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Epcot Egg-stravaganza & NEW Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration Scavenger Hunt coming to the 2018 International Flower and Garden Festival!

Spring is in the air and the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is getting ready to kick off on February 28, 2018 and will run through May 28, 2018. The festival will feature character topiaries, vibrant gardens and floral displays and even offer outdoor kitchens selling food and beverage items with a fresh, springtime twist!

A popular activity at the festival each year is the Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt. We are excited to announce that the Egg-stravaganza is returning to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival from March 16 through April 1. Guests can Purchase a map for $5.99, plus tax. Once you have picked up your map the fun begins as you search for hidden Disney character-themed “eggs” around world showcase. Your map will come with a pack of stickers. Once you have spotted a character egg in a particular location you can use the corresponding sticker to mark where that egg is located.

Once you have found all of the eggs and completed filling in your scavenger hunt map with the stickers, you can then show your finished map in Disney Traders and receive a special surprise. In years past these prices have been miniature character-themed plastic eggs. These are so fun to collect and make a wonderful Easter decoration to bring back home!

 

This year’s Flower and Garden Festival will introduce a second scavenger hunt activity as well! This new hunt is called Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration. The hunt is a Honey Bee Scavenger Hunt!

The backstory for this hunt is that Disney’s favorite honey bee, Spike has been pollinating his way around the festival. Similar to the Egg-stravaganza, guests can purchase a garden map and stickers at the Port of Entry shop ($5.99, plus tax). Once you have your map you can begin your quest and search around Epcot for plants Spike has pollinated. These special plants will be identified by Spike and a Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration plant stake. Once you have completed your hunt and filled in your map with the corresponding stickers you can return to a participating shop and show your map for a surprise reward!

These scavenger hunts add an exciting layer of fun to the Flower and Garden Festival. It is also a wonderful activity to keep kids entertained while parents can explore parts of the festival that interest them. We have been long-time fans of the Egg-stravaganza and are so excited to see the 2018 version. We also can’t wait for the new experience this year of Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration! There is something for everyone at Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival! We hope you come out to the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and experience all the fun and beauty that it has to offer!

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2018!

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 Celebration Dates Announced

 

Mardi Gras is right around the corner, but the festivities have already begun at the Universal Orlando Resort! This annual event will immerse you in an authentic Mardi Gras celebration! Universal’s Mardi Gras is no additional charge to guests and is included in the price of your regular park admission! The live music, the street performers, the food, the parade, the beads, it will all add up to make you feel like you have been transported to New Orleans!

 

 

 

Live Entertainment

A fan-favorite at the event each year is the concert series. Universal gets some very big names in music to come perform in the park! The best part is that just like the event itself, the concerts are also included in your regular admission ticket! We recommend allowing yourself time to stake out a spot for the concerts you really want to see because these shows are very popular. Here is the star-studded lineup for this year’s event,

 

Mardi Gras 2018 Concert Lineup:

Feb. 3: Sean Paul

Feb. 10: The Beach Boys

Feb. 17: Kelsea Ballerini

Feb. 18: Andy Grammer

Feb. 24: Macklemore

March 3: 311

March 4: Phillip Phillips

March 10: Jason Derulo

March 11: Fitz and the Tantrums

March 17: Foreigner

March 18: Fifth Harmony

March 24: Jessie J

March 25: BUSH

 

In addition to these chart-topping artist, guests can also enjoy some of New Orleans’ most talented brass bands preforming in The French Quarter Courtyard.

 

Feb. 3 – Feb. 20: Free Agents Brass Band

Feb. 21 – March 6: Naughty Professor Brass Band

March 7 – March 20: New Breed Brass Band

March 21 – March 31: Young Pinstripe Brass Band

April 1 – April 7: Dirty Bourbon River Show

 

 

Street Performers

It wouldn’t be a Mardi Gras celebration without some memorable characters! Throughout the evening, you can encounter some decked out street performers in their colorful costumes!

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2018 Celebration Dates Announced

 

 

Mardi Gras Parade

A Mardi Gras staple is a good parade, and Universal does not disappoint when it comes to their Mardi Gras parade! Every float is elaborate and wonderfully crafted. Each year the parade features a different theme. This year the parade is constellation-themed! This celestial parade includes dancers, colorful stilt performers and 12 of those incredibly handcrafted floats! The parade is fun and interactive as guests get the chance to catch those iconic Mardi Gras beads as they fly from the floats! Some guests may even have the opportunity to be a star in the festivities. Each night Universal randomly picks guests and gives them the opportunity to get dressed up and throw beads to the crowd in the parade!

 

 

Food and Beverage Offerings

Every great party needs great food and Universal has you covered here as well! Here you will find a street party with tents offering wonderful Cajun food for purchase. Throughout the park guests will also find pop-up bars and for dessert be sure to save room for some delicious and authentic beignets!

 

We hope you get the opportunity to come out to Universal Orlando and enjoy this fun and unique event for yourself! There is still time to plan a Mardi Gras getaway to Universal! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation planner today to plan you next adventure!

Disney’s Mobile Ordering Service is Now Available for Guests on the Disney Disney Plan!

Mobile Ordering debuted last spring at Disney World and park goers instantly loved the convenience that the new service provided! Mobile ordering allows guests to skip the line and order and pay for their food through the My Disney Experience App! It’s safe to say that the new service has been a hit!

Due to the systems success we can expect to see Disney utilizing this technology even more in the future! Today we are excited to announce that a new phase of enhancements has been added to the mobile ordering world! The mobile order feature is now available for guests on any of the Disney Disney Plans!
Now guests can use their Disney Dining Plan credits to pay for Counter Service meals and snacks that they have ordered using the Mobile Ordering feature on the My Disney Experience App!  Mobile Ordering gives guests the ability to pre-order and pre-pay for their food at select restaurants on Disney property. When your order is ready, you can pick up your food as soon as you arrive to the dinning location and bypass the main queue line! Think of all the time you can save!
Mobile Ordering can be used with all three variations of the Disney dining plans:
  • Disney Quick Service Dining Plan
  • Disney Dining Plan
  • Disney Deluxe Dining Plan
The mobile ordering function is also available to all park guests with a My Disney Experience account. Guests not on the dinning plan or guests wishing not to use their dining credits can still choose to mobile order and then select the option to pay with a credit card.
At this point the mobile ordering option is available at 23 quick service locations across Disney World Property. Dinning locations currently offering mobile ordering include:
Magic Kingdom 
  • Aloha Isle
  • Casey’s Corner
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • Pecos Bills Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Pinocchio’s Village Haus
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Tomorrowland Terrace (Open Seasonally)
  • The Lunching Pad

Epcot 
  • Electric Umbrella
  • Liberty Inn
  • Sunshine Seasons

Hollywood Studios 
  • ABC Commissary
  • Backlot Express
  • Catalina Eddie’s
  • FairFax Fare
  • PizzeRizzo
  • Rosie’s All-American Cafe

Animal Kingdom 
  • Harambe Market
  • Pizzafari
  • Satu’li Canteen
  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  •  Restaurantosaurus

Disney Springs 
  • D-Luxe Burger

Mobile ordering is enhancing many guests vacations with ease and convenience! We are so excited that guests on the dining plan can now experience this great theme park tool! One thing is for sure, this new service has definitely opened up many doors and been a game changer for park goers. We are looking forward to seeing what Disney will do with mobile ordering in the future!

All About Disney’s Minnie Van Service

The Walt Disney World Resort is massive, filled with magic and fun around every corner. The resort is twice the size of the city of San Francisco. Being such a large property transportation plays a big role in every guest’s vacation. Disney is committed to always enhancing the Walt Disney World transportation system and creating new offerings for guests to get where they are going safely and efficiently. The Disney transportation fleet includes busses, monorails, boats and currently under construction the Skyliner gondola system. This past year Disney introduced another mode of transportation to the fleet… Minnie Vans!

Yes they are as cute as they sound! The majority of the Minnie Vans are Chevy Traverses, they are themed in adorable Minnie Mouse style! Being covered in polk-a-dots, you can’t miss these super cute cars as they drive around property!

So what is the Disney Minnie Van service? The Disney Minnie vans can be ordered by guests as a personal point-to-point ride service. If you are familiar with ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, this is Disney World’s version of that.

In fact, for this pilot program at the Disney World Resort, Disney has partnered with Lyft to use their app technology. Guests can order their Minnie Van through the Lyft app. When on Disney World property the location service in the Lyft application will detect that you are at Disney World and offer the Minnie Van as an option over calling a regular Lyft. Guests can also order Minnie vans through Bell Services if they are staying at a Disney Resort that offers Minnie van pick-up. At this point in time a few select Disney Resorts offer Minnie Van resort pick-up. Here is the full list of the resorts currently offering Minnie Van pick-up at that resort:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort / Bay Lake Tower
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Due to the service’s popularity, we can expect that the resort pick-up locations will be expanded to even more Disney World resort hotels in the future. This being said it is important to note you do not need to be staying at one of these resorts to take a Minnie van. Guests can take Minnie vans from park to park. For example, from Epcot to Magic Kingdom.

Taking a Disney Minnie Van over taking a traditional Uber or Lyft gives you many additional benefits and a much bigger comfort level. One of the biggest difference when calling a Minnie van instead of a generic ride service like Uber or Lyft is that you can rest assured that your driver is a Disney cast member. With Minnie Vans, you know that your driver meets all the standards that are required by Disney cast members and has received a high level of training. Our driver shared with us that all Minnie Van drivers must complete an 8-hour course on the proper way to install a car seat taught by car seat doctors! Yes, that is a real thing! That is just one small example of the level of care and service you will receive from your Minnie Van driver.

A major advantage to taking a Minnie Van over standard forms of Disney transportation is all the time that you save. When relying on a Disney bus to go to a park or back to your resort you could spend a significant amount of time waiting to be picked up or having to wait while the bus makes additional stops. With a Minnie Van you can go directly to your destination in your own ride.

Another Minnie Van perk is that you can get dropped off at exclusive locations near the front of the parks. If riding in a standard uber or lyft those drivers have limitation as to how far they can take guests. When you arrive in a Minnie van you get front row access! For example, our driver shared with us that Minnie Vans get to drop guests of in the main bus loop of magic Kingdom. A traditional ride sharing service would only have access to the main magic kingdom parking lot.

During a recent Kingdom Magic Vacation’s event, a few members of our team including myself got to experience a Minnie Van ride for ourselves and we had a blast! After a fun filled afternoon at Animal Kingdom we called a Minnie Van to take us to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for our dinner reservation. We loved that the Minnie Van ride saved us so much time by not having to wait for the bus, which typically makes additional stops at other resorts. With the Minnie Van, our driver appeared in less than 10 minutes and we got to ride in style to our destination, saving us so much time.

 

 

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018!

A Celebration of Harry Potter has become a very popular annual event put on by the Universal Orlando Resort. All year long Universal is a treat for Harry Potter fans! Guests can step into the magical worlds that they have read about and seen in the famous film series everyday through thrilling rides, spellbinding shows and unforgettable experiences, like finding your perfect wand at Ollivanders. Through the immersive lands of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, visitors will be living the story of Harry Potter!

Every Year Universal becomes filled with even more wizarding magic during A Celebration of Harry Potter. The 3-days long wizarding event is no additional charge to park guests. Regular admission is all that is required to attend the festivities. The Universal Orlando Resort partners with Warner Brothers to bring to life this event filled with everything a super fan of the Harry Potter franchise could every desire! Guests can look forward to special panels, Q&A sessions with film talent, magical demonstrations, and expos. This past weekend was the 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter and we are excited to share a few of the exciting offerings from this year’s event!

 

Film Talent

One of the most exciting components of the event each year is the star-studded line up of film talent! Actors from the film series make special appearances on panels and in Q&A sessions. These film talent events are always interactive and filled with fun. The stars share special stories and memories from their experience getting to work on what has now become such a beloved movie series. The actors always loves to reminisce on their favorite funny moments and the goofy things they remember from being onset. During the Q&A the guests have the opportunity to get involved in the action and ask their favorite stars whatever they want to know. The event is always full of great interaction and everyone walks away with great memories and stories to tell! This year the film talent included,

Natalia Tena, (played Nymphadora Tonks)

Stanislav Yanevski, (played Viktor Krum)

Bonnie Wright, (played Ginny Weasley)

James and Oliver Phelps, (played Fred and George Weasley)

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

 

The heart of the Harry Potter event is the expos. The Universal soundstages become huge expo halls that house booths and activities dedicated to all things Harry Potter. Let’s take a look at some of the fun that was found inside the soundstages this year,

 

Pottermore

Pottermore is the official Harry Potter fan club and they had a great presence at this year’s event. At the Pottermore booth you could use smart tablets to take a sorting quiz which based on your personality would tell you which Hogwart’s house you belong in. Also at the Pottermore booth, guests could create fun keepsakes with whimsical props by posing for a Harry potter themed GIF! Such a great way to share the fun on social media with your friends.

 

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

This past year a new chapter in the Harry Potter story was born when the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child play premiered in London. The story is a continuation of a new era in Harry’s life. The play will be coming to New York this year and so many people are on the edge of their seat, awaiting to experience the continued story. Everyone attending the event got a taste of what to expect in the theatrical production by visiting the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child section of the expo. Here guests got to see a glimpse into the new story through real props and costumes from the show.

 

Audible

Audible is the popular audiobook service and they had a booth at this year’s event advertising the Harry Potter audiobooks available on Audible. The booth was home to a very fun game where true fans could compete against other fans to prove just how well they know the books. In the game, you would wear headphones and listen to a selection from one of the Harry Potter books. You would then have to guess which book the line is from. In the end, you can see how you ranked against the other fans! This booth was a very fun and competitive place to be!

 

 

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them VR Experience

Guests could put on a Virtual Reality headset and live inside the movie Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. In the experience, you could encounter a series of magical creatures!

 

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Hands down a huge hit at this year’s event was the Warner Brothers Studios tour that was set up inside one of the Universal Studio’s soundstages. The experience gave guests a portion of what they could experience at the actual Warner Brother Studio tour in London. During the tour guests got to view props, costumes and watch special effects demonstrations to learn how the magic was made!

 

New Harry Potter Film Star, Panels And Experiences Revealed For A Celebration Of Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Mobile Game

Late this Springs the Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery mobile game will be released on IOS. Guests who attended the event got to be among the first people to ever experience the new game when visiting the Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery booth! From what we have heard the game will give you the experience of going to Hogwarts. The style of the game will be similar to the very popular Pokemon Go app.

 

Harry Potter Concert Series

Everyone loves the music from the Harry Potter films! The scores are so iconic, thrilling and powerful! The Harry Potter Concert Series is an orchestra that travels the world preforming the famous music live alongside the movie. The Harry Potter Concert Series was represented in a booth at this year’s event.

 

New Projection Show on Hogwart’s Castle

The icing on the cake at this year’s event was the premiere of the brand new Harry Potter project show on the Hogwart’s castle. This past Christmas season the Hogwarts castle introduced Christmas projections for the first time and it was an instant hit with visitors. After the Christmas show premiered it became highly rumored that this exciting new technology could pave the way for more projection shows in the future. Well that came true with the premiere of the new show, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” The show is a celebration of all 4 Hogwart’s houses. Be sure to bring your house pride when watching this show!

We hope you enjoyed hearing about a few of the offerings from this year’s event. Experience the fun for yourself and plan your visit to next year’s Celebration of Harry Potter with your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner!

 

Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

Looking for a great Disney World quick-service restaurant?!

Disney’s Contempo Café serves casual style American cuisine for breakfast lunch and dinner. The menu is full of fresh, delicious choices so everyone in your party is sure to find something that they will enjoy.

The Contempo Café is located at Disney Contemporary Resort. The resort is a stop on the Disney monorail loop so it is easily accessible to all guests who are looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. You can board the resort monorail at Magic Kingdom and be here in seconds! Stopping over for a meal can be a great little breather from a fun filled day in the parks or a great last minute stop on the monorail loop before heading back to the transportation and ticket center at night.

The restaurant is located out front of Chef Mickey’s. You can take your meals to go or sit in the café’s seating area. As you dine you will enjoy views of the Contemporary’s signature piece of art, the massive mural by Mary Blair. Directly above you, you can watch the monorails come and go from the station inside the hotel. The food here is a lot more than your standard theme park burgers and fries. There are a lot of unique offerings to enjoy! Let’s take a look at a few of the menu items.

 

Breakfast

For breakfast the Contempo Café serves up classic breakfast staples including:

Bounty Platter – which is full of a sampling of popular items such as scrambled eggs, bacon, pork sausage, breakfast potatoes, season fruit and everyone’s favorite mini Mickey waffles! The bounty platter is a great way to start your day! It is also a very large portion and very shareable.

Contempo Scramble – Chef’s Selection of Accoutrements

Steel-Cut Oatmeal – topped with fresh Berries and Brown Sugar

Grilled Breakfast Sandwich – with Egg, Ham and Three-Cheese Blend on Toasted Brioche

Mickey Waffles – This very popular breakfast treat is served with a choice of Fruit Topping, Bacon or Pork Sausage

French Toast – served with your choice of Fruit Topping, Bacon or Pork Sausage

 

Lunch

For lunch the Contempo Café serves up wonderful comfort food, there is something for whatever you are in the mood for! Menu selections include:

Contempo Pasta – a Chef’s Pasta Selection with Basil Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Parmesan Crumbles and Toasted Focaccia

Fried Chicken Sandwich – served on a brioche bun topped with buttermilk dressing, dill pickle slices, marinated tomatoes, lettuce and accompanied by a vegetable slaw

Braised Beef Grilled Cheese – Pot-braised Shredded Beef, Broiche Toast, Cheddar, Vegetable Slaw, Cheese Sauce and Southern-style Barbecue Sauce served with Vegetable Slaw

“Chicago-style” Italian Beef Sub – Shaved Italian Beef, Mozzarella, Crusty Baguette and Seasoned Jus served with Vegetable Slaw

Sustainable Catch Sandwich – Avocado Remoulande, Arugula, Lemon-citrus Vinaigrette and Smoked Bacon served with Vegetable Slaw

Griddled Hot Turkey Sandwich – Roasted Turkey, Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomato and Cranberry Aïoli served on a Toasted Multigrain Bread and served with Vegetable Slaw

Contempo Smokehouse Burger – Angus Chuck Burger, Smoked Bacon Marmalade, Fried Onion Ring and Cheddar on a Brioche Bun served with Vegetable Slaw

Soup of the Day

Buffalo Chicken Flatbread – Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Mozzarella, Blue Cheese and Celery Salt 

Concourse Specialty Flatbread 

Meat Lovers’ Flatbread – Italian Sausage, Pepperoni and Smoked Bacon topped with Mozzarella 

Contempo Caesar Salad with Chicken – Freshly Tossed with Caesar Dressing, House-made Croutons and Shredded Parmesan and Cheesy Breadcrumbs

Contempo Caesar Salad with Salmon – Freshly Tossed with Caesar Dressing, House-made Croutons and Shredded Parmesan and Cheesy Breadcrumbs

Power Green Salad – Hearts of Palm, Slow-roasted Tomatoes, Charred Corn, Sunflower Seeds and White Balsamic-Citrus Vinaigrette

 

Dinner

Dinner offerings at the Contempo Café feature a few of the popular dishes from the lunch menu as well as introduce some signature entrees that will fill your appetite.

Contempo Pasta – a Chef’s Pasta Selection with Basil Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Parmesan Crumbles and Toasted Focaccia

Contempo Chicken Dinner – Chef’s Specialty Rice, Cilantro-lime Vinaigrette and Seasonal Vegetables

Slow-roasted Striploin – Chef’s Cottage Fries, Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette and Seasonal Vegetables

Griddled Salmon – Chef’s Specialty Rice, Sherry-ginger Dressing and Seasonal Vegetables

Contempo Smokehouse Burger – Angus Chuck Burger, Smoked Bacon Marmalade, Fried Onion Ring and Cheddar on a Brioche Bun served with Vegetable Slaw

“Chicago-style” Italian Beef Sub – Shaved Italian Beef, Mozzarella, Crusty Baguette and Seasoned Jus served with Vegetable Slaw

Griddled Hot Turkey Sandwich – Roasted Turkey, Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomato and Cranberry Aïoli served on a Toasted Multigrain Bread and served with Vegetable Slaw

Soup of the Day

Buffalo Chicken Flatbread – Fried Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Mozzarella, Blue Cheese and Celery Salt 

Concourse Specialty Flatbread 

Meat Lovers’ Flatbread – Italian Sausage, Pepperoni and Smoked Bacon topped with Mozzarella

Contempo Caesar Salad with Chicken – Freshly Tossed with Caesar Dressing, House-made Croutons and Shredded Parmesan and Cheesy Breadcrumbs

Contempo Caesar Salad with Salmon – Freshly Tossed with Caesar Dressing, House-made Croutons and Shredded Parmesan and Cheesy Breadcrumbs

Power Green Salad – Hearts of Palm, Slow-roasted Tomatoes, Charred Corn, Sunflower Seeds and White Balsamic-Citrus Vinaigrette

Kid’s menu

In addition to the regular menu selections the Contempo Café also offers a Kid’s menu during all meal periods that includes smaller portions and kid-friendly food that will make even the pickiest eaters happy!

Grad-and-go

In addition to the menu items the café also serves as a grab and go spot selling, snacks, fruit, drinks, pastries, cupcakes, desserts and more. A resort mug refill station is also available at the location.

Mobile Ordering

It has recently been announced that this dining location will now be participating in the Disney mobile ordering service. This new service allows guests to skip the line and order and pay for their food through the My Disney Experience App. This new service is a great way to save time and get the most out of your vacation.

On my recent stay at the Contemporary, I had the opportunity to dine here twice and enjoyed both my meals. I consider this great dinning location to be a hidden gem among quick-service locations. Check out the Contempo Café on your next visit!

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Give Guests exciting Disney World Perks!

It has recently been announced that the Disney Springs Resorts will now receive many of the same perks and benefits previously only offered to guests staying at Disney Resorts. Disney has reclassified the Disney Springs Resorts from just good-neighbor hotels to now the “Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels.”  Let’s take a look at what these exciting changes will bring to guests staying at these resorts!

Extra Magic Hours

Extra Magic Hours is a Disney perk offered to on-site Disney resort guests. How the program works is that a select Disney park will have Extra Magic Hours on a given day and will open up to an hour before regular park opening or stay open for up to an additional 3 hours in the evening after regular park closing. During this time, the park is exclusive just to Disney resort guests who receive the benefit of Extra Magic Hours. This allows these guests to experience the park with limited crowds and significantly shorter wait times for popular attractions.  Now guests staying at a Disney Springs Resort Area Hotel will be able to partake in the excitement of Extra Magic Hours! This perk is a great way to get the most out of your vacation with the gift of more time to enjoy the park!

 

Reserve Fastpasses 60 days in Advanced

My Disney Experience allows park guests to reserve set times for select attractions in advance. When utilizing the Disney Fastpass+ system visitors will be able to see and do more of the things they really want. A major benefit of staying on-site at a Walt Disney World Resort is that you can reserve your Fastpasses up to 60 days out! Guests not staying on-site can only book Fastpasses 30 days in advance. Having the benefit of booking 60 days out gives you first picks at all the rides and shows, allowing you to grab up Fastpasses for popular rides that fill up very quickly. We are excited to share that now Disney Springs Resort Area Hotel guests will enjoy the same perk of the 60-day out Fastpass bookings!

 

Staying at any of these Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, you receive complimentary shuttle transportation to and from all the Disney theme parks. As the name suggest you are in close proximity to the wonderful shopping, dining and entertainment of Disney Springs. In fact you are just a short walk away from all that Disney Springs has to offer. The new walkways and overhead bridges make the walk quick, easy and safe.

 

There are 7 Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels:

  • B Resort & Spa
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista

 

We were fortune to be able to tour a few of these beautiful properties, including the Hilton Buena Vista Palace, the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Lake Buena Vista, The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista and the Hilton Orlando – Lake Buena Vista. We hope you enjoy these video tours of the rooms and grounds of these great resorts.

 

Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace

 

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando

 

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

 

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next vacation!

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Things for Kids to do at Universal Orlando!

Universal Orlando Resort is a celebration of our favorite movies. Guests can be swept up in the exciting world of show business and even step inside some poplar movies through rides and shows! The Universal parks are famous for their thrill rides, but the resort also prides itself on offering fun experiences for younger guests. The two parks, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure offer something for all ages. Let’s take a look at a few of the wonderful attractions that your little ones can enjoy at Universal!

Universal Studios

 

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

If your little ones are fans of Despicable Me, then you can’t miss “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.” This 3-D ride will transport you inside the Despicable Me story. Gru will recruit you into his latest scheme and just like any great movie there is always an unexpected twist, which is just what happens things don’t go as planned and your journey launches you on an exciting mission you will never forget!

 

Shrek 4-D

Join characters from the popular DreamWorks film, Shrek on a 4-D adventure! The story is unique and one we are sure you have never heard before. The tale takes place after the first film but before the second. Shrek fans will love the original storytelling! Fun special effects make guests feel like they are truly living out the story with the characters, making this experience fun for all ages!

 

Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster

Embark on a thrilling ride through Woody Woodpecker’s own nut factory. This coaster is kid friendly and a great first-time roller coaster for even the smallest of thrill-seekers to be able to take part in!

 

Hogwarts Express

Board the famous Hogwarts Express from Harry potter. This train ride is family friendly allowing your whole group to all take part in this exciting ride. As you begin your ride special effects will transport guest into the world of Harry and his friends. This is not just a regular theme park ride it is actually a mode of transportation. The Hogwarts Express travel between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure! A park-to-park ticket is required to board.

 

Islands of Adventure

 

Seuss Landing

Kids will love Seuss Landing, a colorful land that transports guests into the world of beloved Dr. Seuss stories. The land is home to “The Cat in The Hat ride”, here you will embark on a journey through the story of the Cat in the Hat. While visiting Seuss Landing children can also enjoy the “caro-Seuss-el”, a merry-go-round style ride themed to the fun and lovable characters from many Dr. Seuss classics. “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” is a fun spinner style attraction where guests can soar high in their very own flying fish! The ride puts guests in control meaning your kids can have a blast as they have the power to make their fish go up and down. Kids and kids at heart will love “The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!” This slow-moving trolley tour gives guests a wonderful birds-eye view over all of the whimsical buildings in Seuss landing!

 

Camp Jurassic

Camp Jurassic is a giant recreation area where kids can run, play and discovery the exciting world of dinosaurs! Your little adventurers will explore mysterious mines and darks cave, climb up dinosaur capture nets, slide down themed slides and navigate across bridges. This multi-level play ground will provide countless fun for kids!

 

Pteranodon Flyers

This easy air-glide attraction is made specially just for kids. Little ones can take flight beneath the 10-foot wings of a Pteranodon. Kids will be treated to wonderful views of the theme park from a comfy seat suspended from the above track.

We hope you enjoyed a few of our top picks for kids at Universal Orlando. Universal Orlando is an experience for everyone in the family, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to plan your next Universal adventure!

Spending Valentine’s Day At Walt Disney World!

Valentine’s day is just around the corner! Are you looking for a getaway trip with your special someone? How about a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort?!

There are so many wonderful things for couples to do at the Walt Disney World Resort, from a romantic dinner to a unique experience you both will never forget, you are sure to find something that will make this Valentine’s Day extra special!

 

Dinner out!

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a dinner date! The Walt Disney World Resort is home to hundreds of restaurants and you are sure to find somewhere to fit the exact, atmosphere, cuisine and price point that you are looking for. Let’s take a look at some of our personal favorite recommendations for a Disney Dinner date!

 

California Grill

This restaurant is my number 1 choice for best Disney World date night! The California Grill sits on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The restaurant’s interior is sleek and modern tying into the Contemporary vibe of the hotel. There is an onstage kitchen where world class chefs prepare your meal.

 

The menu offers something for everyone from Steaks, Seafood, and their famous Sushi.

Not only is the food top-notch but the restaurants views are the best on all of Disney property. Out the massive glass windows framing in the California Grill you get a birds-eye view of the Seven Seas lagoon and the Magic Kingdom Park!

This is also the best place to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from one of the 4 rooftop observation decks. If you have dined at the California Grill at any point during a given day you can use your dinner receipt as your ticket for reentry to the restaurant just before fireworks!

 

Narcoossee’s

Narcoossee’s sits right on the waterfront of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Across the lagoon sits Cinderella’s castle, the perfect atmosphere for the evening. The menu offers everything from steaks, lobster and delicious seafood.

 

Take a Safari Adventure!

For the adventure-loving couple Animal Kingdom park is home to a unique experience that will bring you up close and personal with the wildlife on the Animal Kingdom Safari. Every day thousands of guests enjoy the popular Animal Kingdom Attraction Kilimanjaro safari. In this theme park attraction visitors board a safari jeep and tour over 43 acres of Disney’s wildlife reserve.

What many people don’t know is that there is an exclusive experience called the ‘Wild African Trek’ where guest who purchase the tour get to hike through backstage areas of the reserve that are off limits to regular park guests. During the experience, you will get to fed the hippos, traverse rope bridges over top of the Nile Crocodiles and dine in a private cabana on the savanna.

 

Fireworks Boat Cruise

For an intimate viewing of the famous Disney fireworks, couples can consider a fireworks cruise. Cruises are available leaving from the Polynesian and Grand Floridian resorts to view the Magic Kingdom Fireworks on Seven Seas lagoon, and also from Disney Yacht Club Resort to view the Epcot Illuminations fireworks up close and personal on the World Showcase lagoon.

You will set out on your own private pontoon boat and your captain will first take you on a tour around the lake and give you Disney facts and history of the Disney property before docking for your special viewing of the fireworks show. To make the experience even more special for a romantic night you can add on packages of champagne or chocolate covered strawberries!

I hope you enjoyed our top picks for a special evening at Disney. There are so many more options for a romantic getaway experience at the Disney Parks. Depending on your likes, there is something for everyone, from golfing, spa services, carriage rides, fishing excursions, you name it, Disney World probably has it! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to plan your next magical trip!

 

 

Receive Fastpass+ Extras with Exciting New Pilot Program at Walt Disney World!

The Disney Parks revolutionized the theme park industry when they originally introduced the Disney Fastpass system in late 1999. The idea behind the Fastpass program is to save guests time in line and allow them to reserve a time to come back to a select attraction and experience little to no wait at all through entering in a special Fastpass entrance! This was huge for the Disney Company and many visitors enjoyed the luxury and convenience of utilizing the Fastpass system!

The original Fastpass system worked that once park guests entered a Disney Park for the day they could then go to the attraction they wished to get a Fastpass for and insert their park admission ticket into that attraction’s Fastpass kiosk. Then your Fastpass ticket would print out. With this original system, the Fastpass times were given out on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Guests would insert their ticket and hope that the time that printed worked for them.

Like everything Disney does they are always evolving and making changes to enhance their guest’s vacations. In that spirit Fastpass+ was born. In 2013 Disney World made the exciting announcement that the popular Fastpass system would be receiving a major facelift! The Disney Fastpass system became Fastpass+. With the original system guests got Fastpass times at random on the day of their visit. Now with the Fastpass+ system guests are able to pre-plan their Fastpasses ahead of time up to 60 days in advance when they have a Disney hotel reservation! Guests make Fastpass+ selections through their My Disney Experience account. Guests can access their account both online and even on-the-go, on their device through the My Disney Experience app! The Fastpass+ Program and My Disney Experience are completely free and complimentary to all Disney guests. Guests can reserve up to 3 Fastpass+ selections per each day of their trip and once all 3 have been used in the parks guests can even select 3 additional Fastpass+ reservations for the same day! To do this, guests can utilize the app or walk up to convenient kiosks locations within the park. It is safe to say that Fastpass+ once again became groundbreaking for the theme park industry!

Our biggest advice to anyone heading to the Walt Disney World Resort is to take advantage of the Fastpass+ system. When utilized and planned out, you can see and do so much more during your vacation! Certain Fastpasses for popular rides fill up quickly. When you book your vacation with our Kingdom Magic Vacations team, our travel planners can assist you with setting up your Fastpass+ selections. This gives you a better chance of guaranteeing that you and your family get Fastpasses for all your desired rides and attractions!

Now that we have covered some background on the Disney Fastpass system now we can talk about some exciting news involving Fastpass+!

Disney is launching a limited time pilot program to test run a new service. The program launched on January 12th and allows guests who are eligible for Disney Signature Services to purchase theme park extras. One of these extras being additional Fastpasses!

This add-on for Theme Park Extra’s is $50 a day (plus tax) per person in the traveling party per day. In order to be eligible for this pilot program guests must have purchased a theme park ticket for a minimum of three days or obtain an annual pass.

 

Let’s take a look at what we currently know will be included in the purchase of these theme park extras:

More Fastpass+ Selections!

  • Three additional FastPass+selections per day added onto the three you already get standard when using My Disney Experience.

Make Fastpasses in Multiple Parks on the Same Day!

  • The ability to reserve these three additional FastPass+selections in more than one theme park when a valid Park Hopper option is also purchased with the ticket. In the standard system guests are required to make all their Fastpass+ reservations for the day in the same park. When this extra is purchased guest will now be able to reserve Fastpasses in multiple parks!

Book Fastpasses 90 days in Advance!

  • Guests will get a Fastpass+ booking window of up to 90 days in advance for these three additional FastPass+selections! Normally Disney resort guests only get to make Fastpasses 60 Days out and off-site hotel guests can only book 30 days out. With this extra you will be guaranteed to be among the very first with access to your selections a full 90 days in advance!

Get Multiple top-tier Attractions.

  • Another extra is the ability to book these additional Fastpass+ selections for multiple top-tier attractions. With the standard Fastpass+ system your selections are tiered to give all guests a fair chance to experience some of the bigger attractions. For example, at Epcot, Soarin’, Test Track and Frozen Ever After are the Three most popular rides and all in the top tier. Guests would normally only be able to select one of these top tier attractions and then have to pick their other 2 Fastpasses from the remaining lower tiers. With the purchase of this theme park extra you would be able to have ultimate flexibility and choose multiple top-tier Fastpasses!

Preferred Viewing Areas for Nighttime Shows.

  • Fastpass extras are not the only bonus that this theme park extra gives you. Guests who purchase the add-on will also enjoy preferred viewing areas for nighttime shows, one per day, including Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios,and Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. An advanced reservation is required and availability can become limited for these preferred sections. Be sure to plan in advance when using this service so you get the best experience.

We are excited for this pilot program and can’t wait to see how it will enhance guests future park visit!

Pizza Ponte, Maria and Enzo’s & Enzo’s Hideaway Bar at Disney Springs!

Pizza Ponte is one of the many new dining locations recently opened at Disney Springs. Pizza Ponte is one third of the new restaurants introduced as part of the ‘Patina Restaurant Group.’ All 3 of these new restaurants are connected together and each provides their own take on Italian cuisine. Pizza Ponte is the quick-service restaurant serving Italian cuisine in a relaxed, laid-back, counter service atmosphere. Next door guests looking for a table-service experience can visit Maria and Enzo’s. And in just a few days Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar, a speakeasy type of bar and lounge will open, completing this trio of brand new Disney Springs eateries!

Buon appetito! Disney Springs Welcomes Three New Italian Concepts

Before we talk about the amazing food let’s first talk about theming! If you are familiar with the Disney Parks then it is no surprise that Disney gives incredible theming and backstories to everything they do. When Disney Springs began its transformation from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs, Disney made sure to give the area a storyline of being a Floridian Springs town that in recent years many restaurants and shops built up around the natural wonder. If you have visited Disney Springs recently then you know that this is truly the feeling you get as you shop and dine around the area. You don’t just feel like you’re at a giant outdoor mall, you feel as though you are on a vacation within your vacation to a sunny Floridian community.

When Disney set out to make this new trio of Italian dining locations they wanted to give these establishments stories that would tie them into the Disney Springs experience. Disney made the building that is home to these new eateries an abandoned airport that has now been remodeled as restaurants! The theming can be noticed in details throughout the building. The first of these details can be seen as soon as guests check in for their meal at Maria and Enzo’s. The hostess station has a passenger check-in sign behind the podium.

The floor plan also suggest that this building was once an airport. While I visited Disney Springs I was given the opportunity to tour the inside dining room for Maria and Enzo’s, it is opened and inviting. The airport theme continues inside as posters on the wall advertise travel destinations. The vibe of the restaurant evokes the spirit of adventure!

The staff at these restaurants are all cultural representatives from Italy making this experience a unique authentic exchange! I enjoyed chatting with some of the staff about what part of Italy they were from. Everyone was so friendly and excited to share stories from their home land.

Alright so now let’s talk about the food. While on my most recent visit to Disney Springs I got to enjoy a slice of pizza at Pizza Ponte. It was a great value for the price and very delicious. If you are familiar with the pizza at Via Napoli the Italian restaurant in Epcot’s World Showcase that taste is what this pizza reminded me of! Just like at Via Napoli this restaurant actually imports the water used to make the dough directly from Italy making it truly authentic.

I really enjoyed my meal at Pizza Ponte. I will absolutely be back again and I can’t wait to enjoy the restaurant’s sister locations, Maria and Enzo’s and Enzo’s Hideaway Bar on a future visit! To take a closer look at these new locations, join me in our New YouTube video as we explore the areas theming and dine at Pizza Ponte!

 

 

Restaurant Marrakesh at Epcot

Restaurant Marrakesh is located in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. The restaurant is a hidden gem, tucked away in the back of the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.

World Showcase is a celebration of cultures and countries around the world. My personal favorite Pavilion happens to be Morocco. The Pavilion is incredibly detailed, walking its streets you feel completely transported. While dining here we learned that the King of Morocco was so honored that Disney wanted to feature his country in Epcot that he sent his personal architects to help design the Pavilion. The authenticity is certainly seen in the details of the beautiful tile work and designs of the buildings.

While dining in Restaurant Marrakesh you are surround in the colorful and intricate beauty of the Moroccan culture.

I always find that you can get a reservation here even last minute because it is such a hidden gem not known by many people. The service here is always spectacular, the waiters are all very knowledgeable about the menu and can make excellent suggestions. The staff is all very attentive and takes excellent care of everything you need throughout your dining experience.

The menu offers something for everyone. On my most recent visit to restaurant Marrakesh I had the Lemon Chicken. It was amazing! I would order this meal again in a heartbeat. The chicken was so flavorful and tender. It melted in your mouth! Other menu offerings include, Shish Kabobs, Roasted Lamb, Mogador Fish Tagine, and a very popular menu item the traditional Moroccan couscous served with your choice of a selection of proteins. I have always loved everything I ever tried here!

As you dine, periodically throughout your meal you can enjoy the live entertainment! The show begins with traditional Moroccan music and then a belly dancer preforms. The dancer even gets the children involved and invites them to join her onstage to learn dances from the Moroccan culture, making for a very special and one of a kind memory.

I always enjoy my meal at Restaurant Marrakesh. I highly recommend this dinning location. Check it out for yourself on your next Disney World vacation!

New Years Eve at Walt Disney World! Fireworks Boat Cruise

Happy New Year! Welcoming a new year is always an exciting night filled with anticipation. If you are spending New Year’s Eve in Disney, then you are in for an extra special treat! Disney knows how to throw a party. For New Year’s Eve Disney goes all out with special countdown fireworks, dance parties in the parks and more festivities to help guests ring in the New Year. If you are looking for a unique experience for your New Year’s Eve celebration, Disney has you covered. They offer a wide variety of special meals, dining packages and events for the New Year’s Eve holiday. These events range from a buffet meal at Epcot’s World Show Place Pavilion to a luxurious countdown to midnight party at the California Grill.

My family and I spent New Year’s Eve in Walt Disney World this year and it was the best New Year’s Eve celebration ever! Disney knows how to make everything extra magical and made the night very special! We did a fireworks boat cruise and got to watch Magic Kingdom’s incredible countdown fireworks from our very own pontoon boat on the Seven Seas Lagoon. The parks can get very crowded on New Year’s Eve, this cruise experience allowed us to see the same fireworks in a much more private and relaxed setting.

Our night began arriving at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa where we would board our boat at the hotel’s marina. As soon as we arrived Disney rolled out the red carpet and made us feel pampered. When we checked in for our cruise we were greeted by our boat’s captain and guide for the evening. He was wonderful and very personable. Our captain escorted us to a special dessert party on the grounds of the Grand Floridian that was exclusive for guests taking cruises that evening. The dessert party was included in the price of our New Year’s Eve cruise. This was the best way to kick off the festivities.

Disney provided us with all our New Year’s Eve gear including hats, tiaras, horns and clappers.

The events offerings included soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and guests over 21 even got to enjoy some adult beverages. For snacks the event included a cheese board, fruits and vegetables, along with a selection of decadent and delicious desserts. My favorite was the chocolate covered strawberries, they were coated in a rich dark chocolate and the presentation was outstanding complete with edible glitter! All of the desserts had beautiful decorations themed to 2018! It made for a very festive start!

The private party also included a DJ who made sure everyone was energized and ready to ring in the new year! We enjoyed our treats and the music all while soaking in the picturesque view of Cinderella Castle and the Magic Kingdom from across the lagoon.

Around 10:30 at night we boarded our pontoon boat with our captain. The boat was decked out for the occasion with New Year’s Eve banners and balloons. What I loved about this boat cruise experience is that they don’t just take you out to the center of the lagoon before the fireworks and drop anchor just to watch the show. The captain really takes his time and takes you on a very relaxing cruise all around Seven Seas Lagoon and also over to Bay Lake. This portion of the experience adds so much. Your captain serves as your guide and as you tour the lake points out interesting facts and stories about the history of the property and the Disney company.

I am a proud self-proclaimed Disney super fan and I learned things during this portion of the cruise that I had never heard before. For example, our captain pointed out that the island located as soon as you enter Bay Lake from Seven Seas Lagoon is call Frontier Island. Nothing inhabits the island but it’s original intension was that Walt Disney wanted to build a house there for him and his family to live in. As we passed Disney’s Contemporary hotel our captain shared that in the Contemporary’s conference center is where Nixon gave his Watergate speech. We also learned while passing the Polynesian that Disney’s Polynesian Village resort was the location where the Beatles broke up. Paul McCartney was staying at the Polynesian when his lawyer came to have him sign the papers, officially splitting up the band. This type of interesting Disney trivia added to the experience and made us feel like we were getting a Disney tour and a special show viewing all in one.

As we neared midnight our captain took us to the location where we would watch the fireworks. We dropped anchor just off of the Polynesian Beach. We had a perfect view of the show. The sky lit up with so many colorful fireworks.  As the stroke of midnight neared the show counted down in the best way I have ever seen! In the sky fireworks in the shape of numbers counted down from 10 to welcome in the New Year! It was hands-down the best fireworks I have ever seen in Disney.

Watch the Magic Kingdom countdown fireworks in our new YouTube video!

 

What is it like being at Disney World for Christmas?

Have you ever wondered what it is like being at Disney World for Christmas? What is it like not being at home? How are the crowds?

For years my family and I have always visited Disney around the holidays, typically the first week in December. Visiting Disney this time of year, allowed us to experience all the wonderful additions and Christmas experiences offered in the parks! Coming to Disney during this magical time of year became a family tradition. However as many times as we visited during the holiday season we had never come for the actual week of Christmas. This year we decided to go for it!

We set out on our holiday adventure and drove to Disney World on Christmas Day. We had no idea what to expect. Being away from home for Christmas was a different experience for us. We have been having a wonderful time and have been very surprised about some things! Here’s some of our experience:

Will it feel like Christmas?

Something a lot of people wonder when traveling away from home during the holidays is, will it feel like Christmas? We are from the north and are use to snow on the ground and heavy winter coats, but this Christmas has been celebrated in tee shirts! For us Christmas in paradise has been wonderful. Yes it is very different. It is crazy to talk to our family back home and hear that it is 12 degrees while we are wearing flip-flops, but once you are here Disney has so many holiday offerings and exclusive festivities that you are sure to be in the Christmas spirit!!

Crowd level

Probably the thing we were most concerned about was the crowd level. I had always heard that Christmas week in Disney is the absolute busiest week out of the year. We wondered if we would be able to do anything or if each attraction would be too long to wait for. Well I have to say we are so surprised and very happy that we have not felt any day like the parks have been very crowded. Of course Christmas Day is the most popular day of the year to come to Disney and Magic Kingdom did reach capacity on Christmas Day but other days this week no parks have reached capacity. While yes this is a very busy time with the use of the My Disney Experience app, if you are staying on property at a Disney Resort, you will be able to make your fast passes up to 60 days in advance for the rides that you really want to do so you can guarantee getting to experience them. Also Disney does a wonderful job with managing crowds and we have never felt overwhelmed or like the park was too crowded. Disney even opens select seasonal attractions such as Stitch’s Great Escape at the Magic Kingdom that are not typically open. These additional attractions give guests more to do on some of the busier days therefore helping with the crowd level.

Disney is truly magical during The holidays. You will definitely feel the Christmas spirit, all you need is a little planning ahead of time in order to ensure that you will see and do everything that is important to your family. We will definitely be back for another Christmas week in the future!

Christmas Finale of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Hollywood Studios is home to For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. This show is a ‘can’t miss’ for fans of Disney’s hit movie Frozen!

Two narrators, Aria and Eric tell the story of Frozen while engaging with the audience and improvising some hilarious jokes! The audience is always laughing. I have personally seen the show on several occasions and each time it feels like a new experience because of the narrator’s wonderful comedy!

At the parts in the story where we come to a song, the screen on stage illuminates and plays the clips from the film. The lyrics are also projected onto the screen and the audience is encouraged to ‘Let it go’ and sing along! This element makes the experience truly interactive and fun for all ages!

Throughout the show favorite characters make special appearances including Princess Anna, Kristoff and as the anticipation builds Elsa will then make a grand entrance for the grand finale!

During the Christmas season this show gets a fun holiday overlay! From the beginning of the performance Anna mentions she is searching for her sister so they can prepare for ringing the Arendelle Yule Bell, a holiday tradition in their land. The show then continues regularly and includes some references to the sisters preparing for the Yule Bell Celebration. For the finale guests get a real treat with special holiday songs and a very rare and exclusive appearance from Olaf! Everyone’s favorite snowman sings an original song about holiday traditions. Olaf is not in the regular show so seeing him is truly special. The audience always roars with excitement when he walks out on stage!

The characters all share their favorite parts of the holidays. When it is Elsa turn to share her favorite part about this magical time of year she tells us that her favorite part is being together with the ones she loves. This serves as the lead into another beautiful original song with a very touching meaning! The song will warm your heart with the message of family and love during the Christmas season! It is a beautiful performance!

Watch our YouTube Video to see the special Holiday finale! Enjoy!

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