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Festival of the Masters Returns to Downtown Disney Novemember 8-10, 2013

Festival of the Masters at Dowtown Disney

Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World resort is in the early stages of its transformation into Disney Springs. A lot of what we knew as DTD (including Pleasure Island and NYE every night) is gone forever. However, there are some traditions that continue and we hope will survive the transition. One of these is the Festival of the Masters, which, believe it or not, is in its 38th year. The event will takeover Downtown Disney Nov 8-10, 2013.

The prestigious open-air fine arts festival features more than 300 artists creating and showcasing their unique works in painting, photography, sculpture, chalk, glass and more. Exhibits feature more than 130 award-winning artists, nearly 20 up-and-coming Emerging Masters, the Disney Artist Village, live performance artists and more.

Here’s a video I made capturing a few of the highlights from last year:

A crowd favorite, the Disney Artist Village will return with one of the largest displays of official Disney art available for purchase and will include meet and greets with the more than 25 artists behind those masterpieces. Located between Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues on Downtown Disney West Side, the Disney Artist Village tent will feature Disney character art created by masters from various Disney disciplines including Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group. Disney Artists also will perform live shows as they create new works of art on stage and will host interactive chats about art and what it can be. Both the art chats and live performances will take place at Waterside Stage in the Marketplace.Read More »Festival of the Masters Returns to Downtown Disney Novemember 8-10, 2013

Downtown Disney Construction Update

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Construction on the Disney Springs transformation of Downtown Disney is now underway in earnest. Get ready for a maze of walls, some extra time to get to your destination from the parking lot, and the occasional interruption from construction crews. Fans of Pleasure Island may want to take one last trip to pose in front of the remaining signs and buildings. I’m sure some elements will eventually end up on ebay too.

So without any further ado, here are the photos from my walkabout yesterday:

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Disney Springs Construction Underway in Earnest

The first signs of serious construction on the announced Disney Springs makeover of Downtown Disney has begun. Disney recently announced a plan for the limited parking the construction is expected to create and now video of Pleasure Island’s Comedy Warehouse being dismantled was aired on… Read More »Disney Springs Construction Underway in Earnest

Car Masters Weekend Returns to Downtown Disney for 3rd Year of Retro Fun

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Downtown Disney is about to undergo its own extreme makeover into Disney Springs, so June 15-16 may be the last year to really enjoy the great atmosphere of Car Masters Weekend until about 2017. If that’s not a good enough reason to get you out to see the cars, there is always the merchandise, special meet and greets, and the Pixar Cars themed fun. Plus this year they’re throwing in new fun from Splitsville and La Nouba by Cirque du Soliel and more.

Car Masters Weekend, now in its third year, is also the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day. The Downtown Disney West Side area will be filled with classic cars and special entertainment as only Disney can arrange. Featuring all things “Cars,” the event showcases meet and greets with Disney•Pixar “Cars” and “Cars 2″ characters, a sock hop at Splitsville, select discounts on food and shopping, and more exciting entertainment for the whole family.Read More »Car Masters Weekend Returns to Downtown Disney for 3rd Year of Retro Fun

Downtown Disney Changes – A Quick Photo Update

According to Disney construction was to have officially started on Disney Springs in early May. It’s now mid-month, so I set off to see what visible evidence there was of the pending transformation. Turns out not much. But there is a bit new at Downtown Disney since my last swing through, so I do have something to share with y’all.

Walls have gone up in the former comedy warehouse area of pleasure island.

Walls have gone up in the former comedy warehouse area of pleasure island.

Get used to seeing these everywhere soon

Get used to seeing these everywhere soon

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Disney releases new Downtown Disney Ads while Disney Springs Construction Begins

These gates aren't long for the world. Probably end up in some collectors living room soon

These gates aren’t long for the world. Probably end up in some collectors living room soon

Construction on Disney Springs, the new vision for Downtown Disney, got underway earlier this month. It’s going to be a few years before the whole project is done and current vendors in the shopping center are in for an uncertain time. Will crowds continue to come if they have to negotiate a maze of construction walls and relocated parking to get there? Probably yes, but just in case, Disney World has launched a new ad campaign with the goal of keeping Downtown Disney front of mind in locals and tourists alike.

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