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Reservations Now Open for New Table-Service Dining at River Belle Terrace in Disneyland Park

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


One of the original restaurants at Disneyland park, River Belle Terrace (under a variety of names) has been serving up home-style eats and Southern hospitality for more than sixty years. On February 10, the next chapter for River Belle Terrace will begin as the restaurant reopens as a table-service location, featuring barbecue favorites, tasty sides and more.

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What’s on the new menu? For starters, look for creamy pimento cheese dip with toasted bread and crispy celery, grilled and chilled shrimp with house-made BBQ cocktail sauce and lemon, and a house salad with arugula, apple, gorgonzola, dried cranberries, candied pecans and apple vinaigrette.

If you’re looking for a lighter entrée, try a salad topped with your choice of chicken, grilled shrimp, brisket or BBQ tofu. Whether you choose River Belle’s Chopped Salad with romaine lettuce, black beans, garbanzo beans, pickles, roasted corn, red bell pepper and tomatoes topped with fried onions served with a BBQ-ranch dressing or the Terrace Wedge with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, crumbled gorgonzola, garnished with pickled red onions and buttermilk-gorgonzola dressing, you can’t go wrong.

For the main attraction, Disneyland Resort chefs were inspired by barbecue tastes from up and down the Mississippi River. Look for tasty entrees like pork spare ribs, oven-roasted barbecue chicken, barbecue tofu, sustainable fish, oven-roasted sausage links and sandwiches featuring fried chicken, beef brisket or pulled pork. Each entree includes a side of River Belle Terrace’s signature baked beans as well as a choice of tangy coleslaw, seasoned tater bites, potato salad or seasonal vegetables. Kids will love the oven-roasted chicken, sustainable fish, BBQ ribs or mac ‘n cheese, each served with seasonal vegetables and fruit.

No Southern meal is complete without dessert. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the warm maple, apple and bacon bundt cake or butterscotch pudding parfait. For a twist on a classic dessert, try the fried cheesecake.

Reservations can be made by visiting Disneyland.com/dine, or by calling 714-781-DINE (3463).

TIP: Did you know you can now modify your existing dining reservations? Under the “My Reservations” page, simply click “Change Reservation” to change the time or number of guests in your part of your existing reservation.

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All in the Details: Exploring Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Ask a server at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen where the best seat in the house is, and in true Jungle Cruise fashion, he or she may respond with, “Inside!”

All in the Details: Exploring Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park All in the Details: Exploring Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

That’s just proof that the witty and adventurous spirit of the guest-favorite Jungle Cruise attraction has spread to the nearby Skipper Canteen restaurant, which just opened its doors in December. The table service eatery features three unique dining rooms, including the crew’s Mess Hall; The S.E.A. Room, a secret meeting room for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers that was once hidden behind a bookcase; and the Falls Family Parlor, formerly occupied by the infamous jungle explorer Dr. Albert Falls. Remember him as the namesake of The Jungle Cruise’s Schweitzer Falls?

All in the Details: Exploring Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park All in the Details: Exploring Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

The theming and storyline of the restaurant is really brought to life in the tiny details you can find in each room, which are stocked with treasure troves of mementos that Falls and the other adventurers collected over years of exploration. Disney Parks history buffs will have a blast picking out references to The Jungle Cruise attraction in the restaurant’s wood carvings, and few artifacts have even made their way over from the former Adventurer’s Club at Pleasure Island (now Disney Springs). Can you spot any in these photos?

Another fun element that brings the location to life is the background music. On my latest visit, a friend remarked that she felt she was a million miles away, in a different time, as tunes from the 1930s played lazily in the background. So fun.

Want to learn more about the Skipper Canteen and its menu? Check out Pam Brandon’s previous post.

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#DisneyKids: First Zebra Outside My Window at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

posted on January 29th, 2016 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Let’s face it, most little kids love animals. Whether it’s a puppy dog or a bunny rabbit, preschoolers are fascinated by living creatures. So imagine their first encounter with an exotic animal like a wildebeest, giraffe or zebra. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests get that rare opportunity to get up close with wildlife they might not otherwise get the chance to see – all in one place. Little ones delight as they watch the animals roaming in the wild throughout lush savannas – a place where more than 200 mammals and birds call home.

Besides the animal encounters, there’s lot of reasons preschoolers will love Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Resort guests can enjoy shaded playgrounds, kiddie pools, movies under the stars, Simba’s Cubhouse, and organized poolside activities. My favorite is the storytelling around the fire pit paired with a delicious marshmallow roast. A nice way to end your Disney day.

So next time you are at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, celebrate the colorful world of this African wildlife reserve through the eyes of your child. Remember these first experiences with animals are an invaluable way to teach your little ones to love and respect nature and the wild. To learn more about planning a trip to Disney with preschoolers, visit Disneyworld.com/littleones.

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February 2016 Disneyland Resort Merchandise Event Snapshot

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Are you planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this February? Here’s the latest on some of the artists you can expect to find this month and some very special events you don’t want to miss!

Disneyland Park

February 5-14: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of the new Valentine-themed collection, among other fan favorites. Look for a special appearance by Doll Designer Linda Rick, February 5-7 from noon – 10 p.m. each day, at China Closet in Disneyland park. Learn more here.

Disney California Adventure Park

February 6: Local Southern California artist Noah returns to Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park with a special appearance and signing from noon – 4 p.m. as we celebrate the release of his latest pieces inspired by Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Alice in Wonderland. Learn more here.

Downtown Disney District

February 6: Join us for a special artist showcase at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as we celebrate the release of new works by Nidhi Chanani, Eunjung June Kim and Jerrod Maruyama from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Also being released is the 9” Hipster Mickey Vinylmation figure by artist Jerrod Maruyama. Learn more here.

February 6-7: Take part in a special artist showcase with Nidhi Chanani from 2-5 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence: Appearing at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout the month is artist Gabby Zapata. Look for artist showcases on the following dates: February 6–7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27–28 from 5–9 p.m. each day. Learn more here.

Which artists are you most excited to meet?

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Disney Parks Blog Unboxed – Disney TAG (Travel – Accessories – Gear)

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


For the latest Disney Parks Blog Unboxed video, I visited Senses Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. This full-service spa and health club offers massages, body treatments and more. I had never visited the spa so I was looking forward to a day of relaxation. My plans, however, were slightly delayed with the arrival of a mysterious yet colorful suitcase.

Disney TAG items will be arriving at their final destination this spring at Disney Parks. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional looks at the collection in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, I invite you to check out Senses spa. My brief visit was wonderful and I’m looking forward to my next visit. To schedule treatments at the spa, please call (407) WDW-SPAS (407-939-7727) as far in advance as possible. Reservations are highly recommended.

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Disney Parks After Dark: After Mickey Mouse and Friends Say ‘Good Night’ at Disneyland Park

posted on January 21st, 2016 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


I always wondered what happens in Mickey’s Toontown after the Disneyland park gates are closed. To find the answer, I visited several different nights with camera in hand. Although I wasn’t able to solve the mystery, I had a great time exploring Mickey’s Toontown, as shown in the first photo of Mickey’s car in the fog, to the last of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin at sunrise.


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Valentine’s Day Weekend Yum at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 20th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend, February 12-14, Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure park has a new seasonal menu (and a Sweetheart Dinner for Two), and other Disneyland Resort restaurants are adding a little romance and lots of flavor to their menus.

Starting with Carthay Circle Restaurant, the Sweetheart Dinner for Two ($140 plus tax and gratuity) will be February 13 and 14 and include three courses: lobster and asparagus to start; Steak Florentine for two (Grilled Porterhouse of Chianti Beef) with sautéed Brussels sprouts, parsnips and bacon and roasted fingerling potatoes with Brie; and Chocolate Hearts for Two for dessert with chocolate espresso and white chocolate raspberry served tableside with warm chocolate sauce. What’s not to love?

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And if you can’t make it Valentine’s Day weekend, the restaurant’s seasonal menu includes gems on the lunch menu such as Winter Pozole with Tempura Fried Shrimp, Grilled Turkey Scaloppini, a Crispy Maple Leaf Duck Confit Salad and savory Moroccan Lamb Meatballs. The seasonal dinner menu has added Carthay Shellfish Cioppino, Artichoke Crepes, Braised Lamb Shank with Winter Bean Cassoulet and Angus Beef Delmonico with chipotle sweet potatoes.

Back to Valentine’s Day. Here’s a quick guide to goodies that are special on the menu:

Disneyland Park

  • Valentine’s Day cotton candy on the street carts, February 14 only.
  • Carnation Café is offering Surf and Turf with sirloin steak and a shrimp skewer with veggies (February 14).
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant has a Sweetheart Duet for February 14 with a bacon-wrapped filet mignon and halibut atop tomato croutons with sautéed baby spinach and roasted potatoes, served with a chardonnay dill and cognac peppercorn café au lait sauce. In addition, Blue Bayou Restaurant will offer a Sweetheart Toast which includes a souvenir champagne flute engraved with the Blue Bayou Restaurant logo, served with sparkling cider (cost is $11.95 per person).
  • Café Orleans is serving sautéed shrimp and Andouille sausage with zucchini and cherry tomatoes with linguine pasta in a cream shrimp fume (February 14).

Disney California Adventure Park, Along with Carthay Circle Restaurant (above)

  • Valentine’s Day cotton candy on the street carts, February 14 only.
  • Valentine Sundaes at Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream (February 12-14).
  • Teddy bear-shaped bread and heart-shaped bread at Mortimer’s Market, Pacific Wharf carts and Boudin Bread Cart (February 12-14). Pacific Wharf carts also will offer a valentine sugar cookie.
  • Wine Country Trattoria at Golden Vine Winery is serving a February 14 special that starts with an arugula salad, then a choice of lobster tail or surf ‘n turf with beef tenderloin and shrimp with veggies and, for dessert, ricotta cannoli with a berry compote. The winery’s Alfresco Tasting Terrace will have a dessert sampler on February 14 with a vanilla fruit tart, raspberry macaroon and tiramisu paired with a sparkling wine.

Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

  • Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel will offer a special three-course dinner paired with wines February 13-16. Start with shrimp and scallop cassoulet with fried artichoke and lobster cream; for the main course, broiled filet mignon with morel mushroom fettuccine and asparagus; and for dessert, raspberry-white chocolate crunch cake. (The same special is available in The Lounge at Steakhouse 55.)
  • On February 14, Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will showcase Chef Andrew Sutton’s Four-Course Country Valentine’s Day Dinner (available with a wine flight).
  • Next door on February 14, Storyteller’s Cafe will offer a bacon-wrapped filet mignon with a Cabernet reduction and lobster-sun-dried tomato risotto.
  • At Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on February 14, PCH Grill’s tasting stations will include seafood saute station, carving station with beef, a wood-fired pizza station, mini-taco station and mac ‘n cheese bar. Other hot and cold stations offer everything from pan-seared chicken breast to heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella and a build-your-own salad. And special sweets just for your valentine.

For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on January 17th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


This week, Disney Parks Blog readers were among the first to learn that one of the most intriguing new characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Kylo Ren – will be coming to Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Every day at Disney Parks, you can step into the exciting experiences like Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” and Star Wars Launch Bay. Next month, a visit to Star Wars Launch Bay at either Disneyland park of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will transport you to the Star Wars galaxy for an encounter with Kylo Ren. Check out Shawn’s original story for more details.

And we also shared that ‘Tangled’ has returned to the Royal Theatre at Disneyland park. Beginning this weekend (Friday, January 15), the tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider is once again coming to life through the inimitable storytelling talents of resident Renaissance men, Messieurs Smythe and Jones. Take a look at our original story.

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

First Look at New Rivers of America Waterfront and Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park in California – The Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland park in Southern California have closed temporarily as we prepare to bring an all-new Star Wars-themed land to the park. When these areas reopen, the north bank of the Rivers of America will have a beautiful new waterfront, which we’re excited to give you a sneak peek at.

Happy Lunar New Year Celebration Returns to Disney California Adventure Park – This year, the Year of the Monkey, brings the return of the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure park, February 5-8!

Pixar Wizards Leave Their Signatures on Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – If you’ve had the chance to stop through Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, you may have noticed the impressive Storyboard Chandelier that serves the lobby’s centerpiece. Since the resort opened in 2012, it has become tradition for film contributors – both voice actors and those working behind the scenes – to add their autograph to a sketch appearing on the chandelier.

New Year – New Disney Parks Moms Panel – The beginning of 2016 not only brings new hopes and dreams for many of us, it also brings new members to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

Decorate Your Home with New Disney Parks-Inspired Figurines – During a recent Disney Parks Blog Unboxed video, I gave you a first look at three new decorative figurines coming to Disney Parks this year. These figurines were inspired by characters and icons from attractions found at Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts.

Wildlife Wednesday: Meet Willie the Aardvark at Rafiki’s Planet Watch – I’m delighted to introduce you to Willie, a new resident at Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Willie is an aardvark that frequents the outdoor stage next to Affection Section where I hope you get the chance to meet and learn more about him in person.

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Sun and Moon Over Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

posted on January 15th, 2016 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Many Disney Parks Blog readers are familiar with the photography of our Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer. I recently came across two shots of his from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park, showing the sun and moon hovering over the attraction.

I love this first image, with the mountain in silhouette as the Southern California sun peeks out from the other side.

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Paul captures the spookiness of the mountain perfectly in this second photo, with the tree in the foreground and the moon up above the peak.

Come visit the wildest ride in the wilderness on your next visit to Disneyland park!

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Disney Days of Past: New Year’s Resolutions

posted on January 7th, 2016 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


Happy 2016! Did you make a New Year’s resolution? If so, this photo of Jiminy Cricket from 1980 is here to inspire you to stick to your resolution. Any time you feel you may be sliding off track, or need a little inspiration just imagine Jiminy singing in your ear “always let your conscience be your guide!”

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