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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Aug. 8, 2010

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Via Napoli Ovens

Up until this week, our coverage of Via Napoli at the Italy pavilion at Epcot only included descriptions and a rendering. But authors Pam and Gene changed that by taking us inside the new Walt Disney World restaurant – and it’s even better than I’d hoped. The three wood-burning pizza ovens that represent Italy’s active volcanoes (Etna, Vesuvius and Stromboli) also have a Disney touch.

Via Napoli Pizza

As for the pies, Via Napoli Executive Chef Charlie Restivo shared the secret combo: the oven, the mixer and the ingredients. The mozzarella is flown in from Italy, the water from a source in the U.S. that is similar to the alkaline of the water in Naples and San Marzano tomatoes. The official opening is September 10 and you can start making reservations today – (407-WDW-DINE).

Now, here’s the weekly list of other stories we posted on The Disney Parks Blog:

‘PeopleMover’ is Coming Back at Walt Disney World – Tomorrowland Transit Authority, the “super skyway” that allows guests a glimpse of a variety of attractions in Tomorrowland of Magic Kingdom, has been renamed Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.

Injured Sea Turtles from the Gulf Arrive for Care at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Eight turtles injured by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have begun their rehabilitation at Walt Disney World Resort today under the care of Disney animal experts.

A Special Treat: Espresso with Walt Disney – Walt Disney is pictured with the same espresso machine that is still in place at Café Orleans at Disneyland park today.

Having A Laugh – Go behind the scenes of the new Vinylmation Have-A-Laugh series with designer Eric Caszatt.

Quiet Cove Pool Taking Shape on the Disney Dream – Check out this construction photo of the Quiet Cove adult pool is taking shape on the 11th deck of the Disney Dream.

We Asked, You Told Us: The Attraction That Makes You Feel Most Like a Kid Again – Last week, we asked fans of the Disneyland Facebook page, “What attraction at the Disneyland Resort makes you feel most like a kid again?” We received a lot of responses – more than 4,300 – but the number one response was “Peter Pan” for Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland park.


  • I love the bratwursts being served in Germany at Epcot. Where would I be able to find out what brand you use so I can purchase them outside of the park.. Any ideas?

  • Oops! You forgot to mention any of the other dynamic posts from this past week from your very popular Disneyland reporters that had dozens and dozens of comments and very, very high ratings from West Coast readers. Such as… Flying Saucers from the 1960’s, the closures coming next month to California Adventure, etc., etc.

  • Quick question: Is Via Napoli perpendicular to Tutto Italia and further from the Lagoon or is it along the same side of Italy as Tutto Italia? Is the fountain still there?

  • I’m feeling hungry!

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