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Top 9 Disney Parks Recipes for Fall

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


While we’re still sweltering in Florida, temperatures are beginning to cool across the U.S., with thoughts of fall – apples and pumpkins, gingerbread and comforting bowls of soup.

So we’re getting ready and rounded up nine of your favorite recipes that we’ve posted on the Disney Parks Blog. Here they are, all in one spot, so take your pick: a hot, crisp gingerbread beignet from Disneyland park, perhaps? Or maybe something fancy like Chef Scott Hunnel’s pan-seared sablefish from Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort.

In no particular order, the Top 9:

  1. Apple Crisp from Napa Rose, Disneyland Resort. What’s not to love about warm apples with splash of apple brandy, and a topping of sugar, oats, pecans and coconut? Bring on the vanilla ice cream.

Gingerbread Beignets from Café Orleans at Disneyland Park

  1. Gingerbread Beignets from Café Orleans, Disneyland park. Frying makes everything better — gingerbread never tasted this good.

Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

  1. Pumpkin Mousse from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Forget pumpkin pie. Impress your guests with layers of pumpkin, streusel and apricot-orange sauce.

Pumpkin Beignets From Club 33 at Disneyland Park

  1. Pumpkin Beignets from Club 33, Disneyland park. We love pumpkin. We love beignets. Add a warm maple glaze and watch them disappear.

  1. Hearty Pozole Soup, Paradise Garden Grill, Disney California Adventure park. “Pozole” is just a fancy word for old-fashioned hominy, giving substance to this tomato broth along with pork. We love the crunchy toppings, too: radishes, lime, cilantro and more.

  1. Harvest Salad, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disney California Adventure park. This is really a fancy dinner in a bowl, with duck and caramelized apples (perfect pairing) with the crunch of fresh greens. This one takes a little time, but it’s worth it.

  1. Pumpkin Twists from Maurice’s Treats, Disneyland park. Our readers love pumpkin, and this baked treat is made with frozen puff pastry and pureed pumpkin. Easier than it looks.

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  1. Pumpkin Muffins. Breakfast or dessert, you decide. With pumpkin, golden raisins and a crunchy streusel topping, we could go either way. Or have for both breakfast and dessert.

  1. Pan-Seared Sablefish, Victoria & Albert’s, Walt Disney World Resort. If you’re p for a kitchen challenge, this fine dish from Chef Scott Hunnel will elicit praise. If you can’t find sablefish, Chilean sea bass work well. Bon appétit!
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Good Morning from the China Pavilion at Epcot

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Looks like a lovely morning at the China pavilion at Epcot. How amazing is this sunshine on this already beautiful pavilion?

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Is it too early for some yummy honey sesame chicken at Nine Dragons Restaurant?

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 30th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As we continue to count the days until the start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, we shared a few experiences you may want to try at this year’s event.

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One of the ideas for maximizing your fun is experiencing the new 20th Festival Tasting Sampler that gives you a credential (and a cool collectible pin) to taste your way around the fest. For $59 you get your choice of eight tastes of food or beverages at all of the 30 marketplaces plus priority seating at the nightly Eat to the Beat concert.

Be sure to check Pam’s story for other ideas on how to best enjoy this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Also, The Force awakened at Walt Disney World Resort this week through runDisney’s newest addition to its portfolio – Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side.

Faron shared that the intergalactic quest through Walt Disney World theme parks blasts off April 14-17, 2016 and channels the Dark Side of the Force. The events will include a 5K, 10K, kids races and half marathon plus a special challenge for completing the 10K and half marathon called the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge.

Registration for the East Coast event opens September 22, 2015 at noon ET. Check out Faron’s original story for more details.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Follow Disney Parks on Tumblr – Have you discovered the new official home for Disney Parks on Tumblr? Check it out at disneyparks.tumblr.com!

Happy National Waffle Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – National Waffle Day may be over, but it’s never too late to indulge in one of our top 8 waffles from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Disneyland Resort Million Dollar Dazzle Crew Hits the Road, Surprises Next $60,000 Recipient – Once a month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, our Million Dollar Dazzle Crew is surprising local nonprofits with $60,000, amounting to more than $1 million.

Video: Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega Announced as ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Contestants at Disneyland Park – Disneyland park was the setting for the latest “cast reveal” for “Dancing with the Stars” as Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega were announced as the first-ever married couple to compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy!

It’s Almost Time for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – Summer’s winding down. The kids are back in school. What are we going to do next? Plan for Halloween, of course!

FastPass+ Reservations Now Available For Eat to the Beat Concerts During 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – If you enjoy toe-tapping tunes as much as tasty treats, you will love this: now you can make FastPass+ reservations for the Eat to the Beat concert series.

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6 Tips From Disney Chefs for National ‘More Herbs, Less Salt Day’ Aug. 29

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Who knew there’s a national day to remind us to step away from the salt shaker, meant to encourage us to reach for herbs instead of salt? The Disney chefs love the idea, and we’re sharing a few of their favorite tips.

Chef Christian Rumpler, Trattoria al Forno, Disney’s Boardwalk: “You could always liven up a dish with fresh parsley and oregano, but acidic flavors like lemon balm, lemongrass or something cool like lemon thyme are at the top of the list,” says Rumpler. He also recommends a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and flavored vinegars like apple cider vinegar. “Those flavors give you a punch of flavor without the salt.”

Chef Marcel St. Pierre, Steakhouse 55, Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort: “Sorrel is my favorite substitution for salt, and one of my favorite perennial herbs,” says St. Pierre. “It adds a lightly sour taste with a little acidity to any dish.” He uses it at Steakhouse 55 to finish the fresh pasta tagliatelle. “It adds a surprising, refreshing lemony flavor, reducing the amount of salt needed to finish the dish.”

Executive Chef John State, Disneyland Resort: Cilantro is State’s favorite herb when there’s a need to cut salt. “Cilantro is bright and complements multiple cuisines, from Thai and Mexican to Indian and Middle Eastern.” It’s the acidity and fragrant aroma that are so appealing to the taste buds, says State. “Cilantro is rounded in flavor with lemony, floral, balanced acidity – and you can use it all, even the stem,” explains State.

Chef Dee Foundoukis, Le Cellier, Canada pavilion, Epcot World Showcase, Walt Disney World Resort: Foundoukis will give up her fleur de sel or truffle salt for a combination of fresh thyme and oregano. “That earthy feel-good adds so much flavor, it makes me forget about the salt – for a while,” says Foundoukis.

Chef Tim Keating, Flying Fish Cafe, Disney’s Boardwalk, Walt Disney World Resort: “That’s an easy one for us at Flying Fish,” says Keating. “We utilize classic French ‘fines herbes’ to amp up flavor and easily displace salt in salads, vinaigrettes, vegetable sautés and to crust our fish.” You can buy it dried, but their fresh, house-made mixture is a combination of half Italian flat-leaf parsley and half equal amounts of tarragon, chervil and chives, all finely chopped.

Chef Brian Piasecki, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World Resort: “If I am making lighter foods like salads, flatbreads and appetizers, I like basil, cilantro, oregano, Italian flat parsley, onion sprouts and tops and even finely chopped radish tops (micro radish or wasabi),” says Piasecki. “These are great raw and delicate in flavor.” For cooked dishes, Piasecki goes for something heartier such as rosemary, thyme, and sage. “These hold up to the heat of cooking and are a bit stronger in flavor and infuse the food,” he explains.

Do you have a favorite herb to recommend when you’re cutting back on salt?

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Disney Parks After Dark: Dusk at Disney’s BoardWalk

posted on August 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The sun is just about to set on Disney’s BoardWalk and the Friendship Launch boats that speed guests to and from Epcot. What a lovely sky, isn’t it?

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Recipe: Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake from Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot

posted on August 27th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Last month on the Disney Parks Blog, we announced breakfast would be coming to Garden Grill Restaurant beginning November 8. Today, I have a deliciously easy recipe to share from this new dining experience: Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake. This new signature item is ooey-gooey and sure to be something the whole family will love.

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For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake from Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot
Yield 6 – 8 servings

Cinnamon Smear

  • 1 1/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs

Sweet Cinnamon Dough

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 ounce cake (fresh) yeast, crumbled (approximately 3 tablespoons loosely packed)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 room temperature eggs

Icing

  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For cinnamon smear:

  1. Cream together margarine, cinnamon and brown sugar.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, scraping bowl after adding each egg. Mix well and place in refrigerator.

For sweet cinnamon dough:

  1. Heat milk in small sauce pan to 90 – 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat, add cake (fresh) yeast, whisk until dissolved, set aside.
  2. Mix sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon, eggs and flour in large bowl, until smooth.
  3. Add yeast mixture slowly, stirring until dough comes easily away from sides of bowl.
  4. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Place dough in large bowl, cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest 10 minutes or until doubled in size.
  6. Coat bottom and sides of 12 inch cake pan or 9 x 13 inch pan with butter.
  7. Punch down dough, knead it a few times, roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 10-inch rectangle.
  8. Spread cinnamon smear over dough. Roll up dough beginning at the 15-inch side and pinch edge together to seal.
  9. Cut into 1 inch slices, quarter each slice, place pieces close together in pan.
  10. Cover, let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, bake about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

For icing:

  1. Mix milk, confectioners’ sugar, softened butter and vanilla extract together in a small bowl until smooth.
  2. Drizzle over warm bun.
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FastPass+ Reservations Now Available For Eat to the Beat Concerts During 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


If you enjoy toe-tapping tunes as much as tasty treats, you will love this: starting today, you can make FastPass+ reservations for the Eat to the Beat concert series. These nightly shows during the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival span the decades of pop music.

Normal FastPass+ booking guidelines apply. Log onto My Disney Experience to secure a spot for your favorite performers up to 60 days in advance (plus your length of stay) for resort guests, and up to 30 days in advance for Annual Passholders.

David Cook to Perform at “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series

Catch season seven American Idol winner David Cook, who just released a new album. Swoon to Air Supply, which is celebrating 40 years as a duo. And can you believe, Wilson Phillips hit their first #1 single “Hold On” 25 years ago?

The shows are at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. each night of the Festival. Look for the FastPass+ line at the American Garden Theatre at least 20 minutes before each show, and from there you’ll be led to your special seating area.

Here’s a complete lineup of bands. Which performer are you most excited to see?

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Some Favorite Ways to Experience Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 25-Nov. 16

posted on August 25th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


We’re counting down the days and deciding the best ways to take advantage of all the food, wine, celebrity chefs, live music and more at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Looking ahead, here are three ideas to maximize your fun. We love the idea of the new 20th Festival Tasting Sampler that gives you a credential (and a cool collectible pin) to taste your way around the fest. For $59 you get your choice of eight tastes of food or beverages at all of the 30 marketplaces plus priority seating at the nightly Eat to the Beat concert.

Your credential will include ideas for pairing a dish and a drink at the marketplaces – we’re excited to try some of the new dishes such as the pepper bacon mac ‘n’ cheese paired with a hard cider at Farm Fresh Marketplace (both new); lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney and a pinot noir at New Zealand (both new), and the butter chicken with naan bread with a chenin blanc in Africa. There are 29 new dishes this year, and 72 new cocktails, beers, wines and ciders!

We’ve always had fun at Eat to the Beat, and this year’s dining package includes lunch or dinner at 13 different restaurants from Coral Reef Restaurant and The Garden Grill in Future World to France, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Morocco and United Kingdom. This is a nice “plan ahead” experience.

Price varies by restaurant, starting at $34.99 for lunch and includes appetizer, entrée, dessert and drink or buffets. And then you get guaranteed seating at the 5:30 p.m. Eat to the Beat concert for lunch reservations, and the 6:45 or 8 p.m. show for lunch or dinner.

Fan favorites are back on the America Gardens Theatre stage, including Wilson Phillips, Smash Mouth, The Pointer Sisters, Jo Dee Messina, Boyz II Men and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. And there are four new acts in the concert series lineup — Tiffany, Everclear, Maxi Priest and Chaka Khan.

For a really special treat, set aside a week for the Food & Wine Premium Package that gives you VIP treatment from noon- 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the festival. Eleven shaded “Premium Package” areas are reserved for a spot to eat, drink and relax, and you get to choose an IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party to attend, as well as a Festival Center culinary demo or beverage seminar.

Cost is $199, and you also get a gift bag with your own wine glass, a bottle of 20th celebration festival wine, a Food & Wine Fest-themed MagicBand and four food tickets for food or beverage from festival marketplaces.

For reservations, call 407-939-3378. Admission to Epcot is required.

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Happy National Waffle Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Happy National Waffle Day from Disney Parks Food and Beverage! What better way to indulge on this delicious holiday than with one of our top 8 waffles from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts:

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  1. Mickey Waffles
    Look for these breakfast classics are resort hotels across property, and at Plaza Inn at Disneyland park.
  2. Buffalo Chicken Waffle Slider from Trilo-Bites at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    This fiery new snack is simply wild!
  3. Waffle Cone from Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream at Disney California Adventure park
    Cool down with this sweet, hand-scopped treat.
  4. Waffle Sandwiches from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom Park
    Go sweet with the fruit and Nutella waffle sandwich, or try one of the savory lunchtime waffle sandwiches—either way you can’t go wrong.
  5. Waffle Fries at Golden Oak Outpost in Magic Kingdom Park
    Creative toppings make these waffle fries a tasty meal.
  6. Sweet and Savory Waffles from the Belgium Global Marketplace at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
    Try the Belgian waffle topped with berries or chocolate ganache and whipped cream for dessert or the Potato and Leek Waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked gouda cream for a hearty snack when the festival returns on September 25.
  7. Maple Waffle Breakfast Cone from BoardWalk Bakery
    A practically perfect breakfast on the go.
  8. Buffalo Chicken and Cornbread Waffles from the Fantasy Fare Food Truck at Downtown Disney
    This sweet and spicy treat is sure to satisfy.

What’s your favorite Disney Parks waffle? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tickets Going Fast for Rockin’ Burger Block Party, Yelloween Masquerade Party

posted on August 22nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


While it’s still summertime, tickets are selling fast for special events at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, opening September 25 for 53 days of fun, through November 16.

If you’re picking and choosing from the hundreds of special events and culinary demos, here are two all-new parties for 2015 – and tickets are going fast.

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If you love a designer burger, the Rockin’ Burger Block Party in World ShowPlace lets you pick and choose from more than a dozen sliders at each party – where to begin? How about a coffee-crusted beef short rib burger topped with smoked Gouda, garlic potato string and sangria ketchup? Or a spiced lamb burger topped with feta, pickled watermelon rind and za’atar aioli. Go all out with the mixed grill burger topped with fried egg, bacon grease fries and nacho cheese sauce.

If you’re not a meat fan, there’s still plenty to choose from, such as a shrimp and scallop burger topped with spicy Thai slaw and cilantro-lime mayo (with a side of smoked sea-salted fried edamame), or a grilled grouper patty topped with butter lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and lime aioli.

Along with the burgers, there are finger foods like spicy-sticky pig wings, veggie pot stickers and cheeseburger spring rolls. Mini-rolls, perfect for a bite or two, include moonshine barbecued meatballs, chickpea and roasted corn fritters and Caribbean spiced seafood cakes.

Sweet endings are over the top, too: cinnamon roll fireball bread pudding with cream cheese glaze, snickerdoodle-crusted apple custard crisp and Valrhona chocolate ganache brownies.

It’s an all-you-care-to-eat affair, with burgers paired with craft beers, wines, cocktails and more. And you can burn a few calories – there’s a DJ, so you can shimmy or quick step your way to the next gourmet burger station. (A fun twist: you get to vote on the best burger of the night.)

Dates are September 25, October 8 and November 6 from 7-9 p.m., with hosts of ABC’s “The Chew” joining the fun on October 8. Cost is $99; $119 for reserved table on main floor, early admission at 6:45 p.m., and a specialty cocktail; or $199 for Nosh Pit seating with a private reserved table, early admission at 6:45 p.m., specialty cocktail and premium bar.

And for one night only, we’re planning our chic yellow and black costume for the elegant Yelloween Masquerade Party, a very special Party for the Senses from 7-9:30 p.m. Octpber 31 in celebration of Halloween. “Yelloween” is a reference to the night’s top pour – golden Champagne. Think elegant, and plan to eat, drink and party the night away with special entertainment. Cost is $169 plus tax general admission; $199 plus tax for a reserved table on the main floor with specialty cocktail toast, and $319 plus tax for a private reserved table, early entrance at 6:45 p.m., specialty cocktail toast, artisanal cheese station and more.

For reservations to these and other special events, call 407-939-3378. Admission to Epcot is required.

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