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New Name Announced for Wilderness Lodge VillasNew Name Announced for Wilderness Lodge Villas
May 26, 2016
Disney Vacation Club has announced an enhanced name for The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge -- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Walt Disney Imagineers plant to bring the community's story to life in new ways, including through the re-imagined (and soon to be renamed) Hidden Springs Pool area. The new name also distinguishes the resort's condominium association from any proposed new Disney Vacation Club developments at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

 

Epcot DVC Lounge Opens in JuneEpcot DVC Lounge Opens in June
May 25, 2016
The Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge is scheduled to open on the second floor of the Imagination pavilion in Epcot on June 6. The lounge, which will be open daily, will offer casual seating, complimentary beverages (including Coca-Cola Freestyle machines), device-charging stations, Wi-Fi, computer stations with printers and mounted tablets pre-set to select Disney websites, including MyDisneyExperience.com. Member Services Advisors will be available in the lounge to assist with dining reservations, future resort stays and more, while an RCI advisor will be available in the lounge on weekdays to help navigate exchange options for upcoming vacations. You'll even find displays of the latest Member merchandise available in stores and online.

 

Preferred Parking Now Available at Hollywood StudiosPreferred Parking Now Available at Hollywood Studios
May 25, 2016
Several months ago, Walt Disney World began testing a "preferred parking" program that allows guests to obtain parking spots closer to theme park entrances for an extra fee. The test, which was in effect at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, has now been extended to Disney's Hollywood Studios. It requires guests to pay $35 per day for a preferred spot, $15 more than the current $20 per day fee. Disney resort guests or annual passholders, who do not have to pay for theme park parking, may pay $15 a day to park in the preferred parking areas.

 

STK Orlando Opens in Disney SpringsSTK Orlando Opens in Disney Springs
May 25, 2016
The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. ("The ONE Group") is pleased to announce that STK Orlando officially opened its doors today at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World Resort at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

 

Town Center Welcomes Two More StoresTown Center Welcomes Two More Stores
May 25, 2016
Two additional shops have opened in the Town Center neighborhood of Disney Springs: women's clothing retailer Lilly Pulitzer and Trophy Room, which sells athletic footwear, apparel, memorabilia and more, founded by Marcus Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan.

 

Short Reprise for Original SoarinShort Reprise for Original Soarin
May 25, 2016
The original "Soarin'" attraction will reopen on May 27. It will run through June 16. The new "Soarin' Around the World" film will make its debut on June 17.

 

STK Opens May 25STK Opens May 25
May 24, 2016
The new steakhouse STK Orlando is holding its "by invitation only" grand opening celebration tonight, May 24. It officially opens for business on May 25. Watch for a review of this new Disney Springs restaurant on AllEars.Net soon.

 

VIDEO: Royal Room at Port Orleans RiversideVIDEO: Royal Room at Port Orleans Riverside
May 23, 2016
Tour one of the elegant Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside where you'll feel like you are entering the private chambers of a princess. The room is decorated in rich colors, gilded accents, ornate furniture and layers of fabric. The room's theme is based on the premise that Princess Tiana has hosted her royal friends in the rooms and each has left behind mementos to mark their visit.

 

PHOTO UPDATE: Disneyland Resort Star Wars Construction and MorePHOTO UPDATE: Disneyland Resort Star Wars Construction and More
May 20, 2016
Guest photographer Jason of disneygeek.com shares photos and short video clips of his recent walk around Disneyland Resort. He includes some images and video from the construction site of the new Star Wars themed land that's now under way.

 

Three New Food Kiosks Open at Hollywood StudiosThree New Food Kiosks Open at Hollywood Studios
May 20, 2016
Three new food kiosks are open around Echo Lake in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Waffles of Fame, Sliders to the Stars, and Bocados del Lago Nachos y Empanadas offer a variety of new options, and will be available through Summer 2016.

 

2016 Opening Dates/Reservations Announced for All 4 Parks!2016 Opening Dates/Reservations Announced for All 4 Parks!
May 20, 2016
Many dates now released for attraction openings, FP+s dates and dining reservations!

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New Golf Getaway Packages IntroducedNew Golf Getaway Packages Introduced
May 18, 2016
Walt Disney World Golf and Disney Travel have introduced new Golf Getaway Packages that combine rounds of golf, Walt Disney World Resort accommodations, pro shop credits and park tickets. More information is available at golfwdw.com

 

Second Parking Garage Opens at Disney SpringsSecond Parking Garage Opens at Disney Springs
May 17, 2016
The new Lime Parking Garage at Disney Springs has opened. This 2,000-space garage is close to the Marketplace neighborhood. Like the Orange Garage, its counterpart at the other end of Disney Springs, the Lime Garage will use "smart" technology to let you see where available spots are. The new and expanded Disney Springs bus depot, which will deposit guests near the entrance to Disney Springs Town Center, is supposed to open in about two weeks.

 

Homecoming Opening Mid-SummerHomecoming Opening Mid-Summer
May 17, 2016
The previously announced Art Smith's Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar are now expected to open at Disney Springs in mid-summer. Featuring "farm-to-fork" cuisine, the restaurant will offer Southern favorites such as cheese-laced drop biscuits, Smith's world-famous fried chicken, and macaroni and cheese. Desserts will be fresh fruit cobblers and other sweets, including the restaurant's signature Mockingbird and Shine cakes. The venue will feature locally sourced ingredients, and will adjust select dishes depending on the season. The 200-seat, 6,000-square-foot space will have a mix between old Florida and rustic-chic decor, with an open kitchen. The restaurant's adjacent bar, Shine, will serve hand-crafted cocktails, resort-style punches and retro coolers made with artisanal moonshine.

 

Flying Fish Announces New Chef and Lounge!Flying Fish Announces New Chef and Lounge!
May 16, 2016
Flying Fish has announced its new chef, Tim Majoras! If his name sounds familiar, Chef Tim previously worked at the Flying Fish Cafe. Opening is set for late summer for Flying Fish restaurant at Disney's Boardwalk. Diners will be welcomed to a sophisticated, interior that still pays homage to the golden era of seaside boardwalks. Next door, the new AbracadaBar lounge opens, taking the spot formerly occupied by the candy and ice cream shop.

 

Epcot's 2016 Flower and Garden Festival Info CenterEpcot's 2016 Flower and Garden Festival Info Center
May 16, 2016
Your complete guide to everything Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

 

Town Center Phase I Opens at Disney SpringsTown Center Phase I Opens at Disney Springs
May 16, 2016
The first phase of Disney Springs Town Center opened on May 15, 2016. We have full coverage!

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Eat to the Beat Concert Lineup FormingEat to the Beat Concert Lineup Forming
May 14, 2016
Several performers for this year's Eat to the Beat Concerts (featured during the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival) have been mentioned on a variety of concert websites. Acts named (subject to change) include:

September 14-15: Wang Chung
September 16-18: Starship starring Mickey Thomas
October 7-9: Plain White Ts
October 10-11: 38 Special
October 12-13: Jeffrey Osbourne
October 20-21: Christopher Cross

 

PREVIEW: Sprinkles Menu and Food Photos!PREVIEW: Sprinkles Menu and Food Photos!
May 13, 2016
A media preview was held 5/13/16 to check out the new Sprinkles Cupcake store opening May 15, 2016 at Town Center in Disney Springs. We have the menu and food pics!

 

2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Details!2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Details!
May 13, 2016
The annual Disney culinary tour of flavors from six continents will expand in 2016 with nine extra days of sipping and savoring at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016. The 2016 festival, presented by Chase at Walt Disney World Resort, will grow from 53 to 62 delicious days, add a new interactive culinary experience and debut new marketplace tastes from around the world.