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Diamond Horseshoe Dining Review – Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World

 

On my most recent visit to Magic Kingdom this week I enjoyed a brand new dining experience that I had never previously done! I ate at the Diamond Horseshoe inside the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World! I had a wonderful experience here at this restaurant! Everything was incredible from the delicious food to the charming western atmosphere!

 

Diamond Horseshoe is located back in Frontierland inside the Magic Kingdom Park. For some time this dining location was only open seasonally and for special events so it was always a challenge to try to experience this restaurant. For a while when this location would be open it was a quick service dining location. Now Diamond Horseshoe is one of Magic Kingdom’s newest table service locations! You can either order off the menu or choose to enjoy the buffet!

 

 

The restaurant menu has a wide mix of American-style flavors. They are known for their barbecue! The cuisine is definitely comfort food. I was dining here with my friends who are vegan and they were so excited to check out the vegan stuffed peppers! I am not vegan myself but I do love stuffed peppers and I was interested in what the vegan version would taste like so I also ordered this dish!

The service was wonderful, the chef came to our table to talking about the vegan options on the menu and answered everyones dietary questions. The cast members were all very knowledgeable about the menu! I really enjoy the meal I had! The vegan stuffed peppers were so fresh! The meat substitute was from Impossible Foods and was seasoned to perfection! It tasted very similar to real meat.

 

 

The atmosphere is very fun and charming! You feel like you have stepped into a western saloon! There is even a stage with a player piano that sets the tone for this incredibly themed restaurant. My friends and I really enjoyed our experience at Diamond Horseshoe! Be sure to check this restaurant out on your next visit to Magic Kingdom! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the most magical place on Earth!

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2019 Preview – What I am Most Looking Forward to Trying This Week!

 

This week I am coming to you live from the Walt Disney World Resort! My family and I are spending the week enjoying a family vacation at the most magical place on Earth! Visiting Disney World in the spring has become an annual tradition for us! One of our favorite things about vacationing at Disney World this time of year is that the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom! (Literally!)

 

 

During the International Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot is transformed into a springtime paradise with beautiful floral displays covering practically every inch of the park. There are even special topiaries crafted by the Disney horticulture team to represent several Disney characters! Additionally at the event you will find a variety of delicious food and beverage items at the outdoor kitchens and can even jam out at the Garden Rocks Concert series.

 

 

There is something for everyone at this incredible event! One of the best parts about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is that it is fresh every year! Each year Disney finds a way to add some new experience or offering to the festival! Over the years I have loved seeing how the event evolves and changes.

 

 

Check out our new YouTube video to hear what I am most excited for at this year’s 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!

 

Be sure to check back next week to hear all about my experience at the festival and what my highlights were from this year’s event! I am excited to take you along on this adventure! When you are ready to plan your own next adventure be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner!

Grand Opening of Today Cafe at Universal Studios Florida!

 

TODAY Cafe has officially opened at Universal Studios Florida! This dining location will bring visitors a unique experience crafted to make you feel like you have stepped onto the TODAY set! This experience is paired with specialty food and beverage offerings! You can enjoy TODAY Cafe which is now officially open at Universal Studios Florida, serving up a unique experience designed to feel like you are stepping onto the TODAY set paired with specialty food and beverage options. Enjoy fresh pastries baked in-house, salads and sandwiches. Additionally you will find a selection of locally-roasted coffees, including the exclusive TODAY Cafe Blend!

 

 

Universal opened this one-of-a-kind cafe with NBC’s Al Roker and the TODAY team broadcasted live from location in Universal Studios Florida to lead the celebration! This exciting celebratory moment included a TODAY “orange carpet” that was lined with some of Universal Orlando’s most popular characters! There was a countdown to a pop of orange and white confetti to ring in the opening! During his visit Al also lent a hand at the cafe by serving specialty menu items to guests, like his first seasonal dish – Al’s Avocado Toast, the organic acai bowl and the Chinatown Chicken Salad!

 

 

Here are a few of the things that you will enjoy during your visit to TODAY Cafe:

  • A venue inspired by TODAY – complete with stage lighting and Studio 1A theming.
  • Specialty breakfast, lunch and snack options.
  • Seasonal dishes inspired by co-anchor Al Roker’s favorite recipes. The first seasonal dish is Al’s Avocado Toast, which is topped with cherry tomatoes, artichokes, roasted red onions, tomato aioli, and is accompanied by bread and butter pickles.
  • TODAY’s live broadcast – allowing you to catch up on top headlines of the day, all while refueling for more theme park thrills.
  • In the afternoon hours, and in tribute to the fourth hour of TODAY, you can enjoy wine and beer on tap with a delicious cheese platter for two.

Be sure to start your day at Universal Studios Florida with a visit to TODAY Cafe! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next universal Orlando Vacation!

Fun Things to do at Disney Springs!

 

Looking for a fun way to spend a day in Disney look no further than Disney Springs.  This is a great place to spend a day during your Walt Disney World vacation.  There is no park ticket needed to come here so this is a great place to spend your time on either the first or last day of your vacation when you may not want to waste a park ticket when you do not have a full day.  But you will find so much to do here.  The following is my list of fun things to do at Disney Spring!

 

 

-If you love to shop Disney Springs is your place.  There are so many shops from your high-end designer stores to fun Disney merchandise stores. You will not want to miss the Christmas store, The World of Disney Store, The Co-op, The Disney Style Store, and Trend-D which are some of my personal favorities.

 

 

-Now let’s talk about dining.  There is no end to the offerings that Disney Springs has to offer from signature dining to counter service you will find something for everyone.  There are many restaurants from celebrity chefs like Chef Morimoto, Guy Fieri, Rick Bayless, Art Smith, Jose Andres and Wolfgang Puck.  Also, Wine Bar George highlights the wine experience of Master Sommelier George Miliotes.  You will find some delicious tapas foods and charcuterie boards that you can pair with the best wine from all over the World.  The only problem you will find is deciding which place you want to try!

 

Celebrate National Wine Day With First Look at Interior of Wine Bar George at Disney Springs

 

-If you want a birds eye view of Disney Springs and the Walt Disney property you can head over to Characters in Flight.  This is a tethered balloon that will take you up over the Disney Springs Area and you will get a great view of all of Walt Disney World.  This is a popular attraction for people celebrating special occasions or maybe even that perfect Disney World marriage proposal!

 

 

-Head over to Splitsville and you can bowl a few rounds while enjoying some really good food.  The food is great here and if you are a Sushi fan then you will want to try some here.  Yes the Sushi is great!

 

 

-Disney Springs is home to the AMC theatre.  So when you are looking for a relaxing time just catching the latest movie this is where you will want to come.  The theatres are a perfect place to have a family night or date night.  The food is great here too!

 

 

-Do you want to capture the perfect family portrait? Then Disney Springs is the place to come! Just inside the Marketplace Co-op you will find the portrait studio.  You can get the best pictures.  The photographer will take your photos and they will all be linked to your Magic Band.  These pictures will have so many different backgrounds from classic pictures to those special Disney pictures that we all love.

 

 

These are just some of my favorite reasons to visit Disney Springs!  There is so much to see and do!  You will want to come back again and again! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation!

 

 

2019 Holiday Dates Announced at Universal Orlando Resort!

 

The spirit of the holidays is in the air because the Universal Orlando Resort has just announced their holiday dates! With this information, you and your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner will now be all set to book your holiday visit to Universal Orlando! The Universal parks and resorts go all out for the holiday season! A visit to the Universal Resort for these exciting festivities will be a great way to get in the spirit of this magical time of year!

 

 

 

 

You can experience Universal holiday offerings from November 16, 2019, through January 5, 2020! During this time you and your party can experience a one–of–a–kind holiday celebration! Universal is the perfect place to get a little merry and enjoy some holiday spirit! This resort-wide celebration is one not to miss!

 

 

You can enjoy the sights, festive shows, and delicious food during Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! You can also experience Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s! And watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch in The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.

 

 

The holiday season will be here before we know it! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to make your festive holiday plans at the Universal Orlando Resort! The holiday season is always a magical time to make memories with the ones you love most!

Dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table – Walt Disney World Dining!

 

For many the icon they think of when they hear the name Walt Disney World is hands-down Cinderella Castle! This breathtaking castle sits at the end of Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom and getting your picture with the castle in the background is a right-of-passage for every family during their Disney Vacation! Did you know that you can actually dine inside of Cinderella Castle?! Cinderella’s Royal Table is a wonderful character dining location that is actually located inside of Cinderella Castle! Here are my top 3 reasons to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table!

 

 

Atmosphere:

Dining at Cinderella’s Royal table gives you the experience of actually being able to step inside of Cinderella Castle! This is such a unique opportunity and will make you feel like you are royalty yourself! You will also be able to say that on your visit to Disney World you actually stepped inside the resort’s most iconic structure! The restaurant’s theming is simply magical! You will find regal touches everywhere you turn. Throughout the restaurant, you will also find some adorable details from Cinderella’s story! One of these fairytale touches includes Cinderella’s mice friends Jaq and Gus peaking down from the rafters in the main hall!

 

 

 

Princesses:

Another great aspect of Cinderella’s Royal Table is the fact that it is a character meal! A Disney Character meal is when the Disney characters come and meet you at your table throughout the course of your meal. Here at this location it is a variety of the Disney Princesses! A character meal is the best way to guarantee you will get to see Disney characters during your vacation. There is no waiting in long lines or using your fastpasses on meet and greets, with character dining the characters come to you! This type of character experience is also much more relaxed and the characters generally get to spend a lot more time with you than at a standard meet and greet. You will get to make so many memories from these very personal character interactions and will have so many opportunities to capture some incredible photos!

 

 

 

Food:

The food at Cinderella’s Royal Table is so wonderful! The menu is a prefix. At dinner, this allows you to select an appetizer an entrée and a dessert all for one flat price. The menu does a great job of covering a wide range of items. Everyone in your group will find something they like from the pickiest eater to the most adventurous foodie!

 

 

 

Check out our new YouTube video to see my recent experience dining at this magical restaurant:

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation to Disney World or to whatever destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

Exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando Florida!

 

Recently a few of our travel planners visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter makes guests feel like they have step inside of the story of  Harry Potter! If you are a fan of this series, then this is the place you will want to visit!

Here are just a few of the exciting experiences that some of our Travel Planners had on their most recent visit to the Wizarding World!

 

 

 

First up our Travel Planners enjoyed a delicious meal inside of the Leaky Caldron! If you are familiar with the Harry Potter series then you will recognize this location and appreciate all of its wonderful theming and details!

 

 

 

 

 

Next our team wandered around the Wizarding World and took tons of photos! You can truly spend so much time just taking in all the details of this incredibly themed area of the park!

 

 

Our Travel Planners visited the Globus Mundi store, a store themed to the travel agency in the Wizarding World! This was a big highlight for our team! They loved all the travel related merchandise and theming!

 

 

 

Next our team went to find Gilly Water! This is a special brand of water that can be found in the Wizarding World. Throughout the Wizarding World they sell special flavorings or ” elixirs” to flavor this water! This is such a fun and unique experience!

 

 

Then our Travel Planners tried their hand at the interactive wand magic in the Wizarding World! Throughout the Wizarding World you can find wand locations where you can use your interactive wand to cast spells and create magic for yourself!

 

 

Our Travel Planner, Alyssa Maisano captured these exciting experiences on video! I loved getting to put these clips together, as I have yet to ever go to Universal Orlando myself! I have always wanted to experience the Wizarding World and getting to see her video helped me piece together what this exciting world looks like and all the excitement it holds!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today so you can plan your exciting adventure to Universal Studios!

 

How to Beat the Summer Heat at Walt Disney World!

 

Well we’re coming into that time of year when it is going to be hot and humid in Florida.  So how can we handle the heat and enjoy your Disney World trip?  Let’s talk about a few ideas for beating the heat.

 

1. Visit Parks in the Morning

Visit the parks first thing in the morning before the worst of the heat sets in.  Getting in early is a great way to get in a lot of rides before the crowds get high and the temperatures get higher.  Then when it starts getting too hot you can escape the parks for a while.  If you are staying on property you can easily head back to your resort.  The resorts are a great place to relax and get out of the sun or stay in the sun but head to the incredible pools.  Another idea is to go out for a nice lunch.  There are so many incredible restaurants at the resorts.  Get some suggestions from your travel planner and make early reservations.  Many restaurants have lunch specials that can also save you some money.  Now that you are all rested up and recharged you can head back into the park in the evening after the temperatures become more manageable.

 

2. Water Parks!

Another great idea is to head out to a water park. Disney World has two incredibly themed water parks.  Both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach would be an ideal way to spend a day with your family enjoying the Florida sun and keeping cool at the same time.  There are water rides to suite all members of your family.  It’s a great time to splash around, keep cool and relax.  The water parks also have cabanas for rent that will keep you nice and shaded and give your family a great place to retreat.  Make sure when booking your trip you add on access to the water parks so you can enjoy all the fun they have to offer.

 

3. Disney Springs

If swimming is not your thing how about beating the afternoon heat with some excellent shopping. Disney Springs is a mecca for outstanding shopping and dining.  You will find 110 different shopping options; which you will be sure to find just what you are looking for.  When you get hungry there are 63 dining spots with so many cuisine options that you are sure to find just what will hit the spot!   The afternoon is a great time to visit Disney Springs because the crowds are very low and getting a dining reservation is much easier.  It is a great way to spend the afternoon before heading to the parks for the evening.

 

I hope that these suggestions can help you when you find yourself in Disney World during an extremely hot time. Disney World in the hot summer months makes for an incredible vacation, you just need to come into it prepared and with a plan and you will be set for making wonderful vacation memories with your family! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your summer vacation!

Meeting Characters at the Universal Orlando Resort! – Video!

Meet The New Characters From Despicable Me 3 At Universal Studios Florida

A group of our Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planners recently visited the Universal Orlando Resort! I have loved hearing about all of their fun experiences that they had during their Universal stay! Their stories about the wonderful hotels to the amazing rides and attractions have me itching to go to Universal for myself! There is truly so many layers that encompass this great vacation destination!

 

 

One of those layers of fun to discover includes the Universal characters! Until talking with my fellow Kingdom Magic Travel Planners, I had no idea just how many characters there were to meet at the Universal Orlando Resort! They detailed that everywhere you turned there seemed to either be a character roaming the streets or a pop-up meet and greet! If you enjoy meeting characters then Universal is the place for you!

 

 

The other amazing part about the Universal Orlando parks is that the character meet and greet lines are never very long! This means you can get to meet even more characters and experience more of what the Universal parks and resorts have to offer. You will see this to be true in the following video that so many of the character lines were a “walk-right-up” type of case! Amazing!

 

 

 

Our Travel Planner, Alyssa Maisano captured some very fun candid moments on her GoPro camera and shared them with us! In the following video, you will get to tag along with some of our team as they meet and greet with several Universal characters including Captain America, Kitty Softpaws, Thing one and Thing Two and more! They even got to meet the very popular characters from Trolls including, Poppy, Branch and Guy Diamond!

 

 

 

Thank you to our Travel Planner Alyssa Maisano for capturing these fun video clips of her and some of our team! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

Recreating Disney Treats at Home! Disney-inspired Edible Cookie Dough!

 

For all of us Disney super fans we know all too well that feeling of missing the parks and all the things we love about Disney between our visits. That is why when we are back home it is fun to bring a little bit of Disney magic to our everyday life! This can be done in many ways. We can watch Disney movies, YouTube videos from the parks, wear Disney clothes, and in my case my favorite pieces of Disney jewelry!

 

But what is one thing that everyone loves about Disney trips… the wonderful Disney food and snacks! My family and I always love to try to recreate some of our favorite Disney meals and treats at home! It is a very fun way to bring some of that Disney magic into your house and day-to-day life!

 

 

Recently my mom and I recreated one of our favorite Disney desserts which was the edible cookie dough! We first had edible cookie dough at Disney back in November when staying at Disney’s All Star Sports Resort! This great snack was served in the food court at the resort, we enjoyed this item multiple times during that visit! It was a great treat to look forward to coming back to every night after a fun day in the parks!

 

This past February on another Disney vacation we enjoyed another variation of edible cookie dough served at AristoCrêpes at Disney Springs! My mom and I have always loved cookie dough more than the actual cookie itself, so when we found out we could enjoy an edible safe-to-eat cookie dough we were all about it! This was our favorite snack of our trip so when we got home we decided we had to try to recreate this little piece of Disney magic!

 

 

In our new YouTube video, you can watch how we made our Disney-inspired edible cookie dough at home! This treat was so delicious and also gave us our little Disney fix until we can return to our happy place!

 

 

We highly recommend trying this snack out on your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort! To plan your next magical adventure be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner! Our team is excited to help you make your travel dreams a reality!

Disney DIY Vacation Shirts! Perfect for Disney World, Disneyland & Disney Cruise Vacation!

 

Today our Travel Planner, Jennie Nowers shares with us an awesome Disney DIY project… making your very own Disney tee shirts at home! When you go to Disney everyone knows you have to dress for the occasion! It adds so much to your vacation when you get to sport your favorite Disney tee! You can customize shirts for everyone in your family. You can create shirts for all occasions from family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, couple shirts, the list goes on and on.

 

 

Having these matching shirts will get everyone in the spirit of the vacation and when in Disney the Cast Members typically go out of their way to acknowledge your special event and have even been known to create a little extra magic for you!

 

 

A DIY project at home is a great way to get the whole family involved and your kids will love to help in creating their own shirt to wear on vacation.  You can be so creative when making your own shirts and really personalize them to each individual by selecting specific designs and colors.

 

 

In our new YouTube video Jennie shows you how she made her Disney DIY shirts using the decals that she bought off Etsy. As Jennie points out in the video, customizing your own Disney shirts can be a great alternative to buying pre-made shirts online because you get the choose the shirt that fits you best and is the most comfortable.

 

The video will show Jennie making her shirts for her upcoming Disney Cruise.  Hope this video will inspire you to get creative and start crafting for your own upcoming Disney vacation.

 

 

Thank you Jennie Nowers for this fun and instructional video! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next trip!

 

 

Overwhelmed by Planning a Disney World Vacation?

Today our Travel Planner, Colleen Anastasi shares some reasons why planning a Disneyland Resort vacation can be a lot less overwhelming than a Walt Disney World Vacation might be…

So you are wanting to take your family or friends on a Disney World vacation but even with using the services of a travel planner, you are feeling totally overwhelmed!  Why not try a Disneyland vacation instead!??

 

 

Here are just a handful of reasons why Disneyland can be so much more relaxing and doable than the thought of 4 parks covering 47 square miles with more than 25 resort hotels can be.

 

1.  Location!

Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure are literally across the esplanade from each other!  You can walk from park to park in just moments.  No bus, boat or monorail required!

 

2.  Size!

With only 2 parks, both loaded with things to do and see, you will feel totally immersed in the magic, just like you do at Disney World.

 

3.  It’s the Original!

Disneyland is the park Walt designed.  You can see his touches everywhere – from his apartment over the fire station to the petrified tree he thought would be a good anniversary gift for his wife.

 

4.  Character Interaction!

You will still see all the characters but it’s different there….more relaxed.  No long massive lines waiting to meet Mickey.  You see him wandering the park – guests say hi or wave…it feels more personal.

 

5.  MaxPass!

This is Disneyland’s version of fast pass. It is the best!!!  No picking your fast passes 60 days ahead of time….no stressing over what to pick or face the disappointment if your didn’t get it.  With MaxPass ($15 per day), you select your passes once you enter into the park.  Everyone has an even playing field.  You select your fast passes from the app on your phone.  The display will tell you when you can pick your next one.  Set the alarm on your phone so you don’t miss this.  At one point, I had 4 fast passes lined up ready to go.  You can pick fast passes from both parks if you have the park hopper included in your ticket. You also have unlimited Photo Pass pictures!

 

6.  Weather!

No intense Florida heat or humidity.  Nothing more needs to be said.  If you have done Disney World anytime past June, you know what I am talking about!

 

7.  Bag Check!

There is ONE security check point.  No need to deal a second time if you park hop.

 

8.  Price Point!

Typically, a Disneyland stay can be more reasonable than a Disney World stay.  While you have the option to stay on site, there are so many hotels literally right across the street.

 

9.  Afraid you will miss some of your favorite attractions?  – No worry there!

Disneyland California

Many attractions are available on both coasts – and share the same names.  Others, like Guardians of the Galaxy (Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios), Goofy’s Sky School (Primeval Whirl in Animal Kingdom) or Radiator Springs (Test Track in Epcot) are extremely similar, just with a different theme.

 

Thank you to our Travel Planner Colleen Anastasi for sharing her reasons why a Disneyland Resort vacation can be perfect for so many individuals and families! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation’s Travel Planner today to plan your next adventure!

Disney Villains After Hours – NEW After Hours Party coming to Magic Kingdom THIS SUMMER at the Walt Disney World Resort!

 

Disney World has announced an exciting brand-new After Hours Event! If you are a fan of the Disney Villains then get excited! This new After Hours Party at Magic Kingdom will revolve around all things Disney Villains! Tickets for this new event will go on sale on April 29. This wickedly fun special event will be offered on select nights this summer from June 6 to August 8!

 

On these select evenings a dark magic will take over Magic Kingdom Park! You will be invited to run amuck in the Villains’ scary world! The party DJ will get this event lit, by energizing the castle stage with wicked beats. This show will transform the entire Central Plaza of the park into a villainous club scene! As the party gets going, the DJ will introduce your “Caretaker” for the evening, the Lord of the Dead, Hades. Hades arrives in a burst of blue flames in this brand-new stage-show, “Villains Unite the Night.”

 

Meg from Hercules joins Hades to host this show. Hades sits atop his dark throne awaiting the alignment of five planets, following a prophecy that states when the five come together he will be able to rule the universe. However, like any good story this dastardly plan doesn’t go quite as planned! An entire assemblage of Disney Villains interrupts his party! In this villainous crew, you will see Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent arrive with henchmen in tow. These Villains are prepared to demonstrate their powers with some thrilling displays of skills. These gang of Villains have also heard the prophecy and believe THEY are the ones who will rule all.

 

As you can image the story will get very intense with this twist! The brand-new show is going to be more than 20 minutes long! This will be one incredible stage show! Villains Unite the Night will have three showings during each event, giving all party attendance the opportunity to watch these Villains rule the stage!

 

 

If you have been to Magic Kingdom Park during the daytime recently then I am sure you have seen Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade! This happens to be my favorite parade Disney has ever done! If you are familiar with the Festival of Fantasy parade then you will know that one of the floats is a gigantic Maleficent Dragon! During this special after hours event, the Maleficent Dragon from Festival of Fantasy, will be let loose at night for the first time! She will be breathing fire as she creeps through the park with her minions as she makes her way to join the party at the Central Plaza!

 

Past the castle forecourt, ominous lighting and music will be found throughout various areas of the park. There will even be attraction overlays! In Tomorrowland, the Villains will invade Space Mountain, taking brave travelers on a villainous trip they are sure not to forget. This overlay will feature a new music underscore and the vilest Villains taunting you as you whiz by. I am very intrigued to find out what this exciting overlay will consist of!

 

Meanwhile over in Adventureland you will find a live crew of scurvy scalawags having invaded Pirates of the Caribbean in search of treasure. This reminds me of what Disney did at Pirates of the Caribbean during last year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! During the event, they had live actors in the attractions queue as well as in the attraction itself! This was a highlight for me at the Halloween Party, so I am very excited Disney is doing something along these lines during this brand-new after hours event!

 

 

No party is complete without great food! Disney Villains After Hours will feature some wickedly good food and beverage offerings! Additionally, you will be able to find special event merchandise made specifically for this brand-new party! Another perk of Disney Villains After Hours will be the low wait times at more than 20 attractions and experiences across the park! Just like with the other after-hours events and parties there are a limited amount of tickets sold, meaning you can enjoy the parks with limited crowds! All of this excitement and thrill adds up to a one-of-a-kind party!

 

Tickets for Disney Villains After Hours will be available for purchase on April 29. The cost is $139 plus tax in advance or $144 plus tax on the event night. This party sounds like such a unique and fun new offering! I can’t wait to check it out!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your summer vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort so you can experience Disney Villains After Hours as well as all the other summer fun for yourself!

First-Look at the Creatures in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure! Universal Orlando – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter fans get ready! Universal Orlando has revealed more details about the magical creatures that we will soon be able to encounter on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. This brand-new Harry Potter attraction will open on June 13 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This new ride will be the most immersive, highly-themed coaster experience ever! This epic coaster will take you on a thrilling journey with Hagrid to the Forbidden Forest where you will discover the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures. This attraction’s opening is just around the corner and we can’t wait to experience it in person!

 

 

Universal is revealing an exclusive look at some of the creatures we will get to encounter on the ride including a very rare creature that has never even been seen in the films. Universal plans to reveal a new creature each day in the coming weeks. These sneak peaks we now get to see are the perfect way to prepare for the mystical things we will be encountering during our trip into the Forbidden Forest as part of Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures Class. Our fourth creature is a majestic being not to be confused with a horse or human.

 

Centaurs

A Centaur is a magical creature with a human head, torso and arms, joined to a horse’s body. They are, however, their own species and should be treated with great respect. As we make our way into the dark forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, we need to be on the lookout for this mysterious archer in the distance ready to strike. He stands at 8 ft. tall, which would probably make him a great athlete in the Muggle world!

 

Devil’s Snare

Even though Devil’s Snare is not a creature, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention this perilous plant from the wizarding world! This rare plant often strangling people who touch it with its dexterous vines. Devil’s Snare flourishes in damp, dark environments and it has a strong dislike of light and fire – remember that on your journey! Devil’s Snare is one of the many challenges we will face on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. We hear we might even find ourselves entangled in a thicket of this dangerous plant! However it is important to remember to remain calm! If we don’t, we may end up entangled in hundreds of its vines!

 

Cornish Pixies

Cornish pixies are electric blue tricksters who love to create mischief, often at the expense of others. These mischievous creatures fly, and have also been known to seize unwary humans by the ears and deposit them at the tops of tall trees and buildings. You may remember from the Harry Potter films this happened to Neville Longbottom. In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, we will see these troublesome creatures wreaking havoc on an infamous blue car… and in places we may not expect. They’re about 13 inches tall and we will find more than 20 pixies throughout this adventure.

 

Fluffy, the Three-Headed Dog

Fluffy is a giant three-headed dog that’s known for being the trusted guard dog of the Sorcerer’s Stone. As you may know, Fluffy has a weakness, he falls asleep to the sound of music. In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, we will confront this gigantic, beloved creature deep in the Forbidden Forest. In this brand- new adventure, Fluffy weighs 8,000 Ibs., which is roughly as big as two standard Muggle cars!

 

With this exciting new Harry Potter attraction opening early THIS SUMMER, now is the perfect time to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your family’s summer vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Is Disney’s Memory Maker Worth it? Walt Disney World Vacation Tip!

 

Throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, you will find that the Disney PhotoPass service has a big presence! At all the prime most photogenic locations in the parks Disney PhotoPass Photographers can be found ready to capture pictures of guests! The Disney PhotoPass Service allows you to get everyone in your party in the picture by having a Disney trained photographer capture that perfect shot with a high-resolution Nixon DSLR camera. If you wanted to purchase each photo that you loved individually it would be an extreme up charge! Thankfully there is a much more economical package that will provide you an amazing value, Disney’s Memory Maker! Disney Memory Maker package gives you full access to the Disney PhotoPass service with UNLIMITED digital downloads! That’s right, unlimited! You can download all the photos you want for the entire duration of your Disney World Vacation! I love having the Memory Maker on all my Disney World Vacations and today I am excited to share with you a few of the reasons why Memory Maker is such a valuable add-on to your Disney Vacation package!

 

Unlimited Downloads

With Memory Maker, you have paid one flat rate and now you can get UNLIMITED PHOTO DOWNLOADS! You could literally spend the entire day doing nothing but taking pictures and you would be able to save them all! Your photos appear within minutes in your ‘My Disney Experience’ App and you can download them right to your phones camera roll with the click of a button! You can also access your account on a computer and download and even print your pictures that way!

 

 

Everyone in the Picture

How many times have you taken a photo with your family and always ended up missing one member of your group in the shot because they ended up being the one who had to take the picture?! With utilizing the Disney PhotoPass Service you are allowing the Disney Photographers to capture your family photos meaning the whole family can actually be in the shot!

 

 

Character Meet and Greet Photos

Disney PhotoPass Photographers are at all character meet and greet locations! The Disney Photographers do a great job of taking those super cute posed pictures as well as capturing some really awesome candid shots during your interactions with the characters!

 

 

Ride Photos

With Memory Maker, in addition to getting all your photos from in the parks and character meet and greets, you also get all of your ride photos included! These candid captures are so much fun and can sometimes be pretty hilarious!

 

 

Videos

Additionally, with all the great photos that you will be collecting on your ‘My Disney Experience’ account you will also find some videos! On select rides such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Tower of Terror in addition to an on-ride photo the PhotoPass Service also creates an on-ride video! These are so cool! There are even some videos that are generated from your still photos that show some Disney characters dancing across the frame, or tinker bell flying overhead! These video downloads are all included with Memory Maker!

 

 

Magic Shots

Speaking of a little extra Disney Magic in your photos, the Disney PhotoPass Service will overlay Disney characters into your photos with ‘magic shots!’ Your Disney Photographer might even tell you how to pose or react to create these awesome pictures! Once again, these downloaded are all included with Memory Maker!

 

 

Edit Yourself

Another really fun thing you can do with your PhotoPass captures is actually make edits to the images yourself! Right in your My Disney Experience account, you can apply filters and even add special Disney stickers and boarders! Some of these graphics are even exclusive to the area of the park the image was captured in! For example, in Toy Story Land, any images captured here can have stickers of Toy Story characters added on! There are even boarders and graphics that relate to specific events such as the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! You can even select boarders related to holidays! Image creating next year’s Christmas card using an adorable Disney holiday boarder!

 

 

Memory Maker is $169 when purchased in advance and $199 when purchased for use immediately. That’s why we recommend purchasing your Memory Maker before you leave for your trip so you can save the most money. Trust us as soon as you get to the parks you will be wishing you had this awesome feature. We feel that the Memory maker is an incredible value and very well worth the money. Think of it this way, you will blow through $169 so fast at Disney buying tee-shirts and random souvenirs. Your vacation photos are a souvenir that will truly last forever and your family will never outgrow!

Hear more about Disney’s memory Maker in our latest YouTube video:

 

Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner can answer all of your questions about Disney’s Memory maker as they help you plan your dream Disney World Vacation! We are passionate about helping families create lifelong vacation memories! Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner today!

 

 

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