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Rise of the Resistance’s Opening Day!

 

The much-anticipated Rise of the Resistance ride will be here this week.  The experience will open on December 5th!

 

Hollywood Studios will open at 8:00 a.m. and remain open until 10:00 p.m.  This extends both its opening and closing that day by one hour giving guests a longer time to spend on the planet of Batuu!

 

 

Looking at Walt Disney’s Worlds park schedule it looks like Epcot and Animal Kingdom will both be having Extra Magic Hours on December 5th.  Hopefully this will draw crowds to those parks and give others the opportunity to experience the new Rise of the Resistance.

 

 

Disney says this new ride is a massive, multi-platform, new attraction that is unlike anything that Disney has done before!  In this ride the Resistance needs your help and hidden in the forest outside Black Spire Outpost, the Resistance is gathering recruits for a secret mission.  Your transport will be captured by an imposing First Order Star Destroyer and Kylo Ren is on board.  Resistance fighters are at the ready to help you escape.  Along the way you will come in contact with favorite Star Wars characters including Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Poe Dameron.

 

 

If you are ready to take this thrilling new adventure then contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner to get started planning today!

New Animation Experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

 

I am a fan of all things Disney art related! My home is filled with Disney paintings and prints, my favorite Epcot Festival is the Epcot International Festival of the Arts and on a personal note I have taken oil painting classes since I was 12! Art is a big part of my life and I love anytime I get to be creative. That’s why The Disney Animation Academy holds a very special place in my heart!

 

 

What is the Animation Academy you may be wondering? The Animation Academy is a Disney Park attraction where you get to participate in a live drawing class instructed by a Disney Animator themselves! It is a one-of-a-kind experience in which you get to learn how to draw a Disney character from start to finish! These drawings then make fantastic keepsakes to take home and save in your family album or display on your fridge!

 

 

The Animation Academy had its original home inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For years, this was a ‘must do’ for me and my family on every visit to Hollywood Studios. It was very bitter sweet for us a few years back when the Animation Academy closed its doors at Hollywood Studios to make way for what is now the Star Wars Launch Bay.

 

 

Since then I have enjoyed getting to experience the Animation Academy on the west coast over at the location in Disney’s California Adventure Park located at the Disneyland Resort in California. This location is still open and I just recently experienced getting to draw here on my latest Disneyland vacation this summer!

 

 

Also this past February I got to experience the pop-up Animation Academy that was brought in especially for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World. I was so excited that the Animation Academy was alive again at Walt Disney World! This experience was so popular at Festival of the Arts that Disney heard the cries of us Animation Academy fans and made the announcement that the Animation Academy would be returning to Disney World year-round at a new location!

 

 

That’s right! Animation Academy is now back at Walt Disney World! The attraction has now been given a new home in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in the newly renovated Rafiki’s Planet Watch! I have experienced the Animation Academy twice now in this new location and I absolutely love it!

 

 

In the pre-show you get to watch short video clips that show how Disney Animators studied the movements and motions of real animals to find inspiration for their sketches and drawings. Learning this fact about the heart of Disney Animation ties this attraction so perfectly into the location of Animal Kingdom!

 

I am over the moon that that Animation Academy has returned to Walt Disney World! Be sure to check it out next time you are in Animal Kingdom! It is sure to create great memories for you and your family! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to Walt Disney World!

My Experience in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge!

 

It’s official! Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is here! This incredibly immersive new land is now officially open to all guests at both the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida as well as the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California. After literally years of anticipation and waiting we can now all travel to the land planet of Batuu (the name of the planet depicted in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge) whenever we want!

 

I just returned from a Disney mega trip where I started in Walt Disney World in Florida then travel to Disneyland in California and then straight back to Walt Disney World! It was so much fun and Galaxy’s Edge was the common theme during this entire trip! When my trip began in Florida, I got to celebrate my birthday by attending a preview of Galaxy’s Edge a little over a week out from the land’s actual opening. I was in awe! Galaxy’s Edge is truly unlike anything else!

 

 

After checking in for the preview my group and I stood in front of the tunnel for a moment – the tunnel that serves as the entrance way into Galaxy’s Edge. I remember feeling in such disbelief that this was all real! I couldn’t believe that I could actually now walk through that archway! For years, I saw the very archway with scrim and boards all around it, blocking it off from guest. Now the day had finally arrived that we could actually step inside the land!

 

Once you step through the entrance tunnel the tiling and cement around you slowly fade into vibrant rock formations. The transition is seamless and so well done. You feel as though you really are stepping into a whole other planet! Disney did such an amazing job create a completely immersive experience with Galaxy’s Edge. You forget you are still in Hollywood Studios! Actually, at one point at the end of our visit in Batuu, one of the members of my group made the comment that we could head back into Hollywood Studios. We were all amazed because it is so true that this land makes you feel completely transported somewhere else. Even though you are still in Hollywood Studios, you somehow separate the two, because Galaxy’s Edge feels almost like a whole other park on its own!

 

 

During my visits to both Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World and Disneyland, I had a few different opportunities to ride the attraction here in the land, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. This ride gives you and your flight crew the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon for yourself! What I love most about this ride is how genuine of an experience it is. You really are flying the ship! You can have an extremely successful mission based on your skills or you may crash the ship a couple of times! The ride is completely interactive!

 

Check out our new YouTube video for a taste of what this incredible attraction is like!

 

 

On December 5th at Walt Disney World and January 17th at Disneyland, the second attraction in Galaxy’s Edge will open! This second attraction will be called Rise of the Resistance. I am so excited to experience this ride! We know that this ride will actually be several different experiences all rolled into one attraction. Making this ride more like a journey rather than a ride! Disney has stated that the technology being developed in this ride will be groundbreaking! I am so ready to experience Rise of the Resistance for myself!

 

I am so happy that Galaxy’s Edge is now fully open and ready for guest enjoyment! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next Disney vacation and experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for yourself!

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!

 

 

How to Stay Cool At Walt Disney World! – Part 1 – Magic Kingdom and Epcot

 

Florida is known as the sunshine state for a reason! Central Florida, home to Walt Disney World is a paradise, typically having warm weather ALL YEAR LONG! Anytime you visit you may find the temperature are soaring high. But don’t let the heat keep you from the parks! The great thing about Disney is they offer so many great attractions that are all indoors in air conditioning so it easy to duck inside a queue line and escape the temperatures for a bit to cool off!

 

Here is my list by park of great attractions that typically have a low wait time and are great rides to head to when you are looking to get inside, sit down and cool off! Let’s start with Magic Kingdom!

 

Magic Kingdom

 

Enchanted Tiki Room

The Enchanted Tiki Room is a Disney classic! This show can be found in Adventureland. This is “where the birds sing word, and the flowers bloom!” You will enter a tropical paradise and get to sit down in air conditioning and enjoy the show!

 

Country Bear Jamboree

Another Disney classic! The Country Bear Jamboree is another great show that will get you out of the sun. It is located over in Frontierland.

 

Hall of Presidents

Located in Liberty Square, the Hall of Presidents is an amazing presentation that tells the story of the birth of our great nation along with the history of the American presidency. This show is educational and offers a great break inside air conditioning.

 

It’s a small World

We all know and love this Disney classic! It’s a Small world is a Magic Kingdom original found in Fantasyland! This attraction is a nice long boat ride that will give you a great break from being out in the sun.

 

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Also, located in Fantasyland, you can head to Mickey’s PhilharMagic. This 3D show is a lot of fun for the whole family featuring many well-known Disney songs. A great show that gives you a chance to soak in some air conditioning!

 

The Little Mermaid Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

Another great Fantasyland attraction and one of my personal favorites is The Little Mermaid Ariel’s Undersea Adventure! This dark ride typically has a shorter wait and you can get on very quickly, making it a great spot to head to get inside and enjoy a Disney ride!

 

The Carousel of Progress

Located in Tomorrowland the Carousel of Progress is another personal favorite of mine! This show has a rich Disney history that dates back to the 1964 World Fair in New York. The shows main focus is all about innovation and how technology has grown over the years!

 

Now let’s head over to Epcot!

 

Epcot

 

Spaceship Earth

Right at Epcot’s main entrance you will find the Spaceship Earth attraction located right inside the heart of Epcot’s icon! This slow moving dark ride offers a nice long break from the heat!

 

Living with the Land

Inside the Land Pavilion at Epcot you will find the Living with the Land boat ride! This attraction is a great sit-down that gets you out of the sun as you tour Epcot’s greenhouses!

 

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Board a clam shell and tour the ocean with Nemo and his pals in this adorable dark ride that is perfect for all ages! After your ride you will exit into the heart of the seas pavilion which features so many aquarium exhibits that you can visit and watch sea life! It is a great place to hang out and stay cool!

 

Journey into Imagination with Figment

I am a big fan of the Epcot classic character Figment! In the Journey into Imagination with Figment attraction you board your ride vehicle and head off on a scientific tour that soon gets hijacked by Figments antics! It is a fun attraction that typically has a lower wait and offers you a great chance to get out of the sun.

 

World Showcase Movies

Throughout Epcot’s World Showcase there are a few pavilions that have movies that you can watch indoors in the air conditioning. Here is a list of each pavilion that has a film!

  • China
  • American adventure
  • France
  • Canada

 

Gran Fiesta Tour

Located inside of the Mexico Pavilion you will find the Gran Fiesta Tour! This indoor boat ride follows the adventure of Donald Duck and the three caballeros through some iconic parts of Mexico! A great ride to enjoy as you take a break inside from the heat!

 

I hope my list gave you some idea on attractions to enjoy to help you beat the heat next time you are visiting Magic Kingdom and Epcot! Stay tuned for part 2 to learn how to stay cool at Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to Walt Disney World or to any travel destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2019 Update!

 

It’s that time of year again! The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is about to officially kick off its 2019 season NEXT MONTH! Just this past week park goers have already been spotting some of the festival booths popping up around World Showcase and Future World! A sure sign of just how close we are to the festival’s opening day!

 

 

This year the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival kicks off on August 29, 2019. Fun Fact: This happens to be the same day that Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opens over at Hollywood Studios! This is going to be one very exciting day across all of Walt Disney World property!

 

 

The 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival runs this year from August 29 through to November 23, 2019. This is the longest run for the festival ever! This long stretch for the festival gives you a great window of opportunity to plan your visit to Walt Disney World to catch this amazing event!

 

 

This year the Food and Wine Festival will be home to more festival booths than ever before. Two of these booths are brand new for the 2019 season! The first new booth is The Alps, this booth will feature Swedish inspired food and beverage offerings. The second new both this year is the Appleseed Orchard. Here one will find many exciting food and drink items featuring apples. I am personal most excited to try the Caramel-Apple Popcorn!

 

 

In addition to experiencing an array of flavors from around the world at the various festival booth marketplaces, during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival you can also experience culinary demonstrations, hands-on activities, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, specialty merchandise and more!

 

 

I am very excited to be attending the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival next month! Check out our new YouTube video to hear some of the highlights I am looking forward to experiencing this year!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next trip to Walt Disney World to experience all this exciting new magic for yourself!

What I Would Do With One Day at Animal Kingdom!

 

To round off my perfect day series where I craft my ideal day at each Disney Park, today we visit Animal Kingdom! I am super excited about this one because Animal Kingdom is actually my favorite Disney park of all! I love animals and all things nature! So being in this park fills me with so much joy! I could spend hours just simply walking around this beautiful park!

 

Breakfast at Starbucks!

 

Have you noticed a theme with my perfect days! I really love that all of the Disney Parks have a Starbucks location! This is a great spot to grab your morning coffee and a quick bite to eat as you head off for your day of fun! The Animal Kingdom Starbucks is called Creature Comforts. Another great thing about each Disney Starbucks is that they are themed to that specific park! You are still fully immersed in that Disney magic and story!

 

Safari!

 

The first thing I would plan to do would be to head to the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction! This attraction is like going on a tour of the African savanna! You will encounter all types of animals from your safari vehical. Some of my personal favorite animals to see are the giraffes, lions, crocodiles and elephants, just to name a few! This attraction is the heart of Animal Kingdom! You will get to take many wonderful photos of the animals and the beautiful savanna!

 

I recommend doing this attraction early in your day. Animals tend to be more active first thing in the morning, so you are sure to see some exciting sights! This ride can get popular, I would recommend trying to grab a fastpass for this experience.

 

Fastpasses!

 

I would recommend talking with your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner prior to booking your fastpasses to learn more about each experience and attraction so that you know what experiences you and your family definitely want to try to grab fastpasses for. Your Travel Planner can also advice you in which attractions are more popular and more worth your while to get a fastpass for.

 

My ultimate fastpass to grab at this park is Flight of Passage. This is the premier attraction in Pandora the World of Avatar! In this experience you get to experience flying on the back of a banshee! The ride technology is a first of its kind. You actually feel the banchee breathing under you as you fly. All of the effects are absolutely breathtaking! I highly recommend trying to get a fastpass in advance for Flight of Passage as this ride is very popular and tends to have very high wait times. This is a must do experience when visiting Animal Kingdom!

 

Lunch!

 

Once I enjoyed my fastpass experiences I would then plan to break for lunch. I have two favorite quick service locations in Animal Kingdom that I like to frequent for lunch, Flame Tree Barbecue and Satu’li Canteen! I would choose to visit either of these spots to enjoy my lunch!

 

Animal Treks!

 

One of my absolute favorite things to do in all of animal Kingdom is simply walking the beautifully landscaped safari treks to go watch the animals! The animals are truly at the heart of this park and that is why I feel such a strong connection to this place. Along the paths you will find very knowledgeable cast members who love to share information about the various animals you get to spot. You can really spend a great deal of time just taking in everything that these walking treks have to offer! I highly recommend taking the time from your day to enjoy the animal treks!

 

Dinner!

 

For dinner at Animal Kingdom I would want to go to my favorite sit-down restaurant in the park, Yak and Yeti! Yak and Yeti is incredibly themed and has a very extensive menu! There truly is something for everyone at this location! If you are an adventurous eater or a picky eater you will find something that interests you here.

 

I hope my list gave you some ideas for your next day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your visit to Walt Disney World or to any destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

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.

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Opening at Disneyland! & Coming Soon to Walt Disney World!

 

This past week, something major in Disney Parks History happened! Star War Galaxy’s Edge opened at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California! After years of anticipation, rumors and speculation about what the land will be like, the walls finally came down and all of our questions were answered! Galaxy’s Edge is officially here!

 

 

Wow, is the best word to describe Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge! This land is completely blowing guests away! The land truly makes you feel like you have stepped out of the park and are on a different planet! You are fully immersed in the Star Wars universe! Every aspect of the land has been designed and thought out with absolutely incredible attention to detail! It is totally immersive!

 

 

To give you an example of just how much attention to detail we are talking about when we say attention to detail, specially designed Coke and Dasani bottles that look more futuristic were designed to be sold in the land! Disney didn’t want anything to take you out of the world of Star Wars! This level of immersion is next level and something that I personally am so excited to get to see in person!

 

 

Now that the land is opened at Disneyland, next up will be Disney World’s opening on August 29! Fans are so excited that this incredible new land will also have a home at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

 

 

The food offerings in Galaxy’s Edge have been reviewed to be very delicious and they all feature an out of this world galactic spin! Disney has created every culinary piece to be apart of the Star Wars story! The famous “Blue Milk” has already been creating a buzz on social media! Guests love it!

 

 

Currently one major attraction in the land is open, Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run! This attraction lets you and your flight crew actually control and fly the Millennium Falcon! Your performance at your tasks onboard the ride will actually determine the rides outcome! This is a state of the art attraction that uses never before seen technology!

 

 

In a few months, the second attraction will be debuting in both Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World and Disneyland called Rise of the Resistance! Disney has said that this ride experience will actually be like several different ride experiences all tied into one overall journey that guests will go on. Nothing like this has ever been created before!

 

 

I am counting down the days until I get to experience Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge for myself! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next visit so you can take in this out of this world new land for yourself!

Disney World Fastpass+ Tips and Tricks!

 

There is a lot of planning before you go on your Walt Disney World trip.  From where to stay to getting the desired dining reservations to do we need the dining plan and park hopper and adding on water parks.  There is a lot of choices and decisions to make.  One of the big items you have to address before your trip is getting those desired fast passes.  Without a fast pass you will be waiting in lines much longer and in the case of the E ticket rides you may not get on at all if you are not willing to wait hours for each.  Here are some tips and tricks for getting those precious fast passes.

 

 

-Book a stay at a Walt Disney World resort or Disney Springs resort and you will have a head start over other guests.  With your reservation, you will be able to get on the My Disney Experience app and get your fast passes 60 days before your trip.  At 7:00 a.m. on that 60 day out window, you will want to open the app and start scheduling your fast passes.  If you want to ride Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom, Slinky Dog Dash in Hollywood Studios or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom this will be your best opportunity to get those coveted fast passes.

 

 

-If you are staying off Disney property, you should purchase your tickets ahead of time and you will be able to link that ticket number to the My Disney Experience app.  Now you will have the opportunity to makes fast passes 30 days in advance of your trip.  Open the app 30 days prior to the first day of your trip and you will be ready to make fast passes.  You should be able to still get really good fast passes but do not be surprised if some E ticket rides are already gone.

 

 

-Don’t be discouraged if you did not get your desired fast pass before your trip.  There is still a good chance of securing a coveted fast pass.  People’s day-to-day plans during a Walt Disney World trip can change and people are always revising their fast passes based on the park they decided to go to that day.  So check the My Disney Experience app frequently, you might be surprised by what becomes available.  Many people make changes to their plans the night before so while you are in your room at night keep checking and you could get lucky.  That is always an exciting feeling!

 

 

-Play around with the times on the app.  It lets you select morning, afternoon or evening and then shows you what is available.  However, it also will let you select specific times.  Try selecting from those options and you may see a time that better fits your plans.

 

 

I hope these tips help you get the fast passes you desire.  Also remember that your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner is always there to help you plan and answer questions. Contact our team today to plan your next vacation!

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Our wonderful Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner Jennie recently enjoy a wonderful day with her wife and niece at a local zoo! Jennie shared that being at the zoo made her think about Animal Kingdom!

 

 

Animal Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort happens to also be one of my personal favorite parks! I love animals, so I could easily spend hours just strolling the park exploring the many animal viewing treks that call this park home. Another classic at Animal Kingdom is the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction! In this experience, you board a safari jeep and head out to Animal Kingdom’s very own wildlife reserve! You will feel like you have been transported to Africa as you encounter hippos, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, lions and more! This is a must do experience at Animal Kingdom!

 

 

Additionally, you can also find many thrills at Animal Kingdom! From having a close-call with a yeti on the forbidden mountain during ‘Expedition Everest’, to traveling back in time on ‘Dinosaur’, to braving a daring river voyage at ‘Kali River Rapids’, there are thrills for everyone to enjoy!

 

 

Animal Kingdom’s most recent expansion of Pandora the World of avatar brought with it a brand-new type of thrilling attraction, the chance to ride on the back of a banshee and soar across Pandora! This attraction is known as Flight of Passage! The best way to describe this attraction is one-of-a-kind! Technology like this does not exist anywhere else! This ride will make you swear you are really flying! If you enjoy Soarin’ over at Disney’s Epcot, just imagine that this attraction is like Soarin’ times a thousand!

 

 

Jennie shared with us her Animal Kingdom top tip and it involves how you can guarantee to get to experience this incredible attraction for yourself! Since Flight of passage is so popular, there is always a VERY LONG wait time for this particular attraction! Jennie has an amazing tip that will let you bypass this wait and have more time to enjoy your day in Animal Kingdom!

 

FASTPASS!

Jennie shared with us that her best tip when you stay on Disney World property is to take advantage of the perk of being able to book your fastpasses 60 days in advance! Guests not staying at a Disney World Resort can only book 30 days in advance, therefore when you can try to grab it at the 60-day out mark you have the best chance to secure one of the most coveted Fastpasses on all of Disney World property! Be sure to grab your Fastpass as soon as you can and then you will be ready to take flight and experience Flight of Passage!

 

Hear more about Jennie’s Animal Kingdom tip in our latest YouTube Video!

 

Featured Travel Planner:

Jennie Nowers:

Email: Jennie@KingdomMagic.com

Text/Direct: 407.519.0470

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Kingdom Magic Vacation team is excited to plan your next vacation to Walt Disney World or to any travel destination that you might be dreaming of visiting next! Contact us today!

How to Have the BEST Disney Character Meet and Greet! Walt Disney World & Disneyland Character Interaction Tips!

 

The Disney Parks are home to so many magical experiences, from world-class attractions and shows to Incredibles restaurants, there is something for everyone to enjoy! An aspect of your Disney Vacation that can create so many wonderful memories is Disney character meet-and-greets!

 

New Character Breakfast to Debut at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk

 

Disney character meet-and-greets give you the opportunity to meet some of your favorite and most beloved Disney friends! This is the perfect time to take those amazing character photos and capture precious memories! Character meet-and-greets can also really be attractions within themselves! You can find yourself having incredible conversations with the characters and these interactions are the ones that truly create life-long memories that you and your family will always cherish!

 

 

With this in mind, there are definitely some tips to keep in mind when going into a character meet-and-greet that will guarantee you will have the BEST meet-and-greet possible! When you know the best way to interact with the characters you will be able to enjoy so much more than just a quick “smile for a picture and move on”, you will feel like you and the character are best friends!

 

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Our Travel Planners Karen and Alyssa recently sat down with Karen’s son Danny. Danny is a graduate of the Disney College Program and previously worked in entertainment at the Walt Disney World Resort! He got to become close friends with several Disney characters! Through his experience, he has gained so much knowledge about what makes a character meet-and-greet truly magical! Danny shared his 6 tips to have the BEST character meet-and-greets!

 

  1. Treat the Character like a Friend – NOT like a Celebrity!

Danny details that when you treat the character like an old friend rather than a famous celebrity you will create a much more relaxed meet-and-greet atmosphere which will allow you to engage in some more meaning conversations with the characters that create those really cool memories! Karen and Alyssa did a great job demonstrating an example of both and ‘ok’ and ‘AWESOME’ character meet-and-greet! You can see their example in the following YouTube video!

 

  1. Get in Character Yourself!

Danny explains that a really unique way to interact with a character during a meet-and-greet can be to get into character along with the character. When you play into the characters story and acknowledge what you know from their world it can make for some really great interactions!

 

  1. Ask

This tip is a very important one. If you wanted to do something such as give a character like Pluto a pet on his head, it is smart to fist ask the character if that would be ok. This way the character is aware, Danny explains that it can sometimes be hard for the character to feel or see what you are doing, so getting this permission from the character is very important.

 

  1. Ask Characters Questions

Danny shares that one of the best ways to interact with the characters is by asking them questions about themselves! This sets up for really unique interactions! You can have very interesting conversations with many characters when using this tip! Danny also points out that with characters that are more quiet such as Chip and Dale it is a good idea to ask them some “yes” or “no” type of questions to help them best communicate.

 

  1. Giving Gifts

Another fun way to interact with the characters that Danny shared was to give the character’s gifts! These small presents can really make the character’s day and will create some very special interactions. Danny mentioned a great gift might be a home-made drawing that your kids created prior to the trip to bring to their favorite character!

 

  1. Say Thank You!

Danny shared that it truly means so much to the character when at the end of the interaction you give them a big hug and simply just say “thank you!” This can make the character’s day!

 

To hear more about each of these tips and to see Karen and Alyssa’s awesome mock character meet-and-greet, watch our new YouTube video!

 

Featured Travel Planners:

 

Karen Holmes:

Email: Karen@KingdomMagic.com

Text/Direct: 903.231.3123

 

Alyssa Maisano:

Email: Alyssa@KingdomMagic.com

Text/Direct: 321.328.7318

 

Our Kingdom Magic Vacation team is excited to plan your next vacation to Walt Disney World or to any travel destination that you might be dreaming of visiting next! Contact us today!

Celebrate with the Incredibles at Pixar Place! NEW Experience at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World!

 

If you are a fan of Disney Pixar’s Incredibles than you need to head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to experience the Incredibles Celebration at Pixar Place! This exciting new area in Hollywood Studios is themed to Municiberg, the city the movie takes place in! Here you will find unique character meet and greet opportunities, delicious treats, photo ops and dance parties!

 

 

Pixar Place is the section of Hollywood Studios that was previously the entrance to the Toy Story Mania attraction. The area was themed completely to Toy Story with the ‘Barrel of Monkeys’ monkeys strung across the street and green army men roaming around. When Toy Story Land opened the entrance to Toy Story Mania was rerouted into the new land and Pixar Place was walled off as a backstage area.

 

 

Upon this transition, many theories and rumors began to swirl around regarding what Disney was going to do with the future of Pixar Place. Would it remain behind walls forever as a backstage area or would the area be used for a new experience? Well it didn’t stay behind walls for long! Pixar Place is back and now is dedicated to celebrating all things Incredibles! Here are some of the things you can look forward to in the new, revamped Pixar Place!

 

 

Dance Party

You can show off your best dance moves during a dance party hosted by an emcee. The party features fun music, interactive games and special appearances by Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone. This is a great time to meet these popular characters that you typically don’t see in the parks and have the opportunity to take pictures with them as well!

 

Edna Mode Meet-and-Greet

Here in Pixar Place you can meet Edna Mode, the stylish and very sassy fashion designer from the Incredibles films! Your experience will begin by visiting Edna Mode’s Super-Suit Gallery. As you wait in line you can see some of the famous designer’s most popular creations! Then you get to actually meet Edna herself and take some incredible photos!

 

Food!

Throughout Pixar Place you can find food and beverage items themed to the Incredibles! There are some amazing snacks that can be had here including my personal favorite the Num Num Cookie! If you are a fan of the Incredibles films then you will know that the “Num Num Cookie” is also Jack Jack’s favorite treat! The characters often use the famous “Num Num Cookies” to reward Jack Jack or bribe him! Now you can try a Num Num Cookie for yourself! These cookies are massive, they are definitely sharable! The cookie is served warm, it truly melts in your mouth!

 

 

I recently stopped by Municiberg at Pixar Place for myself and had a blast! My highlight was hands-down that Jack Jack Num Num Cookie! It is delicious! I love that they serve it to you warm and fresh! I will be back for more! I vlogged my experience at Pixar Place, you can watch the video on our YouTube Channel:

 

 

A few days after visiting with my family I actually went back to the area with two of our INCREDIBLE Travel Planners, Alyssa and Karen! We had a blast taking photos with the fun photo ops that the area has!

 

 

There are so many new and exciting experiences to be had every day at the Walt Disney World Resort! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to plan your next visit! Our team is ready to make your next vacation INCREDIBLE!

Opening Dates Announced for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World & Disneyland!

 

Today Disney made the announcement of all announcements! The news we have all been waiting for… the exact opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge at both Disneyland and Disney World! After months of us Disney fans speculating and crafting our own theories and opening day predictions, we now know officially when we will be able to journey to this galaxy far far away!

 

 

Galaxy’s Edge will be a brand new land that will completely immerse guests into the Star Wars universe! The land will feature two brand new, revolutionary attractions, unique food and beverage offerings, character interactions, specialty merchandise and more! The new land will be coming to both the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida! Galaxy’s Edge will be groundbreaking for the Disney Parks!

Alright so now lets talk about the opening dates! Drumroll please! ………..

 

Galaxy’s Edge: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort – Anaheim California

May 31, 2019

 

Galaxy’s Edge: Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando Florida

August 29, 2019

 

These opening dates were an exciting surprise! Prior to finding out the official opening dates this morning, the rumor going around was that the opening dates were going to be much later in the year. Thats why so many including myself are beyond thrilled that the openings are a lot closer than we expected! These openings are just right around the corner!

 

 

Lets take a look at some of the fun you can look forward to in Galaxy’s Edge!

 

Attractions!

 

 

Galaxy’s Edge will be home to two brand new state-of-the-art attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance! These attractions will be first of their kind and introduce new technology never before seen in theme parks!

 

 

In Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, guests will find themselves right in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order! From the information we know this attraction will hold the longest duration for a Disney attraction! The experience will actually have multiple rides within the same attraction! This is a first for the Disney Parks!

 

 

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, will be very interactive and allow guests to take the controls of the fastest ship in the galaxy on a special mission! How you perform your task during the mission will actually effect the outcome of your missions success! We know that there will be multiple ride sequences and every time you ride the attraction it will be a different experience!

 

Food and Beverage Offerings!

 

 

Galaxy’s Edge will be a complete immersion into the Star Wars Universe! Every aspect of the land will be fully themed and that includes the food and beverage offerings! There will be many unique items that guest can taste!

 

 

You can visit Oga’s Cantina which will be a great place to grab a drink and catch up on the latest gossip while R-3X, formerly the Starspeeder pilot on the original Star Tours, DJ’s a collection of new music! Throughout the land you will find everything from quick-service meals to specialty drinks and snacks!

 

 

SO MUCH MORE!

 

 

In addition to world-class attractions and galactic culinary offerings there will be so much more to discover in Galaxy’s Edge! You can shop for specialty Star Wars merchandise that will be exclusive to the land! An item that we know will be very popular is the create your own light saber experience!

 

 

Throughout the land you will also get to have many exciting character interactions with your favorite Star Wars characters! Not only will you get to interact with characters but you will get to become a character in the story yourself! Depending on how you perform during such attractions such as Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run you will gain a reputation that you can get asked about during your visit in the land! This technology will be groundbreaking and truly give you the experience of being fully transported into the Star Wars Universe!

 

 

To hear more about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge check out our new YouTube video!

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Rooms are filling up quickly now that we know the opening dates so be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next vacation and get to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for yourself!

VIDEO TOUR – The Art Corner! – NEW SHOP now open at Disney Springs – Artistic Talent Group – Walt Disney World

 

On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World I just so happened to visit Disney Springs on a very special day! I was strolling through Disney Springs on the opening day of The Art Corner, a brand-new shop run by Artistic Talent Group! Talk about being in the right place at the right time! This trip I was staying at a Disney Springs Resort Area Hotel and upon checking in my family and I first decided to head over and explore Disney Springs for a bit before making our way to the parks for our evening plans.

 

During our walk through the Marketplace side of Disney Springs we spotted The Art Corner! This new store took the place of where LittleMissMatched used to be. Having not recognized this new shop we wondered inside and were instantly amazed by all of the creativity that is flowing through this incredible new place! We were greeted by many smiling faces who were so kind to talk to us about everything that The Art Corner has to offer! Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect to see inside!

 

 

Artistic Talent Group has brought a brand-new retail and entertainment concept to Disney Springs! This shop specializes in interactive art of all kinds! Visitors to the store can expect to see a wide selection of unique artistic mediums brought together inside of The Art Corner!

 

Opening!

The shop opened February 7th 2019 at Disney Springs. The store brings an exciting and original new pop-up concept to Disney World’s bustling shopping, dining and entertainment district!

The Art Corner serves as the first brick-and-mortar retail shop of its kind at Walt Disney World, The Art Corner brings together in one location the work from a variety of talented artists!

 

What’s inside!

The Art Corner showcases talented artists producing original work including classic watercolor caricatures, ground-breaking digital caricatures, hand-drawn names and artistic marbling. Caricatures have been a guest favorite at Walt Disney World for decades! Now brand-new, digital caricatures offer an innovative twist on this classic art form.

 

 

 

Name Works, the popular provider of personalized artwork, also has a new location inside The Art Corner, complementing its other locations across Walt Disney World! At Name Works, hand-drawn names are created and personalized with illustrations of guests’ favorite things, including select animated characters!

 

 

After a successful debut at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in 2018, the interactive, hands-on artistic marbling activity now has a year-round home inside The Art Corner. This customizable experience allows guests to learn the ancient art form of Suminigashi, working along-side a professional artisan to create custom-made silk items. Each piece is designed with specific colors and patterns that the guest themselves get to select!

 

 

Inside The Art Corner you will also find a unique “Coffee & Canvas” gallery by Steven Mikel. Steven is an artist from Coconut Creek, Florida who is represented by Artisitic talent Group. This artist’s work adds a very original touch of whimsy to the store. Focused on revealing the overlooked or unnoticed beauty tucked away in the details of the world around us, Steven paints exclusively using different varieties of coffee!  Every painting often requiring between 60 to 150 brewed cups! The “Coffee & Canvas” gallery helps define the unique niche this gallery/merchandise location brings to Disney Springs over the course of its one-year engagement.

 

“Our goal is to continue Walt Disney’s vision of bringing smiles to the faces of every guest who visits our store, just as they do when they visit Walt Disney World Resort,” said Barbara and Keelan Parham, owners of Artistic Talent Group. “We are thrilled to open our doors and bring The Art Corner to life at Disney Springs!”

 

I had the privilege to Interview The Art Corner’s Owner, Keelan Parham. He was so kind to welcome us into his shop and take us on a tour throughout the store to see everything that The Art Corner has for guests to enjoy! Watch the tour on our YouTube Channel:

 

 

Artistic Talent Group

Artistic Talent Group (ATG) is a talent agency representing visual artists for the special events industry. ATG divisions include Caricature Connection, who have been drawing caricatures and other products on Disney property for over twenty-five years, and Name Works, who create personalized pieces of artwork featuring guest’s names.

 

 

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