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Toffee Gourmet Treats are Back at the Disneyland Resort

posted on August 31st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


How many of you are toffee fans? If you find yourself visiting the Disneyland Resort this September, you’re in luck because I have a special treat for you! Candy locations throughout the resort will begin offering toffee gourmet goodies again, beginning September 1.

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This scrumptious apple is once again covered in creamy caramel, dipped in sweet milk chocolate and is topped with crunchy toffee pieces, roasted almonds and chocolate drizzle, as the final touch. Of course, our candy makers didn’t stop there. They have incorporated many of the toffee ingredients used for the apples for marshmallow wands, crispy treats and bark. Yes, you read that right.

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Look for these delicious treats and more at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park; and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

I’m probably not the only one wishing today was September 1, am I? Will you give this one a try?

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship

posted on August 28th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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A unique Peter Pan-themed restaurant opened at Disneyland park on August 29, 1955. The Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant was a Fantasyland icon that once stood where Dumbo the Flying Elephant is today.

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Part of the elaborately themed restaurant location included Skull Rock Cove where you could sit and enjoy your meal.

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In 1969 the location changed its name to Captain Hook’s Galley, and in 1982 it was removed during the creation of New Fantasyland at Disneyland park.

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The legacy of this popular Disneyland park location lives on today. At Disneyland Paris, guests can enjoy Pirate Galleon, a recreation of the Disneyland park original, and at Disneyland park itself, some say the watery rockwork adjacent to the Dumbo Flying Elephant queue and Storybook Land Canal Boats is actually part of the original Skull Rock Cove.

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6 Tips From Disney Chefs for National ‘More Herbs, Less Salt Day’ Aug. 29

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Who knew there’s a national day to remind us to step away from the salt shaker, meant to encourage us to reach for herbs instead of salt? The Disney chefs love the idea, and we’re sharing a few of their favorite tips.

Chef Christian Rumpler, Trattoria al Forno, Disney’s Boardwalk: “You could always liven up a dish with fresh parsley and oregano, but acidic flavors like lemon balm, lemongrass or something cool like lemon thyme are at the top of the list,” says Rumpler. He also recommends a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and flavored vinegars like apple cider vinegar. “Those flavors give you a punch of flavor without the salt.”

Chef Marcel St. Pierre, Steakhouse 55, Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort: “Sorrel is my favorite substitution for salt, and one of my favorite perennial herbs,” says St. Pierre. “It adds a lightly sour taste with a little acidity to any dish.” He uses it at Steakhouse 55 to finish the fresh pasta tagliatelle. “It adds a surprising, refreshing lemony flavor, reducing the amount of salt needed to finish the dish.”

Executive Chef John State, Disneyland Resort: Cilantro is State’s favorite herb when there’s a need to cut salt. “Cilantro is bright and complements multiple cuisines, from Thai and Mexican to Indian and Middle Eastern.” It’s the acidity and fragrant aroma that are so appealing to the taste buds, says State. “Cilantro is rounded in flavor with lemony, floral, balanced acidity – and you can use it all, even the stem,” explains State.

Chef Dee Foundoukis, Le Cellier, Canada pavilion, Epcot World Showcase, Walt Disney World Resort: Foundoukis will give up her fleur de sel or truffle salt for a combination of fresh thyme and oregano. “That earthy feel-good adds so much flavor, it makes me forget about the salt – for a while,” says Foundoukis.

Chef Tim Keating, Flying Fish Cafe, Disney’s Boardwalk, Walt Disney World Resort: “That’s an easy one for us at Flying Fish,” says Keating. “We utilize classic French ‘fines herbes’ to amp up flavor and easily displace salt in salads, vinaigrettes, vegetable sautés and to crust our fish.” You can buy it dried, but their fresh, house-made mixture is a combination of half Italian flat-leaf parsley and half equal amounts of tarragon, chervil and chives, all finely chopped.

Chef Brian Piasecki, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World Resort: “If I am making lighter foods like salads, flatbreads and appetizers, I like basil, cilantro, oregano, Italian flat parsley, onion sprouts and tops and even finely chopped radish tops (micro radish or wasabi),” says Piasecki. “These are great raw and delicate in flavor.” For cooked dishes, Piasecki goes for something heartier such as rosemary, thyme, and sage. “These hold up to the heat of cooking and are a bit stronger in flavor and infuse the food,” he explains.

Do you have a favorite herb to recommend when you’re cutting back on salt?

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Video: Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega Announced as ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Contestants at Disneyland Park

posted on August 27th, 2015 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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As ABC’s smash show “Dancing with the Stars” prepares to kick-off its 21st season next month, more celebrities are being announced as competitors. This morning, Disneyland park was the setting for the latest “cast reveal” on Entertainment Tonight as Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega were announced as the first-ever married couple to compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy joined by performers from “Paint the Night” parade, as well as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

It’s no coincidence that this special announcement took place at Disneyland park since Alexa (who is celebrating her birthday today!) and Carlos are both huge Disneyland fans.

Check out this video to learn more about what inspires this Disney-loving couple as they prepare for their ballroom adventure.

“Dancing with the Stars” returns with an all-new season premiere on Monday, Sept. 14, at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.

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First Look at Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2015 Merchandise

posted on August 27th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Will you be joining us this year for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, taking place September 3-6, 2015, at the Disneyland Resort? Can you believe it’s been “Ten Years Running”? If you’re curious as to what merchandise awaits you for the races, wait no longer. Here’s your first look!

Sought-after items this year include the Disneyland Half Marathon merchandise, performance tees, jackets and tanks. Of course, the ever-popular mens’ and ladies’ tees emblazoned with the “I Did It” message on it and course map on the back continue to be fan favorites.

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I triple-dare you not to fall in love with the Dumbo Double Dare collection. My heart soars just thinking about it. You’ll find plenty of themed merchandise, including men’s and ladies’ tees with Dumbo Double Dare and “Fly to the Finish” logos on it along with a tank, jackets and car magnets.

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We’re not finished quite yet! Look for an additional “I Did It” tee to debut for the Disneyland 5K, along with a Disneyland 10K tee featuring Captain Hook, Hades and Maleficent. If you can’t decide, and it’s an all-inclusive Half Marathon Weekend tee you seek – don’t worry, we’ve got it!

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Some of you may have already seen this, but for you Dooney & Bourke and race fans that haven’t, here’s a look at the pattern that will appear on several silhouettes including a cross-body, tote and wristlet. Are you planning to add this to your collection? Now’s your chance to secure a piece of the magic! Pre-order your Dooney & Bourke bag prior to August 28, while supplies last. Purchase today!

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Finally, you know when it comes to runDisney merchandise it doesn’t stop there. Look for additional items themed to the Disneyland Half Marathon, runDisney, as well as 2015 runDisney Coast to Coast Race Challenge offerings.

Good Luck!

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Disneyland Resort Event Snapshot – September 2015

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s hard to believe that it’s almost September. If you’re in need of back-to-school fun, then be sure to take part in special Disney Theme Park Merchandise events taking place throughout the month at the Disneyland Resort!

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September 2: Meet Disney Legend and Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar, who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing of his newest book, One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering from 10 a.m. – Noon at Disneyana in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

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September 5–6: Look for special appearances by Gabriela Ruiz (Serpenthes), who will be setting up shop inside WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District on September 5–6 and 26–27 from 2-5 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

September 12: Meet artist Miss Mindy, who will be on hand for an artist appearance and signing of her designer blind box Vinylmation series themed to Circus. Look for Miss Mindy from 3–5 p.m. at D Street in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

September 12–13: If you have been waiting for just the right time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques, or his newest release from D23 EXPO 2015 — the Custom Ticket Book Plaques – you’re in luck! Dave will be appearing from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day at Disneyana inside Disneyland park. Add one to your collection! Learn more here.

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September 19: Join us for an artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works of art by John Coulter, Jerrod Maruyama and Kristin Tercek from 3–5 p.m. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist David Lozeau. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: September 4-6, 11–13, 18-20 and 25 from 6-10 p.m. Learn more here.

What events are you most excited for?

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Happy National Waffle Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Happy National Waffle Day from Disney Parks Food and Beverage! What better way to indulge on this delicious holiday than with one of our top 8 waffles from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts:

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  1. Mickey Waffles
    Look for these breakfast classics are resort hotels across property, and at Plaza Inn at Disneyland park.
  2. Buffalo Chicken Waffle Slider from Trilo-Bites at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    This fiery new snack is simply wild!
  3. Waffle Cone from Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream at Disney California Adventure park
    Cool down with this sweet, hand-scopped treat.
  4. Waffle Sandwiches from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom Park
    Go sweet with the fruit and Nutella waffle sandwich, or try one of the savory lunchtime waffle sandwiches—either way you can’t go wrong.
  5. Waffle Fries at Golden Oak Outpost in Magic Kingdom Park
    Creative toppings make these waffle fries a tasty meal.
  6. Sweet and Savory Waffles from the Belgium Global Marketplace at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
    Try the Belgian waffle topped with berries or chocolate ganache and whipped cream for dessert or the Potato and Leek Waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked gouda cream for a hearty snack when the festival returns on September 25.
  7. Maple Waffle Breakfast Cone from BoardWalk Bakery
    A practically perfect breakfast on the go.
  8. Buffalo Chicken and Cornbread Waffles from the Fantasy Fare Food Truck at Downtown Disney
    This sweet and spicy treat is sure to satisfy.

What’s your favorite Disney Parks waffle? Let us know in the comments below!

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 22nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Fall will be here before you know it and we’re already sharing some great experiences to look forward to during this season’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort and Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

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When Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park debuts September 15, a new Happy HalloWishes Premium Dessert Package will be part of the fun. The premium offering will include viewing a Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade from the reserved location followed by sweet treats at festively decorated Tomorrowland Terrace where you have a cool view of Cinderella Castle during the Happy HalloWishes Nighttime Spectacular.

Check Pam’s original story for more details. You can call make reservations by visit DisneyWorld.com/DINE or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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Also this week, Erin shared some things to know for this year’s Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort as it dazzles during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Here are a few nighttime spectaculars you can see:

Guests visiting with regular admission during Mickey’s Halloween Party dates will not be able to view “Paint the Night” parade or either fireworks spectaculars. If you plan to watch “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, please check the calendar at Disneyland.com to be sure you are attending on a non-party night. All show schedules are subject to change.

You can read more about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort by checking Erin’s original story.

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

Tour The ‘Walt Disney Archives Presents-Disneyland: The Exhibit’ At The D23 EXPO – The Disney Archives Exhibit at the D23 EXPO showcased artifacts important to the history of The Walt Disney Company and even Walt Disney himself.

Top Must-Do’s During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – Check out our top must-do’s for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna at Disneyland Resort.

A Peek Inside the AVATAR Exhibit at D23 Expo – Take a photo tour inside the AVATAR exhibit from the D23 Expo last weekend.

Disney Parks Attraction Poster Deluxe Calendar Returns for 2016 – The popular Disney Parks Attraction poster deluxe calendar is returning in 2016 to select merchandise locations.

PHOTO GALLERY: Best Images from the 2015 D23 Expo – Explore all the excitement from the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, Calif.

Enter ‘The Chew’s’ Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win a Trip to 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – We’re thrilled the Emmy award-winning ABC hit show “The Chew” is joining us for the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – and they are giving you (and three of your guests) a chance to win a visit, too.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sleeping Beauty Castle Dazzles at Night

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, covered in diamonds commemorating the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, is spectacular during the day. And at night, it is simply dazzling. Here are a few photos of the sparkling Disneyland park icon.

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A DAZZLING NIGHT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - A special medallion and diamond accents honoring the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration illuminate the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

A DAZZLING NIGHT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - A special medallion and diamond accents honoring the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration illuminate the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

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Tour The ‘Walt Disney Archives Presents-Disneyland: The Exhibit’ At The D23 EXPO

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


A highlight of this year’s D23 EXPO for Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller and I was visiting our old blog friend, Nate Rasmussen, at the Disney Archives Exhibit at the EXPO. In case you aren’t familiar, the Disney Archives was officially established in 1970 to collect and preserve artifacts important to the history of The Walt Disney Company and even Walt Disney himself. We were excited to see what the Disney Archives exhibit would feature this time.

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In honor of the the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration , this year’s theme for the exhibit was “Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit.” The display, measuring 12,000 square feet and offering up more than 300 historical items, was the largest exhibit the Archives has ever hosted. It was chock full of amazing pieces of Disney Parks history, such as the Abominable Snowman and Matterhorn Bobsleds vehicle.

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Fantasyland ride vehicles were also a popular sight. One display included a prototype of a ride vehicle from the Alice in Wonderland dark attraction, while another featured a pirate ship from Peter Pan’s Flight.

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Aside from vintage ride vehicles, the original Maleficent dragon head from “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland park was available for up-close viewing, as was an illuminated bug from “Main Street Electrical Parade.” Props from The Country Bear Jamboree Vacation Hoedown included a tire swing, summer-themed guitars and other instruments.

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Some artifacts gave guests a behind-the-scenes look at the making of what are now considered to be classic Disney Parks attractions, such as models, maquettes, sketches, artist renderings, prototypes and more.

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We were also excited to see some of the vintage Disneyland park merchandise included in the display, including mini-tombstones that could be personalized with guest names, Adventureland boardgames, tin Matterhorn coin banks, and much more.

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