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Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White! NEW Disney World Character Dining!

 

There is now a new character dining experience to be found at the Walt Disney World Resort! Many Disney fans are filled with joy about this brand-new character meal addition! Character Dining is a staple experience at the Disney Parks! During a character meal, you get to meet your favorite Disney characters all while you enjoy the culinary offerings that Disney is known for! A character meal provides a unique and very exclusive way to meet the Disney characters. You get to skip the long lines and wait times that are typical for some of Disney’s most popular meet and greets, plus – you get more quality time to spend interacting with the characters in a much more laid-back setting! Booking a character meal gives you a guarantee that you will meet those characters during your vacation!

 

 

For these reasons, Character Dining is a very sought after experience at Disney World! Character Dining reservations get filled up very quickly, that is why fans are rejoicing over the fact that another character meal experience has been added to Disney World’s Character Dining line-up! This new character meal can be found over at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. Artist Point has received a new whimsical overlay and been transformed into Storybook Dining at Artist Point. Storybook dining features characters from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

 

 

On my most recent Disney World visit I met up with two of our amazing Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planners, Alyssa and Karen and we went to check out everything that Storybook Dining had to offer!

 

 

This Dining experience is only one table service credit if you are on a Disney Dining Plan making it an incredible value for everything that you get and the interactions you get to have with the characters! If you are paying for the meal outright, it is a set price of $55 for adults and $33 for children ages 3-9 (tax and gratuity not included).

 

 

We checked in for our reservation at Artist Point and were soon escorted into the Enchanted Forest! The attention to detail in this restaurant is incredible! Beautifully lighted tree branches cascade down from the ceiling making you truly feel like you are in a fairytale world!

 

 

Let’s talk about the food! I have been to several other character dining experiences at Disney and this meal by far was my favorite for food quality and selections! Artist Point is known to be a signature dining location and that definitely shows in the menu offerings put together for Storybook Dining! You will first enjoy a selection of creative appetizers! These appetizers are all served family style to your table. Each person gets their own perfectly plated portion! Here is a list of the appetizers your will receive:

  • Hunter’s Pie – with chicken, black truffle, and stone fruit preserve
  • Winter Squash Bisque – with caramel loli and granola served in a black cauldron
  • Wicked Shrimp Cocktail – with soy, miso, avocado, thai chili, and greens

My personal favorite was the Hunters Pie!

 

Kids have their own special selection of appetizers that they will love! Our waiter was so kind to bring us over one of the children’s appetizers so we could see what it included. This restaurant truly has something for everyone. Artist Point had every member of the family in mind when crafting this incredible menu!

 

 

Now it is time to talk about the entrees! As part of your pre-fixe meal each guest gets to select one entrée. There is a very wide array of entrees offered here! Everyone in your party is sure to find something that they love! Here are the selection of entrees:

  • “Cottage” Seafood Stew – Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Tomato, Fennel
  • A Stroll through Nature – Butternut Squash, Arugula, Gnocchi, Sage, Parmesan
  • Magic Mirror Slow-braised Veal Shank – Celery Root Mashed, Wilted Winter Greens, Jus
  • Royal Prime Rib Roast -Horseradish Mashed Potato, Hay-smoked Carrots, Popover, Jus
  • Brother’s Grimm Roasted Chicken – Confit Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Apples, and Chestnut Butter
  • Bashful’s Butter-poached Snapper – Root Vegetable Risotto, Wild Mushroom, Citrus-Butter Sauce

I ordered the snapper based off of our waiter’s recommendation and I LOVED this meal! The fish was fresh and that citrus-butter sauce made this dish in my opinion! I really enjoyed this meal! Alyssa and Karen both also enjoyed their entrees! We cannot rave enough about how fantastic the food is at this restaurant!

 

 

Now for the best part… dessert! Just like with the appetizers the desserts are also served family style as part of your pre-fixe meal. This was another major highlight for me! Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • The Miner’s Treasure – sponge cake, chocolate gems, and buttercream icing
  • Fairy Tale Gooseberry Pie – with meringue.
  • “Poison” Apple – white chocolate apple mousse with a sour center.

 

 

Soon after being presented with these three delicious goodies our waiter then presented us with, “The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen” the presentation here is amazing! Have your camera ready because this box of treats comes out steaming with smoke! A very cool effect! Inside the box, you will find crackled maple popcorn and ganache hearts!

 

 

Now that you know about the incredible food to be enjoy here let’s talk about the characters! During your meal, you will get to meet Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and the Evil Queen. Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy all come around and visit every table. While the Evil Queen makes her grand arrival and then stays in her location in the center of the restaurant as an optional meet and greet that you can partake in after your meal. This is a great set up. This way children who may be scared of the evil queen will not have to see her unless they want to.

 

 

The character interactions that we had were wonderful! Each character truly took their time to interact with us and take lots of pictures. Intermittently throughout the meal music will begin to play and the characters will dance around the restaurant! It is very cute and so fun to watch!

 

If you would like to join us on our journey into the Enchanted Forest you can do so by watching our new YouTube Video!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next adventure!

 

 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Cafe Video! Walt Disney World Restaurant

 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Café is a hidden gem, located at Disney’s luxurious Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at the Walt Disney World Resort! This table service restaurant can be found just off of the resort’s main lobby. It is quite, tucked away and truly grand! The restaurant’s décor and atmosphere is themed in an elegant and Victorian style just like the rest of this beautiful resort. The menu here has something for everyone. It is classic comfort food done in a sophisticated style! My personal favorite that I get every time is The Café Sandwich. This hot sandwich is served open-faced with ham, roasted turkey, bacon and tomato. It is then topped with a creamy boursin cheese sauce and served with a side of freshly made onion rings. Other popular items here include the Lobster ‘Thermidor’ Burger, the Buttermilk-fried Chicken and Miso-glazed Salmon.

 

 

During breakfast and lunch this restaurant features the same brunch-style menu. A well-known item here is the restaurant’s benedicts! They offer eggs benedict in several variations including the Traditional Eggs Benedict, the Spicy Chorizo Benedict and the Lobster Benedict! If you can’t make up your mind you can go for the Benedict flight which has all three of these signature benedicts!

 

 

I recommend this dining location as a great place to escape Magic Kingdom mid-day to come have a wonderful meal. You can easily access the Grand Floridian from the Magic Kingdom via a boat or monorail. Your commute over to the resort from the park take only a few minutes so coming here for a meal is a great time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the parks. You can sit down and relax at one of Disney Worlds most peaceful resorts and allow yourself to refuel and be refreshed to then head back into the parks for an awesome night!

 

 

If you want to see my most recent experience at this wonderful restaurant then check out our most recent YouTube video!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort or to any destination that you are dreaming of visiting next!

Best Places to Propose at Walt Disney World! Disney Engagement!

 

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner this is the perfect time to talk about love! Love brightens our days and fills our lives with joy! One of the best places to celebrate love is Walt Disney World! The Disney parks are known as a wonderful family destination but it is also a very romantic destination. There are so many things at Disney for couples to enjoy! From Food and Wine Festivals to recreation of every kind, the date ideas are truly endless! After all Disney teaches us in so many of their stories that true love conquers all! So many places within Disney World provide such a beautiful romantic backdrop, that’s why Disney World is one of the best places to get engaged!

 

For any Disney loving couple a Disney proposal will be a fairytale come true and the perfect start to your very own happily ever after! Once you have decided to pop the question in Walt Disney World, it is time to decide where exactly you want to get down on one knee. Everyone know that the Walt Disney World Resort is huge, with 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, Disney Springs and over 30 resort hotels, you have a wide array of proposal locations to choose from. Wherever you choose to get engaged it is sure to be a very special and magical moment! If you are looking for some ideas here are 5 proposal locations suggestions!

 

  1. California Grill

The California Grill is a signature dining restaurant located on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The restaurant is beautifully decorated in a sleek, modern style. Floor to ceiling glass windows encase the restaurant, perfectly showcasing the breathtaking views that makes this dining establishment an icon! From the Cali Grill, you get a birds-eye view of the Magic Kingdom Park! You can watch the sunset over Disney’s Seven Seas lagoon and watch the monorails wiz past below you. On the opposite side of the restaurant you can watch the Disney watercrafts cruise around Bay Lake and in the distance, see the icons of Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom! This restaurant has 4 outdoor observation decks, one on each corner of the restaurant. From these decks you can truly appreciate those jaw-dropping views. These decks are also one of the best spots on property to watch the Magic Kingdom Fireworks! Seeing the show from this unique location is very romantic! The California Grill is an amazing proposal spot! You can choose to propose over dinner or make the moment more intimate by going out on one of the observation decks!

 

  1. Grand Floridian or Polynesian Beaches

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are both beautiful deluxe Disney Resort hotels that sit just off the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon (the body of water that leads across to the Magic Kingdom.) Both of these resorts feature gorgeous white sand beaches that are very peaceful and romantic. Take your loved one for a walk down to the beach, find a quite spot and pop the question! These beaches are a wonderful proposal spot because they are secluded yet still in the middle of the Disney magic! From any of the beaches you can see Cinderella’s Castle in the distance! So Magical! This location is also a great spot to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks. If you want you could even plan to propose here at nighttime during the fireworks!

 

  1. In front of Cinderella’s Castle

If you are looking to make more of a public proclamation of your love you can do the classic showstopper and get down on one knee right in front of Cinderella’s Castle in the heart of the Magic Kingdom! Proposing in front of the most iconic location in all of Disney World always grabs the attention of a large crowd. I have seen proposals in front of the castle before and all the surrounding guests always stop in their tracks to cheer for the newly engaged couple! This proposal idea is definitely an energetic one and a great one if you are looking for the theatrics of it all! You will absolutely make your partner feel like royalty! If the pomp and circumstance isn’t necessarily your thing but you still want to propose by Cinderella’s Castle there are some more intimate alternatives. To the right-hand side of the castle there is a pathway that has a wishing well. Proposing here is a little more private than right in front of the castle but yet you still get that castle backdrop!

 

  1. Epcot’s World Showcase

World Showcase at Epcot allows you to travel the world without a passport! You can visit pavilions that represent countries from all over the globe! If you have visited Epcot before then you know how beautiful the World Showcase is! There is so much to explore and so many great tucked away spots that could make for a perfect proposal setting. I would suggest taking a stroll around the world showcase together and when you find that perfect spot that it just right, make that the moment you get down on one knee! To give you a couple location ideas there is a beautiful waterfall that is hidden away at the very top of the stairs in the back of the Canada pavilion. There is also a bridge in front of the Italy Pavilion near the gondolas that is typically a quiet and beautiful location overlooking the World Showcase Lagoon. Sometime you may even get lucky and there is a Disney PhotoPass photographer in this area who would be able to capture the moment!

 

  1. Disney Transportation

No, we are not talking Disney busses or monorails, we are talking about a more personal and private transportation experience. Did you know you can book a romantic carriage ride at either Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground or Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort! How romantic would an evening carriage ride be around the grounds of a beautifully landscaped Disney Resort for your special moment! Another Disney transportation experience would be to book a Disney fireworks boat cruise! This experience can happen at either Seven Seas Lagoon for the Magic Kingdom fireworks or at World Showcase Lagoon for the Epcot fireworks. This would make for a very romantic and intimate setting to propose.

 

Hope these suggestions get you inspired for your own Walt Disney World proposal! As always, your Kingdom Magic vacations Travel Planner is ready to help you plan your Next Disney Vacation! Our knowledgeable team can help you make arrangements for reservations or other proposal details and extras!

5 Favorite Things about Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Bay Lake Tower Room Tour

 

Staying on property at a Walt Disney World Resort truly adds a whole new layer of magic to your Disney vacation! The Disney Resorts provide you with luxury, world class hospitality and of course magical perks! Staying at a Disney World resort hotel you receive many benefits exclusive to guests staying on Disney property, such as the 60-day out FastPass booking window, extra magic hours to enjoy the park and complimentary Disney Transportation!

Every Disney Resort is different and offers something unique in the ways of theming, atmosphere and perks! Today I am going to share with you my experience staying at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! I fell in love with this resort and can’t wait to stay their again in the future. Here are my top 5 reasons to love Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

 

  1. Location, Location, Location!

Of all the Disney Resorts the Contemporary is the resort with closest proximity to the Magic Kingdom! This is actually the only Disney resort that you can walk to Magic Kingdom from! From the balconies of the resort that are facing towards Seven Seas Lagoon you will have incredible views right into the Magic Kingdom park! You will feel like you can reach out and touch it! This also means you have a front row seat for the fireworks! I have watched the fireworks from Disney’s Contemporary many times and it is such a unique viewing location! You get a birds-eye view of the park and the fireworks appear at eye-level! It is truly breathtaking! From the balconies on the opposite side of the resort, facing Bay Lake you will enjoy magnificent views of the naturally formed Bay Lake along with sights of Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom all in the distance. You can catch the fireworks from Epcot and Hollywood Studios on this side of the hotel!

 

  1. Monorail

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is located on the monorail loop in the Magic Kingdom resort area. You can take the Disney Resort Monorail directly from your resort to the Magic Kingdom park! The Disney Monorail actually drives right through the center of the hotel then pops back outside. It is an incredible engineering marvel! This fun mode of transportation will get you to the park in a breeze! Also from the Contemporary you can take the monorail one stop over to the Transportation and Ticket Center, then transfer monorails to go directly to Epcot!

 

  1. History

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the original resort on all of Walt Disney World property. Fun fact! Even though Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort both opened on October 1st 1971, Disney’s Contemporary is still the original because it officially opened its doors about 2 minutes before Disney’s Polynesian!  As the original Disney World Resort Hotel this place is filled with history! One of my favorite details is the Mary Blair mosaic mural. You can get a great view of this work of art from anywhere within the Grand Canyon Concourse, the area that serves as the hub of the resort. Mary Blair was one of the first women to become a Disney Imagineer and she is also the creative drive behind “It’s a Small World.”

 

  1. Dining

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is full of wonderful dining options! They have everything from casual table-service dining at The Wave, to quick-service dining at Contempo Café, to fine dining at the California Grill. I love all these locations but my favorite will forever be the California Grill! This is the spot to go when you are looking for a very special and memorable meal! This signature dining location can be found on the top level of the resort, on the 15th floor. The restaurant is encased with floor to ceiling glass windows that showcase the breathtaking views. The 4 observation decks that bookend every corner of the restaurant are great spots to watch the fireworks!

 

  1. Theming

I will be honest I always thought the Contemporary looked cool but of the 3 resorts located on the Magic Kingdom Monorail loop, (Contemporary, Polynesian & Grand Floridian) I always thought I would like the theming of the Polynesian and Grand Floridian more than the Contemporary. Then I stayed here and everything changed! I fell in love with the unique theming the Contemporary provides. Staying here made me stop and more closely appreciate all the details of the beautiful resort. It is sleek and modern, yet retro at the same time. It is futuristic while still grounded in its heritage. Most importantly all throughout the resort and the rooms, there is pixie dust and little Disney touches that can be found in the most unexpected places!

 

Watch our NEW YouTube video for a room tour of a studio room at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

 

 

Disney’s Contemporary is now one of my all-time favorite Disney World properties! I am dreaming of the next time I get to stay at this amazing resort! I highly recommend giving this Disney Resort a try on your next Disney vacation, then you will see exactly what I mean about this hotel having something truly special and unique!

 

 

Plan your next adventure today to Disney World or anywhere in the world by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner!

Disney’s Saratoga Springs 2 Bedroom Villa – Preferred Room Tour! Walt Disney World

 

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort at Walt Disney World is a gorgeous deluxe property! I have personally stayed here twice and have had a wonderful experience both times! This resort ranks as being one of my all-time favorites and I am excited to share with you why I enjoy it so much!

 

 

Saratoga Springs is themed to the historic Saratoga Springs that existed in New York in the late 1800’s as a well-known retreat that was known for its spas and horse racing! The theming throughout the resort sets this scene! Everything from the rooms, to the lobby, to the grounds is detailed to transport you to that time and place! This Victorian-style resort sits in-between Village Lake and the rolling greens of the golf course!

 

 

This may be a turn of the century-themed resort but it is stocked full of every modern luxury you want! There are also wonderful amenities located right on the resort’s property such as Senses Spa and Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. When you are looking to grab a bite, you will love the onsite dining locations! You will find everything from grab-&-go and quick-service meals at The Artist Palette, to gourmet dishes at the Turf Club. The resort features a main pool area as well as several quite pools located throughout the entire property! The grounds are tranquil and serene. It is a great place to be if you are looking to relax!

 

 

What I love most about this resort is its location! Saratoga Spring is location directly across the lake from Disney Springs! You are so close you can actually walk straight from the resort over to Disney Springs by the connecting walkways! There is also boat transportation that will take you over! This close location is super convenient for being able to just pop over to Disney Springs to grab a drink, get a bite to eat, shop or just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere. Disney Springs is a great spot to hangout and unwind after a day in the park. However, having to take bus transportation to Disney Springs after a long day in the parks might hinder you from coming over every night. That’s why staying at Saratoga Spring is so wonderful! Being walking distance from Disney Springs you have the ability to enjoy this awesome spot in a more relaxed way and much more often.

 

 

I recently got to stay in a 2-bedroom villa here at Saratoga Springs. This villa was incredible and very spacious! Join us on a room tour in our new YouTube video!

 

 

Have you ever stayed at Saratoga Springs? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel planner to plan your next magical vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort or to any destination that you are dreaming of next!

 

Spirit Of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Walt Disney World VIDEO

 

I always say that the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels are vacations within themselves! From the amenities to the details in the resort’s theming, the Walt Disney World Resort can truly immerse you in a whole other vacation destination within your current vacation destination! This is absolutely the case at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort located on the Magic Kingdom Resort monorail loop! At this resort you will be convinced you are in the islands! Just strolling the resort’s grounds you will be in awe by how the lush greenery and tropical plants transport you to a serene paradise!

 

It is here at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort that you will find one of the most popular dinner shows on all of Disney World property, the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show! This authentic Hawaiian luau is so much more than just a great meal and show, it is an entire experience!

 

 

This meal is a true feast, served family style to your table! Your server will keep refilling your plate with whatever you would like to enjoy more of, so you can help yourself to all your favorites! Select alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine are also included for free for guest old enough to enjoy them.

 

 

The show at the luau is so fun and entertaining while also being filled with a ton of heart. You will walk away knowing having learned more about the spirit and culture of Hawaii! You will have a deeper appreciation for the meaning of Ohana, the Hawaiian word for family!

 

 

The first half of the show is filled with exciting dances and even some fun crowd interactions. The second half of the show then really heats up! Literally! One will see an incredible Hawaiian fire dancer! This act is something you have to see to believe! During this section of the show every eye in the the house is just fixated on the stage anticipating what this talented fire performer will do next! During this section of the show there is also some more traditional Hawaiian hula dances and songs. It is a beautiful presentation that is authentic to the Hawaiian culture!

 

 

The Spirit of Aloha Dinner show is sure to be a hit with everyone in your party! This is also a very special experience if you are looking for a unique way to celebrate a milestone at Disney and want to do something extra special. My family and I did this experience to celebrate my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary! Disney made the experience so magical. When cast members heard what we were celebrating they presented my grandparents both with special Hawaiian leis. The entire evening made for a truly incredible family memory!

 

I hope you will check this show out with your own Ohana very soon!

Watch some highlights from the Spirit of Aloha Dinner show in our new YouTube video!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort or to any destination that your are dreaming of traveling next!

 

NEW IllumiNations Dining Package Coming to Epcot’s Rose & Crown! Walt Disney World

 

2019 is going to be a very big year for Walt Disney World! There are many new and exciting attractions and experiences coming to the park THIS YEAR! One of the new changes that we can look forward to seeing later this year is the brand-new Epcot night-time spectacular! I personally am so excited to see what this new show will bring to Epcot. However, the bitter-sweet part about this is that the well-loved current Epcot show, IllumiNation: Reflection of Earth will be ending later this year to make way for the new replacement show. I will be sad to see IllumiNations leave, I have many memories watching this show and singing along to it’s amazing soundtrack after a fun-filled day in Epcot!

 

 

I am definitely going to be sure to catch IllumiNations as often as I can in these next few months before it is gone. IllumiNation: Reflection of Earth will be ending its run before the end of this summer of 2019 to make way for Epcot’s new night-time spectacular. If you also want to catch IllumiNations before it leaves the park later this year then you are in luck because Disney has announced a great new dining package that will give you the chance to enjoy a great meal and take in the show from an incredible vantage point!

 

 

This new dining package is offered at The Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room located in Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion. The package will include a meal with seating on The Rose & Crown Pub’s patio! From the patio of this restaurant you will enjoy a fantastic view of IllumiNations! The perspective of the show that you get from this location is breathtaking! You are so close to the lagoon and can feel like you are immersed in the show! Another pro to getting this special reserved seating is not having to wait hours to get a perfect view anywhere else in the park. IllumiNations is a very popular show and crowds are sure to be even larger these next few month as it is the last few presentation of the show. Many guests will plan to get an up-close spot hours before the show begins. Due to this you may have a hard time finding an unobstructed viewing area to watch the show. You can choose to wait far in advance for that perfect fireworks spot but everyone knows your time on vacation is so valuable that’s why a package like this is a wonderful option to help you make the most of your time in the park!

 

 

This dining package includes a prix fixe menu which features Rose & Crown favorites AND unlimited alcoholic beverages (for guests 21 and over) as well as a wide selection of non-alcoholic beverages! The meal offerings for the IllumiNations Dining Package features your choice of a Scotch Egg or the United Kingdom Cheese Platter as your starter.

 

 

For your entrée, your choices include Rose & Crown’s signature Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Pan-roasted Scottish Salmon, or Bangers and Mash. For dessert, you will enjoy a Pudding Platter Trio featuring Sticky Toffee Pudding, English Trifle, and Chocolate Nougat Bar.

 

 

As always Disney has thought of everyone in the party! Kids can get their own prix fixe package. This kid’s meal will offer soup or salad with their choice of Cheese and Turkey Flatbread, Turkey Meatball Pasta, Cheesy Pasta, or Fish and Chips as well as either Fruit Salad or Trifle for dessert.

 

 

Bookings will open on January 17th for reservations starting on January 18th. The price is $85 for adults and $35 for children (tax and gratuity included). I am so excited about this new offering and definitely want to check this experience out for myself! As I mentioned before this is a great way to guarantee you will get an incredible view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth so that you can see it to its fullest before the replacement show comes later this year.

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort or to any destination you are dreaming of traveling next!

Lunch at Ale & Compass – Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Walt Disney World

 

During my most recent trip to Walt Disney World my family and I experienced a Disney first for all of us! We dined at a restaurant we had never tried before, Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. We were all filled with so much anticipation to check out a brand new restaurant that none of us had been to yet! I am very excited to tell you that our experience here did not disappoint! I actually proclaimed that our lunch here at Ale & Compass was my favorite meal of that trip!

 

 

The menu features New England style comfort food including many classic seafood dishes! The restaurant’s decor is themed to be reminiscent of a cozy lighthouse. This table-service dining location perfectly fits into the overall atmosphere of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!

 

 

For my entree I choose the the white clam flatbread! White flatbread pizzas are my favorite variation of flatbreads and I do love clams! However I have to say I was skeptical what the combination of the clams on top of the flatbread would be like. Curiosity got the best of me so I asked our waitress about the dish. She was wonderful and very knowledgable about the menu. She told us that the white clam flatbread was actually her favorite item on the menu! I knew I had to give it a try!

 

 

This meal was incredible! As I said before this ended up becoming my favorite meal of the vacation! I can’t wait to get back here again to this restaurant! Another great thing about Ale & Compass is it is located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort which is in the Epcot Resort area. The resort can be accessed from Epcot through International Gateway the park’s side entrance! From Epcot’s International Gateway you are just a short walk or boat ride away from the Yacht Club! I would definitely recommend making a reservation here during a day at Epcot. This would be a great way to have a short mid-day break from the park and relax with a nice meal before hitting the theme parks again in the evening!

 

 

I filmed my experience checking out this restaurant for the first time. You can watch the video on our YouTube channel:

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to Walt Disney World or to whatever destination you may be dreaming of next!

How to Eat for FREE at Walt Disney World! All About Disney World’s Free Dining Offer 2019!

 

2019 is off to a very exciting start here at Kingdom Magic Vacations! Our team is ready to make your vacation dreams come true! One of the most anticipated Walt Disney World promotions has just been released! This offer is none other than Disney’s Free Dining offer!

 

 

 

Everyone knows that one of the most expensive parts of any Disney vacation is the cost of feeding your family during the trip. This is why this free dining promotion is so popular and highly anticipated. The free dining package gives you and your family one of the Disney Dining plans included complimentary in your vacation package! This offer is available for bookings made now through February 10th, 2019 for travel dates most nights from July 5th through September 30th, 2019, while offer supplies last. This is a very popular offer so for the best selection contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner right away to take advantage of this great promotion!

 

 

The dining plan gives you a set amount of meal and snack credits for every member of your party to use during your vacation. Disney offers a selection of dining plans. There is the Quick Service Dining Plan, the Standard Disney Dining Plan, and the Deluxe Dining Plan. Each level of the dining plan offers a series of different meal types and varying numbers of credits. There is a plan for the needs and wants of every family! The Quick Service Dining Plan is great for families who love to be on the go enjoying all the parks have to offer! The Deluxe Dining Plan is perfect for families who enjoy table service meals and are looking for more flexibility when it comes to choosing between both quick-service and sit down meals. You can get the best of both worlds!  Out of the 3 plans there is sure to be one that best fits exactly what you are looking for. Let’s take a look at what each Disney Dining plan includes:

 

Quick Service Dining Plan

  • 2 quick-service meals
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

Standard Disney Dining Plan

  • 1 table-service meal
  • 1 quick-service meal
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

Deluxe Dining Plan

  • 3 meals (any combination of table-service and quick-service)
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

 

 

Like I said there is definitely a plan that will best fit exactly what you and your family are looking for. The Disney Dining plans are always available as an add-on when planning your Walt Disney World Vacation. However, with this special free dining offer you will receive a Disney Dining Plan included in your vacation package for FREE!

 

 

The Disney Dining Plan that you will receive with your package will vary depending upon which hotel you will be staying at. Select hotels are eligible for the different levels of the dining plan. Here is a full list of which hotels fall under the varying plans.

 

Disney Deluxe Villas – Standard Disney Dining Plan

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

 

Disney Deluxe Resorts – Standard Disney Dining Plan 

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

 

Disney Moderate Resorts – Disney Quick Service Dining Plan

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

 

Disney Value Resorts – Disney Quick Service Dining Plan

  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – (Family Suites Only)
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

 

 

Once your trip is booked you can relax knowing that your entire vacation is already budgeted! Your package will already include your hotel room, park tickets and your meal plan. Everything will be taken care of with one package rate, that is an incredible value!

 

 

With a deal like this now is the perfect time to start planning your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Make 2019 extra special by making memories with the ones you love at the Most Magical Place on Earth! Our team here at Kingdom Magic Vacations is ready to help you plan the vacation you are dreaming!

 

5 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World!

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New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting nights of the year! It is a time when we gather with friends and loved ones to be together and join in the countdown as we anticipate the new year and new opportunities ahead of us! It is a time of great excitement and many people love to look for festivities and events to make their celebrations truly memorable! Spending your New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort is a great way to kick of the brand-new year! Let’s just say, Disney knows how to create magical celebrations!

 

 

I was at Walt Disney World last year during New Years and it was the best New Year’s Eve I had ever experienced! Across all of Disney World property there was an energy and excitement that filled the air! Other guests all talked about the plans they had for the big night! Throughout the Disney parks and resorts there are some different entertainment and event offerings that guests can experience! There is a wide variety of locations to choose from when it comes to planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Most Magical Place on Earth! You will find everything from offerings with a party atmosphere to celebrations that are more intimate and relaxing! Here is my list of 5 ideas for ways to ring in the New Year at Walt Disney World!

Magic Kingdom Fireworks

Probably one of the most iconic festivities taking place at Walt Disney World on New Year’s Eve is the Magic Kingdom New Year’s fireworks show! This specialty fireworks display begins about 10 minutes before midnight. The presentation is dazzling and truly lights up the night sky. The presentation featured 360 degrees of fireworks that will surround all of the Magic Kingdom park! The finale of the show is the countdown to midnight! The voices of Mickey and the gang countdown from 10 until we reach the stroke of midnight. During the countdown, the fireworks in the shapes of the numbers 10 – 1 are casted into the air! You have to see it to believe it! To top it all off the voices of your favorite Disney characters sing the classic New Year’s anthem, auld lang syne as fireworks fill every inch of the sky!

Fireworks Boat Cruise

My next idea to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World is how I celebrated last year, a fireworks boat cruise to view the Magic Kingdom specialty fireworks! This is a wonderful option. The cruises dock on Seven Seas Lagoon, the body of water out front of the Magic Kingdom park. The cruise itself is a very fun experience and you can get one of the best views of the fireworks show! Additionally, you won’t have to deal with the stress and congestion of actually being inside Magic Kingdom for the show. This is a popular event and the park typically reaches capacity on this night. Getting to take in the show from the comfort of your very own pontoon boat that leaves from the marinas of one of the Magic Kingdom resorts is a very enjoyable option! Included in your cruise is a selection of snacks and soft drinks. Also included for those 21 and over is a champagne toast at midnight!

 

Fireworks Viewing from the Magic Kingdom Resort Beaches

Another great option if you want to catch the incredible Magic Kingdom fireworks but don’t want to deal with the crowds in the parks is to watch the fireworks from one of the beaches at either Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. My recommendation for the evening would be to make a dinner a reservation at the resort you are planning to watch the fireworks from. Both the Polynesian and Grand Floridian are home to many amazing dining locations! Watching the fireworks from the resort beaches while not nearly as crowded as the inside of Magic Kingdom can still become a popular spot so be sure to grab a spot early and then just kick back and enjoy the amazing atmosphere of the resort as you wait for the show!

Epcot

If you are looking for an exciting party spot then look no further then Epcot! The park is filled with DJs and dance parties everywhere you turn. Many of the pavilions in World Showcase get into the spirit with exciting offerings and celebrations that represent each country’s culture! This park is also home to a spectacular New Year’s firework show to ring in the big moment! If you are looking for a more intimate setting to view this show there are also Epcot fireworks cruises available for bookings. These leave from the Epcot resort hotels.

 

Fine Dining

What better way to ring in the start of a new year then with a great meal with family and friends! Disney World has so many wonderful restaurants to fit whatever you and your party are looking for! From an elegant signature restaurant to a fun character dinner there is something for everyone. During New Year’s Eve some restaurants actually have special meal and dining options created just for the memorable evening!

 

However your choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World you are sure to enjoy a New Years that you will remember for a lifetime. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan the adventure that you and your family will take in 2019! Happy New Year!

Top 5 Favorite Christmas Decorations at Walt Disney World!

 

Christmas is just around the corner! I can’t believe how fast this season has flown by! I am feeling so fortunate to have experienced the magic of the holidays at the most magical place on Earth this year, Walt Disney World! During my visit to Disney last month I made sure to check out all of my favorite Christmas displays and festivities across Disney property! What I love about the holidays in Walt Disney world is that there is SO MUCH to discover! Every inch of the park is decked out and in such a unique and creative way! Disney doesn’t just put up a generic tree and garland in a gift shop. Oh no! Quite the contrary they theme every decoration specifically to the restaurant, shop or resort that it is in! For example, the ice cream shop on Main Street has garland and trees featuring ice cream cone ornaments! Over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa all their decorations have a Victorian style to them to perfectly compliment the theme of resort itself!

 

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There truly is so much to see when it comes to the decorations around Walt Disney World! I recommend truly taking your time going through the parks this time of year. Be sure to stop and truly appreciate the details of the holiday decorations. There is so much to discover! Today I would like to share with you my top 5 favorite Disney World Christmas displays that are more hidden gem displays! I am leaving out the well-known park icon trees and big centerpiece decorations and going to countdown my favorite decorations that are a bit more obscure! These displays both big and small are something that I look forward to seeing year after year!

 

#5 Mickey Wreaths

 

Christmas wreaths in the shape of Mickey Mouse adorned every lamppost down main Street USA! This decoration is a Disney classic! I love it for its simplicity. It is very traditional and from a distance you may not even notice it is a Mickey, but as you begin to stroll down Main Street towards the castle you can’t miss this little touch of magic!

 

#4 Poinsettia Trees

 

I have always loved poinsettias! I think they are so beautiful and I always know the Christmas season has begun once I start seeing those festive flowers! Disney uses gorgeous poinsettias in many of their holiday displays. By far my favorite creation Disney produces using poinsettias is their poinsettia trees! Using a towering framework in a rounded tree shape Disney florists will cover every inch of the framework with poinsettias! These poinsettia trees are spectacular and make an amazing backdrop for a family Christmas photo! Poinsettia trees can be seen in multiple places across Walt Disney World property! There are always some lining the walkway between Future World and World Showcase in Epcot as well as poinsettia trees in the entrance hub of Magic Kingdom. Pictured here you will see a poinsettia tree on the grounds of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

 

#3 Rockette-Style Christmas Ornaments

 

A display that I get so excited to see every year can be found in a storefront in Hollywood Studios! Disney is known for creating incredible window displays in many of their shopfronts and this particular display at Hollywood Studios can’t be missed! Larger than life Minnie Mouse Christmas ornaments are forming a Rockette kick-line! This display is so adorable and fun! It definitely fits into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood Studios!

 

#2 Echo Lake Decorations

 

A few years ago, Hollywood Studios icon tree moved from out-front of the park to inside the park to the center of Echo Lake. I know I said in this countdown, main centerpieces such as icon trees don’t count and that is still true. The decorations I am referring to in echo lake are the smaller accent pieces that compliment the area around the icon tree’s new location! The park’s tree sits on an island in the middle of the lake. In the water surrounding the island you will find one of my favorite Christmas decorations across all of Walt Disney World… floating Christmas ornaments! These floating baubles are beautiful all day long but at night they become a real showstopper and actually light up! These lighted baubles illuminate the water around them and create such a cool effect! I think this was the area of the park I spent the most time in just admiring the decorations and taking tons of photos!

 

#1 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

 

My top spot on my list goes to a hidden gem that I enjoy seeing year after year, the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House!  This is not your normal gingerbread house! This pastry masterpiece is life-size! The inside of the gingerbread house is an actual working store where you can purchase gingerbread treats and other festive snacks and goodies! This year the Grand Floridian Gingerbread house is celebrating its 20th annual year! I highly recommend making the trip over to Disney’s Grand Floridian resort and spa to see this one of a kind creation. From the Magic Kingdom park you can easily commute to Disney’s Grand Floridian via a boat or monorail! Definitely make sure to take the time to check it out! You will be glad you did!

Give the gift of travel this holiday! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation!

Dinner at Chefs De France in Epcot’s France Pavilion! Walt Disney World Video!

 

On my recent Walt Disney World Vacation my family and I dined at Chefs De France, one of the restaurants in the France Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase. It had been years since I last dined at this table-service restaurant so I was very excited to experience it again! We choose to make this dining reservation at the last minute, we were in Epcot with a free agenda and wanted to dine somewhere exciting! We were thrilled to see the Chefs De France reservation pop up as available for that evening on the My Disney Experience app!

 

 

We headed to the France Pavilion and were soon escorted to our table. We were so happy to get seated in the front dining room facing the World Showcase Lagoon, as Epcot’s nighttime spectacular IllmiNations – Reflection of Earth was about to begin! Tall panoramic glass windows stretch around the entire perimeter of the restaurant, offering incredible views of the France Pavilion as well as Epcot’s World Showcase. Our location in the restaurant made for the perfect spot to watch the fireworks and lasers of IllmiNations! Due to this first-floor restaurant being slightly elevated we actually had one of the best views of the show I had ever seen! We could see all the fireworks including the lower ones right on the water!

 

 

In addition to the breathtaking views, the restaurants overall ambiance is also gorgeous! The classic French design and décor creates an elegant and romantic atmosphere! This is a very good date night restaurant! You will feel truly immersed in the French culture making this meal a true experience!

 

 

Now let’s talk about the food! The menu offers traditional French Fare while still being approachable. Everyone in your party is sure to find something they will enjoy, from the pickiest eater to the most adventure food connoisseur! There is something for everyone!

 

 

Chefs De France’s menu offers a wide selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts that can all be ordered a la carte. Additionally, the restaurant also offers a prix fixe menu which allows you to choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert all for one fixed price of $39.99. My party and I all choose to do the prix fixe option as we found this to be an incredible value for everything you got!

 

For my appetizer, I went with a French classic, the Soupe à Poignon Gratinée. A.K.A French Onion Soup! This soup was topped with delicious gruyère cheese. It was a winner and a very large portion size for being an appetizer!

 

For my entrée, I went for the Poulet fermier à la Layonnaise, pomme purée – which was Lyon style roasted chicken served with tomatoes and vinegar sauce, mashed potatoes. The chicken was so tender! It melted it my mouth! Very delicious and once again, a very generous portion size!

 

Now for everyone’s favorite part… dessert! I chose the gateau au chocolat –a Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Sauce, and Mint Chocolate Ice Cream! This was SPECTACULAR! The chocolate cake was rich and decadent! The mint flavor from the mint chocolate ice cream enhanced the dish without being too overpowering. I loved everything about this dessert and would order it again in a heartbeat!

 

 

After our meal, Epcot was actually closed for the night so we got to experience an empty park as we made our way out and back to the monorail. We got to enjoy a leisurely stroll and take in the sights of the World Showcase pavilions and Future World all with no crowds! This allowed us to really take in all the details and beauty that Epcot has to offer! This is also the perfect time to take some amazing photos with no one else in the background!

 

 

I filmed my experience dining at Chefs De France. You can watch it on our YouTube Channel:

 

I look forward to my next dining experience at Chefs De France and trying other items from their delicious menu! Be sure to check this restaurant out on your next Walt Disney World Vacation! As always, our knowledgeable team at Kingdom Magic Vacation is ready to help you plan the trip you are dreaming of!

2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts! Walt Disney World

 

 

Get ready to kick off the new year with the first Epcot festival of 2019, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts! The return of this Epcot festival will run for 39 days this year, from January 18 to February 25, 2019! This festival celebrates art in all forms from visual arts, to culinary arts and even performing arts! Like with all the Epcot festivals this event is a truly international affair! Guests will be able to enjoy art from around the world, and take in pieces, cuisines and performances from all cultures! The Epcot International Festival of the Arts offers creative activities for the entire family, from specialty entertainment offerings and interactive seminars to immersive art experiences and world-class food and beverage offerings.

 

 

We have exciting news for theatre lovers, new in 2019, festival visitors can now enjoy the very popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series seven days a week! In previous years, these concerts were only offered over the weekend. Now guests can enjoy daily showings at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every day! This concert series is a must-see experience! Stars from Disney Broadway shows perform for guests at the America Gardens Theater in World Showcase!

 

 

Each week you can see different pairs of Disney on Broadway stars as they sing your favorite songs from award-winning Disney on Broadway productions. The lineup rotates regularly, featuring music from shows such as “The Lion King,” “Frozen” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The lineup features:

  • Kerry Butler (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • Meredith Inglesby (“The Little Mermaid”) and Steve Blanchard (“Beauty and the Beast”)
  • Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
  • Heidi Blickenstaff (“Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
  • Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)

 

This incredible concert series is included with park admission! We recommend arriving early to guarantee a seat as these shows are very popular. If you want to skip the long wait then be sure to book a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package! This package gives you access to reserved seating. The Dining Package allows you to make a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation at a participating Epcot restaurant and later enjoy priority seating at a show!

 

I have done one of these Epcot Dining Package during the Candlelight Processional that takes place during the International Festival of the Holidays! I highly recommend the dining package! When planning your day in the parks you are probably planning on enjoying at least one table service meal anyway so you might as well book this dining package. It is an incredible value and allows you to enjoy more time experiencing the park and the festival rather than waiting hours in line for a guaranteed seat.

 

 

 

We have discussed preforming arts, now let’s talk about the culinary art! The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be home to 13 Food Studios this year! In addition, there will also be more creative and savory offerings around Epcot with an expanded menu of tastes and sips! Stop by The Artist’s Table for beef wellington with mushroom bordelaise, fennel cream and roasted baby vegetables, or enjoy smoked salmon and cream gâteau with egg yolk cream, paddlefish caviar and micro-herbs at The Painter’s Palate. Pop Eats! will serve up almond frangipane cake with raspberry and chocolate, while red wine-braised short rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic will be available at Cuisine Classique.

 

 

The list of culinary creations goes on and on! There is something for everyone! All of these dishes have a creative and artful flare to them! Making these festival items true stand-outs for Epcot festival offerings!

 

 

You will also find experiences that will inspire artists of all ages! Let’s take a look at a few activity highlights:

  • All guests are invited to grab a paintbrush and participate in creating a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza.
  • At the Artful Photo Opportunities, guest can step inside masterworks of art and take some very fun photos inside of the artwork!
  • The Paint with a Disney Artist program allows guests to learn from a professional! (offered select Fridays and Sundays, including continental breakfast, for an additional fee).
  • Performing artists are scheduled throughout the festival! These acts demonstrate gravity-defying feats of strength, acrobatics and many other amazing skills!
  • International musical and variety acts will perform for guests, including the return of Bodh’aktan to the Canada stage and Delta Q, a new group performing in Germany!
  • Search through the park during Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt! Guests can participate by purchasing a map at select merchandise locations in Epcot.
  • A wide selection of workshops taught by professionals will teach different artistic techniques, such as floral design, ink and paint, mixed-media art and more (offered Friday-Monday for an additional fee). As a memento of what they learn, guests will take their creations home with them! Talk about an incredible souvenir to remember your trip!
  • Complimentary 30-minute seminars will provide guests with instruction for producing their own artwork at home!

 

 

I am so ready to attend the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the arts! I am a huge fan of the Epcot festivals that take place throughout the year in the park. The Festival of the Arts is the only festival that I have yet to see in person and that is about to change this coming year! I will be attending the Epcot International Festival of the Arts for my first time during this upcoming 2019 season! I am beyond thrilled to get to see this event for myself! When the International Festival of the Arts first made its debut in 2017, I remarked that I felt this particular festival was made for me!

 

 

I love all things art! Some of my favorite hobbies include painting and crafting. I am a foodie and enjoy cooking and baking. And I have a passion for the theatre and all things involving live entertainment! As we talked about, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts covers, visual, culinary and performing arts! So, this festival checks all the boxes of things I love! I can’t wait to attend for my first time this year and experience first-hand this wonderful art in all the mediums it is presented in!  Be sure to follow along for future blog post and videos of my time at the event!

 

 

You can experience the festival for yourself as well! Now is the perfect time to plan your 2019 Walt Disney World visit! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next magical vacation!

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, to Open July 2019 along with 2 new Disney Restaurants!

 

 

Disney’s Coronado Springs resort is a popular Disney World Resort Hotel choice for both Convention guests and vacationers alike! This Disney Moderate Resort offers luxurious amenities and is themed with Spanish influences! The resort is themed to transport guests to the shore of Lago Dorado. The resort pulls design inspiration from the influence of the great Spanish explorers, artists, writers and architects. Capturing that same adventurous spirit in the resort’s details, Disney Coronado Springs will make you feel like you are on a tropical vacation within your vacation!

 

 

Soon there will be even more to love at Disney’s Coronado Springs! Soon the resort will welcome the addition of a new tower, as well as a new full service dining location! Along with the addition the resort will also receive a complete remodel of the current resort rooms! With the changes, Coronado Springs has now moved to the top of Disney World’s Moderate resort price category range. This means that out of all the Disney World Moderate resorts this one is now the closest to a Deluxe resort, making it a great option for someone looking for more luxury but wanting to stay in a budget.

 

 

 

A while back Disney shared artist renderings of Coronado Springs exciting expansion! The expansion project is currently underway at the resort! This week, the Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman with Disney Parks, Bob Chapek revealed more exciting details about the reimagining! The first detail being the name of the new 15-story tower that will soon become the centerpiece of the resort. The tower will be called the Gran Destino Tower.

 

 

The Gran Destino Tower, will be complete in July of 2019! This summer! The Gran Destino Tower will become the new main entrance for guests as they visit the resort. This new tower will bring the addition of 545 new guest rooms, including 50 suites to the Coronado Springs! The tower will feature a beautiful two-story lobby! I personally am most excited for the themed table-service restaurant that will be on the top floor of Gran Destino Tower!

 

 

The restaurant will be home to delicious food and incredible views of the Walt Disney World Resort property! One of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World is the California Grill which sit on the top floor of Disney Contemporary Resort. The California Grill not only has amazing food but the views from the restaurant are absolutely perfect! You can see directly over to the Magic Kingdom and you can enjoy the best spot in the house to have a birds-eye view of the fireworks! From the description of this new restaurant that will sit high atop the Gran Destino Tower, I am very much reminded of California Grill! This has me very excited to check this place out as soon as it opens. I have a feeling the views will be breathtaking! This will give a birds-eye view of a whole new area of Disney property. Coronado Springs is close to Epcot so I have a feeling this new dining location will serve as a great spot to watch the new nighttime show that will be coming to Epcot in 2019!

 

 

In addition to the restaurant on the top floor of the Gran Destino Tower, a second new restaurant is planned to open at the resort as well! This restaurant will sit on an island in the middle of the resort’s 14-acre lake, Lago Dorado, with new walkways stretching across the water, making it convenient to access no matter where guests are staying at the resort. A new and fresh color palette will bring the entire resort experience together and blend the new and the newly reimagined! At the reimagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort guests will discover a blend of both classic Spanish influences along with imaginative Disney touches and modern comforts!

 

 

Bookings are now available for the Gran Destino Tower for stays beginning in July of 2019! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of next!

 

 

 

NEW Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Now Open at Disney Springs! Walt Disney World

I love Disney Springs for all of the wonderful, shopping, dining and entertainment offerings that call Disney Springs home! There is a huge selection of stores and eateries to choose from, giving you endless options for a fun day or night out! And now I am excited to share with you that the list of places to check out at Disney Springs just got even longer! This past week Disney Springs welcomed Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill to their lineup of amazing restaurants!

Chef Wolfgang Puck has a name well known around Disney Springs! Chef Wolfgang Puck’s Counter Service location, Wolfgang Puck Express, located in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs has remained consistently open. In addition to his success at this popular quick-service location, the chef has had other Disney Spring’s eateries! If you visited Disney Springs a few years back or even when the area was known as Downtown Disney, then you may remember his previous restaurant that was located over on the West Side, Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe and Dining Room. Also on the West Side the famous chef also previously had a quick-service location which also closed in August 2017. (Fun Fact: The former location of Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe will soon be home to Jaleo by Chef José Andrés.)

 

Now we are very excited that Wolfgang Puck has a brand-new restaurant in a new location in the Town Center section of Disney Springs, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill! Here the celebrity chef will be serving up his signature California cuisine with a new twist!

 

The restaurant is located in the Town Center of Disney Springs. You can find it in between the Town Center indoor shopping complex and the Coca-Cola Store. It is directly across from Guy Ferrari’s Chicken Guy. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill has a much different atmosphere then the previous Wolfgang Puck Café. When you enter the new restaurant you immediately pick up on the very modern, fresh vibe that this new location has! It is very sleek and gives the Wolfgang Puck name a whole new identity.

Once inside Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill you will notice accents of red contrast against a pallet of neutral tones. There is a wide array of different seating arrangements including a space to host large party sizes! In addition to the crisp and clean colors, there are plenty of details that add visual appeal to the restaurant, from exposed wood beams to intricate lighting pieces. The location features many large windows giving the space a very bright and open feel. On the walls of the restaurant you can find many black and white portraits that bring a very personal touch into the space! Some of the black and white art is of fresh produce used to highlight the fresh ingredients you will find in your dishes.

 

All of these touches are great however, the true focal point of the restaurant is the on-stage kitchen where all of the culinary artistry is taking place! When you enter the restaurant to your left-hand side the first thing you are greeted by is the pizza kitchen! Chef Wolfgang Puck is known for his gourmet pizzas, so this is an appropriate welcome to the restaurant! Located in the back of the restaurant you will find the main open kitchen where all of the other wonderful dishes are coming to life!

Now here comes the part that I personally am most excited for, there’s the Gelato Bar! This Gelato bar is connected with the bakery area. You can find it to your right as you enter Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill! Not dining in at the restaurant but in the mode for dessert? Then good news, Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill has you covered! You will also be able to get this gelato from the restaurant’s walk-up window! I will definitely be checking out this gelato bar on my next visit to Disney Springs!

 

So now let’s talk about the restaurant’s food! Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill menu has received a very fresh makeover when compared to the chef’s previous dining location, while still retaining some well-loved classics. This menu of “California cuisine,” offers a wide selection of options. Everyone in your party is sure to find something they will enjoy!

 

I will definitely be making a dining reservation to check out Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill on my next vacation to Walt Disney World this February! Looking at their menu I am looking forward to trying either the Basil and Shrimp Pizza or the Sea Bass! Be sure to check out this great new restaurant yourself next time you are in Disney Springs! Plan your next vacation now by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner! Our team is always ready to use their knowledge and expertise to help you plan your perfect vacation!

 

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