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New Details on the Disney Skyliner Transportation System Coming to Disney World!

The Walt Disney World Resort truly lives up to its name, it is an entire World! In all seriousness, Walt Disney World is huge! The entire property is double the size of the city of San Francisco. The resort houses 4 world-class theme parks, 2 Water Parks, Disney Springs, the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, over 30 resort hotels, hundreds of restaurants and more! There is something for everyone and with so many things to see and do transportation plays an important role in any Disney vacation. To maximize time on vacation, guests need to be able to get from point A to point B quickly and efficiently. Disney prides itself on providing a wonderful transporting system across the resort. The Walt Disney World Transportation system is comprised of buses, boats and even the famous Disney monorails!

Disney World is always growing and as they evolve the Disney Company thrives on finding new ways to improve and provide new offerings that enhances their guest’s vacations. In these efforts, Disney announced back in August at the D23 Expo that they would be building the Disney Skyliner Transportation System to add to the Disney Transportation fleet!

The Skyliner is a gondola-type system that will let Guest travel in comfort and style from many place on property. The added mode of transportation will alleviate the crowds and waits on other forms of Disney Transportation and allow guests to get to their destination faster! The commute will also be a fun and exciting ride offering guests a birds-eye view of the property as they travel on the Skyliner.

The Skyliner will be a wonderful addition to the Disney property! We can’t wait for the chance to take our first ride! Construction has already been underway on the system. With the excitement and anticipation building around the Skyliner’s opening, Disney has now released new information about the Skyliner, including new concept art and details on the theming of the stations as well as the actual vehicles! Let’s take a look at everything we now know about this exciting transportation system!

The Skyliner will connect Epcot and Hollywood Studios, making Park-Hopping a breeze! Several resort hotels will also be connected to the Skyliner!

 

Skyliner stations will be located at:

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

Epcot’s International Gateway

Hollywood Studios 

Disney’s Pop Century

Disney’s Art of Animation

Disney’s Riviera Resort — (NEW DVC Resort coming soon!) 

 

Disney has now shared concept art for the Caribbean Beach Station. The station’s design is bright and tropical, fitting perfectly into the relaxed feel of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. In the sneak peek shared by Disney, they clued us in that this station in particular will serve as “the hub of activity” for the Skyliner!

Disney also shared with us the Hollywood Studios Station’s concept art. The architecture of this station will be a continuation of the art-deco style found in the main entrance of Hollywood Studios. The look of the station is very classic, Hollywood glam!

The Epcot station will be located at Epcot’s International Gateway. International Gateway is a side entrance to Epcot that is walking distance from Disney’s Yacht Club, Beach Club and Boardwalk Resorts. This location will be great for many resort guests to access. Concept art has also been released for this station. The building’s style will match the architecture of the nearby pavilions of Epcot’s World Showcase. This stations style evokes the feeling of travel and adventure!

Now let’s talk about the actual ride vehicles for the Skyliner. Disney has announced the official name for these gondola-type vehicles. They will be referred to as ‘cabins.’ With everything Disney does they always pride themselves on giving wonderful theming and attention to detail. This even applies right down to the very cabins that guests on the Skyliner will ride in. Each cabin will feature favorite Disney characters. Some cabins will feature classic Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and the Disney Princesses. And some cabins will feature more obscure Disney characters such as the hitch-hiking ghosts from the Haunted Mansion!

We are so excited for the completion of the Skyliner. I personally am looking forward to experiencing my “maiden-flight” on the new system!

 

Christmas Offerings Are Better Than Ever At The Universal Orlando Resort!

 

Universal Orlando is a vacation like no other! Here you can experience the magic of film-making and step-inside some of your favorite movies through themed lands, rides, and shows! The Resort offers something for all ages and interests, so everyone in your traveling party is sure to find something they enjoy.

During the Christmas season, Universal gets all decked out with special holiday offerings. This year they have raised the bar very high with more Christmas offerings than ever before! Let’s take a look at two of the main holiday attractions that are our favorite this year!

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts

Hogsmeade is decorated for Christmas this year and looks amazing! The creative team at universal wanted the decorations to fit the storyline of the area. Hogsmeade is a town full of many magical and mystical businesses. When the team was planning which decorations would adorn the area of Hogsmeade, they wanted to keep that feel of this being a real, working town. They made sure that the decorations that graced each shopfront fit into the theme of that specific store or business. The attention to detail is incredible! The beautiful holiday decorations are just a pre-show to what guests can experience at night in Hogsmeade! Come nighttime the Hogwart’s castle comes to life with a breathtaking holiday projection show called, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts.

The show uses state-of-the-art projection mapping technology and is truly filled with magic! As the lights dim the show begins with caroling ghosts singing classical Christmas hymns.

Guests are then taken on a captivating journey as wizards fly past on broomsticks and decorations magically appear on the iconic castle! This show is a must-see when visiting Universal at Christmas time!

Watch the full show in our YouTube Video,

 

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

Our next pick for our favorite Christmas offerings is Universal’s Holiday parade featuring Macy’s. This parade gives a nod to the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV is a tradition for many families, and here at Universal you can get a taste of what it’s like to be there in person and see those famous balloons float down the street for yourself!

Universal’s Macy’s Parade has been an annual offering for a number of years, however this year the creative team at universal has stepped in and made their mark on the parade. Now along with the classic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade elements we love, the parade also features many of our favorite Universal characters. Characters from, Despicable Me, Madagascar and Shrek can all be spotted in this festive parade.

Just like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, even Santa Claus makes a special appearance!

The parade is fun, energetic and has a great balance of traditional Christmas, along with modern Universal favorites!

Watch the Parade on our YouTube Channel,

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Be sure to plan a holiday visit to Universal Orlando to experience all these great offerings for yourself. Our team at Kingdom Magic Vacations is always ready to help you plan your future trips! Have a Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience the excitement of Star Wars at three Disney Destinations!

You’ve seen them on the big screen….now is your chance to meet them in person! Experience all the excitement of Star Wars at three Disney Destinations!

At Disney Parks, the force is strong! At Hollywood Studios and Disneyland, not only can you ride along with CP3O on Star Tours (this is worth riding numerous times as there are multiple versions…it’s almost never the same ride twice!), you can meet many of the major characters like Kylo Ren, Chewbacca and BB-8 and Darth Vader at Launch Bay. Be sure to have your cameras ready, or better yet, take advantage of Disney’s photo service to capture these moments. Younglings can be a part of The Jedi Training Academy and face off against the dark side (and let’s be honest here….us grown ups would like to do this too!)

At Star Wars Theater in Disney World, watch a behind the scenes video and see how film makers are creating the future of the Star Wars saga. In Disneyland, be sure to catch Star Wars: Path of the Jedi at The Tomorrowland Theater, a 10 min film featuring the highlights of the films.

At Hollywood Studios, witness Star Wars, A Galaxy Far Away. This live stage show, featuring Kylo Ren, Rey, Chewbacca, BB-8 and Darth Maul, brings to life legendary scenes from the movies. End your evening enjoying Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular…watch highlights from the film along featuring music and fireworks to light up the night sky. For an additional cost, you can enjoy a reserved seating area and indulge in The Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party (available on select nights).

Disney Cruise Line offers it’s own experiences. On select Caribbean sailings (Jan to April 2018), Darth Vader and the Storm troopers are taking over! Get ready for up close encounters with many from the dark side, like Boba Fet, the Jawas and the storm troopers. Not to worry though, Chewbacca and BB-8 are here too.

In the Oceaneer Club, younglings must defend against the First Order ar the Resistance Base. Little rebels can join the resistance when BB-8 and a pilot stop in to look for new recruits. End your evening on deck enjoying Summon the Force, a stunning spectacular featuring live action and featuring iconic moments from the saga. Sail off to a galaxy far away with the night time fireworks show featuring the musical score from John Williams.

Be sure to contact your Must Love Travel Group agent for more information or to make plans to experience all that Disney has to offer. Don’t forget to keep an eye open for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening on both coasts in 2019! I know I can’t wait!

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Concert Lineup Announced

Last year Disney introduced a new festival to Epcot, The Epcot International Festival of the Arts! The festival was a celebration of all mediums of art from visuals arts, to culinary arts, and also preforming arts! The festival was an instant hit and due to its popularity, we are excited that it will be returning again this year! The 2018 Epcot Festival of the Arts runs from January 12th through to February 19th.

Visual art could be seen all around the festival. Murals were painted live by artists. Guests could watch chalk artists create impressive illusions of 3-dimensional art on the ground. Along the world showcase promenade, pop–up shops showcased paintings for purchase. At some of these stations guests even had the chance to meet and get their prints signed by the artist.

Culinary art was available for purchase in marketplaces throughout the park. There were many food offerings, similar to what is offered at the very popular Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, but with an artistic flare!

The third component to the event was the preforming arts. Talented performers from the entertainment industry would star in shows at the American Gardens Theater. Many of the performers were stars flown in from the big apple that star in Disney’s Broadway shows! These performances were a fan-favorites during the festival’s debut year. That’s why you could imagine that when the festival was announced to return in 2018, many fans were filled with anticipation to hear the lineup of talent that would be preforming during the upcoming festival. Well, we have great news! The wait is over because Disney has now released the Disney on Broadway Concert series lineup! The performances will take place at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm on Friday through Monday evenings throughout the Festival of the Arts.

Here is the star-studded lineup!

January 12 to 15

  • Performers: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
  • Songs from: TarzanAladdinNewsiesand Frozen

January 19 to 22

  • Performers: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
  • Songs from: TarzanAladdinNewsiesand Frozen

January 26 to 29

  • Performers: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Songs from: TarzanThe Lion KingAidaAladdinand The Little Mermaid

February 2 to 5

  • Performers: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Songs from: TarzanThe Lion KingAidaAladdinand The Little Mermaid

February 9 to 12

  • Performers: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
  • Songs from: Beauty and the BeastThe Little MermaidMary PoppinsNewsiesand Frozen

February 16 to 19

  • Performers: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
  • Songs from: Beauty and the BeastThe Little MermaidMary PoppinsNewsiesand Frozen

If you would like to guarantee a good seat for the show and skip a long wait in line, you may want to consider a dining package. With the purchase of this package you get to enjoy either breakfast, lunch or dinner at your choice of a variety of Epcot restaurants. You then get priority seating for one performance and can avoid the stand-by line that often is a several-hour wait.

Restaurants participating in the 2018 dining package and current package pricing:

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Character Meal)
Breakfast: Adult $60.00 / Child $36.00 Lunch: Adult: $70.00 / Child $42.00 Dinner: Adult: $70.00 / Child $42.00

Biergarten
Lunch: Adult: $44.00 / Child $25.00 Dinner: Adult: $51.00 / Child $29.00

Coral Reef
Lunch: Adult: $66.00 / Child $22.00 Dinner: Adult: $66.00 / Child $22.00

Garden Grill (Character Meal)
Breakfast: Adult $43.00 / Child $27.00 Lunch: Adult: $57.00 / Child $36.00 Dinner: Adult: $57.00 / Child $36.00

Rose & Crown
Lunch: Adult: $57.00 / Child $21.00 Dinner: Adult: $57.00 / Child $21.00

With so much to offer at this festival early 2018 would be a great time to visit Walt Disney World!

 

 

 

Sunset Season’s Greetings at Hollywood Studios!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World is themed to the golden age of Hollywood. Entering the park and walking down Hollywood boulevard you become instantly immersed into the glitz and glamour of ‘Tinsel Town.’ During the Christmas Season, Hollywood Studios gets an extra layer of magic as every inch of the park gets adorned with gorgeous holiday decorations.

This year, Disney introduced a brand-new Christmas offering… Sunset Season’s Greetings! The show uses Disney’s latest in incredible projection-mapping technology to transform the Hollywood Tower Hotel into a series of holiday scenes. The quality of the projections is so clear and vivid. All of sunset boulevard gets festive as well, lights project on the palm trees that dance to the Christmas music, and billboards come to life with holiday scenes. To add to the atmosphere, it even snows in the middle of Florida!

Sunset Season’s Greeting is sure to put you and your family in the spirit of this magical season! There are no set times for the presentations, they take place intermittently throughout the evening. There are 4 different segments of projections that guests can experience. Each segment last about 2 minutes, then the tower is illuminated with a scene from that segment. This cycle is continuous throughout the entire evening. This system is very nice because guests don’t have to worry about staking out a spot to stand for the performance. The show can be seen from anywhere on sunset boulevard and because the presentations are continual there is not such a large crowd.

The 4 segments include a Mickey’ Christmas Carol segment, a Toy Story segment, a Muppet’s Segment, and a Frozen Segment.

Mickey’s Christmas Carol Segment

In this sequence, we watch the Hollywood Tower transform into a beautiful Victorian village! Horse drawn carriages glide across the screen and from the balconies you can see shadows of people moving about the quaint town. The attention to details in the effects is outstanding!

 

Toy Story Segment

In this sequence, the Hollywood Tower Hotel magically transforms into the Hollywood Toy Hotel! During this segment packages pile up to the brim of the hotel. Then the gifts open up and reveal a collection of toys! The toys bounce and dance across the toys. This segment is so colorful and whimsical. One of my favorite effects from the Toy Story sequence is the toy train that appears to be running in and out of the windows on the Hollywood Tower.

 

Muppet’s Segment

The Muppets sequence begins with the Swedish Chef creating a messy gingerbread house. Then a larger than life gingerbread house begins to be constructed on the Hollywood Tower! Icing, gumdrops and candy canes dance across the tower perfectly set to a Christmas soundtrack.

Frozen Segment

Frozen fans will adore this forth segment that features Olaf! Olaf sings an original song about holiday traditions and the tower comes to life with scenes depicting each of those festivities, such as decorating with garland, hanging stockings by the fire and caroling!

If you are traveling to Walt Disney World during the holidays, you will defiantly want to make Sunsets Season’s Greetings a must-see at Hollywood Studios park! Watch the show in our YouTube video!

All About Character Dining At Walt Disney World!

Character dining at Walt Disney World transforms your meal into an experience and a vacation memory your family will always cherish! Here are a few of the reason why choosing a character meal can enhance your next Disney vacation!

Skip The Line

The Disney characters are truly celebrities! Everyone wants to get an autograph from their hero and take a picture with their favorite princess! Due to how popular the characters are the lines to meet the characters can often be pretty long. When you choose a character meal you get VIP access to meeting the characters in a much more personal way.

 

See More Characters 

The great thing about character meals is that there are always multiple characters you get to meet and interact with throughout your meal. If you were to wait in line for a character in the parks often times that meet and greet experience just features that one character. So for every character you would want to see you need to wait in another queue. With character dining you are most often meeting upward of 6-8 characters all while in the relaxed setting of enjoying your meal. You can save your family hours of time by meeting all your favorite characters this way rather than spending time in lines.

 

More Personal Experience 

With character meals, you have the opportunity to interact with character in a more intimate setting as opposed to a quick photo-op in the park. During character dining meals, the characters take a lot more time with each group making for many more memories that you and your party will always remember!

 

Now that we have covered some of the great reasons to choose a character dining experience, now let’s talk about the different character meals available at Walt Disney World!

All of the Character meals are different and each provides something unique as far as atmosphere, cuisine, theming and even down to which characters you get to meet. Now we will break down each character meal currently available at Walt Disney World so you can pick your favorite for your next trip!

 

Cinderella’s Royal Table 

Characters: Princesses

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of the most sought after reservation at Disney World. This dining experience is like no other, the restaurant is actually located upstairs inside Magic Kingdom’s icon, Cinderella’s Castle! When you dine here you are sure to feel like royalty! Throughout your meal you will meet some of your favorite Disney princesses! The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a pre-fix menu with a great variety of options for everyone. Cinderella’s Royal Table is the most popular character meal in Disney World and reservations go fast. If you are interested in booking a reservation be sure to book as soon as your 180 days reservation window is open. Your Kingdom Magic Agent can assist you in making your reservations as soon as they become available to help guarantee you get in to all the place you want to go.

Tiana’s Riverboat Party – Ice Cream Social and viewing party 

Meals: Dessert party

Characters: Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen

In this unique experience Tiana and Naveen from Disney Princess and the Frog, invent you aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat for an unforgettable party! The experience includes ice cream, topping and more sweet treats. The fun doesn’t stop there the dining experience also gives you VIP seating for the Magic Kingdom’s festival of Fantasy parade! From atop the Mark Twain Riverboat you are sure to have the best seat in the house to view this magical procession!

The Crystal Palace 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Characters: Winnie the Pooh Characters

The Crystal Palace is located right at the end of Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom. The restaurant’s theming is Inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the late 1800s, the restaurant features an array of topiaries and tropical palms, the perfect backdrop for meeting some of your favorite characters from the hundred-acre-woods. The restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Garden Grill

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Characters: Classic Characters

The Garden Grill is located in the land pavilion in Epcot. This restaurant has one of the most unique views! Why? Because the view is always changing! As you dine the entire restaurant actually, very slowly is rotating around. At one point, you even have a view overlooking the Living with the Land boat ride! This restaurant is a family style meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Classic character such as Mickey Mouse, Chip and Dale and Goofy can be spotted here! (Character offerings subject to change)

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Characters: Disney Princesses

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is located at the Norway Pavilion inside Epcot. The restaurant transports you inside of a medieval castle with beautiful cathedral ceilings and breathtaking archways. You can start your day here with American Breakfast favorites served family style. Or join your favorite princess for lunch or dinner and enjoy Norwegian-inspired fare. During lunch and dinner guest get to begin their meal with a visit to the buffet where they will find some Scandinavian starters, and then visitors will also get to select a hot entree. Child menu options are also available so everyone in your party will find something they enjoy.

Hollywood and Vine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Characters: Disney Junior Characters or Classic Characters

Located in Hollywood Studios, Hollywood and Vine serves a great buffet-style meal with an abundance of offering. Your little ones will love meeting their favorite Disney Junior Characters during a memorable breakfast buffet. The restaurant also does seasonal characters dining experiences that feature the Classic Characters during lunch and dinner. Starting early September you can partake in Minnie’s Halloween Dine, and come early November Minnie’s Holiday Dine. During these seasonal meals you can meet Classic Characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy all decked out in either there Halloween costumes or there Christmas finery! (Characters subject to change)

Tucker House

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Characters: Classic Characters

Animal Kingdom is home to Tusker House. Here you can meet some of the Classic Characters in their adorable safari outfits! The food here is a buffet-style and offers a great mix of both traditional favorites and also for the adventurous eater, some delicious African-influenced items! To enhance your experience even more Tusker House offers a Rivers of Light dining package that gives you reserved seating for Animal Kingdom’s new nighttime water projection show!

1900 Park Fare 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Characters: Disney Characters or Cinderella Characters

Located at Disney deluxe Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, 1900 Park Fare offers an amazing buffet spread that is fit for royalty. During breakfast guest can be part of the

Supercalifragilistic Breakfast! This experience allows you to meet some more rare characters, including the Mad Hater, Alice and even Mary Poppins! As Mary Poppins herself would state, this meal is “practically perfect in every way!”

During dinner, you can step into the story of Cinderella and meet characters from the beloved tale during Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner.  Prince Charming, the Step-Mother, Step-Sister and of course Cinderella herself are a few of the characters that guests get to meet. (Character appearances subject to change)

Chef Mickey’s 

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch or Dinner

Characters: Classic Characters

Located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Chef Mickey’s is a fun buffet meal for the whole family! Meet the Classic Disney Characters as you enjoy a buffet of American favorites! This restaurant offers breakfast, brunch and dinner.

Ohana

Meals: Breakfast

Characters: Lilo and Stitch Characters

Ohana is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but breakfast is extra special because breakfast here is a Characters meal! Located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort you feel as though you have been transported to the beautiful Hawaiian islands! Ohana brings alive the spirit of the Hawaiian culture. During breakfast you can meet Lilo and Stitch! These characters are very rare to find in the parks so if you are a fan of the film this meal is a must-do!

(Character subject to change)

Cape May Cafe

Meals: Breakfast

Characters: Classic Characters

Located at Disney Beach Club Resort, this New England-style, beachside setting restaurant is the perfect backdrop for a Disney Character breakfast! Meet your favorite Disney Classic Characters adorned in their Tropical-Vacations attire, all while enjoying an all you care to enjoy buffet!

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ 

Meals: Dinner Show

Characters: Classic Characters

Located at Disney Fort Wilderness campground join Mickey and the gang for Dancing and a delicious barbeque buffet. This dining experience is interactive and filled with fun!

Trattoria al Forno

Meals: Breakfast

Characters: Tangled and Little Mermaid Characters

Located at Disney Boardwalk Resort this restaurant offers the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast! Jump-start your morning with a hearty breakfast featuring beloved Characters from some of your favorite Disney fairytales. Familiar faces from popular animated tales such as Tangled and The Little Mermaid will be drifting through the restaurant and stopping by your table to meet you while you dine on delicious morning staples. Here you can meet character such as Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.

Choosing a Character meal for your next Trip to Walt Disney World is sure to create lasting memories for your entire family!

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail 2017!

Disney Springs located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida is home to a wide array of wonderful shops and restaurants. With so much to see and do you can easily spend a day during your vacation relaxing, shopping and dining at Disney Springs!

During the Christmas season Disney Springs becomes even more magical with special holiday offerings! The most popular among these festive additions… The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail!

The Tree Trail is a pathway lined with beautiful Christmas trees and each tree is themed to a different Disney character or film! The Tree Trail was first introduced last year and was an instant hit! This year it is back by popular demand and is more than doubled in size from its original year. The team at Disney does a wonderful job creating decorations that perfectly portray our favorite Disney stories!

Trees that can be spotted on the 2017 Tree Trail include:

Mickey and Minnie Tree

Pluto Tree

Sleeping Beauty Tree

The Little Mermaid Tree

The Princess and the Frog Tree

Beauty and the Beast Tree

Frozen Tree

Snow White Tree

Cinderella Tree

Pinocchio Tree

101 Dalmatians Tree

Fantasia Tree

Villains Tree

Robin Hood Tree

Dumbo Tree

Tangled Tree

Peter Pan Tree

Lilo And Stitch Tree

The Jungle Book Tree

The Muppets Tree

Mulan Tree

Mary Poppins Tree

Alice in Wonderland Tree

Each tree is themed perfectly with excellent attention to detail. The Sleeping Beauty tree is covered in gorgeous colorful flowers and balls or yarn that give a nod to the iconic spinning wheel from the movie. The Little Mermaid tree looks just as though Ariel herself decorated it using all her treasures she has collected under the sea! The princess and the frog tree has a New Orleans feel, featuring Mardi Gras beads and masks. The Beauty and the Beast tree has Mrs. Pots, Cogsworth, Lumiere and the whole gang represented as beautiful stained-glass ornaments. The Tangled tree includes Rapunzel’s tiny sidekick Pascal hidden on it, as well as her infamous frying pan from the film!

Walking the trail is sure to put you and your family in the spirit of the season! The trails atmosphere is complete with a soundtrack of Christmas music and with a little Disney magic it even snows in the middle of Florida!

Keep an eye out for a featured ornament on each tree, it is showcased in a glass lantern and is a Disney Parks ornament that you can buy in the nearby Days of Christmas shop and take home for your own tree! This is a great way to get ideas for your own holiday decorating and start a new family tradition!

The Disney Spring’s Christmas Tree Trail is a must see attraction when visiting Disney World this Christmas season! Come take a closer look at some of these amazing trees in our YouTube video!

Favorite Quick Service in Magic Kingdom!

While in Magic Kingdom inevitably you are going to work up an appetite from a day filled with rides, shows and fun! The Magic Kingdom park has several highly popular restaurants such as the sought-after Cinderella’s Royal Table, here you can dine with royalty inside the famous Cinderella Castle. Be Our Guest Restaurant is another favorite for Beauty and the Beast fans, here you step inside the story with French influenced cuisine and dining rooms perfectly themed with details from the film. Crystal Palace on the corner of Main Street USA offers character dining with the lovable Winnie the Pooh characters and includes a wonderful buffet spread to fill you up before hitting the parks again.

These table service restaurants are a great experience to add to your day at the Magic Kingdom, but if you are looking for a faster and less expensive option then we know you will also have a great experience at a Disney quick service restaurant. When many people think of theme park fast food they think about just burgers and fries. Disney does quick service much differently! At a Disney quick-service location you can enjoy many gourmet options and even some unique menu offerings. Quick Service locations are also themed to the area of the park they are in and just like with everything Disney does, you feel immersed in the backstory and environment. Cosmic Rays Starlight Café in Tomorrowland feels like a futuristic space center. Pecos Bills in Frontierland will immerse you in an old western salon featuring delicious Mexican cuisine. Columbia Harbour House located in Liberty Square is another great choice, here in this colonial themed quick service location you can enjoy great seafood items such as the lobster roll or the New England clam chowder.

Now it’s time for my pick for the best quick service at Magic Kingdom! Drum roll please….. Pinocchio Village Haus! Located in Fantasyland this restaurant is themed with touches from, you guessed it… Pinocchio! There are two main reason that I have named Pinocchios’ my favorite quick service.

Reason #1: The food! I love the menu offerings at Pinocchio Village Haus! Pinocchio’s is known for their artisan flatbreads. You can choose from the sausage and pepperoni flatbread, pepperoni flatbread, classic cheese flatbread or my favorite the caprese flatbread! I have had the caprese flatbread several times before and it has always been a winner for me and the portion sizes are very generous. I would say that a flatbread here is definitely shareable for two people. Pinocchio Village Haus also features menu items such as the chicken caesar salad, chicken parmesan pasta, chicken parmesan sandwich, penne pasta and marinara, and chicken breast nuggets.

Reason #2: The atmosphere! The second reason I love this quick service location is for the atmosphere. For a quick service location, you can make this meal an experience if you know just where to grab a table! There are two spots I like to head for to get a table when eating here. The first is on the main floor where you order and pick up your food. Head to the back of the restaurant and you will find a wall of glass windows that overlook the It’s a small World attraction! There are about 6 tables directly against the window that you can experience this unique view. If you can grab a table here do it! It is so relaxing to enjoy your meal as you watch the Small World boats float past. My other favorite spot to sit here is a little less known and is an absolute hidden gem! Toward the center of the restaurant you will find an unmarked staircase. Head upstairs and you will find a second level of seating and even an upstairs deck that looks out into fantasyland. In my experience this has always been a more quiet and relaxing spot to sit because many guest do not know you can go up the staircase.  There is not much signage advertising the additional seating. I have even had an experience where my family and I where the only guest dining on the upper deck!

There are a lot of places to dine in the Magic Kingdom but if you are looking to save time and some money head to a quick service location.  Happy eating!!!

Why Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort?!

Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort can enhance your vacation with perks, convenience and also a little extra layer of magic! Staying on-site gives you extra opportunities that only resort guest can take advantage of. Here are just a few of the benefits you will experience when staying at a Walt Disney World Resort:

 

Proximity  

The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida is over 40 square miles. The resort truly is an entire world of its own! With 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, Disney Springs, the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, and hundreds of restaurants and shops, the Disney property has something for everyone! The massive resort is also home to over 30 themed Disney Resort hotels. Staying at a Disney Resort on-property allows you to make the most out of your vacation time with easy access to everywhere on-property. Staying off site, you lose so much precious time by having to commute on and off Disney property each day of your trip.

 

Transportation

Staying on-site at a Disney Resort you can enjoy the benefit of utilizing the Disney transportation system. All Disney Resorts have buses that can take you directly to all of the theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs and many other locations on Disney property. Some resorts even offer boat transportation to and from the parks! If you stay in the Magic Kingdom Resort area you can even take a monorail straight from your resort to the front gates of the Magic Kingdom park!

 

Magical Express

On the topic of transportation, Disney also offers an incredible service exclusively to resort guests, the magical express. The magical express is your roundtrip complimentary transportation from the Orlando International airport to your Disney hotel.  This service even handles getting your luggage for you and delivers it right to your room allowing you to skip waiting at baggage claim!

 

Theming

Disney World Resort hotels are known for their immersive theming and attention to detail. When you stay on-property at a Disney Resort you get to stay within the magic of Disney 24/7! The same creative team of Imagineers that design the parks and attractions also design the resort hotels! They bring the hotels to life through storytelling and hints of Disney magic everywhere you turn. Feel as if you are staying on a tropical island at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Discover the colorful city of New Orleans at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. Relax in nature and luxury at Disney Wilderness lodge. Pamper yourself and step back in time to the beauty of the Victorian era at Disney Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. When you stay at a Disney Resort you truly get to have a vacation within your vacation!

 

Extra Magic Hours

Another way staying on-site allows you to maximize your time on vacation is through Disney’s extra magic hours. Each day a select park will open an hour early or remain open up to an additional 3 hours in the evening exclusively just for guests staying at a Disney hotel!

 

Be the first to make Fast Passes

Disney’s Fast Pass system allows you to skip the standby line on select attractions by reserving Fast Pass times in advance. This is another great perk that when utilized can help you make the most out of your vacation. When you stay onsite you get to be among the firsts to reserve your fast passes before any other offsite guests. You can book attraction times up to 60 days in advance! Fast passes for popular rides can fill up quickly, so having access to reserving your fast passes before anyone else helps guarantee that your family can see and do everything you want during your trip.

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New Offerings Introduced at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival 2017!

The annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is a fan favorite year after year. The culinary event gives guests the opportunity to sample food and beverage offerings from countries around the world. There is truly something for everyone! The International Food and Wine Festival is so popular, many guests make it a tradition to come back every year. Many even plan their yearly visit around when the event is taking place. Since the festival is so well loved Disney always does a wonderful job of ensuring there will be something new to experience alongside all the returning favorites. This year was certainly no exception, with more festival marketplaces than ever before! This year 2017, marks the 35th anniversary of Epcot, because of this Disney very fittingly gave the festival 35 marketplaces!  Here are some of the new offerings introduced during the 2017 festival!

The Light Lab

The Light Lab was located inside Innoventions West. This futurist lab was themed to science and you guessed it… light! The lab explored the role science plays in the culinary arts. Ever wonder how foods color and visual appearance affects our dining experience? Or how different tastes affect the human body? These questions are answered through colorful displays inside the lab. Menu offerings at the light lab included a ‘glownut’ a donut that actual appears to glow through the use of light and some Disney magic of course! The Light Lab quickly became well known for their creative beverage offerings, such as the T=CC2; a vanilla tonic water with liquefied cotton candy!

Flavors from Fire

Located in Future World just outside of Innoventions West, Flavors from Fire offered barbeque classics with a modern gourmet twist!

This marketplace instantly became popular for its smoked corned beef with warm crispy potatoes, pickled onions and blonde ale beer fondue. Another fan favorite from Flavors from Fire was the ‘Piggy Wings’; roasted pork wings with Korean barbeque sauce and sesame seeds.

Next Eats

Next Eats, located in Future World was comprised of three marketplaces, two of which were brand new to the 2017 festival. The marketplaces to call the ‘Next Eats’ area home were, ‘Active Eats’, ‘Earth Eats’ and ‘Coastal Eats’. Active Eats was popular for their loaded mac and cheese with Nueske’s pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions. For dessert, Active Eats had a very unique offering, the sweet avocado crema with strawberries, yellow cake and tortilla streusel. When you think of something sweet, avocado is most definitely not the first thing to pop in your head! But believe me this dessert can hit your sweet tooth! It is delicious and one of my personal favorite items from the 2017 festival!

Spain

Over in World Showcase, Epcot introduced a new marketplace country… Spain! A popular menu offering here was the charcuterie in a cone with a selection of imported Spanish meats, cheeses, olives and an herb vinaigrette. From Spain, I tried one of their dessert offerings, the sweet olive oil cake with powder sugar and lemon curd. It was light and moist with just the right amount of sweetness.

We were very impressed with the new offerings introduced at this years’ festival and now we can’t wait until the 2018 International Food and Wine Festival! To discover a few of the new offerings, join us in the video below for a fun day of food tasting in Epcot!

Benefits of Adventures by Disney

Adventures by Disney is a VIP tour service that combines the magic of Disney with the cultures of destinations around the world. The Disney company is known for their world-class guest service and hospitality and that is exactly what you will find in your Disney adventure guides. Your guides use storytelling to immerse you even more within the culture of the location you are visiting. Disney also brings in local guides at select stops along your tour so you can experience your destination from the perspective of a local.

There are many wonderful benefits to using Adventures by Disney. From the time you step off your plane, a Disney guide is there at the airport to greet you, get your bags and transport you to your first destination. During your tour, you move around to different hotels, giving you the opportunity to see multiple parts of the country you are visiting. During each transition, just like at the airport, Disney handles transporting your bags for you from place to place.

Adventures by Disney has exclusive connections with many businesses and local attractions. This means being with Adventures by Disney you get to skip the lines at many museums, shows and attractions. In the video you are about to see below, you will join our agent Jennie on her Adventures by Disney trip to Italy. On her trip, her and her adventure group were able to skip the 2 hour long line at St. Peter’s Basilica and go straight in because they were with Disney. Similarly, on their trip they also had exclusive access to the Vatican museum after general admission hours! Their Adventure by Disney Group got to experience the museum all to themselves!

When Disney designs an Adventures by Disney tour for a destination, they take everything into consideration. Disney guides spend months testing out different hotels, restaurants and experiences and select the best and most authentic options. They do this to guarantee that you are getting the best of the best during your tour!

Disney is a top leader in the hospitality industry and holds high standards for everything they do. Adventures by Disney tours promise to deliver the level of quality and service that you expect from Disney. In the video below you can join our agent Jennie and experience what it is like traveling with Adventures by Disney! Enjoy!

 

New Christmas offering at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Sunset Seasons Greetings

This past week I had the opportunity to attend a special annual passholder event at Hollywood Studios. This event featured the new Christmas projection show, Sunset Seasons Greetings! The show features projections on the Hollywood Tower of Terror. With Disney magic this typically eerie looking Hollywood Tower hotel is completely transformed into scenes such as a Christmas cottage and even Santa’s toy workshop. It truly is a sight to see, the technology used in the show will blow you away.

The show also brings to life all of Sunset boulevard with lighting effects and transforming billboards that play short videos clips leading up to the next projection sequence on Tower of Terror. To add to the Christmas atmosphere, it even snows in the middle of Florida!

This new presentation adds a little extra holiday cheer to your Disney vacation. You and your family will want to be sure to check it out this Christmas season!

Exciting Update on Disney Springs’ New Edison Location!

Updated news just released on The Edison at Disney Springs!  The Edison will be home to three locations all having Italian inspired offerings.  This new concept ties into the Disney Springs storyline of a restored Florida waterfront town.  The idea is to bring amazing food and wine from Italy to Florida, with stunning scenery that you can expect with Disney.

Maria & Enzo’s will be an Italian trattoria set in the town’s storied abandoned airline terminal from the 1930’s.  The dining room is very open and will feature 50-foot ceilings with views of Lake Buena Vista.  The theming will showcase artifacts of air travel of the time period, such as maps and historic flight paths. The menu is inspired by Sicily with many authentic Italian dishes.  Some other menu options will include fresh fish, delicious steaks and chops.

Enzo’s Hideaway will be a speakeasy inspired by Roman aperitivo bars.  Located in the storied rum-runner tunnels that connect to Maria & Enzo’s.  Enzo’s Hideaway will serve Prohibition-era cocktails at its Tunnel Bar and serve a casual menu of hearty Roman dishes such as Bucatini alla Carbonara (hollow spaghetti with creamy egg and pancetta sauce.

Pizza Ponte will be a casual fast food spot which will be a convenient location to pick up a quick Italian treat.  This location will feature pizza, Italian sandwiches, espresso and pastries.  One pastry specialty will be Bomboloni which is a wonderful Italian doughnut.  Savory items include stuffed pizza bread, sandwiches, roast pork, and Sicilian style pizza by the slice.

With all these new and exciting additions coming to Walt Disney World property, now is a perfect time to book your next vacation so you don’t miss out on all the new experiences!

The Boathouse at Disney Springs

The Boathouse, located at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida is a wonderful and unique dining experience! As the restaurant’s name implies The Boathouse features nautical theming accompanied by some amazing food.

Something that makes The Boathouse stand out, they are part of the only restaurant group in the country that obtains their own USDA certification. All of the ingredients and products that go into their meals have to meet the highest standards of quality that they set for themselves.

Everyone in your party is sure to find something on the menu they enjoy. As the nautical theming suggests, The Boathouse serves amazing seafood. New England Lobster Roll, Cedar Planked Gulf of Maine Salmon, Broiled Wild Caught Swordfish Steak and Grilled Fresh Fish Tacos are just a few of the wonderful seafood selections served here.  They also have an amazing seafood raw bar. But don’t let all the seaside touches fool you, there is plenty on the menu for land-lovers as well! The Boathouse is also well-known for their steaks and burgers featuring USDA Gibsons Blue Star Heritage Angus Beef.

After your meal, if you are looking for an unique experience, be sure to check out The Boathouse’s amphicars. What is an amphicar? It’s just like a regular car but it has the ability to also transform into a boat and drive right into Lake Buena Vista! Definitely a one-of-a-kind experience that you and your party will never forget!

With an amphicar ride you can enjoy a 20-minute cruise around Lake Buena Vista and take in the sights of Disney Springs. The Boathouse is the only place in the world that offers the experience of riding in one of these amazing vintage amphicars! The current price for this rare cruise is $125 per car. A great tip if you are interested in taking a ride and plan to dine at the Boathouse during lunch hours (11:00 am – 3:00pm), on your receipt you will receive an exclusive offer for $25 off an amphicar ride.

Consider visiting The Boathouse on your next Disney World vacation! You and your family and friends are sure to have a wonderful experience at this unique Disney Springs location!

 

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival with Kids!

The annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is a culinary paradise and many avid festival fans look forward to the event year after year! With so many food and drink offerings to try, the ‘Eat to the Beat’ concert series as well as many culinary and beverage seminars you can easily devote a full day of your vacation just to experiencing everything the Food and Wine Festival has to offer! For families with younger kids I’m sure this sounds like a wonderful time for grown-up fun. But what about younger guests?

Many families with young children often avoid events such as the Food and Wine Festival, thinking that their kids would have no interest in the event. However, the truth is there is plenty of fun and exciting things your kids will love to experience as you enjoy the festival! Disney’s main focus is always on family and finding ways for everyone in your party of all ages to have fun together. With that philosophy in mind Disney has crafted the Food and Wine Festival to include many fun and engaging experiences for younger guests! Here are a few of the fun offerings kids will love!

Remy’s Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt

Featuring Remy from Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille, Remy’s Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt is a wonderful activity that engages kids in exploring Epcot’s World Showcase! You can purchase a scavenger hunt package for $8.99 (plus tax.) The package includes a map of the World Showcase and a sheet of Remy stickers. Each World Showcase Pavilion has a Remy figurine hidden. Each hidden Remy features a different cooking ingredient. Using the stickers and map guests can match Remy’s hidden ingredients to the corresponding pavilion they found him in. Once your map is complete it can be redeemed for a prize! While your kids enjoy searching for Remy in each county you visit, you can enjoy savoring your food and wine items!

Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure  

If your kids are fans of the hit Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb then they are sure to love Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure featuring the show’s popular character Perry the Platypus Aka Agent P. Kids can be recruited for missions at kiosks located near the entrance to the World showcase promenade. Your young agents can be given an official FONE – code for Field Operative Notification Equipment to use, or opt to log in using your own smartphone. Once set up with their device they can receive their missions and search for clues throughout the World Showcase. The experience even includes interactive elements that children can activate and unveil special characters and surprises throughout the park! Similar to Remy’s Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt this activity also encompasses the entire world showcases promenade, giving adults plenty of opportunities to sample festival offerings while kids enjoy completing their missions.

Kidcot Fun Stop

Kidcot Fun Stops are located in each pavilion of the World Showcase. Kids are given a free Duffy the Disney Bear or Perry the Platypus mask on a stick that they can color and create fun crafts with. At each pavilion children will receive a stamp on their mask representing that country. In some countries cast members can even write your child’s name in their native language. This is a great learning opportunity for kids to discover about new countries and cultures in a fun and exciting way!

‘Try It’ Festival Items

Who said trying new foods was just for grown-ups?! Get even your pickiest eaters excited to sample new foods with the Food and Wine “Try it” items. Be sure to pick up your Food and Wine Festival Passport guide to see the menus for each festival market place. On the menus you will notice a “Try it” logo next to a few select items. These offerings where picked by Disney chefs as being items that could be of interest to kids. Broaden your child’s culinary taste with these foods from around the world!

As you can see there is so much to experience for both adults and kids at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. We hope to see you and your family at this year’s event!

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