Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Boma (Animal Kingdom Lodge): Chicken Corn Chowder Recipe




Boma (Animal Kingdom Lodge): Chicken Corn Chowder
*Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
2 large Russet potatoes, baked and cubed
2 cups frozen corn kernels
2 (15 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons Frank's Red Hot Sauce
3 tablespoons parsley, fresh chopped or dried


Directions:

   In a large stock pot, bring chicken broth to a boil. Reduce heat and add milk, heavy cream, chicken, potatoes, peppers, onion, corn, bouillon cube and sugar. Simmer 40 minutes on medium-low. Add in hot sauce and parsley. Simmer on low another 5 minutes. Serve hot with bread for dipping.







Pinocchio's Village Haus: Figaro Fries Recipe


Figaro Fries were a well-known and extremely popular snack
offered at Pinocchio Village Haus in Disney's Magic Kingdom.
Sadly, they have been discontinued. :( 
But now you can enjoy them at home following this easy recipe!


Pinocchio Village Haus: Figaro Fries
*serves 2

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon, cooked until crispy, then crumbled
2 - 3 handfuls of shoestring french fries, frozen
vegetable oil, for frying
1/2 cup of prepared cheese sauce, jarred or canned
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup shredded lettuce
Ranch dressing, to your liking
salt, for the fries

Directions:

    Pour vegetable oil into a pan until 1-inch deep. Cook fries in hot oil until time indicated on package. While fries are cooking, heat 1/2 cup of cheese sauce in saucepan with 2 tablespoons milk. Stir continuously until smooth. Set aside.

   When fries are finished cooking, place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Salt to taste. Divide fries into two serving bowls and cover with melted cheese sauce. Top with a layer of shredded lettuce. Drizzle Ranch dressing on top and finish off with crumbled bacon and diced tomatoes. Enjoy with a friend!





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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party: Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Video




   As much as I love Mickey's "Boo to You" Parade during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, I would have to say that "Happy HalloWishes" is by far my favorite part of the event. Halloween-themed music accompanies this beautiful display of fireworks making it a perfect ending to a perfect night.

   Here is my video of "HalloWishes". Enjoy!





   Visit DisneyWorld.com to purchase advance tickets to this event. And be sure and check out my other video of Mickey's "Boo to You" Parade.




Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party: Mickey's Boo to You Parade Video


   If you've never been to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party then you will definitely want to plan on going during your next trip to Walt Disney World. It is a spectacular way to celebrate Halloween with your family and friends!

   My family and I attended the party during late September 2008 and it was one of our most favorite trips (besides Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in December 2009). We all dressed in costumes (along with most other adults in the park) and enjoyed the fun and festivities.

   During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights, you will see Mickey's "Boo to You" Parade with all of your favorite Disney characters in costume. The parade kicks off in Frontierland with The Headless Horseman.

   Here's my personal video of the parade:

  


   Visit DisneyWorld.com to purchase special tickets to this event. And be sure and check out my video of "Happy HalloWishes", Disney's Halloween-themed fireworks during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.




Friday, August 26, 2011

Liberty Tree Tavern: New England Pot Roast Recipe


Liberty Tree Tavern: New England Pot Roast
 *serves 4-6

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 cups carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 teaspoon thyme
2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
5-6 pound beef chuck roast
4 cups beef broth
2 (15 ounce) cans, diced tomatoes
1 cup Burgundy wine
1 pouch/packet brown gravy mix
salt and pepper, to taste


Directions:

   In a large stockpot, add butter and brown meat on all sides. After browning, remove roast and set aside. Reduce heat to medium and add flour to pan drippings. Stir continuously forming a roux. Add the burgundy wine, beef stock, brown gravy mix, canned tomatoes, diced carrots, celery, onions and mushrooms. Bring to a boil and let vegetables cook 8-10 minutes.

   Reduce heat to low. Add in thyme, salt and pepper. Replace the meat back into the pot, cover, and let simmer for 1 hour. Meat will be tender and sauce will be thick. Serve over a mound of freshly made mashed potatoes.










Proposals: Popping the Question in Walt Disney World

   So you are thinking of popping the question in Walt Disney World...and want the moment to be truly magical. What are your options? There are quite a few ways to make the event even more spectacular than you ever imagined!


   The first and most popular is the Magical Proposal Package at Cinderella's Royal Table in Disney's Magic Kingdom which includes an all-inclusive dinner featuring a specially created Chocolate Slipper Dessert, an engraved Glass Slipper in which the ring is presented, champagne flutes and more. Please call 407-824-4477 or email: wdwcrtspecialevents@disney.com for pricing, details and proposal arrangements (requires 7 days notice).  

 


    Guests can also choose from a variety of other ideas to host a magical and memorable marriage proposal. Walt Disney World Florist & Gift Baskets is the place to find the perfect floral touch to your magical moment. For pricing and information, please visit http://www.disneyflorist.com/ or call 407-827-3505 to speak directly with one of Disney's Floral Associates.


   Disney Event Productions Photography & Video can help capture your special moment in a professional photography or video session. Please call 407-827-5946 for details.


    For a more intimate dining experience, please contact 407-WDW-DINE. There are several restaurants on property that can assist in hosting a romantic proposal with your dining.


   For an exciting and romantic curise along the Seven Seas Lagoon outside the Magic Kingdom Park and Bay Lake, reserve an elaborate cruise aboard The Grand 1, a 52-foot Sea Ray Yacht. Please call 407-WDW-PLAY to reserve.


   Or how about an intimate horse-drawn carriage ride? Carriage rides depart from Boatwrights Dining Hall for a scenic 30-minute trip up and down the serene Sassagoula River. The trip costs $45 USD per carriage. Call 407-WDW-PLAY to reserve.


   For other ways to customize your special celebration, visit: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/celebrations/customizations/?fv_186132=on&resultSet=44&page=2


   For even more elaborate planning options, visit Disney's Fairytale Engagements.



    Whatever way you choose to celebrate your True Love, Disney is the perfect place to begin your "Happily Ever After". ºoº ¸•*¨*•.¸¸•*¨*•.¸¸•*¨*•.¸ ºoº ¸•*¨*•.¸¸•*¨*•.¸¸•*¨*•.¸ ºoº
  








Whispering Canyon Cafe: Strawberry-Banana Bread Recipe


Whispering Canyon Cafe: Strawberry-Banana Bread
*makes 2 loaves

Ingredients:

2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups sugar
6 medium bananas, peeled and mashed
14 ounces, frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
4 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 cups all-purpose flour


Directions:

   Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Grease and flour two loaf pans. In a large mixing bowl, place softened butter and sugar then cream using an electric mixer. Add the mashed bananas and mix well, scraping the sides of bowl with spatula occasionally. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Set bowl aside.

   In a separate bowl, mix the salt, baking soda and flour. Add this flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir until well blended together. Stir in the thawed strawberries. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans and bake for 65 - 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans at least 30 minutes then invert carefully onto serving plates.




Thursday, August 25, 2011

Kona Cafe: Tonga Toast Recipe


Kona Cafe at Disney's Polynesian Resort is best known for their Tonga Toast.
They take a big hunk of sourdough bread, stuff it full of bananas, dip it in batter,
lightly fry it until it's golden brown then roll it in a mixture of cinnamon sugar.
Think French toast to the extreme.
And now you can enjoy this insanely delicious breakfast dish at home
following this easy recipe. Enjoy!!



Kona Cafe: Tonga Toast
*serves 2

Cinnamon-Sugar Ingredients:
3/4 granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Cinnamon-Sugar Directions:

Mix cinnamon and sugar in a shallow dish with spoon until well blended. Set aside.



Batter Ingredients:

4 whole eggs
1 1/3 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Batter Directions:

Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside.




Tonga Toast Ingredients:

2 thick slices of sourdough bread, cut 3-inches thick
1 banana
canola oil, for frying

Tonga Toast Directions:

Heat 2 inches of canola oil in a deep frying pan until 350 degrees (or sizzles when a crumb of bread is dropped into it).

Using a sharp knife, cut a 2-inch pocket in one side of each bread slice. Slice each unpeeled banana in half crosswise, then slice again lengthwise. You should now have 4 slices of banana. Remove the peels and stuff two slices into each pocket of bread.

Dip one of the stuffed bread slices into the batter and let it soak up liquid for a few seconds, turning to coat all sides. Place in hot oil and fry on both sides until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towel-lined plate. Immediately place in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and coat all sides. Top with butter and syrup or fresh fruit and whipped cream. Serve warm with a side of crispy bacon or breakfast ham. Yum!



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Things to do in Downtown Disney: Characters in Flight by Aerophile


  
   Looking for something to do while you are visiting Downtown Disney? Try "Characters in Flight", a giant tethered balloon that will take you 400 feet above the earth for a breathtaking 360-degree view of Walt Disney World.



   The surface of the balloon has the silhouettes of some of Disney's most beloved characters: Mary Poppins, Aladdin, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinker Bell. It is attached to a 19-foot gondola with room for 29 guests and the pilot. You will ascend into the sky for 8-10 minutes of spectacular views.



Hours of operation:
10 a.m. to midnight, daily (weather permitting)

Prices:
Adults (guests ages 10 and up): $18
Children (guests ages 3 - 9) $12
Guests 2 and under are free

*Tickets may be purchased at the attraction's ticket window

Policies:
Guests under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Gondola is wheelchair accessible with assistance. Guests must transfer from an Electric Convenience Vehicle Weather conditions determine the number of Guests who may board the gondola in any given flight.
All flights and times subject to change due to inclement weather.



  


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Select WDW Restaurants Extending Hours 9/18 - 9/27

   Due to the popularity of the Free Dining Plan Promotion during the month of September, Walt Disney World has extended the operating hours for select table service restaurants to help accommodate guests.


Here is the list of locations with extended hours during the following dates: 9/18/11 - 9/27/11:



'Ohana at the Polynesian Resort will extend breakfast one hour until noon.

Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge will begin serving dinner one hour earlier at 4 p.m.

Garden Grill at Epcot will extend dinner one hour later until 9 p.m.

Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort will extend breakfast until 12:30 p.m. and will start serving dinner one hour earlier at 4 p.m.

Mickey's Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will be open for dinner on Tuesday nights, September 20 and 27.



  You can book your dining reservations online at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/ or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.










Disney Store's Halloween Shop is NOW OPEN and offering FREE Shipping!!

   The Disney Store's Halloween Shop is NOW OPEN and offering FREE shipping when you enter the promo code: TREAT. You can find costumes for all members of the family, accessories, decor, clothing, and authentic park merchandise. Here are a few of my favorite items from the Halloween Shop:













Happy Shopping!!









Monday, August 22, 2011

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater: Mac & Cheese Recipe



Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater: Mac & Cheese
*Serves 4 - 6

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
10 slices orange American cheese
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
3 cups rotini pasta
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper, to taste


Directions:

   In a large saucepan, melt butter on medium. Add flour and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly until it forms a roux. Heat milk in microwave just until hot then slowly whisk it into the roux. Simmer 10 minutes until thickened, stirring constantly. Add sliced cheese and yellow mustard. Blend well until cheese has melted. Do not boil. Season with salt and pepper.

  In a separate pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well and rinse under cold water. Mix cooked pasta with cheese sauce, stirring well to coat. Pour into a casserole baking dish and sprinkle top with remaining grated cheddar cheese. Broil in oven until cheese melts and top is lightly browned. Serve hot and eat while watching your favorite Disney movie! 









Hidden Mickey Monday #6


   Today's Hidden Mickey can be found in the queue line for Test Track in Epcot's FutureWorld. See the three yellow circles pictured above?

   If you have any Hidden Mickey pictures you'd like to share, please e-mail them to me at thedisneydiner@yahoo.com along with your name and a brief description and I will post them on future Hidden Mickey Mondays.




Exclusive Print-On-Demand Disney Gift Cards

   Did you know that you can now get exclusive print-on-demand Disney Gift Cards at Town Square Theater in Magic Kingdom Park? Town Square Theater is just across the lobby of Tony's Town Square Restaurant on Main Street. There are over 100 card designs to choose from, including some that are sold exclusively at Town Square Theater.

   Once you have selected your design at the counter, a Walt Disney World Cast Member will print it out in a matter of seconds. Then they will load your card with the amount you specify, in any U.S. dollar amount between $5 and $1500. You can then begin using your Disney Gift Card immediately.

   Here are a few of the design choices available:






   So next time you visit Magic Kingdom, be sure and pop into Town Square Theater to create your Disney Gift Card. Happy shopping!!







Thursday, August 18, 2011

Amazon: Sale on Disney Video Game Titles for Wii

   Amazon is having a fantastic sale on some of the most popular Disney video game titles, including  Disney Epic Mickey for Wii for only $17.99. This is a great role-playing adventure game at an awesome price.
You can read more details about it from one of my previous posts:


 Disney Epic Mickey

  
 Other sale titles include:


Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey

Guilty Party for only $14.99

Guilty Party



Disney Channel All Star Party


Disney Think Fast for only $18.17


Disney Think Fast


The Princess and the Frog for only $18.94


The Princess and the Frog


Cars Race O Rama for only $16.99

Cars Race O Rama


Toy Story 3 The Video Game



     All of these titles are at an awesome discounted price, making it a perfect time to stock up on Christmas presents which is just around the corner. And many of the titles are eligible for
Amazon's FREE Super Saver Shipping.