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#DisneyKids: Exploring Epcot as a Family

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival might not immediately sound like an event for families with young children, but it is actually very kid-friendly. Epcot provides a great setting for families to explore new experiences and tastes together in a casual environment. I love taking my kids during the annual culinary festival because it gives me the chance to expose them to new foods in a low-pressure way – we don’t need to make reservations or commit to one cuisine, instead we nibble on smaller portions as we wander around the park. This way, they are much more receptive to trying a more exotic dish, and my husband and I are thrilled to be able to sample a variety of food and beverages from around the world.

This year at the festival there are some fun new additions to keep kids of all ages engaged, such as Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, a scavenger hunt with maps, stickers and prizes as kids search for little Remy statuettes hidden around World Showcase. We’ve also introduced new “taste buds” characters that represent different flavors and have names like “Sweet,” “Zesty,” and “Meaty” that can help kids select dishes they want to try. I plan to make turn it into a challenge to see how many of the taste buds my kids can conquer!

Outside of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the park is a lot of fun for families. Here’s a look at some of the other kid-friendly activities that are perfect for little ones:

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Celebrate Halloween and Oktoberfest This Month in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 9th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations

October is all about seasonal celebrations in the restaurants, shops and entertainment venues of the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Whether your taste runs to harvest, Halloween or “hoisting” a beverage for the occasion, the Downtown Disney District offers something for every age and every member of the family.


Pumpkin is one of the predominant tastes of the season, and there is plenty to taste at locations throughout the Downtown Disney District: a pumpkin churro from the California Churro cart, a pumpkin macaroon from Kayla’s Cakes, Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks and a pumpkin smoothie made with almond milk, pumpkin, bananas and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg at Jamba Juice.

Halloween celebrants can enjoy an evening of “Scary-Oke,” including costume and karaoke contests, at Crossroads at House of Blues on Saturday, Oct. 31. LittleMissMatched is offering a Buy 3 Get One Free deal on limited-edition Halloween-themed socks.

And if, inspired by Haunted Mansion Holiday, you’d like to construct your own haunted gingerbread house, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will offer a Haunted Gingerbread House Building Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. A Gingerbread Kit and two seats at the work table are available for $48; additional seats would be $12 apiece. Tickets are available online here.

Meanwhile, October brings with it the opportunity to show your Bavarian side with the celebration of Oktoberfest. Uva Bar is currently offering an Oktoberfest-inspired menu through October 31. Crossroads at House of Blues will have a special Oktoberfest Celebration this Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring specialty menu items, a stein-hoisting competition and a pretzel eating contest. Meanwhile, a special Oktoberfest menu at House of Blues features grilled bratwurst, schnitzel, apple strudel and giant Bavarian pretzels.

It’s a full month of October events at the Downtown Disney District. Choose your celebration!

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#DisneyKids: New Disney Junior-Themed Walt Disney World Resort Offer

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

Parents looking for the perfect opportunity to bring their little ones to Walt Disney World Resort won’t want to miss the new bite-sized resort offer that includes a special Disney Junior Park Pack. And the early 2016 travel dates provide you the chance to surprise your kids at the holidays!

Families who book the Disney Junior offer can enjoy a three-night, two-day room and ticket package starting at $874* for a family of three at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (valid for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights January 3-6, January 10-14, and January 18-Feburary 4, 2016). Guests can book this package through December 23, 2015. Ask about other great rates at select Disney Resort hotels for travel through April 13, 2016.


This offer includes a surprise for little Disney Junior fans – a Disney Junior Park Pack, which features fun activities inspired by favorite Disney Junior shows – like Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Miles from Tomorrowland. There are Disney Junior activity sheets, a special Spotify playlist featuring favorite Disney Junior songs, treats and more.

While on vacation, little ones can often get close to their favorite Disney Junior characters throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios, thanks to experiences like:

  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” – an interactive sing-along stage show with enchanting puppets from the popular Disney Junior shows, favorite Disney Junior songs, and lots of dancing and fun for everyone.
  • Disney Junior character greetings outside of “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” offer fun-filled photos, hugs and autographs with Sofia the First, Captain Jake, and Doc McStuffins.
  • Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine Character Dining at Hollywood & Vine is an entertaining interactive dining experience for kids to eat, play and dance along with friends from Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny.

For more information about this Disney Junior offer, please visit, or call (407) 827-7183.

*Price based on 2 adults and 1 child (ages 3-9) in a standard room. The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for 1 theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. One Disney Junior Park Pack per reservation, while supplies last. 3-night/2-day minimum purchase required on this offer to receive the Disney Junior Park Pack.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘Tangled: The Musical’?

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Since April, we shared behind-the-scenes looks at the development of “Tangled: The Musical,” the first-ever stage adaptation of the beloved animated film “Tangled.” Before it premieres aboard the Disney Magic next month, we want to test your knowledge about the show. Only the most dedicated fans will have what it takes to ace this one …

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New ALEX AND ANI Wraps Debut for Fall at Disney Parks

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Fall fashion is one thing I love, especially when it comes in the form of ALEX AND ANI! If you’re curious as to what releases we have lined up this October at Disney Parks, wait no more! Here are all the details and a look at what you can expect to find.

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Go Behind the Scenes with ‘We Love Disney’ for a Limited Time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Beginning this weekend, Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have the chance to see what went into the production of the upcoming compilation album, “We Love Disney.” A unique collaboration between Verve Records and Walt Disney Records, “We Love Disney” features interpretations of classic Disney songs by some of the hottest artists from the worlds of pop, rock, R&B and country.

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New ‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ Items Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in October

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

I loved seeing the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” a few weeks ago during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park. If you plan on attending an event in October, I invite you to look for a few commemorative items inspired by this new show.

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New Restaurant for Celebrity Chef Art Smith Coming to Disney Springs in Summer 2016

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

With farm-to-fork cuisine, Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine, Chef Art Smith’s new restaurant concept, opens in Summer 2016 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney VoluntEARS Become Superheroes for a Day during CANstruction Competition

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Andrea Finger, Director of Communications

‘CAN’ you pick a favorite superhero?

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Disney Parks After Dark: Phantom Manor at Disneyland Park – Paris

posted on October 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This month in our “Disney Parks After Dark” series, we’ll be switching gears and showing you some of the spookiest places at Disney Parks – at night, of course!

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