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ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Will Broadcast from 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival; Also Featured in Two First-Ever Future World Marketplaces

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


We all have a favorite host from ABC’s “The Chew” – superstars Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz each have a special way of sharing their culinary know-how on the Emmy-Award-winning lifestyle series. And for the first time in the show’s history, these dynamic hosts are leaving the Manhattan studio to tape shows October 7, 8, and 9 from the 20th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. The five festival episodes will air October 12-16.

Shows will be taped before a live audience (visit thechew.com for information on how to obtain tickets), and we’re sure the hosts will be all over Walt Disney World Resort discovering remarkable dining finds, getting a taste of innovative, fun and healthful eats – the best the vacation kingdom has to offer.

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Along with the taping of the show, “The Chew” will be featured in two marketplaces throughout the festival’s 53-day celebration from September 25-November 16, helping celebrate 20 delicious years. For the first time in the festival’s history, marketplaces will expand into Future World in the new Next Eats festival area with three delicious dishes from “The Chew” in their Sustainable Chew Marketplace: Savory Pork Spareribs with Cheesy Mascarpone Grits; Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce, and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Figs and Pistachio Brittle. (Herbs and veggies from The Land pavilion will flavor the marketplace dishes when harvested.) The eco-home-inspired marketplace will offer a chance for guests to learn more about how food is grown and the importance of sustainability.

Also in Next Eats, Disney chefs are collaborating with “The Chew” for the Chew Lab, a cutting-edge marketplace inspired by food-science labs and the hottest culinary tech trends.

“The Chew” airs on ABC Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. EST, noon CST. For updates on the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, visit epcotfoodfestival.com throughout the summer.

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Behind the Scenes of Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Park with Walt Disney Imagineering

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Peter Pan’s Flight is open once again for Disneyland park guests after a recent refurbishment which added new magic and effects throughout the classic attraction. Join Imagineers Larry Nikolai and Elisabeth Papadopoulos for a scene-by-scene tour of these additions in the video below!

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Top U.S. Military Surprise Reunions at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Families make memories at Disney Parks every day – but for a handful of our guests, Walt Disney World Resort is a place where they’ve experienced magical surprise reunions with loved ones returning from tours of duty abroad.

In honor of the Fourth of July, we’d like to share our favorite U.S. Military surprise reunions that have taken place within our “world” over the past few years. Get ready to get the tissues out!

  1. Young guest Adisen Kallas is reunited with her father, Navy SEABEE UT1 Scott Kallas, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex after his 11-month tour of duty.

  1. Watch as SPC Scott Halquist of St. Cloud, Florida, surprises his three young children at Epcot’s American Adventure attraction.

  1. Mickey Mouse helps one military family reunion come true for the Liddell brothers – Jacob, Joshua and Jackson.

  1. Check out the magic that CW2 Travis Myers created for his wife, Kim, during the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon – all the way from Afghanistan.
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Final Phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Opens Today

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


The final phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club property at the Walt Disney World Resort opened today, marking the completion of all 360 Deluxe Studios at the resort.

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I recently had the opportunity to stay in one of the resort’s Deluxe Studios and it was truly a fantastic experience. During my stay, I zipped over to Epcot via the monorail and made it back in time to watch the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks from the resort. I strolled along the resort’s beach area and tested out room service (late-night pizza was fantastic, but not as yummy as eating Tonga Toast in bed the next morning). At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort I took my son on his first pontoon boat ride on Seven Seas Lagoon, spoiled his lunch by getting him a Dole Whip from Pineapple Lanai and sampled drinks on the outdoor patio of the new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

In addition to the resort’s unbeatable location and fun amenities, the features within our villa make this my favorite Disney Vacation Club Deluxe Studio to date. We especially enjoyed the spacious split bath design, the hidden pull-down bunk-size bed and the kitchenette (the fridge would have been perfect for our leftover take-out pizza, had we not polished the whole thing off right away).

Want to see more? Take a tour of this unique accommodation in this video.

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Learn to Draw Elsa from ‘Frozen’

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Frozen Summer Fun has returned to Walt Disney World Resort, and to celebrate we’re sharing a brand-new, step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Elsa from “Frozen” with you in this week’s “Learn to Draw” series.

Grab a pencil and paper – let’s go!



Want to draw another character from “Frozen”? Check out these past blog posts:

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Behind the Scenes: Creating ‘Frozen’ Fireworks for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 27th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


For many families, a highlight of a Walt Disney World vacation is ending a day at a park by watching one of our amazing nighttime fireworks spectaculars. “Frozen Fireworks” just debuted this month at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to feature characters from the film, fireworks, favorite “Frozen” songs and even a snow flurry.

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Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at how the team designed this year’s “Frozen”-themed fireworks spectacular.

Frozen Summer Fun offerings, including fireworks, will run through September 7, 2015. For more details on Frozen Summer Fun offerings that you can’t miss, be sure to visit Shawn’s previous blog post.

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Behind the Scenes: Designing the Costumes for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Our all-star creative team is preparing “Tangled: The Musical” for its premiere aboard the Disney Magic in November, and they’ve given us another sneak peek at the production. This time it’s a first look at the stunning costume designs.

We caught up with Paloma Young, our Tony Award-winning costume designer, while she was fabric shopping for the perfect materials to bring your favorite “Tangled” characters to life onstage. Paloma talked about her inspiration and creative process, and gave some details about her designs for Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Watch the video below closely and you may even catch a glimpse of some of the other characters’ new looks!



For more behind-the-scenes videos, see the rest of this series:

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Learn to Draw Anger from Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The new Disney•Pixar film “Inside Out” just hit theaters a few days ago, and guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios area already having fun learning how to draw the film’s colorful cast of characters at the Animation Academy.

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In case you haven’t seen it yet, “Inside Out” takes a look at the life of a girl named Riley, who moves with her family from the Midwest to San Francisco. Her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – live in Headquarters, the control center of her mind, where they help guide her through her daily life, including the challenge of taking on a new school and friends.

Today we’re sharing a tutorial on how to draw Anger, a member of the team who is passionate, fiery and quick to react.

Want to learn how to draw another Disney character? Check out our full list of tutorials below.

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Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration

posted on June 24th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is now underway and already guests are enjoying all that it has to offer – from dazzling decor to amazing new nighttime spectaculars. Let’s take a closer look with some of the videos we have been sharing here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Go behind the scenes to see how the new “Paint the Night” parade pays tribute to the classic Main Street Electrical Parade.

Have you seen the new Main Street Enchanted Windows? Find out how they were created in this video.

Sixty new coin presses have been added throughout the Disneyland Resort! Go behind the scenes in the Disneyland Resort Electromechanical Shop to see them built in this video.

Even Sleeping Beauty Castle is sparkling for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration! This video shows you how the dazzling decor was done.

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Your Emotions Can’t Wait to Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Vacationing at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, can be an emotional experience – just ask the voices inside your head from the Disney•Pixar film, “Inside Out.” In celebration of the newly released movie, our friends at Pixar and Walt Disney Studios show us what activities bring the most joy to your ‘ohana at Aulani. I’m pretty sure the only time you’ll feel any sadness is when your visit to Aulani is about to come to an end …

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