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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.

 

The Nighttime Spectaculars At Walt Disney World!

 

The nighttime shows at Walt Disney World are truly spectacular.  When you visit make sure you stay into the evening hours at each of the four parks to see the wonderful show that each has to offer.  At each park you will experience a very unique display that is sure to take your breath away!

 

 

Animal Kingdom

Since Animal Kingdom added on evening park hours they have added the Rivers of Light show.  This show celebrates the majesty of nature and features special effects and a thrilling musical score.  Eastern festival traditions are combined with technology, which makes for a beautiful nighttime pageant showcasing lantern floats and animals.  This show tells the story of how mankind has been inspired by animals and nature.

 

Hollywood Studios

Located on Sunset Boulevard at Hollywood Studios you will find the gigantic amphitheater which curves around a lagoon giving a great view of the nighttime show Fantasmic.  The premise of this show is you are in a dream Mickey is having where good will verse evil as he becomes a sorcerer’s apprentice with powers to control things like water, color and magic.  This show features many live performers, huge sets, stunning effects, pyrotechnics and thrilling music.  Mickey’s dream turns into a nightmare when the Disney Villains try to take over.  In the end you know that Mickey will win for a happy ending.

 

EPCOT

You will find Illuminations Reflections of Earth located around the World Showcase in EPCOT.  This show has stunning fireworks that celebrates the Earth and all of humanity.  There are also fiery flames all around the lagoon for a dramatic effect.  A 350,000 pound Globe glides out on the lagoon displaying the Earth’s history of humanity and achievements.  The combination of flames, lazers, fireworks, music and storytelling makes this show incredible.  That is why it has been around for 20 years.  Hurry if you want to see it because September 30th will be the last showing before a new show is revealed.  It will be sad to see it go but I am certain that Disney has an even better show ready to wow us.  As was the case when Wishes at Magic Kingdom went away to make way for the current show “Happily Ever After”.  So that brings me to the last park and for me my favorite!  That is why I saved the best for last!

 

Magic Kingdom

9 Must-Do’s For Fall Visits to Walt Disney World Resort

At Magic Kingdom the best way to end your day is with a viewing of the Happily Ever After fireworks show.  Cinderella’s Castle becomes part of the story by having state-of-the art projections tell a story of many favorite Disney animated films.  This show uses more lasers, lights, special effects and fireworks than any in the history of the Magic Kingdom.  The musical score will give you goose bumps and by the end I always have a tear in my eye.  Watch our new YouTube video to see highlights of what this show has to offer:

 

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner who will be happy to help you plan your Magical vacation to Walt Disney World or any other destination that you are dreaming of going.

 

NEW Christmas Fireworks coming to the 2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

 

It is the middle of June which means we are just about 2 short weeks away from July! Which means guess what? CHRISTMAS IN JULY! That is just a roundabout excuse for this Christmas-loving girl to talk about my favorite holiday! But in all seriousness now is the perfect time to start thinking ahead to your Christmas season travel plans!

 

 

Walt Disney World is a wonderful destination to visit year round but during the holidays the magic increases even more with festive decorations in every inch of the parks and resorts as well as special Christmas events and holiday offerings! I always love planning a visit to the parks around the holiday season, which in Disney typically begins the first week in November and runs through the first week of the new year! During this time you can take in all the breathtaking holiday decorations at both the parks and resorts as well as take part in some of those special Christmas offerings I mentioned!

 

 

A fan favorite holiday event at Disney year after year is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This is an extra-ticketed special event that takes place on select nights at the Magic Kingdom Park during the Christmas season. During the event you can enjoy a plethora of special holiday themed entertainment offerings and experiences! You will receive complimentary treats and refreshments throughout the park! Enjoy a special Christmas parade and wonderful holiday stage show and more! One of the main events during this festive evening is the specialty Christmas fireworks show!

 

 

This year a brand-new Christmas fireworks show will premiere as part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! The new show will be called, “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks!” That’s right! This brand-new fireworks spectacular, will light up the skies above Magic Kingdom during Christmas Party nights!

 

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This new show will be hosted by Minnie Mouse herself and feature medleys of Christmas songs like “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls,” “Up on the House Top,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas!” What a perfect way to celebrate the season!’

 

 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place this year on select nights from November 8 – December 22, 2019. If you are interested in a special way to experience this new show, consider adding on a fireworks dessert party. This experience gives you the chance to enjoy sweet treats all while enjoying a special reserved viewing area to take in the show!

Be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner today for more information and to start planning your holiday travels!  For now, Merry Christmas in June!

What I am Most Excited for at the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

 

The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts is in full swing at Walt Disney World! This year the Festival runs from January 18 through February 25, 2019. This event is the only Epcot festival that I have yet to experience for myself. Well, that is about to change! In 2 weeks I am heading back to my favorite place… Disney World! We planned this trip specially with the intention of being in the park during the Festival Of the Arts!

 

 

This festival is a celebration of art in all mediums! You will find everything from visual arts, to culinary arts and also performing arts! Art has always been a passion of mine, I love painting, cooking, theatre – just to name a few! I feel this festival was pretty much made for me! That is why I am thrilled to get to finally attend this event for my first year!

 

 

In my excitement I made a list of the top 10 things that I am most looking forward to at the International Festival of the Arts!

1. Drawing Classes

2. Food

3. Interactive Food

4. Disney on Broadway Concert Series

5. Mural Painting

6. Art for Sale

7. Photo Ops

8. Chalk Art

9. Performing Artists

10. Merchandise

To hear why these are my top 10 things that I am most excited for, watch our new YouTube video!

 

 

I will absolutely be taking tons of video footage from my experience at the Festival of the Arts so make sure you are subscribed to our YouTube channel to see more Festival content! I will also be posting live video clips and photo updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so be sure to follow us on all our social media platforms!

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Are you ready to check this event out for yourself?! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

12 Must-Dos During the Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort

There’s so much to see and experience across Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season! Here are 12 must-dos for guests:

1. See the all-new Toy Story Land Holiday Decor
This new immersive land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be decked out with festive spirit during the holidays. New decor will include an oversized cranberry-and-popcorn garland and a 10-foot-tall Hamm sugar cookie at Woody’s Lunch Box, as well as green alien ornaments near the entrance to Alien Swirling Saucers, just to name a few. Plus, guests will hear sleigh bells ringing on Slinky Dog Dash, while Alien Swirling Saucers will offer two holiday tracks with themed lighting. The characters will also show off new holiday looks for the season – Woody and Jessie will wear special holiday vests and sprigs of holly on their hats, while Buzz Lightyear will don a snazzy Santa hat.

2. Catch showings of Sunset Seasons Greetings and “Jingle Ball, Jingle BAM!”
Guests should definitely make plans to see both of the nighttime shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that are special to the season. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” follows the animated elves from “Disney Prep & Landing” as they search for Santa Claus, who has gone missing. Iconic music, fireworks, special effects and state-of-the-art projections help bring this spectacular to life. And over on Sunset Boulevard, new laser effects add even more sparkle to Sunset Seasons Greetings, the towering holiday projection show on the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Throughout the night, the show features Mickey Mouse, Olaf and other beloved Disney characters sharing their favorite seasonal stories.

3. Enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Get into the festive spirit at this specially ticketed, after-hours party at Magic Kingdom Park. Indulge in complimentary sweet holiday treats, enjoy specialty entertainment such as the awe-inspiring Holiday Wishes fireworks spectacular and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and celebrate the spirit of the season with unforgettable experiences, including snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A.

4. Don’t miss A Frozen Holiday Wish
Guests can get swept up in the holiday spirit when Queen Elsa transforms Cinderella Castle into the gorgeous, glistening, icy holiday centerpiece of Magic Kingdom. Featuring appearances by Anna and Elsa, along with rugged mountain man Kristoff and the lovable snowman Olaf, this merry-and-bright seasonal show culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom.

5. Savor new items from Epcot Holiday Kitchens
Holiday Kitchens offer delectable bites inspired by holiday traditions around the world. Every holiday season brings new tastes and treats. New this year is the L’Chaim! Kitchen featuring traditional Hebrew dishes such as pastrami on rye, chicken and matzo ball soup, egg cream and more. Feast of the Three Kings Kitchen will feature a new menu, including sofrito-marinated beef with sweet plantains and olives, as well as queso fresco-stuffed arepas topped with shrimp. Other new samplings include black forest roulade with cherry whipped cream at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen in the Germany pavilion and hand-carved smoked ham with green beans and sweet potato casserole at the American Holiday Table in The American Adventure.

6. Be moved by a performance of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot
Delight in the story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a full choir and a 50-piece orchestra during a performance that inspires joy and holiday spirit. New narrators this year include Alfonso Ribeiro (Nov. 26-27) and “Moana” voice actress Auli’i Cravalho (Dec. 21-23). A great way to experience the show is with a Candlelight Processional Dining Package; guests can learn more and make reservations for the package at disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/candlelight-dinner-packages/.

7. Take in IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and other international holiday entertainment
The nighttime spectacular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth includes a special holiday finale from Nov. 18 to Dec. 30. This will be the final holiday season for this show that takes place on and around World Showcase Lagoon. The show will conclude a 20-year run at the end of summer 2019, before new thrills debut on the lagoon immediately afterward. World Showcase is also the place to discover the sights, sounds and tastes that are part of holiday celebrations from around the world.

8. Shop till you drop at Disney Springs
There is a gift idea for everyone at Disney Springs, the shopping, dining and entertainment district at Walt Disney World. Disney fans will love the Disney-themed exclusive items at stores such as the newly reimagined World of Disney and DisneyStyle, while trendsetters will appreciate the apparel and accessories at stores such as Coach, Anthropologie, Pandora, Sephora and others. And kids will love gifts from stores like Once Upon a Toy and The LEGO Store.

9. Stroll the Christmas Tree Trail
Also at Disney Springs, guests will enjoy a walk-through wonderland filled with Christmas trees decorated with Disney imagery and characters. This year’s trail features 27 unique holiday trees with new additions inspired by Toy Story, The Haunted Mansion and Star Wars. Guests can even meet Santa at his chalet inside the trail.

10. Discover Diwali during UP! A Great Bird Adventure
This all-new show takes guests on a journey to discover some of the world’s exotic birds along with fun-loving Russell and his furry friend Dug from Disney•Pixar’s hit film “Up.” During the holiday season, a special version of the show will introduce guests to discover the story of Diwali, the holiday festival of lights in India.

11. Find gingerbread houses, Christmas trees and additional offerings at Disney resort hotels
The holiday fun continues when guests leave the parks. All Walt Disney World resort hotels are elaborately decorated, and many offer special entertainment and dining during the season. Guests can marvel at intricate, life-size gingerbread houses at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and be awed by the massive Christmas trees in the lobbies of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

12. Capture picture-perfect memories with Disney PhotoPass
The holiday season is the perfect time to pose for photos around Walt Disney World. Disney PhotoPass locations will be available in front of the iconic trees in all four theme parks and at festively decorated areas – the perfect shot for a greeting card or to help guests remember an incredible trip.

How I celebrated New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World! Fireworks Boat Cruise from Disney’s Grand Floridian!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas filled with peace and joy! Even though Christmas is over for the year that doesn’t mean the holiday festivities are slowing down anytime soon! Now we are counting down to New Year’s! Last year I spent New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort and the experience became my favorite New Years to date! There are many wonderful ways to ring in the New Year at Disney! I wanted to share with you my evening last year and what my experience was like!

I enjoyed a fireworks boat cruise that set out from Disney’s Grand Floridian resort and Spa. We got to dock in the middle of Seven Seas lagoon and have one of the best spots in the house for the Magic Kingdom fireworks!

We arrived to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort early for our dinner reservation at Grand Floridian Café. It was my very first time dining at the restaurant and now this dining location is on the top of my list for my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World! A great meal is always a must for any New Year’s Eve celebration!

 

 

Then we made our way to the Grand Floridian’s marina. Included in the fireworks boat cruise for the New Year’s celebration was a private dessert party only for those groups taking fireworks cruises that evening! They had a roped off section just out front of the marina near Gasparilla Island Grill. They had such a nice spread for us of delicious desserts, soft drinks, coffee and alcoholic drinks for those in the party over 21. Disney also provided all of us with festive gear including noise makers, party hats and more!

 

 

After a wonderful dessert party, it was soon time for the fun to begin! We meet our very own boat captain who escorted out party to our private pontoon boat. We set out for a tour around all of Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. The voyage was very relaxing and beautiful. Our captain was very knowledgeable and told Disney history and facts about the property throughout our voyage.

 

 

As midnight approached we then got our spot and docked on the middle of Seven Seas Lagoon to enjoy a wonderful viewing of the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the Magic Kingdom! My favorite part is the grand finale where the Disney characters countdown from 10 until we reach the stroke of midnight! Fireworks in the shapes of numbers 10 through 1 explode in the sky! It is truly incredible! Once the new year is here the night sky is illuminated with tons of fireworks from every direction! It will take your breath away. Your boat captain will then provide a champagne toast for all those in the party old enough to enjoy it.

 

 

I had the most incredible time ringing in the New Year at Walt Disney World. I vlogged my entire experience from the evening. You can watch it on our YouTube channel:

 

Have a wonderful New Year! Now is the perfect time to book your 2019 travel plans! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

5 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World!

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise Returns

 

New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting nights of the year! It is a time when we gather with friends and loved ones to be together and join in the countdown as we anticipate the new year and new opportunities ahead of us! It is a time of great excitement and many people love to look for festivities and events to make their celebrations truly memorable! Spending your New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort is a great way to kick of the brand-new year! Let’s just say, Disney knows how to create magical celebrations!

 

 

I was at Walt Disney World last year during New Years and it was the best New Year’s Eve I had ever experienced! Across all of Disney World property there was an energy and excitement that filled the air! Other guests all talked about the plans they had for the big night! Throughout the Disney parks and resorts there are some different entertainment and event offerings that guests can experience! There is a wide variety of locations to choose from when it comes to planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Most Magical Place on Earth! You will find everything from offerings with a party atmosphere to celebrations that are more intimate and relaxing! Here is my list of 5 ideas for ways to ring in the New Year at Walt Disney World!

Magic Kingdom Fireworks

Probably one of the most iconic festivities taking place at Walt Disney World on New Year’s Eve is the Magic Kingdom New Year’s fireworks show! This specialty fireworks display begins about 10 minutes before midnight. The presentation is dazzling and truly lights up the night sky. The presentation featured 360 degrees of fireworks that will surround all of the Magic Kingdom park! The finale of the show is the countdown to midnight! The voices of Mickey and the gang countdown from 10 until we reach the stroke of midnight. During the countdown, the fireworks in the shapes of the numbers 10 – 1 are casted into the air! You have to see it to believe it! To top it all off the voices of your favorite Disney characters sing the classic New Year’s anthem, auld lang syne as fireworks fill every inch of the sky!

Fireworks Boat Cruise

My next idea to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World is how I celebrated last year, a fireworks boat cruise to view the Magic Kingdom specialty fireworks! This is a wonderful option. The cruises dock on Seven Seas Lagoon, the body of water out front of the Magic Kingdom park. The cruise itself is a very fun experience and you can get one of the best views of the fireworks show! Additionally, you won’t have to deal with the stress and congestion of actually being inside Magic Kingdom for the show. This is a popular event and the park typically reaches capacity on this night. Getting to take in the show from the comfort of your very own pontoon boat that leaves from the marinas of one of the Magic Kingdom resorts is a very enjoyable option! Included in your cruise is a selection of snacks and soft drinks. Also included for those 21 and over is a champagne toast at midnight!

 

Fireworks Viewing from the Magic Kingdom Resort Beaches

Another great option if you want to catch the incredible Magic Kingdom fireworks but don’t want to deal with the crowds in the parks is to watch the fireworks from one of the beaches at either Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. My recommendation for the evening would be to make a dinner a reservation at the resort you are planning to watch the fireworks from. Both the Polynesian and Grand Floridian are home to many amazing dining locations! Watching the fireworks from the resort beaches while not nearly as crowded as the inside of Magic Kingdom can still become a popular spot so be sure to grab a spot early and then just kick back and enjoy the amazing atmosphere of the resort as you wait for the show!

Epcot

If you are looking for an exciting party spot then look no further then Epcot! The park is filled with DJs and dance parties everywhere you turn. Many of the pavilions in World Showcase get into the spirit with exciting offerings and celebrations that represent each country’s culture! This park is also home to a spectacular New Year’s firework show to ring in the big moment! If you are looking for a more intimate setting to view this show there are also Epcot fireworks cruises available for bookings. These leave from the Epcot resort hotels.

 

Fine Dining

What better way to ring in the start of a new year then with a great meal with family and friends! Disney World has so many wonderful restaurants to fit whatever you and your party are looking for! From an elegant signature restaurant to a fun character dinner there is something for everyone. During New Year’s Eve some restaurants actually have special meal and dining options created just for the memorable evening!

 

However your choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World you are sure to enjoy a New Years that you will remember for a lifetime. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan the adventure that you and your family will take in 2019! Happy New Year!

Fall into Magic this Year at Walt Disney World Resort

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

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

23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Offers New Tastes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Toy Story Land: A Perfect Place for Fall Fun

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

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

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

Disney Junior Dance Party Shimmies into Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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

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

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

New Hotel and Ticket Package Available Labor Day Week

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

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

32 Eat to the Beat Bands Slated to Appear During 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts (known for their soulful rhythm & blues covers) will perform Oct. 1-2 at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival “Eat to the Beat” concert series. Performances are included with Epcot admission. (Disney)

9 new acts join hit makers of all genres appearing Aug. 30 – Nov. 12, 2018

9 new acts join hit makers of all genres appearing Aug. 30 – Nov. 12, 2018
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Thirty-two musical acts will perform during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 30-Nov. 12, 2018. These performers represent a diverse collection of hitmakers from pop to country to R&B and more.

The concert series packs a powerful lineup ready to rock the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily. Eat to the Beat welcomes nine new-to-the-festival bands including MercyMe, Sheila E and Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts, who join 23 returning acts.

The lineup (included in Epcot admission and subject to change) includes the following artists, best known for these popular songs:

Aug. 30-31 Blue October – “Into the Ocean”

Sept. 1-3 Tiffany – “I Think We’re Alone Now”

Sept. 4-5 NEW! MercyMe – “I Can Only Imagine”

Sept. 6-7 NEW! Glass Tiger – “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”

Sept. 8-9 NEW! Tauren Wells – “Hills and Valleys”

Sept. 10-11 Postmodern Jukebox – Known for vintage-style covers of modern hits

Sept. 12-13 NEW! Vertical Horizon – “Everything You Want”

Sept. 14-16 Baha Men – “Who Let the Dogs Out”

Sept. 17-19 Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”

Sept. 20-21 Living Colour – “Cult of Personality”

Sept. 22-23 NEW! Sheila E – “The Glamorous Life”

Sept. 24-26 Sugar Ray – “Every Morning”

Sept. 27-28 David Cook – “Light On”

Sept. 29-30 Jeffrey Osborne – “On the Wings of Love”

Oct. 1-2 NEW! Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts – Known for their soulful rhythm & blues covers

Oct. 3-4 Everclear – “Santa Monica”

Oct. 5-7 Mark Wills – “19 Something”

Oct. 8-10 Air Supply – “All Out of Love”

Oct. 11-12 NEW! Anderson East – “All on My Mind”

Oct. 13-14 Smash Mouth – “All Star”

Oct. 15-16 NEW! 98 Degrees – “Give Me Just One Night”

Oct. 17-18 38 Special – “Hold On Loosely”

Oct. 19-21 The Devon Allman Project – “Ragged and Dirty”

Oct. 22-23 Kenny G – “Songbird”

Oct. 24-25 Billy Ocean – “Get Outta My Dreams”

Oct. 26-28 Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – “We Built this City”

Oct. 29-31 Hanson – “MMMBop”

Nov. 1-2 NEW! High Valley – “She’s with Me.”

Nov. 3-4 Taylor Dayne – “Prove Your Love”

Nov. 5-7 Boyz II Men – “End of the Road”

Nov. 8-9 The Hooters – “And We Danced”

Nov. 10-12 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – “Go Daddy-O”

(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert set list)

Festival-goers can book Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert.

New Show Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Early 2019

Calling all racers! Beginning in early 2019, there’s going to be another exciting reason to get revved up about a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. It’s Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, a high-octane first-of-its-kind new show that’ll put you right in the middle of the world of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars.”

At Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, located near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, you will come face-to-face with racing legend Lightning McQueen, who is excited to showcase what he’s learned over the years with Guests – the next generation of rookie racers. Of course, as Lightning McQueen has discovered throughout his career, things don’t always go according to plan, and he has to think fast to get back on course. With friends Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and the gang from Radiator Springs on his side, Lightning gears up for the challenge.

You can speed on over to find out what happens when Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy opens early next year!

‘The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!’ Now Playing at Epcot

Star-Lord and Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy” are now taking Guests on a musical journey through the cosmos in “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot®.

You can catch “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” five times a day from now through Aug. 19, 2018. It’s included with theme park admission and is part of a lineup of “Incredible Summer” offerings at Walt Disney World®Resort.

Guests can also stop into the American Adventure at Epcot where they’ll find special offerings inspired by the new “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Live!” At Liberty Inn, they’ll find an adorable Groot Sipper Cup that comes with their choice of fountain or frozen beverage and a Rocket Fuel Slushy with frozen Coca-Cola and bourbon. Over at Fife & Drum Tavern, they can sip on an “I am Float” Root Beer with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and mint leaves or the Awesome Mix Slushy with layers of frozen lemonade, blue raspberry, and strawberry. There’s also the chocolate Galaxy Cupcake with buttercream and a white chocolate piece featuring Groot!

 

Ready, Set, Glow: Tickets Now On Sale for Disney H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon during Incredible Summer at Disney

“Toy Story” characters take over Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park for an unforgettable nighttime pool party starting June 21

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 19, 2018) – Guests can start making plans to join some of their favorite “Toy Story” characters during Disney H2O Glow Nights, the splashy new, nighttime pool party coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park this summer.

Tickets are on sale now for this after-dark event, which is part of an Incredible Summer coming to Walt Disney World Resort. Tickets are $55 plus tax for guests ages 10 and up, and $50 plus tax for children ages 3-9.

On Thursday and Saturday evenings, from June 21 to August 11, Rex and his “Toy Story” pals will transform Typhoon Lagoon like never before by throwing a glow party in the surf pool and throughout the park. Rex, a.k.a. Partysaurus Rex, will serve as host and invite guests of all ages to join the festivities. All attractions will be open for guest enjoyment and, as part of the fun, there will be special food and beverage offerings, “Toy Story” character greetings, a DJ dance party on the beach and more. Disney H2O Glow Nights also will feature The Wharf, a unique, adults-only area with a private bar, entertainment and additional seating.

Disney H2O Glow Nights is one of many new and exciting experiences coming to Walt Disney World Resort as part of an Incredible Summer that will include:

  • The 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom including UP! A Great Bird Adventure beginning April 22 and Donald’s Dino-Bash! starting Memorial Day Weekend
  • The Incredible Tomorrowland Expo at Magic Kingdom Park featuring characters from “The Incredibles,” beginning May 25
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! concert series at Epcot, beginning June 9
  • The launch of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is a 60-acre themed water park – inspired by the legend of a typhoon, earthquake and volcanic eruption. As the story goes, those events combined to create an inland sea with break waves (Typhoon Lagoon) and a towering watershed mountain (Mt. Mayday) with a stranded shrimp boat (the Miss Tilly) on top.

The park offers water activities for all ages, including signature attractions such as the water-coaster Crush ‘n’ Gusher; the water playground, Ketchakiddee Creek; and the popular Castaway Creek, a meandering lazy river.

Behind-the-Scenes: ‘Pixar Play Parade’ at Disneyland Park During Pixar Fest

“Pixar Play Parade” has returned to the Disneyland Resort, this time to Disneyland park for Pixar Fest! This delightful parade brings even more fan-favorite Pixar stories to life with the addition of three new story elements!

Before these Pixar pals made their debut down Main Street, U.S.A., I had the opportunity to see the new story elements being created. In the video below, you’ll see our creative team working on various parts of the iconic Pixar Lamp from the original Pixar Short, “Luxo Jr.,” Carl Fredricksen’s house from “Up” and Riley’s rocket wagon from “Inside Out.”

Don’t miss these new story elements and the return of “Pixar Play Parade,” during Pixar Fest, going on now through September 3.

Pixar Characters Will Greet Guests in Toy Story Land At Walt Disney World Resort

You will have the chance to encounter some of your favorite characters from the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” films, including Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl, at Toy Story Land – opening June 30 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Woody, Buzz and Jessie will be greeting guests throughout Toy Story Land on a daily basis. And each character (along with the rest of the gang) will be joining in on the fun in a land where guests “shrink” to the size of a toy. Guests will be also be able to take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit, or take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won at Pizza Planet.

Toy Story Land guests can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, which has been a guest-favorite attraction at the park since it opened in 2008. Now expanded with a third track, the popular attraction will allow even more guests to take aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games.

Stay tuned for more updates as we move closer to the opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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