6 Great Reasons to Stay at Holiday Inn Orlando at Disney Springs

With the cost of visiting Walt Disney World going higher and higher all the time, families are always looking for a way to save a few dollars on their next visit.

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One of the easiest ways to save money is to stay on Disney property without actually staying in a Disney resort. There are seven Disney Springs area resorts and I have been fortunate to stay in each of them. All of these resorts are considered official “good neighbor” Disney resorts. The location is ideal since they are all a short walk to Disney Springs where you can eat, shop and enjoy entertainment. The Disney Springs area resorts also allow you to take advantage of extra magic hours, free shuttles to the parks and FastPass+ booking at 60 days.

Staying at the Holiday Inn Orlando at Disney Springs gives you some of the same great advantages of staying at a Disney resort. With the new Toy Story Land opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30th, guests staying at the Holiday Inn will be able to enjoy the “EXTRA” Extra Magic Hours Benefit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, too! Starting July 1, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will offer Extra Magic Hours EVERY MORNING from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM through August 25. The park will also offer Extra Magic Hours EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT during those dates from 10:30 PM – 12:30 AM. This benefit is only available to Official Walt Disney World® Hotel guests, so you will have exclusive access to the new land! Guests may require a voucher to access Extra Magic Hours Benefit. Please inquire at check-in.

Here are 6 more great reasons to stay at the Holiday Inn Orlando at Disney Springs:

Kids Eat Free

That’s right! Free! When staying at the Holiday Inn Orlando at Disney Springs your kids will eat free breakfast, lunch and dinner! The Palm Breezes Restaurant is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and offers both a la carte and buffet foods.

Official WDW Hotel Benefits

Guests staying at Holiday Inn Orlando at Disney Springs receive exceptional benefits for staying at an Official Walt Disney World Hotel.

  • Extra Magic Hours Benefit lets you enjoy extra time in the parks as part of your stay at an Official Walt Disney World Hotel.
  • Disney FastPass– plan your disney vacation up to 60 days in advance!
  • Shuttle Service departs every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, with scheduled service to two Disney Water Parks and the Disney Springs (if you choose not to walk).
  • Minnie Van Service – personal ride service available to take back to the hotel from any location within Walt Disney World
  • On-Site Disney Store is located in the atrium lobby allowing guests to purchase Disney tickets and souvenirs
  • Disney In-Room Celebrations – surprise your children or special someone with a custom Disney gift basket or floral bouquet
  • Complimentary delivery to the hotel of purchases made at Disney attractions
  • 2 bottles of water per day

Amenities Galore!

Free WiFi throughout the hotel, Free Microwaves, Free Refrigerators! Free! Free! Free! The hotel features free WiFi, heated zero-entry pool, whirlpool hot tub, fitness center, and computer station. All guest rooms are equipped with microwaves, mini-fridges, 55″ or 49″ HDTVs, Keurig coffee makers, iHome alarm clock radios, and Bath and Body Works bath products. Safe deposit boxes, ATM, guest laundry and same day laundry and dry cleaning services are available. 

Location – Location – Location!

Just a quick five minute walk from the hotel is Disney Springs! Shopping, dining and entertainment – one of a kind eateries and unique boutiques, all done the Disney way!

Because of the location you can get a room with a view – a Disney view! The hotel offers Disney Fireworks View, Disney Springs View, Pool View, and Standard View rooms as well as rooms with comfortably sized balconies to enjoy. 

Outstanding Service

The Holiday Inn Orlando at Disney Springs is one of TripAdvisor’s Top 30 hotels in Orlando and has received the 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

Cost

Rates ** start under $100 per night! You can also book a stay using your IHG Reward Club points. 

** 12.5% per night tax not included in rate – If applicable, a $14 per night parking fee will also be added.




Everything You Need to Know About Wine Bar George at Disney Springs

Wine Bar George Disney Springs Menus

It’s finally here – the day so many of us have been waiting for! Here’s everything you need to know, including the menus and wine list.

Master Sommelier George Miliotes will bring his renowned wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort when his new venture, Wine Bar George, opens TODAY May 19, 2018. Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.

Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World Resort – he was part of the opening team of the California Grill restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed the venue from 1995 to 2002. While there, he created an award-winning wine list and one of the first “100 wines by the glass” lists in the country.

“Disney Springs is the perfect place to open a wine bar and share my passion with the world,” Miliotes said. “Having the opportunity to train and hire my own team while sharing my 40-plus years of knowledge is truly incredible, and I look forward to opening our doors soon.”

As one of only 249 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Miliotes will feature wines from acclaimed and well-known wineries as well as growing regions and wineries that are up-and-coming. The location will offer an unparalleled wine list including more than 130 selections by the ounce, glass and bottle.

“The wine list will feature more than 130 wines all served by the ounce, glass or bottle,” Miliotes said. “The list will include more than 40 varietals from regions around the world. We will use the Coravin, the Vinfinity system and wine on tap to ensure each wine is enjoyed to its fullest extent. Servers will adeptly pair a range of small plates, cheese and charcuterie, shareable entrees and dessert with each wine. If you are looking for an awesome $9 glass on tap or a few ounces of Château Margaux, we will have wines for you to enjoy.”

Guests will have the opportunity to explore endless food and wine pairings at Wine Bar George. Executive Chef Ron Rupert and Miliotes have worked closely to create a menu that will pair with the extensive wine list.

“Offerings will feature seasonally relevant items, and everything will be made in-house,” Rupert said. “I’ve worked jointly with George to develop a menu that represents both global and local cuisine. Guests will enjoy food that is familiar, yet new all at once.”

With a team hand-selected by Miliotes, guests can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Joining Miliotes as General Manager is George Vavalides who brings more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry including nearly 20 years with P.F. Chang’s. Jamie Irizarry will be part of Miliotes’ team as Restaurant Manager. Irizarry has more than 15 years in the industry working with restaurants such as Seasons 52, Eddie V’s and The Capital Grille. Robyn Cohen will join as Director of Beverage with 15 years of bartending experience including, most recently, at Flying Fish on Disney’s BoardWalk. Cohen and Miliotes worked jointly to develop the featured cocktails at Wine Bar George, all of which will include a grape-based spirit. In addition to the extensive wine list, the wine bar will offer a variety of cocktails, a selection of beer and cider and frosé.

The 200-seat wine bar will join a growing and remarkable group of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Disney Springs. The design for the 6,000-square-foot space will be similar to a winemaker’s home estate with a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. The space includes seating for groups of all sizes, areas for private events and sweeping views of Disney Springs. Follow George @WineBarGeorge on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and join the #WineBarGeorge conversation. Visit WineBarGeorge.com for more news and updates.

About Disney Springs

Disney Springs is a one-of-a-kind retail, dining and entertainment district located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. With its namesake springs, beautiful open-air promenades and lakefront setting, Disney Springs evokes the charm of Florida waterfront towns at the turn of the 20th century. It’s also home to a collection of more than 150 shops, entertainment venues and restaurants, including top-name retail brands, specialty boutiques and dining experiences created by celebrity and award-winning chefs. Located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Disney Springs is open daily.




Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Florida Offering Special First Responder Rates

I love staying at the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels. The location is ideal. You still get many of the same benefits you would get if you stay right on-site AND – the best part – the price is sooooo much better! When you add in some of the great offers they come up with – well, the prices can’t be beat.

Disney Springs Hotels First Responder Rates

May 28 through September 15, 2018 . . . Special room rates are extended to U.S. Police Officers, Firefighters EMTs, Doctors, Nurses, and 911 Dispatchers, to take in the Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World Resort,experience the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and take advantage of Resort Benefits at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks.

If you are a U.S. police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, 911 dispatcher, doctor, or nurse, you should consider taking advantage of the special “First Responders Rates” that are being offered by the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Available for stays May 28-Sept. 15, 2018, the special room rates provide the opportunity to take in the many exceptional new offerings at the Walt Disney World Resort this summer.

This includes the amazing new 11-acre Toy Story Land, opening June 30, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where guests will “become” the size of a toy to explore the adventure and fun of Andy’s backyard, such as the new family coaster Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Visiting also provides the chance to take in the Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World, with new experiences throughout all four Theme Parks. Exciting new offerings will include theIncredible Tomorrowland Expo where favorite DisneywPixar Supers, including Mrs. Incredible, Mr. Incredible and Frozone, will take over Tomorrowland to celebrate all things super from May 25-Sept. 3, 2018, at Magic Kingdom Park; and The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! Concert Series from June 9-Aug. 19, 2018, at Epcot. You also can celebrate the astounding feats of nature during the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Visiting also provides the opportunity to experience the new venues at Disney Springs, which now features more than 130 establishments, with a diverse mix of shops, unprecedented collection of menus inspired by award-winning chefs, and exceptional live entertainment.

Featuring an ideal location in the Walt Disney World Resort, the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels are within an easy walk to Disney Springs and also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, two water parks, and at night to the Disney Springs area.

Through Dec. 31, 2018, guests at the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels can enjoy the Extra Magic Hours benefit at Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, with valid theme park admission. For a limited time, guests staying at Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels can take advantage of more opportunities to enjoy additional Extra Magic Hours. On select mornings through June 30, 2018, guests can enjoy Extra Magic Hours access to the most popular experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including the newest attractions in Pandora – The World of Avatar, as well as guest favorites like Expedition Everest and Dinosaur. In July and August guests can access Extra Magic Hours daily to experience favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including the attractions in the all-new Toy Story Land.

Guests can view the Extra Magic Hours calendar at disneyworld.com/parkhours or request a copy of the printed Times Guide, available in each hotel’s lobby. To use the Extra Magic Hours benefit, guests can create a Disney account and either link their hotel reservation number and theme park ticket or confirmation number on MyDisneyExperience.com, or each guest will need a valid Extra Magic Hours voucher from the hotel and a valid Walt Disney World theme park ticket.

Guests at the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, who have a stay at one of the hotels and theme park admission, are also able to link their hotel reservation on MyDisneyExperience.com, and with a linked, valid theme park ticket, these guests will have the ability to make FastPass+ selections up to 60 days prior to arrival. Guests should connect with their travel provider to ensure the provider can give the Guest the necessary ticket confirmation and hotel reservation number needed to utilize the benefit.

As a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the “2018 Disney Springs Passport” booklet that features discounts and specials from Disney Springs merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. Among the coupons featured in the booklet are discounts and special offers at House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, T-REX Café, Rainforest Café at Disney Springs Marketplace, The Polite Pig, STK Orlando, Wolfgang Puck Express at Disney Springs Marketplace, Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company, Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers, Dino Store at T-REX, Rainforest Café Retail Village, Johnny Was, and Orlando Harley-Davidson® at Disney Springs.

The Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels’ “First Responders Rates” for stays from May 28Sept. 15, 2018 are:

  • B Resort & Spa — rates from $89 per room, per night
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista – rates from $125.99 per room, per night  
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando — rates from $125 per suite, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – rates from $147 per room, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $111 per room, per night
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – rates from $99 per room, per night
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – rates from $82 per room, per night.  

For information on the special hotel rates, or to make a reservation, visit DisneySpringsHotels.com, specifically http://disneyspringshotels.com/special-offers/limited-offers/first-responders/ (or http://bit.ly/1stHeroes). The “First Responders Rates” apply to U.S. police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMT), paramedics, 911 dispatchers, doctors and nurses. The special room rates are available for stays May 28-September 15, 2018, 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. To take advantage of the special “First Responders Rates,” you must show your appropriate supporting ID upon check-in.

Guests who need to purchase a Walt Disney World Resort theme park ticket may do so at the Guest Service Desk or the Disney merchandise location in the hotel.

Other benefits of staying at one of the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels include:

  • 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.

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels (DisneySpringsHotels.com) includes:

  • B Resort & Spa — this lifestyle 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 – the resort has spectacular views of the Walt Disney World Resort and offers two restaurants, a lounge and heated outdoor pools
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando — the luxurious resort hotel features 229 spacious and modern one- and two-bedroom suites, and is the only all-suite resort hotel in the Disney Springs Resort Area
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace — just steps from Disney Springs, this contemporary oasis features 2 outdoor pools, beach-entry Float Lagoon, kids’ splash pad, 4 new restaurants and lounges, and Disney Character breakfast
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista — connected to Disney Springs via Pedestrian Skybridge, the resort features 2 heated pools with Jacuzzi, 7 dining options (including Benihana), exclusive Disney perks, Disney Character Breakfast and more.
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – located steps away from Disney Springs, the hotel offers the ideal setting to stay and play, featuring kids eat free and complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areas
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista –  featuring a 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 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.

For more information on the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, or to make a reservation, visit DisneySpringsHotels.com .




Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Offering Special “Teacher Appreciation Rates”

The Disney Springs Resort Area hotels are some of my favorite places to stay when I visit Walt Disney World. The location couldn’t be better. The prices are outstanding. Each of the seven resorts offer something for every visitor and family size. There’s nothing better than being able to exit your resort and walk across the road into Disney Springs for a great meal and lots of fun!

Disney Springs Area Resorts
Photo Credit: Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels

If you are planning to visit during the summer and you are a teach – you shouldn’t look anywhere else. These “Teacher Appreciation Rates” are SO LOW – you won’t believe you’re going to Disney. Believe me, your budget will thank you!

Special room rates provide a great way to take in the fun of the Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World Resort, experience the fantastic new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and take advantage of Resort Benefits at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks.

In recognition of teachers and school support staff, the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida are offering special “Teacher Appreciation Rates.” Available to preschool, daycare, kindergarten – college teachers and support staff in the U.S. and Canada, for stays May 28-Sept. 15, 2018, the special room rates provide the opportunity to take in the many exceptional new offerings at the Walt Disney World Resort this summer.

This includes the fantastic all-new 11-acre Toy Story Land, opening June 30, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where guests will “shrink” to the size of a toy to explore the fun and adventure of Andy’s backyard, which will include the new family coaster Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Visiting also provides the opportunity to take in the fun Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World celebration, with new experiences throughout all four Theme Parks. This includes such exciting new offerings as Incredible Tomorrowland Expo where favorite Disney Pixar Super Heroes, including Mr. Incredible and Frozone, take over Tomorrowland to celebrate all things super from May 25-Sept. 3, 2018, at Magic Kingdom Park; and The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! Concert Series from June 9-Aug. 19, 2018, at Epcot. You also can celebrate the astounding feats of nature during the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and find your favorite snowman and ice-queen at Frozen Ever After at Epcot.

Visiting also provides the chance to experience the new venues at Disney Springs, which offers a diverse mix of shops, an impressive variety of new upscale and casual dining options and outstanding live entertainment options. Recently named by the New York Times as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2018 (in the world), Disney Springs now features more than 130 establishments across its four outdoor neighborhoods.

Featuring an ideal location in the Walt Disney World Resort, the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels are within an easy walk to Disney Springs and also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, two water parks, and at night to the Disney Springs area.

Plus, through Dec. 31, 2018, guests at the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels can enjoy the Extra Magic Hours benefit at Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, with valid theme park admission. Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks opens early or extends later for guests to enjoy select attractions, and during select dates, the Extra Magic Hours benefit may also be offered at a Disney Water Park. Guests can view the Extra Magic Hours calendar at disneyworld.com/parkhours or request a copy of the printed Times Guide, available in each hotel’s lobby. To use the Extra Magic Hours benefit, guests can create a Disney account and either link their hotel reservation number and theme park ticket or confirmation number on MyDisneyExperience.com, or each guest will need a valid Extra Magic Hours voucher from the hotel and a valid Walt Disney World theme park ticket.

Guests at the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, who have a stay at one of the hotels and theme park admission, are also able to link their hotel reservation on MyDisneyExperience.com, and with a linked, valid theme park ticket, these guests will have the ability to make FastPass+ selections up to 60 days prior to arrival. Guests should connect with their travel provider to ensure the provider can give the Guest the necessary ticket confirmation and hotel reservation number needed to utilize the benefit.

As a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the “2018 Disney Springs Passport” booklet that features discounts and specials from Disney Springs merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. Among the coupons featured in the booklet are discounts and special offers at House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, T-REX Café, Rainforest Café at Disney Springs Marketplace, The Polite Pig, STK Orlando, Wolfgang Puck Express at Disney Springs Marketplace, Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company, Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers, Dino Store at T-REX, Rainforest Café Retail Village, Johnny Was, and Orlando Harley-Davidson® at Disney Springs.

The Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels’ “Teacher Appreciation” room rates for stays from May 28Sept. 15, 2018 are:

  • B Resort & Spa — rates from $89 per room, per night
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista – rates from $125.99 per room, per night  
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando — rates from $125 per suite, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – rates from $147 per room, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $111 per room, per night
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – rates from $99 per room, per night
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – rates from $82 per room, per night.  

For information on the special hotel rates, or to make a reservation, visit DisneySpringsHotels.com , specifically http://disneyspringshotels.com/special-offers/limited-offers/teacher-appreciation/ (or http://bit.ly/DSteach18 ). The “Teacher Appreciation Rates” apply to Preschool, Daycare, Kindergarten through College teachers and support staff in the U.S. and Canada. The special room rates are available for stays May 28-September 15, 2018, 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. All teachers and school support staff must show proof of employment upon check-in.

Guests who need to purchase a Walt Disney World Resort theme park ticket may do so at the Guest Service Desk or the Disney merchandise location in the hotel.

Other benefits of staying at one of the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels include:

  • 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.

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels (DisneySpringsHotels.com) includes:

  • B Resort & Spa — this lifestyle 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 – the resort has spectacular views of the Walt Disney World Resort and offers two restaurants, a lounge and heated outdoor pools
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando — the luxurious resort hotel features 229 spacious and modern one- and two-bedroom suites, and is the only all-suite resort hotel in the Disney Springs Resort Area
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace — just steps from Disney Springs, this contemporary oasis features 2 outdoor pools, beach-entry Float Lagoon, kids’ splash pad, 4 new restaurants and lounges, and Disney Character breakfast
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista — connected to Disney Springs via Pedestrian Skybridge, the resort features 2 heated pools with Jacuzzi, 7 dining options (including Benihana), exclusive Disney perks, Disney Character Breakfast and more.
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – located steps away from Disney Springs, the hotel offers the ideal setting to stay and play, featuring kids eat free and complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areas
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista –  featuring a 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 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.

For more information on the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, or to make a reservation, visit DisneySpringsHotels.com 




Wine Bar George Opening Soon at Disney Springs – I Can’t Wait!

I love sampling wine and was fortunate recently to get a little taste of what Wine Bar George will offer during Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I’ve been watching and waiting eagerly for the opening of this latest Disney Springs location so I can add it to my list of “must do’s”. I love spending time at Disney Springs when I visit Walt Disney World and this addition is definitely something the area needs. It will make a perfect addition to Disney Springs for wine lovers! It’s been a super long time since I first shared the news about Wine Bar George and now the opening is right around the corner!

Wine Bar George Disney Springs Opens SoonMaster Sommelier George Miliotes will bring his renowned wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort when his new venture, Wine Bar George, opens in spring 2018. Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.

Miliotes is widely regarded as one of the restaurant industry’s foremost wine experts with accolades and awards from national publications including Wine Spectator. Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World Resort – he was part of the opening team of California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed the venue from 1995 to 2002. While there, he created an award-winning wine list and one of the first 100 wines by the glass lists in the country.

“I’m excited to return to Walt Disney World Resort, and Disney Springs is the perfect place to open a wine bar and share my passion with the world,” Miliotes said. “Having the opportunity to train and hire my own team while sharing my 40-plus years of knowledge is truly incredible, and I look forward to opening our doors in the coming year.”

As one of only 244 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Miliotes will feature wines from famed growing regions both stateside and abroad at Wine Bar George. The location will offer an unparalleled wine list including more than 100 selections both by the bottle and the glass.

Miliotes’ unique by-the-glass lists encourage guests to make adventurous choices, selecting new wines, whether they are domestic or global, to pair with their courses. The result of his worldwide efforts are wine lists that are distinct to his restaurant’s culinary offerings, and widely reviewed as exceptional in every way.

“With an international wine list that’s both approachable and adventurous, my hope is that Wine Bar George will cater to wine connoisseurs and novices alike,” Miliotes said. “The wine menu will feature a range of varietals, vintages and prices. Guests will be able to experience sips from acclaimed and well known wineries as well as growing regions and wineries that are up-and-coming.”

Guests can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Every part of the Wine Bar George experience, including special events and visits from renowned winemakers, will educate and enlighten guests about food and wine.

“I’m thrilled to share my enthusiasm and passion for wine with every single guest,” Miliotes said. “Every interaction we have with our guests is the chance to teach them about the fascinating world of wine. Good wine and good food go together, and sometimes people over complicate that notion. At Wine Bar George, guests will enjoy the trifecta of exceptional food, renowned wines and leave with as much wine knowledge as they wish.”

When the 210-seat wine bar opens, it will join a growing and remarkable group of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Disney Springs. The design for the 6,000-square-foot space will be reminiscent of a winemaker’s home estate featuring oak wood, warm lighting and a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. 

Photo Credit: Wine Bar George

“The menu will include a selection of small plates, shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie boards, and desserts. Offerings will feature seasonally relevant items and everything will be made in-house,” Rupert said. “I’ve worked jointly with George to develop a menu that represents both global and local cuisine. Guests can expect to experience food that is familiar, yet new all at once.”

Future patrons can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Every part of the Wine Bar George experience, including special events and visits from renowned winemakers, will educate and enlighten guests about food and wine.

MASTER SOMMELIER, GEORGE MILIOTES BIOGRAPHY

As one of 244 Master Sommeliers in the world, George Miliotes is a passionate educator and curator of wines. A firm believer in education and knowledge-sharing, Miliotes continuously studies wine, identifying the most interesting wines through annual trips to wine-growing regions from France to South Africa. Building relationships with some of the best vintners in the world, he also takes an active role in the winemaking process helping to create custom blends.

Photo Credit: Wine Bar George

George Miliotes is the grandson of Greek immigrants and a child of the restaurant and hospitality business. His family owned a specialty market and café in Orlando, Fla., which became a gathering spot for local chefs and served as the starting point for Miliotes’ passion for food and wine. Miliotes later became the general manager of California Grill at Walt Disney World Resort, where he not only created an award-winning wine list, but also one of the first lists in the country to offer 100 wines by the glass. He is widely regarded as one the restaurant business’ foremost wine experts.

In March 2007, Miliotes became a Master Sommelier, passing a series of rigorous examinations that require the candidate to identify grape variety, country of origin, district of origin and vintage of wines by taste and sight alone. From 2002 – 2016, he oversaw all aspects of wine culture for Darden including The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s, and was one of the founders of Seasons 52. George led the development of their award-winning wine lists and educated and motivated service teams about wine in order to deliver exceptional guest experiences.

Miliotes will return to Walt Disney World with the opening of Wine Bar George, the only wine bar in Florida led by a Master Sommelier. Scheduled to open spring 2018 in The Landing at Disney Springs, Wine Bar George will bring Miliotes’ expertise and worldwide travels to the heart of Central Florida.

Follow George @WineBarGeorge on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and join the #WineBarGeorge conversation. Visit WineBarGeorge.com for news and updates.