Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney To Introduce Designated Smoking Areas
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Effective November 27, Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney will introduce designated smoking locations following the lead of the theme parks. The locations are:

  • On the West Side behind Cirque du Soleil
  • By the water between Wolfgang Puck Grand Café and Bongos Cuban Café
  • Near T-REX
  • By the Marketplace restrooms by stroller rentals.
  • Some restaurants with outdoor seating may offer additional smoking locations.
Four Seasons Orlando Celebrates Its First Holiday Season
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This holiday season, for those willing to trade shovels and snow boots for palm trees and infinity pools, the first festive season at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is destined to be an unforgettable experience.  From a decadent gingerbread display in the lobby, holiday décor throughout the main resort areas, cooking and mixology classes, and many fun activities in Kids For All Seasons, Four Seasons offers something for everyone this holiday season.    

Lobby Décor
The lobby will feature glorious holiday décor in elegant colors of plum and gold, complete with a grand 12-foot-tall Christmas tree in the lobby, wreaths and columns wrapped with garland, holiday inspired floral arrangements, and more.  A gingerbread creation made by 
Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber will be a fun conversation starter, and resort guests will enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cider daily from 2pm to 5 pm.   The holiday décor will be in place from Dec. 6 through Jan. 3. 

Sweet Treats
From peppermint bark to gingerbread cookies, and even 
Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi’s holiday gelato flavors of chocolate peppermint, cranberry and gingerbread, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge.  At The Hideout, ice cream will be offered each afternoon and complimentary cookie decorating with Chef Rabii will be offered to resort guests on Dec. 23, Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 at 2pm. 

Kids For All Seasons
The Kids For All Seasons (KFAS) complimentary kids camp, open daily for ages 4-12 from 10 am to 6 pm, has an array of organized activities planned for resort guests throughout the festive season.  From candy cane scavenger hunts, animal visits, timed races in the lazy river, balloon art, face painting, and much more, the KFAS team has a thoughtfully orchestrated schedule to provide fun for all ages.   Kids will love the weekly holiday movies, from classics like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas to Home Alone and Elf¸ plus making jingle bell necklaces and writing letters to Santa.  

Adults Only
The young, and young at heart, surely love classes like candy making and cookie decorating. But, Four Seasons has not forgotten about those who would love more of an “adult” class—hence, the Mixology Classes led by the resort’s team of master mixologists. Guests ages 21 and older can enjoy how to mix up cocktails guaranteed to spread the holiday cheer.  Classes include: Dec. 21: PB&G Cocktails of the South; Dec. 26: Capa’s Spanish Sangria; Dec. 28: Ravello’s Cocktails of Northern Italy; Dec. 30: Plancha’s Rum Based Cocktails; and Jan. 2; PB&G’s Cocktails of the South.  All classes take place in the resort’s demonstration kitchen in Ravello, from 3 pm to 4 pm. 

Additionally, for resort guests who don’t want to miss out on NFL games, during football games the Ravello Bar will turn into the “Cigar City Brewery’s Fan Cave.”  Table tennis and other games will be available in Ravello Bar and a themed bar menu will be offered during the games. 

Guests will also enjoy playing 18 holes on the picturesque Tranquilo Golf Club or unwinding with a Spa treatment at the 18-treatment room Spa. 

Special Dinners
In the spirit of the season, several of the resort restaurants will be offering special dinners. PB&G is offering a “Craft Beer & Holiday Cheer” event on Dec. 19 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event is USD 49.00 per person and includes small bites and an unlimited tasting of more than 20 different seasonal beers from around the country.  The cost of this event includes parking, and a souvenir 5-ounce tasting glass.  Plancha, the resort’s Cuban American restaurant at the Tranquilo Golf Clubhouse, will offer a family style dinner on Dec. 22, from 7 pm to 10 pm, featuring the best of Latin American cuisine with Chef Pedro Sanchez Negron. Chef Pedro will share some of his family’s favorite recipes as well as a taste of Plancha. This event is USD 55.00 per adult and USD 22.00 per child. Additionally, on Dec. 29 from 7 pm to 10 pm, Plancha will offer the best of Turkish cuisine with Chef Erhan Kor.  Chef Erhan will share some of his family’s recipes in traditional Turkish flavors rich in vegetables, herbs and fish.  The Turkish dinner is USD 75.00 per adult and USD 26.00 per child.  Non-resort guests are welcome; reservations are required for these special dinners and can be made by calling 407-313-6161.

Holiday Dining
The resort offers several options for holiday dining.  For Christmas Eve, Ravello is offering a five-course pre-fixe dinner, for USD 95.00 per person.  Additionally, Capa is offering a prix-fixe dinner menu for USD 95.00 per person.

For Christmas Day, Ravello is offering a buffet brunch for USD 95.00 per adult/ USD 35.00 per child. Capa is offering a pre-fixe dinner menu for USD 95.00 per person. 

For New Year’s Eve, Ravello is offering a holiday buffet for USD 115.00 per adult/ USD 45.00 per child.  Additionally, Capa is offering a dinner with two seating options: a three-course pre-fixe seating between 5pm to 7 pm, available for USD 145.00 per adult/ USD 65.00 per child; or a second seating, a five course pre-fixe menu, between 8 pm to 11 pm, at USD 295.00 per adult or USD 95.00 per child.  Both Capa seatings include access to the New Year’s Eve “After Party” in the Grand Ballroom, which will feature a DJ, dance floor, balloon drop and more. Desserts and appetizers are included and there is a cash bar available.  Admission to the after party, available exclusively for resort guests and guests with restaurant reservations, is available for USD 65.00 per adult and USD 35.00 per child.   Kids For All Seasons is open on New Year’s Eve for children ages 4-12 for USD 95.00 per child (resort guests only). 

For all holiday dining options and special events, space is limited and reservations are based on availability; for reservation inquiries, call 407-313-6161

Festive Reservations
For guests’ convenience, Four Seasons now offers a 
Disney Ticket Package, available for stays beginning December 19, 2014 and beyond. The package includes Disney park tickets for the guests’ park of choice (Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios), available for a 4-7 night stay; pricing varies by number of tickets needed.  A four-night stay includes two days of park admission; a five-night stay includes three days of park admission; a six-night stay includes four days of park admission and a seven-night stay includes 5 days of park admission. The package ensures guests have the flexibility of choosing which parks they would like to experience, while also allowing for two days of free time to enjoy the amenities of the resort, the Downtown Disney area, and more. Additional tickets, or Park Hopper Option upgrades, can easily be added to the guests’ ticket arrangements through the resort’s lobby level Disney Planning Center.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort enjoy complimentary transportation in Four Seasons’ motor coach to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In addition to enjoying all the nearby Disney attractions, a highlight of Four Seasons Resort Orlando is the five-acre (two hectare) “Explorer Island” water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, and much more.  The Kids For All Seasons program offers organized activities for children ages 4-12, and is complimentary.  Adults will enjoy the adult-only pool, 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club, and The Spa at Four Seasons. Recreational pursuits for guests of all ages are sure to provide ample entertainment.  

Four Seasons’ lobby level boutiques, Wardrobe and Fable, offer an array of options perfect for gift giving.  From fabulous outfits, chic accessories, Four Seasons logo apparel and more, there are numerous choices at all price levels. In addition, gift cards are available for purchase at the resort’s front desk in any dollar amount.  Gift cards can be redeemed at Four Seasons Resort Orlando for overnight stays, at The Spa, at Tranquilo Golf Club, at the boutiques or any of the resort’s dining outlets.

Puppies Dressed as Disney Characters
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Disney.com’s Oh My Disney blog is giving the internet one more thing to be thankful for by releasing a new video of adorable (and adoptable) puppies dressed as Disney characters. Watch as the puppies recreate your favorite scenes from Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Winnie The Pooh, and Tangled. All of the puppies in our video are rescue puppies available for adoption in Los Angeles at Hands, Paws & Hearts.

Aladdin to Sponsor NYE Confetti in Times Square
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Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve, announced today that Disney’s Aladdin, the new, Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, will partner with the acclaimed New Year’s Eve celebration to welcome 2015.  As the official sponsor of the evening’s annual confetti wishes tradition Aladdin stars, Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie), and Courtney Reed (Jasmine) will take part in the Ball Drop celebration, and events leading up to the big night

“The story of Aladdin is a great match for Times Square New Year’s Eve, as both involve big magical moments, wishes coming true, striving to be better and finding love and friendship in unlikely places,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. “Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie will be a magical addition to the program.”

“Who better than Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie to lead our Confetti Wishes tradition joining the millions of New Year’s Eve revelers hoping to make their wishes come true in 2015,” added Jeff Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment. “We’re thrilled that the cast of this phenomenal show will be joining the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration this year.”

“It’s a wish come true for the entire company of Aladdin to play a special role in New York City’s iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square.  Partnering with The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment allows us the opportunity to take part in a special tradition that perfectly aligns with the feel-good spirit at the heart of our show,” said Andrew Flatt, Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales, Disney Theatrical Group.

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, as the Ball Drop signals the start to 2015, 3,000 pounds of confetti will flutter down on revelers in Times Square.  The confetti will include wishes shared by people from around the globe.  For the weeks leading up to the Ball Drop, these wishes will be collected and displayed at the first ever Mobile Wishing Wall set to be presented throughout Times Square during the month of December.  Fans and revelers in New York are invited to write their wish on a piece of confetti when they visit the Wishing Wall in person, and wishful followers throughout the world can participate by submitting their wish online at www.TimesSquareNYC.org/NYEWishes.

For information on when and where you can find the Wishing Wall, details about New Year’s Eve in Times Square or to make your own wish online, visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org.

Star Wars Episode VII Trailer to Debut in Theaters This Weekend
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The Hollywood Reporter writes the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be debuting in theaters this upcoming weekend in certain theaters. According to the Regal Cinema website, which the Hollywood Repoter sites, the trailer will be shown at:

Irvine, CA: Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
San Diego, CA: Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Atlanta, GA: Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Chicago, IL: Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
New York, NY: Regal Union Square Stadium 14
Warrington, PA: Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX
Knoxville, TN: Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Houston, TX: Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX
Seattle, WA: Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX

Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) for PC Launches On Steam
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Disney Interactive and Marvel announced today that Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition)for PC is now available on Steam. Starting today, players can log on to http://di.sn/steam and download the digital Disney Infinity: Marvel Super HeroesStarter Pack, which includes the Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) game software; Marvel’s The Avengers Play Set; three digital characters – Thor, Iron Man and Black Widow; two Marvel-themed Toy Box Games – Assault on Asgard and Escape from the Kyln; and the acclaimed Toy Box 2.0 mode for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Steam players can purchase additional characters, Play Sets and more using their Steam wallet to enhance the gameplay experience. Any items purchased from theDisney Infinity PC shop will also transfer to the Steam version of the game and vice versa.

In the Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Toy Box, players can utilize their favorite Marvel and Disney characters, vehicles, locations and items to create one-of-a-kind Toy Boxes. These Toy Boxes can then be shared and played with friends on any platform, regardless of the one it was created on.

Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) system requirements include Windows Vista 7/8, 2.20 GHz Dual-Core CPU, 2 GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce 8600, GT 512 or ATI Radeon HD 4650 graphics card and 1 GB 16-bit DirectX® 9.0c-compatible sound card.

ABC to Air “Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years” on Sunday, December 14
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In celebration of Disney Theatrical Productions’ 20 years on Broadway, the ABC Television Network will air “Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years,” airing  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 at 7:00 p.m., ET and hosted by Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of ABC’s Modern Family. This one hour special, produced by Lincoln Square Productions, takes viewers on a  journey through the creation of Disney’s eight Broadway musicals: “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “AIDA,” “Tarzan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Aladdin.” The special features new commentary and revealing anecdotes by the stars and theatre professionals about the creation and long runs of these beloved titles.

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Final Chapter of Lego’s New Yoda Chronicles to Air on Disney XD
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See Vader vs. Luke Skywalker in LEGO STAR WARS: THE NEW YODA CHRONICLES “CLASH OF THE SKYWALKERS” (the final episode of the four-part series) premiering this Sunday, November 23 (12 noon, ET/PT) on Disney XD.

And if you are dissatisfied with the ending of the episode… verified WATCH Disney XD viewers can access the episode to view an exclusive alternate ending beginning SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23 (12 noon, ET/PT)!!  WATCH Disney XD allows fans to watch a live stream of the network, as well as popular episodes on demand via tablets, phones, desktops and set top boxes.  It is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore and at WatchDisneyXD.com.

If you missed the previous chapters of “Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles,” you can catch all 4 of them Sunday night on Disney XD…

Sunday, November 23rd


Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – Escape From the Jedi Temple (encore)


Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – Race For the Holocrons (encore)


Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – Raid on Coruscant (encore)


Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – Clash of the Skywalkers (encore)

New Concept Art For Good Dinosaur Released
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Concept art of Arlo from Disney Pixar’s upcoming film, The Good Dinosaur has been released. The film will follow Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart who sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a  human boy.


he Good Dinosaur opens in theaters November 25, 2015.