Epcot Introduces After Hours Wind Down

Epcot Wind Down

Are you looking to extend your Epcot day beyond normal closing? ‘Epcot After Hours Wind Down,’ might just be what you are looking for.

Starting April 17 until September 15 2014, guests can choose to spend time in one of four World Showcase lounges, from the conclusion of IllumiNations through to 11pm. Participating locations will be:

  • La Cava del Tequila – Mexico
  • Rose & Crown Pub – United Kingdom
  • Spice Road Table – Morocco
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar – Italy

Each location will offer a beverage sampling and selection of small bites.

‘Epcot After Hours Wind Down’ is available Thursday through Sunday, from the conclusion of IllumiNations through to 11pm, at a  cost of $35 per lounge ,per person (adults and children are priced equally), excluding tax and tip. Park admission is required, along with a reservation. Upon arrival at the lounge a wristband will be issued to provide access.

Reservations can be made at http://www.DisneyWorld.com/Spring or calling 407-WDW-DINE. ‘Epcot After Hours Wind Down’ does not offer any discounts, nor is it available on the Disney Dining Plan.

Peter Pan Meet & Greet Being Moved During Easter

Peter Pan Meet & Greet

According to WDWMagic.com….

The Peter Pan and Wendy meet and greet will be temporarily moving to Adventureland April 12-20.  Peter and Wendy currently meet guests in the queue are of Peter Pan’s Flight.

In order to reduce some of the congestion in Fantasyland, the meet and greet will take place on the bridge at the entrance to Adventureland.

NFL Superstars Join Drew Brees Passing Academy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney

Mickey:Drew Brees

This year’s Drew Brees Passing Academy and 7 on 7 Tournament is getting a lot of extra firepower. NFL megastars Larry Fitzgerald, Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles are joining the Saints’ Pro Bowl QB for the three-day event at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fitzgerald (Cardinals WR), Revis (Patriots DB) and Sproles (Eagles RB) will help coach the prep football camp participants along with Brees. Fitzgerald will work with the receivers; Revis will train the defensive backs; and Sproles will guide the running backs during the event which includes one day of position training and two days of 7 on 7 action from June 26-28, 2014 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where NFL pros such as Falcons WR Devin Hester, Jets WR Santonio Holmes and Steelers CB Ike Taylor train year-round under noted trainer Tom Shaw.

The Brees camp will also feature a position-by-position skills competition, 1 on 1 passing competitions and a panel discussion featuring Brees, Fitzgerald, Revis, Sproles and other NFL personnel.

The camp is open to only 24 high school football teams across the country (15-20 players per team). The camp costs $1,500 per team. Teams can register and get additional information at


For more information about ESPN Wide World of Sports, visit http://www.espnwwos.com.

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny at the Magic Kingdom

Disney Easter Bunnies

Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will begin their Meet & Greet at the Magic Kingdom this Sunday, April 13.

Guests will be able to find them in the Town Square Courtyard on Main Street USA April 13-19 from 9 AM until 5 PM.

Meg Crofton Honored for Orlando Economic Development Achievements


Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France, accepted the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) James B. Greene Award for hercontributions to Central Florida’s economic prosperity.

Crofton received the honor at the organization’s annual awards dinner last evening at Amway Center. First presented in 1990, the award recognizes a leader whose work has had a significant impact on the region’s business community and quality of life.

“With her enduring enthusiasm and hard work in support of our area’s economic vitality, Meg is truly deserving of this highest honor bestowed by the EDC,” said Scott Faris, CEO of MicroVapor Devices and current chair of the EDC Board of Directors. “Through initiatives such as the EDC Leadership Charter, she built a legacy of collaboration and engagement that propelled the organization to new heights in economic development for the region.”

As EDC board chair from 2009-2010, Crofton helped guide the organization through the recession, developing innovative ways to engage the group’s board members. During those challenging economic times, she championed a variety of regional initiatives, such as the development of SunRail, Amway Center and Orlando’s Medical City.

During her time as president of Walt Disney World Resort, Crofton took on a variety of community leadership roles. She was appointed to the University of Central Florida’s Board of Trustees and served on the Florida Council of 100, a group that promotes statewide economic growth. She also served on the Rollins College Board of Trustees, the boards of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and Orlando Health, and the Executive Committee of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

“I’m honored and humbled to be recognized by the EDC with this prestigious award,” said Crofton. “Central Florida will always be special to me and I’m so proud of all the EDC has accomplished on behalf of this outstanding community.”

Crofton, who grew up in Central Florida and lived in the region until 2013, is responsible for operations at many of Disney’s theme parks and resorts, including Walt Disney World Resort – Central Florida’s largest employer – Disneyland Resort in California and Disneyland Paris.

Disney’s Dwarfs Mine Train Preview Celebrates the Last Gem in New Fantasyland’s Crown

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

From the Orlando Business Journal

Hi, ho, it’s off to work we go — literally.

The press has been invited to get a look April 30-May 2 at the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster at Walt Disney World’sNew Fantasyland, set to open this spring.

It’s hard work covering theme parks, we know.

But, seriously: New attractions like the mine train are important to Orlando’s growing economy, as they help bring more visitors to local theme parks, who will spend at Central Florida businesses — including hotels, restaurants and more — helping fuel Orlando’s $50 billion tourism industry.

The ride is the last attraction of the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland expansion — the largest expansion since the park’s opening in 1971.

There’s no official opening date for the ride just yet.

Walt Disney World’s Four Seasons Resort to Hold Career Fair

WDW Four Seasons

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort will host a career fair in preparation for its August 2014 opening.  Interview opportunities will be available for front desk, recreation, spa, pool, restaurant/culinary, security, engineering and more.  Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is seeking passionate, energetic, service-driven employees who enjoy exceeding guests’ expectations.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is a world-renowned company dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continual innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. Opening this August 2014, lakesideFour Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is located just five miles (eight kilometres) from theMagic Kingdom® Park and four miles (six and half kilometres) from Epcot®. Accommodations include 444 guest rooms, including 68 suites. In addition to its five restaurants, the Resort will include a Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course; an 18-treatment-room Spa; a five acre (two hectare) water park complete with lazy river, two water slides, and an interactive splash pad; an adult-only pool; three Har-tru tennis courts; and much more


  • Monday, April 28, 2014 and Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm each day

On Monday, April 28, 2014 the Career Fair will focus on the following positions:

  • Cooks
  • Bartenders
  • Restaurant Servers
  • Pool Servers
  • Restaurant Assistant Servers
  • Restaurant Hosts/Hostesses
  • In-Room Dining Servers
  • Banquet Servers
  • Banquet Set-Up Staff
  • Purchasing/Receiving Staff

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 the Career Fair will focus on the following positions:

  • Call Center Specialists
  • Front Desk Agents
  • Concierge Staff
  • Bell Staff
  • Door Staff
  • Recreation/Pool Attendants
  • Children’s Program Attendants
  • Spa Therapists
  • Spa Attendants
  • Salon Attendants
  • Fitness/Yoga Instructors
  • Pool Attendants
  • Engineering Staff
  • Security Staff

Note: Applicants should attend the career fair only on the day for which position/department they are interested in interviewing for.  Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will not be accepting applications for general housekeeping, transportation, valet or laundry positions.

The career fair will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, North Concourse (facing Universal Boulevard) which is located at 9400 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819. Parking is available; note the Convention Center charges USD 9.00 per car.

No appointments are required or are being accepted; applicants will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis upon arrival at the Career Fair.  Applicants are encouraged to have a minimum of 18 months’ hospitality experience and to bring with them a current resume and a list of work-related references.  Following the career fair, follow-up interviews will be extended to a pool of selected candidates.  Telephone inquiries pertaining to the career fair are not being accepted by the Resort.  If an interested applicant cannot attend the Career Fair, jobs that are not filled will be posted online at www.jobs.fourseasons.com. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Resort’s social media platforms for postings related to the Career Fair: Facebook  and Twitter @FSOrlando.

For 17 years in a row, Four Seasons has been named by its employees to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.  It is one of only 13 organizations to have the distinction of being recognized every year since the list’s inception in 1998. The deeply instilled Four Seasons culture is personified by its employees – people who share a single focus and are inspired to offer great service.

In total, after the approximately 500 people to be hired through the job fair and taking into consideration management transfers and employees sourced from local staffing agencies, Four Seasons Resort Orlando will employ more than 900 team members.


D23 Unveils Destination D Sweepstakes


To celebrate D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind, D23 is giving away a special prize pack that includes tickets to the event, hotel accommodations, and awesome extras.

The prize includes:

  • Two general admission tickets (good to attend both days of the event) for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind, November 22 and 23, 2014 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, located withinWalt Disney World® Resort
  • A five-night stay at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, located near Downtown Disney® Area (must book hotel stay occurring between November 19-26, 2014)
  • Roundtrip transfers provided by SuperShuttle in an ExecuCar Private Sedan, valid for up to two (2) passengers for airport or point to point service
  • A deluxe tandem parasail flight from Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre at Disney’s Contemporary Resort marina, valid through July 27, 2015
  • Two ice cream sundaes from Ghirardelli® Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, valid at any participating location

Good luck, and we hope to see you soon at Destination D!


How to Enter


Enter for the chance to win tickets, hotel accommodations, and more for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind (airfare not included)! Click here to enter Winner will be notified via email within 48 hours after the end of the sweepstakes. Click here for complete legal rules.






NOTE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends 4/15/14. Open to all D23 Members in the U.S. and DC, in good standing, ages 18 and older. Only one (1) entry allowed per D23 Member during the sweepstakes period. There is only one (1) prize pack available to be won. Prize elements must be redeemed by dates specified in the official rules, some restrictions apply. Winner must be available to travel to Orlando, FL, to attend the event, and prize does not include airfare. Some elements of the prize may not be suitable for all ages. D23 Members will be required to provide their D23 Membership number when accepting their prize. Click here for official rules, including full entry requirements and prize limitations. Void where prohibited. If you have any questions regarding this sweepstakes, please contact GuestRelations@D23.com.

An Evening at Markham’s – Tables in Wonderland Exclusive

tables in wonderland

An Evening at Markham’s – Tables in Wonderland Exclusive

Thursday, May 1st, 2014, 6:00pm

$195.00 per person, plus tax, gratuity included

You are cordially invited to join us at the über exclusive, Markham’s restaurant, located at Disney’s Golden Oak Club, for an unparalleled culinary experience highlighting not only the esteemed talents of Chef Christian Rumpler and Chef Michael Gonsalves, but also select culinary personalities from across Walt Disney World® Resort.  Sommeliers Melissa Schreiber and Wayne Rigsby have paired exceptional beverages with the 8-course menu for a true epicurean evening.

The event is limited to 30 guests and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.  Park admission not required.

Since Golden Oak is a private residential community, guests attending this event will be provided with security clearance.  Upon reservation confirmation, information will be sent providing additional details about your Golden Oak experience.

Also, please note that Walt Disney World® Resort transportation to Golden Oak is not available and, as such, personal transportation is required.


In keeping with our desire to leave some things to the imagination, the menu below is meant to provide only a glimpse into the evening you will enjoy as our guest.  We hope to deliver on the promise of surprising you with the creations prepared by our special guest chefs, providing an experience you will not soon forget.


Wild-caught Octopus, Focaccia Crostini, Preserved Lemon Chicken

Appetizer-Chef-California Grill

Pork Belly

1st Course-Chef-Walt Disney World Global Food & Beverage


2nd Course Chef-Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Duck Breast

Intermezzo-Pastry Chef-Walt Disney World Resort

Cucumber Sorbet

Entrée-Chef-Disney’s Golden Oak

Bison Loin

Cheese Course-Chef-Victoria & Albert’s

Stilton Cheesecake

Dessert-Pastry Chef-Walt Disney World Resort

Opera Cake

For reservations, please visit the following website www.disneyurl.com/TIWGoldenOak for self-booking and instant confirmation. The website will go live and begin taking reservations on Monday, April  7, 2014 at 10:00am.

Please have the following information ready:

Tables in Wonderland Ticket Number starting with the “W” (i.e. if you purchased your Membership at Epcot®  your card number would begin WEC)

First and Last Name of everyone in your party (maximum is Party of 4)

Home address

Phone number

Credit Card Number

Billing Address of the Credit Card (Your credit card will be charged at the time of booking, and you will receive an immediate confirmation email.)

Personal Email Address (Please use a personal email address as many work email addresses think the confirmation email is spam.)

Special Dietary Needs (if any)


Guest Policies

The event is limited to 30 Guests, and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.

You must show your valid Tables in Wonderland ticket to gain entrance into the event.


Disney Plans to Increase Number of FastPass+ Entitlements Per Day and Include Park Hopping


Tom Staggs, Chairman Walt Disney Parks and Resorts said in a blog post –

“When we first shared a glimpse into our plans to take the Disney guest experience to the next level, we had just begun to unveil MyMagic+ at the Walt Disney World Resort. Our goal from the beginning has been to enhance the guest experience and make it even more immersive, seamless and personal than ever before.

Now, nearly 3.5 million guests have participated in testing, and the vast majority are telling us that MyMagic+ has made their trip even better. This is a big step forward in the evolution of our guest experience, and what we’re seeing in early returns is fantastic.

Guests are telling us that they really like being able to arrange the day the way they want to, with the flexibility to make changes on the go. They also are particularly excited about their experience with the MagicBand. They love the convenience, and we have received a lot of photos from guests showing the fun ways they are wearing them even before they arrive on property or after they return home.

As expected, most of our guests think that securing times to ride our attractions is one of the best ways to maximize the fun of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. We’ve heard from a number of guests that they would like the opportunity to add additional FastPass+ entitlements during their visit, in addition to the three they can plan in advance. So, we’re working on providing them with the ability to add and enjoy additional entitlements on the day of their visit. Once they’ve used the three they’ve booked, we’ll enable them to select another at kiosks in the parks. And once they’ve used the fourth, they can select another, and so on. We also heard that other guests liked the fact that with the FastPass+ service they could use FASTPASS when they park hopped. So we’re working on a service enhancement to add that feature to FastPass+ as well.

One of the best aspects of MyMagic+ has always been that our guests can relax and better enjoy their time with us, all the while knowing that the attraction they want to ride, or the moment they want to experience, will be there, waiting for them.

And isn’t that what a vacation is all about? The more we can have everyone that goes to our parks feel like a VIP, the happier we’ll be with the experience we’re giving them. And that’s exactly what we’re striving for with MyMagic+.”