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It’s Snacktime: Finding Favorite Treats at Walt Disney World

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


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There are just so many snack options when visiting a Disney Park that the tough part is figuring out just what to snack on. Here are a few of my favorites that are helping me keep my stamina while the Coolest Summer Ever keeps moving on here in Florida.

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You scream, I scream, we all scream for six ice creams!

Truth: ice cream is my treat. I would live off of it, if allowed. So when someone suggested eating one of everything from the ice cream cart, I’m game. Have you ever seen me look so happy as I do above? The Mickey Premium Bar continues to be my top pick!

Oh, ice cream not your thing? You want something salty?

Popcorn – you can’t go wrong with this choice at Walt Disney World. It’s the best popcorn on earth in my humble opinion.

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Maybe, a bit of sweet and sour is your game when it comes to picking a snack.

Goofy’s Candy Co.’s Mostly Sour Powder Candy is a fun treat. At the Confectionery on Main Street, U.S.A., I was able to create-my-own by picking my favorite flavors. This snack brings me back to childhood. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve enjoyed a snack like this.

I’ll be back one final time with some dinnertime selections. Yes, I’ll be hungry for dinner – no need to worry! In the meantime, tell us in the comments section what your favorite Disney Parks treat is!

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It’s Lunchtime at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


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It’s lunchtime and I have a hankerin’ for a turkey leg. Don’t mind if I do! I even traveled to Frontierland just so I could snap a shot with my turkey leg while wearing a coonskin cap. It seemed so apropos.

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When I eat a meal, I often find myself craving something sweet (especially while visiting a Disney Park). This delicious churro sure did do the trick. Afterwards, I burned off some of those churro calories taking a tour of the Swiss Family Treehouse. So. Many. Stairs.

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I needed a beverage to go with my turkey leg and churro. So I stopped and got a Diet Coke in one of these awesome Orange Bird sippers from the Sunshine Tree Terrace. (I even took a breather after those Treehouse stairs to enjoy it.) Everything tastes better, I swear, when you’re sipping it from inside of one of these awesome beverage vessels!

I’ll be back again soon with some more snackin’ fun.

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Special Menu Items Available at The Lunching Pad at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


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Are you having fun kicking off the Coolest Summer Ever at Magic Kingdom Park? Why not take a break to refuel at The Lunching Pad. What’s on the menu? A specialty hot dog topped with pulled pork and slaw, refreshing watermelon lemonade and a crisped rice treat adorably shaped like a flip-flop.

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Enjoying 24 Hours of Snacks at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


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When they asked me to spend the day snacking my way around Magic Kingdom Park to kick off the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort, I was honored. It is not every day you find yourself getting paid to eat delicious treats. I kicked off my morning with a trip to Starbucks on Main Street, U.S.A.

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I love starting my day with a Iced Skinny Vanilla Latte. Not only does it give me a morning boost, it’s delicious. Plus, it is super awesome that I can visit a Starbucks inside a Disney Park! After enjoying my coffee, I needed a snack to keep my energy going.

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As you may recall, I love food shaped like a character. And ‘oh boy’ did this Mickey Pretzel hit the spot. I enjoyed it as I relaxed on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and took a tour of Tomorrowland. Afterwards, I decided to quench my thirst.

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This blue slush from Storybook Circus not only was delicious, but turned my tongue a nice shade of blue. I took it all in as I cooled off near the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station.

I’ll be back soon enough with some lunchtime food fun. Stay tuned!

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Where to Find Special ‘Frozen’-Themed Treats at Magic Kingdom Park Today

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


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Some of our favorite food and beverage offerings have turned blue today – like the cotton candy and lemonade – to help us kick off the “Coolest Summer Ever.” Don’t forget to try the specialty cupcake, topped with blue buttercream and the 24-Hour Kickoff to Summer logo, available at Main Street Bakery and Gaston’s Tavern. Guests love the Olaf-shaped sipper, too!

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What treats are you looking forward to trying today?

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Behind the Scenes: Building Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Harambe Market, a new area that will serve-up African-inspired street food, is set to open May 23 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Today, we’re excited to share with you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at just how the team is currently working together to bring this new area to life.

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Check out the video below to hear how members of the project team traveled to Lamu, Kenya to study architecture, learn how African foods and spices inspired parts of the area’s storyline, and much more.

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Favorite Recipe from New Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on May 19th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Harambe Market opens May 23 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and if you can’t be here for the debut, we’re sharing one of our favorite recipes from the new location.

This chickpea salad, which will be served with the Karubi Ribs from Harambe Market, features distinctive African flavors like tamarind paste and chaat masala. Give the dish plenty of time to marinate before serving.

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Chickpea Salad
Serves 8 as a side dish or appetizer

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1/2 small jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced
1 teaspoon tamarind paste, dissolved in 3 tablespoons of water
1/4 teaspoon chaat masala, optional
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
2 (14.5-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 large tomato, seeds removed, diced
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, stems removed, minced

  1. Heat oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger and jalapeno; cook until garlic is lightly golden. Set aside until mixture is room temperature. Whisk in tamarind paste and chaat masala. Stir in onion. Refrigerate until cold.
  2. Add chilled spice mixture to chickpeas, tossing to coat. Add 2 tablespoons lime juice and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Just before serving, add cucumber, tomato and cilantro. Add remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, if desired. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Cook’s notes: Tamarind paste has a distinctive, tart flavor. It can be purchased in Asian and Latin-American grocery stores or online. Chaat masala is a spice blend available in specialty food stores and some grocery stores or online.

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Fuel Your 24-Hour Party Fun at Magic Kingdom Park on May 22

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


We’re gearing up to have the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort, and what better way to kick it off than with a 24-Hour party at Magic Kingdom Park?

I have a few tips for finding great bites during the 24-Hour Party at Magic Kingdom Park:

For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with a cup of coffee and a pastry (or a cupcake; I don’t judge) from Main Street Bakery. A favorite for me are the waffles from Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square, delicious served topped with strawberries and whipped cream or as a ham and cheese omelet sandwich—either way, you can’t go wrong.

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Cupcakes celebrating the 24-Hour Party will be available at Main Street Bakery and Gaston’s Tavern. Since we’re kicking off the Coolest Summer Ever, everything from cotton candy to our lemonade is turning blue!

For lunch, I love the Pot Roast Macaroni and Cheese or Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese from The Friar’s Nook. Or, still in Fantasyland, I enjoy watching the ‘it’s a small world’ boats drift by in Pinocchio Village Haus while enjoying one of their delicious flatbreads (the Caprese is my favorite—I love the juicy tomatoes and balsamic drizzle).

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Hang loose during the Tomorrowland beach party, starting at 4 p.m., and grab a snack at The Lunching Pad, featuring a tropical watermelon lemonade, a special gourmet hot dog topped with pulled pork and cole slaw and a crisped rice treat shaped like a flip-flop available only during the beach party.

For dinner, ample seating and air conditioning can’t be beat—it’s the best way to recharge. Try the new Deluxe Chicken Sandwich with pepper jack cheese, bacon and chipotle mayo at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café, or try one of the new Rice Bowls (choose from beef or veggie) at Tortuga Tavern. In Liberty Square, the Seafood Mac and Cheese—cheesy goodness made with lobster and shrimp—and Chicken Pot Pie from Columbia Harbor House hit the mark for comfort food (both entrees are only available after 4 p.m.).

Looking for dessert? There’s nothing like watching Wishes from Main Street with a sundae from Plaza Ice Cream Parlor in hand—be sure to try Olaf’s take on this sweet treat! If dessert isn’t your thing, and you’re looking for a late-night snack instead, give the gourmet waffle fries from Golden Oak Outpost a try.

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For the night owls who make it to the wee hours of the morning, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café will offer a breakfast plate loaded up with crispy bacon, fluffy scrambled eggs and herb-crusted roasted red skin potatoes.

My fellow Disney Parks Blog author, Pam Brandon, will be giving you east-coast food updates on May 22, and I’ll be live-blogging the Disneyland Diamond Celebration Kickoff in California!

What are you planning to eat and drink during the 24-hour Party? Let us know in the comments below.

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Moms Panel Monday: Need Recommendations on Dining at Walt Disney World Resort?

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


Food can be a big and very fun part of the Walt Disney World Resort experience, and for this issue of Moms Panel Monday our panelists offer dining suggestions to a guest who is visiting this summer.

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Each panelist provides personal insight — such as favorites of their kids’ like 50s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to signature dining establishments like California Grill and Flying Fish Cafe, and even not-to-be-missed indulgences like waffle-based sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom Park or the addictive Zebra Domes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Does your family have any favorite places to grab a bite at Walt Disney World Resort?

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‘Coolest Summer Ever’ Commemorative Shirt Coming to Magic Kingdom Park for 24-Hour Party

posted on May 16th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I can’t wait to kick-off the “Coolest Summer Ever” in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort! This 24-hour party starts 6 a.m. Friday, May 22, and runs until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23. I already have a “hip” costume to “Snow My Disney Side” during the event. For guests who want to stay cool during the party, we are releasing a commemorative T-shirt featuring the host of the party, Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen.”

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This year’s shirt will contain ink that changes color when exposed to sunlight.

The shirt will be found in Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom Park. We will also offer it online from May 22-31 at DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.

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In addition to the shirt, guests will find a festive cupcake found in the following locations:

Please share your photos and join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter by using #Disney24 and #CoolestSummer.

I hope to see you at the party!

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