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All In The Details: Exploring Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar At Disney Springs

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Among all of the recent additions made to Disney Springs, I have to say that one of my personal favorites is Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, a 1940s era float plane hangar turned bar that’s full of adventure, from the decor that surrounds you, to the creative menu of drinks and light plates that delights you.

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Located in The Landing section of Disney Springs, the theming and backstory of “The Hangar” was inspired by the fictional character Jock Lindsey, a seaplane pilot in the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Although Jock only appeared in a mere one minute of film, our Imagineers used his character as a springboard to develop a fun backstory for this adventurous hotspot.

The story of The Hangar Bar builds out Jock’s character, giving him a past as a seasoned circus pilot-turned adventurer. Later on in his life, he made his home at Disney Springs, falling in love with the place when he flew over the Florida in search of the Fountain of Youth and opened the bar, which is chock full of memorabilia from his past. Once that storyline was established, Imagineers were able to add authentic details to the bar, from collections of aviation parts (see the impressive ceiling fan made of vintage airplane propellers), to a diver bell families can actually dine inside, to Reggie, Jock’s canvas-covered steamboat named after his pet snake.

Check out the video below for a tour at some of the location’s highlights.

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Style Happens Here – Lovely Apparel from Disney Parks

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Today, I’m launching a new monthly series that was inspired by the many Unforgettable moments that happen at Disney Parks. Titled “Style Happens Here,” this series will highlight stylish Disney products including apparel or accessories that guests may find when visiting Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, my first article showcases “lovely” apparel found only at Disney Parks.

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My assignment for this story was simple – look for shirts that have a love theme (characters kissing, hugging, the word “love,” etc). To find these love-inspired items, I visited Tren-D and the newly expanded World of Disney at Disney Springs Marketplace.

First, companion t-shirts are fun options for couples visiting Disney Parks especially during Valentine’s Day. You might recall reading about the popular “I’ll Be Your…” shirts that were introduced in 2012, or the more recent “I Mickey My…” shirts from last fall. I spotted this wall of shirts at World of Disney.

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While at Tren-D, I saw two Mickey and Minnie Mouse shirts from the Disney Boutique collection. Created especially for Disney Parks, this collection features modern styling, fabrics and trims all presented in a unique Disney way. The shirt pictured in the first image is also from this collection.

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Look for these items and more in select merchandise locations throughout Disney Parks. You may order select items and have them shipped directly to your home via the Shop Disney Parks mobile app. To download this free app, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

Here is a gallery of other shirts I loved:

If you are active on social networks, I’d love to see your Disney Parks style. Just add #StyleHappensHere to your posts.

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Romance for Your Valentine: Top 10 Date Ideas at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Ahh…l’amour.

Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, any day you want to dedicate to love, we are celebrating hearts, and cupid and romance. Here are 10 ideas to help you celebrate with us:

  1. Sweetheart Wine Tasting Cruises – Beautiful Italian music, award-winning wines and an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres on board a 40-foot Italian Water Taxi with the BOATHOUSE’S trusted captain and crew through the waters of Lake Buena Vista. Call 407-939-2628 to make a reservation.

  1. The new Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise – A breathtaking view of the Magic Kingdom Park night time fireworks, “Wishes,” from an exclusive and romantic spot on Seven Seas Lagoon with desserts and drinks. The soundtrack is piped through the boat’s sound system for this magical viewing. Click here for reservations.

  1. The new Brunch at the Top at California Grill – On Valentine’s Day Sunday, try the new Brunch at the Top with your beloved. The menu showcases fresh, market-driven cuisine and toast with a glass of bubbly or wine (the restaurant has more than 1,600 bottles on display). Click here for reservations.

  1. Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party – Sweets and stars collide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as guests look to the sky January 5 – March 19, for a special viewing of the Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks set to the most dramatic and memorable Star Wars themes of all time. Click here for reservations.

  1. Disney Springs shopping spreeThe World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace recently expanded with an additional 6,000 sq. ft. of retail selling space. Try the new handcrafted chocolate at The Ganachery. Or for vegans, Erin McKenna Bakery NYC has savory offerings and an all-vegan and gluten-free menu.

  1. Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine at Hollywood & Vine – Celebrate the magic of the movies and glamour of Hollywood with an epic feast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Jan. 4 to March 20, 2016. Click here for reservations.
  2. La Nouba at Disney Springs – As part of the La Nouba’s ongoing evolution, the Cirque du Soleil show continues to bring new acts: B-Boy, commonly referred to as breakdancing, and Aerial Bamboo, a technique mastered by only a handful of performers worldwide. The acts join the recent additions of uproarious clowns and a breathtaking juggling rolla bolla act. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/entertainment.

  1. Sushi Bar at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs – From Feb. 12 – 14, a special Valentine’s Day romantic dinner for two includes a four course, prix-fixe menu starring Chef Morimoto’s signature Peking Duck for two. On Valentine’s day only, a five-course Omakase dinner will be served at the intimate second-level 14-seat sushi bar. For reservations, call 407-939-6686 (MOTO).
  2. Monsieur Paul Proposal-popping and Vow Renewal dinner at Epcot – In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower (replica), indulge in a decadent meal, peer out of the second story windows that overlook the World Showcase Lagoon, toast with champagne, and dessert is served with an extra sparkle on the plate: the big question, and your token of love. Click here for reservations.

  1. Sunset and cocktails at the Polynesian – Sip on champagne and strawberries against the backdrop of the Seven Seas Lagoon and the beautiful new Bora Bora Bungalows. Take a moonlit stroll along the torch-lined waterfront and visit Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

How will you romance the one you love, Disney-style?

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: An Act of Love from Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba

posted on February 6th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Welcome to the month of love!

From treats to getaways (or staycations, depending on where you live) to lavish meals, this month we’re swooning over all the stories of romance here at Disney Parks.

This Week in Disney Park Photos, here is one of those stories: the new aerial bamboo act at Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba.

Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba performs at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort five nights a week.

In addition to being a spectacle to watch, the couple who perform the aerial bamboo describe it as their expression of love for each other in this art form.

Darcy Clark will have more about the performers and the bamboo aerial act in a future Disney Parks Blog story

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Sweet Treats at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t picked up a gift or made plans yet—don’t worry. There are plenty of sweet ways to show you care with specialty treats at Walt Disney World Resort.

Specialty Pops from The Ganachery at Disney Springs Pre-Packed Box of Ganache from The Ganachery at Disney Springs

At The Ganachery at Disney Springs, you’ll find specialty ganache squares and pops decorated for Valentine’s Day—raspberry enrobed in dark chocolate and passion fruit enrobed in milk chocolate. Surprise your sweetie with a pre-packed box of ganache.

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Perhaps your love’s allegiance lies with The Dark Side. Fear not, these Star Wars-inspired chocolate bars, available in both dark and milk chocolate, are the perfect way to say I love you. (I know.)

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake from Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom Park Black Forest Waffle from Sleepy Hollow at Magic Kingdom Park

In my opinion, Magic Kingdom Park is one of the most romantic places at Walt Disney World Resort, though I may be biased because I met my husband there. Romance your valentine with a chocolate raspberry cupcake from Main Street Bakery, or indulge in the Black Forest waffle with vanilla ice cream at Sleepy Hollow.

Lady and the Tramp Cupcake at Disney's Hollywood Studios Chocolate Cupcake with a Strawberry-Marshmallow Center from Epcot

If cupcakes are the way to your Valentine’s heart, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a cupcake featuring Lady and the Tramp that is paws-itively adorable. At Fountain View in Epcot, you’ll find a chocolate cupcake with a strawberry-marshmallow center, strawberry butter and a ganache drizzle sure to make your sweetie’s heart melt.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Disney Parks After Dark: The BOATHOUSE Restaurant at Disney Springs

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


It’s nighttime and all’s well at The BOATHOUSE Restaurant at Disney Springs. This dining hotspot, which serves up Florida style surf & turf, is surrounded by “dream boats” of the 30s, 40s and 50s, as well as AmphiCars that offer on the water tours of Disney Springs.

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This February, Treat Your Love to Something New at Disney Springs

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


Valentine’s Day is February 14th, but why limit date night to just one Sunday? I’ve always considered Disney Springs one of the very best spots for a fun night out, whether you’re looking for a treat yo’ self-splurge or something more casual and carefree.

This year, there’s even more to love at Disney Springs, with plenty of new options for romance. Read on for a few of my favorite ideas for couples:

  1. Love is an adventure—especially at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar: with themed cocktails and inventive small plates, I suggest starting with drinks and splitting an appetizer before moving on to dinner. (This is also a favorite watering hole for late night escapades!)

  1. Do a classic date night better, with dinner at one of our new (or newly expanded!) hot spots: by now, you’ve heard the buzz about Morimoto Asia – it’s in the spotlight for a reason. The exquisitely prepared Pan Asian cuisine pairs perfectly with the upscale ambience of the dining room. I also love their curated beverage menu … the sake sangria is perfect for sharing. On Valentine’s Weekend, make a reservation to enjoy a special prix fixe dinner: $85 per person gets you four courses and features the impressive Morimoto Peking Duck dish. If you prefer the flavors of the Americas, visit Paradiso 37. Here, a new expansion added nearly 500 additional seats, many with waterfront views. The updated wine bar is another nice enhancement. Of course, their menu continues to impress and on Valentine’s Day, couples can enjoy a five-course meal (Grilled Filet Oscar or Seared Black Grouper, anyone?) at $39.99 per person.

  1. Be sweet at The Ganachery: An intimate space showcasing sophisticated ganache made in-house, it’s no surprise that this Disney owned and operated chocolate boutique often has a line to get in. Choose your own favorites among 16 flavors, or pick up a pre-selected assortment of treats hand-picked to create the ultimate Valentine’s gift.

  1. Toast to your better half with a Wine Tasting Cruise at The BOATHOUSE: The newest experience at The Landing ships off Valentine’s Day Weekend. February 12-14, you can enjoy an intimate cruise about The Venezia, a breathtaking 40-ft water taxi. Reservations are required and are limited to 10 guests (groups are welcome!); the cost is $150 per person for the one-hour wine-and-hors d’oeuvers-included voyage, departing at 4:30pm. Call 407-939-2628 to book.

  1. Fall in love with “La Nouba” all over again, thanks to brand-new acts: The breakdancing b-boys will get your heart pumping while a you-need-to-see-it-to-believe-it aerial bamboo act brings pure romance. Though the show is dark on Valentine’s Day, there is plenty of opportunity to catch this classic Cirque du Soleil spectacle with the one you love. Visit the “La Nouba” website or call (407) 939-7600 to purchase tickets.

Which date idea sounds most fun to you? (Though really, why pick just one … February has just begun, so if you plan things just right, you may be able to do all of the above this month—that’s definitely something to love!)

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A Knightly Transformation at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disney Springs Marketplace

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This year marks the 10th Anniversary since the first Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened at Disney Springs Marketplace. For the past 10 years, a team of Fairy Godmothers-in-training have turned thousands of guests ages 3-12 into Disney princesses at this enchanted beauty salon. In early 2015, my fellow author Darcy Clark shared a great recap of her niece Harper’s magical transformation. Did you know the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique also offers a makeover experience for brave knights? Here’s what I discovered when I booked an appointment for my son Athan.

We arrived at the location around 9:00 for our scheduled appointment. Upon checking in, Athan was greeted by Ines Lucas, his Fairy Godmother-in-training. She was part of the opening team for the original Boutique in 2006, so I knew we were in for a special experience.

We selected the Knight Package, which included hairstyling with gel; a mighty sword and shield; and confetti. We added a Royal Knight costume t-shirt with detachable cape to the package (it’s sold separately). How I wish there was an adult version! Ines led Athan to a specially designed seat and began the experience by adding some “jellyfish gel” to help style his hair.

After styling, she asked Athan to close his eyes and make a wish while she waved her magic wand full of pixie dust.

Then it was time for the presentation of the sword and shield. This ceremony was quickly followed by a turn of his chair to reveal his new regal look.

While the experience took only a matter of moments, I was thankful for how special Ines made my son feel. I know he had fun as he wore his shirt and hairstyle for the rest of that day.

Reservations are recommended for the Knight Package or other makeover experiences at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Appointments can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895).

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All in the Details: Exploring Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Ask a server at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen where the best seat in the house is, and in true Jungle Cruise fashion, he or she may respond with, “Inside!”

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That’s just proof that the witty and adventurous spirit of the guest-favorite Jungle Cruise attraction has spread to the nearby Skipper Canteen restaurant, which just opened its doors in December. The table service eatery features three unique dining rooms, including the crew’s Mess Hall; The S.E.A. Room, a secret meeting room for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers that was once hidden behind a bookcase; and the Falls Family Parlor, formerly occupied by the infamous jungle explorer Dr. Albert Falls. Remember him as the namesake of The Jungle Cruise’s Schweitzer Falls?

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The theming and storyline of the restaurant is really brought to life in the tiny details you can find in each room, which are stocked with treasure troves of mementos that Falls and the other adventurers collected over years of exploration. Disney Parks history buffs will have a blast picking out references to The Jungle Cruise attraction in the restaurant’s wood carvings, and few artifacts have even made their way over from the former Adventurer’s Club at Pleasure Island (now Disney Springs). Can you spot any in these photos?

Another fun element that brings the location to life is the background music. On my latest visit, a friend remarked that she felt she was a million miles away, in a different time, as tunes from the 1930s played lazily in the background. So fun.

Want to learn more about the Skipper Canteen and its menu? Check out Pam Brandon’s previous post.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 31st, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, we continued our popular “All in the Details” series with an exclusive story on how Walt Disney Imagineering is putting the “springs” into Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

At the heart of Disney Springs is a bubbling spring located in Town Center that represents not only the power and beauty of nature, but optimism and possibilities. To recreate an authentic Florida spring, Imagineers used various shades of bright glass pieces as accent colors to make the springs glitter and nearby live oak and cypress trees were incorporated into the design. Check out Jennifer’s original story for more details.

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We also announced our next Disney Parks Blog hosted live stream will be Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on February 2.

The live stream will start promptly at 6:50 p.m. EST, but join us early at 6:45 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at the show. To watch, simply visit the Disney Parks Blog around 6:45 p.m. on February 2. You can also engage with us by using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE on Twitter.

Here are some other stories we worked on this week.

Experience Disney PhotoPass Service in New Ways at Disneyland Resort – Disneyland Resort guests will soon get to experience Disney PhotoPass Service in a whole new way! With a new website, access to your memories on the Disneyland mobile app and new photo opportunities – we are gearing up for an exciting year.

Look Back at the Making of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Rose Parade Float – Weeks before the finishing touches were added, we went to the warehouse and captured the 166-foot-long Rose Parade float just as it was taking shape.

Behind the Scenes: ‘The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular’ Carries on a 35-Year Legacy of Adventure – It’s been 35 years since audiences first became enthralled with Indiana Jones, the archaeologist turned adventurous hero in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – and more than 25 years since audiences fell in love with “The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Elton John to Perform in ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60’ February 21 on ABC and Fans Can Join the Fun with the Disney Applause App – The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is the inspiration for a glamorous, star-studded two-hour television event, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” on Sunday, Feb. 21 on the ABC Television Network.

runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Presented by PANDORA Jewelry Medals – Runners are gearing up to put their fairy wings on and fly to the finish line to earn this year’s runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend bling. The Disney fairies, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys will be there to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the event weekend. Check out these medals inspired by our friends from Pixie Hollow. – See more at: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/01/rundisney-tinker-bell-half-marathon-weekend-presented-by-pandora-jewelry-medals/#sthash.BspsmqHi.dpuf

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress? – Is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress one of your favorite classic Disney attractions? How well do you know it and its history? Put your knowledge to the test below! – See more at: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/01/quiz-how-well-do-you-know-walt-disneys-carousel-of-progress/#sthash.B5mdplOy.dpuf

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