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The Blue Iguana Cantina On The Carnival Liberty

This week on Travel With Rick, we enjoy The Blue Iguana Cantina onboard the Carnival Liberty cruise ship and enjoy the amazing tacos and burritos. We even go backstage to see how all the food is prepared and we discover how they make all those incredible tortillas!

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Summertime at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

As you’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer, we hope there’s a trip planned to Anaheim to experience the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration! And if you’re staying overnight (or more!) at one of our three hotels, there is plenty of fun in store for your stay.

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Whether you are looking to cool down or simply relax, here are three unexpected ways to enjoy summertime as a guest of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort:

  1. Pool Parties: Enjoy fun in the sun with a pool party at any of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. These seasonal parties occur daily in the afternoon and include games, music and dancing!
  2. Magical Night at the Movies: For a relaxing evening, cozy up with a favorite Disney film on select nights under the stars. Movie screenings take place at all three hotels, and guests are encouraged to bring snacks for the show!
  3. Cabanas: If you’re interested in lounging by the pool all day, consider reserving a private, poolside cabana. Available for a half-day or full-day, stretch out under a shaded cabana equipped with everything you need to relax. To make a reservation at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa or the Disneyland Hotel for an additional fee, visit the Guest Services desk inside either hotel.

What’s your favorite summertime activity at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort?


Enjoy a Frightfully Good Time on Disney Cruise Line

When you sail on a Disney Cruise Line vacation this fall, they’ll enjoy a wickedly good time as the Disney ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland. Several spooky events are planned to celebrate Halloween including a costume contest for adult Guests and a special costume parade for children.  From spellbinding storytelling, fun-filled family entertainment and yummy treats, the Halloween on the High Seas voyages are truly special.

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You can join the special Halloween celebration by bringing along their own costumes. When considering costume options, your Clients should refrain from bringing toys or props that resemble guns, knives or other related implements, as these items will not be allowed onboard.

Halloween on the High Seas will be offered on cruises that depart in the following time periods:


Playing in the Sand With Disney Golf at Walt Disney World Resort

No golfer likes hitting their ball out of a sand bunker. But if you have to be in one, the bunkers at Walt Disney World Resort’s courses are some real beauties now.

That’s because Disney is redesigning key elements of Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course, including the bunkers. We have removed more than 40 trees from the back nine alone and are repaving several cart paths and the parking lot.

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The most noticeable difference, though, is around the sand bunkers. In addition to getting an improved drainage system, various bunkers are being resculpted and/or repositioned with all of them being filled with soft, powdery white sand, which really makes them visually appealing. The work will include the popular Mickey-shaped bunker on Hole No. 6, which will be slightly elevated to make it even more visible.

More trees will be removed on the front nine and those bunkers will also get the same powdery, white sand. All work is expected to be complete by early October.

Many of these tweaks are being made to create a more playable experience for golfers, especially those high-handicappers like myself. After all, having to hit your ball out of a fairway bunker is tough enough without also having a huge tree blocking your shot.

In the meantime while the work continues, golfers can take advantage of a special promotion through October 9 when golfers can play nine holes after 10 a.m. for only $25, plus tax, or play the same nine holes all day, plus get a complimentary beverage, for only $39, plus tax.

With all of that golf, chances are your ball will find its way into a sand bunker at some point. But at least now it’ll seem more like a day at the beach.


Ice Palace Boutique Opens At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Don’t Forget…Young Guests can revel in a flurry of “Frozen” Summer Fun as they undergo a magical transformation at the Ice Palace Boutique at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

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For a limited time, now-Sept. 7, 2015, Guests ages 3 to 12 can become their favorite character from the movie “Frozen” at this wintery salon.

And, unique to this location, you can purchase packages that allow the whole family to join in the “Frozen” fun. Additional party members can enjoy included snacks at the exclusive Ice Palace Café, an immersive “Frozen”-themed café. Each party will also get priority seating at one show of For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration at Hyperion Theater. The package is available for up to six Guests, including the child getting the magical transformation.

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You can choose from the following packages:

 “Frozen” Summer Fun Boutique Package – $75 (includes tax)

  • Includes Anna or Elsa-inspired shimmering makeup palette, face gems, nail polish, braided hair piece with sparkling snowflake accessory

Ice Palace Boutique Package – $175 (includes tax)

  • Includes Anna or Elsa-inspired shimmering makeup palette, face gems, nail polish, braided hair piece with sparkling snowflake accessory
  • Also includes access to the Ice Palace Café, exclusive to Guests purchasing the package, where you can enjoy “Frozen”-themed snacks
  • Priority seating to one (1) show of the For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration
    (Family Package is for up to 6 Guests, including the Guest getting a transformation)

Ice Palace Boutique Deluxe Package – $240 (includes tax)

  • Includes choice of either Anna or Elsa costume dress with shimmering makeup palette, face gems, nail polish, braided hair piece with sparkling snowflake accessory
  • Also includes access to the Ice Palace Café, exclusive to Guests purchasing the package, where you can enjoy “Frozen”-themed snacks
  • Priority seating to one (1) show of the For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration
    (Family Package is for up to 6 Guests, including the Guest getting a transformation)

Guests can also ask about a special Olaf-inspired glitter hairstyle with Olaf t-shirt!

The Ice Palace Boutique is located on Commissary Lane across from ABC Commissary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Reservations can be made in advance and are highly recommended. Packages will be available to book on July 17, 2015 for appointments July 26 Sept. 7, 2015, during “Frozen” Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

You can get all your Disney PhotoPass photos from the Ice Palace Boutique with the purchase of Memory Maker, a Disney Photo Pass Service product. Disney PhotoPass Service lets you capture all the special moments of your Frozen Summer Fun memories in great photos – and gets everyone in the shot! Plus, when you purchase Memory Maker for your visit to Ice Palace Boutique, you’ll receive unlimited digital downloads of all your Disney PhotoPass photos, including those from their Coronation Day experience, and select attraction photos and videos.* *Memory Maker includes photos taken during the Memory Maker window and linked to your Disney account. A Magic Band is required to receive certain attraction photos and other digital content.

To book the Ice Palace Boutique for your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner today!

Hard Rock Hotel’s Big Secret: Meetings That Rock!

Superstars’ autographs scrawled across the walls. Memorabilia from some of music’s greatest moments. Coming as a guest and leaving as a superstar. When people think of the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, they often think of the rock star treatment the hotel provides.

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But what a lot of people don’t realize is that the Hard Rock Hotel is an exceptional venue for creating a meeting or event that leaves a lasting impression with attendees.

Unlike other meeting facilities where groups can get lost in the vastness of the venue, Hard Rock Hotel offers 6,000 sq. ft. of intimate and flexible meeting space. Groups that meet here really get to own our meeting space for their program and events.

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Attendees experience incredible food and beverage offerings, top-notch service, and at the same time have a unique and engaging Hard Rock experience. Groups can start their day off with a team building scavenger hunt around our hotel. Hold their meetings in one of our pristine meeting spaces. Or wrap up the night with a private concert in the lobby—all surrounded by memorabilia from the biggest names in music history.

Another layer of awesomeness we offer is the unique partnership between Hard Rock Hotel and Universal Orlando Resort. It allows Hard Rock to offer not only a great venue with incredible service, but it opens up a full destination where attendees can also hold special events at either (or both!) of Universal theme parks as well as Universal CityWalk.

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With all these options at hand, the Hard Rock Hotel loves to turn meeting planners’ expectations on their head with new ideas. A large part in creating a unique and fun meeting is having an outstanding team that brings a high level of service to every group that holds their meeting here.

And, in fact, it’s the hotel’s secret weapon. Hard Rock Hotel lets them be themselves, which gives them the most creative people in the industry. In turn, they help meeting planners become rock stars to their attendees.

Kingdom Magic Vacations can help you plan you next vacation or business trip. Contact us today and let us help you plan your next meeting and allow you to become a company rock star!


A Day At Universal Orlando Resort Theme Parks with Travel With Rick

On this week’s Travel With Rick show we take a whirlwind tour through the two incredible theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort. We start in Universal Studios Florida, then on to Islands of Adventure, and finish up at Universal CityWalk. It’s awesome!


Coming this Holiday Season! Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine Dinner

Disney guests can celebrate the holiday season with Minnie and her friends during a festive dinner at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine Dinner, which takes place select nights Nov.7, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, features Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Santa Goofy. (Characters are subject to change). With holiday-themed décor, food, music and activities this offering is the perfect spot for guests to deck the halls with family and friends.

Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine Dinner is $46.99 for adults and $27.99 for children and is included on the Disney Dining Plan as one table-service entitlement.

You can enjoy reserved seating at Fantasmic! when they book Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine as part of the Fantasmic! Dining Package. The cost for the Fantasmic! Dining Package is $52.99 for adults and $31.99 for children, plus tax and gratuity.

Reservations for Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine are now available by calling your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner!  Please note Disney Junor Play ‘n Dine will still take place during breakfast and lunch at Hollywood & Vine.


Disney Cruise Line Dreams a Little Bigger with Enhancements to the Disney Dream This Fall

Exciting new experiences await Disney Dream guests after spaces throughout the Disney Cruise Line vessel are transformed this fall during dry dock Oct. 4-24, 2015, in Freeport, Bahamas.

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In Disney’s Oceaneer Club, kids ages three to 12 will be transported to a far away galaxy at Star Wars: Millennium Falcon.  In this Force-filled play area inspired by the spacecraft from the legendary saga, children can express their creativity through Star Wars-themed crafts, games and activities. Also in the Oceaneer Club, a high-tech interactive space based on the Disney Infinity video game offers more fun for kids. Customized, on-screen adventures will bring to life characters and stories, and special activities will bring the virtual gameplay experience to life in the real world.

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New to Deck 11, Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats will satisfy the sweet tooth of cruisers of all ages, with handmade gelato and ice cream, an assortment of candy, and delectable novelty treats for purchase. This sweet shop’s décor resembles the whimsical candy land of the Sugar Rush race car game in “Wreck-It Ralph.” Coming to Deck 5 midship, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will offer aspiring princesses and knights ages three to 12 the chance to transform into royalty. On pirate party night this very special salon becomes The Pirates League where pirates of all ages will have the opportunity to unleash their inner buccaneer.

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This wave of enhancements to the Disney Dream debuts on the Oct. 26 four-night voyage from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. The Disney Dream will continue to sail three- and four-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas throughout 2015 and into 2016.

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To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today!


Sail Away to a Magical Winter Holiday with Disney Cruise Line

This holiday season, Disney Cruise Line ships will be all decked to the “raft-ers” with holiday cheer. Starting early November, Disney Cruise Line adds sparkle to each ship during Very Merrytime Cruises, with traditional “turkey day” fanfare, Christmas feasts, “snow flurries” and New Year’s Eve galas. During these voyages through the new year, holiday events include a tree-lighting ceremony with favorite Disney friends, Dickens-inspired carolers, a holiday deck party, themed treats and more.

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On one extra-special evening each cruise, the grand atrium lobby becomes the setting for a fanciful winter wonderland ball, where Disney cruisers welcome the guests of honor, Santa and Mrs. Claus, with a grand celebration featuring Broadway-style entertainment, favorite Disney characters and classic holiday tunes. This evening of enchantment is made complete when a special pair of royal sisters joins the party and causes a flurry of “frozen” fun as a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium.

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To celebrate the holidays, the Disney Magic sails four- and five-night Bahamian and Caribbean cruises departing Nov. 11 to Dec. 23; the Disney Wonder sails four-, six- and seven-night Bahamian and Caribbean cruises departing Nov. 6 to Dec. 24; the Disney Dream sails three- and four-night Bahamian cruises departing Nov. 9 to Dec. 24; and the Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises departing Nov. 14 to Dec. 19.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner today!


Breakfast Permanently Available At Be Our Guest In Magic Kingdom

With the successful test of the fast casual breakfast experience at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney has announced this as a permanent offering.

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The prix fixe French-inspired breakfast menu includes pastries, cured meats and cheeses, eggs Florentine, vegetable quiche, and more. Plus, guests can indulge in the Croissant Doughnut, a fried doughnut topped with banana caramel sauce, chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Younger Guests can enjoy brioche French toast, scrambled eggs, fruit crepes, as well as cereal and oatmeal.

Breakfast will be served 8-10 a.m. daily. Pricing will be $21.99 plus tax for adults, $13.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years. Reservations will be available beginning Aug. 5, 2015 for dates Oct. 4, 2015 via your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner. Advance reservations are encouraged. The Disney Dining Plan will be accepted.


Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with Family Feasts at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resort guests can join together for a joyous and delicious Thanksgiving Day dinner. With a variety of dining options at the theme parks and resorts, there is a cornucopia of exciting lunch and dinner offerings inspired by this American tradition.

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Guests can enjoy menu options for Thanksgiving Day meals at Walt Disney World Resort featuring a classic turkey dinner, such as the hearty all-American eats and traditional family- style Thanksgiving feast at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park. For guests looking for a special spin on the traditional turkey dinner, try some of the more unique options, such as traditional Norwegian meatballs and pan-seared salmon at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall or roasted heirloom beets with candied walnuts and mulled apple cider at Artist Point.

At Epcot, guests can dine on Thanksgiving menus during lunch and dinner seatings at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Tutto Itlalia Ristorante, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Dining Room, and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, as well as quick service at Sunshine Seasons.

Holiday menus also are offered at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom; Hollywood & Vine, 50’s Prime Time Café and The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Planet Hollywood, Portobello Country Italian Tattoria, Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, Fulton’s Crab House and Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Downtown Disney; and in resort hotels throughout Walt Disney World Resort.


Daniel And The Mixology Class From The Carnival Liberty Alchemy Bar

This week we learn about the history of spirits, cocktails, and bar tending from Daniel from the Alchemy Bar on the Carnival Cruise Line ship, Liberty from Travel With Rick!

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Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort On Sale Now!

Tickets are now on sale for Mickey’s Halloween Party, which takes place at Disneyland Park on select nights Sept. 11-Nov. 1, 2015. In addition to spooktacular fun, this year’s event allows you to enjoy the excitement of the Disneyland Diamond Celebration, including the addition of the new “Paint the Night” parade during the expanded 17 nights of Mickey’s Halloween Party.

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As a reminder, while Mickey’s Halloween Party will include “Paint the Night” parade and “Halloween Screams” fireworks, Mickey’s Costume Party cavalcade will not be featured this year, and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks will be presented on non-party nights only.

Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place on the following nights: Friday, Sept. 25; Monday, Sept. 28; Wednesday, Sept. 30; Friday, Oct. 2; Monday, Oct. 5; Wednesday, Oct. 7; Friday, Oct. 9; Monday, Oct. 12; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Friday, Oct. 16; Monday, Oct. 19; Thursday, Oct. 22; Friday, Oct. 23; Sunday, Oct. 25; Tuesday, Oct. 27; Thursday, Oct. 29; and Saturday, Oct. 31.

To order party tickets, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner!


107 Inside Out Facts

Inside Out is an amazing picture about dealing with depression and our youth. The way it handles such a heavy topic is in fact amazing.

This story was long in development, and actually went through quite a bit of changes in order to get the feel and the exact story just right. And just right, indeed, did they get it.

These 107 facts about Inside Out are simply amazing. So take a moment if you love the film to really watch and enjoy it at a deeper level.

Watch: 107 Pixar’s Inside Out Facts You Should Know

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