Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort is opening tomorrow with new guidelines for guests, and I am really excited to share the official list of dining and retail locations that will be opening!
Disney Springs dining locations opening May 20th include:
Disney Springs shopping locations opening May 20th include:
The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers
Savannah Bee Company
Sosa Family Cigars
Sugarboo & Co.
It was announced last week, and you can read more about it here, but here are dining locations opening May 22nd include:
Morimoto Asia Street Food
Vivoli il Gelato
And the Walt Disney World Resort Announced that select locations operated by Disney will be opening May 27th, and they include:
World of Disney
DLuxe Burger – mobile ordering
This is an ever-changing list and things could be different up to the last moment, so make sure to stay up-to-date by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and following @onthegoinmco on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
A phased reopening of Disney Springs will begin on May 20. Following the guidance of government and health officials, a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase. The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and resort hotels.
As we continue to monitor conditions, and with the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of our planning, we are making several operational changes. Disney Springs will begin to reopen in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both cast members and guests, limited-contact guest services and additional safety training for cast members.
While the announcement wasn’t full of details, there were 5 key takeaways to note.
Disney Springs Reopening:
5 Things to Know
1. What we know about the locations opening on May 20, 2020…
When Disney Springs reopens guests will find, “a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase. The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and Disney Resort hotels.”
So when it initially reopens, Disney Springs guests will not be able to shop at stores or dine at locations operated by Walt Disney World.
While not listed in this announcement, examples of these Walt Disney World operated locations include stores like World of Disney and the Co Op as well as dining locations like Jock Lindsey’s and D-Luxe Burger.
2. What we know about planning your trip to Disney Springs in the initial reopening phase…
When you think about planning your trip to Disney Springs in this phase, it is important to note that there will be limitations on capacity, parking, and operating hours.
While no specifics were given in this initial announcement about any of these three important details, it will be important to watch for these details to make planning easier.
3. What will be different when Disney Springs begins reopening…
Disney Springs did note in their announcement that they would be making several operational changes that would include enhanced safety measures including increased cleaning procedures, limited-contact Guest Services, and additional safety training for Cast Members
We will apply learnings and ideas from leaders in the health and travel industries, and we’re also talking to our unions as we prepare for some Cast Members to return to work.
Safety is ALWAYS at the forefront of operations at the Walt Disney World Resort, and I am beyond confident that they are going above and beyond to ensure the safety of guests and Cast Members.
4. What will guests need to have to visit Disney Springs…
Included in the many safety measures that Disney Springs is taking is, “…the use of appropriate face coverings by both Cast Members and Guests…”
This isn’t meant to spark debate…just know that you will need to wear a face covering to visit Disney Springs in this phase of reopening.
5. More Information
As we get closer to May 20, 2020, more specific information will be coming out, but I would encourage everyone to stay patient, understanding, and most of all kind as we continue to figure this out together!!!
We are really excited about the reopening of Disney Springs, and will be sharing information as it is released!
The Disney Parks Blog shared that 2020 is going to be iconic as fashion icon Minnie Mouse will have a new monthly series of merchandise coming to the Disney Parks around the world, Disney store and online at shopDisney.com!
Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction is an all-new, limited-release series featuring none other than Minnie Mouse herself honoring beloved Disney parks attractions around the world, and a new collection from the series will be released on the third Saturday of each month throughout 2020.
Each collection will feature an attraction-themed assortment with items such as a Minnie Mouse ear headband, plush, pin, mug, mini backpack or hip pack by Loungefly, and even a Walt Disney World Resort MagicBand.
As seen above, first up is the Space Mountain collection celebrating the 45th anniversary of this iconic attraction at Walt Disney World Resort. It releases later this month on Jan. 18 at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort as well as in the Disney store nationwide or online at shopDisney.com.
The celebration doesn’t stop there; check out a sneak peek at the rest of the year’s collections below. Which one are you most excited for?!
Is there a month that you are really looking forward to? I know I can’t wait for April!!!
The M&M’s Orlando Store is coming to Disney Springs’ West Side, near the NBA Experience, in 2020 bringing sweet treats and merchandise to Walt Disney World!
Disney Springs West Side is already bustling with excitement as it is home to the recently opened NBA Experience and will also open the new Cirque du Soleil show (slated to premiere on April 17, 2020) and Beatrix Neighborhood Restaurant in 2020.
According to the Disney Parks Blog Post…
The new state-of-the-art store will offer an immersive experience that combines the colorful fun that fans of the M&M’S brand enjoy with lasting memories.
“Guests will be fully immersed into an interactive chocolate experience that will create more moments and more smiles through the colorful fun of M&M’S,” said Patrick McIntyre, director of global retail at Mars Retail Group.
Currently The M&M’s Orlando Store is open at the Florida Mall.
DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of the Walt Disney World Resort to tour Disney’s Riviera Resort, but all opinions and overuse of exclamation marks are all my own.
Disney’s Riviera Resort, the newest Disney Vacation Club resort, has some amazing resort specific merchandise that you can find inside of the Resort’s gift shop called La Boutique.
What makes the merchandise so special is that it marks a return to Walt Disney World creating Resort specific merchandise, which makes my heart super happy!!!
From plush inspired by the character breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace to rose-gold ears with fabric featuring the Resort’s iconic double R, you can find something for everyone in your family.
What is also unique is that you can purchase pieces from the curated collection of art that you see throughout Disney’s Riviera Resort with a kiosk inside of La Boutique.
Let’s take a look at some of my favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise pieces!
My Favorite Disney’s Riviera Resort Merchandise
The Loungefly backpack was SUPER popular with guests at Disney’s Riviera Resort the day I went. These backpacks are a great size for the park with padded shoulder straps. If there is a selection available, make sure you take a moment to find a placement of the pattern that you love!
So this woven fedora with blue and white stripe band matches the vibe of Disney’s Riviera Resort perfectly! Also, how perfect is the Double R logo on the gold button???
I am calling it now…these rose gold ears are THE piece of Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise that will be the most sought after! The pattern on the bow’s fabric feels very Lilly Pulitzer, but the colors are more Tory Burch…I hope that makes as much sense as it did in my mind!
The Disney’s Riviera Resort luggage features two patterns. On the front you can find the Resort’s name with a vintage steamer feel, and on the back you will find a Hidden Mickey pattern that is similar to those found around the Resort.
Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort has a character breakfast and the characters wear Resort exclusive costumes, so of course Disney’s Riviera Resort sells plush with the same costumes for you to take home.
Make sure you check out the Pandora charms for two Disney’s Riviera Resort designs!
This pillow is similar to those found in the rooms at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Okay guys…Can we just take a moment to completely appreciate this Disney’s Riviera Resort themed autograph book that also features coloring pages? Thank you!
This long dress is perfection! The fabric is buttery soft with a natural waist detail that is flattering for most if not all body shapes. I LOVE IT!!!!
This trio of travel bags featuring the Disney’s Riviera Resort logo and color scheme are fantastic, because they are the right size for bringing jewelry, toiletries, or even phone cables on the go.
DISCLOSURE: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card for this post on the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones, however all opinions are my own.
I have really been focusing on building the On the Go in MCO YouTube Channel (sorry not sorry for the shameless plug! LOL!), and one thing that I have found that is SUPER helpful to have is a great pair of headphones!
The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones, available at BestBuy.com, are lightweight with amazing sound quality!!! These headphones redefine the premium headphone experience by reproducing the balanced depth and precision of studio-quality sound.
Here are some of the features you’ll find on the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones that make them so special:
Auto On/Off and Smart Pause Never miss a beat with seamless On/Off and Smart Pause functionality. Simply fold the earcups, open or close to turn your music on or off. Remove your headphones to bring your music to a pause, and then slip them back on to get back into the groove.
Active Noise Cancellation (3 modes) and Transparent Hearing MOMENTUM Wireless adapts to your environment wherever you find yourself allowing you to experience your audio world on your terms. The advanced Active Noise Cancellation offers three modes that are tailored to different environments. With the Transparent Hearing feature, you can enjoy music while still being aware of your surroundings.
Three Modes of Operation
Max: The Max mode offers Maximum Mode Cancellation (Airplane).
Anti Wind: Provides noise cancellation optimized for outdoors.
Anti Pressure: Softer noise cancellation for at-home use.
Three Button Interface: Easy to operate, without needing to read a manual, the simple and intuitive 3-Button Interface means you can switch between your music and making calls in an instant. You can also activate Volume Control at the touch of a button and link to voice assistant technology immediately.
Automatic Pairing Mode: Makes setting up easy on first activation.
Smart Control App: Built-in equalizer, Noise Cancellation and Transparent Hearing modes mean you can tailor your sound to your situation.
Smart ‘Tile’ Technology: Track your headphones, so the only time you feel lost, is in the music.
Soft Earpads and Headband: A genuine leather head strap and premium earcups deliver superior comfort.
Two Stylish Colors
The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones are available in Black and Sandy White. Easy to Pack
The Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones have their own carrying case to protect them while you’re on the go.
The new MOMENTUM Wireless headphones make listening to superior sound even more seamless than ever, and you can find more information about the Sennheiser M3 Momentum Wireless Headphones on Facebook.
DISCLOSURE: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card for this post, however all opinions are my own.
So I don’t know about you but Zoe watching Stranger Things has really got her interested in all things 80’s, and the ION Boom Box Deluxe is a great mix of yesterday and today with it’s retro style and modern features!
The ION Boom Box Deluxe, available at Best Buy, lets you not only play your old cassette tapes (I can’t be the only one who kept her ‘favorites’) but let’s you record them onto a USB stick to archive them.
This ION Boom Box Deluxe may look retro, but it’s as modern as can be!
It streams music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device and it has USB playback capability to handle virtually any other music source. With bass and treble controls, you can customize the tone to your exact taste. Boom Box Deluxe combines the best of the old with the best of the new. It adds up to non-stop fun.
But if you really want to take your experience ‘old school’ you can tune in to your favorite radio station with the AM/FM radio or try making a mix tape of your very own
Plus the ION Boombox Deluxe has two robust full-range speakers powered by 14 watts of system power to crank out powerful bass and clear highs for great music quality.
While the ION Boombox Deluxe looks like it runs on 18 D batteries, it really runs on AC or long-lasting (10 hr) rechargeable battery making it convenient to take with you on the go!
My favorite fashionista, Minnie Mouse, will soon be getting her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Disney Springs will be hosting a special event to celebrate her style, flair, and polka dots from January 18-21, 2018.
At Disney Springs you will find all sorts of great offers and #RockTheDots Activities including:
A new ‘Minnie’-makeover debuting on January 18th at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique that is called the Minnie Dot Package that includes a tutu, t-shirt bow and Minnie Mouse hairstyle. I strongly advise calling to book an appointment advance via 407-WDW-STYLE in Florida. AS A BONUS: guests that experience a Minnie Dot Package Makeover January 18 – 22, 2018 at Disney Springs, they’ll be eligible for a complimentary Minnie Mouse dessert at Amorette’s Patisserie.
PANDORA Jewelry will release a new limited-time Minnie Mouse gift set featuring three Minnie Mouse-inspired charms, plus a gift with purchase – a polka dot Minnie Mouse scarf – while supplies last.
Fifteen Disney Springs retailers will be offering additional savings from January 18 – 22, 2018.
At Alex and Ani, the first 100 guests each day will receive a free gift along with daily in-store surprises.
At Coach, a free gift with any purchase is in the bag for all event guests.
M.A.C. Cosmetics is also participating with a complimentary “mini” Minnie-inspired demo.
A handful of food and beverage locations (Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea, Paddlefish, D-Luxe Burger, The Ganachery and Sprinkles) will feature discounts and/or Minnie-themed products as well, so bring your appetite, too.
The #RockTheDots event culminates on January 21, which just happens tobe National Polka Dot Day, when the main event showcases a DJ Dance Party in the heart of Town Center from 1 – 6 p.m. where Minnie Mouse will make frequent appearances in different stylish outfits.
There will also be a photo backdrop sponsored by PANDORA Jewelry with Disney PhotoPass photographers on-site to capture the moment with fun props and frames to ensure you strike your most stylish pose.
If you want to start the party early, Paddlefish will offer a “polka dot brunch” from 12 – 3 p.m. that infuses a bit of pampering to the meal, there will be complimentary hand massages from L’Occitane, and make-up applications from Sephora are on the menu.
As a special treat for Minnie Mouse herself, she is going to get a very special send-off for her grand Hollywood adventure to get her star from Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Sunday, January 21 at 1 pm EST!
If you can’t make it in person to the send-off, you can watch a special #DisneyParksLIVE stream of this milestone in Disney history!
Also commemorative buttons will be given out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort while supplies last.
For more information on Minnie Rocks the Dots in Florida, follow @DisneySprings on Twitter and Instagram.
At today’s Media Preview of the Festival we were treated to some delicious eats, but also a peek at the new merchandise including the Disney Dooney & Bourke Epcot Food & Wine exclusive purses AND matching MagicBand.
What makes this year’s collection even better is that the design itself is a playful nod to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival with Figment posing alongside of the names of the kiosks. There will be a tote ($318.00 +tax), a crossbody bag ($178.00 +tax), and a zip-around wallet with a wristlet strap ($158.00 +tax).
Since this year mark’s the 35th Anniversary of Epcot, there is also a tote ($318.00 +tax) with a special design calling back to the beginnings of the park.
Each bag also features a leather hang tag noting this year’s festival date.
To keep on the trend of Annual Passholder exclusive bags, AP holders will find a large tote ($308.00 +tax) with the Annual Passholder logo with the pattern on a lighter background.
Annual Passholders should remember to show their valid Walt Disney World Annual Pass and ID for an additional discount on these bags and other merchandise at the parks!
And finally, new this Epcot Food & Wine Festival is a matching Dooney & Bourke MagicBand that comes with a slider and commemorative box that is much larger than the boxes in the past.
I didn’t get the prices for these bags, but as soon as I do I will update the post!
The Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets are celebrating the Lunar New Year (Did you know that this is the year of the Rooster?) and the coming of spring by inviting Orlando-area residents and visitors to an event full of traditional holiday fun for the entire family and special offers on Saturday, January 28 from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Food Court Patio.
Shoppers can enjoy a time-honored Chinese New Year celebration with activities for all ages including traditional performances, delectable cuisines and arts and crafts throughout the event. The first 150 guests to arrive will receive a special Lunar New Year gift tote with a Savings Passport and exclusive retailer offerings*.
Beginning January 28 through February 5, guests who spend $689 or more at any of our retailers if eligible to receive a special gift** from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.
*While supplies last
**Terms and conditions apply. Visit Simon Guest Services in the Food Court to redeem offer.
Lunar New Year Celebration – Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
The latest collaboration that I am excited to share with you is Disney Bambi by LeSportac!
Inspired by the original artwork of Bambi that is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the latest collaboration brings the joy of spring and fun of friendship to a group of bags that are perfectly on trend with a charming floral pattern in rich pastel hues.
Let’s take a look at the collaboration’s 20 pieces that are split between a main pattern and five coordinating accent pieces.
Wearing the Magic: Disney Bambi by LeSportsac
Bambi and Friends
Bambi and Friends is the name of the main pattern in the Disney Bambi by LeSportsac line featuring a lovely floral print with Bambi, Thumper, and Flower.
There are 15 items from cosmetic cases to weekend bags ranging from $28 to $144 available in this print, and all three of my ‘go to’ LeSportsac bags are here!
Bambi’s Buddies Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($31) is a great case for traveling! I use my LeSportsac Rectangular Cases for traveling with my make-up. But the sweet front and detail of the front and back are lovely.
This XL Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($40) is the one coordinating accent LeSportsac piece is extremely versatile, and I use the one I have as a packing cube for smaller accessories. It works like a charm!
I hope that you are not in the same boat as I am…The holidays are less than a week away and I am TOTALLY unprepared, because I I have a ton of shopping and decorating left to do!
However if you are looking for a last minute gift from Walt Disney World, the Shop Disney Parks App (available for Apple and Android devices) has your back, because today is the last day you can order goodies from the theme parks with 3-Day Express Shipping!
If you aren’t familiar with the Shop Disney Parks App, you should be! The app is completely free, and allows you to shop for authentic Walt Disney World Resort merchandise some of which has never before been sold outside of Disney Parks and Resorts. Using the app you can:
Search and browse thousands of gifts, toys, collectibles, costumes, pins, Mickey ears, and more.
Use the map to see what souvenirs and keepsakes are in stock near you in Walt Disney World Resort.
Scan an item you love in a Walt Disney World Resort store to view it on the app.
Ship your purchase to select Walt Disney World Resort hotels or have your order shipped right to your door! Shipping is available to all 50 states in the U.S., but does not include P.O. boxes.
Track your package as they make their way from Cinderella’s castle to yours.
One of my favorite gifts to give are ornaments from Walt Disney World, because they are easy to transport and are extremely personal. Every year the line of ornaments expands, and here are some of my new favorites!
All of these ornaments are extremely affordable (under $20) and are perfect for any Disney fan!
ALEX AND ANI bracelets are some of my absolute favorite Disney Parks exclusive merchandise pieces, and I wanted to share all about these awesome bracelets!
Wearing the Magic: Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI
If you aren’t familiar with them ALEX AND ANI bracelets are eco-friendly, created in the United States, full of positive energy, and inspired by meaningful memories.
What makes these bracelets truly unique is that these may look like traditional bangle bracelets, but they are an innovative signature expandable bangle concept that is completely adjustable with a built-in expanding slide feature making them a perfect fit any wrist shape or size.
The best way to wear ALEX AND ANI bracelets is by ‘stacking’ several bracelets which they call having a ‘Charmed Arm’ representing your favorite Disney or Star Wars movie, theme park, character, or words of wisdom with exclusive designs for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.
Bracelets are also available available in several styles to suit any outfit or occasion. You will find the charmed bangles with metal and enamel charms, traditional bangle perfect for stacking, beaded bangles perfect for adding a pop of color to your stack, and wraps that gently go up your arm from your wrist.
ALEX AND ANI bracelets are made of Rafaelian gold and Rafaelian silver making them extremely easy to care for and durable for everyday wear.
The Disney line of ALEX AND ANI are exclusive to the Disney Parks, and can only be purchased three ways.
At Walt Disney World:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Discovery Trading Company
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Bayview Gifts
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Keystone Clothiers
Disney Springs Town Center – ALEX AND ANI Store
Disney Springs Marketplace– Tren-D and World of Disney Store
Epcot – Mouse Gear
Magic Kingdom Park – Emporium
The Disney Store online (http://disneystore.com) carries a large selection of ALEX AND ANI bracelets, and if you sign up for email alerts you can even find them on sale!
The Shop Disney Parks App (available for Apple and Android devices) lets you to find the bracelet you are looking for from home! If you are an annual passholder, make sure you connect that to your account to receive your discount.