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Top 10 Vegetarian Meals at Walt Disney World Resort to Celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, and to celebrate we’ve picked the top five quick-service and top five table-service vegetarian meals served at Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. These meals make veggies the star of the plate and are tasty enough to win over carnivores, too.

Top 5 Quick-Service Vegetarian Meals


1. Watermelon Salad, Flame Tree Barbecue, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
A light and refreshing meal, this watermelon salad is topped with feta, arugula, pickled red onion and white balsamic vinaigrette.

2. Lighthouse Sandwich, Columbia Harbor House, Magic Kingdom Park
Drop anchor at Columbia Harbor House for this satisfying sandwich with hummus, tomato and broccoli slaw on toasted multigrain bread with house-made potato chips.


3. Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, Backlot Express, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Take five with this grilled vegetable sandwich with fresh mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini, tomato and watercress piled high on basil asiago artisan bread, topped with cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto. Choose from carrot sticks or fries on the side.


4. Veggie Naan-wich, Electric Umbrella, Epcot
Broccoli slaw, edamame and tofu wasabi dressing on naan make this a Future World dish that’s not to be missed. As a side, choose between grapes or fries.


5. Fried Green Tomato Sandwich, Rosie’s All-American Café, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Fried green tomatoes, arugula, pepper jack cheese and jalapeño ranch dressing on ciabatta bread served with coleslaw or fries.

Top 5 Table-Service Vegetarian Meals


1. Layered Ratatouille, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom Park
Oven-baked zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes and caramelized onions are sliced and layered on quinoa, topped with a bell pepper sauce. It’s delicious. Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes.

2. Noodle Bowl, Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Try wok-fried coconut tofu, soy beans, sugar snap peas, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms in a red curry broth at the place to “see and be seen” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


3. Farmer Lee’s Tomato Salad, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Perfectly ripe toy box heirloom tomatoes, tomato chips, jam, Mozzarella di Bufala, topped with charred onion vinaigrette. Pair this salad with a wood-fired flatbread or the famous Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli.

4. Vegetarian Falafel, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
This falafel is served on flatbread with black olive hummus, cucumber, tomato and lettuce, and topped with a soy tzatziki-style sauce. On the side are house-made pickles and your choice of fruit or fries. Special tip: Look for a brand-new, house-made quinoa burger to hit the menu later this month.

5. Vegetable and Tofu Sambusas, Jiko – The Cooking Place, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
These tasty sambusas are served with mint-coconut chutney, coriander-tamarind yogurt and saffron-cashew rice.

What’s your favorite vegetarian meal at Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments below!

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8 Disney Parks Recipes to Celebrate National Dessert Day

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Happy National Dessert Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts! To celebrate, we’re sharing eight recipes featuring some of our favorite sweets and treats from Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

1. Warm Chocolate Truffle Cake, Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
The perfect dessert to celebrate a special occasion, though a bite of the chocolate ganache on top of this cake makes any day worthy of a celebration.

2. Banana Toffee Mousse, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Chocolate, toffee and bananas evoke the Golden Age of Hollywood in this delicious dessert from The Hollywood Brown Derby.

3. Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes
We tweaked this favorite from Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland park for the release of “Big Hero 6,” and the recipe is still as sweet as honey!

4. Chocolate Cupcakes with Hazelnut-Chocolate Buttercream, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Bakery
The perfect cupcake recipe from Chef Andreas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. What goes better with chocolate than hazelnut? Yeah, I couldn’t think of anything either.

5. Chocolate Pudding Cake, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Topped with sea salt, this Chocolate Pudding Cake from California Grill is the perfect indulgent treat.

6. Peanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon Pie, BoardWalk Bakery, Disney’s BoardWalk
If you like your sweets with a savory twist, this Peanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon Pie is for you.

7. Strawberry Twists, Maurice’s Treats, Disneyland Park
These Strawberry Twists can pull double duty as either dessert or a breakfast pastry.

8. Tiramisu, Trattoria al Forno, Disney’s BoardWalk
The recipe for this classic Italian dessert is easy to follow, and sure to please. Bonus: No baking required!

How are you celebrating National Dessert Day?

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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Now on Pinterest

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

Today I’m excited to share the Hawaiian magic of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in a whole new way – on Pinterest! The official page features resort offerings, food, photography, travel tips and more!

Below is one of the first pins that can be found on the page now: Top 5 Things To Do at Aulani!


What are your top things to do while vacationing at Aulani? Tell us in the comments below!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on October 11th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Sixty years ago this week, the landmark Disneyland Hotel opened its doors to families visiting the Disneyland Resort. And to mark the anniversary of this Disney Parks Blog reader favorite, we dug out some amazing photos from the archives.


During its first year of operation, Disneyland Hotel had only 104 guest rooms. Now, it has 975 beautifully appointed guest rooms, including a unique collection of themed suites—from the Big Thunder Suite to the Pirates of the Caribbean Suite. Check out Michael’s original story for more images and facts.

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We also shared a bit more of what’s coming to Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort in the future, including a new Disney chocolate shop and new restaurant for Celebrity Chef Art Smith.

The Ganachery, a new chocolate shop set to open in The Landing in late 2015 at Disney Springs, will feature a custom blend chocolate with the finest beans for the all-new concept that will feature freshly made ganache (gəˈnaSH). Pam has more details in her original story.


And Chef Art Smith’s new restaurant concept opens in Summer 2016 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. The restaurant’s menu will feature Southern favorites like homemade pimento cheese, Church Lady deviled eggs, low country shrimp and grits, kale salad with Sweet Grass Dairy cheese and spiced pecans and a grilled Blackstrap pork chop with sawmill gravy. There are more details about Chef Smith and the restaurant in our earlier story.

Here are some of the other stories we featured this week.

Behind the Scenes: Take a Look Back at ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Float Production – Hear from Imagineers as they checked out the various “Paint the Night” parade floats in progress!

New ‘Paint the Night’ Parade Ornament Set Debuts at the Disneyland Resort – These new ornaments capture a variety of key moments from the nighttime spectacular as well as beloved Disney characters such as Sorcerer Mickey, Mike and Sulley, Tinker Bell, “The Little Mermaid” (Ariel and King Triton) and Belle.

PANDORA Jewelry and Other Popular Products Coming to Disney Parks This October – Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller selects a handful of his favorite new things that guests will soon find either at Disney Parks or on our Disney Parks online store.

Imagineers Team Up with CAL FIRE to Create Story of Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure Park – To create the story of Grizzly Peak Airfield, Walt Disney Imagineering turned to the experts at CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), even visiting Hemet-Ryan Airfield in California for research.

Ultimate History Quiz: 17 Burning Questions About Epcot’s Horizons – Think you remember just about everything there is to know about the former Horizons attraction at Epcot? Put your knowledge to the test!

12 Disney Parks Halloween Wallpapers to Haunt Your Desktop – To help add some Halloween spirit to your desktop or mobile device, we’re happy to share with you 12 Disney Parks Blog exclusive wallpapers – all inspired by Halloween or our spookiest attractions, the Haunted Mansion and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

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#DisneyKids: New Disney Junior-Themed Walt Disney World Resort Offer

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing

Parents looking for the perfect opportunity to bring their little ones to Walt Disney World Resort won’t want to miss the new bite-sized resort offer that includes a special Disney Junior Park Pack. And the early 2016 travel dates provide you the chance to surprise your kids at the holidays!

Families who book the Disney Junior offer can enjoy a three-night, two-day room and ticket package starting at $874* for a family of three at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (valid for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights January 3-6, January 10-14, and January 18-Feburary 4, 2016). Guests can book this package through December 23, 2015. Ask about other great rates at select Disney Resort hotels for travel through April 13, 2016.


This offer includes a surprise for little Disney Junior fans – a Disney Junior Park Pack, which features fun activities inspired by favorite Disney Junior shows – like Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Miles from Tomorrowland. There are Disney Junior activity sheets, a special Spotify playlist featuring favorite Disney Junior songs, treats and more.

While on vacation, little ones can often get close to their favorite Disney Junior characters throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios, thanks to experiences like:

  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” – an interactive sing-along stage show with enchanting puppets from the popular Disney Junior shows, favorite Disney Junior songs, and lots of dancing and fun for everyone.
  • Disney Junior character greetings outside of “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” offer fun-filled photos, hugs and autographs with Sofia the First, Captain Jake, and Doc McStuffins.
  • Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine Character Dining at Hollywood & Vine is an entertaining interactive dining experience for kids to eat, play and dance along with friends from Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny.

For more information about this Disney Junior offer, please visit, or call (407) 827-7183.

*Price based on 2 adults and 1 child (ages 3-9) in a standard room. The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for 1 theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. One Disney Junior Park Pack per reservation, while supplies last. 3-night/2-day minimum purchase required on this offer to receive the Disney Junior Park Pack.

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Halloween ‘Tree-t’ on Display in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Lobby

posted on October 8th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

October is here, and Halloween grows closer each day. To celebrate the season, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa bakery has created a Halloween “Tree-t” now on display in the hotel’s lobby.


This Halloween “Tree-t” is made of

  • 18 pounds of marshmallows
  • 52 pounds of crisped rice cereal
  • 30 pounds of white chocolate
  • 40 pounds of gum paste
  • 15 pounds of fondant

The tree stands at over five feet tall, and took 10 cast members — including artists, engineers, and bakers — more than 140 hours to create. Thirteen “Hidden Mickeys” are hidden throughout the display.


Hot chocolate and warm apple cider (both available in an alcoholic version, for adults) are for sale, as well as spooky sweets like cake pops, pumpkin muffins and bat-shaped cookies.

The hauntingly cute confection will be on display through November 1, 2015.

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Wildlife Wednesday: A Shining Star for Disney’s Sea Turtles – Tinker Bell and Marina’s Hatchlings Are on Their Way

posted on October 7th, 2015 by Anne Savage, Ph.D., Conservation Director, Disney’s Animal Programs

Tinker Bell and Marina, our sea turtles who crawled out of the ocean to nest with only the starry skies to light their way, are now the proud moms of 137 hatchlings that just emerged from the sand near Disney’s Vero Beach Resort!

While waiting for their nests to hatch, we have been following Tink and Marina on their ocean adventures as they take part in the Tour de Turtles! In the time it took for the eggs to hatch, Tinker Bell and Marina have each swum around 1,000 miles and are enjoying a tasty buffet fit for turtles in the Bahamas and near Cuba! They will keep eating and swimming … and swimming and eating … until they are ready to return to lay more eggs in 2017!

Until she returns to nest again, Marina will continue to be our turtle ambassador, reminding us of how important it is to keep our beaches and oceans free of plastic debris that could be ingested by turtles. You can join us and do your part in helping keep beaches and waterways free of litter. All waterways lead to the ocean, so you can help sea turtles no matter where you live!

Our other turtle ambassador Tinker Bell has been spreading her pixie dust to remind us that sea turtles need dark beaches to successfully lay their eggs. When those little hatchlings emerge from the nest, they find their way to the ocean by following the brightest light they can see in the star-filled skies.

We were very happy to see those tiny turtle tracks from Tinker Bell’s and Marina’s nests heading straight to the ocean!

It will take 30 years for these tiny turtles to grow to adult size and return to Disney’s Vero Beach to start their own families! Until then, we will continue to protect the magic of nature by keeping our beaches and oceans safe for sea turtles!

Disney’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program is so important to us, and we are delighted when we are recognized for our accomplishments. Recently, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums presented us with the 2015 Significant Achievement in North American Conservation Award.

The North American Conservation Award recognizes outstanding achievement in habitat and species restoration that supports biodiversity conservation. From supporting sea turtle conservation efforts through the Disney Conservation Fund, to rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles, to on-the-ground field research and providing experiences to engage our guests with sea turtles, Disney is committed to the conservation of sea turtles and inspiring everyone to care about these amazing animals!

Stay on the lookout for upcoming posts, as the sea turtle nesting season is winding down. We will bring you a summary of how the turtles did this year at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

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Today in Disney History: Disneyland Hotel Opens, 1955

posted on October 5th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

Sixty years ago today, the landmark Disneyland Hotel opened its doors just three months after Disneyland park opened to the public. Designed as a hotel with families in mind, the Orange County hotel was the first major resort to be built in Southern California since the early 1940s.

After 60 dazzling years, the Disneyland Hotel continues to create magical memories for families visiting the Disneyland Resort. Here are some photos and fun facts!


During its first year of operation, the hotel had only 104 guest rooms. Pictured above are the original owners, Jack and Bonita Wrather. The Disneyland Hotel was built and owned by Walt Disney’s friend, Jack Wrather, until The Walt Disney Company purchased the Wrather Corporation in 1988.


Today the Disneyland Hotel has 975 beautifully appointed guest rooms, including a unique collection of themed suites—from the Big Thunder Suite to the Pirates of the Caribbean Suite.


The Coral Swim Club at the hotel was added in 1956, which included a year-round heated swimming pool. As an added amenity, food and refreshments were served poolside as guests lounged in the sunshine.


Today the hotel boasts three pools, two waterslides, spas and poolside cabanas. If you’re wondering what it’s like travel down the two Monorail-themed slides, which were added in 2011, check out the video here.


The 3.5-acre World of Water marina opened in 1970, showcasing the latest designs in powerboats, cruisers, sailboats and even a fully furnished houseboat! And yes, those are helicopters sitting where today’s Goofy’s Kitchen and Steakhouse 55 are located.


Today, the Disneyland Hotel sparkles with décor as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Located just steps from the Downtown Disney District and both theme parks, the hotel offers a variety of experiences for guests of all ages.

Happy 60 years to the Happiest Hotel on Earth!

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25th Annual CHOC Walk in the Park Returns to the Disneyland Resort on October 11

posted on October 2nd, 2015 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort

On Sunday, Oct. 11, the 25th annual CHOC Walk in the Park supporting CHOC Children’s will return to the Disneyland Resort during the Diamond Celebration.

Since its inception, CHOC Walk in the Park has raised nearly $23 million for CHOC Children’s, supporting a variety of patient and family programs, as well as education, research, and the development of the latest technologies to advance the health of CHOC patients.

Here are the top three ways you can help support CHOC Walk this year:

1. Sleep in and make a difference as a “sleeping bear”
Registering as a “sleeping bear” is a great way to raise funds and earn CHOC Walk rewards all while sleeping in on Sunday morning.

2. Party with your ‘ohana at the CHOC Walk Ambassador’s Luau at the Disneyland Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 10
Have you practiced your hula dancing lately? This new event is hosted by the CHOC Ambassadors, six courageous children who represent all the other children at CHOC and their medical journeys. Enjoy live Polynesian entertainment, luau-inspired food, face painting, a silent auction and more. The CHOC Walk Ambassador’s Luau will take place from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom in the Disneyland Hotel.

3. Put on your walking shoes and join us at the CHOC Walk on Sunday, Oct. 11
The walk covers three miles through Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, where you’ll get a special peek at the magic of the Disneyland Resort before the parks open to the general public.

Tickets and registration for these events are available at If you are joining us for these events, share your experience with #CHOCWalk!

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Download Our Retro Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Wallpaper

posted on October 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Are you loving the changes that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has undergone over the past few years, such as the lovely new lobby and the debut of our very own Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto? To me, the resort is looking better than ever!


To celebrate the fact that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort originally opened this week back in 1971, Jason “Tiki” Tackett has created our latest wallpaper, which mimics the original folio covers for the resort in 1971. According to Jason, “it’s a simple wallpaper, featuring the tiki icon, arms extended in the spirit of welcoming and aloha.”

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. And click here to check out our complete gallery of wallpapers.

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