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Baymax Joins the Ranks of Caramel Apples at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 1st, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


For those of you who have seen the Disney animated film, “Big Hero 6,” I think you will agree with me that we all need more Baymax in our lives. Our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers felt the same way, so you can imagine my excitement and surprise when I was introduced to the newest hand-crafted apple inspired by the loveable healthcare companion.

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Baymax has ‘sweet’ ninja skills, and I can tell you, this apple is even sweeter! Made with caramel, white chocolate, black licorice and candy-coated chocolates, I guarantee you will want to take this version of Baymax home with you.

Look for this special addition to our candy kitchens at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., as well as Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Baymax, I’m pretty sure the famous ‘fist bump’ … Bada-lada-la … would apply here.

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Recipe: Aunt Cass’ Wings from ‘Big Hero 6′

posted on December 1st, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


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If you’re anything like me, you were dying to try Aunt Cass’ “Melt-Your-Face-Off” Wings when she made them for Hiro in “Big Hero 6.” Since it might be tricky to visit Lucky Cat Café in San Fransokyo, the final recipe in our “Big Hero 6” series is Aunt Cass’ Wings, inspired by Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The best part about making these wings at home? You can adjust the cayenne pepper and chili powder levels to make them mild or “melt your face off,” whichever you prefer!

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Learn More About The Talented Hong Kong Disneyland Chefs

posted on November 26th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Since 1955, Disney Parks and Resorts have been places where guests can create memorable experiences with their friends and families. Immersive dining experiences have become an integral part of the storytelling and guest experience. Disney chefs across the world create meals for guests with careful attention to detail. The talented chefs at Hong Kong Disneyland have recently proven themselves to be international culinary leaders.

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The wide range of dishes prepared by Hong Kong Disneyland chefs showcase their diverse culinary talents. They are able to cook delicious American meals, South Asian cuisine and even Halal-certified and vegetarian options. The chefs at the award-winning Crystal Lotus restaurant in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel can even create dishes from four major culinary regions of China: Sichuan, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong.

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The chefs at Hong Kong Disneyland have boosted the resort’s reputation for its culinary excellence. A team of chefs led by Hong Kong Disneyland won the world-renowned Salon Culinaire Mondial last year. This western cuisine competition is held every six years in Basel, Switzerland and measures culinary art at the topmost level. Also, two young chefs from Hong Kong Disneyland won the 2013 International Young Chef Challenge in Korea.

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Not only do these chefs cook excellent meals at the park, they use their time and culinary talent to serve people in the community. Through a partnership with Hong Kong’s leading hunger relief charity, Foodlink, the Hong Kong Disneyland chefs donate surplus food to those in need. Since the program began in December 2013, Hong Kong Disneyland has collected more than 11 tons of safe-to-eat excess food from its hotel and restaurants. Chefs volunteer their personal time and use surplus ingredients to make delicious meals which are then delivered to underserved children and families in nearby communities in Hong Kong each week.

We are thrilled to have such talented chefs at Hong Kong Disneyland!

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Plan the Merriest Feast on Earth at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 24th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Forget Santa’s Naughty-or-Nice list, if you’re visiting during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, there’s only one list you’ll need. I’ve compiled all things deliciously Disney this holiday season.

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Jolly Holiday Bakery Café

  • Hot Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich

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  • Market Sandwich
  • Grilled Pesto Chicken Sandwich
  • Apple Pecan Salad
  • Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

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  • Mickey-Shaped Macaroons
  • Caramel Apple Muffin
  • Chocolate-Raspberry Cupcake

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  • Black Forest Bundt Cake
  • Holiday Brownie

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  • Pumpkin Crème Brulee
  • Ginger Spice Éclair
  • Chocolate-Mint Whoopie Pie

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  • Bananas Foster Cheesecake
  • Tiramisu
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookie
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Village Haus Restaurant

  • Cherry Cobbler Flatbread – cherry pie filling, crunchy granola on a flatbread topped with icing and fresh mint

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

  • Family-Style Cookie Bake – baked sugar cookie dusted with powdered sugar and mulling cinnamon-orange blend, topped with three scoops of vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with caramel sauce

Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

  • Hot Cocoa and Cider
  • Cookie Decorating Kits
  • Candy Cane Cotton Candy

French Market Restaurant

  • Praline Cheesecake

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

  • Crushed candy cane & holiday sprinkles for waffle cones

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port

  • Fresh Roasted Turkey Pizza – oven-roasted turkey with Craisins, mozzarella, parmesan, fresh sage
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante

  • Holiday Tamale Plates

The Golden Horseshoe

  • Ice Cream Nachos
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Plaza Inn

  • November Yule Log – spice cake with pumpkin mousse and lingonberry marmalade filling and cream cheese with chocolate ganache frosting
  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache

Market House

  • Cranberry Bliss Bar
  • Gingerbread Loaf
  • Pecan Tart
  • Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies
  • Holiday Brownie

Maurice’s Treats

  • Pumpkin Twist

Mint Julep Bar

  • Raspberry-Magnolia Lemonade
  • Pumpkin Beignets served with Vanilla Crème Anglaise

Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • Holiday Burger – blue cheese burger with onion marmalade and arugula
  • Apple Pie Funnel Cake

Royal Street Veranda

  • Tropical Habanero Lime Punch

Blue Bayou Restaurant and Cafe Orleans

  • Holiday Peppermint Mocha
  • Holiday Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate
  • Holiday Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

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Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta

  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree
  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache

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  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge

  • California Craft Seasonal Beer
  • Poinsettia – Cointreau, cranberry juice, and champagne garnished with a twist of orange zest

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream

  • Crushed candy cane and holiday sprinkles for waffle cones and hand-dipped ice cream bars

Cozy Cone Motel

  • Bacon Mac & Cheese Cone
  • Pumpkin Twist

Boudin Bread Cart

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  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree

Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe

  • Cranberry Bliss Bar
  • Gingerbread Loaf
  • Pecan Tart
  • Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Paradise Garden Grill

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Mortimer’s Market

  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree

Schmoozies

  • Triple Berry Smoothie – fresh cranberries, cranberry juice, cranberry sauce and vanilla ice cream topped with a caramel drizzle
  • Abuelita Hot Cocoa
  • Caramel Apple Muffin
  • Snowflake Holiday Crispy Treat

Taste Pilots’ Grill

  • Warm Apple Maple Cake
  • Merriest Style Topping – beef burger or grilled chicken topped with Swiss cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms
  • Holiday Brownie

Pacific Wharf Café

  • Turkey Pot Pie Soup
  • Cranberry-White Chocolate Bread Pudding
  • Holiday Sourdough Breads – Candy Cane, Snowman, Christmas Tree
  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookies
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Disneyland Resort Hotels

Hearthstone Lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Specialty Holiday Cupcake

Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

  • December Yule Log – coffee buttercream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache

The Coffee House at Disneyland Hotel

  • Caramel Apple Muffin

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland Hotel

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  • Red-Nosed Zebra – Bacardi 8 rum, fresh lemon and lime juice, agave nectar and strawberry puree garnished with cranberries and a mint sprig
  • Sam’s Slay Ride – Sam’s Gorilla Grog, Jack Daniel’s Honey, Grand Marnier, Canton Ginger, fresh lime juice and Trader Tiki cinnamon topped with a cinnamon and nutmeg dusting
  • Mele Kaliki-Mocha – Fresh iced coffee, Kahlua, coconut, orgeat syrup, topped with whipped cream and garnished with red and green sprinkles and a rosemary sprig

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First Look at the New Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort

posted on November 21st, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Happy National Gingerbread Day! To celebrate, I’m giving you a sneak peek at the brand-new gingerbread house coming to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort.

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Opening on November 27, this gingerbread house was created by a talented team of 25 artists, engineers and bakers, and it will take a total of 1,400 hours to bake and create the edible portion alone! The house measures in at a whopping 7 ½ feet tall and 12 feet wide. Which might leave you wondering: what goes into a gingerbread house of this scope?

  • More than 500 pounds of gingerbread
  • 60 gallons of frosting and icing
  • 100 pounds of isomalt sugar
  • 50 pounds of granulated sugar
  • 50 pounds of powdered sugar
  • 2 gallons of egg whites
  • 1 quart of lemon juice

Want to bring home a piece of the holiday magic? Seasonal offerings for sale include:

  • Gingerbread shingles and other assorted holiday cookies
  • Holiday cookie-decorating kits
  • Gingerbread house kits
  • Specialty hot chocolate and cider

Run, run, run as fast as you can to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on November 27 to check out this sweet masterpiece!

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Decking the Halls with Holiday Novelty Items at Disney Parks

posted on November 18th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and festive food and beverage offerings and holiday souvenirs are popping up at Disney Parks! Our teams are decking everything from souvenir popcorn buckets to sippers and more.

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Santa’s elves have been hard at work creating these Mickey sipper steins, perfect for sipping hot cocoa or carrying a snack on the go. Twice as nice is the matching souvenir popcorn bucket. Look for these in Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and Magic Kingdom Park.

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As part of the Merriest Place on Earth celebration at Disneyland park, look for souvenir soup cups featuring Mickey, Minnie and Goofy ice skating in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle. The cups are available at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café and the turkey leg cart near Sleeping Beauty Castle. While you’re in Disney California Adventure park, look for special cone-shaped snowy sippers at the Cozy Cone Motel. Since this is a world where two holidays collide, “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” novelties will also be available through the holiday season.

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Since the holiday season is all about sharing the joy of the season with your friends and family, here’s a peek at the artwork you’ll find on popcorn buckets and souvenirs throughout Disney Parks!

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Which souvenir would you love in your stocking?

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Wasabi’s Tuna Poke, Inspired by Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

posted on November 14th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Happy Friday, Disney’s “Big Hero 6” fans! I’m excited to share the second recipe in our Disney’s “Big Hero 6” series, Wasabi’s Tuna Poke, inspired by Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.

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Filled with lean protein, this dish will give you the energy you need to save San Fransokyo. Just try not to spill any of the wasabi sauce on your shirt.

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Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos–Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

posted on November 12th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


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Beginning January 8, 2015, the Disney princesses will welcome guests to Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa while we spruce up Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom Park. Reservations are available for Walt Disney World Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members beginning December 3. Reservations open to all guests on December 4.

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Cinderella will be there to greet guests as they arrive, and the Disney princesses will visit each table for photos and autographs during the dining experience. Diners also can participate in an interactive “Magical Wishing Ceremony” with Cinderella and the Disney Princesses, with “wishing wands” and “wishing swords” for little ones.

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Breakfast and brunch hours are 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m., and cost is $49.99; $31.99 ages 3-9. The experience is on the Disney Dining Plan (2 entitlements). For reservations call 407-WDW-DINE. Online reservations and information will be available at a later date.

Cinderella’s Royal Table is expected to reopen in March.

Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos
Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses

Adult Menu

APPETIZERS OF THE COURT

Bakery Basket

Choice of One:

Garden Salad–Artisanal Greens, Endive, Roasted Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas, and
Marcona Almonds with Riesling Vinaigrette

Assorted Fresh Fruits

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Choice of One:

Traditional Breakfast–Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, and Twice-cooked Breakfast Potatoes

Scrambled Egg Whites, Hot Ten-Grain Cereal, Greek Yogurt topped with Granola,
Whole-Grain Bread, and Fresh Fruit

Steak and Slow-Poached Eggs with Twice-cooked Breakfast Potatoes and Wilted Spinach

Grilled Ham and Biscuit, Slow Poached Eggs topped with Sausage Gravy

Market-inspired Fish with Angel Hair Pasta, and Aromatic Tomato Sauce

Florida Shrimp with Creamy Cheddar Cheese and Smoked Bacon Grits

DESSERT TRIO

Beverages included:

Unlimited Coffee (regular/decaf), Iced Tea (regular/decaf),
Fountain Beverages, and Juices (Apple/Orange/Tomato)
One Specialty Beverage

Children’s Menu

APPETIZERS
Choice of One

Bite-size Cheddar Cheese and Grapes

Garden Salad
Fat-free Ranch Dressing

ENTRÉES
Choice of One

Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie topped with a Cheese Biscuit

Roasted Chicken Leg
Roasted Chicken Leg with Brown Rice Pilaf and Broccolini

Children’s Scrambled Eggs

Mickey-shaped Waffles

Steak
served with Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Corn

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Beverages included:

Milk and Skim Milk
Fountain Beverages
Juices: Orange/Apple/Tomato
One Specialty Beverage

Specialty Beverage Selections

Adult Specialty Beverage Selection

Choice of One

Mimosa
Champagne
Seasoned & Spiced Tomato Juice with Vodka
Cappuccino
Latte
Espresso
Glass of Wine

Children’s Specialty Beverage Selection

Choice of One served in a Specialty Cup

Tink Drink
Lemonade, Orange Juice and Sprite

Strawberry Smoothie

(Menu subject to change without notice)

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Trattoria al Forno Wines Take Diners on a Trip Through Italy

posted on November 12th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


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Opening December 18 on Disney’s Boardwalk, Trattoria al Forno promises diners an authentic taste of Italy – from the top of boot-shaped peninsula to the bottom, with classic Italian cuisine — handcrafted mozzarella, fresh pasta and pizzas baked in new wood-burning ovens.

Wine with food is a way of life in Italy, and Trattoria al Forno’s wine list “takes guests on a historic journey through the Italian wine regions,” says Jason Cha-Kim beverage manager for Disney Parks & Resorts.

“It’s unusual to have a 100-percent Italian wine list,” says Jason, who curated a list of about 70 wines from Italy’s 20 wine regions. The first page of the wine list is a map of Italy with the most famous regions highlighted, such as Tuscany and Veneto, then a few of the regions have bullet points about some of the most important wines and their flavor profiles.

“From Tuscany, we describe Chiantis and Super Tuscans,” says Jason. “From Piedmont, Barolo and Moscato d’Asti . . . and we offer wines from regions that some guests may not be familiar with, so we add a description for every single wine, along with the region and grape varietal.”

Trattoria al Forno will offer more than 30 wines by the glass, starting at $8, and also “quartinos,” which are quarter-liter carafes (about a glass and a half). “This is a great way for guests to try several different wines,” says Jason. “They’re big enough to share, so you can try wines from obscure wine regions.” Wine flights also are available.

“The wine list is like a geography lesson,” he explains, “and the list includes bin numbers for easy ordering.”
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Training the staff has been a fun journey, says Vinnie Tai, area manager for Disney’s Boardwalk food & beverage team. “We’ve been training for three months so that our servers are part of the immersive dining experience of dining at Trattoria al Forno.”

“It’s been a steep learning curve for the staff,” says Jason. “Servers had a week of intensive training with master sommeliers and leading wine educators from Italy – before opening the staff all will have an overview of Italy wine production and a tasting of all the wines on the list.”

Servers and sommeliers will be trained to suggest an Italian wine that matches a commonly known grape varietal from California and around the world – for instance, Italy’s Pinot Nero is the equivalent of a Pinot Noir, and Primitivo from Italy’s Puglia region is similar to a Zinfandel.

“It’s like a trip to Italy, and you don’t need a plane ticket or passport,” says Vinnie. “Our guests will get a true taste of Italy’s finest.” For reservations, 407-WDW-DINE.

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‘Tis the Season for Very Merry Treats at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 11th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


The culinary teams at Magic Kingdom Park have been decking their kitchens with festive treats for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Since Disney Parks Blog readers are all on Santa’s “nice list,” here’s a peek at some of the goodies that will be available at the party.

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How lovely are the branches of the Christmas tree cupcake from Gaston’s Tavern? Spiced confetti cake is topped with decadent butter cream frosting and sugary sprinkled “ornaments.” Of course, no Christmas tree is complete without the glittery star on top.

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If you’re looking for even more holiday decadence, try the cupcakes at Main Street Bakery. The adorable reindeer cupcake is a peanut butter delight. Vanilla cake with peanut butter is topped with mocha and peanut butter frosting, it’s almost too cute to eat! My favorite? The chocolate cupcake infused with peppermint and topped with a peppermint buttercream and sprinkles—it looks just like a candy cane!

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I might get coal in my stocking for it, but I couldn’t resist a bite of a buttery sugar cookie from Main Street Bakery. You can also find the craveable cookies next door at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, where you can make a sweet sandwich with your favorite flavor of ice cream. While you’re there, check out this cool treat: scoops of vanilla and mint chocolate-chip ice cream served in a waffle bowl and topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and peppermint sprinkles.

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If you prefer soft serve, try the waffle sundae from Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square. Infused with pumpkin, the waffle is dusted with cinnamon sugar, soft-serve ice cream and holiday sprinkles.

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What Disney Parks treats are on your Christmas list?

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