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Disney Familia Celebrate the Fall at Walt Disney World

posted on November 10th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

Even though Halloween has ended, Walt Disney World Resort has plenty festive fall fun for all in the familia.

You can enjoy the delicious Epcot International Food and Wine Festival until November 16th, a culinary adventure for everyone that loves comida!

And the holiday season has already begun with The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.

Watch this animated video to see all the experiencias that make this time of year an unforgettable season of magia!

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – November 2015

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

This November, check out the Disney Theme Park Merchandise artist appearances and signings taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort. Mark your calendars!

Nov. 12 – 16: Look for the latest releases from artist Larry Dotson, who will appear throughout the day, each day Nov. 12 – 16 and 27 – 29 at Art of Disney in Epcot. Learn more.

Nov. 13 – 14: Meet artist Jeff Granito who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 5 – 8 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Nov. 13 – 15: ACME Artist Guy Vasilovich will appear Nov. 13 – 15 from 2 – 5p.m., each day at Watto’s Grotto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Not able to make it? Guy will appear later in the day, each day from 7 – 9p.m. at D-Street in Disney Springs West Side. Learn more.

Nov. 14 – 15: Now’s the time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques or Custom Ticket Book Plaques. Dave will be appearing Nov. 14 from 5 – 9p.m. and Nov. 15 from 11a.m. – 7 p.m. at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Nov. 17 – 18: Meet Disney Legend and Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar, who will be on hand to sign his newest book, One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering. Signings will take place on the following days, times and locations. Learn more.

  • Nov. 17 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Nov. 18 from 10 – 11:30a.m. at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace
  • Tip: Wristbands for the signing will be distributed with each purchase of the book. Purchasing and signing limits apply. A wristband from the appearance location is required to meet Marty Sklar. A limited number of wristbands will be available.

Nov. 19 – Jan. 4: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Tip: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing Nov. 20 – 22.

Nov. 21: Meet artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace from 4 – 7 p.m. Learn more.

Nov. 26 – 28: David E. Doss will appear from 1 – 9p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Nov. 27 – 28: Ashley Eckstein from Her Universe will be on hand for a special appearance and signing, Nov. 27 from 2 – 4 p.m. and Nov. 28 from 3 – 5 p.m. in Watto’s Grotto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Nov. 28 – 29: Look for new releases from Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore, who will appear Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Heritage Manor in Epcot and Nov. 29 from 10a.m. – 1p.m. at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace.

Just a few more things…

  • Throughout the month look for other additional appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot. Learn more.
  • Look for special artist appearances, demonstrations and signings throughout the course of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2015 with Pam Brandon, Chef Gregg Hannon, Tim Rogerson and Michelle St.Laurent. Learn more.
  • Are you joining us for Holidays Around the World at Epcot? Keep an eye out for special commemorative holiday merchandise and special appearances by Reinhard Herzog, Linda Rick, and Jim Shore, among others.

Which events will you check out?

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Create Unforgettable Memories at Disney Parks This Fall with New Companion Shirts

posted on November 5th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

I recently stopped by China pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot to take a photo of two new companion shirts now available at Disney Parks. In recent years, we’ve released several companion tees including the extremely popular “I’ll Be Your Mickey” and “I’ll Be Your Minnie” shirts as seen in this previous Disney Parks Blog article. Here’s a look at other companion shirts I found at Disney Parks that may help you create some unforgettable memories during this fall season.


The Raglan tees shown above are a blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. They are a slightly different take on the previously mentioned “I’ll Be Your” shirts. Since I’m originally from Columbus, Ohio, I am a big fan of the red and grey colors used.


Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also featured on these Disney destination shirts. The Walt Disney World Resort shirts are shown above; shirts for Disneyland Resort are also available.


For those celebrating a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding or Honeymoon at Disney Parks, the bride and groom costume tees are a fun way to celebrate the special day.


Finally, we are continuing our online collection of Mickey and Minnie Mouse tees in November with four new designs. Two of the tees were inspired by the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction at Disneyland park while the other two shirts feature the “wildest ride in the wilderness,” Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. These shirts will only be offered on our Disney Parks online store from Friday November 6, 2015 through Thursday November 12, 2015. Items will ship in 3-5 weeks. You can order these shirts by visiting

For select companion shirts seen in this article, you can download the free Shop Disney Parks app to order and have them shipped directly to your home (see this video article for details about using the app).

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Reservations Now Open for New Year’s Eve Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 3rd, 2015 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator

What better way to ring in 2016 than a delicious meal or swanky party at Walt Disney World Resort? Lucky for you, I’ve made a roundup of all the special parties and locations offering special menus across our parks and resorts, so all that’s left for you to do is choose and make a reservation.


Atlantic Dance Hall
Swing in the New Year at Atlantic Dance Hall with a live big band, fun and high spirits. Party hats and horns, a viewing of the Epcot fireworks at midnight, and champagne toast are included in the cost of admission. Or treat yourself to the VIP experience which includes access to the exclusive VIP section with your own bartender, ample seating, and a New Year’s Eve dessert bar.

California Grill
This gala features food stations throughout the restaurant, and an unbeatable view of Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. A complimentary bar will be available, in addition to wine poured by the glass until midnight. The dress code requires everyone look their best: a dinner jacket is required for men (tie optional) and dress or pants ensemble for women.

Chef Mickey’s
In addition to the traditional buffet items, look for holiday favorites on New Year’s Day such carved and smoked pork, collard greens, ham hock, black eye peas, corn bread and seasonal fruit cobbler.

La Hacienda de San Angel
Seating begins at 9:30p.m. for this five-course prix-fixe dinner and alcohol pairings. The party includes a welcome margarita for adults, live entertainment from the mariachi band, and a view of the fireworks at Epcot.

Le Cellier Steakhouse
With dinner seatings at 4:30, 6:45, and 9 p.m., this special four-course meal is not to be missed. Lunch will also be served on New Year’s Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Monsieur Paul
Indulge in a special 3-course prix-fixe menu on New Year’s Eve. With lunch seatings at 11:45 a.m., noon, 2:15 p.m., and 2:45 p.m.; dinner at 5:45 and 6:15 p.m.; late night at 8:45 and 9:45 p.m.

Don’t miss this unforgettable opportunity to revel in the festivities of New Year’s Eve while enjoying a four-course prix-fixe meal while overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon. First seating takes place between 5:00 and 5:55p.m., second from 8:45 to 9:40p.m.

Victoria & Albert’s
New Year’s Eve includes a ten-course menu including eight savory courses and two dessert courses, also offered is a nine-course wine pairing with eclectic and low-production wines.

World ShowPlace
Enjoy a custom New Year’s Eve Dinner buffet at World ShowPlace. Photo opportunities and classic Disney tunes make this a great dinner for the whole family. Look for a variety of soups and salads, oven-baked cod, chicken breast, mojo-roasted pork, carved mesquite-spiced deep-fried turkey breast, plenty of sides and a scrumptious dessert station. A kid-friendly station features favorites like mac and cheese, fried chicken fritters, mini corn dogs and more.

Where will you ring in 2016?

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Download our Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Wallpaper

posted on November 2nd, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

I don’t know about you, but eating is one of my favorite things to do! What better place to go on an epicurean adventure but at Epcot, a place focused on innovation and international cultures?


Our designer, Jeff Maurer, commemorates two decades of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with a fancifully layered image of Spaceship Earth and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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#DisneyFamilia: More comida at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 28th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, you still have time! And while you are there, take advantage of the great opportunities to catch some culinary demonstrations taking place at the Festival Center.


The Chef’s Showcase Culinary Demonstrations feature Walt Disney World Resort Chefs preparing flavorful dishes. During every 45-minute session, guest are able to get useful culinary consejos (tips) and sample each dish.

On November 3 at 3pm, Disney Chef Edgardo Ruiz will prepare Fish Tacos accompanied by Crab Jicama Slaw Garnished with Calamari Rings.

Meanwhile, on November 12 at 5pm, Chef Javier Pareja from Disney’s Sunshine Seasons restaurant will showcase a Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo with Okra and Trinity Rice.

And last but not least, on November 13, Chef Sebastian Amico from Bongos will do a demo at 3pm that includes a delicious Zarzuela de Mariscos.

The culinary demonstrations take place at the Festival Welcome Center and have a cost of $15 per guest. Regular admission to Epcot is required.

For more información, be sure to visit

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Celebrate National Chocolate Day Oct. 28 With This Recipe From the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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

In case you haven’t heard, October 28 is National Chocolate Day, so there’s every excuse to indulge. We have plenty of favorites, but we’re going with the Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Ganache served at the Ireland Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – where you can still enjoy this sweet ending through November 15 when the 2015 festival closes.

If you can’t make it to the festival, here’s the recipe. The rich cake with a gooey warm center debuted at the festival in 2005 with an Irish Whiskey Sauce, but the sauce has changed over the years, including this version with Kerrygold Irish Cream.

Be careful not to overbake so that the center remains molten. With a scoop of good vanilla ice cream, it’s worth every calorie.


Warm Chocolate Pudding with Kerrygold® Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival

Serves 6

Kerrygold® Custard Sauce

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Kerrygold® Irish cream liqueur

Warm Chocolate Pudding

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

For Kerrygold® custard sauce:

  1. Whisk together the egg yolks, cornstarch, and half of the sugar in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine the milk and the remaining sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Slowly pour the hot milk and sugar into the egg yolks, whisking the egg yolks constantly to temper.
  4. Pour back into saucepan.
  5. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes, until custard thickens.
  6. Once thickened, pour custard into a medium bowl set in an ice bath.
  7. Whisk in Irish cream liqueur and cool while warm chocolate pudding is baking.

For warm chocolate pudding:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Lightly butter the bottom and sides of 6 (6 ounce) ramekins. Lightly dust with sugar, shaking out any extra sugar.
  3. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler or heat proof bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Beat egg yolks and whole eggs together in a large bowl. Add sugar and whisk for 2 minutes, until sugar is fully incorporated.
  5. Fold in melted chocolate.
  6. Fold in sifted flour, mixing until smooth.
  7. Evenly divide among prepared ramekins.
  8. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake 23-25 minutes, until the sides of the cake are set and the middle is still soft. Do not overbake.
  9. Cut around the sides of the cake with a knife to loosen from the ramekins. Invert onto a plate.
  10. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of custard sauce on top of warm pudding before serving.
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Experience Holidays Around the World at Epcot Starting November 27

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Returning to Epcot this November is perennial favorite Holidays Around the World, where time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase. Whether it’s learning about the customs of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa or listening to the tales of characters like Père Noël in France and the kind-hearted witch La Befana in Italy, this event is a must-do every year.

For the 2015 holiday season, new live musical performances by American Music Machine are being added to the mix. Introduced to rave reviews last summer, this five-member a cappella group brings to Holidays Around the World a contemporary take on the classic Christmas TV special. With unique vocal arrangements by Tim Davis (“Glee”), American Music Machine will be rocking around the Fountain Stage, performing both modern and nostalgic holiday hits, including “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

The Chinese Lion Dance During Holidays Around the World at Epcot The Chinese Lion Dance During Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Holidays Around the World has something for everyone! “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” enlivens the Fountain Stage throughout the day, while the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs take us on a musical exploration of holiday traditions from across the Great White North in the Canada Pavilion. In Mexico, “Feliz Navidad” features colorful dancers and mariachis, who celebrate the holiday customs of Mexico in an interactive, musical performance, and the China Pavilion bursts to life with the vibrant Chinese Lion Dance, bringing good fortune and happiness to all in honor of major holidays such as the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.

See 'Feliz Navidad' During Holidays Around the World at Epcot See 'Feliz Navidad' During Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Of course, a day at Epcot during Holidays Around the World would not be complete without taking in a performance of the gorgeous and moving Candlelight Processional or catching the stunning, holiday fireworks finale to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

Holidays Around the World begins Friday, November 27, at Epcot and continues through December 30, 2015. You won’t want to miss it!

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Musical Group Ribab Fusion Debuts in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot

posted on October 22nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Musical Group Ribab Fusion Debuts in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot

Over the past year, we’ve continued to add to and refresh the live entertainment experiences throughout World Showcase, immersing our guests in the diverse cultures of the nations represented at Epcot. In that spirit, we’re excited to introduce a new act to the lineup, Ribab Fusion.

Ribab Fusion, a popular band from northern Africa, celebrates Morocco’s Amazigh culture with everything from smooth grooves to high-energy funk, fusing the traditional sound of the single-stringed ribab with a contemporary, Afropop style.

You can catch this limited engagement of Ribab Fusion on stage at the Morocco pavilion, Wednesday to Sunday through January 2, 2016.

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Disney Style to Rock the Finish Line Party at Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon!

posted on October 22nd, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney

With Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend right around the corner, we’re cooking up our favorite looks to celebrate your accomplishment after your half marathon.

The Finish Line Party happens immediately after completing your race, which includes entry to over 30 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces, access to select favorite Epcot attractions, Disney character meet & greets, musical performances, entertainment and a live DJ! Friends, family and spectators are also invited to join the party with a special ticket. *Tickets to the Finish Line Party are sold out.

After completing 13.1 miles, changing into something a little more comfortable is recommended. I love the official runDisney “I Did It!” merchandise that will be on sale at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7.

The women’s look includes comfy “French Terry Closed Leg Pants” from Champion and stylish accessories to share your accomplishment.


The retro New Balance shoes will be perfect for the men’s look to walk around the world and try all of the delicious offerings of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.


Share your Finish Line Party looks with us using the hashtag #WineDineHalf. Make sure to check out some of the other merchandise for the event from our friend Steven Miller. See you at the Finish Line!

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