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Time for a Check-Up with Doc McStuffins at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on March 12th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The Doc is in! At least, she will be once Doc McStuffins begins making regular appearances at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer.

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We’re hard at work creating a dedicated space for Doc in the park’s Animation Courtyard, adjacent to “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” Once it’s complete in May, you’ll be able to visit with Doc in a setting inspired by her playhouse clinic on the popular TV show.

Dottie “Doc” McStuffins is a nurturing, six-year-old girl who can talk to the stuffed animals and toys she cares for, diagnosing their “ouchies” with help from her mom (a real doctor) and her Big Book of Boo Boos. The acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series “Doc McStuffins” airs daily on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

And don’t forget! You can also see Doc McStuffins in “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” and spend time with her during Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine, both at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Where’s My Dole Whip? Foodie Favorites Juggled in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 12th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Never fear, the Dole Whip is still here. Starting March 12, the menus and names of Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace are swapping – Aloha Isle (same menu) will shift to Sunshine Tree Terrace behind The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, while Sunshine Tree Terrace goes to the Aloha Isle spot across from Swiss Family Treehouse. Aloha Isle still has the Dole Whip Float, Dole Whip Cup and Dole Whip Twist Cup. (And the fresh-cut pineapple!) And Sunshine Tree Terrace will keep its Citrus Swirl, soft-serve vanilla ice cream, piña colada slush and other drinks. Fans of the Orange Bird don’t need to worry – he will be settling into his new home in a few weeks.

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Turkey leg fans need to know their favorite snack is leaving Frontierland and Liberty Square – but look for the legs in Tomorrowland at the Cool Ship starting on March 25.

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New Spring Menu Begins Today at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland Park

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


New Spring Menu at Jolly holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland Park

Spring isn’t official until March 20, but the charming Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland park gets a jump on the season with its new spring menu starting today.

The winds are changing and bringing in a new selection of sandwiches, including a cold roast beef and bleu cheese served on a crispy French baguette or a toasted ham & Swiss cheese sandwich with apple chutney. Returning for the season is our famous tuna salad sandwich on a brioche bun, which will for sure delight your palate. The light yet hearty chicken noodle soup debuts alongside the classic tomato basil soup, and a savory sun-dried tomato Caesar salad top the offerings of the list. (All served after 10:30 a.m.)

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To appease your sweet tooth, new seasonal pastries have debuted, including a moist carrot cupcake that is scrumptious with a cup of coffee or tea. Seasonal spring berries are the theme for the season, inspiring our raspberry crème brulee and strawberry shortcake bundt cake. Our seasonal muffin is made with plump raspberries and a zest of lemon. The pistachio Mickey Macaron is a colorful addition to accompany our signature raspberry rose Mickey Macaron. If you’re looking for chocolate, you can indulge with a white chocolate mousse whoopee pie or our signature brownie.

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Our top picks: the coconut lime cheesecake, a coffee éclair or the elegant opera cake, made with layers of almond sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream and covered in chocolate glaze. Sip a cappuccino and all is right with the world – whether you live on Cherry Tree Lane or Main Street, U.S.A.

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Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort at Dawn

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


One of my favorite series here on the Disney Parks Blog takes readers to a very special, very rare time of day – Disneyland Resort at Dawn. In these serene, almost surreal videos, my fellow author Shannon Swanson shows the parks in a way that many people have never seen before.

See the sun rise over the Cadillac Mountain Range in this video from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

According to this post, fishing is best along Big Thunder Trail in the early morning.

Shannon tells us in this post that the inspiration for this series came from walking through Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park early one morning. She was fascinated by all of the sounds and details she had missed during the daytime.

The very first video in this series is probably my favorite: a time lapse video of Sleeping Beauty Castle shot from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.

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Tastes of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos at ‘AMA‘AMA

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


We recently started the new “Tastes of Aulani” series on the Disney Parks Blog so you can take home some of the delicious Hawaiian flavors of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Today, our series continues with Chef Kevin from ‘AMA‘AMA – Contemporary Island Cooking, preparing the delicious Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos available during lunch. Enjoy the video and recipe below and then give these tasty tacos a try in your kitchen!

Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos
Makes 8 (6-inch) tacos

Island Slaw

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/4 tablespoons finely sliced red onions
  • 1/4 tablespoons shredded carrots
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons salad oil
  • Sea salt, freshly ground white pepper, to taste

Salsa

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons diced white onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeds and white membrane removed, minced
  • Sea salt, freshly ground white pepper, to taste

Chipotle Sauce

  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotle in adobo sauce, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
  • Sea salt, freshly ground white pepper, to taste

Grilled Mahi Mahi

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound mahi mahi
  • Sea salt, freshly ground white pepper, to taste

For Serving

  • 8 (6-inch) whole-wheat tortillas
  • Island Slaw
  • Salsa
  • Chipotle sauce
  • Fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish

For island slaw:

  1. Toss together cabbage, pineapple, onions, and carrots in a mixing bowl.
  2. TStir in rice vinegar and oil; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For salsa:

  1. Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, and jalapeños in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
    Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For chipotle sauce:

  1. Mix sour cream, chipotle, and garlic together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For grilled mahi mahi:

  1. Season grill pan with oil and heat over medium heat.
  2. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes, then turn and cook until just opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes more. Keep warm until ready to serve.

To serve:

  1. Grill tortillas until warm on non-stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Evenly divide island slaw on each tortilla, then top with mahi mahi, salsa, and chipotle sauce. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
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New Smokejumpers Grill Opens March 20, Part of Grizzly Peak Expansion at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The recent expansion of Disney California Adventure park gave us even more ways to immerse our guests in new stories, and we’re excited to continue this expanded storytelling this year with the addition of the Grizzly Peak Airfield.

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The first phase of this expansion, the all-new Smokejumpers Grill, opens March 20. This new quick-service location takes inspiration from the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests. In addition to a whole new look, the location will feature an updated menu with tasty items like a Bacon Cheddar Burger, Grilled Chicken & Jack Sandwich and Chili Cheeseburger!

Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure Park, Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

This is just the beginning of the Grizzly Peak expansion, which will bring new building exteriors, landscape features and more to the former Condor Flats area. Lush pine trees will bring cool areas of shade, making our guests feel they have been transported to California’s High Sierras.

Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure Park, Courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering

When the rest of the area opens later this spring, Soarin’ Over California will also reopen with updates to its screen and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience. We’ll have more details to share here on the Disney Parks Blog as the project progresses.

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Behind the Scenes: Three Michelin-Starred Chef Arnaud Lallement Discusses His Culinary Creations at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Last week, you heard from Chef Arnaud Lallement, advising chef at Remy, about his role with Disney Cruise Line. We are privileged to have him, a three Michelin-starred chef from France, work alongside the award-winning Victoria & Albert’s Chef Scott Hunnel to develop the menu at our premier fine dining restaurant on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream.

In this next video, Chef Arnaud talks through some of what makes the cuisine at Remy so unique and exceptional. A word of warning before you watch … your mouth is about to begin watering!

Recently I’ve shared with you some of the newest ways you can experience the unparalleled cuisine at Remy, beyond our leisurely dinner. Take a look back at my previous posts to discover our many fine dining options for your next voyage with us:

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St. Patrick’s Day Dining and Entertainment in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

posted on March 6th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, March 17, and guests at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim can celebrate Irish heritage with their pick of locales for variations on the traditional corned beef meal, along with some special St. Patrick’s Day entertainment.

At ESPN Zone, a corned beef, cabbage and potatoes special will be available throughout the day on Tuesday. Sports fans also will be able to accompany the onscreen entertainment with a glass of green beer.

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Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar is offering a St. Paddy’s Feast throughout the month of March with a sandwich featuring shaved corned beef brisket, house sauerkraut, secret sauce and Swiss cheese served on a marbled rye rustic roll and served (in a nod to neighbors across the Channel) with the popular Uva garlic shoestring french fries. The special is paired with Red Trolley Irish Red Ale by Karl Strauss.

For St. Patrick’s Day lunch and dinner at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, there will be corned beef and cabbage along with a variety of special drink offerings: green beer, baby Guinness shots and, for the more adventurous, Jorge’s Bayou Leprechaun cocktail.

Beginning Friday, March 13, and continuing through St. Patrick’s Day, Crossroads Restaurant at House of Blues offers corned beef sliders, Guinness beer cheese soup, fish & chips and a classic corned beef Reuben sandwich. On St. Patrick’s Day, the dining and entertainment experience will be plussed with green beer, Guinness and Jameson specials all night, live karaoke with The Reel Band, starting at 8 p.m., and free glow sticks and beads for guests. In the House of Blues Music Hall, a St. Paddy’s Day Bash with Street Dogs begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Additional Downtown Disney St. Patrick’s Day entertainment will be provided by traditional Celtic dancers performing in front of WonderGround Gallery from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. In fact, if you’re looking for a tasty, lively place to celebrate St. Paddy’s with friends and family, look no further than the Downtown Disney District.

Erin go Bragh!

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#DisneyKids: Top 5 Restaurants for Little Ones at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 6th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


One of the most fun, and frankly easiest, ways to meet favorite Disney characters at Walt Disney World Resort is through themed character dining. Each park, and many resorts, offer a unique experience where families are immersed in the story of their beloved characters as they dine on delicious meals.

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Character dining is a great option for young children since the characters come to each table, allowing kids to give hugs and get autographs with several of their favorites without waiting in line. Parents can rest assured that their child will get to see every character during the course of the meal. We asked our Walt Disney World Facebook fans to vote on their recommendations on the best in-park dining for little ones, and here is what they came up with. From classic characters and princesses to Disney Junior stars and even a meal in an enchanted castle, we think this is a great list. Do your kids have a favorite character dining experience?

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‘Food Truck Takeover’ by Shutters at Old Port Royale This Weekend at Downtown Disney

posted on March 6th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Recently, I shared my dining experience at Shutters at Old Port Royale at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort with you. This weekend, guests will be able to sample menu favorites from Shutters at Old Port Royale on the Fantasy Fare Truck at Exposition Park in Downtown Disney West Side.

March 6-8, you’ll be able to experience the sweet and spicy flavors of the Caribbean: Island Chicken Wings ($9.75); Jerk-seasoned Mahi with Ancho BBQ, pineapple salsa, and yellow rice ($9.50); and Warm White Chocolate-Cinnamon Bread Pudding ($4.00).

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Exposition Park, located at Downtown Disney West Side, is open 12:30-11 p.m., weather permitting. Tip: Park in the newly opened Orange Garage for nearby access.

If you’re hungry for more, Shutters is open for dinner daily, and accepts the Disney Dining Plan. For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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