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Disney’s Wedding Pavilion shows off three new looks

Nestled on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon between the Polynesian and Grand Floridian resorts, the Disney Wedding pavilion is the place where fairy tale dreams begin. With a picturesque view of Cinderella Castle beyond the alter and a new clean white interior design, the… Read More »Disney’s Wedding Pavilion shows off three new looks

What’s going on at EPCOT?

There was some unexpected big news about EPCOT made this weekend at a D23 event – apparently big plans are in the works. We’ve heard a few rumors, but this sounds much bigger than what we’ve heard.  Before we dive into all that, let’s take… Read More »What’s going on at EPCOT?

Expressions – Behind The Seeds

Expressions is my series of videos where I attempt to capture some of the wonder of Walt Disney World via atmospheric footage. This new episode features scenes from the Behind The Seeds tour in The Land Pavilion at EPCOT. Disney researches a variety of techniques… Read More »Expressions – Behind The Seeds

Disney Dedicates Katsura Grill in EPCOT’s Japan Pavilion

Katsura Grill is the name of the remodeled Yakitori House. The quick service location inside the Japan Pavilion in EPCOT has been open for a few weeks, but was officially dedicated on the 17th. The grounds outside feature gardens modeled after the historic Katsura Imperial Villa near Kyoto, Japan. While the inside features a new modern look and seating for a variety of party sizes.

The ceremony was attended by Erin Youngs, vice president of Epcot; and Hideaki Morooka, general manager International Business Operations for Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd., partners with Disney in the Japan Pavilion. (Pictured at above.)

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Secrets of Backstage Meeting Rooms at EPCOT

Almost every attraction and pavilion at EPCOT has some sort of hidden room or lounge. Most of these were created as private entertainment spaces for the original corporate sponsors of the attraction. As Disney has moved away from the corporate sponsorship model, probably not by… Read More »Secrets of Backstage Meeting Rooms at EPCOT

HP Field House Opens at ESPN WWOS

The milk must have soured because Disney just added a new sponsor for the former Milk House at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Walt Disney World and HP today unveiled the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex during a ceremony that featured NFL star Jason Witten and soccer legend Mia Hamm, along with ESPN Radio’s Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg and executives from HP and Disney. The project will deliver an immersive sports experience for the nearly two million athletes, coaches and spectators who visit Disney’s sports facilities each year.

Joining in the ceremony: (L-R): Gary Elliott, vice president of Brand Marketing for HP, U.S. Women’s Soccer legend Mia Hamm, Mickey Mouse, Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises, and Jason Witten, NFL All-Pro tight end for the Dallas Cowboys.

The 165,000-square-foot HP Field House, a multi-purpose facility that can accommodate virtually any indoor sport and has been the cornerstone of ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex since it opened in 1997, has been outfitted with a variety of innovative HP enhancements, such as touch-screen kiosks and a one-of-a-kind retail imaging area. Additionally, HP technology is being infused throughout the 230-acre complex, enabling athletes, coaches and fans to have an unparalleled “hands-on” sports experience while providing ways to customize their visit with amenities previously unseen in youth sports.

The most prominent feature of the HP Field House is the HP Photo Creation Center, where players and fans can download, design and enhance commemorative photos and images from their events, then immediately produce and print them at an onsite retail location. Guests will also be able to purchase life-size posters of action photos from the complex, wallpaper coverings, multi-page calendars, photo CDs and many other unique photo keepsakes, giving athletes, coaches and fans even more ways to cherish their sports memories long after their competitions have concluded.

“Today’s youth athletes are extremely tech savvy and HP is the perfect partner to help them better capture and savor the lasting memories of their unique sports experience in ways that no other sports venue can,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president, Disney Sports Enterprises.

I’m not sad to see the milk mustaches go from the pavilion. It sounds like HP will help youth athletes create some neat keepsakes from their trip to the sports complex. I’m just a little sad that it’s turned into yet another merchandise opportunity. I’m a little confused about where they get the name ‘field’ from since the facility houses basketball and similar sport courts. I guess court house had the wrong connotation.

Previously: ESPN WWOS grand opening.

More details on what HP is bringing to ESPN WWOS below the jump:

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EPCOT’s Germany Update

Last year EPCOT Center’s Germany Pavilion opened Karamell-Kuche, a new candy shop from the folks at Werther’s Original Caramel. In the new store you can find this new unique EPCOT collectible. It’s a beautiful tin from Werther’s that may just look familiar to you.

Yep, it’s actually a slightly modified version of this building from right across the Germany Pavilion courtyard.

If you remember Werther’s filmed their recently commercials in the Germany Pavillion and it looks like that the Toy Store has become the official candy store for Werther’s. A bit confusing, but it’s a nice collectible anyway.

More Germany changes below the jump:

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