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  1. To wrap up the 12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas news, I’m pleased to share a few of the details we revealed at tonight’s Star Wars: Galactic Nights panel. I was honored to be a part of this inside look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge along with my fellow Imagineers Robin Reardon and Chris Beatty, and Doug Chiang from Lucasfilm, and now I’m excited to share the news with all of you! We talked a lot about authenticity – how we are building a real place in the Star Wars universe and how we are working hard to get the details right. One of my favorite examples is the Millennium Falcon. We’ve all seen her on screen, but until you climb through that hatch, walk through her hallways, sit inside the cockpit, power her up and actually FLY her yourself, it’s not quite the same. Here is a photo of the inside of the ship as we are getting her ready and I can’t wait for you to see her yourself! Additionally, Doug highlighted some other examples of the team’s progress, including building a fleet of full-size X-wing starfighters. One tap on the metal side of these ships tells you that they are real, and ready for action! We also discussed the depth of storytelling you can find in this remote outpost. Chris shared some of his experiences researching the exotic markets of Istanbul and Marrakech. They were a great source of inspiration for the marketplace in our village where we can explore a rich collection of shops and merchant stalls. Chris shared a great example of one overseen by a Toydarian, one of the creatures we first encountered on Tatooine in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” So what does he sell? Toys, of course! Here is a piece of concept art for what that toy stall will look like. And inside, you’ll be able to discover all kinds of fun and cool toys straight out of the Star Wars galaxy. Exclusive to this outpost, all these offerings look hand-crafted by local artisans. We looked at some of them recently and they’re going to be really fun, unique, and completely in-story. So again, thanks to everyone who came out to see us at Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And thanks for checking in here on the blog. I look forward to sharing more with you soon. View the full article
  2. As if “Star Wars” fans needed more stimulation on “Last Jedi” weekend, a virtual-reality experience called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire has debuted at Disney Springs. The attraction, presented by a company called the Void, will help fanboys and others get their stormtrooper on. Without being... View the full article
  3. Yesterday was National Cupcake Day and we posted some pics that are just too sweet to not share again. Click through our Instagram gallery above to see highlights from Alex’s full blog post. Which would you choose? The peppermint cupcake? How about a gingerbread one? Or cinnamon-vanilla? View the full article
  4. Stewie Griffin, meet Mickey Mouse. The foulmouthed toddler of Fox’s animated series “Family Guy” is a diaper-clad troublemaker whose florid vocabulary and diabolical machinations probably would get him kicked out of the Magic Kingdom. But with Walt Disney Co.’s game-changing plan to acquire key... View the full article
  5. The highly anticipated film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is finally in theaters! To celebrate, we gathered 250 Disney Parks Blog readers together to attend one of the first opening night showings of the film at AMC Disney Springs 24, where the red carpet was rolled out and Star Wars costume enthusiasts welcomed the crowd. Afterwards, our guests stopped to give their thoughts on the film – and raved about it! In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers. Check out our spoiler-free recap above! Will you see Star Wars: The Last Jedi this weekend? Tell us in the “Comments” section below. View the full article
  6. Hey guys! Today, I stopped by Disney’s Hollywood Studios to catch up with actor Michael Rosenbaum who plays Martinex in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Did you know Michael has been to both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California many times? He’s a huge Disney fan! He shared that he usually travels with family or friends, always in big groups. His group today included friends who flew in from Utah, Los Angeles and New York for a Disney reunion, because “that’s what we do as adults.” During his visit, Michael stopped by Disney’s Hollywood Studios to meet up with Star Lord and Baby Groot. I can tell you this much, he and the entire group were mesmerized by Baby Groot! And what kind of rides does he enjoy at Walt Disney World? Well, as you may have guessed, he’s a big fan of thrills. “I like adrenaline, so I love Expedition Everest, Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Rock’n’Roller Coaster, and we’re really excited about checking out Pandora – The World of Avatar,” said Michael Rosenbaum. When he’s not in production or spending quality time with friends and family, Michael hosts his own podcast, called “Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum,” where actors, athletes and musicians share where they came from and how they became successful. He recently interviewed “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn and co-star Michael Rooker, who played Yondu. How cool is that? View the full article
  7. Pool bars don’t get a lot of love in the Disney food world, probably because they aren’t really what you’d call “destination dining.” Learn About: Cabana Bar and Beach Club Swan&Dolphin Restaurants Disney World Restaurants Obviously, they’re more of a convenience for when you’re… well, by the pool at your Resort! You’re not going to go out of your way to visit one, but you sure are glad that they’re around the pool when you are. Because there’s hungry… and then there’s I’ve-been-swimming-all-day hungry. But that’s kind of a shame, because some pool bars have some pretty decent food (and great drinks)! The Oasis Bar & Grill Pool Bar at the Polynesian Village Resort really stepped up the game, for example, with items like great Kahlua Pork Sliders. And the Uzima Springs Pool Bar at Animal Kingdom Lodge serves flatbreads (including a unique Braai Chicken Flatbread) that’ll satisfy any sudden carb craving. And then Geyser Point at Wilderness Lodge took “pool bar” to the next level. Cabana Bar and Beach Club at Disney World’s Dolphin Hotel (it’s convenient to the Swan, too) is one such under-celebrated pool bar. Cabana even made an appearance at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic in October with their Double Fried Chicken! But my WOW here at Cabana was the aioli — there are tons of them and they are amazing. If you’re like me and love your dipping sauces, read on. Cabana Bar and Beach Club Cabana Bar and Beach Club (not to be confused with Banana Cabana at Caribbean Beach Resort or Cabanas on board the Disney Cruise Line ships) boasts a surprisingly huge menu (several pages long!). You’ll want to start with the Cocktails, which are cleverly named… and generously poured. Specialty Cocktails Cocktails Not listed on the menus are two frozen wine drinks: Frose (which we tried recently at Muddy Rivers Pool Bar at Port Orleans — Riverside) and Frozen Savignon Blanc (which is confusingly also called Frose). I went with the Frozen Savignon Blanc. It was super flavorful and refreshing. Basically, it tastes like straight up frozen wine. Frozen Savignon Blanc After getting your hot little hands on a cool little drink, you should peruse all the appetizers here. Then order the Crispy Calamari. Apps Menu Trust me on this one. Order the Crispy Calamari. It comes on a fabulous bed of Queso Blanco Aioli! And it’s all drizzled with Spicy Lime Buffalo Sauce, because you know I love my Buffalo Sauce! (And yes, I got a little extra on the side because #ialwaysgetmoresauce.) Fried Calamari with Queso Blanco Aioli and Drizzled with Spicy Lime Buffalo Sauce And how many pool bars can you think of that also have Main Bites AND Sides, to boot? Main Bites Sides and Kids’ Meals I went with the Buttermilk-Battered Chicken Crisps and the Seasoned Waffle Fries. The chicken was juicy and crispy — really, really good. And the waffle fries were tasty and a generous serving. The seasoning even had a little kick to it, which I enjoyed. Buttermilk Battered Chicken Crisps with Seasoned Waffle Cut Fries and Honey Mustard Aioli The Honey Mustard Sauce was also delicious, and after getting two other terrific sauces with the calamari, I wanted to see what else they had. Turns out, Cabana is a mecca for sauce lovers! Who knew?! So I asked for one of each. You know, in the name of research and all. Below, from left to right are: lime buffalo, chipotle aioli, sriracha aioli, queso blanco aioli, and garlic aioli. The waiter also brought me some ranch dressing. Alllllll the Aiolis Lemme tell ya: they’re all terrific. My personal favorites are the spicy lime buffalo sauce mixed with the ranch (kind of a classic combination with a twist — a recommendation from our server!), the chipotle aioli, and the queso blanco aioli (which is especially good with the fries!). Moral of the story: Explore every eatery in your Resort because there might just be a hidden gem! Click here to check out another of our favorite spots at the Disney World Dolphin: Fuel! Have you made a surprising food discovery at a Disney Resort? Tell us about it in the comments! 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: Banana Cabana Pool Bar at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Review and Preview: 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Causeway and Seminars News! and Review: Food Trucks In Testing at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts View the full article
  8. As I was taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Epcot Festival of the Holidays, I took a little detour into Epcot’s Germany Pavilion. Weinkeller in the Germany Pavilion I was passing through the Weinkeller when something caught my eye: a small grouping of Glühwein Chocolate Bars by Schwermer. Table of Chocolates in the Weinkeller Gluhwein Chocolate Bars The Weinkeller is one of the spots on the World Showcase Wine Walk, and has a well-earned reputation for some decent cheese and wine pairing options. You can also purchase wines by the bottle including Glühwein, a spiced mulled wine often served as a toasty warm beverage especially around the holidays. Gluhwein Display And if you’ve never tried it, you can do so at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen during the Festival of the Holidays. Bavaria Holiday Kitchen But I had never seen the chocolates before (the pile was only five boxes, so I’m not sure how often this item is stocked). At $3.99, my immediate thought was that this would make an awesome stocking stuffer for fans of the drink. But, seeing as I am one such fan, I went the more selfish route and bought it for myself. Oh, and to show you, of course ! The box contains a connected row of six chocolate squares. Gluhwein Chocolate Bar Each is a milk chocolate square with a mulled wine truffle filling. Gluhwein Chocolate Bar I love the extra creamy, smooth texture of German chocolate. And though at first I wondered if dark chocolate might be a better fit to go with the mulled wine filling, I ended up really enjoying the milk chocolate with mulled wine flavors. The taste of spiced wine in the filling is subtle but present, coming through more the longer the chocolate sits on the tongue, and also evident in the aftertaste. Just a little something to keep your eyes out for the next time you find yourself stopping by the Weinkeller! Are you a fellow Glühwein fan? 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! Holiday Gluhwein is Back in Epcot’s Germany Snack Series: Hot Salted Caramel and More at Prost! Kiosk in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion Holiday Brewer’s Collection Booths in Epcot View the full article
  9. Now that the Disney/Fox deal is a reality it's time to start asking some tough questions. First, and perhaps the most important: What exactly should be done with the "X-Men" movie franchise? Just last week we were given a reminder that this universe continues to exist outside the creative genius... View the full article
  10. Sumatran tiger cubs Anala and Jeda, the first Sumatran tiger cubs to be born at the park, arrive at Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom. View the full article
  11. This summer will bring a transformed land to Disney California Adventure park with Pixar Pier, featuring the Incredicoaster – a new experience featuring characters from “The Incredibles.” A super combination of character figures, lighting and special effects will bring the action to life as the Parr family races alongside you in an attempt to catch baby Jack-Jack! In the video below, the Imagineers creating this experience tell you more about the Incredicoaster story and how they approach storytelling on a high-speed attraction. Experience the Incredicoaster this summer at Disney California Adventure park! View the full article
  12. The combination of Fox and Disney will lead to billions of dollars in "synergies," Robert Iger said in announcing the deal Thursday morning. The Disney chairman was referring to a wide range of partnerships (and, potentially, cost-cutting). But also among those synergies is the possibility of characters... View the full article
  13. He is 34 years old, but Alfredo Majuri Vargas lives Christmas with a childlike joy. That's why every year, the Puerto Rican who works as a stage artist in one of the main theme parks of Orlando, combines his passion and professional skills to create a unique Christmas tree. This year, the tree... View the full article
  14. National Cupcake Day is today, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate here at Walt Disney World Resort! You’ll find all of these cupcakes and more throughout our theme parks and Disney Springs. Epcot has several wonderful cupcakes for you to enjoy this holiday season. At Sunshine Seasons, you can find two fun cupcakes. The first is a new holiday cinnamon vanilla swirl cupcake with vanilla buttercream icicles. The second cupcake celebrates Epcot’s 35th anniversary and is a vanilla cupcake with peanut butter and jelly filling topped with edible flowers from The Land pavilion. You can find another 35th Anniversary cupcake at Fountain View – the Spaceship Earth Cupcake consists of yellow cake with strawberry pastry cream filling, silver fondant and sprinkles! In addition, there is a festive Santa Mickey chocolate cupcake with chocolate mousse filling, red buttercream, chocolate cream cookie ears and holiday-colored crispy pearls. At Magic Kingdom Park, you can find a few cupcakes at the Main Street Bakery. The first is a red velvet cupcake filled with peppermint mousse and topped with cream cheese buttercream, peppermint sprinkles and peppermint bark, a perfect treat for the holiday season! There is also a chocolate cupcake filled with peanut butter mousse and topped with mocha buttercream, chocolate curls and a white chocolate Lightning McQueen, as well as a yummy yellow cupcake with strawberry mousse filling and topped with raspberry buttercream, strawberry crispy pearls and a white chocolate Mickey and Minnie heart. If you’re on safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, stop by Creature Comforts on Discovery Island to try the Rivers of Light Cupcake, a vanilla cupcake topped with a buttercream lotus flower, or the Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake, a chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate buttercream icing, chocolate shells and a dark and white chocolate Cotton Top Tamarin pop! For the Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can find a “cool” Olaf Cupcake, a chocolate marshmallow-flavored cake topped with buttercream and everyone’s favorite snowman, at ABC Commissary, Catalina Eddie’s, Fairfax Fare and Rosie’s All-American Café. A special “Prep and Landing”-themed gingerbread cupcake can also be found at those locations as well as The Trolley Car Café. One of the year-round cupcakes available is offered at nearly every quick service location around the park – the Dark Side Cupcake: a chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate buttercream icing, chocolate shavings and a chocolate Darth Vader. At Sprinkles at Disney Springs, you’ll find cupcakes galore in nearly every flavor you can imagine! For the month of December, you can find special holiday flavors like red velvet, chocolate peppermint and gingerbread. You can even order a spirited JOY box filled with their holiday cupcakes adorned with Sprinkles JOY sugar decorations. And for an on-the-go dessert, visit the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM right in front of the store, where you can order any cupcake available. View the full article
  15. Happy Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! Today we’re celebrate the quirkiest styles of holiday T-shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts by sharing a look at several new styles that debuted as a part of our Disney Parks Happy Holidays Collection this year. The two holiday-sweater tees were released in time for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year. In these styles, Goofy and Clarabelle Cow appear in a design inspired by “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration,” the live show in which Mickey and his pals hold an unforgettable holiday gathering celebrating friendship and music. Guests may find these shirts in select merchandise locations, such as World of Disney stores at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.Select items are also available on ShopDisney.com or Shop Disney Parks. View the full article
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