5 Exciting Things Planned for Universal Orlando Resort in 2020

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The last few years have brought a lot of growth and change to Universal Orlando Resort. From new ground-breaking attractions and entertainment to new restaurants that are elevating theme-park dining, the parks keep getting bigger and better. Not to mention the opening of new hotels and big game-changers to the theme park industry like Universal’s Volcano Bay and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And, best of all, there’s still so much to look forward to at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020!

The Bourne Stuntacular – New!

Opening Spring 2020

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It’s all there in the name, folks. STUNTS. And I’m not just talking your typical flying-through-a-glass-door stunt. This live-action show is putting you right smack dab in the middle of the action you’ve seen from Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne films. I recently got a download on the details and from what I’ve heard and seen glances of, this show is going to make you say things like, “Wait! How’d they do that?” Read more here and stay tuned for more details.

Running Universal – New!

5K & 10K – Feb. 1 & 2, 2020

Does your ultimate exercise routine involve running alongside a Minion? Then get ready for Universal’s first-ever Epic Character Race 5K and 10K. You’ll run through the parks with your favorite characters and finish with a really cool medal and bragging rights. Bananas are encouraged. Register now!

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites – New!

Opening March 17, 2020

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No need to fret about where to stay for your upcoming Orlando vacay. I’ve got the perfect place for you and your family. Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites is bringing a relaxing shore vibe to Universal Orlando this spring, complete with 2-Bedroom suites at a value that fits your family budget. Book your stay today.

Universal’s Mardi Gras – 25 Years of Partying

Every Night Feb. 1 – April 2, 2020

Twenty-five years of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida makes for one heck of a bead collection. We’re celebrating with live performances by chart-topping artists, a nightly parade themed to Treasures of the Deep, new Cajun dishes, live entertainment in the French Quarter Courtyard, and — of course — BEADS!

Halloween Horror Nights – 30 Years of Horror

Select Nights Sept. 10 – Nov. 1, 2020

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Ah, Halloween Horror Nights. Just when we think you can’t get any better, you prove us wrong.The horror, scares, and fear you inflict on both your diehard fans and unsuspecting first-time victims grows on a more grand scale with every passing year. 2020 marks the 30 years of the world’s premier Halloween event, and I can’t wait to see what — or who’s — lurking in the shadows.

What’s Ahead…

Wow! Let’s all take a minute and absorb those celebrations and new experiences to check out at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020. It’s going to be a busy year. BUT I’m not stopping there and neither is Universal Orlando! There’s even more in store for you like:

We’ll see you at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020!

2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Celebrates Spring with Garden Rocks Concerts, Topiaries and More

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Epcot’s longest-running annual festival – the 2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – is revving up to be a show stopper, with a Garden RocksConcert Series talent lineup like never before. New to the Garden Rocks Concert Series on the America Gardens Theatre stage this year are Daughtry, Don McLean and other luminaries of various musical genres – so mark your calendars now!

  • March 4-5 – Peabo Bryson NEW
  • March 13-16 – Simple Plan
  • March 17-19 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • March 20-23 – Mark Wills NEW to Garden Rocks
  • March 24-26 – The Spinners
  • March 27-28 – Sister Hazel
  • March 29-30 – The Pointer Sisters
  • March 31-April 2 – Former Journey Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
  • April 3-4 – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • April 5-6 – Exposé
  • April 7-9 – Berlin
  • April 19-20 – Rick Springfield
  • April 24-27 – Plain White T’s
  • April 28-30 – Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
  • May 1-2 – Don McLean NEW
  • May 5-7 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett NEW
  • May 8-9 – Thelma Houston NEW
  • May 10-11 – The Allman Betts Band NEW to Garden Rocks
  • May 15-18 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 19-21 – Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot NEW to Garden Rocks
  • May 24-25 – Daughtry NEW
  • May 26-28 – Marshall Tucker Band
  • May 31-June 1 – Survivor

See a favorite band or a new one you don’t want to miss? One of the best ways to join the concert fun is to book a Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package for one of the shows at 5:30, 6:45 or 8 p.m. Each package includes breakfast, lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants and guaranteed concert seating. Reservations are available now.

The music is surely gonna get you, and that’s not all. The festival presents a kaleidoscope of colorful blooms, topiaries and gardens designed to inspire wonder and whispers of “how’d they do that?!” The brand-new Remy topiary will be unveiled as the centerpiece of a Ratatouille Garden at the France pavilion, where the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction will open in summer 2020. The floral Remy will be surrounded by a colorful garden of veggies that comprise ingredients of a ratatouille recipe.

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It wouldn’t be a festival without fabulous food, and the event’s 17 Outdoor Kitchens plus other food-and-beverage stops will tickle your taste buds. Florida fans will delight in some of the state’s namesake flavors at three different kitchens: honey-laced treats at The Honey Bee-stro, citrus-based marvels at The Citrus Blossom, and sweet and savory delights at Florida Fresh

Elsewhere across the park, lush swaths of bright blossoms, floating gardens, flower towers and more whimsical topiaries will brighten the landscape. Watch for stunning topiary depictions of celebrated heroines like Anna and Elsa, rough-and-ready Toy Story hero Buzz Lightyear, beloved Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, and fairy-tale wonders like Tinker BellSnow White and Bambi. At the Goodness Garden Butterfly House, hundreds of winged beauties will take flight. Nearby at the Play Full Garden, families can celebrate spring at a unique playground experience.  

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Fans of behind-the-scenes tours won’t want to miss booking a Gardens of the World Tour – Spring Edition; an English Tea Garden Tour at the United Kingdom pavilion; or a Behind the Seeds! guided walk through The Land pavilion’s fish farm and four greenhouses. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival began in 1994 as a 38-day celebration of Disney-style gardens and topiaries. The event now flourishes as a 90-day celebration of spring with something for everyone in the family. Follow the Disney Parks Blog for updates and more details. The 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, including Garden Rocks concerts and all gardens and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission. Visit FreshEpcot.com or call (407) W-DISNEY for more information.

Heading to Epcot before the spring? Be sure to check out the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in January and February!

An All-New Magic Happens Parade to Debut at Disneyland Park on February 28, 2020

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Exciting news! The all-new Magic Happens parade will make its debut at Disneyland park, beginning Feb. 28, 2020.

“Magic Happens” celebrates awe-inspiring moments of magic that are at the heart of so many Disney stories. Mickey Mouse leads this new daytime spectacular down Main Street, U.S.A., revealing a parade of stunning floats, beautiful costumes and beloved Disney characters. “Magic Happens” will also feature an energetic musical score and a new song, co-composed by singer-songwriter Todrick Hall.

Here are some highlights of the new Magic Happens parade, including a few more sneak peeks:

From Walt Disney Animation Studios’ record-breaking hit “Frozen 2,” Anna and Elsa explore the mysteries of an enchanted forest protected by Nokk, the mystical water spirit, as their friends Kristoff, Sven and Olaf tag along.

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On her voyager canoe, Moana journeys forth on the crest of a towering wave, inspired by beautiful koa wood carvings and inset with dazzling, animated glimpses into the magic the ocean holds.

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Joining Moana on her journey is legendary demigod, Maui, making his Disneyland Resort debut on his own magical island, along with Moana’s adorable pet pig, Pua.

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Miguel appears in person for the first time, celebrating the magic that happens when he strums the guitar of Ernesto de la Cruz in the Disney and Pixar film, “Coco.” This spectacular float bridges the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead with vibrant marigolds, and fantastical alebrije spirit animals join the procession, along with Miguel’s dog Danté.

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The regal grand finale of the Magic Happens parade celebrates magical moments from several classic Disney stories, including the happily-ever-after scene from “Sleeping Beauty” with a trio of fairies and Princess Aurora’s gown shimmering between hues of pink and blue.

“Magic Happens” will remind us we don’t need wings to fly, that shooting stars were made to wish upon, and that magic doesn’t stop at midnight.

Heading to Disneyland in early 2020? Don’t miss one of the uniquely themed Disneyland After Dark events!

Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Guided Tour is a Must Do for any Disney Fan

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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There are many who have entered the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy inside Disneyland park, but have you taken the time to look closer at Walt’s original Magic Kingdom in detail? How did Disneyland come to be? Well, to those interested in learning more about this happy place, welcome! Let’s take a closer look at the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour and see how your next visit to the Disneyland Resort could be transformed with this extra magical experience.

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The “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour is a special tour that explores Walt’s crafting of The Happiest Place on Earth—from his early years during park conception to his final visit.

Throughout Disneyland park, the tour stops to reveal special moments from Disneyland’s beginnings, including information about classic attractions. Guests are also able to hear historical fun facts thanks to a special tour headset, which plays archived recordings, including Walt’s opening day speech.

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On the tour, you will encounter magic at historically significant locations throughout the park. For example, when you walk down Main Street, U.S.A., your guide will explain how Walt’s childhood town inspired the design process for his old-fashioned Main Street. Your guide might even share the significance of the names on the windows above. Each person played an important role in the development of Disneyland, including Disney family members, cast members and Imagineers! You will then hop aboard the Disneyland Railroad, where you’ll learn about Walt’s love for locomotives and how it’s seen throughout the parks today. You’ll also stop by the five-ton petrified tree in Frontierland, where you’ll learn why Walt gave this tree to his wife Lillian!

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You’ll also hear inspirational stories from Walt’s upbringing in Marceline, Missouri. For example, you will learn about Walt’s early inspirations for Fantasyland. Walt saw the play “Peter Pan” as a young boy and was inspired by the performance. He was so influenced by the story that he created a flight harness so that he could become Peter Pan, always turning his dreams into reality. Later, in a school performance, Walt took the lead role as Peter Pan and used a hoist and tackle to fly! On the tour, you’ll also learn about his 1958 attraction dedicated to Alice in Wonderland, as well as the opening day attraction King Arthur Carrousel with the famous horse “Jingles.”

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Further along your journey retracing Walt’s footsteps, your guide will whisk you through historic details found inside the plans for the park and will explain how Walt’s persistence towards his goals was made in strides. You will see where Walt experienced many successes, as well as setbacks, leading to the grand opening of Disneyland in 1955. For example, at Central Plaza next to the Partners Statue, you will learn why Walt artistically designed this location to be the central location to the theme park. You’ll also learn how, on opening day – later referred to by some who were there as “Black Sunday” – was just as exciting as it was logistically challenging.

If you’ve ever wondered the significance of the Main Street Opera House, then you are in luck! You will browse through the amazing galleries of photos and artwork on the walls, while your guide explains their significance to Walt’s vision for the resort. After a showing of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, you will be able to better understand the true meaning of liberty in the eyes of Walt himself.

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The tour is filled with wonderful surprises along the way, too, including the chance to experience classic attractions that connect with Walt’s very personal vision for the park. For even more magic, you will also take home an impressive collectible pin, alongside your own personalized button! Opening like a small book, the pin includes an inspirational quote from Walt Disney.

Here are some things you should know about the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour:

  • The tour is approximately three-hours long.
  • Depending on the time of day, you will end the tour with a delicious lunch or dinner on Main Street U.S.A., provided for all tour participants by the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.
  • Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.
  • Tour or tour elements are also subject to cancellation without notice due to, and without limitation to, attraction availability, inclement weather or other conditions.

For pricing and booking information, call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at Disneyland.com.

Looking for more unique Disneyland fun? Don’t miss Disneyland After Dark!

*Attractions and entertainment are subject to availability and may change without notice.

Top 10 Frozen Experiences at Disneyland Resort in California

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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The heart-warming tale of the unstoppable sisters Anna and Elsa continues in the recently released “Frozen 2” film. This holiday season, see “Frozen 2” now in theaters and come experience the magic of “Frozen” and “Frozen 2” with these ten Frozen experiences at Disneyland Resort:

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1. Travel to Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome at the Disney Animation building and meet the loving sisters who are now appearing in their new looks inspired by the recently released “Frozen 2” film.

2. Catch the sensational theatrical production of “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” giving you a chance to relive the story of the first movie. For a limited time, a special look at moments from “Frozen 2” will be presented prior to the production.

3. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Learn to “build” Olaf in a unique class taught by a Disney artist at the Animation Academy. The finished piece of art makes for a unique holiday season souvenir. And, beginning in December, guests can come nose-to-carrot with this lovable character and get a warm hug.

4. Experience the return of “World of Color – Season of Light” featuring favorite “Frozen” characters. Watch as young Anna and Elsa play in the snow with Olaf trailing along, and feel the love as Anna and Kristoff kiss at the end of a scene that features the holiday classic, “Baby, it’s Cold Outside.”

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At Disneyland Park

5. Enjoy “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, which includes appearances by Anna, Elsa and Olaf bidding you a warm winter welcome from their magical “Frozen” float.

6. Head to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where young royalty-in-training can transform into Anna and Elsa with hairstyles, outfits, makeup, nail polish and accessories inspired by both films. To reserve this package, visit Disneyland.com or call 714 -781-STYLE (714-781-7895). Separate theme park admission is required.

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At the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

7. Guests staying at one of the three on-property hotels can give the gift of a “Frozen”-themed in-room celebration from Disney Floral and Gifts. To add to your magical stay, this package includes a “Frozen” door banner, snowflake confetti, pillow blanket, tote, light-up lanyards, autograph book and more. 

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Around the Disneyland Resort

8. Dance around the park or at home as you enjoy the sounds from the new movie with the Frozen 2 Official Playlist, a specially-curated Apple Music® playlist within the Play Disney Parks app.

9. Celebrate your love for “Frozen” with something to take home as a souvenir! Items include Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sven plush; ornaments, apparel, drinkware and pins ­– plus new roleplay inspired by Anna and Elsa. You can also show off your “Frozen” fandom with the latest Arendelle Aqua collection inspired by the films with headwear, accessories and men’s and women’s apparel.

10. Add to the “Frozen” magic with specialty eats and treats! An Arendelle Aqua Mickey-shaped macaron with buttercream, blueberries and cream filling can be found at Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream in Disney California Adventure park, and at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland park. Additionally, a fun Sven sipper can now be found at Red Rose Taverne and Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland park, and at the Hyperion cart at Disney California Adventure park.

Check out the video below to see the “Frozen” fun at the Disneyland Resort: 

Ready to book your Disneyland vacation so your family can enjoy these Frozen experiences at Disneyland? Head on over to the Disneyland Resort to warm your hearts with these magical “Frozen” experiences!

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Top 5 Ways Disney Cruise Line Brings Disney Films to Life Onboard

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Aboard each of Disney Cruise Line’s cruises, Disney films come to life in unique and surprising ways. Whether you’re a fan of classic and live-action Disney films, Disney-Pixar, Star Wars or Marvel, here are just some of the ways to become immersed in your favorite stories on your next Disney cruise vacation. Here are our five favorite ways Disney Cruise Line brings Disney films to life onboard.

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Youth Spaces

On every Disney ship, there’s an entire deck of spaces designed to inspire and entertain your children! Disney’s Oceaneer Club will transport your kids to places like Andy’s Room inspired by “Toy Story” and Frozen Adventures themed to the “Frozen” films. Kids can even meet some of their favorite Marvel Super Heroes or join the rebel alliance and pilot the Millennium Falcon.

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Restaurants

Mealtimes are memorable experiences on a Disney cruise! Aboard each ship, dinner at Animator’s Palate brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room with scenes and characters from popular Disney and Disney-Pixar films. Experiences may include a visit from Crush, the sea turtle from “Finding Nemo,” a montage of food-themed moments from Disney films, or an animated show about a hero’s journey through Disney and Pixar animation.

At Tiana’s Place restaurant on the Disney Wonder, themed to “The Princess and the Frog,” you’ll enjoy live jazz music and delicious food that draws inspiration from the flavors and ingredients of the Louisiana bayou, plus special touches from the movie like family photos and water-lily-shaped candleholders. On the Disney Magic, dinner at Rapunzel’s Royal Table, inspired by “Tangled,” transports you to the kingdom of Corona to celebrate Rapunzel’s birthday and the anniversary of her return home. You can let your hair down and sing with Flynn Rider while you are eating a feast fit for royalty!

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Musicals

You and your little ones can sing your hearts out to some of the most iconic songs from Disney films while watching our Broadway-style musicals. Shows like “Disney Dreams…An Enchanted Classic” and “The Golden Mickeys” feature favorite characters from Disney films, such as Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Tiana, Anna and Elsa, Cinderella, Ariel, Timon and Pumbaa.

On the Disney Wonder and the Disney Fantasy, you can experience “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” and follow Anna and Elsa on their journey to discover the meaning of sisterhood. On the Disney Dream, you’ll be treated to an original production of “Beauty and the Beast,” inspired by the live action movie, and aboard the Disney Magic, you can sing along with Rapunzel in “Tangled: The Musical” and Cinderella in “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story.”

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Deck Parties

During every Disney cruise, your family can enjoy a lively celebration at one of our spectacular deck parties! On most itineraries, you can live the pirate’s life at our deck party inspired by “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Select cruises also offer a Pixar Pals celebration or a deck party themed to “Frozen” featuring the famous royal sisters of Arendelle and their fun-loving Nordic companions. And when you celebrate Star Wars Day at Sea or Marvel Day at Sea, you’ll be treated to an epic deck show featuring tons of characters from these films.

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Character Encounters

Character encounters are a plenty on each and every Disney cruise! In addition to seeing beloved characters from your favorite Disney films in our youth spaces, dining rooms, stage shows and deck parties, scheduled meet-and-greets take place all throughout the voyage, both on board and on our private island, Castaway Cay.  These character sightings create lasting memories and fantastic photo opportunities for guests of all ages!

To learn more about these fun activities that bring Disney films to life or to book your family’s next Disney cruise vacation, click here.

What are your favorite ways Disney Cruise Line brings Disney films to life?

Top 4 Ways to Treat Yourself on the Disney Fantasy

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Cruising on the Disney Fantasy is the perfect tropical vacation getaway for everyone in your family! With cruises from three to nine nights departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, your family has plenty of options to treat yourself and get some deserved rest and relaxation. Here are the top four ways to treat yourself on the Disney Fantasy during your next sailing.

If your family is setting sail on the Disney Fantasy soon, take a look at some of the ways you can treat yourself on your next family vacation!

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Decadent Desserts

If you’re looking to satiate your sweet tooth, step into Sweet on You! This adorable sweet shop featuring scenes from classic Mickey Mouse shorts takes vintage ice cream parlors to a delicious new level with 20 hand-crafted gelatos, 16 incredible ice cream flavors and 32 toppings. Or if you’re looking for a treat beyond the seemingly endless ice cream combinations, don’t forget to check out the selection of homemade chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, truffles and candy.  

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Spa Treatments

For the ultimate “treat yo’ self” moment on a Disney ship, head over to the Senses Spa & Salon. This spa provides a multitude of offerings, from spa treatments, salon services and luxurious spa villas in an environment that is meant to sooth the senses. Whether you want a facial, massage, manicure or haircut, the Senses Spa & Salon has a way for you to rejuvenate on your next vacation.   

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Adult Spaces 

You don’t have to be on land to have a night out! The Disney Fantasy has an array of nightclubs and lounges in Europa, an area that transforms into a playground for adults each evening. Be transported to Italy in La Piazza, a festive space featuring a colorful bar modeled after a vintage carousel, get a taste of London at The Tube, a British-mod nightclub, or take in the vistas of your favorite cities at SkylineO’Gills Pub gives the sports or craft beer fan in your family the opportunity to share a pint or watch your favorite sports team, while Ooh La La is a champagne bar with elegant décor that is perfect for a romantic night out.

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Fine Dining

On the Disney Fantasy, there’s no better way to treat yourself than with an adults-only meal at a fine dining restaurant! Palo and Remy, two top-deck restaurants with incredible ocean views, rich décor and top-notch cuisine, offer intimate and sophisticated elegance and impeccable service. Whether you dine in the French-inspired Remy or in Palo, known for its modern Italian cuisine, you are sure to walk away with both a full stomach and happy heart!  

What are your family’s favorite ways to treat yourself on the Disney Fantasy?

Not sailing on the Disney Fantasy? We recently shared the top five places where you can enjoy dessert on the Disney Dream.

2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns January 17 – February 24, 2020

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort will kick-off its annual global celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts on January 17 and continue for 39 days through February 24, 2020. The event features visiting artists, an array of foodie delights and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.  

The popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series returns to America Gardens Theatre with three daily performances headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows. This year’s talent-rich lineup includes Kissy Simmons, who starred as Nala in “The Lion King,” and Kevin Massey of “Tarzan.” The show-stopping schedule currently features:  

  • Jan. 17, 20, 21, 24 and 25 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”) 
  • Jan. 18, 19, 22, 23 and 25 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee 
  • Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”) 
  • Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
  • Additional January and February performances still to be announced. 

All shows are included with theme park admission. The best way to experience a performance is by reserving a Disney on Broadway Dining Package, which guarantees seating for one show on the day of the dining experience. 

Premium festival experiences that include Paint with a Disney Artist and the World Showcase: Destinations Discovered guided tour are also available to guests for a fee. 

Dining packages and workshops are now available to book by visiting ArtfulEpcot.com or calling (407) WDW-Fest for more information.

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More to See, Do and Eat During the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

  • Indulge in new culinary fun at the Le Cellier Brunch in the Canada pavilion, a leisurely prix fixe bounty each Saturday and Sunday in the relaxing Canadian chateau. Reservations required. 
  • Explore the Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush, green environment built for exploring. 
  • Jump into photo-ops located throughout Epcot, such as the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion where guests can flap their fins in Mermaid Lagoon or get their pirate on at Skull Rock.
  • Grab a paintbrush and add color to a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza. 
  • Join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art in each World Showcase pavilion.  
  • Marvel at and purchase works by Disney’s iconic artists in displays throughout World Showcase.  
  • Watch visiting artists as they create new pieces, from Disney-inspired works to creative art across diverse mediums.
  • Create festival-inspired T-shirts and candles.

Are you heading to the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts? It’s not too late to book your trip today!

Top 5 Things to Do on a Very MerryTime Cruise

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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After embarking recently on my first Very Merrytime cruise aboard the Disney Dream, let me tell you – I think I have found a new holiday tradition for my family! If you’re anything like me and will gladly trade in white snow for the white sand beaches of Castaway Cay, read below for the top five things to do on a Very MerryTime cruise when you book one of these special holiday sailings! 

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1. Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic

When you walk onto your Disney Cruise Line ship on day one, your eyes will likely be immediately drawn to the three-deck-tall Christmas tree in the atrium. And while there is garland and other décor filling every nook and cranny, you also may notice one more thing – the lights aren’t on! Once you’re sailing off into the sunset, however, many of your favorite Disney characters will join you to change all of that. With holiday music, stories from different cultures as told by crew members and special opportunities for kids to get involved, this tree-lighting ceremony is much more than just an opportunity to make these festive lights come to life! 

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2. Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball

What’s a holiday cruise without Santa and Mrs. Claus? That’s right, usher in these very special guests on each Very Merrytime sailing at Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball. This special holiday gathering featuring Broadway-style entertainment, classic holiday tunes, your favorite characters and even a little magical “snow” overtakes the atrium and is sure to leave each and every guest in the holiday spirit.

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3. Characters in holiday attire

While your favorite Disney characters are at the center of Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic Ceremony and Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball, be sure to check your Navigator App for meet-and-greet times all throughout your sailing. Whether it’s Mickey in his winter sweater, Pluto with antlers or Goofy in a full-fledged Santa suit, these pictures are sure to provide both precious memories and a spot on your family’s Christmas card!

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4. Did someone say gingerbread?

Did you know that each Disney Cruise Line ship features a life-size gingerbread house in the atrium? Each year, all four ships in the fleet create a unique house (from scratch!) and compete against each other for the most creative and whimsical creation. And while the competition has become an annual rite of passage Disney Cruise Line, it also fills the atrium of each ship with the smell of fresh gingerbread. If you want to try your hand at your own creation, be sure to check out the gingerbread cookie decorating classes offered onboard! Unlike the one in the atrium – you can actually eat yours!

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5. Castaway Cay

As I mentioned earlier, my favorite thing to do for the holidays is trade in white snow for the white sand beaches on Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private island. But even though you may be in the Bahamas, this slice of paradise is decked for the holidays as well – with a tropical flair, of course! A massive Christmas tree, holiday island music and even “snow” flurries await your family, guaranteeing that the only “blue” you’ll be feeling this holiday season is the color of the crystal-clear waters!

The holiday season is in full swing, and so are Very Merrytime cruises! Whether you’re planning a holiday voyage for this year or next, leave me a message below with your personal favorite cruising memories or what you’re most looking forward to during these special holiday sailings!

Don’t forget, Disney Cruise Line sails out of ports all over the world, including Port Canaveral, Florida; Miami, Florida; Galveston, Texas, and more!

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Treats for 2019 Holidays at Hollywood Studios Available Through January 5, 2020

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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The 2019 holidays at Hollywood Studios are in full swing this year with tons of decorations, special shows, and of course, the FOOD! I’m in full holiday mode and ready for sweets and treats galore! Each year, the goodies that Disney’s chefs come up with just keep getting better and better, and this year’s array is no exception. 

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To start off, if you’re planning on watching the incredible Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! holiday spectacular fireworks, then you’ll definitely want to try the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party to heighten your festive experience. This party lets you indulge in a variety of delectable desserts before watching the evening spectacular from a reserved viewing area.

Now, onto my list of eats and treats available throughout the park. These items will all be available through January 5, 2020. So be sure to come on out and try them for yourself! 

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Holiday Blondie (Available at Backlot Express) – Blondie made with orange peel, dried cranberries, and slivered almonds topped with white chocolate ganache

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Elsa’s Magical Macarons (Available at Market and BaseLine Tap House) – White and blue macaron shells with white chocolate and gingerbread ganaches

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Chestnut Pinecone (Available at Backlot Express and Trolley Car Café) – Chestnut mousse on top of a milk chocolate sweetened crepes with powdered sugar snow

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Mickey’s Santa Hat Chocolate Mousse (Available at ABC Commissary) – Vanilla shortbread topped with chocolate cake, dark chocolate mousse, dark chocolate ears, and a large white crispy pearl

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Festive Holiday Wreath (Available at ABC Commissary) – Cookie with mint marshmallow topped with white and green icing and a chocolate candy cane

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Cinnamon-Apple Lunch Box Tart (Available at Woody’s Lunch Box) – Lunch Box Tart with cinnamon apple pie filling topped with red cinnamon fondant

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Gingerbread Cookies (Available at BaseLine Tap House, Market, and Dockside Diner) – Soft gingerbread dough topped with maple fondant and chocolate crispy pearls 

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Gingerbread Cupcake (Available at Trolley Car Café) – Gingerbread cupcake with maple Bavarian filling, cream cheese buttercream, red and green sprinkles, and a white chocolate Wayne and Lanny

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Olaf’s Chocolate Marshmallow Verrine (Available at Fairfax Fare) – Layers of chocolate cake, cream, chocolate fudge, mini marshmallows, and white chocolate crispy pearls topped with a white chocolate topper featuring Olaf

Goofy’s Hot, Not Hot, Chocolate Verrine (Available at Backlot Express and Rosie’s All-American Café) – Layers of chocolate cake, cinnamon chocolate cream, vanilla cream, cinnamon marshmallow, and milk chocolate crispy pearls topped with a chocolate topper featuring Goofy

Strawberry Mint Verrine (Available at PizzeRizzo and ABC Commissary) – Layers of vanilla sponge cake, strawberry compote, mint cream, vanilla cream, and strawberry and white chocolate crispy pearls 

Caramel Apple Verrine (Available at Catalina Eddies’s) – Layers of chocolate panna cotta, caramel apples, caramel cream, dark chocolate and salted caramel crispy pearls, apple cream, caramel sauce, and dark chocolate shavings topped with a chocolate topper featuring Mickey and Minnie

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Mickey Light-Up Tree Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at various popcorn carts throughout the park)

Pajama Alien Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at various popcorn carts throughout the park)

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Santa Alien Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Neighborhood Bakery)

Holiday Festive Popcorn (Available at various outdoor vending carts throughout the park) – Sweet and salty mix of caramel popcorn, red and green candy-coated chocolates, white chocolate drizzle, and crushed candy canes

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Northern Lights Slushy (Available at The Market) – Blue raspberry frozen slushy with cotton candy

Olaf’s Snow Flurry Slushy (Available at The Market) – Vanilla orange frozen slushy with whipped cream 

Holiday Mule (Available at Oasis Canteen, Sunshine Day Bar, and Animation Bar) – Vodka, limoncello, cranberry juice, and ginger beer

Frostbite Cocktail (Available at Oasis Canteen, Sunshine Day Bar, and Animation Bar) – Vodka, blue curaçao, cranberry juice, and sweet-and-sour

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Winterberry Margarita (Available at Backlot Express, PizzeRizzo, ABC Commissary, and Rosie’s All-American Café) – Silver tequila, triple sec, sweet-and-sour, cranberry juice, and wildberry syrup

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Hot Cocoa Flight (Available at Fairfax Fare, Dockside Diner, and Woody’s Lunchbox) – Flight of three hot chocolates with vanilla vodka, black cherry bourbon, and Irish cream liqueur

If you’re spending the 2019 holidays at Hollywood Studios, be sure to also make time to stop by the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays and check out the incredible gingerbread displays throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.