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Saturday, July 20, 2024

Disney’s Labor Union Issues – A Private-Sector Rarity

 by Ray Keating

News/Analysis

July 18, 2024 

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The Walt Disney Company is in the midst of negotiating with assorted labor unions that represent some 14,000 workers at Disneyland in California. And it was reported on late Friday (July 19) that union members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. Disney and four unions are in the midst of negotiations, which reportedly resume on July 22-23.

 

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Disney’s Poor Stock Performance

 by Ray Keating

Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 18, 2024

 

There’s been a good deal of talk about the underperformance of The Walt Disney Company’s stock. Since Disney is a company that seems to get a great deal of criticism – sometimes for good reason and many times without a sound basis – DisneyBizJournal has been overdue in taking a look at the Disney stock over the long haul.

 

It's standard practice to see how a stock performs compared to the market overall. The following chart comes courtesy of PortfoliosLab.com, and it compares the Disney stock price (DIS) versus the S&P 500 Index (as captured by SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)). By the way, these prices are adjusted for stock splits and dividends.



The chart goes back ten years. From July 2014 to March 2021, Disney’s stock largely went along with the S&P 500. However, since March 2021, the divergence has been stunning, with the market climbing higher and Disney declining. Over this ten-year period, as PortfoliosLab noted, “DIS has underperformed SPY with an annualized return of 2.19%, while SPY has yielded a comparatively higher 12.93% annualized return.”

 

Over the past five years (see the first chart below from PortfoliosLab.com), the S&P 500 gained 102.8 percent, while Disney declined by 29.5 percent. And over the past year, the S&P was up by 24.1 percent, with Disney experiencing a gain of 12.7 percent (the second chart is below).





Finally, what about stock performance since Bob Iger returned as CEO on November 20, 2022? The S&P has been up 40.5 percent, while Disney’s down by 34 percent.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, the Alliance of Saint Michael novels, and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right? Keating also own stock in Disney.

 

The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more.

 

Never miss any new book by Ray Keating by joining the Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship with Ray Keating at

https://www.patreon.com/pastorstephengrantfellowship.

 

Various books by Ray Keating…

 

• The Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries. There are 19 books in the series now.

 

• The Alliance of Saint Michael novels – Cathedral and Subversion – are at Amazon

 

• Order The Weekly Economist III: Another 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an EconomistThe Weekly Economist II: 52 More Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist, and The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist at Amazon.com.

 

• Signed editions of Ray’s books are at www.raykeatingbooksandmore.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

DOLE Whip Day Comes to Disney World This Week

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 17, 2024

 

If DOLE Whip Day isn’t a national holiday, maybe it should be – and I’m NOT including the fake hard-frozen DOLE Whip desserts you can get in your supermarket freezer.  Those just aren’t real DOLE Whip.


Thursday, July 18, marks the fourth annual celebration, which apparently takes place the third Thursday of July each year (who knew?), and this year the dessert-fest runs through July 21. Disney Parks Blog has released a rather extensive Foodie Guide for the DOLE Whip, and it includes the location not only of all the existing offerings, but of a few new treats for this year’s commemoration.


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


Back in the early days of our vacationing at Disney World, you could only get one flavor of DOLE Whip (pineapple), and it was only available at one location (Aloha Aisle) in the Adventureland section of Magic Kingdom.  So important to our Disney vacations was it that I actually used to carve out space for DOLE Whips in my printed-paper-spreadsheets of our visit for the day, just to make sure we didn’t accidentally miss it.  (Those were the days before phone apps kept track of all these things for you!).

 
Fast forward a few decades, and DOLE Whips have multiplied across the Disney-sphere, with myriad flavors and locations. (We are kind of partial to the coconut flavor as well.). There’s even a newer cherry flavor mixing it up with a pineapple swirl in the far corner of EPCOT at Refreshment Outpost.  We tried it, and found the strong cherry-flavored portion a touch “artificial” tasting, but the pineapple smoothed it out enough that it was a cool and welcoming treat in the middle of a sweltering Florida evening. The cherry was definitely the dominant flavor, though, so if you like cherry, this is the choice for you.  If not, maybe stick with the OG whip.




These days, instead of just a cone or a cup, your DOLE Whip can be served as a more artistic novelty, with colored cones, real flowers, chocolate medallions and embellishments, and cute names like The Lost Princess Cone or the Tropical Serenade. The I Lava You Float, the Orange Bird Float, and the Bathtub Float add in your favorite sodas for the thirst-quenching ride (and yup, it’s actually served in a plastic bathtub dish!)  There are now some DOLE Whip concoctions available in certain table-service restaurants, and you can get your DOLE Whip in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions of some creations. A few confectionary counters even have adorable  “DOLE Whip” cupcakes on the menu.


However you prefer your DOLE Whip (and did you really go to Disney if you didn’t get one?), here is the Foodie Guide for DOLE Whip Day 2024 for the Disney World Resort in Florida. If you find yourself in Disneyland instead, Disney Parks Blog has a section in the Dole Whip Foodie Guide for the west coast, too, as well as for those of you sailing the high seas on the Disney Cruise Line. Just imagine yourself watching the sunset over the ocean while spooning up a scoop of frozen heaven...


Walt Disney World Resort  

Magic Kingdom Park 

Aloha Isle Refreshments (Currently available)  

• DOLE Whip 

• DOLE Whip Float: DOLE Pineapple Juice served with a choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl (Non-alcoholic) 

• Pineapple Upside-Down Cake served with choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl  

• DOLE Whip Raspberry Swirl  

• DOLE Whip Raspberry Swirl Float (Non-alcoholic)  

Sunshine Tree Terrace (Currently available, mobile order available)  

• DOLE Whip Orange (Available with vanilla soft-serve swirl)  

• DOLE Whip Strawberry 

• I Lava You Float: Fanta Strawberry and passion fruit flavor served with DOLE Whip orange and topped with popping candy 

• DOLE Whip Float: DOLE Whip or vanilla soft-serve with your choice of assorted beverages (Non-alcoholic)  

Jungle Skipper Navigation Co LTD Skipper Canteen (Currently available)  

• Enchanted Orange Dream: DOLE Whip Orange blended with vanilla soft-serve and served with an orange candy rim (Non-alcoholic)  

Storybook Treats (Currently available)   

• Rapunzel Sundae: Shortcake with DOLE Whip lemon and wild berry soft-serve topped with berry compote and sugar flowers  

• Aurora Cone: DOLE Whip strawberry and blue soft-serve topped with white chocolate crisp pearls in a sugar cone

  

EPCOT 

Refreshment Outpost  

• DOLE Whip (Currently available)  

• DOLE Whip Cherry-Pineapple Swirl (New) (Available July 14 through 21)  


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park  

Tamu Tamu Refreshments (Currently available)  

• DOLE Whip  

• DOLE Whip Float: DOLE Pineapple Juice topped with DOLE Whip (Non-alcoholic) 

• DOLE Whip Pineapple-Orange Soda Float: DOLE Whip with Fanta Orange and strawberry syrup (Non-alcoholic)  

• DOLE Whip with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum  

• DOLE Whip Float: DOLE Whip Pineapple Juice and Parrot Bay Coconut Rum topped with DOLE Whip 

• DOLE Whip Pineapple Hard Cider Float served with ACE Pineapple Hard Cider  

Trilo-Bites (Available now through Sep. 9)   

• Zazu DOLE Whip Lime and Coconut Float: DOLE Whip Lime swirled into Sprite with coconut and blue curaçao syrup and topped with a white chocolate medallion  


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


Disney Resorts Collection 

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort  

Pineapple Lanai (Currently available) 

• DOLE Whip: DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl  

• Pineapple Float: DOLE Pineapple juice served with choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla, or swirl (Non-alcoholic)   

• DOLE Whip with Rum Floater: DOLE Whip with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum 

Barefoot Pool Bar and Oasis Bar & Grill (Currently available)  

• Frozen Margarita with DOLE Whip Lime: Corazón Blanco Tequila blended with DOLE Whip lime and chili-lime seasoning 

• Frosty Pineapple: DOLE Whip with Captain Morgan Private Stock Rum 

Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto (Currently available)  

• Spikey Pineapple: Cruzan Mango Rum blended with DOLE Whip 

Capt. Cook’s (Currently available; mobile order available)  

• Pineapple Cupcake: Vanilla cupcake, DOLE Whip pineapple cheesecake, and pineapple buttercream with white chocolate décor

 
Disney’s BoardWalk  

BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas (Currently available)  

• DOLE Whip Smoothie (Non-alcoholic)  

• Captain’s Seaside Sensation with DOLE Whip

 
Disney’s Contemporary Resort  

Contempo Café (Currently available; mobile order available)  

• DOLE Whip Cupcake: Yellow cupcake filled with DOLE Whip pineapple mousse garnished with a cherry 


Disney Springs  

Swirls on the Water  

• DOLE Whip (Currently available)  

• DOLE Whip Sampler: DOLE Whip swirled with vanilla soft-serve garnished with a pineapple wedge, DOLE Whip Strawberry swirled with coconut soft-serve topped with strawberry sauce and coconut flakes, and DOLE Whip Mango swirled with DOLE Whip Lime topped with chili-lime seasoning and diced mango (Currently available)  

• Key Lime Sundae: DOLE Whip Lime in a waffle bowl topped with whipped cream and a lime garnish (New) (Available through Aug. 11)  

• Orange Bird Cone: DOLE Whip Orange in an orange cone with sprinkles and a chocolate piece (New) (Available through Aug. 11) 

• Orange Bird Float: DOLE Whip Orange and watermelon swirl with Fanta Orange in a souvenir cup (Non-alcoholic) (New) (Available through Aug. 11) 

Wine Bar George (Currently available)  

• Frozen Old Fashioned made with DOLE Whip Orange  

• Frozcato made with DOLE Whip  


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park  

Snack Shack (Currently available) 

• DOLE Whip Soft-serve in a Cone: DOLE Whip, DOLE Whip Strawberry, green matcha tea soft-serve, or vanilla soft-serve served in a cone  

• DOLE Whip Soft-serve in a Cup: DOLE Whip, DOLE Whip Strawberry, green matcha tea soft-serve, or vanilla soft-serve served in a cup 

• DOLE Whip Bathtub Sundae: DOLE Whip Pineapple, DOLE Whip Strawberry, and green matcha tea soft-serve 

• Bathtub Float: DOLE Whip, DOLE Whip Strawberry, and green matcha soft serve served with Sprite, liquid blueberry candy, whipped cream, popping boba, and cherries (Available exclusively at Disney H20 Glow After Hours at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon)  

• DOLE Whip Strawberry and Green Matcha Soft-serve Swirl Cone (Available exclusively at Disney H20 Glow After Hours at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon)  

Leaning Palms (Currently available) 

• DOLE Whip Floats: DOLE Whip or DOLE Whip Orange with Fanta Orange or DOLE Pineapple Juice 

 

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Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.

 

Get The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution by Ray Keating. More information at

https://raykeatingbooksandmore.com/shop/ols/products/disneyplanner.  A PDF version is available here.  And please listen to the Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating podcast

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Disney Faces Challenges Given Cautious Consumers

 by Ray Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 16, 2024

 

Since attendance appears to have been on the light side at Walt Disney World recently, the Disney speculation machine has shifted into high gear. But let’s look at some actual developments in the economy. In particular, like other businesses, The Walt Disney Company faces challenges regarding consumer spending.



As DisneyBizJournal noted, during Disney’s May 2024 earnings call, CFO Hugh Johnston noted that the Experiences division – parks and resorts, cruise line and consumer products – “will face some challenges in the coming quarter, namely, higher wages, increased costs due to cruise line expansions, and some demand moderation due to a return to pre-COVID levels.”

 

Fair enough, but there’s more behind “demand moderation.” The latest retail and food services sales report from the U.S. Census Bureau makes clear that consumers have been reining in their spending overall. Retail and food services sales in June came in flat (+0 percent). For good measure, retail and food services sales have seen no growth from December 2023 to June 2024. However, since these numbers are in nominal dollars, once inflation is factored into the equation, real retail sales have declined this year. In fact, going back to the start of 2023, real sales are down.  

 

Inflation, recession expectations, political uncertainty, and slowing economic and job growth have combined to make the consumer cautious. That, in turn, points to short-term challenges for companies like Disney.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, the Alliance of Saint Michael novels, and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more.

 

Never miss any new book by Ray Keating by joining the Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship with Ray Keating at

https://www.patreon.com/pastorstephengrantfellowship.

 

Various books by Ray Keating…

 

• The Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries. There are 19 books in the series now.

 

• The Alliance of Saint Michael novels – Cathedral and Subversion – are at Amazon

 

• Order The Weekly Economist III: Another 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an EconomistThe Weekly Economist II: 52 More Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist, and The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist at Amazon.com.

 

• Signed editions of Ray’s books are at www.raykeatingbooksandmore.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Youth Baseball Coming Back to Walt Disney World

 by Ray Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 15, 2024

 

The All-Star Game is this week, so it’s a natural time to hit on some baseball news. Last Thursday, Ripken Baseball and Walt Disney World announced that the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex would host four week-long tournaments each year during the summers of 2025 and 2026.



In a statement, Ripken Baseball noted, “The Ripken Experience at Walt Disney World Resort will be a unique opportunity for teams from around the country to compete in world-class tournaments for ages 10U to 16U. The games will take place across 11 ballfields – six youth-sized baseball fields equipped with lights for night games and five professional-sized fields, including The Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a venue that has hosted Major League Baseball spring training games and regular-season games for over two decades.”

 

Cal Ripken, Jr. said, “We are excited to collaborate with the iconic and globally recognized Walt Disney World to deliver unforgettable experiences for teams and their families.”

 

It also was noted: “Teams will enjoy a spectacular opening ceremony and have leisure time to explore Disney parks, where they can experience classic attractions as well as exciting new ones.”

 

The dates for 2025 have been announced: 

 

Week 1: June 8-13. 

Week 2: June 15-20.

Week 3: June 22-27.

Week 4: July 6-11.

 

For more information about Ripken Baseball, go to www.ripkenbaseball.com. Ripken Baseball has worked with Disney World in the past.



The Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has a rich baseball history, including hosting Spring Training for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2023; serving as the Spring Training home of the Atlanta Braves for 22 seasons, most recently in 2019; and the Rays played six regular-season games there during 2007 and 2008.

 

Count me among those who would like to see the ESPN Complex, once again, serve as a Spring Training home to a Major League club. But I’ll take whatever baseball I can, and this Ripken-Disney World partnership looks like a great experience for young players and their families.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, the Alliance of Saint Michael novels, and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more.

 

Never miss any new book by Ray Keating by joining the Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship with Ray Keating at

https://www.patreon.com/pastorstephengrantfellowship.

 

Various books by Ray Keating…

 

• The Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries. There are 19 books in the series now.

 

• The Alliance of Saint Michael novels – Cathedral and Subversion – are at Amazon

 

• Order The Weekly Economist III: Another 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an EconomistThe Weekly Economist II: 52 More Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist, and The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist at Amazon.com.

 

• Signed editions of Ray’s books are at www.raykeatingbooksandmore.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Culinary Series Underway At Disney Springs

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 11, 2024

 

Until August 11, 2024, Disney Springs is playing host to “Flavors of Florida,” with dozens of dishes and beverages at the Disney Springs restaurants and kiosks saluting some of the best local flavors the area has to offer – from seafood and citrus, to Key Lime creations, twists on Cuban sandwiches, and unique desserts.


To accompany the menu selections, Disney Springs is also offering a Culinary Series hosted by Kroger Delivery, where guests can attend free demonstrations from a variety of Disney chefs, highlighting some of the plates you can order during “Flavors of Florida” at the Disney Springs restaurants.



All the demonstrations take place at Waterview Park (near The BOATHOUSE), and pre-registration is required.  Registration will be available via the Disney Springs Instagram page.


There are five demo days remaining in this summer’s series.


• From Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

 

Chef Mike Tiva, who has more than 19 years of experience with the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group to Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Disney Springs, will be cooking up Mushroom Gnocchi, a ricotta gnocchi topped with roasted Fungi Jon mushrooms, balsamic glazed shallots, wild arugula and shaved pecorino cheese. 

   

Date: July 12, 2024, at 9:30 AM


• From eet by Maneet Chauhan

 

Celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan will be demonstrating Sloppy Joe Rock Shrimp, a Florida rock shrimp seasoned with ginger, garlic and cilantro, served with kachumber salad.

  
You may already know Maneet Chauhan as an award-winning chef, author, and television personality, including from Food Network’s Chopped and Iron Chef.  She is the first-ever two-time champ of Guy Fieri’s Tournament of Champions (2021 and 2024).  The new “eet by Maneet Chauhan” opened at Disney Springs in the fall of 2023. 

 

Date: July 19, 2024, at 9:30 AM



• From the Disney Springs Culinary team

 

Chef Georg Paulussen will be making two menu items featuring the new Sunshine Stroll Orange Pilsner that will be available during “Flavors of Florida” at a number of Springs locations. This locally brewed orange pilsner is a Disney Springs exclusive item, and comes with a “hint of citrus.”


Chef Paulussen will be demonstrating an Orange Pilsner Goat Cheese Dip, a goat cheese whipped with beer and peppadew peppers; and the St. Augustine Pepper Frites, crispy pork with datil pepper sauce, complemented by beer cheese sauce, Florida hearts of palm and chayote squash.


Chef Paulussen has been featured in documentaries on the Discovery and Travel channels, and serves as a regional executive chef at Walt Disney World Resort.

 
Date: July 26, 2024, at 9:30 AM


• From Summer House on the Lake

 

Executive Chef Josh Williams will be teaching guests how to make Key West Shrimp Tostones, a dish with Key West shrimp with tostones, chile verde, Florida citrus salsa and black beans.

 
Date: August 2, 2024, at 9:30 AM


• From The BOATHOUSE

 

The BOATHOUSE’S Executive Chef, Tampa born Bradley Warner, will be demonstrating Roasted Golden Tilefish, paired with coconut ginger rice, topped with citrus escabeche and served with a cilantro aïoli.

 
Date: August 9, 2024, at 9:30 AM

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Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.

 

Get The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution by Ray Keating. More information at

https://raykeatingbooksandmore.com/shop/ols/products/disneyplanner.  A PDF version is available here.  And please listen to the Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating podcast

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Disney Cruise Line To Offer New Japan-Based Ship

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 9, 2024

 

Disney Cruise Line has been a very busy arm of the Disney company of late, between launching new ships and opening a new private island - Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point - for cruisers to the Bahamas.  Today (July 9), Disney Cruise Line announced a partnership with Japan’s Oriental Land Co., Ltd. for a new Japan-based ship that will offer year-round service from Tokyo.


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


This ship will be in addition to the Disney Adventure, the Singapore-based ship which is expected to set sail in 2025.


Oriental Land Company (OLC) is also the owner/operator of Tokyo Disney Resort, so they, too, have had a busy run, with the new Fantasy Springs port opening at Tokyo DisneySea in the past few weeks, with new FrozenTangled and Peter Pan areas for guests.  In Disney fan circles, Tokyo Disney is often considered the dream trip, because of the high quality and state-of-the-art inventiveness of the Tokyo rides and attractions.  (Plus, we really are jealous of their much-coveted merchandise…)


The yet-to-be-named ship will be the ninth vessel in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, and is anticipating its maiden voyage in early 2029.  OLC will be responsible for the construction of the ship, and will operate the vessel under a licensing agreement with Disney.  (The Tokyo Disneyland park agreement works much the same way, with OLC maintaining ownership of the resort.)  Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983, and its sister park, Tokyo DisneySea, opened in 2001.


“I am sincerely proud that Disney and Oriental Land will be able to work together to create a world-class cruise business in Japan,” said Yumiko Takano, representative director, chairperson and CEO, Oriental Land, in a press release today.  “Oriental Land will use their knowhow from the theme park business to continue pushing boundaries and provide family entertainment cruise experiences filled with inspiration and surprise.”


The new Japan-based ship will be the fourth DCL ship in the “Wish Class”, with about 1,250 staterooms; a 4,000-guest capacity; and 1,500 crew members.  It will be constructed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany (where other recent Disney ships have also been born). The 140,000 gross tons ship will be powered by liquified natural gas.


Disney Cruise Line is currently sailing the Disney Magic; the Disney Wonder; the Disney Dream; the Disney Fantasy; and the Disney Wish; with the Disney Treasure hitting the high seas in December 2024.  The Disney Destiny is still to launch, with expected delivery in 2025.

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Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.

 

Get The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution by Ray Keating. More information at

https://raykeatingbooksandmore.com/shop/ols/products/disneyplanner.  A PDF version is available here.  And please listen to the Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating podcast

Monday, July 8, 2024

Limited Time Dining Discounts at Three Disney Springs Restaurants

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

July 8, 2024

 

Florida residents heading to Disney Springs this summer have a choice of two different restaurants providing Florida resident dining discounts.  Paddlefish and Terralina Crafted Italian are offering discounts to draw in the locals for a meal at the Springs, while Morimoto Asia is posting a lunchtime discount for Annual Passholders.  If you are heading over for the new Disney Springs drone show, consider this a chance to try a restaurant that may still be on your “haven’t been there yet” list.


Courtesy of the Paddlefish website


At 
Paddlefishyou can enjoy 25% Summer discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages at lunch or dinner until the end of August.  Paddlefish is the restaurant in The Landing section of Disney Springs that is located onboard the iconic docked steamboat, with spectacular 360 degree views of the waterfront of Lake Buena Vista.  The heavily seafood-themed menu is served along with rooftop dining that also provides live entertainment some evenings.


At 
Terralina Crafted Italianalso in The Landing area of Disney Springs just a stone’s throw from Paddlefish, a 25% Summer discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages for Florida residents is available all summer long. Wood burning ovens bake up hand-tossed pizzas among the other Italian dishes at this location, where there are also some waterfront views and an outdoor veranda bar for dining.


You’ll have to show proof of residency to get the discounts at both restaurants.


Courtesy of Morimoto Asia website


Meanwhile, 
Morimoto Asia is sending up a 20% discount on food and beverage offerings during weekday lunch service, Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. until September 1, for Annual Passholders.  The inventive Pan-Asian menu at this popular dining spot was designed by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, and reservations are sometimes difficult to get at this celebrity-chef’s dining room. The two-story restaurant is visually impressive, with an exhibition kitchen, soaring ceilings, and 20 foot chandeliers.  Morimoto’s is also located in The Landing section of Disney Springs.


And as a friendly public service announcement for this summer, leave yourself plenty of extra time to get to your dining reservations – parking has been particularly challenging with the crowds flocking to Disney Springs each evening for the new 
“Disney Dreams That Soar” drone show, which is scheduled to run through September 2.  (Parking garages have been full on a number of evenings, and traffic tie-ups have been frequent on the roads leading to the Springs – give yourself plenty of wiggle room!)

  
The 800 unit state-of-the-art drone show typically takes place at 9:00 and 10:45 p.m. most nights, weather permitting. Check the 
showtime calendar for performance times if you plan on attending.  While the show is only ten minutes or so long, the 400 foot tall pictures in the sky are impressive, and crowds are loving this one-of-a-kind show.  The entrance to the waterfront viewing area is located behind the House of Blues on the West Side at Disney Springs.

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Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.

 

Get The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution by Ray Keating. More information at

https://raykeatingbooksandmore.com/shop/ols/products/disneyplanner.  A PDF version is available here.  And please listen to the Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating podcast