STK, high concept steakhouse, coming to Disney Springs

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We can add one more restaurant to the list of new dining experiences officially announced for Disney Springs. STK will open in The Landing area of the shopping, dining, and entertainment complex soon to be formerly known as Downtown Disney.

stk-orlando1The Landing is expected to open in 2015, but no official date was given for STK’s opening. Other restaurants announced for The Landing include Morimoto Asia and The Boathouse, plus plans have leaked that confirm the return of BabyCakes NYC and its tasty gluten free baking to the area.

STK is a concept from “The ONE Group.” The restaurant concept blends the modern steakhouse and chic lounge into one. Guests will experience fine dining with the quality of a traditional steakhouse in a vibe-driven atmosphere that features a DJ and sleek design that encourages guests to interact and mingle. At approximately 14,000 square feet, the Orlando outpost will be one of the largest STK locations. STK Orlando will have two dining floors—including a main level and the only rooftop dining venue in Disney Springs.

stk-orlando2“STK Orlando is a welcome new addition to Disney Springs,” said George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort. “With its innovative, high-energy atmosphere, STK is the perfect complement to our growing array of dining, entertainment and shopping offerings.”

“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.”

Segal added, “Our entrance into the Orlando market represents another example of our continued growth strategy. We remain on track with our expansion plans for 2015 and hope to continue to partner with exciting world-class brands like Walt Disney Parks and Resorts moving forward.”

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With additions like Morimoto Asia and STK it’s clear Disney Springs is going after restaurants that offer a nightlife experience to its guests. STK will be taking the former space of Comedy Warehouse (although in a new building).

What do you think of the restaurants revealed so far?

(Photo credit: “STK Las Vegas” by Ken Lund – Flickr cc-by-sa license  )

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The Disney Cruise Line Very Merrytime Cruises adds new offerings

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It might be a little too late to plan a Disney Cruise for this holiday season, but it’s not too late to start planning for next year’s. Just like in the parks, the Disney Cruise Line ships all have that extra little bit of sparkle and magic during the holiday season.

Here’s Cruise Director Clayton with a preview of what you can expect:

During these voyages through the new year, special stem-to-stern holiday events include:

  • NEW “Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic” in the atrium lobby on the first night of the cruise, where Disney characters lead holiday carols and the lighting of the glittering, three-deck-tall tree.
  • NEW “Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball” in the atrium lobby, where Disney cruisers welcome the guests of honor, Santa and Mrs. Claus, with a grand celebration featuring Broadway-style entertainment, favorite Disney characters and classic holiday tunes. This evening of enchantment is made complete when a special pair of royal sisters joins the party and cause a flurry of “frozen” fun as a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium.
  • NEW “Storytime with Mrs. Claus” beneath the giant holiday tree, where children join Mrs. Claus for a cozy and intimate storytelling as she reads classic holiday tales. Returning this year, holiday storytellers will also share tales of Hanukkah and Kwanza.
  • NEW Dickens-inspired carolers carrying the spirit of the holidays throughout the ship while singing holiday classics, sometimes with the help of favorite Disney friends. At the end of the cruise, children will have the opportunity to join the carolers onstage for a special farewell show.

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Time-Lapse Video: Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree goes up

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While the Magic Kingdom is the first park to get decorations for Christmas (the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party comes early in November now), it’s always the last park to finish decorating. That’s because the giant Christmas tree can not be added to Town Square until after the parade television special is finished filming.

The tree itself goes up over night and this year Disney captured it in marvelous time-lapse video:

Another great job by the Holiday Services department.

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A Marvel-ous Guide to Holiday Shopping

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Still looking for some gift ideas for the Marvel fan in your life? Marvel’s got you covered.

Last week’s episode of The Watcher featured gift ideas ranging from the obvious (like Guardians of the Galaxy on video) to the unique (like getting a personalized item from the Marvel store). Also recommended is the Guardians of the Galaxy: Art of the Movie book and the season 1 DVD for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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There are also some new clothes from the Her Universe line (I really like the shirt that shows the SHIELD logo in the light but the Hydra logo is revealed in the dark).

They also showcased some comics that are available in trade paperback including various Guardians of the Galaxy titles, a 75 Years of Marvel Omnibus (collecting 75 of the best story arcs in Marvel history) and the latest iteration Ms. Marvel in her debut collection.

Really, the only thing that’s missing from this list is a baby Groot (which you can get (here)).

What’s on your Marvel Must-Have List?

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First Poster for Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic

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From the mind of George Lucas comes “Strange Magic,” a new animated film that tells the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. It is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The first poster for “Strange Magic” was just released. I like the tagline, everyone deserves to be loved.

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The existence of this movie was a bit of a surprise, in part due to production being done largely out of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. It is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) with well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serving as both the musical director and composer.

“Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.

Previously: First Trailer for “Strange Magic.”

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