When mi familia comes to visit, we always set one day aside to spend at Downtown Disney. Why? Because it’s a great way to have fun juntos outside of the theme parks.
As you will see in this installment of “Sonia’s Best of Walt Disney World,” travel expert Sonia Gil always has a great time shopping, eating, and enjoying the many things you can do at Downtown Disney.
Did you notice that there are a few new things at Downtown Disney? More stores, restaurants, and entertainment are coming to the complex that is going through its biggest expansion ever, as it transitions into Disney Springs. So there will be plenty to experience and enjoy juntos!
So no matter where you and your familia choose to go each day while vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort, they are sure to have a wonderful time.
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.
The Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace has been open for a little over a year now. This flexible space location is home to several unique boutiques including Cherry Tree Lane, which offers fashion accessories created especially for Disney Parks. Recently, Downtown Disney’s fashionista Isabella went on a Coolest Summer Ever shopping spree in this location to check out some of our most popular co-branded items.
In the video, Isabella mentioned that additional laser cut bags by Vera Bradley were coming to Disney Parks. I spoke with the accessories team who shared these images of the two new bags. They are the reverse colors of the current white bags with black trim featured in the video. Look for them at the Marketplace Co-Op in the coming weeks.
You can also find select items from Cherry Tree Lane online by visiting DisneyParks.com/Store.
Last night, the Disneyland Resort hosted the “Flame of Hope,” currently making its way through 127 cities and communities in California en route to the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25. The torch shined brightly even in the rain, and I was encouraged to see so many guests brave the weather to watch Special Olympics athletes carry the torch down Main Street, U.S.A. to a ceremony at the Downtown Disney District.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for the “Flame of Hope” represents the culmination of similar events around the world on its journey to the Special Olympics World Games. In May, the torch made its way to the Walt Disney World Resort during a Unified Relay Across America, going through Epcot and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.
More than 30,000 volunteers, including Disney VoluntEARS, will support the Special Olympics World Games. ESPN is the official broadcast partner of the Games, and will be covering the Opening Ceremonies, plus sharing highlights throughout the event.
Last weekend, 500 Disney Parks Blog readers enjoyed a special advanced screening of “Ant-Man” here at AMC Downtown Disney 12 at the Disneyland Resort. Many guests even showed their super hero side and attend in costume. Hear what they had to say about the film!
“Ant-Man,” directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, introduces us to a hero armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. Master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Be sure to catch “Ant-Man” now in theaters!
Are you headed to the Disneyland Resort on July 17? Then you’re in luck! Our Disneyland Candy Makers have been busy preparing something special for you to enjoy. Treat yourself to this specially created Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration apple. The Mickey Mouse shaped apple has been hand-dipped in caramel, covered in white chocolate, dazzled in sanding sugar and topped delicately with a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration lay-on. This sparkling creation is only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out!
Now on to August! Those planning a trip (or trip back) to the Disneyland Resort will delight in the news about our gourmet treats. Our candy makers have taken one of our classic treats for a spin. The crispy is covered in chocolate, layered with mini pretzels and drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate. Looking for something sweeter? The gourmet apple and marshmallow wand have the perfect extra touch, a layer of caramel. How tempted are your taste buds?
But wait, there’s just one thing missing from these incredible treats: the gourmet bark. This carefully layered concoction is made of milk chocolate with pieces of pretzels folded in, layered with peanut butter and topped with additional pretzel bites. It’s sweet, salty and ultimately delicious.
Whether you’re planning your own Mad Tea Party or simply craving something for your sweet tooth, we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. Find the new line of gourmet treats beginning August 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., and Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.
Which treat are you most excited for?
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.
When temperatures creep up, there’s nothing like a bit of H2O. Here are some watery ways folks ward off summer’s generous warmth:
Spritzes of circumstance. For a quick refresh, you need only catch a Magic Kingdom Park camel at the right time at The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. And even though you can get plenty of moisture at Kali River Rapids, you can also get a sprinkle or two from other Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests aiming squirt guns from the bridge over the attraction. Think of it a kind of public service for this time of year.
Kid’s mini-water frolic areas. Some parks have mini-water fun areas, where festive sprays pop up at random and kids let off steam. Similar fun is flowing at Downtown Disney Marketplace.
Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station. The newest wonderful world of wet was suggested by reader Thomas in an earlier post, and it’s a big hit for the little ones, as well as a Magic Kingdom Park joy for fans of the Disney animated classic, “Dumbo.”
Club Cool. Beware of the Beverly! If you’ve been to this ethereal Epcot oasis before, you’ll probably get the reference. At Club Cool, you can sample international Coca-Cola products to your heart’s content. Everybody has a favorite, and more than one have stood poker-faced as newbies take sips of a brew called “Beverly” and watched them make the same face as Lucy did when she joined the thousands of happy peppy people who spooned their way to health with her first taste of Vitameatavegamin (“It’s so tasty, too. Tastes just like candy!”).
Disney Water Parks, of course. You can pretend you’re splashing around “snow-capped peaks” at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park–where little ones can step across ice blocks and giggle on Lilliputan miniatures of the park attractions. This summer, we’ve even introduced a fantastic selection of delicious foods at both Water Parks. And whether you’re Disney Channel fans or those of us whose hearts belong to Annette (or both), you can groove to music, entertainment and games during the Teen Beach 2: Beach Party at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Twistin’ rockin’ eatin’ and laughin’ at beach parties is the height of summer coolness.
On July 13-17, be prepared to add more sparkle to your Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration merchandise collection. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know before you go shopping at the Disneyland Resort.
Dooney & Bourke, HARVEYS
Limited Edition Aurora Doll
Disney Dream Collection (Diamond Castle Pendant, Sterling Silver Sleeping Beauty Castle Necklace)
- Disneyland park – New Century Jewelry
- Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store
- Disneyland park – Emporium, Star Trader
- Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co.
- Downtown Disney District – World of Disney Store
Limited Edition Pins
Vinylmation (Crystal Limited Edition, Blind Box, Signs Eachez)
- Downtown Disney District – D Street (opens at 8 a.m.)
Have you added the Tinker Bell – Disneyland Park Map limited edition cel to your collection yet? This newly released cel is limited to an edition size of 1000 and is available at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park. Learn more.
Here are a few other things to know before you go: Purchasing limits will apply to Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and Birthday Collection Merchandise. If you’re curious as to what that entails, items considered limited edition will be limited to two (2) per guest, per day, per item. Open edition items, will be limited to five (5) per guest, per day, per item.
Let us know which shops you plan to visit in the comments below!
It’s the summer of sparkle as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration! So what else do I have to dazzle you with? How about pins? Each month through September new limited edition pins from the Diamond Decades series honoring favorite attractions, characters and icons from past and present will debut. I asked Merchandiser Erin Catalano how the series of twenty-three Diamond Decades pins came about, here’s what she had to say.
“Our Disney Parks see constant change and evolution; we referred to a quote from Walt Disney stating, ‘Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world’ — that single quote sparked the idea for the entire collection.”
Available July 9 will be pins themed to Jungle Cruise, “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” Sleeping Beauty Castle and Storybook Land Canal Boats. Note: Edition sizes on the Diamond Decades pins vary.
Releasing the same day will be the bi-monthly Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder pin themed to “Alice in Wonderland.” Check it out!
On July 16, the Diamond Decades collection continues to grow with limited edition pins themed to King Arthur Carrousel, Main Street, U.S.A., and the Mad Tea Party.
Also being offered on July 16 is the final pin in the Countdown series – a limited release birthday collection logo pin, and a jumbo pin (edition size 1000).*
Pins will be available to purchase on their release dates at the following locations:
*Tip: The Jumbo Pin will only be available to purchase at Little Green Men Store Command and Disney’s Pin Traders. The limited release birthday collection logo pin will also be available to purchase at additional locations other than those listed above, including Emporium and The Star Trader in Disneyland Park; Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure park and World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.
Please keep in mind wristband distribution guidelines will apply to these releases. Wristbands are distributed near Rainforest Café in the Downtown Disney District around 7 a.m. unless otherwise determined.