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My Top 5 Snacks Around EPCOT’s World Showcase!

 

EPCOT is a food lovers paradise.  There are so many things to taste in all the 11 countries around World Showcase, not to mention all the additional food and drinks that come along with the four festivals that happen around the year.  But today I am going to focus on my favorite snacks that I have to get on my trip.  Let’s see if any of them are your favorites too!

 

Norway

In Norway there is a wonderful Café which is the Kringla Bakeri Café.  You will find many delicious Norwegian treat and sandwiches.  My choice here is the famous School bread.  This is a sweet bread roll, which is injected with vanilla custard and covered with sweet icing and toasted coconut.  The recipe comes from a classic Norwegian snack, which kids took to school in their packed lunches.

 

China

Here in China I always stop by the Joy of Tea cart to pick up a Bubble Milk Tea.  The tea I love is a sweetened peach flavored black tea with tapioca pearls.  This drink is creamy and decedent and I love to stroll the World Showcase while sipping!

 

Germany

You can smell my next stop before you even see it and that is the Karamell-Kuche shop.  This shop specializes in caramel treats of the maker’s of Werther’s Original Caramels.  The smell just pulls you into this shop and I grab a bag of their fresh popped caramel corn.  The popcorn is made fresh right there as you watch!

 

Japan

It is usually pretty hot in Florida and nothing can beat the heat like a nice refreshing cold treat.  That is why I stop by the Kaki Gori stand in Japan.  Kaki Gori is shaved ice with a sweet flavored syrup.  I always do the add on of the creamy sweetened milk which gives it a creamsicle taste.  Some of the flavors to choose from are strawberry, melon, cherry and tangerine.  If you can’t make up your mind you can ask for rainbow and get a little of everything!

 

France

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Here in France is a wonderful ice cream shop called L’Artisan des Glaces.  There are many flavors to choose from and even some special treats like ice cream filled macaroons.  My top two flavors are the Caramel Fleur de Sel Ice cream and Coco-white chocolate.  You cannot go wrong with any of the choices.

 

I hope you enjoyed my top five list and I am sure in the future, I’ll have some new favorites as the chefs are always coming up with new treats for us to try.

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My Tips for Advanced Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World

 

Part of the fun of my Walt Disney World trips is looking forward to the food that I am going to get to eat.  Just as much as the rides and attractions, I look forward to the dining experiences that Disney World has to offer.  With four parks and the entire Disney Springs Area there are so many options to choice from when selecting a place to dine.

 

 

If you are a Disney Resort Hotels guest, you can start booking your dining reservations 180 days in advance of your trip and can make reservations for the entire length of your Resort stay – up to 10 days.  If you are staying off Disney property, you can still make reservations 180 days in advance of that first day of your trip and continue to make reservations as each 180 day mark arrives.

 

 

I think advance dining is great!  It guarantees that you will have your most important reservations that you want to experience.  This 180 day mark is extremely important not to miss if you have your heart set on reservations like Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant.  There are also some very popular restaurants like the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill and The Polynesians Resort’s Ohana.  These are restaurants that if you would like a reservation there I would suggest booking as soon as possible.

 

 

Now with all of that being said, I do not want to overwhelm you by thinking that you need to schedule every meal this far in advance.  Remember that this is your vacation and I do not know about you but the last thing I want to do is stress out while planning or enjoying vacation.  As I said before there are so many restaurants at Walt Disney World that even during your trip you will be able to find really good Table service dining reservations available.  When you schedule yourself out for every meal, you really lock yourself into being at a certain place at a certain time, which can add a lot of stress.  You never know what may change your plans such as the weather could be bad and you change where you want to be that day.  The last thing you want is to feel stressed because you now cannot change because you are locked into a dining reservation.  Disney does charge usually a $10 per person for no shows or reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance.

 

 

My suggestion is to schedule your must have reservations and then leave some of your vacation days wide open to do whatever you wish.  There are also so many really good Quick Service Dining options at Disney that are not just your traditional burgers and fries.  In an upcoming blog, I will give you a list of some of my favorite Quick Service locations at each park.  In addition, you will want to keep in mind the time of year you are visiting because EPCOT has so many festivals involving good food offerings that if this is something you enjoy you will want to have some of the meals while eating around the World Showcase.

 

 

If hope this helps you with planning dining on your next Walt Disney World trip and if you are thinking of planning your next trip your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner will be happy to assist.

Dining at Toledo at Disney’s Grand Destino Tower

 

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort recently went through many exciting enhancements! The biggest of these enhancements being the addition of Gran Destino Tower. This new tower is home to 545 guest rooms. Fifty of these guest rooms being suites. The tower is beautiful! Here you will find rich touches of Spanish architecture mixed with a fresh, modern and contemporary feel!

 

 

Our team stayed at Disney’s Coronado Springs on our most recent company event last month. We loved taking in the beauty of this resort during our time there and getting to explore the luxurious new Gran Destino Tower.

 

 

At the very top of Gran Destino tower sits a new Disney restaurant, Toledo! Toledo is known for their great Tapas, Steak & Seafood. This luxurious restaurant is themed after a Spanish haven inspired by surrealist art and the 1930s avant-garde. This restaurant has a very relaxed feel to it. It is classic and sophisticated, yet still so warm and inviting all at the same time.

 

 

By far my favorite part of this amazing restaurant was the views! Being on the top floor of Gran Destino Tower you can enjoy views all over Disney World property. It very much reminded me of the experience of being at one of my other favorite Disney restaurants, the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Similar to how Toledo sits at the top of Gran Destino Tower, the California Grill sits on the top floor of the Contemporary Resort. If you have ever dined at the California Grill then you will know that the views from the top are simply breathtaking. Out the restaurant’s windows you can see gorgeous views of Seven Seas Lagoon, Bay Lake, the Magic Kingdom Resorts and even over into Magic Kingdom Park!

 

 

From Toledo, you get that same feeling as over at California Grill with the beautiful views this restaurant offers! At Toledo you get birds-eye views of a whole different area of property. Here at this location you are close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. You can see some of the icons of these nearby parks from up above! I loved at night spotting the tall pieces of rock work in the distance that are a part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge over at Hollywood Studios. At night, these rock formations of the land are all illuminated in a purple color. It was so cool seeing this from up at Toledo.

 

 

The menu here has something for everyone. They are known for their steak and seafood. So, whether you are in the mood for surf or turf you will find something you like here! I can’t wait to get back to Toledo soon for the great food and spectacular views!

 

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Blaze Pizza in Disney Springs, A Great Quick Service Option

 

When you are in Disney Springs and are looking for a delicious meal but want a less expensive option I have the perfect place for you to try and that is Blaze Pizza.  At Blaze, you can customize your own fast-fired 11” artisanal pizza pie and choose from over 40 tasty toppings and sauces.

 

 

You can create your own pizza for under $10.00 and that is a really good bargain for such a delicious pizza.  On my last visit my mom and I shared a pizza and it was plenty for lunch and made this a really budget friendly option.  It’s always good to find ways to save money in Disney World.  This will give you an excuse to splurge on a little shopping!

 

 

 

Blaze Pizza also has some signature pizzas you can choose from and also, they are a very good choice for certain dietary need as they have a gluten free dough choice as well as a Keto and Cauliflower dough.  During my latest lunch with them my mom and I choose the Keto crust with red sauce, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a drizzle of olive oil.  It was yummy!

 

 

Another thing I like about Blaze is their drink options.  The fountain drink station has many soft drink options as well as fresh brewed ice tea and some signature lemonades.  I really enjoyed the blood orange lemonade and my mom made her own Arnold Palmer by mixing the fresh brewed tea with the lemonade.

 

 

The day we ate here was a perfect day to sit outside on their porch which overlooks the beautiful Disney Springs.  We sat there and enjoyed our meal and watched the Flights of Wonder balloon taking guests on flights over Disney Springs.

 

 

I would highly recommend trying Blaze Pizza out for yourself on your next Walt Disney World trip.  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to start planning your next Disney trip!

Best Treat at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

This past week I attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World! This Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event that takes place on select nights throughout the fall season in Magic Kingdom. This event is family friendly and focuses more on the fun side of Halloween! It is the perfect balance of spooky thrills mixed with cute decorations and fun costumes! There is something for everyone!

 

 

An iconic part of Halloween for many of us is candy and all things involving sweets and treats! At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party you will have the opportunity to actually trick or treat in the Magic Kingdom! Guests of all ages can feel like a kid again as they visit special treat locations throughout the park and receive candy and other yummy snack items.

 

 

In addition to stocking up on candy and treats from the complimentary treat locations around the park, you can also purchase specialty treats. These specialty treats are exclusively available just during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I tried a few of these specialty desserts and there was one particular one that stood out to me as my favorite!

 

 

My favorite dessert of this year’s 2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was the Haunted Mansion inspired wedding cake! This cake was meant to look like a small personal size version of the bride from the Haunted Mansion Constance’s wedding cake! The dessert is named “Constance’s for Better or For Worse Wedding Cake” This treat is a Halloween Party Exclusive! It can be purchased at the Liberty Square Popcorn Cart.

 

 

This dessert is a citrus-scented cake with raspberry Bavarian cream, white chocolate glaze, icing pearls, flowers, and is topped with a chocolate axe. This cake had a moose consistency and was very light and decadent.

 

Every aspect of this treat made me a fan! From the fun theming inspired by my favorite Magic Kingdom attraction – to the fact that it was the most delicious and unique tasting treat I enjoyed on my vacation! Be sure to say “I do” to this cake when you visit Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next adventure.

Everything You Need To Know About The Disney Dining Plan!

 

 

So you’re planning for your Walt Disney World vacation and trying to make a budget for how much money you will spend in while in Disney World.  One of the biggest expenses you will have is food for your family.  One way to make sure that your food is budgeted in before you even leave is to add on the Disney Dining Plan.  This plan is available for resort guests who book a Resort Hotel Package.

 

 

The Disney Dining Plan will purchase you a certain number of meals for each day of your vacation.  Each person on your reservation will receive an allotment of quick service meals, which are like your fast food meals, table service or sit down meals, and snacks.  The number of meals you get will depend on the Dining Plan that you choose.  There are three plans to choose from, The Quick Service Dining Plan, The Regular Dining Plan and the Deluxe Dining Plan.  Let us take a look at what each plan offers and the price currently for 2019 so you can determine if one of these plans works best for your family and how you usually like to eat.

 

Quick Service Dining Plan

-2 quick service meals

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

Cost is $52.50 per night for Adults 10 year and older and $23.78 for children 3-9 years of age

 

Regular Dining Plan

-1 table-service meal

-1 quick-service meal

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

Cost is $75.49 per night for Adults 10 years and older and $27.98 for children 3-9 years of age

 

Deluxe Dining Plan

-3 meals which can be any combination of table-service and quick-service

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

Cost is $116.25 per night for Adults 10 years and older and $43.49 for children 3-9 years of age

 

If you purchase the dining plan it will be very easy to use.  Your MagicBand or card that Disney gives you when you book your trip will have all your credits loaded on it and will electronically monitor what you use during your vacation.  At the end of each meal your receipt you receive will show you the number of meals remaining for each room on your booking.  This will help you keep track of you balance.  You can redeem your meals and snacks in any order during your trip until your balance is zero or until midnight of the night you check out.

 

 

At certain times of the year, Disney will run a promotion that includes a Free Disney Dining Package with your resort stay.  If this interests you then you will want to be in contact with your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner so that when this offer becomes available they can let you know as soon as possible because the number of these packages are limited when released.

 

 

I hope that this gives you a better understanding of the Disney Dining Package and can help you make a decision if the package works for you and can help you budget your next Walt Disney World trip.

 

As always, our Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planners are here to help you plan and pick a Disney package that suite you best!  Contact us today for a quote!

 

 

What I Would Do With Only One Day In Epcot!

 

EPCOT is such a fun park to visit.  It has so much to offer and the vibe here changes frequently with all the different festivals throughout the year, so there is always something new to do and explore.  Also, there are so many changes going on in EPCOT with new rides like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille and new restaurants like the space themed one that will have you dining in outer space and the creperie in France, there will be so many new things to see and do.  Illuminations the iconic nighttime show will be going away soon and there will be a new spectacular, which I am sure will be incredible. This fall we will also have the opportunity to arrive from certain resorts via the new gondola system and park hop from EPCOT to Hollywood Studios on this fun new transportation, which will give us a new bird’s eye view of the Disney World property.  Until these new things are available, I will enjoy my classic day in the EPCOT park.  Let me describe what my day usually looks like while visiting here:

 

 

First upon arriving and walking through the entrance, I am always overcome with a sense of calm.  I love the massive sight of Spaceship Earth and the futuristic music which surrounds you, it always makes me smile.  Spaceship Earth is always a must ride for me so this will be my first stop and from rumors I heard this ride may be getting a refresh soon!

 

 

Next, I am going to head over to Soarin Around the World in the Land Pavilion.  I usually grab a fast pass for this ride so I only have a short wait.  This ride is always so enjoyable as you fly over iconic places around the world and experience all the different scents that go along with what you are seeing on the screen.  This is a must do ride for me!  Then in the same pavilion is another one of my favorites, which is the Living with the Land boat ride through all the ecosystems such as tropics, dessert and prairie.  Then your boat glides through the enormous greenhouse, which is home to so much vegetation, most of which is used all around property in the restaurants.  Twice I have taken the Behind the Seeds tour which takes you on a walking tour through this greenhouse with a knowledgeable  guide who will give you wonderful information on all that they are doing in the agricultural field to become eco-friendly.  I highly recommend this tour if you love gardening and the environment.

 

 

Next stop I will head over to The Seas with Nemo and Friends.  Such a cute ride and then you get off the ride and get to explore the aquarium with all the sea life.  My favorite is watching the manatees.  I could stand there for hours, they are such gentle giants.

 

 

Now I usually walk to the opposite side of Future World to ride Test Track!  Since I already used up my tier 1 fast pass I go to the single rider line for a very short wait and even when I am with other people we usually split up and ride at the same time, sometime you even get lucky and end up in the same car!

 

 

Onward to World Showcase!  Most times, I take the clockwise route starting with a stop at Mexico.  I love the temple with its marketplace that looks like nighttime in an open market.  I have gotten many souvenirs from here.  From here, I will wonder around the World exploring all the shops.  I love all the different cultural merchandise and talking to cast members that are from that country and learning about their customs.  Walking around World Showcase is breathtaking.  I love the attention to detail and the beautiful landscaping.  Along the way, I will enjoy many different food and drink item, especially during the festivals.

 

 

If you are not aware, EPCOT has the Food and Wine Festival in the fall followed by Festival of the Holidays, then Festival of the Arts; which is my new favorite and then the Flower and Garden Festival in the Spring which is a gardeners paradise.  If sampling food around the World is not enough, this is the best park for restaurants.  Each country has fabulous offerings.  I love Via Napoli in Italy and Biegarten in Germany; which also has a fun German Octoberfest show while you eat.

 

 

I always end the night watching Illuminations Reflections of Earth.  I love the musical score to this nighttime show.  Sadly, this show will have its last showing on September 30th after 20 years!  But I look forward to the next show that Disney will have in its place, I am sure it will be incredible!

 

 

So this has been a look at my day in the EPCOT park.  If you would like to experience this for yourself, contact one of our knowledgeable Travel Planners here at Kingdom Magic Vacations.  They will be happy to help you plan an amazing trip to Walt Disney World or wherever you would like to travel.

 

My Perfect Day at Magic Kingdom!

 

Any day at Disney is an amazing day! If you frequent the Disney Parks often then you will definitely agree that there are some PERFECT park days! Days that you get to experience all of your personal favorite things and fill your day with what you enjoy the most! Today I am excited to share with you what my perfect day at the Magic Kingdom would be from start to finish! I hope that my plans for my ideal Magic Kingdom day give you some idea you might want to try out for your next visit!

 

Rope Drop!

If we are talking about my perfect day, we might as well start at the very beginning! There are a lot of benefits to getting to the park early right when the park opens, aka rope drop. You can often enjoy less crowds in the park at this early hour and for me personally there is something truly magical about the early morning atmosphere in Magic Kingdom! The morning sun is hitting the castle and lighting up Main Street USA with a warm glow! It is beautiful!

 

 

Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is very important to get fueled up for an incredible park day ahead! I would plan to go to Starbucks on Main Street to grab a breakfast sandwich and an iced coffee. I mentioned how much I love Main Street in the early mornings. I would plan to enjoy my Starbucks sitting in the outside seating area just off of Main Street to take in the sights!

 

 

 

Mine Train

As I mentioned morning is a great time to enjoy the parks with less crowds. This means you can enjoy lower wait times on many of the more popular attractions! My best advice is to get in line for any rides that you really want to ride and were unable to get a fast pass for early in your day at the park so you guarantee you get to experience them! For me my favorite more popular attraction in Magic Kingdom is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! I would plan to head straight to this attraction to wait in line!

 

Fast Passes

After achieving my favorite attractions that I did not have a fast pass for I would plan to move on to riding attractions using my fast passes. Fast passes are so wonderful to utilize when in Disney.  Every Disney guest receives 3 complimentary fast passes with their ticket. These fast passes give you a reserved time for certain attractions and you can enter the ride or show through a special fast pass queue and experience little to no wait! When you stay on Disney property you can book fast passes 60 days in advance rather than 30 days in advance for all other guests. This gives you a better chance to guarantee you get to experience all the rides you want. Another reason why staying on Disney property can give you so many perks!

 

 

Lunch

Somewhere in between my fast passes for the day I would plan to break for lunch and visit a Disney quick service location. My personal favorite is Columbia Harbor House! My go to meal here is the chicken pot pie! It is incredible! The seating area here at this location is great! They even offer upstairs seating which tends to be more quiet than downstairs in the main dining hall. There is even a room upstairs that has windows overlooking the connecting pathway between Fantasyland and Liberty Square. It is a great view! Perfect for people watching!

 

 

More Attractions

Once I have used all my fast passes for the day I would plan to ride attractions that typically have a low wait time. My personal favorite is the Tomorrowland People Mover! This attraction gives you a birdseye view of Tomorrowland and incredible views over to Cinderella Castle!

 

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Dinner

My favorite restaurant in all of Magic Kingdom for dinner is Be Our Guest! This restaurant makes you feel as though you have actually stepped inside the story of Beauty and the Beast as you dine in the Beast’s Castle! The food is excellent! I have been here several times and have always loved my meal! My favorite thing to get is the braised pork that is marinated in coffee for 24 hours. It melts in your mouth!

 

 

Fireworks!

Ending your day with Disney fireworks is a must! The Disney Fireworks are an iconic part of many people’s vacations! The current fireworks show at Disney is Happily Ever after and it is my favorite fireworks display I have ever seen Disney put on! Don’t miss it!

 

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What is your perfect day at Magic Kingdom!? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to Walt Disney World or to any travel destination you are dreaming of visiting next.

Dinner at Biergarten in Epcot – Walt Disney World VIDEO

 

On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World I dined at Epcot’s Biergarten restaurant, located in the Germany Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. I was so excited to dine here, I had been before but it had been several years and I was very eager to get back!

 

This German restaurant is designed to give you the full experience of a traditional German Oktoberfest celebration! From the incredible food, to the live Germany band, the overall atmosphere – everything! Everything is specially put in place to transport you to the time and place of Oktoberfest. No matter what time of day you dine here you will feel as though it is a gorgeous evening!

 

 

The restaurant’s setting is created to simulate an outdoor courtyard at dusk. The ceiling around you looks like the night sky, complete with a gorgeous glowing moon. The seating here at this restaurant is family-style. The restaurant features several very long tables. You will likely be seated next to other families and groups as you dine. Our hostess explained that this seating style is in keeping with German tradition and creates the environment of friendship! We loved chatting with all of our table mates! This dining location truly does create such a warm and welcoming environment.

 

Now let’s talk about everyone’s favorite part, the food! This table service dining location is a buffet. You pay one flat price and can enjoy unlimited buffet trips. The best way I can describe the food is comfort! This truly is incredible, traditional German comfort food. I have a lot of eastern European in my roots and I am very familiar with this style of cuisine. And let me tell you, this food is truly authentic! Highlights for me were the spaetzli and the potato leak soup accompanied by a warm pretzel roll. The buffet includes a salad bar with some cold items, a hot foods section, a carved meats station which offers a wide selection of traditional German sauces and spreads, and of course a variety of desserts!

 

 

As you dine, periodically throughout the evening the German polka band will come out to perform! This completes the overall atmosphere so well and truly puts you in the mood for celebrating! There is a large dance floor and guests are encouraged to come join in the fun if they wish! We had a great time watching all the kids get up and dance to the festive music!

 

Watch our new YouTube video to see our experience at Biergarten!

 

Biergarten, remains a favorite of mine in Epcot’s world showcase. This dining location has everything, great food, great atmosphere, live entertainment and more! Be sure to check this location out for yourself on your next visit to the most magical place on Earth! As always our team of travel planners here at Kingdom Magic Vacations is excited to help you plan your next vacation to Walt Disney World or to any destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

Best Walt Disney World Snacks!

 

Disney World is famous for their state of the art rides, immersive lands, wonderful resort hotels, world class shows but what are they also famous for?! THE SNACKS! Disney World snacks are a fan phenomenon! So much so that recently Disney has even released an entire merchandise line themed to Disney snacks!  It is no shock that Disney treats and snacks are an iconic part of your Disney World vacation!

 

 

You always have your classic staple Disney snacks such as the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars, Churros, popcorn… ext. There are many iconic items that you can find at Disney year after year! Additionally, recently Disney has been creating many wonderful limited addition and specialty snacks that are making fans go wild! Many of these new snacks are very unique and very adorable! It’s like these snacks were made for Instagram pics!

Today I want to share with you my personal favorite top 5 Disney World snacks, both classic snacks and new Disney treats! Let’s get started!

 

  1. Mickey Premium Bar

This first favorite of mine is a classic! You can’t go wrong with a Mickey Premium ice cream bar! These treats are available at practically ever Disney snack cart and most quick service locations throughout all of Walt Disney World! I love that creamy rich vanilla ice cream coated in smooth delicious chocolate! It is my favorite ice cream treat of all time! And what makes it better? It is shaped like the main mouse himself!

 

 

  1. Dole Whip

My next snack is another classic Disney icon, the dole ship! This treat is dole pineapple soft serve! I love how fruity and tropical this item taste, yet it is still so rich and creamy! Dole Whips are actually dairy-free which makes this item also serve as a very refreshing treat to enjoy on those super-hot Florida days.

 

 

  1. New Flavors of Dole Whip

The traditional pineapple Dole Whip is such a well-loved Disney snack! Recently Disney has introduced several new specialty flavors of dole whip that a served as a limited time or seasonal release! The one I have been really wanting to try is the “Hei-Hei Cone’! This cone features both the traditional pineapple Dole Whip as well as a brand-new raspberry Dole Whip! The cone is so cute! It Is themed to look like Hei-Hei, the chicken from Disney’s Moana! Another new version of Dole Whip is ‘The Lost Princess Cone,’ it is a lemon Dole Whip themed to Rapunzel! It even features edible flowers just like the flowers in her hair! Another new flavor recently released is the mango Dole Whip! This flavor can be found in the “Adventure is Out There’ Cone, which is Inspired by Disney Pixar’s up. I tried this cone out for myself on my recent visit to Magic Kingdom and absolutely loved it!

 

 

  1. Mickey Rice Crispy Treat

Another go-to Disney snack staple for me is the Mickey rice crispy treats! I love grabbing one of these to take back to the room and enjoy at night! What is really fun is that Disney actually creates many different variations of the Mickey Rice Crispy Treat! I am constantly seeing new toppings and combinations! They also make adorably themed Rice Crispy Treats decorated based off of different Disney characters and themed seasonally to various holiday!

 

 

  1. Mickey Apple

I love the Disney World caramel and chocolate cover apples! This is another classic Disney treat that can be found in many sweet shops throughout Walt Disney World! Similarly to the Rice Crispy Treats, Disney is always releasing new variations of the Mickey Apples! And New character themed apples! My personal favorite variation of a Mickey Apple is the dark chocolate, caramel and sea salt! The sea salt was the best touch! A great tip about the Mickey apples is that you can actually ask a cast member to cut the apple for you when you purchase it! This makes eating your treat in the park a lot easier! And easier for sharing!

 

 

I hope my list inspired you to check out some new Disney snacks on your next visit to the park! As always be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to plan your next trip to Walt Disney World to any travel destination you are dreaming of visiting next! Our knowledgeable team is excited to help you bring your vacation dreams to life!

2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Food Tour Video!

 

I recently got back from an incredible trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! This spring time trip was extra exciting because we visited during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! This annual festival takes place every spring in Epcot! The event puts Epcot in full bloom with floral displays covering every inch of the park, character topiaries and some incredible outdoor kitchens offering springtime inspired food and beverage items!

 

 

Last week I took you on a tour of some of the beautiful and detailed character topiaries that could be found around the festival! Now this week I am excited to show you more about the outdoor kitchens at the Event! Let’s dive into the culinary offerings at this year’s 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!

 

 

On our first visit to the festival of this trip we made our first outdoor kitchen stop at Trowel and Trellis! This booth was hosted by Impossible foods. Everything at this outdoor kitchen is vegetarian and vegan. From here we tried our first festival food item, the Grilled Street Corn on the Cob! It was a 5 out of 5! The corn was cooked to perfection and popped right off when you ate it. The corn was doctored up with a savory garlic spread that added the perfect amount of flavor without being too overpowering.

 

 

The next festival booth we stopped at was the Bauernmarkt in Germany! Here we had the Toasted Pretzel Bread. The pretzel bread was topped with black forest ham and melted gruyere cheese! YUM! It was the best comfort food! Declared this to be another 5 out of 5!

 

 

As we continued a lap around World Showcase we then stopped off in America for The Smokehouse! Here we got 3 festival items! The first was The Pulled Pig Slider that was accompanied with coleslaw on top. Then we had the Beef Brisket Burnt ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider which also featured garlic sausage, chorizo, cheddar fondue and a house-made pickle. The third item we got here was the Shredded Beef Brisket which featured a smoked potato, chorizo fondue and green tomato relish! All of these items were excellent! The Smokehouse always hits it home year after year at this festival! The Beef Brisket Burnt ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider ended up being my favorite out of the 3 items with tried here! The barbecue sauce had a bit of sweetness to it and accompanied the cheddar fondue so well!

 

 

 

The next day that we visited the Flower and Garden Festival we began with a stop at The Honey Bee-stro! This was my favorite booth during the previous 2018 festival so I was so looking forward to stopping here this year! It lived up to my year long wait! We got the Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread which featured white cheddar cheese, charred vegetables, clover honey sour cream, and micro citrus greens. This was my favorite item of the festival! I loved it! The second item we tried here was the Roasted Cauliflower which featured a buckwheat honey carrot puree, wild rice pilaf, asparagus, honey-blistered grapes, sunflower brittle, and coriander flowers. We also indulged in a dessert item here, the Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake! This dish is so decadent and delicious! It features orange blossom honey ice cream garnished with fennel pollen meringue kisses and petite lavender shoots. This item is a must-try!

 

 

 

Next we made our way over to The Citrus Blossom. I had one very special item in mind that I know I wanted to get here, the Orange Cream Slushy! This slushy taste just like an orange creamsicle and it is served in a souvenir orange bird sipper cup! I am a huge Orange Bird fan so this item was a must for me! It is the perfect refreshing treat!

 

 

From the taste of Marrakesh booth in Morocco we tried the Harissa Chicken Kebab. It was served with a dried fruit couscous salad! Another big hit for this year’s festival!

 

 

The final item I enjoyed at this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival was a festival icon! The Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade! The Violet Lemonade is a very popular Instagram phenomena! It is a pretty purple color and is adorned with an edible flower! This item has been a must-get beverage for me at the flower and garden festival year after year! I am not the only one who loves this very photogenic drink! People love this item so much that this year it was actually used in a lot of the Flower and Garden Festival merchandise designs! Everyone loves this drink! Be sure to check it out!

 

You can watch my full festival journey in our new YouTube video!

 

I hope you enjoyed this 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival culinary tour! Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to plan your next trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth or to any destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

Dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table – Walt Disney World Dining!

 

For many the icon they think of when they hear the name Walt Disney World is hands-down Cinderella Castle! This breathtaking castle sits at the end of Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom and getting your picture with the castle in the background is a right-of-passage for every family during their Disney Vacation! Did you know that you can actually dine inside of Cinderella Castle?! Cinderella’s Royal Table is a wonderful character dining location that is actually located inside of Cinderella Castle! Here are my top 3 reasons to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table!

 

 

Atmosphere:

Dining at Cinderella’s Royal table gives you the experience of actually being able to step inside of Cinderella Castle! This is such a unique opportunity and will make you feel like you are royalty yourself! You will also be able to say that on your visit to Disney World you actually stepped inside the resort’s most iconic structure! The restaurant’s theming is simply magical! You will find regal touches everywhere you turn. Throughout the restaurant, you will also find some adorable details from Cinderella’s story! One of these fairytale touches includes Cinderella’s mice friends Jaq and Gus peaking down from the rafters in the main hall!

 

 

 

Princesses:

Another great aspect of Cinderella’s Royal Table is the fact that it is a character meal! A Disney Character meal is when the Disney characters come and meet you at your table throughout the course of your meal. Here at this location it is a variety of the Disney Princesses! A character meal is the best way to guarantee you will get to see Disney characters during your vacation. There is no waiting in long lines or using your fastpasses on meet and greets, with character dining the characters come to you! This type of character experience is also much more relaxed and the characters generally get to spend a lot more time with you than at a standard meet and greet. You will get to make so many memories from these very personal character interactions and will have so many opportunities to capture some incredible photos!

 

 

 

Food:

The food at Cinderella’s Royal Table is so wonderful! The menu is a prefix. At dinner, this allows you to select an appetizer an entrée and a dessert all for one flat price. The menu does a great job of covering a wide range of items. Everyone in your group will find something they like from the pickiest eater to the most adventurous foodie!

 

 

 

Check out our new YouTube video to see my recent experience dining at this magical restaurant:

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation to Disney World or to whatever destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

Recreating Disney Treats at Home! Disney-inspired Edible Cookie Dough!

 

For all of us Disney super fans we know all too well that feeling of missing the parks and all the things we love about Disney between our visits. That is why when we are back home it is fun to bring a little bit of Disney magic to our everyday life! This can be done in many ways. We can watch Disney movies, YouTube videos from the parks, wear Disney clothes, and in my case my favorite pieces of Disney jewelry!

 

But what is one thing that everyone loves about Disney trips… the wonderful Disney food and snacks! My family and I always love to try to recreate some of our favorite Disney meals and treats at home! It is a very fun way to bring some of that Disney magic into your house and day-to-day life!

 

 

Recently my mom and I recreated one of our favorite Disney desserts which was the edible cookie dough! We first had edible cookie dough at Disney back in November when staying at Disney’s All Star Sports Resort! This great snack was served in the food court at the resort, we enjoyed this item multiple times during that visit! It was a great treat to look forward to coming back to every night after a fun day in the parks!

 

This past February on another Disney vacation we enjoyed another variation of edible cookie dough served at AristoCrêpes at Disney Springs! My mom and I have always loved cookie dough more than the actual cookie itself, so when we found out we could enjoy an edible safe-to-eat cookie dough we were all about it! This was our favorite snack of our trip so when we got home we decided we had to try to recreate this little piece of Disney magic!

 

 

In our new YouTube video, you can watch how we made our Disney-inspired edible cookie dough at home! This treat was so delicious and also gave us our little Disney fix until we can return to our happy place!

 

 

We highly recommend trying this snack out on your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort! To plan your next magical adventure be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner! Our team is excited to help you make your travel dreams a reality!

NEW Bigfire Restaurant will bring Fireside Dining to Universal’s CityWalk THIS SUMMER!

 

Summer is right around the corner! For me something that always reminds me of summer nights is a bonfire! Gathering around, talking, relaxing, roasting marshmallows and just enjoying a warm summer’s evening! You will soon be able to experience that feeling year-round at the Universal Orlando Resort! Soon you will be able to enjoy a relaxing night out with delicious open-fire cooking at Universal’s CityWalk! Bigfire, will be the newest, full-service restaurant making its way to CityWalk. The restaurant draws inspiration from the nostalgia of cooking over open flames during memorable family vacations! Your visit to Bigfire will leave you feeling as though you just stepped into a lakeside summer house! The restaurant creates an atmosphere reminiscent of summer evenings spent by the water, surrounded by family and friends!

 

 

Bigfire’s Theme

Let’s talk about the theme at this amazing new restaurant! Bigfire’s home will feature a two-story venue which will include natural design elements of mix and matched fabrics and seating, cast iron, twinkling lights and camp lanterns! There is even a canoe suspended from the overhead rafters to complete the outdoor atmosphere inside the restaurant! This place is going to be the perfect spot to unwind and relax after a fun-filled day in the Universal theme parks!

 

 

 

Bigfire’s Food

Now let’s talk about everyone’s favorite thing – the food! At the heart of the restaurant will be a custom wood fire grill where chefs will prepare signature dishes inspired by the style of open-fire cooking! However, this traditional cooking style will be done with a significant and very modern twist! Inspired by the way food would be prepared on an open campfire, chefs will carefully match each food with wood species that have been carefully chosen based on the flavor they exude. The result of this process creates a wonderful selection of delectable dishes, sides, desserts – and even cocktails – that all infuse the smoky spirits. The pairings will add bold flavors to create elevated American fare. A few notable menu items will include a signature bison burger, coffee, chili and cocoa rubbed top sirloin, delectable freshwater trout, mouth-watering smoked salads and more!

 

 

 

 

This new dining location will be found at Universal’s CityWalk between VIVO Italian Kitchen and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on the edge of the lagoon. This spot will offer incredible views of Universal’s CityWalk! An official opening date has yet to be announced but we do know that Bigfire will be planning to open sometime this summer! I cannot wait to check this new restaurant out! It sounds like the atmosphere will create much more than just a great meal, it will create an entire dining experience!

 

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination that you are dreaming of traveling to next! Like we said, summer really is right around the corner! Take this time to create lasting memories with your family! Our team is excited to help you bring your vacation dreams to life!

Disney Dining Review of Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World

 

If you have been following our blog then you may remember that on my most recent vacation with my family to the Walt Disney World Resort, one night of our trip I met up with some of my wonderful Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner friends and we enjoyed a very fun night at Storybook Dining at Artist Point! On this same evening, my parents headed to the Magic Kingdom to enjoy a meal at a restaurant they had both never been to before, Liberty Tree Tavern. They loved their experience here so much that we are now talking about all making a reservation here together on our next trip! I am very excited about this because I have never dined here but I have always wanted to! Now hearing how much my parents enjoyed their meal  I am all the more excited to check Liberty Tree Tavern out for myself!  I sat down with my parents and they described their dinner experience.  I will share with you now what they told me.

 

 

They were looking for a last minute reservation and really wanted a sit down meal at Magic Kingdom instead of counter service.  They checked on My Disney Experience and were able to secure a reservation at Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern for the exact time they wanted.  They checked in at the restaurant and were told to have a seat in the waiting area, which was very Colonial looking with a field stone hearth in the center.  When their table was ready, the hostess announced from across the room “Hear Ye Hear Ye Liberty Tree Tavern welcomes the Przychodzien Family from Pennsylvania”.  The restaurant has a few different rooms and is decorated in a Colonial Williamsburg theme.

 

 

Their server explained that the meal would be all you care to enjoy and that they could ask for more of anything that they liked.  Dinner rolls and a large bowl of salad came out first.  Both my parents loved the salad and said it was so fresh and the dressing was light and very delicious.

 

 

Since it was just the two of them, they were each served their own plate with all of the food offerings on it.  Other larger parties were served family style with large platters of the food that they could plate themselves.  The meal consisted of roast turkey breast, pot roast, carved pork with mashed potatoes, stuffing, dressing, green beans and cranberry.  They also received a bowl of mac and cheese.  They both enjoyed their meals very much and said it was just like your traditional Thanksgiving feast without all of the work!  They loved the turkey breast and pot roast best and said that all the sides were very good.  Neither of them asked for seconds of anything because they said the portion size they received was big enough, they could not finish it all and they still had dessert coming!

 

 

A platter of three desserts were brought to them which consisted of warm banana cake with butter pecan ice cream-salted caramel and candied pecans, apple fritters with powdered sugar and maple caramel and then their famous ooey gooey toffee cake.  They said all three desserts were good but the best was the ooey gooey toffee cake, which is their signature dessert.  They said it lived up to the hype!

 

 

The meal was $38.00 a person for guests ages 10 and over and $21.00 for guests 3 to 9.  My parents felt it was an excellent value for everything you got with beverages and dessert included.  Like I said earlier they plan to return to this restaurant and next time I am making sure I am with them to experience all this yummy food for myself!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next magical vacation! Our knowledgable team is always happy to assist you in making any dining reservations to enhance your trip, so you can relax and enjoy while you leave the planning up to us!

 

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