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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!

My Experience Riding the Disney Skyliner!

 

The Disney Skyliner is officially open! Walt Disney World’s newest form of transportation has arrived and so many Disney fans including myself are over the moon! This new form of Disney Transportation is truly magical and unique. I had the opportunity to travel on the Disney Skyliner this week and I am so excited to share my experience with you!

 

 

I have been excited about the Disney Skyliner since it was first announced back at the 2017 D23 Expo! Since then I have enjoyed watching the construction progress of the Disney Skyliner on each of my Disney World vacations. My excitement level would build every time Disney would release a new piece of concept art. It was safe to say I knew I was going to enjoy the Disney Skyliner!

 

 

Now that I have personally used this new form of Disney Transportation I can tell you that “enjoy” is an understatement! I am completely in love with the Disney Skyliner! As soon as I boarded my first gondola car at Epcot’s International Gateway and it took flight – I was in a state of total awe and amazement!

 

 

For me as a Walt Disney World lover, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to see entirely new parts of the Walt Disney World Resort that previously guests could never see. When riding the Disney Skyliner you get a bit of a backstage look from the sky at parts of the parks and resorts that no one else gets to see. One of my favorite views was as you flew over the back of the France pavilion at Epcot. You can currently see the construction progress of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure! This exciting new attraction coming summer of 2020!

 

 

I am so excited that the Walt Disney World Skyliner is now open! This is a great transportation option for so many guests at Walt Disney World! This fast form of transportation is efficient and also fun! It feels like another ride in the parks rather then a form of transportation! Be sure to check out the Walt Disney World Skyliner on your next visit to the parks! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next adventure!

Newborn Gorilla at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Walt Disney World Video!

 

Animal Kingdom is amazing for so many reasons, Flight of Passage – the current most popular ride in all of Disney World, Pandora the World of Avatar, daring thrill rides like Expedition Everest, World Class shows and entertainment like Festival of the Lion King, delicious food offerings and so much more! All of these aspects make Animal Kingdom the amazing Disney park that it is! However, the heart and soul of this park is focused on one thing… the animals themselves!

 

 

Many amazing animals call animal Kingdom home, and what an amazing home they have. Disney always puts the needs of the animals as the number one priority they go above and beyond to give them the best quality of life. Disney also does so much with scientific research to help better the lives of the animals in the park as well as animals all around the globe and in the wild. Additionally, the Disney Nature organization plays a big role in conservation! As an animal lover, I absolutely love seeing this aspect of Disney and learning all about their efforts while visiting Animal Kingdom!

 

 

On my most recent visit to Animal Kingdom, I got to see baby Grace, a newborn baby gorilla that was born at the park! At the time the following video was recorded on May 15th. She had just turned 2 weeks old! She is SO CUTE! We didn’t move from the viewing area for about a solid 20 minutes! We were so fascinated just getting to watch her and watch her mom take care of her! Cast members told us that Grace’s mom is such an amazing mom and takes such good care of baby Grace! She even loves to show her baby off! She makes a point to come sit right by the window were guests are so people can see her baby! She is a very proud mom!

 

 

The cast members also told us that Graces 2 big sisters are absolutely fascinated with their new baby sister! They love watching their mom take care of the baby and are so curious about her! How adorable is that! During the time we were there we got to see one of the big sisters Lilly come up and lay down right next to her mom and baby Grace! She just stared at baby Grace in such amazement! It was so precious!

Watch out new YouTube video to see footage of baby Grace when we visited her on her 2-week-old birthday!

 

Be sure to head over to Gorilla Falls next time you are in Animal Kingdom to see baby Grace and her sweet family for yourself! It will be a highlight of your day for sure! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation to Walt Disney World or to whatever destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

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!

 

Tickets Now Available For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Visits

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!

Disney Villains After Hours – NEW After Hours Party coming to Magic Kingdom THIS SUMMER at the Walt Disney World Resort!

 

Disney World has announced an exciting brand-new After Hours Event! If you are a fan of the Disney Villains then get excited! This new After Hours Party at Magic Kingdom will revolve around all things Disney Villains! Tickets for this new event will go on sale on April 29. This wickedly fun special event will be offered on select nights this summer from June 6 to August 8!

 

On these select evenings a dark magic will take over Magic Kingdom Park! You will be invited to run amuck in the Villains’ scary world! The party DJ will get this event lit, by energizing the castle stage with wicked beats. This show will transform the entire Central Plaza of the park into a villainous club scene! As the party gets going, the DJ will introduce your “Caretaker” for the evening, the Lord of the Dead, Hades. Hades arrives in a burst of blue flames in this brand-new stage-show, “Villains Unite the Night.”

 

Meg from Hercules joins Hades to host this show. Hades sits atop his dark throne awaiting the alignment of five planets, following a prophecy that states when the five come together he will be able to rule the universe. However, like any good story this dastardly plan doesn’t go quite as planned! An entire assemblage of Disney Villains interrupts his party! In this villainous crew, you will see Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent arrive with henchmen in tow. These Villains are prepared to demonstrate their powers with some thrilling displays of skills. These gang of Villains have also heard the prophecy and believe THEY are the ones who will rule all.

 

As you can image the story will get very intense with this twist! The brand-new show is going to be more than 20 minutes long! This will be one incredible stage show! Villains Unite the Night will have three showings during each event, giving all party attendance the opportunity to watch these Villains rule the stage!

 

 

If you have been to Magic Kingdom Park during the daytime recently then I am sure you have seen Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade! This happens to be my favorite parade Disney has ever done! If you are familiar with the Festival of Fantasy parade then you will know that one of the floats is a gigantic Maleficent Dragon! During this special after hours event, the Maleficent Dragon from Festival of Fantasy, will be let loose at night for the first time! She will be breathing fire as she creeps through the park with her minions as she makes her way to join the party at the Central Plaza!

 

Past the castle forecourt, ominous lighting and music will be found throughout various areas of the park. There will even be attraction overlays! In Tomorrowland, the Villains will invade Space Mountain, taking brave travelers on a villainous trip they are sure not to forget. This overlay will feature a new music underscore and the vilest Villains taunting you as you whiz by. I am very intrigued to find out what this exciting overlay will consist of!

 

Meanwhile over in Adventureland you will find a live crew of scurvy scalawags having invaded Pirates of the Caribbean in search of treasure. This reminds me of what Disney did at Pirates of the Caribbean during last year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! During the event, they had live actors in the attractions queue as well as in the attraction itself! This was a highlight for me at the Halloween Party, so I am very excited Disney is doing something along these lines during this brand-new after hours event!

 

 

No party is complete without great food! Disney Villains After Hours will feature some wickedly good food and beverage offerings! Additionally, you will be able to find special event merchandise made specifically for this brand-new party! Another perk of Disney Villains After Hours will be the low wait times at more than 20 attractions and experiences across the park! Just like with the other after-hours events and parties there are a limited amount of tickets sold, meaning you can enjoy the parks with limited crowds! All of this excitement and thrill adds up to a one-of-a-kind party!

 

Tickets for Disney Villains After Hours will be available for purchase on April 29. The cost is $139 plus tax in advance or $144 plus tax on the event night. This party sounds like such a unique and fun new offering! I can’t wait to check it out!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your summer vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort so you can experience Disney Villains After Hours as well as all the other summer fun for yourself!

NEW “Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night” Progressive Dinner Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park – Walt Disney World

 

This July Disney’s Animal Kingdom will introduce a brand-new, family-friendly progressive dinner. This meal will be a one-of-a-kind dining experience and is sure to be the perfect enchantment to your day at Animal Kingdom! The new dinner will be called, ‘Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night.’ This meal takes inspiration from African cultures and will celebrate The Lion King! The dinner will also honor some of the most majestic and endangered African animals.

 

This progressive dinner will begin at the Wildlife Express Train Station where you will enjoy a welcome reception! Part of your war-welcome will include a ride on the Wildlife Express Train over to the train station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch!

 

 

The reception party will feature light hors d’oeuvres, snacks, and beverages. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be included. During this welcome reception, you will enjoy some wonderful acoustic musical stylings. Once you step off the train and arrive at Rafiki’s Planet Watch you will discover even more light bites and drinks! Here at Rafiki’s Planet Watch you will find Timon and Rafiki! These two lovable character from Disney’s Lion King will be available for character meet and greets and photos!

 

 

Your dinner will then continue over at Harambe Market! Here you will be greeted by a selection of both sweet and savory dishes, all paired with unique beverages. There will also be a celebration of The Lion King and the Big Five game animals: the African elephant, the rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, and our host animal the lion here.

 

 

During your evening you will have the incredible opportunity to learn more about the importance of the Big Five and the challenges they face around the world. You will also get to learn how Disney is working to protect them! Such an amazing cause to be a part of!

The ‘Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night’ dinner will begin on July 24, 2019, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Pricing is $125 plus tax for adults and $99 plus tax for children ages 3-9. Separate park admission is required. Reservations are now available for this amazing new dining experience!

Call your Kingdom Magic vacations Travel Planner today to learn more and to plan your amazing summer vacation at Walt Disney World!

Rafiki’s Planet Watch Reopens this Summer at Disney’s Animal  Kingdom Featuring NEW Lion King Celebration!

 

Last fall Rafiki’s Planet Watch closed down at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. At the time of the closure we were unsure if the closure would be permanent or if it was just a refurbishment or if the area would be reimagined to a brand-new land! Disney was very quiet about the closure of this area and many of us Disney park-goers quickly became very curious as to what was going on!

 

Rafiki’s Planet Watch is an oasis within Animal Kingdom Park, this area can only be accessed by train. Guest board the Wildlife Express and make the peaceful journey over to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Along the way, you get to see many of the backstage areas of the park including many of the animal’s housing areas! Once you pull into the station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch you walk down a pathway lined with trees and beautiful foliage. Along the way, you can take in many exhibits with various animals!

 

 

 

Towards the end of the pathway you will come to Conservation Station. This building is home to many exciting things from meet and greets with Disney characters to encounters with a variety of different animal species. Throughout the day, Disney Wildlife Experts will bring out everything from birds to snakes and allow guests to get up close with these amazing creatures! What is really incredible about this hidden gem at Animal Kingdom is the fact that Conservation Station is connected to Disney’s on site veterinary hospital. If guest want they can have the opportunity to watch the Disney veterinarians work in the labs and operating rooms through glassed in viewing areas. In addition to these many educational opportunities Conservation Station is also home to many interactive activities and animal exhibits!

 

 

Another amazing area of Rafiki’s Planet Watch is the Affection Section! This area is a giant petting zoo where guest can interact with all animals from goats to donkeys! This is so much fun for visitors of all ages!

 

As you can see Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a really special place within Animal Kingdom, that’s why many became so curious when the area was closed down last fall. Well now we know what is happening! Disney has made it known that the area is not going away and in fact guests will be able to start visiting it again very soon! There are some exciting enhancements that will be added to Rafiki’s Planet Watch upon it’s reopening!

 

This past week Disney made the announcement that Rafiki’s Planet Watch, the Affection Section and the Wildlife Express will fully reopen this summer! The area will feature a few new enhancements and join the celebration of all things “The Lion King.”

 

 

Rafiki’s Planet Watch will still include the animal encounters that we all love, as well as new experiences that will draw from Disney’s rich heritage of wildlife animation, featuring a celebration of “The Lion King.” I am very interested to see what new features and offerings will be added into Rafiki’s Planet Watch for this Lion King celebration! I am excited that Rafiki’s Planet Watch will be back for guests to visit, this place is so special and serves as a great spot where our guests and cast members can connect to the magic of nature and see the importance Disney places on animal care and conservation!

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

Early Morning Magic at Toy Story Land! Walt Disney World Video

 

Toy Story Land is the newest land to be added to the Walt Disney World Resort! This new land completely immerses you into Andy’s backyard! Every detail of this land has been designed to make you feel scaled to the size of a toy yourself! Toy Story Land is home to three attractions, two of which just debuted with the land’s opening!

 

Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania has been around at Hollywood Studios for several years and is loved by so many Disney Park-goers! Now with the opening of Toy Story Land, Toy Story Mania has been rerouted into the new land! This 3-D interactive ride takes you through a variety of carnival scenes featuring favorite midway games. Using your toy blaster you get to actually aim at targets and earn points! One scene you are throwing darts at balloons, the next you are throwing rings at those little green aliens! This attraction is so interactive and it is fun to compete against your friends and family to see who will get the best score!

 

Alien Swirling Saucers

The Alien Swirling Saucers attraction is one of the brand-new attractions to open along with the opening of Toy Story Land. This attraction is an adorable whip style ride featuring those lovable little green aliens, and of course… THE CLAW! As you spin and whip around in your rocket you will hear some of your favorite Toy Story songs played in a techno style!

 

Slinky Dog Dash

Slinky Dog Dash also made its debut along with the opening of Toy Story Land! This attraction has become an instant fan-favorite with guests! This family-friendly roller coaster looks as though Andy has crafted it himself using a dash and dodge coaster set and then attached Slinky Dog! This coaster is vibrant and filled with child-like wonder! You can ride it again and again and find new details!

 

 

In addition to these great new attractions, Toy Story Land is also home to new entertainment offerings and character meet and greet opportunities! With all the exciting new things to see and do in Toy Story Land it is safe to say that this brand-new land has been extremely popular with Disney guests! Since the land’s opening the attractions have consistently had long wait times. Fastpasses for the Toy Story Land attractions are extremely hard to achieve even for those staying on-property with the 60-day out booking window. Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is always happy to help you try to score one of these coveted Fastpasses as soon as your booking window opens, but it can never be guaranteed due to these attraction’s popularity. Everyone wants to experience what Toy Story Land has to offer! However, we have some exciting news about how you can guarantee to enjoy everything in Toy Story Land and take in the new attractions with practically no crowds what so ever!

 

 

Early Morning Magic

Disney has recently added a new hard-ticketed event, Early Morning Magic in Toy Story Land! When purchasing a ticket to this special early morning event you get to go into Toy Story Land an hour and a half before the park opens and regular day guests are allowed in! Disney only sells a limited amount of tickets to each event, this way participants get to experience Toy Story Land with EXTREMELY LOW crowd levels! The event also includes a wonderful breakfast which features a selection of entrees as well as a buffet-style breakfast, all included with your ticket!

 

 

Some of our awesome Kingdom Magic Vacation’s Travel Planners and I recently attended Early Morning Magic in Toy Story Land for ourselves! We had the best time and all agreed that this experience is a wonderful value for the experience that you get! We were able to do every attraction in Toy Story Land multiple times! With less crowds, we were able to take in all of the details that can be found in Toy Story Land! We also enjoyed an awesome breakfast that was included in our ticket! All around we had the best time together! You feel like true VIPs getting exclusive access to Disney World’s most popular experiences!

 

 

You can enter the park at 7:00 and enter Toy Story Land itself at 7:30. With this event you get to enjoy being among the only people in Toy Story land from 7:30 – 9:00. Breakfast is served from 7:00 to 10:00. Our best advice that we found was to go to Toy Story Land first and spend the full amount of time in the land until regular day guests get to come in at 9:00. Then at 9:00 breakfast is still served for another hour so you can use this time to go eat and not feel like you are rushing through your meal.

 

 

We arrived to Hollywood Studios bright and early! We were able to enter the park a little before 7:00. We took our time to enjoy a very empty Hollywood Boulevard, a very rare sight to behold! We took a lot of awesome pictures with the help of some very fun cast members! They even took some selfies!

 

 

Once 7:00 hit, Cast Members were directing that we could head to the Backlot Express to start enjoying breakfast or wait by the Chinese Theatre to be allowed into Toy Story land at 7:30. If you remember our tip to spend the full time in Toy Story Land first, then I’m sure you can guess that is just what we did! We headed to the waiting area to get into the land and they actually let us in at exactly 7:17 rather than waiting until 7:30. Another reason to head to the land first!

 

 

Once in the land we went straight back to Slinky Dog Dash, the attraction we all were anticipating the most! After our first ride on Slinky we got straight back in line and by 7:30 we were already riding Slinky Dog Dash for the second time! Both times we didn’t even stop walking through the cue line the entire time! We were able to walk straight to the loading dock every time!

 

 

 

After our second time on Slinky Dog we then walked around the land taking in the many wonderful details! We also took tons of photos with no one in the background! The area was empty!

 

 

Next, we headed to Alien Swirling Saucers! Just like with our experience at Slinky Dog we walked right to the loading area with NO WAIT!

 

 

After Alien Swirling Saucers, we road Toy Story Mania! We had a blast all competing to see who would get the best score!

 

 

After our ride, we stopped off in the rides exit area to take photos next to the popsicle stick wall and the checkerboard wall! These are both popular Instagram spots! With the limited crowds, we were able to take our time and snap a lot of photos!

 

 

 

Next, we did a character meet and greet with Buzz Lightyear! No one was in line to see him and we were able to just walk right up! We got a big group shot with him as well as everyone in our party got their own pictures with Buzz! Since we were the only guests at the meet and greet at the time, Buzz was really able to take his time with us and it made for a very special experience!

 

 

Our Travel Planner Karen even asked Buzz if he could switch into Spanish Mode and he proceeded to flamenco with her! It was such an incredible interaction! We got great photos and videos from the moment which you can see in our new YouTube video!

 

 

After meeting Buzz and taking more picture throughout the land we headed back to Slinky Dog dash and rode the attraction for our third time! After that ride, we hoped right back in line and rode Slinky Dog Dash a fourth time! Just like before we had no wait and walked straight to the front of the line!

 

 

 

As 9:00 neared we decided we wanted to do Alien Swirling Saucers again! We headed back over to Alien Swirling Saucers and rode it for our second time that day!

 

 

 

Once we were finished riding Alien Swirling Saucers it was 9:00 and day guests were now being let into Toy Story Land. We then made our way out of the land and over to the Backlot Express for our complimentary breakfast! With this meal, you get to order an entrée as well as enjoy a buffet style breakfast featuring pastries and fruit. We found out you can actually order as many entrees as you want all included, so you can try everything if you really wanted to! Fountain drinks, juices and coffee are also included.

 

Our meal was incredible, I order the Avocado Smash Toast with a Baked Egg as well as the Fried Chicken and Doughnuts! Everything was delicious! The fact that this great meal is included in the price of your early Morning Magic Experience makes Early Morning Magic a great value!

 

We all agreed that Early Morning Magic in Toy Story Land was so worth it! The experience of having the land practically to ourselves made us feel so special! This offering is a great way to avoid the crowds and hours of waiting so that you can get to truly experience and appreciate every aspect of Toy Story land!

 

 

We filmed our experience during Early Morning Magic! Watch our new YouTube video to join us for the fun and all the laughs! Our Travel Planners love to work hard and play hard!

 

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Contact our team to plan your next vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

What I am Most Excited for at the 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! – Walt Disney World

 

 

Spring has officially sprung at Walt Disney World! The 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is now in full swing! This annual event transforms Epcot into a springtime paradise! Everywhere you turn you will find Disney character topiaries and gorgeous floral displays. In addition to the many breathtaking landscapes you can also taste the flavors of springtime with the many outdoor kitchens that can be found throughout Epcot! The Flower and Garden Festival is one of my favorite festivals that Epcot puts on. You have the culinary element with the food booths, the visual element with all the breathtaking displays and so much more to discover!

 

 

This year’s festival runs from March 6, 2019 to June 3, 2019! This festival has a nice long duration and there is still time to plan an awesome springtime getaway to Walt Disney World to experience the event for yourself! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to talk about package options! I personally just booked my visit and I am so excited to attend the Flower and Garden festival during its 2019 season! From what I have seen online there have been some incredible additions added to the festival offerings this year! Today I am excited to share with you my top 5 things I am looking forward to at the 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!

 

 

1. New Outdoor Kitchens!

 

I always love the food and beverage offerings available from the outdoor kitchens during the Flower and Garden Festival! This year four brand-new outdoor kitchens are being introduced for their very first festival season! The new outdoor kitchens are:

  • The Citrus Blossom
  • Flavor Full Kitchen hosted by AdventHealth
  • Trowel & Trellis Hosted by Impossible Foods
  • Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace

These four new booths making their festival debut will each bring many new offerings to the event! At The Citrus Blossom, I am most excited to trying the Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon! From Flavor Full Kitchen, I am looking forward to trying this booth’s featured sweet treat, the Mickey Tart Peanut Butter Mousse with Strawberry Jam and Boba Pearls. Trowel & Trellis is hosted by Impossible Foods and will feature many vegan and vegetarian options. I am most interested in trying the Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread. From Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace I want to try the Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil. Each of these new outdoor kitchens look like they will become instant fan-favorites at the festival! I love all the unique offerings that each of these new booths is bringing to the event!

 

 

2. Returning Outdoor Kitchens with New Offerings and Old Favorites

 

So I’ve mentioned how excited I am for the 4 new outdoor kitchens but I also can’t wait to revisit the returning booths that are festival icons! From looking over the menu offerings from these outdoor kitchens, all of these returning booths will be returning with a twist! Many of the menus have received an update with brand new offerings for guests to enjoy! I always love when there are so many new items added to experience for the first time! This year we are in luck because there seems to be new food and beverage offerings practically everywhere! Here’s a quick list of a few new items I am going to be sure to get my hands on!

  • From: Jardin de Fiestas – Beef torta: Braised Beef served on a Crispy Sourdough Roll with Queso Oaxaca, Avocado, Pickled Onions and Jalapenos in a Spicy Habanero Sauce
  • From: Lotus House – House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons
  • From: Primavera Kitchen – Pomodori Verdi e Mozzarella: Fried Green Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, Balsamic Reduction
  • From: Taste Track – Violet Blueberry Vanilla Croissant Doughnut

 

 

In addition to trying all these new items I am equally as excited to get to enjoy many returning favorites! If you attend the festival each year than you will know exactly what I am talking about! We all have those classic favorite items that we love so much and wait all year to get to enjoy it again! Here’s a few of my go-to items that I am thrilled to see back on the menu!

  • From: The Honey Bee-stro – Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, Charred Vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Citrus Greens
  • From: The Honey Bee-stro – local Wildflower Honey-mascarpone Cheesecake with orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses and Petite Lavender Shoots
  • From: La Isla Fresca – Caribbean Conch Salad with Mango, Papaya and Pickled Red Onions
  • From: Hanami – Frushi: Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice garnished with Whipped Cream, Berry Sauce Drizzled and Toasted Coconut
  • From: Pineapple Promenade – Frozen Desert Violet lemonade

 

 

 

3. Topiaries!

 

The incredible character topiaries are the heart of the Flower and Garden Festival! Over the years the food booths, concert series and all the other favorite activities associated with the event became exciting additions. The festival beginnings stem back to being all about showcasing the incredible work of the Disney floral team who create topiary masterpieces that resembled different Disney characters. These topiary displays are beautiful! Over the years, the topiaries themselves have become more and more defined and detailed, and the displays around the topiaries have become more and more elaborate each year! These floral displays are always a festival highlight for me! These pieces are works of art and so creative!

 

 

From the pictures I’ve seen online this year, I think Disney just dialed it up 10 more notches when it comes to incredible displays! There are brand new characters such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy from the Muppets and Bo Peep and her sheep from Toy Story! From the pictures I’ve seen it appears many of the returning topiaries have been given even more elaborate backdrops and details! For example, Lightning McQueen looks like he is driving down an actually road that is made up entirely of flowers! Also, Lady and the Tramp who can always be found in the Italy Pavilion have been given a new backdrop down by the gondolas on the terrace part of the Italy pavilion! It looks absolutely beautiful!

 

 

 

4. Festival Merchandise

 

This year’s merchandise is the cutest I’ve ever seen! One of my favorite items to enjoy at the Flower and Garden Festival is the Desert Violet Lemonade! This frozen drink complete with an edible flower on top is a fan-favorite at the festival and because it is so photogenic it is probably safe to say it is the most Instagrammed festival item!

 

 

Disney knows how much us guests love our Desert Violet Lemonade and they have actually created an entire line of merchandise inspired by the drink! You can rock some dessert Violet Minnie Mouse ears, a spirit jersey and more!

 

 

There are also some very adorable items featuring this year’s festival logo! I love to collect the Disney Dooney and Burke bags and this year they have an exclusive flower and garden print available in multiple bag styles! The design is set on a white backdrop and features butterflies that are styled after many classic Disney characters! I think that might just have to come home with me!

 

 

 

5. Springtime!

 

Finally, I am simply just so excited to enjoy this beautiful time of year in my favorite place Walt Disney World! Spring always comes early in beautiful sunny Florida! As I type this I am currently up north where I am looking outside at piles of snow! Planning a getaway to Disney World this time of year is the perfect way to experience the beauty of spring that we are all so ready for! The Flower and Garden Festival does the most incredible job of capturing the beauty and excitement of springtime! This festival has such a happy and fresh atmosphere! After all, Disney does give this event the slogan and hashtag, #FreshEpcot

 

 

Are you ready for springtime?! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner to book your next visit to Walt Disney World or to any destination that you are dreaming of visiting next!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

My Top 5 Favorite Things During my Visit to the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts! Walt Disney World

 

Just a few days ago I returned from an amazing vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort! Every visit to Disney is special but my family and I all agreed that this trip in particular was one of our favorites! We were blessed with such a perfect trip and got to see and do so much during our time in the world. This trip was very different for us. We typically travel to Disney World for a week-long stay at a time, however this trip we came for a long weekend arriving on a Thursday and returning late Monday. Even though this trip was a quick one, we did SO MUCH during our time at Disney and every moment was filled with magic! Prior to this vacation, February had never been a typical time for us to travel to WDW. However, we planned this trip around this time frame for a very specific reason, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

 

 

2019 marked the third year for this annual Epcot festival and until last week this festival remained the only Epcot Festival that I had not personally experienced. That all changed during this vacation and now that I have experienced Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts, I have so much to share!

 

 

The International Festival of the Arts celebrates art in all mediums, with a focus on everything from visual arts, to performing arts and culinary arts! I am an art lover! In my free-time I love oil painting and drawing. Going to see shows and the theatre have always been something I enjoy. And I am a foodie and love getting to try new culinary creations! From the Festival of the Arts beginning I remember remarking that this festival sounded like it was made for me! Every aspect of this event was either a hobby of mine or something I loved! That is why getting to attend my first Festival of the Arts in person was such an incredible moment for me! Here are 5 of my favorite experiences from my time at this year’s 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

1. Animation Academy

You may remember a few years back Hollywood Studios was home to a little thing called the Animation Academy. In this experience, you got to participate in a 20-minute drawing class instructed by a Disney animator and by the end of the class you have created a Disney character and get to take your masterpiece home with you. This was always one of my family and I’s favorite things to do at Hollywood Studios and there were many days when we would go around and around again and take several classes in a row! To this day, we have a collection in our house of all the drawing we brought home from Animation Academy over the years! We were sad to see this experience go when the Animation building at Hollywood Studios was reimagined into the Star Wars Launch Bay. However, I have good news… the Animation Academy lives on! This experience is alive and well during the Festival of the Arts! That’s right, inside of Epcot’s Odyssey building you will find the Animation Academy! The class structure is just like the experience that once was at Hollywood Studios and I could not be more thrilled! We did the class twice during our time at the festival, the first time we drew Pluto and the second time we drew Chip, the teacup from Beauty and the Beast! This experience is unlike anything else and I am so happy that they have brought Animation Academy to the Festival of the Arts!

2. Meeting Ashley Taylor!

Visual arts have a big presence at the Festival of the Arts, throughout World Showcase and Future World you will find pop-up tents featuring paintings, sculptures, prints and more! All of this art is actually available to purchase and take home with you. I spent a lot of time checking out these art tents. My family and I all collect Disney prints and love filling our homes with Disney artwork. Bringing Disney art home is a great way to remember your vacation and your happy place! What is so cool about these pop-up art tents is that each day different artists come to do meet and greets and signings!  I had a very magical moment as soon as we walked into Festival of the Arts! I met Ashley Taylor! Our first day attending the festival we actually came in though Epcot’s International gateway entrance and the first pop-up booth we came across was located over by the Canada pavilion. I saw this booth happened to have an artist there signing her work. As we got closer I realized it was Ashley Taylor. I am a big fan of her art so the fact that we got to see her on our very first day at the festival, at the very first booth we came across was such a perfect timing moment! I purchased a print and got it signed by Ashley and enjoyed chatting with her for a bit! This aspect of the festival is one that I think is so original and so special! The fact that you can have a personal meeting with a Disney artist and get a piece of art personalized by them is so cool!

3. Food!

As I said before I am a proud self-proclaimed foodie! I love getting to try new dishes and cuisines. The Epcot Festivals are a great way to expand your palate! What I love about the food and beverage offerings at all of the Epcot festivals are that the portions are all tasting sizes, allowing you to try multiple items during your visit and never fill up on just one dish. This is a great way to try new things as well! This is how I found out I like escargot (aka snails)! A few years back at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival I got brave and ate a snail! I LOVED IT! Here’s the thing, if it wasn’t for the festival portions the only chance I would have had to try escargot would have been ordering a full entrée of it somewhere and I would have never done that being unsure if I liked it or not. That is the great thing about the festival, you get those opportunities to try new things you wouldn’t typically try! That is why I was so excited to check out the culinary offerings available at this event! The Festival of the Arts food and drink items stand out on their own from the culinary items found at any other Epcot festival. All of these items are truly unique and original. For the Festival of the Arts the food dishes all have a big emphasis on the artistry that goes into the dish! You will notice that the plating of these festival items is incredible! The food and drink offerings all look too good to eat! I recommend when you order from the market places be sure to watch the chef actually plate your dish because it is done with so much attention to detail and artistry! A stand-out item for me was the Sous-Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade from Pop Eats! For dessert, I loved the Paintbrush Churros from Taste Track! They were such a novelty and so cute to take a picture of!

4. Disney on Broadway Concerts!

I have always enjoyed the theatre and going to see shows! So for me another big highlight was the Disney on Broadway Concert Series! Every night during the Festival of the Arts performers from Disney Broadway Shows will perform Disney Broadway songs and share stories with guests about their experience working for Disney on Broadway! It has always been my dream to see a Disney on Broadway production in New York City and I was able to get a taste of what is in store right in Epcot! The performing artists that Disney brings in are so talented! Throughout the festival’s run they will rotate through a few pairs of Disney on Broadway performers. During our visit, we got to see Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee. They were incredible! Heidi is known for her role in Freaky Friday and best known for playing Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Broadway! Gavin originated the role of Bert in the West End and Broadway’s production of Disney’s Mary Poppins! He was nominated for both an Oliver and Tony Awards! These performances showcasing the incredible Disney on Broadway talents happen a few times a night at Epcot’s American Gardens Theatre! Be sure to check the times out when you visit, these shows are a must do at the festival!

5. Art Everywhere!

This is the Epcot International Festival of the Arts and for this event Disney truly goes all out with immersing you in the world of art everywhere you turn in the park! The next aspect that I want to share with you is how art is happening live time around you everywhere and it is so magical! What is really cool about this event is that you are not just admiring completed pieces of art but you also get to watch the creation of many works of art and even participate in bringing some of the art to life for yourself! One of my favorite acts we got to see was an artist on the Fountain Stage in world showcase who painted to music! You had to see it to believe it. He danced to modern pop music as he painted and within minutes created a work of art featuring a Disney character! This performance is called “Visual Art in Performance.” What I think is really neat is that after the artist is done his masterpiece on stage the painting is then brought over to a festival pop-up tent and you could get the opportunity to purchase the piece you just saw created onstage! Talk about a cool conversation piece to have in your house!

Another awesome visual art component of the festival is the chalk art! Every day chalk artists come to Epcot and created both 2-D and even 3-D masterpieces on the ground using chalk! This is so cool because once again not only do you get to admire the finished product but you also get to enjoy watching the progress of the artist creating their work! We enjoyed seeing the artist starting their work in the beginning of the day and then checking back later on to see the end result! My personal favorite was the 3-dimensional chalk art! It blows me away how they create these pieces that actually look so realistic and like you can reach out and touch them! These also make for some very fun photo-ops!

Another great part of the art happening around you is that there are opportunities for you to get hands on and make art as well! I loved the Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural! With this experience, you received a paintbrush and a cup of paint with a number on it. You are then assigned so many squares that you get to paint that has your corresponding number. It is so cool to be a part of something so big! After you paint your squares and hand in your paint a cast member will present you with a postcard that shows what the end mural will look like so you can see what you are helping contribute to! This makes a great keepsake to bring home from your trip!

These were just a few of the reasons I loved the Epcot International Festival of the Arts! This year’s event runs through February 25th 2019. I am already dreaming of next year’s festival! I think Festival of the Arts may now hold a top spot as one of my favorite events that Epcot puts on, it has everything, food, entertainment and tons of creative energy everywhere you turn! Now is the perfect time to plan a visit for the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White! NEW Disney World Character Dining!

 

There is now a new character dining experience to be found at the Walt Disney World Resort! Many Disney fans are filled with joy about this brand-new character meal addition! Character Dining is a staple experience at the Disney Parks! During a character meal, you get to meet your favorite Disney characters all while you enjoy the culinary offerings that Disney is known for! A character meal provides a unique and very exclusive way to meet the Disney characters. You get to skip the long lines and wait times that are typical for some of Disney’s most popular meet and greets, plus – you get more quality time to spend interacting with the characters in a much more laid-back setting! Booking a character meal gives you a guarantee that you will meet those characters during your vacation!

 

 

For these reasons, Character Dining is a very sought after experience at Disney World! Character Dining reservations get filled up very quickly, that is why fans are rejoicing over the fact that another character meal experience has been added to Disney World’s Character Dining line-up! This new character meal can be found over at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. Artist Point has received a new whimsical overlay and been transformed into Storybook Dining at Artist Point. Storybook dining features characters from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

 

 

On my most recent Disney World visit I met up with two of our amazing Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planners, Alyssa and Karen and we went to check out everything that Storybook Dining had to offer!

 

 

This Dining experience is only one table service credit if you are on a Disney Dining Plan making it an incredible value for everything that you get and the interactions you get to have with the characters! If you are paying for the meal outright, it is a set price of $55 for adults and $33 for children ages 3-9 (tax and gratuity not included).

 

 

We checked in for our reservation at Artist Point and were soon escorted into the Enchanted Forest! The attention to detail in this restaurant is incredible! Beautifully lighted tree branches cascade down from the ceiling making you truly feel like you are in a fairytale world!

 

 

Let’s talk about the food! I have been to several other character dining experiences at Disney and this meal by far was my favorite for food quality and selections! Artist Point is known to be a signature dining location and that definitely shows in the menu offerings put together for Storybook Dining! You will first enjoy a selection of creative appetizers! These appetizers are all served family style to your table. Each person gets their own perfectly plated portion! Here is a list of the appetizers your will receive:

  • Hunter’s Pie – with chicken, black truffle, and stone fruit preserve
  • Winter Squash Bisque – with caramel loli and granola served in a black cauldron
  • Wicked Shrimp Cocktail – with soy, miso, avocado, thai chili, and greens

My personal favorite was the Hunters Pie!

 

Kids have their own special selection of appetizers that they will love! Our waiter was so kind to bring us over one of the children’s appetizers so we could see what it included. This restaurant truly has something for everyone. Artist Point had every member of the family in mind when crafting this incredible menu!

 

 

Now it is time to talk about the entrees! As part of your pre-fixe meal each guest gets to select one entrée. There is a very wide array of entrees offered here! Everyone in your party is sure to find something that they love! Here are the selection of entrees:

  • “Cottage” Seafood Stew – Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Tomato, Fennel
  • A Stroll through Nature – Butternut Squash, Arugula, Gnocchi, Sage, Parmesan
  • Magic Mirror Slow-braised Veal Shank – Celery Root Mashed, Wilted Winter Greens, Jus
  • Royal Prime Rib Roast -Horseradish Mashed Potato, Hay-smoked Carrots, Popover, Jus
  • Brother’s Grimm Roasted Chicken – Confit Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Apples, and Chestnut Butter
  • Bashful’s Butter-poached Snapper – Root Vegetable Risotto, Wild Mushroom, Citrus-Butter Sauce

I ordered the snapper based off of our waiter’s recommendation and I LOVED this meal! The fish was fresh and that citrus-butter sauce made this dish in my opinion! I really enjoyed this meal! Alyssa and Karen both also enjoyed their entrees! We cannot rave enough about how fantastic the food is at this restaurant!

 

 

Now for the best part… dessert! Just like with the appetizers the desserts are also served family style as part of your pre-fixe meal. This was another major highlight for me! Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • The Miner’s Treasure – sponge cake, chocolate gems, and buttercream icing
  • Fairy Tale Gooseberry Pie – with meringue.
  • “Poison” Apple – white chocolate apple mousse with a sour center.

 

 

Soon after being presented with these three delicious goodies our waiter then presented us with, “The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen” the presentation here is amazing! Have your camera ready because this box of treats comes out steaming with smoke! A very cool effect! Inside the box, you will find crackled maple popcorn and ganache hearts!

 

 

Now that you know about the incredible food to be enjoy here let’s talk about the characters! During your meal, you will get to meet Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and the Evil Queen. Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy all come around and visit every table. While the Evil Queen makes her grand arrival and then stays in her location in the center of the restaurant as an optional meet and greet that you can partake in after your meal. This is a great set up. This way children who may be scared of the evil queen will not have to see her unless they want to.

 

 

The character interactions that we had were wonderful! Each character truly took their time to interact with us and take lots of pictures. Intermittently throughout the meal music will begin to play and the characters will dance around the restaurant! It is very cute and so fun to watch!

 

If you would like to join us on our journey into the Enchanted Forest you can do so by watching our new YouTube Video!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next adventure!

 

 

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.

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner to plan your next vacation!

Disney Skyliner Gondolas Spotted Testing at Walt Disney World! New Mode of Disney Transportation!

 

Now that we are in 2019 we can officially say that we will be riding onboard the Disney Skyliner Gondolas THIS YEAR! This brand-new mode of Disney transportation looks so fun! I am personally so excited to experience a birds-eye view of Disney property while riding in these Disney gondola cars! Another great benefit that this new Disney transportation system will give us is convenience and a shorter travel time! Everyone knows that the Disney busses can get crammed on busy parks days. Now that the Skyliner system will be servicing multiple Disney Resorts, we can anticipate the new gondolas alleviating some of the crowds on Disney transportation busses.

 

 

What is also exciting is that the Skyliner Gondolas will run a line between Epcot and Hollywood Studios to make park hopping faster than ever before. This will alleviate some of the boat crowds that you can find on busy days that run between these two theme parks.

 

This past week we heard some exciting news from the Walt Disney World Resort! Disney has begun the initial testing phase for its new Disney Skyliner system! This means the Skyliner System may be closer then we all think!

 

 

Currently the Skyliner Gondola System is scheduled to open this coming fall. The Skyliner will have stations at four Disney resort hotels including, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the brand-new Disney’s Riviera Resort which is set to open in December 2019.

 

I have enjoyed watching the Skyliner’s construction progress over this past year during my visits to Walt Disney World. The stations such as the one at Epcot’s International Gateway and Disney’s Hollywood Studios seem to almost be complete! Both of these stations are perfectly themed to their location!

 

 

Many of the gondolas will be adorned with beloved Disney characters! There is a large variety of characters you can get. This adds such a great layer of fun to your ride experience! I can’t wait to see what they all look like in person!

 

 

Gondola themes include:

  • “Beauty & the Beast”
  • “Frozen”
  • “Lilo & Stitch”
  • “Moana”
  • “Peter Pan”
  • “The Princess and the Frog”
  • “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
  • “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”
  • “Zootopia”
  • “Coco”
  • Goofy, Pete, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow
  • “Finding Dory”
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • “Monsters, Inc.”
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • “Ratatouille”

 

The fact that gondola cars have been spotted being tested on the Skyliner lines makes it very real that this new form of Disney transportation will be here before we know it! I am so excited! I am heading to Disney World next week and will be keeping an eye out for any gondola sightings!

 

One thing is certain this coming fall will be a very exciting time for new things coming to Walt Disney World! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next magical adventure!

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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