I happened to be at Disney Springs / Downtown Disney yesterday for a media lunch, and as I was walking back to the parking garage, spotted that Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar was now open.
This new watering hole is themed around Jock Lindsey, the pilot in the Indiana Jones movies. According to the lore, after his work with Jones, Jock settled down in a waterfront community in Florida and set up this hangar bar for members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers to drink at when they came through town on their travels.
As Downtown Disney transitions into Disney Springs, new eateries are opening. One of the newest is Vivoli Geletaria, which sells authentic Italian gelato.
How authentic? The company was founded in 1932 in Florence, Italy, where today they are well known for their gelato. The location at Walt Disney World is their first storefront outside of Italy, with the exception of a counter located at Macy’s in New York City .
As Walt Disney World transitions Downtown Disney to Disney Springs, more new vendors are being announced. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is one of them.
If there’s one thing that area has been needing is a pizza joint, and Blaze Pizza sounds like it’ll fill that spot nicely.
Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint” known for its artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. It currently operates 72 stores nationwide. The Disney Springs location will occupy a new 5,000-sq-ft building with seating for approximately 200 guests.
Hot on the heels of announcing the closing of Magic of Disney Animiation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World announced this morning they will also be closing DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney.
As part of its Disney Springs renovations, Walt Disney World signed a contract to bring the NBA Experience to the resort. It appears the NBA Experience will be going in the building that now houses DisneyQuest.
Bringing a taste of Italy to Orlando, Vivoli Gelateria will be opening soon at Downtown Disney, soon to be Disney Springs.
Vivoli is a family-run gelato shop in Florence, Italy, that appears on many “must-do” lists for the city. It was founded in 1932 as a dairy, but technological advances post-WWII enabled the family to produce gelato every day.
Word comes from Disney that several of their Downtown Disney food trucks will be getting new menu items for guests to enjoy.
Superstar Catering, inspired by the food at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be getting a whole new trio of items. There will be a pork shank with a side of Gruyere mac & cheese, a sausage and carmalized onion flatbread, and the “Taste of Hollywood Studios” sampler featuring the BLT Soup from Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant and the Famous Cobb Salad and mini grapefruit cake from The Hollywood Brown Derby.
One of the best ways to end summer in Orlando is with The Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road, which is held Labor Day weekend at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney.
This year’s event runs August 29 through September 1, and includes all things Irish – food, music, dance, and drink. Best of all, it’s free to attend.
Among the bands scheduled over the 4 day Irish festival are Scythian (with a new album), Drops of Green, The Raglan Rebels, The Brayzen Heads, and The West Coast Trio.
The weekend will also feature renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack, of the original Riverdance cast, with “From Roots to Riverdance.” Guest participation is encouraged. The Raglan Road Dancers will be performing all weekend, too.
Raglan Road’s food and drink menus will be available the entire weekend, and they will also offer Celtic face painting from noon until 10pm Saturday through Monday.
For more information, or to make a dining reservation, visit RaglanRoad.com.
This week, Disney released an artist rendering of what the parking and traffic will look like when Downtown Disney finally transitions into Disney Springs.
If you’ve been to Downtown Disney at all this year, you’ve no doubt encountered the congested traffic and parking problems caused by the current construction happening in the area.
According to the final plans, the Disney Springs project will not only include two multilevel parking garages (one is nearly finished on the West Side of the complex), but a new interchange from I-4 that will offer guests direct access to Disney Springs, which is what I think the above artist rendering depicts.
Walt Disney World will highlight its food truck offerings during the park’s first ever Food Truck Rally, Saturday, June 21.
The event will take place in the Downtown Disney West Side courtyard next to Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues, from 5pm to 10pm. But it won’t be just Disney food trucks participating. Several local food trucks will also be at the event, in partnership with Mark Baratelli’s Food Truck Bazaar (check our events calendar for more of his events).
The current list of food trucks that will be appearing are:
It was about noon on Saturday, June 14, when we started wandering around Downtown Disney’s West Side to check out this year’s Cars Masters Weekend, and for classic car fans like ourselves, it was a great day.
We started over by the theaters, because we had just seen a morning movie, and right outside the theater exit was the Griswold family truckster (from the National Lampoon’s Vacation movie). It was pretty authentic, right down to the dog leash and collar hanging off the back bumper.
Whether you’re a fan of automobiles or of Disney’s Cars movies, you’ll want to check out Cars Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney June 14 and 15.
Over 100 classic, muscle, and exotic cars will be on display throughout the West Side promenade, where fans can vote for their favorite (if you vote, you can score special 20% savings on lunch at select locations at Downtown Disney). Automotive Legend Chip Foose will be returning to the event and will take the stage to share his passion for cars.
The best dining deal at Downtown Disney just got a little more expensive, as Earl of Sandwich has raised their prices.
The majority of the sandwiches, salads and wraps have gone up 50 cents to $6.49. Some of the sides have increased by 30 – 50 cents, too.
The real hit comes with the beverages. While coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, and bottled beverages have gone up 30 – 80 cents each, fountain sodas and iced tea have gone up $1 or $1.50, depending on the size you choose, to $2.99 and $3.49.
In addition to an increase in prices, the sandwiches appear to be a little stingy with the ingredients, and a bit smaller in size. My dining partner noticed it, too.
It is still one of the better dining deals at Walt Disney World, but now you’re paying more for less of what you used to get. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to continue to recommend this place, if this is the direction they’re going.
Earl of Sandwich is located at the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Passholders get 10% off, and AAA members get 15% off.