Complete Guide to Dining in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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The immersive experiences within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter bring you as close as you can get to actually living out the fantasy. And one of the most tantalizing ways to immerse your senses is tasting some of the famous treats and flavorful beverages available in Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Today, we are sharing the complete guide to dining in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

BREAKFAST

As the saying goes at Universal Orlando Resort: early to rise, early to ride. This is why staying on property and taking advantage of Early Park Admission can be your best friend, especially with early access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Plus, arriving early means in-park breakfast and I highly recommend you make time to enjoy a pleasant sit-down morning meal at one of the two remarkably themed restaurants in Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley before setting off on your journey. 

Leaky Cauldron – Diagon Alley

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Recommendations: To fully immerse yourself in the wizarding world you’ve got to go all in, which is why I highly recommend choosing one of the more adventurous breakfast plates like the delicious Egg, Leek and Mushroom Pasty.

Breakfast Menu

Three Broomsticks – Hogsmeade

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Recommendations:  The Traditional English Breakfast is the star of the show here, but when I’m in the mood for an old reliable I usually opt for the American Breakfast.

Breakfast Menu – Currently Unavailable

Check the Universal Orlando App for availability and mobile ordering during your visit. 


LUNCH/DINNER

If there’s one word to describe the majority of meals you will find at seated dining locations throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter it is hearty. The menus at the Leaky Cauldron and the Three Broomsticks are loaded with wholesome dishes offering a feast of familiar and even some unfamiliar British fare. This, in addition to extraordinary theming and lively ambiance, makes the entire dining experience an attraction unto itself. 

Leaky Cauldron – Diagon Alley

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Recommendations: I can’t stress enough how good the Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew really is, but I also dig the Mini Pie Combination.

Lunch/Dinner Menu

Three Broomsticks – Hogsmeade

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Recommendations: Fish & Chips is my choice, but if you want something a bit more eclectic try the Great Feast.

Lunch/Dinner Menu

Both the Leaky Cauldron and the Three Broomsticks have kids menu options as well if you’re traveling with young ones.

Short on time? There’s a variety of grab-and-go food options throughout both lands so you can keep exploring and make use of every last valuable minute in the wizarding world.

London Taxi Cart – Diagon Alley

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Recommendations: LoadedJacket Potato


BEVERAGES

When it comes to drinks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Butterbeer is a must-try. However, choices abound beyond just that sweet butterscotch concoction, including a number of other favorite drinks from the stories. Though, if you do opt for Butterbeer, the decision you’ll have to make is…which kind? 

Where to get Butterbeer…

Diagon Alley – Leaky Cauldron, The Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortune

Hogsmeade – Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head, Street Carts

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Recommendation: Frozen Butterbeer is my personal favorite, but cold Butterbeer and hot Butterbeer are also worth a try. Keep in mind hot Butterbeer is a seasonal beverage available only during the winter time.

Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment – Carkitt Market in Diagon Alley

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Recommendations: Sample the lot!CombineFire Protection Potion, Babbling Beverage, Draught of Peace, or Elixir to Induce Euphoria with a bottle of Gillywater for a flavorful treat.

Other Beverages…

Hogsmeade – Three Broomsticks

Diagon Alley – Leaky Cauldron, Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Hopping Pot

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Recommendations: Pumpkin Juice is the classic, but Fishy Green Ale and Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice are the more adventurous choices. 

Adult Beverages…

Hogsmeade – Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head 

Diagon Alley – Leaky Cauldron, Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Hopping Pot

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Recommendations: Try the exclusive Hog’s Head Brew or other domestic and imported beers.

Check each location for availability of specific beverages. *Must be 21 years or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages. 


TREATS

Butterbeer isn’t the only sweet treat to be found in the wizarding world. Both lands feature their own whimsically-themed candy shops with shelves and glass cases of popular treats from the stories and some originals you won’t find anywhere else, too. 

Honeydukes – Hogsmeade

Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop – Diagon Alley

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Photo: Universal Orlando Resort
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Recommendations: Too many to name… but I’ll try. Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, Chocolate Frogs, Exploding Bonbons, Fizzing Whizbees, Fudge Flies, Butterbeer Fudge (yes, this exists and yes, it is absolutely delicious).

Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour – Diagon Alley

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Recommendations: If you have to choose just one, I highly recommend Butterbeer ice-cream, but save room to try the Earl Grey & Lavender, Chocolate Chili and Sticky Toffee Pudding if you can.

Ice Cream Menu


HEALTHY EATING

And if you’re looking for options for healthy eating or special dietary needs, we got you covered with some delicious options. If you or another guest have food allergies or intolerances, we offer a number of dining options throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where our chefs and culinary staff can accommodate your dietary needs. Just be sure to ask your server or attending Team Member for options at your specific dining location. 

Leaky Cauldron – Diagon Alley

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Recommendation: The Ploughman’s is enough food for two and it features an array of a feast of English cheese, crusty bread, field green salad, roasted tomatoes, cornichon pickles, apple beet salad, branston pickle & scotch eggs. Wow, that’s literally a mouthful!

Lunch/Dinner Menu

Three Broomsticks – Hogsmeade

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Recommendation: Rotisserie Smoked Chicken Salad is a nice light way to graze and save room for other delights.

Lunch/Dinner Menu

I hope this guide to dining in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort helped you plan all of the yummy details of your next visit. If I missed any of your favorites, please recommend them in the comments below.

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.

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La Crêperie de Paris Opens October 1 with Sweet and Savory Options

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When the newly expanded France pavilion at EPCOT debuts on October 1, helping kick off “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll be immersed in some of France’s signature sights, sounds, smells, and – of course! – tastes. One of the most delicious offerings, La Crêperie de Paris, is a traditional crêperie with a menu inspired by the Brittany region of France. The table- and quick-service restaurant, where everything is made from scratch and to order, will serve savory galettes and sweet dessert crêpes, along with some of Brittany’s famous hard ciders. Read on to learn all about the menu!

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Like all galettes and crêpes from Brittany, La Crêperie de Paris will serve them very thin. The galettes will be cooked at a high temperature, allowing the outside to become crispy and crunchy, surrounding an irresistible array of fillings. The gluten-friendly savory galettes will be made with buckwheat imported exclusively from France and will feature classic fillings with some unique twists. Perhaps the best-known combination – and perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – is the Classique that includes ham, eggs, and Swiss cheese. Perfect for any vegetarian diner and inspired by the “Little Chef” himself, The Ratatouille is filled with tomato, zucchini, and eggplant.

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The sweet crêpes are also thin and made from scratch. From the traditional Gourmande, filled with house-made hazelnut chocolate spread, to the Pomme, filled with caramelized apples and caramel beurre salé, the dessert crêpes are guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. You can even top these decadent delights with house-made ice cream!

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To round out the authentic French experience, La Crêperie de Paris will serve traditional Brittany hard ciders that pair perfectly with both savory galettes and sweet crêpes. From the sweet doux to the less sweet brut and demi sec, the hard ciders are imported from France and made only with apples that Brittany is known for.

The restaurant will also offer a daily prix fixe menu that includes a choice of soup or a salad, one savory galette, one dessert crêpe, and a glass of hard cider, soda or juice. The full menu of savory and sweet crêpes features:

SAVORY GALETTES

  • Classique: ham, egg, Swiss cheese
  • Poulet: chicken, bechamel cheese sauce, mushrooms
  • Chèvre: goat cheese, spinach, walnuts
  • Saumon: smoked salmon, crème fraiche, chives, lemon
  • Ratatouille: tomato, zucchini, eggplant
  • Savoyarde: Raclette cheese, onions, imported Bayonne ham

SWEET CRÊPES

  • Gourmande: hazelnut chocolate spread, whipped cream
  • Banane: banana, caramel beurre salé
  • Melba: peach, red berries sauce, almonds
  • Poire: pear, chocolate ganache, whipped cream
  • Pomme: caramelized apples, caramel beurre sale
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For diners looking for a quick-service option, check out Crêpes À Emporter at La Crêperie de Paris. The walk-up window attached to the restaurant will serve three savory galettes, four sweet crêpes, soft serve ice cream, and an assortment of ciders and wines.

SAVORY GALETTES

  • Cream of Brie Cheese Galette
  • Ratatouille Galette: tomato, zucchini, eggplant
  • Bechamel, Cheese & Ham Galette

SWEET CRÊPES

  • Butter & Sugar Crêpe
  • Hazelnut & Chocolate Spread Crêpe
  • Red Berries Crêpe
  • Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream Crêpe

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be excited to try all the sweet and savory crêpes at La Crêperie de Paris! But I’m also looking forward to enjoying the delicious options inside the restaurant, where the décor – from the stone walls to the blue-glass windows – pay homage to Brittany (with a few Parisian twists!). Even the staff costumes are inspired by traditional crêperies, including the striped shirts and the red hat, known as a miki, traditional to Brittany’s fishermen.

For now, reservations won’t be needed to enjoy this amazing taste of France in the newly expanded France pavilion, opening on October 1, with table service dining available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog, DisneyWorld.com/50 and #DisneyWorld50 on social platforms for more details on “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” Bon appetit!

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Dessert Parties, Dining Packages and More Returning to Disney World This Fall

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We’re counting down the days until two brand-new nighttime spectaculars debut as part of the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary celebration. To make your magical evening even more special, a new lineup of Appetizing Occasions will be returning just in time for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” From sweet treats to international fare, there’s no shortage of options for making the most of your nighttime spectacular experience.

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Disney Enchantment, a brand-new, dazzling nighttime fireworks spectacular, debuts Oct. 1 at Magic Kingdom Park. To enrich your experience of this immersive show, there’s a full menu of dessert party options that include viewing locations from the heart of the park to the Seven Seas Lagoon. Discover all of these experiences and more within the Enchanting Extras Collection

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Celebration at the Top: 50th Flavors and Fireworks at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 
Starts Oct. 2, 2021; Reservations available beginning Sept. 17, 2021

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A sophisticated evening awaits at this event, where guests are welcomed to the private Sonoma and Napa Rooms at California Grill to sample a selection of specialty drinks, sushi and small plates that pay homage to the original menu from the resort’s opening in 1971. After an elevated cocktail hour, step outside to the observation deck on the 15th floor for a unique viewpoint of Disney Enchantment, complete with the synchronized music. The event continues back inside after the show with petit-fours, cordials and coffee.

At Magic Kingdom Park, three dessert party options put you right in the middle of the magic to view Disney Enchantment. Each event includes 50th anniversary-themed delights at different times throughout the evening at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. No matter which party you choose, you’ll discover a host of 50th anniversary-themed desserts prepared by our pastry chef, including chocolate-dipped strawberries and butterscotch pudding, plus a variety of cheeses. Drink selections will also be available, including an assortment of beer and wine for guests ages 21 and over.

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Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties: Disney Enchantment Pre-Party
Starts Oct. 3, 2021; Reservations available beginning Sept. 17, 2021

Sweeten your evening at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park with 50th anniversary-themed desserts prepared by our pastry chef, a variety of cheeses and beverages, with selections of beer and wine included. Then, before the show begins, Cast Members will escort you to a reserved standing viewing location in one of the plaza gardens with prime viewing of Disney Enchantment.

Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties: Disney Enchantment Treats & Seats
Starts Oct. 3, 2021; Reservations available beginning Sept. 17, 2021

After a day of Magic Kingdom Park fun, enjoy 50th anniversary-themed desserts prepared by our pastry chef, a variety of cheeses and beverages, with selections of beer and wine included. Experience the fireworks views from the comfort of dedicated reserved seating at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.

Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties: Disney Enchantment After-Party
Starts Oct. 3, 2021; Reservations available beginning Sept. 17, 2021

Like the Disney Enchantment Pre-Party, this experience includes reserved standing viewing of Disney Enchantment in one of the plaza gardens. After taking in the sights and sounds of the spectacular, visit Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant for a spread of 50th anniversary-themed desserts prepared by our pastry chef, a variety of cheeses and beverages, with selections of beer and wine included.

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Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise
Starts Sept. 18, 2021; Reservations available now

Set sail from the Transportation and Ticket Center on one of the iconic ferryboats for a magical evening on the Seven Seas Lagoon. Once onboard, taste a variety of bite-size signature sweets including build-your-own mousse, key lime tarts, cupcakes and specialty beverages with and without alcohol. Kids can even participate in an ultraviolet scavenger hunt. During the cruise, guests can observe the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks accompanied by stunning water views.

Harmonious, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for Disney Parks, will soon light the World Showcase Lagoon at EPCOT beginning Oct. 1. With choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers in a 360-degree view, Harmonious shows how Disney music and stories have the power to bring people from all around the world together to unlock the magic of possibility. Looking for dinner with the show? Check out new package options available at two delectable World Showcase restaurants.

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Rose & Crown Fireworks Dining Package
Starts Oct. 1; Reservations available beginning Sept. 23

Dine under the stars on the patio at Rose & Dining Room, which serves classic British fare, while you sit back and enjoy the wonder of Harmonious. This package features a prix-fixe menu including one appetizer, entrée, dessert platter and unlimited beverages. 

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Spice Road Table Dining Package
Starts Oct. 1; Reservations available beginning Sept. 23

Enjoy a delicious meal and feast your eyes on our newest nighttime spectacular at EPCOT. Dine in the covered, outdoor dining area reminiscent of the cafes from the Moroccan seaside with a stunning view of Harmonious. Spice Road Table offers a variety of Mediterranean small plates, including Grilled Lamb Kefta, House-made Hummus Fries and Spiced Chicken. The Spice Road Table Dining Package includes two small plates, a dessert platter and unlimited beverages.

Advance reservations are highly recommended for all dessert parties and dinner packages and can be made on DisneyWorld.com or the My Disney Experience app. For experiences located at Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT, valid theme park admission and reservations are required.

There’s so much magic planned for the 18-month celebration. Stay tuned for more details on “The World’s Most Magical Celebration!”

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Foodie Guide to Spooky Eats and Treats Halloween Time 2021 at Disneyland Resort

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Disney’s chefs and candy makers have conjured up all sorts of eerie eats and treats for Halloween Time 2021 at Disneyland Resort – all frightfully delicious! From Mummy Marshmallow Wands and Halloween Grey Stuff to Blood Orange Slushes and Ghost Pepper Potato Bites, there’s something scary good for everyone! And be on the lookout for all the creepy-cool novelties this year!

This Foodie Guide is seriously jam-packed with all the yummy details on where to find all of this year’s offerings available at Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort, which runs through October 31, 2021. Happy Hauntings!

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Disneyland Park

Alien Pizza Planet (mobile order available)

  • Deconstructed Lasagna – Campanelle pasta tossed in ricotta cream sauce topped with Bolognese sauce and bread crumbs
  • Supernova Special – Spiced marinara sauce topped with sausage, salami, assorted cheeses, onions, olives, and tomatoes drizzled with pesto
  • Halloween Alien Macaron filled with blackberry buttercream and lemon curd

Café Orleans

  • Chocolate-Praline Mousse Cake – Decadent praline mousse, dark chocolate brownie, vanilla creme anglaise, and ganache

Candy Palace (mobile order available)

  • Jack Skellington Apple
  • Poison Skull Apple
  • Mummy Marshmallow Wand
  • Jack Skellington Cake Pop
  • Minnie Witch Crispy
  • Spider Web Crispy
  • Pumpkin Brittle (available Oct. 1-31)
  • Pumpkin Fudge

Carnation Café (opening Sept. 16)

  • Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich – Sriracha-glazed fried chicken breast on a brioche bun with spicy sandwich spread, pepper jack cheese, creamy mustard slaw, and cilantro served with fries
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French Market (mobile order available)

  • Haunted Mansion Holiday Wreath Cookie (limited offering available while supplies last)
  • Chocolate Cherry Cake – Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, sour cherries, and cream cheese filling finished with a splatter of cherry sauce

Galactic Grill (mobile order available)

  • Blood Orange Slush – Blood orange slush with a swirl of raspberry sauce and a glow cube
  • Loaded BBQ Pork Fries – Crisscut fries topped with slow-cooked BBQ pork, cheddar, chipotle ranch, and spicy slaw
  • Chocolate & Red Velvet Parfait – Layers of red velvet cake, ganache, cookies, dark chocolate ​mousse, and chocolate cake topped with chocolate flakes, a chocolate Darth Vader helmet, and a mini chocolate lightsaber​

Gibson Girl (mobile order available)

  • Halloween Candy Sundae – Two sundaes in one: sour gummy ice cream with raspberry sauce, gummy treats, and fruit candies; and chocolate ice cream with hot fudge and pieces of chocolate candy bars

Hungry Bear (mobile order available)

  • Honey Cream Cold Brew – cold brew coffee and honey-flavored cream poured over ice
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Funnel Cake – Pumpkin cheesecake filling and vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream
  • Loaded French Fries – French fries topped with a creamy cheese sauce, crispy bacon, and green onions
  • Loaded Onion Rings – Onion rings topped with a creamy cheese sauce, crispy bacon, and green onions
  • Loaded Bowl – Choice of french fries or crispy onion rings topped with a creamy cheesy sauce, crispy bacon, and green onions in a Zero Dog Bowl
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Hunny Spot at Pooh’s Corner (mobile order available starting Sept. 2)

  • Jack Skellington Apple
  • Poison Skull Apple
  • Mummy Marshmallow Wand
  • Jack Skellington Cake Pop
  • Minnie Witch Crispy
  • Spider Web Crispy
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday Wreath Crispy (available Oct. 1)
  • Pumpkin Brittle (available Oct. 1-31)
  • Pumpkin Fudge

Jolly Holiday Bakery Café (mobile order available)

  • Toasted Salsa Roja Chicken Sandwich – Salsa roja shredded chicken on rustic bread with jack and cotija cheeses served with tortilla soup
  • Pumpkin Muffin
  • Dark & White Chocolate Mousse Brownie – Chocolate brownie with black and white chocolate mousse
  • Cookie & Cream Macaron – Mummy mickey macaron shell with a cookies and cream filling
  • Bat Cookie – Shortbread bat cookie dipped in dark chocolate with a Vampire Mickey face
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake – Classic pumpkin cheesecake decorated with a chocolate spider web and a Halloween decoration

Market House

  • Bat Cookie – Shortbread bat cookie dipped in dark chocolate with a Vampire Mickey face

Mint Julep Bar (mobile order available)

  • Mickey-shaped Strawberry Chocolate Beignets topped with strawberry-chocolate powdered sugar (3 and 6 Packs)

Plaza Inn

  • Halloween Cake – Chocolate cake with multi-colored mousse, green buttercream, royal icing, and Halloween sprinkles

Rancho del Zocalo

  • Milk Mamey – Vibrant tropical mamey fruit with flavors of persimmon, sweet potato, stone fruit, and vanilla served over ice
  • Creamy Horchata – Sweet creamy cinnamon rice and milk beverage served over ice

Red Rose Taverne (mobile order available)

  • Halloween Grey Stuff – Traditional Grey Stuff with tombstone cookie and holiday sprinkles
  • Candy Apple Cold Brew – Cold brew coffee, apple syrup, whipped cream, and caramel sauce
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Refreshment Corner (mobile order available)

  • BBQ Bacon Dog – All-beef, foot-long hot dog with bacon slices, BBQ sauce, fried onions, jack and cheddar cheese, and chives served with choice of sliced apples or small bag of chips

River Belle Terrace

  • Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread
  • Chicken & Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Brisket grilled cheese, hot chicken, and pickled pepper relish

Stage Door Café (mobile order available)

  • Spicy Corn Dog – Spicy beef frank hand-dipped and fried, drizzled with cheese sauce and crushed spicy chips served with fries
  • Chocolate-Hazelnut Funnel Cake with Halloween Sprinkles – House-made funnel cake  topped with chocolate-hazelnut spread and whipped cream dusted with chocolate- espresso powder
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Churros

  • Churro Cart near Casey Jr. Circus Train
    • Churros with Pumpkin Dipping Sauce
  • Critter Country Fruit Cart
    • Chocolate Dusted Churro – Classic churro dressed in a duo of dark and milk chocolate
  • New Orleans Churro Cart
    • White Chocolate Churro – Elegantly dressed churro in a bouquet of vanilla and sugar
  • Tomorrowland Churro Cart
    • Pumpkin Spice Churro – Chocolate churro rolled in pumpkin spice sugar with brown butter cream cheese dipping sauce
  • Town Square Churro and Churro Cart near Sleeping Beauty Castle
    • Chocolate Cookie Churro – Churro covered with chocolate cookie crumbles blended with colored sugar
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Disney California Adventure Park 

Award Weiners (mobile order available)

  • Halloween Candy Funnel Cake Fries – Dusted in crushed chocolate cream-filled cookies with cream cheese sauce, cookie pieces, gummy candies, chocolate-coated candies, and whipped cream
  • Halloween Candy Funnel Cake Fries in Mickey Ear Hat Bowl

Bing Bongs

  • Jack Skellington Apple
  • Poison Skull Apple
  • Mummy Marshmallow Wand
  • Minnie Witch Crispy
  • Oogie Boogie Crispy
  • Pumpkin Fudge

Boudin Bakery/Boudin Bread Cart

  • Vampire Mickey-shaped Sourdough

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream (mobile order available)

  • Cookies & Candy Sundae – Scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate cookie crumbles, and gummy candies in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone
  • Halloween Ice Cream Bar – Ice cream bar dipped in chocolate with chocolate accents and sprinkles
  • Spiked Hard Apple Float – Hard apple cider and apple sorbet drizzled with caramel sauce
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Corn Dog Castle (mobile order available)

  • Pepper-Jack Cheese Stick – Pepper jack cheese stick dipped in corn dog batter and topped with raspberry sauce

Cozy Cone Motel (mobile order available)

  • Fruity Sugar Churro – Churro tossed in fruity cereal sugar topped with a purple and green glaze
  • Spicy Mac & Cheese Cone – Pasta with spicy red pepper-cheese sauce topped with crushed chile-cheese puffs served in a bread cone
  • Cozy Cone Macaron filled with peanut butter cream and pretzels
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Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café

  • Oogie Boogie Macaron – Black macaron filled with green apple buttercream, caramel, brownies, cookie crumb dust, and gummy candy

Flo’s V-8 Café (mobile order available)

  • Spicy Chicken & Fries – Steak fries drizzled with ranch dressing topped with chicken tenders tossed in mango-habanero sauce and finished with green onions
  • Loaded Buffalo Chicken Fries – Steak fries topped with cheddar cheese, chicken tenders tossed in buffalo sauce, and celery bits drizzled with ranch (available at Oogie Boogie Bash)
  • Loaded Gravy Fries – Steak fries topped with chicken tenders, jack cheese, and smothered in gravy (available at Oogie Boogie Bash)
  • Loaded Chili Fries – Steak fries topped with cheddar cheese, Walt’s Chili, diced onions, and sour cream (available at Oogie Boogie Bash)

Hollywood Lounge (mobile order available)

  • Fanta Spooky Spirit – Fanta Piña Colada with white rum and melon liqueur
  • Worms, Dice & Everything Nice – Midori, peach schnapps, crème de menthe, orange juice, and pineapple juice topped with gummy worms and Oogie Boogie dice glow cubes
  • PBJ & W – PB & raspberry jam hard cider with peanut butter whiskey
  • Howl-o-Ween Concoction – Pineapple michelada with white tequila and pineapple chamoy topped with spicy candy
  • My Bugs! My Bugs! – Limeade with grenadine float and gummy worms
  • Orange Cream Fanta-sy – Fanta Orange infused with vanilla topped with whipped cream and black sprinkles
  • Various refreshing bottled Micheladas

Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums

  • Shortbread Halloween Cookie

Lamplight Lounge – Boardwalk Dining

  • Ghost Pepper Nachos – House-made green tortilla chips, ghost pepper cheese sauce, ghost pepper-marinated steak, refried black beans, tomatillo avocado salsa, tomato, and cilantro
  • Specialty Cocktail – Añejo tequila, mezcal, agave, hibiscus, and lemon juice

Mortimer’s Market

  • Mickey Bat Sourdough Bread

Pacific Wharf Café (mobile order available)

  • Vampire Mickey-shaped Sourdough
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Paradise Garden Grill (mobile order available)

Plaza de la Familia – Celebrate the everlasting bonds of family and the spirit of Día de los Muertos from September 3 to November 2, 2021

  • Pollo Verde Wet Burrito – Chicken cooked in grilled salsa verde, golden rice, black beans, and crema
  • Traditional Tamale Plate – Red chile pork tamales with golden rice and black beans
  • Tacos with Estilo Callejero – Trio of sirloin beef tacos with pickled vegetables, golden rice, and black beans
  • Tortitas de Papa – Plant-based crispy potato cakes with sautéed spinach, ranchero salsa, golden rice, and pickled onion salsa
  • Ensalada de Frutas – Jicama, watermelon, cucumber, pineapple, and mango with chili-lime salt and chamoy
  • Kid’s Offerings –  Cheese Quesadilla or Street-style Taco
  • Coco Cake – Layers of vanilla cake filled with a cinnamon “churro” flavored mousse and covered in sweet cream cheese frosting
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate – Cinnamon-spiced hot chocolate topped with whipped cream
  • Aqua de Jamaica Slush – Sweet hibiscus tea slush
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Schmoozie’s Smoothies (mobile order available)

  • Mint-Chocolate Cookie Shake with whipped cream and chocolate cream-filled cookie ears
  • Chocolate Chip Shake topped with whipped cream and a chocolate cookie stick

Smokejumpers Grill (mobile order available)

  • Green Apple Lemonade with sour green apple syrup, cherry pearls, and raspberry sauce
  • Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseburger – Angus beef patty, pickled jalapeños, bacon, pepper jack, beer-battered onion rings, jalapeño popper, jalapeño chips, and chipotle mayo

Studio Catering Truck (mobile order available)

  • Hawaiian BBQ Chicken with Fanta pineapple-infused fried rice and soy-ginger glaze
  • Ghost Pepper Potato Bites – Potato bites, ghost pepper cheese sauce, smoky bacon, and pickled jalapeños
  • The Backlot Carnitas Nachos with house-made tortilla chips, red pepper cheese sauce, chipotle crema, and green onions
  • Plant-based Backlot Nachos – Soy chorizo with house-made tortilla chips, dairy-free cheese, and crema topped with green onions

Trolley Treats (mobile order available)

  • Jack Skellington Apple
  • Poison Skull Apple
  • Mummy Marshmallow Wand
  • Jack Skellington Cake Pop
  • Minnie Witch Crispy
  • Oogie Boogie Crispy
  • Pumpkin Brittle (available Oct. 1-31)
  • Pumpkin Fudge
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Churros

  • Cozy Cones
    • Fruity Sugar Churro – Churro tossed in fruity cereal sugar topped with a purple and green glaze
  • Grizzly Peak Churro Cart
    • Caramel Apple Churro – Churro rolled in green apple flavored sugar topped with a caramel drizzle
  • Hollywood Churro
    • Chocolate-Marshmallow Churro – Classic churro rolled in crushed chocolate cookies and “mummified” in marshmallow icing “bandages”
  • Willie’s Churros (Buena Vista)
    • Chocolate & Matcha Churro – Churro rolled in chocolate cookie crumbs and drizzled with a matcha cream cheese buttercream and strawberry sauce
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Downtown Disney District

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes

  • Halloween CrazyShake – Chocolate shake with a vanilla frosted rim with candy corn topped with a “spider-web” chocolate cupcake, orange and white twisty pop, orange rock candy, whipped cream, orange sprinkles, and a chocolate drizzle (available Oct. 28-31)

Ballast Point Brewing Co.

  • Victory at Sea Braised Short Rib – Slow braised short rib in Victory at Sea, cheddar grits, and bacon greens

Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs

  • Cheddar Pickle Dog – Kosher pickled corn dog rolled in a cheddar cheese blend

Jamba

  • Pumpkin Smash – Made with our original pumpkin spice blend with your choice of either classic or plant-based

Kayla’s Cake

  • Mummy Macarons with cookies and cream buttercream (available Sept. 9-Oct. 31)
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Macarons with white chocolate pumpkin ganache (available Sept. 9-Oct. 31)

Marceline’s Confectionery (mobile order available starting Sept. 9

  • Minnie Witch Apple
  • Jack Skellington Apple
  • Poison Skull Apple
  • Mummy Marshmallow Wand
  • Jack Skellington Cake Pop
  • Minnie Witch Crispy
  • Oogie Boogie Crispy
  • Pumpkin Brittle (available Oct. 1-31)
  • Pumpkin Fudge
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Naples Ristorante e Bar

  • Spookaccino – Cappuccino with edible scary paper spiders and insects

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

  • Crouching Dragon Sushi Roll – fresh tempura shrimp, asparagus and creamy avocado. Before serving, the roll is topped with a spicy krab mix and drizzled with eel sauce, spicy mayo, and sriracha

Sprinkles Cupcakes

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup – Chocolate cake filled (and topped) with peanut butter frosting dipped in chocolate ganache and finished off with mounds of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (available Oct. 4-10)
  • Double Stuffed OREO – Orange vanilla buttercream filled chocolate cake lined with Halloween orange OREO cookie crust topped with orange vanilla buttercream frosting, OREO crumble rim, and black bat (available Oct. 18-31)
  • Bewitched – Signature Red Velvet is rolled in our exclusive Halloween inspired decorations by fancy sprinkles (available Oct. 26-31)

Uva Bar & Cafe

  • Trick or Treat – A spooky cocktail with bourbon, pumpkin spice syrup, lemon juice, and soda water
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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

GCH Craftsman Grill (mobile order available)

  • Mickey-shaped Pumpkin Cupcake
  • Mickey-shaped Pumpkin Donut
  • Mickey-shaped Mummy Donut

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Holiday Cart

  • Jack Skellington Cookie
  • Mickey-shaped Monster Cookie
  • Minnie-shaped Halloween Cookie
  • Oogie Boogie Cupcake Treat
  • Oogie Boogie Cupcake Trick
  • Mickey-shaped Whoopie Pie
  • Skull-faced Cookie
  • Oogie Boogie Crispy Treat
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot Glass with Milk
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Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party

If you have tickets to Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure park, be sure to check out the dinner and dessert packages for a grim, ginning good time!  

Oogie Boogie Bash Dining Parade Package at Wine Country Trattoria

Oogie Boogie Bash Dessert Party at Sonoma Terrace

And while you travel down the moonlit Treat Trails at Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, be sure to get your fill of M&M’s Milk Chocolate candies, SNICKERS Original, and SKITTLES while meeting up with your favorite Disney Villains! Yum!

Reminder to download or update the Disneyland mobile app*, as this is the primary way to order food and beverages at most quick-service dining locations. Here is a link for additional details on mobile order.

Guests with confirmed theme park reservations and tickets for the same park can make dining reservations on the same date 60 days in advance with mobile check-in and mobile wait-list at select full-service locations, available on the Disneyland mobile app.

Visit the Dining: Know Before You Go for more information. Be sure to have the latest version of the app downloaded and installed on your mobile device.

Check out our Know Before You Go blog post to learn more about theme park reservations, tickets, and more.

*Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations, and features may vary by handset, service provider or otherwise. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

(Note: All offerings subject to change.)

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9 Tips for a Rainy Day at Universal Orlando Resort

Any Floridian will tell you it’s just good sense to prepare yourself for rain when planning a day at a theme park. Here in the Sunshine State, we are all too familiar with those afternoon showers that come along during the later spring and summer months. As someone who has spent plenty of afternoons refreshing my weather app and trying to figure out where I can wait out the storm, I’m here to give you my best tips for a rainy day at Universal Orlando Resort so that you’re all set the next time the clouds start forming.

TIP #1: Stay at a Universal Orlando hotel.

The closer you stay to the theme parks, the easier it will be for you to decide to head back to the hotel, dry off, and come right back to the thrills once the storm has passed. And trust me, it will. Probably in like an hour or two. Plus with Early Park Admission (one of the MANY benefits of staying at a Universal hotel), you’ll be able to get a head start on your day if rain is in the forecast.

There are also plenty of indoor activities you can do at your hotel! Bowl at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, enjoy some sushi at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, or go on a rum tasting journey at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Plus each of the hotels have a game room, just in case your crew is looking for some friendly competition.

TIP #2: Be prepared.

Here’s the deal — it isn’t completely unreasonable to assume that at some point during your day at Universal Orlando it may rain. Plan accordingly and throw a poncho or a light rain jacket into your bag to bring on your trip. Also plan to wear clothes and shoes that you won’t mind getting wet, just in case. Like I said, it’s just good sense to go ahead and be ready for a potentially rainy afternoon here in Florida!

There are also ponchos available for purchase throughout the parks, so if you find yourself needing one, check the official Universal Orlando Resort app for the nearest store.

TIP #3: Head to Universal’s Islands of Adventure first.

If rain is in the forecast, plan to start your day in Islands of Adventure. It has far more outside attractions that will be impacted by the rain, so you’ll want to make sure you get to fit those in first thing. 

Head to Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade to start your day on a thrilling adventure through the Forbidden Forest.

TIP #4: Enjoy some indoor attractions.

I love roller coasters as much as the next theme park fan, but some of my favorite rides at Universal are indoor attractions. Check the list below for where you can head during a rainy day at Universal!

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA INDOOR RIDES:

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE INDOOR RIDES:

TIP #5: Sit back and watch a show.

Don’t let the rain damper your good time; catch a phenomenal indoor live action stunt show at Universal Studios Florida — The Bourne Stuntacular. Or head over to The Horror Make-Up Show to fit some laughs into your day. They’re close to each other in the Hollywood area of the park so you can start with one and then head to the other without getting too wet!

Definitely download the official Universal Orlando Resort app to check for showtimes and other helpful features like Universal Pay, a map of the parks, and access to the Virtual Line experience.

TIP #6: Head to Universal CityWalk.

Take a break during your rainy day at Universal for a leisurely meal at any of the fantastic sit-down restaurants in CityWalkThe Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is my go-to because me and my crew love all of the different course-options: Bread (the warm chocolate almond bread is a must-order), Appetizer, Libation, Salad, Entree, and Milkshake. I also highly recommend asking if there’s seating upstairs! Watch the storm come and go with a great view.

You can also take the time to sit out the rain by catching a movie at Universal Cinemark.

TIP #7: Ride a water ride.

I mean, you’re already wet, right? If the storm has passed (or if it’s just some light rain), embrace your current state of damp and at least make the experience a fun one! Enjoy the three water rides in Islands of Adventure — Jurassic Park River Adventure , Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls , and Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges.

VOLCANO BAY TIP: The rides at Volcano Bay only close during inclement weather, so as long as there’s no thunder or lightning, you should be good to go on the rides. If the storm is still going, I’d say wait out the storm and go ahead and use your TapuTapu to join the Virtual Lines for the rides and hunker down at Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club or one of the boat bars.

TIP #8: Ride a roller coaster to dry off.

When the rain has stopped there is no more thrilling way to dry off than riding one of the high-speed roller coasters at Universal. If you’re in Universal Studios, head to Hollywood Rip Ride Rock-It. If you’re in Islands of Adventure, take a ride on The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Jurassic World VelociCoaster. You’ll be dry in no time!

TIP #9: You tell me!

These are my best tips for what to do on a rainy day at Universal Orlando Resort, but I’d love to hear yours! Share them in the comments below!

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Celebrate World Princess Week at Disney World

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The first-ever World Princess Week, part of the Ultimate Princess Celebration, starts August 23 and celebrates the courage and kindness displayed by Disney Princesses and Queens.

Starting August 23, there will be a new Tiana-themed playground available during the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival! This playground is an awesome offering guests can enjoy during Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary celebration, “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” On August 26, plan a visit to Disney Springs Marketplace with your own little princesses, who will be invited to take part in a Princess Promenade at the AdventHealth Waterside Stage. Taking place from 2-6 p.m. for one day only, costumes are encouraged, and guests will enjoy a princess-themed entertainment performance.

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When you’re walking around Disney Springs, be sure to check out the latest Princess-inspired merchandise and snap a pic in front of the three art expression walls, themed to the “Tales of Courage and Kindness” storybook collection.

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Lastly, Movies Under the Stars at Walt Disney World Resorts will feature a line-up of Disney Princess movies, so you can get lost in your favorite fairy tales with some of your favorites you know and love.

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The Disney Parks Blog also shared that there will also be some sumptuous themed food and beverage offerings across Walt Disney World Resort, inspired by the 14 Disney princesses and “Frozen” queens all week long. 

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Amorette’s Patisserie, Disney Springs

  • Tiana Petit Cake – Dark chocolate chiffon cake, raspberry mousse, raspberry pâte fruit, and chocolate crisp pearls

The Ganachery, Disney Springs

  • Princess Chocolate Bars – Ganache chocolate bars featuring Jasmine, Ariel, and Snow White
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World Premiere Food Court, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

  • Mulan and Rapunzel Cookies – Sugar cookie featuring Mulan or Rapunzel

Landscapes of Flavors, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Mermaid Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake filled with pineapple topped with coconut buttercream and a white chocolate mermaid tail

Contempo Café, Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Cinderella Cupcake – Vanilla cake with vanilla crème custard filling, buttercream, white chocolate slipper, and fondant pumpkin (available now through September 30)
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Goods to GoConch Flatts General Store, and Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks, Disney’s Old Key West Resort

The Artist Palette, Disney’s  Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • Snow White Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake with spiced caramel apple filling topped with caramel buttercream, red chocolate dip, and a red bow

Capt. Cook’s  and Kona Island, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Moana Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake, toasted coconut mousse, and vanilla buttercream with white chocolate Moana accent piece
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Everything Pop Shopping and Dining, Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Aurora Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake filled with marshmallow topped with strawberry buttercream, gold chocolate crown, and sprinkles

Le Petit Café,  Disney’s Riviera Resort

  • Belle Cheesecake – Lemon cheesecake with lemon curd in a vanilla tart shell decorated with modeling chocolate to resemble Belle
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I.C. Expeditions and Warming Hut, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Elsa Freeze Sundae – Vanilla soft-serve ice cream with a blue raspberry swirl topped with sleigh ride winter sprinkles and a while chocolate Elsa topper

I.C. Expeditions, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Elsa the Snow Queen Cone – Crystalized white chocolate waffle cone, vanilla soft-serve, and spiraled frozen fractals

Creature Comforts, Disney Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Pocahontas Dessert – Pineapple banana cake with cream cheese coconut mousse and colored sprinkles glazed in turquoise glaçage and finished with a chocolate gem, chocolate feather, and sugar flower
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Block & Hans, EPCOT

  • Arendelle Aqua Lemonade – Frozen lemonade with cotton candy syrup

Oasis Sweets & Sips, EPCOT

  • Mosaic Cookie – Sugar cookies sandwiched with apricot jam and topped with mosaic fondant and chocolate Jasmine

Sunshine Seasons, EPCOT

  • Sisters Cupcake – Strawberry cupcake with strawberry filling and strawberry buttercream topped with a chocolate crown

Traveler’s Café, EPCOT

  • Sisters Cookie – Sugar cookies sandwiched with chocolate ganache and garnished with chocolate Elsa and Anna

The Trolley Car Café, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Seaside Brownie – Brownie topped with chocolate fudge, graham cracker crumbs, and seaside-themed chocolate
  • Merida Cupcake – Yellow cupcake filled with a mixture of green, red, orange, and black sprinkles with green and burnt orange buttercream, gold crisp pearls, and chocolate arrow
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Prince Eric’s Village Market, Magic Kingdom Park

  • Mermaid Slushy – Frozen blue raspberry and frozen green apple topped with whipped cream and a mermaid tale

Cinderella’s Royal Table, Magic Kingdom Park

  • Cinderella Slipper – White chocolate or milk chocolate slipper filled with chocolate mousse and raspberry coulis garnished with fresh berries

(Note: Offerings subject to availability.)

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The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend races go on sale on August 24. Taking place during the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary celebration, the weekend features events for all skill levels, coveted regal medals and Disney entertainment. Be inspired by some of your favorite Disney heroes to reach new heights of courage and kindness that propel you triumphantly to the finish line that ends with happily ever after!

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BONUS: ?shopDisney’s Ultimate Princess Celebration Hotline will launch on August 23, this time with all-new recorded messages from five Disney Princess characters who can be reached by contacting 1-877-70-DISNEY, and two “Frozen” queens, Anna and Elsa, who can be heard only by visiting shopDisney.com. ?

How will you celebrate World Princess Week?

Complete Guide to Halloween 2021 Sweets and Treats at Disney World

With Halloween 2021 right around the corner, Disney has shared an eerie early look at their most dreadfully delicious Best Bites of the year! Disney always offers delicious seasonal treats and this year’s Halloween season will be no different.

Whether it’s frightful favorites like Sea Witch’s Brew or a creepily creative “mummy-approved” cupcake, there’s a cauldron of terrifyingly terrific treats to enjoy this season at the Walt Disney World Resort. If you dare – check out this special guide for scrumptious sweets and treats during Halloween 2021 at Disney World:  

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Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

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  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Sanaa and Sanaa Lounge 
    • Sea Witch’s Brew – Vodka, raspberry liqueur, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, muddled berries, and edible glitter served in a Collins glass with a blue glow cube (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Music Resort – Food Courts 
    • Spooky Apple Spiced Spider Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake with apple filling and spiced buttercream caramel drizzle (Available 10/25-10/31)
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Contempo Café 
    • Mini Halloween Cake – Halloween sprinkle cake with candy bar custard and chocolate glaze (Available 10/1-10/31)
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  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Gasparilla Island Grill 
    • Hocus Pocus “Amuck” Cakes – Rich devil’s food cake with “peanut boo-tter” filling decorated to resemble all three Sanderson Sisters (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Jack Skellington Pumpkin Pie Pop – Pumpkin pie colossal pop covered in white chocolate decorated as the iconic Pumpkin King (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Sally’s Stitched Up Whoopie Pie Heart – Vanilla heart-shaped whoopie pie adorned with Sally’s signature patchwork (Available 9/1-11/1)
    • Be-Witching Minnie Mouse Cupcake – Cookies & cream-filled chocolate cupcake enrobed in chocolate ganache and topped with Minnie Mouse chocolate witch hat (Available 9/1-11/1) 
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  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits and Olivia’s Café
    • Harvest Refresher – Vodka with cranberry juice and muddled oranges (Available 9/26-11/25)
    • Apple Cider Old Fashioned – Bourbon with fresh apple cider, bitters, muddled oranges, and brown sugar cinnamon (Available 9/26-11/25) 
    • Caramel Apple Martini – Vanilla vodka, butterscotch flavor liqueur, and fresh apple cider with a brown sugar cinnamon rim (Available 9/26-11/25)
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Good’s Food to go, Conch Flatts General Store, and Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks
    • Poisoned Delight – Violet white chocolate mousse dome with an apple insert and fresh apple cake covered in a white chocolate glaçage (Available 10/1-10/31)
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort – Le Petit Café
    • Milk Chocolate and Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake – Caramel milk chocolate mousse, chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake, roasted white chocolate shell, and graham cracker sable-inspired acorn (Available 9/25-11/27)
    • Milk Chocolate and Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake – Caramel milk chocolate mousse, chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake, dark chocolate glaçage, and graham cracker sable inspired bat (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Geyser Point
    • Blood Orange – Tequila, blood orange, and simple syrup with lime juice (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Black Magic Margarita –Tequila, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, green apple syrup, grenadine, sour mix, and a glow cube (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Around the Pumpkin Patch – Tequila, pumpkin spice, lime juice, and sour mix (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Poison Apple – Tequila, green apple syrup, lime juice, and sour mix with a poison apple glow cube (Available 10/3-11/7)
    • Holiday Drink Flight – Flight with all four holiday drinks featured above (Available 10/3-11/7)
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Roaring Fork
    • Going Batty Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake with ganache icing and sugar cookie bat (Available 10/28-10/31)
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort – The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace
    • Mummy Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake with a pumpkin mousse filling (Available 10/1-10/31)
    • Tiramisu Grave – Aclassic tiramisù with coffee flavor and a chocolate pretzel skeleton with a marshmallow for a head (Available 10/1-10/31)
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn – BoardWalk Bakery
    • Macaroon Pumpkin Pop – Coconut macaroon pumpkin on a stick (Available 10/24-10/31)
    • Candy Corny Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate candy corn mousse and topped with baker’s cream (Available 10/24-10/31)
    • Vampire Mickey Brownie – Ganache-covered brownie with Mickey ears and vampire fangs (Available 10/24-10/31)
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – The Artist’s Palette
    • Poisoned Delight – Violet white chocolate mousse dome with an apple insert and fresh apple cake covered in a white chocolate glaçage (Available 10/1-10/31)

Disney Springs

  • Amorette’s Patisserie
    • Haunted Mansion Cake – Brownie with diplomat filling with purple and black chiffon cake (Available 9/5-10/31)
  • Dockside Margarita
    • Jack O’Lantern – Black rum, rum, white rum, orange-flavored triple sec liqueur, orange juice, lemonade, and a grenadine float (Available 9/5-10/31)
  • The Ganachery 
    • Caramel Skulls (Available 9/5-10/31) 
    • Pumpkin Spice Latte Ganache Squares (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Mickey Mummy Piñata (Available 9/5-10/31)
    • Sister Elixir Cocoa Bomb (Available 10/19-10/31)
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
    • Witch’s Flight – Whiskey, white grape juice, lime juice, and sweet and sour with flavors of green apple, orange-tangerine, and blackberry (Available 9/5-10/31)
  • Outdoor Kiosks
    • Witch Way – Vodka, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, orange juice, and pineapple juice garnished with a poison apple glow cube (Available 9/5-10/31)
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Creature Comforts and Flame Tree Barbecue 
    • Scar Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake with toasted marshmallow filling, chocolate marshmallow frosting, chocolate pebbles, and white chocolate flames with an edible icing image of Scar (Available 10/1-11/4) 
  • Mahindi, Feeding Ground, Cornivores, and Trek Snacks 
    • Poison Apple Sipper 
  • Restaurantosaurus
    • Maleficent Cupcake – Purple velvet cupcake with blood orange curd, vanilla frosting, crisp pearls, and white chocolate flames with Maleficent medallion (Available 10/1-11/4)

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
    • Prince John Sucker – Tart green apple lemonade slush topped with whipped cream and a ring pop (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Golden Oak Outpost
    • Mocha Chocolate Chip – Frozen mocha topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a sugar acorn (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Main Street Outdoor Vending Carts
    • Maleficent Churro – Churro covered in chocolate cookie crumble drizzled with purple icing topped with green and purple sugar (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Storybook Treats
    • Five Dozen Egg Slush – Frozen custard with brown sugar topped with whipped cream garnished with a cinnamon stick (Available 8/10-10/31)

Disney After Hours Boo Bash Exclusive Treats

  • Sleepy Hollow
    • Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake – Funnel cake topped with chocolate cookie crumbles, purple vanilla ice cream, caramel drizzle, and M&M’s milk chocolate Ghoul’s Mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Golden Oak Outpost
    • Apple Ginger Dale – Frozen apple cider mixed with ginger ale topped with whipped cream and chopped TWIX cookies bars (Available 8/10-10/31)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

  • ABC Commissary
    • Caramel Apple Tart – Spiced caramel cheesecake mousse apple served atop a cinnamon apple tart (Available 8/10 – 11/11)
    • Chocolate Mousse – Raspberry dark chocolate mousse, chocolate almond cake, a layer of hazelnut crunch, and whipped chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake (Available 8/10 -11/11)
  • Backlot Express and Trolley Car Café
    • Spooky Ghost Cupcake – Fudge-filled chocolate cupcake topped with cookies & cream buttercream, spooky sprinkles, and vanilla meringue ghost (Available 8/10 -10/31)
  • Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, PizzeRizzo, and Rosie’s All-American Café 
    • Frozen Apple Cider – Frozen apple cider topped with green apple boba balls (Available 8/10 – 10/31)
    • Alcoholic Frozen Apple Cider with Whiskey – Frozen apple cider with whiskey topped with green apple boba balls (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
    • Misty Whisper – Vanilla vodka, orange-flavored triple sec liqueur, orange-tangerine syrup, and vanilla ice-cream mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Fairfax Fare and Catalina Eddie’s
    • Pumpkin Spice Cookie – Pumpkin spice shortbread cookie covered in white chocolate (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Hollywood Scoops 
    • Halloween Shake – Candy corn ice cream shake topped with a vanilla cake donut, whipped cream, spooky sprinkles, and candy corn (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Oasis Canteen, Sunshine Day Bar, Animation Bar  
    • Sweet Poison – Coconut rum, blue Curaçao beverage syrup, rum, and pineapple juice (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Outdoor Carts
    • Halloween Brownie – Chocolate Mickey brownie with fun Halloween sprinkles (Available 8/10-9/30)
    • Halloween Popcorn Mix (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • PizzeRizzo
    • Pumpkin Cannoli – Spooky cannoli filled with whipped pumpkin cheesecake (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Rosie’s All-American Café
    • Witch’s Hat Mousse – Whipped blackberry panna cotta sitting on green apple mousse with salted caramel crispy pearls and chocolate shortbread cookie (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • The Trolley Car Café
    • Pumpkin Mousse – Milk chocolate chai mousse filled with pumpkin bread set atop a chocolate shortbread cookie and vanilla buttercream (Available 8/10-10/31)
  • Woody’s Lunch Box
    • Halloween Lunch Box Tart – Chocolate-hazelnut filled lunch box tart frosted with spooky vanilla icing, Halloween sprinkles, and candy corn (Available 8/10-10/31)

EPCOT 

  • Block & Hans
    • Spiked Frozen Apple Pie with Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine, Minute Maid Apple Juice, and Cinnamon
  • Canada Popcorn Cart
    • Spooky Caramel-Apple Cider in a Poison Apple Sipper (Coming Soon!)

As you can see, there are dreadfully delicious delights for everyone! Keep an eye out for the Mickey Mummy Popcorn Bucket coming soon to all four parks and Disney Springs. Also, be sure to check out Disney After Hours Boo Bash, a new event featuring Halloween-themed cavalcades, character sightings, trick or treating throughout the park and more. Disney After Hours Boo Bash will take place on select nights from August 10 through October 31.

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And another frightfully fun favorite is materializing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the return of Minnie’s Halloween Dine – beginning August 10 until November 3.  A monster of a feast will be served to your table at Hollywood & Vine with Disney characters and friends making special appearances in costumes for the season!

More thrilling (and chilling) Halloween magic is coming to Disney Parks this year so keep checking back for updates and other “spirited” surprises.  

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Top 5 Reasons to Love Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

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When traveling with your family, finding relaxing accommodations to stay at while not breaking the budget is key. All of Universal Orlando Resort’s uniquely-themed hotels offer an incredible array of benefits and amenities, but none meet the extra-affordable value and levels of relaxation needed for larger families quite like Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. This resort features Dockside Inn and Suites and Surfside Inn and Suites, both of which give you the surf culture and beach life vibes you’re looking for on a Florida vacation. There really is no comparison in Orlando when you look at the price value and pair it with amenities designed with families in mind and theme park perks exclusive to Universal hotel guests.

If you’re hooked and want to know more, we are sharing the top five reasons we think you’ll love staying at Dockside Inn and Suites for your family’s next Universal Orlando Resort vacation.

1. Exclusive Food and Drinks (Most Under $12!)

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By far my favorite thing about Dockside Inn and Suites is the food and drinks. There are a plethora of unique options for the whole family like the Pier 8 Egg Muffin, Dockworker Wrap, or the Chicken and Waffles bucket. Don’t miss the fun Wet n’ Wild inspired cocktails you can get poolside (Wet n’ Wild was the longtime water park that was previously located where Universal’s Endless Summer Resort is now). And for craft beer drinkers, there is the Sunset Blonde, which is a Mango Blonde Ale brewed exclusively for the resort.

2. More Than Half of the Hotel is 2-Bedroom Suites

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During vacation, your hotel is your home away from home. You want to be able to relax when you get back to your room after a day in the theme parks. Having a 2-bedroom suite gives you much-needed space to recharge for tomorrow. The kids can spread out and have their space, while mom and dad can get some privacy, too. You don’t even need to spend the extra cash for connecting rooms. Also, talk about spacious — these suites sleep up to six and have a kitchenette, picnic table for meals, double vanity, and plenty of suitcase storage. 

3. A Huge Hotel Calls for Two HUGE Pools

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When I’m looking at hotels for an upcoming vacation, one of the deciding factors is the pool because I know we’re going to spend a full day relaxing poolside. Dockside Inn and Suites makes it an easy choice for the sole fact that it has not one, but two massive pools. Plus, there’s a fun splash pad area for kids to run around in, and for mom and dad, two large pool bars to grab an umbrella drink.

4. There are More Than 1,000 Longboards Around the Hotel

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Universal’s Endless Summer Resort was designed by the same creative teams who bring the theme parks to life, so you know it’s going to be incredible with every detail. It’s inspired by surf culture and you see it come to life through every aspect of your stay, especially the design elements. Dockside Inn and Suites hooks into the chill and relaxing side of shore life with driftwood details, photorealistic artwork, overall color palette, and longboards. Each room has a custom-made longboard made by Quiet Flight just for Dockside, resulting in 1,024 longboards in total around the hotel!

5. It’s a Short Ride to the Theme Parks and an Even Shorter Walk to Surfside Inn and Suites

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Any chance you can save time on commuting during vacation is a plus. Staying at Dockside Inn and Suites gives you a direct ride to Universal CityWalk and the theme parks with just a short 5-10 minute ride on the shuttles that come every 15 minutes. Plus, after your short shuttle ride, you can get into the theme parks before regular day guests because of Early Park Admission. The extra bonus is you can take a short walk over to Surfside Inn and Suites right next door if you want to check out the surfboard-shaped pool or a different dining option. (Surfside Inn and Suites is temporarily suspending operations. Please click here for more information.)

These are just a few of my favorite things about Dockside Inn and Suites. Get all the details hereand share below what you’re looking forward to doing during your next vacation with us.

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Best Screen FREE Travel Games for Kids to Keep Them Busy and Happy + FREE Printables

I have extensive experience traveling with my two children. We have taken road trips, flown all over the world and spent countless hours on vacation. I have found some inexpensive travel games for kids that will help keep them both happy and busy to pass the time in the airport, on the plane, in the car or even in a theme park. Many of these activities are also great ways to entertain your kids while you wait in long theme park lines if you’re visiting Disney World, Disneyland or Universal Orlando Resort!

Eye Found It: My Disney loving kids #1 favorite travel game is World of Disney Eye Found It! Each player will receive cards featuring scenes from 12 different Disney films and all of the players will compete to be the first to find a specific object hidden on his or her card.

Sticker Books: My daughter absolutely loves sticker books! Your local Dollar Tree will likely offer a variety of sticker books, including sticker puzzle books, or you could order sticker books like Paint by Sticker: Zoo Animals, Paint by Sticker: Beautiful Bugs, and Paint by Sticker: Under the Sea.

I Spy: You can play “I spy” without any cards or objects, literally anywhere in the world. Or, you can try the I Spy Card Game for your kids to be able to play alone or challenge each other with pre-made cards rather than your surroundings.

Mad Libs: Mad Libs is most fun when your kids are old enough to read, but you can help your younger ones create their own story with Mad Libs, too! There are so many different themes available for Mad Libs! You can try Mad Libs on the Road for a road trip, Mickey Mouse Mad Libs for a Disney vacation, Summer Fun Mad Libs or Vacation Fun Mad Libs.

Scavenger Hunt: Scavenger hunts are a great way to keep your kids occupied and engaged while they search for things around them. You can create your own scavenger hunt printable, based on your specific travel plans, or order this Scavenger Hunt for Kids Travel Card Game.

Would You Rather: You could create a series of “would you rather” questions for your kids to answer or take advantage of a Would You Rather book full of more than 200 questions.

Mess Free Coloring: There are so many ways to enjoy mess free coloring while you travel! We love the Water Wow! pads, Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring Activity Set, AquaDoodle, or this doodle book set.

Connect 4: Connect 4 makes a travel size version so your kids can challenge each other on the go. The only concern with this game is losing the small checkers during play.

Simon: The handheld version of the game Simon offers two game modes, single player or pass it, and encourages your kids to remember the sequence to win!

Guess Who: You’re probably familiar with the traditional board game Guess Who. But, did you know there’s a travel version? You can purchase the Guess Who card game for a portable version of the classic and fun guessing game.

Card Games: There are plenty of games you can play with a standard deck of cards like War, Rummy, or Euchre. You can also pick up this 6 in 1 fun pack that includes a variety of games like Memory, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Old Maid and more.

Magnetic Board Game Sets: We have seen a number of varieties of magnetic board games. We love this set of 12 games like tic tac toe, checkers, snakes and ladders, and more!

Bonus: Don’t forget to make or get a travel journal for your kids to be able to write and draw all about your adventures so they can look back on all of their amazing memories!

What are your favorite travel games for kids?

I have also created a FREE coloring sheet and License Plate Game for you to print and use during your travels!

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Complete List of Iconic Disney World Photos You Need to Take on Vacation

What are some of the most iconic Disney World photos? Wondering which memories you’ll most want to capture? We have some ideas for the best Disney World photos you need to take during your vacation.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the original Walt Disney World theme park. You’ll find so many iconic attractions and photo opportunities throughout the park. As you enter the park, you can stop for a picture in front of the train station. Then, the real magic lies behind there.

As you enter the park, you’ll find Town Square Theater to your right. You can meet Mickey Mouse in his rehearsal room here. This is a great photo opportunity with him and Disney PhotoPass photographers are happy to help you capture the moment.

Of course, you’ll want to capture your family’s first reaction of Cinderella Castle as you walk down Main Street, U.S.A. You can also stop in the hub as soon as you pass under the train station for a great shot of Main Street, U.S.A AND Cinderella Castle behind you.

If you have little ones, you can’t miss the classic photo of their first ride on Dumbo (or in the extra one outside of the exit, just for photos). You’ll also want to capture the afternoon Festival of Fantasy parade in addition to the nighttime spectacular, Happily Ever After.

If you need a photo for your Instagram, don’t miss the Purple Wall at the entrance to Tomorrowland.

EPCOT

Spaceship Earth is the park icon for EPCOT so it’s a great photo spot. When there isn’t construction, you can stop for a picture in front of the fountains and/or with the planters advertising any current festivals. PhotoPass Photographers are often stationed on both sides of Spaceship Earth so you can grab a photo on the way in or out of the park.

A fun photo for kids of all ages is found in the Seas pavilion. At the exit of The Seas with Nemo and Friends attraction, you’ll find Bruce’s Shark World with a life size model of Bruce from “Finding Nemo.” You can even climb into his mouth for a fun picture.

Another Instagram-worthy destination is the Bubblegum Wall located at either exit of Spaceship Earth. We’re really hoping they aren’t affected by the planned refurbishment!

There are some amazing photo opportunities throughout the World Showcase. You can find Disney characters, topiaries during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, delicious treats during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival,

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios has a replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre at the center of the park. You can stop for photos as you enter with this as your background. As you get closer, you can even find some famous handprints from movie stars and even Disney characters.

If you are a Star Wars fan, you can fill your memory card with Disney World photos from Galaxy’s Edge. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the latest addition to Hollywood Studios and has tons of incredible photo opportunities. You can find ships and speeders, the Millennium Falcon, Savi’s Workshop, Droid Depot, Stormtroopers, and more.

Toy Story Land is such a fun and whimsical area. You can stop for a photo in front of a larger than life Woody statue as you enter Andy’s backyard. You’ll also love the popsicle stick wall, green army men, K’nex fencing, larger than life Tinker Toys, and more.

At the end of Sunset Boulevard, you’ll find Tower of Terror. You can stop for pictures down Sunset Boulevard with Tower of Terror behind you. Down Sunset Boulevard, you will also find Rock n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. It offers a fun photo op with the larger than life guitar at the entrance.

Animal Kingdom

The park icon for Animal Kingdom is the Tree of Life. Be sure to snap a family picture in front of the Tree of Life as you enter the park. The Tree of Life is full of intricate carvings so check it out as you get closer and from different angles to view the unique animals carved into it.

Over in Pandora, you can often find the Pandora ranger in his Exo-Carrier utility suit outside of Windtraders. You can ask this Pandora Conservation Initiative scientist about the otherworldly landscape around you and his conservation efforts in Pandora.

DiVine is a unique performer in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She blends in very well with the foliage and greenery around her. If you can spot her, she’s a fun and unique photo opportunity. She is usually found near the entrance of the park or on the walkway between Asia and Africa.

Donald’s Dino Bash has taken over DinoLand U.S.A. You can find some Disney friends like Chip and Dale dressed up like dinosaurs or DuckTales characters meeting guests. This colorful area has some fun photo spots you just can’t miss.

Disney Springs

The Disney PhotoPass Studios at Disney Springs is a “must do” for guests with Memory Maker! You can take FREE photos with a PhotoPass photographer in the studio that will automatically be added to your My Disney Experience account. They even have fun backgrounds and signs that you can add to your photo shoot.

The LEGO Store has some incredible creations surrounding the store. You can often find Cinderella, Snow White, BB-8, and even the Loch Ness monster in the lagoon. There’s also a life size lego creation of Woody & Buzz at the entrance which makes a great photo opportunity.

If you’re planning to pin trade, be sure to stop by Pin Traders. There’s some fun statues of Disney characters for your pictures. Plus, you can trade with the cast members and/or pin board.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, take some pictures of your resort, the pool, and even the room. You may also want to snap a photo of fun transportation methods like the monorail, Skyliner, or ferry.

If you participate in any of the resort activities like the afternoon pool party or Movie Under the Stars, be sure to capture those memories, too.

Experiences

There are some experiences that you’ll want to remember, as well. You can find many of these throughout the parks and resorts.

  • Walt Disney World “welcome” sign as you enter property
  • Meeting Characters
  • Pin Trading
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Favorite Meals
  • Disney Parks Snacks like the Dolp Whip, Mickey pretzel, cupcakes, and more

If you choose to purchase Memory Maker, Disney PhotoPass Photographers can help you capture some of these iconic Disney World photos throughout your visit. You’ll receive digital downloads of your photos and even videos in your My Disney Experience account.

You can even download our favorite Disney World photos spot checklist for your next visit here: