2017 to Bring New Eateries to Disney Springs

With the ever-changing look of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, new restaurants have been popping up lately and 2017 will bring even more new restaurants for us to try. Disney Springs has essentially become a year-round food festival ~ A Walt Disney World Theme Park For Food!

Disney Springs Restaurants

The Edison

This Disney Springs nightclub is a long time coming – and is expected to open in spring 2017. A sister venue in Los Angeles with a steampunk vibe offers drinks, food and entertainment. The Edison in Florida will be quite similar to its sister location in Los Angeles. As for the menu, the restaurant will serve classic American food and craft cocktails. For entertainment, there will be live music, cabaret performances, contortionists, palm readers, and DJs. The Edison is a bit saucier than other venues at Disney Springs and may not be as child friendly as other eateries in Disney Springs. With seven different bar and lounge spaces, each visit will be a completely new experience.

Here’s a little of what goes on at the Los Angeles location:


The former Fulton’s Crab House being revamped to the Paddlefish was due to open in the Fall of 2016. After an extensive revamp, this iconic Disney Springs restaurant is now set to reopen in early 2017. Look forward to outdoor seating, a more upscale nautical aesthetic, new dishes such as table side lobster guacamole and a “build your own” lobster boil, and previously popular dishes like Florida Stone Crab, Alaska King and Queen crab and lobster corn dogs.

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Planet Hollywood Observatory

Sporting a new look as an observatory, a burger and sandwich menu from Food Network star Guy Fieri and more, Planet Hollywood Observatory will open in Disney Springs in early 2017. The theme of the re-imagined Planet Hollywood Observatory will still feature stars from the big screen but much of the new focus will be on stars in the sky, as the restaurant completes its transformation into a turn-of-the-20th-century observatory. The restaurant will feature Stargazer Lounge where you’ll find signature craft cocktails with names that reflect the planets and space travel.

Disney Springs Restaurants

The Polite Pig

Local flavors will get a Disney Springs location in spring 2017. A sister restaurant to The Ravenous Pig of Winter Park, The Polite Pig will serve wood-fired smoked and grilled items, locally-brewed Cask & Larder beer, and more. Owners and James Beard award nominees James and Julie Petrakis are partnering with James’ brother, Brian for this eatery. The Polite Pig will be located in the Town Center neighborhood of Disney Springs and also offer outdoor seating. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner, with seating for about 200 guests.

I’m really looking forward to the opening of The Edison! Which one are you looking forward to trying?

Wine Bar George Coming to Disney Springs

Wine Bar George Disney Springs

Wine Bar George, Featuring Master Sommelier George Miliotes, Opens Fall 2017 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Fans of California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort may remember Master Sommelier George Miliotes from the opening team of the award-winning restaurant when it debuted in 1995. Miliotes returns to Walt Disney World Resort with his new venture, Wine Bar George, opening in fall 2017 at Disney Springs.

The design for the 210-seat wine bar is reminiscent of a winemaker’s home estate featuring oak wood, warm lighting and a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.

Wine Bar George also will include a food menu featuring small plates designed to complement the wine list. Offerings will feature local artisans and seasonal flavors – “bringing guests ideal food and wine pairings and culinary explorations,” says Miliotes.

Wine Bar George will offer more than 100 selections both by the bottle and the glass in a range of varietals, vintages and prices. Guests will be able to experience sips from acclaimed wineries as well as up-and-coming growing regions and wineries. Wine education will be served up in an approachable and fun manner, says Miliotes, and he is planning special events and visits from renowned winemakers.

Miliotes is one of just 230 master sommeliers in the world.

House of Blues Disney Springs to Host Two Craft Beer Events This Month

House Blues Disney Springs Craft Beer
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I can never pass up a good beer event! With Labor Day behind us and fall in the air, it’s time to visit Disney Springs and the House of Blues for some craft beer fun!

“Local Brews, Local Grooves”: On Saturday, September 10, 2016, House of Blues will host the 4th rendition of this popular event, mixing FL-based musicians with breweries that call the sunshine state home. No matter what your tastes, whether you prefer ambers or ales, pilsners or ports, you’ll find something to suit your tastes. Featuring 15 craft breweries, there’s a good chance you’ll find a new favorite. And with four of the hottest local bands taking the stage, the $11 general admission price will feel like a steal. Sampling tickets are $3 each for guests ages 21+ and the event will take place 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., one day only.

Featured Breweries: Barley Mow Brewing Co., Bold City Brewery, Central 28 Beer Co., Darwin Brewing Co., First Magnitude Brewing Co., Funky Buddha Brewery, JDUBS Brewing, M.I.A. Beer Company, Motorworks Brewing, Orange Blossom Brewing Co., Orlando Brewing, Original Sin Cider, Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co., Sweetwater Brewing Co., Two Henry’s Brewing Co.

Tip: Advance Purchase VIP Packages are also available for those who want a more all-inclusive experience including admission for two, ten sampling tickets and two food vouchers.

Big Storm Brewery Untapped Event:  The House of Blues Patio will become a haven for fans of Big Storm Brewery on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Taking place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., the event will feature Big Storm tastings and beer flights, with a live musician performing on the patio stage while you sip the day away.

For full details on “Local Brews, Local Grooves,” visit http://www.houseofblues.com/orlando/localbrewslocalgrooves. Check the House of Blues website in the coming weeks for more details about the Big Storm Brewery Untapped Event.

Pete’s Dragon Opens Today! Check Out These Activity Sheets and Dragon Cupcakes

Pete's Dragon Activity Sheets Dragon Cupcakes

The most magical movie of the year, PETE’S DRAGON is finally opening in theaters everywhere TODAY! August 12th! This is one of the best family movies of the year and equally perfect for kids and adults alike!


Check out these Pete’s Dragon Activity Sheets and Dragon Cupcakes!

“Bryce Dallas How-To” with Bryce Dallas Howard – Dragon Cupcakes!

Pete's Dragon Activity Sheets Dragon Cupcakes



“Bryce Dallas How-To” with Bryce Dallas Howard – Dragon Cat Costume!


Like PETE’S DRAGON on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyPetesDragon

Follow PETE’S DRAGON on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneypetes

Follow PETE’S DRAGON on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/disneypetesdragon/  

Visit Disney Animation on Tumblr: http://disneyanimation.tumblr.com/

Visit the official PETE’S DRAGON website here: http://movies.disney.com/petes-dragon-2016

And don’t forget your Disneybound outfit when you hit the theaters this weekend!

Petes Dragon Activity Sheets Dragon Cupcakes

Take Your Pet to WDW! Vacation With Your Best Friend Sweepstakes

Vacation Best Friend SweepstakesThe Seven Disney Springs™ Resort Area Hotels in Florida

Launching “Vacation With Your Best Friend Sweepstakes.”

Win A Deluxe 4-Night Stay for You & Your Pet.

Grand Prize is a 4-Night Stay in a Suite at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista,

Dinner at 4 Restaurants in the Disney Springs™ area, &

a Stay for a Dog or Cat at Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World® Resort


Do you want to visit Central Florida but don’t want to leave your pet at home? Here’s your answer. The seven Disney Springs™ Resort Area Hotels are having a “Vacation With Your Best Friend Sweepstakes” promotion from June 1-30, 2016. The prize is a deluxe 4-night stay to the winner and their dog or cat.

Vacation Best Friend Sweepstakes

The grand prize includes a 4-night stay in a two-bedroom suite at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, and a 4-night stay for a dog or cat at Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World® ResortCanine accommodations will be a two-room suite (featuring a climate-controlled indoor bedroom with an outdoor patio protected from the elements). A cat will stay in Kitty City (a separate wing of the building, protected from the sights, sounds and smells of dogs).

Vacation Best Friend Sweepstakes

In addition, the prize includes a $100 gift certificate to enjoy dinner at the contemporary Andiamo Italian Bistro at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista as well as $100 gift certificates at each of the following restaurants at Disney Springs™:  Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s, Crossroads at House of Blues®, and Splitsville Luxury Lanes™. At the end of the trip, your pet will receive a bath to go home fresh and clean. The grand prize has a retail value of $4,800.

Visit http://disneyspringshotels.com/vacation-best-friend-sweepstakes/ for the official rules.

The winner will be randomly selected on July 1, 2016. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. All federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations apply. The promotion is void where prohibited. Legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia are eligible to enter and must be 18 years old at the time of entry.

“We are conducting the ‘Vacation With Your Best Friend Sweepstakes’ promotion to let people know that they can visit the Walt Disney World® Resort without leaving their pet at home,” said Mike Rezmer, chairperson of the Disney Springs™ Resort Area Hotels’ marketing committee. “Best Friends Pet Care Center is a first-class facility that provides great care for pets in a safe, healthy and fun environment. Guests can enjoy all that the Walt Disney World® Resort has to offer, while knowing their pet is being well-cared for.”

Want more reason to enter for the chance to win? The stay will give you the opportunity to experience the many new offerings at Disney Springs™, which is an easy walk from the seven hotels.

To register for the “Vacation With Your Best Friend Sweepstakes” promotion, go to http://disneyspringshotels.com/vacation-best-friend-sweepstakes/ .

The seven hotels, including the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, provide shuttle transportation to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, two water parks, and to Disney Springs™. Guests at the seven hotels also receive the “2016 Disney Springs™ Passport” booklet that features exclusive discounts and specials for Disney Springs™ entertainment, shopping and dining.

Other benefits of staying at one of the seven Disney Springs™ 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.

Visit http://disneyspringshotels.com/vacation-best-friend-sweepstakes/ for the official rules.

The re-imagined Disney Springs™ overflows with sights, sounds and flavors that come together in a beautiful and charming waterfront setting. Set amid beautiful open-air promenades and bubbling springs, this destination features four distinct outdoor neighborhoods:  The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace, and West Side. Inspired by Florida’s charming waterfront towns, historic architecture and natural beauty, Disney Springs™ offers a high-quality, diverse mix of retailers, entertainment, upscale restaurants, and casual dining options.

Well underway in its transformation, Disney Springs™ already has many new offerings that are open. Among these are 23 exciting new retail tenants and 9 new dining  locations that just opened their doors in Town Center in May. 

To register for the “Vacation With Your Best Friend Sweepstakes” promotion, go to http://disneyspringshotels.com/vacation-best-friend-sweepstakes/ .

Disney Springs™ Resort Area Hotels (DisneySpringsHotels.com) is a consortium of seven Official Walt Disney World® Hotels that includes:

  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – the closest hotel to Disney Springs™, the resort offers two pools, a Disney Character Breakfast each Sunday, seven restaurants and lounges (including Benihana® Steakhouse), and 24-hour fitness center
  • 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 the new 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, lounge, and wireless internet
  • Buena Vista Palace — situated on 27 lush acres, the 27-story contemporary hotel is just steps from the Disney SpringsTM area, and features a Character Breakfast every Sunday, sports grill and grab-and-go market
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Orlando Lake Buena Vista — the luxurious and newly renovated resort hotel features 229 spacious suites, and is the only all-suite resort hotel in the Disney SpringsTM Resort Area
  • Holiday Inn located in the Walt Disney World® Resort — offers the ideal setting to stay, meet and play, featuring modern Florida décor and no resort fees
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista — featuring Disney Character Breakfast 3 days a week, 394 comfortable 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 Springs™ Resort Area Hotels offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest. Located in the heart of the Disney Springs™ area, these properties are within walking distance of exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Visit DisneySpringsHotels.com .

To register for the “Vacation With Your Best Friend Sweepstakes” promotion, go to http://disneyspringshotels.com/vacation-best-friend-sweepstakes/ .