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Disney Characters Temporarily Move for Dinner from Goofy’s Kitchen to PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

posted on December 17th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel is temporarily closing for a fresh new look, so the Disney characters are headed to PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel for dinner from January 19 – February 9, 2016.

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The restaurant’s beachy, laid-back atmosphere is a fun spot for the new Beach Side Bonfire Dinner Buffet with Mickey & Friends featuring classic California dishes — smoked tri-tip, baby back ribs, fish tacos, sautéed shrimp, steamed clams, mac-n-cheese, fried chicken and mini hamburgers and hot dogs right off the grill. Cap off your meal with a sweet ending and “perpetual summer” beverages, including watermelon lemonade and our signature peach-and-blood-orange tea.

The PCH Grill’s popular Surf’s Up Breakfast with Mickey & Friends continues – an all-you-care-to-enjoy spread that includes an omelet station, flatbreads, Mickey waffles, banana-caramel French toast, parfaits, smoothies, beef chilaquiles, smoked salmon and more. And it’s perfect for little ones with Mickey waffles, a build-your-own-omelet station, hot and cold cereals, bacon, sausage and seasonal fresh fruit.

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

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Celebrate National Cupcake Day at Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

posted on December 15th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


It’s no secret that I love cupcakes. The pastry team at Disney’s Contemporary Resort creates beautiful cupcakes, each one a work of art. (Check out how they’re made in this video!) Each month, cupcakes are themed to the season, holidays and more. To celebrate National Cupcake Day, I’ve got a sneak peek of the Contempo Café 2016 cupcake calendar:

  • January (December 26 – January 30): Strawberry Cupcake with strawberry filling and buttercream icing; Vanilla Cupcake with cookies and cream filling and chocolate buttercream. Also look for a cupcake to commemorate the winner of ‘The Big Game.’
  • February (January 31 – February 27): Mexican Coffee Cupcake–chocolate cake with Mexican coffee cream filling; Vanilla Cupcake with cookies and cream filling and chocolate-orange swirled vanilla buttercream. Look for a special Sweetheart Cupcake on Valentine’s Day, as well as a special cupcake to during the runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

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  • March (February 28 – April 2): Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake–vanilla cake with strawberry filling and buttercream; Indiana Jones Cupcake–chocolate cake with peanut butter filling and chocolate-raspberry buttercream. Special cupcakes will also be offered on St. Patrick’s Day, as well as Easter.
  • April (April 3 – April 30): Carrot Cake Cupcake with cream cheese filling and white chocolate buttercream; Indiana Jones Cupcake.

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  • May (May 1 – May 28): Watermelon Cupcake with watermelon cream filling and buttercream icing; Churro Cupcake–cinnamon cake with vanilla-cinnamon custard filling and vanilla buttercream. Make Mom smile with a Coconut Cream Cupcake, available only on Mother’s Day.
  • June (May 29 – July 2): In addition to the Churro Cupcake, the café will serve a Pineapple Cupcake–pineapple cake with pineapple filling and raspberry buttercream. Look for a Peanut Butter Cupcake, available only on Father’s Day–vanilla cake, peanut butter and chocolate chip filling topped with peanut butter buttercream.

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  • July (July 3 – July 30): Cherry Cupcake with cherry filling and pistachio buttercream; Banana Flip Cupcake–vanilla cake with banana cream filling and banana buttercream. You won’t want to miss the Independence Day S’mores Cupcake—graham cracker cake with chocolate ganache filling and marshmallow buttercream—available only on July 4.
  • August (July 31 – Aug. 27): Banana Flip Cupcake, as well as the Turtle Cupcake with caramel cake and chocolate-pecan filling topped with caramel-chocolate icing. On August 4, look for a Neapolitan Cupcake to celebrate the birthday of Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

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  • September (August 28 – October 1): Candy Apple Cupcake with vanilla cake and candy apple filling and buttercream; Candy Bar Cupcake with chocolate cake, peanut-caramel filling and caramel buttercream. On Labor Day (September 5), look for a special red velvet cupcake with blueberry pie filling, topped with cream cheese buttercream.

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  • October (October 2 – November 5): Candy Bar Cupcake, as well as the Pumpkin Cupcake with cream cheese filling, topped with cinnamon buttercream. Just for Halloween (October 23-31), look for a spooky Skeleton Cupcake.

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  • November (November 6 – December 3): Apple Cupcake with cinnamon cake and apple filling, topped with apple-butter rum buttercream; Villain Cupcake with vanilla cake, topped with vanilla buttercream. For Thanksgiving (November 24), look for a pumpkin cupcake with cherry pie filling and cream cheese buttercream.
  • December (December 4 – December 31): In addition to the Villain Cupcake, enjoy the Eggnog Spice Cupcake with eggnog cream filling and vanilla bean buttercream. On Walt Disney’s birthday (December 5), celebrate with a Lemon Meringue Cupcake—Walt’s favorite! For the holidays (December 23 – December 25), enjoy a Mickey Santa Hat Cupcake with gingerbread cake, chocolate buttercream filling, topped with vanilla buttercream.

In addition to the cupcakes listed above, you’ll find a “Frozen“-themed cupcake every month in addition to the popular Dirt and Worms Cupcake.

How will you celebrate National Cupcake Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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‘Brunch at the Top’ Debuts February 7th, 2016 at California Grill

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


We love the nighttime views from California Grill high atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, but the daytime skyline is equally spectacular, with a bird’s-eye view of Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and Disney’s resort hotels. And now a new Sunday brunch opens the beautiful restaurant for daytime dining for the first time ever.

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The new Brunch at the Top is the perfect way to indulge on a leisurely Sunday – not quite breakfast, not quite lunch. Chef Brian Piasecki’s team is excited to launch a whole new menu to showcase their fresh, market-driven cuisine. Of course a glass of bubbly or wine (the restaurant has more than 1,600 bottles on display) pairs nicely. And there’s an over-the-top Bloody Mary Bar as well as cocktails and craft brews, as well as a signature brunch cocktail and faux “mimosas” for kids (though you can also stick with the custom-roast French press coffee).

And here’s the fun part – you get the chance to interact with the culinary team in the open show kitchen while savoring charcuterie, sushi and market-inspired salads. Start the experience with an assortment of house-made breakfast pastries delivered to your table (think caramel apple Monkey bread, Tillamook Cheddar biscuit and cranberry scones pecan) with house-made jam and orange blossom honey butter. Then head to the show kitchen for small tastes such as house smoked orange honey ham, deviled Lake Meadow Naturals eggs, Greek yogurt with vanilla-scented granola and fresh berries, kale and apple salad, baby iceberg wedge with Cherrywood bacon and avocado-buttermilk Ranch dressing, hardwood smoked salmon, California rolls with jumbo lump crabmeat, spicy tuna rolls and shrimp tempura with orange drizzle and mango. (That’s just a sampling.)

Then choose your next course, delivered tableside:

  • Pan-Fried Buttermilk Organic Chicken Cutlet with Haricots Verts, Toasted Almonds, Frisée, Beurre Noisette;
  • Sweet Potato Pancakes with Caramelized Heirloom Apples, Dried Cranberry and Raisin Compote, Vanilla
  • Custard, Warm Canadian Maple Syrup;
  • Shrimp and Grits, Gulf White Shrimp with Tillamook Cheddar Grits, Spicy Tomato Broth,
    Espellette-Spiced Tomato Ragout;
  • Poached Lobster Benedict with Butter-Poached Tail, Two Soft-Poached Eggs, Honey Ham,
    Yuzu Hollandaise, Marble Potato Hash;
  • Chef’s Frittata with Three Lake Meadow Farms Eggs, Florida Heirloom Tomatoes, Roasted Poblanos, Chorizo, Creamy Goat Cheese, Marble Potato Hash;
  • Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Soft Poached Eggs, Chimichurri, Marble Potato Hash and Charred Red Onion.

If there’s room, share sweet mini-desserts, macarons and chocolate truffles while enjoying the beautiful skyline out the floor-to-ceiling windows. The restaurant’s Mid-Century Modern design has a different vibe in the daytime – Disney fans will want to check out the carpet, inspired by artist and Disney Legend Mary Blair’s sketches. Mary created the character designs for iconic Disney attractions such as “it’s a small world” and inspired the colorful mosaic tile art stretching 10 floors high on the fourth floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Fun little detail.

Cost is $80, $48 ages 3 to 11. Reservations open December 16, and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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Reservations Now Open for Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club

posted on December 11th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Ring in 2016 in style! The convention center at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort will play host to a progressive 3-in-1 New Year’s extravaganza. With something for everyone, Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 is the perfect finale to the holiday season.

Enjoy an interactive comedy reunion at Adventurer’s Club, then head over to Club Live to rock out with a 9-piece dance band. At Club Vinyl, a 7-piece band is remixing today’s hits with steamy jazz. Don’t forget to grab your New Year’s hats and tiaras for the countdown to midnight—complete with a balloon drop and confetti cannons—to toast to the New Year in a keepsake champagne glass.

Of course, no party is complete without delicious bites, and Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 has something to suit every taste. Sample a variety of appetizers including antipasto and charcuterie, artisanal cheeses and more. Enjoy big flavor in small bites at the gourmet slider bar or indulge with coriander-crusted pan-seared scallops with horseradish cream corn and caviar. Be sure to visit the Mac-n-Noodles action station, where you’ll find mac-n-cheese pasta shells with assorted toppings including smoked bacon, fried onions, toasted breadcrumbs, poached lobster meat and more. For a sweet ending, look for chocolate and coconut cake with salted caramel ganache, assorted French macaroons, and warm chocolate chip cookies. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks are also included for guests over 21.

For more information, click here. Reservations are now open to Walt Disney World Resort guests, and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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Holiday Horse at Walt Disney World Resort has a Holiday Secret!

posted on December 10th, 2015 by Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks


As you may have read here on the Disney Parks Blog or seen in person, we’re ready for the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort. The horses at Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground are ready, too, participating in nightly sleigh and wagon rides with our guests.

The video above tells the story of Dutch, a Percheron at Tri-Circle-D Ranch. In this tale, we learn that Dutch has a holiday secret he’s keeping from the ranch hands and other horses. You’ll never guess what it is!

On Christmas morning, don’t forget to watch the Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration on ABC to see 14 of the Tri-Circle-D Ranch horses stroll down Main Street, U.S.A.

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Enjoy the Holidays at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 8th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


This year, the holiday season sparkles even brighter during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. It’s one of the best times to not only visit our parks, but also stay at one of our three hotels. Here are six details I love about the holidays at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort:

Christmas Tree at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel: Perfectly appropriate for Southern California, the Christmas tree in Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel lobby is inspired by the sea. Adorned with blue, green and silver ornaments, the tree also features shells, starfish and even a few surfboards!

Carolers: Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit like Christmas carols! Guests will be delighted to hear the joyful sounds of carolers at each resort hotel every evening until December 25.

Holiday Shopping: If you still have a few names on your holiday shopping list, look no further than our hotel shops. The Fantasia Shop at the Disneyland Hotel and Acorns Gifts & Goods at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa have a wonderful selection of Disneyland Resort souvenirs and holiday-themed merchandise!

Letters to Santa: For those staying at our hotels, families are invited to join us at Pinocchio’s Workshop to write letters to Santa. Located at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, our cast members have all the supplies needed to write—they’ll even mail your letters to the North Pole! Stop by from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day through December 24.

Lobby at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa: The hotel’s Craftsman-inspired decor extends to the holiday decorations, from the garland infused with natural materials to the soaring Christmas tree lit with “arts and crafts” motif lanterns. And if the scent of freshly-baked gingerbread tickles your nose from the “Grand” New Gingerbread House, you can order your own gingerbread cookie and hot chocolate from the refreshment stand located in the southeast corner of the lobby.

Steps Away from the Parks: With easy, convenient access to both parks, guests staying at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort can enjoy all of the dazzling holiday offerings, including “A Christmas Fantasy” parade at Disneyland park and “World of Color – Winter Dreams” at Disney California Adventure park.

What do you love about staying at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season?

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Winter Festivities at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on December 7th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


If you are lucky enough to head to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai‘i this holiday season, you’re in for quite a treat! Through December 31, the resort is glistening with holiday decor infused with Hawaiian touches. Plus, your favorite Disney friends are dressed in their best holiday attire for photos and greetings.

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Guests also have the opportunity to experience special entertainment and activities exclusive to the season! Here’s what I’m looking forward to enjoying:

Holiday Starlit Hui: Aulani’s signature evening event—Starlit Hui—will celebrate the holidays with traditional and modern entertainment, including hula performers, Hawaiian-style music, interpretive dance and more. Holiday Starlit Hui debuts December 20 with repeat performances on December 22, 24, 27 and 29.

Christmas Carolers: Throughout the rest of December, carolers will be singing various holiday songs in the Maka‘ala Lobby and Waikolohe Valley, bringing the spirit of Aloha to you!

Visit from Santa: On the morning of Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will be visiting Aunty’s Beach House to meet your ‘ohana. You better have your list ready!

If you’d like more information on any activities or programs, be sure to check the resort’s daily activities calendar, the Daily ‘Iwa.

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Disney Doodle: Rapunzel Decorates Disney Gingerbread Houses

posted on December 7th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


This week, our Disney Doodle series takes a holiday turn with this new image of Rapunzel. In it, Rapunzel puts her artistic talents to work decorating the “grand” gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Thanks to Ashley Taylor for the doodle.

See the posts below for more Disney Doodles:

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This Week in Disney Park Photos: Disney Resorts Gingerbread Houses

posted on December 5th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Mmmmmm! That delicious smell of the holidays is in the air on both Disney coasts. This Week in Disney Parks Photos, we’re showing off the gingerbread house creations of our talented Disney pastry chefs. They’re really artists, when you think about it.

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At Walt Disney World Resort, head to the fourth floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle themed to “Frozen” will inspire you to try the goodies for sale. (A fun favorite: the build-your-own snowman marshmallow kit)

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Disney’s Yacht Club Resort has a Holiday Village with a Miniature Train. Check out the “snowy” sugar rock mountains. Such intricate work!

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Out west at Disneyland Resort, the “Grand” New Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is seven-and-a-half feet tall, 12 feet wide, and has several Hidden Mickeys.

What’s your favorite Disney gingerbread house?

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Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Recalls Bygone Era

posted on December 4th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


The next resort in our Disney Parks Blog series, “Room with a View,” takes you out to the boardwalk — Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, that is. This turn-of-the-century-style resort is reminiscent of boardwalks from coastal cities like Atlantic City and Coney Island in their heyday. I can remember when Disney opened the doors to this deluxe property in 1996, completing the lakeside resort and entertainment district with the neighboring Yacht and Beach Club Resorts — all designed by Robert A.M. Stern. The entire boardwalk has the charm and nostalgia of an old-time boardwalk with modern day restaurants, shops and entertainment.

Today, let’s step inside room 3229 at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, an Innkeepers Club room that includes access to the concierge lounge. There’s vintage-like furnishings, brass lights, rich woodwork, and striped coverlets on two queen-size beds. Guests will enjoy the whimsical shower curtain decorated with Ferris wheels, drapes adorned with boardwalk scenes, plus period artwork and framed postcards from Asbury Park. The room has two flat screen TVs, a mini refrigerator, coffeemaker, double vanity, and a nice size sitting area with a pull-out couch.


The roomy balcony beckons to views of a bustling promenade where guests are strolling over to Epcot, sipping cocktails at BoardWalk Joes, dining at Trattoria al Forno, or taking in Stormalong Bay just across the lake. The boardwalk magically transitions from day to night with a lively spirit — street performers, midway games and twinkling lights. So come take a look for yourself at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

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