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November 2, 2017


The five-course pairing dinner will serve a seafood centric menu with craft beers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (October 2017) -- Paddlefish, the iconic Disney Springs restaurant located aboard a luxurious steamboat, is inviting guests on board for the second installment of their rooftop dinner series. On Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m., Paddlefish and local Orlando brewery Crooked Can will be serving up a 5-course dinner paired with the perfect pint for each plate.

The menu for the dinner includes an oyster trio paired with a Mr. Tractor Kolsch Style Ale, steamed clams paired with a High Stepper American IPA, shrimp & chourico gumbo paired with a McSwagger’s Own Amber Ale, and coffee-dusted pork loin and stout-braised Kurobuta pork belly paired with a Freedom Ride Stout. For dessert, Paddlefish will serve up a special spiced apple bread pudding paired with Crooked Can’s Domestic Bliss, a Belgian Golden Strong Ale that has a complex spice character and mild fruitiness to compliment the dish. While dining, guests will be able enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Buena Vista and Disney Springs and take home a Crooked Can pint glass as a souvenir.

Space for this event is limited. Tickets are available for $65 per person and can be purchased online at Eventbrite. For more information, please visit or call 407-934-2628.

About Paddlefish
Docked on the shores of Lake Buena Vista, Paddlefish is the only venue in Disney Springs to offer rooftop-level waterfront dining. Led by Executive Chef Steven Richard. Paddlefish’s menu features fresh seafood and interactive tableside experiences. Paddlefish is outfitted with several private dining rooms as well as a rooftop setting that can be rented out to accommodate groups of all sizes. Paddlefish seats 760 guests and is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch and its rooftop deck is open for late night drinks and dining until 1 a.m. For more information, visit

July 2, 2017

REVIEW: Planet Hollywood Observatory - Disney Springs

So much has been transforming in and around Orlando! Brand new venues are springing up, and familiar icons are unveiling dramatic aesthetic overhauls and revamped menus. I've always been a fan of Planet Hollywood, and I was thrilled to see the final product of the yearlong, $25 million remodel to its flagship "Observatory" location at the ever-evolving Disney Springs.

There's enough glitz and glamour within this colossal space to leave you feeling like an A-lister from the moment you enter! So, what's new at Planet Hollywood Observatory? 

For starters - a fresh paint job and spiffed-up facade can make a world of difference! The new exterior is just as eye-catching, but they went with a cleaner, more modern upscale look - toning down the loud, somewhat gaudy display put forth since the original opening in 1994.

The building serves as a four-story bar, restaurant, shop, and museum - to put it simply. New features include a 4,500 square-foot video wall incorporating innovative 3D technology, a 5,000 square-foot outdoor, open air terrace bar, and of course - a reimagined menu with feature contributions from celebrity foodie, Guy Fieri.
(Don't panic, Planet Hollywood loyalists... the Cap'n Crunch Chicken is still on the menu!!)
When you enter, you're immediately greeted by the impeccably courteous staff, sleek double stairway, and a few tantalizing bits of memorabilia to gawk at. As you reach the second level, take a moment to pause and discover the encased wardrobe tributes on display. I immediately honed in on Dorothy's gingham dress from
The Wizard of Oz beside a Walter White original from Breaking Bad, but then... something happened...

January 17, 2017

Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida Offering Appealing “Escape The Cold” Rates Through April 16

. . . Special Rates Provide a Great Way to Escape to The Sunshine State, and take in events such as The Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festivaland to experience the transformed Disney SpringsTM and its many new offerings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (January 2017) – Looking for a cure for the winter blues? You should consider taking advantage of the special “Escape The Cold” rates that are being offered by the seven Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels in Central Florida. Available for stays through April 16, 2017, the special rates are a great way to escape to the Sunshine State, experience such special events as the first-ever Epcot® International Festival of the Arts and the 2017 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival. It also is a wonderful time to take in the many new offerings in the Walt Disney World® Resort, including the many exceptional new venues at the dramatically transformed Disney SpringsTM area, formerly known as the Downtown Disney® Area. Inspired by Florida’s charming towns and natural beauty, the vibrant new waterfront Disney SpringsTM offers a high-quality diverse mix of shops, an impressive variety of new upscale and casual dining options, and outstanding live entertainment options, with more than 150 establishments across its four outdoor neighborhoods.

The special rates also provide the opportunity to take in such exciting new offerings at the Walt Disney World® Resort as Star WarsTM Launch Bay and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®; Frozen Ever After and Soarin’ Around The World at Epcot®; Kilimanjaro Safaris® for a full day to night experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park; and Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire stage show at Magic Kingdom® Park.

In addition to the seven Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels having an ideal location with an easy walk to the significantly expanded Disney SpringsTM, these seven Official Walt Disney World® Hotels also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, two water parks, and at night to the Disney SpringsTM area.

Plus, as a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the “Disney SpringsTM Passport” booklet that features exclusive discounts and specials from Disney SpringsTMmerchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. Among the coupons featured in the booklet are discounts and special offers at Splitsville Luxury LanesTM, House of Blues® Restaurant, Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, STK Orlando, and Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea.

The Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels’ “‘Escape The Cold’ Rates” for stays through April 16, 2017, are:
·         B Resort & Spa – rates from $104 per room, per night (which is 30% off)
·         Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – rates from $89 per room, per night.  
·         DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Orlando Lake Buena Vista -- rates from $139 per suite, per night
·         Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – rates from $116 per room, per night
·         Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $116 per room, per night
·         Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney SpringsTM Area – rates from $129 per room, per night
·         Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney SpringsTM Resort Area – rates from $77 per room, per night.  
For more information on the special hotel rates, or to make a reservation, visit, specifically (or ). The special rates are available for stays January 15-April 16, 2017, based on availability. Some blackout dates may apply, and availability may be limited. The rates do not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. The offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups.

Visiting provides the opportunity to take in such special events as:
·         2017 Epcot® International Festival of the Arts – weekends (Fridays-Mondays) between January 13-February 20, 2017 at Epcot®
·         NFL Pro Bowl Activities & Events – January 25-28, 2017 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
·         NFL Pro Bowl Game – January 29, 2017 at Camping World Stadium (in Orlando)
·         Atlanta Braves Springs Training – February 25-March 29, 2017 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
·         2017 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival – March 1-May 29, 2017 at Epcot®
·         Garden RocksTM Concert Series – Fridays-Mondays March 1-May 29, 2017 at Epcot®
Note that Theme Park admission may be required, and some events require a separately priced ticket.

Other benefits of staying at one of the seven Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels include:
·         The ability to purchase Disney Theme Park admissions at each hotel
·         Advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World® Resort golf courses
·         Disney Merchandise store located in each hotel
·         The ability to book advance dining and dinner show reservations for all restaurants across the Walt Disney World® Resort. 
The reimagined Disney SpringsTM area overflows with the sights, sounds and flavors that come together in a beautiful outdoor environment with a charming waterfront setting. Set amid beautiful open-air promenades and bubbling springs, this vibrant destination features four distinct outdoor neighborhoods:  The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace, and West Side.

Among the many new offerings that are open at Disney SpringsTM are such outstanding retail tenants as kate spade new york, Vera Bradley, Tommy Bahama, PANDORA Jewelry, Under Armour Brand House, ALEX AND ANI, Sephora, UGG, and TROPHY ROOM.

In addition, Disney SpringsTM features such new specialty dining locations as Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, renowned Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming, Amorette’s Patisserie, STK Orlando, B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co., D-Luxe Burger, Morimoto Asia Street Food, Sprinkles (cupcake bakery), The Daily Poutine, and YeSake.

Among the other appealing offerings which opened during the past year are the Indiana Jones-themed Jock Lindsey’s Hangar BarThe Ganachery chocolate shop, Vivoli Il Gelato (serving Italian gelato like its sister shop in Florence, Italy), Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC (which specializes in gluten-free and vegan baked goods), andExposition Park (the home to Disney-owned food trucks, with delicious offerings from each of the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks).

Plus, there are two new parking garages with a total of 6,000 spaces, and the new Village Causeway, which provides guests another path of travel through the area. In addition, a pedestrian bridge from the Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels to the Disney SpringsTM area is now available, making it even easier for guests.

Among the many other offerings open at Disney SpringsTM are:  World of Disney store, AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24, The Art of Disney, The LEGO® Store, Build-A-Dino® by Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Disney Design-A-Tee, Disney’s Candy Cauldron, Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories, Once Upon a Toy, Orlando Harley-Davidson (apparel and accessories), Pearl Factory, Starbucks® at Disney SpringsTM Marketplace, and Shop for Ireland.

Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels ( is a consortium of seven Official Walt Disney World® Hotels that includes:
·         B Resort & Spa -- the stylish resort opened in June 2014 with 394 newly renovated guest rooms, the full-service B Indulged® AVEDA Spa, and features American Kitchen Bar & Grill
·         Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – the 18-story, 325-room resort overlooks scenic Lake Buena Vista and the Walt Disney World® Resort, and offers two restaurants, a lounge, and wireless internet
·         DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Orlando Lake Buena Vista -- the luxurious and recently renovated resort hotel features 229 spacious suites, and is the only all-suite resort hotel in the Disney SpringsTM Resort Area
·         Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace (formerly known as the Buena Vista Palace)  situated on 27 lush acres just steps from the Disney SpringsTM Area, the 27-story hotel is nearing completion of an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation, and features a Character Breakfast every Sunday
·         Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – the closest hotel to Disney SpringsTM, the resort offers two pools, a Disney Character Breakfast each Sunday, seven restaurants and lounges (including Benihana® Steakhouse), and 24-hour fitness center
·         Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney SpringsTM Area -- offers the ideal setting to stay, meet and play, featuring modern Florida d├ęcor and complimentary Wi-Fi
·         Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney SpringsTM Resort Area -- featuring Disney Character Breakfast 3 days a week, 394 guest rooms, six dining options, and the Oasis Aquatic Pool Playground with interactive water features.
With nearly 30 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, over 3,700 rooms and an array of amenities, the Disney SpringsTM Resort Area Hotels offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest. Located in the heart of the Disney SpringsTM area, these properties are within walking distance of exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Visit .

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