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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Alien Pizza Planet Truck Popcorn Bucket Acquired!

 by Beth Keating

Theme Park Life

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 11, 2024

 

Last week, Ray wrote an article entitled Why Does Tokyo Disney Get All the Cool Stuff?”   And for a long time in our house, we’ve bemoaned the fact that Tokyo Disney always got the best stuff – best rides, best animatronics, even the best popcorn buckets. Hello, Peter Pan light up!



Occasionally, Disneyland in California also joined the Tokyo club.  For example, at Pixar Fest this year in Disneyland, there were THREE great popcorn bucket designs, and we jokingly toyed with the idea of jumping on the new $89 Breeze Airways flights to go acquire said buckets.  There was the Pizza Planet Delivery Truck, Dug from Up, and even a guitar shaped bucket from Coco.  Yes, we know we have a popcorn bucket problem  - and Disney knows we’re not the only ones. (Who’d have thought we’d all get so excited over a piece of molded plastic?)


You’ll be happy to know that one of the coveted buckets from Pixar Fest has finally made its way to Disney World, and yes, we were there on its debut day (June 10) to purchase one for our house.  The adorable Alien Pizza Planet Truck ($26.00) has made its way to Florida!

  
Whether Disney has finally cracked the code to debuting new popcorn buckets without 6 hour waits, or they ordered a sufficient quantity to supply the number of guests wanting one, the sale process on day one was very smooth.



During recent popcorn bucket releases, Disney has been using a virtual queue, where you could lock in your purchase ahead of time on the My Disney Experience (MDE) app, and then leisurely make your way to a pickup point.  This time, the buckets were being sold at various popcorn carts around Hollywood Studios, and we were skeptical as to how well the management would go.  We got to the park relatively early to assure ourselves they wouldn’t be sold out before we had a chance to get ahold of one, and headed straight back toward Toy Story Land, assuming that’s where the buckets would be. We didn’t need to go that far.  Both popcorn stands in front of Hollywood Brown Derby were selling the bucket, and lines had already started to form.   Uh, oh!


The cast members, however, kept the lines moving, and we spent a mere 15 minutes in line acquiring our truck.  The cast member at our cart had even quickly caught on to the fact that this wasn’t just a popcorn bucket – collectors don’t want the greasy popcorn to ever touch their pristine popcorn bucket because it's impossible to remove the oil from the plastic.  It’ll also smell like pretend melted butter for the rest of eternity!  The cast member laughingly was asking guests “popcorn or no popcorn?” when guests were ordering a Pizza Planet truck popcorn bucket.  She knew!


While we speedily obtained our popcorn vessel, we did check back at a few of the carts around the park before we left around late afternoon, and the trucks were still available.  Throughout the day, we did notice cast members bringing boxes of restocks to each of the carts, and it wasn’t long before the lines of guests at the carts resembled a normal day in the parks.

  
The Alien Pizza Planet Truck is a tiny replica of your favorite reoccurring Pixar vehicle (look for it hiding in the background of other Pixar movies as well.)  It’s a definite nostalgia piece for those of us who remember the truck being parked in Hollywood Studios, in front of Pizza Planet before it became PizzeRizzo.  (We have pictures of our very young children leaning on the truck with a slice of questionable pizza in their hands.)

 
The truck is the perfect movie yellow, and is splashed with fake mud.  Its paint is peeling and dented in a few places, reminiscent of the movie icon.  In the front seat, a little green Toy Story alien wears a Pizza Planet delivery hat and holds a pizza box. The alien is removable as well.  More aliens peek out of the window at the back of the truck. On top of the truck is a Pizza Planet rocket ship that lights up, and the carry strap features graphics from the movie version of Pizza Planet, including the crossed spears galaxy guardians, tiny burgers and pizza slices, and delivery shuttle logos.  The roof of the truck opens to allow for popcorn access.  The only thing that’s missing is an empty soda cup rolling around the rear of the “cargo bay”!


The popcorn bucket wasn’t the only thing to make its way from Pixar Fest.  While we didn’t personally purchase one (we don’t usually collect sippers), there’s also a Slinky Dog Sipper that arrived in Florida the same day as the Pizza Planet truck.  “Slink” is perched on his hindquarters, with his paws outstretched. The straw for the sipper is Slinky’s coil, which wraps around the inside of the clear beverage container so you can see his springs. The floppy-eared Slinky Dog sipper is currently available at various outdoor vending locations around Hollywood Studios.


And if you still need those other buckets?  Pixar Fest runs until August 4, 2024, in California. 

 

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Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.

 

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Adults at Disney: Walt’s Perspective

 by Ray Keating

Commentary

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 10, 2024

 

Are Disney resorts and theme parks meant to be places only for children? 

 

Given the world we live in, vociferous criticisms seemingly must be launched at, well, pretty much everything in life (yes, it’s exhausting), and that includes adults – individuals or couples – who visit Walt Disney World, Disneyland or other Disney theme parks without children.



Often these criticisms are rooted in an assumed, increasing immaturity among adults. Without getting into that larger debate and discussion, how about the simple idea that adults might appreciate a fun experience with or without children? My wife and I have done Disney as a couple (we honeymooned in Walt Disney World and now are Annual Passholders), individuals, parents, and grandparents over the years. We, therefore, get to experience and enjoy the parks in different ways, and this is far from unique.

 

And as a business, Disney cannot ignore demographics. In the United States, the population is skewing older and in general people are having fewer children. So, it makes sense for Walt Disney World, for example, to cater in various ways to families with children and to adult guests without kids. 

 

By the way, this isn’t a new idea. Walt Disney understood the idea of appealing to the entire family – parents and children – and to adults alone. Just consider the following observations from Walt…

 

“You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.” - Walt Disney 

 

“Disneyland isn’t designed just for children... I believe the right kind of entertainment can appeal to all persons, young or old. I want Disneyland to be a place where parents can bring their children – or come by themselves and still have a good time.” – Walt Disney 

 

Walt Disney understood people, which was one reason why he ranked as one of the great entrepreneurs of the twentieth century. 

 

Yeah, there’s nothing wrong with remaining a kid at heart, as long as that doesn’t involve shirking adult responsibilities, but instead simply means embracing fun, joy and youthful outlook on life. And that includes trips to Disney World.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, the Alliance of Saint Michael novels, and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more.

 

Never miss any new book by Ray Keating by joining the Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship with Ray Keating at

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Various books by Ray Keating…

 

• The Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries. There are 19 books in the series now.

 

• Cathedral: An Alliance of Saint Michael Novel is at Amazon

 

• Order The Weekly Economist III: Another 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an EconomistThe Weekly Economist II: 52 More Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist, and The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist at Amazon.com.

 

• Signed editions of Ray’s books are at www.raykeatingbooksandmore.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Quick Tasty Meal at Contempo Café

 by Ray Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 9, 2024

 

I enjoy the vibe at and history of Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World. It’s also a great place to break open the laptop to get a little work done.



While doing some writing and editing on the next book last week, I discovered a pleasant surprise for a quick dinner at the Contempo Café.

 

I decided to try the Signature Rice Bowl with Grilled Shrimp ($14.99). It also can come with Chicken, Crispy Tofu or Braised Beef. But if shrimp is a choice, that’s where I’m headed, and the bowl offered a mix of cilantro-lime rice, black beans, corn, grilled peppers, onions and queso fresco.



It turned out to be a pretty good, convenient dinner. The bowl was an ample size, and the shrimp were nicely grilled. Beyond the shrimp, the onions and peppers stood out in a dish that was both smoky and a tad spicy. 



For a complete and balanced dinner, I, of course, added a Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums Cupcake ($6.79). It was a satisfying mix of rich chocolate cake, chocolate sprinkles, hidden cookie, and a light, almost-Boston-Cream-like icing.

 

Thumbs up for this quick dinner at the Contempo Café. 

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, the Alliance of Saint Michael novels, and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more.

 

Never miss any new book by Ray Keating by joining the Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship with Ray Keating at

https://www.patreon.com/pastorstephengrantfellowship.

 

Various books by Ray Keating…

 

• The Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries. There are 19 books in the series now.

 

• Cathedral: An Alliance of Saint Michael Novel is at Amazon

 

• Order The Weekly Economist III: Another 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an EconomistThe Weekly Economist II: 52 More Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist, and The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist at Amazon.com.

 

• Signed editions of Ray’s books are at www.raykeatingbooksandmore.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Why Does Tokyo Disney Get All the Cool Stuff?

 by Ray Keating

News/Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 8, 2024

 

This past week was big for the Tokyo Disney Resort. Disney CEO Bob Iger and Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Experiences, were on hand to open Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea.


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


The new themed port featured three areas based on FrozenTangled and Peter Pan, as well as the Fantasy Springs Hotel.  

 

The Disney Parks Blog offered the following summaries of each area:

 

• Rapunzel’s Forest. “The romantic boat ride ‘Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival’ leads to the annual Lantern Festival where you can experience Rapunzel’s ‘best day ever’ as she falls in love with Flynn Rider and visits various locations featured in the Disney Animation film ‘Tangled.’”


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


• Peter Pan’s Never Land. “During your visit to the mysterious island of Never Land at Fantasy Springs, journey through Skull Rock for this eye-catching view of Peter Pan’s Never Land. This scenic view features the home of Captain Hook and his pirate ship, the Jolly Roger, moored in a large, sparkling lagoon.”


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


• Frozen Kingdom. “The guards have opened up the gates to the kingdom of Arendelle at Tokyo DisneySea. Before you enter Arendelle Castle, immerse yourself in the world of Disney Animation’s ‘Frozen’ with a view of the new Royal Banquet of Arendelle, Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey and Elsa’s Ice Palace sitting high on the North Mountain.”


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


Meanwhile, the Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel includes two buildings – the Fantasy Chateau and the Grand Chateau.


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


Taking all of this in, plenty of Disney fans in the U.S. are asking: Hey, why does Tokyo Disney always seem to get the cool stuff? Indeed, that was the question many asked when Tokyo Disney Resort Toy Story Hotel – the fifth Disney Hotel – opened in April 2022. Disney describes the hotel as being “full of playful designs that immerse guests in the creative imagination of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story films.”

 

At the opening of Fantasy Springs, Iger said, “I am so proud of the richly immersive experiences we’ve created together, and I look forward to the bright future ahead of us here at Tokyo Disney Resort. We’ve worked alongside Oriental Land Company for more than 40 years, and this new land exemplifies our companies’ shared commitment to excellence in everything we do.”

 

And there’s the key. The Walt Disney Company doesn’t own the Tokyo Disney Resort, which includes Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Disneyland, five Disney-branded hotels, and Ikspiari, which is a shopping, dining and entertainment district. Instead, these are owned and operated by the Oriental Land Co, Ltd., which licenses Disney’s intellectual property.

 

By the way, the resort opened in 1983, and was Disney’s first theme park venture beyond the U.S., with DisneySea opening in September 2001.

 

The bottom line is that the Tokyo Disney Resort tends to get the cool stuff because Disney isn’t paying for it. The Oriental Land Company is, and Disney reaps the rewards via licensing. That’s a great deal for regional and international guests, as well as Disney. As for the rest of us not visiting Tokyo Disney anytime soon, we’ll have to see what lies ahead with the $17 billion plans for Walt Disney World.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, the Alliance of Saint Michael novels, and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more.

 

Never miss any new book by Ray Keating by joining the Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship with Ray Keating at

https://www.patreon.com/pastorstephengrantfellowship.

 

Various books by Ray Keating…

 

• The Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries. There are 19 books in the series now.

 

• Cathedral: An Alliance of Saint Michael Novel is at Amazon

 

• Order The Weekly Economist III: Another 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an EconomistThe Weekly Economist II: 52 More Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist, and The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist at Amazon.com.

 

• Signed editions of Ray’s books are at www.raykeatingbooksandmore.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Disney Losing Money on “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes”

 by Ray Keating

Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 6, 2024

 

Disney’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, from its 20th Century Studios division, has scored pretty well with critics and audiences who have come out for the film. On RottenTomatoes.com as of June 5, for example, it scored 80 percent with critics and 78 percent with moviegoers. 

 

The question, however, is: Have enough people gone to theaters to watch the movie?



The latest tally on BoxOfficeMojo.com points to a global box office of $340.4 million as of June 4. Kingdom opened on May 10, by the way.

 

The production budget reportedly came in at $160 million. Marketing/promotion costs have to be considered, which can run anywhere from 50 percent to 100 percent of a production budget. If we assume a midpoint, then marketing/promotion costs would come in at roughly $120 million. That would equate to total costs of $280 million for Kingdom.

 

For good measure, the box office take has to get divvied up with theaters. As DisneyBizJournal has noted before, various industry reports note that studios take in about 55 percent of the domestic box office, and anywhere from 20 percent to 40 percent of foreign ticket sales. If we assume the best case scenario – that is, 55 percent of $142.5 million and 40 percent of the international take of $197.9 million, that tallies up to Disney's share of Kingdom’s box office at $157.6 million ($78.4 million domestically plus $79.2 million international).

 

Yikes. That would mean that Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, at this late point in its theater run, ranks as a serious money loser for Disney – in the range of a theatrical loss of $122 million. Even if marketing/promotion costs came in at the low end, we’re still talking an estimated loss of somewhere around $82 million. The consequences of Disney’s inability to control costs rears its ugly head, once again, with Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, the Alliance of Saint Michael novels, and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more.

 

Never miss any new book by Ray Keating by joining the Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship with Ray Keating at

https://www.patreon.com/pastorstephengrantfellowship.

 

Various books by Ray Keating…

 

• The Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries. There are 19 books in the series now.

 

• Cathedral: An Alliance of Saint Michael Novel is at Amazon

 

• Order The Weekly Economist III: Another 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an EconomistThe Weekly Economist II: 52 More Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist, and The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist at Amazon.com.

 

• Signed editions of Ray’s books are at www.raykeatingbooksandmore.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Disney World Fifth Gate or Not: Does Anyone Really Know?

 by Ray Keating

News/Commentary

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 5, 2024

 

A unanimous vote on June 5 by the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board gave an initial thumbs-up to a proposed $17-billion Walt Disney World expansion plan. Disney fans want to believe that this will mean the opening of a fifth park – or fifth gate – in Disney World, though Disney has made no such declaration.



Final approval for the development plan requires a second vote on June 12, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel.

 

Disney hasn’t served up any real details on their spending plans, with Woody Rodriguez, director of external affairs for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, being quoted, “The development agreement will enable us to continue to invest significantly in the district.” In Disney’s most recent earnings call, CEO Bob Iger danced around the question.

 

Speculation about a fifth park lies with the fact that Universal Orlando’s Epic Universe opens in 2025, and many assume that Disney will need to respond in some way. According to the Sentinel report, the agreement covers 17,300 acres owned by Disney, and “allows a maximum of five minor theme parks, such as a water park, nearly 1.3 million square feet of office space, 1.7 million square feet of restaurant/retail space and 53,467 hotel rooms.”

 

This deal, of course, represents quite a shift in the relationship between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Disney – from one featuring politics, confrontation, a state takeover of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, and lawsuits, to one of economic cooperation. According to a Business Insider article published at Yahoo News, Stephanie Kopelousos, administrator for the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, said, “With Walt Disney World's substantial investments, we anticipate economic growth, job creation, and support for local businesses, alongside environmental stewardship and workforce housing initiatives, benefiting Central Florida's community.”

 

Dennis Speigel, CEO and founder of International Theme Park Services, was quoted in another report, “What you’ve seen is a huge kiss and make up between Florida and Disney.” Indeed, about Disney’s expansion plans, DeSantis said, “It’s going to be a huge game changer for this region. I got to think Disney would have an interest in maybe offering another one. The district will be ready to negotiate something to be able to be good for the state of Florida, be good for jobs, be good for all those things.”

 

Golly, it’s amazing how things can change after a governor drops out of the race for president.

 

Speigel is one of the industry people who sees a fifth gate coming, declaring, “The fifth gate will be the most highly technologically driven attraction park in the world. And it has to be because it has to eclipse Universal Epic Universe.” He predicts a tab of $5 billion to $6 billion for such an endeavor. Other watchers, however, see Disney expanding current parks rather than opening a new one.

 

At this point, only Disney knows if a fifth gate will be opened at Disney World, and it’s not even clear that they have settled on anything just yet. 

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com; and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries, the Alliance of Saint Michael novels, and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

The Disney Planner: The TO DO List Solution combines a simple, powerful system for getting things done with encouragement and fun for Disney fans, including those who love Mickey, Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, princesses and more.

 

Never miss any new book by Ray Keating by joining the Pastor Stephen Grant Fellowship with Ray Keating at

https://www.patreon.com/pastorstephengrantfellowship.

 

Various books by Ray Keating…

 

• The Pastor Stephen Grant thrillers and mysteries. There are 19 books in the series now.

 

• Cathedral: An Alliance of Saint Michael Novel is at Amazon

 

• Order The Weekly Economist III: Another 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an EconomistThe Weekly Economist II: 52 More Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist, and The Weekly Economist: 52 Quick Reads to Help You Think Like an Economist at Amazon.com.

 

• Signed editions of Ray’s books are at www.raykeatingbooksandmore.com

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

New Offerings on Way to Celebrate Opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 4, 2024

 

The Foodie Guide that just dropped in celebration of the upcoming opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a mixed bag… 

 

There are some interesting choices, and then there are ones that, like the popcorn with pralines or Cajun seasoning, seem to be a stretch of making the food “Tiana” themed.  (Just because the pralines and Cajun flavors give it a New Orleans flair?  Hmmm.). On the other hand, we’re really looking forward to checking out the cooking spices and hot sauces being introduced from Tiana’s new company.

   
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens June 28, 2024 at Magic Kingdom, and most of the limited time food offerings will begin when the ride kicks off, and generally last throughout the summer.  


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


Among the new sauce and spice offerings will be Mama Odie’s Hot Sauce and Dooky Chase’s Seasonings (available in Gumbo Base, Seafood Seasoning, Meat Seasoning, and Fried Chicken Seasoning flavors). These items will be available at the Emporium at Magic Kingdom starting June 28, and Critter Co-Op at the base of Tiana’s salt mine later on.

  
If you can’t wait until June 28th to try the new jars and bottles, some of the mixes are available at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans. If you aren’t familiar with the Princess and the Frog backstory, Dooky Chase’s is owned by founding chef Leah Chase, the “Queen of Creole Cuisine,” who inspired the fictional character of Princess Tiana. The seasonings’ arrival in the Magic Kingdom is the first time these goodies will be available outside of Dooky Chase’s restaurant.  Part of the ride story is that Tiana’s company, an employee owned food co-op, creates a selection of the spectacular hot sauces that are used in her restaurant, Tiana’s Palace.  Whew…went a long way for that tie-in!


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


Another unique offering that is on the way is the Tiana Bayou Beignet Coffee from Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Co.  Since we are fans of Joffrey’s anyway, this one really caught our eye. Their new blend is a medium-roasted coffee with flavor notes of honey and powdered sugar. You can find it at the Joffrey’s shop in The Landing section at Disney Springs, but if you won’t be down in Florida for the big reveal, you can also order it at the Joffrey’s website.  Seems like this one would be a great dessert coffee to serve with some beignets.


On that note, Disney will also be bringing beignets back to the Magic Kingdom.  This time, they’ll be a little different than the short-time doughy treats that were plated up a few months ago.  This iteration will be available at the Golden Oak Outpost from June 28 through September 6, and have been labelled “Tiana’s Famous Beignets.” They’re described as light, sweet, and fluffy with powdered sugar and drizzled with honey.  And here’s your reminder that Golden Oak Outpost, just a hop, skip and a jump from the base of Tiana’s Adventure, has different operating hours than the Magic Kingdom itself, so if you’re hunting for the beignets, check your My Disney Experience app for the day’s schedule.  Also, just a sidebar… Beignets are a fan favorite with Disney guests, but these are not the same beignets that are celebrated over at Port Orleans - French Quarter, where you can get incredible Mickey-shaped beignets, or the boozy beignets at Scat Cat’s Club – Café .

 

Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


Also on tap at the Golden Oak Outpost will be:

 
• Hot Honey Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries: Chicken nuggets tossed in hot sauce-honey served with New Orleans olive relish and Cajun-spiced sweet potato fries (New)  

 

• Shrimp Gumbo with Sweet Potato Fries: Shrimp and Andouille sausage gumbo topped with Cajun-spiced sweet potato fries (New)

 

At Pinocchio Village Haus (Available June 28 through September 6): 

 

• Peach Cobbler: Cinnamon panna cotta, peach cobbler, brown sugar streusel, and whipped cream with a Tiana chocolate piece 


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


At Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Available June 28 through September 6):  

 

• Butter Pecan Praline Sundae: Butter pecan ice cream topped with praline sauce, spiced pecans, and whipped cream  

 

At The Plaza Restaurant (Available June 28 through September 6):  

 

• Tiana’s Chantilly Cake: Vanilla chiffon cake, lemon Chantilly, and fresh strawberries topped with a fondant flower and a Tiana chocolate piece 


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


The Friar’s Nook and Outdoor Vending Locations near Cinderella Castle (Available starting June 28, while supplies last): 

 

• Princess Tiana Sipper (New) (Limit two per person, per transaction)  


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


Main Street Confectionery (Available starting June 28): 

 

• Tiana’s Sweet Popcorn Serenade: Caramel popcorn with praline pecans, M&M’S Caramel Chocolate Candies, pretzel pieces, and dark chocolatey drizzle (New)  

 

• Tiana’s Bayou Crunch: Cajun cheddar popcorn with M&M’S Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies, cheddar crackers, pretzel pieces, and white chocolatey drizzle (New)

 

• Green Apple Gummi Frogs (New)

 

• Spicy Butter Toffee Peanuts (New)

 

NEW! Critter Co-Op (Coming soon)  

 

• Green Apple Gummi Frogs (New)

 

• Spicy Butter Toffee Peanuts (New)


Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog


Disney Springs  

 

Amorette’s Patisserie (Available June 28 through July 31):

 

• Over the Bayou Cake Bar: Vanilla cake bar (New)

 

Available at Various Locations Throughout Walt Disney World Resort (Available June 28 through September 6), including Dockside Diner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; The Plaza Restaurant and The Friar’s Nook at Magic Kingdom; Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs (Available June 28 through July 31 only);  Beaches Pool Bar and Courtyard Pool Bar at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; and Mardi Grogs Pool Bar at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.  

 

• Bayou Lavender Lemonade: Minute Maid Premium Lemonade with flavors of lavender inspired by New Orleans’ influence on American cuisine (New)


Available at Various Locations Throughout Walt Disney World Resort:

 

• Crisped Rice Cereal Treat Lily Pad (New)

 

Available at the following locations:  

Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom Park 

Big Top Souvenirs at Magic Kingdom Park 

Goofy’s Candy Company at Disney Springs 

Disney’s Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs 

Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park 

Screen Door General Store at Disney’s BoardWalk  

Bayview Gifts at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 


• Pecan Praline Caramel Apple 
(New):

 

Available at the following locations:  

Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom Park 

Big Top Souvenirs at Magic Kingdom Park 

Goofy’s Candy Company at Disney Springs 

Disney’s Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs 

Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park 

Screen Door General Store at Disney’s BoardWalk  

Bayview Gifts at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 

 

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Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.

 

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