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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.

 

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Festival of the Arts Broadway Concert Series

 

The 2020 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will open January 17th 2020 and run through February 24th.  This festival will celebrate culinary, visual and performing arts.

One of the fan favorites of this Festival is the Disney Broadway Concert Series.  These concerts feature Broadway performers singing some beloved songs from Disney musicals.  We know some of the pairs of artists this year include Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland, Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey, Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee, and Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White.

 

 

The current lineup that Disney has announced today is as follows:

Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White

  • January 17
  • January 20 through 21
  • January 24

Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee

  • January 18 through 19
  • January 22 through 23

Kissy Simmons, Heidi Blickenstaff, Alton Fitzgerald White and Gavin Lee

  • January 25

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • January 26
  • January 28 through 29
  • February 1 through 2
  • February 5 through 6

TBD

  • January 27
  • January 30 through 31
  • February 3 through 4
  • February 7 through 8


Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey and TBD

  • February 9

Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

  • February 10
  • February 12 through 13
  • February 18 through 19
  • February 22 through 23

TBD

  • February 11
  • February 14 through 17
  • February 20 through 21

Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland and TBD

  • February 24

These performances will take place at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:00 pm daily during the Festival dates.

 

Dining Packages

 

 

Dining packages are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner at participating EPCOT restaurants.  This reservation guarantees you seating at one of the three concerts held that day.  Dining packages will be available for booking starting November 14th.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner who can assist you in booking your trip to the Festival of the Arts!

My Top Picks for Quick Service Locations at the Four Disney World Parks

 

In last weeks blog I discussed getting your Advanced Dining Reservations at Table Service Restaurants in Disney World.  In that blog I recommended that you not make reservations for every day of your vacation and to leave some days just to plan as you go and not be locked into any one location at a specific time.  This week I would like to give you my top picks at each park for a Quick Service Dining Option that is still really good food and not typical burgers and fries.

 

Magic Kingdom

In Magic Kingdom hands down for me I always head to Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square.  There are so many of my favorites on this menu.  My personal favorites would be the Trio platter which has fried shrimp, breaded chicken breast nuggets and battered fish served with hushpuppies and choice of green beans & carrots or french fries.  Another fav is the chicken pot pie or some healthy options like the grilled salmon or Harbour salads.  There is plenty of seating in this location.  I always head upstairs and get a seat by a window to people watch as I enjoy my meal.

 

Animal Kingdom

My pick for Animal Kingdom is Flame Tree Barbecue and I have selected it for two reasons, the food and the atmosphere of this location’s seating.  Flame Tree is located in the Discovery Island section of the park and you will easily be able to find it by just following the incredible BBQ smell.  They have ribs, chicken and pulled pork.  I’ve tried them all and love them!  My go to is the smoked pulled pork sandwich served with coleslaw and signature baked beans.  I have heard a lot of rave reviews on their baked macaroni and cheese with pulled pork so this is on my list to try next time.  As for the seating I mentioned, I like that it is outdoors and under nice shaded pavilions.  It is tucked away and I like to head to the area closest to the water overlooking Expedition Everest.  It is so quiet and peaceful down there and is the perfect place to recharge your energy for more exploring.

 

Hollywood Studios

I have to say that Hollywood Studios was always the park that I struggled to find a quick service location that had anything that I would highly recommend.  That was until Toy Story Land opened and with it Woody’s Lunch Box.  The menu here is not large by any means but everything I have tried has been delicious.  My favorite is their grilled three cheese sandwich and the tomato-basil soup.  The smoked turkey sandwich, totchos and BBQ Brisket melt are also good choices.  My only complaint is they need more seating so I recommend having someone stand in line to order while the rest of the family looks around for a family getting ready to leave and then grab it up quick.

 

EPCOT

Okay, I have left the best for last.  EPCOT is a foodie lovers park.  The quick service options here are endless and this is the one park where I have a hard time just giving you one pick, so I will break it down with a pick in Future World and then World Showcase.  In Future World I would head over to the Land Pavilion where Sunshine Seasons is located on the bottom floor.  This is a food court which has many options and you will be able to find something for everyone in your group.  There are different shops  within the court.  You can choose from:  Asian Noodles Shop, Grill Shop, Sandwich Shop, Soup & Salads Shop and of course a Bakery Shop to enjoy a sweet treat.  There is plenty of seating and if you plan your fast passes carefully this is where Soarin and Living with the Land and located.

In World Showcase there are many quick service locations each geared toward the cusine from the Country you are visiting.  Pick your favorite and you can’t go wrong.  I have to say I have had something from each that I have loved but if pressed to pick I’ll have to choose the fish and chips in the UK!

 

I hope you have enjoyed my quick service picks.  If this has made you hungry and wanting to plan your next Disney World trip please contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner to get started.

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.

Blaze Pizza in Disney Springs, A Great Quick Service Option

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Dinner at Epcot’s Teppan Edo

 

In August, I was fortunate to be in Walt Disney World for my birthday for the first time ever!  I got to wear my birthday button and I enjoyed all the birthday wishes from cast members and guests.  My parents and I spent my birthday in EPCOT and they gave me the option to pick any restaurant I wanted in EPCOT for my birthday dinner.  After contemplating the many wonderful choices, I decided on one of my favorites, Teppan Edo.

 

 

Teppan Edo is located in World Showcase at the Japan Pavilion.  Here you will experience authentic Japanese cuisine during an exciting dining experience that is part a Hibachi style meal and part show.  Here you sit around Hibachi grills where your skillful chef chops and stir-fries your food right there in front of you.  Every seat has a perfect view of the show.  I enjoyed the show that the chefs put on while making your delicious food.  This experience it great for the whole family.  It will even keep your children entertained and excited to eat their meal.

 

 

 

You can select from steak, chicken, seafood and vegetable entrees.  These entrees are served with udon noodles, stir fried vegetables and steamed rice.  Prior to the meal, you also are served a fresh garden salad with Asian dressing.  For my birthday meal I choose the scallops, my mom had the shrimp and my dad had the filet mignon.   All were prepared and served right in front of us and they were all delicious.

 

 

At the end of the dinner, the servers presented me with a surprise piece of birthday cake and a birthday song.  The cake was their green tea cake, which is layers of delicate green tea sponge cake with a fluffy green tea mousse topped with a fresh whipped cream.  All I can say is yummy!  I highly recommend Teppan Edo and look forward to returning again soon.  You can check out my video below for highlights of this birthday dinner.

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to get your next Walt Disney World trip planned so you can enjoy fun experiences like this!

 

Everything You Need To Know About The Disney Dining Plan!

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Quick Service Dining Plan

-2 quick service meals

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

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

 

Regular Dining Plan

-1 table-service meal

-1 quick-service meal

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

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

 

Deluxe Dining Plan

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

-2 snacks

-1 refillable mug

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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!

 

My Perfect Day at Magic Kingdom!

 

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

 

Rope Drop!

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

 

 

Breakfast

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

 

 

 

Mine Train

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

 

Fast Passes

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

 

 

Lunch

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

 

 

More Attractions

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

 

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Dinner

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

 

 

Fireworks!

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

 

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

Dinner at Biergarten in Epcot – Walt Disney World VIDEO

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

Diamond Horseshoe Dining Review – Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World

 

On my most recent visit to Magic Kingdom this week I enjoyed a brand new dining experience that I had never previously done! I ate at the Diamond Horseshoe inside the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World! I had a wonderful experience here at this restaurant! Everything was incredible from the delicious food to the charming western atmosphere!

 

Diamond Horseshoe is located back in Frontierland inside the Magic Kingdom Park. For some time this dining location was only open seasonally and for special events so it was always a challenge to try to experience this restaurant. For a while when this location would be open it was a quick service dining location. Now Diamond Horseshoe is one of Magic Kingdom’s newest table service locations! You can either order off the menu or choose to enjoy the buffet!

 

 

The restaurant menu has a wide mix of American-style flavors. They are known for their barbecue! The cuisine is definitely comfort food. I was dining here with my friends who are vegan and they were so excited to check out the vegan stuffed peppers! I am not vegan myself but I do love stuffed peppers and I was interested in what the vegan version would taste like so I also ordered this dish!

The service was wonderful, the chef came to our table to talking about the vegan options on the menu and answered everyones dietary questions. The cast members were all very knowledgeable about the menu! I really enjoy the meal I had! The vegan stuffed peppers were so fresh! The meat substitute was from Impossible Foods and was seasoned to perfection! It tasted very similar to real meat.

 

 

The atmosphere is very fun and charming! You feel like you have stepped into a western saloon! There is even a stage with a player piano that sets the tone for this incredibly themed restaurant. My friends and I really enjoyed our experience at Diamond Horseshoe! Be sure to check this restaurant out on your next visit to Magic Kingdom! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the most magical place on Earth!

Fun Things to do at Disney Springs!

 

Looking for a fun way to spend a day in Disney look no further than Disney Springs.  This is a great place to spend a day during your Walt Disney World vacation.  There is no park ticket needed to come here so this is a great place to spend your time on either the first or last day of your vacation when you may not want to waste a park ticket when you do not have a full day.  But you will find so much to do here.  The following is my list of fun things to do at Disney Spring!

 

 

-If you love to shop Disney Springs is your place.  There are so many shops from your high-end designer stores to fun Disney merchandise stores. You will not want to miss the Christmas store, The World of Disney Store, The Co-op, The Disney Style Store, and Trend-D which are some of my personal favorities.

 

 

-Now let’s talk about dining.  There is no end to the offerings that Disney Springs has to offer from signature dining to counter service you will find something for everyone.  There are many restaurants from celebrity chefs like Chef Morimoto, Guy Fieri, Rick Bayless, Art Smith, Jose Andres and Wolfgang Puck.  Also, Wine Bar George highlights the wine experience of Master Sommelier George Miliotes.  You will find some delicious tapas foods and charcuterie boards that you can pair with the best wine from all over the World.  The only problem you will find is deciding which place you want to try!

 

Celebrate National Wine Day With First Look at Interior of Wine Bar George at Disney Springs

 

-If you want a birds eye view of Disney Springs and the Walt Disney property you can head over to Characters in Flight.  This is a tethered balloon that will take you up over the Disney Springs Area and you will get a great view of all of Walt Disney World.  This is a popular attraction for people celebrating special occasions or maybe even that perfect Disney World marriage proposal!

 

 

-Head over to Splitsville and you can bowl a few rounds while enjoying some really good food.  The food is great here and if you are a Sushi fan then you will want to try some here.  Yes the Sushi is great!

 

 

-Disney Springs is home to the AMC theatre.  So when you are looking for a relaxing time just catching the latest movie this is where you will want to come.  The theatres are a perfect place to have a family night or date night.  The food is great here too!

 

 

-Do you want to capture the perfect family portrait? Then Disney Springs is the place to come! Just inside the Marketplace Co-op you will find the portrait studio.  You can get the best pictures.  The photographer will take your photos and they will all be linked to your Magic Band.  These pictures will have so many different backgrounds from classic pictures to those special Disney pictures that we all love.

 

 

These are just some of my favorite reasons to visit Disney Springs!  There is so much to see and do!  You will want to come back again and again! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation!

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Atmosphere:

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

 

 

 

Princesses:

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

 

 

 

Food:

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

NEW Wine Country Brunch Coming to Wine Bar George at Disney Springs! – Walt Disney World

 

In the heart of Disney Springs, you will find Wine Bar George, an estate-style wine bar offering over 130 wine selections from acclaimed wineries and up-and-coming regions. All of these exquisite wines have been hand-selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. Wine Bar George is a great spot to relax and enjoy the evening while at Disney Springs! In addition to the wines on the menu, this location also offers a variety of tapas-style food offerings to compliment your beverage of choice. There is plentiful seating both downstairs, upstairs and even an outside balcony patio where you can overlook Disney Springs as you enjoy your specialty wine!

 

 

I have visited Wine Bar George once and had a wonderful experience. We stopped in towards the end of our night at Disney Springs just to unwind and enjoy a glass of wine before heading back to our resort. I enjoyed a glass of the La Perlina, a moscato from Veneto, Italy.

 

 

The staff was so welcoming and very knowledgeable. They took their time with us and found out what we enjoyed and then made suggestions for what we would enjoy. Whether you are a wine aficionado or a novice, this place is very approachable! I can’t wait to go back to Wine bar George in the future! As I mentioned we just stopped in for a quick drink, on my next visit I would love to try some of the other menu offerings and have the full experience of everything Wine Bar George has to offer!

 

 

On that note… there is actually a brand new and exciting addition coming to Wine Bar George… brunch! I am ready to check this experience out! Here is what we know about this new offering coming to this wonderful establishment!

 

NEW Wine Country Brunch

I am so thrilled about this announcement! This exciting new experience will begin on March 30th. On Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM-3 PM you will be able to partake in this brand-new Wine Country Brunch! The menu will include starters, boards, main plates, sweets and sides. Menu items will include late-morning staples such as Brioche French Toast, Steak and Eggs, Biscuits with Sausage Gravy and Eggs Benedict. These items will all be accompanied by Wine Bar George’s extensive selection of wines from around the world!

 

 

Dole Whip Mimosa

The item on the brunch menu that has everyone buzzing is the Dole Whip Mimosa! That’s right! Wine Bar George is taking the iconic Disney Parks snack, the pineapple Dole Whip and creating a one-of-a-kind mimosa drink! As a huge fan of the Disney Dole Whip, I am so excited to try this new mimosa!

 

What I am Excited to Try!

Here are a few of the menu items that I am most excited for! I already mentioned how pumped I am to try the Dole Whip Mimosa! I have a feeling that this will be a fan favorite at the Brunch! I am also interested to try the Wine Country Omelet. This omelet includes an artichoke asparagus olive and tomato medley! I also think that ‘The Big Board’ sounds awesome and would be perfect to share! This board features a Chef’s selection of six artisanal cheeses and five crafted meats with condiments.

 

 

This brand-new brunch at Wine Bar George is sure to be an awesome new addition to the great lineup of dining experiences at Disney Springs! I will definitely be checking out Wine Bar George’s Wine Country Brunch very soon! When you are ready to plan your next vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort be sure to contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner. Our knowledgeable and passionate team is excited to help you plan the trip that you have been dreaming of!

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