Today is Walt Disney's birthday, so what a better way then to be at a Disney Mommyblogger event. I am here to hear about their holiday celebrations. Below are some notes from the presentation, there is lots more to talk about, but for now here are some liveblog notes. Updates to follow, along with adding the names of those that spoke…..
Danielle Dubois is one half of the Disneyland Resort Ambassador Team.
She is talking about the Disney's PhotoPass Service
(DisneyPhotoPass.com). It is a new service a Disney that provides photographers around the park that will take family pictures at all the major spots – then the pictures can be redeemed online.
What is the service? The first step is to take a picture with the
photographers and get a PhotoPass cards. They have photographers in all
sort of locations around the park. They take pictures then associate
with that card. Guests have 30 days to claim photos online. Then you
have 30 days to decide what you want to order – and share with friends
and family. You can edit photos by adding borders (zoom, rotate or
adjust). You can purchase prints or order .jpgs.
You can also use your own pictures for the PhotoPass service. Some of
the products are holiday cards, cups, paper weights. All can be found
How to sign up? On the top right corner login (to DisneyPhotoPass.com) or create a new account
with your email. Your card will have a " 16 digit code" that you enter
in. Once you pull up your photos you have three different types of
photo to look at: Photo's the photographer took, photo's you took or
photos from the Disney gallery.
Once you choose which photo is your favorite, you can edit your photo
(zoom, adjust, rotate, add borders). At the bottom is the slide chooser
so you can choose which photo's you want to edit. You can log in
anytime during that period to see your photo album. Photo products tab
on the site will show the products available, including the newest
which is a calender (you start your calender on any month and control
the calender layout). There are also photo greeting cards and
You can name products with a "project name". The checkout is secured
shopping and they accept any credit cards. If there are special offers,
it will be applied at checkout.
Ride photos like splash mountain are not included in the ProjectPass card yet.
Disney said, don't be shy – go up to the PhotoPass photographer and ask
them to take a picture. And ask them what "magic" they can put in the
picture. PhotoPass cards can be used at Disneyland or DisneyWorld
(they are on one system). You can combine pictures on other families
You can send a free "snowglobe" and will show up on the
recipient's screen (with snow and magical music). Bloggers can link to
it in their blog posts. You can also send a Disneyland Resort e-card to friends and family for the holiday.
Carlos, who manages the food for the resorts, started the talk about the yummy holiday foods at the Disneyland resort:
The theme for the holiday is "Merriest food on earth, all about
celebrating the holidays". To spread the cheer we use recycled holiday
napkins, we use special artwork on the popcorn buckets. The bakery on
main street has gingerbread men. One of Walt Disney's favorite treats
were cookies, but his favorite was gingerbread. Snowman cookies that
don't melt, cranberry and pumpkin mini loaves. We have almond and
chocolate Yule logs. They even have holiday brownies. They also have a
special a special spanish treat.
We have cookie kits with three different designs (including Reindeer and Gingerbread).
The French market has special decorations and turned into a haunted
mansion (Tim Burton themed), including a gingerbread skeleton. They
have a gelatin desert made with 100% juice, Jiggle mortis with whipped
cremation. The real winner is the pumpkin king cheesecake.
At the Haunted Mansion ride, there is a coffin that is stretched out
version of the haunted mansion. It opens up and out pops a gingerbread
zombie (500 pounds of gingerbread – 6 feet long). Underneath the
coffin is a gingerbread haunted procession.
Through out the years, they made gingerbread houses replicas from many of the major attractions at the park, including a castle.
Our Pastry Chef from France (real french accent) The "Chef".
Next they had a demo of how to make a gingerbread house from "The
Chef". Great to hear hints from a real Chef!
Best way to make a gingerbread house is to use melted white chocolate to hold it together. White chocolate dries better then regular
icing. First step is to but the square floor down and connect the walls
using the icing. Have one person hold a wall while the other is put up.
It should rest a day after making it (before the roof is put on). Two of the walls they used have
Mickey Mouse Windows. After the walls dry (24 hours later) then put on the ceiling. The
decoration icing is just egg white, powdered sugar, a little lemon. No
grease on the bowl when mixing the icing.
It is all edible so if you make a mistake it does not matter. For the
decorations on the ceiling, it is important the pastry bag has a thin
tip. The put peppermints and other candies on the roof..
Question: What is in the Yummy Rice Crispies? Rice Crispies are made
in house. It is made with miniature marshmallows, unsalted butter and Rice Crispies. Goofy's Kitchen has chocolate rice crispies.
Starting Jan. 5 it is all about celebrations. They have a special
treasure chest for birthday boys and girls, goody bags and special
We did not get a chance to meet Disneyland decorating expert David Caranci, but he did share his holiday decorating tips online: