Saturday, December 22, 2012

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

After all the presents have been opened, don't forget to tune in to ABC to watch The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade hosted by Nick Cannon, Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos. Performing during the parade will be Lady Antebellum, The Backstreet Boys and the cast of Newsies. You'll get a glimpse of new park attractions, Disney characters and of course, everyone's favorite - Santa Claus.

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade airs on December 25th on ABC at 10 a.m./9 a.m. Central.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Watch the newest episode of The Disney Diner featuring Mickey Mouse Sugar Cookies & Glaze Icing

Just in time for Christmas, the newest episode of The Disney Diner is here! This week's episode features the recipes for Mickey Mouse Sugar Cookies and Glaze Icing. These soft cookies are light and sweet with a hint of lemon. They will make a great dessert for upcoming holiday parties or gatherings. And you can even give them as gifts! Click below to watch how easy it is to make these yummy cookies:


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Lone Ranger Official NEW Trailer


That is all.

The Lone Ranger opens in theaters July 3, 2013.

Mickey Wreath Makeover

The above picture shows my Mickey wreath. I got it a couple of years ago at The Disney Store (you can easily make the wreath with one large and two small wreaths wired together) and it looks quite pathetic now. The bow is smashed from being in storage and the berries have lost all the red felt covering them.

   So I made a trip to our local Dollar Tree and bought a spool of pretty wired ribbon, a sleeve of multi-colored Christmas balls, a pick of red glitter berries and a door hanger with bells so I could hear the jingle-jangle of Christmas whenever the door opened. :D

   I carefully removed the old ribbon and berries and hot-glued the new decorations. I'm really happy with my "brand-new" Mickey wreath. And it only cost me $4. (Gotta love Dollar Tree) It looks so much more Disney-esque. What do you think?

   Well, I hope I've sparked your creativity. ;)

Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Disneyland & Disney World's Gingerbread Recipe

There's only one thing better than a gingerbread cookie
 during Christmas and that's a Gingerbread Mickey!
Make your own this holiday season 
following this easy recipe. 
Merry Christmas!

Disneyland & Disney World's Gingerbread Recipe
*yield 3 dozen cookies


1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup water


In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add dark molasses and mix until completely blended. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to butter mixture, 1/3 at a time, alternating with the the water. Blend well. 

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets (or line with parchment paper). Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Decorate with Royal Icing (recipe follows) when completely cooled.

Royal Icing (for gingerbread Mickeys, men and houses)


1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 egg whites
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar


Add cream of tartar to egg whites in a chilled mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until white peaks form. Reduce speed and gradually add sifted powdered sugar. Continue to whip the frosting until a smooth, spreadable consistency is reached.

Separate frosting into small bowls and add food coloring (if desired). Spoon into cake decorating bags (or freezer bags with the corner tip cut off) and decorate cookies. The frosting will harden when dry.

*Tip: Make sure all utensils are free of grease and oil and egg whites do not have any yolk in them. The egg whites will not whip if any oil or yolk is present.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes Menu Details

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As I'm sure you've heard, Splitsville, Disney's brand new multi-level bowling alley officially opens in Downtown Disney on December 19th and for those of that are new to this information, here's a short video from DisneyParks to get you updated:

This upscale bowling alley will offer far more than the average pizza and nachos. Just take a look at the extensive menu below:

Splitsville Luxury Lanes Menu


3 Pepper Calamari - fresh calamari are lightly fried then tossed 
with cherry, banana & jalapeno peppers - $13.00

Alley Nachos - BBQ chicken, nacho cheese, pico de gallo,
sour cream & jalapenos - $12.00

Blazing Chicken - with spicy buffalo sauce - $11.00

Cheeseburger Sliders - two mini burgers served with cheddar cheese,
caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles and homemade slider sauce - $10.00

Chicken Tenders - lightly breaded and served with ranch dressing - $10.00

Edamame - served with sea salt - $6.00

Filet Sliders - two sliders of thick slices of filet mignon topped with
horseradish cream and fried onions - $14.00

French Fries - classic fried served with chive dip - $7.00

Loaded Fries - $10.00

Seared Ahi Tuna - seared and served with avocado
and a side of Tataki sauce - $15.00

Turkey Clubettes - fresh shaved turkey, topped with cheese, bacon,
lettuce, tomato and special sauce - $13.00

Main Course

Ahi Tuna Salad - $15.00

Classic Burger - $12.00

Cheeseburger Deluxe - $13.00

Bacon Cheeseburger - $14.00

BBQ Chicken Pizza - spicy chipotle BBQ sauce, grilled chicken,
smoked gouda, red onion and cilantro - $15.00

BBQ Chicken Salad - $15.00

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich - $12.00

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich - $12.00

Butterfly Sushi - shrimp tempura, Ahi tuna, salmon & asparagus - $15.00

California Roll - sushi rice, crab, cucumber and avocado - $11.00

Cheese Pizza - traditional or wheat crust - $13.00

Chicken Ceasar - $14.00

Chopped BLT Salad - $10.00

Crab Rangoon Roll - tempura fried roll with crab, cream cheese,
water chestnuts and chives. Served with spicy Thai chili sauce - $14.00

Dancing Shrimp - $14.00

Dragon Roll - $13.00

Filet - 8 ounces of slow roasted filet mignon, sliced and served with
au jus, horseradish cream and two sides - $27.00

Fire Roll - $14.00

Firehouse Pizza - buffalo bleu cheese sauce, diced fried chicken tenders
and mozzarella drizzled with ranch dressing - $14.00

Fish & Chips - $19.00

Fried Chicken Salad - $14.00

Grilled Chicken Parmesan - $21.00

JB Roll - $13.00

Juicy Lucy Burger - two grilled hamburger patties surrounded by a hearty portion 
of American cheese with shredded lettuce and homemade slider sauce - $16.00

Mahi Mahi with Voodoo Shrimp - fresh Mahi Mahi is grilled, blackened and topped
with spicy fried shrimp and voodoo sauce - $24.00

Margherita Pizza - mozzarella, sliced Roma tomatoes, fresh basil and
fresh tomato sauce served on wheat crust - $14.00

Meat Lovers Pizza - homemade cheese pizza covered with Italian sausage,
pepperoni, ham and seasoned ground beef - $14.00

Ninja Crunch - $13.00

Pulled Pork - this tender pork butt is cooked low and slow then topped with
homemade chipotle BBQ sauce served with a side of fried and coleslaw - $18.00

Steak Chimichurri - $22.00

Super Tuna Roll - Ahi tuna, cream cheese and tempura shrimp topped with
thin slices of seared Big eye tuna, avocado flakes, eel sauce and spicy sauce - $15.00

Tampa Roll - $13.00

Tijuana Chicken Sandwich - $14.00

Triple Pepperoni Pizza - homemade cheese pizza
smothered in pepperoni - $15.00

Turkey Club - $12.00

Veggie Pizza - fresh tomato sauce topped with mozzarella cheese,
mushrooms, red and green peppers, onion, broccoli and black olives,
served on wheat crust - $14.00

Volcano Roll - tempura shrimp, avocado and cream cheese topped with 
spicy lump crab mix - $15.00


Brownie a la mode - $5.00

Giant Cake - $9.00

Signature Sundaes - $9.00

Child's Menu

Chicken Tenders - $7.00

Grilled Cheese Sandwich - $7.00

Kid Burger - served plain - $7.00

Mac & Cheese - $7.00

Friday, December 7, 2012

New Fantasyland Grand Opening Ceremony (Video)

 If like me, you were unable to attend yesterday's festivities at Magic Kingdom Park, you can watch them on this video from InsideTheMagic. It includes Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White on 'Once Upon a Time') and Jordin Sparks (American Idol Winner 2007) along with a special speaking appearance by Mickey Mouse. Sparks kicks off the event with a medley of Disney favorites accompanied by the corresponding characters. Click below to watch now:

I don't know about you but I can't wait to get there and walk through New Fantasyland. Come on February!! :D