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The Top 5 Thing I Tried at The 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Walt Disney World

This time last week I was in my happy place, Epcot! And not just for a regular visit but a visit during Epcot’s most wonderful time of year, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Attending the International Food and Wine Festival has become an annual tradition for me and my family! Each year we look forward to seeing what is new on the festival menus and what new experiences Disney will roll out during the event! This year definitely delivered on bringing many new and exciting offerings! Here is a list of my top 5 favorite items that I tried at this year’s 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

5. The Impossible Burger – Earth Eats

With wasabi cream and spicy Asian slaw on a sesame seed bun

The Impossible Burger is 100% vegan! Curiosity got the best of me and I had to try this item to see if it truly tasted like a real burger. This item made my list because, IT DID! I was shocked it actually had the same charred flavor and consistency that real meat would!

 

4. Kalua Pork Slider – Hawaii

With sweet and sour Dole Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise

The Kalua Pork Slider from Hawaii is a returning item to the International Food and Wine Festival. This slider has been here for multiple years and it is always brought back by popular demand! Everyone loves this dish! For me it is not a visit to the festival until I have had the slider from Hawaii! The pineapple chutney is what makes this item! You get that perfect mix of savory and sweet and sour!

 

3. Seared Scallops- The Wine and Dine Studio

With truffled celery root purée, Brussels sprouts, and wild mushrooms

The Seared Scallops from the Wine and Dine Studio are a returning item to the festival. I have gotten the scallops for the last few years and every time it is always a winner! I have always gotten a good batch of scallops every time, they are cooked to perfection! The brussels sprouts and truffles compliment the dish so well!

 

2. Tropical mimosa – Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar

Sparkling wine, pomegranate, orange and grapefruit juices

The Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar is located inside of the Festival Center at this years festival. It is making it’s festival debut during this 2018 festival. Instantly Food and Wine fans have welcomed it with open arms! I think its safe to assume Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar will be returning again to next years festival! I tried 2 mimosas here, the Key Lime Mimosa and the Tropical Mimosa. I originally thought the Key Lime Mimosa would be my favorite, and it was incredible, however after trying the Tropical Mimosa it earned the spot as my favorite!

 

1. Teriyaki Chicken Bun – Japan

Steamed Bun filled with chicken, vegetables and a sweet teriyaki sauce

I became a fan of bao buns ever since the time I dined at Nine Dragons, the table-service restaurant in China at Epcot’s World Showcase. During our meal here I had the steamed bun with fish! It was one of my favorite meals of that trip! Since then I have been a fan of bao buns, so when I saw this year during the Food and Wine Festival that Japan was doing a steamed bun I was very intrigued! Let’s just say this did not disappoint! The chicken inside the bao bun is so flavorful, the sweet teriyaki sauce adds a sweet and sour element to this item! I actually got the item a second time during our vacation, thats how much i enjoyed it! Hands down the teriyaki chicken bun has earned the number one spot on my list!

Have you visited the Epcot International Food and Wine festival yet this year?! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort or to wherever you may be dreaming of traveling next! Our knowledgable team is excited to make your vacation dreams a reality!

Doing EVERYTHING in TOY STORY LAND in ONE NIGHT! Hollywood Studios – Walt Disney World

This time last week I was at the Most Magical Place on Earth, Walt Disney World! This vacation was so special, filled with pixie dust and lots of new memories! Let’s be honest though, every Disney trip is! However, every Disney trip is unique and no matter how many times you go every Disney vacation gets remembered for its own special stand out moments. This trip in particular was fill with many of those special picture-perfect, memory making moments! One of these moments was my very first visit to Andy’s backyard! That right, I went to Toy Story Land for my very first time!

Toy Story Land is Disney World’s newest land that just opened at Hollywood Studios this past summer. The land encompasses 3 attractions,

Toy Story Mania

One of these attractions is Toy Story Mania. If you have visited Hollywood Studios in recent years you may be familiar with this one, it has been open for a few years already and the rides success definitely helped pave the way for this new land. Toy Story Mania has received a new queue line that has now rerouted the preexisting attraction into the Toy Story Land!

This new land is also home to 2 BRAND-NEW attractions!

Alien Swirling Saucers

Alien Swirling Saucers is a fun whip style ride based around those little green aliens from the claw machine at Pizza Plant! The ride whips you around all while techno versions of Toy Story songs play!

 

Slinky Dog Dash Coaster

Hands down the most popular new attraction in Toy Story Land is the Slinky Dog Dash Coaster! With this family coaster, Slinky Dog himself races you through Andy’s backyard and you encounter many of your other favorite Toy’s along the way! The coaster features not 1, but 2 launches! So much FUN!

In addition to the attractions, Toy Story Land is also home to many character meet and greet experiences, fun entertainment offerings and a quick-service dining location – Woody’s Lunchbox.

Wait times in Toy Story Land have been very high. It is best to try to secure a fastpass+ reservation for these new rides, especially for Slinky Dog Dash, this popular coaster typically has the longest wait of all 3 attractions in the land. Grabbing the perfect fastpass+ reservation is something our knowledgeable Travel Planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations are happy to help you with! Our team’s knowledge can help you make the most out of your time on vacation.

When we got off the plane our first day of the trip we had no plans yet for the evening. We were all filled with so much excitement and anticipation to see Toy Story Land we decide to head straight for Hollywood Studios. We were able to secure a fastpass for Toy Story Mania and we planned to hope for the best and try our luck with being able to get on the land’s 2 new attractions. I am excited to report we ended up being able to do everything in Toy Story Land!

As soon as we got to Hollywood Studios we were all starving after a long travel day so our first stop was Woody’s Lunchbox for some food. I was very impressed with the food at this quick service location! The menu features classic comfort foods with a twist! I enjoyed the grilled cheese with a cup of tomato basil soup! It was excellent! Next, we used our fastpass for Toy Story Mania. I enjoyed getting to see the new queue area that connected this old favorite of mine into Toy Story Land. While the ride was the same the new queue made it feel fresh and like a whole new experience!

After our ride on Toy Story Mania, we headed to Alien Swirling Saucers to check out the wait time. At this point it was about an hour from park closing. The line was posted at 40 minutes. We ended up waiting just over 20 minutes to get on the attraction. Something we have noticed is that Disney tends to over project their wait times, especially with these new and popular rides. There is one word to describe Alien Swirl Saucers… FUN! I have to be honest I was excited for this ride but really just expected it to be a basic whip ride. Looking at it from the outside that is exactly what it is. But with the special lighting effects and techno-style Toy Story music, this whip ride is on a whole new level! It is so much fun!

Next we headed straight to Slinky Dog Dash about 20 minutes before the park closed. A tip if you are interested in riding some of the most popular rides such as this one is to wait and hop in line right at the end of the night. This works for multiple reasons. The first being that it is the end of the day and some guests have already left the park. Also many parks such as Hollywood Studios have night time fireworks shows that many people head to watch making the wait times shorter. The third reason to use this tip is that you can jump in line right before park close and as long as you are in line before the official park close they will still take everyone in line! Meaning the park can close at 8:00 and it is a 70-minute wait. As long as you get in line at 7:59 they will still need to take all the guests in the line! This is a wonderful tip so you won’t waste time during the day while you could be doing other things. We used this logic and like I said hopped in line for Slinky dog. The wait was posted at 70 minutes and just like what we experienced at Alien Swirling Saucers, we only had to wait about half that time! We were on the ride within 35 minutes! Not bad for Disney World’s most popular ride! Slinky dog was everything I dreamed it would be and more! New favorite ride!

To see more of my experience of my first time in Toy Story Land, watch our new YouTube Video,

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World or whatever destination you are dreaming of next!

The Universal Orlando Resort just sold their 20 Millionth Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

2010, saw the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at the Universal Orlando Resort. It was then that Universal park-goers got to indulge in their very first Butterbeers! This delicious beverage inspired by the drink referenced in the Harry Potter franchise has become an iconic part of guest’s visits to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! This past week after 8 years of Wizarding World fun, Universal made the exciting announcement that they have officially sold their 20 millionth Butterbeer!

Universal has shared that inventing Butterbeer was a true labor of love. Universal’s culinary team worked hard to guarantee that Butterbeer would be 100% authentic to the Wizarding World. The Wizarding World treat has become a true staple of the park and a “rite-of-passage” for everyone who visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Over the years, the Universal Orlando resort has created additional delicious treats based around that popular Butterbeer flavor. Along with the original cold and frozen varieties of the beverage, there is also Butterbeer soft-served ice cream, fudge, potted cream and the seasonal Hot Butterbeer. However you choose to enjoy your Butterbeer, this Potter classic is the perfect treat for wizards and witches!

Congratulations Universal! Cheers to 20 million more Butterbeers to come! When was the last time you enjoyed a butterbeer? Our knowledgeable team at Kingdom Magic Vacations is excited to help you plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of next!

What to Expect from the Stranger Things House at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights!

Fans of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things have watched their favorite characters concur bullies, first love, and demons beyond their wildest nightmares. It’s your turn to battle the monsters that lurk in the Upside Down world of Stranger Things! You can live the experience of the show in the Stranger Things haunted house at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. To prepare yourself for visiting the Horror Nights house, here are some iconic scenes to get you pumped for your visit.

The Disappearance of Will Byers

Will Byers’ life changed forever when he meet the Demogorgon on his bike ride home from Mike’s house. Inside the Stranger Things house you will experience the same terror Will felt as he was being hunted by the monster. Alone. In his house. In the shed. At night.

Communicating With Christmas Lights

When Joyce was left to her own devices, she used a very unique form of communication with her lost son. Joyce hung Christmas lights above the alphabet written on the patterned wall in her living room and desperately asked Will what she should do. Guest’s visit inside the world of Stranger Things would not be complete without this iconic scene. As the lights flash and flicker, you will feel the same anticipation and fear that Joyce did. It’s only a matter of time before it all breaks loose and two dimensions collide…

The Upside Down

With everybody on the same page, and Eleven confirming that Will is alive, Hopper and Joyce team up to save the boy. The two travel to the Upside Down and find Will alive, but in terrible trouble. Now guests will have the chance to enter this alternate dimension. You will make your way through spores-filled hellscapes and fight your way past invasive vines. You won’t know who or what you may encounter. Get ready to relive your favorite scenes from the first season of Stranger Things!

Do you feel brave enough to face the terrors of Hawkins and the Upside Down? This year’s 2018 Halloween Horror Nights features more haunted houses than ever before! The event runs on selects nights now through November 3rd! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next trip to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Watch Sunday Night Football at NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk – Universal Orlando Resort

Weekends are better than every now that Sunday Night Football is back! Looking for a fun way to enjoy the game during your vacation at the Universal Orlando Resort?! How about surrounded by high definition TVs, delicious eats and over 100 beers to pick from. You will find all of this and more at the NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk! Make the NBC Sports Grill & Brew your go-to Sunday Night Football spot from now until December 23!

The NBC Sports Grill & Brew is home to over 100 high definition TVs and all the sports subscriptions you can imagine! You will definitely be able to find all your favorite teams and games! Looking for more of a tailgating experience? NBC Sports Grill & Brew has you cover there too! You can enjoy the game on the huge HD outdoor big screen!

A football watch party would not be complete without one thing… food! NBC Sports Grill & Brew is home to 18 unique appetizers, 11 different burgers, 18 entrées, and so much more to discover! A few stand out items include the jumbo soft pretzels and the loaded chili nachos. Great takes on your classic tailgate food! When you’re ready to wash down all the amazing food you will have over 100 beers to choose from! The perfect way to toast your favorite team!

Bring the whole family to NBC Sports Grill & Brew, there is something for all interests! Inside the restaurant, you can view the brand-new display of authentic NFL helmets. When you are ready to play a game yourself you can enjoy the tabletop versions of foosball and shuffleboard, right at your very own table!

On Friday, Nov. 16 you can experience the Sunday Night Football Bus! The bus will be making it’s stop at Universal CityWalk in front of NBC Sports Grill & Brew before heading to Jacksonville for the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers. During this special event, guests will be able to check out the Bus experiences. Experiences including an interactive players wall, a locker room showcasing team jerseys and helmets and more! A live radio broadcast from NBC Sports Radio will be taking place inside the restaurant during this time! Guests might even get the chance to see a special appearance by the Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders and mascot.

Will you be watching the game from the NBC Sports Grill & Brew? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Best Spots to Watch the Magic Kingdom Fireworks! Walt Disney World

There is nothing quite like Disney fireworks! They are truly magical and the perfect capstone on an amazing day spent in the parks! For many Disney park goers watching the fireworks is a vacation tradition that they must do every visit. I know this to be true for me and my family! Over the years we have tried out many different spots and viewing locations to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks. We love finding different viewpoints and perspectives to see the show! Today I wanted to share with you some of our favorite spots so you can try them out on your next visit!

The Hub

For the classic experience you hands down have to watch the fireworks from the hub! This is the area right in front of the castle at the end of Main Street USA. Especially if it is your first time then I highly recommend staking out a spot in the hub to get a straight on view of the castle. Now with the new Magic Kingdom fireworks show, Happily Ever After, that premiered last year, the new show has many projections that take place on the front of the castle. So having a direct castle view will give you the full experience!

 

Behind the Castle

Maybe you have seen the fireworks several times in the past and your looking for a more unique vantage point. Well if this is the case, I highly recommend watching the fireworks from behind the castle back in Fantasyland! You can’t see many projections this way but the main draw is that because there are fireworks that go off from the castle and also fireworks that go off behind Magic Kingdom, stand in Fantasyland you will get 360 degrees of fireworks happening both in front of you and behind you! It is a really cool view. Also this area is never as popular so it is more of a private viewing experience!

 

California Grill

Want to watch the fireworks with a birds-eye view? Then plan to make a reservation at the California Grill at Disney Contemporary Resort located right next door to the Magic Kingdom Park. Not only will you enjoy an incredible meal but from the restaurant’s rooftop observation decks you can actually watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Seeing them from the sky is absolutely breathtaking! The restaurant even pumps in the music giving you the full experience. Pro tip: No matter what time your reservation was at California Grill you can keep your receipt with you from that day and use it to return back to the restaurant when it’s time for the fireworks!

 

Grand Floridian or Polynesian Beaches

The beaches of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are great spots to take in the Magic Kingdom fireworks from across the seven seas Lagoon. Grab a drink or a dole whip from the Polynesian, sit back, and enjoy!

 

Fireworks Boat Cruise

This is an experience I have done with my family a few times! You can rent a pontoon boat and have your captain take you and your party on a private tour of Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon before dropping anchor right in front of Magic Kingdom to watch the show! Snacks and soft drinks are provided during the experience and they even pipe the fireworks music into the boat! This is a really great experience if you are celebrating something special, a birthday, an anniversary, an engagement! It makes for a very special memory!

 

Where is your favorite spot to watch the fireworks? Contact you Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort or whatever destination you are dreaming of next!

A Halloween Soirée at The Edison – Special Halloween Event at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World

Tickets are on sale now for a special Halloween event that will be held at The Edison in Disney Springs! The special party will take place on Halloween night! The event is being called, “A Halloween Soirée at The Edison.”

A Halloween Soirée at The Edison will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton! Guests are encouraged to dress the part in festive Halloween party attire!

For entertainment, Party goers will get to experience live music as well as performances by “The Pearls” Dancers. Hors d’oeuvres will be passed around at the event and a upon arrival every guest will receive a “Welcome cocktail.” More entertainment will include stilt walkers and aerialist performances. The evening will also include a costume contest for guests to participate in! Party goers will have the chance to win giveaways and receive some take home goodies and treats.

A Halloween Soirée at The Edison will take place on Halloween night, October 31st 2018! Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets are $85 per guest plus tax and gratuity. You can get your tickets online on The Edison’s website, https://store.patinagroup.com/store/?id=874

This event is a very fun and unique way to celebrate Halloween! Plan your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort today by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner!

My Top 3 Favorite Pavilions in Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World!

There is no other place like Epcot’s World Showcase! World Showcase allows you to travel the world and experience 11 different countries and cultures all without ever needing your passport or having to board an airplane! Everything in each Epcot pavilion is authentic, the architecture, the shopping, the food, even the cast members who work in each pavilion are actually from that native country! This gives you a truly authentic experience and is a great way to learn about another culture!

There is something special about each Epcot pavilion. Each pavilion in the World Showcase is home to something unique that makes it stand out. I thought it would be fun to count down my top 3 Epcot pavilions and share with you why each of these 3 pavilions made my favorites list! Be sure to leave comments and share your own top 3 World Showcase pavilions! Here’s my list!

 

# 3. Mexico

I have always loved the architecture of the Mexico pavilion, the temple outside is always a great photo op! Once inside the pavilion I love all that there is to see and look at. The pavilion is set up to look like an outdoor street market at sunset. There are vendor-type carts throughout all selling beautiful Mexican art. Another favorite for me is the grand Fiesta Tour boat ride! It is something I have to do every time I visit.

 

# 2. France

I love France for its beauty! The beautiful courtyards, the architecture of the buildings, all of the details just transport you to the gorgeous county of France! The bakery here is one of the best spots in the park to grab a snack or a sweet treat! Also, the ice cream shop serves artesian ice creams, sorbets and even macaroon ice cream sandwiches! In a year or so the pavilion will be home to a brand-new attraction inspired by Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille! Another reason to love this pavilion!

 

# 1. Japan

Now this brings us to my #1 pavilion on my list… Japan! Japan has made my number one spot for many reasons. I love exploring the grounds here, from the gorgeous bonsai tree garden to the koi fish pond, the whole area is so peaceful to walk through! Inside the pavilion you will find the Mitsukoshi store. Epcot is home to one of the only locations outside of Japan for this popular Japanese department store! Here you can find many novelty items and unique souvenirs. A “must-do” experience here is the “Pick a Pearl” experience.  You can pick out your own oyster and then watch the cast member open it during a traditional pearl ceremony! You can then choose to get your pearl set in one of the many beautiful jewelry settings they have. This makes for a very special memento!  The food offerings in the Japan pavilion are incredible! My personal favorite is Teppan Edo, a hibachi style restaurant!

Watch our YouTube video to hear more about why each pavilion made my list!

What are your favorite pavilions in Epcot’s World Showcase?! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort or whatever destination you are dreaming of next!

I’m Going to Walt Disney World!!!

I’m going to Disney World! This coming week my family and I will be heading to the most magical place on Earth, the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida! Every vacation to Disney is always special. This trip in particular I have many special experiences and things that I am most looking forward to. Here is my list of what I can’t wait to check out on my upcoming visit!

 

2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Taking a vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has become an annual tradition for my family and I! The festival gives you the opportunity to taste and experience sample size portions of cuisines and dishes from all over the world! Every year there are always new offerings and experiences that Disney rolls out! I can’t wait to taste my way throughout the park at this year’s 2018 festival!

 

Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

For part of my trip I will be staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa for my FIRST TIME EVER! Even though I’ve never stayed at Disney’s Grand Floridian in the past, I already consider it to be my favorite resort. I love coming over to the resort just to visit and walk around the gorgeous lobby and the resort’s beautiful grounds. There has always been something about the Grand Floridian that has struck me! Now I get to finally stay in my favorite resort! I am sure my love for the property will grow even more!

 

Narcoossee’s

On the topic of Disney’s Grand Floridian, another new experience for me this trip will be dining at Narcoossee’s. Narcoossee’s is a Disney signature dining location located at the Grand Floridian. My family and I are all looking forward to our meal here. The restaurant is known for their seafood. Looking at the menu I already have my eye on the lobster tail! Every review I’ve ever heard from this restaurant has always been wonderful! I can’t wait to experience it for myself!

 

The Edison

The Edison is one of the newest restaurants added to the lineup of amazing eateries at Disney Springs. Ever since The Edison’s opening earlier this year I have been highly anticipating getting to try it out for myself! My family and I have a reservation here for dinner during our vacation! I’m excited to share my review on the food and atmosphere once I return.

 

Toy Story Land!

Toy Story land at Hollywood Studios just opened on June 30th of this year. My most recent visit to Disney was in May so I just missed the new land’s opening. But now I will get to finally see the new land for myself! I am looking forward to riding Toy Story Mania and Alien Swirling Saucers! I am most excited to ride the Slinky Dog Dash coaster! It looks adorable!

 

Watch our YouTube video to hear more about what I’m looking forward to!

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Itinerary highlights include return to Hawaii and other popular destinations

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2018) – In early 2020, Disney Cruise Line will offer families even more ways to explore the world together with the addition of a brand-new home port in New Orleans and a highly anticipated return to the Hawaiian Islands. Disney Cruise Line will also return to Puerto Rico for a limited time and continue guest-favorite itineraries to tropical destinations from Florida and California.

In 2020, the Disney Wonder will embark on a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from New Orleans – the first time Disney Cruise Line will have a home port in Louisiana. The limited-time season includes four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean sailings; a seven-night Bahamian cruise; and a 14-night Panama Canal voyage, departing Feb. 7 through March 6. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Bookings open to the public on Oct. 4, 2018.

First-time Home Port in New Orleans

In 2020, the Disney Wonder will embark on a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from New Orleans – the first time Disney Cruise Line will have a home port in Louisiana. Not only will this provide families from the region with the magic of having a Disney ship in their own backyard, but it will also draw families from farther away to discover this incredible city before they set sail.

Before or after their Disney cruise, guests can venture into the city to savor the distinct flavors of famous New Orleans cuisine, visit family-friendly museums and parks, and revel in the sweet melodies of world-renowned jazz music. Travelers will delight in the Southern charm of this new home port, and Disney fans will find magic around every corner as they recognize the iconic sights and sounds that inspired the beloved animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”

The Disney Wonder will embark on six cruises during this limited-time season from New Orleans, including four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean sailings; a seven-night Bahamian cruise; and a 14-night Panama Canal voyage, departing Feb. 7 through March 6.

Long-Awaited Return to Hawaii

After five years, Disney Cruise Line will make its much-anticipated return to Hawaii. As part of Disney Cruise Line’s early 2020 itineraries, the Disney Wonder will sail to Kiwiliwili on the pristine, mountainous island of Kauai, Hawaii. (David Murphey, photographer)

After a five-year hiatus, the Disney Wonder will return to Hawaii in early 2020 for two special cruises: a nine-night voyage to Honolulu from Vancouver, Canada, on April 29, and a 10-night sailing back to Vancouver on May 8.

During these dream vacations, guests will discover the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, including the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu; the views from high atop the summit of Haleakala Crater on Maui; the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai; and the diverse natural wonders of Hawaii Island.

Popular Itineraries from Puerto Rico and California

From San Juan, Puerto Rico in early 2020, the Disney Wonder sets sail on special cruises to the Southern Caribbean, visiting tropical destinations renowned for beautiful sun-kissed beaches and warm azure waters. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

The Disney Wonder continues its standout season with returns to popular home ports on both coasts. First, the ship sets sail for the Southern Caribbean during two seven-night voyages departing Jan. 19 and 26 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, followed by a five-night Bahamian cruise. Then beginning on March 20, the ship embarks on seven sailings to Baja and the Mexican Riviera, ranging in length from two to seven nights, from San Diego, California.

Unforgettable Tropical Getaways from Florida

Disney Cruise Line will have three ships sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida in early 2020, and every cruise includes a day of fun in the sun on Disney’s private Bahamian island reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay.

Disney Cruise Line guests sailing aboard most Caribbean and Bahamian voyages in early 2020 will spend a day ashore at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. In a setting of crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and lush landscapes, the island offers activities for every member of the family. (David Roark, photographer)

  • From Miami, the Disney Magic will sail three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises and five-night Western Caribbean cruises.
  • From Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, plus two special sailings at six- and eight-nights each.
  • From Port Canaveral, the Disney Dream will sail three- and four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay.

With a variety of options from Florida, guests can choose the vacation that provides something for everyone in the family, combining the adventure and relaxation of tropical destinations, the ease and indulgence of an ocean cruise, and the world-class entertainment and service of a Disney vacation.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, contact us today!

2019 Dates Announced for Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts & Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival!

Disney has announced the 2019 festival dates for 2 very popular Epcot Festivals! Disney has now released the dates for this coming year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts as well as the dates for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! Let’s talk about what each of these wonderful events has to offer!

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Date: January 18, 2019 – February 25, 2019

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is Disney’s newest addition to their festival lineup! The festival is comprised of 3 components: visuals arts, culinary arts and performing arts. Throughout Epcot guests can view and even purchase many gorgeous pieces of artwork! Performing artists are around entertaining guests with their talents. There is even a Disney on Broadway concert series where guests can see stars from many Disney Broadway shows! Similar to other popular Epcot festivals food has a big presence at the event! Food booths are set up throughout Epcot each offering wonderful culinary creations. All of the dishes are complete with a lot of artistic flare! I personally have not yet been to this festival but it is my goal to change that this year! Art has always been a passion and a hobby for me! I love to oil paint in my free time, I have always been a theater and performing arts enthusiast and I am a foodie! So, it is safe to say that every aspect of this festival is right up my alley!

 

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Dates: March 6, 2019 – June 3, 2019

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is a fan favorite for many Disney park-goers! Epcot is always beautiful but during the Flower and Garden Festival it becomes even more breathtaking! The park is transformed into a floral paradise! Every inch of the park is covered in gorgeous floral displays. The Disney horticulture team does an amazing job bringing beloved characters to life through topiaries! Food and drinks also play a key role in the event, outdoor kitchens are set up around the park serving delicious springtime bites! In the evening, Guests can enjoy the Garden Rocks concert series at the American Gardens Theatre. There is always something new added to this festival each year! The Flower and garden Festival has become a must do for me and my family every spring!

To hear more about the Epcot International Festival of the Arts and the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, watch our new YouTube video!

 

 

NEW Food and Wine Tailgate Tasting at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2018! Walt Disney World

Fall is officially here! School is back in session, the leaves are starting to change, pumpkin spice is filling the crisp air… and oh yeah, it football season!! Many sports fans are thrilled for the start of another season and this year Epcot is getting into the football fun by offering a new Food and Wine Tailgate Tasting at this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

The event will be a new series taking place on Monday afternoons. The offering is put on by ESPN’s Monday Night Football! The experience is completely FREE to guests! This 45-minute program will pair tailgate-style food and beverage offerings. All of these tailgate culinary staples will be elevated to a new level to bring a unique take to classic tailgate favorites! Examples of some items include a smoked brie mac and cheese served alongside a tropical mimosa!

Each Monday afternoon guests will be able to enjoy a flight of 3 small plates and 3 beverages. Each week will be different and the items created will actually be inspired by the team’s cities that are playing that night! So creative! During the experience participates will actually get to learn how to create the dishes that they are enjoying from the Disney culinary experts themselves! What a great way to get ideas for your own next tailgate party!

The Food and Wine Tailgate Tasting was first offered on September 10, 17 and 24. There are upcoming dates that guests will still be able to experience on October 1, 8 and 15. The Food and Wine Tailgate Tasting takes place from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. inside of Epcot’s Festival Center.

Like I said before this experience is complimentary! If you are interested in attending make sure to stop by the Festival Center starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning to get a wristband as your ticket into that afternoon’s tasting. I recommend getting to the festival center early if you are interested as space is limited and wristbands are distributed on a first-come/first-served basis. All members of your party must be present to receive their wristband.

There is still time to plan a great last-minute fall getaway to the Walt Disney World Resort! During Fall you can enjoy the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, take in all the beautiful Fall Decorations around the parks, go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as well as enjoy all the fun attractions Disney is home to year-round! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your vacation!

Universal’s Islands of Adventure Named Number One Theme Park in the WORLD! Universal Orlando Resort!

TripAdvisor has named Universal’s Islands of Adventure the number one theme park in the world for the fourth year in a row! In addition, Universal Orlando’s original park, Universal Studios Florida was voted #5 on the worldwide list and #4 on the national list. Universal has stated that they are extremely grateful and they thank their fans for their support! Universal stated,

 

“This accomplishment is all because of you—our fans—so we’d like to take this moment to share our sincerest gratitude. Every day, we’re working to add new experiences for you and your family and friends to enjoy.”

 

Here is a list of just a few experiences that Universal has added to Islands of Adventure this past year:

  • New nighttime experiences in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade—celebrate your Hogwarts house with The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle and the holidays with The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.

 

  • The chance to encounter the beloved raptor, Blue, face-to-face in Jurassic Park.

 

  • An option to dine with your favorite Super Heroes in Marvel Super Hero Island.

 

  • The ability to indulge in a mountain of customized cotton candy in Seuss Landing.

 

When was the last time you visited the #1 theme park in the world?! Now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the Universal Orlando Resort! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

Adventures by Disney Reveals New Short Escape Vacations for 2019

BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2018) — In 2019, families will have more ways than ever to explore the world with Disney with an expanded line-up of Short Escape vacations with Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel worldwide. In addition to its existing portfolio of more than 50 global vacations, Adventures by Disney will transport travelers to three new international cities on brand-new itineraries in Boston, London and Vancouver, Canada.

Short Escapes are two- to four-night adventures in iconic destinations that can be booked as stand-alone getaways or as add-ons to other vacation plans. Combining visits to must-see attractions with hands-on activities and opportunities to discover hidden gems, these itineraries are founded on enriching, authentic experiences and bolstered by signature Disney storytelling, VIP service and special access. The expert services of two knowledgeable Disney-trained Adventure Guides ensure guests enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime vacation from start to finish.

From hassle-free planning to premier accommodations to private tours and interactive activities, the new Short Escape itineraries offer endless opportunities for families to soak in every moment in these incredible cities.

Best of Boston – Past and Present

Treasured American history and spirited contemporary culture come to life during a diverse line-up of experiences in Boston on the new four-day, three-night Short Escape itinerary.

In 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer a brand-new Short Escape itinerary in Boston, where adventurers will be immersed in the city’s legendary stories of the American Revolution during privately guided tours and interactive experiences. Other family-friendly excursions and activities include rowing along the Charles River, biking the city on a private sightseeing tour, exploring the grounds of Harvard Yard and indulging at a private New England clambake on Thompson Island. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Throughout the trip, guests are immersed in the city’s legendary stories. During a privately guided tour along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route teeming with historical locales, families follow 18th-century costumed guides back in time as they are regaled with thrilling tales from the American Revolution. A private, after-hours tour of the Old North Church places travelers in the famed footsteps of Paul Revere, while another special after-hours visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum concludes with a private dinner steeped in the city’s storied roots.

Other family-friendly excursions and activities include rowing along the Charles River, biking the city on a private sightseeing tour, exploring the grounds of Harvard Yard and indulging at a private New England clambake on Thompson Island.

The new Boston Short Escape is available on select dates in May through October 2019.

Bucket List Getaway in London

Adventures by Disney guests will revel in the royal treatment with VIP experiences in one of the world’s most iconic cities during the new three-day, two-night Short Escape in London. This bucket list getaway can be booked as a stand-alone vacation or as a pre-cruise add-on to Disney Cruise Line sailings out of nearby Dover, England.

In 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer a brand-new Short Escape itinerary in London, where adventurers will revel in the royal treatment with VIP experiences in one of the world’s most iconic cities. The itinerary includes a private viewing of the royal Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, a high-speed boat ride along the River Thames and a privately guided tour of Westminster Abbey, the revered site of royal coronations and weddings. (Mark Ashman, photographer)

The itinerary is filled with exceptional experiences, including a once-in-a-lifetime, private viewing of the royal Crown Jewels led by the Tower of London’s Jewel House Warden; a private, high-speed thrill ride in a boat along the River Thames; and a privately guided tour of Westminster Abbey, the revered site of royal coronations and weddings. Families will also witness the time-honored tradition of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an unforgettable dinner show.

The new London Short Escape is available on select dates in July, August and September 2019.

City Highlights and Outdoor Recreation in Vancouver

Active adventures and culinary delights await on the new three-day, two-night Short Escape itinerary in Vancouver. This trip can be booked as a stand-alone vacation or as the perfect complement to a Disney Cruise Line Alaska voyage.

In 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer a brand-new Short Escape itinerary in Vancouver, Canada, where adventurers will discover unparalleled views of the city’s lush natural surroundings during exciting outdoor activities like ziplining and gondola rides at Grouse Mountain, a privately guided tour at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and a morning bike ride through Stanley Park. (Diana Zalucky, photographer)

Exciting outdoor activities offer unparalleled vantage points of the city’s lush natural surroundings. At Grouse Mountain, adventurers soar over treetops on a thrilling ziplining excursion after a scenic gondola ride to the mountain peak. A privately guided tour at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers breathtaking views from 110 feet above the forest floor, while a morning bike ride through Stanley Park provides a leisurely look at one of North America’s largest parks.

On the first night, Junior Adventurers embark on a special scavenger hunt expedition with their Adventure Guides, while adults unwind with beer and wine flights at a local tasting room. During a “foodie” walking tour of Granville Island’s famous Public Market the next day, travelers will get a taste of the city’s thriving culinary scene as they sample local cheeses, charcuterie, freshly baked breads, indulgent desserts and more.

The trip also features early access to Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bear habitat, where guests can observe bears up-close and enjoy a special breakfast with amazing views, plus photo-worthy encounters with lively lumberjacks, birds of prey and towering totem poles.

The new Vancouver Short Escape is available on select dates in May through September 2019.

More Big Adventures on Short Escapes

Returning in 2019 are Adventures by Disney’s popular Short Escapes to New York City, San Francisco, Southern California, Wyoming, Barcelona and Rome. Highlights of these spectacular itineraries include exclusive visits to Good Morning America in New York City; private, after-hours tours of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome; and behind-the-scenes access at Disneyland Resort in California.

Like all Adventures by Disney vacations, Short Escape packages include all accommodations, tickets and admissions, transportation within the destination, luggage handling, snacks and most meals, and the services of two dedicated Adventure Guides.

Bookings for new 2019 Short Escape vacations open to the public on Sept. 20, 2018. To learn more about Adventures by Disney or to book a vacation, contact us today! 866-972-6244

New Experiences at this year’s 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Halloween is in full swing at the Walt Disney World Resort! Disney’s premier Halloween event is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! The event has become an annual tradition for many people! From trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom to the specialty fireworks this event has something for everyone!

This year Disney has introduced more new offerings than ever before at the party! We are going over all of the new things this year in our latest YouTube video!

 

What are you most excited for at this year’s party?

There is still time to plan a great fall vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

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