Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Disney Springs for the Win!

Open for just a few months (since November, 2019) the new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is definitely going to be a winner and one of those “must do” Disney Springs dining spots.

Of course, Wolfgang Puck and Disney are not strangers. Visitors have been enjoying Wolfgang Puck Express and/or Wolfgang Puck Cafe at Disney Springs for a long time. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is the perfect growth of the relationship.

I can’t begin to tell you how delighted I was with everything I ate and drank there. The atmosphere is rustic elegance. It makes you fell at home the minute you walk through the door.

The new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is located in the Town Center section of Disney Springs.

The Chef

In the spirit of transparency . . . I really wanted to visit Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill to congratulate and visit with Chef Jeff. Chef Jeff, as a young chef, worked with my daughter who is also a chef. They both worked in the Old Village Post House in Mt. Pleasant, SC. A place they were both fortunate to work as young chefs under the guidance of a wonderful mentor – Chef Frank Lee.

2010 Chef Jeff clowning around in the Old Village Post House kitchen

As soon as she learned that Chef Jeff would be THE CHEF IN CHARGE at the new Wolfgang Puck in Disney Springs she was over-the-top excited for him and so very proud of him.

Chef Jeff shared with me how he found his way to this new spot as Executive Chef. While working in a restaurant in Florida, one of his regular customers was Wolfgang Puck. When Wolfgang was ready to put someone in charge of his new Disney Springs location, he went right to the young chef he knew and offered him the opportunity.

2019 Executive Chef Jeff

I’m sure Wolfgang Puck is thrilled with the way things are going since the food was outstanding, the atmosphere beautiful and my entire experience at the restaurant will have me going back many times.

The Food

The first thing I noticed was that the menu is exactly the right size with the right choices. So many menus offer so many choices I often can’t decide what I want to eat and then I always wonder if I would have enjoyed something else when I see it being delivered to another table.

Although I would have liked to try one, I knew I didn’t want one of Puck’s famous pizzas since I had pizza for lunch. Honestly, I was extremely tired from a super early morning of travel from South Carolina followed by a full day of activities. I wanted comfort food, and comfort food is what I got.

I started with the Tempura Calamari & Shrimp.

Although an appetizer – you can definitely make a meal of it! Delicious and perfectly done is an understatement. 

For my main meal I ordered a pasta with wild mushrooms and parmesan reggiano – true comfort food. I always enjoy pasta and most likely would eat it almost every day if I lived alone and didn’t have to worry about feeding others. This was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. 

My companion ordered one of the famous pizzas – and was not disappointed!

We ended our meal with a shared Creme Brulee and Espresso Martini.

Overall Thoughts

Every single thing we ate was delicious. I love the atmosphere. You definitely feel at home and comfortable from the minute you enter. The service is outstanding and friendly.

The restaurant also offers a great children’s menu with items that almost every child will love.

The 250-seat restaurant also features a gelato bar and full-service bar serving a selection of cocktails, craft beers and wines.  Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The Disney Dining Plan is accepted at this new location (one meal credit per person) and the restaurant also offers an Annual Pass discount.

This latest celebrity chef location at Disney Springs will definitely be a “must do” for me on future visits.




Holiday Inn Orlando at Disney Springs

Did you know that the Holiday Inn Orlando at Disney Springs is an official Walt Disney World Resort? Yes, it is!

So what exactly does being an official Walt Disney World Resort mean? It means that if you stay there, you can get almost the same benefits of staying at an on-site Disney resort. But guess what? Almost the same benefits but at a fraction of the cost!

Official Walt Disney World 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 – 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 – depart every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, with scheduled service to two Disney Water Parks and the Disney Springs Area. Shuttles operate during normal park operating hours and select special events.
  • Minnie Van Service – personal ride service available to take to and from the hotel from any location within Walt Disney World.
  • On-Site Disney Store – located in the atrium lobby allowing guests to purchase memorable souvenirs
  • Disney In-Room Celebrations – surprise your children or special someone with a custom Disney gift basket or floral bouquet
  • Souvenir Delivery – arrange to have park souvenirs delivered to your hotel instead of carrying them around with you all day. Simply tell the retail clerk during time of purchase and arrangements will be made quickly and easily.
  • Prime Disney Location – within walking distance to Disney Springs.
  • Advance Dining Reservations – and dinner show reservations for all restaurants across the Walt Disney World® Resort.
  • Disney Springs Deals Booklet  – distributed at check-in, featuring exclusive discounts and specials, valued at over $300 dollars with discounts on dining, entertainment and shopping.
  • Disney Golf Benefits  enjoy exclusive benefits from Disney’s four award-winning golf courses.

If you’re like me and just LOVE Disney Springs, the Holiday Inn Orlando at Disney Springs is just a hop, skip and a jump away –  just a short 8 minute (0.4 mile) walk from the hotel!

Newly Renovated Rooms

The Holiday Inn Orlando at Disney Springs has just completed major renovations and their new rooms are ready to welcome Walt Disney World visitors in 2019!
 

Rooms with a fireworks view!

The renovated rooms feature updated, contemporary furniture, mattresses and fixtures, 49″ to 55″ TV’s, free microwaves, free mini-refrigerators, Keuri Coffee Makers, and iHome alarm clocks. 

On-Site Dining

 
The hotel also offers a full service on-site restaurant – The Palm Breezes Restaurant – open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant offers both buffet and full menu dining.
 
The Palm Breezes Bar and Lounge offers an extensive wine list a full menu with out-door seating too! The Palm Breezes Bar and Lounge is open 11 a.m. to midnight.
 

The Grab and Go is a great spot for snacks and simple cafe items. The Grab and Go also offers and outdoor area and is open 6:30 a.m. to midnight.

In-Room Amenities

  • Keurig Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary WiFi/wired internet
  • iHome Dock Station for iPhone with Clock/Radio
  • Microwave
  • Mini-fridge
  • No Smoking
  • HDTV 55″ with DirecTV service
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Granite bath counter & wood stand
  • Key card entry
  • Work desk with added power dock
  • Bath & Body Works bath amenities
  • In-room safe, laptop size
  • Wireless phone with voice mail
  • Pillowtop mattress
  • Hypoallergenic bedding on request
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • ADA rooms and support items
 
All photos courtesy of Holiday Inn Orlando at Disney Springs.



Shop ‘Til You Drop at the Re-imagined World of Disney

The World of Disney – where lighting is made from tiaras and princess wands and art comes to life – shopping in Disney magic!

The new look for the store reflects much of Disney Springs’ industrial, minimalist warehouse theme and the store is full of some fascinating new technology that brings Disney magic to your shopping experience.

The world’s largest Disney store has been re-imagined and now fits in with the Disney Springs back story in that special way that only Disney can accomplish. As a long time Disney lover I’m always fascinated by the back story that helped the Imagineers bring an attraction or area to life.

You’ll get lost in the magic as you browse through a collection of wonderful Disney finds – from huggable plush characters and colorful Minnie Ears to stylish collaborations with some of your favorite brands.

I have always loved shopping at the World of Disney but let’s face it – moving from room to room – area to area – seemed like you were roaming through an endless maze of smaller shops. It was super difficult to keep track of friends and family in the maze.

Now, all I can say is the new World of Disney is open and airy – you can literally see from one end of the store to the other. Smaller sections – Princesses – Plushes – Housewares – Star Wars – Mickey – flow from one to the other in an easy to navigate way. You’ll know exactly where to find certain items.

When you step inside you”ll immediately feel as if you’ve step back to where Disney started with animated films. The art comes to life in enhanced and enchanted ways as a nod to the original “Nine Old Men” of animation who created the classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Peter Pan.

Ink jars suddenly come alive and swirl with color and art on the walls becomes animated.

 

Each section is designed around the theme – the lighting in the Dream Big Princess section is actually made from tiaras and septors!

Several areas of the store will change regularly, showcasing the newest Disney merchandise of the season. World of Disney will be the spot that will roll out exclusive Disney Parks merchandise and debut what new and trendy. Unveiled earlier in October was a new Mickey Mouse Club line with apparel and accessories featuring a vintage Mickey Mouse from the original television show.

In addition to the magical design elements, the World of Disney will feature a new way to bring home your souvenirs in specially designed, reusable merchandise bags featuring classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck. The World of Disney stores are the first merchandise locations throughout Disney Parks to offer these bags for a nominal fee. The bags are also environmentally friendly, made from 80% recycled materials. They will help contribute to the company’s broader goal of significantly reducing its use of single-use plastics by mid-2019.

Inside the Magic did a great video showing the various animated areas in the store that I know you’ll enjoy

 

On your  next Walt Disney World visit, be sure to set aside some time to visit the new, re-imagined World of Disney. It’s an attraction in itself and you’ll want to shop ’til you drop!




Holiday Sale Rates at the Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels

Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Florida are Offering “Holiday Sale Rates” November 1 – January 15. These special room rates provide a great way to take in such events as:

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Holidays at Walt Disney World with

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays,

Candlelight Processional at Epcot,

and the many new offerings at the transformed Disney Springs

DID YOU KNOW???

When you stay at one of the Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels, you can take advantage of these great benefits:
  • Extra Magic Hours benefit
  • Fastpass+ service** up to 60 days before you arrive 
  • Disney Springs® Passport” booklet  featuring specials and discounts from Disney Springs® merchants
Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels room rates start from $79/night from November 1, 2018 through January 15, 2019.
disney springs resort area hotels holiday sale
So – what are you waiting for?
There is still time to make plans to experience the special events taking place at Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida in November and December. This includes Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom ParkEpcot International Festival of the Holidays and Candlelight Processional at Epcot; and Flurry of Fun with Sunset Seasons Greetings and the nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, taking place November 8, 2018-January 5, 2019. It is also a wonderful time to see the terrific new 11-acre Toy Story Land, where guests “shrink” to the size of a toy to explore the adventure and fun of Andy’s backyard, and to experience Disney Springs, with festive experiences, including joyful entertainment, seasonal treats, dazzling décor and more.   

A great way to experience these events and Disney Springs is by taking advantage of the special “Holiday Sale Rates” that are being offered by theseven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels for stays from November 1, 2018  January 15, 2019. Featuring an ideal location in the Walt Disney World Resort, the seven hotels are within an easy walk to Disney Springs and provide shuttle transportation approximately every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, two water parks, and at night to the Disney Springs area. Plus, guests staying at these seven Official Walt Disney World Hotels enjoy two great benefits at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks through 2019:  the Extra Magic Hours and 60-Day FastPass+ benefits, with valid theme park admission.

The Extra Magic Hours benefit enables guests to experience extra time in at least one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks each day, either before it opens or after it closes. This provides the opportunity to enjoy select attractions, including the offerings at Toy Story Land, and the popular attractions at the other three theme parks, such as Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests can view the Extra Magic Hours calendar at disneyworld.com/parkhours or request the printed Times Guide, available in each hotel’s lobby.

Guests at these hotels who have a valid theme park ticket or confirmation number and a hotel reservation number, will be able to link their hotel reservation on MyDisneyExperience.com, and with a linked, valid theme park ticket, these guests can utilize up to a 60-day booking window for FastPass+ selections. Included at no extra charge with your theme park admission tickets, this service lets you reserve access to select attractions, shows and more, up to 60 days before you arrive. 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 this benefit.

Plus, as a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the “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 and STK Orlando.

The Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels’ “Holiday Sale Rates” for stays November 1, 2018 – January 15, 2019 are:

  • B Resort & Spa – rates from $159 per room, per night
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista – rates from $108 per room, per night  
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando — rates from $149 per suite, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – rates from $139 per room, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $122 per room, per night
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – rates from $95 per room, per night
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – rates from $79 per room, per night. 

For more information on the special hotel rates, or to make a reservation, visit DisneySpringsHotels.com, specifically http://disneyspringshotels.com/special-offers/limited-offers/holiday-sale/ (or http://bit.ly/dsrah2018). The special rates are available for stays November 1, 2018 – January 15, 2019, 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.

Other benefits of staying at one of the seven hotels include:  the ability to purchase Disney Theme Park Tickets at the hotels’ website and at their Guest Service Desk; a Disney Merchandise store located in each hotel; and advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World Resort golf courses.

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

  • B Resort & Spa — this chic lifestyle resort opened in 2014 with 394 designer guest rooms and suites, the full-service B Indulged® AVEDA Spa, and features American Kitchen Bar & Grill and complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista – the 325-room, 18-story hotel offers two restaurants, heated pools, a fitness center, wireless high-speed internet, and beautiful views of the Walt Disney World Resort and scenic Lake Buena Vista
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando — the only all-suite resort hotel in the Disney Springs Resort Area, the hotel features 229 spacious one- and two-bedroom suites, a tropically landscaped pool, splash pad and tennis
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace — just steps from Disney Springs, the 1,011-room hotel offers a beautifully redesigned pool area with two outdoor pools and a Float Lagoon, and four new restaurants and lounges
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista — connected to Disney Springs via Pedestrian Skybridge, the 814-room hotel features seven dining options including a Disney Character Breakfast every Sunday, two heated pools and a fitness center
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area — featuring 323 newly renovated rooms and modern décor, the hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi and is the ideal setting to stay and play, just steps from Disney Springs
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – the 394-room hotel offers five restaurants and lounges, a Disney Character Breakfast 3 days a week, a fitness center, 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 “Magic of Fall” Rates

Rates as low as $99 per night for a stay right in the heart of Disney Springs! Woot! What are you waiting for? It’s time to plan a trip to Disney this fall. The seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels are offering special “Magic of Fall” Rates from August 20-October 31.

disney springs resorts rates

I love staying at one of these resorts. The location is ideal. Each offers the same amenities as the Disney resorts and you can’t beat the price!

Special room rates provide a great way to experience the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and enjoy the Extra Magic Hours and 60-Day FastPass+ Benefits at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks

There is still time to make plans to experience the special events at the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida this summer and fall, such as the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine FestivalEat to the Beat Concert Series at Epcot, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park. It also is a great time to take in the terrific all-new 11-acre Toy Story Land, which just opened in June at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where guests “shrink” to the size of a toy to explore the adventure and fun of Andy’s backyard and can enjoy such new attractions as the Slinky Dog Dash family coaster and Alien Swirling Saucers.

A great way to experience these events and new offerings is by taking advantage of the special “Magic of Fall” room rates that are being offered by the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels for stays from August 20-October 31, 2018.

In addition to the very appealing rates, guests staying at these hotels also enjoy the Extra Magic Hours benefit, and the FastPass+ benefit at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks up to 60 days prior to your arrival, which guests staying at these seven Official Walt Disney World Hotels receive throughout 2018. With valid theme park admission, the Extra Magic Hours benefit enables guests to experience extra time in at least one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks each day, either before it opens or after it closes. This provides the opportunity to enjoy select attractions, including the new offerings at Toy Story Land and the popular attractions at the other three theme parks, such as Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests can view the Extra Magic Hours calendar at disneyworld.com/parkhours or request the printed Times Guide, available in each hotel’s lobby.

Plus, guests staying at the seven hotels are also able to link their hotel reservation on MyDisneyExperience.com, and with a linked, valid theme park ticket, you have the ability to make FastPass+ selections up to 60 days prior to arrival.

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. Inspired by Florida’s charming towns and natural beauty, and boasting a picturesque waterfront setting and bubbling springs, the vibrant Disney Springs offers an impressive and diverse array of more than 150 retail, dining and entertainment establishments, which includes an exceptional collection of restaurants by award-winning chefs.

In addition, the hotels also provide shuttle transportation approximately every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, two Disney Water Parks, and at night to the Disney Springs area.

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 and STK Orlando.

The special “Magic of Fall” room rates for stays August 20-October 31, 2018 are:

  • B Resort & Spa— rates from $105 per room, per night
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista– rates from $99 per room, per night  
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando— rates from $101 per suite, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace– rates from $110 per room, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista– rates from $101 per room, per night
  • Holiday Inn Orlando– rates from $103 per room, per night
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista– rates from $79 per room, per night.  

For information on the special hotel rates, or to make a reservation, visit DisneySpringsHotels.com. The room rates are available for stays August 20-October 31, 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.

Visiting also provides the opportunity to take in such special events as the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, from August 30-November 12, 2018, which has something for every taste bud, with truly delicious offerings and unexpected flavors from around the globe. In addition, the Festival includes the Eat to the Beat Concert Series each night, with concerts by such popular recording artists as Mercy Me, Glass Tiger, Baha Men, Plain White T’s, Living Colour, Sugar Ray, David Cook, Jeffrey Osborne, Air Supply, Smash Mouth, 98 Degrees, Kenny G, and Boys II Men. 

Also back again is the popular, separately ticketed Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which will be conducted at the Magic Kingdom Park on select nights from August 17-October 31, 2018.

Other benefits of staying at one of the seven hotels include:  the ability to purchase Walt Disney World theme park tickets at the hotels’ website, at their Guest Service Desk or the Disney Merchandise store located in the hotel; advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World Resort golf courses; and 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) include:

  • 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 .