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Animal Kingdom’s Party for the Planet 2018 – Food Offerings! Animal Kingdoms 20th Anniversary Celebration!

This Sunday, April 22, 2018, is a very special day in Disney history! April 22, 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park!

This significant milestone celebration will also mark the beginning of the park’s annual ‘Party for the Planet’, which will expand to run for two weeks this year to celebrate the park’s special anniversary. The 2018 ‘Party for the Planet’ event will run through May 5th. Everyone knows a party is not complete without cake! Or in this case some very special cupcakes! If you will be in the park during the celebration be sure to look for Earth Day Cupcakes and Tree of Life Cupcakes at counter service locations such as Creature Comforts, Pizzafari, Flame Tree Barbecue, and Restaurantosaurus. Let’s take a closer look at these delicious and beautifully decorated treats!

 

The Tree of Life Cupcake

The Tree of Life Cupcake will be available for purchase at Creature Comforts and Flame Tree Barbecue. This cupcake themed to the park’s icon will be a vanilla cupcake topped with buttercream and an edible chocolate accent celebrating the park’s anniversary.

 

The Earth Day Cupcake

The Earth Day Cupcake will be available for purchase at Pizzafari and Restaurantosaurus. This cupcake will be a chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate buttercream, white chocolate pearls, white chocolate mousse, and an edible chocolate decoration.

 

Looking for something a little more on the savory side? Well we got you covered!

 

Plant-based Impossible Burgers

Restaurantosaurus will be serving an Impossible Burger! This Impossible burger is completely plant-based, and will be served on a brioche bun with avocado and tomato.

 

Plant-based Impossible Burger Sliders

You can also find this same burger in slider form on the menu at Nomad Lounge. The Impossible Burger Sliders are topped with tomato chutney and smoked onion and served on a brioche bun. The sliders are accompanied by yucca fries.

 

Tiffins Talks

This Animal Kingdom celebration will also include ticketed ‘Tiffins Talks’ featuring animal and conservation experts!

 

Tiffins 3-course 20th Anniversary Chef’s Lunch Tasting Menu

Outside of the Talks, Tiffins will also feature a special 3-course 20th Anniversary Chef’s Lunch Tasting Menu throughout the duration of this year’s ‘Party for the Planet’ event! This special lunch menu is available from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm. The tasting will feature African, Asian, and South America cuisine.

 

What are you looking forward to trying at the event?! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next adventure to Walt Disney World or to wherever your dream travel destination is!

My Top 3 Walt Disney World Resort Pools!

The Walt Disney World Resort is over 43 square miles of parks, rides, shows, restaurants, shops, recreation and more! With so many fun things to see and do its important to still carve out time to take breaks, relax and refresh! The best way to do that on a hot florida day is taking a dip in your resort’s pool. All of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels have multiple pools, each with it’s own theme and distinctive features that make it stand out.

Here are my top 3 picks for the best pools at Walt Disney World!

 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s flagship resort the Grand Floridian is modeled in the spirit of a Victorian beach hotel. Here is where classic elegance meets modern luxury. Just like the rest of the resort the Grand Floridian’s pool does an incredible job of immersing you into a turn of the century beach paradise that will instantly transport you into vacation mode! The resort’s main pool, the Beach Pool features a gently sloping entry just like a natural beach would. The massive pool is also home to a 181-foot long waterslide! Relax on a poolside lounge chair or rent a plush cabana. From the pool area, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the white sand beaches leading to the Seven Seas Lagoon. Taking a break by the pool here is sure to put you in that vacation state of mind!

 

 

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort / Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Stormalong Bay is Disney’s largest pool on property. This water wonderland is over 3 acres in size! Stormalong Bay is shared between Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This expansive pool features a sand-bottom that will truly make you feel like you are in the ocean. This resort area has amazing attention to detail, on the shores of Crescent Lake sits a replica of a wrecked ship. From atop the ship’s mast guests can take a ride down a 230-foot long waterslide! Stormalong Bay is also home to a lazy river, the only lazy river at a Disney World hotel! Guests will also find 3 whirlpool spas, the perfect place to unwind after a fun-filled day in the parks! There is something for everyone in this water park retreat!

 

 

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The Copper Creek Springs pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is one of the most creative pool designs! From the moment you enter the resorts main lobby you will be intrigued by a small gyser that periodically bubbles up. Upon further inspection of the lobby’s breathtaking water feature you will see that the gyser actually connects outside and flows into a tranquil river. If you follow the stream outside you will see where the river then leads to a breathtaking waterfall. The perfect backdrop for a family picture might I add! From there the waterfall flows into yet another river.  This one leads down to the resorts main pool and creates the illusion that the river water is actually filling the pool! It is an incredible effect and very picturesque! The pool is one of the biggest on property and features a 67-foot waterslide. Surrounding this main pool guests will find hot tubs themed in the shape of natural hot springs to fit with the resort’s theming! On the opposite side of the pool guests will see another illusion effect that simulates the pool water connecting back into another stream that flows into Bay Lake! The theming here is top notch!

 

Do you have a favorite Walt Disney World Resort Pool?!

When you are ready to plan your next getaway, our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations is happy to help you plan your dream vacation. Our experienced team can make recommendations and give you customized tips to guarantee you get the most out of your travels!

 

FAST & FURIOUS – SUPERCHARGED is now in Technical Rehearsal Preview!

Are you ready for this! We have exciting news coming from the Universal Orlando Resort this week! “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” is opening very soon! “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” will take you into the headquarters of the Fast & Furious Family. Here you will rely on Dom’s crew to get you to safety as you try to escape the criminal mastermind, Owen Shaw. Also during the experience, you will be able to see 15 supercharged Fast & Furious cars! Many of which have been driven by some of your favorite Fast & Furious family members!

In the meantime until the attraction’s official opening, you might have the chance to experience the attraction during its technical rehearsal at Universal Studios Florida.

You may be wondering what a technical rehearsal means and what it might include. Here are a few things to know about a Universal technical rehearsal and what you can expect if you are heading to the park in the coming days!

  • A technical rehearsal is a time for the park to offer a limited number of guests the opportunity to preview their newest attraction as they put the finishing touches on it in preparation for its official opening.

 

  • “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” will be opening on a limited, unscheduled basis, and some elements may not be operational as Universal continues to test and refine the ride.

 

  • Operating hours will not be set in advance and will vary as the attraction opens on a limited, unscheduled basis. If you are in the park, keep an eye on The Official Universal Orlando Resort App. The app will be updated on technical rehearsal openings.

 

  • Since the attraction is in technical rehearsal, Virtual Line and other attraction features may not be available. If Virtual Line is available, you’ll be able to access it through The Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App. All you need to do is select how many riders are in your group and the return time that works for you. While you wait for your ride time, you can enjoy other experiences and rides throughout the park!

 

  • During the technical rehearsal, you may be able to experience the entire attraction or certain elements as Universal’s team works on putting the finishing touches on the ride. Keep in mind some elements of the attraction may not be operational as universal continues to test and refine everything.

 

  • Universal Express Access is not valid during technical rehearsals for “Fast & Furious – Supercharged”

Are you excited to experience this new attraction coming to Universal Studios Florida?! Our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations are always ready to help you plan your next memorable vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort or to wherever you wish to travel!

Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World Resort Reopens with New Auction Scene

Pirates of the Caribbean reopened at Magic Kingdom Park and guests were  introduced to the new version of the attraction’s auction scene we first announced last summer.

Just as Walt Disney embraced and encouraged Disney Parks to “keep moving forward” since the opening of Disneyland Park in 1955, Walt Disney Imagineering has introduced many new characters at Pirates of the Caribbean attraction over the years.

The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods. In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.

Check out a sneak peek at what this new scene will look like in the photo above.

As we previously shared, the auction scene in the attraction at Disneyland Paris received a similar revision last year. Disneyland park will also receive similar updates to its Pirates of the Caribbean attraction later this spring, with work beginning April 23.

New Unique Character Experience Coming to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Park will soon debut a new character experience to guests! This new character interaction will be unlike anything you ever seen in a Disney Park! Beginning April 22nd, a towering mechanical suit will stop guests in their tracks in Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park! Disney has shared that the new Pandora Utility Suit is inspired by the iconic Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) suits of power armor from the film, Avatar.

This towering suit will stand ten feet high and feature a human pilot strapped into the cockpit of this exo-carrier. The pilot will control the suits powerful, yet agile movements. This giant walking suit was designed with articulated hands and a shoulder span of more than five feet. The pilot will be able to talk and interact with guests. They will share with guests, stories of the planet of Pandora and the history and culture of the lands people!

 

Disney always gives incredible attention to detail! Visitors will notice the suit bears claw marks and battle scars from a Thanator — an alpha predator on Pandora. The Pandora Utility Suit was actually reportedly designed for restoration, while the film’s AMP suits were created for infantry missions of destruction. These are all the backstories that we are sure the suit’s pilot will go into sharing with guests!  The suits streamlined structure and technical upgrades make it the perfect tool to collect plant samples, study flora, and survive Pandora’s wild terrain.

 

Disney has shared that as the suit travels the land daily, the pilot will interact with guests, share details about the land’s landscape, and highlight the importance of preserving nature.  This new character experience will debut April 22 as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort!

Christmas Offerings Coming to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Last year the Universal Orlando Resort offered a wide selection of new holiday offerings and the new festive additions became an instant hit with guests! That’s why we are excited to share that the holiday offerings will be returning this year as well! This year’s event runs from November 17, 2018, until January 6, 2019. During this festive time guests can celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visit all the Whos down in Whoville with Grinchmas, and watch their favorite characters in the new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. These fun offerings are sure to put you and your family in the spirit of the season, and that’s just the beginning! There will be more holiday offerings this year than ever before!  Let’s take a look at the lineup of exclusive holiday offerings throughout the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

“The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” is back! Guests can enjoy this dazzling projection show on the Hogwart’s Castle nightly when visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. While in Hogsmeade, be sure to look around at all the festive Christmas decorations, listen to the Frog Choir sing holiday songs and grab a Hot Butterbeer! Then guests can head over to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida to see more beautiful Christmas decorations throughout London and Diagon Alley. Guests won’t want to miss the talented Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees sing their holiday hits!

 

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is returning to the streets of Universal Studios Florida. This festive parade fills the streets with music, confetti, and some of your favorite characters, such as the Despicable Me Minions, Shrek and Fiona, King Julien, the Penguins of Madagascar, and more! And in true holiday parade tradition there is a visit from Santa as he rides high in the sky on a stunning float, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. This parade is a “must-see” experience for everyone in the family!

 

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Grinchmas is returning to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Here you can hear the story of the Grinch and help the Whos down in Whoville save Christmas during a wonderful live stage show! Join in singing along to your favorite songs and get into the Grinchmas spirit!  You can even start your day off in the park with breakfast with the Grinch himself (reservations required). Then stroll through Seuss Landing and enjoy taking in all the fun and colorful Christmas decorations put there by the Whos as they get their final preparations in order for Christmas!

 

Mannheim Steamroller

Fan-favorite Mannheim Steamroller will be returning to perform live on the Music Plaza Stage. Their performances can be seen on select nights during the months of November and December.

 

Resort-Wide Celebration

The festively decorated on-site hotels at Universal Orlando will be adorned with beautiful Christmas decorations! Each resort has décor specific to their location and theme. These decorations provide a wonderful backdrop for family holiday photos! Guests can meet Santa Claus, watch tree lightings, indulge in special holiday treats, and see all the decorations – all while on their Universal Orlando vacation!

 

Visiting the Universal Orlando Resort during the magic of the holiday season is a truly incredible experience! Our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations are always ready to help you plan your next memorable vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort or to wherever you wish to travel!

Menu Released for ‘Woody’s Lunch Box’ – New Quick Service Dining Location Coming to Toy Story Land!

All in the Details: First Look at Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land’s opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is just around the corner! This new land themed after the loved Pixar films will open to guests on June 30th! This week Disney released new information on the menu items coming to ‘Woody’s Lunch Box!’ This new quick service location will feature something for everyone and feature some unique eats and treats exclusive to the new land!

The dining location will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Let’s take a look at a few of the offerings!

Breakfast:

 

Entrées:

 

S’mores French Toast Sandwich

 

Breakfast Bowl

  • Potato Barrels, Brisket-Country Gravy and Scrambled Eggs

 

Breakfast Sandwich

  • Smoked Turkey, Eggs, Swiss, Peppers and Onions on Sourdough

 

Banana Split Yogurt Parfait

 

Kids Menu:

 

S’mores French Toast Sandwich

  • served with choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Breakfast Sandwich

  • Smoked Turkey, Eggs, Swiss, Peppers and Onions on Sourdough served with choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Dessert:

 

Raspberry Lunch Box Tart

 

Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart

 

 

Beverages:

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • your choice of Fountain Beverage served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

 

Mystic Portal Punch

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine

 

Mystic Portal Punch – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

Ice Cream Float with Barq’s® Root Beer

 

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 20 oz

 

smartwater®

 

Cold Brew Joffrey’s® Coffee

 

Coffee

 

Lowfat Mickey Milk – 8 oz

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 12 oz

 

Lunch & Dinner:

 

Entrées:

 

BBQ Brisket Melt

  • served with choice of Side

 

Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam

  • served with choice of Side

 

Smoked Turkey Sandwich

  • Smoked Turkey, Tomato and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread served with choice of Side

 

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich

  • served with choice of Side

 

“Totchos”

  • Potato Barrels, Corn Chips, Chili and Cheese topped with Sour Cream

 

Kids Menu:

 

Turkey Sandwich

  • served with Potato Barrels, Mandarin Orange and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Grilled Cheese

  • served with Potato Barrels, Mandarin Orange and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

 

Dessert:

 

Raspberry Lunch Box Tart

 

Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart

 

Beverages:

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • your choice of Fountain Beverage served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

Mystic Portal Punch

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine

 

Mystic Portal Punch – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

Ice Cream Float with Barq’s® Root Beer

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 20 oz

 

smartwater®

 

Cold Brew Joffrey’s® Coffee

 

Coffee

 

Lowfat Mickey Milk – 8 oz

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 12 oz

 

Alcoholic Beverages:

 

Grown-Up’s Lemonade

  • Three Olives Black Cherry Vodka, odwalla® Lemonade and Black Cherry Purée

 

Bud Light Lager – St. Louis, MO

  • 16 oz Draft Beer

 

Blue Moon Belgian White Ale – Golden, CO

  • 16 oz Draft Beer

 

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider – Cincinnati, OH

  • 16 oz Draft Beer

 

We can’t wait to experience this new eatery in person very soon! Do you plan to visit Toy Story Land upon its opening?! Our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations are happy to help you plan your next trip to Walt Disney World or to anywhere in the world you wish to travel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Digital Key Feature Coming Soon to My Disney Experience App

At Walt Disney World® Resort, they are always looking for ways to wow Guests with new technology that enhances their experience. The My Disney Experience app is a perfect example, with recently introduced features like mobile order and online check-in that are providing you with additional choices to make your vacation even more enjoyable and convenient. Today, they are unveiling another exciting app feature: a digital key.

Coming soon to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, a new feature in the My Disney Experience app will allow Guests to quickly unlock their hotel room using a digital key on their mobile devices, providing them with another seamless room entry option that brings added ease and flexibility to their experience.

Guests can also use their digital key to unlock the hotel entrance gate and common area doors requiring a key, which may include pools, fitness centers, elevators and club level lounges. Arriving travel parties that have checked in online may even use their digital key to bypass the need to visit the front desk, giving them the opportunity to go directly to their room when it is ready and start their vacation even faster.

The feature represents the latest evolution of keyless room entry, which we began offering with the MagicBand, the unique all-in-one device that effortlessly connects the vacation choices you  make in My Disney Experience. You may use either or both options to enter their room during their stay.

So how does it work? To use their digital key, Guests can opt in and activate the feature on their check-in day through a brief set up process in the app. To enter their room, Guests tap the “Unlock Door” button and then simply hold their phone against the door lock. Check out the video below to see a sneak peek of the feature in action.

Bluetooth®-enabled mobile devices with the latest version of the My Disney Experience app are required to take advantage of a digital key for room entry. Be sure to remember to wear your MagicBand for all other uses including park entry, FastPass+ redemption, room charges and more.

Stay tuned for more information about the digital key feature and other future enhancements to the app.

Walt Disney World Golf Course Now Offers FootGolf!

For those who love golf and soccer Walt Disney World Golf now has something you will get really excited about!  Arnold Palmer Golf Management is happy to offer the game of FootGolf to guests at Disney’s Oak Trail golf course.  This 18-hole FootGolf course is certified by the American FootGolf League.

Tee times can be booked for 18 holes of FootGolf in front or behind those playing 9 holes of traditional golf.  If you play in groups of four the 18 holes of FootGolf will take approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, which is similar to playing 9 holes of traditional golf.

Disney’s Oak Trail FootGolf course is marked by its official color of orange while traditional golf is played to the blue pin flags.  There are no forced carries over any waterways on the 18 holes so it is a game that will be for both young and old.  It will be great for the whole family to enjoy together!

Netflix’s hit show “Stranger Things” will be brought to life at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights!

Netflix’s supernatural adventure thriller “Stranger Things”, will be brought to life at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights! Guests will experience the suspense and supernatural frights from Season 1 of “Stranger Things” in a new harrowing maze. Universal has stated that they are very excited to be working closely with Netflix in order to give Halloween Horror Night visitors an immersive experience! These new offerings will immerse guests into the “Stranger Things” world by recreating some of the show’s most iconic scenes, 80’s settings, and most loved characters. The experiences will faithfully follow the storyline, starting off on Mirkwood and then quickly moving to inside Hawkins National Laboratory where things have gone terribly wrong. From there guests will experience all the most memorable scenes and settings from the show while being hunted at every turn by the Demogorgon.

And of course, guests will step into the mysterious darkness of the Upside Down more than once – whether they like it or not. “Stranger Things” is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore as well. Universal’s sister parks will both have mazes too! This is just the first of nine haunted mazes announced for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. This year’s Halloween Horror Nights begins Sept. 14 and runs through Nov. 3. There’s even more in store for you with gruesome scare zones crawling with demented creatures and live shows you won’t want to miss.

Will you be attending Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights this year? Our team of travel planners are happy to help you plan your next vacation to Universal Orlando or wherever your travels take you!

NEW “The Chew”-Approved Culinary Port Adventures on Disney Cruise Line!

Disney Cruise Line and the cast of ABC’s daytime show, The Chew, have teamed up and they are cooking up new experiences for Disney Cruise Line guests!

Brand new food and beverage themed Port Adventures (aka Port Excursions) will give guests the opportunity to celebrate the culture, stories and tastes of the locations guests visit during their cruise. And the hosts of The Chew, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Michael Symon, are all working together with Disney Cruise Line to create Signature Collection Port Adventures featuring recipes from the show prepared by local chefs in the ports of call. All of the Culinary Port Adventures have been labeled as “The Chew Approved!”

Offerings for the Culinary Port Adventures are quite extensive. One variety of “The Chew Approved Port Adventures” is Culinary Classes, including hands-on seminars led by top chefs ashore! Another experience is Epicurean Adventures, where culinary experiences will enhance your activities within your excursion! Also, Wine & Dessert appreciation classes! The list goes on!

Here’s an example of one of these amazing Port Adventures, for instance, in Costa Maya, Mexico you can attend Salsa Cooking & Dancing! Or take a Cooking Class in Tuscany, Italy. While sailing in Alaska, you can “Cook Your Catch”! Or take a tour of of Graycliff Chocolatier and create your own chocolate creations in Nassau, Bahamas!

This is just scratching the surface, there are so many new Culinary Port Adventures on Disney Cruise Line!

Our team of travel planners are happy to help you plan your next vacation aboard Disney Cruise Line or to whatever destination you have been dreaming about!

 

Avengers and Other Super Heroes to Assemble in New Themed Areas at Disneyland Resort

Highly anticipated new experiences at Disneyland® Resort will soon invite your Clients to become part of a bigger universe filled with epic heroes and adventures, and today we’re sharing a sneak peek! Developed in partnership with Marvel Studios and Marvel Themed Entertainment, these experiences will champion the next generation of Super Heroes.

At Disneyland Resort, a new Super Hero-themed land will begin recruiting Guests in 2020, with even more new experiences to follow. The Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Super Hero universe, furthering the evolution of Disney California Adventure® Park. This new land will be anchored by the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, in the adjacent space that is currently occupied by “a bug’s land.” “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” closed March 19, 2018 to make way for this new heroic experience; the rest of the land will close in late summer.

Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for more details!

 

New Design Details for the Aventura Hotel Coming Soon to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Late this summer a brand new hotel will be coming to the Universal Orlando Resort! Universal’s Aventura Hotel will be unique compared to the other on-site hotels at Universal. Each of the Universal hotels will transport you into an amazing story through theming and incredible attention to detail. Aventura will be a fresh new experience for our guests and also affordable too. Once you arrive at the Aventura hotel you will be greeted by a sleek high rise. The clean lines and simple colors will give a modern and contemporary feel. Aventura’s architectural design was created with purpose. The Universal team has stated that they wanted the hotels design to make guests feel relaxed and at ease. It’s the perfect place for you to rest and hangout after a thrilling day in our theme parks.

If you look at the building from an aerial view, you will notice that there are 3 overlapping wings of the hotel. These 3 wings are all anchored by a center circle, this design is being called a “trefoil” shape. This design not only gives architectural interest to the hotel, but it also offers great views from all angles. Inside the hotel, details like pops of blue in the entry tiles will add visual interest while still keeping with that simple and modern look. Throughout the grounds lush, green foliage will add natural colors to the exterior of the hotel and will remind guests of the natural beauty of Florida!

Aventura will have an amazing pool, visible from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby. Aventura’s pool will be a relaxing location for the entire family! The pool area will be complete with a kid’s splash pad, poolside bar, and a fire pit where guests can enjoy making delicious s’mores. The pool will even have underwater speakers!

Aventura will be home to a rooftop bar and restaurant, that will sit high atop this beautiful hotel. Located on the 17th floor, the rooftop bar and grill will offer incredible views of the Universal Resort! From the rooftop deck you will even be able to see clear to downtown Orlando!

Everything about this hotel from the design to the amenities will bring a fresh and modern feel to the Universal Resort! We can’t wait until this new hotel opens this August!

New Pixar Play Zone for Kids coming to Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gives Parents an Evening to Themselves!

A brand new, immersive Pixar character experience will soon be offered for kids ages 4-12 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Each night kids can have the chance to be transported into the world of their favorite Pixar movies and interact with many beloved Pixar characters! The experience is called the Pixar Play Zone! This new offering allows kids to get to play while parents get to enjoy a night out at the Walt Disney World Resort! Pixar Play Zone is part of a pilot program that starts April 13, 2018 at the Contemporary Resort. Any Guests can bring their kids to Pixar Play Zone, you do not need to be a resort guest in order to book this kid’s experience.

Let’s take a look inside at what kids will get to experience at Pixar Play Zone! Bonnie’s Play Room will be filled with a variety of toys. Just around the corner is the Living Room. This space will serve as the hub for most of the activity at Pixar Play Zone! It is here that kids can experience Space Ranger Training where a Space Ranger will teach kids what it takes to become a Junior Space Ranger of Star Command and how to identify enemies, like the evil emperor Zurg. Kids will also learn the call of the Space Ranger, “To infinity and beyond!” This is just one of the amazing interactive experience kids can enjoy! Woody and Jessie will show kids the ropes of the Wild West during Woody’s Roundup which will be complete with a sing-along. Next to the Living Room will be the Radiator Springs Racetrack! Here kids will get to build their own racecars and take turns sending them down a soapbox derby racetrack for Piston Cup Derby Races. Finally, kids can participate in the Incredible Dance Party with Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, and a fun party host! Your kid’s evening at Pixar Play Zone will also include arcade games, dinner and dessert.

The kid’s nightly getaway will open doors for check-in at 5 p.m. The experience will begin at the welcome desk, a stop at the “Monsters, Inc.” handwashing station, followed by Boo’s Closet Door, where youngsters will be able to store any belongings before taking a couple of steps into an evening of Pixar fun! Programming will run from 6 to 10:30 p.m. for a fee of $65 per child (plus tax)

This new offering is a great chance for kids to experience activities just for them and make new friends! The experience also gives parents some time off so they can enjoy a romantic evening at Walt Disney World! Here are a few fun date night ideas to do while your kids enjoy Pixar Play Zone!

 

Dinner on the Monorail Loop

The location of Pixar Play Zone, Disney’s Contemporary Resort sits on the monorail loop. The monorail connects the Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. All of these wonderful resorts have a great selection of restaurants to choose from. You can find a place for whatever cuisine or atmosphere you are looking for.

 

 

Resort Hopping

The 3 resorts on the monorail loop, Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian are all stunning and offer something unique to see and do! The Contemporary is sleek and modern, this classic hotel is timeless and futurist all at the same time! The Polynesian Village Resort will transport you to an island paradise! The grounds are lush and tropical. There is even a beach that overlooks the seven seas lagoon across to the Magic Kingdom. The Grand Floridian is luxurious and Victorian. The Disney World resorts are truly like theme parks in themselves! You can spend a wonderful evening exploring around the resorts and their beautiful grounds. Grab dinner along the way or enjoy a drink at one of the resort’s lounges.

 

 

Epcot

If you take the monorail from the Contemporary to the transportation and ticket center you can catch a connecting monorail straight to Epcot! Epcot is home to the world showcase. The world showcase is home to 11 pavilions that represent their respective countries. If you feel like traveling the world in an evening Epcot is the place for you! During different times of the years Epcot is also the host for many popular festivals including the International Food and Wine Festival, the Flower and Garden Festival, the Festival of the Holidays and the Festival of the Arts! There is always something new to see and do and eat at Epcot!

90 Days of Spring Beauty Will Bloom at The 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

 

The Pixar Play Zone is a great place for kids to play while adults get to go out and enjoy a special evening knowing that their children are in great hands!

Aulani a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii!

Located outside Honolulu, Aulani Resort is a Disney destination unlike any other! This luxury Disney Resort in Hawaii is a celebration of the Hawaiian culture and sprinkled with a few magical touches from Disney throughout! This gem is tucked away on a private, beautiful corner of the island!

Aulani Resort  features the quintessential pieces that are iconic to a Disney vacation! Some of these magical touches include your favorite Disney characters, delicious Mickey-shaped foods, and of course that wonderful world class Disney service!

While there are character meet-and-greets and little Disney touches throughout, Aulani Resort  focuses more on pure vacationing, with grotto-style pools, two incredible water slides and a beautiful lazy river. The food at Aulani Resort ’s sit-down restaurants is authentic to the islands and absolutely delicious! Makahiki, hosts a character breakfast and dinner in a fun, laidback tropical setting! ‘Ama ‘Ama is an elegant beachfront eatery that serves upscale Island cuisine. Throughout the resort, you will find unique snacks and treats to enjoy! A popular item unique to Aulani is located at Papalua Shave Ice! Here you will find a Hawaiian favorite, shaved ice but with a magical twist… it’s in the shape of Mickey Mouse!

When it comes to relaxing at Disney Aulani Resort, guests can enjoy the resort’s gorgeous infinity pool and the hidden whirlpool spas that you will find tucked away throughout Aulani Resort!  When you are ready to get out and experience all that the beautiful island of Hawaii has to offer then Aulani Resort has you covered! The resort offers so many great excursions and activities. There is something for everyone in the family and of any interest. Head to Makiki Joe’s to experience Aulani’s Resort breathtaking Ko Olina Beach by kayak or paddle-board! Snorkel past schools of fish and underwater statues in Aulani Resort’s Rainbow Reef lagoon! Tee off at the Ko Olina Golf Club! There is always something exciting to do at Aulani Resort!

Want to do some adventuring yourself? Aulani Resort is home to an onsite Alamo car rental, allowing you to conveniently rent a car to go out exploring! You will find staying at Aulani Resort that they offer so many in-house services just like this to make your vacation easy and relaxing. The Disney hospitality and service is at the heart of this incredible resort!

Aulani is Resort the perfect backdrop for family vacations. Disney built Aulani Resort with family in mind. Aunty’s Beach House is a kid’s club and certified child care center. Your little ones will love the activities offered just for them at Aunty’s Beach House! This amazing service is included complimentary with your hotel stay. While kids have a blast learning to hula and hang out with Disney characters such as Stitch, parents can have the opportunity to experience some of the Adult offerings at Aulani Resort! Delight in quiet adults-only pools or head to the Laniwai Spa for unique body treatments and couples massages.

Ka WA’A  – A Lu’au is a must-see experience for everyone in the family! The lu’au combines Hawaiian culture and history with the amazing storytelling and magic of Disney! Mickey Mouse himself even makes a guest appearance. The evening begins with fun festivities including Hawaiian crafts like kapa printing and orchid floral bracelet making! When the meal begins, you will be treated to a tradition Hawaiian feast! The experience is authentic and magical!

So if you are looking for a wonderful Hawaiian vacation with the special Disney touches and exceptional customer service then Aulani Resort is the place for you and your family. Our team at Kingdom Magic Vacations is here to help you plan your next amazing trip to Aulani Resort or wherever your heart desires!

 

 


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