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Pixar Pier to Bring New Incredicoaster and More to Disney California Adventure Park Summer 2018

Erin Gloverby , Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Summer 2018 will bring a transformed land for guests to experience at Disney California Adventure park when Pixar Pier opens along the southern shore of Paradise Bay, with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise throughout. This new, permanent land in the area that is now Paradise Pier will introduce four new neighborhoods representing beloved Disney·Pixar stories.

The first of the four themed neighborhoods guests will find is inspired by “The Incredibles.” Here, the new Incredicoaster, permanently transformed from the attraction that is now California Screamin’, will open with Pixar Pier in summer 2018. This new experience will feature a mid-century-modern-style loading area, new character moments and a new look for the ride vehicles. To prepare for this transformation, California Screamin’ will close Jan. 8.

The popular Toy Story Mania! will anchor the “Toy Story”-inspired neighborhood. A neighborhood inspired by “Inside Out” will be found on the western side of the boardwalk and will welcome a new family-friendly attraction, scheduled to open at a later date.

The fourth neighborhood will be a celebration of many of your favorite Pixar stories. In this neighborhood, Mickey’s Fun Wheel will have a new look, with each of the 24 gondolas featuring different Pixar characters and the iconic face of Mickey Mouse remaining on the Paradise Bay side of the wheel. At the Games of the Boardwalk, which already includes the Bullseye Stallion Stampede game, all of the midway games will be inspired by Pixar characters. Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk and Sideshow Shirts will close Jan. 8 to begin this transformation.

Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a new lounge and grill offering sparkling views of Paradise Bay and the new Pixar Pier. Both locations will close Jan. 8, with Cove Bar reopening briefly in April before closing again for its permanent transformation. Guests wishing to reserve “World of Color” dining packages after Jan. 7 may consider Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria.

The remaining areas of the land that is now Paradise Pier, including Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, will become a new land called Paradise Park.

Pixar Pier will open during the limited-time Pixar Fest celebration, which begins April 13. The celebration will include the new “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks as well as the return of Pixar Play Parade and “Paint the Night” parade, and much more throughout the entire Disneyland Resort.

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Oh, Boy! We’re Celebrating Mickey Mouse’s Birthday at Disney Parks November 18

Erin Gloverby , Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

The big cheese is at it again! Mickey Mouse is headed out on another intrepid adventure to celebrate his birthday with some of his biggest fans, and you can join in on the #HappyBirthdayMickey fun at all of our Disney Parks around the world. Let’s take a closer look at what’s in store.

The big day is November 18, and Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate with special “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons, merchandise and Sorcerer Mickey Cake. To commemorate the occasion, guests can sing and dance along with “Happy Birthday” during Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!, Cosmic Dance Party in Tomorrowland and performances by the Dapper Dans. Plus, birthday photo props will be available at all four theme parks, and everyone who collects their photos at the parks will receive a folder with a commemorative sticker.

Disneyland Resort will host a celebration cavalcade for Mickey Mouse, featuring some of his special friends and the Disneyland Band, starting at “it’s a small world” and pausing for a special moment at Sleeping Beauty Castle before continuing down Main Street, U.S.A., to Town Square. There will be plenty of chances to sing “Happy Birthday” along the way, and of course, “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons will be distributed to park guests.

Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Paris is also where the party’s at! Be prepared to celebrate Mickey’s birthday just before “Disney Stars on Parade,” as well as during the Lucky Nugget Saloon show at Disneyland park and in “Mickey and the Magician” at Walt Disney Studios park. And what’s a birthday without cake? Guests can find plenty to snack on at locations around the resort.

Guests at Hong Kong Disneyland can purchase a special Mickey Birthday pin on November 4, and a special edition Times Guide will be available on November 18 in honor of everyone’s favorite mouse. At Shanghai Disney Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort, guests will have the chance to sing “Happy Birthday” and join in unique photo opportunities.

Leading up to the big day, Mickey Mouse will take off to exciting destinations such as Japan, Chile, Canada, China, England and the United States, sharing magical moments on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Facebook and Instagram pages. He will then bring a few more surprises when he visits the Good Morning America studios in New York City on November 15. Be sure to share your favorite moments using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayMickey and join us in celebrating the one and only Mickey Mouse!

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Buon appetito! Disney Springs Welcomes Three New Italian Concepts

Alex Dunlapby , Food & Beverage Content Relations Coordinator

Coming this winter, three modern Italian restaurants will be arriving at Disney Springs. These restaurants, all new concepts created by the Patina Restaurant Group, each feature unique menus and authentic Italian food in a beautiful and expansive dining complex. The complex will be located adjacent to The Edison, a lavish “Industrial Gothic”-style destination also being developed by Patina. The new concepts all tie into Disney Springs’ storyline of a restored Florida waterfront town, bringing unforgettable food and wine direct from Italy to the Sunshine State, with stunning scenery you can only find at Disney Springs.

The first concept, called Maria & Enzo’s, is a trattoria set in the town’s abandoned 1930’s airline terminal which has now been transformed into an open and airy restaurant. Featuring gorgeous views of Lake Buena Vista and incredible 50-foot ceilings, the interior dining room is adorned with artifacts that reflect air travel of the time such as maps and historic flight paths. Inspired by Sicily, the menu has a delightful range of family-friendly dishes – Arancini di Carne (rice balls stuffed with meat), Melanzane Parmigiana (eggplant parmesan), and handmade pastas including Busiate con Granchio (spiral pasta with crab) and ‘Ncasiata al Forno (Sicilian baked pasta) – all served tableside. Other delectable highlights include fresh fish, richly flavored steaks and chops.

The second concept is Enzo’s Hideaway – Enzo’s own personal speakeasy inspired by Roman aperitivo bars. Located in the storied rum-runner tunnels that adjoin Maria & Enzo’s and steeped in Florida’s true history of rum-running, Enzo’s Hideaway will pour Prohibition-era cocktails at its Tunnel Bar and serve a casual menu of hearty Roman Dishes such as the city’s legendary Bucatini alla Carbonara (hollow spaghetti with creamy egg and pancetta sauce) and Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe(square-cut spaghetti with pecorino and black pepper).

Finally, Pizza Ponte rounds out the group with a fast-casual restaurant serving pizza, pastries, Italian sandwiches and espresso. With the perfect blend of savory and sweet, Pizza Ponte is the ideal place quick bite. On the savory side, the menu features Pizza al Taglio (Sicilian-style pizza served by the slice), signature Tirangolo (stuffed pizza bread) sandwiches, and Porchetta (roast pork). To satisfy your sweet tooth, pastry specialties include Bombolini (Italian donuts), Sfoglia di Riso (pastry with rice cream), and Tiramisu.

Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Ponte are set to open at Disney Springs this winter, and are sure to leave you saying, “Delizioso!” If you want to learn more about the Pantina Restaurant Group and their incredible restaurants such as these, visit www.patinagroup.com

These new concepts are just the beginning of a whole new list of exciting food and beverage concepts coming to Disney Springs. Coming soon are new locations such as The Edison, Terralina Crafted Italian, Wine Bar George, Jaleo by José Andrés, and Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill! Stay tuned for more updates on these amazing new locations.

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Choza de Margarita Opens Soon at Mexico Pavilion in Epcot World Showcase at Walt Disney World Resort

Pam Brandonby , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

Construction walls will be coming down shortly at the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot World Showcase as the new Choza de Margarita nears completion, a cool new walk-up window for authentic Mexican beverages and street fare.

“Choza” is the Spanish word for “hut,” and the outdoor bar sits in the shadow of the iconic Mexico pyramid. The menu offers three hand-crafted margaritas, three frozen margaritas, three Mexican beers and a non-alcoholic Mexican fruit punch with orange, pineapple and grapefruit juices and a splash of grenadine.

Tacos al Pastor and Margarita

Small bites include Tacos al Pastor with grilled pork on fresh homemade corn tortillas with green tomatillo sauce, onion, pineapple and cilantro; Empanadas de Barbacoa with beef, topped with chipotle sauce, Mexican cream and queso fresco; and fresh guacamole with mango chutney, pumpkin and pomegranate seeds, served with fried flour chicharrones and salsa Valentina, an authentic Mexican hot sauce.

Classic Lime Frozen Margarita at Choza de Margarita in Epcot

On a hot Florida day, take your pick from one of the three frozen margaritas: Lime (tequila blanco, lime sweet & sour, orange liquor and agave nectar), Wild Strawberry (tequila blanco, strawberry and prickly pear puree, violet flower liquor and lime juice), or Passion Mango (tequila blanco, orange liqueur, wild passion fruit and mango puree).

Lime Cucumber Margarita at Choza de Margarita in Epcot Passion Mango Frozen Margarita at Choza de Margarita in Epcot

The hand-crafted, on-the-rocks varieties include Acan Grapefruit (Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, grapefruit liqueur, elderflower cordial, lemon juice, cardamom bitters and ginger beer), Lime Cucumber (Avión Blanco Tequila, fresh cucumber, orange liqueur, lime juice and agave nectar), and Guava Pink Peppercorn (Zignum Mexcal Reposado, guava nectar, grapefruit liqueur, lime juice, Peychaud’s Bitters and pink peppercorns).


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Unwrap the Magic of the Holidays on a Special Tour at Walt Disney World Resort

Amanda Adlerby , Public Relations Manager, Adventures by Disney

With the holiday season just around the corner, the Walt Disney World Resort is quickly becoming a winter wonderland. Interested in learning the secrets behind this magical, festive transformation? The Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy and Disney’s Holiday D-Lights tours offer the chance to go behind the scenes of the astonishing annual decorating efforts throughout the Theme Parks and Resorts.

Disney Themed Christmas Ornaments

Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy takes you backstage to learn just how Walt Disney World Resort gets dressed up for the holiday season and watch the “elves” themselves, the cast members of Holiday Services at work. From holiday celebrations around the world at Epcot to the traditional trimmings of Main Street U.S.A. you don’t want to miss this dazzling wonderland of holiday secrets.

Guests on the Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Holiday D-Lights Holiday Tour

Disney’s Holiday D-Lights is offered on 12 select nights throughout the season. Meet with Event & Decorating Support cast members and discover how some of the most cherished holiday customs are brought to light at Epcot and Magic Kingdom Park. Learn how they decorate Cinderella Castlewith thousands of twinkling lights and experience the iconic Candlelight Processional.

Don’t miss out on unwrapping the holiday magic! Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy and Disney’s Holiday D-Lights are only offered seasonally throughout November and December. Call 407-WDW-Tour for reservations.

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What’s New for Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, Returning November 10 through January 7

Erin Gloverby , Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

The holidays begin here! Beginning November 10, some of your returning favorites will feature a bit more magic during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.

At Disney California Adventure park, Festival of Holidays will bring a new take on delicious holiday comfort food. All-new cultural favorites are coming to the Festive Foods Marketplaces, including Beef Corn Tamale a la Plancha with Spicy Rojo Sauce, Braised Lamb Cheeks with Mediterranean Cauliflower, Sweet Potato Pie and Fruit and Nut Rugelach.

In Cars Land, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters will transform into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl, and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree will become Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, both featuring new holiday tunes for the season.

All of this is, of course, is in addition to the return of Disney ¡Viva Navidad! and “World of Color – Season of Light” at Disney California Adventure park. At Disneyland park, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks“A Christmas Fantasy” parade“it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday will delight guests throughout the season.

What are you looking forward to experiencing first during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort? Tell us in the comments!


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All in the Details: First Look at Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Today we’re happy to share a look at a new area planned for Toy Story Land we haven’t unveiled until now – Woody’s Lunch Box.

When Toy Story Land opens in Summer 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will shrink to the size of a toy and explore all of the fun (and toys!) Andy has constructed in his backyard. This story continues at Woody’s Lunch Box, where Andy has used his lunch box and thermos to create a walk-up quick-service window that will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats. In the rendering above, you can see that Woody’s Lunch Box – like the rest of Toy Story Land – has been adorably strewn about with some of Andy’s favorite toys and items from his lunch. You can even spot a green army man on a nearby lookout tower, keeping watch for Andy’s return.

The Walt Disney World Resort will partner with Mini Babybel to bring this location to life. Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more information on Woody’s Lunch Box – and the menu of delicious items it will serve up – in the coming months.

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VIDEO: Join the Haul-O-Ween Fun in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Erin Gloverby , Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

The residents of Radiator Springs have transformed Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park into a Haul-O-Ween celebration! Each establishment is decorated for the season, including Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters as Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween, and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree as Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree. The “Cars” characters themselves have even dressed up in their own Haul-O-Ween car-stumes and delicious treats are found under every cone! Take a look:

Don’t miss Haul-O-Ween in Cars Land during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, now through October 31!

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Disney Springs Welcomes Four New Retailers Just in Time for Holiday Shopping

Darcy Clarkby , Disney Springs Marketing Manager

With so many retailers (there are over 100!) at Disney Springs, I was pretty certain that we had all the major shopping categories covered. Turns out we were missing honey, hammocks and hand-made candles. No more! Three of the most recent additions to property are now open for business, just in time for the holiday shopping season, with another on the horizon. If you’re like me, any excuse to enjoy a sweet treat or a relaxing indulgence is a good one, so below are the newest offerings that will let you treat yourself or someone you love to something special:

Bowes Signature Soy Candles: Located inside Marketplace Co-Op, this brand specializes in candles with cotton, eco-friendly wicks and 100% natural soy wax. Each one is highly-scented, hand-poured and labeled locally here in Orlando. My friend Heather, who is candle-obsessed, couldn’t pass up the Pumpkin scent. With over 100 varieties offered throughout the year, I have no idea how she picked a favorite. If you can’t decide, you can customize a candle by creating your own scent – smells like a winner, if you ask me.

Bowes Signature Soy Candles Bowes Signature Soy Candles

Swings N’ Things: Offering the world’s finest hammocks and porch swings, this small-but-mighty kiosk located near Cookes of Dublin is making a big impression on Disney Springs guests. I stopped by recently to check out their most popular model (pictured below) and wished I could take the afternoon off to sway the day away. Personally, I’d love one for my balcony, but I hear they also make great “homework nooks” – if that’s what it takes to get your kids to finish their nightly assignments, it might be worth checking out. Most items range from $40-$400 dollars, so there’s something to suit every budget.

Swings N’ Things

Savannah Bee: Now in a newly-expanded space near The Ganachery, Savannah Bee brings you the most rare, unique and delicious honeys alongside natural, hive-inspired health and beauty products. Last week, I got to sample a few of their most popular honeys and soon I’ll be returning to try out their Mead Tasting Bar with honey wines ranging from dry to sweet, still to sparking, and everything in between. If that’s not buzz-worthy, I don’t know what is.

Savannah Bee

rinse bath & body co. (Opening Soon): The soon-to-open rinse bath & body co. kiosk, located near Paddlefish, will showcase natural products handmade in Monroe, GA (just a few towns over from where I grew up) including natural deodorant – the owner swears that it really works! –, essential oil roll-ons, shower bombs, and their Peppofoot collection, perfect for tired toes. I’m excited to seek out unique stocking stuffers here as it’s only the second permanent retail location for the brand. Another thing I already love? Their packaging. According to the owner, “our packaging is cute enough that you would want to gift it to a friend but not so cute that you would be sad to open it.” Just my style, indeed!

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New Magic Awaits Guests at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort

Michael Ramirezby , Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

With the holiday season approaching, now is the perfect time to plan your getaway to the Disneyland Resort and stay on property for a particularly magical holiday.

As you may have seen in previous blog postsDisney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is undergoing a “grand” transformation. In fact, it’s the most extensive refurbishment since its 2001 opening. And while the finishing touches are still in the works, all guests who check in to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa now will be staying in our completely redesigned rooms! Be sure to check back on Friday for a closer look at the refreshed lobby.

New Magic Awaits Guests at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has been a favorite of guests for sixteen years and we know the new, elevated experience will impress. It’s no wonder we’ve just been named one of the Top Hotels in Southern California in the 30th annual Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards!

To help jump-start your planning, we have a special booking offer. Guests can save up to 20 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and 15 percent on premium rooms at the Disneyland Hotel, on most Sunday through Thursday nights between October 22 and December 21, 2017.* Book now through November 14, 2017.

*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel. Travel must be completed by 12/22/17. Premium room types included in offer are Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and only Artisan, Junior and Regal suites. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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An Inside Look at BaseLine Tap House at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Alex Dunlapby , Food & Beverage Content Relations Coordinator

We met up with Brian Koziol, Food & Beverage Concept Development Director, to get an inside look at the brand new BaseLine Tap House at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Specializing in California brews and wines, this cheerful corner pub offers a relaxing, story-filled atmosphere where you can enjoy a cold drink with an appetizing snack. BaseLine Tap house is located on Grand Avenue, just around the corner from Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, and is open at 11 a.m. daily.

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A First Look at The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort Coming to Disney Springs in Summer 2019

Darcy Clarkby , Disney Springs Marketing Manager

As the 2017-18 NBA season tips off, we want to give you a first look at the new NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort coming to Disney Springs.

Inspired by the modern architecture of new NBA arenas around the country, the building design exudes the same spirit and energizing impact, while creating an unmistakable and entertaining connection to the NBA in a way that only Disney can.

It’s one of several ways Disney Springs is still growing and adding new experiences to delight and entertain our Guests.

“We are inspired by the design of the new building and the energy that it will bring to the West Side of Disney Springs,” said Senior Vice President of Disney Springs and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Maribeth Bisienere.

The state-of-the-art space will include interactive games and competitions, immersive experiences, a retail store and an adjacent restaurant.

NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort

NBA President, Global Partnerships Sal LaRocca, recently commented on the project, sharing, “This one-of-a-kind experience is sure to be enjoyed by basketball and Disney fans of all ages who visit Disney Springs from around the world.”

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog as we’ll be sharing more information on this exciting West Side addition coming in Summer 2019.

And, with the start of the NBA season, we also want to wish our hometown NBA team, the Orlando Magic, good luck. As part of Disney’s jersey sponsorship agreement, Guests who renew or purchase qualified Walt Disney World annual passes at the Amway Center this year will receive a new Orlando Magic jersey complete with the Disney logo, while promotional supplies last. Visit orlandomagic.com/annualpass for more information.

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Enjoy Florida Craft Beers and Oktoberfest-Inspired Eats This Fall at Disney Springs

Darcy Clarkby , Disney Springs Marketing Manager

Since October is just beginning, I was surprised to learn that Oktoberfest – the premiere annual beer festival in Munich, Germany – officially ends today. No need to worry … if you’re here in Central Florida, Disney Springs will be serving up cold brews and hot eats all month long and through the fall.

Oktoberfest Poutine

I recently caught up with a few of my favorite craft beer connoisseurs, including Disney Springs Food and Beverage Proprietor, Jamie Entwistle. According to Jamie, “Disney Springs is a melting pot of beer options. Here, you can enjoy craft beer from a wide mix of local and national breweries in addition to tried and true favorites – each guest is sure to find their favorite style and may even expand their palate by trying something unique as they walk the promenade and enjoy our great entertainment options.”

Beers on Tap

Disney Springs Senior Duty Manager, Mike England, echoed the sentiment. Though he’s here five days a week for work, he’s often here during his weekends, too, trying out the newest beers on tap. Of all my friends, Mike is one of the most knowledgeable when it comes to ales, lagers and everything in between, so I asked him for his “Top Five” list at Disney Springs; not one to shy away from a challenge, he came back with ten.


“Here are my current favorites,” Mike shared, “they’re all Florida Craft beers, and they’re listed in no particular order, except for Cigar City Jai Alai – it always tops my list!”:

1. Cigar City Jai Alai (AMC Dine-In, House of Blues and multiple other locations)
2. Big Storm Wavemaker Amber (Boathouse)
3. Orange Blossom Pilsner (Dockside Margaritas)
4. Crooked Can McSwaggers Own (Frontera Cocina)
5. Cask & Larder Five Points IPA (Polite Pig)
6. Coppertail Brewing Miriam’s Irish Coffee Stout (Raglan Road)
7. Orlando Brewing Blonde Ale (Paddlefish)
8. Funky Buddha Hop Gun (Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’)
9. Swamp Head Brewery Stump Knocker APA (Planet Hollywood Stargazers Lounge)
10. 3 Daughters Brewing Seasonal (Dockside Margaritas)

I’ll admit, I’ve only sampled about half of the brews on this list, but I’m excited to try the rest. Of course, that will give me the perfect excuse to also indulge in some of the Oktoberfest-eque, limited time menu items that are currently available at Disney Springs, namely the Bratwurst and Spaetzel from B.B. Wolf’s and the Oktoberfest Poutine from The Daily Poutine. (On the latter? Crumbled bratwurst, cheese curds, and gravy made with stout beer – don’t mind if I do!)

If the above doesn’t suit your fancy, remember that Disney Springs’ offerings are always evolving. One of the upcoming additions I’m most looking forward to is a new Disney Springs beer that will soon debut in partnership with a local craft brewery; the selection will rotate seasonally and will even have a custom “Disney Springs” tap, only found here.

Have you discovered any “must-try” sips during your Disney Springs visits? If so, share in the comments below – I’m always eager to find a new favorite!

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Insiders Look at Marvel Day at Sea with Stan Lee

Cara Allenby , Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line

Avengers assemble! This Friday, the Disney Magic sets sail from New York City for an extraordinary 8-night voyage to the Bahamas featuring the first-ever Marvel Day at Sea. To hear more about the adventures that lie ahead, we sat down with Marvel legend Stan Lee and two of the event’s creators. Take a look…

On one action-packed day during the cruise, we’ll transport guests to a new realm of possibilities when the Marvel Universe assembles on the ship. Marvel Day at Sea will feature all-day entertainment for the entire family, combining the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series with the excitement of a Disney Cruise.

Marvel Day at Sea premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018. Keep following along on the Disney Parks Blog as we unveil more details, and take a look back at past posts to get up to speed on this unforgettable day at sea:

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Embark on a Sneak Peek of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ this Weekend at Disney California Adventure Park

Shawn Slaterby , Senior Communications Manager, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment

It’s time to travel across the nine realms to Asgard for a sneak peek at the epic adventure “Thor: Ragnarok,” thundering into theaters next month.

Catch our limited preview of scenes from “Thor: Ragnarok” starting this weekend at Disneyland Resort, featuring a display of props and costumes used in the production of the film. The “Thor: Ragnarok” Sneak Peek, presented in 3D with special in-theater effects, will be showing in the Sunset Showcase Theater at Disney California Adventure park October 6 – November 10.

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

You’ll be able to fully experience “Thor: Ragnarok” when the film opens in theaters in 3D on November 3.

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Top Five Can’t Miss Moments at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

There’s so much to enjoy at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park – from characters in costume and complimentary treats, special shows, fireworks and more.

Here are our top-five can’t-miss moments from this year’s party.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

  1. Trick-Or-Treating! – Feeling like a kid again and being able to trick-or-treat right alongside our kids is so incredibly entertaining! Guests of all ages are welcome to do so at candy stops throughout Magic Kingdom Park on party nights. Be sure to pick up an event map on your way in to find your way to special treat stops.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

  1. Disney Characters In Costume – Talk about fun photo opportunities! During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties, many Disney characters are out and about in their Halloween best, ready to greet guests and pose for photos. You can catch even more in “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade” at the event. Seeing the creative costumes our guests come up with is also a lot of fun.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

  1. The “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” Stage Show – In this guest-favorite stage show, the Sanderson sisters – Winifred, Mary and Sarah – visit the mortal world for an all-new adventure, with a plan to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard. You don’t want to miss the character appearances and fun musical numbers in this show.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

  1. The “Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade – This spooktacular procession steps off twice each party night, led by an appearance from the Headless Horseman. Be on the lookout for an entire section of the parade inspired by residents of the Haunted Mansion, including marching butlers, waltzing spirits and the Hitchhiking Ghosts themselves!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

  1. Happy HalloWishes Fireworks – Partygoers can’t miss the event’s special Halloween-themed fireworks spectacular. Narrated by the Ghost Host from The Haunted Mansion, the skies explode with color to the tunes of “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Never Smile at a Crocodile,“ “The Skeleton Dance,” from Silly Symphony and more.

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More Family Fun Revealed for Marvel Day at Sea Cruises Debuting from New York City This Fall

Cara Allenby , Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line

We’re less than a month away from kicking off our Marvel Day at Sea cruises, which premiere on select voyages from New York City this fall. As we count down the weeks, we’re revealing more details about the fun families can expect during this epic day-long event aboard the Disney Magic.

Marvel Day at Sea hosts an awesome mix of immersive entertainment that will empower you to unlock your hidden superhuman abilities. Here are just some of the highlights that await your family on this special day of your cruise vacation…

Family costume celebration
You’re invited to bring your most heroic (or villainous) costumes on the cruise. During what’s sure to be an inspiring costume celebration in the ship’s atrium, we’re encouraging families to celebrate together in Marvel-themed groups. Are you ready to assemble your Avengers?

Super Hero training for kids
For young heroes-in-training, Marvel-themed games, activities and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the day in Marvel’s Avengers Academy. Super Heroes like Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor and Hawkeye will teach kids the true qualities of being a hero. Kids will enjoy interactive experiences like special secret agent training, learn the path to becoming worthy with Thor, and hone their reflexes, speed and intellect with Spider-Man.

Film screenings
We’ll have exclusive at-sea screenings of fan-favorite films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the newest theatrical releases, as well as viewings of the Disney XD shows: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The newest Marvel cinematic feature, Thor: Ragnarok, debuts onboard November 3, the same day as in theaters on land.

Marvel trivia 
Put your knowledge to the test! Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe. New to Marvel or want to brush up on your heroic facts? Join us for a fun session that covers the basics of the Marvel Universe so you can stay up-to-speed during the entire epic event.

Fun with Mickey and friends 
Even Disney characters are getting in on the action! Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale dress up to honor their favorite Marvel Super Heroes, and young cruisers won’t want to miss this opportunity to have some fun and dance with the gang up on deck.

Of course the fun doesn’t stop there! There will be plenty of opportunities for heroic encounters with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and Villains, including an interactive show in the Walt Disney Theatre with Doctor Strange. You can learn how to draw heroes like Spider-Man, Captain, Iron Man and Groot and take a quiz to determine the perfect Marvel comic for you!

You can also meet and hear behind-the-scenes stories from some of Marvel’s animation, game and publishing insiders. What’s more, this action-packed day features an extraordinary evening deck show like you’ve never seen before. More about that soon!

Marvel Day at Sea premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018. Keep following along on the Disney Parks Blog as we unveil more details, and take a look back at past posts to get up to speed on this unforgettable day at sea:

Walt Disney World Resort

Costume Guidelines for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Charles Stovallby , Public Relations Manager

So … You’re going to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

The next question is … What to Wear?

Are you going to be the super hero you were last year or are you going to mix it up this year and go for the full “princess” or “pirate” you’ve always wanted?

Well, whatever you choose, we at the Disney Parks Blog want to help!

Last year, we created this cute video to help guide visitors to the party with some best practices for their Halloween costumes.

So many of you liked it, we thought we would play it again this year.

As a reminder, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party requires a separate ticket (a party specific ticket). This year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties will be held on select nights throughout the fall season and will feature all kinds of fun frights. Many guests favorites are returning, including the Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” and Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular.

  • September 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
  • October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

For more information or to purchase tickets, check out Disneyworld.com or call 407-W-DISNEY.

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Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios December 16

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Attention Star Wars fans – we have an exciting update to share with you today. The special event, Star Wars: Galactic Nights, which sold out last April, will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16.

Held after park hours from 7 p.m.-midnight, the event will be filled with out-of-this-world entertainment that celebrates the entire Star Wars saga.

Among many thrills in store, guests can expect to enjoy Star Wars entertainment, special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise and F&B, character greetings, a look at the ongoing Star Wars expansion coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and much more.

Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Here’s a look at other event offerings:

  • Star Wars Entertainment – Both Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show will be enhanced with special saga elements.
  • Sneak Peeks at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – The Epic Theater will play host to a special one-night-only panel discussion about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the 14-acre Star Wars expansion that’s set to open in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Special Photo Ops – Throughout the park, guests can step into immersive and iconic scenes from their favorite Star Wars films in a series of incredibly detailed photo locations, including new backdrops inspired by Star Wars Rebels and more.
  • Character Encounters – Be on the lookout for Star Wars characters like Ewoks, AWR Troopers and roaming droids; Jedi Knights teaching younglings in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple; rocketing to the stars aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; and more.
  • Exclusive F&B and Merchandise – Even more specialty Star Wars-themed food and beverage and merchandise will be available.
  • Enjoy park attractions – Select attractions will be open to all guests. At embarkation points to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests may come face-to-face with Stormtroopers on the lookout for a Rebel spy.

Star Wars: Galactic Nights access and activities will be exclusive to event ticket holders. Last spring’s event sold out, so booking early is strongly suggested. Tickets are priced at $129 adults, $124 ages 3-9. Discount available for Passholders by booking online or calling 407-WDW-PASS and for Disney Vacation Club Members by calling Member Services at 1-800-800-9800 or online, as well. Tickets are now on sale at Disneyworld.com/GalacticNights or by calling 407-W-DISNEY (407 934-7639).

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Meet the Super Heroes of Marvel Day at Sea: Star-Lord

Jonathan Frontadoby , Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line

This. Is. Awesome! You can meet Star-Lord aboard a Disney ship for the very first time. He will be joining his interstellar friends, Gamora and Groot, on Marvel Day at Sea voyages, launching this fall aboard select Disney Magic cruises.

Marvel Day at Sea: Star-Lord

Young Peter Quill is abducted from Earth by the Ravagers, a group of space pirates, and grows up to assume the mantle of Star-Lord. He is a master strategist and problem solver who has extensive knowledge of various alien customs and cultures. Star-Lord teams up with Gamora, Groot, Drax and Rocket to form the Guardians of the Galaxy and traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos, finding adventure at every turn.

You may see Star-Lord swagger around the ship or catch a photo with one of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Your adventures continue as you join these interstellar outlaws for an evening celebration in Fathoms nightclub, now a Ravager hideout. See the dance-loving Star-Lord get his groove on and you, too, can move to the music of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. Leave your Walkman at home, we’ll bring the mixtape.

Stay tuned to meet more Super Heroes assembling for Marvel Day at Sea, which premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018.

Your Quintessential List of Halloween Culinary Collectibles at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

Pam Brandonby , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

Mugs, popcorn buckets, bottle toppers, glow straws . . . take home some of the Disney fun with these collectible culinary novelties! Our novelty teams have been hard at work this year coming up with new offerings.

“Each year, we look forward to creating exciting new Food & Beverage novelty products that guests can enjoy in the parks and take home with them at the end of their trip as a piece of the magic,” says Product Development Manager Marcus Gonzalez.

These delightfully frightful novelties will start appearing throughout September and October, so keep this list handy so you can find them in each of the parks during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort Halloween Events.

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Novelties

Halloween Travel Mug

Halloween Popcorn Bucket (trick or treat-themed)

  • Disneyland park

Halloween Popcorn Bucket for Annual Passholders (Disney Villain-themed)

  • Disneyland park

Halloween Popcorn Bucket (with Headless Horseman and Oogie Boogie)

  • Disney California Adventure park

Mickey Pumpkin Premium Popcorn bucket

  • Disneyland park

Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket

  • Disney California Adventure park
  • Disneyland park (New Orleans Square)

Traffic Cone Sipper with Halloween Stickers (16 and 32 ounces)

Poison Apple Stein

  • Disneyland park
  • Disney California Adventure park
  • Disneyland Hotel
  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Poison Appletini Halloween inspired cocktails at Carthay Circle in Disney California Adventure Park

Poison Apple Glow Cubes

  • Disneyland park (red cube)
  • Disney California Adventure park (red cube)
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge (exclusive green glow cube)
  • Disneyland Hotel (red cube)
  • Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel (red cube)
  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (red cube)

Halloween Time_Novelty_Headless Horseman Straw at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park

Headless Horseman Glow Straw/Clip

Mickey Pumpkin Glow Bottle Topper

  • Disneyland park

Tire Pumpkin Glow Straw

  • Disney California Adventure park (Cars Land ­– Flo’s V8 Café, Cozy Cone Motel)

Hitchhiking Ghost Tiki Mug (2nd Edition)

Halloween Time_Novelty_Mickey Pumpking Popcorn Bucket

Walt Disney World Resort Halloween Novelties

Halloween Popcorn Bucket (Trick or Treat)

Mickey Pumpkin Popcorn Bucket

Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket

Hitchhiking Ghost Tiki Mug (2nd Edition)

Watch ‘Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade’ #DisneyParksLIVE Stream From Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Sept. 22

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Fall has returned to the Walt Disney World Resort and with it, a guest-favorite seasonal event – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is an after-hours ticketed event that takes place at Magic Kingdom Park from 7 p.m. to midnight. Just as the sun sets, the park is transformed into an unbelievable Halloween wonderland with spooky music and lighting effects, can’t-miss entertainment experiences, trick-or-treating and much more.

We’re thrilled to share today that on Friday, September 22, we’ll share a #DisneyParksLIVE stream of a Not-So-Scary must-see, “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade

The parade, offered only during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties, is a procession of favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, floats inspired by the Disney villains – and even characters from The Haunted Mansion – plus a candy inspired cavalcade finale.

To catch our #DisneyParksLIVE stream of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on September 22, bookmark this page or simply visit the Disney Parks Blog starting at 9:30 p.m. ET. This page will refresh with the live stream video feed at that time.

Want to see “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade” in person? Remaining dates are: September 22, 24, 26, 29; October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31 & November 1.


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Fri, September 1, 2017

All in the Details: Imagineers Put Final Touches On The Toy Story Land Model For Walt Disney Presents

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Earlier this month, we shared that the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studioswould soon be transformed into Walt Disney Presents, a similar attraction that offers a look at Disney’s past, present and future.

Today we’re happy to share that Walt Disney Presents will officially open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on September 8. In addition to historic sketches, photos and storyboards, guests can also view ride vehicle maquettes, a portion of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge model, concept art for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction, and an all-new Toy Story Land model – which is being completed at Walt Disney Imagineering right now.

All in the Details: Imagineers Put Final Touches On The Toy Story Land Model For Walt Disney Presents All in the Details: Imagineers Put Final Touches On The Toy Story Land Model For Walt Disney Presents

Here are some sneak peeks at the Imagineers putting on the final touches to the Slinky Dog Dash section of the Toy Story Land model. And speaking of Slinky Dog Dash, the first ride vehicle for this family coaster was unveiled earlier this week.

Disneyland Resort

Tue, August 29, 2017

Walt Disney Company Pledges $1M to Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

Thomas Smithby , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Earlier today, we announced that the Walt Disney Company and ABC television station KTRK-TV in Houston will be donating $1 million to the American Red Cross to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Also, to benefit those impacted by the storm, Disney|ABC Television Group will be hosting a “Day of Giving” on August 31. A “Day of Giving” will begin on Thursday morning with ABC local affiliates and Good Morning America, and continue throughout the day on ABC, Freeform, Radio Disney. Across our social platforms, there will be a #DayofGiving call-to-action to donate to the American Red Cross, with those dollars going to benefit those most impacted.

“Our hearts go out to everyone in the devastating path of this historic storm,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company. “It’s hard to fully appreciate the impact, in part because it isn’t over yet. But we know thousands of people have lost everything and now face the daunting challenge of putting their lives and communities back together, and we’re using our unique resources and reach to help those in need.”

Eligible Disney employee donations to the American Red Cross and other qualified organizations involved in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort will be matched dollar for dollar by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Houston and the communities affected by the storm.

Walt Disney World Resort

Tue, August 29, 2017

World Showcase to Feature New and Returning Musical Acts During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Shawn Slaterby , Senior Communications Manager, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment

The delicious bites available in the record 35 Marketplaces at the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival aren’t the only treats you’ll find at the park this fall! We’ve also got an exciting lineup of live entertainment planned. In addition to the “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series, featuring 11 new artists, you’ll also want to look for authentic performers throughout World Showcase, with some new acts and returning favorites.

Suroît – New to Epcot, this renowned band hails from Canada’s Magdalen Islands in eastern Quebec. For four decades, their infectious sound has embraced influences from Cajun, Celtic, bluegrass and rock music. Join Suroît on the Mill Stage at the Canada pavilion, August 31 – October 1.

Margret Almer & The Bavarian Band – World-famous yodeler Margret Almer makes an encore appearance at Epcot this fall. She’ll be performing with The Bavarian Band at the Germany pavilion, beginning August 31 and continuing through the holiday season.

Musique Aramenco – Another returning favorite takes the stage at the Morocco pavilion September 1 – December 30. Musique Aramenco presents a fusion of traditional and modern Moroccan music.


Bodh’aktan – Back by popular demand, Bodh’aktan mixes Quebecois, folk and polka to make fantastic rock and dance music. After rocking stages across Quebec, the United States and Europe, this incredibly popular, kilted band is returning for an Epcot encore at the Canada pavilion October 2 – 22.


Raffy – This musical quartet makes their Epcot debut October 23 – November 26 on the Mill Stage. Raffy’s infectious energy has been embraced across Canada through a live tour, appearances on television and radio airplay of their first hit single.

This fall, you’ll have lots of reasons to head out to World Showcase for all the singing, dancing, sipping and dining during the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Disneyland Resort

Thu, August 31, 2017

Cars Land and Buena Vista Street to Get Spooky as Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Expands to Disney California Adventure Park

Erin Gloverby , Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is almost here! This year, the spooky fun extends throughout the Disneyland Resort, with returning favorites at Disneyland park and new ghostly delights at Disney California Adventure park.

In Cars Land, the residents of Radiator Springs are transforming their little road town into a Haul-O-Ween celebration. Each establishment will be decorated for the season, with Fillmore showing off his Jack-Oil-Lanterns and ghostly folk art, a Spider-Car spinning webs all over Flo’s V8 Café and more.

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Two Cars Land attractions will also transform for the first time ever this Halloween season. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters will become Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween, an all-new spooktacular dance celebration where Luigi and Guido will entertain the cugini (cousins) with Halloween twists on traditional Italian festival songs like the “Terror-antella,” “The Chop Top of Carsoli” and more. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree will become Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, where guests will whirl around the graveyard to the tune of creepy new songs and fun haunted twists on favorites such as “Monster Truck Smash” and “Welcome to Radiator Screams.”

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

At Buena Vista Street, a new 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, holding his jack-o’-lantern head up to the sky, will haunt Carthay Circle. Mickey Mouse and his friends bring more Halloween fun to this stylish avenue, donning new costumes, with Mickey Mouse as a bat, Goofy as a ghost, Daisy Duck as a witch and more!

Discover these new experiences along with returning favorites during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, September 15 through October 31!


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Walt Disney World Resort

Fri, August 11, 2017

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge & Toy Story Land Models on Display Soon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the park is truly in the middle of an exciting transformation.

Today, we wanted to share another park update that will very soon give you a thrilling, up-close look at what’s to come at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The One Man’s Dream attraction is currently being reimagined into Walt Disney Presents, which like its predecessor, will continue showcasing historic items from Walt Disney’s history, such as sketches, photos and storyboards. But wait – Walt Disney Presents will also act as a preview center where guests explore what’s next for the park. Starting in mid-September, you’ll be able to view concept art, ride vehicle maquettes and a never-before-seen model for Toy Story Land. A portion of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge model also will be on display, as well as concept art for the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction.

The attraction will also continue to host greetings with characters like Star-Lord and baby Groot, plus special sneak previews of upcoming Disney films.

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Tue, August 8, 2017

Cruising with Dad: How I Became a Super Hero to My Kids on a Disney Cruise

Jonathan Frontadoby , Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line

With all of the things you can say “yes” to your kids about on a Disney cruise, we often hear from parents that they feel like a super hero during family vacation. Parenting blogger Charlie Capen shared the same sentiment this past Father’s Day while sailing on the Disney Dream with his wife and two sons. Take a look at some of the fun adventures he had with his boys where he got to be part of the fun.

Up next, Charlie talks about how he was able to give his wife the gift of “me time” and “we time” on their tropical family getaway. Check out my last post to hear from Charlie how his family’s Disney cruise was an awesome vacation for him, too – not just his kids.

Disneyland Resort

Thu, August 10, 2017

Disneyland Railroad Engineers Share Excitement for Return of Classic Attraction

Erin Gloverby , Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Railroad has officially resumed its grand circle tour of Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom! The return of this classic attraction has been highly anticipated by Disneyland park fans eager to experience the beautiful new waterfront and updates along the Rivers of America. Among some the most excited fans, in fact, are the cast members who engineer and care for the historic steam engines.

Robert Rodriguez and Craig Ludwick are on the team of knowledgeable engineers working on the Disneyland Railroad. Both are experts on the engines and have passion for sharing Walt’s love of steam-powered travel.

“Any way we as cast members can inspire the guests to have a passion for these trains like Walt did, is fantastic,” Robert told us.

They have been busy the past few months preparing for the Disneyland Railroad to return to its 365-days-a-year operation. Both are excited for guests to join them on the rails and experience the new additions to this classic attraction. The Disneyland Railroad now travels across the rocks on a trestle that extends out along the Rivers of America.

When asked about his favorite new addition, Craig said, “Once our guests see those new waterfalls, lighting and the amazing stone work … you’re going to hear people say, ‘Oh, wow! Look at that!’” He’s also eager for guests to discover the breathtaking new view of Walt Disney’s iconic Dioramas of the Grand Canyon and Primeval World, which have been carefully restored to their original splendor with a bit of new magic added to both.

“I don’t want to give it away,” Craig says, “but you’re going to be amazed.”

Updated News from Around the Mouse!

This week, we shared an exciting milestone from the Toy Story Land construction site at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The final piece of track has been installed on Slinky Dog Dash, a family coaster that will debut as one of the land’s two new attractions when Toy Story Land opens in summer 2018.

Check out the video above to hear what our Imagineers have to say about this milestone. And don’t forget to stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more information on what to expect from Toy Story Land in summer 2018.

Disneyland Resort

Thu, August 3, 2017

The VOID’s New Hyper-Reality Experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire coming to Downtown Disney, Disney Springs

Thomas Smithby , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

We have exciting news today for Star Wars fans! The VOID’s new, groundbreaking hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is coming to Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

Beginning this holiday season, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will transport you to a galaxy far, far away where you’ll be able to engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters through sight, sound, touch, smell, and motion. It’ll even allow environmental effects to be felt using Haptic feedback – melding the physical and digital worlds together. So, you don’t just see the Star Warsuniverse, you’re part of it at Disney Parks.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Plans for this first-of-its-kind experience were just unveiled by THE VOID, an entertainment company that combines the magic of illusions and advanced technology to create immersive social experiences that take visitors to new worlds. Lucasfilm and ILMxLab are collaborating to help develop this one-of-a-kind experience at Downtown Disney and Disney Springs.

Walt Disney World Resort

Wed, August 2, 2017

8 New Desserts for ‘Happily Ever After’ Dessert Party in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

Pam Brandonby , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

A sweet way to end the day in Magic Kingdom Park just got sweeter, with new desserts and a second location for viewing the Magic Kingdom Park “Happily Ever After” fireworks spectacular.

‘Happily Ever After’ Dessert Party

Based on your preference, you can choose from two viewing areas: Plaza Garden Viewing (if you want to better see the castle projections) and Tomorrowland Terrace (where there’s reserved seating).

And those new desserts! Here’s a peek at the 10, all but two are new:

  • A Villains Chocolate Cupcake inspired by Ursula with purple buttercream and chocolate crispy pearls.
  • Pineapple Delight is a Dole Whip-inspired treat, light and fresh with whipped pineapple panna cotta with pineapple compote and a fresh pineapple spear.
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – dark chocolate, of course, are back.
  • Chocolate Marshmallow Tart salutes Frontierland with a reimagined s’more: a graham cracker tart with chocolate custard topped with marshmallow meringue and a chocolate bar.
  • Macarons, a sweet nod to Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland in flavors such as pistachio, raspberry, lemon, chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
  • The bold Cheesecake Brownie Bite is in honor of the heroes in “Happily Ever After,” with a brownie topped with chocolate chip cheesecake and whipped cream. Add a drizzle of chocolate and more chocolate chips. This one is a repeat and guest favorite.
  • Strawberry Tart inspiration comes from Main Street, U.S.A., an all-American dessert with a vanilla tart shell filled with lemon curd and raspberry sauce. Add a little strawberry mousse, strawberry crisp pearls and a little whipped cream with a fresh berry.
  • The “Happily Ever After” Cupcake is the signature dessert – red velvet cake with yellow buttercream icing.
  • Perfect for Instagramming with a “Happily Ever After” chocolate garnish.
  • Chocolate Almond Cake features raspberry sauce in the center and a fresh raspberry on top.
  • And Mickey is the muse for the Oreo Mickey Treat, whipped Oreo panna cotta topped with two chocolate ears and sprinkled with chocolate pearls on top of an Oreo.

For reservations, go to www.DisneyWorld.com/dining or call 407-WDW-DINE. Cost is $59 for Plaza Garden viewing ($35 ages 3 to 9); Tomorrowland Terrace is $79, $47 ages 3 to 9. Both include tax but not gratuity. Separate Magic Kingdom Park admission is required. The fireworks experience may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

Walt Disney World Resort

Thu, August 3, 2017

Celebrate 35 Years of Epcot at the 22nd International Food & Wine Festival

Thomas Smithby , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

It’s August – and that means we’re now just weeks away from unveiling a record number of amazing food and wine Marketplaces (35) to celebrate 35 years of Epcot at the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This year’s event is bigger and better than ever and we have an early peek at what’s to come with Epcot chef Gregg Hannon.

As many of you know, the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is expanding for a longer-than-ever 75-day run (Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017). The event will be part of the park’s 35th anniversary day on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 and feature several new experiences. Here are a few favorites:

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New Acts for 2017 “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series will amp things up this year. There will be 11 new artists, including Jazz Legend Kenny G, and pop superstars like 10,000 Maniacs and Squeeze. Blog author Charles Stovall has the complete list here.

New Marketplaces are coming to the Festival – and India and Spain marketplaces will return for an encore. Our global marketplaces will extend into Future World to offer brand-new taste sensations. Take a look at Pam Brandon’s story here.

ABC’s ‘The Chew’

ABC’s “The Chew” is returning to tape five festival shows that will air Oct. 9-13. With Spaceship Earth as the backdrop, the Emmy Award-winning show hosts will again delight a live audience with on-stage cooking and stories of their Disney adventures plus segments from across Walt Disney World ResortHere’s our earlier story with more details.

Popular TV chefs and culinary icons will entertain at Festival Center demonstrations. Those same stars of the kitchen will create new dishes for premium events such as Party for the Senses grand tastings with new concepts and themes. You can book premium events right now from the blog.

“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops are also returning with fresh opportunities for guests to interact with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros. Check out our main pagefor details.


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