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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:18 am

Jew wrote:Makes you really wonder how bad things are getting financially for Disney (at least in terms of what investors expect) if they are thinking about turning to a resort fee to generate extra revenue...


I blame Eisner. Isn't he the dip that separated the movie and theme park money? If those profits were easily transferable I doubt there'd be any issue.

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:43 am

KBrylczyk wrote:
Jew wrote:Makes you really wonder how bad things are getting financially for Disney (at least in terms of what investors expect) if they are thinking about turning to a resort fee to generate extra revenue...


I blame Eisner. Isn't he the dip that separated the movie and theme park money? If those profits were easily transferable I doubt there'd be any issue.


Yeah, but that separation also means that ESPN fees dropping doesn't affect the theme park budget directly. In truth, it doesn't matter: Disney needs to show growth and a resort fee being tacked on is a quick and easy way to obtain additional revenue. No different than how airlines keep charging fuel surcharges and for checked bags even though WTI trading at ~$42 a barrel is considered high now.

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Sun May 15, 2016 11:09 am

So today was the grand opening of Town Center at Disney Springs along with some other new locations around the property. This new section will greatly increase the overall footprint of Disney Springs adding an entirely new "neighborhood" as well as a brand new parking garage. The new additions feature a lot of shopping, dining, and other entertainment. New "quick service" options are included as well as some other restaurants that are still coming soon. 23 new shops and 7 new eating locations opened today with more coming soon over the next couple of months!

Let's check out a few photos from today's opening...
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Today is the big day!
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This is the entrance to the covered section of Town Center. You'll find a lot of familiar shop names in here.
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With a quick dedication speech, the new area of Disney Springs is now OPEN!
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Lots of shopping to be found in the covered area.
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Kristen was lucky enough to be the very first official guest to turn the crank and bring water into the "Springs!"
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And there it is!
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Everyone is here and super psyched about the grand opening!
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UniQlo is one of our favorite shops in Japan and we are getting one here in Orlando! Should be opening soon and it will be awesome!
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New Disney Springs Town Center area has a Tokyo Disney "Ikspiari" feel to it!
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(And that's a good thing!)
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Let's go check out the new bakery!
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You can watch these pastry artists at work...
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and what they are creating looks amazing!
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Kristen is happy about the Macaroons!
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Adam gives the bakery his usual thumbs up!
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Dessert items appear to be "Garbles Approved!"
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"Everything I see reminds me of her..."
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The area really just looks amazing! It's very open, has a nice feel to it. And more will continue to open this summer!
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Morimoto Asia totally wins for the amazing new view you get of the restaurant!
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Let's check out the new "Street Food" quick service location that officially opened today.
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Here's the current menu and we are told they will continue to expand and try different items.
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The ribs are still one of the best food items I've ever had and featuring them at the Street Food location is a very dangerous thing! lol
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Egg Rolls are also fantastic!
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And traditional Japanese Takoyaki is also served here!
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The sauce used on the Sesame Lo-Mein Noodle dish was also crazy good!
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Still one of our favorite restaurants in all of Orlando!
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Looking back into the new area from Morimoto, let's go check out more!
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Wow! Sprinkles certainly has drawn a huge crowd!
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And the Cupcake ATM was very popular today!
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Here's an overview of some of the cupcakes available.
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So many flavors...
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So many styles...
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All delicious!
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This is a "cup cake sundae" with cupcake on top and bottom - ice cream in the middle! WOW!
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This right here is a "Bag of Awesome!"
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And yes, there is the famous "Cupcake ATM" which does exactly what you'd expect it to!
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I think the line was actually longer to use the ATM today than to go in and get a cupcake!
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They are seriously amazing, though!
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New quick-service burger place has also opened up in Town Center.
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Take a look at the menu.
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Blaze Pizza which is a new quick-service flash fire pizza place will be open later this summer. Looking forward to this one!
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Vera Bradley will be a VERY popular location!
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You can get your bags custom embroidered here.
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And of course there is a line of Disney themed bags.
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I think these are going to sell like crazy!
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Don't forget when at Disney Springs to take a pic of Judy & Nick!
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Was a great opening day! Follow our Twitter @ThemeParkReview and I'm sure you'll see us posting a LOT more from Disney Springs very soon!

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Sun May 15, 2016 11:26 am

There is so much awesome there.... The cupcakes, Blaze Pizza, embroidered Vera AND macaroons!!! :mickey:

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Sun May 15, 2016 12:12 pm

Robb, I know you guys all love Morimoto's. Can you give a first timer any recommendations and/or items you didn't like so much as well?

Thanks In advance for the help!

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Sun May 15, 2016 12:54 pm

tigerlaw wrote:Robb, I know you guys all love Morimoto's. Can you give a first timer any recommendations and/or items you didn't like so much as well?

I've actually never had something I didn't like!

I can tell you my list of favorite things though....

- Spare Ribs
- Black Pepper Steak
- Kung Pao Chicken
- Peking Duck
- Noodle Bowls
- Sushi
- Churro Fondue

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Sun May 15, 2016 1:22 pm

That new area looks great! I really like how open it is, gives it a great feel. Thanks for the report!

Oh, and I totally want a cupcake now...

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Sun May 15, 2016 3:04 pm

I think I just gained 10 pounds from reading that report. :b

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Sun May 15, 2016 3:20 pm

robbalvey wrote:
tigerlaw wrote:Robb, I know you guys all love Morimoto's. Can you give a first timer any recommendations and/or items you didn't like so much as well?

I've actually never had something I didn't like!

I can tell you my list of favorite things though....

- Spare Ribs
- Black Pepper Steak
- Kung Pao Chicken
- Peking Duck
- Noodle Bowls
- Sushi
- Churro Fondue


Hmm--wandering by Moromoto's while hungry has become slightly more dangerous. ;)

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Mon May 16, 2016 8:47 am

Adam gives the bakery his usual thumbs up!


In fairness, if they served mint juleps, I would have given it three thumbs up... ;)
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