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Once Upon A Time…as every good story starts, the Disneyland Resort opened its doors to reveal a magical boutique where every little girl’s dream of becoming a Disney princess can come true.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened April 17, 2009, and in the past year, many magical moments have occurred in this enchanting location that’s nestled inside the corridors of Sleeping Beauty Castle. On a walk through Fantasyland one day, I had the chance to meet up with Store Operations Complex Manager, Stacey Gentz, who shared some of the stories from our cast and guests.
Every now and then, it’s so nice to hear our guests say that no matter the age, it made them feel like a princess, says one of Fairy Godmothers-in-Training, who has been on hand since the opening. It’s why we’re here, and it’s what we do, every day, we create magical memories for our guests during their stay.
Another cast member recalls, “Today when giving a Princess her big reveal, she was so happy that she shouted ‘I guess dreams really can come true.’”
Photo credit disneyparks.disney.go.com
Food. Energy. Entertainment.
These powerful words can both be descriptive of a good Disney vacation, as well as of the life of one of the busiest men in television today. From his roots as a Northern California restaurateur to exploding on the scene as the host of four currently-airing network television shows, Guy Fieri has taken his creativity and energy with food to a whole new level, which he will be sharing with visitors at Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival this weekend. During a production break in the studio, Guy was gracious enough to take time out to talk with me a little bit about his involvement with Disney. I’ve included some of the audio from our conversation at the end of this blog, so you can hear him discuss the festival, Disney experiences, as well as his special edition of Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives called Guy’s Disney Holiday.
Guy’s connection to Disney started at a young age. He remembers his first visit to Disneyland was in the rain and how wonderful it was to just go from ride to ride with no waits in line. He also remembers using the E Tickets, when every ride required you to have a book of tickets – the E tickets being for the very best rides. He compared it to the Disneyland he knows today and is amazed by how long the lines are now! One of the things he appreciates is the fact that Disney is so unique no matter what time of year you go, that the family can experience so many special things, especially during the holidays.
Many Festival favorites are returning, in addition to new events and activities…including the all-new Festival Showplace!
Reserve your spot at these extraordinary celebrations that will amaze and delight food and wine aficionados or anyone who appreciates a great culinary experience.
Get up-to-date times and locations for all of the exciting activities and events at Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival. Seminars & Demonstrations
Immerse yourself in the appetizing world of California’s storied history of fine food and wine at captivating culinary demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances and wine, beer and spirits seminars — all celebrating “The Art of Flavor”!
Places to Discover
In addition to our scheduled events, there’s plenty to do and see throughout the festival including special dining opportunities, art exhibits and wine tasting.
“Taste of California” Marketplace
The marketplace returns to Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival! Enjoy unique festival foods created especially for the Festival. Delicious tapas-sized tastings are available in the Festival Showplace, located in Stage 12 in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Expertly paired wines and beer are also available for purchase.
Star Lounge presented by Stella Artois
Experience the pouring ritual! Enjoy the featured Belgian beers and Festival wines by the glass, or indulge in a specially created cocktail.
Festival Gift Shop
Shop for specially designed Festival merchandise and logo items to commemorate your visit.
The “Wine Seller”
With hundreds of wines featured, you’re sure to find a new favorite. The Wine Seller offers full-bottle sales of selected wines available for purchase to enjoy at home. For your convenience, bottle purchases will be delivered to Package Pickup located outside the entrance to Disney’s California Adventure Park.
Attend seminars, demonstrations and events — including Sweet Sundays — at the Showplace Stage, located in the Festival Showplace.
Chef Showcase Stage
Experience delicious demonstrations or see some of your favorite celebrity chefs live and in-person at this culinary hub in Sunshine Plaza. Every day find new ways to create a culinary masterpiece with your own art of flavor.
So Much More!
Discover new wine regions and varietals at the Festival Wine Walks, shop for unique gifts, visit with artisans, or enjoy a delicious new menu item available only during the Festival. Celebrate “The Art of Flavor” at the Fifth Annual Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival, April 16 – May 31, 2010!
Refurbishment/Closure information is subject to change without notice and should be confirmed just prior to visiting. Updated information is available at http://www.disneyland.com
- Matterhorn Bobsleds (Disneyland) closed through 4/16/10 and 4/19/10-4/23/10 for refurbishment.
- Princess Dot Puddle Park (DCA) closed through 4/16/10 and 4/19/10-4/23/10 for refurbishment.
- Golden Vine Trattoria (DCA) closed through 4/26/10 for refurbishment.
- Corn Dog Wagon (Disneyland) closed through 5/4/10 for refurbishment.
- Rivers of America (Disneyland) closed through 5/6/10 for a major refurbishment. All attractions requiring the use of the river will also be closed.
- Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes (Disneyland) closed through 5/6/10 for refurbishment.
- Tom Sawyer Island (Disneyland) closed through 5/6/10 for refurbishment.
- Sailing Ship Columbia (Disneyland) closed through 5/6/10 for refurbishment.
- Mark Twain Riverboat (Disneyland) closed through 5/14/10 for refurbishment.
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (DCA) closed through 5/20/10 for refurbishment.
- Fantasmic! (Disneyland) closed through 5/27/10 due to major refurbishment of Rivers of America.
- Orange Stinger (DCA) closed through 5/28/10 for refurbishment. It will re-open as Silly Symphonies Swings.
- Tomorrowland Terrace (Disneyland) closed through 7/2/10 for refurbishment. Jedi Training Academy will continue to be offered while the restaurant is closed.
- Tower of Terror Fastpass (DCA) will not be offered through 8/15/10 due to construction of the connector between Bug’s Land and Tower of Terror. A more permanent route is being built between the two lands.
- “Honey I Shrunk the Audience” (Disneyland) closed through 1/28/11 due to the temporary return of “Captain EO.”
- Corn Dog Castle (DCA) closed through 3/24/11 due to construction in the area. Corn dogs are currently available at the Bountiful Valley Farmer’s Market.
- Disneyland Monorail (Disneyland) closed 4/19/10-4/20/10 for refurbishment.
- Disney Showcase (Disneyland) closed 4/20/10-4/21/10 for refurbishment.
- Disney Showcase Annex (Disneyland) closed 4/26/10-4/27/10 for refurbishment.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Disneyland) closed 4/26/10-5/16/10 for refurbishment.
- News Stand (Disneyland) closed 4/26/10-5/20/10 for refurbishment.
- King Arthur Carrousel (Disneyland) closed 5/8/10-5/10/10 for refurbishment.
- Splash Mountain (Disneyland) closed 5/17/10-5/27/10 for refurbishment.
Click here for April’s Walt Disney World Refurb & Closures Schedule.
Great article and video from the Disney Park Blog
The newly themed restaurant not only features a standard kids’ buffet with such favorites as pancakes, waffles and bacon, but also includes some delicious choices for adults including breakfast flatbreads from the wood-burning oven, grilled breast of chicken with roasted garlic sauce, and the signature chilaquiles with shredded beef, salsa verde and queso fresco.
I tried everything, but I think my favorite dishes were the egg white frittata with ricotta cheese, fresh basil, spinach and tomatoes, and the indulgent chocolate-peanut butter-banana French toast.
In addition to the food, there are some really fun experiences for kids that set this character breakfast apart from the rest. It’s the only place at the Disneyland Resort where you can dine with Mickey Mouse, and it’s the only dining experience where kids can learn how to ride a wave and practice hula hooping.
Here’s a short video to show you how cute these experiences are:
For more information or to make reservations, please call Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE.
Of course, Disney’s PCH Grill isn’t the only place you can dine with the Characters. At the Disneyland Hotel, you can find Goofy and his pals at Goofy’s Kitchen, and look for Chip ‘n’ Dale at Storytellers Cafe in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. You will also find character dining experiences in the parks. Do you have a favorite?