Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Rodriguez bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
By Sarah Sterling
Last month, the Taschen Gallery in Beverly Hills celebrated the most “expansive illustrated publications on Disney animation”, titled “The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968”. [Read more…]
Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic, a newly released book by author Aaron Wallace, is the first to dive deep into every aspect of the cult favorite film. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and Jessie Reitz bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
Continuing their expansion into a multi-day resort, Legoland Florida will have a couple of new things for guests later this year. A new Lego Friends area of the park will open this summer and the Legoland Hotel will open this spring. [Read more…]
Artegon Marketplace Orlando has signed a five-year lease with Gods & Monsters, the first high-end, innovative comics and collectibles store of its kind and the second-largest comic, collectibles and gaming facility in the country. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and JeniLynn Knopp bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
This summer, the Disney Kingdoms comic book series from Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineering will release their newest story, Figment #1. [Read more…]
Long-time theme park performer and show developer Ron Scheider has released an autobiography. Entitled, From Dreamer to Dreamfinder: A Life and Lessons Learned in 40 Years Behind a Name Tag, the book is currently available in paperback and ebook formats from all major retailers. [Read more…]
It’s hard to think of Orlando without thinking of Walt Disney World and Mickey Mouse. But just outside the gates of Walt Disney World lies what travel writer Kelly Monaghan calls “the Other Orlando.” [Read more…]
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be opening in stages, with the first section opening this May. The resort will feature many family suites and some standard rooms (opening Dec. 31). The resort will offer three swimming pools and four playful courtyards — one for each section of the resort. The suite sections include Finding Nemo, Lion King and Cars. The Little Mermaid section will feature the standard rooms. Let’s take a look down at the construction progress. [Read more…]
In the middle of Central Florida swamplands and ranch property, Walt Disney aspired to build the greatest American city ever conceived – Epcot. While Disney would die before realizing this epic achievement, he still left behind the blueprint for one of the boldest and most unique projects ever proposed on American soil. Walt and the Promise of Progress City is a new book that explores how Walt Disney was determined to bring new life to the non-fiction world of city design and development. [Read more…]
It’s a plot Jack Bauer would love – a clandestine project by one of America’s most brilliant business leaders punctuated with multiple code names, fake identities, make-shift affiliations, and unique regulatory arrangements. And while almost every traveler recognizes Walt Disney World as one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, what might surprise them are the secret and pain-staking measures Walt took to keep his intentions for a Disneyland-East under wraps. [Read more…]
The Knight Bus featured in the movie has arrived at Universal Orlando and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will have its grand opening Friday. If you’ve been swept up in all the excitement but you don’t know your butterbeer from your bludger, we’re here to help. [Read more…]
The book signing took place in front of Emeril’s Orlando (his restaurant) in CityWalk. Emeril’s new cookbook, called “20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast” includes simple techniques and quick tips to create healthy meals for the family on the go. The book also features quick and delicious dishes designed for entertaining.
Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 13 restaurants, two of which are in Orlando. The first to open was the above-mentioned Emeril’s Orlando at CityWalk and the second was Emeril’s Tchoup Chop located at Loews’ Royal Pacific Resort, also at Universal Orlando. Emeril is also the author of 14 best-selling cookbooks and has hosted more than 1,500 episodes on the Food Network.
Here’s a look at Emeril meeting fans and signing autographs:
Chef Emeril Lagasse will be at Universal CityWalk from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 to sign copies of his newest cookbook, “Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast.” CityWalk guests will have the opportunity to meet Lagasse and purchase the cookbook. The book signing will take place near Emeril’s restaurant.
“Emeril 20-40-60” includes simple techniques and quick-tips to create healthy meals for the family on-the-go. Just in time for the holidays, this book also features quick and delicious dishes perfect for entertaining.
Chef Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 13 restaurants including Emeril’s Orlando, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop and Emeril’s Miami Beach. He is the author of 14 best-selling cookbooks, and has hosted more than 1,500 TV episodes on the Food Network. He is the food correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America, and the host for Emeril Green, an original series on Discovery’s Planet Green.
Since opening in 1999, Emeril’s Orlando features Lagasse’s signature “New New Orleans” style cuisine. The open-action kitchen, chef’s food bar and a 12,000-bottle wine cellar on the second floor allow guests to experience his creative cooking up close.
Emeril’s second restaurant at Universal Orlando, Tchoup Chop, features Polynesian-Asian cuisine with Chef Emeril’s bold flavors, a lush tropical setting and creative tiki-inspired concoctions at the nearby Loews Royal Pacific Resort.
While Mickey Mouse has grown to be one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable icons, it is often forgotten that the first appearance of the character was at the helm of a riverboat in Steamboat Willie. So it’s not surprising that Mickey has stowed away on the Disney Cruise ships – in over one hundred places.
Steve Barrett, the author of the popular Hidden Mickeys series of books, has taken his quest for the mischievous mouse out to sea: Yes, it appears that Disney’s ships are nearly as packed with images of Mickey as Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Barrett’s newest book, “Hidden Mickeys Go to Sea: A Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line’s Best Kept Secrets” (The Intrepid Traveler, $6.95), leads cruise passengers to the hiding places.
“I believe that most of the Hidden Mickeys on the Disney cruise ships were present from the initial ship construction,” said Barrett. “Some of these images are probably accidental, especially some of the classic, three-circle images, but others (such as the large classic Mickey on the bow of each ship) are purposeful. Disney often adds new images when ship areas are refurbished.”
“Hidden Mickeys Go to Sea” is Barrett’s third field guide to the phenomenon. The first, “Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets,” came out in 2003. Barrett followed it with “Disneyland’s Hidden Mickeys” in 2007 and both guides have just come out in new editions.
The cruise ships are a different sort of experience from the theme parks, and this difference also applies to the experience of looking for Hidden Mickeys. Barrett notes, “One difference that’s helpful to the Hidden Mickey hunter is that the scavenger hunts on the ships and Castaway Cay can be accomplished leisurely. The cruise ship Hidden Mickeys can be located at the guest’s personal pace. Take as much time as you want on the ships and the island; there’s no rush to find Mickey! You’re not in line or on a ride.”
While Barrett may be the best known expert on Hidden Mickeys, he doesn’t do his work alone. The book, like the others in the series, acknowledges everyone who contributed their shipboard findings to his Web site, HiddenMickeysGuide.com.
“Hidden Mickeys Go to Sea” is available in bookstores nationwide, from online bookstores, or by visiting IntrepidTraveler.com. Disney is expected to also have them available for purchase in the cruise ship gift shops.