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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: An Act of Love from Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba

posted on February 6th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Welcome to the month of love!

From treats to getaways (or staycations, depending on where you live) to lavish meals, this month we’re swooning over all the stories of romance here at Disney Parks.

This Week in Disney Park Photos, here is one of those stories: the new aerial bamboo act at Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba.

Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba performs at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort five nights a week.

In addition to being a spectacle to watch, the couple who perform the aerial bamboo describe it as their expression of love for each other in this art form.

Darcy Clark will have more about the performers and the bamboo aerial act in a future Disney Parks Blog story

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Sweet Treats at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Rachel Bshero, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t picked up a gift or made plans yet—don’t worry. There are plenty of sweet ways to show you care with specialty treats at Walt Disney World Resort.

Specialty Pops from The Ganachery at Disney Springs Pre-Packed Box of Ganache from The Ganachery at Disney Springs

At The Ganachery at Disney Springs, you’ll find specialty ganache squares and pops decorated for Valentine’s Day—raspberry enrobed in dark chocolate and passion fruit enrobed in milk chocolate. Surprise your sweetie with a pre-packed box of ganache.

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Perhaps your love’s allegiance lies with The Dark Side. Fear not, these Star Wars-inspired chocolate bars, available in both dark and milk chocolate, are the perfect way to say I love you. (I know.)

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake from Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom Park Black Forest Waffle from Sleepy Hollow at Magic Kingdom Park

In my opinion, Magic Kingdom Park is one of the most romantic places at Walt Disney World Resort, though I may be biased because I met my husband there. Romance your valentine with a chocolate raspberry cupcake from Main Street Bakery, or indulge in the Black Forest waffle with vanilla ice cream at Sleepy Hollow.

Lady and the Tramp Cupcake at Disney's Hollywood Studios Chocolate Cupcake with a Strawberry-Marshmallow Center from Epcot

If cupcakes are the way to your Valentine’s heart, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a cupcake featuring Lady and the Tramp that is paws-itively adorable. At Fountain View in Epcot, you’ll find a chocolate cupcake with a strawberry-marshmallow center, strawberry butter and a ganache drizzle sure to make your sweetie’s heart melt.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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#DisneyTweens: Enter for a Chance to Win Walt Disney World Vacation, Cinderella Castle Suite Sleepover, Meet & Greet With Disney Channel Stars

posted on February 5th, 2016 by Raquel Giorgio, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


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How does a chance to win a five-night/six-day Walt Disney World Resort vacation sound to you? What about the ultimate slumber party – a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite at the Magic Kingdom? Plus a chance for you and your family to meet Disney Channel’s Sofia Carson and Sabrina Carpenter from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Adventures in Babysitting!

Our partners at Disney Channel are kicking off the month of February in a big way! Now through February 28, register for a chance to win the Disney Channel’s Epic Adventure Sweepstakes. One lucky contestant will receive a five night/six day Walt Disney World Resort Vacation which includes:

  • One night stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park
  • A chance to meet Sofia Carson and Sabrina Carpenter from the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Adventures in Babysitting
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Visit www.Disney.com/EpicAdventureSweeps to get more information and register for a chance to win.

Good luck!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited.  Must be 8 – 18 years or parent of eligible child; resident of the 50 U.S. or D.C. Sweepstakes starts 12:00pm (noon) PT on 2/1/16 and ends 11:59 pm PT on 2/28/16.  Click here for Official Rules including details on odds of winning, prize descriptions and limitations. Many will enter. One will win. Minors must get parent’s permission before entering.

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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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5 Romantic Valentine’s Ideas from Disney’s Floral & Gifts

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Jean Volante, Manager of Dream Making, Disney Floral & Gifts/DEG


Looking for ideas to create a reaction like this from your loved one?

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As a Dream Maker at Disney Floral & Gifts, guests frequently ask me for tips to reveal their inner admirer at our resorts and at home. So, to help you get started, I’ve listed 5 below.

  1. Surprise them with early delivery
  2. If you struggle remembering special occasions, your loved one will enjoy receiving their bouquet on the eve of the holiday. To enhance the moment even more, include a card message such as, “I didn’t want to wait till the last petal fell to tell you how much I love you.”

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If visiting Walt Disney World Resort, consider our “Beauty & the Beast“-themed “Romance Your Beauty” bouquet. At the Disneyland Floral & Gifts we have our new Disney Dozen. At home, a luxurious bouquet of long stemmed roses will work as well.

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  1. Create a two-day romantic surprise
  2. Surprise them on the eve of the holiday with a token of affection, then, on Valentine’s Day, just when they think there’s no more magic left, surprise them with an over the top display of romance.

    At Walt Disney World Resort, we created A Wish Come True – Two Day Romantic Experience to provide this unforgettable memory. At Disneyland Resort, celebrate the second day with From Mickey & Minnie with Love.

  1. Experience a Carriage Ride
  2. Create a Fairytale by booking a carriage ride at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort or Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. The driver can present your gift at the beginning of the ride, saying, “We’ve found the lady’s slipper.” Afterwards, crown her your princess with the tiara.

    While this offering isn’t available at the Disneyland Resort, you can order the glass slipper and tiara from our website and have it shipped to your home to create the same experience on a local carriage ride.

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  1. Grant Them a Valentine’s Day Wish
  2. Fulfill A Magical Wish. The card sets the stage for this special moment. Once they close their eyes, wave their wand and make a wish, present the bracelet as a reminder that dreams can come true.

  1. Romance with Rose Petals
  2. After a full day in the park, have rose petals sprinkled throughout your Walt Disney World Resort room. At home, charm them with your culinary skills by cooking their favorite dinner by candlelight with rose petals sprinkled on the table and at their feet.

To learn more about the ideas above, just click on the links or speak with a Walt Disney World Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT. At Disneyland Resort, you can reach a Dream Maker at 714-781-GIFT.

And, to all my romantic friends reading this post, if you have some good ideas and tips to help bring out the inner charm in our readers, we’d enjoy reading your insight as well!

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Download our Disney Parks Candy Hearts Wallpaper

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


One of the visuals I remember most from celebrating Valentine’s Day as a child are those little candy hearts with messages on them, like “Love” and “Be Mine.”

Hearts were the inspiration for our first Valentine’s Day wallpaper of 2016, with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse taking on that shape as well.

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

Thanks to Jason Ratner for the design.

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Disney Days of Past: Carnivale at Epcot

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Rose Monahan, Librarian, Walt Disney World Resort


Countries all around the world are getting ready to celebrate Carnivale. In these Epcot flashback photos from 1998, we see the elaborate costumes worn to represent different counties celebrating Carnivale. Beads were handed out to guests while floats, stilt walkers and dancers paraded down the promenade.

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#DisneyGrandAdventure: Multigeneration Vacation Planning Made Simple

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Paula Hall, Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort Multi-Generational Travel


I have exciting news to share. My daughter got engaged this week, which means I’m one step closer to becoming a grandmother!

This isn’t the only news for #DisneyGrandAdventure this week. I’m delighted to announce the relaunch of our Grand Adventure website! This easy-to-use site created especially for grandparents offers a world of tips and tools to begin planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

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The Grand Adventure website is a one-stop shop for Disney family vacation planning information. Whether you want to schedule Fastpass+ for your granddaughter’s favorite attraction, book a family suite at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, or simply learn more about the four theme parks and other sensational offerings at Walt Disney World Resort, this site has the answers. With a sleek new look, helpful links, and all the information you could possibly need, planning a Grand Adventure has never been easier.

The website also features links to some of our Disney Parks social media resources, such as the Disney Parks Moms Panel that offers insider secrets from real moms, “grands”, and Resort experts. Grandparents also can find lists of suggested attractions for guests of different age groups, which makes Fastpass+ selections for children and grandchildren of all ages even simpler!

These are just a few of the many incredible resources offered through The Grand Adventure website. We will take a more in-depth look at some of the vacation planning tools available through the site in the future, so stay tuned for upcoming blog posts. In the meantime, please visit the re-imagined website and share your feedback!

Have a Grand weekend!

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Disney Parks Bento Box Magic: Albert the Monkey

posted on February 4th, 2016 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks


We’re continuing our exclusive series of Disney-inspired bento box tutorials and our first how-to video of 2016 features a favorite character from Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland Park – Albert the Monkey.

Disney Parks Blog reader and fan Mike Kravanis designed his latest bento box during a visit to the China Pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. To create Albert, Mike used a few salmon salad and rice filled inari pouches and added them to a bed of kale. Radishes and olives were also combined to make Albert’s eyes.

And to complete the bento box, tomato and yellow carrots were used to make a lantern. Check out the video for step-by-step instructions.

Also, keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more Disney-inspired bento box tutorials in upcoming weeks.

For more from our “Disney Parks Bento Box Magic” series, visit the posts below:

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#DisneyFamilia: Let’s Pack for Your Trip to Walt Disney World Resort!

posted on February 3rd, 2016 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


Last week we introduced a new video series with blogger and Hispana Global co-founder, Jeannette Kaplun, which started with tips on how to plan your vacaciones with the familia.

In this week’s video, Jeannette shares what you need to bring on your trip to Walt Disney World Resort. From comfortable clothing and ponchos, to cameras and Mickey ears, packing for your vacación should be very simple.

See Jeannette’s must pack items and add them to your own list.

Do you have other Disney essential packing tips?

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