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  1. If you’re preparing to set sail on the Disney Fantasy, you need to know that a brand new sweet shop recently opened on board Disney Cruise Line’s youngest ship! ©Disney Sweet On You is fashioned after classic Mickey Mouse short films and features stylized Mickey and Minnie statues sharing a frozen treat. There’s even a matching table nearby where you can recreate their adorable-ness! This ice cream joint will scoop out a variety of ice cream and gelato, as well as swirl milkshakes (Caramel Waffle Cone, what?!). And they’ve got a super. darling. new Mickey Pants sundae bowl! You might want to book a cruise just for the bowl. ©Disney Seriously. Look at his little foot pushed out. IKR?!?!? Disney Cruise Line is really stepping up its sweets game. Back in July, we couldn’t wait to tell you about the Go-Kart Sundae on board the Disney Dream. Go-Kart Sundae from Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats Just like the Mickey Pants, the Go-Kart at Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats is yours to keep! We lurve a sundae that doubles as a souvenir! What’s your favorite way to snack on a Disney Cruise? Confess your cruise snack style in the comments! Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: News: Go-Kart Sundae from Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats on the Disney Dream! NEW! Mickey Kitchen Sink Sundae (AKA The Mickey Pants Sundae) in Walt Disney World! Mickey Waffle Pajama Pants on Sale in Walt Disney World View the full article
  2. Earlier this week, Steven Miller shared a sneak peek at colorful new Mickey Ear headwear that will hit merchandise locations at Disney Parks in just a few days. The new looks range from fun pom poms ears, interchangeable bow ear headbands and festive holiday-themed headbands coming this way for the holiday season. Steven also shared an update on the super popular rose gold ears, which flew off the shelves when they were introduced earlier this year. A new supply is set to hit shelves in November. Which pair are you looking forward to buying? Tell us in the Comments section below! View the full article
  3. Victoria & Albert’s, located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, was voted the second-best fine dining restaurant in America among TripAdvisor’s 2017 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in their Travelers’ Choice awards – the only Florida restaurant to make this prestigious list. Under the helm of Executive Chef Scott Hunnel, Chef de Cuisine Aimee Rivera, maître d hotel Israel Perez and Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, this is the second time Victoria & Albert’s has received high honors from TripAdvisor. The restaurant also is a recipient of AAA’s highest achievement, the Five Diamond Award. The ultimate in fine dining, Victoria & Albert’s 50-seat main dining room allows guests to choose between a 7-course menu and a 10-course Chef’s Tasting Menu with optional wine pairing selected by the sommelier. The intimate Queen Victoria Room offers a 10-course meal with tableside presentation and wine pairings. The highly sought-after 10-seat Chef’s Table, located in the restaurant’s kitchen, grant diners a behind-the-scenes look at the Victoria & Albert’s team crafting the evening’s dishes. The restaurant’s impressive cellar boasts over 700 wines from over 35 regions. Travelers’ Choice winners are determined using an algorithm that takes into account the quality and quantity of reviews from TripAdvisor users gathered over a 12-month period. Victoria & Albert’s is among an illustrious group of restaurants. Here is a full list of the impressive top 10 fine dining restaurants: Daniel – New York City, New York Victoria & Albert’s – Orlando, Florida Charleston Grill – Charleston, South Carolina Alinea – Chicago, Illinois Chef and the Farmer – Kinston, North Carolina Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina Geronimo – Santa Fe, New Mexico Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii Restaurant Gary Danko – San Francisco, California Merriman’s – Kapalua, Hawaii Congratulations to the entire Victoria & Albert’s team! The restaurant is open daily for dinner. For reservations, visit www.victoria-alberts.com View the full article
  4. With its camera-perfect setting, Hawai‘i serves as not only the perfect vacation destination, but also the backdrop for countless films and television shows. ABC filmed a portion of its newest show, “Marvel’s Inhumans,” on the leeward coast of O‘ahu, just a few miles from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. For a chance to travel like a Super Hero, enter Marvel’s Inhumans at Aulani Resort Sweepstakes through November 10, 2017. One lucky family will win a four-night stay at Aulani Resort, including airfare, for four guests. To enter, log into Twitter and post a tweet that includes the hashtag #AulaniInhumansSweepstakes. “Marvel’s Inhumans” explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where they are greeted with surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them. Now they must find a way to reunite with each other and return to their home before their way of life is destroyed forever. Be sure to check out the official sweepstakes rules. No Purchase Necessary. Ends 11/10/17. 50 US/DC, 18+ only. View the full article
  5. It’s time to engage sight, sound, smell, and TASTE at the Party for the Senses! Party for the Senses sign Year after year, the Party for the Senses remains one of the most highly anticipated Special Events for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Boasting a huge variety of dishes created by Master Chefs and drinks along with live music and entertainment, the Party is a highlight of the season for many Festival guests. Pastry Chef Noah French presents “Donuts & Coffee” The Party for the Senses takes place at the World Showplace Events Pavilion (between the UK and Canada Pavilions) from 7:30 to 10:00 pm on select Saturdays throughout the Festival. There are two more to go this year on October 21st and November 11th. So get ready to PARTY, because we’re going inside! Seating Options and Inclusions When booking a Party for the Senses, you have a choice of three different seating levels for the event, and Epcot admission is required and not included. New for 2017, every level includes guaranteed seating (as opposed to walking around with your plate and glass all night, which was previously the case for General Admission). Party for the Senses Additionally, Party tickets holders also can enjoy Eat to the Beat Concert Series seating for the evening’s 5:30 and 6:45 pm shows. At $329, the Wine View Lounge is the Top Category, offering a private reserved table in an exclusive area (closest to the stage), early entrance into the event at 7:15 pm, a specialty cocktail toast, an artisanal cheese station, and transportation to and from the Epcot Main Entrance in one of the new Disney World “Minnie Vans.” Wine View Lounge Table Oh, that cheese station? Check out Gertrude, the Cow Cart! Gertrude, the Cow Cart Now, it’s pretty clear that Gertrude is awesome. However, she’s also on wheels. Selection on the Cow Cart So, it’s entirely possible that you may pay for Wine View, which includes this exclusive cheese cart, only to miss it when you’re up visiting the food stations. Just an FYI. Reserved Seating for $199 includes a reserved table for just your group on the main floor. Table at Party for the Senses Guaranteed Seating — or General Admission — is $179, though the seats may have an obstructed or distant view of the stage, and you will be seated with other guests outside of your group. (Table sizes throughout the room ranged from seating 2 to 24 guests.) Party for the Senses Table When you check in for the event, you receive a card with your table number (Cast Members are available to help you find your table, if needed). For our evening, going from the start of check-in to our table took about 15 minutes. Each table has place settings that include a brochure, plate, and a wine glass per seat. Place Settings We’ll check out the brochure a little later, but the Party for the Senses Wine Glasses are emblazoned with the Epcot 35 Anniversary logo this year. Party for the Senses Epcot 35 Wine Glasses You’ll want to put these to use right away . You carry around your glass for the evening to have filled at the various Tasting Stations with the pairing suggestions. They are also a souvenir to keep (as we exited the Party, we received plastic bags to carry the glasses out of the park). But while this is a fun souvenir, it’s a bad system for drinking throughout the night. When you pay this much for a ticket and, presumably, to drink good wine and several different beverages for which people have spent a lot of time getting the flavors just right, you don’t want to mix and match flavors by using the same glass over and over again. More on this later. Atmosphere and Entertainment The World Showplace Pavilion is essentially one huge room used for hosting various events throughout the year at Epcot. But the room gets “dressed up” for the party with unique lighting elements and a stage front and center featuring the evening’s entertainment (though we noticed that the ambient lighting was brighter, and therefore less dramatic, than in years past). Party for the Senses stage Femmes of Rock — an electric strings group — was the featured act for the evening. Femmes of Rock The music — essentially rock and roll performed with strings — was upbeat and fun. There were also dancers to add more visual entertainment to the mix. Femmes of Rock Femmes of Rock For moments when the band took a break, an MC and DJ provided pop and rock tunes, so the atmosphere was always alive with music for something of a club-like experience. Guests were even welcome to dance (though I didn’t really see the dance floor being used until close to the end of the night for the DJ’s last few songs). Taken purely on its own, the music was good, and the Femmes of Rock were great. Femmes of Rock Femmes of Rock But it is difficult not to compare the entertainment with previous years, which in the past has included acts from Cirque du Soleil. And even when the entertainment changed from Cirque in 2016, there was more of a variety present (for instance, last year’s Disney Springs-themed Party featured music and dancers from Raglan Road), which — frankly — I missed. Another thing to note: the music was very, very loud (again, adding to the whole club vibe). If you were hoping to have an easy conversation with friends at your table, it was challenging. That said, entertainment can and does change throughout the Festival. The previous Party featured a jazz guitarist with a more mellow sound, so you can’t be certain of the general feel for your event until you get there. As mentioned, this year was the first year when all Party guests received seating. This definitely had an impact on the space, making the room feel much “busier” than in years past. So, it’s a pro-and-con situation. Party for the Senses One the one hand, having a seat for everyone is terrific for obvious reasons. On the other, it contributed to my primary word to describe the general feel of the whole event: CROWDED. Party for the Senses Party for the Senses Party for the Senses And, of course, this had an effect on the food lines as well, which were likewise quite long. In particular, the lines for the meat items were wrapping around the tables for about the first hour; and the dessert lines were crazy for the last 30 minutes or so. But that’s enough talk about food… let’s SEE it, already! Eats and Drinks The Tasting Stations, of course, are the highlight of the Party. Tasting Stations Tasting Stations Tasting Stations They are spaced throughout the room, and the table brochure I mentioned earlier maps out where you can locate the various items. Party for the Senses Map Luckily, that cryptic map does have a legend. Offerings can vary based on Chefs in attendance and their featured dishes, so take the items below as examples of what you may enjoy at a Party for the Senses (click the image below to enlarge). Party for the Senses Tasting Station Items Party for the Senses Tasting Station Items A few favorites of the evening included this huge hit… Chef Jennifer-Booker Hill hosting her Tasting Station The Southern Chicken Pot Pie in a Brioche Conewich (!!!) is brought to you by Chef Jennifer Hill-Booker of Your Resident Gourmet in Lilburn, Georgia. Tasting Station Menu Southern Chicken Pot Pie The Mediterranean Style Braised Mangalitsa Pork Belly by Chef Javier Pareja of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn was another standout. Tasting Station sign Mediterranean Style Braised Pork Belly The Pumpkin Fig Pierogi by Chef Norm Curka of the Grand Floridian was in keeping with the fall season. Tasting Station Menu Pumpkin Fig Pierogi “Donuts & Coffee” by Epcot’s Chef Noah French sounds simple enough, until you take in the Maple-Pecan Baked Donut with Espresso Cremeux. Tasting Station Menu “Donuts & Coffee” Speaking of coffee… Tasting Station Menu Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company served up some caffeinated options, including Nitro Cold Brew. Joffrey’s Representative But remember… even if you don’t attend the Party for the Senses, you can still grab a Mickey or Minnie-topped beverage at Joffrey’s Tea Traders Cafe in Disney Springs! Joffrey’s Coffee with Minnie and Mickey Thankfully, no event is too fancy-schmancy for MICKEY Waffles! Mickey Waffles Verlasso Representative These were incorporated into Chef Jennifer Bushman’s Verlasso Salmon and Waffles with maple syrup, onion glaze, and maple butter sauce. Tasting Station Menu Verlasso Salmon and Waffles Again, those were some of the highlights, but here’s just a few more glimpses to give you a… taste. Check out the Assorted Cheese table… Assorted Cheese And don’t forget those suggested pairings! Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Selection Cote des Roses Rose Bottom of Cote des Roses Terlato Wines Representative Just don’t try so much that you forget to carry your souvenir wine glass on the way out! Party for the Senses Wine Glasses Overall — Is it Worth The $$$$$? Party for the senses has been a “maybe” for us in terms of value for many years now. Straight up: you’re laying down some serious bucks to attend… especially if you’re forking over the $329 for the Wine View Lounge (and at $179, General Admission is a pretty penny on its own). So, is it worth it? Party for the Senses Here are our takeaways based on this year’s Party. Our Thoughts There really is a LOT of food with several interesting and well-executed items (along with all the beverages) at this event. If you’re looking for a Festival splurge on a unique dining experience that includes a lot of variety in what you’re receiving, then I think the Party for the Senses could be worth it if — and this “IF” is quite important — you could actually get around to all or at least most of the food. I mean, there were so many options to try — which in and of itself is a great feature of the Party — but with the crowds you had to rush REALLY quickly to attempt to try most of them. Which, in essence, defeats the purpose of having a seat for everybody. Many of the seats went unused throughout the evening, which I’m assuming was due to the time it took to get around to everything. The variety and amount of food is central to this event, so I’m certainly not recommending fewer options. But I am saying there is definitely room for improvement. Also, I would have liked to have the option to use a different glass for each drink. If I’m drinking a bold red and then switch to a sweet white, that could compromise the flavor if the glass isn’t washed in between servings. Also, if I didn’t want to finish a particular drink, it would have been helpful to have a way to get rid of that leftover drink before I refill the glass with something else. We saw guests washing out their glasses at the complimentary drinking water stations, and pouring old wine into coffee cups so that they could go refill their glasses with a new beverage. It’s just bad form for an event that costs so much to not at least offer a fresh glass when needed. Personally, we would buy a general admission ticket for a date night, anniversary, or birthday celebration. But only if the lines are little less long and the room a little less crowded. And they fix that glass situation. Our Suggestions Here are some of our ideas on how this event could be improved, based on our 2017 experience: There either needs to be some sort of organized system so guests are sure to be able to try more things, or the duration of the event (currently 2.5 hours) should be lengthened to make it worthwhile. Though there are a couple of themed nights (such as Disney Springs Chefs and Disney Parks Chefs), guests are otherwise going in without knowing the featured chefs and dishes for the event. It might be helpful for Disney to provide a list for the event’s features so guests can decide which Party they’d prefer. Ditto for the entertainment. As it stands currently, you could get anywhere from club-style to mellow jazz, and it might be best to know in advance which vibe you’ll experience — again, for preference. Offer fresh glasses when needed. It just looks bad to have people who paid over $300 washing out their glasses at glorified drinking fountains and pouring leftover wine into coffee cups. The top tier tickets need to have better perks. Currently, general admission is the only ticket we consider to be worth the cost to purchase. (Gertrude is great, but did you see the size of that cheese table that everyone has access to? It’s plenty.) Wine View Lounge would be MUCH more worth the cost if guests didn’t have to get up to get their own food, and wait in the subsequent lines. Perhaps consider introducing servers into the Wine View Lounge so that guests could stay seated throughout the evening and have their food brought to them. True, the above suggestion would take away the interaction with the chefs, so in that case, consider having separate lines for Wine View Lounge guests — like VIP lines at the airport — so they aren’t waiting in such long lines and would have more time to interact with the chefs. Nosh or Not? You may want to attend the Party for the Senses if: You want to try lots of unique and yummy food and drink items in one fell swoop at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. You are a foodie who enjoys a party atmosphere, and the chance to greet several Chefs. You’re cool with attending on the General Admission level. Because now that everyone gets seating we have to say that the Wine View Lounge and the Reserved Seating levels don’t offer enough perks to justify the price at this point. Based on our 2017 experience, you’ll want to skip if: You’re not a fan of crowds. You prefer to savor your food over rushing. You like knowing more of what you’re paying for prior to attending the event with regards to food and entertainment. So, that’s our take. How about yours? If you attended a Party for the Senses this year, we’d really love to hear about your experience! Want to read more about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? We have ALL of the Details — including every food photo from the World Showcase Booths — on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page! Is the Party for the Senses on your Must-Do list during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Please let us know with a comment! Disclosure: In nearly all circumstances, Disney Food Blog writers and photographers pay full price for their own travel, hotel, food, beverage, and event tickets. We do this because it’s important to us as journalists to ensure not only that we give you unbiased opinions, but also that you can trust us to do so since we’re paying our own way. On rare occasions, when we are invited by Disney World to attend an event as media, and when we choose to accept that invitation, we will always make you, our readers, aware of that situation. Note that when we attend events as media we are 1) Not required to review that event on any of our channels, and 2) Not required to review that event favorably. You can always count on DFB to give you a 100% unbiased and honest review of any event that we attend, food that we eat, or beverage that we drink. You can see more in our Disclosure Policy. Thank you for reading. — AJ Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Party for the Senses Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Party for the Senses Review: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses View the full article
  6. In our new production of “Beauty and the Beast, ” set to premiere aboard the Disney Dream this November, one of the most iconic songs in the Disney canon has been completely re-imagined for the stage. “Be Our Guest” is becoming a multi-course French dinner rooted in imagination and fantasy, with rousing choreography and dazzling visual effects that will fill the stage during this full-fledged spectacle. For a glimpse at how this song will leap to the stage as a joyful and exuberant production number, check out our next behind-the-scenes video… Keep following along on the Disney Parks Blog as we go behind the curtain of a tale as old as time, and check out my past posts to learn more about this amazing new production-in-the-making: Bringing the Enchanted Objects to Life in “Beauty and the Beast” Aboard the Disney Dream First Look at The Beast in “Beauty and the Beast” Aboard the Disney Dream Dressing a Tale as Old as Time: An Exclusive Interview with the Costume Designer of Disney Cruise Line’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Opening the Music Box of “Beauty and the Beast” Aboard the Disney Dream Behind the Scenes of the New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Musical Coming to the Disney Dream View the full article
  7. Care to join us for some honey, Honey ? Then check out Savannah Bee Company with us! Savannah Bee Company Located near The Ganachery in The Landing of Disney Springs, Savannah Bee Company is an eco-friendly store selling all-natural honey! Honey Bottles Honey Straws You can also find honey bath and body products, but we’re checking out the artisanal bottled honey to — as they say on the sign — “see what the buzz is all about.” Honey Bar Currently on the Honey Bar Menu are Tupelo, Sourwood, Acacia, Black Sage, Lavender, Orange Blossom, Palmetto, Honeycomb, and “The Bee Cause Project.” Honey Bar Menu Available sizes are all listed per honey bottles on the Honey Bar. Sample Honey Bottles You’ll find descriptions and qualities of each selection on the Bar as well. But what if you’re still confused as to which you might like best? Sample Honey Bottles Well… they’ve got CHEESE for that in the tasting area! Try some cheese to sample the honeys… Cheese and Honey Tasting Area … then you can BEE on your way with your new bottle! Savannah Bee Company Let’s face it… it’s almost time to start making that Holiday Shopping List and checking it twice, and what better place to do that than in all the new (and old favorite) shops in Disney Springs? Will you be stopping by Savannah Bee Company? Please let us know with a comment! Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: News: Coca-Cola Store Orlando Opens July 2nd at Disney Springs Review: Christmas Treats at Goofy’s Candy Company in Disney Springs Studio Catering Company Re-Opens With New Menu View the full article
  8. The 2017 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend presented by MISFIT is right around the corner and runners are packing their bags for the race events all around our world. All you need is one little spark of inspiration for this race day outfit, just in time for the event weekend! Letting our imagination run wild, we chose Figment from the classic Epcot attraction, Journey Into Imagination with Figment, and one of the current characters featured throughout the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, as inspiration for this running ensemble. Highlighting the beloved dragon’s famous “royal purple pigment”, we’ve paired a runDisney athletic top from Champion with coordinating shoes, reminiscent of another Epcot attraction Spaceship Earth, from New Balance. Add these fun Chef Figment ears, available as part of the Festival merchandise, for an added spark to light up your outfit. Don’t forget your MISFIT wearables to keep track of your race performance. For a few other additions to complete your Figment-inspired running costume, take a look below for some quick instructions: Be sure to celebrate your own journey into imagination by snapping a photo with your 2017 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend medals in front of the Figment topiary, available during this year’s Festival! What is inspiring your running style for the weekend? Let us know using the hashtag #WineDineHalf on our social media channels! Twitter: @runDisney Instagram: @runDisney Facebook: @runDisney
 YouTube: @runDisney Check out this link to learn more about other runDisney events. View the full article
  9. Here at Disney Parks, everything we do is about you! From transportation to resort hotels to immersive experiences and more, we want to help you make memories that last a lifetime. That’s why we were proud to share earlier today that Disney Cruise Line was named the No. 1 “Large Ship Line” by Condé Nast Traveler readers as part of the 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. We’re also pleased to announce that several Disney resort properties were nominated by guests just like you for their magical moments: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Disney’s Contemporary Resort Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa Collectively, these properties have been entertaining guests for more than 150 years. That’s a lot of memories in the making! So thank you to every traveler who voted for a Disney destination, and thanks to our cast members who help deliver unforgettable vacation experiences day after day, year after year. We’re proud to be a part of your favorite moments. View the full article
  10. Halloween is almost here and to help you make the most of it, we’ve compiled a list of our Top Five Halloween TIps, Tricks & Tutorials that will help you add Disney magic to your holiday. Check out our list below for tips on creating Halloween-themed treats, costuming, makeup and more. 1. Disney Pumpkin Carving Templates – Here are some not-so-scary Halloween pumpkin-carving templates that feature some familiar Disney faces. 2. Make Mickey Ghost Apples – These spooky treats are sure to delight. Check out the video above for a look at how to make these tasty and adorable treats. 3. Make Witch Minnie Candy Apples – One of the most popular treats guests snap up at Walt Disney World Resort this time of year is the Witch Minnie Candy Apple. Check out the video above for step-by-step directions on how to make one for yourself! 4. Make a Haunted Mansion Butler Costume – In need of a spooky costume for this Halloween? Check out our tips on how to make an amazing (and affordable!) Haunted Mansion Butler-inspired costume. Step-by-step directions are above. 5. Disney Mermaid-Inspired Makeup Tips – Take your Halloween look to the next level with these tips from our Cosmetology team. These makeup application tips would work for any princess or mermaid look this year. View the full article
  11. I have some great news to share with you! Condé Nast Traveler readers have once again recognized Disney Cruise Line as the “Top Large Cruise Line” in the magazine’s 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The reader survey honors the best travel experiences from around the world. This marks the 15th consecutive year that Condé Nast Traveler readers have recognized Disney Cruise Line in the annual survey. It’s always such an honor for Disney Cruise Line to be recognized with awards that come directly from travelers themselves, who we know have countless vacation choices. We’re humbled to learn that more than 300,000 readers cast their votes in this year’s survey, submitting millions of reviews. Since we first set sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has delivered incredible family vacation experiences that combine the magic of Disney with the wonder of exploring different parts of the world. From Broadway-style productions inspired by classic Disney tales and dedicated spaces for kids and adults to signature dining and spa experiences, Disney Cruise Line offers something for every member in your family. We’re so excited to celebrate this award with you, our guests, and our many Cast and Crew Members who are committed to providing the most magical vacations at sea. For a full list of this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards, visit www.CNTraveler.com/rca. View the full article
  12. Earlier this year, we embarked on an exciting hotel-wide renovation at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort. The most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening, guest rooms have been completely redesigned with a fresh sense of luxury and the pool deck has been refreshed with beautiful, new hardscapes to reinforce the Arts and Crafts style. The already stunning six-story Grand Hall lobby was recently upgraded with new, stylish furnishings and design elements. Here’s a closer look at some of the details found in the lobby. To complement the existing Arts and Crafts motif, new contemporary designs can be found throughout furniture pieces, upholstery graphics, woodwork and carpeting. Custom tete-a-tete chairs provide interesting design and function, while boldly upholstered sofa and chair pairings offer a comfortable, welcoming setting. Coffee tables feature beautiful inlay woodwork and leather-topped stools showcase hidden Mickey details. The redesigned space is perfect for lounging with family, relaxing with a glass of wine from the Hearthstone Lounge, or simply admiring the lobby’s focal point—the cavernous fireplace and its roaring fire. New hardwood flooring has been installed throughout the lobby, as well as new carpet. Walt Disney Imagineers wanted to keep the same California-poppy-patterned carpet design, but used different materials to make the colors and textures more vivid and dimensional. The carpet’s design was inspired by the textile work of designer William Morris, one of the earliest and most influential proponents of the Arts and Crafts movement. What’s your favorite feature of staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa? View the full article
  13. Video: DisneyQuest demolition

    The skyline of Disney Springs is changing again. Demolition of the DisneyQuest building has begun, making room for a new attraction called the NBA Experience. The structure has been being prepped for removal since DisneyQuest closed in early July. This week, heavy machinery started tearing down... View the full article
  14. The skyline of Disney Springs is changing again. Demolition of the DisneyQuest building has begun, making room for a new attraction called the NBA Experience. The structure has been being prepped for removal since DisneyQuest closed in early July. This week, heavy machinery started tearing down... View the full article
  15. Celebrate the Season of Giving by Sharing the Magic BURBANK, Calif. — Ready to put a little pixie dust in your gift-giving this holiday season or any time of year? Give the gift of Disney! Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Disney has made it easier than ever to give magical Disney vacations, theme park tickets or special Disney experiences as gifts for those lucky friends and family on your gift list. The new GiveDisneyVacations.com website is the way to unwrap Disney memories that will last a lifetime. It takes the guesswork out of what to give. And there’s no worry about size, color or some assembly required. It’s Easy to Gift an Entire Disney Vacation For the first time ever, guests can select from a full portfolio of Disney destinations and experiences to gift — all in one, easy-to-navigate place. Guests can explore GiveDisneyVacations.com and open a dedicated feature page profiling each Disney destination available. From an unforgettable escape on an Adventures by Disney trip or a voyage aboard Disney Cruise Line, or a vacation at the sun-drenched beaches of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina Hawai’i to exciting Disney Vacation Club properties, the vacation gifting options are endless. Or gift them the experience of a lifetime with a visit to the enchanting world of magic and make-believe at the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Park Tickets and Gift Cards Offer More Gifting Options The gift of Disney is the most magical gift of all. Big things – magical things – can come in small packages. GiveDisneyVacations.com offers guests a quick and easy option to gift just about any Disney experience with the purchase of Disney Gift Cards1. Imagine the joy on Christmas morning, birthday, anniversary, graduation, new baby or any occasion gifting a Disney experience. Disney Gift Cards can be redeemed for practically all-things Disney including merchandise, theme park tickets, dining experiences, entertainment, resort stays and experiences onboard Disney Cruise Line ships. And with the convenience of email, it makes for a great last-minute gift idea, too. Guests can simply choose a Card design, activate and give the gift of Disney magic. Cards themselves are like a Disney vacation in your pocket, colorfully designed in Disney themes from Mickey at Christmas to Minnie and Mickey for Valentine’s Day, Goofy to Donald, Pirates to Princesses. Cards may be purchased in set amounts of $25 up to $150, plus denominations of $200, $300 and $500. The activated Card with amount specified can even be e-delivered to the gift recipient or for a memorable unwrapping moment sent via traditional mail, enclosed in a themed gift card holder. The Card ships free to any U.S. address, when standard shipping is selected. Regardless if mailed or shared as an eGift, senders can pair the Card with a personalized message. And because the Disney Gift Card charges no fees and never expires, senders can gift friends and family worry-free and let the magic begin. For a Limited Time Only: At Walt Disney World Resort, it easier than ever this holiday season to unwrap the magic of a Disney vacation with a gift beyond belief. Through Nov. 15, guests may purchase a Walt Disney World Resort vacation – a 6-night/7-day room and ticket package for a family of four for travel throughout 2018 — with rates as low as $96 per person, per day at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort2. And you’ll get a specially designed gold-trimmed gift box that includes limited-edition Magic Bands for your group to mark the special occasion3. What an exciting time to make it a Walt Disney World vacation, too, with the much acclaimed Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and exciting openings on deck, including Toy Story Land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in summer 2018. At the Disneyland Resort, guests continue to enjoy the thrilling, new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure Park, and the beloved nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland Park, now more brilliant than ever. This holiday season, anyone can give the gift of a Disneyland experience to family or friends with a special offer to visit early in the new year. A package priced from $144 per person, per day, for a family of four includes a 3-day/2-night hotel stay, along with park tickets and hotel dining certificates4. Guests also receive a fun surprise prior to arrival. Booking is available from Nov. 16 to Nov. 27, 2017 for travel on select nights from Jan. 7 to Feb. 1, 2018. And even more magic is on the way in 2018! Beyond the theme parks, there are even more magical offerings to make your family’s holiday wishes come true. Enjoy winter in paradise at Aulani Resort with savings up to 30 percent on 5-night stays in select ocean view rooms, plus receive $50 resort credit per night when you book your stay before Oct. 25, 2017. Or, why not give your family something they can enjoy for years to come – the gift of Disney Vacation Club Membership. Now through Oct. 31, 2017, you can save $2,600 or more on membership at select Disney Vacation Club Resorts. For more information and more detailed information about the variety of Disney experiences available, visit GiveDisneyVacations.com. ### 1Disney Gift Card: The Disney Gift Card can be used at select participating locations at Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Store locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, shopDisney.com, DisneyPhotoPass, Adventures by Disney®, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and Disney’s Beach Resorts. It cannot be used toward the purchase of a Disney Vacation Club®Membership. Visit DisneyGiftCard.com for complete terms and conditions. Additional restrictions may apply. 2Walt Disney World Resort: Sample price is based on 2 adults, 1 junior and 1 child in a standard room at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort for stays most nights 1/2–2/10, 2/25–3/8, 4/8–5/24, 8/12–10/4, 10/8–11/16 and 11/24–12/13/18. The number of rooms allocated for this package may be limited. Tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by December 31, 2018. All prices are in U.S. dollars. 3MagicBand: Your package includes a special Walt Disney World MagicBand and gift box. To receive these items in home by December 15, please create or sign into your My Disney Experience account in My Disney Experience at DisneyWorld.com, link your resort package reservation, verify your address, and customize the MagicBands no later than December 1, 2017. 4Disneyland Resort: Price is based on 3 adults and 1 child (age 3-9) for a 2 night stay in a standard room at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel most Sunday – Thursday nights from 1/7/18 through 2/1/18 plus 3-Day, 1-Park per Day Disneyland® Resort Tickets with Disney MaxPass per person and two (2) $20 Disneyland Resort Dining Certificates per reservation. Total package price starting from $1,728. Excludes applicable taxes and fees. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Walt Disney Travel Co. CST# 1022229-50. View the full article