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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.

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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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Kick Off 2016 with a Healthy Day at Disney Springs

posted on January 5th, 2016 by Darcy Clark, Disney Springs Marketing Manager


I know, I know … when you think about your dream day at Disney Springs, you probably envision eating an indulgent meal at one of the new restaurants at The Landing, sitting for an evening show at Exposition Park and sampling hand-crafted sweets or drinks (maybe both?) to cap off your visit. While I’m certainly a fan of treating yourself every now and then, I also know that during the start of a new year, many of us recommit to getting healthier. Believe it or not, Disney Springs is the perfect place to do just that!

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Take a look at some of my favorite ways to stay motivated and healthy during your next Disney Springs outing:

  • Get Your Steps In: When you walk from the West Side to the Marketplace, you’ll be clocking in a distance of roughly one mile. Make it a round trip journey and add in stops at your favorite stores (including the newly-expanded World of Disney) and you should easily hit three miles.
  • Find Fitness Gear: Want to track your daily activity, including the aforementioned walking? Many of the latest fitness trackers and GPS monitors are available at Fit2Run, alongside shoes, apparel and accessories all designed to help you become the best version of yourself. And if you’re not sure what gear is right for you, just ask – their staff is trained to help you find the perfect fit.
  • Have a Healthy Meal: Healthy options abound – as long as you make smart choices. A few of my favorite menu items include a the Citrus Salmon Salad at Raglan Road and the Baby Kale Quinoa Salad from Wolfgang Puck Express (both are incredible!); the Alberto Roll at Splitsville Luxury Lanes; and the grilled fish tacos at Paradiso 37, Fulton’s Crab House or The BOATHOUSE – seriously, the dish is excellent at all three locations. If you don’t know what to order, your server should be able to make some good-for-you recommendations.
  • Dance It Out: With free live entertainment nightly, there’s always a chance to dance. The family-friendly DJ Dance Party at the Marketplace is a sure bet and you’ll likely find a beat you can groove to at Waterview Park, near Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, as well.

Of course, my list is just a sampling. I asked a few fellow cast members for additional suggestions … they ranged from “buy a cute Disney character-inspired hand sanitizer from World of Disney” to “hydrate” to “just get outside and enjoy the fresh air.” Notice a trend? These are all things that guests can enjoy at Disney Springs every single day, all year long. And that’s exactly what I plan to do!

If you have any other tips, please share them in the comments below – I’d love to know. In the meantime, here’s to a happy and healthy new year.

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Senses Juice Bar on the Disney Dream: Recipe for Replenishment

posted on January 5th, 2016 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


One of the newest additions to the Disney Dream, Senses Juice Bar, is serving up juices and smoothies made-to-order from fresh fruits, vegetables and other nutritious ingredients. Its ocean-view sitting area is an exclusive retreat for adults, located steps from the spa and fitness center.

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The menu is fully customizable, but I highly recommend you try out our unique, nutrient-rich combinations. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing recipes from the menu, starting today with one that is perfect for athletes to replenish after a vigorous workout.

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Ingredients

  • 6 Spinach leaves
  • ¼ Carrot
  • ½ Avocado
  • ¼ Fresh ginger
  • 6 Basil leaves
  • 2 tbs Manuka honey
  • 5 oz Water

Directions

  1. Blend with or without ice based on desired consistency.
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A Very Special Afternoon Tea Begins January 22 at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel

posted on January 4th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Steakhouse 55 is a lovely oasis of elegance at the Disneyland Hotel, with white linens and historic black-and-white photos of Hollywood greats from Walt Disney to Frank Sinatra and Shirley Temple decorating the walls.

The restaurant 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. After a fun morning in the parks, it’s a relaxing way to enjoy time with family and friends (and indulge just a little).

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The amazing selection of teas, including Twinings, features a variety of caffeine-free, loose-leaf varieties or herbal infused creations. Pair your favorite sip with traditional scones, an assortment of tea sandwiches, desserts and more. Apertifs, wines by the glass and cordials are available for an additional cost.

You can choose from three distinct tea parties:

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Classic Tea Party with traditional scones, tea sandwiches, desserts, teas and herbal infusions

Premium Tea Party at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel Beginning Jan. 22 Premium Tea Party at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel Beginning Jan. 22

Premium Tea Party with sparkling wine, traditional scones, salad, tea sandwiches, desserts, teas and herbal infusions and a farewell truffle

Kids' Tea Party at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel Beginning Jan. 22 Kids' Tea Party at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel Beginning Jan. 22 Kids' Tea Party at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel Beginning Jan. 22 Kids' Tea Party at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel Beginning Jan. 22

Kids’ Tea Party with scones, tea sandwiches, desserts, herbal infused teas, milk or hot chocolate

Cost is $50 for the Classic Tea Party, $65 for the Premium Tea Party and $35 for the Kids’ Tea Party. Gluten-free and vegan options are available. For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

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Reservations Now Open for Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine at Hollywood & Vine

posted on January 4th, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Awards season is almost upon us, and the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown is in the air! From January 4 to March 20 Minnie Mouse will be inviting all of her friends to join her at Hollywood & Vine, where she’s hosting a fabulous dinner party celebrating the glamour of Hollywood!

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Celebrate the magic of the movies at Hollywood & Vine–the hottest spot in town this award season. Walk the red carpet and get ready for your close-up with some of the biggest stars of the silver screen. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy are dressed in their designer best. It’s the perfect Hollywood party filled with dazzling décor and a musical score.

Of course, no fabulous Hollywood party is complete without stellar eats. Scene-stealing soups (including the famous creamy popcorn soup, garnished with caramelized popcorn), best supporting appetizers, best leading entrees (bacon-wrapped pork loin, lobster and shrimp macaroni and cheese and honey-bourbon glazed turkey are headliners) and themed desserts are on the menu.

Reservations are now open for Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine, and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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