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Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Debut New Star Wars Experiences in December

Very soon, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have the opportunity to experience Star Wars in the park in an all-new way – every day! New experiences will open starting Dec. 1, 2015 bringing that galaxy far, far away, a little bit closer.

Star Wars Launch Bay will take Guests into the Star Wars saga and the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, special merchandise and opportunities to encounter Chewbacca and Darth Vader.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will be home to a brand new adventure inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. During the opening months, we’ll make sure that everyone who rides Star Tours will experience the new adventure. After that, it will be up to the will of the Force.

We also have new information about “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi.” It will feature scenes from the complete Star Wars saga, also giving anyone new to the Star Wars galaxy an opportunity to get acquainted with the films.

Last, but certainly not least, is Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, which will open in early December. This reimagined Jedi Training experience will take younglings to the secret site of an ancient Jedi temple where they will face Darth Vader along with the Seventh Sister – a new villain from the Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”

And work begins next year on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With construction underway, unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer Star Wars Weekends. While Star Wars Weekends has been a great way to enjoy the saga for a few days every year, now the Force will be with Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day.

With Star Wars Launch Bay, the new Jedi Training experience, “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi,” and a new destination in the Star Tours attraction opening in December, you’ll be able to step into the Star Wars saga every time you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series Continues This Weekend With Jason Derulo

Universal Orlando Resort’s 25th Anniversary Concert Series kicks off this weekend with an electrifying musical performance by global superstar Jason Derulo on Saturday, November 14.

Jason Derulo Kicksoff Universal Orlando's Concert Series on Nov. 14

Jason Derulo is one of the best-selling, radio-dominating pop and urban artists of today. Derulo has sold more than 50 million singles worldwide with 11 career-defining platinum singles, including “Whatcha Say” and “In My Head.” In June 2015, Derulo released his fourth studio album “Everything is 4” with its first single, “Want To Want Me,” becoming his sixth top ten hit in the United States.


On select nights through November 28, Universal Studios Florida will host a diverse line-up of award-winning, chart-topping artists at the Music Plaza Stage to celebrate its 25th anniversary year.

Ring In New Year’s Eve At Walt Disney World Resort

You can pop the cork on an all-new year with Walt Disney World Resort celebrations filled with music, spectacular fireworks and delectable culinary delights.


Here’s a look at some of the ways Guests can ring in 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort

Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort

Your can swing in the New Year at Atlantic Dance Hall as they enjoy the sounds of a live big band. Party hats and horns, a viewing of the Epcot fireworks at midnight and a champagne toast are included in the cost of admission. A VIP experience, which includes access to an exclusive VIP section with a bartender and dessert bar is also available.

Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contempoary Resort

In addition to traditional buffet items, you can enjoy holiday favorites on New Year’s Day such as carved and smoked pork, collard greens, ham hock, black eye peas, corn bread and seasonal fruit cobbler.

California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

With spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks, this elegant gala is a dine-around style event with food stations set up throughout the restaurant.  A complimentary bar is available, in addition to wine poured by the glass until midnight. The dress code requires everyone to look their best – a dinner jacket is required for men (tie optional) and dress or pants ensemble is required for women

La Hacienda de San Angel at Epcot

Guests can celebrate a ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! with live music, premium tequilas, festive décor and a breathtaking view of fireworks – followed by a 5-course prix-fixe dinner featuring authentic Mexican cuisine and alcohol pairings.

Le Cellier Steakhouse at Epcot

Featuring Canadian cuisine, this special four-course meal includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert. Lunch will also be served on New Year’s Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monsieur Paul at Epcot

You can delight in the culture, flavors and elegance of France as they savor a special prix-fixe menu on New Year’s Eve.

Narcoosee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

This glittering New Year’s Eve celebration offers delicious local and global seafood selections, mouth-watering steaks and brilliant views of the fireworks.

Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Guests can indulge in a ten-course New Year’s Eve meal, featuring eight savory courses and two dessert courses. A nine-course wine pairing with eclectic and low-production wines is also available.

World ShowPlace at Epcot

At World ShowPlace in Epcot, you can enjoy a custom New Year’s Eve Dinner buffet. Photo opportunities and classic Disney tunes make this a great experience for the whole family!

For pricing and additional details contact you Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

31 Days of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2015 Recap

This week, Travel With Rick‘s 31+ Days of Epcot‘s Food and Wine Festival may be over, but Rick and Leslie Howard share their favorite food, beverages, and moments from this year’s event!

Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment and share it with your friends!

Club Villain Coming to Sunset Showcase at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Recently, we shared that Club Disney, the premier engagement at the new Sunset Showcase event venue, will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Dec. 5, 2015. Today we’re excited to announce an additional experience you can enjoy at Sunset Showcase.


Beginning Jan. 16, 2015, the mysterious Dr. Facilier welcomes Guests into Club Villain, his parlor of mystical mishaps, for a spellbinding evening. This special-ticket event, offered only on select evenings, will feature musical numbers with the help of a DJ, as well as appearances by the divas of evil – Maleficent, Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil, and the Evil Queen. Throughout the evening, you can enjoy fiendish concoctions from the Potions Bar and savor culinary delights from New Orleans while they mingle with the villains and dance the night away!

The price is $99 per person (tax and gratuity included). Package availability is limited and non-commissionable. Club Disney will continue to operate during the day at Sunset Showcase so Guests can join Mickey and friends on the dance floor.

Advance reservations are recommended and can be made up to 90 days in advance by calling your Kingdom Magic Vacation Planner. Remember, a separate ticket admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required.

Halloween Horror Nights 26 Dates Announced

Universal Orlando Resort has announced event dates for next year – guests can look forward to more startlingly-real scares in 2016 from select nights Sept. 16 to Oct. 31.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights 25 shattered records as the scariest and highest-rated event in Universal Orlando’s history – and there’s more to come. The twisted minds behind the nation’s best Halloween event are already hard at work planning for next year.

To look back on Halloween Horror Nights 25, click here.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Starts Next Week at Magic Kingdom Park

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Mickey, Santa and all your Disney friends are preparing for the return of our annual celebration, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! The special holiday festivities start Sunday, November 8, at Magic Kingdom Park with live entertainment, dazzling fireworks, a cheery parade and more!


The party begins with a visit from Arendelle royalty for “A Frozen Holiday Wish,”
presented on the Castle Forecourt Stage and featuring Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff. As a gift to the kingdom, Elsa lets it go and uses her icy powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a sparkling palace of ice.


Later, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride down Main Street, U.S.A. for “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” Santa Claus, gingerbread men, elves, reindeer and other friends from the North Pole join Mickey and his pals for the happiest of holiday parades.


New this year, the acclaimed contemporary a cappella group VoicePlay bring their amazing talents to the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. VoicePlay, who appeared on the TV show “The Sing-Off,” combine incredible vocal harmonies and an inventive “music without music” sound to create an unforgettable holiday concert experience. Give them a listen between performances of “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.”


Elsewhere in Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café becomes Club Tinsel for the evening when Phineas and Ferb show up, and that’s not all! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also includes the “Celebrate the Season” show, cookies and hot cocoa, visits with Santa Claus in Town Square, a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. and favorite Disney characters on hand throughout the park to spread holiday cheer. To cap things off, “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” lights up the skies above Cinderella Castle with breathtaking fireworks and beloved music.


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights, November 8 – December 18, and is separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are available now. Get yours before dates start selling out by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner!

Top Five New Spaces on the Disney Dream

Just last week Disney Cruise Line debuted brand-new spaces on the Disney Dream, including the first-ever play area on a Disney ship themed to Star Wars. Guests who have sailed on the Disney Dream before will notice transformed details all around ship; here are five spaces that stand out to me:


Star Wars: Millennium Falcon – May the Force be with you in this super cool spacecraft! The fun here is an out-of-this-galaxy experience for young Jedi hopefuls.


Disney Infinity – Exciting virtual experiences and immersive group activities make this high-tech gaming room unlike any other. There’s even a chance to become one of your favorite Disney characters on the big screen.


Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats – New flavors of handmade gelato and ice cream are offered every day at this sweet shop. Plus, the sundae served in a trophy cup, made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, is perfect for the family to share.

yupyup8736994-613x396Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Calling all princesses! Your magical makeover awaits in this very special salon, which also transforms cruisers of all ages into swashbuckling pirates on Pirate Night.


Satellite Falls – Exclusive to adults. Peace and quiet. Need I say more? This new water feature is the perfect hangout for those wanting a little rest and relaxation away from the kids.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing more details about the fun taking place in these new spaces.

Royal Caribbean Orders Fifth Quantum Class Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean has entered into an agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to order a fifth cruise ship in its Quantum Class to be delivered in fall 2020. The announcement comes as the line’s second Quantum-class ship, Anthem of the Seas, arrives Wednesday in its permanent homeport of Bayonne, New Jersey, after sailing a short season out of the U.K.


Highlights of Quantum-class ships are high-speed Internet; RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator; the North Star, a glass capsule that rises 300 feet above sea level and provides 360-degree views from high above the ship; the three-deck-high Two70 lounge and theater with its stunning daytime views and mesmerizing special effects evening shows; and the Seaplex sports and entertainment complex with bumper cars, roller skating and a circus school.


Quantum of the Seas, the first ship in the class, launched in 2014 and sails year-round in Asia. The third ship, Ovation of the Seas, is scheduled to launch in 2016; it is being designed with the Chinese market in mind and also will sail permanently in Asia. Royal Caribbean has not said where the fourth ship, launching in 2019, and the newly announced fifth Quantum-class ship will be deployed.

Canadian Lumberjack Show From Epcot With Travel With Rick

This week, Travel With Rick takes us to the Canada Pavilion at Epcot‘s World Showcase and watch the Lumberjack Show, but be careful, those are real chainsaws and axes…do not try this at home!


Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment and share it with your friends!

Jimmy Fallon Gets His Own Attraction At Universal Orlando Resort

Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2015) – The host of America’s No. 1 late-night talk show will soon get his very own theme park attraction at Universal Orlando Resort. 


In 2017, Jimmy Fallon – host of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and one of today’s funniest comedians – will be the star of a brand-new hilarious ride experience at Universal Studios Florida called, “Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.”  Guests will enjoy the full “Tonight Show” experience as they’re transported to Studio 6B to race against Jimmy in a crazy adventure that only he could imagine.

Jimmy and his creative team are working closely with Universal to develop the ride’s storyline and bring his vision to life.  The experience will seamlessly blend the playful and irreverent world of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” with the incredible technology and imaginative storytelling for which Universal Orlando is known.


The adventure will begin as guests step right into Studio 6B, where Jimmy will challenge them and their fellow audience members to a white-knuckle race.   Guests will twist, turn and laugh as they speed through the streets – and skies – of The Big Apple – encountering everything from iconic landmarks to the deepest subway tunnels – and anything else that comes to Jimmy’s mind.

Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will open in 2017 at Universal Studios Florida and join the incredible lineup of experiences at Universal Orlando Resort.  It will replace Twister…Ride It Out, which will close on November 2 to make way for the new experience.

More details will be released in the future.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Returns Set to Walt Disney World Resort Nov. 8

The holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort is just around the corner with the start of a favorite holiday tradition. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park on select nights Nov. 8-Dec. 18, 2015.


From live entertainment and spectacular fireworks to festive décor and an oh-so-jolly parade, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party offers magic, cheer and enchantment for Guests of every age. Here’s a look at some of the fun you will experience at this annual yuletide after-hours event:

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

It’s a holiday parade brimming with cheer! Gingerbread men, elves and others dance down Main Street, U.S.A. with favorite Disney Characters. Plus, Santa joins in the fun to wish Guests a “Merry Christmas!” from his colorful sleigh!

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

Brilliant white lights explode in the air above Cinderella Castle in this breathtaking music and fireworks show.

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle

As a gift to Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother waves her wand, and with a bibbidi-bobbidi-boo enchants the castle with sparkling white lights. Magnificent icicles seem to form instantly over the parapets and towers of the royal palace, as the lights wink and shimmer to a medley of heartwarming Disney tunes.

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas!

Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch fight holiday doldrums across the galaxy in this jolly musical revue chock full of the coolest dance numbers.

Celebrate the Season Show

‘Tis the season to give gifts, and Mickey’s present to Minnie is not to be missed! Goofy, Donald and others get into the holiday spirit with their own version of The Nutcracker in this jubilant musical spectacle.

And More!

  • Meet-and-greet opportunities with favorite Disney Characters
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • A magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place from 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at Magic Kingdom Park on Nov. 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29, Dec. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18, 2015.

7 Things to Look for When You See ‘Tangled: The Musical’ On Disney Cruise Line

Over the past several months, Disney Cruise Line has give us an all-access pass to the making of “Tangled: The Musical,” with behind-the-scenes looks into the creation of music, costumes, sets, choreography and puppetry.


There is so much to look forward to when the show debuts aboard the Disney Magic, so we’ve rounded up our top seven details to look (and listen!) for when you see it for the first time:

1. Bavarian inspiration: Everything from set designs to costumes to choreography was inspired in some way by the sights, sounds and heritage of early German culture.

2. Flowers: Rapunzel’s story begins with a magical flower, but many more have been “planted” in the show’s design. Look for more than 200 physical flowers—plus dozens of others that have been drawn, painted, carved and sewn—in scenic elements, costumes and even Rapunzel’s hair!

3. Immersive moments: The creative team designed the show to totally immerse you in the story as characters interact with the audience; scenes spill over the stage and lanterns float overhead.


4. The guitar: Legendary composer Alan Menken’s score was inspired by folk rock music, so listen closely to hear undertones of the guitar thread throughout the show. You may even see a character strumming away!

5. Glowing scenic elements: A magical flower, Rapunzel’s hair, floating lanterns, burning candles and glowing murals … There are definitely a lot of bright spots to see in this show!

6. Organic choreography: Choreographer Connor Gallagher developed each dance number to feel natural and folksy, focusing on loose movements, lower centers of gravity and personal touches by each character.


7. Nods to the movie: Of course, this is still the story of Rapunzel’s grand adventure, so you’ll see and hear many of your favorite characters, scenes, songs and quotes.

Universal Orlando Resort Presents Special Taping For 2015 Nickelodeon Halo Awards, Featuring A Walk The Moon Performance

Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 29, 2015) – On November 7, Universal Orlando guests can be part of a special taping for the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring a performance by alternative-pop band WALK THE MOON.  The concert is included in admission to Universal Studios Florida and will take place at the Music Plaza stage at 7 p.m.


WALK THE MOON will perform a six-song set that includes their multi-format No. 1 triple-platinum hit single, “Shut Up and Dance,” along with their new track, “Different Colors.”  Both songs are off the band’s acclaimed sophomore album, TALKING IS HARD.  WALK THE MOON consists of Nicholas Petricca (lead singer, songwriter and keyboard player), Eli Maiman (guitar, vocals), Kevin Ray (bass, vocals) and Sean Waugaman (drums, vocals).

Hosted, created and executive produced by Nick Cannon, the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards is a one-of-a-kind concert event that honors young leaders from across the country.  Now in its seventh year, the awards show recognizes real-life kids that are doing extraordinary things in their communities by “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO).  In addition to being awarded a grant for their organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Award honoree is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service. The 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awardswill be simulcast Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons, TV Land, CMT, and the Nick App.

Retail MagicBand on Demand Opens in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park

Guests now have a new option to create and personalize retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort.


Disney recently opened a new retail MagicBand on Demand station inside the Tomorrowland Power & Light Co. location near Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom Park. This new option for guests is similar to the D-Tech on Demand boutique first introduced in June 2014 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace (as seen in this video).

space-magicbandAt the Tomorrowland location, you may choose to create either a retail MagicBand or a D-Tech phone case. If creating a retail MagicBand, we offer your choice of eight different MagicBand colors including purple.


There are also approximately 40 graphics to apply to your custom MagicBand. There will be a few MagicBand graphics that will only be found in this location that salute classic Magic Kingdom Park attractions and icons (the first image in this story has a few examples).

In addition to artwork, the retail MagicBand can be personalized with a name printed on the outside.

Once designed, the retail MagicBand is printed in the location. The printers use UV ink which dries immediately and requires no cooling time.


For the final step, the custom retail MagicBand can be either associated to your My Disney Experience account, or you can give it as a gift to friends or family who may be visiting Walt Disney World Resort soon.

Retail for a custom retail MagicBand is $21.95 while a personalized retail MagicBand is $29.95.