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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.

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

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Stay During the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and Save with Special Hotel Offer

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Greetings Disney Parks Blog readers! My name is Michael Ramirez, the newest contributor to the blog. I’ll be bringing you the latest news and information on the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

In honor of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the resort is truly sparkling–across our parks, through the Downtown Disney District and of course, throughout our three on-property hotels. In fact, you might have seen the post on the delicious Sleeping Beauty Castle cake gracing the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

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If you find yourself heading to experience the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration later this summer, be sure to take advantage of our special Disneyland Resort hotel offer!

When making reservations now through September 3, 2015, you can save up to 20 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Disneyland Hotel and save up to 10 percent at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Offer is valid on select Sunday through Thursday nights from August 16 to September 24, 2015.

Click here 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 08/16/15 to 9/24/15. Book from 7/15/15 through 09/03/15, with travel completed by 09/25/15. 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.

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Tastes of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Local-style Acai Bowl at ‘AMA‘AMA

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


I have been in love with the Local-style Acai Bowl at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, since my first visit to O’ahu. This healthy and delicious smoothie-like parfait features fresh Hawaiian fruit, organic granola, local honey and other garnishings! To say I crave one here on the mainland every morning would certainly be an understatement. Today, the “Tastes of Aulani” series continues with Chef Kevin preparing my favorite menu item at ‘AMA’AMA – Contemporary Island Cooking. Enjoy the video below and then start your day off with an acai bowl using the recipe below!

Local-style Acai Bowl
Serves 4

  • 3/4 cup acai purée
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 bananas, divided
  • 1/4 cup local honey, more for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup organic granola
  • 12 slices starfruit
  • 1/2 cup poha berries
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  1. Blend purée, strawberries, blueberries, 1 banana, and honey in a blender on high speed. Pour into 4 small serving bowls.
  2. Top each with even amounts of granola, starfuit, poha berries, strawberries, and banana. Drizzle to taste with honey and garnish with mint.

Chef’s note: Acai is a reddish, purple berry that comes from the acai palm tree which is native to Central and South America. High in antioxidants, the flavor is described as a cross between a rich blackberry or raspberry and a piece of dark chocolate. The sweet-tart poha berry is a relative of the tomatillo that looks like a cherry but tastes more like a tart tomato. Acai purée can be found in the freezer section of local health food stores.

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New Beach Side Bonfire Dinner Buffet at Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland Resort

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Do you know what “PCH” stands for? Most folks think it’s for Pacific Coast Highway – but at Disney’s PCH Grill they’re now saying “Pure Culinary Heaven.”

With a riff on the picnics, barbecues and bonfires that happen often at Pacific Coast Highway beaches, the team at Disney’s PCH Grill has created a new nightly buffet starting on July 17 with tastes inspired by all of California’s coastline, from the southern San Diego shores all the way to the northern redwoods.

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Start with a carving station with dry-rubbed smoked tri-tip beef and baby back ribs, or the seafood sauté station with shrimp Alfredo with cavatappi pasta, or littleneck clams, chorizo and potatoes, cooked in broth with a roasted garlic-herb crostini. Then there’s wood-fired pizzas, mini taco station (beer-battered sustainable fish or veggie tacos), spice-rubbed pork shoulder, and sides such a roasted potato salad, heirloom tomato-mozzarella salad, deviled eggs and a build-your-own salad bar.

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Add kid favorites like a mac ‘n’ cheese bar, fried chicken, seasonal veggies, whole-roasted salmon, smashed potatoes, cheeseburger sliders and mini hot dogs.

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Dessert is mostly in your hands: a s’mores bar or build-your-own strawberry shortcake, fancy ice cream cones filled with vanilla bean, passion fruit and strawberry mousse. Or there’s a brioche fresh fruit pizza (made in the wood-burning oven), seasonal berry crisp and milk chocolate caramel tart (with sea salt and bacon brittle!). Add a little taste of the islands with creamy haupia pudding with layers of coconut and mango.

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Sip a Party Wave Lemonade – we won’t spoil this deliciously sweet surprise by telling you what’s in it – but it could be dessert. Or enjoy peach and orange tea or watermelon lemonade (all three cost extra).

Cost is $27.99, $13.99 ages 3 to 9. Hours are 5:30-9 p.m. nightly. For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on July 12th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we looked ahead to the holidays with a sneak peek at a few of the narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot as you begin to book dinner packages for the event.

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The Candlelight Processional is presented three times per night at the American Gardens Theater at Epcot. Show times are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. from November 27 to December 30. This year’s narrator list includes Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg. Our updated list and more details on the dining packages can be found in our original story.

You can also reserve your Candlelight Dining Packages this weekend by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Loggerhead Turtle With Only 3 Fins on Coral Reef in Caribbean

We continued our popular Wildlife Wednesday series with a story from Disney’s Vero Beach Resort featuring turtles Tinker Bell and Marina. Both are part of The Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Tour de Turtles, the great turtle race that helps identify their migratory routes.

Disney Vacation Club members chose the names Tinker Bell and Marina for this year’s turtles, and guests at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort will meet them at Tour de Turtles on August 1. Starting at 7 a.m., guests can watch as we attach a satellite transmitter to the shells of the turtles so we can track their movements.

Check Anne’s original story for more details.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

A Look Back at ElecTRONica at Disney California Adventure Park – It’s been more than 30 years since Walt Disney Pictures released “TRON,” but it wasn’t that long ago that Disney California Adventure park guests stepped into the Grid themselves during the nighttime dance party, ElecTRONica. Let’s take a look back at this guest favorite.

Greetings Programs – Celebrating My Love of All Things ‘TRON’ – Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller shares some of his prized possessions inspired by Disney’s “TRON”, and previews some Disney Infinity 3.0 figures coming later this year.

Every Role a Starring Role – Aviator at Soarin’ Over California at Disney California Adventure Park – As an Aviator at Soarin’ Over California, Ryan Adams has the unique role of preparing guests for an exhilarating flight through some of these iconic sights, sounds and smells of California — all within a few minutes!

Your Chance to Sip a Rare Wine at Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – A state-of-the-art WineStation by Napa Technology is the newest “toy” for the sommeliers at the award-winning Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Birthday Collection Coming Soon – On July 16, look for a special commemorative birthday collection to debut at select locations as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

Celebrate Tanabata With New Beverages From Tokyo Dining in Epcot – See how Tanabata was honored at Japan Pavilion in Epcot this week, and plan a celebration with a loved one for your next visit!

#DisneySide Doodles: Rapunzel Takes a Carousel Spin – This week’s #DisneySide Doodle was created by artist Ty Amato and showcases Rapunzel and her good pal, Pascal, taking a ride on the carousel.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Disney’s ‘Grand’ Dining Offerings

posted on July 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week we highlighted two dining offerings at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa by sharing a selection of mouth-watering photos.

First, Pam Brandon shared that Victoria & Albert’s just unveiled a new Chef’s Degustation Menu, which includes 10 small courses inspired by Chef Scott Hunnel’s personal favorites and world travels. Mmm, is it lunchtime yet?

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Pam also gave us a peek into the My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party offered at the resort. The experience, which she caught in photos, includes a full hour of music, dancing, storytelling and a lesson in Sign Language, led by Princess Aurora and her friend, Rose Petal.

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There are also photo opportunities and gifts for young princesses, including a tiara, a Princess Aurora doll, charm bracelet and more – read all the details in Pam’s post here.

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Room With A View: Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

posted on July 10th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


The next installment in our Disney Parks Blog series, “Room with A View,” takes a look inside Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. This resort blends the Southern charm of the sprawling Garden District with the playful spirit of the French Quarter – Disney style. Towering magnolias, oak trees and colorful azaleas surround the four, three-story manor homes that make up Magnolia Bend.

Let’s walk up the winding staircase to these stately mansions and take a peek at the view from the cast-iron balconies just outside room 9257.

The magical thing about staying in Magnolia Bend is the myriad of scenes you can take in from different spots along the spacious balcony that wraps around the entire floor. You can step outside your room for a glimpse of a rural New Orleans scene with open gardens, fragrant courtyards and a tranquil fountain inviting you to toss a coin to make a wish. There is so much to take in. If you are lucky you might even catch a horse-drawn carriage passing by. And you can’t miss the bustling riverfront and authentic water mill, which is just a stone’s throw away. There’s a comfortable elegance and excitement here that captures the essence of the south.

Inside the “Royal Room” and you will see regal touches that make this a fun resort for families. The storyline is that Princess Tiana has hosted royal friends from around the world and each special guest left behind a cherished memento to mark their visit. The themed accommodations showcase playful artwork, majestic banners, a golden chandelier and other ornate accents. I was especially intrigued by the large framed 3-D lenticular artwork of Tiana. And little girls will be giddy when they discover the magic button that transforms the headboard into a dazzling fiber-optic fireworks display. Other whimsical touches include a dual bathroom sink with Genie’s magic lamp from Disney’s “Aladdin” as the faucet. There’s even a nod to the Disney princes with respective scrolls on the walls. Characters from beloved Disney•Pixar films can also be spotted in the wallpaper border.

Room With A View: Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

Be sure to explore the photo gallery above of this southern gem of a resort!

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My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party a Special Treat for Little Ones – and Parents, Grandparents

posted on July 9th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


What little girl wouldn’t love to be Princess for a day? We had the very special treat of a Sunday morning at the My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, accompanying two very special little girls, Hazel and Lucy, to experience first-hand the joys and sweetness of an old-fashioned tea with a little pixie dust.

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The room was full of little princesses ranging in age from 3 to 9, some in princess attire, and the very fancy party was thoughtfully geared toward every little girl (no boys attended, but they are most welcome). From the regal welcome by Rose Petal, a magical rose from Princess Aurora’s garden that comes to life, to the final farewell parade through the elegant lobby of the hotel, the children, parents and grandparents are charmed. It’s a non-stop hour of live music, dancing, storytelling and even a fun lesson in Sign Language. The children gather round Rose Petal for singing, and on our special day, Princess Aurora was the icing on the cake when she arrived to the delight of each little girl.

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Both Rose Petal and Princess Aurora make a stop at each table to talk with the children and pose for photos, and gifts are delivered nearly non-stop throughout the hour, starting with a tiara from Rose Petal as they enter, and a Princess Aurora doll awaiting each girl at the table. There’s also a charm bracelet, friendship necklace, fresh pink rose and a knapsack to carry it all home. For our little friends, all the surprises and royal treatment made it feel like a party just for them. So many photo ops! There is even a Disney PhotoPass photo opportunity to capture the magic.

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The tea service and apple juice tea for the little ones with heart-cut jelly sandwiches and ham-and-cheese sandwiches was followed by a generous slice or cake with pink strawberry icing. Grown-ups have a lovely plate of tea sandwiches, fruit and cheeses with herbal tea, beautifully served on china.

It’s a very special moment to see a little one immersed in the magic of fairytales, especially a 3-year-old who knows the Disney princesses by name. And days after to hear a little voice singing, “Hail to the King, Hail to the Queen, Hail to the Princess Aurora,” accompanied with a princess wave. The experience made a lasting memory for our little guests.

Children must be accompanied by an adult, and the price, $334 including tax and gratuity includes one adult and one child ages 3 to 9 (additional guests are welcome to join for $235 per child and $99 per adult). Boys receive a royal Knight’s sword and shield, Disney Trading pin and a Duffy the Disney Bear. Merchandise gifts are available for guests up to age 12, by paying an additional fee at the podium upon arrival. For reservations, call 407-WDW-MYTEA. The parties are on select days at 10:30 a.m.

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New 10-Course Menu at Victoria & Albert’s Expands Exquisite Dining Experience

posted on July 9th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


With the distinction of being the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Central Florida (and one of only three in the state), Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa continues to raise the bar.

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The award-winning dining room is adding a new Chef’s Degustation Menu, a series of 10 small courses featuring some of Chef Scott Hunnel’s favorite dishes inspired by the seasons and by his world travels to Asia, Spain, Italy and France. The seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menu will remain, and the kitchen will continue to meld tradition with innovative cuisine “for an avant-garde culinary journey,” says Israel Perez, maître d’hôtel.

Other big changes include a focus on food-and-wine pairings in the adjacent Queen Victoria Room. With just eight seats, diners will be offered Chef Hunnel’s 10-course menu paired with exclusive wines from Victoria & Albert’s impressive wine cellar. “The wine pairings will be exclusive to the private room, and we want to enlighten our guests about how the chef and sommelier work together to perfectly pair food and drink,” says Perez.

Adding the 10-course menu in the main dining room creates a more leisurely dining experience, and other special tableside touches have been added, such as a cheese trolley, tableside butter carving and a custom chocolate box for selecting post-prandial sweets.

The popular Chef’s Table, tucked in a cozy kitchen alcove with a front-row seat for watching the action in the kitchen, continues to offer 10 to 13 courses, small tastes of everything from caviar to Japanese Wagyu beef, paired with wine and spirits. The dinner lasts nearly four hours, the time filled with delectable tastes and conversations with the chef and his team.

“Diners now have a choice of three distinct dining experiences with food-and-wine pairings in Queen Victoria Room, two menus in the main dining room and the Chef’s Table in the kitchen,” says Perez. “Whichever they choose, they will enjoy the finest quality ingredients and impeccable service.”

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, call 407-939-3862.

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Your Chance to Sip a Rare Wine at Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

posted on July 8th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


A state-of-the-art WineStation by Napa Technology is the newest “toy” for the sommeliers at the award-winning Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort.

“The WineStation lets us open four distinctive bottles of wine to give our guests a taste of something extra special,” says Eric Quezada, area manager and sommelier at Napa Rose. “We’re offering older vintage wines, cult wines, bottles you won’t find every day.”

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The WineStation offers 1-ounce, 3-ounce and 5-ounce pours so that guests can sample vintages like a 1989 Vega Sicilia Unico Tempranillo from Spain that sells for more than $400 a bottle. “Every time we pour, it tastes like we just opened the bottle,” says Eric.

There are always four offerings, usually a Pinot, two Cabernets and a Spanish wine, he explains. Bottles are listed on the menu with ratings. “Not everybody wants to spend $300 for a bottle of wine, but now they can have a glass for dinner,” says Eric. “Our guests are really excited to discover a variety of premium wines that they don’t find on other by-the-glass wine lists.”

The focus is on “big-name” vintners, and not all wines are at the top of the price range. Depending on what’s in the Napa Rose cellar, the prices are based on the bottle and how rare it is – but there also are fun and affordable tastes.

You never know what wine you’ll find, but you know it will be very special – just like the Napa Rose Vintner’s Table, where the menu changes every Friday based on seasonality. “We showcase dishes by our chefs that are not on the regular menu,” says Eric. For instance, right now there’s a duo of prime New York beef and a braised beef short rib with morel mushrooms, sweet onion puree and black plum relish; and a dessert tart made with Robiola cheese, cashew frangipane and Black Mission figs with a mint and Port reduction. Cost for the Vintner’s Table menu is $100, $45 for a wine pairing.

For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

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