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Morimoto Asia Opens Sept. 30 at Disney Springs

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


If you’re keeping an eye on construction at Disney Springs, you may have noticed the 36-foot-tall building going up along the waterfront – it’s Morimoto Asia, set to open Sept. 30, a creative collaboration between world-famous Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group.

New Morimoto Asia Restaurant to Open in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

It’s the first “pan-Asian” dining experience for Chef Morimoto, and includes his eclectic take on his favorite Asian flavors including moo shu pork, Peking duck, lobster chow fun, sweet and sour crispy whole fish, and spicy kung pao chicken. Weekends, dim sum will be served during brunch, with dumplings, shumai, bao, spare ribs and more. (Don’t worry there’s plenty for kids, such as chicken ramen, kakuni pork bao, and karaage fried chicken.)

The sushi bar, sculpted from hundreds of pieces of hand-selected ash wood that’s backed with a wall of hammered copper, has just 14 coveted seats, with global inspiration from toro, kanpachi, Japanese red snapper, uni, sea eel, hamachi, fluke, salmon and more – whatever is freshest. If you’re in the lounge or dining rooms, a selection of specialty rolls and sushi platters will be available.

The restaurant will serve sake, including the Morimoto signature line, wines from around the globe, signature cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. Beers, bottled and draft, will be mostly Asian, including the Morimoto signature beer by Rogue Ales. (Beer fans, the collector’s edition Imperial Pilsner and Morimoto Soba Ale and the highly coveted Black Obi Soba will be available.)

The expansive restaurant includes beautiful lounges, dining spaces, open kitchen and a two-story outdoor terrace overlooking the water. The main entrance features a three-story glass corner, and the sculptural bar is one of the largest in the world, more than 270 feet long, connecting the grand dining room on the ground floor with the upper level Forbidden Lounge as it wraps around the staircase. Look for custom glass beaded chandeliers and glass mosaics based on ancient Japanese prints.

Morimoto Asia will begin to accept reservations on Sept. 16 through Open Table. Or beginning Sept. 30, you can make reservations through the restaurant at 407-560-6686. Reservations through 407-WDW-DINE begin Nov. 1. Hours are daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

By the time it’s complete in 2016, Disney Springs will double the number of shops and restaurants currently found at Downtown Disney and grow to more than 1 million square feet, including 350,000 square feet of new leasable space. Disney Springs will include four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods with a high-quality, diverse mix of retailers – including premium, affordable luxury and fast fashion options. Sophisticated restaurants will provide experiences for families and convention-guests alike.

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Force Friday Midnight Event at Disney Parks Now Open to All Guests on September 4, 2015

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


We have an exciting update about the midnight Force Friday event at Disney Parks. Due to overwhelming guest demand, the Force Friday event on September 4, 2015 is now open to Star Wars fans of all ages – and will no longer be a ticketed event.

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Guests who attend this midnight release party will be some of the first to find new Star Wars and Star Wars: The Force Awakens themed merchandise. In addition to items guests may find at The Disney Stores and select national retailers, we will be releasing several items found only at Disney Parks including apparel, pins, toys, retail MagicBands (Walt Disney World Resort only), Vinylmation figures, and more. Please note that purchase limits will apply.

Two merchandise locations – World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort and Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort – will join stores around the world opening their doors at midnight for a special celebration of all things Star Wars.

Beginning September 3, fans across the world will get a sneak peak of new product inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens via the world’s first-ever global live toy unboxing event on the Star Wars YouTube channel. The live stream kicks off with the first unboxing in Sydney, Australia at 7:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, September 3 (5:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 2), and concludes with a grand finale at Lucasfilm in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, September 3.

Guests are encouraged to document their experience using the hashtag #ForceFriday.

Looking forward to seeing you at Disney Parks!

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Enjoy the Holidays at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, During Mahalo Season

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Escaping to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is wonderful all year round, but guests visiting the Hawaiian resort during the fall will be delighted with a variety of seasonal experiences and special surprises, ranging from Halloween spooks to Christmas cheer. As a mahalo for staying at Aulani during this time of year, guests are invited to take part in a special offer. With Aulani Mahalo Season, the more nights you visit, the more you’ll save – with 30 percent on stays of five or more consecutive nights or 25 percent on stays of four consecutive nights!

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Is your ‘ohana ready for some festive fall fun? On select Saturday evenings in October, the resort will host Aulani Ho`olaule`a, a Halloween Party with face painting, balloon artists, games, prizes, dancing and more on the Halawai Lawn. Disney friends including Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale appear in their best Halloween costumes for photos and character greetings.

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For those choosing to celebrate Thanksgiving with their family at Aulani, the resort’s chefs take guests through a culinary journey with many dining options, including a celebratory meal, Aulani Thanksgiving Feast, featuring an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet mixed with Disney fantasy. During the Holiday season, carolers sing various holiday songs in the Maka‘ala Lobby and Waikolohe Valley and for those lucky enough to stay at the resort on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will visit Aunty’s Beach House throughout the day!

Stay tuned for updates on the festivities throughout the rest of the year on the Disney Parks Blog and visit DisneyAulani.com for more details on Aulani Mahalo Season. Book the special offer now through October 26, 2015, for stays most nights August 16 through December 21, 2015 (excluding November 25 through November 28, 2015).

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#DisneyFamilia: World Class Entertainment a tu Alrededor

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


Todos saben (everyone knows) that Walt Disney World Resort has the best attractions. But what about all of its top notch entertainment?

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Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration September Pin Releases

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


If you have been collecting the Diamond Decades pins for the past several months at the Disneyland Resort, be sure to mark your calendars as final releases in this series are set to debut this month. On September 10, add to your collection with Cars Land, Soarin’, Star Tours and Toy Story Mania.

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Adventures by Disney Nashville Long Weekend Really is Music to Your Ears

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Terry Brinkoetter, Public Relations Director


You don’t have to be a fan of the critically acclaimed ABC TV series Nashville to know that the city pulses with excitement. I recently joined a fun group on the new Adventures by Disney Nashville Long Weekend. Like the city, this four-day, three-night adventure way exceeded expectations. And you’d think we were Nashville stars, with all the insider access to so many places, the amazing food and totally VIP treatment.

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Top 9 Disney Parks Recipes for Fall

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


While we’re still sweltering in Florida, temperatures are beginning to cool across the U.S., with thoughts of fall – apples and pumpkins, gingerbread and comforting bowls of soup.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Meet Malosi at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


We want to introduce you to one of the tigers you may see along the winding trails of Maharajah Jungle Trek—Meet Malosi!

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Top Ten Favorite Items for Halloween 2015 at Disney Parks

posted on September 1st, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


As Halloween returns to Disney Parks, here are my top ten items to celebrate the season.

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Matt Damon Celebrates at Disneyland Park

posted on September 1st, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Actor Matt Damon celebrated a family birthday recently with a special visit to the Disneyland Resort.

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