Monday, October 16, 2017

Get in on Disney Fantasyland Football with limited-edition shirts

Disney started getting a piece of March Madness a couple of years ago with its "March Magic" limited-edition t-shirts, so why not fantasy football too?

Enter Fantasyland Football — part online quiz, part limited-editing t-shirt extravaganza.

The collection includes t-shirts and sweatshirts. Each t-shirt features the "team" logo on the front and the year the attraction opened on the back. Adult sweatshirts sell for $49.99 and t-shirts sell for $27.99. With All are buy one, get one 40% off.

You can also build your fantasy team and vote at Each week you can vote for a coach, assistant coach, running back and offensive line.

Voting continues for three weeks, as does the availability of the shirts. You can order them until Sunday, Nov. 12. Allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

Below are some of my personal faves, of course, so be sure to check out the complete lineup.

Christmas decorations already are out at Hollywood Studios on Oct. 16

It's starting to look like Christmas at Hollywood Studios at Disney World. And it's only Oct. 16.

Decorations have started to go up along Sunset Boulevard in preparation for the new Sunset Greetings Celebration with kicks off Nov. 9.

The new holiday display has billboards which will move into motion and "tell a tale, courtesy of iconic characters sharing their love for the season." The Hollywood Tower Hotel, which houses the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, will transform, bringing to life the characters' stories.

So far Disney has put up some holiday stars and at least one LED Billboard screen and a number of other decorations, according to a number of social media photos today.

Sunset Greetings is part of what Disney is calling the Flurry of Fun at Hollywood Studios which will also include enhanced holiday decor around Echo Lake and the return of the nighttime holiday show “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!”

Marvel releases 'Black Panther' trailer

Marvel has released a new "Black Panther" trailer and new film poster.

The Marvel film description is as follows: "T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life."

“Black Panther” goes into theaters Feb. 16, 2018.

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic at Disney World kicks off the weekend of Oct. 27

More than 60 food and beverage stations, and 11 educational seminars will be featured during this year's Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, 2017.

The two-night event will feature cuisine from the resort’s own restaurants: Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo, Kimonos and more, with wine and spirits samplings from around the globe.

"One of our favorite parts about this festival is showcasing our creativity and adding new experiences each year,” Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Director of Food & Beverage Tony Porcellini said.

Highlights of this year’s menus include:
  • Kobe beef mini burgers with truffle aioli.
  • Applewood smoked bacon and roma tomato chutney from The Fountain.
  • Seared Yellowfin Tuna salad from Todd English’s bluezoo.
  • Ricotta gnocchi with wild mushrooms, baby spinach and fennel sausage from Il Mulino Trattoria. 
  • Oven-roasted beef ribeye with mashed potatoes and sauce bordelaise from Shula’s Steakhouse.
  • Cib’s Smoke House station with hand-crafted pork belly and smoked Spanish Iberico pork collar. Dragon sushi roll from Kimonos. 
  • Fish ‘n’ chips with sea salt and vinegar potato chips from Garden Grove.
  • The crunchy chocolate passion fruit truffle.
  • Key lime vanilla cream. 
  • The Sundae Action Station allows guests to choose their own toppings like caramelized hazelnuts and raspberry whipped cream.
New for 2017 is the Grand Tasting Experience. This will be presented by a master sommelier, highlighting the unique Nebbiolo grape of northern Italy.
Also new is Bubbles Lounge, a secluded, themed area showcasing sparkling beverages including champagne and sparkling wine, inspired by Lawrence Welk and his champagne style.
Other themed areas include:
  • Carnival Corner, offering carnival food and games.
  • Chinatown, featuring dishes and drinks inspired by San Francisco’s famed neighborhood;.
  • Beer Garden, offering a variety of local and seasonal brews from around the world alongside Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine.
Seminars, which require separate tickets, this year inciude:
  • Wine blending
  • Italian wines
  • Argentinian wines
  • Champagne
  • Beer
  • Riesling
  • Craft cocktails
  • Pasta making
  • Sushi and sake.
  • Wine and cheese pairing

Ticket information can be obtained at or by calling 1-800-227-1500