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Walt Disney World Baby Care Centers

 

If you are traveling to Walt Disney World with a baby or toddler, you will want to be aware that each Walt Disney World Park offers a Baby Care Center.  These centers offer so much and will make traveling with your baby so much easier.  It can get really hot in the parks and these centers offer the perfect place to cool off and take care of your little one.

 

Kitchens in these facilities have baby care items for purchase.  This makes things very convenient and a life safer if you forgot to pack an essential item.  The centers offer Carnation Good Start Formulas, Gerber foods and juices, bottles, nipples, Huggies diapers and wipes, lotions, sunscreen and some over the counter medications for children.  The kitchen area has a microwave, small sink and ample counter space.  You will also find a private nursing room with electrical outlets for the mother that needs to use a breast pump.

 

 

In these centers you will also find rocking chairs, changing tables and high chairs.  There is a television and small tables and chairs for your older children to utilize.  Each center varies in size with Disney’s Hollywood Studios being the smallest.  This center does not sell baby care needs but these items can be found for purchase at the Movieland Gift shop located to the left of Guest Relations.

 

Disney Water Parks and Disney Springs Area does not have a dedicated Baby Center, but you will find baby-changing stations in all the restrooms.

 

Parents with youngsters will find these centers a great place to stop during a hot busy day.  It is a great area to take care of your child in a cool comfortable location and get recharged for more fun in the park!

 

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

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Everything you need to know about First Aid at Walt Disney World

 

You never want to think that you will need First Aid care while on vacation at Walt Disney World but it is good to know what is offered and where to find it if the need arises.  First Aid Stations located in the Walt Disney World parks are not just for you basic band aids.  Let me tell you about some of the things that the First Aid Stations can do for you.

 

Say you are in the park and your child is not feeling well and you think they may have a fever, you can just stop in and check.  They have thermometer strips available to give you.  There is an area in the back with beds where someone can lie down for a while if they do not feel well.

 

The First Aid stations will also have samples of medicine for many things that can come up while traveling.  They will have things for colds such as cold medicine, cough drops and even packets of tissues.  If you get a bad headache that you just cannot shake, they can give you samples of Tylenol or Ibuprofen.  If the headache is coming on because of the start of dehydration then you can get some powerade, damp cloths and a cool spot to rest until you are feeling better.  All first aid stations are equipped with Epipens for insect bites and allergic reactions.

 

While on vacation, you may not be eating the same way you would at home which can lead to an upset stomach or indigestion.  The stations will have samples of medicines to help relieve your symptoms.

 

If you get something in your eye someone at the station can help you flush your eye out.  If you are having an issue with your contacts they will also have contact solution for you to use.

 

Probably one of the biggest things you could encounter while in Disney World is blisters from all the walking!  Just stop in if this happens and they will have band-aids and bandages available.

 

 

These first aid stations also offer some special services that might be of use to some people.  Did you know that these stations will store refrigerated medication for you.  That will save you from having to go all the way back to your resort to take your medicine.  You can also come here to do your breathing treatments for things such as asthma, just bring your nebulizer to First Aid and you have a nice private cool place to administer your treatment.

 

If you are a diabetic or require any daily injections a First Aid Station is the place you will want to go.  They will even have special containers for disposal of your needles.

 

 

On my most recent visit I needed to visit the First Aid Station.  I was taking an antibiotic that made me more susceptible to sun exposure.  I had a reaction on my feet that made them so itchy.  I was getting really miserable and happen to be walking by the First Aid Station.  I walked in, they had me sign in, I showed them what I was experiencing, and they handed me a few packets of ointment that made me feel so much better.  It saved the rest of my day!  The staff and facilities were so great!

 

 

Now that you know what is available at the First Aid Stations let me tell you where you can locate each station at each park:

-Magic Kingdom – Located between Crystal Palace Restaurant and Casey’s Corner Restaurant near the restrooms as you are heading toward Adventureland.

-Epcot – Located in the Odyssey Center between Future World and the World Showcase.

-Hollywood Studios – Located in the Guest Relations building on Hollywood Boulevard near the front entrance.

-Animal Kingdom – Located at Discovery Island next to Creature Comforts/Starbucks location.

-Typhoon Lagoonlocated just behind Leaning Palms.

-Blizzard Beach, located beside Lottawatta Lodge.

 

Hope this information helps you if you ever find yourself or a family member in need of a little medical assistance.

If you are ready to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation then contact one of our knowledgeable Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planners who will be happy to help you plan your trip!

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!

 

Disney DIY Vacation Shirts! Perfect for Disney World, Disneyland & Disney Cruise Vacation!

 

Today our Travel Planner, Jennie Nowers shares with us an awesome Disney DIY project… making your very own Disney tee shirts at home! When you go to Disney everyone knows you have to dress for the occasion! It adds so much to your vacation when you get to sport your favorite Disney tee! You can customize shirts for everyone in your family. You can create shirts for all occasions from family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, couple shirts, the list goes on and on.

 

 

Having these matching shirts will get everyone in the spirit of the vacation and when in Disney the Cast Members typically go out of their way to acknowledge your special event and have even been known to create a little extra magic for you!

 

 

A DIY project at home is a great way to get the whole family involved and your kids will love to help in creating their own shirt to wear on vacation.  You can be so creative when making your own shirts and really personalize them to each individual by selecting specific designs and colors.

 

 

In our new YouTube video Jennie shows you how she made her Disney DIY shirts using the decals that she bought off Etsy. As Jennie points out in the video, customizing your own Disney shirts can be a great alternative to buying pre-made shirts online because you get the choose the shirt that fits you best and is the most comfortable.

 

The video will show Jennie making her shirts for her upcoming Disney Cruise.  Hope this video will inspire you to get creative and start crafting for your own upcoming Disney vacation.

 

 

Thank you Jennie Nowers for this fun and instructional video! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan your next trip!

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Enjoy Special Character Experiences and Photo Opportunities During Disney PhotoPass Day

 

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

 

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

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

 

  1. Get in Character Yourself!

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

 

  1. Ask

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

 

  1. Ask Characters Questions

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

 

  1. Giving Gifts

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

 

  1. Say Thank You!

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

 

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

 

Featured Travel Planners:

 

Karen Holmes:

Email: Karen@KingdomMagic.com

Text/Direct: 903.231.3123

 

Alyssa Maisano:

Email: Alyssa@KingdomMagic.com

Text/Direct: 321.328.7318

 

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

What to Pack in Your Disney Park Bag! 5 Tips for What to Bring with you to Walt Disney World!

 

A frequently asked question when planning a Walt Disney World Vacation is “what do I need to bring into the parks?” We all wonder about the dos and don’ts when it comes to packing our bag for inside the Disney Parks. I have been visiting Disney World and Disneyland for years and I am still perfecting my perfect park bag formula!  It is great to learn from other frequent park-goers their tips and tricks when it comes to what to bring to the Disney Parks and the type of bag you should plan to use!

 

 

Recently Karen and Alyssa, two of our wonderful Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planners shared their top 5 tips for everything you need to know about what to bring in your Disney park bag! They detail the importance of picking the type of bag you might want to carry and provided us with great tips on how to consolidate and minimize your items when coming to the park. I loved hearing what items they recommended bringing to best enhance your day in the parks. They also detail some fun items you need to be sure to grab to add extra magic to your day such as ‘Celebration Buttons’ which you can pick up for free at any of the Disney Parks or Resorts!

 

These two Disney experts have a ton of great Disney bag tips and tricks for you to hear! Check out our YouTube Channel to watch them share their tips in our latest video!

 

Featured Travel Planners:

Karen Holmes:

Email: Karen@KingdomMagic.com

Text/Direct: 903.231.3123

 

Alyssa Maisano:

Email: Alyssa@KingdomMagic.com

Text/Direct: 321.328.7318

 

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

 

 

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!

 

Featured Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planners:

 

Alyssa Maisano:

http://mustlovetravelgroup.com/alyssa/

 

Karen Holmes:

http://mustlovetravelgroup.com/karen/

 

Jennie Nowers:

http://mustlovetravelgroup.com/jennie/

 

Abbie Germann:

http://mustlovetravelgroup.com/abbie/

 

Bob Gervais:

http://mustlovetravelgroup.com/bob/

 

Stacy Solomon:

http://mustlovetravelgroup.com/ssolomon/

 

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW Marvel Character Dinner Experience at Universal’s Islands of Adventure! Universal Orlando Resort

 

We all love super heroes! They are the definition of bravery and inspire us each and every day! Many of us have a special place in our hearts for these heroes, which is why you will be so excited to hear that you can actually dine with Marvel super heroes during the brand-new Marvel Character Dinner experience at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort! The Marvel Character Dinner is held inside Cafe 4. This experience allows you to meet several marvel characters as you enjoy your meal! It is the best way to guarantee you get to meet with all the characters you want during your vacation and you can enjoy the convenience of not having to wait in line! The characters come to you throughout your time in the restaurant!

 

 

Here are a few tips to make the most of your experience at the Marvel Character Dinner!

 

  1. Start taking it all in the moment you arrive!

As you head towards Cafe 4 from the entrance of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you are first greeted by the roar of The Incredible Hulk Coaster! The perfect sight to get you in the Marvel spirit! Throughout the Universal theme parks you can enjoy many Marvel attractions such as The Incredible Hulk Coaster and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man!

 

  1. Get ready for your super hero welcome!

Make sure you pick up your tickets at the park entrance before you make your way to the main entrance of Cafe 4. Upon arrival, you and the other guests of the Marvel Character Dinner will have the restaurant all to yourselves. You will soon be greeted by some amazing and enthusiastic Universal Team Members who will be ready to help start your super hero-filled night! This dining experience offers a variety of seating times available for you to book. Make sure you reserve your dining early to guarantee you get the seating time that works best for you and your party.

  1. Get settled and prepare for some amazing food and awesome drinks! (Adults…you can even enjoy a “grown up” beverage!)

Your waiter will help you begin your super meal with a variety of great beverage choices! Your server will also guide you through an overview of the buffet offerings! From an assortment of pizzas, pastas and salads to giant meatballs, cupcakes, cookies and so much more, you will be sure to find something for everyone in your party! As always, the wonderful Universal culinary team is always ready to help with any special food requests that you and your family may have. The buffet is all you care to enjoy so you can help yourself to as many plates and trips through the buffet line as you like!

 

  1. The BEST part! The Marvel Super Heroes!

You will be so amazed by the amount of meet-n-greet time you and your group will have with your favorite Marvel Super Heroes! This quality character time is worth the price of admission alone! The Marvel Super heroes don’t just stop by to pose for a quick picture, they truly take their time to stop and chat and laugh with you and your party! You are sure to be best friends with all the heroes by the end of the meal! Remember to bring your autograph books and any merchandise you would like the Marvel super heroes to sign for you! Make sure your camera and phone batteries are fully charged so you can capture every amazing moment with the characters! These interactions are truly memorable and something you will want to look back on! You can also plan to take advantage of ‘My Universal Photos.’ With this service, Universal Orlando’s professional photographers capture all the fun of your super hero encounters for you! Later, you can view, purchase, download and share these high-quality memories! Included with your Marvel Character Dinner, you will receive one free digital photo download!

 

  1. Take a ride!

The fun doesn’t stop once your meal is over! After your dinner is the perfect time to hit up your favorite Marvel attractions like, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride! Depending on what time your meal ends, the rides may be closed. However, you can still always end your fun-filled evening by taking some last-minute photos in Marvel Super Hero Island!

 

You are sure to have a SUPER time at the Marvel Character Dinner! This is an incredible way to meet the most characters possible all while enjoying a great meal! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner to start planning your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to whatever destination you are dreaming of next!

 

Avengers and Other Super Heroes to Assemble in New Themed Areas at Disneyland Resort

Highly anticipated new experiences at Disneyland® Resort will soon invite your Clients to become part of a bigger universe filled with epic heroes and adventures, and today we’re sharing a sneak peek! Developed in partnership with Marvel Studios and Marvel Themed Entertainment, these experiences will champion the next generation of Super Heroes.

At Disneyland Resort, a new Super Hero-themed land will begin recruiting Guests in 2020, with even more new experiences to follow. The Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Super Hero universe, furthering the evolution of Disney California Adventure® Park. This new land will be anchored by the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, in the adjacent space that is currently occupied by “a bug’s land.” “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” closed March 19, 2018 to make way for this new heroic experience; the rest of the land will close in late summer.

Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for more details!

 

Soarin’ Around the World At Epcot In Walt Disney World

This week on Travel With Rick, Leslie and Rick were enjoy a day at Epcot, and got their first look at Soarin’ Around the World in the Land Pavilion. This attraction has recently undergone a refurbishment replacing the original Soarin’ over California scenery to locations all over the world!

Check out the video and enjoy the new scenes as you go Soarin’ Around the World!

Thirsty Pig In Portland, Maine On Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, we visit the Thirsty Pig in Portland Maine. Rick sits down with Executive Chef Matt who tells us all about how the Thirsty Pig create awesome house-made sausages with the best Maine beer they can find!

We sample some Buffalo Chicken Dip, Thai Chili Sausage and a Spicy Italian Sausage, even a Blueberry Sausage. These tasty treats were amazing!

So check out the video and see some of the best sausage from the Thirsty Pig in Portland, Maine!

Some of Our Favorite Foods We Found in Wells, Maine On Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, Leslie and I share some of the favorite restaurants and eats we found on our summer trip to Wells, Maine. We tell you about The Ramp, Varanos, Billy’s Chowder House, Wells Beach Lobster Pound and more, what we had, what we liked, all of our favorite foods from Maine.

So check out the video and see and hear about some of the best food around Wells, Maine!

The Ramp – Cape Porpoise, Maine On Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, we enjoy some great seafood at the Ramp in Cape Porpoise, Maine. We discovered this little restaurant / bar last year during our first trip up to Maine. Located underneath the main restaurant, Pier 77, you literally walk down the “ramp” to get to it. The decor is made up of old and new political and sports memorabilia, and serving up some of the finest seafood anywhere!

Famous for their lobster roll and seafood stew, our favorites, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!

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