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The Edison at Disney Springs Opens With New Year’s Eve Party

Corks popped, performers dazzled, searchlights painted the skies and The Edison – the newest hot-spot at Disney Springs – rang in 2018 with a gala, grand opening party Sunday night.

The Edison, a lavish, “Industrial Gothic”- themed restaurant and entertainment venue, toasted the new year with an eye-filling spectacle of world-class entertainment, bountiful food stations, craft cocktails and an unforgettable fizzy Champagne toast for the countdown to midnight.

The showy soiree began with a Hollywood-style red carpet made from the train of a red ball gown. Hosts in flapper attire and inventors on stilts greeted special guests amid the dazzling step and repeat photo ops reminiscent of a Tinseltown premiere. Inside, a live band, cabaret dancers, aerialists, variety acts and a DJ created an otherworldly scene and grand celebration as guests welcomed in 2018.

The ticketed grand opening party was the glittery lift-off for The Edison. By day, the new venue will be a playful dining experience for families, while at night, the space transforms into a destination focused on craft cocktails, contemporary American fare and entertainment unique to Central Florida, all within an eye-popping, waterfront setting.

The Edison creates a completely unique combination of style, art and design with great food, cocktails and world-class entertainment.  A fully immersive experience, The Edison features multiple themed areas to explore, such as the Lab performance space, The Ember Parlour, Telegraph Lounge, The Patent Office, The Tesla Lounge, The Radio Room, and the Waterfront Patio.

“The lights are officially on at The Edison and we’re delighted that guests can now experience the extraordinary entertainment, craft cocktails and cuisine unlike anything else in Central Florida,” said Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group. “The reimagined power plant celebrates an era of invention and imagination in a new and distinct way.”

Open for lunch and dinner, The Edison treats guests to menu creations of Chef PJ Finneran that consist of contemporary American fare such as Pork Belly Pops (chile-brown sugar glaze), Crispy Fried Chicken (cast iron buttermilk biscuits), and a signature The Edison Burger, (a juicy combination of house-ground sirloin, short rib and brisket, topped with Cabot cloth-bound cheddar, onion rings, smoked bacon, house pickles, lettuce, tomato, special sauce and served with hand-cut fries). The Edison will soon introduce Bartender’s Midnight Breakfast, a late-night menu that will include traditional breakfast fare at night and offer guests a perfect way to keep the party going as the evening is winding down.

The Edison’s beverage lineup focuses on artfully crafted cocktails, interesting beers and wines, and house-made punches that serve from two to 10 guests. The Edison Signature Series includes cocktails such as The Wonderlust (Pernod Absinthe, Nolet’s Gin, Crème de Violette, pineapple syrup, lemon), Lady Marmalade (Corsair Absinthe, Hangar One, Noilly Prat vermouth, Giffard Ginger, verjus, pomegranate), The Crimson Vesper (Absolut Elyx, Lilet Rouge, Plymouth Sloe Gin, orange) and The Edison (Woodford Reserve, Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur, lemon).

The center of the restaurant is stage for a dance floor and performance stage, where an eclectic lineup of live entertainers including musicians, aerialists and dancers fire up the night.

The Edison is now open Sunday-Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Guests at The Edison must be 21 years or older starting at 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday nights. There is a cover charge of $15 per guest beginning at 10 p.m. Additionally, The Edison has an enforced dress code Thursday-Saturday evenings beginning at 10 p.m. Men must wear slacks, jeans or dress shorts. No ball caps, sleeveless shirts or flip-flops are permitted. Jackets are optional.

This destination restaurant will host a variety of unique events, chef-driven dinners and promotions throughout 2018. The restaurant offers savings for Disney Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members, Tables in Wonderland cardholders and Disney Cast Members. For more information on The Edison, visit

Walt Disney World Resort Refurbishments for January 2018

Here is a list of refurbishments/closings scheduled at Walt Disney World Resort for the month of January 2018.


  • Liberty Square Riverboat 1/8/2018 – 6/28/2018
  • Splash Mountain  1/8/2018 – 2/1/2018


  • American Adventure 1/5/2018 – 2/5/2018


  • Kali River Rapids 1/2/2018 – 2/9/2018


  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria  transitioning to Terralina Crafted Italian 4/24/2017 – Winter 2017


  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach 10/22/2017 – 1/6/2018
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon 1/7/2018 – 3/18/2018


  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort – Duck Pond Leisure Pool 1/2/2018 – Spring 2018
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village – Samawati Pool 1/8/2018 – 1/19/2018
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Big Blue Pool 1/16/2018 – 1/19/2018; Flippin’ Fins Pool 1/31/2018 – 2/2/2018
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Expansion of convention center 8/4/2016 – 2/1/2018
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters, Cabana Pool Bar, Calypso Trading Post – 5/1/2017 – 6/30/2018
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort- Meadow Swimmin’ Pool 1/30/2018 – 2/2/2018
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Beach Pool & Pool Bar 11/20/2017 – 2/25/2018
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort Spring 2017 – 2019
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort Rooms & Hard Goods Refurbishment 2/4/2017 – Summer 2018
  • Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter room refurbishments 1/6/2018 –  May 2018; soft goods refurbishment 1/6/2018 – May 2018
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – High Rock Springs Pool 1/15/2018 – 1/26/2018; Paddock Pool 1/29/2018 – 2/9/2018
  • Disney’s Yacht Club – expansion of convention center 8/4/2016 – 2/1/2018

For a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments/closings at Walt Disney World Resort, please visit our refurbishment page.

Disney Unveils New Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise

If you can’t wait for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to open at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, then you can fuel your excitement with these new merchandise items Disney recently unveiled at Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


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According to Disney, this merchandise is the first to be inspired by the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands that will allow guests to visit a remote trading port on the edge of wild space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

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The first Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge merchandise is an assortment of men’s and women’s T-shirts, hats and more that feature faces and places familiar to Star Wars fans, including the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge logo, the Millennium Falcon, BB-8, DJ Rex and more.

These products are available now at select merchandise locations at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is scheduled to open at Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019.

Katy Perry Visits Walt Disney World Resort

Superstar Katy Perry recently visited Walt Disney World Resort  with her “Witness” tour cast the day after performing in Orlando.  During her visit on December 18, 2017, the singer took a ride aboard The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Magic Kingdom.  In March, you can catch Perry when she joins Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie at the judges’ table for ABC’s first season of the iconic music competition series, “American Idol.”

New and Returning Acts Will Perform During Epcot International Festival of the Arts

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will return in January 2018 for its second year.  The event will take place January 12 – February 19, 2018, and new this year, the festival will expand to seven days of the week instead of just on the weekends. During this event, guests can celebrate art, food, and entertainment, including live entertainment throughout World Showcase.

Matboukha Groove – With a name that means “cooked,” this returning act spices up the promenade with a unique and entertaining fusion of World Music styles. Catch Matboukha Groove’s Epcot encore at the Morocco stage Jan. 1- July 1, 2018.

Groovin’ Alps – Grab your lederhosen and get ready to dance along with this high-energy German percussion band. This brand-new group brings the sounds of the mountains to Epcot with Bavarian folk tunes played on items found on a dairy farm. Find Groovin’ Alps in Germany from Jan. 10 – March 27, 2018.

Bodh’aktan – Returning to once again rock Canada’s Mill Stage with the fun of kilts, jeans, sweat and beards, Bodh’aktan mixes Quebecois, folk, and polka to make fantastic rock and dance music. Join the party Jan. 12-28, 2018!