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

Sliced bananas

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.


  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 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!



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


2 lbs frozen strawberries

16 ounces heavy cream

2 ounces sour cream

3 ounces yogurt

1/2 lb fresh strawberries


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 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 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 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 today!

The Value of an Adventure by Disney

Adventures by Disney is the way to go for a completely hassle-free vacation. Adventures by Disney is a leader in group- guided travel and will handle all the details for your family.

Adventures by Disney will meet you at the airport and provide round trip transportation.  They will also provide your transportation within your trip, while taking care of your luggage for you.

What else is included in your Adventure by Disney?  Accommodations that meet Disney’s standards– exceptional hotels and unique lodgings are in store for you– no guessing if you picked a good hotel!

To add to the value of your Adventure by Disney, all your scheduled meals are included, as well as a dinner or movie night for your kids.

You will be accompanied by 2 Disney-trained Adventure Guides for your entire trip.  You’ll experience activities with the local community and local experts and immersive activities for the whole family.

On your Adventure by Disney, your family will skip the lines at popular museums and activities and experience backstage access, private tours and events.  Your admission to events and attractions is also included.

Wondering what is not included in your Adventure by Disney?  Hours of planning on your part, the uncertainty of knowing where to stay or what to do, standing in lines and waiting in crowds.  If you are ready to do with out those things on your next vacation, contact Diana at to plan your next vacation!


Flower Power Concerts at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival

One of the best parts of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is attending a Flower Power concert at the America Gardens Theatre.

This weekend, The Guess Who will take the stage Friday through Sunday for 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. shows.

Can’t make it this weekend? Here’s the full musical lineup:

March 29-31: Nelson
April 5-7: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
April 12-14: Paul Revere & the Raiders
April 19-21: Village People (new!)
April 26-28: The Orchestra, Featuring Former Members of ELO and ELO II
May 3-5: Tommy Roe (new!)
May 10-12: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
May 17-19: Starship starring Mickey Thomas.

Ready to plan your trip to catch some great Flower Power concerts?  Contact Diana today at!


RunDisney Adds a New Race!

RunDisney reaches another milestone as they expand the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weeken presented by Cigna with the addition of the Walt Disney World 10K, the Dopey Challenge, new medals and the return of the popular Runner’s World Challenge.

In 2006, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend had a big year. The races had become so popular, the half marathon and the full marathon now had to be held on two separate days. This race day change led to another interesting development. It was now theoretically possible for a runner to run both races, so the team decided that if someone was goofy enough to do that, they deserved a medal. And thus, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge was born with just over 2,300 runners receiving the first Goofy medal for their 39.3 mile accomplishment.

Through the years, “the Goofy” has been a favorite with runners as well as a unique offering in the running industry. Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. This next year, runDisney is adding a 10K race to our Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend line-up, joining our already popular 5K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. And you guessed it, they are now offering the Dopey Challenge to those runners who conquer ALL FOUR of our races. That’s right…completing the 5K, the 10K, the Half Marathon and the Full Marathon in the four consecutive days will earn you the Dopey Challenge Medal. That coveted piece of hardware will be clanging around the necks of finishers with the Mickey Marathon medal, the Donald Half medal, the 5K Family Fun Run medal, the Goofy Challenge medal, and the new Minnie 10K medal.

Six medals for 48.6 miles over four days. Are you just Dopey enough to try it?


Contact Disney Travel Specialist, Diana, at to plan your Disney Marathon weekend!


Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire is Now Open!

Fantasy Faire is now open at Disneyland Park. Here you can greet Disney princesses at the Royal Hall, watch the tales of “Tangled” and “Beauty and the Beast” at the Royal Theatre and sample tasty sweets at Maurice’s Treats.

Take a look at all the fun and magic in store for you!



Book your next trip to Disneyland or beyond the castles of Disney to anywhere in the world today!  Contact Diana at