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Download Our Disney Parks Valentine’s Day Wallpapers

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


One of my favorite candies are those little message hearts you get on Valentine’s Day. They each have their own personalities. Quite like the three wallpapers we have created to celebrate this day of love.

Jack & Sally Valentine’s Day Wallpaper Mickey & Minnie Valentine’s Day Wallpaper Pocahontas & John Smith Valentine’s Day Wallpaper

Our designers, Brittany Ungvarsky, Jeff Maurer and Kenzie Schmaltz, created these three heartfelt images featuring their favorite Disney couples – Jack & Sally, Mickey & Minnie, Pocahontas & John Smith.

Love, in all its forms, is sweet!

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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Try This Smashed Potato From Disney’s PCH Grill Beachside Bonfire Buffet at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


February is National Potato Lover’s Month, a perfect excuse to make this delicious, slightly decadent recipe from Disney’s PCH Grill that could serve as a main dish (add a big green salad and dinner is done).

What’s not to love about a potato that’s baked, then fried and topped off with a little bacon, sour cream and Cheddar? These mini smashed potatoes would also be perfect appetizers for a game day party.

This recipe is from the generous dinner buffet at Disney’s PCH Grill Beachside Bonfire Buffet at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and is the perfect side for the kitchen’s smoked tri-tip, ribs, fish tacos, sautéed shrimp, steamed clams and fried chicken, or paired with a mini burger or a hot dog right off the grill. In addition to dinner, you can catch a wave with breakfast favorites at the Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends at Disney’s PCH Grill, featuring an omelet station, signature flatbreads, parfaits, Mickey waffles and more.

To make reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

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Mini Smashed Potatoes
Makes 12

Mini Smashed Potatoes
12 miniature gold potatoes, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter
8 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup vegetable oil

Toppings
1/4 cup sour cream
3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 tablespoons grated Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped chives

For smashed potatoes

  1. Place potatoes, water and 1 tablespoon of salt in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover and reduce to a simmer. Continue simmering for 15 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.
  2. Drain potatoes and transfer to a baking sheet. Cool for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Place a small plate on top of one potato, and gently push down, until the potato is 1/3 of its original size and just begins to split open on the side. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
  4. Heat oil in a 12-inch frying pan over medium high-heat for 3-5 minutes, until oil reaches 350°F.
  5. Carefully place the potatoes in the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Place potatoes on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Season with remaining salt and pepper.

To serve

  1. Place smashed potatoes on a large serving platter.
  2. Top each potato with 1 teaspoon of sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon chopped bacon, 1 teaspoon shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 teaspoon of chives.

This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version. All recipes are the property of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., and may not be reproduced without express permission.

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Wandering Dreams Hand-Painted Ink & Paint Cel Debuts at Disneyland Resort

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


More great news for collectors of our hand-painted Ink & Paint cels, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! If you’re still in need of a gift, treat your sweetheart to this special piece, titled “Wandering Dreams,” featuring Briar Rose and Prince Phillip as they enjoy a stroll past Sleeping Beauty Castle, when it debuts February 14, 2016, at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park.

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This new piece is limited to an edition size of 1,000 and will be available in a variety of formats, including: Unframed ($150), Framed ($240), Framed with Postcard ($260), Framed with Pin ($270)* and Framed with Postcard and Pin ($280).*

*Tip: A specially designed pin, limited to an edition size of 600, is only available with these framed formats, while supplies last. Here’s your first look at the art for the pin.

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Unable to make it to the Disneyland Resort? A limited number of cels will be available to purchase online for a limited time only. Applicable tax and shipping fees apply. Discounts available on framing only. Order yours here!

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Romance is in the Air at Downtown Disney District as Valentine’s Weekend Brings Special Menus, Gift Ideas and Entertainment

posted on February 9th, 2016 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Whether it’s a romantic dinner, a special gift for your sweetheart, Valentine-themed entertainment or a horse & carriage ride, you’ll find all the makings of a perfect Valentine’s Day weekend in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.

Shakespeare’s celebrated lovers Romeo and Juliet, as portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, will be on the screen at AMC Theatres in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” at 9 p.m. each evening, Friday, February 12, through Sunday, February 14.

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For a Valentine’s dinner, Catal Restaurant offers a special prix fixe three-course menu on Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14, featuring such starter options as oysters on the half shell, Manchego salad and more. Petite filet, paella and asparagus risotto are among the entrée options. And dessert choices include strawberry shortcake, chocolate croissant bread pudding, house-made gelato or sorbet.

Valentine’s Day specials at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen on Saturday and Sunday include a seafood lover’s sampler, choice of smoked red bell pepper soup or grilled hearts of romaine salad, then entrée choices of French cut chicken breast, citrus crusted salmon or pink peppercorn crusted filet mignon and, for dessert, white chocolate brownie a la mode.

Tortilla Jo’s offers a three-course prix fixe Valentine’s menu Saturday and Sunday highlighted by a fruta del mar entrée with lobster, scallops, rockfish, Mexican shrimp and PEI mussel; choice of sweet corn soup or endive salad to start; and a dessert choice of chocolate hazelnut crunch or berries and cream.

Kayla’s Cake along the Downtown Disney District promenade is currently offering strawberry shortcake, vanilla bean and banana cream macaroons to take home or enjoy as you window shop through the district. You will find a wide variety of great Valentine’s Day gift ideas ranging from Disney mementos to accessories and jewelry. Fossil is offering complimentary watch engraving with purchase through February 14. Or you can personalize something cuddly at Build-A-Bear.

Somewhere along the way, you should plan on taking your significant other on a romantic horse & carriage ride. The steeds will be departing from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, as part of a very special Valentine’s Day weekend at Downtown Disney District.

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‘Celebrate Gospel’ Returns to the Disneyland Resort February 13

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


This Saturday, February 13, guest choirs from throughout Southern California will gather at Disney California Adventure park to “Celebrate Gospel” in honor of Black History Month, and the spirit and history of gospel music.

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Stop by Stage 17 in Hollywood Land from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. to hear the uplifting voices of the choirs listed below. Whether you haven’t experienced “Celebrate Gospel” before, or you are like me and it’s one of your favorite events of the year, the inspiring musical event is sure to raise your spirit!

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum (Los Angeles)
  • Harambee Prep Children’s Choir (Pasadena)
  • New Generation Choir (Santa Ana)
  • Covered Choir (Corona)
  • Ty Snow & Xtreme Purpose (Pasadena)
  • Divine Deliverance Mass Choir (Inglewood)

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Amazing Grace Conservatory (Los Angeles)
  • Voices of Praise Mass Choir (Temecula)
  • West Angeles Angelic Children’s Choir (Los Angeles)
  • Spiritual Truth (Yorba Linda)
  • Greater LA Cathedral Choir (Los Angeles)
  • LA Inner City Mass Choir (Los Angeles)
  • Destiny 24 (Compton)
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Peyton Manning Celebrates Super Bowl Victory at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


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How did Peyton Manning celebrate his team’s Super Bowl 50 victory today? He went to Disneyland! Following the Denver Broncos victory over the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Peyton – joined by his children, Mosley and Marshall – celebrated with fans today at the Happiest Place on Earth with a parade Monday down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. Take a look!

Congratulations to Super Bowl 50 champions Denver Broncos!

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Style Happens Here – Lovely Apparel from Disney Parks

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Today, I’m launching a new monthly series that was inspired by the many Unforgettable moments that happen at Disney Parks. Titled “Style Happens Here,” this series will highlight stylish Disney products including apparel or accessories that guests may find when visiting Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, my first article showcases “lovely” apparel found only at Disney Parks.

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My assignment for this story was simple – look for shirts that have a love theme (characters kissing, hugging, the word “love,” etc). To find these love-inspired items, I visited Tren-D and the newly expanded World of Disney at Disney Springs Marketplace.

First, companion t-shirts are fun options for couples visiting Disney Parks especially during Valentine’s Day. You might recall reading about the popular “I’ll Be Your…” shirts that were introduced in 2012, or the more recent “I Mickey My…” shirts from last fall. I spotted this wall of shirts at World of Disney.

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While at Tren-D, I saw two Mickey and Minnie Mouse shirts from the Disney Boutique collection. Created especially for Disney Parks, this collection features modern styling, fabrics and trims all presented in a unique Disney way. The shirt pictured in the first image is also from this collection.

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Look for these items and more in select merchandise locations throughout Disney Parks. You may order select items and have them shipped directly to your home via the Shop Disney Parks mobile app. To download this free app, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

Here is a gallery of other shirts I loved:

If you are active on social networks, I’d love to see your Disney Parks style. Just add #StyleHappensHere to your posts.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Magical Moments at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


On this day 15 years ago, Disney California Adventure park opened its gates for the first time. To celebrate, I’ve highlighted some the most magical moments we captured on video. I have been fortunate enough to participate in of most of these moments, from the Grand Opening in 2001 to the opening of Cars Land in 2012, and more. If I had to pick a favorite, I really enjoyed the opening ceremony for Toy Story Midway Mania! Seeing the Green Army Men parachuting through the sky was really spectacular!

What is your favorite Disney California Adventure park memory?

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Peyton Manning ‘Going to Disneyland’ to Celebrate Super Bowl Victory

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Fresh from the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 victory, quarterback Peyton Manning is preparing for a magical celebration of his own. He’s going to Disneyland!

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Following Denver’s 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, Manning is scheduled to celebrate at the Happiest Place on Earth with a parade Monday down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. (Exact timing is still to be determined.) Manning’s Disneyland Resort celebration continues a tradition that began in 1987 with Phil Simms of the New York Giants. Manning joins an all-star lineup of heroes from sports and beyond who have come to Disney Parks to celebrate their personal achievements with a dose of Disney magic.

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VIDEO: Join the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park this Weekend

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Happy Lunar New Year Celebration is going on now at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure park, through February 8. The event celebrates time-honored traditions of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, inviting citizens of all backgrounds to enjoy the festivities. Join Mulan and Mushu, along with friends Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Chip n’ Dale to celebrate the Year of the Monkey! Take a look at all the fun in the video below.

Join us for the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, February 5-8, from 11 am – 5 pm each day!

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