March 2017 Events At The Morse Museum

This year the Morse Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and the celebration continues in March with the third of our lectures for 2017, the annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival open house; and the start of six weeks of live music on Friday nights for the Morse’s rites of spring.

Morse Museum 75th Anniversary Logo

March 2017 Events at the Morse Museum:

Wednesday, March 8

Wednesday Lecture Series. 2:30 p.m. “Arts and Crafts: Progressive and Conservative Paths,” Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor’s Chair in Architectural History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Jeannette G. and Hugh F. McKean Pavilion, 161 West Canton Avenue (just behind the Museum). Free. 

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 17–19

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Open House. Free admission Friday, 9:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday, 1–4 p.m. during the art festival weekend.

Friday, March 24

Live Music5–8 p.m. Victoria Lynn Schultz Harp Trio (Celtic harp, flute, and violin). Free.

Evening Curator Tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall7 p.m. Find out more about Tiffany’s grand Long Island estate with Curator Donna Climenhage. Free. 

Friday, March 31

Live Music5–8 p.m. Beautiful Music Romance Duo (flute and guitar). Free.

Evening Curator Tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall7 p.m. Find out more about Tiffany’s grand Long Island estate with Curator Donna Climenhage. Free. 

The Morse Museum Daffodils window

Fridays, through April

Friday Nights at the Morse. 4–8 p.m. Free admission to the galleries.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Curator Tour of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall. Learn more about Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Long Island estate with Curator Donna Climenhage. Space limited. No advance reservations. Free with admission.

Wednesdays, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk on Revival and Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century EnvironmentLearn more about the rich diversity of styles, especially in leaded-glass windows, that made up the visual environment of the late 19th century in Europe and America. Space limited. No advance reservations. Free with admission.

 Fridays, 11 a.m.

Gallery Talk on Celebrating 75 years—Pathways of American Art at the Morse Museum.Learn about the more than 60 objects in the exhibition, which include paintings, pottery, art glass, and works on paper. Together the works reflect the range of the Morse’s collection and the values of the Museum. Free with admission.

The Morse Museum is located at 445 N. Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park.

Morse Museum Exterior

Through April, the Museum’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students, and free for children younger than age 12. For more information, call (407) 645-5311, or visit


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Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center Mayhem of March

 Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center

Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center offers deals, prizes for Mayhem of March

It’s that time of year again. Friends and family gather around the TV to cheer on their favorite college basketball team, and for one month, everyone is talking about their bracket.
 Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center
Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center will take some of that excitement off the court and to the alley for its Mayhem of March event.
No matter which team you’re cheering for, Boardwalk Bowl is the place to catch all the games – and with Mayhem of March, you’ll always have something to celebrate.
While the NCAA tournament starts March 14, Boardwalk Bowl will kick the fun off early so you can brush up on your basketball knowledge. Mayhem of March will last from March 1 to April 3. During that time, guests can enjoy Boardwalk’s Mug Madness. Those who purchase a commemorative mug for $8 with domestic beer and $10 with imported beer will get $2 domestic and $4 import refills throughout the promotional period.
There will also be great food specials, including Stadium Nachos, BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos and March Madness Fries, which have a different twist inspired by each bracket region.
When the tournament kicks off, there will be even more fun. Prize drawings will take place during tournament games. Guests who sign up for the eClub and select a team by March 17 will also be eligible to win a drawing. Anyone who picks one of two finals teams and who watches the championship game at the entertainment center will be entered to win prizes, including a 50″ HDTV as the top prize.
With 20 HDTVs and nine projection screens throughout the venue, guests will never miss a moment of the action at Boardwalk Bowl.

Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center features 80 lanes and is one of the largest bowling centers in the Southeast. For more information, visit

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George Miliotes Wine Pairing Dinner At Ravello

George Miliotes Four Seasons Resort Orlando Winebar George  Ravello

Four Seasons Resort Orlando will welcome Master Sommelier George Miliotes, owner of Wine Bar George opening at Disney Springs, for a special wine pairing dinner that is bound to be a memorable evening.  The dinner will be held on March 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm on the lovely terrace of the resort’s Ravello restaurant.

“We are looking forward to welcoming George Miliotes for a fun and informative dinner at Ravello,” says Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi. “His new wine bar will surely be an asset, and will further enhance Orlando’s positioning as a destination ideal for food and wine aficionados.”

Miliotes, one of only 230 worldwide industry professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, is opening Wine Bar George at Disney Springs.  Wine Bar George will be the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in the Sunshine State. The menu will feature a range of varietals, vintages and prices, and a large selection of wines by the glass.

“I’m thrilled to share my enthusiasm and passion for wine with each and every guest, and look forward to a wonderful evening at Ravello,” notes Miliotes, who is sourcing wines not typically offered on the Ravello wine list for this exclusive event.

The five-course menu for the George Miliotes special event is as follows:

Course 1

  • Veal liver mousse, apple marmellata and balsamic gelatin
  • Antinori Vermentino

    Course 2

  • Red trout and roe, fingerling potato, green bean, quail egg and pickled vinaigrette
  • Princip Fruilano or Ceretto Arnies “Blange”

    Course 3

  • Bucatini pasta “paglia e fieno,” gorgonzola dolce, walnut, kale and sage brown butter
  • Medici Ermite Lambrusco (dry sparkling red)

    Course 4

  • Barbera wine-braised short rib, Acquerello rice “budino,” golden raisin and red mustard
  • Poderi Elia Barbara di Asti DOCG

    Course 5

  • Strawberry citrus granita, candied orange and warm biscotti
  • Perlina Moscato

    The menu is $175 per person, price includes tax and gratuity. Reservations: 407 313 6161.


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Bring Home Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-Ray

Announced today on The Star Wars Show and, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th.  This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.  “Rogue One” has established its place within the Star Wars universe and the hearts of moviegoers, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S.

Arriving early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4, the release includes never-before-seen Rogue One bonus material that will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast and inspired team of filmmakers. An intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.


Bonus features (may vary by retailer):

  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.
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La Nouba Florida Resident Family Pack Offer

 Cirque du Soleil La Nouba

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil announces new limited-time Florida Resident Family Pack Offer

Families can now experience the thrills and enchantment of La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs for less with the Florida Resident Family Pack deal, which offers savings up to 57 percent off on groups of three or more tickets for shows now through April 29.

With the discount, a family of four can purchase tickets for as low as $32.25 per ticket for Category 3 seating. Discounted Family Pack tickets are also available for Category 1, Category 2 and Front and Center.

The offer gives families one more reason to see the stimulating show which combines acrobatics, dazzling choreography, vibrant music and whimsical characters.

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil Disney Springs Walt Disney World
Courtesy of La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil

A door opens and two worlds collide. Enter the attic of make-believe, where the mundane meets the marvelous. Dreams and nightmares intertwine. La Nouba which calls on both individual and collective memory, is an unforgettable journey into a world at once threatening and exhilarating, frightening and familiar. La Nouba beckons to us, challenges us to uncover passions we thought we had lost long ago; to frolic in our childhood dreams and enter a place where the extraordinary transforms and overcomes the ordinary.

La Nouba is the meeting of two worlds poles apart: the fantastic world of the circus artists – the Cirques (circus people), sporting bright, fluorescent colors–and that of the Urbains (urbanites), who wear dark, monochromatic outfits. When these two worlds first make contact, the magic and amazing feats of the one set fire to the pale mundanity of the other.

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil Disney Springs Walt Disney World
Courtesy of La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil

Proof of Florida residency required. Tickets and seating are subject to availability. Offer is not valid for previously purchased tickets, gift certificates or combined with any other discounts.

For more information about this limited-time Florida Resident Family Pack Offer and more check out their website. Florida residents can also book this offer by calling 407-939-7328 or visiting the La Nouba box office at Disney Springs.

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Creating On the Go: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Looking to make your Valentines Day (or even Galentine’s Day) special? Chocolate  covered strawberries are easy to make and are absolutely delicious.

Creating On the Go: Chocolate Covered Strawberries


Strawberries- Bigger strawberries tend to work better

Chocolate- any kind; milk, dark, or white (I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers and white chocolate)

Cookie sheet

Parchment paper


Chocolate warmer- or anything you can use to melt the chocolate in.


1. Place parchment paper on your cookie sheet.

2. Wash strawberries and dry them with a food safe paper towel. Line them up on your cookie sheet. Don’t skip the drying process because your chocolate will slide right off your strawberry if it is still wet and you will also mess with the consistency of the chocolate.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

3. Melt your chocolate per the instructions on the package. Since I have a chocolate warmer I used the ceramic dish to microwave the chocolate first and then set it back into the warmer to keep the consistency.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

4. Grab a strawberry by the leaves and dip it fully into the chocolate, shaking off any excess chocolate to avoid a puddle of chocolate on the cookie sheet.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Then lay it on the sheet to dry. Continue till all strawberries are covered.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

5. Time to drizzle! You can drizzle your strawberries in whatever chocolate you want. I decided to do half in the dark chocolate and the other half in white chocolate. Take your spoon and grab some chocolate with it.

The trick to this, I have found, is to keep the spoon straight up, no angles, as you drizzle the chocolate over the strawberry.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Return to cookie sheet to dry.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You can also sprinkle red or pink sugar over the drizzle for some added color. This works best with the white chocolate.

Creating on the Go Chocolate Covered Strawberries

6. Refrigerate till you’re ready to enjoy!

Helpful hint: Do these the day of or the night before so they are as fresh as possible.

If you decide to make your own and want to share, tag us in your Instagram or Facebook posts so we can see all of your wonderful masterpieces!

Happy Valentines Day!

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Walt Disney Studios Round-Up: 2/9/2017

It’s time for another Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up! This week we’ll revisit the extended trailers that aired during Super Bowl 51, find out more about the PIXAR short that will be shown before Cars 3, and how to pre-order the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack!

Walt Disney Studios Round-Up

February 9, 2017

Walt Disney Studios Round Up February 9 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Disney Movie News February 7 2017 Super Bowl 51
Marvel Studios

As soon as I heard the music hit for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 during Super Bowl 51, I was up and out of my seat!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Disney Movie News February 7 2017 Super Bowl 51 Marvel Studios Trailer Image Rocket Baby Groot
Marvel Studios

In Baby Groot’s words…Welcome to the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy! Only he didn’t use frickin’…


Also, the @Guardians Twitter account is a FANTASTIC follow full of awesome GIFs, photos, and more from the upcoming movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Disney Movie News February 7 2017 Super Bowl 51 Marvel
Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters on May 5th!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite attractions at both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, and the more I hear the more excited I get for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales!

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Poster Disney Movie News February 9 2017

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Still Disney Movie News February 9 2017
Walt Disney Studios

The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck 10-10-16 Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails into theaters May 26, 2017!

Meet Lou

The PIXAR Shorts are always fantastic, and I am excited to share a sneak peek at ‘LOU’!

LOU PIXAR Short Cars 3 Disney Movie News February 9 2017
Disney – PIXAR

When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.

From Pixar Animation Studios, director Dave Mullins and producer Dana Murray, “Lou” opens in theaters on June 16, 2017, in front of “Cars 3.”

Pre-Order Information for the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack Pre-Order Disney Movie News February 9 2017

Pre-order of the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Disney Music Emporium! (Just to let you know, these are not affiliate links! I just wanted to make things easier for you!)

That’s it for this week’s Disney Movie Round-Up but be sure to check out January’s Disney Movie News from 1/17/2017 & 1/27/2017, and make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram for even more fun!

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Aloma Bowling Centers Offer A Sweet Offer

Whether you’re a fun-loving couple or a group of friends, Aloma Bowling Centers have a deal that will bowl you over this Valentine’s Day.

Aloma Bowling Centers Valentine's Day Offer 2017

On Sunday, February 12th, all three entertainment venues will have Sweetheart Sunday, featuring a sweet deal for guests and their loved ones. Aloma Bowl in Winter Park, Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando and Airport Lanes in Sanford will all offer guests buy one get one free games and shoe rental so couples can celebrate their love of bowling and save.

And Boardwalk Bowl will take things to another level. Couples looking to prove their undying love can take on the new Zombie Boardwalk attraction together for the price of one. Zombie Boardwalk is a shooting gallery style game that calls on guests to defeat lifelike animatronic zombies. Admission is normally $5.

To complete the date, all three Aloma Bowling Center locations offer a variety of additional attractions including arcades, billiards, as well as a selection of food and drinks.

For more information, visit

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Pandora – The World of Avatar Opening Date Announced

Disney fans mark your calendars for May 27, 2017,  because CEO Bob Iger just shared that Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Pandora the World of Avatar Opening Pinterest

The long-awaited expansion is the largest in the park’s history, and will bring several attractions, restaurants, & shops to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Disney Parks blog posted:

This new land will transport guests to the visually stunning world of Pandora. Here, guests will wonder at floating mountains and bioluminescent plants, and can join the Na’vi on two excursions that take adventure to the next level.

Pandora the World of Avatar Opening May 27 2017 2017 Walt Disney World - Avatar Navi River Journey
Photo: Walt Disney World

First, the family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests through a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, Avatar Flight of Passage will offer guests the jaw-dropping experience of exploring the world of Pandora atop a Banshee.

2017 Walt Disney World - Avatar Banshee
Photo: Walt Disney World

Guests will also be able to dine at Satu’li Canteen, grab a drink at Pongu Pongu or shop for Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more at Windtraders.

Pandora the World of Avatar Opening May 27 2017 2017 Walt Disney World - Avatar Restaurant
Photo: Walt Disney World

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Pandora the World of Avatar Opening May 27 2017

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Finding Disney in New York City

New York City
Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre

Recently I took my first trip to New York City in December. This was a pretty big deal for me since I’d driven by it, flown through it, and even lived upstate for years, and never set foot on the island of Manhattan until a couple months ago. I finally made this trip happen, but wanted to squeeze in some Disney into my vacation to the Big Apple.

Standing in front of the Aladdin poster

Although we weren’t catching a Broadway show this trip, everyone knows there have been many hits from Disney in New York City from Beauty and the Beast, to Newsies, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Aida, The Lion King, and Tarzan. I did get to go by the New Amsterdam Theatre many times since we were staying just a few blocks from Times Square, so of course I had to get my picture in front of the Aladdin posters. Also in Times Square is a large Disney Store with an escalator that is fun to ride if for other reason than to see the beautiful lanterns from Tangled and the decor. Going to the second floor to see more exclusive NYC merchandise is a good reason too. I ended up getting an awesome New York City shirt at the Disney Store.

New York City
Disney Store in Times Square
New York City Disney Store merchandise
My NYC Disney shirt
Another Mickey NYC shirt
New York shirt
I Heart NY pin
New York City Apple pin
Minnie Lady Liberty pin

Not a lot of people realize this, but Walt Disney lived in New York City for a period of time. He had a place in Greenwich Village, where Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. had also lived at one point, called Twin Peaks at 102 Bedford St. This is just a couple houses down from where the Friends building exterior shots are. It is a very cool neighborhood where Cary Grant also lived. This was one of my favorite places in the city that seemed a bit more chill, aside from all the tour groups trying to take pictures outside of Monica and Rachel’s apartment.

Walt Disney’s house Twin Peaks

There are also a ton of Disney tv and movie connections to New York City. Every time I’d catch a glimpse of the Chrysler Building, I’d think of the Disney/ABC TV 1999 Adaptation of Annie, which is my favorite version. Of course, the Avengers, and Captain America were on my mind anytime I rode the subway and saw signs for Brooklyn, or when I was near Grand Central Terminal where their final battle is in the first movie. The Empire State Building reminded me of James and the Giant Peach, and I thought of Enchanted when I went by Central Park. When I was in the Village, I had to look for Waverly Place and see if there were any Wizards around, but I didn’t find any (Selena Gomez must have been busy). There are many more set in the city like Oliver and Company, Bolt, The Rescuers have their headquarters under the United Nations, the tv shows Jessie, and Girl Meets World were also set in New York City.

Chrysler Building top shining
Grand Central Terminal
Empire State Building minus the Peach
Central Park

Now even with the Disney Cruise Line having a port with departures leaving from New York City, it is even easier to find little bits of Disney magic in the city. There are new Broadway shows in development like Frozen. The ABC Studios at Times Square where Good Morning America broadcasts live during the week often feature actors from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar movies that debut soon. You also have Adventures by Disney with a New York City Itinerary that lets you see Aladdin, attend a taping of GMA, museums, restaurants, free time to explore the city and more! There are a variety of ways to experience Disney in NYC and I’m glad I finally got to see a few of them, but there are so many more. The new Festival of the Arts at Epcot has me clamoring to get back to see a show on Broadway after seeing these fantastic performances.

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel 2017 Harbor Nights Dates

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando has announced 2017 dates for its popular food and wine event series, Harbor Nights: February 10, April 21, October 13, and Holiday Harbor Nights on November 24.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel 2017 Harbor Nights Dates

Harbor Nights takes place outdoors (weather permitting) under the twinkling lights of the hotel’s majestic and picturesque Harbor Piazza, one of Orlando’s most unique outdoor event spaces.

Guests can enjoy unlimited samples of more than a dozen select wines and sparkling wines, along with gourmet food and desserts expertly prepared by the hotel’s award-winning culinary team. The event also features live music and a balcony performance by Portofino’s opera singers.

“With every season of the year, the menu and spirit of the evening changes, so each Harbor Nights is a totally unique experience,” said Carmen Viscosi, director of food & beverage for Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. “We look forward to welcoming our guests and local friends to Harbor Nights again in 2017.”

Tickets are $50. Limited VIP tickets are $85 online only and include all the benefits of a regular Harbor Nights ticket, plus reserved seating in a special area with private wine station and passed hors d’oeuvres. All tickets include complimentary self-parking or discounted valet parking for $5. Please note this is an adults (21 and older) only event.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Harbor Nights on February 10, please visit

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What’s Inside the Spring 2017 Disney Twenty-Three Magazine

2017 Spring Disney Twenty Three D23 Beauty and the Beast

The spring issue of Disney Twenty-Three Magazine looks amazing! Inside you’ll find behind-the-scenes looks at upcoming movies, attractions, television shows, and as always a look back on Disney history!

Transforming one of the most beloved animated films of all time into a live-action feature, complete with elaborate sets, extravagant costumes, vibrant musical numbers, and dazzling special effects, is no easy task. But that’s exactly what director Bill Condon has done with Beauty and the Beast, which arrives in theaters March 17.

“When a musical works and you feel that kind of thrill of taking off, I think it’s like nothing else,” says Condon who, along with stars Emma Watson (Belle) and Josh Gad (LeFou), reveals to Disney twenty-three the unique challenges they faced and the heartfelt moments they experienced when creating this sumptuous new film.

The spring issue, exclusively for Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, also features a look behind the scenes with Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell at the making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as well as an interview with Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who describes in detail the thrills and excitement that await guests on Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT!—coming to Disney California Adventure later this year.

2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate - Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 poster

Plus, actors Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi talk exclusively with Disney twenty-three about Tangled: The Series, and the hair-raising good time they’ve had stepping back into the roles of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (now known as Eugene). Disney twenty-three looks at five incredible decades of Pirates of the Caribbean, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer offers readers a sneak peek at May’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. And the Mouseketeers from The New Mickey Mouse Club come together 40 years later to look back on their fun and funkadelic ’70s-era show.

Tangled the Series Disney Twenty Three Spring 2017 D23

Also included in the spring issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • A celebration of the Main Street Electrical Parade’s 45th anniversary, as it returns to its original home at Disneyland Park
  • The wonder and beauty of Disneynature’s newest film, Born in China
  • A peek at what’s to come during the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris
  • Eleven cool experiences you may not have known about at Walt Disney World Resort
  • A look inside the newly renovated Walt Disney Animation Studios headquarters
  • Regular features including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

And readers will get a look at the 2017 D23 Gold Member Gift, “Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men.” The gift, sent to D23 Gold Members who join or renew for 2017, includes 23 meticulously reproduced items—including beautiful artwork—that represent the work and legacy of the nine animators who created some of Disney’s most enduring characters. More on the gift is available at

2017 D23 Gold Member Gift Disney Twenty Three Spring 2017 D23

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in mid-February.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99), Gold Family Membership ($99.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at and at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Muppets Fun at PizzeRizzo at Hollywood Studios

Muppets PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Muppets Caricatures

PizzeRizzo at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the fun new Muppets themed quick service restaurant located in the building Pizza Planet previously occupied. While I haven’t yet had the chance to eat at PizzeRizzo, I did get the opportunity the other day to explore some of the awesome Muppets details throughout the restaurant. I ducked in to avoid the rain while waiting between fast passes and this may be my new favorite quick service restaurant in Hollywood Studios even without eating there! Check out some of these great Muppets throwbacks, plus some other things you may just notice from other areas of the park.

Like many establishments, PizzeRizzo attempted to frame their first dollar, but Pepe left an I.O.U. for Rizzo apparently needing some cash.

Muppets PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
PizzeRizzo framed I.O.U.

The ordering area and seating areas both upstairs and down are now huge. I kind of forgot to get a picture since we were trying to escape before the downpour started, but it is gigantic improvement over what it was when it was Pizza Planet with the switchbacks in the ordering area and with the games taking up a big part of the restaurant. Here’s a picture that just shows a portion of the lobby where you order to give you an idea of the size.

PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
PizzeRizzo ordering area

Much of the time I spent exploring was in the upstairs, which can be reached by really cool backlit stairs in the center of the dining room or by an elevator just to the side. Upstairs is also where the banquet room is located, where they were playing YMCA when we were there. The outdoor seating area is also amazing. It looks down over the Muppets Courtyard and what remains of New York Street and the construction of what will be Star Wars and Toy Story Lands.

PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Banquet room
PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Upstairs seating
PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Outside seating

For Disney fans, and those who miss the Streets of America, a piece of it survived and hangs proudly on the wall in PizzeRizzo. Another fun nod to Disney history, and tying in to the New York theme of the L.A. based pizza restaurant, is a picture of the Unisphere from where the 1964 World’s Fair was held.

PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Walt Disney subway sign
PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World

Rizzo even likes to have fun with his trash cans and recycling bins in his restaurant. These fun sayings are found, some repeated, throughout PizzeRizzo, making taking your trash out more fun.

PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Recycling is a gouda for the Earth!
PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
I’m trying to run a business here! Pick up after yourself!
PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Can it, youse guys!
PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Clean it up! Your ma don’t work here.
PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Don’t fuggedaboutit toss your trash!

My favorite details though come from the bulletin board beside the banquet room. Many of the Muppets are advertising their services with fliers and business cards and they are priceless. I have two shots of the entire boards that I suggest you zoom in on and peruse, but I’ve also included a few of my choice faves to share. I’ll let you explore some of the others to discover on your own so as not to take away all the fun of finding all of them.

PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Bulletin board 1
PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Bulletin board 2
PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Tossing Penguin Tuxedo Rentals and Pyrotechnics by Harry
PizzeRizzo Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
Mahna Mahna Choir – good luck not getting that one stuck in your head from the first episode of the Muppet Show

There are so many other great puns and nods to New York and the Muppets and just pop culture throughout PizzeRizzo. I highly recommend that you check out this fantastic remodel and I hope that I get to eat there soon as I’ve heard good things about the antipasto salad. The space is great with tons of seating inside and out, and on both floors with accessibility. This may be my new place to hideout and spend time in between fast passes because they play great music too (think Rat Pack, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, etc.). Although I would also kind of love to hear the Mice Girls sing some of these hits from this record.

Mice Girls
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