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!



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!”
May The Fourth Be With You at Disney's Hollywood Studios
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!

Monster’s University Monorail!

Check out the new  monorail!  One of the monorails on the Magic Kingdom Park/Resorts loop now features the cast of Disney•Pixar’s new movie “Monsters University,” including Mike, Sulley and a host of new characters you’ll meet when it comes to theaters June 21.

Monstrous ‘Monsters University’ Monorail Pulls Into Walt Disney World Resort

Have you seen the preview for this movie?  It looks great- I can’t wait to see it!



Ready to plan your monstrously fun trip to Disney World, Disneyland or to anywhere for that matter?  Contact Diana today at!

New Treats to Come at the French Pavilion at Disney’s Epcot

Pistachio Ice Cream at the New L’Artisan des Glaces, Artisan Ice Cream & Sorbet


While the new Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie and Monsieur Paul, the re-imagined upstairs restaurant at the France Pavilion at Epcot are providing us with wonderfully tastey French treats. There’s still more: look for the new L’Artisan des Glaces, Artisan Ice Cream & Sorbet to open by mid-June in the pavilion’s former bakery space.

This delightful little shop will offer 16 different flavors – 10 ice creams and six sorbets are on the menu (still a work in progress). “Everything will be made in-house with the simplest, fresh ingredients – milk, sugar, cream, eggs and fruit,” says general manager Eric Weistroffer.

The frozen treats will be available by the scoop in cups or cones – and for grown-ups, there’s the option of adding liqueurs, says Weistroffer.

Chili Cone Queso at the New L’Artisan des Glaces, Artisan Ice Cream & Sorbet

Meanwhile, you don’t have to journey to Disneyland Resort to try one of the super-popular, savory cones from Cozy Cone Motel in Disney California Adventure park at Cars Land. They’re now on the menu at Marketplace Snacks in front of Team Mickey at Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. Take your pick of the meaty Chili Cone Queso topped with shredded cheese and crispy corn chips (our favorite), or the hearty meatball cone. Both are served in a thick bread “cone” suitable for strolling while you enjoy.

Ready to book your trip to Disney World or to Disneyland?  Contact Diana today at!

New Merchandise for Earth Week at Disney

T-Shirts for the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

I’m looking forward to the 15th anniversary celebration for Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Earth Day this year. I recall visiting the park on April 22, 1998, for the grand opening celebration. (I still have the opening day T-shirt from it tucked away in my Disney collection.) As part of Limited Time Magic next week, we are releasing a few commemorative items at the Creature Comforts location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, starting April 22, 2013. Some of these items will have the specially designed 15th anniversary logo that was created by Disney Design Group artists Michael Posluszny and Maria Clapsis.

Merchandise for the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There will be a new safari hat along with three new T-shirts featuring the 15th anniversary logo. If you are unable to visit the park, we are releasing the orange-sleeved shirt on the Disney Parks online store starting April 22 for a limited time –

The 15th anniversary logo will also be included on one of three new D-Tech on Demand cases for the iPhone 4/4s and the iPhone 5. (Note: the iPhone 5 cases are pictured above.)
Pins for the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

For Disney pin collectors, we will have two limited edition pins celebrating the 15th anniversary. They join a limited release mystery pin set that was designed by Disney Design Group Artist Mike Sullivan. I like how the set incorporates various characters and experiences from the park (like the Wildlife Express Train!). I also included this year’s limited edition Earth Day pin, which will also be released that day at Walt Disney World Resort (it was released on April 11 at the Disneyland Resort).
Vinylmation for the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We asked a few artists to create one-of-a-kind, 9-inch Vinylmation figures. I was blown away by the level of detail on figures from artists like Brian Blackmore (his figure is shown above). I also loved Javier Soto’s extremely detailed yeti. Other Vinylmation artists include Maria Clapsis, who made the adorable zebra and baby dinosaur; John Henselmeier, who designed the classic safari Mickey Mouse figure; and Adrianne Draude, who created a colorful figure showing Mickey Mouse in the jungle.


Sweet Treats for Earth Day at Disney World

The Worms & Dirt Tart Topped with a Smiling Strawberry, Fresh Raspberries, and Chocolate Cookie “Dirt” Crumbs

Earth Day is April 22, but the entire week, April 22-28, has been dubbed Earth Week – and that gives us plenty of time to try all three of these sweet treats that are almost (almost!) too cute to eat.

Walt Disney World Resort pastry chefs have been busy outdoing each other with three versions of chocolate available only April 22-28. The Worms & Dirt tart topped with a smiling strawberry, fresh raspberries, and chocolate cookie “dirt” crumbs can be found at Tony’s Town Square and Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park, Kringla Bakeri Og Café and Sunshine Seasons at Epcot, and Capt. Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.
Chocolate Worms & Dirt Cupcake Topped with a Teensy Flower Pot and Gummy Worms
The chocolate Worms & Dirt cupcake topped with a teensy flower pot and gummy worms is on the menu at ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co. and Starring Rolls Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Kusafari Coffee Shop and Bakery and the espresso and coffee cart at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Another version of a chocolate Worms & Dirt cupcake features an adorable little worm made with a strawberry and fresh raspberries, and it is only at one spot: Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.
Chocolate Worms & Dirt Cupcake Featuring an Adorable Little Worm Made with a Strawberry and Fresh Raspberries

All of the Worms & Dirt desserts are $4.99 and Disney Dining Plan eligible.

Ready to book your trip to Disney or anywhere beyond?  Contact Diana today at!

Diana is a Disney Travel Specialist, as well as Hawaii Destinations Specialist and Cruise Specialist.  She loves planning vacations for individuals, families and groups.
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Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries at Disneyland Park

Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries at Disneyland Park

Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries opens tomorrow at Innoventions in Disneyland park, but we’ve got a sneak peek inside the new exhibit for you today here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Tony Stark’s Hall of Armor, Part of Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries at Disneyland Park

The centerpiece of Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries is Tony Stark’s Hall of Armor, featuring Iron Man suits Mark I-VII as well as the newest Mark 42 suit, pictured above.

Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries at Disneyland Park

Visitors to the exhibit can even virtually “suit up” through simulation technology, operating the latest pieces of the Mark 42 Iron Man armor, including its infamous repulsor blasts.

Come check out Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries at Innoventions in Disneyand park, and don’t miss “Iron Man 3” when it opens in theaters May 3!

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