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What is Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Treat?

posted on October 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Corn dog or turkey leg? Many Disneyland Resort visits have involved a debate over which is the best among all of our theme park treats. We asked some of your favorite ABC and ABC Family stars, including Kermit the Frog which they prefer. Take a look at the video below to see what they had to say about their favorite Disneyland Resort treats!

What is your favorite Disneyland Resort treat? Let us know in the comments!

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11 Insider Tips for Disney Cruise Line Dining

posted on October 15th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

We had a recent cruise on the delightful Disney Dream and returned with a new appreciation for the talented Disney Cruise Line chefs – and some of our own tips worth a share for making the most of culinary opportunities on board.


  1. Petites Assiettes de Remy. Petites Assiettes means “small plates,” and this little gem is offered during the early evening hours of the first day of each cruise on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Sign up as you board for a taste of the haute cuisine and a peek at the stylish Remy dining room. Six dishes in all, each perfectly paired with wine. $50 per person. What an elegant way to start your vacation!
  2. Brunch at Palo or Remy. This is fine dining with exquisite service for a nominal charge. Take your pick: Remy offers an elegant Champagne brunch on sea days and select port days with a six-course, French-inspired repast. In Palo, a gorgeous spread of small bites, from caviar to croissants, starts the meal, followed by made-to-order dishes (freshly made pasta, anyone?).


  1. Speaking of Palo, order the chocolate soufflé for dinner Enough said.
  2. We forget that you can skip the dining rooms and nosh in Pub 687 on Deck 4 on the Disney Dream. Watch the game and indulge in Wagyu beef sliders, tempura shrimp, bangers and mash for a nominal charge.
  3. Dine and Play. Parents, you can check the kids in for evening youth activities without leaving the dinner table. Families can enjoy dinner together, then counselors show up to whisk the kids away while adults finish dinner, take a post-prandial stroll on the deck or dance the night away. Offered for ages three to 12 during the second seating in all main dining rooms.


  1. Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience. On both the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream, this is an indulgent, fun way to wile away an afternoon at Remy. The chefs greet you with stories and a tasting of six to-die-for desserts. $50 and includes a wine, Champagne or cocktail. Calories don’t count on vacation.
  2. We are in awe of the seemingly endless food stations at Cabanas on the Disney Dream. Take a few minutes to walk the entire buffet, and you’ll find all sorts of wonderful tastes not to be overlooked. For instance, for breakfast we discovered build-your-own granola and a surprisingly delicious seaweed and tofu soup. Be adventurous!


  1. The best classic gin martini on board, hands down, at Meridian on Deck 12 on the Disney Dream. A fabulous escape with an outdoor terrace.
  2. More fun with spirits: sign up for a tequila, rum, cognac or Champagne tasting – whatever is being offered. Disney Cruise Line has some serious experts who will teach you how to navigate the world of craft cocktails. We promise you’ll learn something you didn’t already know.
  3. If you’re feeling lazy, order room service. It’s free! And the bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich is a good bet.
  4. Walk or run the deck! It’s a pleasant way to burn some calories — three laps equals one mile. You could head to the fitness center, but ocean air is a bonus.
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Top 10 Vegetarian Meals at Walt Disney World Resort to Celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, and to celebrate we’ve picked the top five quick-service and top five table-service vegetarian meals served at Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. These meals make veggies the star of the plate and are tasty enough to win over carnivores, too.

Top 5 Quick-Service Vegetarian Meals


1. Watermelon Salad, Flame Tree Barbecue, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
A light and refreshing meal, this watermelon salad is topped with feta, arugula, pickled red onion and white balsamic vinaigrette.

2. Lighthouse Sandwich, Columbia Harbor House, Magic Kingdom Park
Drop anchor at Columbia Harbor House for this satisfying sandwich with hummus, tomato and broccoli slaw on toasted multigrain bread with house-made potato chips.


3. Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, Backlot Express, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Take five with this grilled vegetable sandwich with fresh mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini, tomato and watercress piled high on basil asiago artisan bread, topped with cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto. Choose from carrot sticks or fries on the side.


4. Veggie Naan-wich, Electric Umbrella, Epcot
Broccoli slaw, edamame and tofu wasabi dressing on naan make this a Future World dish that’s not to be missed. As a side, choose between grapes or fries.


5. Fried Green Tomato Sandwich, Rosie’s All-American Café, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Fried green tomatoes, arugula, pepper jack cheese and jalapeño ranch dressing on ciabatta bread served with coleslaw or fries.

Top 5 Table-Service Vegetarian Meals


1. Layered Ratatouille, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Magic Kingdom Park
Oven-baked zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes and caramelized onions are sliced and layered on quinoa, topped with a bell pepper sauce. It’s delicious. Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes.

2. Noodle Bowl, Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Try wok-fried coconut tofu, soy beans, sugar snap peas, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms in a red curry broth at the place to “see and be seen” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


3. Farmer Lee’s Tomato Salad, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Perfectly ripe toy box heirloom tomatoes, tomato chips, jam, Mozzarella di Bufala, topped with charred onion vinaigrette. Pair this salad with a wood-fired flatbread or the famous Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli.

4. Vegetarian Falafel, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, Disney’s Beach Club Resort
This falafel is served on flatbread with black olive hummus, cucumber, tomato and lettuce, and topped with a soy tzatziki-style sauce. On the side are house-made pickles and your choice of fruit or fries. Special tip: Look for a brand-new, house-made quinoa burger to hit the menu later this month.

5. Vegetable and Tofu Sambusas, Jiko – The Cooking Place, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
These tasty sambusas are served with mint-coconut chutney, coriander-tamarind yogurt and saffron-cashew rice.

What’s your favorite vegetarian meal at Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments below!

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8 Disney Parks Recipes to Celebrate National Dessert Day

posted on October 14th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Happy National Dessert Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts! To celebrate, we’re sharing eight recipes featuring some of our favorite sweets and treats from Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

1. Warm Chocolate Truffle Cake, Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
The perfect dessert to celebrate a special occasion, though a bite of the chocolate ganache on top of this cake makes any day worthy of a celebration.

2. Banana Toffee Mousse, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Chocolate, toffee and bananas evoke the Golden Age of Hollywood in this delicious dessert from The Hollywood Brown Derby.

3. Honey Lemon’s Honeybee Cupcakes
We tweaked this favorite from Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland park for the release of “Big Hero 6,” and the recipe is still as sweet as honey!

4. Chocolate Cupcakes with Hazelnut-Chocolate Buttercream, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Bakery
The perfect cupcake recipe from Chef Andreas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. What goes better with chocolate than hazelnut? Yeah, I couldn’t think of anything either.

5. Chocolate Pudding Cake, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Topped with sea salt, this Chocolate Pudding Cake from California Grill is the perfect indulgent treat.

6. Peanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon Pie, BoardWalk Bakery, Disney’s BoardWalk
If you like your sweets with a savory twist, this Peanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon Pie is for you.

7. Strawberry Twists, Maurice’s Treats, Disneyland Park
These Strawberry Twists can pull double duty as either dessert or a breakfast pastry.

8. Tiramisu, Trattoria al Forno, Disney’s BoardWalk
The recipe for this classic Italian dessert is easy to follow, and sure to please. Bonus: No baking required!

How are you celebrating National Dessert Day?

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Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk to Be Reimagined in 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

January 31 is the last day to dine at Flying Fish Café on Disney’s BoardWalk, as the signature restaurant will close for several months as both Walt Disney Imagineering and the culinary team reimagine one of the most popular places for dinner at Walt Disney World Resort.


You can expect a whole new look, and the team will be working on a new menu (but no worries, the potato-wrapped snapper remains and seasonal approach stay the same).

The reimagined dining room will still have an onstage kitchen and an airier design, with more room for the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners.

Stay tuned for more details as the work gets under way.

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No Tricks, Just Halloween Treats at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

We’ve talked about all the Halloween treats in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, so here’s the rundown of all the seasonal goodies you’ll find in the other three theme parks.


At Epcot, head to Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in the Norway pavilion for a Spooky Olaf – a brownie shaped like a ghost covered with white fondant and Olaf’s face. Over in Future World at Fountain View, you’ll find a chocolate owl cupcake filled with chocolate marshmallow and sandwich cookie eyes, and at Sunshine Seasons, a candy corn push pop that’s orange, lemon or mango with layers of vanilla mousse. You’ll find all of these tasty treats the week of Halloween.


From October 4-November 1 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find a carrot cake with a pumpkin Mickey topper at The Trolley Car Café, ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express and Starring Rolls Café. From November 2-November 30 in the same locations, there’s a Holiday Harvest Pumpkin Cupcake with a Mickey topper. Both count as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan.


At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, on October 31 you can enjoy at Bat Cupcake at Kusafiri Bakery and Isle of Java. Then on November 26, a fall cupcake debuts at the same locations. Both count as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan. And Tusker House Restaurant will showcase mini-pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cheesecake on the buffet.

Indulge a little, ‘tis the season!

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New Menu Debuts Tomorrow at Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 13th, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

Avast adventurers! If it be barbecue you’re after, head to Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park. Keep a weather eye open, a brand-new menu debuts tomorrow, October 14, at the seasonal Adventureland eatery.

Grilled Chicken Breast at Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park Roasted Corn and Vegetable Salad at Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park
New Pulled Pork Sandwich at Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park Sliced Beef Brisket at Tortuga Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park

New menu items include barbecue sandwiches with either pulled pork, sliced beef brisket or grilled chicken breast, all served on Texas toast with beans and cole slaw. Vegetarians, or anyone looking for a lighter meal will enjoy the roasted corn and vegetable salad, served with vinaigrette dressing. Barbecue beef brisket or chicken can also be added to the salad.

Which new menu item are you looking forward to trying?

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Five Ways to Have Fun this Fall at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Fall is in full swing, and we have so many ways to celebrate the season here at the Disneyland Resort, especially at Disney California Adventure park. This is one of my favorite times of year to spend a day at the park!

If you are planning to experience the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration during this wonderful season, here are just some of the activities that make for a perfect autumn day at Disney California Adventure park:

Pacific Wharf Cafe in Disney California Adventure Park

  1. Cozy up with a bread bowl from Pacific Wharf Cafe

    Step into the Boudin Bakery Tour to watch Disney bakers make fresh sourdough bread right before your eyes. Then, end the tour with seasonal soup in a warm bread bowl from the Pacific Wharf Cafe. It hits the spot!

  1. Hike through the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

    Miss summer already? Hike through the majestic redwood forest and earn badges at Wilderness Explorer camp all year long at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. As you enjoy all the beautiful sights and sounds of nature, it will truly feel like an endless summer!


  1. Watch the sun set on Cars Land

    Just as the sun starts to set, stand in the center of Route 66 and watch the neon lights in Cars Land come to life as the sound of “Sh-Boom” fills the street. A hidden gem at Disney California Adventure park, this magical moment is simply breathtaking


  1. Dance the night away at Diamond Mad T Party

    “Fall” down the rabbit hole for the liveliest dance party in Wonderland! The entire family is invited to rock on as the Mad Hatter, Alice and the Mad T Party band perform live covers of popular songs and the White Rabbit DJ spins the hottest dance tracks.

‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

  1. Sing along to “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney

    Watch as the story of Walt Disney and his dream of Disneyland unfolds in “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney,” a spectacle of colorful dancing fountains, animated sequences and immersive special effects. As part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the nighttime spectacular performs nightly throughout the fall at Paradise Bay.

What is your favorite fall activity at Disney California Adventure park?

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Shows Air This Week for ABC’s ‘The Chew’ at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

For the first time ever, ABC’s “The Chew” left their studios last week in New York City and took their daily “party in the kitchen” to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort to tape five shows airing this week (October 12-16) on ABC.

Hundreds of enthusiastic fans cheered on Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Mario Batali and Michael Symon on the custom-built set with the backdrop of Spaceship Earth under Florida’s sunny skies. We had a special performance from the cast of Disney’s “Festival of the Lion King” from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They opened one of the shows (airing this Thursday) with a powerful dance – just one of the many “only-at-Disney-World” moments the foursome experienced during their weeklong stay.

Wonder what each of the hosts did just after arriving? Carla said she headed straight for Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Kilimanjaro Safaris. Clinton racked up a big score on Toy Story Mania!, while Mario took the plunge on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, both at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And Michael took a leisurely boat ride through the hydroponic growing area at The Land pavilion in Epcot Future World.

As the Emmy-winning hosts created delicious treats on stage and showcased festival marketplace dishes, they also cooked up some fun with Mickey Mouse and Goofy for today’s show. On other episodes, they treated audiences to guest appearances by Iron Chef Morimoto, who just opened Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs; Alfonso Ribeiro (ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Bellamy Young (ABC’s “Scandal”). They even stopped by for a nosh at the festival’s Rockin’ Burger Block Party, one of the 20th festival’s new premium dining events. Here’s a fun behind-the-scenes look at the production:

Tune in this week to ABC, Monday through Friday (1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central and Pacific) for lots of Walt Disney World fun!

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The Sun Rises on Beast’s Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Bonjour from Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park!


The sun is rising and the lights have just come on for the day. Pretty soon the Be Our Guest Restaurant will be bustling with guests. Have you had a chance to try breakfast here?

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