Today, we are delighted to open our 12th resort in the Disney Vacation Club family – The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This resort shares the Victorian elegance of its neighboring resort, with luxurious accommodations and a perfect setting right along the monorail system, within view of the Magic Kingdom Park.
In fact, I like to say this is the second jewel in our monorail crown, following Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, just across the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Our Members and guests will find accommodations suited to every vacationing party, from couples to young families to multi-generational groups. It’ll feel like you’re at home right here near the Magic Kingdom Park!
This morning, Mickey and Minnie Mouse were personally on hand to welcome families to this delightful resort in grand fashion.
The addition of The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa represents an exciting new chapter for Disney Vacation Club – and provides even more vacation options, flexibility, affordability, and access for our guests to the special magic that only Disney can deliver.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Today we ventured to Downtown Disney to check out the 2013 "Festival of the Masters" - an art festival that takes over Downtown Disney for a weekend every November!
The festival features over 300 different independent artists from all over the USA, many Florida locals, about 25 featured "Disney artists" who are creating unique art pieces only available this weekend, and a whole lot more!
Please watch the following video for descriptions of what the Festival of the Masters is all about! You'll hear from the organizers of the event, featured Disney artists, and we even have an interview with one of the Lego Master Builders who are building a "Lego Star Wars" piece during the festival. And then to round out the interviews, you'll hear from the vice president of Downtown Disney as he talks about upcoming changes to the property.
Festival of the Masters is an art festival at Downtown Disney that runs November 8th, 9th, and 10th.
There are TONS of artists selling their creations from all over the USA! Many of them are local to Florida.
The festival has many themes built in...
Love some of the displays at the House of Blues "Folk Art Festival."
At the Disney Artist Village, you can meet some popular Disney artists and they have available some unique pieces made specifically for the festival.
Want to take home some of Joe Kaminski's work? Now you can!
More art from the featured Disney artists.
We interviewed Disney artist Will Gay about some of his pieces available this weekend (Watch the video above!)
Dan, who is a Lego Master Builder will be inviting kids to help create a 9 foot Lego Star Wars Tie Fighter!
Here is the model...
...and as you can see, they have a long way to go...and they only have three days!
The first of the Downtown Disney "Food Trucks" was also introduced this weekend.
This one is themed to Disney's Hollywood Studios and features meatballs!
Elissa shows off her meat!
This is the spinach and feta beef meatball sandwich!
Lots of different styles of art on display at the festival.
Love what you've done with your hair!
Each booth features something very different and unique.
There are over 300 artists at the festival including 130 award-winning master artists!
And it's not just paintings, it's sculpture, topiary, all sorts of art!
In the "Michael's" area you can even do some crafty art yourself...
They are handing out frames and other art you can make.
Kids can color in images from the new Disney movie "Frozen."
Want your Vinylmations signed? Yup, they are doing that, too!
Personally, I'm pretty psyched about the new Starbucks coming to Downtown Disney! (The VP of Downtown Disney talks about this and more in the video interview!)
This gives you an idea of some of the other features of Festival of the Masters.
I have a feeling you won't be seeing these signs for very long!
Hey look! One of these artists has actually done a TPR shirt design! =)
The "Chalk art" displays is very popular at Festival of the Masters.
They have many chalk artists from award winning artists to local schools all creating their pieces on the ground!
KidTums school district REPRESENT!
VP of Downtown Disney, Keith Bradford talks about the changes coming to the Team Mickey shop. (Watch the interview video!)
Take a last look at Captain Jacks as that will be going away soon for the new Disney Springs expansion.
Many of the Downtown Disney restaurants have featured food items and "Mixers and Masters" for the festival.
Downtown Disney dining locations are offering specialty drinks to sip as you stroll around the festival.
As you can see there is a lot of construction going on at Downtown Disney right now.
Thankfully, they have added some new areas to help foot traffic bypass all the construction areas.
This new walkway recently opened to help bypass the old Pleasure Island during the construction.
Lots more work is going on, and will be for at least the next year and a half.
More chalk art over on the west side.
The most HARD CORE artists paint with razor blades!!!
And check out those results!
If you're looking to decorate your house with some awesome or bizarre looking art pieces, you NEED to check this out!
Festival of the Masters runs November 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2013, at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World.
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