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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Ashley Brown's 'Practically Perfect' Parks Visit

This week, actress Ashley Brown, who originated the part of Mary Poppins on Broadway visited Walt Disney World Resort. During her visit, she also took time out to answer some of your questions submitted here on the blog -- and of course, visited the parks to take photos with some Poppins pals.

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She also took the time to surprise a group of young performers from Franklin School for the Performing Arts students during their Disney Performing Arts Program Experience.

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Ashley answered their questions about being a professional performer and also shared a special performance of the song "Feed the Birds" from "Mary Poppins."

This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Ashley Brown's 'Practically Perfect' Parks Visit by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Another Disney Cruise Line Chef Receives Top Culinary Honor

Disney parks, resorts and cruise ships have continually been recognized by both consumers and industry experts for the exceptional, innovative and fun dining experiences. Today, we congratulate Disney Cruise Line Chef Patrick Albert, executive chef of Remy restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, recently named a Master Chef of France after being inducted into the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, a prestigious culinary society and one of the highest honors in the country.

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Master Chef of France is a coveted title, dedicated "to preserving and perpetuating the tradition of great French cuisine." At Remy, inspired by Disney's animated hit film "Ratatouille," Chef Patrick showcases French-inspired cuisine featuring superior seasonal ingredients from around the globe.

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This honor adds to a growing list of awards for the chefs onboard Disney cruise ships and at our parks and resorts around the world. Chef Arnaud Lallement, advising chef at Remy, received a third Michelin star for his restaurant in Reims, France. Chef Scott Hunnel, who collaborates with Chef Arnaud, is a 2015 James Beard Award semi-finalist and at the helm at AAA Five-Diamond Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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Since launching in 1998, Disney ships have been the place where guests can connect with the stories and characters they cherish most, and dining has always been an important part of that story. From quick-service to fine dining, the chefs focus on exceeding guest expectations - and keep adding innovative new ideas that help move the culinary industry forward. All told, Disney Parks and Resorts has nearly 300 top-notch chefs, many of whom are graduates of prestigious culinary schools. A great meal awaits!

Do you have a favorite onboard dining experience?

Another Disney Cruise Line Chef Receives Top Culinary Honor by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park

We recently shared that some exciting new magic is coming next month to Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland park. In anticipation, I'd like to go a different direction with this installment of "The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling" and tell you the story behind the inspiration for this classic attraction.

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The Matterhorn Bobsleds were inspired by the 1959 live action Disney feature film, "Third Man on the Mountain," which tells the story of a young man who strives to scale the Matterhorn (called "the Citadel" in the film). During filming in Zermatt, Switzerland, Walt Disney became fascinated with the Matterhorn, and his thoughts turned to how he could incorporate this inspiration at Disneyland.

He asked his designers to think about transforming Holiday Hill (a small mound of dirt between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland) into Snow Hill, which would feature real snow. Time passed and ideas evolved, and the project grew in scope. Snow Hill became Snow Mountain, and by the time "Third Man on the Mountain" wrapped in 1958 the project had developed into Matterhorn Mountain.

The real Matterhorn in Switzerland stands 14,700 feet, while the 100th-scale replica at Disneyland reaches nearly 147 feet. Can you think of other mountains or natural wonders that have inspired attractions at Disney Parks around the world?

For more from "The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling" series, visit the stories below:

The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling: Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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#DisneyKids: Meeting Characters at Disney Parks

One of the most fun things to do with little ones at Walt Disney World Resort is take them to meet the characters that they enjoy from beloved stories and films. It is one of those magical moments that you never forget as a parent, and it creates a memory that kids can relive at home by looking at photos and autograph books from your trip. From Disney Junior characters and Pixar friends, to fairytale princesses and the Fab 5, there is no shortage of opportunities for kids to interact with their favorites.

Parent tips: Utilize FastPass+ to bypass lines at select locations, and have Disney Photo Pass photographers capture shots of the entire family that can be added to your My Disney Experience account via your MagicBand.

Here's a roundup of some of our guests' top meet and greet locations in all four theme parks.

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For Disney's Hollywood Studios, click here. For Epcot, click here. For Disney's Animal Kingdom, click here.

#DisneyKids: Meeting Characters at Disney Parks by Jamie Langdon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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'World of Color' Dining Packages Available for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Kickoff Event

UPDATE: Please note the second "World of Color" showing is scheduled for 10:15 p.m., not 11:15 p.m. as previously listed.

Don't miss your chance to experience the magic of the all-new "World of Color - Celebrate!" during the 24-Hour Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kickoff event, May 22-23! Additional "World of Color" dining packages have been added for the event at select restaurants at Disney California Adventure park.

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Ariel's Grotto and Wine Country Trattoria will feature special 2-course, prix fixe breakfast menus from 12 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. on May 23, with reserved viewing for a special 3 a.m. showing of "World of Color."

"World of Color" lunch and dinner packages with reserved viewing for the 9 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. 10:15 p.m. shows on May 22 are available at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Golden Vine Winery and will feature regular menu items. For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

Learn more about the all-new "World of Color - Celebrate!" coming for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, featuring hosts Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse, in this article by my fellow author, Shawn Slater.

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog -- soon I will be sharing a full listing of specialty food and beverage items for the 24-Hour Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kickoff event!

'World of Color' Dining Packages Available for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration 24-Hour Kickoff Event by Rachel Brent: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Chocolate and Liquor Tasting on a Disney Cruise

Looking for a new activity to do on your next Disney cruise with your love? Our decadent Chocolate and Liquor Tasting is a popular choice for couples and a fun way to indulge together.

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First, our sommelier will introduce you to the history of chocolate and its production method. Next, you'll dive into pairing premium chocolate with alcoholic beverages. The sommelier will explain the way to taste white and dark chocolate, including melted chocolate, with wine, Champagne and scotch, explaining the reaction of sweet or bitter chocolate on the palate.

Up next, I'll give you taste of our Tequila and Margarita seminar, another great date option for couples and a fun activity for friends.


For more about the beverage tasting experiences on a Disney cruise, visit the posts below:

Chocolate and Liquor Tasting on a Disney Cruise by Salah Chetbi: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disney Parks After Dark: Fireworks Brighten Hong Kong Disneyland

Tonight's "After Dark" image was shot at Hong Kong Disneyland of the park's nighttime fireworks spectacular, "Disney In The Stars."

The show is an illuminating celebration that combines music with fireworks that brighten the sky above the park's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Favorite Disney character images and lighting effects are also projected across the castle's walls and turrets during the show.

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Have you seen "Disney In The Stars"? Tell us what you liked about it in the comments section below!

Disney Parks After Dark: Fireworks Brighten Hong Kong Disneyland by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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PHOTOS: Dockside Margaritas Opens Today at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

Last week, we shared that Dockside Margaritas would be opening soon at Downtown Disney. Today is opening day, and we're sharing the first photos of the cool, laid-back new location. Sit back and enjoy the relaxing things in life — Florida style — while you take a look through the gallery below.

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PHOTOS: Dockside Margaritas Opens Today at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort by Rachel Brent: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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VIDEO: Disney Actress Ashley Brown Answers Reader Questions

Broadway's own Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown, took a minute out of her family's visit while at Magic Kingdom Park to answer your questions about Walt Disney World Resort.

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Check out the video below to see if she responded to you!

VIDEO: Disney Actress Ashley Brown Answers Reader Questions by Anne Macklin: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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VIDEO: Learn to Make the Manhattan from Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park

The Manhattan cocktail became popular during Prohibition, and remains popular with guests of Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park. This swanky signature cocktail is served with Carthay Circle Restaurant's famous ice sphere, and is garnished with cherries. The ice sphere used in the cocktail is a perfect sphere--the optimal shape for keeping your drink cold, without melting and diluting the drink.

Watch as our bartender creates a Manhattan cocktail (and one of those fabulous ice spheres) from Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge below:

For this drink, you will need:

  • 2 Ounces rye whisky
  • 1/2 Ounce sweet vermouth
  • A couple dashes of bitters
  • Cherry garnish

For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.

VIDEO: Learn to Make the Manhattan from Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park by Rachel Brent: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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