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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:13 pm

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/12/stk-orlando-to-open-in-disney-springs-in-2015/

It was just announced that The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. will open STK Orlando at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in 2015.

STK Orlando, a modern steakhouse mixed with the ambiance of a sleek lounge, will open its doors in The Landing area of Disney Springs. It will be one of the largest STK locations in the world, occupying 14,000 square feet in a two-story building.

“We are thrilled to join the Disney Springs family with the launch of STK Orlando,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group. “The combination of an innovative menu and high-energy atmosphere has driven the success of STK, and we believe it will be an ideal addition to Disney Springs, and will help further cement its status as a place for friends and family to gather for fine dining and entertainment.”

STK is the latest in a string of restaurants who have announced new locations planned for Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia and THE BOATHOUSE are two other dining options that will open their doors in 2015.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more information and news on Disney Springs.
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Postby Jew » Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:20 pm

Nice addition to DtD! I've been to the STK in Vegas...the food is great, but the vibe is definitely pretentious in that it was trying too hard to be hip.
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Postby gisco » Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:56 pm

I hope by the time I make it to Orlando again the place is open. Love a good steak.

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Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:46 pm

Mmmmm steak in Orlando..... :)

And we found it interesting that The BOATHOUSE is going to be part of The Landing,
as there are (at least) two franchises of it, here in Vancouver. It's a great restaurant,
with good portions, prices and choices, especially of seafood and steak. And the one
in English Bay has wonderful views of the inlet, etc. We go there often.
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Postby jray21 » Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:42 pm

I might have missed this, but I didn't see it posted. Looks pretty cool!



The article about it is HERE
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Postby robbalvey » Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:51 am

Some Disney corporate news and should be interesting to see how this affects the theme parks and who will step into Tom Stagg's position:

THOMAS O. STAGGS NAMED CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

BURBANK, Calif.—Thomas O. Staggs has been named Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company, it was announced today by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

A 25-year Disney veteran, Mr. Staggs is Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, overseeing the strategy, operations and creative development of the company’s iconic travel and leisure businesses. He will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer immediately, while continuing to lead Parks and Resorts until a successor is named. Disney’s senior management team, including all business segment leaders, will report jointly to Mr. Iger and Mr. Staggs, with the exception of the Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, Chief Communications Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, who will continue to report directly to Mr. Iger.

“Tom is an incredibly experienced, talented and versatile executive who has led Parks and Resorts during a time of unprecedented growth and expansion, including the construction of Shanghai Disney Resort. His proven ability to lead a business as well as his successful tenure as Disney’s former CFO make him an ideal Chief Operating Officer, expanding his portfolio into all the company’s businesses,” Mr. Iger said.

“It’s a privilege to step into this role, and I am humbled and honored by the opportunity. I look forward to working more closely with Bob and the talented senior management team across the company to continue to build Disney’s future through unparalleled creativity, innovative technology and global expansion,” Mr. Staggs said.

Since 2010, Mr. Staggs has led Parks and Resorts’ global team of more than 130,000 Cast Members, Crew Members and Imagineers, with the segment delivering record revenue, profit and attendance levels. In addition to overseeing the development of Shanghai Disney Resort, and a new Avatar-themed land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, during Tom’s tenure, Disney has launched two new cruise ships; opened Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai‘i; added three new lands at Hong Kong Disneyland; doubled the size of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom; and completed a multi-year expansion of the Disneyland Resort with the addition of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park.

Prior to that, Mr. Staggs served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Walt Disney Company. He played a critical role in the execution of the acquisitions of Capital Cities/ABC, Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Entertainment. As CFO for twelve years, he spearheaded the realignment of Disney’s performance goals toward the combination of profit growth and strong long-term capital returns and free cash flow. He has been praised by Wall Street for his financial and communications skills, and was consistently voted the entertainment industry’s No. 1 CFO by Institutional Investor magazine.

Mr. Staggs joined Disney in 1990 as Manager of Strategic Planning and quickly advanced through a series of positions of increased responsibility, leading to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer in 1998. Before joining Disney, he worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley & Co.

Mr. Staggs earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Postby jray21 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:01 pm

Sounds like a great person for the job!
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Postby DJeXeL » Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:06 pm

^My thought exactly. I've talked to him personally and I can say that he is very humble and approachable.
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:15 pm

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-disney-richard-petty-20150211-story.html

The Richard Petty Driving Experience and the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World will close in late June to make way for transportation improvements.

"Disney has other uses for the property, and they have the right to do that, and we respect that," said Bill Scott, executive vice president of attractions operator Petty Holdings LLC. "It's not without some sadness that we leave Walt Disney World Speedway. We had a great home here."

Disney would not provide details on what transportation projects would require the speedway's closure. The speedway lies south of the Magic Kingdom parking lot and west of World Drive.

Petty Holdings informed employees Wednesday afternoon about the closure. It has about 70 people working at the speedway, including instructors, photographers and people who check in visitors. About half are permanent employees and 12 are full-time, Scott said. The other half work during special events. Some will have the opportunity to transfer to Daytona International Speedway, which also has the Richard Petty Driving Experience, Scott said. Disney said it will also try to find workers jobs elsewhere in the resort.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience, where fans can drive NASCAR cars or ride shotgun at speeds up to 165 mph, opened in 1997. Four years ago, Petty Holdings introduced the exotic-car experience, where people can drive Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches. The driving packages start at $99 and go past $2,500 for a 50-lap experience with an in-car video.

Scott said it would be difficult to find a spot for a new traditional speedway, but Petty Holdings wants to open a road course for another exotic-car attraction in Orlando.

"Frankly, that's become much more popular," he said.

The target date for closure is June 28.
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:01 am

The speedway always seemed out of place, although I have to admit I always wanted to do the Richard Petty Experience there. Would have been fun to have seen the Indy Car race when they had it there too.

But I'm sure the resort needed the parking spaces (garage?) much more!
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