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Comfort Food Hidden Gems at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 10th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


As the weather cools down, I begin to crave comfort food. We all have a favorite food that is as satisfying as it is nostalgic—Walt Disney himself adored chili with beans. Some of the best memories are made around the dinner table, and I can’t think of a better way to make memories with family than sharing comfort food at Walt Disney World Resort. Here are a few of my favorite tastes of home from across property:

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From my childhood in Wisconsin, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of comfort food is ooey-gooey macaroni and cheese. At Columbia Harbor House in Magic Kingdom Park, they’ve upped the ante at dinnertime by adding lobster and shrimp to their macaroni and cheese. Also on the dinner menu is the piping hot chicken pot pie, filled with tender white-meat chicken, vegetables and gravy and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs.

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Just a monorail ride away is Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which offers a savory beef pot roast with seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy. Available only at dinner, it’s just like mom used to make. Contempo Café also recently added some new flatbread pizzas to their menu. My pick would have to be the smoked pulled pork flatbread, topped with barbecue sauce, Monterey Jack cheese and vegetable-style slaw.

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Head over to ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk for chicken and waffles with a kick—jalapeno-cornmeal waffles topped with buttermilk fried chicken and Angry Maple chicken gravy. Brand new on the menu is a barbecue pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich served on thick-cut brioche. Trust me, it’s as good as it sounds.

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Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is serving up four new loaded baked potato meals, each served with a side of soup or salad. Choose from a baked potato topped with one of the following: barbecued pork; broccoli, cheddar, and bacon; chili and cheese; or chicken, bacon, and cheddar. Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong.

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Comfort food isn’t just for dinner. At Kusafiri Bakery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll find this Colossal Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll, which can easily serve two. Drizzled with caramel sauce and icing, to share or not to share is the only question you’ll have.

What’s your favorite Disney Parks food to eat when the weather cools?

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week marked the 2014 debut of “A Frozen Holiday Wish” stage show and castle lighting, by none other than Queen Elsa herself.

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In the show, Elsa uses her gift to give us an amazing sight that’s perfect for the holiday season – Cinderella Castle covered in glittering ice.

We were happy to be able to share this show with our fans live on the Disney Parks Blog last night in what will be the first of a series of holiday live streams that we are planning. You can watch a replay of the live stream here.

Be sure to check out the gallery above for some amazing shots of the show, which stars Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf!

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Video: ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 7th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


On Friday night, we kicked off our special Disney Side live video series for the holidays with a “must-see” from the Walt Disney World Resort – “A Frozen Holiday Wish.” If you missed it live, we’re sharing a chance to see it again this weekend.

Thank you for checking out our first in a series of live stream events this holiday season. Of course, “A Frozen Holiday Wish” is best experienced in person at Magic Kingdom Park – shows are now being presented nightly through December 31, 2014.

Check back next week for our next live stream from the Walt Disney World Resort.

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New Animated Magic Shots Add Extra Disney Magic to Your Photos

posted on November 7th, 2014 by Marie Quintero, Marketing & Communications Manager, Disney PhotoPass Service


Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort can now have some Disney animation added to their memories and it is all part of Memory Maker!

When visiting one of the locations listed below, simply ask a Disney PhotoPass Photographer for an Animated Magic Shot.

When you visit MyDisneyPhotoPass.com you’ll be surprised to find that we have applied animation to your photo featuring a Disney character.

As part of your Memory Maker entitlement you’ll be able to download the video file of your Animated Magic Shot to post online and share with friends.

Also, be on the lookout for special Animated Magic Shots coming this holiday season to Magic Kingdom Park and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights. I’ll share a sneak peek of those with you soon.

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Jingle Cruise Returns to Magic Kingdom Park Today

posted on November 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The popular Magic Kingdom Park attraction, Jungle Cruise, has gone “Jingle Cruise” again for the second holiday season in a row!

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The additions, which debut in the park today, offer guests the chance to experience a holiday transformation of this fan-favorite Disney attraction. Jingle Cruise is again themed as if the Skippers are once again homesick for the holidays and decorated the attraction queue and boathouse with homemade decorations, gifts and items from back home. (If you listen carefully, you may also hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background in the queue). The boats have been renamed to receive holiday names and the skippers are getting guests laughing with additional holiday jokes. The jungle has also received new seasonal supplies. Unfortunately, some missed their final destination falling deeper into the jungle.

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In addition to being open during daily park hours, Jingle Cruise will also be in operation during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties.

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What’s This? Jack Skellington Brings a Touch of Christmastown to Walt Disney World Resort for the Holidays

posted on November 7th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Fans of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” have even more to grin about this holiday season.

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The Pumpkin King himself, Jack Skellington, has decided to join the holiday celebration at Walt Disney World Resort by dropping in on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. Head back to Storybook Circus during the party, and you’ll find Jack making Christmas as “Sandy Claws” – just don’t count on any gifts from him turning out quite right.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which is separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission, starts tonight and continues on select nights through December 19.

Meanwhile over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there’s color everywhere and white things in the air as the 2014 season of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights returns to the park’s Streets of America tonight.

This year, the song “What’s This?” from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” has been added to the show, bringing with it all the wonder and delight Jack Skellington experienced upon first visiting Christmastown. “What’s This?” joins such favorites as “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano and “Christmas Is Starting Now” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on the playlist of holiday songs for the dancing lights.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is presented nightly through January 4, 2015 (except November 20), and is included with regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


It sure looks like a quiet night at the Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom Park, which is the focus of this week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image.

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Seeing the attraction illuminated at night really brings out the vibrant colors of Tomorrowland.

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‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ Live Stream Begins Disney Side Video Series

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you were excited to read about our newest holiday stage show – “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” at Magic Kingdom Park, then you’ll want to be right back here on the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow night for a special surprise.

We’re live streaming “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” on November 7, 2014 to kick off an exclusive series of Disney Side holiday live events at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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At 6:15 p.m. EST on Friday night, we’re hosting coverage of the all-new “A Frozen Holiday Wish” as it happens on the Castle Forecourt Stage at Magic Kingdom Park. To see it, just visit the front page of the Disney Parks Blog beginning at 6 p.m. on November 7.

During the live stream, Queen Elsa will use her magical powers to gift everyone in the kingdom by turning Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace. You’ll also see Anna and appearances by Kristoff and the lovable snowman Olaf.

Of course, “A Frozen Holiday Wish” is best experienced in person at Magic Kingdom Park – shows are now being presented nightly through December 31, 2014.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Cinderella Castle is Fit for a Princess

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Every Thursday throughout the month of November, I’ll be sharing photographs of our theme park icons “in the making” at Walt Disney World Resort. This week, we’re taking a look at Cinderella Castle. Soaring 189 feet into the sky, this world-famous castle fit for a princess was still under construction in February 1971.

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Boasting 18 towers, this centerpiece of Walt Disney World Resort and the icon of Magic Kingdom Park had its color palate carefully selected as to complement and not compete with the blue skies of Central Florida.

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Photo Gallery: Disney Castles That Have Been Covered in Real Snow

posted on November 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier we mentioned that tonight guests will gather at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort to watch Elsa (from “Frozen”) magically transform Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace during the “Castle Dream Lights” and “A Frozen Holiday Wish” stage show.

But did you know that there are actually a few Disney Parks castles that occasionally find themselves dusted with real snow?

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Disneyland Park (Paris) is located in Marne-la-Vallée, France, and sees regular snowfall. These shots were snapped in December 2010, after a sizeable flurry added extra holiday charm to the park’s Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant castle. (Click through the gallery to see additional park attractions covered in snow).

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Every so often, Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland will also see some snowfall. Our friends at the park shared these amazing shots of their temporary “ice” castle – and other attractions – back in January 2013.

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Years ago at Tokyo Disneyland, some Disney characters took advantage of the snowfall for a playful snowball fight with their park’s snowy castle as a backdrop. Check out that photo above.

Snow-Capped Mountains Behind Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle

While it doesn’t snow in Anaheim, California (home to the Disneyland Resort), it has in higher elevations around the city. In 2009, we shared this image, which shows Sleeping Beauty Castle with snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains as the backdrop.

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