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Itinerary highlights include return to Hawaii and other popular destinations

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2018) – In early 2020, Disney Cruise Line will offer families even more ways to explore the world together with the addition of a brand-new home port in New Orleans and a highly anticipated return to the Hawaiian Islands. Disney Cruise Line will also return to Puerto Rico for a limited time and continue guest-favorite itineraries to tropical destinations from Florida and California.

In 2020, the Disney Wonder will embark on a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from New Orleans – the first time Disney Cruise Line will have a home port in Louisiana. The limited-time season includes four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean sailings; a seven-night Bahamian cruise; and a 14-night Panama Canal voyage, departing Feb. 7 through March 6. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Bookings open to the public on Oct. 4, 2018.

First-time Home Port in New Orleans

In 2020, the Disney Wonder will embark on a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from New Orleans – the first time Disney Cruise Line will have a home port in Louisiana. Not only will this provide families from the region with the magic of having a Disney ship in their own backyard, but it will also draw families from farther away to discover this incredible city before they set sail.

Before or after their Disney cruise, guests can venture into the city to savor the distinct flavors of famous New Orleans cuisine, visit family-friendly museums and parks, and revel in the sweet melodies of world-renowned jazz music. Travelers will delight in the Southern charm of this new home port, and Disney fans will find magic around every corner as they recognize the iconic sights and sounds that inspired the beloved animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”

The Disney Wonder will embark on six cruises during this limited-time season from New Orleans, including four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean sailings; a seven-night Bahamian cruise; and a 14-night Panama Canal voyage, departing Feb. 7 through March 6.

Long-Awaited Return to Hawaii

After five years, Disney Cruise Line will make its much-anticipated return to Hawaii. As part of Disney Cruise Line’s early 2020 itineraries, the Disney Wonder will sail to Kiwiliwili on the pristine, mountainous island of Kauai, Hawaii. (David Murphey, photographer)

After a five-year hiatus, the Disney Wonder will return to Hawaii in early 2020 for two special cruises: a nine-night voyage to Honolulu from Vancouver, Canada, on April 29, and a 10-night sailing back to Vancouver on May 8.

During these dream vacations, guests will discover the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, including the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu; the views from high atop the summit of Haleakala Crater on Maui; the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai; and the diverse natural wonders of Hawaii Island.

Popular Itineraries from Puerto Rico and California

From San Juan, Puerto Rico in early 2020, the Disney Wonder sets sail on special cruises to the Southern Caribbean, visiting tropical destinations renowned for beautiful sun-kissed beaches and warm azure waters. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

The Disney Wonder continues its standout season with returns to popular home ports on both coasts. First, the ship sets sail for the Southern Caribbean during two seven-night voyages departing Jan. 19 and 26 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, followed by a five-night Bahamian cruise. Then beginning on March 20, the ship embarks on seven sailings to Baja and the Mexican Riviera, ranging in length from two to seven nights, from San Diego, California.

Unforgettable Tropical Getaways from Florida

Disney Cruise Line will have three ships sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida in early 2020, and every cruise includes a day of fun in the sun on Disney’s private Bahamian island reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay.

Disney Cruise Line guests sailing aboard most Caribbean and Bahamian voyages in early 2020 will spend a day ashore at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. In a setting of crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and lush landscapes, the island offers activities for every member of the family. (David Roark, photographer)

  • From Miami, the Disney Magic will sail three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises and five-night Western Caribbean cruises.
  • From Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, plus two special sailings at six- and eight-nights each.
  • From Port Canaveral, the Disney Dream will sail three- and four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay.

With a variety of options from Florida, guests can choose the vacation that provides something for everyone in the family, combining the adventure and relaxation of tropical destinations, the ease and indulgence of an ocean cruise, and the world-class entertainment and service of a Disney vacation.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, contact us today!

2019 Dates Announced for Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts & Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival!

Disney has announced the 2019 festival dates for 2 very popular Epcot Festivals! Disney has now released the dates for this coming year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts as well as the dates for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! Let’s talk about what each of these wonderful events has to offer!

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Date: January 18, 2019 – February 25, 2019

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is Disney’s newest addition to their festival lineup! The festival is comprised of 3 components: visuals arts, culinary arts and performing arts. Throughout Epcot guests can view and even purchase many gorgeous pieces of artwork! Performing artists are around entertaining guests with their talents. There is even a Disney on Broadway concert series where guests can see stars from many Disney Broadway shows! Similar to other popular Epcot festivals food has a big presence at the event! Food booths are set up throughout Epcot each offering wonderful culinary creations. All of the dishes are complete with a lot of artistic flare! I personally have not yet been to this festival but it is my goal to change that this year! Art has always been a passion and a hobby for me! I love to oil paint in my free time, I have always been a theater and performing arts enthusiast and I am a foodie! So, it is safe to say that every aspect of this festival is right up my alley!

 

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Dates: March 6, 2019 – June 3, 2019

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is a fan favorite for many Disney park-goers! Epcot is always beautiful but during the Flower and Garden Festival it becomes even more breathtaking! The park is transformed into a floral paradise! Every inch of the park is covered in gorgeous floral displays. The Disney horticulture team does an amazing job bringing beloved characters to life through topiaries! Food and drinks also play a key role in the event, outdoor kitchens are set up around the park serving delicious springtime bites! In the evening, Guests can enjoy the Garden Rocks concert series at the American Gardens Theatre. There is always something new added to this festival each year! The Flower and garden Festival has become a must do for me and my family every spring!

To hear more about the Epcot International Festival of the Arts and the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, watch our new YouTube video!

 

 

NEW Food and Wine Tailgate Tasting at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2018! Walt Disney World

Fall is officially here! School is back in session, the leaves are starting to change, pumpkin spice is filling the crisp air… and oh yeah, it football season!! Many sports fans are thrilled for the start of another season and this year Epcot is getting into the football fun by offering a new Food and Wine Tailgate Tasting at this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

The event will be a new series taking place on Monday afternoons. The offering is put on by ESPN’s Monday Night Football! The experience is completely FREE to guests! This 45-minute program will pair tailgate-style food and beverage offerings. All of these tailgate culinary staples will be elevated to a new level to bring a unique take to classic tailgate favorites! Examples of some items include a smoked brie mac and cheese served alongside a tropical mimosa!

Each Monday afternoon guests will be able to enjoy a flight of 3 small plates and 3 beverages. Each week will be different and the items created will actually be inspired by the team’s cities that are playing that night! So creative! During the experience participates will actually get to learn how to create the dishes that they are enjoying from the Disney culinary experts themselves! What a great way to get ideas for your own next tailgate party!

The Food and Wine Tailgate Tasting was first offered on September 10, 17 and 24. There are upcoming dates that guests will still be able to experience on October 1, 8 and 15. The Food and Wine Tailgate Tasting takes place from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. inside of Epcot’s Festival Center.

Like I said before this experience is complimentary! If you are interested in attending make sure to stop by the Festival Center starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning to get a wristband as your ticket into that afternoon’s tasting. I recommend getting to the festival center early if you are interested as space is limited and wristbands are distributed on a first-come/first-served basis. All members of your party must be present to receive their wristband.

There is still time to plan a great last-minute fall getaway to the Walt Disney World Resort! During Fall you can enjoy the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, take in all the beautiful Fall Decorations around the parks, go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as well as enjoy all the fun attractions Disney is home to year-round! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your vacation!

Universal’s Islands of Adventure Named Number One Theme Park in the WORLD! Universal Orlando Resort!

TripAdvisor has named Universal’s Islands of Adventure the number one theme park in the world for the fourth year in a row! In addition, Universal Orlando’s original park, Universal Studios Florida was voted #5 on the worldwide list and #4 on the national list. Universal has stated that they are extremely grateful and they thank their fans for their support! Universal stated,

 

“This accomplishment is all because of you—our fans—so we’d like to take this moment to share our sincerest gratitude. Every day, we’re working to add new experiences for you and your family and friends to enjoy.”

 

Here is a list of just a few experiences that Universal has added to Islands of Adventure this past year:

  • New nighttime experiences in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade—celebrate your Hogwarts house with The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle and the holidays with The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.

 

  • The chance to encounter the beloved raptor, Blue, face-to-face in Jurassic Park.

 

  • An option to dine with your favorite Super Heroes in Marvel Super Hero Island.

 

  • The ability to indulge in a mountain of customized cotton candy in Seuss Landing.

 

When was the last time you visited the #1 theme park in the world?! Now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the Universal Orlando Resort! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

Adventures by Disney Reveals New Short Escape Vacations for 2019

BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2018) — In 2019, families will have more ways than ever to explore the world with Disney with an expanded line-up of Short Escape vacations with Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel worldwide. In addition to its existing portfolio of more than 50 global vacations, Adventures by Disney will transport travelers to three new international cities on brand-new itineraries in Boston, London and Vancouver, Canada.

Short Escapes are two- to four-night adventures in iconic destinations that can be booked as stand-alone getaways or as add-ons to other vacation plans. Combining visits to must-see attractions with hands-on activities and opportunities to discover hidden gems, these itineraries are founded on enriching, authentic experiences and bolstered by signature Disney storytelling, VIP service and special access. The expert services of two knowledgeable Disney-trained Adventure Guides ensure guests enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime vacation from start to finish.

From hassle-free planning to premier accommodations to private tours and interactive activities, the new Short Escape itineraries offer endless opportunities for families to soak in every moment in these incredible cities.

Best of Boston – Past and Present

Treasured American history and spirited contemporary culture come to life during a diverse line-up of experiences in Boston on the new four-day, three-night Short Escape itinerary.

In 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer a brand-new Short Escape itinerary in Boston, where adventurers will be immersed in the city’s legendary stories of the American Revolution during privately guided tours and interactive experiences. Other family-friendly excursions and activities include rowing along the Charles River, biking the city on a private sightseeing tour, exploring the grounds of Harvard Yard and indulging at a private New England clambake on Thompson Island. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Throughout the trip, guests are immersed in the city’s legendary stories. During a privately guided tour along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route teeming with historical locales, families follow 18th-century costumed guides back in time as they are regaled with thrilling tales from the American Revolution. A private, after-hours tour of the Old North Church places travelers in the famed footsteps of Paul Revere, while another special after-hours visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum concludes with a private dinner steeped in the city’s storied roots.

Other family-friendly excursions and activities include rowing along the Charles River, biking the city on a private sightseeing tour, exploring the grounds of Harvard Yard and indulging at a private New England clambake on Thompson Island.

The new Boston Short Escape is available on select dates in May through October 2019.

Bucket List Getaway in London

Adventures by Disney guests will revel in the royal treatment with VIP experiences in one of the world’s most iconic cities during the new three-day, two-night Short Escape in London. This bucket list getaway can be booked as a stand-alone vacation or as a pre-cruise add-on to Disney Cruise Line sailings out of nearby Dover, England.

In 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer a brand-new Short Escape itinerary in London, where adventurers will revel in the royal treatment with VIP experiences in one of the world’s most iconic cities. The itinerary includes a private viewing of the royal Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, a high-speed boat ride along the River Thames and a privately guided tour of Westminster Abbey, the revered site of royal coronations and weddings. (Mark Ashman, photographer)

The itinerary is filled with exceptional experiences, including a once-in-a-lifetime, private viewing of the royal Crown Jewels led by the Tower of London’s Jewel House Warden; a private, high-speed thrill ride in a boat along the River Thames; and a privately guided tour of Westminster Abbey, the revered site of royal coronations and weddings. Families will also witness the time-honored tradition of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an unforgettable dinner show.

The new London Short Escape is available on select dates in July, August and September 2019.

City Highlights and Outdoor Recreation in Vancouver

Active adventures and culinary delights await on the new three-day, two-night Short Escape itinerary in Vancouver. This trip can be booked as a stand-alone vacation or as the perfect complement to a Disney Cruise Line Alaska voyage.

In 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer a brand-new Short Escape itinerary in Vancouver, Canada, where adventurers will discover unparalleled views of the city’s lush natural surroundings during exciting outdoor activities like ziplining and gondola rides at Grouse Mountain, a privately guided tour at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and a morning bike ride through Stanley Park. (Diana Zalucky, photographer)

Exciting outdoor activities offer unparalleled vantage points of the city’s lush natural surroundings. At Grouse Mountain, adventurers soar over treetops on a thrilling ziplining excursion after a scenic gondola ride to the mountain peak. A privately guided tour at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers breathtaking views from 110 feet above the forest floor, while a morning bike ride through Stanley Park provides a leisurely look at one of North America’s largest parks.

On the first night, Junior Adventurers embark on a special scavenger hunt expedition with their Adventure Guides, while adults unwind with beer and wine flights at a local tasting room. During a “foodie” walking tour of Granville Island’s famous Public Market the next day, travelers will get a taste of the city’s thriving culinary scene as they sample local cheeses, charcuterie, freshly baked breads, indulgent desserts and more.

The trip also features early access to Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bear habitat, where guests can observe bears up-close and enjoy a special breakfast with amazing views, plus photo-worthy encounters with lively lumberjacks, birds of prey and towering totem poles.

The new Vancouver Short Escape is available on select dates in May through September 2019.

More Big Adventures on Short Escapes

Returning in 2019 are Adventures by Disney’s popular Short Escapes to New York City, San Francisco, Southern California, Wyoming, Barcelona and Rome. Highlights of these spectacular itineraries include exclusive visits to Good Morning America in New York City; private, after-hours tours of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome; and behind-the-scenes access at Disneyland Resort in California.

Like all Adventures by Disney vacations, Short Escape packages include all accommodations, tickets and admissions, transportation within the destination, luggage handling, snacks and most meals, and the services of two dedicated Adventure Guides.

Bookings for new 2019 Short Escape vacations open to the public on Sept. 20, 2018. To learn more about Adventures by Disney or to book a vacation, contact us today! 866-972-6244

New Experiences at this year’s 2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Halloween is in full swing at the Walt Disney World Resort! Disney’s premier Halloween event is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! The event has become an annual tradition for many people! From trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom to the specialty fireworks this event has something for everyone!

This year Disney has introduced more new offerings than ever before at the party! We are going over all of the new things this year in our latest YouTube video!

 

What are you most excited for at this year’s party?

There is still time to plan a great fall vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

Epcot’s IllumiNations will be Replaced with a NEW Nighttime Show in 2019! Walt Disney World

Disney has announced some big news regarding Epcot’s nighttime show. It has been speculated for a while now that a change to Epcot’s beloved nighttime spectacular IllumiNations could be receiving a replacement. Well this week Disney has confirmed the rumors and shared that IllumiNations Reflections of Earth Fireworks Spectacular will be coming to an end!

Disney has stated that a brand new nighttime spectacular will replace IllumiNations beginning in the second half of 2019. Disney plans to begin the new show immediately after the final finale of IllumiNations!

This is a bittersweet announcement for many of us to hear. For me personally IllumiNations is very nostalgic and a show I always look forward to every visit I make to Epcot. However I am so excited to see what Disney has in store for the new show! Similar to when Disney replaced Magic Kingdom’s beloved fireworks show “Wishes” with “Happily Ever After” last year, I know that they will do an amazing upgrade with the new show!

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Disney is describing the new Epcot spectacular as an “all-new nighttime fireworks spectacular”, and the “new thrills” are already being designed. I can image we will see many new technological improvements in the new show! I personally am very curious what the new soundtrack will be like!! My favorite thing about the current show IllumiNations is the iconic song! I’m sure Disney is creating an amazing new track we will all love!

Our beloved IllumiNations will run through to the second half of 2019, so there is still time to see it one last time before it is gone. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your magical vacation!

Most Photogenic Food Items at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk!

CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort is a paradise for foodies! There are snacks and treats of all kinds to be found throughout CityWalk! What is even better than your snacks tasting amazing?….. Having them also LOOK amazing! We are the Instagram generation and let’s admit, we do love when we can grab that amazing food pic! Well Universal CityWalk is home to many snacks and delights that will deliver on both taste and looks! Here is a few of our favorite most photogenic treats!

 

NBC Sports Grill & Brew: Soft Pretzel

The best way to start your meal at NBC Sports Grill & Brew is the large, warm soft pretzel. Let’s clarify that in this case large, truly means it. This pretzel is massive and perfect to share! It is perfectly salted and served with jalapeno queso and mustard. This gigantic pretzel is definitely picture worthy!

 

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville: Volcano Nachos

I don’t know… I don’t know where I’m gonna go when the volcano blows! But I do know that these Volcano Nachos make for a very impressive picture! Over at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville these nachos are piled higher than you can imagine and stuffed with tons of amazing toppings.

 

The Cowfish: Burgushi

It may sound like an odd combination, but hamburgers and sushi do absolutely go together. This creation makes for a delicious and very aesthetically pleasing combination! The Cowfish Burgushi is a can’t miss and makes for a memorable photo. A favorite is “The Prime Time” Filet & Lobster Roll with lobster and cucumber inside, topped with seared rare seasoned filet mignon and pan-fried portabella mushroom slices!

 

VIVO Italian Kitchen: Squid Ink Seafood

Black pasta is definitely unique and makes for a great dish to document! The Squid Ink Seafood is a work of art! Not only that but it tastes incredible! Be sure to try this interesting dish at VIVO Italian Kitchen!

 

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Tres Leches

If you have ever been to Antojitos before then you know that all of their desserts are works of art! You can pick from a wide selection of authentic Mexican treats that will all leave your mouths watering! The Tres Leches with fresh berries and toasted meringue is almost too beautiful to eat! But be sure to dig in because the flavor is worth it!

 

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen: Milkshakes

One of the hardest decision you will have to make during your vacation is deciding which milkshake you would like from The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen! No matter which one you pick, all of these lavish milkshakes make for a one of a kind photo-op! If you are wanting the most colorful shake be sure to try the Confetti Milkshake!

 

Voodoo Doughnut: Anything!

You can order any doughnut from Voodoo Doughnut and we can promise you it will be very picture-worthy. From bright purple with sprinkles to cereal or cookie-covered doughnuts and more, all of these doughnut creations are sure to make for a great shot and taste amazing!

 

What do you think is the most photogenic food item at Universal’s CityWalk?

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

NEW Food and Beverage Offerings at Universal Orlando’s 2018 Halloween Horror Nights!

This year’s Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Orlando Resort will bring many brand-new food and beverage offerings, including items inspired by the Netflix supernatural thriller, “Stranger Things”. There are so many delious looking goodies in this years culinary lineup! Let’s take a look at whats new!

Strawberry Shortcake Waffles

Location: San Francisco Bakery

 

Bananas Foster Waffles

Location: San Francisco Bakery

Triple Decker Extravaganza Waffles

Location: San Francisco Bakery

Fudge Dipped Waffle on a Stick

Location: Benny’s Burgers, New York Area

Waffle Ice Cream Pocket Sundae

Location: Louie’s Gelato Window

Christmas Tree Light Cupcakes

 

11 Mini Donuts

 

If you are in the mood for something a little more savory, then fear not, Universal has you covered. Stop by Benny’s Burgers, named after the diner in season one of “Stranger Things,” in the New York section of the park. Here you’ll find cheeseburgers, hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, all served with a side of tasty fries. You can also enjoy the return of the Fiery Onion Ring Burger at Mel’s Drive-In, as well as the Chili Garlic Chicken Sandwich at Richter’s in San Francisco, and also the Pizza Fries at KidZone Pizza Company!

What are you most excited to sink your teeth into at this year Halloween Horror Nights? Contact you Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to plan an amazing trip to the Universal Orlando Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of next!

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

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

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

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

Pizza al Taglio

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

 

Kringla Bakeri og Kafe

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

 

What is your favorite dining location in World showcase?

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

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

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

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

 

Canvas Painting on the Boards

Cost: $50

Location: Trattoria al Forno

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM on

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

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

 

Design Your Own Wire Mickey

Cost: $25

Sundays

Location: Belle Vue Lounge

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Wednesdays

Location: Trattoria al Forno

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Wine Glass Painting on the Boards

Cost: $50

Location: AbracadaBar

Dates: Thursdays throughout September

 

Watch our new YouTube video for more details!

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

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

 

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

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

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

Dynamite Twix Roll:

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

Taste the Rainbow Roll:

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

Candy ForYa Roll:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

  1. Back to Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt

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

Universal Studios Florida

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

Universal’s Island of Adventure

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

 

  1. Group Photo Fridays

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

Friday, September 7:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Where: Hogwarts Express

When: 2 PM EST

Friday, September 14:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Where: Triwizard Stage

When: 12:45 PM EST

Friday, September 21:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Where: Carkitt Market Stage

When: 12 PM EST

Friday, September 28:

Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Where: Knight Bus

When: 2 PM EST

*Times and locations subject to change

 

  1. Dress for Back to Hogwarts

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

 

  1. All the Magic!

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

 

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

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

Why Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel?!

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

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

Value:

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Moderate:

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Deluxe:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Deluxe Villas:

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

 

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

  1. Proximity to the Parks

  2. Disney Transportation & Magical Express

  3. Early Access to FastPass Bookings

  4. Extra Magic Hours

  5. Disney Magic!

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

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

Fall into Magic this Year at Walt Disney World Resort

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

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

23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Offers New Tastes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Toy Story Land: A Perfect Place for Fall Fun

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

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

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

Disney Junior Dance Party Shimmies into Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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

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

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

New Hotel and Ticket Package Available Labor Day Week

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

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

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