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Maria and Enzo’s at Disney Springs! Disney Restaurant Review!

Back in January Maria and Enzo’s opened its doors at Disney Springs. This Italian eatery is themed after an abandoned airline terminal that has been transformed into a luxurious restaurant. Ever since this dining location opened I was intrigued by the beautiful pictures of this waterfront restaurant, the theming and by the menu selections. Recently I had the opportunity to dine here myself and experience everything Maria and Enzo’s had to offer!

We went to the restaurant for lunch. During this period Maria and Enzo’s offers a lunch special. For $21 you can choose between a soup or a caesar salad and then have your choice of an entrée of either spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmigiana. The lunch special is also served with breadsticks, mostarda fruit and pickled vegetables. After we order the waiter brought us a warm basket of bread accompanied with olive oil.

We found everything to be very authentic and truly delicious! The service was incredible. The staff was all so friendly and very attentive. The wait staff were all very knowledgeable about the menu and made wonderful suggestions based on everyone’s likes!

I would highly recommend dining at Maria and Enzo’s on your next visit to Disney Springs!

Explore the New Bourbon Trail at Disney Springs

There’s something exciting – and tasty! – coming to Disney Springs on May 1. Kick off your summer by exploring this brand-new Bourbon Trail, where guests ages 21 and older can discover bourbon-inspired beverages and food pairings. Meander through the many shops and restaurants throughout the area and find your favorites!

Each of these drinks has been carefully paired with a delicious dish, and there’s even a map that shows where to find all of them! Whether you’re a bourbon aficionado, or just enjoy sipping and savoring new drinks, this trail is perfect for an afternoon stroll or a night out with friends.

I’ve put together this guide to everything being offered on the trail, so be sure to read up and prepare your taste buds, because these offerings will only be available through June 17 and you won’t want to miss out! You might even find me strolling about and sipping on a tasty beverage myself …

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar

  • Fine and Mellow – featuring Knob Creek Bourbon, St. Elder, lemon juice, strawberry, and rhubarb bitters
  • Hurry Sundown Old Fashioned – featuring Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Benedictine, butter pecan syrup, bitters, and caramel pecan bacon
  • Smoked Brisket or Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Homemade Bread Pudding – topped with toffee sauce and bourbon butter
    Splitsville Dining Room

    • The Trifecta – a stirred concoction of Old Forester 100, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Benedictine, and Pimento Dram
    • BBQ Chicken Pizza – smothered in BBQ sauce, topped with marinated grilled chicken, BBQ sauce, smoked gouda, mozzarella, cilantro, and red onion

    Bongos Cuban Café

    • Angel’s Envy Bourbon Mojito – featuring Angel’s Blue Envy Bourbon, simple syrup, soda water, and fresh mint leaves
    • Authentic Cuban Style Churrasco Certified Angus Beef – a 10-ounce skirt steak hand-cut and served with house-made chimichurri sauce, white rice, and beans

    YeSake

    • Strawberry Bourbon Sour Slushie – bourbon, sweet strawberry puree, and lemonade

Citrus Fresh – salmon, green leaf lettuce, cucumber, onion, spinach, and jalapeño tempura crunch wasabi ponzu sauce (available as a bowl or wrap)


Planet Hollywood Observatory

  • Bulleit Frontier Old Fashioned – featuring Bulleit Bourbon, sugar, and bitters
  • BBQ Ribs – fall-off-the-bone St. Louis-style ribs, slow cooked in-house, smothered with BBQ sauce, and served with triple fries

STK Orlando

  • Double Down – featuring Woodford Reserve and lemon juice
  • Double Smoked Bacon – served with date chutney, oven-dried tomatoes, and crispy garlic
  • Bag O’ Donuts – enhanced with dulche de leche filling and spice chocolate and raspberry sauces

Enzo’s Hideaway

  • Enzo’s Bourbon Swizzle – featuring Bulleit Bourbon, lemon juice, ginger syrup, bitters, and fresh mint sprigs with notes of spice, rye, and cedar

Salumi and Formaggi Board – an impressive selection of meats and cheeses


The Edison

  • Peach Tree Downs – a refreshing peach mint julep with a nutty pecan finish featuring Knob Creek Bourbon and Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey, with a rich, sweet, woody, full-bodied and almost-fruity flavor and aromas of toasted nuts, grain, and oak
  • DB Clothesline Candied Bacon – maple and black pepper-infused bacon served with a sour pickle

Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas

  • Kentucky Sunrise – featuring Jim Beam Bourbon, orange juice, and grenadine
  • Argentinian Skirt Steak – 10-ounce char-grilled skirt steak topped with caramelized onions and chimichurri and served with wasabi or truffle fries

The Ganachery

Woodford Reserve Bourbon – comprised of more than 200 delectable flavor notes, from bold grain and wood to sweet aromatics: spice, fruit, and floral notes


Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant

  • The Gold Cup – featuring Bulleit Bourbon, Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and muddled mint, lime, and cucumber
  • Dub Schpuds – herb roasted potato wedges with a Smithwick’s & Dubliner cheese dip

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Coffee Old Fashioned – Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee, Vanilla Syrup, Aromatic Bitters, and served with a coffee ganache square

Snakebite Sliders – three gourmet beef sliders with tomato-bacon jam, house-made pickles, shredded lettuce and cheese


The Boathouse

  • Orlando Pride – featuring Old Forester Bourbon and a homemade blackberry citrus purée

Calamari – hoisin chili marinated calamari rings lightly fried with a medley of peppers and served with a side of hoisin chili sauce


Paddlefish

Southern Sangria – featuring Medley Bros. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, peach liqueur, Tempranillo, and seasonal fruit with warm notes of caramel, oak, and spices that are followed by touches of creamy vanilla, milk chocolate, and caramelized sugar

The Pork Chop – a 10-ounce pork chop served with house-made applesauce and fresh green beans

The Polite Pig

Winner’s Circle – featuring Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Pamplemousee grapefruit liqueur, and elderflower tonic, with a rich and complex flavors and hints of vanilla, toffee, and candied fruit

The Southern Pig Sandwich – mouthwatering pulled pork, fennel-apple slaw, tangy mustard BBQ and Dukes Mayonnaise

Frontera Cocina

  • Bórbon Néctar – featuring Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, 3 dashes of organic agave, 5 drops of Elemakule Tiki Bitters, and orange peel with lean oak, corn, and caramel flavors and finishes of warm toffee, spice, and drying wood
  • Carne Asada – garlic and red chili-marinated Creekstone Natural Black Angus Steak, black beans refritos with queso fresco, and caramelized plantains with crema and Cotija cheese and served with tomatillo salsa and warm tortillas

    D-Luxe Burger

    • Smoked Bourbon Gelato Shake – vanilla gelato blended with Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon, hickory smoke, and dark chocolate sauce and topped with a bacon strip
    • Southern Burger – signature blend beef patty topped with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce, grilled onion, and bacon

    Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

    • The Old Fashioned Elder – featuring Michter’s Bourbon and St. Germain Elderflower
    • Basil Hayden’s Mint Julep – featuring Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, simple syrup, and sprigs of fresh mint
    • Famous Thigh High Chicken Biscuits – three biscuits topped with Chef Art’s fried chicken thighs, drizzled with hot honey, and served alongside bread and butter picklesEverything on this tasty Bourbon Trail will be available at Disney Springs from May 1 to June 17, so come on out, grab a drink and a snack, and take a walk with us! You can even pick up a Bourbon Trail Passport that contains all of this info and more at the Disney Springs Welcome Center and at any participating location.

Thanks to  Alex Dunlap and the Disney Parks Blog for this post on the Bourbon Trail at Disney Springs!

 

2018 Free Dining Offer at the Walt Disney World Resort!

One of Disney’s most popular and sought after promotions has just been released! That’s right! The FREE Disney Dining Plan offer is back. The offer can be applied to select Disney resort hotel stays when you purchase a Magic Your Way package including a Park Hopper pass. The offer is valid for select dates between August 20 and September 29, November 24 through November 27, and December 7 through December 23. The reservation must be booked by July 7, 2018.

This is one of Disney’s most popular offers and availability is very limited, so be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to take advantage of this great promotion!

All About VIRTUAL LINE AT FAST & FURIOUS – SUPERCHARGED at Universal Orlando Resort!

Fast & Furious – Supercharged is now open at Universal Studios Orlando! We are excited to share some additional information about the Virtual Line at this new attraction. Using the Virtual Line allows you to select a time to return to the ride. This enables you with the freedom to explore the rest of the park and enjoy other attractions in Universal Studios while you wait!

 

Here’s all the steps you need to know to access Virtual Line, and what you’ll experience once inside Fast & Furious – Supercharged:

 

  1. Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App

The quickest way to access Virtual Line is to download The Official Universal Orlando Resort App. In the Universal app, you can view wait times, park maps, show times, and of course get a Virtual Line return time! After downloading the app, tap on the image of Fast & Furious – Supercharged from the home screen.

Once you have selected the Fast & Furious – Supercharged, tap on Virtual Line then tap Reserve.

Your next step is to select how many people are in your party. The app will show the next available return times. All you have to do is select the time that is best for you and your group and tap “Reserve”.

Once you have secured your return time, you now can have the luxury of exploring the rest Universal Studios as you wait. Just make sure to return a few minutes before your reserved time for access into the attraction.

You also have the option to reserve your ride time by visiting one of the kiosks outside of the main entrance to the attraction.

 

  1. Returning to Fast & Furious – Supercharged

A few minutes before your return time, head over to the main entrance for Fast & Furious – Supercharged and scan your mobile phone to be granted access.

Note that Fast & Furious – Supercharged also has a Single Rider option if guests are willing to be split up from the rest of their party. For guests with Universal Express Pass, you won’t need to make a Virtual Line return time and can proceed directly to the attraction entrance.

 

  1. Incredible Storytelling, Muscle Cars, and Your Mission

As you travel through the attraction, you will pass by iconic scenes inspired by the Fast & Furious films such as the family BBQ picnic area. Once you’re in, keep an eye out for Mia and Team’s text messages. They’ll give you details about your upcoming mission.

 

  1. Turn Up The Game

For the first time ever the Universal Orlando Resort App will feature exclusive Fast & Furious character bios, quizzes, and even a few surprises that guests can unlock. While walking through Fast & Furious – Supercharged, you can compete against other guests using the app and go head-to-head in Fast & Furious trivia games, including the finalist’s alias being displayed on a leaderboard for everyone to see!

5. Ready, Set… Start Your Engines

Your final step is to enjoy the ride! Jump into your supped-up party bus to make your way to a race after-party that Dom invited you too. Unfortunately for you, things don’t go quite as planned, and you will join the Fast & Furious family as you try to escape the clutches of criminal mastermind Owen Shaw.

Virtual Line will not always be needed to experience Fast & Furious – Supercharged. Check The Official Universal Orlando Resort App or with the Team Member at the front entrance to see if you can enter right then. There is a whole world of excitement to explore at the Universal Orlando Resort! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next trip to Universal Orlando or to wherever you are dreaming of exploring next!

Special Adventures by Disney South Africa Departure Hosted by Joe Rohde and Dr. Mark Penning

As part of the celebration of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s  20th Anniversary, Adventures by Disney has announced a special adult-exclusive Safari to South Africa departing on November 30, 2018. During this unique trip, guests will explore Africa with special hosts such as famous Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, Joe Rohde! Also joining as a host will be Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment. Joe Rohde and Dr. Mark Penning will share their expertise in storytelling, wildlife and conservation.

During the adventure, Joe will share his insight on the magnificent country of Africa through his artistic lens. Guests will learn from Joe as he leads sketching sessions at many well-known locations in South Africa. Joe will also share the experiences in Africa that inspired him to create Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park!

During the adventure Dr. Mark who is a native of South Africa, will share his expertise on South African natural history. Guests will learn about the unique species that live in the areas visited during the trip, including the birds at Cape Point; the elephants, birds and monkeys in Knysna; and the abundant wildlife found during the game drives at Kapama Private Game Reserve.

Bookings for this once-in-a-lifetime experience are now available! You will want to secure your spot right away as space is limited! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to find out more about this experience of a lifetime!

Behind-the-Scenes: ‘Pixar Play Parade’ at Disneyland Park During Pixar Fest

“Pixar Play Parade” has returned to the Disneyland Resort, this time to Disneyland park for Pixar Fest! This delightful parade brings even more fan-favorite Pixar stories to life with the addition of three new story elements!

Before these Pixar pals made their debut down Main Street, U.S.A., I had the opportunity to see the new story elements being created. In the video below, you’ll see our creative team working on various parts of the iconic Pixar Lamp from the original Pixar Short, “Luxo Jr.,” Carl Fredricksen’s house from “Up” and Riley’s rocket wagon from “Inside Out.”

Don’t miss these new story elements and the return of “Pixar Play Parade,” during Pixar Fest, going on now through September 3.

Animal Kingdom’s Party for the Planet 2018 – Food Offerings! Animal Kingdoms 20th Anniversary Celebration!

This Sunday, April 22, 2018, is a very special day in Disney history! April 22, 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park!

This significant milestone celebration will also mark the beginning of the park’s annual ‘Party for the Planet’, which will expand to run for two weeks this year to celebrate the park’s special anniversary. The 2018 ‘Party for the Planet’ event will run through May 5th. Everyone knows a party is not complete without cake! Or in this case some very special cupcakes! If you will be in the park during the celebration be sure to look for Earth Day Cupcakes and Tree of Life Cupcakes at counter service locations such as Creature Comforts, Pizzafari, Flame Tree Barbecue, and Restaurantosaurus. Let’s take a closer look at these delicious and beautifully decorated treats!

 

The Tree of Life Cupcake

The Tree of Life Cupcake will be available for purchase at Creature Comforts and Flame Tree Barbecue. This cupcake themed to the park’s icon will be a vanilla cupcake topped with buttercream and an edible chocolate accent celebrating the park’s anniversary.

 

The Earth Day Cupcake

The Earth Day Cupcake will be available for purchase at Pizzafari and Restaurantosaurus. This cupcake will be a chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate buttercream, white chocolate pearls, white chocolate mousse, and an edible chocolate decoration.

 

Looking for something a little more on the savory side? Well we got you covered!

 

Plant-based Impossible Burgers

Restaurantosaurus will be serving an Impossible Burger! This Impossible burger is completely plant-based, and will be served on a brioche bun with avocado and tomato.

 

Plant-based Impossible Burger Sliders

You can also find this same burger in slider form on the menu at Nomad Lounge. The Impossible Burger Sliders are topped with tomato chutney and smoked onion and served on a brioche bun. The sliders are accompanied by yucca fries.

 

Tiffins Talks

This Animal Kingdom celebration will also include ticketed ‘Tiffins Talks’ featuring animal and conservation experts!

 

Tiffins 3-course 20th Anniversary Chef’s Lunch Tasting Menu

Outside of the Talks, Tiffins will also feature a special 3-course 20th Anniversary Chef’s Lunch Tasting Menu throughout the duration of this year’s ‘Party for the Planet’ event! This special lunch menu is available from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm. The tasting will feature African, Asian, and South America cuisine.

 

What are you looking forward to trying at the event?! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next adventure to Walt Disney World or to wherever your dream travel destination is!

My Top 3 Walt Disney World Resort Pools!

The Walt Disney World Resort is over 43 square miles of parks, rides, shows, restaurants, shops, recreation and more! With so many fun things to see and do its important to still carve out time to take breaks, relax and refresh! The best way to do that on a hot florida day is taking a dip in your resort’s pool. All of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels have multiple pools, each with it’s own theme and distinctive features that make it stand out.

Here are my top 3 picks for the best pools at Walt Disney World!

 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s flagship resort the Grand Floridian is modeled in the spirit of a Victorian beach hotel. Here is where classic elegance meets modern luxury. Just like the rest of the resort the Grand Floridian’s pool does an incredible job of immersing you into a turn of the century beach paradise that will instantly transport you into vacation mode! The resort’s main pool, the Beach Pool features a gently sloping entry just like a natural beach would. The massive pool is also home to a 181-foot long waterslide! Relax on a poolside lounge chair or rent a plush cabana. From the pool area, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the white sand beaches leading to the Seven Seas Lagoon. Taking a break by the pool here is sure to put you in that vacation state of mind!

 

 

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort / Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Stormalong Bay is Disney’s largest pool on property. This water wonderland is over 3 acres in size! Stormalong Bay is shared between Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This expansive pool features a sand-bottom that will truly make you feel like you are in the ocean. This resort area has amazing attention to detail, on the shores of Crescent Lake sits a replica of a wrecked ship. From atop the ship’s mast guests can take a ride down a 230-foot long waterslide! Stormalong Bay is also home to a lazy river, the only lazy river at a Disney World hotel! Guests will also find 3 whirlpool spas, the perfect place to unwind after a fun-filled day in the parks! There is something for everyone in this water park retreat!

 

 

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The Copper Creek Springs pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is one of the most creative pool designs! From the moment you enter the resorts main lobby you will be intrigued by a small gyser that periodically bubbles up. Upon further inspection of the lobby’s breathtaking water feature you will see that the gyser actually connects outside and flows into a tranquil river. If you follow the stream outside you will see where the river then leads to a breathtaking waterfall. The perfect backdrop for a family picture might I add! From there the waterfall flows into yet another river.  This one leads down to the resorts main pool and creates the illusion that the river water is actually filling the pool! It is an incredible effect and very picturesque! The pool is one of the biggest on property and features a 67-foot waterslide. Surrounding this main pool guests will find hot tubs themed in the shape of natural hot springs to fit with the resort’s theming! On the opposite side of the pool guests will see another illusion effect that simulates the pool water connecting back into another stream that flows into Bay Lake! The theming here is top notch!

 

Do you have a favorite Walt Disney World Resort Pool?!

When you are ready to plan your next getaway, our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations is happy to help you plan your dream vacation. Our experienced team can make recommendations and give you customized tips to guarantee you get the most out of your travels!

 

FAST & FURIOUS – SUPERCHARGED is now in Technical Rehearsal Preview!

Are you ready for this! We have exciting news coming from the Universal Orlando Resort this week! “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” is opening very soon! “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” will take you into the headquarters of the Fast & Furious Family. Here you will rely on Dom’s crew to get you to safety as you try to escape the criminal mastermind, Owen Shaw. Also during the experience, you will be able to see 15 supercharged Fast & Furious cars! Many of which have been driven by some of your favorite Fast & Furious family members!

In the meantime until the attraction’s official opening, you might have the chance to experience the attraction during its technical rehearsal at Universal Studios Florida.

You may be wondering what a technical rehearsal means and what it might include. Here are a few things to know about a Universal technical rehearsal and what you can expect if you are heading to the park in the coming days!

  • A technical rehearsal is a time for the park to offer a limited number of guests the opportunity to preview their newest attraction as they put the finishing touches on it in preparation for its official opening.

 

  • “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” will be opening on a limited, unscheduled basis, and some elements may not be operational as Universal continues to test and refine the ride.

 

  • Operating hours will not be set in advance and will vary as the attraction opens on a limited, unscheduled basis. If you are in the park, keep an eye on The Official Universal Orlando Resort App. The app will be updated on technical rehearsal openings.

 

  • Since the attraction is in technical rehearsal, Virtual Line and other attraction features may not be available. If Virtual Line is available, you’ll be able to access it through The Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App. All you need to do is select how many riders are in your group and the return time that works for you. While you wait for your ride time, you can enjoy other experiences and rides throughout the park!

 

  • During the technical rehearsal, you may be able to experience the entire attraction or certain elements as Universal’s team works on putting the finishing touches on the ride. Keep in mind some elements of the attraction may not be operational as universal continues to test and refine everything.

 

  • Universal Express Access is not valid during technical rehearsals for “Fast & Furious – Supercharged”

Are you excited to experience this new attraction coming to Universal Studios Florida?! Our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations are always ready to help you plan your next memorable vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort or to wherever you wish to travel!

Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World Resort Reopens with New Auction Scene

Pirates of the Caribbean reopened at Magic Kingdom Park and guests were  introduced to the new version of the attraction’s auction scene we first announced last summer.

Just as Walt Disney embraced and encouraged Disney Parks to “keep moving forward” since the opening of Disneyland Park in 1955, Walt Disney Imagineering has introduced many new characters at Pirates of the Caribbean attraction over the years.

The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods. In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.

Check out a sneak peek at what this new scene will look like in the photo above.

As we previously shared, the auction scene in the attraction at Disneyland Paris received a similar revision last year. Disneyland park will also receive similar updates to its Pirates of the Caribbean attraction later this spring, with work beginning April 23.

New Unique Character Experience Coming to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Park will soon debut a new character experience to guests! This new character interaction will be unlike anything you ever seen in a Disney Park! Beginning April 22nd, a towering mechanical suit will stop guests in their tracks in Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park! Disney has shared that the new Pandora Utility Suit is inspired by the iconic Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) suits of power armor from the film, Avatar.

This towering suit will stand ten feet high and feature a human pilot strapped into the cockpit of this exo-carrier. The pilot will control the suits powerful, yet agile movements. This giant walking suit was designed with articulated hands and a shoulder span of more than five feet. The pilot will be able to talk and interact with guests. They will share with guests, stories of the planet of Pandora and the history and culture of the lands people!

 

Disney always gives incredible attention to detail! Visitors will notice the suit bears claw marks and battle scars from a Thanator — an alpha predator on Pandora. The Pandora Utility Suit was actually reportedly designed for restoration, while the film’s AMP suits were created for infantry missions of destruction. These are all the backstories that we are sure the suit’s pilot will go into sharing with guests!  The suits streamlined structure and technical upgrades make it the perfect tool to collect plant samples, study flora, and survive Pandora’s wild terrain.

 

Disney has shared that as the suit travels the land daily, the pilot will interact with guests, share details about the land’s landscape, and highlight the importance of preserving nature.  This new character experience will debut April 22 as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort!

Christmas Offerings Coming to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Last year the Universal Orlando Resort offered a wide selection of new holiday offerings and the new festive additions became an instant hit with guests! That’s why we are excited to share that the holiday offerings will be returning this year as well! This year’s event runs from November 17, 2018, until January 6, 2019. During this festive time guests can celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visit all the Whos down in Whoville with Grinchmas, and watch their favorite characters in the new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. These fun offerings are sure to put you and your family in the spirit of the season, and that’s just the beginning! There will be more holiday offerings this year than ever before!  Let’s take a look at the lineup of exclusive holiday offerings throughout the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

“The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” is back! Guests can enjoy this dazzling projection show on the Hogwart’s Castle nightly when visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. While in Hogsmeade, be sure to look around at all the festive Christmas decorations, listen to the Frog Choir sing holiday songs and grab a Hot Butterbeer! Then guests can head over to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida to see more beautiful Christmas decorations throughout London and Diagon Alley. Guests won’t want to miss the talented Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees sing their holiday hits!

 

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is returning to the streets of Universal Studios Florida. This festive parade fills the streets with music, confetti, and some of your favorite characters, such as the Despicable Me Minions, Shrek and Fiona, King Julien, the Penguins of Madagascar, and more! And in true holiday parade tradition there is a visit from Santa as he rides high in the sky on a stunning float, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. This parade is a “must-see” experience for everyone in the family!

 

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Grinchmas is returning to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Here you can hear the story of the Grinch and help the Whos down in Whoville save Christmas during a wonderful live stage show! Join in singing along to your favorite songs and get into the Grinchmas spirit!  You can even start your day off in the park with breakfast with the Grinch himself (reservations required). Then stroll through Seuss Landing and enjoy taking in all the fun and colorful Christmas decorations put there by the Whos as they get their final preparations in order for Christmas!

 

Mannheim Steamroller

Fan-favorite Mannheim Steamroller will be returning to perform live on the Music Plaza Stage. Their performances can be seen on select nights during the months of November and December.

 

Resort-Wide Celebration

The festively decorated on-site hotels at Universal Orlando will be adorned with beautiful Christmas decorations! Each resort has décor specific to their location and theme. These decorations provide a wonderful backdrop for family holiday photos! Guests can meet Santa Claus, watch tree lightings, indulge in special holiday treats, and see all the decorations – all while on their Universal Orlando vacation!

 

Visiting the Universal Orlando Resort during the magic of the holiday season is a truly incredible experience! Our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations are always ready to help you plan your next memorable vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort or to wherever you wish to travel!

Menu Released for ‘Woody’s Lunch Box’ – New Quick Service Dining Location Coming to Toy Story Land!

All in the Details: First Look at Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land’s opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is just around the corner! This new land themed after the loved Pixar films will open to guests on June 30th! This week Disney released new information on the menu items coming to ‘Woody’s Lunch Box!’ This new quick service location will feature something for everyone and feature some unique eats and treats exclusive to the new land!

The dining location will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Let’s take a look at a few of the offerings!

Breakfast:

 

Entrées:

 

S’mores French Toast Sandwich

 

Breakfast Bowl

  • Potato Barrels, Brisket-Country Gravy and Scrambled Eggs

 

Breakfast Sandwich

  • Smoked Turkey, Eggs, Swiss, Peppers and Onions on Sourdough

 

Banana Split Yogurt Parfait

 

Kids Menu:

 

S’mores French Toast Sandwich

  • served with choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Breakfast Sandwich

  • Smoked Turkey, Eggs, Swiss, Peppers and Onions on Sourdough served with choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Dessert:

 

Raspberry Lunch Box Tart

 

Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart

 

 

Beverages:

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • your choice of Fountain Beverage served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

 

Mystic Portal Punch

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine

 

Mystic Portal Punch – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

Ice Cream Float with Barq’s® Root Beer

 

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 20 oz

 

smartwater®

 

Cold Brew Joffrey’s® Coffee

 

Coffee

 

Lowfat Mickey Milk – 8 oz

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 12 oz

 

Lunch & Dinner:

 

Entrées:

 

BBQ Brisket Melt

  • served with choice of Side

 

Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam

  • served with choice of Side

 

Smoked Turkey Sandwich

  • Smoked Turkey, Tomato and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread served with choice of Side

 

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich

  • served with choice of Side

 

“Totchos”

  • Potato Barrels, Corn Chips, Chili and Cheese topped with Sour Cream

 

Kids Menu:

 

Turkey Sandwich

  • served with Potato Barrels, Mandarin Orange and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Grilled Cheese

  • served with Potato Barrels, Mandarin Orange and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

 

 

Dessert:

 

Raspberry Lunch Box Tart

 

Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart

 

Beverages:

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages

 

Assorted Fountain Beverages – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • your choice of Fountain Beverage served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

Mystic Portal Punch

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine

 

Mystic Portal Punch – Souvenir Alien Sipper

  • POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

 

Ice Cream Float with Barq’s® Root Beer

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 20 oz

 

smartwater®

 

Cold Brew Joffrey’s® Coffee

 

Coffee

 

Lowfat Mickey Milk – 8 oz

 

Dasani® Bottled Water – 12 oz

 

Alcoholic Beverages:

 

Grown-Up’s Lemonade

  • Three Olives Black Cherry Vodka, odwalla® Lemonade and Black Cherry Purée

 

Bud Light Lager – St. Louis, MO

  • 16 oz Draft Beer

 

Blue Moon Belgian White Ale – Golden, CO

  • 16 oz Draft Beer

 

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider – Cincinnati, OH

  • 16 oz Draft Beer

 

We can’t wait to experience this new eatery in person very soon! Do you plan to visit Toy Story Land upon its opening?! Our team of travel planners at Kingdom Magic Vacations are happy to help you plan your next trip to Walt Disney World or to anywhere in the world you wish to travel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Digital Key Feature Coming Soon to My Disney Experience App

At Walt Disney World® Resort, they are always looking for ways to wow Guests with new technology that enhances their experience. The My Disney Experience app is a perfect example, with recently introduced features like mobile order and online check-in that are providing you with additional choices to make your vacation even more enjoyable and convenient. Today, they are unveiling another exciting app feature: a digital key.

Coming soon to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, a new feature in the My Disney Experience app will allow Guests to quickly unlock their hotel room using a digital key on their mobile devices, providing them with another seamless room entry option that brings added ease and flexibility to their experience.

Guests can also use their digital key to unlock the hotel entrance gate and common area doors requiring a key, which may include pools, fitness centers, elevators and club level lounges. Arriving travel parties that have checked in online may even use their digital key to bypass the need to visit the front desk, giving them the opportunity to go directly to their room when it is ready and start their vacation even faster.

The feature represents the latest evolution of keyless room entry, which we began offering with the MagicBand, the unique all-in-one device that effortlessly connects the vacation choices you  make in My Disney Experience. You may use either or both options to enter their room during their stay.

So how does it work? To use their digital key, Guests can opt in and activate the feature on their check-in day through a brief set up process in the app. To enter their room, Guests tap the “Unlock Door” button and then simply hold their phone against the door lock. Check out the video below to see a sneak peek of the feature in action.

Bluetooth®-enabled mobile devices with the latest version of the My Disney Experience app are required to take advantage of a digital key for room entry. Be sure to remember to wear your MagicBand for all other uses including park entry, FastPass+ redemption, room charges and more.

Stay tuned for more information about the digital key feature and other future enhancements to the app.

Walt Disney World Golf Course Now Offers FootGolf!

For those who love golf and soccer Walt Disney World Golf now has something you will get really excited about!  Arnold Palmer Golf Management is happy to offer the game of FootGolf to guests at Disney’s Oak Trail golf course.  This 18-hole FootGolf course is certified by the American FootGolf League.

Tee times can be booked for 18 holes of FootGolf in front or behind those playing 9 holes of traditional golf.  If you play in groups of four the 18 holes of FootGolf will take approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, which is similar to playing 9 holes of traditional golf.

Disney’s Oak Trail FootGolf course is marked by its official color of orange while traditional golf is played to the blue pin flags.  There are no forced carries over any waterways on the 18 holes so it is a game that will be for both young and old.  It will be great for the whole family to enjoy together!

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