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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Winner’s Trophy Coming to Disney Springs Tomorrow at the Coca-Cola Share the Celebration Experience

posted on October 22nd, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


This past July, soccer fans across the country celebrated the U.S. Women’s National Team victory against Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. Since that historic win, the Winner’s Trophy has been on display in the United States, allowing fans to get an up-close look – and even a photo – of the coveted prize.

With a 4-year old niece who is wrapping up her first season of soccer, I have huge respect for the team and the sport. I know I’m not alone! I was thrilled to learn that the very first stop in the “Share the Celebration” experience is Disney Springs West Side. Thanks to our friends at Coca-Cola who are sponsoring the event, guests can score a complimentary photo and sample the latest Coca-Cola products. Soccer fans can also shop for gear from United World Soccer.

Join us tomorrow, October 23, 2015, from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on the West Side promenade, near Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues.

Travel Tips: If you’re driving, allow plenty of extra time for travel and follow the signs to available parking. For guests staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, take complimentary transportation to Disney Springs, then enjoy a leisurely boat ride from Marketplace to West Side, weather permitting.

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Radio Disney NBT (‘Next Big Thing’) Jacob Whitesides to Perform at Disney Springs

posted on October 22nd, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


Haven’t heard of Jacob Whitesides yet? You will. The 17-year old singer-songwriter has been named Radio Disney’s “NBT” (“Next Big Thing”) featured artist, and with a new EP set to debut later this week, he’s about to move beyond his early YouTube fame into the mainstream.

“Faces on Film” will release this Friday, October 23, 2015, and to celebrate, Jacob will be taking the stage at Disney Springs with a free, open-to-the-public record release pop-up concert. Hosted by Brooke Taylor from Radio Disney, his performance is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Waterside Stage, across from World of Disney. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Since the event is happening on a Friday night, my best advice is to arrive early (very early!).

No record sales will take place at Disney Springs, but guests can purchase the EP on iTunes, listen on Spotify or search for the latest video on YouTube.

With so much to do at the newly renamed Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney), you may want to make a full night of it – I know that’s what I plan on doing!

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It’s Official – ‘Downtown Disney’ is Now ‘Disney Springs’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 29th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


Over the last several weeks, “Disney Springs” has started to replace “Downtown Disney” on roadway signage and throughout property. Today, I’m thrilled to share that the name change is official!

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Disney Springs is now live online at disneysprings.com and via Twitter at @DisneySprings. And the timing couldn’t be better, as we are now celebrating two new one-of-a-kind dining experiences at The Landing: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar which debuted last week, and Morimoto Asia, officially opening to guests tomorrow, September 30, 2015.

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We couldn’t be more excited to operate under our new name as Disney Springs continues to grow and transform through Summer 2016, truly making it “your place to be.”

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‘Holidays at Disney Springs’ Will Offer Familiar Favorites and Festive New Fun

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


Labor Day weekend is behind us and summer is over, unofficially, at least! Of course that means we’re starting to think about … Christmas? Though it may seem early, here at Downtown Disney, we’ve already started our holiday planning. This season, our transformation to Disney Springs will be in full effect and our holiday offerings will be updated to be more reflective of our new name.

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“Holidays at Disney Springs” will include plenty of familiar favorites. Toy Solider stilt walkers, Snowflake performers, a Kwanza Celebration, Hanukkah medleys, enhanced holiday entertainment, specialty foods and festive décor will return. Santa will be back—this year in a new location across from Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop—which creates a perfect opportunity to savor a rich hot chocolate while you’re waiting to meet him. The best part? Just like last season, guests will be able to pick up a pager upon check-in to secure their place in a virtual queue line. (And as I found out last year, less time in line means more time for, well, everything else!)

New additions will offer something fun for everyone. I’m most excited about the holiday backdrops that will be coming to the Marketplace and West Side; made to look like pop-up greeting cards, they’ll be the perfect place to pose for family photos. And three new unique-to-Disney-Springs holiday trees will make their debut this season. According to Entertainment Show Director, Tom Vazzana, “Every corner of Disney Springs has new decorations that will fill your spirit, and your camera, with holiday memories.”

Look for holiday touches to start appearing on property in mid-November. In the meantime, I’d suggest you start your shopping now at Downtown Disney because I’ve got a feeling the next fifteen weeks will fly by!

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Find ‘Fancy Footwork’ with Customized TOMS at Curl by Sammy Duvall at Downtown Disney West Side

posted on August 25th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


Whether you have one pair or a hundred, shoes are some of our most important accessories. Every good stroll requires a good pair, and more and more, shoes have become a reflection of our own personal, unique styles. Walk the West Side at Downtown Disney and you can find a one-of-a-kind, custom-painted-just-for-you pair of TOMS at Curl by Sammy Duvall. A team of talented artists creates inspired art, using the shoes as their canvas. And the best part? When you purchase any pair of TOMS shoes, the company will donate a second pair to someone in need.

Check out the video below to get some ideas for your next pair, or feel free to come up with your own suggestions for the TOMS customization team at Curl!

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The ‘Great Irish Hooley’ Returns to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant This Labor Day Weekend

posted on August 18th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


The “Great Irish Hooley” signifies that we’re half-way to St. Patrick’s Day, and this year we celebrate the fourth installment of this authentically Irish weekend that only Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant could deliver!

If you’ve missed the last three years, let me bring you up to speed: it’s a lively mix of top Irish bands, step-dancing, craft beers, stellar Irish cuisine, and Celtic face-painting, all rolled into one fantastically fun festival.

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For the music lovers in your group, the line-up will not disappoint. Screaming Orphans, a quartet of talented Irish sisters with a passion for original pop/rock, is headlining. A new Raglan Road house band, The Raglan Roots Coalition, will keep the crowd moving. Other bands including JigJam, The West Coast Trio, The Blaggards and Cooney & Ryan, are set to provide a mix of bluegrass, folk, and traditional Irish tunes. And keep an eye out for The Blarney Stones; if lead singer Hannah Carr looks familiar, don’t be surprised – she’s a former Raglan Road Irish Dancer.

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Think you might need a few libations before you try authentic step dancing? Four limited-edition craft beers brewed especially for the Hooley by Ireland’s Rye River Brewing company will be available: a Raglan Road Saison, a citrusy Raglan Road Fruit Salad Weiss Beer, a refreshing McGargles Jims CO2 Stout and a McGargles Francis Tropical American IPA. Of course, they’re in addition to the beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails that will be featured throughout the weekend. (So yes, you can still have your Guinness.)

To polish off the party, save room for Irish fare from celebrity chef Kevin Dundon. The beer-battered fish and chips is a standout, as is the Shepherd’s pie with a contemporary twist. The seafood and gluten-free entrees also gain high marks from guests, but I can honestly tell you that I’ve never had a bad meal here … no matter what you order, you’re in for a treat.

Of course, the above is best enjoyed when you look the part, so consider getting your face painted; artists will be on hand Saturday though Monday to paint kids and kids-at-heart.

The rockin’ long weekend will also commemorate the pub’s 10-year anniversary – a decade of Raglan Road is definitely worthy of celebrating, so make plans to take part!

Click here for full event details.

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Live Entertainment Takes the Stage at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 30th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


As Downtown Disney continues to transform into Disney Springs, shopping, dining and entertainment are still at the forefront of all we do here. Lately, the latter is stealing the spotlight in a big way!

In a typical week, up to twenty different acts take the stage, performing roughly 300 sets. Whether you fancy freestyle rap, delight to the notes of the didgeridoo, or prefer to sway to the sounds of a sultry saxophone, chances are, you can find it at Downtown Disney.

I spend most of my time here during the daylight hours, and although I know we have an incredibly full talent lineup, even I was surprised by how much live music I encountered throughout the West Side during my latest nighttime visit to the property. On most evenings, the West Side comes alive with musical flair by 6:30 p.m.

Visiting earlier? At the Marketplace, performances start at 12:30 p.m. daily near Dockside Margaritas. I recently saw one of my favorites, Pat Frost, a master who mixes steel drums, the ukulele and conch shells (yes, conch shells!) to create a unique sound that you won’t find anywhere else at Walt Disney World Resort.

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If carefree island music isn’t for you, fear not … at this locale, you can also hear everything from pop hits to new age world music. Entertainment Manager Jenni Kloote Quick shared, “we look for musicians with a fun, laid back vibe. We want them to have an inviting attitude and welcome guests to stay and enjoy the great combination of world-class music and gorgeous water views.”

No matter what your style – classical, Latin rock, or Top 40 tunes – it’s here!

Who’s your favorite act at Downtown Disney? Share in the comments below … I’d love to know!

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Sneak Peek: ABC’s ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ to Feature ‘La Nouba’ by Cirque du Soleil July 28

posted on July 21st, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


If you’ve seen “La Nouba” by Cirque du Soleil at Downtown Disney (the only place in the world to experience this mesmerizing show!), you’ve probably dreamed about gracefully flying through the air on red silks, or at least meeting a performer who does. In an upcoming episode of “Extreme Weight Loss”, Tiffany “Pearls” Humpert gets to do both! Check out this sneak peek:

Tune in to “Extreme Weight Loss” tonight, July 21st 9|8c on ABC to see Pearls’ story.

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Celebrate Sunday with Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Orlando

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


Joyful, uplifting, and enthusiastic … that’s how I’d describe my first experience at Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Orlando. Whether you’re a fan of gospel or not, a regular churchgoer or an occasional attendee, everyone is welcome here! With gospel songs personally selected by legendary producer and artist Kirk Franklin, and an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast favorites, southern specialties including my favorite: chicken and waffles, and desserts, it’s impossible to choose what I enjoyed most.

Check out the video below to learn more about this spectacular Sunday offering.

Ready to book? Choose your showtime – 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. – then call 407-934-2583 or book online.

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New Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s Opens at Downtown Disney in Florida

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


As a southerner who was born and raised outside of Atlanta, GA, there’s nothing I love more than a perfectly brewed glass of iced tea—sweet, of course! Soon, I’ll be expanding my tea palate and exploring a variety of loose leaf teas from The Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s, a brand-new tea café joining other new venues in The Landing, the first of four planned neighborhoods coming to Downtown Disney as it transitions into Disney Springs.

Whether you enjoy your tea stepped hot, iced, blended, spirited or even edible (yes, they’ll be serving delicious tea-based cookies and treats), there’s a tea for you.

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If you’re like me and have a lot to learn about tea, be sure to engage with the onsite Tea Smith who hand-blends loose leaf and herbal teas and can discuss tea selections if you’re unsure what to order.

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Modeled after a 1940s warehouse setting, this modern-meets-Old World tea café will feature teas from the finest tea gardens around the globe. Joffrey’s CEO Ted Abrams promises “complex flavor profiles” and hopes to “introduce guests to the vast world of tea that cannot be found in local grocers.” Based on all I’ve heard, I’m ready for my introduction!

The Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s is now open in the heart of Downtown Disney. For the latest real-time updates on openings and new offerings, follow Downtown Disney on Twitter at @WDWDowntown.

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