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Experience 2019 Disney Springs Flavors of Florida Now Through September 2

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Summer is here and we’re celebrating in true Floridian, citrus-lovin’ style. Come and experience the 2019 Disney Springs Flavors of Florida with delicious selection of perfectly paired Floridian-inspired plates, cocktails, and brews across 20 dining locations located throughout the popular shopping and entertainment district. 

The 2019 Disney Springs Flavors of Florida event runs now through September 2, 2019. You can even grab a guide to help you discover all of the Florida freshness. Pick it up at any participating location as well as the Disney Springs Welcome Center. See below for a list of all the menu items and restaurants! 

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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Fountain of Youth Chicken Wings – Chicken wings served with St Augustine Datil Pepper Sauce
  • Florida Rain – Orange vodka, gin, coconut rum, blue curaçao, and sour mix
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D-Luxe Burger

  • Southern Burger – Signature beef blend patty topped with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce, grilled onion, and bacon
  • Orange Crème Milkshake – Vanilla gelato blended with zesty orange flavors and topped with whipped cream
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Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Blood Orange Mousse – Lemon chiffon cake with grapefruit gelée
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The Ganachery

  • Disney Springs Dark Chocolate Bar – Dark chocolate bar with orange
  • Florida Orange Ganache Square – Dark chocolate blended with Florida orange juice and orange zest
  • Key Lime Ganache Pop – White chocolate blended with Key lime juice and fresh lime zest covered with dark chocolate 
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Rainforest Cafe

  • Conch Fritters – Conch fritters served on a bed of tropical slaw with Key lime tartar sauce
  • Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen

Wine Bar George and The Basket at Wine Bar George

  • Frozcato Cookie Sandwich – Frozen pineapple frozcato sandwiched between two house-made sugar cookies
  • Frozcato – Moscato, vodka, and Dole Whip Pineapple
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Polite Pig

  • Smoked Prime Rib Slider – Prime rib served with a citrus aïoli and a green papaya horseradish slaw
  • Florida Mango Frosé – Fresh mango purée, sparkling rosé, and citrus
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House of Blues – The Smokehouse

  • Key Lime Pie – Key lime pie with graham cracker crust and toasted coconut
  • Sandbar Sunday Islamorada Beer Company American Pale Wheat Ale
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Splitsville

  • Tuna Poke Tower – Seared ahi tuna, spicy crab mix, diced Florida avocado, and Asian slaw stacked and served with crispy wonton chips
  • Strawberry Sake Spritzer – Local strawberries, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, and rosé-infused sake garnished with a whole strawberry and mint
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YeSake

  • Fresh Tuna Tekka Don – Fresh, customizable poke bowl featuring sushi-grade tuna on a bed steamed rice topped with avocado, cucumber, seaweed salad, tempura crunch, and a zesty house-made yuzu aïoli
  • Violet Sake Slushie – Japanese sake, prickly pear, and lime topped with konpeito candy
  • Frozen Beer Shandy – Kirin draft beer with fresh-squeezed orange juice topped with frozen Kirin foam
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T-REX

  • Boom Boom Alligator Tacos – Flour tortillas, fried alligator, and tropical fruit slaw topped with micro cilantro and spicy garlic sauce
  • Sailfish Brewing Co. Tag & Release Amber
  • The Ice Age – Rum, blue curaçao, piña colada purée, and orange juice
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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

  • Key West Shrimp Cocktail – Seasoned shrimp hand tossed with avocado, mango, cucumber, and house-made cocktail sauce and served with buttermilk crackers
  • Blood Orange Madras – Blood orange moonshine, freshly muddled strawberries, pineapple purée, and cranberry juice
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Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

  • Local Buratta – Buratta made in Pompeo Beach, Florida served with prosciutto, arugula, fresh peaches, and basil pesto
  • Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
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Paddlefish

  • Crab Ceviche – Blue crab, avocado, bell pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime served with tortilla chips
  • Key Lime Wheat Ale
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The BOATHOUSE

  • Steamed Peel and Eat Florida Shrimp – Florida shrimp dusted with Boathouse seasoning and served with drawn butter
  • Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat Ale
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Pizza Ponte

  • A Zesty Slice of Florida – Pizza bianca with Florida lemon, ricotta cheese, arugula, and black pepper
  • Guyebera Citra Pale Ale
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STK Orlando

  • Market or Fresh Catch Ceviche – Ceviche with passion fruit, lime, and chilis
  • La Playita Lager
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Paradiso 37, Taste of The Americas

  • Florida Scorpion Shrimp Paella – Colossal gulf shrimp, mussels, pancetta, peas, crushed red pepper, tomatoes, and savory Key lime butter tossed with Calasparra rice and broiled to perfection
  • Sunset Margarita – Tequila, cointreau, and fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice
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Planet Hollywood

  • Citrus Kale Salad – Superfood blend of kale, julienned broccoli, slivered Brussels sprouts and cabbage, feta, fresh grapefruit and oranges, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and agave dressing
  • Key Lime Martini – Vodka, ice cream, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup with a graham cracker crumbs rim
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Morimoto Asia

  • Orange Gator & Waffle Cone – Tempura alligator wok-tossed with a sweet Florida orange sauce and served in a house-made waffle cone
  • Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA

Come on out and celebrate summer with us and enjoy the 2019 Disney Springs Flavors of Florida. Remember, this event runs through September 2, 2019, and you won’t want to miss it! For more information and to make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463). 

Disney Tails, Lovepop and More Opening at Disney Springs This Fall

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With over 100 stores already open at Disney Springs, it’s hard to imagine we have room for any more. But great news for shoppers like me – we do! Soon, three new venues, including Disney Tails and Lovepop, will be added to the property’s eclectic mix of niche boutiques and brand-name anchor locations, just in time for holiday shopping.

Here’s a preview of what’s to come:

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Disney Tails: Opening October 12, 2018 at Marketplace Co-Op, this is THE must-visit destination for pet owners who want to bring a bit of Disney flair home to their four-legged friends. With two existing character collections (Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse) and two new character collections (Haunted Mansion and Star Wars) set to debut when the store opens, you may want to wait to finalize Fido’s Halloween costume until you’ve had a chance to visit – the themed comfort harnesses are just too cute! While most of the items were designed with dogs in mind, there are a few items that are “purr”fect for cats, too! In addition to leashes, collars, and bandanas, you’ll also discover squeaky toys inspired by some of your favorite iconic Disney foods, because really, it’s not fair that only humans should get to indulge in Mickey waffles, Mickey ice cream bars and Mickey pretzels, right?

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Lovepop: Steps away, in the center of Marketplace Co-Op, a new kind of greeting card will be arriving in mid-October. Lovepop is “more than a card” – it’s an intricate 3D paper sculpture designed on cutting-edge software, then hand-assembled with impeccable craftsmanship. I fell in love with the brand during a recent trip to New York City and was overjoyed when I found out they’d be coming to Disney Springs. Each piece is a gorgeous keepsake and with options for nearly every occasion imaginable, you’re bound to find something just right for the ones you love most.

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The Art of Disney Presents Greg McCullough: Slated to open on November 3, 2018 in the space formerly occupied by Little Miss Matched, an art gallery featuring works by Greg McCullough – a fan-favorite when it comes to paintings of Disney characters and stories – will open for a limited-time engagement through January 1, 2019. Greg McCullough will appear every day, except Mondays, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and guests will have a chance to interact with the artist, have artwork signed, and possibly even catch him painting live. Original works of art, limited-editions, and prints will be available, alongside some unique pieces from his Disney Remnants and Abstract Remnants Collections – mosaic collections created by recycling unused oil pant.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, Basin, one of the most beloved brands at Disney Springs, is putting the finishing touches on a refurbishment of their store. With a mid-October completion date, the location will feel familiar but with lighter, brighter, fresh touches that will open up the space in a more modern way.

With so much newness on the horizon, who’s ready to get a head start on holiday gift purchases and join me on a shopping trip to Disney Springs?

Celebrate Autumn with WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs

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As autumn draws near, get ready for a whole new host of seasonally-inspired eats with WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs! Celebrate your favorite fall flavors with everything from harvest tacos and pumpkin desserts to hard ciders and autumn-inspired cocktails.

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This seasonal celebration includes over 14 restaurants and quick service locations throughout Disney Springs. This foodie guide will help you find all the flavors of fall!

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YeSake

  • Harvest Fresh Bowl – a customizable bowl featuring sliced chicken breast, spinach, kale, carrot, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds tossed in a sweet Vidalia onion dressing. Also available as a wrap
  • Apple Cinnamon Sangria – complex flavors abound in this unique sangria featuring Japanese plum wine, orange, and lemon chilled down with frozen apples and finished with a sprinkle of sweet cinnamon

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Enzos Hideaway

  • Fall Harvest Soup – roasted apple and winter squash soup with spiced mascarpone cream and spiced candied nuts
  • Pumpkin White Russian – Hangar 1 Vodka, Monin Pumpkin Spice, heavy cream, with a sprinkled sugar rim glass

STK Orlando

  • WonderFall Promo Small Plate – pomegranate chili-glazed shrimp with butternut squash ginger purée and cranberry agrodolce
  • Pinot Grigio, Gabbiano, Delle Venezie, Italy – a light-bodied wine with a long finish that reveals hints of citrus and almonds

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Maria & Enzo’s

  • Fabulous Fall Butternut Squash Gnocchi – handmade ricotta gnocchi, roasted butternut squash, parmesan cream sauce, and pumpkin seed pesto
  • Medici Punch – Tuaca, Bulleit Bourbon, with charred cinnamon cider

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Morimoto Asia

  • Cantonese Style Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly – autumn 5-spice rub, maple bourbon koshu gastrique, and lychee cranberry chutney
  • Fall All Over – a smooth, decadent blend of Rémy Martin, Averna Amaro, lemon, apricot preserves, and a spritz of cinnamon

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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Bavarian Roasted Pork Shanks – tender, bite-sized “pig wings” tossed in an Oktoberfest beer sauce and served with fried spatzle mac and cheese
  • Air Pirate’s Pretzels – Oktoberfest-themed flight of pretzels with spicy German mustard and beer cheese fondue
  • Autumn Smash – fall into the season with Captain Morgan Rum, lemon juice, peach nectar, simple syrup, and a touch of cinnamon

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The Boathouse

  • Lucky Dux Oysters – half shell by the piece with green apple Champagne mignonette sauce
  • Bronzed Maple Coffee – whiskey, muddled candy, coffee, and maple whip cream garnished with a dusting of maple powder and candy

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

  • Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Trart – pumpkin crème brûlée baked in a pastry shell with fried cheesecake bites, caramel toile, and chocolate ganache
  • Pumpkin Baileys Irish Coffee – Baileys pumpkin spice with fresh espresso topped with whipped cream

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Paddlefish

  • Braised Pork Shoulder – apple cider reduction with autumn spices and cauliflower purée
  • Paddlefish Hard Apple – apple cider, bourbon, and ginger beer, garnished with a cinnamon stick

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B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.

  • Smoked Sausage – with beer cheese sauce, bacon, and apple braised red cabbage on a Tuscan roll
  • Stella Artois Apple Cider – clean, crisp, and perfectly balanced with a little peach taste. Delicate apricot notes complement its fresh apple flavor

The Daily Poutine

  • Oktoberfest Poutine – stout gravy, bratwurst sausage, cheese curds, and cilantro
  • Ace Pineapple Cider – a balanced, crisp, natural offering made with fresh pineapple offering a sweet taste and tart finish. This pineapple cider was the first developed in the world

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Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Caramel Apricot Cobbler – Verrine with apricot topped with sugared almonds and buttermilk panna cotta
  • Fall Harvest Petit Cake – cinnamon and nutmeg chiffon cake, layered with Calvados salted caramel mousse, cranberry cherry pate de fruit, and roasted hazelnuts
  • Apple Cider Riesling Wine Slushie

The Polite Pig

  • Fall Harvest Taco – apple cranberry-glazed smoked pork belly, soft corn tortilla, pumpkin-apple slaw, pepitas, and picked onions
  • Apple Cider Whiskey Sour – straight rye whiskey, apple cider, lemon, brown sugar, and cinnamon

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D-Luxe Burger

  • Apple Whisky Jam and Smoked Sausage Burger – smoked gouda, lettuce tomato, and caramelized onions
  • Pumpkin Shake – Pumpkin, caramel, and graham crackers swirled together for a tasty fall treat

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Additional Delights

  • 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck – Pumpkin Spice Churro Balls
  • AristoCrepes – Brie Cheese and Bosc Pear Crepe with Orange Blossom Honey
  • Chicken Guy! – Cinnamon Apple Milkshake
  • Disney’s Candy Cauldron and Goofy’s Candy Co. – Fall-Inspired Treats and Specialty Apples
  • Outdoor Vending Carts – Salted Caramel Pretzels and Pumpkin Churros (select carts only)
  • Sprinkles – Pumpkin Cupcake (Sept 1-30), Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcake (Sept 10-23), Candy Apple Cupcake (Sept 24-Oct 7)

Fall-Inspired Hard Ciders at Dockside Margaritas and Select Outdoor Vending Carts

  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider: This crisp and refreshing cider mixes the sweetness of the apples with a subtle dryness for a balanced cider taste. The fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor make this cider hard to resist.
  • Angry Orchard Rosé Cider: Made with rare, red flesh apples from France. Each apple is crisp, juicy and red to the core, adding an irresistible rosy blush and apple-forward taste with a refreshing dry finish.
  • Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen: Rich, amber-golden color. Deep, inviting, malty nose and bready, wonderful flavor that’s an ode to barley. Medium to big body, with a touch of warming alcohol on the finish.
  • Margarita Cider by 3 Daughters Brewing: Hard cider blended with lime juice and sea salt then aged in tequila barrels for a festive and unique flavor. This semi-sweet apple cider is tart and refreshing and perfect for Florida.
  • Pumpking Imperial Ale by Southern Tier Brewing Co.: This beer gives off hints of pumpkin pie and spice aromas on the nose. Huge flavors of genuine pumpkin pie, nutmeg, and cinnamon come through with a rich and creamy, yet crisp taste.
  • Samuel Adams OctoberFest: The first thing you notice when pouring this seasonal beer is the color. It has a deep golden amber hue which itself is reflective of the fall season. A malt lover’s dream, this beer offers a delicious harmony of flavors.

WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs starts September 7 and runs through November 6. If you’re looking to get you fix of fall flavors, then this is definitely the place to be! Be sure to stop by the Disney Springs Welcome Center or any participating location to get your WonderFall Flavors booklet. This pocket-sized guide will help you chart your course and keep track of your tastings!

For more info, visit the Disney Springs website. To make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call (407) WDW-DINE (407 939-3463)

Top Five Restaurants for Outdoor Dining at Disney Springs

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One of the best things about Florida is the sunshine waiting for you all year round. It makes Disney World a great place to enjoy al fresco dining options, especially at Disney Springs. Fresh air and fresh food are a winning combination! These five restaurants make for delicious outdoor dining at Disney Springs.

The BOATHOUSE: With picture-perfect views of Lake Buena Vista, you’ll love dining on deck at The BOATHOUSE. Whether you choose a standard table, a high top or the comfy patio furniture (yes, you can get served there, too!), be sure to try the lobster roll. On a warm day, it’s not too heavy in spite of the whole Maine lobster used in every roll, and don’t even get me started about how amazing their French fries are! To drink? A nice IPA fits the bill, but for something extra-refreshing, sip on the Cucumber Cooler.

Frontera Cocina by Chef Rick Bayless at Disney Springs™ will delight friends, family and food-lovers with exciting flavors and a contemporary Mexican experience. Warm colors, an open kitchen and a lively atmosphere frame an inviting exploration of the many delights from the kitchen of six-time James Beard Foundation Awards Winner, Chef Rick Bayless.

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Frontera Cocina: A table here gives you a front row seat to one of the best looks at the springs of Disney Springs. Right over the water, you’re almost guaranteed to feel the cool breeze in your hair as you sip your margarita and savor every bite of freshly made hummus, a nice alternative to the equally delicious guacamole. Of course, you’ll also find tacos, tortas and an array of entrees by celebrity chef Rick Bayless, but on a warm day, nothing on the menu beats their Taqueria Salad with Mojo garlic grilled shrimp.

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Paddlefish: The third story deck of Paddlefish is one of the best kept secrets at Disney Springs. If you haven’t yet found your way to the open-air rooftop of this iconic paddleboat-inspired seafood restaurant, put it on your “to-do” list. For a special evening out, order the Seafood Tower – everything is fresh and chilled to just the right temperature. The drinks are divine, too … grab a group of friends and treat yourself to a carafe of perfect-for-spring house-made red sangria with Framboise, Crème de Mure, orange juice, tempranillo, and seasonal fruit.

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Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant: For more than a decade, the patio at this authentic Irish pub has been dazzling guests with incredible entertainment on their outdoor stage, all the while serving their full menu of favorites to guests lucky enough to snag an outside table. While you can certainly experience patio dining seven days a week, think about booking a brunch reservation with options like the “Full Irish” (a full Irish breakfast, naturally), “Ellis Isle Steak’n Eggs” and “Pancakes Diaspora”—all pair nicely with the Strawberry Fields Mimosa.

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STK Orlando: A favorite for late-night, STK Orlando is another great spot for dinner and drinks under the stars (and beneath ambience-adding string lights)! While steak is what they’re known for, and rightly so, the Buratta Salad is delicious, too. Cocktails abound, but for an appealing accompaniment, order a glass of the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, a vibrant, peppery white wine with bold fruit and floral notes.

Date night for two, girls’ brunch, family lunch … whatever the occasion, Disney Springs is the place to enjoy it, especially now with the incredible Central Florida weather!

Do you have a favorite spot for outdoor dining at Disney Springs? If so, share in the comments below – I’d love to know.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Five Places for Brunch at Disney Springs at Disney World

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At the beginning or end of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, you may need to fuel up with a delicious brunch with your family. Disney Springs is full of so many delicious dining options! These five restaurants that we recommend for brunch at Disney Springs, unless otherwise noted, are are offered every Saturday and Sunday:

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NEW! Maria & Enzo’s: The newest brunch offering at Disney Springs can be found at Maria & Enzo’s. Venture into the renovated airline terminal and discover an elegant buffet of starters that include salumi & cheese, antipasti, pizza, yogurt and assorted pastries. Pair it with one of the classic and contemporary dishes on menu, including French Toast, Poached Hen Egg & Quinoa Kale Salad, NY Strip Steak ‘N Eggs, Farmstead Vegetable Frittata or Spaghetti Alla Carbonara. The prix-fixe affair is $35 per adult and $15 per child (ages 3-9); kids under two eat free. For the ultimate indulgence, you can add on endless mimosas and bellinis for just $15 more.

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House of Blues Gospel Brunch: Taking place on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., the World Famous Gospel Brunch is a one-of-a-kind experience that puts the spotlight on local talent and southern specialties. Traditional and contemporary Gospel songs just may move you to wave a napkin and dance off some of their delicious cuisine (speaking from experience, here), including biscuits & gravy, fried catfish, peel and eat shrimp, chicken & waffles, honey baked ham, roast beef and much, much more.

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Paddlefish: Come aboard and enjoy classic brunch favorites like the popular Crab & Asparagus Benedict or the mouthwatering Monte Cristo. Both pair nicely with a glass of the Southern Sangria, a house favorite.

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Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant: The Rollicking Raglan Brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and features authentic Irish music, food, drink and live entertainment. With brunch entrees ranging from $8-$26, the menu is brimming with Irish taste treats including the Full Irish Breakfast, Pancakes Diaspora with crème fraiche, maple syrup and berry compote, and Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes, to name a few. If you prefer “lunch” fare, the slow-roasted Guinness-glazed Rack of Heaven baby back ribs, Lobster Club and famous Shepherd’s Pie are among their best sellers. Plus, dancers and live music will keep you entertained throughout your meal.

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STK Orlando: Most days you can order a la carte, and while STK is always known for their superb steaks, it would be a mistake to leave without trying their Cinnamon Monkey Bread.

Ready to make a reservation for brunch at Disney Springs? Call 407-WDW-DINE or make a reservation here; some venues also accepting bookings via the Open Table app.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Stop by the Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs for Virtual Backgrounds

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The Disney PhotoPass Studio located in the Disney Springs Marketplace is a favorite among princesses and knights who have visited Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, but you don’t have to be on your way to the ball to have your photo taken here!

You can take a classic – or goofy – family or individual portrait on one of our standard backdrops.

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If you’re looking for a slightly more specialized photo experience, this studio also offers those of all ages the opportunity to pose in front of virtual backdrops using a green-screen technique.

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(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

Here are just a few of the numerous virtual backdrop themes currently available: “Aladdin;” “Beauty and the Beast;” “Brave;” “Cars;” “Cinderella;” “Elena of Avalor;” “Inside Out;” “Jake and the Never Land Pirates;” “The Lion Guard;” “The Little Mermaid;” “Mickey and the Roadster Racers;” “Moana;” “Monsters, Inc.;” “Mulan;” “Peter Pan;” “Pirates of the Caribbean;” “The Princess and the Frog;” “Sleeping Beauty;” “Snow White;” Star Wars; “Tangled;” “Toy Story” and more!

So smile and say cheese, arrr, Agrabah, McQueen or Mickey – the choices are endless! Your photographer will make sure you have the best backdrop for your photo.

These photos can be linked to your My Disney Experience account and downloaded as part of an active Memory Maker entitlement or purchased individually.

If you’re looking for an even more customized offering that allows your little princess to step right into a classic Disney story, be sure to ask a photographer at the studio about a Personalized Storybook!

No reservations are needed to visit the studio, so stop by for your photo shoot whenever it fits into your day at Disney Springs!

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Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Three New Italian Restaurants to Open at Disney Springs This Winter

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Three New Italian Restaurants to Open This Winter at Disney Springs

Coming this winter, three modern Italian restaurants will be arriving at Disney Springs. These restaurants, all new concepts created by the Patina Restaurant Group, each feature unique menus and authentic Italian food in a beautiful and expansive dining complex. The complex will be located adjacent to The Edison, a lavish “Industrial Gothic”-style destination also being developed by Patina. The new concepts all tie into Disney Springs’ storyline of a restored Florida waterfront town, bringing unforgettable food and wine direct from Italy to the Sunshine State, with stunning scenery you can only find at Disney Springs.

The first concept, called Maria & Enzo’s, is a trattoria set in the town’s abandoned 1930’s airline terminal which has now been transformed into an open and airy restaurant. Featuring gorgeous views of Lake Buena Vista and incredible 50-foot ceilings, the interior dining room is adorned with artifacts that reflect air travel of the time such as maps and historic flight paths. Inspired by Sicily, the menu has a delightful range of family-friendly dishes – Arancini di Carne (rice balls stuffed with meat), Melanzane Parmigiana (eggplant parmesan), and handmade pastas including Busiate con Granchio (spiral pasta with crab) and ‘Ncasiata al Forno (Sicilian baked pasta) – all served tableside. Other delectable highlights include fresh fish, richly flavored steaks and chops.

The second concept is Enzo’s Hideaway – Enzo’s own personal speakeasy inspired by Roman aperitivo bars. Located in the storied rum-runner tunnels that adjoin Maria & Enzo’s and steeped in Florida’s true history of rum-running, Enzo’s Hideaway will pour Prohibition-era cocktails at its Tunnel Bar and serve a casual menu of hearty Roman Dishes such as the city’s legendary Bucatini alla Carbonara (hollow spaghetti with creamy egg and pancetta sauce) and Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe (square-cut spaghetti with pecorino and black pepper).

Finally, Pizza Ponte rounds out the group with a fast-casual restaurant serving pizza, pastries, Italian sandwiches and espresso. With the perfect blend of savory and sweet, Pizza Ponte is the ideal place quick bite. On the savory side, the menu features Pizza al Taglio (Sicilian-style pizza served by the slice), signature Tirangolo (stuffed pizza bread) sandwiches, and Porchetta (roast pork). To satisfy your sweet tooth, pastry specialties include Bombolini (Italian donuts), Sfoglia di Riso (pastry with rice cream), and Tiramisu.

Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Ponte are set to open at Disney Springs this winter, and are sure to leave you saying, “Delizioso!” If you want to learn more about the Pantina Restaurant Group and their incredible restaurants such as these, visit www.patinagroup.com

These new concepts are just the beginning of a whole new list of exciting food and beverage concepts coming to Disney Springs. Coming soon are new locations such as The Edison, Terralina Crafted Italian, Wine Bar George, Jaleo by José Andrés, and Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill! Stay tuned for more updates on these amazing new locations.

(Thanks Disney Parks Blog!)

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Four Things to Do During the 2017 Holiday Season at Disney Springs

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At Disney Springs, you can create family memories, celebrate the season and find special gifts for all of the special people on your list – plus maybe even a treat or two for you! Make your holidays more magical, too, by enjoying everything Disney Springs will have to offer this holiday season…

The secret is out. Disney Springs has the most complete collection of Disney-inspired products anywhere! Because of that, it may be where you want to start your holiday shopping.

While holiday shopping is certainly more magical at Disney Springs, it’s just one of the many reasons your family will want to visit. Here are four things to do during the 2017 holiday season at Disney Springs:

  • A Bigger, Better Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail: Last year Disney introduced custom decorated holiday trees to the Marketplace, each themed to a popular Disney story or character. This year, the Christmas Tree Trail will expand to twenty-five trees – many of them larger than last year’s evergreens – including ten new trees inspired by Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Snow White and Dumbo.

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  • Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt: The mischievous experiment 626 is at it again with an expanded scavenger hunt featuring four new stops, including a special stop at the more-magical-than-ever Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail. This is a great activity for families with kids! It’s your chance to work together, decipher clues, and discover all the spots where Stich is hiding. Complete the mission and receive a limited-edition button.
  • Meet & Greet with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear: The eight-foot tall Coca-Cola polar bear is available for meet and greets on the second floor of The Coca-Cola Store. If your family is Coca-Cola fans, you won’t want to miss this unique photo opportunity.
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil: After nearly twenty years, “La Nouba” will take its final bow on December 31, 2017. There’s nothing else quite like the gravity-defying, jaw-dropping thrill of this stunning 90-minute show. There are still limited tickets available; visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/la-nouba for additional information and to purchase.

Complimentary and adjacent self-parking keeps things simple and hassle-free. With the retail delivery service available at all Disney Springs stores, you can easily pop in to any of the award-winning restaurants to relax and refuel.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Back to School 2017 Shopping at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

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Before you know it, the first day of school will be here. So today, we’re visiting Disney Springs for a first look at some “must have” back to school 2017 items and accessories to make this year extra magical.

At Disney Springs, finding a great school outfit is easy. Levi’s has a large selection of kids’ clothing, and offers custom tailoring, hemming and embroidery to help create a comfortable, unique look. Also, UNIQLO is packed with back to school essentials and has a variety of Disney-inspired clothing to show off your favorite character in style.

There are also some great deals on school outfits at Disney Springs. Superdry is offering $50 off your purchase of $200 or more August 18 through September 5, and when you spend more than $100 at Shore, you’ll receive a drawstring backpack August 18 through August 20.

For more back to school staples, check out Columbia SportswearVolcom and LACOSTE.

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Finding a perfect backpack is simple at Disney Springs. CURL by Sammy Duvall has a variety of Disney-inspired Jansport backpacks. And Vera Bradley and Kipling in the Town Center also have backpacks and bags in a wide assortment of styles and colors. Both locations offer custom embroidery on all products, including pencil cases, lunchboxes, and more.

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Need accessories? World of Disney is now offering an impressive assortment of pens, pencils, notebooks, and tablet cases. Francescas also has a fun selection of back to school items as well as a variety of stylish jewelry and accessories.

If you’re looking for shades, be sure to stop by Sunglass ICON and APEX by Sunglass Hut. Both are offering $40 off a second pair of polarized glasses when you purchase one full-priced pair. Edward Beiner, a location that can fill your eyeglass prescription in-store, is another great option to eyewear – offering the latest lens and frame styles for all ages.

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You can “pair” your new school outfit with a perfect pair of socks at the World of Disney or sock-specialty store Stance, carrying DisneyStar Wars, and Marvel-inspired collections for your feet.

Specialty footwear retailers Sperry and UGG are offering promotions during the back to school shopping season. Visit Sperry for 30% off select styles, now through August 18. At UGG, enjoy complimentary customization up to $20 on any purchase of Kids’ Classic II product. Fit2Run, the Runners Superstore and Melissa Shoes both offer Disney character-inspired footwear selections to complete your first day of school outfit.

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College-bound students looking to fill their toiletries bags should stop by Basin. The store is offering $10 off when you purchase a body butter, scrub, and three bath bombs together from August 4 through 6. And Sugarboo & Co. has all of your dorm essentials. When you purchase any pillow August 11 through 20, you can purchase a second one at half off.

If you build up an appetite during back to school shopping, Wolfgang Puck Express in the Marketplace is offering a free kids meal with the purchase of one adult entrée from August 4 through August 13. If you’re looking for some refreshing sorbetto, Vivoli il Gelato in the Landing will cool your palate with their seasonal pineapple, watermelon and cherry flavors. And stopping by Ghirardelli is the perfect way to enjoy that end-of-summer sundae, as well as satisfy that sweet tooth.

Check out Disney Springs for your back to school 2017 shopping and share your favorites with us using #DisneySprings on Twitter and Instagram.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Disney Springs Summer 2017 Updates at Restaurants and Dining Locations

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With Florida temperatures heating up, we want to share with you some cool news from Disney Springs summer 2017 updates on new and improved dining spots:

  • More shade, big umbrellas and new frozen margaritas at Dockside Margaritas, a favorite waterfront respite for cold drinks and live music. And while classic margaritas and other cocktails are on the menu, seasonal frozen margaritas (watermelon, apple, agave nectar and tangerine mix-ins are among rotating flavors) are fun for summertime. Live music usually starts around noon and goes until 10:15 p.m.

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  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes on the West Side added more air-conditioned space on the second floor with an enclosed balcony that expands the dining room. Tables and high tops are along the windows, with fabulous views of Disney Springs through floor-to-ceiling windows. A new bar anchors the space.

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  • The BOATHOUSE at The Landing has three new summer dishes: herb-marinated grilled shrimp with smoked jalapeño grits, cornbread and housemade jalapeño jelly; house-smoked beef brisket au jus sandwich with spicy giardineria; and coconut bread pudding souffle with roasted pineapple and rum caramel sauce.
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. kiosk in Marketplace has a new Latin Dog, topped with chipotle mayo, corn salsa and queso fundido, one of five delectable choices – vegetarians can try the meatless Italian-style with peppers, onion and marinara. (And we love their homemade pickles.)
  • The popular “Jasper Board” starter gets bigger at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ with smoked fish dip, pimento cheese, shaved country and tasso hams and buttermilk crackers. With a cocktail, it’s a meal. Or try the new “Ham, Ham & Jam” with three Cheddar drop biscuits with ham, blackberry fig jam and pimento cheese. A new hangar steak with good ol’ Southern succotash (made with grilled corn, tomato and lima beans) and a new Chef Art Burger with Art’s special secret sauce round out the savories. If you want to go lighter, there’s a new watermelon salad with heirloom tomatoes, crispy ham, feta cheese and candied pecans.

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

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  • STK Orlando has a new happy hour menu, available every Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. with small bites like Cherry Tomato and Watermelon Skewers for $6 and beer and well drinks for $4.
  • The Polite Pig in Town Center added five bourbon flights: The Friendly Flight, The Polite Flight, The Refined Flight, The Rye Whiskey Flight and the American Whiskey Flight. A fun way to try a sip of something new – each flight has three bourbons. There is also a new BBQ Cheddar Sausage Hoagie and Double Layer Chocolate Cake.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote.