Lilly Pulitzer, Trophy Room open at Town Center at Disney Springs

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —The opening of Town Center was less than ten days ago and two new additions have opened their doors, according to Disney Parks Blog.

The stores, Lilly Pulitzer and Trophy Room, are expected to attract shoppers from all over the world who visit Disney.

Lilly Pulitzer features clothing and accessories with bright, playful, wildly colorful prints. Check out the history behind the store’s legendary founder, Lillian McKim, (Lilly Pulitizer) here. What better place to open a new Lilly Pulitzer store than Disney Springs?

With apparel and accessories done in the signature “Lilly” style, every nook of the boutique pays homage to its Palm Beach roots. The dressing rooms feature hand-painted murals that bring the brand to life, according to Disney Parks Blog contributor Darcy Clark.

Trophy Room is described as a “sleek space showcasing ultra-cool sneakers and exclusive merchandise.” This first-of-its-kind location — founded by Marcus Jordan, a University of Central Florida grad and the son of NBA legend Michael Jordan — was inspired by the real-life trophy room of his father, officials said. Personal photos from the Jordan family collection and one-of-a-kind memorabilia are on display.

Read more about Trophy Room and Lilly Pulitzer, here.

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Stephen Twining from Twinings of London to return to Epcot

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By Holly Ecimovic, Digital News Editor

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Stephen Twining from Twinings of London is returning to Epcot from May 25-29, according to Disney Parks Blog.

Twining will be meeting with guests and signing tea boxes from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day in The Tea Caddy shop at United Kingdom Pavilion.

A 10-generation member of the famous tea family, Twining joined Twinings in 1985 and now serves as director of corporate relations for Twinings of London.

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Darlene Love’s ‘Garden Rocks’ to debut at Epcot

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Darlene Love hits the America Gardens Theatre stage Friday through Sunday at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, according to Disney Parks Blog.

Known for her song, “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Comes Home,” among many others, Love first visited Epcot more than 20 years ago, but has never experienced the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Disney Parks Blog spoke with Love ahead of her performance:

Q: What elements of our festival are you most interested in seeing and experiencing?

A: I love flowers (and diamonds) and am a hands-on gardener at heart. I have been to food (festivals) and other festivals, but can’t wait to experience an international festival of my first love, flowers. Also, to steal new ideas for my garden this year.

Q: Do you have a green thumb yourself?

A. For me, gardening is therapy when I’m not on tour. It’s gratifying to see my neighbors and passersby stop to take pictures.

Q. You grew up near Disneyland — do you have fun memories from there that you might share?

A: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I (still) cherish fondest memories of taking my three boys to Disneyland — so do they. I was a young mother; attractions were cheaper. They grew up eventually experiencing all those unforgettable attractions.

Check out the complete interview with Love from Disney Parks Blog HERE.

Darlene Love’s “Garden Rocks” will debut Friday through Sunday. Visitors can catch the concert series performances at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the 90-day festival.

The festival runs until May 30.

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Celebrate 25th anniversary of Disney’s ‘The Rocketeer’ with new gear

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

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Disney’s live-action feature “The Rocketeer” celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, according to Disney Parks Blog.

Originally released on June 21, 1991, the film tells the story of test pilot Cliff Secord who discovers a top-secret jetpack that hurls him into a daring adventure of mystery, suspense and intrigue.

To commemorate the film’s silver anniversary, Disney is releasing several T-shirts on the Disney Parks online store from May 6 through May 12.

View the brand new Rocketeer merchandise, HERE.

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Disney Days of Past: Celebrating Arbor Day

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By Holly Ecimovic

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Friday is Arbor Day, and Disney Parks Blog is going back in time to show us a photo from 1975. Mickey Mouse, Chip and Dale planted a tree at Walt Disney World Resort in observance of Arbor Day that year.

Thousands of trees are currently being cared for at Walt Disney World Resort. Horticulture specialists and arborists at Disney take the time each day to make sure each plant is healthy and vibrant.

Take some time tomorrow to walk outside and enjoy nature. Maybe even hug a tree!

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Take behind-the-scenes look at Toy Story Land attractions

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By Holly Ecimovic

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —New details have been released on Toy Story Land, including the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite “Toy Story” characters, Woody and Buzz.

There are two new themed attractions being developed for Toy Story Land.

The first — Slinky Dog Dash — will be a family coaster attraction you’ll want to ride again and again. The attraction features a coaster track that Andy has built all over his backyard using his Mega Coaster Play Kit. “Toy Story” fans know that Andy has a pretty amazing imagination, so he’s combined it with some of his other toys, according to Disney Imagineer Kathy Mangum.

Click here for more information on Toy Story Land from Disney Parks Blog.

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‘The Jungle Book’ actor visits Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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By Holly Henry Ecimovic

Young actor Neel Sethi, who stars as Mowgli in “The Jungle Book,” which hits theaters this Friday, recently stopped by Disney’s Animal Kingdom. During his visit, he shared what he loves about the film — and Disney Parks.

Watch the video below to see what Neel’s favorite attraction is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

 

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique celebrates 10 years

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By Holly Ecimovic

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Springs, the first of Disney’s enchanted beauty salons, celebrates 10 years in April.

The Disney Springs location has been a source of endless amounts of pixie dust and countless memories since it began welcoming guests on April 5, 2006, according to Disney Parks Blog. The salon will soon move to a new venue at Disney Springs Marketplace near Once Upon A Toy.

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Expedition Everest marks 10 years of adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Exactly 10 years ago today, Expedition Everest: Legend of The Forbidden Mountain opened its doors to offer a wild race of adventure for park guests, according to Disney Parks Blog.

Many have said this popular ride is one of the most visually stunning attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

A guest’s journey to Mount Everest really begins the moment they enter the queue, which offers a treasure trove of cultural and historical detail. Along the way, guests pass a small temple, a general store and a museum that showcases past investigations into the yeti’s existence. Finally, they arrive at Himalayan Escapes – Tours and Expeditions office and board a train for a tour of the famed Mount Everest. But after climbing rocky cliffs and racing through narrow caves, the plan goes awry when the train encounters a twisted piece of track, and suddenly sends the group plunging backward into the darkness…

Well, you’ll have to experience it for yourself!

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Take a behind-the-scenes look at Epcot Flower & Garden topiaries

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By Holly Ecimovic

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Do these guys look familiar?

Disney horticulture artists and experts worked almost half a year to bring Huey, Dewey and Louie to life in greens and flowers, according to Disney Parks Blog. Here’s a look at how they did it:

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Donald and his nephews, Mickey and friends — 70 character topiaries across Epcot — are part of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Guests can enjoy offerings from more than a dozen outdoor kitchens.

This weekend is the Art in the Garden Weekend. “Plein Air” artists capture nature in their creations.

One-of-a-kind Disney works of art will also be on display within the World Showcase from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To learn more about Fun Fresh Weekends, check out FreshEpcot.com.

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