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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!

Video Tour of Universal’s Volcano Bay!

 

During our most recent Kingdom Magic Vacations Company event, our team had the opportunity to spend a great day filled with both fun and learning at the Universal Orlando Resort! There is so much to see and do at this amazing property! Universal Orlando is a vacation destination that the entire family will love!

 

 

A big highlight from our day at Universal was getting the chance to tour Universal’s newest park, Universal Volcano Bay! This park is truly one of a kind! It is so much more than just a water park, it is a water theme park! What does that mean? It means that this park is not just simply your average water park filled with a bunch of water slides – no, this park is a water park built like a theme park! The park is incredibly themed and detailed! You feel like you are in a lush and tropical island paradise!

 

 

What truly struck me about this water theme park was how beautiful it is! You really do feel like you are at a beach! I loved how much seating there was too. We were there in the middle of the day and there were several beach chairs all available and nice secluded places you can relax at and set up as your base camp for your day in the park.

 

 

Whether you are looking for exciting thrills or relaxing chills, you will find them at Universal’s Volcano Bay! There is something for everyone here. Join us on a walking tour of Volcano Bay in our latest YouTube Video!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort!

Universal Orlando Royal Pacific Room Tour

 

Last Week our Kingdom Magic Vacations team had the incredible opportunity of spending a day learning and exploring at the Universal Orlando Resort! We loved getting to have a hands-on experience as we checked out this amazing vacation destination!

 

 

We were able to tour several of the on-site Universal Orlando hotels and today I am excited to share with you a tour of a room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort! Upon your arrival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort you will feel as thought you have been transported to a tropical island retreat.

 

 

The theming and attention to detail in this property truly make you feel completely immersed in the island setting! Many of our Travel Planners actually remarked how the architecture in the main lobby reminded them of resort they toured on tropical islands such as Punta Cana.

 

 

 

The rooms are a great size and feel fresh and contemporary while still incorporating those warm island touches. I loved the statement art of the massive tropical flowers on the wall behind the beds. You can join us on a tour of this beautiful room in our latest YouTube video!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination that you are dreaming of traveling to 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!

Excited for the 2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! – Walt Disney World

Frights and Sounds of the Season! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Brings Spooktacular Fun for the Entire Family to Magic Kingdom

 

Believe it or not the summer months are winding down and soon fall will be in full swing! But with that there are so many things to look forward to, especially at the Walt Disney World Resort! The Disney Parks go all out around the holidays adding specialty decorations and even exclusive festive events to celebrate the season! During the fall on select nights Magic Kingdom hosts a delightful Halloween bash known as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! This event is a separately ticketed event that is fun for all ages!

 

Frights and Sounds of the Season! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Brings Spooktacular Fun for the Entire Family to Magic Kingdom

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 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!

 

 

There are a limited number of party tickets sold for each night of the event making the party feel more like a vip event for all those guests in attendance! Because of the limited number of tickets guests who attend will enjoy the park with significantly lower crowds than compared to a normal day in the Magic Kingdom. This means you can do and see more during your time in the park! Lower crowds means lower wait times on some of the most popular attractions! This fact alone makes these extra ticketed events such an incredible value for the experience you get to have!

 

 

I attended my very first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party last year and I caught the Halloween Party bug! I had such a wonderful experience! I love all the spooky fun extras that you find throughout the Magic Kingdom! It is such a festive and fun environment to be apart of!

 

 

This year I’m not just attending one Halloween Party! I’m attending two! The first during this month of August with a group of friends and the second in October with some of my Kingdom Magic Vacations co-workers! Both times we are planning to do group costumes! That is another very fun aspect of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, many guests dress up! Last year I loved seeing other guests costumes and how creative everyone gets! This year I’m excited to get to dress up myself! When I go with my friends this month we are all going as Star Wars characters! I am going to be Rey! Then in October with my Kingdom Magic Fam we are all going to be character from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out! I am going to be Riley!

 

 

There are a lot of new offerings coming to this years Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! Check out our new YouTube Video to hear what I’m most excited for!

 

 

This years Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place on select nights from August 16th through November 1st of this year, 2019. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner today to plan an amazing fall getaway to the Walt Disney World Resort!

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!

 

Epcot Festival Overviews! – Walt Disney World

 

I love Epcot so much at Walt Disney World! I love the spirit of innovation and technology that can be found in Future World and I love the adventure and discovery that can be found when exploring the pavilions in World Showcase! Every aspect of this Disney Park is right up my ally! Another thing I love about Epcot is that there is always something new and exciting taking place! Much of that is thanks to none other than the Epcot festivals! Over the years, the Epcot Festivals have grown and evolved and we have seen the introduction of brand new festivals with their own unique offerings! Now days, throughout the course of the year there is pretty much always a festival taking place in Epcot with the exception of summer time and the few in between weeks during the year when Epcot sees the transition from one festival to the next.

 

 

This means there is pretty much always something new and additional to enjoy during your Epcot visit! There are currently 4 festivals that take place at Epcot each year! Each event is unique and offers something for everyone! The 4 festivals are the,

  • Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts
  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

 

Here is an overview of what each one of these festivals has to offer!

 

Festival of the Arts

This festival is the newest to come to EPCOT.  It is held usually from mid January through mid February. This past year was only the third year and it has quickly become a favorite among guests.  It is definitely now my new favorite.  My family and I made a special trip just to experience it for ourselves because we all love the arts.  We were not disappointed!  There are many artists there doing meet and greets and will sign any art that you purchase.  I got a signed print from Ashley Taylor and enjoyed getting to talk to her for a bit.  Then there is the huge mural that you get to paint.  Just like color by numbers, you will get a brush and a small container of a certain color paint that you will be told to paint 5 squares of a number on the mural.  After you paint it and turn in your brush, you will be given a post card of what the finished mural will look like.  If you are there for a day or two you can see the finished product before a new mural is put up.  This was so much fun!  Another fun hands on experience is drawing with a Disney animator.  This is a 20-minute class where the animator will lead you step by step in drawing a Disney character.  At the end, you have your very own drawing that you can sign and date.  It is a fun free souvenir.  As you walk around World Showcase, there are props of famous paintings that you can jump into and be part of the scene. A photopass photographer will take your picture.  These are great to send to your friends and family back home.  If you love Broadway songs than you will not want to miss the Broadway Series concerts at the American Garden Theater.  Actual Broadway singers will perform the classic Disney hits.  Last but not least let’s talk about the food! The Disney chefs outdo themselves by creating delicious foods that are presented as a beautiful work of art.

 

Flower and Garden Festival

The Flower and Garden Festival is the most stunningly beautiful time of year to visit EPCOT.  It usually begins in early March and runs through May.  The landscape department does a wonderful job of transforming EPCOT with so many colorful flowers, plants and topiaries of the Disney characters.  The pictures you will get will amaze you!  Stop by the butterfly garden to be surrounded by more butterflies than you have probably ever seen before and watch as new butterflies hatch!  Your children will have a blast at the playground while you can sit in the shade of the beautiful garden and relax for a while.  At the American Garden theater you can attend the Garden Rocks concert series for some really fun music from some of your favorite artists.  Once again food will be a highlight at the outdoor kitchens.  Stop by each booth for a tapas size portion of some wonderful food and treats!

 

Food and Wine Festival

The Food and Wine Festival is the longest running EPCOT festival with this year being the 24th Anniversary.  This is also the longest festival giving you many opportunities to plan your visit.  This year the festival will run from August 29th through November 23rd.  This festival is all about food and beverage offerings with over 30 global marketplaces to visit.  You can truly eat and drink your way around the world.  There are many seminars and tastings with top Disney Chefs and renowned guest chefs.  You will also want to stop by the American Garden Theater for the Eat to the Beat Concert series, which will highlight many known musical artists during the course of the festival. This festival is a great way to try new foods from around the world with just tapas size portions.  You may find some new favorite recipes and your kids might even become a little more adventurous.

 

Festival of the Holidays

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Offerings Begin November 19

This festival will begin this year on November 29th and run through December 30th.  You can stroll around the 11 World Showcase nations and experience their holiday traditions.  Performers will bring to life many time honored customs.  The World Showcase is filled with sights, sounds and flavors of the season.  Stop by the holiday booths for a taste of some wonderful Christmas comfort foods and sweet treats.  At the American Gardens Theater you can attend the Candlelight Processional.  This is the Christmas story told by a celebrity narrator, 50 piece orchestra and a full choir.  This performance always warms my heart and gets you in the Christmas spirit.

 

Check out our new YouTube video to hear more about what each one of these great festivals has to offer!

 

I hope this overview of the EPCOT festivals got you excited to try one out or a new one that you had not attended before.  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to get your next visit planned so you can enjoy these festivals for yourself!

What I am Most Excited for about Attending the Opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge!

 

After years of anticipation from us Disney fans the wait is about to be over! Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is opening NEXT MONTH at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida! The opening date is August 29th of this year, 2019! This brand new Star Wars themed land is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios park and will be the largest single-land expansion in theme park history!

 

 

Star Wars fans all over the world are filled with joy to now finally be able to travel into the Star Wars universe. This incredibly immersive new land will make guests feel as though they have stepped straight into the Stars Wars story themselves! Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will feature state-of-the-art attractions, dining experiences, shopping and one of a kind immersive opportunities!

 

 

You can pilot the Millennium Falcon in Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run! You can try the iconic Blue Milk for yourself at the Canteen! You can create your own droid to take home with you. And even build your very own lightsaber!

 

 

I am so excited to announce that I will actually be in attendance on the opening day of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge! I am so excited!!! I have for years said that one day I would love to be in the Disney Parks as part of an opening day event! The mega Disney fan inside me is on cloud 9! I am so excited to be able to one day say how I was at Disney during a historic occasion such as this!

Check out our latest YouTube video to hear everything I am most excited for with this incredible experience!

 

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What I Would Do With One Day at Hollywood Studios!

“Disney Movie Magic” Celebrates Decades of Films From the Disney Family of Studios

 

Today I am excited to continue my perfect day series by sharing my perfect day at Hollywood Studios! Hollywood Studios has always held a special place in my heart. This park is a celebration of the golden age of Hollywood a place where the magic of the movies comes to life! As a movie lover who has always been fascinated by all things filmmaking, this park has always been so captivating to me!

 

 

Currently Hollywood Studios is going through a very exciting transitional time. The park has experienced many attraction closures in recent years as the park is preparing to make way for new rides, lands and experiences! August 29th Disney World’s newest themed land will open and call Hollywood Studios home, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge! This is Disney’s largest single land expansion! Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will be home to 2 brand new state of the art rides, unique dining offerings and one of a kind immersive experiences! Next year Hollywood Studios will welcome another brand-new attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway! This attraction will be groundbreaking for the Disney parks as it will actually be the first time that Mickey and Minnie themselves are featured in a Disney Parks ride!

 

First Mickey-Themed Ride-Through Attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

As you can see this truly is such a momentous time for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and I am so excited for what is to come at this amazing Disney Park! Today though I plan to focus on what would be my ideal perfect day at Hollywood Studios as it is currently. Let’s get started!

 

Breakfast on the Boulevard!

 

I would plan to get to the park early and have breakfast at the Starbucks on Hollywood Boulevard. I love this part of the park! As I mentioned earlier I am a big fan of the golden age of Hollywood so spending time admiring the details on Hollywood and Sunset boulevard is one of my favorite things to do at this park!

 

Fastpasses!

 

Next I would plan to enjoy my fastpasses! Fastpass is a great service that allows you to reserve a time to ride an attraction in advance and skip the main queue line! This service is complimentary to all Disney guests. You get 3 fastpasses a day and once you use those 3 up you can use the My Disney Experience app to reserve more fast passes. That’s why my best tip is to make your fastpasses for early in the day so that once they are used you can get more! The fastpass system is wonderful to utilize with many of the more popular attractions that tend to get very high wait times.

My best advice would be to try to get a fastpass for Slinky Dog Dash! This is currently the most popular attraction in all of Disney World, it can be found in Disney World’s newest land that just opened last year, Toy Story Land. This ride is definitely a coveted fastpass to get!

TIP: If you can’t grab a fastpass for it, then my best advice would be to wait to ride it at the very end of the day. The line will typically be less at this time because everyone is watching the nighttime shows.

Other fastpasses that I like to get are for Toy Story Mania and Star Tours! Spend some time talking with your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner prior to making fastpasses to learn more about each attraction so you can get an idea of which experiences interest you and your family the most. Then you will have a game plan for which fastpasses you want to try to get.

 

Lunch!

 

After enjoying my fastpasses in the morning I would then grab some lunch from my favorite quick service location in Hollywood Studios, Woody’s Lunchbox! This quick service just opened along with the opening of Toy Story land last year! Like everything in Toy Story Land the theming is adorable and the food here is classic comfort food with a twist! I love the grilled cheese and creamy tomato basil soup from here!

 

Shows!

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After getting refueled with my lunch stop I would then plan to spend the afternoon watching some stage shows! Hollywood Studios is home to some amazing live stage productions! My personal favorite is Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage! I still get goosebumps no matter how many times I see this production! If you are interested in seeing some behind the scenes action of how stunts are done in movies then you have to check out Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Other favorite stage shows of mine include the Voyage of the Little Mermaid and the Frozen Sing-Along!

 

Dinner!

 

If I could pick anywhere in Hollywood Studios for dinner I would have to go with the Brown Derby! This restaurant is a replica of the real Brown Derby that once existed in the real Hollywood! The Brown Derby was a hot spot for many show business elite. When you dine here you will feel like you have stepped back in time to the glitz and glamour of that golden age of show business! My favorite thing to order here is the cobb salad!

Fun Fact: The Cobb Salad was actually invented at the original Brown Derby!

 

Nighttime Shows!

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After dinner, I would then head to grab a spot to watch Fantasmic! This is one of Disney’s incredible nighttime spectaculars! Fantasmic is a celebration of the power of our imagination! The show uses many jaw-dropping special effects and features many popular Disney characters!

 

Hollywood Studios Highlights:

 

I hope my list gave you some ideas for building your own perfect day at Hollywood Studios! I am so excited for all the new experiences coming to this park so soon! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your visit to Walt Disney World or to any destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

The Nighttime Spectaculars At Walt Disney World!

 

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

 

 

Animal Kingdom

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

 

Hollywood Studios

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

 

EPCOT

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

 

Magic Kingdom

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

 

 

 

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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!

Video Tour – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort!

 

Recently I visited Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for the first time ever! I fell in love with the romantic Spanish colonial architecture, the peaceful grounds and all the amenities this moderate resort has to offer! There truly is so much to take in at this beautiful Disney Resort! The dining options are endless! Everything from grab-and-go items, quick service entrees, fine dining table service meals, just to name a few! There are also several bars and lounges to relax and kick back during your vacation!

 

 

As I mentioned, instantly upon my first visit here to walk around and tour the property… I was hooked! That’s why I am so excited because as a company this fall, our group will all be staying here at Coronado Springs for a company event! I am so excited to experience actually staying here as a guest during this time!

 

 

I really loved getting to see the construction for Gran Destino Tower! Gran Destino Tower is a brand-new part of Disney’s Coronado Springs! It features even more luxury accommodations! At the time of me touring Coronado Springs and taking the following video footage it was last month in May. You can see in the video that Gran Destino Tower was still getting some finishing touches. The tower actually opens NEXT MONTH in July! So exciting! I am looking forward to checking out the rooftop restaurant that will be at the top of Gran Destino Tower!

 

 

 

I was so impressed with Coronado Springs! I am excited to get to stay here for myself this fall! For now, let’s go on a tour together of what Coronado Springs has to offer! I am excited to take you along through this video montage tour!

Check out our new YouTube video to get a tour of the grounds at this wonderful Disney Resort!

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next Walt Disney World vacation! Our team is excited to use their knowledge and experience to help you plan the vacation that is best for you and your family!

 

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Why Animal Kingdom is my favorite Walt Disney World Park!

 

I love something about each of the parks at Walt Disney World! Each park offers something unique and I have so many things that I love at each WDW park! That being said if I had to choose a favorite I would have to go with Animal Kingdom! When I tell people this they are usually shocked as this park definitely does not get as much attention as say Magic Kingdom. For me Animal Kingdom just has my heart! Today I am excited to share with you my 5 reasons why Animal Kingdom is my favorite park!

 

 

Animals

This first one is pretty obvious! The name Animal Kingdom gives away that this park is home to so many animals! I am a HUGE animal lover so for me being able to just take my time strolling around this park, exploring the treks and simply watching the animals is absolutely amazing!

 

Theming

This park was created with so much attention to detail! You feel like you have been transported to places, like Africa, Asia, lush tropical forests and even to a faraway planet in Pandora!

 

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Home to my Favorite Attraction

Animal Kingdom is home to my all-time favorite Disney World attraction and what many people call the best ride in all of Walt Disney World… Flight of Passage! This ride can be found inside of Pandora, the World of Avatar. Here you get to experience what it is like to fly on the back of a banshee!  You truly feel like you are flying! It is a ride like no other!

 

 

Nighttime Park

In recent years Animal Kingdom has introduced evening hours in this park! In previous years the park would always close around 5:00 each day. With the addition of these nighttime hours the park has also received many new experience, such as brand-new nighttime shows and entertainment and unique experiences such as riding Kilimanjaro Safari at night! This experience is great because you can watch the animals and see their behavior in a different setting! You could ride this attraction once during the day and once after the sunsets and have to totally different rides!

 

 

Food!

This park is a paradise for foodies! Whether you are looking for a quick-service meal, a fine-dining sit down experience or an on-the-go-snack, you will find something amazing at Animal Kingdom! Some notable favorites for me are Flame Tree Barbecue and Satu’li Canteen for quick-service and Tiffins and Yak and Yeti for table-service!

 

To hear more about why I love Animal Kingdom, check out our new YouTube video!

 

 

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