Disney's Hollywood Studios is in the midst of a major transformation and one of the key additions to this Walt Disney World Resort Theme park will be the recently announced Toy Story Land.
Following in the very successful model of Cars Land that was created for Disney's California Adventure in California, the Disney Imagineers will use the familiar charaters from the Toy Story series of movies to create new expereinces that Disney World guests are sure to love.
Here are the details that were announced at the D23 Expo on August 15, 2015:
We have some exciting news to share today. Chairman Bob Chapek just unveiled plans for Toy Story Land, to be built at at the The new land, inspired by the “” film franchise, will allow guests to shrink to the size of a toy and explore the world of Andy’s backyard.
At the D23 Expo it was revealed that not one, but two Star Wars Lands will be created by Disney Parks. One will be located at Disneyland in California, while the other will be placed at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. Each Star Wars land will contain over 14 acres of attractions, shops, themed dining, and Star Wars experiences.
Here is the official Press Release:
Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts
ANAHEIM, Calif. () – Today at the D23 EXPO 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced to an audience of more than 7,500 fans that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away.
Ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life in the two parks include creating Disney’s largest single themed land expansions ever at 14 acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.
"I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”
These authentic lands will have two signature attractions. Along with the thrilling battle experience, another attraction puts guests behind the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, as they take on a customized secret mission.
Iger also shared concept images of the Star Wars-themed lands, giving fans a glimpse at what is to come for Disney parks.
The partnership between Disney and Lucasfilm dates back to 1987, when the successful Star Tours attraction, inspired by George Lucas’s legendary Star Wars film series, opened at Disneyland. The attraction was then redesigned, emerging as “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” in 2011 and featuring more than 50 different story outcomes and the possibility to visit five different planets.
For 60 years, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has been delighting millions of people with fantastic storytelling, exceptional entertainment and extraordinary experiences, creating places where guests can make life-long memories with their friends and families. This announcement marks an unprecedented time of growth with exciting developments happening around the world – from Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration to the anticipated opening of Shanghai Disney Resort in China.
There is a new Disney World Restaurant currently under construction in the Magic Kingdom. Later in 2015 the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant will open in Adventureland.
At the Jungle Skipper Canteen, guests will be able to experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The restaurant will also be staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.
This highly themed restaurant will be a welcomed addition to the Magic Kingdom On the heels of the immensely successful Be Our Guest Restaurant, the Disney Imagineers will create an experience that Disney World guests will certainly enjoy.
We can't wait until it is finished!
Dining at Disney World can be as much of the experience as its Theme Parks for the frequent guests and the foodies. Disney's Contemporary Resort on Disney World's famed monorail route is home to 3 great restaurants Today Only WDWorld will review the least well known of the three: The Wave.
The WaveHoused in the lowest level of Disney's Contemporary Resort is the often overlooked gem of a restaurant called The Wave. Not far from the resort check-in desks you will see the tunnel-like entrance that descends into The Wave.
The restaurant embraces the resort's modern styling with metal and glass embellishments. Despite its somewhat hidden nature, the restaurant is still popular with the Contemporary Resort Guests. Although the contemporary and modern styling may not look like a family restaurant, it was certainly filled with families and became quite loud.
The biggest (and maybe only) drawback was the noise level here. It was quite loud and that became a detractor for our meal here. We were caught off-guard at how noisy it was here. You expect it at Chef Mickey's, but not here.
The MenuThe Wave fashions its menu based upon local sustainable foods providing the freshest options for its guests to enjoy. The above menus show what was available when we dined for this review, but the menu changes frequently. There was an excellent variety of choices including, beef, seafood, chicken, lamb, and vegetarian options.
The ReviewHere is our impression of the dishes that we sampled during our recent visit.
The meal starts with freshly made bread and salted butter. The salted butter and bread was certainly above average across Disney Restaurants.
The gnocchi with shortribs was amazing. It may not believable,but this was one of the best Disney World entrees ever. After dining across a wide spectrum of Disney Restaurants I was caught of-guard by this dish. It really ranks among the best that I have enjoyed at Disney World.
The lamb was highly recommended by our server and it did not disappoint. It was pricey, but was thoroughly enjoyed.
The tenderloin was very good, but probably did not stand out amongst the other Tenderloins that you could get elsewhere at Disney World.
The daily catch was another very good dish that was thoroughly enjoyed.
The quality of the food really exceeded our expectations at The Wave Although we should have high expectations for a restaurant at a Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort we still were impressed by our meals here.
On the other end of the spectrum we were underwhelmed by the atmosphere and the overall restaurant noise. This was certainly not the best dining experience.
Summary - The Wave ReviewThe Wave delivers incredible food across their entire menu that makes it a restaurant worthy of putting on your list of places to dine. The so-so atmosphere and excessive noise may remove it from your "Date Night" option, but certainly keep it on the upscale family plae to dine. This is certainly a great place to use a Disney Dining Plan Table Service Credit!
As a bonus, make sure you find the famous 5-Legged Goat that is hidden in Disney's Contemporary Resort murals that surround its main concourse.
One of the best parts of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the fact that you get to see both celebrity chefs and some lesser known, but supremely talented chefs demonstrate their culinary skills while you sample and watch
Starting July 30th, 2015 everyone can call Disney Dining to reserve their place at the demonstration of their choosing. These low cost ($15 per person) seminars are the bargain of the Festival. The chefs spend close to 45 minutes talking to the audience, discussing the dish that they are preparing for all to taste, and answering questions.
Some of the better known chefs for 2015 are:
- Amanda Freitag @ 3:00pm and 5:00pm (seen on Food Network)
- Cat Cora @ 5:00pm on October 17th (former Iron Chef)
- Kevin Dundon @ 100pm on October 19th & October 20th (Raglan Road)
There are many other great chefs to check out. The opportunity to see a chef prepare a dish live and sample it, along with a wine pairing makes this a great way to experience the Festival. We saw Robert Irvine and Gale Gand during the 2014 Festival and certainly were not disappointed.
This is a great opportunity to taste unique dishes and interact with the chefs with a relatively small audience. The chefs appreciate the questions and audience comments regarding the dishes and preparation
Here is the complete schedule: Epcot F&W Festival Culinary Demonstrations
The 20th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will certainly be one of the best Special Events to attend at DisneyWorld during 2015. There are an amazing number of events and activities included with your Epcot admission and a number of addition events to enjoy for an extra fee
There is certainly something fr everyone during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. If you have never visited Disney World during the Fall this is the year for you to attend!