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Enjoy Breakfast or Brunch With Royalty at Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

posted on January 19th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Recently, I was invited to dine with royalty at Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. I’m excited to share my experience with you!

The magical experience begins with a photo opportunity with none other than the beautiful Cinderella. One of Disney’s signature restaurants, Cítricos is beautiful during the day, especially with the presence of the Disney princesses.

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The meal starts with a basket of freshly baked multi-grain croissants, apple pastries and blueberry muffins. A special touch are the wishing wands and swords brought to the table to use in the Magical Wishing Ceremony, an enchanting moment when—with a little Disney magic—your prince’s or princess’ wish can come true!

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Guests receive a choice of appetizer: a garden salad with artisanal greens, endive, roasted carrots, sugar snap peas and Marcona almonds with Riesling vinaigrette; charcuterie; chicken noodle soup or a fresh fruit plate. I chose the fresh fruit and was delighted with a plate of pineapple, strawberries, apple slices and more with a dollop of crème fraîche.

During our meal, Disney princesses made their way to our table for photos and lively conversation about the Seven Dwarves Mine Train, magic carpets and life under the sea.

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For my entrée, I chose the scrambled egg whites with hot ten-grain cereal, Greek yogurt topped with granola, a whole-grain croissant and fresh fruit. The portion sizes were perfect, and it was a delicious start to my morning. Other entrées for adults include steak and slow-poached eggs, Florida shrimp with creamy cheddar cheese and smoked bacon grits, grilled ham and slow-poached eggs on top of a biscuit with gravy and more.

The children’s menu is sure to delight your prince or princess—with appetizers such as bite-sized cheddar cheese and grapes and entrée choices ranging from Mickey waffles with sausage and bacon to steak with mashed potatoes and sweet corn.

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The meal ended with a decadent dessert trio of chocolate-raspberry cake, crème brûlée and a vanilla bean cream puff. Needless to say, I was sufficiently stuffed at the end of this meal.

Reservations for Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com, or calling 407-WDW-DINE.

My wish has already come true—I get to bring the magic of Disney Parks Food & Beverage to Disney Parks Blog readers around the world. May all of your wishes come true!

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Download Our Disney’s Contemporary Resort Wallpaper by Artist Jason ‘Tiki’ Tackett

posted on January 19th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you one of the many enjoying a holiday off of work or school today? Perhaps you’re using today for some special family time, or even some vacation planning for this spring or summer.

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Here’s a desktop/mobile wallpaper of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, created by artist Jason ‘Tiki’ Tackett, that just may keep you “Disney Dreaming” all winter long.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

Want to check out our other designs? Check out the full gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 18th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, we celebrated the anniversaries of two favorite attractions here on the Disney Parks Blog with some exclusive stories, photos and yes, wallpapers. To download the wallpapers, simply click on the images below.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpapers before you download it.

Our “There’s a Great Big, Beautiful Tomorrow” art was created by artist Brittany Ungvarsky and the Space Mountain attraction wallpaper was created by artist Jeff Maurer.

Don’t miss our “Space Mountain Marks Milestone” post and video of Walt Disney talking about creating the Carousel of Progress.

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And we also shared a special sneak peek of the new interactive queue that’ll debut at Peter Pan’s Flight at the Walt Disney World Resort. You’ll be able to see your own shadow come alive on the wall in the children’s nursery and get a sprinkle of pixie dust before heading off into Never Land with Peter Pan.

You can see a few more images of the new queue in Jennifer’s original story.

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

Top Five Tips for Visiting the Disneyland Resort – Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover offers some pointers on what to do and how to make the most of your next trip.

More Than 700 Compete in Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge – See some special images of runners making their way across a special 5K course throughout Castaway Cay!

First Look at runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation Merchandise – Take a look at some of the T-shirts, jackets, magnets, runner’s hats and more arriving at Disneyland Resort this weekend.

Building The Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – A Unique View of Town Square – George Savvas shares a photo taken from an unfinished clock tower on Main Street Station at Disneyland park!

Discover With Me: Breakfast at Ulu Cafe at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Discover delicious ways to start your day and fuel up at Ulu Cafe at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

#DisneyKids: Big Surprises for Little Kids – Have you ever surprised your family with a Walt Disney World Resort vacation? We thought we’d share a few ideas.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Running Around Our ‘World’

posted on January 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared a bunch of exciting images from the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and the inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge.

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This year, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend “ran” for four full days and featured more than 26,700 registered runners competing in the full marathon. Individuals from more than 60 countries and all 50 states made the 26.2 mile trek through Disney Parks, the Walt Disney World Speedway and ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

The Castaway Cay Challenge was a 5K course that allowed runners to travel through a lovely island setting with themed photo stops along the way. More than 700 runners participated in this first-of-it’s-kind event.

Have you participated in a runDisney event? What did you like about it? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Garden Rocks Concert Series Debuts at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 4-May 17

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Planning a trip to Epcot this spring for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival? This year, 11 pop bands are set to appear in the Garden Rocks Concert Series, which will take place March 4-May 17, 2015. Several acts will join this festival lineup this year, including En Vogue, Little River Band, Jon Secada, Pablo Cruise and Taylor Dayne.

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Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and are included with Epcot admission. Check out this year’s lineup (subject to change without notice):

  • March 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • March 13-15: Pablo Cruise “Love Will Find a Way”
  • March 20-22: En Vogue “Free Your Mind”
  • March 27-29: Starship “We Built This City”
  • April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 10-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
  • April 24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”
  • May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • May 8-10: Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
  • Which band are you most excited to see? Tell us in the comments section below!

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    Sneak Peek: Interactive Queue to Debut at Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom Park

    posted on January 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


    If you’ve experienced the interactive queues at attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park, then you’ve seen firsthand the way Disney innovation and creativity are coming together to immerse you in the story well ahead of stepping into a ride vehicle. Today we’re happy to share a sneak peek into a new interactive queue that will debut at Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom Park very soon.

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    Guests will soon be able to watch Tinker Bell fly around and interact with Wendy, John and Michael’s toys. They’ll also see their own shadows come alive on the wall in the children’s nursery and get a sprinkle of pixie dust before they head off into Never Land with Peter Pan.

    What do you think? Will you check it out on your next trip to Magic Kingdom Park? Tell us in the comments section below.

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    Start Planning Your Foodie Getaway – Epcot Food & Wine Festival Dates Announced for 2015

    posted on January 16th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


    It’s official! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival launches September 25 and runs through November 16 this year – 53 days of sweet and savory tapas-sized dishes and beverages, plus tasting seminars, culinary demos, signature dining experiences, live entertainment and more.

    Aloha Foodies!

    Check back for more information. We’ll share right here as details unfold.

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    #DisneyKids: Big Surprises for Little Kids

    posted on January 16th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


    Before all of the excitement of castles and characters at Walt Disney World Resort begins, you get to play the role of your family’s hero by booking the vacation of their dreams. One of the most magical parts of planning is surprising your little ones with news about the trip and seeing their faces light up with pure joy. Since young kids love to make a game out of everything, we thought of a few fun ideas on how to infuse a little pixie-dust when you let them in on the big surprise. Don’t forget to have the camera rolling to capture their reactions!

    Have you ever surprised your family with a Walt Disney World Resort vacation? Tell us how!

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    Celebrate Space Mountain’s Anniversary with a Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper

    posted on January 15th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


    We’re continuing our celebration of Space Mountain’s 40th anniversary here at Magic Kingdom Park today with a special wallpaper created especially for your mobile device or desktop. As Jennifer shared earlier, Space Mountain attractions can be found in all of our parks and remains a favorite here at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Our newest Space Mountain attraction art was created by artist Jeff Maurer. To download the wallpaper, simply click on the image below.

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    Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

    Earlier this week, we shared our new complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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    Disney Days of Past: Space Mountain with Goofy & Mickey Mouse

    posted on January 15th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


    Today, back in 1975, Space Mountain opened in Magic Kingdom Park blasting guests off into the galaxy. But guests weren’t the only ones having fun back in 1975. Here’s Goofy and Mickey Mouse all suited up for their trip to space during the opening. Looks like they were having a blast.

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