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Starbucks Opens at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

posted on March 10th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort guests can now enjoy a unique Starbucks location near World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District! The new store offers a first-of-its-kind Starbucks experience through its expanded size and outdoor patio, engaging guest experience and sustainable materials, including a massive living wall built with more than 1,000 plants in the shape of a coffee cup.

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This is the first time Starbucks is offering technology to share its coffee story on a 10-foot video installation. An interactive touch screen also inspires creativity for even the youngest Disneyland Resort guests and Starbucks customers. And look for a kiosk location at the Downtown Disney District this summer!

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Lucky Day! The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival Starts Tonight at Downtown Disney!

posted on March 7th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


Pam Brandon recently shared some early details on the St. Patrick’s fun planned for Downtown Disney. Today, I want to give you even more insight into what you can expect this year! For starters, the event has a new name: “The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival” which really ties to the over-the-top revelry we have planned. Spanning eleven days – from tonight through March 17, 2014 – there is more to experience than ever before. With festivities centered around Raglan Road and spilling throughout all of Downtown Disney, I think we can all agree that this celebration is mighty, indeed!

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A few of the highlights, below:

  • Live Entertainment – Familiar favorites, including the U2 tribute band “Elevation” and the ever-popular “3 Dollar Band” and “The Willis Clan” mix with Downtown Disney newcomers like “We Banjo 3,” an award-winning quartet from Galway, and “Goitse,” a sought-after group that infuses their own compositions into traditional Irish tunes. With three stages and a non-stop line up of talent on the docket, there’s a sound to suit every taste!
  • Festive Drinks & Food – Not sure which libations to sample first? Craving something delicious and green? Pick up a Mighty St. Patrick’s Passport to find out what’s on the menu. From Irish Cream Coffee at Forty Thirst Street (get a free sample during event hours!) to St. Patrick’s Mickey Mouse apples at Candy Cauldron, your palette will be delighted. For true Irish fare, don’t miss Raglan Road, or for a quicker bite, sample the Fisherman’s Pie (a dish from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival) at the Superstar Catering Food Truck.
  • Family Fun – It is easy being green with the Mighty Family Fun Zone presented by “Muppets Most Wanted” where guests of all ages can learn to draw Muppets friends, show off their best moves at a DJ Dance Party and take part in games, giveaways and special photo ops. Plus, with dance workshops, stilt walkers and face-painting, there’s more to be found here than at the end of the rainbow!

For more information, visit www.disneyworld.com/St.PatricksFestival. Attending the event? Be sure to tag your photos with #MightyFestival to spread the Irish fun – we’ll be doing the same via the Downtown Disney Twitter handle, @WDWDowntown.

Here’s to our mightiest St. Patrick’s Celebration yet – I hope to see you there!

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Starbucks to Open March 10 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Coffee lovers are getting ready to celebrate another Starbucks location at Disneyland Resort. Opening March 10 in the Downtown Disney District – conveniently located near the World of Disney store – this new store will be a first of its kind for guests, providing a unique Starbucks coffeehouse experience.

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This location complements the current Starbucks signature beverage and pastry offerings at Market House in Disneyland park and Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe in Disney California Adventure park.

Check back here Monday, when we’ll take you inside this brand-new store!

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Join Us for Our Disney’s ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Blog Meet-Up on March 8 at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 5th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. The official attendee list can be viewed here.

We’ve just finalized our next Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up and it’s one you won’t want to miss. On March 8, we’re offering the opportunity to join us at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort for a special preview screening of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” before it officially opens in U.S. theaters on March 21.
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Our Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up begins at 2:15 p.m. EST (doors open at 2 p.m.) on Saturday, March 8, 2014. At the event, you’re invited to dress up and show your Muppets Side (no masks) before watching the much anticipated “Muppets Most Wanted” movie. After the meet-up, you can enjoy The Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival scheduled at Downtown Disney, including The Mighty Family Fun Zone presented by “Muppets Most Wanted.” There will be plenty of Muppet mayhem with a live DJ, games and activities for the whole family inspired by the movie.

Here is a special sneak peek of the movie:

RSVP for the meet-up now by sending us an email with your name, address and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com. Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees will be selected for the event, so be one of the first to sign up.

Also, there are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • “Muppets Most Wanted” is rated PG for some mild action.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in across from AMC Downtown Disney 24 for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.
  • Costumes subject to any rules posted or otherwise provided by AMC Downtown Disney 24.

This post will be updated after capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you there.

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Spotlight on Disney Centerpiece Coming to Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in 2014

posted on March 4th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Today, I’m beginning a series of articles that will highlight the six boutiques coming to the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. You may recall last November that we announced this location that will serve as a testing space for new Disney retail concepts, shops and products. The first boutique I’m showcasing today is Disney Centerpiece, which will contain home products for guests who want a splash of Disney in their everyday lives. I spoke with Dana Harchar from the Global Retail Development team about the hand-crafted display fixtures you will find in this location once the shop opens in a couple of months.

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“Disney Centerpiece will have an eclectic mix of display fixtures for the merchandise,” explained Dana. “The neutral color fixtures will have a well-loved and repurposed feel. I chose a few accent colors that complement some merchandise created for this shop. Hand-made Hoosier cabinets will line the exposed brick walls. My teammate Bert McCumber printed three-dimensional models that we shared with the store operations team and other cast members working on this shop.”

The smaller fixture model shown above that resembles bench swings stacked on crates will house new decorative pillows. While speaking with Dana in her office, she showed me the computer image she created to determine exactly how many pillows that fixture will hold (she even included miniature Orange Bird pillows – awesome!).

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The merchandise coming to this location looks amazing; it’s like they pulled these things directly from my brain!

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There is an entire new collection of goods inspired by Adventureland and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. I love the ceramic Orange Bird figure and the miniature ceramic Dole Whips! The home décor team also made several small plates containing artwork with my favorite word, “Aloha!”

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Several attraction posters from Disney Parks will be included on glassware, small plates and coasters.

Finally, there will be an entire line of retro-inspired merchandise featuring some of the themed lands found at Disneyland park in California or Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. I love the salt and pepper shakers that resemble ride vehicles from the Mad Tea Party attraction.

Look for these items and more when Disney Centerpiece opens at the Marketplace Co-Op in a couple of months. Select items will also be carried on our Disney Parks online store at a future date.

Which items are your favorites? Please share in the “Comments” below.

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – March 2014

posted on February 26th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


March 5 – May 18: Looking to ‘grow’ your collection or ‘pick’ the perfect item from this year’s assortment of 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival merchandise? Now you can! Fellow author Steven Miller recently shared details about some of this year’s new merchandise, among other items. See what’s in bloom and be sure to keep an eye out because several of our beloved Disney artists will be on hand for special appearances and signings throughout the festival as well as during the Art in the Garden Weekend taking place Mar. 28 – 30. Tip: Passholders be sure to keep an eye out for special merchandise created just for you!

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March 5 – 9: Meet renowned artist Larry Dotson who will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Epcot. Be sure to stop by and say hello as you check out some of his latest releases. Learn more.

March 12 – 16: Artist Greg McCullough will be appearing at Art of Disney in Epcot, Mar. 12 – 16 and Mar. 26 – 30, as we celebrate the release of some of his latest pieces. Learn more.

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March 15: Stop by Animation Gallery inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the limited edition release of “Off the Page – 25 Years,” which features Sorcerer Mickey as he conjures various images from “Fantasia,” and meet the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Learn more. Can’t make it to the event? Order yours now!

March 18: Mark your calendars for the DVD and Blu-Ray release of “Frozen” and “Saving Mr. Banks,” two of my personal favorites. More details on these releases will be available shortly, so keep watching the Disney Parks Blog.

March 21 – 26: David E. Doss will be appearing daily at The Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Stop in and find a new piece of art to add to your collection! Learn more.

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March 26 – 27: Are you a fan of Ridley Pearson? Are you ready for the release of “Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider”? If your answer was yes, then be sure to check out all of the details on Ridley Pearson’s appearances and details on the last book in the beloved Kingdom Keepers series. Learn more.

Which artist showcase and event are you most excited to attend?

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Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney Epicenter of St. Pat’s Celebrations

posted on February 25th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


For the real deal, the celebration at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney West Side begins on March 7, a full 10 days before the official St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. That’s plenty of time to eat, drink, dance and do it all over again.

Nine different bands, pro dancers and some of the best Irish food make every day worth stopping by – the fun goes from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. March 7 – 14, then cranks from noon – 1 a.m. March 15 – 17 for a weekend of revelry. Check out raglanroad.com for details.

Food is a highlight, so look for one or more of the four Disney Food Trucks (Fantasy Fare, Namaste Café, Superstar Catering and World Showcase of Flavors) serving delicious eats, including a St. Patrick’s Day cupcake, and Fisherman’s Pie, a favorite from the Ireland kiosk at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (at the Superstar Catering truck).

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Raglan Road favorites are on the restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus, along with beers on tap. For a quick bite, stop at Cooke’s of Dublin for fish and chips, battered sausages or deep-fried candy bars. The other Downtown Disney restaurants are joining the fun with St. Pat’s fare too.

On the big day March 17, seating is first-come, first-served basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest age 18 and older. Reservations can be booked for other festival days by calling 407-938-0300. For more information visit Disneyworld.com/StPatricksDay.

Chef Kevin Dundon’s new Raglan Road cookbook, “I’d Ate the Back Door Buttered Ma” is the perfect souvenir, with classics like this traditional loin of bacon with cabbage and potatoes. That title, by the way, is a Dublin phrase that translates as “hey, mom, I’m starving!”
Happy St. Pat’s!

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March’s Gourmet Apple at the Disneyland Resort is a Chocolate Delight

posted on February 24th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Every time I think that gourmet apples can’t get better, our Candy Makers at Disneyland Resort take it up another notch. What can you expect to find this March? How does a Triple Chocolate apple sound?

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Each apple has been dipped in creamy caramel and enrobed in sweet milk chocolate. What could possibly make it better? They’ve added a mixture of white and semi-sweet dark chocolate chips all around it and then topped it off with drizzles of white, milk and dark chocolate. It’s unbelievable!

You will no doubt delight in this amazing concoction, I hope you try it! Look for it at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

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March Merchandise Events at Disneyland Resort

posted on February 19th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


You’re in luck! Take a look at all of the events happening in March at the Disneyland Resort.

March 1: Stop by WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District where artists Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Noah, Kristin Tercek and Gregg Visintainer will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more.

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March 1 – 2: Look for Urban Octopus at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, from 1 – 4 p.m., and again the following weekend, March 8 – 9. Learn more.

March 5: Don’t miss your chance to pick up the new Ink & Paint Cel featuring Jiminy Cricket. Learn more.

March 8 – 9: Meet artist Bob Elias from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park and see some of his latest works inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters. Learn more.

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March 15 – 16: Looking to add one of Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques to your collection? Select some of your favorite Disneyland Resort attractions and icons to spell your name. Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., each day at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Learn more.

March 15 – 16: Take part in a special Olive Oil tasting at WonderGround Gallery from 1 – 4 p.m. Details will be available in the coming weeks on www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

March 22: Meet artists Jeff Granito and Michelle Romo who will be appearing at WonderGround Gallery from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. as we celebrate some of their newest releases. Learn more. Learn more.

Meet El Gato Gomez at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District on March 22 From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

March 22: Local Southern California artist Noah will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we release his newest piece titled “Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust” featuring Tinker Bell. Learn more.

March 28: Calling all Traders! Disney Trading Night will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Pacific Ballroom at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. So if you are looking to meet avid and novice traders, make friends, or share stories about your collections, then this is the place for you. Learn more.

March 29: Are you a fan of Ridley Pearson? Are you ready for the release of “Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider?” If your answer is yes, make sure to check out all the details on Ridley Pearson’s appearance and details on the last book in the beloved Kingdom Keepers series. Learn more.

Appearing as the Artist in Residence at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month of March is local artist Jeff Granito. Look for special artist showcases on the following dates: February 28 and March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 5 – 9 p.m. Learn more.

Hope you can join us!

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Even Stars ‘Strike’ It Big With Family Time at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney

posted on February 19th, 2014 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


How does a Hollywood power couple enjoy their downtime? Well, if you’re Ed Burns and Christy Turlington, you spend an afternoon at Splitsville Luxury Lanes with an extended group of friends and family.

I had a chance to meet up with the duo over the weekend; within minutes of arriving, their son, Finn, had scored a strike and a sized-for-sharing platter of Splitsville’s sushi arrived at their table. “This is really good,” gushed the supermodel. She sounded surprised; I wasn’t … Splitsville’s food is one of the things that sets the venue apart from other bowling alleys. That, and the fact that it’s truly family-friendly. With a party of 16, the group called ahead to reserve bowling lanes – there was space for everyone to kick back and relax, and plenty of opportunity for a little friendly competition and a lot of laughter.
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“This family time is really important to us. We’re here at Walt Disney World Resort for our daughter’s gymnastics competition, but we decided to extend the trip and make a real vacation out of it” shared Ed. Christy nodded in agreement, “We left a really cold winter in New York, so this is great!”

Even though Christy admitted “I’m not a great bowler,” she looked like a natural. And though I didn’t stick around to see the final scores, Ed expected that he and his brother would “go at it” on the lanes! The couple took a moment to sign a special bowling pin for the Splitsville team to commemorate the few fun hours they spent there.

With cousins, best friends, siblings (Ed’s brother, Brian, is married to Christy’s sister, Kelly!), and kids in tow, it was the first time the group visited Downtown Disney, but hopefully not the last.

So, have you been to Splitsville? Food, bowling or something else … what’s your favorite part of the “Luxury Lanes” experience? I’d love to hear in the “Comments” section below!

To learn more about Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side, including pricing, hours, and offerings, click here.

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