Love is in the air at Walt Disney World.
If you are visiting the Walt Disney World Resort between February 11th and 17th, you are in for some romantic treats. Part of Disney’s Limited Time Magic campaign, True Love week will feature special entertainment and character meet & greets, photo backdrops, merchandise, gourmet cuisine, and much more to help celebrate the perfect Valentine’s Day.
According to Disney, during Disney’s True Love Week, a tapestry of romance will be woven throughout the resort, from limited-time Valentine’s Day merchandise and special entertainment, to romantic dinners for two and new themed photo locations offering greetings with beloved Disney sweethearts, from Cinderella and Prince Charming to Mickey and Minnie Mouse — all for a limited-time only.
This week-long celebration is intended to celebrate the love of friends and family, and will invite couples to rekindle the flame.
Here’s what you can expect to see around Walt Disney World during True Love Week:
- Romantic Setting: Guests will feel the romance at every turn, as banners proclaiming True Love, heart-shaped signage and sweetheart-themed decor adorn the Magic Kingdom.
- Blushing Castle: At dusk, hues of pink, red, lavender and blue bathe Cinderella Castle with themed lighting synced to musical melodies adding to the ambiance.
- Dinners for Two: Candlelit dinners for two with prix fixe menus at select restaurants. Specially-created menus at Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Wave of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort make an ideal setting for a romantic evening. Book online at disneyworld.com/dining, or call (407) WDW-DINE.
- Valentine’s-Themed Takeaways: Limited-edition pins, plushes, newly-designed apparel and Vinylmations available at select merchandise locations.
- Royal Gathering: The rare opportunity to get a photo with Disney Princes as they escort their Princesses to enchanting character greeting locations.
In Town Square Theater, you may find Mickey and Minnie, Aurora with Phillip or Rapunzel and Flynn. Mary Poppins joins Bert in Fantasyland, while Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana meet guests in the Enchanted Glade in Liberty Square.
Romantic Photo Locations in Magic Kingdom with your Sweetie:
- Carriage Awaits: New Fantasyland invites lovers to create memories alongside Cinderella’s Glass Coach situated by the new Castle wall for True Love Week.
- Wishes Come True: Hearts and flowers enhance Cinderella’s Wishing Well creating the perfect backdrop for a cherished moment.
- Rose Walk: The Rose Garden in Central Plaza is all decked out with enchanting decor.
- Romantic Touches: Long-stem roses, chocolate covered strawberries, the finest champagne or scattered rose petals create a romantic scene for lovebirds, all available through the Disney Florist.
- Elegant Oasis for Relaxation: An aromatherapy couples’ massage is just the escape after a day with the kids in the theme park. Couples’ massages are available at the newly opened, full-service Senses, A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
- Perfectly Princess: Join your prince for the ultimate fairytale come true with a customized Disney Wedding or honeymoon getaway. More than 1,000 couples get married, or renew their wedding vows in romantic settings in various locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort every year. Visit DisneyWeddings.com for more information.
Information from Walt Disney World was used in this report.
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Happy New Year and Happy Travels!
If you are like me you didn’t make it out to WDW for New Year’s this year, and it is so insanely crowded during the New Year’s festivities I am totally okay with that. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring Disney to your own New Year’s Celebration!
If you have never heard of http://www.spoonful.com, you aren’t alone. I hadn’t either until about a week ago when I stumbled upon all the Walt Disney Company Pinterest pages. Apparently Spoonful is a mecca of family friendly arts and crafts, recipes, celebrations and more. I’m in heaven. And, there are a bunch of great ideas for ringing in the New Year!
How to Host Your Own Disney New Year’s Eve!
There are New Year’s Printables, Recipes, Crafts, Games, and Celebration Ideas. And many of them require little to no prep, which is perfect for people like me who came to the realization that it was New Year’s Eve only a few hours ago. What can I say, I’m a mom and I’ve been crazy busy.
We will definitely be printing a few party hats, a New Year’s Wish List, and creating a Time Capsule. As for the rest, we’ll see how long the little dude makes it.
Happy New Year!
New Year’s Eve, Disney and me have a special connection. My now-husband proposed to me in front of the castle during the New Year’s Eve fireworks right at midnight on Jan. 1, 2004. We had spent an incredible day at Magic Kingdom, and had an all around great week at Disney on our first trip together. I will never forget him telling me over and over not to expect anything, that he wasn’t quite ready to make that commitment and I actually believed him. But, on a wing and a prayer I made a wish at Cinderella’s fountain that day, and a few hours later it came true.
I hope your New Year’s Eve is as wonderful as that one was!
Dec. 31, 2003. New Year’s Eve at Magic Kingdom. Not yet engaged!
Little did I know that my life was about to change forever.
Rockin’ my New Year’s Eve hat, compliments of Disney.
I have a slight obsession with Disney Cookbooks.
There is something about cooking up a Disney favorite that makes me feel like I’m a part of that world half a continent away. I’ve tried several different recipes, but until this past week I had not tackled my ultimate Disney love, Tonga Toast. For those unfamiliar with this decadent Disney dish, it is a heavenly breakfast item at Disney’s Polynesian Resort’s Kona Cafe. Essentially it is a banana-stuffed sourdough french toast, but it is so much more than that too. The flavor profile is indescribable. It is both light and heavy, has just enough cinnamon to put in some zing, and the banana inside is simply…yum.
Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
The famous Tonga Toast!
Before I get to the recipe links I’ll show you Saturday’s beautiful breakfast. I’m quite proud of how it turned out.
*Note* The recipe calls for a loaf of uncut sourdough, which I can never find at the grocery store. So, I bought a loaf and just put the pieces together sandwich style rather than slitting the top. This made the portion size smaller, which is perfect because the actual size, as you can see from above, is massive. We’re talking a slab of bread between 3 and 4 inches thick. By layering two regular slices it is probably a third of the thickness, with all of the flavor.
Batter on the left, cinnamon-sugar on the right!
Bananas and Sourdough
Half and slice.
Pull out some bread and stuff in some banana.
Dredge and Fry.
Soak up the excess oil.
Coat in cinnamon-sugar
Oddly, there seem to be multiple recipes for Tonga Toast, even within official Disney cookbooks and sites. I’m not entirely sure why this is the case, but it has allowed me to experiment a bit this week with a couple different variations.
On Christmas Eve I cooked up the version that I have in my Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs cookbook. This version is really simple, I mean s.i.m.p.l.e. Ingredients needed are a loaf of sourdough bread, bananas, cinnamon, sugar and canola oil. That is it. Just slice, stuff, fry, and dredge. Oh, and eat. It was delicious, but extremely heavy. The oil just sort of sits in your stomach for the rest of the day. It was worth it though for a taste of Disney on Christmas Eve, and a huge hit with my picky 3-year-old.
Saturday I felt that it was another Tonga Toast Day, but decided to try a different recipe to see if I could get around the overwhelming amount of oil. This time around I opted for the recipe from the Taste of Disney website.
The version from Taste of Disney, an official Disney site, includes a batter for the toast, thus making it closer to a traditional French Toast. I didn’t follow this recipe exactly, cutting down a bit on the amount of oil and increasing the vanilla, (we love vanilla). I definitely preferred this recipe, as I found the batter to significantly cut down on the amount of oil the bread absorbed. I also drained the pieces on a paper towel-covered wire rack for about 5 minutes before coating them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. My husband was in agreement that this recipe was superior to the one in my cookbook. My 3-year-old didn’t have much to say; he was too busy eating and watching the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade we had recorded.
One thing, however, is missing from my Tonga Toast recipes…the recipe for the Strawberry Compote!
I’ve seen several other recipes floating around online, and may give one or two of them a try in the future, but for now, I recommend the Taste of Disney recipe, and even found a link to a Disney Parks Blog video. I hope you enjoy!
This is always top of my list! How about yours?
From our family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas. May the love and peace of Christ be with you now and through the coming year.