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Victoria & Albert's Named Number Two Top Fine Dining Restaurant in the Country

Posted by: PassPorter News   10/16/2017 (1 day ago)

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TripAdvisor has released their list of the Top 10 Fine Dining Restaurants in the U.S., and Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa came in at number two. The list:
1. Daniel – New York City, New York
2. Victoria & Albert’s – Orlando, Florida
3. Charleston Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
4. Alinea – Chicago, Illinois
5. Chef and the Farmer – Kinston, North Carolina
6. Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
7. Geronimo – Santa Fe, New Mexico
8. Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
9. Restaurant Gary Danko – San Francisco, California
10. Merriman’s – Kapalua, Hawaii
 

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Disney Announces Complete List of Candlelight Processional Narrators

Posted by: PassPorter News   10/16/2017 (1 day ago)

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The Candlelight Processional is a nightly retelling of the Christmas Story by a celebrity narrator with a full choir and orchestra. Held three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot, this popular holiday event is a long-time Disney holiday season tradition. The full list of narrators (subject to change):
Nov. 24- 26 – Laurie Hernandez – NEW!
Nov. 27-28 – Matt Bomer – NEW!
Nov. 29 – 30 – Ana Gasteyer
Dec. 1-3 – Whoopi Goldberg
Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak – NEW!
Dec. 6-8 – Jodi Benson
Dec. 9-11 – Kurt Russell – NEW!
Dec. 12-14 – Warwick Davis – NEW!
Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder – NEW!
Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
Dec. 28-30 – Chandra Wilson

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Select Walt Disney World Resorts Will Welcome Dogs

Posted by: PassPorter News   10/13/2017 (3 days ago)

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Beginning October 15, 2017, four Walt Disney World Resort hotels have been designated "dog friendly" - Disney's Port Orleans Riverside, Disney's Yacht Club, The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness, and Disney's Art of Animation. Each property’s per night / per room pet-cleaning rate is:
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort $50/night
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort $50/night
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort $75/night
Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night

There is a maximum of two dogs per guestroom. Each "dog friendly" room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas. At check-in, guests will receive Pluto’s Welcome Kit including a mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room. Dogs are expected to be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated. This dog-friendly option will be available to Guests with reservations Oct. 15, 2017 through Oct. 15, 2018.<


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New Podcast: Money Saving Tips for Walt Disney World Vacations

Posted by: Jennifer Marx   10/12/2017 (4 days ago)

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An affordable Disney vacation? Sounds like a contradiction in terms, but it can be done! This week Jennifer and Sara are sharing their tried and true tips for saving money for and on a Disney vacation. Plus an update from AllEars.Net, a sneak peek at PassPorter News, and listener questions and celebrations! 

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Tickets Now Available for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Attraction at Disney Springs and Downtown Disney

Posted by: PassPorter News   10/12/2017 (4 days ago)

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Tickets are now available for a new hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID. This attraction will open in Disney Springs on December 6, 2017, and at Downtown , an offering that will debut at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World on December 16, 2017, and at Downtown Disney at Disneyland on January 5, 2018. From the Disney Parks Blog announcement: "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will transport guests deep into the Star Wars universe, walking freely and untethered throughout the multisensory experience with friends and family. In groups of four, teams will go undercover as stormtroopers to capture Imperial intelligence vital to the budding rebellion’s survival."

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Star Wars: Galactic Nights on December 16 Will Celebrate 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Posted by: PassPorter News   10/10/2017 (6 days ago)

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Star Wars: Galactic Nights will return to Hollywood Studios on Dec. 16, 2017. This year, it will highlight the new film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi" which opens on December 15, 2017. Throughout the event (entertainment subject to change):

- The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, fireworks and Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show will both be enhanced with special elements from the entire saga. In between, a DJ will keep things spinning at Center Stage for a Star Wars dance party.
- The Epic Theater plays host to a special one-night-only panel discussion about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, sharing some of the excitement coming to the 14-acre Star Wars-inspired expansion opening in 2019 at Disneyland® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- Park-wide, Guests can step into immersive and iconic scenes from their favorite Star Wars films in a series of incredibly detailed photo locations, including two new backdrops inspired by Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars: Galactic Nights features encounters with Star Wars characters like Ewoks, AWR Troopers and roaming droids; Jedi Knights teaching younglings in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple; rocketing to the stars aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; and stunning projection effects on park icons such as the Chinese Theatre. At Star Wars Launch Bay, home base for Star Wars fandom in the park, you never know what denizens from the light or dark side of The Force will appear. - Don’t miss Darth Vader and a battalion of Imperial Stormtroopers march menacingly down Hollywood Boulevard.
- Even more specialty Star Wars-themed food and beverage and merchandise will be available.
- Select park attractions will be open to all Guests. At embarkation points to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Guests may come face-to-face with Stormtroopers on the lookout for a Rebel spy.
- Guests can come dressed in their finest Star Wars attire. Arriving park Guests will walk a red carpet that runs the length of Hollywood Boulevard. The street itself will be dressed in all the trappings of a Tinseltown premiere.

Park access and activities will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket holders. Event hours on Dec. 16 are 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are priced at $129 adults, $124 ages 3-9.

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Ferrytale Fireworks Dessert Cruise Returns December 1

Posted by: PassPorter News   10/10/2017 (7 days ago)

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Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise returns to Walt Disney World beginning December 1, 2017. The event is held on Fridays and Sundays through January 28, 2018. The cruise begins one hour and 15 minutes prior to each evening’s fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park, meeting at the Transportation and Ticket Center Tour Garden. On Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights, the cruise will include holiday-themed desserts and hot cocoa! Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available. Book by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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Yachtsman Steakhouse Serving Casual Breakfast and Lunch Temporarily

Posted by: PassPorter News   10/06/2017

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The Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney's Yacht Club Resort will be serving breakfast and lunch while the Captain Grille is closed as it transitions to become the new Ale & Compass Restaurant. Dining reservations for breakfast and lunch at Yachtsman Steakhouse are currently available through November 1, 2017.

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New Podcast: Our Top 5 Favorite Things About Disney Springs

Posted by: Jennifer Marx   10/05/2017

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Dining, and shopping, and fun - oh my! This week Jennifer and Sara are discussing their favorite things about Disney Springs. (Spoiler alert - one of them is a shopper, one of them isn't.) Plus an update from AllEars.Net, a sneak peek at PassPorter News, and more. More ...

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DVC Member Lounge at Epcot Extended through 2018

Posted by: PassPorter News   10/03/2017

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The Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge at Epcot located in the Imagination Pavilion will continue through 2018. DVC Members must have their membership card available to enter the lounge. (Up to five guests per card.)


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