12 October 2015, 4:02 pm
Inside New Flavor Lab at Walt Disney World
Have you ever wondered how Disney comes up with a new tasty drink concoction, mouthwatering dessert or savory dinner item? In a kitchen of course, but more specifically in the new Flavor Lab!
The 7,000-square-foot venue is full of new product, packaging and equipment ideas for food and beverage programs across Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. You won’t believe what they’re coming up with next, but you will get a chance to test it out.
While you can’t gain access to Flavor Lab, Disney guests will still get to taste and experience all of the collaboration that happens inside the lab. Prior to Flavor Lab, Disney operated a small test kitchen, but most of the creations that came out of it only went to the Vacation Kingdom. This time, the products, packaging and equipment will be spread evenly across the Orlando theme park.
“With increasing new projects, we needed space,” said Jean-Marie Clement, director, Food & Beverage Concept Development in a statement. “This new facility will provide a professional, creative and collaborative workspace for sharing and showcasing new ideas, concepts and best practices.”
Three years in the making, the new space will have 18 culinary, front of house and project design team members that will work there full time but there will always be more than that on-site. “When we open a new concept, we’ll be able to train cast members on new equipment,” said Jean-Marie. “We can test a new equipment and keep up with trends and technology.”
“From product testing and cast training to food photography and vendor presentations, “we’ll have the best-of-the-best Disney talent under one roof,” said Jean-Marie.
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9 October 2015, 10:31 am
Top Things to Do in Disney Springs
It was nearly two years ago when Disney announced plans for a re-imagination of Downtown Disney. The new area would roughly double the size and offer more dining, shopping and entertainment options. Today, Downtown Disney is now Disney Springs and there are indeed many more things to see and do! Here are our favorites:
The BOATHOUSE – From the creators of Rainforest Café and Yak & Yeti at Walt Disney World comes The BOATHOUSE, an upscale waterfront dining experience located in Disney Springs’ The Landing. Like many of the other new restaurants at Disney Springs, The BOATHOUSE is more than just a place to grab a bite. The restaurant offers live music, guided tours of the Captain’s 40-foot Italian Water Taxi and guided Amphicar rides that launch from the land and enter the water for a 20-minute tour of Disney Springs.
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar – For a twist on the traditional cocktail head to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and you’ll get more than just a tasty drink. Located between the Paradiso 37 and the BOATHOUSE, Jock Lindsey’s is an aviation-themed lounge named after Indiana Jones’ trusted pilot, who appeared in the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The second you step inside Jock Lindsey’s you will be in an aviators dream as aviation equipment and travelers posters take over the space. Outside is an old canvas steamboat that jets out into the water, offering incredible views of the lake and Disney Springs.
The Landing Shopping – While Disney Springs isn’t completely finished yet, The Landing area of the revamped entertainment district is. Amidst the waterfront restaurants is plenty of shopping in The Landing including Sanuk, the fun and funky footwear store; Sound lion, where you can purchase headphones, ear buds and music products; The Art of Shaving, a premium shaving shop; Chapel Hats, a vintage-style hat shop and many more.
Live Entertainment – There has always been live entertainment throughout Downtown Disney, and with the restaurant and shopping additions to Disney Springs that won’t change. In fact, there are a few new stages including the Waterside Stage offering the daily DJ Kids Dance Party every evening. There is also live music every evening on the West Side lawn.
There is still plenty more to come to Disney Springs including the Town Center and additions to the Marketplace. Stay tuned for more details on Disney Springs.
7 October 2015, 11:00 am
New Star Wars Experiences Set to Open
The force will be strong in Walt Disney World in the next coming months when the Orlando theme park debuts all-new Star Wars experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new adventures will coincide with the new episodes of “Star Wars Rebels” and the new film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
While Disney’s Hollywood Studios already has plenty of Star Wars attractions, this is after all where Star Wars Weekends is located each spring; the park will soon be getting some new experiences and a few updates to some of our favorites.
Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple – Jedi Training Academy recently closed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios but in its place will soon be a revamped version of the academy called Jedi Training – Trials of the Temple. Here the littlest Star Wars fans will get to see all new Star Wars characters and an updated set. And don’t worry, there will still be some lightsaber fighting!
Star Wars Launch Bay – This is a new area that will give Star Wars fans the opportunity to visit with their favorite characters from the series, as well as visit special exhibits and get peeks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The exhibit will also include a counter service dining option and a small retail area. Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
In addition to the two new Star Wars experiences, the popular ride Star Tours – The Adventure Continues will also get some updates with new characters from the upcoming film.
Rumors are swirling that a new Star Wars event called “Season of the Force” will come to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on January 8, 2016 through March 20, 2016. The event is expected to highlight Jedi Training – Trials of the Temple and Star Wars Launch Bay as well as feature special Star Wars merchandise. Stay tuned for Disney’s confirmation on this event.
All of this is a part of Disney’s largest single-land expansion ever. Construction on the 14-acre Star Wars Land will begin in 2016.