But did you know that they also have a Nurse Appreciation Rate?! To book this special discount, you can call 1-888-828-8850 or go online and enter the promo code Y7N when prompted. You will need to show your valid nurse ID at check-in to receive this offer.
Screenshot From Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s Website
And medical workers aren’t the only group of folks Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is thanking for their service with a special offer. Teachers and School Support Staff are also being given their own exclusive discount which includes a savings of up to 25% off regular rates! You’ll want to book this deal using the promo code ZTC when promoted and be ready to show your school-issued ID when you check-in!
Screenshot From Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s Website
Both offers are valid seven days a week through October 6th, 2020, but only a limited number of rooms will be available. Tax is additional and other terms and conditions may apply such as blackout dates, plus neither offer can be combined with other promotions. Rates cannot be applied for groups of 10 or more rooms.
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Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is currently allowing Florida residents to book their Disney World staycations with a HUGE savings. The special discount offer has been added to their website and folks who can show proof of Florida residency can save up to 30%
Screenshot From Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s Website
You can make your reservation online here or by calling 1-800-228-9290. Make sure you ask for or enter the promo code FR6 when prompted.
Swan and Dolphin Resort
The offer is valid seven days a week through October 6th, 2020, but only a limited number of rooms will be available for this promotion. Tax is additional and other terms and conditions may apply such as blackout dates. The offer can’t be combined with other promotions nor can it be applied to groups of 10 or more rooms. See their website for complete details and be sure to read more details regarding Disney World Swan and Dolphin’s enhanced health and safety measures before you go HERE!
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It certainly is a beautiful day to take a stroll around Disney Springs.
We’re swinging by Disney World’s own shopping, dining, and entertainment complex to see what there is to see. Will we find new snacks? New merchandise? You’ll have to read on to find out! Check out EVERYTHING new in food, construction, and merchandise in Disney Springs!
Disney Springs Food Updates
Our first stop is the Marketplace Starbucks — after all, all good days start with coffee. This location has three Christmas in July specials.
Christmas in July Drink Specials
There’s the Melted Snowman (Olaf would NOT like this frap), the Candy Cane, and the Snowball.
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For the first time since its 1980 release, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is at the top of the box office because of a theatrical re-release. The release is at both movie theaters and drive-in theaters.
So far the Star Wars film earned over $611,000 for the 3-day weekend gross, and a total of $644,000 for the 5-day gross. That’s impressive considering the limited number of movie theater options right now! After all, it’s estimated that only 1,500 movie theaters are open in the nation. The film ran against other classic movie re-releases such as Ghostbusters and Jurassic Park.
The second installment of the Skywalker Saga is held in high regards by the Star Wars community of fans. The movie introduced creative new worlds and creatures for viewers to see back in 1980. The film celebrated its 40th anniversary on May 21st this year. It’s incredible the movie resonates so strongly with movie goers even 40 years later. However, the version playing in theaters is based on the 23-year old remastered movie version. So don’t expect the original 1980 version prior to editing.
Lastly, if you are unable to find Empire Strikes Back playing locally at a movie drive-in near you, then don’t fret. Star Wars fans can watch the movie at home by streaming it on Disney+ streaming service, too!
We were contacted by several cultural representatives who told us they’d received word from Disney that their programs have been canceled. Even candidates who’d received offers had their offers withdrawn.
Since Disney World’s cultural ambassadors comprise a large portion of the workforce at EPCOT’s World Showcase, returning Cast Members will most-likely be filling in for them until they’re able to return. We’ll be checking in tomorrow on the pavilions to show you what EPCOT is like when it reopens so stay tuned for more updates.
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Disney World has reopened, but there are still some changes to be made to some of the new systems.
Walt Disney World Annual Passholder
Annual Passholders have been on a bit of a rollercoaster this year when it comes to getting their money’s worth. Many folks have had their passes extended for the length of the closure — but that’s not the end of things. With the introduction of the Disney Park Pass reservation system to limit capacity, Passholders aren’t necessarily guaranteed entry into the parks.
To help mitigate Passholder concerns, Disney recently announced an added 30-day extension on top of the closure extensionto make up for the capacity limits. Now, we know that those extensions are coming soon — and Passholders have another option.
In an email to Passholders today, Disney spoke about that way that “Park reservations will change the way that many of our Passholders use their pass.” The resultant 30-day extension to make up for this will be automatically processed and visible in eligible Passholders’ My Disney Experience Accounts over the coming weeks. So, keep an eye on your expiration date!
2020 Annual Passholder Magnet
If you would rather NOT take the extension, you are welcome to cancel your pass and instead receive an applicable refund instead of the additional month. To do so, or if you have any other concerns, call V.I.PASSHOLDER Support at (407) 939-7277. Keep in mind, lines may be busy so be patient and keep trying as needed.
Stay tuned to DFB for the latest updates on the park reopenings and Annual Passholder options. If you have any specific questions, reach out in the comments and we will do our best to get you answers.
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The new D23 Fantastic Worlds Pin Set features four pins “depicting favorite Disney destinations” including Cherry Tree Lane from Mary Poppins, Kuzcotopia from The Emperor’s New Groove, Monstropolis from Monsters, Inc.,and Zootopia.
The new D23 Gold Member Exclusive Pin Collection
The D23 Fantastic Worlds Pin Set costs $39.99 and is limited to two per guest, according to shopDisney.com.
Here’s a closer look at all four pins in the collection. Artwork for the pin set is “inspired by vintage travel logos” designed by artist Alex Riegert-Waters. Each one is a colorful snapshot of the memorable movie locations.
If you’re interested in picking up this set, then head over to D23 and sign up for a Gold membership for yourself of your family. A single membership costs $99.99/year and a family membership is $129.99/year. As a gold member, you do receive exclusive perks and opportunities that the general members do not get like early access this plush Mickey Mouse!
Annual Passholders were granted an initial extension when the park first closed. Passholders who paid in full automatically had their expiration date extended for the number of days the parks will be closed or have the option to receive a partial refund. Monthly payments were paused for Passholders who were on the monthly payment program. Disneyland has now issued another statement regarding pass extensions.
A statement was sent to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Annual Passholders. Disney World Passholders will receive a 30-day extension to their pass. As for Disneyland Passholders, the extension “will be applied to your pass 6–8 weeks after Disneyland Resort Theme Parks reopen.”
Disneyland Annual Passes
The statement also noted that Disneyland will have park reservation rules and limited availability for its theme parks. Information about the new Disneyland reservation system will be revealed at a later date.
Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle
Passholders have the option to cancel their passes and receive any applicable refunds in lieu of the additional month. To cancel, call Passholder support at 407-939-7277 before August 11th, 2020. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more about the extension and the new reservation system.
Two of Disney World’s theme parks have already reopened to the general public while the remaining two are set to open tomorrow.
All guests who visit must have valid theme park admission and a reservation to visit Disney World during its reopening phase. And availability for Annual Passholders has been pretty slim. Now, Disney has shared that they will be increasing availability for Annual Passholders.
When the new Disney Park Pass reservation system first launched, Annual Passholder spots went quickly. As you can see from this current screenshot of Disney World’s theme park availability calendar, all of the Disney Park Pass reservations for Annual Passholders have already been taken for the month of July.
Screenshot From Disney World’s Website
A significant number of dates have also filled up in August for APs, especially on the weekends. During the week, many spots for Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been taken as well as Magic Kingdom.
Screenshot From Disney World’s Website
But according to an email that was just sent to us by Disney, additional Disney Park Pass reservations will be offered to Annual Passholders for select dates in July and August at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Main Street, U.S.A.
No word on Disney’s Hollywood Studios reservations being added at this time. Disney will be adding the new passes on Thursday, July 16th.
Disney also states this increase Disney Park Pass reservation availability does not reflect an increase in park attendance or crowd levels. Capacity is still being limited during Disney World’s initial reopening phase.
We don’t know what time these select dates for July and August will be added to the Disney Park Pass reservation system, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we spot them!
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We all knew that the reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks would see some unique challenges. One such challenge has been for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders who have been unable to make theme park reservations in the new Disney Park Pass system. This is due to there not being days on the calendar available to them, even though day Guests have been able to purchase tickets day of.
As you can see, July has no current availability and August has very limited availability, with almost none on the weekends.
Today, Disney has announced that they are going to add additional Disney Park Pass reservations to Annual Passholders beginning on July 16. Select dates will be added in July and August at the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney would like to stress the fact that this additional Disney Park Pass reservation availability does not reflect an increase in Park attendance. Attendance still remains limited during this reopening period.
In addition, in case you missed it, Disney made another helpful change. Annual Passholders who are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort or other select hotels with valid Theme Park admission are now eligible to make Theme Park reservations for each day of their resort stay(s), in addition to holding up to 3 days of theme park reservations at a time on a rolling basis. Before, you could either have one or the other – not both. Once you use a theme park reservation, you can make another reservation for a future date.
In addition, back in June, Disney let Passholders know that they would be receiving a one-month (30 days) extension to their pass. This additional month will automatically be processed and visible in their My Disney Experience account here soon! So yay!
For those who would rather though, you still can cancel your pass and receive any applicable refund in lieu of the additional month. This option is only available for a limited time and can only be done now through August 11. You can also call V.I.PASSHOLDER Support at 407-939-7277 for assistance.
A long time ago (May 21, 1980) in a galaxy far, far away… Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back made its debut.
And now a new line of merchandise in Disney Springs is available to commemorate the film’s 40th Anniversary! You can find a selection of t-shirts at World of Disney (and we even spotted a couple of these online at shopDisney, too).
A Women’s 40th Anniversary shirt ($39.99) in gray is finished with shining, glittery studs.
The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Merchandise
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We’re always on the lookout for Walt Disney World souvenirs that capture the charm of the characters and the parks. It’s fun to bring a piece of the magic home with you, right?
We found a fabulous collection of keychains that are almost too cute for words at one of Walt Disney World’s best-known shops.
We found these mini backpack keychains at the Magic Kingdom Emporium and just had to get a closer look at them! The Emporium had three character keychains to choose from when we stopped by to do some shopping.
Now you can carry around the mischievous blue alien around in your pocket or your palm with this Stitch mini-backpack keychain.
Stitch Mini Backpack Keychain at the Magic Kingdom’s Emporium
Like any good backpack, Stitch has a zipper main pocket. Maybe you put in your MagicBand puckor a small lip balm in there!
The Stitch Mini Backpack Keychain Has A Zippered Pocket!
If it’s stylish then you know Minnie Mouse will be on the scene! The Minnie Mouse Mini Backpack Keychain features her iconic fashion statement of white polka dots on a red background, along with a bow, and ears to top it off!
The Minnie Mouse Mini Backpack Features Her Iconic Polka Dots And Ears!
The Mini Minnie Mouse Keychain also has a zippered pocket to tuck away whatever you like!
Castle with Pink Sparkle Background
Can’t get enough of the bling? Then you might want to pick up this Pink Sparkle Castle Mini Backpack Keychain!
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Due to high demand, it’s likely many of these commemorative items will sell out before the Disney fans waiting in the virtual line have a chance to buy them. There were still over 48,000 people ahead of us last time we checked in on our virtual queue status!
Virtual Queue for 65th Anniversary Merch
In fact, we began receiving updates that certain products were no longer available. The Disneyland 65th-Anniversary Commemorative Coin was one of the first products to sell out.
Update on Disneyland’s 65th Anniversary Merchandise
And sure enough, history seems to be repeating itself once more. The Disneyland Park Limited Edition 65th-Anniversary Commemorative Coins have already begun to trickle into the eBay with some pretty inflated price tags!
People can’t be willing to pay this sort of mark-up, right? But actually, it seems some Disney fans are willing to pay whatever it takes. We noticed while several sellers had listed coins for as much as $1,200 today, we checked the sold listings and saw some coins had actually sold for right around $599!
The Disneyland 65th Anniversary Loungefly Backpacks and Disneyland Marquee Boxed Jumbo Pins have also sold out and if you’re super-bummed you couldn’t snag one of these products or any of the Disneyland 65 Years of MAGIC items before they flew out the window we understand the disappointment but would recommend against purchasing from marked-up online re-sellers.
We’ve been checking out all the sights at EPCOT this week and there is so much to take in! Not only is it amazing to try in all amazing food and beverage at the 2020 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, but it’s also just so good to take a leisurely stroll around the park to see what’s new after the park’s extended closure.
L’Espirit de la Provence
And, during our time in World Showcase, we noticed something unusual. In fact, SOMETHING IS MISSING IN FRANCE!
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Without Summer 2020 Sign
The last time we got a look at the sign was during a February 2020 visit. Beneath the larger sign was a smaller, bright blue sign below announcing new attraction would open sometime in Summer 2020.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure With Summer 2020 Sign
The missing Summer 2020 sign has us wondering about what’s in store for our favorite culinary critter.
What Does This Mean?
Does this missing sign mean Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will not open as scheduled this summer? Disney didn’t mention a delay in opening the attraction in its most recent construction update. The prolonged closure of Walt Disney World has affected project timelines of attractions such as EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth and the Magic Kingdom’s Tron: Lightcyle Run.
Ratatouille Ride Vehicle
This could potentially mean the ride is delayed OR could mean the ride is opening soon. At this time it’s unclear what the change means. We haven’t received confirmation about the status of Remy’s Ratatouille’s Adventure, yet, but will keep you updated as we get more information!
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And while some food booths are still serving EPCOT’s Flower and Garden offerings on their menus such as France, The Citrus Blossom has also brought back lots of Flower and Garden favs.
You might refer to this returning Flower and Garden marketplace as The Citrus Blossom, but we like to call it the Home of the Orange Bird Sipper! That’s right — he’s flown back into town for the Food and Wine festivities as well! But first, let’s take a look at the menu.
For the Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, The Citrus Blossom has trimmed down its offerings a little.
First up, the Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon for $8.25 has made its way back! The smoky notes from the grilled lemon drizzled over the perfectly cooked lobster tail really sold us on this item back in March and it was just as good the second time around.
Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion
The other returning food option is the Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens for $5.75. Even though it’s gluten-free, the breading is nice and crunchy.
Crispy Citrus Chicken
The citrus in the aïoli really brightens up the fried chicken and the salad greens add some nice texture and freshness. And now onto the drinks!
We’re also thrilled to see the Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy for $6.75 has also arrived at the Taste of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! It’s the perfect cooldown we needed after walking around in the blazing hot sun! Wine slushies are also one of our favorite treats to enjoy at the parks.
Orange Blossom Wine Slushy
Sadly, The Citrus Blossom is no longer offering their citrus beer flights, but they do still have their Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale from Fort Pierce, FL available in a 6oz. glass for $4.50 or a 12 oz. glass for $8.50.
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Pick up a book (or a few) this summer, as Disney is encouraging kids and families to come together and share their love of reading, with its first-ever Summer Reading List. To help ensure that more readers have access to books this summer and beyond, and as part of Disney’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of storytellers, Disney Publishing is donating one million books to Boys & Girls Clubs of America across the country, including Clubs in Central Fla.
Comprised of 15 recommendations for ages 0-16, the list features new books from fan-favorite authors including New York Times bestselling author Kwame Mbalia, Pixar animator Mike Wu, Serena Valentino and more, alongside National Geographic titles and classic Disney stories to keep everyone in the family engaged.
If you are wanting to visit Hawaii without being required to quarantine, you’ll have to wait until September. The Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, just extended the mandatory 14-day quarantine through the end of August.
Beginning September 1st, visitors to the islands will have the option to quarantine or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. This traveler pre-testing program was set to begin Aug. 1, but because COVID-19 outbreaks in several states are “not in control” the governor has delayed the launch of the program.
“This was not an easy decision to make. It really was a choice between two difficult options,” he said.
This decision will hit Hawaii’s tourism businesses hard. The Hawaii Tourism Authority said that the industry wants to “welcome back our visitors once our state is ready to do so in a safe manner that will hopefully avoid the need to backtrack in the future.”
“We did believe it would be in the best interests of everyone here in Hawaii to delay the start of the program,” Ige said, in a news conference. “I also want to make it clear that we still believe in the pre-travel testing program. We will continue to take actions necessary to implement it safely.”
The pre-travel testing program will require passengers to produce a negative coronavirus pre-test taken within 72 hours of departure to Hawaii.
Aulani, Disney’s resort in Hawaii, still has not identified a reopening date but will most likely remain closed through August.
Walt Disney World monorails are getting makeovers and we’ve been catchin’ the trains to get a good look at them!
We spotted a sleek and futuristicMonorail Silverthat looks like something straight outta the future. Then Monorail Green stole our hearts with a vibrant splash of color and new seats! It’s Monorail Peaches’ turn to get some love!
Monorail Peach is lookin’ pretty as a…well…peach! It looks so bright and sunny in there now. It definitely left us a little s(peach)less.
The NEW seats got us feelin’ peachy keen! They now have some comfy new padding to accompany us to the Magic Kingdom.
You can also see the new dividers that have been put in place to separate travel groups in each car!
Monorail Peach Seats
Ok, we’re all out of peach puns, we promise! We’re looking forward to when we get to see Monorail Peach again. Missing out on the chance to ride it would be just the PITS. (Sorry, had to!)
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There have been some changes to the way attractions and park entry is handled. Other than, that Animal Kingdom is just as WILD as we left it in March. We found a few new souvenirs while perusing the shops and discovered some interesting dining updates!
Animal Kingdom Food Update
Some of us are dependent on the Joffrey’s Coffee spot located outside the entrance in Animal Kingdom. It’s where we grab an iced latte before sprinting to Flight of Passage. The stand was open during Cast Member previews but was closed when we visited on opening day. So we will keep you updated on this Joffrey’s location!
The sweet and spicy Korean BBQ Rib Tips and turkey legs were first introduced as specials on the Yak and Yeti Counter Service menu. They were later added to the permanent menu. They are still available but listedas specials once again. We’ll keep stopping by to see if they disappear from the specials or are here to stay.
Last, but certainly not least, is this AMAZING Pumbaa hat we discovered. For 24.99, you too can get in touch with your inner warthog and sport this glamourous accessory. We’ve never felt quite so stylish. Here’s hopin’ the Bugs n’ Grubs Cone makes a comeback so we can really fit the part!
That’s it for today! We’ll keep hopping around Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the other parks while try to spot new goodies and old-favorites. Keep following us as we keep tabs on Disney World updates!
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There’s good news for Annual Passholders who plan on shopping at Walt Disney World. For a limited time, Passholders can enjoy a discount of 30% on Disney merchandise! This new sales promotion is only available for a limited time. It runs from July 14th to August 14th at Walt Disney World.
We are quite surprised and thrilled with the news of this temporary Passholder discount. The standard merchandise discount is 20% for Annual Passholders. Given the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the additional discount is quite helpful. Cast Members are letting customers know about the new 30% discount today at Disney World. For those who like to budget their Disney expenses, this discount is quite helpful.
The news of this discount was revealed on the eve of the public reopening of Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Many are looking forward to visiting these theme parks over the next few days. We’ll be going ourselves to witness the changes added for guests to experience. In the meantime, this discount is quite beneficial for Passholders visiting over the next month.
What do you think of the new temporary discount? Will you be using it to shop at the Disney theme parks or at Disney Springs anytime soon?
Bonjour from the World Showcase and future home (or should we say maison) of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure! The new attraction may not be available yet, but we’re très faim for some French-inspired Food and Wine festival eats and drinks!
We’ll walk you through each of ’em so you can pretend like you’re with us right now on our Parisan-eating escapades!
We started our visit today with dessert! The Tarte Tropezienne: Coulis Framboise originally made its debut a few months ago and features a small brioche cake filled with light pastry cream, served with a raspberry coulis sauce.
For $3, this treat is a bit of a one-bite wonder, but the flavors were good and we especially enjoyed the raspberry reduction which was tart, but plenty sweet at the same time. You might not want to share this one not only because it’s so small, but also because it’s THAT GOOD!
The Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chévre for $5.50 has made its way back on the menu. This goat cheese tart was a big hit with us back in March and we’re so we’re happy its super flaky crust will be gracing our presences once more. The caramelized onions it has inside remind us that French onion soup flavor we’re always craving.
Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chévre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a Flaky Pastry Crust
And fans of Fleur de Lys‘ Canard Confit à l’Orange will be excited to see its also returned for Food and Wine. The Braised Duck Confit à l’Orange is tender and juicy, served over a bed of mashed sweet potatoes for $6.25.
Canard Confit à l’Orange: Braised Duck Confit à l’Orange with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Getting reacquainted with France’s beverages, we noticed VeRy Raspberry has also reappeared! For $5.75, this refreshing blend of Rosé Wine with a natural raspberry flavor is sweeter than a regular rosé, but not too sweet for our palettes. If you like a sweet wine with a really dry finish, give this one a try!
And, no trip to France would be complete without the La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy for $11.75! It’s made with vodka, Grey Goose l’Orange Vodka, St. Germain Liqueur, white and red cranberry juice. We couldn’t get enough of it during Flower and Garden, so we’re going to take full advantage of it now that its back at EPCOT!
La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy
Other drinks selections include Bordeaux, Merlot, and Cabernet Blend, Château Tarin for $6.00, or Kronenbourg 1664 Pale Lager Draft which is available in a 6oz. glass $4.75 or 12oz. glass for $8.75.
With so many of our favorite items returning from Epcot’s 2020 Flower and Garden Festival, the other food booths are going to have to put on quite the show to impress our esteemed panel of judges when we start handing out our 2020 Food and Wine Best of the Fest titles! Stay tuned for more reviews which will be coming soon!
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Of the 322 players tested for COVID-19 since arriving on the NBA Campus July 7, two have returned confirmed positive tests while in quarantine. Those players never cleared quarantine and have since left the Campus to isolate at home or in isolation housing.
Since July 1st, during in-market testing, 19 NBA players newly tested positive. These players are staying in their home markets and recovering until they are cleared under CDC guidelines and NBA rules for leaving home isolation and joining the Campus.
Disney World has officially reopened, but things certainly aren’t back to normal.
We’re contending with all sorts of new health measures in the Disney World parks and concerns about the global health crisis are still very much a reality. In response to these concerns, Florida Orange County mayor Jerry Demings spoke about the reopening of Disney World in a press conference today.
Demings explained that he is optimistic about the Disney parks reopening, but if it comes down to it, the county would be willing to ask Disney World to reevaluate remaining opened.
When asked if a reclosure could happen for Disney World (like it has for Hong Kong Disneyland) Demings noted that if we reach a point where cases are exceeding hospital capacities or if Disney is linked to an outbreak, the county won’t hesitate to take action.
Overall though, Demings thinks that things are going well in terms of park reopenings. No outbreaks have been linked to any of the theme parks that opened prior to Disney World. “If there’s one place on Earth where we should be successful,” Demings said, “It’s Disney.”
Stay tuned to DFB for all of the news about reopenings.
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So, of course, we took advantage of the chance to snag all the festival eats we could get! After a hiatus, the Desserts and Champagnemarketplace has made its way back to Food & Wine — and we couldn’t wait to taste all of the sweet treats they’re serving up!
Guests will find the Desserts and Champagne booth inside the World ShowPlace Pavilion.
Here’s what you’ll find at the Desserts and Champagne booth this year!
As the name suggests, the menu offers up cake pops, champagne, and a Frozen S’mores drink available with or without alcohol!
Desserts and Champagne Menu
So, let’s start with the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pop! One thing we noticed right off the bat — it was SUPER rich! And that trend continued for the other flavors as well.
Of the three flavors, this one was our least favorite because it was more basic than the other options. But, at $4, we would say this dessert is still a pretty good deal!
Here’s a Look Inside the Cake Pop!
Next, we tried the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops with Crumbled Twix Chocolate Bars! This one is also priced at $4, and we liked the added flavor of the Twix bars!
Twix Cake Pop
And, of course, we also ordered the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops with Crushed M&M’s Candies! This was our favorite of the three — we loved the crunchiness of the M&M’s! It’s also $4, so unless you’re looking for something more simple, we would suggest ordering one of the cake pops with a topping since they’re priced the same as the plain one!
M&Ms Cake Pop
All three cake pops were super-rich, so we would say any of the flavors are sharable — especially if you plan to do a lot more eating around the festival!
In addition champagne, this booth also serves a Frozen S’mores drink that can be ordered without alcohol for $4.50, or with whipped cream vodka for $11. We decided to treat ourselves to the boozy version!
This drink was SOOO good — and also incredibly rich! It reminded us of an alcoholic milkshake! We really enjoyed the flavor, so we would order it again. But just like the cake pops, we would say this one is sharable too, unless you can handle all of that richness on your own!
We liked everything that we tried at the Dessert and Champagne booth! If we had to describe the eats at this booth in one word, it would definitely be RICH! So, while we would order the cake pops and Frozen S’mores drink again, we would say these items are meant to be shared!
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Tacos and margs on the rocks! What could possibly be better than that combo?! Tequila fans will love this booth and everything it’s dishing out.
Let’s start with the classic Ribeye Taco. The corn tortilla is filled withribeye steak and topped with ranchera salsa, onions, chives, and a lime wedge. A solid taco choice! It had good tasting meat with a small spicy kick. The taco costs $6.95.
The Pork Tostada was actually our favorite dish from Mexico. The fried corn tortilla added a great flavor and crunch! The tostada costs $9.75 and comes topped with chipotle black beans, roasted pork, fresh salsa verde, onions, and cilantro.
The meat was well cooked, the tortilla was crisp and the beans were slightly creamy. This whole thing worked REALLY well together.
We washed our classic taco down with a Clásica Margarita for $10.75. The margarita is made with tequila, chile poblano liqueur, lime juice, and agave nectar with a salt rim. The ingredients are pretty straight-forward, but the drink is pretty much perfection. The rim was a little too salty for us so we might get it without salt next time. It’s been a while since we had such a good Classic Margarita!
The two margs are tied for best! We loved the Mango Smoky Margarita as much as the Classic. The Mango Margarita costs $11.50 and is mixed with mango purée, mezcal, applejack, lime juice, and agave nectar with a tajín chile-lime rim. We just wish the mango was a little bit smokier. We’d really like to taste more of that Mezcal! (If you’re not a fan of the smokey spirit, you might think this is perfect though!)
Mango Smoky Margarita
We really liked the Passion Rose Sangria! It was a fun mix of red wine, rum, rose petal liqueur, passion fruit purée, and lime. Our only complaint is that rose is a little too strong. It started to taste a little perfume-y towards the end. The sangria costs $10.00.
Passion Rose Sangria
When you order the small Mexican Craft Beer, it’s served in this cool little compostable cup! (Save the Earth AND get a good beer? Win-win!) The craft beer is actually a Tulum Artisnal Lager crafted with citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean seawater. Fancy! The beer was refreshing, but a little heavy for the hot sun. The 6oz is $5.00 and the 12oz is $9.50.
Mexican Craft Beer 6 oz.
We’re big fans of the Mexico Pavilion! Everything we tasted was either a solid version of a classic food or a fun spin on an old favorite. Keep following us as we try everything at Food and Festival this year!
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