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Toy Story Land to Open at Walt Disney World Resort June 30

It’s official! Toy Story Land, the highly-anticipated toy-filled land inspired by the beloved “Toy Story” films, will open to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 30, 2018.

When it opens, guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, guests can take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie. (Check out the time-lapse video above of one of Slinky Dog Dash’s first test runs).

Families will also be able to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

Guests can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, which has been a guest-favorite attraction at the park since it opened in 2008. Now expanded with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more guests in the action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games.

 

 

 

Rey from Star Wars To Soon Be Meeting Guests at Disneyland’s Star Wars Launch Bay!

We have exciting news for Star Wars fans! Soon Rey, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, will be meeting with guests at the Light Side character experience at Star Wars Launch Bay located in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland! The new character meet and greet experience is set to begin this May, and continuing throughout the summer. Darth Vader and Kylo Ren will be featured in the Dark Side area. When visiting Disneyland make sure to check the Entertainment Times Guide for meet and greet times and any updates as entertainment offerings are subject to change.

Star Wars Launch Bay is an incredible walk through experience that every Star Wars fans is sure to love! The Launch Bay includes several displays featuring props and costumes from the films! Also inside guests can enjoy movies about the creation of the films and what it was like to build the Universe of Star Wars. It is a really unique behind the scenes look and a can’t miss for fans! Visitors to the Launch Bay can also have the opportunity to encounter Star Wars characters through unique meet and greet experiences! It is here where Rey will soon be joining!

For all you Star Wars fans out there, you will want to be sure to plan your next visit to Disneyland so you can encounter the Force for yourself!

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Disneyland’s Red Rose Tavern Now Serving Breakfast!

Last year, around the time that Disney’s Live-Action Beauty and the Beast film was released in theaters, Disneyland’s Village Haus received a fun overlay and became the Red Rose Tavern themed to the story of Beauty and the Beast. From the latest news coming from this dining location we can safely assume that this overlay is not going anywhere anytime soon. The Red Rose Tavern is now offering a brand new breakfast menu!

Upon its opening the Red Rose Tavern quickly became popular with park guests who enjoyed the new theming and revamped menu that gives a nod to the film. One menu item that became a fan favorite was the “Grey Stuff.” Try the grey stuff and just like the song says, you will see it truly is delicious! The Grey Stuff is a white chocolate mousse and red velvet cake with a sweet raspberry center.

Now with the addition of breakfast, early morning park goers can enjoy a hearty start to their fun-filled Disneyland day! Let’s take a look at the new breakfast offerings:

 

Open-face Croque Madame

Ham, Baked Egg, Gruyère, Lemon Béchamel Sauce, Dijon Mustard and seasoned sliced Tomatoes on thick Country-style Toast, served with seasonal fresh Fruit

 

Garden Vegetable Hash

Mushrooms, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Kale, Tavern Potatoes, Lemon Béchamel Sauce and a Baked Egg, served with a petit Croissant

 

Buttermilk Pancake Platter

three fluffy Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs and Bacon

 

Breakfast Flatbread

Bacon, Egg, Mozzarella, Tavern Potatoes, Lemon Béchamel Sauce and Greens atop crispy Flatbread

 

Breakfast Platter

Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Tavern Potatoes, served with a petit Croissant

 

Mickey-shaped Pancake

with Bacon and fresh Berries

 

Be sure to check out this new breakfast location on your next visit to the Disneyland park!

My Top 5 Disneyland Food Items!

Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth, home to amazing attractions, amazing rides, amazing shows, amazing shops and…. AMAZING FOOD! Disneyland is a haven of delicious meals and treats, offering a wide selection and variety of choices! Today I am going to count down my top 5 Disneyland food items!

 

5. Mint Julep 

Starting off my countdown I have to go with an iconic Disneyland beverage, the mint julep! This delicious, non-alcoholic drink has flavors of mint and lime. It is very refreshing during a fun and action-packed park day! You can find the mint julep in several of the restaurants located within New Orleans Square and even at a special walk-up Mint Julep Bar, allowing you to enjoy your Mint Julep on the go. The Mint Julep Bar can be found nestled into the patio area of the French Market restaurant next to the New Orleans Square train station. This drink is a famous staple in Disneyland and many park-goers have a tradition to enjoy a Mint Julep on every visit.

4. Sourdough Bread Bowl 

Disney’s California Adventure park is home to number 4 on my list, Soup in a Sourdough Bread Bowl! Located at the Pacific Wharf Cafe, this meal is a can’t miss and is truly authentic! The quick-service location is connected to a bakery that bakes the breads fresh daily. Guests can even take a self-guided tour of the bakery and try a warm bread sample. It is a unique experience to check out during your day at California Adventure. The bread bowls served at the Pacific Wharf Cafe are baked fresh right in the bakery, and you can tell this from the quality and wonderful taste. You can pick your choice of soup to fill your bread bowl. Choices include clam chowder, broccoli and cheese, and a seasonal soup. I have tried both the clam chowder as well as the broccoli and cheese, both are delicious! Of the two my personal favorite would be the clam chowder, it is creamy and filled with a generous amount of clams. As you dine you can enjoy views over to Paradise pier, soon to become Pixar pier!

 

 

3. Beignets

Disney is known for beignets. You can find this traditional New Orleans treat at Cafe Orleans and at the Mint Julep Bar both located in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. These beignets are adorable and formed into the shape of Mickey Mouse! They are good but my favorite beignets at the Disneyland Resort are actually located in Downtown Disney at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. These beignets are authentic and keep to the real New Orleans style, you can even pick up a box of Cafe Du Monde Beignet mix to take home with you! You can enjoy your beignets along with your meal at this table-service restaurant or enjoy them on the go by stopping by the Jazz Kitchen Express. These traditional beignets are a great snack or even make for a sweet start to your morning as breakfast!

 

 

2. Chicken Fried Chicken

Disneyland is filled with nostalgia and history. For many Disney fans coming to Disneyland truly feels like coming home and home just wouldn’t be complete without comfort food and Disneyland sure has something for everyone! Coming in at number 2 on my list is the Chicken Fried Chicken! There are actually 2 locations on Disneyland property that you can enjoy this amazing meal, the first is Carnation Cafe located at the heart of Main Street USA! This restaurant has been around since the parks opening day. Walt himself use to dine here at Carnation Cafe! Sitting inside the restaurant, you feel completely immersed in the Disney story. The Chicken Fried Chicken on the menu here is actually labeled as one of Walt’s favorite dishes. This dish of buttermilk Fried Chicken is fried to a light and flaky golden brown and served with mash potatoes, county gravy and seasonal vegetables. It truly does melt in your mouth! The second location on property that also serves an amazing Chicken Fried Chicken dish brings us back to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney.  For me the Chicken Fried Chicken at the Jazz Kitchen topped the one in the park. And that is really saying something because I also love the one at Carnation Cafe! Be sure to try this dish out at either of these incredible restaurants next time you are in Disneyland!

 

1. Monte Cristo

Number one on my list for my top Disneyland food item is hands down the Monte Cristo! This French sandwich is sliced turkey, ham and Swiss cheese that is fried inside of a golden brown pastry and then dusted with powdered sugar. You would think the combination sounds crazy, I myself was very hesitant before ordering the famous Monte Cristo. But trust me, give this one a try and you will see why it is on the top of my list. All the components of this dish blend together in the perfect marriage of sweet and savory!

There are 2 locations in Disneyland where you can find the Monte Cristo. The first location is Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square. Cafe Orleans actually offers 2 variations of the Popular sandwich including the classic Monte Cristo Sandwich and also a Three-Cheese Monte Cristo. The second restaurant is the Blue Bayou also located in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square. Blue Bayou serves the traditional Monte Cristo in an incredible atmosphere, this restaurant sits inside of one of the most classic Disneyland attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean! As you dine you can watch the boats from the ride float by in the opening Bayou scene!

 

There are so many wonderful and unique food options at Disneyland! Make sure you try some of these items and more when you visit the original Disneyland!

Epcot Egg-stravaganza & NEW Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration Scavenger Hunt coming to the 2018 International Flower and Garden Festival!

Spring is in the air and the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is getting ready to kick off on February 28, 2018 and will run through May 28, 2018. The festival will feature character topiaries, vibrant gardens and floral displays and even offer outdoor kitchens selling food and beverage items with a fresh, springtime twist!

A popular activity at the festival each year is the Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt. We are excited to announce that the Egg-stravaganza is returning to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival from March 16 through April 1. Guests can Purchase a map for $5.99, plus tax. Once you have picked up your map the fun begins as you search for hidden Disney character-themed “eggs” around world showcase. Your map will come with a pack of stickers. Once you have spotted a character egg in a particular location you can use the corresponding sticker to mark where that egg is located.

Once you have found all of the eggs and completed filling in your scavenger hunt map with the stickers, you can then show your finished map in Disney Traders and receive a special surprise. In years past these prices have been miniature character-themed plastic eggs. These are so fun to collect and make a wonderful Easter decoration to bring back home!

 

This year’s Flower and Garden Festival will introduce a second scavenger hunt activity as well! This new hunt is called Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration. The hunt is a Honey Bee Scavenger Hunt!

The backstory for this hunt is that Disney’s favorite honey bee, Spike has been pollinating his way around the festival. Similar to the Egg-stravaganza, guests can purchase a garden map and stickers at the Port of Entry shop ($5.99, plus tax). Once you have your map you can begin your quest and search around Epcot for plants Spike has pollinated. These special plants will be identified by Spike and a Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration plant stake. Once you have completed your hunt and filled in your map with the corresponding stickers you can return to a participating shop and show your map for a surprise reward!

These scavenger hunts add an exciting layer of fun to the Flower and Garden Festival. It is also a wonderful activity to keep kids entertained while parents can explore parts of the festival that interest them. We have been long-time fans of the Egg-stravaganza and are so excited to see the 2018 version. We also can’t wait for the new experience this year of Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration! There is something for everyone at Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival! We hope you come out to the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and experience all the fun and beauty that it has to offer!

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2018!

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 Celebration Dates Announced

 

Mardi Gras is right around the corner, but the festivities have already begun at the Universal Orlando Resort! This annual event will immerse you in an authentic Mardi Gras celebration! Universal’s Mardi Gras is no additional charge to guests and is included in the price of your regular park admission! The live music, the street performers, the food, the parade, the beads, it will all add up to make you feel like you have been transported to New Orleans!

 

 

 

Live Entertainment

A fan-favorite at the event each year is the concert series. Universal gets some very big names in music to come perform in the park! The best part is that just like the event itself, the concerts are also included in your regular admission ticket! We recommend allowing yourself time to stake out a spot for the concerts you really want to see because these shows are very popular. Here is the star-studded lineup for this year’s event,

 

Mardi Gras 2018 Concert Lineup:

Feb. 3: Sean Paul

Feb. 10: The Beach Boys

Feb. 17: Kelsea Ballerini

Feb. 18: Andy Grammer

Feb. 24: Macklemore

March 3: 311

March 4: Phillip Phillips

March 10: Jason Derulo

March 11: Fitz and the Tantrums

March 17: Foreigner

March 18: Fifth Harmony

March 24: Jessie J

March 25: BUSH

 

In addition to these chart-topping artist, guests can also enjoy some of New Orleans’ most talented brass bands preforming in The French Quarter Courtyard.

 

Feb. 3 – Feb. 20: Free Agents Brass Band

Feb. 21 – March 6: Naughty Professor Brass Band

March 7 – March 20: New Breed Brass Band

March 21 – March 31: Young Pinstripe Brass Band

April 1 – April 7: Dirty Bourbon River Show

 

 

Street Performers

It wouldn’t be a Mardi Gras celebration without some memorable characters! Throughout the evening, you can encounter some decked out street performers in their colorful costumes!

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 Celebration Dates Announced

 

 

Mardi Gras Parade

A Mardi Gras staple is a good parade, and Universal does not disappoint when it comes to their Mardi Gras parade! Every float is elaborate and wonderfully crafted. Each year the parade features a different theme. This year the parade is constellation-themed! This celestial parade includes dancers, colorful stilt performers and 12 of those incredibly handcrafted floats! The parade is fun and interactive as guests get the chance to catch those iconic Mardi Gras beads as they fly from the floats! Some guests may even have the opportunity to be a star in the festivities. Each night Universal randomly picks guests and gives them the opportunity to get dressed up and throw beads to the crowd in the parade!

 

 

Food and Beverage Offerings

Every great party needs great food and Universal has you covered here as well! Here you will find a street party with tents offering wonderful Cajun food for purchase. Throughout the park guests will also find pop-up bars and for dessert be sure to save room for some delicious and authentic beignets!

 

We hope you get the opportunity to come out to Universal Orlando and enjoy this fun and unique event for yourself! There is still time to plan a Mardi Gras getaway to Universal! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation planner today to plan you next adventure!

Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2018!

 

Epcot’s Newest Festival has returned for its second year, The Epcot International Festival of the Arts! Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is a wonderful celebration of culture and innovation. Throughout the year, Epcot features incredible festivals that take place in the park. These festivals are included in guest’s regular park admission and are fan favorites for many visitors. Some park goers even plan their Disney vacation based around when their favorite festival is taking place!

 

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

In the fall, Epcot becomes a culinary paradise during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! The event features marketplaces throughout the World Showcase and in recent years even throughout Future World. At these marketplaces guests can purchase sample-size portions of food and beverage offerings from around the world. The festival is a great way to try something new without committing to purchasing an entire entrée at a restaurant. It’s a wonderful way to discover new cuisines that you will enjoy and get ideas for meals to create at home! The portions and prices allow guests to try multiple items throughout the festival. There are also special events such as cooking demonstrations and celebrity chef appearances! The Food and Wine festival is a fan favorite! The event has a large following of fans who have made attending the annual festival their yearly tradition!

 

 

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

When the holidays arrive, Epcot gets in the spirit of the season with the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays! This festival celebrates holiday traditions from around the world through, food and beverage offerings, live entertainment, specialty merchandise and more. You are sure to be put in the spirit of the most magical time of the year!

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Offerings Begin November 19

 

 

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Once spring has sprung Epcot is in full bloom with the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! This event transforms the park with vivid colors and sights everywhere you look. Throughout the entire park guests will find topiaries and floral scenes depicting popular Disney characters. Gardening demonstrations are also available as well as special appearances by stars from HGTV and more! A few years back Epcot enhanced this great festival with the introduction of food and beverage marketplaces. These food and drink items all have a fresh from the garden twist!

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

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Epcot’s newest festival, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts debuted in January of 2017 and was an instant hit with guests. Due to the festival’s popularity, it is back for its second year! The festival is a celebration of all mediums of art including visual arts, preforming arts and even the culinary arts! This year’s festival runs from January 12 – February 19, 2018. Let’s take a look at some of the fun things guests can see and do at the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

 

Visual Arts

There are many forms of visual art represented at the festival. Throughout Epcot, guests will find festival booths selling original paintings and prints. At some of these booths you can even meet the artist and get your print signed in person! A few of the artists at the event even sell Disney inspired paintings. These beautiful works of art are a wonderful souvenir to take home and remember your trip! Artists can also be spotted in action creating their masterpieces throughout the event. Some artists paint on easels and canvas, some can be spotted working on massive murals and even chalk artists can be seen transforming the pathways in Epcot with life-like 3-D chalk Art! It’s safe to say during the festival every inch of Epcot is covered in amazing art for guests to enjoy!

 

 

Performing Arts

Performing arts have a strong presence at this year’s festival! In Future World guests can encounter some unique street performers including some living statues! On the Fountain of Nations Stage in Future World guests can watch everything from breathtaking acrobatic shows to talented singers and bands! Also on the Fountain of Nations Stage, one artist combines visual arts and performing arts as he paints and dances to music at the same time! After he completes each masterpiece visitors will have the opportunity to purchase the original artwork that they just got to watch being created in front of their eyes!

The icing on the cake when it comes to live entertainment offerings hands-down would be the Disney on Broadway Concert series! Talented artists who star in some of Disney’s most popular Broadway shows give wonderful performances at the American Gardens Theatre in World Showcase! The concerts are a “must see” when attending the festival! You can view this year’s concert lineup in our blog post here: http://www.kingdommagictravel.com/blog/2017/12/15/epcot-international-festival-arts-concert-lineup-announced/

 

 

Culinary Arts

The third component of the Festival of the Arts is the culinary arts. Throughout Epcot guests will find marketplaces offering food and beverage items for purchase. All of these culinary creations have a creative twist to them! Every plate looks too good to eat. But we promise you, you will want to take a bite, because these items are also delicious! The artisan chefs perfect each item with care and attention to detail. These food and drinks are true works of art! You are sure to walk away with tons of ideas to add some flare into your own cooking back home!

 

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is an amazing addition to the Epcot festival lineup. The event is unique and includes such a wide range of offerings. Everyone in your party is sure to find something that they enjoy at this wonderful festival!

Disney’s Mobile Ordering Service is Now Available for Guests on the Disney Disney Plan!

Mobile Ordering debuted last spring at Disney World and park goers instantly loved the convenience that the new service provided! Mobile ordering allows guests to skip the line and order and pay for their food through the My Disney Experience App! It’s safe to say that the new service has been a hit!

Due to the systems success we can expect to see Disney utilizing this technology even more in the future! Today we are excited to announce that a new phase of enhancements has been added to the mobile ordering world! The mobile order feature is now available for guests on any of the Disney Disney Plans!
Now guests can use their Disney Dining Plan credits to pay for Counter Service meals and snacks that they have ordered using the Mobile Ordering feature on the My Disney Experience App!  Mobile Ordering gives guests the ability to pre-order and pre-pay for their food at select restaurants on Disney property. When your order is ready, you can pick up your food as soon as you arrive to the dinning location and bypass the main queue line! Think of all the time you can save!
Mobile Ordering can be used with all three variations of the Disney dining plans:
  • Disney Quick Service Dining Plan
  • Disney Dining Plan
  • Disney Deluxe Dining Plan
The mobile ordering function is also available to all park guests with a My Disney Experience account. Guests not on the dinning plan or guests wishing not to use their dining credits can still choose to mobile order and then select the option to pay with a credit card.
At this point the mobile ordering option is available at 23 quick service locations across Disney World Property. Dinning locations currently offering mobile ordering include:
Magic Kingdom 
  • Aloha Isle
  • Casey’s Corner
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • Pecos Bills Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Pinocchio’s Village Haus
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Tomorrowland Terrace (Open Seasonally)
  • The Lunching Pad

Epcot 
  • Electric Umbrella
  • Liberty Inn
  • Sunshine Seasons

Hollywood Studios 
  • ABC Commissary
  • Backlot Express
  • Catalina Eddie’s
  • FairFax Fare
  • PizzeRizzo
  • Rosie’s All-American Cafe

Animal Kingdom 
  • Harambe Market
  • Pizzafari
  • Satu’li Canteen
  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  •  Restaurantosaurus

Disney Springs 
  • D-Luxe Burger

Mobile ordering is enhancing many guests vacations with ease and convenience! We are so excited that guests on the dining plan can now experience this great theme park tool! One thing is for sure, this new service has definitely opened up many doors and been a game changer for park goers. We are looking forward to seeing what Disney will do with mobile ordering in the future!

All About Disney’s Minnie Van Service

The Walt Disney World Resort is massive, filled with magic and fun around every corner. The resort is twice the size of the city of San Francisco. Being such a large property transportation plays a big role in every guest’s vacation. Disney is committed to always enhancing the Walt Disney World transportation system and creating new offerings for guests to get where they are going safely and efficiently. The Disney transportation fleet includes busses, monorails, boats and currently under construction the Skyliner gondola system. This past year Disney introduced another mode of transportation to the fleet… Minnie Vans!

Yes they are as cute as they sound! The majority of the Minnie Vans are Chevy Traverses, they are themed in adorable Minnie Mouse style! Being covered in polk-a-dots, you can’t miss these super cute cars as they drive around property!

So what is the Disney Minnie Van service? The Disney Minnie vans can be ordered by guests as a personal point-to-point ride service. If you are familiar with ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, this is Disney World’s version of that.

In fact, for this pilot program at the Disney World Resort, Disney has partnered with Lyft to use their app technology. Guests can order their Minnie Van through the Lyft app. When on Disney World property the location service in the Lyft application will detect that you are at Disney World and offer the Minnie Van as an option over calling a regular Lyft. Guests can also order Minnie vans through Bell Services if they are staying at a Disney Resort that offers Minnie van pick-up. At this point in time a few select Disney Resorts offer Minnie Van resort pick-up. Here is the full list of the resorts currently offering Minnie Van pick-up at that resort:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort / Bay Lake Tower
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Due to the service’s popularity, we can expect that the resort pick-up locations will be expanded to even more Disney World resort hotels in the future. This being said it is important to note you do not need to be staying at one of these resorts to take a Minnie van. Guests can take Minnie vans from park to park. For example, from Epcot to Magic Kingdom.

Taking a Disney Minnie Van over taking a traditional Uber or Lyft gives you many additional benefits and a much bigger comfort level. One of the biggest difference when calling a Minnie van instead of a generic ride service like Uber or Lyft is that you can rest assured that your driver is a Disney cast member. With Minnie Vans, you know that your driver meets all the standards that are required by Disney cast members and has received a high level of training. Our driver shared with us that all Minnie Van drivers must complete an 8-hour course on the proper way to install a car seat taught by car seat doctors! Yes, that is a real thing! That is just one small example of the level of care and service you will receive from your Minnie Van driver.

A major advantage to taking a Minnie Van over standard forms of Disney transportation is all the time that you save. When relying on a Disney bus to go to a park or back to your resort you could spend a significant amount of time waiting to be picked up or having to wait while the bus makes additional stops. With a Minnie Van you can go directly to your destination in your own ride.

Another Minnie Van perk is that you can get dropped off at exclusive locations near the front of the parks. If riding in a standard uber or lyft those drivers have limitation as to how far they can take guests. When you arrive in a Minnie van you get front row access! For example, our driver shared with us that Minnie Vans get to drop guests of in the main bus loop of magic Kingdom. A traditional ride sharing service would only have access to the main magic kingdom parking lot.

During a recent Kingdom Magic Vacation’s event, a few members of our team including myself got to experience a Minnie Van ride for ourselves and we had a blast! After a fun filled afternoon at Animal Kingdom we called a Minnie Van to take us to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for our dinner reservation. We loved that the Minnie Van ride saved us so much time by not having to wait for the bus, which typically makes additional stops at other resorts. With the Minnie Van, our driver appeared in less than 10 minutes and we got to ride in style to our destination, saving us so much time.

 

 

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018!

A Celebration of Harry Potter has become a very popular annual event put on by the Universal Orlando Resort. All year long Universal is a treat for Harry Potter fans! Guests can step into the magical worlds that they have read about and seen in the famous film series everyday through thrilling rides, spellbinding shows and unforgettable experiences, like finding your perfect wand at Ollivanders. Through the immersive lands of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, visitors will be living the story of Harry Potter!

Every Year Universal becomes filled with even more wizarding magic during A Celebration of Harry Potter. The 3-days long wizarding event is no additional charge to park guests. Regular admission is all that is required to attend the festivities. The Universal Orlando Resort partners with Warner Brothers to bring to life this event filled with everything a super fan of the Harry Potter franchise could every desire! Guests can look forward to special panels, Q&A sessions with film talent, magical demonstrations, and expos. This past weekend was the 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter and we are excited to share a few of the exciting offerings from this year’s event!

 

Film Talent

One of the most exciting components of the event each year is the star-studded line up of film talent! Actors from the film series make special appearances on panels and in Q&A sessions. These film talent events are always interactive and filled with fun. The stars share special stories and memories from their experience getting to work on what has now become such a beloved movie series. The actors always loves to reminisce on their favorite funny moments and the goofy things they remember from being onset. During the Q&A the guests have the opportunity to get involved in the action and ask their favorite stars whatever they want to know. The event is always full of great interaction and everyone walks away with great memories and stories to tell! This year the film talent included,

Natalia Tena, (played Nymphadora Tonks)

Stanislav Yanevski, (played Viktor Krum)

Bonnie Wright, (played Ginny Weasley)

James and Oliver Phelps, (played Fred and George Weasley)

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

 

The heart of the Harry Potter event is the expos. The Universal soundstages become huge expo halls that house booths and activities dedicated to all things Harry Potter. Let’s take a look at some of the fun that was found inside the soundstages this year,

 

Pottermore

Pottermore is the official Harry Potter fan club and they had a great presence at this year’s event. At the Pottermore booth you could use smart tablets to take a sorting quiz which based on your personality would tell you which Hogwart’s house you belong in. Also at the Pottermore booth, guests could create fun keepsakes with whimsical props by posing for a Harry potter themed GIF! Such a great way to share the fun on social media with your friends.

 

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

This past year a new chapter in the Harry Potter story was born when the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child play premiered in London. The story is a continuation of a new era in Harry’s life. The play will be coming to New York this year and so many people are on the edge of their seat, awaiting to experience the continued story. Everyone attending the event got a taste of what to expect in the theatrical production by visiting the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child section of the expo. Here guests got to see a glimpse into the new story through real props and costumes from the show.

 

Audible

Audible is the popular audiobook service and they had a booth at this year’s event advertising the Harry Potter audiobooks available on Audible. The booth was home to a very fun game where true fans could compete against other fans to prove just how well they know the books. In the game, you would wear headphones and listen to a selection from one of the Harry Potter books. You would then have to guess which book the line is from. In the end, you can see how you ranked against the other fans! This booth was a very fun and competitive place to be!

 

 

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them VR Experience

Guests could put on a Virtual Reality headset and live inside the movie Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. In the experience, you could encounter a series of magical creatures!

 

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Hands down a huge hit at this year’s event was the Warner Brothers Studios tour that was set up inside one of the Universal Studio’s soundstages. The experience gave guests a portion of what they could experience at the actual Warner Brother Studio tour in London. During the tour guests got to view props, costumes and watch special effects demonstrations to learn how the magic was made!

 

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Mobile Game

Late this Springs the Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery mobile game will be released on IOS. Guests who attended the event got to be among the first people to ever experience the new game when visiting the Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery booth! From what we have heard the game will give you the experience of going to Hogwarts. The style of the game will be similar to the very popular Pokemon Go app.

 

Harry Potter Concert Series

Everyone loves the music from the Harry Potter films! The scores are so iconic, thrilling and powerful! The Harry Potter Concert Series is an orchestra that travels the world preforming the famous music live alongside the movie. The Harry Potter Concert Series was represented in a booth at this year’s event.

 

New Projection Show on Hogwart’s Castle

The icing on the cake at this year’s event was the premiere of the brand new Harry Potter project show on the Hogwart’s castle. This past Christmas season the Hogwarts castle introduced Christmas projections for the first time and it was an instant hit with visitors. After the Christmas show premiered it became highly rumored that this exciting new technology could pave the way for more projection shows in the future. Well that came true with the premiere of the new show, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” The show is a celebration of all 4 Hogwart’s houses. Be sure to bring your house pride when watching this show!

We hope you enjoyed hearing about a few of the offerings from this year’s event. Experience the fun for yourself and plan your visit to next year’s Celebration of Harry Potter with your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner!

 

TOP REASONS TO VISIT DISNEY PARKS IN 2018

The year 2018 is shaping up to be an unforgettable year of anniversaries, expansions and new experiences for Guests visiting Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Here’s a round-up of just some of the fun that you can enjoy across our theme parks and cruise ships in 2018.

Disneyland® Resort

1. New Dining, Retail & Family-Friendly Entertainment Coming to Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland Resort in Early 2018 – New dining and entertainment experiences are coming to Downtown Disney District very soon, including Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID and Splitsville Luxury Lanes. D-Street will also be reimagined into a retail space that offers Disney fans a variety of Disney-themed home goods.

2. Lunar New Year Festival Returns to Disney California Adventure® Park, Jan. 26-Feb. 18, 2018 – This spectacular festival will feature Hurry Home — Lunar New Year Celebration, a nighttime water show on Paradise Bay; specialty Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese foods at marketplaces; Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession; traditional crafts and more.

3. Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Expands to Six Weeks in 2018 –Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will return March 2-April 12, 2018, bringing delicious cuisine, specialty beverages and exciting entertainment to Disneyland Resort Guests for its third season. The culinary festival will expand to six weeks, with more days for your Clients to enjoy the flavors of the Golden State. More than a dozen Festival Marketplaces will feature California-inspired tastes and sips. Guests will experience presentations and demonstrations with celebrity chefs such as Robert Irvine and Alex Guarnaschelli; food and beverage tastings; winemaker dinners; beer, wine and spirit seminars – all in addition to live music, entertainment and special activities throughout the festival.

4. Pixar Fest Brings Celebration of Friendship Throughout Disneyland Resort Beginning April 13 – Beginning April 13, 2018, this limited-time celebration of friendship and beyond will feature the debut of an all-new “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” and the return of two favorite parades as well as even more beloved Pixar characters, new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and new merchandise items.

5. Pixar Pier Will Debut This Summer – This summer will bring a transformed land for your Clients to experience at Disney California Adventure park when Pixar Pier opens along the southern shore of Paradise Bay, with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise throughout. This new, permanent land in the area that is now Paradise Pier will introduce four new neighborhoods representing beloved Disney·Pixar stories: “The Incredibles,” “Toy Story,” “Inside Out” and a fourth neighborhood that will be a celebration of many of your favorite Pixar stories.

Walt Disney World® Resort

6. Disney Springs® Will Welcome Eight New Dining Locations – A total of eight exciting new F&B locations are set to make their grand debuts at Disney Springs in 2018. The Edison, along with Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, Enzo’s Hideaway and Pizza Ponte are scheduled to open early in 2018, while Terralina Crafted Italian, Wine Bar George, Jaleo and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill are set to debut later on in the year.

7. The Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival Celebrates its 25th Anniversary –This year’s festival will run from Feb. 28-May 28, 2018. The 90-day event brings with it a multitude of Disney character topiaries, tasty offerings at 15 Outdoor Kitchens, garden tours, the Garden Rocks music series, new kids’ activities, the Egg-Stravaganza scavenger hunt and much more.

8. Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme ParkCelebrates It’s 20th Anniversary – The  theme park dedicated to celebrating life in the animal kingdom will mark a milestone 20th anniversary on Earth Day, April 22, 2018.

9. Toy Story Land Opens in Summer 2018 – The highly anticipated expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will debut to Guests this summer, and with it, two new attractions: Alien Swirling Saucers and the Slinky Dog Dash family coaster. Your Clients can already catch a glimpse of what’s in store inside the park’s Walt Disney Presents attraction, where they can view the model and some attraction vehicle maquettes.

Disney Cruise Line

10. Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea Return from January-April 2018 – Epic adventures at sea return to Disney Cruise Line with special engagements of two popular events – Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea. Spanning two Disney cruise ships, sailing across the Caribbean and Bahamas, these cruises bring Disney and fan-favorite fun to families and guests of all ages.

11. Rapunzel’s Royal Table Debuts on the Disney Magic in March 2018 – Exciting new spaces and experiences designed for Guests of all ages are coming to the Disney Magic in March 2018, including an enchanting dining experience for families at Rapunzel’s Royal Table. The first table service restaurant themed to “Tangled” that features characters and live entertainment will transport your Clients to the kingdom of Corona for an evening of music and interactive fun.

12. Disney Cruise Line Visits New Destinations in Summer and Fall 2018 – Disney Cruise Line offers families a chance to see the world and explore magnificent destinations in 2018, including first-time visits to ports in Italy and Ireland during the summer and to Bermuda and Quebec City, Canada in the fall. Throughout the year, Disney Cruise Line will return to popular destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas, Alaska, Europe, Canada and Mexican Riviera.

Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

Looking for a great Disney World quick-service restaurant?!

Disney’s Contempo Café serves casual style American cuisine for breakfast lunch and dinner. The menu is full of fresh, delicious choices so everyone in your party is sure to find something that they will enjoy.

The Contempo Café is located at Disney Contemporary Resort. The resort is a stop on the Disney monorail loop so it is easily accessible to all guests who are looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. You can board the resort monorail at Magic Kingdom and be here in seconds! Stopping over for a meal can be a great little breather from a fun filled day in the parks or a great last minute stop on the monorail loop before heading back to the transportation and ticket center at night.

The restaurant is located out front of Chef Mickey’s. You can take your meals to go or sit in the café’s seating area. As you dine you will enjoy views of the Contemporary’s signature piece of art, the massive mural by Mary Blair. Directly above you, you can watch the monorails come and go from the station inside the hotel. The food here is a lot more than your standard theme park burgers and fries. There are a lot of unique offerings to enjoy! Let’s take a look at a few of the menu items.

 

Breakfast

For breakfast the Contempo Café serves up classic breakfast staples including:

Bounty Platter – which is full of a sampling of popular items such as scrambled eggs, bacon, pork sausage, breakfast potatoes, season fruit and everyone’s favorite mini Mickey waffles! The bounty platter is a great way to start your day! It is also a very large portion and very shareable.

Contempo Scramble – Chef’s Selection of Accoutrements

Steel-Cut Oatmeal – topped with fresh Berries and Brown Sugar

Grilled Breakfast Sandwich – with Egg, Ham and Three-Cheese Blend on Toasted Brioche

Mickey Waffles – This very popular breakfast treat is served with a choice of Fruit Topping, Bacon or Pork Sausage

French Toast – served with your choice of Fruit Topping, Bacon or Pork Sausage

 

Lunch

For lunch the Contempo Café serves up wonderful comfort food, there is something for whatever you are in the mood for! Menu selections include:

Contempo Pasta – a Chef’s Pasta Selection with Basil Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Parmesan Crumbles and Toasted Focaccia

Fried Chicken Sandwich – served on a brioche bun topped with buttermilk dressing, dill pickle slices, marinated tomatoes, lettuce and accompanied by a vegetable slaw

Braised Beef Grilled Cheese – Pot-braised Shredded Beef, Broiche Toast, Cheddar, Vegetable Slaw, Cheese Sauce and Southern-style Barbecue Sauce served with Vegetable Slaw

“Chicago-style” Italian Beef Sub – Shaved Italian Beef, Mozzarella, Crusty Baguette and Seasoned Jus served with Vegetable Slaw

Sustainable Catch Sandwich – Avocado Remoulande, Arugula, Lemon-citrus Vinaigrette and Smoked Bacon served with Vegetable Slaw

Griddled Hot Turkey Sandwich – Roasted Turkey, Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomato and Cranberry Aïoli served on a Toasted Multigrain Bread and served with Vegetable Slaw

Contempo Smokehouse Burger – Angus Chuck Burger, Smoked Bacon Marmalade, Fried Onion Ring and Cheddar on a Brioche Bun served with Vegetable Slaw

Soup of the Day

Buffalo Chicken Flatbread – Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Mozzarella, Blue Cheese and Celery Salt 

Concourse Specialty Flatbread 

Meat Lovers’ Flatbread – Italian Sausage, Pepperoni and Smoked Bacon topped with Mozzarella 

Contempo Caesar Salad with Chicken – Freshly Tossed with Caesar Dressing, House-made Croutons and Shredded Parmesan and Cheesy Breadcrumbs

Contempo Caesar Salad with Salmon – Freshly Tossed with Caesar Dressing, House-made Croutons and Shredded Parmesan and Cheesy Breadcrumbs

Power Green Salad – Hearts of Palm, Slow-roasted Tomatoes, Charred Corn, Sunflower Seeds and White Balsamic-Citrus Vinaigrette

 

Dinner

Dinner offerings at the Contempo Café feature a few of the popular dishes from the lunch menu as well as introduce some signature entrees that will fill your appetite.

Contempo Pasta – a Chef’s Pasta Selection with Basil Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Parmesan Crumbles and Toasted Focaccia

Contempo Chicken Dinner – Chef’s Specialty Rice, Cilantro-lime Vinaigrette and Seasonal Vegetables

Slow-roasted Striploin – Chef’s Cottage Fries, Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette and Seasonal Vegetables

Griddled Salmon – Chef’s Specialty Rice, Sherry-ginger Dressing and Seasonal Vegetables

Contempo Smokehouse Burger – Angus Chuck Burger, Smoked Bacon Marmalade, Fried Onion Ring and Cheddar on a Brioche Bun served with Vegetable Slaw

“Chicago-style” Italian Beef Sub – Shaved Italian Beef, Mozzarella, Crusty Baguette and Seasoned Jus served with Vegetable Slaw

Griddled Hot Turkey Sandwich – Roasted Turkey, Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomato and Cranberry Aïoli served on a Toasted Multigrain Bread and served with Vegetable Slaw

Soup of the Day

Buffalo Chicken Flatbread – Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Mozzarella, Blue Cheese and Celery Salt 

Concourse Specialty Flatbread 

Meat Lovers’ Flatbread – Italian Sausage, Pepperoni and Smoked Bacon topped with Mozzarella

Contempo Caesar Salad with Chicken – Freshly Tossed with Caesar Dressing, House-made Croutons and Shredded Parmesan and Cheesy Breadcrumbs

Contempo Caesar Salad with Salmon – Freshly Tossed with Caesar Dressing, House-made Croutons and Shredded Parmesan and Cheesy Breadcrumbs

Power Green Salad – Hearts of Palm, Slow-roasted Tomatoes, Charred Corn, Sunflower Seeds and White Balsamic-Citrus Vinaigrette

Kid’s menu

In addition to the regular menu selections the Contempo Café also offers a Kid’s menu during all meal periods that includes smaller portions and kid-friendly food that will make even the pickiest eaters happy!

Grad-and-go

In addition to the menu items the café also serves as a grab and go spot selling, snacks, fruit, drinks, pastries, cupcakes, desserts and more. A resort mug refill station is also available at the location.

Mobile Ordering

It has recently been announced that this dining location will now be participating in the Disney mobile ordering service. This new service allows guests to skip the line and order and pay for their food through the My Disney Experience App. This new service is a great way to save time and get the most out of your vacation.

On my recent stay at the Contemporary, I had the opportunity to dine here twice and enjoyed both my meals. I consider this great dinning location to be a hidden gem among quick-service locations. Check out the Contempo Café on your next visit!

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Give Guests exciting Disney World Perks!

It has recently been announced that the Disney Springs Resorts will now receive many of the same perks and benefits previously only offered to guests staying at Disney Resorts. Disney has reclassified the Disney Springs Resorts from just good-neighbor hotels to now the “Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels.”  Let’s take a look at what these exciting changes will bring to guests staying at these resorts!

Extra Magic Hours

Extra Magic Hours is a Disney perk offered to on-site Disney resort guests. How the program works is that a select Disney park will have Extra Magic Hours on a given day and will open up to an hour before regular park opening or stay open for up to an additional 3 hours in the evening after regular park closing. During this time, the park is exclusive just to Disney resort guests who receive the benefit of Extra Magic Hours. This allows these guests to experience the park with limited crowds and significantly shorter wait times for popular attractions.  Now guests staying at a Disney Springs Resort Area Hotel will be able to partake in the excitement of Extra Magic Hours! This perk is a great way to get the most out of your vacation with the gift of more time to enjoy the park!

 

Reserve Fastpasses 60 days in Advanced

My Disney Experience allows park guests to reserve set times for select attractions in advance. When utilizing the Disney Fastpass+ system visitors will be able to see and do more of the things they really want. A major benefit of staying on-site at a Walt Disney World Resort is that you can reserve your Fastpasses up to 60 days out! Guests not staying on-site can only book Fastpasses 30 days in advance. Having the benefit of booking 60 days out gives you first picks at all the rides and shows, allowing you to grab up Fastpasses for popular rides that fill up very quickly. We are excited to share that now Disney Springs Resort Area Hotel guests will enjoy the same perk of the 60-day out Fastpass bookings!

 

Staying at any of these Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, you receive complimentary shuttle transportation to and from all the Disney theme parks. As the name suggest you are in close proximity to the wonderful shopping, dining and entertainment of Disney Springs. In fact you are just a short walk away from all that Disney Springs has to offer. The new walkways and overhead bridges make the walk quick, easy and safe.

 

There are 7 Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels:

  • B Resort & Spa
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista

 

We were fortune to be able to tour a few of these beautiful properties, including the Hilton Buena Vista Palace, the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Lake Buena Vista, The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista and the Hilton Orlando – Lake Buena Vista. We hope you enjoy these video tours of the rooms and grounds of these great resorts.

 

Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace

 

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando

 

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

 

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

 

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

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Things for Kids to do at Universal Orlando!

Universal Orlando Resort is a celebration of our favorite movies. Guests can be swept up in the exciting world of show business and even step inside some poplar movies through rides and shows! The Universal parks are famous for their thrill rides, but the resort also prides itself on offering fun experiences for younger guests. The two parks, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure offer something for all ages. Let’s take a look at a few of the wonderful attractions that your little ones can enjoy at Universal!

Universal Studios

 

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

If your little ones are fans of Despicable Me, then you can’t miss “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.” This 3-D ride will transport you inside the Despicable Me story. Gru will recruit you into his latest scheme and just like any great movie there is always an unexpected twist, which is just what happens things don’t go as planned and your journey launches you on an exciting mission you will never forget!

 

Shrek 4-D

Join characters from the popular DreamWorks film, Shrek on a 4-D adventure! The story is unique and one we are sure you have never heard before. The tale takes place after the first film but before the second. Shrek fans will love the original storytelling! Fun special effects make guests feel like they are truly living out the story with the characters, making this experience fun for all ages!

 

Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster

Embark on a thrilling ride through Woody Woodpecker’s own nut factory. This coaster is kid friendly and a great first-time roller coaster for even the smallest of thrill-seekers to be able to take part in!

 

Hogwarts Express

Board the famous Hogwarts Express from Harry potter. This train ride is family friendly allowing your whole group to all take part in this exciting ride. As you begin your ride special effects will transport guest into the world of Harry and his friends. This is not just a regular theme park ride it is actually a mode of transportation. The Hogwarts Express travel between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure! A park-to-park ticket is required to board.

 

Islands of Adventure

 

Seuss Landing

Kids will love Seuss Landing, a colorful land that transports guests into the world of beloved Dr. Seuss stories. The land is home to “The Cat in The Hat ride”, here you will embark on a journey through the story of the Cat in the Hat. While visiting Seuss Landing children can also enjoy the “caro-Seuss-el”, a merry-go-round style ride themed to the fun and lovable characters from many Dr. Seuss classics. “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” is a fun spinner style attraction where guests can soar high in their very own flying fish! The ride puts guests in control meaning your kids can have a blast as they have the power to make their fish go up and down. Kids and kids at heart will love “The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!” This slow-moving trolley tour gives guests a wonderful birds-eye view over all of the whimsical buildings in Seuss landing!

 

Camp Jurassic

Camp Jurassic is a giant recreation area where kids can run, play and discovery the exciting world of dinosaurs! Your little adventurers will explore mysterious mines and darks cave, climb up dinosaur capture nets, slide down themed slides and navigate across bridges. This multi-level play ground will provide countless fun for kids!

 

Pteranodon Flyers

This easy air-glide attraction is made specially just for kids. Little ones can take flight beneath the 10-foot wings of a Pteranodon. Kids will be treated to wonderful views of the theme park from a comfy seat suspended from the above track.

We hope you enjoyed a few of our top picks for kids at Universal Orlando. Universal Orlando is an experience for everyone in the family, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to plan your next Universal adventure!

Spending Valentine’s Day At Walt Disney World!

Valentine’s day is just around the corner! Are you looking for a getaway trip with your special someone? How about a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort?!

There are so many wonderful things for couples to do at the Walt Disney World Resort, from a romantic dinner to a unique experience you both will never forget, you are sure to find something that will make this Valentine’s Day extra special!

 

Dinner out!

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a dinner date! The Walt Disney World Resort is home to hundreds of restaurants and you are sure to find somewhere to fit the exact, atmosphere, cuisine and price point that you are looking for. Let’s take a look at some of our personal favorite recommendations for a Disney Dinner date!

 

California Grill

This restaurant is my number 1 choice for best Disney World date night! The California Grill sits on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The restaurant’s interior is sleek and modern tying into the Contemporary vibe of the hotel. There is an onstage kitchen where world class chefs prepare your meal.

 

The menu offers something for everyone from Steaks, Seafood, and their famous Sushi.

Not only is the food top-notch but the restaurants views are the best on all of Disney property. Out the massive glass windows framing in the California Grill you get a birds-eye view of the Seven Seas lagoon and the Magic Kingdom Park!

This is also the best place to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from one of the 4 rooftop observation decks. If you have dined at the California Grill at any point during a given day you can use your dinner receipt as your ticket for reentry to the restaurant just before fireworks!

 

Narcoossee’s

Narcoossee’s sits right on the waterfront of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Across the lagoon sits Cinderella’s castle, the perfect atmosphere for the evening. The menu offers everything from steaks, lobster and delicious seafood.

 

Take a Safari Adventure!

For the adventure-loving couple Animal Kingdom park is home to a unique experience that will bring you up close and personal with the wildlife on the Animal Kingdom Safari. Every day thousands of guests enjoy the popular Animal Kingdom Attraction Kilimanjaro safari. In this theme park attraction visitors board a safari jeep and tour over 43 acres of Disney’s wildlife reserve.

What many people don’t know is that there is an exclusive experience called the ‘Wild African Trek’ where guest who purchase the tour get to hike through backstage areas of the reserve that are off limits to regular park guests. During the experience, you will get to fed the hippos, traverse rope bridges over top of the Nile Crocodiles and dine in a private cabana on the savanna.

 

Fireworks Boat Cruise

For an intimate viewing of the famous Disney fireworks, couples can consider a fireworks cruise. Cruises are available leaving from the Polynesian and Grand Floridian resorts to view the Magic Kingdom Fireworks on Seven Seas lagoon, and also from Disney Yacht Club Resort to view the Epcot Illuminations fireworks up close and personal on the World Showcase lagoon.

You will set out on your own private pontoon boat and your captain will first take you on a tour around the lake and give you Disney facts and history of the Disney property before docking for your special viewing of the fireworks show. To make the experience even more special for a romantic night you can add on packages of champagne or chocolate covered strawberries!

I hope you enjoyed our top picks for a special evening at Disney. There are so many more options for a romantic getaway experience at the Disney Parks. Depending on your likes, there is something for everyone, from golfing, spa services, carriage rides, fishing excursions, you name it, Disney World probably has it! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to plan your next magical trip!

 

 

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