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International Treats at Holidays Around the World at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

‘Tis the season of sweets at Epcot, with World Showcase countries showing off their sugary best starting November 30 for Holidays Around the World. While each country celebrates through special music, storytelling and dance, you’ll also find extraordinary holiday treats—most sweet, but a few savories. These goodies only last through the holidays!

Find Peppermint Bark on the Promenade at American Adventure Enjoy Traditional Rice Cream in Norway Try Some Stollen in Germany at Epcot

Clockwise around World Showcase:

  • Mexico – Sweet tamales.
  • Norway – Frozen Peppermint Trifle; Traditional Rice Cream.
  • China – Kaikouxiao (Happy Face Fried Cake).
  • Germany – Stollen, the classic holiday fruit bread; Glühwein, a hot spiced wine; Werther’s Original specialty drinks and treats, and a German artisanal cheese plate.
  • Italy – Prosecco sparkling wine and Panettone (Italian Christmas bread).
  • American Adventure – Start with a peek at the edible United States Capitol Building and Washington Monument (starting December 1) made out of 50 pounds of gingerbread.
  • On the promenade at American Adventure, The Sugar and Spice shop (open November 27) is the place for treats for the Candlelight Processional. You’ll find peppermint bark, gingerbread cookies, chocolate chunk cookies, holiday tree sugar cookies, hot chocolate, eggnog, hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps, and eggnog with Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon.
  • Japan – A savory grilled Kurobuto pork sausage with pineapple and onions and Hitachino Ginger Beer.
  • Morocco – honey chocolate baklava.
  • France – A classic Buche de Noel au Chocolat (chocolate Christmas log) and a special glace à la cannelle et noix de pecan caramélisées (cinnamon ice cream and caramelized pecans).
  • United Kingdom – Hot applejack cider.
  • Canada – Pecan maple bark.
  • Promenade Refreshments – A little savory, a little sweet: a warm turkey sandwich on cranberry bread with mashed potatoes and gravy; peppermint sundae, chocolate grasshopper, hot chocolate, hot chocolate with Godiva Coffee Liqueur and Red Hook Winterhook Ale.
  • Fountainview in Future World — Mickey Santa Hat Cupcake.
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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Expands to 90 Days in 2016

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Allow me to plant the seed for the perfect holiday gift: a spring trip to Walt Disney World Resort for the 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. It bursts into Epcot on March 2 – May 30, 2016, expanding from 75 days to 90.


As you take in the gorgeous creations we have planned for you, nosh on sweet and savory Outdoor Kitchen dishes and refreshing beverages. Even the kids will want to have a bite – or your whole portion.

Making their topiary debut at the park’s front entrance will be Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie along with Donald and Daisy. And to celebrate the National Parks Service centennial, Ranger Mickey Mouse will join for the first time in Future World.

I can’t wait to see how our horticulture artists create the new Floral Sun garden that will celebrate the brightest star in Earth’s orbit with yellow “sunbursts” that pop up across the Future World landscape.


And I know my toddler, who couldn’t get enough of the “Cars“-themed play area last year – the Cactus Road Rally garden – will never want to leave the innovative new “Fab Five” play garden featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck topiaries. Musical instruments will be built into the children’s outdoor climbing systems.

And we can’t forget about the Garden Rocks concert series – music that spans four decades.

We’ll have more details to share in the coming months, but for now, mark your calendars!

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‘Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival’ To Debut At Epcot’s Magic Eye Theater

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

We know how much Disney Parks fans love our animated films and shorts. So today, we’re happy to share that coming in December, Epcot guests can experience beloved Disney and Pixar animated shorts in a new 4D experience located in Magic Eye Theater in the Imagination Pavilion. “Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival” will include a look into the visionary minds behind some of the world’s most iconic animated films today.

Then inside the theater, guests can put on their 3D glasses and enter the imaginative worlds of three animated shorts, which will burst to life on the big screen (and in the theater) like never before.

To make way for this new offering, “Captain EO,” the current occupant of Magic Eye Theater will say its final farewell December 6. Hope many of you are able to come out to see them change the world one more time.

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Add a Splash of Color to Your Epcot Visit with Colortopia Presented by Glidden

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Geoffrey Pointon, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

Today I’m excited to announce that Colortopia presented by Glidden is officially open at Innoventions East in Epcot. When I stopped by to check out the new exhibit, I was tickled pink by the three immersive zones that truly showed me the power of color.


The first experience takes place in the “Power of Color Theater.” This specially designed area uses vibrant hues along with harmonious sounds and narration to explore the psychology of color. For example, red can make me feel several emotions at once like anger or love.


The second zone called the “The Color Lab” features two interactive stations. The first, Color Mix ‘n Match, allowed my 5-year-old son and me to mix red, green and blue to create new colors. The second station, Spinning Spectrums, uses revolving multi-colored disks to test color perception. As the disks spun faster, my son and I tried to guess the actual color of the disks. While it was a gray area on whether or not we were correct, we had fun guessing together.


My favorite experience is in the third zone, “Color Our World,” which features color shadows and a magic paintbrush. With the magic paintbrush, I was able to choose the color palette I wanted to create a spectacular scene on digital screen. Depending on the color, the scene and storyline changed.

The fun didn’t stop there. While walking around World Showcase I was also able to play with the expansive color palettes with the Colortopia mobile app. I collected colors from each pavilion and added them to my personal color palette to take home. The app also features exciting games to test your memory and understanding of color. Visit, to learn more about the exhibit and the app. It’s a blue ribbon experiences!

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New 360 Video of Walt Disney World Resort Debuts on Facebook – You Control the Experience

posted on November 12th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

We’re excited to share a new video experience that takes you into all four Walt Disney World Resort Parks right from your mobile device. And the coolest part: you control what you’re seeing.

It’s called spherical video technology, or 360 Video. You can find it posted today on the Walt Disney World Facebook page:

As you can see, Goofy leads us through a helpful – if a bit accidental – tour, with a glimpse of thrilling heights, stunning sights, and a few familiar friends. You control the full-circle scenes across Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios by simply moving your device to see the angles you want. You can also place your finger on the screen and move it in the direction you’d like to see. It’s an all-new way to explore The Most Magical Place on Earth, and the next-best view to visiting us in person!

The Walt Disney World Resort 360 Video was developed and produced in collaboration with Littlstar Media Inc., a Disney Accelerator company.

What was your favorite part of Goofy’s tour?

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Last Weekend to Enjoy 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Temperatures are cooling a bit for the final six days of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – so we’ll have great weather for one final lap around World Showcase with a side trip to the new marketplaces in Future World (where the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel in the Chew Lab is getting raves).

On that final lap, enjoy your favorites one last time and then hope the chefs will decide to bring them back for 2016. Ours include Pescado con Coco (seared grouper, pigeon peas with rice and coconut sauce) at the Dominican Republic marketplace, Loaded Pepper Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese at Farm Fresh, vegan moussaka in Greece, escargot croissant with garlic and parsley in France, chilaquiles de pollo in Mexico, cheese puffs in Brazil, beef sliders with pimento cheese at Hops & Barley, a grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato chip “crunchies” in Australia . . . the list goes on and on, with perfectly paired wine, beer and cocktails.

One of our favorite chefs, Alex Guarnaschelli (of “Chopped” fame), will be around this weekend, hosting the What’s Cookin’ With… Sunday brunch at 10 a.m., and a cooking demo at 3 p.m. Sunday – both at the Festival Center. She connects with her audience and has lots of stories to share.

Also in the Festival Center, take a moment to watch “The Making of the Food & Wine Festival,” a fascinating, short film that takes you behind the scenes to really appreciate what goes into making the 53-day festival.

If you need a little pick-me-up, end your evenings at the three final Eat to the Beat concerts at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily at America Gardens Theatre: Hanson (“I Will Come to You”) performs tonight and tomorrow; Maxi Priest (“Close to You”) Nov. 13-14, and Chaka Khan (“I Feel for You”) Nov. 15-16. They’ll have you on your feet.

As you bid the festival farewell, you can always take home a festival cookbook to re-create a memory, or grab a bottle or two of the wines made just for the 20th celebration of the festival – the Napa Valley Festival Chardonnay and the Paso Robles Festival Cabernet Sauvignon are both for sale in the Festival Center (and by the pour at the Chew Lab marketplace).

Hope to see you this weekend at the festival. What’s been your favorite dish or drink this year?

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Twenty Eight & Main Boutique Now Open in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


One of my favorite additions this year to Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort is the new Twenty Eight & Main boutique that recently opened in the Marketplace Co-Op. You may recall from a previous article that Twenty Eight & Main is our new men’s apparel and accessories collection created for especially for distinguished gentlemen who love Disney Parks. I recently stopped by the Marketplace Co-Op to get a first look inside this new destination.


This location carries a variety of apparel items that are classic, stylish yet modern. A handful of accessories, such as headware or luxurious leather bags, are also offered. It was great to see one of my favorite items, the leather briefcase, which has an awesome all over pattern on the inside flap. That same pattern was used on pajama pants and even on the inside of some wall fixtures.


In addition to the Twenty Eight & Main collection, the shop carries apparel and accessories by Pendleton along with shirts by Levi Strauss & Co. Look for a selection of pub-themed goods from the United Kingdom Pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot.


There will be several apparel items that will only be found in this location at Disney Springs. You can see some of those items along a wall that has framed shirts. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a closer look at the shirts (the Shrunken Ned shirt is fantastic!).

Finally, the shop is filled with little details including nods to the lion from the Disney family crest. I loved finding the Orange Bird in a display along with a miniature Rocketeer helmet.

Look for select Twenty Eight & Main items on our Disney Parks online store by visiting Select items may also be found using the free Shop Disney Parks app (see this video for more details about using the app).

Here are some additional images from the shop.

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Disney Familia Celebrate the Fall at Walt Disney World

posted on November 10th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

Even though Halloween has ended, Walt Disney World Resort has plenty festive fall fun for all in the familia.

You can enjoy the delicious Epcot International Food and Wine Festival until November 16th, a culinary adventure for everyone that loves comida!

And the holiday season has already begun with The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.

Watch this animated video to see all the experiencias that make this time of year an unforgettable season of magia!

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – November 2015

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

This November, check out the Disney Theme Park Merchandise artist appearances and signings taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort. Mark your calendars!

Nov. 12 – 16: Look for the latest releases from artist Larry Dotson, who will appear throughout the day, each day Nov. 12 – 16 and 27 – 29 at Art of Disney in Epcot. Learn more.

Nov. 13 – 14: Meet artist Jeff Granito who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 5 – 8 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Nov. 13 – 15: ACME Artist Guy Vasilovich will appear Nov. 13 – 15 from 2 – 5p.m., each day at Watto’s Grotto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Not able to make it? Guy will appear later in the day, each day from 7 – 9p.m. at D-Street in Disney Springs West Side. Learn more.

Nov. 14 – 15: Now’s the time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques or Custom Ticket Book Plaques. Dave will be appearing Nov. 14 from 5 – 9p.m. and Nov. 15 from 11a.m. – 7 p.m. at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Nov. 17 – 18: Meet Disney Legend and Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar, who will be on hand to sign his newest book, One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering. Signings will take place on the following days, times and locations. Learn more.

  • Nov. 17 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Nov. 18 from 10 – 11:30a.m. at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace
  • Tip: Wristbands for the signing will be distributed with each purchase of the book. Purchasing and signing limits apply. A wristband from the appearance location is required to meet Marty Sklar. A limited number of wristbands will be available.

Nov. 19 – Jan. 4: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Tip: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing Nov. 20 – 22.

Nov. 21: Meet artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace from 4 – 7 p.m. Learn more.

Nov. 26 – 28: David E. Doss will appear from 1 – 9p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Nov. 27 – 28: Ashley Eckstein from Her Universe will be on hand for a special appearance and signing, Nov. 27 from 2 – 4 p.m. and Nov. 28 from 3 – 5 p.m. in Watto’s Grotto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Nov. 28 – 29: Look for new releases from Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore, who will appear Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Heritage Manor in Epcot and Nov. 29 from 10a.m. – 1p.m. at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace.

Just a few more things…

  • Throughout the month look for other additional appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot. Learn more.
  • Look for special artist appearances, demonstrations and signings throughout the course of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2015 with Pam Brandon, Chef Gregg Hannon, Tim Rogerson and Michelle St.Laurent. Learn more.
  • Are you joining us for Holidays Around the World at Epcot? Keep an eye out for special commemorative holiday merchandise and special appearances by Reinhard Herzog, Linda Rick, and Jim Shore, among others.

Which events will you check out?

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Create Unforgettable Memories at Disney Parks This Fall with New Companion Shirts

posted on November 5th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

I recently stopped by China pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot to take a photo of two new companion shirts now available at Disney Parks. In recent years, we’ve released several companion tees including the extremely popular “I’ll Be Your Mickey” and “I’ll Be Your Minnie” shirts as seen in this previous Disney Parks Blog article. Here’s a look at other companion shirts I found at Disney Parks that may help you create some unforgettable memories during this fall season.


The Raglan tees shown above are a blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. They are a slightly different take on the previously mentioned “I’ll Be Your” shirts. Since I’m originally from Columbus, Ohio, I am a big fan of the red and grey colors used.


Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also featured on these Disney destination shirts. The Walt Disney World Resort shirts are shown above; shirts for Disneyland Resort are also available.


For those celebrating a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding or Honeymoon at Disney Parks, the bride and groom costume tees are a fun way to celebrate the special day.


Finally, we are continuing our online collection of Mickey and Minnie Mouse tees in November with four new designs. Two of the tees were inspired by the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction at Disneyland park while the other two shirts feature the “wildest ride in the wilderness,” Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. These shirts will only be offered on our Disney Parks online store from Friday November 6, 2015 through Thursday November 12, 2015. Items will ship in 3-5 weeks. You can order these shirts by visiting

For select companion shirts seen in this article, you can download the free Shop Disney Parks app to order and have them shipped directly to your home (see this video article for details about using the app).

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