AVATAR coming to Animal Kingdom

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Animal Kingdom is about to get a whole lot cooler….

Disney Parks Blog announced early this morning, that plans for AVATAR at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom are well under way!

At the first ever D23 Expo held in Japan, the first images for the new section of Animal Kingdom were revealed, and to say it’s going to be amazing is an understatement. Check out the photos!

According to the concept renderings, AVATAR will feature floating mountains, allow guests to soar through the sky riding a Banshee, and wander through the nighttime jungle of bioluminescent plants! Gorgeous!

There is no official date on when construction will start or when the project will be completed (right now Disney is estimating sometime in 2017), but I for one think this will be a great boost to an already awesome park in Disney World! Can’t wait!!! 🙂

Starbucks Heaven

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Hot off the presses!!

Disney Parks Blog has just announced that Fountain View at Epcot in Walt Disney World has reopened and is now serving Starbucks products.

You’ll remember a while back Starbucks being added to the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom. And more Walt Disney World locations are coming! Starbucks will soon be served at Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and yes, even Downtown Disney.

Meet Me @ the California Grill!

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

The California Grill, a staple restaurant at the Contemporary Hotel in Walt Disney World, is reopening on September 9 after being closed since February 2013.

The restaurant has undergone a complete makeover including a new menu and all new to-die-for deserts (how can you tell it’s close to dinner and I’m hungry! 😉 ).

California Grill will reopen to the public on September 9. The day before on Sunday, September 8 Disney Parks Blog is holding a Grand Opening Meet + Greet where guests will sample items from the new menu, meet the chefs and watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Tickets are already sold out for this event.

Having never been to the California Grill, I hear it is THE PLACE TO BE! Definitely thinking about it for our next trip.

Has anyone been there? Would you recommend it for a family with small kids?

New Beauty + the Beast Merchandise!

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New merchandise is coming to the Disney Parks in the coming months!

Disney Parks Blog gave a sneak peek at the new Beauty + the Beast themed merch coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in the next few months. You will also be able to find new ‘Be Our Guest’ items at the Disney Store online, paying homage to the new restaurant in Magic Kingdom.

New items include:
-Gaston’s Tavern Statue
-Lumiere Figure
-Gaston’s Archery Playset
-1000 pc Puzzle (art by Thomas Kinkade)
-Collectible Figurine Set
-Belle Tea Set with talking Chip + Mrs. Potts (how adorable!!)
-New designs of Shields and Swords (we have one of the original ‘Beast’ shields from when the park opened and it’s awesome! A definate favorite of my own little ‘beast’! 🙂 )

These items are sure to please any Beauty + the Beast fan or any Disney Collector. I think I am liking the Belle Tea Set the best along with the artsy puzzle!

Any favorites or must-haves on your list?