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No Reservation? No Problem! Unique Breakfasts at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


It’s no secret that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Last year, I wrote about some of my favorite places to grab breakfast before a day in the parks at Walt Disney World Resort. Today, I have a few unique breakfast picks to share with you — all available without a dining reservation.

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What is your favorite quick-service breakfast at Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments below!

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Learn to Draw Anger from Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The new Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” just hit theaters a few days ago, and guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios area already having fun learning how to draw the film’s colorful cast of characters at the Animation Academy.

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In case you haven’t seen it yet, “Inside Out” takes a look at the life of a girl named Riley, who moves with her family from the Midwest to San Francisco. Her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – live in Headquarters, the control center of her mind, where they help guide her through her daily life, including the challenge of taking on a new school and friends.

Today we’re sharing a tutorial on how to draw Anger, a member of the team who is passionate, fiery and quick to react.

Want to learn how to draw another Disney character? Check out our full list of tutorials below.

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First Look: New Menu Items at The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


There’s no better place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see and be seen than The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge. Especially with the addition of small plates and beverages with the newly renovated outdoor bar.

New small plates include grilled Bloody Mary-marinated shrimp and chorizo and heirloom tomatoes on toasted ciabatta with garlic herb butter and a new seasonal soup — Zellwood Corn Bisque, served with a corn and lobster fritter and Ancho chili oil. Or share the Crispy Bites, featuring parmesan and goat cheese risotto sticks with a peach-habanero chili sauce, Brie with a sweet onion and orange jam, and affiné blue and mushroom arancini with a fig and balsamic dip. These new tastes join favorites like The Famous Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb Salad, Derby Sliders, and Artisanal Cheeses and Charcuterie Board.

New additions to the drink menu include a Mint Julep made with premium reserve bourbon; the new Bloody Mary turns up the heat with pepper-infused vodka and a garnish of olives, spicy pickles, and pickled green beans; a Champagne Cocktail with sweet and floral elderflower liqueur and Fairytale by Iron Horse Celebration Cuvee (exclusive to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts); Sangria; and, my favorite, the Grapefruit Cake Martini — a delicious twist on the classic dessert.

Stop by The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Hollywood and leave feeling like a star!

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PHOTO GALLERY: A ‘Brave’ Princess Merida

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


On this week in Disney History, “Brave” debuted in theaters, introducing us to the bold, strong Princess Merida.

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In the film, Merida, daughter to King Fergus and Queen Elinor, is determined to shape her own future. In doing so, Merida’s actions unleash chaos among the Scottish Lords, and accidentally unleashes a dangerous curse. In the end, Merida must discover the true meaning of bravery to save her family before it’s too late.

Thanks to Photographer Ryan Wender for these great shots.


For more from our Princess Photo series, visit the post below:

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New Chef, New Menu Items for Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

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


Disney’s Wilderness Lodge takes guests on a journey to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, with design inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges. And Artist Point carries that theme into the dining room with dramatic murals, timbered columns and pretty views of Bay Lake and Silver Creek Falls.

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So, of course, the cuisine helps tell the story, and Chef Michael Gonsalves, new at the helm in the Artist Point kitchen, is having fun with a menu that is focused on the America’s Pacific Northwest. “We are looking to convey the wonders of nature through food,” says Chef Michael.

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Regional dishes such as Dungeness crab cakes, steamed mussels, Cedar plank salmon and wild-caught prawns and halibut are on the menu, but Chef Michael is having fun with new tastes, too. A dashi-braised short rib starter is served with kombu turnip pickles, daikon and wild greens. Charred field asparagus with Berkshire prosciutto, mustard vinaigrette, and foraged greens also graces the menu. And he showcases produce from the “Land” at Epcot as well with offerings such as the “Land” Greens Salad featuring Masumoto Peaches, and Seed Granola.

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Favorites such as the smokey portobello bisque with crispy shiitakes stays on the menu, as well as the buffalo strip steak from North Fork Canada. For summer, Chef Michael is adding a new cheese and house-made charcuterie boards.

“We’ll be offering Pacific Northwest cheeses with house-made seed lavosh and crostini,” says Chef Michael. “And the house-made charcuterie will be ‘nose-to-tail,’ using the whole hog.” The restaurant’s beef, bison, halibut and salmon all are sourced from the Pacific Northwest too.

Most popular dish? The Cedar plank salmon, says Chef Michael, with his new rendition with local potatoes, baby fennel, Florida citrus and ver jus.

Every dish on the menu gets a wine pairing from sommelier Alvin Burrill, with each selection from Washington or Oregon. But Alvin also might recommend a Pacific Northwest ale if you ask, like the handcrafted Rogue Ales made in partnership with Voodoo Donuts (strange but true).

Looking ahead, Chef Michael says they are working on a terrace dining experience with a communal chef’s table – stay tuned for details!

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Wildlife Wednesday: Happy 21st Anniversary to ‘The Lion King’

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Scott Terrell, DVM, DACVP, Animal Operations Director, Disney’s Animal Programs


Happy 21st Anniversary to “The Lion King”!

You loved the film, now see the real-life animal inspirations behind “The Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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You can check out our lions on the Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Visit our meerkats on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and warthogs on the Kilimanjaro Safaris both at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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See if you can spot the mandrills on the savanna on the Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Try to catch a peek at these majestic birds during the opening sequence of the film and at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Next time you watch “The Lion King,” look out for all these animals in the “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” song sequence. You can see them here on the Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Today in Disney History: ‘The Lion King’ Steps Into Theaters

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today in 1994, “The Lion King” was released in theaters. This coming-of-age story of Simba, the future king of the Pridelands, is still a hugely popular film with Disney fans both young and old. I don’t know about you, but I’m still trying to get over Mufasa’s death 21 years later.

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The memorable music from “The Lion King” is highlighted in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom show Festival of the Lion King preformed daily at Harambe Theater. This energizing show features classic characters from the movie with live action performers – most notably the tumble monkeys.

Simba can also be spotted in Mickey’s Soundsational Parade atop a drum while Zazu flies near by at Disneyland park in California.

“The Lion King” won two Academy Awards for best song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and best score. The musical version is still on Broadway in New York City where it will celebrate it’s 18th year this November.

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Show Your ‘Inside Out’ #DisneySide for a runDisney Race! Part I: FEAR

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney


Like many of you, I am full of emotion for the release of Disney•Pixar’s new film “Inside Out,” now in theaters in 3D. The film ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work. They help guide Riley through her daily life, including any challenges that come her way.

With training underway for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, runners can expect to go through a mix of feelings as race day approaches.

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For those training for an upcoming race, during the next few weeks I will share ways to show your #DisneySide by expressing the emotions featured in “Inside Out!”

I’ve trained for several runDisney races and know it can be a whirlwind of feelings. While all of our emotions are important, sometimes certain ones can take over our control center. The first emotion I felt after registering for my first marathon was FEAR. What did I get myself into? 26.2 miles? What was I thinking!

If you are feeling similarly about the adventure you are about to embark on, beginning your training might be the perfect way to overcome your fear of race day.

Here’s a look to put Fear at ease and start your training in style! There are great options from Champion, New Balance and the Disney Store!

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The Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind of Riley and introduces us to the Emotions that guide her – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Based in Headquarters, the five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. “Inside Out” is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Up”) with an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”). “Inside Out” is in theatres now in 3D and is rated PG.

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Say ‘Wingapo!’ to Pocahontas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


As we mark the 20th anniversary of Disney’s “Pocahontas” today, fans of the Powhatan princess now have a lovely new spot to meet her, just around the riverbend.

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Pocahontas has made the journey down river to the Discovery Island Character Landing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where she has stepped ashore to meet friends old and new. You can find her there throughout the day, in a setting filled with details inspired by her adventures.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the only place to meet Pocahontas at Walt Disney World Resort, and the park is also the exclusive home to several other popular characters who can’t be found anywhere else. During your next visit, look for Tarzan, Rafiki from “The Lion King,” Dug and Russell from Disney•Pixar’sUp” and Baloo and Louie from “The Jungle Book.”

Who are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments!

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Disney Days of Past: ‘Pocahontas’ Marks 20 Years

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Walt Disney Pictures “Pocahontas” celebrates its 20th anniversary this June. Pocahontas and her friends have had a presence in Disney Parks throughout the years.

Today, guests can still enjoy the magic of Pocahontas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios nightly at “Fantastmic!” Here’s a great action shot of John Smith swinging into the action.

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Pocahontas’ sense of adventure around any river bend still endures twenty years later.

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