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‘The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!’ Now Playing at Epcot

Star-Lord and Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy” are now taking Guests on a musical journey through the cosmos in “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot®.

You can catch “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” five times a day from now through Aug. 19, 2018. It’s included with theme park admission and is part of a lineup of “Incredible Summer” offerings at Walt Disney World®Resort.

Guests can also stop into the American Adventure at Epcot where they’ll find special offerings inspired by the new “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Live!” At Liberty Inn, they’ll find an adorable Groot Sipper Cup that comes with their choice of fountain or frozen beverage and a Rocket Fuel Slushy with frozen Coca-Cola and bourbon. Over at Fife & Drum Tavern, they can sip on an “I am Float” Root Beer with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and mint leaves or the Awesome Mix Slushy with layers of frozen lemonade, blue raspberry, and strawberry. There’s also the chocolate Galaxy Cupcake with buttercream and a white chocolate piece featuring Groot!

 

Renting a Boat at Walt Disney World! Cruising on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon!

On my most recent trip to the Walt Disney World Resort my family and I did something brand new for all of us! We rented a boat and went for our very own cruise out on the waters of Disney’s Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. Renting a boat is one of the many recreational offerings that are available to Disney World guests. Visitors can enjoy a number of different activities such as boat rentals, bike rentals, fishing, parasailing, water skiing, canoeing and more! Multiple Walt Disney World Resort hotels offer the boat rental, this includes all of the Magic Kingdom Resort hotels so you can easily take a break from the park and head to one of these hotels to rent your boat. You do not need to be staying at that resort to use their rental service.

My family and I visited the boat rental location at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. We decided to rent a pontoon boat! My family really enjoys boating and we had always been interested in going for a cruise at our favorite place, aka Disney World! So this trip we made it happen and the experience did not disappoint! Pricing is scaled for the rentals based on how long you want to cruise. We choose to rent our pontoon for a half hour and this gave us the perfect amount of time to make a lap around Bay Lake and also a full lap of Seven Seas lagoon and then back over to dock at the Wilderness Lodge Marina.

Along the way, we got to enjoy many breathtaking sights such as the Magic Kingdom entrance and in the distance the grandeur of Cinderella’s castle! We also cruised alongside Disney’s Contemporary, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney Polynesian Village Resort, all while those famous Walt Disney World Monorails kept passing overhead! Over on the Bay Lake side we sailed past Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney Fort Wilderness campground and even past the abandoned River Country USA – a very neat piece of Disney history!

 

For a family like us who frequents the Walt Disney World Resort this experience was new and unique! It truly was something we can all now cross off our Disney bucket list. For years we have seen those watercraft rentals out on the lagoon and talked about one day wanting to try it. Now we all can say we have! I even drove the boat for part of the time which was a very exciting experience for me! Prior to that moment I had never personally drove a boat and now I get to say my first time driving a boat was in Walt Disney World! How cool is that?!!

There is still time to plan an amazing summer vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Will Now Serve Brunch Every Sunday at Disney Springs!

Get ready to rise and shine! Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs has recently earned the spot as my favorite Disney Springs restaurant, a very high title given the amazing line up of eateries at Disney Springs! I just love everything about this place, the atmosphere, the southern hospitality and the incredible menu that keeps me coming back! The food is southern comfort food with a modern gourmet twist. Everything I have ever tried has always been absolutely incredible! One stand out favorite of mine is the fried chicken and donuts! Everyone has heard of fried chicken and waffles, well this is a new take on sweet and savory! Love it!

 

Given my love for this restaurant I was so excited this past week to learn that Homecomin’ will soon have a new dining experience! Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ will soon be serving Sunday BRUNCH! The brunch will be called the “Rise ’n Shine Brunch”! Every Sunday, the “Rise ’n Shine Brunch” will be offered from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The regular full menu will also be available after 11:00 am as normal.

Offerings for this new brunch experience will include Fried Chicken and House-Made Sugar Doughnuts, Shrimp & Grits, Short Rib Hash, and an open-faced Big Biscuit topped with poached eggs, griddled country ham and house-made hollandaise sauce. Adult beverages will also be available including a White Peach Sangria, Mimosas, and “an over-the-top Bloody Mary with all the fixins’.” Advance Dining Reservations are now open for reservation dates starting Sunday, June 10th.

Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration – New Nighttime Show at Universal Studios Florida!

Universal Studios Florida has announced a brand-new nighttime lagoon show! This new show will be a great way to cap off a fun-filled day in the parks. The new nighttime offering will be called, “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration”. The show will debut at Universal Studios Park this summer! ‘Cinematic Celebration will take what guests had previously seen as the lagoon show experience to a whole new level! The show will take place in the center of the lagoon, giving many opportunities for great vantage points around the water.

“Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” will bring the magic, thrill, fun and excitement of favorite movie moments to life! Many beloved characters from well known Universal Orlando experiences and blockbuster movies. Guests will see clips from the Harry Potter series, Jurassic World, The Fast & the Furious, Despicable Me and so many more titles! All of this will be seamlessly projected on full panoramic water screens, accompanied by pyrotechnics and for the first time ever more than 120 dancing water fountains with projection mapping.

The whole waterfront area of the Universal Studios lagoon and its surrounding buildings will transform into a colorful celebration of incredible movie moments and highlight favorite characters. Universal has stated that they are also building a permanent viewing area for the show in the Central Park area of Universal Studios. Here guests will be able to take in this one of a kind show! “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration,” starts this summer. What are you most looking forward to seeing in the new show? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or whatever destination you are dreaming of!

Ready, Set, Glow: Tickets Now On Sale for Disney H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon during Incredible Summer at Disney

“Toy Story” characters take over Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park for an unforgettable nighttime pool party starting June 21

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 19, 2018) – Guests can start making plans to join some of their favorite “Toy Story” characters during Disney H2O Glow Nights, the splashy new, nighttime pool party coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park this summer.

Tickets are on sale now for this after-dark event, which is part of an Incredible Summer coming to Walt Disney World Resort. Tickets are $55 plus tax for guests ages 10 and up, and $50 plus tax for children ages 3-9.

On Thursday and Saturday evenings, from June 21 to August 11, Rex and his “Toy Story” pals will transform Typhoon Lagoon like never before by throwing a glow party in the surf pool and throughout the park. Rex, a.k.a. Partysaurus Rex, will serve as host and invite guests of all ages to join the festivities. All attractions will be open for guest enjoyment and, as part of the fun, there will be special food and beverage offerings, “Toy Story” character greetings, a DJ dance party on the beach and more. Disney H2O Glow Nights also will feature The Wharf, a unique, adults-only area with a private bar, entertainment and additional seating.

Disney H2O Glow Nights is one of many new and exciting experiences coming to Walt Disney World Resort as part of an Incredible Summer that will include:

  • The 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom including UP! A Great Bird Adventure beginning April 22 and Donald’s Dino-Bash! starting Memorial Day Weekend
  • The Incredible Tomorrowland Expo at Magic Kingdom Park featuring characters from “The Incredibles,” beginning May 25
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! concert series at Epcot, beginning June 9
  • The launch of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is a 60-acre themed water park – inspired by the legend of a typhoon, earthquake and volcanic eruption. As the story goes, those events combined to create an inland sea with break waves (Typhoon Lagoon) and a towering watershed mountain (Mt. Mayday) with a stranded shrimp boat (the Miss Tilly) on top.

The park offers water activities for all ages, including signature attractions such as the water-coaster Crush ‘n’ Gusher; the water playground, Ketchakiddee Creek; and the popular Castaway Creek, a meandering lazy river.

New Offerings and Events coming to the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

This year the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will run from August 30 – November 12, 2018. This annual festival is a fan favorite year after year! Many park goers even plan their visits to Disney to coincide with when Food and Wine is taking place! The International Food and Wine Festival features spectacular special events, educational culinary and beverage demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances, and the component that keeps guest coming back year after year, those delicious marketplace food Booths!

Disney has recently announced new details on this year 2018 festival! Let’s take a look at what’s new this year! This year will feature many brand new and original offerings including a new Character Dance Party, a Mimosa Bar, new dishes at the marketplace booths and more!

June 14, 2018 is the date that bookings will become available for Seminars, Demonstrations, Eat to the Beat Dining Packages, and Special Events!

This is the Food and Wine Festival after all so let’s start talking about the FOOD! This year will feature many new menu items at the marketplace booths located throughout the World Showcase and Future World. There are many exciting details to come about the new items but for now we do know a few of the new culinary offerings.

 

New Brunswick Slider

The Hops & Barley Booth located near the American Adventure Pavilion will offer a New Brunswick Slider featuring Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream, Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled Vegetables on the side.

 

Vegetarian Butternut Squash Ravioli

Over at the Wine & Dine Studio guests will find a vegetarian Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese, and Pumpkin Seeds.

 

Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak

Flavors from Fire is a newer booth that has made its debut in recent years and it has instantly become a popular stop for festival goers! The fan favorite booth will return this year and be home to a Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak with smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro.

 

New Offerings at the Festival!

 

Mimosa Bar

Be sure to swing by this year’s Festival Center during your Food and Wine visit. The festival center is always a great stop because it serves as the hub for all things festival related. Here is where you can find seminars, demos, special exhibits and festival merchandise.  In addition to all that fun the Festival Center is about to get even more exciting! Here guests will find a brand new Mimosa Bar! In addition to the selection of mimosas the location will also feature wine, local beers, and other food items.

 

Disney Character Dance Party

Friday and Saturday evenings during the duration of this year’s International Food and Wine Festival will offer a Disney Character Dance Party! Here guests can let loose and party with some of their favorite Disney characters! This is a festival first and I personally can’t wait to see what is in store with this dance party!

 

With so many new offerings and returning favorites you will want to be sure to come experience all the fun for yourself! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to start planning your next Walt Disney World Resort visit! Our knowledgable team is excited to make your vacation dreams a reality!

Best Ways to Spend a Rainy Day at Walt Disney World!

Rain storms can be a common thing during summers in the Sunshine State. The good thing is many Florida storms are isolated and typically pass by within 15-20 minutes and then it’s back to those famous sunny skies! However there is that occasional day where the weather man may call for it to be a wash out and rain most of the day. But don’t worry, because the Happiest Place on Earth offers many wonderful activities and things to do that will keep you dry and out of the weather. Here are my top 3 ideas on fun ways to spend a rainy day at Disney.

Shopping at Disney Springs

Disney Springs is a hub of amazing shopping, here you will find everything from Disney souvenirs to luxury designer brands! Within recent years Disney Springs formerly Downtown Disney has nearly tripled in size! You can easily spend hours here looking at the dozens of unique stores! Disney Springs even has sections that are undercover so you can easily get in and out of stores while staying dry! When you have worked up an appetite from all the shopping, know that you are in good hands at Disney Springs! Here you will find the most wide range of eateries on property. There is a restaurant that is sure to fit what cuisine you are in the mood for! All of these offerings make for hours of entertainment making Disney Springs a great choice to spend a rainy Disney day.

AMC Theater

Going to the movies is a great activity for a rainy day. There is actually an AMC movie theater located right on Disney Property meaning you can go catch the latest film and never have to leave the Disney World bubble! The AMC theater can be found at Disney Springs on the ‘West Side.’ This full service movie theater even has a section of dine-in theaters. The menu is full of delicious items and offers everything from appetizers and snacks to full entrees. Seeing a film here is a wonderful way to wait out any storm.

 

Monorail Loop

The Monorail Loop consist of the 3 deluxe Magic Kingdom Resort area hotels, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa! These 3 gorgeous resort hotels are all connected by the Walt Disney World monorail. So once onboard the monorail you can explore and travel between all these amazing resorts all while staying perfectly dry! It is safe to say each of these resorts is kind of like a theme park in itself! Each has its own unique theme and offerings. All of the resorts offer a wide selection of shops, restaurants, bars and lounges so there is plenty to discover!

 

These plans are sure to keep you very entertained during a Florida storm and before you know it that beautiful sunshine will be back out and it will be time for more fun in the parks!

New Original Scare Zones Announced for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

One of the most popular Halloween events around is getting even scarier this year. That’s right, its time to talk about Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights! This is the first time in over 28 years that guest will get to experience more houses than ever before! A 10th house is joining the frightening lineup this year with a new theme. We don’t have details on this new house just yet, the theme will be revealed in the coming months. For now, Universal has teased that this house will be quite terrifying.

Horrors inspired by the 1980s will play a major role in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. The past will haunt guests in 10 houses featuring some very well known names in horror – including Netflix’s sci-fi thriller “Stranger Things” and Legendary Pictures’ Halloween classic “Trick ‘r Treat” – and five sinister scare zones. In these terrifying scare zones, visitors will come face-to-face with evil creatures and spooky forces throughout the streets of the Universal Studios park. Here is a list of the three original horror stories that will be brought to life in the scare zones:

The Harvest

This scare zone is set in an old barn that is filled with every kind of horror. The barn’s walls are decorated with ominous objects and images from each house. These serve as hints to guests at the frights to come. Visitors will soon learn this old barn is not as abandoned as it may look. By the time guest realize what lies within, it will be too late to turn back. Foul creatures lurk within this old rundown barn and they are ready for a harvest of flesh and screams.

Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve

Happy New year! Before the countdown to midnight starts, it’s clear this party has already been crashed. The streets will be running red with blood. Guests will enter what looks to be an average New Year’s Eve bash but once they realize what lurks inside it will be too late to run. Universal tells us that as the ball drops, fanged punks and big-haired vamps will start their feeding frenzy!

 

Twisted Tradition

While strolling through the forest of Central Park visitors will soon realize that an ancient evil has been awakened. Halloween has been transformed into an abomination including rotting pumpkins fused with decaying human flesh. Guests must try to escape the grasps of these evil beings, with nothing but the light from rotting jack o’ lanterns to guide them.

 

So many new offering are coming to this year’s popular Halloween Horror Nights Event. What are you most excited, or should I say most fearful for?!

Spring Bounty to Feature Blooms, Flavor-Rich Cuisine, Interactive Gardens, Concerts

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will kick off spring at Walt Disney World Resort Feb. 28 and continue through May 28, 2018, with seasonal fun for all. What began in 1994 as a 38-day celebration of Disney-style gardens and topiaries has grown over the years to a 90-day spring extravaganza with something for every generation.

The 2018 festival, which takes place during the 35th anniversary of Epcot, will showcase millions of brilliant blossoms, flavor-rich cuisine from 15 Outdoor Kitchens, Disney topiary stars, interactive play gardens and live chart-topping musical acts during the Garden Rocks Concert Series.

The 90-day festival will open with an irresistible array of sights, sounds, tastes, aromas and tactile discoveries:

  • New and creative dishes will debut at 15 Outdoor Kitchens encircling the World Showcase Promenade. Guests can sip and savor their way around Epcot, enjoying chef-inspired noshes and refreshing libations.
  • A bonanza of Disney character topiaries, including classic-character favorites Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many others, will play a starring festival role. Returning this year, Belle will be featured in France along with Beast, Snow White in Germany with the Seven Dwarfs, and Anna and Elsa in Norway.
  • A brand-new Future World interactive play garden and a revved-up Road to Florida 500 garden featuring new games and play challenges will set the pace for family festival fun. The new interactive area in Future World will feature a play maze, a sensory garden, an activity zone and a covered seating area. The redesigned “Cars”-themed garden based on the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3,” will add more fun activities like highway bingo for families.
  • A brand-new Epcot front-entrance topiary garden will set the milestone anniversary scene with a kaleidoscope of blooming color where topiary icons Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy will greet festival guests.
  • The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will feature hit makers of the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Three evening concerts each Friday through Monday present musicians that span multiple genres.
  • Garden Rocks Dining Packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants.

Each Outdoor Kitchen will feature its own raised-bed or in-ground garden of herbs and produce that can inspire the growing numbers of guests who want to learn to grow what they eat.

“The culture of growing your own food continues to trend, and our guests each year have quite a few questions related to edible gardens,” says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. “They get a big kick comparing items in our gardens with the herbs and produce our chefs incorporate into the festival’s Outdoor Kitchen recipes.”

And there’s more:

  • The back-by-demand Figment topiary garden between Future World and World Showcase will offer the perfect selfie backdrop and family photo opportunity.
  • The Royal Tea Garden Tour will return for a second year each festival morning at the United Kingdom pavilion. For a small fee, guests can follow a knowledgeable guide through the tranquil tea garden setting to learn the history and artistry behind growing and blending tea. A post-tour treat of tea and scones is included. The shorter, complimentary English Tea Garden Tour also will be offered on select days.
  • Among the nearly 100 festival topiaries will be returning favorites like the pandas and Bromeliad dragon at the China pavilion, The Three Caballeros at the Mexico pavilion, Disney-Pixar’s Woody at the American Adventure pavilion and Buzz Lightyear in Future World.

Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms will transform the park’s landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.

Where to Watch The Fifa World Cup at The Universal Orlando Resort!

The Fifa World Cup is only a few weeks away! Soon fans from all over the world will come together and proudly sport their teams’ colors as they cheer on their favorite team! The international fútbol tournament will take place from June 14 – July 15 in Russia. But you can watch all the festivities right from the Universal Orlando Resort! From Universal’s on-site hotels to locations at Universal CityWalk, you will be able to catch the games every day in between your time Enjoy the Universal theme parks! Here are the locations where you can watch the Fifa World Cup!

 Universal CityWalk

  • NBC Sports Grill & Brew (games will be broadcasted in Spanish)
  • Hot Dog Hall of Fame

 On-Site Hotels

 Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

  • Thirsty Fish
  • Splendido
  • Bar American

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

  • Velvet Lounge
  • Beach Club
  • The Kitchen

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

  • Jake’s American Bar
  • Bula Bar
  • Orchid Court Lounge

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

  • Amatista,
  • Strong Water Large Screen
  • Lobby Screen
  • Drhum Club

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

  • Swizzle Lounge
  • Hideaway
  • Atomic Tonic
  • Galaxy Bowl
There are plenty of great places to hang out and enjoy the games during your Universal Orlando Vacation! Universal has also teased that there will be other surprises in store through the resort to celebrate the World Cup as well!!! We can’t wait to see what they have planned!

Opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

The galaxy far, far away is actually not so far! Disney has now announced opening time frames for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the highly anticipated themed land that has been under construction at both Disneyland California and Walt Disney World Florida. Galaxy’s Edge will open in summer 2019 at Disneyland and in late fall 2019 at Disney World.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Prior to this announcement, Disney only had said the new land would open ‘next year.’ This left many Star Wars fans anxiously awaiting more details and now we know more of a time frame!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Rocky spires and futuristic domes are being spotting behind Critter Country at Disneyland, the new land is revealing itself to guests one feature at a time! Over on the East coast at Hollywood Studios, guests can spy towering rock work and structures riding in the land from different vanish points throughout the park. We are so excited to be able to step inside the Star Wars story very soon!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Galaxy’s Edge will immerse guests in the Star Wars universe, transporting you to a remote trading outpost. The new land will feature two new and exciting attractions! One will allow you to pilot the Millennium Falcon! The other will drop guests into the middle of a galactic battle! Visitors to Galaxy’s Edge can expect never before seen technology and Disney innovations to power each new attraction!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

What are you most excited for in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? When you are ready to plan your visit to this exciting new land be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to book your next magical vacation!

New DisneyStyle Store is Now Open at Disney Springs!

There’s a new shop in town at Disney Springs, the DisneyStyle Store! This new shop is a modern Disney lovers dream come true. The store carries a wonderful mix of Disney inspired apparel items that are all very fashion forward and trendy. This is a store for true Disney fans! Many items featured here give nods to loved Disney characters, attractions and even theme park references. Such as a hat that reads, “If you can read this… thank the Phoenicians.” A line from the Spaceship Earth attraction in Epcot.

The theming inside the DisneyStyle store is picture perfect! Literally! The store is designed with adorable photo ops giving you the chance to snap that perfect Instagram pic! One of the most popular photo spots is the mad tea party tea cup. A replica of the classic Magic Kingdom ride vehicle is on display for guest to strike a pose in!

Throughout the store you will spot many magical touches and displays such as the tangled lanterns floating on the ceiling, a Disneyland skyway car, giant theme park snack favorites such as churros, dole whips, Mickey pretzels and more!

DisneyStyle is located on the West Side of Disney Springs. The store took the location of what was the Harley Davidson store. The Harley shop has now moved to a new location in ‘The Landing’ section of Disney Spring.

We know that many Disney fashionistas will be making this new store a must-do on every visit to Disney Springs! Happy Shopping!

Introducing the Two Properties of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites

Universal Orlando’s first Value properties, Surfside Inn and Suites and Dockside Inn and Suites, introduces extra affordability to your clients’ Universal vacation, so now we are offering a hotel option for every style and budget. The vibe at these hotels is relaxed and easy, with a fun surf and beach theme woven throughout. In addition to standard rooms with rates as low as $73, both hotels will feature spacious, two-bedroom suites that sleep six for as little as $111 per night, making this the perfect spot for families of any size. Surfside Inn and Suites is the first hotel of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. Here, your clients will enjoy exclusive benefits like Early Park Admission* and complimentary transportation. Surfside Inn and Suites will open in Summer 2019 and Dockside Inn and Suites will open in 2020.

NEW Adventures by Disney to Japan!

Adventures by Disney is a leader in luxury guided group travel! Recently Adventures by Disney announced a brand-new itinerary to Japan! Japan is a first-time destination for Adventures by Disney and will be adding to the company’s portfolio of over 50 world-class vacations spread across six continents! Guests can take this new Japan adventure starting in 2019. With this adventure guests will experience the incredible culture as well as the rich diversity of Japan! The new itinerary features expeditions ranging from fast-paced modern cities to ancient locales.

To make this Adventure possible, Adventures by Disney collaborated with the Japan National Tourism Organization. The collaboration created a trip that is both authentic to the culture and immersive. The Japan adventure is an 11-day, 10-night itinerary. During this time travelers will visit Kyoto, Osaka, Takayama, Hakone and Tokyo. Here is some of the itinerary offerings that guests can look forward to:

– Explore historical shrines and temples, including Fushimi Inari Shrine, Sensoji Temple, Pure Water Temple, the Kamakura Daibutsu and Meiji Shrine.

– Experience the masterful time-honored tradition of samurai swordsmanship and the charm of a maiko dance performance.

– Bike through farm villages and along rice paddies, cruise on a river boat and traverse through a bamboo forest on an authentic Japanese rickshaw.

– Engage with local practitioners in the arts of Taiko drumming, origami and calligraphy.

– Discover the secrets to making perfect sushi and learn how to build a delectable bento box.

– Seek serenity at Hama Rikyu Gardens, a green oasis nestled among Tokyo’s skyscrapers, and unwind with a customary tea ceremony steeped in history and tradition.

– Journey to some of Japan’s most famous neighborhoods and markets, like Takeshita Street in Harajuku, Tokyo, and Dotonbori, Osaka’s popular dining district.

– Savor world-class culinary experiences and delight in delicious local treats, such as sake tasting for adults and giant cotton candy for smaller travelers.

Travelers can also add on the option to add a post-trip vacation package that provides you with a stay as well as special experiences and access at Tokyo Disney Resort!

Adventures by Disney does a wonderful job capturing both the authenticity of the location as well as providing that personal touch and hospitality that the Disney brand is known for! We know that this new Japan adventure is sure to be a special experience for the entire family! Bookings are now available, so what are you waiting for?! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your trip of a lifetime!

NEW Trick ‘r Treat House Coming to this Year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

Get ready because the rules of Halloween are returning this fall at Universal Studios Florida. Sam will be returning and making sure visitors all celebrate Halloween the right way in a brand-new Trick ‘r Treat house coming to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Orlando Resort. Last year marked the first time that Sam and his fellow trick-or-treaters came to Halloween Horror Nights. They made their Halloween Horror Nights debut in a terrifying scare zone. Fans loved the scare zone and instantly wanted more. Universal listened to their Horror Nights fans and partner with Legendary Pictures and writer-director Michael Dougherty again and bring ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ back to Horror Nights this year in a brand-new experience.

Universal will be giving ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ it’s very own house this year at Halloween Horror Nights. The new house will throw guests head first into the world of this cult Halloween film. Putting visitors right in the middle of all the grisly scenes and demented characters. These guardians of Halloween will teach Horror Nights guests the traditions of the holiday as they find out first-hand the consequences of breaking those rules. We are told there will be monsters around every turn, Guests will need to pay attention…or suffer the ultimate fate. We also hear that Sam himself will keep a watchful eye over it all. Sam is the keeper of the rules and the spirit of Halloween. He may look sweet and innocent on the outside but you don’t want to get on his bad side or the receiving end of his lollipop.

Trick ‘r Treat is the third house that Universal has announced in their line-up for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Six houses are still remaining to be announced as well as the thrilling details on this year’s scare zones. Halloween Horror Nights starts Sept. 14 and runs select nights through Nov. 3.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation to Universal or wherever you desire to travel next!

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