Although Disney Parks Blog readers may be most familiar with my posts focusing on our horses at the Disneyland Resort, we have other types of animals here as well. Specifically, I’m talking sheep! In today’s video you’ll meet Jacquie Keane, a Circle D Barn Lead, who’s been working with animals, and shearing sheep, since she was nine years old. Please take a look as Jacquie demonstrates the art of the clippers – sheep style!
posted on February 9th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
posted on February 8th, 2015 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG
Well my friends, we’ve made it half way through Disney 14 Days of Love! Welcome to day eight, where you’ll be “wagging your tail” for this do-it-yourself idea. If your pal’s character traits are loyal, someone who loves unconditionally and is known as everyone’s best friend, this post is for you! If you’re just joining us in this celebration and wondering what the excitement is all about, check out Sunday’s post to take the “Discover Your Disney Side” quiz and learn more.
In the spirit of Disney 14 Days Love, I wanted to share some fun ideas that you and your loved ones can experience at Walt Disney World, the Disneyland Resort and especially right at home! Disney is known for magical moments because we create the unexpected, so think how wonderful your family, friends or a special someone would feel if you surprised them! They are use to giving to others, so how ‘bout creating a moment that takes them by surprise?
Today I’m excited to let you in on magical tip: here’s the secret to how we create one of our sweet gifts. Recently, Disney Floral & Gifts launched Mickey’s Happy Surprise Cake at Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort, a fun twist on the traditional birthday cake. This is the perfect gift to show you how it’s made, and offer you the opportunity to make your own “do-it-yourself” cake at home! Because, after all, who wouldn’t want a cake made of candy?
Now that looks fun to make! And more importantly, it looks scrumptious! So let’s create a sweet expression of your affection with a Disney “DIY” candy cake. Follow these six simple steps to create your own Disney magical moment right at home.
- 10 of your favorite chocolate or candy bars
- Sizzle, confetti or anything you’d like for the “filling” of your cake
- You choice of a cake topper. Lollipops, candy, a hat or even a Disney plush would look great on top of your cake!
- Apply tape, or any adhesive you have at home, to the candy bars as shown.
- Attach the candy bars to form the cake.
- Stuff the center of the cake with your sizzle, confetti, extra treats or any other fillings you can
dream of. Next, tie the ribbon around the outside of the candy bars as shown.
- Finally, top your cake with anything you’d like! Use lollipops, candy, a hat or even a Disney plush. The possibilities are endless!
See, it’s that easy! Think of how special your loved one will feel when you present them with your homemade creation. Throughout Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort, magical moments like this are created daily. Knowing these secrets, now you can create a Disney magical moment for someone special. And speaking of cakes, make sure to join us tomorrow for day nine, when I’ll be revealing new “sweet” offerings that you’ve been asking for!
So now that I’ve shared a secret to creating a surprise at home…would you share your DIY candy cake photos with us? Then tell us how this experience has impacted you and your loved one. Remember to use #Disney14DaysofLove! See you tomorrow!
posted on February 7th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
On this date in Disney history, the film “Pinocchio” had it’s grand premiere at the Center Theatre in New York City back in 1940. The film, which tells the tale of a little wooden puppet who longs to become a real boy, went on to inspire a Pinocchio’s Daring Journey attraction at Disneyland park. At Magic Kingdom Park, you can dine at Pinocchio’s Village Haus in Fantasyland, or spy characters from the film in “Main Street Electrical” parade, as well as seasonal event parades.
And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.
posted on February 5th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
A few weeks ago we asked you, the Disney Parks Blog readers, to help us name our new baby goats at the Disneyland Resort. With more than 4,000 votes counted, we’re pleased to announce the winning names are Bernard and Bianca! A big thank you to the readers who voted.
Bernard and Bianca will be making their debut at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm in Frontierland near the end of February. Be sure to stop by and welcome our two new cast members!
posted on February 3rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, I wanted to offer a few gift ideas from Disney Parks.
PANDORA Jewelry - Last fall, we introduced charms inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters as part of the Disney Parks Collection | PANDORA. As part of its first assortment, we introduced 25 charms, with an additional 16 styles, including a Disney Parks bracelet, found only at Disney Parks. The best places to find these jewelry items are at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort and at La Mascarade d’Orleans in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park. Stay tuned in the coming weeks, as I’ll give you a first look at some new charms arriving for spring.
Apparel - Mickey and Minnie Mouse celebrate the season of love with four new shirts created especially for Disney Parks. I found these items at TrenD located in Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida.
D-Tech on Demand - Guests can create custom phone cases with new Mickey and Minnie Mouse artwork at D-Tech on Demand in the Marketplace Co-Op. We offer cases for the following phones: iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPhone 6/6+, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5.
Vinylmation – The Vinylmation Eachez for Valentine’s Day this year has an edition size of 2,500. The Mickey Mouse figure is the more common figure while Minnie Mouse is rarer to find.
Be My Villaintine – The pin team is releasing the “Be My Villaintine” mystery set on February 12. This 13-pin collection has 10 known pins and three mystery chaser pins. Each box contains one randomly selected pin. Guests may also find a limited edition pin featuring Anna and Kristoff from Disney’s “Frozen.”
Duffy the Disney Bear and Disney Tsum Tsum – Duffy the Disney Bear is dressed in his Valentine’s Day best this year in a new 9-inch plush. I liked the idea of giving your significant other a Disney Tsum Tsum of the Little Green Men (you have been “chosen” to be my Valentine.) Finally, I love this ceramic Orange Bird figure which can now be found in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World.
There are some additional gift ideas that can be found on our Disney Parks online store.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
posted on February 3rd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Oh, how Disney kitchens have changed since Disneyland park opened in 1955. Today, we feed guests from around the globe, and our award-winning chefs and sommeliers wow diners with seasonal produce, often sourced locally, and with finds from around the world. More than ever, food is an important part of any vacation experience.
What a delight it was to work with the Disney chefs to create Kitchen Magic With Mickey, featuring 100 oft-requested recipes (many shared on the Disney Parks Blog). I sipped an elegant Colette Champagne Cocktail at Remy on the Disney Cruise Line, and tried smoked buffalo at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. But equally delicious (and a little more messy) was the Boo-Ya Chili at ESPN Club and cheesy enchilada soup at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café at Disney’s California Adventure park. From high end to family favorites, this cookbook includes a little bit of everything.
The book is divided into traditional chapters, with each recipe tested in a home kitchen. You’ll find classics such as banana bread French toast, scones, and Southern shrimp and grits, and new taste sensations like haupia from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, and spiced tandoori tofu from Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
We hope you’ll re-create a vacation memory in your own kitchen. Kitchen Magic With Mickey is available now at Disney Parks, but here’s a recipe to get you started:
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
Haupia with Mango Compote
If you love coconut, this is the perfect dessert. Chefs at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on beautiful Ko Olina in Hawaii offer guests true tastes of the islands, and haupia, a traditional sweet often served at Hawaiian luaus, is a favorite sweet ending for guests at the Disney Vacation Club resort.
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can coconut milk
- 6 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons shredded coconut, toasted
- 1 mango, peeled, cut away from pit, and diced small
- 1 small lime, washed
- 1 teaspoon orange blossom honey, heated until thin
- Combine 1/2 cup coconut milk and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Combine remaining coconut milk, water, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Drizzle cornstarch mixture slowly into saucepan, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking vigorously (do not let boil), until mixture is very thick and no longer tastes floury, 4 to 6 minutes.
- Pour into 4 (1/2-cup-capacity) ramekins; cover with plastic wrap, pressing plastic wrap directly onto surface of coconut milk mixture.
- Refrigerate 2 hours. Garnish with toasted coconut.
For mango compote:
- Place mango in a medium bowl. Zest lime into bowl; stir to combine.
- Stir in honey. Serve with haupia.
Cook’s note: Mangoes have a hard, oblong pit that runs through the narrow center. To easily cube the fruit, cut each round “cheek” away from pit, score with a paring knife, and cut fruit away from peel.
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.
New England Patriots Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler Celebrate Super Bowl Win at the Disneyland Resort
posted on February 2nd, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
New England Patriots fans lined Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park today to celebrate with Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler, stars of yesterday’s Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Amid a cloud of confetti and accompanied by Mickey Mouse himself, Edelman and Butler made good on their exclamation, “We’re Going to Disneyland!” following the game. Check them out in the latest in a series of the iconic Disney Parks advertisements here.
Wide receiver Edelman and cornerback Butler enjoyed a well-deserved, sunny day of celebration at Disneyland park. Take a behind-the-scenes look at their visit below!
Congratulations to Edelman, Butler and the New England Patriots!
posted on February 2nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
From red velvet funnel cakes at Stage Door Café to a four-course menu inspired by St. Valentine at Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Resort is adding lots of special ways to woo your sweetheart on February 14.
In Disneyland park, along with those indulgent funnel cakes, you can start your day with a sweet touch at River Belle Terrace with red velvet pancakes – linger under the umbrellas and watch the Mark Twain Riverboat paddle down the Rivers of America for a romantic morning.
Lunch and dinner add a savory side. Plaza Inn is featuring pan-seared salmon with rice pilaf, seasonal vegetables with a Chardonnay dill cream sauce. Blue Bayou Restaurant continues the “heat” theme with a “Sweet Heat Duet”: bacon-wrapped filet mignon and halibut atop tomato croutons with sautéed baby spinach and roasted potatoes, served with a rich Chardonnay dill, Cognac peppercorn and café au lait sauce.
Carnation Café’s hearty surf and turf will please hearty appetites with sirloin, shrimp, mashed potatoes and sautéed broccoli with a sun-dried tomato butter and herb beurre blanc sauce topping the duo. Café Orleans takes a light approach with angel hair pasta with sautéed shrimp, zucchini and yellow squash tossed with a cream shrimp fumé.
Heading to Disney California Adventure park, you can sip a cherry-apple smoothie at Schmoozies, have a Valentine sugar cookie at Pacific Wharf Cafe or enjoy a Valentine’s Day Sundae at Clarabelle’s. For dinner, Wine Country Trattoria is offering a three-course menu with a choice of lobster or beef tenderloin with shrimp for the main course.
Or just keep it sweet with Alfresco Tasting Terrace & Cove Bar’s dessert sampler: vanilla fruit tart, raspberry macaroon and tiramisu served in flight glasses with a sparkling wine pairing. And to carry home, the popular, freshly baked heart and teddy bear-shaped breads from Boudin Bakery are for sale at Pacific Wharf Café, Mortimer’s Market and the Boudin Bread Cart.
For date night, Steakhouse 55 and The Lounge at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel and Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa both are featuring prix-fixe menus. Steakhouse 55 features elegant renditions of Maine lobster bisque, surf and turf with a filet mignon and bacon-wrapped jumbo prawn and a fancy White Chocolate Baked Alaska for dessert. The four-course Napa Rose menu, “inspired by St. Valentine,” will be available with an optional wine pairing – we can’t reveal the courses, but promise it ends with a grand finale.
Happy Valentines’ Day! For reservations, visit Disneyland.com or call 714-781-DINE.
posted on February 2nd, 2015 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World
After months of speculation and prognostication, we finally know this season’s Super Bowl XLIX champion: the New England Patriots. Well, I’m happy to reveal one other exciting piece of juicy information: star players of the big game – wide receiver Julian Edelman and cornerback Malcolm Butler – are going to Disneyland!
Immediately after the 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Phoenix, Edelman and Butler stood on the field amid a sea of confetti and screaming fans and shouted those classic words: “We’re Going to Disneyland!” The scene is the centerpiece of Disney Parks‘ annual Super Bowl commercial that is airing for the next several days.
The TV spot is the 48th edition in the beloved series that began in 1987 when New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms first blurted out those words in front of a TV camera after Super Bowl XXI.
This year it was Edelman and Butler’s turn after remarkable performances Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. Edelman had nine catches for a team-high 109 yards, including the game-winning touchdown reception in the final minutes of the game. Butler sealed the victory with a game-saving interception in the final seconds.
They are scheduled to celebrate their performances and their team’s victory with a hero’s welcome parade Monday down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, which just last week was the site of the unveiling for the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, marking the resort’s 60th anniversary. If you can’t make it out to Disneyland park to celebrate with them, then check back here Monday afternoon to see photos and video from the festivities and get a look at the TV commercial here.
posted on January 31st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
During a special after-hours presentation at Disneyland park, Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will begin Friday, May 22, and will include an amazing new fireworks spectacular, “Disneyland Forever”. Event guests got a sneak peek at the new projection technology that will be featured in the show.
Also at Disneyland park, the “Paint the Night” parade will electrify the streets with innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects and unforgettable music.
And Rachel shared a peek at the colorful new popcorn buckets, coming this May for the celebration. There’s still more to come! Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to unveil more of what’s to come for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60.