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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Planet Hollywood To Transform Orlando Flagship Into Star-Themed Planet Hollywood Observatory As Downtown Disney Evolves Into Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood, America's preeminent restaurant destination dedicated to celebrating the entertainment industry, will look toward a new set of stars by transforming its Orlando flagship location into a four-story stargazing observatory set to debut in spring 2016. Regularly at the forefront of industry trends, the reimagined Planet Hollywood Observatory is centrally located and will overlook the heart of Downtown Disney with a newly-expanded outdoor terrace and bar. Within the sophisticated entertainment emporium, patrons of all ages are invited to "Dine Amongst the Stars" through a refreshed yet timeless menu, distinctive outdoor bar and lounge options, an imaginative new merchandise line, and a host of all-star celebrity partnerships.

Intensive renovations and artistic treatments, spearheaded by design firm Elkus Manfredi Architects, will take place early next year and will align Planet Hollywood Observatory with the transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs. Disney Springs will be a one-of-a-kind Disney experience, treating guests by day and night to exceptional dining, shopping and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, flowing springs and waterfront charm.
 
The Observatory's exterior will share the Disney Springs turn-of-the-century design aesthetic, while the interior's refurbished upholstery, spherical planet-shaped lighting fixtures and stylish finishing will create a welcoming atmosphere for fans to celebrate a new generation of superstar entertainers. New dining and lounge options will include a new outdoor terrace and outdoor bar space called Stargazers, which will feature live entertainment while music in the main dining room will be energized by DJ performances.  Walls and glass displays throughout the massive space will be adorned with imagery and memorabilia from various movies paying homage to a long tradition of filmmaking and recognizing beloved newcomers.
 
"We're thrilled to be a part of Disney Springs and transform our brand as Disney evolves its exciting new venue," said Planet Hollywood International Founder and Chairman Robert Earl. "With Planet Hollywood Observatory, we are refreshing our dining experience as we renew our commitment to the new, rising stars of the entertainment industry -- a part of our core mission since inception."
Refreshed dining options will highlight Planet Hollywood's timeless classics and introduce a host of updated additions. A curated beverage program will feature a variety of milkshakes, smoothies, wines, bottled and draft beers, as well as cocktails served in specialty glassware to cater to the needs of all guests, from groups with small children to young adults and seniors. Spacious dining rooms ensure comfort for family meals while various bar spaces set the mood for a perfect date.  
 
ABOUT PLANET HOLLYWOOD
Planet Hollywood International, Inc. is the creator and worldwide developer of a consumer brand that capitalizes on the universal appeal of movies, television, sports, music and other leisure-time activities. The Company's worldwide operations offer products and services in the restaurant, retail, lodging, leisure and entertainment sectors.
 
For more information, visit www.planethollywoodintl.com or call (407) 827.7827.
 
ABOUT DISNEY SPRINGS
Representing the largest expansion in Downtown Disney history, Disney Springs will be a one-of-a-kind Disney experience, treating guests by day and night to exceptional dining, shopping and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, flowing springs and waterfront charm. With an air of sophisticated grace and design that harkens to Florida's waterfront towns at the turn-of-the-century, Disney Springs will be home to four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods opening in phases: The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace and West Side. The Landing is the first of the four neighborhoods and is scheduled to open in spring 2015.
 
When fully completed in 2016, Disney Springs will double the number of shopping, dining and entertainment venues – from the current 70 to approximately 150. Disney Springs is part of Walt Disney World Resort, the number one family vacation destination in the world, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

"LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales," An All-New Series of Event Specials, Acquired by Disney XD

The LEGO Group, world renowned manufacturer of construction toys, announced that Disney XD has acquired LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales for airing later this year. The animated content series consists of five 22-minute episodes that re-tell the Star Wars saga in chronological order from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace up through Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Disney XD is also currently home to the animated hit series Star Wars Rebels.

"Since we introduced our first LEGO Star Wars set in 1999, we have seen and heard from countless Star Wars fans who have used LEGO bricks to tell their own version of this timeless story, re-enacting favorite scenes and imagining new story lines," said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales gives us an opportunity to share highlights of the Star Wars story with a sense of humor and excitement that can only be conveyed through the LEGO brick, and will be a fun resource for families as they gear up for the next movie."
 
As its title suggests, Droid Tales is a re-telling of the Star Wars universe through the eyes of C-3P0 and R2-D2. Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.  An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga. The series offers all of the playful humor that viewers expect from LEGO Star Wars.
 
Information on airdates for each episode is not yet available. Additional LEGO Star Wars activities to get the family caught up will launch throughout the year.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Offers Springtime Savings

Flowers are in bloom and activities abound at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, where springtime savings offer guests up to 40 percent off for stays between March 4 - May 17. The offer runs the length of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, providing vacationers the ideal excuse to stop and smell the roses this season.

A convenient walk from Epcot, the hotel is a premier location for guests visiting the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, where the magic of spring blossoms with a vibrant display of enchanting gardens, Disney character topiaries, fresh seasonal dishes and live musical entertainment.

In addition, guests vacationing April 1-8 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel will enjoy a full schedule of Easter-themed activities, including meet-and-greets with the Easter Bunny, glow-in-the-dark and traditional Easter egg hunts, bunny hop races, arts and crafts, and a poolside showing of the movie HOP.

Other featured experiences during the week include a special Easter Bunny basket delivery to the room on Easter morning and an Easter dinner buffet at Garden Grove restaurant with Disney character appearances on Sunday, April 5, at 5 p.m. Additional costs apply for both.

The Epcot Resort Area hotel is also just minutes away from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, home to Atlanta Braves' spring training, where sports fans can take part in one of baseball's greatest traditions.

For more details about springtime savings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, visit www.swandolphin.com/offers. To make room reservations, call 1-800-227-1500 and mention "FLOWERS." Rates start at $195 per night. Taxes, resort services fee and gratuities not included. Not valid with any other special offers, promotions, or for existing reservations or groups; offer is based on rate schedule availability.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Scary Rides at Disney World

Check out this list of the top 5 scary rides at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. If you are afraid of the dark, heights, or bugs (or have a little one who is), you definitely should. Find out what rides made the list and why.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Frozen Fever Movie

Did you or do you have Frozen Fever? Going to see Cinderella may help. The animated short film, Frozen Fever, will be in theaters Friday, March 13, 2015 ahead of Cinderella. It is a sequel to the movie Frozen so yes, you will hear the voices of Kristen Bell (Anna) and Idina Menzel (Elsa). The short film is seven minutes long. Princess Anna will be receiving a surprise birthday party thrown by her sister Queen Elsa. Check out the preview below.

Big Hero 6 Movie Wins Oscars Best Animated Film

Did you seen the Oscars. Disney's Big Hero 6 movie took home a win! In the Best Animated Film, Hiro is a genius that lives in the city of San Fransokyo (yes, it's spelled right!). Learn what happens when he teams up with the robot Baymax and other friends.

Check out the trailer for it below.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Disney Applause App

Want to know a must-have app if you are Disney fan? It's the Disney Applause app. Get this app to submit videos and photos to Disney sweepstakes and contests, such as the Disney Dream Proposal contest. Many Disney contests are now requiring it to enter. The app is free.