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“US” New Halloween Horror Nights House Announced for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights

 

Get ready! Because this year at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights you can enter the startling reality of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele and Universal Pictures’ global horror hit “Us”.

 

In this new haunted house at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, guests will venture inside the Wilson family beach house as well as roam down Santa Cruz Pier. Be warned, you just may find a familiar character outside the Fun House! On this fright-filled journey guests will also embark through the terrifying tunnels that stretch for miles deep below America. It is here that you will come face-to-face with “The Tethered” – a group of terrifying doppelgängers of every living man, woman and child in the country. You will soon discover that you are your own worst enemy!

 

Follow in the footsteps of Adelaide Wilson as she experiences a frighting and traumatizing encounter with her tethered double, Red. Guests will watch her face off with her menacing mirror image in a deadly dance with a fatal ending. As visitors journey deeper through this haunted house, they will be transported to modern-day, and witness “The Tethered” rise-up from their underground labyrinth, ready to take on their privileged upperworld counterparts – determined to enact their plan of murder and revenge. Get ready to run for your life, because there is no escaping yourself.

 

Halloween Horror Nights takes place this year at Universal Studios Florida on select nights from September 6 through November 2, 2019. This year you can experience 10 haunted houses, 5 scare zones, live entertainment and more! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today for more details and to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

Everything You Need To Know About The Disney Dining Plan!

 

 

So you’re planning for your Walt Disney World vacation and trying to make a budget for how much money you will spend in while in Disney World.  One of the biggest expenses you will have is food for your family.  One way to make sure that your food is budgeted in before you even leave is to add on the Disney Dining Plan.  This plan is available for resort guests who book a Resort Hotel Package.

 

 

The Disney Dining Plan will purchase you a certain number of meals for each day of your vacation.  Each person on your reservation will receive an allotment of quick service meals, which are like your fast food meals, table service or sit down meals, and snacks.  The number of meals you get will depend on the Dining Plan that you choose.  There are three plans to choose from, The Quick Service Dining Plan, The Regular Dining Plan and the Deluxe Dining Plan.  Let us take a look at what each plan offers and the price currently for 2019 so you can determine if one of these plans works best for your family and how you usually like to eat.

 

Quick Service Dining Plan

-2 quick service meals

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

Cost is $52.50 per night for Adults 10 year and older and $23.78 for children 3-9 years of age

 

Regular Dining Plan

-1 table-service meal

-1 quick-service meal

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

Cost is $75.49 per night for Adults 10 years and older and $27.98 for children 3-9 years of age

 

Deluxe Dining Plan

-3 meals which can be any combination of table-service and quick-service

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

Cost is $116.25 per night for Adults 10 years and older and $43.49 for children 3-9 years of age

 

If you purchase the dining plan it will be very easy to use.  Your MagicBand or card that Disney gives you when you book your trip will have all your credits loaded on it and will electronically monitor what you use during your vacation.  At the end of each meal your receipt you receive will show you the number of meals remaining for each room on your booking.  This will help you keep track of you balance.  You can redeem your meals and snacks in any order during your trip until your balance is zero or until midnight of the night you check out.

 

 

At certain times of the year, Disney will run a promotion that includes a Free Disney Dining Package with your resort stay.  If this interests you then you will want to be in contact with your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner so that when this offer becomes available they can let you know as soon as possible because the number of these packages are limited when released.

 

 

I hope that this gives you a better understanding of the Disney Dining Package and can help you make a decision if the package works for you and can help you budget your next Walt Disney World trip.

 

As always, our Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planners are here to help you plan and pick a Disney package that suite you best!  Contact us today for a quote!

 

 

Excited for the 2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! – Walt Disney World

Frights and Sounds of the Season! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Brings Spooktacular Fun for the Entire Family to Magic Kingdom

 

Believe it or not the summer months are winding down and soon fall will be in full swing! But with that there are so many things to look forward to, especially at the Walt Disney World Resort! The Disney Parks go all out around the holidays adding specialty decorations and even exclusive festive events to celebrate the season! During the fall on select nights Magic Kingdom hosts a delightful Halloween bash known as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! This event is a separately ticketed event that is fun for all ages!

 

Frights and Sounds of the Season! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Brings Spooktacular Fun for the Entire Family to Magic Kingdom

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party features special Halloween stage shows, dance parties, rare character meet and greets, a special Halloween Parade, exclusive Halloween fireworks show, trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom, specialty treats and merchandise for purchase, and more!

 

 

There are a limited number of party tickets sold for each night of the event making the party feel more like a vip event for all those guests in attendance! Because of the limited number of tickets guests who attend will enjoy the park with significantly lower crowds than compared to a normal day in the Magic Kingdom. This means you can do and see more during your time in the park! Lower crowds means lower wait times on some of the most popular attractions! This fact alone makes these extra ticketed events such an incredible value for the experience you get to have!

 

 

I attended my very first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party last year and I caught the Halloween Party bug! I had such a wonderful experience! I love all the spooky fun extras that you find throughout the Magic Kingdom! It is such a festive and fun environment to be apart of!

 

 

This year I’m not just attending one Halloween Party! I’m attending two! The first during this month of August with a group of friends and the second in October with some of my Kingdom Magic Vacations co-workers! Both times we are planning to do group costumes! That is another very fun aspect of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, many guests dress up! Last year I loved seeing other guests costumes and how creative everyone gets! This year I’m excited to get to dress up myself! When I go with my friends this month we are all going as Star Wars characters! I am going to be Rey! Then in October with my Kingdom Magic Fam we are all going to be character from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out! I am going to be Riley!

 

 

There are a lot of new offerings coming to this years Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! Check out our new YouTube Video to hear what I’m most excited for!

 

 

This years Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place on select nights from August 16th through November 1st of this year, 2019. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to plan an amazing fall getaway to the Walt Disney World Resort!

Walt Disney World Date Night Ideas – Part 2

 

In Part 1 of my Disney date night ideas I talked about things to do at Disney Springs and on the Magic Kingdom Resort monorail loop.  Today I am going to discuss the EPCOT area and Mini Golf for a little activity and adventure!

 

EPCOT

 

 

The EPCOT Park is a great date night park!  Adults usually love this park because of the World Showcase.  Taking a stroll around the World Showcase and exploring the 11 countries is always a great time.  The food and drinks from each country along with theming and shopping make this a fantastic place to take your special someone.  One of my favorite restaurants is Tepan Edo in the Japan Pavilion.  This is a hibachi style restaurant and the food and show are so much fun!

 

EPCOT Resorts

 

 

After your stroll around World Showcase take the International Gateway over to the EPCOT area resorts.  These resorts are the Boardwalk, Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club.  You will find great restaurants in each hotel along with many different Bars and Lounges to relax.  You will also pass the Ample Hills Creamery, all I can say is yummy!! You have to stop in for a sweet treat to top off your dinner.  If your looking for a little more activity than stop in the Atlantic Dance Hall for some great music and to dance the night away.

 

Monorail Date

 

 

Also know that you can get to EPCOT from the Magic Kingdom on the monorail.  Just take the monorail from Magic Kingdom to the Ticket and Transportation Center and transfer there to the EPCOT monorail.  This gives you the option of starting your date early and playing in the Magic Kingdom for the day and then having a wonderful dinner over in the EPCOT area.  What better way to spend the day together than to park hop!

 

Mini Golf

 

 

Another activity that many couples enjoy is mini golf and Disney has some of the best courses I have played on.  The theming is great at each.  There is the Winter/Summer course, which is located near the Blizzard Beach Water Park.  The winter course is themed to Christmas and Summer is very beachy.  Then across from the Swan and Dolphin hotel you will find the Fantasia Gardens with two courses both based on the movie Fantasia.  The one course is your traditional mini golf course and the other is based more on a professional golf course but in miniature scale.  This course emphasizes on skill versus chance.  You can actually walk here from the EPCOT resorts.  Just head toward the Swan and Dolphin and walk through their grounds and across the street you will find the mini golf courses.

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about these date night ideas and it has gotten you excited to plan your next night out!  Check out our YouTube Channel to see the video on Part 2 of Disney date night ideas.

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner to start planning your next visit!

 

Walt Disney World Date Night Ideas – Part 1

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

 

Walt Disney World is not just a great place for families it is also a great place for couples.  With so many things to do and places to go the ideas for a great date night and endless.  In Part 1 I will discuss two areas in Walt Disney World that I think have wonderful opportunities for a fantastic date night.  So let’s get started!

 

Disney Springs

 

 

Disney Springs is a shopping, dining and entertainment mecca.  You will have a fantastic time if you pick Disney Springs for your date night.  There are just so many choices of things to do.  The great thing about this area is you can find something to fit your likes and your budget.  First, let’s look at some things you can do for an Economic date night.  My picks for great places to eat that won’t break the budget would be Wolfgang Puck Express, Deluxe Burger, Blaze Pizza or even the Food Trucks.  All of these choices have really good food at the great price.

For a special occasion date or when you just want to splurge a bit there any many choices to pick from.  Boathouse and Paddlefish have great seafood choices, Morimoto Asia is outstanding with cuisine from the great Iron Chef himself.  Try Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ for delicious Southern comfort foods.  Head to STK for a fantastic steak.  These are just some of my favorites, the list goes on and on. Your sure to find something you will love.

If you would like to hang out after dinner for a nice drink let me suggest two that I enjoy.  Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is inspired by the Indiana Jones movie and the theming and drinks are so good or stop by Wine Bar George for the most incredible wine list you will ever see.  I personally like to go to the 2nd floor and head out to the patio where you can relax with your drink and take in the sights of Disney Springs.

If you want a unique experience head to The Edison after 10:00 when it becomes adults only for a burlesque style show.  Or you can catch a movie at the AMC theater.  If you like to bowl you will want to check out Splitsville for some fun and try their sushi, it is excellent!  Then there is the obvious thing to do and that is to stroll from store to store checking out so many different shops!

 

Monorail Loop

 

 

Okay, so what is the Monorail Loop?  This would be the stops the monorail makes besides the obvious stop at the Magic Kingdom.  The monorail stops at three Disney hotels, which are The Contemporary, The Polynesian and The Grand Floridian.  Looking for a great meal with a breathtaking view than you will want to head to the California Grill at The Contemporary.  This restaurant is at the top of the hotel with stunning views of Bay Lake and the Magic Kingdom and you won’t want to miss the fireworks from this restaurant.  The fireworks view from the outside terraces are incredible and the music is pumped in for your enjoyment.  Head over to the Polynesian hotel for a tropical feel.  There are great restaurants and bars and the beach is a wonderful place to put your feet in the sand and watch the fireworks together, very romantic!  Head to Grand Floridian and enjoy the beautiful Victorian lobby while listening to the piano player or band.  For a very special occasion you might want to try Victoria & Albert’s which is a AAA Five Diamond Award winning restaurant.  For something more economic you can’t beat the Grand Floridan Café.

 

Hope you enjoyed part one of my Disney date night ideas.  To hear more about it check out our YouTube video below:

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner today so you can take your special someone on a magical date night!

 

Traveling With Your Pet To Walt Disney World!

 

We all love our furry friends and the thought of leaving them behind when we travel is sometime not what we want to do or we just do not have other arrangements we can make for them.  Well, if you are planning to travel to Walt Disney World you will have some options to bring your pet along with you.

 

The first option is to book your stay at one of the Disney Resort hotels that have designated dog-friendly accommodations.  The resorts that you can choose are:

-Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

-Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

-Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

-The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort

 

 

All of the rooms at these resorts will have easy access to outdoor walkways to exercise your dog and green spaces with pet relief areas.  When you arrive at your resort, you will be welcomed with a complimentary Pluto’s Welcome kit.

 

There is a maximum of two dogs permitted per guest room.  Your dogs are expected to be well behaved, properly vaccinated and when in public areas they must be leased.  Other than service animals, your dog will not be allowed into any theme park, water park, pools or restaurants.

 

Your second option would be to board your pet at the Best Friends Pet Care.  The staff here are highly trained pet care providers and they all love animals.  The facility has 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor runs and area to play, plus a 25,000 square foot dog park.  The facility is open one hour before the theme parks open through one hour after closing.

 

Overnight accommodations for multi day trips are also available.  This is a luxury resort for your pet.  There are different levels you can pick.  From the top of the line 226 square-foot suite including things such as potty walks, playgroups, flat screen TV, webcam, bedtime story and a bath at the end of the stay to a more basic level including 36 square-foot suite with potty walks.  There is also 2 and 4 level condos for your cat with activities for them too!

 

Grooming services are also available to pamper your pet.

 

Other small pets are accepted such as birds, reptiles and rodents but you must provide your own enclosure.

 

Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels Starting Oct. 15

Check out the Best Friends Pet Care website to see all the options and pricing.  There is never a need to worry about leaving your pets behind while traveling to Walt Disney World!  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner to start planning your next trip with your furry friend!

 

 

 

Everything you need to know about First Aid at Walt Disney World

 

You never want to think that you will need First Aid care while on vacation at Walt Disney World but it is good to know what is offered and where to find it if the need arises.  First Aid Stations located in the Walt Disney World parks are not just for you basic band aids.  Let me tell you about some of the things that the First Aid Stations can do for you.

 

Say you are in the park and your child is not feeling well and you think they may have a fever, you can just stop in and check.  They have thermometer strips available to give you.  There is an area in the back with beds where someone can lie down for a while if they do not feel well.

 

The First Aid stations will also have samples of medicine for many things that can come up while traveling.  They will have things for colds such as cold medicine, cough drops and even packets of tissues.  If you get a bad headache that you just cannot shake, they can give you samples of Tylenol or Ibuprofen.  If the headache is coming on because of the start of dehydration then you can get some powerade, damp cloths and a cool spot to rest until you are feeling better.  All first aid stations are equipped with Epipens for insect bites and allergic reactions.

 

While on vacation, you may not be eating the same way you would at home which can lead to an upset stomach or indigestion.  The stations will have samples of medicines to help relieve your symptoms.

 

If you get something in your eye someone at the station can help you flush your eye out.  If you are having an issue with your contacts they will also have contact solution for you to use.

 

Probably one of the biggest things you could encounter while in Disney World is blisters from all the walking!  Just stop in if this happens and they will have band-aids and bandages available.

 

 

These first aid stations also offer some special services that might be of use to some people.  Did you know that these stations will store refrigerated medication for you.  That will save you from having to go all the way back to your resort to take your medicine.  You can also come here to do your breathing treatments for things such as asthma, just bring your nebulizer to First Aid and you have a nice private cool place to administer your treatment.

 

If you are a diabetic or require any daily injections a First Aid Station is the place you will want to go.  They will even have special containers for disposal of your needles.

 

 

On my most recent visit I needed to visit the First Aid Station.  I was taking an antibiotic that made me more susceptible to sun exposure.  I had a reaction on my feet that made them so itchy.  I was getting really miserable and happen to be walking by the First Aid Station.  I walked in, they had me sign in, I showed them what I was experiencing, and they handed me a few packets of ointment that made me feel so much better.  It saved the rest of my day!  The staff and facilities were so great!

 

 

Now that you know what is available at the First Aid Stations let me tell you where you can locate each station at each park:

-Magic Kingdom – Located between Crystal Palace Restaurant and Casey’s Corner Restaurant near the restrooms as you are heading toward Adventureland.

-Epcot – Located in the Odyssey Center between Future World and the World Showcase.

-Hollywood Studios – Located in the Guest Relations building on Hollywood Boulevard near the front entrance.

-Animal Kingdom – Located at Discovery Island next to Creature Comforts/Starbucks location.

-Typhoon Lagoonlocated just behind Leaning Palms.

-Blizzard Beach, located beside Lottawatta Lodge.

 

Hope this information helps you if you ever find yourself or a family member in need of a little medical assistance.

If you are ready to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation then contact one of our knowledgeable Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planners who will be happy to help you plan your trip!

Epcot Festival Overviews! – Walt Disney World

 

I love Epcot so much at Walt Disney World! I love the spirit of innovation and technology that can be found in Future World and I love the adventure and discovery that can be found when exploring the pavilions in World Showcase! Every aspect of this Disney Park is right up my ally! Another thing I love about Epcot is that there is always something new and exciting taking place! Much of that is thanks to none other than the Epcot festivals! Over the years, the Epcot Festivals have grown and evolved and we have seen the introduction of brand new festivals with their own unique offerings! Now days, throughout the course of the year there is pretty much always a festival taking place in Epcot with the exception of summer time and the few in between weeks during the year when Epcot sees the transition from one festival to the next.

 

 

This means there is pretty much always something new and additional to enjoy during your Epcot visit! There are currently 4 festivals that take place at Epcot each year! Each event is unique and offers something for everyone! The 4 festivals are the,

  • Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts
  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

 

Here is an overview of what each one of these festivals has to offer!

 

Festival of the Arts

This festival is the newest to come to EPCOT.  It is held usually from mid January through mid February. This past year was only the third year and it has quickly become a favorite among guests.  It is definitely now my new favorite.  My family and I made a special trip just to experience it for ourselves because we all love the arts.  We were not disappointed!  There are many artists there doing meet and greets and will sign any art that you purchase.  I got a signed print from Ashley Taylor and enjoyed getting to talk to her for a bit.  Then there is the huge mural that you get to paint.  Just like color by numbers, you will get a brush and a small container of a certain color paint that you will be told to paint 5 squares of a number on the mural.  After you paint it and turn in your brush, you will be given a post card of what the finished mural will look like.  If you are there for a day or two you can see the finished product before a new mural is put up.  This was so much fun!  Another fun hands on experience is drawing with a Disney animator.  This is a 20-minute class where the animator will lead you step by step in drawing a Disney character.  At the end, you have your very own drawing that you can sign and date.  It is a fun free souvenir.  As you walk around World Showcase, there are props of famous paintings that you can jump into and be part of the scene. A photopass photographer will take your picture.  These are great to send to your friends and family back home.  If you love Broadway songs than you will not want to miss the Broadway Series concerts at the American Garden Theater.  Actual Broadway singers will perform the classic Disney hits.  Last but not least let’s talk about the food! The Disney chefs outdo themselves by creating delicious foods that are presented as a beautiful work of art.

 

Flower and Garden Festival

The Flower and Garden Festival is the most stunningly beautiful time of year to visit EPCOT.  It usually begins in early March and runs through May.  The landscape department does a wonderful job of transforming EPCOT with so many colorful flowers, plants and topiaries of the Disney characters.  The pictures you will get will amaze you!  Stop by the butterfly garden to be surrounded by more butterflies than you have probably ever seen before and watch as new butterflies hatch!  Your children will have a blast at the playground while you can sit in the shade of the beautiful garden and relax for a while.  At the American Garden theater you can attend the Garden Rocks concert series for some really fun music from some of your favorite artists.  Once again food will be a highlight at the outdoor kitchens.  Stop by each booth for a tapas size portion of some wonderful food and treats!

 

Food and Wine Festival

The Food and Wine Festival is the longest running EPCOT festival with this year being the 24th Anniversary.  This is also the longest festival giving you many opportunities to plan your visit.  This year the festival will run from August 29th through November 23rd.  This festival is all about food and beverage offerings with over 30 global marketplaces to visit.  You can truly eat and drink your way around the world.  There are many seminars and tastings with top Disney Chefs and renowned guest chefs.  You will also want to stop by the American Garden Theater for the Eat to the Beat Concert series, which will highlight many known musical artists during the course of the festival. This festival is a great way to try new foods from around the world with just tapas size portions.  You may find some new favorite recipes and your kids might even become a little more adventurous.

 

Festival of the Holidays

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Offerings Begin November 19

This festival will begin this year on November 29th and run through December 30th.  You can stroll around the 11 World Showcase nations and experience their holiday traditions.  Performers will bring to life many time honored customs.  The World Showcase is filled with sights, sounds and flavors of the season.  Stop by the holiday booths for a taste of some wonderful Christmas comfort foods and sweet treats.  At the American Gardens Theater you can attend the Candlelight Processional.  This is the Christmas story told by a celebrity narrator, 50 piece orchestra and a full choir.  This performance always warms my heart and gets you in the Christmas spirit.

 

Check out our new YouTube video to hear more about what each one of these great festivals has to offer!

 

I hope this overview of the EPCOT festivals got you excited to try one out or a new one that you had not attended before.  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to get your next visit planned so you can enjoy these festivals for yourself!

How to Stay Cool At Walt Disney World! – Part 2 – Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom

 

This week I’m excited to continue with part 2 of how to stay cool at Walt Disney World! Last week I covered attractions to head to to get out of the heat in both Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Today I will be sharing the best places to head to escape the high temperatures when visiting Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom!

 

The following list feature wonderful attractions that typically have a low wait time making them great attractions to head for when you are looking to get out of the heat, sit down and cool off! Let’s begin over at Hollywood Studios!

 

Hollywood Studios has been going through a transition period at the moment in anticipation of many new and exciting openings! The biggest new expansion being Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge that opens on August 29th! So this list might change in the future as we get new lands and attractions added to this park. However this is the current list when visiting the park today and these attractions will remain great spots to beat the heat as long as they are still open at this park!

 

Hollywood Studios

 

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

The Voyage of the Little Mermaid is an adorable live stage show! It is a personal favorite of mine because Ariel happens to be my favorite princess! This show happens continually during the day and because of this there is typically never a very long wait. The show is roughly 20 minutes and is a great spot to sit down in air conditioning!

 

For the First Time in Forever – Frozen Sing Along

If you are a Frozen fan then this sing along stage show is a can’t miss! The show is hosted by 2 hilarious narrators and features Anna, Elsa and Kristof themselves!! This show is another great one to head to when looking to escape the heat.

 

Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars Launch Bay is located in what use to be the Animation building. The Star Wars Launch Bay is the current hub for all things Star Wars. The whole building is filled with great air conditioning and in here Star Wars fans will find tons of things to do! You can enjoy seeing movie props and displays, watch a movie about Star Wars and more! This is also the location where you will find Star Wars character meet and greets!

 

One Man’s Dream

One Man’s Dream is an incredible walk through exhibit that includes piece of History from the life of Walt Disney as well as the Disney company. There is also always a movie that you can watch in here. Sometimes it’s the One Man’s Dream film which shares the very inspirational story of Walt Disney’s life and career and sometimes it is an exclusive preview for a new Disney film coming the theaters. This exhibit is a great place to cool off inside

 

Muppet-Vision 3D

Muppet-Vision 3D is a continual show that typically has a low wait and you can get right into the next showing. It has comfy seats and provides a great spot to get out of the sun.

 

Now let’s head over to Animal Kingdom!

 

Animal Kingdom

 

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

While in Animal Kingdom you can take a train over to Rafiki’s Planet Watch where you will find many incredible exhibits all indoors in the air conditioning. Throughout the day, they do really awesome animal encounters in here and presentation about conservation. It is a great spot to check out.

 

Finding Nemo – The Musical

If you are a fan of Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo then this is the show for you! Experience the story of Finding Nemo told as a musical adventure! This is a fun 40-minute-long show that gets you out of the sun and the chance to sit down and recharge.

 

Festival of the Lion King

This is another breathtaking show that is a celebration of the music and story of The Lion King! This show is 30 minutes long so it provides you with a great break from the heat. This show I very popular however so try to get a fastpass for this one in advance so you can avoid the main queue line which is partly out in the sun.

 

It’s Tough to be a Bug!

This 3D film can be found inside the heart of Animal Kingdom’s icon, the Tree of Life! You get to feel like you are the size of a bug yourself and through special effects get to experience what life is like as a bug! It is a cute show and typically has a low wait time, making it a great place to head to when looking to escape the sun!

 

We’ve done it! We have covered places to stay cool at all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks! I hope that my lists gave you some ideas for the next time you visit the Disney Parks! When you are ready to plan your Walt Disney World vacation be sure to contact our team of Travel Planners here at Kingdom Magic Vacations. They are excited to make your travel dreams a reality!

 

How to Stay Cool At Walt Disney World! – Part 1 – Magic Kingdom and Epcot

 

Florida is known as the sunshine state for a reason! Central Florida, home to Walt Disney World is a paradise, typically having warm weather ALL YEAR LONG! Anytime you visit you may find the temperature are soaring high. But don’t let the heat keep you from the parks! The great thing about Disney is they offer so many great attractions that are all indoors in air conditioning so it easy to duck inside a queue line and escape the temperatures for a bit to cool off!

 

Here is my list by park of great attractions that typically have a low wait time and are great rides to head to when you are looking to get inside, sit down and cool off! Let’s start with Magic Kingdom!

 

Magic Kingdom

 

Enchanted Tiki Room

The Enchanted Tiki Room is a Disney classic! This show can be found in Adventureland. This is “where the birds sing word, and the flowers bloom!” You will enter a tropical paradise and get to sit down in air conditioning and enjoy the show!

 

Country Bear Jamboree

Another Disney classic! The Country Bear Jamboree is another great show that will get you out of the sun. It is located over in Frontierland.

 

Hall of Presidents

Located in Liberty Square, the Hall of Presidents is an amazing presentation that tells the story of the birth of our great nation along with the history of the American presidency. This show is educational and offers a great break inside air conditioning.

 

It’s a small World

We all know and love this Disney classic! It’s a Small world is a Magic Kingdom original found in Fantasyland! This attraction is a nice long boat ride that will give you a great break from being out in the sun.

 

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Also, located in Fantasyland, you can head to Mickey’s PhilharMagic. This 3D show is a lot of fun for the whole family featuring many well-known Disney songs. A great show that gives you a chance to soak in some air conditioning!

 

The Little Mermaid Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

Another great Fantasyland attraction and one of my personal favorites is The Little Mermaid Ariel’s Undersea Adventure! This dark ride typically has a shorter wait and you can get on very quickly, making it a great spot to head to get inside and enjoy a Disney ride!

 

The Carousel of Progress

Located in Tomorrowland the Carousel of Progress is another personal favorite of mine! This show has a rich Disney history that dates back to the 1964 World Fair in New York. The shows main focus is all about innovation and how technology has grown over the years!

 

Now let’s head over to Epcot!

 

Epcot

 

Spaceship Earth

Right at Epcot’s main entrance you will find the Spaceship Earth attraction located right inside the heart of Epcot’s icon! This slow moving dark ride offers a nice long break from the heat!

 

Living with the Land

Inside the Land Pavilion at Epcot you will find the Living with the Land boat ride! This attraction is a great sit-down that gets you out of the sun as you tour Epcot’s greenhouses!

 

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Board a clam shell and tour the ocean with Nemo and his pals in this adorable dark ride that is perfect for all ages! After your ride you will exit into the heart of the seas pavilion which features so many aquarium exhibits that you can visit and watch sea life! It is a great place to hang out and stay cool!

 

Journey into Imagination with Figment

I am a big fan of the Epcot classic character Figment! In the Journey into Imagination with Figment attraction you board your ride vehicle and head off on a scientific tour that soon gets hijacked by Figments antics! It is a fun attraction that typically has a lower wait and offers you a great chance to get out of the sun.

 

World Showcase Movies

Throughout Epcot’s World Showcase there are a few pavilions that have movies that you can watch indoors in the air conditioning. Here is a list of each pavilion that has a film!

  • China
  • American adventure
  • France
  • Canada

 

Gran Fiesta Tour

Located inside of the Mexico Pavilion you will find the Gran Fiesta Tour! This indoor boat ride follows the adventure of Donald Duck and the three caballeros through some iconic parts of Mexico! A great ride to enjoy as you take a break inside from the heat!

 

I hope my list gave you some idea on attractions to enjoy to help you beat the heat next time you are visiting Magic Kingdom and Epcot! Stay tuned for part 2 to learn how to stay cool at Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to Walt Disney World or to any travel destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

Everything You Need To Know About Walt Disney World Transportation!

 

If you have finally booked that Walt Disney World vacation for the first time and are feeling a little overwhelmed by the size of the property and wondering how you are going to get around to all the things you want to see then this is the article for you.  I will discuss all your options for getting from place to place without needing a rental car.  Let Disney transportation take all the stress away from you worrying about how to get around!

 

First, you will want to make sure that you are staying on property at one of the many wonderful Disney Resorts.  Disney has three categories of hotels, which are Deluxe, Moderate and Value so you can find a price that will fit your vacation budget.  With a booking at any of these resorts, you will now have access to all the Disney transportation options.

 

 

If you are flying into Orlando International Airport (MCO) your Disney transportation experience will start here.  Upon arriving in MCO you will head to the Disney Magical Express pickup.  Here you will board your complimentary motorcoach that will transport you to the Walt Disney World Resort that you have booked.  Disney will provide you prior to your leaving with Magical Express tags for your bags.  Once you arrive there is no need to retrieve your bags.  They will be waiting for you in your room at the Resort.

Now that you have arrived on property you will want to know how to get to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs.  Let’s take a look at some of your options.

 

Buses

Buses run from each hotel to directly to the four theme parks, two water parks and Disney Springs.  All you have to do it go to the bus stop at your hotel and a bus will be there shortly to take you to the Disney Park.  All buses are clearly marked with location that they are going.  When you leave the park to go back to your hotel you will find your hotel bus stop and wait for the bus to take you back.  It’s that easy.

 

Monorail

If you are staying at a hotel on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop such as the Polynesian, Grand Floridian or Contemporary you will be able to take the monorail from the resort right over to the Magic Kingdom or to EPCOT by just making one monorail transfer.

 

Boats

 

 

The resorts on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop also have boats that go directly to the Magic Kingdom.  There are also boats to take you to EPCOT or Hollywood Studios if you are staying at the Boardwalk Resort, Yatch Club, Beach Club or Swan and Dolphin.  There are boats at Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter and Sartoga Springs that you can take directly to Disney Springs.

 

Skyliner Gondolas

The Disney Skyliner Gondola System will be the newest transportation system.  The skyliner is set to open on September 29, 2019 and will carry guests from some hotels to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios as an alternative to the Disney bus system.  The Skyliner will give you a bird’s eye view of the resort that has never been seen before.  The Skyliner will link EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

 

Minnie Vans

Disney Minnie Vans can be used to get around anywhere you want to go on Disney Property.  This is Disney’s version of an Uber/Lyft type service but only on Disney Property or to get to the airport.  Download the Lyft app on your phone and you can use this to order your Minnie van.  There is a cost for this service and it is based on the distance traveled on property.  It usually totals more than $25 a trip.  But it is a direct trip to where you need to go so it can save you time if you want to get somewhere on property the quickest way possible.  The Minnie Vans are driven by wonderful Disney Cast Members.

Check out our new YouTube video to experience some of the breathtaking views you can enjoy while taking Walt Disney World Transportation!

 

Hope this helps you with getting around on your Walt Disney World Vacation.  As you can see once you are in the Disney bubble as we like to call it, all the stress of getting around is lifted and you can sit back and relax and let someone else get you to where you need to go.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner to make you next trip a reality.

Universal Orlando Announces New Park – Universal’s Epic Universe!

 

Last week the Universal Orlando Resort made a HUGE and truly EPIC announcement! They will be building a brand-new theme park! This will be the fourth theme park for Universal Orlando, joining Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay!

 

This brand-new theme park will be called Universal’s Epic Universe! Universal’s Epic Universe will bring with it an entire new level of experiences! Universal has shared that this level of immersion will forever change theme park entertainment!

 

 

Visitors will venture beyond their wildest dreams, traveling into beloved stories as they explore these vibrant lands! Universal says that guest’s adventures here will be ones where the journey is as astounding as the destination!

 

The brand-new location of Epic Universe will feature a theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more! We can’t wait to see what the Universal Orlando team has in store with this massive expansion that will not only be adding a brand-new park but also new hotels, shops, restaurant and an entertainment complex!

 

 

Universal has stated, “Ultimately, this expansion will create more space and freedom to let loose and create lasting memories with the people you love.”

We know that so many people will love making those last memories here! Our team of travel planners are excited to send our clients to Epic Universe in the future!

Contact you Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort!

New Attraction Overlays Coming to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

 

It’s time to talk about the most magical time of the year, Christmas time! We all know Walt Disney World is the most magical place on Earth and during the holidays they go all out with decorations and special events that celebrate the spirit of the season! One of Disney World’s premier Christmas events is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

 

This extra ticketed event take place on select nights in the Magic Kingdom Park! The party includes complimentary snacks, treats and hot coco! Guest at the party will get to experience a wide array of special offerings that take place exclusively during these special Christmas parties. Offerings include a special Christmas parade, a Christmas version of the fireworks, rare character meet and greets, festive stage shows and more!

 

Tickets Now Available For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Visits

 

Another amazing perk of attending a separately ticketed party such as this one is that there are a limited number of tickets sold for each event evening. This means guests at the party can enjoy the park with very limited crowds. In turn this means you will get to enjoy shorter attraction wait times and get to see and do more during your time in the parks.

 

An exciting experience during the party is the attraction overlays that Disney puts on! This is when Disney will add exciting festive elements to an attraction to give it a new theme or exciting enhancement! This first started being seen during the parties at last year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! It was an instant hit with guests and in response this year Disney will be introducing some attraction overlays to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! That’s right Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will offer brand-new overlays to many Magic Kingdom attractions this year! Here are a few of the exciting overlays you can look forward to experiencing at the event!

 

Over in Tomorrowland, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor will feature a new holiday show! Space Mountain will be filled with lighting and up-beat holiday music! The Tomorrowland Speedway will be filled with thousands of lights and stylized décor.

 

 

Over in Fantasyland, the Mad Tea Party will feature four new holiday combinations of lights and festive music!

 

This year Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights from November 8 through December 22, 2019! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your holiday visit to the most magical place on Earth!

New Parade Coming to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

 

Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party is an extra ticketed event that happens in the fall on select nights at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park! The evening is full of spooky fun and delightful treats! Guests at the party will get to experience special Halloween offerings such as attraction overlays, special fireworks, a Halloween parade, exclusive character meet and greets, trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom and more! Another perk of being a party guest is that for these extra ticketed events only a limited number of tickets are sold, that means those in attendance will get to experience the park with limited crowds! This means you get to experience lower wait times than normal and can see and do more during your time in the park!

 

This year at the 2019 Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween party, Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween parade will be updated with brand-new floats and characters representing each land of the Magic Kingdom! Disney has announced that the parade opens with favorite Disney friends, including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in all-new Halloween costumes! The characters will then trick-or-treat down Main Street, U.S.A.

 

Disney has shared some of the characters that will be representing each land of the park! From Liberty Square, the Haunted Mansion unit will feature the return of the Hitchhiking Ghosts and a new addition, the spectral Bride! The bride will glide among the waltzing spirits!

 

The Tomorrowland unit will feature Edna Mode from The Incredibles! This portion of Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween parade will also feature Buzz Lightyear and Alien explorers discovering crystalline treasures on the surface of a planetary playset float! Additionally Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope Von Schweetz and the girls from Sugar Rush will make an appearance!

 

From Adventureland Pirates from the Pirate of the Caribbean will make their appearance!

 

Clarabelle Cow will hosts a square dance hoedown during the Frontierland section.

 

To round off this star-studded new parade, Disney Villains will be featured in a Fantasyland-inspired grand finale!

 

I am so excited to see this brand-new version of Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade at this year’s Halloween party! Check out our new YouTube video to see some highlights from the entertainment offerings at the 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

 

 

 

Be sure to visit Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for yourself this year! It is the perfect event to get you into the Halloween spirit! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to Walt Disney World or to any destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

Ghostbusters Coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights!

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters is coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights in a new haunted house. This is a first for Halloween Horror Nights and many Ghostbuster fans are filled with excitement for the anticipation of this brand-new house!

In celebration of the film’s 35th anniversary, you will get to jump into the movie screen of the original 1984 film for yourself! You will experience what it is like to walk through some of your favorite scenes like the New York Public Library, the Temple of Gozer and more!

In this Horror Nights house, you will be transported to the streets of New York as the rift between worlds opens! This will result in the releasing ghoulish spirits, hideous specters and ectoplasm-dripping phantasms in every shape and size. You will come face-to-face with the voracious Slimer, the all-power Gozer the Gozerian, Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and more!

Witness as Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston will have to save the day as these paranormal creatures materialize in unexpected places! The question is, will their proton packs be enough?

This year from September 6 through November 2, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights brings together stories and visions from the world’s most notorious creators of fear. Everything from cinematic greats and crazed current cult favorites to the park’s original abominations! You are never quite sure if your spine is tingling with fear or excitement.

Universal Orlando takes fear to the max. FromSeptember 6 through November 2, the 80’s return with a vengeance with 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, 5 pulse-pounding scare zones and outrageous live entertainment. From cinematic screams to the most horrifying cult classics, there’s no escape from the decade that just won’t die.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror nights is the ultimate Halloween attraction and something you have to experience for yourself! Contact you Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation!

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