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#DisneyFamilia: Valentine’s Day with a Latin Twist at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


If you want to celebrate this special day with your loved ones, Maya Grill at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has a special menu just for the occasion, made especially for you and your familia!

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The first course is a lobster and Poblano pepper bisque (lobster cream, roasted Poblano peppers, corn and cilantro). The main entrée is prosciutto wrapped prawns with sautéed quinoa (jumbo prawns, strawberry-honey dew pico, quinoa, esquites, Poblano peppers, cherry tomatoes). And to finish the special night, postre! A rocky road mug cake with a strawberry cheesecake lollipop and a chocolate covered strawberry will definitely end the night in a sweet way.

Doesn’t all of this sound delicioso? This Valentine’s Day menu is only available for dinner on Sunday, February 14th for a fixed rate of $65 per person. To make dining reservations, be sure to call Disney Dining at (407) WDW-DINE(407- 939-3463) or visit Disneyworld.com.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Animal Valentine’s Day Cards to Share

posted on February 10th, 2016 by Scott Terrell, DVM, DACVP, Director of Animal & Science Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts


Happy Valentine’s Day from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment! As you prepare for this weekend, please enjoy our animal-inspired Valentine’s Day cards featuring animals at Walt Disney World Resort. Haven’t sent all your valentines yet? Share these cards with your friends and family to show them you’re thinking of them.

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Disney Parks Blog Unboxed – 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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France Pavilion is one of my favorite places in World Showcase at Epcot. I have spent countless hours watching my favorite film at Walt Disney World Resort, the gorgeous “Impressions de France.” I even had my first cup of coffee at the pavilion when I was 16. In this edition of Disney Parks Blog Unboxed, I was looking forward to spending another beautiful morning in France. My day, however, was interrupted by the arrival of a basket.

This year, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 2 to May 30. You will find the items seen in the video and much more at select merchandise locations throughout Epcot. The Festival Center, located in Future World between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy pavilions, will be open Fridays through Sundays throughout the event.

In the coming weeks, stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional looks at merchandise created especially for this event.

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Download Our Dragon Maleficent Wallpaper

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Last week during our latest #DisneyParksLIVE stream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we asked our viewers to vote to unlock one of two new “Fantasmic!”-themed Disney Parks Blog wallpapers. The winners voted to unlock a Sorcerer Mickey design – but we couldn’t keep the other choice, Dragon Maleficent, under lock and key too long!

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To download for your desktop or digital device, simply click on the image above to select the size you need.

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

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know The Seas With Nemo & Friends at Epcot?

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


Is “Finding Nemo” one of your favorite films? Then you must’ve experienced The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot. How well do you know this attraction? Test your knowledge below.

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The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot

How large is the saltwater aquarium at The Seas with Nemo & Friends?
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What is the name of the vehicle you board to find Nemo?
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What was the original name of the pavilion that is now called The Seas with Nemo & Friends?
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What year did The Seas with Nemo & Friends ride-through attraction open?
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All In The Details: Exploring Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar At Disney Springs

posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Among all of the recent additions made to Disney Springs, I have to say that one of my personal favorites is Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, a 1940s era float plane hangar turned bar that’s full of adventure, from the decor that surrounds you, to the creative menu of drinks and light plates that delights you.

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Located in The Landing section of Disney Springs, the theming and backstory of “The Hangar” was inspired by the fictional character Jock Lindsey, a seaplane pilot in the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Although Jock only appeared in a mere one minute of film, our Imagineers used his character as a springboard to develop a fun backstory for this adventurous hotspot.

The story of The Hangar Bar builds out Jock’s character, giving him a past as a seasoned circus pilot-turned adventurer. Later on in his life, he made his home at Disney Springs, falling in love with the place when he flew over the Florida in search of the Fountain of Youth and opened the bar, which is chock full of memorabilia from his past. Once that storyline was established, Imagineers were able to add authentic details to the bar, from collections of aviation parts (see the impressive ceiling fan made of vintage airplane propellers), to a diver bell families can actually dine inside, to Reggie, Jock’s canvas-covered steamboat named after his pet snake.

Check out the video below for a tour at some of the location’s highlights.

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Moms Panel Monday: Interactive Queues at Disney Parks

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Our Disney Parks Moms Panel know the many hidden gems around the Disney theme parks including the imaginative and magical details of the interactive queues for some of our attractions. Did you know Disney Parks is leading the theme park industry in creating engaging experiences to help pass the time while in line?

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Moms Panelist Leslie tells about her favorite interactive queues at Magic Kingdom Park, which include Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Haunted Mansion. The Dumbo queue is definitely one of the most unique, innovative and entertaining lines created for theme park. Leslie also thinks the queue at Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Magic Kingdom Park is beautiful and a must-see.

Peter Pan’s Flight is another attraction with a fun and imaginative queue according to Moms Panelist Autumn. Disney Parks Blog author Jennifer Fickley-Baker posted a fun video of the interactive queue that puts you right into the storyline of “Peter Pan.”

Jason, one of our Dad Panelists helps a guest from Indiana discover hidden magic including the footprints embedded in the ground in Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus and also the interactive queue at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train where you just might be able to make Snow White appear!

Remember the Disney Parks Moms Panel is here to answer your planning questions and can help you make the most out of your Disney vacation.

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Style Happens Here – Lovely Apparel from Disney Parks

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Today, I’m launching a new monthly series that was inspired by the many Unforgettable moments that happen at Disney Parks. Titled “Style Happens Here,” this series will highlight stylish Disney products including apparel or accessories that guests may find when visiting Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, my first article showcases “lovely” apparel found only at Disney Parks.

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My assignment for this story was simple – look for shirts that have a love theme (characters kissing, hugging, the word “love,” etc). To find these love-inspired items, I visited Tren-D and the newly expanded World of Disney at Disney Springs Marketplace.

First, companion t-shirts are fun options for couples visiting Disney Parks especially during Valentine’s Day. You might recall reading about the popular “I’ll Be Your…” shirts that were introduced in 2012, or the more recent “I Mickey My…” shirts from last fall. I spotted this wall of shirts at World of Disney.

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While at Tren-D, I saw two Mickey and Minnie Mouse shirts from the Disney Boutique collection. Created especially for Disney Parks, this collection features modern styling, fabrics and trims all presented in a unique Disney way. The shirt pictured in the first image is also from this collection.

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Look for these items and more in select merchandise locations throughout Disney Parks. You may order select items and have them shipped directly to your home via the Shop Disney Parks mobile app. To download this free app, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.

Here is a gallery of other shirts I loved:

If you are active on social networks, I’d love to see your Disney Parks style. Just add #StyleHappensHere to your posts.

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Disney Doodles: Roger & Anita Break Away From The Pack

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


If there’s one thing they have in common, it’s dogs for lovebirds Roger and Anita. In this week’s Disney Doodle, they’ve broken away from the pack for some sightseeing, but can’t help but be drawn to the Fire Station on Main Street, U.S.A. Checking for another dalmatian, perhaps?

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Romance for Your Valentine: Top 10 Date Ideas at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 8th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Ahh…l’amour.

Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, any day you want to dedicate to love, we are celebrating hearts, and cupid and romance. Here are 10 ideas to help you celebrate with us:

  1. Sweetheart Wine Tasting Cruises – Beautiful Italian music, award-winning wines and an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres on board a 40-foot Italian Water Taxi with the BOATHOUSE’S trusted captain and crew through the waters of Lake Buena Vista. Call 407-939-2628 to make a reservation.

  1. The new Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise – A breathtaking view of the Magic Kingdom Park night time fireworks, “Wishes,” from an exclusive and romantic spot on Seven Seas Lagoon with desserts and drinks. The soundtrack is piped through the boat’s sound system for this magical viewing. Click here for reservations.

  1. The new Brunch at the Top at California Grill – On Valentine’s Day Sunday, try the new Brunch at the Top with your beloved. The menu showcases fresh, market-driven cuisine and toast with a glass of bubbly or wine (the restaurant has more than 1,600 bottles on display). Click here for reservations.

  1. Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party – Sweets and stars collide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as guests look to the sky January 5 – March 19, for a special viewing of the Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks set to the most dramatic and memorable Star Wars themes of all time. Click here for reservations.

  1. Disney Springs shopping spreeThe World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace recently expanded with an additional 6,000 sq. ft. of retail selling space. Try the new handcrafted chocolate at The Ganachery. Or for vegans, Erin McKenna Bakery NYC has savory offerings and an all-vegan and gluten-free menu.

  1. Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine at Hollywood & Vine – Celebrate the magic of the movies and glamour of Hollywood with an epic feast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Jan. 4 to March 20, 2016. Click here for reservations.
  2. La Nouba at Disney Springs – As part of the La Nouba’s ongoing evolution, the Cirque du Soleil show continues to bring new acts: B-Boy, commonly referred to as breakdancing, and Aerial Bamboo, a technique mastered by only a handful of performers worldwide. The acts join the recent additions of uproarious clowns and a breathtaking juggling rolla bolla act. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/entertainment.

  1. Sushi Bar at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs – From Feb. 12 – 14, a special Valentine’s Day romantic dinner for two includes a four course, prix-fixe menu starring Chef Morimoto’s signature Peking Duck for two. On Valentine’s day only, a five-course Omakase dinner will be served at the intimate second-level 14-seat sushi bar. For reservations, call 407-939-6686 (MOTO).
  2. Monsieur Paul Proposal-popping and Vow Renewal dinner at Epcot – In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower (replica), indulge in a decadent meal, peer out of the second story windows that overlook the World Showcase Lagoon, toast with champagne, and dessert is served with an extra sparkle on the plate: the big question, and your token of love. Click here for reservations.

  1. Sunset and cocktails at the Polynesian – Sip on champagne and strawberries against the backdrop of the Seven Seas Lagoon and the beautiful new Bora Bora Bungalows. Take a moonlit stroll along the torch-lined waterfront and visit Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

How will you romance the one you love, Disney-style?

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