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New Unique Character Experience Coming to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Park will soon debut a new character experience to guests! This new character interaction will be unlike anything you ever seen in a Disney Park! Beginning April 22nd, a towering mechanical suit will stop guests in their tracks in Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park! Disney has shared that the new Pandora Utility Suit is inspired by the iconic Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) suits of power armor from the film, Avatar.

This towering suit will stand ten feet high and feature a human pilot strapped into the cockpit of this exo-carrier. The pilot will control the suits powerful, yet agile movements. This giant walking suit was designed with articulated hands and a shoulder span of more than five feet. The pilot will be able to talk and interact with guests. They will share with guests, stories of the planet of Pandora and the history and culture of the lands people!

 

Disney always gives incredible attention to detail! Visitors will notice the suit bears claw marks and battle scars from a Thanator — an alpha predator on Pandora. The Pandora Utility Suit was actually reportedly designed for restoration, while the film’s AMP suits were created for infantry missions of destruction. These are all the backstories that we are sure the suit’s pilot will go into sharing with guests!  The suits streamlined structure and technical upgrades make it the perfect tool to collect plant samples, study flora, and survive Pandora’s wild terrain.

 

Disney has shared that as the suit travels the land daily, the pilot will interact with guests, share details about the land’s landscape, and highlight the importance of preserving nature.  This new character experience will debut April 22 as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort!

Christmas Offerings Coming to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Last year the Universal Orlando Resort offered a wide selection of new holiday offerings and the new festive additions became an instant hit with guests! That’s why we are excited to share that the holiday offerings will be returning this year as well! This year’s event runs from November 17, 2018, until January 6, 2019. During this festive time guests can celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visit all the Whos down in Whoville with Grinchmas, and watch their favorite characters in the new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. These fun offerings are sure to put you and your family in the spirit of the season, and that’s just the beginning! There will be more holiday offerings this year than ever before!  Let’s take a look at the lineup of exclusive holiday offerings throughout the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

“The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” is back! Guests can enjoy this dazzling projection show on the Hogwart’s Castle nightly when visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. While in Hogsmeade, be sure to look around at all the festive Christmas decorations, listen to the Frog Choir sing holiday songs and grab a Hot Butterbeer! Then guests can head over to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida to see more beautiful Christmas decorations throughout London and Diagon Alley. Guests won’t want to miss the talented Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees sing their holiday hits!

 

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is returning to the streets of Universal Studios Florida. This festive parade fills the streets with music, confetti, and some of your favorite characters, such as the Despicable Me Minions, Shrek and Fiona, King Julien, the Penguins of Madagascar, and more! And in true holiday parade tradition there is a visit from Santa as he rides high in the sky on a stunning float, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. This parade is a “must-see” experience for everyone in the family!

 

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Grinchmas is returning to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Here you can hear the story of the Grinch and help the Whos down in Whoville save Christmas during a wonderful live stage show! Join in singing along to your favorite songs and get into the Grinchmas spirit!  You can even start your day off in the park with breakfast with the Grinch himself (reservations required). Then stroll through Seuss Landing and enjoy taking in all the fun and colorful Christmas decorations put there by the Whos as they get their final preparations in order for Christmas!

 

Mannheim Steamroller

Fan-favorite Mannheim Steamroller will be returning to perform live on the Music Plaza Stage. Their performances can be seen on select nights during the months of November and December.

 

Resort-Wide Celebration

The festively decorated on-site hotels at Universal Orlando will be adorned with beautiful Christmas decorations! Each resort has décor specific to their location and theme. These decorations provide a wonderful backdrop for family holiday photos! Guests can meet Santa Claus, watch tree lightings, indulge in special holiday treats, and see all the decorations – all while on their Universal Orlando vacation!

 

Visiting the Universal Orlando Resort during the magic of the holiday season is a truly incredible experience! Our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations are always ready to help you plan your next memorable vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort or to wherever you wish to travel!

Menu Released for ‘Woody’s Lunch Box’ – New Quick Service Dining Location Coming to Toy Story Land!

All in the Details: First Look at Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land’s opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is just around the corner! This new land themed after the loved Pixar films will open to guests on June 30th! This week Disney released new information on the menu items coming to ‘Woody’s Lunch Box!’ This new quick service location will feature something for everyone and feature some unique eats and treats exclusive to the new land!

The dining location will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Let’s take a look at a few of the offerings!

Breakfast:

 

Entrées:

 

S’mores French Toast Sandwich

 

Breakfast Bowl

  • Potato Barrels, Brisket-Country Gravy and Scrambled Eggs

 

Breakfast Sandwich

  • Smoked Turkey, Eggs, Swiss, Peppers and Onions on Sourdough

 

Banana Split Yogurt Parfait

 

Kids Menu:

 

S’mores French Toast Sandwich

  • served with choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Breakfast Sandwich

  • Smoked Turkey, Eggs, Swiss, Peppers and Onions on Sourdough served with choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Dessert:

 

Raspberry Lunch Box Tart

 

Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart

 

 

Beverages:

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • your choice of Fountain Beverage served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

 

Mystic Portal Punch

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine

 

Mystic Portal Punch – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

Ice Cream Float with Barq’s® Root Beer

 

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 20 oz

 

smartwater®

 

Cold Brew Joffrey’s® Coffee

 

Coffee

 

Lowfat Mickey Milk – 8 oz

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 12 oz

 

Lunch & Dinner:

 

Entrées:

 

BBQ Brisket Melt

  • served with choice of Side

 

Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam

  • served with choice of Side

 

Smoked Turkey Sandwich

  • Smoked Turkey, Tomato and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread served with choice of Side

 

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich

  • served with choice of Side

 

“Totchos”

  • Potato Barrels, Corn Chips, Chili and Cheese topped with Sour Cream

 

Kids Menu:

 

Turkey Sandwich

  • served with Potato Barrels, Mandarin Orange and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Grilled Cheese

  • served with Potato Barrels, Mandarin Orange and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

 

Dessert:

 

Raspberry Lunch Box Tart

 

Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart

 

Beverages:

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • your choice of Fountain Beverage served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

Mystic Portal Punch

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine

 

Mystic Portal Punch – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

Ice Cream Float with Barq’s® Root Beer

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 20 oz

 

smartwater®

 

Cold Brew Joffrey’s® Coffee

 

Coffee

 

Lowfat Mickey Milk – 8 oz

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 12 oz

 

Alcoholic Beverages:

 

Grown-Up’s Lemonade

  • Three Olives Black Cherry Vodka, odwalla® Lemonade and Black Cherry Purée

 

Bud Light Lager – St. Louis, MO

  • 16 oz Draft Beer

 

Blue Moon Belgian White Ale – Golden, CO

  • 16 oz Draft Beer

 

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider – Cincinnati, OH

  • 16 oz Draft Beer

 

We can’t wait to experience this new eatery in person very soon! Do you plan to visit Toy Story Land upon its opening?! Our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations are happy to help you plan your next trip to Walt Disney World or to anywhere in the world you wish to travel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walt Disney World Golf Course Now Offers FootGolf!

For those who love golf and soccer Walt Disney World Golf now has something you will get really excited about!  Arnold Palmer Golf Management is happy to offer the game of FootGolf to guests at Disney’s Oak Trail golf course.  This 18-hole FootGolf course is certified by the American FootGolf League.

Tee times can be booked for 18 holes of FootGolf in front or behind those playing 9 holes of traditional golf.  If you play in groups of four the 18 holes of FootGolf will take approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, which is similar to playing 9 holes of traditional golf.

Disney’s Oak Trail FootGolf course is marked by its official color of orange while traditional golf is played to the blue pin flags.  There are no forced carries over any waterways on the 18 holes so it is a game that will be for both young and old.  It will be great for the whole family to enjoy together!

Netflix’s hit show “Stranger Things” will be brought to life at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights!

Netflix’s supernatural adventure thriller “Stranger Things”, will be brought to life at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights! Guests will experience the suspense and supernatural frights from Season 1 of “Stranger Things” in a new harrowing maze. Universal has stated that they are very excited to be working closely with Netflix in order to give Halloween Horror Night visitors an immersive experience! These new offerings will immerse guests into the “Stranger Things” world by recreating some of the show’s most iconic scenes, 80’s settings, and most loved characters. The experiences will faithfully follow the storyline, starting off on Mirkwood and then quickly moving to inside Hawkins National Laboratory where things have gone terribly wrong. From there guests will experience all the most memorable scenes and settings from the show while being hunted at every turn by the Demogorgon.

And of course, guests will step into the mysterious darkness of the Upside Down more than once – whether they like it or not. “Stranger Things” is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore as well. Universal’s sister parks will both have mazes too! This is just the first of nine haunted mazes announced for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. This year’s Halloween Horror Nights begins Sept. 14 and runs through Nov. 3. There’s even more in store for you with gruesome scare zones crawling with demented creatures and live shows you won’t want to miss.

Will you be attending Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights this year? Our team of travel planners are happy to help you plan your next vacation to Universal Orlando or wherever your travels take you!

NEW “The Chew”-Approved Culinary Port Adventures on Disney Cruise Line!

Disney Cruise Line and the cast of ABC’s daytime show, The Chew, have teamed up and they are cooking up new experiences for Disney Cruise Line guests!

Brand new food and beverage themed Port Adventures (aka Port Excursions) will give guests the opportunity to celebrate the culture, stories and tastes of the locations guests visit during their cruise. And the hosts of The Chew, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Michael Symon, are all working together with Disney Cruise Line to create Signature Collection Port Adventures featuring recipes from the show prepared by local chefs in the ports of call. All of the Culinary Port Adventures have been labeled as “The Chew Approved!”

Offerings for the Culinary Port Adventures are quite extensive. One variety of “The Chew Approved Port Adventures” is Culinary Classes, including hands-on seminars led by top chefs ashore! Another experience is Epicurean Adventures, where culinary experiences will enhance your activities within your excursion! Also, Wine & Dessert appreciation classes! The list goes on!

Here’s an example of one of these amazing Port Adventures, for instance, in Costa Maya, Mexico you can attend Salsa Cooking & Dancing! Or take a Cooking Class in Tuscany, Italy. While sailing in Alaska, you can “Cook Your Catch”! Or take a tour of of Graycliff Chocolatier and create your own chocolate creations in Nassau, Bahamas!

This is just scratching the surface, there are so many new Culinary Port Adventures on Disney Cruise Line!

Our team of travel planners are happy to help you plan your next vacation aboard Disney Cruise Line or to whatever destination you have been dreaming about!

 

New Design Details for the Aventura Hotel Coming Soon to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Late this summer a brand new hotel will be coming to the Universal Orlando Resort! Universal’s Aventura Hotel will be unique compared to the other on-site hotels at Universal. Each of the Universal hotels will transport you into an amazing story through theming and incredible attention to detail. Aventura will be a fresh new experience for our guests and also affordable too. Once you arrive at the Aventura hotel you will be greeted by a sleek high rise. The clean lines and simple colors will give a modern and contemporary feel. Aventura’s architectural design was created with purpose. The Universal team has stated that they wanted the hotels design to make guests feel relaxed and at ease. It’s the perfect place for you to rest and hangout after a thrilling day in our theme parks.

If you look at the building from an aerial view, you will notice that there are 3 overlapping wings of the hotel. These 3 wings are all anchored by a center circle, this design is being called a “trefoil” shape. This design not only gives architectural interest to the hotel, but it also offers great views from all angles. Inside the hotel, details like pops of blue in the entry tiles will add visual interest while still keeping with that simple and modern look. Throughout the grounds lush, green foliage will add natural colors to the exterior of the hotel and will remind guests of the natural beauty of Florida!

Aventura will have an amazing pool, visible from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby. Aventura’s pool will be a relaxing location for the entire family! The pool area will be complete with a kid’s splash pad, poolside bar, and a fire pit where guests can enjoy making delicious s’mores. The pool will even have underwater speakers!

Aventura will be home to a rooftop bar and restaurant, that will sit high atop this beautiful hotel. Located on the 17th floor, the rooftop bar and grill will offer incredible views of the Universal Resort! From the rooftop deck you will even be able to see clear to downtown Orlando!

Everything about this hotel from the design to the amenities will bring a fresh and modern feel to the Universal Resort! We can’t wait until this new hotel opens this August!

New Pixar Play Zone for Kids coming to Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gives Parents an Evening to Themselves!

A brand new, immersive Pixar character experience will soon be offered for kids ages 4-12 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Each night kids can have the chance to be transported into the world of their favorite Pixar movies and interact with many beloved Pixar characters! The experience is called the Pixar Play Zone! This new offering allows kids to get to play while parents get to enjoy a night out at the Walt Disney World Resort! Pixar Play Zone is part of a pilot program that starts April 13, 2018 at the Contemporary Resort. Any Guests can bring their kids to Pixar Play Zone, you do not need to be a resort guest in order to book this kid’s experience.

Let’s take a look inside at what kids will get to experience at Pixar Play Zone! Bonnie’s Play Room will be filled with a variety of toys. Just around the corner is the Living Room. This space will serve as the hub for most of the activity at Pixar Play Zone! It is here that kids can experience Space Ranger Training where a Space Ranger will teach kids what it takes to become a Junior Space Ranger of Star Command and how to identify enemies, like the evil emperor Zurg. Kids will also learn the call of the Space Ranger, “To infinity and beyond!” This is just one of the amazing interactive experience kids can enjoy! Woody and Jessie will show kids the ropes of the Wild West during Woody’s Roundup which will be complete with a sing-along. Next to the Living Room will be the Radiator Springs Racetrack! Here kids will get to build their own racecars and take turns sending them down a soapbox derby racetrack for Piston Cup Derby Races. Finally, kids can participate in the Incredible Dance Party with Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, and a fun party host! Your kid’s evening at Pixar Play Zone will also include arcade games, dinner and dessert.

The kid’s nightly getaway will open doors for check-in at 5 p.m. The experience will begin at the welcome desk, a stop at the “Monsters, Inc.” handwashing station, followed by Boo’s Closet Door, where youngsters will be able to store any belongings before taking a couple of steps into an evening of Pixar fun! Programming will run from 6 to 10:30 p.m. for a fee of $65 per child (plus tax)

This new offering is a great chance for kids to experience activities just for them and make new friends! The experience also gives parents some time off so they can enjoy a romantic evening at Walt Disney World! Here are a few fun date night ideas to do while your kids enjoy Pixar Play Zone!

 

Dinner on the Monorail Loop

The location of Pixar Play Zone, Disney’s Contemporary Resort sits on the monorail loop. The monorail connects the Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. All of these wonderful resorts have a great selection of restaurants to choose from. You can find a place for whatever cuisine or atmosphere you are looking for.

 

 

Resort Hopping

The 3 resorts on the monorail loop, Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian are all stunning and offer something unique to see and do! The Contemporary is sleek and modern, this classic hotel is timeless and futurist all at the same time! The Polynesian Village Resort will transport you to an island paradise! The grounds are lush and tropical. There is even a beach that overlooks the seven seas lagoon across to the Magic Kingdom. The Grand Floridian is luxurious and Victorian. The Disney World resorts are truly like theme parks in themselves! You can spend a wonderful evening exploring around the resorts and their beautiful grounds. Grab dinner along the way or enjoy a drink at one of the resort’s lounges.

 

 

Epcot

If you take the monorail from the Contemporary to the transportation and ticket center you can catch a connecting monorail straight to Epcot! Epcot is home to the world showcase. The world showcase is home to 11 pavilions that represent their respective countries. If you feel like traveling the world in an evening Epcot is the place for you! During different times of the years Epcot is also the host for many popular festivals including the International Food and Wine Festival, the Flower and Garden Festival, the Festival of the Holidays and the Festival of the Arts! There is always something new to see and do and eat at Epcot!

90 Days of Spring Beauty Will Bloom at The 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

 

The Pixar Play Zone is a great place for kids to play while adults get to go out and enjoy a special evening knowing that their children are in great hands!

Things to do at Walt Disney World Without a Park Ticket – Part One

Celebrating the Fourth of July Across Walt Disney World Resort

Have you ever wanted to have a fun-filled Disney World day without having to use up a park ticket? Maybe you just arrived to Disney for your vacation but don’t want to waste a park ticket on a half-day in the park, or if it’s your last day and you have a few hours before heading to the airport. Or maybe you want to take a rest day in the middle of your vacation while still enjoying the many things Disney World has to offer. Well today we are going to talk about just that. I am going to tell you my top picks for things to do at Walt Disney World that do not require any form of theme park admission.

 

Disney Springs

Disney Springs is Walt Disney World’s shopping, dining and entertainment district. If it has been a few years since your last visit to Disney then you may remember this place as Downtown Disney. Recently the area has been updated, expanded and reimagined to Disney Springs! Disney Springs will make you feel like you have stepped into a quaint and beautiful Florida Springs town that is rich in history. Disney Springs is free to visit and requires no admission ticket and has parking fee. With the recent expansion and dozens of new restaurants and stores there is something for everyone! You can easily make Disney Springs an all-day experience! Do your souvenir shopping at the World of Disney, the largest Disney store in the world! Catch a movie at the AMC Theater, enjoy a game of bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, you can even live inside the Star Wars Universe through a virtual reality experience at Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID. Like I said there really is something for everyone! Throughout Disney Springs you will find a wide selection of stores. A few of my personal favorite shops include, Uniqlo, Lilly Pulitzer, Vera Bradley, Disney’s Days of Christmas, Basin and the Marketplace Co-Op. In between all the wonderful shopping you will want to refuel with an amazing meal, and Disney Springs has you covered with over 56 different dining options!  My personal picks for Disney Springs restaurants would be, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Pizza Ponte, D-Luxe Burger, Paradiso 37 and for dessert… Sprinkles Cupcakes!

 

Resort Hopping

All of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels are designed by the same team of Imagineers that design the parks and attractions making each resort unique and truly like its own type of theme park! Every Disney Resort offers something special! We encourage you to spend a day or part of a day exploring your Disney Resort and taking in everything it has to offer. You can even take a day to do some “Resort hopping” as Disney fans have named it! Go visit and explore some other Disney Resorts. Walking the resort grounds, visiting the shops, dining in the restaurants can be a very relaxing and refreshing day. Like I said each Disney Resort is full of details every time I visit a resort I always notice something new. The Disney Resort Hotels truly are an extension of the parks. One of my favorite Resorts to visit is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, this resort sits on an African Savanna, watching the animals roam the grounds is so peaceful and very entertaining. While at Animal Kingdom Lodge I love to make a reservation at Sanaa. If you go you have to try their bread service of traditional naan bread! It is incredible! The Epcot Resort area is another great place to explore. Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort are all within walking distance of each other and all offer a seaside feel. Be sure to grab an ice cream from Beaches and Cream and enjoy the street performers you can often find along the boardwalk!

 

Monorail Loop

Staying on the topic of Resort Hopping, you could take a ride around the Walt Disney World Monorail and visit the 3 Disney Resorts connected in the monorail loop! This is an awesome way to easily visit the 3 most popular Disney resorts all while being immersed in the heart of Walt Disney World. The 3 resort on the monorail loop are Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa!

 

Mini Golf

Disney World is home to 4 different mini golf courses. Located just outside Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park you will find Winter Summerland mini golf. Winter Summerland has 2 courses to choose from, the Winter course or the Summer course. Both courses feature a fun Christmas theme! The winter course is themed to a traditional white Christmas and the Summer course celebrates Christmas in Paradise! Whichever course you pick you will definitely be in the holiday spirit no matter what time of year it is! For our next two courses, we head over to the Epcot Resort area, right out front of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort sits the Fantasia Gardens mini golf course and the Fairways mini golf course. Both of these courses are themed to the Disney film Fantasia!

 

Stay tuned for more of my picks for things to do in Disney but without needing a theme park ticket.

Voodoo Doughnut Coming Soon To CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort

Soon guests visiting CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort will be able to enjoy Voodoo Doughnut! Voodoo Doughnut is a unique and creative doughnut shop. The shop is known for their artisan doughnut creations. The Voodoo Doughnut name has created a very large fan base! Many love their zany, fun and delicious creations. Flavors range from Glazed Old Fashioned, to Grape Ape, and even to the Bacon Maple Bar! With such a wide selection of treats to choose from everyone is sure to find a doughnut that they will enjoy! Voodoo Doughnut is home to more than 50 types of doughnuts! Let’s take a look at a few of the delicious and unique doughnuts that you will be able to sample soon at Voodoo Doughnut!

 

Voodoo Doll

This doughnut is an icon for Voodoo Doughnut. The idea for this signature doughnut was invented before the first Voodoo Doughnut shop even opened! It took a while to find the right “doll pin.” Once the doughnut artisans found the perfect pretzel, the rest was history and the Voodoo Doll doughnut became a popular symbol associated with the company. The Voodoo Doll is filled with raspberry jelly, covered with chocolate frosting and topped with a pretzel stake.

 

Portland Cream

This creation is one of the first doughnuts that Voodoo Doughnut ever created. It is a tribute to the city of Portland, which is the city, home to the shop’s first location. The Portland Cream is filled with Bavarian cream and topped with chocolate and two frosting eyeballs.

 

Grape Ape

Can you believe this doughnut was almost cut from the original Voodoo menu, but after visitors try the Grape Ape, it quickly became a popular fan favorite! There are even fans who have gotten a tattoo in honor of the Grape Ape doughnut! The Grape Ape is a vanilla frosted doughnut covered with grape dust and lavender sprinkles.

 

Bacon Maple Bar

The Bacon Maple Bar is a doughnut coated with maple frosting and adorned with strips of bacon on top! If you love the sweet and savory mix then this is the doughnut for you!

 

Oh Captain, My Captain

This one is the ultimate breakfast treat a doughnut covered in cereal! The Oh Captain, My Captain doughnut is coated with vanilla frosting and topped with that famous sweet and fruity breakfast cereal!

 

The list goes on and on! Like I said Voodoo Doughnut is home to over 50 creative doughnut concoctions! We can’t wait to experience Voodoo Doughnut at the Universal Orlando Resort very soon! What creation are you most excited to try?!

 

NEW Disney H2O Glow Nights – Special Hard-Ticket Event Coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will get in on the fun of Disney World’s “Incredible Summer” celebration! Typhoon Lagoon will be hosting a special hard-ticket event on select Thursday and Saturday nights from June 21 through to August 11. The party will take place from 8-11 pm. This brand-new event will be called Disney H2O Glow Nights!  The party has the Disney-Pixar Toy Story “pals” throwing “glow parties” inspired by the Pixar short, Partysaurus Rex.

Special lighting effects will bring the water park to life during Disney H2O Glow Nights! All of Typhoon Lagoons attractions will be open during the event for guests to enjoy. There will be special food and beverage offerings at the event including an adults-only private bar. Live entertainment will also play an exciting part in the evening! On the Typhoon Lagoon beach, you will find a DJ dance party! Fun party games will also take place to get everyone in on the action! Guests will have the chance to meet and greet with Toy Story characters including Buzz, Woody and Jessie. Tickets for this exciting summer-time party are $55 plus tax (for ages 10+) and $50 plus tax (for ages 3-9).

This will be a great opportunity to visit Typhoon Lagoon with less crowds, lots of good food and fun times with our favorite Toy Story pals!

Food Offerings Coming to Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort!

Pixar Pier will officially open at Disney’s California Adventure park on June 23rd! This new land is transforming the area of the park previously known as Paradise Pier and reimaging it to be themed to many beloved Pixar films! While we anticipate, the new land’s opening this summer, in the meantime we can enjoy the start of Pixar Fest! That’s right throughout Disneyland and California Adventure guests will be able to celebrate all things Pixar! The event begins on April 13th and runs through September 3rd.

Pixar Fest will bring us a NEW nighttime spectacular and re-introduce two parades! Throughout the event guests can also experience Pixar inspired food, Pixar meet-and-greets, Pixar merchandise, and themed decorations throughout the parks that will give a nod to our favorite Pixar movies!

 

Let’s take a look at some of the food offerings guests will have the opportunity to try during Pixar Fest:

 

Pixar Ball Caramel Apple

Everyone knows that iconic yellow and blue ball with the red star! The Pixar ball is a well-known symbol for the Pixar brand. Guest will find the Pixar ball at this event in the form of a decorated caramel apple!

 

Pixar Ball Cake Pop

A cake pop decorated like the Pixar ball will also be available!

 

Lots-o-Straw-“Bear”-y Funnel Cake

If you are a fan of the Toy Story movies then you of course know that famous bear Lots-o who “smells like strawberries!” Well at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland park guests can enjoy the Lots-o-Straw-“Bear”-y Funnel Cake! This funnel cake is topped with… you guessed it: Strawberries!

 

Lots-o-Straw-“Bear”-y Churros

Disneyland’s Hungry Bear Restaurant will also be home to another treat themed to Lots-o the bear! Here guests will also find the Lots-o-Straw-“Bear”-y Churros! The churro is a must-have Disney parks snack and this churro will be coated in a special strawberry sugar!

 

Boot Beer

Over at the Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland park guests will find another Toy Story themed treat, this one inspired by everyone’s favorite cowboy, Woody! The Boot Beer will be a root beer float served inside of a souvenir Woody’s boot!

 

Jessie’s Berry Jubilee Funnel Cake

And we can’t forget about our favorite cowgirl, Jessie! The Stage Door Café at Disneyland park will be home to Jessie’s Berry Jubilee Funnel Cake!

 

Alien Macarons

Also at Pixar Fest guest can enjoy a sweet treat themed to Green Aliens from Toy Story! We know that these themed macarons will be filled with a lemon-blackberry filling. Sounds delicious!

 

Sully Popcorn Buckets

Popcorn carts throughout Disneyland will offer a Monsters Inc. themed popcorn bucket featuring Sully!

 

Color-Changing Noodles

At the Lucky Fortune Cookery at Disney’s California Adventure park guests will find a very unique dish themed to Monsters Inc., Color-Changing Noodles! That’s right the noodles on your plate will actually change color! How does this work you may be wondering? The noodles will be soaked in cabbage before being served and will color change when lime or vinaigrette is drizzled on top. What a creative meal!

 

Mike Wazowski Sippers

Everyone loves Mike Wazowski from Pixar’s Monsters Inc.! Counter-service locations throughout California Adventure will have a souvenir Mike Wazowski Sipper available for purchase.

 

Mike Wazowski Krispie Treats!

Also available at counter-service locations guest can grab a Mike Wazowski Krispie Treat!

 

Mike Wazowski Sourdough Bread

If you have ever visited California Adventure then you know they are known for their sourdough bread that is made fresh right from the Pacific Wharf Café! You may have seen some of these sourdough loaves formed into iconic Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie and even Tow Mater who is sold in Cars Land! Well now Mike Wazowski will also be available in sourdough bread form!

 

Dory Cake Pop

Dory the beloved Pixar character from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory will be featured in a themed cake pop!

 

Nemo Caramel Apple

Nemo from the Finding Nemo Film will also be featured in a sweet treat! Guests can purchase a Nemo decorated caramel apple!

 

Fried-ricksen Bologna Sandwich

The Fried-ricksen Bologna Sandwich will be a reference to the Pixar movie Up. This meal will be served at Carnation Café located in Disneyland park.

 

Fredrickson TV Dinner

Also a nod to Up, guests can order the Fredrickson TV Dinner. This dish will also be served at the Carnation Café inside Disneyland park.

 

Up Merit Badge Éclair

If you have seen the Pixar film Up then you know that Russell is in the process of achieving his merit badge. Inside the Jolly Holiday Bakery at Disneyland Park guests will find an Éclair themed to Russell’s merit badge!

 

“Up”-Tart

The Capuccino Cart found in the Disneyland park will be home to the “Up”-Tart. The “Up”-Tart will be a Nutella Pop Tart!

 

“Ratatouille” Beignets

At Café Orleans in Disneyland Park guests can enjoy beignets themed to Remy the lovable chef rat from the Pixar film Ratatouille!

 

Three-course Remy Menu

Ratatouille fans can’t miss this three-course feast! Also at Café Orleans in Disneyland park guests can order from a three-course Remy menu!

 

Coco Churro

Pixar’s newest film Coco will also be represented at Pixar fest! The Coco Churro will be found in Frontierland at Disneyland park. The churro will be complete with Chocolate Powder, Vanilla Beans, Salted Cinnamon Sugar, Mexican Chocolate dipping sauce!

 

Souvenir Coco Jaritas “mugs”

Souvenir Coco mugs will be available at both Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland park and at Paradise Garden Grill in California Adventure.

 

Everything on the menu for Pixar Fest sounds incredible! Will you be planning a visit to the Disneyland Resort during the event?! Our Kingdom Magic Team is also happy to help you plan your next adventure!

 

 

 

NEW Lamplight Lounge to take place of Cove Bar at Disney’s California Adventure!

Disney has announced that Cove Bar at Disney’s California Adventure park will be transformed into Lamplight Lounge! The new Lamplight lounge is taking the place of the fan-favorite, Cove Bar. Cove Bar has recently been closed to make way for the bar’s re-theming to Lamplight Lounge. This transformation goes along with the process of Disney reimagining Paradise Pier into a new land, Pixar Pier! Lamplight Lounge will feature many nods and touches to Pixar and the creativity behind the Pixar storylines!

If Cove Bar fans want the opportunity to experience the Cove Bar once more they will soon be able to do just that! Cove Bar will reopen for a limited time beginning March 16th, and will close again at the end of May for the bars permanent transition into Lamplight Lounge.

But we have good news for Cove Bar fans. The Lamplight Lounge will continue to serve many of the popular items that made Cove Bar famous! One of these loved dishes that will be brought to the new Lamplight Lounge will be the Lobster Nachos!

Once the new Lounge opens, those famous Lobster Nachos will be accompanied by many more California gastro-pub menu items, as well as a wide selection of signature cocktails unique to the lounge. The Lamplight Lounge will of course feature those beautiful waterfront views from both upstairs and downstairs. As well as outdoor seating that will offer awesome views of the new Pixar Pier. The location is also the perfect spot to view the World of Color spectacular!

 

We know that the Lamplight Lounge will be themed as if it has been renovated from an old warehouse factory. We also know that the location will retain many of its original features from Cove Bar. Theming elements to Lamplight Lounge will include steel structures and exposed concrete and brick walls, with the original factory floor boards refinished as ceiling panels and floors.

The space will reflect the creativity, inspirations and personalities of the artists and storytellers who have brought the Pixar movies we love to life. Throughout the Lounge be sure to look for artistic marks left by the Pixar artists, such as concept art, sketched-upon napkins, collectable toys of Pixar characters, and more!

Lamplight Lounge will open on June 23rd along with the rest of Pixar Pier! The location of this bar has always been a great hidden gem and we are very excited to see what the reimagined theming will be like and can’t wait to see all of the tie-ins to Pixar!

New Dining Locations Coming to Pixar Pier at Disney’s California Adventure!

Pixar Pier is opening at Disney’s California Adventure on June 23rd! Disney has now shared many of the new dining locations that will be located in this new land! Let’s take a look at some of these wonderful Pixar themed dining and snack locations!

Incredicoaster Snack Location

A new snack location will be added right by the new Incredicoaster! The Incredicoaster is taking the place of what once was California Screamin’ and will give a new backstory to the rollercoaster based off of Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles movie! The new snack spot coming in front of the Incredicoaster will take the location of the former California Screamin’ photo kiosk. Not many details have been released from Disney yet on this location. But Disney has teased that there will be a very ‘unique’ snack offering here and that it is something that Jack-Jack from The Incredibles is a fan of! We can’t wait to find out more!

 

If you ever visited Paradise Pier then you may remember those wonderful Boardwalk-themed food kiosks that dotted along the Pier. Well we now know that those snack locations will still be there. Upon Pixar Pier’s opening the kiosks will be re-opening as Pixar-themed food stands! These food stands will include: Poultry Palace, Senor Buzz Churros and Angry Dogs.

Poultry Palace

What was the Turkey Leg kiosk on Paradise Pier will now be the Poultry Palace on Pixar Pier.  Poultry Palace is in reference to the Toy Story Toon: Small Fry. Poultry Palace was a fast food restaurant in the Toy Story Toon! The main menu item here will be staying the same as before, those famous Disney Parks Turley Legs!

 

Senor Buzz Churros

The churro stand will now be themed to Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story! Here guests will be able to enjoy a delicious Disney staple, a churro!

 

Angry Dogs

This food stand will be themed to the Pixar film Inside Out. Angry Dog will appropriately serve hot dogs!

 

Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats

What was the Paradise Pier Ice Cream Co. will re-open as the Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats! The snack location will serve icy, sweet treats just as before but this time there will be a signature soft-serve item on the menu!  Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats will serve what is being referred to as a Lemon Dole Whip! It is highly rumored that this location will open earlier than the rest of Pixar Pier! As someone who loves Dole Whip, I can’t wait to experience this exciting twist on the famous Disney treat!

 

Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff Confectionery

Every good Pier needs to have a candy shop! And Pixar Pier will be receiving a sweets shop with the opening of Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff Confectionery! The shop will serve candy, slushies, and other traditional Disney candy shop staples along with some exclusive Pixar themed offerings!

 

June 23rd is right around the corner! We are so excited for the opening of Pixar Pier and for trying all these delicious new snacks and treats!

Pinocchio Village Haus introducing a Table-Service Buffet Dinner! – Magic Kingdom

Disney has announced that Pinocchio Village Haus, the quick-service dining location in Magic Kingdom will soon be becoming a buffet for dinner! The restaurant will still remain a quick-service location during the day, then for dinner shift over to a buffet, sit-down restaurant experience. This format is similar to how Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland operates. Be Our Guest is a counter-service dining experience during the day and a table-service location at night.

The new dining experience coming to Pinocchio Village Haus is to be called “Gepetto’s Village Haus Buffet.” The buffet meal will be priced at $22 per adult (guests 10 and up) and $12 per child. We know that we can expect Italian staples such as multiple salads, baked ziti, meatballs, pasta Alfredo, chicken parmesan, flatbreads, breadsticks, cannolis, and Italian pastries. An opening date is still yet to be announced.

This announcement personally has me very excited! Pinocchio Village Haus for a long time has held the spot of being my favorite quick-service spot in Magic Kingdom. I love their selection of menu offering, especially their artisan flatbreads. Aside from the menu I have always been a fan of Pinocchio Village Haus for its unique atmosphere. You are right in the heart of Fantasyland. If you can grab a table inside by the windows you actually get to overlook the It’s a Small World attraction as you dine!

For a very unique spot to sit, I like to head to the restaurant’s second floor. This is one of my best tips, to dine upstairs at Pinocchio’s, the staircase that leads to the additional seating area is kind of tucked away and there is not too much signage that advertises for the additional seating. Because of this I have found this upstairs area is always very quiet. My family and I have dined here in the past and been the only people upstairs even on the busiest day! Upstairs you will also find a doorway for seating on the upstairs balcony. This deck is also just as private typically since not many people know it is there. It is a great hidden gem that offers a breathtaking birds-eye view of Fantasyland! You can always ask a cast member if you need help finding this tucked away staircase!

I am really looking forward to enjoying a new type of dining experience at this great location! Contact our team today to plan your next vacation to Disney World or wherever your travels take you! We are excited to help you create memorable travel moments!

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