Chef Art Smith to Make an Appearance at Homecomin'

Chef Art Smith will make an appearance at his restaurant, Homecomin’, in Disney Springs this Friday!

You can find Art Smith celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Homecomin’s Friday, July 12th, at 11am. He will be signing autographs and taking photos with guests and fans alike.

Drum roll, please! The best part about this is that the first 150 people will receive a FREE piece of Hummingbird Cake!

Hummingbird Cake is Art Smith’s famous pineapple and banana cake with cream cheese frosting. Can you say, “YUM“?

Stop by for a lunch after your meet and greet with the chef and enjoy more of his delicacies like the famous fried chicken or a rumshine punch!

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Chef Art Smith will be at Homecomin this Friday at 11am for the 3rd Anniversary! More details here… #disneysprings #flavorsofFL #disneyworld #disneydining #disneyfood #chipandco #homecomin #chefartsmithshomecoming

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Co-Stars React to Cameron Boyce’s Death and Initial Autopsy Results Are In. Fans around the world were devastated to hear the news that Disney Channel Star, Cameron Boyce, had passed away in his sleep on Saturday night. His family made a formal announcement Sunday morning regarding his passing.

“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” the statement reads. “He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.

We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.”

Though early claims of Boyce’s passing appeared to be from an apparent seizure in his sleep, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner performed an autopsy to search for the official cause of death and have yet to determine the cause. “An autopsy was performed today and a cause of death was deferred pending further investigation.” The statement also confirmed that Boyce was pronounced dead on the scene when authorities arrived to his home.

Cameron’s Co-Star’s from Grown Ups, Jessie, and Descendants have been paying their respects with touching tributes to the late young actor via social media.

Cameron’s on screen parents from Grown Ups 1 and 2, Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek, shared heart felt responses to his early passing.

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I had the privilege to play Cameron’s mother in #grownups 1 and 2 and we stayed in touch through the years He was spirited, talented, kind, generous, funny and a shining light. His joy will live in our hearts forever as he goes on dancing and shining elsewhere. My heart goes to his lovely family. @thecameronboyce

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Cameron started acting from an early age and was a signature member of the cast of Disney Channel’s Jessie where he spent 4 years in his role as Luke Ross. Co-Stars Peyton List, Skai Jackson, and on screen mom, Christina Moore also posted to social media expressing their condolences.

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I don’t even know where to start… I am at a loss for words. I never thought in a million years I would be writing this. Cam, you were one of a kind. My heart will be forever broken. I am so happy that I got to spend almost everyday with you on set, you gave the best hugs. I wish I would have hugged you tighter when I saw you a couple of months ago. Thank you so much for being the big brother I never had… I am so distraught and I cannot stop crying! I love you so much… fly high ?? ?? Gods best Angel . #CameronBoyce

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Good Night Sweet Prince. The world will forever be dimmer without your bright light. ?????? #cameronboyce #jessie

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Cameron’s most iconic role amongst Disney Fans comes from his time as Carlos, the son of Cruella de Vil, in the popular Disney Channel Original Movie Series, Disney’s Descendant’s.

His on screen mother, Wendy Raquel and film director, and soon to be Disney Legend, Kenny Ortega, posted touching photos of Boyce as well as tear-jerking tributes regarding Cameron’s passing.

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My dearest Cameron…my forever Carlos❤️I’m at a total loss of words, my heart is aching, praying for your precious family, I love you Victor! You came into my life for: A Reason: To shine light and laughter in dark and hidden spaces-Thank you Cameron! A Season: we had so much fun creating magic on the set and at @amazinggraceconservatory A Lifetime…precious memories that I will cherish forever! Iconic characters tethered together forever! Wow, everyday is a present, a gift from God! Today I Celebrate your life, legacy and love you brought to the world Cameron! I will never forget your infectious smile and how you made me feel, I’m so thankful our lives intersected! You are #Amazing❤️❤️??❤️ #RestWellMySon

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✨Cameron ✨ May the Love and Light you spread throughout your life soar you with flight into the heavens above. You were already an Angel in life. The Legacy you leave is magnificent! Love You My Forever Boy. . .

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“From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world.” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in a statement. “As a young man, he was fueled by a strong desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives through his humanitarian work. He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, cast mates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.”

Our deepest condolences go out to Cameron’s Family, Friends, and Fans during this time.

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Dining at Disney just got phenomenally better! While we were at the soft opening/media event for Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort we were invited to dine at 3 Bridges Bar & Grill at Villa de Lago.  This water-front bar and restaurant is one of the best meals we have had while at a Disney resort. There wasn’t anything on the menu that wasn’t delish!

Take a look at this amazing food we tried:


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Disneyland is Getting Spooky With An All-New Halloween Party. Guests of all ages fall under the enchantment of the Disney Parks during the holidays. One of the most anticipated events is the seasonal Halloween Party and Disneyland is gearing up for a spectacularly spooky good time!

From Sept. 6 through Oct. 31, 2019 both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will be transformed into dreadful delights with seasonal attraction overlays, Halloween-themed décor and food and beverage offerings, plus encounters with dastardly Disney villains, happy haunts seem to materialize around every corner!

Disneyland Park sill be dressed up in beautiful décor on Main Street, U.S.A., including a giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern and Pumpkin Festival. Haunted Mansion, celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer and will be transformed into its annual holiday theme – Haunted Mansion Holiday – inspired by the Walt Disney Pictures classic film “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” And for the first time in nearly a decade, all guests visiting Disneyland will get to enjoy a version of the supernatural projection and special effects show – “Halloween Screams.” This nighttime spectacular of lights, music, and an immersive environment into the worlds of the dastardly Disney Villains, adds to the spooky fun on most nights of the season. On select nights, “Halloween Screams” will go sky high when the show is enhanced with the addition of fireworks!


Oogie Boogie has returned and taken over Disney California Adventure park with stylish Halloween decor along Buena Vista Street and this year, new Halloween magic on the façade of Carthay Circle will feature bats swarming around. You may also encounter a 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman holding his jack-o-lantern head to the sky on Buena Vista Street. Cars Land will celebrate Haul-O-Ween as Radiator Springs turns into Radiator Screams! For this hauntingly happy time of year, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree will transform into Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree while Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters changes into Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. In Hollywood Land, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will transform nightly into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark.

In Paradise Gardens Park portion of the park, Plaza de la Familia will return for a celebration inspired by the spirit of Día de los Muertos. This immersive and festive experience celebrates Disney and Pixar’s beloved film, “Coco,” and the everlasting bonds of family with exciting live entertainment, craft making, delicious food, interactive experiences and special merchandise. Throughout the day, “A Musical Celebration of Coco”, a beautiful, festive performance where Miguel joins the Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia. Performing in this special, limited time show is the Grammy® Award winning Mariachi Divas, who will tell the exciting story of young Miguel’s fantastical journey to the Land of the Dead.

Just like candy, we saved the best piece of news for last! Disneyland will be the host of an all new Halloween Party, Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party!

The new Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party adds to the spooky fun of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. Oogie Boogie Bash, which takes the place of Mickey’s Halloween Party, begins Sept. 17 for 20 select nights at Disney California Adventure park. This separately-ticketed party is packed with exclusive new entertainment and experiences, including the new “World of Color” spectacular – “Villainous!,” character encounters, immersive treat trails and more!

For additional details and to purchase tickets to Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, visit

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Disney's Blizzard Beach Refurbishment

Walt Disney World‘s Blizzard Beach will be closing for an extended amount of time during its annual refurbishment this year. The park is expected to experience a few new enhancements this winter!

Blizzard Beach will be closed from September 8th, 2019 to January 4th, 2020. This duration is almost six entire weeks longer than the waterpark’s usual refurbishment. Disney has yet to release any specific news, but enhancements and upgrades are expected.

With several new waterparks opening in the Orlando area, Blizzard Beach definitely needs an upgrade to stay in the running with its competitors.

Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon recently opened Miss Adventure Falls. This new slide is the longest ride in Disney waterpark history. That’s hard to beat!

What do you think will come of the Blizzard Beach refurbishment?

Source: WDW Magic. 

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This morning we were on hand for the opening dedication of the new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

The tower is named after the animated short “Destino” that was created by Salvador Dali and Walt Disney himself.

Watch the full dedication here:

Grand Opening of the Grand Destino Tower in Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

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Take a look at the beautiful rooms here.

This update includes a 15-Story Tower bringing an additional 1800+ rooms with it, new walk ways over the scenic Lago Dorado, and a beautiful new water front dining location aptly named “Villa del Lago.”

 Gran Destino Tower will contribute 545 new guest rooms, 50 of which are suites, as well as include a themed restaurant on the top level. It will feature a magnificent 2-story lobby trimmed with classic Spanish themes praising explorers, writers, artists, and architects. The Spanish influences will be felt entirely through the new building and renovated rooms.

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The Florida State Department of Health in Orange County has just issued a 60-day rabies alert for a two-mile radius around Epcot near the intersection of I-4 and Epcot Center Drive in Orange County.

This alert was issued due to a cat that tested positive for the disease, and the Health Department thinks it may have infected other animals in the area.

Anyone who has been in contact with a cat in the rabies alert area of southwest Orange County should seek medical attention and contact Orange County Animal Services at (407) 254-9150.


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Every time we blink there is even more construction progress on the new Tron Coaster coming to Magic Kingdom. Today we viewed some major progress from even just last week when we were at the park.

The new TRON Legacy inspired attraction will be located at Magic Kingdom Park in Tomorrowland. Nestled behind Tomorrowland Speedway and Space Mountain, this lively and thrilling coaster is sure to be a new icon in the ever evolving theme park.

A formal name for the attraction has yet to be announced, but the track is coming together nicely and we see a significant addition every other day as construction continues at the park.

Though the track is coming together quickly, there is still a ton of work left to be done on the attraction even after the track itself is completed.

Since the Tomorrowland TRON Attraction is going to be a carbon copy of the TRON Lightcycle Power Run in Shanghai Disneyland, we can expect to see a large, futuristic styled canopy being built soon after the track is finished. The canopy will cover most of the attraction and at night will glow with the iconic blue hue of “The Grid” as seen in TRON Legacy.


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NASCAR driver Aric Almirola typically enjoys life in the fast lane. However, the two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner and Florida native slowed down this week to spend some family time at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

With his wife and two young children by his side, Almirola took in the sights and sounds of the park’s newest expansion, THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD. The family took to the skies on their triple decker couch while riding THE LEGO MOVIE: Masters of Flight, bounced in delight on Unikitty’s Disco Drop, climbed to the top of Benny’s Playship and finished with a family portrait taken directly from inside Emmet’s Super Suite.

“The new LEGO MOVIE WORLD was incredible. It makes you feel like you’re in the movie,” said Almirola. “That was one of my personal favorites and the kids loved it too.”

This weekend Almirola will be racing in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway against many of the world’s best drivers. And while the winning driver will live in triumph, Almirola will forever have the glory of placing ‘minilanders’ alongside his family inside the Daytona Speedway model.

“My family and I had a blast at LEGOLAND this Fourth of July weekend,” said Almirola. “We even got to put our own LEGO characters in their Daytona International Speedway display. How cool is that?”

In a long racing season filled with immense travel, drivers and their families spend much of their time on the road. However, Almirola is steadfast in his commitment to spending as much time as possible with his family away from the race track.

“It was great to know that the theme park was built for kids, the rides and attractions were exactly what they wanted. As busy of a life we live, we always try to squeeze in some family time and LEGOLAND Florida Resort was a great choice.”

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Starting July 14, Sun Dance Sundays, a Las Vegas-style pool party will be held weekly at Margaritaville Resort Orlando. Catch up with old friends or test the waters with some new ones as you rub elbows with an international blend of style and class. Margaritaville Resort Orlando is known for a unique variety of island-inspired cocktails, which is precisely why the resort boasts multiple innovative concepts to cater to your every desire. Feel the rhythm of the music poolside, enjoy welcoming lounge areas and ample space to enjoy breathtaking views. Sunday’s will never be the same!

For more info, cabana reservations and more, visit

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