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Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream: Recipe for Restoration

posted on January 19th, 2016 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


At our new Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream, it’s easy to keep your fitness afloat by refueling with a nutrient-packed beverage. A variety of fresh ingredients are available to satisfy your taste buds in a healthy way.

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In my final post of this series, I’m sharing a recipe to restore harmony and balance. Its delicious mixture of fruits and vegetables is sure to fill you up and leave you wanting more at the same time.

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Ingredients

  • 6 Strawberries
  • ½ Avocado
  • 4 Mint leaves
  • 6 slices Beet
  • ½ Apple
  • 4 Goji berries
  • 4 oz water

Directions

  1. Blend with or without ice based on desired consistency.

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Moms Panel Monday: Celebrations at Disney Parks

posted on January 18th, 2016 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Growing up in Orlando, my family celebrated many milestones at Walt Disney World Resort including birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, and new jobs. Today’s Moms Panel Monday comes from Jenn in Delaware who wants to know how to celebrate multiple special occasions with her family of 10.

The Disney Parks Moms Panel offers her some great ideas ranging from a private fireworks cruise to dessert parties, signature dining, knee-slapping entertainment and beautiful gifts from Disney Floral and Gifts.

Two of our newest Panelists, Jen from Missouri and Jackie from Ontario, recommend making a big night of it with a Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party. They truly love the special viewing of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular along with your own table for dining.

Wes, our dad Panelist from Texas strikes a big idea with a bowling party at Disney Springs. He says Splitsville Luxury Lanes is the perfect place to celebrate with their extensive menu and fun atmosphere.

Panelists Emma from the UK, Susan from New York, and Jason from Georgia all recommend a booming idea – a fireworks cruise. Emma likes the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage while Susan likes the Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise. Both experiences offer once-in-a-lifetime memories for the entire family.

Camila, our Panelist from Brazil, and Heather from New York both suggest one of their favorite restaurants – ‘Ohana. They love the amazing food you’ll find there like coconut-pineapple bread and delicious shrimp.

And Heather also points out something sweet – she’s found that in her many times of traveling to Walt Disney World Resort, it isn’t about where she ate or what special tour they booked, it’s about just being together as one big happy family. She says, “So as you enter the Magic Kingdom Park, let go of all your inhibitions and become a kid again.” Such great advice!

This was a very fun question for our Moms Panel to answer. See more great answers to this question and other Disney Parks vacation planning questions by visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Tell us your favorite ways to celebrate special occasions at Disney Parks in the comments below.

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How to Plan an Unforgettable Girlfriends’ Getaway at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 18th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues to dazzle, 2016 is a great time for you and your girls to channel your inner princesses at the Disneyland Resort. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply spending quality girl time at the Happiest Place on Earth, try out these fun activities for a magical girlfriends’ getaway!

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Show off matching Mickey Ears, hats or t-shirts
Stepping out in matching Disney style is the perfect way to celebrate your friendship! Minnie ears from The Mad Hatter at Disneyland park, Disney t-shirts from Gone Hollywood at Disney California Adventure park or cute accessories from the World of Disney store in the Downtown Disney District make great photo props.

Capture your memories with Disney’s PhotoPass Service
Disney’s PhotoPass Service ensures that all the girls can get in the group photo. Friendly PhotoPass photographers will pose you in front of iconic locations in the parks, capture Disney Character greetings and even snap a photo with your personal cameras.

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Rejuvenate at Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
A getaway is not complete without pampering fit for a princess! The Balinese-themed Mandara Spa inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa provides an escape to paradise with relaxing massages, manicures, facials and more. Reservations are recommended.

Enjoy dinner in the park at Carthay Circle Restaurant
With an exquisite menu and décor inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, you and your best friends will dine like stars at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure park.

End a spectacular night with the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular
The recipe for a memorable night includes grabbing a cup of hot cocoa, cozying up near “it’s a small world” and spending quality time together as the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks sparkle in the skies above Disneyland park. This spot has a great view of the beautiful animated projections on the exterior of “it’s a small world,” too.

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Grab drinks at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
Located at the Disneyland Hotel, the torch-lit terrace of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is a relaxing spot to unwind and continue the fun after a day in the parks. This tropical-themed lounge evokes the feeling of a mystical oasis, and some colorful cocktails may conjure up magical surprises!

How do you have fun with your best friends at the Disneyland Resort?

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Date Night at Walt Disney World Resort: Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise

posted on January 15th, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Recently, I had the opportunity to set course for date night on Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise. My husband and I were married on the Disney Dream, so we were excited to spend our evening on a very special voyage aboard the General Joe Potter!

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Our night began with a sip of sparkling cider, passed to us in a glowing champagne flute upon check-in. We were also given a commemorative Ferrytale Wishes passport. Inside the passport we found not only descriptions of each of the desserts we were about to enjoy, but a commemorative trading pin as well! There was also a surprise children’s activity inspired by Mickey Mouse – but more on that later!

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As we boarded, we received a souvenir plate with glass holder (similar to the ones available for purchase at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival), convenient for holding delicious desserts, assorted fruits and cheeses. A selection of soda, lemonade and water was available. Adults can enjoy, wine, beer, sparkling wine and an alcoholic punch. We sampled tastes inspired by the resorts that line the Seven Seas Lagoon. Matthew’s favorite was the Contemporary “Traditional with a Twist” Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake, while I enjoyed the Polynesian De-constructed Pineapple Upside Down Cake with rum roasted pineapple, vanilla bean and cinnamon.

While we enjoyed taking in the sights, leisurely sailing around the Seven Seas Lagoon, we noticed the children on-board hunting for ‘Hidden Mickeys’ on deck. The ‘Hidden Mickeys’ contained clues to solve a riddle about Mickey Mouse. Even the adults on-board were getting into the fun, helping to complete the scavenger hunt mission. When it was finally time for fireworks, we took in a unique perspective of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular—from the middle of Seven Seas Lagoon—as the music played through the ferryboat’s speakers.

The General Joe Potter Ferryboat debuted as The Kingdom Queen in 1976, but was renamed to honor General Joe Potter in 1999, during the Walt Disney World Resort 30th Anniversary Celebration. William “Joe” Potter, a retired Army major general, was chosen by Walt Disney himself to direct construction for the infrastructure of Walt Disney World Resort.

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To book your own Ferrytale Wishes date night—or a special night out with your family, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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Tastes of Aulani: Learning Hawaiian at The ‘Olelo Room

posted on January 13th, 2016 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


One of the great things about writing for the Disney Parks Blog is the opportunity to showcase incredible offerings and details found at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts around the world. I love showcasing the many offerings at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, and today is no exception. Continuing the “Tastes of Aulani” series, cast member ­­­­Malia shares what makes The ‘Olelo Room a must-visit during your vacation to this Hawaiian resort.

What is your favorite food or beverage item to enjoy at The ‘Olelo Room? Tell us in the comments below!

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#DisneyFamilia: Mealtime is Familia Time at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 13th, 2016 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


For our familias, having dinner together or at least a daily meal juntos is very important. And when you go on vacation, dining together is a priority for our guests because it helps them build memorable moments.

One of the many benefits that our guests enjoy while staying at one of our Walt Disney World Resort hotels is the Disney Dining Plan. In this week’s post, we let you know how the plan works and how you can take full advantage of it.

By following five easy steps, you and your familia will be able to plan the vacation of a lifetime, including deliciouscomidas!

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Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream: Recipe for Rejuvenation

posted on January 12th, 2016 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


In my latest recipe series, I’m sharing how to make delicious beverages served at the new Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream. With an ocean view in an area reserved for adults, enjoying a juice or smoothie here is the perfect way to refuel and replenish after a visit to the spa or fitness center.

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Last week I gave you a recipe that’s perfect for athletes after a workout in the fitness center, and today I’m turning my focus to spa-goers. Following a rejuvenating massage or facial, this antioxidant-rich drink will be calling your name.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 10 Blueberries
  • 8 Strawberries
  • 3 oz Almond milk
  • 2 tbsp Sunflower seeds
  • Sprinkle of Turmeric powder

Directions

  1. Blend with or without ice based on desired consistency.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 10th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


We kicked off the first week of the year with stories about some new experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in 2016, including special dining opportunities and new ways to experience some of your favorite attractions.

E.P. Ripley, One of the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad Premium Tea Party at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel Beginning Jan. 22

Erin shared that while the Disneyland Railroad is temporarily closed this year, guests at the Main Street and New Orleans Square Train Stations will be able to get up-close with the historic steam engines that have circled Disneyland park for decades. Guests will be able to learn about the trains firsthand from our own train engineers and even take a picture with an engine.

There are other special opportunities around the world-famous Jungle Cruise and limited-time experiences aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia throughout the year at Disneyland park. Check out our original story for all of the experiences.

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And we welcomed a new member to the family at Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – a baby marmoset. Two 3-year-old marmosets are the proud parents, and Dr. Mark Penning let us know that both are demonstrating great parenting skills. Check out Mark’s original story for video of baby and more details.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

California Farm Prepares New Home for Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm Animals – As we prepare to wish our Disneyland goats a fond farewell, we’re happy to announce that they have found a wonderful forever home on a farm in Murrieta, Calif.

VIDEO: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Float Dazzles in the 2016 Rose Parade – We kicked off the new year in Pasadena, Calif., with the “Disneyland Diamond Celebration – Awaken Your Adventure” float appearing in the Rose Parade on January 1!

A Very Special Afternoon Tea Begins January 22 at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel – Steakhouse 55 is hosting a mid-day tea from noon to 3 p.m. beginning January 22, bringing the rich tradition of a royal afternoon respite to Disneyland Resort guests where they can enjoy sweets, savories and a grand selection of a dozen special teas.

Southern California Residents Can Enjoy Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and More with Limited-Time Special Tickets – As the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration continues into 2016 and Season of the Force takes guests into the Star Wars galaxy in Tomorrowland, Disneyland Resort starts the new year with a special ticket offer for Southern California residents.

New Dishes Highlight Indian-African Flavors at Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village – Sanaa is one of Disney’s top table-service restaurants, but many still consider it a well-kept secret (and a Cast Member favorite).

Disney Parks After Dark: Main Street Electrical Parade Lights Up Magic Kingdom Park – With the holidays behind us, the “Main Street Electrical Parade” is again the centerpiece of nighttime entertainment at Magic Kingdom Park, shown here in a photo snapped of the Partners Statue.

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What’s New in Walt Disney World Resort Dining: 16 for 2016

posted on January 7th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


2015 was full of culinary news for Walt Disney World Resort, and 2016 promises to be equally exciting, especially at Disney Springs. From new restaurants to more fun with Disney characters, here’s a look ahead at 2016.

  1. Sunday brunches are the hot weekend ticket. Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a new one, and Brunch at the Top debuts February 7 at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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  1. Get over to the new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom Park and try a rice noodle bowl, sustainable local farm-raised shrimp in chili-garlic sauce, or the Kungaloosh!, an African-inspired chocolate cake with caramelized bananas with cashew-caramel ice cream. This is an all-new menu for the Disney chefs.
  2. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival expands to 90 days, March 2 to May 30 (from 75 days last year). Fresh garden produce, savory bites and sweet treats will be abundant at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens, returning for a fourth year with guest favorites and new food and beverage offerings.

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  1. Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate the art of traveling, featuring foods from places that inspired the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Open for both lunch and dinner. (“Tiffin” is an Indian English word for a midday meal or a type of container used to carry food while traveling).
  2. Adjacent to Tiffins, Nomad Lounge will feature hand-crafted cocktails using the art of mixology with African, Asian and South American flavors, beers and wines from those regions, and a selection of specialty non-alcoholic beverages in addition to small bites.
  3. Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s BoardWalk will temporarily close the end of January, then reopen in the fall with a whole new look – and while the kitchen is working on new menu items, Chef Tim Keating promises that potato-wrapped snapper and the popular New York strip steak will be back. Stay tuned for details.

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  1. Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’’s Hollywood Studios debuted in 2015, but guests can look forward to new themes coming in 2016, including Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine, Minnie’s Springtime Dine, Minnie’s Summertime Dine and Minnie’s Halloween Dine.

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  1. Let’s start 2016 with a taste of the chocolate at The Ganachery at Disney Springs – the proprietary blend of chocolate and cream made right in the shop is not to be missed. The lovely little space elevates sweets to an experience akin to a wine tasting.
  2. Coming to Disney Springs in early 2016 is STK, a modern steakhouse mixed with the ambiance of a sleek lounge and emphasizing a social and fun environment. It will be one of the largest STK locations in the world, occupying 14,000 square feet in a two-story building, including a main level and a rooftop-dining area with incredible views of Disney Springs.
  3. Sprinkles, the world’s first cupcake bakery, as named by Food Network and others, will serve up handcrafted cupcakes, slow churned ice cream and homemade cookies at Disney Springs in 2016. Their innovative Cupcake ATM will satisfy sweet-toothed epicureans 24/7.
  4. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza also comes to Disney Springs in 2016, a modern day “pizza joint” known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. The fast-casual restaurant will feature an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize their pizza, choosing from over 40 fresh toppings.

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  1. Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine will showcase the cuisine of Chef Art Smith at Disney Springs when it opens in Summer 2016. Smith, who was born and reared in the town of Jasper, Fla., on the Florida-Georgia border, will feature farm-to-fork cuisine that showcases the bounty of Florida, and design inspired by turn-of-the century Florida architecture of the late 1800s.

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  1. Also opening in Summer 2016 at Disney Springs, Frontera Fresco by Chef Rick Bayless will showcase the gourmet Mexican cuisine that has made Chef Bayless a culinary legend. The restaurant will feature authentic Mexican specialties such as hand-crafted tortas, tacos, salads, fresh-made guacamole and classic Mexican braised meat entrees, all prepared from time-honored recipes with natural, locally sourced ingredients. Frontera Fresco also will serve an extensive selection of margaritas, cocktails and craft beers and wine.
  2. Look for a re-imagined Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs as the flagship venue is transformed into a star-themed Planet Hollywood Observatory to match the look and feel of Disney Springs. As part of the makeover, the venue will add a new outdoor terrace and bar space called Stargazers and feature live entertainment.
  3. Also at Disney Springs, new Disney quick-service locations and kiosks will be blooming this spring. Perfect for a quick bite. Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more information on these locations.
  4. Two new Disney cookbooks for 2016: a new Delicious Disney: Sweet Treats book due out in the fall, and one celebrating both the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (dates still TBD for the food & wine fest when the book will debut).
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New Dishes Highlight Indian-African Flavors at Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village

posted on January 7th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


When Sanaa opened in 2009 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom LodgeKidani Village, the cuisine was a new adventure for Disney chefs – a melding of Indian and African influences inspired by the resort’s African theme and the melding of the two cultures so closely connected on the ancient Spice Trade Route.

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Now Chef Eddie Mendoza has added new dishes to the menu that he calls “African with an Indian touch.”

“We didn’t invent this fusion, it happened with the ancient spice trade,” says Chef Eddie. “Something magical happened once the Indian spices hit the shores of Africa.”

The restaurant is one of Disney’s top table-service restaurants, but many still consider it a well-kept secret (and a Cast Member favorite). For starters, the view is one of the best at Walt Disney World Resort, with zebras, giraffes and other animals grazing just outside the windows. Lunch is relaxed with lighter fare, and dinner is a bit more elegant and features a top-notch wine list that’s primarily South African.

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“The service team is learning the stories behind our new dishes and also having fun learning their pronunciations”, says Chef Eddie. The popular curries remain on the lunch and dinner menus, as well as the butter chicken, but new favorites include a Traditional Sosatie cooked on skewers with lamb and apricots, and served with butternut squash, bacon, cashews and goat cheese. The Biryani, generally considered an Indian dish, gets African spice and seasonal vegetables “influenced from the Cape of Good Hope.”

How about “Boerewors and Slaphakskeentjies,” traditional South African sausages (boerewors) served with a Cape Malay Onion Salad (slaphakskeentjies). We promise it’s all delicious and described on the menu with a glossary that includes everything from Potjie to describe “slow-braised items” to Umngqusho, a “favorite dish of the Congo with samp (hominy) and beans flavored with butter” (said to be Nelson Mandela’s favorite dish).

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You can be adventurous or stick with tried-and-true dishes such as grilled New York strip steak or seasonal sustainable fish – but we say this is the time to be adventurous, as Chef Eddie makes sure the dishes are just right (you can ask for more heat if you prefer). Lunch still includes the delectable roasted Peri Peri Chicken sandwich and features the new Kenya Coffee BBQ sandwich. We can make a meal of the Indian-style bread service and accompaniments: Coriander Chutney, Garlic Pickle, Tomato-Date Jam and Mango Chutney, for instance.

“Allergy-friendly menus and dietary needs are pretty simple in the Sanaa kitchen,” says Chef Eddie, “as much of the menu is plant based and easy to tweak for special diets.”

For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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