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The Inside Scoop on Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats aboard the Disney Dream

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Kelly Vanarsdall, Food and Beverage Standards Manager, Disney Cruise Line

It’s no secret that one of everyone’s favorite Disney cruise activities is enjoying the wonderful food onboard. We’ve created an entirely new culinary experience with the all-new Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats aboard the Disney Dream. It’s your one stop for delicious ice cream, gelato and candy shop.


As you walk through the door of this enchanting shop themed to “Wreck-it Ralph,” you’re immediately immersed in the sweet aroma of waffle cones being prepared. The festive shop offers 20 flavors of gelato and 16 flavors of ice cream, all handcrafted.

The Inside Scoop on Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats aboard the Disney Dream The Inside Scoop on Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats aboard the Disney Dream

The six artisan sundaes on the menu include two signature sundaes served in souvenir cups. Vanellope Von Schweetz’s Race Kart Sundae features three scoops of ice cream and five toppings, while Ralph’s Family Challenge is meant for sharing, and includes eight scoops of ice cream and eight toppings. If you prefer to put your creativity to work, you’re sure to enjoy the selection of 28 toppings, a multitude of sauces and fresh fruit compotes, and the whipped cream made in the shop daily.


What’s more, delectable desserts are sure to speak to anyone’s sweet tooth. Eclairs, designer cookies, cupcakes, candy apples, tarts and specialty brownies on a stick are just some of the delicious treats offered. A colorful candy assortment is available, along with signature lollipops atop King Candy’s lollipop tree.

Here’s a fun fact: The shop’s animated leaderboard showcases the day’s trending sundaes. All six start the day on the board, and as they’re purchased, the leading sundaes move up the board to highlight the guest favorites that day.

Thanks for reading my first post on the Disney Parks Blog. Check back next week for more fun facts about the sweetest addition to the Disney Dream. I’ll also share recipes for the delicious treats we serve there.

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Haunted Mansion Funko Pop! Figures Debut at Disney Parks

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

Materializing at Disney Parks on November 27 are four new Funko Pop! figures themed to the Haunted Mansion, created especially for Disney Theme Park Merchandise. These happy haunts are currently in search of a new place to socialize since their resting grounds have been taken over by Sandy Claws!


This new collection includes Ezra, Gus, Phineas and the ever-popular Hatbox Ghost. Each figure will retail for $19.95 plus tax and will be available at the following locations:

Disneyland Resort
D Street, Downtown Disney District

Walt Disney World Resort
Pin Traders, Disney Springs Marketplace

Which one of these Grim Grinning Ghosts will follow you home?

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Top 5: Savoring International Food Traditions with Adventures by Disney

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

It’s right about this time of year that I tend to get food on the brain. Today it’s traditional Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, but next week I’ll start dreaming of peppermint, sugar cookies and other sweets as visions of sugarplums start prancing through my head.

One of my favorite parts about traveling with Adventures by Disney is having the chance to sample regional delights that act as the traditional foods of places around the globe. From Peking duck in Beijing, ouzo in Greece or even authentic New York pizza, there’s a great big culinary world to explore, and I want to taste it all!

With this in mind I’m bringing you my top five picks for savoring international food traditions with Adventures by Disney:


This is truly a country known for food, wine and decadence. And on the Adventures by Disney Italy trip you can sample (and stuff yourself) with all your Italian favorites. On this itinerary you have an entire day in Tuscany with a morning pasta-making session with an Italian chef, then sample wine in the Chianti wine-growing region and learn to infuse your own olive oil at an organic working farm. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!


Quinoa is currently a major culinary craze here in the U.S., but in Peru, quinoa has been a long-time dietary staple. And on the Adventures by Disney Peru trip, you can sample everything from assorted quinoa-based salads to chicken breaded in a quinoa coating. My favorite food-based experience on this vacation is the traditional Andean feast known as Pachamanca. Your dinner is cooked on top of hot stones in an earthen oven. It’s one of the most memorable meals you’ll ever enjoy.


I am a total sucker for anything Scottish. On the Adventures by Disney Scotland vacation you can enjoy one of my favorite things ever, scones! You’ll travel to one of the most mystically beautiful places on earth, the Isle of Skye, where you learn the art of scone making at a local village bakery. I recommend sampling them with a spot of tea (which you definitely should sip with your pinkie finger up).


European Christmas Markets
On the Adventures by Disney Holiday Danube River Cruise you can explore Christmas Markets at nearly every port – from Vienna to Budapest and more. Here you’ll find not only one-of-a-kind crafts and gifts, but also more traditional food and drink than your heart could ever desire! Gingerbread, mulled wine, bratwurst … the list goes on and on. Trust me, you’ll want to pack your stretchy pants.


Brown cheese! Known as “brunost,” caramelized brown Scandinavian whey cheese is found pretty much everywhere you look in Norway, and it’s especially popular for breakfast. On the Adventures by Disney Norway vacation, you’ll travel to a quaint village nestled in the fjords where you’ll learn traditional cheese making and sample brown cheese, along with other regional favorites.

What international food specialty are you most eager to savor on an Adventures by Disney vacation?

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The Disney Conservation Fund Honors 2015 Conservation Heroes

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

All over the world, there are thousands of dedicated people working day in and day out to protect wildlife and wild places, and to educate and engage local communities in conservation. Each year, the Disney Conservation Fund invites conservation nonprofit organizations to nominate people from communities where they work – people whose passion and dedication makes conservation possible – and we’re proud to honor them as Disney Conservation Heroes. They are heroes because they have gone above and beyond. They have identified needs in their communities, overcome obstacles and persevered, sometimes at great personal sacrifice, to make their communities and our planet a better place.

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World of Disney Expands in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort has recently transformed into a larger, more spacious shopping experience for guests. I recently visited this flagship merchandise store to discover the latest additions.

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40 Seconds of Fun: ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday Time-Lapse Video

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Shannon Swanson, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Three weeks before Holidays at the Disneyland Resort officially kicked off, we continuously documented the talented elves of Disneyland Resort Entertainment as they decked the walls of “it’s a small world” Holiday.

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One-of-a-Kind Ganachery at Disney Springs to Open Dec. 15, Celebrating Chocolate, ‘the Most Beautiful Product in the World’

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

A whole new experience for Walt Disney World guests debuts Dec. 15 at Disney Springs – the Ganachery, showcasing hand-crafted chocolate, “the most beautiful product in the world,” says Disney Pastry Chef Stefan Riemer.

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Give the Gift of Disney With New Holiday Disney Gift Cards

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services

Have a joyous celebration with our new holiday-themed Disney Gift Card designs throughout Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, or online at It’s the gift that is simple for you, and perfect for everyone on your shopping list. Select your favorite design and load your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15!

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Holiday How-To: Holiday Leftovers Panini

posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Not sure what to do with your leftovers from Thanksgiving? In our final turkey-day tip, Lenny DeGeorge, Executive Chef, Concept Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shows us how to make the perfect holiday panini.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on November 22nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This week, we had some exciting updates to share on what’s coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2016, including a first look at some of the amazing sights you’ll experience during our new nighttime experience “Rivers of Light” and a first look the new Tiffins restaurant.

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