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Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine – Now Year ‘Round!

posted on October 20th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Recently, we announced Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine. Today, I’m happy to announce Minnie and pals will continue to host dinner at Hollywood & Vine year-round!


Minnie’s fabulous dinner parties celebrate the cheerful togetherness of the holidays, the glamour of Hollywood, the delight of spring, the excitement of summer and the frightening fun of Halloween. With each new season, look for unique music, décor, all-new costumes, menu items and interactive musical moments.

Reservations open October 27 for the next seasonal dine. From January 4 to March 20, Minnie will be hosting a dinner party celebrating the magic of the movies and the glamour of Hollywood.

Make your night even more magical by adding the Fantasmic! Dinner Package to your meal. For reservations, visit or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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New Snacks With Character Offer Better For You Snack Options at Disney Parks

posted on October 19th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I’m delighted to share that guests now have new snack options at Disney Parks called Snacks with Character. This Disney-branded line of better-for-you snacks is great for guests looking for dietary alternatives related to food allergies or lifestyle choices. I recently spoke with Patrice Guy, merchandiser with Disney Theme Park Merchandise, about how these items were created.


“We listened to guests who said they wanted options when it comes to snacks at Disney Parks,” explained Patrice. “The Snacks with Character line was developed in collaboration with Merchandise Product Development, Food and Beverage Health and Wellness, Disney Design Group, and various suppliers in this field. We hope guests will enjoy these new tasty treats that are fun to share.”


To create these treats, Disney Theme Park Merchandise teamed up with well-known specialty suppliers such as Ocean Spray, Enjoy Life Foods, Way Better Snacks and WOW Baking Company. Several of the dietary needs addressed in the new assortment products include gluten-free, nut-free, and other allergy-friendly products.


The Snacks with Character line will launch with 11 new items. Look for the snack option from Ocean Spray later this year at Disney Parks.

Guests should look for these select items in merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, on Disney Cruise Line ships, and at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

Select food and beverage locations at Walt Disney World Resort will also carry Snacks with Characters.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: ‘The Chew’ Savors Walt Disney World Experiences

posted on October 17th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

This week, you were able to watch ABC’s “The Chew” produced during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. We shared photos from tapings of the show, as the cast celebrated 20 delicious years of the festival with a live audience, against the backdrop of Spaceship Earth, and just steps away from the two festival marketplaces inspired by the “party in the kitchen”.

In addition to enjoying festival dishes and whipping up some of their own creations, the four hosts shared their unforgettable moments across Walt Disney World Resort including a special performance of Disney’s “Festival Of The Lion King,” to visiting Disney Springs, to racking up high scores on Toy Story Mania (Clinton Kelly is the champ), to screaming on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Did you catch the shows this week? What was your favorite part?

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What is Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Treat?

posted on October 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Corn dog or turkey leg? Many Disneyland Resort visits have involved a debate over which is the best among all of our theme park treats. We asked some of your favorite ABC and ABC Family stars, including Kermit the Frog which they prefer. Take a look at the video below to see what they had to say about their favorite Disneyland Resort treats!

What is your favorite Disneyland Resort treat? Let us know in the comments!

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11 Insider Tips for Disney Cruise Line Dining

posted on October 15th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

We had a recent cruise on the delightful Disney Dream and returned with a new appreciation for the talented Disney Cruise Line chefs – and some of our own tips worth a share for making the most of culinary opportunities on board.


  1. Petites Assiettes de Remy. Petites Assiettes means “small plates,” and this little gem is offered during the early evening hours of the first day of each cruise on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Sign up as you board for a taste of the haute cuisine and a peek at the stylish Remy dining room. Six dishes in all, each perfectly paired with wine. $50 per person. What an elegant way to start your vacation!
  2. Brunch at Palo or Remy. This is fine dining with exquisite service for a nominal charge. Take your pick: Remy offers an elegant Champagne brunch on sea days and select port days with a six-course, French-inspired repast. In Palo, a gorgeous spread of small bites, from caviar to croissants, starts the meal, followed by made-to-order dishes (freshly made pasta, anyone?).


  1. Speaking of Palo, order the chocolate soufflé for dinner Enough said.
  2. We forget that you can skip the dining rooms and nosh in Pub 687 on Deck 4 on the Disney Dream. Watch the game and indulge in Wagyu beef sliders, tempura shrimp, bangers and mash for a nominal charge.
  3. Dine and Play. Parents, you can check the kids in for evening youth activities without leaving the dinner table. Families can enjoy dinner together, then counselors show up to whisk the kids away while adults finish dinner, take a post-prandial stroll on the deck or dance the night away. Offered for ages three to 12 during the second seating in all main dining rooms.


  1. Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience. On both the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream, this is an indulgent, fun way to wile away an afternoon at Remy. The chefs greet you with stories and a tasting of six to-die-for desserts. $50 and includes a wine, Champagne or cocktail. Calories don’t count on vacation.
  2. We are in awe of the seemingly endless food stations at Cabanas on the Disney Dream. Take a few minutes to walk the entire buffet, and you’ll find all sorts of wonderful tastes not to be overlooked. For instance, for breakfast we discovered build-your-own granola and a surprisingly delicious seaweed and tofu soup. Be adventurous!


  1. The best classic gin martini on board, hands down, at Meridian on Deck 12 on the Disney Dream. A fabulous escape with an outdoor terrace.
  2. More fun with spirits: sign up for a tequila, rum, cognac or Champagne tasting – whatever is being offered. Disney Cruise Line has some serious experts who will teach you how to navigate the world of craft cocktails. We promise you’ll learn something you didn’t already know.
  3. If you’re feeling lazy, order room service. It’s free! And the bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich is a good bet.
  4. Walk or run the deck! It’s a pleasant way to burn some calories — three laps equals one mile. You could head to the fitness center, but ocean air is a bonus.
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New Rocky Road Gourmet Treats Added to the Mix at the Disneyland Resort

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

A “Rocky Road” lies ahead for you this November at the Disneyland Resort. Our Candy Makers have been hard at work preparing themed gourmet treats based on the fan favorite Rocky Road flavors of years past.

The gourmet apple, dipped in creamy caramel, enrobed in sweet milk chocolate and covered in marshmallows and diced almonds, will be available for a limited time.


Of course, we’re adding a few other treats to tempt your taste buds – the Rocky Road marshmallow wand, crispy treat and bark.


Look for these fan-favorite treats beginning November 1 at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Which treat will you try?

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Top 10 Vegetarian Meals at Walt Disney World Resort to Celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, and to celebrate we’ve picked the top five quick-service and top five table-service vegetarian meals served at Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. These meals make veggies the star of the plate and are tasty enough to win over carnivores, too.

Top 5 Quick-Service Vegetarian Meals


1. Watermelon Salad, Flame Tree Barbecue, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
A light and refreshing meal, this watermelon salad is topped with feta, arugula, pickled red onion and white balsamic vinaigrette.

2. Lighthouse Sandwich, Columbia Harbor House, Magic Kingdom Park
Drop anchor at Columbia Harbor House for this satisfying sandwich with hummus, tomato and broccoli slaw on toasted multigrain bread with house-made potato chips.


3. Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, Backlot Express, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Take five with this grilled vegetable sandwich with fresh mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini, tomato and watercress piled high on basil asiago artisan bread, topped with cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto. Choose from carrot sticks or fries on the side.


4. Veggie Naan-wich, Electric Umbrella, Epcot
Broccoli slaw, edamame and tofu wasabi dressing on naan make this a Future World dish that’s not to be missed. As a side, choose between grapes or fries.


5. Fried Green Tomato Sandwich, Rosie’s All-American Café, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Fried green tomatoes, arugula, pepper jack cheese and jalapeño ranch dressing on ciabatta bread served with coleslaw or fries.

Top 5 Table-Service Vegetarian Meals


1. Layered Ratatouille, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom Park
Oven-baked zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes and caramelized onions are sliced and layered on quinoa, topped with a bell pepper sauce. It’s delicious. Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes.

2. Noodle Bowl, Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Try wok-fried coconut tofu, soy beans, sugar snap peas, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms in a red curry broth at the place to “see and be seen” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


3. Farmer Lee’s Tomato Salad, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Perfectly ripe toy box heirloom tomatoes, tomato chips, jam, Mozzarella di Bufala, topped with charred onion vinaigrette. Pair this salad with a wood-fired flatbread or the famous Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli.

4. Vegetarian Falafel, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
This falafel is served on flatbread with black olive hummus, cucumber, tomato and lettuce, and topped with a soy tzatziki-style sauce. On the side are house-made pickles and your choice of fruit or fries. Special tip: Look for a brand-new, house-made quinoa burger to hit the menu later this month.

5. Vegetable and Tofu Sambusas, Jiko – The Cooking Place, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
These tasty sambusas are served with mint-coconut chutney, coriander-tamarind yogurt and saffron-cashew rice.

What’s your favorite vegetarian meal at Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments below!

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8 Disney Parks Recipes to Celebrate National Dessert Day

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Happy National Dessert Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts! To celebrate, we’re sharing eight recipes featuring some of our favorite sweets and treats from Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

1. Warm Chocolate Truffle Cake, Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
The perfect dessert to celebrate a special occasion, though a bite of the chocolate ganache on top of this cake makes any day worthy of a celebration.

2. Banana Toffee Mousse, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Chocolate, toffee and bananas evoke the Golden Age of Hollywood in this delicious dessert from The Hollywood Brown Derby.

3. Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes
We tweaked this favorite from Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland park for the release of “Big Hero 6,” and the recipe is still as sweet as honey!

4. Chocolate Cupcakes with Hazelnut-Chocolate Buttercream, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Bakery
The perfect cupcake recipe from Chef Andreas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. What goes better with chocolate than hazelnut? Yeah, I couldn’t think of anything either.

5. Chocolate Pudding Cake, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Topped with sea salt, this Chocolate Pudding Cake from California Grill is the perfect indulgent treat.

6. Peanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon Pie, BoardWalk Bakery, Disney’s BoardWalk
If you like your sweets with a savory twist, this Peanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon Pie is for you.

7. Strawberry Twists, Maurice’s Treats, Disneyland Park
These Strawberry Twists can pull double duty as either dessert or a breakfast pastry.

8. Tiramisu, Trattoria al Forno, Disney’s BoardWalk
The recipe for this classic Italian dessert is easy to follow, and sure to please. Bonus: No baking required!

How are you celebrating National Dessert Day?

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Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk to Be Reimagined in 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

January 31 is the last day to dine at Flying Fish Café on Disney’s BoardWalk, as the signature restaurant will close for several months as both Walt Disney Imagineering and the culinary team reimagine one of the most popular places for dinner at Walt Disney World Resort.


You can expect a whole new look, and the team will be working on a new menu (but no worries, the potato-wrapped snapper remains and seasonal approach stay the same).

The reimagined dining room will still have an onstage kitchen and an airier design, with more room for the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners.

Stay tuned for more details as the work gets under way.

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No Tricks, Just Halloween Treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

We’ve talked about all the Halloween treats in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, so here’s the rundown of all the seasonal goodies you’ll find in the other three theme parks.


At Epcot, head to Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in the Norway pavilion for a Spooky Olaf – a brownie shaped like a ghost covered with white fondant and Olaf’s face. Over in Future World at Fountain View, you’ll find a chocolate owl cupcake filled with chocolate marshmallow and sandwich cookie eyes, and at Sunshine Seasons, a candy corn push pop that’s orange, lemon or mango with layers of vanilla mousse. You’ll find all of these tasty treats the week of Halloween.


From October 4-November 1 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find a carrot cake with a pumpkin Mickey topper at The Trolley Car Café, ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express and Starring Rolls Café. From November 2-November 30 in the same locations, there’s a Holiday Harvest Pumpkin Cupcake with a Mickey topper. Both count as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan.


At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, on October 31 you can enjoy at Bat Cupcake at Kusafiri Bakery and Isle of Java. Then on November 26, a fall cupcake debuts at the same locations. Both count as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan. And Tusker House Restaurant will showcase mini-pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cheesecake on the buffet.

Indulge a little, ‘tis the season!

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