Franchise Guardian and resident car expert, Jay Ward, has been tapped to judge the Classic Car show which takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

NASCAR fans can get a peek at Richard Petty's racecar on display inside RIDEMAKERZ at Downtown Disney.

The family-friendly weekend will feature special Disney-Pixar "Cars 2" merchandise --including new RIDEMAKERZ models -- and bonus entertainment.

The 2006 Disney-Pixar "Cars" film returns to the big screen with a limited engagement viewing at AMC Pleasure Island 24 Theatres throughout the weekend. Moviegoers can even catch a glimpse of the new movie trailer from "Cars 2," which gets the "green flag" on June 24, 2011, presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX 3D® in select theaters.
State Farm brings Disney-Pixar's "Cars 2" adventure directly to fans with the "Agents on a Mission" tour, showcasing cars modeled after their big-screen likenesses. Guests can check out the cars and take part in a variety of "Cars 2"-themed activities, including a video kiosk, e-photo opportunities, games and giveaways. They can also enter the "Agents on a Mission" sweepstakes, which features 18,000 prizes, including a new car.

November 15, 2010

Pollo Campero and Fresh A-Peel Open in Downtown Disney® Marketplace

Latin chicken sensation launches first Orlando location, while innovative new restaurant concept unveils menu of nutritious, delicious foods
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ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Starting today, visitors to Downtown Disney® Marketplace will experience the amazing flavors of Pollo Campero, an international Latin chicken quick service restaurant, and the first-of-its-kind Fresh A-Peel, featuring made-to-order fresh selections.

"Today is a landmark day for Pollo Campero"

At Pollo Campero, Walt Disney World® guests can savor combinations of freshly prepared Latin chicken, unique flavorful side dishes such as yuca fries and sweet plantains, and Latin drinks including horchata and tamarindo. Pollo Campero's fried and grilled chicken is marinated, sending the distinctive Pollo Campero flavor all the way to the bone. Fried chicken is hand-breaded in seasoned flour and slowly pressure-cooked without trans-fats, resulting in a flavorful and juicy meal. Grilled chicken features the taste of lime and orange juices, red bell peppers, and a special blend of Latin herbs and spices.

"Today is a landmark day for Pollo Campero," said Roberto Denegri, president and chief operating officer of Campero USA. "We're thrilled to open our newest restaurant at Disney, the No. 1 family vacation destination in the world. Most importantly, we're excited to introduce guests to the fantastic flavors of our legendary Latin chicken."

Inspired by Disney's commitment to offer its guests great-tasting more healthful options, award-winning restaurateur Larry Levy and Pollo Campero teamed up to create Fresh A-Peel. Operating in the same location as Pollo Campero, Fresh A-Peel features a nutritious and delicious array of hot-off-the-grill items and chef-prepared salads and wraps, as well as gluten-free cupcakes and bakery treats.

"Our menu relies on the freshest, most flavorful ingredients," said Mr. Levy. "I wanted to create nutritious foods even my grandchildren would love. All of them have favorites on the Fresh A-Peel menu, whether they are picky eaters or adventurous tasters."

The restaurant has a back-to-basics approach to serving family favorites that are prepared in a better-for-you way. Chef-prepared entrees including salads are made with locally grown produce and available in a bowl or as a wrap, and all-natural burgers are prepared to order and packed with flavor. Balanced kids meals are served with fresh fruit and healthy sides, while other delicious menu offerings are gluten-free, low-sodium and vegetarian.

"This single restaurant offers guests an incredible range of dining choices, all in one location," said Adam Cummis, president of the joint venture. "Not only can guests order Pollo Campero's legendary fried or grilled chicken and signature side dishes, but they can also indulge in Fresh A-Peel's nutritious and delicious meals. By pairing these two concepts together, we've created a destination that offers something for every diner, and we're changing the way people think about quick dining."

About Pollo Campero

The world's largest Latin chicken restaurant chain, Pollo Campero offers its customers "Flavor You Can't Campero." The company serves more than 85 million customers each year at more than 300 restaurants in 12 countries around the globe. This includes more than 50 locations already open in the United States, with additional stores slated for this year. For more information, visit www.campero.com.

September 11, 2010

La Nouba Presents Fantastic Offer to Florida Residents Aug. 17–Oct. 23

Special Discount Also Available in the La Nouba Boutique

Lake Buena Vista, Fla.- La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce a special $50 ticket price for Florida residents. This offer is available for performances August 17 - October 23 on category 2 seats (limit 6).

This authentic Cirque du Soleil production has added two acts inspired by the playfulness of youth. Last January a juggling act was added in place of the chair balancing act. With the help of The Green Bird, the Juggler throws balls, hoops and clubs in the air in unprecedented numbers at amazing speeds. In July the opening act was redesigned to feature the joy and technicality of skipping ropes in place of the German Wheel act. An exciting discipline for the house troupe, this act gives way to vibrant dance, acrobatics and a steady stream of solo, duo and group jumps and formations. Our two featured Skippers combine artful moves, exceptional agility and impressive speed that far exceed child's play.

La Nouba is an unforgettable journey through our universe - at once threatening and exhilarating, frightening and familiar. La Nouba is the story of all stories, the site of all mysteries, where dreams and nightmares sleep side by side. La Nouba is memory, individual and universal. It beckons to us, challenges us to uncover passions we thought we'd lost long ago. Here, anything is possible.

TICKET INFORMATION Florida residents can purchase $50 tickets (plus tax for adults and children) for performances August 17 - October 23. These are for Category 2 seats (limit 6). Tickets are available online at cirquedusoleil.com/lanouba, by phone at (407)939-7328, or at the box office located on the plaza level of the theater. For more information and to receive news alerts and priority sale details, visit facebook.com/lanouba. Group discounts are available by calling (702) 352-0197.

BOUTIQUE DISCOUNT Florida residents will also receive a 15% discount in our newly renovated boutique located on the plaza level of the theater. This discount cannot be combined with sale or promotional merchandise. No ticket purchase is necessary. A valid Florida ID is required.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Tuesdays through Saturdays at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The theater is dark Sundays, Mondays and select times throughout the year.

La Nouba is performed exclusively at Downtown Disney® West Side at Walt Disney World® Resort.

ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees from over 50 different countries, including more than 1,200 performing artists.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in nearly 300 cities on five continents.

In addition to presenting La Nouba at Downtown Disney West Side, Cirque du Soleil presents seven equally unique and innovative productions in Las Vegas: Mystère™at Treasure Island, "O"™ at Bellagio, Zumanity™, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil™ at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, KÀ™ at MGM Grand, The Beatles™, LOVE™, at The Mirage, CRISS ANGEL Believe™ at Luxor and Viva ELVIS™ at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter.

March 26, 2010

Ridemakerz® Revs Into Downtown Disney Orlando

Car customizing shop for kids opens largest interactive experience, complete with real-world show cars!

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 25, 2010) - Fun is about to shift into overdrive at Downtown Disney Westside at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. RIDEMAKERZ®, the first-ever car customizing experience for kids and kids at heart, is opening this week for a limited engagement at the 120-acre entertainment, shopping-dining complex. This opening follows the October 2009 launch of a RIDEMAKERZ shop in Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif., that won the company recognition by Chain Store Age magazine as best worldwide "Pop-Up" store.

The RIDEMAKERZ experience invites guests into the ultimate car customizing shop where they can build a one-of-a-kind radio control car or "RIDE". Between bodystyles and colors, tires and wheels, lights and sounds, accessories and decals, RIDEMAKERZ estimates there are more than 649 million possible build combinations, not including individual decal placement.

"The RIDEMAKERZ experience is pure fun, and the process is designed to spark creativity, encourage collaboration and build confidence," says RIDEMAKERZ ZEO (CEO) Larry Andreini.
In a nod to real-world car culture, RIDEMAKERZ has agreements with several automotive manufacturers to offer versions of today's most popular cars in its line-up. Guests, or "Customizers" can choose from the Ford Mustang and F-250 Super Chief Alternative Fuel Concept Truck, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R and C6RS, Dodge Ram, Challenger, and Viper, MINI Cooper S, and Scion xB. Retro hot rods, fire engines, racecars, cab-over tow and dump trucks, and many more favorites are also available.

Complete RIDEZ range in price from $10 to $32, depending on body and paint style chosen. Radio remote control can be added for an additional $25, and custom accessories range in price from $2 for grill guards, spoilers and hoods scoops to $15 for themed kits that include a wide range of complementary accessories. RIDEZ measure approximately 12 inches long, or 1:18 scale, and are easy to assemble with snap-in, snap-on components that do not require glue.

"RIDEMAKERZ delivers a high-octane experience and one-of-a kind fun," said Downtown Disney Vice President Keith Bradford. "We're excited to add RIDEMAKERZ to our existing portfolio of unique offerings at Downtown Disney. It fills a niche our guest's have been looking for."

RIDEMAKERZ' Orlando shop, which occupies the former home of Virgin Records, delivers an even higher-octane experience to visitors by incorporating a specially designated radio-control test track and real-world auto salon. Eight world-class show cars are on display, including a Chevrolet C5.R racecar built by Pratt & Miller Engineering for General Motors.

The display also features an F150 NASCAR Pace Truck and Dodge Ram from the personal collection of legendary car customizer Chip Foose, as well as a MINI Cooper from the private collection of famed movie car designer Fireball Tim Lawrence.

"The RIDEMAKERZ brand and this shop, in particular, are close to my heart," said Foose during an autograph session at the grand opening on March 25th. "I learned about car customizing from my Dad, and now I get to help pass that experience on to fathers, sons and families across America." Foose also serves as an advisor to RIDEMAKERZ.

ABOUT RIDEMAKERZ

RIDEMAKERZ' mission is to have great fun making cool RIDEZ - with the ultimate vision of contributing to the positive development of kids. Inspired by Build-A-Bear Workshop, a partner and investor, and the increasingly popular car customizing movement, RIDEMAKERZ is about the joy and fun of creating something great, something artistic, and something unique.

RIDEMAKERZ currently operates six shops in Arizona, California, Florida, Missouri, South Carolina and Virginia. Visit RIDEMAKERZ.com for locations, more information or to purchase RIDEZ.

March 10, 2010

A PERFECT BLEND OF RETRO AND URBAN AT D STREET

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Downtown Disney West Side will welcome a hip new boutique where urban pop culture intersects with stylized Disney. D-Street will feature eclectic apparel, Vinylmation™ figures and novel collectibles, artwork, handbags, accessories and jewelry for men and women. Opening in April 2010 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the store will feature a raw, unfinished industrial look with walls adorned with Disney art created by local artists.

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March 2, 2010

Downtown Disney Adds New Offerings

Two new stores, 3D (ETX) theater technology, and restaurant set to open in 2010

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 2, 2010 - Downtown Disney, the 120-acre entertainment-shopping-dining complex at Walt Disney World Resort, will welcome several additions as part of its overall revitalization plan. In the coming months, the district will welcome two new stores, a quick-service restaurant and 3D technology to the AMC Pleasure Island 24 theater.

"We're excited to build upon our existing portfolio of unique offerings and are committed to bringing guests even more interactive experiences," said Downtown Disney Vice President Keith Bradford. "These new diverse venues are perfectly in sync with Downtown Disney and reflect the feedback we have received from our guests."

After its success at the Downtown Disney® District in Disneyland in California, RIDEMAKERZ ® will open a new retail entertainment experience on the Westside of Downtown Disney for a limited engagement. This store will integrate full-sized cars and a supercharged interactive experience that lets guests build, customize and trick out their very own radio-controlled vehicles. Kids of all ages will be able to satisfy their need for speed with over 649 million ways to create a mean machine. RIDEMAKERZ will open March 25 through fall 2010.

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D Street, a new apparel store where urban inspired product "intersects" with a Disney creative edge will also open on the West Side and showcase a mix of products for both men and women. Building on the existing popularity of Trend-D at the Marketplace, D-Street will include edgy apparel, pop culture novelties, Vinylmation™ figures and collectibles, artwork, handbags, accessories, jewelry and more. Opening in April, the store will feature a raw, unfinished industrial look and provide a great venue to showcase Disney art created by local artists.

AMC Entertainment is currently upgrading auditorium one to be the first Enhanced Theater Experience (ETX™) in the United States. The ETX auditorium will include a 20 percent larger, floor-to-ceiling screen, 3D technology, 12 channel audio and digital projection that delivers higher resolution that HD. AMC will debut the ETX auditorium in time for the premier of Alice in Wonderland in 3D on March 5.

Opening this fall at Downtown Disney's Marketplace, will be an international Latin chicken quick-service restaurant - Pollo Campero. This new restaurant concept will offer Disney guests savory combinations of freshly prepared Campero Latin chicken, flavorful side dishes such as yuca fries and sweet plantains, and Latin drinks including horchata and tamarindo. For the more nutritious minded, they will offer chef-prepared salads, sandwiches and wraps, as well as sugar-free, gluten-free, low sodium, and organic offerings.

These new efforts come on the heels of the recent openings of Little Miss Matched, Paradiso 37, Trend-D, Characters in Flight, and Design-A-Tee.

January 29, 2010

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil Adds ‘Happy Hour’ to the Party

World-Renowned Juggler Joins the 90-Minute Show at Downtown Disney

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2010)- La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil announced today that an incredible new act featuring world-renowned juggler Anthony Gatto will be added permanently to the 90-minute spectacle at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort beginning Feb. 5, 2010.

Anthony Gatto comes to La Nouba from the tour of KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil and holds 11 world records in juggling. In the nine-minute act, Gatto juggles balls, hoops and clubs in unprecedented numbers at amazing speed with seemingly impossible accuracy.

Gatto joins the ranks of professional athletes, dancers, vocalists, musicians and comedic performers in the cast of 67 artists in the incredibly creative and dynamic gem La Nouba.

"Anthony is a true showman and we are pleased to have him join the dedicated and talented cast of La Nouba. The juggling act is fast-paced and will add to the energy on stage," said Neil Boyd, company manager. "This act is an amazing new addition for our fans that come to see the show year after year."

Time magazine calls Gatto, "simply the best juggler ever."

The new act is entitled "cinq-a-sept" which means "five-to-seven," generally known as "happy hour." This fits well with the meaning of La Nouba - "to party" or "live it up."

This new act replaces the chair balancing act in the show.

TICKET INFORMATION
Florida residents can purchase tickets at 30 percent off of the regular price of Category 2 seats for shows from Feb. 2 through March 27. Discounted tickets are $58.85 for adults and $47.77 for children (ages 3 - 9). Tickets are available by calling 407/939-7328, in person at the box office located at the plaza level of the theater, or by logging on to cirquedusoleil.com/lanouba. For discounted group reservations of 12 or more, call 866/353-5625. For more information and to receive news alerts and priority sale details, visit facebook.com/lanouba.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 6 and 9 p.m. The theater is dark Sundays, Mondays and select times throughout the year.


La Nouba is performed exclusively at Downtown Disney West Side at Walt Disney World Resort.

ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major international organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. Since its founding, Cirque du Soleil has thrilled close to 90 million spectators in more than 200 cities on five continents.

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n addition to presenting La Nouba at Downtown Disney West Side, Cirque du Soleil presents seven equally unique and innovative productions in Las Vegas: Mystère™at Treasure Island, "O"™ at Bellagio, Zumanity™, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil™ at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, KÀ™ at MGM Grand, The Beatles™, LOVE™, at The Mirage, CRISS ANGEL Believe™ at Luxor and Viva ELVIS™ at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter.

June 17, 2009

“DIANA–The People’s Princess” Is One-of-a-Kind Experience Coming to Downtown Disney

Hundreds of royal artifacts on view in largest Princess Diana exhibit

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The People's Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc. (PPCF) is bringing "DIANA-The People's Princess" - a major new exhibit of royal artifacts - to Walt Disney World Resort. Opening in early July 2009, this limited-time experience showcases the life and story of one of the most iconic and inspirational figures in recent history, including a sampling of the royal dresses Diana chose to auction for charity and hundreds of authentic artifacts relating to her life.

"DIANA-The People's Princess" exhibit will be held in a 17,500-square-foot setting at Downtown Disney West Side adjacent to DisneyQuest. This unique exhibition is one of the largest collections of royal dresses and rare artifacts ever assembled for an American audience which provides an in-depth historical perspective of her life. The exhibit includes five rarely seen royal dresses worn by Princess Diana.

As part of this unique experience, guests will come to understand:
-- The stories of Diana's own childhood and ancestry and how that lineage was influential in her selection as the future bride of HRH Charles, The Prince of Wales, the future King of England.
-- Her magical royal wedding which was viewed by over 750 million people from around the globe; her favorite role as "mum" to princes William and Harry.
-- Kensington Palace, the royal residence where Diana lived from the moment she became the Princess of Wales until her death and which today plays an active role in preserving her charitable legacy.
-- The historical significance of her role as Princess of Wales and the impact she had through that role on the fashion industry and charitable landscape.
-- How at the Christie's "Sale of The Century," 79 of Diana's royal dresses were sold to benefit charities which helped position her as an astute philanthropist.
-- Her untimely passing and the massive media and public interest in the tragedy.
-- The charitable impact still being recognized through her gowns and personal effects.

A hint at some of the items on display:
-- Royal Doulton figurine of Diana in her wedding dress - Made in 1981 at the time of the royal wedding, the doll is wearing an exact replica of the famous wedding dress.
-- The Black Velvet "V" Neck - Designed by Bruce Oldfield and worn by Diana for her official royal portrait in 1985.
-- Wedding Breakfast booklet - Contains guest names and two tickets to observe the bride and bridegroom before and following the wedding ceremony in the quadrangle at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House.
-- Three-foot doll of Diana as a young girl - Released by the Great American Doll Company in 1998 as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

"The late Princess used her globally renowned platform brilliantly," commented Maureen Rorech Dunkel, founder of PPCF. "She understood that the many different experiences she had in her life, both positive and negative, made her more relatable to the public. She used this quality to connect to the common masses and in doing so became known as 'The People's Princess.' She used her compassion to bring support to all those in need and is still to this date, almost 12 years after her tragic passing, regarded as one of the most influential humanitarians of all time."

"We look forward to The People's Princess Charitable Foundation bringing this unique experience to our Downtown Disney guests," said Kevin Lansberry, vice president of Downtown Disney. "We remain committed to offering guests new and exciting experiences they can only have at the Walt Disney World Resort."

Tickets may be purchased at the exhibit - $14.50 (ages 10 and above), $5 (ages 3-9). The exhibition will be through Nov. 30, 2009. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

June 15, 2009

Cirque du Soleil attempts to break Guinness World Record

Five years after setting the first Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously walking on stilts, Cirque du Soleil is inviting fans from all over the world to join them as they reclaim the title in honor of its 25th anniversary June 16. The cast and crew of La Nouba, along with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, invite the people of Orlando to witness the stilt walk from 4-4:30 p.m. outside the La Nouba theatre at Downtown Disney. A special event at the opening of the 6 p.m. performance that evening is also planned. Cirque du Soleil will be holding stilt walking events in Las Vegas, NV; New York, NY; Montréal (Canada); Fortaleza (Brazil); Lisbon (Portugal); Macau (China); Nagoya (Japan); and Tokyo (Japan).

April 10, 2009

Joey Fatone at Tren-D in Downtown Disney

TREN-D GRAN-D OPENING: Television and music personality Joey Fatone carries his daughter Briahna April 10, 2009 through the "Tren-D" store at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. during Friday's Grand Opening festivities for the new fashion boutique.

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The store, located at Downtown Disney, blends both vintage and modern designs with stylized Disney characters. Apparel and accessories are featured from designers including Tarina Tarantino, Roxy and Kidada Jones. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

April 8, 2009

New Waterfront Eatery Opens at Downtown Disney Early May 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Paradiso 37, a high-energy restaurant and bar featuring cuisine from North, South and Central America, welcomes guests to its table in May at Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort.

The lakeside eatery will offer a delectable variety of menu offerings representing the 37 countries of the Americas, plus an international wine bar, 37 varieties of tequila and 10 signature frozen margaritas.

The new concept was developed by Orlando-based E-Brands Restaurant Group, a multi-concept restaurant group which currently owns and operates Timpano Chophouse, Samba Room, Taqueria Canonita, Aquaknox, David Burke, Salsa Orlando and Canonita Express in a number of locations across the United States.

The lively Downtown Disney restaurant will feature nightly entertainment and will be open daily from 11 a.m. until late night.

March 13, 2009

TrenD, New Downtown Disney Retail Offering, Blends Retro Style and Current Trends with a Touch of Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A stylish boutique with designer flair and eclectic offerings becomes a premier shopping spot at Downtown Disney Marketplace with the March opening of TrenD. The urban-inspired Walt Disney World specialty store is a one-of-a-kind, hip destination for fashion-conscious shoppers seeking trendy apparel and novel accessories.

"This unique environment, filled with textured fabrics, new silhouettes, and whimsical art and design allows us the opportunity to push the creative envelope as it relates to fashion and our characters," said Mark Perrotta, director of Product Development and Design. "Our guests continue to respond to trend merchandise and novel products that they can't purchase at home. TrenD speaks to what is happening today with a blend of vintage and hip with stylized Disney influences."

Offerings include organic loungewear, embroidered handbags, jeweled sunglasses and trendy accessories set among stylish art and unique furnishings. The eclectic environment offers a raw and unfinished feel with jeweled chandeliers, distinct fixtures and mod furnishings.

Much of the merchandise will not be available anywhere else at Downtown Disney. Designers such as Kidada Jones, Tarina Tarantino and Roxy will showcase their artistry - blending it with Disney-inspired creations.

"With its exclusive product lines and new environment, we think TrenD will complement the existing merchandise offerings at Downtown Disney," said Perrotta.

TrenD is in a 2,500-square-foot venue near Pin Traders and Once Upon A Toy. The space previously was used by Summer Sands.

January 22, 2009

Introducing A Cutting Edge Custom T-Shirt Design and Printing Store at Walt Disney World

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Jan. 9, 2009 - Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) today officially opened Disney Design-a-Tee presented by Hanes, an innovative next-generation store for apparel souvenirs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

The first-of-its-kind interactive T-shirt design and printing store enables Disney guests to enhance their magical Disney experience with a personalized custom-designed Hanes T-shirt printed while they wait that is as easy to buy as souvenir apparel off the rack. And much more fun!

Guests at Disney Design-a-Tee presented by Hanes, which is located in Downtown Disney, use touch-screen kiosks for an interactive experience to design their custom shirts, selecting long-sleeve or short-sleeve T-shirts, choosing from multiple colors, picking artwork from more than 100 selections featuring Disney animation and movie characters, and crafting their own text message using a wide selection of type fonts and colors.

The design possibilities are infinite, and the shirts are printed on site while guests wait using premium environmentally friendly water-based ink. Art selections include multiple designs featuring not only famous characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Snow White and others from classic Disney films, but also characters such as Crush from Finding Nemo, Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Tow Mater from Cars.

"At the Design-a-Tee store, visitors can dream it, design it and watch their custom Hanes T-shirts being made," said Sidney Falken, senior vice president of the Hanes brand. "The store combines all the magic of Disney and Hanes to create immediate one-of-a-kind keepsakes and souvenirs of their visit to Walt Disney World."

The grand opening event was attended by guests who were treated to a festive décor, confetti cannons, a giant T-shirt cake and a visit from Disney's most famous star, Mickey Mouse.

Kevin Lansberry, vice president, Downtown Disney operations, and Falken spoke at the event and invited guests to try their hand at designing their own special T-shirts.

"We are thrilled to create another exciting new Downtown Disney venue for our guests," Lansberry said. "The Disney Design-a-Tee store fits perfectly with our What Will You Celebrate 2009 campaign. Whether guests are celebrating an anniversary, a birthday or a special reunion, they can create a special Hanes t-shirt to show how they feel."

Disney Design-a-Tee uses a unique application of state-of-the-art technology and printing equipment in a process designed by Hanesbrands' research and development team. This is the first application of printing technology that allows consumers to walk up, design and print a custom message on a T-shirt of any color with screen-print quality.

Disney Design A Tee presented by Hanes is one of several critical brand investments for Hanes as part of a 10-year strategic marketing alliance with Disney.

"Hanes is consistently ranked as one of the most recognized and loved apparel brands in the world, and that brand equity increases when the brand is partnered with the equally strong Disney brand," Falken said. "Our alliance with Disney provides a broad range of new and exciting consumer interactions for Hanes and allows this iconic brand to grow and reach new audiences."

Disney Design-a-Tee is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is located at 1790 East Buena Vista Drive. Downtown Disney is open to the general public and resort guests and is accessible by car and by the Walt Disney World Resort guest shuttle system.

T-shirts are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, including long and short sleeve versions, and come in infant, toddler, youth and adult sizes. Prices range from $18 to $31. The company expects to add additional apparel product offerings at a later date at the store.

In addition to Disney Design-a-Tee presented by Hanes, the Hanesbrands marketing alliance with Disney includes category exclusivity for select Hanes and Champion apparel at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., and ESPN Zone stores across the country. Naming rights include the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith presented by Hanes and Champion Stadium located in Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.

Hanesbrands Inc.

Hanesbrands Inc. is a leading marketer of innerwear, outerwear and hosiery apparel under strong consumer brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Just My Size, barely there and Wonderbra. The company designs, manufactures, sources and sells T-shirts, bras, panties, men's underwear, children's underwear, socks, hosiery, casualwear and activewear. Hanesbrands has approximately 50,000 employees in more than 25 countries. More information may be found on the company's Web site at www.hanesbrands.com.

January 8, 2009

HanesBrands to Open One-of-a-Kind Custom T-Shirt Store at Downtown Disney

Walt Disney World guests can now design, personalize and immediately purchase special vacation t-shirts at Disney Design-A-Tee store presented by Hanes at Downtown Disney Marketplace.

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The first-of-its-kind interactive T-shirt design and printing store enables guests to use touch-screen kiosks to create their long-sleeve or short-sleeve T-shirts in multiple colors by choosing from more than 100 art selections of Disney animation and movie characters. They can also choose their own text using a wide selection of type fonts and colors. The design possibilities are infinite, and the shirts are printed on site while guests wait. They can produce one T-shirt or multiples of the same design at the same time to share with friends and family.

The Grand Opening takes place 11:30 a.m., Friday, January 9, 2009.

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November 30, 2008

NAUGHTY OR NICE? -- Jack, a pug from Orlando, shares his Christmas wish list with Santa Claus recently in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Santa Paws at Downtown Disney

Disney's new "Santa Paws" invites dog owners to bring their canine friends for a photo opportunity and meet and greet with old St. Nick himself. "Santa Paws" continues through Dec. 24. Santa Paws is located near World of Disney store at Downtown Disney Marketplace. For hours and more information about Festival of the Seasons, visit disneyworld.com/holidays

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August 14, 2008

'T-REX' Restaurant is going to Disney World

A two-story tall dinosaur is pictured August 13, 2008 being transported on a flatbed truck past a pedestrian crossing sign at the Downtown Disney entertainment district at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The dinosaur will be featured inside a new restaurant, currently under construction, called "T-Rex: a Prehistoric Family Adventure." Developed by Schussler Creative, Inc. and operated by Landry's Restaurants, the 600-seat restaurant will feature dinosaurs, waterfalls, bubbling geysers and a fossil dig site. "T-Rex" will open in mid-October at Downtown Disney.

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