Star Wars at Disney Parks
Celebrate The Release of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ at Star Wars: Galactic Nights on May 27
Are you as excited as I am to see “Solo: A Star Wars Story” when it hits theaters May 25? Here at Disney Parks, there’s no better way to celebrate the release of the film than to follow up a showing by attending the Star Wars: Galactic Nights special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 27.
In case you aren’t familiar, Star Wars: Galactic Nights is a thrilling Star Wars-themed event held after park hours from 7 p.m.-midnight. It will celebrate the entire Star Wars saga – including the latest film – with out-of-this-world entertainment, special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise and F&B, and encounters with rarely seen characters that guests can only experience during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.
Today, we’re happy to share new details on how the May 27th event will feature exclusive “Solo: A Star Wars Story”-inspired content.
First up, actor Joonas Suotamo who plays Chewbacca in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” will make a special appearance at the event. The event’s Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away presentation will debut some new video moments from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” And the park’s nighttime projection show, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, will debut a new action sequence from the film.
In addition, guests will also be able to shop for event-exclusive merchandise from the film, taste a Star Wars-themed cupcake with a glowing Millennium Falcon, snap pics with Chewbacca, and more.
Tickets are available now for Star Wars: Galactic Nights. Discounts are available for Annual Passholders and DVC Members. Call 407-W-DISNEY (407 934-7639) for details and reservations.
Disney Cruise Line Unveils Culinary Port Adventures Approved by ‘The Chew’
I’m excited to share with you today the new fun we’ve cooked up for your Disney cruise. We’ve partnered with ABC’s “The Chew” to bring you unique, food-and-beverage-themed Port Adventures that celebrate the stories, cultures and flavors of the places you’ll visit.
These one-of-a-kind, culinary-themed Port Adventures are innovative and inspirational, just like the cooking and food trends the daytime talk show explores. Our friends Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Michael Symon, hosts of “The Chew,” have given their stamp of approval on these culinary adventures offered in countless destinations across the globe.
What’s more, right now we’re working with “The Chew” team to create brand new Signature Collection Port Adventures that will feature recipes from the show prepared by local chefs in our ports of call around the world. Stay tuned to learn more about these special excursions!
Are you ready explore the world through food with us? Here’s what’s on the menu …
Master the secrets to creating exotic specialties from around the world during hands-on seminars and programs led by top chefs ashore. From a cooking lesson in Tuscany to a culinary bootcamp on Prince Edward Island and time at the Klipfish Academy in Norway, you’ll learn to prepare local favorites from an expert chef. The best part? Getting to enjoy your creation!
Eat, drink and enjoy a little something extra during select Port Adventures where savoring a delicious meal is only half the fun. In Alaska, feast on fresh seafood you’ve just caught on a fishing expedition off the coast of the scenic Tongass National Forest. On your adventures in Italy, compete in a cooking challenge at a local farm after exploring the ruins of Pompeii and the beauty of the Sorrento Coast.
Wine & Dessert
Work alongside kitchen pros during appetizing port excursions that teach everything from wine appreciation to dessert creation. After touring an 18th-century wine cellar in the Bahamas, you’ll indulge in a 4-course meal with expertly paired wines. During an excursion to discover the legend of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster, you’ll decorate a cake to artistically express your unique take on the elusive creature.
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New Digital Key Feature Coming Soon to My Disney Experience App
At Walt Disney World Resort, we are always looking for ways to wow our guests with new technology that enhances their experience. The My Disney Experience app is a perfect example, with recently introduced features like mobile order and online check-in that are providing families and friends with additional choices to make their vacation even more enjoyable and convenient. Today, we are unveiling another exciting app feature: a digital key.
Coming soon to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, a new feature in the My Disney Experience app will allow guests to quickly unlock their hotel room using a digital key on their mobile devices, providing them with another seamless room entry option that brings added ease and flexibility to their experience.
Guests can also use their digital key to unlock the hotel entrance gate and common area doors requiring a key, which may include pools, fitness centers, elevators and club level lounges. Arriving travel parties that have checked in online may even use their digital key to bypass the need to visit the front desk, giving them the opportunity to go directly to their room when it is ready and start their vacation even faster.
The feature represents the latest evolution of keyless room entry, which we began offering with the MagicBand, the unique all-in-one device that effortlessly connects the vacation choices guests make in My Disney Experience. Guests may use either or both options to enter their room during their stay.
So how does it work? To use their digital key, guests can opt in and activate the feature on their check-in day through a brief set up process in the app. To enter their room, guests tap the “Unlock Door” button and then simply hold their phone against the door lock. Check out the video below to see a sneak peek of the feature in action.
Bluetooth®-enabled mobile devices with the latest version of the My Disney Experience app are required to take advantage of a digital key for room entry. And don’t forget to wear your MagicBand for all other uses including park entry, FastPass+ redemption, room charges and more.
We will have more to share soon about the digital key feature and other future enhancements to the app, so be sure to read the Disney Parks Blog for the latest information and updates on My Disney Experience – your one-stop-shop for all things Walt Disney World during your visit.
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Foodie Favorites from Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
If you haven’t been to the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at the Disneyland Resort yet, you must come out and experience it! This year’s festival has been the tastiest yet – celebrating the best food, wine and craft beers that California has to offer. With 15 Festival Marketplaces that have plenty of options, there’s something for everyone. The festival runs through April 12, 2018, so there’s still plenty of time to come on out and experience it for yourself.
I just had to share some of my favorite eats, so read on to find out about the best of the best of this year’s festival!
I’ll start the list with my personal favorite dish straight from the Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo Marketplace: Salt & Beer Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings! These savory wings are tossed in a special mix of salt and parmesan cheese and spritzed with a mist of beer vinegar to give it the extra fresh flavor. Also at this booth is one of my top drinks – a non-alcoholic Orange-Vanilla Cream Float, which is topped with whipped cream and pieces of vanilla cake.
Right across from Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo on Paradise Pier are the Garlic Kissed and Off The Cob Marketplaces. Now if you’re a mac and cheese fan, you’ll definitely want to try the Creamy Mac & Cheese at Garlic Kissed. It comes topped with a garlic bread crumble… and it’s also vegetarian!
At Off The Cob, you’ll find several yummy options that are perfect on-the-go snacks. The first is the Sweet Corn Nuggets. These savory little nuggets are topped with beef chili and chives with sour cream drizzled on top. And on the sweet side, you should definitely try the Caramel Popcorn Crispy Treat. This little treat comes in the form of a pop on a stick and is dipped in chocolate, and it has my mouth watering just writing about it! Now, after you’ve taken in all the sweet and salty goodness, you might be in need of a refreshing drink to enjoy while you stroll on to the next marketplace. For this, you can sip on the non-alcoholic Popcorn Lemonade Cocktail, which comes topped with whipped cream and is decorated with candy corn.
Moving on to greener pastures, you can find the Eat Your Greens Marketplace right across from Wine Country Trattoria. Here, you have to try the crisp and cool dish of Compressed Asian Cucumbers. Fun fact about this dish – it’s vegan! This dish also comes topped with green sauce, toasted almonds and sea beans. And if you’re looking for another vegetarian option, you can look to the Grilled Asparagus Caesar Salad, drizzled with Caesar dressing and topped with crunchy croutons. But there’s also an amazing beverage here that all of you adults won’t want to miss out on – the Beet Kombucha Sangria. This bright and tasty drink is the perfect complement to any of these dishes, it even has a couple blackberries mixed in to add that extra “oomph!”
Speaking of “oomph”…on the menu at the Avocado Time Marketplace, the Spiced Oumph! has been the talk of the festival this year! Served on pita bread with avocado hummus and garlic sauce, this delicious dish is another one of our vegan bites this year. Also on the menu at Avocado Time is the Avocado & Pepper Jack Petite Guacamole Burger. This juicy slider-sized burger is sure to make your mouth water. No matter what you get here, though, the Avocado Ice Cream Bar is the perfect dessert to follow your tasting spree, especially on a warm day.
Another dessert that you won’t want to miss can be found at the Strawberry Patch Marketplace – it’s the Strawberry & Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt Wasabi Sauce. This fruit dessert goes perfectly with a glass of Strawberry Frosé, too, or even a non-alcoholic Strawberry Pineapple Float with Strawberry Popping Pearls.
Now if you’re looking for something a bit more spicy than sweet, then the Peppers Cali-Ente Marketplace is the place to go! Here you can try the Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese with Bacon or the Verlasso Sustainable Salmon Peruvian Poke with a cucumber-lime salad and aju verde salsa. Both of these dishes can be paired with a refreshing Lime Margarita garnished with jalapeño or a non-alcoholic Watermelon Lemonade, served with an optional habanero sugar and chili-lime half-rim.
So after you’ve spent the day tasting and sipping all of those delicious eats, you might be in the mood for a bit of relaxation with a snack an a cold, refreshing beer. The best spot for this is certainly Paradise Garden Grill and the Festival Beer Garden. Here you can either enjoy a tall glass of beer or try a few different brews with a special Beer Garden Flight. And what better snack to enjoy with that beverage than a Large Soft Pretzel served with a Beer-Mustard Dipping Sauce? This location is also the perfect place to sit back and relax while you listen to the sounds of live music underneath a canopy of trees.
There you have it! My list of just a few of the amazing dishes at this year’s Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. If you’re looking for a full list of marketplaces and offerings, check out my Foodie Guide post or my Festival Events post.