The Disney Springs Dining and Shopping Entertainment Center at the Walt Disney World Resort continues to grow with a recent addition of a multitude of Restaurants and Retail shops opening to add to the already impressive collection of new additions.
Dining at Disney SpringsWithin the past year we have seen the addition of:
- Morimoto Asia
- The Boathouse
- Jock Lindsay's Hangar Bar
- Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC
It is now being joined by:
- Amorette’s Patisserie
- Daily Poutine
- D-Luxe Burger
Even with all of these new additions, there is still more to come this year, including STK and the transformation of Fulton's Crab House to Paddlefish.
Disney Springs, aka Downtown Disney, has always been a dining destination, but now more than ever it is becoming a place with a multitude of top notch dining options to fit whatever type of dining experience that you are seeking.
It will be hard to plan a multi-day trip to Disney World without including a visit to Disney Springs now that there are so many new dining experiences to enjoy.
Not Your Average Shopping Destination
Disney Springs is also upping its game for shopping experiences. Ever since the addition of the Marketplace Co-op and Tren-D that upped the game for cool Disney themed merchandise, shopping has stepped it up a notch at Disney Springs.
Recently added shops include:
The Disney Springs Town Center has transformed the old Downtown Disney shopping into a totally new vibe and experience. If you have not been there recently you do not know what you are missing.
From the Amphicars to the new footbridges that cross the water. This Disney shopping and dining area is totally transformed. The Parking is now contained on multi-level parking garages, but still free.
The most popular discount offer of the year at the Walt Disney World Resort is back again for 2016! This is your chance to enjoy the famous Disney Dining Plan for Free for the entire duration of your Disney World Resort Hotel vacation.
Now there is no excuse to not experience the Disney World Character Dining opportunities and check out the amazing assortment of cuisines at the ever-expanding restaurant list at Disney World. To qualify for this discount you must purchase a Disney World package including Disney World Resort hotel accommodations & Disney World theme park tickets with Park Hopper option.
Dates For This Discount Promotion
Disney's Animal Kingdom will be receiving several night time attractions that have long been desired in this theme park that has typically closed before dinner time during its first 18 years of operation. This summer the transformation begins to bring this tremendous park into true full day status.
Here are the details presented by the Disney Parks Blog:
There are changes coming to Disney World in a major way when we are referring to Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. One area of major change is the new Toy Story Land that will provide 11 acres of themed entertainment featuring your favorite Toy Story Characters.
Here is the latest update from the Disney Parks Blog:
For Epcot guests there may be no better attraction than Soarin'. This hang glider simulation has been a hit since it opened in May of 2005. The original version of the attraction featured a visit over California in a way that has never been experienced before.
This has been a landmark attraction that guests clamor to ride again & again & again!
Disney has finally decided to change the scenery and create a version of this attraction that brings guests not to just California, but takes them across the globe to se iconic sights from a perspective never experienced before.
Here are the details as presented by the Disney Parks Blog:
The original Walt Disney World Resort theme park, aka Magic Kingdom, has many areas to explore. One area that you may be very familiar with, but never really noticed, may be the Town Square just within the entryway to the Magic Kingdom.
Setting The Stage For Family FunLike a classic Disney Movie the entrance to the Magic Kingdom sets the stage for a day where families can:
"Leave Today and Enter the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy"
Main Street USA certainly fills the bill for the World of Yesterday and the Town Square is the Disney guest's introduction to this idealistic vision of small town America during the early 20th century. The Town Square provides a central meeting point for people to gather, a train station, the City Hall, a Fire Station, Barber Shop, Restaurant, Theater, and Shops.
All of these well-themed locations filled with Disney details and often they are all overlooked because the Town Square also happens to frame the Disney World guests first glimpse of Cinderella Castle and provides the entrance way to the rest of the Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom Town Square LandmarksThe Town Square is filled with iconic landmarks. Starting with the patriotic flag pole prominently positioned in the center of the square. Each day before sunset a special flag retreat ceremony is held.
Pictured above is the Main Street Railroad Station. The railroad is an important part of all of the Disney Magic Kingdom locations around the world and is the only official attraction (ride) that is located on Main Street.
Special Disney Insider Hidden Secret:
This is also currently also the only place at the Walt Disney World Resort where you can have a conversation with Mickey Mouse.
Tony's Town Square Restaurant is a Disney Table Service Restaurant that is themed according to The Lady and the Tramp and features Italian specialties.
The City Hall is where you can find Guest Services and get a special celebration button.
The Fire Station is where you can get signed up to play the FREE interactive Sorcerers of The Magic Kingdom game. All guests who sign up get a pack of FREE collectible game cards to keep as a souvenir.
The Magic Kingdom also has a fully functioning barbershop located on Town Square. Many a child has gotten their memorable first haircuts here. They don't take reservations, so don't be surprised if there is a long line waiting out the door or prior to its opening.
The last landmark is the second most famous statue in the Magic Kingdom. This one depicts Walt's brother Roy sitting on a bench with Minnie Mouse.
Character GreetingsOften you can meet Disney Characters in and around Town Square. The characters change from day to day so you have to be on the lookout or consult a Disney Cast Member as to the schedule for the day.
Main Street TransportationThe last little known Disney World Hidden Secret about Town Square is that there a several special vehicles that you can ride up and down Main Street USA. You are most likely to see them early in the day and during times when the park is less crowded. There are signs around the Town Square where you may board the vehicles. ...and the best part is that they are FREE!
Don't Overlook The Town Square Ever Again!Hopefully after you have read this article it has sparked your interest to pay closer attention to the Main Street Town Square and all it has to offer. I have only scratched the surfaced on all there is to see and explore on and around the square. Don't be afraid to slow down a little and check out the Town Square, even if that time is when you are heading on your way out of the Magic Kingdom!
New Star Wars shows are coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios starting on April 4th, 2016! Disney World Guests will not have to wait for the upcoming construction of the 14 acre Star Wars Themed land to be built at Hollywood Studios in order to get more Star Wars
Debuting on April 4th will be the entirely new Star Wars stage show "Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away." This show will act out iconic moment and scenes from the Star Wars films on center Stage in front of the Chines Theater in the heart of the theme park. It includes performances from favorite characters representing both the good side of the Force, as well as, the dark side: Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and Darth Maul.
Also appearing for the first time on April 4th will be Captain Phasma leading her platoon of First Order Stormtroopers from the Star Wars Launch Bay to Center Stage several times each day.
The Walt Disney World Resort certainly knows how to throw a party, and for the Christmas Season there is no better Holiday party than Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom.
This special ticketed event includes Holiday decorations, Disney characters in Holiday attire, special Holiday themed entertainment, the memorable Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade and special Holiday version of Wishes to cap off your night.
|Figment Character Egg at Epcot Easter Egg-Stravaganza!|
Easter is celebrated at the Walt Disney World Resort through a variety of fun and playful displays and Disney Character egg hunts. From the fanciest, most elaborate chocolate egg sculptures to the Easter Egg-Stravaganza Egg hunt challenge at Epcot, Disney World allows guests many different ways to celebrate the Easter Season including having Easter morning church services available for guests that wish to attend.
Decadent Egg Art At Grand Floridian & Contemporary ResortsGuests that take the time to visit the lobbies of the Grand Floridian Resort and Disney's Contemporary Resort should be ready to be amazed! This side trip is definitely worth the monorail journey to check out the unique Disney art that has been created by talented Disney Chefs like Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek who has been creating and decorating Easter Eggs for over 19 years.
One can only stare in awe at the amazing artwork that has been crafted in entirely edible materials. It is really hard when you see them all in person to pick a favorite. The Disney Staff spends over three weeks preparing all of these creations for the short display season.
The Contemporary Resort also has an impressive display of its own. A wide variety of styles and themes representing Easter and Disney Characters are truly incredible limited time works of art.
|Disney EGG-Stravaganza Map|
Easter Egg-Stravaganza EpcotAt Epcot Disney Guests of all ages have the opportunity to purchase for a small fee a special Disney egg-stravaganza Map and stickers that correspond to hidden character Easter eggs throughout Epcot's World Showcase.
Guests seek out the Character Eggs that are located in the various Country Pavilions and then place the sticker into the proper location on the map.
One all of the eggs have been located guests should seek out the redemption locations (also where you can originally purchase the maps).
The prize that you receive for completing your map is a replica of one of the character eggs. Note all egg characters are not necessarily available for you to choose from.