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The Language of Aloha at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa: Kukuna o ka la

The Language of Aloha at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa: Kukuna o ka la

Disney World

Kukuna o ka la means rays of the sun. In this series, we’ve been diving into the Hawaiian language, which…

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Summertime Update for Eats at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Summertime Update for Eats at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney World

With Florida temperatures heating up, some cool news from Disney Springs’ dining spots: More shade, big umbrellas and new frozen…

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Disneyland's new MaxPass Option

Disneyland's new MaxPass Option

Disneyland

DisneyLand Resort's new MaxPass Option  Here is a short video on how MaxPass works at the Disneyland Resort. {youtube}oDZgSz5t31g{/youtube} Source:…

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Every Thought We Had While Watching Descendants 2

Every Thought We Had While Watching Descendants 2

General Disney

Descendants 2 is finally upon us, and we had a wicked good time watching it last night! Because this is…

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Episode 60 D23 Expo with Guest Rick Webster

Episode 60 D23 Expo with Guest Rick Webster

Disney

Hello everyone!! We are very excited to have our very first guest on the show!! Our friend Rick (@captianNemo86) joins…

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Disney Castaway Cay named Top Cruise Line Private Island in the 2017 Cruise Critic’s Cruisers Choice Destination Awards

Disney Castaway Cay named Top Cruise Line Private Island in the 2017 Cruise Critic’s Cruisers Choice Destination Awards

Disney Cruise Line

CELEBRATION, Fla. (July 26, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, Cruise Critic Members have recognized Disney Castaway Cay in…

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New Baseline Tap House Part of New Grand Avenue Area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New Baseline Tap House Part of New Grand Avenue Area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney World

Debuting this fall, the new Grand Avenue area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is being re-imagined by Walt Disney Imagineers to…

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If you’re lucky enough to have tasted the new gourmet donuts on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, then you may have noticed the confectionary creativity is endless. You might even describe them as pure deliciousness! (Is that even a word???) Nonetheless, guests are lovin’ the donuts so much, we thought we’d ask Executive Chef Jason Martin about his inspiration for large variety of flavors.

How many flavors of donuts are sold at the cart on Main Street, U.S.A., each day?
There are, usually, three flavors of donuts to choose from daily. There’s just no limit to what we will put on a donut! So far, we’ve introduced 40 different flavor combos.

How do you get inspiration for new flavors? What’s the creation process like?
We’re always looking for what’s hot, what’s new, what’s trending. The ideas can be related to people, parades, events and seasons. I ask members of my team for ideas and inspiration — and invite anyone who has an idea to make suggestions.

Matterhorn Macaroon Donut at Disneyland Resort

What’s the most extravagant over-the-top flavor you’ve created?
I’d say, the Matterhorn Macaroon donut or the Chocolate Covered Potato Chip donut.

Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Donut at Disneyland Resort

How often do flavors change or rotate?
Every Friday, we introduce the new donut flavors.

Now that your mouth may be watering, I should mention — you can find the gourmet donuts at The Coffee Cart on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 15:17

#DisneyFamilia: Planning for Rainy Days!

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Summer days at Walt Disney World Resort are beautifully sunny but they can also be filled with humidity and lots of rain! Here are some consejos to make your vacation ‘rain’ proof!

The first thing is to have a rain plan that includes enjoying indoor attractions and shows. These are my favorites: “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom Park; Soarin’, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, World Showcase Pavilions at Epcot; Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Tours, Toy Story Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the amazing shows “The Festival of the Lion King” and “Finding Nemo – The Musical” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Second, you and your familia need to pack clothing that is appropriate for all type of weather. It’s hot and humid so you need clothes that are light but also that can dry easily. You also need comfortable shoes and socks! Brings extra pairs of socks because your feet will be the first thing to get soaked during a summer downpour. Wet socks are not fun!

Also be sure to pack rain jackets or ponchos and bring umbrellas. If you forgot them, you can always buy them at the stores in the resorts and the parks.

And last but not least, my favorite thing to do, rain or shine, is to find the character greeting locations – in this case, the indoor ones! – and take photos and ask for autographs where they are allowed. Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell at Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey and Minnie at the Outpost at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Epcot Character Spot and BB-8 and Kylo Ren at Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are some of the best options!

What are your favorite things to do when it rains? Would love to hear your tips as well.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:04

Disneyland Railroad Through the Years

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With the return of the Disneyland Railroad on Saturday, July 29, guests will once again embark on the classic grand circle tour of Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom. Earlier this week, we looked back at the history of the Rivers of America, also reopening July 29, so today let’s take a look at the Disneyland Railroad through its more than 60 years of travel.

“C.K.

The Disneyland Railroad was one of our opening-day attractions on July 17, 1955, with two steam engines in operation. Engine No. 1 – C.K. Holliday – was named for Cyrus Kurtz Holliday, founder of the Atchison & Topeka Railroad (later the Santa Fe Railroad, established in 1859). The locomotive was built by WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) in Burbank, Calif., from a design inspired by Walt Disney’s model train engine, the Lilly Belle – centerpiece of his backyard railroad, the Carolwood Pacific.

E.P. Ripley, One of the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad

C.K.’s fellow opening-day steam engine, No. 2 – E.P. Ripley – was named for Edward Payson Ripley, who was the first president of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, and was also built by WED Enterprises.

Fred Gurley, One of the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad

In 1958, the Disneyland Railroad expanded with its third – and in fact, oldest – steam engine. Engine No. 3 – Fred Gurley – was named after Fred G. Gurley, who was president of the Santa Fe Railway from 1944-1957. It is the oldest steam engine operating on the Disneyland Railroad, built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1894. It was first put into service in August 1895, and began circling the Happiest Place on Earth on March 28, 1958.

Ernest S. Marsh, One of the Steam Engines on the Disneyland Railroad

Engine No. 4 – Ernest S. Marsh – was added the following year, on July 25, 1959, and was named for Ernest S. Marsh – who was the president of Santa Fe Railroad at the time. It was built in 1925 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Penn. – the same company that built its fellow Disneyland Railroad engine, the Fred Gurley.

Meet the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad: Engine No. 5 - the Ward Kimball

Nearly 50 years would pass before the fifth steam engine would join the Disneyland Railroad. Engine No. 5 – Ward Kimball – is unique among its fellow steam engines, as it was named not for an icon of the railroad, but for an icon of the Walt Disney Company. Ward Kimball was a Disney animator and one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men”; among his many achievements was the creation of Jiminy Cricket. He was named a Disney Legend in 1989. Ward was a railroad enthusiast, whose passion for the hobby inspired Walt’s own love of trains and railroading. The Ward Kimball was put into service on the Disneyland Railroad on June 25, 2005, and dedicated on February 15, 2006, as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland.

The Disneyland Railroad reopening this week will bring new and enhanced adventures to this classic experience. For the very first time, the Disneyland Railroad will make a left-hand turn as it circles Disneyland park, and Walt Disney’s legendary dioramas of the Grand Canyon and Primeval World have been carefully restored to their original splendor, with a bit of new magic added to both!

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Debuting this fall, the new Grand Avenue area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is being re-imagined by Walt Disney Imagineers to capture the spirit of present-day Downtown Los Angeles, showing vintage office buildings and warehouses representing the different vibrant districts and cultures of the city. One prominent hot spot to spring up is the Baseline Tap House, a cheerful corner pub specializing in beer and wines from California.

In a quaint brick building, Baseline Tap House celebrates the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles by paying homage to the building’s former life as the Figueroa Printing Company, a mom-and-pop print house that had ties to the Disney studios in nearby Burbank. The space retains many of its cool architectural and mechanical details with exposed walls and old printing equipment and artifacts, blending the past and present in an inviting space. Outside is a charming tree-shaded terrace, perfect for a relaxing break in the day.

New Baseline Tap House Part of New Grand Avenue Area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

California craft ales, lagers and cider are the stars of the drink menu. California wines on tap along with specialty cocktails are not to be missed either. A gourmet non-alcoholic lemonade and soda on tap round out the drink selection.

If you’re feeling peckish, try one of the small bites, including a Bavarian pretzel with mustard and beer-cheese fondue, spiced almonds or a charcuterie board featuring California cheeses.

Baseline Tap House will open daily at 11 a.m. Check the Disney Parks Blog for an announcement of the opening date.

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Whether you’re secretly a master spy or a misunderstood power house, excitement awaits you on Marvel Day at Sea. To help you unleash your inner Super Hero, we teamed up with Disney fashion expert Leslie Kay – creator of the DisneyBound blog – to offer inspiration, tips and intelligence.

Your past may be your own, but you can embody the greatest spy the world has ever known. You’re exceptional, brilliant and determined – just like Black Widow. And you know how to slay this look!

Styling tips from Leslie: Super simple… super black. To keep from having the look be head-to-toe leather, use patent leather accents instead. She has some red detail on her belt so you can add some red jewelry to mimic that.

There’s more where that came from… to create smashing fashion. Gamma radiation and multiple personalities are just a part of the fabric to show your smarts and your styling super strength. Don’t stress, your look will be incredible, just like the Hulk!

Styling tips from Leslie: Create Hulk out of pure color blocking. Not many accessories are needed. The green and purple combo is pretty impactful on its own. Go green on top, the bottom can be traditional purple or denim.

For more ideas to express your Super Hero “character”istics and to get a glimpse at what you can expect during this epic event, keep following along on the Disney Parks Blog as we reveal more Marvel Day at Sea fun in store.

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What do you love most about Disney Castaway Cay, our private island in the Bahamas? Is it the gorgeous white-sand beaches? Sliding and splashing into turquoise waters from Pelican Plunge? The peace and tranquility of Serenity Bay, our adult-exclusive beach? Or, like me, is it exploring the natural beauty of the island pedaling bikes with family?

Well, the members of Cruise Critic have spoken and apparently love all of the above – and everything else our magical island has to offer!

For the second year in a row, Disney Castaway Cay has been named the Top Cruise Line Private Island in the annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. Also for the second year in a row, Castaway Cay was the most highly rated Caribbean island overall among reviewers, beating out all other Caribbean islands!

These awards are based exclusively on firsthand feedback from cruisers themselves, gathered from reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website over this past year. Cruise Critic, is one of the leading cruise review and information sites, offering a resource for travelers and hosting the world’s largest online cruise community.

So tell me, what is your favorite thing about Castaway Cay?

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We’re continuing our exclusive series of Disney-inspired bento box tutorials with yet another design inspired by the Disney film “Moana.” This time, Disney Parks Blog reader and fan Mike Kravanis is at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – a Disney Vacation Club Resort – to show you how to wow your friends and family with a special Hei Hei bento box.

To create a Hei Hei bento box, Mike started with a bed of blue rice made by cooking it in a butterfly pea flower tea and then added in a strip of pineapple filling. Hei Hei himself is made mostly out of raw vegetables, with green onions and carrots used to create his feathers. Check out the video for step-by-step instructions.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more Disney-inspired bento box tutorials in upcoming weeks.

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Actor David Tennant stopped by Disneyland park recently to visit with Duckburg’s most famous trillionaire, Scrooge McDuck, who happened to be making a special visit to the Bank of Toontown. Visiting the Disneyland Resort with his family, David was most looking forward to riding the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure park.

When asked what he liked most about Scrooge McDuck, David said, “He’s got a hidden life. You think he’s a crotchety old windbag, when he’s actually Indiana Jones with a beak!”

You can hear David in the new animated comedy adventure series “DuckTales,” premiering August 12 on Disney XD. Based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, “DuckTales” celebrates the importance of family and friendship, with comedy, mystery and adventure at every turn. Life is like a hurricane in Duckburg, so don’t miss an episode!

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UPDATE: This event has filled to capacity. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future event opportunities.

If you watched our coverage of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo 2017, you know that a new attraction featuring Mickey Mouse is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And to prepare the new home of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, August 13, 2017 will be the final day of operation for The Great Movie Ride attraction.

Today, we’re offering a chance to join us for a special finale of The Great Movie Ride inside the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Great Movie Ride After-Hours Meet-Up begins at 9:45 p.m. ET on Friday, July 28, 2017. We are asking attendees to begin arriving at 9 p.m. ET to check in for the late night event.

As you can imagine, space for this experience is limited, and you must sign up here. Only one guest is permitted.

Also, here are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the meet-up must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the meet-up.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The meet-up is subject to change or cancellation without notice.
  • This post will be updated after capacity has been reached.

We will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note this experience is subject to restrictions, change and cancellation without notice. Hope to see you out there.

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Epcot’s World Showcase is a must-see for many guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort. This section of the park offers so many opportunities to indulge in cultures from around the world, whether you want to indulge in international-inspired F&B options, experience attractions, watch a film, explore interesting shops, listen to musical performances and much more.

How well do you know this part of Epcot? Put your knowledge to the test below.
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World Showcase at Epcot

How many countries are represented in Epcot's World Showcase?
Which International Pavilions were added after Epcot opened in 1982?
Whoes evil plan do you try to stop during Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure?
Which of the following entertainment offerings did not appear in World Showcase?
How many International Pavilions offer Kidcot Fun Stops for children to collect stamps and create a personalized souvenir?

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