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Romance is in the Air at Downtown Disney District as Valentine’s Weekend Brings Special Menus, Gift Ideas and Entertainment

posted on February 9th, 2016 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Whether it’s a romantic dinner, a special gift for your sweetheart, Valentine-themed entertainment or a horse & carriage ride, you’ll find all the makings of a perfect Valentine’s Day weekend in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

Shakespeare’s celebrated lovers Romeo and Juliet, as portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, will be on the screen at AMC Theatres in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” at 9 p.m. each evening, Friday, February 12, through Sunday, February 14.

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For a Valentine’s dinner, Catal Restaurant offers a special prix fixe three-course menu on Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14, featuring such starter options as oysters on the half shell, Manchego salad and more. Petite filet, paella and asparagus risotto are among the entrée options. And dessert choices include strawberry shortcake, chocolate croissant bread pudding, house-made gelato or sorbet.

Valentine’s Day specials at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen on Saturday and Sunday include a seafood lover’s sampler, choice of smoked red bell pepper soup or grilled hearts of romaine salad, then entrée choices of French cut chicken breast, citrus crusted salmon or pink peppercorn crusted filet mignon and, for dessert, white chocolate brownie a la mode.

Tortilla Jo’s offers a three-course prix fixe Valentine’s menu Saturday and Sunday highlighted by a fruta del mar entrée with lobster, scallops, rockfish, Mexican shrimp and PEI mussel; choice of sweet corn soup or endive salad to start; and a dessert choice of chocolate hazelnut crunch or berries and cream.

Kayla’s Cake along the Downtown Disney District promenade is currently offering strawberry shortcake, vanilla bean and banana cream macaroons to take home or enjoy as you window shop through the district. You will find a wide variety of great Valentine’s Day gift ideas ranging from Disney mementos to accessories and jewelry. Fossil is offering complimentary watch engraving with purchase through February 14. Or you can personalize something cuddly at Build-A-Bear.

Somewhere along the way, you should plan on taking your significant other on a romantic horse & carriage ride. The steeds will be departing from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, as part of a very special Valentine’s Day weekend at Downtown Disney District.

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A Family Point of View: Fun Together on a Disney Cruise

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The opportunity for families to play together is one of the things that sets Disney Cruise Line apart. From exhilarating rides on the AquaDuck water coaster, to carefree dancing at the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, there are countless ways for parents and kids to have fun as a family. In this video, get a first-person point of view from the Ortega family as they discover some of the excitement of a Disney cruise.

Stay tuned to see the Ortega family’s adventures at our private island paradise, Castaway Cay!

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Disney Parks Blog Unboxed – 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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France Pavilion is one of my favorite places in World Showcase at Epcot. I have spent countless hours watching my favorite film at Walt Disney World Resort, the gorgeous “Impressions de France.” I even had my first cup of coffee at the pavilion when I was 16. In this edition of Disney Parks Blog Unboxed, I was looking forward to spending another beautiful morning in France. My day, however, was interrupted by the arrival of a basket.

This year, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 2 to May 30. You will find the items seen in the video and much more at select merchandise locations throughout Epcot. The Festival Center, located in Future World between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy pavilions, will be open Fridays through Sundays throughout the event.

In the coming weeks, stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional looks at merchandise created especially for this event.

For more from the “Unboxed” series, visit the posts below:

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‘Celebrate Gospel’ Returns to the Disneyland Resort February 13

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


This Saturday, February 13, guest choirs from throughout Southern California will gather at Disney California Adventure park to “Celebrate Gospel” in honor of Black History Month, and the spirit and history of gospel music.

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Download Our Dragon Maleficent Wallpaper

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Last week during our latest #DisneyParksLIVE stream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we asked our viewers to vote to unlock one of two new “Fantasmic!”-themed Disney Parks Blog wallpapers. The winners voted to unlock a Sorcerer Mickey design – but we couldn’t keep the other choice, Dragon Maleficent, under lock and key too long!

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know The Seas With Nemo & Friends at Epcot?

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


Is “Finding Nemo” one of your favorite films? Then you must’ve experienced The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot. How well do you know this attraction? Test your knowledge below.

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All In The Details: Exploring Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar At Disney Springs

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Among all of the recent additions made to Disney Springs, I have to say that one of my personal favorites is Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, a 1940s era float plane hangar turned bar that’s full of adventure, from the decor that surrounds you, to the creative menu of drinks and light plates that delights you.

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Moms Panel Monday: Interactive Queues at Disney Parks

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Our Disney Parks Moms Panel know the many hidden gems around the Disney theme parks including the imaginative and magical details of the interactive queues for some of our attractions. Did you know Disney Parks is leading the theme park industry in creating engaging experiences to help pass the time while in line?

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Peyton Manning Celebrates Super Bowl Victory at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


How did Peyton Manning celebrate his team’s Super Bowl 50 victory today? He went to Disneyland! Following the Denver Broncos victory over the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Peyton celebrated with fans today at the Happiest Place on Earth with a parade Monday down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. Take a look!

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Style Happens Here – Lovely Apparel from Disney Parks

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Today, I’m launching a new monthly series that was inspired by the many Unforgettable moments that happen at Disney Parks. Titled “Style Happens Here,” this series will highlight stylish Disney products including apparel or accessories that guests may find when visiting Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, my first article showcases “lovely” apparel found only at Disney Parks.

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