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2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Food Studios Menus

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Ready to kick-off 2021 in an artful way? Then get ready for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, running now through February 22, 2021. In addition to celebrating visual and performing arts, the over 15 Festival of the Arts Food Studios showcase the best in culinary art – blending colorful ingredients, unique cooking techniques, and imaginative presentations to create edible masterpieces for the plate and glass. 

Our culinary and beverage teams created many new tastes and sips for this year’s festival and brought back several fan favorites. Be sure to check out our new Food Studio – Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio – located between Morocco & France. 

Returning is the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine, a fun food stroll highlighting five delicious sweet and savory offerings at the festival – all listed in the Festival Passport. Upon your colorful purchase, you will receive a stamp for your Festival Passport. Once you’ve collected all five stamps, bring your Festival Passport to the Decadent Delights Food Studio to receive an adorable complimentary Artist Palette Cookie. The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine can be completed at your leisure, and you can even bring back your stamped Festival Passport to EPCOT at any time during the festival to complete your stroll.

Here are all of the menus for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Food Studios:

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Refreshment Port (Showcase Plaza)

Food Items:

  • Lobster Poutine: Lobster, Lobster Bisque Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapeños, and Citrus Cream (NEW)

Beverages:

  • Barrel of Monks Brewing Raspberry Beret, Boca Raton, FL (NEW)
  • Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA 
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Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza)

Beverages:

  • Orange Cream Shake in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic)  
  • Lost Coast Brewery Tangerine Wheat Ale, Eureka, CA 
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Selections
    • Key Limen 
    • Strawberry Blush 
    • Orange Sunshine 
    • Sparkling Key Lime 
    • Sparkling Cranberry 
    • Sparkling Blueberry 

The Deconstructed Dish (Showcase Plaza)

Food Items: 

  • Deconstructed Reuben: Rye Popover, Corned Beef, Gryuère Panna Cotta, and Brined Brussels Sprouts with Broken Thousand Island Dressing 
  • Deconstructed BLT: Crispy Pork Belly, Soft-poached Egg, Brioche, Watercress Espuma, and Tomato Jam 
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped New York-style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies 

Beverages:

  • Rainboba: Fruit Bursting Boba with Sparkling Water (non-alcoholic) 
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings of London® Chai Tea Shake with Maple Syrup garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon (Non-alcoholic) 
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings of London® Chai Tea Shake with Cream Bourbon garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon 
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Decadent Delights (Promenade Refreshments)

Food Items:

  • Raspberry Soft-serve Ice Cream (New
  • Lemon Soft-serve Ice Cream (New)
  • Artist Palette Cookie

Beverages:

  • North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner, Fort Bragg, CA 
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Deco IPA, Doral, FL 
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co. Peanut Butter Porter, Douglas, MI 
  • Beer Flight also available 
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Pop Eats (Showcase Plaza)

Food Items:

  • Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese (New)
  • Tomato Soup with French Onion and Bacon Grilled Cheese (New)
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Belgian Chocolate 
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling 

Beverages:

  • #RainbowSherbetGlitterDreamAle by Playalinda Brewing Co., Titusville, FL 
  • Popping Bubbles Cocktail 
  • Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary
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Refreshment Outpost

Food Items:

  • Plant-based Bratwurst with Spicy Turmeric Aïoli, Coffee Barbecue Jackfruit, and Slaw 
  • Warm Brown Sugar-stuffed Pretzel with Banana Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce 

Beverages:

  • Frozen Slushy Coca-Cola® or Minute Maid® Lemonade in a Souvenir Spike The Bee Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) 
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Blue Raspberry Blonde, Titusville, FL (New)
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Cuisine Classique 

Food Items:

  • Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes, and Aged Balsamic 
  • Coq au Vin: Chicken Roulade with Violet Mustard, Candied Carrots, Pancetta Crisp, Marble Potatoes, and Beurre Rouge Sauce (New) 
  • Opera Cake: Almond Joconde, Coffee Buttercream, and Chocolate Ganache (New)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie 

Beverages:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • 81Bay Brewing Rosé Blonde Ale, Tampa, FL 
  • Frozen Rosé 
  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series, Logrono, Spain 
  • Domaine Savary Chablis, Burgundy 
  • A Play on Rosé Flight 
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The Artist’s Table

Food Items:

  • Beef Wellington: Mushroom Duxelle, Prosciutto, and Puff Pastry with Red Wine Demi-Glace and Fennel Cream 
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, and Parmesan Crisp (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • SippingChocolate Flight: White, Milk, and Dark Chocolate (non-alcoholic) 
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co. Neapolitan Milk Stout, Douglas, MI 
  • Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Lexington, KY 
  • Lindemans Framboise Lambic, Belgium 
  • Âme du Vin Côtes de Provence Rosé 
  • Writer’s Block Pinot Noir, Lake County, CA 
  • Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Mozart Cream Liqueurs paired with Sipping Chocolates 
  • Beer Flight also available 
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Mosaic Canteen (Morocco)

Food Items:

  • Mediterranean Flatbread with Zaatar Pesto, Artichokes, Roasted Peppers, Sundried Tomatoes, and Fennel Cream (New)
  • Harissa-roasted Rack of Lamb with Baba Ganoush, Picholine Olives, Toybox Tomatoes, Preserved Lemons, and Pomegranate (New)
  • Mouskoutchou: Orange Cake with Cinnamon-Chocolate Mousse (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Orange) (New)

Beverages:

  • 1906 Reserva Especial Dark Amber Lager (New)
  • Maeloc Blackberry Hard Cider (New)
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Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio (Between Morocco & France) 

Food Items:

  • Chilled Seafood Cocktail with Octopus, Scallops, Shrimp, Black Garlic Aïoli, Tomato-Coconut Sauce, and Serrano-Lime Oil (New)
  • Blue Corn Pupusa-stuffed with Cheese and topped with Shredded Pork, Guajillo and Árbol Chile Sauce, Cabbage Slaw, and Aji Amarillo Crema (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Blue) (New)
  • Passion Fruit Mousse with Dragon Fruit Jam (New)

Beverages:

  • Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie (non-alcoholic) (New)
  • Frozen Piña Colada (New)
  • Passion Fruit Daiquiri (New)
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Festival Favorites (World Showplace)

Food Items:

  • Remy’s Ratatouille with Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Tomatoes, and Red Pepper Piperade (Plant-based) (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Red) (New)
  • Charcuterie with Meats and Cheeses featuring Nueske’s® Applewood Smoked Beef 
  • Lemon Blood-Orange Tart 
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Blue Sky Black Cherry Boba Freeze (non-alcoholic)  
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Strawberry Blonde Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO 
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Milk Stout Nitro, Doral, FL 
  • Cold Fashioned Coffee Cocktail 
  • Neapolitan Beer Flight 
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The Painter’s Palate (World Showplace)

Food Items:

  • Prime Steak Tartare with Pickled Vegetables, Parsley Salad, Béarnaise Anglaise, and Sous Vide Quail Egg (New)
  • Salt-roasted Beet Tartare with Pickled Vegetables, Parsley Salad, and Béarnaise Aïoli (Plant-based) (New)
  • Pistachio Cake with Cherry Mousse and Morello Cherries (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Green) (New)

Beverages:

  • Kalimotxo: Red Wine Cocktail with Pibb® Xtra (New)
  • Frozen Rusty Nail Cocktail (New)
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé, Spain
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Masterpiece Kitchen 

Food Items

  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings, and Zinfandel Reduction 
  • Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-Herbs 
  • Vanilla, Rose Water, and Pistachio Panna Cotta (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Pink)

Beverages:

  • Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Freising, Germany 
  • Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Brut Champagne 
  • The Meeker Vineyard Winemakers’ Handprint Merlot, Sonoma County, CA 
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut, Spain 
  • Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist 
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L’Art de la Cuisine Française (France)

Food Items:

  • Crème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread Bowl 
  • Croissant à la Truffle Noir d’Hiver: Black Winter Truffle Croissant (New)
  • Moelleux à la Framboise et aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate and Raspberry Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates (New)
  • Trio de Macarons: Assortment of Three House-made Macarons in a Gift Box 

Beverages:

  • Frozen French Martini: Grey Goose, Vodka, Chambord Liqueur, Pineapple, Orange, and Grape Juice with Lemon-Lime Foam 
  • Charles Lafite, Brut Méthode Traditionnelle Champenoise, French Sparkling Wine 
  • Château La Gordonne, Vérité du Terroir, Côtes de Provence Rosé (New)
  • Bordeaux Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Baron des Chartrons, 2015 (New)
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El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)

Food Items:

  • Chile Relleno: Fried Poblano Pepper filled with Flank Steak, Black Beans, and Tomatoes drizzled with a Poblano Cream Sauce (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(New)
  • Pork Belly Pastor: Pastor-marinated Pork Belly atop Boniato Purée with Charred Pineapple and Crispy Cilantro (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(New)
  • Taco de Chocolate: Chocolate Candy Shell filled with Mexican Chocolate Mousse with a touch of Chile topped with Tropical Fruit (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(New)

Beverages:

  • Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater 
  • Diego Pomegranate Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, Pomegranate-Prickly Pear Juice, Blackcurrant Liqueur, and Rose Petal Liqueur with a Hibiscus Salt Rim 
  • Frida Carrot Margarita: Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, Carrot Juice, Ginger Cordial, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar 
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Goshiki (Japan)

Food Items:

  • Stone Garden: Red Bean Mousse with Chocolate Rocks and Arare Rice Cracker Pebbles (New)
  • Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Cucumber, and Sesame Seed over a decorated plate of Wasabi Aïoli, Sriracha, and Eel Sauce 
  • Vegetable Gyoza: Vegetable-filled Spinach Gyoza with Tofu atop Mashed Potatoes with a Kamaboko Fish Cake, Pepper Strings and Tonkatsu Teriyaki Sauce 

Beverages:

  • Haiku Draft Lager (New)
  • Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup 
  • Pink Snow: Sake, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, and Calpico dusted with Snowflake Confetti (New)
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The Painted Panda (China)

Food Items:

  • Old Shanghai Shi Zi Tou: Pork and Water Chestnut Meatballs served with Taro Root (New)
  • Sichuan Red Hot Mala Shrimp (New)

Beverages:

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic) 
  • Jasmine Draft Beer 
  • Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto, and Piña Colada Mix 
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec
  • Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower infused Cocktail with Lychee Syrup, Vodka, Light Rum, and Magic Boba Pearls 
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L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)

Food Items:

  • Arancini: Sweet Sausage fried Risotto Balls with Pomodoro Sauce (New)
  • L’Aragosta: Lobster Ravioli with Vanilla-Saffron Cream Sauce and Shredded Chili Peppers (New)
  • Bomboloni: Cream-filled Italian Doughnut with Raspberry Sauce and Powdered Sugar (New)

Beverages:

  • Peroni Pilsner 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • Chianti 
  • Prosecco 
  • Rosa Regale 
  • Moscato 
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco 
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello 
  • AmarettoBellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée, and Prosecco 
  • Bergamotto: Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto, Prosecco, and Cerignola Olive 
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Funnel Cake

  • Red Velvet Funnel Cake topped with Cream Cheese Icing and Pixie Dust (New)
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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • Showcase Plaza – Caramel Canvas Latte: Artisan Latte with Peanut Butter Syrup, Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Sauce topped with SNICKERS® Original Candy Pieces paired with a doughnut       
  • The American Adventure – Color-Me-Latte:  Made for a true artiste with Espresso, Swiss Chocolate Syrup, and Dark Chocolate Sauce sprinkled with M&M’s® Candies paired with a doughnut       
  • Future World East – Starry Night Latte: Paint the sky with this Espresso beverage with Dulce de Leche, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Sauce topped with MILKY WAY® Bar Pieces paired with a doughnut    
  • Canada – Creative Twist Latte: Stretch your imagination with this Latte with Brown Butter Toffee Syrup and Swiss Chocolate Syrup topped with TWIX® Bar Pieces paired with a doughnut

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21 Reasons You Need to Visit Walt Disney World in 2021

21 reasons to visit Disney World in 2021

Happy New Year! Walt Disney World Resort is ready to help you turn the page on 2020 right away and begin 2021 with magic. From new and classic attractions to culinary experiences to character interactions and more, here are 21 reasons to be excited about a visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth in 2021:

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1. Explore the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts: Beginning January 8 and lasting through February 22, you’re invited to an expansive collection of visual, performance and culinary arts throughout the park. 

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2. Gaze Upon the Reimagined Entrance Fountain at EPCOT – The new water feature in front of Spaceship Earth hearkens back to the park’s origins and highlights a greener, more open and welcoming experience as you enter the park. The fountain is the most recent milestone in the historic transformation of EPCOT now underway. 

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse search for their perfect picnic spot in Runnamuck Park as part of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the new family-friendly attraction opening March 4, 2020, in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The first ride-through attraction in Disney history featuring Mickey and Minnie brings guests into the vibrant world of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

3. Step Inside the Cartoon World of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Go through the movie screen as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Engineer Goofy and Pluto take you on a trip through Runnamuck Park … where anything can happen!

Guests come face to face with First Order Supreme Leader Kylo Ren as they stumble into the bridge of a Star Destroyer in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the groundbreaking new attraction opening Dec. 5, 2019, inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

4. Embark on a Star Wars Adventure in a Galaxy Far, Far Away – Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also home to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the immersive, award-winning land featuring two thrilling attractions: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Cinderella Castle, the icon of Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., recently completed a royal makeover. The castle’s new color scheme features bold, shimmering and regal enhancements befitting The Most Magical Place on Earth. Special elements include a sapphire dusting on the blue rooftops and gold trim that makes the spires sparkle in the sun. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

5. Check Out Cinderella Castle’s Royal Makeover – The treasured icon at the heart of Magic Kingdom Park now features bold, shimmering and regal enhancements befitting its royal status, making for a great photo with family and friends. 

6. Experience Classic Attractions at Magic Kingdom Park – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, The Haunted Mansion, “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain … the new year is a great time for you to reconnect with these classics loved by millions the world over. 

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7. Watch for New Residents on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – Nigerian dwarf goats now play like kids at the warden’s outpost near the end of Kilimanjaro Safaris. 

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8. Bask in the Cuteness of Baby Animals – In addition to the Nigerian dwarf goats, you may catch a glimpse of some of the animals born in 2020 at Walt Disney World while at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris, for example, you may spot young Masai giraffe now out on the savanna.

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9. Celebrate the Magic of Nature in Pandora – The World of Avatar – At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, travel to the Valley of Mo’ara to hike among the floating mountains of Pandora and experience two awe-inspiring attractions: Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. 

Mickey Mouse will star in the “Mickey and Friends Cavalcade” when Magic Kingdom Park reopens July 11, 2020, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. With traditional parades on temporary hiatus to support physical distancing during the park’s phased reopening, Disney characters will pop up in new and different ways throughout the day. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

10. Find Disney Characters in New Places – From cavalcades to caravans to flotillas and even special “pop-up” appearances, you can discover favorite friends at all four theme parks and the occasional special surprise at Disney Resort hotels. 

11. Hop from Park to Park – As of January 1, 2021, guests who purchase a ticket or annual pass with Park Hopper benefits can once again visit more than one park per day (with some new modifications).  

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12. Indulge in Sweet New Treats at Disney Springs – When visiting the shopping, dining and entertainment district of Walt Disney World, you have plenty of new options to satisfy your sweet tooth, including newly opened Gideon’s Bakehouse and the forthcoming M&M’S store and Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew. 

13. 50th Anniversary Celebration – Although Disney hasn’t released any specific details as to what we can expect for this very special occasion, the Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate its 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021.

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14. Return to Favorite Disney Restaurants – As part of the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, restaurants continue to return to operation across The Most Magical Place on Earth. Recent reopenings include The Crystal Palace inside Magic Kingdom and the character breakfast at Chef Mickey’s inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. 

15. Make Some Time to Relax Outdoors – Central Florida weather is often gorgeous in the early months of the year, and Walt Disney World offers special ways to enjoy some outdoor recreation, including golf and miniature golf, fishing expeditions, horseback riding and more.

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16. Buzz Through the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, Blooming in March – Beginning March 3, you’ll find fresh cuisine, creative gardens and unforgettable topiaries as part of this annual festival. 

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17. Soak Up the Sun at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park – After remaining closed for all of 2020 due to the pandemic, this wintry-themed water park is planning to reopen in March and celebrate its 25th season in splashy style. 

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18. Look for Some Fresh Pixie Dust at the Entrances to Walt Disney World – Make some new memories as you pass these iconic gateways to The Most Magical Place on Earth, which are receiving a refreshed color palette complementing the recent Cinderella Castle makeover. 

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19. Add Extra Theme Park Magic to Vacations – Available to book beginning Jan. 5, 2021, guests buying non-discounted four-night/three-day room and ticket packages at select Disney Resort hotels for arrivals most nights Jan. 8, 2021, through Sept. 25, 2021, will receive an additional two days of theme park tickets. 

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20. Florida Residents Can Take Advantage of a Special Ticket Offer – Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, the four-day Florida Resident Discover Disney Ticket invites Floridians to visit any of the four Disney parks through June 18, 2021 (subject to blockout dates), for $199 (plus tax).  

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21. Get Excited for Even More Magic Later this Year – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the new family-friendly attraction coming to the France pavilion in EPCOT, will debut in 2021. And the new Cirque du Soleil show “Drawn to Life,” coming to Disney Springs, will be a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Be sure to follow @spreadingmagic on social media for more details about these experiences and other excitement happening around Walt Disney World in the future!

As a reminder, Walt Disney World continues to operate with enhanced health and safety policies so everyone can enjoy the magic responsibly. To manage attendance, guests are required to have valid theme park admission and make a park reservation for each day of their visit through the Disney Park Pass system. Please visit Disneyworld.com/Updates for more information.

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Enjoy the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts from January 8 – February 22

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Ready for a fresh start in 2021? Then grab a paintbrush and indulge your artistic side (and your palate … and maybe your palette) with an inspiring visit to the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, running Jan. 8 – Feb. 22, 2021, at Walt Disney World Resort.

This global celebration mixes visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world into an entertaining blend that’s fun for the entire family. More than 100 Disney and visiting artists will display their work, and you can show off your own talents by participating in interactive experiences such as a larger-than-life paint-by-number mural or learning to draw some of your favorite Disney characters. You can also step into famous works of art, thanks to artful photo ops.

You’ll also discover dishes to feast on with delicious Disney twists and art-inspired menus. And, of course, no visit is complete without finding the perfect piece of artwork or Festival merchandise to bring home.

New for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Voices of Liberty will take centerstage at America Gardens Theatre with a brand-new showcase – The Disney Songbook. From “When You Wish Upon a Star” to “Let It Go,” the ensemble will perform Disney songs and celebrate the artistry of Disney composers and lyricists.

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Over at World Showplace, you can catch live performances by “Art Defying Gravity,” a spectacle of thrilling strength acts, and “Visual Art in Performance,” a high-energy, onstage visual artist who paints favorite Disney characters before your eyes in just a matter of minutes.

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Food Studios located around World Showcase are where you can view – and eat – great works of art. Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio, a new location between France and Morocco, will feature a mouthwatering (and photo-ready) chilled seafood cocktail with octopus, scallops, shrimp, black garlic aïoli, tomato coconut sauce and serrano lime oil. Or, indulge on Blue Corn Pupusa stuffed with cheese and topped with shredded pork, guajillo and árbol chile sauce, cabbage slaw and aji amarillo crema.

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Other ways you can enjoy the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts:

  • Take part in the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine, where you’ll use the Festival Passport as a guide to purchase five vibrant food items and receive a complimentary, tasty technicolor treat.
  • The popular Figment’s Brush with the Masters returns this year, as well, inviting you to help Figment learn about art on a scavenger hunt around World Showcase. You will be able to purchase a map and stickers for the family-friendly hunt at a variety of merchandise locations. 

The 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will run for 46 days and be available with valid park admission and a park reservation for the same date.

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16 Ways to Celebrate a Birthday at Disney World

There’s always something to celebrate at Disney World! From birthdays to anniversaries or first visits, we love celebrating at Disney World! If you have the opportunity to celebrate a birthday at Disney World, there are some ways that you can make it extra special and magical! Here are sixteen different ways that you can celebrate a birthday at Disney World.

Birthday at Disney World

Before You Go

Note Your Birthday Celebration on All Reservations: If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, be sure to note your birthday celebration. You should receive a call from a special Disney friend wishing you a “Happy Birthday!” If you are booking any dining reservations at a Disney restaurant, you can note your birthday celebration at the time of booking so the restaurant can celebrate with you, as well.

Book a Special Meal: Plan a special meal just for the birthday boy or girl. If it is a child (or someone young at heart), consider a character dining experience. You can find our list of the best character meals here. If it is just adults, try a signature dining experience. Or, if you’re looking for dinner and a show, try Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue or Spirit of Aloha.

Order an In-Room Gift or Celebration: Disney Floral and Gifts has a wide variety of in-room gifts and decorations available for purchase. Balloons start at just $9.99 while in-room celebrations begin at $275. Choose from a pre-made gift basket or build your own!

Book a Dessert Party: All four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks offer a dessert party for their nighttime spectaculars. You’ll get to enjoy the best views of Happily Ever After, Epcot Forever, Fantasmic, or Rivers of Light while sampling sweet treats and drinks. You can review all of the dessert parties here.

Book a Makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Character Couture: You can transform into your favorite Princess, Knight, or other Disney Character with one of these makeover experiences. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique provides makeover for children ages 3-12 at three locations- Magic Kingdom Park, Disney Springs, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Character Couture is best for guests who are too old for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, but can accommodate children, as well. Julie at Double Your WDW has a fabulous review of Character Couture, complete with photos.

Sail on a Fireworks Cruise: There are a few cruises available, each with a spectacular view and delicious desserts. Your kids will love the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage departing from Disney’s Contemporary Resort. They’ll get to mingle with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee while they eat an array of desserts. Then, Peter Pan afterwards. Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise is a great option for families and couples looking for a great view and dessert without characters. If you’re looking to really splurge, Disney has private fireworks cruises starting at $299 plus tax.

Go Behind the Scenes on a Tour: You can go behind the scenes and learn more about how the magic is made at Disney World with one of their tours. Behind the Seeds in the Land Pavilion at Epcot is one of the more affordable options at just $29 per person. Caring for Giants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is only $30 per person, but does have a minimum age requirement of 4 years. Disney’s Family Magic Tour at Magic Kingdom is fun for families with children of all ages.

Order a Birthday or Celebration Cake: Order a Mickey Mouse Celebration Cake for just $35 at participating restaurants. You can order in advance by calling (407) WDW-DINE or at the restaurant. You’ll be able to choose from chocolate or white chocolate flavors. You can also order a custom cake with your desired theme and decorations by calling (407) 827-2253 at least 72 hours in advance. Or, guests at least 10 years of age and older can try the cake decorating experience at Amorette’s Patisserie on Sunday through Thursday mornings at 9 am.

Make or Order a Birthday Shirt: You want everyone to know that you’re celebrating, right? In addition to your birthday button, you can either make or order a special birthday shirt. Some of our favorites are these Mickey birthday shirts, Minnie birthday shirts, best birthday ever shirts, birthday girl shirts, best birthday ever shirts, and best day ever shirts.

Birthday at Disney World

After You Arrive

Pick Up a Birthday Button: If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can pick up a complimentary birthday button from the front desk. If not, you can stop by guest services inside any of the theme parks to pick one up. This free button will let everyone know that you are celebrating! You never know what kind of special surprises or pixie dust you could receive.

Have Characters Sign a Birthday Card for Autographs: If you bring a birthday card, you can have the characters sign that for a fun and unique souvenir. You could even bring a few to have “themes” like one for Disney Princesses, one for classic characters, and more.

Take a Ride in an Amphicar: Have you ever ridden in an Amphicar? With less than 400 left in the world, there’s a good chance that you haven’t. But, you can ride in an Amphicar at The Boathouse at Disney Springs. During the 25-minute guided tour, you’ll learn about the landmarks around Disney Springs. The current cost is $125 per car and holds 3-4 guests.

Purchase Birthday Ears: Disney has a HUGE variety of both Mickey and Minnie ears available throughout the parks and resorts. Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs have some of the best selections. New birthday ears will be the perfect accessory for your celebration. You can purchase the Mickey Ears Birthday Hat or Minnie Ears Birthday Headband.

Pick a Pearl in the Japan Pavilion: There’s a unique experience in the Japan pavilion at Epcot. It is both a fun experience and inexpensive souvenir. You can choose an oyster to be opened which will contain at least one beautiful pearl. If you’re extra lucky, you might even find an oyster with two pearls! You can even order a Cinderella carriage necklace holder for your pearl before you go.

Look for Photo Opportunities: Pose for a photo with your celebration button throughout the parks. Ask Disney PhotoPass photographers for magic shots, as well. Plus, if you stop by the PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs, you can take pictures with some birthday inspired props and backgrounds. If you have Memory Maker, this experience is included at no additional cost.

Explore the World Showcase: The cast members working in each pavilion around the World Showcase are actually from the country that you are visiting in the World Showcase. These cast members are happy to write “Happy Birthday” in their native language for you as a fun (and educational) souvenir. Order an Epcot passport for them to write your birthday message in.

Ready to book your vacation to celebrate a birthday at Disney World? Call Siera at (734) 771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com today.

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2020 Holiday Treats at Magic Kingdom Park at Disney World

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We are so excited for all of the delicious holiday treats popping up at Disney World! We’ve recently shared a sneak peek of the holiday treats at Disney Springs and the menus for the holiday kitchens at the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. Today, we are sharing all the details on the 2020 Holiday Treats at Magic Kingdom Park!  

The Magic Kingdom Park chefs have created new festive tastes this holiday season … and brought back some fan favorites! From delicious cupcakes to reveal a red velvet hidden Mickey and yummy gingerbread churros with apple pie filling to delightful almond macaron Christmas trees, this holiday season at Magic Kingdom Park has a wonderful array of tasty treats! Of course, Orange Bird is back to celebrate the holidays with his own adorable sweet – An Orange Bird Christmas. 

All these delicious 2020 holiday treats at Magic Kingdom are available through December 31. 

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Main Street Bakery 

  • Holiday Mickey Cinnamon Roll – Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll drizzled with red and green icing  
  • Twice Upon a Cupcake – A confetti Christmas tree tops a vanilla cupcake with a red velvet hidden Mickey (new) 
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Sunshine Tree Terrace  

  • An Orange Bird Christmas – Orange-scented white chocolate mousse filled with orange curd
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Aloha Isle 

  • Pistachio Chai Tea Float – Pistachio soft–serve, spiced chai tea, and a red velvet cake pop ornament (new) 
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Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café 

  • Let It Snow Taco – Sugar cookie “taco shell” filled with salted caramel and spiced chocolate mousse (new) 
  • Christmas Churros – Mini churros topped with red and green sugar  
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Sleepy Hollow 

  • Fa La La La Funnel Cake – Powdered sugar funnel cake, strawberry topping, whipped cream, and holiday sprinkles (new) 

Gaston’s Tavern 

  • Belle’s Enchanted Christmas Tree – Almond macarons with cranberry orange filling stacked to create a Christmas tree (new) 

Pinocchio Village Haus 

  • Yule Tide Wishes – Chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse, covered with chocolate ganache 

Storybook Treats 

  • Minnie’s Merry Cherry Sundae – Cherry soft–serve, hot fudge, whipped cream, holiday sprinkles, and a Minnie bow (new) 
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Westward Ho 

  • Chip and Dale Christmas Churros – Gingerbread churros topped with apple pie filling and chocolate chips (new) 
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Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies 

  • Just a Dream Away – Salted caramel milkshake with silver sugar churro (new) 

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café 

  • Spice Up Your Holiday – Spicy chicken sandwich with slaw, pickles, and Sriracha aïoli with a Santa Mickey-branded brioche bun (new) 
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Main Street Cart  

  • Sugar and Spice Churros – Christmas cookie churros with icing and holiday sprinkles served with a side of eggnog (new) 

Citrus Cart (located at the Castle Hub) 

  • Churro Worth Melting For – Cinnamon churros topped with marshmallow fluff and blue sugar (new) 
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Popcorn Carts (located throughout the park) 

  • White Christmas Tree Popcorn Bucket(new) 

Various QuickService Locations 

  • Sven Sipper Cup 

Which of these 2020 holiday treats at Magic Kingdom are you most excited to try during your next Disney World vacation?

Thanks Disney Parks Blog!

Guide to 2020 Holiday Treats at Disney Springs at Disney World

Guide to 2020 Holiday Treats at Disney Springs at Disney World

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The holidays are here and we’re ready to share some jolly foodie cheer! There’s no denying that some of the best food comes out around the holiday season and that’s no exception at Disney Springs. With everything from quick, sweet bites at your favorite quick-service locations to delicious and indulgent dishes, desserts, and cocktails at our incredible restaurants, there’s a little bit of something for everyone’s taste buds. Ready to plan your culinary adventure? Here is your guide to the 2020 holiday treats at Disney Springs:

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Amorette’s Patisserie (All items available through Jan. 2)

  • Black Forest Parfait – Chocolate mousse with cherry cream and cherry liquor
  • Holiday Mickey Mousse – White chocolate mousse, dark chocolate with chocolate chiffon cake
  • Holiday Petit Cake – Almond Chiffon cake, Hazelnut Panna Cotta, Cherry jam, Chocolate pieces, and hazelnut liqueur 
  • Mickey Santa Dome Cake – Large Dome Cake (Ask a Cast Member for available flavors.)
  • Peppermint Crème Brûlée – Chocolate Peppermint-infused custard with crushed peppermint, meringue and sable cookie 
  • Spiced Yule Log – Red Velvet Chiffon with spiced cheesecake filling, Dark Chocolate Crisp Pearls, garnished with chocolate ganache, poinsettia, and a fondant reindeer
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AristoCrepes

  • Cherry Jubilee Bubble Waffle – Cherry fruit filling and ice cream in a waffle (Available Dec. 1-Jan.3)
  • Sweet Potato Pie Bubble Waffle – Sweet potato waffle and ice cream topped with marshmallow fluff (Available through Dec. 1)
  • Eggnog Crepe – Eggnog custard in a crepe with pralines (Available Dec. 1 through Jan. 3)
  • Mickey Snow Globe Sipper Cup – Disney Annual Passholder exclusive novelty (Available while supplies last)
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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ (Available Nov. 13-Dec. 31)

  • Pumpkin Bread Pudding – Warm, house-baked pumpkin bread in a rich custard topped with rich vanilla bean ice cream and finished with a golden spun sugar garnish
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City Works Eatery & Pour House

  • 1871 Chili – Angus steak, milk stout, pork, chipotle peppers, sour cream, red onions, served with a cornbread muffin

The Daily Poutine(Available through Jan. 3)

  • Gobbler Poutine – French fries with shredded turkey, gravy, and cheese curds
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Earl of Sandwich 

  • Holiday Turkey Sandwich – Turkey, cornbread stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and  mayonnaise
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The Ganachery (All items available through Jan. 3)

  • Eggnog Ganache Square – Creamy bourbon eggnog covered in dark chocolate
  • Gingerbread Ganache Square – Gingerbread spices combined with creamy milk chocolate
  • Mickey Santa Piñata – Dark chocolate piñata decorated like Mickey Santa filled with marshmallow treats
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Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop (All items available through Dec. 25)

  • Ghirardelli White Chocolate Caramel Steamer – Steamed milk, rich cocoa butter notes from the white chocolate caramel squares, classic caramel sauce, whipped cream, and a touch of sea salt.
  • Ghirardelli Peppermint Hot Cocoa – Peppermint with the decadence of Ghirardelli chocolate
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Häagen-Dazs 

  • Peppermint Bark Ice Cream – Rich white chocolate ice cream blended with crunchy chocolaty peppermint bark and peppermint pieces. (Available in a cone, cup or any handmade dessert through Jan. 15.)
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Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar (All items available through Jan. 3)

  • Milk and Cookies by the Fireside – Butter cookies and coquito with rum
  • Child Cookies and Milk – Chocolate chip cookie and milk
  • C9 Light Deviled Eggs – Colored deviled eggs with shrimp, and caviar
  • Grandma’s Favorite Sliders – Venison sausage sliders, cranberry-bacon jam, and watercress on brioche bun
  • Papa Noel’s Churrasco – Flank steak with fried sweet plantains and spicy aji amarillo peanut sauce
  • Jock’s Holiday Nog – Cinnamon- and vanilla-flavored cream liqueur, vodka, hazelnut-flavored liqueur, and vanilla
  • Mistletoe Mule – Vodka, lime, and passion fruit topped  with ginger beer
  • Very Berry Margarita – Tequila, coconut rum, cinnamon- and vanilla-flavored cream liqueur, and cranberry juice
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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea

  • Celebrate this holiday season and warm up your heart and cup with Joffrey’s new line of blends including Disney’s Riviera Resort Blend and the 2020 Holiday Blend plus Campfire Mug Gift Set
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Mac & Cheese (Disney Food Truck)

  • Fried Mac and Cheese – Crispy fried cheesy elbow macaroni with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese (Available through Jan. 3)
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Marketplace Snacks

  • Jolly Holiday Float – Cranberry orange juice with vanilla ice cream
  • Olaf Pilsner Novelty Cup 

Outdoor Vending Carts & Kiosks (Available through Jan. 3)

  • Feliz Navidad – Tequila, crème de cassis, apple juice, and lime juice
  • Claus-Mo – Vodka and orange-flavored triple sec liqueur mixed with cranberry juice
  • Mistletoe – Coconut rum, melon-flavored liqueur, blue curaçao liqueur mixed with Pineapple Juice and Orange Juice
  • Florida Yule – Vodka and orange juice topped with ginger beer
  • Winter Wonderland – Cinnamon whisky and cinnamon- and vanilla-flavored cream liqueur
  • Fireside Cider – Cinnamon whisky, vodka, and white cranberry juice
  • Mickey Christmas Tree Novelty Popcorn Bucket (Available while supplies last)
  • Peppermint Mickey Novelty Bottle Topper (Available while supplies last)
  • Mickey Jingle Bell Novelty Glow Cube (Available while supplies last)
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The Polite Pig

  • Holiday Feast – Leave your Thanksgiving meal to The Polite Pig and order the Holiday Feast featuring your choice of main course, sides, and dessert. Call (407) 938-7444 to order. (Orders must be placed by Nov. 23 for pickup on Nov. 25 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • Apple Cider Whiskey Sour – Hand-crafted special blend of rye, apple cider, sour mix, and bourbon with a sweet cinnamon sugar rim.
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Splitsville (All items available Nov. 13-Dec. 31)

  • Grilled Chicken & Apple Flatbread – Maple apple butter, smoked gouda, and goat cheese topped with crisp diced apples, grilled chicken, red onion, bacon, and cilantro
  • Spiced Pear Spritzer – Fresh pear nectar, ginger liqueur, vodka, lemon juice and allspice topped with ginger ale and garnished with star anise
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Sprinkles 

  • Pumpkin Cupcake – Pumpkin cake laced with fragrant ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon, topped with sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting rim (Available through Nov. 29)
  • Double Stuffed Oreo® Cupcake – Oreo® cookie crust, chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream filling, vanilla buttercream frosting with Oreo® crumble rim (Available through Nov. 22)
  • Cannoli Cupcake – Ricotta Pistachio Cake filled and frosted with mascarpone cream, topped with crushed cannoli shells, chopped chocolate chips, and chopped pistachios; finished with truffled chocolate ganache (Available Nov. 23-29)
  • Christmas Cookie Cupcake – Vanilla cake studded with red and green sprinkles topped with vanilla buttercream frosting with red and green sprinkles and a homemade sugar cookie coated in sprinkles (Available Nov. 27- Jan. 3)
  • Gingerbread Cupcake – Spiced ginger cake topped with cream cheese frosting and dusted with cinnamon sugar (Available Nov. 30-Dec. 27)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake – Belgian dark chocolate cake topped with bittersweet chocolate-peppermint frosting and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies (Available Nov. 30-Dec. 27)
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Vivoli il Gelato

  • Tiramisù Push Pop – Tiramisù cream, cocoa powder, and cake soaked in coffee sauce
  • Cotton Candy Affogato – Choice of gelato paired with espresso, whipped cream, and cotton candy
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Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (All items available through Dec. 31)

  • Roasted Pumpkin Soup – Cardamom cream, spiced pumpkin seeds
  • Butternut Tortellini – Delicate Squash, cranberries, pumpkin butter
  • Heirloom Apple Salad – Local burrata, baby kale, pear butter, currants, ver jus
  • Fall Spiced Sangria – Apples, pears, cinnamon
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Wine Bar George 

  • Saganaki On Fire – Made with vlahotiri cheese and metaxa (a Greek spirit), this traditional dish from Greece is set on fire tableside and served with crostini
  • Hooten Young American Whiskey –  Discovered by Master Sommelier George Miliotes – American whiskey with notes of maple, vanilla, ripe apple. and a long smooth finish. Available in the Hoot Cocktail, Wine Bar George Old Fashioned, or however you like to enjoy your whiskey.
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I know we’re all anxiously awaiting the upcoming opening of Gideon’s Bakehouse! As a sneak peek, I’m excited to share two of their limited-time cookies that will be available through Dec. 31 when they open soon at Disney Springs:  

  • Santa’s White Christmas Cookie – White Chocolate Chip Cookie filled with notes of Coconut, Sweet Caramel, Vanilla, and Nutty Flavors with freshly ground locally roasted coffee beans throughout. The cookie elves have also added the crunch of coarse sugar, the Gideon’s signature sea salt, and a pinch of Christmas glitter.
  • Cookie Vom Krampus Cookie – Deep, dark Triple Chocolate Velvet textured cookie filled with Andes Mint and available in its own special packaging. 

Looking to enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal? A few of our table service restaurants are offering their own unique menus on Thanksgiving Day including: Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, City Works Eatery & Pour House, Paddlefish, Paradiso 27, Taste of the Americas, Planet Hollywood, Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Terralina Crafted Italian, The Edison, and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made at disneysprings.com or opentable.com. 

Remember to allow at least 60 minutes to reach your destination when traveling to Disney Springs and be sure to follow @disneysprings on social media for more delicious happenings across property. 

Looking for more delicious holiday treats? Don’t miss the holiday kitchens at EPCOT during the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

Which one of these 2020 holiday treats at Disney Springs are you most excited to try?

Thanks Disney Parks Blog!

15 Fun Facts About Mickey Mouse on His 92nd Birthday

As the famous Walt Disney quote says, “It all started with a Mouse” – and today we’re celebrating that Mouse on his 92nd birthday. So, today, we wanted to share 15 fun facts about Mickey Mouse:

Facts About Mickey Mouse
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Mickey Mouse made his official film debut on November 18, 1928, in the film “Steamboat Willie,” and has since become a famous face at Disney Parks around the world.

In honor of today’s milestone, here are 15 fun facts about Mickey Mouse you may not know:

  • Walt Disney wrote the first script for “Plane Crazy,” the first short created to star Mickey Mouse, while traveling on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles.
  • Walt initially named Mickey Mouse “Mortimer,” until Walt’s wife, Lily, suggested “Mickey” was a better choice.
Facts About Mickey Mouse
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  • Disney Legend Ub Iwerks was a lead animator for Mickey Mouse in “Plane Crazy,” and produced an estimated 700 drawings per day for the film, some during the day (as a part of a secret project for Walt) and others after hours in Walt’s garage.
  • The short film “Steamboat Willie” was the first short starring Mickey Mouse released, but was actually the third created. The first two, “Plane Crazy” and “The Gallopin’ Gaucho,” initially failed to find distributors, but were picked up and released later.
  • When penning Mickey’s movements, early animators drew inspiration from popular comedic film stars of the day – like Charlie Chaplin.
  • The first Mickey Mouse Club was formed by theater owner Harry Woodin in Los Angeles. On his own accord, Woodin devoted Saturday afternoons in his theater to showing only Mickey Mouse shorts and led children in a Mickey Mouse pledge. Walt later partnered with Woodin and spread the idea of Mickey Mouse Clubs to movie theaters across the nation.
  • The first Mickey short in which Mickey spoke was “The Karnival Kid,” the ninth Mickey short, which was released in July 1929. His first words: “Hot dog!”
  • Walt Disney wasn’t satisfied with the first few actors chosen to provide a voice for Mickey Mouse, so he did it, and continued to do so through about 1947.
  • A Mickey Mouse comic strip, penned by Ub Iwerks, launched in January 1930, and at its height was printed in 40 newspapers in 22 countries.
  • The first piece of Mickey Mouse merchandise was a tablet of paper that featured the mouse, designed for children. The first Mickey Mouse doll was designed in 1930.
Facts About Mickey Mouse
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  • Mickey Mouse made his debut appearance in the “Macy’s Santa Claus Parade” (now “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”) in 1934. Measuring 40-feet-tall, the balloon was handpainted and guided by men and women dressed in Mickey/Minnie Mouse costumes.
  • When Walt was contemplating a name for his first theme park (Disneyland park), he once considered calling it “Mickey Mouse Village.”
  • Mickey Mouse was the first animated character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was given on his birthday (November 18) in 1978.
  • Mickey Mouse has been a prominent feature at Disney Parks since Disneyland park opened its doors in 1955, with guests interacting with him in character meet and greets, viewing him in parades or snapping up Mickey Mouse merchandise.
Facts About Mickey Mouse
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Happy 92nd Birthday, Mickey Mouse! Thanks for reading our fun facts about Mickey Mouse!

Holiday Kitchen Menus for the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Holiday Kitchen Menus for the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Holiday Kitchen Menus for the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
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Celebrating joyous holiday cheer from around the globe, the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth will run from November 27 through December 30, 2020. You will find a variety of yuletide decorations, live holiday music at various EPCOT stages, family-friendly activities, and, of course, the delicious food and beverage offerings at the Holiday Kitchens scattered throughout all 11 World Showcase pavilions and World Showplace. 

The popular Holiday Cookie Stroll is back this year with yummy freshly baked cookies from the EPCOT bakery ovens. The Festival Passport lists the five official Holiday Cookie Stroll locations. Each stop will offer a delicious cookie for purchase and a stamp for your Festival Passport. Once you’ve collected all five stamps, bring your Festival Passport to the Sweets & Treats Holiday Kitchen to receive an adorable complimentary Minnie Peppermint Cookie! The Holiday Cookie Stroll can be completed at your own leisure, and you can even bring back your stamped Festival Passport to EPCOT at any time during the festival to complete your stroll. 

In addition to all the cookies and decadent desserts at the festival, the EPCOT pastry chefs have been busy creating a Gingerbread Capital City! Located this year in World Showplace, this sweet patriotic display has gingerbread replicas of some of the nation’s most iconic landmarks including the United States Capitol Building, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and a 5-foot tall Washington Monument! 

And now it’s time to talk HOLIDAY KITCHENS! This Foodie Guide has it all – from unique and classic holiday dishes to festive seasonal cocktails and beverages. Check out all the delicious details below. Enjoy! 

Refreshment Port (Showcase Plaza) 

Food Items: 

  • Turkey Poutine French Fries with Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, and Crispy Onions  

Beverage Items: 

  • T.G. Lee Eggnog (non-alcoholic)  
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog with Spiced Rum 
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Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza) 

Beverage Items: 

  • Orange Cream Shake in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) 
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Cinnamon Cranberry Orange Wheat Ale, Tampa, FL (New) 
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Selections 
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Mele Kalikimaka Holiday Kitchen (Showcase Plaza) 

Food Items: 

  • Kālua Pork with Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes and Mango Salad (New) 
  • Lomi Lomi Salmon with Tomatoes, Onions, Salmon Roe, Yuzu Mayonnaise, and Yucca Chips (New) 
  • Haupia: Hawaiian Coconut Pudding with Candied Macadamia Nuts and Coconut (New) 

Beverage Items: 

  • Kona Brewing Co. Big Wave Golden Ale, Kailua-Kona, HI  
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL  
  • Melon Breeze with Spiced Rum (New) 
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Holiday Sweets & Treats (Promenade Refreshments): 

Food Items: 

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) 
  • Minnie Peppermint Cookie (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverage Items: 

  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic)  
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings® Peppermint Cheer Tea (non-alcoholic)  
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL  
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Coquito Beer, Doral, FL (New) 
  • Hot Cocoa with Assorted Alcoholic Cordials (Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Liqueur or Fireball Cinnamon Whisky) 
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings® Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka  

Refreshment Outpost: 

Food Items: 

  • Warm Brown Sugar-stuffed Pretzel with Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce  

Beverage Items: 

  • Frozen Slushy Coca-Cola® or Minute Maid® Lemonade in a Souvenir Spike The Bee Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic)  
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Spicy Apple Cinnamon Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL 
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Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany) 

Food Items: 

  • Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce, Spätzle, and Braised Red Cabbage  
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes  
  • Linzer Cookie (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverage Items: 

  • Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider, Frankfurt, Germany 
  • Ayinger Brewery Celebrator Doppelbock, Bavaria, Germany (New) 
  • Regional Riesling  
  • Glühwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine  
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American Holiday Table  

Food Items: 

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Cranberry Sauce  
  • Holiday Pot Pie with Jackfruit, Mushrooms, Carrots, Peas, Onions, and Puff Pastry (Plant-based item) (New) 
  • Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cranberry Whipped Cream and Candied Pumpkin Seeds (New) 
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverages Items: 

  • Bell’s Bright White Ale, Comstock, MI   
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL  
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Peppermint Chocolate Stout, Titusville, FL   
  • Chalk Hill Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 
  • Martin Bay Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 
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L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (Between Morocco & France) 

Food Items: 

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard  
  • Smoked Salmon Potato Latke  
  • Potato Latkes (Plant-based item) 
  • Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts  
  • Black and White Cookie (Plant-based item) (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverages Items: 

  • Shmaltz Brewing Company Hanukkah Beer: Golden Jelly Doughnut Pastry Ale, Clifton Park, NY  
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail 
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Festival Favorites (World Showplace) 

Food Items: 

  • Blackened Bass, White Cheddar Grits, and Okra with Tomato and Onion Stew, Seasonal Southern Delights 
  • Duck Confit and Dumplings with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Fig Reduction, Alpine Haus 
  • Gingerbread Cookie (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverages Items: 

  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (non-alcoholic) 
  • Frozen S’mores (non-alcoholic)  
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with Bacardi Gold Dark Rum 
  • Frozen S’mores with Whipped Cream Vodka 
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Holiday Hearth (World Showplace) 

Food Items: 

  • Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing (New) 
  • Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth® Cookie (New) 
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  • Snowball Cookies (New) 
  • Peppermint Bark  
  • Stollen: Holiday Fruit Cake  
  • Mouse Crunch (New) 

Beverages Items: 

  • Gingerbread Milkshake (non-alcoholic) (New) 
  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic)  
  • Gingerbread Milkshake with Whipped Cream Vodka (New) 
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps  

Prost! (World Showplace) 

Food Items: 

  • Charcuterie and Cheese Plate  

Beverages Items: 

  • M.I.A. Beer Company White Christmas IPA, Doral, FL  
  • 3 Daughters Brewing 70 Degree Winter Weizen, St. Petersburg, FL  
  • Playlalinda Brewing Co. Gingerblonde House Ale, Titusville, FL (New) 
  • Ciderboys Mad Bark Apple Cinnamon Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI(New) 
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Blueberry Peppercorn Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (New) 
  • Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards 1911 Honey Crisp Hard Cider, Lafayette, NY (New) 
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Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada) 

Food Items: 

  • Seared Scallops with Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney, and Hazelnut Croquant (New) 
  • Beef Bourguignon with Crushed Potatoes (New) 
  • Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple Mousse and Cranberry rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake  
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie (Cookie Stroll) 

Beverages items: 

  • Frozen Coffee (non-alcoholic)  
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Maple Cinnamon Coffee Beer, Tampa, FL (New) 
  • Regional Icewine  
  • Regional Red Wine  
  • Frozen Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky 

Holiday Beverages in the English Garden (Behind The Tea Caddy) 

  • Twinings® Christmas Tea Toddy served with a Cinnamon Stick (non-alcoholic) 
  • Twinings® Christmas Tea Toddy and Drambui served with a Cinnamon Stick 
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Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France) 

Food Items: 

  • Rillette de Saumon: Salmon Spread with House-made Bread   
  • Dinde Forestière, Pommes Dauphines: Turkey with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Onions in a Mustard Cream Sauce with Puffed Potatoes (New) 
  • Bûche de Noël au Caramel: Christmas Log with Chocolate Cake and Dark Chocolate Caramel Ganache  

Beverage Items: 

  • Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc Fruits Rouges Draft  
  • Rosé Pétillant Méthode Traditionnelle Champenoise: Rosé Sparkling Wine, Pink Flamingo  
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Village de France  
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Grey Goose Vanilla, Vodka, and Chocolate Milk   
Photo: Disney

Sapphire Holiday Kitchen (Morocco) 

Food Items: 

  • Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab and Grapes with Euro Cucumber, Red Pepper, Pickled Pearl Onions, and Harissa-Cilantro Dressing   
  • Confit of Chermoula Chicken Drum with Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Almonds, Brussels Sprouts, and Pinot Noir Glaze  
  • Sfenj: Warm Beignets with Cream, Cinnamon-Sugar, and Chocolate Sauce   

Beverage Items: 

  • Mediterranean Beer  
  • Kasbah Prestige Red Wine  
  • The Andalusian “Poinsettia” Cocktail: Sparking Wine, Orange Liqueur, and Cranberry Juice topped with Orange Blossom Water  

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy) 

Food Items: 

  • Biancaneve Italian Flatbread with Mozzarella, Asiago, and Parmesan  
  • Sacchetti alla Boscaiola: Four-cheese Mini Beggar’s Purses filled with Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Pancetta, and Cremini Mushrooms with a Creamy Sauce (New) 
  • Cannoli Siciliani: Crisp Pastry filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate, and Candied Orange  

Beverage Items: 

  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner  
  • Pinot Grigio  
  • Chianti  
  • Prosecco  
  • Rosa Regale  
  • Moscato   
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco  
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon  
  • Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila  
Photo: Disney

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China)  

Food Items: 

  • Red-stewed Beef Rice Bowl (New) 
  • Curry Chicken Rice Bowl (New) 
  • House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons  

Beverage Items: 

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Bobas (non-alcoholic)  
  • Tsigntao Lager  
  • Jasmine Draft Beer  
  • Dragonfly: Jose Cuervo Tequila Gold, Vodka, Mango Syrup, and Orange Juice  
  • Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk, and Boba  
  • The Lucky Mo: Peach Schnapps, Peach Syrup, Orange Juice, and Piña Colada Mix  

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan) 

Food Items: 

  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Hot Dashi Soup with Shrimp Tempura, Fish Cake, and Chopped Green Onion  
  • Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura, and Yellowtail with Vegetables decorated on a bed of Rice   
  • Ichigo Mont Blanc Tart: Strawberry and Bavarian Cream-filled Tart sprinkled with Konpeito (New) 

Beverages items

  • Ichigo Milk Boba: Cranberry and Yuzu Cream Drink with Japanese Calpico and popping Strawberry Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)  
  • Sapporo Draft Beer  
  • Tsubaki Whiskey Sour: Plum Wine with Whiskey, Cranberry Juice, Sugar, and Lemon  
Photo: Disney

Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico) 

Food Items: 

  • Giant Tostada de Chorizo: Chorizo served on a Giant Tostada with Chipotle Black Bean Purée, Salsa Verde, Queso Cotija, Crema Mexicana, and Pickled Onion (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (New) 
  • Tamal de Pollo: Braised Chipotle Chicken served in a Corn Masa topped with Mole Verde, Queso Cotija, Crema Mexicana, and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) 
  • Dulce de Leche Churros: Dulce de Leche filled Churros sprinkled with Cinnamon-Sugar (New) 

Beverages Items

  • Tulum Mexican Craft Beer with a Blackcurrant and Ginger Liqueur Floater  
  • Pumpkin Spice Margarita: Tomba Blanco Tequila, Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, Nixta Corn Liqueur, Pumpkin Spice Purée, and Lime-Agave Juice with Cinnamon-Sugar Rim (New) 
  • Horchata Margarita: Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, Abasolo Corn Whiskey, Horchata Rum, Agua de Horchata, and a hint of Cinnamon-infused Mezcal Liqueur 
Photo: Disney

Funnel Cake (The American Adventure) 

  • Sweet Potato Casserole Funnel Cake topped with Marshmallow Topping, Cinnamon-Sugar, Honey-roasted Pecans, and a Caramel Drizzle (New) 

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®– All Locations: 

  • Caramel Tinsel Latte:A cheerful Chocolatey Latte drizzled with Caramel Sauce and crumbled TWIX® Original, available hot or iced (New) 
  • Caramel Tinsel Donut topped with crumbled TWIX® Original  

Are you heading to the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays? Which dish are you most excited to try?

Don’t miss the holiday fun throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. You’ll find festive décor, themed merchandise, seasonal food & beverage offerings and entertainment, happening now through December 30, 2020!

This information was originally shared by the Disney Parks Blog.

Sneak Peek of 2020 Holiday Treats at Disney World

Sneak Peek of 2020 Holiday Treats at Disney World

2020 holiday treats at Disney World
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I absolutely love the holiday season at Disney World, especially all the festive decorations, merchandise, and yummy food and drink. The Walt Disney World chefs and mixologists have again created yummy treats and sips that will make your holiday visit to the parks delicious! We have highlighted some of the best 2020 holiday treats at Disney World, but be sure to check out all the holiday offerings when you visit the parks and let us know your favorites!  

2020 holiday treats at Magic Kingdom
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Magic Kingdom Park

Twice Upon a Cupcake – A confetti Christmas tree tops a vanilla cupcake with a red velvet hidden Mickey (Available at Main Street Bakery Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

Let it Snow Taco – Sugar cookie “taco shell” filled with salted caramel and spiced chocolate mousse (Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

An Orange Bird Christmas – Orange–scented white chocolate mousse filled with orange curd (Available at Sunshine Tree Terrace Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

Chip and Dale Christmas Churros – Gingerbread churros topped with apple pie filling and chocolate chips (Available at Westward Ho Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

Pistachio Chai Tea Float – Pistachio soft–serve, spiced chai tea, and a red velvet cake pop ornament (Available at Aloha Isle Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

2020 holiday treats at Hollywood Studios
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – Frozen salted caramel hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, green sugar, and a chocolate drizzle served with a souvenir Mickey Glow (Available at PizzeRizzo, Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, and Rosie’s All–American Café Nov. 6 – Jan. 4)

Mickey’s Holiday Cookie – Vanilla butter cookie enrobed with white chocolate and sugar snowflakes (Available at ABC Commissary and Rosie’s All–American Café Nov. 6 – Jan. 4)

Holiday Whoopie Pie – Red velvet whoopie pie filled with a classic cream cheese filling (Available at The Trolley Car Café and Backlot Express Nov. 6 – Jan. 4)

Olaf’s Snow Flurry – Yellow cupcake with vanilla buttercream, snow flurry sugar, and Olaf Glow (Available at Rosie’s All–American Café Nov. 6 – Jan. 4)

2020 holiday treats at Animal Kingdom
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

White–Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Mousse – White chocolate peppermint cream cheese mousse with peppermint sauce and chocolate cookie crumbles (Available at Satu’li Canteen Dec. 20 – Jan. 2)

Menagerie Cupcake – Gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting topped with a white chocolate bear (Available at Creature Comforts, Flame Tree Barbecue, and Restaurantosaurus Dec. 1–30)

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich – Vanilla Ice Cream sandwiched between two pumpkin cookies decorated with fall sprinkles (Available at Dino–Bite Snacks Nov. 1–30)

Santa Mickey Mousse – White chocolate peppermint mousse dome on a brownie base, snowflake sprinkles, and chocolate Mickey ears (Available at Creature Comforts Dec. 1– Jan. 2)

2020 holiday treats at EPCOT
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EPCOT

Spiked Frozen Apple Pie – Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine with Minute Maid® Apple Juice and Cinnamon (Available at Block & Hans now – Dec. 31)

Maple Bûche de Noël – Maple mousse and cranberry rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake (Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Sneak Peek!)

Be on the lookout for a Guide to the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays – you won’t want to miss any of the festive Holiday Kitchen offerings! Which one of these 2020 holiday treats are you most excited to try during your vacation?

Thanks Disney Parks Blog!

25 Disney Gifts Under $25 for Disney Fans

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Do you have a Disney fan in your life that you are shopping for? Unsure what to purchase? Shopping on a budget? We have 25 Disney Gifts under $25 to help you find the perfect choice!

Funko Pop! Star Wars: The Mandalorian – The Child

“I’m Done Adulting I’m Going To Disney” Engraved Stemless Wine Glass

Wet Brush Original Detangler Disney Princess Collection- Ariel

Disney Villains Socks- 6 pack

12 oz Stainless Steel Tumbler with Lid and Silicone Straw

Mickey Mouse Mini Waffle Maker

“Never Grow Up” Women’s Shirt

The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook

Disney Women’s Classic 5-Pack No Show Socks

Mickey Inspired Card Holder and Wallet

Stainless Steel Mickey Mouse Stud Earrings

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Silver Plated Stud Earrings

Mickey Mouse Stroller Hook

Disney Tsum Tsum Duffle Bag

Minnie Mouse Leather Backpack

Disney-Pixar 5 in 1 Multipack Jigsaw Puzzles: (2) 300 Pieces, (2) 500 Pieces, and (1) 750 Pieces

25 Disney Gifts Under $25

Frozen 2 Tervis

“It’s a Small World” Minnie Ears Headband

Cinderella Castle Vintage Patent Poster Print

Mickey Mouse Popcorn Popper

Our Adventure Book

“In This House, We Do Disney” Poster

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Book

Mickey Mouse Jelly Belly Dispenser

Cinderella Apron

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25 Disney Gifts Under $25