Monday, July 28, 2014

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

11 Disney celebrity photos from the 1980s and 1990s

Ever since opening Disneyland, The Walt Disney Company has had a long tradition of attracting celebrities.

Over the years, thousands of celebrities and politicians have visited Disney Parks around the world.

Here are a 11 photos of celebrities who visited Disney Parks in the 1980s and 1990s: (Don't forget to see photos of celebs who visited Disneyland in the 1950s and 1960s.)


President Ronald Reagan speaks Epcot on Mar 3, 1983.



In 1998, pitcher Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers gives Goofy a baseball at Disney World.



Kellie Shanygne Williams and Jaleel White at The Magic Kingdom in 1995.



In September 1996, Prince Ranier poses with Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse at Disney-MGM Studios.

First Lady Hillary Clinton, addresses the audience during the rededication of Walt Disney World during its 25th anniversary on Oct. 1, 1996.



Melanie Griffith gives Mickey Mouse a smooch on the nose during Euro Disney's fifth anniversary in Paris.


Britney Spears and Minnie Mouse take a photo at Disney-MGM Studios in May 1999.


Minnie Mouse and Cameron Mathison during Super Soap Weekend at Disney MGM Studios in Disney World in September 1999.



In 1999, actor Stephen Nichols and Goofy are at the Walt Disney World Resort.


In September 1999,  actor Mark Consuelos and actress Kelly  Ripa attend the 4th annual ABC Super Soap Awards.



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In 1999, Tiger Woods poses with Mickey and Minnie after winning the National Car Rental Golf Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Treasures of Walt Disney exhibit in Chicago being extended to 2015

If you have not yet had the chance to see the Treasures of Walt Disney Archives in Chicago, you have lucked out. The Museum of Science and Industry is extending the exhibit through Jan. 4, 2015, the museum announced.

The exhibit has more than 300 artifacts from over 90 years of history, including costumes, props, artwork, classic animation and hand on activities.

“Guests of all ages have enjoyed revisiting their favorite Disney moments in this exhibit,” Anne Rashford, director of special exhibits, said.



10 photos of Marvel stars at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con has become the gathering place during the past several years for all the stars of the upcoming Marvel movies.

This year Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd showed up to highlight the upcoming "Ant-Man" movie, due out July 17, 2015. And, the stars in the next Avengers movie, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" due out May 1, 2015, showed up.

You can get all the Disney and Marvel news at Comic-Con here.

Here's a quick look at who was at Comic-Con:


Actor Michael Douglas attends Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Hall H Panel Booth Signing during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)


Actor Paul Rudd (R) attends Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Hall H Panel Booth Signing during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)


A general view of the atmosphere at Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Hall H Panel Booth Signing during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)


Marvel fan attends Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Hall H Panel Booth Signing during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney


Actors Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner attend Marvel's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Hall H Panel Booth Signing during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)


 Actors Paul Bettany, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders and Mark Ruffalo onstage at Marvel's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Hall H Panel Booth Signing during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)


Actors Mark Ruffalo (the new Hulk) and Lou Ferrigno (the TV Hulk) attend Marvel's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Hall H Panel Booth Signing during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)


Marvel fan Adrian Perez (L) and actor Chris Hemsworth attend Marvel's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Hall H Panel Booth Signing during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)


Actor James Spader attends Marvel's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Hall H Panel Booth Signing during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)


Actor Samuel L. Jackson attends Marvel's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Hall H Panel Booth Signing during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Disney and Marvel: A roundup of Comic-Con news

Let's face it, Disney owned Comic-Con in San Diego this year. How could it not? It also happens to own Marvel Comics and the Star Wars franchise, two massive Comic-Con draws.

It didn't disappoint. Well, it might have disappointed a little bit by not showing any footage from "Star Wars: Episode VII." But it still had a lot of exciting news to share.

Here are some highlights of the week's presentations: (Here are 10 photos of Marvel stars who showed up to Comic-Con)
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy are everywhere: It's still a week until the movie opens, but the buzz is deafening and the early reviews are excellent -- with 25 reviews in, Rotten Tomatoes is giving the movie a 100 percent fresh rating. So it's no surprise there was plenty of Guardians news this week. Maybe the biggest: the sequel already has a release date. Look for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28, 2017. The Guardians also are joining the Disney Infinity 2.0 lineup in Sept. 23. Marvel Animation also confirmed it's working on a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, although it did not say when the series will hit Disney XD. 
  • Animated Marvel series renewed: Disney XD has renewed both "Marvel's Avengers Assemble" and "Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." In season two, the animated Avengers will take on Thanos, the villain who first showed up after the credits in the last Avengers movie and will appear in "Guardians of the Galaxy." And Hulk and his team will make it to "Planet Hulk."
  • "Age of Ultron" brought down the house: There wasn't much news about the Avengers sequel, but the panel was a smash hit. The panel included a length teaser trailer, which promised a "darker" take on the Avengers story. The trailer isn't be available to the public yet. One bit of news: There will be an original graphic novel released to tie in to the movie. "Avengers: Rage of Ultron" is a standalone story that will explore the relationship between the super villain Ultron and his creator. The graphic novel will be published next April, the month before the movie's May 1, 2015, release date. 
  • Phineas and Ferb getting "Lost": On the heels of its Star Wars homage, Phineas and Ferb will take on the TV classic "Lost." Damon Lindelof himself wrote the episode, which is slated to air this fall. Lindelof, you may remember, was one of the creators of "Lost," and was its head writer. "Lost in Danville" will "revolve around a mysterious locked capsule that suddenly appears in Phineas and Ferb's backyard," the New York Times reported
  • More Pirates: The fifth and, supposedly, final installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series will be released July 7, 2017 -- six years after "On Stranger Tides." Johnny Depp is on board to do one more turn as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush and Keith Richards will be back as well. No word on Orlando Bloom or Keira Knightly. 
  • New Star Wars comics: Marvel announced that it will introduce three new Star Wars comic series next year. The main ongoing series will debut in January, followed by an ongoing Darth Vader title in February and a five-issue Princess Leia miniseries in March. The series will take place between the original Star Wars movie and "The Empire Strikes Back." 
  • New "Star Wars Rebels" trailer: Disney did not bring the cast of Episode VII to Comic-Con, but it did bring a new trailer for its upcoming "Star Wars Rebels" animated series, which is slated to debut on Disney XD in October. The series is set five years before "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" and focused on a small group of rebels aboard their starship. Here's the new trailer: 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Complete menu for 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival released

Disney has released the full menus for the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in Disney World.

There will be more than 25 ethnic and specialty marketplaces during the 53-day festival from Sept. 10 to Nov. 10.
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Here is the complete menu, according to Disney:
Africa 
  • Beef tenderloin tips berbere style with okra, jalapeños, tomato and pap 
  • South African bobotie with turkey and mushrooms (gluten free) 
  • MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 
  • Fairview Pinotage 
  • The Wolftrap Red: Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier 
Australia
  • Garlic shrimp with roasted tomatoes, lemon myrtle and rapini (gluten free) 
  • Grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato crunchies (gluten free) 
  • Pavlova: Crispy meringue shell with fresh berries and vanilla custard 
  • Coopers Brewery, Original Pale Ale 
  • Chateau Tanuda Grand Barossa Dry Riesling 
  • St. Kilda Chardonnay 
  • Nine Stones Shiraz 
Belgium
  • Potato and leek waffle with beer-braised beef 
  • Belgium waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream 
  • Belgium waffle with berry compote and whipped cream 
  • Hoegaarden 
  • Stella Artois 
  • Leffe Blonde 
  • Stella Artois Cidre 
  • Chilled coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur 
  • Beer flight (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde and Stella Artois Cidre 
Brazil

  • Mocequa de pescado: Regal Springs premium tilapia with coconut lime sauce and steamed rice (gluten free)
  • Crispy pork belly with black beans, tomato and cilantro (gluten free)
  • Pao de queijo: Brazilian cheese bread
  • Cocada: Brazilian coconut candy
  • Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
  • Carnaval Moscato Sparkling White Wine
  • Tannat Reserve
  • Frozen Caipirinha

Brewer’s Collection
  • Pop the top and soak up some European-style suds. Or, order a flight to set off on your own beer smorgasbord. 
  • Radeberger Pilsner 
  • BraufactuM Colonia 
  • BraufactuM Palor 
  • Schöfferhofer Grapefruit 
  • Altenmünster Oktoberfest 
  • BraufactuM Roog 
  • BraufactuM Darkon 
  • BraufactuM Progusta IPA 
  • Beer flight 1 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Radeberger Pilsner, BraufactuM Colonia, BraufactuM Palor and Schöfferhofer Grapefruit 
  • Beer flight 2 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Altenmünster Oktoberfest, BraufactuM Roog, BraufactuM Darkon and BraufactuM Progusta IPA 

Canada 
  • Canadian cheddar cheese soup 
  • Seared rainbow trout with bacon, frisee and maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette (gluten free) 
  • “Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce (gluten free) 
  • Moosehead Lager 
  • La Face Neige Apple Ice Wine 
  • La Face Neige Sparkling 
  • Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah 
China
  • Beijing roasted duck in steamed bun with hoisin sauce 
  • Mongolian beef in a steamed bun with chili mayo 
  • Black pepper shrimp with Sichuan noodles 
  • Chicken potstickers 
  • TSINGTAO Beer 
  • Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling 
  • Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Syrah 
  • Kung Fu Punch with vodka and triple sec 
  • Happy Lychee with tequila and vodka 
  • Mango green tea with popping bubbles 
Craft Beers
  • Sophisticate your knowledge of all things hops and barley with a cool pint or flight from a popular craft brewery. 
  • Sierra Nevada, Kellerweis – Chico, CA 
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Punkin Ale – Milton, DE 
  • Shiner Brewery, Wild Hare Pale Ale – Shiner, TX 
  • Abita Brewing Company, Purple Haze – Abita Springs, LA 
  • Goose Island, 312 Urban Wheat Ale – Chicago, IL 
  • Florida Beer Company, Sunshine State Pils – Cape Canaveral, FL 
  • Magic Hat Brewery, Dream Machine IPL – South Burlington, VT 
  • Terrapin Beer Company, Rye Pale Ale – Athens, GA 
  • Beer Flight 1 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Sierra Nevada, Kellerweis; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Punkin Ale; Shiner Brewery, Wild Hare Pale Ale; and Abita Brewing Company, Purple Haze 
  • Beer Flight 2 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Goose Island, 312 Urban Wheat Ale; Florida Beer Company, Sunshine State Pils; Magic Hat Brewery, Dream Machine IPL; and Terrapin Beer Company, Rye Pale Ale 
Desserts & Champagne
  • Dessert Trio: Passion fruit coconut creamsicle, blueberry lime cheesecake roll and chocolate espresso opera cake 
  • Guylian Belgian chocolate seashell truffles 
  • Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé 
  • Möet & Chandon Nectar Impérial 
  • Ruinart Blanc de Blanc 
  • Dom Pérignon 
  • Frozen S’mores featuring Monin Toasted Marshmallow Syrup 
Farm Fresh
  • Nueske’s Pepper Bacon hash with sweet corn, potatoes, hollandaise and pickled jalapeños (gluten free) 
  • Griddled “yard bird” with braised greens (gluten free) 
  • Orlando Brewing Company, I-4 IPA – Orlando, FL 
  • Ba Ba Black Lager, Uinta Brewing Company – Salt Lake City, UT 
  • Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale, Bold City Brewery – Jacksonville, FL 
  • Florida Cracker Belgian Style White Ale, Cigar City Brewery – Tampa, FL 
  • Florida Orange Groves, Key Limen-Key Lime Wine 
  • Chateau St. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling 
  • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 
  • Beer Flight (4 4-ounce servings): I-4 IPA, Ba Ba Black Lager, Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale and Florida Cracker Belgian Style White Ale 
France
  • Tartelette aux escargots: Escargot tart with garlic, spinach, bacon and parmesan 
  • Gratin de crozet de savoie: Wheat pasta gratin with mushrooms and Gruyere cheese 
  • Boeuf bourguignon: Braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes 
  • Crème brûlée caramel fleur de sel: Sea salt caramel crème brûlée topped with caramelized sugar 
  • Beer Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 
  • Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, La Côte Blanche 
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet 
  • Sparkling Pomegranate Kir 
  • La Passion Martini Slush: vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, cranberry and passion fruit juice 
Germany
  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta gratin with ham and cheese 
  • Roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll 
  • Berliner: Yeast doughnut filled with apricot jam 
  • Altenmünster Oktoberfest 
  • J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett 
  • Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese 
  • J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese 
  • Kallstadter Kobnert Spaetburgunder Spätlese Dry Barrique Style 

Greece
  • Vegetarian moussaka 
  • Griddled Greek cheese with pistachios and honey (gluten free) 
  • Chicken gyro with tzatziki Sauce 
  • Spanakopita 
  • Domaine Skouras Moscofilero 
  • Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri 
  • Alpha Estate Axia Syrah-Xinomavro 
  • Tzatziki martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS Natural Yoghurt Liqueur 
Hawai'i
  • Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise 
  • Tuna poke with seaweed salad and lotus root chips 
  • Kona Brewing Company, Big Wave Golden Ale 
  • Kona Brewing Company, Castaway IPA 
  • Maui Splash Sweet Pineapple Wine 
  • Aulani Sunrise featuring Sammy's Beach Bar Rum 

Hops & Barley
  • Artisan cheese plate featuring Cabot Cloth wrapped cheddar, Purple Haze chèvre goat cheese and Cave Man blue cheese 
  • Baked lobster alfredo 
  • Florida grass fed beef slider with pimento cheese 
  • Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins and cream cheese icing 
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest 
  • New Belgium Brewing Company Snapshot 
  • Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat 
  • Leinenkugel’s Seasonal Shandy 
  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 
  • Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Cambria Estate Winery 
  • Beer flight (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Samuel Adams Octoberfest, New Belgium Snapshot, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat and Leinenkugel’s Seasonal Shandy 
Ireland
  • Lobster and seafood fisherman’s pie 
  • Kerrygold cheese selection: Reserve cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout and Skellig 
  • Warm chocolate pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard (gluten free) 
  • Guinness Draught 
  • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine 
  • Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen 
  • Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur 

Italy
  • Ravioli alla caprese: Cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil 
  • Filetto di pollo, con funghi al marsala: Chicken tenderloin, cremini mushrooms, marsala sauce and ciabatta bread 
  • Cannoli al cioccolato: Chocolate-covered cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit 
  • Moretti Lager Beer 
  • Moretti La Rossa Beer 
  • Procecco, Bosco del Merlo 
  • Pinot Grigio, Placido 
  • Chianti Classico, Placido 
  • Frozen Primavera with limoncello and tequila 
Japan 
  • Spicy hand roll: Tuna and salmon with Kazan Volcano sauce 
  • Teriyaki gyoza bun: Steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables and sweet teriyaki sauce 
  • Chirashizushi: Salmon, shrimp, crab and egg served over seaweed salad and ginger rice 
  • Kirin Draft Beer 
  • Sake: Kikusui Ginjo 
  • Sake Sunrise 
  • Sparkling Peach Sake Gell 
Mexico
  • Shrimp taco: Fried shrimp, pickled habanero pepper and onions on a flour tortilla 
  • Rib eye taco: Marinated rib eye, roasted chipotle salsa and grilled scallions on a corn tortilla (gluten free) 
  • Sweet corn cheese cake 
  • Dos Equis Beer 
  • Sangria 
  • Tequila Flight 
  • Mango-strawberry margarita 

Morocco
  • Kefta pocket: Ground seasoned beef in a pita pocket 
  • Spicy shrimp roll with cilantro and mint sauce 
  • Baklava 
  • Casa Beer 
  • Guerouane White 
  • Sangria 
  • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling wine and orange juice topped with orange liquer 

New Zealand
  • Steamed green lip mussels with garlic butter and toasted bread crumbs 
  • Venison sausage with pickled mushrooms, baby arugula and black currant reduction (gluten free) 
  • Lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney 
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 
  • Mohua Sauvignon Blanc 
  • Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay 
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 
Patagonia

  • Beef empanada
  • Grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce and boniato purée (gluten free)
  • Roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri (gluten free)
  • Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut
  • Terrazas Reserva Malbec
  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier
  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir Rosé


Poland

  • Kielbasa and potato pierogi with caramelized onions and sour cream
  • Sauerkraut pierogi with pork goulash
  • Okocim Brewery, Okocim O.K. Beer
  • Blaufraenkische Donausonne, Hungarian Wine
  • Frozen Szarlotka (apple pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka


Puerto Rico

  • Ensalada de carrucho: Caribbean conch salad with onion, tomato and cilantro (gluten free)
  • Carne guisada con arroz blanco: Slow-braised beef with Puerto Rican-grown rice (gluten free)
  • Friturias: Sorullitos (sweet polenta fries) and bolitas de queso (cheese fritter with mayo ketchup)
  • FlanCocho: Vanilla caramel custard with chocolate coffee cake
  • Gasolina Sangriiia
  • Medalla Light Beer
  • Frozen San Juan Breeze
  • Frozen San Juan Breeze with Don Q Limón Floater
  • Chilled Club Caribe Mango Rum (neat)


Scotland

  • Vegetarian haggis with neeps and tatties: Griddled vegetable cake with rutabaga and mashed potatoes 
  • Fresh potato pancake with smoked Scottish salmon and herb sour cream (gluten free)
  • Seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon (gluten free)
  • Crannachan: A traditional Scottish dessert trifle
  • Innis & Gunn Original
  • Loch Lomond featuring Glenfiddich 12 year
  • Glenfiddich Scotch Selection (12, 15 and 18 year)


Singapore

  • Lemongrass chicken curry with coconut and jasmine rice (gluten free)
  • Seared mahi mahi with jasmine rice and “Singa” sauce
  • Tiger Beer
  • Marqués de Caceres Satinela
  • Singapore Sling featuring Hendrick’s Gin and Cherry Herring

South Korea

  • Kimchi dog with spicy mustard sauce
  • Roasted pork lettuce wrap with kimchi slaw
  • Bokbunjajoo: Bohae black raspberry wine
  • iCing Grapefruit Sparkling Rice Brew
  • Soju Fruit Slushy featuring Jinro Chamisul Soju

Terra

  • Blackened Chick’n Breast, farro wheat and spicy gumbo sauce featuring Gardein Chick'n Breast
  • CraB’less CraB Cake with pepper slaw and Cajun remoulade featuring Gardein
  • Chocolate-blood orange cupcake with tofu icing
  • Red Bridge Ale
  • The Vegan Vine Chardonnay
  • Paperboy Red
  • Fresh Watermelon Juice