China View is reporting that the Hong Kong government will begin conducting a study to determine if additional funding from the government will be necessary and help relations with the Disney company in an effort to continue with the expansion plans for Hong Kong Disneyland. Article here.
The Best Western, Holiday Inn, Doubletree Guest Suites, Regal Sun Resort, Hilton, Royal Plaza and the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, all located on Waly Disney World property, are now offering a Florida resident discount of 15% off the best available rate. Additionally, both active duty and retired military personnel are being offered a 20% discount on rooms through 2009.
Blackout dates and additional restrictions may apply. See www.downtowndisneyhotels.com for additional details.
Via Orlando Sentinel and Tampa Bay Online
The refurbishment has been extended through March 25. Re-opening date is March 26.
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A stylish boutique with designer flair and eclectic offerings becomes a premier shopping spot at Downtown Disney Marketplace with the March opening of Tren-D. The urban-inspired Walt Disney World specialty store is a one-of-a-kind, hip destination for fashion-conscious shoppers seeking trendy apparel and novel accessories.
“This unique environment, filled with textured fabrics, new silhouettes, and whimsical art and design allows us the opportunity to push the creative envelope as it relates to fashion and our characters,” said Mark Perrotta, director of Product Development and Design. “Our guests continue to respond to trend merchandise and novel products that they can’t purchase at home. Tren-D speaks to what is happening today with a blend of vintage and hip with stylized Disney influences.”
Guests of the 2009 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort can see amazing creations made entirely of sand to celebrate the new theatrical release Earth, presented by Disneynature, which premieres nationwide April 22, 2009. The 16th annual festival takes place March 18-May 31, 2009. Amid a colorful tableau of flowers, plants and topiaries, Walt Disney World guests of all ages can explore myriad exhibits and activities geared toward gardening and outdoor fun.
The Orlando Sentinel reports all the nitty gritty in this article that covers a re-negotiated deal that heavily favors Disney who once had to prove to OIA that its free transportation program had merit.
Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Imperioli enjoys an early birthday meal of spaghetti and meatballs March 17, 2009 at “Tony’s Town Square” restaurant at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Imperioli, who starred on the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos,” can be seen on the ABC series “Life on Mars.” The actor/writer/producer, who was born March 26, is celebrating his birthday with his family at Walt Disney World Resort. On “The Sopranos,” Imperioli won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Tony Soprano’s nephew, Christopher Moltisanti.
CONCORD, N.C. — Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) announced, today, the launch of its new membership program, entitled “Experience Rewards”, designed to incent past customers to a return visit to the track for more laps and added excitement.
Membership in the program is available, free of charge, for customers who have driven with RPDE in the last 5 years and to all new customers who participate in a driving experience. Benefits include the opportunity for 12 months to participate in an unlimited number of Rookie Experience programs for just $199 – a savings of more than 50% – or to receive a discount of $199 on the Kings and Experience of a Lifetime programs. Members are also invited to bring along 3 friends who will each get a $50 discount off their driving program and, in turn, become members themselves.
Catch a glimpse here of what will be available when the store opens later this week.
More information on Tren-D can be found on WDW’s website here.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 17, 2009) — Chef Cat Cora and Disney are joining together to open an exciting new family dining restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. Kouzzina by Cat Cora will feature a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the chef’s Greek roots.
The restaurant, to be owned and operated by Disney, is scheduled to open by fall 2009 in the space currently occupied by Spoodles.