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Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Give Guests exciting Disney World Perks!

It has recently been announced that the Disney Springs Resorts will now receive many of the same perks and benefits previously only offered to guests staying at Disney Resorts. Disney has reclassified the Disney Springs Resorts from just good-neighbor hotels to now the “Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels.”  Let’s take a look at what these exciting changes will bring to guests staying at these resorts!

Extra Magic Hours

Extra Magic Hours is a Disney perk offered to on-site Disney resort guests. How the program works is that a select Disney park will have Extra Magic Hours on a given day and will open up to an hour before regular park opening or stay open for up to an additional 3 hours in the evening after regular park closing. During this time, the park is exclusive just to Disney resort guests who receive the benefit of Extra Magic Hours. This allows these guests to experience the park with limited crowds and significantly shorter wait times for popular attractions.  Now guests staying at a Disney Springs Resort Area Hotel will be able to partake in the excitement of Extra Magic Hours! This perk is a great way to get the most out of your vacation with the gift of more time to enjoy the park!


Reserve Fastpasses 60 days in Advanced

My Disney Experience allows park guests to reserve set times for select attractions in advance. When utilizing the Disney Fastpass+ system visitors will be able to see and do more of the things they really want. A major benefit of staying on-site at a Walt Disney World Resort is that you can reserve your Fastpasses up to 60 days out! Guests not staying on-site can only book Fastpasses 30 days in advance. Having the benefit of booking 60 days out gives you first picks at all the rides and shows, allowing you to grab up Fastpasses for popular rides that fill up very quickly. We are excited to share that now Disney Springs Resort Area Hotel guests will enjoy the same perk of the 60-day out Fastpass bookings!


Staying at any of these Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, you receive complimentary shuttle transportation to and from all the Disney theme parks. As the name suggest you are in close proximity to the wonderful shopping, dining and entertainment of Disney Springs. In fact you are just a short walk away from all that Disney Springs has to offer. The new walkways and overhead bridges make the walk quick, easy and safe.


There are 7 Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels:

  • B Resort & Spa
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista


We were fortune to be able to tour a few of these beautiful properties, including the Hilton Buena Vista Palace, the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Lake Buena Vista, The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista and the Hilton Orlando – Lake Buena Vista. We hope you enjoy these video tours of the rooms and grounds of these great resorts.


Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace


DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando


Wyndham Lake Buena Vista


Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista


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Things for Kids to do at Universal Orlando!

Universal Orlando Resort is a celebration of our favorite movies. Guests can be swept up in the exciting world of show business and even step inside some poplar movies through rides and shows! The Universal parks are famous for their thrill rides, but the resort also prides itself on offering fun experiences for younger guests. The two parks, Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure offer something for all ages. Let’s take a look at a few of the wonderful attractions that your little ones can enjoy at Universal!

Universal Studios


Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

If your little ones are fans of Despicable Me, then you can’t miss “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.” This 3-D ride will transport you inside the Despicable Me story. Gru will recruit you into his latest scheme and just like any great movie there is always an unexpected twist, which is just what happens things don’t go as planned and your journey launches you on an exciting mission you will never forget!


Shrek 4-D

Join characters from the popular DreamWorks film, Shrek on a 4-D adventure! The story is unique and one we are sure you have never heard before. The tale takes place after the first film but before the second. Shrek fans will love the original storytelling! Fun special effects make guests feel like they are truly living out the story with the characters, making this experience fun for all ages!


Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster

Embark on a thrilling ride through Woody Woodpecker’s own nut factory. This coaster is kid friendly and a great first-time roller coaster for even the smallest of thrill-seekers to be able to take part in!


Hogwarts Express

Board the famous Hogwarts Express from Harry potter. This train ride is family friendly allowing your whole group to all take part in this exciting ride. As you begin your ride special effects will transport guest into the world of Harry and his friends. This is not just a regular theme park ride it is actually a mode of transportation. The Hogwarts Express travel between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure! A park-to-park ticket is required to board.


Islands of Adventure


Seuss Landing

Kids will love Seuss Landing, a colorful land that transports guests into the world of beloved Dr. Seuss stories. The land is home to “The Cat in The Hat ride”, here you will embark on a journey through the story of the Cat in the Hat. While visiting Seuss Landing children can also enjoy the “caro-Seuss-el”, a merry-go-round style ride themed to the fun and lovable characters from many Dr. Seuss classics. “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” is a fun spinner style attraction where guests can soar high in their very own flying fish! The ride puts guests in control meaning your kids can have a blast as they have the power to make their fish go up and down. Kids and kids at heart will love “The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!” This slow-moving trolley tour gives guests a wonderful birds-eye view over all of the whimsical buildings in Seuss landing!


Camp Jurassic

Camp Jurassic is a giant recreation area where kids can run, play and discovery the exciting world of dinosaurs! Your little adventurers will explore mysterious mines and darks cave, climb up dinosaur capture nets, slide down themed slides and navigate across bridges. This multi-level play ground will provide countless fun for kids!


Pteranodon Flyers

This easy air-glide attraction is made specially just for kids. Little ones can take flight beneath the 10-foot wings of a Pteranodon. Kids will be treated to wonderful views of the theme park from a comfy seat suspended from the above track.

We hope you enjoyed a few of our top picks for kids at Universal Orlando. Universal Orlando is an experience for everyone in the family, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to plan your next Universal adventure!

Spending Valentine’s Day At Walt Disney World!

Valentine’s day is just around the corner! Are you looking for a getaway trip with your special someone? How about a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort?!

There are so many wonderful things for couples to do at the Walt Disney World Resort, from a romantic dinner to a unique experience you both will never forget, you are sure to find something that will make this Valentine’s Day extra special!


Dinner out!

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a dinner date! The Walt Disney World Resort is home to hundreds of restaurants and you are sure to find somewhere to fit the exact, atmosphere, cuisine and price point that you are looking for. Let’s take a look at some of our personal favorite recommendations for a Disney Dinner date!


California Grill

This restaurant is my number 1 choice for best Disney World date night! The California Grill sits on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The restaurant’s interior is sleek and modern tying into the Contemporary vibe of the hotel. There is an onstage kitchen where world class chefs prepare your meal.


The menu offers something for everyone from Steaks, Seafood, and their famous Sushi.

Not only is the food top-notch but the restaurants views are the best on all of Disney property. Out the massive glass windows framing in the California Grill you get a birds-eye view of the Seven Seas lagoon and the Magic Kingdom Park!

This is also the best place to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from one of the 4 rooftop observation decks. If you have dined at the California Grill at any point during a given day you can use your dinner receipt as your ticket for reentry to the restaurant just before fireworks!



Narcoossee’s sits right on the waterfront of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Across the lagoon sits Cinderella’s castle, the perfect atmosphere for the evening. The menu offers everything from steaks, lobster and delicious seafood.


Take a Safari Adventure!

For the adventure-loving couple Animal Kingdom park is home to a unique experience that will bring you up close and personal with the wildlife on the Animal Kingdom Safari. Every day thousands of guests enjoy the popular Animal Kingdom Attraction Kilimanjaro safari. In this theme park attraction visitors board a safari jeep and tour over 43 acres of Disney’s wildlife reserve.

What many people don’t know is that there is an exclusive experience called the ‘Wild African Trek’ where guest who purchase the tour get to hike through backstage areas of the reserve that are off limits to regular park guests. During the experience, you will get to fed the hippos, traverse rope bridges over top of the Nile Crocodiles and dine in a private cabana on the savanna.


Fireworks Boat Cruise

For an intimate viewing of the famous Disney fireworks, couples can consider a fireworks cruise. Cruises are available leaving from the Polynesian and Grand Floridian resorts to view the Magic Kingdom Fireworks on Seven Seas lagoon, and also from Disney Yacht Club Resort to view the Epcot Illuminations fireworks up close and personal on the World Showcase lagoon.

You will set out on your own private pontoon boat and your captain will first take you on a tour around the lake and give you Disney facts and history of the Disney property before docking for your special viewing of the fireworks show. To make the experience even more special for a romantic night you can add on packages of champagne or chocolate covered strawberries!

I hope you enjoyed our top picks for a special evening at Disney. There are so many more options for a romantic getaway experience at the Disney Parks. Depending on your likes, there is something for everyone, from golfing, spa services, carriage rides, fishing excursions, you name it, Disney World probably has it! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to plan your next magical trip!



Receive Fastpass+ Extras with Exciting New Pilot Program at Walt Disney World!

The Disney Parks revolutionized the theme park industry when they originally introduced the Disney Fastpass system in late 1999. The idea behind the Fastpass program is to save guests time in line and allow them to reserve a time to come back to a select attraction and experience little to no wait at all through entering in a special Fastpass entrance! This was huge for the Disney Company and many visitors enjoyed the luxury and convenience of utilizing the Fastpass system!

The original Fastpass system worked that once park guests entered a Disney Park for the day they could then go to the attraction they wished to get a Fastpass for and insert their park admission ticket into that attraction’s Fastpass kiosk. Then your Fastpass ticket would print out. With this original system, the Fastpass times were given out on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Guests would insert their ticket and hope that the time that printed worked for them.

Like everything Disney does they are always evolving and making changes to enhance their guest’s vacations. In that spirit Fastpass+ was born. In 2013 Disney World made the exciting announcement that the popular Fastpass system would be receiving a major facelift! The Disney Fastpass system became Fastpass+. With the original system guests got Fastpass times at random on the day of their visit. Now with the Fastpass+ system guests are able to pre-plan their Fastpasses ahead of time up to 60 days in advance when they have a Disney hotel reservation! Guests make Fastpass+ selections through their My Disney Experience account. Guests can access their account both online and even on-the-go, on their device through the My Disney Experience app! The Fastpass+ Program and My Disney Experience are completely free and complimentary to all Disney guests. Guests can reserve up to 3 Fastpass+ selections per each day of their trip and once all 3 have been used in the parks guests can even select 3 additional Fastpass+ reservations for the same day! To do this, guests can utilize the app or walk up to convenient kiosks locations within the park. It is safe to say that Fastpass+ once again became groundbreaking for the theme park industry!

Our biggest advice to anyone heading to the Walt Disney World Resort is to take advantage of the Fastpass+ system. When utilized and planned out, you can see and do so much more during your vacation! Certain Fastpasses for popular rides fill up quickly. When you book your vacation with our Kingdom Magic Vacations team, our travel planners can assist you with setting up your Fastpass+ selections. This gives you a better chance of guaranteeing that you and your family get Fastpasses for all your desired rides and attractions!

Now that we have covered some background on the Disney Fastpass system now we can talk about some exciting news involving Fastpass+!

Disney is launching a limited time pilot program to test run a new service. The program launched on January 12th and allows guests who are eligible for Disney Signature Services to purchase theme park extras. One of these extras being additional Fastpasses!

This add-on for Theme Park Extra’s is $50 a day (plus tax) per person in the traveling party per day. In order to be eligible for this pilot program guests must have purchased a theme park ticket for a minimum of three days or obtain an annual pass.


Let’s take a look at what we currently know will be included in the purchase of these theme park extras:

More Fastpass+ Selections!

  • Three additional FastPass+selections per day added onto the three you already get standard when using My Disney Experience.

Make Fastpasses in Multiple Parks on the Same Day!

  • The ability to reserve these three additional FastPass+selections in more than one theme park when a valid Park Hopper option is also purchased with the ticket. In the standard system guests are required to make all their Fastpass+ reservations for the day in the same park. When this extra is purchased guest will now be able to reserve Fastpasses in multiple parks!

Book Fastpasses 90 days in Advance!

  • Guests will get a Fastpass+ booking window of up to 90 days in advance for these three additional FastPass+selections! Normally Disney resort guests only get to make Fastpasses 60 Days out and off-site hotel guests can only book 30 days out. With this extra you will be guaranteed to be among the very first with access to your selections a full 90 days in advance!

Get Multiple top-tier Attractions.

  • Another extra is the ability to book these additional Fastpass+ selections for multiple top-tier attractions. With the standard Fastpass+ system your selections are tiered to give all guests a fair chance to experience some of the bigger attractions. For example, at Epcot, Soarin’, Test Track and Frozen Ever After are the Three most popular rides and all in the top tier. Guests would normally only be able to select one of these top tier attractions and then have to pick their other 2 Fastpasses from the remaining lower tiers. With the purchase of this theme park extra you would be able to have ultimate flexibility and choose multiple top-tier Fastpasses!

Preferred Viewing Areas for Nighttime Shows.

  • Fastpass extras are not the only bonus that this theme park extra gives you. Guests who purchase the add-on will also enjoy preferred viewing areas for nighttime shows, one per day, including Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios,and Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. An advanced reservation is required and availability can become limited for these preferred sections. Be sure to plan in advance when using this service so you get the best experience.

We are excited for this pilot program and can’t wait to see how it will enhance guests future park visit!

Pizza Ponte, Maria and Enzo’s & Enzo’s Hideaway Bar at Disney Springs!

Pizza Ponte is one of the many new dining locations recently opened at Disney Springs. Pizza Ponte is one third of the new restaurants introduced as part of the ‘Patina Restaurant Group.’ All 3 of these new restaurants are connected together and each provides their own take on Italian cuisine. Pizza Ponte is the quick-service restaurant serving Italian cuisine in a relaxed, laid-back, counter service atmosphere. Next door guests looking for a table-service experience can visit Maria and Enzo’s. And in just a few days Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar, a speakeasy type of bar and lounge will open, completing this trio of brand new Disney Springs eateries!

Buon appetito! Disney Springs Welcomes Three New Italian Concepts

Before we talk about the amazing food let’s first talk about theming! If you are familiar with the Disney Parks then it is no surprise that Disney gives incredible theming and backstories to everything they do. When Disney Springs began its transformation from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs, Disney made sure to give the area a storyline of being a Floridian Springs town that in recent years many restaurants and shops built up around the natural wonder. If you have visited Disney Springs recently then you know that this is truly the feeling you get as you shop and dine around the area. You don’t just feel like you’re at a giant outdoor mall, you feel as though you are on a vacation within your vacation to a sunny Floridian community.

When Disney set out to make this new trio of Italian dining locations they wanted to give these establishments stories that would tie them into the Disney Springs experience. Disney made the building that is home to these new eateries an abandoned airport that has now been remodeled as restaurants! The theming can be noticed in details throughout the building. The first of these details can be seen as soon as guests check in for their meal at Maria and Enzo’s. The hostess station has a passenger check-in sign behind the podium.

The floor plan also suggest that this building was once an airport. While I visited Disney Springs I was given the opportunity to tour the inside dining room for Maria and Enzo’s, it is opened and inviting. The airport theme continues inside as posters on the wall advertise travel destinations. The vibe of the restaurant evokes the spirit of adventure!

The staff at these restaurants are all cultural representatives from Italy making this experience a unique authentic exchange! I enjoyed chatting with some of the staff about what part of Italy they were from. Everyone was so friendly and excited to share stories from their home land.

Alright so now let’s talk about the food. While on my most recent visit to Disney Springs I got to enjoy a slice of pizza at Pizza Ponte. It was a great value for the price and very delicious. If you are familiar with the pizza at Via Napoli the Italian restaurant in Epcot’s World Showcase that taste is what this pizza reminded me of! Just like at Via Napoli this restaurant actually imports the water used to make the dough directly from Italy making it truly authentic.

I really enjoyed my meal at Pizza Ponte. I will absolutely be back again and I can’t wait to enjoy the restaurant’s sister locations, Maria and Enzo’s and Enzo’s Hideaway Bar on a future visit! To take a closer look at these new locations, join me in our New YouTube video as we explore the areas theming and dine at Pizza Ponte!



The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle – New Projection Show Coming to the Universal Orlando Resort!

At the start of this past 2017 Christmas season the Universal Orlando Resort debuted “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts,” a nighttime projection show that brought the Howwarts castle to life with festive holiday scenes. The show was groundbreaking for the Universal Resort and park goers all marveled at the amazing quality of the crisp projections. You can watch “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts” on our YouTube channel,

The Christmas projection show was an instant hit and it quickly became highly rumored that this new technology would pave the way for more projection shows to take place on the Hogwarts Castle in the future. Well we have very exciting news! That is coming true, a brand new projection show has been announced for the Universal Orlando Resort!

The new show will be called, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” The brand new projection mapping show will debut January 31st and can be experienced on select nights throughout 2018.

Guests wanting to get a sneak peak of the show can preview the new experience on January 27th and 28th during “A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018.” Guests who have purchased A Celebration of Harry Potter vacation package will have the exclusive opportunity to watch the new show at a special preview event on January 26th. There is still time to book A Celebration of Harry Potter vacation package, so be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today!

Universal has told us that the show will be a great celebration of your Hogwart’s house pride! The new show will highlight all 4 of the Hogwart’s houses, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. Be sure to bring your house spirit with you when you visit Islands of Adventure!

As of now we know that “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will have showings January 31 – February 5, and February 7 – February 12.  Additional dates will be announced at a later time.

We are so excited to experience the new nighttime show at Universal’s Islands of Adventure!


Restaurant Marrakesh at Epcot

Restaurant Marrakesh is located in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. The restaurant is a hidden gem, tucked away in the back of the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.

World Showcase is a celebration of cultures and countries around the world. My personal favorite Pavilion happens to be Morocco. The Pavilion is incredibly detailed, walking its streets you feel completely transported. While dining here we learned that the King of Morocco was so honored that Disney wanted to feature his country in Epcot that he sent his personal architects to help design the Pavilion. The authenticity is certainly seen in the details of the beautiful tile work and designs of the buildings.

While dining in Restaurant Marrakesh you are surround in the colorful and intricate beauty of the Moroccan culture.

I always find that you can get a reservation here even last minute because it is such a hidden gem not known by many people. The service here is always spectacular, the waiters are all very knowledgeable about the menu and can make excellent suggestions. The staff is all very attentive and takes excellent care of everything you need throughout your dining experience.

The menu offers something for everyone. On my most recent visit to restaurant Marrakesh I had the Lemon Chicken. It was amazing! I would order this meal again in a heartbeat. The chicken was so flavorful and tender. It melted in your mouth! Other menu offerings include, Shish Kabobs, Roasted Lamb, Mogador Fish Tagine, and a very popular menu item the traditional Moroccan couscous served with your choice of a selection of proteins. I have always loved everything I ever tried here!

As you dine, periodically throughout your meal you can enjoy the live entertainment! The show begins with traditional Moroccan music and then a belly dancer preforms. The dancer even gets the children involved and invites them to join her onstage to learn dances from the Moroccan culture, making for a very special and one of a kind memory.

I always enjoy my meal at Restaurant Marrakesh. I highly recommend this dinning location. Check it out for yourself on your next Disney World vacation!

New Years Eve at Walt Disney World! Fireworks Boat Cruise

Happy New Year! Welcoming a new year is always an exciting night filled with anticipation. If you are spending New Year’s Eve in Disney, then you are in for an extra special treat! Disney knows how to throw a party. For New Year’s Eve Disney goes all out with special countdown fireworks, dance parties in the parks and more festivities to help guests ring in the New Year. If you are looking for a unique experience for your New Year’s Eve celebration, Disney has you covered. They offer a wide variety of special meals, dining packages and events for the New Year’s Eve holiday. These events range from a buffet meal at Epcot’s World Show Place Pavilion to a luxurious countdown to midnight party at the California Grill.

My family and I spent New Year’s Eve in Walt Disney World this year and it was the best New Year’s Eve celebration ever! Disney knows how to make everything extra magical and made the night very special! We did a fireworks boat cruise and got to watch Magic Kingdom’s incredible countdown fireworks from our very own pontoon boat on the Seven Seas Lagoon. The parks can get very crowded on New Year’s Eve, this cruise experience allowed us to see the same fireworks in a much more private and relaxed setting.

Our night began arriving at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa where we would board our boat at the hotel’s marina. As soon as we arrived Disney rolled out the red carpet and made us feel pampered. When we checked in for our cruise we were greeted by our boat’s captain and guide for the evening. He was wonderful and very personable. Our captain escorted us to a special dessert party on the grounds of the Grand Floridian that was exclusive for guests taking cruises that evening. The dessert party was included in the price of our New Year’s Eve cruise. This was the best way to kick off the festivities.

Disney provided us with all our New Year’s Eve gear including hats, tiaras, horns and clappers.

The events offerings included soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and guests over 21 even got to enjoy some adult beverages. For snacks the event included a cheese board, fruits and vegetables, along with a selection of decadent and delicious desserts. My favorite was the chocolate covered strawberries, they were coated in a rich dark chocolate and the presentation was outstanding complete with edible glitter! All of the desserts had beautiful decorations themed to 2018! It made for a very festive start!

The private party also included a DJ who made sure everyone was energized and ready to ring in the new year! We enjoyed our treats and the music all while soaking in the picturesque view of Cinderella Castle and the Magic Kingdom from across the lagoon.

Around 10:30 at night we boarded our pontoon boat with our captain. The boat was decked out for the occasion with New Year’s Eve banners and balloons. What I loved about this boat cruise experience is that they don’t just take you out to the center of the lagoon before the fireworks and drop anchor just to watch the show. The captain really takes his time and takes you on a very relaxing cruise all around Seven Seas Lagoon and also over to Bay Lake. This portion of the experience adds so much. Your captain serves as your guide and as you tour the lake points out interesting facts and stories about the history of the property and the Disney company.

I am a proud self-proclaimed Disney super fan and I learned things during this portion of the cruise that I had never heard before. For example, our captain pointed out that the island located as soon as you enter Bay Lake from Seven Seas Lagoon is call Frontier Island. Nothing inhabits the island but it’s original intension was that Walt Disney wanted to build a house there for him and his family to live in. As we passed Disney’s Contemporary hotel our captain shared that in the Contemporary’s conference center is where Nixon gave his Watergate speech. We also learned while passing the Polynesian that Disney’s Polynesian Village resort was the location where the Beatles broke up. Paul McCartney was staying at the Polynesian when his lawyer came to have him sign the papers, officially splitting up the band. This type of interesting Disney trivia added to the experience and made us feel like we were getting a Disney tour and a special show viewing all in one.

As we neared midnight our captain took us to the location where we would watch the fireworks. We dropped anchor just off of the Polynesian Beach. We had a perfect view of the show. The sky lit up with so many colorful fireworks.  As the stroke of midnight neared the show counted down in the best way I have ever seen! In the sky fireworks in the shape of numbers counted down from 10 to welcome in the New Year! It was hands-down the best fireworks I have ever seen in Disney.

Watch the Magic Kingdom countdown fireworks in our new YouTube video!


What is it like being at Disney World for Christmas?

Have you ever wondered what it is like being at Disney World for Christmas? What is it like not being at home? How are the crowds?

For years my family and I have always visited Disney around the holidays, typically the first week in December. Visiting Disney this time of year, allowed us to experience all the wonderful additions and Christmas experiences offered in the parks! Coming to Disney during this magical time of year became a family tradition. However as many times as we visited during the holiday season we had never come for the actual week of Christmas. This year we decided to go for it!

We set out on our holiday adventure and drove to Disney World on Christmas Day. We had no idea what to expect. Being away from home for Christmas was a different experience for us. We have been having a wonderful time and have been very surprised about some things! Here’s some of our experience:

Will it feel like Christmas?

Something a lot of people wonder when traveling away from home during the holidays is, will it feel like Christmas? We are from the north and are use to snow on the ground and heavy winter coats, but this Christmas has been celebrated in tee shirts! For us Christmas in paradise has been wonderful. Yes it is very different. It is crazy to talk to our family back home and hear that it is 12 degrees while we are wearing flip-flops, but once you are here Disney has so many holiday offerings and exclusive festivities that you are sure to be in the Christmas spirit!!

Crowd level

Probably the thing we were most concerned about was the crowd level. I had always heard that Christmas week in Disney is the absolute busiest week out of the year. We wondered if we would be able to do anything or if each attraction would be too long to wait for. Well I have to say we are so surprised and very happy that we have not felt any day like the parks have been very crowded. Of course Christmas Day is the most popular day of the year to come to Disney and Magic Kingdom did reach capacity on Christmas Day but other days this week no parks have reached capacity. While yes this is a very busy time with the use of the My Disney Experience app, if you are staying on property at a Disney Resort, you will be able to make your fast passes up to 60 days in advance for the rides that you really want to do so you can guarantee getting to experience them. Also Disney does a wonderful job with managing crowds and we have never felt overwhelmed or like the park was too crowded. Disney even opens select seasonal attractions such as Stitch’s Great Escape at the Magic Kingdom that are not typically open. These additional attractions give guests more to do on some of the busier days therefore helping with the crowd level.

Disney is truly magical during The holidays. You will definitely feel the Christmas spirit, all you need is a little planning ahead of time in order to ensure that you will see and do everything that is important to your family. We will definitely be back for another Christmas week in the future!

Christmas Finale of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Hollywood Studios is home to For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. This show is a ‘can’t miss’ for fans of Disney’s hit movie Frozen!

Two narrators, Aria and Eric tell the story of Frozen while engaging with the audience and improvising some hilarious jokes! The audience is always laughing. I have personally seen the show on several occasions and each time it feels like a new experience because of the narrator’s wonderful comedy!

At the parts in the story where we come to a song, the screen on stage illuminates and plays the clips from the film. The lyrics are also projected onto the screen and the audience is encouraged to ‘Let it go’ and sing along! This element makes the experience truly interactive and fun for all ages!

Throughout the show favorite characters make special appearances including Princess Anna, Kristoff and as the anticipation builds Elsa will then make a grand entrance for the grand finale!

During the Christmas season this show gets a fun holiday overlay! From the beginning of the performance Anna mentions she is searching for her sister so they can prepare for ringing the Arendelle Yule Bell, a holiday tradition in their land. The show then continues regularly and includes some references to the sisters preparing for the Yule Bell Celebration. For the finale guests get a real treat with special holiday songs and a very rare and exclusive appearance from Olaf! Everyone’s favorite snowman sings an original song about holiday traditions. Olaf is not in the regular show so seeing him is truly special. The audience always roars with excitement when he walks out on stage!

The characters all share their favorite parts of the holidays. When it is Elsa turn to share her favorite part about this magical time of year she tells us that her favorite part is being together with the ones she loves. This serves as the lead into another beautiful original song with a very touching meaning! The song will warm your heart with the message of family and love during the Christmas season! It is a beautiful performance!

Watch our YouTube Video to see the special Holiday finale! Enjoy!

New Details on the Disney Skyliner Transportation System Coming to Disney World!

The Walt Disney World Resort truly lives up to its name, it is an entire World! In all seriousness, Walt Disney World is huge! The entire property is double the size of the city of San Francisco. The resort houses 4 world-class theme parks, 2 Water Parks, Disney Springs, the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, over 30 resort hotels, hundreds of restaurants and more! There is something for everyone and with so many things to see and do transportation plays an important role in any Disney vacation. To maximize time on vacation, guests need to be able to get from point A to point B quickly and efficiently. Disney prides itself on providing a wonderful transporting system across the resort. The Walt Disney World Transportation system is comprised of buses, boats and even the famous Disney monorails!

Disney World is always growing and as they evolve the Disney Company thrives on finding new ways to improve and provide new offerings that enhances their guest’s vacations. In these efforts, Disney announced back in August at the D23 Expo that they would be building the Disney Skyliner Transportation System to add to the Disney Transportation fleet!

The Skyliner is a gondola-type system that will let Guest travel in comfort and style from many place on property. The added mode of transportation will alleviate the crowds and waits on other forms of Disney Transportation and allow guests to get to their destination faster! The commute will also be a fun and exciting ride offering guests a birds-eye view of the property as they travel on the Skyliner.

The Skyliner will be a wonderful addition to the Disney property! We can’t wait for the chance to take our first ride! Construction has already been underway on the system. With the excitement and anticipation building around the Skyliner’s opening, Disney has now released new information about the Skyliner, including new concept art and details on the theming of the stations as well as the actual vehicles! Let’s take a look at everything we now know about this exciting transportation system!

The Skyliner will connect Epcot and Hollywood Studios, making Park-Hopping a breeze! Several resort hotels will also be connected to the Skyliner!


Skyliner stations will be located at:

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

Epcot’s International Gateway

Hollywood Studios 

Disney’s Pop Century

Disney’s Art of Animation

Disney’s Riviera Resort — (NEW DVC Resort coming soon!) 


Disney has now shared concept art for the Caribbean Beach Station. The station’s design is bright and tropical, fitting perfectly into the relaxed feel of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. In the sneak peek shared by Disney, they clued us in that this station in particular will serve as “the hub of activity” for the Skyliner!

Disney also shared with us the Hollywood Studios Station’s concept art. The architecture of this station will be a continuation of the art-deco style found in the main entrance of Hollywood Studios. The look of the station is very classic, Hollywood glam!

The Epcot station will be located at Epcot’s International Gateway. International Gateway is a side entrance to Epcot that is walking distance from Disney’s Yacht Club, Beach Club and Boardwalk Resorts. This location will be great for many resort guests to access. Concept art has also been released for this station. The building’s style will match the architecture of the nearby pavilions of Epcot’s World Showcase. This stations style evokes the feeling of travel and adventure!

Now let’s talk about the actual ride vehicles for the Skyliner. Disney has announced the official name for these gondola-type vehicles. They will be referred to as ‘cabins.’ With everything Disney does they always pride themselves on giving wonderful theming and attention to detail. This even applies right down to the very cabins that guests on the Skyliner will ride in. Each cabin will feature favorite Disney characters. Some cabins will feature classic Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and the Disney Princesses. And some cabins will feature more obscure Disney characters such as the hitch-hiking ghosts from the Haunted Mansion!

We are so excited for the completion of the Skyliner. I personally am looking forward to experiencing my “maiden-flight” on the new system!


Christmas Offerings Are Better Than Ever At The Universal Orlando Resort!


Universal Orlando is a vacation like no other! Here you can experience the magic of film-making and step-inside some of your favorite movies through themed lands, rides, and shows! The Resort offers something for all ages and interests, so everyone in your traveling party is sure to find something they enjoy.

During the Christmas season, Universal gets all decked out with special holiday offerings. This year they have raised the bar very high with more Christmas offerings than ever before! Let’s take a look at two of the main holiday attractions that are our favorite this year!

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts

Hogsmeade is decorated for Christmas this year and looks amazing! The creative team at universal wanted the decorations to fit the storyline of the area. Hogsmeade is a town full of many magical and mystical businesses. When the team was planning which decorations would adorn the area of Hogsmeade, they wanted to keep that feel of this being a real, working town. They made sure that the decorations that graced each shopfront fit into the theme of that specific store or business. The attention to detail is incredible! The beautiful holiday decorations are just a pre-show to what guests can experience at night in Hogsmeade! Come nighttime the Hogwart’s castle comes to life with a breathtaking holiday projection show called, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts.

The show uses state-of-the-art projection mapping technology and is truly filled with magic! As the lights dim the show begins with caroling ghosts singing classical Christmas hymns.

Guests are then taken on a captivating journey as wizards fly past on broomsticks and decorations magically appear on the iconic castle! This show is a must-see when visiting Universal at Christmas time!

Watch the full show in our YouTube Video,


Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

Our next pick for our favorite Christmas offerings is Universal’s Holiday parade featuring Macy’s. This parade gives a nod to the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV is a tradition for many families, and here at Universal you can get a taste of what it’s like to be there in person and see those famous balloons float down the street for yourself!

Universal’s Macy’s Parade has been an annual offering for a number of years, however this year the creative team at universal has stepped in and made their mark on the parade. Now along with the classic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade elements we love, the parade also features many of our favorite Universal characters. Characters from, Despicable Me, Madagascar and Shrek can all be spotted in this festive parade.

Just like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, even Santa Claus makes a special appearance!

The parade is fun, energetic and has a great balance of traditional Christmas, along with modern Universal favorites!

Watch the Parade on our YouTube Channel,

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Be sure to plan a holiday visit to Universal Orlando to experience all these great offerings for yourself. Our team at Kingdom Magic Vacations is always ready to help you plan your future trips! Have a Merry Christmas!









Experience the excitement of Star Wars at three Disney Destinations!

You’ve seen them on the big screen….now is your chance to meet them in person! Experience all the excitement of Star Wars at three Disney Destinations!

At Disney Parks, the force is strong! At Hollywood Studios and Disneyland, not only can you ride along with CP3O on Star Tours (this is worth riding numerous times as there are multiple versions…it’s almost never the same ride twice!), you can meet many of the major characters like Kylo Ren, Chewbacca and BB-8 and Darth Vader at Launch Bay. Be sure to have your cameras ready, or better yet, take advantage of Disney’s photo service to capture these moments. Younglings can be a part of The Jedi Training Academy and face off against the dark side (and let’s be honest here….us grown ups would like to do this too!)

At Star Wars Theater in Disney World, watch a behind the scenes video and see how film makers are creating the future of the Star Wars saga. In Disneyland, be sure to catch Star Wars: Path of the Jedi at The Tomorrowland Theater, a 10 min film featuring the highlights of the films.

At Hollywood Studios, witness Star Wars, A Galaxy Far Away. This live stage show, featuring Kylo Ren, Rey, Chewbacca, BB-8 and Darth Maul, brings to life legendary scenes from the movies. End your evening enjoying Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular…watch highlights from the film along featuring music and fireworks to light up the night sky. For an additional cost, you can enjoy a reserved seating area and indulge in The Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party (available on select nights).

Disney Cruise Line offers it’s own experiences. On select Caribbean sailings (Jan to April 2018), Darth Vader and the Storm troopers are taking over! Get ready for up close encounters with many from the dark side, like Boba Fet, the Jawas and the storm troopers. Not to worry though, Chewbacca and BB-8 are here too.

In the Oceaneer Club, younglings must defend against the First Order ar the Resistance Base. Little rebels can join the resistance when BB-8 and a pilot stop in to look for new recruits. End your evening on deck enjoying Summon the Force, a stunning spectacular featuring live action and featuring iconic moments from the saga. Sail off to a galaxy far away with the night time fireworks show featuring the musical score from John Williams.

Be sure to contact your Must Love Travel Group agent for more information or to make plans to experience all that Disney has to offer. Don’t forget to keep an eye open for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening on both coasts in 2019! I know I can’t wait!

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Concert Lineup Announced

Last year Disney introduced a new festival to Epcot, The Epcot International Festival of the Arts! The festival was a celebration of all mediums of art from visuals arts, to culinary arts, and also preforming arts! The festival was an instant hit and due to its popularity, we are excited that it will be returning again this year! The 2018 Epcot Festival of the Arts runs from January 12th through to February 19th.

Visual art could be seen all around the festival. Murals were painted live by artists. Guests could watch chalk artists create impressive illusions of 3-dimensional art on the ground. Along the world showcase promenade, pop–up shops showcased paintings for purchase. At some of these stations guests even had the chance to meet and get their prints signed by the artist.

Culinary art was available for purchase in marketplaces throughout the park. There were many food offerings, similar to what is offered at the very popular Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, but with an artistic flare!

The third component to the event was the preforming arts. Talented performers from the entertainment industry would star in shows at the American Gardens Theater. Many of the performers were stars flown in from the big apple that star in Disney’s Broadway shows! These performances were a fan-favorites during the festival’s debut year. That’s why you could imagine that when the festival was announced to return in 2018, many fans were filled with anticipation to hear the lineup of talent that would be preforming during the upcoming festival. Well, we have great news! The wait is over because Disney has now released the Disney on Broadway Concert series lineup! The performances will take place at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm on Friday through Monday evenings throughout the Festival of the Arts.

Here is the star-studded lineup!

January 12 to 15

  • Performers: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
  • Songs from: TarzanAladdinNewsiesand Frozen

January 19 to 22

  • Performers: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
  • Songs from: TarzanAladdinNewsiesand Frozen

January 26 to 29

  • Performers: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Songs from: TarzanThe Lion KingAidaAladdinand The Little Mermaid

February 2 to 5

  • Performers: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Songs from: TarzanThe Lion KingAidaAladdinand The Little Mermaid

February 9 to 12

  • Performers: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
  • Songs from: Beauty and the BeastThe Little MermaidMary PoppinsNewsiesand Frozen

February 16 to 19

  • Performers: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
  • Songs from: Beauty and the BeastThe Little MermaidMary PoppinsNewsiesand Frozen

If you would like to guarantee a good seat for the show and skip a long wait in line, you may want to consider a dining package. With the purchase of this package you get to enjoy either breakfast, lunch or dinner at your choice of a variety of Epcot restaurants. You then get priority seating for one performance and can avoid the stand-by line that often is a several-hour wait.

Restaurants participating in the 2018 dining package and current package pricing:

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Character Meal)
Breakfast: Adult $60.00 / Child $36.00 Lunch: Adult: $70.00 / Child $42.00 Dinner: Adult: $70.00 / Child $42.00

Lunch: Adult: $44.00 / Child $25.00 Dinner: Adult: $51.00 / Child $29.00

Coral Reef
Lunch: Adult: $66.00 / Child $22.00 Dinner: Adult: $66.00 / Child $22.00

Garden Grill (Character Meal)
Breakfast: Adult $43.00 / Child $27.00 Lunch: Adult: $57.00 / Child $36.00 Dinner: Adult: $57.00 / Child $36.00

Rose & Crown
Lunch: Adult: $57.00 / Child $21.00 Dinner: Adult: $57.00 / Child $21.00

With so much to offer at this festival early 2018 would be a great time to visit Walt Disney World!




Sunset Season’s Greetings at Hollywood Studios!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World is themed to the golden age of Hollywood. Entering the park and walking down Hollywood boulevard you become instantly immersed into the glitz and glamour of ‘Tinsel Town.’ During the Christmas Season, Hollywood Studios gets an extra layer of magic as every inch of the park gets adorned with gorgeous holiday decorations.

This year, Disney introduced a brand-new Christmas offering… Sunset Season’s Greetings! The show uses Disney’s latest in incredible projection-mapping technology to transform the Hollywood Tower Hotel into a series of holiday scenes. The quality of the projections is so clear and vivid. All of sunset boulevard gets festive as well, lights project on the palm trees that dance to the Christmas music, and billboards come to life with holiday scenes. To add to the atmosphere, it even snows in the middle of Florida!

Sunset Season’s Greeting is sure to put you and your family in the spirit of this magical season! There are no set times for the presentations, they take place intermittently throughout the evening. There are 4 different segments of projections that guests can experience. Each segment last about 2 minutes, then the tower is illuminated with a scene from that segment. This cycle is continuous throughout the entire evening. This system is very nice because guests don’t have to worry about staking out a spot to stand for the performance. The show can be seen from anywhere on sunset boulevard and because the presentations are continual there is not such a large crowd.

The 4 segments include a Mickey’ Christmas Carol segment, a Toy Story segment, a Muppet’s Segment, and a Frozen Segment.

Mickey’s Christmas Carol Segment

In this sequence, we watch the Hollywood Tower transform into a beautiful Victorian village! Horse drawn carriages glide across the screen and from the balconies you can see shadows of people moving about the quaint town. The attention to details in the effects is outstanding!


Toy Story Segment

In this sequence, the Hollywood Tower Hotel magically transforms into the Hollywood Toy Hotel! During this segment packages pile up to the brim of the hotel. Then the gifts open up and reveal a collection of toys! The toys bounce and dance across the toys. This segment is so colorful and whimsical. One of my favorite effects from the Toy Story sequence is the toy train that appears to be running in and out of the windows on the Hollywood Tower.


Muppet’s Segment

The Muppets sequence begins with the Swedish Chef creating a messy gingerbread house. Then a larger than life gingerbread house begins to be constructed on the Hollywood Tower! Icing, gumdrops and candy canes dance across the tower perfectly set to a Christmas soundtrack.

Frozen Segment

Frozen fans will adore this forth segment that features Olaf! Olaf sings an original song about holiday traditions and the tower comes to life with scenes depicting each of those festivities, such as decorating with garland, hanging stockings by the fire and caroling!

If you are traveling to Walt Disney World during the holidays, you will defiantly want to make Sunsets Season’s Greetings a must-see at Hollywood Studios park! Watch the show in our YouTube video!