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STK Orlando To Open in Disney Springs in 2015

posted on December 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


It was just announced that The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. will open STK Orlando at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in 2015.

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STK Orlando, a modern steakhouse mixed with the ambiance of a sleek lounge, will open its doors in The Landing area of Disney Springs. It will be one of the largest STK locations in the world, occupying 14,000 square feet in a two-story building.

“We are thrilled to join the Disney Springs family with the launch of STK Orlando,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group. “The combination of an innovative menu and high-energy atmosphere has driven the success of STK, and we believe it will be an ideal addition to Disney Springs, and will help further cement its status as a place for friends and family to gather for fine dining and entertainment.”

STK is the latest in a string of restaurants who have announced new locations planned for Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia and THE BOATHOUSE are two other dining options that will open their doors in 2015.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more information and news on Disney Springs.


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Wildlife Wednesday: 9 Intriguing Animals You Don’t Want to Miss at Walt Disney World Resort – No FastPass Required!

posted on December 17th, 2014 by Katie Leighty, Ph.D., Science Operations Manager


In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to rush through the day and miss the beauty all around you. In my role, I have the opportunity to work with hundreds of animals and I wanted to share just a few hidden gems. You might have to slow down a bit to find them, but I promise they will be worth a look on your next trip to Walt Disney World Resort. In no particular order:

1. & 2. Red kangaroos & Longnose Gar – Discovery Island Trails & Oasis, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Did you know animals could be found on your way into Disney’s Animal Kingdom? As you enter the park, adventure awaits around every corner, if you take the time to look for it. The longnose gar can be found on the path that crosses through the center of the Oasis just after you enter the park. The red kangaroos can be seen from vantage points at the front of the Tree of Life.

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3. & 4. Ruppell’s griffon vulture & Nyala – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is more than a resort. It’s home to more than 200 animals including the Ruppell’s griffon vulture and mesmerizing Nyala. All guests are welcome to enjoy the animals at the resort and if you’re looking for lunch plans, up to 12 guests can Dine with Animal Specialists at Sanaa to learn more about all the animals on the savannah!

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5. Argus Pheasant – Maharajah Jungle Trek, Asia, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The Maharajah Jungle Trek is home to more than tigers and bats. Don’t bypass the aviary on your next visit or you’ll miss the beautiful Argus pheasant.

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6. Eld’s deer – Maharajah Jungle Trek, Asia, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Eld’s deer are an endangered species that can also be found on the Maharajah Jungle Trek. On your next visit, take a look at their large floppy ears that can turn independently of one another. Those ears allow the Eld’s deer to hear predators from long distances.

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7. Shetland ponies – Tri-Circle-D Ranch, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is home to plenty of outdoor activities from horseback rides to carriage rides, and even pony rides! The Shetland ponies are located just a few feet from Pioneer Hall at the Tri-Circle-D Farm. While you’re in the area, don’t miss the Draft Horse Barn where you can see a variety of breeds and see a display on the many horses in Disney history.

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8. Pineywoods cow – Affection Section, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Affection Section is a hidden gem in itself. Guests have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a few different animals and learn from animal experts and keepers. Pineywoods cattle are a critically endangered breed of “heritage” livestock, so pay this gal a visit. If you’re feeling really inspired, you can contribute to conservation efforts around the world through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

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9. Asian brown tortoise – Dinoland, U.S.A., Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Dinoland, U.S.A. is home to many animals (most are extinct). But it’s in a little island between The Boneyard and Restaurantosaurus that you can find the last animals on our list today. One side of the island is home to the American crocodile, but don’t forget to walk around and say hello to the Asian brown tortoises.

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Unwrap A Disney Parks Holiday Wallpaper by Artist Jeff Maurer

posted on December 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


With Hanukkah underway and Christmas on the way, ’tis the season for holiday gatherings, family togetherness and gift giving. Today we’re happy to share another artist’s interpretation of the holiday season in this desktop/mobile wallpaper by Disney artist Jeff Maurer.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. For more Disney Parks holiday designs, check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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Your Chance To Vote And Cheer On Your Disney Side With Top Four Colleges

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


As our favorite college football teams kicked off the season this fall ESPN gave college cheer and dance teams something really big to cheer about – their Disney Side.

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Special Dishes, Where to Find Bubbly for New Year’s Eve at Disneyland Resort

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


So fun to ring in the New Year at the Disneyland Resort, and the culinary teams have added a few goodies to celebrate in ways grand and small.

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Watch Mickey Mouse Take On Maleficent in 8-Bit Style

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If “Fantasmic!,” the popular nighttime spectacular from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Park, were a video game, it might just look like this.

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Get Disney Cruise Line Tips, DIY Crafts and More on Pinterest

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Hey Pinners, have you heard the news? Disney Cruise Line is now on Pinterest! So far we have nine boards and counting, dedicated to some of your favorite things like holidays, merchandise, food, Port Adventures and insider cruising tips.

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Spending New Year’s Eve at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s hard to believe there are only two more weeks left in 2014. Have you made your New Year’s Eve plans yet? For those of you looking to welcome 2015 at Disneyland Resort on December 31, we have quite a party planned for Disney California Adventure park. Here’s just a sampling of what’s in store:

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New Retail MagicBands Arriving in December at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


You may recall that my top gift items this year from Disney Parks are retail MagicBands. We recently introduced the “link-it later” option for all retail MagicBands, making them great gifts for guests who may want to show off their Disney Side while visiting Walt Disney World Resort. This month, we are introducing some new open edition, graphic MagicBands on the dates listed below.

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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find …

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Over the years, our holiday mystery puzzlers have been reader favorites. And I think today’s will be too – but it’s our toughest yet. Scrooge McDuck can be seen somewhere at Disney Parks if you’re looking in the right place. Any guesses? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.

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