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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Disneyland California Stops Sales of “Believe” Key

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

November 24, 2021

 

With Thanksgiving crowds pouring into Disney parks on both coasts, and the Christmas holiday vacationers still to come, Disney has begun restricting sales of its annual pass programs.  On Sunday evening, they suspended sales of 3 of the 4 tiers of their Disney World passes, with only the lowest tier, the Pixie Dust pass, remaining available for Florida residents.  




Today (Wednesday, November 24), Disneyland (California) stopped selling its Believe Key, the second-highest tier of its Magic Key annual passholder program. Disney ceased sales of the top tier “Dream” Key option in October. The two lowest levels of the pass, the Enchant and Imagine Keys, remain available, however the Imagine Key is only available to Southern California residents.

 

According to KTLA in Los Angeles, Disneyland officials said, “Due to the popularity of the new Magic Key program and in order to deliver a great guest experience for all guests, the Believe Key is sold out at this time. The Enchant Key and Imagine Key – the other Magic Key types – remain on sale at this time. All Magic Key holders, including current Dream and Believe Key holders, will continue to have access to Magic Key holder benefits, such as the Magic Key terrace, specialty merchandise, select discounts, an upcoming Magic Key holder month, and many more special experiences, some announced and others yet to be announced.”

 

Disneyland’s Magic Key passes were priced at $1,399 for the Dream Key; $949 for the Believe Key; $649 for the Enchant Key; and $399 for the Imagine Key.  Each key offers a varying range of blockout dates, parking options, and park reservation allotments.

 

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Walt Disney's Greatest Reward Might Surprise You

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #207: Walt Disney’s Greatest Reward – Walt Disney once told us what his greatest reward was in life – it might surprise you.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Welcome to Steakhouse 71 – One of Disney’s Newest Eateries

 by Beth Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

November 23, 2021

 

One of the most highly sought after dining reservations right now at Disney World in Florida is Steakhouse 71, the new eatery that moved into the former location of “The Wave… of American Flavors” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  The Wave closed in July before the site underwent renovations.



In fact, the buzz for this new restaurant has been so hot that after days of trying to lock in a dinner reservation, the only seats we could book turned out to be breakfast reservations nearly three weeks out. It turns out that the buzz is well deserved.

 

Opening on October 1, 2021 (the kick-off for the 50th Anniversary of Disney World), the new casual sit-down dining location takes its name from the opening year of the Magic Kingdom (1971), with a subtle tip of the hat to the well-loved Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland in California. Its home is on the first floor of the Contemporary, one of Disney World’s original hotels.



Like many other locations around the Disney Parks, Steakhouse 71 is offering a few specialty dishes to honor the 50th Anniversary celebrations this year. One of the special offerings at Steakhouse 71 is Walt’s Prime Rib Hash ($17.00), and two of our diners opted to try what was reportedly among Walt Disney’s favorite foods.   Made with seared prime rib, fried potatoes, caramelized onions and peppers topped with a fried egg, it’s a disservice to call this “hash.” The word doesn’t come close to doing justice for this flavorful dish. The prime rib was tender, and the seasoning tied together the entire dish.



Another diner opted for the Steakhouse 71 Seasonal Pancakes ($14.00), which on this day was a set of delicious pumpkin pancakes. (The selection, as the name implies, will change with the seasons, but this choice was a worthy contender.)  

 

Served with either bacon, pork sausage, or chicken sausage, the pancakes had a decorative drizzle of icing and a set of candied pecans centered on the top.  The pancakes themselves had a hint of sweetness, and definitely did not have the stereotypical cinnamon and nutmeg laced flavor that generally permeates pumpkin anything this time of year. Rather, the pancakes were delicate and fluffy, offering just a hint of “autumn” without being overpowering.  The surprise accent to the meal was the syrup, which was a coffee infused syrup with the coffee notes on the backend to finish the syrup. Totally unexpected, and a very nice accompaniment to the pancakes’ light pumpkin flavor.



The restaurant was open and airy, despite the fact that as an interior restaurant, there are no windows to the outside world.  In undertaking the remodel, Disney made sure the new restaurant was considerably lighter in atmosphere than its dimly lit predecessor, something that had been a common complaint among previous diners in the space.  Steakhouse 71 has windows, of a sort, in the middle of the restaurant, looking into the bar area (which you are welcome to visit without needing reservations, as a first come-first served locale.) And with a very odd piece of commentary, the dining chairs were likely the most comfortable restaurant seating we recall having in a long time!

 

The entry to the restaurant, which many remember as a “tunnel” leading into the reception area, is now brighter as well, and offers a bit of a time capsule into the early beginnings of the Magic Kingdom via oversized black and white photos of the construction process.



The service was wonderful at Steakhouse 71, with many of the staff coming over to the new digs from The Wave, including our waiter for the morning, who’d been at The Wave for five years.  He was friendly and welcoming, offering helpful descriptions of the entrees, making sure we got our breakfasts in a timely manner so we could get over to the parks.

 

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For You and a Great Christmas Gift! The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution is here! It 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. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use. 

Walt Disney on Ideas and Originality

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #206: Walt Disney on Ideas and Originality – Here are two lessons from Walt Disney in one short quote covering creativity and originality.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Walt Disney on the Purpose of Making Money

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #205: Walt Disney and Purpose of Making Money – Walt Disney always had interesting things to say about money and creativity. 


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Sale of Three Annual Passes Paused at Walt Disney World

 by Ray Keating

News/Analysis

DisneyBizJournal.com

November 22, 2021

 

Businesses across the United States are facing assorted supply chain and labor struggles as the economy continues to struggle to emerge the pandemic. Oh yeah, and there’s the fact that inflation is running hot. No one seems immune, including the Walt Disney Company.



Consider that Disney faces the same cost increases being confronted by other businesses given inflation, and as a result have implemented a variety of price increases that certainly haven’t pleased any Disney aficionados. But there are more challenges, and Disney’s announcement yesterday that it was “pausing new sales of select Annual Passes” at Walt Disney World is emblematic of these difficulties.

 

To recap, Disney World had suspended new annual pass sales during its pandemic shutdown, with sales of revamped passes resuming in September of this year, linked to the 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World kicking off on October 1. Great, right? My family, freshly moved from New York to Florida, got our annual passes.

 

Well, roughly two months later, the sales of three of the four available passes – Disney Pirate Pass, Disney Sorcerer Pass and Disney Incredi-Pass – are suspended. The cheapest pass option – the Disney Pixie Dust Pass – is still available.

 

Disney also noted, “All current Passholders can continue to renew into any of our four pass types – at their renewal rate – and continue to visit using their pass.”

 

By the way, in August, when it was announced that new annual pass sales would resume, the company did warn that new pass sales might be again suspended “as we continue to manage attendance to provide a great experience for everyone.”

 

Clearly, Disney hasn’t suddenly forgotten how to run its theme parks. And it’s not trying to annoy its customers (I mean, guests). “Managing attendance” isn’t just about limiting attendance to assure a “great experience.” It’s also about having the people, merchandise and other inputs needed to provide quality customer service. In this economy, that’s anything but a given.

 

(Also, on the personal anecdote front along these lines, I’ve noticed that less merchandise appears to be available for purchase in various Disney Springs stores run by Disney, as well as at assorted resorts.)

 

Disney is not magically immune from the realities of the economy. The company faces challenges in terms of getting the people and resources needed to operate the parks in typical fashion. Hence, it’s not all that surprising to see decisions and policies being made by Disney that seem, well, rather un-Disney.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant 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?

 

Great Christmas Gift! The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution is here! It 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. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use. 

 

Keating has three new books out. Vatican Shadows: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is the 13th thriller/mystery in the Pastor Stephen Grant series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed books at www.raykeatingonline.comPast Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story is the 14th book in the series. Again, get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed book at www.raykeatingonline.com. And order the 15th book in the series What’s Lost? A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story – grab it at Amazon.com or signed editions at www.raykeatingonline.com

 

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

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Destination D23 Event Kicks Off at Disney World

 by Beth Keating

News/Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

November 20, 2021

 

The Destination D23 event, postponed from earlier dates because of the pandemic, kicked off this morning at Disney World in Florida. D23 is the official Disney fan club, and their gathering is a combination of discussion panels, exhibits, entertainment moments, and specialty souvenir shopping. Guests at the event are treated to presentations from Imagineers, authors, archivists, animators, entertainers, historians, Disney Legends, and others.

 

The opening panel this morning, “Destination D23 Connections: A Look at the Future of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products,” hosted by Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, offered up looks at artist renderings and video of construction projects underway at each of Disney’s domestic and international parks, as well as a few nuggets on upcoming projects (plus a really cool look at an actual lightsaber!).



While the D23 event is known for dropping big announcements on groundbreaking new attractions and programming, there wasn’t much in the way of earth-shattering news this morning.  (The weekend is still young, however.)  

 

Much of what was shared was an expansion of some of the information guests were already privy to, such as a look at some of the activities that are planned aboard the Star Wars Hotel, the Galactic Starcruiser.  We had earlier heard about lightsaber training, but this morning we got a sneak peek of Josh D’Amaro in the training pod, and also heard about a new character, Gaia, a galactically famous space diva, who will be onboard and part of the live action storytelling on the Halcyon from Imagineer Scott Trowbridge.  (Scott helped bring Galaxy’s Edge and Rise of the Resistance to life.)  According to Scott, we’ll get a snippet from her on a November 28 ABC holiday special. 

 

And while we know that the official opening of the Halcyon is on March 1, if you were listening closely, you would have heard that there will be some “advanced voyages” in February.

 

A few of the biggest announcements included:

 

• Parades will be returning to many of the parks, including Festival of Fantasy Parade at Disney World.

 

• A reimagined version of the Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire castle show will be debuting during the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Magic Kingdom.

 

• Fantasmic will soon be returning to the Disney Parks on both coasts.

 

• World of Color will be returning to Disney California Adventure in the new year.

 

• The Main Street Electrical Parade will be coming back to the Disneyland Resort next year.

 

• The new generation of MagicBand+ will be coming to Disney World next year. It includes all the functions of the current MagicBands, but adds new technology to unlock interactive experiences throughout the parks. MagicBand+ will also be making its debut at Disneyland Resort in California in 2022.



• Disney S.E.A. fans will get a new book series in April 2022, and can get an early look at those stories in an interview with the books’ author, Julie Kagawa, on an episode of Disney Insider on Disney+ next month.  A Disney+ series based on those stories is in development.

 

• Disney’s voice assistant version of Alexa, “Hey, Disney!”,  will be rolling out in 2022 in Disney World hotels, but now the “Hey, Disney! Disney Magical Companion” will also be coming to Disneyland California as well.


• We got a look at the clay model for the Dreamer’s Point sculpture of Walt that will be a centerpiece at EPCOT’s World Celebration.

 

• There is a planned opening of a new quick service restaurant in EPCOT called Connections Café and Eatery in World Celebration.

 

• Glenn Close popped in via video appearance to announce that she will be reprising her role as Nova Prime for the new Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind attraction at EPCOT, opening summer 2022.  We also saw new concept art for the gallery in the ride queue that will tell us more about life on Zandar.




• Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development shared a video of some of the tech they are working on, as well as an on-stage pneumatic display with Project Exo, bringing a concept development look at some of the experimental technology that Disney is working on to improve character technology and push the boundaries of storytelling capabilities, especially for cast actors.

 

• We already knew that Mickey’s ToonTown in California was getting a refurb, but we got to see artist renderings for the return of the Toon Town Hills that were taken down to construct the Mickey and Minnie Runaway Railway.

 

• Downtown Disney at Disneyland California is getting a renovation, with the AMC Theater area revamping for new dining and shopping venues, and a wide open lawn space to be used for events and for guests’ relaxation.

 

• The Disneyland Hotel Tower in California (planned opening in 2023) showed off renderings with a more detailed explanation of the Sleeping Beauty inspiration for the color palettes and artwork for the rooms, with drawings of room concepts and the pool area.

 

• For the international parks, D’Amaro showed off a series of video clips and artist renderings of progress at locations including the new Frozen Land at Disneyland Hong Kong (with a new nighttime spectacular for next year); the Fantasy Springs area, the 8th and largest port with a new hotel, shopping, dining and attractions in Tokyo Disneyland, featuring Frozen, Tangled and Peter Pan; and Shanghai’s Zootopia Land, with some amazing new attraction technology.

 

• Concept art was shared for the 30th Anniversary celebration in Disneyland Paris next year (March 6th), with a new, limited time Castle hub show.  Disney Stars on Parade and Disney Illuminations will be returning for the anniversary, and Avengers Campus will open in summer of 2022 as part of Disneyland Paris’ 30th Anniversary.

 

• Two new shows will be coming to the Disney Cruise Line on board the Disney Wish.  Seas the Adventure, featuring Captain Minnie and a cast of Disney friends, and a new, reimagined theatrical production based on The Little Mermaid, will be joining the existing Aladdin show.

 

While all these new (and quasi-new) announcements were welcome, perhaps one of the most poignant moments of the morning was Josh D’Amaro’s closing moments on stage.  A mini-staging of sorts, Josh was joined on the platform by numerous characters and cast members embodying the various attractions and experiences that have already returned, a symbolic representation of just how far we’ve come in the past few months.  The Dapper Dans; cast members from The Festival of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage; Captains Mickey and Minnie from the Disney Cruise Line; the Taiko Drummers; a bride representing the return of Disney Fairy Tale Weddings; Drawn to Life performers from Cirque du Soleil; and many other cast members surrounded the stage as a reminder of everything that has returned, from shows to restaurants to experiences to Resorts.

 

As Disney fans always looking for the next big thing, it’s easy to forget that we’ve just come through a pandemic that shut the world down.  Josh’s closing remarks was a reminder of the road we are still travelling.  

 

Destination D23 continues through the rest of the weekend with additional panels, including this afternoon’s “WORLDBUILDING for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser,” a panel on the creation of the layers of experiences planned for the new hotel. A complete listing of the panels and activities is available at D23’s website. You can also watch live streams of many of the discussions on YouTube.

 

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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

Please support the efforts of DisneyBizJournal.com to bring news, analysis and commentary on Disney to readers such as yourself. Make a contribution right here via PayPal. Thanks!

 

For You and a Great Christmas Gift! The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution is here! It 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. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use. 

Friday, November 19, 2021

“Adventure Thru The Walt Disney Archives” Drops Today on Disney+

 by Beth Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

November 19, 2021

 

For those of you who enjoyed such original programming as The Imagineering Story and Prop Culture on Disney+ over the last few years, you may want to tune in to a new documentary called Adventure Thru The Walt Disney Archives.

 

Arriving today on Disney+, the new program will let viewers explore some of the rich history that surrounds the Disney company.  D23 Gold members were fortunate enough to have early access to the program in June 2020, and the documentary is now available to all Disney+ subscribers. (D23 is the official Disney Fan Club.)

 


According to D23, “The film looks at beloved Disney icons, including its theme parks and Studio lot, through an engaging, historical lens.”  Disney’s many warehouses and file cabinets were opened up to cull some of the very best treasures from 50 years of collecting the Disney company’s memorabilia for fans’ enjoyment.

 

Becky Cline, Walt Disney Archives director, is front and center for this film, and those of you who have seen Becky in past documentaries know that she is a wealth of information on all things Disney.  She was also the executive producer for the program.  The show is hosted by legendary producer Don Hahn, who himself has quite the Disney pedigree (The Lion King; Beauty and the Beast; and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, among many). 

 

The film is directed by John Gleim, and features interviews with Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger; Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige; Pixar’s Pete Docter; film historian Leonard Maltin; Disney animators and artists; actors including Mark Hamill; additional members of the Disney Archives team; and lots of others.  

 

The documentary offers viewers an in-depth look at some of the historical artifacts that brought many of the beloved Disney films and features to life.  Before you groan and mutter, “Documentary… must be boring!”,  you’ll want to tune in to see such iconic items as the piano on which the Sherman brothers composed music for Disney films. Can you picture Walt himself leaning on the corner of the piano while the Sherman boys presented “Feed the Birds” or other tunes from Mary Poppins for the first time?  Or maybe you’d like to take a peek at the carousel horses or original carpetbag from Mary Poppins.

 

Among the other treasures viewers will be treated to during the program are a series of the original Mickey Mouse dolls; an Alice Davis and Mary Blair hand-dressed doll for the it’s a small world ride at the World’s Fair; Beauty and the Beast props from the live-action movie; and even the contract that was signed on October 16, 1923, officially bringing the Walt Disney Company into existence.  Sports fans will get a glimpse of a World Series ring from 2002 when Disney owned the Anaheim Angels.  Bet you weren’t expecting to see that in the Archives!

 

Don Hahn also takes viewers on a tour of the various moving parts that make the Archives work (and is an entertaining tour guide along the way!). A stop in the digitization lab shows the hard work that goes into preserving the props and artifacts; another drop-in at the costume department lets viewers see some of the newest acquisitions arriving at the Archives. Last, but certainly not the least, is a visit to Walt Disney’s restored personal office.

 

The Disney World park in Florida isn’t the only place celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Like Disney World itself, the Archives started by Dave Smith 50 years ago are always growing, always changing, as they acquire new objects and documents. They aren’t just a dusty old storage building, but a breathing entity that reaches out with their exhibits so that fans can enjoy the treasures as well.  The “Archives” isn’t simply a museum of artifacts, but a place for future animators and magic creators to learn from the rich legacy of the extensive body of the Disney company’s work.  This Disney+ special is a small way to peek behind the walls of the Archives. 

 

The short, 59-minute runtime of Adventure Thru The Walt Disney Archives flies by. Hopefully, there will be more to come for Disney geeks everywhere to enjoy.



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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

Please support the efforts of DisneyBizJournal.com to bring news, analysis and commentary on Disney to readers such as yourself. Make a contribution right here via PayPal. Thanks!

 

For You and a Great Christmas Gift! The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution is here! It 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. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use. 

How About a Cool “Star Wars” Hat?

 by Ray Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

November 19, 2021

 

At Disney Springs last night, and low and behold, I found one of the most fun Star Wars hats ever! Here’s my quick take…

 


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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant 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?

 

Great Christmas Gift! The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution is here! It 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. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use. 

 

Keating has three new books out. Vatican Shadows: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is the 13th thriller/mystery in the Pastor Stephen Grant series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed books at www.raykeatingonline.comPast Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story is the 14th book in the series. Again, get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed book at www.raykeatingonline.com. And order the 15th book in the series What’s Lost? A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story – grab it at Amazon.com or signed editions at www.raykeatingonline.com

 

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

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Holiday Oreo Bon Bons Are Back!

 by Beth Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

November 18, 2021

 

Cue the singing Christmas angels!  The Holiday Oreo Bon Bons are back at The Beach Club Marketplace at Disney World’s Beach Club Resort, and The Market at Ale & Compass at the neighboring Yacht Club.



While you may feel like Disney skipped right over Thanksgiving this year, and jumped straight into the reds and greens of the December holidays, we are certainly glad to see these yummy little morsels return.

 

We first tried these sponge cake and cookie creations a number of years ago on the dessert display at the Cape May Café at The Beach Club, off in the far corner of the restaurant, alongside a tray of mini desserts topping off the seafood buffet.  Of course, back then, they were made with a chocolate cake enrobing the outside.  The holiday version has these little gems decked out in red and green cake.

 

If you’ve never tried the Oreo Bon Bons, you might be surprised at the textures.  The Oreo cookie base is softened rather than crunchy, having absorbed some of the moisture of the inside filling, as well as from being chilled.  The filling is a cookies and cream style mousse, along the same flavor profile as “the Grey Stuff” at Be Our Guest, but the Bon Bons are a much lighter and fluffier consistency than the slightly firmer “Grey Stuff.”  

 

Surprisingly, the mousse isn’t as sweet as you would anticipate, but it is much more airy. The outer sponge cake has just a touch of stiffness to it, in order to hold all that delicate goodness in place.  Topping the round red and green cakes is a tiny, fudgy swirl of chocolate frosting, with a few decorative holiday colored sprinkles.

 

The cakes are sold in sets of four ($6.49, plus tax) in the refrigerated cases of the marketplaces, and will be available through the end of the year.  So, if you want to try them, you’d better make it quick. Maybe pick up a box to nibble on while you are visiting the gingerbread carousel at The Beach Club, or the soon to set-up holiday village and miniature train at The Yacht Club. It will make it feel even more festive!

 

 

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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

Please support the efforts of DisneyBizJournal.com to bring news, analysis and commentary on Disney to readers such as yourself. Make a contribution right here via PayPal. Thanks!

 

For You and a Great Christmas Gift! The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution is here! It 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. Also, “The Disney Planner 2022: The TO DO List Solution” comes with a handy spiral binding for easy use. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

“Foodie Guide to the 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays” Released

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

November 16, 2021

 

As the final week of the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival winds down, Disney Parks Blog has released the “Foodie Guide to the 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.” Many of the holiday traditions from your childhood will be returning to this year’s Holiday Kitchens, along with a few new twists from the Disney chefs.

 

The 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays runs November 26 through December 30, celebrating cherished holiday traditions from around the globe at 14 Holiday Kitchens,  scattered throughout World Showcase. The Holiday Cookie Stroll will also be returning, giving guests the chance to sample cookies at five different locations before receiving a 50th anniversary celebration cookie for collecting their stamps at the various kitchens.  (Fortunately, you don’t have to eat all the cookies in one sitting. You can bring your stamped Passport booklet back at any time during the festival.)

 

This year’s Holiday Kitchen offerings include:

 

Mele Kalikimaka (Near Port of Entry)

Food Items:

• Kālua Pork with Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes and Mango Salad

• Lomi Lomi Salmon with Tomatoes, Onions, Salmon Roe, Yuzu-Mayonnaise, and Yucca Chips (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)

• Haupia: Hawaiian Coconut Pudding with Candied Macadamia Nuts and Coconut

Beverages:

• Hawaiian Pale Wheat Ale (New Item)

• Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL

• Melon Breeze with Spiced Rum


Source: Disney Parks Blog


Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen (Near Disney Traders)

Food Items:

• Cinnamon-glazed Almonds (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; (New Item)

• Cinnamon-glazed Cashews (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)

• Cinnamon-glazed Pecans (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)

• Fire-roasted Chestnuts (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)

Beverages:

• AMERICAN HERITAGE Gourmet Hot Cocoa (Non-alcoholic; New Item)

• T.G. Lee Eggnog (nonalcoholic)

• Sweet Nutty Stout, Orlando (New Item)

• AMERICAN HERITAGE Gourmet Hot Cocoa with Peanut Butter Whiskey, Whipped Cream, and Candied Nuts (New Item)

• T.G. Lee Eggnog with Peanut Butter Whiskey (New Item)

 

Holiday Sweets & Treats (Near Port of Entry):

Food Items:

• Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, and peppermint candy (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)

• Exclusive Redemption Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

• Hot Cocoa (nonalcoholic)

• Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea (nonalcoholic)

• Eggnog White Porter

• Coquito Beer (New Item)

• S’mores Black Lager (New Item)

• Hot Cocoa with assorted alcoholic cordials

• Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka

• Beer Flight

 

Source: Disney Parks Blog


Holiday Hearth Desserts (Near Port of Entry)

Food Items:

• Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

• Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth Cookie

• Snowball Cookies 

• Peppermint Bark(Gluten/Wheat Friendly)

• Mouse Crunch 

• Gingerbread Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

• Hot Cocoa (nonalcoholic)

• Cinnamon Apple Cider (Non-alcoholic; New Item)

• Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps

 

Refreshment Port (Near Canada)

Food Items:

• Coquito Soft-Serve Waffle Cone (New Item)

• Turkey Poutine – French fries with turkey gravy, cranberry relish, and crispy onions

Beverages:

• Cranberry Hard Cider (New Item)

• Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cocktail (New Item)

• Coquito Soft-serve with Spiced Rum (New Item)

 

Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada)

Food Items:

• Seared Scallops with Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney, and Hazelnut Croquant

• Beef Bourguignon with Crushed Potatoes

• Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple mousse and cranberry rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake

• SNICKERS-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS bar pieces (Holiday Cookie Stroll; New Item)

Beverages:

• Frozen Coffee (nonalcoholic)

• Maple Cinnamon Coffee Beer

• Maple Cookie Blonde Ale (New Item)

• Peanut Butter & Banana Porter (New Item)

• Icewine, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

• Red Wine, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

• Frozen Coffee with Whisky

• Beer Flight

 

L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (Between France and Morocco)

Food Items:

• Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard

• Smoked Salmon Potato Latke (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)

• Potato Latkes (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; Plant-based)  

• Sufganiyot: Mini jelly-filled donuts

• Black and White Cookie (Plant-based; Holiday Cookie Stroll)  

Beverages:

• Hanukkah Beer

• Blue Cosmo Cocktail

 

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina

Food Items:

• Grilled Kebabs with Carrot-Chickpea Salad and Garlic Aïoli (New Item)

• Lamb Kefta (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)

• Harissa Chicken (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)

• Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Fig Tapenade, and Zhoug Dip

• Almond-spiced Cake with Ginger Mousse, Orange Ganache, and Sesame Tuile (New Item)

Beverages:

• Lavender Apple Hard Cider (New Item)

• Ginger Tumeric Hard Cider

• Spicy Nutmeg Hard Cider

• Fig Cocktail with Sparkling Wine, Fig Vodka, and Cranberry Juice (New Item)

• Cider Flight

 

American Holiday Table

Food Items:

• Slow-roasted Turkey with BEN’S ORIGINAL Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Cranberry Sauce

• Holiday Pot Pie with Jackfruit, Mushrooms, Carrots, Peas, Onions, and Puff Pastry (Plant-based)

• Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cranberry Whipped Cream and Candied Pumpkin Seeds   

• Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with DOVE Dark Chocolate (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

• Bright White Ale

• Eggnog White Porter

• Peppermint Chocolate Stout

• Regional White Wine

• Regional Red Wine

• Beer Flight

 

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 (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

• Hard Apple Cider

• German-style Gold Lager (New Item)

• Doppelbock Beer

• Regional Riesling

• Glühwein: House-made hot spiced wine

• Beer Flight


Source: Disney Parks Blog


Refreshment Outpost:

Food Items:

• Coconut-Pineapple Cake with DOLE Whip (New Item)

Beverages:

• Midnight Lager (New Item)

• Nairobi Coffee Dark Beer (New Item)

 

The Donut Box (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)

Food Items:

• Pumpkin Cake Donut with Pumpkin Spice Icing (New Item)

• Holiday Donut with Coconut and Crisp Pearls (New Item)

• Chocolate Peppermint Donut (New Item)

• Eggnog-Cream-filled Donut with Cinnamon Icing and Crumbled Gingersnap Cookies (New Item)

Beverages:

• Gingerbread Milkshake (nonalcoholic)

• Gingerbread Stout (New Item)

• Gingerbread Milkshake with Whipped Cream Vodka

 

Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France)

Food Items:

• Napoleon de Saumon Fumé en Brioche: Smoked salmon napoleon with layers of smoked salmon, dill mousse, and crème fraîche mousse served in brioche (New Item)

• Dinde Forestière, Patates Douces Rôties: Turkey with bacon, mushrooms, and onions in a mustard cream sauce served with roasted sweet potatoes (New Item)

• Bûche de Noël Chocolat Blanc, Framboise: Chocolate Christmas log with chocolate biscuit, white chocolate mousse, raspberry cream, and chocolate fudge coating (New Item)

Beverages:

• Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Vanilla vodka, vodka, chocolate milk, and whipped cream

Cabernet Sauvignon

• Rosé Sparkling Wine

• Cranberry Mimosa: Sparkling wine with orange juice and cranberry syrup

 

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy)

Food Items:

• Mezzelune Croccanti: Crispy half-moon breaded mozzarella-filled ravioli with pomodoro sauce  (New Item)

• Ravioli: Shrimp ravioli in scampi sauce with white wine, garlic, lemon zest, and parsley (New Item)

• Bomboloni alla Cioccolato-Nocciola: Chocolate-filled Italian doughnut with chocolate-hazelnut spread and powdered sugar (New Item)

Beverages:

• Pinot Grigio

• Chianti

• Prosecco

• Sparkling Red Wine

• Moscato

• Italian White Sangria with Prosecco

• Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon

• Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello

• Pilsner

 

Lotus Blossom Café (China) 

Food Items:

• House-made Cheesy Crab Wontons

Beverages:

• Fireworks: Tequila gold, vodka, orange juice, and mango syrup

 

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan)

Food Items:

• Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade tuna, salmon, ikura, and yellowtail with vegetables decorated on an artistic bed of rice to celebrate the holidays

• New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat soba noodle in a hot dashi soup with shrimp tempura, fish cake, shiitake mushrooms, and chopped green onion

• Mont Blanc Tart: Matcha mousse tart with a sweet red bean center sprinkled with konpeito sugar candy

Beverages:

• Chocolate Banana Boba: Cocoa, Japanese milky drink, banana syrup, and strawberry popping boba pearls (nonalcoholic; New Item)

• Sparkling Plum Wine (New Item)

• Chocolate Tokyo Banana: Cocoa, Japanese milky drink, banana syrup, and vodka (New Item)

• Pomegranate Draft Lager: Rice lager with hints of pomegranate and lemon (New Item)

 

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

• Tamal de Barbacoa: Shredded barbacoa beef in a corn masa topped with ranchera salsa, queso cotija, and crema Mexicana (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)

• Dulce de Leche Churros sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar

Beverages:

• Cranberry-Cinnamon Margarita: Apple-cinnamon infused mezcal, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice with a cinnamon-sugar rim (New Item)

• Horchata Margarita: Tequila blanco, corn whiskey, horchata, and cinnamon horchata rum

• Mistletoe Cerveza: Lager with blackcurrant liqueur (New Item)

 

Funnel Cake

Food Item:

• Mini Pumpkin Pie Funnel Cake:  Pumpkin funnel cake topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbles (New Item)

 

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

Beverage:

• Carolers’ Cold Brew – Joffrey’s French Roast Cold Brew with brown butter toffee, swiss chocolate syrup, and sweet cream topped with whipped cream and TWIX bar pieces (New Item)

 




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