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PHOTOS – Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic Merchandise Checks Into Disney Parks

posted on February 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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One morning not so long ago, I checked out the new Hollywood Tower Hotel Authentic merchandise that arrived at Tower Hotel Gifts in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You may recall a previous story a few weeks ago discussing this new program that was inspired by the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction at Disney Parks. Here’s a quick look at what I discovered beyond the fifth dimension.

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Upon entering Tower Hotel Gifts, I immediately noticed the new products displayed throughout the shop. The merchandise presentation team reworked many of the wall fixtures and added some new elements to the location. The shop now features a Tower Hotel Gallery with collectible artwork such as the art deco-inspired bellhop sign created by Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra. It was great seeing some of my other favorite items in the shop like the bellhop hat and the bell.

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The team also added a few nods to the original television series above the merchandise displays (look above the register area to find Talky Tina). I enjoyed seeing a luggage cart being used as a fixture for apparel, and the display for the Disney Theme Park Edition of Jenga is quite creative!

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Additional items will be arriving throughout this spring at both Disneyland California Adventure park in Disneyland Resort and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort. There will more apparel items for men and women (the women’s T-shirts will arrive toward May). There will also be a new black-colored bathrobe that is due to arrive around April. Finally, new drinkware and stationary will be added to the shops in the coming weeks.

Here is a gallery of other items I found. I hope you “drop in” sometime soon to check them out.

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc.

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Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrate With Good Eats at Disney California Adventure Park, February 19-22

posted on February 17th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Thursday, February 19, is officially Lunar New Year, the turn of the Chinese calendar. At Disney California Adventure park, celebrate with these little tastes of Asian goodies during the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration!

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At Bayside Brews, you can sip a cold Tsing Tao Beer and bite into a soft, pillowy steamed bao filled with pork, served with sweet chili sauce. These steamed buns, considered grab ‘n go street food in China, are a perfect snack for strolling the park. If you prefer dessert, try a ginger milk tea with almond cookies.

The pork bao and almond cookies also will be available on the Lunar New Year food cart, along with the popular Boudin Bakery sourdough bread (this one baked with a wood ram insignia – it’s the “Year of the Sheep”), so take home a loaf for your own celebration.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Valentine’s Day at Disney Parks

posted on February 14th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy Valentine’s Day! As you can see, the Disney Parks Blog has been transformed to celebrate the day of love and romance. Here’s a roundup of some of our best Valentine’s Day content from earlier in the week.

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Earlier this week, we shared four new Disney Parks Blog wallpapers themed for Valentine’s Day, including one featuring Pluto, WALL-E and Eve, Simba and Nala, and Donald and Daisy. Which is your favorite? (Check out a complete gallery of wallpapers here on this special page).

Nature Meets Nurture at Senses Ð A Disney Spa at DisneyÕs Saratoga Springs Resort

One of our new blog authors, Victoria Lim, also shared ideas for how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your girlfriends here at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Representing the Disneyland Resort, Michelle Harker shared a look at the yummy Valentine-themed treats available this year at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park.

Will your Valentine’s Day celebration include a special Disney touch? Tell us in the comments section below.

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‘I Do!’ Memorable Proposals at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 13th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Everyone has their own special memories of the Disneyland Resort – for some, it’s a first visit or a favorite show, and for many, it’s celebrating the beginning of an exciting journey with a loved one. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m excited to share stories of three memorable proposals stories recalled by cast members from some of our most romantic restaurants – who were able to make these special moments even more magical.

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When this guest took his girlfriend to the Disneyland Resort for the first time, he decided to propose to her in front of the wishing well at Snow White Grotto. He even presented the engagement ring in a glass slipper! Later that night, the couple celebrated their engagement in a private dining room at Carthay Circle Restaurant, where the cast members had “his & hers” ear hats waiting for them. The bride-to-be was in tears, and so were the cast members at Carthay Circle Restaurant!

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Cast members at Blue Bayou Restaurant were able to make a sweet moment even sweeter for one newly engaged couple. After the groom-to-be proposed (to applause from the entire restaurant), Blue Bayou Restaurant cast members presented the couple with special treats and sparkling cider flutes to celebrate.

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Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa

The Napa Rose team was very excited to help with this unique proposal! One prince charming created a View-Master-like disc for his girlfriend, with slides showing moments throughout their relationship, ending with a very important question on the last slide: “Will you marry me?” Cast member, Wendy, delivered chocolate truffles to celebrate the moment. Other guests even joined in the celebration … the couple sitting next to the newly engaged guests was so touched by the surprising event, they paid for the couple’s dinner.

Where would you pop the question at the Disneyland Resort? Do you have a Disneyland Resort proposal story of your own? Share with us below! And happy Valentine’s Day!

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Wine Tasting with Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, Feb. 21-22 at Alfresco Tasting Terrace at Disney California Adventure Park

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


Popular Alfresco Tasting Terrace on the second floor of Golden Vine Winery at Disney California Adventure park features a very cool wine list, new wine flights and small Mediterranean-inspired plates – a lovely spot for a sip of wine on the open-air veranda.

Chef Jorge Cruz has been at Golden Vine Winery less than a year, and after stints at Club 33 and Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Resort, he’s having fun with the menu at Golden Vine Winery. His small plates on the terrace are getting high marks from fans, like the Tenderloin Sliders (recipe below) which is on the Alfresco Tasting Terrace daily menu.

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At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on February 21-22, Alfresco Tasting Terrace will premiere its Winemaker Events with Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, one of the “Disney Family of Wines,” a diverse collection that displays qualities long identified with Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company, carrying on the Disney legacy and typifying the passion, innovation and quality that the name Disney symbolizes.

The Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard Winemaker Event will feature wine, a special event appetizer menu and fun stories about the Disney family connection to the winery. For instance, Fess Parker (1924-2010) was named a Disney Legend in 1991 and was honored with his own window in Frontierland at Disneyland. Walt discovered Fess in the movie “Them” and asked him to stop by the studio; Fess brought his guitar, met Walt, sang a song, and said goodbye. Walt cast him as Davy Crockett, and he went on to star in many other Disney productions – but will always be remembered for his coonskin cap.

Seating is limited. For reservations and pricing, visit the podium at Golden Vine Winery or call 714-817-5700.

Guests must be at least 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages. Valid photo ID required. Appearances, presentations and events are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

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The Alfresco Tasting Terrace daily menu features Mediterranean-inspired appetizers and wines from the “Disney Family of Wines” — consisting of eight California vintners chosen because of their personal relationship with the Disney name.

The “family of eight” includes Chappellet Winery, Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, Frank Family Vineyards, Gogi, Lasseter Family Winery, MacMurray Ranch, Silverado Vineyards and Skywalker Vineyards.

These wines can be sipped with favorite appetizers, like the one below.

Tenderloin Sliders
Makes 12

Caramelized Onion-Horseradish Aioli

  • 1 white onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Tenderloin Sliders

  • 1 (2-pound) beef tenderloin
  • Coarse salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons light olive oil, divided
  • 12 slider buns, halved
  • 1 cup Caramelized Onion-Horseradish Aïoli
  • 2 tablespoons micro basil or finely chopped basil

For caramelized onion horseradish aioli:

  1. Add oil to a heavy bottom sauté pan over medium-high heat until oil shimmers. Add onions to hot oil, stirring to coat. Add a pinch of salt.
  2. Cook, stirring often, until onions are golden, tender, and dark brown in spots. Set aside.
  3. Combine mayonnaise, horseradish, and 1/2 cup caramelized onions in the work bowl of a food processor; process until fully combined.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For tenderloin sliders:

  1. Bring tenderloin to room temperature 1 hour before cooking. Season beef tenderloin generously with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 475°F.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over high heat. Sear tenderloin on all sides until outside is well browned, about 10 to 12 minutes total.
  3. Transfer beef on skillet to oven and roast until center reaches 120°F for rare or 125°F for medium-rare, about 18 to 25 minutes. Let beef rest at room temperature at least 15 minutes before slicing.
  4. Cut tenderloin into 1 ½-inch thick slices.
  5. To toast buns, heat remaining 1 tablespoon in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Place buns, cut side down, into pan and toast until light golden brown.
  6. Place 1 slice tenderloin on the bottom half of each bun; top with a dollop of Caramelized Onion-Horseradish Aïoli and sprinkle with micro basil or chopped basil. Top with top half of buns.
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Mad T Party Returns to Disney California Adventure Park as Part of Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Beginning May 22

posted on February 13th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Big news coming out of the Rabbit Hole today … Mad T Party is returning to Disney California Adventure park! When the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins May 22, Mad T Party will makes its return – and this time, it will be a new, dazzling experience, marking the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort in its own splendiferous way.

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Mad T Party joins other sparkling nighttime entertainment coming as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, including “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” Keep up with the latest news on the celebration here on the Disney Parks Blog, and join the conversation with the hashtag #Disneyland60.

We’ll see you when the Rabbit Hole opens once again on May 22!

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February Brings Sweet Valentine’s Surprises from the Candy Kitchens at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 10th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you unsure about what to get your Valentine this February 14? Our Disneyland Resort candy makers have been hard at work trying to make your gift-finding job a little easier.

Our candy makers’ top pick is an apple dipped in caramel, enrobed in milk chocolate, decorated with pink sanding sugar, candy-coated chocolate polka dots and adorned with a pink bow. What a treat for any Valentine.

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Of course, you can’t go wrong with our gourmet apple of the month, Black Forest. Sinfully delicious, the apple has been dipped in creamy caramel and dark chocolate, adorned in almonds and sweet cherries and drizzled on top with milk chocolate.

Looking for something a bit sweeter? Other sweet selections for you to choose from include white, milk and dark chocolate-dipped strawberries, a marshmallow wand and krispy treat.

Find all of these delicious sweets now 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.

What are you getting your Valentine?

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe at Disney California Adventure Park

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


With a new year comes new beginnings, and I’d like to begin 2015 by reviving one of my favorite Disney Parks Blog series, “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling,” with one of my favorite snack-time spots, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe at Disney California Adventure park.

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This 1930s-era eatery was established by Dolly, Dottie and Ethel Bounds, known professionally as Fiddler, Fifer & Practical (aka the Silver Lake Sisters). They spent a good part of their lives performing the vaudeville circuit, entertaining the troops in World War I and becoming minor celebrities in nightclubs along the then‐emerging Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

After 20 years of singing, dancing and playing their instruments (Dolly on violin, Dottie on flute, Ethel on piano), the sisters decided to put down roots on Buena Vista Street. The idea came from Ethel, the practical one. She had always handled the trio’s business affairs and was constantly urging her sisters to settle down and open a legitimate business. They finally agreed, joining together to open Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café, with its name an homage to their act.

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A wall inside the restaurant features photos, posters and memorabilia from the days when Dolly, Dottie and Ethel performed as Fiddler, Fifer & Practical – the Silver Lake Sisters. You can see them in publicity shots and in photos showing them performing on stage and relaxing or prepping backstage in their dressing rooms. A map of California shows the various places they’ve performed throughout the Golden State, and above the front window, marquee letters, spell out “Silver Lake Sisters.”

So the next time you’re getting a great deal on a square meal at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café, take a look around and discover the story of these talented ladies for yourself.


For more from “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” series, visit the links below:

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Neil Patrick Harris Shares Disney Park Memories, Excitement for Academy Awards

posted on February 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Actor Neil Patrick Harris has been a fan of Disney Parks since he was a child. Over the years, he has lent his voice to the California Screamin’ attraction at Disney California Adventure, and has served as narrator for “The Candlelight Processional” at Epcot for several years.

Check out this video, in which Neil shares some of his favorite Disney memories and his excitement over his fulfilling his latest “Disney dream” – the chance to host “The 2015 Oscars,” which will air LIVE on Sunday, February 22nd at 7e|4p on ABC!

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Take a Tour of ‘Frozen Fun’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on February 6th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Frozen Fun” has become a huge hit with Disney California Adventure park guests, because there’s so much to do! Join me on a tour through it all in the video below.

What is your favorite part of “Frozen Fun”?

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