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^I've never seen a listing of top grossing restaurants before but that's pretty interesting. Now I'm curious and kind of wonder where some non-independent restaurants would fall on this list. Like is there a random Longhorn Steakhouse out there in America doing like $25 million a year? Or where would something like a Capitol Grille in Chicago or DC rank on this list? No idea but thanks for sharing.

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Disney just announced the name and more details about the new Cirque show opening at Disney Springs soon!




This new show follows the story of Julie, a courageous and determined girl who discovers an unexpected gift left by her late father: an unfinished animation piece. Guided by a surprising pencil, she embarks on an inspiring quest sprinkled with her Disney childhood memories. Through this journey, she learns to imagine new possibilities and animate the story of her future.


“Drawn to Life” is the product of a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering. The show will open for previews March 20, 2020, and officially debut April 17, 2020. Tickets are on sale now at DisneyWorld.com/Cirque.


You can buy tickets now here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/disney-springs/cirque-du-soleil/?CMP=ILC-DPFY20Q1wo1205191211190002C

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^ Here's hoping the new show is more in line with Cirque's regular repertoire than R.U.N. at Luxor. Worst show I've ever seen, hands down.


Wow it was really that bad? That's disappointing because since the ads I saw and the concept looked interesting.


A lot of the cirque shows I've seen are hit or miss. I did enjoy the Avatar one and the concept of this new Disney one looks great.

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It's a 75 minute show, 35 of which are just media on projection screens. I'm not exaggerating that number. When there were actual performers on the stage it was lackluster and unpleasant (there's a very long torture scene) and none of the action had a fast pace. The stunt work was on par with a low budget theme park stunt show. Just an awful, awful show.

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St. Louis-based Drury Hotels is developing its largest property to date, the Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista, and will begin to welcome guests by spring 2021. The new property, located in the Disney Springs resort area in Orlando, Florida, is the company’s first Official Walt Disney World Hotel and the fourth Drury Hotel in the state!



Drury Hotels Company is bringing a bit of magic to its guests. The company is developing its largest property to date, the Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista, and will begin to welcome guests by spring 2021. The new property, located in the DISNEY SPRINGS® Resort Area in Orlando, Florida, is the company’s first Official Walt Disney World® Hotel and the fourth Drury Hotel in the state. The entire project – which includes 604 rooms and more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space – will be complete by the end of 2021, with the first 264 rooms available by spring 2021. The new hotel will feature a host of amenities and is in close proximity to the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks.


The new property is located just steps away from DISNEY SPRINGS®: a walkable, 120-acre outdoor complex outside of the theme parks featuring an eclectic mix of unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind eateries and entertainment. The hotel will be able to be booked as part of a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation package. Drury also will offer transportation to and from the theme parks, as well as to other surrounding attractions.


“This property has been a long time in the making, and we are delighted to see it take shape,” said Chuck Drury, president and CEO of Drury Hotels. “We’ll be able to give our guests an unforgettable experience as they visit the Walt Disney World® Resort and everything the colorful community has to offer. Being named an official Walt Disney World® Hotel means we have been entrusted to adhere to exceptional service standards. Given our track record of providing award-winning guest service, I know our top-notch team will make our new property a magical experience for our guests and visitors.”


Mike Weihs, a 19-year veteran in the hotel and hospitality industry, has been named the property’s general manager. Drury team member Melissa Linkugel will serve as the hotel director of sales. Once open, the hotel will employ 150 full- and part-time team members.


The hotel will feature a resort-style pool, splash pad and poolside cantina bar and grill; an extensive marketplace for grab-and-go food items and sundries; and a kitchen and bar concept, in addition to a wide range of complimentary amenities, including:

  • Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Hot breakfast, including pancakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs, yogurt and more
  • 5:30 Kickback® reception including appetizers and beverages
  • 24-hour business and fitness centers


Outside of the hotel, guests will be able to enjoy exciting new additions to the Walt Disney World® Resort including Star Wars®: Galaxy’s Edge – where guests can live out their own Star Wars story – and Toy Story Land – where kids and grown-ups alike can experience all-new adventures – only found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Experience storybook wonder as favorite Disney classics come to life at Magic Kingdom® Park. For some big-time enchantment, take a ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine” aboard Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Discover big fun and cultures from around the globe

at Epcot®. And while there, take a sail through Arendelle on Frozen Ever After. Explore the realm of creatures that inhabit the world...and the imagination...and create a unique adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Celebrate the magic of nature by soaring on banshees through the exhilarating Avatar Flight of Passage. From fantasy and discovery, to spotlights and adventure, the magic of Walt Disney World® Theme Parks comes alive around all who visit.


Drury Hotels has been family-owned and operated since 1973. For a complete listing of all Drury hotels or for reservations, visit http://www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-DRURYINN. For information about career opportunities at Drury Hotels, please apply online at http://www.drurycareers.com.


About Drury Hotels Company

Drury Hotels Company is a Missouri-based, family-owned and operated hotel system with more than 150 hotels in 25 states. Founded in 1973, Drury Hotels has been recognized by the J.D. Power 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study sm , earning the award for “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains.” In 2019, Drury received this award for a record 14th consecutive year.* Brands include Drury Inn & Suites®, Drury Inn®, Drury Plaza Hotel®, Drury Suites®, Pear Tree Inn by Drury®, as well as other hotels in the mid-priced hotel segment. Drury Hotels continues to provide exceptional value for business and leisure travelers with its many free amenities – Travel Happy®. For more information, visit http://www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-DRURYINN. Join the conversation on Twitter @druryhotels or on Facebook.


*Drury Hotels received the highest numerical score among upper midscale hotels in the proprietary J.D. Power 2006-2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studies sm . The 2019 study is based on responses gathered between June 2018 and May 2019 from 44,890 guests in Canada and the United States who stayed at a hotel in North America between May 2018 and May 2019. For more information, visit http://www.jdpower.com.

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My family always used to stay at a Drury when they came to visit me in college and I'd kind of forgotten about the brand til this. Always found it to be a pretty nice option, and the free drinks (including beer and wine if I remember correctly) and snacks every evening was always a nice little bonus to include. I'll absolutely consider staying here for a little weekend trip once it opens.

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Several of the restaurants at Disney Springs will offer New Year's Eve special events this year! Check out the details below!


New Year’s Eve at The Edison - NYE Anniversary Gala!


Join us at The Edison to celebrate our Second Year Anniversary with a dazzling gala on New Year's Eve showcasing crave-worthy food, exceptional cocktails, and world-class entertainment. Dance the night away and enjoy jaw-dropping performances by a live band, burlesque dancers, aerialists, and more. Ticket prices include tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, live-action food stations, and a wide selection of beer, wine, and premium spirits from 7:30 p.m. when door open until the Time Square ball drops at midnight. Additionally, a selection of coffee, desserts, and a celebratory midnight toast to ring in the new year will be available. CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets for $150 per person.


Jaleo Disney Springs New Year's Eve Dining


Ring in 2020 Spanish-style at Jaleo by Jose Andres located at Disney Springs. From 5pm-12am the restaurant will be serving the regular dinner menu available and a special NYE Tasting Menu. For $120 recive a curated multi-course meal of chef-driven specialties. The restaurant will also be serving a la carte specials including Higado de pato (Foie gras terrine with ‘Moscatel Gelatin), Salpicon de bogavante con salsa rosa (Chilled lobster with cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower and brandy sauce), Arroz con bogavante y butifarra (Surf and turf rice with lobster and sausage), Clementinas a plancha con queso caña de cabra y reduccion de PX (Seared clementines with goat cheese and reduction of PX) and Canelones tradicionales con salsa de béchamel (Pork ‘canelones’ with béchamel sauce). From 10pm – 1am there will be a DJ, cava toast at midnight, party favors, and 12 grapes at midnight. Visit https://www.jaleo.com/location/jaleo-disney-springs/ for reservations.


Pepe is also offering Sangria by the glass tomorrow in honor of National Sangria Day!


Pepe at Disney Springs will be offering Sangria by the glass for $6 on Friday all day in celebration of National Sangria Day. Pepe has sangria in TO GO-friendly cups to take with you while you enjoy all the happenings at Disney Springs or do some holiday shopping.
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Since this was about all the Disney parks/resorts around the world, I thought I'd post it on this thread.


This was posted to TPR Tweets, and I thought it'd be a valid question to ask everybody,

even those not on social media that much....like myself.


What year was your first visit to:


⭐ Disneyland - 1963

⭐ Walt Disney World - 1987 (MK and EPCOT); 1991 (Hollywood Studios)

⭐ Tokyo Disneyland Resort - 2007

⭐️ Disneyland Paris - 2002

⭐ Hong Kong Disneyland - 2012

⭐️ Shanghai Disneyland - Not yet.


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