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Download Our Disney Parks Valentine’s Day Wallpapers

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


One of my favorite candies are those little message hearts you get on Valentine’s Day. They each have their own personalities. Quite like the three wallpapers we have created to celebrate this day of love.

Jack & Sally Valentine’s Day Wallpaper Mickey & Minnie Valentine’s Day Wallpaper Pocahontas & John Smith Valentine’s Day Wallpaper

Our designers, Brittany Ungvarsky, Jeff Maurer and Kenzie Schmaltz, created these three heartfelt images featuring their favorite Disney couples – Jack & Sally, Mickey & Minnie, Pocahontas & John Smith.

Love, in all its forms, is sweet!

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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Try This Smashed Potato From Disney’s PCH Grill Beachside Bonfire Buffet at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


February is National Potato Lover’s Month, a perfect excuse to make this delicious, slightly decadent recipe from Disney’s PCH Grill that could serve as a main dish (add a big green salad and dinner is done).

What’s not to love about a potato that’s baked, then fried and topped off with a little bacon, sour cream and Cheddar? These mini smashed potatoes would also be perfect appetizers for a game day party.

This recipe is from the generous dinner buffet at Disney’s PCH Grill Beachside Bonfire Buffet at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and is the perfect side for the kitchen’s smoked tri-tip, ribs, fish tacos, sautéed shrimp, steamed clams and fried chicken, or paired with a mini burger or a hot dog right off the grill. In addition to dinner, you can catch a wave with breakfast favorites at the Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends at Disney’s PCH Grill, featuring an omelet station, signature flatbreads, parfaits, Mickey waffles and more.

To make reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

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Mini Smashed Potatoes
Makes 12

Mini Smashed Potatoes
12 miniature gold potatoes, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter
8 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup vegetable oil

Toppings
1/4 cup sour cream
3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 tablespoons grated Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped chives

For smashed potatoes

  1. Place potatoes, water and 1 tablespoon of salt in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover and reduce to a simmer. Continue simmering for 15 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.
  2. Drain potatoes and transfer to a baking sheet. Cool for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Place a small plate on top of one potato, and gently push down, until the potato is 1/3 of its original size and just begins to split open on the side. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
  4. Heat oil in a 12-inch frying pan over medium high-heat for 3-5 minutes, until oil reaches 350°F.
  5. Carefully place the potatoes in the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Place potatoes on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Season with remaining salt and pepper.

To serve

  1. Place smashed potatoes on a large serving platter.
  2. Top each potato with 1 teaspoon of sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon chopped bacon, 1 teaspoon shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 teaspoon of chives.

This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version. All recipes are the property of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., and may not be reproduced without express permission.

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New Lion Guard Adventure Begins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Starting this week, young guests can embark on a quest to become honorary members of the Lion Guard in a new Disney’s Animal Kingdom adventure inspired by Disney Junior’s animated series “The Lion Guard.”

New Lion Guard Adventure Begins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“The Lion Guard” follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala. Kion and his friends represent the Pride Lands’ as The Lion Guard, a group made up of the fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight.

The new Lion Guard Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom sends young explorers on a park-wide search for the five Lion Guard characters: Kion, the fierce leader of the Lion Guard; Bunga, a brave and fearless honey badger; Fuli, a confident cheetah; Beshte, a friendly and good-natured hippo; and Ono, an intellectual egret.

The fun begins when guests pick up a “Lion Guard Adventure Map,” which are available in select merchandise locations. Kids search for character statues hidden in themed locations throughout the park that represent each animal. At each stop, there’s a Lion Guard banner and a sign with the character’s attribute, so you’re sure you’ve found the right place. Once all five character traits are discovered, cast members at Rafiki’s Planet Watch officially induct youngsters into the Lion Guard with a special pledge, fun activities, and a Lion Guard Button identifying them as honorary members. Rafiki also joins the newest inductees for a photo.

What do you think? Will you try this out next time you’re at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

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Wandering Dreams Hand-Painted Ink & Paint Cel Debuts at Disneyland Resort

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


More great news for collectors of our hand-painted Ink & Paint cels, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! If you’re still in need of a gift, treat your sweetheart to this special piece, titled “Wandering Dreams,” featuring Briar Rose and Prince Phillip as they enjoy a stroll past Sleeping Beauty Castle, when it debuts February 14, 2016, at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park.

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Glitter and Go with New Products for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend 2016

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend returns to Walt Disney World Resort from February 18-21, 2016. Runners from around the world will join the Disney Princess’ in a “dream come true” weekend of majestic runs in the most magical place on earth. Today, I have a first look at several commemorative products created especially for the royal event.

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#DisneyFamilia: Valentine’s Day with a Latin Twist at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


If you want to celebrate this special day with your loved ones, Maya Grill at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has a special menu just for the occasion, made especially for you and your familia!

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Wildlife Wednesday: Animal Valentine’s Day Cards to Share

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Scott Terrell, DVM, DACVP, Director of Animal & Science Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts


Happy Valentine’s Day from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment! As you prepare for this weekend, please enjoy our animal-inspired Valentine’s Day cards featuring animals at Walt Disney World Resort.

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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.

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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.

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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


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.

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