• Disney Springs
    Disney Springs Opens Today

    It’s official, today the name change from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort ceremony will take place next to the new Indiana Jones-themed Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. Disney executives, cast members and Disney Springs’ newest tenants will take part in this milestone event. Maribeth Bisienere, Senior Vice President of the area says great […]

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    DisneyQuest to Close in 2016

    Today Disney Parks announced that DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney will be closing in 2016. DisneyQuest is closing to make room for a new attraction, “The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort,” at the new Disney Springs. This expansive, one-of-a-kind destination will feature hands-on activities that put families and guests of all ages right in the […]

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    Planet Hollywood to Transform into an Observatory

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Planet Hollywood, America’s preeminent restaurant destination dedicated to celebrating the entertainment industry, will look toward a new set of stars by transforming its Orlando flagship location into a four-story stargazing observatory set to debut in spring 2016. Regularly at the forefront of industry trends, the reimagined Planet Hollywood Observatory is centrally located […]

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    The New ‘B Resort & Spa’ Opens at Disney World

    The B Resort & Spa, located on Walt Disney World property, has officially opened to the public. B Resort & Spa is located in the Downtown Disney hotel complex, minutes from Walt Disney World’s theme parks. Following a massive, top-to-bottom redesign, this stylish 394-room resort promises to be equally fun for adults and children with luxurious […]

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    Scuttlebutt – Deals and the Devil

    Disney signs another big deal in China. Walt Disney Studios and Shanghai Media Group have signed a multi-year partnership agreement to co-develop Disney-branded movies for U.S.-China co-productions. Under the deal announced today by Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman and SMG Pictures CEO Su Xiao, U.S.-based writers will team with locally based Chinese writers and […]

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    WDW Hotel Ops VP Kevin Myers to Retire, 2 Promoted

    According to a story in the Orlando Sentinel, Kevin Myers, the vice president in charge of hotel operations, will retire in December. A busboy in Adventureland when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, has been directly involved in the opening of more than 10 hotels at Disney World and serves on the resort’s executive steering […]

  • Dining Reviews
    DbM’s 2013 Top & Bottom Five Disney Dining Experiences

    Here is Disney by Mark’s year-end summary of our Disney dining “Hits & Misses.” This year DbM visited 53 Restaurants, Cafes, Fast Food Joints, Bars, Lounges, Food and Beverage stands at Disney’s California, Florida and Hawai’i parks and resorts. This review excludes Epcot’s 2013 International Food & Wine Festival which is reviewed separately. Links to […]

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    Mouseka News!

    Team Mickey store closing at Downtown Disney. Team Mickey, an athletic-gear and souvenir store at Downtown Disney, will close in favor of Marketplace Co Op. “It will be an incubator to introduce exciting new Disney retail shops and products,” Tom Sheldon, manager of retail design and development for Disney Theme Park Merchandise. Work on the Co op […]

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    Hits and Misses for the Vegetarian at WDW

    Editors note: DbM would like to give a big “Mahalo” to Joyce Tenerowicz for her culinary review Hits and Misses for the Vegetarian at WDW. We hit the ground running this spring to sample the goodies at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and the World of Walt. Although I did plenty of research before escaping New England, […]

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    Scuttlebutt – Rumors about Rumors

    The latest rumor about Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney area is that it will be re-branded into “Disney Springs” and have six distinct areas: The Gateway, The Town Center, The Springs, The Landing, The West Side, and The Village Marketplace. Each neighborhood will have its own distinct look and feel. The permitting process has begun with a working name of “The BVD […]

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    DbM Scuttlebutt – Senses and Citricos

    Saturday, the 15th marked the 46th anniversary of Walt Disney’s passing. Considering the tragedy that happened the day before, I decided not to post a story about it. Senses, a Disney Spa at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, re-opened today after a multi-month refurbishment. The newly remodeled spa, now owned and operated by Disney, blends Grand Floridian […]

  • Downtown Disney Opens Ice Rink

    Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney ice rinks cost: $15 for skating, $3 for skate rental. (Toddler cost: $12 for skating and double-blade skate rental, sizes 2T to 12T). Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Holiday hours vary. Sessions last 60 minutes! photo: Ana Venegas, […]

  • Happy New Years at WDW

    Wanna party at the park? Well it looks like our friends at Disney World have come up with a smorgasbord of “Auld Lang Syne” choices this year. Lets look at what you can do. At Epcot, guests can dance away 2012 to the beat of the DJs stationed at select pavilions throughout the evening and watch […]

  • Photo of the Week

    Departing from Downtown Disney station, inside the rear bubble of Monorail Orange. This great shot makes me want to say, “Light speed to Endor.” Photo courtesy of: Gregg L. Cooper Tweet