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Caption This: Tiki Fun in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This!” photo was snapped in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park back in 1971. It sure looks like this Tiki has something interesting to say.

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What’s on his mind? You tell us – go ahead and “Caption This” image in the “Comments” section.

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Oscar-Winning ‘Frozen’ Songwriters Enjoy a Heart-Warming Visit to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 21st, 2014 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


They’ve been called “Cutest Couple Ever.” They’ve won the Academy Award for “Let it Go,” part of a musical score that has already become the stuff of legend. The New York home of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez is laden with awards — including the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy (making Bobby an “EGOT,” a person who has won all four awards).

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So, what did they want to do next? Go to Disney Parks!

Kristen and Bobby are firm on a very important point. No amount of fame and acclaim can compare with the love of friends and family (they just welcomed a little nephew into the fold last month). Clearly they’re having as much fun seeing their daughters react to Disney magic as they’re enjoying it themselves (I feel the same way about my kids, just like my father did about me).

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As Kristen says in the video, “We’re Disney people!” They’ve got an especially warm attachment to the first stage musical they worked on together, Finding Nemo—The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom — as well as The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot, which features their song, “In the Big Blue World.” They told me about their Disney fandom in this interview.

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By the way, have you checked out the Limited-Edition color 12” vinyl LP album version of the “Frozen” soundtrack?. It’s available here. I love to shine the two blue discs and the crystal engraved disc up to the light — that is, when I’m not listening to them!

You can find the compact disc soundtrack of “Frozen,” as well as the Finding Nemo — The Musical cast album at select Walt Disney World Resort shops (or by calling Merchandise Guest Services at 1-877-560-6477).

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Guests React to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Seven Dwarfs Mine Train officially debuted in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park just about three weeks ago. We recently headed out to the park to ask some guests their thoughts on the new attraction just after their first ride through it. Check out the video below to hear their reviews for yourself!

Have you experienced Seven Dwarfs Mine Train yet? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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10 Healthful Choices at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 16th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Even though vacation is a time for indulgence, one of the most-asked questions is “where can I find healthful choices”? Walt Disney World Resort chefs love the challenge of creating healthful bites that taste as good (or better) than we might imagine.

In no specific order, here are 10 of our favorite spots for eating healthfully at Magic Kingdom Park:

  • The fresh roasted corn at Liberty Square Market. And it’s a bargain at $3.79, grilled before your eyes all day long. (We’re told they sell more than 700 ears on a busy day.) And when local Zellwood sweet corn is in season, that’s what they grill in the husk. You can add all sorts of seasonings, but it’s best with just a little salt and pepper.

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  • Columbia Harbor House is a favorite for quick service – a little off the beaten path, and we often find a quiet corner upstairs. Best bets are the Lighthouse Sandwich with hummus, tomato and broccoli slaw on toasted multigrain bread; the broccoli peppercorn salad with greens, veggies, chicken and Parmesan cheese, and, on cool days, the vegetarian chili.
  • In Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe has lots of healthful choices, like the veggie burger, veggie sandwich and a hearty Greek salad. For something sweet the no-sugar-added mango gelato hits the spot.
  • Southwest chicken salad at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe is a filling lunch. Or the veggie burger.
  • In Fantasyland, Pinocchio Village Haus is a quick stop for the Mediterranean Salad with greens, red onion, black olives, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and chicken. (They also serve the delish no-sugar-added mango gelato.)
  • For lunch, Liberty Tree Tavern is a table-service favorite. We usually order the Colony Salad with greens, Ocean Spray Craisins, apples, sweet pecans, applewood-smoked Cheddar cheese and grilled chicken with a honey-shallot vinaigrette. And the tavern’s vegan burger is pretty good, made with potatoes and quinoa and topped with a vegan tofu-tzatziki sauce. (Seriously, try it.)
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  • The ever-popular Cinderella’s Royal Table serves a healthful fish of the day, or go with the veggie pick: rice with roasted eggplants, mushrooms, onions and squash tossed with arugula pesto and a splash of aged balsamic vinegar.
  • Plaza Restaurant still serves the Chicken Strawberry Salad, which has been on the menu as long as we can remember, is still just as delicious with greens, cucumbers, strawberries and grilled chicken tossed with a white zinfandel vinaigrette.
  • Last, but not least, Be Our Guest Restaurant has some light bites for lunch, like the tuna Niçoise salad with warm seared tuna, or quinoa salad. For dinner, go vegan with the layered ratatouille: baked zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes and caramelized onions layered on quinoa with a bell pepper sauce. Again, splurge with a happy ending: the no-sugar-added option for dessert, a lemon-raspberry cream puff.

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Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Marks 20 Years

posted on June 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


It’s a big weekend for Simba – it’s the 20th anniversary of Disney’s “The Lion King.

The film, which debuted in theaters in 1994, tells a coming-of-age tale of the young lion cub and his friends, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon.

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There are many places you can enjoy Disney’s “The Lion King” at the Walt Disney World Resort, including watching film-inspired segments in “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom Park and “Festival of the Lion King,” the newly reopened stage show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There’s also the Lion King wing of resort rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

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Over at the Disneyland Resort, guests can spot Simba and friends in Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Quiet Cinderella Castle

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was shot by photographer Tom Bricker at Magic Kingdom Park, after hours. I never get tired of looking at beautiful images of this lovely icon. Doesn’t Cinderella Castle look so calm and serene?

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Seven Dwarfs Continue Down Mine Train with the Launch of New App, TV Show

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you experienced Seven Dwarfs Mine Train yet?

If not, there are new Mine Train-inspired opportunities heading your way.

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This week, Disney Publishing Worldwide will release The 7D Mine Train app, which introduces the re-imagined Seven Dwarfs and allows players to choose one of the characters to pilot a mine car through a variety of locales and collect gems along the way.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction is also inspiring a new television show on Disney XD – Disney’s “The 7D,” a contemporary, comedic take on the world of the Seven Dwarfs, which will premiere on July 7 at 10 a.m. In the premiere episode, “Long, Long Winter/Itsy Bitsy Spider Fighters,” the 7D rescue the villagers of Jollywood from an eternal winter spell that the Glooms have cast on the kingdom and help Queen Delightful rid the castle of a pesky spider. The show will feature celebrities Kelly Osbourne, Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg in voice roles.

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National Lobster Day June 15 – So Many Tastes at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 11th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Delectable lobster is at the top of our list of seafood favorites, and with National Lobster Day coming up on Sunday, it’s the perfect excuse to order anything from a lobster omelet (our favorite) at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World Resort to an indulgent lobster tail at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. And there’s everything in between.

Nothing better than the sublime lobster bisque topped with a lobster fritter and jalepeño oil at The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios … well, maybe the lobster Pad Thai roll at Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure park. Here’s a pretty comprehensive list, do you have a favorite?

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  • Lobster Benedict at breakfast

Ale and Compass Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Lobster sliders on Parker House Rolls

The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • Lobster club sandwich with lobster salad, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and lemon mayo

BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk

  • Maine lobster with buttered chive mayo on a split-top roll

Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Lobster omelet with butter-poached lobster, asparagus, chive cream at breakfast; for lunch, New England-style lobster roll on a butter-toasted Parker House Roll

Chefs de France at France Pavilion, Epcot

  • Lobster bisque

Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park

  • Warm lobster and crab crêpes with cheese, spinach, sautéed lobster and blue crab – a poached egg on top, drizzled with hollandaise sauce

Columbia Harbor House at Magic Kingdom Park

  • Classic lobster roll

Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Classic lobster roll

Coral Reef Restaurant at The Seas With Nemo & Friends Pavilion, Epcot

  • Creamy lobster soup tarragon and brandy, or lobster and shrimp orecchiette pasta with white cheddar and asparagus

Crew’s Cup Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • New England-style lobster sliders on butter-toasted rolls

Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney

  • Lobster corn dogs with salsa verde and sweet chili aioli
  • Lobster bisque with blue crab garnish
  • Lobster ravioli with asparagus, cherry tomato and garlic
  • Maine lobster and Florida rock shrimp roll with celery, red onion and mayo on a toasted roll
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Grand Floridian Café at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • For breakfast, lobster Eggs Benedict with two poached eggs, lobster hash, asparagus and hollandaise sauce

Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Lobster and shrimp mac n’ cheese

The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Portsmouth lobster bisque with lobster fritter and jalepeño oil

Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • Lobster, shrimp and scallop roll on Parker House bread with citrus mayo

Le Cellier Steakhouse at Canada Pavilion at Epcot

  • Le Cellier Lobster Chopped Salad with mixed greens, haricot verts, avocado, tomatoes and Lake Meadow Naturals egg
  • New Brunswick lobster “poutine” with butter-poached lobster and Meyer Lemon crème fraîche

Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom Park

  • For lunch, crab and lobster dip

Monsieur Paul at France Pavilion at Epcot

  • Maine lobster with sautéed mushrooms, mollet quail egg, creamy black truffle bouillon

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Maine lobster bisque with butter-poached lobster, coral, sherry cream and chervil
  • Two-pound steamed Main lobster with fallen corn soufflé

Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Lobster bisque with Maine lobster, crème fraîche, preserved lemon, fines herbes

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Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park

  • For lunch, grilled lobster tail salad with greens, hickory-smoked bacon, avocado, tomato and quail egg with Point Reyes Blue Cheese dressing or vinaigrette

Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure park

  • Lobster Pad Thai Imperial Roll with cashew tamarind sauce

Cove Bar at Disney California Adventure park

  • Lobster nachos with lobster, black beans, pico de gallo, serrano peppers, cilantro, chipotle crema and jack and cheddar cheeses on tortilla chips

Harbour Galley at Disneyland park

  • Lobster roll on buttered brioche with Old Bay-seasoned home-style chips

Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel

  • cold water lobster tail

Storytellers Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • For dinner, Lobster Cobb Salad with chilled lobster, avocado, bacon, tomato, blue cheese and egg with a low-fat citrus-chive vinaigrette
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The One and Original Country Bear Shirt Coming to the Disney Parks Online Store from June 23-29, 2014

posted on June 11th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I love classic Disney attractions and the Country Bear Jamboree is no exception. I recently saw the show again during the Rock Your Disney Side Party at Magic Kingdom Park and loved singing along (I should sing those tunes during karaoke). The attraction had originally been designed as a show for the never built Mineral King ski resort in the 1960s. It opened in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in October 1971, and eventually made its way to Disney Parks around the world (seeing it in Japan in 2002 was incredible!). To salute this classic show, we are releasing the next Disney Parks’ attraction poster T-shirt on the Disney Parks online store from Monday, June 23 through Sunday, June 29.

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The original attraction poster was designed by Jim Michaelson, Marc Davis, and Eddie Martinez. Disney Design Group artist Richard Terpstra used elements of that poster when designing the shirt, which will be printed on a Hanes Beefy T-shirt.

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Guests can order the T-shirt starting June 23 by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery (yes, we now have a shorter delivery window!).

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Besides the classic country music, the thing I remember most about the Country Bear Jamboree is the image found on this classic lunchbox (I’m sure I’m not alone).

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Guests Celebrate Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park With Acapella Version Of ‘Heigh Ho’

posted on June 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last week, we officially opened Seven Dwarfs Mine Train inside New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

After the opening ceremony, Orlando Magic players Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris, “Littles” and “Bigs” from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida and the first seven families chosen to ride the attraction, showed off their Disney Sides by singing “Heigh Ho” from the film.

What do you think of their performance? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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