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Fodor's Travel Names Aulani a Top Hotel

"An enchanting resort complete with Disney character experiences and a touch of local culture in everything ..."

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That's what reviewers at Fodor's Travel, one of the largest and most respected publishers of travel and tourism information, are saying about Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, which is being recognized as a 2014 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award winner, and one of the top 12 "Beach Getaway" hotels worldwide. Aulani was the only resort in all of Hawai'i to be included in this distinguished category.

Fodor's evaluated more than 5,000 properties around the globe, so cracking the top 100 - and being called out as one of the world's greatest beach resorts - is a wonderful achievement.

What do you love most about your "Beach Getaway" to Aulani?


To read more about Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, visit the posts below:

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'Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush' Moseys Out of Disneyland Park September 27

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The time has come to bid farewell to "Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush" at Disneyland park. This unique experience quickly became a favorite, with guests and cast members alike joining in the story. So be sure to visit your friends in Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge one last time before this chapter of their saga ends on September 27.

Every great story must have a great ending, and the citizens of Frontierland and Rainbow Ridge are planning to make September 27 the best day ever with special events and surprises throughout the day. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog, and we'll have more details to share soon.

For more about "Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!" fun at Disneyland park, visit the links below:

'Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush' Moseys Out of Disneyland Park September 27 by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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#DisneyKids: First Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Holidays are always special at Disney Parks -- and as we've learned with our #DisneyKids series, they're also a perfect time for a "first" memory. Right now, our Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full swing at the Walt Disney World Resort, so this week we're at Magic Kingdom Park featuring first Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party experiences.

This year's celebration features a lot of must-see Halloween-themed entertainment for children, like the "Boo To You Parade," "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks, Disney characters in costumes, and much more. You can purchase tickets right now on our Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party page.

And if you're visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, we're sharing more fun ideas for the little ones as well as offers designed with your family in mind on our special preschool page.

#DisneyKids: First Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Details About 'Link-It Later' and Accessories for Retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort

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I recently shared a look at how guests can use retail MagicBands and accessories to show their Disney Side when visiting Walt Disney World Resort. Today, I have additional details about a new option for retail MagicBands called "Link-It Later," and a look at some of the newest MagicBandits coming soon to select merchandise locations in Florida.

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We offer retail MagicBands for purchase as an option for guests who may not be staying at a Walt Disney World Resort owned and operated hotel but want to take advantage of some cool technology during their visit. Typically, guests must present one of the following for retail MagicBands to be linked at the time of purchase: valid theme park admission, Memory Maker card or an active MagicBand.

With the "Link-It Later" option, guests will be able to purchase solid-colored MagicBands (available in seven colors) and link them to a valid theme park admission at a future date. This new option lets guests purchase MagicBands as gifts.

The graphic MagicBands, like the Haunted Mansion-themed one or the MagicBands featuring characters from Disney's "Frozen," can't be linked later at this time.

"Link-It Later" is currently available in select retail locations at Walt Disney World Resort. It was recently expanded to participating off-site locations including Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels in the Downtown Disney area, Disney liquidation stores in Florida, and the Disney merchandise shops at the Orlando International Airport.

Guests may visit their My Disney Experience account to associate MagicBands, using the "Link a MagicBand or Card" link.

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I also convinced the retail MagicBand development team to give you a sneak preview of new MagicBandits coming soon. These small characters or icons can be attached to the side of any MagicBand. I particularly like the retro "world" logo seen in the first image above. I also heard they are working on some MagicBandits featuring famous ghosts that like to follow guests home.

Details About 'Link-It Later' and Accessories for Retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Halloween Time Treats at the Disneyland Resort

Here's your first look at some of the delectable and delightfully wicked treats debuting this year as part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

Candy Corn Apple

There's nothing "corny" about this year's candy corn apple, which has been covered in caramel, enrobed in dark chocolate and adorned with candy corn pieces.

The delectable Bat Cake Pop is available in chocolate, vanilla or red velvet and is covered in dark chocolate and then adorned with black licorice wings and red chocolate eyes.

Mummy Crispy

Be sure to tell your Mummy about this next one! The traditional Mickey Mouse crispy treat has been laced in white chocolate, creating a mummy effect, complete with candy-coated chocolate eyes peering from underneath the bandages.

Make delicious magic with the Pumpkin Marshmallow Wand -- stacked jack o' lantern faces made with fluffy marshmallows, creamy caramel, white chocolate and orange sanding sugar.

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Guys and ghouls will need to make "time" for the Haunted Mansion Clock Crispy, dipped in dark chocolate and decorated with green and white vanilla-flavored chocolate, creating the classic image of the Haunted Mansion clock.

Look for these items and more, including the October gourmet apple of the month "Dirt and Worms" at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure Park; and Marceline's Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.

Halloween Time Treats at the Disneyland Resort by Michelle Harker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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New Wearable Disney Gift Card Designed for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

When visiting the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, complete your experience with our new wearable Disney Gift Card created especially for this year's event.

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In addition to the many features of a Disney Gift Card, this year's Festival-themed card comes with a wristband to ensure quick and easy access for convenience at festival kiosks. Activate your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15 and just swipe to pay as you sample your favorite food and beverages throughout the event.

The fun doesn't have to end after the festival! Reload your Disney Gift Card on property and use it for practically all things Disney throughout Walt Disney World Resort and at other Disney destinations nationwide.

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For more about this year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase, visit the posts blow:

New Wearable Disney Gift Card Designed for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival by Virginia Scanlon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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First Look at new PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks This Fall

I recently shared an announcement about the new alliance with PANDORA Jewelry at Disney Parks. This fall, guests will find an original collection of hand-finished .925 sterling silver and 14K gold charms inspired by some of Disney's most beloved characters. Today, I'm excited to tell you about some of the 16 items created specifically for Disney Parks.

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For starters, the essential must-have item for a PANDORA Jewelry collection is a charm bracelet. We are thrilled to release a sterling silver Disney Parks bracelet, featuring PANDORA's unique threading system and a ball clasp engraved with our castle logo.

To personalize the bracelet, we will release several destination themed charms, including some for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts (pictured above). The new sterling silver charms are hand-finished with flush-set cubic zirconia star detail.

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We will also release the "Mickey Mania" (pictured above), a sterling silver openwork Mickey charm with red, light yellow, black and white enamel.

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I particularly like the Minnie Sparkling Ear Hat dangle (pictured above), which is a nod to a must have souvenir from Disney Parks. The charm is beautifully crafted in sterling silver with 105 pave-set black crystals and nine pave-set, red-cubic zirconia in the bow detail.

The 16 Disney Parks specific items will only be found in select locations at Disney Parks. An additional 25 Disney-themed designs will also be launching in select retail locations at Disney Parks and at PANDORA stores throughout North America.

Select items will also be found on the Disney Parks online store at a future date.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for additional looks at this exciting new collection.

First Look at new PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks This Fall by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disney Parks After Dark: Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

I was inside the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park to document the attraction just before it reopened this year for Haunted Mansion Holiday, and I wanted to share my three favorite photos now that Halloween Time has begun at the Disneyland Resort.

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Next time you ride Haunted Mansion Holiday, keep your eyes peeled for one of my favorite details: a little monkey bride. Here's a little hint on where to look ... it's near a big pumpkin.

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In the great ballroom stands the 14th Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house. I thought you would enjoy seeing it up close.

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Just before you enter the graveyard scene, you will see the back of Pumpkin Mountain with giant snowflakes falling.

Disney Parks After Dark: Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park by Paul Hiffmeyer: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Our Top 10 New Tastes for 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

All sorts of special events, cooking demos and parties make the 19th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival worth the trip, but for us, it's the simple pleasure of noshing and sipping our way around World Showcase that is one of the most memorable parts of the 53-day festival (the longest ever) that debuts Friday, September 19, and runs through November 10.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Brazil Marketplace

This is the seventh year that Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann has been at the helm, and every year he gets a little more authentic, a little more creative. Thirty-five new food offerings debut this year, requiring multiple visits to truly savor each taste.

And while it may be nearly impossible to appreciate every single dish paired with tasting-sized servings of wine, beer (and non-alcoholic beverages) at the 25+ Marketplaces, we've done a little homework and are suggesting the Top 10 new, "don't-miss" dishes for 2014.

Here, in no certain order, are 10 of the new dishes worth a taste, even if you have to share to make it all the way around:

  1. Lobster Alfredo at the Hops & Barley Marketplace, a bowl with warm macaroni noodles, generous bits of lobster and a crunch topping. Add a 6-ounce pour of crisp Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat.
  2. Eat dessert first: you don't want to miss the rich, velvety caramel crème brûlée with fleur de sel at the France Marketplace. Pair it with a flute of Sparkling Pomegranate Kir.
  3. A hearty, healthful dish is Patagonia's Verlasso salmon, served with quinoa salad and a flourish of garlicky arugula chimichurri. Add a pour of the fruity Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier.
  4. At the Farm Fresh Marketplace, there's the perfect taste of Southern comfort food: griddled "Yard Bird" (chicken thigh) with collards and a dollop of the house-made habanero sauce. Just for fun, add a Florida wine (yes, Florida), the Key Limen-Key Lime Wine from Florida Orange Groves.
  5. Also at Farm Fresh, the Florida grass-fed beef slider with a scoop of kicky pimento cheese melting over the warm burger was another don't-miss. We added the Beer Flight (four 4-ounce servings): I-4 IPA, Ba Ba Black Lager, Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale and Florida Cracker Belgian Style White Ale.
  6. Even if the idea of snails is not for you, give it a try. They've jazzed up the escargot in France, now served with three tender snails in pastry with lots of garlic, spinach, bacon and Parmesan. Be elegant and pair with a cool Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, La Côte Blanche.
  7. The Greece marketplace has added hearty Vegetarian Moussaka, made with eggplant and potatoes and a rich béchamel sauce. Try it with Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, a white wine with rich flavors of citrus and tropical fruits. (We also loved sipping the Tzatziki martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS Natural Yoghurt Liqueur.)
  8. For a taste of the tropics, it's the Ensalada de Carrucho, Caribbean conch salad with onion, tomato and cilantro at the new Puerto Rico Marketplace along the Rose Walk leading to World Showcase Plaza. Pair it with Medalla light beer.
  9. Canada's Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette deserves a pour of the Canada Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah.
  10. Desserts & Champagne Marketplace is always our final stop, and we can recommend this year's trio: Passion Fruit Coconut Creamsicle, Blueberry Lime Cheesecake Roll and Chocolate Espresso Opera Cake. Best of all, they're now serving Dom Pérignon Champagne. Life is good.

And we still have to make room for a few returning favorites: the grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and crunch potato chips in Australia; crispy pork belly with black beans, tomato and cilantro in Brazil; Kalua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise in Hawaii, and the kimchi dog with spicy mustard sauce in South Korea.

Also, here's a link to all the menus. Get out there and share your favorite Marketplace dishes with us!


For more about this year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase, visit the posts below:

Our Top 10 New Tastes for 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Learn to Draw Grumpy from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'

This week, our "Learn to Draw" series is focusing on a classic Disney character -- Grumpy from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

This week, it's Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney's Hollywood Studios who gives you a quick tutorial on how to draw the perfect grump. Here we go!


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Learn to Draw Grumpy from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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