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Delicious One-Dish Wonder From The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 13th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


One of our favorite spots for dining in Magic Kingdom Park is The Crystal Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., a delightful array of soups, salads, veggies, meats, fish and sweets – everything from stuffed French toast in the morning to peel-and-eat shrimp, oven-roasted chicken, steak, key lime pie and chocolate cake for dinner. A bite of this, a taste of that, it’s fun to mix and match from dozens of dishes.

The spacious, airy dining room has one of the best buffets at Walt Disney World Resort, plus you get to spend some time with some of your favorite Disney characters as they pay a visit to tables and stop for photos.

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Fresh, inventive salads have always been our favorite, and the chefs continually add interesting new combos, like this pasta salad with feta and Parmesan cheeses, bold Kalamata olive, veggies and a sweet-tart balsamic vinaigrette. Chef Alphonoso Walker shows you how easy it is to put this together at home, a perfect summertime supper.

Pasta Salad with Feta, Fresh Vegetables, and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta, such as penne, farfalle, or ziti
  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red peppers
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green peppers
  • 1/2 cup finely diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Assembly

  1. Cook pasta per package instructions. Drain and rinse in cool water. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together white balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a medium bowl until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Whisk in chives. Set aside.
  3. Combine cooked pasta, olives, onions, red peppers, green peppers, and tomatoes.
  4. Toss with enough vinaigrette to coat. Fold in feta and Parmesan cheeses. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add more dressing, if desired, to taste.
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New ‘Pirates’ Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

posted on August 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


When Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park September 1, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom fans are in for an additional party “treat” – the chance to pick up another event-exclusive game card.

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In case you’re a Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom newbie, SOTMK is an in-park interactive experience that allows guests join Merlin in a quest to defeat a team of Disney villains who are scheming to take over the park. Guests use maps to search for villain’s lairs throughout the park. When they find a magic portal, guests use spell cards that each feature a different magical power to foil a villain’s plan. This complimentary experience begins in the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., where you can pick up everything you need to join in the fun.

This year’s special event card features the Helmsman pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

The Pirate Helmsman’s Bombardment card will be distributed in addition to the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs (yes, you can still pick up both while attending the party). Guests must show their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.

Can’t wait to test this card out? Share your excitement in the comments section below!

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The 2014 Disney’s Night Of Joy Entertainment Lineup Rocks

posted on August 11th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Well, we’re a little less than one month away from Disney’s Night of Joy 2014. I can’t believe another year has flown by so fast.

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To help plan your night, we wanted to give you an update on the entertainment schedule for the event. (Entertainment schedules are subject to change).

Friday, September 5:

Castle Forecourt Stage

  • 7:40 p.m. – Matthew West
  • 9:20 p.m. – Chris Tomlin
  • 11:30 p.m. – Hillsong United

Galaxy Stage

  • 7:30 p.m. – Building 429
  • 8:50 p.m. – Building 429
  • 10:25 p.m. – Mandisa
  • 12:10 a.m. – for KING & COUNTRY

Rockettower Plaza Stage

  • 8:05 p.m. – Matt Maher
  • 9:40 p.m. – The Neverclaim

Saturday, September 6:

Castle Forecourt Stage

  • 7:40 p.m. – MercyMe
  • 9:30 p.m. – Gospel Music Association Winner Phil Perry
  • 9:50 p.m. – Casting Crowns
  • 11:55 p.m. – Skillet

Galaxy Stage

  • 7:30 p.m. – Colton Dixon
  • 8:50 p.m. – Colton Dixon
  • 10:25 p.m. – Britt Nicole
  • 12:10 a.m. – Israel Houghton and New Breed

Rockettower Plaza Stage

  • 8:15 p.m. – 1 Girl Nation
  • 9:40 p.m. – We As Human
  • 11:20 p.m. – Rhett Walker Band

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at www.nightofjoy.com.

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New Alex and Ani Disney Bracelets Make Two Seasons Collide at Disney Parks

posted on August 11th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Those of you who visit the Disneyland Resort every holiday season know what happens when holidays collide – in two words … Jack Skellington. So it should be no surprise to find one of our favorite Halloweentown characters on our Alex and Ani bangles.

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So treat yourself, as this is no trick, and get ready for Halloween a little early this year. Look for the new Jack Skellington bangle starting today at the following Disney Parks locations or online.

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Online – Shop Now!

So what comes after fall and Halloween? Winter of course! Just like Elsa, the cold never bothered me anyway, and these “Frozen”-inspired bangles, featuring Anna and Elsa are bound to be hot! Look for them in stores and online beginning September 8.

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Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog and follow us on across our Disney Parks social channels for more details on these new arrivals.

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Disney Parks After Dark: New Fantasyland After Hours

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


Happy Thursday!

Check out this week’s “After Dark” image, which was shot in the New Fantasyland area of the park just after the Magic Kingdom Park closed.

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Anyone else fancy a late-night ride on the carousel?

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Find the Perfect Look for Halloween at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 5th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I know summer isn’t quite over yet and I don’t want to be the one to rush things, but Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your costume! It’s never too early.

Not sure where to start? Consider me your “Costume Consultant.”

I personally think our Disney Princess costumes are quite dazzling. Each gown has been replicated in fine detail, appearing almost identical to those worn by some of Disney’s finest royalty. Don’t be afraid to add a tiara, wand, gloves or other accessories to complete the look.

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Find something that puts you ‘heads’ or ‘tails’ above the rest. There’s certainly no shortage of ear hats or novelty headwear at Disney Parks. Find the one that suits you the best, and show your true ‘character.’ Kids and kids-at-heart, keep an eye out for one of this year’s hottest costume accessories, Disney Tails. Keep an eye out for ‘tails’ inspired by the Cheshire Cat, Marie, Tigger and Sulley in the coming weeks. As you can see on a recent visit to our Disney Theme Parks Merchandise east coast office, I found fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller, having a ‘monster’ous good time lurking about in search of new information to share with all of you.

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If your little crewmates ‘arrggh’ ready to find their costumes and it’s adventure that they seek, some additional choices include Jack Sparrow and the Boney Pirate. For your Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear.

Quick Tip: If you are planning a visit to the Disneyland Resort during the Halloween season or specifically for Mickey’s Halloween Party, be sure to book an appointment for a royal transformation at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or aboard the returning Pirates League.

Are you looking for something a little bit more subtle? This year, I think I’m going to take my inspiration from a recent post about DisneyBounding that my friend and fellow Disney Parks Blog Author, Erin Glover shared as part of the Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Event. Create a costume and express your love for Disney through fashion. Not only will you create a trendy, new outfit with clothes you can find in your closet of favorites, but you can also subtly resemble your favorite Disney character.

So where are the best places to find the perfect kids costumes, accoutrements and accessories at the Disneyland Resort?

Halloween Costume stops include:

Those of you located nearer to the Walt Disney World Resort, don’t despair. Here are a few locations for you to check out as well.

Are you ready to trick or treat?

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Caption This: Rover Speaks at Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

posted on August 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


How cute is this photo of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Magic Kingdom Park?

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It sure looks like our camera caught his attention. Maybe after so many years, this four-legged member of the family finally has something to say. But what? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” photo in the “Comments” section below!

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What’s Your Kiddo’s Favorite Disney Film?

posted on August 1st, 2014 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


If you’re anything like me, “Frozen” mania has struck your household and you have the movie soundtrack stuck in your head pretty much all day, every day. As part of our #DisneyKids series, we asked our panel of preschoolers about their favorite movie and not surprisingly, “Frozen” was the unanimous winner among both the girls and boys. Even when the topic moved on to other things, our group simply could not “Let It Go.” Luckily, little ones’ dreams can come true when they visit Arendelle during Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or meet Elsa and Anna over at Magic Kingdom Park.

Which Disney film is your child’s favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!



See the posts below for more from #DisneyKids Series:

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Haunted Mansion-Themed Merchandise Shop Opening This Fall in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 28th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’ve enjoyed hearing from guests who are just as excited as me for the new Haunted Mansion products coming this fall to Disney Parks. As it turns out, Madame Leota and the 999 happy haunts from the Haunted Mansion attraction have also received your sympathetic vibrations. This fall, they are gathering to open a new merchandise destination in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida.

The new merchandise shop will be located in the current Yankee Trader shop, which will have its last day of operation on July 27, 2014. Inspired by Madame Leota, the new location will carry select items from the upcoming Haunted Mansion Authentic program including apparel, home goods, souvenirs, and more.

Final arrangements are still being made, so I invite you to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog in the coming months. I can’t wait to share additional details about this new destination for all things Haunted Mansion.

For more on merchandise inspired by the Haunted Mansion at Disney Parks, visit the links below:

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – August 2014

posted on July 28th, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Wondering what merchandise events are headed your way this August at Walt Disney World Resort? Take a look!

July 30 – August 3: Looking for the opportunity to meet artist Greg McCullough? Greg will be appearing at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, July 30 – August 3 and again from August 20 – 24. Planning to visit Epcot, August 13 – 17? Great! Look for additional appearances by Greg at their Art of Disney, throughout the day. Learn more.

August 7 - Meet Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” director/co-writer Bobs Gannaway from 3 – 4 p.m. at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace, as he signs some of the new “Planes: Fire & Rescue” merchandise available at Disney Parks. Learn more.

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August 7 – 11: Find the latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist Linda Rick at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.

August 14 – 17: Keep an eye out! Renowned artist David E. Doss will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Stop in and find a new piece of art to add to your collection! Learn more.

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August 14 – 17: It’s time for you to check out the latest releases from international artist Larry Dotson, who will be appearing throughout the day at Main Street Cinema in Magic Kingdom Park. Learn more.

August 23: Keep an eye out for spellbinding commemorative T-shirts and more as part of the “Villains Unleashed” event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Remember, a separate ticket is required to attend this event. If you are thinking of going, purchase tickets now at www.DisneyVillainsParty.com or by calling 407.939.1933.

August 29: Be sure to pick up a copy of Tinker Bell: An Evolution, a full biography about everyone’s favorite fiery fairy by author Mindy Johnson. Mindy will appear at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace from 3 – 4 p.m., alongside special guest and Disney Legend, Alice Davis. Tip: Also being released during the event is Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man. Learn more.

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Here are a few other things to keep in mind. Artists Brian Blackmore and Greg McCullough will be appearing during Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Learn more.

It’s also your last chance to get your ticket to Disney Trade Celebration 2014 – Imagination Gala taking place at World ShowPlace in Epcot, September 5 – 7. A limited number of tickets are still available, so sign up for the Pin and Vinylmation Showcase Packages today! Tip: Keep watching www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com as we release details about this year’s Silent Auction lots. Learn more.

There’s one last thing I couldn’t resist showing you. Here is a sneak peek at the next hand-painted Ink & Paint Cel debuting at the Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on September 27, 2014. This limited release titled “Summertime Pals” is so cool, you won’t be able to resist it. Not able to make it to the event? Disney Event Services is taking pre-orders via www.disneyurl.com/CelPreOrder now through September 25, 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT. Learn more.

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Are you ready for these events and more?

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