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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.

Let’s meet a few of the 22 honorees:

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Nurzhafarina Othman
Nominated by the Houston Zoo

Nurzhafarina’s passion for the Bornean elephant led her to become one of the first women in the field of elephant research in Sabah, Malaysia. Nurzhafarina works with communities to help increase tolerance toward elephants during human-wildlife conflicts. Her research on elephant herd social structure, migration patterns and human-elephant conflict led to the development of an elephant conservation management plan that will help better protect elephants and local communities.

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Revocatus Magayane
Nominated by the African People & Wildlife Fund
Revo works with the African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) to implement education programs for more than 6,000 youth and adults spanning 12 villages and two districts in Tanzania. He manages wildlife clubs and summer camps for youth and co-teaches adult seminar courses on natural resource management. He has also helped graduates of these courses start their own community conservation projects. Revo is known for representing the voice of conservation while always considering the needs of the community where he works.

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Greenhouse Alumni Team: Brian Young, Joanna Ruacho, Joyce Realegeno and Bryan Payes (left to right)
Nominated by Los Angeles Audubon Society
Once high school student participants in the L.A. Audubon Society’s Greenhouse Program, these dedicated students now work for the Greenhouse Alumni Team to assist with habitat restoration, environmental education and endangered species conservation in the urbanized Ballona Creek Watershed of the Los Angeles Basin. Their diverse skills have allowed them to effectively connect with communities and teach others about conservation issues related to species like the Western snowy plover and California least tern. Their time, talent and motivation have been invaluable to the L.A. Audubon Society, and they serve as living examples of what the organization hopes to achieve through their environmental education programs for inner-city students in Los Angeles – young adults with a strong connection to nature, who are committed to conservation and who serve as environmental leaders within their community.

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Sean Lee & Tahambay Smith
Nominated by Fauna & Flora International
For the past eight years, Sean and Tahambay have volunteered nearly all of their spare time to protect and conserve the critically endangered Antiguan racer snake and other rare and endemic wildlife on Antigua’s offshore islands. After their day jobs, they travel each weekend, first by bus and then fishing boat, to the offshore islands to maintain trails, monitor wildlife and educate visitors. Their passion for wildlife has led them to become highly skilled conservation biologists now called upon to help train other local conservationists and inform legislation to formally protect the Antiguan racer.

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Tungalagtuya Khuukhenduu
Nominated by Snow Leopard Conservancy
While conducting research in Mongolia, Tunga recognized that local people had no access to environmental education and collaborated with conservation organizations to create “Nomadic Nature Trunks” (NNT). This program provides travelling classrooms for school students and three weeks of interactive lesson plans on environmental stewardship and conservation of Mongolia’s ecosystems. In 2010, Tunga helped expand the program to include education programming for adults and turned NNT into an organization called Nomadic Nature Conservation.

Everyone you’ve read about is a true Conservation Hero – proving that one person can make a difference and inspire us all to help make a difference in our own communities to make the world a better place. You can read about the other 2015 Conservation Heroes by visiting

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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.


The World of Disney expansion includes an addition of 6,000 sq. ft of retail selling space, a new entrance to the location, and interior changes to help guests better navigate this incredible shopping destination. The location is now considered the largest merchandise shop at Walt Disney World Resort.

I loved the gorgeous stained glass window found in the new space. I also found enhanced directional signs throughout the entire shop which made locating products easier.


One of my favorite details was the new artwork added to the ceiling including Elliot the dragon from Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon”; WALL-E and Eve from Disney•Pixar’s “Wall-E”; and Hiro and Baymax from Disney’s “Big Hero 6.”


Guests can now complete purchases at one of several, more efficient, centralized register locations. There was also a new information desk for guests who may have questions about Disney products.


Finally, cast members have new, re-designed costumes as shown above by Leo Cal and Cencen Wang.

To celebrate the newly expanded location, we are offering a “Free Shipping” promotion on purchases made only at World of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29, 2015. This would be a great time to get a jump start on holiday shopping!

To see the latest Disney Springs happenings, follow @DisneySprings on Twitter and the brand-new Instagram account. Be sure to use hashtag “#DisneySprings” for an opportunity to be featured.

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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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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Meet-Up

posted on November 21st, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

We had a blast meeting many of you during our Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Meet-Up. And many more of you joined us during our live stream – what did you think?

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Disney Weddings Celebrates 25 Years, Welcomes Engage!15 Luxury Wedding Business Summit

posted on November 20th, 2015 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons

This week, we had the honor and privilege of hosting Engage!15, a luxury wedding business summit, right here at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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