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.

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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.

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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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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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