Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – the amazing new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade – is Now Officially Open at Universal’s Islands of Adventure! On your visit to Universal you can now experience all the mysteries and thrills of the Forbidden Forest and join Hagrid as you come face-to-face with some of the wizarding world’s most rare magical creatures! This brand-new attraction is highly-themed! It is an incredibly immersive coaster experience!
Here is the excitement that happened during the open ceremony:
The ride’s opening was hosted by stars from the Harry Potter movies! Thats right! To open the attraction, Harry Potter film stars Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) led guests in reciting the iconic spell, “Wingardium Leviosa” in unison, to reveal the entrance of the new attraction and welcome guests inside!
Here are just a few of the reasons to be excited for this first-ever “story coaster,” :
Board magical motorbikes – You can enjoy two differnt ride experiences, riding on either the motorcycle or in the adjacent sidecar!
Journey to the Forbidden Forest, featuring more than 1,200 trees
Come face-to-face with some of the wizarding world’s most rare magical creatures! Creatures such as a majestic Centaur, a swarm of mischievous Cornish pixies, Fluffy, the three-headed dog, and even Blast-Ended Skrewts – a creature that’s never been seen in the films!
Encounter Hagrid himself! The most life-like animated figure Universal Orlando has ever created!
Find yourself tangled in a thicket of Devil’s Snare and unexpectedly free-fall nearly 17 feet to escape the perilous plant!
Experience the freedom of flight as you soar above the trees, rapidly accelerate through the ruins, speed forward – and backward – up to 50 mph and more!
Disney World is famous for their state of the art rides, immersive lands, wonderful resort hotels, world class shows but what are they also famous for?! THE SNACKS! Disney World snacks are a fan phenomenon! So much so that recently Disney has even released an entire merchandise line themed to Disney snacks! It is no shock that Disney treats and snacks are an iconic part of your Disney World vacation!
You always have your classic staple Disney snacks such as the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars, Churros, popcorn… ext. There are many iconic items that you can find at Disney year after year! Additionally, recently Disney has been creating many wonderful limited addition and specialty snacks that are making fans go wild! Many of these new snacks are very unique and very adorable! It’s like these snacks were made for Instagram pics!
Today I want to share with you my personal favorite top 5 Disney World snacks, both classic snacks and new Disney treats! Let’s get started!
Mickey Premium Bar
This first favorite of mine is a classic! You can’t go wrong with a Mickey Premium ice cream bar! These treats are available at practically ever Disney snack cart and most quick service locations throughout all of Walt Disney World! I love that creamy rich vanilla ice cream coated in smooth delicious chocolate! It is my favorite ice cream treat of all time! And what makes it better? It is shaped like the main mouse himself!
My next snack is another classic Disney icon, the dole ship! This treat is dole pineapple soft serve! I love how fruity and tropical this item taste, yet it is still so rich and creamy! Dole Whips are actually dairy-free which makes this item also serve as a very refreshing treat to enjoy on those super-hot Florida days.
New Flavors of Dole Whip
The traditional pineapple Dole Whip is such a well-loved Disney snack! Recently Disney has introduced several new specialty flavors of dole whip that a served as a limited time or seasonal release! The one I have been really wanting to try is the “Hei-Hei Cone’! This cone features both the traditional pineapple Dole Whip as well as a brand-new raspberry Dole Whip! The cone is so cute! It Is themed to look like Hei-Hei, the chicken from Disney’s Moana! Another new version of Dole Whip is ‘The Lost Princess Cone,’ it is a lemon Dole Whip themed to Rapunzel! It even features edible flowers just like the flowers in her hair! Another new flavor recently released is the mango Dole Whip! This flavor can be found in the “Adventure is Out There’ Cone, which is Inspired by Disney Pixar’s up. I tried this cone out for myself on my recent visit to Magic Kingdom and absolutely loved it!
Mickey Rice Crispy Treat
Another go-to Disney snack staple for me is the Mickey rice crispy treats! I love grabbing one of these to take back to the room and enjoy at night! What is really fun is that Disney actually creates many different variations of the Mickey Rice Crispy Treat! I am constantly seeing new toppings and combinations! They also make adorably themed Rice Crispy Treats decorated based off of different Disney characters and themed seasonally to various holiday!
I love the Disney World caramel and chocolate cover apples! This is another classic Disney treat that can be found in many sweet shops throughout Walt Disney World! Similarly to the Rice Crispy Treats, Disney is always releasing new variations of the Mickey Apples! And New character themed apples! My personal favorite variation of a Mickey Apple is the dark chocolate, caramel and sea salt! The sea salt was the best touch! A great tip about the Mickey apples is that you can actually ask a cast member to cut the apple for you when you purchase it! This makes eating your treat in the park a lot easier! And easier for sharing!
I hope my list inspired you to check out some new Disney snacks on your next visit to the park! As always be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next trip to Walt Disney World to any travel destination you are dreaming of visiting next! Our knowledgeable team is excited to help you bring your vacation dreams to life!
Animal Kingdom is amazing for so many reasons, Flight of Passage – the current most popular ride in all of Disney World, Pandora the World of Avatar, daring thrill rides like Expedition Everest, World Class shows and entertainment like Festival of the Lion King, delicious food offerings and so much more! All of these aspects make Animal Kingdom the amazing Disney park that it is! However, the heart and soul of this park is focused on one thing… the animals themselves!
Many amazing animals call animal Kingdom home, and what an amazing home they have. Disney always puts the needs of the animals as the number one priority they go above and beyond to give them the best quality of life. Disney also does so much with scientific research to help better the lives of the animals in the park as well as animals all around the globe and in the wild. Additionally, the Disney Nature organization plays a big role in conservation! As an animal lover, I absolutely love seeing this aspect of Disney and learning all about their efforts while visiting Animal Kingdom!
On my most recent visit to Animal Kingdom, I got to see baby Grace, a newborn baby gorilla that was born at the park! At the time the following video was recorded on May 15th. She had just turned 2 weeks old! She is SO CUTE! We didn’t move from the viewing area for about a solid 20 minutes! We were so fascinated just getting to watch her and watch her mom take care of her! Cast members told us that Grace’s mom is such an amazing mom and takes such good care of baby Grace! She even loves to show her baby off! She makes a point to come sit right by the window were guests are so people can see her baby! She is a very proud mom!
The cast members also told us that Graces 2 big sisters are absolutely fascinated with their new baby sister! They love watching their mom take care of the baby and are so curious about her! How adorable is that! During the time we were there we got to see one of the big sisters Lilly come up and lay down right next to her mom and baby Grace! She just stared at baby Grace in such amazement! It was so precious!
Watch out new YouTube video to see footage of baby Grace when we visited her on her 2-week-old birthday!
Be sure to head over to Gorilla Falls next time you are in Animal Kingdom to see baby Grace and her sweet family for yourself! It will be a highlight of your day for sure! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation to Walt Disney World or to whatever destination you are dreaming of visiting next!
It is the middle of June which means we are just about 2 short weeks away from July! Which means guess what? CHRISTMAS IN JULY! That is just a roundabout excuse for this Christmas-loving girl to talk about my favorite holiday! But in all seriousness now is the perfect time to start thinking ahead to your Christmas season travel plans!
Walt Disney World is a wonderful destination to visit year round but during the holidays the magic increases even more with festive decorations in every inch of the parks and resorts as well as special Christmas events and holiday offerings! I always love planning a visit to the parks around the holiday season, which in Disney typically begins the first week in November and runs through the first week of the new year! During this time you can take in all the breathtaking holiday decorations at both the parks and resorts as well as take part in some of those special Christmas offerings I mentioned!
A fan favorite holiday event at Disney year after year is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This is an extra-ticketed special event that takes place on select nights at the Magic Kingdom Park during the Christmas season. During the event you can enjoy a plethora of special holiday themed entertainment offerings and experiences! You will receive complimentary treats and refreshments throughout the park! Enjoy a special Christmas parade and wonderful holiday stage show and more! One of the main events during this festive evening is the specialty Christmas fireworks show!
This year a brand-new Christmas fireworks show will premiere as part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! The new show will be called, “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks!” That’s right! This brand-new fireworks spectacular, will light up the skies above Magic Kingdom during Christmas Party nights!
This new show will be hosted by Minnie Mouse herself and feature medleys of Christmas songs like “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls,” “Up on the House Top,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas!” What a perfect way to celebrate the season!’
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place this year on select nights from November 8 – December 22, 2019. If you are interested in a special way to experience this new show, consider adding on a fireworks dessert party. This experience gives you the chance to enjoy sweet treats all while enjoying a special reserved viewing area to take in the show!
Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner today for more information and to start planning your holiday travels! For now, Merry Christmas in June!
Recently I visited Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for the first time ever! I fell in love with the romantic Spanish colonial architecture, the peaceful grounds and all the amenities this moderate resort has to offer! There truly is so much to take in at this beautiful Disney Resort! The dining options are endless! Everything from grab-and-go items, quick service entrees, fine dining table service meals, just to name a few! There are also several bars and lounges to relax and kick back during your vacation!
As I mentioned, instantly upon my first visit here to walk around and tour the property… I was hooked! That’s why I am so excited because as a company this fall, our group will all be staying here at Coronado Springs for a company event! I am so excited to experience actually staying here as a guest during this time!
I really loved getting to see the construction for Gran Destino Tower! Gran Destino Tower is a brand-new part of Disney’s Coronado Springs! It features even more luxury accommodations! At the time of me touring Coronado Springs and taking the following video footage it was last month in May. You can see in the video that Gran Destino Tower was still getting some finishing touches. The tower actually opens NEXT MONTH in July! So exciting! I am looking forward to checking out the rooftop restaurant that will be at the top of Gran Destino Tower!
I was so impressed with Coronado Springs! I am excited to get to stay here for myself this fall! For now, let’s go on a tour together of what Coronado Springs has to offer! I am excited to take you along through this video montage tour!
Check out our new YouTube video to get a tour of the grounds at this wonderful Disney Resort!
Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next Walt Disney World vacation! Our team is excited to use their knowledge and experience to help you plan the vacation that is best for you and your family!
It’s official! Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure has officially opened this week at the Universal Orlando Resort! This coaster is the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. This is not your average roller coaster! It is a completely immersive ride experience! So much so that Universal has even called this attraction a “story coaster.” As you ride the coaster you feel you are placed right in the middle of the Harry Potter story! To get you even more excited for this brand new Universal ride, here are 7 details about the ground-breaking coaster technology and all-new environments you will be able to experience on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure!
Adventure Beyond the Grounds of Hogwart’s Castle
Guests will journey to the edge of the Forbidden Forest and enter ruins that have seemingly been abandoned for centuries behind Hagrid’s hut! These ruins were imagined and created by Universal Creative in collaboration with the Harry Potter films’ Production Designer, Stuart Craig, and Art Director, Alan Gilmore! Universal made sure that every detail fit perfectly into the storyline! It is in this setting where your Care of Magical Creatures class with Hagrid will begin!
Brand New Environments and Sets
Inside the ruins, you will see materials from Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class, including dragon eggs on the verge of hatching and a makeshift nursery where he kept his Blast-Ended Skrewts in a terrarium before they outgrew the chamber. Here you will also experience a pre-show featuring digital projection technology and special effects. In the show you will encounter Arthur Weasley, Hagrid, and his loyal dog, Fang. However like any good story your experience doesn’t stop there! Once you board your motorbike, you will plunge deeper into the Forbidden Forest and closer to some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures!
Most Launches of any Coaster in the WORLD! 7 Launches in Total!
Guest will launch up to 50 miles per hour through the Forbidden Forest, past the ruins and more! This ride is truly a technological first!
The first coaster in the U.S. to feature a free-fall vertical drop – dropping you nearly 17 feet!
Get ready! You will be dropping quite a distance! Nearly 17 feet!!
The longest roller coaster in Florida, measuring nearly a mile in length (5,053 feet)
Your adventure into the Forbidden Forest is bound to be an exciting one! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for creatures and mischief around every turn of the track!
2 Riding options!
Enchanted motorbikes will take you on an adventure through the Forbidden Forest – and you can ride the motorcycle like Hagrid or board the adjacent sidecar like Harry Potter! This is incredible for re-riding the attraction! It can be a new experience each time!
This “story coaster” will catapult you 65 feet in the air at a more than 70-degree angle…then drop you backward in one movement!
Be sure to hold on tight and trust Hagrid to get you through your journey!
We are so excited to experience this brand-new attraction at Universal Orlando! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit!
I love something about each of the parks at Walt Disney World! Each park offers something unique and I have so many things that I love at each WDW park! That being said if I had to choose a favorite I would have to go with Animal Kingdom! When I tell people this they are usually shocked as this park definitely does not get as much attention as say Magic Kingdom. For me Animal Kingdom just has my heart! Today I am excited to share with you my 5 reasons why Animal Kingdom is my favorite park!
This first one is pretty obvious! The name Animal Kingdom gives away that this park is home to so many animals! I am a HUGE animal lover so for me being able to just take my time strolling around this park, exploring the treks and simply watching the animals is absolutely amazing!
This park was created with so much attention to detail! You feel like you have been transported to places, like Africa, Asia, lush tropical forests and even to a faraway planet in Pandora!
Home to my Favorite Attraction
Animal Kingdom is home to my all-time favorite Disney World attraction and what many people call the best ride in all of Walt Disney World… Flight of Passage! This ride can be found inside of Pandora, the World of Avatar. Here you get to experience what it is like to fly on the back of a banshee! You truly feel like you are flying! It is a ride like no other!
In recent years Animal Kingdom has introduced evening hours in this park! In previous years the park would always close around 5:00 each day. With the addition of these nighttime hours the park has also received many new experience, such as brand-new nighttime shows and entertainment and unique experiences such as riding Kilimanjaro Safari at night! This experience is great because you can watch the animals and see their behavior in a different setting! You could ride this attraction once during the day and once after the sunsets and have to totally different rides!
This park is a paradise for foodies! Whether you are looking for a quick-service meal, a fine-dining sit down experience or an on-the-go-snack, you will find something amazing at Animal Kingdom! Some notable favorites for me are Flame Tree Barbecue and Satu’li Canteen for quick-service and Tiffins and Yak and Yeti for table-service!
To hear more about why I love Animal Kingdom, check out our new YouTube video!
Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation to Walt Disney World or to any travel destination you are dreaming of visiting next!
This past week, something major in Disney Parks History happened! Star War Galaxy’s Edge opened at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California! After years of anticipation, rumors and speculation about what the land will be like, the walls finally came down and all of our questions were answered! Galaxy’s Edge is officially here!
Wow, is the best word to describe Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge! This land is completely blowing guests away! The land truly makes you feel like you have stepped out of the park and are on a different planet! You are fully immersed in the Star Wars universe! Every aspect of the land has been designed and thought out with absolutely incredible attention to detail! It is totally immersive!
To give you an example of just how much attention to detail we are talking about when we say attention to detail, specially designed Coke and Dasani bottles that look more futuristic were designed to be sold in the land! Disney didn’t want anything to take you out of the world of Star Wars! This level of immersion is next level and something that I personally am so excited to get to see in person!
Now that the land is opened at Disneyland, next up will be Disney World’s opening on August 29! Fans are so excited that this incredible new land will also have a home at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The food offerings in Galaxy’s Edge have been reviewed to be very delicious and they all feature an out of this world galactic spin! Disney has created every culinary piece to be apart of the Star Wars story! The famous “Blue Milk” has already been creating a buzz on social media! Guests love it!
Currently one major attraction in the land is open, Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run! This attraction lets you and your flight crew actually control and fly the Millennium Falcon! Your performance at your tasks onboard the ride will actually determine the rides outcome! This is a state of the art attraction that uses never before seen technology!
In a few months, the second attraction will be debuting in both Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World and Disneyland called Rise of the Resistance! Disney has said that this ride experience will actually be like several different ride experiences all tied into one overall journey that guests will go on. Nothing like this has ever been created before!
I am counting down the days until I get to experience Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge for myself! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next visit so you can take in this out of this world new land for yourself!
Are you ready for an amazing day at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Water theme park? Picture yourself hanging out on the sand, soaking up the Florida sunshine, and swimming in the park’s crystal clear waters, kicked back without a care in the world! Universal’s water theme park, Volcano Bay is unlike any other water park you have ever experienced! ˇThis is not just a water park, it is a water theme park! One of the amazing amenities that sets Volcano Bay apart is their wearable tech — the TapuTapu!
You receive one of these wristbands upon entry into Volcano Bay to use during your time in the park! You can tap your band at a ride and it will virtually hold your place in line! You are given a return time that will display on your band and you can come back to ride at that time with little to know wait at all! That means during that time your spot in line is being virtually held by your TapuTapu, instead of standing in a line you can be enjoying the pool, floating along in the lazy river, soaking in the sun on the beach, anything you want to do! Here are some more facts about TapuTapu!
More than a Place Holder!
Your TapuTapu can also allow for some very fun interactive surprises throughout the park when you tap it on certain touchpoints! Another wonderful convenience is that you can use your TapuTapu to pay for food, souvenirs and more. This way you don’t have to worry about running back to a locker to grab your wallet! Everything is linked right to your wrist!
Once you tap your TapuTapu at an attraction your spot is being held in the virtual line! The virtual line allows you to relax and have fun until it’s your time to ride! During this time you can eat, drink, chill out, or ride other attractions that don’t have a wait time! The options are endless! It is all up to you!
Look for “Ride Now”
No matter what ride you have got counting down on your TapuTapu, you can always ride an attraction whose sign reads, “RIDE NOW.” This means these rides are a “walk on” and you don’t have to wait. So keep an eye out for “RIDE NOW” as you explore the park.
You can use your TapuTapu to make purchases at Volcano Bay without carrying around cash or your card. Just set up an account on The Official Universal Orlando Resort App and you can “TapTu Pay” for food, drinks and merchandise throughout the park!
As always, your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is happy to answer all of your questions when it comes to planning your Universal Orlando vacation! Contact our team today to book your next trip!
I recently got back from an incredible trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! This spring time trip was extra exciting because we visited during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! This annual festival takes place every spring in Epcot! The event puts Epcot in full bloom with floral displays covering every inch of the park, character topiaries and some incredible outdoor kitchens offering springtime inspired food and beverage items!
Last week I took you on a tour of some of the beautiful and detailed character topiaries that could be found around the festival! Now this week I am excited to show you more about the outdoor kitchens at the Event! Let’s dive into the culinary offerings at this year’s 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!
On our first visit to the festival of this trip we made our first outdoor kitchen stop at Trowel and Trellis! This booth was hosted by Impossible foods. Everything at this outdoor kitchen is vegetarian and vegan. From here we tried our first festival food item, the Grilled Street Corn on the Cob! It was a 5 out of 5! The corn was cooked to perfection and popped right off when you ate it. The corn was doctored up with a savory garlic spread that added the perfect amount of flavor without being too overpowering.
The next festival booth we stopped at was the Bauernmarkt in Germany! Here we had the Toasted Pretzel Bread. The pretzel bread was topped with black forest ham and melted gruyere cheese! YUM! It was the best comfort food! Declared this to be another 5 out of 5!
As we continued a lap around World Showcase we then stopped off in America for The Smokehouse! Here we got 3 festival items! The first was The Pulled Pig Slider that was accompanied with coleslaw on top. Then we had the Beef Brisket Burnt ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider which also featured garlic sausage, chorizo, cheddar fondue and a house-made pickle. The third item we got here was the Shredded Beef Brisket which featured a smoked potato, chorizo fondue and green tomato relish! All of these items were excellent! The Smokehouse always hits it home year after year at this festival! The Beef Brisket Burnt ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider ended up being my favorite out of the 3 items with tried here! The barbecue sauce had a bit of sweetness to it and accompanied the cheddar fondue so well!
The next day that we visited the Flower and Garden Festival we began with a stop at The Honey Bee-stro! This was my favorite booth during the previous 2018 festival so I was so looking forward to stopping here this year! It lived up to my year long wait! We got the Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread which featured white cheddar cheese, charred vegetables, clover honey sour cream, and micro citrus greens. This was my favorite item of the festival! I loved it! The second item we tried here was the Roasted Cauliflower which featured a buckwheat honey carrot puree, wild rice pilaf, asparagus, honey-blistered grapes, sunflower brittle, and coriander flowers. We also indulged in a dessert item here, the Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake! This dish is so decadent and delicious! It features orange blossom honey ice cream garnished with fennel pollen meringue kisses and petite lavender shoots. This item is a must-try!
Next we made our way over to The Citrus Blossom. I had one very special item in mind that I know I wanted to get here, the Orange Cream Slushy! This slushy taste just like an orange creamsicle and it is served in a souvenir orange bird sipper cup! I am a huge Orange Bird fan so this item was a must for me! It is the perfect refreshing treat!
From the taste of Marrakesh booth in Morocco we tried the Harissa Chicken Kebab. It was served with a dried fruit couscous salad! Another big hit for this year’s festival!
The final item I enjoyed at this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival was a festival icon! The Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade! The Violet Lemonade is a very popular Instagram phenomena! It is a pretty purple color and is adorned with an edible flower! This item has been a must-get beverage for me at the flower and garden festival year after year! I am not the only one who loves this very photogenic drink! People love this item so much that this year it was actually used in a lot of the Flower and Garden Festival merchandise designs! Everyone loves this drink! Be sure to check it out!
You can watch my full festival journey in our new YouTube video!
I hope you enjoyed this 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival culinary tour! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to plan your next trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth or to any destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!
I think everyone can agree that a very important area when it comes to planning out your vacation is the food and beverage offerings that you will get to experience! We all love to indulge in some delicious food and drinks while on vacation! Universal Orlando’s newest extra-affordable Value Hotel, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites will be a foodie paradise! This brand-new Universal Resort opens on June 27! Let’s take a first look at a few of the amazing culinary offerings you will be able to experience at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites!
You will find a casual dining food court at Surfside Inn and Suites called Beach Break Cafe, here you will be able to take a break from your adventure in the parks to enjoy some incredible surfer-inspired dishes! These offerings will feature Southern California flavors and highlight many fresh ingredients! Just like in surf culture, Beach Break Cafe dares to be different! In this spirit the eatery will offer food and drink items from around the world! The atmosphere will be care-free, cool and exciting, from early in the morning to late at night, all within this great new family-friendly Universal hotel!
This casual dining food court will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The eatery has been inspired by food trucks, local joints and backyard BBQs! Beach Break Cafe’s menu will be very affordable and offer something for everyone from unique cuisine to comfort food! Here are just a few of the great items you will find at Beach Break Cafe!
Bacon Egg and Cheese Croissant
Served with Breakfast Potatoes
Sausage Gravy, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Mozzarella, and Cheddar Cheese
Lunch and Dinner
Ham, Capicola, Genoa Salami, Provolone, Red Onion, Tomato, Shredded Romaine, Pepperoncini, Red Wine Vinaigrette
SoCal (Southern California) – Cobb Salad
Southern California is a region known for light, clean and unique flavors.
Chopped Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocado, Blue Cheese, Bacon, Hard Boiled Egg and Avocado Ranch Dressing
Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Glaze
This burger is inspired by the classic wave — one of the most famous and most photographed waves.
Beef Patty, Topped with Caramelized Onion, Bacon Jam and Provolone Cheese Served with Crisp Lettuce and Vine Ripe Tomatoes on a Toasted Bun Tofu Power Bowl with Baja Sauce
Tofu Power Bowl with Baja Sauce
If you’re more of a carnivore, you can choose chicken or carne asada for this dish as well.
Cilantro Lime Rice, Quinoa, Kale, Red Cabbage, Pickled Carrots
A great vacation always includes some time spent relaxing by the pool! As you soak up the sun you can indulge with some refreshing drinks! Head over to the resort’s pool bar, aka the Sand Bar! Here you will find a laid-back atmosphere where you can hang loose! Here’s a taste of some of the drinks you can enjoy poolside.
Orange Surf Board
– Orange Vodka, Coconut Rum, Triple Sec, Orange Juice and a splash of Cranberry
– Endless Summer Rum, Peach Vodka, Gin, Peach Schnapps, OJ and Pineapple Juice
Surf En La Paloma
– Tequila, Blood Orange, Grapefruit Juice and Soda
Epic Sunset (Frozen)
– Vodka, Mango Colada and Strawberry Island Oasis
Toasted Coconut Mango Mojito (Frozen)
– Coconut Rum, Mango and Mojito Island Oasis
Are you ready to plan your stay at Universal’s new Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites?! This amazing new resort opens just in time for summer 2019! Contact you Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to book your trip!
When you are planning your next Walt Disney World vacation and are looking for a resort, you should consider the newly reimagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This resort is architecturally stunning. It is truly an oasis set on the shore of Lago Dorado. This resort celebrates the Spanish history of artists, writers and architects. The resort is themed with classic Spanish influences along with Disney touches and modern comforts for your relaxation and enjoyment.
You will be impressed as soon as you walk into the resorts grand 2-story lobby which is decorated with rows of hanging lanterns which gives a subtle lighting on the beautiful Spanish tiling.
Outside you will find a hub of activity. Here you will find Three Bridges Bar & Grill which is opening soon, a lakefront restaurant with wonderful cuisine and an inviting atmosphere featuring a stone hearth at the central bar and a glowing fire pit for the evenings where you can sit back and enjoy a refreshing beverage.
If you love pool time then this is the resort for you. The aquatic area is built around a 50-foot replica of a Mayan pyramid. The water streams down the steps of the stone structure into the Lost City of Ciola pool. The water slide here is quite impressive, kids and kids at heart will love it. You’ll also want to check out the hot tub which is the largest at a Walt Disney World resort. Other activities in this area include a playground for the kids, ping pong tables, a fun arcade, volleyball court and pool bar! If all the walking around Walt Disney World is not enough activity for you then head over to the resort Fitness Center which is open 24-hours and has a range of spa and beauty services.
The Grand Destino Tower will be open this summer so you can be among the first to enjoy these new rooms. Atop this 15-story tower will be a restaurant, Toledo will serve up tapas, steak and seafood. To compliment your meal you can choose from a wide selection of wines from Spain and California.
In the main building of the Coronado Springs Resort you will find many food options. Maya Grill is an upscale Tex-Mex eatery and steakhouse.
El Mercado de Coronado is a counter service/food court area serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner and a great place to pick up a late night snack on your way back to your room after a day at the parks. Café Rix is the spot to grab pastries, cakes, gelatos, gourmet coffee and smoothies.
Right off the lobby you will find Panchito’s Gifts and Sundries filled with souvenirs, native crafts and much more. A great place to shop for a special item to take home or to pick up something that you might have forgot to pack.
This resort has everything you could want in a great Disney Resort. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to plan your next Walt Disney World vacation.
There is a lot of planning before you go on your Walt Disney World trip. From where to stay to getting the desired dining reservations to do we need the dining plan and park hopper and adding on water parks. There is a lot of choices and decisions to make. One of the big items you have to address before your trip is getting those desired fast passes. Without a fast pass you will be waiting in lines much longer and in the case of the E ticket rides you may not get on at all if you are not willing to wait hours for each. Here are some tips and tricks for getting those precious fast passes.
-Book a stay at a Walt Disney World resort or Disney Springs resort and you will have a head start over other guests. With your reservation, you will be able to get on the My Disney Experience app and get your fast passes 60 days before your trip. At 7:00 a.m. on that 60 day out window, you will want to open the app and start scheduling your fast passes. If you want to ride Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom, Slinky Dog Dash in Hollywood Studios or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom this will be your best opportunity to get those coveted fast passes.
-If you are staying off Disney property, you should purchase your tickets ahead of time and you will be able to link that ticket number to the My Disney Experience app. Now you will have the opportunity to makes fast passes 30 days in advance of your trip. Open the app 30 days prior to the first day of your trip and you will be ready to make fast passes. You should be able to still get really good fast passes but do not be surprised if some E ticket rides are already gone.
-Don’t be discouraged if you did not get your desired fast pass before your trip. There is still a good chance of securing a coveted fast pass. People’s day-to-day plans during a Walt Disney World trip can change and people are always revising their fast passes based on the park they decided to go to that day. So check the My Disney Experience app frequently, you might be surprised by what becomes available. Many people make changes to their plans the night before so while you are in your room at night keep checking and you could get lucky. That is always an exciting feeling!
-Play around with the times on the app. It lets you select morning, afternoon or evening and then shows you what is available. However, it also will let you select specific times. Try selecting from those options and you may see a time that better fits your plans.
I hope these tips help you get the fast passes you desire. Also remember that your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner is always there to help you plan and answer questions. Contact our team today to plan your next vacation!
Last week I was on vacation at the Most Magical Place on Earth… Walt Disney World! My family and I had such an amazing time! One of the highlights was getting to attend the 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! This event has always been a favorite of mine and it seems to get better and better year after year! I love every aspect about this springtime event, the colorful landscapes, the whimsical character topiaries and of course the delicious outdoor kitchens food and beverage offerings!
Over the course of the next few weeks I am excited to share with you my full 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival experience! I can’t wait to tell you everything that I loved about this year’s event! To start off this week I want to highlight the incredible character topiaries!
What is a topiary you may ask?! A topiary is a Disney character created entirely out of the use of flowers and natural materials! The Disney horticulture teams has been crafting these works of art for years at the parks and it is these character topiaries that paved the way for the start of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! Over the years there have been several additional elements added into the event but these amazing topiaries still remain the heart of it all!
Every year the Disney horticulture team outdoes themselves with the topiaries they create and with the various surrounding displays that they produce to showcase each topiary! I have enjoyed watching the progression of the topiaries year after year and I always look forward to seeing what the Disney horticulture team will think of next!
This year was no exception! The Disney horticulture team went above and beyond with this year’s displays! Speaking of above and beyond… ‘to infinity and beyond!’ One of the new displays making its debut at this year’s 2019 festival was the Toy Story display. In past years, they have had Woody and Buzz in topiary form but they were located in separate parts of the park. Buzz in recent years had been over by Mission Space and Woody previously could be seen near the America Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase. In celebration of Toy Story 4 coming out this summer, Buzz and Woody are now right next to each other in a very special Toy Story Display. This year also saw the introduction of a brand-new topiary, Bo peep and even her sheep! The characters are all located in the same area out front of a brand-new Toy Story themed playground that has been brought in specially for the Flower and Garden Festival!
Additionally, there were some new character topiaries introduced this season such as Kermit and Miss Piggy! Also, many return character topiaries received a special revamp with new locations and new surrounding displays. Some personal favorites for me included the Lady and the Tramp topiaries! Lady and the Tramp have been icons in the Italy Pavilion for years at the Flower and Garden Festival! This year they have moved from against the one wall in the Italy Pavilion to across the way, down by the World Showcase Lagoon right in front of the Italy Pavilion. With their new location, you can now take an amazing photo of them with the backdrop of the lagoon and Spaceship Earth in the distance!
To see an overview of some of this year’s topiaries and floral displays at the 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, check out our new YouTube video!
Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!
If you are a fan of Halloween and all of the things that go bump in the night then you have to make it out to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights! This annual event takes place on select nights at Universal Studios Florida throughout the entire fall season. Guests will experience frights first hand and feel as though they have stepped onto the set of a horror film for themselves!
With incredibly themed haunted houses and scare zones, visitors to the event will feel as though they are starring in a horror film themselves! Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights has been deemed Orlando’s premier Halloween event! It is sure to put you in the spooky spirit! This is an incredibly fun night out for groups of friends! You are sure to share so many scares which will leave you with lifelong memories and laughs to look back on!
Halloween Horror Nights definitely has a cult following! There are many fans who plan a special visit to the Universal Orlando Resort every year during the Halloween season just to be able to attend HHN! With this in mind Universal Orlando is always on top of keeping the event new and fresh each year! They put a lot of work and thought into designing new houses and scare zones each year! Universal also is always introducing new elements such as specialty snack and beverage items exclusive to the event! The Universal team does a great job with bringing back the classic Horror Night’s originals year after year, as well as always introducing new elements that make this event unique every year!
Halloween Horror Nights runs this year on select nights from Sept. 6 – Nov. 2 at the Universal Orlando Resort! This year, guests will experience 10 haunted houses, 5 scare zones, live entertainment and more!
Now is the perfect time to plan your fall trip to Universal Orlando so that you can experience the frights and thrills of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights for yourself! Select nights can be very popular meaning rooms at Universal can fill up quickly. That’s why now is a great time to get your trip booked and on the calendar! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your vacation!