Sanaa (pronounced sah-NAH) is Walt Disney World’s newest restaurant, located at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village. Its name is Swahili and translates to either beauty or work of art and both the restaurant and the new DVC resort itself not only live up to the name but exceed its definition.
The Florida legislature has approved a bill that allows time share operators such as Disney’s Disney Vacation Club (DVC) to sell policies to new buyers that will allow them to walk away should they suffer a loss of income. The bill, championed by Disney, means that hesitant prospective buyers who are afraid to invest in the time share given the current state of the economy will now be offered the potential to drop the time share and any remaining balance due.
The bill will be sent to the Governor’s office who’s expected to sign.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Fans of Jiko-The Cooking Place and Boma-Flavors of Africa have a new reason to dine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as Sanaa debuts May 1 in the resort’s new Kidani Village expansion.
The new Walt Disney World restaurant’s unusual name, pronounced “Sah-NAH,” is the Swahili word for “artwork.” With interiors inspired by African art and remarkable views of the resort’s Sunset Savannah through 9-foot windows, diners experience “the art of African cooking with Indian flavors” in the 150-seat, family-oriented restaurant located on the ground floor just below the lobby.
Walt Disney World has graciously provided us with these PDF images of the menus for Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village. Sanaa will open May 1 and will be 1 TS credit on the Disney Dining Plan. To see our extensive coverage of this highly anticipated eatery including photos of some of its offerings, click here.
After searching America’s kitchens since last summer, Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) today announced the names of the seven talented child bakers selected to participate in the EASY-BAKE 2009 “Baker of the Year” contest finals. Representing different states across the country, the seven finalists will be flown to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where they will compete for the title of EASY-BAKE 2009 “Baker of the Year” on May 7, 2009.
“We were impressed by the caliber of recipes that we received for the EASY-BAKE 2009 ‘Baker of the Year’ Contest that it was difficult to choose just seven finalists!” said Kim Losey, Senior Brand Manager Global Marketing and Development, for Hasbro’s EASY-BAKE Brand. “The kids participating in the finals really stood out – not only were their recipes outstanding but we were equally impressed by the amount of time, thought, and creativity put forth by each of them.”
Starting at $499, the May 8 – May 10 package offers a 2 night/3 day stay at either the Walt Disney World Resort Swan or Dolphin hotels, a 50 minute Swedish massage for Mom at the Dolphin’s Mandara Spa, a free Sunday morning character breakfast for Mom (when accompanied by paying child/ren) , a box of chocolates from award winning pastry chef Laurent Branlard and a late checkout of 4 pm (pending availability). Use code MOTHER when booking over the phone at 888-828-8850.
Additional mandatory fees, taxes and restrictions do apply. For full details on this offer, click here.
The official Walt Disney World website has begun posting PDF versions of its menus for Table Service Locations. At this time, restaurants that offer this feature include Liberty Tree Tavern, Tony’s Town Square, Shutter’s, The Wave, Spoodles, ESPN Club, Cap’n Jack’s, Le Celier, Rose and Crown, Akershus, Coral Reef, Grand Floridian Cafe, Mama Melrose, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In, Olivia’s, Kona Cafe, Boatwright’s, Turf Club and Whispering Canyon Cafe.
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
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.
Through December 24, guests who book a minimum three night stay at either the Swan or Dolphin will receive an extra night free if it falls on their birthday (proof required). In addition, birthday celebrants who dine at one of the in-hotel restaurants will receive a complimentary cake prepared by two-time world champion pastry chef, Laurent Branlard.
To book, call 1-888-828-8850 and ask for rate code BDAY. More details here.
via the Orlando Sentinel