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All About VIRTUAL LINE AT FAST & FURIOUS – SUPERCHARGED at Universal Orlando Resort!

Fast & Furious – Supercharged is now open at Universal Studios Orlando! We are excited to share some additional information about the Virtual Line at this new attraction. Using the Virtual Line allows you to select a time to return to the ride. This enables you with the freedom to explore the rest of the park and enjoy other attractions in Universal Studios while you wait!

 

Here’s all the steps you need to know to access Virtual Line, and what you’ll experience once inside Fast & Furious – Supercharged:

 

  1. Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App

The quickest way to access Virtual Line is to download The Official Universal Orlando Resort App. In the Universal app, you can view wait times, park maps, show times, and of course get a Virtual Line return time! After downloading the app, tap on the image of Fast & Furious – Supercharged from the home screen.

Once you have selected the Fast & Furious – Supercharged, tap on Virtual Line then tap Reserve.

Your next step is to select how many people are in your party. The app will show the next available return times. All you have to do is select the time that is best for you and your group and tap “Reserve”.

Once you have secured your return time, you now can have the luxury of exploring the rest Universal Studios as you wait. Just make sure to return a few minutes before your reserved time for access into the attraction.

You also have the option to reserve your ride time by visiting one of the kiosks outside of the main entrance to the attraction.

 

  1. Returning to Fast & Furious – Supercharged

A few minutes before your return time, head over to the main entrance for Fast & Furious – Supercharged and scan your mobile phone to be granted access.

Note that Fast & Furious – Supercharged also has a Single Rider option if guests are willing to be split up from the rest of their party. For guests with Universal Express Pass, you won’t need to make a Virtual Line return time and can proceed directly to the attraction entrance.

 

  1. Incredible Storytelling, Muscle Cars, and Your Mission

As you travel through the attraction, you will pass by iconic scenes inspired by the Fast & Furious films such as the family BBQ picnic area. Once you’re in, keep an eye out for Mia and Team’s text messages. They’ll give you details about your upcoming mission.

 

  1. Turn Up The Game

For the first time ever the Universal Orlando Resort App will feature exclusive Fast & Furious character bios, quizzes, and even a few surprises that guests can unlock. While walking through Fast & Furious – Supercharged, you can compete against other guests using the app and go head-to-head in Fast & Furious trivia games, including the finalist’s alias being displayed on a leaderboard for everyone to see!

5. Ready, Set… Start Your Engines

Your final step is to enjoy the ride! Jump into your supped-up party bus to make your way to a race after-party that Dom invited you too. Unfortunately for you, things don’t go quite as planned, and you will join the Fast & Furious family as you try to escape the clutches of criminal mastermind Owen Shaw.

Virtual Line will not always be needed to experience Fast & Furious – Supercharged. Check The Official Universal Orlando Resort App or with the Team Member at the front entrance to see if you can enter right then. There is a whole world of excitement to explore at the Universal Orlando Resort! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next trip to Universal Orlando or to wherever you are dreaming of exploring next!

Special Adventures by Disney South Africa Departure Hosted by Joe Rohde and Dr. Mark Penning

As part of the celebration of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s  20th Anniversary, Adventures by Disney has announced a special adult-exclusive Safari to South Africa departing on November 30, 2018. During this unique trip, guests will explore Africa with special hosts such as famous Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, Joe Rohde! Also joining as a host will be Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment. Joe Rohde and Dr. Mark Penning will share their expertise in storytelling, wildlife and conservation.

During the adventure, Joe will share his insight on the magnificent country of Africa through his artistic lens. Guests will learn from Joe as he leads sketching sessions at many well-known locations in South Africa. Joe will also share the experiences in Africa that inspired him to create Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park!

During the adventure Dr. Mark who is a native of South Africa, will share his expertise on South African natural history. Guests will learn about the unique species that live in the areas visited during the trip, including the birds at Cape Point; the elephants, birds and monkeys in Knysna; and the abundant wildlife found during the game drives at Kapama Private Game Reserve.

Bookings for this once-in-a-lifetime experience are now available! You will want to secure your spot right away as space is limited! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to find out more about this experience of a lifetime!

Animal Kingdom’s Party for the Planet 2018 – Food Offerings! Animal Kingdoms 20th Anniversary Celebration!

This Sunday, April 22, 2018, is a very special day in Disney history! April 22, 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park!

This significant milestone celebration will also mark the beginning of the park’s annual ‘Party for the Planet’, which will expand to run for two weeks this year to celebrate the park’s special anniversary. The 2018 ‘Party for the Planet’ event will run through May 5th. Everyone knows a party is not complete without cake! Or in this case some very special cupcakes! If you will be in the park during the celebration be sure to look for Earth Day Cupcakes and Tree of Life Cupcakes at counter service locations such as Creature Comforts, Pizzafari, Flame Tree Barbecue, and Restaurantosaurus. Let’s take a closer look at these delicious and beautifully decorated treats!

 

The Tree of Life Cupcake

The Tree of Life Cupcake will be available for purchase at Creature Comforts and Flame Tree Barbecue. This cupcake themed to the park’s icon will be a vanilla cupcake topped with buttercream and an edible chocolate accent celebrating the park’s anniversary.

 

The Earth Day Cupcake

The Earth Day Cupcake will be available for purchase at Pizzafari and Restaurantosaurus. This cupcake will be a chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate buttercream, white chocolate pearls, white chocolate mousse, and an edible chocolate decoration.

 

Looking for something a little more on the savory side? Well we got you covered!

 

Plant-based Impossible Burgers

Restaurantosaurus will be serving an Impossible Burger! This Impossible burger is completely plant-based, and will be served on a brioche bun with avocado and tomato.

 

Plant-based Impossible Burger Sliders

You can also find this same burger in slider form on the menu at Nomad Lounge. The Impossible Burger Sliders are topped with tomato chutney and smoked onion and served on a brioche bun. The sliders are accompanied by yucca fries.

 

Tiffins Talks

This Animal Kingdom celebration will also include ticketed ‘Tiffins Talks’ featuring animal and conservation experts!

 

Tiffins 3-course 20th Anniversary Chef’s Lunch Tasting Menu

Outside of the Talks, Tiffins will also feature a special 3-course 20th Anniversary Chef’s Lunch Tasting Menu throughout the duration of this year’s ‘Party for the Planet’ event! This special lunch menu is available from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm. The tasting will feature African, Asian, and South America cuisine.

 

What are you looking forward to trying at the event?! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next adventure to Walt Disney World or to wherever your dream travel destination is!

My Top 3 Walt Disney World Resort Pools!

The Walt Disney World Resort is over 43 square miles of parks, rides, shows, restaurants, shops, recreation and more! With so many fun things to see and do its important to still carve out time to take breaks, relax and refresh! The best way to do that on a hot florida day is taking a dip in your resort’s pool. All of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels have multiple pools, each with it’s own theme and distinctive features that make it stand out.

Here are my top 3 picks for the best pools at Walt Disney World!

 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s flagship resort the Grand Floridian is modeled in the spirit of a Victorian beach hotel. Here is where classic elegance meets modern luxury. Just like the rest of the resort the Grand Floridian’s pool does an incredible job of immersing you into a turn of the century beach paradise that will instantly transport you into vacation mode! The resort’s main pool, the Beach Pool features a gently sloping entry just like a natural beach would. The massive pool is also home to a 181-foot long waterslide! Relax on a poolside lounge chair or rent a plush cabana. From the pool area, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the white sand beaches leading to the Seven Seas Lagoon. Taking a break by the pool here is sure to put you in that vacation state of mind!

 

 

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort / Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Stormalong Bay is Disney’s largest pool on property. This water wonderland is over 3 acres in size! Stormalong Bay is shared between Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This expansive pool features a sand-bottom that will truly make you feel like you are in the ocean. This resort area has amazing attention to detail, on the shores of Crescent Lake sits a replica of a wrecked ship. From atop the ship’s mast guests can take a ride down a 230-foot long waterslide! Stormalong Bay is also home to a lazy river, the only lazy river at a Disney World hotel! Guests will also find 3 whirlpool spas, the perfect place to unwind after a fun-filled day in the parks! There is something for everyone in this water park retreat!

 

 

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The Copper Creek Springs pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is one of the most creative pool designs! From the moment you enter the resorts main lobby you will be intrigued by a small gyser that periodically bubbles up. Upon further inspection of the lobby’s breathtaking water feature you will see that the gyser actually connects outside and flows into a tranquil river. If you follow the stream outside you will see where the river then leads to a breathtaking waterfall. The perfect backdrop for a family picture might I add! From there the waterfall flows into yet another river.  This one leads down to the resorts main pool and creates the illusion that the river water is actually filling the pool! It is an incredible effect and very picturesque! The pool is one of the biggest on property and features a 67-foot waterslide. Surrounding this main pool guests will find hot tubs themed in the shape of natural hot springs to fit with the resort’s theming! On the opposite side of the pool guests will see another illusion effect that simulates the pool water connecting back into another stream that flows into Bay Lake! The theming here is top notch!

 

Do you have a favorite Walt Disney World Resort Pool?!

When you are ready to plan your next getaway, our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations is happy to help you plan your dream vacation. Our experienced team can make recommendations and give you customized tips to guarantee you get the most out of your travels!

 

FAST & FURIOUS – SUPERCHARGED is now in Technical Rehearsal Preview!

Are you ready for this! We have exciting news coming from the Universal Orlando Resort this week! “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” is opening very soon! “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” will take you into the headquarters of the Fast & Furious Family. Here you will rely on Dom’s crew to get you to safety as you try to escape the criminal mastermind, Owen Shaw. Also during the experience, you will be able to see 15 supercharged Fast & Furious cars! Many of which have been driven by some of your favorite Fast & Furious family members!

In the meantime until the attraction’s official opening, you might have the chance to experience the attraction during its technical rehearsal at Universal Studios Florida.

You may be wondering what a technical rehearsal means and what it might include. Here are a few things to know about a Universal technical rehearsal and what you can expect if you are heading to the park in the coming days!

  • A technical rehearsal is a time for the park to offer a limited number of guests the opportunity to preview their newest attraction as they put the finishing touches on it in preparation for its official opening.

 

  • “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” will be opening on a limited, unscheduled basis, and some elements may not be operational as Universal continues to test and refine the ride.

 

  • Operating hours will not be set in advance and will vary as the attraction opens on a limited, unscheduled basis. If you are in the park, keep an eye on The Official Universal Orlando Resort App. The app will be updated on technical rehearsal openings.

 

  • Since the attraction is in technical rehearsal, Virtual Line and other attraction features may not be available. If Virtual Line is available, you’ll be able to access it through The Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App. All you need to do is select how many riders are in your group and the return time that works for you. While you wait for your ride time, you can enjoy other experiences and rides throughout the park!

 

  • During the technical rehearsal, you may be able to experience the entire attraction or certain elements as Universal’s team works on putting the finishing touches on the ride. Keep in mind some elements of the attraction may not be operational as universal continues to test and refine everything.

 

  • Universal Express Access is not valid during technical rehearsals for “Fast & Furious – Supercharged”

Are you excited to experience this new attraction coming to Universal Studios Florida?! 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!

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?!

 

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