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#DisneyKids: Disney Junior Pool Parties at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Pool season is in full swing at Walt Disney World Resort, and now there’s something to make a day by the water even more fun for little ones. Earlier this month, Disney Jr. Pool Parties began daily at all of our hotels across property.

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The interactive 22-minute Disney Jr. Pool Parties feature music and activities from some of kids’ favorite shows like “Sofia the First,” “Doc McStuffins,” “Jake and the Neverland Pirates,” “Miles from Tomorrowland” and of course, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Sing-a-longs and games like “Sofia Says” are tailored to our youngest guests so they can stay excited and engaged.

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Also at our resorts, be sure to check out other services and amenities that are perfect for parents of young kids:

  • Children’s Activity Centers – located at Deluxe Resorts, but open to all Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests
  • Playgrounds
  • In-room babysitting services
  • Extra Magic Hours – Perfect for little ones who get up really early!
  • Complimentary transportation across Walt Disney World Resort property
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A Peek Inside a Room with A View at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on June 19th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


As part of the Disney Parks Blog ongoing “Room with A View” series, I want to take you to an island paradise where swaying palms and gentle breezes lead to new accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. As part of the re-imagination of the iconic resort, 360 new Disney Vacation Club Studios reveal a tropical motif with spacious accommodations – and wow, what a view! Let’s go to the third floor of the Moorea longhouse inside room 3020 and take a peek.

When I opened the door to this Deluxe Studio, I was drawn to an outdoor patio that extends the entire width of the room. The third floor lookout offered a panoramic view with so much to take in. To the right you see the monorail whizzing by and ferry boats sailing across the Seven Seas Lagoon. Look left and there’s the flagship Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in all its splendor. And straight ahead, beyond the luxurious Bora Bora Bungalows Magic Kingdom Park with Space Mountain and Cinderella Castle beckoning you to their magical lands. It’s a great view any time of day but especially as night falls and “Wishes” fireworks light up the sky.

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But if you sharpen your lens there are “close-up” shots you might miss such as torch-lit paths, lush landscapes, gentle waves. I watched as a family of ducks waddled to the sandy beach and waterway they call home. It’s more than just a pretty picture – it stirs something within. Memories of my very first Disney resort stay come flooding back each time I visit. And despite its recent reimagining, there’s a familiarity here that makes you feel like you’re home. It’s no wonder families are drawn back to this beloved resort time and time again.

A Peek Inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

The new Studios have a ton of space (actually the largest Studios in the Disney Vacation Club portfolio) plus ample storage with under-the-bed drawers and a table that doubles as a storage chest. Rooms have a crisp yet playful décor with vibrant colors, ornate carvings and rich textures. I loved the tiki man lamp perched on a bed of rock lava and the colorful artwork. Studios sleep five with one queen bed, a queen-size pull-out bed and a pull-down bed. A kitchenette with coffee-maker, mini-fridge, a small sink, toaster and microwave all come in handy. The bathroom layout is practical for families, too. There’s a private sink and shower space, plus a separate area with tub, toilet and sink. It’s great if you have teenagers who need their space. And this resort is the first to have connecting Deluxe Studios.

So journey with me to this carefree oasis in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy a photo tour of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

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Adventure is Out There at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


One of the many joys of a family vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai’i is that there is something for every type of adventure seeker. The little ones are swept away by the magic of Aunty’s Beach House, while tweens wander the Menehune Adventure Trail and adults explore the world of rejuvenation and relaxing at the Laniwai Spa. In addition, Aulani offers excursions designed to embrace the adventurous spirit and create lasting family memories as you explore some of the best sights and experiences of O’ahu. Our island excursions feature interactive storytelling and unique insights from local experts. Guests at Aulani can choose from a variety of exciting adventures that include:

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  • Catamaran Experience: Cruise the Pacific Ocean along Oʻahu’s Leeward Coast on the 53-foot Gold Coast Catamaran “Honi Olani.” Your ‘ohana won’t forget the up-close views of native sea creatures such as spinner dolphins, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and humpback whales (seasonally).
  • Waimea Falls – North Shore Experience: Enjoy a guided walking tour through the tranquil botanical gardens of the lush Waimea Valley. Learn about the history, spirituality and traditions of this beautiful region. Throughout the walk, your little keiki will also enjoy a variety of games inspired by ancient Hawaiian islanders.
  • Kualoa Ranch Experience: Ride horseback along one of Oʻahu’s most beautiful coastlines and valleys. If you are a television or movie buff, take notice of the northern lush valley, as it may look familiar! You’ll also enjoy Kualoa Ranch’s picture-perfect beach and a traditional barbeque lunch!

Are you ready to book your excursion today? Click here to learn how.

How do you choose your adventure while on vacation at Aulani? Tell us in the comments below!

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Beat the Heat with Cool Treats at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


With summer quickly approaching, temperatures are on the rise. If you’re looking for treats that will help you beat the heat beyond the Mickey ice cream bar and Dole Whip, I’ve got a few suggestions for you:

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Aw, shucks! Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort has a Mickey Gelato Sundae that is as cute as it is delicious. Looking for a dairy-free option? Try one of their tasty new slushes. Flavors change—so be sure to try them all! You can even bring home some of the magic with a can/bottle holder imprinted with the resort’s logo.

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Tamu Tamu Refreshments at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a new menu filled with frosty treats. Choco-holics will love the Double Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream Sandwich. My favorite on the new menu? The Chocolate Waffle with Espresso Mousse—the combination of the hot waffle and chilled semifreddo is simply wild!

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At Epcot, Liberty Inn just added Apple Pie a la Mode to their menu. Cool and creamy ice cream makes this hand-held treat a patriotic way to cool down.

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Cooling off at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park? Take a break from Summit Plummet and cool down with a unique brrr-everage like Frozen Hot Cocoa at Lottawatta Lodge. Over Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, try the shaved ice at Lowtide Lou’s.

How do you stay cool on hot days at Walt Disney World Resort?

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New Seasonal Menu at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel

posted on June 12th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Spring has sprung, and so have seasonal additions to the menu at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel.

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Fresh and light appetizers for spring include the Fresh Pasta Tagliatelle, with stone fruit mostarda, julienne zucchini, cherry tomato and fresh sorelle; Sautéed Sea Scallops with watermelon cucumber compote, pickled radish, rhubarb sabayon; Seared Carpaccio of Beef with baby arugula, mandarin orange, whipped horseradish, smoked sea salt; and Chilled White Asparagus with Serrano ham, Pecorino Romano, minced fava bean and grapefruit essence.

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Other seasonal menu changes include the Steakhouse 55 Salad with garden carrot, blue cheese, maple pecans and raspberry vinaigrette—a celebration of spring. For entrees, the Moroccan-spiced King Salmon is superb; try it with the seasonal creamed local super-sweet corn with plugra butter.

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Also available is a new Steakhouse 55 Chef’s Tasting Menu, which includes a Caprese salad, 8 oz. Grilled Prime Flatiron Steak served with creamy white polenta, seared king oyster mushroom and hollandaise. The meal concludes with Vanilla Crème Brulee with a lemon madeleine, Chantilly cream and strawberry compote for dessert.

For reservations, click here or call 714-781-DINE.

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Sights and Sounds of Disney Parks: Playing It Cool at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 12th, 2015 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Amid all the excitement of the fun and magic during the Coolest Summer Ever, let’s share some thoughts about all the Walt Disney World ways and wonders we enjoy to keep us cool. You’re probably already an expert on tips for dialing up the fun and toning down the sun, but to get started, here are just a few:

Stay cool inside. Drink plenty of water—even before you get too thirsty. Make sure the whole gang stays properly hydrated.

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Stay cool outside. Wear hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfy shoes—shoes that were made for walking. You don’t have to be a runner or jogger to visit your hometown running shoe store (or Fit2Run at the Downtown Disney Area). They’ll help you find shoes that support the way you specifically walk. Just wait until you’ve walked in shoes so comfy, they’re ‘like butter’!

Take a break. Make use of extended park hours and Extra Magic Hours so briefly bid adieu to the parks for an hour or two at your Disney Resort hotel. Take a refreshing “power nap.” Loll around in the pool (staying in the shade as much as possible). Savor a leisurely meal at a Disney Resort restaurant (make reservations soon). When you get back to the parks, you’ll feel as fresh as the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!

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Write a book. You think I’m kidding, don’t you? Well, we’re very proud of a brand new gem now available in select shops called “My Walt Disney World Travels”. It’s an easy-to-carry spiral bound book with lots of places to jot down the delightful details of up to five Walt Disney World Resort visits. Each of the five visit sections has a pocket for odds and ends that become personal treasures.

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You might ask, “Sure, ‘My Walt Disney World Travels’ is filled with fun, clever things, but isn’t it a kids’ book?” Yes and no. Yes, hand them to the kids when they’re in need of a cool-down break; when they’re asking when their chicken nuggets will be served, or just about to make all the grownups wake up just a little too soon. But why should kids have all the journal fun? The book has a wonderful Mary Blair flair to it, so it epitomizes the pinnacle of style and sophistication.

That reminds me, I’ve got to go jot something down right now! Until we meet here next Friday, what are your tips for keeping cool and comfortable on warmish summer days?

For information on purchasing select Disney merchandise items, call Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Merchandise Guest Services at 1-877-560-6477 or send an email to 
merchandiseguestservices@disney.go.com.

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VIDEO: World Oceans Day at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


“Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono” – the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. This is our Hawai’i state motto, and it holds special meaning for all of us here in the 50th State. Through it, we have a glimpse of the importance that Hawaiians put on the land and environment. With our recent celebration of World Oceans Day at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, we wanted to share a little bit more about how we celebrate mauka to makai – from the mountains to the sea – perpetuating our environment. From guest activities to our VoluntEARS programs, caring for our island home remains a focal point in all that we do. Enjoy this video, and aloha!

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A Mom’s Take on the Deluxe Studios at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Disney Vacation Club accommodations offer special features perfect for families of all sizes. The Deluxe Studios at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort, are the largest at the Walt Disney World Resort. They sleep up to five guests each, and offer lots of other cool features that are perfect for families.

In this video, Disney Parks Moms Panelist Juliette shows off some of her favorite features of these new accommodations, and offers insights from a mom’s point of view. Take a look!

What’s your favorite part of the new Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows?

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Celebrating World Oceans Day with Sustainable Seafood at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

posted on June 8th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Today is World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to reflecting on how we can help ensure the future health of our planet and minimize the impact on one of the Earth’s most precious resources — the oceans.

For the past several years, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium to select wild and farmed seafood for our menus that are not overfished or produced in ways that may compromise the well-being of our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams.

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Our chefs are always coming up with innovative ways to incorporate sustainable seafood into their menus. From the Grilled Alaskan Wild-Caught Halibut served at Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to the Grilled Snapper at Napa Rose, our signature dining locations deliver nothing but the best. Our focus isn’t just on fine dining. Disney chefs work to incorporate sustainable seafood into as many of our menus as possible throughout our parks and resorts. Other dishes not to be missed include the Grilled Blacks Harbour Salmon at Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk and the Yellow Tail Tuna at Ariel’s Grotto in Disneyland Resort. For a great quick-service option, check out the Spicy Fish Tacos at Sunshine Seasons, located in the Land Pavilion at Epcot. Remember, as the seasons change, so may the selections, but rest assured that they are all delicious!

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Our commitment to the health of our oceans doesn’t stop in our restaurants. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has teamed up with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to fund projects that focus on shrimp from regions where our suppliers source seafood: U.S. Gulf of Mexico, southern Vietnam and Thailand. This collaboration has lead to:

  • Development of a standard for Fair Trade fish
  • Training on sustainable fishing/shrimping practices and better water resource management in fisheries in Vietnam and Thailand
  • Studies that examine impact of shrimping practices on “bycatch” species.

Angie Renner, Environmental Integration Director for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shares the importance of this commitment: “This is a perfect blend of both environmental and business sustainability, which will enable us to continue serving seafood that is healthy for our Guests as well as the oceans.”

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You can learn more about how you can make a difference in your seafood choices by checking out the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guide.

Happy World Oceans Day from the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Food and Beverage team!

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It’s a Sunny Morning at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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


Good morning from the kids’ water-play area near the Beach Pool at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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Looks like an ideal place for an early morning splash. Have your little ones enjoyed this space?



See the posts below for more morning views from around Disney Parks:

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