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Happy National Waffle Day from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


Happy National Waffle Day from Disney Parks Food and Beverage! What better way to indulge on this delicious holiday than with one of our top 8 waffles from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts:

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  1. Mickey Waffles
    Look for these breakfast classics are resort hotels across property, and at Plaza Inn at Disneyland park.
  2. Buffalo Chicken Waffle Slider from Trilo-Bites at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    This fiery new snack is simply wild!
  3. Waffle Cone from Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream at Disney California Adventure park
    Cool down with this sweet, hand-scopped treat.
  4. Waffle Sandwiches from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom Park
    Go sweet with the fruit and Nutella waffle sandwich, or try one of the savory lunchtime waffle sandwiches—either way you can’t go wrong.
  5. Waffle Fries at Golden Oak Outpost in Magic Kingdom Park
    Creative toppings make these waffle fries a tasty meal.
  6. Sweet and Savory Waffles from the Belgium Global Marketplace at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
    Try the Belgian waffle topped with berries or chocolate ganache and whipped cream for dessert or the Potato and Leek Waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked gouda cream for a hearty snack when the festival returns on September 25.
  7. Maple Waffle Breakfast Cone from BoardWalk Bakery
    A practically perfect breakfast on the go.
  8. Buffalo Chicken and Cornbread Waffles from the Fantasy Fare Food Truck at Downtown Disney
    This sweet and spicy treat is sure to satisfy.

What’s your favorite Disney Parks waffle? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sunrise at the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


It’s a beautiful morning at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in this photo, which was snapped just moments before sunrise.

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The park is so incredibly still and serene – I love it!

For more from the “Good Morning” series, visit the posts below:

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@WDWToday Twitter Account Connects Guests With Walt Disney World Resort Cast During Vacations

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Would you like suggestions for the best places to catch the 3 p.m. parade at Magic Kingdom Park or where to get a photo with Goofy at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

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Today we are announcing the launch of a new Twitter account designed specifically for guests to use during their Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

Similar to @DisneylandToday for guests visiting the Disneyland Resort, @WDWToday provides tips and suggestions, as well as responses to questions during regular park hours.

The next time you visit Walt Disney World Resort, don’t forget to follow @WDWToday on Twitter and tweet us your questions.

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#DisneySide Doodle: Cinderella’s Pals at Le Chapeau

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In this week’s #DisneySide Doodle, Cinderella’s pals are pictured quick at work in Le Chapeau on Main Street, U.S.A., to fashion her a brand-new accessory – a lovely pair of Mouse ears inspired by her story.

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How would our other Disney characters show their #DisneySides in our parks? Check out how our team of artists answered that question in the related posts below.

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Tickets Going Fast for Rockin’ Burger Block Party, Yelloween Masquerade Party

posted on August 22nd, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


While it’s still summertime, tickets are selling fast for special events at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, opening September 25 for 53 days of fun, through November 16.

If you’re picking and choosing from the hundreds of special events and culinary demos, here are two all-new parties for 2015 – and tickets are going fast.

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If you love a designer burger, the Rockin’ Burger Block Party in World ShowPlace lets you pick and choose from more than a dozen sliders at each party – where to begin? How about a coffee-crusted beef short rib burger topped with smoked Gouda, garlic potato string and sangria ketchup? Or a spiced lamb burger topped with feta, pickled watermelon rind and za’atar aioli. Go all out with the mixed grill burger topped with fried egg, bacon grease fries and nacho cheese sauce.

If you’re not a meat fan, there’s still plenty to choose from, such as a shrimp and scallop burger topped with spicy Thai slaw and cilantro-lime mayo (with a side of smoked sea-salted fried edamame), or a grilled grouper patty topped with butter lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and lime aioli.

Along with the burgers, there are finger foods like spicy-sticky pig wings, veggie pot stickers and cheeseburger spring rolls. Mini-rolls, perfect for a bite or two, include moonshine barbecued meatballs, chickpea and roasted corn fritters and Caribbean spiced seafood cakes.

Sweet endings are over the top, too: cinnamon roll fireball bread pudding with cream cheese glaze, snickerdoodle-crusted apple custard crisp and Valrhona chocolate ganache brownies.

It’s an all-you-care-to-eat affair, with burgers paired with craft beers, wines, cocktails and more. And you can burn a few calories – there’s a DJ, so you can shimmy or quick step your way to the next gourmet burger station. (A fun twist: you get to vote on the best burger of the night.)

Dates are September 25, October 8 and November 6 from 7-9 p.m., with hosts of ABC’s “The Chew” joining the fun on October 8. Cost is $99; $119 for reserved table on main floor, early admission at 6:45 p.m., and a specialty cocktail; or $199 for Nosh Pit seating with a private reserved table, early admission at 6:45 p.m., specialty cocktail and premium bar.

And for one night only, we’re planning our chic yellow and black costume for the elegant Yelloween Masquerade Party, a very special Party for the Senses from 7-9:30 p.m. Octpber 31 in celebration of Halloween. “Yelloween” is a reference to the night’s top pour – golden Champagne. Think elegant, and plan to eat, drink and party the night away with special entertainment. Cost is $169 plus tax general admission; $199 plus tax for a reserved table on the main floor with specialty cocktail toast, and $319 plus tax for a private reserved table, early entrance at 6:45 p.m., specialty cocktail toast, artisanal cheese station and more.

For reservations to these and other special events, call 407-939-3378. Admission to Epcot is required.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on August 22nd, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Fall will be here before you know it and we’re already sharing some great experiences to look forward to during this season’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort and Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

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When Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom Park debuts September 15, a new Happy HalloWishes Premium Dessert Package will be part of the fun. The premium offering will include viewing a Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade from the reserved location followed by sweet treats at festively decorated Tomorrowland Terrace where you have a cool view of Cinderella Castle during the Happy HalloWishes Nighttime Spectacular.

Check Pam’s original story for more details. You can call make reservations by visit DisneyWorld.com/DINE or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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Also this week, Erin shared some things to know for this year’s Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort as it dazzles during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Here are a few nighttime spectaculars you can see:

Guests visiting with regular admission during Mickey’s Halloween Party dates will not be able to view “Paint the Night” parade or either fireworks spectaculars. If you plan to watch “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, please check the calendar at Disneyland.com to be sure you are attending on a non-party night. All show schedules are subject to change.

You can read more about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort by checking Erin’s original story.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Tour The ‘Walt Disney Archives Presents-Disneyland: The Exhibit’ At The D23 EXPO – The Disney Archives Exhibit at the D23 EXPO showcased artifacts important to the history of The Walt Disney Company and even Walt Disney himself.

Top Must-Do’s During Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – Check out our top must-do’s for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna at Disneyland Resort.

A Peek Inside the AVATAR Exhibit at D23 Expo – Take a photo tour inside the AVATAR exhibit from the D23 Expo last weekend.

Disney Parks Attraction Poster Deluxe Calendar Returns for 2016 – The popular Disney Parks Attraction poster deluxe calendar is returning in 2016 to select merchandise locations.

PHOTO GALLERY: Best Images from the 2015 D23 Expo – Explore all the excitement from the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, Calif.

Enter ‘The Chew’s’ Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win a Trip to 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – We’re thrilled the Emmy award-winning ABC hit show “The Chew” is joining us for the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – and they are giving you (and three of your guests) a chance to win a visit, too.

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#DisneyKids: First Disney Campfires

posted on August 21st, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager


There are many advantages to staying in a Disney resort when visiting Walt Disney World Resort, and one of my family’s favorites is somewhat of a hidden gem – the campfires! Offered at many of our hotels, these regular events are a wonderful way to wind down as a family after an exciting day in the parks. They’re complimentary, and because they take place at your hotel, it’s easy to get little ones back to your room for bedtime. If the kids are still not sleepy following s’mores, stick around for Movies Under the Stars. There’s something so magical about snuggling up to watch a favorite Disney movie outdoors.

Each campfire is themed to the resort at which it takes place – for example, over at Fort Wilderness Resort, Chip ‘n’ Dales Campfire Sing-A-Long has a country theme complete with a singing cowboy and special appearance from everyone’s favorite chipmunks.

Here’s a peek at what your family can expect at a few of my favorite campfires at resorts on property – Fort Wilderness, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Looking Back at D23 EXPO 2015 Disney Theme Park Merchandise

posted on August 21st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I know that many of you, our Disney fans, were with us all weekend long at D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. I mean what an experience, am I right? New film releases, new attraction and lands announced and of course, merchandise!

Those of you who attended the 60 Years of Disney Theme Park Merchandise panel discussion were in for quite a surprise as we took a look at the evolution of ear hats, new artwork set to appear on Twenty-Eight & Main, Disney Boutique, Disney Couture, Princess, Haunted Mansion – Revisited and Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course, it was the What Lies Ahead segment that caught the attention of some folks, with merchandise art reveals for the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and of course, Shanghai Disney Resort. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the art that was shown and be sure to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, as I will have posts about all of these and more in the near future.

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With the panel also came the world debut of the artists taking part in the We Love Disney compilation album by Verve Records and Walt Disney Records, due in stores October 30. Produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy award winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster, the album will feature some of today’s hottest artists across pop, rock, R&B and country as they deliver their own interpretations of classic Disney songs. I could go on and on about who is featured on this album but why don’t you check it out for yourself including the We Love Disney Box Set here.

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The spectrum was broad when it came to finding favorite souvenirs, as there was literally something for everyone. D23 EXPO merchandise, from t-shirts to mugs, handbags to drinkware, flew off the shelves, and of course the R4-D23 was definitely the droid everyone was looking for, and Force For Change t-shirts, fleece and pins weren’t far behind. Tip: Look for Force For Change apparel shortly at select locations at the Disneyland Resort through Labor Day and help us make a difference! If you have the D23 EXPO App, go to Aurasma and watch as the shirt activates before your very eyes.

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What did I find? With ALEX AND ANI on hand, it’s no surprise that I spotted my souvenir at their table. While I almost picked up the new Snow White-inspired bangle, available at Disney Parks now, I chose to go a bit simpler with the Mickey Filigree Wrap in the Rafaelian Silver finish. I know you’re shocked! This is one of three pieces ALEX AND ANI pre-launched at D23 that won’t be available in the parks until the fall.

Finally, throughout the weekend, Disney fans were lined up to meet some of their favorite Disney Legends, artists, authors and special guests and the Disney Dream Store did not disappoint. More than 45 special guests and 80 signings took place over the course of the weekend, including a special appearance and signing with the Mouseketeers!

Who were you most excited to meet? What was your favorite part of D23 EXPO 2015?

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Michael Strahan & Chris Rock Visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on August 21st, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


Best buds Michael Strahan and Chris Rock recently vacationed together with their families at Disney’s Animal Kingdom where they ran into other longtime buddies, Chip & Dale. Both families are taking full advantage of these last few days of summer fun in the Disney Parks before the school year starts again. Michael was anxious to get back to riding Expedition Everest a few more times! He and his daughters had been on the attraction four times already before pausing to take a photo in front of the Tree of Life.

Chris mentioned he was excited for lunch at Teppan Edo in Epcot. The hibachi grill style restaurant is a family favorite.

Chris Rock and Michael Strahan visit Walt Disney World Resort

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Disney’s Night of Joy 2015: Entertainment Schedule at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


One of my favorite blog posts to write each year is when I get to provide you, our loyal readers, with the entertainment schedule for Disney’s Night of Joy.

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One reason is that it means that this year’s event is almost here! Another is that I get to pull out all my old Christian music mix tapes and reminisce. But that’s just me.

This year’s lineup is STELLAR!

Tickets are going fast; so make sure you get yours early. Here’s this year’s schedule – all times, artist and entertainment subject to change, of course.

Friday, September 11th, 2015

CASTLE FORECOURT STAGE

  • 7:40 p.m. – Jeremy Camp
  • 9:45 p.m. – MercyMe
  • 11:55 p.m. – TobyMac

GALAXY STAGE

  • 7:30 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
  • 8:50 p.m. – Francesca Battistelli
  • 10:25 p.m. – Colton Dixon
  • 12:05 a.m. – Big Daddy Weave

ROCKETTOWER PLAZA STAGE

  • 8:10 p.m. – Josh Wilson
  • 9:40 p.m. – I Am They
  • 11:15 p.m. – Rend Collective

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

CASTLE FORECOURT STAGE

  • 7:40 p.m. – for King & Country
  • 9:40 p.m. – LeCrae
  • 11:50 p.m. – Skillet

GALAXY STAGE

  • 7:30 p.m. – Jamie Grace
  • 8:50 p.m. – Jamie Grace
  • 10:25 p.m. – Matt Maher
  • 12 a.m. – Mandisa

ROCKETTOWER PLAZA STAGE

  • 8:10 p.m. – Veridia
  • 9:40 p.m. – 7eventh Time Down
  • 11:15 p.m. – 7eventh Time Down

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. Tickets are $65 plus tax in advance for one night and $115 plus tax in advance for two nights.

While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special pricing and other benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at www.nightofjoy.com.

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