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#DisneyFamilia: World Class Entertainment a tu Alrededor

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


Todos saben (everyone knows) that Walt Disney World Resort has the best attractions. But what about all of its top notch entertainment?

In the last episode of “Sonia’s Best of Walt Disney World,” travel blogger Sonia Gil guides you through the mejor entretenimiento (best entertainment) across our four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.

From live shows like my all-time favorite Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to “Wishes” fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park, parades and more, our themes parks offer so many options of entertainment that you will surely have the most magical vacation ever.

Like Sonia says, you never know when or where entertainment will pop up, putting you right in the middle of the action!

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Top 9 Disney Parks Recipes for Fall

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


While we’re still sweltering in Florida, temperatures are beginning to cool across the U.S., with thoughts of fall – apples and pumpkins, gingerbread and comforting bowls of soup.

So we’re getting ready and rounded up nine of your favorite recipes that we’ve posted on the Disney Parks Blog. Here they are, all in one spot, so take your pick: a hot, crisp gingerbread beignet from Disneyland park, perhaps? Or maybe something fancy like Chef Scott Hunnel’s pan-seared sablefish from Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort.

In no particular order, the Top 9:

  1. Apple Crisp from Napa Rose, Disneyland Resort. What’s not to love about warm apples with splash of apple brandy, and a topping of sugar, oats, pecans and coconut? Bring on the vanilla ice cream.

Gingerbread Beignets from Café Orleans at Disneyland Park

  1. Gingerbread Beignets from Café Orleans, Disneyland park. Frying makes everything better — gingerbread never tasted this good.

Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

  1. Pumpkin Mousse from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Forget pumpkin pie. Impress your guests with layers of pumpkin, streusel and apricot-orange sauce.

Pumpkin Beignets From Club 33 at Disneyland Park

  1. Pumpkin Beignets from Club 33, Disneyland park. We love pumpkin. We love beignets. Add a warm maple glaze and watch them disappear.

  1. Hearty Pozole Soup, Paradise Garden Grill, Disney California Adventure park. “Pozole” is just a fancy word for old-fashioned hominy, giving substance to this tomato broth along with pork. We love the crunchy toppings, too: radishes, lime, cilantro and more.

  1. Harvest Salad, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disney California Adventure park. This is really a fancy dinner in a bowl, with duck and caramelized apples (perfect pairing) with the crunch of fresh greens. This one takes a little time, but it’s worth it.

  1. Pumpkin Twists from Maurice’s Treats, Disneyland park. Our readers love pumpkin, and this baked treat is made with frozen puff pastry and pureed pumpkin. Easier than it looks.

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  1. Pumpkin Muffins. Breakfast or dessert, you decide. With pumpkin, golden raisins and a crunchy streusel topping, we could go either way. Or have for both breakfast and dessert.

  1. Pan-Seared Sablefish, Victoria & Albert’s, Walt Disney World Resort. If you’re p for a kitchen challenge, this fine dish from Chef Scott Hunnel will elicit praise. If you can’t find sablefish, Chilean sea bass work well. Bon appétit!
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California Family Wins a Disneyland Diamond Days Prize

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we hosted Thomas Lyons and his family, from Manhattan Beach, Calif. – winner of one of the prizes being awarded during Disneyland Diamond Days! In the video below, join Thomas, his wife Faith and daughters Grace and Phoebe as they enjoy their last Disneyland Resort visit before Grace and Phoebe head to college this semester. The visit was made extra special with their prize package, which included a three-day, two-night Disneyland Resort vacation and an exclusive tour of Disney California Adventure park before the park opened for the day, capped off with a special ride in the Red Car Trolley with Mickey Mouse.

For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 9/11/15. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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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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Animation Artist Dazzles Disney Vacation Club Members

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


To see artwork materialize right before your eyes is to appreciate a craft like never before.

That’s the experience Disney Vacation Club Members just enjoyed during their Member Cruise charter voyage aboard the Disney Dream ship. As part of an exclusive show titled “Artists at Work,” Walt Disney Animation Studios Visual Development Artist, Lorelay Bové, swiftly created (and later gave away) a character painting while sharing stories of her blossoming career live on stage.

Lorelay interned at Pixar Animation Studios before transitioning to the Visual Development Department at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where her credits now include work on the theatrical features “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tangled,” “Winnie the Pooh,” Wreck-It Ralph” and “Big Hero 6“; the shorts “The Ballad of Nessie,” “Tangled Ever After” and “Frozen Fever”; and the hit holiday series “Prep and Landing.” Up next for Lorelay is “Gigantic”, the recently announced 2018 Walt Disney Animation Studios feature set in Spain, where Lorelay was born.

The painting Lorelay created for Disney Vacation Club Members on stage reflects the distinctive style she employed in her classically conceived cover art for Walt Disney Records’ The Legacy Collection, an ongoing series of 12 albums celebrating milestone anniversaries of some of Disney’s most cherished creations. Lorelay’s illustrations honor Disney’s rich heritage while creating a unified look for the entire collection, which features beloved original soundtracks along with insightful documentary content that tells the story behind the music.

As Variety magazine recently named Lorelay one of the “10 Animators to Watch” – and as we at Disney Vacation Club always do what industry magazines tell us – we focused our camera on Lorelay’s on-stage work to give you this unique, time-lapse view of an extraordinary artist at work. Enjoy!

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A Unique Point of View: Monorail Pool Slides at the Disneyland Hotel

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Staying at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort has many perks. One of my favorite amenities at our hotels are the themed pools! And of course, no hotel pool is complete without water slides!

With the help of our amazing video crew, a few GoPro cameras and three fantastic lifeguards – Brett, Jenn and Monique – we wanted to share just how fun our slides are at each of our resort hotels.

First up, the Monorail Pool at the Disneyland Hotel! Choose between two Monorail-themed slides: the 180-foot-long Monorail Red slide and 80-foot-long Monorail Yellow slide. Little known fact: both are replicas of the original Mark 1 Monorail trains which traveled between Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel during the early ‘60s. If you can’t decide which slide to ride first, check out the video below!

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Creative Forces Set Sail With Disney Vacation Club

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine


Greetings from beautiful Castaway Cay, where Disney Vacation Club Members have taken over the island! (Not by force, mind you. They were invited.)

Only months removed from our recent charter voyage to Alaska, Disney Vacation Club has traded white glaciers for white sands, going from the Klondike to the Caribbean and returning to the friendly confines of Disney’s private paradise for a rare second Member Cruise of the year. This typically once-a-year event has long been a highlight on many Members’ calendars, enhancing the already extraordinary Disney Cruise Line experience with custom décor, in-room gifts, and a diverse lineup of special shows and experiences created just for Members and their guests.

Our special-entertainment lineup of more than a dozen unique experiences is the first in Member Cruise history to feature presentations from each of the three creative forces most requested by our Member community: Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.

Continuing a Member Cruise tradition, we kicked off our voyage with the dramatic reveal of our lineup through a mock movie trailer that debuted on the Disney Dream ship’s giant Funnel Vision screen as we sailed out of Port Canaveral.

I’ll leave you to enjoy the trailer while I get to the next important item on my agenda. As a movie-trailer narrator would say, “In a world where ‘work’ is a relative term, one magazine editor boldly searches for an open hammock!”

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#DisneyFamilia: Staying Inside the Magic

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


In this week’s video series “Sonia’s Best of Walt Disney World,” Sonia gives us an inside look on all of the benefits that our familias get when they stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Did you know that we have hotel suites that accommodate up to six people? Now, abuelita can stay with the whole family the next time you come to Walt Disney World Resort!

Sonia shares these and other little tidbits of information, including her favorite resorts and all the benefits you get by staying in our hotels to help you enjoy even more Disney magic.

So tell me, out of the more than 25 resorts at Walt Disney World, which one is your favorite?

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Find ‘Fancy Footwork’ with Customized TOMS at Curl by Sammy Duvall at Downtown Disney West Side

posted on August 25th, 2015 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


Whether you have one pair or a hundred, shoes are some of our most important accessories. Every good stroll requires a good pair, and more and more, shoes have become a reflection of our own personal, unique styles. Walk the West Side at Downtown Disney and you can find a one-of-a-kind, custom-painted-just-for-you pair of TOMS at Curl by Sammy Duvall. A team of talented artists creates inspired art, using the shoes as their canvas. And the best part? When you purchase any pair of TOMS shoes, the company will donate a second pair to someone in need.

Check out the video below to get some ideas for your next pair, or feel free to come up with your own suggestions for the TOMS customization team at Curl!

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Celebrate National Waffle Day

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director


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Happy National Waffle Day!

This morning we join our friends at Chef Mickey’s as they prepare one of their most popular dishes on the menu, Mickey Waffles.

For you trivia buffs, National Waffle day is celebrated in the United States on August 24 to recognize the date Cornelius Swartwout was issued a patent for the waffle iron back in 1869.

What do you like on your Mickey Waffles? This blog author likes natural maple syrup and strawberries. Now I‘m hungry.

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