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Spirit Of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Walt Disney World VIDEO

 

I always say that the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels are vacations within themselves! From the amenities to the details in the resort’s theming, the Walt Disney World Resort can truly immerse you in a whole other vacation destination within your current vacation destination! This is absolutely the case at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort located on the Magic Kingdom Resort monorail loop! At this resort you will be convinced you are in the islands! Just strolling the resort’s grounds you will be in awe by how the lush greenery and tropical plants transport you to a serene paradise!

 

It is here at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort that you will find one of the most popular dinner shows on all of Disney World property, the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show! This authentic Hawaiian luau is so much more than just a great meal and show, it is an entire experience!

 

 

This meal is a true feast, served family style to your table! Your server will keep refilling your plate with whatever you would like to enjoy more of, so you can help yourself to all your favorites! Select alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine are also included for free for guest old enough to enjoy them.

 

 

The show at the luau is so fun and entertaining while also being filled with a ton of heart. You will walk away knowing having learned more about the spirit and culture of Hawaii! You will have a deeper appreciation for the meaning of Ohana, the Hawaiian word for family!

 

 

The first half of the show is filled with exciting dances and even some fun crowd interactions. The second half of the show then really heats up! Literally! One will see an incredible Hawaiian fire dancer! This act is something you have to see to believe! During this section of the show every eye in the the house is just fixated on the stage anticipating what this talented fire performer will do next! During this section of the show there is also some more traditional Hawaiian hula dances and songs. It is a beautiful presentation that is authentic to the Hawaiian culture!

 

 

The Spirit of Aloha Dinner show is sure to be a hit with everyone in your party! This is also a very special experience if you are looking for a unique way to celebrate a milestone at Disney and want to do something extra special. My family and I did this experience to celebrate my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary! Disney made the experience so magical. When cast members heard what we were celebrating they presented my grandparents both with special Hawaiian leis. The entire evening made for a truly incredible family memory!

 

I hope you will check this show out with your own Ohana very soon!

Watch some highlights from the Spirit of Aloha Dinner show in our new YouTube video!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort or to any destination that your are dreaming of traveling next!

 

NEW IllumiNations Dining Package Coming to Epcot’s Rose & Crown! Walt Disney World

 

2019 is going to be a very big year for Walt Disney World! There are many new and exciting attractions and experiences coming to the park THIS YEAR! One of the new changes that we can look forward to seeing later this year is the brand-new Epcot night-time spectacular! I personally am so excited to see what this new show will bring to Epcot. However, the bitter-sweet part about this is that the well-loved current Epcot show, IllumiNation: Reflection of Earth will be ending later this year to make way for the new replacement show. I will be sad to see IllumiNations leave, I have many memories watching this show and singing along to it’s amazing soundtrack after a fun-filled day in Epcot!

 

 

I am definitely going to be sure to catch IllumiNations as often as I can in these next few months before it is gone. IllumiNation: Reflection of Earth will be ending its run before the end of this summer of 2019 to make way for Epcot’s new night-time spectacular. If you also want to catch IllumiNations before it leaves the park later this year then you are in luck because Disney has announced a great new dining package that will give you the chance to enjoy a great meal and take in the show from an incredible vantage point!

 

 

This new dining package is offered at The Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room located in Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion. The package will include a meal with seating on The Rose & Crown Pub’s patio! From the patio of this restaurant you will enjoy a fantastic view of IllumiNations! The perspective of the show that you get from this location is breathtaking! You are so close to the lagoon and can feel like you are immersed in the show! Another pro to getting this special reserved seating is not having to wait hours to get a perfect view anywhere else in the park. IllumiNations is a very popular show and crowds are sure to be even larger these next few month as it is the last few presentation of the show. Many guests will plan to get an up-close spot hours before the show begins. Due to this you may have a hard time finding an unobstructed viewing area to watch the show. You can choose to wait far in advance for that perfect fireworks spot but everyone knows your time on vacation is so valuable that’s why a package like this is a wonderful option to help you make the most of your time in the park!

 

 

This dining package includes a prix fixe menu which features Rose & Crown favorites AND unlimited alcoholic beverages (for guests 21 and over) as well as a wide selection of non-alcoholic beverages! The meal offerings for the IllumiNations Dining Package features your choice of a Scotch Egg or the United Kingdom Cheese Platter as your starter.

 

 

For your entrée, your choices include Rose & Crown’s signature Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Pan-roasted Scottish Salmon, or Bangers and Mash. For dessert, you will enjoy a Pudding Platter Trio featuring Sticky Toffee Pudding, English Trifle, and Chocolate Nougat Bar.

 

 

As always Disney has thought of everyone in the party! Kids can get their own prix fixe package. This kid’s meal will offer soup or salad with their choice of Cheese and Turkey Flatbread, Turkey Meatball Pasta, Cheesy Pasta, or Fish and Chips as well as either Fruit Salad or Trifle for dessert.

 

 

Bookings will open on January 17th for reservations starting on January 18th. The price is $85 for adults and $35 for children (tax and gratuity included). I am so excited about this new offering and definitely want to check this experience out for myself! As I mentioned before this is a great way to guarantee you will get an incredible view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth so that you can see it to its fullest before the replacement show comes later this year.

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort or to any destination you are dreaming of traveling next!

Lunch at Ale & Compass – Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Walt Disney World

 

During my most recent trip to Walt Disney World my family and I experienced a Disney first for all of us! We dined at a restaurant we had never tried before, Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. We were all filled with so much anticipation to check out a brand new restaurant that none of us had been to yet! I am very excited to tell you that our experience here did not disappoint! I actually proclaimed that our lunch here at Ale & Compass was my favorite meal of that trip!

 

 

The menu features New England style comfort food including many classic seafood dishes! The restaurant’s decor is themed to be reminiscent of a cozy lighthouse. This table-service dining location perfectly fits into the overall atmosphere of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!

 

 

For my entree I choose the the white clam flatbread! White flatbread pizzas are my favorite variation of flatbreads and I do love clams! However I have to say I was skeptical what the combination of the clams on top of the flatbread would be like. Curiosity got the best of me so I asked our waitress about the dish. She was wonderful and very knowledgable about the menu. She told us that the white clam flatbread was actually her favorite item on the menu! I knew I had to give it a try!

 

 

This meal was incredible! As I said before this ended up becoming my favorite meal of the vacation! I can’t wait to get back here again to this restaurant! Another great thing about Ale & Compass is it is located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort which is in the Epcot Resort area. The resort can be accessed from Epcot through International Gateway the park’s side entrance! From Epcot’s International Gateway you are just a short walk or boat ride away from the Yacht Club! I would definitely recommend making a reservation here during a day at Epcot. This would be a great way to have a short mid-day break from the park and relax with a nice meal before hitting the theme parks again in the evening!

 

 

I filmed my experience checking out this restaurant for the first time. You can watch the video on our YouTube channel:

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to Walt Disney World or to whatever destination you may be dreaming of next!

How to Eat for FREE at Walt Disney World! All About Disney World’s Free Dining Offer 2019!

 

2019 is off to a very exciting start here at Kingdom Magic Vacations! Our team is ready to make your vacation dreams come true! One of the most anticipated Walt Disney World promotions has just been released! This offer is none other than Disney’s Free Dining offer!

 

 

 

Everyone knows that one of the most expensive parts of any Disney vacation is the cost of feeding your family during the trip. This is why this free dining promotion is so popular and highly anticipated. The free dining package gives you and your family one of the Disney Dining plans included complimentary in your vacation package! This offer is available for bookings made now through February 10th, 2019 for travel dates most nights from July 5th through September 30th, 2019, while offer supplies last. This is a very popular offer so for the best selection contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner right away to take advantage of this great promotion!

 

 

The dining plan gives you a set amount of meal and snack credits for every member of your party to use during your vacation. Disney offers a selection of dining plans. There is the Quick Service Dining Plan, the Standard Disney Dining Plan, and the Deluxe Dining Plan. Each level of the dining plan offers a series of different meal types and varying numbers of credits. There is a plan for the needs and wants of every family! The Quick Service Dining Plan is great for families who love to be on the go enjoying all the parks have to offer! The Deluxe Dining Plan is perfect for families who enjoy table service meals and are looking for more flexibility when it comes to choosing between both quick-service and sit down meals. You can get the best of both worlds!  Out of the 3 plans there is sure to be one that best fits exactly what you are looking for. Let’s take a look at what each Disney Dining plan includes:

 

Quick Service Dining Plan

  • 2 quick-service meals
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

Standard Disney Dining Plan

  • 1 table-service meal
  • 1 quick-service meal
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

Deluxe Dining Plan

  • 3 meals (any combination of table-service and quick-service)
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

 

 

Like I said there is definitely a plan that will best fit exactly what you and your family are looking for. The Disney Dining plans are always available as an add-on when planning your Walt Disney World Vacation. However, with this special free dining offer you will receive a Disney Dining Plan included in your vacation package for FREE!

 

 

The Disney Dining Plan that you will receive with your package will vary depending upon which hotel you will be staying at. Select hotels are eligible for the different levels of the dining plan. Here is a full list of which hotels fall under the varying plans.

 

Disney Deluxe Villas – Standard Disney Dining Plan

  • 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

 

Disney Deluxe Resorts – Standard Disney Dining Plan 

  • 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

 

Disney Moderate Resorts – Disney Quick Service Dining Plan

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

 

Disney Value Resorts – Disney Quick Service Dining Plan

  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – (Family Suites Only)
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

 

 

Once your trip is booked you can relax knowing that your entire vacation is already budgeted! Your package will already include your hotel room, park tickets and your meal plan. Everything will be taken care of with one package rate, that is an incredible value!

 

 

With a deal like this now is the perfect time to start planning your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Make 2019 extra special by making memories with the ones you love at the Most Magical Place on Earth! Our team here at Kingdom Magic Vacations is ready to help you plan the vacation you are dreaming!

 

Dinner at Chefs De France in Epcot’s France Pavilion! Walt Disney World Video!

 

On my recent Walt Disney World Vacation my family and I dined at Chefs De France, one of the restaurants in the France Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase. It had been years since I last dined at this table-service restaurant so I was very excited to experience it again! We choose to make this dining reservation at the last minute, we were in Epcot with a free agenda and wanted to dine somewhere exciting! We were thrilled to see the Chefs De France reservation pop up as available for that evening on the My Disney Experience app!

 

 

We headed to the France Pavilion and were soon escorted to our table. We were so happy to get seated in the front dining room facing the World Showcase Lagoon, as Epcot’s nighttime spectacular IllmiNations – Reflection of Earth was about to begin! Tall panoramic glass windows stretch around the entire perimeter of the restaurant, offering incredible views of the France Pavilion as well as Epcot’s World Showcase. Our location in the restaurant made for the perfect spot to watch the fireworks and lasers of IllmiNations! Due to this first-floor restaurant being slightly elevated we actually had one of the best views of the show I had ever seen! We could see all the fireworks including the lower ones right on the water!

 

 

In addition to the breathtaking views, the restaurants overall ambiance is also gorgeous! The classic French design and décor creates an elegant and romantic atmosphere! This is a very good date night restaurant! You will feel truly immersed in the French culture making this meal a true experience!

 

 

Now let’s talk about the food! The menu offers traditional French Fare while still being approachable. Everyone in your party is sure to find something they will enjoy, from the pickiest eater to the most adventure food connoisseur! There is something for everyone!

 

 

Chefs De France’s menu offers a wide selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts that can all be ordered a la carte. Additionally, the restaurant also offers a prix fixe menu which allows you to choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert all for one fixed price of $39.99. My party and I all choose to do the prix fixe option as we found this to be an incredible value for everything you got!

 

For my appetizer, I went with a French classic, the Soupe à Poignon Gratinée. A.K.A French Onion Soup! This soup was topped with delicious gruyère cheese. It was a winner and a very large portion size for being an appetizer!

 

For my entrée, I went for the Poulet fermier à la Layonnaise, pomme purée – which was Lyon style roasted chicken served with tomatoes and vinegar sauce, mashed potatoes. The chicken was so tender! It melted it my mouth! Very delicious and once again, a very generous portion size!

 

Now for everyone’s favorite part… dessert! I chose the gateau au chocolat –a Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Sauce, and Mint Chocolate Ice Cream! This was SPECTACULAR! The chocolate cake was rich and decadent! The mint flavor from the mint chocolate ice cream enhanced the dish without being too overpowering. I loved everything about this dessert and would order it again in a heartbeat!

 

 

After our meal, Epcot was actually closed for the night so we got to experience an empty park as we made our way out and back to the monorail. We got to enjoy a leisurely stroll and take in the sights of the World Showcase pavilions and Future World all with no crowds! This allowed us to really take in all the details and beauty that Epcot has to offer! This is also the perfect time to take some amazing photos with no one else in the background!

 

 

I filmed my experience dining at Chefs De France. You can watch it on our YouTube Channel:

 

I look forward to my next dining experience at Chefs De France and trying other items from their delicious menu! Be sure to check this restaurant out on your next Walt Disney World Vacation! As always, our knowledgeable team at Kingdom Magic Vacation is ready to help you plan the trip you are dreaming of!

NEW Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Now Open at Disney Springs! Walt Disney World

I love Disney Springs for all of the wonderful, shopping, dining and entertainment offerings that call Disney Springs home! There is a huge selection of stores and eateries to choose from, giving you endless options for a fun day or night out! And now I am excited to share with you that the list of places to check out at Disney Springs just got even longer! This past week Disney Springs welcomed Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill to their lineup of amazing restaurants!

Chef Wolfgang Puck has a name well known around Disney Springs! Chef Wolfgang Puck’s Counter Service location, Wolfgang Puck Express, located in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs has remained consistently open. In addition to his success at this popular quick-service location, the chef has had other Disney Spring’s eateries! If you visited Disney Springs a few years back or even when the area was known as Downtown Disney, then you may remember his previous restaurant that was located over on the West Side, Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe and Dining Room. Also on the West Side the famous chef also previously had a quick-service location which also closed in August 2017. (Fun Fact: The former location of Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe will soon be home to Jaleo by Chef José Andrés.)

 

Now we are very excited that Wolfgang Puck has a brand-new restaurant in a new location in the Town Center section of Disney Springs, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill! Here the celebrity chef will be serving up his signature California cuisine with a new twist!

 

The restaurant is located in the Town Center of Disney Springs. You can find it in between the Town Center indoor shopping complex and the Coca-Cola Store. It is directly across from Guy Ferrari’s Chicken Guy. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill has a much different atmosphere then the previous Wolfgang Puck Café. When you enter the new restaurant you immediately pick up on the very modern, fresh vibe that this new location has! It is very sleek and gives the Wolfgang Puck name a whole new identity.

Once inside Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill you will notice accents of red contrast against a pallet of neutral tones. There is a wide array of different seating arrangements including a space to host large party sizes! In addition to the crisp and clean colors, there are plenty of details that add visual appeal to the restaurant, from exposed wood beams to intricate lighting pieces. The location features many large windows giving the space a very bright and open feel. On the walls of the restaurant you can find many black and white portraits that bring a very personal touch into the space! Some of the black and white art is of fresh produce used to highlight the fresh ingredients you will find in your dishes.

 

All of these touches are great however, the true focal point of the restaurant is the on-stage kitchen where all of the culinary artistry is taking place! When you enter the restaurant to your left-hand side the first thing you are greeted by is the pizza kitchen! Chef Wolfgang Puck is known for his gourmet pizzas, so this is an appropriate welcome to the restaurant! Located in the back of the restaurant you will find the main open kitchen where all of the other wonderful dishes are coming to life!

Now here comes the part that I personally am most excited for, there’s the Gelato Bar! This Gelato bar is connected with the bakery area. You can find it to your right as you enter Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill! Not dining in at the restaurant but in the mode for dessert? Then good news, Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill has you covered! You will also be able to get this gelato from the restaurant’s walk-up window! I will definitely be checking out this gelato bar on my next visit to Disney Springs!

 

So now let’s talk about the restaurant’s food! Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill menu has received a very fresh makeover when compared to the chef’s previous dining location, while still retaining some well-loved classics. This menu of “California cuisine,” offers a wide selection of options. Everyone in your party is sure to find something they will enjoy!

 

I will definitely be making a dining reservation to check out Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill on my next vacation to Walt Disney World this February! Looking at their menu I am looking forward to trying either the Basil and Shrimp Pizza or the Sea Bass! Be sure to check out this great new restaurant yourself next time you are in Disney Springs! Plan your next vacation now by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner! Our team is always ready to use their knowledge and expertise to help you plan your perfect vacation!

 

Dinner at Cinderella Royal Table at Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World

Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table is an experience you will never forget! This restaurant is actually located inside of Cinderella’s Castle inside of the Magic Kingdom Park! Not only during your meal will you enjoy the atmosphere of dining inside of Walt Disney World’s most recognizable icon but this meal is a character dining experience! During your time in the restaurant you will meet many Disney princesses! Exploring the castle, meeting royalty and enjoying a delicious meal all combine for an unforgettable experience!

I dined at Cinderella’s Royal Table for the first time for dinner during my most recent Disney World Vacation! Through a little Disney Magic we were able to grab this coveted reservation at the last minute! This was something we all always wanted to do so we were filled with excitement!

Once we checked in at the downstairs podium located on the backside of the castle we were soon escorted inside the castle were we got to meet Cinderella herself as our first princess of the night. We got the chance to chat with Cinderella and then take a family photo with her! The other princesses in attendance will vary from day to day so it is a surprise who you will get to meet but Cinderella is always a guarantee. It is her castle of course! After meeting Cinderella we got to sit in the grand foyer as we waited for them to call our party’s name. As we waited we got to take in the details of the beautiful castle! Everywhere you look the architectural details are regal and elegant! Of course there are magical touches as well such as Cinderella’s mice friends Jaq and Gus peaking down from the rafters!

Soon the chimes rang and our party name was announced. We were then escorted upstairs to the dining room! It is absolutely breathtaking! You truly feel like royalty! The menu is a prefix, you get to select an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert. For my appetizer I choose the Castle Salad, with Citrus-marinated Buffalo Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomatoes, Mixed Greens, Parmesan Crisps, and Balsamic Reduction! It honestly was one of my favorite salads I’ve ever had! For my entree I picked the Beef and Shrimp, delicious Beef Tenderloin and Buttered Shrimp, Fingerling Potatoes with Nueske’s Bacon and Blue Cheese, Summer Vegetables, and a Shallot-Herb Compound Butter. For dessert I choose the Clock Strikes Twelves, a Dark Chocolate Mousse with a Dark Chocolate Ganache served with a Raspberry Coulis! We all agreed this was the best dessert!

Soon the princesses began arriving! After each princess was announced they made their way around to each table. This is a great way to meet a lot of characters at once without having to wait in line! The characters come to you and you get more time to chat with them and also the opportunity to take pictures! If meeting characters is an important part of your vacation, character meals are a great way to guarantee seeing lots of characters!

We were first visited by my personal favorite Princess Ariel! Followed by Sleeping Beauty herself, Princess Aurora. Next we got to chat with Jasmine and then Snow White! Another very special part of our meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table is the Wishing Star Ceremony! When you are seated at your table everyone receives a wishing star. Princesses receive a wand and Princes are given a sword. During the wishing ceremony you are instructed to hold your wand or sword over your wishing Star and make a special wish! When you open your eyes the ceiling is twinkling with pixie dust! It is a magical Disney moment!

This is such a popular and sought after dining reservation, you will want to try to secure this restaurant 180 days out from your vacation, as soon as you are able to begin making your dining reservations.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World or to any destination your are wishing to explore next!

 

Disney Cruise Line Takes Spotlight with Porthole Cruise Magazine Award

We want to share some exciting news about Remy, the French-inspired fine dining restaurant onboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

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Porthole Cruise Magazine just honored Remy with its 2017 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Specialty Restaurant. These awards recognize the magazine Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff’s “favorite travel experiences” that left “amazing impressions in terms of service, quality, and memorable moments.”

Disney Cruise Line is honored that Remy was among his favorite experiences last year!

Remy offers the most luxurious dining onboard Disney Cruise Line ships exclusively for our adult guests and serves the finest French fare. Named after the tiny star and master chef of the Disney•Pixar film “Ratatouille,” Remy transports guests to an authentic fine-dining restaurant in the City of Lights. The elegant dining room is softly lit and designed in a timeless Art Nouveau style with tasteful nods to the film, including artful appearances of Remy.

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The gourmet selection was masterfully crafted by Chef Arnaud Lallement of l’Assiette Champenoise—a Michelin 3-star restaurant just outside Reims, France—and Chef Scott Hunnel from award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort. The menu features decadent offerings such as smoked bison with fennel and blood oranges from Chef Scott Hunnel and langoustines royale (Norway Lobster with Caesar sauce) from Chef Arnaud Lallement.

Remy is truly a culinary adventure like no other. You can learn more about dining at Remy during your next Disney Cruise Line voyage here. Bon appétit!

Reservations Open for Re-Imagined Flying Fish on Disney’s BoardWalk at Walt Disney World Resort

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After a major re-imagining, reservations open July 29 for dates beginning August 3 and beyond at Flying Fish on Disney’s BoardWalk. The entire interior, including the on-stage kitchen, has been beautifully redesigned, along with an all-new menu crafted by Chef Tim Majoras, a veteran of the Flying Fish kitchen.

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The seafood-centric menu features entirely sustainable fish and shellfish, and includes Chef Majoras’ creations such as corn-crusted wild Gulf shrimp, wild Alaskan king salmon and plancha-seared Hokkaido scallops. For carnivores, there’s Wagyu filet mignon, Kurobuta pork belly and bison striploin. General manager and sommelier Stig Jacobsen has crafted a new wine list with nearly 80 selections by the glass.

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Here’s a look at some of the dishes and the new menu. Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel agent for more info and reservations.

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Flying Fish: New Name, New Chef, New Cocktail Lounge Next Door

Opening is set for late summer for Flying Fish restaurant at Disney’s Boardwalk – yes, “Cafe” goes away as part of the name, and diners will be welcomed to a sophisticated, interior that still pays homage to the golden era of seaside boardwalks.

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Chef Tim Majoras, who was has been on the Flying Fish team since 2011, takes the helm in the kitchen, and we met with him and some of his team at Disney’s Flavor Lab to see what’s cooking for the new menu. It’s still in the works, but we got a taste of his take on a starter of seared yellow fin tuna served with compressed watermelon (with a hint of Tahitian lime oil and fresh limes), paper-thin avocado slices, crisp radishes, pickled daikon and a small edible viola flower on top. A drizzle of blood orange oil is all it needs.

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Sustainable fish will be the star of the new menu, and Majoras’ new Fruits of the Sea appetizer features rock shrimp and clams from Florida, grouper cheek, mussels, a splash of Brandy and a rich lobster stock. The seafood is served over a generous dollop of velvety celery root puree with adds a depth of flavor to the dish. Simple flavors, a deft touch in the kitchen.

Stig Jacobsen, general manager and sommelier at Flying Fish, says he is happy with expanded space for wine storage and is “finding gems” for a more in-depth wine list.

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The interior features an all-new kitchen and dining room (with expanded space for private dining events), sparkling architectural accents, like golden-winged room panels and an impressive chandelier that mimics a school of flying fish swimming overhead. Next door, the new AbracadaBar lounge opens, taking the spot formerly occupied by the candy and ice-cream shop.

The new “curious cocktail lounge” combines the Golden Age of Magic with the magic of Disneystorytelling, so look for whimsy in the design from the Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) team, who create stories in true Disney fashion. According to WDI, the lounge was once a secret stomping ground for famous touring magicians, local boardwalk illusionists and the loveliest magician’s assistants of the day. After every magic show, these prestidigitators would gather at the bar, where they’d conjure up new cocktails, swap magic tips and tricks, and often stay up all night attempting to “out-charm” each other with their extraordinary illusions.

According to BoardWalk lore, it was on just such an evening that every single magician in the lounge vanished into thin air, never seen again… And after sitting vacant for nearly 70 years, the secret magician’s lounge is now back in the spotlight.

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AbracadaBar guests will get a special peek into the sophisticated social club, and while it’s rumored that the magicians who frequented the lounge vanished without a trace decades ago, their magic still remains strongly intact, and can be seen, heard, and even savored in the bar’s signature cocktails. From its enchanted magic show posters and mystifying mirrors to vintage props and tricks left behind years ago, AbracadaBar promises to be just as surprising and magical as its name suggests.

We’ll let you know opening dates and share menus soon.


Book Late Summer & Fall Walt Disney World Vacations Now For Free Dine Offer

Are you considering a Walt Disney World Resort vacation in late summer or fall? Then we may have just made your Monday by announcing that our Free Dine offer is back!

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You may now get a free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Co. package that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel and ticket with Park Hopper Option. The offer must be booked April 25, 2016-July 8, 2016, for arrival dates between August 23-October 1; November 15-21; November 26-28, or December 10-21, 2016.

And there’s never been a better time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, with new nighttime entertainment on the way at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, not to mention the return of guest-favorite annual events this fall, including the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

If you’re not familiar with our dining plans, the Disney Dining Plan is offered with vacation packages at select Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts and is honored at more than 150 select Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. The Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, offered with vacation packages at our Value Resorts, includes meals and snacks at more than 100 dining locations.

For full details, visit this link.


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More Details About Tiffins, the Newest Dining Experience At Walt Disney World Resort

The newest Walt Disney World table-service restaurant is part of the biggest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Tiffins, in the park’s Discovery Island area, opens this summer with dishes inspired by the world travels of the park’s creators.

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“Tiffin” is the Indian word for a lunchbox used by travelers (also a mid-day meal), and the 252-seat restaurant in the park’s Discovery Island area will open daily for lunch and dinner with menus that takes diners to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

A detailed map within the restaurant’s entryway sets the stage for an immersive dining experience celebrating world travel, with bold artwork derived from sketches, journals and research from those who created the theme park.

“Tiffins is the signature restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, celebrating the culture of design and research that went into creating this unique park,” said Emily O’Brien, Walt Disney Imagineering executive show producer for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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O’Brien describes the interior design as “a gallery you can dine in with artwork that is a direct result of travels to Africa, Asia and South America which influenced the design of the park.” The ideas of the park’s design team, including sketches, photography, architecture and textures, are all presented in a way that is uniquely Disney.

“All the senses are explored and turned into amazing works of art,” said O’Brien. “The galleries, or dining rooms, focus on Asia [Trek Gallery with 74 seats] and Africa [Safari Gallery with 64 seats], and the third [Grand Gallery with 114 seats] pays homage to animal species that the Disney Conservation Fund works to protect.”

The travel-inspired artwork includes a static, three-dimensional piece that features prayer flags blowing in the wind. “As our research team traveled up the high mountains of Nepal, the winds were strong,” explained O’Brien. “The prayer flags are rarely seen hanging, they are always blowing.” This portrayal of the motion is realistically captured in the display which will hang above a corner booth in the Trek Gallery.

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“Tiffins is not about a make-believe place, it’s about real people and places,” said O’Brien.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is about the intrinsic value of nature, transformation through adventure and a personal call to action, and the adjacent Nomad Lounge brings into focus these core values. With beautiful waterfront views, the lounge focuses on storytelling, and also on guests’ travels, with large banners as “artistic representations” of answers to travel questions written on the perimeter wall. For instance, “what do you always do when traveling” or “what was your most adventurous moment?”

“We’re trying to tell the story of how guests can make a change,” said O’Brien. While the answers of Disney experts are displayed, guests also have the opportunity to purchase a tag that supports the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and to write their own answers to the questions to display above the bar– a way to share their own travel stories “so they can be a part of the story,” said O’Brien.


Minnie’s Springtime Dine Blooms at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Warm temperatures and plenty of Florida sunshine mean that spring is in the air at Walt Disney World Resort. To celebrate, Minnie Mouse and pals are dressed in their garden party best, ready to host a springtime soiree!

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On the menu, look for classic picnic foods with a twist, like refreshing coconut-lavender lemonade and springtime salads like watercress or basil-lime fruit salad. Hearty entrées include barbecue meatballs, buffalo baked chicken, lobster and shrimp mac ‘n cheese, herb-roasted pork and more. For dessert, passion fruit cheesecake, key lime tarts and banana cream puffs are just a few of the delicious offerings.

Reservations are now open, and can be made by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner!


Breakfast Permanently Available At Be Our Guest In Magic Kingdom

With the successful test of the fast casual breakfast experience at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney has announced this as a permanent offering.

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The prix fixe French-inspired breakfast menu includes pastries, cured meats and cheeses, eggs Florentine, vegetable quiche, and more. Plus, guests can indulge in the Croissant Doughnut, a fried doughnut topped with banana caramel sauce, chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Younger Guests can enjoy brioche French toast, scrambled eggs, fruit crepes, as well as cereal and oatmeal.

Breakfast will be served 8-10 a.m. daily. Pricing will be $21.99 plus tax for adults, $13.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years. Reservations will be available beginning Aug. 5, 2015 for dates Oct. 4, 2015 via your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner. Advance reservations are encouraged. The Disney Dining Plan will be accepted.


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