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Why Animal Kingdom is my favorite Walt Disney World Park!

 

I love something about each of the parks at Walt Disney World! Each park offers something unique and I have so many things that I love at each WDW park! That being said if I had to choose a favorite I would have to go with Animal Kingdom! When I tell people this they are usually shocked as this park definitely does not get as much attention as say Magic Kingdom. For me Animal Kingdom just has my heart! Today I am excited to share with you my 5 reasons why Animal Kingdom is my favorite park!

 

 

Animals

This first one is pretty obvious! The name Animal Kingdom gives away that this park is home to so many animals! I am a HUGE animal lover so for me being able to just take my time strolling around this park, exploring the treks and simply watching the animals is absolutely amazing!

 

Theming

This park was created with so much attention to detail! You feel like you have been transported to places, like Africa, Asia, lush tropical forests and even to a faraway planet in Pandora!

 

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Home to my Favorite Attraction

Animal Kingdom is home to my all-time favorite Disney World attraction and what many people call the best ride in all of Walt Disney World… Flight of Passage! This ride can be found inside of Pandora, the World of Avatar. Here you get to experience what it is like to fly on the back of a banshee!  You truly feel like you are flying! It is a ride like no other!

 

 

Nighttime Park

In recent years Animal Kingdom has introduced evening hours in this park! In previous years the park would always close around 5:00 each day. With the addition of these nighttime hours the park has also received many new experience, such as brand-new nighttime shows and entertainment and unique experiences such as riding Kilimanjaro Safari at night! This experience is great because you can watch the animals and see their behavior in a different setting! You could ride this attraction once during the day and once after the sunsets and have to totally different rides!

 

 

Food!

This park is a paradise for foodies! Whether you are looking for a quick-service meal, a fine-dining sit down experience or an on-the-go-snack, you will find something amazing at Animal Kingdom! Some notable favorites for me are Flame Tree Barbecue and Satu’li Canteen for quick-service and Tiffins and Yak and Yeti for table-service!

 

To hear more about why I love Animal Kingdom, check out our new YouTube video!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation to Walt Disney World or to any travel destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Opening at Disneyland! & Coming Soon to Walt Disney World!

 

This past week, something major in Disney Parks History happened! Star War Galaxy’s Edge opened at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California! After years of anticipation, rumors and speculation about what the land will be like, the walls finally came down and all of our questions were answered! Galaxy’s Edge is officially here!

 

 

Wow, is the best word to describe Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge! This land is completely blowing guests away! The land truly makes you feel like you have stepped out of the park and are on a different planet! You are fully immersed in the Star Wars universe! Every aspect of the land has been designed and thought out with absolutely incredible attention to detail! It is totally immersive!

 

 

To give you an example of just how much attention to detail we are talking about when we say attention to detail, specially designed Coke and Dasani bottles that look more futuristic were designed to be sold in the land! Disney didn’t want anything to take you out of the world of Star Wars! This level of immersion is next level and something that I personally am so excited to get to see in person!

 

 

Now that the land is opened at Disneyland, next up will be Disney World’s opening on August 29! Fans are so excited that this incredible new land will also have a home at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

 

 

The food offerings in Galaxy’s Edge have been reviewed to be very delicious and they all feature an out of this world galactic spin! Disney has created every culinary piece to be apart of the Star Wars story! The famous “Blue Milk” has already been creating a buzz on social media! Guests love it!

 

 

Currently one major attraction in the land is open, Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run! This attraction lets you and your flight crew actually control and fly the Millennium Falcon! Your performance at your tasks onboard the ride will actually determine the rides outcome! This is a state of the art attraction that uses never before seen technology!

 

 

In a few months, the second attraction will be debuting in both Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World and Disneyland called Rise of the Resistance! Disney has said that this ride experience will actually be like several different ride experiences all tied into one overall journey that guests will go on. Nothing like this has ever been created before!

 

 

I am counting down the days until I get to experience Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge for myself! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next visit so you can take in this out of this world new land for yourself!

All About TapuTapu at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park!

 

Are you ready for an amazing day at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Water theme park? Picture yourself hanging out on the sand, soaking up the Florida sunshine, and swimming in the park’s crystal clear waters, kicked back without a care in the world! Universal’s water theme park, Volcano Bay is unlike any other water park you have ever experienced! ˇThis is not just a water park, it is a water theme park! One of the amazing amenities that sets Volcano Bay apart is their wearable tech — the TapuTapu!

 

 

You receive one of these wristbands upon entry into Volcano Bay to use during your time in the park! You can tap your band at a ride and it will virtually hold your place in line! You are given a return time that will display on your band and you can come back to ride at that time with little to know wait at all! That means during that time your spot in line is being virtually held by your TapuTapu, instead of standing in a line you can be enjoying the pool, floating along in the lazy river, soaking in the sun on the beach, anything you want to do!  Here are some more facts about TapuTapu!

 

 

More than a Place Holder!

Your TapuTapu can also allow for some very fun interactive surprises throughout the park when you tap it on certain touchpoints! Another wonderful convenience is that you can use your TapuTapu to pay for food, souvenirs and more. This way you don’t have to worry about running back to a locker to grab your wallet! Everything is linked right to your wrist!

 

 

Virtual Line!

Once you tap your TapuTapu at an attraction your spot is being held in the virtual line! The virtual line allows you to relax and have fun until it’s your time to ride! During this time you can eat, drink, chill out, or ride other attractions that don’t have a wait time! The options are endless! It is all up to you!

 

 

Look for “Ride Now”

No matter what ride you have got counting down on your TapuTapu, you can always ride an attraction whose sign reads, “RIDE NOW.” This means these rides are a “walk on” and you don’t have to wait. So keep an eye out for “RIDE NOW” as you explore the park.

 

 

Cashless Purchases

You can use your TapuTapu to make purchases at Volcano Bay without carrying around cash or your card. Just set up an account on The Official Universal Orlando Resort App and you can “TapTu Pay” for food, drinks and merchandise throughout the park!

 

 

As always, your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is happy to answer all of your questions when it comes to planning your Universal Orlando vacation! Contact our team today to book your next trip!

 

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2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Food Tour Video!

 

I recently got back from an incredible trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! This spring time trip was extra exciting because we visited during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! This annual festival takes place every spring in Epcot! The event puts Epcot in full bloom with floral displays covering every inch of the park, character topiaries and some incredible outdoor kitchens offering springtime inspired food and beverage items!

 

 

Last week I took you on a tour of some of the beautiful and detailed character topiaries that could be found around the festival! Now this week I am excited to show you more about the outdoor kitchens at the Event! Let’s dive into the culinary offerings at this year’s 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!

 

 

On our first visit to the festival of this trip we made our first outdoor kitchen stop at Trowel and Trellis! This booth was hosted by Impossible foods. Everything at this outdoor kitchen is vegetarian and vegan. From here we tried our first festival food item, the Grilled Street Corn on the Cob! It was a 5 out of 5! The corn was cooked to perfection and popped right off when you ate it. The corn was doctored up with a savory garlic spread that added the perfect amount of flavor without being too overpowering.

 

 

The next festival booth we stopped at was the Bauernmarkt in Germany! Here we had the Toasted Pretzel Bread. The pretzel bread was topped with black forest ham and melted gruyere cheese! YUM! It was the best comfort food! Declared this to be another 5 out of 5!

 

 

As we continued a lap around World Showcase we then stopped off in America for The Smokehouse! Here we got 3 festival items! The first was The Pulled Pig Slider that was accompanied with coleslaw on top. Then we had the Beef Brisket Burnt ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider which also featured garlic sausage, chorizo, cheddar fondue and a house-made pickle. The third item we got here was the Shredded Beef Brisket which featured a smoked potato, chorizo fondue and green tomato relish! All of these items were excellent! The Smokehouse always hits it home year after year at this festival! The Beef Brisket Burnt ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider ended up being my favorite out of the 3 items with tried here! The barbecue sauce had a bit of sweetness to it and accompanied the cheddar fondue so well!

 

 

 

The next day that we visited the Flower and Garden Festival we began with a stop at The Honey Bee-stro! This was my favorite booth during the previous 2018 festival so I was so looking forward to stopping here this year! It lived up to my year long wait! We got the Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread which featured white cheddar cheese, charred vegetables, clover honey sour cream, and micro citrus greens. This was my favorite item of the festival! I loved it! The second item we tried here was the Roasted Cauliflower which featured a buckwheat honey carrot puree, wild rice pilaf, asparagus, honey-blistered grapes, sunflower brittle, and coriander flowers. We also indulged in a dessert item here, the Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake! This dish is so decadent and delicious! It features orange blossom honey ice cream garnished with fennel pollen meringue kisses and petite lavender shoots. This item is a must-try!

 

 

 

Next we made our way over to The Citrus Blossom. I had one very special item in mind that I know I wanted to get here, the Orange Cream Slushy! This slushy taste just like an orange creamsicle and it is served in a souvenir orange bird sipper cup! I am a huge Orange Bird fan so this item was a must for me! It is the perfect refreshing treat!

 

 

From the taste of Marrakesh booth in Morocco we tried the Harissa Chicken Kebab. It was served with a dried fruit couscous salad! Another big hit for this year’s festival!

 

 

The final item I enjoyed at this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival was a festival icon! The Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade! The Violet Lemonade is a very popular Instagram phenomena! It is a pretty purple color and is adorned with an edible flower! This item has been a must-get beverage for me at the flower and garden festival year after year! I am not the only one who loves this very photogenic drink! People love this item so much that this year it was actually used in a lot of the Flower and Garden Festival merchandise designs! Everyone loves this drink! Be sure to check it out!

 

You can watch my full festival journey in our new YouTube video!

 

I hope you enjoyed this 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival culinary tour! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to plan your next trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth or to any destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

Food and Drinks Coming to Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites!

I think everyone can agree that a very important area when it comes to planning out your vacation is the food and beverage offerings that you will get to experience! We all love to indulge in some delicious food and drinks while on vacation! Universal Orlando’s newest extra-affordable Value Hotel, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites will be a foodie paradise! This brand-new Universal Resort opens on June 27! Let’s take a first look at a few of the amazing culinary offerings you will be able to experience at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites!

You will find a casual dining food court at Surfside Inn and Suites called Beach Break Cafe, here you will be able to take a break from your adventure in the parks to enjoy some incredible surfer-inspired dishes! These offerings will feature Southern California flavors and highlight many fresh ingredients! Just like in surf culture, Beach Break Cafe dares to be different! In this spirit the eatery will offer food and drink items from around the world! The atmosphere will be care-free, cool and exciting, from early in the morning to late at night, all within this great new family-friendly Universal hotel!

This casual dining food court will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The eatery has been inspired by food trucks, local joints and backyard BBQs! Beach Break Cafe’s menu will be very affordable and offer something for everyone from unique cuisine to comfort food! Here are just a few of the great items you will find at Beach Break Cafe!

Breakfast

Bacon Egg and Cheese Croissant

Served with Breakfast Potatoes

 

Breakfast Pizza

Sausage Gravy, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Mozzarella, and Cheddar Cheese

 

Lunch and Dinner

Italian Ciabatta

Ham, Capicola, Genoa Salami, Provolone, Red Onion, Tomato, Shredded Romaine, Pepperoncini, Red Wine Vinaigrette

SoCal (Southern California) – Cobb Salad

Southern California is a region known for light, clean and unique flavors.

Chopped Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocado, Blue Cheese, Bacon, Hard Boiled Egg and Avocado Ranch Dressing

 

 

Caprese Panini

Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Glaze

 

Pipeline Burger

This burger is inspired by the classic wave — one of the most famous and most photographed waves.

Beef Patty, Topped with Caramelized Onion, Bacon Jam and Provolone Cheese Served with Crisp Lettuce and Vine Ripe Tomatoes on a Toasted Bun Tofu Power Bowl with Baja Sauce

 

 

Tofu Power Bowl with Baja Sauce

If you’re more of a carnivore, you can choose chicken or carne asada for this dish as well.

Cilantro Lime Rice, Quinoa, Kale, Red Cabbage, Pickled Carrots

 

A great vacation always includes some time spent relaxing by the pool! As you soak up the sun you can indulge with some refreshing drinks! Head over to the resort’s pool bar, aka the Sand Bar! Here you will find a laid-back atmosphere where you can hang loose! Here’s a taste of some of the drinks you can enjoy poolside.

 

 

Orange Surf Board

– Orange Vodka, Coconut Rum, Triple Sec, Orange Juice and a splash of Cranberry

Tidal Wave

– Endless Summer Rum, Peach Vodka, Gin, Peach Schnapps, OJ and Pineapple Juice

Surf En La Paloma

– Tequila, Blood Orange, Grapefruit Juice and Soda

Epic Sunset (Frozen)

– Vodka, Mango Colada and Strawberry Island Oasis

Toasted Coconut Mango Mojito (Frozen)

– Coconut Rum, Mango and Mojito Island Oasis

Are you ready to plan your stay at Universal’s new Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites?! This amazing new resort opens just in time for summer 2019! Contact you Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to book your trip!

A look at the Newly Re-Imagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World!

 

When you are planning your next Walt Disney World vacation and are looking for a resort, you should consider the newly reimagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  This resort is architecturally stunning.  It is truly an oasis set on the shore of Lago Dorado.  This resort celebrates the Spanish history of artists, writers and architects.  The resort is themed with classic Spanish influences along with Disney touches and modern comforts for your relaxation and enjoyment.

 

 

 

You will be impressed as soon as you walk into the resorts grand 2-story lobby which is decorated with rows of hanging lanterns which gives a subtle lighting on the beautiful Spanish tiling.

 

 

 

Outside you will find a hub of activity.  Here you will find Three Bridges Bar & Grill which is opening soon, a lakefront restaurant with wonderful cuisine and an inviting atmosphere featuring a stone hearth at the central bar and a glowing fire pit for the evenings where you can sit back and enjoy a refreshing beverage.

 

 

 

If you love pool time then this is the resort for you.  The aquatic area is built around a 50-foot replica of a Mayan pyramid.  The water streams down the steps of the stone structure into the Lost City of Ciola pool.  The water slide here is quite impressive, kids and kids at heart will love it.  You’ll also want to check out the hot tub which is the largest at a Walt Disney World resort.  Other activities in this area include a playground for the kids, ping pong tables, a fun arcade, volleyball court and pool bar!  If all the walking around Walt Disney World is not enough activity for you then head over to the resort Fitness Center which is open 24-hours and has a range of spa and beauty services.

 

 

 

 

The Grand Destino Tower will be open this summer so you can be among the first to enjoy these new rooms.  Atop this 15-story tower will be a restaurant, Toledo will serve up tapas, steak and seafood.  To compliment your meal you can choose from a wide selection of wines from Spain and California.

 

 

In the main building of the Coronado Springs Resort you will find many food options.  Maya Grill is an upscale Tex-Mex eatery and steakhouse.

 

 

 

El Mercado de Coronado is a counter service/food court area serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner and a great place to pick up a late night snack on your way back to your room after a day at the parks.  Café Rix is the spot to grab pastries, cakes, gelatos, gourmet coffee and smoothies.

 

 

 

Right off the lobby you will find Panchito’s Gifts and Sundries filled with souvenirs, native crafts and much more.  A great place to shop for a special item to take home or to pick up something that you might have forgot to pack.

 

 

This resort has everything you could want in a great Disney Resort.  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to plan your next Walt Disney World vacation.

Disney World Fastpass+ Tips and Tricks!

 

There is a lot of planning before you go on your Walt Disney World trip.  From where to stay to getting the desired dining reservations to do we need the dining plan and park hopper and adding on water parks.  There is a lot of choices and decisions to make.  One of the big items you have to address before your trip is getting those desired fast passes.  Without a fast pass you will be waiting in lines much longer and in the case of the E ticket rides you may not get on at all if you are not willing to wait hours for each.  Here are some tips and tricks for getting those precious fast passes.

 

 

-Book a stay at a Walt Disney World resort or Disney Springs resort and you will have a head start over other guests.  With your reservation, you will be able to get on the My Disney Experience app and get your fast passes 60 days before your trip.  At 7:00 a.m. on that 60 day out window, you will want to open the app and start scheduling your fast passes.  If you want to ride Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom, Slinky Dog Dash in Hollywood Studios or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom this will be your best opportunity to get those coveted fast passes.

 

 

-If you are staying off Disney property, you should purchase your tickets ahead of time and you will be able to link that ticket number to the My Disney Experience app.  Now you will have the opportunity to makes fast passes 30 days in advance of your trip.  Open the app 30 days prior to the first day of your trip and you will be ready to make fast passes.  You should be able to still get really good fast passes but do not be surprised if some E ticket rides are already gone.

 

 

-Don’t be discouraged if you did not get your desired fast pass before your trip.  There is still a good chance of securing a coveted fast pass.  People’s day-to-day plans during a Walt Disney World trip can change and people are always revising their fast passes based on the park they decided to go to that day.  So check the My Disney Experience app frequently, you might be surprised by what becomes available.  Many people make changes to their plans the night before so while you are in your room at night keep checking and you could get lucky.  That is always an exciting feeling!

 

 

-Play around with the times on the app.  It lets you select morning, afternoon or evening and then shows you what is available.  However, it also will let you select specific times.  Try selecting from those options and you may see a time that better fits your plans.

 

 

I hope these tips help you get the fast passes you desire.  Also remember that your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner is always there to help you plan and answer questions. Contact our team today to plan your next vacation!

My Experience at the 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! Topiary Tour VIDEO!

 

Last week I was on vacation at the Most Magical Place on Earth… Walt Disney World! My family and I had such an amazing time! One of the highlights was getting to attend the 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! This event has always been a favorite of mine and it seems to get better and better year after year! I love every aspect about this springtime event, the colorful landscapes, the whimsical character topiaries and of course the delicious outdoor kitchens food and beverage offerings!

 

 

Over the course of the next few weeks I am excited to share with you my full 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival experience! I can’t wait to tell you everything that I loved about this year’s event! To start off this week I want to highlight the incredible character topiaries!

 

 

What is a topiary you may ask?! A topiary is a Disney character created entirely out of the use of flowers and natural materials! The Disney horticulture teams has been crafting these works of art for years at the parks and it is these character topiaries that paved the way for the start of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! Over the years there have been several additional elements added into the event but these amazing topiaries still remain the heart of it all!

 

 

Every year the Disney horticulture team outdoes themselves with the topiaries they create and with the various surrounding displays that they produce to showcase each topiary! I have enjoyed watching the progression of the topiaries year after year and I always look forward to seeing what the Disney horticulture team will think of next!

 

 

This year was no exception! The Disney horticulture team went above and beyond with this year’s displays! Speaking of above and beyond… ‘to infinity and beyond!’  One of the new displays making its debut at this year’s 2019 festival was the Toy Story display. In past years, they have had Woody and Buzz in topiary form but they were located in separate parts of the park. Buzz in recent years had been over by Mission Space and Woody previously could be seen near the America Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase. In celebration of Toy Story 4 coming out this summer, Buzz and Woody are now right next to each other in a very special Toy Story Display. This year also saw the introduction of a brand-new topiary, Bo peep and even her sheep! The characters are all located in the same area out front of a brand-new Toy Story themed playground that has been brought in specially for the Flower and Garden Festival!

 

 

 

Additionally, there were some new character topiaries introduced this season such as Kermit and Miss Piggy! Also, many return character topiaries received a special revamp with new locations and new surrounding displays. Some personal favorites for me included the Lady and the Tramp topiaries! Lady and the Tramp have been icons in the Italy Pavilion for years at the Flower and Garden Festival! This year they have moved from against the one wall in the Italy Pavilion to across the way, down by the World Showcase Lagoon right in front of the Italy Pavilion. With their new location, you can now take an amazing photo of them with the backdrop of the lagoon and Spaceship Earth in the distance!

 

 

To see an overview of some of this year’s topiaries and floral displays at the 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, check out our new YouTube video!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

NOW is the Perfect Time to Plan your Halloween Horror Nights Universal Orlando Getaway!

 

If you are a fan of Halloween and all of the things that go bump in the night then you have to make it out to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights! This annual event takes place on select nights at Universal Studios Florida throughout the entire fall season. Guests will experience frights first hand and feel as though they have stepped onto the set of a horror film for themselves!

 

 

With incredibly themed haunted houses and scare zones, visitors to the event will feel as though they are starring in a horror film themselves! Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights has been deemed Orlando’s premier Halloween event! It is sure to put you in the spooky spirit! This is an incredibly fun night out for groups of friends! You are sure to share so many scares which will leave you with lifelong memories and laughs to look back on!

 

 

Halloween Horror Nights definitely has a cult following! There are many fans who plan a special visit to the Universal Orlando Resort every year during the Halloween season just to be able to attend HHN! With this in mind Universal Orlando is always on top of keeping the event new and fresh each year! They put a lot of work and thought into designing new houses and scare zones each year! Universal also is always introducing new elements such as specialty snack and beverage items exclusive to the event! The Universal team does a great job with bringing back the classic Horror Night’s originals year after year, as well as always introducing new elements that make this event unique every year!

 

 

Halloween Horror Nights runs this year on select nights from Sept. 6 – Nov. 2 at the Universal Orlando Resort! This year, guests will experience 10 haunted houses, 5 scare zones, live entertainment and more!

 

 

Now is the perfect time to plan your fall trip to Universal Orlando so that you can experience the frights and thrills of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights for yourself! Select nights can be very popular meaning rooms at Universal can fill up quickly. That’s why now is a great time to get your trip booked and on the calendar! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your vacation!

 

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Diamond Horseshoe Dining Review – Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World

 

On my most recent visit to Magic Kingdom this week I enjoyed a brand new dining experience that I had never previously done! I ate at the Diamond Horseshoe inside the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World! I had a wonderful experience here at this restaurant! Everything was incredible from the delicious food to the charming western atmosphere!

 

Diamond Horseshoe is located back in Frontierland inside the Magic Kingdom Park. For some time this dining location was only open seasonally and for special events so it was always a challenge to try to experience this restaurant. For a while when this location would be open it was a quick service dining location. Now Diamond Horseshoe is one of Magic Kingdom’s newest table service locations! You can either order off the menu or choose to enjoy the buffet!

 

 

The restaurant menu has a wide mix of American-style flavors. They are known for their barbecue! The cuisine is definitely comfort food. I was dining here with my friends who are vegan and they were so excited to check out the vegan stuffed peppers! I am not vegan myself but I do love stuffed peppers and I was interested in what the vegan version would taste like so I also ordered this dish!

The service was wonderful, the chef came to our table to talking about the vegan options on the menu and answered everyones dietary questions. The cast members were all very knowledgeable about the menu! I really enjoy the meal I had! The vegan stuffed peppers were so fresh! The meat substitute was from Impossible Foods and was seasoned to perfection! It tasted very similar to real meat.

 

 

The atmosphere is very fun and charming! You feel like you have stepped into a western saloon! There is even a stage with a player piano that sets the tone for this incredibly themed restaurant. My friends and I really enjoyed our experience at Diamond Horseshoe! Be sure to check this restaurant out on your next visit to Magic Kingdom! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the most magical place on Earth!

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2019 Preview – What I am Most Looking Forward to Trying This Week!

 

This week I am coming to you live from the Walt Disney World Resort! My family and I are spending the week enjoying a family vacation at the most magical place on Earth! Visiting Disney World in the spring has become an annual tradition for us! One of our favorite things about vacationing at Disney World this time of year is that the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom! (Literally!)

 

 

During the International Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot is transformed into a springtime paradise with beautiful floral displays covering practically every inch of the park. There are even special topiaries crafted by the Disney horticulture team to represent several Disney characters! Additionally at the event you will find a variety of delicious food and beverage items at the outdoor kitchens and can even jam out at the Garden Rocks Concert series.

 

 

There is something for everyone at this incredible event! One of the best parts about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is that it is fresh every year! Each year Disney finds a way to add some new experience or offering to the festival! Over the years I have loved seeing how the event evolves and changes.

 

 

Check out our new YouTube video to hear what I am most excited for at this year’s 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!

 

Be sure to check back next week to hear all about my experience at the festival and what my highlights were from this year’s event! I am excited to take you along on this adventure! When you are ready to plan your own next adventure be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner!

Grand Opening of Today Cafe at Universal Studios Florida!

 

TODAY Cafe has officially opened at Universal Studios Florida! This dining location will bring visitors a unique experience crafted to make you feel like you have stepped onto the TODAY set! This experience is paired with specialty food and beverage offerings! You can enjoy TODAY Cafe which is now officially open at Universal Studios Florida, serving up a unique experience designed to feel like you are stepping onto the TODAY set paired with specialty food and beverage options. Enjoy fresh pastries baked in-house, salads and sandwiches. Additionally you will find a selection of locally-roasted coffees, including the exclusive TODAY Cafe Blend!

 

 

Universal opened this one-of-a-kind cafe with NBC’s Al Roker and the TODAY team broadcasted live from location in Universal Studios Florida to lead the celebration! This exciting celebratory moment included a TODAY “orange carpet” that was lined with some of Universal Orlando’s most popular characters! There was a countdown to a pop of orange and white confetti to ring in the opening! During his visit Al also lent a hand at the cafe by serving specialty menu items to guests, like his first seasonal dish – Al’s Avocado Toast, the organic acai bowl and the Chinatown Chicken Salad!

 

 

Here are a few of the things that you will enjoy during your visit to TODAY Cafe:

  • A venue inspired by TODAY – complete with stage lighting and Studio 1A theming.
  • Specialty breakfast, lunch and snack options.
  • Seasonal dishes inspired by co-anchor Al Roker’s favorite recipes. The first seasonal dish is Al’s Avocado Toast, which is topped with cherry tomatoes, artichokes, roasted red onions, tomato aioli, and is accompanied by bread and butter pickles.
  • TODAY’s live broadcast – allowing you to catch up on top headlines of the day, all while refueling for more theme park thrills.
  • In the afternoon hours, and in tribute to the fourth hour of TODAY, you can enjoy wine and beer on tap with a delicious cheese platter for two.

Be sure to start your day at Universal Studios Florida with a visit to TODAY Cafe! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next universal Orlando Vacation!

Fun Things to do at Disney Springs!

 

Looking for a fun way to spend a day in Disney look no further than Disney Springs.  This is a great place to spend a day during your Walt Disney World vacation.  There is no park ticket needed to come here so this is a great place to spend your time on either the first or last day of your vacation when you may not want to waste a park ticket when you do not have a full day.  But you will find so much to do here.  The following is my list of fun things to do at Disney Spring!

 

 

-If you love to shop Disney Springs is your place.  There are so many shops from your high-end designer stores to fun Disney merchandise stores. You will not want to miss the Christmas store, The World of Disney Store, The Co-op, The Disney Style Store, and Trend-D which are some of my personal favorities.

 

 

-Now let’s talk about dining.  There is no end to the offerings that Disney Springs has to offer from signature dining to counter service you will find something for everyone.  There are many restaurants from celebrity chefs like Chef Morimoto, Guy Fieri, Rick Bayless, Art Smith, Jose Andres and Wolfgang Puck.  Also, Wine Bar George highlights the wine experience of Master Sommelier George Miliotes.  You will find some delicious tapas foods and charcuterie boards that you can pair with the best wine from all over the World.  The only problem you will find is deciding which place you want to try!

 

Celebrate National Wine Day With First Look at Interior of Wine Bar George at Disney Springs

 

-If you want a birds eye view of Disney Springs and the Walt Disney property you can head over to Characters in Flight.  This is a tethered balloon that will take you up over the Disney Springs Area and you will get a great view of all of Walt Disney World.  This is a popular attraction for people celebrating special occasions or maybe even that perfect Disney World marriage proposal!

 

 

-Head over to Splitsville and you can bowl a few rounds while enjoying some really good food.  The food is great here and if you are a Sushi fan then you will want to try some here.  Yes the Sushi is great!

 

 

-Disney Springs is home to the AMC theatre.  So when you are looking for a relaxing time just catching the latest movie this is where you will want to come.  The theatres are a perfect place to have a family night or date night.  The food is great here too!

 

 

-Do you want to capture the perfect family portrait? Then Disney Springs is the place to come! Just inside the Marketplace Co-op you will find the portrait studio.  You can get the best pictures.  The photographer will take your photos and they will all be linked to your Magic Band.  These pictures will have so many different backgrounds from classic pictures to those special Disney pictures that we all love.

 

 

These are just some of my favorite reasons to visit Disney Springs!  There is so much to see and do!  You will want to come back again and again! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation!

 

 

2019 Holiday Dates Announced at Universal Orlando Resort!

 

The spirit of the holidays is in the air because the Universal Orlando Resort has just announced their holiday dates! With this information, you and your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner will now be all set to book your holiday visit to Universal Orlando! The Universal parks and resorts go all out for the holiday season! A visit to the Universal Resort for these exciting festivities will be a great way to get in the spirit of this magical time of year!

 

 

 

 

You can experience Universal holiday offerings from November 16, 2019, through January 5, 2020! During this time you and your party can experience a one–of–a–kind holiday celebration! Universal is the perfect place to get a little merry and enjoy some holiday spirit! This resort-wide celebration is one not to miss!

 

 

You can enjoy the sights, festive shows, and delicious food during Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! You can also experience Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s! And watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch in The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.

 

 

The holiday season will be here before we know it! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to make your festive holiday plans at the Universal Orlando Resort! The holiday season is always a magical time to make memories with the ones you love most!

Dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table – Walt Disney World Dining!

 

For many the icon they think of when they hear the name Walt Disney World is hands-down Cinderella Castle! This breathtaking castle sits at the end of Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom and getting your picture with the castle in the background is a right-of-passage for every family during their Disney Vacation! Did you know that you can actually dine inside of Cinderella Castle?! Cinderella’s Royal Table is a wonderful character dining location that is actually located inside of Cinderella Castle! Here are my top 3 reasons to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table!

 

 

Atmosphere:

Dining at Cinderella’s Royal table gives you the experience of actually being able to step inside of Cinderella Castle! This is such a unique opportunity and will make you feel like you are royalty yourself! You will also be able to say that on your visit to Disney World you actually stepped inside the resort’s most iconic structure! The restaurant’s theming is simply magical! You will find regal touches everywhere you turn. Throughout the restaurant, you will also find some adorable details from Cinderella’s story! One of these fairytale touches includes Cinderella’s mice friends Jaq and Gus peaking down from the rafters in the main hall!

 

 

 

Princesses:

Another great aspect of Cinderella’s Royal Table is the fact that it is a character meal! A Disney Character meal is when the Disney characters come and meet you at your table throughout the course of your meal. Here at this location it is a variety of the Disney Princesses! A character meal is the best way to guarantee you will get to see Disney characters during your vacation. There is no waiting in long lines or using your fastpasses on meet and greets, with character dining the characters come to you! This type of character experience is also much more relaxed and the characters generally get to spend a lot more time with you than at a standard meet and greet. You will get to make so many memories from these very personal character interactions and will have so many opportunities to capture some incredible photos!

 

 

 

Food:

The food at Cinderella’s Royal Table is so wonderful! The menu is a prefix. At dinner, this allows you to select an appetizer an entrée and a dessert all for one flat price. The menu does a great job of covering a wide range of items. Everyone in your group will find something they like from the pickiest eater to the most adventurous foodie!

 

 

 

Check out our new YouTube video to see my recent experience dining at this magical restaurant:

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation to Disney World or to whatever destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

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