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Rise of the Resistance’s Opening Day!

 

The much-anticipated Rise of the Resistance ride will be here this week.  The experience will open on December 5th!

 

Hollywood Studios will open at 8:00 a.m. and remain open until 10:00 p.m.  This extends both its opening and closing that day by one hour giving guests a longer time to spend on the planet of Batuu!

 

 

Looking at Walt Disney’s Worlds park schedule it looks like Epcot and Animal Kingdom will both be having Extra Magic Hours on December 5th.  Hopefully this will draw crowds to those parks and give others the opportunity to experience the new Rise of the Resistance.

 

 

Disney says this new ride is a massive, multi-platform, new attraction that is unlike anything that Disney has done before!  In this ride the Resistance needs your help and hidden in the forest outside Black Spire Outpost, the Resistance is gathering recruits for a secret mission.  Your transport will be captured by an imposing First Order Star Destroyer and Kylo Ren is on board.  Resistance fighters are at the ready to help you escape.  Along the way you will come in contact with favorite Star Wars characters including Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Poe Dameron.

 

 

If you are ready to take this thrilling new adventure then contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner to get started planning today!

Celebrating New Years at the Universal Orlando Resort

 

Can you believe it is December?! Time is moving so fast and in just a few short weeks we will will be ringing in a brand new year! 2020 is sure to be filled with so much excitement and what better way to kick off the celebration of this upcoming year then by celebrating at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

New Year’s Eve in Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida is the perfect place to celebrate New Years Eve! Here you will find upbeat live music to dance the night away! As well as energizing and exciting party zones that are sure to help keep you awake until midnight! Also during this bash you will be able to meet some of your favorite Universal characters!

 

You will keep the party going as you get to enjoy Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration! Also throughout the park you will be dazzled by amazing pyrotechnic displays and showers of confetti! And of course, no party is complete without party favors. Universal Orlando will make sure you walk away with some exciting New Years swag!

 

 

EVE at Universal CityWalk

If you are looking for a more exclusive event then EVE, an event that takes place at Universal Studios CityWalk is perfect for you! EVE is an electrifying New Year’s Eve celebration that is perfect for those looking to start the New Year off with a party! At the event you can enjoy a great select of signature drinks. You also get exclusive access to dance the night away in at least five incredible CityWalk clubs with live music!

 

And once you have worked up an appetite from all the dancing you can feast upon a wide selection of unlimited delicious gourmet cuisine offerings. At this event you also get to rock out on Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor! EVE is a separately ticketed event for guests 21 and over.

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Opening Day for Dockside Inn and Suites at the Universal Orlando Resort

 

The Universal Orlando resort has announced that its newest hotel, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, will be opening on March 17, 2020. This news is very exciting because this value hotel was originally not set to open to guests until May 2020. This amazing new hotel is opening early! A whole 2 months early!

 

 

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites is the sister property to Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. Dockside Inn and Suites will be located directly across the street from Surfside Inn and Suites. Dockside Inn and Suites will be a great value resort with affordable pricing starting at $85 per night! the best part! This value resort is home to many luxurious amenities making it an incredible value for the price. the addition of Dockside Inn and Suites will add 2,050 guest rooms to the Universal Orlando Resort property! These rooms will include both standard rooms and 2-Bedroom suites! These beautiful suites can sleep up to six guests making it ideal for families!

 

 

Over at Surfside Inn and Suites the theming is summer sun with lots of beach vibes! At the new Dockside Inn and Suites the theme here channels the calming feeling of a beach retreat. From the newly released concept art we can see Dockside Inn and Suites theming includes a lot of earth tones which make for a very comfortable and cozy feel!

 

 

We are so excited that Dockside Inn and Suites is now opening early on March 17, 2020! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort!

My Top Picks for Quick Service Locations at the Four Disney World Parks

 

In last weeks blog I discussed getting your Advanced Dining Reservations at Table Service Restaurants in Disney World.  In that blog I recommended that you not make reservations for every day of your vacation and to leave some days just to plan as you go and not be locked into any one location at a specific time.  This week I would like to give you my top picks at each park for a Quick Service Dining Option that is still really good food and not typical burgers and fries.

 

Magic Kingdom

In Magic Kingdom hands down for me I always head to Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square.  There are so many of my favorites on this menu.  My personal favorites would be the Trio platter which has fried shrimp, breaded chicken breast nuggets and battered fish served with hushpuppies and choice of green beans & carrots or french fries.  Another fav is the chicken pot pie or some healthy options like the grilled salmon or Harbour salads.  There is plenty of seating in this location.  I always head upstairs and get a seat by a window to people watch as I enjoy my meal.

 

Animal Kingdom

My pick for Animal Kingdom is Flame Tree Barbecue and I have selected it for two reasons, the food and the atmosphere of this location’s seating.  Flame Tree is located in the Discovery Island section of the park and you will easily be able to find it by just following the incredible BBQ smell.  They have ribs, chicken and pulled pork.  I’ve tried them all and love them!  My go to is the smoked pulled pork sandwich served with coleslaw and signature baked beans.  I have heard a lot of rave reviews on their baked macaroni and cheese with pulled pork so this is on my list to try next time.  As for the seating I mentioned, I like that it is outdoors and under nice shaded pavilions.  It is tucked away and I like to head to the area closest to the water overlooking Expedition Everest.  It is so quiet and peaceful down there and is the perfect place to recharge your energy for more exploring.

 

Hollywood Studios

I have to say that Hollywood Studios was always the park that I struggled to find a quick service location that had anything that I would highly recommend.  That was until Toy Story Land opened and with it Woody’s Lunch Box.  The menu here is not large by any means but everything I have tried has been delicious.  My favorite is their grilled three cheese sandwich and the tomato-basil soup.  The smoked turkey sandwich, totchos and BBQ Brisket melt are also good choices.  My only complaint is they need more seating so I recommend having someone stand in line to order while the rest of the family looks around for a family getting ready to leave and then grab it up quick.

 

EPCOT

Okay, I have left the best for last.  EPCOT is a foodie lovers park.  The quick service options here are endless and this is the one park where I have a hard time just giving you one pick, so I will break it down with a pick in Future World and then World Showcase.  In Future World I would head over to the Land Pavilion where Sunshine Seasons is located on the bottom floor.  This is a food court which has many options and you will be able to find something for everyone in your group.  There are different shops  within the court.  You can choose from:  Asian Noodles Shop, Grill Shop, Sandwich Shop, Soup & Salads Shop and of course a Bakery Shop to enjoy a sweet treat.  There is plenty of seating and if you plan your fast passes carefully this is where Soarin and Living with the Land and located.

In World Showcase there are many quick service locations each geared toward the cusine from the Country you are visiting.  Pick your favorite and you can’t go wrong.  I have to say I have had something from each that I have loved but if pressed to pick I’ll have to choose the fish and chips in the UK!

 

I hope you have enjoyed my quick service picks.  If this has made you hungry and wanting to plan your next Disney World trip please contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner to get started.

Brand-New Live-Action Stunt Show The Bourne Stuntacular Coming to Universal Studios Florida

 

Bourne fans get excited because, “the chase is on!” This coming Spring 2020, the Universal Orlando Resort will welcome its newest show. This brand-new live-action stunt show will be called, The Bourne Stuntacular! The Bourne Stuntacular will debut at Universal Studios Florida. This new live-action show is based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne film franchise. The Bourne Stuntacular will use cutting-edge effects that will literally have you on the edge-of-your-seat! Universal has shared that this epic live show will blur the lines between stage and cinema in a hybrid form of entertainment that has never been seen before!

 

The Bourne Stuntacular will follow lead character Jason Bourne around the world as sinister characters pursue him. This action-packed show will feature thrilling chase scenes, punishing fistfights, death-defying leaps and danger at every turn. All of this action will all happen right in front of you with live performers, interactive props and a massive LED screen! We know this level of immersion will make it impossible to determine where the live-action ends and the screen begins! Universal Orlando has stated that with this show “You won’t just watch it – you’ll feel it.”

 

We are so excited that this brand-new live-action stunt show will soon be calling Universal Studios Florida home! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Dining at Toledo at Disney’s Grand Destino Tower

 

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort recently went through many exciting enhancements! The biggest of these enhancements being the addition of Gran Destino Tower. This new tower is home to 545 guest rooms. Fifty of these guest rooms being suites. The tower is beautiful! Here you will find rich touches of Spanish architecture mixed with a fresh, modern and contemporary feel!

 

 

Our team stayed at Disney’s Coronado Springs on our most recent company event last month. We loved taking in the beauty of this resort during our time there and getting to explore the luxurious new Gran Destino Tower.

 

 

At the very top of Gran Destino tower sits a new Disney restaurant, Toledo! Toledo is known for their great Tapas, Steak & Seafood. This luxurious restaurant is themed after a Spanish haven inspired by surrealist art and the 1930s avant-garde. This restaurant has a very relaxed feel to it. It is classic and sophisticated, yet still so warm and inviting all at the same time.

 

 

By far my favorite part of this amazing restaurant was the views! Being on the top floor of Gran Destino Tower you can enjoy views all over Disney World property. It very much reminded me of the experience of being at one of my other favorite Disney restaurants, the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Similar to how Toledo sits at the top of Gran Destino Tower, the California Grill sits on the top floor of the Contemporary Resort. If you have ever dined at the California Grill then you will know that the views from the top are simply breathtaking. Out the restaurant’s windows you can see gorgeous views of Seven Seas Lagoon, Bay Lake, the Magic Kingdom Resorts and even over into Magic Kingdom Park!

 

 

From Toledo, you get that same feeling as over at California Grill with the beautiful views this restaurant offers! At Toledo you get birds-eye views of a whole different area of property. Here at this location you are close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. You can see some of the icons of these nearby parks from up above! I loved at night spotting the tall pieces of rock work in the distance that are a part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge over at Hollywood Studios. At night, these rock formations of the land are all illuminated in a purple color. It was so cool seeing this from up at Toledo.

 

 

The menu here has something for everyone. They are known for their steak and seafood. So, whether you are in the mood for surf or turf you will find something you like here! I can’t wait to get back to Toledo soon for the great food and spectacular views!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort.

My Favorite Things at the Universal Orlando Theme Parks!

 

Last week I shared that on our most recent company event I had the incredible opportunity to experience the Universal Orlando Resort for my very first time! In last weeks post I detailed what the experience was like and everything that I had the chance to do in the resort and parks during my time there.

Last week’s post:

My First Time at Universal Studios Orlando!

 

This week I wanted to get more personal and share what my top 3 favorite things were from the Universal Orlando Resort! Let the list begin!

 

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

 

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon was the very first Universal Ride I experienced inside Universal Studios Florida! I enjoyed this ride so much that it made my highlights list! Something that really struck me about this experience was actually the wait before you board the attraction. Instead of standing in your average queue forming a winding line like most rides, here the process is completely different. Soon into your wait your party gets handed a card with a color group on it. You then head upstairs to what is set up as the Tonight Show stage. Here you will find lots of displays to look at and nice seating areas to go relax. It is one big open space where you can explore or simply just sit down. Then when they call your color group you make your way to the ride entrance and are inside the attraction in minutes. This was really neat to see! My favorite part of the waiting area was the stage where live acts would come out and perform for everyone! While we were there the entertainment was a barbershop quartet that did covers of many modern day pop songs! They were so entertaining! Everyone in the room was having such a great time. You would never know we were really all waiting in “line” Here at this ride the waiting is part of the actually attraction!

 

 

 

Diagon Alley

 

Another highlight from inside Universal Studios Florida for me was exploring Diagon Alley! Diagon Alley is part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. At Universal Orlando the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is actually built in two locations. There is a Harry Potter section in both Universal Studios and in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Universal Studios is home to Diagon Alley and Islands of Adventure holds the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. Out west in Universal Studios Hollywood they also have the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. I have been out to Universal Studios Hollywood before so I was already familiar with Hogsmeade. But Diagon Alley, which can only be found in Universal Studios Florida was entirely new for me. if you read my post from last week about my full experience visiting Universal, then you will know that the day I visited the parks was the night of a Halloween Horror Nights. This meant Universal Studios closed early in preparation for the event that night. By the time I got into Diagon Alley the park had just closed so I wasn’t able to ride anything or go in any shops but as the park was clearing out, I was able to walk around Diagon Alley and see everything! This is something that I have always wanted to do! I am a big fan of Harry Potter so I appreciated getting to see all of the details and references there were from the movies!

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

 

Once Universal Studios closed for the night we used our park-to-park ticket and made our way over to Islands of Adventure to spend the rest of the evening. It was there that I had my next highlight, getting to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. As I said earlier, Universal’s Islands of Adventure park is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade. Hogsmeade was very similar to the Hogsmeade found out in Universal Studios Hollywood that I had recently been to and it felt so good to see it again and enjoy another butter beer! But on this Hogsmeade visit I had my next highlight. Something I didn’t have time to do during my visit out in California, I got to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey! This is the main attraction in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! It was spectacular! I loved everything about this experience. The queue line for this attraction is actually inside of the Hogwarts castle! I felt like I had stepped inside of the movie! Similar to the Jimmy Fallon attraction, I found I did not mind the wait because there was so much to look at! Most notably – the talking portraits on the castle walls! They keep you very entertained while in line. The ride itself was very immersive. You feel as though you are flying on a broom alongside Harry Potter. This ride is part simulator and part roller coaster track. There are many exciting dips and turns. It is a great thrill!

 

 

 

These were just a few of my top highlights I got to enjoy on my quick visit to Universal Orlando. I am already so eager to get back! I know that my list will keep growing and growing as I experience all of the great attractions and rides these parks have to offer.

 

 

I learned on this visit to the Universal Orlando Resort how incredible this destination truly is. There is something for everyone here! From the gorgeous Universal Resort Hotels to the thrills and theming in the amazing parks – it all adds up to one incredible vacation. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

 

My Experience Riding the Disney Skyliner! – Video

 

Walt Disney World’s newest mode of transportation is here! The Disney Skyliner has arrived! The Skyliner has been added to the Walt Disney World Resort transportation fleet alongside, buses, boats, monorails and even Minnie Vans! The addition of the Disney Skyliner now gives guests another option for Disney transportation. This efficient system is helping to alleviate Disney bus traffic by giving resort guests and park goers another way to get around property.

 

 

Not only is the Skyliner efficient and convenient, but it is also so much fun! I rode the Skyliner for the first-time last month and truly felt that this transportation system feels more like a fun ride rather than simply a means of getting from point A to point B. With the Skyliner it feels as though your journey is already a part of the destination! The Skyliner is an attraction in itself!

 

 

For me riding the Skyliner gave me a similar feeling to riding the Disney monorail system. If you have been to Walt Disney World before, then I’m sure at some point you have experienced the famous Disney monorail. The Disney monorails are icons of the Disney Parks and Resorts and I’m sure you agree that riding the monorail is a fun form of transportation and gives you that feeling of being on a ride rather than just a transportation system. I had that same feeling while riding the Skyliner. The way I see it, I am predicting now that soon the Disney Skyliner will be just as iconic as the monorail. I see the Skyliner becoming one of those staples that you think of when you picture Walt Disney World!

 

 

Currently the Disney Skyliner takes flights to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s NEW Riviera Resort opening next month! All Disney guests are welcome to ride the Skyliner. It is not just exclusive to guests staying at the resorts that are on the Skyliner line. In fact, the Disney Skyliner now provides guests a new way to park hop between Epcot in Hollywood Studios. After using the system to park hop between these two parks last month, I would say in my opinion this is now the easiest and fastest way to get between Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

 

 

Now let’s talk about how the Skyliner works. Prior to me riding the system for myself, I didn’t fully understand how the Skyliner operated. I didn’t know if each station had direct flights to all the other stations, or if transfer flights were involved in order to get where you were going. My first day riding the Disney Skyliner I took every line available and fully experienced all aspect of the Skyliner and now I have a full understanding of how this great system operates.

 

 

You can refer to the map above to get more of a picture of how the system functions. All of the lines connect through the station located at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. From the Caribbean Beach station, you will find 3 lines you can go on. The first line takes a flight that stops at Disney’s Riviera Resort and then continues on to Epcot. The Second line at the Caribbean Beach station is a direct line that goes straight to Hollywood Studios. And the third line at the Caribbean Beach station goes directly over to Art of Animation and Pop Century. These two resorts share a central Skyliner Station.

 

 

Disney’s Caribbean Beach is the main hub station for the skyliner where you will catch all your connecting flights. All of the other stations have one flight option which will take you right to Caribbean Beach. With the exception of the Epcot Line because it offers the stop at Rivera prior to continuing onto Epcot. Likewise Disney’s Rivera Station since it is already on the Epcot line is another exception because you have two option here of either catching a flight to Epcot or over the other direction to Caribbean Beach.

 

 

With this knowledge in mind you can now plan out how to get from place to place. For example, if you were wanting to park hop from Hollywood Studios over to Epcot you would get on the line at Hollywood Studios which runs to Caribbean Beach and from there at the Caribbean Beach station transfer to the Epcot Line. Another example, let’s say you want to go from Art of Animation to Epcot. You would get on the skyliner at the Art of Animation station for the flight over to Caribbean Beach where you then catch your transfer flight to Epcot.

 

 

Disney has done a wonderful job with this new transportation system and the Skyliner is very easy to navigate. There are a lot of directional signs everywhere so you know exactly where you are going. And Disney Cast Members are always nearby and happy to help if you have any questions or need directions.

 

 

I have become such a big fan of the Disney Skyliner. I enjoyed my experience riding the Skyliner so much and it fills me with so much joy to know that this system is now open at Walt Disney World. I am excited for the future and what this means for new transportation or even a possible expansion of this system in the future!

 

 

Watch our new YouTube video to hear more in-depth about my experience and thoughts on riding the Disney Skyliner!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next Walt Disney World Vacation!

My First Time at Universal Studios Orlando!

 

During our most recent company event a few weeks ago, our team enjoyed an incredible day of training and fun at the Universal Orlando Resort. We learned so much about the Universal Orlando destination and how this great product is an incredible vacation spot for everyone! Young, old, couples, families, groups of friends… there is something for everyone at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

 

During our time at Universal Orlando Resort we got to tour several of the amazing onsite Universal hotels, tour Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park and expand our knowledge of this great product through an educational seminar. After our exciting morning of learning many of our team members headed into the parks for a night of fun and getting to explore the incredible parks!

 

 

For me this was particularly very exciting because I had never been to the Universal Orlando Resort. I had been out to the West Coast park, Universal Studios Hollywood, but never to the Universal Orlando Resort! I had always seen so much about Universal Orlando in blogs and videos, so getting the opportunity to finally be there in person was unreal!

 

 

Our training was held at Universal’s Lowes Portifino Bay Hotel. When we were ready to head to the park we got to utilize the Universal’s water taxi service that is offered at many of Universal’s onsite hotels such at Portifino Bay. I was very impressed with this incredible water taxi service. The boats take you directly from the resort to the end of Universal CityWalk. Here you will find the entrance gates to both Universal Studios and just a short walk down the way Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

 

 

I loved taking the scenic water taxi ride! The views were beautiful! And I was at the park entrance in about 5 minutes! I was also so impressed with how frequently the boats run. There was a boat that was just pulling away as I walked up and the next boat was there in less than 10 minutes! Amazing!

 

The first thing I did once my water taxi pulled up to the CityWalk dock was head right into Universal Studios. This park closed at 5:00 on the particular day I was there in preparation for Universal’s Halloween Horror Night – the specially ticketed Halloween event that takes place on select nights at Universal Studios. I had a park-to-park ticket so I knew I wanted to go to Universal Studios first to get in as much as I could there before it closed and then transfer over to Universal’s Islands of Adventure park. I only had about an hour and a half in Universal Studios so I spent the time walking around and soaking in the amazing sights that I previously had just seen in pictures.

 

 

I also managed to squeeze in two rides. The first ride I experienced at Universal Studios was Race through New York starring Jimmy Fallon! This attraction was so fun and entertaining! It is a 3D simulator style ride where you explore the great city of New York and beyond through wacky antics! The second attraction I had time for was Men in Black! This attraction gives you a blaster and allows you to shoot at aliens and earn points! We had fun competing to see who got the highest score!

 

 

It was soon time to transfer over to Islands of Adventure! I loved this park. The theming was very unique, it felt like something out of a storybook!  The first thing we did was ride the Seuss Trolley Train. This was an experience I had seen before in photos and videos. It is an elevated train experience in the air that gives you a birds-eye view of the park. I loved riding this right at sunset, the views were beautiful!

 

 

After taking in the adorable theming in Seuss Landing we headed straight for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I was so excited to finally get to ride this land’s main attraction located inside the Hogwarts Castle, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The effects in this ride were so cool. You felt like you were really flying on a broomstick alongside Harry Potter!

 

 

To cap off an amazing day I enjoyed the most iconic Harry Potter treat you can have… a butterbeer! These drinks are delicious! It’s like a butterscotch soda! With a butterbeer in hand I enjoyed an evening stroll around Islands of Adventure right before park close, taking in the beautiful architecture and everything there was to see and do in this great park.

 

 

I am so excited to go back to the Universal Orlando Resort to get to experience more of what this amazing destination has to offer. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Video Tour of Universal’s Volcano Bay!

 

During our most recent Kingdom Magic Vacations Company event, our team had the opportunity to spend a great day filled with both fun and learning at the Universal Orlando Resort! There is so much to see and do at this amazing property! Universal Orlando is a vacation destination that the entire family will love!

 

 

A big highlight from our day at Universal was getting the chance to tour Universal’s newest park, Universal Volcano Bay! This park is truly one of a kind! It is so much more than just a water park, it is a water theme park! What does that mean? It means that this park is not just simply your average water park filled with a bunch of water slides – no, this park is a water park built like a theme park! The park is incredibly themed and detailed! You feel like you are in a lush and tropical island paradise!

 

 

What truly struck me about this water theme park was how beautiful it is! You really do feel like you are at a beach! I loved how much seating there was too. We were there in the middle of the day and there were several beach chairs all available and nice secluded places you can relax at and set up as your base camp for your day in the park.

 

 

Whether you are looking for exciting thrills or relaxing chills, you will find them at Universal’s Volcano Bay! There is something for everyone here. Join us on a walking tour of Volcano Bay in our latest YouTube Video!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Universal Orlando Royal Pacific Room Tour

 

Last Week our Kingdom Magic Vacations team had the incredible opportunity of spending a day learning and exploring at the Universal Orlando Resort! We loved getting to have a hands-on experience as we checked out this amazing vacation destination!

 

 

We were able to tour several of the on-site Universal Orlando hotels and today I am excited to share with you a tour of a room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort! Upon your arrival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort you will feel as thought you have been transported to a tropical island retreat.

 

 

The theming and attention to detail in this property truly make you feel completely immersed in the island setting! Many of our Travel Planners actually remarked how the architecture in the main lobby reminded them of resort they toured on tropical islands such as Punta Cana.

 

 

 

The rooms are a great size and feel fresh and contemporary while still incorporating those warm island touches. I loved the statement art of the massive tropical flowers on the wall behind the beds. You can join us on a tour of this beautiful room in our latest YouTube video!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination that you are dreaming of traveling to next!

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Shopping Guide!

 

Halloween Horror Nights 2019 is becoming one of the best Horror Nights season ever! Fans can’t get enough! This horror filled event at Universal Orlando is not limited to just haunted houses, scare zones and shows. This year’s event features a lot of incredible new merchandise that is amazing! You will definitely catch that a lot of this year’s merch features a totally terrifying vibe inspired by the 80s. You will discover exclusive merchandise featuring your favorite cult classics from this year’s Halloween Horror Night, like Netflix’s Stranger Things, Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters and more!

 

HHN Streetwear

 

 

 

This year Universal Orlando has exclusive streetwear designs for each of the movies and TV shows represented in the event! Rep all your favorite characters like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters and Eleven from Stranger Things on T-shirts, hoodies, hats, socks and more.

Additionally, U Design presents Horror Ink returns with tons of designs that feature several of this year’s houses! One of these designs has been inspired by Yeti: Terror of the Yukon. You can purchase these customized t-shirts from the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store.

 

Event Merch

 

 

Everyone needs to bring home a souvenir T-shirt, to prove they faced their fears at this epic event! Make all your friends jealous, and let them know you survived Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, by picking up some incredible event themed merchandise like t-shirts, posters, pins and more.

 

Accessories

 

 

You can easily rock some Halloween Horror Nights style with the addition of some extra HHN flair to your look with themed buttons, pins, lanyards, phone cases and more!

 

Collectibles

 

 

For all the Halloween Horror Nights mega fans out there, Universal has you covered with an amazing collection of collectibles that you won’t want to miss! This collection features everything from souvenir glasses, figurines and more!

 

HHN Light-Up Lanyard

 

 

You can mark yourself as the ultimate HHN fan with this light-up lanyard! The really cool part about this light-up lanyard is that it connects to the Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Mobile Game which features TERROR TRIVIA. You can earn exclusive points and achievements. All you need is the lanyard, download The Official Universal Orlando Resort App and scan the Universal Play QR Code on the back of the light-up lanyard. You can also purchase the light-up lanyard without the game component.

 

Halloween Horror Nights is running on select nights now through November 2. Haunted houses, scare zones, outrageous shows and more all await you at this horror-filled event.

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation!

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle – NEW Limited-Time Show at Universal Orlando!

 

There is a brand new limited-time show now showing at Universal the Universal Orlando Resort! If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is a show you are not going to want to miss! On September 14, Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle premiered! In this incredible new projection show guests will experience an exciting new display of magic in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade! This ominous new spectacle of music, lights, and special effects.

 

On select nights now through November 15, the Hogwarts castle will illuminate with images from the darker side of the Wizarding World. Guests will be encouraged to summon their inner strength to bravely face the all-consuming Dark Arts and even the visage of the powerful Dark wizard, Lord Voldemort.

 

Dementors, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures. Creatures including Aragog, Mountain Trolls, Thestrals and more will cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic, until the Patronus spell. The Patronus spell is one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the Wizarding World. If you are a Harry Potter fan then you have to experience Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

Disney Cruise Line Announces Return to New Orleans, Popular Itineraries to Tropical Destinations in Early 2021

 

Today was a big day in the World of all things Disney Cruise Line! In early 2021, Disney Cruise Line will return to New Orleans for a limited-time engagement! Cruising itineraries out of New Orleans will sail to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including visits to Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay. These itineraries will be added to the lineup of many popular Disney Cruise Line sailings that will continue across the Disney fleet with cruises to tropical destinations from Texas, California and Florida.

 

Return to New Orleans

So many Disney Cruise Line fans are rejoicing today with the announcement that Disney Cruise line will offer itineraries out of New Orleans! This departure port is back by the popular demand of Disney Cruise fans! Disney has heard the requests of their guests and has announced that the Disney Wonder will return to the bayou from late January through February 2021 with a series of magical voyages!

 

The sailings lined up include a pair of four- and five-night cruises to the Western Caribbean. These sailings will kick off this exciting limited time engagement in New Orleans. The five-night voyage includes a visit to Progreso, Mexico, a new port of call for Disney Cruise Line on the Yucatan Peninsula. This quaint town is filled with treasures for families to explore together, from ancient Mayan ruins to hidden swimming holes filled with crystal-clear water.

 

More sailings out of New Orleans include three seven-night sailings to the Bahamas, these itineraries include a stop at Disney Castaway Cay!

 

Additionally out of New Orleans there will be a 14-night Panama Canal cruise, this sailing will round out the departures from the Crescent City in early 2021.

 

Disney Cruise Line guests who enjoy one of these exciting sailing out of New Orleans will experience the flavors and flair of the Big Easy both onboard the Disney Wonder and ashore! The sounds and sights of New Orleans come to life at Tiana’s Place restaurant, where families are transported to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations with live music and other surprises that are all inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”

 

Before or after your cruise, you can explore the vibrant city of New Orleans and savor the city’s distinct cuisine, visit family-friendly museums and parks, and of course take in the sounds of world-renowned live jazz music!

 

Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is excited to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next adventure!

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Food Offerings

 

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is in full swing! This fright-filled event features so much incredible food and beverage offerings. This year you can experience some new and returning fan-favorites at Halloween Horror Nights, including snacks and drinks inspired by Netflix’s Strangers Things, Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters and other spooky fun.

 

Netflix’s Stranger Things Food & Drink

Starcourt Mall

Location: Tents outside Monsters Cafe and Finnegan’s

 

 

 

Get a taste of the Starcourt Mall with a variety of dishes inspired by iconic mall dining. Enjoy Grilled Street Corn and Nachos Queso Fundidio from Ole Amigo. Grab a bento box with an Orange Chicken Bao Bun, Szechuan Beef Pot Stickers and fried Wonton Chips, complete with ginger soy dipping sauce from the Imperial Panda. Or head over to Hawkins Heroes for a Turkey or Veggie Hero.

 

 

You can also grab dessert with chocolate dipped bacon on a stick and Pumpkin Patch Mini Donuts.

 

Merrill’s Mini Pumpkin Doughnuts

Location: Tents outside Finnegan’s

 

 

Eleven pumpkin mini donuts on a bed of cookie crumbles topped with a frosting drizzle.

 

Triple Decker Extravaganza

Location: San Francisco Bakery

 

 

It’s back! A stack of delicious waffles, whipped cream and candy that was featured from Season 2 of Stranger Things.

 

Voodoo Doughnut

Location: Universal CityWalk

 

 

These make for the perfect snack before or after the event at Voodoo Doughnut in Universal CityWalk. Choose from either the “Run” or Waffle doughnuts filled with Maple Bavarian Cream.

 

Syrup & Waffles

Location: Gramercy Popcorn & Production Central Veranda

This drink inspired by Netflix’s Stranger Things returns with the same delicious maple flavors and tiny waffles on top.

 

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters Ghost Trap Popcorn

Location: Popcorn Carts

 

 

The perfect snack to fuel you on the go – a popcorn bucket inspired by the containment unit for ghosts for the proton pack from Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters.

 

More New Eats & Treats

S’mores Fries

Location: KidZone Pizza Company

 

 

The yin to Pizza Fries yang. S’mores Fries are here featuring sweet potato fries, marshmallows, chocolate chips and cracker crumbs.

 

Returning Favs

Pizza Fries

Location: KidZone Pizza Company

 

 

Twisted Taters

Those mouth-watering potato swirls with your choice of sour cream & chive, garlic parmesan, seasoned salt, or salt & vinegar.

 

Candy Corn

Location: Gramercy Popcorn & Production Central Veranda

 

 

The classic Halloween candy in a sweet slushie.

 

Signature Drinks

 

 

There are four signature drinks this year inspired by classic 80s beverages, plus four souvenir cups to collect. The souvenir cups will be a staggered release with a new one becoming available on a weekly basis. Prove you’re the ultimate HHN fan and come back to collect them all! *Souvenir cups are available in limited quantities.

  • Blood Pit – Vodka, blood orange sour, peach schnapps and orange juice.
  • Twilight Gateway – Tequila, watermelon schnapps, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine.
  • Vampires Curse – Spiced rum, fruit punch and sour mix.
  • Saturn – Gin, Falernum liqueur, passion fruit puree and sour mix.

 

There is so much to experience at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next trip to the Universal Orlando.

 

 

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