Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ears the News with Richard

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Another restaurant has been added to the ever growing list of restaurants that will be opening in the near future at Disney Springs.
Chef Arts Florida Fish Camp is heading to Disney Springs in the Spring of 2016 according to restauranteur Charles Arthur Smith.

Smith said on his Facebook page, "very excited about the planning of Chef Arts Florida Fish Camp at the new Disney Springs opening next spring at Walt Disney World. I've dreamed since I was a kid working there in 1980 that I return to the most magical place on Earth. I am very excited to welcome you all."

More details have also been released on the pizza restaurant, Blaze Pizza, that was announced back in May.
Set to open in May 2016, Blaze Pizza will be a flagship location, and will occupy 5000 square ft. of space, with seating for 200 guests.

"We are excited to be part of the new Disney Springs expansion where we get the chance to introduce our super-fast artisanal pizza to guests from around the world," said Rick Wetzel, co-founder of Blaze Pizza. "True to Disney's high standards, we are building an amazing flagship restaurant that will include interesting architectural elements, great service and fantastic meals."

Blaze Pizza is a modern day "pizza joint" known for its artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s'more pies. Each restaurant features an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize one of the menu's signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, artisanal ingredients -- all for one low price. The generously-sized 11-inch pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven -- the centerpiece of the restaurant -- where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are fast-fire'd and ready to eat in just 180 seconds. Each restaurant makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe developed by critically-acclaimed Executive Chef Bradford Kent (the "pizza whisperer"), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.

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The first Blaze Pizza® restaurant opened on Aug. 6, 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and quickly gained attention for its chef-driven recipes and "build-your-own pizza" assembly-line format. Now ranked as the overall #2 brand in Fast Casual's annual Top 100 list, Blaze Pizza is building momentum and developing a cult following as it expands across the country. The company currently operates 72 restaurants in 20 states and the District of Columbia, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas and Washington D.C. Founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (co-founder of Wetzel's Pretzels), the concept is backed by investors including LeBron James, Maria Shriver, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis.

The Walt Disney World Railroad at the Magic Kingdom will be closing for a refurbishment later this year. The closure is scheduled to begin on October 12 through to November 20 2015.

The Princess and the Frog meet and greet location at the Magic Kingdom has moved from The Glade to Heritage House in Liberty Square. Guests can meet both Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen at their new indoor location.

The new traffic lights near the Transportation and Ticket Center at the intersection of World Drive and Vista Blvd are now in operation.


Vehicles heading along World Drive to Vista Blvd from the Contemporary area towards the Magic Kingdom auto plaza have frequently been encountering long waits trying to cross traffic leaving the auto plaza towards the Contemporary. The new lights should help to mitigate this, although at the expense of possible tailbacks towards the auto plaza.

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