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Rock the Universe 2018 – Christian Retreat at the Universal Orlando Resort! Great for Youth Groups!

Rock the Universe 2018 is just around the corner at the Universal Orlando Resort! This event is an incredible Christian retreat. Rock the Universe is also the perfect retreat for youth groups! This amazing weekend consist of theme park thrills, faith and worship! Casting Crowns, Jesus Culture, TobyMac and more will take the stage at Universal Studios Florida to perform at the event. From its beginnings, Rock the Universe has been the perfect retreat for youth groups! The fun, fellowship and wonderful music all combine to make this event so special and unique.

Rock the Universe allows students to experience both the fun and thrill of the Universal theme parks as well as the inspiration and spiritual growth that comes from this one of a kind event!

Universal is also amazing at taking care of youth ministers and parents. If multiple chaperones are with a group they can take shifts relaxing in the chaperone lounge. Universal provides chaperone lounges to relax and refresh in while students enjoy a concert or explore the park.

The fellowship that happens at Rock the Universe is unlike anything else! Youth groups can bond together and create friendships with others who share the same values! This years’ 2018 Rock the Universe event will take place on September 7 and 8, 2018. Group tickets and individual tickets are available now.

Would your church’s Youth Group be interested in this incredible experience? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner to plan a group or individual trip to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Top 3 Hidden Gem Restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Walt Disney World is known for their hundreds of amazing restaurants and dining locations. There is truly something that fits any appetite, cuisine, budget and atmosphere you are looking for. Where you dine during your Disney World stay plays a big role in your overall vacation experience. That’s why it is important to research thoroughly before it comes time to make your dining reservations.Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is a great resource when it comes to researching your options. Our knowledgable team can provide you with expert recommendations and advice based on our personal travel experience! This way you can be assured you will pick the perfect restaurants that you and your family will love!

Wherever you choose as your dining location we know you will be very pleased. Disney prides themselves on their culinary offerings and providing excellent service and a great overall guest experience at every restaurant on property! With so many restaurants on Disney property part of the fun is always trying something new! My family and I personally make it our goal each trip to pick at least one restaurant that none of us have dined at previously. This way we are always getting to enjoy a new experience and through this method we often discovery many new favorites.

Today I would like to give you some suggestion of place that maybe you have not tried yet. In our latest YouTube video I am going to countdown my top 3 restaurants that I feel are hidden gems at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next trip to Walt Disney World or to whatever destination you are dreaming of! We are excited to make your vacation dreams a reality!

Guy Fieri’s, Chicken Guy! – New Restaurant Coming to Disney Springs this August!

Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort is a hub for all things shopping, dining and entertainment! Disney Springs is the perfect place to relax in between time in the Disney Parks. In recent years with the renovation from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs the area has evolved and grown into a shoppers heaven and a foodie paradise! The offerings are very expansive and truly offer something for everyone! We are very excited because Disney has just announced that a brand new quick-service restaurant will be added to the Disney Springs lineup! The new eatery will be opening next month!  The new quick-service location will be called, Chicken Guy!

Chicken Guy!, is coming straight from the celebrity chef himself, Guy Fieri along with restauranteur Robert Earl. Chicken Guy! will be opening next to Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs. This is very fitting because Plant Hollywood is home to the burger and sandwich menu that Fieri and Earl both recently worked together to create!

Chicken Guy!’s menu will include one-of-a-kind all-natural fresh chicken tenders, that have been hand-pounded to maximize crunch! These signature chicken tenders will be paired with a wide selection of delicious house made sauces. The tenders will be brined in fresh lemon juice, pickle brine and buttermilk, and infused with fresh herbs. My mouth is watering just think about it!

The menu features the tenders prepared in your choice of grilled or fried. You can then select how you want to enjoy them, either in sandwiches, straight up on skewers, or in meal-sized salad bowls, and a wide array of sauces to enjoy with the chicken! The menu will also offer a variety of incredible sides like Guy Fieri’s fries, crowd pleasing mac ‘n cheese, fried pickles and fresh slaw.

If you have a sweet tooth Chicken Guy! will have you covered with their menu of dessert and sweet treat items! The menu will feature a selection of frozen goodies! One of these being the Triple Double Ice Cream Treat! The Triple Double is a large cup of ice cream featuring triple chocolate and double mint! Also on the menu, the Cinnamon Apple, this is a large cup of vanilla soft serve ice cream that has been smothered in Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Apple Jacks cereal! I personally am eager to try both these treats especially the Cinnamon Apple! It sounds very unique!

Chicken Guy! is set to open sometime next month in August. No exact opening day has been given just yet. We can’t wait to check this new quick-service location out upon its opening!

There is still time to plan a great summer getaway to the Disney Parks! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

Bar 17 Bistro – New Rooftop Bar at Universal’s Aventura Hotel at the Universal Orlando Resort!

Universal’s Aventura Hotel opens next month on August 16th! Along with the opening of the brand new hotel, also opening for the first time will be the hotel’s rooftop bar and grill! The new eatery will be called, Bar 17 Bistro. Sitting atop the 17th floor of Universal’s Aventura hotel, Bar 17 Bistro will be a new hot spot at the Universal Orlando Resort! The open-air venue will be surrounded by glass panels providing guests with stunning views of all 3 Universal Orlando parks, Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Park. Not only will this be the place to come for incredible views it will also be home to delicious food offerings and one-of-a-kind cocktails.

Here is a preview of a few of the food and beverage offerings you can look forward to trying at Bar 17 Bistro!

Complex Frozen Drinks

These concoctions are freshly-made frozen drinks! That’s right! These drink are 100% fresh meaning no pre-made mixes are used! These refreshing beverages will feature unique flavor profiles like rum, matcha and lime or bourbon, maple and grapefruit. These are a contemporary take on the traditional frozen drink! We can’t wait to try them out!

Boa Buns

An entire section of Bar 17 Bistro’s menu will feature bao buns, featuring fillings that range from braised pork belly to lamb satay to tempura baby vegetable. These baos will be perfect to share. They will be both delicious to eat and pretty to look at too!


Also on the drink menu is the Firebird! This drink is made with tequila, jalapeno, strawberry and cilantro. This is a refreshing cocktail that has the perfect amount of kick!


Bar 17 Bistro will include a selection of fresh gourmet salads! The salads here will showcase some of the best Florida-grown produce from the area. Universal has stated that the salad menu will be citrus-inspired!


Pineapple Turmeric Lemonade

Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available, including the pineapple turmeric lemonade! This will serve as the featured mocktail on the menu. This fun drink will be refreshing and perfect on a hot Florida day!


Wagyu Beef Sliders

The Wagyu beef sliders will be Universal’s take on burgers. These gourmet sliders will be a great shareable item! The sliders will feature a locally-made brioche bun, French cheese, horseradish mayo, gruyere cheese, roasted pepper chutney and watercress. The sliders will be served with a side of pomme frites.

Upon the Aventura Hotel’s opening, Bar 17 Bistro will be open daily beginning at 4:00 pm. We know this rooftop bar and grill will offer incredible food and drinks in a beautiful setting! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation’s Travel Planner today to plan your next trip to the Universal Orlando Resort or whatever destination you are dreaming of next!

A Magical Winter Holiday Awaits Aboard Disney Cruise Line

CELEBRATION, Fla. (July 17, 2018) – This year, unwrap a holiday adventure for the whole family: a cruise aboard the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy, all decked out 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 more. During these voyages, special stem-to-stern holiday events include:

  • “Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic” in the atrium lobby on the first night of the cruise, where Disney characters lead holiday carols and the lighting of the glittering, three-deck-tall tree.
  • “Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball” in the atrium lobby, 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.
  • Dickens-inspired carolers carrying the spirit of the holidays throughout the ship while singing holiday classics, sometimes with the help of favorite Disney friends. At the end of the cruise, children will have the opportunity to join the carolers onstage for a special farewell show.
  • Family holiday activities including building gingerbread houses and meeting Santa Claus.
  • Youth holiday crafts such as decorating stockings and gingerbread men cookies, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells.
  • “Deck the Deck Holiday Party,” a tropical celebration with Disney friends leading games such as hula hooping and limbo under oversized candy canes, along with dances for the whole family like the “Yuletide Slide” and a conga line around the pool.
  • A special holiday edition of the cheerful farewell celebration on the final night of the cruise, with beloved Disney characters and the ship’s crew in an engaging musical finale led by Mickey Mouse.

On Thanksgiving Day, guests will enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving Day feast and visits from Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire. Also during the special Thanksgiving voyages, NFL football games will be broadcast live on the ships’ outdoor, jumbo LED screens – Funnel Vision – located near the family pool.

On Christmas morning at the atrium lobby tree, Santa Claus and his helpers will have a surprise for all the kids, and guests will delight in a special musical performance from the children. A traditional Christmas dinner will be served that night in the dining rooms.

Christmas services will be held on Christmas Day with a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Hanukkah services will be held each day, Dec. 2 to Dec. 10.

When the ships stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, during the holidays, the celebration continues with “snow flurries,” a decked-out Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday island music.

To celebrate the holidays, the Disney Magic sails four-, five- and seven-night Bahamian cruises, five- and six-night Eastern Caribbean cruises, and five-night Western Caribbean cruises departing Nov. 10 to Dec. 23; the Disney Wonder sails four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean cruises and seven-night Bahamian cruises departing from Nov. 2 to Dec. 21; the Disney Dream sails three- and four-night Bahamian cruises departing from Nov. 9 to Dec. 24; and the Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing from Nov. 10 to Dec. 22.

Christmas in July! Traveling to Walt Disney World during the Christmas Season!

The Walt Disney World Resort is always magical year round, but during the Christmas season that magic gets amplified by a thousand! Each park and resort has their own touches of Christmas cheer and festivities! From themed holiday decorations at each resort to special shows, parades and fireworks at the parks there is something for everyone to enjoy!

I know it is the middle of summer, but July means Christmas in July! Christmas in July is giving us the perfect excuse to talk about my favorite time of year to visit the Walt Disney World Resort! NOW is the perfect time to start planning for the actual Christmas holiday and the travel plans you will want to enjoy with your family and friends!

Now is also a great time to start thinking about the idea of giving the gift of a vacation to your family or someone special in your life! Giving the gift of travel is giving someone the gift of a memory and experience that they will always cherish!

Watch our new YouTube video to hear my highlights of what I love the most at the Most Magical Place on Earth during the most magical time of year!

Orlando’s Magical Dining Month offers incredible deals at Disney World Restaurants!

‘Visit Orlando’ is bringing back their Magical Dining Month again this September 2018! Sponsored by ‘Visit Orlando,’ this annual event begins with a preview week starting August 24th and runs through September 30th. Magical Dining provides Orlando locals and visitors the opportunity to explore the Orlando culinary scene at a very low cost! It is just $35 for three courses at participating Orlando restaurants! Over 100 restaurants will be offering the prix fixe magical dining menu! With this $35 deal you will receive an appetizer, entree, and dessert! A handful of restaurants on Disney property will even be participating as well!!

As in the past, one dollar from each meal goes to support local Orlando charities. Best Buddies and Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida are the two charities for the 2018 year.

Many Disney World restaurants are partaking in the fun once again this year! Disney restaurants added to the list for the first time this 2018 season are,

Terralina Crafted Italian

Maria and Enzo’s

Wine Bar George

Bongos Cuban Cafe

Returning restaurants to Orlando’s Magical Dining include,

Morimoto Asia – Disney Springs

STK Orlando – Disney Springs

Il Mulino – Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

Ravello – Four Seasons, Walt Disney World

Todd English’s bluezoo – Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Paddlefish – Disney Springs

If interested in this magical dining deal, note that when you show up at your reservation at one of the restaurants on Disney property and be sure to tell your server that you are wanting to order from the Orlando Magical Dining Prix Fixe menu.

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is a great deal that goes towards a wonderful cause. Another great reason to plan your next visit to Disney for this fall! And to do so we have a great promotion for you! With our “Fall into a Season of Fun” offer you can save up to 20% on your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room!


Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration Show is Now Open!

The Universal Orlando Resort has a brand-new nighttime lagoon show, Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration! The show is now officially open at Universal Studios. With this new show, Universal is taking their lagoon show experience to a whole new level! The show now gives guests a fantastic new way to cap off a fun day in the parks.

Visitors can expect to see fun and thrilling scenes inspired by beloved characters from popular Universal Orlando attractions as well as from blockbuster movies! These characters will come to life in the Universal Studio’s lagoon. Guests can take it all in from the brand-new designated viewing area that Universal built specifically for the show!

Visitors will experience moments from the Harry Potter film series, Jurassic World, The Fast & the Furious films, Despicable Me and many more! The show features full panoramic water screens. This includes multi-layer water screens as well as pyrotechnics, projection mapping and more than 120 dancing fountains!

Experience an amazing cinema under the stars during Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration! This brand-new Universal show is now showing on select nights at Universal Studios Florida!

The Secret Gem

So you are planning an Orlando, FL vacation and you and your family are looking for something a little different to add to the trip. You would like adventure, do something a little different and would love to be connected with nature while doing it. Well, I have the perfect choice! Discovery Cove by Seaworld Parks and Resorts. It is not just another day, it is another world!

Just beyond your wildest dreams lies this tropical paradise where once in a lifetime thrills happen every day! Get closer to the animal world than you can possibly imagine! Get up close and personal with bottlenose, and other sea life. Experience the ultimate dolphin swim to create the most unforgettable moments. Visit the free flight aviary as you let them land on your shoulder and offer food for them to feast on. Watch out for wonderful colors to explode as they fly by.

The Grand Reef at Discovery Cove gives you a whole new view of sea life. Don’t miss the SeaVenture as you are awed with an underwater walk. Relax in a cabana and float through clear springs and refreshing waterfalls tucked under the rainforest canopy. Swim up close for an unmatched view of playful marmosets and frisky Asian otters in the Freshwater Oasis.

Your all-inclusive Day Resort Package lets you enjoy first- class amenities. Freshly prepared breakfast, gourmet lunch and all of your snacks and beverages for the day are included. Admission includes snorkeling gear, wetsuits, towels, lockers and sunscreen and self-parking!
Contact your Travel planner to discover complete vacation packages that also include unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica also located in Orlando.

Create an amazing adventure for you and your family! Discovery Cove is what the doctor ordered!

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Video! Merry Christmas in July!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…. I could sing holiday songs all the time! And yes I am aware that it is the middle of summer! I’m always ready to celebrate the spirit of Christmas, the most magical holiday of all! And because it is July I have the perfect excuse to talk about the holidays… Christmas in July! That’s right it’s Christmas in July time! So if you would indulge me, let’s talk about my favorite time of year to visit the most magical place on Earth! The Walt Disney World Resort goes all out for the Christmas season with everything from themed decorations covering every inch of the park, to special holiday events and more! One of the newest offerings to be introduced this past Christmas season is the Festival of the Holidays at Epcot! I got the chance to visit this festival during its inaugural year this past season! Watch our coverage in our latest YouTube video!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your visit to the 2018 International Festival of the Holidays!

Merry Christmas! (In July)

Christmas offerings around the Walt Disney World Resort! Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom & Disney Springs!

Its July and that means one thing! Well it could mean many things such as, the 4th of July, summer, barbecue and more… but to this Christmas loving girl, July gives me the perfect excuse to talk about my favorite holiday! That’s right, its Christmas in July! But in all seriousness, this is the perfect time to start thinking ahead to holiday travel. One of my favorite places to travel year-round is to the Walt Disney World Resort and during the Christmas season the Disney parks become even more magical! Let’s take a look at a few of the returning and new offerings Disney has announced to be coming to the parks this coming holiday season!


Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

The most popular Disney holiday event happens at none other than the Magic Kingdom Park! Magic Kingdom is home the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This hard-ticketed event happens after hours in Magic Kingdom. The event includes exclusive parades, Christmas Fireworks, a holiday stage show, exclusive merchandise, complimentary cookies and refreshments and more! Because this is a hard-ticketed, after hours’ event you can also enjoy the park with limited crowds and low wait times for attractions! This event is the perfect way to ring in the Christmas season!


Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Offerings Begin November 19


Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional is my favorite offering in Disney during the holidays. This Disney tradition is beautiful and always takes my breath away! In the American Garden theatre, you can watch a live orchestra perform Christmas songs and see a celebrity guest narrator share the story of the Nativity. It is a beautiful presentation. This experience is very popular; to guarantee a spot for the show we recommend getting in line at least 2 hours in advance. If you would like priority seating and the flexibility to save yourself time by not waiting in line then we recommend a Candlelight Processional Dining Package! Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are now available for bookings! Many celebrity narrators have been announced, including Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Gary Sinise, Jodi Benson and Pat Sajak. The full list will be announced in the coming weeks.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will begin this year on November 18! This festival includes seasonal food and beverage offering from around the world at special Holiday Kitchens and exclusive Holiday entertainment throughout the World Showcase.

Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree scavenger hunt

Also at Epcot Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree scavenger hunt will make a return! You can purchase a scavenger hunt map from locations throughout World Showcases, once you have your map the fun begins as you hunt for hidden Chip and Dale figures in each pavilion. You must use the stickers that come with your map and match them to the Chip and Dale figure you found in the corresponding country. In the end you can redeem the completed map for a prize. This is a great activity for kids to enjoy while parents get to taste their way around the world.


Hollywood Studios

Flurry of Fun

Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will return for its second year! This event brings the spirit of the season to life at Hollywood Studios! Flurry of Fun will run from November 8, 2018, to January 6, 2019.

Sunset Season Greetings

During Flurry of Fun, Sunset Season Greetings, the nighttime projection show will also return! This show lights up Sunset Boulevard with special laser effects, projections on the Hollywood Tower hotel and with some Disney magic, “snow!”


Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Also, the nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will return to the park! This nighttime show includes beautiful projections and fireworks!

Meet Santa

Guests at Hollywood Studios will also have the opportunity to meet Santa at the Once Upon a Time shop from November 10-December 24. You can also meet Santa Goofy from December 25 on!

Toy Story Land at Christmas!

Also at Hollywood Studios we are hearing that Toy Story Land will feature seasonal elements like holiday music on Alien Swirling Saucers!


Animal Kingdom

UP! A Great Bird Adventure – Holiday Overlay

UP! A Great Bird Adventure is a new show that just premiered this year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The show will receive a holiday overlay with the inclusion of Diwali, the Festival of Lights in India. The show overlay will begin on November 8.


Disney Springs

Christmas Tree Trail

At Disney Springs, the Christmas festivities run November 8 through January 5! One of these returning festivities being the popular Christmas Tree Trail! This tree trail includes custom-decorated Christmas trees each themed to either a different Disney character or movie! I will admit, my family and I go all out when it comes to Christmas decorations! We actually put up 5 Christmas trees in our house, each with its own theme, so this tree trail at Disney Springs has become an instant favorite for us! It has given me so many decorating ideas! I can’t wait to see what additions Disney will include this year!



YOU can be in the LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE during the filming of Deal or No Deal at the Universal Orlando Resort!

Deal or No Deal is making its triumphant comeback and we have exciting news to share! You can be in the audience! CNBC and popular host Howie Mandel are teaming up to produce 30 brand new episodes of the hit game show! The show will be filmed right at the Universal Orlando Resort! You can cheer on the show’s contestants in their battle against The Banker.

If you are interested in being a part of this thrilling TV taping you can click on the following link to grab your tickets to be a part of the live studio audience!

The minimum age to attend the show’s filming is 13. Any guests attending under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No one under 13 will be admitted. This is an incredible opportunity! Imagine getting to tell your friends and family you were a part of a TV show filming! Deal or No Deal is known to be one of the most exciting and suspenseful game shows on television. In the show contestants test their luck in the hope of winning the top prize or they accept a tempting cash offer. Should they play all the way through, their fate is sealed in one of 26 sealed briefcases that contain a value from $0.01 to $1,000,000. The new season will include 30 new one-hour episodes, and it will join CNBC’s primetime lineup airing at the end of 2018!

Are you ready to plan your trip to the Universal Orlando resort and be a part of this incredible opportunity? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to book your next great adventure to Universal Orlando or wherever you desire to go next! We are excited to make your travel dreams a reality!

Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – Fun extends to food in the new Toy Story Land opening June 30 at the Walt Disney World Resort. Here, mealtime comes with a heavy helping of nostalgia, as Woody’s Lunch Box serves up classic on-the-go menu items with a creative twist.

Woody’s Lunch Box is a quick-service food and beverage location serving tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The walk-up window Ð open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Ð dishes up all sorts of sandwiches and sides that put a spin on classic recipes. Walt Disney World Resort collaborated with Mini Babybel to bring WoodyÕs Lunch Box to life. Inside the 11-acre Toy Story Land, guests can whoosh along on the family-friendly roller coaster, Slinky Dog Dash, take a spin aboard Alien Swirling Saucers and try for the high score on Toy Story Mania! (Steven Diaz, photographer)

Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the new 11-acre land brings to life all the magic and fun of Pixar Animation Studios’ hit Toy Story films. In this land – inspired by Andy’s backyard – guests are honorary toys and set off for thrills and laughs on three signature attractions.

“Everyone has a special food memory, so it can be tricky putting a modern spin on the favorites,” explained Lenny DeGeorge, Concept Development Culinary Director for Walt Disney World. “We honored these classic dishes by using the best ingredients to elevate the flavors. How we constructed the sandwiches was important, such as layering the ingredients in a specific order, to maximize textures and flavors. Why have a cold sandwich when you can have a toasted, hot, gooey, cheese-filled one?”

With apologies to Mom, lunch-box cuisine was never like this!

S’more French Toast

Inspired by the classic American campfire treat, this breakfast sandwich oozes goodness in a chocolate ganache- and marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles. 

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich

To ensure a soft gooey middle, Disney chefs created a sharp cheddar cream cheese spread, layered in provolone and cheddar and wrapped the sandwich in garlic butter-grilled French bread.

BBQ Brisket Melt

With a nod to cowboy Woody, this Texas-style smoked brisket features cheddar, Monterey Jack, pickles, BBQ sauce and garlic butter-grilled sourdough.


This bite-sized treat combines potato barrels, corn chips, chili and queso.

Lunch Box Tarts

A modern interpretation of a breakfast toaster pastry as a hand-held dessert, these feature a uniquely delicate crust. Layer in high-quality ingredients for fillings, add a decorative garnish, and these tasty tarts beat anything Mom ever packed. Choice of Raspberry Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit and Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon

Other menu options include:

  • Smoked Turkey Sandwich – The quintessential lunch-box staple with tomato and lettuce on multigrain bread; to give it a kick, Disney chefs add a creamy Dijonnaise.
  • Banana Split Yogurt Parfait – Layers of banana-vanilla Greek yogurt (with a hint of honey), fresh bananas, strawberries and pineapple topped with granola and chocolate chips make for a delicious way to start the day!
  • Monte Cristo – Woody’s version of this classic sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, and raspberry jam, grilled to a golden brown.
  • Kids’ Menu – Grilled cheese or turkey sandwich, both with potato barrels and mandarin oranges.
  • Sides – Tomato basil soup, vegetable macaroni salad, potato barrels and Mini Babybel snack cheese, the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort.

In addition to fountain drinks and refreshing lemonade, beverage offerings include a classic Barq’s root beer float and a Mystic Portal Punch (PowerAde Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of lemon-lime and tangerine). For the big kids, there’s a Grown Up’s Lemonade with cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée.

Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will dish up nostalgia daily beginning June 30 from park open until the toys close up shop – that is, park close. Disney Dining Plan accepted.

Tips to Save Some Money on your Walt Disney World Trip!

In my travels to Walt Disney World I have discovered a few ways to save some money while in the parks and who doesn’t like to save money!?

A big area to try to save money is on food and drinks in the parks.  Food can be a large part of your Disney vacation budget.  I always stop at a local grocery store to pick up cases of water, snacks and especially quick breakfasts that I can eat in my room before heading out to the park.  Eating at least one meal in your room can really save a lot of money.  If you do not have a rental car to get out to a store you can use one of the local grocery delivery services.  There are a few of these companies in the area.  You can place your order on line and the food will be delivered to your hotel.

I usually eat breakfast and then I head out to the parks and I plan to eat a late lunch.  Eating at lunch in Disney sit down restaurants can save you money.  The lunch menu items are usually cheaper than the same items on the dinner menu.  This late lunch usually fills me up and I only need a light snack later in the day and of course a Disney treat like a Dole Whip!

Also, consider sharing a meal.  Disney portions are usually very large and in many cases can be plenty to feed two.  My mom and I usually always share especially at counter services when we get a sandwich.  Splitting a sandwich and the sides works out great for us and saves a lot of money.  If you have kids and are eating breakfast at your hotel counter service or in the parks consider ordering one adult breakfast meal and sharing it between two children.  One adult breakfast is less expensive than two kid’s meals.

Florida is very hot and you need to keep hydrated but buying water bottles in the parks all day can get expensive especially when buying them for your whole family.  Instead, you can go to any counter service restaurant and ask for an ice water and they will give you an icy cup of water for free.  Bring your insulated thermos to poor this free water into and it will stay cold as you walk around the parks.

Also, try to avoid soft drinks, which do not help to hydrate you and can be pricey.  However, if you are really craving a soft drink and are in EPCOT head over to Club Cool where you can sample different flavors of soft drinks from around the world free.

Most important is getting a good package deal.  Contact a Kingdom Magic agent who will know all the special deals that Disney is offering and can help you book your next trip.

Hope you enjoyed learning about some of the ways you can save some money on your Walt Disney World vacation!