Unlike most people, I’m at Downtown Disney five days a week. I get to see the property transform before my very eyes on a pretty regular basis, and I can honestly say that one of my favorite signs of progress is the opening of new venues.
With gifts galore and barware to please every beverage connoisseur, two new kiosks at Downtown Disney have put a big smile on my face; and I’m not the only one … they’ve been hugely popular with guests since their opening late last fall. Aptly named “Sublime” and “Set the Bar,” both venues are located at the recently remodeled Riverboat Square, between Fulton’s Crab House and Portobello.
Need to find a unique card with just-the-right sentiment? Or gift a candle that will remind your recipient of you every time she lights it? Searching for a magnet that will make you chuckle? Or a book that’s sure to inspire? Find this and more at “Sublime.” In just a few short months, it’s already become one of my “go-to” stores when I need to find something fun and fanciful.
And while there are also gifts aplenty at “Set the Bar,” I think I’ll opt to keep most of what I buy there for myself, thank you very much. From bottle openers to flasks, shot glasses to copper mugs, this is a perfect perch to find the latest “must-haves” to transform your Saturday-night at-home-cocktail-hour into a truly sensational soiree. (Feel free to add me to your guest list!)
Have you had the pleasure of purchasing at these new retailers yet? If so, let me know which products you loved most … I’m almost due for another shopping spree and I could use a few ideas!
If you have a sweet tooth for treats at the Confectionery at Magic Kingdom Park, you just may get the answer correct in this week’s “Finish That Disney Parks Sign” challenge.
One word on this sign, about the shop’s yummy cupcakes, is blurred out. Do you know the missing word? Tell us in the comments section below. We’ll update the post later today with the answer.
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A visit to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, has so many unforgettable experiences. With this in mind, we are starting the “Tastes of Aulani” series so you can bring some of the memorable flavors of Hawai`i back with you. Today you can try your bartending skills at one of the signature cocktails featured at The `Olelo Room, Off the Hook and Wailana Pool Bar! Watch Aulani cast member Keola share the magic behind creating the Tropical Mai Tai at The `Olelo Room in the video below. The recipe follows so you can enjoy a little taste of this Aulani favorite in your own home.
Tropical Mai Tai:
- 1/2 ounce Odwalla Fresh Lime Juice
- 2 ounces Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 ounce Monin Orgeat Syrup
- 1 ounce Old Lahaina Silver Rum
- 1/2 ounce BOLS Orange Curaçao
- 1 ounce Myer’s Original Dark Rum (float)
- Thin pineapple half-moon and a layer of FOMZ Passionfruit::Mango foam, for garnish
- Pour lime juice, pineapple juice, Old Lahaina Silver Rum, Orange Curaçao, and Orgeat syrup in mixing glass; fill with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain into tall glass over fresh ice and add float of Myer’s Original Dark Rum and layer of FOMZ Passionfruit::Mango foam; garnish with a thin pineapple half-moon.
As you probably already know, January is National Hot Tea Month! To celebrate this very merry “unholiday” we sat down with Alice and the Mad Hatter for a game of musical chairs at Disneyland park.
Last summer, I gave you a first look at a new merchandise collection called “Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic” that was inspired by the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction at Disney Parks. Today, I’m excited to announced that this line will drop into Disney Parks starting Friday, February 13 (what a perfect day!).
The Disneyland Resort was honored yesterday with a Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for waste reduction efforts. In the last 10 years, the Disneyland Resort has doubled the amount of waste diverted from landfills with the long-term goal of achieving Zero Waste – a designation already awarded to Circle D Corral by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and one of the success stories noted in the GEELA nomination.
Disney’s all-new live-action feature, “Cinderella,” arriving in theaters March 13, is inspired by the classic fairy tale and brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Topping the list of places I want to visit someday is Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia. So I found it only fitting that the first entry from Adventures by Disney in the new Disney Parks Blog “Good Morning” series be this sunrise shot from the famed Angor Wat (“wat” means temple), which guests can explore by foot, via tuk-tuk and even while riding an elephant on an Adventures by Disney trip to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
Back in 1988, two hot air balloons named Ear Force One (Mickey) and Zippity Doo Duck (Donald) took flight here at Walt Disney World Resort.
This week, we featured several popular “Frozen” stories on the Disney Parks Blog, including a special announcement that Olaf is coming to all four Disney Cruise Line ships along with information about brand-new Disney Cruise experiences being planned for the entire family beginning this summer.