Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

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Calling all adventurers! There will soon be a new area of Adventureland to explore at Disneyland park.

The former Aladdin’s Oasis will soon be transformed to The Tropical Hideaway! This new experience will soon appear along the tropical shores nestled between the Jungle Cruise and “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.” This one-of-a-kind destination will be a popular rest stop for Adventureland locals and weary explorers alike. Guests will be able to rub elbows with their favorite skippers in an exotic traders’ market, featuring all of the sights, sounds and flavors of the tropics.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more information on this exciting new location as more is discovered....

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The Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band will appear at Epcot on March 1, to perform three special concerts in the America Gardens Theatre.

This 19-member ensemble was formed in 1969, and plays a repertoire of big band, swing, contemporary jazz and patriotic selections. The Jazz Ambassadors, also known as “America’s Big Band,” has performed at concert halls all over the world and will bring their sound to Epcot for one day only.

You can catch The Jazz Ambassadors Thursday, March 1, at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot at 5:30, 6:45 & 8 p.m. Shows are included in theme park admission....

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Staying at Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai’i, means you’ll enjoy many of the comforts of home, including a full kitchen in the 1- and 2-bedroom Villas, as well as the breathtaking Grand Villas. Inspired by these special accommodations, and the beauty of Aulani, food blogger Jenny Flake recently created several delicious dishes that are perfect for family vacations at this magnificent resort.

Among her Aulani-inspired culinary creations were several snack items – chocolate-drizzled pineapple skewers and Hawaiian style popcorn mix – which you can discover in this video!

Below are the recipes, which you can recreate at home. Or, if you’re a Disney Vacation Club Member, these are the perfect treats to make part of your annual tradition while staying in your own Villa!

Chocolate-Drizzled Pineapple Skewers
Ingredients

  • 20 chunks fresh pineapple

  • 1 cup chocolate melts, such as Ghirardelli
  • 1/4 cup shaved sweetened coconut

  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sprinkles

Directions

  • Place 5 pineapple chunks onto each of the 4 skewers
  • Pat dry pineapples with a paper towel to reduce some of the liquid
  • Melt chocolate melts in microwave according to package directions until melted and smooth
  • Drizzle chocolate over tops of each skewer and sprinkle with coconut, macadamia nuts and sprinkles
  • Serve room temperature

Hawaiian style popcorn mix

Hawaiian Style Popcorn Mix
Ingredients

  • 1 package microwaveable butter flavored popcorn, 8 cups
  • 2 cups macadamia nuts

  • 2 cups dried pineapple chunks

  • 2 cups dried shaved sweetened coconut 

  • 1-2 cups chocolate chips or chocolate chunks 


Directions

  • Pop popcorn according to package directions and place into a large bowl
  • Let cool for 5 minutes
  • Add macadamia nuts, pineapple chunks, coconut and chocolate
  • Toss to combine
  • Serve room temperature

Makes 4-6 servings...

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Earth Day, April 22, with an expanded “Party for the Planet” celebration April 22-May 5.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch will take center stage for the celebration, which will offer backstage experiences that allow guests to learn about animal nutrition, visit the veterinary hospital, or hear how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation.

Guests can also commemorate their anniversary visit to the theme park with special photo opportunities, and kids can earn a limited-edition badge as part of the Wilderness Explorer program. Six different Tiffins Talks, themed dinners hosted by animal experts at Tiffins full-service restaurant will be available to guests who want to learn more about the animal residents at the park. And limited-edition merchandise will also be available for purchase, with one piece being a special-edition print created by renowned Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde. (He will be available to sign prints on April 22 from 1-4 p.m. at Discovery Trading Company. Quantities are limited).

Other experiences coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom this spring include:

  • April 22 will mark the debut of a brand-new show, UP! A Great Bird Adventure featuring Russell and Dug from the Disney•Pixar animated comedy-adventure film “UP.” The show will give guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his fuzzy friend Dug in a new adventure that includes encounters with exotic birds from around the world. This free-flying show will be performed multiple times daily.
  • A “dino-tastic” celebration with Donald and his friends will also premiere Memorial Day weekend in DinoLand, U.S.A. This dinosaur-themed party celebrates Donald Duck’s discovery that his bird ancestors were actually dinosaurs. DinoLand U.S.A. will feature colorful new décor and playful character greetings with rarely seen pals like Scrooge McDuck, Launchpad McQuack and more. A DJ-powered dance party will mix tunes from the truck-o-saurus stage, capping the nighttime festivities.
  • Memorial Day 2018 commemorates the one-year anniversary of Pandora – The World of Avatar. Here, travelers are transported to a mystical world of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and breathtaking new experiences. Inspired by the blockbuster film, AVATAR, the epic land invites guests to explore a glowing landscape, encounter a larger-than-life Na’vi Shaman of Songs and soar on the back of a banshee.

For more information on the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, visit Disneyworld.com/PartyforthePlanet....

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There is a new restaurant coming to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort, and we have all the lovely details! The restaurant, called Lamplight Lounge, will be located right at the entrance of the pier, and will overlook the water, giving you that spectacular view you can only get at Disney California Adventure.

An artist's rendering of the entrance of Pixar Pier, featuring a blue and white arch with golden stars, and the words

Disney Parks Blog reported that Lamplight Lounge will serve “California casual gastropub cuisine,” and yes: they will serve lobster nachos! We are getting hungry just thinking about it! The bar will have views of the waterfront from two different floors, and you can even watch “World of Color” from the outdoor seating area if you so desire! We so desire.

Throughout the restaurant, which will be built out of an old warehouse factory, guests will be able to enjoy touches of Disney•Pixar flair like concept art, sketches on napkins, collectable toys, and more.

Pixar Pier will open on June 23, just in time to kick off a summer of fun in the sun at Disney California Adventure.

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Muppet Babies are making our dreams are come true! This morning, Disney Junior announced that the reimagined Muppet Babies series will debut in two back-to-back episodes on March 23 at 10 a.m. EDT on Disney Channel and in the DisneyNOW app. We also finally get to hear the full theme song, which we can’t stop singing. Listen to the catchy tune, sang by Broadway star of Hamilton Renée Elise Goldsberry now:

If you thought this track was fire, prepare yourself for more songs from the soundtrack releasing tomorrow, February 23!

Muppet Babies will feature the voice talents of Jenny Slate as Miss Nanny, Melanie Harrison as Piggy, Dee Bradley Baker as Animal, Ben Diskin as Gonzo, Eric Bauza as Fozzie, Jessica DiCicco as Summer, and supervising director Matt Danner as Kermit.imageNow that we’ve had a tour of the Muppet Babies’ playroom and backyard amid an abundance of rainbows, we’re so much more excited to hang out with our familiar friends! Whether it’s in Kermit’s bouncy pond, Piggy’s dressing room, Summer’s art table, Gonzo’s chicken coop, Fozzie’s stage, or the treehouse, we know we’re in for an adventure. Fan-favorite Muppet guests like Statler and Waldorf, Bunsen and Beaker, Rowlf the Dog, Rizzo, and Dr. Teeth will also be joining the series as guest stars. It’s a Muppet party!

Each episode will be based on the Muppet Babies’ imagination. imageWhile still retaining the same Muppet Babies style from the original Emmy Award-winning series, these stories will open young viewers’ eyes to the problem-solving power that comes with letting their imagination run wild.

Are you ready to play with the Muppet Babies?

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We are so excited to see A Wrinkle in Time come to life on the big screen on March 9! Today, we are getting a first look at some beautiful art inspired by the film, as part of a collaboration between Disney Fine Art, Cyclops Print Works, and Hero Complex Gallery. The masterpieces will be displayed at “A Warrior Showcase: An Art Celebration of A Wrinkle in Time,” kicking off with an opening reception at Hero Complex Gallery on February 23 at 7pm. Oh My Disney and Disney were lucky enough to be able to debut some of the art this morning. Take a look:

#BeAWarrior and see inspiring pieces like this at the Warrior Showcase: An Art Celebration of A #WrinkleInTime. (?: Hero Complex Gallery | ?: February 23, 7 p.m. | ?: Artist Shelley Couvillion)

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#BeAWarrior ✨✨ How pretty is this @wrinkleintime art from the upcoming gallery show A Warrior Showcase: An Art Celebration of A Wrinkle in Time? ? ?: @glenbrogan

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imageHere’s a closer look at some of the beautiful art you’ll see in the showcase:imageGicleé on Archival Paper
Numbered Limited Editions of 50

We want to follow Meg on her journey!image

Artist: Glen Brogan
Gicleé on Archival Paper
Numbered Limited Edition of 95
We see you, Dr. Alex Murry.image

Artist: Alan Bodner
Gicleé on Archival Paper
Numbered Limited Edition of 50
Hand-Signed by the artist
Queens.imageArtist: Dean Sherriff
Gicleé on Archival Paper
Numbered Limited Edition of 25
Hand-Signed by the artist
This is intense!imageArtist: Shelley Couvillion
Mixed Media Shadowbox
We already love this A Wrinkle in Time family.imageGicleé on Archival Paper
Numbered Limited Editions of 50
We can’t stop staring at this mesmerizing art.imageArtist: Victor Martinez
Gicleé on Archival Paper
Numbered Limited Edition of 25
Hand-Signed by the artist
So majestic.imageArtist: Tim Rogerson
Acrylic on Canvas
This is so beautiful!

These works of art are out of this world! We’ll be staring in awe at these gorgeous pieces at the opening reception of “A Warrior Showcase: An Art Celebration of A Wrinkle in Time.” The showcase will continue through March 11. See you there!

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What team? Wildcats! We got to sit down with the amazing Corbin Bleu, who played Chad Danforth in High School Musical, to watch the film with him. We talked about behind-the-scenes stories, the cast, what it was like being a part of such an iconic story, and more! Take a look:

Literally the best day of our lives. Go Wildcats! You can watch High School Musical over and over again by purchasing it here!

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Our summer season in Europe includes sailings in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe with a variety of cruise lengths to fit your family’s vacation schedule. My last few posts have featured our destinations in Italy, France and Spain, most of which are on our Mediterranean voyages. Today we’re moving north to Norway, where you can visit on select cruises from Copenhagen, Denmark and Dover, England, near London.

Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand
Kristiansand is a charming port town on the southern coast of Norway with picturesque beaches, a thriving harbor and a colorful town center. Spend time exploring historical sites like the Kristiansand Cathedral, a majestic Neo-Gothic structure and the 3rd-largest cathedral in Norway, or ride along the countryside on a vintage steam train for idyllic views.

Pulpit Rock at Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger
Located at the mouth of the Gandsfjord in southwestern Norway, Stavanger offers fun for adventure lovers and history buffs alike. For once-in-a-lifetime adventure, hike to Pulpit Rock, the famous rocky cliff with sweeping views of Scandinavia and the fjord 2,000 feet below. Or for a more relaxed day, enjoy the city scenery in Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger) where cobblestone streets and wooden houses preserve the city’s history.

The City of Alesund, Norway

Alesund
This picturesque city situated at the entrance of Geirangerfjord stretches across multiple islands and is surrounded by majestic mountains and shimmering waterways. Board the Town Train to view the town’s beautiful Art Nouveau architecture or go back in time at the open-air Sunnmøre Museum where buildings date back to the late Middle Ages. For an impressive aerial view of the city, climb Aksla mountain to the Fjellstoua Viewpoint.

Capitol city Oslo, Norway

Oslo
One of the largest capital cities in the world, Oslo is a mix of old-world charm, gleaming skyscrapers, expansive parks and cultural attractions. Enjoy traditional Norwegian cuisine at a charming restaurant, shop for Scandinavian specialties in the cosmopolitan stores, tour the Royal Palace or visit one of the more than 50 museums.

Which of our European destinations are on your family’s bucket list?...

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Peanut butter and jelly. A campfire and s’mores. Bacon and eggs. There are just some things in life that go well really together, hand in hand, like Disney movies and Disney songs. That’s why we’ve devised this quiz—to see if you can remember which song came first in the following Disney films, and prove your deep knowledge of both music and movie. Oh, and we’re only counting the songs with lyrics—you know, the ones you can sing along to.

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