WDW News and Disney Springs Changes

Fasten your seatbelts as I have Star Wars, Disney Springs, Hollywood Studios, and Holidays coming your way. First off I want to address Disney Springs. Are you ready?

Check out the Disney Springs site for the latest news:  Disney Springs.  This is something to bookmark as it lists all the businesses in Disney Springs. It lists hours for the next two months, disability access, and other information. There is a map link that opens a new window and a little icon stating if the business is in Westside, Marketplace, or the Landing. I opened the map for the shop in Splitsville and ended up in the Marketplace. Great site! It even covers the carts on the bridge and walkways.

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Parking and Traffic

There are ground level parking lots around Cirque du Soleil for tall vehicles, long vehicles, and guests who stress out in parking garages. There is valet parking and open lots across the street. Take any road to Buena Vista Blvd, then to the garage. Coming from Hotel Plaza stay in the right lane and turn right into the garage. Heading from WDW stay in the right lane and be prepared to hit the ramp. At the top at the ramp turn left then right into the garage. NUMBERS!! Each level has a number showing how many spaces are open. There are water taxis at both ends and in the middle to ease getting around. The major areas left are the area in Town Center and the new parking garage. As soon as the bus station opens in the center, then guests on buses will be able to start in the middle instead of walking or taking a water taxi. The bridge across the water took me 3 minutes to go from Rainforest Cafe to T-Rex.

Hoypoloi was the Sunset House of gift shops and so much fun to visit. I will greatly miss all the top notch quality gifts. They will be replaced by World of Soccer which moved out for a while to make room for Marvel.

World of Disney has completed its expansion and store improvements. The store has wide aisles, bright lighting, a bathroom, and a wide front door with no steps or ramps. DTDRooms are themed such as Belle Room and Pinocchio room. Watch the adults as it is easy for parents to get lost. 6,000 square feet of new space now includes an information desk.

“To celebrate the newly expanded location, we are offering a “Free Shipping” promotion on purchases made only at World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29, 2015. This would be a great time to get a jump start on holiday shopping!”

SANTA CLAUS is in town. He is available from noon to 10 pm daily through the end of the year. His chalet is located on the water but he is quite busy so guests are given a pager when the lines are long. This past weekend there was a dance party, various performers and bands, and a stage show.
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The Marketplace will have Christmas tunes from 6-10 p.m. each evening from Nov. 13- Dec. 30th. A Kwanzaa musical group appearing at the Waterside Stage Dec. 26 – 27th, and that venue will have Hannukah nightly Dec. 6 – 13th. Holiday stilt walkers appear daily through the end of the year. Some shops went all out like Jock who has travel themed wreaths and garlands.

The Landing, best be known as Pleasure Landing, for its wide variety of food and beverages offered. December 15th will see the addition of one last shop, The Ganachery. Babycakes, Vivoli sorbets and gelatos, and Joffrey’s baked goods are going to be joined by a world class chocolatier.

Fulton’s Crab House will feature a special surf and turf menu, including braised short ribs and Alaska King crab with mashed potatoes, crispy Brussels sprouts, lardons, and cabernet demi ($45 per person).  Portobello will offer a three course meal, including a filet with roasted garlic whipped potatoes and sweet cannoli for dessert ($50 per person).

Planet Hollywood and Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant will offer a delicious turkey dinner. Wolfgang Puck Express will offer tender pork chop with mashed potatoes and broccolini with a special holiday dessert. Wolfgang Puck Grand Café offers a three-course meal complete with a wine selection($75 per person).