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What’s New on Signature Menus at Walt Disney World

posted on March 30th, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Foodies, rejoice and check out these delectable new tastes on Walt Disney World signature menus. Then tell us what Disney dish you’ve tasted lately that’s worth sharing.

What’s New on Signature Menus at Walt Disney World

In the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Royal Table has added a lunch Niçoise Salad with seared tuna, haricot verts, olives, tomatoes, baby greens and classic vinaigrette. For dinner, an indulgent whole-fried Cornish hen with castle-made mac ‘n cheese and broccolini is getting rave reviews.

Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is featuring a simply delicious taste of spring with a pear and endive salad tossed with pear emulsion, pistachio brittle, Robiola Bosina cheese and fresh strawberries.

What’s New on Signature Menus at Walt Disney World

Also at the Grand, Narcoossee’s offers a whole snapper with basmati rice, charred green beans and soy-lime vinaigrette. If you remember this from the menu, it’s run before as a special, but is so popular it’s now a seasonal staple.

Jumping over to Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, we had a hard time choosing between the house-made charcuterie with smoked duck sausage, venison, veal sweetbread terrine and steak tartare and the butter-poached lobster with vanilla-whipped parsnips and a tart green apple emulsion. That lobster is cooked sous vide (French for “under vacuum”), which keeps it deliciously tender.

Across the water at Disney’s BoardWalk, Flying Fish Cafe keeps it local and sustainable with Floribbean wild-caught shrimp cocktail with Vero Beach red watercress, spiced heirloom radishes and palm hearts with a horseradish and piquillo-pepper-laced cocktail sauce.

At California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, it’s all about spring veggies – spring onions on the flatbreads and in soups, English peas, artichokes in the ravioli, Delta asparagus with the beef filet, Florida peaches to “lacquer” the buttery pork belly served with a white bean puree – or have your peaches for dessert with crepes and peach sorbet. Yum.

Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort takes the prize for sweet endings with its “Chocolate Indulgence” – Valhrona chocolate ganache with salted chocolate ice cream, Amarena cherries and chocolate “pop rocks.” Eat dessert first, we say!

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Special Video from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Sneak Peek’

posted on March 29th, 2011 by Michele Himmelberg, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Pirates swept into Disneyland park this past weekend for an exciting adventure, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Sneak Peek,” featuring an exclusive 3D film sequence from the upcoming Disney film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Here’s a look at the first night of this new experience, which invites guests to join the crew of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Guests begin their adventure along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland, where they meet some of Captain Jack’s scallywags, including Captain Squawk, a wise-cracking, peg-legged parrot. As they make their way into Festival Arena, it’s as if they were boarding a great pirate vessel. That’s when the action begins.

You can catch this “Sneak Peek” adventure on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights now through May 30 at Disneyland park. The event will play nightly from April 15-May 1. And look for the movie in theaters beginning May 20.

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New Star Tours Destinations to be Announced Soon

posted on March 29th, 2011 by Tom Fitzgerald, Executive VP & Senior Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

Star Tours Departure Board

Recently, we talked about the characters you’ll meet in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Since then, there’s been a lot of speculation about where we’ll meet those characters. Well, stay tuned. While the Star Tours Company does fly to many destinations (as you can see in the attached image – especially if you read Aurebesh) we’ll soon give you the flight list for our show!

For more information on Star Tours, see these previous updates:

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Hidden Magic in Even the Most Eye-Catching Aulani Landmark

posted on March 29th, 2011 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations

On a recent walk through the construction site at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Djuan Rivers, Vice President of Disney Vacation Club and Resort, Hawaii, talked about Pu‘u Kino, the lava outcropping which is probably the most imposing and eye-catching landmark in the Waikolohe Valley recreation and activity area of the Resort. Pu‘u Kino will offer two different adventures down thrilling water slides. One slide will plunge tube-riding guests into a water course through misty caverns. The other is a body slide that will drop them directly into the crystalline waters of the 8,200-square-foot Waikolohe Pool.

Along the way, you may spot “hidden faces in the lava” (which is what Pu‘u Kino means in Hawaiian). Djuan and our videographer have done a good job calling attention to some of those “hidden faces.” Can you spot them all? As you can imagine, there are many others you’ll be able to find on your own when you visit.

See what else has been happening at Aulani in the posts below:

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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…

posted on March 29th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Where at Disney Parks Can You Find This Gold Crown?

Oh boy, I think we’ve found a mystery image to stump even our most observant Disney Parks Blog readers. Like our recent gold star puzzler, this week’s gold crown is not too difficult to spot but easy to miss – your attention may be focused on something good nearby. Have you spotted it? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.
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A Disney Rabbit Roundup

posted on March 29th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

With Easter fast approaching and a young son at home, my mind lately has been filled with thoughts of Easter bunnies, dyed eggs, and jelly beans. Today, the topic of bunnies made me wonder – just how many rabbit characters do we have in our Disney family?

It turns out we have a whole warren of them. Take a look and see if any on the list surprise you.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit – Oswald, the first animated lead character ever created by Walt Disney, starred in 26 silent shorts between 1927-1928. Walt lost the rights to Oswald in a business deal in 1928, but the loss inspired him to create Mickey Mouse. The Walt Disney Company regained the rights to Oswald in 2006.

Thumper – Bambi’s pal, Thumper, starred alongside him in the 1942 film. Guests can often find him at the Camp Minnie-Mickey area at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Brer Rabbit from 'Song of the South'

Brer Rabbit – This happy-go-lucky rabbit was the star of the 1946-movie, “Song of the South.” His adventurous spirit was the inspiration for the Splash Mountain attraction that opened at Magic Kingdom Park in 1992.

White Rabbit from 'Alice in Wonderland'

White Rabbit – White Rabbit plays a key part in the 1951-film “Alice in Wonderland,” as he was the character Alice followed into Wonderland. Although he’s known for being late for important dates, guests can occasionally meet him at Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

March Hare – The brown March Hare appears in the tea party scene in “Alice in Wonderland.” Guests can have their own wild tea party at Magic Kingdom Park by taking a spin on the Mad Tea Party, an attraction inspired by this scene from the film.

Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh

Rabbit – Pooh’s pal made his big-screen debut in “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree” in 1966. An avid gardener, Rabbit can be seen at The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction at Magic Kingdom Park.

Mother, Skippy, Sis and Tagalong Rabbit – The Rabbit family was one of many struggling in Nottingham under the thumb of Prince John in this 1973 version of “Robin Hood.” Robin quickly befriended the family, becoming a personal hero to little Skippy.

Roger Rabbit from 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'

Roger Rabbit – Roger starred in the 1988 film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” He also served as inspiration for Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin attractions at Disneyland park and Tokyo Disneyland, as well as the theme for the Backlot Express quick-service restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Can you think of any Disney rabbits that didn’t make the list?

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Most Important Meal of the Day at Disneyland Resort

posted on March 28th, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Pluto Enjoying Breakfast with a Few Guests

Everyone’s in a hurry to get the day going when they arrive at Disneyland Resort, but like Mom always said, breakfast is the way to jump start your morning – for staying power, fuel up!

Here are five of our favorite breakfasts. Share your favorites with us.

In Disneyland park: We like starting the day early in the theme park and getting photos with the characters checked off our to-do list. Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park at Plaza Inn fills us up and sends us on our way with cereals, made-to-order omelets, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, French toast, Mickey waffles, muffins, croissant, Danish and fresh fruit. And photos with Minnie and friends. Check!

But if you’re in more of a hurry to get to the attractions, grab a bite at River Belle Terrace, where the generous Mickey Mouse pancake is a favorite. Or go for the “Mark Twain” with scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon or sausage and biscuit. Carb- and protein-loaders will love the pancakes with scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. Or just eat light with a beautiful plate of fresh fruit. Or throw caution to the wind enjoy a gooey cinnamon roll. Nothing is more than $8 on the menu.

At Disney California Adventure park: If you’ve got little girls, nothing beats starting the day at Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration. Sit indoors or out and share the “breakfast tier” with fresh fruit, cheeses and cold cuts and pastries, bagels and croissants, followed by an ample platter of scrambled eggs, bacon, turkey sausage and potatoes. All those beautiful princesses make a stop at the table for memorable photos and smiling faces.

Eat efficiently at Pacific Wharf Cafe, where your scrambled eggs and bacon come in an edible sourdough boule with a bite of fresh fruit. Or grab a portable croissant with scrambled eggs, cheddar and bacon. Of course, the most healthful is a warm bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar, honey and raisins. Nothing is more than $6.

At Paradise Pier Hotel: If you’re not in a hurry to get in the park, what’s better than breakfast with the Big Cheese? Surf’s Up! Breakfast With Mickey and Friends features made-to-order omelets, flatbreads, Mickey waffles, chocolate peanut butter banana French toast, smoothies, a parfait station, chilaquiles (one of our favorites), smoked salmon and all the fixins’ and more. It’s a satisfying meal, and Mickey Mouse and pals dance and sing and make a stop at every table.

For reservations for character dining, call Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.

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Before and After: Things That Spin in the Night at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 28th, 2011 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

I’ve found that when most photographers go out to shoot something at a specific time and place, they usually show up early and stay late to make sure they “get the shot.” One of the benefits of this is you may get some images you weren’t expecting.

This sunset photo of Mickey’s Fun Wheel at Disney California Adventure park isn’t a spinning photo, but it shows you a great example of something you can find – if you get there earlier than you need to.

Mickey's Fun Wheel at Disney California Adventure Park

After I took that photo, I set out to take pictures for the post you saw on February 28, Fun with Mickey’s Fun Wheel at Disney California Adventure park. I stayed to see what else might be of interest. That’s when I got this shot – a cool reflection of Mickey’s Fun Wheel with the “World of Color“ fountains.

Mickey's Fun Wheel with the 'World of Color' Fountains at Disney California Adventure Park

See other “Things That Spin in the Night” posts below:

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Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot Begins June 12

posted on March 28th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot

How about we kick off this week with a look at what’s to come at Epcot? This summer, we’ll be offering great tunes at the park from some of the world’s best tribute bands during the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series. It all happens at the open-air America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase beginning in June, and this year, we’re featuring a lineup of bands playing tribute to tunes from U2, The Bee Gees, Janet Jackson, Bon Jovi and others. Here’s the schedule:

  • Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles, 6/12-18/11
  • Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees, 6/19-25/11
  • Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute, 6/26-7/2/11
  • Little Queen – The Music of Heart, 7/3-9/11
  • Frontiers – A Tribute to Journey, 7/10-16/11
  • Karin Lawson – A Tribute to Janet Jackson, 7/17-23/11
  • 2U – A Tribute to U2, 7/24-30/11

Epcot concert times are 5:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. However, on July 4, the times will be 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. And of course, entertainment is subject to change without notice. So, who are you looking forward to hearing this summer?

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Favorite Costumes from Disney’s Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World

posted on March 28th, 2011 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

The endurance events at Disney Parks attract runners from around the world. And, bless their hearts, runners wearing all sorts of colorful costumes and outfits. It’s one of the things that makes a runDisney race, well, magical.

Take the recent Disney’s Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World, for instance. Talk about fashion statements. Check out this video slideshow of some of the more decorative runners who ran in the 13.1-mile race.

For more about Disney’s Princess Half Marathon, see these posts:

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