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QUIZ: Which Disney World Park Has Your Dream Foods?

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By Cooking Panda

These days, food is just as much of an attraction as rides at Disney World. Since you could spend a whole day eating your way through just one of the massive parks, tell us which foods you want to eat, and we’ll tell you where you should prioritize your time.

Featured image credit: Pixabay

Tags: animal kingdom, Disney, disney food, disney world, epcot, magic kingdom
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This ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Cookware Costs $280

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If there’s one dinner party we were dying to attend, it would certainly be the one that Belle was lucky enough to go to in “Beauty and the Beast.”

Forget the White House Correspondent’s Dinner; forget Thanksgivings with family; we have always wanted to experience the magic, the splendor, the spectacle, and the music in the tale as old as time.

Even though we doubt that dream could ever truly become a reality — in real life, cookware just doesn’t burst into song and dance in our experience — luckily, Walt Disney Studios has brainstormed a way to bring at least a fragment of the wonder to life for fans.

Walt Disney Studios has partnered up with Williams Sonoma and Le Creuset to help create a stunning “Beauty and the Beast”-themed cast iron pot just in time for the new live-action movie adaptation to premiere.

As Janet Hayes, president of Williams Sonoma, explained in a press release from Business Wire: “Disney is an iconic brand that brings nostalgia and delight to people of all ages. In partnership with Le Creuset, Williams Sonoma is pleased to offer this special-edition pot to those who loved the original film and the next generation who gets to experience this legendary story for the first time.”

Only 500 of the special, vibrant blue-enameled chef’s oven pots were created. Each pot features an iconic red rose design, as well as a golden knob that is engraved with the classic words, “Be Our Guest.”

From Feb. 24 through March 4, 2017, Williams Sonoma stores across the country will be hosting special “Beauty and the Beast” events as well. So if you are anxious to get your hands on one of the limited-edition pots, and celebrate the launch in style, just grab $280 — that’s how much the pots cost — and head on over to your local store to pick up your cookware and sing along to celebrate the movie.

Source: Business Wire / Photo Credit: Disney via Williams Sonoma

Tags: beauty and the beast, Disney, live action film, tale as old as time, Williams Sonoma
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Going To Disney World? Rejoice! There’s Now More Booze!

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Calling all alcohol-loving Disney fans! We have IMPORTANT NEWS.

Starting on Dec. 23, Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, will serve MORE BOOZE! That’s right. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, Liberty Tree Tavern, Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen and Cinderella’s Royal Table will have beer and wine offerings during lunch and dinner designed to match their themes and pair with certain dishes.

For example, Tony’s, an Italian restaurant, will offer wine and beer from Italy, like a Chianti Superiore intended to go down smooth with their grilled marsala and mushroom pork chops. Liberty Tree Tavern is adding American beer, wine and cider to go with its local theme, Adventureland’s canteen will offer drinks from around the world like Riesling, and Cinderella’s Royal Table will have champagne and sparkling wine fit for royalty.

Until now, Be Our Guest Restaurant was the only spot in the park that served booze. The decision to add it in 2012 was a controversial move, since Walt Disney himself forbade the park from serving alcohol, according to assistant hospitality professor Scott Smith of the University of South Carolina.

“There was always a fear that people would drink to excess and become unruly,” he told the Sentinel.

The original park, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, only serves adult drinks in one spot, and it is a very exclusive, hard to get into, members-only type deal also known as Club 33. In order to get in, you have to first ask to join the club with a written inquiry and then wait years until they’ll let you in, according to an unofficial Club 33 website. Seriously.

But as Disney parks like Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot started incorporating drink menus, park owners realized that nobody was causing mayhem or hysteria, so they loosened up their policy. Plus, selling alcohol is incredibly lucrative, so we’re crossing our fingers that they’ll finally stop raising the costs of admission on us.

“I don’t think Walt (Disney) is going to be spinning in his grave as long as it’s done tastefully,” said Smith, who pointed out that the offerings are only available at upscale restaurants, so it’s not like people are going to be running around the park with a beer funnel.

We would be down though.

Sources: Orlando Sentinel, Disneyland Club 33 / Photo Credit: Cinderella's Royal Table/Yelp

Tags: Disney, Disneyworld, drinking at theme park, Thirsty Thursday
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Disney Posts A ‘Healthy Gumbo’ Recipe, Louisianians Everywhere Revolt

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A Disney video of a kale-filled, roux-less “healthy gumbo” caused so much social media criticism on Sept. 13, that the clip has been removed from Facebook.

Per Buzzfeed, Louisianians apparently experienced one big, collective meltdown after the gumbo video, which was marketed along with Princess Tiana of the popular New Orleans-set movie, “The Princess and the Frog,” went viral.

The recipe isn’t just a “healthier” version of gumbo; it’s not gumbo at all. Can you imagine pizza without a crust? Or spaghetti and meatballs without the pasta? Would you call two buns with a pinch of relish in the middle a hot dog? No, no, no! And that’s why Disney’s recipe, which included kale and quinoa and axed an essential ingredient of gumbo — the roux — received such passionate backlash.

Leave the gumbo to the experts next time, Disney.

Sources: Buzzfeed / Photo credit: Chris Granger via Smithsonian Mag

Tags: Disney, gumbo, kale, roux, Spinach
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Disney Dim Sum Is Adorable And We Need Some

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If you are not already a fan of Dim Sum, prepare to become one.

Shanghai’s Disney Resort is now selling movie-themed Dim Sum, and the world will never be the same again.

According to Hello Giggles, all of your favorite Dim Sum dishes, from dumplings to Baozi are now available in the shape of your most beloved Disney characters. Photos from the Resort are as adorable as you might imagine, and include favorites such as Chicken Little and Frozen’s Olaf the Snowman.

That’s right—you can now get Frozen-themed Dim Sum.

If you’re curious as to how the resort is able to craft such beautiful creations out of edible items, the clue might lie in the nature of Dim Sum itself. The Cantonese cuisine is famous for its gorgeous arrays of intricately crafted bite-sized dishes, all meticulously arranged in steamer baskets.

As you can tell from the photos, some aspects of traditional Dim Sum have been preserved in the Disney Resort’s unique take on the cuisine. Not only are the characters arranged in steamer baskets, but Olaf’s head is also apparently crafted out of a white steamed red bean bun—a standard flavor combination in Dim Sum restaurants.

While booking a trip to Shanghai to sample the Dim Sum for yourself might be out of the question, we suggest that you gaze at the gorgeous photos before heading to a local restaurant in order to sample some more average-looking Dim Sum. We promise that the food is utterly delicious, and the experience will be one to remember!

If you do go, expect an array of individual-sized dishes (like Chinese tapas) presented on an ever-changing array of carts and trays. In China, Dim Sum is traditionally served in the morning, but U.S. restaurants typically serve the cuisine around brunch time. We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the long weekend in style!

Sources: Hello Giggles, Epicurious / Photo credit: Nerdy Asians/Twitter

Tags: Dim Sum, Disney, frozen, Shanghai
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9 Pizza Recipes For The Disney Fan Inside Us All

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Who doesn’t get a little nostalgic when watching a Disney movie, or seeing old photos of family vacations to Disney World? At the very least, who doesn’t like pizza?

For those of us who enjoy Disney, young and not-so-young, new blockbusters and old favorites, experiment in the kitchen with these creative pizzas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!

1. Fantasia – Mickey Mouse Dessert Pizza

This strawberry and blueberry creamy dessert will delight kids of all ages.

2. Cinderella – Pumpkin Pesto Flatbread

The blend of pumpkin, pesto, and fresh mozzarella will make you want to rush to the kitchen before the clock strikes midnight!

3. Tangled – Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

No need to smack Flynn Rider over the head with this cast iron skillet…use it to create a wonderfully flaky pizza crust, instead!

4. Inside Out – Disgust’s Broccoli Pizza

Looks like broccoli pizza can be delicious, after all!

5. Toy Story – Nutella Breakfast Pizza

If you can’t make it to Pizza Planet for dinner, whip up this fruit-filled, Nutella treat for breakfast instead!

6. Aladdin – Magic Carpet Flatbread Pizza

Take your taste buds on a magic carpet ride with this mixture of hummus, raisins, and dates.

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas – Pizza Bagel Wreaths

Similar to Disneyland’s Man-Eating Wreath…eat them before they eat you!

8. Up – Rainbow Pizza

Although you may not have dozens of colorful balloons attached to your roof, don’t let that stop you from enjoying a colorful dish inside your home kitchen!

9. Ratatouille – Super Cheesy French Bread

Pretend you’re in France as you pick the perfect baguette for this cheesy meal!

Sources: Babble, Disney Family, Disney Inspired / Photo Credit: Babble, Disney Family, Disney Inspired

Tags: children, Disney, movies, Pizza, pizza recipes
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