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Spend The Day In Springfield With The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando has opened up a whole new area for guests to visit…Springfield, home of the lovable Simpsons!

You can now visit the Simpsons in Springfield, have a beer at Moe’s Taven, buy a Lardland donut, and even shop at Kwik-E-Mart all inside Universal Orlando!  Just be careful of having too many Flaming Moes!

Welcome To Springfield!

Spend The Day In Springfield With The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

Enjoy a taco or burrito from Bumble Man’s Tacos,

Spend The Day In Springfield With The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

Be careful, those Lardland Donuts are BIG!

Spend The Day In Springfield With The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

Step into Moe’s and have Duff Beer or Flaming Moe.

Spend The Day In Springfield With The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

After Moe’s you can pop into Krusty’s for a Krusty Burger..

Spend The Day In Springfield With The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

You can even enjoy something from Cletus’ Chicken Shack.

Spend The Day In Springfield With The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

The Duff Men Topiaries can only mean one thing…

Spend The Day In Springfield With The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

You are at the home of Duff Beer!

Spend The Day In Springfield With The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

Before you leave, stop into Kwik-E-Mart…but remember, if you’re just browsing…just leave!

Spend The Day In Springfield With The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

Thanks for visiting Springfield!

Spend The Day In Springfield With The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

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Seven “Must Do’s” at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season – Guest Blog Post

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

There is nothing like Walt Disney World at Christmas time.  No matter where you turn, you are immersed in the wonders of the Holidays. I thought I would share seven of my top “Must Do’s” when I visit during the Holiday season.  I look forward to doing each of these things among the many other attractions, and fun Disney has to offer.  Get ready to imagine yourself at Disney during the holidays!

1.  Take an true adventure in the evenings to Fort Wilderness Campgrounds.  There is nothing like it!  Decorations galore – not just by Disney but many of  the campers participate!  December is the perfect month to experience it all.

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

You can plan this time out as some of the activities need reservations.  Start off by scheduling dinner at Trails End, then schedule a Holiday Sleigh Ride!  Yes – I said Sleigh Ride.    You can of course choose to walk through the campground, but riding is a lot of fun too.  Sleigh rides are typically 25 minutes and run about $60.00.  Your Travel Planner can help you make the reservations.  You won’t be disappointed!

2.  Take a Holiday Deluxe Resort tour This is something I really enjoy once the decorations go up and are completed around Thanksgiving.  Each resort has a unique decorated theme and one more wonderful than the next.  I usually break this up into two days, but you can do it in one day.    I explore the Magic Kingdom Resorts the day I plan to go to the Magic Kingdom and then do the Boardwalk Resorts the day I am at Epcot. 

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

For the Magic Kingdom – I start by taking the boat from the Magic Kingdom to the Wilderness Lodge.  After the Wilderness Lodge I take the boat to the Contemporary and then make my way around the monorail.  The last stop is The Grand Floridian – where the smell of the life size Gingerbread house engulfs the entire resort grand lobby.  You have to buy a little gingerbread!

Don’t miss the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  It is a stop all of it’s own, but worth seeing.   If you want to complete your tour in one day – you can hop back on the monorail and change at Ticket Transportation to the Epcot Monorail. 

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

Once at Epcot walk toward the back entrance between the United Kingdom and France and take a stroll to the Boardwalk Resort.  Stop by the bakery for a little treat.  Then visit the Beach Club and the Yacht Club.  A fantastic way to end my tour is to attend the Candlelight Processional at Disney’s Epcot.  It gives me goose bumps every time I attend. 

3.  Enjoy the Epcot Storytellers!  This is a treat for the whole family to experience.  Each country will share their legends with Storytellers.  They perform several times a day and begin in early November and end around the 29th of December.  Even Santa and Mrs. Claus make their appearance in the American Adventure!  Make a photo journal  or have the children commentary a video with your family to remember some of these great stories.

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

4.  Joyful!  The Gospel Celebration of the Season at Epcot.  We often just stumble upon such great shows at Disney – this is one not to be missed.  Located just pass the Fountain of Nations as you head toward World Showcase a blast of wonderful holiday music will really get you in the mood!  Sing and Dance along!

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

5.  Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Now I don’t mean just going to see it – I mean being there when they are turned on at dusk.  If you are one of the lucky ones you can be chosen to flip the switch!  There is no light display that can match this one and you can experience it!  If you have some 3-D glasses at home, put them in your suitcase and take them on the night you do this activity – Osborne Lights in 3-D – very cool too!

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

 6.  The Cinderella Castle Lighting — another truly Magical Moment at the Walt Disney World Resort.  At 6:30 Each evening you can be amazed when the Castle Lighting takes place.  You have always thought the Castle looks beautiful, but when Fairy Godmother works her magic you will have never guessed what she could make happen!

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

7.  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party  — is one of the more well known events at the Magic Kingdom and is a personal favorite of mine.  Snuggle up in your Mickey Santa Hat, scarf and some gloves and head out for a Magical Celebration of the season.  Snow on main street, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Holiday parade, hot chocolate and cookies and so much more!  Just seeing the characters dressed in their Holiday best warms the heart. 

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

Don’t Miss a Moment of Christmas at Walt Disney World Resort
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Guest Author – Laura Schiely

Laura Schiely, Kingdom Magic VacationsI am a Certified Travel Agent specializing in Disney Destinations including Adventures by Disney, Disney Cruise , Disneyland and Disney World. I also specialize in Universal Orlando, Princess Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Sandals and Beaches.  As a Travel Planner, I work with my clients to develop a memorable vacation from the point of selecting a vacation destination, to planning the details and follow up when they arrive home. As a home based agent, I have the opportunity to be available for them when they need me. I value my clients time, budget and experience and treat each vacation as if it were my own.  Contact me HERE.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Now Available at Walt Disney World Resort

The MagicBands are still in the testing phase at Walt Disney World, but that does not stop Disney from rolling out some bling for your MagicBand that allows you to decorate your MagicBand and make it your own.

We noticed in the Magic Kingdom a new MyMagic+ Service center next to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. This is where you can customize your magic with your MagicBand.  Below are some photos to so you can get an idea of the merchandise at the service center.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

MagicBand accessories are also being sold at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House and the Contemporary Resort. You can find them at Fantasia gifts at the Contemporary Resort and Zawadi Marketplace at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

These fun accessories allow you to customize your MagicBand in an affordable way. This is the first batch to be released – and there are already several different designs to choose from – (Tinkerbell, The Muppets, gemstone Mickeys and more).  So you can really personalize your MagicBand. These are called MagicBandits – and they are priced by item. The MagicBandits with three in a box are $6.95 , packs of four are $8.95 , and packs of three or more are $12.95.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

CoverBands are $6.95 for one and $15.95 for 3.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

MagicSliders for the bands are available in a Mickey design for $12.95 and Minnie design for $14.95.

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

New MagicBand Merchandise Is Out at Walt Disney World Resort

See the New MagicBands T-Shirts Available at Walt Disney World

What do you think of the new MagicBands Merchandise?

How to Stretch Your Vacation Dollars on Your Next Walt Disney World® Vacation

We’re all on a budgets these days and sometimes our vacation dollars seem to be stretched too thin.  But Disney has come up with an incredible offer that will make even Grumpy smile.

Now you can get a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way room and ticket package at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels, valid for arrival most nights September 2 – September 25, 2013.

Now you can get a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way room and ticket package at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels, valid for arrival most nights September 2 – September 25, 2013.

That means while vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort, you can choose from over 100 select restaurants available, and for a limited time, when you book you vacation with a Magic Your Way Vacation Package, you can get free dining for your trip.

We know choosing which plan is best for you can be difficult, that’s why we are sharing this video with you to help you make the right decision.

Don’t let this offer slip away. This is the best deal of the year!

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Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Earth Day April 22

Are you planning on attending the 15th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom this Earth Day, April 22? After attending the anniversaries of Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot in 2011 and 2012, respectively, we’ll be there for sure.

Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom April 22

 

Here are a few of the details of what’s planned for the park’s anniversary.

  • Special opening ceremony – Meet at the Tree of Life at 8:40 a.m., to hear from Josh D’Amaro, Vice President of Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Dr. Jackie Ogden, Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment. Make sure you arrive early for this!
  • Earth Day “Party for the Planet” festivities – Special interactive activities that focus on animals and nature will take place throughout the park from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Artists and other vendors will present their work on in Africa and on Discovery Island, with their work available for purchase.
  • Opportunity to purchase special 15th anniversary merchandise, available in limited quantities.
  • Special food & beverage.

We’ll have more details on Party for the Planet fun, food & beverage and merchandise closer to the event date – stay tuned!

Spring Has Bloomed at SeaWorld Parks and Resorts in Orlando

Spring is officially here! Time for beautiful weather, lots of sunshine and colorful flowers. Did you know that SeaWorld Orlando grows more than 700,000 plants in our very own greenhouse each year? This includes 92 different varieties of 58 species of flowers which supplies all three SeaWorld Orlando parks with color all year long.

Spring Has Bloomed at SeaWorld Parks and Resorts in Orlando

 

Spring Has Bloomed at SeaWorld Parks and Resorts in Orlando

In addition to growing the beautiful flowers that you can see throughout SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Aquatica, our greenhouses also grow tens of thousands of shrubs, including more than 250 different species.  In fact:

Spring Has Bloomed at SeaWorld Parks and Resorts in Orlando

  • SeaWorld has more than 1,000,000 square feet of shrub beds and more than 211,000 shrubs.
  • Discovery Cove has more than 200,000 square feet of shrub beds and more than 30,000 shrubs.
  • Aquatica has more than 235,000 square feet of shrub beds and more than 38,000 shrubs.

Spring Has Bloomed at SeaWorld Parks and Resorts in Orlando

Disney’s California Adventure and Downtown Disney for Offers Special Cuisine for Lunar New Year Celebrations

Starting Friday, California Adventure and Downtown Disney are kicking off Lunar New Year celebrations.

Starting Friday, California Adventure and Downtown Disney are kicking off Lunar New Year celebrations. Various restaurants inside California Adventure are serving a few “specialty” items inspired by the Chinese New Year, including a Boudin sourdough loaf in the shape of a snake (year of the snake starts Sunday).

Starting Friday, California Adventure and Downtown Disney are kicking off Lunar New Year celebrations.

Disney will also be be serving crispy Imperial rolls, grilled lemongrass beef skewers and three kinds of pho.

Starting Friday, California Adventure and Downtown Disney are kicking off Lunar New Year celebrations.

 

What is your favorite Lunar New Year cuisine?

Long-Lost Disney Friends Return for ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Walt Disney World Resort

When we shared a look back at Robin Hood and Friends visiting the Magic Kingdom Park back in 1979, many of you asked to see them again. Well, next week, you’ll have that chance and more as we continue “Limited Time Magic” at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Long Lost Friends Return for "Limited Time Magic" at Walt Disney World

Long-lost Disney friends are returning to the Magic Kingdom Park just to meet you and your family. For one week, January 21–27, be sure to have your camera ready for a rare chance to possibly brush shoulders with classic characters like Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar, Robin Hood and Friar Tuck.

Long Lost Friends Return for "Limited Time Magic" at Walt Disney World

There’s also a chance you’ll see The Three Little Pigs and more surprises at Magic Kingdom Park. So, which long-lost Disney character would you like to see the most? Let us know in the “Comments.”

A Beast in His Lair at Magic Kingdom Park

Last week we had the opportunity to photograph Beast in front of his castle in New Fantasyland for a film shoot. I took this shot in-between takes and I just had to share it with you. As you can see, sometimes you don’t even need to see the whole character to tell a pretty cool story with a photo.

A Beast in His Lair at Magic Kingdom Park

 

 

Fireworks Over Rancho del Zocalo at Disneyland Park

Here are some photos from earlier this year at Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland park. No, it’s not just about the food, but rather seeing fireworks from unusual places – for instance, behind the neon sign of Flo’s V8 Café as shown in my last post from Cars Land.

In this close-up, the horse appears to have been spooked by the fireworks. However, I can assure you that no animals were harmed in the making of this photo.

Where’s your favorite unusual place to see the fireworks at Disneyland park?

 

 

Dylan McDermott Visits Disney California Adventure Park

Dylan McDermott Visits Disney California Adventure Park

Last Friday, Dylan McDermott visited Disney California Adventure park with his daughters Charlotte and Collette, to celebrate Charlotte’s seventh birthday. He made a quick stop on Buena Vista Street to check out the new Red Car Trolley, and made quite a fashion statement in his Conductor Mickey hat.

“We’ve been coming [to Disneyland Resort] for years – the girls get so excited,” he told me. “They know it’s the happiest place on Earth.”

 

Joining the Pirates League at Disneyland Park

Ahoy thar landlubbers … me matey Michelle already told ye ‘bout the Pirates League – now conscriptin’ in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park. Me fellow pirate, Kelly, and I have walked the plank, gettin’ our own pirate makeov-arrs and new pirate names – now we’re part of Capt. Jack’s crew! Spy fer yerselves …

 

All in the Details: Hidden History at Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station at Magic Kingdom Park

We previously took a look at the opening of Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station at Magic Kingdom Park when it opened back in June, but there are actually some hidden details here that are worthy of another Disney Parks Blog post.

Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station at Magic Kingdom Park

 

If you know anything about Disney Parks, you probably know that Walt Disney Imagineering often includes nods to Disney history in their projects. (The names on the windows on Main Street, U.S.A., are a great example).

specific set of numbers on the back: 71, 82, 89

Horse hoofs and other signs of circus life have made their way into the concrete’s designs

When you’re walking through this area, be sure to check out the little details on the ground beneath your feet. Horse hoofs and other signs of circus life have made their way into the concrete’s designs. (Be sure to look for the elephant tracks and false peanut shells in the concrete that leads into Dumbo the Flying Elephant!).

 

 

Disney Parks After Dark: Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park in Fast-Forward

Attractions aren’t the only things that add bright color to Disney Parks during the evening hours – entertainment elements, like the Main Street Electrical Parade also brighten up the night.

Disney Parks After Dark: Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park in Fast-Forward

Disney Parks After Dark: Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park in Fast-Forward

Disney Parks After Dark: Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park in Fast-Forward

Disney Parks After Dark: Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park in Fast-Forward

Disney Parks After Dark: Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park in Fast-Forward

 

In this week’s update, photographer Todd Anderson shows us what the Main Street Electrical Parade would look like in fast-forward at Magic Kingdom Park. I like these shots because it’s as if you can see the glittering pixie dust whisking by!

What attraction or entertainment offering would you like to see featured here next week?

Celebrating National Tell a Joke Day: Kidding Around at Downtown Disney

Know a good joke? Well practice your delivery because today is National Tell a Joke Day. One place where the laughs (and jokes) used to entertain guests nightly was at the Comedy Warehouse at Pleasure Island.

Comedy Warehouse at Pleasure Island

The 290 seat venue “where the tin roof rattled with laughter” was home to both headlining comedians and the Comedy Warehouse players who performed improvisational comedy shows nightly.

Comedy Warehouse at Pleasure Island

This early artist rendering of the Comedy Warehouse gave it a completely different look and feel to the prop warehouse guests and cast members grew to love.

Comedy Warehouse at Pleasure Island

While the laughs have stopped at the Comedy Warehouse at Pleasure Island, last year the troupe was resurrected for a holiday special at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Today, guests can visit the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom Park for a fresh serving of jokes by the monsters of Monstropolis.

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