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Sushi Takes Center Stage at Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

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Sushi is on a roll at Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort – for dinner, the little Kona Island sushi bar in the upstairs lobby is now an extension of the restaurant, and the sushi is crafted in the dining room in the former dessert show kitchen, giving chefs plenty of room to create specialties from sashimi and simple rolls to more elaborate combos such as the Caterpillar Roll (inside-out tuna roll, shrimp salad, tempura crunch and avocado) or the Lava Roll (togarashi-spiced tempura shrimp, bay scallops, spicy mayo and chives).

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If you enjoyed the Kona Island sushi bar before, you can still grab a seat there, no reservations required, and the entire restaurant menu is also available. (We’re partial to the sticky wings and Pan-Asian noodles with shrimp.) But now you can start with a little sake and more than a dozen choices on the sushi menu.

And java fans will be happy to know that Kona Island is still the spot to grab a delicious cup of coffee and pastry in the mornings – it’s right next to the resort’s monorail station.

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New Disney Attraction Poster-Inspired T-Shirts Coming to Disney Parks Online Store

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From April 15-20, the Disney Parks online store will release two T-shirts – a purple shirt celebrating Fantasyland at Disneyland park, and a green shirt featuring the Sunshine Tree Terrace at Magic Kingdom Park. The original Fantasyland attraction poster referenced for the purple tee was created in 1955 by Bjorn Aronson.

For the green t-shirt, many readers may recall seeing this attraction poster when the Orange Bird returned to the Sunshine Tree Terrace in April 2012.

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Then, from April 22-27, Disney salutes the 50th anniversary of two classic Disney attractions – “It’s a Small World” and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. Both attractions debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and later found their way to Disney Parks. For these T-shirts, we will offer both adult and kids sizes.

The “It’s a small world” shirt was inspired by the attraction poster designed by Paul Hartley in 1966. The Carousel of Progress shirt references a design from 1967 by Ken Chapman.

To find these T-shirts, Disney invites you to visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents during the dates referenced above. The shirts will ship in 6-8 weeks once orders are completed (express shipping is not available).

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Perfect Petals Brunch Featuring the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley

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Put some spring in your step, or celebrate Mother’s Day early this year with a scrumptious brunch during one of spring’s most colorful events, the 2014 Epcot®International Flower & Garden Festival.  “A Perfect Petals Brunch featuring the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley” is coming to World ShowPlace at Epcot® on Sunday, May 4, 2014. This event will take place from 11:00 a.m-2p.m., with registration beginning at 10:30 a.m.AVB652213-613x394

Meet special guest Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder of Vera Bradley, as she takes part in a special Q& A with Disney’s own fashionista, Isabella.  Barbara will share stories about her mother, Vera Bradley, who played an important role in her life, including the founding of the Vera Bradley company.

This event package will include:

  • First opportunity to purchase the newest silhouettes from the Perfect Petalscollection
  • Entry into the event store which will offer select styles from the Midnight with Mickey and Where’s Mickey collections
  • Commemorative Gift

Tickets for the “Perfect Petals Brunch featuring the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley” are $125 per person.

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Banana Muffins, Multigrain Croissants and Guava Cheese Danish
French Rolls
Honey Greek Yogurt Sauce
Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Berries
Orange Juice

Entree
Roasted Artichoke, Sun-dried Tomato Quiche
Seared Free Range Chicken Breast with Lobster Cream Sauce
Oven Browned Potatoes with Nueske’s Bacon and Leeks
Grilled Asparagus

Dessert
White and Milk Chocolate Mickey Mousse Dome
Citrus and Whipped Cream
Coffees and Teas

Registration for this event will open at 1p.m. Eastern on March 20, 2014.

Click here to register for the event.

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Do You Have Disney’s Million Dollar Arm?

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Anyone want $1 million?

Well, Walt Disney Studios is prepared to give that much money away as part of the world premiere of its new movie “Million Dollar Arm,” in which a sports agent (played by Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a Major League Baseball star.

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Walt Disney Studios is staging a contest on April 25th and 26th to find a real-life “million dollar arm” by offering guests (you have to be age 18 and over with no prior professional baseball experience) the chance to throw the fastest strike.

Here’s how it works: Participants at three locations;­ Walt Disney World ResortDisneyland Resort and New York City, get three chances to throw a baseball as fast as possible. Participants who throw the three fastest strikes at each location will be flown to the finals in Hollywood, Calif., where they will attend the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” on May 6 and get a chance to compete for the grand prize. Any of the nine finalists who throws a 100-mph strike during their three attempts could potentially win the $1 million.

Click here for official rules.

Even if no one wins the $1 million, everyone who steps up to the mound will be a winner in some way. All contestants will receive complimentary tickets for themselves and a guest to an advance screening of the movie at a nearby AMC  Theatre location. In addition, the nine finalists and their guests will be flown to Hollywood for the movie premiere and the final competition, plus treated like VIPs along with other movie stars, Major League players and Hollywood celebrities.

If you want your shot at the million-dollar prize, just show up at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., or the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City on April 25 or 26 (New York location available only on April 25) between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time.

You’ll need a valid U.S. identification card to complete and sign a registration form and release. Oh, and don’t forget your baseball glove and anything else you need to warm up.

Want to see the “official” sign-up form - CLICK HERE.

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