New Mickey and Minnie Meet and Greet at Animal Kingdom!

Meet Mickey and Minnie at the New Adventurers Outpost in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

February 20, 2013 By

Are you ready for an adventure?
Meet Mickey and Minnie at the New Adventurers Outpost in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Starting this spring, Mickey and Minnie Mouse will invite you into their very own exploration headquarters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The all-new Adventurers Outpost on Discovery Island is home base for your globetrotting Disney pals, where they meet friends old and new, as they get ready to set off on their next adventure.

Adventurers Outpost is a gathering place, where explorers might come together to share tales from their expeditions around the world. This new, indoor retreat is the perfect spot for meeting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Meanwhile, over at Camp Minnie-Mickey, you’ll still be able to run into other Disney friends and catch a performance of the incomparable Festival of the Lion King!

Meet Mickey and Minnie at the New Adventurers Outpost in Disney’s Animal Kingdom by Shawn Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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New 2013 Disney Hidden Mickey Pins

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The start of a new year traditionally marks the arrival of new Hidden Mickey pins at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Cast members at Disney Parks use these specially designed pins for trading with guests. I received a few questions about the new pins for this year, so I contacted Julie Young, former merchandiser for pins, to learn more. Julie now develops Vinylmation, dolls, plush and Duffy the Disney Bear, which makes this year’s collection the final series she created.

“I’m happy how the pins turned out this year,” said Julie. “For my final series, I wanted to capture hidden treasures from Disney Parks and include some favorite Disney characters, like Winnie the Pooh. I love all the details found at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, like the pinwheels found in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park. I think those details are great for Hidden Mickey pins as they make the pins different from other pins we release.”
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Similar to previous years, there will be two different series of pins released in 2013 – series A (now available) and series B (the latter will appear toward summertime). Many of the pins will be unique to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts (this time, the exception is the popcorn pins, which are a shared set). As always, you can identify a Hidden Mickey pin with the small Mickey Mouse icon included on the front of the pin. The back stamp also indicates it’s a Hidden Mickey pin.

I like the Disney Villains parking lot signs from Magic Kingdom Park, as they are a continuation of a collection introduced years ago when I was involved with Disney pins. The Duffy the Disney Bear pins and cast member costumes are also continued collections from last year.
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Other fun pins include the Wilderness Explorer badges inspired by the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure park, and the Friendship Boats from World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot. Julie said the boats were an idea from a cast member who worked in transportation.

Look for these pins on cast members’ lanyards throughout 2013. As a reminder, you can trade a maximum of two pins, per cast member, per day. With thousands of cast members trading pins, that is a lot of trades waiting to be made!

Trade for New Hidden Mickey Pins in 2013 at Disney Parks by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

 

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Were going to Disney World! Now what do we pack??

Getting ready for a Disney Vacation can be very stressful for some people. When you are flying to Disney especially you don’t want to over pack (you need room in the luggage for the trip home for your souvenirs) For most people Disney is a once in a lifetime vacation. Here is a list of some things that you will need to remember to pack when preparing for your MAGICAL Disney Vacation.

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Here are a few things that are essential:

Bring in a backpack to the parks on a daily basis

  • Suntan Lotion –  Orlando is sunny for most of the year, yes even in January for those from cold weather states! Always pack sunblock, you don’t want to get a major sunburn on the first day of vacation!
  • Ziploc bags – These will come in handy.  Whether it’s packing snacks for the kids, or protecting your phones on water rides, don’t forget to bring these!  A wet cell phone or camera will really ruin a trip
  • Snacks and drinks –   Bringing snacks for the kids and a backpack full of drinks can save money for sure. Even if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, don’t use credits on water and chips..save them on big items!  (you can also get free water from quick-service counters)
  • Rain poncho and umbrella – It will pour at Disney in the summer probably once a day. ponchos are very easy to store, taking up little space.
  • Glow sticks and bracelets – During the nighttime parade, vendors sell expensive glow toys for kids.  You will spend a lot of money on these items.  You can find much cheaper toys at Dollar Tree or Walmart and your kids will love it!
  • Sunglasses
  • Wipes – Your kids will get messy at times.  The wipes will be a life-saver when ice cream is all over your kids faces.
  • Stroller — If you have children, you should consider bringing a stroller.  If they are 5 or 6, you may think you are long past the stroller days.  But trust me, you will be exhausted walking the parks for a week.  Now add in carrying a 5 year old around, and you’ll wish you had one!  Once you get to the parks, renting from Disney is VERY expensive.  Bring your own. Don’t have one anymore? Go to consignment and get a cheap one for your trip!

Items to keep in your hotel room

  • Laundry detergent – Even if you just bring a bag of it, the prices at the resorts are very high.  Washing clothes once during your trip can save you an extra suitcase or two.
  • Plastic silverware and bowls – Trust me these will come in handy in your rooms!  You can feed your kids cereal and other items to save money
  • Clothes for cool and warm weather – If you are at Disney in the fall or winter, the nights can get surprisingly cool, even for South Florida.  Bring a sweatshirt or two and some pants.
  • Snacks and waters – Some people even ship snacks and items to their resort a few days in advance of their arrival.  Regardless of how you get them there, bringing these items will save you a lot of money.
  • Trash bags – The rooms at Disney can be quite small.  You will have a bunch of trash accumulate and having a big trash bag to put it all in can help you keep your sanity!
  • The Basics  –  Tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, undergarments, socks.  All of the things your normally bring are just as important at Disney.  Especially if you are flying in, forgetting socks means you have to pay expensive prices and without a car, you are unable to drive somewhere to get these necessities at a reasonable price.

I hope this helps in planning the perfect Disney Vacation!! 

 

 

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Disney Aulani Stay 3 Nights get 4th night free!

Stay 3 nights get the 4th consecutive night free at Disneys Aulani

This spring is the perfect time for a family getaway to Aulani. For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum 4-night stay, you enjoy the 4th night free!

Book this special offer now through April 6, 2013, for stays most nights April 7 – May 23 and May 27 – June 8, 2013. Contact me today for a FREE No Obligation Quote

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Don’t miss out on all the luxury that Aulani offers with a touch of Disney Magic!

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Disney Cruise Line Unveils New 2014 Itineraries and Ports

Disney Cruise Line Unveils New 2014 Itineraries and Ports

February 12, 2013 By

The secret is out! Disney Cruise Line is returning to Europe and Alaska in 2014 – with brand new destinations – and offering Southern Caribbean cruises from Puerto Rico for the first time ever!

There are several new itinerary options for the Mediterranean sailings, so I’ll follow up with a second post tomorrow including more details. For now, I’ll cover the highlights…
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From May to August 2014, the Disney Magic will sail four-, five-, seven-, nine- and 12-night cruises in the Mediterranean, including new destinations in the Greek Isles and Sicily for the very first time.
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Also new for the 2014 European season, we will use Venice, Italy, as a homeport for select sailings. During these cruises, the Disney Magic overnights in Venice, giving guests the opportunity to experience an evening in the spectacular city.
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Other big news is that for the first time ever, we will homeport in Puerto Rico. The Disney Magic will sail seven-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean, departing September 20, September 27, October 4, and October 11 from San Juan and visiting Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and St. Kitts.
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And finally, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for another summer season, sailing seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm fjord, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Plus, we added one special nine-night sailing that includes a stop at Sitka, departing May 24.

Whew! That was a lot of new info! We’ll be giving you more details, photos and videos over the coming weeks – so stay tuned! Which one of these new itineraries are you most excited about?

Disney Cruise Line Unveils New 2014 Itineraries and Ports by Jonathan Frontado: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

 

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Chocolate Trees in Full Bloom in The Land Pavillion- YUM!

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: ‘Chocolate’ Trees in Full Bloom at The Land Pavilion at Epcot

February 13, 2013 By

Cacao Trees in Full Bloom at The Land Pavilion at Epcot

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to pick chocolate right from a tree to give to your Valentine? Well it’s not as simple as that, of course. You need to start with the fruit of the cacao tree, which contains the beans that can be transformed into chocolate. Guests visiting Epcot are getting a good look at the cacao tree when they experience Living with the Land or the Behind the Seeds tour. Our cacao trees, one of the more than 100 food crops that guests can see at The Land Pavilion, are in full bloom.

So how do you transform cacao beans into chocolate? The process has quite a few steps. It begins with cleaning and roasting the beans, then removing the shells. Next is the creation of the cocoa liquor, which, with cocoa butter and other ingredients like milk and butter — and a few more steps — becomes chocolate.

Historians tell us that chocolate played a special role in both the ancient Maya and Aztec cultures — for example, chocolate drinks were served during sacred ceremonies. And although cocoa is originally from the Americas, today western Africa produces almost two-thirds of the world’s cocoa.
Cacao Trees in Full Bloom at The Land Pavilion at Epcot

Did you know?

  • Guests experience a two-acre wonderland of tomato “trees,” cucumbers on strings, hanging pumpkins, floating lettuce and even Mickey Mouse-shaped fruit at The Land Pavilion, making it one of the most unique growing facilities in the world. Visitors gain inspiration for their gardens at home and look at the issues of feeding the world in sustainable and creative ways.
  • On the Behind the Seeds tour, guests get a more in-depth understanding of innovative growing practices as agricultural scientists guide guests through the greenhouses and laboratories. Technologies aimed at achieving sustainability are demonstrated, like the careful management of water and nutrients and biological control of insect pests.
  • The Land scientists are constantly working to develop growing systems that are both kinder to the environment and improve productivity — for example, figuring out how to grow more crops in less space so people have the food they need and forests and other natural areas are protected.

 
Read on for more updates from Epcot:

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: ‘Chocolate’ Trees in Full Bloom at The Land Pavilion at Epcot by Fred Petitt, Ph.D.: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

 

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Food and Wine meets Flower and Garden??

 
The 20th Annual Epcot Flower and Garden Festivalstarts  in just a few weeks but this year with food and drinks as well. With the success of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, this year’s Flower and Garden Festival will feature Garden Marketplace kiosks around World Showcase, each offering a selection of fresh food and beverages. The menus are still being finalized, but today we have a look at each kiosk and what you can expect to find when the festival begins on March 6, 2013. Disney has yet to release costs for this part of the festival, but I would expect portions and pricing to be similar to the Food and Wine Festival.
 
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The Cottage
  • Potato, Chive and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Sour Cream 
  • Baked Goat’s Brie with Kumquat Chutney 
  • Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and Basil 
  • Trio of Trifles (Chocolate, Berry, Ginger and Tea) 
  • Earl Grey Tea 
  • English Breakfast Tea 
  • Chilled Rose Blush Lemonade – non alcoholic 
  • Lemon Green Tea 
  • Jasmine Green Tea 
  • Spiced Apple Chai Tea 
  • Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea 
  • Lemon & Ginger Tea 
  • Pomegranate and Raspberry Tea 
  • Camomile Honey & Vanilla Tea 
  • Honeybush, Mandarin and Orange Tea 
  • Pure Peppermint Tea 
  • Mixed Berries Cold Brewed Iced Tea 
  • Peach Cold Brewed Iced Tea 
  • Poema Cava Brut Rosé 
  • Dasani Bottled Water 
  • Seagram’s Orange Citrus Sparkling Water 
  • Minute Maid® Light Lemonade 
  • Honest Kids® Super Fruit Punch 
Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market
  • Savory Bread Pudding – with Spring Peas and Wild Mushroom Ragout
  • German Meatloaf Sandwich – with Sweet Mustard and Fried Shallots 
  • Potato Pancakes – with house made Apple Sauce
  • Hugo – Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint Krombacher Hefeweizen 
  • Florida Avenue American Wheat ale from Cold Storage Craft Brewery, Tampa, FL 
  • Honker Ale from Goode Island Brewing Co. in Chicago, IL (English Style-Bitter) 
  • Toasted lager from Blue Point in Patchougue New York, (Amber Lager)
  • Beer Flight – Four 6oz. Servings
  • Dasani Bottled Water 
  • Seagram’s Orange Citrus Sparkling Water 
  • Minute Maid® Light Lemonade 
  • Honest Kids® Super Fruit Punch
Florida Fresh
  • Watermelon Salad – with pickled Red Onions, BW Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese and Balsamic Reduction 
  • Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits – with Andouille Sausage, Zellwood Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro 
  • Angel Food Cake – with macerated Florida Berries 
  • Hot Sun Tomato Wine from Florida Orange Groves 
  • 40 Karat Wine from Florida Orange Groves 
  • Orange Blossom Pilsner from Orange Blossom in Orlando, FL. 
  • Strawberry Slush – non alcoholic 
  • Dasani Bottled Water 
  • Seagram’s Orange Citrus Sparkling Water 
  • Minute Maid® Light Lemonade 
  • Honest Kids® Super Fruit Punch 
Fruits By The Glass
  • Watermelon Passion Fruit Cocktail – served with Cane Vodka from Florida Distillery LLC. 
  • Wild Berry Slush – non alcoholic 
  • Sea Dog Blue Paw Wild Blueberry Beer 
  • Mango Mama, Mango Wine from Florida Orange Groves 
  • Blueberry Blue, Blueberry Wine from Florida Orange Groves 
  • New Planet™ (Gluten Free) 3R Raspberry Ale from Boulder, Colorado 
  • DeLoach Vineyards Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 
  • DeLoach Vineyards Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 
  • Dasani Bottled Water 
  • Seagram’s Orange Citrus Sparkling Water 
  • Minute Maid® Light Lemonade 
  • Honest Kids® Super Fruit Punch
Hanami
  • Fruishi – fresh strawberries, pineapple and cantaloupe, rolled with coconut rice, atop a raspberry sauce sprinkled with toasted coconut and whipped cream 
  • Chirashi Hanazushi – Grilled salmon, cooked shrimp and crab stick, over a bed of fragrant ginger rice with Volcano and Dynamite sauce 
  • YakiSoba Pan – Fresh grilled carrots, onions and cabbage with Japanese noodles and teriyaki sauce served on a bun with mayonnaise and Beni 
  • Shoga Green Tea Flan – Silky custard with macha green tea and caramel glaze 
  • Yuzu Rita – Frozen blend of Tequila, triple sec, lemon and lime juice with a hint of Yuzu 
  • Fruit Sake – Peach infused sake 
  • Hana Awaka Sake – Sparkling and refreshingly sweet Sake 
  • Frozen Kirin Ichiban – Innovative draught with a refreshing Frozen Foam topping
Jardin de Fiestas
  • Tostada de Jaiba – Crab tostada served with Chipotle Mayo and Valentina sauce 
  • Tacos de Carnitas – Pork Carnitas topped with Tamarindo salsa, served on a flour tortilla with Chicharrón 
  • Flan de Guayaba – Guava Custard 
  • Conga Fruit Punch – non alcoholic 
  • Corona Light Draft Beer 
  • Rosita Margarita on the Rocks 
  • Organic Tequila Flight (Blanco, Reposado, Añejo) 
  • Dasani Bottled Water
L’Orangerie
  • Tarte à la ratatouille et fromage de chèvre – Zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, onions and tomato tart with goat cheese 
  • Terrine Campagnarde, baguette et compote de cerises – Country style pâté served with baguette and cherry compote 
  • Verrine charlotte au péches – Caramalized peaches and rosemary and light vanilla cream 
  • Frozen Cocktail 
  • Chardonnay Macon Village Georges Duboeuf 
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux Beau-Rivage 
  • Muscat Pétillant, Sparkling Muscat Charles de Fère
Lotus House
  • Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries 
  • Spring Pancake – with Grilled Chicken and Green Apple 
  • Pan-fried Vegetable Bun 
  • Peach – Oolong Bubble Tea 
  • Kung Fu Punch 
  • Vodka with Mango and Orange Juice 
  • Tropical Sea Breeze 
  • Vodka with Guava and Coconut Juice 
  • Plum Wine 
  • Tsing – Tao Beer 
  • Lychee Aerated Water 
  • Peach Aerated Water 
  • Dasani Bottled Water
Pineapple Promenade
  • Dole Whip 
  • Dole Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum 
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake, featuring Dole Pineapple 
  • Dole Pineapple Fruit Cup 
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade – non alcoholic 
  • Samuel Adams Cream Stout 
  • Dasani Bottled Water 
  • Seagram’s Orange Citrus Sparkling Water 
  • Minute Maid® Light Lemonade 
  • Honest Kids® Super Fruit Punch
Primavera Kitchen
  • Asparagi con Aragosta all’Ortolana – Green asparagus, lobster, garden cocktail sauce 
  • Lasagna Primavera – Spinach Lasagna, green peas, zucchini, mushrooms, broccolini, béchamel and fresh tomatoes, with garlic and basil leaves 
  • Panna Cotta al Limoncello – Limoncello flavored Panna Cotta, wild berries 
  • Fontana Candida, Pinot Grigio 
  • Castello di Querceto, Chianti 
  • Bosco del Merlo, Prosecco 
  • White Peach Bellini 
  • Strawberry Rossini 
  • Italian Primavera 
  • Birrificio Del Ducato – Nuova Mattina (Spring Saison Ale) 
  • Italian Beer Flight 
  • Birrificio Le Baladin – Nora (Specialty Ale) 
  • Birra Del Borgo – Rubus Lamponi (Specialty Wild Fruit Ale)
Taste of Marrakesh
  • Spiced Lamb Kebab – with vegetable couscous salad 
  • Harissa and Lemon Confit Chicken Drumettes – with chermoula and cucumber salad 
  • Baghrir – Moroccan pancake with honey, almonds and Argan oil 
  • Desert Rose – Sparkling Wine, topped with Pomegranate liqueur 
  • White Sangria 
  • Guerrouane red 
  • Casa Beer 
  • Mint & Peach Iced Tea 
  • Dasani Bottled Water 
The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews
  • Pulled Pig Slider – with Cole Slaw 
  • Smoked Beef Brisket – with Collard Greens and Jalapeño Corn Bread 
  • Rocky Road Brownie Mousse 
  • Mama’s Little Yella Pils from Oskar River Blues in Lyons, Co (Pilsner Czech style) 
  • Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Co. in San Francisco, CA (India Pale Ale) 
  • Red Ale from Orlando Brewing in Orlando, FL (Red Ale – Organic) 
  • Blackwater Stout from Orlando Brewing Company in Orlando, FL ( Stout – Organic) 
  • The Original Rib Shack Red 
  • Beer Flight

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Dining reviews in Animal Kingdom!

 Disneys Animal Kingdom Dining: 2 counter service options that offer the most bang for your buck (or dining credits)

 

Flame Tree BBQ is located near the Discovery Island Bridge to Dinoland. Flame Tree has beautiful views of Expedition Everest over the Discovery River, this is especially nice when the sun is setting over the mountain. All seating is located outdoors but there are some pavilions to shade you from the Florida sun. The BBQ menu features ½ Rib Platter with baked beans & cole slaw, 1/2 Smoked Chicken Platter with baked beans & cole slaw, Rib and Chicken Combo with baked beans and cole slaw,Pulled Pork Sandwich w/slaw, and Smoked Turkey breast as well as a Barbecue Salad (crispy lettuce, garbanzo and pinto beans, cheddar cheese, corn, and crispy tortilla strips). For dessert you can choose from Key Lime Mousse or Chocolate Mousse. On my last visit I had the Rib/Chicken Combo, my goodness is this a HUGE meal! Certainly enough for 2 adults to split, if you are on the dining plan you can use 1 quick service credit and save a credit for another meal. The BBQ was a wonderful sweet flavor and you can find the not so secret recipe in a few Disney cookbooks. Flame Tree’s children’s menu offers a baked chicken drumstick with two sides, a hot dog or a PBJ Sandwich. You can also order fries or onion rings and assorted beverages. This location is open for lunch and dinner and does accept the Disney Dining Plan for 1 Quick Service credit.

 

Next stop is Amandupur for Yak & Yeti counter service, this is another outdoor location for dining. Open for lunch and dinner, the Yak and Yeti Counter Service restaurant serves LARGE portions of Asian cuisine in cute little take-out cartons. Offering meals such as Honey Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, and Beef Lo Mein vegetarians don’t really have options here. They also serve an Asian Chicken Sandwich and Mandarin Chicken Salad. Side items are Egg Rolls, Fried Rice or Fries. The children’s menu offers Cheeseburger or Chicken Tenders served with carrots and fresh fruit . Dessert options here are Chocolate Cake, Frozen Lemonade or Chocolate Mousse. The Frozen Lemonade is a great choice on a hot Florida Day. Yak & Yeti is located close to two of Animal Kingdom’s most popular attractions, Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids, because of this the Yak and Yeti counter service restaurant can get busy during peak dining times. This location is 1 Dining Plan quick service credit, however the portions are very large and can easily be split between 2 people.

Both restaurants can be very cost efficient if you are paying out of pocket for your meals while in Disney. I highly recommend either restaurant when dining in Animal Kingdom for the cost, quality and portions. And don’t forget to keep the camera out as both of these locations have amazing views of the park! So sit back, relax and enjoy the meal as well as all of the gorgeous scenery that Disneys Animal Kingdom has to offer.

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True Love Week at Disney!

True love is in the air at Walt Disney World Resort as fairytale princesses unite with their princes, Cinderella Castle gets a romantic nighttime makeover and “happily ever after” becomes reality. It all happens February 11 to February 17, 2013 during True Love Week, part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks.

This weeklong Valentine’s event celebrates the love of friends and family—and invites couples to rekindle the flame. Explore the enchantment that awaits:

Themed Experiences at Magic Kingdom Park

Delight in an array of festive experiences at Magic Kingdom* during True Love Week, including:

  • Romantic Setting: Feel the romance at every turn, with banners proclaiming True Love, heart-shaped signage and sweetheart-themed décor.
  • Blushing Castle: At dusk, Cinderella Castle will blush hues of pink, red, lavender and blue with themed lighting that’s paired with musical melodies.
  • Valentine’s-themed Takeaways: Limited-edition pins, plushes, newly designed apparel and Vinylmations will be available for purchase at select merchandise locations.
  • Royal Gathering: Enjoy a rare opportunity to get a photo with some Disney Princes as they escort their Princesses to enchanting greeting locations.

Throughout the park, discover more romantic photo locations where you can capture special moments with loved ones:

  • Carriage Awaits: New Fantasyland invites lovers to create memories alongside Cinderella’s Glass Coach.
  • Wishes Come True: Hearts and flowers enhance Cinderella’s Wishing Well, offering a picturesque backdrop for your photos.
  • Rose Walk: The Rose Garden in Central Plaza will be enhanced with enchanting décor.

Enjoy all this—and maybe some unexpected surprises—at Magic Kingdom park.

Romantic Dinners for 2

Share a candlelit dinner for 2 with that special someone at Walt Disney World Resort. Choose from Limited Time Magic prix fixe menus at select restaurants, including Artist Point, The Wave…of American Flavors, The Hollywood Brown Derby* (located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park) and Yachtsman Steakhouse. To make reservations, book online or call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Pampering Gifts and Massages

Give your loved one a special gift, like long-stemmed roses, chocolate-covered strawberries or champagne. For more information about these and other gifts, visit the Disney Florist website.

Or, book an aromatherapy couples’ massage and unwind from the excitement of the parks. Couples’ massages are available at the newly opened, full-service Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.Image

Fantastic “Limited Time” Magic Menus!

 
Another “Limited Time Magic” moment is on the way: this time, sweet dining menus just for Valentine’s week, February 11-17
 
The chefs are having fun creating special dishes – both meals for families and special fixed-price dinners for two. Probably the most frivolously fun is the chocolate cupcake with raspberry mousse filling and dark chocolate mousse frosting that’s dipped in more chocolate, then garnished with more chocolate, strawberries and a sweet little rosebud. (These are priced at $4.99, so you’d better buy at least two so you don’t have to share.) The cupcake can be found at Surfside Lounge at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, the Disneyland Hotel Coffee House, Pacific Wharf Café and Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café at Disney California Adventure park, and Jolly Holiday Bakery Café at Disneyland park. And we also love the sweet and sour(dough) heart-shaped bread that’s another special at Pacific Wharf Café ($6.99).
 
For families playing in Disneyland park, how about strawberry and chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast at Carnation Café, and roasted garlic shrimp pasta for lunch? Or there’s spicy glazed salmon with chipotle pineapple glaze, roasted golden and red beets, and mushroom quinoa at Plaza Inn.
 
Fixed-price dinner for two is offered at both Café Orleans and Blue Bayou Restaurant – the café is doing a three-course “surf and turf to love,” and Blue Bayou’s three courses includes a pork chop stuffed with Boursin and collard greens served with housemade spaetzle. (Note: Blue Bayou is sold out for dinner on February 14.)
At Disney California Adventure park, the Wine Country Trattoria is offering two glasses of sparkling wine with chocolate-covered strawberries. And Carthay Circle Restaurant will feature a fixed-price dinner for two with either grilled filet mignon or sautéed wild petrale sole steamed with tangerine-almond-grape brown butter. (Both restaurants are sold out for dinner on February 14.)
 
In the resorts, Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel has a fixed-price dinner for two with surf and turf – filet mignon and scallops with lobster mashed potatoes. And Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will create a four-course St. Valentine’s Vintners Meal and also offer a special dinner just on February 14 – details not final for either, but we know Chef Andrew Sutton will delight and surprise his guests. (Both restaurants are sold out for dinner on Feb. 14.)
 
At Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll find fixed-price “Dinner for Two” at several spots. At The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, dinner starts with a colossal prawn stuffed with blue lump crab and continues with a filet mignon topped with Cabernet and shallot butter.
In the resorts, dinner at Artist Point offers a succulent Kumamoto oyster; heirloom beets; cedar plank roasted King salmon, filet mignon or crispy buttermilk-dipped chicken; and Valrhona Chocolate Indulgence with local strawberries. Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort gives you a choice of a New York strip steak, filet mignon, twin lobster tails, Long Island duck or butternut squash tortellini – and if you want a celebratory splash at the end, sip a glass of Champagne or chardonnay (extra cost).
 
The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort gives diners a taste of local farms with butter-poached lobster with Florida avocado-heirloom tomato salad; duck confit with Florida candied kumquats; rib-eye steak, and a sweet finish with a citrus-infused truffle torte.
 
And Shutters at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a trip to the islands with Caribbean conch chowder, seared rib-eye with plaintain and white sweet potato gratin, and a chocolate and strawberry sweetheart dessert