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What’s New Around the Mouse?

 

Disney World in Florida

New! Tour with a Disney Imagineer ­ Take advantage of a rare opportunity when Limited Time Magic presents a tour of Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, as seen through the eyes of Walt Disney Imagineering! Come along for the ride as you venture inside the Tibetan­style stone structure, all while hearing tales from Imagineers who helped bring this exciting attraction to life. From the ideas that inspired the Royal Anandapur Tea Company to the fearsome story of the legendary Yeti—the mysterious snow monster said to inhabit the Himalayas, you won’t want to miss this chance to explore the magic at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park!

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival ­ Disney recently kicked off the super popular Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. This event is free with your paid admission into Epcot. You can enjoy food and beverages around the World Showcase, cooking sessions, and so much more.

Sofia the 1st at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique ­ If you have a little princess that is a fan of Sofia the 1st, you can now get a makeover at Downtown Disney inspired by her. Be sure to make reservations for this experience.

Transportation from Animal Kingdom to Downtown Disney ­ Disney is testing through October 31. They are providing bus transportation (round trip) from Animal Kingdom Theme Park to Downtown Disney. You can then take a bus from Downtown Disney back to your resort or back to the Animal Kingdom parking lot.

Disney MagicBands ­ Disney is still testing the MagicBands at select resorts.

Princess Fairytale Hall ­ This new location for our favorite Princesses at Magic Kingdom Park opened last week. This is a perfect spot to see Cinderella, Rapunzel, and other Disney Princesses.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ­ This popular special events for families is running throughout September and October at Magic Kingdom Park. This event runs from 7 PM­midnight.

Renovations ­ Learn about the latest renovations at Disney World, before you plan your trip or before you head down for your vacation.

Magic Kingdom

Peter Pan ­ Closed 09/30/13 ­ 11/13/13

Walt Disney World Railroad ­ Closed 09/30/13 ­ 10/20/13

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground ­ 09/03/13 ­ 11/19/13

Disney’s All Star Sports Resort

End Zone Food Court ­ Closed 08/05/13 ­ 12/20/13

Arcade ­ Closed 07/29/13 ­ 12/20/13

Downtown Disney® Area

Capt’n Jacks ­ Closed 08/18/13 ­ TBD

Disney Golf Courses

Disney’s Palm Golf Course ­ Closed 06/12/13 ­ mid­November

Universal Orlando Resort

Halloween Horror Nights ­ If you love zombies, Halloween Horror Night is the special event for you! This event runs select evenings through October. For this special event, separate admission is required. You can enjoy themed haunted houses, scare zones, your favorite Universal Studios rides, and much more.

Despicable Me ­ Do your kids love the Minions? You can now book one of 18 themed rooms at Portofino Bay Hotel (opening on October 1) with the Despicable Me theme.

Disneyland in California

New! Extra Haunted Mansion Holiday Magic ­ Celebrate the 13th season of Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park as the denizens of Halloween town add a sprinkling of

Limited Time Magic to their fiendish festivities! For a limited time, the Haunted Mansion has been gifted with a ghoulish bounty of frightfully fun delights. The Pumpkin King himself—a.k.a. Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas—has placed 13 surprise objects inside each area, from the foyer and the attic to the ghostly graveyard below. Climb aboard your Doom Buggy and keep your eyes peeled as each turn reveals yet another treat. Can you spy them all? Visit Haunted Mansion Holiday to find out for yourself. And don’t forget to scream with glee when you do!

Renovations ­ Click on this pdf to download the latest renovations at Disneyland.

 Ready to book your next vacation to Disney World or anywhere else in the world?  Contact Diana, your vacation specialist, today at diana@beyondcastles.com or diana@destinationsinflorida.com.

 

 

What’s New Around the Mouse

New! Chalk Art at Downtown Disney ­ Add a dash of color to your weekend when Limited Time Magic presents the Downtown Disney Chalk Art Festival! Watch in wonder as talented artists intricately transform flat concrete walkways into canvases for their dazzling works. This is your chance to marvel at the eye ­catching creations as they carefully come together, crafted entirely from chalk and other materials. And while visiting Downtown Disney area, stop by the Art of Disney Gallery and celebrate with artist Greg McCullough as he appears for signings—from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM, October 2 to October 6, 2013. Meet the mind behind the art as Walt Disney World Resort showcases the release of new pieces in his collection. It’s all happening for a limited time, courtesy of Limited Time Magic!

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival ­ Disney recently kicked off the super popular Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. This event is free with your paid admission into Epcot. You can enjoy food and beverages around the World Showcase, cooking sessions, and so much more.

Sofia the 1st at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique ­ If you have a little princess that is a fan of Sofia the 1st, you can now get a makeover at Downtown Disney inspired by her. Be sure to make reservations for this experience.

Transportation from Animal Kingdom to Downtown Disney ­ Disney is testing through October 31. They are providing bus transportation (round trip) from Animal Kingdom Theme Park to Downtown Disney. You can then take a bus from Downtown Disney back to your resort or back to the Animal Kingdom parking lot.

Disney MagicBands ­ Disney is still testing the MagicBands at select resorts.

Princess Fairytale Hall ­ This new location for our favorite Princesses at Magic Kingdom Park opened last week. This is a perfect spot to see Cinderella, Rapunzel, and other Disney Princesses.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ­ This popular special events for families is running throughout September and October at Magic Kingdom Park. This event runs from 7 PM – ­midnight.

Renovations ­ Learn about the latest renovations at Disney World, before you plan your trip or before you head down for your vacation.

Magic Kingdom

Peter Pan ­ Closed 09/30/13 ­ 11/13/13

Walt Disney World Railroad ­ Closed 09/30/13 ­ 10/20/13

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground ­ 09/03/13 ­ 11/19/13

Disney’s All Star Sports Resort

End Zone Food Court ­ Closed 08/05/13 ­ 12/20/13

Arcade ­ Closed 07/29/13 ­ 12/20/13

Downtown Disney® Area

Capt’n Jacks ­ Closed 08/18/13 ­ TBD

Disney Golf Courses

Disney’s Palm Golf Course ­ Closed 06/12/13 ­ mid­November

Universal Orlando Resort

Halloween Horror Nights ­ If you love zombies, Halloween Horror Night is the special event for you! This event runs select evenings through October. For this special event, separate admission is required. You can enjoy themed haunted houses, scare zones, your favorite Universal Studios rides, and much more. Call Destinations in Florida for more information about booking Halloween Horror Nights or a VIP Package.

Despicable Me ­ Do your kids love the Minions? You can now book one of 18 themed rooms at Portofino Bay Hotel (opening on October 1) with the Despicable Me theme.

Disneyland in California

New! Chalk Art at Disneyland ­ Add a dash of color to your weekend when Limited Time Magic presents the Downtown Disney Chalk Art Festival! Watch in wonder as talented artists intricately transform concrete walkways into a series of canvases for their works. This is your chance to marvel at each eye ­catching creation as they’re carefully crafted together from chalk, paint and other materials. Plus, you can even meet popular artist Miss Mindy—from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, October 4-5, 2013—as the Disneyland Resort celebrates the release of some new pieces in her collection at WonderGround Gallery, in addition to a special artist showcase by Haunted Memories—from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, October 5­-6, 2013. It’s all happening for a limited time, only at Downtown Disney District!

Renovations ­ Click on this pdf to download the latest renovations at Disneyland.

To book your next trip to Disney World, Universal, Disneyland or anywhere else in the world, contact Diana today at diana@beyondcastles.com or diana@destinationsinflorida.com.

 

 

What Do You Know about Disney’s Polynesian Resort?

Aloha! Disney’s Polynesian Resort opened in 1971 as one of the first on-site hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. The South Pacific paradise is a favorite among Disney guests with its famous Polynesian luau – it is definitely one of my favorite Disney resorts.
Here’s a look at the top ten things you might not know about Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

 

Video from Walt Disney Resort

Want to stay at this tropical paradise?  Contact Diana today at diana@destinationsinflorida.com today!

 

 

 

Video from Disney Parks Blog

Recipe for Disney Cruise Line’s De La Costa Cream Cheese Flan

When the transformed Disney Magic sets sail this October, guests will be treated to a brand-new dining experience at Carioca’s, a restaurant named after Donald Duck’s parrot pal in “The Three Caballeros,” Jose Carioca. Latin influences will be apparent not only in the design of the room, which is inspired by the vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro, but also in many of the new menu items.

We have the recipe of one of the delicious desserts in Carioca’s, De La Costa Cream Cheese Flan. Made with cream cheese, caramel and a sweet reduction sauce, and garnished with bananas and raspberries, there’s no doubt this dessert will be a guest favorite.

Give it a try yourself at home, and then be sure to taste this sweet indulgence when you sail on the re-imagined Disney Magic!
Disney Cruise Line’s De La Costa Cream Cheese Flan

De La Costa Cream Cheese Flan with Pedro Ximenez Reduction Sauce

Caramel Base
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water

Cream Cheese Flan
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup whole milk at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 eggs
2 egg yolks
Pinch coarse salt
Boiling water, for water bath

Pedro Ximenez Reduction
1/2 cup Pedro Ximenez wine (sweet wine)
1/2 cup sugar

Garnish
Sliced bananas
Raspberries

For caramel base:

  1. Place a 10-inch round cake pan on top of a folded dishtowel set inside a medium roasting pan. Set aside.
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Brush sugar crystals from sides of pan with a wet pastry brush.
  3. Boil, swirling pan and occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush, until mixture is golden brown, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and pour caramel into the bottom of the prepared cake pan. Cool to room temperature.

For cream cheese flan:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat cream cheese in an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk until smooth. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whole milk until smooth, scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Slowly add in eggs and the egg yolks, beating until completely combined. Stir in salt and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour mixture over caramel in prepared cake pan set inside the roasting pan. Open oven and place the roasting pan on the center oven rack. Carefully pour boiling water into roasting pan until water reaches halfway up the cake pan.
  4. Bake until a knife inserted into the center of the flan comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in water bath; when cool enough to handle, remove cake pan and cool completely. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours before serving.

For Pedro Ximenez reduction:

  1. Combine sugar and Pedro Ximenez in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until mixture is reduced by one-third, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature before serving.

Assembly:

  1. Run a thin knife around the inside edge of the cake pan to loosen flan. Shake pan gently from side to side until flan moves freely in pan. Invert a large plate over cake pan; holding pan and plate securely together, quickly invert and turn out flan onto plate. (Caramel will pour out over and around flan.)
  2. Cut flan into rectangles and top with sliced bananas and raspberries. Drizzle with Pedro Ximenez reduction.

Ready to set sail on the Disney Magic and try this fabulous dessert for yourself?  Contact Diana at diana@destinationsinflorida.com today to start planning!

Recipe and picture from Disney Food Blog

One of the most loved desserts onboard our ships is Palo’s chocolate soufflé. It’s the perfect indulgence to conclude an elegant dinner at Disney Cruise Line’s signature specialty restaurant. For those of you who want to impress your next dinner guests, why not try your hand at making it? Don’t skip the special vanilla sauce, and consider serving it with chocolate sauce and vanilla gelato, too, which are all delicious accompaniments!

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Chocolate Soufflé
Serves 6

3 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing the soufflé cups
6 tablespoons sugar, plus more for dusting the soufflé cups
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa
2 ounces (2/3 cup) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted
4 eggs, separated

Vanilla Sauce (recipe follows)

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Set a full kettle of water on to boil.
  • Butter six 4-ounce soufflé cups and coat with sugar; set aside.
  • Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan; meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cocoa to the butter and beat with a whisk to a smooth, paste-like consistency. Reduce heat and cook for 1 minute.
  • Slowly add the hot milk, whisking until smooth, then blend in melted chocolate. Let cool for 5 minutes, then stir in egg yolks.
  • Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until frothy. Slowly add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until stiff, glossy peaks form. Stir a heaping spoonful of egg whites into the chocolate, then fold in the remaining whites just until combined.
  • Pour the batter into prepared soufflé cups. Place cups in a large baking dish and add enough boiling water to reach halfway the sides of the soufflé cups.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately, with warm vanilla sauce.

Vanilla Sauce

1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1/4 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
3 tablespoons sugar
2 small egg yolks

  • Bring cream and vanilla bean to a low boil in saucepan over medium heat.
  • Combine sugar and egg yolks.
  • Add 2 spoonfuls of boiling cream to egg mixture and stir well, then pour back into the remaining cream and continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly.

Strawberry Soup from Disney World’s 1900 Park Fare

Have you been to 1900 Park Fare to try their cold Strawberry Soup?  I definitely recommend it– and it’s a great way to hob-nob with some of Disney‘s best characters!

And since it’s getting to be strawberry season, it’s the perfect time to try this recipe!

This will make a fantastic addition to your next special brunch or lunch — and it will help tide you over until your next visit with Alice, Mary Poppins, and Pooh!

STRAWBERRY SOUP, Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

2 lbs frozen strawberries

16 ounces heavy cream

2 ounces sour cream

3 ounces yogurt

1/2 lb fresh strawberries

Method:

1. Thaw the frozen berries in their juices.

2. Blend all of the ingredients (except the fresh berries) on low until smooth.

3. Chill, shake well before serving.

4. Add fresh strawberry halves as a garnish.

Here’s a TIP: add sugar to taste while blending if you like yours to be a little sweeter.

Ready to head to Disney World and try the strawberry soup at 1900 Park Fare without making it yourself?  Contact Diana at diana@destinationsinflorida.com and start planning today!

Pictures and recipe from Disney Food Blog

 

Recipe from Disney Food Blog

Who Wants Free Food?

Are you ready for FREE food at Disney World? The most popular Disney World discount is now available for guests that have a Disney Visa Card. For everyone else, stay tuned. This same discount will be released to the general public on May 9.

Disney’s Visa cardholders can get a free Disney Dining Plan for travel dates of 9/2/13 – 9/25/13. You must purchase a package that includes a minimum of 3 nights accommodation at a Disney Resort and a minimum 2-day Base Ticket. If you stay at a Disney Value Resort, the Quick Service Dining Plan is free. If you stay at a Disney Moderate or Deluxe Resort, the Basic Dining is free.

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You can also upgrade from the Quick Service to the Basic Dining for an additional $19 per adult per night and $3 per night per child. You can also upgrade from the Basic Dining to the Deluxe Dining for an additional $45 per adult per night and $20 per night per child.

Book by 7/31/13. Disney will require a deposit of $200 and final payment is due 45 days prior to arrival. Both the deposit and final payment must be paid with your Disney Visa Card. This discount is currently available just for Disney Visa Cardholders, but will be released to the general public on May 9.

This discount is on a space available basis. However, it is blacked out for campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, 3-Bedroom Villas, and Little Mermaid Rooms at Art of Animation Resort.

Contact Diana at 740-953-0373  or at diana@beyondcastles.com to book your Disney vacation today! This discount will sell out quickly.

30% Off Hotel Promotion

More magic for Disney Visa Cardholders!  If free dining is not available or a good fit for your vacation to Disney World, you can also save with another discount saving you up to 30% off your hotel.  This discount may be a better deal than the free dining, especially for those guests staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort.  Your Disney Specialist will price both options to make sure you are saving the most money during your vacation.  This hotel discount is available for travel between 8/15/13 – 9/28/13.

The discounts include:

  • 5% off  Disney’s All Star Movies, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (select rooms), Bay Lake Tower, and select rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • 15% off Disney’s Art of Animation Family Suites
  • 20% off Disney’s Pop Century, Disney’s All Star Music, Disney’s All Star Sports, Disney’s Contemporary (select rooms), Disney’s Grand Floridian, and Disney’s Polynesian Resorts
  • 25% off Disney’s Caribbean Beach, Disney’s Coronado Springs, and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resorts
  • 30% off  Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Old Key West, Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Saratoga Springs, and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

You can add tickets and Disney Dining Plans to your package for additional savings.

For this resort discount, Disney has a few blacked out resorts including campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, 3-Bedroom Villas, and Little Mermaid Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.  For this discount, you must pay your $200 and final payment using your Disney Visa Card.  This discount expires on July 31, 2013.

This promotion will be released to the general public on May 9.  Email Diana at diana@beyondcastles.com today!

May the 4th Be With You- Celebrate at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

For one day only, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present a “Limited Time Magic” event for the annual, fan-proclaimed “Star Wars Day,” May 4 – a date that Star Wars fans worldwide turn into a celebratory pun, “May the Fourth Be With You!”

Separate from the month-long Star Wars Weekends special event (which begins May 17), this “Limited Time Magic” celebration features special Star Wars entertainment, characters, commemorative merchandise, a Star Wars dance party and a Star Wars-themed fireworks show to cap off the day.

Star Wars characters will make surprise appearances on the 3-D attraction to enjoy the wild journey through space alongside park guests.  You might find yourself sitting next to Chewbacca aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue!

A special edition of Jedi Training Academy also is planned for that day, with parents invited to join their children (ages 4-12, sign-ups required on first-come basis) on-stage for the training and final showdown with the Empire.

When the sun goes down, galactic fun lights the night as Lobot (from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back) takes over as DJ for a dance party that will be highlighted by a special Star Wars fireworks show.

“May the Fourth Be With You” “Limited Time Magic” park activities and shows are included in regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Ready to plan your vacation to Disney World and celebrate Start Wars at Hollywood Studios?  Or just ready to plan a get away to anywhere?  Contact Diana at diana@beyondcastles.com today!