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Best Universal Orlando Vacation Tip! How to get Universal Express Unlimited Pass For FREE!

 

Are you looking for a way to take your Universal Orlando Vacation to the next level?! Well do we have the Universal Vacation tip for you! This Universal vacation tip is a game changer! It will enhance your visit in ways you never thought possible, we are talking about getting Universal Express Unlimited pass for FREE! That’s right! It all starts by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner and booking your next stay at any of the amazing Universal Orlando Resorts! Staying at a Universal Orlando Resort gives you many benefits and perks! One of the amazing perks that comes with staying at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel is that you get a FREE Universal Express Unlimited pass!

Universal Express Unlimited is free when you stay at one of these three hotels:

  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Portofino Bay Hotel - Universal Studios Orlando Resort Hotel

  • Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

 

  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort

    5 Hidden Gems At Loews Royal Pacific Resort

You may be wondering, what is a Universal Express Unlimited pass? It’s a pass that lets you skip the regular stand-by lines to almost all of Universal’s rides and attractions! The best part is, the pass is UNLIMITED! You can ride your favorites again and again never having to wait in line! For example, if you want to ride Revenge of the Mummy more than one time, you can use your Universal Express Unlimited pass to skip the regular line, as many times as you want! It’s that easy! All you need is a stay at one of the three hotels we mentioned and use your hotel room key.

 

 

To get you excited for your next visit here are just a few of the rides you can ride with Universal Express Unlimited:

  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

 

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

 

  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong

 

  • Jurassic Park River Adventure

 

  • MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack

 

These are just a few examples of some of our favorites! The list of rides goes on and on!

 

So now all you have to do is plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort. Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner can help you choose the Universal Resort that is right for you and assist you in planning your perfect getaway!

 

 

 

 

Figment’s Brush with the Masters at Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts 2019!

 

I recently returned home from an incredible visit to the Walt Disney World Resort! It was magical! This vacation had a lot of first for me, I had never visited Disney World in the month of February ever before. It is not a month that my family and I typically travel but this long weekend trip in February was planned for a very specific reason, we choose to visit this time of year to attend our very first Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

 

 

2019 marked the third year for Epcot’s Festival of the Arts and up until just a few day ago this was the only Epcot festival that I had not personally attended. As an art lover, I was filled with so much anticipation and excitement going into my first Festival of the Arts! Let’s just say all of my expectations were exceeded and then some! I LOVE THIS FESTIVAL! Be on the lookout for many upcoming post about my experience at this wonderful event! I have so much that I can’t wait to share!

 

 

Today I want to share with you a fun activity that you can participate in at the Festival of the Arts, Figment’s Brush with the Masters! This experience is a scavenger hunt challenge that takes place in each pavilion throughout World Showcase. If you are familiar with Remy’s Hide and Squeak during the Food and Wine Festival or Egg-stravaganza during Easter it is similar to these scavenger hunt experiences! You are on the hunt to find famous paintings throughout World Showcase and must use your map and sticker sheet to match each painting to the corresponding country you found it in.

 

 

There are several locations throughout Epcot that you can purchase your map. You can choose to also pick up your prize right then or wait to redeem it after you have completed the challenge. My family and I had a blast doing this experience! I found that by having something you are hunting for in each country, it makes you to stop in each pavilion and truly appreciate the details that are all around you! I was noticing things in each country that I had never noticed before!

 

 

Figment’s Brush with the master challenge would be perfect for kids because it gives them something to do while parents might want to spend time sampling some of the many wonderful culinary offerings that can be found at the festival! We saw so many kids enjoying the challenge and excited to explore each pavilion and find Figment!

 

 

If you want to see what Figment’s Brush with the Masters is all about, join me in our new YouTube video! I vlogged my family experience hunting for Figment! I hope you have as much fun watching as we had searching each pavilion! You are sure to get some laughs at us circling back to pavilions when the quest got challenging! Enjoy!

 

Plan your next adventure by contacting your Kingdom Magic vacations travel Planner. Our knowledgeable and passionate team is ready to help you plan the perfect trip that encompasses everything you are looking for!

VIDEO TOUR – The Art Corner! – NEW SHOP now open at Disney Springs – Artistic Talent Group – Walt Disney World

 

On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World I just so happened to visit Disney Springs on a very special day! I was strolling through Disney Springs on the opening day of The Art Corner, a brand-new shop run by Artistic Talent Group! Talk about being in the right place at the right time! This trip I was staying at a Disney Springs Resort Area Hotel and upon checking in my family and I first decided to head over and explore Disney Springs for a bit before making our way to the parks for our evening plans.

 

During our walk through the Marketplace side of Disney Springs we spotted The Art Corner! This new store took the place of where LittleMissMatched used to be. Having not recognized this new shop we wondered inside and were instantly amazed by all of the creativity that is flowing through this incredible new place! We were greeted by many smiling faces who were so kind to talk to us about everything that The Art Corner has to offer! Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect to see inside!

 

 

Artistic Talent Group has brought a brand-new retail and entertainment concept to Disney Springs! This shop specializes in interactive art of all kinds! Visitors to the store can expect to see a wide selection of unique artistic mediums brought together inside of The Art Corner!

 

Opening!

The shop opened February 7th 2019 at Disney Springs. The store brings an exciting and original new pop-up concept to Disney World’s bustling shopping, dining and entertainment district!

The Art Corner serves as the first brick-and-mortar retail shop of its kind at Walt Disney World, The Art Corner brings together in one location the work from a variety of talented artists!

 

What’s inside!

The Art Corner showcases talented artists producing original work including classic watercolor caricatures, ground-breaking digital caricatures, hand-drawn names and artistic marbling. Caricatures have been a guest favorite at Walt Disney World for decades! Now brand-new, digital caricatures offer an innovative twist on this classic art form.

 

 

 

Name Works, the popular provider of personalized artwork, also has a new location inside The Art Corner, complementing its other locations across Walt Disney World! At Name Works, hand-drawn names are created and personalized with illustrations of guests’ favorite things, including select animated characters!

 

 

After a successful debut at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in 2018, the interactive, hands-on artistic marbling activity now has a year-round home inside The Art Corner. This customizable experience allows guests to learn the ancient art form of Suminigashi, working along-side a professional artisan to create custom-made silk items. Each piece is designed with specific colors and patterns that the guest themselves get to select!

 

 

Inside The Art Corner you will also find a unique “Coffee & Canvas” gallery by Steven Mikel. Steven is an artist from Coconut Creek, Florida who is represented by Artisitic talent Group. This artist’s work adds a very original touch of whimsy to the store. Focused on revealing the overlooked or unnoticed beauty tucked away in the details of the world around us, Steven paints exclusively using different varieties of coffee!  Every painting often requiring between 60 to 150 brewed cups! The “Coffee & Canvas” gallery helps define the unique niche this gallery/merchandise location brings to Disney Springs over the course of its one-year engagement.

 

“Our goal is to continue Walt Disney’s vision of bringing smiles to the faces of every guest who visits our store, just as they do when they visit Walt Disney World Resort,” said Barbara and Keelan Parham, owners of Artistic Talent Group. “We are thrilled to open our doors and bring The Art Corner to life at Disney Springs!”

 

I had the privilege to Interview The Art Corner’s Owner, Keelan Parham. He was so kind to welcome us into his shop and take us on a tour throughout the store to see everything that The Art Corner has for guests to enjoy! Watch the tour on our YouTube Channel:

 

 

Artistic Talent Group

Artistic Talent Group (ATG) is a talent agency representing visual artists for the special events industry. ATG divisions include Caricature Connection, who have been drawing caricatures and other products on Disney property for over twenty-five years, and Name Works, who create personalized pieces of artwork featuring guest’s names.

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner to plan your next vacation!

7 Reason to Love Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

Do you enjoy catching festive beads from colorful parade floats, feasting on authentic New Orleans cuisine and rocking out to some of the biggest names in music?! If so, Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort is an event you must see! Let’s look at 7 reason why you will love Universal’s Mardi Gras!

 

  1. Live concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music!

On select nights of Mardi Gras, some very popular artists will perform live at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida! These acts are INCLUDED free as part of the event! Here’s a look at the lineup:

February 9 – BUSH

February 16 – Gavin DeGraw

February 17 – Dan + Shay

February 23 – Macklemore

March 2 – Sabrina Carpenter

March 9 – Becky G

March 10 – Sean Paul

March 16 – Steve Miller Band

March 17 – Ziggy Marley

March 23 – NF

March 24 – Pitbull

March 30 – Bazzi

March 31 – To be announced

 

  1. Universal Mardi Gras Parade

Every year the Universal Mardi Gras Parade features a new original theme. This year’s theme is –  Party Animals! Guests can look forward to seeing returning fan-favorites along with many new vibrant floats! The float will feature fun characters decorated to depict animals from around the world including the jungle, arctic, swamp and more. Get ready to catch beads by the handful during this exciting parade!

 

  1. Enjoy N’awlins-style food

Located in the New York area, you will find the French Quarter Courtyard. Here you will find some delicious N’awlins-style favorite food and drink offerings! You can look forward to trying many Cajun classics such as jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, andouille sausage, sugary-sweet beignets, and more! This year all of the food offerings are severed as tasting size portions to give you the opportunity to try multiple food and beverage items!

 

  1. Mardi Gras Drinks

With all the amazing food items to try you need a refreshing beverage to wash it all down! Guests will be able to enjoy Mardi Gras themed specialty drinks, featuring slushies, a wide variety of craft beers and wonderful cocktails including the Ragin Rumbalaya, Carnival Cocktail and Vicious VooDoo!

 

  1. Live Entertainment and Performers

Over at the French Quarter Courtyard you can become part of the Mardi Gras celebration as you interact with stilt walkers, dancers, vibrant parade characters and more who can all be found wandering the streets! Remember that not only do the Mardi Gras characters carry extra beads, but they also love to talk to guests and take photos with you! These photos make for great memories!

 

  1. Big Easy Music in the French Quarter

Also in the French Quarter area at the event you can catch the musical stylings of many authentic Big Easy bands! This can’t be missed! Here is the band lineup:

February 9 – 17: Dirty Bourbon River Show

February 18 – 27: Naughty Professor Brass Band

February 28 – March 18: Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister

March 19 – April 4: New Breed Brass Band

 

  1. Have the best time ever!

Whether you are heading to Mardi Gras for a night full of family-friendly fun, or planning to visit with friends for a wild night out, you are sure to have the time of your life! There is something for everyone at this party! Best part, this event is included free with the cost of your admission to Universal!

 

 

We hope you plan to visit Mardi Gras this year at the Universal Orlando Resort! Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is always ready to help you plan your next adventure to Universal Orlando or to any destination that you are looking to travel to next!

 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Cafe Video! Walt Disney World Restaurant

 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Café is a hidden gem, located at Disney’s luxurious Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at the Walt Disney World Resort! This table service restaurant can be found just off of the resort’s main lobby. It is quite, tucked away and truly grand! The restaurant’s décor and atmosphere is themed in an elegant and Victorian style just like the rest of this beautiful resort. The menu here has something for everyone. It is classic comfort food done in a sophisticated style! My personal favorite that I get every time is The Café Sandwich. This hot sandwich is served open-faced with ham, roasted turkey, bacon and tomato. It is then topped with a creamy boursin cheese sauce and served with a side of freshly made onion rings. Other popular items here include the Lobster ‘Thermidor’ Burger, the Buttermilk-fried Chicken and Miso-glazed Salmon.

 

 

During breakfast and lunch this restaurant features the same brunch-style menu. A well-known item here is the restaurant’s benedicts! They offer eggs benedict in several variations including the Traditional Eggs Benedict, the Spicy Chorizo Benedict and the Lobster Benedict! If you can’t make up your mind you can go for the Benedict flight which has all three of these signature benedicts!

 

 

I recommend this dining location as a great place to escape Magic Kingdom mid-day to come have a wonderful meal. You can easily access the Grand Floridian from the Magic Kingdom via a boat or monorail. Your commute over to the resort from the park take only a few minutes so coming here for a meal is a great time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the parks. You can sit down and relax at one of Disney Worlds most peaceful resorts and allow yourself to refuel and be refreshed to then head back into the parks for an awesome night!

 

 

If you want to see my most recent experience at this wonderful restaurant then check out our most recent YouTube video!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort or to any destination that you are dreaming of visiting next!

Best Places to Propose at Walt Disney World! Disney Engagement!

 

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner this is the perfect time to talk about love! Love brightens our days and fills our lives with joy! One of the best places to celebrate love is Walt Disney World! The Disney parks are known as a wonderful family destination but it is also a very romantic destination. There are so many things at Disney for couples to enjoy! From Food and Wine Festivals to recreation of every kind, the date ideas are truly endless! After all Disney teaches us in so many of their stories that true love conquers all! So many places within Disney World provide such a beautiful romantic backdrop, that’s why Disney World is one of the best places to get engaged!

 

For any Disney loving couple a Disney proposal will be a fairytale come true and the perfect start to your very own happily ever after! Once you have decided to pop the question in Walt Disney World, it is time to decide where exactly you want to get down on one knee. Everyone know that the Walt Disney World Resort is huge, with 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, Disney Springs and over 30 resort hotels, you have a wide array of proposal locations to choose from. Wherever you choose to get engaged it is sure to be a very special and magical moment! If you are looking for some ideas here are 5 proposal locations suggestions!

 

  1. California Grill

The California Grill is a signature dining restaurant located on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The restaurant is beautifully decorated in a sleek, modern style. Floor to ceiling glass windows encase the restaurant, perfectly showcasing the breathtaking views that makes this dining establishment an icon! From the Cali Grill, you get a birds-eye view of the Magic Kingdom Park! You can watch the sunset over Disney’s Seven Seas lagoon and watch the monorails wiz past below you. On the opposite side of the restaurant you can watch the Disney watercrafts cruise around Bay Lake and in the distance, see the icons of Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom! This restaurant has 4 outdoor observation decks, one on each corner of the restaurant. From these decks you can truly appreciate those jaw-dropping views. These decks are also one of the best spots on property to watch the Magic Kingdom Fireworks! Seeing the show from this unique location is very romantic! The California Grill is an amazing proposal spot! You can choose to propose over dinner or make the moment more intimate by going out on one of the observation decks!

 

  1. Grand Floridian or Polynesian Beaches

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are both beautiful deluxe Disney Resort hotels that sit just off the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon (the body of water that leads across to the Magic Kingdom.) Both of these resorts feature gorgeous white sand beaches that are very peaceful and romantic. Take your loved one for a walk down to the beach, find a quite spot and pop the question! These beaches are a wonderful proposal spot because they are secluded yet still in the middle of the Disney magic! From any of the beaches you can see Cinderella’s Castle in the distance! So Magical! This location is also a great spot to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks. If you want you could even plan to propose here at nighttime during the fireworks!

 

  1. In front of Cinderella’s Castle

If you are looking to make more of a public proclamation of your love you can do the classic showstopper and get down on one knee right in front of Cinderella’s Castle in the heart of the Magic Kingdom! Proposing in front of the most iconic location in all of Disney World always grabs the attention of a large crowd. I have seen proposals in front of the castle before and all the surrounding guests always stop in their tracks to cheer for the newly engaged couple! This proposal idea is definitely an energetic one and a great one if you are looking for the theatrics of it all! You will absolutely make your partner feel like royalty! If the pomp and circumstance isn’t necessarily your thing but you still want to propose by Cinderella’s Castle there are some more intimate alternatives. To the right-hand side of the castle there is a pathway that has a wishing well. Proposing here is a little more private than right in front of the castle but yet you still get that castle backdrop!

 

  1. Epcot’s World Showcase

World Showcase at Epcot allows you to travel the world without a passport! You can visit pavilions that represent countries from all over the globe! If you have visited Epcot before then you know how beautiful the World Showcase is! There is so much to explore and so many great tucked away spots that could make for a perfect proposal setting. I would suggest taking a stroll around the world showcase together and when you find that perfect spot that it just right, make that the moment you get down on one knee! To give you a couple location ideas there is a beautiful waterfall that is hidden away at the very top of the stairs in the back of the Canada pavilion. There is also a bridge in front of the Italy Pavilion near the gondolas that is typically a quiet and beautiful location overlooking the World Showcase Lagoon. Sometime you may even get lucky and there is a Disney PhotoPass photographer in this area who would be able to capture the moment!

 

  1. Disney Transportation

No, we are not talking Disney busses or monorails, we are talking about a more personal and private transportation experience. Did you know you can book a romantic carriage ride at either Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground or Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort! How romantic would an evening carriage ride be around the grounds of a beautifully landscaped Disney Resort for your special moment! Another Disney transportation experience would be to book a Disney fireworks boat cruise! This experience can happen at either Seven Seas Lagoon for the Magic Kingdom fireworks or at World Showcase Lagoon for the Epcot fireworks. This would make for a very romantic and intimate setting to propose.

 

Hope these suggestions get you inspired for your own Walt Disney World proposal! As always, your Kingdom Magic vacations Travel Planner is ready to help you plan your Next Disney Vacation! Our knowledgeable team can help you make arrangements for reservations or other proposal details and extras!

Disney Skyliner Gondolas Spotted Testing at Walt Disney World! New Mode of Disney Transportation!

 

Now that we are in 2019 we can officially say that we will be riding onboard the Disney Skyliner Gondolas THIS YEAR! This brand-new mode of Disney transportation looks so fun! I am personally so excited to experience a birds-eye view of Disney property while riding in these Disney gondola cars! Another great benefit that this new Disney transportation system will give us is convenience and a shorter travel time! Everyone knows that the Disney busses can get crammed on busy parks days. Now that the Skyliner system will be servicing multiple Disney Resorts, we can anticipate the new gondolas alleviating some of the crowds on Disney transportation busses.

 

 

What is also exciting is that the Skyliner Gondolas will run a line between Epcot and Hollywood Studios to make park hopping faster than ever before. This will alleviate some of the boat crowds that you can find on busy days that run between these two theme parks.

 

This past week we heard some exciting news from the Walt Disney World Resort! Disney has begun the initial testing phase for its new Disney Skyliner system! This means the Skyliner System may be closer then we all think!

 

 

Currently the Skyliner Gondola System is scheduled to open this coming fall. The Skyliner will have stations at four Disney resort hotels including, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the brand-new Disney’s Riviera Resort which is set to open in December 2019.

 

I have enjoyed watching the Skyliner’s construction progress over this past year during my visits to Walt Disney World. The stations such as the one at Epcot’s International Gateway and Disney’s Hollywood Studios seem to almost be complete! Both of these stations are perfectly themed to their location!

 

 

Many of the gondolas will be adorned with beloved Disney characters! There is a large variety of characters you can get. This adds such a great layer of fun to your ride experience! I can’t wait to see what they all look like in person!

 

 

Gondola themes include:

  • “Beauty & the Beast”
  • “Frozen”
  • “Lilo & Stitch”
  • “Moana”
  • “Peter Pan”
  • “The Princess and the Frog”
  • “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
  • “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”
  • “Zootopia”
  • “Coco”
  • Goofy, Pete, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow
  • “Finding Dory”
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • “Monsters, Inc.”
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • “Ratatouille”

 

The fact that gondola cars have been spotted being tested on the Skyliner lines makes it very real that this new form of Disney transportation will be here before we know it! I am so excited! I am heading to Disney World next week and will be keeping an eye out for any gondola sightings!

 

One thing is certain this coming fall will be a very exciting time for new things coming to Walt Disney World! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next magical adventure!

NEW Food and Beverage Offerings at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2019!

 

It’s that time of year! Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is days away! We are so excited for the return of this amazing event this year! Now is the perfect time to take a look at all of the food and beverage items that you can look forward to enjoying at this year’s event! You can anticipate many wonderful Cajun dishes and several delicious signature drinks from Universal’s Mardi Gras! You can look forward to enjoying both new and returning favorites daily in the French Quarter Courtyard which can be found in the New York area of Universal Studios Florida starting at 4 p.m. from Feb. 9 – April 4.

A change that is brand new this year, all food and beverage items will be served in smaller tasting sizes. This is so exciting because smaller portions means a chance to try a taste of EVERYTHING. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the items you can enjoy!

 

Crab Etouffee

A classic etouffee dish with rice and crab coated in a savory sauce.

 

Catfish Po Boy

Fried catfish po boy with a crisp slaw and hot sauce, served with kettle chips. Also, new this year is the shrimp and andouille sausage po boy and chicken po boy!

 

King Cake

A New Orleans classic treat!

 

Returning this year are the authentic classics we all know and love including Gumbo, jambalaya (available without shrimp), red beans and rice (available without shrimp) and beignets. Additionally, you will also be able to get twisted taters but with a new Cajun seasoning twist!

Gumbo

 

Beignets

 

Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Po Boy

 

Also, this year will see the premier of many new drinks to quench your thirsts in between all of the delicious food!

Specialty Drinks

 

There is a large variety of new specialty cocktails you can try in the French Quarter:

Mimosa Bar: Also, brand-new to this year’s event is a bar dedicated to Mimosas! You will get to try unique flavors of mimosas such as caramel apple, raspberry rosemary, mojito mint and more.

Signature Drink: If you are looking for a non-alcoholic drink option, check out the Bayou Bog Water! This drink is complete with gummy worms and fish, blueberry boba beads and a lemonade and ginger ale mix.

Other specialty drinks include:

Carnival Cocktail

Ragin’ Rumbalaya

Vicious Voodoo (a combo of the two above!)

And a wide variety of craft beer selections

 

 

You can be a part of all of the Mardi Gras festivities daily at the Universal Orlando Resort beginning February 9, 2019! This year’s event will run through April 4, 2019! See you there!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your visit to the Universal Orlando Resort!

5 Favorite Things about Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Bay Lake Tower Room Tour

 

Staying on property at a Walt Disney World Resort truly adds a whole new layer of magic to your Disney vacation! The Disney Resorts provide you with luxury, world class hospitality and of course magical perks! Staying at a Disney World resort hotel you receive many benefits exclusive to guests staying on Disney property, such as the 60-day out FastPass booking window, extra magic hours to enjoy the park and complimentary Disney Transportation!

Every Disney Resort is different and offers something unique in the ways of theming, atmosphere and perks! Today I am going to share with you my experience staying at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! I fell in love with this resort and can’t wait to stay their again in the future. Here are my top 5 reasons to love Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

 

  1. Location, Location, Location!

Of all the Disney Resorts the Contemporary is the resort with closest proximity to the Magic Kingdom! This is actually the only Disney resort that you can walk to Magic Kingdom from! From the balconies of the resort that are facing towards Seven Seas Lagoon you will have incredible views right into the Magic Kingdom park! You will feel like you can reach out and touch it! This also means you have a front row seat for the fireworks! I have watched the fireworks from Disney’s Contemporary many times and it is such a unique viewing location! You get a birds-eye view of the park and the fireworks appear at eye-level! It is truly breathtaking! From the balconies on the opposite side of the resort, facing Bay Lake you will enjoy magnificent views of the naturally formed Bay Lake along with sights of Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom all in the distance. You can catch the fireworks from Epcot and Hollywood Studios on this side of the hotel!

 

  1. Monorail

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is located on the monorail loop in the Magic Kingdom resort area. You can take the Disney Resort Monorail directly from your resort to the Magic Kingdom park! The Disney Monorail actually drives right through the center of the hotel then pops back outside. It is an incredible engineering marvel! This fun mode of transportation will get you to the park in a breeze! Also from the Contemporary you can take the monorail one stop over to the Transportation and Ticket Center, then transfer monorails to go directly to Epcot!

 

  1. History

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the original resort on all of Walt Disney World property. Fun fact! Even though Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort both opened on October 1st 1971, Disney’s Contemporary is still the original because it officially opened its doors about 2 minutes before Disney’s Polynesian!  As the original Disney World Resort Hotel this place is filled with history! One of my favorite details is the Mary Blair mosaic mural. You can get a great view of this work of art from anywhere within the Grand Canyon Concourse, the area that serves as the hub of the resort. Mary Blair was one of the first women to become a Disney Imagineer and she is also the creative drive behind “It’s a Small World.”

 

  1. Dining

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is full of wonderful dining options! They have everything from casual table-service dining at The Wave, to quick-service dining at Contempo Café, to fine dining at the California Grill. I love all these locations but my favorite will forever be the California Grill! This is the spot to go when you are looking for a very special and memorable meal! This signature dining location can be found on the top level of the resort, on the 15th floor. The restaurant is encased with floor to ceiling glass windows that showcase the breathtaking views. The 4 observation decks that bookend every corner of the restaurant are great spots to watch the fireworks!

 

  1. Theming

I will be honest I always thought the Contemporary looked cool but of the 3 resorts located on the Magic Kingdom Monorail loop, (Contemporary, Polynesian & Grand Floridian) I always thought I would like the theming of the Polynesian and Grand Floridian more than the Contemporary. Then I stayed here and everything changed! I fell in love with the unique theming the Contemporary provides. Staying here made me stop and more closely appreciate all the details of the beautiful resort. It is sleek and modern, yet retro at the same time. It is futuristic while still grounded in its heritage. Most importantly all throughout the resort and the rooms, there is pixie dust and little Disney touches that can be found in the most unexpected places!

 

Watch our NEW YouTube video for a room tour of a studio room at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

 

 

Disney’s Contemporary is now one of my all-time favorite Disney World properties! I am dreaming of the next time I get to stay at this amazing resort! I highly recommend giving this Disney Resort a try on your next Disney vacation, then you will see exactly what I mean about this hotel having something truly special and unique!

 

 

Plan your next adventure today to Disney World or anywhere in the world by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner!

Three New Ships Joining the Disney Cruise Line Fleet!

We have known for a while now that Disney Cruise Line was expanding their fleet! A while back Disney officials made the announcement that not one, not two, but THREE new ships would be joining the impressive lineup of ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet! The Three new ships will be joining the Disney Cruise Line family alongside the four ships Disney currently has, the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

 

 

Disney has taken cruising to the next level in the cruise industry.  Anyone I have spoken to that has been on many cruises with other cruise lines and then takes a Disney cruise all say the same thing which is “once you go on a Disney Cruise you will never want to go back to other cruise lines”.  Disney knows how to spoil you!  The rooms are larger and very elegant, the food and restaurants are wonderful, the entertainment is fantastic and the Disney staff is as always, the best of the best.  These ships have something for everyone.  Disney knows how to make a family vacation perfect with things to do for all age levels but Disney equally knows how to make a romantic couples cruise where you will not even know that there are children around having areas for adults only to dine, relax and be entertained.

 

Top Five Reasons to Cruise from New York City Aboard the Disney Magic This Fall

 

Now we can look forward to more of this Disney cruise magic coming in the near future.  Officials at Port Canaveral met this past week regarding the new fleet of Disney cruise ships which will be docking in Central Florida.  Port Canaveral will be getting some major upgrades to accommodate the three new ships by Disney.  The information we learned says the ships will roll out in 2021, 2022 and 2023.  Each of these ships will hold at least 1250 staterooms.  One of these ships will be 1,119 feet long which will make it Disney’s longest ship!!

 

Disney Cruise Line Wins Highest Honor in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

 

As soon as we start hearing more updates on the progress of this new line of ships we will be sure to bring this information to you in future blogs.  Until then maybe it is time to begin planning your Disney cruise on one of their current ships.  Just contact a Kingdom Magic vacations travel planner to get started on making your Disney Cruise dreams come true!

What I am Most Excited for at the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

 

The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts is in full swing at Walt Disney World! This year the Festival runs from January 18 through February 25, 2019. This event is the only Epcot festival that I have yet to experience for myself. Well, that is about to change! In 2 weeks I am heading back to my favorite place… Disney World! We planned this trip specially with the intention of being in the park during the Festival Of the Arts!

 

 

This festival is a celebration of art in all mediums! You will find everything from visual arts, to culinary arts and also performing arts! Art has always been a passion of mine, I love painting, cooking, theatre – just to name a few! I feel this festival was pretty much made for me! That is why I am thrilled to get to finally attend this event for my first year!

 

 

In my excitement I made a list of the top 10 things that I am most looking forward to at the International Festival of the Arts!

1. Drawing Classes

2. Food

3. Interactive Food

4. Disney on Broadway Concert Series

5. Mural Painting

6. Art for Sale

7. Photo Ops

8. Chalk Art

9. Performing Artists

10. Merchandise

To hear why these are my top 10 things that I am most excited for, watch our new YouTube video!

 

 

I will absolutely be taking tons of video footage from my experience at the Festival of the Arts so make sure you are subscribed to our YouTube channel to see more Festival content! I will also be posting live video clips and photo updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so be sure to follow us on all our social media platforms!

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Are you ready to check this event out for yourself?! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

All About Interactive Wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Universal Orlando Resort

When planning your visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter there are a few items every witch and wizard plans to grab, your house robe, a butter beer and of course your very own wand!

Getting a wand inside the Wizarding World truly takes your experience at the parks to the next level! You can choose to purchase an interactive wand! These wands have been crafted with a bit of extra magic that allows you to use your wand for some pretty amazing interactive experiences within the park! You can give your wand a “swish and a flick” and cause some magical surprises to take place!

Let’s take a closer look and answer some of your questions about interactive wands!

 

What do they look like?

Universal has 22 styles of interactive wands based off of the movie characters. Each wand is inspired by the wands of one of your favorite Harry Potter film series characters! If you are looking for even more options, Universal has you covered! Additionally there are interactive wands that are not based on a character. These wands are unique to the witch or wizard’s personality!

 

 

Where do you find them?

When you are ready to pick out your wand you have a couple of places you can go. In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, you can find interactive wands at Ollivanders. You can also find them at Wands by Gregorovitch.

In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, you can find interactive wands at Ollivanders. You can also find them at the wand cart on the path to Hogwarts castle.

If you have the time and are looking for a unique experience then I definitely recommend visiting the wand keeper in Ollivanders! Here you can witness the magic of a wand choosing its witch or wizard! You yourself may even get selected to participate in the experience!

Additionally you can also find wands for sale at the Universal Store in front of Universal Studios Florida and at CityWalk.

 

 

What do the wands do?

Now that you have your interactive wand, you are ready for the fun part! It is time to cast spells during your journey through the Wizarding World! In total, there are 16 spells you can cast in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and 9 you can cast in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.

Inside the box that your interactive wand came in, you will find a double-sided map that provides the details of all the spell casting locations.

The location for an interactive wand stop will be marked with a gold medallion. This shows wizards and witches where to stand and indicates the correct wand movement for the spell that they should cast.

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel Planner today to plan your next adventure!

Tickets on Sale Now for H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon! Walt Disney World!

 

I hope you are ready to GLOW! Last summer Disney introduced a brand-new offering called H2O Glow Nights! This special ticketed event took place in the evening hours at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park! This special offering was a huge hit and we are excited to tell you that based on last year’s success Disney has announced that the event will be making a return for summer of 2019! Tickets for H2O Glow Nights are now on sale!

 

 

H2O Glow Nights will take place on Thursdays and Saturdays from May 30th through August 24th 2019 (except for June 20th). This extra-ticketed event is a GLOW party! You can experience typhoon lagoon in the evening hours, a time that this water park is typical never open during. This special event transforms Typhoon lagoon into an exciting party atmosphere!

 

 

This event has a limited number of tickets sold for each night which mean those who attend can anticipate enjoying the park with low crowds! A huge perk of the event is that you can experience shorter wait times for the park’s attractions!

 

 

The event officially runs from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, but guests attending the party are allowed entry to Typhoon Lagoon as early as 6:00 PM! When you arrive be sure to bring your appetite! H2O Glow Nights also features special food and beverage offerings that are available for purchase! Another exciting element of the party is the character meet and greets! You will get to hang out with Toy Story characters such as Woody and Jessie!

 

Miss Adventure Falls Now Open at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

 

The return of this fun special event coincides with the 30th Anniversary of Typhoon Lagoon in 2019 making this the perfect way to celebrate! Tickets are now on sale, the cost when purchased in advance is $59 per person plus tax for adults and $54 per person plus tax for children ages 3 to 9. On the days of the event, the ticket price will be raised to $69 per person plus tax for adults and $64 per person plus tax for children.

 

 

Plan your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner. Our knowledgeable team can help you create a vacation package that fits exactly what you are looking for in you next getaway!

Disney’s Saratoga Springs 2 Bedroom Villa – Preferred Room Tour! Walt Disney World

 

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort at Walt Disney World is a gorgeous deluxe property! I have personally stayed here twice and have had a wonderful experience both times! This resort ranks as being one of my all-time favorites and I am excited to share with you why I enjoy it so much!

 

 

Saratoga Springs is themed to the historic Saratoga Springs that existed in New York in the late 1800’s as a well-known retreat that was known for its spas and horse racing! The theming throughout the resort sets this scene! Everything from the rooms, to the lobby, to the grounds is detailed to transport you to that time and place! This Victorian-style resort sits in-between Village Lake and the rolling greens of the golf course!

 

 

This may be a turn of the century-themed resort but it is stocked full of every modern luxury you want! There are also wonderful amenities located right on the resort’s property such as Senses Spa and Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. When you are looking to grab a bite, you will love the onsite dining locations! You will find everything from grab-&-go and quick-service meals at The Artist Palette, to gourmet dishes at the Turf Club. The resort features a main pool area as well as several quite pools located throughout the entire property! The grounds are tranquil and serene. It is a great place to be if you are looking to relax!

 

 

What I love most about this resort is its location! Saratoga Spring is location directly across the lake from Disney Springs! You are so close you can actually walk straight from the resort over to Disney Springs by the connecting walkways! There is also boat transportation that will take you over! This close location is super convenient for being able to just pop over to Disney Springs to grab a drink, get a bite to eat, shop or just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere. Disney Springs is a great spot to hangout and unwind after a day in the park. However, having to take bus transportation to Disney Springs after a long day in the parks might hinder you from coming over every night. That’s why staying at Saratoga Spring is so wonderful! Being walking distance from Disney Springs you have the ability to enjoy this awesome spot in a more relaxed way and much more often.

 

 

I recently got to stay in a 2-bedroom villa here at Saratoga Springs. This villa was incredible and very spacious! Join us on a room tour in our new YouTube video!

 

 

Have you ever stayed at Saratoga Springs? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel planner to plan your next magical vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort or to any destination that you are dreaming of next!

 

BREAK YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS at the Universal Orlando Resort!!!

We all make new year’s resolutions at the beginning of a brand-new year! This is a great time to set goals and make plans to achieve them! However, at the same time Universal Orlando also wants to remind everyone that it is important to go ahead and treat yourself throughout this new year! What better way to start treating yourself than with a vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort! Here are all the ways that you can indulge during your stay!

 

Spend more time on what matters – RIDES!

This resolution is one many of us make referring to spending more time with our family, with our hobbies, with our pets. That is wonderful but Universal also encourages all of us to all spend more time on rides! What a great way to have some fun this year!

 

Eat Healthy – Give yourself a cheat day!

Many of us also make resolutions to eat healthy. As we work on our progress throughout this year let us also reward ourselves with a treat every now and then! Vacation is the perfect time to do just that. We recommend milkshakes from the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen!

 

More Relaxation – Less Exercise

Committing to our health is a great thing to do at the start of the year. Once again, a good balance is key! Take a day off from the gym and relax! Vacation is the perfect time to do just that! Lounge poolside at your Universal hotel and take in the sun!

 

Plan out a budget… to buy Universal goodies!

Another New Year’s resolution is to budget. But remember you deserve to treat yourself! Buy some truly special items to remember your vacation! And indulge in those silly must-haves, the funny hats you may only wear once, the light up cup you might end up donating one day… it’s all about the memories you make!

 

Read More… Menus

Reading more is a hobby all of us would like to pick up. Well how about this, read more menus at one of the many incredible Universal restaurants! Throughout the parks, hotels and CityWalk there are eateries for every taste bud you have!

 

Face your fears… at Halloween Horror Nights

How about facing your fears by braving Universal Orlando’s premier event, Halloween Horror Nights! Come fall this scary special event is the perfect way to practice your fear facing skills!

 

So, this year go ahead and treat yourself to a Universal Orlando Vacation! Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is always ready to help you create the perfect vacation package!

 

 

 

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