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Finish that Disney Parks Sign: Cupcakes at the Confectionery

posted on January 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

If you have a sweet tooth for treats at the Confectionery at Magic Kingdom Park, you just may get the answer correct in this week’s “Finish That Disney Parks Sign” challenge.


One word on this sign, about the shop’s yummy cupcakes, is blurred out. Do you know the missing word? Tell us in the comments section below. We’ll update the post later today with the answer.

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Tastes of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Tropical Mai Tai at The `Olelo Room

posted on January 26th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

A visit to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, has so many unforgettable experiences. With this in mind, we are starting the “Tastes of Aulani” series so you can bring some of the memorable flavors of Hawai`i back with you. Today you can try your bartending skills at one of the signature cocktails featured at The `Olelo Room, Off the Hook and Wailana Pool Bar! Watch Aulani cast member Keola share the magic behind creating the Tropical Mai Tai at The `Olelo Room in the video below. The recipe follows so you can enjoy a little taste of this Aulani favorite in your own home.

Tropical Mai Tai:

  • 1/2 ounce Odwalla Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Monin Orgeat Syrup
  • 1 ounce Old Lahaina Silver Rum
  • 1/2 ounce BOLS Orange Curaçao
  • 1 ounce Myer’s Original Dark Rum (float)
  • Thin pineapple half-moon and a layer of FOMZ Passionfruit::Mango foam, for garnish
  1. Pour lime juice, pineapple juice, Old Lahaina Silver Rum, Orange Curaçao, and Orgeat syrup in mixing glass; fill with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into tall glass over fresh ice and add float of Myer’s Original Dark Rum and layer of FOMZ Passionfruit::Mango foam; garnish with a thin pineapple half-moon.
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‘Cool’ New Treats Have Arrived with ‘Frozen Fun’ at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 23rd, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Frozen Fun” has arrived at Disney California Adventure park, and with it some “cool” new treats!

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth with Olaf’s Just Chillin’ Cupcake Try a Royal Sisters Cookie at Olaf’s Snow Fest

Cozy up to Warm Hugs White Hot Cocoa while you’re enjoying the Olaf Snowflake Crisped Rice Treat at “Olaf’s Snow Fest.” Let it go and indulge your sweet tooth with the Royal Sisters Cookie or Olaf’s Just Chillin’ Cupcake.

For a True Taste of Arendelle, Try the Scandinavian-Style Meatballs The Crunchy Snowman Veggie Cup is Great for a Light Bite

If you’re a fan of the famous Disneyland corn dog, you’ll love the bite-sized version available at “Olaf’s Snow Fest.” For a true taste of Arendelle, try the Scandinavian-style meatballs. If you’re looking for a light bite or healthful snack, try the Crunchy Snowman Veggie Cup or Duke of “Cheeselton” Cheese Platter.

While you’re here, fuel your fun at “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party” with one of the refreshing new drinks available at Ice House and Ice Bar. Be sure to try Troll Juice, apple juice with a sour twist and Sprite, served in a souvenir light-up cup. They’ll also be pouring a few new icy adult beverages: Rum Flurry, Summertime Pina Colada and Blue Snowberry Margarita.

And over in Disneyland park, look for a special Blueberry Twist from Maurice’s Treats in Fantasy Faire while you enjoy the new “Frozen”-inspired show at the Royal Theatre.

Select “Frozen”-inspired items will be available throughout the Disneyland Resort at “Olaf’s Snow Fest,” Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café, Jolly Holiday Bakery Café, Village Haus Restaurant, Schmoozies, Fairfax Market and select outdoor vending locations.

Which new “Frozen” treat makes you long for summer?

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Splitsville Hits a High Note with New Saturday Night Bands at Downtown Disney West Side

posted on January 20th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

In early November, Splitsville Luxury Lanes quietly introduced a new offering inside their venue – live bands on Saturday nights. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I only recently had the chance to experience it for myself. Three months after the first band took the stage, I can attest that “quiet” isn’t an adjective I’d use to describe it—it’s loud, bright and totally fun!

On the night I visited, The Jimmy James Band covered everything from The Beatles to Taylor Swift. Taking requests and encouraging guests to sing along and get out on the dance floor, the high-energy enthusiasm in the air was contagious. My party of four was perfectly positioned to catch every shake of the tambourine, and when the bass guitarist came on the floor to rock with the crowd, I was just inches away!


Of course, we bowled, too. And had dinner. And drinks. With three sushi lovers and a full-throttle carnivore, our table was covered with edamame, a variety of rolls, and the Bacon Cheeseburger. Oh, and let us not forget a few Frozen Schooners – I really do think Splitsville serves the coldest beer in town! The only downside? The food was so good that everyone missed my strike.

With a new year here, Splitsville is rolling into 2015 with even more enhancements. Their menu now includes Crispy Wings, a Sushi Tuna Rice Bowl, a Foghorn Burger, Steak Alfredo and a California Crunch Roll. New drinks include a Cinnamon Toast Colada (I’m so regretting not trying that one during my last visit!) and Sangrita (Margarita meets Red Sangria). They recently expanded their first floor Bullet Bar, too, so there’s more space than ever to catch your game, people watch, or – my new favorite – enjoy live music on Saturday nights!

Want to check out the bands during your next West Side visit? The Jimmy James Band, Blonde Ambition or another guest group will perform 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. every Saturday night. There’s no cover charge and there are plenty of tables, bar seats and lanes on the first floor with great views of the stage and dance floor. To guarantee a spot and reserve a lane, contact or call 407-938-PINS; for dinner only, you can book online here.

Now, more than ever, Splitsville really is my favorite Downtown Disney West Side spot to “Roll In & Rock Out!” Would you agree?

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Enjoy Breakfast or Brunch With Royalty at Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

posted on January 19th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Recently, I was invited to dine with royalty at Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. I’m excited to share my experience with you!

The magical experience begins with a photo opportunity with none other than the beautiful Cinderella. One of Disney’s signature restaurants, Cítricos is beautiful during the day, especially with the presence of the Disney princesses.

Cinderella at Citricos 1.7.15

The meal starts with a basket of freshly baked multi-grain croissants, apple pastries and blueberry muffins. A special touch are the wishing wands and swords brought to the table to use in the Magical Wishing Ceremony, an enchanting moment when—with a little Disney magic—your prince’s or princess’ wish can come true!


Guests receive a choice of appetizer: a garden salad with artisanal greens, endive, roasted carrots, sugar snap peas and Marcona almonds with Riesling vinaigrette; charcuterie; chicken noodle soup or a fresh fruit plate. I chose the fresh fruit and was delighted with a plate of pineapple, strawberries, apple slices and more with a dollop of crème fraîche.

During our meal, Disney princesses made their way to our table for photos and lively conversation about the Seven Dwarves Mine Train, magic carpets and life under the sea.

Scrambled Egg Whites with Hot Ten-Grain Cereal, Greek Yogurt Topped with Granola, a Whole-Grain Croissant and Fresh Fruit Entree Available at Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses Steak and Slow-Poached Eggs Entree Available at Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses Florida Shrimp with Creamy Cheddar Cheese and Smoked Bacon Grits Entree Available at Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses Grilled Ham and Slow-Poached Eggs on Top of a Biscuit with Gravy Entree Available at Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses

For my entrée, I chose the scrambled egg whites with hot ten-grain cereal, Greek yogurt topped with granola, a whole-grain croissant and fresh fruit. The portion sizes were perfect, and it was a delicious start to my morning. Other entrées for adults include steak and slow-poached eggs, Florida shrimp with creamy cheddar cheese and smoked bacon grits, grilled ham and slow-poached eggs on top of a biscuit with gravy and more.

The children’s menu is sure to delight your prince or princess—with appetizers such as bite-sized cheddar cheese and grapes and entrée choices ranging from Mickey waffles with sausage and bacon to steak with mashed potatoes and sweet corn.


The meal ended with a decadent dessert trio of chocolate-raspberry cake, crème brûlée and a vanilla bean cream puff. Needless to say, I was sufficiently stuffed at the end of this meal.

Reservations for Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos—Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses can be made by visiting, or calling 407-WDW-DINE.

My wish has already come true—I get to bring the magic of Disney Parks Food & Beverage to Disney Parks Blog readers around the world. May all of your wishes come true!

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What are Your Disney California Adventure Park Must-Do’s?

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Last week, we shared our Disneyland park must-do’s … and I’ve got to say, you all had some pretty good things to share. This week, let’s head over to Disney California Adventure park. These are my must-do’s – share yours in the comments!

Stop #1 – Red Car Trolley, Buena Vista Street

I love a nice stroll down Buena Vista Street, but the Red Car Trolley is the best way to see it in style. Read about the real-life inspiration behind this attraction in this post.

Stop #2 – Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, Buena Vista Street

Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream at Disney California Adventure Park

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream is the only place at the Disneyland Resort where you can get a customized, hand-dipped ice cream bar!

Stop #3 – Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, Buena Vista Street

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park

Carthay Circle Restaurant is an amazing place to eat – the beautiful restaurant, the delicious food. But if you only have time for a quick stop, I recommend the downstairs lounge. I love the vintage-inspired cocktails.

Stop #4- Frozen Fun, Hollywood Land


This is a brand-new addition to my list. “Frozen Fun” includes so much to do – and my favorite is “Olaf’s Snow Fest.” I grew up in Florida and now I live in Southern California, so playing in the snow is a genuine novelty for me.

Stop #5 – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Hollywood Land

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park

This is one of my favorite Disney Parks attractions of all time, so yeah – must-do.

Stop #6 – Cozy Cone Motel, Cars Land

Some time ago, my friend Kelly and I demonstrated our love for all things at the Cozy Cone. Top of my list: Red’s Apple Freeze.

Stop #7 – Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Cars Land

Did you think I was going to say Radiator Springs Racers? Well yeah, that’s an obvious one, but my absolute favorite attraction in Cars Land is Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. It’s surprisingly intense but still great for kids … a perfect Disney Parks attraction.

Stop #8 – Alfresco Tasting Terrace, Pacific Wharf

I love this quiet spot, where you can almost forget you’re in a theme park. And the wonderful wines and delicious food just makes it even better!

Stop #9 – California Screamin’, Paradise Pier

The only roller coaster at the Disneyland Resort with an inverted loop is definitely a must-do!

Stop #10 – “World of Color

Even though it’s closed for refurbishment right now, this nighttime spectacular remains on the list. It’s continued to evolve throughout its nearly five-year run, and I’m amazed by it every time I see it.

That’s my list. Share yours!

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Start Planning Your Foodie Getaway – Epcot Food & Wine Festival Dates Announced for 2015

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

It’s official! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival launches September 25 and runs through November 16 this year – 53 days of sweet and savory tapas-sized dishes and beverages, plus tasting seminars, culinary demos, signature dining experiences, live entertainment and more.

Aloha Foodies!

Check back for more information. We’ll share right here as details unfold.

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Caviar Selections and Seasonal Truffle Menu at Remy on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line

Today I want to tell you more about the expanded collection of premium culinary offerings at Remy, our French-inspired fine dining specialty restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. In addition to the brand-new Petites Assiettes experience that I shared with you last week, Remy is offering new ways for guests to taste two of my favorite delicacies, caviar and truffles.

Let’s start with the caviar. Remy’s selections are offered a-la-carte, and options include farm-raised varieties of Osetra and Sevruga caviars from regions in France and Russia. Caviar is served on a platter with blini pancakes, an egg cake and a delicious, creamy sauce, along with a specially selected Krug Grande Année Champagne.

Caviar selections

Now to our truffle menu, offered seasonal from November through February. I can think of no better way to celebrate truffle season than with the addition of this premium menu. Remy’s truffle collection includes white Alba and black Périgord truffles, and the rich flavors of this luxurious ingredient are infused throughout the six-course menu.

Exquisite dishes such as gnocchi potato served with a truffle puree and garnished with grated truffle, fresh Maine lobster coupled with lobster bisque and truffle-seasoned Parisian fried potatoes and seared Wagyu beef over truffle glazed baby vegetables are followed by a selection of refined cheeses and a sweet indulgence.

Be sure to stop by Remy on the first day of your cruise and talk to our hostess about dining in this not-to-miss restaurant. You’re sure to be impressed with these new premium offerings, along with our elegant dinner and brunch options.

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Orange County Restaurant Week, March 1-7, Features Disneyland Resort Favorites

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Back for the seventh year is Orange County’s annual OC Restaurant week, March 1-7. With more than 100 restaurants participating, it’s is a fun way to try new dining experiences with discounted prix fixe menus.


Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel is back for its third year, now under the helm of Chef Marcel St. Pierre. Take a look at the delectable menu – three courses for $50, and an optional wine pairing.

Along with Steakhouse 55, Downtown Disney District participants include Naples Ristorante, Tortilla Jo’s, Catal Restaurant and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. For reservations, call (714) 781-3463.



Starter Course
Choose One
Castelvetrano Olive /Bacon Lardons / Caesar Dressing
Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce / Shallot Mignonette / Lemon Gelée
Grilled Onions / California Muenster Cheese Focaccia

Entrée Course
Choose One

All Entrées Served with Sautéed French Green Beans and Delmonico Potatoes

Dessert Course
Choose One
Pear Marmalade / Candied Bacon Madeline / Cranberry Compote
Chocolate Sponge Cake / Milk & Dark Chocolate / Nutella

Vegetarian options are available upon request

Menu Price $50.00
Additional Wine Pairing $35.00

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Where to Find Flame Tree Barbecue Favorites at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on January 14th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

I try not to play favorites when it comes to restaurants, but it’s hard to top the savory pulled pork sandwiches and barbecued ribs served up at Flame Tree Barbecue.

While we’re refurbishing Flame Tree Barbecue to add additional seating areas, we’re happy to share that some of your favorite items from the restaurant will be temporarily available at various kiosks throughout the park. I’ve got a handy guide on where you can find your Flame Tree Barbecue favorites during refurbishment.

flame tree favorites_flier

Until Flame Tree Barbecue reopens, Mickey-shaped pretzels and jalapeno pretzels will be temporarily located at Isle of Java in Discovery Island, and look for hand-scooped ice cream and sundaes at Dino-Bite Snacks in Dinoland, U.S.A.

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