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Best New Foods You Must Try This Summer at Disneyland and Walt Disney World
Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure has several new BBQ dishes including Kansas City-style BBQ Ribs (BBQ sauce, pickles, and onions), North Carolina-style BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich (creamy coleslaw, crispy jalapeños, pickles, onions), St. Louis-style BBQ-Rubbed Chicken (beer-brined, roasted half chicken, pickles, and onions. All come with a choice of Poblano Mac & Cheese, Chuck Wagon Beans, Potato Salad with Bacon, Creamy Coleslaw, Andouille Sausage, or Jalapeño-cheddar Cornbread.
There's also a refreshing-sounding Peach Cobbler Cocktail with moonshine, peach schnapps, and peach-cinnamon purée.
Got a hungry family? The Family Picnic Platter is BBQ half chicken, pulled pork, ribs, andouille sausage, poblano mac & cheese, chuck wagon beans, potato salad with bacon, creamy coleslaw, jalapeño-cheddar cornbread, pickles, and onions. Topped off with cherry cheesecake.
Red Rose Taverne at Disneyland Park will feature a new Late Night Menu. Plant-based Bonsoir Chili Cheese Poutine includes a hearty plant-based chili, shredded “cheese” and seasoned waffle fries. Our Classic Poutine has slow-cooked beef, gravy, cheese curds and spiced, pickled red onions on waffle fries. The Firelight Fries has tangy spiced chicken and pepperoncini ranch sauce on ranch-seasoned waffle fries. This Late Night Menu is available from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.
At Disneyland Park Harbour Galley there's the Soup in a Sourdough Bread Bowl with choice of clam chowder, steak gumbo, or the plant-based vegetable gumbo. The new Harbour Muffuletta Salad has cured meats and cheese on mixed lettuce with olive tapenade, giardiniera, pepperoncini and Italian dressing with sliced sourdough. The Pelican Punch is a chilled blend of pineapple, coconut, and lime.
Royal Street Veranda New Orleans Square has the Hoppin’ John IMPOSSIBLE Royal Wrap with seasoned plant-based meat, rice, black-eyed peas, “cheddar,” lettuce, and Cajun dressing in a spinach tortilla. The Street Steak Salad is chilled steak on mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, candied pecans, and fried onions with a horseradish dressing. For a sweet tooth, the Blueberry Fritters with blue sugar and lemon curd dipping sauce is for you.
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At Disney Springs, Swirls on the Water is the Buzz Lightyear Star Commander Cone, a purple cheesecake soft-serve adorned with chocolate wings and space sprinkles. Also there is a DOLE Whip Float featuring Rosa Regale Sparkling Red Wine, DOLE Whip strawberry, and a fresh strawberry slice.
At Magic Kingdom Park, the new Zurg Freeze can be found at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies.
EPCOT has a Barbecued-roasted Chicken with Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce as well as a Southern-style Spoon Bread at Garden Grill. At Sunshine Seasons enjoy a Roast Beef Sandwich with chilled roast beef, chimichurri aïoli, cheddar, arugula, and red onion on a flour-topped kaiser roll served with potato chips. For a plant-based option, try the Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich featuring roasted red pepper, red onion, tomato, arugula, hummus, and balsamic vinaigrette on herbed focaccia. And rounding up the new additions is the Spicy Fish Taco, with fire-roasted corn salsa, creamy jalapeño Piri Piri sauce, and radish served with plantain chips.
Coral Reef Restaurant has also seen some enhanced items recently. Start off your meal with new appetizers like the Trio of Seasonal Dips with fresh vegetable crudité and crisps or the New England Clam Chowder. While enjoying the incredible, underwater views, guests can feast upon entrée additions like the Orange-glazed Sustainable Salmon served with vegetable stir-fry and shiitake sticky rice. If this doesn’t quite float your boat, consider the Cajun Chicken Pasta filled with pulled Cajun-spiced chicken, parmesan cream sauce, roasted mushrooms, peas, peppers, and onions.
Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is bringing back their buffet on August 28. Meet favorite Disney Junior pals for breakfast and Minnie and her friends for lunch and dinner.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is debuting new menu items including Fried Fresh Mozzarella with marinara sauce, ricotta salata, and lemon oil, while the Grilled Bone-in Pork Chop is accompanied by creamy polenta, roasted tomatoes, mustard vincotto, and charred broccolini.
At the World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, you’ll find the Box Office Cupcake, a yellow cupcake filled with caramel and topped with marshmallow buttercream and a peanut-pretzel-popcorn brittle. Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort has the Rock and Roll Cupcake, another yellow cupcake but this one is filled with peanut butter buttercream and topped with banana panna cotta and candied bacon. The End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports is serving up the MVP Cupcake. This yellow cupcake is stuffed with apple pie filling and topped with a buttercream baseball and caramel popcorn-peanut crunch.
Over at Everything POP Shopping & Dining, the pastry chefs have created the Flashback Crème Pie, which is an oatmeal-raisin cookie sandwich filled with marshmallow crème topped with dark chocolate and cinnamon glaze. Plus, there's the Pop Goes the Bananas Cupcake, a yellow cupcake filled with caramelized banana in a pastry crème topped with caramel-latte buttercream.
At Disney’s Art of Animation Resort try the Lighting McQueen Gravel Road Sundae featuring vanilla soft-serve ice cream with chocolate cookie crumbs, chocolate sauce, and a Lightning McQueen chocolate coin.
At The Drop Off pool bar, enjoy the Big Blue Ocean made with Svedka Vodka, Bacardi Superior Rum, Bols Blue Curaçao, and Minute Maid Premium Lemonade served with a souvenir glow cube. The Seafoam Refresher has Malibu Coconut Rum, Bols Blue Curaçao, and pineapple juice, garnished with pineapple.
We Now Know What it Costs to do Soarin' Around the World for Real
Disney Parks Around the World Private Jet Adventure
Adventures by Disney is offering a bucket list experience for 75 people. The trip lasts 24 days and covers six countries with 12 Disney Parks and three global landmarks (Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Giza and the Eiffel Tower). Plus, you'll have the rare opportunity to be a guest at Summit Skywalker Ranch. Travel is in a luxury VIP-configured Boeing 757 and guides to immerse you in every location.
So that's 24 days, 31 locations, 68 meals for $109,995USD per person. July 9 - August 1, 2023. Minimum age is 12, but 14+ is suggested. Starts in Los Angeles and ends in Orlando.
Hotels include the Grand Californian, Summit Skywalker Ranch, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra Marriott Mena House, Disney's Hotel New York, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
Halloween Fun the Fall at Disneyland Resort
Halloween Time at Disneyland Park
You may see Disney characters in brand-new Halloween looks or Disney villains looking for trouble. Seasonal décor on Main Street, U.S.A., pumpkins displays, and the iconic giant Mickey Mouse pumpkin.
The Haunted Mansion will undergo its annual seasonal transformation to become Haunted Mansion Holiday, as Jack Skellington wrecks the halls of the mansion with decor inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas. Expect the sweet sight and smell of the mansion’s gingerbread house on the ballroom table.
Every night from September 2 - October 31, 2022 the supernatural showcase “Halloween Screams” will take to the skies with fireworks that are sure to awaken the Halloween spirits.
Halloween Time at Disney California Adventure Park
At the entrance to Disney California Adventure Park, Oogie Boogie will channel his magic to create a forever Halloween, transforming favorite attractions into festive fun.
Radiator Springs will become Radiator Screams. Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz and Red will be greeting guests in their best “car-stumes.” Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree gets a spooky soundtrack to become Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters will become Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! transforms into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, a spooky adventure filled with creepy creatures and thrilling drops.
On Buena Vista Street, Mickey Mouse and friends don old-fashioned Halloween styles, poised and ready for photos. Festive Halloween décor will add to the ambiance on Buena Vista Street. After dark, Carthay Circle Restaurant comes alive as bats swarm and green energy pulses from within light up the iconic tower structure with mesmerizing moments.
Plaza de la Familia
Plaza de la Familia returns to Paradise Gardens at Disney California Adventure from September 2 - November 2, 2022. This limited-time event is inspired by the spirit of Día de los Muertos and has live entertainment, festive foods, crafts and more -- plus a meet-and-greet with a hand-animated Miguel.
Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party
On 23 select nights from September 6 - October 31, 2022 Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure Park is back as a ticketed event. Full details at Disneyland.com/OogieBoogieBash
Tickets go on pre-sale on June 28 (9:00 a.m. PT) for Magic Key holders, plus D23 members can purchase tickets to their own special one-night special event taking place on Saturday, September 10). Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 30 at 9:00 a.m. PT
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