Monthly Archives: November 2007

Downtown Disney: Marketplace

In an effort to keep our customers up to date with all of the latest things Disney, we’ve decided to breakdown Downtown Disney into a three-part blog post to help highlight the many different things to see and do while visiting. This week’s post will feature Downtown Disney Marketplace, with Pleasure Island and Downtown Disney Westside being covered in upcoming weeks.

Downtown Disney Marketplace

True to its name, the Downtown Disney Marketplace offers more than two dozen top shopping and dining destinations along a bustling stretch by the shores of Village Lake.

Shopping at Downtown Disney Marketplace

World of Disney

Shop and play at the same time at this enormous Disney souvenir, apparel, and toy shop. Create your own treasure chest in the Adventure Room, find the perfect tiara in the Princess Room, and discover all of the magic of Disney in this sprawling shop.

Once Upon a Toy

Mr. Potato Head and Buzz Lightyear welcome guests into this fun shop, which features Disney board games, toys, and much more.

LEGO Imagination Center

Follow the giant lego creations – including a life-sized family of three and a huge sea dragon in the lake – to the LEGO Imagination Center for LEGO kits, ideas, and more.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Take your little princess in for a full-fledged royal makeover, including hair, make-up, nails, and more. Reservations are strongly recommended in advance. Walk-ins accepted if spaces are available.

Other Shopping at the Downtown Disney Marketplace

Team Mickey Athletic Club – Sports apparel and merchandise, including ESPN and Disney character clothing
Disney’s Pin Traders – Join the Disney pin trading craze at this Downtown Disney location, which is the largest and most extensive pin-trading location in Walt Disney World!
Basin – Bath, soap, and facial product speciality store
Arribas Brothers – Unique gifts, including crystal, engravings, and other collectibles
Summer Sands – Celebrate your vacation with swimwear and summer casual apparel
Mickey’s Pantry – Kitchen products with a Disney twist
The Art of Disney – Fine art prints featuring Disney trademarks
Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories – Photo albums, Disney scrapbooking supplies, and more make this a must-stop shop for cherishing your Disney memories forever
Disney’s Days of Christmas – It’s always looking a lot like Christmas at this year-round holiday store
Goofy’s Candy Company – Sweets and treats with an interactive dipping station
Pooh Corner – Pooh, Tigger, and whole gang from the Hundred Acre Wood feature their memorabilia here
Disney Tails – Don’t forget about your four-legged family members at this Disney-themed pet store
Mickey’s Mart – Nothing costs over $10 here, so you can still shop on any budget

Entertainment at Downtown Disney Marketplace

Marina & Boat Rental

Spend some time exploring the sparkling waters of Village Lake and get a different perspective of Downtown Disney from the water with hourly and daily boat rentals.

Dining at Downtown Disney Marketplace

Rainforest Cafe

Get lost in the casual dining of this tropical jungle. Price range: $15 to $30 per person Reservations are available.

Fulton’s Crab House

Dine out over the waters of Village Lake at Fulton’s Crab House, where fresh seafood is flown in every day. Price range: $15 to $30 per person Reservations are available

Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant

A variety of cuisine, including steaks, pasta, seafood, and more is featured at this waterfront diner. Price range: $15 to $30 per person

Other Dining at Downtown Disney Marketplace

Portobello Yacht Club – Italian cuisine
McDonald’s – American fast food favorites
Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop – Sweet & frozen treats
Earl of Sandwich Restaurant – Gourmet sandwiches, salads, desserts, and more
Wolfgang Puck Express – California delights

Celebrate A Country Christmas in Nashville, TN

November 8, 2007

The Gaylord Opryland is once again looking to transform its mammoth resort setting into a veritable winter wonderland with A Country Christmas. Running from November 15 through December 25, A Country Christmas offers a variety of special activities and exhibits in addition to the already stellar Opryland setting. In particular, ICE!, an interactive ice sculpture exhibit that tells the tale of How the Grinch Stole Christmas; the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the world famous Rockettes; and nearly two million lights will come to the forefront, with a variety of other events scheduled throughout the celebration. Nashville may not see the typical blanket of winter snow very often, but winter cheer can definitely be found throughout the Country Music Capital of the World with celebrations like A Country Christmas leading the way.For those that want to be surrounded by the excitement of A Country Christmas throughout the entirety of their Nashville visit, a stay at the Gaylord Opryland is the way to go. Aside from the many special events held in conjunction with A Country Christmas, the Gaylord Opryland can offer an entertaining experience any time. Featuring four glass atriums complete with dining, nightlife, shopping and even an indoor river, 44 foot waterfall and arcade, the Gaylord is a truly encompassing entertainment complex.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Nashville without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry! Going strong for more than 70 years now, the Grand Ole Opry is not just a centerpiece of Nashville tradition, but the undisputed official concert series of country music. From legends including Porter Wagoner and Loretta Lynn to country’s top artists such as Dierks Bentley and Alison Kraus, you never know who’s going to show up to entertain at the Opry. Even if you’re not a fan of country music the Opry is truly a one of a kind experience.

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers: November 2007

Please Note: The Grand Ole Opry does not release final lineups until the Wednesday prior to each performance. This list will be updated weekly as new performers are confirmed and added to the lineup!

Previous Opry Performances for November 2007

Friday, November, 30 – Order Tickets

 7:30 performance

Jimmy Dickens
John Conlee
The Grascals
Mike Snider
Jack Greene
Little Texas
Bill Anderson
Jeannie Seely
Vince Gill
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys

9:30 performance

Jimmy Dickens
John Conlee
The Grascals
Jeannie Seely
Mike Snider
Little Texas
Bill Anderson
George Hamilton IV
Vince Gill
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys

Tuesday, November, 26 – Order Tickets

Bill Anderson
Cherryholmes
George Hamilton IV
Rhonda Vincent
Mel McDaniel
Blind Boys Of Alabama
Jimmy Dickens
Josh Turner

Tuesday, November, 20 – Order Tickets

Jeannie Seely
Carolina Rain
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Danielle Peck
Jim Ed Brown
Cole Deggs & The Lonesome
Jimmy Dickens
Lee Greenwood

Saturday, November, 17 – Order Tickets

6:30 performance

Mike Snider
Jimmy C. Newman
Daryle Singletary
Van Zant
Eric Church
Nanci Griffith
Loretta Lynn
Jim Ed Brown
Jan Howard
IIIrd Tyme Out
Opry Square Dancers
Bill Anderson
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Jamey Johnson

9:30 performance

Mike Snider
Daryle Singletary
Loretta Lynn
Jimmy C. Newman
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Nanci Griffith
Jim Ed Brown
IIIrd Tyme Out
Eric Church
Opry Square Dancers
Bill Anderson
Jamey Johnson
Van Zant

Friday, November, 16 – Order Tickets

Jim Ed Brown
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Keith Anderson
Ray Pillow
Chris Young
Bill Anderson
Ashley Monroe
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Jimmy C. Newman
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Restless Heart

Tuesday, November, 13 – Order Tickets

Bill Anderson
Rebecca Lynn Howard
The Whites
Del McCoury Band
Riders In The Sky
Terri Clark
Jimmy Dickens
Josh Turner

Saturday, November, 10 – Order Tickets

6:30 performance

Jimmy Dickens
Jimmy C. Newman
Mel McDaniel
Lorrie Morgan
Lonestar
Josh Gracin
Raul Malo
Hal Ketchum
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
John Conlee
Opry Square Dancers
Bill Anderson
Jean Shepard

9:30 performance

Jimmy Dickens
Mel McDaniel
Josh Gracin
Lorrie Morgan
Jan Howard
Jack Greene
Raul Malo
Hal Ketchum
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Lonestar
Opry Square Dancers
Bill Anderson
Jean Shepard
John Conlee

Friday, November, 9 – Order Tickets

John Conlee
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Josh Gracin
Jimmy Dickens
Mel McDaniel
Rhonda Vincent
Bill Anderson
Jimmy C. Newman
Chuck Wicks
Steve Wariner
Jean Shepard
Jack Greene
Del McCoury Band

Tuesday, November, 6 – Order Tickets

John Conlee
Jean Shepard
The Grascals
Jimmy C. Newman
Clay Walker
Jimmy Dickens
Collin Raye

Saturday, November, 3 – Order Tickets

6:30 performance

Mike Snider
Mel McDaniel
Sunny Sweeney
The Whites
Jack Greene
Jason Crabb
Jim Ed Brown
Ralph Stanley
Sawyer Brown
Riders In The Sky
Jan Howard
Andy Griggs
Opry Square Dancers
Vince Gill
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Patty Loveless

9:30 performance

Mike Snider
Mel McDaniel
The Whites
Sunny Sweeney
Jim Ed Brown
Ralph Stanley
Sawyer Brown
Vince Gill
Jason Crabb
Patty Loveless
Opry Square Dancers
Riders In The Sky
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Andy Griggs

Friday, November, 2 – Order Tickets

Jim Ed Brown
Mel McDaniel
Rhonda Vincent
The Whites
Ray Pillow
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Lady Antebellum
Riders In The Sky
Ralph Stanley
Danielle Peck
Vince Gill
Jimmy C. Newman
Jack Greene
Del McCoury Band

Heat Up Your Winter Season with the Winterfest Kick-Off & Chili Cook-Off

October 26, 2007

This November 7th, the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area will be celebrating the upcoming winter season at Ripley’s Aquarium with the Winterfest Kick-Off & Chili Cook-Off. Serving as a perfect way to fend off the cold of the season, 20 award-winning chili cooks will square off to see who is best at warming up and winning over the crowd. Aside from the great chili, visitors will find special lights displays throughout the grounds of Ripley’s Aquarium, as well as all of the aquarium’s normal exhibits for an exciting day of aquatic discovery, holiday cheer and great chili!

Gatlinburg’s RainForest Adventures offers the chance to carry your exploration and festivities from the depths of the ocean to the tropical settings of the Rain Forest. This all-indoor exhibit contains hundreds of animal species, as well as numerous sights you’d expect to see in the Rain Forest, including a working 25-foot waterfall! From snakes and other creepy crawlers to exotic bird species, there’s a site to capture the imagination of one and all at RainForest Adventures.

And for those looking to explore nature in its full setting, there is always the option of a helicopter ride over the Smokies. From brief flights that merely take you up for a view to immersive journeys that span over 80 miles, there are numerous ways to enjoy the Smokies from the sky during your next Gatlinburg vacation.

An Old Time Christmas Blankets Silver Dollar City

November 8, 2007

Silver Dollar City is once again celebrating the joys of the winter season with An Old Time Christmas. Running from the start of November through December 30, An Old Time Christmas coats the 18th century Ozarks surroundings of Silver Dollar City with a delightful cheer and numerous activities and exhibits pertaining to the holidays. The Gifts of Christmas Holiday Lights Parade, live presentations of A Dickens Christmas Carol and a five-story Christmas tree are just a few of the special additions in store, with millions of Christmas lights covering the park in a gentle glow. Silver Dollar City can offer an authentic view of the history and culture of the Branson area, and An Old Time Christmas is certainly no exception in terms of representing the fervor that the typical Ozarks resident approaches the winter season with.As the first theme park in Branson, Silver Dollar City is an encompassing look at all that Branson stands for. The park is set to resemble the Ozarks during the 1800’s with a variety of craft exhibits, historical reenactments and natural charm, and that’s just the setting of this exciting park. Guests can expect to find numerous rides such as the interactive Flooded Mine and thrilling coaster experiences including PowderKeg, with 40 daily live shows and countless attractions that range from train rides to child play areas helping to compliment the wide array of rides. Let entertainment and history come together at Silver Dollar City for a truly memorable day in Branson.

And if you’re hoping to catch a few of the popular Branson shows during your visit, guests will find a wide variety of special Christmas performances taking place from now through the end of the year. From traditional Branson offerings such as Shoji Tabuchi and Yakov Smirnoff to limited engagements that include The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, there are a variety of show offerings, each getting into the spirit of the holidays.