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Zesty Firecracker Duck Wings from Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 26th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


A taste of creative California cuisine, these kicky Firecracker Duck Wings take some time, but the final taste is worth the effort. Chef Gloria Tae from Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park shows us start to finish how the restaurant creates the appealing dish, and the recipe below takes you through step-by-step to make your own at home.

The recipe works well with chicken wings, too – Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge uses duck for something a little different, says Chef Gloria. With braising, then frying in a light tempura batter, these wings soar to new heights.

Fire Cracker Duck Wings
Serves 6-8

Wings

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 orange, zested (no white pith) and chopped
  • 1 cup yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, tops and root-end trimmed and crushed with back of knife to release flavor
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 red jalapeño peppers, cut in half lengthwise
  • 4-5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Coarse salt and pepper to taste
  • 25 duck wings, tips removed and cut in half at joint

Tempura Batter

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 cups cold seltzer water
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, more if needed

Wing Sauce

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Sriracha hot chili sauce

For wings:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Place oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add orange zest toast for 3 to 4 minutes. Add onion, carrots, and celery, stirring until slightly caramelized. Add brown sugar and vinegar and reduce by half, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add lemongrass, ginger, garlic, jalapeños, lime leaves, and soy sauce. Reduce by half, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add chicken stock and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and add cilantro. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  4. Place duck wings in a single layer in large roasting pan. (Two pans might be needed depending on number of wings and size.) Pour liquid over wings, making sure meat is completely covered.
  5. Cover pan with foil. Braise for 1 1/2 hours; check for tenderness and cook longer if necessary.
  6. Remove wings from braising liquid and place in separate pan. Strain braising liquid, then pour over wings. Refrigerate until cooled.

For tempura batter:

  1. Mix together flour, seltzer water, and coarse salt. Refrigerate until tread to use.
  2. Reserve cornstarch for dredging wings.

For wing sauce:

  1. Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add soy sauce and Sriracha, mixing thoroughly. Set aside and keep warm.

To serve:

  1. Pat wings dry. Dredge in tempura batter, then roll in small amount of cornstarch. Add more cornstarch if necessary.
  2. Prepare deep fryer, including oil amount, according to machine instructions. Place coated wings one by one directly into fryer, with basket submerged in oil. Lift basket and shake occasionally to make sure wings don’t stick together. Fry until crispy, watching closely so as not to overcook. Remove from fryer and toss wings with warm sauce. Squeeze fresh lime over wings and keep warm until all wings are cooked.
  3. Serve immediately.
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Join Donald Duck and Pan for Gold in Skagway, Alaska, with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 26th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


I love when we here at Disney Cruise Line are able to combine the magic of our Disney characters with the rich culture of our ports of call. It is not a simple process, but when that formula is right, we are sure to create memorable experiences, like the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake Featuring Exclusive Disney Character Experience.
Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure: Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake Featuring Exclusive Disney Character Experience

A guest favorite for the past two seasons, this Port Adventure returns this summer to tell the story of the prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush. Guests will visit a trail camp complete with gold panning, great family entertainment and an all-you-can-eat outdoor feast featuring Alaskan salmon. Visiting the camp and in full local attire is Donald Duck, bringing along a few surprises.

Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure: Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake Featuring Exclusive Disney Character Experience Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure: Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake Featuring Exclusive Disney Character Experience

 
After all this, guests will still have time to explore Skagway or take part in the many other options in this quaint and pristine corner of the Alaskan inside passage.

As I always say, when the ship’s in port (especially in Alaska!), venture ashore!


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Help Free ‘The Disney Goat’ by Sharing Online

posted on March 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Whenever you hear about a good deal, you want to take advantage of it, right?

Well, it appears that Billy the Disney Goat, whom you may recognize from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park, has heard about the new Florida Resident 3-Day Discover Disney Ticket and wants finally to enjoy the magic for himself – not just watch the fun from his place in the tiny mining town of Tumbleweed.

Hear Billy’s plea for yourself:

 
You can help free Billy by visiting FreeTheDisneyGoat.com and sharing his message on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can even suggest attractions Billy should visit, in the event he’s freed.

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Finish That Disney Parks Sign: Fowler’s Harbor at Disneyland Park

posted on March 26th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Many Disneyland park regulars like to enjoy a quiet, peaceful meal by the water at Fowler’s Harbor. You can grab a bread bowl filled with your favorite soup at Harbour Galley, sit and watch the activity on the Rivers of America. Take a look around, though, and you’ll find details that tell the story of a not-so-busy boat landing. One of the locals advertising his services is Ezekiel Talbot – but do you remember what he does?
Finish That Disney Parks Sign: Fowler’s Harbor at Disneyland Park

Leave your guesses in the comments and I’ll be back later today with the answer.
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Florida Berries Star at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on March 26th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


All five senses are engaged at this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, especially “taste,” at a dozen new Garden Marketplaces around World Showcase Lagoon. The flavors of springtime abound, especially at the Florida Fresh Marketplace, where guests can enjoy a classic strawberry shortcake – fluffy angel food cake, Florida berries macerated in sugar, freshly whipped cream and a flourish of fresh mint.

We had Chef Jens Dahlmann show us how he creates this colorful dessert. You can sample his version, as well as a variety of other sweet and savory dishes featuring local fruits and veggies, through May 19 at Epcot.

 
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Enjoy a Special Promotion on March 26, 2013, Only as Disney Parks Online Store Assortment Expands

posted on March 26th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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In January, I shared with you some answers to popular merchandise questions I hear at Disney Parks. One question, however, stands out from the rest in the comments – readers want to know if items will be offered on our Disney Parks online store. I’m not surprised by this question because I also love shopping online (it’s super easy, especially from the mobile device I always have in my hand). The great news is that our online store is adding many new Disney Parks Authentic items in the coming weeks. I spoke with Meredith Gaiser, e-commerce planner for the online store, about what fans can expect to see.
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“I’m happy we are adding new Disney Parks items to the online store as this decision was based on fan feedback,” exclaimed Meredith. “After reading the comments from fans, we felt it was time to expand our online assortment. Guests will see new items from departments like toys, home, collectibles and others. This is a great thing especially for guests who may be planning a trip to Disney Parks or who maybe missed an item during a recent visit. The assortment will vary so we hope guests will visit often.”
“Special

The best place to find these items each week is in the “Disney Parks New Arrivals” section. Some examples of highly demanded items that were recently added include the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue action figure play sets first introduced in 2011, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom trading card home game, and the incredibly awesome 30th Anniversary of Epcot bracelet I discussed in January. I’m also in love with the new seasonal items inspired by Walt Disney’s animated classic “Alice in Wonderland.”

To celebrate these new arrivals and fans who asked for more options, we are holding a special one day only sale on March 26, 2013.

Guests who shop on the Disney Parks online store that day only should use the code PARK25 to save 25%-off select Disney Parks merchandise. There are some exclusions like Dooney & Bourke handbags and accessories and Duffy the Disney Bear, so please read all terms and conditions.

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April 2013 Merchandise Events at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 25th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Put some spring in your step and plan your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort during April, because we have a lot of events taking place!

April 5: Disney Design Group Artist Tyler Dumas will be appearing at D Street in Downtown Disney Westside from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. to sign the latest pin, Vinylmation and D Tech release in the 2013 series.

Walt Disney World Resort – April 2013 Merchandise Events

April 4: ACME Archives Artist Annick Biaudet will be appearing at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. to sign her newest releases inspired by “Beauty and the Beast.”

New Release from Annick Biaudet Inspired by 'Beauty and the Beast' New Release from Annick Biaudet Inspired by 'Beauty and the Beast'

April 5-7: Spring is in the air and the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom. Take time to join us for Art in the Garden Weekend, taking place from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. each day along the promenade in Epcot. Throughout the weekend, artists Larry Dotson, David E. Doss and Noah, along with ACME artist Annick Biaudet will be on hand for artist demonstrations and signings. Note: Noah will appear April 6–7 only.

'Mickey and Minnie Picnic' by Artist Larry Dotson 'Beauty Blooms' by Artist Noah 'A Sunflower's Friend' by ACME Artist Annick Biaudet Artwork by Artist David E. Doss

April 6: I guarantee this next event is not a figment of your imagination, it’s in fact a signing with Sculptor Bruce Lau at Art of Disney in Epcot from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Bruce will be on hand to sign his latest sculpture Magician Figment, while Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan will be joining in the excitement to sign his latest Figment-inspired piece, Mickey and His Pal Figment. Look for Monty at the Art of Disney in Epcot as well, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Magician Figment Sculpture by Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan Mickey and His Pal Figment by Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan

April 8–12: Check out the latest releases from David E. Doss, who will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

April 10–11: This next event is literally an open book. World renowned author Ridley Pearson is returning to the Walt Disney World Resort for a special appearance and signing April 10-11. Want to know more? Watch for a special post about his appearance and his newest release from author, Erin Catalano.

April 18–22: Be on the lookout for Larry Dotson who will be appearing at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., each day.

April 19-22: Rounding out the month is a special Disney’s Animal Kingdom park Earth Day celebration with artists and vendors such as Just Plumerias, Elemental Nursery, Photographer Carlos Cuba, Silver Designer, Tim “Bushman #1” Adebule and ACME Archives artist, William Silvers. Looking for something special merchandise to commemorate the day? Keep an eye out for more information to be released shortly.

Look for details on all of these events and more on www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

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Disneyland Resort Chefs Cook Up Tasty Vegetarian Dishes

posted on March 25th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


“But, where can I find vegetarian?” We’re often asked this question, and following a recent visit to the Disneyland Resort, the answer is a resounding, “Everywhere!”

And we don’t mean just table-service restaurants, or fruit and nuts from the street carts. Frankly, we even consider pasta a bit of a creativity cop-out unless it’s really delicious.

So, here, in no particular order, are some of the best-tasting vegetarian dishes we discovered at the Disneyland Resort:

Huevos Rancheros at Carnation Café at Disneyland Park

  • If you choose to have eggs with your breakfast, we think the kitchen at Ariel’s Grotto in Disney California Adventure park does an admirable job with the tofu scramble, with sautéed seasonal veggies giving the protein a kick (and we added a vegetarian sausage pattie on the side). For a Tex-Mex start to the day, it’s the huevos rancheros at Carnation Café at Disneyland park, a filling meal with corn tortillas, poached eggs, Jack cheese and fire-roasted salsa topped with avocado-black bean pico de gallo. Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa goes lighter with a fluffy California omelet with diced plum tomatoes, fresh basil and baby spinach.

Portobello Philly dog at Award Wieners at Disney California Adventure Park

  • Little bites: two of our favorites were the chile lime corn at Edelweiss Snacks in Disneyland park, a fresh ear of corn tossed in lime juice, chili powder, cayenne and cumin; and the Portobello Philly dog at Award Wieners at Disney California Adventure park with grilled portobellos and onion and bell peppers sautéed in hefeweizen beer and topped with pepper jack cheese.

Veggie-Tater Bake at Flo’s V-8 Cafe at Disney California Adventure Park

  • A meal in a bowl: the veggie-tater bake at Flo’s V-8 Cafe at Disney California Adventure park is a hearty mix that includes delish soy crumbles and melted cheese on top for a dish that tastes decadent but is full of good stuff. And it’s hard to resist the corn chowder at the French Market Restaurant in Disneyland park, served in a freshly baked sourdough boule.
  • South of the border faves: Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland park has plenty of choices – soft tacos, burritos and enchiladas that all can be made meat-free. But the generous Caesar salad is our favorite, topped with roasted pepitas and cotija cheese. Sticking with Mexican, we like the chilaquiles at Plaza Inn, with kicky enchilada sauce and Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses. At Disney California Adventure park, we favor the substantial veggie burrito at Cocina Cucamonga.
  • Meat-free sandwiches: The fried green tomato sandwich at Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland park has plenty of fans who recommend it – what’s not to love, with hot fried green tomatoes, Havarti cheese, remoulade and a side of jicama-mango slaw? We didn’t miss the ham in the Three-Cheese Monte Cristo at Café Orleans in Disneyland park, with Swiss, mozzarella and double-crème Brie standing in. And over at Disney California Adventure park, the roasted veggie panini at Wine Country Trattoria was a winner – a filling stack of zucchini, eggplant, red peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and a lemon-goat cheese spread on a multigrain panini.

Spinach and Ricotta Agnolotti at Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure Park

  • Honorable mention: We did find a couple of pastas worthy of inclusion – the spinach and ricotta agnolotti at Ariel’s Grotto, with mushroom broth and topped with sautéed spinach, asparagus, onions and sun-dried tomatoes. And whatever pasta is on the menu at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park or Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – it changes often, but you can’t go wrong.

Do you have a favorite vegetarian dish at Disneyland Resort?

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Donald Duck’s Adventures in Alaska with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 25th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Whales, glaciers and bears, oh my! Things got a little wild when Donald Duck faced Alaska’s rugged frontier during his summer voyage with Disney Cruise Line. See for yourself…

If you want to see more of Donald’s adventures in Alaska, follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter as we show you photographs all this week. Which Disney character would your family most like by their side as you venture into the great Alaskan frontier?

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Caption This: Printing History at Spaceship Earth at Epcot

posted on March 25th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This” photo was snapped inside Spaceship Earth at Epcot back in 1985.

As a writer, this part of the attraction – which depicts the adoption of Gutenberg’s printing press – has always been one of my favorites. Have you traveled through this scene and stared at the guy in the red jacket and wondered just what he was reading?

“Caption

You tell us…what’s he so engrossed in reading about? Go ahead and give us your headline in the “Comments” section below.


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