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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Disney Parks

posted on April 28th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Even though Mother’s Day is a couple of weeks away, it’s the ideal window to plan for success so you look like the hero! If you’re like most, you may struggle with finding the right gift, let alone the right size, the right card and the list goes on. But if you’ve been fortunate enough to find the right gift that created the moment for your loved one, I bet it became an amazing memory for you as well. If only you could repeat that right? Want to know the secret to finding the right gift? Here it is: For the most part, women like gifting experiences that create a memory and warm the heart, one that shows you love her for the essence of her. I can hear the question now: “Where do I go for that?” How ’bout an enchanted florist, Disney Floral and Gifts?

Today I’m sharing two gifting experiences that can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. Take a look.

First, A Disney Frozen Memory – Ship to Home. This gift is brand new this year, created just for those of you celebrating at home. Imagine her smile when the kids surprise her with a silver box topped with a blue bow. When she opens the box, she’ll see this card.

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She looks further and finds another silver box with this bracelet inside. And take it from me, this ice-inspired Swarovski crystal bracelet is a stunning eye-catcher. In fact, it’s the type of jewelry that goes with every outfit. Complementing the design are two sterling silver charms, one says “love” and the other is a snowflake. But, there’s one more piece.

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It’s this picture frame to enhance the experience. Interested to learn how to create a magical memory with this?

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Surprise her by having the kids present this gift on the eve of Mother’s Day, showing you had this holiday planned. That alone is an amazing gift. Ladies, am I right? Then, on Mother’s Day, capture an image of each child showing mom an expression of love on her special day, something they could “give back” to her. It could be as simple as the moment where they share why they love her for the essence of her. This type of experience will leave an indelible impression on the heart, yes, I said indelible. And once she places the image in the frame of the moment you captured on camera, she’ll be able to remember the experience while enjoying the bracelet.

Here’s another idea: A Magical Wish – Fulfill a Dream. For the past four years, this gift has been the coveted offering, simply because it’s so, well … so Disney.

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Imagine your loved one receiving this card. Take a moment to read it.

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Once she discovers the fairy tale wand included and makes her wish, which will be fulfilled by the giver of the gift, you’ll create a memory she’ll treasure. To commemorate the experience, there’s a beautiful Swarovski crystal and silver plated bracelet included that features three charms: dream, wish and believe.

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The bracelet can match just about any outfit which will let her share the story of the Mother’s Day experience that you created just for her. And since there are links on the bracelet, it’s adjustable. Then, for future occasions, you could find crystal earrings or a necklace to go with the bracelet to make a set.

So here’s what to do. Check out the links above to learn more, and remember to order sooner rather than later. Since Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, I’d order by Monday, May 4 at the latest to ensure delivery of your gift by Wednesday or Thursday, it’s always better to build in some extra time. You can order online or speak with a friendly Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT (939-4438) for shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. These surprises can be delivered to any Walt Disney World Resort hotel or restaurant location.

For our guests on the west coast, these two offerings are not available at the Disneyland Resort. But the good news is there are a variety of enchanting bouquets available that will surprise and warm her heart. My favorites are the Disney Dozen – Princess Pink and the ultimate, Make a Wish featuring “fairy lights” in the vase. Our Disneyland Floral and Gifts team is available seven days a week and can be reached at 714-781-GIFT. And, by the way, we’ve listened to your request for adding more Disneyland gifting experiences and it’s coming within the next two months. So stay tuned!

Of course if you’re celebrating at one of our parks, check out our Walt Disney World Floral and Gifts or our Disneyland Floral and Gifts site. There are so many ideas you can choose from so you can provide an amazing memory while on property.

In the meanwhile, I believe this is your cue to be the hero.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Critter Country at Disneyland Park?

posted on April 28th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The woodland creatures have awakened, the honey pots are full and the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich is back on the menu . . . Critter Country is open once again! How well do you know this shady corner of Disneyland park? Take our quiz and find out!

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How Well Do You Know Critter Country at Disneyland Park?

Prior to the creation of Critter Country, what was this area called?
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If you're looking for a delicious Sourdough Bowl filled with soup, which Critter Country location do you choose?
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How large is Critter Country?
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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh pays tribute to which former Disneyland park attraction?
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Behind the Scenes: Inside the Bakery at Epcot’s France Pavilion

posted on April 28th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


You smell it before you see it – that unmistakable aroma of freshly baked bread hot from the oven. As you enter Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in the France Pavilion at Epcot, all five senses are awakened when you smell the bread, see the beautiful pastries, hear the lilting sound of French, touch, then taste your favorite. Maybe a crisp baguette or buttery croissant. Or a Napoleon or macaron or éclair … maybe a jambon beurre sandwich or quiche Lorraine. So many choices, so little time.

Every single item in the bakery case is made by hand – in the on-stage bread ovens or in the bustling upstairs bakery where the crew arrives before daybreak to make buttery croissants, dense quiche Florentine and parfaits almost too pretty to eat. You’ll be hungry just looking at these delicious photos by Disney photographer Matt Stroshane.

We got a special behind-the-scenes peek at the expansive upstairs bakery that’s as big as Les Halles below, with cooks busy making crème brûlèe, slicing fresh Napoleon, piping éclairs and putting the finishing touches on chocolate mousse and strawberry tarts. A tray of freshly baguettes with ham and cheese with Dijon mustard butter, a classic Parisian sandwich, was readied for the first guests of the day. Freshly made macarons in jewel tones, light as a feather, were gently placed in little boxes.

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Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie opens at 9 a.m., ahead of World Showcase, and is a wonderful little hideaway for breakfast. The pastry team of 30, under the direction of Pastry Chef Olivier Saintemarie, starts their day at 5 a.m. and rotates throughout the day until 11 p.m. to make sure guests have the freshest taste of France.

We headed back downstairs to chat with Chef Baker Matthieu Cabon from Brittany, France, who, with his team of six, turns out 700 to 800 baguettes every single day, along with specialty breads such as brioche and croissants. He started baking at age 15, and studied only bread making for four years – “I mastered bread the old-school way … no shortcuts,” he says. It was the aroma that determined his career, he says, as well as the quiet of early-morning hours when bakers do their best work.

“Bread is limitless, it just takes imagination,” says Matthieu.

And, really, it’s just four ingredients: flour, yeast, salt and water, but you must add “know how,” says the chef. Everything at Les Halles is made from scratch, and it takes two days, start to finish, to produce a perfect baguette. His bakers make all the breads for Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie, Chefs de France, Monsieur Paul and brioche for the pavilion’s ice-cream shop.

“For baguettes, day one is slow fermentation, then the dough sits overnight in a cooler to coax out the flavor,” says Matthieu. “Day two we divide it, shape it and bake. That’s it.”

But it’s the artisan touch that makes a perfect baguette. “Bread is all about feeling, but the real boss is the dough, which can be temperamental with temperature, weather and humidity,” he says. “Dough follows nature, and a good baker knows just by touching whether it’s right.”

For a perfectly flaky croissant, the chef explains that the folding process is a science. “It takes six hours to shape, then it’s baked the next day,” he explains.

And for tartines, which Americans call “open-faced sandwiches,” the bakery makes a rustic loaf with blistered, rugged crust and tangy soft inside – Chef Matthieu knocks on the crust and knows by the sound if it’s perfect.

All told, they turn out eight different kinds of bread: baguettes, croissants, tartines, whole-grain loaves, pain de mie (a type of sliced bread), brioche, focaccia and walnut-raisin bread.

He and his team also make exquisite, smaller breads for Monsieur Paul: whole-grain loaves, rustic baguettes, poppy seed “epis” (a type of artisan French bread) and a mushroom, bacon and cheese bread that’s a guest favorite.

Matthieu deftly inserts a shovel-like peel into the hot oven and slides out a dozen or so crackly loaves. From the hint of a smile on his face, you know it’s a good morning.

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Caption This: Dino Gertie Dines At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on April 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Dino Gertie, the towering dinosaur who houses Dino Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction, brings a smile to many guests walking around the Lake Echo area. (To learn about Gertie’s place in film history, be sure to check out this previous post).

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa?

posted on April 27th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


With the addition of quizzes on the Disney Parks Blog, I’m excited to have a little fun testing your knowledge of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! Even if you have never visited our beautiful resort in Hawai`i, take a look through some of our past Aulani blog posts to find the answers! Have fun and good luck!

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‘Show Your Disney Side Week’ on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

posted on April 27th, 2015 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing


A few weeks ago, I dropped a not-so-subtle hint here on the Disney Parks Blog that there might be more Disney fun coming on “Wheel of Fortune” this season. Well, the wait is over: “Show Your Disney Side” Week starts tonight on “Wheel of Fortune!”

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Soak in the Great Outdoors of Skagway with Disney Cruise Line

posted on April 27th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Last week, I shared with you some of our brand-new Port Adventures coming to Juneau during this summer’s Alaska sailings. Today, I’m excited to tell you about ways your family can experience Skagway’s great outdoors with Port Adventures new for this summer.

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Sixty Years of Innovation: Audio-Animatronics Technology Begins at Disneyland Park

posted on April 27th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Continuing our look back at the amazing innovations that Disneyland has seen throughout its sixty years, we jump forward now to the 1960s and the invention of Audio-Animatronics technology. Inspired by an antique mechanical singing bird he found while visiting New Orleans, Walt Disney was driven to bring what he saw as three-dimensional animation to Disneyland. He enlisted the help of Imagineer and Disney Legend Wathel Rogers to take the bird apart and see how it – quite literally – ticked.

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It’s a Peaceful Morning at the China Pavilion at Epcot

posted on April 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Of all the photos we’ve featured in our “morning” series, I have to say that this is my favorite shot so far. The morning sunshine hits the pond, lilypads and temple at the China Pavilion just perfectly. Such a peaceful sight! Now who is ready to explore World Showcase for the day?

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Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Officially Opens Today at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

posted on April 27th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The collectible souvenir mugs are in at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and the doors officially open today.

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