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#DisneyKids: Exploring Epcot as a Family

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival might not immediately sound like an event for families with young children, but it is actually very kid-friendly. Epcot provides a great setting for families to explore new experiences and tastes together in a casual environment. I love taking my kids during the annual culinary festival because it gives me the chance to expose them to new foods in a low-pressure way – we don’t need to make reservations or commit to one cuisine, instead we nibble on smaller portions as we wander around the park. This way, they are much more receptive to trying a more exotic dish, and my husband and I are thrilled to be able to sample a variety of food and beverages from around the world.

This year at the festival there are some fun new additions to keep kids of all ages engaged, such as Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, a scavenger hunt with maps, stickers and prizes as kids search for little Remy statuettes hidden around World Showcase. We’ve also introduced new “taste buds” characters that represent different flavors and have names like “Sweet,” “Zesty,” and “Meaty” that can help kids select dishes they want to try. I plan to make turn it into a challenge to see how many of the taste buds my kids can conquer!

Outside of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the park is a lot of fun for families. Here’s a look at some of the other kid-friendly activities that are perfect for little ones:

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New ALEX AND ANI Wraps Debut for Fall at Disney Parks

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Fall fashion is one thing I love, especially when it comes in the form of ALEX AND ANI! If you’re curious as to what releases we have lined up this October at Disney Parks, wait no more! Here are all the details and a look at what you can expect to find.

On October 12, add texture to your bangle set with new braided leather wraps available in cream leather with Rafaelian Gold Finish accents and black with Rafaelian Silver Finish accents.

There is also the intricate Gift of Wisdom Wrap, which you will find in Rafaelian Gold, Rafaelian Silver and Rose Gold Finishes. My favorite part about these wraps is, of course, the Mickey Mouse shaped-head on the end of both sides!


Debuting October 19 is a nostalgic line considered part of the ALEX AND ANI “Precious” collection. These beautiful new pieces include a Mickey Filigree expandable necklace and ring, a pull chain bracelet and post earrings. Each item will be sold individually in .925 sterling silver or if you’re a fan of gold, look for the 14kt gold plated version. Tip: Please note that only Downtown Disney District and Disney Springs locations will offer the “Precious” collection at this time.

Look for all of these ALEX AND ANI pieces at:

Disneyland Resort

Walt Disney World Resort

Tip: The wraps shown above will be available online on or around the same dates as they debut at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort merchandise locations. Please note: The “Precious” collection will not debut online until November 23.

Which one will you add to your collection?

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7 Amazing Photos of Epcot’s Kitchen Kabaret

posted on October 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Kitchen Kabaret was one of Epcot’s opening-day attractions at The Land Pavilion, which promoted nutrition through songs and spirited characters. The show was hosted by Bonnie Appetite who had flat out adorable costumes and a kitchen that came to life with song.

In honor of Epcot’s anniversary month, here are five photos that make us fall in love with this “attraction of the past” all over again.


1. The Kitchen Krackpots launch into a ragtime number called “Chase Those (Meal Time) Blues Away.”


2. Cool crooner Milk and his back-up trio, Cheese, Yogurt and Ice Cream were next up, singing “The Stars of the Milky Way” from inside their chilly refrigerator. (I loved their cute little outfits!).


3. But not to be outdone, we also heard from the grains section. When Toast piped “Boogie Woogie Bakery Boy” on his toast-sized trumpet, he was simply the coolest …


4. …and his swooning backup singers, The Cereal Sisters, totally agreed.


5. Stealing the spotlight from their surrounding musicians were the comic duo Hamm & Eggz. Eggz’s corny jokes eventually anger Hamm so much that he threatens to leave and join another protein group.


6. But perhaps the best song of all was “Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit,” a Latin-inspired number played by the Colander Combo and Fiesta Fruit. Cha cha cha!


7. Because who doesn’t have a fireworks finale in their kitchen?

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National Pierogi Day Oct. 8 – Make Your Own With This Recipe From Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

These little stuffed dumpling are the ultimate comfort food – and for National Pierogi Day we’re sharing this recipe from the chefs at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. While Poland isn’t one of the World Showcase countries, it’s been a part of the festival with a marketplace since 1996, and there’s always been pierogi on the menu—one of the festival’s top sellers every single year.

For this year’s 20th celebration of the festival, the chefs created this new version, stuffed with sauerkraut and served with a rich pork goulash.


Pork Goulash Pierogi
Serves 6 to 8

Pork Goulash

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, diced
  • 2 pounds pork butt, diced, exterior pieces of fat trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups sauerkraut, thoroughly drained

Sauerkraut Pierogi

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water or chicken stock
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups sauerkraut, thoroughly drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter

For pork goulash:

  1. Heat canola oil in large braising pan over medium high heat. Add onions and caramelize until lightly browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Season diced pork with salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon paprika.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add garlic and seasoned pork to onions. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  4. Add bay leaves, caraway seeds, pepper flakes and remaining paprika. Sauté until meat begins to brown.
  5. Add tomato paste and stir until all ingredients are well coated. Dust mixture with flour and stir. Add chicken stock and stir. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  6. Add sauerkraut and continue to simmer for about 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender, stirring occasionally and adding water or chicken stock if mixture needs to be thinned. Goulash should be thick but more sauce-like in consistency. Remove bay leaves.
  7. Remove from heat. Cover and set aside until serving.

For sauerkraut pierogi:

  1. Combine flour and salt in large bowl of standing mixer. Blend on low speed using bread hook attachment.
  2. Add chicken stock, eggs and butter. Mix on medium speed until dough forms into ball. Add a bit of water or flour as needed. (Dough can also be made in large food processor.) Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for about 30 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into 4 equal parts. On lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough to 1/8-inch thickness and cut into individual pierogi with floured 3-inch to 4-inch biscuit cutter or mold.
  4. Place 1 full tablespoon of drained sauerkraut in center of pierogi. Do not overfill. Moisten edge of half with water and fold over, pressing edges together to form seal. Repeat step with remaining dough and sauerkraut, keeping pierogi covered with damp towel while assembling others.
  5. In large pot, bring 2 quarts salted water to boil. Reduce to simmer.
  6. Working in batches, cook pierogi for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they surface. Remove from water with slotted spoon and place on tray or plate to dry.
  7. Melt butter in large sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat until butter just begins to brown. Reduce heat to medium and add pierogi to pan (number depends on size of pan/skillet). Cook until lightly browned. Remove from pan and keep warm until all are cooked, adding more butter if needed.

To serve:

  1. Reheat pork goulash to sauce consistency, adding liquid (water, chicken stock, or red wine) to thin if necessary.
  2. Place 3 to 4 cooked pierogi on serving plates and top with goulash. Serve immediately.
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Book an Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 6th, 2015 by Russ J. Stacey, Writer, Yellow Shoes Creative Group

Now that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing (running through November 16), why not make it an extra-special event with the Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?

An exclusive VIP tour that lasts all day long, it’s your chance to enjoy an exclusive beverage demonstration, special seating for What’s Cookin’ With … a delicious plated brunch with a celebrity chef, an introduction to the NEW Sustainable Chew Marketplace hosted by Disney chefs, expedited access to some of Epcot’s favorite attractions, VIP seating for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, a select viewing location for the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks extravaganza and so much more.

The Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the … well … ultimate way to experience this annual favorite of tastes, grapes, brews and good times.

Offered Fridays and Sundays throughout the festival, the price is $399 per person (21 and up only), plus tax. Discounts are available for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Disney Rewards Visa® Cardholders. Epcot admission is required. For reservations or more information, please call 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687). Or visit the Walt Disney World website here for more information.

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Ultimate History Quiz: 17 Burning Questions About Epcot’s Horizons

posted on October 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Think you remember just about everything there is to know about the former Horizons attraction at Epcot? Put your knowledge to the test below!



Ultimate History Quiz: 17 Burning Questions About Epcot’s Horizons

In Horizon’s queue, which parties were asked to report to the Brava Centauri Departure Console?
The Transcon Starflash departed for Mesa Verde from which concourse?
Which is mentioned as the newest Centauri Space Station?
In the hologram phone conversation between mother and daughter, what kind of fruit do they discuss?
The narrator and his wife have what kind of pet?
Personal robots perform which of the following tasks?
What’s the name of the robot in the desert farming scene?
In the birthday cake baking scene, the words “candles” and “icing” are mistaken for?
Where is the “beach boy boyfriend” studying biology?
What transportation is the “beach boy boyfriend” is planning on taking to the birthday party?
What’s the name of the seal in the kids’ Discovery Dive class?
What underwater plant is mentioned as a new fuel source?
What sport is played in the health scene?
What are the names of boy and the dog that escape gravity?
In the birthday party scene, the boy’s mom announces they made ___ in honor of the occasion.
When Horizons guests chose their own destination to explore, their three choices were:

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Advice On The Future From 1980s Epcot

posted on October 5th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Were you obsessed with Future World in Epcot in the 1980s? At the time, attractions like Horizons, The Living Seas, World of Motion and the Astuter Computer Revue showed us how daily life, undersea exploration, future automobiles – and these new things called computers – may change life over the next few decades.

In honor of this week being Epcot’s anniversary, we’re taking a look back at what these attractions taught us about the future…way back in the 1980s.

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Good Morning From Spaceship Earth at Epcot

posted on October 5th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director

At 180 feet high, and 165 feet in diameter, Spaceship Earth stands as the iconic symbol of Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. The 18-story geodesic sphere takes guests on a ride through time and demonstrates how advancements in human communication from prehistoric times to modern times have shaped the future every step of the way.

Sit back and enjoy one moment in time as we say good morning from Spaceship Earth.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Spaceship Earth Over the Years

posted on October 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Earlier this week we celebrated the anniversary of Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot by sharing special images and videos.

Today, we’d like to share a photo slideshow of one of our favorite attractions – Spaceship Earth – to show how it has changed over the years. Enjoy!

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First Look at New ‘Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Merchandise at Disney Parks

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

New “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise featuring some frightfully fun friends from Halloween Town is in stores now at Disney Parks! Let’s check it out!

Fall accessories are definitely a must! Look for a messenger bag and sectional tote, along with a cleverly designed Jack Skellington suit tote and reversible Jack and Sally cross-body. Other festive wear includes arm warmers, themed scarves and even a coffin-shaped Jack wallet. I’ve already shared some of this year’s novelty headwear with you, but as you can see there are a few other choices that are a bit more subtle and can certainly be worn any time of year.


New art debuts on a variety of themed tees including Jack Skellington as the Master of Fright, Pumpkin King and one that will have you wondering if it’s a “trick of the eye.” As the evenings cool down and a chill starts to fill the air, don’t despair – a new themed fleece will have you more than prepared. Ladies, a new dress, fashion tees and even a Sally-themed costume tee (available in select locations) are just a few ways for you to rock any look! Don’t worry, we have your little guys and ‘ghouls’ covered, too, with new fleece and tees and even a Jack Skellington suit-inspired coverall for your little pumpkin.


Look for all of these new merchandise offerings and more at the following locations:

Disneyland Resort

Walt Disney World Resort

Two new Dooney & Bourke collections themed to “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” are also set to debut this fall! The first collection is a “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” wallpaper print in coated canvas, featuring a black and white all-over pattern with Jack Skellington with leather accent trim and handles. In the coming weeks, a second nylon collection featuring silhouettes of some of your favorite Halloween Town characters will also materialize.


Look for these new Dooney & Bourke silhouettes at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort as well as Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Which “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” merchandise are you most excited for?

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