Disney World Chef Named as James Beard Nominee for Sixth Consecutive Year

Chef Scott Hunnel from Victoria & Albert'sFor the sixth year in a row, The James Beard Foundation has named Chef Scott Hunnel of Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as a finalist on its annual list of top chefs in the country.

Nominated for the prestigious “Best Chef: South” award, Chef Hunnel is familiar with earning recognition as one of the nation’s best. He also received nominations from the Foundation in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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Victoria & Albert’s Receives Twelfth Consecutive AAA Five-Diamond Award

Chef Scott Hunnel from Victoria & Albert'sFor the 12th consecutive year, Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’ Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has been awarded the coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award. Victoria & Albert’s is the only restaurant in Orlando and one of only three in Florida to be honored with the highest accolade a restaurant can achieve.

Victoria & Albert’s Chef Scott Hunnel has drawn national and international applause for his preparation and delivery of American regional cuisine with classical influences at the elegant, 50-seat restaurant.

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Franck’s Bridal Studio at Walt Disney World Undergoes Technological Transformation

Inside Franck's Bridal Studio at Walt Disney World

Franck’s Bridal Studio at Walt Disney World Resort has undergone a major enhancement, bringing high-tech tools to couples tying the knot at the popular wedding destination.

Franck’s, named after the wedding planner character Martin Short played in the film Father of The Bride, was built 15 years ago alongside Disney’s magical Wedding Pavilion.  The Victorian summerhouse was created as a one-stop shop for couples to meet with a Disney wedding planner to review all the details for the big event.  The immersive studio showcases cakes, linens, floral, table settings and other details for a dream-come-true affair.

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Woman Alleges Sexual Battery in Lawsuit Against Walt Disney World, et al

Marjory Marchand of New York filed a lawsuit in United States District Court earlier this weeking seeking damages in excess of $75,000 from Walt Disney World, Niki Bryan Spas and GF Spa Ltd. Through the complaint, Marchand stated that in July of 2008, as part of a Walt Disney World vacation, she participated in a private massage taking place at the Grand Floridian resort. It was during the massage that Marchand alleges she was violated sexually by a male masseur, resulting in ‘lack of trust, anger, irritability, anxiety, nightmares, panic attacks, feelings of abandonment shame, feelings of being unclean, fear of being alone, poor mood, feeling distracted, confused, and in self-doubt.’

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Photo: Celine Dion Performs at Disney’s Grand Floridian for Christmas Day Parade

Celine Dion Performs at the Grand Floridian (Matt Stroshane/Disney)When inclimate weather threatened — and even canceled — some performances for the disney Parks Christmas Day parade last week, the performance of Grammy Award winner Celine Dion moved into the nearby Grand Floridian Resort and Spa where Dion filled the main lobby with her voice as well as admirers as shown in this photo from Disney photographer Matt Stroshane.

For full details on the 2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, click here.

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Disney’s Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant Recieves Tenth Consecutive AAA Five Diamond Award

Chef Scott Hunnel © DisneyLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Nov. 24, 2009 – For the 10th year in a row, Victoria & Albert’s restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award. As one of only 52 restaurants to receive this symbol of excellence in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean, Victoria & Albert’s delivers “haute cuisine” with seven-course prix-fixed menus, wine pairings and the finest ingredients from the world market.

At the helm of this critically-acclaimed restaurant is 15-year Victoria & Albert’s veteran, Chef de Cuisine Scott Hunnel.

“It takes every individual on the team to achieve such a great honor consistently, from the reservationists to the wait staff and culinary team,” remarked Hunnel about reaching this prestigious milestone. “The secret to our success is realizing that it’s a continuous journey of reinvention in the restaurant and what we’re doing today has to be better tomorrow.”

Only 0.27 percent of AAA’s 60,000 Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants in North America received this honor for 2010. According to AAA’s ratings guidelines, to achieve Five Diamond status, restaurants must “consistently provide a world-class experience.”

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Victoria and Albert’s to Host New Year’s Eve Event for First Time

Orlando’s single five-star restaurant, Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, will be hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration dinner. The dinner will run from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm with a chef and sommelier preparing an 8 – 10 course menu that includes caviar from around the world and a collection of some of the most eclectic and famous champagnes available. Chef Scott Hunnel and his team will also make personal appearances during the event.

Please note that viewing the fireworks is not included in this package.

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AGIO to Add New Furniture Collection Inspired by Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Building on the established lines of outdoor furniture inspired by Disney’s Grand Floridian and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, AGIO will introduce a line of furniture based on Disney’s Yacht Club later this fall.

You can find a little bit more information about the upcoming line of furniture here.

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Dining Updates: Beaches and Cream Serves Up Breakfast, Victoria & Albert’s Reduces Dinners

DisneyParks has recently announced via its twitter that Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club Resort is now offering breakfast. It has also reported that until September 13, Victoria and Albert’s will have only one seating time of 6pm from Sunday – Thursday and seating times of 5:30 – 6:30 pm and 9 – 9:45 pm on Friday and Saturday.

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Grand Floridian to Host EASY-BAKE 2009 ‘Baker of the Year’ Contest

EASY-BAKE 2009 "Baker of the Year" finalist Catherine Ralston, 12, from New Albany, Ohio pictured with her "sous chef," mother Teresa, presents her creation "Queen of Hearts Strawberry Tart." (Photo: Business Wire)

EASY-BAKE 2009 "Baker of the Year" finalist Catherine Ralston, 12, from New Albany, Ohio pictured with her "sous chef," mother Teresa, presents her creation "Queen of Hearts Strawberry Tart." (Photo: Business Wire)

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.”

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