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  2. As Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort draws to a close, I decided to have one more look at Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park during Mickey’s Halloween Party. I really do enjoy this time of year at the Disneyland Resort. This month’s picture is a long exposure that features Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. The recipe: 70-200mm lens set to 110mm 4-stop neutral density filter f/32 Tungsten white balance ISO 3200 30-second exposure Here are some of my favorite seasonal highlights from Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort this year: Cars Land Haul-O-Ween Celebration Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark The headless horseman statue at Disney California Adventure park Oogie Boogie casting a spell over Disney California Adventure park main entrance Disney Parks Blog Haul-O-Ween Meet-Up Disney characters in their new Halloween costumes at Disney California Adventure park Oogie Boogie gingerbread house at Haunted Mansion Holiday “Halloween Screams: A Villainous Surprise in the Skies” at Mickey’s Halloween Party Frightfully Fun Parade at Mickey’s Halloween Party Plaza de la Familia, A Celebration of “Coco” and the Everlasting Bonds of Family (the music is incredible) And this food offering might seem a little obscure, but if you make it over to the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, I recommend the Poison Apple-Tini – made with Crown Royal Apple, Dekuyper and cranberry juice with Green Poison Apple glow cube There’s still time to experience the season! Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort continues through October 31. Happy Halloween Time! View the full article
  3. Each day, the ex-pats at Colors of Mo’ara at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom help guests see themselves as one the Na’vi through Na’vi-inspired face painting. With Halloween fast-approaching, we recently stopped by to get some tips on how these experts create amazing looks every day. In the video above, expat Bruce Collins shares tips on the types of makeup, brushes and application tools that work best, how to get young kids to sit still for makeup application, and much more. And if you want to go Na’vi this Halloween, don’t forget about all the Na’vi-inspired shirts and other accessories available at Windtraders in Pandora – The World of Avatar and also on the Shop Disney Parks app. ’O’a Ftxozä Hälowinä View the full article
  4. “Thor: Ragnarok” thunders into theaters Nov. 3, and today we are inviting Disney Parks Blog readers to be among the first to see the new film in the place where Super Heroes have landed – Disneyland Resort! The morning of Saturday, Oct. 28, we will host a special advanced screening of “Thor: Ragnarok” at AMC Downtown Disney 12 at the Disneyland Resort – nearly a week before it officially opens in theaters. And be sure to come ready to battle alongside the God of Thunder dressed in your own super hero costume!* In “Thor: Ragnarok,” Asgard is threatened, but Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his hammer. To escape and save his homeworld, he must fight his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk! Can’t make it to the special advanced screening? Be sure to catch “Thor: Ragnarok” in theaters Nov. 3. Register now to join us the morning of Saturday, Oct. 28! Space for the event is limited and you must sign up here. Please remember the following: All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18. Only one registration per person is allowed. Limit one guest per registrant. Event confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value. Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest. Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in. Space is limited to 210 registrants. Registrations will be accepted in the order received based on eligibility and capacity. Participants will be responsible for any parking fees. “Thor: Ragnarok” is rated PG-13 and will be presented in IMAX 3D. Please arrive early. Seating is first come, first seated. No one will be admitted late. The screening may be overbooked and seating is not guaranteed. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (WDSMP), the Disneyland Resort, the theatre, the promoter and their affiliates are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time. NO RECORDING. The screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any video or audio recording devices (including, without limitation, cameras and mobile devices) into the venue and you consent to a physical search of your belongings and person for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device during this screening, you consent to your immediate removal from the venue and forfeiture of your recording device and its contents. Any attempted unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability. We reserve the right to pursue any and all available remedies at law and in equity for any unauthorized recording and/or copyright infringement, including without limitation statutory damages of up to $150,000 per violation, and nothing contained in this notice shall be construed to limit our available remedies and/or legal recourse. You assume all risks of personal injury arising from or incidental to attending the screening, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. Further, by attending you grant permission to Marvel, Disney Destinations, and their licensees, licensors, affiliates and agents, to record and utilize your name, voice and likeness to publicize the screening and promote the movie and/or the Disneyland Resort. REMEMBER: NO RECORDING DEVICES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION MOBILE DEVICES, CAMERAS, LAPTOPS, IPADS, ETC.) PERMITTED! I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice. *Costume Guidelines While we encourage creativity, we also value safety and good judgment. Please take a moment to read over our latest rules and regulations: All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground (e.g., full-length Princess dresses) For Guests Ages 13 and Under: Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible For Guests Ages 14 and Older: Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus Masks of any kind may not be worn, except for medical purposes Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or be removed from, the event, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards. Please note: all rules, regulations and guidelines are subject to change without notice. View the full article
  5. Not long after stepping into a Disney Park, you’ll soon realize there are so many stunning photo opportunities that you could probably spend the entire day just taking photos. And when you’re wearing your favorite Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse Ears, any and every moment is photo worthy! Disney PhotoPass Service knows that during a Disney vacation, incredible photo opportunities aren’t confined to the picturesque and iconic backdrops where PhotoPass photographers are stationed. That’s why there’s a select number of Disney PhotoPass photographers who stay on the move! These photographers roam around the parks capturing how you enjoy the magic. Sometimes, unexpected photo opportunities create the most treasured memories from your vacation! I adore every photo I’ve taken in front of Cinderella Castle, but my favorite photo taken by a PhotoPass photographer was of me and my family while we were sitting at a table in Magic Kingdom Park. That impromptu photo taken while we were relaxing encapsulated the delight we feel during every visit in a way no photo taken elsewhere ever has. So keep an eye out for Disney PhotoPass photographers. When you’re enjoying a Disney vacation, every moment is worth capturing! View the full article
  6. The upcoming Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is opening on November 26, 2017! ©Disney At least, that’s according to the current status on the Disney World website, which displays November 26th as the first date you’re able to make an Advance Dining Reservation for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at this spot. This location will be the flagship offering of the new Ale & Compass dining concept for the Deluxe Resort. Disney World website screenshot The Ale & Compass Lounge will reopen from its current refurbishment and will likewise join The Market at Ale & Compass to complete the concept. So… wanna know what you’ll be eating at this “gastropub-inspired restaurant” focused on New England comfort food ? Let’s take a peek at those menus!! Breakfast Menu Before we begin, though, a word… on the day of publishing this post, the Disney World website was encountering a few technical difficulties. So, you’ll see a few spots on the menu with blanks where the item name should be. But we hopped on it anyway to show you — for starters — what’s for BREAKFAST, where Salted Caramel-Apple French Toast and a Smoked Trout Spread make for some unique offerings. Disney World website screenshot The almost-complete Breakfast Cocktail menu lists a couple of Bloody Marys, including one with a Lobster Claw for garnish. And the other features “Yacht Club Vodka.” Disney World website screenshot And here are the morning eats for the kiddos! Disney World website screenshot Lunch Menu Lobster and Corn Chowder is a potential starter for your New England comfort food Lunch… Disney World website screenshot Entrees — or Main Plates — will feature a selection of savory Pies from the restaurant’s centerpiece, the Hearth Oven. And a Grilled Plant-based “Bacon Cheeseburger” is an option for our vegetarian (and possibly vegan) friends. Disney World website screenshot Desserts feature a Black Walnut Pavlova, among other choices. And I wonder what those mix-ins will be with the puddings! But…um…why is “curd” in quotes on that lemon meringue pie? And why would I want pickled blueberries with it? Hmm… . Disney World website screenshot I wonder if the refurbished Ale & Compass Lounge will feature similar Cocktails, like the Spicy Pomegranate Margarita? Disney World website screenshot Kids’ options include both Mickey Check Meals (for healthier selections) and regular entrees. Disney World website screenshot Can I try one of the Mini Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwiches from the Kids’ Desserts, even if I’m older than 9 years old, please ? (Note, we’re guessing this will be changed to macaron on the Disney menu, soon. It’s usually Disney’s MO to put “macaroon” on the menu and then later change it to macaron.) Disney World website screenshot Dinner Menu The dinner menu expands on the Lunch Starters list with options for those Hearth Oven Pies. Disney World website screenshot Main Plates look to feature a signature Coastal Clambake and what looks to be another vegan item, the Protein Bowl. Disney World website screenshot Currently, the Dinner Cocktails, Desserts, and Childrens’ selections match the Lunch offerings. The Ale & Compass Restaurant will accept the Disney Dining Plan. Will you be making a reservation to dine there? I know I’m looking forward to it! Are you excited about the new Ale & Compass Restaurant? Please let us know with a comment! Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: News: Disney World Yacht Club Resort Ale & Compass Restaurant and Ale & Compass Lounge Opening in October NEWS and Full Review: The Market at Ale & Compass in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort News: Opening Date Announced for Paddlefish in Disney Springs! View the full article
  7. 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 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. View the full article
  8. Now at Disney California Adventure park, Plaza de la Familia, A Celebration of “Coco” and the Everlasting Bonds of Family, is an immersive celebration that includes storytelling, live entertainment with folklórico dancers and mariachi musicians, interactive experiences and a delicious new menu of Mexican dishes. Plaza de la Familia festivities are inspired by the tradition of Día de los Muertos, which celebrates loved ones who have passed and also honors the bonds of family. It is also the place to learn more about the new Disney•Pixar film “Coco,” coming to theaters in 3D on November 22. Take a look at the fun that awaits at Plaza de la Familia in the videos below! The first video is presented in English, and the second video in Spanish. Take your pick, or enjoy both! Join the celebration at Plaza de la Familia, now through November 2 at Disney California Adventure park! View the full article
  9. 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. View the full article
  10. In our Disney Doodles blog series, our team of Disney artists imagine what a character would do or see first if they had the chance to visit a Disney Park. In today’s Doodle, artist Ashley Taylor imagines what the Mayor of Halloween Town from the 1993 film, “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas,” would do if he had the chance to visit Magic Kingdom Park. “The Mayor from ‘Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas’ is so welcoming!” she said. “It’s easy to imagine him standing in front of City Hall wishing everyone a terrifying Halloween!” View the full article
  11. Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re ranking the Animal Kingdom restaurants from worst to best! Tiffins sign It’s ALL HAPPENING in Disney’s Animal Kingdom these days. The addition of an entire new land, Pandora — The World of AVATAR, has delivered more than its two new attractions. It also brought new dining options to the park. But even prior to Pandora, Animal Kingdom debuted its first Signature Restaurant with Tiffins, and its next door neighbor, Nomad Lounge. These in addition to all the ol’ standbys like Restaurantosaurus and Tusker House… well, you’ve got to check out the video to find out where they all rank! And if you love this video, there’s plenty more for you to enjoy over on our DFB YouTube Channel! By the way, have you subscribed yet? If you hit the button below, you can subscribe to the channel and never miss a single episode! So check out the video and then let us know: Which Animal Kingdom restaurant tops YOUR list? Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: DFB Video: Best to Worst — Magic Kingdom Restaurants RANKED! DFB Video: Hollywood Studios Restaurants RANKED (Including BaseLine Tap House!) New DFB Video Review: Dawa Bar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom View the full article
  12. The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic has become a must-do food event in Orlando over the past few years. In its eighth year in 2017, the Epcot-area resorts’ festivities include innovative dishes from renowned chefs, lots of spectacular wine offerings, and a variety of informative seminars. Ticket holders for the event will enjoy the activities on Friday, October 27, and/or Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 5:30PM to 9PM. As in the past, there are several ticket options, which you can find on the event website. The Causeway Ticket provides unlimited access to food and drinks along the Causeway between the two resorts. The Causeway Ticket and Beer Garden ticket allows access to the unlimited Causeway offerings as well as the Beer Garden. There are also a la carte tickets, tickets for seminars, and a Sunday Bubbles Brunch. Click here for Full Causeway Menus Click here for Full Seminar Details The Causeway Intro and Check In You’ll want to reserve your tickets ahead of time, especially if you’re interested in specific seminars, as those are quite popular and have limited availability. This year there are eleven educational seminars planned, covering topics from sake to pasta making. The Party is in Full Swing Upon arriving at the Food and Wine Classic, you’ll need to check in to receive your menu book, plate, and glass. You’ll use these to access unlimited food and wine offerings. The Set Up — Plate, Glass, Menu — GO! The glass is branded for the event and plastic, which is ideal for hours of strolling between stations. Souvenir Wine Glass for Tasting All. The. Wines. And if you do need a break from the eats and drinks (or simply find a wine you absolutely need to have!), there is also branded merchandise and bottles of wine for purchase in the merch shop. Wine for Sale By the Bottle T-Shirts and More New for 2017 The Grand Tasting Experience is a brand new seminar highlighting northern Italy’s unique Nebbiolo grape and hosted by Master Sommelier Matthew Citriglia. Citriglia is one of only 149 mast sommeliers in the Americas, and he’ll bring rare vintages to share with the crowd. Bubbles Lounge is a new area focusing on sparkling beverages (champagne and sparkling wine) inspired by Lawrence Welk. Guests attending the Classic will receive a special entrance ticket upon check-in and are invited to enjoy the secluded and fantastically designed space. Brand new for 2017 is a seminar called Riesling, So Sweet & So Dry. This seminar will be hosted by certified sommelier and showcase the versatility of the Riesling grape. Seminars The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will offer eleven food and beverage seminars in 2017. These range from wine and beer to sushi and cheese. There’s something for everyone! And we can highly recommend the seminars. They’re in-depth, fun, and helmed by experienced experts. It’s worth it. In addition to the Grand Tasting Experience and Riesling, So Sweet & So Dry, seminars include: Italian Wines: Celebrate the relationship between Italians, their wine, and their food by journeying through three regions of the country. More than Malbec: Experience the world of Argentinian wine! Craft Cocktails: Understand the building blocks of classic cocktails like the Whiskey Sour, Gin Fizz, Old Fashioned, and Cosmopolitan. (We reviewed the former seminar Modern Mixology in 2015.) Beer Please: Learn all there is to know about micro brews and craft beers from around the world! Includes perfect food pairings! Pasta Making with Chef Cib: Chef Robert Ciborowski is the hero behind the Classic, and in this seminar, he teaches in the ins and outs of making specialty pastas! The Cheese Course: Explore the world of cheese — and its partnership with port wine. Fine Art of Sushi and Sake: Take a short trip to Japan via the ancient art of sushi and the complex process of sake making! Wine Blending: Learn about the intricate process of making wine in this hands-on seminar that looks at the origins of wine and many varieties of grapes. Base to Bubbles: Life is the bubbles! Experience the the basics of champagne, including learning more about five regions of Champagne! See our 2016 review of this seminar here! Beer at the Classic The Causeway So what will attendees find along the Causeway? This year, there will be booths representing all of the resorts’ restaurants, including Shula’s Steak House, The Fountain, Picabu, Il Mulino, Kimonos, and bluezoo. Additionally, there will be booths for Chef Cib’s Smoke Shop, Chef Todd English, and Pastry Chef Laurent Branlard. Complete menus for the 2017 Classic include tempting dishes like Kobe Beef Mini Burgers, Ricotta Gnocchi, Seared Florida Red Snapper, and Crunchy Chocolate Passion Fruit Truffle. As for the unlimited eats? They’ll be (necessarily!) served as small plates. That is entirely by design to allow you to try at least a bite of everything — with room left over to revisit your favorites. Meanwhile wine and beer samples will come from producers around the world. And in years past, there’s also been at least one distillery represented. St. Augustine has offered samples of craft cocktails for the past couple of years, so expect to see something similar in 2017. Dishes last year showcased a variety of eats and drinks. Below is a sample of the items offered in 2016. Sushi and Sake were crowd favorites, as one might suspect. In 2017, we’re looking forward to the Jalapeno Roll (!) and the Dragon Roll. Sushi and Sake Funky Buddha Brewery brought a bevvy of beverages for guests to try. Funky Buddha Brewery Stand Watching chefs plate their dishes is a fun aspect of the Food and Wine Classic, as these beautiful plates are composed pretty much to order. Chefs at Work Booths are clearly labeled, making it easy for guests to navigate the Causeway (and find their favorites again later in the evening!). Fresh will feature Thai Chicken Salad and Southwest Steak Salad in 2017. Fresh Booth In 2017, Garden Grove is dishing up Fish ‘n’ Chips made with sustainable bass and Seared Florida Red Snapper with Israeli couscous. Garden Grove Booth Cib’s Smokehouse Pork Belly was a dynamite part of the 2016 menu. The 2017 version will be presented with confit fennel and compressed green apple! Cib’s Smokehouse Pork Belly And sushi from the resort’s Kimono’s was elegantly presented. We expect more of the same from the Jalapeno and Dragon Rolls in 2017! Kimono’s Sushi Picabu’s booth served up tacos with a variety of fresh, flavorful toppings. In 2017, attendees will enjoy Taquerias — with pork carnitas and organic vegetables — and Authentic Chicken Tinga Tostadas — with charred tomato and chipotle salsa. Toppings for Tacos at Picabu Picabu Tacos All Dressed Up Southern favorites like Pulled Pork and Mac and Cheese were available at the Fountain booth. The 2017 menu at the Fountain booth is the place to go for Kobe Beef Mini Burgers (with truffle aioli!) and Southern Pulled Pork with Nashville BBQ! Southern Pulled Pork Slider from The Fountain Garden Grove’s booth offered up a light seared Striped Bass — with beautiful garnishes. This year the bass will be transformed into Fish ‘n’ Chips! Seared Striped Bass, Fall Artichokes, Nicoise Olives, Spanish Caper Emulsion from Garden Grove Cabana Bar and Beach Club created this stunning and delicious Bell & Evans chicken dish. Diners will savor Sweet Corn “Risotto” Arancini with a caper emulsion and Double-Fried Chicken this year, y’all! Bell & Evans Chicken Yakitori, Mushroom Tsunomo, Miso Crackling from Cabana Bar and Beach Club And lest you think the Food and Wine Classic is all savory, Pastry Chef Laurent Branlard crafted stunning desserts for the event, as always. The 2017 dessert menu looks like a winner with innovative combinations like Crunchy Chocolate Passion Fruit Truffle and Mandarin Confit. Pastry Chef Laurent Branlard and an Assistant Creating Desserts Dessert options in 2016 included Bananas Foster, Lemon Meringue, and an Eclair — among others. We loved that Bananas Foster!! Bananas Foster — Pastry Action Station An Assortment of Artisan Pastries from Chef Laurent Branlard There is live music during the event on a stage outside of the Dolphin. And the lighting during the event? Pretty freaking cool, right?? Concert Under the Stars The Causeway at Night The Swan and Dolpin Food and Wine Classic is eight years old — and it’s really getting better with age. It’s a hidden gem, and we keep getting positive comments about it from our readers every single year. Nosh or Not? The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is made for you if: You love to try new dishes and drinks and appreciate that unlimited small plates the Classic offers. You are a fan of the elegance of the Swan and Dolphin Resorts and want to extend the experience. You loved the Epcot Food and Wine Festival so much that you want to keep GOING! (The Swan and Dolphin Classic is within walking distance of Epcot!) You could consider skipping the Classic if: You don’t plan on spending time in the Epcot resort area and can’t fit a visit into your touring schedule. You aren’t an adventurous eater and don’t think this would be a good value for you. You prefer to spend less time eating and more time on Soarin’. We can’t wait to try the offerings in 2017 and to see what this festival has in store for guests. Ready to GO? Ticket holders for the event will enjoy the activities on Friday, October 27, and/or Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 5:30PM to 9PM. As in the past, there are several ticket options, which you can find on the event website. The Causeway Ticket provides unlimited access to food and drinks along the Causeway between the two resorts. The Causeway Ticket and Beer Garden ticket allows access to the unlimited Causeway offerings as well as the Beer Garden. There are also a la carte tickets, tickets for seminars, and a Sunday Bubbles Brunch. Click here for Full Causeway Menus Click here for Full Seminar Details Have you attended the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic? Tell us about your experience! Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: Review and Preview: The Causeway at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic News! Take $10 Off Food and Wine Seminars at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Review and Preview: The Causeway at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic View the full article
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  14. Members will once again gather in unique fashion for festive Disney Vacation Club holiday celebrations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney World’s holiday dinner is scheduled to take place on Dec. 24 from 3-5 p.m. and Disneyland Resort’s holiday dinner is scheduled to take place Dec. 24 from 4-6 p.m. local time. The Disneyland Resort Holiday Party will turn the Sequoia Ballroom at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa into a “Wild West Winterland,” filled with snow-capped Christmas cactus, tumbleweed snowmen and boot-scootin’ music. The holiday buffet features buttermilk fried chicken, angus sirloin steak, crusted salmon, roasted vegetables, Christmas corn bread stuffing, salad, desserts, kids options and more. Beyond the buffet, Member families will pose for photos, play reindeer games, create crafty keepsakes, and meet some of your favorite character friends in their holiday best. The Walt Disney World Resort Holiday Party, meanwhile, will turn the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort into Olaf’s and Kristoff’s “Christmas Market.” “Kristoff’s Hot Selections” dinner menu features roasted ham, braised beef ribs, roasted potatoes, steamed vegetables, salad, desserts and more, while “Olaf’s Children’s Menu” adds selections for kids. Member families may have a chance to meet some Frozen friends, pose for photos, enjoy holiday music, make Arendelle-style crafts and more. Each event is priced at $74.95 plus tax and gratuity for adults, and $39.95 plus tax and gratuity for kids ages 3-9. Member Services will begin taking reservations for the Walt Disney World Resort Holiday Party on Oct. 19 and for the Disneyland Resort Holiday Party on Oct. 26. You should not purchase a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club Resort in reliance upon the continued availability of Membership Extras. These are incidental benefits, which are subject to change or termination without notice, may require payment of a separate fee, and cannot be combined with other offers. New Members after April 4, 2016 who do not purchase their ownership interest directly from Disney will not have access to Membership Extras. View the full article
  15. Sequences inspired by the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” film will be incorporated into the Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park as of Nov. 17, the company has announced. The new action will take place on the planet of Crait during an “epic battle,” according to a... View the full article
  16. It’s hard to believe that the holidays are JUST around the corner! (But they totally are. You DO realize, that, right?) Now is the perfect time to get started on all things Disney + Holidays by pre-ordering the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2017 e-Book! I KNOW! I’M EXCITED, TOO!!!! That’s right. All of you who are JUST as happy as I am that Christmas goodies are showing up in department stores, who are itching to pull down the decorations from the attic, and who are fine-tuning your cookie recipes…we’re in this together! And if you’ve got a holiday Disney trip on the horizon…then it’s REALLY TIME TO START PLANNING! Pre-Order the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2017 and Save! We’ve been busy as elves (HA!) updating the 2017 guide with all the latest holiday tips and brand new info you NEED to know before you hit the parks and resorts this November, December, and January! Use code PEPPERMINT to save 20% off of the cover price when you pre-order the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2017 e-Book! We cover EVERYTHING in this one — not just food! With over 300 pages of detailed information, over 300 color photos, and multiple bonus extras, this e-book WILL save you time and money during the busiest season in Walt Disney World! Pre-Order the 2017 today for 20% off the regular purchase price for a limited time! How? Use code PEPPERMINT at the check-out! The best part? When you pre-order the 2017 guide right now, you’ll get the 2016 guide immediately for FREE, so you can start your planning! And don’t worry. As soon as we have all of the nitty gritty details in the 2017 guide we’ll have it out to you automagically via email (probably around November 2nd). So, AJ, Why Do I Need This Book?! I’m so glad you asked!! The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2017 e-Book provides you with all the info you need to know before you head to Walt Disney World for the holiday season. The fully-updated 2017 edition includes: Detailed descriptions and photos of every holiday event and activity happening at the parks and resorts this year — including tips on how to make the best use of your time and money when visiting! A full chapter dedicated to all “New for 2017″ events, dining options, and activities, including what’s new at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Hollywood Studios’ Sunset Seasons Greetings, Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays, and more! A fully comprehensive holiday dining section with listings of holiday snacks, treats, meals, and menu items offered this year — from popcorn kiosks all the way to Signature Restaurants. Updated chapter on where to dine with no advance dining reservations. Updated chapter on 10 must-eat snacks this holiday season. A clickable 3-Month Schedule of Holiday Events so you can see at-a-glance what looks interesting to you. Comprehensive listings — with color photos! — of Disney Resort holiday decor and gingerbread displays Our recommendations on ways to SAVE while you’re in Disney World this holiday season. Updated Scavenger Hunts for every theme park A Preview of the 2018 Holidays in Disney World And more! And when you pre-order it now, you’ll save 20% with promo code PEPPERMINT AND get the 2016 guide immediately, for FREE! Bring Them With You Wherever You Go! As always, we’ve made all of our e-books instantly downloadable for your convenience, and easily installed on your mobile devices. Take them with you into the parks to get easy access to all the info you need…WHEN you need it! Want to Save Even More? For a great deal, visit the DFB Store and check out the DFB Holiday Bundle which includes the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2017 2nd Edition and the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2017 pre-order! And, when you order the Holiday Bundle now you’ll get the 2016 Holiday Guide as a FREE instant download! Wanna know more before you commit? See what other readers just like you are saying about our collection of DFB Guide Books at the DFB Store Testimonials Page! Remember, with a 100% money-back guarantee on all of our guides, you have nothing to lose! Disney Food Blog Fans, be sure to check out our DFB Disney World Dining Guide e-Books! Find great deals at DFBStore.com! Also, come on over and: Subscribe to our Newsletter Follow us on Twitter Become a Facebook Fan Related posts: “The 2015 DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book″ Grand Launch and Discount Pre-Order the **2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining** e-Book for 25% Off — and Get Our 2016 Edition FREE! Pre-Order the **2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Second Edition** e-Book and Save! View the full article
  17. Disney Parks DIY: Fall Scarves

    My sister, Geri, lives in New Jersey. Though she was once a Florida girl, like me, she’s grown accustomed to the cold winters. She often tells me how “warm” it gets once it hits the 40˚F. That is so cold! Brittany Ungvarsky took pity on those of us with “thin” skin and created a Fall DIY that is sure to warm us right up. She masterfully shows stamp and stencil techniques to add a bit of Disney magic to your very own scarf. Download the stamps and stencils template and the DIY instructions and get your craft on with this fun project! View the full article
  18. Earlier this year we told you about a thrilling new adventure coming to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios that will place guests in the middle of an epic battle. The action takes place on the planet of Crait, which we got our first glimpse of in the teaser trailer of Star Wars: The Last Jedi earlier this year. Today we’re pleased to share that this exciting new sequence, inspired by the latest film in the Star Wars saga, will debut at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on November 17, at Disneyland Paris November 22, and, as previously announced, at Tokyo Disneyland December 15! View the latest trailer below, and be sure to check back here for updates on all-things Star Wars at Disney Parks! View the full article
  19. During a weeklong getaway aboard the Disney Fantasy, families have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the delicious treats at Sweet on You, the new sweet shop themed after the iconic Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts. The shop’s charming art details celebrate Mickey, Minnie and their pals, including a replica of the pair enjoying a sweet treat. A nearby table where you can do the same makes for the perfect photo opp with the super cute couple. Sweet on You offers a variety of hand-crafted gelato and ice cream flavors. Specialty sundaes topped with whipped cream, sweet sauces and a plethora of toppings are served in exclusive bowls themed to Mickey and Minnie’s colorful, whimsy attire. This summer I shared recipes for decadent treats including raspberry macaroons, chocolate-dipped marshmallows and more. Over the next few weeks I’ll tell you how to make some of our signature milkshakes such as Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Caramel Waffle Cone. Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth! View the full article
  20. 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 posts, Disney’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. 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. View the full article
  21. The May special “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” was so successful that a seven-episode series has been ordered. The series, which debuts in spring 2018, will mean more screen time for Walt Disney World Resort. The series, like the special, will air on Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and... View the full article
  22. Whether in Florida or California, the Disney Conservation Fund is helping reverse the decline of butterflies through two unique programs. The first is a grant program, thanks to the Connect to Protect initiative, that has allowed guests visiting Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to participate in a mobile game and unlock a $100,000 contribution to help restore the coastal grassland habitat of the critically endangered Mission blue butterfly around the San Francisco Bay area. The second has Disney supporting the University of Florida’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity to breed the rare and beautiful Atala butterflies and reintroduce them to their native habitat along the east coast of Florida. Once thought to be extinct, Atala butterflies lay their eggs on only one native plant – the Coontie plant, which has been over-harvested for food and ornamental purposes. In an effort to help bring the butterflies back from the brink, Disney’s Conservation Team has developed a simple system to help raise these rare native insects. Cast members, with the help of the Animal Husbandry team, use climate-controlled butterfly terrariums made completely of recycled, reused or repurposed materials to care for the animals as they undergo metamorphosis. The terrariums are kept on the cast members’ desks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where they can be tended to continually. “It always brightened my day to come in to the office and experience this unique connection to nature right on my desk,” said Liz Clark, general manager of Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. “It was even better knowing that those butterflies then helped pollinate flowers on the coast and contributed to a larger butterfly population.” When the butterflies emerge, they are taken to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, where resort guests enjoy the magical experience of releasing the adult butterflies. So far, guests have released more than 650 butterflies at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and hundreds more are planned to be released. The conservation team has worked closely with Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and other communities in the area to be sure there are plenty of nectar plants for the butterflies to eat and pesticide-free Coontie plants for them to lay their eggs on. We are delighted by the success of this effort in growing the Atala population along the east coast. To learn more about how you can help protect butterflies in your area, visit DisneyAnimals.com. View the full article
  23. Coming up with new and original costume ideas for Halloween each year is very tricky! But since I have always been a fan of the Three Caballeros and also love Halloween, why not combine the two? So here are three ideas for the Three Caballeros – Panchito, Jose and Donald, with items that you can find at several stores in Disney Springs: You can dress up like the famous duck with this white button up shirt from ZARA and pair it with these cool navy blue pants from UNIQLO. Add even more color with a blue hat (Lacoste) and a splash of yellow with Lacoste shoes! You can find Panchito’s classic hat at Chapel Hats (and many, many other cool hat options). Add a red shirt from ZARA, burgundy pants from UNIQLO and red shoes from Sperry and you’re good to go! Jose’s classic style is super easy to recreate! A white button up shirt and light brown pants (ZARA) and classic brown shoes (Sperry). Don’t forget to add the classic vest (which you can find at UNIQLO). Lastly, visit Chapel Hats to find his iconic straw hat! Y listo! The Three Caballeros are ready to go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and have wickedly fun time! View the full article
  24. This week, Adventures by Disney welcomes guests aboard their first-ever food and wine themed river cruise sailing along Europe’s Rhine River. Throughout this journey guests ages 18+ are joined by culinary experts and a sommelier as they sip and sample their way through four countries – Switzerland, Germany, France and The Netherlands. This unique epicurean adventure is just the latest in a series of “firsts” for Adventures by Disney as it celebrates the first year of sailing along the Rhine. Check out a recap of an unforgettable year of family Rhine River sailings in this video! In 2018, Adventures by Disney has increased the number of family summer sailings along the Rhine River, offering eight departures June through August. Guests can also enjoy two Fall departures of the adult-exclusive food and wine themed sailings next year (sign me up)! Which trip excites you most? View the full article
  25. One of the many vacation highlights at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is spending time at the award-winning Laniwai Spa and its outdoor hydrotherapy garden, Kula Wai. With a host of rejuvenating services available—from massage therapies to herbal body remedies—the spa is the perfect place to unwind and relax. In this episode of “Meet Aulani’s ‘Ohana,” you’ll meet Wesley, a massage therapist at Laniwai Spa. With more than 150 treatments available to choose from, our spa experience is designed to replenish the mind, body and spirit with positive energy. Meet Wesley in the video below. Laniwai Spa’s signature treatment, known as the lomilomi, is a traditional Hawaiian massage that has been passed down from generation to generation by healing kupuna (elders). Soothing lomilomi sticks and warm river stones are incorporated to release tension and help you achieve ultimate relaxation. Check out the full list of therapies available at Laniwai Spa. What treatment will you indulge in on your next visit to Aulani Resort? View the full article
  26. Disney Vacation Club members are among the select groups of football fans who will enjoy special offers and access when the NFL Pro Bowl returns to Orlando on January 28, 2018. Members may now purchase tickets to the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl at a discount (5-10 dollar savings depending on ticket location) by visiting nfl.com/probowlonsale and using the promo code: DISVACAY. Beyond game day at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium, Pro Bowl Week, a free fan festival at ESPN Wide World of Sports, will be open to the public from Wednesday, January 24 through Saturday, January 27. Pro Bowl Week aims to once again unite and inspire the entire football community, from players and coaches to families and fans. Planned events at the Pro Bowl Week range from exclusive viewings of AFC and NFC practices, NFL FLAG championship games and USA Football National Conference games and an interactive football zone, Pro Bowl Experience, with activities for the whole family. Reserved access to player practices is an exclusive offer for Disney Vacation Club members (be sure to show your valid Disney Vacation Club Membership Card and photo ID to gain access). Learn more about the event online at nfl.com/probowl. You should not purchase a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club Resort in reliance upon the continued availability of Membership Extras. These are incidental benefits, which are subject to change or termination without notice, may require payment of a separate fee, and cannot be combined with other offers. New Members after April 4, 2016 who do not purchase their ownership interest directly from Disney will not have access to Membership Extras. View the full article
  27. 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. 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. 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. 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! Which of these new product offerings will you shop first? Share in the comments below, I’d love to know! View the full article
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