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Having a Disney Fairytale Wedding!

Did you know you can get married at Walt Disney World or at any Disney destination that would be magical for you?  Just imagine saying I Do in the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, on a Disney Cruise or at Aulani in Hawaii.  Well it is all possible with a Disney Fairytale Wedding package.  Here is some information to get started planning your Disney wedding or vow renewal.

 

 

-Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner can go over the Disney Weddings packages to learn more about pricing and tools to help you plan.

 

-You will have a Disney Wedding Planner that will help you every step of the way and will turn your dreams into reality.

 

 

-Disney Weddings can be affordable. There are different packages to choose from.  The Escape package starts at around $7,000 and the Wishes package begins at $12,000.  You can customize add on’s such as arriving in Cinderella’s carriage to dessert parties for your guests while watching the fireworks. The possibilities are endless to create the dream wedding you always wanted.

 

 

-There are many locations both indoors and outdoors where you can choose to say I do and your wedding planner can help you with what is best for you.

 

 

After your magical Disney wedding you’ll want to plan your perfect Honeymoon, so contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to help you make all the arrangements!

5 Ways To Get The Family Excited About Your Disney Trip

 

You have made the decision to take the family on a trip to Walt Disney World. This trip may be many months away but there are things you can do while you wait for your magical trip to begin that will get the excitement started.  In my family the trip planning has become a special part of the whole trip experience.  There is so much fun in the anticipation of the upcoming trip.  Let me highlight five ways to get everyone in the family excited for the trip and make the waiting half the fun!

1. Listen to Disney Music and Watch Disney Movies

Disney music and movies are so fun and entertaining for the whole family. It is a favorite pasttime for my family to listen to Disney music and watch our favorite Disney Movies. You can find some great music to listen to while driving around with your family.  It will make your drive time more fun and keep you excited waiting for your Disney trip. Check out your favorite streaming services for great Disney movies and music. It is sure to get everyone excited.

2. Check out YouTube

YouTube is a great resource for learning all about the Disney Parks. If you want to see what is going on at Disney, you are sure to find a great video out there. This is a great way to show your family all that Disney World has to offer by seeing what other people have experienced while there. You can find things on rides, shows, resorts dining and so much more. If you have young children that may be a little afraid of certain rides, watching a video about the rides can prepare them and help you decide which rides are best for your family. This can help you decide what is a priority and then when it is time you will be able to secure the Fastpasses that you will want.

3.  Dining Reservations

There are so many places to eat at Walt Disney World. From quick service to signature dining, there is something that everyone will enjoy.  Check out the Dining section of the My Disney Experience app and have the family go through the menus of the restaurants and get everyone involved in making the dining reservations. Maybe let each member of the family pick a special restaurant for each day of your trip. Don’t forget to check out all the Character meal choices if this is something your family would enjoy and pick out the ones that sound the best to all of you.

4.  Save Money

It’s no secret that a Disney World vacation can become expensive so the months leading up to the trip is a great time to start a trip fund for souvenirs or a special experience.  You can make a cute Disney jar to save your money.  Get everyone involved and get creative. If your children get an allowance they can put some money in the jar.  For birthdays and Christmas the kids can ask for Disney gift cards to add to the savings. Parents can add to it with extra change at the end of each day.  Its fun to see how much you can save and then split up the money for souvenirs or use it for a special experience like one of the character dining meals or renting a boat or taking a carriage ride. There are so many possibilities and it will be fun deciding what to do with your extra cash!

5. Make a Disney Count Down

I know it may seem like your trip is a long way off and it is fun to have a countdown.  This is especially good for younger kids that don’t understand the concept of time.  There are so many count down ideas. From making your own like a chain to purchasing something premade.  There are many sites with ideas and printables or shops that sell really unique count down items.

 

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and can incorporate them into your Disney trip planning.

 

If you want to book a trip our Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planners are here to help.  Please call today to start planning your next magical Disney vacation.

My Tips for Advanced Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Dining at Toledo at Disney’s Grand Destino Tower

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort.

My Experience Riding the Disney Skyliner! – Video

 

Walt Disney World’s newest mode of transportation is here! The Disney Skyliner has arrived! The Skyliner has been added to the Walt Disney World Resort transportation fleet alongside, buses, boats, monorails and even Minnie Vans! The addition of the Disney Skyliner now gives guests another option for Disney transportation. This efficient system is helping to alleviate Disney bus traffic by giving resort guests and park goers another way to get around property.

 

 

Not only is the Skyliner efficient and convenient, but it is also so much fun! I rode the Skyliner for the first-time last month and truly felt that this transportation system feels more like a fun ride rather than simply a means of getting from point A to point B. With the Skyliner it feels as though your journey is already a part of the destination! The Skyliner is an attraction in itself!

 

 

For me riding the Skyliner gave me a similar feeling to riding the Disney monorail system. If you have been to Walt Disney World before, then I’m sure at some point you have experienced the famous Disney monorail. The Disney monorails are icons of the Disney Parks and Resorts and I’m sure you agree that riding the monorail is a fun form of transportation and gives you that feeling of being on a ride rather than just a transportation system. I had that same feeling while riding the Skyliner. The way I see it, I am predicting now that soon the Disney Skyliner will be just as iconic as the monorail. I see the Skyliner becoming one of those staples that you think of when you picture Walt Disney World!

 

 

Currently the Disney Skyliner takes flights to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s NEW Riviera Resort opening next month! All Disney guests are welcome to ride the Skyliner. It is not just exclusive to guests staying at the resorts that are on the Skyliner line. In fact, the Disney Skyliner now provides guests a new way to park hop between Epcot in Hollywood Studios. After using the system to park hop between these two parks last month, I would say in my opinion this is now the easiest and fastest way to get between Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

 

 

Now let’s talk about how the Skyliner works. Prior to me riding the system for myself, I didn’t fully understand how the Skyliner operated. I didn’t know if each station had direct flights to all the other stations, or if transfer flights were involved in order to get where you were going. My first day riding the Disney Skyliner I took every line available and fully experienced all aspect of the Skyliner and now I have a full understanding of how this great system operates.

 

 

You can refer to the map above to get more of a picture of how the system functions. All of the lines connect through the station located at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. From the Caribbean Beach station, you will find 3 lines you can go on. The first line takes a flight that stops at Disney’s Riviera Resort and then continues on to Epcot. The Second line at the Caribbean Beach station is a direct line that goes straight to Hollywood Studios. And the third line at the Caribbean Beach station goes directly over to Art of Animation and Pop Century. These two resorts share a central Skyliner Station.

 

 

Disney’s Caribbean Beach is the main hub station for the skyliner where you will catch all your connecting flights. All of the other stations have one flight option which will take you right to Caribbean Beach. With the exception of the Epcot Line because it offers the stop at Rivera prior to continuing onto Epcot. Likewise Disney’s Rivera Station since it is already on the Epcot line is another exception because you have two option here of either catching a flight to Epcot or over the other direction to Caribbean Beach.

 

 

With this knowledge in mind you can now plan out how to get from place to place. For example, if you were wanting to park hop from Hollywood Studios over to Epcot you would get on the line at Hollywood Studios which runs to Caribbean Beach and from there at the Caribbean Beach station transfer to the Epcot Line. Another example, let’s say you want to go from Art of Animation to Epcot. You would get on the skyliner at the Art of Animation station for the flight over to Caribbean Beach where you then catch your transfer flight to Epcot.

 

 

Disney has done a wonderful job with this new transportation system and the Skyliner is very easy to navigate. There are a lot of directional signs everywhere so you know exactly where you are going. And Disney Cast Members are always nearby and happy to help if you have any questions or need directions.

 

 

I have become such a big fan of the Disney Skyliner. I enjoyed my experience riding the Skyliner so much and it fills me with so much joy to know that this system is now open at Walt Disney World. I am excited for the future and what this means for new transportation or even a possible expansion of this system in the future!

 

 

Watch our new YouTube video to hear more in-depth about my experience and thoughts on riding the Disney Skyliner!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next Walt Disney World Vacation!

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!

Best Treat at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

Surprising Your Family With A Disney Trip

 

So fall is upon us and you know what that means, Christmas will be here before you know it.  Why not make this the year that you surprise your family with a Walt Disney World trip.  There has never been a better time to plan to visit Disney. Disney has released so many wonderful discounts for 2020; such as the Kids Eat For Free deal! In my opinion a gift of travel is the best because it is a gift that will leave you and your family with lasting memories.  Let me give you a few ideas on how to reveal your big surprise on Christmas day.

1. Disney Balloons Gift Box

Just image Christmas morning having the children open up a large box wrapped in Disney paper.  When they open the box all of the Disney balloons start to fly out and then you can have a note in the box or tied to the balloons that says the magic words “We are Going To Disney World”!

2.  A Scavenger Hunt

Get creative and come up with a scavenger hunt that will lead your children around the house on Christmas morning finding clues that will then eventually lead them to the final prize that lets them know that they are going to Disney World.  The final prize could be a Mickey plush toy or their favorite Disney character with a note tied on it with the big announcement!  Just think of the reaction you will get!

3. Advent Calendar

In our house the Christmas Advent Calendar has become a favorite tradition. Opening up the door each day during Advent and finding a small treat was such a fun way to count down and anticipate Christmas Day. Why not make your own customized calendar with special contents and along the way little hints to a big Christmas present. Then on Christmas they will have the big reveal with a note giving them the surprise trip news.

The possibilties are endless for coming up with ways to surprise your family with the trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World.  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to check out all the great new discounts and plan your big surprise Christmas gift!

Disney World Skyliner Now Opening!

 

The day is upon us! The Walt Disney World Resort is about to glide into a new transportation era! The Disney Skyliner Gondola System takes flight, September 29th 2019! As you glide through the sky onboard this complimentary transportation system you will see one-of-a-kind views of woodlands, waterways and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. In addition to the views outside you will also see familiar Disney pals appearing on the Skyliner cars themselves.

 

The Disney Skyliner connects Epcot and Hollywood Studios with four Disney resort hotels. these resorts include Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the new Disney’s Riviera Resort. Disney’s Riviera Resort is a Disney Vacation Club resort that will open on December 16th 2019. This new resort will have approximately 300 vacation homes, including various accommodation types, Disney’s Riviera Resort will be available for traditional hotel reservations.

 

 

Each one of the five loading stations will be artfully decorated to match the theme of its location. Each one of the Skyliner cabins is stylish featuring one of eight vibrant colors and sleek curved lines. Many of the nearly 300 cabins will feature graphics based on Disney films, attractions and characters. Characters you can see include Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Goofy, Chip ’n Dale, the Pirates of the Caribbean and many more!

 

Each Disney Skyliner cabin can accommodate up to 10 guests, including those traveling with wheelchairs or assistive devices. With the system in constant motion, you will arrive at their destination in minutes, You will arrive relaxed in the comfort of cabins mindfully tailored for the Florida climate.

 

 

In addition to convenient theme park access, when staying at a Disney Skyliner resort you will have quick-and-easy transportation to a world of other dining and entertainment options! These include all the fun of Disney’s BoardWalk entertainment district, access to Epcot through the International Gateway station, and restaurants and recreation found at the multiple resort hotels serviced by Disney Skyliner.

 

The Disney Skyliner takes flight on Sunday, September 29th 2019! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation to Walt Disney World or to any destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019!

 

Last month while visiting Walt Disney World, I attended my first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the 2019 season! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a wonderful, festive event that is sure to put you in the Halloween spirit!

 

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an extra-ticketed event that takes place on select nights at the Magic Kingdom Park. The event features special Halloween stage shows, dance parties, rare character meet and greets, a special Halloween Parade, exclusive Halloween fireworks show, trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom, specialty treats and merchandise for purchase, and more!

 

 

My group and I had a wonderful time attending the party this year! Here’s my list of highlights from my own experience at the event!

 

Group Costume

At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party guests can choose to come dressed in Halloween costumes if they want to! I had never dressed up myself when attending the party in the past but had always wanted to. The costumes are one of my favorite parts of the party. I love walking around the park and spotting other guests costumes! Everyone gets so into it and has such a great time. It is a wonderful environment to be apart of! This year I was so thrilled to get in on the fun of wearing a costume for myself! My group and I all dressed up as Star Wars characters. It truly did add another layer of fun to the evening! We met so many great people who stopped us to comment on our costumes and even take our picture!

 

New Fireworks

 

This year Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party saw the premiere of a brand new Halloween fireworks show! I was always a fan of the previous Halloween Party fireworks but this new show definitely topped it! The special effects used in the show were outstanding! My favorite part was the projections on the castle! There was one particular part that I loved where through projection mapping they made the castle look like a haunted mansion! It was incredible!

 

Live Actors in Pirates of the Caribbean

One of the many offerings during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party is attraction overlays. This is when Disney adds a bit of extra magic into a Disney ride. One of these attraction overlays takes place at Pirates of the Caribbean! When you ride this attraction during the Halloween Party you will spot real pirates on the actual ride! This overlay first premiered at last year’s Halloween Party and I am so happy that it has come back again. This year you will find even more live pirates throughout the ride!

 

Deep Space Mountain

Space Mountain is a Walt Disney World classic coaster! So many fans like myself know and love this ride! During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Space Mountain becomes Deep Space Mountain! Another exciting attraction overlay! In Deep Space Mountain you can experience riding Space Mountain completely in the pitch black! This coaster is already dark but during the party there are absolutely no lights not even in the tunnels! It makes the experience even more thrilling!

 

Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade

Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade is an exclusive Halloween Parade that takes place during Halloween Party nights! This parade received several new updates this year. There is now a show segment that represents each land in the Magic Kingdom! I love this concept! My personal favorite addition to this parade is during the Haunted Mansion segment! The bride from the haunted Mansion has been added and she actually glides down the parade route! It is something you truly have to see in person!

 

Watch our new YouTube video to see some highlights from Mickey’s not so scary Halloween Party:

 

There are so many things to enjoy at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! I hope you enjoyed hearing about some of my favorites! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner today to plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World!

My Experience in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge!

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

Walt Disney World Date Night Ideas – Part 2

 

In Part 1 of my Disney date night ideas I talked about things to do at Disney Springs and on the Magic Kingdom Resort monorail loop.  Today I am going to discuss the EPCOT area and Mini Golf for a little activity and adventure!

 

EPCOT

 

 

The EPCOT Park is a great date night park!  Adults usually love this park because of the World Showcase.  Taking a stroll around the World Showcase and exploring the 11 countries is always a great time.  The food and drinks from each country along with theming and shopping make this a fantastic place to take your special someone.  One of my favorite restaurants is Tepan Edo in the Japan Pavilion.  This is a hibachi style restaurant and the food and show are so much fun!

 

EPCOT Resorts

 

 

After your stroll around World Showcase take the International Gateway over to the EPCOT area resorts.  These resorts are the Boardwalk, Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club.  You will find great restaurants in each hotel along with many different Bars and Lounges to relax.  You will also pass the Ample Hills Creamery, all I can say is yummy!! You have to stop in for a sweet treat to top off your dinner.  If your looking for a little more activity than stop in the Atlantic Dance Hall for some great music and to dance the night away.

 

Monorail Date

 

 

Also know that you can get to EPCOT from the Magic Kingdom on the monorail.  Just take the monorail from Magic Kingdom to the Ticket and Transportation Center and transfer there to the EPCOT monorail.  This gives you the option of starting your date early and playing in the Magic Kingdom for the day and then having a wonderful dinner over in the EPCOT area.  What better way to spend the day together than to park hop!

 

Mini Golf

 

 

Another activity that many couples enjoy is mini golf and Disney has some of the best courses I have played on.  The theming is great at each.  There is the Winter/Summer course, which is located near the Blizzard Beach Water Park.  The winter course is themed to Christmas and Summer is very beachy.  Then across from the Swan and Dolphin hotel you will find the Fantasia Gardens with two courses both based on the movie Fantasia.  The one course is your traditional mini golf course and the other is based more on a professional golf course but in miniature scale.  This course emphasizes on skill versus chance.  You can actually walk here from the EPCOT resorts.  Just head toward the Swan and Dolphin and walk through their grounds and across the street you will find the mini golf courses.

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about these date night ideas and it has gotten you excited to plan your next night out!  Check out our YouTube Channel to see the video on Part 2 of Disney date night ideas.

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner to start planning your next visit!

 

Walt Disney World Date Night Ideas – Part 1

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

 

Walt Disney World is not just a great place for families it is also a great place for couples.  With so many things to do and places to go the ideas for a great date night and endless.  In Part 1 I will discuss two areas in Walt Disney World that I think have wonderful opportunities for a fantastic date night.  So let’s get started!

 

Disney Springs

 

 

Disney Springs is a shopping, dining and entertainment mecca.  You will have a fantastic time if you pick Disney Springs for your date night.  There are just so many choices of things to do.  The great thing about this area is you can find something to fit your likes and your budget.  First, let’s look at some things you can do for an Economic date night.  My picks for great places to eat that won’t break the budget would be Wolfgang Puck Express, Deluxe Burger, Blaze Pizza or even the Food Trucks.  All of these choices have really good food at the great price.

For a special occasion date or when you just want to splurge a bit there any many choices to pick from.  Boathouse and Paddlefish have great seafood choices, Morimoto Asia is outstanding with cuisine from the great Iron Chef himself.  Try Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ for delicious Southern comfort foods.  Head to STK for a fantastic steak.  These are just some of my favorites, the list goes on and on. Your sure to find something you will love.

If you would like to hang out after dinner for a nice drink let me suggest two that I enjoy.  Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is inspired by the Indiana Jones movie and the theming and drinks are so good or stop by Wine Bar George for the most incredible wine list you will ever see.  I personally like to go to the 2nd floor and head out to the patio where you can relax with your drink and take in the sights of Disney Springs.

If you want a unique experience head to The Edison after 10:00 when it becomes adults only for a burlesque style show.  Or you can catch a movie at the AMC theater.  If you like to bowl you will want to check out Splitsville for some fun and try their sushi, it is excellent!  Then there is the obvious thing to do and that is to stroll from store to store checking out so many different shops!

 

Monorail Loop

 

 

Okay, so what is the Monorail Loop?  This would be the stops the monorail makes besides the obvious stop at the Magic Kingdom.  The monorail stops at three Disney hotels, which are The Contemporary, The Polynesian and The Grand Floridian.  Looking for a great meal with a breathtaking view than you will want to head to the California Grill at The Contemporary.  This restaurant is at the top of the hotel with stunning views of Bay Lake and the Magic Kingdom and you won’t want to miss the fireworks from this restaurant.  The fireworks view from the outside terraces are incredible and the music is pumped in for your enjoyment.  Head over to the Polynesian hotel for a tropical feel.  There are great restaurants and bars and the beach is a wonderful place to put your feet in the sand and watch the fireworks together, very romantic!  Head to Grand Floridian and enjoy the beautiful Victorian lobby while listening to the piano player or band.  For a very special occasion you might want to try Victoria & Albert’s which is a AAA Five Diamond Award winning restaurant.  For something more economic you can’t beat the Grand Floridan Café.

 

Hope you enjoyed part one of my Disney date night ideas.  To hear more about it check out our YouTube video below:

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner today so you can take your special someone on a magical date night!

 

Traveling With Your Pet To Walt Disney World!

 

We all love our furry friends and the thought of leaving them behind when we travel is sometime not what we want to do or we just do not have other arrangements we can make for them.  Well, if you are planning to travel to Walt Disney World you will have some options to bring your pet along with you.

 

The first option is to book your stay at one of the Disney Resort hotels that have designated dog-friendly accommodations.  The resorts that you can choose are:

-Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

-Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

-Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

-The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort

 

 

All of the rooms at these resorts will have easy access to outdoor walkways to exercise your dog and green spaces with pet relief areas.  When you arrive at your resort, you will be welcomed with a complimentary Pluto’s Welcome kit.

 

There is a maximum of two dogs permitted per guest room.  Your dogs are expected to be well behaved, properly vaccinated and when in public areas they must be leased.  Other than service animals, your dog will not be allowed into any theme park, water park, pools or restaurants.

 

Your second option would be to board your pet at the Best Friends Pet Care.  The staff here are highly trained pet care providers and they all love animals.  The facility has 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor runs and area to play, plus a 25,000 square foot dog park.  The facility is open one hour before the theme parks open through one hour after closing.

 

Overnight accommodations for multi day trips are also available.  This is a luxury resort for your pet.  There are different levels you can pick.  From the top of the line 226 square-foot suite including things such as potty walks, playgroups, flat screen TV, webcam, bedtime story and a bath at the end of the stay to a more basic level including 36 square-foot suite with potty walks.  There is also 2 and 4 level condos for your cat with activities for them too!

 

Grooming services are also available to pamper your pet.

 

Other small pets are accepted such as birds, reptiles and rodents but you must provide your own enclosure.

 

Dogs Welcome at Select Walt Disney World Hotels Starting Oct. 15

Check out the Best Friends Pet Care website to see all the options and pricing.  There is never a need to worry about leaving your pets behind while traveling to Walt Disney World!  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner to start planning your next trip with your furry friend!

 

 

 

How to Stay Cool At Walt Disney World! – Part 2 – Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom

 

This week I’m excited to continue with part 2 of how to stay cool at Walt Disney World! Last week I covered attractions to head to to get out of the heat in both Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Today I will be sharing the best places to head to escape the high temperatures when visiting Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom!

 

The following list feature wonderful attractions that typically have a low wait time making them great attractions to head for when you are looking to get out of the heat, sit down and cool off! Let’s begin over at Hollywood Studios!

 

Hollywood Studios has been going through a transition period at the moment in anticipation of many new and exciting openings! The biggest new expansion being Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge that opens on August 29th! So this list might change in the future as we get new lands and attractions added to this park. However this is the current list when visiting the park today and these attractions will remain great spots to beat the heat as long as they are still open at this park!

 

Hollywood Studios

 

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

The Voyage of the Little Mermaid is an adorable live stage show! It is a personal favorite of mine because Ariel happens to be my favorite princess! This show happens continually during the day and because of this there is typically never a very long wait. The show is roughly 20 minutes and is a great spot to sit down in air conditioning!

 

For the First Time in Forever – Frozen Sing Along

If you are a Frozen fan then this sing along stage show is a can’t miss! The show is hosted by 2 hilarious narrators and features Anna, Elsa and Kristof themselves!! This show is another great one to head to when looking to escape the heat.

 

Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars Launch Bay is located in what use to be the Animation building. The Star Wars Launch Bay is the current hub for all things Star Wars. The whole building is filled with great air conditioning and in here Star Wars fans will find tons of things to do! You can enjoy seeing movie props and displays, watch a movie about Star Wars and more! This is also the location where you will find Star Wars character meet and greets!

 

One Man’s Dream

One Man’s Dream is an incredible walk through exhibit that includes piece of History from the life of Walt Disney as well as the Disney company. There is also always a movie that you can watch in here. Sometimes it’s the One Man’s Dream film which shares the very inspirational story of Walt Disney’s life and career and sometimes it is an exclusive preview for a new Disney film coming the theaters. This exhibit is a great place to cool off inside

 

Muppet-Vision 3D

Muppet-Vision 3D is a continual show that typically has a low wait and you can get right into the next showing. It has comfy seats and provides a great spot to get out of the sun.

 

Now let’s head over to Animal Kingdom!

 

Animal Kingdom

 

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

While in Animal Kingdom you can take a train over to Rafiki’s Planet Watch where you will find many incredible exhibits all indoors in the air conditioning. Throughout the day, they do really awesome animal encounters in here and presentation about conservation. It is a great spot to check out.

 

Finding Nemo – The Musical

If you are a fan of Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo then this is the show for you! Experience the story of Finding Nemo told as a musical adventure! This is a fun 40-minute-long show that gets you out of the sun and the chance to sit down and recharge.

 

Festival of the Lion King

This is another breathtaking show that is a celebration of the music and story of The Lion King! This show is 30 minutes long so it provides you with a great break from the heat. This show I very popular however so try to get a fastpass for this one in advance so you can avoid the main queue line which is partly out in the sun.

 

It’s Tough to be a Bug!

This 3D film can be found inside the heart of Animal Kingdom’s icon, the Tree of Life! You get to feel like you are the size of a bug yourself and through special effects get to experience what life is like as a bug! It is a cute show and typically has a low wait time, making it a great place to head to when looking to escape the sun!

 

We’ve done it! We have covered places to stay cool at all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks! I hope that my lists gave you some ideas for the next time you visit the Disney Parks! When you are ready to plan your Walt Disney World vacation be sure to contact our team of Travel Planners here at Kingdom Magic Vacations. They are excited to make your travel dreams a reality!

 

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