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Voodoo Doughnut Coming Soon To CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort

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


Voodoo Doll

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


Portland Cream

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


Grape Ape

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


Bacon Maple Bar

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


Oh Captain, My Captain

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


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


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

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

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

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

Food Offerings Coming to Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort!

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

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


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


Pixar Ball Caramel Apple

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


Pixar Ball Cake Pop

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


Lots-o-Straw-“Bear”-y Funnel Cake

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


Lots-o-Straw-“Bear”-y Churros

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


Boot Beer

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


Jessie’s Berry Jubilee Funnel Cake

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


Alien Macarons

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


Sully Popcorn Buckets

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


Color-Changing Noodles

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


Mike Wazowski Sippers

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


Mike Wazowski Krispie Treats!

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


Mike Wazowski Sourdough Bread

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


Dory Cake Pop

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


Nemo Caramel Apple

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


Fried-ricksen Bologna Sandwich

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


Fredrickson TV Dinner

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


Up Merit Badge Éclair

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



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


“Ratatouille” Beignets

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


Three-course Remy Menu

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


Coco Churro

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


Souvenir Coco Jaritas “mugs”

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


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




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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Incredicoaster Snack Location

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


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

Poultry Palace

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


Senor Buzz Churros

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


Angry Dogs

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


Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats

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


Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff Confectionery

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Wars: Galactic Nights – Special Event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Disney recently announced a very exciting special event for Star Wars fans, Star Wars: Galactic Nights!

The event is a one-night special event that will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 27. Star Wars: Galactic Nights is held after park hours from 7 p.m. to midnight. This hard-ticketed celebration will tell the story of the entire Star Wars saga through special entertainment, photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise and food and beverage offerings. Guests at the event will also have the chance to encounter many rare Star Wars characters that do not often have regular meet and greets in the park. During Star Wars: Galactic Nights guests can enjoy watching, Galactic Destinations Projections on The Hollywood Tower Hotel. Guests at the event will be the first to experience the debut of brand new elements that are being added to Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and also the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show.

Tickets are now on sale for Star Wars: Galactic Nights! Tickets are $129 per adult and $124 per child ages 3-9. Discounts on tickets are available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.

In addition, guests can choose to purchase, the Galactic Tasting and Viewing Package. The package featuring Star Wars-inspired food and beverage offerings. The package also gets you reserved seating to a panel providing an exclusive look into the making of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new Star Wars themed land coming to Hollywood Studios in 2019! The Galactic Tasting and Viewing Package is now available for $30 per person, including tax.

With Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge under construction many guests are so excited for the new addition of Star Wars at Hollywood Studios. If you are like us and can’t wait for the new land to open, then this special event is a great way to build your anticipation and image what the new land will be like upon its opening!

Disneyland Resort Hotels!

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California is home to three Disney Resort hotels that are located on Disneyland property. There is the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Each one of these luxurious resorts is one-of-a-kind and offers something unique as far as their amenities and theming.

Stay And Save At Disneyland Resort

Staying at a Disneyland resort offers you many perks such as close proximity to the parks. All of the hotels are within walking distance to Downtown Disney, Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park. Staying at one of the three Disney hotels puts you right in the middle of the magic and truly gives you that feeling of full immersion into the fantasy of Disney. You feel separated from the outside world and can truly allow yourself to enter into vacation mode! Let’s explore each of the Disney resorts that Disneyland has to offer.


The Disneyland Hotel

One word best describes the Disneyland Hotel and that is nostalgia! This resort is the original Disney hotel and is full of history! The theming of the entire hotel celebrates many iconic parts of Disneyland park! Inside the hotel, the rooms are modern and updated while still including many classic Disney touches. One of these very popular, whimsical touches is the beautiful Sleeping Beauty Castle headboard that features light up fiber-optic fireworks! The resort’s pool includes 2 monorail themed waterslides, a perfect way to cool off on a hot Southern California Day! The Resort has many wonderful restaurants and dining locations. Guests can partake in character dining at Goofy’s Kitchen, relax in an old Hollywood setting at Steakhouse 55 or enjoy casual Island dining at Tangaroa Terrace. For a unique spot to grab a drink, you have to check out Trader Sam’s, a Tiki bar with a backstory that ties into the famous Disneyland Ride, Jungle Cruise. Also onsite at the Disneyland Hotel is The Coffee House, this grab-and-go shop offers a great selection of coffees, snacks, pastries and more. The Disneyland Hotel is the original hotel at the original park and truly give you that authentic Disneyland experience!



Disney’s Paradise Pier

What do you think of when you think of California? (well aside from Disneyland of course!)… The beach! Southern California is known for those world-famous beaches. Paradise Pier is an homage to the heyday of California beach-front boardwalks. Paradise Pier will make you feel as though you have stepped back in time, all while still remaining modern and sleek! There are seaside touches everywhere you turn! This resort is home to a rooftop pool featuring a rollercoaster themed waterslide. From the hotel’s rooftop deck you can take in an amazing panoramic view of all of the Disneyland Resort! This spot is an incredible location to watch the Disneyland fireworks, they even pump in the music! Paradise Pier has many great options for dining. Disney’s PCH Grill is a character dining experience offering California inspired cuisine. Located just off the lobby you will find Surfside Lounge, this is a great spot to grab a drink or a small bite. The Sand Bar is located on the rooftop deck and serves up boardwalk staples such as hot dogs and sandwiches along with a selection of specialty drinks. Disney’s Paradise Pier is sure to immerse you in the spirit and culture of southern California!



Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

Disneyland’s flagship luxury resort is Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. This resort celebrates the craftsman style of Californian architecture. The Grand Californian is elegant and timeless. This Resort is the closest to Disney’s California Adventure Park. The hotel actually has its own entrance into California Adventure! I personally have stayed here before and I couldn’t get over just how close you are to the park! Our balcony overlooked directly into the theme park! We could see California Adventure’s nighttime show, World of Color from our room, it is a memory I will never forget!

Guests can cool off in the newly renovated Redwood Pool. The pool’s theming is very tranquil and serene with beautiful landscaping creating a woodsy feel. This pool features a 90-foot long water slide! The Grand Californian is home to a Disney signature restaurant Napa Rose, this upscale restaurant serves the finest in Californian cuisine. Nearby you will find the Napa Rose Lounge, a great quite spot to grab a drink and unwind after a fun day in the parks. Another popular lounge at the resort is the Hearthstone Lounge, here guests can enjoy drinks, snacks and small plates. Another dining location is Storytellers Café, this restaurant serves home-style meals. Guests can choose between the buffet or order from the à la carte menu. During the morning, Storytellers Café is a character dining experience that gives you the opportunity to meet some of your favorite Disney friends as you dine. White Water Snacks is a quick-service location with a great selection. The dining location also sells grab-and-go items and snacks. The Grand Californian is home to the Mandara Spa. The Mandara Spa is a world-class luxury spa experience. Staying at Disney’s Grand Californian you are sure to feel pampered and relaxed during your Disneyland vacation!


Each of the Disneyland Resorts is special and offers something unique! We are excited to help you plan your next vacation to Disneyland or wherever your next adventure leads you!

My Top 5 Favorites at Disneyland!

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California is one of my favorite Disney Vacation destination. There are many unique and authentic experience that are exclusive to Disneyland. Today I am excited to share my top 5 favorite things at the Disneyland Resort!

Indiana Jones Adventure

My favorite ride at Disneyland is the Indiana Jones Adventure! This attraction sits in Adventureland at Disneyland park. The ride’s exterior is a giant temple and as you approach the entrance to the forbidden temple you are filled with the spirit of adventure! The queue line for this ride is so incredibly detailed. You are transported into the World of the famous archaeologist, Indiana Jones. Once you get to the loading station you will board a jeep and your bumpy, twisting and thrilling journey will begin. On your quest through the temple you will encounter rickety bridges, flying spears, fire effects, bats and even snakes… “why did it have to be snakes?!” The part in this attraction I love the most is when your jeep escapes in the nick of time from that iconic boulder! The Indiana Jones Adventure is fast-paced, action-packed and filled with excitement, make sure you join Indy on his adventure next time you’re in Disneyland!


Animation Academy 

If you visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park on the east coast at Walt Disney World in years past then you might remember the Animation Academy! The attraction was a drawing class that gave visitors the opportunity to learn to draw many beloved Disney and Pixar characters. This experience was always a must do for my family and myself when we would visit Hollywood Studios. We loved it so much we would actually take a class and then jump right back in line for the next class so we could draw another character! The drawing made for a wonderful souvenir to bring home. My family still has a very large collection of our artwork! The Animation Academy at Hollywood Studios closed its doors about 2 years ago to make ways for the Star Wars Launch Bay. Animation Academy had a special place in my heart so you could image my excitement that the experience still lives on out on the west coast at the Disneyland Resort! The Animation Academy is located inside Disney’s California Adventure park.


Frozen Live at the Hyperion 

Frozen Live at the Hyperion is a live action, Broadway-style production that performs at Disney’s California Adventure park. I personally am a huge fan of live action theater and this show left me awestruck! I went back the next day to watch it over again, I loved it that much! Everything about this production was top-notch, the actors, the music, the costumes, the special effects, the elaborate sets, everything was on another level! I think it’s safe to say the part of the show that leaves the entire audience wowed is when Elsa performs that famous anthem, “Let it go.” This scene is so powerful and involves outstanding special effects. Elsa preforms this beloved song while suspended on a rotating staircase that stretch out over the audience. And with some Disney and theatrical magic Elsa costume even changes right before our eyes. You have to see it to believe it! This was hands down the best show I have ever seen in any theme park anywhere. If you are a fan of Disney’s animated hit film Frozen or just appreciate theater you need to see the show!


Storybook Land Canal Boats

Nestled back in Fantasyland at the Disneyland park you will find another one of my favorite Disney attractions, the Storybook Land Canal Boats! This attraction to me captures pure Disney magic! You board a bright, pastel colored boat and begin your cruise. You sail past miniature villages and scenes that depict classic Disney movies. Your guide narrates the voyage with wonderful Disney storytelling. We are reminded along the way of the inspirational and uplifting messages from our favorite films. This attraction is simply beautiful! Each time I ride it I notice something different!


Disney Magic & History!

Number one on my list of favorite Disneyland things is not a ride or a show, instead it’s a feeling. That sounds very cheesy to say but it’s true! The thing that is most special to me about Disneyland is the history. As a mega-Disney fan, there is nothing like the feeling of being in a place filled with so much history and so much significance in the Disney story. Walking the streets, you are following in the footsteps of Walt Disney himself. All throughout the park there are reminders of the nostalgia and the magic everywhere you turn!


The above are a few of my favorite things about Disneyland but there are many more! Experience all that the original Disney park has to offer for yourself by planning a vacation to the Disneyland Resort. We here at Kingdom Magic Vacations are always happy to help you plan your next adventure!


Disneyland Announces, Tropical Hideaway Dining Location Coming to Adventureland!

Disneyland has announced a brand new dining location coming to Adventureland at the Disneyland park! The New dining location will be named The Tropical Hideaway. The new addition will be taking the place of Aladdin’s Oasis. Aladdin’s Oasis was themed to Agrabah, the land from the Disney film Aladdin. The area in recent years had been used mainly just for special events and occasionally overflow seating on busy days in the park. Prior to Aladdin’s Oasis the same area was once Tahitian Terrace. The area sits between The Enchanted Tiki Room and The Jungle Cruise. Now we know that this section of the park will be reimagined and we are looking forward to seeing what Disney does with this little nook of Adventureland!


Disney has released some concept art and some teasers as far as the theming of this new dining spot! We know that the area will be themed to a popular rest stop for Adventureland locals and weary explorers alike! Guests will be able to rub elbows with their favorite skippers in an exotic traders’ market, featuring all of the sights, sounds and flavors of the tropics.


From the sounds of this information I am reminded of the Skipper Canteen restaurant located in Adventureland at Walt Disney World in Florida. The Magic Kingdom table-service restaurant has a tropical atmosphere and an exotic menu that is authentic to the islands! The restaurant also has a lot of tie-ins and nods to the nearby classic Disney attraction, Jungle Cruise. However from the information released by Disneyland we do know that the new dining spot coming to Adventureland will not be a table-service location. But perhaps the theming could be similar. We are excited for the new addition and can’t wait to visit the Tropical Hideaway on future visits to Disneyland!




What Makes the Original Disneyland Park so Magical!

Everyone who knows me knows that I love all things Disney.  I am an Annual passholder at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.  As someone who lives on the East Coast, the Walt Disney World Resort is the park that my family and I visit for our Disney vacations.  I have had the opportunity to visit the Disneyland® Resort two times in the past with my Aunt for a short visit each time.  It was very nice but I was much younger and we were only there for just a short visit so I did not get to experience all that the Disneyland Resort had to offer.  All of that changed this past May 2017 when my parents who are also Walt Disney World Annual passholders and I decided to do a bucket list trip that we always dreamed of to the original Disney park… Disneyland® Park!

My dad had only been to Disneyland Park as a four-year old and did not remember anything about the park and my mom had never had the opportunity to experience Disneyland Park.  My mom decided that for her birthday last year what she really wanted to do was finally take the trip across the country to visit the original Disney park that Walt created.

We planned a ten-day trip to California and we spent five days at the Disneyland Resort.  It was so nice to see my parent’s reaction to the original Disney park.  It is so different from the Walt Disney World Resort.  The first thing that is so amazing, is walking onto Disneyland Resort property and being in the hub with Disneyland Park on one side and Disney California Adventure® Park on the other and a few short steps away is Downtown Disney! Everything is within walking distance!  From a family that is use to the over 40 square miles at Walt Disney World, being at Disneyland and being able to stand in the central hub and see everything all at once was so different.

Walking into Disneyland Park’s Main Street, U.S.A., while being very similar to the version at the Walt Disney World Resort, there is a different feeling.  For my family, it was the knowledge that Walt Disney himself walked in the very same place.  I think that is what stood out best for us in this park.  Everything here was inspired by Walt and Disneyland Park’s walls are filled with so much history.  The castle is much smaller but everything on Main Street, U.S.A. was so quaint and charming.  We found ourselves walking much slower and just taking in all the details.

Here are some differences between sister attractions at the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort.  You really need to visit the Disneyland Resort to experience the differences for yourself. Pirates of the Caribbean is much longer and starts out in an incredible Bayou scene which is authentic to the Disneyland version. There is even a restaurant inside the ride! The Blue Bayou restaurant overlooks the wonderful opening scene of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.  There are two drops in this version of the ride and many details that are not at the Walt Disney World Resort.  Then there is another classic Disney attraction, the Haunted Mansion. At the Disneyland Resort there are many differences from the version at the Walt Disney World Resort, from the Southern Mansion exterior to the Hatbox ghosts, not to mention the transformation to Haunted Mansion Holiday for the Halloween and Holiday seasons.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has more special effects that I hope they bring to the Walt Disney World Resort. Then there is the classic it’s a small world attraction, the Disneyland Park version features dolls themed to Disney characters all throughout which is so cute. We also loved being able to walk through Sleeping Beauty Castle. Inside the castle there is a walk-through which tells the story of Sleeping Beauty.  Being able to walk inside the famous castle was magical.  There are many classic dark rides that we loved like Alice in Wonderland, and Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. I think my favorite Fantasyland attraction would be the Storybook Land Canal Boats. Here you sail through beautiful miniature gardens that depict scenes from beloved Disney movies! There are so many experiences you can only find here at Disneyland Park.

If you love the Walt Disney World Resort but have never visited the Disneyland Resort you will want to make this a trip in your future.  Experience for yourself the feeling of being in the original park that Walt himself planned and brought to life.

Wherever you dream of going, we can help get you there.  Just contact one of our Personal Travel Consultants to find the perfect vacation for you!






Pixar Pier Opening Date Announced!

Back in August, at the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim California we found out that Paradise Pier at Disney’s California Adventure park would be reimagined as Pixar Pier. The current Paradise Pier was themed to a traditional boardwalk that you would find along the California Coast. The area of the park featured iconic boardwalk staples from a rollercoaster (California Screamin’) to swings (Silly Symphony Swings).

The idea for the revamped Pixar Pier will retheme a lot of the existing attractions on Paradise Pier and give them a new backstory based off of many beloved Disney Pixar movies. For several years, Paradise Pier has already been home to the Toy Story Midway Mania attraction which is based off of the popular Disney Pixar film series Toy Story. The added presence of more Pixar films to this area of the park will be very fitting and we are so excited to see what Disney has in store for the new land!

And we will get to experience Pixar Pier sooner than you’d think! We now have an opening date for the reimagined land! Pixar Pier will open in Disney California Adventure on June 23rd 2018! Right around the corner!!!

Pixar Pier will feature four neighborhoods representing different Pixar films. The main attraction will be the Incredicoaster based off of the Incredibles movie. The Incredicoaster will take the place of California Screamin’.  The premise of the new Incredibles’ coaster is that the Parr family will race alongside you while trying to catch baby Jack-Jack.

Also coming to Pixar Pier will be an attraction themed to the Disney Pixar movie, Inside Out.  This attraction will be added to the new land at a later date.

In celebration of Pixar Pier opening, an Incredibles parade float will also be added as an additional float in the Paint the Night Parade. Paint the Night is an amazing nighttime parade that originally premiered at Disneyland for the park’s 60th anniversary. The popular parade is now returning to the Disneyland Resort, this time at Disney’s California Adventure! Paint the Night is scheduled to make it’s California Adventure debut on April 13th 2018. The new Incredible float will be added in June 2018. The float will feature Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone!

Check out this newly reimagined land for yourself this summer! With all these exciting changes now is a great time to plan your vacation to the original Disney Park… Disneyland! Contact your Kingdom Magic travel planner today!

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival 2018!


If you follow our blog I am sure you have seen our coverage from the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in the past. The annual event is one of our favorites every year! Did you know that the festival actually has a twin?! Out on the west coast, Disneyland’s California Adventure park host the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival!



The 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival will take place at the Disneyland Resort from March 2 through April 12, 2018!

That’s right! This year’s event is six full weeks of festival fun, giving guests a great opportunity to experience all that the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival has to offer! Rightfully living up to the parks name, all of the food and beverage offerings at the California Adventure Food and Wine Festival have a Californian influence or fusion to them. This twist on the Food and Wine Festival gives visitors a truly authentic taste of the California culture and local eats!



Once again in 2018, the Festival will offer a daily format meaning that the festivities will take place on both the weekdays and the weekends. As opposed to in years passed where the festival only took place on just the weekends.

The 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival will begin on March 2, 2018! We are looking forward to when Disney will release the full list and menus for the food booths this year. As of right now we do know that the festival this year will feature 13 booths. Disney has confirmed 4 of these booths and has even released some of their menu offerings! Let’s take a look at the 4 booths we know are coming to this year’s event!

I Heart Artichokes 

The ‘I Heart Artichokes Booth’ will be making a return for the 2018 Festival! Last year guests marveled at the creativity of this booth’s menu items! The Disney Chefs used a popular California staple, the artichoke in ways you wouldn’t expect! They even created rich dessert items using the artichoke as the main ingredient. We know that the booth will be serving at least two dishes from last year. One of these being the Fried Artichoke Carbonara with garlic aioli and smoked bacon, and the second is the Artichoke Cake Pop with dark chocolate and pistachios!


Citrus Grove 

During last year’s festival guests could visit the ‘Lemon Grove Booth.’ This booth is returning again this year but with a reimagined twist and under a new name, the ‘Citrus Grove Booth.’ We know that the Meyer Lemon Macaron with blueberry marmalade, Meyer lemon cream, and blueberry dust will be making its return this year! This decadent item was a big hit at the 2017 festival!


Nuts About Cheese

The ‘Nuts About Cheese Booth’ will be back again this year. Here you can enjoy the Goat Cheese Tartine, this year the popular item will be enhanced by being topped with honey and pistachios.


LA Style

The ‘LA Style Booth’ was a smash hit during the 2017 festival. Many Food and Wine Festival fans are thrilled that the ‘LA Style Booth’ will be returning again this year! Here guests can enjoy a favorite from last year, the Chicken Teriyaki Slider with spicy Dole pineapple jam! Also returning to this booth will be, the Korean Barbecue Beef Short Rib Tacos with kimchi!



You won’t want to miss the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival! If you are a fan of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival we know you will enjoy experiencing Disneyland’s unique version of the event. Now is the perfect time to plan your visit to the original Disney Resort… Disneyland!


Paint the Night Parade to Return to the Disneyland Resort! New Dining Packages Now Available

It is not a visit to a Disney park without a Disney Parade! Walt Disney himself is quoted saying that “everyone loves a parade!” All the way back to the opening day at Disneyland to present day at Disney theme parks worldwide, parades have always had a presence in parks. Those dazzling floats and world-class Disney entertainment hold a special place in many visitor’s hearts. One of the most iconic parades to this day is the Main Street Electrical Parade. When the parade debuted at Disneyland in 1972 it was ground breaking as a nighttime parade and guests were amazed by the way the twinkling lights danced and lit up the night!

During Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration, Disney introduced a brand new nighttime spectacular parade called ‘Paint the Night!’ The shows twinkling lights created the nostalgia of the Main Street Electrical Parade while also breaking ground in its own way with new technology, a catchy soundtrack, and show elements that guests had never experienced before. The parade includes floats themed to many modern-day, popular Disney and Disney Pixar films. ‘Paint the Night’ also features many beloved Disney characters who interact with guests along the parade route!

The ‘Paint the Night’ Parade quickly became loved by many Disneyland fans. After the 60th Anniversary celebration ended the parade left Disneyland Park and went to Hong Kong Disneyland for a while. We are very excited to share the news with ‘Paint the Night’ fans that the popular parade will be returning to the Disneyland Resort! This time to parade will be next door to the Disneyland Park at Disney’s California Adventure Park!

Paint the Night will make its California Adventure debut on April 13th 2018! The return of the Paint the Night Parade coincides with the beginning of California Adventure’s ‘Summer’s Pixar Fest.’

Disney will be offering two dining packages that will give you the opportunity to enjoy a meal or dessert party and then take advantage of a reserved viewing area for the parade. Here are all the details on the two packages:

Paint the Night Parade Dining Package

The Paint the Night Parade Dining Package may be booked at your choice of two restaurants. These restaurants are Carthay Circle or Wine Country Trattoria

Carthay Circle

The dinner package at Carthay Circle includes a 4-course dinner from a prix fixe menu and includes one voucher for guaranteed seating at a reserved parade viewing area next to the restaurant. Pricing starts at $99 for adults, and $45 for children ages 3 to 9.

Wine Country Trattoria

At Wine Country Trattoria you will have your choice of lunch or dinner. The package includes a 3-course meal from a prix fixe menu and includes one voucher for a space at a reserved parade viewing area. Lunch pricing starts at $38 for adults, and $21 for children ages 3 to 9. Dinner pricing starts at $49 for adults, and $25 for children ages 3 to 9.



Sonoma Terrace Paint the Night Dessert Reception

The Sonoma Terrace Paint the Night Dessert Reception includes desserts and a charcuterie tray accompanied by wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests who purchase this experience will also receive a boxed truffle assortment to take home at the end of the evening! The price is $79 per guest (tax and gratuity are included).

These 2 dining packages are great options if you are heading to Disneyland. Paint the Night’s return is highly anticipated and we can expect that everyone will be wanting to grab a spot to watch this nighttime spectacular. With reserving a dining package you can enjoy the luxury of saving time by having a pre-reserved spot for parade viewing!

So if you love a good nighttime Disney parade and want the best possible seating you will want to look into booking a Paint the Night Dining package!

Rey from Star Wars To Soon Be Meeting Guests at Disneyland’s Star Wars Launch Bay!

We have exciting news for Star Wars fans! Soon Rey, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, will be meeting with guests at the Light Side character experience at Star Wars Launch Bay located in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland! The new character meet and greet experience is set to begin this May, and continuing throughout the summer. Darth Vader and Kylo Ren will be featured in the Dark Side area. When visiting Disneyland make sure to check the Entertainment Times Guide for meet and greet times and any updates as entertainment offerings are subject to change.

Star Wars Launch Bay is an incredible walk through experience that every Star Wars fans is sure to love! The Launch Bay includes several displays featuring props and costumes from the films! Also inside guests can enjoy movies about the creation of the films and what it was like to build the Universe of Star Wars. It is a really unique behind the scenes look and a can’t miss for fans! Visitors to the Launch Bay can also have the opportunity to encounter Star Wars characters through unique meet and greet experiences! It is here where Rey will soon be joining!

For all you Star Wars fans out there, you will want to be sure to plan your next visit to Disneyland so you can encounter the Force for yourself!

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