Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

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Bookings for the Gardens of the World Tour – Spring Edition are now on sale! On this tour, offered on select days throughout the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, you can join Disney horticulture experts for an inside look at some of the most elaborate landscaping operations on Earth.

During these fascinating journeys, Epcot becomes your “living classroom” as you witness firsthand how garden beds, shrubs, hedges and topiaries are meticulously cultivated at our seasonal festivals to evoke a sense of wonder. On this three-hour walking tour “around the world,” you’ll hear the behind-the-scenes tales about the award-winning topiaries and gardens that make the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival so special, examine the role of landscaping at Walt Disney World Resort, learn ways you can apply Disney landscaping techniques at home, and more.

Don’t miss this limited-time opportunity to explore—or even develop—a budding passion for gardening! Call 407-WDW-TOUR to book....

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We’re less than two months away from Tokyo Disney Resort’s 35th Anniversary “Happiest Celebration!” and today we have a delicious update just for you. Starting April 15, two new Chocolate Crunch-themed stores will open at Tokyo Disneyland’s World Bazaar: Pastry Palace and Ice Cream Cone!

Rendering of New Chocolate Crunch-Themed store to Open at Tokyo Disneyland’s World Bazaar

For those of you who don’t know, Chocolate Crunch has been a resort souvenir staple since its introduction back in 1986. And now, guests will have the opportunity to experience two all-new locations dedicated to the tasty treat.

DIY Chocolate Crunch kit at Tokyo Disneyland

At Pastry Palace, guests can build their own Chocolate Crunch container filled with new flavors like Strawberry Shortcake and the previously discontinued Caramel flavor, which is only available until July 7. Exclusive souvenirs will also be on sale including a DIY Chocolate Crunch kit.

Donald Duck-Inspired Chocolate Crunch Dessert at Tokyo Disneyland

Over at Ice Cream Cone, two new desserts with Chocolate Crunch will be on sale, inspired by Donald Duck and Daisy Duck. Donald’s will look as if he’s dived in head first to taste the vanilla ice cream, and Daisy’s will be soft serve topped with her signature purple bow. Both have plenty of Chocolate Crunch surprises in store!

Needless to say, Tokyo Disney Resort’s 35th Anniversary celebration just got a whole lot sweeter....

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Two prestigious awards have just been bestowed this month on Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. For the 18th consecutive year, the restaurant has received the AAA Five Diamond Award and, for the first time ever, the coveted 2018 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award.

Interior dining room from Victoria & Albert’s restaurant, the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Central Florida

There are only 68 Five Diamond restaurants in North America, and only 64 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurants out of over 1,600 restaurants across the globe. Victoria & Albert’s now stands as the sole restaurant in the state of Florida to receive both the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards.

Lobster Zellwood Corn Espelette with Peppers, from Victoria & Albert’s

AAA Diamond Ratings represent a combination of overall food, service, décor and ambiance. A Five Diamond restaurant provides leading-edge cuisine of the finest ingredients, uniquely prepared by an acclaimed chef, served by expert service staff led by a maître d’ in extraordinary surroundings.

Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings verify luxury and represent outstanding, iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities. Using the most exacting standards in the industry, this year’s list evaluates properties in over 160 destinations across 50 countries.

Lamb Loin Rainbow Carrots with Banana Curry, from Victoria & Albert’s Ahi Tuna Salsify Bavarois, from Victoria & Albert’s
Alaskan King Crab and Compressed Watermelon, from Victoria & Albert’s Hamachi Watermelon and Radishes with a Lemon Emulsion, from Victoria & Albert’s

Every night, Victoria & Albert’s brings guests the ultimate in fine dining with classic Victorian elegance, haute American cuisine and an atmosphere of refined opulence. The esteemed restaurant features three unique dining experiences: the main dining room with the choice of a 7-course menu or 10 course Chef’s Tasting Menu; the intimate Queen Victoria’s Room offers a 10-course Chef’s Tasting menu with tableside presentation and optional wine pairings; and the highly sought-after 8-seat Chef’s Table located in the restaurants kitchen, where guests can get an exclusive look at their dishes being crafted by the culinary team. Victoria & Albert’s also has an incredible wine cellar with over 700 wines from over 35 regions.

Onion Ash Dusted on top of Wild Texas Boar, from Victoria & Albert’s

Green Apple Sour Cream Ice Cream, from Victoria & Albert’s Peruvian Chocolate Orange Milk Chocolate Gelato, from Victoria & Albert’s

Congratulations belong to Executive Chef Scott Hunnel, Chef de Cuisine Aimée Rivera, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, Maître d’Hôtel Israel Pérez and the entire Victoria & Albert’s team for earning these illustrious awards.

“This has been a monumental year for the entire Victoria & Albert’s Team. They have developed a culture of success, which is over twenty years in the making. Every single member of the team is fully invested, combining the perfect formula of creativity, knowledge and passion for service. Our focus remains: Aim for perfection and settle for nothing less than excellence.”

–Cosmo Kapoor, General Manager, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Victoria and Albert's Cheese Cart Bread Service, with various typed of baked bread, made by Victoria & Albert’s Team

For reservations, call 407-WDW-DVNA (407-939-3862) or go online to book the Dining Room or Queen Victoria’s Room up to 180 days in advance. For more information, visit www.victoria-alberts.com....

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Tonight’s “After Dark” image was snapped at the Germany pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot. From a visual standpoint, it’s one of my favorite pavilions in the park and – to me – looks even lovelier at night. The German-influenced colorful designs, statues, bells and architecture seem to illuminate like a page from a fairytale storybook after the lights go down.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the Germany pavilion? Shop? Dine? Check out the fare – and the amazing smell – of the made-on-site treats at the Karamell-Kuche shop?...

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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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