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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Ashley Brown’s ‘Practically Perfect’ Parks Visit

posted on April 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, actress Ashley Brown, who originated the part of Mary Poppins on Broadway visited Walt Disney World Resort. During her visit, she also took time out to answer some of your questions submitted here on the blog – and of course, visited the parks to take photos with some Poppins pals.

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Ashley Brown’s ‘Practically Perfect’ Visit to Walt Disney World Resort Ashley Brown’s ‘Practically Perfect’ Visit to Walt Disney World Resort

She also took the time to surprise a group of young performers from Franklin School for the Performing Arts students during their Disney Performing Arts Program Experience.

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Ashley answered their questions about being a professional performer and also shared a special performance of the song “Feed the Birds” from “Mary Poppins.”

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Another Disney Cruise Line Chef Receives Top Culinary Honor

posted on April 25th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Disney parks, resorts and cruise ships have continually been recognized by both consumers and industry experts for the exceptional, innovative and fun dining experiences. Today, we congratulate Disney Cruise Line Chef Patrick Albert, executive chef of Remy restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, recently named a Master Chef of France after being inducted into the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, a prestigious culinary society and one of the highest honors in the country.

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Master Chef of France is a coveted title, dedicated “to preserving and perpetuating the tradition of great French cuisine.” At Remy, inspired by Disney’s animated hit film “Ratatouille,” Chef Patrick showcases French-inspired cuisine featuring superior seasonal ingredients from around the globe.

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This honor adds to a growing list of awards for the chefs onboard Disney cruise ships and at our parks and resorts around the world. Chef Arnaud Lallement, advising chef at Remy, received a third Michelin star for his restaurant in Reims, France. Chef Scott Hunnel, who collaborates with Chef Arnaud, is a 2015 James Beard Award semi-finalist and at the helm at AAA Five-Diamond Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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Since launching in 1998, Disney ships have been the place where guests can connect with the stories and characters they cherish most, and dining has always been an important part of that story. From quick-service to fine dining, the chefs focus on exceeding guest expectations – and keep adding innovative new ideas that help move the culinary industry forward. All told, Disney Parks and Resorts has nearly 300 top-notch chefs, many of whom are graduates of prestigious culinary schools. A great meal awaits!

Do you have a favorite onboard dining experience?

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park

posted on April 24th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We recently shared that some exciting new magic is coming next month to Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland park. In anticipation, I’d like to go a different direction with this installment of “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” and tell you the story behind the inspiration for this classic attraction.

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The Matterhorn Bobsleds were inspired by the 1959 live action Disney feature film, “Third Man on the Mountain,” which tells the story of a young man who strives to scale the Matterhorn (called “the Citadel” in the film). During filming in Zermatt, Switzerland, Walt Disney became fascinated with the Matterhorn, and his thoughts turned to how he could incorporate this inspiration at Disneyland.

He asked his designers to think about transforming Holiday Hill (a small mound of dirt between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland) into Snow Hill, which would feature real snow. Time passed and ideas evolved, and the project grew in scope. Snow Hill became Snow Mountain, and by the time “Third Man on the Mountain” wrapped in 1958 the project had developed into Matterhorn Mountain.

The real Matterhorn in Switzerland stands 14,700 feet, while the 100th-scale replica at Disneyland reaches nearly 147 feet. Can you think of other mountains or natural wonders that have inspired attractions at Disney Parks around the world?

For more from “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series, visit the stories below:

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#DisneyKids: Meeting Characters at Disney Parks

posted on April 24th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


One of the most fun things to do with little ones at Walt Disney World Resort is take them to meet the characters that they enjoy from beloved stories and films. It is one of those magical moments that you never forget as a parent, and it creates a memory that kids can relive at home by looking at photos and autograph books from your trip. From Disney Jr. characters and Pixar friends, to fairytale princesses and the Fab 5, there is no shortage of opportunities for kids to interact with their favorites.

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‘World of Color’ Dining Packages Available for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Kickoff Event

posted on April 24th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” during the 24-Hour Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kickoff event, May 22-23! Additional “World of Color” dining packages have been added for the event at select restaurants at Disney California Adventure park.

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Chocolate and Liquor Tasting on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 24th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Looking for a new activity to do on your next Disney cruise with your love? Our decadent Chocolate and Liquor Tasting is a popular choice for couples and a fun way to indulge together.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Fireworks Brighten Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” image was shot at Hong Kong Disneyland of the park’s nighttime fireworks spectacular, “Disney In The Stars.”

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PHOTOS: Dockside Margaritas Opens Today at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Last week, we shared that Dockside Margaritas would be opening soon at Downtown Disney. Today is opening day, and we’re sharing the first photos of the cool, laid-back new location. Sit back and enjoy the relaxing things in life–Florida style—while you take a look through the gallery below.

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VIDEO: Disney Actress Ashley Brown Answers Reader Questions

posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Broadway’s own Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown, took a minute out of her family’s visit while at Magic Kingdom to answer your questions about Walt Disney World. Check out the video below to see if she responded to you!

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VIDEO: Learn to Make the Manhattan from Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


The Manhattan cocktail became popular during Prohibition, and remains popular with guests of Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park. This swanky signature cocktail is served with Carthay Circle Restaurant’s famous ice sphere, and is garnished with cherries. The ice sphere used in the cocktail is a perfect sphere—the optimal shape for keeping your drink cold, without melting and diluting the drink.

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