Kingdom Magic Vacations

Call Toll-Free

Category Archives: Holiday

Celebrate Holiday Joy At Universal Orlando Resorts

With all the holiday festivities in store at Universal Orlando Resort this year, it’s no secret that Universal Orlando Resort is the place to be to get into the holiday spirit. Throughout the parks there are several options to put the joy into the season. But the jubilee doesn’t end there! You can’t miss all the glitz and glamour at our four on-site hotels.


With the hotels fabulously decked and fantastic events lined up, you know there’s never a dull moment when it comes to the most wonderful time of the year around these parts.

So if you’re like me, you’ve already got your calendars out, ready to get to planning. Whether you’re local or from out-of-town, pencil in these must-do’s. Because when it comes to the holidays, it’s never too early to start planning!



Aside from gathering with loved ones and the warm-and-fuzzy feelings, who can forget about all the food! And when you’re celebrating the season at our on-site resorts, the word, “satisfied,” does not even begin to cover the post-meal glow.

At Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, you’re in for a treat, as each hotel kicks off the season with extravagant Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s buffets, complete with carving stations, specialty dishes, chilled seafood, salads, pastries, cakes and more. For example, our Gather Together Thanksgiving Celebration at Portofino Bay, includes turkey and all the trimmings, live entertainment and activities for the kids. Imagine that, a Thanksgiving meal with no cooking or clean-up!

And it wouldn’t be Universal Orlando without a bit of fun – kids can enjoy activities like arts and crafts, face painting and even a visit at the table from their favorite Universal Orlando character!



Whether it’s your neighbor down the street putting up his lights or the Christmas palm trees that are so common here in Florida, the magic of the holidays just isn’t complete without all the trimmings and decorations. And when it comes to decking the halls, our four hotels have holiday style to fit every taste.

If you’re into the retro look, check out the glistening silver trees that dot Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Hard Rock Hotel’s adorned with music-inspired ornaments for everyone’s inner rocker, and for those with a sweet tooth, Loews Royal Pacific’s gingerbread house village is a must-see treat. Traditional real-tree advocates, have no fear – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel even puts up a huge, live spruce tree up every year in the Harbor Piazza.

Events & Activities


With delicious food and dazzling décor, there’s only one thing missing from this equation–the festivities! With activities like cookie and ornament decorating in the lobby, Hanukkah menorah lightings and even special visits from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself, the on-site hotels at Universal Orlando really come alive during this time of year.

You won’t want to miss kicking off the holidays at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel’s Holiday Harbor Nights on November 27, a wine, food, music and tree lighting celebration out on the beautiful Harbor Piazza. If you’re looking for a unique twist to the holidays this year, get your hula on at a special New Year’s Eve Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. What could be better than a Polynesian buffet and toasting Mai Tais to the New Year?

So, make sure to include the holidays at Universal’s on-site hotels in your plans this season. And, remember … you can also save by staying at one of the on-site hotel this holiday season, where you can enjoy more of the holiday festivities!

New Year’s Eve Celebrations At Walt Disney World Resort

Are you are ringing in the New Year at the Walt Disney World Resort? Here’s a reminder of some of the magical ways you can welcome in 2015!


Countdown at Magic Kingdom Park

The new year kicks off with fireworks galore at Magic Kingdom Park. Along with “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” you can enjoy “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, capped off with a breathtaking musical show. This special fireworks display will be presented on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.

New Year’s Around the Globe at Epcot


All across World Showcase at Epcot, guests can explore each countries’ traditions at participating pavilions – including Morocco, Italy, China, France, the United Kingdom and the USA – as they soak up the sounds of favorite bands and DJs.

Plus, World Showcase promenade is the place to be as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth lights up the sky with a message of peace and goodwill. Two showings of this nighttime spectacular will take place on New Year’s Eve, at 6 p.m. and 11:40 p.m.

Celebrate at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Guests of all ages will enjoy the fabulous family-style fun and entertainment that New Year’s Eve unreels at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Come nightfall on Dec. 31, 2014, the “rake and roll” cover band Mulch, Sweat and Shears takes the stage for a set of iconic songs.

And, as midnight approaches, the evening ignites into an amazing shower of shimmering light. Guests can watch in wonder as majestic fireworks glitter, glisten and inspire awe in one and all.

Dining and Entertainment at Downtown Disney


If you wish to enjoy New Year’s Eve at Downtown Disney, please remember, as in previous years, there are no fireworks displays.

However, there are a variety of exciting offerings to enjoy this year at Downtown Disney, including special New Year’s Eve food and beverage tents, merchandise stands and entertainment. Guests can also enjoy dining experiences, movies, bowling, Cirque du Soleil, shopping and more. Or, they can explore some of the newest offerings including the Food Trucks at Exposition Park and the flagship Starbucks location at Downtown Disney West Side, as well as the Marketplace Co-Op at the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

If you are arriving in your own vehicles, please follow signs to available parking, which may be located adjacent to the Downtown Disney area. It is recommended that guests arrive at least 60 minutes in advance of all reservations and planned activities. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, it is recommended that you use complimentary transportation, as parking may be limited.

Go Behind-The-Scenes With The Grinch at Universal Orlando

Enjoy this behind the scenes look at Universal Orlando‘s holidays commercial… Starring the green, mean one himself, The Grinch!


Fill your holidays with cheer this year as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. You can enjoy the heartwarming live show “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular” and meet The Grinch and the Whos daily.

Grinchmas at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure

Book Your Universal Orlando Holiday Vacation

Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Castle Dream Lights’ at Magic Kingdom

Cinderella’s Holiday Wish and the Castle Dream Lights are a nightly holiday show and spectacle that lights up Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park with thousands of lights.

Earlier this month, Disney Parks Blog went behind-the-scenes with Creative Director Reed Jones to learn just what it takes to bring this show to life and shared this video.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade Brings Cheer to Magic Kingdom

Christmas Dopey

The procession features Disney characters dressed in their holiday finery, dancing gingerbread men, a fleet of marching toy soldiers, Cinderella’s pumpkin coach pulled by miniature ponies, and last but not least, the arrival of Santa Claus in his sleigh. This year, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse appear in the parade sporting new holiday costumes, while Donald Duck has made his way onto a different float.

Woody and Jessie at the Magic Kingdom

Toy Soldiers Play Down Main Street USA

Rocking Horse Parade Float

Cinderella Coach for Christmas

The Seven Dwarfs decked our for Christmas

Chip and Dale throw snowballs

Santa makes and appearance

It’s Not Too Late To Book
Your Walt Disney World Christmas Vacation!

Share The Holiday Spirit with Disney Cruise Line

This year, Disney is giving even more guests the chance to celebrate the holidays on a Disney cruise. Very Merrytime Cruises set sail on November 9 and 10 with beautiful decor throughout the ship and holiday-themed fun for the whole family.

Share The Holiday Spirit with Disney Cruise Line

Here are some of the family-fun activities you can take part in:

  • Meeting Santa Claus and his elves and greeting Disney friends in their holiday attire
  • A young cruiser helping Disney characters light the atrium lobby tree during King Triton’s Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Families and Disney friends hula hooping, playing limbo under oversized candy canes, dancing to the “Yuletide Slide” and doing a conga line around the pool at the Deck the Deck Holiday Party
  • Family photos in front of the three-deck atrium lobby tree, oversized gingerbread house and other themed decor throughout the ship
  • Festive decorations on Disney private island, Castaway Cay

Share The Holiday Spirit with Disney Cruise Line

Contact Kingdom Magic To Book
Your Disney Cruise Today!

‘Holidays Around the World’ Returning to Epcot

The holiday season is one of the absolute best times of the entire year at Walt Disney World Resort. Much of the fun is already in full swing, from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And starting November 29, Holidays Around the World returns for another festive season at Epcot.

'Holidays Around the World' Returning to Epcot

Throughout the day, World Showcase comes alive with holiday traditions from around the globe. Visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at The American Adventure, and wish them a “Merry Christmas!” Enjoy tales from kind-hearted witch La Befana in Italy Pavilion, the agile Monkey King in China Pavilion, and Los Tres Reyes Magos in Mexico Pavilion. From celebrations of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to Japanese customs of the new year, you’ll be immersed in the cultural heritage of each nation.

'Holidays Around the World' Returning to Epcot

New to Holidays Around the World this year are the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs. This group, featuring members of the popular Celtic rock band Off Kilter, will take you on a musical journey across the Great White North, exploring unique holiday traditions from the various regions of Canada. It promises to be a rousing, tune-filled good time!

'Holidays Around the World' Returning to Epcot

Of course, there’s even more to enjoy at Holidays Around the World. You won’t want to miss the uplifting “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” and the inspiring, nightly Candlelight Processional. And cap off your day with a spectacular grand finale to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” bringing a holiday message of peace and goodwill – along with a ton of impressive fireworks!

Contact Kingdom Magic Today
and Book Your Holiday Trip to
Walt Disney World

‘Tis the Season for Gingerbread All Across Walt Disney World Resort

Each year, the elaborate gingerbread creations get bigger and better at Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. From a 3-foot-tall replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall in Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom Park to the life-sized gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, it takes a multitude of dedicated pastry chefs to build each design.

'Tis the Season for Gingerbread All Across Walt Disney World Resort

Check out the video that showcases this year’s new creation at Disney’s BoardWalk, a sweet replica of a Jersey Shore Boardwalk concession stand. By the numbers, it’s 674 gingerbread shingles, 420 marshmallows for marquee lights and 90 pounds of saltwater taffy for the wreaths.

The handiwork starts with a concept and scale drawing, then it takes some serious teamwork to construct the gingerbread designs on stage in front of guests.

'Tis the Season for Gingerbread All Across Walt Disney World Resort

Most of the displays have delicious sweets for sale, and activities like gingerbread decorating. Here’s where you’ll find other fab holiday treats through January 2, 2014:

    • A 17-foot gingerbread holiday tree in the Grand Canyon Concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, made with 136 pounds of honey, 211 pounds of flour, 101 eggs and 151 pounds of chocolate!
    • A life-size, spinning carousel in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort has ponies made of chocolate fondant and hand-painted chocolate Disney characters – made with 50 pounds of dark chocolate, 100 pounds of confectioners’ sugar and 10 quarts of simple syrup. The lobby at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort features a holiday village with a miniature train surrounded with a sugar rock mountains.
    • At Epcot, the promenade at The American Adventure is home to Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop with freshly baked gingerbread, sugar and chocolate cookies, peppermint bark, hot cocoa and ciders.
    • Also at Epcot, The Land Pavilion showcases gingerbread creations representing icons from Disney parks and resorts around the world.

Contact Kingdom Magic Today
and Book Your Holiday Trip to
Walt Disney World

Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort‘s Holidays celebration is where families create holiday memories to last a lifetime. With one-of-a-kind holiday traditions that all ages can enjoy, it’s the only place where guests can come face-to-face with The Grinch at Grinchmas!

Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort

This year, experience the only holiday celebrations where your whole family can be themselves—naughty, nice and everything in-between. December 7, 2013 – January 4, 2014, you can see breathtaking balloons and floats, sing along with everyone’s favorite green meanie, and top it all off with live music by one of the world’s most beloved holiday artists.

Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort
At Universal Studios Florida, the Macy’s Holiday Parade takes to the streets with colorful balloons and floats coming to us straight from the world famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. There are also marching bands, clowns, and an appearance by the one and only Santa Claus!

Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort

No holiday party is complete without music! With over 27 million albums sold, Mannheim Steamroller, is the biggest selling Christmas artist of all time, and Universal Studios is proud to welcome them back. Catch them performing live on the Music Plaza stage December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22, 2013.

Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort

Right next door  you can catch the music and festivities of Grinchmas, as Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure is transformed into a wintry wonderland. You won’t want to miss the heartwarming live show starring The Grinch, strolling Whos, and a chance to get your picture taken with the mean green one himself.

Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort

Don’t miss a moment of the holiday fun at Universal Orlando Resort!

Contact Kingdom Magic Vacations to Book Your Holidays at Universal!

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Amps Up the Magic With Its Holiday Happenings Line-Up

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Amps Up the Magic With Its Holiday Happenings Line-Up

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is celebrating the season with the ever popular Holiday Happenings at the Swan and Dolphin. This magical month-long celebration in December will once again feature Santa — clad in cool Florida resort wear — accompanied by Mrs. Claus, as they jet off to Florida to escape the cold and spend their vacation at Santa’s favorite resort, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

Families can enjoy a unique holiday experience away from home at the Epcot Resort Area hotel, mingling with Santa, lighting the tree with Mrs. Claus and even getting tucked in by one of Santa’s elves.

Children and kids at heart can enjoy a magical holiday vacation experience with this year’s line-up:

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Amps Up the Magic With Its Holiday Happenings Line-Up

Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet ‘n Greets
Santa, Mrs. Claus and their favorite elf, Kandy Kane, decked out in their vacation attire, will meet with guests in Santa’s customized Tiki hut select nights. The hut features reindeer, palm trees and flamingos, making it a photo opportunity like no other.

Dancing Lights Show
Each evening, the causeway transforms into a holiday spectacle, where illuminating palm trees become the performers of a dazzling musical light show featuring favorite holiday tunes.

Life-Size Chocolate Santa Scene
Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-sized sculpture of Santa weighs in at approximately 1,200 pounds! The sculpture, created by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard (the only two-time world pastry champion), will be on display in the lobby of the Swan. This year, the display will feature a 7-foot tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker!

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins
Even after Santa’s elves have finished making presents, their work isn’t really finished! On Dec. 24, parents can hire a full-costumed elf to deliver milk, cookies, a plush toy and storybook to the room; read a bedtime story and tuck the children into bed before Santa arrives. This is a premium service with an additional cost. Reservations are required.

For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities, or to make room reservations, please contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

Contact Kingdom Magic Vacations!

Oktoberfest Celebration Comes to Disney California Adventure Park for ‘Limited Time Magic’

Oktoberfest Celebration Comes to Disney California Adventure Park for 'Limited Time Magic'

Limited Time Magic” is bringing special limited-time offerings to Bayside Brews at Disney California Adventure park to celebrate Oktoberfest! From October 14-31, guests can enjoy the following treats in addition to the regular menu:

  • Bratwurst sausage in a Boursin-garlic brioche with hickory-smoked bacon sauerkraut and potato chips or apple slices
  • Bavarian pretzel with choice of mustard
  • Gingerbread Bundt cake
  • Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer
  • Hofbrau Munchen Beer

Oktoberfest Celebration Comes to Disney California Adventure Park for 'Limited Time Magic'

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.

Don’t Miss a Moment of this Limited Time Magic

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Celebration Coming to Disney California Adventure Park

It may still be Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, but Disney Parks Blog let us behind the scenes where the Creative Entertainment team is already hard at work getting ready to deck the halls for the holidays. And this year, they’re bringing something new to Disney California Adventure park that’s sure to be fantástico – Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Celebration Coming to Disney California Adventure Park

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! will bring the Paradise Gardens area of the park to life with festive music, vibrant colors, jubilant dancing, character appearances, delicious food and fun activities for the whole family.

Several times each day, a high-energy street party takes over Paradise Gardens, led by the “Three Caballeros” – Donald Duck and his life-long amigos Panchito Pistoles from Mexico and Jose Carioca from Brazil. The infectious mix of Mariachi and Samba musicians, folklórico and carnaval dancers, 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets and those ambassadors of holiday cheer, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, will really get the crowd going, as Santa and Mrs. Claus join in to cheer and celebrate “¡Viva Navidad!

You won’t want to miss it! Disney ¡Viva Navidad! becomes part of the Holidays at Disneyland Resort on November 15 and continues through January 6, 2014, with additional Three Kings Day celebrations January 3-6.

Don’t Miss a Moment of the Fun
Contact Kingdom Magic Today!

Free Disney Santa Hats Are Popping Up All Over Walt Disney World

All over Walt Disney World, Santa hats with Mickey Ears and Minnie Ears in green and red are popping up.  When asked where the hat wearers got the amazing hats, they replied, “We booked our Holiday vacation with Kingdom Magic Vacations!”

Free Disney Santa Hats Are Popping Up All Over Walt Disney World

This Holiday Season enjoy a special gift from Kingdom Magic Vacations when you book a Walt Disney World Vacation Package! Book at least a 4-night Magic Your Way package plus Dining at a Disney World Moderate or Deluxe Resort any time between now and 10/31/2013 for travel dates 11/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 and receive a FREE Santa Hat*

Free Disney Santa Hats Are Popping Up All Over Walt Disney World

What could be better?  You get FREE Mickey Ear Santa hats for the whole family AND a great vacation to make lifetime memories!

Ask your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner for more details!

Free Disney Santa Hats Are Popping Up All Over Walt Disney World*While Supplies Last – Offer Available for NEW Bookings Only

Monster’s University Back Returns to Theaters Just for Labor Day Weekend

Are you looking for something fun to do this labor Day Weekend? DISNEY•PIXAR’S MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is returning to theaters this Labor Day Weekend just in time for school to start back up!

Monster's University Back Returns to Theaters Just for Labor Day Weekend

Reunite with Mike, Sully, and the whole Monsters University student body and enjoy some Pixar fun this holiday weekend!

In Case You Missed It The First Time…

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

Friday the 13th Mischief On Both Coasts During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

Disney’s dastardly villains are ready to unleash some Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks on September 13 — Friday the 13th..

Friday the 13th Mischief Is Bi-Coastal at Disney Parks During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

Both Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort will stay open until the 13th Hour (1 a.m.).  To celebrate the momentous evening, notorious Disney villains like Maleficent, Capt. Hook, Hades will host a wicked dance party, plus lots more spooky fun.

The hub of the villains’ festivities will be staged “dead” center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Hades’ Hangout – the hottest club north of the Underworld.

The “Lord of the dead,” Hades, will host spine-tingling fun while his henchmen, dancers, interactive DJ and hot house band keep the nighttime activities on fire.  Hades’ 13 devilish Disney brutes will be waiting in Villain Encounters surrounding Hades’ Hangout for greetings and autographs with guests.

To celebrate the imminent arrival of the midnight witching hour “Villainy in the Sky” will set the sky ablaze with spectacular fireworks, and keep the party going until the 13th hour.

Friday the 13th Mischief Is Bi-Coastal at Disney Parks During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

It’s all happening for a limited time only from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013 as part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks.  Limited Time Magic features 52 weeks of magical experiences — big and small — ranging from park-wide events to special culinary treats to special moments of surprise and delight.

On this spooktacular evening, villains will take over Disneyland as well. Town Square is transformed for the party where guests may see villains like Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts, Judge Frollo and Lady Tremaine.  Cobwebs and vines, Halloween-themed projections, lighting effects and an eerie fog set the tone for the evening.  Witches and warlocks will get the dance party started, spinning a mix of upbeat Halloween tunes and Disney-friendly Top 40 hits.

Later in the evening, the twisted celebration spills over to New Orleans Square Train Station with lurking Disney villains ready for the Unleash the Villains Dance Party featuring a lit-up dance floor and raised platforms, spooky décor and lighting effects.  A mischievous station master DJ conducts this party — announcing the arrival of a different ghoulish Disney villain at the 13th minute after every hour.  Villains will be on the prowl after dusk for photo ops and character greetings, plus a few special surprises.

Let Kingdom Magic Vacations Take You To
The Parties at Walt Disney World or Disneyland