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Reservations Now Open for Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch

posted on September 15th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Imagine a blissfully indulgent, leisurely Sunday brunch with panoramic views of Seven Seas Lagoon. Relax and relish sophisticated flavors at Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch, which will take place Sunday mornings, beginning November 22.


Brunch begins with a specialty beverage—Champagne, Mimosa, or signature Bloody Mary for adults, a smoothie for children. A shared pastry basket is filled with house-made chocolate and traditional croissants, muffins, Danish, pecan sticky buns, Vermont cultured butter and seasonal jam.

Experience Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch Beginning Nov. 22 Experience Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch Beginning Nov. 22

Enjoy your choice of appetizer: Onion Soup Graitnee, Shrimp and Grits, Seafood Charcuterie, Artisanal Cheese Selection or Romaine Salad. For entrees, look for traditional brunch favorites, with a refined twist: Brioche French Toast, Lobster Eggs Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, Freshly Caught Seasonal Fish, Steak and Eggs and more. Complete your meal with a sweet ending—a trio of desserts.

Cost is $69 for adults, $41 for children, age 3-9. For Reservations, visit, or call 407-WDW-DINE.

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9 Reasons to Love Fall Vacations at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year and experiencing this season at Walt Disney World Resort is simply amazing.

Here are just a handful of reasons you should consider planning a fall visit this year.


  1. Magic Kingdom Park Gets Dressed for Fall – Main Street, U.S.A. is already alive with fall colors and new decor.
  2. Night of Joy Returns September 11-12Disney’s Night of Joy 2015 will return to Magic Kingdom Park in September. This year’s lineup includes performances by TobyMac, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Colton Dixon and many more. We just shared that you can watch a live feed of the sold-out shows. Check out Charles’ post for more details.

"Happy HalloWishes" Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom

  1. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns September 15 – Halloween fun will return to Magic Kingdom Park on September 15, and will run select nights through November 1. The Halloween party is a blast and this year will feature a brand-new stage show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!” Other party highlights include trick-or-treating, Mickey’s “Boo To You” Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Disney attractions and much more.


  1. Sweet Fall Treats – Our candy shops will soon be stocking fall-inspired treats that guests can only find this time of year, such as candy corn-shaped rice krispie treats, fall-themed candy apples, and more. (Although you can get it year-round, one of my all-time favorite fall treats is the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at Ghirardelli’s Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at Downtown Disney. It’s a must try!).
  2. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Begins September 25 – This fan-favorite event will run September 25-November 16, 2015 at Epcot. In honor of it’s 20th year, the festival will expand into Future World area of the park for the very first time and include new offerings, such as booths inspired by the cast members of “The Chew,” and a brand-new Rockin’ Burger Block Party, and much more.
  3. Eat to the Beat Concerts – This year’s concert lineup features a bevy of new acts Tiffany, Chaka Khan, Everclear and Maxi Priest. Returning favorites include Rick Springfield, Sugar Ray and many more. Check out the full list here. (Concerts are included in Epcot admission).


  1. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is set to open at Downtown Disney this fall – Themed around Jock Lindsey, a the pilot from the “Indiana Jones” films, the aviation-themed lounge will feature unique drinks and small plates. Check out Pam Brandon’s sneak peek at the menu here.
  2. Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – This exciting race weekend will take place November 6-7. Guests are welcome to come out and cheer racers on – get more info on that here.
  3. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Begins November 8 – Get an early dose of holiday cheer at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which returns in early November. Don’t miss this holiday offering, which includes special entertainment, fireworks, a parade, holiday decor and much more.
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Six Tips for Dining With Kids on a Disney Cruise

posted on September 10th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Since dining is one of my favorite parts of a Disney cruise, I have a quite a few tips I like to share with family and friends to make their experience the best it can be. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing those dining tips with you, starting today with suggestions specifically for those of you traveling with children.

Mealtime on a Disney cruise vacation is a great opportunity for families to connect, and there are things you can do onboard to enhance that quality time together. Here are my top six tips for dining with kids on a Disney cruise …

Royal Court

1. Let your servers serve you. All you need to do is sit back and relax. Do the kids need their food cut up? Your servers are happy to do that! Do you need a wine-pairing recommendation? Your dining team is at your service! The beauty of having them stay with you as you visit different restaurants and enjoy new menus each night is that they can provide personalized service and hospitality tailored to your every desire and need.


2. Say “yes” to your kids playing at dinnertime. Mealtimes are meant to be memorable entertainment experiences on a Disney cruise, which is why we include a full course of fun with dinner shows at Animator’s Palate. When else can you talk to a sea turtle with your mouth full or draw your imaginary friend to dance on screen beside Disney characters? Even your servers get in on the fun with magic tricks that are sure to stump the whole family.

Animator’s Palate – Drawn to Magic

3. Use your electronics at the dinner table. Gadgets and gizmos might typically be a “no-no” during family dinner, but some rules should be broken on vacation. Dinner is an opportune time, while you have your family’s attention, to plan out your schedule for the next day using the mobile Navigator app. Plus, with surprise appearances from Disney pals like Mickey and Crush at Animator’s Palate, bringing your camera to dinner is a must.

Champagne Brunch at Remy

4. Reserve an adult-only brunch or dinner at Palo. Our signature restaurant at sea is known for its exquisite modern Italian specialties during brunch and dinner. Set aside time to experience one (or both!) while the kids eat in the youth club. Chances are you’ll have more energy for your family after you’ve been able to recharge with your significant other over outstanding cuisine, first-class wine and sweeping ocean views.


5. Dress for the occasion. Themed dining provides a one-of-a-kind experience every night. The Pirates IN the Caribbean menu celebrates “a pirate’s life for me” with Caribbean cuisine, and wearing a bandana and eye patch during your meal is highly encouraged! On 7-night or longer cruises, the Captain’s Gala menu gives you a great excuse to dress to the nines for a family photo opp before savoring world-class cuisine such as baked lobster tail and oysters Rockefeller.


6. Take lessons from your kids. Dinner is often an opportunity for parents to teach children manners at the table. But on a Disney cruise, it’s your chance to learn from the kids. Notice how they’re carefree and energetic and can’t stop smiling? See how they never say no to dessert? That right there is the “proper way” to behave when you vacation with us!

Next week, I’ll share with you a day-by-day dining guide for four nights on the Disney Dream. Until then, let me know if you have tips to add for dining with kids on a Disney cruise.

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New Cookbook Celebrates 20 Years of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on September 9th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

As you make your way around World Showcase Lagoon and over into Future World for new delicious tastes and sips of flavors from around the globe, we can bet there will be a dish or two that you might want to re-create at home to share special memories. The “Epcot International Food & Wine Festival” cookbook for 2015 is a little heftier than the usual collections of recipes we share – it also includes 50 pages of history, photos and memories from the last two decades.


The recipes go all the way back to 1996 and include dishes that represent the festival through the years. And for 2015, Epcot Executive Chef Gregg Hannon is returning some classics to the Marketplace menus, such as pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese puffs), apple strudel in Germany, spicy chicken sausage with polenta in Canada and the lobster roll at Hops & Barley.

We’ve got those recipes, along with dishes that have never left the menu, like Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup, Belgian waffles with berry compote and bo ssam in South Korea. A little bit of history, and a lot of good eating in 20 years.

You’ll have 53 days, September 25-November 16, to enjoy the food, live entertainment, demos and seminars. Go to to start planning! Meantime, here’s a recipe from the book to whet your appetite.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese
Farm Fresh Marketplace
Serves 6

Pepper Bacon Macaroni

  • 1 pound macaroni
  • 8 slices pepper bacon
  • 1/2 cup diced white onions
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 3 small jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced

Cheese Sauce

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pound (4 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 pound (1 cup) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 pound sliced American cheese
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) shredded Gruyere cheese


  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 slices pepper bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For pepper bacon macaroni:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook pepper bacon until crisp. Chop and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of grease.
  3. Heat grease in a medium-skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  4. Add onion, green pepper, red pepper and jalapeño. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until vegetables are warm, but still crisp. Set aside.

For cheese sauce:

  1. Heat cream in large saucepan over medium heat. When it begins to simmer, slowly stir in all of cheese, mixing well to melt cheese.

To assemble and serve:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine cooked pasta, vegetables and cheese sauce in a large bowl.
  3. Pour into a 9- x 13-inch baking dish and top with breadcrumbs. Bake 15 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle with green onions and bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.
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Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou: New Premium Dining Experience Coming to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


This year, a new premium Halloween dining experience hosted by Dr. Facilier is coming to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park: Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou. The evening begins at 7 p.m., with an intimate, spooky dining experience with a themed three-course menu.


During dinner, Dr. Facilier will be conjuring his friends from the other side, bringing them to life in Blue Bayou Restaurant for a wickedly good time. After dinner, guests will receive a limited-edition custom lithograph featuring art from Disney Animator Eric Goldberg before the Shadow Man bids his guests adieu and they are escorted from the Blue Bayou Restaurant to a special viewing area for “Halloween Screams” fireworks.

The special menu—available only during Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou—includes your choice of:

Crab Cake with Creole slaw and Remoulade sauce
Warm Goat Cheese Tart with baby spinach, golden beets, prosciutto and dried cherry vinaigrette

Braised Short Rib with Danish blue cheese whipped potatoes, baby carrots and huckleberry-pinot noir reduction
Bourbon Glazed Chicken Breast with smoked aged white cheddar polenta, asparagus and thyme jus
Red Fish with crispy rock shrimp, green beans, Louisiana long grain rice and étouffée sauce

Dark Chocolate Crème Brule with salted caramel macaroon
Almond Praline Cheesecake with petit honey beignets

Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou will begin September 25, and be offered during Mickey’s Halloween Party through October 31. For reservations, click here.

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13 Reasons to Add Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party To Your List For Fall

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

For many guests, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a highlight of the fall season here at Walt Disney World Resort. The event, which is back for its 20th season, offers up a ton of Halloween fun – from special entertainment to treats and fun photo opps.

That said, here are 13 reasons why you should consider adding Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party to your list this fall.

"Happy HalloWishes" Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom

  1. “Happy HalloWishes” Fireworks – The sky will light up with ghoulish delight during this Halloween-themed fireworks spectacular.

Mickey's Boo-to You Halloween Parade

  1. “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” – This parade is a must-see for Halloween fans and features a plethora of Disney characters in costumes, special themed floats for The Haunted Mansion and Captain Jack Sparrow, and much more.


  1. New “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” Show – In this new show, the Disney villains create the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion that will cast a spell on everyone in Magic Kingdom Park. Villains you can expect to see in the show include the Sanderson Sisters, Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent, among others.


  1. Ghoulish Goodies – Magic Kingdom Park will stock its candy counter with Halloween themed cupcakes and more.
See Disney Characters in Halloween Costumes During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party See Disney Characters in Halloween Costumes During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
  1. Disney Characters in Halloween Costumes – Disney’s finest will attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dressed in their Halloween best. Don’t miss spying them in the parade or at their character greeting locations.

Jack & Sally Return to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

  1. Disney Character Greetings – Speaking of character greetings, this is the only time of year you can meet Jack Skellington and his beloved, Sally.

Trick Or Treat?

  1. Trick-Or-Treating for All Ages – Guests of all ages are welcome to trick-or-treat at candy stations located throughout the park. See your special event park map for treat locations.


  1. Halloween Decor – Main Street, U.S.A. comes alive for Halloween with special lighting, sound effects, decor and more!


  1. Event-Exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Cards – This year’s card is themed to “Minnie Mouse’s Costume Chaos” and features Minnie, and friends Clarabelle Cow and Daisy Duck, dressed as witches. (For info on where and how to pick one up, see the original post here).


  1. Experience Disney Attractions – Many Magic Kingdom Park attractions will be open to guests for guests to enjoy at the party. A trip through The Haunted Mansion is a must, of course!

Not So Frightful

  1. Wear Halloween Costumes – Guests are welcome to wear Halloween costumes of their choosing, which make for some fun photo opps. Check out tips/guidelines here.


  1. Disney Halloween Merchandise – Shelves are already stocked with special Disney Halloween merchandise. Check out Steven’s full blog post for a look at this year’s selection.


  1. Try the New Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package – For the ultimate in “treats” consider adding a Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party, which includes viewing of both the parade and fireworks, plus delicious desserts like candy corn panna cotta, peanut butter-chocolate pretzel “witch fingers,” spiced pumpkin cheesecake brownies, peanut butter “spider” whoopie pies and more. For more details and info on how to book, visit Pam’s original post here.
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New Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise Debuts Oct. 5 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Cast your sights on the new Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise—the perfect way to take in a breathtaking view of the Magic Kingdom Park night time spectacular fireworks from an exclusive spot on Seven Seas Lagoon with dazzling desserts and drinks.


Imagine sailing off from the Ticket & Transportation Ferryboat Dock promptly one hour prior to “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular, offered select nights weekly, on the iconic, double-stack ferryboat. Set a course for decks laden with delectable sweets such as “The Grand” key lime tart; pineapple upside down cake from the chefs at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; spiced flourless chocolate cake from the pastry kitchen at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; “Main Street” Mickey Balloon Tarts; mini “fireworks” cupcakes with a pop; Cinderella’s Sugar Slipper with Orange Financier; no-sugar-added Florida mango panna cotta; and a fabulous fruit and cheese spread. Toast the evening with specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in souvenir glow glasses.


Enjoy this sweet ending to your day, before watching the dazzling “Wishes” overhead, the largest fireworks spectacular ever at Walt Disney World Resort. The medley of famous Disney songs and the voices of Disney characters are piped through the boat’s sound system for this magical viewing. And you can bet there will be some special “magical moments” Disney style.

With limited guests per sailing, this is a very special ticket. Cost is $99, $69 ages 3 to 9, including tax and gratuity. For reservations, visit or call 407-WDW-DINE. Anchors Away!

Please note on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very-Merry-Christmas Party nights, the fireworks display will be Happy HalloWishes or Holiday Wishes—Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, not “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park?

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort

Have you tried the delicious food at Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park yet? How well do you know the details of this unique Food and Beverage location? Put your knowledge to the test!


Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park

When did Be Our Guest Restaurant open at Magic Kingdom Park?
Which room is NOT an option to dine in at Be Our Guest Restaurant?
What lines the lunchtime quick-service ordering area of Be Our Guest Restaurant?
Fairytale Elegance at Be Our Guest Restaurant
Where inside Be Our Guest Restaurant can you find the Enchanted Rose?
How tall is the music box that sits in the middle of The Rose Gallery dining room?
Featuring a large music box centerpiece nearly 7 feet tall with Belle and the Beast slowly twirling atop, the Rose Gallery is one of three dining rooms at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Adorned with rose accents, paintings and tapestries, the Rose Gallery features French-inspired cuisine for quick-service lunch. Part of New Fantasyland, Be Our Guest Restaurant will  grand open Dec. 6, 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on September 6th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

This week, we announced a once-in-a-lifetime experience coming to Disneyland park beginning this month. The Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast will take place on select dates from September 21 to December 2, 2015.


Your Sunrise Safari will begin with a welcome from the Jungle Navigation Company, Ltd., before you dive into breakfast on the African veldt of the world-famous Jungle Cruise attraction in Adventureland.

Reservations are extremely limited and are now being accepted. Check out Rachel’s original post to learn more.


We also shared an update that The Happiest Place on Earth will get merrier when Holidays at the Disneyland Resort returns November 13 through January 6, 2016.

Keep check the Disney Parks Blog for future updates from Erin to learn more about the festive treats, merchandise and entertainment coming with the season.

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

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration September Pin Releases – If you have been collecting the Diamond Decades pins for the past several months at the Disneyland Resort, be sure to mark your calendars as final releases in this series are set to debut this month.

Wildlife Wednesday: Meet Malosi at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – We want to introduce you to one of the tigers you may see along the winding trails of Maharajah Jungle Trek—Meet Malosi!

Morimoto Asia Opens Sept. 30 at Disney Springs – If you’re keeping an eye on construction at Disney Springs, you may have noticed the 36-foot-tall building going up along the waterfront – it’s Morimoto Asia, set to open Sept. 30.

Toffee Gourmet Treats are Back at the Disneyland Resort – Candy locations throughout the resort will begin offering toffee gourmet goodies again, beginning September 1.

Top 9 Disney Parks Recipes for Fall – We’re getting ready for fall by rounding up nine of your favorite recipes that we’ve posted on the Disney Parks Blog.

Behind the Scenes: Backstage at Rehearsals for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ – As development is in full swing to produce brand-new music, stunning costumes, storybook sets and more for “Tangled: The Musical,” the incredible Disney Magic cast is putting the finishing touches on the show to get it ready for audiences this November.

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Top 9 Disney Parks Recipes for Fall

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

While we’re still sweltering in Florida, temperatures are beginning to cool across the U.S., with thoughts of fall – apples and pumpkins, gingerbread and comforting bowls of soup.

So we’re getting ready and rounded up nine of your favorite recipes that we’ve posted on the Disney Parks Blog. Here they are, all in one spot, so take your pick: a hot, crisp gingerbread beignet from Disneyland park, perhaps? Or maybe something fancy like Chef Scott Hunnel’s pan-seared sablefish from Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort.

In no particular order, the Top 9:

  1. Apple Crisp from Napa Rose, Disneyland Resort. What’s not to love about warm apples with splash of apple brandy, and a topping of sugar, oats, pecans and coconut? Bring on the vanilla ice cream.

Gingerbread Beignets from Café Orleans at Disneyland Park

  1. Gingerbread Beignets from Café Orleans, Disneyland park. Frying makes everything better — gingerbread never tasted this good.

Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

  1. Pumpkin Mousse from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Forget pumpkin pie. Impress your guests with layers of pumpkin, streusel and apricot-orange sauce.

Pumpkin Beignets From Club 33 at Disneyland Park

  1. Pumpkin Beignets from Club 33, Disneyland park. We love pumpkin. We love beignets. Add a warm maple glaze and watch them disappear.

  1. Hearty Pozole Soup, Paradise Garden Grill, Disney California Adventure park. “Pozole” is just a fancy word for old-fashioned hominy, giving substance to this tomato broth along with pork. We love the crunchy toppings, too: radishes, lime, cilantro and more.

  1. Harvest Salad, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disney California Adventure park. This is really a fancy dinner in a bowl, with duck and caramelized apples (perfect pairing) with the crunch of fresh greens. This one takes a little time, but it’s worth it.

  1. Pumpkin Twists from Maurice’s Treats, Disneyland park. Our readers love pumpkin, and this baked treat is made with frozen puff pastry and pureed pumpkin. Easier than it looks.


  1. Pumpkin Muffins. Breakfast or dessert, you decide. With pumpkin, golden raisins and a crunchy streusel topping, we could go either way. Or have for both breakfast and dessert.

  1. Pan-Seared Sablefish, Victoria & Albert’s, Walt Disney World Resort. If you’re p for a kitchen challenge, this fine dish from Chef Scott Hunnel will elicit praise. If you can’t find sablefish, Chilean sea bass work well. Bon appétit!
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