Disney to Debut New Holiday Light Show at Disney Springs

Just last week the FAA granted Disney World the right to fly small drones over their property for entertainment purposes. Disney has wasted no time putting that to use as they have given us a sneak peak at one of the ways those drones are going to be used in an all new and super innovative nighttime holiday light show at Disney Springs. The Disney Parks Blog stated the following:

This holiday season, the idea of “wishing upon a star” will take on an even more magical meaning in the skies of Disney Springs.

They also released this video of a behind the scenes look at the show. Be sure and watch and let us know what you think by commenting below or on Facebook.

Top Five Quick Service Food Items at Disney Springs – Episode 13

In this week’s episode, for August 21, 2016, we will be finishing up our series on top quick service menu items in the parks as we visit Disney Springs.

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What’s Coming to Disney Parks in 2016 – Episode 2

cropped-NEW-Icon-Edit-A.jpgEpisode #2: Week of February 1, 2016
Host: Jon Arthur
Co-Host: Lysa Thornton

In this week’s episode Jon and Lysa will be discussing news and current events at Disney Destinations around the world, discussing a preview of what’s to come for Disney Parks in 2016, and taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

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You can submit Disney trip planning questions for us to answer on the show by e-mailing us at podcast@MouseDreamsBlog.com, by tweeting your question to @MouseDreamsBlog on Twitter, or by visiting the listener questions page on our website at www.MouseDreamsBlog.com/podcastquestions. We would love to answer your questions on travel including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. Have a great week everyone and thanks for listening!


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Morimoto Street Foods Quick Service Restaurant Open at Disney Springs

Another new dining option has opened in The Landing section of Disney Springs. Morimoto Street Foods is located on an outdoor terrace on the lower level of the Morimoto Asia Restaurant. This quick service dining location has a fairly limited menu and is going to be open from 5 PM to 11 PM nightly. There is a nice outdoor, covered seating area located next to the walk up window where food is ordered, making this a nice place to get together for appetizers or to just hang out with friends.

The main menu items include Pork Egg Rolls (2) and Vegetable Egg Rolls (2) for $8 each, a Lo Mein Noodle Salad ($12), an Asian Green Salad ($10), a fruit salad ($8), and an Asian Green Salad with Duck ($14). Also included a few different types of sushi rolls including Smoked Salmon ($10), California ($10), and Vegetable ($7). The location also serves a small selection of beer including the Morimoto Rogue ($9), Kirin ($9), Crooked Can ($9), and Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale ($11).

Is Morimoto Street Foods something you would like to try? If so, what situation do this think it lends itself to? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Ganachery Chocolate Shop Opens at Disney Springs

One of the newest additions to the Disney Springs area that has opened recently is The Ganachery. This shop, located in The Landing, is described as a shop that celebrates the “beauty of chocolate” in the words of the Disney Parks Blog. Imagineer Theron Skees went on to say that, “Thanks to Walt Disney Imagineering, the little shop expands the story of chocolate through the design, costumes, graphics, props and packaging.”

Disney went on to provide a theme and backstory to the shop, which the parks blog described in greater detail by saying, “Like all the buildings at Disney Springs, there is a history – the shop used to be an apothecary where residents of the springs came for medicinal needs. Then, as the story goes, the space was taken over by a South American couple who turned their love for the cocoa bean into a fantastic chocolate shop.” The Ganachery is open now and is certainly a stop I will make on my next visit to Disney Springs, if for no other reason than to simply view what promises to be some amazing creations, and well…while I’m there I might try a few bites as well!

If you going to be in Disney Springs soon stop in and tell us about your visit to The Ganachery in the comments section below.

 

Our Final Visit to Downtown Disney

World of DisneyRecently Disney has made the long awaited name change from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs, but I want to take today’s Saturday Review article to look back at my last visit to Downtown Disney. I knew this visit was a goodbye to Downtown Disney for me and my family, but I also knew it was a chance to see some of the new things that had already been unveiled for Disney Springs.

We arrived via a bus from our resort and we had already been touring Disney World for four days, so needless to say we were a little tired and this was a day we were set to rest, but we were also changing resorts. With the resort change happening we needed somewhere to go for a part of the day until we could get into our room, so what better place than a visit to Downtown Disney. We were not at all sure how long we would make it with a three year old and we wanted to get to our new resort and relax as much as we could on this rest day, but we were going to give it a go. We also had planned for this to be our only visit to Downtown Disney on this trip. You see, this was the middle of summer in 2015, when Downtown Disney/Disney Springs construction was at its height, and for this reason we did not have much of a desire to spend much time here.

We arrived at the bus stop, which was only available at the Marketplace at this time and stopped in one of our favorite stores, Days of Christmas. We have the tradition of purchasing a Christmas ornament every year and what better place to start than here. I did snap a picture of one ornament I thought was pretty cool, it was a mixture of Mickey and Spaceship Earth.

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After days of Christmas we had to stop in the Marketplace Co-op. This is probably my favorite addition so far to the Marketplace side of Disney Springs. I love the Disney Centerpiece area as I am a huge fan of the vintage plates, cups, bowls, decor, everything in this area that deals with rides and attractions. I won’t get much deeper, but you’ll see what I mean later in this article. My wife is a fan of the Cherry Tree Lane, mainly because she is in love with Vera Bradley…the bags, not the lady!

After finishing in the co-op we began to start seeing the evidence of the large scale construction projects that were taking place. I am a huge fan of what they are doing to Disney Springs and am extremely excited about seeing it completely finished, but construction kind of stresses us out. The crowds are closer together and we are just fans of waiting until something is finished to see the final product. We pulled ourselves together and headed on down to World of Disney, because it is an unwritten law that everyone who comes to Disney Springs must buy something from this store.

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Once April and I get inside this store we just naturally go our separate ways, me to look at a variety of things and her heading to the closest selection of “cute stuff”, which most often involves more Vera Bradley bags. As I browsed I found more of the vintage kitchen accessories that I love and I ended up getting a full set of these cups to add to the plates and bowls that I already had at home.

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We also wanted to find a t-shirt for our three-year-old son and it seems like the only ones we can ever find in a small size like that are the yearly shirts that have the year on it. Well…this year was no different. The 2015 theme shirt is what we settled on and he loved it because it had Mickey on it, and that is all he really cares about!

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After finishing up at World of Disney we headed over and spent a little time letting our son play in the Lego store before heading down to get one of these beauties, a Cookie Bits Sundae. We discovered this on a previous trip and it has become a requirement for April and I at Downtown Disney, and you can bet it will still be a requirement ever after the name change to Disney Springs!

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After we finished our sundae we headed back into the fray, and by that I mean endless construction walls as we ventured into the old Pleasure Island area. The crowds by this point were very thick and the construction walls were very tight, and those two things do not go well together. We shopped around a little bit, but by this time it was about 2:00 and we were ready to get into our hotel room, and the youngster was ready for a nap, so we made the trek back to the Marketplace bus stop.

All in all our last visit to Downtown Disney was a success. The Marketplace area was almost completely construction free in the areas that were open and we had some nice shopping time and a nice snack at one of our favorite places. Once you left the Marketplace though the construction was a little more in our faces, so we said, “So long Downtown Disney, we’ll see you next time.” And next time we are around Disney Springs should be completed or nearly completed and that is something I am very excited to see.