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Adam Sandler and Family Visit Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Funnyman Adam Sandler and his youngest daughter, 6-year-old Sunny Madeline, took a break from their recent family vacation at Walt Disney World Resort to meet Disney’s top “Dawg” Goofy at the family’s favorite Disney resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison Productions, co-produces the ABC comedy “The Goldbergs.”

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Walt Disney World Resort Event Snapshot – August 2015

posted on July 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort? Be sure to check out these special artist appearances and signings taking place in August 2015!

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August 6 – 17: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites. Meet the representatives and see the dolls throughout the day, each day, at their new location, Marketplace Fun Finds in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Tip: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing Aug. 8 – 9. Learn more.

August 6 – 9: Artist William Silvers will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest releases, August 6 – 9 from 12 – 8 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Epcot. Not able to make it? William will return for additional signing opportunities August 13 – 16 from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

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August 8: Meet artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith who will be on hand for a special artist showcase and signing from 4 – 7 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

August 10 – 15: Artist Greg McCullough returns this month with special appearances and signings August 10 – 15 from 1 – 8 p.m., each day at Art of Disney in Epcot. Not able to make it? Greg will return later in the month, August 24 – 29 from 1 – 8 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

August 13 – 14: A Kit Heath representative will be on hand to show their jewelry collections at The Tea Caddy in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more.

August 14: Take part in Trading Night from 6 -9 p.m. p.m. in Veracruz A at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Register online now!

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August 19 – 21: Meet Fragrance Designer Geir Ness throughout the day at The Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Learn more.

August 19 – 23: Take part in a special Givenchy fragrance event at Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion at Epcot.

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August 21 – 22: Meet artist Whitney Pollett during a special artist signing at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace from 5 – 8 p.m., each day. Learn more.

August 28 – 30: Game on! Be there for the launch of Disney Infinity 3.0 taking place throughout the day, each day, at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Be sure to watch the Disney Parks Blog for more details.

Throughout the month look for other additional appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot, including Le Plume et Palette and La Signature in France, The Tea Caddy in the United Kingdom and Puffins Roost in Norway. Learn more.

Which events will you check out?

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A Home Away From Home at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: 3-Bedroom Grand Villa

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


With an immediate family of 12, I personally understand what it’s like to vacation with a large ‘ohana. That’s why I like to recommend 3-Bedroom Grand Villas at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, for family vacations – the perfect retreat for everyone. My nieces and nephew can spend the day at Aunty’s Beach House while the adults relax beside the Wailana Pool. Then we can all convene for dinner in the Grand Villa before heading to the Starlit Hui. Today our “A Home Away From Home” series continues with a look inside these 3-Bedroom Grand Villas at Aulani – so perfect for multi-families or even reunions.

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Imagine your luxurious home away from home equipped with three separate bedrooms, three bathrooms, a full-size kitchen and a living room! Spread across 2,100 square feet, you’ll find four flat-panel televisions and DVD players, a whirlpool tub and an extra large private balcony. And like the 1-Bedroom and 2-Bedroom Villas, don’t worry about packing extra clothes because a full washer and dryer is available inside the Villa.

There is more than enough room to prepare home-cooked meals for 12 inside the furnished kitchen. Not only will you have a full-size refrigerator, but you’ll also find dishware, glassware, flatware, pots and pans!

Curious about the sleeping arrangements? The master bedroom features a king bed, while the other bedrooms are equipped with two queen beds. You’ll also find that the living room sofa folds into a queen bed, and also has one sleeper chair. As you can tell, the Grand Villas were designed to comfortably accommodate all ages of your ‘ohaha.

Who is coming with you on a vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? Tell us in the comments below!


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Top 5 Picks for Lunch on the Walt Disney World Monorail

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


A lunchtime getaway on the monorail is one of our favorite tips for Magic Kingdom Park guests – take a leisurely mid-day break, then return energized to the park for more fun and fireworks.

Here are our five favorite stops, where you should be able to grab a seat without a reservation (though it’s nice to plan in advance).

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  1. Kona Cafe, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Just steps from the resort’s monorail station, this casual spot is the quickest getaway for a table-service lunch. This might be the biggest challenge without a reservation, so best to call ahead (sometimes early or late lunches work best without a reservation). The dish to taste: fish tacos with seared tilapia, tomato salsa and mango mayonnaise, also a great selection of hand-crafted sushi made to order. And, yes, the legendary Kilauea Torte is still on the menu.
  2. The Wave… of American Flavors, Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Jog downstairs to the first floor from the monorail station to this casual table-service restaurant. Again, reservations are nice, but not always necessary. Dish to taste: the build-your-own burger with Florida-raised and grass-fed beef. Add a little candied bacon, caramelized onions, guacamole – lots of delicious toppings. Organic draft beer too.
  3. Grand Floridian Cafe, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The monorail stops on the second floor, so make your way to the lobby to this airy, pleasant cafe where you reservations are preferred but not necessary. Dish to taste: the tuna Niçoise salad with a medium-rare tuna steak with greens, eggs, fingerling potatoes, green beans, Kalamata olive and tomatoes, served with fresh black olive bread. You can always add a glass of wine.

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  1. Contempo Cafe, Disney’s Contemporary Resort. No reservations necessary, and it’s just steps from the monorail station of the resort’s fourth floor. Contempo Cafe is quick service, and a fun diversion from Magic Kingdom Park. The specialty cupcakes and desserts are not to be missed. Dish to taste: the hot smoked turkey sandwich with Brie, arugula, green apple slices, apple butter and honey mustard on challah bread. Fries on the side.

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  1. Epcot. So it’s impossible to choose just one restaurant, and this requires a much longer departure from Magic Kingdom Park, but it’s doable, and reservations are best. While it’s a hike from the monorail stop to the World Showcase restaurants, a quicker stroll is Coral Reef Restaurant in The Seas with Nemo & Friends – and you get a dazzling live show from the fish, sharks, turtles and rays in the giant aquarium. Dish to taste: the divine lobster bisque with tarragon and brandy has been on the menu since Day 1, but the grilled New York strip steak is a crowd pleaser.

Tell us your favorite! For reservations visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Caption This: Mind the Alligators at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort!

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


This week’s “Caption This” image was shot at Port Holes Miniature Golf at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and it sure looks like these gators have “a taste” for golf.

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Will this guest make it through? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” in the comments section below.

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Martha’s Vineyard Wine Pairings Return to Disney’s Beach Club Resort

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Last year, Pam Brandon introduced the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Pairings on the Disney Parks Blog. Today, I’m excited to let you know these popular pairings are returning on select dates this summer and fall.

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The intimate event is a foodie’s dream – a wine expert from the winery and a Disney chef guide guests through the tasting, detailing the notes of each pairing. The following dates currently scheduled to take place from 2-3 p.m.

  • August 22 – San Sebastian Winery
    *This event includes a takeaway bottle of Castillo Red wine in a lighthouse-shaped bottle. Cost per person is $60 to attend.
  • September 26 – Ironstone Vineyard
  • October 17 – Napa Smith (The only brewery in Napa Valley, CA)
  • November 7 – To Be Determined

Cost varies between $25-40 per person (before tax and gratuity) for three wines — or beers, if you are attending the October 17 event — perfectly paired with three small plates.

Beginning August 3, you can reserve your spot by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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Save Up to 25% on Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Stays this Fall

posted on July 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Considering a vacation at Walt Disney World Resort this fall? The resort is filled with fun this time of year, with the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the return of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties, and of course, the early holiday celebration offerings like Epcot’s Candlelight Processional and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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Guests booking stays at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels for trips taking place between October 4-November 24, and November 28-December 23, 2015, may save up to 25% thanks to our latest room offer. Check out all of the details here. NOTE: This offer must be booked by September 18, 2015.

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Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel Presents Tahitian Terrace Diamond Luau

posted on July 19th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


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A 60th anniversary celebration like no other is on tap at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar for August 10 and 11 on the Magic Kingdom Lawn at the Disneyland Hotel.

The sessions will include the Tahitian Terrace Tribute Show with Tahitian dancers; a historical overview by Imagineers; and tastes from the original menu of the “gone-but-not-forgotten” Tahitian Terrace tropical restaurant. Guests also receive two drink tickets good for non-alcoholic Tahitian Punch, Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration drink (with alcohol), wine or beer.

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Everyone also gets goodies: a commemorative Tahitian Terrace Diamond luau lei, a special edition diamond Tiki glass and swizzle stick, a Tahitian Terrace print on parchment and a Tahitian Punch recipe card. Guests can also purchase up to two Diamond Tiki glasses.

Pre-paid admission is $150 (with tax and gratuity) for either 5-6:30 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. on August 10 or 11. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each session. Reservations are now open. For tickets, visit Disneyland.com or call 714-781-DINE.

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Guests Go Off-The-Beaten Path with New Escape to Walt’s Wilderness Resort Offering

posted on July 18th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Does gliding across the lake on a peaceful morning, hiking through the wilderness, sharing stories about Disney heritage, or riding in a horse-drawn wagon sound appealing to you? The new Escape to Walt’s Wilderness offers an off-the-beaten-path experience ideal for the whole family.

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The journey begins with a pontoon boat tour from Disney’s Contemporary Resort marina with a Disney guide who shares stories about Walt’s love of the outdoors and nature. He tells us we are about to “walk in Walt’s footsteps and see why he was determined to choose this place for his next Disneyland.” Unbeknownst to me, Central Florida had personal appeal to Walt as this was where his parents met many moons ago. And as we pushed off the dock to explore Bay Lake we also learned that while Walt never had the chance to see the completion of Walt Disney World Resort, he did indeed sail across this same lake before he passed.

The adventure continues with a quest for native Florida wildlife. Two pontoon boats carrying about ten guests each are equipped with wildlife guides and binoculars to seek out the many varieties that call Bay Lake home. Birds and bald eagles soar, dragonflies buzz about, fragrant moss and lily pads connect you to the surroundings and allow you to reflect on the sheer beauty of the environment. We were exploring nature, just like Walt loved to do.

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Once the boat is beached, the group is welcomed by a giant bonfire and camp-style breakfast. Locally sourced citrus salad, egg frittata, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, granola, coffee and juice make for a nice feast. And what’s a campfire without marshmallows for roasting. Next, a pair of field horses pulling a wagon enter the scene for transport to an archery lesson in a woodsy field at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. A short hike in the woods past the train tracks from the former Fort Wilderness Railroad is where we discover Walt’s fascination with trains.

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Next stop is Tri-Circle-D Ranch where “ranch hands” share stories about how horses have been incorporated into Disney theme parks since day one. Guests have a chance to view the horses in a natural environment, learn about how they are cared for, and get up close with these majestic animals. There’s lot of surprises throughout the immersive, half-day trek, especially the legends and tales that unfold along the way.

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The program is typically offered two days a week from 8 a.m.– 1 p.m. on select days. The cost is $109, plus tax for ages 7 and older. Complimentary transportation to and from the experience is provided for guests staying at Disney owned and operated resort hotels. To book or for more information, call 407-WDW-PLAY.

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Disney Parks Backyard Barbecue on Pinterest

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


The peak of summer is upon us, and we invite you to celebrate with a backyard barbecue inspired by Disney Parks and Resorts.

Recipe for Sweet Potato-Rosemary Biscuits from Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland Park Recipe for Flame Tree Barbecue Sauce from Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Printable Menu and Place Cards

Visit the Walt Disney World Pinterest page to find everything you need to host the perfect summer barbecue. We made it easy, providing recipes for some Disney Parks food favorites (Flame Tree Barbecue Sauce anyone?), drinks, and even printable napkin rings and a menu and place cards to tie it all together. Click through to download and print the recipes, or pin them to your recipe board to make later.

Featured recipes include:

Which recipe are you going to try at your next summer party?

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