Walt Disney World Shuffles Hotel Leadership


Disney has made some changes to the leadership team for the Walt Disney World hotels, including the changing of personnel, and creating new positions.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will each now have a dedicated general manager instead of a shared position. Kim Marinaccio takes on the role at the Grand Floridian, moving from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Norm Noble holds the GM role at the Polynesian after previously running both the Polynesian and Grand Floridian.  Kent Mitchell is moving from the GM position at the Contemporary to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village.

Overseeing the deluxe resorts will be Tracey Powell in a new position of vice president, Deluxe Resorts, based at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Tracey has previously held positions in Theme Parks and Resort Pricing, along with most recent roles in revenue Management and Analytics.

The changes come as part of a wider reorganization of the resort hotel leadership, which saw Josh D’Amaro taking up the role of senior vice present, Resort and Transportation Operations earlier this year.

Sunrise Safari tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Ending

Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Sunrise Safari tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be ending at the end of the year, on December 28th.

The tour, available to the concierge guests staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, goes on an adventure through both Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. The 2.5 hour tour costs $75 for adults and $40 for children, which includes a breakfast buffet at Pizzafari in the park.

Jiko – The Cooking Place Announces Wine Dinner


Jiko – The Cooking Place is pleased to announce the following Wine Dinner…

A Pinotage Tasting – Thursday May 15, 2014 

The following details apply to this event:

6:00PM Reception Sunset Lounge Disney’s Animal Kingdom

6:30PM Dinner Dress Code – Business Casual Evening Attire

$160 inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Please see below for Menu Offerings for the Dinner

For reservations please contact Victoria Thompson at Victoria.j.thompson@disney.com

This event is limited to 40 guests. This event is a credit card guarantee, and there is a 3 day cancellation policy.



Moroccan Rock Shrimp Tagine

Grilled Seitan, Delta Asparagus Jus, and Kenyan Style Mashed potatoes

Smoked Pork Belly and Green Mango Atjar

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon, Franschoek 

First Course

Butter Poached Lobster, Delta Asparagus, Chipolini Onions and Heirloom Potatoes

Southern Right, Pinotage, Hamel-en-Aarde

Second Course

Fiddlehead Fern Salad, Rocket, Duck Crackling, and Dark Cherry Vinaigrette

M*A*N Family Wines Pinotage, Coastal Region

Third Course

Egyptian Stuffed Squab, Liver Pate, Prunes, and  Dates

Spice Route Pinotage, Swartland

Fourth Course

Burundi-style Coffee Crusted Veal with Roasted Spring Baby Vegetables, and Ramp Emulsion

Side by Side tasting of Fairview Pinotage, Paarl


Tasting of Seasonal Peaches Local and Beyond with a White Peach Sphere

Fairview La Beryl Blanc Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, Coastal