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Creature Comforts at Disney's Animal Kingdom will be closing next year, and will be converted into a quick service restaurant. Cast Members have been notified that the shop will be closing in January 2015, just under a year from now, and will reopen in the summer of 2015. No details about the specific plans have been made available, although Disney's Animal Kingdom is still awaiting its Starbucks location.

Creature Comforts is located in Discovery Island just before the entrance to Africa, bringing lots of foot traffic past the building as guests head to Kilimanjaro Safaris. Its size and location would seem to make it an ideal Starbucks candidate.

Along with selling a range of plush and other gifts, Creature Comforts is currently also serving as a MyMagic+ service center for assisting guests with FastPass+.

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The Smokehouse, Downtown Disney's newest quick service restaurant is now open on the West Side. The walk-up window location offers a host of barbecue classics, including pulled pork sandwich, brisket sandwich and smoked turkey legs. Pricing ranges from $7 to $13, with seating available in the newly expanded outdoor patio area.



The Smokehouse menu

Pulled Pork Sandwich 9.99
- Slow smoked pulled pork topped with smoked BBQ sauce on a brioche bun served with house made cole slaw

Pulled Chicken Sandwich 9.99
- Slow smoked pulled chicken topped with smoked tomato BBQ sauce on a brioche bun served with house made cole slaw

Smoked Turkey Leg 7.99
- Slow smoked turkey leg seasoned with House of Blues special spices

Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich 11.99
- Slow smoked beef brisket topped with smoked tomato BBQ sauce on a brioche bun and served with house made cole slaw

St. Lous Ribs-Half Rack 12.99
- Slow cooked half rack of ribs rubbed with adobo spice, covered in smoked tomato BBQ sauce and served with house made cole slaw

Hot Dog 6.99
- All beef hot dog served with chips

Side Items

Housemade Cole Slaw 1.99
Baked Beans 1.99
Potato Chips 1.00

Sweets

Candy 1.25
Cookies 1.25
Brownies 1.25

Beverages

Bottled Beer Domestic 5, Import 6
Wine and Cocktails
Coke Products 2.25
Dasani Bottled Water 3


In a new series of video promos, Disney is aiming to get across the message that MyMagic+ is so convenient, you will wish it was everywhere. In what some might view as a clever marketing strategy, the videos contrast life in the less-convenient real world to the MyMagic+ enabled Walt Disney World life. The three videos cover MyMagic+, FastPass+, and the digital photo package Memory Maker.

Expect to see much more from the Disney marketing department as MyMagic+ rollout continues throughout 2014. Check out the videos below.





The full line-up for the 2014 Flower Power Concert Series at Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival is now available.

Showtimes are Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm. The Flower Power Concert Series is included with Epcot admission. Performers are subject to change.

March 7 - 9  The Guess Who
March 14 - 16  Gary Lewis and The Playboys
March 21 - 23  The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
March 28 - 30  The Lovin' Spoonful
April 4 - 6  Paul Revere & The Raiders
April 11 - 13  The Village People
April 18 - 20  The Grass Roots
April 25 - 27  Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
May 2 - 4  STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
May 9 - 10  Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
May 16 - 18  Alan Parsons Live Project

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