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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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Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

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!

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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Jason Bateman voices Nick Wilde in Zootopia, so naturally we are thrilled that he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today! Zootopia, which won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, wouldn’t have been the same without Bateman’s vocal talents as the smart, cunning, and charismatic fox who helps police officer bunny Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) solve the mysterious case of missing animals in the bustling metropolis of Zootopia. Bateman is a Golden Globe Award-winning actor who also directs and produces, and we Disney fans are so excited the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has honored him in the motion picture category! The live stream of Jason Bateman’s Star ceremony bring us joy. Take a look:

Speaking of voicing character Nick Wilde, Jason Bateman says that it was “completely satisfying for a 4-year-old, but also timely.”

He also said this of his of career:

As I became older, the character actor route was something I lost a little interest in as the style of acting that I liked switched into more of the everyman as opposed to the leading man. I really enjoy doing these characters that are the proxy for the audience. I am sort of your representative in this world next to these crazy people. The closer I am to behaving like an audience member the easier access I have to your funny bone.

Congratulations, Jason Bateman! You’re our fave!

Okay, BRB, we’ll be taking selfies with Jason Bateman’s Star on Hollywood Boulevard.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:04

Disneyland Railroad Through the Years

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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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 11:00

7 Things to Never Say to a Disney Fan

We Disney fans pretty much have our own language when it comes to living our best Disney lives. We possess an unspoken understanding that is built on the characters, movies, television shows, and Disney Parks attractions we all know and love. We also know that there are many phrases that one should never, ever say to a fellow Disney fan. Here are some of those shocking remarks:

  1. “What is a churro?”

    Churros at DisneylandWhat! You should not say this to a Disney fan unless you want to be immediately driven to the nearest Disney Park and fed churros. Wait, actually you should totally do this because that means you’ll get to have churros. It’s the perfect plan.

  2. “This is a fork.”

    imageOh sweet, innocent non-Disney fan. That is not a fork. That a dinglehopper, and the literal only use for it is to comb our hair.

  3. “Touch nothing but the lamp.”

    Abu-with-Ruby-in-AladdinOh, we’re definitely going to touch everything in the Cave of Wonders if you tell us that. Actual footage of us:
    Abu from Aladdin looking at diamond

  4. “What’s a motto?”

    Surprisingly-profound-disney-quotes--the-lion-king-timon-pumbaa“NOTHING WHAT’S A MOTTO WITH YOU?” This is what you will immediately hear us shriek in response to this question, followed by a mandatory viewing of The Lion King. You’re welcome.

  5. “No, thank you. I would not like a Dole Whip.”

    Pineapple Dole WhipWe are confused. We can’t even compute this statement. Everyone should want a Dole Whip at all times. This is another example of a good way to get a Disney fan to buy you a Dole whip at a Disney Park ASAP.

  6. “Who is Troy Bolton?”

    imageOnly the most iconic basketball player/singer/dancer of our time! You going to want take a seat because we’re now going to have to perform every single song and dance from High School Musical 1, 2, and 3 for you, from memory. Accurate depiction of our emotions:
    imageUs pledging to make sure you never forget who Troy Bolton is ever again:
    Troy Bolton High School Musical 2

  7. “You have too much Disney swag.”

    imageThere will never be too much Disney swag. Never. Ever. Ever. Accurate depiction of us running to the Disney Store right now:
    Colors of the Wind PocahontasWe hope any non-Disney fans found this information helpful on how to deal with your Disney fan friends. BRB going to get churro.

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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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Disney Parks Blog

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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Everyone, stop what you’re doing and look at this photo of David Tennant, who voices Scrooge McDuck in Disney XD’s upcoming DuckTales series. Tennant recently visited Disneyland to say hello to his pal Scrooge McDuck—and we’re not okay because it’s the most pure thing we’ve ever seen and we can’t handle our emotions. Behold:

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Just two Scottish friends showing off how sassy they can be. Tennant and Scrooge McDuck posed in front of the Bank of Toontown, because of course they did.

Actual quote from David Tennant regarding Scrooge McDuck, according to Disney Parks Blog:

“He’s got a hidden life. You think he’s a crotchety old windbag, when he’s actually Indiana Jones with a beak!”

Probably the best quote we have ever heard in our entire life. We can’t get enough of these two. Do you feel the same? Well you’re in luck cause HERE’S ANOTHER PHOTO:

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Could they be any more adorable together? We literally can’t do anything else today but stare at this picture.

We can all be gifted with more of this when DuckTales premieres on Disney XD on August 12!

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