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The Polite Pig Opening Next Week at Disney Springs



Disney Springs is about to get a new “Modern Barbecue” eating establishment which will provide a fast-casual location for guests to grab some delicious wood-smoked and grilled fare items.  The Polite Pig will open April 10 in Town Center and serve up featured items like the Southern Pig Sandwich with pulled pork off the smoker, apple slaw, mustard sauce and Duke’s mayo; peel-and-eat shrimp with bourbon-cocktail sauce, and crispy Brussels sprouts with whiskey caramel. There’s even a sauce bar to top off your selections featuring 7 different types of sauces.

The Polite Pig is owned by husband-and-wife team James and Julie Petrakis.  The Orlando Chefs also own the Ravenous Pig and Swine & Sons in Winter Park and Cask & Larder at Orlando International Airport.  Their hope is to represent the atmosphere found at these restaurants in a new environment.

“We’ll have 190 seats, and the décor pays homage to the beloved swine of The Polite Pig, as well as antiquity. Whimsical pigs on various adventures can be seen throughout the space, and rustic touches are used for custom featured art pieces. Large faded graphics also adorn the main wall of the space adding to the feel of the long-time family run business,” says Julie.

Southern sides found on the menu include a tomato and watermelon salad, mac and cheese and smoked corn with lime butter. For those looking for an adult beverage, the restaurant will serve Cask & Larder Brewery beers, Florida/domestic craft beers, 5 cocktails on tap and also an extensive Bourbon Bar with more than 50 selections.



‘It’s Tough to be a Bug’ Closing for Refurbishment Later this Month


‘It’s Tough to be a Bug’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will close for refurbishment later this month.  The attraction is scheduled to be closed April 23-April 29, reopening to guests on April 30, 2017.

To view a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments at Walt Disney World, please visit our refurbishment page.

Actress Debra Messing Visits Walt Disney World



Emmy-award winning actress Debra Messing recently visited Walt Disney World Resort with her family and friends.  During her visit, Debra stopped for a pic with Minnie Mouse outside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park.

You can catch Debra on a new adaptation of “Dirty Dancing” as Marjorie Houseman (Baby’s mom) scheduled to air May 24 at 8pm ET on ABC Television Network.

Test Track at Epcot Closing Early on March 30


Guests visiting Epcot this Thursday should note that Test Track will be closing at 6pm for a private event.  The two other Future World East attractions, Ellen’s Universe of Energy and the Colortopia exhibit will not be affected and operate as normal.

New Radio Disney Photo Opp at Disney Springs


Guests visiting Disney Springs next month will be able to partake in a special photo opportunity.  The iconic Radio Disney arch will be on display through April 30, 2017.

“The ARDY Arch” receives its nickname from the “ARDY” award presented to artists by winning an annual fan vote.  The arch has been a staple on the Radio Disney Music Awards red carpet with   artists like Fifth Harmony and Gwen Stefani walking underneath it since 2014.

All Radio Disney fans can participate now by voting for your favorite artists until April 9, 2017 at The live RDMA show and award presentation will take place on April 29 in Los Angeles and results will be shared in live time via social media.  Then, tune in on April 30 to watch “Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Awards” on the Disney Channel at 7pm to watch the entire event.

And don’t forget to share you ARDY pics on social media by using hashtags #RDMA and #DisneySprings.