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Our Top 10 Delicious, Healthful Bites at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 13th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Okay, so you’re on vacation, and “healthful” may not be at the top of your to-do list. But we’re often asked for our favorite healthful eats at Disneyland Resort. Here is our Top 10 list, from quick bites to table service:

  1. Start the day at Carnation Café in Disneyland park with the spinach and tomato egg white frittata with a side of fresh fruit for breakfast (skip the potatoes). Later in the day, we like the new spinach salad with grilled chicken, which includes boiled eggs, Portobello mushrooms, feta cheese and pickled onions tossed with a golden balsamic-mustard seed dressing.
  2. Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Disneyland park is a longtime favorite, but you can skip the hearty burritos and opt for the citrus fire-grilled chicken, marinated in cumin, garlic, cilantro, lemon and lime before it hits the fire. Add a side of sautéed veggies or beans and rice.


  1. At Blue Bayou in Disneyland park, try a taste of Louisiana with the portobello mushroom and couscous macque choux. The mushrooms are marinated in balsamic vinaigrette, then broiled and served with the macque choux, a combo of roasted corn, sweet peppers and couscous with a side of sautéed spinach.
  2. For a quick, light bite, head to Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland park – ignore the pastries and quiches and order the grilled vegetable and whole grain salad with seasonal vegetables, mixed greens, barley, and spelt tossed with basil vinaigrette.
  3. Village Haus Restaurant tucked in Fantasyland in Disneyland park has a high-energy, healthful meal in a bowl: Apple & Cheddar Salad with chopped red and green apples, Cheddar cheese, fresh greens, Craisins dried cranberries, golden raisins, toasted walnuts and honey-yogurt dressing.


  1. Heading over to Disney California Adventure park for a quick bite it’s the tofu rice bowl at Lucky Fortune Cookery. Add a side of edamame or fresh mango slices.
  2. Another quick bite at Disney California Adventure park is the roasted veggie soft tacos at Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill. Add a dollop of fresh guacamole and skip the sour cream.
  3. We love the fresh Mediterranean flavors at Paradise Garden Grill. It’s a toss-up: the lemon oregano chicken with chimichurri sauce (a delicious blend of fresh herbs, garlic and olive oil). Sometimes we prefer it with that chimichurri with the grilled steak.


  1. For a more leisurely meal, head to Wine Country Trattoria and order the Broccolini Aglio Olio, a delicious bowl of egg-free pasta with fresh spinach, arugula, tomatoes, garlic, chili flakes and olive oil. If you prefer seafood, the pan-seared salmon with sautéed fingerling potatoes and yellow and red pear tomatoes with a side of arugula salad and sun-dried tomato pesto fits the bill.
  2. For super-fast snacks, fruit carts in both carts are the easiest way to fill up and avoid temptation. Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, watermelon, trail mix, coconut water and more – and the fruits change with the seasons, so there’s always something delish.
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Five Things You Might Have Missed in Adventureland at Disneyland Park

posted on May 12th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

While walking around Disneyland park the other day, a colleague pointed something out that I had never noticed before in the queue for Indiana Jones Adventure. This got me thinking … what else could someone miss while exploring Adventureland?

1. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Patrol Truck

'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Patrol Truck

In the outside queue area of Indiana Jones Adventure is one of the patrol trucks used in the filming of the first Indiana Jones movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

2. A photograph of Tarzan’s parents in Tarzan’s Treehouse – It’s a little challenging to find, but once you cross the bridge onto the Disneydendron semperflorens grandis (“large ever-blooming Disney tree”), you’ll find a small hut that has been ransacked by the villainous Sabor. On the floor, you’ll find an old photograph of the young family.

3. Canary Island Palm Tree
Canary Island Palm Tree in Adventureland at Disneyland Park

The palm tree right next to the entrance to the Jungle Cruise – believe it or not – dates all the way back to 1896! When Walt Disney bought the property that would become Disneyland, he promised the owner that he would not remove the tree because of its sentimental value to the family. Disney Legend Bill Evans, who guided the landscape design of many Disney Parks, moved the tree to the Jungle Cruise entrance, where it proudly stands today.

4. Eeyore Parking Lot Sign in Indiana Jones Adventure Queue - Once you enter the Temple of the Forbidden Eye and reach the Projection Room, turn behind you and look up. Next to the projector, you’ll be able to faintly see a sign from the now-defunct Eeyore parking lot. The space that is now Indiana Jones Adventure was once home to the Eeyore parking section of the Disneyland parking lot!

5. Shrunken Ned in the Adventureland Bazaar

Located in the center of the marketplace, South Sea Traders is home to one of my favorite people in all of Disneyland park, Shrunken Ned. Housed inside a bamboo kiosk, Shrunken Ned is the magically shrunken head of a 19th century British explorer, who – for a small fee – will diagnose any illness and provide a small souvenir!

What is your favorite hidden detail in Adventureland at Disneyland park? Let us know in the comments below!

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: May 2011

posted on May 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

From nostalgic looks back to whimsical peeks at Disney Parks, we had lots of fun on the Disney Parks Blog back in May 2011.

Construction on the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot, April 1982

Vintage Walt Disney World: Epcot 1982
Disney Archivist Nate Rasmussen joined the Disney Parks Blog in May 2011, with this look at Epcot from 1982.

Gertie the Dinosaur at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Have You Seen Gertie at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
In May 2011, we learned the story behind Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Every Role a Starring Role – Disneyland Resort Nurses
For National Nurses Week, we learned what it takes to be a Disneyland Resort nurse.

Disney Parks Blog Readers Among First to Experience Star Tours at Disneyland Park
On May 20, 2011, Disney Parks Blog readers were among the first guests to experience the newly refurbished Star Tours at Disneyland park. Were you one of them?

Was This a ‘Duckspiracy?’

Getting in the Photo at Disneyland Resort
Disneyland park regulars know that ducks are just as much part of the experience as Space Mountain and corn dogs. This photo from Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer is one of my favorites.

Disney Cast Members Create Magic Every Day
Jennifer Fickley-Baker shared a special memory of a Walt Disney World Resort cast member who created a magical moment for her, prompting Disney Parks Blog readers to share experiences of their own.

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Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room Shirts Coming to Disney Parks Online Store From May 12-15, 2014

posted on May 12th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


If you have read some of my previous Disney Parks Blog stories, you’ll know that I adore Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. I consider it my favorite attraction at Disney Parks. Today, I’m delighted to share that the next two Disney Parks’ attraction poster T-shirts will feature Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room from Disneyland park and the Tropical Serenade from Magic Kingdom Park. These shirts will be sold only on the Disney Parks online store from May 12-15, 2014 at http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.


Once again, the talented Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra designed these shirts based on the original attraction posters created by Paul Hartley in 1963 and 1971 respectively. I couldn’t resist a visit to Magic Kingdom Park to get a picture in front of the attraction while enjoying a Citrus Swirl (is this really called work?).


Before I devoured that Citrus Swirl, I captured this image of it with an Orange Bird figurine that is coming to Disney Centerpiece at the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Guests at Disneyland Resort may be able to find this figurine and a few other Orange Bird things now at World of Disney in Downtown Disney District.


I also photographed this trinket box that shaped like my favorite frozen treat from Disney Parks. The box is part of the Adventureland collection also coming to Disney Centerpiece location. Guests visiting Disneyland Resort may now find select items from this collection at Adventureland Bazaar in Disneyland park and World of Disney at Downtown Disney District. We also have a few items from this collection currently online.


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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on May 11th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

This week, we continued our ongoing series of Disney Parks Blog stories featuring Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with a time-lapse video of the attraction rising out of the ground at Magic Kingdom Park.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will officially open its doors in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park on Wednesday, May 28.


And as Shawn told us, The Harambe Theatre is nearing completion in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When it opens in June, the theater will be the new home for the popular show, “Festival of the Lion King.” This week, we shared a first look at the new theater.

Here’s a look at some of the other stories we worked on this week.

A Look Back: Grand Opening of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park – Drop into the fifth dimension and see some pictures from the grand opening of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Showing Mom’s ‘Disney Side’ at Disney Parks – Have something planned at a Disney Park with mom this weekend? Watch how you can create some special memories and show your ‘Disney Side’.

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Bill Evans – Learn the legacy of Bill Evans, The Disney Legend responsible for much of the landscaping design at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.

Spotlight on Cherry Tree Lane Coming to Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney in 2014 – Get a preview of some of the high-end boutique items that will be offered at Cherry Tree Lane, opening later this year.

Five Types of Cruisers You Meet on Every Disney Ship – Natalie Bailey, Cruise Director, shares some fantastic photos of what you can expect to see aboard a Disney Cruise.

Point of View: Rainbow Reef at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Go “under the sea” with some colorful fish in this snorkeling video of Rainbow Reef.

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Meet the Horses of the Disneyland Resort: Holly and Lee

posted on May 9th, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Hello equine enthusiasts! Time again for more backstage tidbits on two of our residents at Circle D Ranch here at Disneyland Resort.

This is Holly.


Holly is a Belgian draft horse. She is 13 years old, weighs 1,695 lbs and stands 17.3 hands. (Pop Quiz: How tall is that in inches?) Holly came to Disneyland Resort from an Amish farm in Shipshewana, Ind.

Fun fact: Holly is a creature of habit, and unlike most of the other horses at Circle D, prefers to do the same thing every day. Holly is also a successful show horse, competing at the L.A. County Fair and winning multiple ribbons for the Disneyland Resort.

This is Lee.


Lee is also a Belgian draft horse. He is 9 years old, weighs 2,020 lbs and stands 19.0 hands. Like Holly, Lee came to the Disneyland Resort from an Amish farm in Shipshewana, Ind. Lee is definitely one of the clowns at Circle D. He enjoys any and all attention and uses his lips like an elephant would use his trunk, picking up objects and playing with them for hours on end.

At first glance, Holly and Lee look very similar, but a second look reveals Holly’s coat is a deeper dappled copper than Lee’s, and she is much smaller than Lee. Holly has a bold white blaze down the center of her face and a very thin mane and tail. Lee’s coat is more the color of a new copper penny and he has a skinny white blaze on his face. Lee’s face is long and slender with a crook in his nose.

See if you can spot one of these Belgian beauties the next time you’re at Disneyland park!

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Spoil Mom at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in Disneyland Park

posted on May 8th, 2014 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Perfume is a perfect present for mom, so I thought it was a great time to take a tour of Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park. I honestly never thought of buying perfume in Disneyland park before; however, after experiencing the shop firsthand, I’m hooked. I just hope my kids are watching (hint, hint)!

The artwork on the mirrors in Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie is a true treasure not to be missed. The mirror panel paintings were created using a technique called reverse painting, a lost art with a history tracing back to the 14th century. These paintings of flower bouquets, birds and butterflies measure over one foot wide and almost seven feet high. At the time, they were believed to be the largest such painted mirrors ever created.


Glendra von Kessel was commissioned by Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian Disney, to create the paintings for the opening of the parfumerie in 1966. Sadly, Glendra passed away before they were completed and Disney Legend Dorothea Redmond stepped in to finish them. Above are some rare photos of Glendra von Kessel, taken while she was painting the amazing mirrors. Her signature remains on them today.

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A Look Back at Celebrated Disneyland Resort Guests: Don Rickles – 1974

posted on May 8th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Today is Don Rickles’ birthday and to celebrate this comedic legend’s special day I’m sharing some rarely seen photos of “Mr. Warmth” enjoying some Disney Parks magic.


This 1974 picture features Don Rickles and his longtime pal, Bob Newhart, posing with Mickey Mouse in Tomorrowland. I can only imagine what Mickey overheard standing between these two funnymen.

Years later, of course, Mr. Rickles would become known to Disney fans as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Disney•PixarToy Story” films.

Don Rickles, Mr Potato Head

This next photo was taken at Walt Disney Imagineering as the creative forces behind Toy Story Midway Mania! unveiled the Mr. Potato Head Audio-Animatronics figure to the man who gave him his distinctive voice. Mr. Rickles said they did a “magnificent job” bringing the character to life and he was especially happy to have his young grandchildren there to see it with him. It was on this day in February 2008 that I first met Mr. Rickles, quickly finding myself on the receiving end of his rapid-fire wit. I was thrilled, to say the least, and I still wear his playful insults as a badge of honor!

Happy Birthday, Don!

Mr. Potato Head is a registered trademark of Hasbro Toys.

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Show Your Disney Side: Tower of Terror Nail Tutorial

posted on May 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

How will you show your Disney Side on your family vacation to Disney Parks this summer? Here’s this week’s suggestion, which takes its inspiration from one of our guests’ favorite attractions – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.


Will you join our 24-hour event at Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park on May 23? If so, how will you show your Disney Side? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

Join the conversation online with the hashtag #DisneySide.

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Showing Mom’s Disney Side at Disney Parks

posted on May 7th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

One of my favorite people to visit a Disney park with is my mom. From our first family visit to Walt Disney World Resort in 1982 to her first visit to Disneyland Resort in 2011, we’ve always found new ways to have a great time together. So take it from me – even moms have a Disney Side!

Show your Disney Side this Mother’s Day with the ones you love most!

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