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Dining Locations NOW REOPENED In Epcot’s World Showcase – Walt Disney World

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Epcot’s World Showcase is where you can travel around the world and experience the culture and customs of each native pavilion. Disney prides themselves on delivering that authentic experience to guests so that they feel they are truly transported to the country they are visiting. One of the ways they deliver upon this overall experience is through the food! When traveling around World Showcase you can treat your taste buds to truly any type of cuisine imaginable!

We have some exciting news this week about eateries and food locations that are back up and running after some downtime.

Pizza al Taglio

The first reopening to note is the pizza window in Epcot’s Italy pavilion. This pizza window known as, Pizza Al Taglio in is back in action after a short closure. Pizza al Taglio is connected to Via Napoli on the left side as you approach the restaurant when coming from the World Showcase Lagoon. The pavilion’s pizza window now has a new overlay and name, Pizza Al Taglio. Previously the walk-up window was just called the Via Napoli Pizza Window. The new name means “Pizza by the Slice” in Italian. This quick-service location is a great option to grab a bite on the go without needing any reservations. The menu includes a house special of pizza san gennaro, traditional offerings of pepperoni or margherita pizzas, and mini cannolis. For beverages, the location offers a selection of red, white, or sparkling wines, a selection of beers, as well as cocktails such as the limoncello mule or bellini. For non-alcoholic options, there is a frozen wild blueberry slush as well as sodas and water.

 

Kringla Bakeri og Kafe

Recently World Showcase has also re-opened the Norway Pavilion’s Kringla Bakeri og Kafe! I am so excited that this popular pastries and sweets shop is back up and running. The Kringla Bakeri og Kafe is a counter service location known for their pastries as well as their light snacks such as cheese trays and sandwiches. This location is home to many unique and authentic options such as my personal favorite… the school bread! School Bread is best described as a donut filled with a light custard and fresh coconut! I am so happy this bakery is reopened so I can enjoy this favorite treat of mine on my upcoming trip!

 

What is your favorite dining location in World showcase?

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next magical vacation!

New Art Experiences Offered at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort! Walt Disney World

Looking for a fun and unique experience to do at the Walt Disney World Resort? Disney is now offering art experiences for guests taking place at Disney Boardwalk Resort! From painting wine glasses to making your own pair of Minnie mouse ears, there is something for everyone to enjoy! What a great way to tap into your creative side while on vacation!

I personally love art and any type of crafting so you can imagine my excitement when I heard about these brand-new offerings! There are currently 3 art offerings at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort:

 

Canvas Painting on the Boards

Cost: $50

Location: Trattoria al Forno

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM on

Dates: September 4th and 18th and 11th and 25th

(each set of dates offers a different painting subject!)

 

Design Your Own Wire Mickey

Cost: $25

Sundays

Location: Belle Vue Lounge

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Wednesdays

Location: Trattoria al Forno

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Wine Glass Painting on the Boards

Cost: $50

Location: AbracadaBar

Dates: Thursdays throughout September

 

Watch our new YouTube video for more details!

What experience are you most excited for? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation to whatever destination you are dreaming about! We are excited to make your travel dreams a reality!

Candy Sushi Class at the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! – Walt Disney World

 

Every year the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival always surprises us with new offerings and experience to enjoy! This year is no exception with the arrival of many new items and new activities. One of the new experiences that I personally am most excited to see at this year’s festival is the Candy Sushi class! Now that the festival has been going on for a few days we have some more information and details about what this Candy Sushi class is all about!

The new interactive class is a great family-friendly offering! Kids especially will love this activity. Candy Sushi classes are offered every day during the Festival. This year’s festival just kicked off on August 30th and it will run through November 12th. The classes take place in the Sunshine Seasons located inside of The Land Pavilion at Epcot. The experience is presented by Skittles and Adventures by Disney!

Guests wanting to take a class must pre-register for the experience. You can do so by calling (407) 939-3378. When you arrive, you will take your seat and find Candy Sushi fix-ins and equipment at each seat. Participants can pick from three types of Candy Sushi to learn how to make. You can start getting an idea now on which option sounds the most appealing. You may choose the Dynamite Twix Roll, the Taste the Rainbow Roll or the Candy ForYa Roll. Here is a list of the ingredients for each roll:

Dynamite Twix Roll:

  • 1 oz Crisped Rice Marshmallow Treat
  • 1 Twix Bar
  • ½ cup Mini M&Ms
  • 1 Fruit Leather

Taste the Rainbow Roll:

  • 1 oz Crisped Rice Marshmallow Treat
  • ½ cup Skittles
  • 5 Gummy Worms
  • 1 Fruit Leather

Candy ForYa Roll:

  • 1 oz Crisped Rice Marshmallow Treat
  • 4 Gummy Fish
  • 1 Fruit Leather

Disney cast member will lead the classes and give instruction on how to use your fix-ins and roll your candy sushi. Cast members are also walking around to give assistance if needed. At the end of the class guests get to take their creation home to enjoy! The experience is fun and very unique! What are you most excited for at this year Epcot International Food and Wine Festival?

This September Enjoy, Back to Hogwarts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

September marks “back to school” for many educational intuitions one of those being Hogwarts! That’s right! Weather you’re a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff get ready to go ‘Back to Hogwarts’ at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this September!

Fans of the Harry Potter series will know that each September young wizards and witches head back to school to start a new school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This September Universal Orlando invites fans to celebrate going back to Hogwarts in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Visitors can look forward to special activities in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Here is some of the Back to Hogwarts fun you can participate in:

  1. Back to Hogwarts: A Social Media Fan Meet-Up

On September 1, you can kick off the month-long celebration by joining your fellow Harry Potter fans for the start of ‘Back to Hogwarts!’

 

  1. Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt

Throughout the month, Universal invites guests to participate in a photo scavenger hunt through the Harry Potter lands. Guests can share how The Wizarding World comes to life by using, #BackToHogwarts. Starting September 2, you can pick up a ‘Back to Hogwarts’ Scavenger Hunt map from one of the following locations:

Universal Studios Florida

  • Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
  • Universal Studios Store

Universal’s Island of Adventure

  • Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
  • Islands of Adventure Trading Company

 

  1. Group Photo Fridays

Snap the perfect picture in some of your favorite locations in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests will get to take part in photo meet-ups along with fellow witches and wizards every Friday in September. Locations will be in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Universal encourages visitors to dress for the occasion in your best ‘Back to Hogwarts’ wardrobe! Here is a list of dates and locations for these photo opportunities:

Friday, September 7:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Where: Hogwarts Express

When: 2 PM EST

Friday, September 14:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Where: Triwizard Stage

When: 12:45 PM EST

Friday, September 21:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Where: Carkitt Market Stage

When: 12 PM EST

Friday, September 28:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Where: Knight Bus

When: 2 PM EST

*Times and locations subject to change

 

  1. Dress for Back to Hogwarts

To best celebrate, ‘Back to Hogwarts’ you will want to dress the part! So pull out your house robe and your wand! Universal encourages guests to dress up and show off their creativity alongside your fellow witches and wizards during the ‘Back to Hogwarts’ celebration.

 

  1. All the Magic!

‘Back to Hogwarts’ is the perfect time to enjoy all that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer. Grab a Butterbeer, enjoy the shops of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, ride the thrilling attractions, take in the breathtaking “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” show, and so much more!

 

Also if you need your own school supplies you can pick up some backpacks, stationery, apparel, and accessories to celebrate your Hogwarts house pride!

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

Why Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel?!

The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida is home to over 25 Disney Resort Hotels that are located in the heart of Disney’s property! Staying at one of these beautiful Disney Resorts means you never have to leave the magic of Walt Disney World at the end of the day. Your Disney Resort Hotel is filled with magic and Disney service therefore giving you the full Disney vacation experience!

The same incredible team of Disney imagineers who crafted the Disney theme parks also made the Disney Resort Hotels. The same level of attention and detail that the amazing Disney team gave to the parks they also gave to all the resorts. Each resort is unique and has its own theme and storyline. There are resorts to fit whatever amenities and atmosphere you may be looking for. Disney also offers 4 categories of hotels –  to fit the budget you are looking for, value, moderate, deluxe and deluxe villas. Here is a full list of every Disney World Resort:

Value:

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Moderate:

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Deluxe:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Deluxe Villas:

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

 

Staying at a Disney Resort gives you so many additional perks and truly allows you to make the most out of your Disney World vacation! I made a list of my top 5 reason why you should choose to stay on-property at a Disney Resort.

  1. Proximity to the Parks

  2. Disney Transportation & Magical Express

  3. Early Access to FastPass Bookings

  4. Extra Magic Hours

  5. Disney Magic!

To hear why these are my top reasons, watch our new YouTube Video!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner for the best advice on which Disney World Resort is best for you!

Fall into Magic this Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Parties, races, culinary delights and more await guests during the upcoming fall season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tastes, toys, treats and more are all on the menu this fall at Walt Disney World Resort. From culinary creations to sporting events to special parties, there are many different ways to fall into magic during the cool-down season, both in the theme parks and all across the resort.

23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Offers New Tastes

The aromas and flavors of more than 30 global food and beverage marketplaces, plus a full menu of new offerings such as “Sunday Brunch with the Chef,” welcome guests during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 30-Nov. 12. One of America’s top food festivals since 1996, the 75-day Epcot dine-around extravaganza will surprise guests with new and inspiring sips and bites throughout the park’s World Showcase and several Future World venues. Highlights include:

  • The grandest of the festival’s don’t-miss tasting events, Party for the Senses in World ShowPlace, will welcome acclaimed chefs and vintners Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and Nov. 10. They will showcase creative bites and palate-pleasing sips with sensational live entertainment.
  • “Eat to the Beat” concerts – 225 in all – will rev up the America Gardens Theatre stage three times nightly with new musical acts including Vertical Horizon, 98 Degrees, Sheila E. and others. Selections span a broad range of eras and genres from rock and pop to rhythm and blues.
  • “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops Wednesdays and Thursdays provide new opportunities for guests to interact with visiting chefs, mixologists and other pros.

Throughout the festival, guests will find something for everyone in the family:

  • A Ratatouille-inspired adventure is back as Chef Remy encourages families to play together during Remy’s Ratatouille Hid ‘n’ Squeak scavenger hunt.
  • On Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy an interactive Character Dance Party.
  • In the new Junior Chef Kitchen, children become the chefs and eat what they make in this complimentary experience each Sunday in the Festival Center.

This is just an appetizer for what’s to come this fall. The 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is included with theme park admission, but certain programs require a separate ticket and/or reservation; for full details, visit TasteEpcot.com.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Starts Sooner than Ever

Let’s boo this! There are even more nights to celebrate the spooky season this year during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special-ticket event runs select nights Aug. 17-Oct. 31 at Magic Kingdom Park – the earliest in the calendar year it’s ever started. It’s also the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Hocus Pocus,” so what better way to celebrate the film than the spellbinding Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular at Cinderella Castle, where the Sanderson Sisters take “stage fright” to another level.

Guests should keep their eyes open for dancing ghosts, the Headless Horseman, plus Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and many more beloved Disney Characters in the Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. There will also be plenty of sweets for all trick-or-treaters around the park, including allergy-friendly options. And each night during the party, the skies above an eerily lit Cinderella Castle come alive during Happy HalloWishes, a magical fireworks extravaganza that definitely goes bump in the night!

Advance tickets start at $75 for adults and $70 for ages 3-9 (plus tax). For a full list of event dates, visit MickeyHalloween.com. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as space each night is limited. For more information, call (407) WDISNEY (934-7639).

New Toy Story Land: A Perfect Place for Fall Fun

Where better to spend a beautiful fall day than playing in Andy’s backyard, the young toy owner from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Storyfilms. In this extraordinary new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests are “honorary toys” surrounded by Andy’s favorites – Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and many more.

Across 11 fun-filled acres, guests can hop on the all-new Slinky Dog Dash for a family-friendly roller coaster ride, take a spin and enjoy some interstellar beats on Alien Swirling Saucers and go for the high score playing midway games inside the 4D world of Toy Story Mania! When toys get hungry, there’s no better place to grab a bite than Woody’s Lunch Box, a walk-up window featuring a bevy of nostalgic delights – from a grilled three-cheese sandwich to a Lunch Box Tart and much more.

Toy Story Land also offers a collection of new merchandise items, allowing guests to take their special memories home with them. Among the many highlights: a Buzz Lightyear Bubble Blower and a Slinky Dog headband.

Disney Junior Dance Party Shimmies into Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Later in fall, the new Disney Junior Dance Party premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This live performance will feature high-energy music, a vibrant party atmosphere, special effects and characters from popular Disney Junior TV shows. Guests are invited to join all the fun with the stars of “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” “Doc McStuffins,” “The Lion Guard” and the newest hit series, “Vampirina.”

Two New Restaurants, Reimagined World of Disney Opening at Disney Springs

  • James Beard Award-winning Chef José Andrés – one of “The 100 Most Influential People of 2018” according to Time.com – will open a new location of his popular Jaleo this fall. It will offer an extensive menu of tapas that reflects the rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. Designed by renowned Spanish designer Juli Capella, the new multi-level restaurant will feature breathtaking exterior architecture and a vibrant, theatrical décor representing the colorful, dynamic culture of Spain. Andrés’ Disney Springs venue will be his largest and most ambitious location to date.
  • A new restaurant by James Beard Award-winning Chef Wolfgang Puck will also open this fall. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will modernize the traditional “bar and grill” concept in a setting inspired by traditional farmhouses – with a touch of elegance. The restaurant will capture the essence of laid-back California dining made popular by Puck’s Spago, his flagship restaurant in Los Angeles.
  • In late fall, Disney Springs will reveal the newly reimagined World of Disney store, where guests will discover the products they love from Disney Parks in a dynamic and distinctly Disney environment. The flagship store remains open throughout the enhancement process.

New Hotel and Ticket Package Available Labor Day Week

The “Ultimate Disney Fall into Magic Package” is available this year for the week of Labor Day. The limited-time offer, available for booking through Aug. 19, includes a five-night stay at a select Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resort hotel for arrival Sept. 3 and departure Sept. 8, 2018. The package also features four-day Magic Your Way tickets and an itinerary full of special experiences in all four parks – including access to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and two hours of exclusive evening access to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Packages start at $149 per person, per night for a family of four in a standard room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. For more information, contact us today!

New Offerings I’m Most Excited for at the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World!

The 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has officially begun at the Walt Disney World Resort! This annual festival is a fan favorite for many Disney park goers! At the festival guests get to sample tastes of food and beverage items from all around the world! The event is fun for all ages and every year Disney always takes the festival to the next level by introducing new activities, experiences and of course new culinary offerings! This year’s festival runs from August 30th through to November 12th! I myself will be heading to the event in a few short weeks with my family and we are all counting down the days! There are many new things that I am looking forward to trying! Here are my top 3 new things I am excited to try at this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

 

  1. Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar

Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar is a brand-new offering coming to the festival this year! It is home to a wide variety of specialty mimosas. Looking at the menu, I am personally most excited to try the Tropical Mimosa and the Key Lime Mimosa. The Tropical Mimosa features Sparkling Wine and Pomegranate, Orange and Grapefruit Juices. The Key Lime Mimosa features a Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice! Also at the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar, kids can enjoy the non-alcoholic, Frozen Apple Pie!

 

  1. Candy Sushi Culinary Workshop

This hands-on culinary workshop is brand new this year! During the experience, you join a Disney Chef and learn how to make your own sweet Candy Sushi! Sessions for the experience take place daily at 3:30 and 5:30 pm inside Sunshine Seasons in The Land Pavilion. For the past several years the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival that takes place in the Spring in Epcot, has been home to “Frushi”! This dish is fruit sushi and it has gained a major fan following over the years. To me this experience sounds like we will get to create this confectionary style sushi ourselves! I am very interested to see what the experience is all about! Space is limited for this experience so be sure to sign up ahead of time at TasteEpcot.com. The experience is completely free to guests but your signup will require a credit card guarantee, similar to making a Disney Advance Dining Reservation.

 

  1. RGB Flight at the Light Lab

Last year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival saw the Introduction of the Light Lab. The Light Lab can be found inside of Innoventions in Epcot’s Future World. This scientific themed lounge offers unique beverages that all have a scientific and creative spin on them. Throughout the lab there are displays showing how sight can affect our taste and the way we preserve foods. The Light Lab is coming back for it’s second year and its bring with it a brand-new item the RGB beer flight! Those who are familiar with computers will know RGB (Red, Green and Blue) stand for the three colors that combine to make up all colors we see on a computer display! The RGB flight will feature 3 beers. The beer will actual each be colored red, green and blue. These colorful beers are, (Red) Playalinda Brewing Co.’s Red Cherry Tart, (Green) GrassLands Brewing Company’s Green Kiwi Blonde, and (Blue) M.I.A. Beer Company’s Blue-berry Golden Ale. This concept is so fun and I am excited to try it out for myself!

What are you most excited for at this year 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival?! There is still time to plan an amazing fall trip to Walt Disney World to experience this year’s festival for yourself! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to start planning!

Ways to Beat the Summer Heat at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Traveling to Walt Disney World during the Summer is the ultimate summer vacation! And with Florida heat you could even say that summer in Florida is a year-round thing! This week I have 3 simple tips to beat the heat during your Walt Disney World Vacation!

  1. Take Breaks

Taking breaks during your day at Disney is always a good idea. I recommend getting to the parks early before the heat of mid-day. Doing this will allow you to enjoy the Disney theme parks with lower crowd levels and lower temperatures. Then around noon when the heat is reaching it’s peak, head back to your Disney resort and take a break. One of the many wonderful perks of staying on property is how close you are to the parks, making traveling back and forth very convenient. So come back and have a break, take this time to grab something to eat, enjoy your resort pool and just relax. Then as the sun starts to set head back to the parks for the evening and enjoy the parks as the evening cools off. This way you can be refreshed and ready for a great night!

  1. Plan and use FastPass

My second tip goes along with the first. When you know there are certain times you want to be in the parks, planning is your best friend to assure you get to see and do everything you want. By utilizing the Disney FastPass+ system, which allows you to skip the standby line and reserve times to ride popular attractions in advance, you can make the most out of your time in the parks!

  1. Stay Hydrated

No matter what time of year you visit Disney there is always one thing you must do, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Make sure to drink lots of water. Buying bottles of water in the parks each day can become very expensive very quickly. That’s why a great tip to know is that you can ask for a free cup of water at any Disney counter-service location! Also, Starbucks will give a free filtered cup of water at any of their location throughout the park. Be sure to be drinking water frequently and you will be all set!

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New 2018 Merchandise for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights!

Orlando’s premier Halloween event, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights is almost here! This year’s event begins September 14th. What better way to commemorate your frightfully fun time at Halloween Horror Nights then by bring home some Halloween Horror Nights merchandise! Let’s take a look at what goodies you can get your hands on this year!

Exclusive Stranger Things Merchandise!

The event will be home to exclusive Stranger Things merchandise! If you are a Stranger Things fan we know you will be VERY excited! Universal’s merchandise team has created an exclusive Stranger Things line for this year’s event. You can pick up Stranger Things sweatshirts, phone cases, mugs, pins and more!

The Stranger Things sweatshirt pops with the shows iconic red and black logo. The exclusive t-shirt that features the park’s own Universal Studios arches in the Upside Down. This piece will definitely become a Halloween Horror Nights collector’s item!

More Horror Items!

Universal is taking all the iconic slashers, creatures and terrors featured in this year’s 2018 Halloween Horror Nights event and putting them on exclusive merchandise items! This way guest can bring home a memento to remember all the scares and frights they had! This year’s 2018 Halloween Horror Nights event design features a montage of Stranger Things, Poltergeist, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, and Trick ‘r Treat. You’ll find this design on hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, mugs and more!

If you are looking for a specific piece of merchandise for one of your favorite movies or TV shows featured at the event then Universal has you covered in this area as well! You will find plenty of items from shirts to posters to t-shirts. Also for us ladies, there is a pair of Trick ‘r Treat leggings!

Annual Passholder Exclusive Items

Universal’s merchandise team has created exclusive items just for Universal Annual Passholders. The exclusive design features the rotten jack-o-lantern available on a t-shirt and pin.

Halloween Horror Nights Specialty Items

Every year the Universal merchandise team designs several specialty items that guests can only find in the park. A popular item among fans are the hand painted skulls. This popular item will be returning to the tribute store. For the first time ever, this year’s scare zones will be featured on a poster and t-shirt. Something else brand new is coming this year, U Design presents Horror Ink. Guests will be able to pick from over 25 designs and have customized t-shirts printed on demand! The designs will highlight characters from Universal’s haunted houses and scare zones. You can pick up these exclusive designs for yourself from the tribute store or the Men in Black store. Universal’s merchandise team has been working since January to bring these designs to life! Universal has stated that their products are designed to make you feel like you are bringing a piece of the Halloween Horror Nights artwork home with you after your time in the park. The team has truly pulled out all the stops for this year’s products! The designs are all truly unique and original. An example of this would be the Stranger Things mug, this mug is the first of its kind with the Demogorgon’s teeth printed on the interior of the mug.

You can purchase this amazing merchandise throughout Universal Studios Florida during Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights! This year’s event runs Sept. 14 – Nov. 3. Check out the Halloween Horror Nights tribute store outside Revenge of the Mummy, the Universal Studios Store and select merchandise carts around the park during the event!

Ready to experience the thrills of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights for yourself?! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan an unforgettable getaway to the Universal Orlando Resort!

32 Eat to the Beat Bands Slated to Appear During 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts (known for their soulful rhythm & blues covers) will perform Oct. 1-2 at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival “Eat to the Beat” concert series. Performances are included with Epcot admission. (Disney)

9 new acts join hit makers of all genres appearing Aug. 30 – Nov. 12, 2018

9 new acts join hit makers of all genres appearing Aug. 30 – Nov. 12, 2018
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Thirty-two musical acts will perform during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 30-Nov. 12, 2018. These performers represent a diverse collection of hitmakers from pop to country to R&B and more.

The concert series packs a powerful lineup ready to rock the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily. Eat to the Beat welcomes nine new-to-the-festival bands including MercyMe, Sheila E and Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts, who join 23 returning acts.

The lineup (included in Epcot admission and subject to change) includes the following artists, best known for these popular songs:

Aug. 30-31 Blue October – “Into the Ocean”

Sept. 1-3 Tiffany – “I Think We’re Alone Now”

Sept. 4-5 NEW! MercyMe – “I Can Only Imagine”

Sept. 6-7 NEW! Glass Tiger – “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”

Sept. 8-9 NEW! Tauren Wells – “Hills and Valleys”

Sept. 10-11 Postmodern Jukebox – Known for vintage-style covers of modern hits

Sept. 12-13 NEW! Vertical Horizon – “Everything You Want”

Sept. 14-16 Baha Men – “Who Let the Dogs Out”

Sept. 17-19 Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”

Sept. 20-21 Living Colour – “Cult of Personality”

Sept. 22-23 NEW! Sheila E – “The Glamorous Life”

Sept. 24-26 Sugar Ray – “Every Morning”

Sept. 27-28 David Cook – “Light On”

Sept. 29-30 Jeffrey Osborne – “On the Wings of Love”

Oct. 1-2 NEW! Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts – Known for their soulful rhythm & blues covers

Oct. 3-4 Everclear – “Santa Monica”

Oct. 5-7 Mark Wills – “19 Something”

Oct. 8-10 Air Supply – “All Out of Love”

Oct. 11-12 NEW! Anderson East – “All on My Mind”

Oct. 13-14 Smash Mouth – “All Star”

Oct. 15-16 NEW! 98 Degrees – “Give Me Just One Night”

Oct. 17-18 38 Special – “Hold On Loosely”

Oct. 19-21 The Devon Allman Project – “Ragged and Dirty”

Oct. 22-23 Kenny G – “Songbird”

Oct. 24-25 Billy Ocean – “Get Outta My Dreams”

Oct. 26-28 Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – “We Built this City”

Oct. 29-31 Hanson – “MMMBop”

Nov. 1-2 NEW! High Valley – “She’s with Me.”

Nov. 3-4 Taylor Dayne – “Prove Your Love”

Nov. 5-7 Boyz II Men – “End of the Road”

Nov. 8-9 The Hooters – “And We Danced”

Nov. 10-12 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – “Go Daddy-O”

(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert set list)

Festival-goers can book Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert.

Greater than the Destination

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

On the last night of my family’s recent vacation, I snapped this picture from the Turtle Walk at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. The Turtle Walk is typically busy—people checking in and out, looking for a cocktail (the Gurgling Suitcase), or experiencing the activities available at the resort. On our last night, the sun was setting as we headed back to our room, resulting in this beautiful scene. I was struck by the beauty of the destination at that moment, but the memories of the journey are what will stick with me. Regardless of where we go on our travels, the process of travel and the moments along the way are what remain.

What destinations do you want to be part of your journey? We would love to talk with you about your bucket list, your favorite places or anywhere that interests you. We know that life is about the moments and the connection of all the destinations along the way. How can we help make those moments and the greater life-long journey more special? Let us start working with you today.

New Details Revealed for Dining Locations at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

A few months ago, we shared updates for some of the common areas at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort. Today we have more exciting news about two dining locations.

When the reimagining of Old Port Royale is complete in just a few months, the former Shutters table-service restaurant will open in an all-new location as Sebastian’s Bistro!

Located along the Old Port Royale waterfront, Sebastian’s Bistro will feature beautiful views, warm island hospitality and a menu that blends Latin and Caribbean flavors from market-fresh ingredients.

When you arrive at the casual, family-friendly restaurant, they’ll be welcomed by a blue shiplap marquee featuring everyone’s favorite red crustacean. And inside, Guests will feel as though they’ve just stepped into a tropical beachfront home.

Every detail celebrates the natural beauty of the Caribbean – from coral patterns and kelp filigree, to lure-inspired art and nautical designs. You may even notice abstract artwork and landscapes featuring Sebastian and friends.

We’re also excited to give you a look at the resort’s quick-service dining location, Centertown Market.

As previously shared, Centertown Market will be expanded to create an indoor street market vibe.

You will enter the space under a large palapa-like structure, accented with glowing, colored light pendants made from glass bottles. The market will feature open shutters, wooden light posts, awnings, ornamentation and unique seating areas. Guests will also have access to the Grab n’ Go market for specialty coffee and quick bites.

Stay tuned for more details!

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers – New House coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights this year!

 

We all know him – the featureless mask, iconic jumpsuit, and terrifying plunging knife. That’s right, Michael Myers is coming back to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new haunted house – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.

 

Michael Myers, is a terrifying force of destruction. In Haddonfield, no one is safe when he is lurking in the shadows. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers expanded on the strength of Michael Myers. The storyline followed him as he escaped from a prison transfer and then hunted his niece down in Haddonfield. With this new Halloween Horror Nights House, you will be dropped right in the middle of Michael Myers’ path. He is on his way to eradicate his niece. His plan is to take out everyone in his path. During this freighting Halloween Horror Nights house, you will be put right in the middle of the action. You must try your best to escape the bloodbath. Guest can experience first-hand this nightmare come to life on select nights from Sept. 14 to Nov. 3.

 

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers joins this year’s Halloween Horror Nights line-up. The line-up this year features more houses than ever, as well as five scare zones and a powerhouse show. It’s the 30th anniversary of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, be sure to watch it before you come to the event!

Construction Update on the Tron Coaster coming to Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Last year at D23, the ultimate Disney fan event hosted semiannually at the Anaheim Convention center, Disney announced their plans for a new Tron coaster attraction! They revealed that the new Tron Attraction would be built in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World! The new attraction will be placed just beyond the area where Space Mountain is. Meaning along with the opening of the new coaster we can also look forward to an exciting expansion to Tomorrowland! As work gets underway to bring this new Tron coaster to life in the coming months we can anticipate a few changes and temporary closures around the park to accommodate for the construction. Disney has now announced the schedule for these changes and temporary closures. Here’s everything you can expect leading up to the exciting completion of the Tron Coaster!

 

Walt Disney World Railroad

The Walt Disney World Railroad will take a hiatus from its grand circle trips around the park starting December 2018. During this temporary closure park guests will be able to get an up close and personal look at the railroad that will be temporarily residing at the Main Street Station. Disney has stated that during this time guests will be able to take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities with the Walt Disney World Train!

 

Tomorrowland Speedway

The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019. During this time the Disney Imagineers will be adjusting the speedway’s track. The Tomorrowland Speedway is set to reopen as the same attraction next summer of 2019.

 

 

Also, a fun new detail has been spotted in Storybook Circus! A little foreshadowing of what is to come, you can now spot a Tron-themed billboard from Storybook Circus!

 

The Tron attraction will open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration in the year 2021! The new Tron attraction will be based on the TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland! Shanghai Disneyland’s TRON Lightcycle Power Run is the highest-rated attraction in their park! This has us very excited to be getting a version of the popular attraction here at Walt Disney World!

 

Ready to plan your trip to Disney World?! Our knowledgeable team here at Kingdom Magic Vacations is excited to help you create the perfect vacation to Disney or wherever you are dreaming of traveling next!

 

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