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

 

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

 

Magic Kingdom

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

 

Animal Kingdom

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

 

Hollywood Studios

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

 

EPCOT

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

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

 

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

My Tips for Advanced Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

New Animation Experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

 

I am a fan of all things Disney art related! My home is filled with Disney paintings and prints, my favorite Epcot Festival is the Epcot International Festival of the Arts and on a personal note I have taken oil painting classes since I was 12! Art is a big part of my life and I love anytime I get to be creative. That’s why The Disney Animation Academy holds a very special place in my heart!

 

 

What is the Animation Academy you may be wondering? The Animation Academy is a Disney Park attraction where you get to participate in a live drawing class instructed by a Disney Animator themselves! It is a one-of-a-kind experience in which you get to learn how to draw a Disney character from start to finish! These drawings then make fantastic keepsakes to take home and save in your family album or display on your fridge!

 

 

The Animation Academy had its original home inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For years, this was a ‘must do’ for me and my family on every visit to Hollywood Studios. It was very bitter sweet for us a few years back when the Animation Academy closed its doors at Hollywood Studios to make way for what is now the Star Wars Launch Bay.

 

 

Since then I have enjoyed getting to experience the Animation Academy on the west coast over at the location in Disney’s California Adventure Park located at the Disneyland Resort in California. This location is still open and I just recently experienced getting to draw here on my latest Disneyland vacation this summer!

 

 

Also this past February I got to experience the pop-up Animation Academy that was brought in especially for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World. I was so excited that the Animation Academy was alive again at Walt Disney World! This experience was so popular at Festival of the Arts that Disney heard the cries of us Animation Academy fans and made the announcement that the Animation Academy would be returning to Disney World year-round at a new location!

 

 

That’s right! Animation Academy is now back at Walt Disney World! The attraction has now been given a new home in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in the newly renovated Rafiki’s Planet Watch! I have experienced the Animation Academy twice now in this new location and I absolutely love it!

 

 

In the pre-show you get to watch short video clips that show how Disney Animators studied the movements and motions of real animals to find inspiration for their sketches and drawings. Learning this fact about the heart of Disney Animation ties this attraction so perfectly into the location of Animal Kingdom!

 

I am over the moon that that Animation Academy has returned to Walt Disney World! Be sure to check it out next time you are in Animal Kingdom! It is sure to create great memories for you and your family! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to Walt Disney World!

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!

 

What I Would Do With One Day at Animal Kingdom!

 

To round off my perfect day series where I craft my ideal day at each Disney Park, today we visit Animal Kingdom! I am super excited about this one because Animal Kingdom is actually my favorite Disney park of all! I love animals and all things nature! So being in this park fills me with so much joy! I could spend hours just simply walking around this beautiful park!

 

Breakfast at Starbucks!

 

Have you noticed a theme with my perfect days! I really love that all of the Disney Parks have a Starbucks location! This is a great spot to grab your morning coffee and a quick bite to eat as you head off for your day of fun! The Animal Kingdom Starbucks is called Creature Comforts. Another great thing about each Disney Starbucks is that they are themed to that specific park! You are still fully immersed in that Disney magic and story!

 

Safari!

 

The first thing I would plan to do would be to head to the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction! This attraction is like going on a tour of the African savanna! You will encounter all types of animals from your safari vehical. Some of my personal favorite animals to see are the giraffes, lions, crocodiles and elephants, just to name a few! This attraction is the heart of Animal Kingdom! You will get to take many wonderful photos of the animals and the beautiful savanna!

 

I recommend doing this attraction early in your day. Animals tend to be more active first thing in the morning, so you are sure to see some exciting sights! This ride can get popular, I would recommend trying to grab a fastpass for this experience.

 

Fastpasses!

 

I would recommend talking with your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner prior to booking your fastpasses to learn more about each experience and attraction so that you know what experiences you and your family definitely want to try to grab fastpasses for. Your Travel Planner can also advice you in which attractions are more popular and more worth your while to get a fastpass for.

 

My ultimate fastpass to grab at this park is Flight of Passage. This is the premier attraction in Pandora the World of Avatar! In this experience you get to experience flying on the back of a banshee! The ride technology is a first of its kind. You actually feel the banchee breathing under you as you fly. All of the effects are absolutely breathtaking! I highly recommend trying to get a fastpass in advance for Flight of Passage as this ride is very popular and tends to have very high wait times. This is a must do experience when visiting Animal Kingdom!

 

Lunch!

 

Once I enjoyed my fastpass experiences I would then plan to break for lunch. I have two favorite quick service locations in Animal Kingdom that I like to frequent for lunch, Flame Tree Barbecue and Satu’li Canteen! I would choose to visit either of these spots to enjoy my lunch!

 

Animal Treks!

 

One of my absolute favorite things to do in all of animal Kingdom is simply walking the beautifully landscaped safari treks to go watch the animals! The animals are truly at the heart of this park and that is why I feel such a strong connection to this place. Along the paths you will find very knowledgeable cast members who love to share information about the various animals you get to spot. You can really spend a great deal of time just taking in everything that these walking treks have to offer! I highly recommend taking the time from your day to enjoy the animal treks!

 

Dinner!

 

For dinner at Animal Kingdom I would want to go to my favorite sit-down restaurant in the park, Yak and Yeti! Yak and Yeti is incredibly themed and has a very extensive menu! There truly is something for everyone at this location! If you are an adventurous eater or a picky eater you will find something that interests you here.

 

I hope my list gave you some ideas for your next day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! 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:

 

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner who will be happy to help you plan your Magical vacation to Walt Disney World or any other destination that you are dreaming of going.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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!

 

 

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

Disney World Fastpass+ Tips and Tricks!

 

There is a lot of planning before you go on your Walt Disney World trip.  From where to stay to getting the desired dining reservations to do we need the dining plan and park hopper and adding on water parks.  There is a lot of choices and decisions to make.  One of the big items you have to address before your trip is getting those desired fast passes.  Without a fast pass you will be waiting in lines much longer and in the case of the E ticket rides you may not get on at all if you are not willing to wait hours for each.  Here are some tips and tricks for getting those precious fast passes.

 

 

-Book a stay at a Walt Disney World resort or Disney Springs resort and you will have a head start over other guests.  With your reservation, you will be able to get on the My Disney Experience app and get your fast passes 60 days before your trip.  At 7:00 a.m. on that 60 day out window, you will want to open the app and start scheduling your fast passes.  If you want to ride Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom, Slinky Dog Dash in Hollywood Studios or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom this will be your best opportunity to get those coveted fast passes.

 

 

-If you are staying off Disney property, you should purchase your tickets ahead of time and you will be able to link that ticket number to the My Disney Experience app.  Now you will have the opportunity to makes fast passes 30 days in advance of your trip.  Open the app 30 days prior to the first day of your trip and you will be ready to make fast passes.  You should be able to still get really good fast passes but do not be surprised if some E ticket rides are already gone.

 

 

-Don’t be discouraged if you did not get your desired fast pass before your trip.  There is still a good chance of securing a coveted fast pass.  People’s day-to-day plans during a Walt Disney World trip can change and people are always revising their fast passes based on the park they decided to go to that day.  So check the My Disney Experience app frequently, you might be surprised by what becomes available.  Many people make changes to their plans the night before so while you are in your room at night keep checking and you could get lucky.  That is always an exciting feeling!

 

 

-Play around with the times on the app.  It lets you select morning, afternoon or evening and then shows you what is available.  However, it also will let you select specific times.  Try selecting from those options and you may see a time that better fits your plans.

 

 

I hope these tips help you get the fast passes you desire.  Also remember that your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner is always there to help you plan and answer questions. Contact our team today to plan your next vacation!

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

How to Eat for FREE at Walt Disney World! All About Disney World’s Free Dining Offer 2019!

 

2019 is off to a very exciting start here at Kingdom Magic Vacations! Our team is ready to make your vacation dreams come true! One of the most anticipated Walt Disney World promotions has just been released! This offer is none other than Disney’s Free Dining offer!

 

 

 

Everyone knows that one of the most expensive parts of any Disney vacation is the cost of feeding your family during the trip. This is why this free dining promotion is so popular and highly anticipated. The free dining package gives you and your family one of the Disney Dining plans included complimentary in your vacation package! This offer is available for bookings made now through February 10th, 2019 for travel dates most nights from July 5th through September 30th, 2019, while offer supplies last. This is a very popular offer so for the best selection contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner right away to take advantage of this great promotion!

 

 

The dining plan gives you a set amount of meal and snack credits for every member of your party to use during your vacation. Disney offers a selection of dining plans. There is the Quick Service Dining Plan, the Standard Disney Dining Plan, and the Deluxe Dining Plan. Each level of the dining plan offers a series of different meal types and varying numbers of credits. There is a plan for the needs and wants of every family! The Quick Service Dining Plan is great for families who love to be on the go enjoying all the parks have to offer! The Deluxe Dining Plan is perfect for families who enjoy table service meals and are looking for more flexibility when it comes to choosing between both quick-service and sit down meals. You can get the best of both worlds!  Out of the 3 plans there is sure to be one that best fits exactly what you are looking for. Let’s take a look at what each Disney Dining plan includes:

 

Quick Service Dining Plan

  • 2 quick-service meals
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

Standard Disney Dining Plan

  • 1 table-service meal
  • 1 quick-service meal
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

Deluxe Dining Plan

  • 3 meals (any combination of table-service and quick-service)
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

 

 

Like I said there is definitely a plan that will best fit exactly what you and your family are looking for. The Disney Dining plans are always available as an add-on when planning your Walt Disney World Vacation. However, with this special free dining offer you will receive a Disney Dining Plan included in your vacation package for FREE!

 

 

The Disney Dining Plan that you will receive with your package will vary depending upon which hotel you will be staying at. Select hotels are eligible for the different levels of the dining plan. Here is a full list of which hotels fall under the varying plans.

 

Disney Deluxe Villas – Standard Disney Dining Plan

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

 

Disney Deluxe Resorts – Standard Disney Dining Plan 

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

 

Disney Moderate Resorts – Disney Quick Service Dining Plan

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

 

Disney Value Resorts – Disney Quick Service Dining Plan

  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – (Family Suites Only)
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

 

 

Once your trip is booked you can relax knowing that your entire vacation is already budgeted! Your package will already include your hotel room, park tickets and your meal plan. Everything will be taken care of with one package rate, that is an incredible value!

 

 

With a deal like this now is the perfect time to start planning your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Make 2019 extra special by making memories with the ones you love at the Most Magical Place on Earth! Our team here at Kingdom Magic Vacations is ready to help you plan the vacation you are dreaming!

 

Top 5 Favorite Christmas Decorations at Walt Disney World!

 

Christmas is just around the corner! I can’t believe how fast this season has flown by! I am feeling so fortunate to have experienced the magic of the holidays at the most magical place on Earth this year, Walt Disney World! During my visit to Disney last month I made sure to check out all of my favorite Christmas displays and festivities across Disney property! What I love about the holidays in Walt Disney world is that there is SO MUCH to discover! Every inch of the park is decked out and in such a unique and creative way! Disney doesn’t just put up a generic tree and garland in a gift shop. Oh no! Quite the contrary they theme every decoration specifically to the restaurant, shop or resort that it is in! For example, the ice cream shop on Main Street has garland and trees featuring ice cream cone ornaments! Over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa all their decorations have a Victorian style to them to perfectly compliment the theme of resort itself!

 

9 Must-Do’s For Fall Visits to Walt Disney World Resort

 

There truly is so much to see when it comes to the decorations around Walt Disney World! I recommend truly taking your time going through the parks this time of year. Be sure to stop and truly appreciate the details of the holiday decorations. There is so much to discover! Today I would like to share with you my top 5 favorite Disney World Christmas displays that are more hidden gem displays! I am leaving out the well-known park icon trees and big centerpiece decorations and going to countdown my favorite decorations that are a bit more obscure! These displays both big and small are something that I look forward to seeing year after year!

 

#5 Mickey Wreaths

 

Christmas wreaths in the shape of Mickey Mouse adorned every lamppost down main Street USA! This decoration is a Disney classic! I love it for its simplicity. It is very traditional and from a distance you may not even notice it is a Mickey, but as you begin to stroll down Main Street towards the castle you can’t miss this little touch of magic!

 

#4 Poinsettia Trees

 

I have always loved poinsettias! I think they are so beautiful and I always know the Christmas season has begun once I start seeing those festive flowers! Disney uses gorgeous poinsettias in many of their holiday displays. By far my favorite creation Disney produces using poinsettias is their poinsettia trees! Using a towering framework in a rounded tree shape Disney florists will cover every inch of the framework with poinsettias! These poinsettia trees are spectacular and make an amazing backdrop for a family Christmas photo! Poinsettia trees can be seen in multiple places across Walt Disney World property! There are always some lining the walkway between Future World and World Showcase in Epcot as well as poinsettia trees in the entrance hub of Magic Kingdom. Pictured here you will see a poinsettia tree on the grounds of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

 

#3 Rockette-Style Christmas Ornaments

 

A display that I get so excited to see every year can be found in a storefront in Hollywood Studios! Disney is known for creating incredible window displays in many of their shopfronts and this particular display at Hollywood Studios can’t be missed! Larger than life Minnie Mouse Christmas ornaments are forming a Rockette kick-line! This display is so adorable and fun! It definitely fits into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood Studios!

 

#2 Echo Lake Decorations

 

A few years ago, Hollywood Studios icon tree moved from out-front of the park to inside the park to the center of Echo Lake. I know I said in this countdown, main centerpieces such as icon trees don’t count and that is still true. The decorations I am referring to in echo lake are the smaller accent pieces that compliment the area around the icon tree’s new location! The park’s tree sits on an island in the middle of the lake. In the water surrounding the island you will find one of my favorite Christmas decorations across all of Walt Disney World… floating Christmas ornaments! These floating baubles are beautiful all day long but at night they become a real showstopper and actually light up! These lighted baubles illuminate the water around them and create such a cool effect! I think this was the area of the park I spent the most time in just admiring the decorations and taking tons of photos!

 

#1 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

 

My top spot on my list goes to a hidden gem that I enjoy seeing year after year, the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House!  This is not your normal gingerbread house! This pastry masterpiece is life-size! The inside of the gingerbread house is an actual working store where you can purchase gingerbread treats and other festive snacks and goodies! This year the Grand Floridian Gingerbread house is celebrating its 20th annual year! I highly recommend making the trip over to Disney’s Grand Floridian resort and spa to see this one of a kind creation. From the Magic Kingdom park you can easily commute to Disney’s Grand Floridian via a boat or monorail! Definitely make sure to take the time to check it out! You will be glad you did!

Give the gift of travel this holiday! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation!

Details on NEW Experiences Coming to the Disney Parks Announced at D23’s Destination D Mickey Mouse Fan Celebration!

This past week Disney’s Contemporary Resort hosted Destination D! This is an exclusive Disney Parks news and updates event put on by D23. D23 is Disney’s official fan club! The event released many exciting announcements that will be coming to the Disney parks in the coming years! I am so pumped for the year ahead and all the new experiences to be had in the parks! I am excited to share with you what we now know that we can look forward to in the world of Disney news!

 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Galaxy’s Edge is a brand-new land that will immerse guests into the world of Star Wars. This new land will be coming to both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at the Disneyland Park this coming summer of 2019. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Hollywood Studios in Disney World in late fall of 2019. At Destination D Disney has now revealed the names of the 2 attractions that will call Galaxy’s Edge home!

 

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

One of the new attraction’s in Galaxy’s Edge will be, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. This attraction will allow guests to take control of the Millennium Falcon in “one of three unique and critical roles.”

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction will bring guests right into an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance including a “face-off with Kylo-Ren!”

 

New Disney Resort Hotel – Reflections

During the presentation, more details where revealed about a brand-new Disney Resort Hotel coming to Walt Disney World. The Resort will be called, Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge, a deluxe, nature-inspired resort coming to Walt Disney World that will feature more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas.

 

New Epcot Spectacular Replacing IllumiNations

Epcot will be receiving a brand-new spectacular planned to open in the park in 2020 as part of the multi-year transformation of Epcot! The new nighttime spectacular will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world. The new show will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers. Also before this new show debuts, there will be a limited-time experience Epcot fans will not want to miss! This limited time show will be called “Epcot Forever,” which will debut in fall 2019 and will feature classic Epcot songs!

 

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

This new nighttime show is not the only excitement coming to Epcot. At Destination D it was revealed that the Ratatouille experience that will be coming to the France pavilion will be named Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

 

“Beauty and the Beast” sing-along

Along with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase will be welcoming another exciting new experience! In addition to the popular Epcot attraction “Impressions de France,” a brand new “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along is set the debut. The sing-along was created by Don Hahn, producer of both the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films.

 

Mickey!

In 2019, there are many exciting new experiences coming to Disney Parks – all inspired by Mickey Mouse! Mickey has always been the parks icon and now it is so exciting that Mickey will be the focus of actual park attractions!

 

New Nighttime show at Hollywood Studios – Wonderful World of Animation

At Destination D it was announced that a brand-new cinematic nighttime show called, “Wonderful World of Animation,” will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May 2019. The shows opening will coincide with the park’s 30th anniversary celebration. The show will use state-of-the-art projection technology. The show will take guests on a magical journey through over 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey himself.

 

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade Return

Over at the Disneyland Resort in California we now know that the popular Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is set to return to Disneyland park in January 2019!

 

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Imagineers have been working hard to create Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new ride that will be taking the place of where the Great Movie Ride once was will use breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real-world experience. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be the first-ever ride-through attraction that will be themed to Mickey Mouse! As a big Mickey and Minnie Mouse fan I am so excited Mickey and Minnie will have their very own attraction! The new attraction will feature a brand-new original story and a lovable theme song as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts.

With all this excitement, now is the perfect time to plan your next Walt Disney World Resort Vacation! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Planner today and let our knowledgable team help you plan the vacation of your dreams!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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