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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby ernierocker » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:01 am

I haven't taken my son to a movie yet, but it is nice to know these options are becoming available!
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:21 am

^I had never heard of the offering before this, but it is neat to know that there's a safe haven for families to take younger kids without having to worry about aggravating the audience around them.
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:50 am

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/09/downtown-disney-at-walt-disney-world-resort-hosting-frankenweenie-weekend/

Did you hear? There’s a special Frankenweenie celebration planned for Downtown Disney West Side – and you’re invited. From September 28-30, you can kick-off the October 5th opening of Disney’s new stop-motion animated movie “Frankenweenie” directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton with a 3D sneak peek, photos, treats and a first-ever Walt Disney World Resort appearance of Jack & Sally from Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

From September 28 -30, you can purchase $6 tickets for exclusive screenings of “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Alice in Wonderland” and get an extended 3D sneak peek of “Frankenweenie” at AMC Downtown Disney 24. The nightly schedule looks like this:
  • “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at 4:15 p.m.
  • “Alice in Wonderland” at 6:30 p.m.
  • “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at 8:00 p.m.
  • “Alice in Wonderland” at 10:30 p.m.
And here’s a quick look at the other “Frankenweenie” fun you can expect at Downtown Disney each night from 6 to 11 p.m.:
  • New Holland Pet Cemetery picture spot presented by HGTV and inspired by “Frankenweenie”
  • First Walt Disney World meet and greet with Jack & Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
  • “Frankenweenie”-inspired merchandise at D-Street
  • Special treats and beverages including Franken Fusion Lemonade, Frankenweenie hot dogs and more


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http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/09/disneys-art-of-animation-resort-celebrates-completion/

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, which immerses guests in the stories of “Cars,” “Finding Nemo” and “The Lion King,” will celebrate the opening of “The Little Mermaid” courtyard this Saturday, September 15.

I recently had the opportunity to stay in the “Cars” courtyard for my son’s birthday, and the level of detail our Imagineers went to to recreate the places and characters from these films is simply amazing! Not to mention that the family suites offer three different sleeping areas, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette – plenty of room for a birthday party!

Here’s a look inside each of the resort’s four courtyards.

The Little Mermaid courtyard offers 864 standard rooms, which are decorated in perfect “Under the Sea” style. Outside, the area features large icons of Ariel, Flounder, Ursula, and King Triton, among others, plus a Flippin’ Fins pool.

The Finding Nemo courtyard offers 320 family suites, an impressive Big Blue Pool and a kids’ water play area. Character icons that can’t be missed here include Nemo, Marlin, Crush and Mr. Ray.

If your kids loved the movie “Cars,” this is a not-to-be-missed trip through Radiator Springs. The Cars courtyard offers 480 family suites, and on your journey to your room, you’re sure to pass the Cozy Cone Motel, Tow Mater Towing & Salvage, the Wheel Well Motel and other nods to the film.

The Lion King courtyard, which offers 320 family suites, allows guests to embark on a journey through Africa with Simba and friends. Here guests can visit Pride Rock, watch Timon and Pumbaa dance “hakuna matata” style across a log bridge, and more.

Which area of the resort looks most intriguing to you? Tell us in the “comments” section below!
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:01 pm

Last week I had the brief chance to stop by Downtown Disney to see the latest progress happenings along the West Side...

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The backside of Splitsville, formerly Virgin Megastore is still receiving minor exterior work.

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A patch has been made to the former hole made in the building not too long ago.

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New structures are being added to the building at a rapid pace.

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It looks like Splitsville will expand outward slightly, or at least require a little extra wiggle room to complete the building enhancements.

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Supports have become visible for the new roof that will cover the second floor balconies.

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This complex should look very different soon enough!

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The side of the building closest to DisneyQuest appears to be nearly complete.

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Major construction work on the second floor can be seen from afar.

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There's still plenty of work to be done, but Splitsville will surely look great when it is done!

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In other news, the Phineas and Ferb & You: A Brand New Reality offering is now open for guests.

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A look at the attraction's marquee...

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Guests can stand in the designated space and interact with Phineas, Ferb & Perry on screen. The concept is actually very similar to the old Dreamfinder's School of Drama located in the old Imageworks upstairs at Journey into Imagination at Epcot.

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It wasn't even open yet during my visit, but the attraction already had a line!

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The Phineas and Ferb topiary from the Flower & Garden Festival has moved to Downtown Disney to help support the temporary setup.
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby gisco » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:17 am

What is Splitsville? I know it is food and bowling but is it based off anything?

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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby Wes » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:51 am

^ http://www.splitsvillelanes.com

Seems like the perfect idea for DTD.

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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:05 pm

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/10/a-refreshing-spin-on-alley-eats-at-downtown-disney/

Dine. Drink. Bowl. Maybe in that order for some of us – that’s the approach to having fun at the soon-to-open Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side. And, wow, this two-story “bowling alley” puts a new spin on the sport with 50,000 square feet of fun for the entire family – 30 lanes cleverly separated into clusters, two kitchens, dramatic architecture, outdoor seating, billiard tables and live entertainment.

We love that there’s a bowling concierge who delivers your shoes to your lane. We’ll go just for that privilege, plus a waitress to take our food and drink orders. Roll a few strikes and spares, soak up the energy, then grab a menu and get bowled over by the cuisine created by Tim Cushman, one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2008.

There’s sushi rolled on display – and they’re serious about freshness, since “who would expect sushi with bowling,” says Mark Gibson, co-founder of Splitsville. So they’ve got experts slicing and dicing everything from California rolls to spicy tuna to their signature Crab Rangoon – a dozen rolls in all.

But ask Gibson his favorite, and he’ll tell you that the appetizer-sized filet sliders are right up there, served with onion ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings and horseradish cream. Other starters include 3-pepper calamari sautéed with cherry, jalapeño and banana peppers; seared ahi tuna; alley nachos with the works, and Loaded Fries “smothered with nacho cheese, bacon and love,” reads the menu.

The extra-juicy burgers are a blend of Black Angus brisket, short ribs and ground beef, and if you’re really hungry, order the triple-decker Mad King burger, a full pound with double cheese and bacon, topped with a crispy onion ring. But it’s not all sandwiches and salads. Standout entrées include slow-cooked pulled pork with fries and slaw; blackened mahi mahi with grilled shrimp and spicy, buttery voodoo sauce; an 8-ounce filet mignon; and steak chimichurri. There are seven kinds of pizzas, from cheese to barbecued chicken and the Firehouse with mozzarella, diced chicken tenders, spicy bleu cheese sauce and a drizzle of Ranch dressing.

Enormous desserts to share include made-to-order sundaes, brownie a la mode and red velvet cake with butter frosting (it’s called “Giant Cake” for a reason). And there are plenty of menu options designed just for kids, all for an affordable $7.

And we haven’t even mentioned drinks, from an old-fashioned Icee to and 18-ounce frozen schooner of draft beer. There are signature cocktails like rum runners and piña coladas, snicker-tinis and key lime martinis. And their popular “Bowl” drinks which include Long Island Iced Tea and the Beach Bowl.

Plans are to open the doors at 10 a.m. and keep customers “rolling in and rocking out” until 2 a.m.

“It’s all about families and friends having fun together,” says Gibson. “And while you might come to Splitsville for the bowling and atmosphere, you’ll come back for the food!”
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jray21 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:04 pm

Splitsville looks like a great addition! I wonder which will finish building first, Splitsville in Orlando, or Earl of Sandwich in California DTD!

Do they still sell the Frankenweenie? Sounds like a fun idea.
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:07 pm

^I'm guessing Earl of Sandwich will open first, as I've heard they could open as early as next month... Splitsville is set to open in December.
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:50 pm

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/11/splitsville-almost-ready-to-roll-in-and-rock-out-at-walt-disney-world-resort/

Construction has been underway on the new Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney for several months now, and I bet you’ve been wondering how things are going over there.

Me too.

So, I decided to pop by there the other day to check out the place and find out firsthand what’s going on behind those construction walls. Splitsville founders Guy Revelle and Mark Gibson, two of the driving forces behind the project, suited me up in a hard hat, vest and safety glasses and allowed me to take a look around. Afterwards, they talked to me about what we can all expect when the doors to the place are finally swung open.

I was really interested in what they had to say. I thought you would be too, so we shot this video of them talking about everything from the construction process to the excitement surrounding the greatly anticipated grand opening later this year.


Sorry, I could only show you a little of the actual venue right now because there’s still some construction going on (some of the video you’ll see includes renderings and video from their Tampa location), but I’ll definitely have a full video tour for you once we get a little closer to the grand opening. Be sure to check back here regularly for more updates from me, in particular when I announce the official grand opening date.
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