List: Guest favorites at Walt Disney World

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By Holly Ecimovic, Digital Editor, WESH 2 News/Orlando My Way

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Are you having trouble trying to narrow down your list of attractions to visit while at Walt Disney World? Orlando My Way is here to help.

Here’s a look at some guest favorites:

Festival of the Lion King: This Broadway-style show is a celebration of family, friendship and fun. The entire family can sing along to the movie’s classic song while enjoying some of the best performances. Expect full crowd participation!

Frozen Ever After at Epcot’s Norway Pavilion: Hoist the sails towards the magical kingdom of Arendelle aboard an ancient Norwegian vessel as you set out into the wintry world of “Frozen.”

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Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Put your skills to the test in this 4D shooting game starring everyone’s favorite cowboy and space ranger.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: Gather the entire family and prepare to visit the seven dwarfs in the diamond-covered mine. This truly is an attraction that the smaller, and the older, members of the family can enjoy together.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Put on your zebra Minnie ears and safari hats and get ready to drive through the African savanna on Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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Lunch picks: Nine Dragons Restaurant at Epcot

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By Holly Ecimovic, Digital Editor, WESH 2 News/Orlando My Way

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —For those looking to grab a bite for lunch, Nine Dragons Restaurant is this week’s pick from Disney Parks Blog.

Located at Epcot’s China Pavilion, Nine Dragons Restaurant features authentic Chinese dishes, such as the Shanghai xiaolongbao, steamed Shanghai-style pork soup dumplings.

Guests can usually stop by for lunch without a reservation, which many people say is very convenient.

Other featured menu items include the crisp cucumber salad, the steamed Chinese buns with braised pork belly, and classics like honey-sesame chicken and lo mein.

Click here for more information on Nine Dragons Restaurant at Epcot.

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Rockin’ Burger Block Party at Epcot coming soon

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By Holly Ecimovic, Digital Editor, WESH 2 News/Orlando My Way

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —The Rockin’ Burger Block Party at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off in just a few weeks.

The event, which kicks off on Sept. 30, will feature specialties such as the Indian-inspired Malai Chicken Mushroom Burger or a pork slider with aji amarillo chile slaw and avocado on brioche.

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Those are just two of seven burgers at the first party on Sept. 30 at World ShowPlace. Other parties will be Oct. 14 and Nov. 11, according to Disney Parks Blog, when all-new creations will be featured, with music and plenty more entertainment for the whole family.

Guests will vote for their favorite burger.

The Sept. 30 event features celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan with the Malai Chicken Mushroom Burger.

For more information on the Rockin’ Burger Block Party, click here.

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New cookbook features Disney dessert recipes

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By Holly Ecimovic, WESH 2 News/Orlando My Way Digital News Editor

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —What better time to indulge in your favorite treats than when you are vacationing with your family at Walt Disney World?

Disney dessert recipes are so often requested, that a new cookbook has been created to feature 40 of the most popular items. The recipes come from the pastry chefs at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and Disney Cruise Line.

According to Disney Parks Blog, the book includes elegant sweets such as the madeleines from Chefs de France at the France pavilion at Epcot; the Warm Apple Butter Cake from Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland hotel; and the Mom’s Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake from 50’s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Read more about the new cookbook, here.

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Disney Night of Joy coming this fall

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —The Disney Night of Joy will kick off this September at Walt Disney World.

According to Disney, the concert series will feature “a sublime fusion of contemporary tunes.” Disney Night of Joy is an annual Christian concert series that will be held for the first time ever Sept. 9-10 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

A ticket is required for admission.

Click here for a list of the artists performing in 2016.

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Miss Fortune Falls attraction coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —A new attraction called Miss Fortune Falls is coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in spring of 2017, according to Disney Parks Blog.

Miss Fortune Falls will be a family-style raft attraction that takes guests on a splashing journey through the fabled Captain Mary Oceaneer’s past. Legend has it that Captain Oceanear, a treasure-hunting heroine, traveled across the sea collecting unique artifacts before she became stranded at Typhoon Lagoon many years ago by a rogue storm, Disney has revealed.

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Aboard treasure rafts, guests will ascend to the top of the attraction before plunging into a whitewater adventure where they will be able to spot some of the treasures Captain Oceanear gathered from around the world.

For more information on Miss Fortune Falls, click here.

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Bookings begin soon for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —While there are plenty of events included with Epcot admission for the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, this year’s “premium events” include some options that guests will not want to miss.

Here are a few top picks, according to Disney Parks Blog:

Four all-new interactive culinary adventures in the Disney resorts encourage guests to ask the experts, taste and cook alongside chefs at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney Yacht Club Resort.

Also popular is the new “Mix It, Make It Celebrate It” hands-on workshop that gives guests the opportunity to learn from the pros; cake decorating, garnishing, cocktail mixing and other fun activities are offered.

The always-popular Cheese Seminars will return. Guests can learn “the wheys of the world” paired with wine, beer and other beverages with Max McCalman and other experts.

Guests can book reservations when the phone lines open: 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 21. (Chase cardholders can book with limited availability beginning 7 a.m. July 19.)

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Disney PinQuest comes to Magic Kingdom Park

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By Holly Ecimovic, WESH 2 News/Orlando My Way Digital News Editor

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —A new Disney pin trading scavenger hunt is now happening at Magic Kingdom Park, according to Disney Parks Blog.

Disney PinQuest features ‘Steampunk-inspired’ artwork. Disney Parks Blog spoke with Jeanne Lewis, merchandiser for Disney pins, to learn why the new PinQuest was created.

“We’re excited to introduce a pin trading-themed scavenger hunt this summer,” Lewis told Disney Parks Blog. “For years, guests have told us how much they enjoyed pin pursuits once offered at Disney Parks. We applied their feedback and lessons we learned from other recent scavenger hunts to create this new activity. Ultimately, we wanted something that the whole family could enjoy during a summertime visit to Magic Kingdom Park.”

For more information on Disney PinQuest, click here.

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Frontera Cocina by Chef Rick Bayless opens at Disney Springs

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By Holly Ecimovic, WESH 2 News/Orlando My Way Digital Editor

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Frontera Cocina is now open at Disney Springs, according to Disney Parks Blog.

The restaurant features new flavors and a contemporary Mexican experience developed by renowned chef Rick Bayless.

Bayless offers his award-winning dishes such as Oaxacan Red Chile Chicken, Salsa Verde Shrimp Enchiladas Suizas and freshly made salsas and guacamole. There’s also a quick-service taco counter.

The new dining spot features warm colors and an open kitchen where Executive Chef Stephen Hicks leads the culinary team.

For more information on Frontera Cocina, click here.

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