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Trattoria al Forno Opens Today at Disney's BoardWalk

It's opening day for the newest Walt Disney World Resort restaurant, and we've got Vinnie Tai, area manager, to walk us through Trattoria al Forno on Disney's BoardWalk.

With four distinct dining areas, authentic Italian cuisine and top-notch Italian wines, the Trattoria al Forno story was inspired by the authentic Italian menu and the rich storytelling of the turn-of-the-century boardwalk setting.

Trattoria al Forno Brings the Italian Countryside to Disney's BoardWalk

Trattoria al Forno will be open 7:30 -- 11 a.m. for breakfast, 5 -- 10 p.m. for dinner, and accepts the Disney Dining Plan. For reservations, visit www.disneyworld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.


For more on Trattoria al Forno at Walt Disney World Resort, visit the posts below:

Trattoria al Forno Opens Today at Disney's BoardWalk by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Ana Gasteyer Narrates the Candlelight Processional December 18-20

Comedian Ana Gasteyer will take the stage at Epcot tonight in her debut appearance as the narrator for the Candlelight Processional.

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In case you haven't seen the show, the processional is a retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator plus seasonal songs performed by a live orchestra and choir. Shows take place daily at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.

Remaining narrators this season are:

  • Marlee Matlin - December 21 -- 23, 2014
  • Isabella Rossellini - December 24 -- 25, 2014
  • Blair Underwood - December 26 -- 27, 2014
  • Steven Curtis Chapman - December 28 -- 30, 2014

As a reminder, all entertainment is subject to change without notice.

Ana Gasteyer Narrates the Candlelight Processional December 18-20 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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PHOTO GALLERY: Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates 'Disney Sparkling Christmas'

The "Disney Sparkling Christmas" celebration is now underway at Hong Kong Disneyland -- with special entertainment, decor, Disney characters dressed in holiday finery and much more taking place.

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This year, guests at the park will be able to enjoy the "Disney Paint The Night" nighttime spectacular, watch special puppet shows starring Olaf and Sven from "Frozen" and even meet the royal sisters from the same film. Duffy and his friend, ShellieMay are also meeting guests at the park and special seasonal merchandise is ready and waiting for holiday shoppers.

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The park is also celebrating by offering unique menu items inspired by the holiday season.

Hong Kong Disneyland will host their holiday fun through January 4, 2015.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates 'Disney Sparkling Christmas' by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney Carolers

Fans growing up watching the Disney Afternoon would have been in for a real treat had this foursome shown up at their doorstep caroling in 1990. Below Chip, Dale, Scrooge McDuck, and Zummi Gummi are captured warming up their vocal chords. I wonder if they're any good at four-part harmony?

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney Carolers by Nate Rasmussen: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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'Frozen' Voice Actor Jonathan Groff Shares What He Loves About Disney Parks

Jonathan Groff is one cool guy.

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The actor who voiced Kristoff in "Frozen" -- one of the most successful Disney feature films to date -- is actually a huge fan of Disney Parks and films. And the 29-year-old isn't afraid to geek out over how cool Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is, laugh over recollections of dressing up as his favorite Disney characters for Halloween as a kid, or admit that his head is still spinning over the frenzy that surrounds anything "Frozen."

Check out our full interview above to hear his thoughts on all of this and much more.

'Frozen' Voice Actor Jonathan Groff Shares What He Loves About Disney Parks by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Start Your Day With Southern Charm and a Home-Style Breakfast at River Belle Terrace in Disneyland Park

I know sometimes it's tough to get up in the morning--even if you're spending the day at Disneyland park. Luckily, River Belle Terrace in New Orleans Square cooks up a delicious home-style breakfast daily from park open until 2 p.m.

You'll feel the Southern charm and hospitality from the moment you walk through the Antebellum-style entrance.

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This location may be known for its Mickey Mouse pancake, adorably adorned with fruit--but my favorite offering? The decadent cinnamon roll French toast--drizzled with cream cheese frosting and served with scrambled eggs and your choice of bacon or sausage.

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If you're looking for comfort food, you've come to the right spot. Country-style biscuits and gravy is served with buttermilk biscuits with creamy country sausage gravy. Or start your morning with a dish named after one of my favorite authors, Mark Twain--scrambled eggs, country-style potatoes, choice of bacon or sausage and a biscuit. Guests looking for a lighter breakfast can enjoy the "build-your-own" yogurt parfait or a refreshing assortment of seasonal fruit

Younger guests can have a healthy start with a Mickey Check meal - Kids' River Raft Fruit Plate served with lowfat yogurt, an oat bran muffin and choice of small low fat milk or small Dasani water.

Stop to fuel up for your day in the park, stay for the scenery--there's no better view than the majestic Rivers of America.

What is your favorite place to grab breakfast in Disneyland park?

Start Your Day With Southern Charm and a Home-Style Breakfast at River Belle Terrace in Disneyland Park by Rachel Brent: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Download Our Disney Parks Hanukkah Desktop Wallpaper

Today we're celebrating another December holiday on the Disney Parks Blog -- Hanukkah!

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Our latest holiday wallpaper was designed by Disney Artist Jason Ratner.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. And check out our complete gallery of holiday wallpapers on our special page.

Download Our Disney Parks Hanukkah Desktop Wallpaper by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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VIDEO: Make Your Holiday Meal Magical With Tips from Disney Chef Charles Dolson

Creating a decadent holiday meal for your guests can be stressful. Chef Charles Dolson, Area Chef of the Land Pavilion at Epcot, shares tips on how to make your holiday meals a little bit easier and much more delicious.

Watch as Chef Charles demonstrates how to butter the bird, spice up your cranberries, add texture to salad and make memorable holiday brownies. He even suggests ways to put your guests to work in the kitchen!

Happy holidays from the Disney Parks Food & Beverage team!

VIDEO: Make Your Holiday Meal Magical With Tips from Disney Chef Charles Dolson by Rachel Brent: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Disney Characters Stay for Dinner at Tusker House Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Tusker House Restaurant in Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom has been a popular spot for breakfast or lunch with favorite Disney characters, and starting March 8, 2015 the lovable bunch is staying on for dinner.

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Guests will find Donald Duck dressed in his safari best, and other favorite Disney pals Daisy Duck, and Goofy at the restaurant daily, with a lively celebration about once every hour. As you dine, Disney characters visit your table for laughs, photos and autographs.

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This is one of our favorite Disney buffets with the flavors of Africa offered along with all-American tastes. At breakfast, for instance, you can have bacon and eggs, waffles, cereal, fresh fruit and pastries - but also try beef bobotie (spiced minced meat with egg) or fruit chutneys.

Lunch and dinner offer an abundance of savory and sweet tastes, such as spit-roasted chicken, carved beef and Kenyan coffee BBQ pork loin; sides like vegetable samosas, curried rice, tandoori tofu and saffron-infused veggies; classic African tastes such as peri peri salmon, curry chicken and tamarind seafood stew, and pita and lavosh breads. Add chutneys, hummus and tabouli - so many interesting flavors to try. (Youngsters get their own buffet with corn dog nuggets, mac 'n cheese, mashed potatoes and assorted meats and cheeses.)

And save room for the warm banana-cinnamon bread pudding with vanilla sauce (even at breakfast), chocolate fudge volcano cake, cherry-apple cobbler or a bite of passion fruit tart. Breakfast is 8 a.m. -- 10:55 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m. -- 3:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 4 p.m. Cost is $29.99, $16.99 ages 3 to 9 for breakfast, $34.99 and $17.99 for lunch and $41.99 and $19.99 for dinner.

For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE or visit disneyworld.com/dine.

Disney Characters Stay for Dinner at Tusker House Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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Watch Holiday Services Install & Unveil The Magic Kingdom Park Christmas Tree

I'm sure by now, many of you have a Christmas tree sparkling somewhere in your home. Here at Walt Disney World Resort we have several "icon" trees that tower several stories tall and boast thousands of lights and hundreds of decorations.

One of those trees can be found at Magic Kingdom Park, measuring 65 feet tall. Our Holiday Services department installed the massive tree overnight -- and our cameras were there to catch every moment. Check out the time-lapse video below to see how they did it.

Watch Holiday Services Install & Unveil The Magic Kingdom Park Christmas Tree by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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