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Disney Parks After Dark: The BOATHOUSE Restaurant at Disney Springs

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

It’s nighttime and all’s well at The BOATHOUSE Restaurant at Disney Springs. This dining hotspot, which serves up Florida style surf & turf, is surrounded by “dream boats” of the 30s, 40s and 50s, as well as AmphiCars that offer on the water tours of Disney Springs.


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Club-Level Service at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

Guests interested in adding more magic – and convenience – to their next stay at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort should consider booking (or upgrading upon check-in, pending availability) to “Club Level.” What exactly does “Club Level” entail?

Well, all club-level rooms feature the wonderful amenities of our guest rooms, plus special touches including nightly turndown service and in-room DVD players. One of the coolest features is that all club-level guests have exclusive access to the hotel’s concierge club. The clubs are different at each of our three on-property hotels, but all have a dedicated concierge desk, as well as complimentary refreshments throughout the day. I’ll share an insider’s view of the lounges over the next couple of posts.

At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, club-level guests are invited to relax at the Craftsman Club, located on the sixth floor near the Great Hall elevators. The Craftsman Club feels like a spacious living room adorned with Arts and Crafts-style decor. Club guests can enjoy complimentary afternoon tea and mingle over wine and dessert while watching the fireworks!


The Craftsman Club is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and provides guests with the following complimentary offerings:

  • Grand Beginnings (6:30-10 a.m.) – Continental breakfast bar with an assortment of fresh pastries, fruit, cereal and morning beverages.
  • Afternoon Tea (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – A selection of teas and other beverages, accompanied by a variety of goodies.
  • Grand Hours (5-7 p.m.) – Scrumptious appetizers and cheese, paired with your choice of wine and beer.
  • Sweet Endings (8-10 p.m.) – Delectable desserts and after-dinner beverages.

If you are interested in booking a club-level room at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, visit, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact your local travel agent.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular

posted on January 28th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was snapped at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where the Dark Side (temporarily) takes over for the brand new “Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show.

The show is a fireworks spectacular that’s set to memorable music from throughout the Star Wars saga, including two tracks from the latest film: “Rey’s Theme” and “March of the Resistance.” Specific characters from the Star Wars galaxy are also represented in the show, with lines of dialogue from characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader and Rey, highlighting key moments in the spectacular.

Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios

If you’re adding “Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular” to your plans for an upcoming trip, learn more about the “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party,” which will be offered nightly through March 19. Star Wars-themed treats, including Darth Vader and droid cupcakes, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and more are on the menu. Learn how to make reservations here.

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Nine Dragons Restaurant in China Pavilion at Epcot Celebrates ‘Year of the Monkey’ Beginning Feb. 8

posted on January 25th, 2016 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Nine Dragons Restaurant in the China Pavilion at Epcot has been a longtime favorite, maybe because we’ve had the privilege of meeting the talented Asian chefs in the kitchen who create authentic Chinese dishes. Yes, they cater to Americanized tastes with favorites such as Kung Pao chicken and sweet-and-sour pork, but it’s also the place where you can enjoy braised pork belly steamed buns, shrimp and taro lollipops and Shanghai xiaolongbao, the ultimate steamed pork soup dumplings.

In celebration of the Chinese “Year of the Monkey,” Nine Dragons is offering some special menu items and a new prix fixe lunch menu.

The lunch special (3 courses for $17.98) starts with spring rolls or pot stickers. There is a choice of three entrees: Happily Family, with sliced chicken breast, beef and shrimp stir fry; Moo Goo Gai Pan with stir-fried chicken breast, mushrooms and snow peas; and General Tso’s Chicken Buns Lunch Box with three steamed buns and hot-and-sour soup. Dessert is strawberry-red bean ice cream or ginger-caramel ice cream.

Another addition to the menu, just for Year of the Monkey are three steamed buns: braised pork belly served with chili aioli; sweet-and-sour, batter-fried fish buns topped with pork floss; and General Tso’s Chicken buns with batter-fried chicken breast. (Pork floss is dry, fluffy shredded pork seasoned with soy sauce and sugar.) Add a cold Tsingtao beer for a real treat.

The menu specials run through January 27, 2017, so you have plenty of time, with the restaurant open daily for lunch and dinner (Disney Dining Plan accepted). Passholder, Disney Vacation Club, Tables in Wonderland and Golden Oak discounts are accepted (to celebrate the Chinese New Year, all these discounts are 20% for the month of February). For reservations, visit or call 407-WDW-DINE.


If you’d like to try to make the steamed buns at home, here’s a recipe. Happy Year of the Monkey!

Sweet-and-Sour Fish on Steamed Buns
Makes 4

Sweet-and-Sour Sauce

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  • 8-ounce fillet white fish, such as cod, snapper or grouper
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus additional for seasoning
  • Pinch ground white pepper
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus additional for frying
  • 4 prepared bao buns (folded Chinese-style steamed buns–see Cook’s Note below)


  • Thinly sliced onion, carrot, and lettuce
  • Pork Floss (see Cook’s Note below)

For sweet-and-sour sauce:

  1. Combine water, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, vinegar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Combine cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water, stirring until dissolved. Stir cornstarch mixture into sauce, stirring constantly. Simmer, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens, 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.

For fish:

  1. Pat fish dry and cut into four equal-size pieces.
  2. Season fish with salt and white pepper. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Whisk together water and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add water mixture to flour mixture, whisking just until no lumps remain.
  4. Pour vegetable oil into a deep pan to a depth of at least two inches. Heat oil to 350°F.
  5. Dip seasoned fish into prepared batter. Shake off excess. Drop gently into oil. Fry 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Transfer cooked fish to a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt.
  7. Reheat steamed buns by placing in a steamer basket over simmering water 4 to 5 minutes.
  8. On a plate, assemble bun by inserting a slice of fried fish between a bun, ladle sweet and sour sauce over fried fish, and place garnish over sauce. Sprinkle with pork floss (optional). Serve immediately.

Cook’s note: Bao buns are available in the refrigerated or freezer section of Asian markets. Pork floss is a sweet and salty dried, shredded pork product available in most Asian markets.

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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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‘Rock the Dots’ with Disney Parks Merchandise on January 22 for National Polka Dot Day

posted on January 21st, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Did you know National Polka Dot Day will be observed on January 22? Since 1928, Disney First lady and fashionista Minnie Mouse has rocked polka dots through her fun-loving, timeless and positive spirit that inspires Disney fans and polka dot fashionistas around the globe. At Disney Parks, guests can “rock their dots” every day with polka dot fashions from bows and blouses to designer purses and jewelry. I recently visited Disney Springs Marketplace to find some of the best Minnie Mouse products we carry.


There are numerous items featuring Minnie Mouse for guests of all ages. For kids, we offer apparel, shoes, hats, dresses and more. As a side note for parents, I learned there will be three new “Minnie’s Bow-Toons” shorts premiering on Disney Channel during the morning of January 22.

Adults will find Minnie Mouse-themed charms by PANDORA Jewelry, stylish apparel and accessories from the Disney Boutique collection, coffee mugs, and other souvenirs such as hand sanitizers or pins.


I also discovered that retail MagicBand on Demand is now available at the D-Tech on Demand boutique in the Marketplace Co-Op. This creation station has a few Minnie Mouse designs which can be added to a phone case or a retail MagicBand.

In celebration of our favorite style muse Minnie Mouse, I invite you to show us how you “Rock the Dots” by sporting your favorite polka dot look. Just tag your photos on social media channels with #RockTheDots.

Here are images of other items that you may find at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort or on the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

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runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Outfits

posted on January 20th, 2016 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney

Runners embraced the light side at the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort. We saw runners choose styles from the original Star Wars films such as Luke and Leia, and many runners who felt the Force as BB-8, Rey and Finn.

Our Star Wars friends Matt Martin and Cole Horton joined us this past weekend. Matt manages digital content and community relations at Lucasfilm and Cole is a Star Wars contributor as well as the author of Star Wars related books. Congratulations to Matt Martin for completing his first Star Wars 5K and Cole Horton who accomplished his mission in the Star Wars Rebel Challenge! We celebrated at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland park afterward, in our outfits from New Balance and Champion.


Here are a few of our favorite looks from the weekend. Congrats to all participants on fulfilling your destiny!

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side is coming to Walt Disney World Resort. We can’t wait for you to join us.


Did you participate this past weekend? Show us your Force-inspired style with the hashtag #StarWarsHalf! Follow @runDisney on Twitter and Instagram for more galactic fun.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Fountains Light Up Epcot’s France Pavilion

posted on January 14th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Who’s ready for a nighttime walk through Epcot?

Tonight’s “After Dark” image was snapped at the France Pavilion, where guests can experience the “Impressions de France” film, have dinner at Chefs de France or Monsieur Paul, or do one of my favorite things – grab a sugary treat at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie.

Which activity is your favorite?

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A World Showcase of Unforgettable Shopping at Epcot – Canada Pavilion

posted on January 14th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


There are many Unforgettable places to shop at Walt Disney World Resort. This month, I’m beginning a new series featuring my favorite place to shop, dine and play – World Showcase at Epcot. A new story each month throughout 2016 will highlight unique products from each of the 11 World Showcase countries. I’m starting my trek around the “World” with a visit to Canada Pavilion.


Impressive totem poles surround the entrance to the Northwest Mercantile that is home to products inspired by the diverse and rich culture of Canada. Inside, guests will find Canadian flag-inspired apparel, decorative items and more. This location also contains hockey-themed products celebrating popular Canadian teams.


Guests will also find the popular “O Canada” logo merchandise first introduced in 2012. This program includes short and long sleeved apparel, drinkware and headware. You can read more about the program in this Disney Parks Blog article from 2013.

Other favorite products include Canadian maple syrup, pajamas by Hatley, jewelry and soap from Goat Mountain Soap Company.

Merchandise from Northwest Mercantile in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot Merchandise from Northwest Mercantile in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot

New this year is an updated Canada Native program that includes colorful graphics of native wildlife such as fish, moose and owls. Look carefully at each graphic to find a hidden Mickey Mouse icon included somewhere in the artwork.

Canada Pavilion also has a kiosk along World Showcase Promenade that offers additional items including personalized leather goods.


Being a long time fan of Epcot, one of my favorite things I found in the shop were the intricate and beautiful carvings. Many of these totem poles and designs have existed since World Showcase opened in 1982.

Here is an image gallery of other items I found during my visit.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Rosy Experience at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 2nd, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Disneyland Resort was part of college football history yesterday: it was the first time Iowa and Stanford have faced each other in the schools’ histories. Congratulations to Stanford, 2016 Rose Bowl Champions!!

This Week in Disney Park Photos, we have the teams’ meeting under friendlier circumstances at Disney California Adventure park. Erin Glover shared the story, and I’ve added a few more photos to the ceremony at Paradise Pier and the players enjoying popular attractions such as Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land and California Screamin’.

This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Rosy Experience at Disneyland Resort

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