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LIVE STREAM: Tune In To Watch ‘Fantasmic!’ Live At 6:50 p.m. EST

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


UPDATE: This live event has concluded. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future live events.

We’re just moments away from bringing you our first-ever live stream of “Fantasmic!” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s a guest-favorite show that explores the magic of Mickey Mouse’s imagination – and the adventure he embarks upon when the Disney villains show up to try to turn his dream “into a nightmare Fantasmic.”

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The show will start promptly at 7 p.m., but because we love sharing behind-the-scenes info and interviews, we’re starting 10 minutes early for some pre-show content and a few special guests.

While we wait for the parade to begin, please visit the comments section below and tell us where you’re watching from and who you’re watching with. Also, join the conversation online by following @DisneyParks or using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE.

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This February, Treat Your Love to Something New at Disney Springs

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


Valentine’s Day is February 14th, but why limit date night to just one Sunday? I’ve always considered Disney Springs one of the very best spots for a fun night out, whether you’re looking for a treat yo’ self-splurge or something more casual and carefree.

This year, there’s even more to love at Disney Springs, with plenty of new options for romance. Read on for a few of my favorite ideas for couples:

  1. Love is an adventure—especially at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar: with themed cocktails and inventive small plates, I suggest starting with drinks and splitting an appetizer before moving on to dinner. (This is also a favorite watering hole for late night escapades!)

  1. Do a classic date night better, with dinner at one of our new (or newly expanded!) hot spots: by now, you’ve heard the buzz about Morimoto Asia – it’s in the spotlight for a reason. The exquisitely prepared Pan Asian cuisine pairs perfectly with the upscale ambience of the dining room. I also love their curated beverage menu … the sake sangria is perfect for sharing. On Valentine’s Weekend, make a reservation to enjoy a special prix fixe dinner: $85 per person gets you four courses and features the impressive Morimoto Peking Duck dish. If you prefer the flavors of the Americas, visit Paradiso 37. Here, a new expansion added nearly 500 additional seats, many with waterfront views. The updated wine bar is another nice enhancement. Of course, their menu continues to impress and on Valentine’s Day, couples can enjoy a five-course meal (Grilled Filet Oscar or Seared Black Grouper, anyone?) at $39.99 per person.

  1. Be sweet at The Ganachery: An intimate space showcasing sophisticated ganache made in-house, it’s no surprise that this Disney owned and operated chocolate boutique often has a line to get in. Choose your own favorites among 16 flavors, or pick up a pre-selected assortment of treats hand-picked to create the ultimate Valentine’s gift.

  1. Toast to your better half with a Wine Tasting Cruise at The BOATHOUSE: The newest experience at The Landing ships off Valentine’s Day Weekend. February 12-14, you can enjoy an intimate cruise about The Venezia, a breathtaking 40-ft water taxi. Reservations are required and are limited to 10 guests (groups are welcome!); the cost is $150 per person for the one-hour wine-and-hors d’oeuvers-included voyage, departing at 4:30pm. Call 407-939-2628 to book.

  1. Fall in love with “La Nouba” all over again, thanks to brand-new acts: The breakdancing b-boys will get your heart pumping while a you-need-to-see-it-to-believe-it aerial bamboo act brings pure romance. Though the show is dark on Valentine’s Day, there is plenty of opportunity to catch this classic Cirque du Soleil spectacle with the one you love. Visit the “La Nouba” website or call (407) 939-7600 to purchase tickets.

Which date idea sounds most fun to you? (Though really, why pick just one … February has just begun, so if you plan things just right, you may be able to do all of the above this month—that’s definitely something to love!)

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A Knightly Transformation at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disney Springs Marketplace

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This year marks the 10th Anniversary since the first Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened at Disney Springs Marketplace. For the past 10 years, a team of Fairy Godmothers-in-training have turned thousands of guests ages 3-12 into Disney princesses at this enchanted beauty salon. In early 2015, my fellow author Darcy Clark shared a great recap of her niece Harper’s magical transformation. Did you know the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique also offers a makeover experience for brave knights? Here’s what I discovered when I booked an appointment for my son Athan.

We arrived at the location around 9:00 for our scheduled appointment. Upon checking in, Athan was greeted by Ines Lucas, his Fairy Godmother-in-training. She was part of the opening team for the original Boutique in 2006, so I knew we were in for a special experience.

We selected the Knight Package, which included hairstyling with gel; a mighty sword and shield; and confetti. We added a Royal Knight costume t-shirt with detachable cape to the package (it’s sold separately). How I wish there was an adult version! Ines led Athan to a specially designed seat and began the experience by adding some “jellyfish gel” to help style his hair.

After styling, she asked Athan to close his eyes and make a wish while she waved her magic wand full of pixie dust.

Then it was time for the presentation of the sword and shield. This ceremony was quickly followed by a turn of his chair to reveal his new regal look.

While the experience took only a matter of moments, I was thankful for how special Ines made my son feel. I know he had fun as he wore his shirt and hairstyle for the rest of that day.

Reservations are recommended for the Knight Package or other makeover experiences at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Appointments can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895).

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All in the Details: Exploring Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Ask a server at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen where the best seat in the house is, and in true Jungle Cruise fashion, he or she may respond with, “Inside!”

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That’s just proof that the witty and adventurous spirit of the guest-favorite Jungle Cruise attraction has spread to the nearby Skipper Canteen restaurant, which just opened its doors in December. The table service eatery features three unique dining rooms, including the crew’s Mess Hall; The S.E.A. Room, a secret meeting room for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers that was once hidden behind a bookcase; and the Falls Family Parlor, formerly occupied by the infamous jungle explorer Dr. Albert Falls. Remember him as the namesake of The Jungle Cruise’s Schweitzer Falls?

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The theming and storyline of the restaurant is really brought to life in the tiny details you can find in each room, which are stocked with treasure troves of mementos that Falls and the other adventurers collected over years of exploration. Disney Parks history buffs will have a blast picking out references to The Jungle Cruise attraction in the restaurant’s wood carvings, and few artifacts have even made their way over from the former Adventurer’s Club at Pleasure Island (now Disney Springs). Can you spot any in these photos?

Another fun element that brings the location to life is the background music. On my latest visit, a friend remarked that she felt she was a million miles away, in a different time, as tunes from the 1930s played lazily in the background. So fun.

Want to learn more about the Skipper Canteen and its menu? Check out Pam Brandon’s previous post.

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Moms Panel Monday: Getting the Most Out of Your Vacation Time

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


If you’re like me, you probably think planning a vacation is so much fun! We want to make sure we’re doing all we can to make the most of our precious time-off. Following up to last week’s Moms Panel Monday where we shared ideas on the best time of year to visit Disney Parks, this week we look at how to truly get the most out of your Disney vacation.

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Our Disney Parks Moms Panel frequently answers questions about how to best use Disney FastPass+ at Walt Disney World Resort and FASTPASS at Disneyland Resort so guests can maximize their time in the parks. And best of all – it’s a complimentary benefit!

One of our dad Panelists, Wes, helps a guest from Wisconsin better understand FastPass+ at Walt Disney World Resort and the top things to know about it. Wes calls FastPass+ “one of the most MAGICAL things Walt Disney World provides guests.”

Marilyn, a Florida resident, asks Moms Panelist Yael how many FastPasses she can get in one day. Yael takes her step-by-step on how to use the initial three selections and the process for obtaining more.

At Disneyland Resort, the FASTPASS process operates a little differently. Moms Panelist Lynette explains how to best utilize the Disneyland FASTPASS.

Moms Panelist Kiki helps a Disneyland guest understand how to use FASTPASS for entertainment such as World of Color.

If you have more questions about Disney FastPass+ there is an entire section dedicated to FastPass+ on the Disney Parks Moms Panel where you can read more answers from our very knowledgeable Panelists. Or, you can always ask your very own question to the Panel to get your own personal answer by clicking on the “Submit a Question” section.

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Grammy-Winning Pentatonix Star Makes Surprise Visit at Disney Performing Arts Workshop

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Geoffrey Pointon, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


If you don’t believe magical things happen at Walt Disney World Resort, just ask the Lewisburg Area High School Choir.

The high school choir from Pennsylvania was at Walt Disney World Resort recently taking part in Disney Performing Arts at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort when they got a surprise visitor. Acclaimed beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, from the Grammy-winning vocal group Pentatonix, dropped in on the unsuspecting students, giving them an especially “upbeat” musical experience.

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Greeted by smiles and cheers of excitement, Olusola joined the Disney Performing Arts students as they took part in “Disney Sings,” a musical workshop that gives students the opportunity to work with a professional Disney vocalist and record a favorite Disney song. In addition to sharing his incredible beatboxing talent, Olusola offered helpful advice from his experiences as a musician and member of Pentatonix.

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Winners of Season 3 of the television singing competition “The Sing-Off,” the platinum-selling recording ensemble Pentatonix has sold more than two million albums in the U.S. and received over 905 million views on their YouTube channel. The group received its first Grammy Award in February 2015 for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and A Cappella.

Each year thousands of students participate in Disney Performing Arts programs at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. For more information about Disney Performing Arts, please visit DisneyPerformingArts.com.

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90 Days of Delicious Tastes for 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Two new Outdoor Kitchens join the line-up for this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, upping the deliciousness at the 23rd annual fest that will span a record 90 days from March 2-May. 30.

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La Isla Fresca and Cider House are the two new Outdoor Kitchens, and we got a sneak peek of dishes from each at a recent tasting with the Epcot culinary team. La Isla Fresca takes guests to the Caribbean for authentic bites such as Jamaican braised beef with pigeon peas and rice; spicy jerk chicken or grouper with mango salsa and a Tres Leches cake with guava puree (the traditional meringue is replaced with whipped cream in this version). Pair either of the savories with a Red Stripe Jamaican-style lager, or frozen Simply Tropical juice drink (with or without rum).

The Cider House offers a spin on tastes from the United Kingdom, including a field greens salad with greens harvested from The Land Pavilion, heirloom apples, Stilton cheese and dried blueberries; and a pear cider-brined shredded corned beef, braised cabbage and pears with Branston (a British food brand) dressing. The Cider House will offer four hard ciders, including a blueberry ciders made in Plant City, Fla., plus Cigar City Tampa-Style Lager.

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The 11 other Outdoor Kitchens include Urban Farm Eats (new seared pork tenderloin), Pineapple Promenade , Fleur de Lys, Florida Fresh, Taste of Marrakesh, Hanami, THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews (the pulled pig slider gets crispy onions on top), Primavera Kitchen, Lotus House, Bauernmarkt (German currywurst sausage is new this year) and Jardin de Fiestas. Such diversity of tastes!

You’ll be wowed by the colorful extravaganza put on by the Disney horticulture team – whimsical topiaries (yes, Elsa and Anna will be there), 220 “floating gardens” in the lagoon and a new edible flower garden next to The Land Pavilion. It’s all beautiful at night, with twinkling lights shining across the gardens.

Food lovers, mark your calendar for April 29-May 1, when Florida Fresh Weekend features the state’s edible bounty from Apalachicola to Zellwood.

For more information about the 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, call 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639). Watch for details at epcotinspring.com. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

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Valentine’s DIY: Make Disney Bride & Groom Candy Apples from Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Walt Disney World Resort’s candy shops offer a wide range of treats that are as delightful for the eye as they are for the tummy. We’ve previously shared tutorials on how you can recreate some of their bestselling items right in your own home, including Minnie Witch Candy Apples, Olaf Marshmallow Treats and more.

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This month we’re back with a look at candy apples that make perfect surprises for lovebirds – the Mickey Groom and Minnie Bride Apples. Here’s a fun fact: while you may not normally see these designs stocking the shelves at our candy shops, guests can ask to have a Mickey Groom or Minnie Bride Apple made for them right on the spot! What a way to celebrate an engagement, wedding or honeymoon.

Check out the tutorial above, in which Candy Cauldron Confectioner Bryanna gives us step-by-step directions on bringing this sweet duo to life.

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Disney Doodles: Megara Dreams of Hercules at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


In the 1997 film “Hercules,” Megara “won’t say she’s in love” with hopeful hero Hercules, but it sure looks like the romance of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park has her dreaming of him now.

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It’s a Beautiful Morning at Schoolyard Sprayground at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 1st, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Off to school on this fine Monday? So are the finned friends you’ll find at Schoolyard Sprayground, the interactive water play area at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. How much fun does this place look?

And here’s a fun fact – this water play area is adjacent to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort’s Big Blue Pool, the largest Disney resort pool we have here at Walt Disney World Resort.

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