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Dinner Party with Author and Grand Marshal Coordinator Dean Gaschler Friday, October 6 2017

Published July 31, 2017 by Disneyways.com

 

Open to the Public!! Dinner Party with Author and Grand Marshal Coordinator Dean Gaschler
Friday, October 6 2017 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Retro Station
5749 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, Florida 34746

Call for Reservations (407) 219-9299 or email contact@retrostationrestaurant.com

Details and more about Dean can be found HERE

Retro Station is located at 5749 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
in Kissimmee, FL34746 (across from Old Town in the same plaza as Pacino’s!) Join us on Friday October 6th at 6:30pm for a Dinner Party with Disney Grand Marshal Dean Gaschler. Hear him talk about his Main Street Memories! Get a chance to buy his books at a special discount of TWO for $30, with free autographs and personalization included (for yourself or a loved one!) Live Disney music provided by Peter Alden! All with a special set priced – family style menu (details to come!) Seating is limited so Call for Reservations (407) 219-9299 (any time after 4pm – closed on Tuesdays!) or email contact@retrostationrestaurant.com  – DETAILS, MENU, AND MORE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

PLEASE CHECK THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE FOR LATEST DETAILS AND UPDATES ON THIS EVENT!!!

Disney in August 2017 ~ Meetups and More

Published July 25, 2017 by Disneyways.com

No matter if you live near Disney World in Orlando, or not, why not join us for one or more of these fun events? No park admission required – and open to EVERYONE! Coming in August 2017!

Join me at www.facebook.com/WDWMagazine/ at noon on Thursday August 3rd for a tour of Art of Animation Resort! THAT’S RIGHT! No matter where you are in the world you can watch this tour and chat with me LIVE from your mobile device or PC! Once again the fantastic people at WDW Magazine are allowing me to take over their page to bring you this fantastic tour! Join us and participate in the conversation as we walk through the lobby and so much more! Details and more on Disney’s Art of Animation Resort can be found HERE.

Join me at www.facebook.com/WDWMagazine/ at 2pm Eastern on Thursday August 3rd for a tour of Disney’s Pop Century Resort! THAT’S RIGHT! No matter where you are in the world you can watch this tour and chat with me LIVE from your mobile device or PC! Once again the fantastic people at WDW Magazine are allowing me to take over their page to bring you this fantastic tour! Join us and participate in the conversation as we walk through the lobby and so much more! Details and more on Pop Century can be found HERE.

Open to the public!! You do not have to be a guest of the Polynesian – just let the guard know you are meeting some friends at the bar – and join us for a Lapu Lapu – or just order water or soda! See you at the Tambu Lounge inside Disney’s Polynesian Resort at 4pm to 6pm on Thursday August 3rd!! Check out the facebook event page HERE. You never know – we might have goodies, prizes, perhaps even a Disney celebrity show up – so don’t miss it!! Click HERE to see a Menu and more for Tambu Lounge

Eat to the Beat Concert Lineup Announced for 2017

Published July 16, 2017 by Disneyways.com

FREE with paid admission into Epcot…LIVE MUSIC from some amazing acts and bands!! That’s right – Eat To The Beat Concert Series Returns To Epcot in 2017!
This fall, come join us for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Various bands will be appearing in the Epcot Eat To The Beat Concert Series that runs from August 31 – November 13, 2017 this year.

More bands than EVER… a record breaking 32 musical acts!

New to the lineup this year are The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, Mark Wills, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox and Blue OctoberKenny G., Squeeze and 10,000 Maniacs. Catch them all at the America Gardens Theatre stage throughout the festival’s 75-day run.

Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00pm daily. The lineup (subject to change and included in Epcot admission) includes:

Delta Rae — August 31-September 1
NEW! The Hooters – September 2-3
NEW! Baha Men — September 4-5
Fuel — September 6-7
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – September 8-10
NEW! Lauren Alaina – September 11-12
Plain White T’s — September 13-15
Sister Hazel – September 16-17
Air Supply — September 18-20
David Cook — September 21-22
Everclear — September 23-24
Sugar Ray — September 25-27
38 Special – September 28-29
NEW! Mark Wills – September 30-October 1
NEW! American Authors – October 2-3
Christopher Cross – October 4-5
NEW! Devon Allman – October 6-8
Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX — October 9-11
Taylor Dayne — October 12-13
Jeffrey Osbourne – October 14-15
NEW! Postmodern Jukebox — October 16-17
NEW! 10,000 Maniacs — October 18-20
Toad the Wet Sprocket — October 21-22
NEW! Kenny G — October 23-24
Billy Ocean – October 25-26
Tiffany – October 27-October 29
Hanson — October 30-November 1
NEW! Blue October — November 2-3
Living Colour — November 4-5
Boyz II Men — November 6-8
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — November 9-11
NEW! Squeeze — November 12-13

Festival-goers can book Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert. Reservations can be booked at EpcotFoodFestival.com beginning July 20, 2017.

The dining packages entitle guests to breakfast, lunch, or dinner at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, and include same-day reserved seating at the Eat to the Beat Concert that evening.

Eat to the Beat Package Dining Times
Dining Reservation start times must be at least 2.5 hours prior to the Eat to the Beat show time. Guests dining for breakfast or lunch will have choice of concert seating for all three show times, while guests dining for dinner will have a choice of seating for one or two show times (depending upon restaurant dinner meal period start time). Guests should arrive at the America Gardens theater 15 minutes prior to the concert start time, entering through the designated package entrance.

Eat to the Beat Dining Package Details
Breakfast packages include one buffet or family-style dining (where applicable).

Lunch and dinner packages include your choice of an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage or 1 full buffet from the chosen restaurant’s menu.

Prices exclude tax and gratuity, and park admission is not included.

Eat to the Beat Dining Packages and the Disney Dining Plan
Guests can use the Disney Dining Plan to pay for the packages.

Standard Disney Dining Plan and Deluxe Disney Dining Plan – 2 table service credits per person for any meal/restaurant

Participating Restaurants
There are lots of great restaurants to choose from! To see reviews, click on the links below and scroll to the reviews section.

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
Lunch Adult: $57.00
Lunch Child: $21.00

Dinner Adult: $57.00
Dinner Child: $21.00

Coral Reef Restaurant
Lunch Adult: $66.00
Lunch Child: $22.00

Dinner Adult: $66.00
Dinner Child: $22.00

Biergarten Restaurant
Lunch Adult: $44.00
Lunch Child: $25.00

Dinner Adult: $51.00
Dinner Child: $29.00

The Garden Grill Restaurant
Breakfast Adult: 43.00
Breakfast Child: 27.00

Lunch Adult: 57.00
Lunch Child: 36.00

Dinner Adult: $57.00
Dinner Child: $36.00

Nine Dragons Restaurant
Lunch Adult: $50.00
Lunch Child: $16.99

Dinner Adult: $58.00
Dinner Child: $18.50

Restaurant Marrakesh
Lunch Adult: $50.00
Lunch Child: $21.00

Dinner Adult: $58.00
Dinner Child: $21.00

Spice Road Table
Lunch Adult: $50.00
Lunch Child: $21.00

Dinner Adult: $58.00
Dinner Child: $21.00

San Angel Inn Restaurante
Lunch Adult: $60.00
Lunch Child: $15.50

Dinner Adult: $74.00
Dinner Child: $17.50

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Lunch Adult: $54.00
Lunch Child: $20.00

Dinner Adult: $57.00
Dinner Child: $24.00

Les Chefs de France
Lunch Adult: $65.99
Lunch Child: $17.99

Dinner Adult: $75.99
Dinner Child: $22.99

Tokyo Dining
Lunch Adult: $62.00
Lunch Child: $16.99

Dinner Adult: $74.00
Dinner Child: $20.75

Teppan Edo
Lunch Adult: $62.00
Lunch Child: $16.99

Dinner Adult: $74.00
Dinner Child: $20.75

Tutto Italia Ristorante
Lunch Adult: $64.00
Lunch Child: $22.00

Dinner Adult: $70.00
Dinner Child: $25.00

La Hacienda de San Angel
Lunch Adult: N/A
Lunch Child: N/A

Dinner Adult: $80.00
Dinner Child: $17.50

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Breakfast Adult: $60.00
Breakfast Child: $36.00

Lunch Adult: $70.00
Lunch Child: $42.00

Dinner Adult: $70.00
Dinner Child: $42.00

Speakers, Book Signings, Trivia and 25 Disney Vendors ~ Disney Event December 3, 2017

Published July 10, 2017 by Disneyways.com

Confirmed speakers so far include Ron Schneider, Tom Nabbe, William “Sully” Sullivan! Come to the Florida Disney Collector Show on December 3rd 2017 from 9am to 4pm! Just $6.00 for adults – payable at the door. Twenty five vendors, pin trading, and so much more! Check out the graphic above or visit the facebook event page for more info!

 

Magical Dining!! Disney Dinners for $35

Published July 10, 2017 by Disneyways.com

Originally posted July 10, 2017

Can you believe you can get a THREE COURSE meal on Disney property for $35??? Is this even possible? Why yes – it is!! Read on out find out how!

This year, an unprecedented number of Disney restaurants are participating in Magical Dining…several of them Disney owned and operated!!! Among them are The Turf Club, Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Grand Floridian Cafe, Jiko, Olivia’s Cafe, and The Wave… of American Flavors. We have the full list for you below!

Available to anyone no matter where you live –  Magical Dining Month begins August 25th during a special preview week, and continues through October 1st.  Over 100 Orlando area restaurants will offer prix fixe dinners for just $35. What do you get for your $35?

A three-course dinner includes the choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert from the restaurant’s Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month menu. Tax and gratuity is not included.

One dollar from each meal will benefit Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Here is how you do it!! To participate in Magical Dining – just go to the Restaurants & Menus page to select your favorite restaurant, then click on the restaurant’s online reservations button. While most restaurants offer online reservations, if they do not, then call the restaurant directly. Advance reservations are encouraged as some will fill up quickly! You can also arrive at the restaurant as a walk-in guest or with advance reservations. Then –  simply ask your server for the Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month menu. No vouchers, coupons or flyers are needed.

This program is available Every night, from August 25 – October 1, 2017, during the restaurant’s normal dinner hours. Call the restaurants directly for days and hours of operation.

Check out the FULL Disney LIST including menus and more for the Disney and Lake Buena Vista area restaurants HERE

Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Grand Floridian Cafe, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Il Mulino at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs
Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Paddlefish at Disney Springs
Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando
STK at Disney Springs
The Turf Club at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Todd English’s bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Dolphin

Frequently asked questions and answers can be found HERE.

Three New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for 2017

Published July 10, 2017 by Disneyways.com

New Year’s Eve is typically the MOST crowded night of the year at Disney Parks, and as a native to Orlando who is still living here, normally you wouldn’t catch me anywhere near the Disney Parks on that night! But I think if you are planning your Disney vacation during this time – it might be worthwhile to book an event like this – so that your night is still AT Disney…but you will likely get a nice, upscale experience without being in the crowded parks!

Originally posted on The Disney Parks Blog 

Reservations open July 11 2017 for three ways to ring in the New Year at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, part of the Enchanting Extras Collection, which gives guests “can’t-miss” experiences that enhance the Walt Disney World Resort experience.

For an evening of dining and dancing, “Disney Countdown to Midnight” includes delightful dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor (and we hear that Mickey and Minnie may make a special appearance). Then welcome in 2018 with a flute of bubbly and a viewing of those legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks in Magic Kingdom Park.

Hours are 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom. This party is designed for guests 18 and older.

“Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration” is for children of all ages, a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year with a Disney•Pixar-inspired dinner.

Sarge welcomes you to the Ballroom of the Americas that features vignettes of beloved Pixar movies. From Andy’s Room in “Toy Story” to and Metro City with The Incredibles, the immersive celebration will include theatrical backdrops, dramatic set pieces and fun props that re-create the fantastic worlds of the Pixar films. And, of course, favorite characters will be on hand from “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles” and “Up.”

Kids can have fun at Pixar face painting, a balloon artist and a boot camp with Sarge, while an interactive DJ will spin hits from Radio Disney (he’s going to be in a “Cars”-inspired DJ rig from Radiator Springs). Dinner is buffet style.

At midnight, head outdoors to ring in the New Year with a viewing of the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. Hours are 8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.

Fine dining is the theme of the third party, “Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” in the Grand Republic Ballroom. Inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” the room is beautifully decorated French Quarter style to transport you to the Big Easy.

Actions stations will feature flavors such as oyster beignets, smoked salmon mousse cones with caviar, Kobe beef tartare and sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi. Signature dishes will include herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish etouffee, Black Angus beef cooked two ways, braised short ribs and filet of beef with truffled celery root silk.

Toward the end of the evening an amazing vocalist, reminiscent of Tiana, joins the band to bring the Academy Award winning classics of the legendary composer, Randy Newman, to life. Then slip outside with a glass of bubbly just before midnight to ring in 2018 with a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. Hours are 7 p.m.-12:15 a.m.

For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.

 

A Summer SALE on Disney tickets?! WHAT?! Here is the 4-Park Magic Ticket Explained ~ and a link to get yours!

Published July 2, 2017 by Disneyways.com

 

Limited offer through July 2017! A Summer SALE on Disney tickets?! WHAT?! Here is the 4-Park Magic Ticket Explained ~ and a link to get yours!

Normally, a standard four-day ticket with admission to one park (Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot or Magic Kingdom) per day will set you back $350 per person over the age of 10. But because Disney is a place where dreams come true, it has created a 4-Park Magic Ticket — it has “magic” in the title because it lets you experience all four theme parks on four separate days for just $79 per day, per ticket for guests 10 and up ($74 for kids 3-9!). That means each member of your family gets four days of Disney fun for $316. A savings that can really add up.

Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. You can purchase these tickets until July 30, so GO GO GO — just click on the “4-Park Magic Ticket for All Guests” button and Disney’s site will take you through checkout.

Quoted from Disney: “The 4-Park Magic Ticket is the best way to experience Walt Disney World theme parks, with one admission to each of the 4 theme parks for 4 days. Tickets may not be used to enter the same park more than once. Tickets are valid for admission beginning April 30, 2017 and must be used within 14 days of first use or by September 30, 2017, whichever occurs first.*”

 

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