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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Wed May 18, 2016 5:01 am

^I think that's a very poor comparison as Old Navy clothes are crap and get destroyed after a few washes. My Uniqlo stuff lasts and lasts.

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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby Garet » Wed May 18, 2016 5:30 am

^ I haven't had to replace any of mine and I don't exactly treat it nicely either. Thank god there are plenty of shops here in Korea. My BTTF Uniqlo shirt gets worn pretty often out of some other movie ones that I tend to end up using for my kindergarten job where it gets tugged and pulled on and covered in all sorts and I haven't replaced any yet. My cheapish hoodies and jackets that I use almost daily for dog walks during late fall- early spring have outlived a lot more expensive ones as well.

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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Wed May 18, 2016 8:57 am

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TBpony414 wrote:Having never been to Japan, can you tell me a little about UniQlo? Why do you like it so much, what all do they sell, and is there a store in the US is similar to it? Thanks!


Old Navy.

They have a website with pretty much everything they sell on it. There are also a handful of stores in California.

Yeah, I'd say closer to The Gap more than Old Navy. Old Navy to me says "cheap, crappy clothes" whereas The Gap is at least higher quality and a bit more trendy.

You can always just go check out their website:
http://www.uniqlo.com/us/

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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby better_by_design » Tue May 24, 2016 1:21 pm

SharkTums wrote:^I think that's a very poor comparison as Old Navy clothes are crap and get destroyed after a few washes. My Uniqlo stuff lasts and lasts.


Gap is definitely close in terms of "style" - Uniqlo sells basics - tees, jeans, shorts, shirts, etc etc. They do have some interesting design partnerships (including Disney, but also the MOMA in NYC) that have more interesting designs/prints than their normal stuff.

Where they are HUGELY better than Gap (or pretty much any other mainline clothing retailer) is that they are obsessive about quality and the technical aspects of their products - they do a LOT of research and innovation around fabrics and manufacturing techniques that result in pretty affordable clothing that is extremely resistant to wear/washing, and also has high-performance (moisture wicking, warmth, lightness, etc depending on exactly which product) that is a lot closer to something you'd be buying from a sports or outdoor company at MUCH higher prices.

I read once that close to 90% of people in Japan own at least 1 item from Uniqlo if that gives you a sense how good & popular they are there... their US expansion is slow but steady.

I've had great experiences with their clothes, particularly things for our little guy.

Oh, and their puffy winter coats are just absolutely great value/quality, especially for the price. For those of us who actually need those things... can't imagine many of them for sale at Disney Springs!
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby TBpony414 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:14 pm

Missed the replies to my recent questions. Glad to know Molly's Cupcakes are superior! I love them. Georgetown Cupcakes taste like cardboard in comparison to Molly's.

Thanks everyone for the info on Uniqlo! Old Navy and Walmart stuff sucks and falls apart in 2 washes so a clothing company that actually cares about quality without skyrocketing the prices is my kinda store.

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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jarmor » Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:27 pm

https://twitter.com/RichOBJ/status/740554285373620224

Not sure how to embed tweets but it seems typhoon lagoon is getting a new slide!
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jynx242 » Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:10 pm

It's so great that Disney Springs is coming along so beautifully. We'll often just go down there to stroll around and have dinner. We also do the same thing at Epcot, but with Disney Springs having so many new options it will be a quicker alternative :)
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Postby chargersmichael » Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:52 pm

jarmor wrote:https://twitter.com/RichOBJ/status/740554285373620224

Not sure how to embed tweets but it seems typhoon lagoon is getting a new slide!


I just saw on my local news about an expansion to Typhoon Lagoon! I've never heard of it until now! This is exciting as Typhoon Lagoon is currently my favorite water park. I do think it needs a new slide...but I enjoy the atmosphere, the wave pool, the theming, and the swim area with the sharks.
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:30 am

Over the last few weeks Disney Springs has continued to grow with new additions opening every few days. Standing in these new establishments it is hard to believe that just a few years ago the land used to be surface parking lots and the remains of the former Pleasure Island clubs, but walking through the newly opened neighborhoods of Disney Springs, you'd never know. Disney Springs has always been a special place for me (I had my first date with my now-fiancee there and later proposed to her near where we first met in front of Cirque du Soleil) and I admittedly frequent it more often than most. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that I have made it a point to try as many of the new offerings as often as possible as soon as they open... This update highlights some of my experiences at the newest venues (with more to come in the comings months into next year).
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Oddly enough, I never had the chance to dine at Fulton's Crab House before it closed...
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The restaurant is practically being stripped to frame to begin its restructuring as Paddlefish, a new concept seafood restaurant that will bring back the smokestacks and paddlewheel that formerly graced the building (the structure is not actually a parked riverboat, but a building built onto the water) when it was the Empress Lilly Restaurant.
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The long lines at Sprinkles Cupcakes have died down since the store first opened, now making it much easier to walk in and enjoy the awesome cupcakes and ice cream inside!

Pro tip: Be sure to ask what the seasonal cupcake and ice cream flavors are when you visit--I was able to get a Key Lime Pie Cupcake and an "adult ice cream" containing gin, vermouth and an orange liquor that packed a punched in the best way!
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The latest restaurant to open is Frontera Cocina, the latest concept from famed chef Rick Bayless, located along the edge of the namesake Disney Springs.
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The Atomic Guacamole has serious heat especially on top. Made with habanero peppers.
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The presentation for the Tortilla Soup was very nice!
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Easily the best side I've had on property. The Queso Anejo Mashed Potatoes with Aged Cojita Cheese!
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Coctel Verde (seafood ceviche) was fresh with large prawns & medium sized scallops.
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The chicken tostadas with avocado were pretty tasty!
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Bacon Guacamole featuring Neuske Bacon!
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The house Queso Fundido was thick and stringy--sure to please many!
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Shrimp Mojo De Ajo came with a healthy serving of prawns as well.
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The Carne Asada was cooked nicely and the portion was generous.
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The Pepito Torta was good for the sandwich lover of our table!
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The Carnitas were the table favorite of the night (I was outvoted as they were my 2nd favorite).
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The Chicken Enchilidas had a red chile sauce with the bottom of the skillet coated in beans. Delicious!
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The Shrimp Enchiladas Suizas didn't disappoint! My favorite dish of the night!
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The Mexican Cola was among the MANY drinks we had during our visit, and it was awesome!
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It should be noted that the drinks are partially pre-prepared (like they are at La Cava del Tequila) with fresh ingredients and bitters thrown in to order in order to maintain a quality taste standard for each drink on the menu while also serving with a fresh taste.
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The house Manhattan... Strong!
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The restaurant's bar area...
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More of the interior...
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The Pecan Pie Bar was definitely the best dessert of the night!
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Plantain Sundae. BRILLIANT!
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Quattro Leches de Coco wasn't my thing but everyone around the table devoured it.
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The salt rims of Frontera Cocina...
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The ant salt rim... It actually contains real ants and it was delicious!
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Some of Rick Bayless' Frontera-brand sauces, salsas and books are available for purchase at the host stand near the entrance of the restaurant.
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The full menu for Frontera Cocina...
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Frontera Cocina also opened with a quick service window attached that serves two of the house margaritas and a few food options for those on the go.
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You can't beat this view. The winner of the best patio at Disney Springs goes to Frontera Cocina!
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We sampled the Cream de Tequila and it was delicious! Basically caramel tequila!
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Hilda, one of the tequila experts from La Cava del Tequila was on hand to explain the significance of the Cream de Tequila.
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Some of the interior elements of Frontera Cocina...
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Branded door handles!
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Moving on, our next stop was Amorette's Patisserie, which opened with the Town Center. The venue offers signature cakes like these that many of us had been dying to try... So we went all in and gave it a shot!
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A cross section of the signature cake--lots of layers!
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Joffrey's Tea Traders in The Landing (opposite The Boathouse) is offering seasonal, spirited teas for those who are into that kind of thing...
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Paradiso 37 (another favorite of mine) quietly but significantly expanded their menu last month...
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Lots of new entrees!
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Lots of new starters!
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Even some new sandwiches!
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Despite all the new items, I come here for my favorites... The chimichurri steak is one of the best.
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New to the drink menu is the option for a table side Caipirinha. A server comes over and offers up a selection of fruit to muddle (I went with pineapple) and then the cachaca is poured in a gracious serving and given ice and a stick of sugar cane.
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This drink isn't for lightweights! With the exception of the fruit and ice, there is nothing else in this drink that 40% alcohol content cachaca! This drink was delicious and right up my alley, but it definitely wouldn't be for everyone.
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Even the dessert menu at Paradise 37 has been expanded!
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Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar has also received a reworked menu that removed several less popular dishes (sadly meaning that my favorite Good Dates are no more), updated a few mildly popular options and introduced a few new items. I'll have to come back to give them a shot.
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Next on deck to open with be Homecoming: Southern Kitchen and Shine Bar...
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This new concept restaurant from Chef Art Smith will boast an emphasis on southern cooking (something that hasn't been strongly present at the Walt Disney World Resort previously).
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Morimoto Street Food, the quick service option attached to Morimoto Asia provides some of the best quick service options on property! The bao are delicious!
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For $10 you can get three medium sized ribs prepared in the same style as the signature ribs inside of the main restaurant, and they are just as delicious here as they are inside!
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A new special beef curry rice bowl was available during our visit--it was hearty and flavorful, and if it is still on the menu next time I will definitely get it again!
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The Takoyaki is not necessarily a guest friendly item for most guests when it comes to protein (octopus) or its texture, but for some reason, I really love the flavor profiles going on here! I love octopus and these equate to fried risotto balls for me, so this is right up my alley.
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More bao to enjoy!
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Sugerboo & Co. is one of the latest stores to open in the Town Center, in the open air arcade to the side of the Coca-Cola Store and Planet Hollywood.
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Lots of paper goods and unique home items are offered here.
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Vivoli il Gelato at Disney Springs is still one of the best places for ice cream on property and in Orlando!
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Next up was the grand opening of the Coca-Cola Store... And if you know anything about me from my previous reports on Theme Park Review, you'll know that I am a HUGE Coca-Cola fanatic!
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This chandelier is the centerpiece of the Coca-Cola Store's ground floor shop, and it is made entirely out of recycled Coca-Cola bottles.
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Grand opening bottles (limited edition 500 for each color) were sold during the opening festivities... I had to buy a few.
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The Coca-Cola Store also offers two different sized surprise bags (the smaller for $1.99 and the larger for $7.99) with unannounced items inside that will reportedly be changed each month. I won't spoil what I got in my bags, but I will tell you that for what I paid, the value was greater than the cost! I look forward to seeing them change it up in the coming months!
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Lots of unique merchandise items available here...
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Plenty of apparel to choose from.
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Lots of options!
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Even some items made out of soda can tabs!
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I love how much Orlando-branded merchandise they have in the store!
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Using the wraparound pathways (or the elevators for those that need them), you can move up to the second and third floors to enjoy even more!
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The second floor is home to even more merchandise options (not the same as those on the first floor)!
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And it will soon be host to the Coca-Cola Polar Bear meet and greet experience. This will be the same hyper-articulated figure from the World of Coca Cola, who we also met at IAAPA a few years ago!
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Moving up to the rooftop bar, you get a great view of the surrounding Disney Springs.
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The rooftop bar offers any soda on tap (all 100 international flavors included) with the option of turning it into a float... Which means that you Beverly lovers can get a Beverly Float. And in my case, I can get a Fanta Melon Frosty Float or a Smart Watermelon Float!
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Of course there are Coca-Cola Freestyle Machines upstairs to use!
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You can purchase tasting options like this International Soda Sampler (there's a soda float sampler add-on that I skipped this time around)!
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So much soda!
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I'm freaking out!
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Sunfill Mint from Djibouti is like a less-strong flavored Disneyland Mint Julep!
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Work continues on transforming Planet Hollywood into the Planet Hollywood Observatory and the attached Stargazers Lounge!
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby The Great Zo » Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:33 am

I'm sold on the soda sampler.
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