Disney News

Disney Twenty-Three Magazine Covers "Beauty and the Beast" Live Action Film and More in Spring Issue

Hi everyone!

We are looking forward to receiving the new Disney Twenty-Three Magazine - it includes a behind-the-scenes look at the live action Beauty and the Beast musical! There is also a peek at the upcoming Disneyland Paris 25th anniversary and an interview with Joe Rohde about Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: Breakout! at Disneyland. Keep reading for much more about what will be inside the covers of the spring issue.

Garden Rocks Performers Announced for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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The 2017 Epcot "Garden Rocks" performers have been announced for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The concert days have been expanded to include Monday this year (it used to be every day, but then cut back to weekends Friday - Sunday). It is nice to see it the additional day this year! Some of the performers play all weekend, some split it with a different artist. Show times are at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. & 8 p.m. each night and the concerts are included with Epcot admission. Some of our favorites here are Night Ranger, Starship starring Mickey Thomas and Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone.

Night Ranger, copyright Mousesteps (photo by Denise Preskitt)

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Named #1 Hotel in Orlando by U.S. News & World Report for Third Year in a Row

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The luxurious Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort has been named the #1 hotel in "Best Hotels in Orlando" by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a row - and that is as long as the resort has been open (almost three years already!). We've written so many articles on the Four Seasons Orlando, but some of my personal favorite aspects of the resort are the low number of rooms that makes it seem never too busy; the lazy river, adult pool and other recreational options; the restaurants - each of them serving a unique menu; and being close to the parks but not always feeling so close. It's a relaxing resort, one which offers so much outdoor seating - including at all the restaurant locations - and the Four Seasons even has a fun Disney character breakfast several days per week. It always feels like a mini-vacation when we stop by, even if just for a quick bite to eat.

Here is the press release from the Four Seasons!

Four Seasons Resort Orlando, photo provided by the Four Seasons

Paddlefish Restaurant to Open at Disney Springs on February 4th, 2017; New Concept Art and Press Release

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Paddlefish at Disney Springs will open on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 with reservations accepted beginning February 6th. Formerly Fulton's Crab House, the restaurant was stripped down and redesigned into a new dining experience with a new menu - but some old favorites do remain. And Paddlefish will be the only restaurant at Disney Springs with rooftop waterfront dining. Read below for the press release. We look forward to sharing a review and a full tour inside Paddlefish soon! The menus, while favoring seafood, do have good options for those who are looking for steaks, lamb, pork and chicken.

Paddlefish photo from January 2017, Denise Preskitt, Mousesteps

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James Beard Award Winner Chef Tony Mantuano to Host Ravioli Cooking Class at Portobello Disney Springs on March 11th, 2017

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James Beard Award winner and Top Chef Master Tony Mantuano will be hosting a ravioli cooking class on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 from 12 noon through 2:00 p.m. at Portobello Trattoria in Disney Springs. The cost is $55.00 per person (the smaller print says that the price does not include tax and gratuity). Here is the flyer for the event! It sounds like a terrific class.




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