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New Disney PhotoPass Enhancements to the My Disney Experience Mobile App

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service


Disney PhotoPass Service is making your photo experiences even more convenient at Walt Disney World Resort with a new Disney PhotoPass addition to the My Disney Experience mobile app!

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In addition to planning and sharing your Walt Disney World vacation, the latest My Disney Experience mobile app update will now allow you to:

  • View all your Disney PhotoPass vacation photos, including photos from select attraction and dining locations
  • Purchase Memory Maker to receive access to all of those Walt Disney World vacation memories for one price
  • Find Disney PhotoPass Photographer locations at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Link Disney PhotoPass Cards collected during your vacation

Also, guests with an active Memory Maker entitlement will be able to use the app to download their photos and share them to their favorite social media apps all from their mobile device!

Download the My Disney Experience mobile app to get easy access to all your Walt Disney World Resort memories anytime, anywhere!

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6 Tips From Disney Chefs for National ‘More Herbs, Less Salt Day’ Aug. 29

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Who knew there’s a national day to remind us to step away from the salt shaker, meant to encourage us to reach for herbs instead of salt? The Disney chefs love the idea, and we’re sharing a few of their favorite tips.

Chef Christian Rumpler, Trattoria al Forno, Disney’s Boardwalk: “You could always liven up a dish with fresh parsley and oregano, but acidic flavors like lemon balm, lemongrass or something cool like lemon thyme are at the top of the list,” says Rumpler. He also recommends a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and flavored vinegars like apple cider vinegar. “Those flavors give you a punch of flavor without the salt.”

Chef Marcel St. Pierre, Steakhouse 55, Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort: “Sorrel is my favorite substitution for salt, and one of my favorite perennial herbs,” says St. Pierre. “It adds a lightly sour taste with a little acidity to any dish.” He uses it at Steakhouse 55 to finish the fresh pasta tagliatelle. “It adds a surprising, refreshing lemony flavor, reducing the amount of salt needed to finish the dish.”

Executive Chef John State, Disneyland Resort: Cilantro is State’s favorite herb when there’s a need to cut salt. “Cilantro is bright and complements multiple cuisines, from Thai and Mexican to Indian and Middle Eastern.” It’s the acidity and fragrant aroma that are so appealing to the taste buds, says State. “Cilantro is rounded in flavor with lemony, floral, balanced acidity – and you can use it all, even the stem,” explains State.

Chef Dee Foundoukis, Le Cellier, Canada pavilion, Epcot World Showcase, Walt Disney World Resort: Foundoukis will give up her fleur de sel or truffle salt for a combination of fresh thyme and oregano. “That earthy feel-good adds so much flavor, it makes me forget about the salt – for a while,” says Foundoukis.

Chef Tim Keating, Flying Fish Cafe, Disney’s Boardwalk, Walt Disney World Resort: “That’s an easy one for us at Flying Fish,” says Keating. “We utilize classic French ‘fines herbes’ to amp up flavor and easily displace salt in salads, vinaigrettes, vegetable sautés and to crust our fish.” You can buy it dried, but their fresh, house-made mixture is a combination of half Italian flat-leaf parsley and half equal amounts of tarragon, chervil and chives, all finely chopped.

Chef Brian Piasecki, California Grill, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World Resort: “If I am making lighter foods like salads, flatbreads and appetizers, I like basil, cilantro, oregano, Italian flat parsley, onion sprouts and tops and even finely chopped radish tops (micro radish or wasabi),” says Piasecki. “These are great raw and delicate in flavor.” For cooked dishes, Piasecki goes for something heartier such as rosemary, thyme, and sage. “These hold up to the heat of cooking and are a bit stronger in flavor and infuse the food,” he explains.

Do you have a favorite herb to recommend when you’re cutting back on salt?

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Disney Parks After Dark: Dusk at Disney’s BoardWalk

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


The sun is just about to set on Disney’s BoardWalk and the Friendship Launch boats that speed guests to and from Epcot. What a lovely sky, isn’t it?

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Recipe: Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake from Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot

posted on August 27th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Last month on the Disney Parks Blog, we announced breakfast would be coming to Garden Grill Restaurant beginning November 8. Today, I have a deliciously easy recipe to share from this new dining experience: Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake. This new signature item is ooey-gooey and sure to be something the whole family will love.

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For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake from Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot
Yield 6 – 8 servings

Cinnamon Smear

  • 1 1/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs

Sweet Cinnamon Dough

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 ounce cake (fresh) yeast, crumbled (approximately 3 tablespoons loosely packed)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 room temperature eggs

Icing

  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For cinnamon smear:

  1. Cream together margarine, cinnamon and brown sugar.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, scraping bowl after adding each egg. Mix well and place in refrigerator.

For sweet cinnamon dough:

  1. Heat milk in small sauce pan to 90 – 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat, add cake (fresh) yeast, whisk until dissolved, set aside.
  2. Mix sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon, eggs and flour in large bowl, until smooth.
  3. Add yeast mixture slowly, stirring until dough comes easily away from sides of bowl.
  4. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Place dough in large bowl, cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest 10 minutes or until doubled in size.
  6. Coat bottom and sides of 12 inch cake pan or 9 x 13 inch pan with butter.
  7. Punch down dough, knead it a few times, roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 10-inch rectangle.
  8. Spread cinnamon smear over dough. Roll up dough beginning at the 15-inch side and pinch edge together to seal.
  9. Cut into 1 inch slices, quarter each slice, place pieces close together in pan.
  10. Cover, let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, bake about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

For icing:

  1. Mix milk, confectioners’ sugar, softened butter and vanilla extract together in a small bowl until smooth.
  2. Drizzle over warm bun.
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Preview Disney Infinity 3.0 at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace on August 28-29

posted on August 27th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m delighted to announce we are holding special preview days for the new Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition on August 28-29 at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. This all day event will give guests a first opportunity to see and play Disney Infinity 3.0 before its official release date on August 30.

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Throughout the day, guests will be able to play Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition at the location. I know my son and I can’t wait as there are several new figures including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and characters from
Disney•Pixar’s
Inside Out.” I’m most excited about the Sam Flynn and Quorra figures from “TRON: Legacy.” I’m also looking forward to trying the “Tomorrowland” Power Disc Pack as I loved the film!

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Finally, guests will have an opportunity to meet a few individuals involved with the game’s development. Special guests will include:

  • Senior Producer Ryan Rothenberger who has worked on the Disney Infinity franchise since the very beginning. Currently, he is the Game Director overseeing the creation and development of all new heroic Play Sets for Disney Infinity 3.0.
  • Senior Producer Michael Schneider who oversees the development and execution of the console versions of Disney Infinity and helps make sure the game launches on time worldwide.
  • Associate Producer David Mayernik who has been with the Disney Infinity team since the first game where he held the position of Product Support Specialist. Here he worked as a liaison between the Guest Experience Support Team and Production.

On Friday, August 28, Allison Petrek, Lead Community Manager for Disney Infinity, will be meeting with guests from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. You can catch her weekly as a host of Disney Infinity Toy Box TV where the team shares all of the latest game news including new releases, contests, events, and more.

I hope to see you there!

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It’s Almost Time for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 27th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Summer’s winding down. The kids are back in school. What are we going to do next? Plan for Halloween, of course! It’s almost time for one of my favorite seasons of the year – and my absolute favorite Disney event, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

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This year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will feature new eerie entertainment as well as returning favorite experiences throughout Magic Kingdom Park.

The big news is “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” the all-new show at Cinderella Castle, featuring the Disney villains. In the show, those mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” visit the mortal world during the Halloween season. The three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard, calling upon Disney villains like Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and more!

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During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you can dress in costume, go trick-or-treating throughout the park and meet some of your favorite Disney characters, including all Seven Dwarfs appearing in one place in Fantasyland. Look for new greeting areas around Storybook Circus this year, featuring appearances by Jack and Sally from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and others. You may even come across some Disney villains. Look for the Queen of Hearts near Mad Tea Party, Gaston outside Gaston’s Tavern (where else?!) and Lotso over in Tomorrowland.

Phineas and Ferb Bust a Move with the Creepa Crew

Don’t forget about Mickey’s “Boo to You” Halloween Parade, running twice nightly, and “Happy HalloWishes,” one of the most impressive fireworks spectaculars ever to fill the skies above Cinderella Castle (and around the whole park, for that matter)!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event, separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are still available for most event nights September 15 through November 1. Be sure to get yours early, so your Halloween can be more treat than trick!

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FastPass+ Reservations Now Available For Eat to the Beat Concerts During 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


If you enjoy toe-tapping tunes as much as tasty treats, you will love this: starting today, you can make FastPass+ reservations for the Eat to the Beat concert series. These nightly shows during the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival span the decades of pop music.

Normal FastPass+ booking guidelines apply. Log onto My Disney Experience to secure a spot for your favorite performers up to 60 days in advance (plus your length of stay) for resort guests, and up to 30 days in advance for Annual Passholders.

David Cook to Perform at “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series

Catch season seven American Idol winner David Cook, who just released a new album. Swoon to Air Supply, which is celebrating 40 years as a duo. And can you believe, Wilson Phillips hit their first #1 single “Hold On” 25 years ago?

The shows are at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. each night of the Festival. Look for the FastPass+ line at the American Garden Theatre at least 20 minutes before each show, and from there you’ll be led to your special seating area.

Here’s a complete lineup of bands. Which performer are you most excited to see?

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Force Friday Merchandise Event Details Released

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


There’s been an “awakening” in the force, have you felt it?

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New Star Wars™ themed merchandise and more will land in our galaxy at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts on September 4, 2015 at 12:01 AM (Midnight). Set your hyperspace coordinates and come to this merchandise ticketed event to gather supplies and other acquisitions in preparation of the highly anticipated film release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December.

Tickets to the Force Friday merchandise event include:

  • The opportunity to be among the first to purchase new Star Wars and Star Wars: The Force Awakens themed merchandise, including Disney Theme Park Merchandise exclusives and licensed products. Purchase limits will apply.
  • Amenity gift

Which “side” will you choose? No matter where your alliances fall, here are the details on where the events will take place.

Tickets for the Force Friday merchandise release are $50 per person and are limited to availability. No discounts apply.

Reservations for the Force Friday merchandise ticketed event will be accepted only via www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com beginning August 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)/ 2 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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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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Download Our ‘Dog Days of Summer’ Wallpaper

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Simone Miranda, Creative & Translation Services Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Living in Florida we learn to enjoy the “dog days of summer” – the hottest days of this sunny season. Why not celebrate with a fun wallpaper?

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Our designer, Kenzie Schmaltz, had some fun featuring Rolly from “101 Dalmations” because, according to Kenzie, “There’s nothing cuter than a happy puppy!”

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

And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.

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