#DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic — Celebrate National Gingerbread Day With Our Gingerbread-Cream Cheese Muffin Recipe!

Gingerbread Day is tomorrow, and we have a delicious recipe to celebrate the
day and gear us up for the holiday season – Gingerbread-Cream Cheese Muffins!

Let’s face it, the scent and taste of freshly baked gingerbread screams HOLIDAY and this spiced gingerbread muffin with cream cheese filling is the perfect bundle of holiday goodness! Want to enjoy this gingerbread treat in our parks? Head on over to Isle of Java and Harambe Fruit Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park starting Dec. 1 through Jan. 2.

in more tasty holiday treats at Disney? Check out our food and beverage Holiday

and the Foodie Guide
to the Taste of EPCOT International Festival for the Holidays

#DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic — Celebrate National Gingerbread Day With Our Gingerbread-Cream Cheese Muffin Recipe! #DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic at Home — Celebrate National Gingerbread Day With Our Gingerbread Cream Cheese Muffin Recipe


Isle of Java and Harambe Fruit Market, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Makes 12


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (1/4 cup butter, softened, may be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Reserved cream cheese filling


  1. Combine sugar and butter in bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle
    attachment and beat on low speed until there are no lumps. Add cream cheese and
    mix on medium speed for 3 minutes, until smooth.
  2. Reduce speed to low. Add egg and lemon juice and mix until smooth.
  3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, up to 3 days, until ready to use.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare a muffin pan with 12 liners and set
  2. Sift flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking
    soda, and salt into medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine oil or butter, brown sugar, molasses, honey, and egg in bowl of
    electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Mix on medium speed until
    combined. Reduce speed to low and add buttermilk until incorporated.
  4. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Scrape sides of
    mixer and mix an additional 30 seconds. Batter will be slightly lumpy.
  5. Scoop batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each cup 3/4 full.
  6. Place reserved cream cheese filling in piping bag fitted with large
    round tip. Insert piping tip into the center of each muffin, piping about 1
    tablespoon into the center, then pipe a swirl around the top of the muffin.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until top of muffin is firm when touched.
  8. Cool before serving.

Note: Always
use caution when handling sharp objects and hot contents. Please supervise
children who are helping or nearby. This recipe has been converted from a
larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from
the restaurant’s version.

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Shopping is Magical at Disney Springs Thanksgiving Week

The countdown to Christmas has taken on a whole new meaning this year. Most of my family and friends have started decorating early adding those nostalgic holiday touches at home along with kicking off their holiday shopping. I have to admit I’m a little behind this year, but Disney Springs always saves me especially when I need to shop for everyone. For foodies, kids, stocking stuffers and gifts for him and her, there’s always a store that fits my shopping needs. Of course, if you have a Disney Fan or two on your list, World of Disney is your one-stop-destination for Disney fans of all ages and starting next week, we’ll be kicking off holiday shopping with a few magical releases.

On Monday, Nov. 23, get your paws on the new Disney Parks Reigning Cats & Dogs Dooney & Bourke totes at World of Disney! Whether you’re a dog-person or a cat-person there’s something “purrfect” in this collection for every Disney dog or cat-loving fan. If you look closely, you’ll spot some familiar favorites like Thomas O’Malley, Yzma as a Cat, Lucifer, Nana, Pongo and Perdita, Max, and so many others on the front and back. See how many you can name!

Shopping is Magical at Disney Springs Thanksgiving Week

We’re also releasing the Tangled Dooney & Bourke collection in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Tangled. I’ve always loved the glow of the lanterns from this film which are beautifully illustrated in the collection along with Rapunzel’s flowing hair and her best side-kick, Pascal. 

Shopping is Magical at Disney Springs Thanksgiving Week

You’ll find both of these collections at World of Disney at Disney Springs in addition to Uptown Jewelers at Magic Kingdom Park, Legends of Hollywood and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Discovery Trading Company at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park while supplies last.

Shopping is Magical at Disney Springs Thanksgiving Week

If new Disney accessories weren’t exciting enough, we’ll also be featuring specially-priced items at several of our Disney retail stores November 23 through December 7 (some only available at Disney Springs!). This is the perfect opportunity to start shopping for some of those Disney-loving fans on your list. As an added bonus, Disney Annual Passholders can stack their discount for even more savings! See what’s in-store:

  • Disney’s Days of Christmas & World of Disney- Receive 25% off a select holiday tote with any merchandise purchase*  
  • Goofy’s Candy Co. – Receive (1) complimentary select consumable with the purchase of (1) select consumable*
  • Marketplace Co-Op – Receive 25% off a Loungefly Unicorn Backpack*
  • Once Upon a Toy – Receive 25% off Classic Disney Princess Dolls*
  • Star WarsShopping is Magical at Disney Springs Thanksgiving Week ™ Galactic Outpost – Receive 29% off Talking Yoda*

Beginning on November 24, two additional offers join the mix. I love a good “BOGO” so the thought of a free Loungefly Wristlet with the purchase of a qualifying Loungefly Backpack puts a huge smile on my face! Check ‘em out:

  • DisneyStyle – Receive (1) complimentary Loungefly Pastel Wristlet with the purchase of (1) Loungefly Pastel Backpack* 
  • Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories – Receive (1) complimentary Loungefly Minnie Bow Wristlet with the purchase of (1) Loungefly Minnie Bow Backpack*
Shopping is Magical at Disney Springs Thanksgiving Week

Be sure to take advantage of additional shopping promotions and discounts at many retailers as early as Nov. 23 across Disney Springs. See details below: 

  • Coach (Nov. 20 & 27): Save 50% off select styles every Friday in November.
  • Coca-Cola Store (Nov. 27-29) Save $10 off a purchase of $50 or more and $25 off a purchase of $100 or more.
  • Columbia Sportswear (Nov. 23-Dec.1): Pillows $19.99, Select outerwear starting at 40% off, Pint Glasses $24.99, 30% off, All Ski Goggles, Graphic T-Shirts 2 for $25. 
  • Lilly Pulitzer (Nov. 26-28): Celebrate Lilly’s favorite things this holiday season with (1) one complimentary original, printed ornament with each $75 purchase. 
  • Melissa Shoes (Nov. 26-30): Take 60% off all regular priced items and an extra 60% off all sale items. 
  • Ron Jon Surf Shop (Nov. 23-29): Get the classic Ron Jon Trusty Badge T-Shirt on sale up to 50% off. (Limited time offer. Available colors and sizes may vary.)
  • Shop for Ireland (Nov. 27-29): Enjoy 25% off all jewelry and up to 70% off select clothing, souvenirs, and gifts.
  • Sperry (Nov.24-30): Enjoy $54.99 doorbuster boots and up to 50% select styles while supplies last.
  • UGG (Nov. 27-Dec.31): Enjoy 30% off select styles while supplies last.
  • UNOde50 (Nov. 19-30): Enjoy 50% off select styles.
  • Vera Bradley (Nov. 19-Dec. 1): $20 Medium Cosmetic (reg. $40) from the Mickey’s Paisley Celebration Collection with your purchase of $75 or more. Exclusions and limitations may apply. See a store associate for details.
  • Take a quick snack break and check out the 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck now located at Disney Springs West Side with a brand-new menu. On Nov. 27, 2020 enjoy complimentary queso and chips with any entree purchase.

(All offers subject to change. Not to be combined with other offers. While supplies last. See each location for more details.)

Don’t forget the Disney Springs Virtual Gift Guide is always at your fingertips if you need a little gift-giving inspiration while you’re shopping. Visit us at @disneysprings on Instagram and scroll through our highlight buttons for popular gift categories.

As a friendly tip, we recommend shopping in the morning and early afternoon as parking may be more available earlier in the day. Planning to join us for Thanksgiving? Please arrive at least 60 minutes before your dining reservation. 

(*Discounts taken off at register. Not valid on previous purchases. Price adjustment made at register.  Not valid on previous purchases.  Complimentary item is valid on lower priced item. Regular prices apply when purchasing a single item or purchasing in odd-numbered quantities.  Complimentary item must be returned if the qualifying purchase is returned. No other discounts apply to promotional items.  Promotion does not apply to the purchase of tickets, passes, Disney Dollars or Disney Gift Cards. Valid while supplies last. Offer subject to change without notice.  In store purchase only.)

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Hong Kong Disneyland Unveils First of its Kind Castle of Magical Dreams

As Hong Kong Disneyland kicks off its 15th Anniversary celebrations, today it unveiled the spectacular transformation of Sleeping Beauty Castle into the dazzling Castle of Magical Dreams. Inspired by 13 stories of beloved Disney Princesses and Queens, the Castle of Magical Dreams offers something special for every guest with its many towers and spires – embracing iconic patterns, textures, colors unique to each heroine’s story. This is the first time at any Disney theme park that a castle has shifted from being representative of only one princess to featuring multiple heroines – highlighting the diversity of our unique characters and their stories.

Hong Kong Disneyland Unveils First of its Kind Castle of Magical Dreams

With heroines hailing from all over the world, this castle serves as a mosaic of different cultures with architectural inspirations from Europe, China, and even Southeast Asia. While guests will not see a complete depiction of the princess or queen’s image, interpretations of each can be found in various architectural elements.

Looking closely at the lofty towers, you might spot Snow White’s apple, Abu, Mushu, and Merida’s bow and arrow. Additionally, murals depicting each princess and queen pursuing their passions can be found around the area, each reflecting deep research on the time periods that the heroines hail from. For example, Cinderella can be seen taking a hot air balloon ride over her kingdom, Aurora is dabbling in falconry, and Ariel is braving the seas on a sailboat to visit her underwater family.

Hong Kong Disneyland Unveils First of its Kind Castle of Magical Dreams Detail of the new Castle of Magical Dreams at Hong Kong Disneyland

As part of the castle’s magical transformation, the resort invited guests, cast members, community partners and Disney friends, including Mickey Mouse, to share their own dreams and wishes on “magical dream cards.” These cards were collected in a treasure chest, and lifted to the top of the tallest tower in the castle – ensuring that the heart of the resort will always be filled with hopes and dreams.

Hong Kong Disneyland Unveils First of its Kind Castle of Magical Dreams

As a tribute to the original Sleeping Beauty Castle, Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather can now be seen spreading fairy dust across the castle’s breezeway, casting light into the chandeliers, and leading the way to a new rotunda featuring 9,000 points of dancing light. 

The Castle of Magical Dreams stands today as the centerpiece of Hong Kong Disneyland – a shining beacon of courage, hope and possibility to all guests. 

To learn more about Hong Kong Disneyland’s 15th Anniversary celebrations, visit

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Park Hopper Option Returns to Walt Disney World Resort Starting January 2021

As the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort continues, we are nearing another exciting milestone we know many guests have been looking forward to: the return of the Park Hopper option! Starting Jan. 1, 2021, guests who purchased a ticket or annual pass with Park Hopper benefits will be able to visit more than one park per day, with some new modifications as part of our ongoing focus on health and safety.

With the updated Park Hopper experience, guests must make a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park they plan to visit AND enter that first park prior to visiting another. At this time, a park reservation is not required after the first park, however, reservation requirements are subject to change.

Additionally, we will set specific Park Hopper hours during which this option will be available. Park Hopper hours will start at 2 p.m. each day and end at the park’s scheduled close time. Guests will soon be able to check and the My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date Park Hopper hours, as they could start earlier at a later date, depending on the day and park.

Park Hopper Option Returns to Walt Disney World Resort Starting January 2021

These modifications are designed to help us continue managing attendance in a way that fosters physical distancing. Additionally, other enhanced health and safety measures remain in effect, including face coverings required for all guests ages two and up.

As a reminder, guests with a ticket or pass that includes Park Hopper benefits get the chance to see and do more during their visit, which could mean a morning on the savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and an evening stroll by Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park or starting the day living your Star Wars adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before an afternoon traveling around the world at EPCOT. Please note that the ability to visit another park will be subject to the park’s capacity limitations.

If you have any questions, you may visit our Know Before You Go page on, call the Disney Reservation Center, contact your travel professional or reach out to planDisney to get helpful tips and information on your upcoming Disney vacation. 

We look forward to starting the new year with the return of this guest favorite option!

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D23 Fantastic Worlds Celebration: EPCOT and the Magic of Possibility

EPCOT holds a very special place in my heart. As a boy, it inspired me to dream of a better future – a place where anything is possible. And now I’m honored to lead the team of Disney Imagineers dreaming up the new future for this park we all love.  

As part of the D23 Fantastic Worlds Celebration, today I joined Melissa Valiquette, vice president of EPCOT, to talk about the park’s historic transformation happening right now. You can watch the entire session by clicking on the video below, but to whet your appetite, I thought it’d be fun to share a few highlights from our discussion.  

D23 Fantastic Worlds Celebration: EPCOT and the Magic of Possibility

It’s been a while since we last talked with you about the new neighborhoods that will unify EPCOT, so we gave a refresher on World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature and World Showcase. 

D23 Fantastic Worlds Celebration: EPCOT and the Magic of Possibility

To that end, we talked a bit about the park’s reimagined entrance, and how it sets the tone for the entire transformation with its gorgeous new color palette and an open, inviting layout. Earlier this year we installed gleaming new pylons as part of the work we’re doing on the new fountain at the base of Spaceship Earth, which I’m excited to share will be completed by the end of this year. The fountain will have a new lighting package that will be joined by new lighting for the iconic geosphere of Spaceship Earth, as well. When we’re done, it will feel like a completely new way to begin your journey into the park.

D23 Fantastic Worlds Celebration: EPCOT and the Magic of Possibility

Our work continues on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the awesome and out-of-this-world new coaster experience coming to what will soon be known as World Discovery. We’ve just recently put a few of the attraction’s vehicles on the track for initial “push/pull” testing, which you can see happening in the photo above. When it’s ready, this is going to be a great adventure for families to take together.  

D23 Fantastic Worlds Celebration: EPCOT and the Magic of Possibility

We have a new nighttime spectacular planned for World Showcase Lagoon – “Harmonious” will be one of the largest shows ever created for a Disney park. But as you can see in this new artist concept rendering, it will provide a new energy to the park during the daytime, too, with fountains out on the lagoon.    

D23 Fantastic Worlds Celebration: EPCOT and the Magic of Possibility

We also heard from Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald and, from Pixar Animation, Roger Gould and Harley Jessup, who gave us a deep dive into the creation of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the fantastic new family-friendly attraction set to open next year as part of a newly expanded France pavilion. They provided a look at the attraction’s incredible marquee we recently installed, and discussed how it plays into the whimsical architecture of this newly expanded area of the pavilion. This session is a fascinating window into our collaborative work with Pixar I know you’ll enjoy.    

This is just a snapshot from our in-depth discussion of all the goings-on at EPCOT right now. Go see the full presentation for yourself below, and then be sure to follow me @thezachriddley for more on the historic transformation of EPCOT as it unfolds! 

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