Sure looks quiet and cozy on this lovely holiday.
posted on November 26th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations
In Hawai‘i, the traditional celebration of the harvest — or Makahiki — takes place in the fall. At Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, our resort’s casual, family-friendly restaurant is appropriately named after the season’s festival, Makahiki: The Bounty of the Islands.
As we pointed out in the “Unforgettable Details” post a few months back, the story of Makahiki season comes to life inside the restaurant through not only delectable cuisine, but also local artwork. Murals by artists Solomon Enos and Al Lagunero celebrate the spirit of the festival, while depicting Hawaiian feasting and gaming.
To continue the celebration of this season in a fun and festive way, the resort is featuring a new Disney character show called “Menehune Mischief at the Makahiki.” Available on select days, guests are invited to join Aunty, Donald Duck, Stitch and Chip & Dale as they tell the story of the Menehune — the magical “little people” of Hawai‘i!
Happy Thanksgiving from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!
posted on November 25th, 2015 by Geoffrey Pointon, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations
With more than 25 themed Walt Disney World Resort hotels on property offering an abundance of amenities and services, you may be wondering what is the best way is to learn about them before you book your next Walt Disney World vacation. How about a reimagined musical score written with some of the Disney classics in mind (“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Step In Time,” “I Wanna Be Like You,” “it’s a small world” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”)?
Add a touch of Nicolas Dromard, who played the role of Bert in the Broadway version of “Mary Poppins,” and also appearing in the “Jersey Boys” as Tommy. You then add a splash of Steven Antin, (director of this wonderful 3 ½ minute musical video) who has appeared in “21 Jump Street,” “The Goonies” and directed various feature films. And top all that off with various dance numbers choreographed by Joey Pizzi, who has worked on such films as “Chicago,” “Hairspray” and “The Terminal” and this is what you get.
posted on November 24th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Look for new starters including Sea & Land Tartare featuring spiced ahi tuna, charred filet mignon, truffle aioli and a rye crouton; Fried Mushroom Ravioli with grilled Portobello mushroom, tomato concassé and a slow-poached egg; and Short Rib Shepherd’s Pie with sweet potato, roasted root vegetables and a mushroom ragout.
A hearty maple-glazed Kurobuta pork chop is added to the entrées, and a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.
Breakfast hours stay the same, and now you can get start your day with a Mickey-shaped waffles – with a fancy topping of warm Bananas Foster or warm berries (plus bacon or sausage).
For reservations, visit Disneyland.com or call 714-781-DINE.
posted on November 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
I’m proud to report that two recent projects produced by our Creative Entertainment team have been honored with industry awards from a pair of prestigious organizations.
On Tuesday, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced their annual Thea Award winners. TEA has honored the “Paint the Night” Parade, featured at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland park in California, with the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – Parade Spectacular. “Paint the Night” brings Disney’s electrical parade legacy into the 21st century with innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights. The parade made its debut last fall at Hong Kong Disneyland and arrived at Disneyland Resort this past summer as part of the Diamond Celebration.
As part of their announcement, TEA said, “The new Disney ‘Paint the Night’ is a marvel of lighting technology, creative artistry, storytelling, showmanship, live performance and interactivity, centered around beloved Disney characters, both recent and classic.”
TEA is an international non-profit association, representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences. Thea Awards will be given out at an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, on April 2, 2016.
Last night at their annual gathering in Orlando, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) awarded their 2015 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment Excellence, extending additional honors to the “Paint the Night” Parade with an award in the category of Best Multimedia Spectacular.
IAAPA also presented a Brass Ring Award to “King Triton’s Concert” at Tokyo DisneySea Park in Japan, in the category of “Best Overall Production: $1 Million or more.” “King Triton’s Concert” brings to life the under the sea world of “The Little Mermaid” with music, songs, dynamic performances and sensational special effects. The show opened in April 2015 and is presented several times daily at the park’s Mermaid Lagoon Theater.
IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards mark achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry.
Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to bring these wonderful projects to life at Disney Parks!
posted on November 18th, 2015 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations
Day or night, old, young or in between, Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has something for everyone, and there’s no better time to visit than right now, while the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is in full swing.
Experience the beauty and scope of Downtown Disney District in this fun Hyperlapse video, a high-energy visual map of what the district has to offer guests of all ages: entertainment, shopping and dining. It’s all just steps away from Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.
posted on November 18th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations
If you’re planning a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth early next year, your timing couldn’t be better! We have a special hotel offer perfect for those interested in staying at one of our three on-property hotels during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Guests can enjoy the many perks of staying at one of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, including early morning admission and convenient access to Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park (separate Theme Park admission required). That’s more time to experience the exciting new attractions in Tomorrowland in Disneyland park, including Star Wars Launch Bay and Super Hero HQ!
When staying between January 3 to March 31, 2016, you can save up to 20 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or the Disneyland Hotel, or save up to 10 percent at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, on select Sunday through Thursday nights.* Book through March 10, 2016.
Click here for more details and to book today!
*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 1/3/16 to 3/31/16. Book from 10/28/15 through 3/10/16, with travel completed by 4/1/16. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other hotels and room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.
Disneyland Resort Hotel Guest Extra Magic Hour currently allows registered Disneyland Resort hotel guests admission into select attractions at Disneyland Park on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Disney California Adventure Park on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday one hour before the applicable park opens to the general public. Check disneyland.com for schedule of when each park offers Extra Magic Hour. Each registered hotel guest (ages 3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card. Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores, restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity, cancellation and other restrictions.
posted on November 16th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
There’s some whimsy coming to two Children’s Activity Centers at Walt Disney World Resort. Beginning, December 4 at the Sandcastle Club at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Lilo’s Playhouse at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort kiddos will be able enjoy activities similar to the award-winning programming onboard Disney Cruise Line. These supervised centers that cater to kids 3 to 12 and will now offer cooking activities, adventures in science, plus enchanting character interactions. There’s still all sorts of toys and games, dress up, crafts, storytelling and dancing for little ones too – and dinner is included! So if you are looking for a fun night out while on vacation at Disney, rest assured your kids will have a magical night sure to delight. Pricing is $55 per child from 4:30 to midnight. Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations and more information.
posted on November 11th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa once again is a AAA Five-Diamond winner – that’s 16 years in a row, putting the jewel-box restaurant in an exclusive tier of dining experiences. Each year AAA reviews nearly 30,000 restaurants, but just 0.2 percent make the AAA Five Diamond.
“We are so fortunate to have this great distinction once again,” said Chef Scott Hunnel. “It’s a direct reflection of the dedication, passion and overall consistency that our team delivers day in and day out.”
We again congratulate Chef Scott, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, Maître d’Hôtel Israel Perez and their team for earning the coveted award for the Walt Disney World restaurant. Chef Scott is in his 21st year with Victoria & Albert’s, Chef Eric has been there for 20 years, and Israel is starting his 11th. And the rest of the team gets kudos, too: Chef Aimee Rivera, Chef Thomas Hill, Chef Christine Farmer, Chef William Clark, Chef Mathew Sowers and Guest Service Manager Vivian Altesor.
The award-winning dining room recently added a new Chef’s Degustation Menu, a series of 10 small courses featuring some of Chef Scott’s favorite dishes inspired by the seasons and by his world travels. The seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menu remains, and the adjacent Queen Victoria Room offers a 10-course menu paired with exclusive wines from the restaurant’s impressive cellar. And the exclusive Chef’s Table in the kitchen is an extra-special way to experience the service and cuisine.
“We continue to make sure that our teams are fully invested,” said Perez. “The restaurant success is our legacy, and what we do today is never good enough for tomorrow – we strive to continue raising the bar every day.”
The seven-course menu is $185 ($250 with wine pairings); the 10-course menu is $235 ($340 with wine pairings). Dinner in the Queen Victoria Room is $340, and includes 10 courses paired with wine. The Chef’s Table in the kitchen is $250. The restaurant is open daily for dinner. For reservations, 407-939-3862.
posted on November 11th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator
Something magical happens when you top ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry. Today is National Sundae Day, and to celebrate we’re sharing the top nine Disney Parks sundaes from coast to coast! Did your favorite make our list? Read on to find out!
- Everything Pop Sundae, Everything POP Shopping & Dining, Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Six flavors of ice cream, brownie pieces, banana, Strawberry Pop Tarts®, chocolate candies, gummy worms, marshmallows, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream and of course, a cherry on top.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Fudge Sundae served in a souvenir “Kitchen Sink” – Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream, Disney California Adventure Park
Two scoops of vanilla ice cream and two freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies stopped with whipped cream, chocolate morsels and a cherry.
- Sand Pail Sundae – Happy Landings at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Chocolate and vanilla soft-serve ice cream, waffle pieces, sprinkles, cookie pieces, hot fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream and a cherry.
- Firehouse Dalmatian Mint Sundae, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Disneyland park
Two scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream served in a waffle cup, topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry.
- Dad’s Brownie Sundae, 50’s Prime Time Café, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toppings like caramel corn and candy pieces.
- Strawberry Sundae, The Golden Horseshoe, Disneyland Park
Two scoops of vanilla ice cream served in a waffle cup topped with strawberry sauce, whipped cream and a cherry.
- Kitchen Sink, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
And of course, no list of Disney Parks sundaes is complete without the legendary Kitchen Sink—scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and mint chocolate chip ice cream, smothered in every topping available.
- Vanellope’s Go-Kart Sundae, Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats, Disney Dream
One of the newest additions to the Disney Dream Cruise Ship, This adorable sundae served in a souvenir race kart boasts three scoops of your favorite ice cream with five toppings of your choice, topped with fresh whipped cream and a cherry.
- Family Challenge Cup Sundae, Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats, Disney Dream
If you want the whole family to be able to join in on the sundae fun, this keepsake trophy is filled with eight scoops of your favorite ice cream or gelato, eight scrumptious toppings of your choice, fresh whipped cream and a cherry on top.
How will you celebrate National Sundae Day? Let us know in the comments below!