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#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

On May 6, the animal care team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge welcomed a new female Hartmann’s mountain zebra foal to the herd. I’m so happy to share with you photos of little Phoenix as she recently made her first appearance on the resort’s Sunset Savanna.

#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Phoenix the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The name Phoenix was chosen by our team as a symbol of strength and renewal. Phoenix was born to mom Peebles, and she’s already quite active and enjoying bonding time with her mother. This is the second Hartmann’s foal born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge this year.

#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Phoenix the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Phoenix the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Phoenix the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Phoenix was born as part of the Species Survival Plan program, overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The program ensures responsible breeding and genetic diversity of thousands of animal species. As part of this program, Phoenix is the fourth zebra born at Walt Disney World this year, and 13th overall since we began participating in the breeding program.

Please join me in welcoming Phoenix to our Disney family, and follow along on Instagram for more on #DisneyAnimals and our animal care team. We look forward to you seeing her real soon!

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Be Our Guest Restaurant Removes Breakfast, Now Serving Table Service For Lunch And Dinner

Be Our Guest Restaurant Removes Breakfast, Now Serving Table Service For Lunch And Dinner be our guest

Be our guest to Beast’s enchanted castle!

As we keep getting closer to the reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort on July 11th some changes need to be made, including with dining. 

One of the restaurants that is getting modifications is “Be Our Guest” at Magic Kingdom. The first one is getting rid of the breakfast option that many people loved to enjoy before starting their day at the park.

The lunch option also had some changes, it went from quick-service to table-service with an updated menu and price.

The menu is now “prix fixe” and $62 instead of $19 for adults.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Removes Breakfast, Now Serving Table Service For Lunch And Dinner
Be Our Guest Restaurant Removes Breakfast, Now Serving Table Service For Lunch And Dinner
Be Our Guest Restaurant Removes Breakfast, Now Serving Table Service For Lunch And Dinner

As for dinner, the menu and price remains the same.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Removes Breakfast, Now Serving Table Service For Lunch And Dinner
Be Our Guest Restaurant Removes Breakfast, Now Serving Table Service For Lunch And Dinner
Be Our Guest Restaurant Removes Breakfast, Now Serving Table Service For Lunch And Dinner

As of now, there’s no official word if the new lunch option will also have the Beast meeting guests once the character meet&greets resume.

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Recognizing National Safety Month at Disney Parks Around the World

This June marks National Safety Month – a month that acknowledges the importance of safety in the workplace, as well as in our communities, through education, leadership and advocacy.

At Disney, safety is an important tenet and it starts with our cast members. Our dedicated cast members are at the heart of every great Disney experience, and the secret to the magic. It’s for that reason that Disney’s Four Keys – including Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency – were created to serve as a compass for our cast members to create happiness and serve others.

Safety is the first key as a reminder that it is a top priority in the decisions we make – both for our cast members, and for our guests. It’s a foundation that was introduced by Walt Disney himself many decades ago.

It takes a variety of highly talented team members in different roles, working together to promote a healthy and safe environment at our Disney Parks and stores. And as we continue with the phased reopening of our parks, resorts and stores around the world, we’re excited to introduce you to a just a few of these professionals who are helping shape, monitor and implement our enhanced health and safety measures. They’re working closely with industry groups, research universities and public health agencies to promote safe practices while we work, stay, and play at Disney parks, resorts and Disney stores.

Meet some of our team members

Recognizing National Safety Month at Disney Parks Around the World Dr. Pamela Hymel – Chief Medical Officer, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Dr. Pamela Hymel – Chief Medical Officer, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Dr. Pamela Hymel has been with Disney for nearly 10 years, serving as the Chief Medical Officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, where she’s responsible for developing global occupational health and wellness strategy, as well as managing domestic occupational medicine clinics and programs, guest first aid services and wellness programs.

Dr. Hymel received her MD from Louisiana State University in New Orleans and a master’s in public health from Tulane University. From there, she went on to do her Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine training at University of California, Irvine and is board certified in both areas.

“The programs I work on give me an opportunity to improve the health and wellness of our cast members,” said Dr. Hymel. “An example of an initiative we introduced at Disney is how our health and wellness team developed the Incredible Athlete pilots at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. The program really integrated physical conditioning instruction with education on sleep and nutrition for optimum performance and is designed to help prevent injuries from occurring. It is very rewarding to know we are helping our cast optimize their performance at home and at work.”

Recognizing National Safety Month at Disney Parks Around the World Katie Kelly – Vice President, Worldwide Safety Services

Katie Kelly – Vice President, Worldwide Safety Services

Katie Kelly began her Disney journey nearly 17 years ago as a professional intern. Now, she serves as the Vice President of Worldwide Safety Services for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, where she’s responsible for developing and implementing safety programs that keep the wellness of cast members and guests top of mind.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and master’s degree in Engineering Management from University of Central Florida, she went on to become a licensed professional engineer in the states of Florida and California.

“The best part about working at Disney is that you get to share what you do with your kids,” said Kelly. “Seeing the joy that my kids have from visiting one of our theme parks is what drives my passion for the job. I want every one of our cast members to be able to experience that joy with their own family and that starts with promoting their safety here at work so that they can go home and enjoy time with their families at the end of the day.”

 

Recognizing National Safety Month at Disney Parks Around the World Dr. Michael Hankins – Chief Physician, Walt Disney World

Dr. Michael Hankins – Chief Physician, Walt Disney World

Dr. Michael Hankins has been with Disney for more than 27 years and serves as the Chief Physician at Walt Disney World Resort. In his role, he provides care for cast members at the Occupational Health Clinic within the park, as well as developing improvements to support the safety of all cast.

Dr. Hankins received his MD from University of Florida and a master’s in public health from Medical College of Wisconsin. From there, he went on to develop a background in Family Medicine with a strong emphasis on preventing illness and injury. In 1995, he worked to computerize our medical operation before most other medical clinics. Today, he is proud to provide cast members with the same level of medical care that he would expect his family to receive.

“The major focus throughout my career has been to advocate for and work toward improving the health and wellness of all cast members,” said Dr. Hankins. “Seeing the ongoing efforts within Disney aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of our cast members and preventing workplace injuries makes it easy for me to remain committed to support these efforts.”

 

Recognizing National Safety Month at Disney Parks Around the World Dr. Gabriel Guo – Chief Physician, Shanghai Disney Resort

Dr. Gabriel Guo – Chief Physician, Shanghai Disney Resort

Dr. Gabriel Guo has been with Disney for five years, currently serving as the Chief Physician of Shanghai Disney Resort, leading the resort’s medical team that consists of doctors, nurses and other healthcare specialists.

Having studied Clinical Medicine at Peking University in Beijing, China, his team provides health services to both cast members and guests at the resort. In response to COVID-19 related questions from cast members, a special “Ask Dr. Guo” segment was established, allowing Dr. Guo to answer a variety of health-related topics raised by cast members through a question and answer series.

“I believe that what my team and I do makes a difference, since we have the expertise to try to help those who aren’t feeling well,” said Dr. Guo. “We can help our guests and cast members have a healthy and happy experience at our park.”

Recognizing National Safety Month at Disney Parks Around the World Joseph Yip – Director of Security, Safety, Fire and Health Services, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Joseph Yip – Director of Security, Safety, Fire and Health Services, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Joseph Yip has been with Hong Kong Disneyland Resort for 15 years, currently serving as the Director of Security, Safety, Fire and Health Services. In his role, he is responsible for developing and coordinating Disney’s safety and health efforts at the resort for cast members and guests.

Having studied management science at University of Wales, UK, Joseph brings decades of experience to his role at the resort. He was an advocate for the creation of the Safety & Wellness Council and Committee, aimed to help leaders focus on guest safety methods, safety and wellness policies, and programs for cast members. Since 2006, HKDL has received more than 350 safety and wellness awards from different organizations.

“Family, happiness and good memories are the three key drivers that keep me always looking for opportunities to enhance the safety and wellness for our guests, cast members and loved ones,” said Joseph. “Safety is not just a core value of our business – but also an important part of our lives.”

Recognizing National Safety Month at Disney Parks Around the World Dr. Nicolas Duport – Medical Doctor, Disneyland Paris

Dr. Nicolas Duport – Medical Doctor, Disneyland Paris

Dr. Nicolas Duport joined the Disneyland Paris team earlier this year, currently serving as a Medical Doctor for the resort. In his role, he is responsible for proposing preventative health measures that aim to benefit the health and wellness of the resort’s cast members. Alongside his colleague, Dr. Cyril Warmberg, they coordinate closely with health, safety and security teams to ensure safety remains the top priority at the resort.

Dr. Duport received his master’s in epidemiology and public health at the University of Nancy I, followed by his doctorate in medicine at the University of Paris VII. He also received his diploma of specialized studies in public health and social medicine in 2003. He previously worked for Santé Publique France, the French equivalent of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as a scientific project manager for nearly 15 years. He also received his qualification in occupational medicine at the University of Reims earlier this year before starting his role with the Disneyland Paris team.

“There are many things unique to Disneyland Paris that I find really exciting, including a diversity of professions, a complete medical team of eight doctors working together within and to support a commercial business – which is very rare in France – and the chance to use all of my specialties in one place,” Dr. Duport said.

These professionals, along with their colleagues and teams will continue to work with their local industry partners, as well as health and government authorities to promote the health and safety of guests and cast members.

We’re looking forward to welcoming all of you back to our Disney parks, resorts and stores. Until we are together once again, we wish you and your families’ health, hope, and happiness!

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Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs

Like most people I know, I try to eat healthy the majority of the time but treat myself to occasional indulgences when they’re worth the splurge! One of my favorite places to find some sweet treats here in Orlando is Gideon’s Bakehouse, which is why I’m so excited to share this small, award-winning bakery is opening a new location in The Landing at Disney Springs!

Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs Cookie from Gideon’s Bakehouse

Anticipating to open later this year, Gideon’s is best known for small-batch, handmade, almost half-pound cookies (yes, you read that right, half-pound) and cakes. Not only does their size make these cookies so special, Gideon’s brings its own spin to cookie flavors like Peanut Butter Crisp, Cookies & Cream and my absolute favorite, Pistachio Toffee Dark Chocolate.

“This opportunity is truly a dream come true and will allow us to flex all of our creative muscle in both desserts and décor. We’re passionate, inspired, and ready,” said Steve Lewis, owner and creator of Gideon’s Bakehouse.

Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs Cookie from Gideon’s Bakehouse
Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs Cookie from Gideon’s Bakehouse

Gideon’s plans to bring an expanded menu of cookie and cake slices to Disney Springs, plus add its own line of unique iced coffees, like the Original Peanut Butter Iced Coffee. Of course, guests can expect to find their favorite cookie flavors along with new and limited editions offered during special daily releases. The ever-popular Coffee Cake Cookie (previously only available one month a year) will be on sale every morning, with a Hot Cookie Hour each evening for those looking to cure a sweet tooth after dinner.

“We’re also excited to bring more cake flavors to our new location, offering never-before-seen creations like our special line of Double Frosted Cakes.” Steve said. “There are more than a few secrets we have up our sleeves that you’ll just have to wait to see. It’s not Gideon’s if it isn’t a little dark and mysterious.” We aim to even make the wait in line entertaining by immersing everyone in a transformative environment that will share our story as guests progress toward the counter.”

Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs Cake from Gideon’s Bakehouse

Guests can also look forward to collectible art becoming a part of the product packaging at the new bakery, which will be located in The Landing across from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. The new Gideon’s location is being created with health-and-safety considerations in mind and its operation will model similar guidelines in use elsewhere in Disney Springs.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future updates. In the meantime, be sure to follow Gideon’s Bakehouse on Instagram at @gideonsbakehouse for drool-worthy desserts!

Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs Cookie from Gideon’s Bakehouse

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3 Disney World Resorts Announce Reopening In July

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We are getting closer to the reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort!

And with that comes the reopening of some Disney resorts as well. As we know, Disney recently announced they will be opening certain resorts on June 22. More specifically, DVC resorts.

But now there are some good news for those that are not DVC members or are looking for a more affordable option. Three Disney World area hotels will be reopening on July 1st!

Just in time to book your room and be ready for when Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopen on July 11 and Hollywood Studios and Epcot on July 15!

If you would like to know more about what to expect with the reopening of Walt Disney World, you can do it here. 

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Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant Will Be Temporarily Unavailable When WDW Reopens

Electrical Water Pageant

Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant will be temporarily unavailable when Walt Disney World reopens!

The Electrical Water Pageant is a 15 minute nighttime aquatic parade at the Magic Kingdom that Disney describes as a show with “whimsical sea creatures sailing across the Seven Seas Lagoon to classic Disney tunes.”

Unfortunately, with the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, many shows, experiences, and parades, including the Electrical Water Pageant, will be unavailable upon reopening. These unfortunate delays in the opening of shows is to limit the gathering of crowds while COVID-19 concerns are still in place.

While the phased reopening of Walt Disney World won’t be exactly how we’re used to enjoying the parks, we’re just ready to be back at the “happiest place on Earth!” We’ll also be looking forward to the shows and experiences coming back at a safer time, including this “Underwater World of Mystery” (Electrical Water Pageant).

To learn more about the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, click here.

Photo source Walt Disney World.

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Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion Hiring Cultural Representatives Now!

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Working for Disney has always been your dream? Well if you are from Mexico, you are in luck because Epcot is looking for Cultural Representatives! 

Walt Disney World has several Disney Internships & Programs, one of them is the Cultural Representative Program that is responsible for hiring all the Cast Members that work at the World Showcase in Epcot.

And during this time, they are accepting applications for the Mexico Pavilion! To be eligible you must:

  • Speak English fluently
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to authentically represent Mexico
  • Be receptive to Disney Look guidelines
  • You must available to work Sunday through Saturday, including days, nights, holidays and overnight

If you get selected, you might work in one of these areas:

  • Merchandise
  • Attractions
  • Food & Beverage

You can send your application and cover letter starting now and until June 12th, 2020. Please be aware that in case of getting an in-person interview, you will have to travel to Mexico City.

Interested in applying? You can do it here! 

Good luck in your application process! And remember, “All your dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them.”

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The Pearl Factory At Disney Springs Has Permanently Closed

The Pearl Factory At Disney Springs Has Permanently Closed

The Pearl Factory at Disney Springs has permanently closed. This is one of the first businesses that have not been able to reopen since Disney Springs closed in March due to the Coronavirus. Most businesses, including Disney owned stores, such as World of Disney began opening the end of May.

The Pearl Factory was a small kiosk located across from Tren-D. There you got to open an oyster and it would reveal a pearl. After that you got to purchase jewelry to house your new pearl. Unfortunately, the kiosk is no longer showing hours for operation on the shop’s page on the Disney Springs website.

If you were really looking forward to the Pearl Factory there was a similar experience in the Japan pavilion at Epcot. We will keep you informed if that reopens when Epcot is set to open in July.

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Strawberry Shortcake Recipe From Sunshine Seasons In Epcot

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Craving something sweet? What about a strawberry shortcake?

This delicious dessert can be found at Sunshine Seasons inside The Land in Epcot but until we can go to the parks again, why not make it at home!

We have the recipe and is super easy, so let’s start baking!

INGREDIENTS FOR STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE:

  • 2 quarts of fresh strawberries
  • 1 sponge cake sheet
  • 1 quart of whipped cream
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of strawberry glaze

INGREDIENTS FOR SPONGE CAKE:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 3/4 cup of all purpose flour or 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • Powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SPONGE CAKE:

  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Line pan sheet with cooking parchment paper, aluminum foil or waxed paper
  • Spray with pan spray
  • In a small bowl, beat eggs using an electric mixer on high speed for about 5 minutes or until thick and lemon colored
  • Pour the eggs into a medium bowl and gradually add in granulated sugar
  • Beat in water and vanilla on low speed
  • Add flour, baking powder and salt gradually until the batter is smooth
  • Pour the mixture into a pan and bake for 12-15 minutes
  • Once is done, immediately loosen cake from edges of pan and turn upside down onto a towel sprinkled with powdered sugar
  • Carefully remove paper towel
  • Trim off stiff edges if necessary
  • Let it cool down on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE:

  • Wash and dry the strawberries
  • Remove the stems and cut them in half lengthwise
  • Prepare the whipped cream by placing the whipping cream in a mixer on high speed, whip for about 1-2 minutes
  • Add powdered sugar and keep whipping until it forms stiff peaks
  • Grab the sponge cake and cut it into three layers vertically
  • Lay one layer of the sponge cake inside a 8×12 rectangular cake frame
  • Top with whipped cream and strawberries
  • Repeat the same process 3 times
  • Remove cake from the frame and ice it’s sides with more whipped cream
  • Garnish with split strawberries and drizzle strawberry glaze

And done! Now you can enjoy your strawberry shortcake with your family!

Credit: The Mouse For Less

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Kelly Ripa And Ryan Seacrest Share An Up-Close Look At New Disney Face Masks!

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Get ready to go back to the parks with these new Disney face masks!

Recently, Disney announced that Walt Disney World will reopen on July 11th for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom and July 15th for Epcot and Hollywood Studios. But of course with the reopening, some healthy measures should be taken, one of them is wearing a face mask.

But wearing one doesn’t have to be boring, Disney released different styles that will fit every member of your party! Take a look:

Disney Face Masks

You can choose between classic Mickey and Minnie, Disney Princesses, Mickey and Friends, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars! They are only $19.99 for a pack of 4 and you can”Live with Kelly and Ryan find them at World of Disney or ShopDisney.com.

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest from“Live with Kelly and Ryan” got an up-close look of the new Disney face masks that will be available soon and talked about their favorite Disney memories, as well as,  the new measures that will be take once the parks reopen. You can watch the full video here:

Walt Disney World is getting set to reopen!

Walt Disney World is getting set to reopen! We learned about some of the safety precautions and anticipated changes to take place.

Posted by Live with Kelly and Ryan on Thursday, May 28, 2020

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#DisneyMagicMoments: Joe Rohde and Jon Landau Celebrate the Third Anniversary of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Sivako! We’re celebrating Pandora – The World of Avatar, which three years ago this week officially welcomed guests inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort for the first time. And as you may imagine, the story behind this lush, awe-inspiring place goes back … quite a bit further.

To tell that tale, we brought together two of the lead creative partners responsible for developing the land: Joe Rohde, portfolio creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Jon Landau, producer of “Avatar” and its sequels. These two visionaries assembled a team of thousands to turn a wondrous cinematic digital world into a complete physical environment that inspires and thrills.

I have a great level of respect and admiration for the creativity and the commitment to design that both Joe and Jon have brought to the entertainment industry through the years. Pandora – The World of Avatar is a wonder of our world and has truly ushered in a new era of immersive storytelling at Walt Disney World Resort.

As you listen to Joe and Jon, you’ll learn how Pandora – The World of Avatar meshes with Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You’ll hear them discuss the similarities between developing a themed environment and a major motion picture. And you’ll gain an understanding of how the stories of the film, the land and the park complement one another.

I’m so excited to share this #DisneyMagicMoment with you, I feel like I could … uh … fly. Enjoy!

For more #DisneyMagicMoments like this in the future, keep checking back with us here at the Disney Parks Blog.

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Keep an Eye Out for Stormtroopers from A Galaxy Far, Far Away at Disney Springs

There’s already a lot of excitement happening out at Disney Springs this week with the reopening of the iconic World of Disney store, but we’ve also come across some visitors from a galaxy far, far away. If you spent some time at Disney Springs on Wednesday, you may have spotted some First Order Stormtroopers patrolling the area, on the lookout for members of the Resistance!

Stormtroopers at Disney Springs

We hear they’re stationed on some balconies these days. If you do see them, it’s probably best to snap a photo from afar and “move along,” as Stormtroopers may not appreciate you getting too close. And, if you’re feeling particularly brave, sport some of the Resistance gear you may have picked up on a visit to Batuu! Of course, if you’re more of a First Order sympathizer and want to fly those colors … well, the Stormtroopers will appreciate that, I’m sure.

Stormtroopers at Disney Springs

Disney Springs is in the midst of a phased reopening. The World of Disney store opened its doors Wednesday, along with other Disney-owned and -operated venues D-Luxe Burger (mobile order) and the Marketplace Co-Op. For the latest information about the reopening of Disney Springs, including what you need to know before you arrive, operating hours and a list of open locations, visit DisneySprings.com/reopening. May the Force be with you!

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Disney Springs “The Daily Poutine” Quick Service Reopens!

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The Daily Poutine has reopen at Disney Springs!

Get ready to indulge in this delicious dish from Canada full of cheesy, meaty, melty goodness! But of course with this reopening, new changes had to be put into place.

Some of them are signals on the floor to respect social distancing, credit card readers and contactless payment, plexiglass at the register, as well as, contactless utensil dispensers.

Besides that, the menu remains the same, so you will be able to find your favorite type of Poutine on your next visit to Disney Springs! 

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Plans Unveiled for the Phased Reopening of Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, Resort Hotels and Disney Stores

Throughout these past few months, we’ve been touched by the outpouring of support from our guests and fans around the world who’ve shared their favorite Disney memories and even replicated their favorite attractions at home. Everyone who has ever visited a Disney theme park has their own special connection to these magical worlds and the amazing cast members who bring that magic to life.

Following the recent reopening of Shanghai Disney Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, we’re pleased to share that more Disney magic is coming back. Today, we submitted a proposal to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force in Florida describing our approach for a phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort theme parks planned to begin on July 11.

Pending Orange County and state approval, our Walt Disney World Resort proposal plans for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom to begin a phased reopening to the general public on July 11, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15. In preparing to reopen during this unusual time, we have to manage our theme parks in a very different way from what we’ve known before. As we begin to reach out to our cast members and call them back to work, they will be focused on operating our parks in a responsible way that continues to give our guests opportunities to create magical Disney memories.

This phased reopening will demonstrate a deliberate approach, with limits on attendance and controlled guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing. That means certain experiences we know draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in our parks to entertain and delight our guests.

Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited as we welcome guests back to the magic, we will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. At this time, we are temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so we can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations (Disney Vacation Club members can still make new reservations). Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold; we’ll be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details. We will resume new ticket sales and hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.

Additionally, Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World will reopen to members and guests and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin to reopen on June 22. Disney Vacation Club resorts in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, will also open to members and guests starting on June 15. Plans to support required physical distancing as well as enhanced cleaning measures, along with a number of other safety and cleanliness protocols, will be implemented as part of this planned phased reopening.

Today, our World of Disney retail shop reopened at our Disney Springs shopping and dining complex at Walt Disney World. And in the coming weeks, Disney stores will begin a phased reopening of operations globally, beginning with a select number of stores in the United States, in addition to stores in Europe and Japan.

We’re looking forward to reopening our theme parks, Disney Resort hotels and stores and doing so in a responsible way. In this spirit, our destinations will continue to follow enhanced safety protocols based upon applicable guidance from health authorities and government agencies. As we all must work together to promote the health and safety of everyone, cast members as well as guests 3 years of age and older will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in theme parks and common areas of resort hotels. All guests will also undergo temperature screenings prior to entering a theme park; cast members will also have temperature checks. Cashless transactions are recommended, and cleaning and disinfection procedures will be increased in high-traffic areas.

Additional information on enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes for reopening locations will be shared soon. These policies are under continuous review and are subject to change as we monitor conditions and receive guidance from health and government authorities.

We’re being deliberate during these phased reopenings, and we’re encouraged by how our guests are responding at Shanghai Disney Resort and Disney Springs. We’re doing our part, and we need our guests to do their part, too, as we work together to focus on safety.

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Cast Members Give Fans an Inside Look at Disney California Adventure Park, Magic Kingdom Park and Aulani Resort

Security cast member at Magic Kingdom Park

A few weeks back, members of our Disney Parks Security teams “took over” our Twitter accounts and shared an inside peek at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland park while we’re temporarily closed.

Yesterday, cast members once again took the reins of our Twitter accounts, however this time, offered a glimpse inside Disney California Adventure park, Magic Kingdom Park and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. In case you missed it, check out their tweets and photos below!

Disney California Adventure Park (@Disneyland)

Magic Kingdom Park (@WaltDisneyWorld)

Aulani Resort (@DisneyAulani)

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Disney’s Kitchen Sink Recipe!

Kitchen Sink

We hope you brought your sweet tooth because we have the kitchen sink recipe!

If you have ever been at the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop in Disney’s Beach Club Resort then you are familiar with the Kitchen Sink!. This giant ice cream sundae will put a good challenge to you and your family.

Do you accept the challenge? Then let the siren lights go on!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup of warm fudge topping
  • 1/2 cup of warm butterscotch topping
  • 1/2 cup of warm peanut butter topping
  • 1 medium banana sliced in 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 cinnamon spice cupcake quartered
  • 1 angel food cupcake quartered
  • 2 generous scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 2 generous scoops of chocolate ice cream
  • 2 generous scoops of strawberry ice cream
  • 1 generous scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 1 generous scoop of coffee ice cream
  • 3 tbsp of chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 cup of marshmallow cream
  • 1/4 cup of strawberry topping
  • 1/4 cup of pineapple topping
  • 14 oz can of dairy whipped topping
  • 1 large brownie quartered
  • 1 regular sized candy bar quartered
  • 4 chocolate cookies with cream filling
  • 1 tbsp of sliced toasted almonds
  • 1 tbsp of dark and white chocolate shavings
  • 1 tbsp of crushed chocolate cookies with cream filling
  • 1 tbsp of chopped jellied orange slices (about 2 slices)
  • 1 tbsp of milk chocolate chip morsels
  • 1 tbsp of peanut butter chip morsels
  • 1 tbsp of chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 tbsp of rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup of drained maraschino cherries

INSTRUCTIONS TO SERVE THE KITCHEN SINK:

  • Pour the hot fudge, butterscotch and peanut butter topping into the bottom of a large bowl
  • Layer banana slices and cupcake pieces and cover with all ice creams flavors
  • Spoon chocolate syrup, marshmallow cream, strawberry and pineapple toppings over the ice cream
  • Cover with dairy whipped topping, then put some brownie pieces, candy bar and cookies in whipped topping
  • Sprinkle with toasted almonds, dark and white chocolate shavings, crushed cookies, jellied orange slices, milk chocolate chip and peanut butter morsels, chocolate and rainbow sprinkles then top with cherries.

This kitchen sink recipe serves 4 to 6 people so there’s plenty to share with your family!

Credit: Disney Parks Blog

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#DisneyMagicMoments: Celebrate Memorial Day with the Voices of Liberty from EPCOT

Voices of Liberty from EPCOT

Normally on Memorial Day, the Voices of Liberty would be performing patriotic songs for guests at The American Adventure in EPCOT. But as we know all too well, this Memorial Day is far from “normal.”

Undeterred, the Voices of Liberty use their #VoicesFromHome today to share their American spirit and Disney magic with you, wherever you may be celebrating this Memorial Day. Please enjoy this new video as they perform a gorgeous rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

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Perfect On The Go Combo From Wine Bar George In Disney Springs!

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The perfect combo DOES exist and is at Wine Bar George! 

This dream combination consist of french fries and a wine slush, delicious! And to make it even better, you can choose between 4 different pairings called Frozen & Fries!

They are available at The Basket in Wine Bar George at Disney Springs. 

Buffalo Fries with Freaujolais

wine bar george disney springs

French fries with buffalo sauce, blue cheese and chives and a slush made of Beaujolais, vodka and raspberry. Yummy!

Togarashi Fries with Friezling made with Dole Whip Lime

wine bar george disney springs

French fries made with a Togarashi seasoning blend, thai chili sauce, scallions and lime paired with a slush made of Selbach Riesling, vodka and lime.

Queso Fries with Frosé

wine bar george disney springs

These french fries are covered in a four cheese sauce with some roasted peppers and cilantro paired with a refreshing rosé, vodka and strawberry slush.

California Fries with Frozcato made with Dole Whip Pineapple

Last but no least the California fries feature avocado cream, bacon bits and onion and you can have them with Frozcato made of Moscato, vodka and Dole Whip Pineapple.

Please note these pairings are sold separately so you can mix them up with your choice of fries or wine.

The fries are $8 and the frozen drinks $13. We hope you enjoy it!

Credit: Wine Bar George

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Planning Your Disney Parks Vacation

An update from Guest Relations at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

Dear Guests,

It’s an understatement to say that the past few months have been a challenging time for us all.  As we navigate the longest park closures in our histories, we’ve loved hearing your kind words of hope and seeing how you’ve made your own Disney memories at home has uplifted and inspired us all.

During this time, we know it can be difficult to plan your Disney vacation. Now more than ever we’re longing for the opportunity to come together with family and friends to escape, to celebrate, to re-do missed milestones, like birthdays and anniversaries and to make new Disney memories.

Given the current uncertainty as to when we will reopen Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort, we’ve had to periodically adjust the schedule for the ability to book hotel reservations at our resorts. While we’re currently accepting reservations starting in July 2020 at both resorts, as this situation evolves, timing may continue to shift.

As we continue to follow guidance from government and health care officials regarding how we’ll be able to reopen our parks and resorts in a responsible way, we may also need to make real-time adjustments to booked experiences, park tickets and park passes.

Please know that if any reservations you may have made need to change, we will work with you to make the necessary modifications.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check out the recent blog post from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Pamela Hymel, on how we’re planning for re-opening our parks and resorts.

Our focus remains on the safety of the entire Disney community. Be sure to keep checking our websites for more details, and stay tuned for more information right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate this unprecedented time together. We continue to be moved by the incredible support and passion our guests have shown for our Disney family, and we hope to see you real soon.

From our friends at disneyparks.disney.go.com
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Baby Babirusa Born At Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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A new baby babirusa has been born in Animal Kingdom!

Her name is Kirana which means “sunbeam” in Indonesian and its the first one born in Animal Kingdom! Her parents are Betty and Mentari, you might have seen them at the park while you enjoyed a ride on the Kilimanjaro Safari during one of your visits to the Walt Disney World Resort.

Babirusas are an endangered specie, part of the hog family, they are native to the swamps and rainforests of the Indonesian Islands, that’s why the Animal Kingdom team gave her the name of Kirana.

Also did you know male babirusas can grow tusks as long as 17 inches that even go through their snout? Their upper ones can actually grow so much that could penetrate their skin curving back towards their forehead and sometimes back into the skull as well.

This “deer-pig” story is another successful one for Disney’s Animal, Science and Environmental Team as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This plan assures responsible breeding for endangered species such as babirusa pigs and hartmann’s mountain zebras! 

The birth of this baby babirusa is a great step toward the worldwide conservation and understanding of the species that will help to ensure a future generation for these vulnerable animals.

So next time you are at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, don’t forget to go on the Kilimanjaro Safari and say hi to Kirana!

Until then, you can learn more about animals at Disney here! Hope you enjoy it.

Credit: Disney Parks Blog

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Welcome to the World, Little Piglet! Babirusa Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Babirusa piglet

We are squealing with delight! Disney’s Animal Kingdom is celebrating a first for the park: the birth of a babirusa piglet. And, it’s a girl! Our Disney animal care team has chosen to name her Kirana, which translates to “sunbeam” in Indonesian.

Babirusas are part of the hog family, native to the swamps and rainforests of the Indonesian Islands. They’re known for their unique snouts and magnificent tusks that can grow up to almost 17 inches! Close relatives of the babirusa also live at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, such as the warthogs on Kilimanjaro Safaris and the KuneKune pigs at Affection Section.

This birth is another success story for our dedicated team of Disney animal care experts, as parents Betty and Mentari were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP) overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The SSP assures responsible breeding for endangered species, such as the babirusa pigs and Asha, the Hartmann’s Mountain zebra foal recently born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Over the last 15 years, Disney animal care experts partnered with reproductive biologists and the SSP to “crack the code” on breeding a babirusa pair. The piglet is making an important contribution toward the worldwide conservation and understanding of the species, which will help ensure a future generation for these vulnerable animals.

The Disney Conservation Fund has supported projects in Africa for more than 20 years to inspire grassroots conservation and improve livelihoods. These projects can help protect Africa’s amazing wildlife and benefit the hogs – such as babirusas – living in these habitats.

The piglet is healthy and bonding with mom inside their den at the park. To learn more about hogs, visit DisneyAnimals.com.

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Photos and Video: Disney Springs Is Now Back Open At Walt Disney World

Photos and Video: Disney Springs Is Now Back Open At Walt Disney World

Disney Springs is officially reopened. Today was the first day of operation for Disney Springs since it shut down along with the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort in March. We took a visit to check and see all the new safety measures put in place.

Photos and Video: Disney Springs Is Now Back Open At Walt Disney World

Today only the Orange Garage was open and as soon as you approached the entrance to Disney Springs you were greeted with the temperature check. Guests with a temperature over 100.4 will not be permitted in. Guests over 3 years of age are also required to wear a face mask at all time unless eating or drinking. If you have a disability please see guest services.






There is a lot of new signage around Disney Springs as well as hand wash stations and hand sanitizer. They have also propped open the trash cans all over so guests won’t have to touch them. There were arrows directing traffic on narrow bridges and markers telling guests where to stand for shops and restaurants.

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We also took some time to stop and eat at Chicken Guy to see how the restaurants at Disney Springs are handling the new procedures.  Along with most shops and restaurants, Chicken Guy had the social distancing guides on the ground and only let so many people inside to order at a time. They also had plexiglass  between the guests and the cashier and people preparing food. The drink station was manned and guests can not refill their own drinks at this time. Someone on staff is there to do it for you. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.




Not all of the shops and restaurants are open yet. You can find a list of what opened today here. There  are also some Disney owned and operated shops and dining options opening next week on May 27th.  Everyone seemed to be in good spirits and happy to be back. There is a new team in yellow shirts to help with social distancing and to answer questions. If you’re planning a trip to Disney Springs have fun and be safe.



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#DisneyMagicMoments: Behind the Camera – Backstage in the ‘Balloon Room’ at Magic Kingdom Park

‘Balloon Room’ at Magic Kingdom Park

This is a backstage magic photo I took in the “balloon room” at Magic Kingdom Park, where the balloons are prepped for the day. My plan for being in this room was to show how Walt Disney World Resort brings joy to guests every day. And what brings more joy to a child than a balloon?

The balloons on Main Street, U.S.A. are one of my absolute favorite things in any Disney park. The colors … the liveliness of them bopping into one another … I just LOVE them!

When I walked into the room on this particular morning a few years ago, balloons were flooding the space, making it hard to even close the door behind me. Walking through hundreds of these balloons – having them all bump up against me and my camera gear – felt like a hug. It was a really magical moment that made me feel lucky to work where I do.

I had some lighting equipment in tow and an assistant to help me carve out a shot I had envisioned in my head, but as we were setting things up, I saw this scene playing out and quickly fired the shutter. I knew immediately, before even looking at the little screen on my camera or getting back to my desk, I had the shot that was in my head – no additional help or lights needed! It’s moments like that when I’m reminded Disney magic is everywhere.

Ready to take your picture-taking skills to the next level? Head over to the Disney Youth Programs Kahoot! page to learn photography concepts used by Disney photographers!

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Filed Under: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, MK, Photography, WDW

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#DisneyMagicMoments: You’ve Got Friends in the Voices of Liberty from EPCOT

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#DisneyMagicMoments: You’ve Got Friends in the Voices of Liberty from EPCOT

by , Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Resort Public Relations

We could all use an extra bit of friendship, right? Well the Voices of Liberty from EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort are using their #VoicesFromHome to let you know you’ve got friends in them, even from afar.

This a capella group normally fills The American Adventure at EPCOT with patriotic melodies. Today, they’re using their musical talents to give you a #DisneyMagicMoment wherever you may be. In this new video, the Voices of Liberty reunite virtually for special performances of two beloved Disney tunes all about friendship: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and “Friend Like Me.”

Feel free to sing along, too, using your own #VoicesFromHome. And stay with us here as we unveil more #DisneyMagicMoments in the days ahead!