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Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Starbucks Opens, Flat White Lattes To Help Endangered Species

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Beginning today, guests can enjoy Starbucks beverages at Creature Comforts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom while supporting conservation efforts for the cotton-top tamarin – a critically endangered species of monkey that resides in South America.

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The menu will include regular Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccino blended beverages, breakfast sandwiches and pastries, as well as treats crafted by Disney chefs. A portion of the sale of each Starbucks Flat White Latte at the reopened Creature Comforts will benefit conservation programs already underway to help preserve the cotton-top tamarin in Colombia. This drink was specifically selected from other menu choices because of the cotton-top tamarin’s fluffy white crests that appear on their heads.

Located on Discovery Island area of the park, Creature Comforts will reflect the theming of the park with African design elements such as geometric designs and carvings, warm colors, African maasai shield designs and hand-painted coffee beans.

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New Menu Items Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Debut at Award Wieners at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


In celebration of Disney•Pixar’sInside Out” in theaters today, Award Wieners at Disney California Adventure park has added specialty items inspired by the movie to the menu.

The Jubilant “Joy” Dog Inspired by Disney•Pixar's ‘Inside Out’ Debuts at Award Wieners at Disney California Adventure Park The 'Angry' HOT Dog Inspired by Disney•Pixar's ‘Inside Out’ Debuts at Award Wieners at Disney California Adventure Park

Look for two new hot dogs: The Jubilant “Joy” Dog—sweet Italian sausage with bell peppers, lettuce and cheddar cheese, topped with honey mustard, relish, chopped bacon and crispy onions on a hoagie roll. Or spice things up with the “Angry” HOT Dog, a spicy hot link topped with jalapenos, onions, bell peppers, Pepper Jack cheese, Sriracha ketchup and served on a jalapeno-cheddar bun.

Take delight in sipping a “Joy”-ful Splash with Sprite and flavors of citrus and vanilla or try the Spicy Fear-less Lemonade with flavors of pear, chipotle, pineapple, ginger ale and Minute Maid light lemonade. Both drinks are available in the 16 oz. tumbler with artwork inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out.”

Are the voices inside your head telling you that you’re hungry? Mine are!

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Taste Track Now Open at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Taste Track, a new food and beverage location at Epcot, is serving up a few new twists on the favorite sandwich. These specialty grilled cheese sandwiches are as creative as the cars you can design at nearby Test Track.

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For a deliciously grown-up version of the grilled cheese sandwich, try the Gruyere and Applewood smoked bacon. Elevate your sandwich with the Fontina and tomato basil version. For a sweet take on the classic sandwich, try the Canadian cheddar and apples grilled cheese sandwich on cinnamon raisin bread. The crisp apple slices perfectly complement the melty cheese.

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Each sandwich comes with your choice of tomato bisque soup or a side salad. Other menu items include roasted chicken salad and a kid’s grilled cheese sandwich.

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Which grilled cheese sandwich are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments below!

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Beat the Heat with Cool Treats at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


With summer quickly approaching, temperatures are on the rise. If you’re looking for treats that will help you beat the heat beyond the Mickey ice cream bar and Dole Whip, I’ve got a few suggestions for you:

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Aw, shucks! Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort has a Mickey Gelato Sundae that is as cute as it is delicious. Looking for a dairy-free option? Try one of their tasty new slushes. Flavors change—so be sure to try them all! You can even bring home some of the magic with a can/bottle holder imprinted with the resort’s logo.

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Tamu Tamu Refreshments at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a new menu filled with frosty treats. Choco-holics will love the Double Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream Sandwich. My favorite on the new menu? The Chocolate Waffle with Espresso Mousse—the combination of the hot waffle and chilled semifreddo is simply wild!

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At Epcot, Liberty Inn just added Apple Pie a la Mode to their menu. Cool and creamy ice cream makes this hand-held treat a patriotic way to cool down.

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Cooling off at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park? Take a break from Summit Plummet and cool down with a unique brrr-everage like Frozen Hot Cocoa at Lottawatta Lodge. Over Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, try the shaved ice at Lowtide Lou’s.

How do you stay cool on hot days at Walt Disney World Resort?

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New Seasonal Menu at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel

posted on June 12th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Spring has sprung, and so have seasonal additions to the menu at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel.

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Fresh and light appetizers for spring include the Fresh Pasta Tagliatelle, with stone fruit mostarda, julienne zucchini, cherry tomato and fresh sorelle; Sautéed Sea Scallops with watermelon cucumber compote, pickled radish, rhubarb sabayon; Seared Carpaccio of Beef with baby arugula, mandarin orange, whipped horseradish, smoked sea salt; and Chilled White Asparagus with Serrano ham, Pecorino Romano, minced fava bean and grapefruit essence.

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Other seasonal menu changes include the Steakhouse 55 Salad with garden carrot, blue cheese, maple pecans and raspberry vinaigrette—a celebration of spring. For entrees, the Moroccan-spiced King Salmon is superb; try it with the seasonal creamed local super-sweet corn with plugra butter.

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Also available is a new Steakhouse 55 Chef’s Tasting Menu, which includes a Caprese salad, 8 oz. Grilled Prime Flatiron Steak served with creamy white polenta, seared king oyster mushroom and hollandaise. The meal concludes with Vanilla Crème Brulee with a lemon madeleine, Chantilly cream and strawberry compote for dessert.

For reservations, click here or call 714-781-DINE.

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Sights and Sounds of Disney Parks: Playing It Cool at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 12th, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Amid all the excitement of the fun and magic during the Coolest Summer Ever, let’s share some thoughts about all the Walt Disney World ways and wonders we enjoy to keep us cool. You’re probably already an expert on tips for dialing up the fun and toning down the sun, but to get started, here are just a few:

Stay cool inside. Drink plenty of water—even before you get too thirsty. Make sure the whole gang stays properly hydrated.

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Stay cool outside. Wear hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfy shoes—shoes that were made for walking. You don’t have to be a runner or jogger to visit your hometown running shoe store (or Fit2Run at the Downtown Disney Area). They’ll help you find shoes that support the way you specifically walk. Just wait until you’ve walked in shoes so comfy, they’re ‘like butter’!

Take a break. Make use of extended park hours and Extra Magic Hours so briefly bid adieu to the parks for an hour or two at your Disney Resort hotel. Take a refreshing “power nap.” Loll around in the pool (staying in the shade as much as possible). Savor a leisurely meal at a Disney Resort restaurant (make reservations soon). When you get back to the parks, you’ll feel as fresh as the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!

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Write a book. You think I’m kidding, don’t you? Well, we’re very proud of a brand new gem now available in select shops called “My Walt Disney World Travels”. It’s an easy-to-carry spiral bound book with lots of places to jot down the delightful details of up to five Walt Disney World Resort visits. Each of the five visit sections has a pocket for odds and ends that become personal treasures.

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You might ask, “Sure, ‘My Walt Disney World Travels’ is filled with fun, clever things, but isn’t it a kids’ book?” Yes and no. Yes, hand them to the kids when they’re in need of a cool-down break; when they’re asking when their chicken nuggets will be served, or just about to make all the grownups wake up just a little too soon. But why should kids have all the journal fun? The book has a wonderful Mary Blair flair to it, so it epitomizes the pinnacle of style and sophistication.

That reminds me, I’ve got to go jot something down right now! Until we meet here next Friday, what are your tips for keeping cool and comfortable on warmish summer days?

For information on purchasing select Disney merchandise items, call Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Merchandise Guest Services at 1-877-560-6477 or send an email to 
merchandiseguestservices@disney.go.com.

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Delicious Treats Coming to Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom This June

posted on June 12th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m excited to give you a first look at delicious treats coming to a new shopping experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom called Zuri’s Sweets Shop. This location will be found at Harambe Market starting June 17. I caught up with Patrice Guy, a merchandiser at Disney Theme Park Merchandise, to learn what guests can expect.

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“We have created approximately 80 new items that range from decorative candy apples to uniquely flavored chocolate bars to delicious popcorn,” explained Patrice. “With Zuri’s Sweets Shop, we wanted to offer highly-themed goods inspired by the sights, sounds and flavors of Africa. Many of the items will be unique to this location making them delicious gifts for loved ones, or something special to enjoy during a visit to the park.”

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Guests will find three distinct art programs for these new treats. The first program uses characters from Disney’s “The Lion King” including Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa. Guests will find a lollipop shaped like Simba’s paw, animal crackers, and, my favorite, chocolate mini crocodiles.

Colorful patterns and whimsical animals inspired the second art program. Items will include Rice Krispies treats with nods to the animal world, or Mickey Mouse-shaped creamy, chocolate-dipped coconut patties. The five chocolate bar set includes flavors such as milk chocolate with spicy cinnamon and banana chip.

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Patrice let me try African Spice popcorn that has a hint of cardamom. It was fantastic (she had to take the bag away from me).

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Finally, the location will offer African spice rubs and a gourmet cocoa set. The item I can’t wait to use is a bottle of Flame Tree Barbeque sauce at home! Patrice worked with chefs from Disney’s Animal Kingdom in order to correctly capture the sweet and spicy flavor.

Stay tuned for additional looks inside the shop in the coming weeks.

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Smokejumpers Grill at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Grizzly Peak Airfield is now open at Disney California Adventure park, and it’s already a hit with guests. This expansion of Grizzly Peak takes guests into California’s High Sierras for a taste of what life was like for the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests in the middle part of the last century. One popular destination in this newly reimagined area is Smokejumpers Grill … which has quite a story of its own.

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As the story goes, the grill was established by a local Sierra Nevada couple Herb and Millie Madera. A former WWII pilot and parachutist, Herb helped recruit and train the Bearpaw Basin Smokejumpers when the crew was first getting established. His wife, Millie, supplied delicious meals to the men after their long, exhausting days. But one summer day, Millie and her neighbors found themselves and their homes threatened by a raging forest fire. Herb and his smokejumpers sprang into action, rescuing their friends and worked into the night to suppress the rest of the blaze.

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The heroism of the Bearpaw Basin Smokejumpers moved Herb and Millie to do something special to repay them. They converted the old hangar at the edge of Grizzly Peak Airfield into Smokejumpers Grill, and soon pilots and firefighters from miles away were flying in to enjoy this new Bearpaw Basin tradition.

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Visitors inside the restaurant today can find relics of the grill’s history, through the mementos and photographs that cover the walls like children’s letters to the courageous smokejumpers, handwritten postcards to the grill’s owners and insignia patches from other firefighting units.

So the next time you “drop in” for one of those delicious Smokejumpers Grill burgers, take a look around and discover the restaurant’s story for yourself!

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COMING SOON: New Details Emerge About ‘The Edison’ and ‘STK Orlando’ at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


A few weeks ago, several new retail and dining experiences were announced for Disney Springs. Among them: The Edison, a lavish “Industrial Gothic”-style restaurant, bar and nighttime destination that will feature exceptional classic American food, artisanal craft cocktails and unparalleled live entertainment.

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Similar to its sister location on the west coast, The Edison at Disney Springs will be dedicated to a resurgence of old-world style, sophistication and romance. Themed to a 1920s-period electric company, the space will recall an exuberant era of invention and imagination. With 35-foot ceilings and a range of themed areas to explore, The Edison will feature nightly entertainment including contortionists, palm readers, DJs and more.

Today, I’ve also got more details on STK Orlando – a new rendering and another fun bit of info: this location will be the only spot that offers rooftop dining, in a gorgeous lounge setting, at Disney Springs.

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Progress also continues on Morimoto Asia, the first pan-Asian restaurant from celebrity Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

STK Orlando and Morimoto Asia will debut later this year. The Edison will open in 2016.

Which new restaurant are you most excited for? Tell me in the comments below – I’d love to know!

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Celebrating World Oceans Day with Sustainable Seafood at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

posted on June 8th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Today is World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to reflecting on how we can help ensure the future health of our planet and minimize the impact on one of the Earth’s most precious resources — the oceans.

For the past several years, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium to select wild and farmed seafood for our menus that are not overfished or produced in ways that may compromise the well-being of our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams.

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Our chefs are always coming up with innovative ways to incorporate sustainable seafood into their menus. From the Grilled Alaskan Wild-Caught Halibut served at Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to the Grilled Snapper at Napa Rose, our signature dining locations deliver nothing but the best. Our focus isn’t just on fine dining. Disney chefs work to incorporate sustainable seafood into as many of our menus as possible throughout our parks and resorts. Other dishes not to be missed include the Grilled Blacks Harbour Salmon at Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk and the Yellow Tail Tuna at Ariel’s Grotto in Disneyland Resort. For a great quick-service option, check out the Spicy Fish Tacos at Sunshine Seasons, located in the Land Pavilion at Epcot. Remember, as the seasons change, so may the selections, but rest assured that they are all delicious!

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Our commitment to the health of our oceans doesn’t stop in our restaurants. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has teamed up with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to fund projects that focus on shrimp from regions where our suppliers source seafood: U.S. Gulf of Mexico, southern Vietnam and Thailand. This collaboration has lead to:

  • Development of a standard for Fair Trade fish
  • Training on sustainable fishing/shrimping practices and better water resource management in fisheries in Vietnam and Thailand
  • Studies that examine impact of shrimping practices on “bycatch” species.

Angie Renner, Environmental Integration Director for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shares the importance of this commitment: “This is a perfect blend of both environmental and business sustainability, which will enable us to continue serving seafood that is healthy for our Guests as well as the oceans.”

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You can learn more about how you can make a difference in your seafood choices by checking out the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guide.

Happy World Oceans Day from the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Food and Beverage team!

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