Virtual experience takes guests 220 miles above the EarthPrix Fixe menus focus on upscale, contemporary fare Collectible space trading cards available
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2021) – Aspiring astronauts, gastronomes, and space enthusiasts can suit up and prepare for liftoff because Patina Restaurant Group’s highly anticipated Space 220 Restaurant in EPCOT® at Walt Disney World® Resort is now open. The first-of-its-kind restaurant concept promises to virtually lift guests to a new “height of dining.” Reservations are now available to book with seating beginning on September 27.
Celebrating its inaugural mission today, a dedication ceremony featured executives from Patina Restaurant Group, Delaware North (Patina Restaurant Group’s parent company), Disney, and very special guests Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Mickey and Minnie helped wish travelers a magical “flight” during their maiden voyage to Space 220. Following the ribbon-cutting, media guests were given a tour of the restaurant and the opportunity to sample signature menu items.
“At Space 220, we hope to take guests on a culinary journey with our signature prix fixe menu that will let them customize the perfect meals for their crew and expedite their trip to space and back, allowing them ample time to enjoy all that EPCOT has to offer,” said Patina Restaurant Group Marketing Director Kyle Collins.
“With Space 220, we now have a fine dining experience in our World Discovery neighborhood of the Park – and a chance for our EPCOT guests to experience a restaurant that is truly out of this world!” added Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Portfolio Executive Tom Fitzgerald.
When visiting one of the country’s most anticipated restaurants to open this year, guests will feel as if they are transported 220 miles above Earth to the Centauri Space Station – they will see EPCOT drop away under their feet and look up to see the rapidly approaching station. The scenic journey is fun for the whole family and phase one of Space 220’s immersive dining experience, providing guests with stellar views of Earth by day and night. Phase two begins once they step off the space elevator, walking past a Grow Zone of spinning produce representing the fresh ingredients on the menu, while they’re guided to their table by a Space 220 crew member. Once seated, all guests will have panoramic views of Earth as the backdrop to an out-of-this-world dining experience.
A supernova of flavors awaits diners daily for lunch and dinner at Space 220 beginning at 11:30 a.m. With Executive Chef Marc Kusche at the helm, the restaurant serves upscale, contemporary fare, featuring a two-course prix fixe menu for lunch and a three-course prix fixe menu for dinner. Guests will enjoy a selection of lift-off appetizers, star course main entrees, and a choice of supernova sweets for dessert. Satellite sides will also be available a la carte, and visitors can expect unique beverages with a colorful lineup of atmospheric spirits, zero proof (non-alcoholic) cocktails, big dipper brews, and worldly wines. Some crew favorites include the following signature menu items:
With the purchase of any zero proof (non-alcoholic) cocktail or children’s meal, guests will receive a pack of Space 220 Collectible Trading Cards. Designed exclusively for and only distributed at Space 220, these limited-edition packs of cards feature custom illustrations and trivia facts about space exploration, food in space, and the sky-high innovations at Space 220.
Stay in the know about all the latest interstellar news regarding Space 220 by visiting www.space220restaurant.comand by following along on their social media platforms @Space220Fla on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
EPCOT is a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., that features exciting attractions, international pavilions and seasonal special events, where the impossible becomes possible through the power of human imagination and the magic of Disney. World Showcase provides immersive experiences that explore the architecture, culture and cuisine of 11 countries throughout the world. Attractions such as Frozen Ever After and Soarin’ Around the World show the wonder of the real world, while The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Test Track and Mission: SPACE spark curiosity. EPCOT seasonal festivals feature the arts, florals, holidays and culinary magic. EPCOT is in the midst of a multi-year transformation adding new excitement and stories to the park, including attractions such as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and the new nighttime spectacular, “Harmonious.”
About Patina Restaurant Group
Patina Restaurant Group is a bicoastal collection of 40+ restaurants in the premium segment of the hospitality industry. The esteemed group is known for its unique and impeccable market-driven menus, modern design and décor, exemplary service culture, and outstanding beverage programs across all locations—offering numerous distinctive, one-of-a-kind dining destinations.
On the East Coast, fan-favorite concepts include restaurants such as Morimoto Asia, Maria & Enzo’s, Pizza Ponte, Enzo’s Hideaway, and The Edison at Disney Springs® in Orlando along with the Italy Pavilion in EPCOT® World Showcase at Walt Disney World Resort® which encompasses Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Tutto Italia Ristorante, Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, and La Gelateria Toscana. Farther north, it operates iconic venues in New York City such as Lincoln Ristorante at Lincoln Center, Stella 34 Trattoria & Bar at Macy’s Herald Square, STATE Grill and Bar in the Empire State Building, and Banners Kitchen & Tap next to TD Garden in Boston.
On the West Coast, its portfolio is comprised of Downtown Disney® District staples such as Naples Ristorante e Bar, Napolini, Tortilla Jo’s, Catal Restaurant, and Uva Bar & Cafe. Additional venues throughout Los Angeles, many of which are surrounded by celebrated cultural institutions, include Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, The Kitchen at Descanso Gardens, Leatherby’s Café Rouge at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Ray’s & Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Tangata Restaurant at the Bowers Museum and a world-class catering division servicing high-profile events across the country. Learn more at www.patinagroup.com.
Welcome to our first Disneyland Update since Magic Key! We're excited to start having regular Disneyland updates as a part of our coverage!
Written by Gregg Condon
The Magic Key Lounge was the longest wait in the park. Not even kidding. A virtual wait (when I tried to check in there were about 200 people in front of me) and then once you're called back, there's another wait. For a photo op and phone chargers. Don't ever estimate the power of "passholders" again.
Disneyland Resort Celebrates the Holiday Season with Beloved Traditions and Diverse Cultural Festivities
Disneyland Resort Celebrates the Holiday Season with Beloved Traditions and Diverse Cultural Festivities at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks, Nov. 12, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022
ANAHEIM, Calif. (September 1, 2021) – Magic is here with Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, and this year the merry making and fun festivities will run from Nov. 12, 2021, through Jan. 9, 2022. Guests will enjoy a distinctly Disney holiday experience with beloved traditions that include the breathtaking Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade, and magical snow falling on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park. At Disney California Adventure Park, guests will enjoy a heartwarming celebration that brings the holiday season to life with Disney Festival of Holidays, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” Street Party and the merry motor-themed holiday décor on Route 66 in Cars Land.
Throughout the parks, guests will see Santa and Disney characters turned out in their holiday best, enjoy seasonal sweet treats at food and beverage locations, and shop at favorite Disney boutiques for memorable gifts for everyone on their lists.
The Disneyland Resort holiday celebration extends to Downtown Disney District and Hotels of the Disneyland Resort with traditional décor and festive entertainment adding to the merriment.
At Disneyland Park
Guests entering Disneyland will be greeted by a magnificent 60-foot-tall Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A., decorated with nearly 1,800 ornaments. The classic tree is an iconic symbol of Holidays at Disneyland Resort, as well as an ideal location for holiday photos. At the entrance to Fantasyland, the holiday magic will shine brightly each evening when Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle begins to sparkle with light and music fills the air illuminating the night in an enchanted wintertime spectacle. Several times a day, guests will again see “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade and some favorite Disney characters and princesses throughout the park, dressed in their seasonal finest with a few surprises this year.
As their magical day comes to an end, guests will find the perfect finishing touches to their holiday memories with a magical “snowfall” along with colorful projections on Main Street U.S.A., and the façade of “it’s a small world” during the “Believe in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. The heartwarming finale is a “kiss goodnight” moment from several beloved characters, dressed in their pajamas and waving goodbye from the balcony of the Disneyland Railroad Train Station in Town Square.
Additionally, seasonal transformations will once again resonate holiday cheer at “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday.
At Disney California Adventure Park
Guests at Disney California Adventure Park will create new memories during Disney Festival of Holidays as theydiscover the sights, sounds and tastes of a diverse season of celebrations, including Christmas/Navidad, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day. The festivities include live entertainment, shopping for themed merchandise and eight food marketplaces where guests will sip and savor culinary delights. A team of Disney chefs drew on inspiration from their own unique stories to handcraft some of the festive foods on the marketplace menus.
The celebration continues with “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” as Disney characters host a fun street party featuring Mexican folklórico dancers and Mariachis, Brazilian samba dancers and percussionists, giant mojiganga puppets and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their fiesta best.
In the Paradise Gardens area of the park, guests will enjoy festively themed food and beverages plus live music and performers starting Nov. 12, and later in the Holiday season, the debut of newly-featured Mirabel from the Walt Disney Animation Studios upcoming film “Encanto.” At Pacific Wharf, guests will find holiday-themed menus with special food and drink to be savored while listening to live musical entertainment. Here as well, younger guests will discover craft stations and cookie decorating kits to add to their holiday fun.
The four-wheeled residents of Radiator Springs will be pulling out all the stops with their holiday décor in Cars Land. The yuletide spirit will shift into high gear beginning with a snow-covered billboard at the land’s entrance and stretching all the way to the hubcap-studded tree decorating the front of the courthouse. Guests will enjoy a plethora of cleverly themed automotive ornamentation all along Route 66 where two attractions will rely on a little festive magic to transform into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.
Guests of all ages will be delighted to see Santa Claus in his rustic home at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Guests may share their holiday wishes with the jolly fellow and take souvenir pictures in this scenic location. Adding to the merriment, Mickey Mouse and pals celebrate the season with a joyful party and dance along to the magical rhythms of the Holiday Toy Drummers several times daily.
Health and Safety at the Disneyland Resort
Guests are encouraged to visit Disneyland.com/experience-updates for important information to know before visiting the Disneyland Resort, including the latest updates on required face coverings.
Both valid admission and theme park reservation for same park on the same day are required for park entry. Park reservations are limited, subject to availability, and are not guaranteed for any specific date or park. Other restrictions apply. Attractions, experiences, entertainment and offerings may be modified, limited in availability, or unavailable, and are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Please check Disneyland.com for entertainment performance times, which may vary.
Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, Calif., features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, shopping and opportunities to explore. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.