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Olaf Balloon to Debut in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Frozen’s loveable snowman, Olaf will make his debut as a balloon in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“Having an Olaf balloon alongside Mickey, Elmo, and Big Bird is a dream come true and something that, because (the parade’s) so storied and has such a long tradition, I now get to share with my own kids,” said Josh Gad (voice of Olaf).

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on Thursday, November 23 at 9am ET on NBC.

You can also catch Olaf in the new featurette Olaf’s Frozen Adventure which arrives in theaters with Disney/Pixar’s Coco on November 22, 2017.

Mini Babybel Announced as the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disney Cruise Line

Mini Babybel®, the creamy, red-wax-wrapped cheese, has been named the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the Disneyland Resort in California and Disney Cruise Line. This announcement kicks off a multi-year strategic alliance between the two family-focused brands.

As part of the alliance, Mini Babybel will be prominently featured at a quick-service window within the new Toy Story Land scheduled to open in 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Because even toys need a bite or two every now and again, Andy has taken a vintage Woody-themed lunch box and propped it open with a thermos to turn it into Woody’s Lunch Box that dishes out all sorts of tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats. He completed the area with a classic book and toys strewn about, along with items from his lunch box.

Disney’s collaboration with Mini Babybel provides appealing, on-the-go snack options for millions of families enjoying Disney’s U.S. parks and cruise ships each day. Both brands focus on fun and aim to surprise and delight their audiences; Mini Babybel with its delicious cheese and playful personality, and Disney Parks with magical moments that create lasting memories.

“At Bel Brands USA, we are all about sharing smiles and we are delighted to bring that to life through our alliance with Disney,” said Francis Perrin, chief marketing officer of Bel Brands USA, makers of Mini Babybel cheese. “We believe Mini Babybel makes snack time an adventure in deliciousness for the whole family every day and now we can share that fun and great taste with even more families as they enjoy adventures of their own at Disney Parks.”

Set to open in the summer of 2018, Toy Story Land will invite guests to step into the whimsical world of Pixar Animation Studios’ blockbuster films where playtime stretches longer than a Slinky® Dog. Guests will feel like they’ve shrunk to the size of a toy as they play in Andy’s backyard with their favorite Toy Story pals.

“We can’t wait for our guests to experience Toy Story Land, and the new quick-service window located within the land will surely delight hungry toys and people alike,” said Carlos Castro, vice president of Disney Corporate Alliances. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Mini Babybel and introduce additional snack offerings in Toy Story Land and throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.”

Mini Babybel is 100% real cheese with a rich and creamy taste enjoyed by cheese lovers of all ages. Each round delivers at least four grams of protein, 15 percent of an individual’s daily calcium needs, and is playfully portable for lunchtime, snack time or anytime.

Check Out The Star Wars Themed Goodies Available During Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galactic Nights returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios  on December 16, 2017.  During this special ticketed event, guests can enjoy out-of-this-world entertainment celebrating the entire Star Wars saga including iconic attractions with little to no wait time, amazing fireworks and projections, experts sharing details about the Star Wars expansion coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and of course amazing Star Wars themed food and beverages.  Take a look below to see some of the goodies that will be offered during this special event.

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New on the menu this year are items such as the Shrimp and Chorizo Skewer. A tribute to the hearty appetite of the Wookiees, this generously-loaded skewer is complete with Chorizo sausage, sweet potato hash and shrimp.

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Other new items include the Tatooine Bisque, inspired by the sandstorms and moisture farms of Tatooine with rutabaga, turnips, carrots and parsnips;

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and the Sweet and Crunchy Popcorn, which is based on the iconic garbage chute scene in Episode IV! This popcorn comes loaded with cookies, caramel, chocolate and pecans.

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Returning this year are fan favorites, like the popular Lightsaber Churro! Choose between the Light Side and the Dark Side with these Lightsaber-themed churros, offered with red or blue sugar and a Lightsaber Hilt. Or let the battle begin with the Lightsaber Churro Sundae, a vanilla ice cream sundae topped with chocolate sauce and red and blue churros.

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For the beverages, cool off with the classic Jettison Juice, a refreshing watermelon lemonade served with a Death Star Glow Cube – good for all ages! For the adults, try the Skywalker Wine Flight. Straight from Skywalker Vineyards in Marin County, California, this flight consists of Sommità Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Rosé, and Sommità Pinot Noir.

For a full list of all the exciting food and beverage items that will be offered at the event, check out the Star Wars: Galactic Nights website.

You can also purchase the Galactic Tasting and Viewing Package. With this sampler package, you can taste a selection of five items – with up to 25 different specialty items and beverages (alcohol included) to choose from. In addition, you can also use this sampler for any Disney Dining Plan Snack-eligible items throughout the park. You can book the Galactic Tasting Sampler online or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

Purchase your tickets today for Star Wars: Galactic Nights.  This event will take place on December 16, 2017, from 7p.m. to midnight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Discounts are available for Annual Passholders and DVC Members. Call 407-W-DISNEY (407 934-7639) for details and reservations.

Disney Announces NEW Woody’s Lunch Box Eatery Planned for Toy Story Land

Today, Disney has shared some exciting news regarding Toy Story Land which is set to open next year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  A new quick-service restaurant called Woody’s Lunch Box will serve up tasty meals and old fashioned floats.

According to Disney, guests will shrink to the size of a toy and explore all of the fun (and toys!) Andy has constructed in his backyard. This story continues at Woody’s Lunch Box, where Andy has used his lunch box and thermos to create a walk-up quick-service window that will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats. In the rendering above, you can see that Woody’s Lunch Box – like the rest of Toy Story Land – has been adorably strewn about with some of Andy’s favorite toys and items from his lunch. You can even spot a green army man on a nearby lookout tower, keeping watch for Andy’s return.

The Walt Disney World Resort will partner with Mini Babybel to bring this location to life.  Stay tuned for more information and menu items coming soon!

Toy Story Land is scheduled to open in summer 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

Hitchhiking Ghost Tiki Mugs Materialize Today at Trader Sam’s at Disneyland Resort

The extremely popular Hitchhiking Ghost Tiki Mug from Trader Sam’s is being released today, October 24 at the Disneyland Resort.  This year’s mug features the familiar design with a green tint.