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So you are planning an Orlando, FL vacation and you and your family are looking for something a little different to add to the trip. You would like adventure, do something a little different and would love to be connected with nature while doing it. Well, I have the perfect choice! Discovery Cove by Seaworld Parks and Resorts. It is not just another day, it is another world!

Just beyond your wildest dreams lies this tropical paradise where once in a lifetime thrills happen every day! Get closer to the animal world than you can possibly imagine! Get up close and personal with bottlenose, and other sea life. Experience the ultimate dolphin swim to create the most unforgettable moments. Visit the free flight aviary as you let them land on your shoulder and offer food for them to feast on. Watch out for wonderful colors to explode as they fly by.

The Grand Reef at Discovery Cove gives you a whole new view of sea life. Don’t miss the SeaVenture as you are awed with an underwater walk. Relax in a cabana and float through clear springs and refreshing waterfalls tucked under the rainforest canopy. Swim up close for an unmatched view of playful marmosets and frisky Asian otters in the Freshwater Oasis.

Your all-inclusive Day Resort Package lets you enjoy first- class amenities. Freshly prepared breakfast, gourmet lunch and all of your snacks and beverages for the day are included. Admission includes snorkeling gear, wetsuits, towels, lockers and sunscreen and self-parking!
Contact your Travel planner to discover complete vacation packages that also include unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica also located in Orlando.

Create an amazing adventure for you and your family! Discovery Cove is what the doctor ordered!

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Video! Merry Christmas in July!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…. I could sing holiday songs all the time! And yes I am aware that it is the middle of summer! I’m always ready to celebrate the spirit of Christmas, the most magical holiday of all! And because it is July I have the perfect excuse to talk about the holidays… Christmas in July! That’s right it’s Christmas in July time! So if you would indulge me, let’s talk about my favorite time of year to visit the most magical place on Earth! The Walt Disney World Resort goes all out for the Christmas season with everything from themed decorations covering every inch of the park, to special holiday events and more! One of the newest offerings to be introduced this past Christmas season is the Festival of the Holidays at Epcot! I got the chance to visit this festival during its inaugural year this past season! Watch our coverage in our latest YouTube video!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your visit to the 2018 International Festival of the Holidays!

Merry Christmas! (In July)

Christmas offerings around the Walt Disney World Resort! Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom & Disney Springs!

Its July and that means one thing! Well it could mean many things such as, the 4th of July, summer, barbecue and more… but to this Christmas loving girl, July gives me the perfect excuse to talk about my favorite holiday! That’s right, its Christmas in July! But in all seriousness, this is the perfect time to start thinking ahead to holiday travel. One of my favorite places to travel year-round is to the Walt Disney World Resort and during the Christmas season the Disney parks become even more magical! Let’s take a look at a few of the returning and new offerings Disney has announced to be coming to the parks this coming holiday season!

 

Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

The most popular Disney holiday event happens at none other than the Magic Kingdom Park! Magic Kingdom is home the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This hard-ticketed event happens after hours in Magic Kingdom. The event includes exclusive parades, Christmas Fireworks, a holiday stage show, exclusive merchandise, complimentary cookies and refreshments and more! Because this is a hard-ticketed, after hours’ event you can also enjoy the park with limited crowds and low wait times for attractions! This event is the perfect way to ring in the Christmas season!

 

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Offerings Begin November 19

Epcot

Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional is my favorite offering in Disney during the holidays. This Disney tradition is beautiful and always takes my breath away! In the American Garden theatre, you can watch a live orchestra perform Christmas songs and see a celebrity guest narrator share the story of the Nativity. It is a beautiful presentation. This experience is very popular; to guarantee a spot for the show we recommend getting in line at least 2 hours in advance. If you would like priority seating and the flexibility to save yourself time by not waiting in line then we recommend a Candlelight Processional Dining Package! Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are now available for bookings! Many celebrity narrators have been announced, including Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Gary Sinise, Jodi Benson and Pat Sajak. The full list will be announced in the coming weeks.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will begin this year on November 18! This festival includes seasonal food and beverage offering from around the world at special Holiday Kitchens and exclusive Holiday entertainment throughout the World Showcase.

Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree scavenger hunt

Also at Epcot Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree scavenger hunt will make a return! You can purchase a scavenger hunt map from locations throughout World Showcases, once you have your map the fun begins as you hunt for hidden Chip and Dale figures in each pavilion. You must use the stickers that come with your map and match them to the Chip and Dale figure you found in the corresponding country. In the end you can redeem the completed map for a prize. This is a great activity for kids to enjoy while parents get to taste their way around the world.

 

Hollywood Studios

Flurry of Fun

Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will return for its second year! This event brings the spirit of the season to life at Hollywood Studios! Flurry of Fun will run from November 8, 2018, to January 6, 2019.

Sunset Season Greetings

During Flurry of Fun, Sunset Season Greetings, the nighttime projection show will also return! This show lights up Sunset Boulevard with special laser effects, projections on the Hollywood Tower hotel and with some Disney magic, “snow!”

 

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Also, the nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will return to the park! This nighttime show includes beautiful projections and fireworks!

Meet Santa

Guests at Hollywood Studios will also have the opportunity to meet Santa at the Once Upon a Time shop from November 10-December 24. You can also meet Santa Goofy from December 25 on!

Toy Story Land at Christmas!

Also at Hollywood Studios we are hearing that Toy Story Land will feature seasonal elements like holiday music on Alien Swirling Saucers!

 

Animal Kingdom

UP! A Great Bird Adventure – Holiday Overlay

UP! A Great Bird Adventure is a new show that just premiered this year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The show will receive a holiday overlay with the inclusion of Diwali, the Festival of Lights in India. The show overlay will begin on November 8.

 

Disney Springs

Christmas Tree Trail

At Disney Springs, the Christmas festivities run November 8 through January 5! One of these returning festivities being the popular Christmas Tree Trail! This tree trail includes custom-decorated Christmas trees each themed to either a different Disney character or movie! I will admit, my family and I go all out when it comes to Christmas decorations! We actually put up 5 Christmas trees in our house, each with its own theme, so this tree trail at Disney Springs has become an instant favorite for us! It has given me so many decorating ideas! I can’t wait to see what additions Disney will include this year!

 

 

YOU can be in the LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE during the filming of Deal or No Deal at the Universal Orlando Resort!

Deal or No Deal is making its triumphant comeback and we have exciting news to share! You can be in the audience! CNBC and popular host Howie Mandel are teaming up to produce 30 brand new episodes of the hit game show! The show will be filmed right at the Universal Orlando Resort! You can cheer on the show’s contestants in their battle against The Banker.

If you are interested in being a part of this thrilling TV taping you can click on the following link to grab your tickets to be a part of the live studio audience!

http://on-camera-audiences.com/shows/Deal_Or_No_Deal

The minimum age to attend the show’s filming is 13. Any guests attending under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No one under 13 will be admitted. This is an incredible opportunity! Imagine getting to tell your friends and family you were a part of a TV show filming! Deal or No Deal is known to be one of the most exciting and suspenseful game shows on television. In the show contestants test their luck in the hope of winning the top prize or they accept a tempting cash offer. Should they play all the way through, their fate is sealed in one of 26 sealed briefcases that contain a value from $0.01 to $1,000,000. The new season will include 30 new one-hour episodes, and it will join CNBC’s primetime lineup airing at the end of 2018!

Are you ready to plan your trip to the Universal Orlando resort and be a part of this incredible opportunity? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to book your next great adventure to Universal Orlando or wherever you desire to go next! We are excited to make your travel dreams a reality!

Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – Fun extends to food in the new Toy Story Land opening June 30 at the Walt Disney World Resort. Here, mealtime comes with a heavy helping of nostalgia, as Woody’s Lunch Box serves up classic on-the-go menu items with a creative twist.

Woody’s Lunch Box is a quick-service food and beverage location serving tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The walk-up window Ð open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Ð dishes up all sorts of sandwiches and sides that put a spin on classic recipes. Walt Disney World Resort collaborated with Mini Babybel to bring WoodyÕs Lunch Box to life. Inside the 11-acre Toy Story Land, guests can whoosh along on the family-friendly roller coaster, Slinky Dog Dash, take a spin aboard Alien Swirling Saucers and try for the high score on Toy Story Mania! (Steven Diaz, photographer)

Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the new 11-acre land brings to life all the magic and fun of Pixar Animation Studios’ hit Toy Story films. In this land – inspired by Andy’s backyard – guests are honorary toys and set off for thrills and laughs on three signature attractions.

“Everyone has a special food memory, so it can be tricky putting a modern spin on the favorites,” explained Lenny DeGeorge, Concept Development Culinary Director for Walt Disney World. “We honored these classic dishes by using the best ingredients to elevate the flavors. How we constructed the sandwiches was important, such as layering the ingredients in a specific order, to maximize textures and flavors. Why have a cold sandwich when you can have a toasted, hot, gooey, cheese-filled one?”

With apologies to Mom, lunch-box cuisine was never like this!

S’more French Toast

Inspired by the classic American campfire treat, this breakfast sandwich oozes goodness in a chocolate ganache- and marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles. 

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich

To ensure a soft gooey middle, Disney chefs created a sharp cheddar cream cheese spread, layered in provolone and cheddar and wrapped the sandwich in garlic butter-grilled French bread.

BBQ Brisket Melt

With a nod to cowboy Woody, this Texas-style smoked brisket features cheddar, Monterey Jack, pickles, BBQ sauce and garlic butter-grilled sourdough.

Totchos

This bite-sized treat combines potato barrels, corn chips, chili and queso.

Lunch Box Tarts

A modern interpretation of a breakfast toaster pastry as a hand-held dessert, these feature a uniquely delicate crust. Layer in high-quality ingredients for fillings, add a decorative garnish, and these tasty tarts beat anything Mom ever packed. Choice of Raspberry Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit and Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon

Other menu options include:

  • Smoked Turkey Sandwich – The quintessential lunch-box staple with tomato and lettuce on multigrain bread; to give it a kick, Disney chefs add a creamy Dijonnaise.
  • Banana Split Yogurt Parfait – Layers of banana-vanilla Greek yogurt (with a hint of honey), fresh bananas, strawberries and pineapple topped with granola and chocolate chips make for a delicious way to start the day!
  • Monte Cristo – Woody’s version of this classic sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, and raspberry jam, grilled to a golden brown.
  • Kids’ Menu – Grilled cheese or turkey sandwich, both with potato barrels and mandarin oranges.
  • Sides – Tomato basil soup, vegetable macaroni salad, potato barrels and Mini Babybel snack cheese, the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort.

In addition to fountain drinks and refreshing lemonade, beverage offerings include a classic Barq’s root beer float and a Mystic Portal Punch (PowerAde Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of lemon-lime and tangerine). For the big kids, there’s a Grown Up’s Lemonade with cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée.

Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will dish up nostalgia daily beginning June 30 from park open until the toys close up shop – that is, park close. Disney Dining Plan accepted.

Tips to Save Some Money on your Walt Disney World Trip!

In my travels to Walt Disney World I have discovered a few ways to save some money while in the parks and who doesn’t like to save money!?

A big area to try to save money is on food and drinks in the parks.  Food can be a large part of your Disney vacation budget.  I always stop at a local grocery store to pick up cases of water, snacks and especially quick breakfasts that I can eat in my room before heading out to the park.  Eating at least one meal in your room can really save a lot of money.  If you do not have a rental car to get out to a store you can use one of the local grocery delivery services.  There are a few of these companies in the area.  You can place your order on line and the food will be delivered to your hotel.

I usually eat breakfast and then I head out to the parks and I plan to eat a late lunch.  Eating at lunch in Disney sit down restaurants can save you money.  The lunch menu items are usually cheaper than the same items on the dinner menu.  This late lunch usually fills me up and I only need a light snack later in the day and of course a Disney treat like a Dole Whip!

Also, consider sharing a meal.  Disney portions are usually very large and in many cases can be plenty to feed two.  My mom and I usually always share especially at counter services when we get a sandwich.  Splitting a sandwich and the sides works out great for us and saves a lot of money.  If you have kids and are eating breakfast at your hotel counter service or in the parks consider ordering one adult breakfast meal and sharing it between two children.  One adult breakfast is less expensive than two kid’s meals.

Florida is very hot and you need to keep hydrated but buying water bottles in the parks all day can get expensive especially when buying them for your whole family.  Instead, you can go to any counter service restaurant and ask for an ice water and they will give you an icy cup of water for free.  Bring your insulated thermos to poor this free water into and it will stay cold as you walk around the parks.

Also, try to avoid soft drinks, which do not help to hydrate you and can be pricey.  However, if you are really craving a soft drink and are in EPCOT head over to Club Cool where you can sample different flavors of soft drinks from around the world free.

Most important is getting a good package deal.  Contact a Kingdom Magic agent who will know all the special deals that Disney is offering and can help you book your next trip.

Hope you enjoyed learning about some of the ways you can save some money on your Walt Disney World vacation!

 

 

 

 

New Scare Zones coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights!

This Halloween season, the world’s most feared doll and hungry Killer Klowns from Outer Space will scare guests at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. That’s right! Universal has announced two new scare zones.

Chucky is coming back! After 30 years of causing scares, he will be back creating mayhem on the streets during a toy fair that’s turns lethal. This scare zone will be called “The Revenge of Chucky.” At the festival of toys, Chucky has changed these playthings into nightmares. Chucky himself rules this zone as he directs his minions to create horror.

The horror will continue as Universal has announced that they are planning to bring guests Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ cult classic, sci-fi horror film, Killer Klowns from Outer Space. When guests enter the domain of these Killer Klowns, the smell of cotton candy hides the fact that this is all trick and no treat. This sweet candy is spun from human victims. Visitors must attempt to escape the Killer Klowns or they will face the wrath of the Klowns cotton candy rayguns that turn victims into cotton candy.

Do you thing you can handle these 2 new terrifying scare zones? Halloween Horror Night is right around the corner. Our team of travel planner at Kingdom Magic Vacations are excited to help you plan a vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination you are dreaming of!

Animal Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safari – NIGHT SAFARI! Walt Disney World

On a recent visit to Animal Kingdom during my Walt Disney World vacation, my family and I got to ride one of our favorite attractions, Kilimanjaro Safari! Here guests board a safari truck and adventure through Disney’s own African wildlife preserve! This one attraction is actually the size of the Magic Kingdom theme park itself! This attraction is always on the top of my list every time I visit Animal Kingdom, and for good reason! You will never experience the same safari twice! The animals themselves are who make this attraction a one of a kind experience each time. You never know which animals will be the most active or how close they will come to your truck. Because of this every time you ride, it feels like the first time!

About a year ago coinciding with the opening of Animal Kingdom’s newest land, Pandora the World of Avatar, Animal Kingdom extend their park hours to be open during the evening. Previously Animal Kingdom would always close around 5:00 each day. When the park began offering these new evening hours they rolled out a brand-new experience, the opportunity to ride Kilimanjaro Safari at night!

During my recent trip my family and I got to experience this nighttime safari for the very first time. Through the savannah, Disney puts certain back lighting to help you be able to spot the animals in the dark. These lighting effects are supposed to simulate sunset. I thought the experience was very cool to see. Some of the animals are more active at nighttime so you get to see a different side of them then during the day. Honestly at times it was very dark and hard to see some of the animals but like I said the payoff was being able to see some animals that are never up much during the daylight. Overall I would say if you are planning to ride this attraction for the first time definitely see it during the day to get the true experience. But if you are like me and love the safari and have done it several times in the past then this new nighttime experience is definitely something you will appreciate!

Watch my full night time safari in our new YouTube video!

New Show Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Early 2019

Calling all racers! Beginning in early 2019, there’s going to be another exciting reason to get revved up about a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. It’s Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, a high-octane first-of-its-kind new show that’ll put you right in the middle of the world of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars.”

At Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, located near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, you will come face-to-face with racing legend Lightning McQueen, who is excited to showcase what he’s learned over the years with Guests – the next generation of rookie racers. Of course, as Lightning McQueen has discovered throughout his career, things don’t always go according to plan, and he has to think fast to get back on course. With friends Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and the gang from Radiator Springs on his side, Lightning gears up for the challenge.

You can speed on over to find out what happens when Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy opens early next year!

New Disney Resort Bus Schedule Feature Coming to the My Disney Experience App!

The Walt Disney World Resort is full of endless options for attractions, dining and entertainment! We all know that to make the most out of your Walt Disney World vacation it is important to keep some form of a schedule so you and your family can guarantee you see and do everything you want! One of the best ways to do this is to reserve advanced dining reservations and book fast passes in advance. Our knowledgeable team at Kingdom Magic Vacations is here to help you in making these plans alleviating the stress off you and your family. Once you have your Walt Disney World game plan in place the next step is to enjoy your vacation experiences! But first you have to get to each destination!

The Walt Disney World Resort is double the size of New York City! It truly is a world of its own! Spanning so much space, transportation plays a big roll in executing all your Disney World plans!  When planning ahead to what time to leave your hotel, it’s important you factor in how much travel time it will take to get to your next destination. This way you will make sure you don’t miss any of your reservations or fast passes!

In the past the only way to see the bus schedule was to show up at your hotel’s bus stop and there on the sign you could view the exact time the next bus for your desired park or destination would be arriving.

Well we now have some very exciting news! You can now hold your Resort’s bus schedule literally in the palm of your hand wherever you are at! Disney is debuting a new feature on their My Disney Experience app which will allow Disney Resort guests to see real-time estimates for when the next buses will depart from their Disney Resort hotel. The app will also show you an estimation of when you will arrive at your desired destination! This feature will be amazing for planning your days and making the most of your time. While still in your hotel room getting ready you can check the app and plan for the exact time to head to the bus stop. The feature that will show your estimated arrival time will be very useful when planning the appropriate time to leave in order to catch your reservations.

The estimates will include bus times for all 4 Disney theme parks, both Disney water parks, and Disney Springs. The “See Bus Times” feature will become available right from your device when viewing an active Disney Resort hotel reservation linked to your account.

The My Disney Experience App is an incredible tool that allows you to make the most of your Walt Disney World vacation! The app includes many features such as reserving FastPasses, finding character meet and greet locations, tracking Disney Dining Plan credits, ordering and prepaying for your food in advance with Mobile Ordering, viewing and downloading your Disney PhotoPass pictures and more. We are so excited for this new bus schedule feature to be rolled out in the My Disney Experience App! We hope you will take advantage of this tip on your next trip in Walt Disney World!

NEW Chocolate Frog Wizard Card Coming this Summer to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort!

If you are a Harry Potter fan then you will recall from the books and films that a favorite treat for Harry and his friends was a Chocolate Frog! Guests who visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando are able to try these Chocolate Frogs for themselves! Ever since the opening of the Wizarding World at the Universal Orlando parks this sweet treat has become a favorite with guests! In addition to Chocolate Frogs being a delicious sweet treat, each box also includes a special Chocolate Frog wizard card that highlights a famous witch or wizard. Many fans of Harry Potter like to collect these wizarding cards, they make wonderful souvenirs to bring home or a great gift to give to a fan of the Harry Potter franchise! Well we have some exciting news, a new card is being released!

Coming this summer, Jocunda Sykes will be featured on her very own Chocolate Frog wizard card. Jocunda Sykes is most known for being the first witch to ever fly over the Atlantic by broom! Her card will be released on July 2. For a limited time, each Chocolate Frog box will have a gold sticker that contains the new Jocunda Sykes wizard card. Soon after, the boxes with the new cards will be mixed in with the boxes featuring other famous witches and wizards. Earlier this year, Bertie Bott joined the card collection, Fans of the books and movies may remember Bertie Bott for his famous wizarding candy, Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavor Beans.

You can find Chocolate Frogs within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the following locations:

  • Sugarplum’s Sweetshop in Diagon Alley
  • Honeydukes in Hogsmeade

New Offerings Coming to This Years Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom Park – Walt Disney World

Halloween time at the Walt Disney World Resort is the perfect balance of playful spooks and fun treats! This frightfully fun time of the year is just around the corner at Walt Disney World! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is an annual hard ticketed event that takes place after hours at the Magic Kingdom park on select nights throughout the fall. This year guests can look forward to brand new experiences coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Taking place select nights August 17 through October 31, 2018, this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will roll out a few new tricks and treats! Let’s take a look at the new experiences that will be making their debut at this year’s event!

 

The Mad Tea Party

The Mad Tea Party attraction will take guests for a colorful ride with new lighting and effects that will literally give this Magic Kingdom classic a new spin! Depending on the color of your Halloween costume, you may also transform under the new lights! We can’t wait to see this new effect!

 

Pirates of the Caribbean

On one of my personal favorite attractions, Pirates of the Caribbean, a crew of new pirates will invade the experience. These pirates will interact with guests who will join the search for “Gunpowder Pete.”

 

Space Mountain

Over at Space Mountain, guests will set out on their trip through deep space. This favorite ride will receive a new soundtrack and be accompanied by special effects that will transform your flight!

 

Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam

Another new offering at this year’s event can be found over at Storybook Circus. Here guests will find the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam! This new experience will be a dance party featuring popular Disney Junior Characters such as Doc McStuffins!

 

All of these fun and spooky overlays will only be available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Along with these fun new experiences guests can also look forward to many returning event favorites! One of these favorites being Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade. This parade features tons of Disney characters all dressed up in their Halloween costumes! It is adorable! My favorite part of this parade though would have to be the Haunted Mansion sequence. The ballroom dancers from the attraction actually waltz down the parade route! If you’re a fan of this Disney classic attraction, you can’t miss this parade!

Come dusk the skies above Cinderella’s castle come to life with a spellbinding fireworks extravaganza, HalloWishes.

An addition in recent years to the Halloween party entertainment lineup is the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” This stage show on the castle stage became an instant hit with fans! The Sanderson Sisters will entertain everyone in the family with their mischievous and hilarious antics!

Exclusive Doughnut Unveiled at Voodoo Doughnut in Universal Orlando’s CityWalk!

Voodoo Doughnut at the Universal Orlando Resort is one of the newest additions to the exciting line up of shops and restaurants at Universal’s CityWalk. The new boutique doughnut shop has quickly become very popular! It is a tradition for the Voodoo Doughnut’s company that they create a signature doughnut that is exclusive to each of their locations. This exclusive doughnut always represents the city the shop is located in. Given how popular Voodoo Doughnut became at CityWalk upon its opening, many fans heard that it was a tradition for Voodoo Doughnut to create an exclusive doughnut for each location. Everyone very quickly was on the edge of their seat wondering what they would conjure up for the Orlando location!

Well, we have exciting news, Voodoo Doughnut has unveiled a brand-new doughnut inspired by a classic summertime ice cream favorite. The Universal Orangesicle can only be found at the Universal Orlando Resort! This exclusive doughnut is covered in citrus frosting, topped with chocolate pearls and filled with Bavarian cream. To make it even better it is actually served on a popsicle stick! This one of a kind treat is now available every day at the Universal Orlando location.

To create this Universal Orlando exclusive doughnut, the culinary team took inspiration from the sunshine state of Florida that is known for its iconic orange groves. They also added a popsicle stick to hold up this vibrant orange doughnut. When creating the Universal Orangesicle, Universal’s culinary team worked closely with the founders of Voodoo Doughnut, Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon. They made sure to stay true to the offbeat and fun vibe of the Voodoo Doughnut brand in the new doughnut creation.

Voodoo Doughnut is home to over 50 delightfully weird and sinfully delicious doughnuts! Be sure to try some on your next trip to Universal’s CityWalk!

Pixar Pier Opens June 23rd at Disney’s California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort

Disney has revealed more details for Pixar Pier, the new land coming to Disney’s California Adventure Park! These details include new information on the reimagining of the piers’ roller coaster and lounge.  The section of California Adventure formerly known by park goers as Paradise Pier has been closed since this past January. This part of the park is reopening VERY SOON on June 23 as Pixar Pier! Pixar Pier will feature characters from popular Pixar films including, “The Incredibles,” “Toy Story,” “Up,” “Finding Nemo,” “Inside Out” and “Coco.” The Piers main two attractions, the former California Screamin’ roller coaster and Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Ferris wheel are both getting a face lift! The two attraction will both be receiving an entirely new theme and backstory.

Pixar Pier will be made up of four “neighborhoods” each based off of a Pixar movie! Here are some details we know so far about what we can look forward to on Saturdary June 23rd – the opening of Pixar Pier:

 

Incredibles Park

What was California Screamin’ is being reimagined into the Incredicoaster. This will be themed after characters from Disney Pixars’ “The Incredibles” movies. We have heard that baby, Jack-Jack’s shenanigans will drive the backstory of the revamped Incredicoaster. Guests will enter a new building featuring a modern glass façade. Once in the que line guests will be told the backstory of the ride. The story goes that the Incredibles family is there to inaugurate the roller coaster for their town of Municiberg, as with any story some trouble is sure to arise, in the process of the rollercoaster inauguration, baby Jack-Jack escapes his babysitter and sprints around the roller coaster.  The coaster track will remain the same as it was with California Screamin’. The former scream tunnels, are now completely enclosed, inside these tunnels projection technology will allow Disney to use their magic and tell the story of the mischievous Jack-Jack’s escape.  Throughout the ride, various Incredibles family members try to catch baby Jack-Jack. During the journey, Jack-Jack’s brother and mother both attempt to catch him and fail. In another tunnel, Mr. Incredible bursts through the walls and uses a cookie to try to lure baby Jack-Jack. As guests ride through this scene they will actually get a whiff of a cookie scent! This effect is sure to be amazing! If this scene makes you crave this delicious treat, don’t worry! We hear that guests will actually then be able to purchase cookies at the exit! That’s right! You can buy a brown deep dish butter cookie, served fresh and warm, along with flavored milk at Jack-Jack’s Cookie Num Nums, a cart located where previously the Photo Pass display for California Screamin’ use to be.

 

Inside Out

Not that many details have been released about this new Inside Out area. So we can’t wait until the opening! We do know that a new ride is under construction to open at a later date, but no details have been released.

Pixar Promenade

This neighborhood features the Pixar Pal-Around, the Ferris wheel previously known as Mickey’s Fun Wheel. This Ferris wheel is a park icon and offers amazing views over top the park! The Ferris wheel has been repainted and rethemed. The icon image of Mickey Mouse will remain at the wheel’s center. Each of the 24 individual gondolas of the Ferris wheel have been repainted with a Pixar character design. These designs include such characters as WALL-E, Miguel from “Coco,” Lightning McQueen from “Cars” and Joy and Sadness from “Inside Out.”  The boardwalk arcade games found in this area will remain but receive new themes! These themes including La Luna Star Catcher, a fishing game from the Pixar short film. Heimlich’s Candy Corn Toss from “A Bug’s Life.” WALL-E Space Race from “WALL-E.” And “Bullseye Stallion Stampede, a horse racing game with a “Toy Story” theme!  For food in this neighborhood, ‘The Angry Dogs’ stand will serve hot dogs and chips, themed to Anger from “Inside Out.”

 

Toy Story Boardwalk

This neighborhood includes the existing Toy Story Mania! ride and will soon be home to Jessie’s Critter Carousel in 2019. This ride will give a new them to what was the King Triton’s Carousel. Dining locations are designed to make guests feel like a child! Food locations include the ‘Poultry Palace’, this location will serve turkey legs and more from an oversized carton of chicken. Señor Buzz Churros will be themed to Buzz from Toy Story and serve up sweet treats.

 

More Food and Beverage Locations!

The new Lamplight Lounge will take the place of the former space for the Cove Bar, this new Lounge will open along with the area’s grand opening on June 23rd! We hear the lounge will have a California gastropub vibe to it. Lamplight Lounge will have 2 levels to it. Downstairs will be by reservations and the upstairs will be walk-in only.

 

Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff candy store, will open sometime after the June 23rd grand opening date. This confectionary shop will sell saltwater taffy, candied apples, slushies and cotton candy in a rainbow design on a stick that looks like a unicorn horn. A large sculpture of Bing Bong from “Inside Out” will be present in the shop!

 

Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats has already opened and has already become very popular.

 

Pixar Pier officially opens Saturday, June 23rd! There is still time to plan an amazing summer vacation at the Disneyland Resort! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today! We are excited to bring your vacation dreams to life!

 

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