Frankenweenie Weekend at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World September 28-30

To celebrate the release of Disney’s new stop-motion animated movie Frankenweenie, Downtown Disney West Side will be hosting a special event the weekend of September 28 to 30, 2012.

There will be special 3D screenings of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland, featuring an 3D extended preview of Frankenweenie, at AMC Downtown Disney 24.

Tickets are $6 and show times are as follows:

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: 4:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Alice in Wonderland: 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Also located near the theater will be an area set up as the New Holland Pet Cemetary. Presented by HGTV, this presents a photo op with tombstones of beloved pets. It’s available from 6pm to 11pm.

Meet-and-greet with Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas from 6pm to 11pm between AMC Downtown Disney 24 and Orlando Harley-Davidson. This is the couple’s first ever appearance at Walt Disney World.

There will also be special merchandise, food, and beverages inspired by Frankenweenie.

Frankenweenie, directed by Tim Burton, arrives in theaters October 5, 2012.

Out and About: AMC Downtown Disney 24 Opens Dine-In Theaters

If you’ve been to Downtown Disney in recent weeks, you may have noticed that the AMC Downtown Disney 24 theaters end closest to Planet Hollywood has been closed for remodeling.

Well, the wraps are off and it turns out that they’ve turned that end into their newest concept: Dine-In Theaters.

The six theaters on the east side of the building have been totally renovated to allow people to have actual meals while watching the movie.

Each theater has reserved seating and an extensive menu of food, from appetizers to entrees. Orders will be taken prior to the start of the movie, and then if you need anything (drink refills, etc.), you press a call-button that alerts your server.

I attended a sneak preview yesterday, on Sunday, and though the movies were booked, I was able to partake in some of the food offerings.

My friend and I ordered the loaded potato skins ($7.99) and the queso and tri-color chips ($6.99) appetizers. Both were good, served in a portion that was worth the price.

For the entrees, we shared the Thai coconut chicken tenders ($11.99). There were six tenders, with a crunchy sweet coating of the batter, served with a coconut sweet chili sauce for dipping. It was accompanied by fries and a house-made ponzu sauce for dipping (a lemon and soy sauce mixture). The chicken and fries were good, but I really loved the chili sauce dipper. My friend really liked the ponzu. So I guess it was the sauces that really made this dish.

We also split the smoked brisket quesadilla entree ($10.99). There were two large quesadillas, cut into eight quarters, filled with a really tasty beef brisket, and a mixture of cheddar and montery jack cheeses. It was served with salsa and sour cream and was easily the best dish of everything we tried.

I should also mention that service during our visit was top notch. Our server, Vicky, was right on top of everything and there was very little lag on things like refills. While waiting for our drinks, we also were approached by two other servers making sure we had been taken care of. Great, friendly staff is a plus.

Some photos of our food:
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Watch This Year’s 10 Oscar Nominated Films During the AMC Best Picture Showcase

Do you ever watch the Best Picture category during the Oscars and realize you haven’t even seen half of them? Or any of them?

Remedy that with the annual Best Picture Showcase put on by AMC Theaters.

During this event, AMC shows all the current year’s Best Picture nominees in a block, with one admission covering the whole thing. Since this year has 10 nominees, the block is being split into two showings.

The first one takes place on Saturday, February 19, and includes Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right, True Grit, and The Fighter.

The second one takes place the following Saturday, February 26, and includes Winter’s Bone, Black Swan, Inception, The Social Network and The King’s Speech.

A two-day pass costs $60 and includes all 10 films, along with $20 in AMC gift cards to be used for concessions. A single-day pass is $35 and includes a $10 AMC gift card.  Either pass may be purchased at the theater box office.

In the Orlando area, the Best Picture Showcase will be held at the AMC Downtown Disney 24.

The Oscars will be shown on February 27, 2011, on ABC at 8pm (EST).

[Image courtesy of and © The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences]

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