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California Grill Closes Tomorrow For a New Look and a New Menu

California Grill Closes Tomorrow For a New Look and a New Menu

The California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is shuttering for refurbishment on February 1st and will be closed until late Summer 2013. The interior of the restaurant is being remodeled with a design by the Puccini Group in San Francisco and will feature a wall of wines at the entrance and spectacular views from every table. Here are some renderings: Chef Brian Piasecki recently previewed some of the new menu options. The pork and polenta dish will become “Pork Two Ways” with wood-fired tenderloin with goat cheese polenta, and braised lacquered pork belly with country applesauce. Creative new sushi tastes include the Spicy Kaza roll with tuna, shrimp and scallops with tempura crunch and fireball sauce; Japanese-style bone marrow with [...]

Jan 31, 2013     2 Comments
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Walt Disney World 2013 – Coming Attractions

Walt Disney World 2013 – Coming Attractions

So, 2012 is coming to a close and you’re probably now asking, “Well, what is happening at Walt Disney World in 2013?” It’s going to be nearly impossible to top all the changes and additions we had in 2012 at the Vacation Kingdom of the World, but there will be a steady diet of exciting offerings coming in 2013: Princess Fairytale Hall Disney princesses including Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, Jasmine, Tiana and Rapunzel will have a new home for meeting their loyal subjects when Princess Fairytale Hall opens in 2013 in the shadows of Cinderella Castle. The castle-like entrance will feature walls of stone and stained glass windows leading to a large, high-ceilinged room where portraits of the princesses adorn [...]

Jan 9, 2013     3 Comments
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VIDEO: Splitsville Now Open at Downtown Disney West Side!

VIDEO: Splitsville Now Open at Downtown Disney West Side!

Splitsville at Downtown Disney is now open to the public after what feels like years of waiting, and we have some video to share with you. The following video was taken at the Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up on Monday, showing mostly the upstairs of the new Downtown Disney West Side establishment. Enjoy:

Dec 20, 2012     1 Comment
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Be Our Guest Restaurant Testing “Order Ahead” Service This Week

Be Our Guest Restaurant Testing “Order Ahead” Service This Week

With FastPass+ testing going on this week, Disney is also using this time to test “order ahead” dining at Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland. Disney has released plenty of information internally on the new test, you may want to take a read: As part of our efforts to continuously improve the Guest experience, we’re testing a new offering at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Be Our Guest Restaurant offers fast casual service for lunch including an innovative table delivery service. There are no counters at the restaurant. Guests instead order from a kiosk and receive a magic rose. Their meal is delivered directly to their table. Arrival window selection: In December, selected Guests (Club Level Concierge Guests at select [...]

Dec 13, 2012     3 Comments
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Adam Roth’s 10/19/12 Downtown Disney Photo Report

Adam Roth’s 10/19/12 Downtown Disney Photo Report

WDWNT Reporter Adam Roth visited Downtown Disney on Friday and has a few newsworthy photos to share with us from his trip. Let’s take a look: FOOD TRUCK! The new Characters in Flight balloon California Adventure attraction posters are now available through “art on demand” at Art of Disney locations Wreck-It Ralph merchandise available at World of Disney A lot of this is stuff you can find at your local Disney Store The shirt is unique to the parks… wonder if 1982 is an Epcot or Tron reference… OCTOBERFEST! Specialty drinks available It’s “Fall at Downtown Disney” Irish step-dancers are out by Raglan Road It’s Fall! More musicians entertain pretzel-filled guests Recycled Not-So-Scary decorations all around Adam sees seafood Adam [...]

Oct 22, 2012     3 Comments
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Over 400 Photos of New Fantasyland Soft Opening from Earlier Today!

Over 400 Photos of New Fantasyland Soft Opening from Earlier Today!

WDWNT Reporter Adam Roth was on the scene for a soft opening of New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom earlier today, so get ready for an exhaustive look at Gaston’s Tavern, Bonjour Village Gifts, Ariel’s Grotto, Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, and Scuttle’s Scavenger Hunt in photos: We begin with a popcorn cart! We know this is what you waited for… A nearby seating area One permanent looking wall on the Mine Train side Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid Amazing… The details are stunning We know… Cool sign A full color Ariel on the front of a shipwreck The backside of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ariel’s Grotto had a 20 minute wait Not [...]

Oct 12, 2012     10 Comments
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Gaston’s Tavern Offers Incredible Details, Drinks… and a Pork Shank?

Gaston’s Tavern Offers Incredible Details, Drinks… and a Pork Shank?

Disney released a ton of images from inside Gaston’s Tavern and around Belle’s Village in New Fantasyland today: The statue of Gaston out in front Poor Lefou The Gaston’s tavern sign Animals Gaston has hunted adorn the walls His weapon The antler chandelier Gaston’s portrait They have been playing darts, and Gaston is winning So not only are there cinnamon buns and Lefou’s Brew, but there is a pork shank! So, the menu is slightly more expansive then we thought, including chocolate croissants and even hummus   Even the water fountain is insanely themed… Looks great! This cart was out in Fantasyland for a while, but now that it is in its permanent home, I hope we are getting flavored [...]

Oct 12, 2012     2 Comments
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Cinnamon Rolls and Apple Freeze Fill-Up Guests at Gaston’s Tavern

Cinnamon Rolls and Apple Freeze Fill-Up Guests at Gaston’s Tavern

If you enjoyed Red’s Apple Freeze from Cars Land at Disney california Adventure, you’ll be happy to know that the signiature beverage of Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland is the same: “a no-sugar added frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam”. The new drink will be called LeFou’s Brew, named after Gaston’s bumbling sidekick. The drink will also be available in a souvenir stein or goblet as seen above. If the drink isn’t your thing, Gaston’s will also specialize in fresh cinnamon buns which will be served all day long. So, are you excited for Gaston’s Tavern?

Sep 4, 2012     7 Comments
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Tom Corless’ 8/23-8/29/12 WDW Photo Report

Tom Corless’ 8/23-8/29/12 WDW Photo Report

I visited the Walt Disney World Resort last week covering all four of the theme parks and I have plenty of newsworthy pictures to share, so let’s take a look at what’s happening around the Vacation Kingdom: The Rainforest Cafe sign inside Animal Kingdom is still missing Beastly Bazaar is closed to become a character meet and greet experience this Fall Wreck-It Ralph has taken over the display at the exit of the Magic of Disney Animation show Vannelope is voiced by Sarah Silverman That cake looks so real… The game Fix-It Felix is inspired by games such as Rampage and Donkey Kong Ralph even started as a monster just like one you would find in Rampage Niceland is the [...]

Sep 1, 2012     5 Comments
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Splitsville Rolls Into Downtown Disney’s West Side This Fall

Splitsville Rolls Into Downtown Disney’s West Side This Fall

Each year, 55 million people try their hand a bowling around the world. Everyone finds a bit of joy in the experience from the avid league bowler to the weekend warrior. But the age-old image of bowling is about to change with the new opening of Splitsville, America’s Bowling Alley, at Downtown Disney this Fall. ”We’re really excited to be opening our doors in such a special place,” said Guy Revelle, co-founder of Splitsville. “Bowling is a perfect experience for groups of all sizes. It’s where families come together to create memories, children can teach adults, and friendly rivalries are born. Guests laugh, shout, cheer and bring back the timeless high-five. And that’s just in the first frame!” If you [...]

May 4, 2012     1 Comment
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