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|May 8, 2017||Filled under Disney||
Are you planning a trip to Disneyland Resort this summer? The Guardians of the Galaxy have some amazing goodies planned you and your family!
Summer 2017 will be adventurous, exciting and … yes! … heroic at Disney California Adventure Park when guests encounter the thrilling Guardians of the Galaxy –Mission: BREAKOUT! and answer the call to join legendary Super Heroes in all-new experiences for Summer of Heroes, May 27 through Sept. 10. Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time. Guests in the park’s Hollywood Land will join some favorite Super Heroes for all-new, epic experiences for a limited time, and beginning May 27 they will encounter the intrigue and triumph of the new, year-round attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! “It’s going to be a thrilling summer at the Disneyland Resort,” said David Duffy, Director, Creative Entertainment. “You can celebrate the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission BREAKOUT! and join forces with legendary Super Heroes. You can choose an awesome encounter with Star-Lord, Black Widow, SpiderMan, Hawkeye or Captain America, step up to meet Groot for the first time, and find out if you have what it takes to join the Avengers. It’s all part of the adventure with Summer of Heroes.” Summer of Heroes will launch new, year-round experiences: Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! This new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As guests join Rocket in his attempt to bust his pals out of the Collector’s Fortress, they’ll experience randomized ride experiences complete with all-new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off! – Star-Lord will fire up his old-school boom box to get a party started. Everyone is bound to get in the groove and show off their moves during this awesome rock ‘n’ roll bash!
Super Hero Encounters – For the first time, citizens of Earth will come face-to-face with tree-of-few-words Groot, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy! They may also encounter the First Avenger, Captain America, and everyone’s favorite web slinger, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. For a limited time, guests also will discover more new adventures, exclusive to Summer of Heroes: Avengers Training Initiative – Black Widow and Hawkeye assemble young recruits for a series of tests to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the Avengers.
Heroic Encounter: Black Widow – Black Widow will arrive on the scene several times throughout the day in an armored Avengers vehicle for her heroic encounter with park guests. Grab a Piece (or Bite) of the Action – Special themed merchandise and food will be available throughout Hollywood Land. The summer brings more excitement at Disneyland Park, too, with the return of the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America attractions, including the “Fantasmic!” nighttime spectacular returning later this summer. Dates for the return of these classic attractions will be announced soon.
Finally, the last chance for guests to enjoy the classic Main Street Electrical Parade during its limited-time return to Disneyland will be Sunday, June 18.
Be sure to share with the rest of us if you go this summer! Would love to see your pics.
# # # About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.
|September 14, 2016||Filled under General Posts||
Finding Dory Costumes
Based on the millions that viewed the movie upon release, Finding Dory is a much loved children’s movie that follows up on the original Finding Nemo story. Kids everywhere rooted for Dory to find her parents.
The love of the character as well as the theme touched hearts everywhere and created a must-have drive for costumes featuring the characters in the movie. The most sought after costume from the movie is Dory herself. This forgetful little blue tang fish makes a lovely costume for children.
You can find some that are made of a beautiful blue dress with the wide-eyed fish character featured front and center in the middle of the costume to make your child’s night special. One dress comes with a black petticoat that’s made as part of the costume so it doesn’t detach. This polyester material costume has the whimsical tail attached to the back of the dress.
The headband piece that features the large bow often comes with the outfit. Also included in your purchase are a pair of tights that have bubbles on the material. Your child will adorable in this costume. Shoes don’t come as part of the costume.
Of course, one of the other popular costumes in Finding Dory is the much loved character of Nemo. These costumes aren’t going to stay on the shelf long thanks to the sheer number of kids clamoring for them.
You can get a version of this lovable clownfish for your child, but you’ll want to do it fast. This costume is a tunic that comes down to just below the child’s waist. It’s done in an orange color and features a white stripe in the center of the tunic as well as at the hem and the collar.
The top and bottom of the white stripe is lined with a black stripe to mimic the clownfish markings. This tunic doesn’t hang shapeless – thanks to the stuffing that’s designed to help it keep its form. It does have the fins with the tunic and those are not detachable. The costume has both side fins as well as a back one. The hood of this tunic is attached and has the facial features of Nemo.
Like the tunic, the hat also has stuffing to help it continue to hold the shape of Nemo. There’s a fin on top at the back of the hood. Because of the stuffing, you can only hand wash this costume if it needs cleaning. The shoes and pants don’t come with the purchase of this costume.
|March 14, 2016||Filled under Autism, Disney, International Travel, United States|
With Spring Break upon us and summertime just around the corner, this is a great time to think about vacations! Traveling with a child with special needs may require a little more planning, but support and information is out there. There are so many ways to make the trip easier and fun for the entire family and we want to hear your best tips tips and tricks!
Here are some very broad ideas to get you started. Please share yours in the Comments below so we can all learn from your experience. What have you found that makes traveling easier for you and your kids?
When traveling with special needs children, begin with ensuring the basics are covered.
Air Travel. When booking flights, select seating at the front of the plane, as well as closer proximity to lavatories for easier on/off and in/out. Request wheelchair assistance upon arrival, and seek out wheelchair-accessible security lines, both of which will help you better maneuver the airport. If security screening is a concern, hand searches, as well as private screenings, may be requested for disabled passengers. If you have questions about traveling with special needs children, we recommend first contacting the carrier with whom you intend to travel, rather than the airport from which you’ll be departing.
Transportation. Rental car agencies are catering to families of all types, including those in need of modified cars and vans with room for wheelchairs, lifts and specialized seats. In large cities, most taxi companies offer a select number of wheelchair-friendly cabs, such as Houston’s Yellow Cabs. Request a list of taxi companies through your hotel and contact them to schedule wheelchair accessible taxis for airport and attraction transportation.
Another popular option for families traveling with special needs children is traveling by shuttle bus. Shuttle busses are larger and usually better-equipped for handicapped passengers than the average taxi, but, as expected, offer less privacy, as well as less control over where you’ll stop and when you’ll get to your destination. Contact your hotel to see what options are available.
Hotels. All U.S. hotels are required to offer wheelchair-accessible rooms. Be sure to request these special rooms well in advance of your stay. Some may also provide shower chairs, upon request.
However, not all international hotels may be so friendly. Be sure to thoroughly review hotel websites and reviews, and contact them directly to be certain. Also be sure to inquire about elevators, as some resorts may not offer elevators, in which case ground-floor accommodations are recommended. Stairs need to be considered for resorts offering bungalows — while quaint mountaintop accommodations overlooking blue seas are gorgeous, they may not be wheelchair accessible. When visiting Europe last summer, we found many hotels without elevators or had stairs leading up to them. A couple of the elevators were so small that a going in with wheelchair would be impossible.
Need a little more personalized help? Here are a few travel agencies that specialize in vacation planning for those who are differently abled:
- Hammer Travel provides a variety of experiences for individuals or groups. Hammer’s mission is to “provide travel opportunities for people with developmental disabilities that are unique, safe, and enjoyable.”
- Flying Wheels Travel provides people with physical disabilities, chronic illness or difficulty walking the opportunity to extend their lifestyle with unique travel and recreation destinations while empowering individuals and their family members to explore the world.
- Accessible Escapes provides package tours and customizable tours in Italy to those with physical disabilities. Autism Escapes also allows travelers to specify individual diet, hygiene and mobility needs.
- Autism on the Seas has worked together with Royal Caribbean International creating a unique “Cruises and Land Resort Stays with our Staff” experience for those with autism and other special needs.
Anticipating problems before they occur can eliminate stress in the event a problem does occur. When packing, don’t forget:
Medications, etc. Pack all medications in carry-on luggage in case checked bags are delayed or lost. Most liquids must meet the traditional 3-1-1 rule for carry-on luggage, which requires that passengers place liquids in a container with a capacity no more than 3.4 ounces, in one zip-top sealable bag, and each passenger may only have one bag for liquids. However, liquid medication is one of very few items (including baby formula, baby food and breast milk) which may be allowed in higher quantities, if declared beforehand and approved during the screening process. Bringing a note from your doctor on the medications may come in handy, as would an extra prescription in case one must be filled.
Have a family member with diabetes? Here are some great traveling tips!
Make arrangements to either bring all necessary medical equipment and devices with you or have them waiting at your destination. While you can bring your wheelchair or feeding tray, you can arrange for dialysis or a nebulizer. Do you need a portable bed rail?
Don’t forget to bring a letter of disability from your physician to access special guest services at theme parks, and a GPS bracelet or other accommodation for wanders.
Insurance. Check with your insurance company to be sure your child is covered when traveling to different states and abroad, as well as a list of facilities that are covered in the destinations you are visiting — including cruise ships — in the event you must visit a doctor. If insurance is not covered, consider purchasing travel insurance that may assist with unexpected costs. Make a copy of your insurance information, physician’s contact information and emergency contact list.
Purchasing travel insurance for a big-splurge trip may be something to consider, as well, in the event illness or trouble arises pre-trip that makes your family have to cancel or reschedule.
Carry-on. If your child has frequent accidents, bring a full change of clothes in a carry-on.
Familiar Items. For children who may become stressed, anxious or confused in new situations and places, traveling can be quite the disruption to the familiar and safe. To help avoid fits, bring familiar and beloved items from home, such as pillows, blankets and toys. Try to focus on things that will distract and even relax your child, as opposed to things that may overexcite him or her. How about a pillowcase with some fidget toys?
Bring favorite foods and snacks. Don’t forget the comfort that will come from that special cup or music they love so much!
Noise-canceling Headphones. If loud noises are troublesome to your child, noise-canceling headphones can help drown out noises on planes and crowded subways. MP3 players with your child’s favorite music can take their minds off of unsettling crowds and places.
WHERE TO GO
Major attractions across the U.S. work hard to appeal to families and meet ADA requirements. Some may even offer special mobility equipment and wheelchairs to assist families, and calling ahead will help determine if there are any special restrictions or programs specifically for special needs families. Finding a vacation that accommodates every family member’s interest may be easier than you think.
City Travel. The cities most often visited by travelers are often the best for special needs travelers, as well. Many offer travel guides through their Visitors & Convention Bureaus, and these may include guides for people with disabilities, which can help you pre-plan your vacation, or look into last-minute information when you stumble across an attraction during the trip.
For example, Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website offers detailed travel support that lists the popular attractions and whether they can accommodate disabled visitors. Its listing for Boone Hall Plantation, for example, lets you know ahead of time that while entrances are ramped and the property is suitable for motorized wheelchairs, only the first floor is accessible by wheelchair and elevators are not offered.
Theme Parks. Catering to kids is a theme park’s business, and thankfully, many theme parks have made parks friendly to those with special needs. Disney, of course, reigns supreme in accommodating special needs families, making it easy for kids to enjoy every attraction. The Disabilities Access Service Card also helps families avoid long lines, and many parks have followed in Disney’s footsteps with similar offerings.travel on free admission days is another excellent choice for special needs children, with their Ride Accessibility Program to ensure guests are given equal access to every ride and attraction. They also offer their Special Access Pass to people who can’t easily wait in line due to their disabilities.
Cruises. The newer and larger cruise ships work hard to accommodate guests with special needs, from offering wheelchair-friendly staterooms, public areas and swimming pools, to providing shore excursions geared toward those with special needs. Royal Caribbean received the very first “Autism Friendly” certification by Autism on the Seas in February, 2014. For a list of the best ships for cruisers with disabilities, visit Cruise Critic.
National Parks. America the Beautiful and its breathtaking National Parks are available to everyone, especially those visitors with special needs. Many parks provide visitors with things like special wheelchair-accessible trails, auto tours and observation areas. Visit the websites of the National Park you’d like to visit for more details on their disabled accessibility to ensure it meets your needs. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass to the National Parks, given to disabled travelers. The passes provide free admission, as well as discounts on amenity fees such as swimming and camping. Pair this with free admission days at the National Parks and you’ve got an amazing, budget-friendly vacation!
Other ways to avoid “bumps in the road” while traveling with special needs children are to prepare your child for traveling before the trip. Try discussing where you are traveling and what the child will encounter each day, and sticking to routines once traveling. Just as a toddler needs naptimes to ward off tantrums, sticking to your at-home routine as much as possible can ease tension for a child with special needs. Remember to move at your child’s pace to be sure he or she enjoys the trip and, most importantly, that the entire family enjoys their time together.
Don’t forget to share your best tips and tricks for traveling with children with special needs. Thanks for your input!
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|March 2, 2016||Filled under Disney||
As Disney Springs continues to expand and double its dining, shopping and entertainment options at Walt Disney World Resort, more exciting high-profile tenants are coming onboard, including Anthropologie, LACOSTE, Under Armour, kate spade new york, Sephora and Lucky Brand, among others.
Disney Springs is nearing completion on its largest expansion in history and emerging as an exciting new waterfront district for world-class shopping, unique dining, and high-quality entertainment. Inspired by Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs has four distinct outdoor neighborhoods; The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center; all interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront. Guests can expect a sophisticated mix of restaurants and high-quality retailers – including premium, affordable luxury and fast fashion options.
“Disney Springs has quickly become a favorite destination for our guests and they are going to love what’s to come,” said George A. Kalogridis, president Walt Disney World Resort. “Guests will enjoy an experience unlike any other in Central Florida with even more opportunities to shop in unique and distinctive stores and enjoy world-class dining. Disney Springs offers something for everyone and does it in a way that only Disney can. It truly is the place to be.”
WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT’S DISNEY SPRINGS
TOWN CENTER RETAIL
Announced today as coming to Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney Springs are 28 new stores to be located in Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect with each other. Town Center features Spanish “Revival” style architecture, drawing from a rich history of explorers that landed in Florida centuries ago.
The following Town Center shops are slated to open in phases beginning May 15:
- Anthropologie: Anthropologie’s unique and eclectic product assortment includes women’s casual apparel and accessories, intimates, shoes, beauty, home furnishings and a diverse array of gifts and decorative items.
- LACOSTE: Since the very first polo shirt was created in 1933, LACOSTE relies on its authentic sportive roots to spring optimism and elegance on the world thanks to a unique and original lifestyle for women, men and children and offers a range of products: apparel, leather goods, fragrances, footwear, eyewear, homewear, watches and underwear.
- kate spade new york: Crisp color, graphic prints and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of kate spade new york. From handbags and clothing to jewelry, fashion accessories, fragrance, eyewear, shoes, swimwear, home decor, desk accessories, stationery, tabletop and gifts, the brand’s exuberant approach to the everyday encourages personal style with a dash of incandescent charm.
- Sephora: The new Disney Springs Sephora store will offer guests the opportunity to try, test, and play with thousands of products from classic and up-and-coming cosmetic and fragrance brands. Sephora at Disney Springs will feature the latest in beauty services and technology at their expanded Sephora Beauty Studio including Mini Makeovers, Sephora + Pantone Color IQ and complimentary Beauty Classes.
- Under Armour: Covering two-stories of retail space with a large array of athletic apparel, footwear, and equipment for men, women, and youth, the Disney Springs Under Armour Brand House will have an interactive experience geared toward young athletes who want to test their skills and talents.
- M·A·C Cosmetics: Collaborating with leading talents from fashion, art and popular culture, M·A·C is a leader in professional makeup and celebrates diversity and individuality.
- Vince Camuto: A lifestyle brand offering a range of innovative, stylish, trendy products including footwear, handbags, sportswear and much more.
- Vera Bradley: Celebrating the unique signature style of Vera Bradley in an exciting and modern way, this store designed just for Disney Springs, will bring to life the rich history and heritage of Vera Bradley, showcasing a wide range of their distinctive signature collections and a myriad of specially-created Disney-themed products.
- Lucky Brand: Staying true to the rich heritage and authentic, all-American spirit of denim, Lucky Brand crafts comfortable vintage-inspired jeans and casual clothing with an irreverent rock and roll attitude.
- Oakley: Oakley infuses technology, performance and style into eyewear, apparel and accessories for those who are passionate about sports and outdoor lifestyles.
- Coca-Cola Store: Building on its long-standing relationship with Disney, the new store, inspired by a 1920’s-era Coca-Cola bottling plant design, will feature a wide selection of Coca-Cola merchandise, a Coca-Cola Polar Bear experience and refreshing rooftop beverage bar.
- TROPHY ROOM: Founded by Marcus Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan, TROPHY ROOM is an elevated and unique athletic retail boutique experience, inspired by the trophy room in the Jordan family estate. Opening its first location at Disney Springs, the store offers footwear, apparel, memorabilia and exclusive merchandise.
- ALEX AND ANI®: Meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories designed to connect people. ALEX AND ANI products are proudly MADE IN AMERICA WITH LOVE®.
- Na Hoku – Hawaii’s Finest Jewelers Since 1924: A collection of fine jewelry that captures the essence of Hawaiian and Island Lifestyle.
- Shore: A fashionable American lifestyle brand featuring swimwear, fitness wear, everyday comfort clothing, exclusive products and a new line of limited-edition Shore Brand apparel, only available at Disney Springs.
- American Threads: Opening a flagship location at Disney Springs, American Threads offers women’s clothing inspired by the free American spirit.
- Volcom: Volcom was founded on the belief that there is a higher level of consciousness to be found within one’s self through the internal and external journeys that board-sports, music, art and film provide. The company prides itself on making quality apparel, outerwear, footwear and accessories that not only exemplify the lifestyle, but also enhance the ability to live it.
- Kipling: An international accessories brand offering lightweight and ultra-functional handbags, backpacks, luggage and more to lighten one’s day.
- francesca’s: With new merchandise arriving daily and in limited quantities, guests will find unique, fashion-forward clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry and gifts.
- Melissa Shoes: As the pioneer in jelly shoes manufacturing, this Brazilian footwear company offers guests innovative and stylish plastic footwear.
- UNOde50: Founded in Madrid, Spain, this jewelry retailer offers unique, highly hand-crafted designs that break away from the norm.
- Johnston & Murphy: Known for its heritage in designing high-quality, well-crafted footwear and apparel, Johnston & Murphy offers modern classics for the new traditional customer.
- Everything But Water: Known for providing the perfect getaway wardrobe for fashionable women, Everything But Water offers an extensive collection of designer swimwear, resortwear and accessories.
- Free People: Free People offers a unique merchandise mix of casual women’s apparel, intimates, shoes, accessories, activewear and gifts.
- JOHNNY WAS: Beautifully crafted bohemian womenswear brand, with a curated selection of jewelry, books, and gifts and a signature line of colorful printed silk scarves, dresses, and tunics.
- Columbia: Creating innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for outdoor and fishing enthusiasts since 1938. The new store at Disney Springs will feature the Performance Fishing Gear (PFG) collection designed with fabrics and industry leading technologies that allow for comfortable wear and use for enjoying long days on the water or under the sun.
- Sperry: From the invention of the world’s first boat shoe to a full collection of sea-tested lifestyle products, Sperry offers the tools for life’s adventures.
- Luxury of Time by Diamonds International: An industry leader of fine timepieces and jewelry in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexico, Luxury of Time by Diamonds International will feature some of the world’s most prominent designer watch brands and a large collection of fine jewelry.
TOWN CENTER DINING
Also announced today as coming to Disney Springs are several new dining venues at Town Center overlooking The Spring, the heart and soul of the property.
At D-Luxe Burger, a Disney owned and operated concept, burger aficionados are in for a treat with gourmet burgers made from a signature blend of beef, unique toppings and freshly baked buns. All-natural chicken and vegetarian burgers round out the menu with hand-cut fries and house-made dipping sauces as the perfect complement. Artisanal gelato shakes (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) and floats will also be featured, as well as hard sodas, draft beer and cider.
Celebrating the art of pastry making, Amorette’s Patisserie features elements of an artist’s loft and art gallery side-by-side within the comforts of a small town patisserie. Amorette’s means “little loves,” which is evident in the care poured into creating the shop’s sweet treats. Timeless classic and contemporary pastries are the stars in this unique high-end pastry shop owned and operated by Disney. Custom cakes are truly a work of art and are available for immediate purchase or for pre-order. Champagne selections by the glass and handcrafted hot chocolates only a pastry artist could create allow for a truly indulgent experience.
In addition to these owned and operated restaurants, we are bringing new restaurants to Town Center by award-winning celebrity chefs.
The newest contemporary Mexican-themed restaurant joining Disney Springs has a new name. Tablas Frontera will delight friends, family and food-lovers with exciting flavors and a contemporary Mexican experience. Warm colors, an open kitchen and a lively atmosphere frame an inviting exploration of the many delights from the kitchen of renowned chef Rick Bayless. The delicious, enticing presentation of grilled meats, seafood and vegetables served on planks (tablas) promote sharing and togetherness.
Homecoming – Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar by Chef Art Smith will showcase farm-to-fork cuisine inspired by the Sunshine State. The menu will feature Southern favorites like homemade pimento cheese, deviled eggs, low country shrimp and grits, and fried chicken.
As guests enter Town Center around The Spring area, they will be warmly greeted at theWelcome Center, a place where guests can relax and take in the beauty of the clear water with lush landscape along the water’s edge. Themed to early Florida settlements, the architecture around The Spring is based on timber frame structures that were once used in the citrus and ranching industries.
Over in the Marketplace, Fulton’s Crab House will open a new concept this fall. The re-imagined restaurant will welcome guests with a bow to stern update including interiors reflecting the crisp luxury of modern yachting, and new spaces include a lushly appointed rooftop lounge overlooking Disney Springs, outdoor waterfront bar featuring a “build your own” fish boil and private dining areas. The new menu stars fresh seafood with an oyster shucking bar, Florida stone crab and Alaskan king crab, with hearty steaks and chops, as well as classic and curated cocktails.
In addition, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will move from its current location at World of Disney into a new and expanded location near Once Upon a Toy in the Disney Springs Marketplace. Guests ages 3-12 will receive the royal treatment, getting made up like their favorite Disney princess with the help of their own Fairy Godmother-in-Training. This country parlor-inspired location will include an expanded salon to welcome royal attendees and a uniquely designed photo room to capture memories. Be among the first to experience this new location by booking your royal makeover at 407-WDW-STYLE (407-939-7895).
Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort can be easily accessed from I-4 West, Central Florida’s major thoroughfare, via a new connection that leads directly to a convenient parking garage featuring smart technology that identifies open parking spaces. Self parking is complimentary. Valet parking is also available on site.
Stay tuned for more updates on Disney Springs. Follow at @DisneySprings on Twitter and Instagram.
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|November 18, 2015||Filled under Disney|
New Star Wars-inspired entertainment begins arriving at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in December and pays homage to upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; additional Star Wars elements debut in January 2016.
The Force is growing stronger at Walt Disney World Resort with the addition of new Star Wars-inspired entertainment arriving in December at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The Star Wars themed entertainment will include new experiences as well as reimagined elements of popular Star Wars attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, starting Dec. 1 – just ahead of the Dec.18 movie premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. These new experiences involve the creation of Star Wars Launch Bay, a central locale for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars; Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga; and cool, new enhancements for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.
Additional Star Wars elements enter the galaxy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting Jan. 5, 2016, such as First Order stormtroopers patrolling the park, Star Wars-inspired food and beverage offerings, plus a fireworks show called the “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular.’’
These new experiences celebrate the Star Wars saga at Walt Disney World Resort like never before, allowing guests, as well as Star Wars fans, the opportunity to transport themselves every day to a galaxy far, far away:
Star Wars Launch Bay
Located in Animation Courtyard, Star Wars Launch Bay will be a primary location within the park for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars. In this multi-sensory space with an outdoor queue area lined with special concept artwork, guests can interact with beloved Star Wars characters, tour galleries featuring treasured memorabilia and replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including ones from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and play the latest Star Wars interactive video games, plus have access to special Star Wars merchandise.
- Special Character Encounters: After entering a themed atrium complete with replicas of Star Wars props, guests can journey to the dark side and encounter Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader in a 360-degree immersive area themed around the Star Destroyer, or they may choose the light side by stepping into a makeshift Rebel base and coming face to face with Star Wars characters such as the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca.
- Launch Bay Theater – Guests hear directly from the creative minds behind the Star Wars saga in a short video that includes exclusive interviews with the directors, writers, producers and other key movie crew members who bring the saga to life.
- The Cantina – This setting, inspired by the unsavory “hives of scum and villainy” in the Star Wars galaxy, is a fun place to explore and take photos near elements of the cantina, such as a holochess table. Holochess is a game seen in Star Wars
- Star Wars Game Center – Guests can play current and upcoming video games, including new Disney Infinity 3.0 content created exclusively for this location.
- Themed Galleries – Special immersive galleries will be located throughout Star Wars Launch Bay.
- Celebration Gallery will feature iconic ships from throughout the Star Wars saga, such as memorable ones of the Rebel Alliance and the Imperial Navy fleet.
- Celebration Hallway will display large-scale replicas of Star Wars props amid scenic murals.
- Preview Gallery will offer guests exclusive looks at replicas of props, artifacts and memorabilia from the latest movie in the saga, starting with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Among the items that will be on display are costumes, ship models, droids and artwork.
- Launch Bay Cargo – A unique shopping area where guests may bring home a variety of Star Wars merchandise, including original artwork and collector’s items.
Star Wars: Path of The Jedi
Guests looking to relive the stories from the Star Wars saga or be introduced to the iconic characters, including ones from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, can watch an abridged, cinematic reel celebrating the Star Wars saga (episodes I-VII) in a theater setting near Echo Lake.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Fans of this popular attraction will experience journeys involving new characters and adventures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours takes guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they interact with characters from throughout the saga. With an eye-popping digital presentation leveraging Dolby 3D to deliver a vivid and realistic experience, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology, guests are immersed in the Star Wars galaxy like never before on a theme park attraction.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
This popular entertainment offering is being reimagined with new characters and a new villain to battle from Star Wars Rebels. Younglings will be guided to the site of a secret and ancient Jedi temple where they will face villains such as Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from the popular Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels, and discover if they have the makings of a true Jedi.
As guests enjoy the sights and attractions of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, they may come face to face with First Order Stormtroopers who will patrol various areas of the park, interacting with guests during their mission to find members of the Resistance.
“Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular’’
Starting Jan. 5, 2016, guests will be treated to a spectacular finish to their visit to the park involving a dazzling Star Wars-themed fireworks show set to memorable Star Wars music from throughout the saga.
Guests can experience Star Wars through their palates. Various novelty items and specialty foods inspired by a galaxy far, far away, such as Blue Milk Panna Cotta, Padawan Limeade, BB-8 Lemon and Butter Cream cupcake and a Han Solo Souvenir Kid’s Meal served in a Han Solo-themed bucket, will be available at various locations inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests will soon be able to purchase admission to a dessert party during the fireworks show featuring themed desserts, specialty drinks and a souvenir Chewbacca stein.
The new Star Wars entertainment coming to Walt Disney World Resort along with new Star Wars elements that recently debuted at Disneyland Resort, further expand the Star Wars presence at both resorts ahead of the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
|November 2, 2015||Filled under Christmas, Disney, Holiday, Thanksgiving|
Whether you’re experiencing the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort, or waiting until after the snow on Main Street U.S.A has passed, Walt Disney World Chef Charles Dolson, area chef of The Land Pavilion at Epcot, shows you how to show your Disney Side at home for your festive food and beverages.
Chef Dolson and team often use fresh produce grown in Epcot’s on-site greenhouses to make thousands of meals each week, but fun touches at home can add magic to your meal, wit
h ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. “Simply adding one extra ingredient can change a dish completely,” says Chef Dolson.
Here are six easy-to-do tips from the savory main course to the bubbly sips:
- Turkey Tip – Create a rub with compound butter – softened butter, blended with fresh herbs and spices such as salt, pepper, garlic, sage, dill, and rosemary. Rub the butter under and over the skin of the turkey, so that the bird bastes itself as the butter melts. You can also use a compound butter over other poultry, or a beef or pork roast.
- Cranberry Tip –Liven up canned cranberry sauce by adding port wine, orange zest, grated ginger and fresh or frozen whole cranberries. Stir and simmer until most of the berries have softened or burst. Then, pour in a mold and chill.
- Salad Tip – Forget the croutons. Add fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries) and nuts (walnuts, pecans) to a tossed salad for crunch, texture, sweetness, and tartness. Pour the dressing around the edges of a salad before you toss it, instead of over the top. The dressing will be better distributed and the lettuce less likely to bruise.
- Champagne Tip – Keep a glass of bubbly chilled and fizzy with a wooden skewer of frozen cranberries, blueberries, or strawberry chunks.
- Candy Cane Brownies Tip – Customize store-bought brownie mix by adding crushed candy canes to the batter and also sprinkling them over the top.
- Kitchen Help Tip – If family and friends come to the kitchen and ask to help, let them! Putting ice cubes in glasses or setting pre-prepped items on the dinner table are little things, but they’re also now things that someone else is handling.
BONUS TIP from Chef Dolson – Don’t stress over making a perfect holiday dinner. Instead, make sure to enjoy your family and friends. “The meal is wonderful and the food is important, but it’s really the company that makes the celebration,” says Dolson.
|October 19, 2015||Filled under Disney||
Adventures By Disney (ABD) offers group-guided family travel experiences to all corners of the world. Launched in 2005, Adventures by Disney not only makes vacation planning hassle-free – providing a single price for accommodations, land transportation and most activities and entertainment – but it also adds plenty of exclusive experiences along the way. Disney-trained Adventure Guides accompany each trip, and options can include Junior Adventurers activities and even adults-only time.
An Adventures by Disney® family vacation is an expertly planned, guided group vacation to some of the most intriguing and beloved destinations around the world. On an Adventures by Disney trip you’re a traveler and adventurer, not a tourist. You and your family become active participants in incredible stories, experiences and cultures through immersive activities only Disney can bring you. From bustling cities and awe-inspiring landscapes, to seaside villages and secret locales, Adventures by Disney offers worldwide vacations – to such wondrous places as Europe, Asia and South America – ranging in length from 6 to 13 days.
We’ve chosen our favorite Adventures By Disney, offering opportunities to discover American cities, European destinations, and exotic locales.
England and France
8 Days/7 Nights
Stops: London, Paris, Windsor, Stonehenge and Versailles
Explore two of Europe’s capital cities and more on one of Adventures By Disney’s most popular programs. A wonderful introduction to Europe for families, the tour takes in the must-see sites of the cities, such as Westminster Abbey and the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, plus privately guided tours of the Tower of London and Windsor Castle—Queen Elizabeth and the British royal family’s home. While in the Louvre in Paris, Junior Adventurers participate in an art detective game searching for clues in the artwork with the Adventure Guides, while adults can take in the masterpieces on their own. The program keeps it active with climbs to the top of the Eiffel Tower and Nôtre Dame in Paris, as well as a bike ride through the royal gardens of Versailles.
9 Days/8 Nights
Stops: Rome, Florence, Venice and Tuscany
This top-selling tour is sure to evoke amore with an after-hours visit to Rome’s Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, where group members are literally the only people there. That’s right — no crowds, just your group. VIP entry gets you up close to Michelangelo’s David and another VIP tour takes you through the Palazzo Vecchio while in Florence. Enjoy the country’s fabulous cuisine with a private pasta-making lesson, followed by wine tasting for the adults on a private estate in the Umbrian countryside. Kids will delight in making their own traditional Venetian Carnivale masks in a private workshop, and during a Junior Adventure art detective game at the Doge’s Palace in Venice.
7 Days/6 Nights
Stops: Jackson Hole, Brooks Lake, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
The natural beauty of America is often overlooked, but the Adventures By Disney Wyoming tour allows families to experience the state’s magnificent natural treasures with an emphasis on the outdoors. White-water rafting on the Snake River (Class II-II rapids) jump-starts the fun. A private, guided tour of West Thumb Geyser Basin and a full day exploring The Lower Loop is part of your Yellowstone National Park discovery. Home base for three of the nights is the historic Brooks Lake Lodge, which is reserved for Adventures By Disney Wyoming guests only during your stay. Here, horseback riding through the mountains, fly-fishing, hiking, canoeing and archery are all part of the options.
Cold Weather Alternative: Winter in Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park evokes another kind of beauty with snow-covered mountains and steaming geysers. Spend five days and four nights with highlights including “mushing” sled dogs and soaking in the Granite Hot Springs.
Arizona and Utah
8 Days/7 Nights
Stops: Grand Canyon, Moab and Arches National Parks
Another western adventure choice takes in the southwest with a naturalist-guided Grand Canyon tour and an off-road jeep tour of Sedona’s red rocks. Hike through Arches National Park and take a raft ride down the Colorado River (class I-II rapids). A Navajo guide tells tales of Monument Valley’s past while exploring that part of the region via four-wheel tour. Evoke your inner cowboy or cowgirl with a three-night stay at a working ranch (and winery) on the Colorado River that features a cowboy cookout, a Junior Adventurers dinner and movie night.
7 Days/6 Nights
Stops: Tortuguero, Arenal, Guanacaste and San José
Families explore the lush Costa Rican rainforest and the magnificent wildlife that call it home, starting with a riverboat ride to the “Land of the Turtles” with glimpses of monkeys and birds along the way. Kids will love the rainforest sky tram ride that takes you to the zip-line over the rainforest canopy. (Kids need to be at least 8 years of age and there are size restrictions.) Another option is a guided nature walk. Maleku tribe members bring their culture to life before the group heads to the Hidalgo Hot Springs, where they soak before dining outdoors. A whitewater rafting ride down the Tenorio River (Class II-III) is another adventure. Time on the beaches of Guanacaste includes stargazing, a catamaran ride and snorkeling.
8 Days/7 Nights
Stops: Bergen, Flåm, Geiranger and Oslo
Do you have a child that is obsessed with the movie “Frozen”? This tour brings them to the places that inspired the creation of the Disney animated movie, plus guests get to watch exclusive video content from the voice actors and filmmakers as they talk about how what you’re seeing on these trips relates to the film. These videos are only shown on this Adventures by Disney trip.
You get to explore the storybook village of Bergen, the inspiration for Anna and Elsa’s kingdom of Arendelle, and the kids will love the chance to learn folk dancing like Anna while on their trip. Beyond “Frozen,” a private fjord safari on a speed boat includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site Naeroyfjord, while a local storyteller spins his tales of the land. A fisherman also brings the life in Norway alive while the group participates in rainbow trout fishing on Lake Loen. A trip up to Briksdal Glacier includes a raft ride on the lake and a chance to view the spectacular Seven Sisters Waterfall. A hike to a local farm provides hands-on fun with farm activities.
9 Days/8 Nights
Stops: Edinburgh, Inverness, Loch Ness, Isle of Lewis and Isle of Skye
A tour through Scotland brings to life another popular animated film, Disney Pixar’s “Brave.” Just like with Norway, guests see the sites that inspired the film and watch exclusive video only shown on the Adventures By Disney Scotland trip. Such sites include the standing stones of Callanais and The Black Arnol House during a day trip to the Isle of Lewis. Kids get a chance to hone their archery skills like Brave heroine Merida with lessons at Rothiemurchus Estate, a privately owned, 25,000-acre Highland Estate. Castles abound on this trip with a privately guided tour of Edinburgh Castle (including the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny), and other visits that include Dunnottar Castle (another “Brave” inspiration) and Urquhart Castle with its views of Loch Ness.
Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos
12 Days/11 Nights
Stops: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hoi An, Hanoi, Luang Prabang and Siem Reap
Families seeking a truly exotic locale will enjoy this tour through Southeast Asia. Even the most jaded of teens will be wowed with an elephant ride through the temples of Angkor Wat. Also fun is the ride in a tuk-tuk—a covered caret pulled by a motorcycle—during a “treasure hunt” at Angkor Archaeological Park. Immersion into the local culture has the group taking hands-on lessons in rice farming in Laos, visiting Hoi An’s central market with a chef before a private Vietnamese cooking class, attending a traditional water puppet performance, and learning Tai Chi in a private sunrise class at a local park in Hanoi. Everyone receives an embroidered Tai Chi uniform to take home.
New York City
4 Days, 3 Nights
Stops: Broadway, Times Square, Tribeca, Harlem, Central Park
Part of Adventures By Disney’s Long Weekend itineraries, New York City guests are treated to such VIP access as behind-the-scenes tours of ABC’s “Good Morning America” at Disney’s Time Square Studios during a live taping of the show; the chance to perform on the legendary Apollo Theater’s stage in Harlem; and an after-hours tour at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. A private tour of the New Amsterdam Theatre, a historic landmark, also gives guests a chance to explore the Disney Broadway costume and prop room and get to try on costumes from such shows as “The Lion King,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Little Mermaid.” And what visit to New York City would be complete without seeing a Broadway show… you guessed it, the group gets house seats to Disney’s “Aladdin,” but with the added bonus of a dance class with Disney Teaching Artists to learn the opening number before the show and a talk-back with members of the cast following the show.
Danube River Cruise
Stops: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, GermanyDisney has teamed up with AmaWaterways to launch Danube River Cruises in the summer of 2016. Sailing along the Danube in a 170-passenger river cruise ship, the itinerary features eight destinations within four countries. While onboard, guests will have activities geared for adults, Junior Adventurers and teens.Eight Adventures By Disney Adventure Guides will serve as hosts on the ship and in each port, where guests are taken off the beaten path within each city. Highlights include sites from scenes in the movie “The Sound of Music” in Salzburg, exploring Hohenwerfen Castle and a live falconry show, a bike ride through the Wachau Valley, and the Lazar Equestrian Park in Hungary. The Medieval Devin Castle in Bratislava (Slovakia) features the chance for guests to make their own candles, enjoy archery and other activities. There is also a marionette performance and a strudel making demonstration at Schonbrunn Palace while in Austria.
|October 5, 2015||Filled under Disney, Pets|
No bones about it: Mickey Mouse’s pal Pluto loves to run and play at Walt Disney World Resort. Canine visitors deserve a tail-wagging good time as well. Guests can treat their special four-legged family member to an experience that will last a lifetime (which in dog years could be a very long time!).
|August 17, 2015||Filled under Disney|
Disney just announced a line-up of new attractions and entertainment coming to its theme parks around the world during the D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek gave 7,500 lucky fans a behind-the-scenes look at what’s to come. He was joined by Imagineers working on these projects as well as legendary filmmakers James Cameron and Jon Landau who shared new details about Pandora – The World of AVATAR including the names of the land and E-ticket attraction – AVATAR Flight of Passage. Fans also got a chance to see Marvel legend Stan Lee in a cameo appearance where he posed as an unsuspecting fan during Iron Man’s dramatic entrance.
Among the many announcements Chapek shared were new and enhanced Star Wars experiences coming later this year to the Florida and California theme parks, plans for a new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and more details on Pandora—The World of AVATAR, which is already under construction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Chapek also shared that Soarin’ Around the World will make its U.S. film debut at Epcot and Disney California Adventure taking guests to new places around the world. Additionally, fans got a preview of exclusive video of the first Marvel attraction planned for Disney parks, coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016.
“From Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration to the anticipation of Shanghai Disney Resort, we’re in the midst of unprecedented growth and expansion around the globe,” said Chapek. “With these new announcements, we continue our legacy in creating innovative attractions, worldwide entertainment, and magical lands that take our guests into the worlds of stories they love.”
In addition to these announcements, Chapek talked about the exciting news announced earlier in the day by Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger for plans to bring Star Wars-themed lands to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disneyland park in Anaheim. Each 14-acre land will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet with two signature attractions, including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.
Details on each of the projects include:
Star Wars Enhancements & New Experiences
From a new Star Tours adventure to Star Wars Launch Bay, from a new Jedi Training Academy to “Season of the Force,” soon guests will be part of both new and enhanced experiences at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Later this year, Star Tours will include a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving guests a new adventure in the Star Wars galaxy.
- Star Wars Launch Bay – This interactive experience will take guests into the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, including opportunities to visit with new and favorite Star Wars characters, special merchandise and food offerings. Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. Also at Disneyland park, Star Wars Launch Bay will share the space with the reimagined Super Hero HQ, featuring opportunities to meet and take photos with super heroes like Captain America and Thor, as well as experience the returning Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries. Both experiences will be available for guests later this year.
- Jedi Training Academy— A favorite of younger fans is reimagined with a new experience that includes new characters and a new villain to battle from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”
- Season of the Force – This new seasonal event, beginning early 2016, brings new experiences to both coasts. In Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, guests will explore the Star Wars galaxy with special entertainment throughout the land, themed food locations and more. Guests also will be thrilled to climb aboard Hyperspace Mountain, a reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction, in which guests will join an X-wing Starfighter battle. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will close out weekend nights with a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.
Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida
The reimagining of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will take guests to infinity and beyond, allowing them to step into the worlds of their favorite films, starting with Toy Story Land. This new 11-acre land will transport guests into the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard. Guests will think they’ve been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz as they are surrounded by oversized toys that Andy has assembled using his vivid imagination. Using toys like building blocks, plastic buckets and shovels, and game board pieces, Andy has designed the perfect setting for this land, which will include two new attractions for any Disney park and one expanded favorite.
- Family-friendly roller coaster – All on the back of Slinky Dog, this coaster will zip and zoom, plunge and coast as it takes guests on a fun, toy-filled adventure throughout the new land.
- Alien saucers attraction – The famous little green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers. The music, lighting and sound effects add to the flurry of action, while “The Claw” looms over.
- Toy Story Mania! – Guests glide into the Toy Story Midway Games Play Set and take aim at 3D objects in a variety of fast-paced games, with an expansion that adds a third track to this popular attraction.
After Dark at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Pandora – The World of AVATAR
As part of the largest expansion in the park’s history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will immerse guests into the world of Pandora, and the entire park will transform after dark with new nighttime entertainment experiences, offering guests longer days than ever before to experience this one-of-a-kind theme park.
- “Rivers of Light” – Expected to open next spring, “Rivers of Light” will be an innovative experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney park, combining live performers, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. “Rivers of Light” will magically come to life on the natural stage of Discovery River, delighting guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
- Kilimanjaro Safaris – This popular attraction will be extended for a new nighttime adventure next spring, where guests will travel through the African savanna amid the magically extended orange glow of the setting sun and discover two species new to the attraction: African wild dogs and hyenas.
- Pandora – The World of AVATAR – Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will journey into the magnificent world of Pandora at this new AVATAR-themed land – a world that includes floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest and the winged creatures known as Banshees, giving guests a transformational experience they will never forget.
- AVATAR Flight of Passage – This E-ticket attraction, the centerpiece of Pandora, allows guests to soar on a Banshee over a vast alien world. The spectacular flying experience will give guests a birds-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of the world of Pandora on an aerial rite of passage.
Soarin’ Around the World in Florida and California
Next year, guests at Epcot in Florida and Disney California Adventure in California will journey to far-flung lands and fly above some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders when the new Soarin’ Around the World makes its U.S. debut.
Iron Man Unveiled for Hong Kong Disneyland
Iron Man landed at D23 EXPO today for a special appearance, and soon Hong Kong Disneyland guests will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with the Super Hero himself. Set to open in 2016, Iron Man Experience will be the first Marvel attraction at any Disney park, taking guests on an epic adventure over the streets and in the sky above Hong Kong. The adventure will begin at the new Stark Expo where guests board the Iron Wing to take flight and battle Hydra alongside fan-favorite Avenger, Iron Man.
|August 3, 2015||Filled under Disney|
The Disney Family Culinary Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort allows guests to go backstage, step into the kitchen at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and work alongside a Disney Chef.
Ever wonder how to make a buttery pasta noodle or fork-tender filet mignon? Beginning July 8, the new “Disney Family Culinary Adventure” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort whisks guests backstage for a fun, interactive evening that includes plenty of time with the Disney chefs, hands-on cooking and a festive, five-course dinner with beer and wine served in the kitchen by the professional catering staff.
Aimed at guests 9 and older, the evening starts at 5 p.m. with a friendly introduction to the massive catering kitchen. A maximum of 30 guests put on aprons, hats and gloves and are divided into five cooking groups. And every station has a wow technique, from the ease of making homemade butter (equal parts buttermilk and heavy cream) to a fresh pasta with just three ingredients.
“We want to show them the tricks of the trade,” says Chef Frank Brough. “It’s a guided experience but they do everything from making cheese and butter to rolling out pasta and breaking down a whole beef tenderloin.”
The five stations:
- Garde manger, is the French term for food produced in the cold kitchen, where guests learn how to make farmer cheese, farmer cheese, from-scratch butter, and how to plate a gourmet salad on a rapidly moving electric belt in the professional kitchen.
- Sushi, with sushi chefs teaching the art of rolling sushi and sashimi. (This station may rotate with other culinary ideas.)
- Boucherie, or butcher station, where guests learn how to trim a beef tenderloin to make the perfect filet mignon.
- Pasta, with just three ingredients (semolina, olive oil and egg), guests learn to make tender noodles from scratch, along with fresh basil pesto.
- Patisserie, or bakery, where guests get to play with chocolate, mousse and other sweet endings.
Once the food prep is complete, guests move freely about the big kitchen to chat with the chefs – no culinary question goes unanswered. It takes about an hour for all the prep work, then everyone is seated at a long table in the center of the kitchen to enjoy the five-course meal they’ve just prepared. (Vegetarian, vegan and selections for guests with allergies are options for dinner.)
Lights are dimmed, background music plays, and a toast begins the special meal, where each course is served with wine and beer. At the meal’s end a special molecular gastronomy demonstration wows guests (we’ll keep that a secret), and they receive a special toque (chef’s hat) to take home, along with a Disney cookbook signed by the chefs. A Disney PhotoPass photographer will be on hand to capture photos of the group during the experience, and the photos will be available to view and purchase on DisneyPhotoPass.com.
“We really want them to leave the kitchen with ideas for a spectacular dinner party that they can do at home without opening a can or reaching for something frozen,” says Chef Brough.
The program is planned two evenings a week (days vary), starting at 5 p.m. Cost is $175 plus tax, $125 plus tax for ages 9 to 12. (Younger guests may have their own cooking station.) Complimentary transportation is provided for Walt Disney Resort hotel guests. To book or for more information, call 407-WDW-PLAY.