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A Secret Sleeper Bed at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on January 29th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


As we gear up for the scheduled spring opening of phase 1 of the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, we couldn’t help but share with you a couple “sneak peek” images of what some of the rooms will look like.

Currently under construction, the 360 Deluxe Studios will be the largest at Walt Disney World Resort. This flexible space will comfortably sleep up to five guests each thanks to a hidden pull-down bed tucked away in a very clever spot – beneath the television!

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Here’s a closer look at the adorable artwork inside.

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These rooms offer other great features that make them ideal for families craving space and top-notch amenities. Stay tuned as we continue to share more details and photos of this beautiful resort!

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Governor Awards Disneyland Resort California’s Highest Environmental Honor

posted on January 26th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort was honored last week with a Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for waste reduction efforts. In the last 10 years, the Disneyland Resort has doubled the amount of waste diverted from landfills with the long-term goal of achieving Zero Waste – a designation already awarded to Circle D Corral by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and one of the success stories noted in the GEELA nomination.

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From the 4.4 million pounds of food scraps processed into animal feed annually, to the 20,000 pounds of partially used bathroom amenities collected at Disneyland Resort hotels for Clean the World Foundation, to the donation and repurposing of gently used shoes, costumes, furniture and decorations, and much more – the Disneyland Resort is doing its part to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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The Disneyland Resort also was a 2009 GEELA recipient for sustainable practices, which included the drought-conscious way water-based attractions are drained and refilled working with the Orange County Water District.

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Disneyland Resort Circle D Corral Now Zero Waste Certified

posted on January 20th, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


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What do you do with your laundry lint? You may remember that Circle D Corral, a working ranch that is home to the animals of the Disneyland Resort, makes it into compost. Thanks to efforts begun four years ago by cast member Andrea Raney, Circle D Corral is now gold-level Zero Waste certified by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, with 99 percent of its waste repurposed, composted or recycled.

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In addition to recycling paper, cardboard, plastics and metal, Circle D Corral composts all animal waste and hay scraps, hand towels and laundry lint from the Disneyland Hotel and coffee grounds from Disneyland Resort restaurants. Congratulations to Circle D Corral for becoming the first Walt Disney Company location, and the first location in a theme park, to achieve this certification!

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Enjoy Breakfast or Brunch With Royalty at Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

posted on January 19th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Recently, I was invited to dine with royalty at Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. I’m excited to share my experience with you!

The magical experience begins with a photo opportunity with none other than the beautiful Cinderella. One of Disney’s signature restaurants, Cítricos is beautiful during the day, especially with the presence of the Disney princesses.

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The meal starts with a basket of freshly baked multi-grain croissants, apple pastries and blueberry muffins. A special touch are the wishing wands and swords brought to the table to use in the Magical Wishing Ceremony, an enchanting moment when—with a little Disney magic—your prince’s or princess’ wish can come true!

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Guests receive a choice of appetizer: a garden salad with artisanal greens, endive, roasted carrots, sugar snap peas and Marcona almonds with Riesling vinaigrette; charcuterie; chicken noodle soup or a fresh fruit plate. I chose the fresh fruit and was delighted with a plate of pineapple, strawberries, apple slices and more with a dollop of crème fraîche.

During our meal, Disney princesses made their way to our table for photos and lively conversation about the Seven Dwarves Mine Train, magic carpets and life under the sea.

Scrambled Egg Whites with Hot Ten-Grain Cereal, Greek Yogurt Topped with Granola, a Whole-Grain Croissant and Fresh Fruit Entree Available at Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses Steak and Slow-Poached Eggs Entree Available at Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses Florida Shrimp with Creamy Cheddar Cheese and Smoked Bacon Grits Entree Available at Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses Grilled Ham and Slow-Poached Eggs on Top of a Biscuit with Gravy Entree Available at Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses

For my entrée, I chose the scrambled egg whites with hot ten-grain cereal, Greek yogurt topped with granola, a whole-grain croissant and fresh fruit. The portion sizes were perfect, and it was a delicious start to my morning. Other entrées for adults include steak and slow-poached eggs, Florida shrimp with creamy cheddar cheese and smoked bacon grits, grilled ham and slow-poached eggs on top of a biscuit with gravy and more.

The children’s menu is sure to delight your prince or princess—with appetizers such as bite-sized cheddar cheese and grapes and entrée choices ranging from Mickey waffles with sausage and bacon to steak with mashed potatoes and sweet corn.

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The meal ended with a decadent dessert trio of chocolate-raspberry cake, crème brûlée and a vanilla bean cream puff. Needless to say, I was sufficiently stuffed at the end of this meal.

Reservations for Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com, or calling 407-WDW-DINE.

My wish has already come true—I get to bring the magic of Disney Parks Food & Beverage to Disney Parks Blog readers around the world. May all of your wishes come true!

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Download Our Disney’s Contemporary Resort Wallpaper by Artist Jason ‘Tiki’ Tackett

posted on January 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you one of the many enjoying a holiday off of work or school today? Perhaps you’re using today for some special family time, or even some vacation planning for this spring or summer.

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Here’s a desktop/mobile wallpaper of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, created by artist Jason ‘Tiki’ Tackett, that just may keep you “Disney Dreaming” all winter long.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Want to check out our other designs? Check out the full gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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Orange County Restaurant Week, March 1-7, Features Disneyland Resort Favorites

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Back for the seventh year is Orange County’s annual OC Restaurant week, March 1-7. With more than 100 restaurants participating, it’s is a fun way to try new dining experiences with discounted prix fixe menus.

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Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel is back for its third year, now under the helm of Chef Marcel St. Pierre. Take a look at the delectable menu – three courses for $50, and an optional wine pairing.

Along with Steakhouse 55, Downtown Disney District participants include Naples Ristorante, Tortilla Jo’s, Catal Restaurant and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. For reservations, call (714) 781-3463.

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ORANGE COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK 2015

Starter Course
Choose One
HEARTS OF ROMAINE
Castelvetrano Olive /Bacon Lardons / Caesar Dressing
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CHILLED TIGER PRAWNS
Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce / Shallot Mignonette / Lemon Gelée
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CREAMY ONION SOUP
Grilled Onions / California Muenster Cheese Focaccia

Entrée Course
Choose One
GRILLED PETITE FILET MIGNON
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PAN-ROASTED DOUBLE BREAST OF CHICKEN
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SLOW-ROASTED PRIME RIB
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FAVA BEAN & RYE CRUSTED KING SALMON

All Entrées Served with Sautéed French Green Beans and Delmonico Potatoes

Dessert Course
Choose One
VANILLA BEAN CRÈME BRULEE
Pear Marmalade / Candied Bacon Madeline / Cranberry Compote
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CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE
Chocolate Sponge Cake / Milk & Dark Chocolate / Nutella

Vegetarian options are available upon request

Menu Price $50.00
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Additional Wine Pairing $35.00

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Room with a View: La Dolce Vita in Tuscany with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 14th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


The Disney Parks Blog recently launched a new series called “Room with A View.” And while our Disney resorts offer some pretty amazing views, I think it’s also fair to say that the scenery found on an Adventures by Disney vacation is pretty hard to top. Especially when you’re staying in the heart of one of the most beautiful places on Earth (in my opinion anyway, although I’m sure you’d be pretty reluctant to disagree with me on this one) – Tuscany, Italy.

Tuscany is the newest Adventures by Disney destination, and this trip immerses you in the lush landscape of the region and the mouth-watering delights for which Italy is famous. On this 7-day, 6-night vacation you’ll spend three nights in the gorgeous Castello di Spaltenna, located in the heart of the Chianti wine-growing region. Talk about having a room with a view!

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Nestled among lush forests and vineyards, this hotel offers a relaxing home base for a host of Adventures by Disney activities, such as hunting for truffles, wine and cheese tasting, Italian bruschetta-making lessons, walking along an ancient Roman path and more.

You can learn more about this amazing hotel, and the many other Adventures by Disney accommodations, by visiting AdventuresByDisney.com.

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Discover With Me: Breakfast at Ulu Cafe at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on January 13th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


One of the many reasons why Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, was voted the “Top Hotel for Families” in Travel + Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best Awards are the unique experiences you can enjoy during your stay. Today, we are starting a new series on the Disney Parks Blog titled “Discover With Me.” The series will explore Aulani’s grounds, amenities and special activities which are designed for every member of your ‘ohana (including yourself)!

Today, I invite you to discover with me the breakfast offerings available at Ulu Cafe! If you’re looking for something delicious and convenient, Ulu Cafe is a great place to start your day and fuel up.

Discover what’s available at Ulu Cafe in the video below. You’ll see that I personally prefer the malasadas!

And, right now if you book a 4-night stay at Aulani, you’ll enjoy the 4th night free with a complimentary breakfast at Ulu Cafe! Learn more about this offer here. If you’re thinking your keiki will need more time splashing around the Ka Maka Grotto, or you’ll need an extra day floating down the Waikolohe Stream, enjoy 30% off a 5-night or more stay – plus complimentary breakfast at Ulu Cafe. Click here to learn more.

You can book either of these special offers now through February 23, 2015, for most nights through March 23, 2015. Visit www.DisneyAulani.com or call 866-443-4763 for more information.

*Stay 4 nights and get the fourth night free with daily breakfast offer for stays of four consecutive nights. Save 30% with daily breakfast offer for stays of five or more consecutive nights. All stays must be booked between 10/9/14 and 2/23/15 inclusive, with all nights between 1/4/15 and 3/23/15. 30% savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room. Number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited, and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Package includes daily breakfast for all Guests booked per room per night of your package stay. Breakfast is only redeemable at Ulu Cafe during normal breakfast operating hours, and includes one entree and one coffee or fresh rotating juice. Breakfast entitlements may not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part, sold separately, transferred or refunded and will expire at midnight on package departure date. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offers exclude suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room. Limit two rooms per reservation and subject to room occupancy limitations. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and changes without notice.

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‘Food Truck Takeover’ Jan. 16-18 by New Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk

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


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What a fun way to get a taste of the new Trattoria al Forno menu – the first-ever “food truck takeover” January 16-18 at Exposition Park at Downtown Disney.

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Superstar Catering food truck, which usually features tastes of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be the makeshift kitchen for the Trattoria chefs to serve three of the restaurant’s most popular dishes: an oversized beef and spinach meatball in a sourdough bread bowl (inspired by the restaurant’s Polpetta Gigante) with housemade “Sunday gravy” ($12.25); lasagna ($10.75), and tiramisu ($6).

They’ll also be pouring a bright, well-rounded Sogno d’Italia Chianti from Tuscany, representing the restaurant’s all-Italian wine list and a perfect pairing for the lasagna and meatball.

Exposition Park hours are noon-11 p.m., weather permitting. And look for more Disney restaurants to showcase menu favorites with upcoming takeovers!

If a taste at Exposition Park leaves you wanting more, Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s BoardWalk is open 7:30-11 a.m. for breakfast, 5-10 p.m. for dinner, and accepts the Disney Dining Plan. For reservations, visit www.disneyworld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Sales Begin Soon for Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on January 7th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


We recently shared details about the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, and based on your comments and enthusiasm, it looks like you’re just as excited as we are for this breathtaking new addition to the Disney family! Today, we are excited to share some additional photos and to announce that sales for this beautiful resort will begin on January 12 for current Disney Vacation Club Members and on February 9 for all guests. When the first phase opens, scheduled for April 1, the resort will introduce unique Disney accommodations, including Bora Bora Bungalows and the first connecting Deluxe Studios.

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The 20 Bora Bora Bungalows on the Seven Seas Lagoon will sleep up to eight guests each in a two-bedroom, home-like setting reminiscent of the South Pacific.

The 360 Deluxe Studios will be the largest at Walt Disney World Resort and sleep up to five guests each.

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And of course we can’t forget all of the other incredible additions at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, including Lilo’s Playhouse and Pineapple Lanai, as well as an enhanced feature pool and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, slated to open in 2015.

What are you most looking forward to seeing on your next visit to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort?

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