news briefs 11/14

Woody and Buzz are Back in Toy Story 4—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Our Toy Story pals are set to meet several new friends, and Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope go virtual… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

We Simply Cannot Wait to Go to Infinity and Beyond with Toy Story 4

Friends, we’ve been dreaming about this from the moment this movie was announced……

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Erin Andrews

D23 Fab Five: Erin Andrews’ Disney Family Memories

By Ingrid Meilan

Erin Andrews is a lifelong Disney fan. “I grew up in Florida,” the Dancing with the Stars co-host tells D23, “So I was basically raised at Walt Disney World.” Living only 90 minutes from Orlando, the sportscaster says that she was lucky enough to visit the parks on a regular basis. “My parents would take my sister and me if we wanted to…

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Disney proposal stories

10 Disney Proposal Stories that Will Make You Believe in Love

By D23 Team

Whether you’ve already found your prince(ss) charming or you’re still wishing upon a star for true love’s first kiss, there’s something magical about a Disney happily ever after. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked you to share your Disney proposal stories with us:

1. On Top of the World
“I proposed to my partner at the Top of the…

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Chef Art Smith

From the Disney College Program to Celebrity Chef: Art Smith Comes Home to Disney Springs

By Jeffrey Epstein

Chef Art Smith has come home—literally and figuratively. The celebrity chef, whose incredibly popular Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming opened at Disney Springs this past July, is returning to his culinary and educational roots. In 1981, Smith was in the first Magic Kingdom College Program (now known as the Walt Disney World College Program), where…

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D23 Members at the Lunch with a Legend event

D23 Members Celebrate 45 Years of Walt Disney World with Special Guests

By D23 Team

On Friday, September 23, more than 30 D23 Gold Members and guests gathered at the top level of Disney’s Contemporary Resort for an intimate luncheon celebrating the 45th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. Although Disney Legend Bill Sullivan was unable to join the event as originally planned (his appearance will be rescheduled), guests explored…

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Take the “First Ride of the Day” at a Disney Park

By Courtney Potter

Taking a trip to a Disney Park is a truly memorable experience. There are the mind-blowing attractions, the tune-filled shows, the nighttime fireworks spectaculars, and all that delicious food! But the excitement doesn’t actually start there… sometimes, it starts before you’ve even stepped foot inside a park!
“It’s very exciting,…

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Jeff, Cottonwood, Arizona

A version of the model was on display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for many years; it has since been displayed in the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Recipe for Chocolate Lava Cake

California Grill’s Chocolate Lava Cake

For those of you with a sweet tooth
—or a mouth full of them!—we recommend this sinfully sweet recipe, the mouth-wateringly perfect “topping of the cake” to any of your own home-cooked culinary masterpieces. Then again, who really needs a meal when you can proceed directly to this molten deliciousness? While this delectable dessert is no longer available at…

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California Grill's Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli

California Grill’s Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli


Goat Cheese Ravioli
1 pound soft mild goat cheese, crumbled
5 1⁄2 ounces aged goat cheese, crumbled
1⁄2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons store-bought basil pesto
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons roasted garlic purée (recipe follows)
1⁄2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to…

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California Grill’s Nori Wrapped Ahi Tuna testing

1 head baby bok choy
1 tablespoon salt
3 slices lotus root (lily root), thinly sliced

Stir Fry Sauce
2 teaspoons Vietnamese fish sauce
cup rice vinegar
1⁄2 cup sweet soy sauce
1 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1⁄4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 inch piece (about 1 tablespoon) fresh ginger, peeled and finely…

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