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Disney Just Released Their Famous GREY STUFF Dessert Recipe

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It’s been a hot minute since we’ve been back at Disneyland and we’ve been craving their treats and sweets for what feels like ages. Not too long ago, Disney released their famous churro recipe for everyone to enjoy at home. Now, another famous dessert has been released from the vault.

Disney Parks Blog has now shared their recipe for the famous Grey Stuff, made famous in the 1991 animated Disney film Beauty and the Beast. The dessert is a sort of pudding known for its soft and crunchy texture and unique grey visual.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups cold whole milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 15 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 12 scalloped sugar cookies
  • Edible sugar pearls

Here’s what to do:

Add milk into large mixing bowl and toss in instant vanilla pudding mix, whisking for 2 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm. Blend the chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor until it’s pureed, then fold that puree into the pudding mix. Stir thoroughly. Add the whipped topping and instant chocolate pudding, stir thoroughly and refrigerate for an hour. Finally, spoon the grey stuff into a piping bag (your choice of tip) and pipe the grey stuff onto your cookies. Finish them off with sugar pearl toppings.

Sounds pretty magical and straightforward, folks. You can also find a printable copy of the recipe here, which has been modified a bit from what’s served in the parks for a smaller portion.

News Plant-Based Theme Parks

Disney Partners With Impossible Foods for Plant-Based Expansion

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Disneyland Resorts and Parks, as well as Florida-based big brother The Walt Disney World Resort, are known to offer an experience that keeps your inner child alive and kicking. Everything from immersive theme rides to life-sized Disney characters spread over 30,000 acres, it’s hard not to enjoy, if not a tad overly stimulating. Ever-watchful of ways to expand upon the entertainment incentive, Disney has now joined the Impossible Foods movement in a newly inked partnership. 

Impossible Foods is now the official plant-based “burger vendor” for both Disney resorts including Disney Cruise Line ships. The partnership comes following their September 2019 announcement to introduce meatless items to all Disney resorts.

To sweeten the deal even further, we’re also rewarded with three new menu items: the Impossible Cheeseburger macaroni and cheese, Petite Impossible Burger with guacamole and cheddar jack cheese, and an Impossible Meatball sub sandwich.

With the demand for meat alternatives growing globally each year, this is a natural move for the Happiest Place on Earth. The new Impossible menu items are now available at all Disney resorts.

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Sweets Theme Parks

Disney World Unveils Gourmet Cotton Candy, Including A BBQ Flavor

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While Southern California residents are gearing up for the much-anticipated opening of Disney’s Star Wars Land, Walt Disney World in Florida has a different reason to be hyped this summer in the form of new gourmet cotton candies.

Disney Food Blog reported that the resort and theme park has unveiled a line of cotton candies that are now available at Goofy’s Candy Company in Disney Springs.

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New flavors include Root Beer, Sour Apple, Strawberry Banana, Key Lime, and Sweet Mesquite.

Disney Food Blog notes that the Sweet Mesquite had a smokiness to its aroma, but was on the sweeter side rather than savory. Essentially, it tasted similar to a BBQ chip.

As a fan of anything and everything BBQ related, this is a must-try if I’m ever at the Florida theme park. Hopefully they stay on the menu for an extended amount of time.

Adventures Theme Parks What's New

Disney World’s Latest Burger Creation Uses BEIGNETS As Buns

Disney’s beignets, especially the Mickey-shaped ones, are almost as popular as their churros and Dole whip. The fluffy, sugary fried dough has long been a staple in the entertainment giant’s theme parks, and they’re giving it a creative tribute in their newest item: A BEIGNET CHEESEBURGER where the pastries serve as the buns.

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Located at the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort in Disney World, this mashup joins together the sweet, sugary beignet with classic burger ingredients. To help bridge the two, a bacon jam that intertwines both of those flavors together graces the burger alongside American cheese, bacon, pickled onions, housemade pickles, and BBQ Bayou Sauce.

The actual beignets are bigger than the standard Mickey ones you’d find in the park, and while they’re not shaped like the iconic mouse, they are massive while still retaining their crunch and sweetness. Folks who have tried it already on Instagram noted that the burger is messy, but in a delicious kind of way.

If you’re interested in tracking this new burger down, note that it comes with steak fries (which are reportedly top-notch at Sassagoula) and slaw, and costs $14.49. Disney World representatives stated that the burger is an “ongoing offering,” so it figures to be on the menu for a while.

Adventures Science Technology Theme Parks

Disney World Has A Magical Greenhouse Where Giant Produce Is Grown

Walt Disney’s magic is alive and well, especially inside of his Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. One of the parks there, Epcot, is home to a massive greenhouse where giant produce grows. It’s almost like a Wonka wonderland, but for fruits and vegetables instead of confectionaries.

You can find the greenhouse, and its unrealistically large produce, inside of the Living Off The Land ride inside of Epcot. Once you’ve taken the ride, there’s also a tour available where you can go deep inside the workings of this seemingly mystical growing facility.

giant produce

Take this gargantuan winter melon, for example, which weighs approximately 80 pounds. It’s a massive one, but not the biggest ever grown in “The Land,” as the greenhouse is referred to. Some have gotten large enough to flirt with the 100-pound mark.

These melons get so big thanks to the different agricultural practices employed by the team running the greenhouse. According to Les Frey, horticulturalist and the Student Program Manager of Agricultural Sciences at Epcot, the larger-than-life plants are natural varieties. “We provide an optimum growing environment for our plants which allows them to achieve their maximum potential,” he says.

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A key part of that optimal environment is hydroponics, where water is used as a medium for nutrients rather than regular soil. “Essentially plants need five things to grow: support, water, aeration, nutrients, and sunlight,” Frey said. “By monitoring for pests and diseases, controlling the temperature, and providing nutrition to the plants as needed we are creating an optimum growing environment. This allows the plants to achieve their maximum potential.”

As a result, the hydroponically-grown plants have exorbitant sizes they can achieve. This Ponderosa lemon, for example, is the size of a basketball and weighs approximately nine pounds. Frey has observed the citrus to get even bigger, at a stunning 15 pounds. He’s also seen pumpkins that weigh as much as a human, at 200 pounds.

Size isn’t the only thing that gets taken to new extremes at the greenhouse. The yields of several of the plants inside, including lettuce and tomatoes, are also increased to unprecedented levels. “We also have a world record for a tomato plant that produced over 1150 pounds of tomatoes in its lifetime,” Frey claims. “The plant lived 13 months and produced over 13,000 fruit.”

Hydroponics isn’t the only technology being used at Disney World’s greenhouse, however. Vertical farming is used to get as much yield out of a tall space like a green house as possible. There’s also aquaponics, which involve the joint raising of fish and vegetables together. The fish provide “fertilizer” from their waste material, which is then used to fuel the growth of the connected plants.

The greenhouse isn’t just for show, although Frey mentioned that many people marvel at the massive produce inside. It goes off to restaurants around the resort to be used there, and the animals in Animal Kingdom also benefit off of the fruits of the greenhouse team’s labor.

So chances are that if you’ve eaten at a Disney World restaurant, you’ve been a beneficiary of the marvels going on inside of this magical greenhouse.

The greenhouse is open for tours between 10:30am-4:30pm daily so you can see some of these Wonka-esque plants for yourself. For those wondering, tours can be set up in advance, but there’s also a counter nearby the Living Off The Land ride where same-day tours can also be scheduled.  Local students interested in being a part of the program can also sign up to be interns that help take care of and run the facility.

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Alcohol Drinks Theme Parks

Disney’s Sparkling Blue Wine Might Be Their Most Photogenic Drink Yet

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If the booze I drank at home were half as photogenic as the ones the Imagineers at Disney come up with, I’d probably post more photos. With wine on the mind, one of Disney World’s latest alcoholic innovations comes in the form of a Sparkling Blue Wine.

Available at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs, the stunning blue beverage is a prime example of the decadence that can only come from the Mouse King himself.

The bubbling beverage is garnished with a white chocolate Minnie Mouse topper that’s covered in a luminous dust.

Super fancy.

What catches my attention most about this drink is how few bells and whistles it carries. It’s minimalistic, but exudes elegance from the two components it offers — the vibrant color and topper.

A pink version of the beverage is also available at Amorette’s, but that one kind of just looks like regular wine. Gimme that blue sparkle.

You can find the dazzling item at Disney Springs, located just outside of Walt Disney World in Florida.


Disney Bans Plastic Straws From All Its Parks Globally

Straw bans are all the rage for businesses trying to make environmentally-conscious decisions, and while Disney is joining the trend, they’re also taking things to the next level.

Disney announced that by mid-2019, it will be eliminating single-use plastic straws and stirrers at any global location with the Disney name stamped on it.

That means Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruises, and even small venues such as the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood will no longer have plastic straws as the default sipping vessel.

Disney isn’t stopping there, though, as they plan on completely eliminating the use of Styrofoam cups, reducing its plastic bag use in shops, and will even offer reusable toiletries in their cruise ships.

“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” Chairman of Disney Parks, Experience, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products said. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”

These changes are projected to eliminate the yearly use of 175 million straws, 13 million stirrers, while also reducing 80% of plastic use in their hotels and cruises.

McDonald’s and Starbucks got things rolling on the plastic straw ban wave, and have been met with opposition, most notably from the disabled community. While these restaurants have announced that biodegradable straws would replace plastic straws, the disabled community has made its case for plastic bendy straws, as they are crucial for hydration.

Starbucks addressed the issue and said that it will keep those with disabilities in mind during the straw switch.

It’ll be interesting to see how Disney customers receive the plastic straw ban, as the brand honors Walt Disney’s notion of “Conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us.”


Disney World Created A Peter Pan Float That Tastes Like Key Lime Pie

With a name like Peter Pham, I grew up hearing just about every Peter Pan joke you could think of. What’s funny is I grew up learning to love the story crafted by J.M. Barrie about an immortal boy who fought pirates and flew like a bird. Like Pan, some days I wish I could float away to Neverland.

Speaking of floats, PopSugar reports that Walt Disney World in Florida just created a new float inspired by the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

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The Peter Pan float is made with a special Key lime ice cream, Sprite, and a feather made from red chocolate, mimicking the one on Pan’s hat.

Apparently, it tastes like a Key lime pie.

Disney fans can find this dessert sold at Storybook Treats in Fantasyland. Peter Pan’s float was created in honor of the film’s 65th anniversary. I’m most curious as to how the Key lime ice cream will taste and whether or not it’s dairy-free like the Dole Whip served at Disneyland.

Off to Neverland then, I guess.