This iconic Disney World landmark is no more

Sadly , your next trip to Disney isn’t going to be exactly the way you remember it.  In January, the news broke that the Earffel Tower, the famous 130-foot water tower…

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Radio Disney Music Awards 2016 Winners: The Complete List

And the winner is…

Before you scroll down any further, we have a strong warning for you. The Radio Disney Music Awards don’t air until Sunday night at 7 p.m. on Disney Channel.

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Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort Announces New Kingswell Neighborhood

This week, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort announced plans for its newest neighborhood, Kingswell. The new neighborhood will feature the last estate-sized homesites available for purchase within the community. Sale of select homesites will begin today, with prices of finished custom homes to start at $3 million.

Custom single-family homes in the new Kingswell neighborhood will range from approximately 5,000 to 7,000 square feet and feature design and architectural inspiration from European and Caribbean influences. The initial homesites released boast approximate half-acre lots, some with scenic water views. The Kingswell neighborhood is planned to include 53 total homesites.

“Golden Oak offers the best in luxury experiences with a unique opportunity to live at Walt Disney World Resort,” said Page Pierce, vice president of Disney Resort Real Estate Development. “We’re excited to welcome residents to our new Kingswell neighborhood where families can build special, lifelong memories for generations to come.”

The neighborhood is planned to include a community park with natural landscapes, which will be available to all Golden Oak residents.  Near the park, a new bronze sculpture of Pinocchio will be featured adding to the unique Golden Oak sculpture series that includes sophisticated interpretations of classic Disney animation located throughout the community.

Rooted in tradition, Kingswell is named after the street where Walt and Roy Disney set up their first Hollywood studio – the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio – in California where they produced the classic cartoon series, Alice Comedies

Like all Golden Oak homeowners, Kingswell residents become members of the Golden Oak Club, which provides access to amenities including Summerhouse, the private clubhouse for residents featuring the full-service Markham’s dining room and Tyler’s Lounge, state-of-the-art fitness facility and pool. Homeowners can also take advantage of the Resident Services team, which offers concierge-style services and events throughout the year, in addition to assisting with personal requests such as coordinating park transportation, spa and golf reservations, special event tickets and more.

Kingswell is Golden Oak’s sixth neighborhood to be released since the exclusive luxury residential community broke ground in 2010. Golden Oak welcomed its first residents in 2012 and recently announced the addition of Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando in 2015.

For more information about Kingswell and the Golden Oak community, visit www.disneygoldenoak.com or call (407) 939-5577.

Star Wars 8 Is Halfway Through Filming, Director Posts Set Photos

Star Wars Episode VIII hits theaters next year, and its director, Rian Johnson, has revealed today that they’re halfway through shooting the movie. He also shared a couple set photos that include an X-Wing and someone with a top-shaped helmet.

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AMORETTE’S PATISSERIE OPENS MAY 15 AT DISNEY SPRINGS

With sweets almost too pretty to eat, Amorette’s Patisserie showcases the beautiful work of Walt Disney World® Resort pastry chefs in a new shop coming to Disney Springs™.

Classic and contemporary cakes and pastries are the stars in this high-end pastry shop where guests can watch pastry chefs decorate signature cakes in the on-stage finishing kitchen. Even the beautiful boutique-style packaging, inspired by old-fashioned hatboxes, lends to the sophisticated feel of the location.

From a classic macaron or crisp, light pavlova to the ultimate chocolate-chocolate chunk cookie, Amorette’s is a dessert lover’s dream come true.

There’s something for everyone: eclairs, New York-style cheesecake, opera cake and sacher torte. Special sweets have names like “Reflection in Memphis” (peanut blondie with bacon, banana and chocolate) and Strawberry Fields of OC (strawberry mousse with basil sugar and lemon curd). Amorette’s Signature Cake is beautifully decorated, with 10 layers of delectable flavors and textures. These are edibles that only a talented pastry artist could create. And, yes, there’s gluten friendly cakes on the menu.

Amorette’s features a few delectable beverage options as well. Your Clients can sip a Champagne or sparkling wine with their pastry, or go straight for the indulgent Amorette’s Hot Chocolate Ganache, a cupful of sippable chocolate with Chantilly and shaved dark chocolate on top. They can also opt for a glass of cold milk, coffee or tea.

Amorette’s Patisserie will open on May 15, 2016 with the rest of Town Center, and beginning May 22, Guests can pre-order Amorette’s Patisserie cakes by calling 407-934-3500 with 72 business hours advance notice.

CELEBRATE STAR WARS AT DISNEYLAND PARK ON MAY 4TH

Disneyland® Park is the perfect place to commemorate May the 4th! Tomorrowland is filled with new galactic experiences like Star Wars Launch Bay and Hyperspace Mountain, and now on May 4, 2016, fans can join even more special celebrations!

Guests can head over to Tomorrowland Theater for a special screening of an episode from the hit Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels. In the fan-favorite episode, “Shroud of Darkness,” Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka return to the Jedi Temple on Lothal to find out how the Inquisitors have continually been able to track the rebels. Seeking the advice of Yoda, voiced by Frank Oz, the three will experience powerful visions that reveal the future, the past and old friends long gone.

Fans can find special commemorative merchandise and all-new Star Wars collector glasses. Plus, they can capture memories from the day at a unique, themed photo location.

Then the party jumps into lightspeed at 6 p.m. at the Galactic Grill Stage with a fan celebration, where Star Wars trivia and other special surprises will take place throughout the evening.

AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY OPENING AT DISNEY’S BOARDWALK INN & VILLAS THIS SPRING

A re-imagined take on the turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor is set to open this spring at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas atWalt Disney World® Resort. Ample Hills Creamery, a Brooklyn-based company known for their creative approach to all things ice cream, will open its first location outside of New York City.

The new creamery will be located on Disney’s BoardWalk, overlooking Crescent Lake—a short walk from Epcot® and a relaxing boat ride from Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Guests will be able to peek into the promenade-facing kitchen windows, where ice cream and mix-ins will be handcrafted the old-fashioned way.

Inside,guests can sample as many flavors as they’d like, including signature creations like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Coffee Toffee Coffee, Malty Salty Pretzel Punch, Cotton Candy, and more. They’re even working on a special one-of-a-kind flavor developed exclusively for Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney announces weddings inside the Magic Kingdom

Is marriage on your horizon? Do you love the Disney theme parks almost as much as you love your fiancé? Imagine this fantasy scenario: It’s your wedding day, and you ride up Main Street U.S.A. in Cinderella’s horse-drawn carriage accompanied by bewigged, royal coachmen.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios: When a theme park is part construction zone

The map you grab on the way into Disney’s Hollywood Studios holds the first clue that something’s up. It has become narrower as more of the theme park has disappeared.

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Soarin’ Around the World Takes Flight This Summer at Disney California Adventure Park

Imagine a wind-through-hair flight above The Great Wall of China, a lift-your-feet-or-they’ll-touch journey over the Great Pyramids of Egypt or a seat-of-your-pants dash through the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

These are just a few of the more than a dozen breathtaking – and innovative – ways guests will be able to experience the wonders of the world on the groundbreaking Soarin’ Around the World, which premieres June 17 at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California, just after the attraction’s world debut at the Shanghai Disney Resort.

Soarin’ Around the World will be located in the Grizzly Peak Airfield area of Disney California Adventure, utilizing the very hanger where Disney’s original “Soarin’” attraction first flew.

As the next generation of popular Soarin’ attractions, Soarin’ Around the World is an exhilarating aerial adventure that immerses guests in a multi-sensory experience, complete with stunning sights, spectacular sounds and even subtle scents.

Guests won’t just see these gorgeous landscapes with their eyes. They’ll use all their senses to feel, smell and hear the world through this thrilling experience that could only be created by Disney.

Employing high-definition, laser-projected footage and innovative motion-based ride technology, all developed by Walt Disney Imagineering, Soarin’ Around the World lifts 87 guests at a time 40 feet aloft into an 80-foot projection screen dome. The effect is that guests’ entire field of vision is filled with panoramic beauty, giving them the sensation that they are actually flying over the globe’s grand landmarks, natural and manmade.

In Shanghai the attraction goes by a different name, Soaring Over the Horizon, to better fit its location in Adventure Isle at Shanghai Disneyland because of its spirit of exploration and discovery.

Soarin’ Around the World is also enhanced by its majestic musical score, composed by Bruce Broughton, based on the original Soarin’ score by the late film and television composer Jerry Goldsmith, and performed by the London Studio Orchestra.