If you are still not sure what to get for your Valentine this weekend, chocolate is the sweetest of gifts in my book. The exquisite chocolates from The Ganachery, a sophisticated chocolate boutique at Disney Springs, are the real deal. And on February 13 and 14, guests visiting Senses – A Disney Spa can savor the taste of these handcrafted, decadent ganache squares as part of their spa treatments during Valentine’s Weekend at Disney’s Saratoga Springs and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resorts. Plus, expert Chocolatiers from The Ganachery will be on site at the Grand Floridian Spa from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. showcasing the handmade Valentine-themed treats — just right for the occasion. Take a peek at what’s in store as an indulgent gift for your sweetie.
posted on February 11th, 2016 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations
posted on February 10th, 2016 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
One of my favorite candies are those little message hearts you get on Valentine’s Day. They each have their own personalities. Quite like the three wallpapers we have created to celebrate this day of love.
Our designers, Brittany Ungvarsky, Jeff Maurer and Kenzie Schmaltz, created these three heartfelt images featuring their favorite Disney couples – Jack & Sally, Mickey & Minnie, Pocahontas & John Smith.
Love, in all its forms, is sweet!
Try This Smashed Potato From Disney’s PCH Grill Beachside Bonfire Buffet at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
posted on February 10th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
February is National Potato Lover’s Month, a perfect excuse to make this delicious, slightly decadent recipe from Disney’s PCH Grill that could serve as a main dish (add a big green salad and dinner is done).
What’s not to love about a potato that’s baked, then fried and topped off with a little bacon, sour cream and Cheddar? These mini smashed potatoes would also be perfect appetizers for a game day party.
This recipe is from the generous dinner buffet at Disney’s PCH Grill Beachside Bonfire Buffet at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and is the perfect side for the kitchen’s smoked tri-tip, ribs, fish tacos, sautéed shrimp, steamed clams and fried chicken, or paired with a mini burger or a hot dog right off the grill. In addition to dinner, you can catch a wave with breakfast favorites at the Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends at Disney’s PCH Grill, featuring an omelet station, signature flatbreads, parfaits, Mickey waffles and more.
To make reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.
Mini Smashed Potatoes
Mini Smashed Potatoes
12 miniature gold potatoes, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter
8 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sour cream
3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 tablespoons grated Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped chives
For smashed potatoes
- Place potatoes, water and 1 tablespoon of salt in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover and reduce to a simmer. Continue simmering for 15 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.
- Drain potatoes and transfer to a baking sheet. Cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Place a small plate on top of one potato, and gently push down, until the potato is 1/3 of its original size and just begins to split open on the side. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
- Heat oil in a 12-inch frying pan over medium high-heat for 3-5 minutes, until oil reaches 350°F.
- Carefully place the potatoes in the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy.
- Place potatoes on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Season with remaining salt and pepper.
- Place smashed potatoes on a large serving platter.
- Top each potato with 1 teaspoon of sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon chopped bacon, 1 teaspoon shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 teaspoon of chives.
This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version. All recipes are the property of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., and may not be reproduced without express permission.
posted on February 10th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
Starting this week, young guests can embark on a quest to become honorary members of the Lion Guard in a new Disney’s Animal Kingdom adventure inspired by Disney Junior’s animated series “The Lion Guard.”
posted on February 10th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort
More great news for collectors of our hand-painted Ink & Paint cels, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! If you’re still in need of a gift, treat your sweetheart to this special piece, titled “Wandering Dreams,” featuring Briar Rose and Prince Phillip as they enjoy a stroll past Sleeping Beauty Castle, when it debuts February 14, 2016, at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park.
posted on February 10th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend returns to Walt Disney World Resort from February 18-21, 2016. Runners from around the world will join the Disney Princess’ in a “dream come true” weekend of majestic runs in the most magical place on earth. Today, I have a first look at several commemorative products created especially for the royal event.
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!
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.
Romance is in the Air at Downtown Disney District as Valentine’s Weekend Brings Special Menus, Gift Ideas and Entertainment
posted on February 9th, 2016 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations
Whether it’s a romantic dinner, a special gift for your sweetheart, Valentine-themed entertainment or a horse & carriage ride, you’ll find all the makings of a perfect Valentine’s Day weekend in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.
posted on February 9th, 2016 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
The opportunity for families to play together is one of the things that sets Disney Cruise Line apart. From exhilarating rides on the AquaDuck water coaster, to carefree dancing at the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, there are countless ways for parents and kids to have fun as a family. In this video, get a first-person point of view from the Ortega family as they discover some of the excitement of a Disney cruise.