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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Walt Disney on Being Amazed

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #28: Walt Disney on Being Amazed at the Wonders – Ray Keating loves what Walt Disney has to say about still being amazed at the wonders of the world.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Star Wars Stuff on Star Wars Day

 by Ray Keating

News/Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

May 4, 2021

 

May the 4th! Happy Star Wars Day! Here’s an opportunity to take stock regarding what you’re most excited about in the Star Wars universe. As it turns out, there’s a heck of a lot on the way.

 

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

 

First, what’s the deal with the “real” lightsaber, created by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development? Well, we might not find out the full story until Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser starts embarking on two-night journeys in 2022. 



And with or without that new lightsaber, I’m exceedingly interested in finding out how guests’ personal adventures will play out on the starcruiser, given the various descriptions that Disney has served up – including this latest one at the Disney Parks Blog – about this immersive experience. 

 

Over at StarWars.com,  there’s even more info. Ann Morrow Johnson, an architect and artist at the Disney Parks, reported, “This is the Coruscant, Canto Bight, Dryden’s yacht, Orient Express of space. The food, the dining, the overall experience is an upscale, refined version of Star Wars that guests haven’t gotten a chance to step into yet.” Orient Express of space? Yes, please. I look forward to dining at the Halcyon’s (the name of the starcruiser) Crown of Corellia dining room.



Merch from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

 

Star Wars merch always grabs my attention, and starting today at the Star Wars Galactic Outpost at Disney Springs, as well as at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, new stuff from a galaxy far, far away was made available, including apparel featuring the new Disney+ series “The Bad Batch” (more on that in a moment).

 

Oh, yes, new Star Wars desserts, including the Grogu Mini Dome Cake at Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs, sound inviting.



Star Wars Lounge at Sea

 

For good measure, might a Disney Cruise be on the agenda? Hmmm. Well, perhaps your decision will be helped by the Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge that will be on board the new Disney Wish cruise ship when it ventures onto the high seas in the summer of 2022. This lounge is being billed as “a high-end, immersive Star Wars bar for adults.”

 

From an interview at StarWars.com, Imagineer Danny Handke provides some intriguing details. Here’s a taste for what people will enjoy: “Some of the galactic destinations that fans can look forward to include Tatooine (set during The Mandalorian), Batuu (‘almost a day in the life of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ featuring the Star Destroyer from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Hondo Ohnaka’s ship), and Mustafar (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story era). And Handke reveals one more locale exclusively to StarWars.com: the home of the Ewoks, Endor.”



What’s Coming Regarding Stars Wars on Screen?

 

Finally, let’s serve up a reminder of what’s coming to Disney+ and/or in theaters to enhance the Star Wars joy…

 

“The Mandalorian” – Season 3 has been approved without a release date set on Disney+.

 

“The Bad Batch” – a 16-episode series arriving on Disney+ on May 4 (today!).

 

“The Book of Boba Fett” – a spinoff from “The Mandalorian” that will debut on Disney+ in December 2021.

 

“Star Wars: Visions” – a 10-part anime series on Disney+ due to land in 2021.

 

“Andor” – a 12-episode prequel series to Rogue One due on Disney+ in 2022.

 

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” – a six-part limited series with Ewan McGregor back as Obi-Wan. It’s due on Disney+ in 2022, and takes place ten years after Revenge of the Sith.

 

“Rogue Squadron” – a movie about X-wing pilots is scheduled to hit movie theaters in December 2023.

 

“Ahsoka” – another spinoff from “The Mandalorian” will star Rosario Dawson on Disney+, but it has no release date as yet.

 

“Rangers of the New Republic” – another spinoff from “The Mandalorian” is supposed to bring a group of New Republic soldiers to Disney+. (No release date.)

 

“The Acolyte” – a mystery/thriller series on Disney+ dealing with the Dark Side a century prior to The Phantom Menace. (No release date.)

 

“Lando” – a series about Lando Calrissian, which also is expected to come to Disney+. (No release date.)

 

“A Droid Story” – a Disney+ movie featuring C3PO and R2D2. (No release date.)

 

In addition, Taika Waititi is supposed to direct his own Star Wars film, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige is developing a Star Wars film. No specifics or release dates have been announced.

 

If that’s not enough Star Wars for you on Star Wars Day, no doubt, more projects will come along (with a few, by the way, likely never becoming a reality).

 

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

 

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Advice from Marvel's Stan Lee

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #27: Listen the Stan Lee – Ray Keating embraces Stan Lee’s simple advice on being a writer – read and write a lot.

 


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Disney and Quality Escapism

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #26: Disney and Quality Escapism – Ray Keating goes back and forth on a quote from Martin Sklar on Disney and escapism, and comes down in favor of “quality escapism.”


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute to Debut New Exhibition for 100th Anniversary of Disney Company

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

May 1, 2021

 

In the northeast, it’s not unusual for schools to bus students and scout groups to The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for science-based field trips.  I’ve been on at least three to the location myself as a chaperone.  



The Institute is part traditional museum, and part hands-on exploration for students, with the walk-through model of a giant beating heart among students’ favorites. In 2023, there may be a new favorite gallery for guests to visit. 

 

In cooperation with The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Archives’, and SC Exhibitions, The Franklin Institute will play host to an exhibition in celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. 

 

D23, the official Disney Fan club, reports that hundreds of artifacts from The Walt Disney Archives’ extensive collection will be featured in the exhibit. As is often the case with The Franklin Institute’s other galleries, “The exhibition will feature an immersive environment of sight and sound spanning 15,000 square feet, showcasing stories and characters from The Walt Disney Company’s last century.”

 

The showcase promises to be an exciting one, with memorabilia, props, costumes and other works of art among the displays. According to D23, co-curator of the exhibit Paula Sigman Lowery noted that “many of these objects have never before been seen outside the company’s archival, animation, and Imagineering vaults.”

 

In 2019, SC Exhibitions worked in partnership with Studio TK on the “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” exhibit at The Franklin Institute, and the Disney 100th anniversary collaboration brings those two companies together again on this venture.

 

The Franklin Institute, located in Philadelphia’s Parkway Museums District, is one of the leading science centers in the country. It was founded in 1824 to honor Benjamin Franklin, and opened to the public as a museum in 1934. It was one of the first museums to offer a hands-on approach to visitors, and today is dedicated to science and technology education in a facility with more than 400,000 square feet of exploration space. The Institute includes the galleries, an IMAX Theater, a STEM education and conference center, lecture halls, and the Fels Planetarium, the second oldest planetarium in the western hemisphere. 

 

More details on the new Disney exhibit will follow as the project gets underway.

 

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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

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Details and Disney

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #25: Disney on the Details – Ray Keating agrees with Walt Disney: It’s about the details. 


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Obi-Wan, Mos Eisley and ... Washington, D.C.?

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #24: Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Wisdom on Mos Eisley – Ray Keating loves Obi-Wan’s quote in Star Wars about Mos Eisley, and can’t help but think of a real-life city.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

For a Great Burger Head to D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs

 by Beth Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

April 29, 2021

 

I am a burger hunter. Burgers are my weakness. Take me to any restaurant, and the first thing I’m going to look for on the menu are the burgers. I may end up ordering something else, but I’m still going to peruse the burger column first.  Embarrassingly, I’m also the one who goes to The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs - perhaps one of the finest seafood restaurants in central Florida - and orders… yes, the burger. (Their signature Gibsons “Sandwich King” Award Winning Burger, with beef made just for The BOATHOUSE, is phenomenal.  But I digress.)

 

D-Luxe Burger in the Town Center section of Disney Springs is on my list of top burger stops at Disney.  Mind you, Disney has a reputation at many of its quick serve locations for serving… I’ll be generous… dehydrated meat discs on a bun (looking at you, Cosmic Ray’s!)  Sometimes they’ll emboss the image of a cute character into the top of the bun, but it is still, at best, a substandard theme park burger. Despite my love of burgers, there are certain places at the House of Mouse that you will not catch me lifting a burger to my mouth. Those standard “theme park burgers” just won’t cut it.

 


D-Luxe Burger, though, is a quick-serve restaurant that offers a really good burger that rivals the better sit-down locations.  The dining location has a small amount of indoor seating (non-COVID times), but most of its tables are located outside either under their porch overhang, or along the dock overlooking the springs. The restaurant is hooked in to Disney’s mobile order system, and using either your My Disney Experience app (MDE), or the QR code at the restaurant, you can quickly order your food online. You then pick it up at the counter when it’s ready (you’ll get a text on your MDE app or phone), and pick a seat at the umbrella tables outside on the dock or on the porch. 

 

We placed an order at D-Luxe Burger in the late afternoon, when Disney Springs crowds were low. We chose an umbrella shaded table overlooking the blue springs, and were able to enjoy the scenery while we ate.  It took only ten minutes for our order to be ready on this low-crowd day, but you can also pre-order early in the day for a certain pick-up window using your My Disney Experience app.

 

The menu is, with a few exceptions, exclusively burgers, but they are darn good ones.  Two of our diners ordered the Barbecue Burger ($12.49), D-Luxe Burger’s signature-blend beef patty topped with a fried onion ring, Muenster cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce, grilled onions, and lettuce. The burger was juicy, the beef was a high-quality blend, it was cooked to the correct “doneness” (a rarity at Disney!), and we were able to specify any changes we wanted to the burger on the MDE app.  Our other diner ordered the Classic Cheeseburger ($10.49), the signature blend beef patty topped with Cheddar, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and pickles.  They were equally pleased with their burger. The buns were soft and fresh, and added to the overall burger quality.



The burgers at D-Luxe Burger do not come with sides, but you can order fresh cut fries as an add-on.  The portions of the fries were pretty large, and come in two sizes.  The regular is $4.99, and the large is $7.49.  The large was more than enough to split among our three diners.  The fries were good on their own, well-seasoned, but the real excitement with the fries is the option for house made dipping sauces.  You have a choice between Garlic Ranch; Buffalo Ranch; Chipotle Mayo; BBQ Stout; and Truffle Aioli.  We opted for the Buffalo Ranch and the Truffle Aioli, which were both delicious, and were definitely worth getting again. The Buffalo Ranch had a hint of heat without being overwhelming, and the Truffle Aioli was a bit more savory and a touch smoky in flavor. There was no charge for the dipping sauce. They would make a great burger sauce as well. Just sayin’.

 

For those who are dining with carnivores but don’t wish to partake themselves, D-Luxe burger offers a plant-based “Pacific Island Burger” topped with cabbage and mushroom ragout, mango salsa, lettuce, tomato, and pickles for $12.49.

 

The kids have their own selections as well. The $7.99 Grilled Chicken Sandwich kid’s meal is a grilled chicken breast topped with lettuce and tomato, served with a Danimals smoothie and carrot sticks, and a lowfat milk or water.   There’s also a kid’s cheeseburger meal option or chicken nuggets option, either of which is $7.99 and comes with the same sides.

 

For future reference, in non-COVID times, D-Luxe Burger sometimes has secret menu offerings on the app. Right now, though, most of the Disney restaurants have streamlined their menus to keep efficiency up and wait-times down so crowds don’t end up gathering. Keep an eye out though, because you never know when something special will pop up.

 

While D-Luxe Burger is known for its great burgers, it’s also a prime stop for delicious ice cream shakes.  Of course, we had to sample a few to be sure.  We selected the S'mores Gelato Shake, a really fun vanilla gelato blended with toasted marshmallow, dark chocolate sauce and graham cracker crumbles topped with whipped cream, marshmallows, dark chocolate drizzle, and an extra graham cracker. It was $7.50 worth of pure summertime, and while we wouldn’t order it all the time, it was a vacation worthy treat.  The other shake we ordered, also $7.50, was the Strawberry Gelato Shake, a vanilla gelato blend with strawberry smoothie mix, topped with mounds of whipped cream, a strawberry sauce drizzle, and a bright red cherry. It was thick and creamy, and super cold, even on a hot day.  On occasion, seasonal shakes also show up on the menu.

 

If an adult beverage is more your speed, you can plus up your shake with some alcohol. The Smoked Bourbon Gelato Shake ($16.00) combines vanilla gelato with Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon, hickory smoke, and dark chocolate sauce.  Oh, and there’s a strip of bacon on top!  The Bananas Foster Gelato Shake ($12.00) starts with a vanilla gelato base before adding Bols Banana, toasted marshmallow Monin, and caramel before being topped with whipped cream and an extra drizzle of  caramel.

 

There are also a few non-shake adult drinks, including Cabernet Sauvignon ($11.00); a  Chardonnay ($11.00), and a few beer offerings, including a Goose Island IPA ($10.00) and a Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen ($10.00), a German style wheat beer with citrus tones.  Or there’s a Bud Light ($8.25), but you are on vacation, so broaden your horizons!

 

If you find yourself bargain hunting the shops at Disney Springs, and looking for a quick meal, you can’t go wrong with a burger and shake at D-Luxe Burger. It will give you just the boost you need to keep perusing the myriad of stores, or let you refuel while you listen to the live music offered at Disney Springs. Plus, it definitely qualifies as one of the top burgers at Disney.

 

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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

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Disney on Committees

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #23: Walt Disney on Committees – Ray Keating agrees with Walt Disney that, in the end, key decisions are not made by committees.

 


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Disney, Synergy and Michael Eisner

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #22: Michael Eisner on Synergy – While the term “synergy” is much maligned, Ray Keating agrees with Michael Eisner that synergy matters.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Disney's Folly?

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #21: Disney’s Folly? Absolutely Not! – Ray Keating notes that Disney had it right on Snow White while the rest of Hollywood was dead wrong.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Disney’s Big Oscar Night: “Soul” and “Nomadland” Honored at 2021 Academy Awards

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

April 26, 2021

 

The 93rd Academy Awards have come and gone, and Disney’s Soul and Nomadland were the company’s big winners this year under its Pixar and Searchlight brands.  



Held at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center, with appearances by winners videoed in from points around the globe, the Oscar ceremonies took place last night, April 25, 2021, honoring movies released in 2020. 

 

Aired on the Disney-owned ABC network, the company also snuck in a lavishly done new trailer for the upcoming Disney and Steven Spielberg film remake of West Side Story



Given the repercussions of this year’s pandemic, it is no surprise that Disney and Netflix, the two streaming powerhouses, were the big winners this year.

 

The Oscars for Disney under its Pixar partnership both belonged to SoulSoul was released on Disney+.

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM WINNER:

SOUL

Pete Docter and Dana Murray

 

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) WINNER:

SOUL

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

 

And if you include the Searchlight film Nomadland among the Disney family of properties (Disney acquired Searchlight in 2019), you can chalk up a few more wins in the Disney column.



Chloé Zhao, who took home her statue for Nomadland,  became the second woman to win the category, as well as the first woman of color and the first woman of Asian descent to win for Best Director. Nomadland was released on Disney’s Hulu platform, as well as in theaters.

 

BEST PICTURE WINNER:

NOMADLAND

Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE WINNER:

Frances McDormand

NOMADLAND

 

DIRECTING WINNER:

NOMADLAND

Chloé Zhao

 

Best picture and best animated feature film – it can’t get much better than that for Disney and its movie studios.

 

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When Art is Your Business, Like at Disney

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #20: Disney Driven by Art and Business – Ray Keating considers comments about art and business from Kevin Rafferty, author of Magic Journey.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Relax with Casual Dining at Geyser Point at Wilderness Lodge

 by Beth Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

April 25, 2021

 

Geyser Point Bar & Grill at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge bills itself as a quick service location on the Disney website, but I beg to differ.  To me, quick service means you grab your meal on a tray after ordering at a walk-up window, while balancing said tray while you wait for someone else to vacate their table so you can grab a seat.  It’s usually crowded, and often chaotic.

 

Geyser Point is anything but.  This hidden gem of a dining spot is a great venue for relaxing after a hard day hitting the theme parks, or even for a laidback lunch or dinner while taking the family to the nearby Wilderness Lodge pool. While there is normally a takeout window available (it wasn’t in service while we were there due to the pandemic, but it reportedly has reopened), our family would heartily recommend pulling up a chair and staying for a while. Since it’s technically a walk-up lounge, you don’t need reservations. We’d bill this place more as a casual dining spot that also offers a to-go window, rather than a typical quick serve location. 

 

The restaurant is a rustic, open air eatery that invites you to sit back on comfy, cushioned  couches at low coffee tables while you enjoy your meal. Some of the seats are at tables along the overhang, while there are also seats at the bar, and you can look out on the Wilderness Lodge’s lush landscaping while you wait for your food to be delivered to your table.  Big-screen TVs are tuned to varying sports if you are interested, and there’s no hurry to get on with the rest of your day, as the staff keeps the pace relaxed and casual. 

 

Our wait time after putting in our names with the host was less than ten minutes, barely enough time to wander down to the dock and take a few pictures of the waterfront. We were seated at a beautiful table tucked just under the roofline, along the shrubbery looking out onto Bay Lake.  While we ate, we watched the sun set and the boats ferrying guests back and forth to the theme parks. It was a really peaceful way to gather at the end of the day.

 

QR codes provided the means to access the menu from our phone, and we had the option of a more abbreviated lounge menu, or the regular lunch and dinner menu that had a few slightly larger plates. 



There’s a lovely Handcrafted Charcuterie board ($18.00) that a nearby table was enjoying, but we opted instead to share the Cheesy Barbecue Brisket with House-made Chips ($11.00). It was so good we briefly contemplated ordering a second one to split, but fortunately our main dishes arrived and saved us from ourselves. (But there’s always next time!) The house-made chips were crunchy and still warm, and not the slightest bit greasy (as is too often the case with homemade chips elsewhere), and the brisket was tender with a slightly smoky taste and a blend of melty cheeses and a few scattered jalapenos.

 

For our main selections, we went with the Bison Cheeseburger ($19.00), served with Bacon, Sweet Crispy Onion Straws, Marionberry Sauce, Lettuce, Tomato and Garlic Aïoli.  The burger was perfectly done, and juicy as well. The marionberry sauce was a nice contrast to the crunch of the onion straws.  This burger was a definite “come back for this one again” entrée. 



We also ordered Shrimp on a Wire, a set of delicious shrimp with Soy-Lime Vinaigrette, Togarashi, Shishito Peppers, and Chili-Aïoli ($13.00). The shrimp was crisp, and the dipping sauce was a nice accompaniment. There was a bit of spiciness to the dish, and the flavors were really fresh.



The desserts were tasty, but not necessarily something to drive out of your way to the Wilderness Lodge for.  We had the seasonal pie ($7.00), which on our evening turned out to be an apple-cranberry pie.  We also sampled the Campfire Brownie, which at $6.00 was cute, with its icing-created campfire flames on top, but it was pretty much your typical chocolate brownie underneath. However, in the past few weeks, depending on the day, Geyser Point has either offered a slightly different version of the campfire brownie, or removed it from the menu altogether.  Either way, you probably won’t miss it much, and Geyser Point has added a few more offerings to the dessert menu in its place. Current to the writing of this article, they were offering a delicious Apple Cider sorbet and a Campfire Mousse, each $7.00.



Other menu choices include smoked turkey sandwiches ($12.00); grilled portobello salads ($10.00-$17.00, depending on add-on toppings); crab cakes ($14.00); and Teriyaki chicken wings ($15.00).

 

While Geyser Point may look somewhat like a bar from the sidewalk, it’s still Disney, and kids are more than welcome. As an outdoor, open-air venue surrounded by National Park-style beams holding up the roof, you hardly notice the kiddos at the other tables as the wide open al fresco setting spreads out any sounds from restless offspring.  There is a small kids’ menu for them.

 
Truthfully, I would have been thrilled with one of the kids’ menu choices when our boys were small.  The kid’s Finger Food Sampler ($7.19) has Sliced Smoked Turkey, Tilamook Cheddar, Spiced Apple Jam, Grape Tomatoes and Sourdough Crisps with a choice of low-fat milk or a bottled water. Our kids would have been really excited with the options on this snacking-style plate, and I would have been ecstatic they were eating something other than chicken nuggets for the third day in a row! There’s also a burger ($7.69) or grilled chicken ($7.49) if your kids don’t like to graze their way through the meal.

 

Geyser Point is billed as a lounge, and it serves a full complement of wines and Draft beers (how fun do the Rogue Dead Guy Ale or the Elysian Dragonstooth Stout sound?), but they also have a few signature drinks as well.  Huckleberry Punch ($15.00) is a combination of 44° North Mountain Huckleberry Vodka, Bols Crème de Cassis, Lemon Juice and Cranberry Juice.  At $15.00 each, the WhipperSnapper Sour has WhipperSnapper Whiskey mixed with Sweet-and-Sour, and the Cascadia Sangria Cocktail is a Zodiac Black Cherry Vodka, Lime Juice and Orange Juice drink topped with Columbia Crest H3 Merlot.  The Northwest Iced Tea is Geyser Point’s version of the Long Island Iced Tea, with 44° North Idaho Potato Vodka, Bacardi Superior Rum, Aviation Gin, Cointreau and Sweet-and-Sour with a splash of Coca-Cola for $14.00.  If those more unique sips don’t interest you, there’s always the ubiquitous and omnipresent Disney Frozen Piña Colava, Banana Cabana, or Captain’s Mai Tai, all at $13.00.



Geyser Point is now on our list of favorite casual dining locations at Disney. Its relaxing ambiance made us sit back and unwind for a while, and the fact that the food was excellent was an added bonus. If you time it right, when the Electrical Water Pageant takes place on Bay Lake, you’ll get a great view of this original-to-the-opening of Disney World nautical display, as it floats right on by Geyser Point.

 

After the craziness of the crowds, the drive over to Wilderness Lodge was well worth the effort.

 

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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

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Walt Disney on Humanity’s Spiritual and Material Needs

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #19: Walt Disney on Humanity’s Spiritual and Material Needs – Ray Keating agrees that there is depth to business undertakings that most do not consider.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Ohana Means Family

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #18: Ohana Means Family – Ray Keating turns to Lilo to provide a reminder as to what really matters in life.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Disney Claims 8th Best Global Corporate Reputation

 by Ray Keating

News/Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

April 23, 2021

 

Few businesses grasp the importance of their reputation like The Walt Disney Company. While no one has to agree with every decision made by Disney, or any other enterprise, it’s hard to miss the importance placed on the Disney brand and reputation with nearly every decision the company makes.

 

So, it wasn’t exactly surprising to see that Disney ranked eighth best in terms of its corporate reputation, according to the recently released 2021 edition of The RepTrak Company’s “Global RepTrak 100” report. RepTrak publishes its top 100 ranking “based on 68,577 respondents collected globally across the 15 largest economies through online surveys.”



Disney’s reputation was classified as “strong.” RepTrak explained: “Over the past decade, The Walt Disney Company has consistently ranked in the Top 10 most reputable companies - one of only two companies to do so. In 2021, The Walt Disney Company is the only Media & Entertainment company within the Top 10. Disney is also one out of only two companies among the Top 10 to receive an ‘Excellent’ Reputation Score when it comes to its Financial Performance.”

 

The top 10 companies were: 1) LEGO Group, 2) Rolex, 3) Ferrari, 4) The Bosch Group, 5) Harley-Davidson, 6) Canon, 7) Adidas, 8) The Walt Disney Company, 9) Microsoft, and 10) Sony.

 

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

 

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Keating has two new books out. Vatican Shadows: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is the 13ththriller/mystery in the Pastor Stephen Grant series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed books at www.raykeatingonline.comPast Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story is the 14th book in the series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed book at www.raykeatingonline.com. And pre-order the 15th book in the series What’s Lost? A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story.

 

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

 

You also can order his book Behind Enemy Lines: Conservative Communiques from Left-Wing New York  from Amazon or signed books  at RayKeatingOnline.com. His other recent nonfiction book is Free Trade Rocks! 10 Points on International Trade Everyone Should Know

 

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