On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World I got to enjoy a new experience for me, attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party is a separately ticketed event that takes place on select night at Magic Kingdom Park during the fall season! For the event the park is transformed into a festive Halloween soirée! The event is family friendly, focusing on the fun side of Halloween with just the right balance of a few spooky delights! The party includes special attraction overlays, exclusive character meet and greets, specialties entertainment and show offerings, a Halloween parade and fireworks show, trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom and so much more!!
One of my personal favorite experiences was the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular! If you are a fan of the Hocus Pocus film then this is a can’t miss experience! I also loved the enhancement of live actors inside of the Pirates of the Caribbean! Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite rides in all of Magic Kingdom and the element of live actors in the actual ride made it feel like a brand-new experience! I also loved riding the Haunted Mansion during the party! The cast members at the mansion go all out during the party with ghostly makeup and costumes. There is also a Haunted Mansion ghost who sits on the lawn out-front of the mansion telling her story and interacting with the crowd! We stood and watched her for a few minutes after riding the attraction. Her routine as well as her improv with the crowd was hilarious! We loved it!
There are more ride enhancements such as special light effect and a music overlay to the Mad Tea Party. Also, you can ride Space Mountain in the pitch black! Another amazing benefit with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is due to the fact that this is a separately ticketed event and there are only so many tickets sold for each night, you are able to enjoy the park with very low crowd levels! This perk alone makes the party so worth it! We were able to enjoy so many rides most were walk-ons or a 5-minute wait at most. Even the more popular attraction didn’t have more than around a 20-minute wait!
We had the best night during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! It is a definitely must-do when coming to Disney during the Halloween season! I vlogged our entire evening and experience at the party! I am excited to share it with you so you can see a bit more of what the party has to offer! Be sure to subscribe for our YouTube channel for more!
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On my most recent visit to Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort my boyfriend and I stopped in Amorette’s Patisserie to grab a sweet treat in between enjoy all of the shopping and entertainment that Disney Springs has to offer! We tried the Mickey Mousse, a Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Dark Chocolate Mousse and White Chocolate Mousse in the shape of Mickey Mouse! The presentation was incredible and the best part… it tasted incredible too!
While we were inside Amorette’s Patisserie a cast member handed us a brochure for WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs! This event is a first for Disney Springs this year! I hadn’t heard about this new event yet and I was so excited by the idea! I am a huge fan of the Epcot festivals such as the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. While this is not quote the same things, for example to Epcot festival all have smaller sample size portions and this event feature full-size offerings, I predict maybe in the future Disney Springs will start doing more of these type of events, and maybe adapt their own form of a food and wine festival!
Many Disney Springs dining location are participating in this fun little food festival by creating an autumn inspired dish! Offering range from harvest tacos, to pumpkin desserts, to hard ciders and autumn-inspired cocktails! There is something for everyone! This festive autumn celebration includes over 14 restaurants and quick service locations throughout Disney Springs! The event began on September 7th and will run through November 6th 2017.
Let’s take a look at the participating Disney Springs locations and what they have to offer during WonderFall Flavors at Disney Springs!
Harvest Fresh Bowl – a customizable bowl featuring sliced chicken breast, spinach, kale, carrot, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds tossed in a sweet Vidalia onion dressing. Also available as a wrap
Apple Cinnamon Sangria – complex flavors abound in this unique sangria featuring Japanese plum wine, orange, and lemon chilled down with frozen apples and finished with a sprinkle of sweet cinnamon
Fall Harvest Soup – roasted apple and winter squash soup with spiced mascarpone cream and spiced candied nuts
Pumpkin White Russian – Hangar 1 Vodka, Monin Pumpkin Spice, heavy cream, with a sprinkled sugar rim glass
WonderFall Promo Small Plate – pomegranate chili-glazed shrimp with butternut squash ginger purée and cranberry agrodolce
Pinot Grigio, Gabbiano, Delle Venezie, Italy – a light-bodied wine with a long finish that reveals hints of citrus and almonds
Maria & Enzo’s
Fabulous Fall Butternut Squash Gnocchi – handmade ricotta gnocchi, roasted butternut squash, parmesan cream sauce, and pumpkin seed pesto
Medici Punch – Tuaca, Bulleit Bourbon, with charred cinnamon cider
Cantonese Style Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly – autumn 5-spice rub, maple bourbon koshu gastrique, and lychee cranberry chutney
Fall All Over – a smooth, decadent blend of Rémy Martin, Averna Amaro, lemon, apricot preserves, and a spritz of cinnamon
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Bavarian Roasted Pork Shanks – tender, bite-sized “pig wings” tossed in an Oktoberfest beer sauce and served with fried spatzle mac and cheese
Air Pirate’s Pretzels – Oktoberfest-themed flight of pretzels with spicy German mustard and beer cheese fondue
Autumn Smash – fall into the season with Captain Morgan Rum, lemon juice, peach nectar, simple syrup, and a touch of cinnamon
Lucky Dux Oysters – half shell by the piece with green apple Champagne mignonette sauce
Bronzed Maple Coffee – whiskey, muddled candy, coffee, and maple whip cream garnished with a dusting of maple powder and candy
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Trart – pumpkin crème brûlée baked in a pastry shell with fried cheesecake bites, caramel toile, and chocolate ganache
Pumpkin Baileys Irish Coffee – Baileys pumpkin spice with fresh espresso topped with whipped cream
Braised Pork Shoulder – apple cider reduction with autumn spices and cauliflower purée
Paddlefish Hard Apple – apple cider, bourbon, and ginger beer, garnished with a cinnamon stick
B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.
Smoked Sausage – with beer cheese sauce, bacon, and apple braised red cabbage on a Tuscan roll
Stella ArtoisApple Cider – clean, crisp, and perfectly balanced with a little peach taste. Delicate apricot notes complement its fresh apple flavor
Fall-Inspired Hard Ciders at Dockside Margaritas and Select Outdoor Vending Carts
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider: This crisp and refreshing cider mixes the sweetness of the apples with a subtle dryness for a balanced cider taste. The fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor make this cider hard to resist.
Angry Orchard Rosé Cider: Made with rare, red flesh apples from France. Each apple is crisp, juicy and red to the core, adding an irresistible rosy blush and apple-forward taste with a refreshing dry finish.
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen: Rich, amber-golden color. Deep, inviting, malty nose and bready, wonderful flavor that’s an ode to barley. Medium to big body, with a touch of warming alcohol on the finish.
Margarita Cider by 3 Daughters Brewing: Hard cider blended with lime juice and sea salt then aged in tequila barrels for a festive and unique flavor. This semi-sweet apple cider is tart and refreshing and perfect for Florida.
Pumpking Imperial Ale by Southern Tier Brewing Co.: This beer gives off hints of pumpkin pie and spice aromas on the nose. Huge flavors of genuine pumpkin pie, nutmeg, and cinnamon come through with a rich and creamy, yet crisp taste.
Samuel Adams OctoberFest: The first thing you notice when pouring this seasonal beer is the color. It has a deep golden amber hue which itself is reflective of the fall season. A malt lover’s dream, this beer offers a delicious harmony of flavors.
Be sure to get over to Disney Springs and try some of these festive fall items! I am so excited that Disney Springs is doing a food festival and looking forward to seeing what doors this may open for more events like this to come in the future!
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Something the theme parks do a wonderful job with is putting “Easter eggs” in their attractions. But wait… You may be thinking Easter is still half a year away. You would be right! By Easter eggs we are referring to the details and subtle references in theme park attractions that pay a tribute to or give a reference to another movie or attraction. These “Easter eggs” are common when a new ride replaces an old one. For example, this year saw the opening of Fast and the Furious Supercharged. Fast and the Furious replaced the old Disaster attraction at Universal Studios. In the queue line of Fast and the Furious Supercharged you can spot a jacket hanging over a chair that was part of the costume that the Disaster team members use to wear. These nods are referred to in the theme park world as “Easter Eggs!”
This year there are serval Easter Eggs that can be spotted at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights! As you experience the event, you will find “Easter eggs” created by Universal’s Entertainment team. Universal proudly says their team pours their hearts and souls into every part of the events they put on! Many of these details can be seen at this year’s 2018 Halloween Horror Nights, from homages to past events to secret facts about Universal’s team members, each haunted house and scare zone has a special detail hidden inside!
In the Stranger Things haunted house, the wallpaper and bedsheets in Will Byers’ bedroom are replicas to Netflix’s show
The heights of Will and Johnathan Byers are marked on the door frame in the kitchen of the Stranger Things haunted house
Good Harvest Daycare in Seeds of Extinction is based on the Good Harvest ‘Orfanage’ haunted house from 2010
Ultra-Violent Comics, a comic created for Halloween Horror Nights, line a shelf at the entrance to Seeds of Extinction. Each cover is based on a haunted house or character from past events
Filipa Moniz Flowers in Seeds of Extinction is based on the lost ship featured in The Forsaken haunted house from 2011
There is a raven in Twisted Tradition representing Edgar Allan Poe, who is Show Director Blake Braswell’s favorite poet
The infamous and fan-favorite Halloween Horror Nights bear makes a terrifying appearance in ScaryTales: Deadly Ever After
The Carey Drive-In at Slaughter Sinema and the Township of Carey sign in Twisted Tradition are a reference to Manager of Entertainment Lora Sauls’ hometown of Carey, Ohio
Show Director Charles Gray is featured in the trailer videos outside of Slaughter Sinema
In Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces, there is an original song composed by Charles Gray, Show Director, and Anthony Smith, Audio Designer
There is an ice cream cart from Vamp 55, a scare zone from 2016, in Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is running on select nights through Nov. 3. There is still time to make it to this event for a frightful good time! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of next!
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!
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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,
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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!
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!
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.
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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!
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!
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!
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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!
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!
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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!
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 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!
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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!
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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!
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!