It is hard to believe but Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is set to open in just one month. A whimsical, watery world unfolds for guests in the Finding Nemo wing, the first phase set to open May 31. This resort, which includes family suites, celebrates rich storytelling while immersing guests inside the sketch books of animators to the playful “worlds” of favorite Disney•Pixar classics. Take a look at the newest video in the “From the Drawing Board” series…
For more in this series about Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, check out the posts below:
If you are on the hunt for an Easter Eggstravaganza, hop on over to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort for a delectable Easter egg display. We know the pastry chefs there are known for their fabulous sugar shacks at Christmastime, but for 15 years, chocolatiers have also been crafting yummy chocolate egg masterpieces. Each over-sized, 9- to 12-pound hollow chocolate egg is completely edible – decorated with fondant, sugar, royal icing and themed sculpted sugar pieces. The chocolate bunnies are all hand-painted with a rainbow of cocoa butters and adorned with whimsical designs. The decorative display will be presented as a collection for the first time in the resort lobby until April 9.
More than 500 rooms have been transformed with beautiful décor and majestic touches – fit for royalty. They really immerse guests in beloved Disney tales full of princes and princesses. There is a lot to discover, from the art work and custom bedspreads to cool fixtures and glittering headboards (I won’t give away the surprise with the headboards…). So if you are looking for a new experience at a Disney resort, these specialty rooms may be just right for you. FYI, all the rooms at Port Orleans are undergoing a renovation that is set for completion in June 2012.
Animators may be the masterminds behind the theming of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, but Imagineers who designed the resort are making their own “suite” magic. There’s enough space in the resort’s family suites for the entire family to chill out, spread out, and feel like they are part of the story. Get this – the table even folds down to reveal a comfy bed that sleeps two!
Take a peek at this second in a series of videos with the inside scoop. And stay tuned – there’s more to come!
If you’re looking for a cool family-friendly event to ring in the new year, you might want to check out the cyber celebration at DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney. The event was very popular last year so they brought it back for another go-around. From 8 p.m.-1 a.m. kids are entertained with a DJ and dance party, plus unlimited access to all the games and DisneyQuest attractions including Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters, Virtual Jungle Cruise and CyberSpace Mountain. For those who can stay awake till the clock strikes midnight, there’s a confetti drop and festive party favors. Partygoers also get a coupon for a pizza, hot dog, chicken casesar wrap or hamburger, plus chips and soda. If you purchase tickets ahead of time you can save $10 – $45 advance purchase – or day of $55, including tax. Call 407-934-7639 to reserve tickets.
Here’s a look back at past New Year’s celebrations around Disney Parks:
One of my fondest holiday traditions at Downtown Disney Marketplace is taking my girls to see Santa at his chalet. We have always avoided the chaos of the traditional malls and instead made a more enjoyable visit to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort. I think it’s one of the best kept secrets because the lines are never very long and it is so much more relaxing. My daughters are getting older, one a teenager already. I hope I can coerce them to make our trek to see Santa – even if it’s just for mom. The years are fleeting, but I am hoping to restore the childlike faith of the season during our outing and ultimate shopping spree. Santa’s Chalet is open now through Dec. 24, from noon to 10 p.m. Santa Goofy will do meet and greets Dec. 25 to Jan. 1 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Makaloa Garden was completely transformed into a stylish and elegant wedding venue complete with a draped floral wedding arch, dazzling chandeliers and chic furnishings. We even sprinkled in a little Disney magic with custom made Mickey-shaped pink pillows and flower petals forming the shape of Mickey’s head carefully placed down the aisle. Mickey and Minnie themselves even joined in on the enchanting celebration sporting their Hawaiian wedding attire.
One thing is for sure – Aulani had me saying “ahh-loha”!
I don’t know about you, but yo-yos bring back happy childhood memories for me. I can still remember my dad teaching me how to “walk the dog,” do “around the world” or “sleep.” I guess I’m just a nostalgic baby boomer reflecting on days gone by. But geez, it was innocent, simple and so fun to master new tricks.
I found out that two amazing Duncan Yo-Yo experts have been at Downtown Disney the past few weeks performing tricks and teaching wannabes how to, well, yo-yo. From what I hear, yo-yo masters Takeshi Kamisato and Drew Tetz have been putting on some pretty high-energy shows for guests. Click on the video below to get a glimpse of what you have been missing.
There is one weekend left to see them perform, September 1-5, 2011 at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the Waterside State at Downtown Disney Marketplace. They are also doing demos at Once Upon a Toy from 3 – 10:30 p.m. daily. Come check it out and maybe you will learn a trick or two from the super heroes of the yo-yo world.
Fashionistas of all ages will have a hot new shopping spot at Downtown Disney as Apricot Lane Boutique opens its doors today. The stylish store will offer one-of-a-kind gifts, trendy accessories and all the latest fashions for moms and daughters. My soon to be 13-year-old already has it on her radar for a birthday shopping spree. Good thing the collections are affordable.
Apricot Lane carries a nice mix of celebrity-inspired brands – the kind you would usually find at upscale department stores or fancy shops – including Miss Me, Lucky Brand, Vintage Havana and Chaser. It will be the go to place for fun and unusual trinkets and gifts, while also offering punk rock t-shirts, contemporary sportswear, chic dresses, plus handbags and jewelry for the perfect night out.
The boutique recently opened a location at Downtown Disney in Disneyland Resort in Anaheim with huge fanfare. It will be great for visitors to Orlando and for locals who want to avoid the mall.
Take a look at more of the changes happening at Downtown Disney:
The long-awaited themed pool at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa opened just in time for folks to take a dip over the Fourth of July weekend. I predict that the completely transformed Paddock Pool is going to be very popular with guests because it’s zero entry, it has an awesome slide and it gives hotel guests a second feature pool option.
Little ones can splash around in the wet deck play area with a fun pint-size water slide, while the older crowd can take in a refreshing drink and relax in the horseshoe-shaped hot tub. The nearby Paddock Grill serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner with sandwiches, salads and kid-friendly bites.
These images were shot pre-opening and I bet this is THE ONLY time the pool will be empty.