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New Details Revealed for Dining Locations at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

A few months ago, we shared updates for some of the common areas at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort. Today we have more exciting news about two dining locations.

When the reimagining of Old Port Royale is complete in just a few months, the former Shutters table-service restaurant will open in an all-new location as Sebastian’s Bistro!

Located along the Old Port Royale waterfront, Sebastian’s Bistro will feature beautiful views, warm island hospitality and a menu that blends Latin and Caribbean flavors from market-fresh ingredients.

When you arrive at the casual, family-friendly restaurant, they’ll be welcomed by a blue shiplap marquee featuring everyone’s favorite red crustacean. And inside, Guests will feel as though they’ve just stepped into a tropical beachfront home.

Every detail celebrates the natural beauty of the Caribbean – from coral patterns and kelp filigree, to lure-inspired art and nautical designs. You may even notice abstract artwork and landscapes featuring Sebastian and friends.

We’re also excited to give you a look at the resort’s quick-service dining location, Centertown Market.

As previously shared, Centertown Market will be expanded to create an indoor street market vibe.

You will enter the space under a large palapa-like structure, accented with glowing, colored light pendants made from glass bottles. The market will feature open shutters, wooden light posts, awnings, ornamentation and unique seating areas. Guests will also have access to the Grab n’ Go market for specialty coffee and quick bites.

Stay tuned for more details!

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers – New House coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights this year!

 

We all know him – the featureless mask, iconic jumpsuit, and terrifying plunging knife. That’s right, Michael Myers is coming back to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new haunted house – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.

 

Michael Myers, is a terrifying force of destruction. In Haddonfield, no one is safe when he is lurking in the shadows. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers expanded on the strength of Michael Myers. The storyline followed him as he escaped from a prison transfer and then hunted his niece down in Haddonfield. With this new Halloween Horror Nights House, you will be dropped right in the middle of Michael Myers’ path. He is on his way to eradicate his niece. His plan is to take out everyone in his path. During this freighting Halloween Horror Nights house, you will be put right in the middle of the action. You must try your best to escape the bloodbath. Guest can experience first-hand this nightmare come to life on select nights from Sept. 14 to Nov. 3.

 

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers joins this year’s Halloween Horror Nights line-up. The line-up this year features more houses than ever, as well as five scare zones and a powerhouse show. It’s the 30th anniversary of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, be sure to watch it before you come to the event!

Construction Update on the Tron Coaster coming to Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Last year at D23, the ultimate Disney fan event hosted semiannually at the Anaheim Convention center, Disney announced their plans for a new Tron coaster attraction! They revealed that the new Tron Attraction would be built in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World! The new attraction will be placed just beyond the area where Space Mountain is. Meaning along with the opening of the new coaster we can also look forward to an exciting expansion to Tomorrowland! As work gets underway to bring this new Tron coaster to life in the coming months we can anticipate a few changes and temporary closures around the park to accommodate for the construction. Disney has now announced the schedule for these changes and temporary closures. Here’s everything you can expect leading up to the exciting completion of the Tron Coaster!

 

Walt Disney World Railroad

The Walt Disney World Railroad will take a hiatus from its grand circle trips around the park starting December 2018. During this temporary closure park guests will be able to get an up close and personal look at the railroad that will be temporarily residing at the Main Street Station. Disney has stated that during this time guests will be able to take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities with the Walt Disney World Train!

 

Tomorrowland Speedway

The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019. During this time the Disney Imagineers will be adjusting the speedway’s track. The Tomorrowland Speedway is set to reopen as the same attraction next summer of 2019.

 

 

Also, a fun new detail has been spotted in Storybook Circus! A little foreshadowing of what is to come, you can now spot a Tron-themed billboard from Storybook Circus!

 

The Tron attraction will open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration in the year 2021! The new Tron attraction will be based on the TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland! Shanghai Disneyland’s TRON Lightcycle Power Run is the highest-rated attraction in their park! This has us very excited to be getting a version of the popular attraction here at Walt Disney World!

 

Ready to plan your trip to Disney World?! Our knowledgeable team here at Kingdom Magic Vacations is excited to help you create the perfect vacation to Disney or wherever you are dreaming of traveling next!

 

Universal’s Aventura Hotel is NOW OPEN at the Universal Orlando Resort!

Universal Orlando’s Newest hotel is NOW OPEN! Universal’s Aventura Hotel has now opened its doors to guests! From the hotel’s modern lobby to the pool deck to the guest rooms, bars and restaurants, everything has been designed to appeal to the travelers of today.

There are many factors that make the brand-new Aventura Hotel so special! Let’s take a look at a few of the features that make this new Universal Resort truly stand out!

 

The Views

Whether it be in your guest room or at the resort’s rooftop bar, Bar 17 Bistro, this hotel features some of the most amazing views ever! In one direction, you will see Universal’s Volcano Bay water park along with views over to another Universal hotel, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Look the other way and you can catch a glimpse of yet another Universal hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Look beyond Sapphire Falls and in the distance, you will see an amazing view of Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s CityWalk. The floor-to-ceiling windows in many of the resort’s rooms perfectly showcase these incredible views!

 

Food and Beverage

Aventura’s menus and cocktails have been specially crafted to bring guests something like no other!  The goal of the dining areas is to serve amazing food in a casual, welcoming setting. Here are just a few ‘Must-Haves’ that you can look forward to trying! The bao buns and the Wagyu beef sliders are both delicious dishes served at Bar 17 Bistro. Looking for something to drink?! You can enjoy a specialty cocktail from any of Aventura’s three bars, barVentura in the lobby, BarSol at the pool or Bar 17 Bistro on the rooftop. When you are looking to grab a quick bite, visit the resort’s food hall, Urban Pantry, located in the hotel’s lobby. Here you can visit one of four stations for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Universal says they have mixed fresh and flavorful with affordable and casual to create something new to the Orlando’s theme park food scene. At Urban Pantry, you can find diverse flavors, fresh ingredients and globally-inspired dishes such as teriyaki stir fry and smoked salmon pizza.

 

Universal’s Excellent Service

Every day the Universal team has stated that their main focus is always one thing only – their guests. Universal has said they take great pride in finding ways to make guests have meaningful and memorable experiences while on their vacation. When you stay at Aventura you can look forward to this wonderful level of service and hospitality!

The Aventura Hotel offers guests a Prime Value price point. Rates at the Aventura Hotel start at just $116 per night for a four-night stay. Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner will be sure you receive the best deal and package on your stay. Our knowledgeable team stays up to date on all discounts and promotions to guarantee you receive the best value wherever you are traveling. Contact us today to plan your next vacation!

New Offerings and Experiences come to the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! – Candy Sushi Making & Counter Service Eat to the Beat Dining Package!

We are just a few short weeks away from the beginning of this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Disney recently hosted a Food and Wine Festival preview event and we now have new information that Disney has shared about this year’s 2018 festival! First of all, several brand-new dishes will be hitting the festival scene this year! A whole line up of new offerings and experience will be awaiting you at this year’s festival! One of these new experiences being that you can actually learn hands-on how to make Candy Sushi! Another new option this year is an addition to the Eat to the Beat Dining Packages. The new Eat to the Beat Concert Series Dining Package will include a Counter Service option. Also, new this year, we will see a lot more family-friendly offerings. These are just a few of the exciting things we now know about the festival so let’s dive into more!

Here are just a few highlights of dishes that a brand new for this year’s festival:

 

Brazil: Moqueca Brazilian Seafood Stew

This year Brazil will be serving Moqueca, a traditional Brazilian stew! This Seafood Stew will feature scallops, shrimp, and white fish with coconut-lime sauce and steamed rice.

 

Ireland: Guinness Baileys Shake

There is a lot of hype around this new Guinness Baileys Shake! The shake will make its debut this year at the Ireland Booth.

 

Taste Track: Pancake Milkshake

Looking for a non-alcoholic shake? Taste Track will be home to a non-alcoholic Pancake Milkshake! This fun creation is sure to be a favorite for kids! This milkshake is a mix of a little bit of pancake in a vanilla ice cream base with butter extract, maple syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles, and little bit of strawberry puree!

 

The Wine & Dine Studio: Butternut Squash Ravioli

This year at the Wine & Dine Studio you will find an item making it’s festival debut, the Butternut Squash Ravioli!

 

Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar

The Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar is a brand-new booth that will be premiering at the Festival this year! Personally, this is the new booth I am most looking forward to trying. From the menu the unique mimosa creations sound incredible! Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar will be located inside of the Festival Center. Here you can try the Key Lime Mimosa, Tropical Mimosa, Blood Orange Mimosa, and the Madras Mimosa!

 

Hops & Barley: New Brunswick Slider

The Hops & Barley Booth is always a favorite, and it’s back again this year as home to a brand new item the Brunswick Slider!

 

Flavors from Fire: Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak and Chocolate Picante

Flavors from Fire will be returning to the festival for its second year! This year the booth will bring a new Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake. It will also debut the Chocolate Picante. The Chocolate Picante features a dark chocolate mousse with cayenne pepper, chili powder, and mango.

 

Light Lab: RGB Flight

This scientific themed drink lounge is coming back for it’s second year! The RGB Beer Flight will be a new offering being added to the Light Lab! The beers will actually be red, green and blue in color! The featured beers are, Playalinda Brewing Co.’s Red Cherry Tart, GrassLands Brewing Company’s Green Kiwi Blonde, and M.I.A. Beer Company’s Blue-berry Golden Ale.

 

The Cheese Studio: Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake

The Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake coming to The Cheese Studio will definitely deliver on being that something sweet!

 

Active Eats: Energy Bar Bites

Fuel up as you adventure through the festival with the Active Eats Energy Bar Bites! These Energy bars will be made up of Chocolate, nuts, dried fruits, and dates.

 

Earth Eats: The Steakhouse Blended Burger

This year look out for The Steakhouse Blended Burger at the Earth Eats booth! It’s a slider featuring blended beef with wild mushroom, and topped with brie cheese fondue, arugula, truffle, and a blue cheese potato chip, this great medley of flavor will sit atop a brioche bun!

 

Islands of the Caribbean: Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop

This savory meat with roasted sweet plantain salad and a mango chutney yogurt will be served at the Island of the Caribbean Booth.

 

Once again this is just a few of the highlights of some new offerings coming to this year’s event. There are so many things that await you at this year’s festival!

 

Now let’s look at some other new culinary experience you can have at the festival!

 

NEW! Candy Sushi Presented by Skittles

Brand new this year! You can join a Disney Chef and be taught how to make your own sweet Candy Sushi! Adventures by Disney and Skittles are partnering together to present this exciting session daily at 3:30 and 5:30 pm. The candy sushi presentations will take place inside Sunshine Seasons in The Land Pavilion. Space is limited for this experience so be sure to sign up ahead of time at TasteEpcot.com once registration has opened. The experience is completely free to guests but your signup will require a credit card guarantee, similar to making a Disney Advance Dining Reservation.

NEW! Counter Service Eat to the Beat Dining Package

The Eat to the Beat Dining Packages will be returning this year. This experience allows you to dine at a Disney restaurant and then receive priority seating for the Eat to the Beat concert that evening. This is a great package because it allows you to avoid the standby wait for the concerts that would involve you waiting up to 4 hours for a spot for the show. A brand-new option is coming for the Eat to the Beat Dining packages. The American Adventure Pavilion’s Liberty Inn will now be an option! This Counter Service spot will offer a limited amount of day-of, first-come first serve Eat to the Beat Dining Packages. The package cost for this location will be $29.99 (plus tax.) With the $29.99 price (plus tax) you will get a non-alcoholic beverage, entree, and dessert.

 

The 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival runs from August 30th through November 12th! There is still time to plan an amazing vacation this fall to the Walt Disney World resort and experience all the great offerings this festival has in store! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to start planning!

 

 

Pets will Remain Welcome at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels!

Mickey Mouse wouldn’t be the same without his dog Pluto! Just like many of us wouldn’t be the same without our pets! Wouldn’t you love to bring your furry friend with you to experience the magic of your Disney vacation?! Last year Disney started a pilot program at select Walt Disney World resorts that allowed guests to bring their four-legged friends to stay with them in their Disney Resort! We are so excited to share the news that Disney has now announced that they will be making pup-friendly accommodations a permanent fixture at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Four of the Walt Disney World resort hotels offer a limited number of designated rooms that are available to guests who want to bring their dogs with them for their resort stay! The designated canine rooms at the participating Disney resorts all are located with easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces for pet relief areas.

There are pet-friendly hotels available in each Disney resort category. These three Disney resort categories consisting of Disney’s value resorts, Disney’s moderate resorts and Disney’s Deluxe resorts. Here is a list of the pet friendly hotels available in each of these categories:

Disney’s Value Resorts: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Moderate Resorts: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

Disney’s Deluxe Resorts: Disney’s Yacht Club

 

To give you some more information on this great accommodation Disney is offering, here are some answers to common questions you may have,

 

How many dogs can stay in the room?

Disney allows a maximum of two dogs per guest room.

 

Is there an additional cost when bringing a dog?

Yes. Disney has applied a per night surcharge when bringing your dogs to stay at the resort. If you pick one of the participating resorts in Disney’s value or moderate categories to stay at, the cost is $50 per night. If you are staying at a participating resort in Disney’s deluxe category the cost is $75 per night.

 

What perks are included in the pet surcharge?

Disney has included a lot of goodies that will make your pup feel right at home! Upon arrival, your dog will receive Pluto’s Welcome Kit! Here’s what you’ll find inside:

Mats

Bowls

Pet ID tag

Courtesy plastic disposable bags

Puppy pads

Dog maps

Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger

 

How long can a dog be left alone in the room for?

Disney expects all pets to be looked after and well-behaved. This means that dogs should not be left any longer than 7 hours at the maximum. If a lot of noise is heard as a result of your dog being left alone in your room, you will be contacted within 30 minutes to come resolve the issue.

 

Will the room be cleaned if the dog is present?

No. Housekeeping will not go into your room if your dog is alone and unsupervised. Guests with dogs that would like their room cleaned must call the housekeeping department to arrange a time for the room to be cleaned when the dog owners can be present.

 

Are dogs allowed throughout the rest of the resort?

Yes! Dogs are allowed in common areas around the resorts! However, dogs are not allowed on furniture in public spaces. Disney also requires that dogs be on a leash or restrained at all times.  Also, only service animals are allowed in food & beverage areas, lounges, pool areas and fitness centers.

Can dogs come inside of the theme parks?

No. No Dogs are permitted at the theme parks or Disney Springs, only licensed service animals are allowed in the parks and Disney Springs.

 

Can I board Disney transportation with my dog?

Yes! You are able to bring your dogs aboard resort transportation services such as Disney’s Magical Express which takes you to and from the airport and in Disney’s Minnie Vans. However, dogs must remain in their carriers while onboard Disney transportation. Dogs are NOT permitted on the monorail or Friendship Boats unless they are licensed service animals.

 

Are there other options that allow me to bring my dog but not have them stay with me at the hotel room?

Yes. Disney offers a pet babysitting and boarding service called Best Friends Pet Care! The property offers VIP Luxury Suites, Vacation Villas, and Indoor/Outdoor Suites where your dogs can enjoy all the comforts of home! The accommodations include dog play groups, flat-screen televisions for dogs, bedtime stories and even a bath. There are also 2 and 4 level condos available for cats! The Best Friends Pet Care Center can house up to 300 dogs, cats and small pets. You can also have the option of dropping your pets off at Best Friends Pet Care for just the day. Pet Care opens up one hour before the Disney parks open and remains open until one hour after they close.

 

We are very excited that dog-friendly accommodations will be a permanent option for Disney guests! When your ready to plan your next trip to the Walt Disney World resort for the whole family (pets included) be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner! Our team is excited to plan your dream vacation!

Tron Attraction Update Now Loading …

Last summer plans were unveiled for a thrilling Tron coaster-style attraction to be added in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom® Park. Here’s a first look at a new Tron-themed billboard at Magic Kingdom Park that’s now visiblefrom Storybook Circus.

The new attraction will occupy an entirely new area next to the land’s Space Mountain, and now, as we prepare to welcome Tron into the park, a few modifications will be made to nearby attractions as construction kicks into gear.

First, the Walt Disney World® Railroad will temporarily take up residence at the Main Street Station starting in December 2018, pausing its grand-circle tours of Magic Kingdom Park. During this time, you will be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.

The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019, as the attraction’s track is adjusted. It will reopen as the same attraction you know and love in the summer of 2019.

Magic Kingdom’s Tron attraction, which is set to debut in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021, is based on TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland (pictured above). This coaster-style attraction allows riders to board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles for a thrilling race through the digital frontier. TRON Lightcycle Power Run debuted on Shanghai Disneyland’s opening day and quickly became the highest-rated attraction at the park.

We look forward to sharing more updates with you on the thrilling new addition of Tron as work progresses. Stay tuned for updates!

Things to do at Walt Disney World WITHOUT a Park Ticket!

Ever wonder what there is to do at the Walt Disney World Resort without a theme park ticket? Of course when coming on vacation to Walt Disney World you have to visit the Resort’s amazing world-class theme parks! However if you have a day when you are without a ticket, fear not! There are tons of options to keep you busy at Disney World without needing park admission!

Maybe it is your arrival day to Disney, your flight got in later and you don’t want to waste an entire park ticket on just part of the day. Or maybe you want a break from the theme parks mid-week. Whatever the case there are plenty of things to do right on property at Disney that don’t require a park ticket!

Watch my countdown of 3 things to do at Disney without a park ticket in our latest YouTube video!

Our knowledgeable team at Kingdom Magic Vacations is excited to help you plan the trip of a lifetime to whatever destination you are dreaming about next!

Toy Story Land Video at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! – Walt Disney World Resort!

Toy Story Land is now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! I have been excited for this land ever since it was first announced! Since then I have been awaiting the days until the Disney construction walls came down and Toy Story Land came alive! The Land opened on June 30th and guests have been falling in love with the new addition to Hollywood Studios!

 

Toy Story Land will transport you into Andy’s backyard! The land has been crafted to make you feel shrunken down to the size of a toy. In fact guests are shrunken to the size of a green army man and everything you see in the land is perfectly scaled to how you would view it at green army man size! Talk about incredible attention to detail! You truly feel immersed in a whole new world! You are a toy!

Toy Story Land is home to 3 attractions. The first attraction is the original to this area of the park, Toy Story Mania! This attraction has been a fan favorite at Hollywood Studios for years. Now with the addition of Toy Story Land, the ride has received a brand new queue area. Guest now enter the attraction once inside Toy Story Land. The other 2  attractions in the land are both brand new! The first is Slinky Dog Dash! This family rollercoaster allows you to board slinky dog and race through Andy’s backyard. According to the backstory, Andy himself crafted this Slinky Dog coaster! The coaster features 2 launches! The second brand new attraction in Toy Story Land is, Alien Swirling Saucers! This attraction is a whip-style ride based around the little green aliens! As you whip around the track, techno versions of popular Toy Story songs play in the background! Another ‘can’t miss’ ride!

Toy Story Land is also home to a brand new Quick-Service restaurant, Woody’s Lunch Box! Here you will find wonderful options for the whole family at both, breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Our company’s Chief Heart Officer Bill Wingate, recently traveled to Walt Disney World with his family and was able to check out Toy Story Land! Watch our latest YouTube video to see his experience!

Contact Kingdom Magic Vacations for all your Travel needs! Our team is excited to help you and your family create memories that will last a lifetime!

Early Park Admission for Universal Orlando Resort Hotel Guests!

You know the old saying, ‘The early bird gets the worm!’ Well in this case the early bird gets the thrills! When staying at the Universal Orlando Resort it pays to be an early riser! An amazing perk of staying on-site at the Universal Orlando Resort is being among the first to access the Universal theme parks with Universal’s Early Park Admission.

This Universal resort benefit gets you into the parks an entire hour before the general public! This bonus time allows you and your family to take in everything the Universal parks have to offer with limited crowds! This means you can enjoy shorter wait times at some of the park’s most popular attractions!

Taking advantage of Universal’s Early Park Admission is especially beneficial during the hot summer months in Florida. Wake up early and go straight to the parks! Enjoy everything Universal has to offer and hit up the rides you are most excited for. Then during the heat of mid-day head back to your Universal Resort and relax. Take this time to escape the sun, enjoy the pool, grab a bite to eat, then you can plan to head back to the parks for more fun in the evening!

Using Universal’s Early Park Admission has many benefits to it when it comes to getting the most out of your vacation! Another great reason to stay at a Universal Orlando Resort Hotel! Our team at Kingdom Magic Vacations is excited to help you plan your next vacation to Universal or whatever destination you are dreaming of next! Our teams’ knowledge and recommendations will guarantee you and your family have the vacation of a lifetime!

Ring In the New Year at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort

Planning ahead for big holiday events is very important, and New Year’s Eve is right there at the top of the list. This year, if you are looking for a unique experience outside of the theme parks, Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the place to be. But don’t wait to book your Clients, because party bookings are now available!

To ring in 2019, two New Year’s Eve celebrations are available at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration (recommended for families) and Disney Countdown to Midnight, including an option to purchase VIP access to the Ink and Paint Club (recommended for adults without kids). Both celebrations will feature entertainment, music, food and other refreshments, plus a viewing of the  New Year’s Eve fireworks at Magic Kingdom® Park to cap off the night. Here’s what else to expect at each party:

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration (8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)

This New Year’s Eve, welcome in 2019 with a festive, family-friendly frolic through some childhood joys during Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Sarge from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films will welcome Guests as they arrive at the second floor of the resort. Once inside, Guests will discover spaces that have been transformed with scenes from beloved Pixar movies.

Highlights of the evening include:

  • Being enveloped in the worlds of various Disney•Pixar films, like “Inside Out,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and “Up,” including meeting some of your favorite characters.
  • Kids’ activities, including Boot Camp with Sarge, Pixar Face Painting and a balloon artist creating favorite Pixar characters.
  • An interactive DJ spinning Radio Disney hits from his Cars-inspired DJ Rig, complete with tires and road signs right out of Radiator Springs.
  • A delicious buffet dinner, including Woody’s Favorite Lemon Thyme Chicken Breast, Wall-E’s Pan Seared Mahi-Mahi, Rex’s Manhattan Filet, Sulley’s Beast White Cheddar Baked Mac & Cheese, build-your-own salad options, desserts, kids’ favorites like chicken fingers and more.
  • A viewing of the famous Magic Kingdom New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Tickets are $190 per person, including tax and gratuity.

Disney Countdown to Midnight (8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)

This New Year’s Eve, dress up and party during Disney Countdown to Midnight – an evening of dining, dancing and enchantment in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You will discover a world sparkling with magic – everything from a Mickey Mouse mirror ball to Disney Character topiaries – as they move and groove to the high-energy New Year’s Bash Band and a live DJ providing music all night long.

Other highlights of the evening include:

  • A “cheftainment” station featuring a seasonal menu inspired by some Disney Signature Dining restaurants – with a touch of Disney magic.
  • A special appearance by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
  • At the end of the night, Guests will be invited out to the porte cochère, where they will receive a Champagne flute and welcome 2019 with a viewing of the famous Magic Kingdom New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Tickets are $275, including tax and gratuity.

Ink and Paint Club experience (7 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)

Offered only as a VIP enhancement to the Disney Countdown to Midnight party and located adjacent to the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, this special reception begins prior to the opening of the main event. At the Ink and Paint Club, Guests will step back in time into a vintage Disney Animation-inspired room with silver Chiavari chairs, metallic tables and references to classic Disney Animation filling the room. Ticketed Guests can visit the lounge throughout the evening, starting with a featured reception from 7-8 p.m.

Highlights of this special reception include:

  • Photo opportunities with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse with a unique Disney Animation backdrop.
  • A pianist providing live entertainment.
  • Chef stations featuring king crab, tuna tartare, sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi, cocktails, Champagne, cordials and more – all included with admission.
  • Reserved seating in the Disney Countdown to Midnight Party when it opens at 8 p.m.

Disney Ink & Paint Club is only available as a part of an enhanced ticket that includes access to both the Disney Countdown to Midnight and the Ink & Paint Club for $450 total per guest. Access to Ink & Paint Club must be purchased concurrently with the Disney Countdown to Midnight ticket and cannot be added on at a later date.

2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Menus Have Been Released!

Can you believe that the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts THIS MONTH on August 30th!  This week Disney released the full menus for each festival booth and we now know which returning favorites are coming back and what new marketplaces will be debuting for the first time this year!

I always look forward to when the festival menus get released. I filmed my reaction to looking through the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival menus for the first time! Watch our new YouTube video to hear about some of my returning favorites and what new items I am most looking forward to trying out!

This year’s Festival runs from August 30th through November 12th! Now is the perfect time to book your visit to this year’s festival so you can experience all these wonderful culinary offerings for yourself! Our knowledgeable team at Kingdom Magic Vacations is happy to help you plan a magical trip to the Walt Disney World resort or whatever destination you are dreaming of next!

Audition for ABC’s American Idol at the Walt Disney World Resort! Nationwide Bus Tour Auditions will Kickoff at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex!

Is singing your passion?! Have you or someone you know always dreamed of being a star?! Well we have very exciting news! You can have your big break right at the Walt Disney World Resort!  On Saturday, August 25, ABC’s hit show, “American Idol” will begin its talent search in over 20 cities! The show’s search for the next American Idol will kick off with the Idol bus pulling up right at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort!

During the auditions at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, ABC’s “American Idol” Season 1 winner Maddie Poppe, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson and finalist Catie Turner will all be present making special appearances!

Early arrival for auditions is encouraged. Parking will be available as early as 4 a.m., but not before. Registration will start at 7 a.m. followed by auditions starting at 9 a.m. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen and a hat to stay out of the sun while waiting for your audition. All aspiring singers must be at least 15 years old in order to audition. Those auditioning can bring one guest to accompany them, the guest must be over 5 years old. Pre-registration is encouraged. To Pre-register and for more details, you can visit www.americanidol.com/auditions.

“American Idol” bus tour auditions will begin on the same day in San Diego, California, with a second Idol Bus joining the nationwide search for a star! In addition to auditioning in person, aspiring talent can submit audition videos online at www.americanidol.com/auditions or by posting their talents to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Musical.ly using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.

Walt Disney World is known for being the place where dreams come true! Which makes it the perfect backdrop to let your dreams of stardom become a reality! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort and audition for “American Idol”!

Rock the Universe 2018 – Christian Retreat at the Universal Orlando Resort! Great for Youth Groups!

Rock the Universe 2018 is just around the corner at the Universal Orlando Resort! This event is an incredible Christian retreat. Rock the Universe is also the perfect retreat for youth groups! This amazing weekend consist of theme park thrills, faith and worship! Casting Crowns, Jesus Culture, TobyMac and more will take the stage at Universal Studios Florida to perform at the event. From its beginnings, Rock the Universe has been the perfect retreat for youth groups! The fun, fellowship and wonderful music all combine to make this event so special and unique.

Rock the Universe allows students to experience both the fun and thrill of the Universal theme parks as well as the inspiration and spiritual growth that comes from this one of a kind event!

Universal is also amazing at taking care of youth ministers and parents. If multiple chaperones are with a group they can take shifts relaxing in the chaperone lounge. Universal provides chaperone lounges to relax and refresh in while students enjoy a concert or explore the park.

The fellowship that happens at Rock the Universe is unlike anything else! Youth groups can bond together and create friendships with others who share the same values! This years’ 2018 Rock the Universe event will take place on September 7 and 8, 2018. Group tickets and individual tickets are available now.

Would your church’s Youth Group be interested in this incredible experience? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner to plan a group or individual trip to the Universal Orlando Resort!

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