This week in news is here again! First off, the Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian was getting a make-over. While I’m happy with the new look, such as the placement of permanent pews since this will help couples avoid the cost of having to rent chairs and decorate them, it’s a small piece of the overall news.
We have been getting updates as to what will be at D23’s Destination D in November, and, boy, is the lineup exciting! On November 19-20, 2016, D23 members will spend an amazing day at the Contemporary Resort where they will get to hear from James Cameron (writer, director, and producer of AVATAR), Jon Landau (producer of AVATAR), and Imagineer Joe Rohde regarding Pandora- The World of AVATAR. This presentation will give new details about the 12-acre land coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom. The event will also include a conversation with Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Guests will also hear from Moana screenwriter Jared Bush for an exclusive advanced look at the new animated feature. All these men now join previously announced presenters and panelists Marty Sklar and Tony Baxter, Chris Merritt, Jason Grandt, Wyatt Winter, Don Hahn, and Becky Cline. There will also be an exhibit created exclusively for this event: Walt's Great Adventures- featuring photographs, props, and models from Walt's personal voyages, including his 1941 South America trip, and his most memorable creations for tv, film, theme parks, such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Mickey's of Glendale will return for event attendees! Yay shopping! Here's a list of additional highlights from D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures.
A ton of new food announcements have been coming down the pipeline, so I'll run through them briefly. Guy Fieri has been announced as a new partner for the currently under renovation Planet Hollywood.
With Food and Wine right around the corner (September 14), we've been getting some late details about a new hands-on experience coming to the festival. In the Festival Center, guest can participate in sushi making from the master himself- Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto- in the mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! workshop (anyone who already has reservations are the lucky ones as I checked today and couldn't find anything for this class, though there are other workshops including tequila tasting and chocolate making!). See the official calendar here.
This year, the premium events of Party for the Senses and Rockin' Burger Block Party return, featuring new live entertainment. Also returning, Remy's Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt takes little ones around World Showcase searching for statues of the little chef with a sweet surprise for finding all of them.
As the festival becomes more and more popular, Disney has seen that one parks cannot simply contain all the deliciousness. Moving into the resorts, this year guests can experience Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef at the Contemporary Resort. During this experience, guests, as young as 9 years, can actually create dishes under the direction of a Disney chef.
Going with the food theme- there's a new lunch menu at Tiffins in Animal Kingdom! Similar to Spice Road Table, the lunch menu features appetizer size plates, as well as full size entrees. Guests can also try the Taste of Tiffins, which costs $28.00/person and allows guests to pick 2 entrees to share. Click here for the full lunch menu. Overall- I can't wait to try Tiffins- look for our review soon!
And, with the school year upon us, the next best thing after Food and Wine is also approaching- Halloween. This means new merchandise! Here's some items for this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. I can't wait to collect some pins!
Also briefly announced and then implemented was Disney PhotoPass Day, celebrated on World Photography Day. This entailed a one-day celebration at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland where guests enjoyed special character experiences at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot, including rarely seen characters such as Pinocchio, Gideon, and Foulfellow in Storybook Circus; Mushu and Mulan in the China pavilion; Snow White and Dopey in Germany; and the Queen of Hearts and Alice in the U.K. pavilion. Also featured were complimentary photo locations at each of the 4 WDW theme parks, Disney Springs, and Disneyland where a PhotoPass photographer captured guests' special moments, which could then be downloaded and shared at no charged via the My Disney Experience app. Guests also received a voucher for one free download at the WDW resort, while guests at Disneyland received one 5x7 print of a PhotoPass photo. While this was a one-day event, the idea behind it and what future implementation this might have in the parks later down the line is interesting. I'm just hoping for more possibilities to run into "rare" characters in the parks.
I hope you all had a wonderful week, preparing to send the little ones off to school, and getting amped for some better weather and fun times in the fall! See ya real soon folks!