New cookbook features Disney dessert recipes

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By Holly Ecimovic, WESH 2 News/Orlando My Way Digital News Editor

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —What better time to indulge in your favorite treats than when you are vacationing with your family at Walt Disney World?

Disney dessert recipes are so often requested, that a new cookbook has been created to feature 40 of the most popular items. The recipes come from the pastry chefs at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and Disney Cruise Line.

According to Disney Parks Blog, the book includes elegant sweets such as the madeleines from Chefs de France at the France pavilion at Epcot; the Warm Apple Butter Cake from Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland hotel; and the Mom’s Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake from 50’s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Read more about the new cookbook, here.

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Disney Night of Joy coming this fall

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —The Disney Night of Joy will kick off this September at Walt Disney World.

According to Disney, the concert series will feature “a sublime fusion of contemporary tunes.” Disney Night of Joy is an annual Christian concert series that will be held for the first time ever Sept. 9-10 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

A ticket is required for admission.

Click here for a list of the artists performing in 2016.

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Miss Fortune Falls attraction coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —A new attraction called Miss Fortune Falls is coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in spring of 2017, according to Disney Parks Blog.

Miss Fortune Falls will be a family-style raft attraction that takes guests on a splashing journey through the fabled Captain Mary Oceaneer’s past. Legend has it that Captain Oceanear, a treasure-hunting heroine, traveled across the sea collecting unique artifacts before she became stranded at Typhoon Lagoon many years ago by a rogue storm, Disney has revealed.

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Aboard treasure rafts, guests will ascend to the top of the attraction before plunging into a whitewater adventure where they will be able to spot some of the treasures Captain Oceanear gathered from around the world.

For more information on Miss Fortune Falls, click here.

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Bookings begin soon for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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By Holly Ecimovic, WESH 2 News/Orlando My Way Digital News Editor

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —While there are plenty of events included with Epcot admission for the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, this year’s “premium events” include some options that guests will not want to miss.

Here are a few top picks, according to Disney Parks Blog:

Four all-new interactive culinary adventures in the Disney resorts encourage guests to ask the experts, taste and cook alongside chefs at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney Yacht Club Resort.

Also popular is the new “Mix It, Make It Celebrate It” hands-on workshop that gives guests the opportunity to learn from the pros; cake decorating, garnishing, cocktail mixing and other fun activities are offered.

The always-popular Cheese Seminars will return. Guests can learn “the wheys of the world” paired with wine, beer and other beverages with Max McCalman and other experts.

Guests can book reservations when the phone lines open: 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 21. (Chase cardholders can book with limited availability beginning 7 a.m. July 19.)

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Disney PinQuest comes to Magic Kingdom Park

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By Holly Ecimovic, WESH 2 News/Orlando My Way Digital News Editor

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —A new Disney pin trading scavenger hunt is now happening at Magic Kingdom Park, according to Disney Parks Blog.

Disney PinQuest features ‘Steampunk-inspired’ artwork. Disney Parks Blog spoke with Jeanne Lewis, merchandiser for Disney pins, to learn why the new PinQuest was created.

“We’re excited to introduce a pin trading-themed scavenger hunt this summer,” Lewis told Disney Parks Blog. “For years, guests have told us how much they enjoyed pin pursuits once offered at Disney Parks. We applied their feedback and lessons we learned from other recent scavenger hunts to create this new activity. Ultimately, we wanted something that the whole family could enjoy during a summertime visit to Magic Kingdom Park.”

For more information on Disney PinQuest, click here.

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Frontera Cocina by Chef Rick Bayless opens at Disney Springs

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By Holly Ecimovic, WESH 2 News/Orlando My Way Digital Editor

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Frontera Cocina is now open at Disney Springs, according to Disney Parks Blog.

The restaurant features new flavors and a contemporary Mexican experience developed by renowned chef Rick Bayless.

Bayless offers his award-winning dishes such as Oaxacan Red Chile Chicken, Salsa Verde Shrimp Enchiladas Suizas and freshly made salsas and guacamole. There’s also a quick-service taco counter.

The new dining spot features warm colors and an open kitchen where Executive Chef Stephen Hicks leads the culinary team.

For more information on Frontera Cocina, click here.

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‘Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire’ opens at Magic Kingdom Park

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” has officially begun at Magic Kingdom Park.

The all-new live stage show takes place at the grandest stage at Walt Disney World Resort with “magic, music and merriment.”

Against the backdrop of Cinderella Castle, Mickey Mouse and his friends welcome characters from some of Disney’s newest classics: “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tangled” and “Frozen,” according to Disney Parks Blog.

The show celebrates the unique stories of the citizens who make up the magical kingdom. It also celebrates the essence of trying new things, visiting new places and meeting new friends.

“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” features 15 Disney characters, a musical score recorded by the London Symphony, the original song “On This Day” by composers Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (“Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings”), elaborate costumes, special effects, a dazzling display of daytime fireworks and more, Disney says.

For more information on “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire,” click here.

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NFL Pro Bowl Week activities coming to Walt Disney World Resort

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By Holly Ecimovic, WESH/Orlando My Way Digital Editor

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —The NFL officially announced June 1 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort that the 2017 Pro Bowl is coming to Orlando and will be played at Camping World Stadium near downtown.

Several of the official Pro Bowl activities will be staged at Walt Disney World Resort as part of the league’s new approach of making Pro Bowl Week a celebration of all levels of football, from youth to high school to the NFL’s best, officials said.

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For those who want to get in on the Pro Bowl action, fans can sign up for exclusive presale ticket opportunities at http://www.ProBowl.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public in November.

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New Dooney & Bourke items coming soon to Disney Parks

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By Holly Ecimovic, WESH 2 News/Orlando My Way Digital Editor

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —New products by Dooney & Bourke will be released this summer at select merchandise locations at Disney Parks.

The items shown in the video below will soon be available. The “It’s a Small World” handbags and retail MagicBands will be released in July. The “Beauty and the Beast” and “Dumbo” handbags will be found in August, according to Disney Parks Blog.

A release event will be held on July 23 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace. Check back with Orlando My Way for updates.

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