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Adventures by Disney Recognized in Annual World Travel Awards

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


The 21st Annual World Travel Awards just came out, and we’re proud to say that Adventures by Disney has been named “North America’s Leading Tour Operator” by travel and tourism professionals worldwide! It’s an honor to receive such an accolade, and I think you’ll agree that no matter how exotic the destination, it’s our Adventure Guides who deserve a round of applause for delivering the difference only Disney can create. Our guides take guests to some of the most beautiful places on the planet including China, Australia, South Africa, Peru, England and France, as well as North American adventures in Alaska and the Rockies.

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Where in the world would you go with Adventures by Disney?

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Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel Debuts New Menu October 29

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The spiffing-up began earlier this year at Steakhouse 55, one of the finest restaurants at the Disneyland Resort: new carpet, new chairs, new dishes, new silverware – “It’s almost like opening a new restaurant,” says Chef Marcel St. Pierre.

Chef Marcel took the helm in early 2014 and has been working on the new menu for nearly four months, side-by-side with manager and sommelier Brian Van Amber. And now, with extensive training for the staff complete in everything from guest service to wine pairings, Chef Marcel says they’re ready to launch tomorrow.

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While a handful of dishes may sound familiar (Baltimore crab cake, filet mignon, slow-roasted prime rib), every single dish on the menu has been refined, says Chef Marcel. You’ll still find Tiger Prawns, but they’re served with a new Bloody Mary cocktail sauce, shallot mignonette and lemon gelée. The new pan-roasted pork belly appetizer comes with truffle mascarpone, green apple and pickled black kale. Chef Marcel is especially proud of the new smoked filet mignon tartare, the meat arriving tableside under a crystal dome. When the dome is lifted, there’s the aroma of smoke as the dish is gently tossed tableside with mustard aioli and cage-free egg yolk, then served with shaved rye croutons.

A clever new appetizer is ratatouille “meatballs,” made with finely chopped mushrooms, lentils, carrots, celery, onions and a little bread crumbs. The meatballs are served with zucchini spaghetti, vegan Bolognese and a shave of Parmesan (request no Parmesan for the perfect vegan starter).

Hearts of romaine is the Steakhouse 55 version of the classic Caesar, with Castelvetrano olives from Italy, crispy bacon lardons and Caesar dressing. The new French onion soup gets a hearty seasonal vibe with cream and chicken stock, served with grilled onions and California Muenster cheese focaccia.

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You’ll still see the classic cuts of meat: filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, New York strip, prime rib, Porterhouse. But the classic cuts receive a special twist, like a hickory-molasses rub on the New York strip. King salmon is crusted with fava bean and rye. Lamb chops are roasted with garlic “dust” and peppercorn. Each cut of beef is beautifully garnished with roasted bone marrow (with a tiny fork for scooping out the rich center) topped with lemon gremolata.

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Some of the new sides to share the spotlight are a truffled mac ‘n cheese, flash-fried spinach, and the Delmonico Gruyère Casserole — a decadent, cheesy side made with fingerling potatoes, Applewood smoked bacon and fresh thyme. Duck-fat fries come with blood orange sabayon for dipping; the mashed potatoes have a new mushroom-infused gravy.

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Dessert isn’t an afterthought, and while the legendary 24-Layer Cake stays on the menu, it’s now served with spiced pumpkin gelato and roca (almond butter-crunch toffee). Chef Marcel thinks the new warm apple butter cake will be another home run, served right out of the oven with a scoop of Bourbon ice cream and a side of crème Anglaise. Or try the banana mascarpone cheesecake with caramel glaze, honey-dipped pecans and butterscotch sauce.

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The new, three-course Steakhouse 55 Chef’s Tasting for $55 ($85 with wine pairings) makes it easy to choose: start with the Fifty-Five Salad (ruby beets and feta cheese with apricot granola and citrus vinaigrette); next, the braised short rib Bourguignon with roasted root vegetables, and finish with crème brûlèe served with pear marmalade, candied bacon madeleine and cranberry compote.

The new Steakhouse 55 has been a real team effort,” says Chef Marcel. “We hope we’ve created a fantastic new dining experience for our guests.”

For reservations, call 714-781-DINE or visit disneyland.com.

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Disney VoluntEARS Put Their ‘Can’ Do Spirit to Work Helping Central Florida Food Bank

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Wilma Colón, Media Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Anyone who has attempted to build anything knows how challenging and time-consuming the task can be. But with a can-do attitude and a giving spirit, it was an easy venture for a group of Walt Disney World Resort cast members who built larger-than-life sculptures using nothing but cans of food!

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During the recent CANstruction Orlando food drive and design competition, it was impressive to see two teams of Disney VoluntEARS in action as they stacked more than 11,000 canned and packaged food items to create an iconic pair of mouse ears and a tribute to Disney’s beloved attraction “it’s a small world.” Their desire to give back to the community was in full display as they carefully and strategically stacked one can at a time.

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Following the annual CANstruction event, everything used in the sculptures was donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, a nonprofit that Disney has supported for more than 20 years donating several million pounds of food through its “Disney Harvest Program.”

Take a minute and see for yourself how these Disney VoluntEARS got everything to stack up!

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Disney PhotoPass Service Simplifies Access to Walt Disney World Photos, Videos

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Sandi Wallace, Walt Disney World Communications


With attraction photos, you can capture some amazing Disney moments. And now, Disney PhotoPass Service is making it even easier for you to collect those memories.

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Disney Cruise Line Reveals Ports and Itineraries for Early 2016

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Just announced, our tropical itineraries are getting an extra dose of pixie dust in early 2016! We’ve added the popular Caribbean ports Tortola and Martinique to our already spectacular destination lineup, and we’re returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico for another special season of Southern Caribbean sailings.

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‘Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It’ Street Party Livens Up Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party stepped off at Magic Kingdom Park on Friday, offering a traveling celebration that encourages guests to party right along.

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Visit the Halloween Carnival at Disneyland Park Before Halloween Time Ends

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Time is running out to experience all of the Halloween Time fun at the Disneyland Resort, including the popular Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland park!

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Disney Cruise Line Joins the Instagram Fun

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We’re excited to announce that @DisneyCruiseLine is now on Instagram! Starting this week, we’ll be sharing your Disney memories from out at sea, just like we do for your vacations on land from the @WaltDisneyWorld, @Disneyland and @DisneyAulani Instagram feeds.

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Morimoto Asia, BOATHOUSE Dining Experiences Coming to Disney Springs in 2015

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


It was just announced that Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who many of you know from his appearances on Iron Chef America, is opening a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the heart of Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Haunt Your Disney Side Contest, Week 4 (Costumes)

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


You still have plenty of time left to show off your Halloween Disney Side by uploading family photos of Halloween home decor, food and drinks, carved pumpkins and costumes themed to Disney Parks attractions at DisneySideContest.com. Each photo uploaded enters you for a chance to win that grand prize of a private “Midnight at the Haunted Mansion” party for you and three guests with a spooky overnight stay in Cinderella Castle.

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