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On Tuesday we brought you a preview of the new California Grill, opening this Fall at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Today, the Official Disney Parks blog is previewing more of the new menu items including three-meat meatballs, Cape Canaveral prawns, house-made charcuterie and more.
From the Swan and Dolphin hotels...
The Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World is hosting its Fourth Annual Food & Wine Classic.
Join us for a day or the weekend to sample wines from around the world and savor culinary artistry from pastries to pasta. Held on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 5:30pm - 9:00pm, our Food & Wine Classic also offers eight educational seminars if you would like to impress friends with your knowledge of wines, cocktails and beer. All seminars begin at 4:30pm and last approximately one hour.
Packages are available for overnight guests, and tickets are available for purchase for individual events and seminars.
There will be live entertainment on both nights...so eat, drink, mingle, learn, and cap off your evening watching the fireworks under the stars at our world famous resort!
In Zagat's new list of 15 U.S. restaurants that "embody the essence of their city," Victoria and Alberts at the Grand Floridian was named as Orlando's representative. The Orlando Sentinel has the rest of the story.
Book now through June 13 to get up to 30% off at select resorts valid for most nights June 13 through August 14, 2013.
Save 30% on the following resorts:
- Disney's BoardWalk Inn
- Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
- Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard view)
- Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
- Disney's Beach Club Villas
- Disney's BoardWalk Villas
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
- Disney's Old Key West Resort
- Disney's Polynesian Resort
- Disney's Contemporary Resort
- Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
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- Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
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- The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
- Disney's Wilderness Lodge
- The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
Save 15% on the following resorts:
- Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
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- Disney's Art of Animation Resort family suites
Scott Hunnel of Victorial & Albert's at the Grand Floridian has been nominated for a James Beard Award and the restaurant itself is a finalist for Outstanding Service as well. The James Beard Foundation Awards is the nation’s most premiere recognition program honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries.
The Official Disney Parks Blog has several renderings for the updated California Grill opening late summer at the Contemporary Resort.
The California Grill will be closing on February 1st for an extensive refurbishment bringing in new decor, a new kitchen and a new menu. It won't be reopening until later summer, but Disney Parks Blog author Pam Brandon already has a sneak peek at the new menu .
Until recently the spas and hair salons at Walt Disney World had been outsourced. But now Disney operates them and are in the process of refurbishing them. The Official Disney Parks Blog takes a look at the newly opened spa and fitness center at the Yacht and Beach Club. They also announce that the Saratoga Springs spa is currently under refurbishment an will be reopening as a Disney operated spa this summer.
The Disney Parks Blog writes new pins are being released to celebrate the gingerbread houses that in the lobbies of several resorts at Disney World. They've also announced the chefs for the gingerbread houses will be making appearances and signing pins with the following schedule:
- Meet chef Deran Lanpher at Disney’s Beach Club Resort from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Meet chef Jeff Barnes at Disney’s Contemporary Resort from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Meet chef Matt Avery at Disney’s BoardWalk from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Meet chef Yolanda Lazo at The American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Meet chef Erich Herbitschek at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Official Disney Parks Blog takes a look at the new Senses spa opening at the Grand Floridian on December 17th. The new spa will now be owned and operated by Disney.
The NFL’s winningest coach, Don Shula, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his 1972 Perfect Season Miami Dolphins at Shula’s Steak House located at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 29. The ’72 Dolphins is the only team in NFL history to finish a season without a loss.
Shula - along with former 1972 Miami Dolphins players Mercury Morris, Earl Morrall and Hall-of-Famer Larry Little - will meet and greet with attending guests from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. that evening. In addition, all guests 21 and older who participate in the meet-and-greet will receive a specialty “Absolut Perfection” cocktail to mark the occasion in a take-home commemorative glass. Dinner reservations are required to participate in the meet-and-greet.
Shula’s Steak House is themed after the 1972 Perfect Season Miami Dolphins. The restaurant is recognized for its Premium Black Angus Beef and award-winning beverage program.
Reservations are required. Call (407) 934-4155 for reservations or more information.
WDWMagic.com reports effective today the name of Disney's wi-fi at resorts will be changing. Instead of one name for the everything (WDW-Guest) the new SSIDs are "In-room Guest WiFi (Disney)" and "Public Space Guest WiFi (Disney)"
The Orlando Sentinel looks at the upcoming Swan & Dolphin Food and Wine Classic featuring celebrity chefs Todd English and Michael Mina.
Disney released a few new pictures of The Little Mermaid wing of the Art of Animation Resort. Opening on Sept. 15, 2012, the 864 rooms in The Little Mermaid wing will be the only standard rooms at the Art of Animation Resort. The other wings are all Family Suites.
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The Disney Parks YouTube channel travels to the Wilderness Lodge to present a tour of the resort including some fun facts.
Food and wine tastings, educational experiences and meet-and-greets with celebrity chefs will once again be the focus at the Third Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Oct. 12-13. The event will include an outdoor festival featuring culinary selections from the Walt Disney World hotel’s award-winning restaurants and lounges, a series of beverage seminars taught by the hotel’s certified experts, and opportunities to meet with celebrity chefs Todd English and Michael Mina.
Disney has announced that the Contempo Cafe, the quick service restaurant at the Contemporary Resort, will be closed today through Sunday, reopening on Monday, August 27th. During this time a smaller version will be set up in the Grand Republic rooms A and B on the second floor from 7a to midnight. In addition, the Sand Bar will have extended hours, 11a tp 11p. For those with refillable mugs, the Contempo Cafe beverage station will remain open (there is also one at the Sand Bar and the Grand Republic rooms A and B)
A new water play area themed to Alice in Wonderland is currently under construction at Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort. Take a look ... looks like the Mad Hatter hat will be one of those huge buckets that fills with water and dumps it all. Fun!
Disney has announced that the Turf Club, the only sitdown restaurant at Saratoga Springs, will be open for diner only (5p to 10p) starting on September 30th. The Paddock Pool Grill and Artist Palette quick service options will continue to be available for lunch.
Disney has reported starting August 23rd new door locks will begin to be installed at Kidani Village that have Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) door access. Over the next year all Walt Disiney World resort door locks will be converted.
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