Bookings begin soon for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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

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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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‘Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire’ opens at Magic Kingdom Park

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” has officially begun at Magic Kingdom Park.

The all-new live stage show takes place at the grandest stage at Walt Disney World Resort with “magic, music and merriment.”

Against the backdrop of Cinderella Castle, Mickey Mouse and his friends welcome characters from some of Disney’s newest classics: “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tangled” and “Frozen,” according to Disney Parks Blog.

The show celebrates the unique stories of the citizens who make up the magical kingdom. It also celebrates the essence of trying new things, visiting new places and meeting new friends.

“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” features 15 Disney characters, a musical score recorded by the London Symphony, the original song “On This Day” by composers Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (“Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings”), elaborate costumes, special effects, a dazzling display of daytime fireworks and more, Disney says.

For more information on “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire,” click here.

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NFL Pro Bowl Week activities coming to Walt Disney World Resort

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By Holly Ecimovic, WESH/Orlando My Way Digital Editor

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —The NFL officially announced June 1 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort that the 2017 Pro Bowl is coming to Orlando and will be played at Camping World Stadium near downtown.

Several of the official Pro Bowl activities will be staged at Walt Disney World Resort as part of the league’s new approach of making Pro Bowl Week a celebration of all levels of football, from youth to high school to the NFL’s best, officials said.

Related: Orlando lands Pro Bowl

For those who want to get in on the Pro Bowl action, fans can sign up for exclusive presale ticket opportunities at http://www.ProBowl.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public in November.

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New Dooney & Bourke items coming soon to Disney Parks

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

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —New products by Dooney & Bourke will be released this summer at select merchandise locations at Disney Parks.

The items shown in the video below will soon be available. The “It’s a Small World” handbags and retail MagicBands will be released in July. The “Beauty and the Beast” and “Dumbo” handbags will be found in August, according to Disney Parks Blog.

A release event will be held on July 23 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace. Check back with Orlando My Way for updates.

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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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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.

For more information on Stephen Twining and Epcot events, click here.

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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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