5 Places to Find Dessert on the Disney Dream During Your Disney Cruise

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5 Places to Find Dessert on the Disney Dream During Your Disney Cruise

Cruising on the Disney Dream is a dream-come-true for anyone with a sweet tooth! Whether you take a three-, four- or five-night vacation aboard this Disney Cruise Line ship, you’ll have plenty of options for indulging in decadent desserts. You’ll need the energy for all the fun you’ll have on board, plus calories don’t count on vacation! 

Check out the top five ways you can treat your sweet tooth with dessert on the Disney Dream…

1. Make a pit stop at Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats. Refuel at this dessert shop inspired by the arcade game from Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph.” Your family can celebrate your time aboard with a trophy filled with gelato or an ice cream sundae in a “Sugar Rush” racecar. If you can’t decide which ice cream flavor you want, Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats also has candy and baked treats to satisfy your cravings!  

2. Cool down with an Eye Scream or Frozone treat. While you’re enjoying the sunshine up on deck, grab some soft-serve ice cream and scare-tastic toppings at Eye scream Treats. Named after the friendly, one-eyed monster Mike Wazowski from the Disney-Pixar animated feature “Monsters, Inc.,” this eatery has treats and a wide variety of flavors that will make you scream with joy! Or you can chill out with a cool Frozone refreshment by the pool. Inspired by the ice-creating hero from the Disney-Pixar movie “The Incredibles,” this poolside spot has refreshing, fruit smoothies for the entire family to enjoy. 

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3. Become a dessert connoisseur at Remy. Looking for more than an ice cream cone? Treat your taste buds to a five-course dessert menu served with coffee! The adult-exclusive Remy Dessert Experience features a rich dialogue with Remy’s Executive Chef and Pastry Chef, who will explain the history and evolution of each sweet selection. If you’re a dessert lover, this experience is perfect for you! 

4. Save room for dessert at Palo’s brunch. Adults can indulge in a spectacular champagne brunch at Palo, which includes an all-you-care-to-eat buffet of international cheeses, made-to-order entrées, fresh pastries and, you guessed it, plenty of dessert! With tons of mini-sized desserts, you can treat your sweet tooth to a wide variety of flavors!

5. Brighten your day with dessert at Cabanas. Take a stroll along a beach boardwalk and grab a bite to eat at Cabanas. This restaurant offers guests a casual dining experience with food and beverage stations, breathtaking ocean views, and indoor and outdoor seating. Most importantly, it has a whole section dedicated to desserts like sundaes, cookies, cakes and fruit! 

What is your favorite dessert on the Disney Dream?

Thinking about planning a Disney cruise or already have your next Disney cruise booked? Don’t miss our other helpful posts including a preview of the incredible experiences awaiting you onboard, packing checklist, 10 things the adults will love, and 11 things to do before your cruise.

How to Choose the Best Universal Orlando Resort Hotel for Your Family

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You’ve told your kid(s) they’re finally going on a Universal Orlando Resort vacation and they are psyched. There’s real palpable excitement! Certainly, this is no small feat. Pride rushes through your veins because this is what a parenting win feels like.

Now, the task of picking the right hotel begins. Here’s everything you’ll ever need to know about Universal Orlando Resort hotels to help you decide which spectacular Universal Orlando Resort hotel is right for your whole family. And rest assured that there’s a hotel for every budget and family style, so you’ll have hotel benefits to fit your every need. 

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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No passport needed to enjoy this Mediterranean themed hotel! As soon as you arrive, you’ll be transported to the picturesque seaside village of Portofino, Italy. Kids and parents can enjoy the charming piazza surrounded by a colorful harbor where water taxis ferry guests back and forth to the theme parks. Here at Portofino Bay Hotel, you’ll find three enticing pools and incredible restaurants, from a casual pizzeria to a family-style restaurant with delicious Italian favorites and strolling musicians that serenade you tableside. You can even book a Despicable Me Kids’ Suite that sleeps up to five guests. The kids’ rooms capture the excitement of Gru’s Laboratory as you’ll sleep like Margo, Edith and Agnes in custom missile beds with Minion-inspired bedding. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits and Amenities:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions. 
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal theme parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Three pools and Dive-In Movies
      • The Beach Pool, the ideal place for the family to spend the day together as it features a Roman aqueduct-themed water slide, sandy beach, adjacent children’s pool, poolside activities, two Jacuzzis and three colorful beach cabanas.
      • The Villa Pool is a bit more relaxing with additional amenities, including private cabana rentals and upgraded lounge chairs. 
      • The Hillside Pool is located by the east wing and offers a quiet place to relax by the water. 
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: Campo Portofino 
      • You can drop off your children to enjoy a night full of games, movies,  arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.  $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A stunning and charming re-creation of Portofino, Italy 
    • Nine unique dining locations
    • Despicable Me Kids’ Suites
      • This suite lets parents have privacy in a beautiful master bedroom while the kids have fun in this connected and themed room that opens only from the parents’ room.

Hard Rock Hotel

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Have you ever wanted to live like a rockstar? You can experience it first-hand when you stay at this laid-back hotel with show-stopping service. Your kids will also thank you for having their very own stage in a Future Rock Star Kids’ Suite. See the full breakdown below:  

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation:
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Enjoy a large zero entry pool featuring an underwater sound system, water slide, two hot tubs,  sand beach and volleyball court along with poolside activities and Dive-In Movies
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: Camp Lil’ Rock 
      • You can drop off your children for a night full of games, movies, arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • It’s as if you’re staying in a rock star’s mansion
    • Enjoy the Sound of Your Stay program where you can choose from a menu of 20 different Fender guitars that can be delivered to your room or a Crosley turntable with 10 iconic vinyl records.
    • Velvet Sessions and Velvet Unplugged – live concerts in the hotel lobby
    • Future Rock Star Suites
      • Parents can treat their kids to a Future Rock Star Suite, featuring a King bedroom plus an attached themed bedroom where kids can step on stage to perform under the lights.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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This is a South Seas paradise. As you enter this resort, you’ll find tropical wonders and carefree fun. Similarly, your kids will be transported to another jaw-dropping world when they walk into the Jurassic World Kids’ Suites. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions. 
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Lagoon style swimming pool, poolside activities and kids’ splash zone and Dive-In Movies
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: The Mariner’s Club
      • You can drop off your children for a night full of games, movies, arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • The spirit of ‘aloha’ is everywhere
    • Weekly Wantilan Luau 
      • Join us on Saturday nights for this weekly dinner show that features a Polynesian-inspired buffet. You’ll get to enjoy a scrumptious dinner,  live music, hula and fire dances to make you feel like you’re at an island celebration 
    • Torch lighting ceremony on select nights with a welcome dance, fire dancers and more
    • Jurassic World Kids’ Suites 
    • Despicable Me Character Breakfast 
      • Every Saturday morning, guests can fill up on breakfast favorites including pancakes, bacon,  scrambled eggs and more. Here, you’ll enjoy communal seating and get to meet some of your favorite Despicable Me characters including Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes, and the Minions. 

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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Are you ready for an escape to a Caribbean paradise? Get inspired by cascading waterfalls over lush tropical grounds. This hotel will have you easing into island time with the calming sounds of steel drums. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Preferred Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Preferred hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • The pool is the largest of all of our hotel pools, with a water slide and sandy beach area,  This spells fun and relaxation, as does the hot tub, children’s play area, fire pit, poolside activities, Dive-In Movies and more
    • Game Room
    • Kids’ Suites
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A Caribbean-inspired island retreat
    • Largest pool across all hotels 

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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Little ones will love this vibrant and retro-themed resort. Did you know there are two massive pools, a lazy river and a bowling alley? This resort also offers family suites that sleep up to six, featuring a separate living area with privacy partition and kitchenette, plus a compartmentalized bathroom.  The kitchenettes offer a mini refrigerator, microwave and sink. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Prime Value Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Game Room 
    • Dive-In Movies
    • Resort Kids Camp – Guests have access to this at Universal Orlando Resort hotels. Please call for information and reservations. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • Family suites that sleep up to six and some offer Volcano Bay view rooms
    • Two huge pools, a lazy river, and poolside activities 
    • Galaxy Bowl –the hotel’s very own 10-lane bowling alley and full-service restaurant 

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

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This modern and sleek hotel offers a cool escape for a great price. Aventura’s rooftop offers views of all three Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.  It’s perfect for kids who love technology as many of the room features are controlled by a tablet. It even has a virtual reality game room. If you’re looking for more space, this hotel offers kids’ suites that sleep up to five guests, allowing your little ones to go to sleep while others can relax in a separate area.  See the full breakdown below: 

  • Prime Value Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Pool, poolside activities and Dive-In Movies
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A tech-savvy hotel
    • Virtual reality game room
    • Bar 17 Bistro 
      • This rooftop bar and grille not only has delicious international flavors but also showcases a beautiful 360 view of our three amazing theme parks and Orlando

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites

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Starting this summer, Universal Orlando is adding extra-affordable options for your vacation. The vibe at these two new value hotels is relaxed and easy, with a fun surf and beach theme woven throughout. These hotels offer standard rooms and  2-Bedroom suites that sleep up to six, making it a perfect spot for families of any size. Surfside Inn and Suites is the first hotel of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, NOW OPEN. Dockside Inn and Suites will open in March 2020. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Two Value Hotels
  • Easy Transportation
    • Free shuttle bus transportation to Universal CityWalk and Volcano Bay
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Three pools across both hotels 
    • Game Room
    • Pizza delivery to the room
  • What’s the biggest difference?
    • Our newest and most affordable Universal Orlando Resort Hotel
    • 2-bedroom-suites that sleep up to six 
    • This hotel was designed and created by the same people who bring our world-class theme parks to life

Parents, which Universal Orlando Resort hotel are you most looking forward to staying at? Let us know in the comments below! 

Top 10 Things to Do in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars fans of all ages will love visiting the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, the “long forgotten planet on the edge of the galaxy, between the Unknown Regions and Wild Space.” There are two new attractions, shopping, dining, and more experiences waiting for you in this new land so we wanted to share ten things to do in Galaxy’s Edge to help you prepare for your visit.

Pilot the Millenium Falcon: The headline attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. You can actually pilot the iconic spaceship as you take on a mission from Hondo Ohnaka. Other necessary jobs on the mission include engineer and gunner.

Tip: Take advantage of the single rider line, if you are able to be split up from the rest of your party to enjoy the experience at a significantly reduced wait time.

Build a Light Saber at Savi’s Workshop: You can build a custom lightsaber and then bring it to life with a kyber crystal at Savi’s Workshop. You can choose from one of four themes- peace and justice; power and control; elemental nature; or protection and defense. These are not inexpensive souvenirs though at $199.99 plus tax each.

Tip: There are less expensive build your own lightsaber options at Tatooine Traders, the gift shop located at the exit of Star Tours, that is perfect for younger fans.

blue and green milk in Galaxy's Edge

Try the Blue or Green Milk: Stop by the Milk Stand to try the blue milk and/or green milk. They are both plant based blends of coconut and rice milks. The blue milk is sweeter while the green milk is a little more flowery or citrusy. They are a little different if you are used to dairy milk, but each had a refreshingly unique flavor. Both the blue and green milks are also available with alcohol.

Tip: These are available as a snack credit on the dining plan and also now available through mobile order so you can save time waiting in line to order one.

droid depot

Build a Droid at Droid Depot: Droid Depot offers you the chance to purchase and build your own remote controlled R-series and/or BB- series droid that will interact throughout the land. You’ll get to choose the four components required for your droid and then have the chance to assemble your droid and bring it to life. There are a variety of colors and designs you can choose from. Please note that Disney does only allow one guest to accompany the builder during the experience.

Tip: Special backpacks are available for purchase which are a great way to carry your droid throughout the land where it interacts as well as to transport your droid home, especially if you are flying and need to safely carry it through the airport.

Oga's Cantina
Oga’s Cantina

Grab a Drink at Oga’s Cantina: You can find a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic creations at Oga’s Cantina, one of the galaxy’s most infamous watering holes. Although the food items are quite limited, there is an extensive list of beverages to choose from. While you visit the cantina, you’ll also enjoy musical entertainment courtesy of DJ R-3X, which some of you may remember as a former pilot from the Star Tours attraction. Please note that Disney does limit each party to only a 45 minute experience in the cantina.

Tip: Although guests of all ages are welcome in Oga’s, the majority of the location is standing room only which may make it difficult to enjoy if you are traveling with little ones that will need to be held as strollers are not allowed inside.

Stop for Photo Opportunities: You have the opportunity to travel to another planet on the outer rim when you visit Batuu so don’t miss numerous photo opportunities throughout the land. You will find ships, fighters, speeders, droids, the infamous Falcon, and so much more that make for awesome photo opportunities which is sure to make all of your friends jealous of your travels.

Star Wars Characters: You never know who you’ll find from the Star Wars saga during your time Batuu while you’re exploring the land. We’ve seen Rey, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and stormtroopers. The characters roam throughout the land which offer more unpredictable and surprise interactions in addition to unique photos from the traditional character meet and greets.

Tip: If you do want a longer or more personal interaction or just posed photos, be sure to stop by Star Wars Launch Bay to find BB-8, Kylo Ren, and Chewbacca.

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo Menu

Eat at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo: Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is the primary quick service dining location in Galaxy’s Edge. The menu does have some unique offerings including ribs, pot roast, fried chicken, and more in addition to two specialty, non-alcoholic beverages, moof juice and sour sarlacc. The spacious hangar also offers an outdoor seating area. We have a comprehensive list of the food and beverage options in Galaxy’s Edge here.

Tip: Take advantage of Disney’s mobile order service to bypass the long lines!

Pick up Souvenirs at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities: You can find a wide variety of iconic Star Wars souvenirs in the Den of Antiquities. As the largest merchandise location in Batuu, you won’t want to miss this hidden den. You’ll find kyber crystals, light sabers, ancient tools, and other treasures that are sure to delight Star Wars fans of all ages.

Drink a Coca Cola beverage: Coca Cola designed specialty bottles just for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney Parks. You can pick up a thermal detonator inspired bottle of Coca Cola, Diet Coke, or Sprite throughout the land.

Tip: These are more expensive than the other bottles in the parks at $6 or just one snack credit on the dining plan!

We also recommend downloading the Play Disney Parks mobile app before your visit so you can enjoy additional interactive experiences throughout the land including translating languages from across the galaxy, interacting with droids, and discovering precious cargo.

Bonus: The second new attraction in Galaxy’s Edge, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is scheduled to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, December 5, 2019. This will be one of Disney’s most technologically advanced attractions yet as you join the Resistance in an epic battle against the First Order.

Please remember that reservations are accepted and strongly recommended for Oga’s Cantina, Droid Depot, and Savi’s Workshop up to 180 days in advance. However, walk ups may be welcome to enjoy these experiences, as well.

What are you most excited to see and do in Galaxy’s Edge?

Are you thinking about a Disney World vacation and ready to experience Galaxy’s Edge? Call Siera today at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote! She will help you plan a magical and memorable visit while ensuring that you receive the best deal possible. Plus, as an authorized Disney vacation planner, her services are completely free!

Top 8 Ways to Stay Cool at Disneyland Resort in California

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Right now, there are so many new things to see and do at the Disneyland Resort, that it’s a great time to visit! As the Southern California sun shines bright, here are some ways to stay cool at Disneyland during your visit: 

First up is Disneyland park! 

Break away from the bright sun in a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Within the planet of Batuu, you’ll find many cool places!

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In Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, you can start cooling off in the cavernous path to the Main Hold of the Millennium Falcon. Once you reach this famous space, you can hang out around the Dejarik (chess) table for a few minutes before taking the controls of the fastest ship in the galaxy toward adventure and, ah, yes, a galactic breeze.

As you roam Batuu, head over to the Milk Stand to enjoy a refreshing Blue Milk and Green Milk – these frozen concoctions are sure to cool you down.

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For crafty libations, we recommend Oga’s Cantina. This watering hole is where weary travelers of all ages can join together to refuel after a long day of adventuring. Hang out with DJ R-3X and sip on one of the many out-of-this-world non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverages. Just be sure to make a reservation to visit the cantina before you go!

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Around Disneyland park, guests can stay cool at guest-favorite attractions like Splash MountainMatterhorn BobsledsHaunted MansionPeter Pan’s Flight and many others. 

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And of course, chill out with a Dole Whip Float from Tiki Juice Bar or The Tropical Hideaway, a Mint Julep in New Orleans Square or a delicious old-fashioned ice cream at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor.

Next, is Disney California Adventure park!

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Head to Hollywood Land and experience the newly opened 3D movie musical “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” in the Sunset Showcase Theater. In the show, Donald stirs up some musical mayhem while you get swept into the fantastic world of classic Disney animated musical sequences, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Peter Pan” and “Aladdin.” Fun fact: Some scenes are super breezy! 

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You can also take refreshing flight on Soarin’ Around the World, get lightly drizzled or even soaked on Grizzly River Run, go on a journey with The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, join a thrilling mission with Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, test your illustration skills in Animation Academy or take a break as you’re transported to Arendelle during the theatrical performance, “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” in Hollywood Land. 

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Disney California Adventure also offers amazing cold treats, like the lemon soft-serve at Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats on Pixar Pier, the hand-dipped ice cream bar at Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, Memory Refreshers from Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff and even a delicious fruit smoothie from Schmoozies! in Hollywood Land.

How do you stay cool at Disneyland in the parks?

We know that rain can come along, too, but you don’t have to let it ruin your visit! Here are six ways to spend a rainy day at Disneyland!

Book a Disney World Dessert Party for Delicious Treats and Spectacular Views

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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If you’re looking to add a sweet ending to your day in the parks, then you’re in for a treat with a Disney World dessert party! Each of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort offers a variety of dessert parties that each include exclusive viewings of their park’s nighttime shows and spectaculars. You can book a Disney World dessert party to enjoy delicious treats and a spectacular view of the nighttime show.

Seasonal Dessert Parties

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RESERVATIONS NOW AVAILABLE: Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party (Nov. 8, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020)

Your favorite elves are returning once again this holiday season for the popular holiday nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and they’re hosting a fabulous dessert party to go with it! First, head over to Echo Lake to enjoy an array of holiday-themed snacks, decadent desserts, beer, wine, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. On the menu this year are items including warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread, roasted onion dip with kettle chips, winter-spiced trail mix, Yule log cake, caramel apple verrine, and more. There will also be festive holiday cookies and assorted beverages such as a gingerbread martini and hot chocolate. While you’re taking part in the festivities, there will even be a special VIP guest available for character greetings.

Before the show, you’ll be escorted to a reserved viewing area to enjoy Wonderful World of Animation – a beautiful projection show that takes you on a journey through more than 90 years of Disney and Pixar animation – followed by “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!,” a Santa-sized spectacular jam-packed with holiday music, fireworks, special effects, and dazzling state-of-the-art projections.

This festive dining experience will occur nightly November 8, 2019 –January 5, 2020. The event will start 1.5 hours prior to each night’s showtime. For more information and to book your reservations, visit the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party page or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

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Magic Kingdom Park – Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace (Select Nights Nov. 8-Dec. 22, 2019)

If you’re celebrating the holidays with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, then you can sweeten your night with this holly-jolly dessert party! During this party, you’ll get to take in the incredible sights of Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, exclusive to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. On the menu is a bountiful buffet featuring holiday-themed cupcakes and desserts, chocolate-dipped strawberries, ice cream, a selection of cheeses, seasonal fruits, and a variety of beverages like specialty Christmas drinks, sparkling cider, signature lemonades, hot chocolate, coffee, and tea. Just like the other dessert parties at Magic Kingdom Park, you can enjoy a special viewing area at Plaza Garden or reserved seating at Tomorrowland Terrace. 

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party occurs during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights Nov. 8-Dec. 22, 2019.  For more information and to book your reservations, visit one of the pages listed below or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

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Magic Kingdom Park – Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace (Select Nights Aug. 16-Nov. 1, 2019)

And don’t forget – the spooky season is in full swing at Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom Park has been transformed with Halloween decorations and festivities. On select nights, you can descend upon the park for a spirited evening during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Here you can go trick or treating, meet special characters, watch the popular Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and enjoy this year’s brand new nighttime Halloween fireworks: “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular.” Similar to the regular fireworks dessert party, you can enjoy either reserved seating at Tomorrowland Terrace or a special viewing area at Plaza Garden. This party includes chocolate-dipped strawberries, cupcakes, ice cream, seasonal fruits, cheeses and other ghoulish goodies created daily by our master pastry chef. Sparkling cider, signature lemonades, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will also be served.

Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party occurs during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on select nights Aug. 16-Nov. 1, 2019. For more information and to book your reservations, visit one of the pages listed below or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

In-Park Dessert Parties at Walt Disney World Resort

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Epcot – Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot World Showcase

Enjoy a delightful end to your magical day with delectable desserts and spectacular fireworks viewed from a special area, followed by a musical boat ride at Frozen Ever After. Now through Sept. 30 you can bid farewell to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth before it ends its 20 year run to make way for an all-new, limited-time spectacular, “Epcot Forever,” debuting Oct. 1.  

For more information and to book your reservations, visit the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party page or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

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Magic Kingdom Park – Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace 

Feast on delectable desserts before or after enjoying the spectacle of Happily Ever After, Magic Kingdom’s fireworks spectacular, from the comfort of either Tomorrowland Terrace with reserved seating or Plaza Garden right in front of Cinderella Castle. This dessert party occurs nightly throughout the year. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit one of the pages listed below or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Rivers of Light: We Are One Dessert Party

Feast on delectable desserts before soaking up the sights and sounds of Rivers of Light: We Are One from a reserved seating location at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. For more information and to book your reservations, visit the Rivers of Light: We Are One Dessert Party page or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

Calling all Star Wars fans – enjoy special themed treats, a souvenir stein, and an exclusive viewing area of the popular “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with this out-of-this-world dessert party! For more information and to book your reservations, visit the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party page or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience

Please your sweet tooth with a delicious dessert experience while enjoying some of the best seats in the house. Pick up a box of freshly-prepared snacks before heading to a VIP reserved seating area for Fantasmic! Then, just sit back and enjoy your treats while watching the nighttime extravagant musical where the forces of good and evil battle it out in Mickey’s dream. For more information and to book your reservations, visit the Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience page or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

Additional Spectacular Sweet Spots at Walt Disney World Resort

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In addition to the fabulous Disney World dessert party experiences around the parks, there are a few additional sweet dining experiences at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Seven Seas Lagoon near Magic Kingdom Park! For more information on each of these events and to make your reservations, visit their respective pages below or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

Note: All showtimes, experiences, and menus listed above are subject to change without notice.

Have you ever tried a Disney World dessert party? Which one is your favorite experience?

8 Restaurants Where You Can Enjoy Brunch at Disney Springs

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always down for brunch! My friends and I love getting together on the weekends to catch up with delicious food and drinks. Lucky for us, Disney Springs always has an amazing line up of brunch offerings and they’ve recently added a few new options to the mix that keep us coming back for more! From classic breakfast favorites to sweet or savory dishes, they have it all. Here are the restaurants that serve brunch at Disney Springs:

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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar 

The all-new Bayou Brunch at House of Blues Restaurant & Bar is a can’t miss experience for the whole family! This buffet-style brunch is filled with southern classics like biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, crawfish étouffée, salads, and more. Other can’t miss favorites included the made-to-order omelet station, chicken and pork tacos and their amazing bourbon bread pudding. The best part? The live music from Brown Bag Brass Band, a New Orleans-inspired jazz band playing classic tunes and Dixieland favorites while you enjoy the tastes and sounds of the bayou. Bayou Brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

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Terralina Crafted Italian

Terralina Crafted Italian recently added Breakfast Pizza, Egg Frittata, Steak and Eggs, and over-the-top Bloody Marys to their menu. Available every Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

On Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., enjoy the Rise & Shine Southern Brunch menu featuring southern comfort foods like the Hush Puppy Benedict, House-Made Doughnuts, Hallelujah Biscuit, and more. (This is one of our personal favorites)

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Wine Bar George

Offering Wine Country Brunch every Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m., Wine Bar George is the place to brunch for the new Friezling made with DOLE Whip® Lime and cocktails by the carafe. Dishes include favorites such as Steak and Eggs Frites, French Toast, a Wine Country Omelet and more. 

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Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante 

Let your taste buds take flight to the bellissimo island of Sicily on Sundays from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Maria & Enzo’s! Find everything from indulgent Nutella Stuffed French Toast to a flavorful Braised Beef Shortrib Ragu or relish signature favorites like the Lasagna Bolognese or Pasta Carbonara.

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 The Edison

Just across the way at The Edison, you’ll find bottomless mimosas and sangria on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for $25 a person. Pair it with a delicious signature burger or one of their new desserts (I recommend the Triple Chocolate Voltage Cake) and you have the ultimate #TreatYourSelf meal. 

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Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant

The Rollicking Raglan Brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m. and features authentic Irish music, food, drink and live entertainment. The menu is brimming with Irish treats including the Full Irish Breakfast, Pancakes Diaspora with crème fraiche, maple syrup and berry compote and Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes.

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STK Orlando

Indulge in decadent dishes like Cinnamon Monkey Bread and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes in STK Orlando’s upscale atmosphere. A la carte brunch options and special brunch beverages are available every Saturday and Sunday.

Ready to make a reservation for brunch at Disney Springs? Call 407-WDW-DINE or make a reservation here; some venues also accept bookings via the Open Table app.

Book Your Early 2021 Disney Cruise Beginning October 3, 2019

Early 2021 Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise Line has just announced their sailings for the beginning of 2021 so you can view departure ports and itineraries for an early 2021 Disney Cruise and even book your cruise beginning Thursday, October 3, 2019.

In early 2021, Disney Cruise Line plans to return to New Orleans, giving you even more opportunities to sail from the Crescent City with your family in early 2021. A limited-time engagement with cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including visits to Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay, highlight Disney Cruise Line’s early 2021 lineup of popular itineraries, while voyages will continue across the fleet to tropical destinations from Galveston, Texas; San Diego, California and both Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida. 

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The Disney Wonder Returns to New Orleans

On sailings from New Orleans, you can experience the flavors and flair of the Big Easy both onboard the Disney Wonder and ashore. The sounds and sights of New Orleans will come to life at Tiana’s Place restaurant, where your family is transported to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations with live music and other surprises inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog.” Before or after your cruise, savor the city’s distinct cuisine, visit family-friendly museums and parks, and take in the sounds of world-renowned live jazz music. 

The series of magical voyages from New Orleans kicks off in late January 2021 with a pair of four- and five-night cruises to the Western Caribbean. The five-night voyage includes a visit to Progreso, Mexico, a new port of call for Disney Cruise Line on the Yucatan Peninsula. This quaint town is filled with treasures for your family to explore together, from ancient Mayan ruins to hidden swimming holes filled with crystal-clear water. 

Three seven-night sailings to the Bahamas with a stop at Castaway Cay, plus a 14-night Panama Canal cruise, round out the departures from the Crescent City in early 2021.

The Disney Wonder sails from San Diego to Baja and the Mexican Riviera with visits to Cabo San Lucas, a Mexican destination famous for its dramatic rock formations, white-sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Popular Itineraries from Texas and California on the Disney Wonder

The Disney Wonder will also return to the popular home ports of Galveston and San Diego in early 2021. On sailings from Texas, you can enjoy the white-sand beaches of the Western Caribbean on a series of four- and six-night cruises to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. One seven-night departure will feature stops at Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay. 

Following the season in New Orleans, the Disney Wonder heads to the West Coast for a variety of sailings to Baja and the Mexican Riviera departing from San Diego. On cruises ranging from three to seven nights, your family can hunt for gold aboard a pirate ship in Cabo San Lucas, embark on an off-road adventure in Ensenada or sunbathe on glittering sand beaches. 

Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island paradise in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. In a setting of crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and lush landscapes, the 1,000-acre island offers one-of-a-kind areas and activities for every member of the family. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Bahamian and Caribbean Getaways from Florida on the Disney Magic, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Dream

Disney Cruise Line will have three ships sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida in early 2021, and every cruise includes a day at Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay. This award-winning destination, reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, is the ultimate escape for everyone in your family. A day at Castaway Cay offers opportunities for adventure and relaxation in a lush, tropical setting filled with classic Disney storytelling.

  • From Miami, the Disney Magic will sail three-, four- and five-night Bahamian and Western Caribbean cruises
  • From Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries
  • From Port Canaveral, the Disney Dream will sail three- and four-night Bahamian cruises

With a variety of options from Florida, your family can experience spectacular cruises full of fun and relaxation – featuring Broadway-style shows, immersive themed dining, imaginative kids clubs, character encounters and spaces for everyone in your family. 

You can view all of the details for the early 2021 Disney Cruise Line sailings below including itineraries, dates, and more.

The Caribbean

Whether you’re looking for a short escape or a relaxing weeklong vacation at sea, our Early 2021 Caribbean lineup has you covered!

WESTERN CARIBBEAN

2021 Disney Wonder 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston:
Departure Dates: 1/11 and 1/22

Day 1: Galveston, Texas
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Galveston, Texas

2021 Disney Wonder 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans:
Departure Date: 2/1

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: New Orleans, Louisiana

2021 Disney Magic 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami:  
Departure Dates: 1/9, 1/23, 2/20, 3/20 and 4/17

Day 1: Miami, Florida  
Day 2: At Sea  
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico 
Day 4: At Sea 
Day 5: Disney Castaway Cay  
Day 6: Miami, Florida

2021 Disney Magic 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami:
Departure Dates: 2/6, 3/6, 4/3 and 5/1

Day 1: Miami, Florida 
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 6: Miami, Florida

2021 Disney Wonder 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans:
Departure Date: 1/27

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Progreso, Mexico
Day 4: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: New Orleans, Louisiana

2021 Disney Wonder 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston:  
Departure Date: 1/5

Day 1: Galveston, Texas 
Day 2: At Sea 
Day 3: At Sea 
Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5: Cozumel, Mexico 
Day 6: At Sea 
Day 7: Galveston, Texas 

2021 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral:  
Departure Dates: 1/2, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24 and 5/8

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida 
Day 2: At Sea 
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico 
Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5: Falmouth, Jamaica 
Day 6: At Sea 
Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay 
Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida

EASTERN CARIBBEAN

2021 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral:
Departure Dates: 1/9, 1/23, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1 and 5/15

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Day 5: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral:
Departure Date: 2/6

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Phillipsburg, St. Maarten
Day 5: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida


The Bahamas

Jump-start your tropical Bahamian getaway from Port Canaveral, Miami, Galveston or New Orleans. Select itineraries will whisk you off to a variety of idyllic destinations, including Disney Castaway Cay, our private island paradise.

2021 Disney Dream 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral:  
Departure Dates: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21 and 5/28

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Magic 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami:
Departure Date: 5/6

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: Key West, Florida
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: Miami, Florida

2021 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral:
Departure Dates: 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 and 5/31

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral:
Departure Date: 1/11

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 3: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral:
Departure Dates: 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Nassau, Bahamas
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral:  
Departure Date: 3/22

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida 
Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay 
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Magic 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami:
Departure Date: 1/14

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 5: Miami, Florida

2021 Disney Magic 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami:
Departure Dates: 1/28, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25 and 4/22

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: Key West, Florida
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 5: Miami, Florida

2021 Disney Magic 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami:   
Departure Dates: 2/11 and 4/8

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: At Sea 
Day 5: Miami, Florida

2021 Disney Magic 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami:
Departure Dates: 1/4 and 2/15

Day 1: Miami, Florida 
Day 2: Key West, Florida
Day 3: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: Miami, Florida  

2021 Disney Magic 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami:  
Departure Dates: 1/18, 2/1, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12 and 4/26

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Key West, Florida
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 6: Miami, Florida

2021 Disney Wonder 7-Night Bahamian Cruise from Galveston:  
Departure Date: 1/15

Day 1: Galveston, Texas
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Key West, Florida
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Galveston, Texas

2021 Disney Wonder 7-Night Bahamian Cruise from New Orleans:  
Departure Date: 2/12

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana
Day 2: At Sea 
Day 3: Key West, Florida
Day 4: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 5: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: New Orleans, Louisiana

2021 Disney Wonder 7-Night Bahamian Cruise from New Orleans:
Departure Dates: 2/5 and 2/19

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Key West, Florida
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: New Orleans, Louisiana


Baja and Mexican Riviera

Choose from a handful of round-trip Mexican escapes departing from San Diego, a laid-back, coastal city worth touring before or after your cruise.

2021 Disney Wonder 3-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego:
Departure Date: 3/12

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Ensenada, Mexico
Day 4: San Diego, California

2021 Disney Wonder 3-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego:
Departure Dates: 4/23 and 4/30

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: Ensenada, Mexico
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: San Diego, California

2021 Disney Wonder 4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego:
Departure Date: 3/15

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Catalina Island, California
Day 4: Ensenada, Mexico
Day 5: San Diego, California

2021 Disney Wonder 4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego:
Departure Date: 3/24

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: Catalina Island, California
Day 3: Ensenada, Mexico
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: San Diego, California

2021 Disney Wonder 4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego:
Departure Dates: 4/7, 4/26 and 5/3

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: San Diego, California

2021 Disney Wonder 5-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego:
Departure Dates: 3/19, 3/28, 4/2, 4/18 and 5/7

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Ensenada, Mexico
Day 6: San Diego, California

2021 Disney Wonder 7-Night Mexican Riviera Cruise from San Diego:
Departure Date: 4/11

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Day 4: Mazatlán, Mexico
Day 5: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: San Diego, California


Pacific Coast

Soak up the sights and sounds of California in San Diego and San Francisco before making your way to Canada, where you’ll encounter an exciting blend of outdoor and cosmopolitan adventures in the maritime cities of Victoria and Vancouver.

2021 Disney Wonder 5-Night Pacific Coast Cruise from San Diego ending in Vancouver:
Departure Date: 5/12

Day 1: San Diego, California
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: San Francisco, California
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Victoria (British Columbia), Canada
Day 6: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada


Panama Canal

Explore the charms of New Orleans before you embark on this 14-night cruise to San Diego. You’ll pass through the famous Panama Canal and enjoy plenty of sightseeing in exotic locations throughout Mexico and beyond.

2021 Disney Wonder 14-Night Westbound Panama Canal Cruise from New Orleans ending in San Diego:
Departure Date: 2/26

Day 1: New Orleans, Louisiana
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: Cartagena, Colombia
Day 7: Panama Canal
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: At Sea
Day 10: At Sea
Day 11: At Sea
Day 12: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Day 13: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Day 14: At Sea
Day 15: San Diego, California

Early 2021 Disney Cruise Line bookings open to the public Thursday, October 3, 2019.

Plus, if you book your early 2021 Disney cruise with Siera by October 31, 2019, you will receive your choice of an onboard credit or in-room gift! Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com today for more information.

14 Tips for Disney World Water Parks to Help You Make the Most of Your Day

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Walt Disney World Resort is home to two amazing water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, each with unique storytelling all their own!  There is a lot of fun stuff to see and do at the Disney World water parks, so you may need some tips to help you get the most out of your visit. Follow these tips and you’ll leave the Disney World water parks relaxed and filled with enough memories to last you a lifetime.

Here are fourteen tips for visiting Disney World Water Parks!

1. Choose a Family Meeting Spot – If you’re spending the day with a group, it is always a good idea to choose a meeting spot or home base that everyone in your party can go back to throughout the day. Some of my favorite meeting spots include the Beachcomber Shacks and Getaway Glen Umbrellas at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and the Polar Patios and Lodge Umbrellas at Disney’s Blizzard Beach. You can reserve any of these spaces by calling (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.

2. Stay Hydrated – At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, there is beautiful weather almost all year long! Whether it’s summer or fall, it’s important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. The Disney World water parks offer special refillable mugs for purchase that let you quench your thirst at any drink station throughout your day.  

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3. Eat ALL the Food – Both Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon have some seriously delicious menu items that you won’t want to miss.  From chocolate-dipped key lime pie and guacamole flights to plant-based bratwurst sandwiches, there is something for everyone. Adults can also enjoy specialty drinks, beer and wine. My top picks? The Fish Tacos from Typhoon Tilly’s at Typhoon Lagoon, the Blizzard Burger from Lottawatta Lodge at Blizzard Beach and the mini donuts, which are available at both parks! 

4. Pack Light – Packing up a beach bag with all the essentials can be a hassle, especially when you are visiting from out of state. One of the things guests love about the Disney World water parks is that you can rent towels and umbrellas for the day. That means less bulky items to carry and less laundry when you get back home – it’s a win-win! Pro tip: Walt Disney World Resort guests receive complimentary towels at the water parks.

5. Plan A Visit That Compliments Your Vacation Itinerary – The Disney World water parks make a great addition to any Disney vacation and can easily fit into your busy itinerary. Plan a full day at the water parks or visit for a few hours- the choice is yours! Personally, I love spending a full day at one of our water parks and ending the night at Disney Springs!  

6. Use the Walt Disney World Bus Service – Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel? Make sure to take advantage of the Walt Disney World Bus Service, a convenient and complementary way to get to and from the Disney World water parks. If you plan on driving yourself, there is complimentary parking. 

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7. Worry Less About Taking The Perfect Picture – Have you heard of Disney PhotoPass? Helping you capture professional photos of your vacation, Disney PhotoPass photographers let you focus on having fun and worry less about getting the perfect shot. If you do decide to take your own pictures, I recommend purchasing a waterproof bag to protect your phone and easily carry it around the park. You can find waterproof bags in Singapore Sal’s at Typhoon Lagoon and Beach Haus at Blizzard Beach.  Make sure to share all your Disney Water Parks pictures using the hashtags, #DisneyWaterParks, #TyphoonLagoon and #BlizzardBeach. 

8. Save With the Park Hopper Plus Ticket Option – In my option, the Park Hopper Plus Option is a MUST when planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. In addition to admission to multiple Disney theme parks in one day, the Park Hopper Plus Option also includes a visit to other iconic Disney venues such as both Disney World water parks and both miniature golf courses! It’s a great value, especially if you’re trying to see and do it all while you’re here.

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9. Learn To Surf at Typhoon Lagoon – If you have ever wanted to learn how to surf or you are an experienced surfer who wants to catch some waves while you’re on vacation, make sure to go to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon one morning. That’s where you can participate in surfing programs in state-of-the-art wave pool that creates the perfect wave every time and offers the perfect venue for surfing, no matter what your skill level. The best part? Classes take place before the park opens! 

10. Wear Lots of Sunscreen – When you’re having fun, it’s easy to forget to put on sunscreen. Make sure to apply it multiple times throughout the day and spend time in the shade to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. You can purchase sunscreen in Singapore Sal’s at Typhoon Lagoon or Beach Haus at Blizzard Beach. 

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11. Meet Your Favorite Characters – The four theme parks aren’t the only places to meet your favorite Disney characters. You can spend time with Goofy at Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Lilo and Stich at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon during your next visit to the Disney World water parks.

12. Annual Pass – The Disney World Water Parks Annual Pass includes a year of admission to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach and an endless amount of fun!  If you plan on going to the Disney World Water Parks more than once in one year, you’ll definitely want to check this out.

13. Unplug From the Real World – The Disney World Water Parks make it easy for you to unplug and focus your attention on enjoying the moment and spending time with your friends and loved ones. If you like, you can easily rent a locker to securely keep all of your electronic devices out of mind and out of sight. A day of relaxation and fun awaits you! 

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14. Dress the Part – Part of the fun of visiting Walt Disney World Resort is the chance to incorporate your favorite Disney characters into your personal style. From towels and swimwear to clothing and thoughtful souvenirs, Blizzard Beach’s Beach Haus and Typhoon Lagoon’ Singapore Sal’s have everything you need for a Disney-inspired fashion moment at our water parks.  

Bonus: If you’re visiting during the summer, be sure to consider H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon. This special ticket event offers exclusive nighttime fun at the water park.

What are your favorite tips and ways to enjoy the Disney World water parks?

Complete List of Arendelle Aqua Treats You Can Find at Disney Parks

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Guide to Arendelle Aqua Treats at Disney Parks (Photo: Disney)

Complete List of Arendelle Aqua Treats You Can Find at Disney World & Disneyland

Calling all “Frozen” fans – celebrate the latest color collection, Arendelle Aqua, inspired by the Academy Award-winning animated feature, “Frozen” from Walt Disney Animation Studios at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts with special treats that just happen to go perfectly with the new line of merchandise that’s now available!

That’s right, all of the beautiful spirit jerseys, headbands, shirts, tumblers, and phone cases you see in these pictures can be found at various merchandise locations at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort as well as shopDisney.com.

Now back to the food – these yummy items are definitely worth melting for, and they’re all available now. So, come on out and try them for yourself! Here’s your Guide to everything Arendelle Aqua. 

Walt Disney World Resort
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Magic Kingdom

  • Arendelle Aqua Cone (Available at Storybook Treats) – Cotton candy soft-serve topped with sugar Mickeys and cotton candy sugar
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Epcot

  • Arendelle Aqua Lemonade (Block & Hans) – Frozen Lemonade with cotton candy flavor and blackberry moonshine
  • Frozen Arendelle Aqua Lemonade (non-alcoholic, Norway Beer Cart) – Frozen Lemonade with passionfruit and pineapple
  • Arendelle Aqua Frozen Lemonade (non-alcoholic, Sunshine Seasons) – Frozen Lemonade with cotton candy flavor
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  • Arendelle Aqua Cupcake (Sunshine Seasons) – Chocolate-hazelnut cupcake topped with buttercream
  • Arendelle Aqua Victoria Sponge Cake (Yorkshire County Fish Shop) – sponge cake with aqua buttercream
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Disney Springs

  • Arendelle Aqua Cuvée (Amorette’s Patisserie) – Fairytale Champagne with chocolate Minnie Mouse topper
  • Arendelle Aqua Punch (Daily Poutine) – Coconut rum, peach schnapps, blue curaçao, and artic swirl Odwalla lemonade
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Resorts

  • Arendelle Aqua Sugar Drop Donuts (Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort) – Two sweet cake donuts topped with blue fondant glaze and a winter sugar crystal mix
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  • Aqua Pearl Cupcake (available starting Sept. 15 at Everything POP Shopping and Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort) – Chocolate cupcake with blue cotton candy marshmallow cream center, cotton candy buttercream, milk chocolate ears, crispy pearls, sugar, and glitter
  • Aqua Sparkle Cupcake (available starting Sept. 15 ay Riverside Mill Food Court and Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort) – Chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate salted caramel mousse and topped with aqua and white vanilla buttercream, blue crispy pearls, and sparkly milk chocolate ears
  • Arendelle Aqua Cotton Candy Éclair (Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) – Éclair filled with cotton candy mousse and raspberry curd
  • Arendelle Aqua Cake (Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort) –Vanilla cake filled with blueberry jam
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  • Worth Melting For (Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge) – Vodka, blue curaçao, tropical-flavored syrup, pineapple juice, and sour
  • Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake (Kona Café Coffee Bar at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort) – Lemon blueberry cheesecake with blueberry compote, graham cracker crust, chocolate shell, and micro orchids
  • Ice Elixir (Oasis and Barefoot Pool Bars at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort) – Gin, blue curaçao, lemon, and pineapple
Disneyland Resort
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Disneyland Park

  • Arendelle Aqua Macaron (Jolly Holiday Bakery Café) – Mickey-shaped macaron with buttercream and blueberries and cream filling
  • Arendelle Aqua Linzer Cookie (Market House) – Mickey-shaped cookie with a snowflake-shaped center, mixed berry jam, and chocolate ganache
  • Arendelle Aqua Churro (Town Square Churro Cart) – Churro dusted with aqua sugar
  • Arendelle Aqua Mickey Balloon Premium Popcorn Bucket (Popcorn Cart near Sleeping Beauty Castle)
  • Arendelle Aqua Cake Pop (Candy Palace, Hunny Spot) – Vanilla cake pop
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Disney California Adventure Park

  • Arendelle Aqua Macaron (Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café and Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream) – Mickey-shaped macaron with buttercream and blueberries and cream filling
  • Arendelle Aqua Mickey Balloon Premium Popcorn Bucket (Hyperion Popcorn Cart)
  • Arendelle Aqua Cake Pop (Trolley Treats, Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff) – Vanilla cake pop
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Downtown Disney District

  • Arendelle Aqua Cake Pop (Marceline’s Confectionery) – Vanilla cake pop coated with black raspberry white chocolate

For more information on all of these items – visit the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort websites or check out the Disneyland app or the My Disney Experience mobile app for Walt Disney World Resort. Happy snacking! 

Enchanted Rose Lounge Coming to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa This Fall

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Disney recently announced a new “Beauty and the Beast”-inspired lounge coming to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Located on the second floor of the lobby, this re-imagined lounge will be called the Enchanted Rose Lounge and will celebrate the magic and romance of Disney’s popular live-action movie.

Featuring four unique spaces inspired by Belle and the Beast, you’ll find charm and elegance around every corner. The lounge includes a chandelier inspired by Belle’s flowing ball gown as well as a formal library that will showcase classical baroque designs and French furnishing. A garden room will take its inspiration from the enchanted forest surrounding the castle, and an outdoor patio will evoke the romance of Beast’s garden terrace. 

Enchanted Rose Lounge will feature a delicious menu with a variety of shareable bites. Snack on an artisanal cheese selection with pine nut bread and raisins or enjoy an exquisite dish of white sturgeon caviar served with egg timbale, crème fraiche, and chives. 

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In addition, you could try the Mini Smoked Short Rib Sliders with glacier blue cheese and onion marmalade on brioche buns. Or if seafood is more your style, you can order the Espelette Pepper-Spiced Shrimp or Octopus a la Plancha with black olives, blistered tomatoes, and fingerling potatoes. There’s also the Crab and Gnocchetti Gratin, which comes with jumbo lump crab, gnocchetti sardi, robiola bosina mornay, and citrus breadcrumbs.

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Other options include truffle fries as well as a house-made flatbread pizza featuring charred broccolini, seasonal mushrooms, fennel sausage, ricotta salata, and tomato confits.

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On the beverage menu is a variety of beverages including cocktails and martinis as well as spirits, beer, cider and even a few non-alcoholic options for guests of all ages. Featured cocktails include beverages such as the Island Rose with grapefruit and rose vodka, lime, orgeat, pineapple, bitters, and rose water. You can also sip on the Lavender Fog (dry gin, crème de violette, English breakfast tea, vanilla, and cream) or the Garden Daisy (tequila, midori, lime, egg white, and cucumber). The lounge will also be pouring an extensive collection of wine and Champagne by the glass. 

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Non-alcoholic options include a Garden Cocktail (non-alcoholic spirit, lime juice, agave nectar, and soda)  as well as the B&B (fresh-brewed iced tea, lemon, blueberry, and basil) and the Rosemary Cooler (Odwalla lemonade, vanilla, and rosemary).

Enchanted Rose Lounge will open this fall at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Heading to Disney World this fall to check out the new Enchanted Rose Lounge? Don’t miss The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival or Halloween celebrations.