Alaska Airlines Unveils Toy Story-Themed Livery

Alaska Airlines Unveils Toy Story-Themed Livery

Alaska Airlines unveiled a special-edition aircraft Friday that celebrates the release of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 on June 21.

The Toy Story 4-themed aircraft is Alaska’s second livery to feature Pixar’s characters and is decked out with toys from the Toy Story 4 world. The plane was revealed to a crowd at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport by Alaska’s own Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson.

Alaska revealed a video on YouTube of the aircraft coming to life:

Guests of all ages will be eager to toy with an adventure after hearing the buzz around our new Toy Story 4 livery,” Alaska’s managing director Natalie Bowman said in a statement. “Many of us have grown up following the iconic characters, and we’re happy to take the toys to new heights, sharing the playful, heartwarming imagery with travelers across our coast-to-coast network––and beyond.”

Travelers will be able to see Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Bo Peep on the fuselage, while the film franchise’s new toy Forky appears on the winglet so passengers can see him when peering out the windows of the aircraft.

The unique design is a collaboration between Disney and Pixar and Alaska Airlines, and the Toy Story 4-themed Boeing 737-800 is now flying throughout Alaska’s route network.


Dress Code Being Enforced at Disney for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Dress Code Being Enforced at Disney for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge


Travelers heading to Disney to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will need to be aware of the updated costume policy for the Disneyland Resort.

The influx of Star Wars fans has resulted in a heavy dose of cosplayers entering the park, but there are limitations on what guests are permitted to wear inside the facility, including no full costumes for visitors 14 years of age or older.

Star Wars fans of all ages will be permitted to dress in outfits inspired by the movie franchise, but there are rules, including piecing together traditional clothing items to pay tribute to characters and wearing outfits inspired by the villagers of Batuu.

As for what is not permitted, all robes, military-style attire, masks, face paint, elaborate headwear, blasters, body armor, helmets and kneepads have been banned by Disney, even if the items are Star Wars-themed.

For visitors at Disneyland, external communications director Kevin Rafferty Jr. revealed that “some of the items sold in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge cannot be worn inside the land.” Guests need to be aware of the dress code in order to enjoy the experience fully.


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From the Castle Kitchen: Kids in the Kitchen: Hidden Mickey Pizza

Welcome to behind the Castle wall! After a long day of planning magical Disney vacations – I enjoy reconnecting with my family and creating semi-nutritious, quick and easy meals. We often modify this classic with homemade sauce or cauliflower crust (for the diabetic of the house – but, when he’s not home, we loosen up and enjoy carbs!)  😉

We went the super quick route with ready made pizza dough and sauce.


From the grocery store, you will need:

  1. Refrigerated pizza dough
  2. Prepared pizza sauce
  3. Shredded mozzarella
  4. Pepperoni (regular and mini sized)
  5. Black olives
  6. Assorted Veggies (green peppers and cherry tomatoes are our favorites… and also were eaten prior to photo)…. **Don’t leave your ingredients unattended with children on school break because they eat everything in sight…

Shape dough  into a large pie and “personal” pizza ears with individual toppings. (We used our much loved pizza stone- but, a well oiled baking pan will  work well too!) Arrange “Hidden Mickey’s” of pepperoni, peppers, olives (and tomatoes if your souse chef doesn’t eat them all before you have the chance to apply them or even photo them in this case).

Bake pizza according to package directions and enjoy!  (If you plan to Facebook and wait for your pizza to cook… set a timer to avoid the extra crispy texture…whoops!- still good!!)

If you make a “Hidden Mickey Pizza” with your family- let us see the pics!! Share or tag us on our Instagram and Facebook!


We made Mickey Shaped Pretzels with the leftover dough!  Check back next week on how we did it. (Also, super easy and quick and fun for little chefs)!




Dino-riffic Burgers and Sundaes Dinner Coming to Restaurantosaurus at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Dino-riffic Burgers and Sundaes Dinner Coming to Restaurantosaurus at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Photo: Disney Destinations

If you are looking for a classic burger meal and a yummy sundae to top off their day in DinoLand, U.S.A., this new dinner experience is definitely for you! Our paleontology students have conspired to open a fun and exclusive burger joint right at Restaurantosaurus, giving families a great way to enjoy hand-crafted burgers and a build-your-own sundae bar.

For just one price, you can select an entrée and a side dish and even build their own sundae! On the menu are gourmet burgers, a chicken sandwich, a veggie burger, and a salad. For the sides, Guests can choose from fries or onion rings served with a delicious house-made dipping sauce. Plus, dinner also includes a non-alcoholic beverage.

When you order, you’ll receive a token that can be redeemed for a bowl with two oh-so-yummy scoops of delicious ice cream, which you can then take over to the toppings bar to build your own dig site sundae with an abundance of selections to choose from. And in addition to savoring these burgers and treats, you will be able to color with fun dinosaur stencils while cast members entertain you with games and stories of the paleontology students who created the restaurant.

Restaurantosaurus Burgers and Sundaes is only available only during dinner on select nights and is $22.99 plus tax for adults and $14.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. This experience can also count as one quick-service meal entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. Quick service dining at Restaurantosaurus will still be available. Guests partaking in this new dinner experience will check in at a designated register where they will be escorted to a table in a separate dining room. Reservations will be open starting tomorrow and can be made by calling 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463) or by visiting the Walt Disney World Resort website. Walk-ups are welcome but subject to availability.


Secret Life Of Pets’ to Get Theme Ride

Secret Life Of Pets’ to Get Theme Ride

The Secret Life of Pets’ is not only getting a sequel to hit theaters in June, but the popular kid’s film will become its own theme park ride in 2020.
Universal Pictures is spinning off the movie into an attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood
The ride will be titled ‘The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!’ According to Deadline, it will feature live, dimensional and animated characters, along with what the park calls “hyper-realistic media” as guests board vehicles.
Guests assume the roles of stray puppies alongside characters from the film such as Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke. They then go on a journey to a pet adoption event, but not before overcoming a series of challenges with other animals in the hopes of finding their forever homes.
The ride will be located next to to the “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” attractions.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring another exciting Illumination movie-based ride to our guests,” Karen Irwin, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood, said in a statement.
“’The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!’ will capture the essence of the popular film and invite our guests to live vicariously through some of their favorite characters as they embark on a one-of-a-kind experience only available at Universal Studios Hollywood.”
The first ‘Secret Lives of Pets’ film grossed more than $875 million worldwide.
The sequel will feature legendary actor Harrison Ford in his first animated voice role.
Family of Wines Weekend Announced

Family of Wines Weekend Announced

Savor life and all its magic at the Disney Family of Wines Weekend, May 17 – 19, 2019. Gather with friends to enjoy an intimate and adventurous getaway. Crafted for those whose passion for wine is as genuine as their love for Disney.
Explore flavors and interact with a collection of curated wines produced by winemakers and wineries that have a special connection to Disney.
Embark on a culinary adventure and indulge in the finer things in life.
This weekend includes a 3-day/2-night food & wine vacation experience at Walt Disney World Resort:
  • 2-night stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Main Tower – Lake View for the nights of May 17 and May 18, 2019
  • 30+ wines will be presented throughout the weekend in workshops and culinary experiences. Varietals of wine include, but are not limited to: Riesling, Grenache Blanc, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Rosé, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, Cuvée, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Sparkling Wine, and Zinfandel. Subject to change without notice.
  • 4 interactive workshops hosted by winery representatives and culinary experts – Subject to change without notice. Workshops include:
    • Chardonnay’s Expression throughout California – This seminar will be an exploration and education on several Chardonnay’s from our Family of Wines. You will identify flavor profiles and taste wines from three distinct regions of California (Santa Barbara County, Sonoma County, Carneros). Presenters will describe the wine making experience and how that process affects the flavor of the wine.
    • Discover OUR Family of Pinot Noirs – A tasting and discussion on the Pinot Noir varietal that is well represented in the Disney Family of Wines. One of the greatest and most challenging wines to grow, you will hear from the wineries why Pinot grapes are so special. Once again, these wines will come from three different regions of California (Santa Barbara County, Napa Valley, Marin County) showcasing three distinct growing conditions and flavor profiles.
    • Disney Family of Wines Storytelling – Each of the Disney Family of Wines comes with a special connection to Disney. Join representatives from these wineries as they share their stories, recipes, and history of winemaking alongside their Disney experiences.
    • Wine Wonders and American Artisanal Cheese – A unique approach to cheese making and wine appreciation. Participants will hear about the history and art of cheese making while tasting highly acclaimed boutique cheeses produced in the same regions as the wines paired with them. You will hear how ingredients from the same land creates a connection that is recognizable in the flavors.
  • Interact and learn from the following representatives from each winery. Subject to change without notice:
    • Chappellet Vineyard – Jay James, Master Sommelier and Director of Sales
    • Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard – Tim Snider, President of Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard
    • Frank Family Vineyards – Elizabeth Parenteau, Southeast Sales Manager
    • Kurt Russell’s GoGi Wines – Jami Russell Way, COO of GoGi wines
    • MacMurray Estate Vineyards – Kate MacMurray, Spokesperson and daughter of winery founder Fred MacMurray
    • Silverado Vineyards – Jon Emmerich, Winemaker of Silverado Vineyards
    • Skywalker Vineyards – Tom Johnson, General Manager- Skywalker Ranch and Vineyards
  • Intimate Welcome and Farewell receptions, two luncheon experiences, and gala dinner. Subject to change without notice:
    • Welcome Reception – Hosted by representatives from each of our Disney Family of Wines, this reception will feature high-end food tastings and considered wine pairings. It’s a chance for guests to share time with other enthusiasts and kick-off the weekend’s activities.
    • Culinary Adventure – A hands-on, interactive cooking experience that takes place in the unique Contemporary Catering Kitchen. Participants hand roll sushi, create pasta; “break down” a beef tenderloin; hand craft fromage blanc and learn the secrets of the professional pastry chef. This 5 course event is paired with the Disney Family of Wines.
    • Seed to Table Luncheon – Enjoy a luncheon experience with a focus on the journey of seed to table. Enjoy recipes with connections to the regions from which these wineries hail and ingredients grown here at Walt Disney World exclusively for this weekend experience.
    • Gala Dinner & Fireworks – This special evening will include a one-of-a-kind six course menu designed for this gathering. Once again hosted by our culinary and wine “celebrities” our guests will enjoy these featured wines artfully paired with each course with details about the production of these wines from vine to table. The event includes a pre-reception and concludes with a dessert reception and private fireworks viewing.
    • Farewell Reception – A final opportunity to celebrate the experiences of the weekend, speak to chefs, sommeliers, & winery principals, and enjoy a few final tastings.

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