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Exquisite Easter Eggs on Display April 4-22 at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

posted on March 26th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The life-size Christmas gingerbread house is legendary at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, but we can’t wait for the 3rd annual Easter egg display in the spacious lobby with springtime edible works of art, this year April 4 – 22.

Exquisite Easter Eggs on Display April 4-22 at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Sp

Under the guidance of Master pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, the pastry team at the Grand hand-paints the enormous eggs (16 to 20 inches tall) with tinted cocoa butter to amazing themes – the “Frozen” egg is sure to be a big hit this year. Look for eggs telling the stories of “The Little Mermaid,” “Cinderella,” “Pocahontas,” “Lady and the Tramp,” all created with modeling chocolate, fondant, sculpted sugar and royal icing.

Exquisite Easter Eggs on Display April 4-22 at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

There are 18 eggs in all this year, and each takes 18 to 20 hours to create, says Chef Erich. And, best of all, they’re completely edible.

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Aulani Makes the ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Vacation Destination

posted on March 21st, 2014 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


In the Muppets’ new movie now in theaters, “Muppets Most Wanted,” the gang is headed on a world tour visiting amazing destinations, but it’s Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai`i that makes their most-wanted vacation destination. In celebration of the newly released movie, our friends at Walt Disney Studios show us what activities and resort features make the Muppets’ most-wanted list. When planning an Aulani vacation, what makes your most-wanted list?

And don’t forget, we have a great travel offer available to get you started on making your list.

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Book Now To Save Up To 35% On Rooms at Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

posted on March 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you thinking about planning a summer vacation at Walt Disney World Resort? Our latest offer, available now, gives you 30% off select resort rooms when you stay up to five nights, and 35% off when you stay for six or more nights. Plus, you could save even more when you upgrade to a Magic Your Way room and ticket package with minimum 6-day tickets.

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This deal will be available for booking now through June 6, on vacations taking place between June 15 and August 28. For more information and details on specific hotels, click here.

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Disneyland Resort Hotels Earn California’s Top Environmental Certification

posted on March 19th, 2014 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel & Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel each earned an environmentalist certification from the California Green Lodging program! The environmentalist certification represents the state’s top rating for travelers seeking green lodging. Fewer than 1% of Orange County hotels share this level of certification with the Disneyland Resort hotels.

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State auditors survey topics including water and energy conservation, waste minimization and recycling, and pollution prevention. Disneyland Resort hotels participate in numerous recycling programs, including recycling plastic cards used as guest room keys, cooking oil used to fuel Disneyland Resort attractions, and partially used soaps and bottled amenities that are sanitized and repackaged into hygiene products for children and families around the world in partnership with Clean the World Foundation.

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Exciting News from Aulani for Fans of our Hawaiian Mele: Music of the Makaʻala Available for Download March 18

posted on March 17th, 2014 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Makaʻala Grand Lobby at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Mele means music, and it’s a key part of your Aulani arrival. When you get out of your car, you are greeted with an “Aloha,” a lei and the physical beauty of Aulani. But it gets better as you enter the Makaʻala Grand Lobby, where your senses are then filled with mele that is special to Aulani.

We are excited to announce that starting tomorrow, March 18, you can own that part of the Aulani experience. The Music of the Makaʻala will be available for purchase and download at disneymusicstore.com and other online outlets. These five special songs, written by Kealiʻi Reichel and Mark Mancina, help bring the Hawaii storytelling to life at Aulani … And now at your home, car and wherever you take your music with you.

One of the songs, “He Lei No Aulani” talks of the tranquil splendor and affectionate welcome that greets our guests. The lyrics begin, “Iā ʻoe ē keia wehi ē” – this adornment is for you. The song says that our greeting is told through everlasting love – “wear this lei, it is for you, the one who has come.”

E hoʻolohe ana mai – listen. The mele of Aulani is here for you.

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Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day Extended Hours for Breakfast at Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

posted on March 14th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day Extended Hours for Breakfast at Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Looking ahead, it’s not too early to book your breakfast/brunch reservations for one of the most popular restaurants at Walt Disney World ResortBoma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day Extended Hours for Breakfast at Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
The restaurant will be open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both holidays (April 20 for Easter, May 11 for Mother’s Day). They reopen for dinner from 4:30-9:30 p.m. But you know how much mom loves a special start to her day, like a cup of Kenyan AA coffee, tropical juice and an expansive brunch buffet that includes fresh fruit, salads, carving stations, smoked salmon, charcuterie, omelets, pastries and all sort of South African-inspired dishes such as bobotie, a kind of South African quiche.

After breakfast, stroll outside for a look at the beautiful savannah, where giraffes, zebras and other African wildlife put on a show sure to make mom smile.
Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day Extended Hours for Breakfast at Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
The generous Boma – Flavors of Africa buffet is one of our favorites, with a little something for everyone, like this easy, refreshing salad that’s a true taste of Florida.

Cost is $21.99, $11.99 ages 3 to 9. For reservations, visit www.disneyworld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.
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Papaya, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
Serves 4 to 6

1 small papaya
1 ripe but firm avocado
1 grapefruit
10 mint leaves, julienned
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon honey

  1. Peel papaya, halve, and scoop out seeds. Dice into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Slice avocado lengthwise all the way around to pit. Gently twist sides in opposite directions to separate halves. Remove pit. Slip a large spoon in between the skin and the meat and scoop out flesh. Cut into 1-inch cubes.
  3. In a large bowl, peel and section the grapefruit, letting the pieces fall into a bowl. (Reserve juice for dressing.)
  4. Add papaya, avocado, and mint leaves; set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, grapefruit juice, and honey.
  6. Pour dressing over the fruit and toss gently.
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New Merchandise Makes Its Way to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on March 6th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Don’t you always feel like you’re in need of a vacation? Thankfully, from time to time I get to show some of the amazing new merchandise offerings from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, so it’s a little bit of a vacation for me, at least for a moment, in my head.

So what can you expect to find on your next trip? Take a look!

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The new Brights collection, which as you can see is very colorful, features beloved characters and icons on a variety of different items including T-shirts, frames, magnets, tumblers and mugs. My favorite part is that it reads “Aloha from Aulani,” in a throwback to some of the vintage style postcards we have all come to know and love. Look for this new collection to hit store shelves after April 1.

Is there more? You bet! New items are hitting Kālepa’s Store and Hale Manu all the time. Here’s a peek at another collection themed to floral Minnie Mouse that is sure to be a fan favorite of your island princess. The T-shirt’s, tank, dresses and accessories are embellished with a flower giving it a little bit of an extra touch, making them feel as special as they are.

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If it’s not obvious that I love the products we are offering at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, perhaps I should tell you about and show you a few more things. There is a selection of new Nike polo shirts and T-shirts that can easily be added to your travel attire, making it your go-to look for vacation. For our Disney Vacation Club members who frequent the resort, don’t despair! I have some good news for you, too. Here’s a look at the new logo that will appear on an array of new items including ladies and men’s T-shirts, a hat, ornament, window cling and more.

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What’s next, travelers? Look for a post in the coming weeks on some additional releases this spring, including newly themed Duffy the Disney Bear costumes and unique offerings from our Disney Dream jewelry collection.

For any of you visiting Aulani, look for Aunty Lorna May Pacheco (Lau hala Plaiting) and Dalani Tanahy (Kapa Printing) to appear this month as part of our Artisan Showcases.

There’s so much coming your way and so much to share. Until then … Aloha!

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: March 2012

posted on March 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Two years ago this month, we were looking ahead to big expansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Let’s take a look back at March 2012 in this “Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule.”

Video: Godmother Mariah Carey Christens the Disney Fantasy in New York City
March 2012 started with a bang as Mariah Carey christened the new Disney Fantasy.

Disney President and CEO Bob Iger and Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs Behind the Construction Walls at Disney California Adventure Park for a Hard-hat Tour of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land

Taking a Tour of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle Theatre – Opening June 15 at Disney California Adventure Park
Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, recalled his hard-hat tour of Cars Land, which was then speeding toward its summer 2012 opening at Disney California Adventure park.

First Look: Walt Disney Imagineers Offer a Taste of the Be Our Guest Restaurant
Walt Disney Imagineering gave us the first look inside Be Our Guest Restaurant, which would open later that year.

New Story Rooms Open Today at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World Resort – With a Regal Twist
Royal Guest Rooms officially opened on March 9, 2012, at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside at Walt Disney World Resort, and Michelle Baumann brought us this peek inside.

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Caption This: The Hungry Pirate at Disneyland Park
We marked the 45th anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland park with this special “Caption This!”

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Red Car Trolley Tests the Track at Disney California Adventure Park
On March 28, 2012, we brought Disney Parks Blog readers the first look at the new Red Car Trolley traveling down the track at Disney California Adventure park.

Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’-Themed Monorail to Debut This Spring at Walt Disney World Resort
Two years ago this month, we were all anticipating the upcoming release of Marvel’s “The Avengers,” and Walt Disney World Resort guests were getting ready to welcome “The Avengers”-themed Monorail.

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Under the Sea With Supplied-Air Snorkeling in Rainbow Reef at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on March 4th, 2014 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


One of my favorite activities that the whole ‘ohana can enjoy together at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is snorkeling at Rainbow Reef. In fact, it’s the only private snorkeling lagoon on O’ahu. At Rainbow Reef, you can get up-close to nearly 50 different types of sea life native to Hawai`i. And we recently added an enhanced experience, S.A.S. (Supplied-Air Snorkeling), which is perfect for novice snorkelers. My fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Erin Glover, gave it a try on her last visit to Aulani – go along with her and see it for yourself in the video below.

Have you and your ‘ohana had a chance to snorkel in Rainbow Reef? What kind of fish did you find? Now is the perfect time to visit Aulani with this great offer.

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Make Your Reservation Beginning March 12 for Mother’s Day at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 27th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


CORRECTION: Mother’s Day reservations are accepted beginning March 12, not March 11 as previously stated.

Mom’s special day isn’t until May 11, but you can soon begin making plans to pamper her at Disneyland Resort.

If you are looking for brunch options, Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel make great choices. Highlights at Storytellers Cafe include made-to-order omelets, brioche French toast with blackberry compote, roasted salmon with tangerine vinaigrette and carved beef (we’re partial to the corned beef hash with poached eggs and chipotle orange hollandaise). Disney’s PCH Grill features a smoked Scottish salmon station, parfait yogurt station, roasted chicken and vegetables and all the breakfast fixin’s, from fluffy scrambled eggs to huevos rancheros. Kids get their own buffet, including Mickey Mouse waffles. Cost for both locations is $33.99, $16.99 ages 3 to 9 11. Please note that the Mother’s Day Brunch previously held at the Disneyland Hotel will no longer be available.

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Other restaurants are creating special dishes just for Mother’s Day. In Disneyland park, Carnation Cafe is serving seared mahi mahi with spinach orzo and a shrimp broth. Plaza Inn will serve a spicy glazed salmon with chipotle-pineapple glaze, veggies and mushroom quinoa, and the special at Blue Bayou is crab-stuffed shrimp with tomato-artichoke sauce.

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For a fun treat, you’ll find almost-too-pretty-to-eat Mother’s Day cupcakes at several locations – a concoction of red velvet cake and white chocolate mousse frosting decorated with white chocolate flowers, hearts, strawberry chocolate curls and a flourish of silver “disco dust” ­– you’ll want to take a picture before you dig in! Mother’s Day cupcakes are available at at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in Disneyland park and at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe and Pacific Wharf Cafe in Disney California Adventure park. You can also find the cupcakes at The Coffee House in the Disneyland Hotel and Surfside Lounge at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

Reservations are accepted beginning March 12 11, 2014. Visit www.disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE (3463).

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