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With summer in full swing in Central Florida, the heat is on, and there’s no better time than now to cool off with some waterpark fun or poolside lounging.  At Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, guests can take advantage of the Resort’s amazing pool offerings, including a five-acre (two hectare) waterpark called Explorer Island.  There’s no ticket required – and the expansive water offerings are guaranteed fun for all ages.  Exclusively for Resort guests, the five pool areas at Four Seasons Orlando include:

  • The Explorer Pool:  Ideal for families, The Explorer Pool features 7,590 square-feet (705-square-metres) of splashing fun, overlooking the lake and offering a gradually sloping “zero entry” that is ideal for the littlest swimmers.  An underwater audio system plays favourite hits. The Explorer Pool also has a toddler slide, and is surrounded by daybeds and deck chairs. In addition, a highlight of The Explorer Pool is the “Starstruck” movie screen, which is a 190-inch flat-screen that plays family movies for guests every Thursday and Saturday nights throughout summer. Children can float around in tubes while watching the movie or lounge on one of the chaises while enjoying complimentary popcorn. Several cabanas are also available by the Explorer Pool (for a fee).  Every day, the complimentary Kids For All Seasons program for kids ages four and older offers supervised swimming at 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • The Oasis:  The Oasis is the lakeside, infinity-edge adult-only pool.  Bordered by lush landscaping including tall cypress trees overlooking the sparkling lake, this pristine pool is 92 feet long (28 metres) and is also equipped with underwater audio.  An adult-only whirlpool is perfect for relaxing.  Guests at The Oasis enjoy regular amenities from the pool staff, such as frozen fruit, sunglasses cleaning, Evian spritzes, iced cappuccino shooters, and more.  The adult-only pool also offers cabanas (for a fee).
  • The Drifters: The Resort’s Lazy River is unlike any in the area – with amazing landscaping, it’s like one is in the midst of a tropical rainforest while gently tubing down the winding river.  At 11,008 square-feet (1,023 square metres), Drifters takes one through a cascading 9-foot (2.75 metre) waterfall and a bubbling rapids section.  Water cannons are strategically placed along various points on the river, enabling young ones to enjoy a laugh when taking Mom or Dad by surprise with a spray of cool water. At the end of Drifters, there’s an area called “the Cove” featuring a water basketball hoop and a water volleyball net. The Cove has hanging wicker pod chairs that the tween set love to lounge in. Adjacent to The Hideout, a video gaming centre with fun family entertainment from pinball to classic board games to billiards, The Cove is a great gathering spot.
  • The Drop:  Both the young (and young-at-heart) love the two 242-foot (74-metre) waterslides. The blue slide is enclosed for a thrilling drop with a big splash, while the yellow is open and made from see-through fiberglass. The Kids For All Seasons team often offers timed races down the slides, adding to the fun.
  • The Splash Zone:  Ideal for wee ones, the Splash Zone is a spacious area offering choreographed interactive fountains that launch blasts of water 30 feet (9 metres) into the air. Sheets of water, fog nozzles, dancing water spouts, and more make this area especially fun for the pre-school set.  Daybeds and white teepees with brightly coloured cushions surround the Splash Zone and provide the perfect spot for toddlers to enjoy a rest in the shade.

Summer Packages

Four Seasons Resort Orlando has an Experience More package that offers a daily USD 50 credit for a three-night or longer stay. The Resort credit can be enjoyed at The Spa, Tranquilo Golf Club, cabana rental, tennis or shopping at the boutiques. In addition, the new Suite Getaway – Resort Credit package includes a USD 1,000 credit for every four-night minimum stay in one of the Resort’s suites.

A highlight of the Resort is the complimentary Kids For All Seasons program, offering organised activities for children ages 4 to 12 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.  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.  Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando also enjoy great access to Walt Disney World, including complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Resort offers a lobby level Disney Planning Center and a character breakfast, The Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals, offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays all summer at Ravello restaurant.

The resort offers six on-property restaurants offering an array of options to delight even the most discerning of palates. Plus, children ages 5 and younger dine free at Four Seasons Resort Orlando in Ravello, The Lobby Bar, Capa, Capa Bar, Plancha and PB&G.

Rates start at USD 399 per night at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort for the summer period, and there is no resort fee.  For reservations, call 1 800 267 3046 or book online.

Beyond the Pools: Top 10 Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer at Four Seasons Orlando

In addition to the Resort’s five pools, Four Seasons Resort Orlando shares its Top 10 list of ways to enjoy a cool summer:

1. Gelato Bike in Action: Where else can one find a gelato bike cruising around property?  Four Seasons Resort Orlando Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi makes homemade gelato, and Fabrizio or Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber can often be seen cruising around property with the delicious gelato flavours available for purchase.

2. The Experience Shower:  Unique to Central Florida is The Spa’s custom Experience Showers.  One shower is located in the women’s locker room at The Spa, and the other is in the men’s locker room. The Experience Shower offers multiple settings featuring different water pressures and temperatures. The “arctic mist” setting is sure to refresh with blasts of chilly water.  Access to the amenities at The Spa, including the Experience Shower, relaxation areas, steam room and outdoor whirlpool, are always complimentary to guests.

3. The Ice Fountain:  Adults can cool down after time in The Spa’s steam room with the Ice Fountain. Due to the ideal ice temperature, ice chips feel agreeably soft on the skin.  The ice can cool the skin after the hot steam room and serve to effectively refresh after a dip in the whirlpool on The Spa’s private outdoor terrace.

4. Lickety Split’s Gelato: If the two flavours on the gelato bike aren’t enough, the lobby level Lickety-Split café offers more than 20 flavours of gelato, from PB&J to pistachio and pineapple – and many others that beg for a taste.

5. Soft-Serve Cones at PB&G:  PB&G, the Resort’s poolside restaurant on the lake, regularly offers a daily flavour of ice cream.  Peach iced tea, chocolate vanilla swirl and butterscotch are some of the mouth-watering flavours offered.

6. Chilled Towels:  Refreshing, chilled oshiburi towels are regularly offered to guests at The Spa.  Scented with eucalyptus, the chilled towels are a welcome way to cool down.

7. Sun Worshipper Spa Treatment: Featuring a gel mask of cooling aloe vera and sea algae, this treatment is hydrating and cooling, ideal for skin that’s been overly exposed to the sun.

8. Iced Coffee:  Lickety Split’s signature cold brew process involves an 8-hour drip, resulting in the perfect iced coffee.  Make it a vanilla iced latte or an iced chai – the Lickety Split team can make any cool coffee concoction.

9. Enjoy a Bubble Bath:  Every guest room at Four Seasons includes a five-piece bathroom complete with a deep-soaking garden tub.  Fill the tub and take a relaxing soak, perhaps while watching a movie on the built-in television in the bathroom mirror.  The Resort’s custom line of bath products by C.O. Bigelow has a light citrus scent, with a cooling and hydrating body lotion.

10. The Hideout: Cool down in The Hideout, an air-conditioned retreat featuring the latest gaming systems from X-box to Wii and even “old school” Nintendo.  Select times during the week, The Hideout offers “Scoop,” a little ice cream shop serving up delicious flavours and an array of toppings.

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You’ll never glow away forever when marching along with Mickey in this dazzling tee salute to Disney’s classic Main Street Electrical Parade, available from Tuesday July 7, 2015 to Monday July 13, 2015
Mickey Mouse Main Street Electrical Parade Tee for Adults - Limited Release

Mickey Mouse Main Street Electrical Parade Tee for Adults – Limited Release

Minnie Mouse Main Street Electrical Parade Tee for Women - Limited Release

Minnie Mouse Main Street Electrical Parade Tee for Women – Limited Release

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Variety is reporting that Disney has picked up the script for a film about Prince Charming. The live-action comedy is written by Matt Fogel.

The plot is unknown but reports indicate that the film revolves around Prince Charming’s brother who fails to live up to the family name.

Fogel is also developing “Bob: The Musical” for Disney.



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Assembly-Line Format

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, the nation’s leading fast casual artisanal pizza specialist, today announced plans to open a new restaurant at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World Resort at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  The build-your-own pizza chain, known for its chef-driven recipes and casually hip restaurants, will occupy a new 5,000 square foot building with seating for approximately 200 guests.  The target open date is May 2016.

Downtown Disney is currently undergoing the largest expansion in its history, to be renamed and re-imagined as Disney Springs, an exciting new waterfront district for shopping, dining and entertainment.

“We are excited to be part of the new Disney Springs expansion where we get the chance to introduce our super-fast artisanal pizza to guests from around the world,” said Rick Wetzel, co-founder of Blaze Pizza.  “True to Disney’s high standards, we are building an amazing flagship restaurant that will include interesting architectural elements, great service and fantastic meals.”

About Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint” known for its artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies.  Each restaurant features an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, artisanal ingredients – all for one low price.  The generously-sized 11-inch pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven – the centerpiece of the restaurant – where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are fast-fire’d and ready to eat in just 180 seconds.  Each restaurant makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe developed by critically-acclaimed Executive Chef Bradford Kent (the “pizza whisperer”), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust.  For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.

The first Blaze Pizza® restaurant opened on Aug. 6, 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and quickly gained attention for its chef-driven recipes and “build-your-own pizza” assembly-line format.  Now ranked as the overall #2 brand in Fast Casual’s annual Top 100 list, Blaze Pizza is building momentum and developing a cult following as it expands across the country.  The company currently operates 72 restaurants in 20 states and the District of Columbia, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas and Washington D.C.  Founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (co-founder of Wetzel’s Pretzels), the concept is backed by investors including LeBron James, Maria Shriver, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis.

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Never before seen images of the much feared and revered Silent Brothersare live now on the newly launched site, which will serve as the official fan-source for all things related to ABC Family’s “Shadowhunters.”

The site is designed to take super fans behind the scenes of the making of the show while introducing new fans to the fantasy and lore made popular in The Mortal Instruments’ book series. Updated daily, the site includes exclusive video, photos and articles, including:

–        Exclusive, right-from-the-set, first look images and videos, including the building of one of the show’s top secret weapons rooms

–        Profiles on  show talent like Katherine McNamara and Dominic Sherwood

–        Twitter chats and links to social media accounts for cast and crew

–        Information about the book

–        Links to related super fan communities

Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line ofShadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.

“Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Ed Decter and McG. McG will also direct the first episode. The series stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway, and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane.

Part of the Disney|ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in 94 million homes. ABC Family entertains and connects to audiences with bold, relatable programming that celebrates the epic adventure of becoming an adult, from first kiss to first kid. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. “WATCH ABC Family” is an authenticated service which allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on-demand access to such popular series at home and on-the-go via a wide array of devices. ABC Family is also the destination for annual holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.”

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Tune in tomorrow,  Wednesday, July 9th, for the debut of the new trailer  for the heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours”  – the extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, the film transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale.
Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s most daring rescue mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana.
The trailer will debut Wednesday, July 8th at 9am PDT  at  and watch it again during its broadcast debut on The Discovery Channel at 10PM EDT / PDT!

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ESPN has released the following statement about the company’s decision to move the upcoming ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Golf Club to Pelican Hill Golf Club in Greater Los Angeles July 14:

“We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at Pelican Hill on short notice.  This charity outing benefits The V Foundation’s Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, providing resources for important cancer research for minority populations, including Hispanics and African Americans.  Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans.  Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment.”

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In an editorial, the OC Register supported a proposal that would prevent a tax on the Disneyland Resort tickets in exchange for Disney’s continued investment in Anaheim:

Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council will consider a major agreement with Orange County’s largest employer, Disneyland, that will have economic and cultural impacts on the city and county, likely for generations to come…

“Anaheim’s City Council should support this proposal. It’s good for the local economy and renews a commitment from Anaheim that low taxation improves the business climate and economic vitality of the community.

“Also it sends an important message that any targeted tax against Disneyland – or any other business – be it a gate tax or any other, would be unfair.”

In separate letters to the editor, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier who supports the proposal and Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait who is against it, shared their opinions.

The Anaheim City Council will be meeting on Tuesday to vote on the proposal. The public is invited to attend and share their opinion of the proposal.

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Marvel Entertainment is taking this year’s San Diego Comic-Con by storm! And we’re giving fans yet another reason not to miss out on the biggest pop culture event of the year with a lineup of convention exclusives that will be available only at the show! Sure, you’ve already heard about the collectible Marvel pins featuring award-winning artist Skottie Young’s artwork. But that was just the beginning!

With exclusive t-shirt designs, hoodies, variant comics and more featuring your favorite Marvel characters – the Marvel Shop at San Diego Comic-Con (Booth #2329) is your one stop shop for exclusive items from Marvel’s Ant-Man, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Agent Carter, All-New, All-Different Marvel and more!

With surprises coming all weekend long, no fan can afford to miss out on all the excitement and their chance to bring a piece of the convention home with them!

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The American Premiere Studio Recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, will be released on Friday, November 20th 2015.   iTunes pre-orders will be accepted beginning October 23rd.  To sign-up for pre-sale information, visit

The American Premiere recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the first ever of the acclaimed American stage score based on the Academy Award-nominated 1996 film and boasts a 25 piece orchestra, a choir of 32 and some of Broadway’s most formidable talent: Michael Arden (Big River) as Quasimodo, Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée (Pippin) as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky (Lincoln Center’s South Pacific) as Captain Phoebus de Martin and Erik Liberman (Lovemusik) as Clopin Trouillefou.

Featured in the ensemble are: Julian Decker, Mary Joe Duggan, Ian Patrick Gibb, Beth Kirkpatrick, Samantha Massell, Neal Mayer, Nora Menken, William Michals, Anise Ritchie, Vincent Rodriguez III, Richard Ruiz, Joseph J. Simeone, Jeremy Stolle and Dashaun Young.   The principal and ensemble talent performed the show’s US Premiere productions at La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse during their 2014-15 seasons.

The rights to The Hunchback of Notre Dame are now available for professional theatre productions, licensed exclusively through Music Theatre International (212-541-4684,

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a dramatic telling of the famous love story on a grand scale, with a lush, emotionally rich score featuring music by Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). With a book by Peter Parnell, The Hunchback of Notre Dame has orchestrations by Michael Starobin; Michael Kosarin is music supervisor, Brent-Alan Huffman is associate music supervisor/conductor and Rob Berman provides dance arrangements.

The show and score were hailed by critics on both coasts during the show’s regional theatre productions, directed by Scott Schwartz and choreographed by Chase Brock:  “Poignant and intensely emotional…Sparked by stellar performances, Hunchback sets its audience cheering” (Variety); “Potent and enchanting, it brings fresh depths to a saga of love and vengeance…a resounding pleasure” (San Diego Union Tribune); “One of the signal pleasures is Menken’s melodic music and Schwartz’s nimble lyrics” (The New York Times).

To sign up for pre-order information for The American Premiere recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, visit