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Fall into Magic this Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Parties, races, culinary delights and more await guests during the upcoming fall season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tastes, toys, treats and more are all on the menu this fall at Walt Disney World Resort. From culinary creations to sporting events to special parties, there are many different ways to fall into magic during the cool-down season, both in the theme parks and all across the resort.

23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Offers New Tastes

The aromas and flavors of more than 30 global food and beverage marketplaces, plus a full menu of new offerings such as “Sunday Brunch with the Chef,” welcome guests during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 30-Nov. 12. One of America’s top food festivals since 1996, the 75-day Epcot dine-around extravaganza will surprise guests with new and inspiring sips and bites throughout the park’s World Showcase and several Future World venues. Highlights include:

  • The grandest of the festival’s don’t-miss tasting events, Party for the Senses in World ShowPlace, will welcome acclaimed chefs and vintners Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and Nov. 10. They will showcase creative bites and palate-pleasing sips with sensational live entertainment.
  • “Eat to the Beat” concerts – 225 in all – will rev up the America Gardens Theatre stage three times nightly with new musical acts including Vertical Horizon, 98 Degrees, Sheila E. and others. Selections span a broad range of eras and genres from rock and pop to rhythm and blues.
  • “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops Wednesdays and Thursdays provide new opportunities for guests to interact with visiting chefs, mixologists and other pros.

Throughout the festival, guests will find something for everyone in the family:

  • A Ratatouille-inspired adventure is back as Chef Remy encourages families to play together during Remy’s Ratatouille Hid ‘n’ Squeak scavenger hunt.
  • On Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy an interactive Character Dance Party.
  • In the new Junior Chef Kitchen, children become the chefs and eat what they make in this complimentary experience each Sunday in the Festival Center.

This is just an appetizer for what’s to come this fall. The 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is included with theme park admission, but certain programs require a separate ticket and/or reservation; for full details, visit TasteEpcot.com.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Starts Sooner than Ever

Let’s boo this! There are even more nights to celebrate the spooky season this year during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special-ticket event runs select nights Aug. 17-Oct. 31 at Magic Kingdom Park – the earliest in the calendar year it’s ever started. It’s also the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Hocus Pocus,” so what better way to celebrate the film than the spellbinding Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular at Cinderella Castle, where the Sanderson Sisters take “stage fright” to another level.

Guests should keep their eyes open for dancing ghosts, the Headless Horseman, plus Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and many more beloved Disney Characters in the Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. There will also be plenty of sweets for all trick-or-treaters around the park, including allergy-friendly options. And each night during the party, the skies above an eerily lit Cinderella Castle come alive during Happy HalloWishes, a magical fireworks extravaganza that definitely goes bump in the night!

Advance tickets start at $75 for adults and $70 for ages 3-9 (plus tax). For a full list of event dates, visit MickeyHalloween.com. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as space each night is limited. For more information, call (407) WDISNEY (934-7639).

New Toy Story Land: A Perfect Place for Fall Fun

Where better to spend a beautiful fall day than playing in Andy’s backyard, the young toy owner from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Storyfilms. In this extraordinary new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests are “honorary toys” surrounded by Andy’s favorites – Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and many more.

Across 11 fun-filled acres, guests can hop on the all-new Slinky Dog Dash for a family-friendly roller coaster ride, take a spin and enjoy some interstellar beats on Alien Swirling Saucers and go for the high score playing midway games inside the 4D world of Toy Story Mania! When toys get hungry, there’s no better place to grab a bite than Woody’s Lunch Box, a walk-up window featuring a bevy of nostalgic delights – from a grilled three-cheese sandwich to a Lunch Box Tart and much more.

Toy Story Land also offers a collection of new merchandise items, allowing guests to take their special memories home with them. Among the many highlights: a Buzz Lightyear Bubble Blower and a Slinky Dog headband.

Disney Junior Dance Party Shimmies into Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Later in fall, the new Disney Junior Dance Party premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This live performance will feature high-energy music, a vibrant party atmosphere, special effects and characters from popular Disney Junior TV shows. Guests are invited to join all the fun with the stars of “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” “Doc McStuffins,” “The Lion Guard” and the newest hit series, “Vampirina.”

Two New Restaurants, Reimagined World of Disney Opening at Disney Springs

  • James Beard Award-winning Chef José Andrés – one of “The 100 Most Influential People of 2018” according to Time.com – will open a new location of his popular Jaleo this fall. It will offer an extensive menu of tapas that reflects the rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. Designed by renowned Spanish designer Juli Capella, the new multi-level restaurant will feature breathtaking exterior architecture and a vibrant, theatrical décor representing the colorful, dynamic culture of Spain. Andrés’ Disney Springs venue will be his largest and most ambitious location to date.
  • A new restaurant by James Beard Award-winning Chef Wolfgang Puck will also open this fall. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will modernize the traditional “bar and grill” concept in a setting inspired by traditional farmhouses – with a touch of elegance. The restaurant will capture the essence of laid-back California dining made popular by Puck’s Spago, his flagship restaurant in Los Angeles.
  • In late fall, Disney Springs will reveal the newly reimagined World of Disney store, where guests will discover the products they love from Disney Parks in a dynamic and distinctly Disney environment. The flagship store remains open throughout the enhancement process.

New Hotel and Ticket Package Available Labor Day Week

The “Ultimate Disney Fall into Magic Package” is available this year for the week of Labor Day. The limited-time offer, available for booking through Aug. 19, includes a five-night stay at a select Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resort hotel for arrival Sept. 3 and departure Sept. 8, 2018. The package also features four-day Magic Your Way tickets and an itinerary full of special experiences in all four parks – including access to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and two hours of exclusive evening access to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Packages start at $149 per person, per night for a family of four in a standard room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. For more information, contact us today!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for more details!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights of the evening include:

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

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

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

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

Other highlights of the evening include:

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

Tickets are $275, including tax and gratuity.

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

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

Highlights of this special reception include:

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

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

Reservations Now Open for New Character Dining Experiences at Disneyland Resort Hotels

Reservations are now available for Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Character Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe and Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast at Disney’s PCH Grill at Disneyland® Resort hotels. These dining experiences both start on July 10 and are the perfect way for you to start your Disney day.

Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Character Breakfast

At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Guests dining at Storytellers Cafe will join Mickey Mouse and his friends for Mickey’s Tales of Adventure. Discover the fun with your adventurous storyteller, Mickey, as he welcomes you into his immersive tales of adventure through his magical Adventurer’s Journal. Enjoy a bountiful Farmer’s Market Buffet of all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast specialties, including made-to-order omelets, Mickey waffles, fresh-baked goods and seasonal fruit. Mickey’s Tales of Adventure will be offered Monday-Thursday, 7-11:30 a.m. and Friday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast

Over at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Donald will be reunited with his heart-throb Daisy at Disney’s PCH Grill, and is bringing all the beachy fun with him! Soak in those rays and catch some waves on the dance floor with Donald, Daisy and Stitch as you chow down on an all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast buffet. Try the build-your-own-parfait stations, chef’s signature flatbreads, egg white frittatas, chilaquiles, smoothies, smoked salmon and more. Kids will love the Mickey waffles, Minnie pancakes, Bananas Foster French toast and a selection of hot and cold cereals, sausage, bacon and seasonal fresh fruit. Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast will take place Monday-Thursday, 7-11 a.m. and Friday-Sunday, 7-11:30 a.m.

Explore the New Bourbon Trail at Disney Springs

There’s something exciting – and tasty! – coming to Disney Springs on May 1. Kick off your summer by exploring this brand-new Bourbon Trail, where guests ages 21 and older can discover bourbon-inspired beverages and food pairings. Meander through the many shops and restaurants throughout the area and find your favorites!

Each of these drinks has been carefully paired with a delicious dish, and there’s even a map that shows where to find all of them! Whether you’re a bourbon aficionado, or just enjoy sipping and savoring new drinks, this trail is perfect for an afternoon stroll or a night out with friends.

I’ve put together this guide to everything being offered on the trail, so be sure to read up and prepare your taste buds, because these offerings will only be available through June 17 and you won’t want to miss out! You might even find me strolling about and sipping on a tasty beverage myself …

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar

  • Fine and Mellow – featuring Knob Creek Bourbon, St. Elder, lemon juice, strawberry, and rhubarb bitters
  • Hurry Sundown Old Fashioned – featuring Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Benedictine, butter pecan syrup, bitters, and caramel pecan bacon
  • Smoked Brisket or Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Homemade Bread Pudding – topped with toffee sauce and bourbon butter
    Splitsville Dining Room

    • The Trifecta – a stirred concoction of Old Forester 100, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Benedictine, and Pimento Dram
    • BBQ Chicken Pizza – smothered in BBQ sauce, topped with marinated grilled chicken, BBQ sauce, smoked gouda, mozzarella, cilantro, and red onion

    Bongos Cuban Café

    • Angel’s Envy Bourbon Mojito – featuring Angel’s Blue Envy Bourbon, simple syrup, soda water, and fresh mint leaves
    • Authentic Cuban Style Churrasco Certified Angus Beef – a 10-ounce skirt steak hand-cut and served with house-made chimichurri sauce, white rice, and beans

    YeSake

    • Strawberry Bourbon Sour Slushie – bourbon, sweet strawberry puree, and lemonade

Citrus Fresh – salmon, green leaf lettuce, cucumber, onion, spinach, and jalapeño tempura crunch wasabi ponzu sauce (available as a bowl or wrap)


Planet Hollywood Observatory

  • Bulleit Frontier Old Fashioned – featuring Bulleit Bourbon, sugar, and bitters
  • BBQ Ribs – fall-off-the-bone St. Louis-style ribs, slow cooked in-house, smothered with BBQ sauce, and served with triple fries

STK Orlando

  • Double Down – featuring Woodford Reserve and lemon juice
  • Double Smoked Bacon – served with date chutney, oven-dried tomatoes, and crispy garlic
  • Bag O’ Donuts – enhanced with dulche de leche filling and spice chocolate and raspberry sauces

Enzo’s Hideaway

  • Enzo’s Bourbon Swizzle – featuring Bulleit Bourbon, lemon juice, ginger syrup, bitters, and fresh mint sprigs with notes of spice, rye, and cedar

Salumi and Formaggi Board – an impressive selection of meats and cheeses


The Edison

  • Peach Tree Downs – a refreshing peach mint julep with a nutty pecan finish featuring Knob Creek Bourbon and Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey, with a rich, sweet, woody, full-bodied and almost-fruity flavor and aromas of toasted nuts, grain, and oak
  • DB Clothesline Candied Bacon – maple and black pepper-infused bacon served with a sour pickle

Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas

  • Kentucky Sunrise – featuring Jim Beam Bourbon, orange juice, and grenadine
  • Argentinian Skirt Steak – 10-ounce char-grilled skirt steak topped with caramelized onions and chimichurri and served with wasabi or truffle fries

The Ganachery

Woodford Reserve Bourbon – comprised of more than 200 delectable flavor notes, from bold grain and wood to sweet aromatics: spice, fruit, and floral notes


Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant

  • The Gold Cup – featuring Bulleit Bourbon, Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and muddled mint, lime, and cucumber
  • Dub Schpuds – herb roasted potato wedges with a Smithwick’s & Dubliner cheese dip

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Coffee Old Fashioned – Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee, Vanilla Syrup, Aromatic Bitters, and served with a coffee ganache square

Snakebite Sliders – three gourmet beef sliders with tomato-bacon jam, house-made pickles, shredded lettuce and cheese


The Boathouse

  • Orlando Pride – featuring Old Forester Bourbon and a homemade blackberry citrus purée

Calamari – hoisin chili marinated calamari rings lightly fried with a medley of peppers and served with a side of hoisin chili sauce


Paddlefish

Southern Sangria – featuring Medley Bros. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, peach liqueur, Tempranillo, and seasonal fruit with warm notes of caramel, oak, and spices that are followed by touches of creamy vanilla, milk chocolate, and caramelized sugar

The Pork Chop – a 10-ounce pork chop served with house-made applesauce and fresh green beans

The Polite Pig

Winner’s Circle – featuring Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Pamplemousee grapefruit liqueur, and elderflower tonic, with a rich and complex flavors and hints of vanilla, toffee, and candied fruit

The Southern Pig Sandwich – mouthwatering pulled pork, fennel-apple slaw, tangy mustard BBQ and Dukes Mayonnaise

Frontera Cocina

  • Bórbon Néctar – featuring Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, 3 dashes of organic agave, 5 drops of Elemakule Tiki Bitters, and orange peel with lean oak, corn, and caramel flavors and finishes of warm toffee, spice, and drying wood
  • Carne Asada – garlic and red chili-marinated Creekstone Natural Black Angus Steak, black beans refritos with queso fresco, and caramelized plantains with crema and Cotija cheese and served with tomatillo salsa and warm tortillas

    D-Luxe Burger

    • Smoked Bourbon Gelato Shake – vanilla gelato blended with Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon, hickory smoke, and dark chocolate sauce and topped with a bacon strip
    • Southern Burger – signature blend beef patty topped with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce, grilled onion, and bacon

    Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

    • The Old Fashioned Elder – featuring Michter’s Bourbon and St. Germain Elderflower
    • Basil Hayden’s Mint Julep – featuring Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, simple syrup, and sprigs of fresh mint
    • Famous Thigh High Chicken Biscuits – three biscuits topped with Chef Art’s fried chicken thighs, drizzled with hot honey, and served alongside bread and butter picklesEverything on this tasty Bourbon Trail will be available at Disney Springs from May 1 to June 17, so come on out, grab a drink and a snack, and take a walk with us! You can even pick up a Bourbon Trail Passport that contains all of this info and more at the Disney Springs Welcome Center and at any participating location.

Thanks to  Alex Dunlap and the Disney Parks Blog for this post on the Bourbon Trail at Disney Springs!

 

The Crystal Palace

From the moment you walk into this bright, Victorian-style restaurant, you may feel a little rumbly in your tumbly! And if you get that reference, this is definitely the place for you! Join Pooh and all his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at The Crystal Palace.

The Crystal Palace is home to a beautiful glass atrium that will have you oohing and ahhing from the moment you walk in. This all-you-can-eat buffet has something for everyone and for every meal. While you’re dining, your favorite characters like Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet mingle throughout the table to take pictures and share lots of laughs and hugs.

All food is prepared right before you in the onstage kitchen, and dining at this restaurant for breakfast will start your day at Magic Kingdom off in the best way possible! Fill your tumbly with fresh omelets, pastries, fruit, pancakes, and much more!

For lunch and dinner, you have even more hearty options like roasted carved meats, freshly prepared pastas, salads, and thelist just keeps going!

If you still have room from making multiple trips to the bountiful buffets, treat yourself to dessert! Options include warm banana pudding, brownies, fruit cobbler, and the Florida classic: key lime pie.

The Crystal Palace is located at Magic Kingdom, and you can get there by the complimentary bus system, the monorail, or you can park your car. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Do dinner and a show ’50s-style at this drive-in “theater,” featuring all-American cuisine and sci-fi movie clips. Quite possibly the coolest restaurant at Walt Disney World, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is one place you and your family can’t miss out on.

Your car hop will take you to your car-shaped booth or table where you’ll get a perfect view of the screen that airs vintage and scary clips of aliens, mummies, robots, and even Walt Disney, himself! Take in all around you at your fellow drive-in diners, vintage memorabilia, and the twinkling stars above and you know you’ll be back before you even place your order.

For those 21 and older, you have plenty of drink options from beer, wine, sangria, and cosmic concoctions like the Magical Star Cocktail, Long Island Lunar Tea, or the Godiva Chocolate Martini which is made with Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and Stoli Vanil Vodka.

Start your dinner with an appetizer like their fried dill pickles or crispy onion rings before moving on to your entree. Choose from seemingly endless choices that include multiple burger, pasta, and sandwich options including the Southern burger topped with a fried green tomato, blackened shrimp pasta in a four-cheese sauce, or the tasty vegetarian falafel burger on a brioche bun.

Just like ending a Marvel movie with the sneak peek after all the credits, hang around for dessert and try the house-made Sci-Fi candy bar, turtle cheesecake, or the classic hot fudge sundae.

Disney’s Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is located at Hollywood Studios. You can get there by the complimentary bus system, water taxis, or you can park your car. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Splitsville Dining Room

Rock n roll is all around you at this vintage, retro-style bowling alley that gives a fresh spin on dining, music, and entertainment. Whether you want to bowl before or after your meal, this indoor-outdoor restaurant spans two floors, has five bars, a billiards area, and 30 bowling lanes – and there’s often live music!

Open from 10:30am – 1am, Splitsville is 50,000 square-feet of pure fun. With a seemingly endless menu, there is something for even the pickiest of eaters. From burgers to fresh-rolled sushi, hand-tossed pizzas, and veggie bowls, everyone will be pleased.

Start your meal with amped-up bowling alley classics like loaded fries, macho nachos, and cheeseburger sliders. For those who have to eat gluten free, there is no shortage of choices! Grilled salmon with mango chutney, ahi tuna, spicy veggie bowl, and the fiesta chicken bowl are just a few of your many options.

Save room for dessert so you can enjoy a Ghiradelli brownie a la mode, root beer float, or the super sundae, and you will surely be ready for a nap after a few rounds of bowling!

You can get to Disney Springs by the complimentary bus system, or you can park your car. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Paddlefish at Disney Springs

When you’re at Disney Springs, there’s no way you can overlook this iconic and modern steamboat that’s anchored on Lake Buena Vista. This restaurant serves fresh seafood and savory steaks as well as Floridian classics you won’t want to miss out on.

Paddlefish serves lunch and dinner in the main restaurant daily from 11:30am – 11:00pm. There is also a lounge on the third deck called Sunset Rooftop where you can enjoy shareable options such as Maine muscles, fried green tomatoes, and tableside lobster guacamole made right in front of you. After 9:30pm, the lounge offers late night appetizers. Signature cocktails, wine, and beer are always available.

Start your dinner with an appetizer like their Point Judith calamari, crab fries, or a soup or salad. Their extensive menu options include king crab from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, fish and chips, jambalaya, New York Strip, a low country boil, and much more.

Save room for dessert so you can enjoy a classic strawberry shortcake, doughnuts and coffee, or the Floridian classic: Key Lime Pie.

You can get to Disney Springs by the complimentary bus system, or you can park your car. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Yachtsman Steakhouse

Mouthwatering cuisine awaits at Yachtsman Steakhouse, located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Walk into this New England-style steakhouse and notice the airy dining room surrounded by New England nautical decor before enjoying their selection of premium steaks and seafood.

Yachtsman Steakhouse only serves dinner, so if you’re a fan of steaks and seafood, this restaurant should be at the top of your list. High-quality, grain-fed beef is their specialty here. Their beef is aged in-house and prepared on an oak-fired grill in the open kitchen, letting you get a great view on all the action.

Start your meal with one of their appetizers such as Maine lobster bisque or Caesar salad with shaved parmigiano, and then delight your taste buds with prime New York strip steak with peppercorn-brandy sauce, pan-roasted chicken, or their “catch of the day.” And you certainly don’t want to miss out on their truffle mac-and-cheese. Pair your meal with one of the wines from their extensive wine list.

Be sure to save room for dessert and enjoy their signature Yachtsman Sundae, crème brûlée, or their peanut butter and pretzel gianduja cake!

You can get to Disney’s Yacht Club by the complimentary monorail and bus system, or you can valet your car. There is a recommended dress code and reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

California Grill

Savory Pacific Coast cooking with a view of Cinderella’s Castle? That’s what you get after taking the private elevator up to the 15th floor at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! California Grill is an award-winning restaurant that combines fresh, seasonal ingredients with the melting-pot culture of California.

The menu at California Grill changes seasonally and may include specialties such as handmade Sonoma goat cheese ravioli, Florida swordfish, and oak-fired filet of beef. Famous for their mouthwatering sushi and brick oven-fired flatbreads, you can’t possibly make a bad decision with whatever you order.

Brunch at the Top
Although dinner is the only meal served at California Grill, the restaurant is open for brunch on Sundays. Enjoy live musical entertainment and complimentary mimosas throughout brunch. Treat yourself to a menu of charcuterie, sushi, and seasonal brunch dishes that are made from the freshest ingredients. To pair perfectly with your meal is a Bloody Mary bar, cocktails, craft brews, and an extensive list of wines.

California Grill Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy pre and post-dinner drinks in this first-come, first-served style seating. Stay a little longer for one of the best views of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from the lounge or the outside observation deck!

You can get to Disney’s Contemporary Resort by the complimentary monorail and bus system, or you can valet your car. There is a recommended dress code and reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Flying Fish

At Flying Fish, you’re welcomed with a stylish and sophisticated ambiance that makes you feel like you’re dining on a classic Atlantic boardwalk. From all over the restaurant, you have a view of the open kitchen where chefs use the freshest and premium sustainable seafood.

Dinner is the only meal served at Flying Fish – taking reservations from 5:00pm – 9:30pm

The chefs at Flying Fish create specialties nightly that you’ll be sure to enjoy. Blue crab bisque, plancha-seared Hokkaido scallops, and wagyu filet mignon are just a few options you’ll have a tough time choosing between. Peruse the handpicked wine and cocktail list designed to complement every meal. Be sure to save room for dessert to end your meal with a seasonal sweet treat!

Chef’s Tasting Wine Dinner
A flavorful and exciting 5-course prix fixe menu is available with this dining option. Sit right at the chef’s counter with a front row view of the open kitchen. Your dishes are prepared in front of you with a perfectly paired wine to complement each course. While enjoying your dinner, you have an exclusive chance to talk to – and learn from – the chef!

Flying Fish is located on Disney’s BoardWalk and you can get there by bus or boat. After your dinner, head to Atlantic Dance Hall where you can dance the night away at this nightclub that plays songs from the ’80s, ’90s, and today. If dancing all night isn’t your thing, maybe a dueling piano bar is! Head to Jellyrolls to enjoy sing-alongs and give the two piano maestros your requests! To enjoy Atlantic Dance Hall and Jellyrolls, guests have to be 21 and older.

It Really Is Magic! – Guest Blog Post

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

It may look similar to the James Bond Spy watch from 1965, but, it is oh so much more. The MagicBands are an all-in-one device and is a part of the New My Magic+

When you book your Walt Disney World package you will be given a link by your Travel Planner to log into Your My Disney Experience and associate your reservation. 60 Days prior to your arrival date you will be able to go into your planning center and Customize your MagicBand and it will be shipped directly to your home shortly after. The excitement already starts to build when you have your Magic Box show up at your door step!

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The MagicBands are worn on your wrist and can be sized for all wrist sizes. They can be customized by color and with your name or nickname placed on the back of the band. Be sure to order your band prior to 11 days before you travel so you can have it shipped to your home. If you do a last minute booking, no worries, your band will be sent to the resort for when you check in.

The MagicBands can also be decorated with special accessories — MagicBandits and MagicSliders. One accessory that we found very helpful was the CoverBands. Because the bands are made out of magic rubber, a hot day can prove to be a little sweaty, but, with the CoverBand your wrist will remain comfortable and less sweaty. We felt it was worth the $6.95 for one – or you can purchase a pack of three for $15.95.

 The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The bands are water proof, even for that long soak in the hot tub! So you don’t have to worry about losing your room key when you set it on the chair with the towel! You are wearing it!

Just rolled out this past weekend you can now use your MagicBand for your PhotoPass photos. We loved this feature as well – no fumbling for the card while trying to keep track of the kids and all your belongings. Simply pose for your photo and tap your band.

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

The MagicBand works with your FastPass+ choices that you will select before you arrive or once you get to the theme park. I highly recommend picking them prior to your arrival. We could not believe how much we loved this feature. We thought scheduling them ahead of time would be a pain, but, once you have used it and saw it in action we were sold! Remember the Fast Pass Dash? – Dad gathering all the Key to the World cards and running down Main Street to get the family their fast pass for Space Mountain? Well, now Dad can enjoy the stroll down Main Street with the rest of the family because you already know in advance that you WILL get on Space Mountain. Another really exciting feature with the FastPass+ is the Character Meet and Greet locations. If your daughter always wanted to meet Rapunzel, and you know that you cannot schedule a Character Meal with her, well you can schedule a FastPass + option for the Rapunzel Meet and Greet at the new Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom. You can leave home knowing your little one WILL meet Rapunzel.

The MagicBands are up and running at the Walt Disney World Resort and they are Incredible!

All in all, you will love the benefits of the MagicBands. They are convenient, easy to use, fun to get delivered to your doorstep and to accessorize once you arrive.


Laura Schiely, Kingdom Magic VacationsGuest Author – Laura Schiely I am a Certified Travel Agent specializing in Disney Destinations including Adventures by Disney, Disney Cruise , Disneyland and Disney World. I also specialize in Universal Orlando, Princess Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Sandals and Beaches.  As a Travel Planner, I work with my clients to develop a memorable vacation from the point of selecting a vacation destination, to planning the details and follow up when they arrive home. As a home based agent, I have the opportunity to be available for them when they need me. I value my clients time, budget and experience and treat each vacation as if it were my own. Contact me HERE.

‘Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Fantastic flavors from some of Downtown Disney’s signature restaurants will take center stage this fall and feature some of the restaurants’ most popular dishes during “Downtown Disney Foodtopia,” October 1-October 31.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Seven restaurants are rolling out three-course dinners for $30, with a $60 option at Fulton’s Crab House (tax and gratuity extra). The seven restaurants include Bongo’s Cuban Café, House of Blues, Paradiso 37, Planet Hollywood, Portobello, Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Wolfgang Puck Café.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Wolfgang Puck Cafe – Butternut Squash Soup

Each of the flavorful menu options include three full courses and a non-alcoholic beverage. For instance, at Wolfgang Puck Café, guests can start with garlic and white bean hummus, a Caesar salad or butternut squash soup. Entrees include pesto chicken, crispy pork loin or spaghetti Bolognese. Desserts are key lime pie, carrot cake or a brownie sundae.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Planet Hollywood – Sicilian Eggplant Fries

Paradiso 37 is offering blackened mahi sliders, a hearty beef burrito or chicken enchiladas paired with a starter and dessert, while Planet Hollywood has a choice of their Celebrity BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, lasagna or their gargantuan Southwest Salad for your entrée options. Splitsville lets guests choose from eight appetizers and 10 entrees, with a brownie with ice cream for dessert.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Fulton’s Crab House – Lobster

For guests craving savory seafood, the Fulton’s Crab House menu includes either shrimp cocktail, steamed clams and mussels or jumbo lump crab cake to start; a whole Rhode Island lobster, cioppino or filet mignon for an entrée, and a Tollhouse Cookie sundae, key lime pie or root beer float for dessert.

'Downtown Disney Foodtopia’ at Walt Disney World Resort Brings Delicious Prix Fixe Menus in October

Planet Hollywood Southwest Salad

Walt Disney World guests can sample all that Foodtopia has to offer any day of the week between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.  Reservations and payment are required at least 48 hours in advance. Reservations can be made starting Sept. 28.

And for those wanting to make it a dinner-and-a-show evening, guests who make a Foodtopia reservation can save on tickets to Cirque du Soleil “La Nouba” with a 20 percent discount for everyone in their party.

To make dining reservations for Foodtopia, contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Agent today.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

Walt Disney World has officially reopened Fountain View at Epcot. And now, this Future World favorite is serving Starbucks drinks and menu items as well as your favorite house-made Disney treats.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

Fountain View will be offering items like Starbucks Artisan breakfast sandwiches along with Disney cookies, brownies and gourmet cupcakes at the bakery. Starbucks offerings also include coffee as well as espresso and Frappuccino blended beverages. And yes, Fountain View will accept Starbucks cards.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

Fountain View is the second location serving Starbucks at the Walt Disney World Resort. And like the Main Street Bakery, Fountain View in Future World at Epcot was designed to fit the current theme of its location.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

More locations are coming to Disney’s Hollywood StudiosDisney’s Animal Kingdom and, Downtown Disney so be sure and keep an eye open for updates.

Fountain View Reopens Now Serving Starbucks at Epcot and New Openings Ahead at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Locations

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