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15 Amazing Disney Halloween Items You Probably Need to Order Right Now

15 Amazing Disney Halloween Items You Probably Need to Order Right Now

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Fall has arrived and we’re so ready! Since we won’t be trick or treating down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we need a little more Disney Halloween at home. You may be feeling the same so we wanted to share these 15 amazing Disney Halloween items that we think you won’t want to live without!

Mickey Mouse Funko Pop

Minnie Mouse Funko Pop

Inflatable Hanging Mickey Mouse Bat

Halloween Minnie Ears

Hocus Pocus: The Game

Poisoned Apple Mug

Inflatable Hanging Mickey Mouse Ghost

Mickey Mouse Sparkling Pumpkin

Haunted Mansion Table Runner

Mickey Mouse Halloween Cauldron Shaped Coffee Mug

“I Don’t Spook, I Sparkle” TinkerBell Halloween Shirt

Minnie Mouse Halloween Sweatshirt

Nightmare Before Christmas socks

My First Halloween Bedtime Storybook

Scary Storybook Collection

So… how do you plan to add a little Disney Halloween into your home this year? Have you already started decorating?

If you’re comfortable traveling this fall, Halloween will be celebrated at Magic Kingdom Park from September 15 through October 31, 2020. Guests can even wear their Halloween costumes during normal park hours for the first time ever! You can also find all of the yummy details about the fall treats available at Disney World this year.

Best All Inclusive Resorts for Families

A vacation at an all inclusive resort is truly a vacation for every member of the family. You don’t have to worry about cooking meals, cleaning up afterwards, or how to entertain the kids all day. Plus, you don’t have to worry about how much you’re spending on meals and activities while you’re away because it’s all taken care of in advance. With so many all inclusive resorts out there, it’s hard to know which ones to choose for your family vacation. As both travel experts and parents, we are recommending the best all inclusive resorts for families.

Best All Inclusive Resorts for Families

Beaches Turks & Caicos

“Dive into a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting Beaches all-inclusive Turks & Caicos vacation for the whole family. This amazing all-inclusive resort features a 45,000 square-foot waterpark; five magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West; a 12-mile beach lapped by clear turquoise waters; 10 impressive pools, endless fun activities for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens, featuring Sesame Street® characters, the Xbox Play Lounge and a sizzlin’ teen disco—all located on Grace Bay, voted the World’s #1 Best Beach by TripAdvisor Travelers.”

What’s Included:

  • Unlimited gourmet dining at 21 restaurants
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime snacks
  • Unlimited premium liquors
  • 15 bars, including swim-up bars
  • Stocked bars in every room
  • Unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks® wines
  • All tips, taxes and gratuities
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Kids Camp with certified nannies
  • Pirates Island Waterpark
  • Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street®
  • PADI-Certified scuba diving (and all equipment)
  • Snorkeling (and all equipment)
  • Hobie Cats, paddle boards, kayaks
  • Professional instruction for water sports
  • Beach volleyball, basketball, pool tables
  • Liquid at Beaches nightly teen club
  • Xbox Play Lounge
  • Day and night tennis
  • Fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Day and night entertainment including live shows
  • Free WiFi (in room and all common areas)
  • The Caribbean’s first Certified Autism Centers
  • 10 freshwater pools, 4 whirlpools & 1 scuba diving pool

Pirates Island Waterpark: The whole family will love Pirates Island Waterpark, the most thrilling waterpark in the Caribbean. Pirates Island Waterpark offers a 650-foot lazy river, SurfStream surf simulator, eleven waterslides, kids swim up bar, water cannons, pop-up jets, zero-entry pool for little ones, ice cream machine, and so much more. You can even enjoy creative street food concepts in between laps on the lazy river or waterslides with the waterpark food trucks.

Room Recommendation: The Together Nest suites are perfect for families of all sizes looking for space and privacy. These suites offer one to four bedroom villas and suites, all including butler service. You’ll also enjoy private VIP in-room check-in and 24 hour room service.

The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun

“Imagine elegance to the hilt, days brimming with promise, the melding of luxury, technology and convenience, alluring magical nights, and having your every craving satisfied. Now, picture this rapturous realm set on a beach that seems as if it was plucked from a dreamy postcard. Pinch yourself, it’s real, it’s The Grand At Moon Palace Cancun.”

All Inclusive Amenities:

  • Bottle of wine on arrival
  • Luxurious accommodations
  • World class dining
  • Top shelf drinks
  • Delicious appetizers
  • 24 hour room service
  • Free wi-fi
  • Double whirlpool tubs
  • Non-motorized watersports
  • Water park
  • Unlimited calls to the Continental United States, Canada and landlines in Mexico

Room Recommendation: Grand Family Deluxe Rooms can sleep up to six guests. These two room suites include a daily refreshed mini “bar” full of chocolate milkshakes, juice, soda and snacks; kid- sized bathrobes and slippers; an Xbox; L’Oreal Kids bath amenities and more.

Playroom: The Playroom at The Grand is a world of wonder, filled with amazing activities such as: Neon Mini Golf, a 3-floor Labyrinth, Arcade, Bumper Cars, Laser Maze, Time Freak, Interactive Sports, Sky Trail, Mirror Maze, and much more. The Playroom is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm for children ages 4-17.

Wired Lounge: This is a world brimming with arcade and console video games, internet access and a menu of tasty sweet and savory snacks to feast on.

Water Park: Float in a lazy river, splash in a wave pool, and choose from a selection of different thrill-seeking slides.

Special Offers: Kids and teens stay free; Up to $1,500 USD in resort credit; and Free airport transfers

Best All Inclusive Resorts for Families

Hard Rock Punta Cana

The Hard Rock Punta Cana offers thrilling gaming action in the biggest casino in the Caribbean, exhilarating nightlife, tantalizing culinary options, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and rooms worth tweeting about, all infused with our legendary rock and roll vibe.

Kidz Bop Experience: Kids ages 6-12 will get the ultimate VIP treatment at The KIDZ BOP Experience, where they can live like a KIDZ BOP Kid! Kids can check in to the Pop Star lounge, where they’ll be guided by their personal tour manager to create the coolest band name, learn brand new dance moves, select a red carpet worthy wardrobe, take their A-List photo, and perform on the big stage! 

Music Lab: Introducing the ultimate way to live out your fist-pumping guitar-shredding fantasy with expert instruction and accelerated stage training at the Music Lab of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. As part of your all inclusive stay, there’s no experience needed and all guests ages 12 and over are welcome to play.

More Family Fun: There’s even more family fun awaiting you at the Hard Rock Punta Cana. Grab a putter and challenge your family to a game of mini-golf. The Bowling Bar offers six lanes of bowling, bowling balls, tables, and automatic scoring system. Escapology challenges your family to work as a team, find clues, solve puzzles and open padlocks and doors in order to escape in less than 60 minutes. Both the young and the young at heart will enjoy the excitement and fun of a wide selection of games in our Arcade Center. Catch a wave at the Flowrider surf simulator. (additional fees apply)

Room Recommendation: The Signature Family Suite comes with all the indulging amenities fit for a true star. One master bedroom with a king size bed in addition to an adjacent family room with two double beds and dining room with a full bathroom.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

What else can say “Family Fun” like getting Slimed? In addition to a huge variety of Nickelodeon activities, there is a world of Karisma Gourmet Inclusive® Experiences to enjoy here at the five star Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. All-inclusive access to aqua aerobics, dance and more means there is no better time to explore new interests. Go above, beyond and into the deep blue sea during scuba diving trips, fishing trips, an island tour, snorkeling, golf and almost any activity you can think of.

Gourmet Inclusive:

  • Cuisine crafted to perfection
  • Globally-sourced premium libations
  • Superior accommodations featuring indulgent amenities
  • Service above and beyond the expected
  • An intimate Nickelodeon experience including the orange carpet, character meet and greets, and Slimings

Aqua Nick: Enjoy winding water slides, splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river ride. Join the fun with a Nick Live! Poolside where the mess hits the deck in our interactive games shows where guests are pulled right into the action. Inspired by Nickelodeon’s iconic game shows and characters. Experience Nickelodeon’s ultimate honor during our daily Mass Sliming events, where everyone is welcome to join the free-flowing celebration. Or sit for a unique family photo under the Slimulator. Get ready to get messy!

Just Kidding: Part clubhouse, part artist’s studio, Just Kidding is the hub for free play as well as more structured activities for families. You’ll find a mega ball pit, two-story slide and a whole lot of do-it-yourself Nickelodeon fun, from arts and craft classes to science experiments, along with daily, supervised activities for kids 4 to 12 years old. Plus, you never know when your favorite character will stop by!

Character Breakfasts: You can enjoy Character Breakfasts every Saturday & Sunday at Zest. Join SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora, Boots, Paw Patrol & the Fairly Odd Parents in your jammies for the Pajama Jam, or ninja chop with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles during the Turtle Power Breakfast. (surcharge applies)

Room Recommendation: The Flat Swim-Up Suite offers direct access to the pool right from your terrace! The suite also includes a private master bedroom with a king size bed, smart TVs, a marble bathroom with an indoor shower, double sinks and freestanding tub.

Club Med Punta Cana

Club Med Punta Cana offers an all inclusive family vacation with activities centered around 5 different themes:

  • Time to Splash: enjoy giant water bubbles, slip’n’slide, water volleyball and more!
  • Time to Play: test your skills with brain games such as giant domino, molky, and giant janga.
  • Time to Quest: work together to find treasure on a digital treasure hunt as you explore the grounds of our flagship resort.
  • Time to Recharge: relax with family yoga classes, extra large hammocks and other calm games.
  • Happy Time: learn new skills together with family archery, pickleball, and Club Med CREACTIVE as you try flying trapeze, trampoline and juggling.

Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil: Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil is a unique circus playground where you can fly above the palm trees with the flying trapeze, learn to climb silks, juggle, and more with the help of expert Cirque du Soleil Circassiens.

Mini Club Med: Mini Club Med offers activities for children age 4-10. From 4 years and up, children can try a range of land sports. They’ll hone their artistic talents in creative workshops, and invite you to join them for fun team games. From 6 years and up, they’re ready to try archery and some water sports. And once they reach 8, a whole new raft of specially designed activities is available to tempt them, both on and off the water.

Club Med Passworld: Club Med Passworld is for guests age 11-17. Teens can broadening their horizons with a range of sports, forge new friendships on the sports pitches, triumph in epic tournaments, lounge by the pool, or try their hand as a DJ or gamer.

Room Recommendation: Your family can enjoy one of the new 2 bedroom family suites in the new Tiara Exclusive Collection space. Here, you’ll experience a mix of both modern and local design touches in these oceanfront rooms complete with your own dedicated pool, kid-friendly bar area, and other amenities.

best all inclusive resorts for families

Dreams Riviera Maya

Set along a natural white-sand beach in the Riviera Maya, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the crystal-clear Caribbean, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is a luxurious oasis for couples and families. Ideally located close to the excitement of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, this AAA Four Diamond resort is an enchanting wonderland of glistening pools and impressive ocean views with unique octagonal-shaped rooms and suites.

Unlimited-Luxury includes:

  • Limitless access to gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required
  • Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
  • 24-hour room and concierge services
  • Pool and beach wait service
  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer
  • Daily maid service
  • Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
  • Theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues
  • No wristbands required
  • All taxes and gratuities included
  • Enjoy free Wi-Fi and free international calling to the US, Canada and Mexico with Unlimited Connectivity. The mobile app also allows you to view the schedules of all events, activities and restaurants at the resort, plus to learn about local destinations, excursions, and much more

Explorer’s Club for Kids: Created especially for youngsters, the Explorer’s Club is fully and professionally supervised and filled with adventures and activities that they will enjoy and treasure for a lifetime, while giving parents time on their own to spend vacation time their way. Time flies by with daily activities based around nature, science and exploration.

Room Recommendation: Family suites can sleep up to seven guests (with a maximum of four adults) in a king size bed and two double beds. Family suites are also available with Preferred Club privileges including access to a private lounge and beach access, special concierge service and other enhanced amenities.

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay is located on a secluded peninsula in Montego Bay, Jamaica with over 1,800 feet of powdery beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

“Unlimited Fun” Inclusions:

  • 24-hour access to food and beverage options including kid-friendly menu options 
  • In-room mini-bar fully stocked with soft drinks, juice, bottled water & beer 
  • Buffet and à la carte restaurants without reservations required 
  • Bars and lounges serving international and domestic brand beverages 
  • Unlimited fruit juices, soft drinks and snacks 
  • Endless daily land and water activities for all ages 
  • Live music and local entertainment 
  • Buffet and à la carte restaurants without reservations required 
  • Explorer’s Club for Kids ages 3 to 12 with supervised activity programs daily 
  • No wristbands required 
  • All taxes and gratuities included 

Explorer’s Club for Kids: Kids ages 3-12 will have a blast with all the fun-filled activities at the Explorer’s Club for Kids, open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. This fully supervised club has games, a playground and so much more. Kids can have fun while learning with program based on science, nature and exploration, as well as weekly campout adventure in the tents at the club or on the beach. They’ll experience sand castle competitions, movie nights, a playground and endless activities.

Core Zone Teens Club: Teens ages 13-17 have their own space to hang out and relax at the Core Zone Teens Club, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Teens get to hang out with others their age, play video games, board games, watch movies and more.

Water Fun: Pirate’s Paradise Waterpark (on-site waterpark with pirate ship, two water slides and a lazy river), five swimming pools, motorized water sports*, and scuba diving* 
*Additional costs may apply. 

Royalton Riviera Cancun

You can escape to the shores of the Mexican Riviera to create family vacation memories that will last forever. With age-appropriate activities, a stay at Royalton Rivera Cancun means more fun for everyone in your family. Their team of professionals will ensure your children stay safe, busy and entertained throughout your stay. 

Clubhouse Kids Club: Children ages 4 to 12 will be able to socialize with others their own age while interacting with our newest guest, the best-loved on-screen characters, Max & Ruby™.  Younger ones are also welcome to enjoy some quiet time indoors watching cartoons and playing games or have an active afternoon discovering the playground – safe and sound.  

Max & Ruby: Give the whole family an experience to remember, when your little ones see their favourite bunny siblings, Max & Ruby, right in front of them! Enjoy live appearances, themed activities, and evening entertainment with the loveable and adventurous pair.

Splash Safari: Royalton Riviera Cancun offers families the ultimate vacation experience at Splash Safari. Water spritzes and sprays to tame the tropical heat while your child plays on water slides shaped like friendly hippos, crocodiles and giraffes. Hours of excitement await!

best all inclusive resorts for families

Paradisus Playa del Carmen Le Esmeralda

Paradisus La Esmeralda offers family concierge rooms with exclusive services and private areas designed especially for families. These rooms were specially designed for superior comfort and greater privacy so parents can choose whether they wish to relax or have fun, safe in the knowledge that the kids are enjoying a vacation they will never forget. You’ll even have access to a personal Family Concierge butler to take care of your family at all times.

Exclusive Family Concierge Areas:

  • Access to the Family Concierge private heated pool for all the family with a swim-up bar and Bali beds
  • Private beach area with a beach concierge service for everything you might need
  • Elegant multi-level Family Concierge lounge with air conditioning and sensory harmony for private check-in and check-out, library, Wi-Fi, daily continental breakfast buffet, all-day coffee and drinks, international press and drinks and aperitifs in the afternoon
  • Luxurious Family Suites with a select range of extra services and facilities specially designed for families
  • Access to the restaurant Olio exclusively for guests staying at Family Concierge.
  • Access to the YHI Spa water ritual facilities
  • Exclusive massage area for Family Concierge guests (*)
  • Private Family Concierge fitness facilities

Exclusive Family Concierge Services:

  • Assignment of your own personal Family Concierge butler on arrival to attend to all your needs during your stay
  • Complimentary cell phone during the stay so you can stay in touch with your Family Concierge
  • Majestic check-in and check-out coordinated by your butler
  • Packing and unpacking by your butler if desired
  • Preferential bookings for the themed restaurants, YHI spa and activities
  • Life-enriching activities organized for all the family to enjoy together
  •  “Bathtime Fun” whirlpool set-up.
  • Special turndown service for the kids with milk and cookies.
  • Personalized mini-bar stocked with drinks and snacks for children
  • Paradisus welcome beach kit for children
  • PS2™, XBox 360™ or Wii™ available in the Suite on request
  • Aromatherapy menu for children
  • Kids and Teens activity menu
  • Special amenities for children in the Suites including kid-sized bathrobe and mini-slippers in the closet
  • Kid’s bathroom amenities such as mini kit with soaps, toothbrush, shower gel, mosquito repellent and towel

Family Concierge Butler Service:

  • Personal tour of the resort to help you settle in
  • Room spa: preparation of your whirlpool bathtub with aromatherapy (*)
  • Ironing of up to two garments per day per room (not including delicate items)
  • Shoeshine service whenever you need it
  • Laundry collection and delivery
  • Preferential reservations in the à la carte restaurants, YHI Spa and sports and entertainment facilities
  • Personalized minibar in the room with products for adults and kids
  • Postal delivery
  • Personalized wake-up calls
  • Service to sterilize bottles on request

(*) With additional charge

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

The Grand Velas Riviera Maya takes you beyond all inclusive where the Caribbean Sea meets the Yucatan jungle. You can savor gourmet cuisine from renowned chefs, bring balance to body and mind with treatments in the holistic spa and unwind in suites with private terraces, plunge pools and uninhibited water views. Find refuge on the white sand beach or lounge by the infinity pool, paired with attentive service from our concierge. Schedule a massage in the comfort of your suite. Join an exciting excursion to explore lush jungles, underwater caves or Mayan ruins. Or, grab a drink at one of the vibrant lounges.

All Inclusive Amenities:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour gourmet suite service
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner à la carte or buffet at Bistro, Azul and Chaká restaurants
  • Mini-bar stocked daily
  • Life Fitness Center and fitness classes
  • Non-motorized water sports (kayaks and boogie boards)*
  • Dinner à la carte at 5 signature restaurants: Frida (gourmet Mexican cuisine), Cocina de Autor (creative-evolutionary cuisine), Piaf (traditional French cuisine), Sen Lin (Asian cuisine), and Lucca (Italian-Mediterranean cuisine)
  • 24-hour personal concierge
  • Smoke-free hotel
  • Taxes and gratuities
  • Premium domestic and international beverages at Koi Bar, Aqua Bar and throughout resort
  • Kids’ Club with daily activities program
  • State-of the-art Teens’ Club
  • Recreational activities program for kids & adults
  • Pool concierge  
  • Beach concierge
  • Beach & poolside waiter service
  • * Services available in the resort at an additional charge.

Family Fun through the Ambassador Experience:

  • Kids’ Club: Guests age 4-12 can enjoy supervised fun designed especially for them
  • Teen’s Club: Cool activities and experiences for guests age 13-18
  • Beach Games: Hit the beach for family fun with volleyball and football games
  • Kayak Tour: Explore miles of coastline by sea on this fun, guided experience
  • Snorkel Tour: Everyone can explore the colorful reef and fish on this easy tour
  • Swim with Dolphins: Make new aquatic friends on this once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Bike Ride: Pedal your way through paradise

Room Recommendation: Ambassador Family Suites feature Jacuzzi tubs, sitting areas and home-style amenities and are located near the Kids Club & Teen Club. They also surround the main infinity pool and offer private terraces, spectacular sea views, luxe amenities and sitting areas. You can even choose one with a plunge pool for pure indulgence.

Barcelo Maya Beach

The Barcelo Maya Beach hotel is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico in the heart of the Riviera Maya. The hotel has been partially renovated to include a club house featuring reception services, lounge, Beach Buffet restaurant, and more.

All Inclusive Amenities:

  • Cuisine: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at 16 restaurants (4 buffet restaurants, 4 beachfront grill restaurants, and 8 à la carte restaurants)
  • Tennis
  • Paddle tennis
  • Multi-purpose sports court
  • Miniature 18-hole golf course
  • Fitness studio
  • Activities program
  • Non-motorized water sports

Water Fun: Barcelo Maya Beach has 7 swimming pools that include special shallow areas for children, semi-olympic pools and swimming pools for adults. It also features the Barcy Water Park for kids where kids can enjoy castles, slides and waterfalls within the swimming pool.

The swimming pool area boasts a stunning sun terrace, a sun lounger and hammock area and a fully equipped games area with a beach shop and lots more. There is more family fun awaiting at the Pirates Island Water Park (additional charges apply), with slides and attractions designed for all ages. Plus, the most adventurous members of the family can enjoy surfing on the Surf Rider wave pool (additional charges apply).

Stay in 1 Hotel and Enjoy 4: When you stay at the Barcelo May Beach, you have access to the restaurants, bars, swimming pool and beach facilities at the Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya Tropical hotels.

Planning a vacation with a little one? Don’t forget about these ten things you need when traveling with a toddler!

Have you ever taken an all inclusive vacation? What do you think are the best all inclusive resorts for families?

Where You Can Find Fall 2020 Treats at Disney World

Where You Can Find Fall 2020 Treats at Disney World

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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It’s spooky season again at Walt Disney World Resort, and that means it’s time for the highly-anticipated return of yummy fall 2020 treats at Disney World! From pumpkin spice, apple, and cinnamon delights to sweet sips and fun novelties, each of the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks is offering a wonderful assortment of autumn-themed items and you won’t want to miss them.  

In addition, you’ll find touches of fall décor at Magic Kingdom Park, a special cavalcade down Main Street U.S.A., and more! 

You can now find all of these fall 2020 treats at Disney World, unless otherwise noted. Happy snacking! 

Magic Kingdom Park

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  • Mickey Cinnamon Roll (Available at Main Street Bakery) – Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll drizzled with orange and white icing 
  • Cinnamon Donuts (Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Served in a Hitchhiking Ghost Novelty container 
  • Hades Nachos (Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Black bean nacho chips with “fiery” buffalo chicken, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, and jalapeño 
  • Constance’s For Better or For Worse Wedding Cake (Available at Liberty Square Market) – Citrus cake with raspberry Bavarian cream, whipped cream flowers, and a chocolate axe 
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  • Pumpkin Spiced Waffle Sundae (Available at Sleepy Hollow) –Pumpkin spice-flavored waffled topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and sprinkles 
  • Poor Unfortunate Souls Float (Available at Storybook Treats)– Cream cheese soft-serve, black raspberry syrup, and Coke 
  • Pumpkin Spice Milkshake (Available at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, sprinkles, and a Mickey-shaped marshmallow straw
  • Pumpkin Spice Soft-Serve Sundae (Available at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Served as a sundae topped with whipped cream, caramel, and sprinkles
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  • Mickey Monster Mash Burger (Available at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café) – Burger with Meunster cheese, potato barrels, bacon, and sriracha aïoli 
  • Headless Horseman Rides Again (Available at Sunshine Tree Terrace) – Strawberry DOLE® Whip with Fanta Strawberry and a Headless Horseman Novelty Straw 
  • Not So Poison Apple Cupcake (Available at Pinocchio Village House) – A spiced apple cupcake with pecan crunch buttercream themed after a poison apple 
  • Orange and Black Sugar Churros (Available at Various Churro Carts and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) 
  • Oogie Boogie Dice Novelty Glow Cubes (Available at Various Quick-Service Restaurants) 
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  • Jack Skellington Sipper (Available at Various Quick-Service Restaurants and Outdoor Vending Locations) 
  • Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Various Popcorn Carts) 
  • Mickey Pumpkin Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Various Popcorn Carts) 
  • Halloween Base Popcorn Bucket (Available at Various Popcorn Carts)
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  • Hitchhiking Ghost Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Liberty Square Popcorn Cart) 
  • Hitchhiking Ghost Sipper (Available at Various Quick-Service Restaurants) 
  • Madame Leota Sipper (Available at Sleepy Hollow) 

EPCOT

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  • Halloween Cupcake (Available on Halloween Day Only at Sunshine Seasons) – Choice of vanilla or chocolate cupcake with buttercream and a Mickey Pumpkin garnish 
  • Nemo & Squirt’s Noggin Concoction (Available on Halloween Day Only at Coral Reef Restaurant) – Chocolate brownie stuffed with a chocolate chip cookie topped with white chocolate-covered pretzels and a Mickey Pumpkin Garnish 
  • Halloween Sugar Cookie (Available on Halloween Day Only at Traveler’s Café and Garden Grill) – Sugar cookie topped with Halloween Sprinkles 
  • Liquid Nitro Cake Pop (Available on Halloween Day Only at Desserts & Champagne Marketplace in World Showplace for EPCOT Taste of International Food & Wine Festival) – Liquid nitro chocolate cake pop with Halloween sprinkles 
  • Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available Canada Popcorn Cart and Fife & Drum) 
  • Green Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Eats at EPCOT Experience and Mission Space Popcorn Cart) 
  • Halloween Base Popcorn Bucket (Available at all EPCOT Popcorn Locations) 
  • Tire Pumpkin Novelty Straw (Available at Sunshine Seasons and Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue) 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

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  • Scar Cupcake (Available at Creature Comforts, Flame Tree Barbecue, and Restaurantosaurus) – Red velvet cupcake with toasted marshmallow filling, chocolate marshmallow frosting, chocolate pebbles, white chocolate flames, and an edible icing image  
  • Spooky Apple Punch Specialty Beverage (Non-Alcoholic) (Available at Flame Tree Barbecue and Isle of Java) – Sprite with Monin Apple Syrup poured over ice, garnished with a rocky candy apple straw, a gummy worm, a Novelty Poison Apple Glow Cube, and a sugar lime rim 
  • Rotten Apple Punch Specialty Beverage (Alcoholic) (Available Flame Tree Barbecue) – Angry Orchard and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky over ice, garnished with a rocky candy apple straw, a Novelty Poison Apple Glow Cube, and gummy worms 
  • Tire Pumpkin Novelty Straw (Available at Tamu Tamu, Trek Snacks, Restaurantosaurus, TriloBites, and Outdoor Vending Ice Cream Carts)  
  • Purple Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Trek Snacks) 
  • Halloween Base Popcorn Bucket (Available at Trek Snacks) 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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  • Poison Candied Apple (Available at Trolley Car Café) – Apple and caramel mousse covered in red glaze with a crunchy candy base 
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Cannoli (Available at PizzeRizzo) – Pumpkin cheesecake mixed with a hazelnut praline crunch in a cannoli shell 
  • Pumpkin Tiramisu (Available at Rosie’s All-American Café) –Layers of cream mascarpone and spiced pumpkin cake 
  • Box of Bones Chocolate Éclair (Available at Backlot Express)– Chocolate éclair with dark chocolate mousse and white chocolate bones 
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  • Frozen Apple Cider (Non-Alcoholic) (Available at Rosie’s All-American Café, Backlot Express, and PizzeRizzo) – Served with a Novelty Poison Apple Glow Cube 
  • Frozen Apple Cider with Crown Royal Regal Apple (Alcoholic) (Available at Rosie’s All-American Café, Backlot Express, and PizzeRizzo) – Served with a Novelty Poison Apple Glow Cube 
  • Orange Cauldron Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Anahiem Produce, Hollywood Popcorn, and Animation Popcorn) 
  • Tire Pumpkin Novelty Straw (Available at Rosie’s All-American Café, Backlot Express, PizzeRizzo, and Anaheim Produce) 

WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HOTELS

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Mike Wazowski Dome Cake (Available Sept. 20-Oct. 31 at Capt. Cook’s) – Milk chocolate cake dome with white chocolate icing
  • Halloween Minnie Cupcake (Available Sept. 20-Oct. 31 at Capt. Cook’s) – Chocolate cupcake with milk chocolate “rocky road” filling
  • Poisoned Apple Cocktail (Available through Nov. 1 at Barefoot Pool Bar) – Vodka, melon liqueur, blue curaçao, and pineapple juice with a novelty glow cube

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

  • Spooky Rum Punch (Available Through Oct. 31 at Banana Cabana) – Caribbean rum, sour apple liquor, and cranberry juice garnished with a Purple Poison Apple Novelty Glow Cube
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Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Monster Cupcake (Available at Contempo Café Oct. 29-31) – Confetti cupcake filled with candy bar custard and purple buttercream
  • Pumpkin Pie Tart (Available at Contempo Café Oct. 26-29) – Pumpkin pie tart with cinnamon whipped cream

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (All Items Available at Roaring Fork Sept. 27-Oct. 31)

  • “Going Batty” Halloween Cupcake  Chocolate cupcake with cookies and cream filling and ganache icing
  • Spooky Mickey Brownie – Classic brownie topped with a dark chocolate spider
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Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Pop’s Potion Cocktail (Available through Oct. 31 at Petals Pool Bar) – Coconut rum, melon liqueur, pineapple and orange juice, Sprite, and blue curaçao floater with gummy worm garnish and purple Poison Apple Novelty Glow Cube

Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (All Items Available Oct. 1-Nov. 1)

  • Monster Cookie Bag (Available at The Artist’s Palette, Good’s Food To Go, and Conch Flats General Store) – Sweet and salty chocolate chip, pretzel, and candy-filled cookie bites
  • Pumpkin Spiced Whoopie Pie (Available at The Artist’s Palette) – Chocolate whoopie pie filled with a pumpkin-spiced marshmallow and garnished with a spider web chocolate decor
  • Caramel Cauldron Cupcake (Available at The Artist’s Palette, Good’s Food To Go, and Conch Flats General Store) – Chocolate cupcake filled with a salted caramel buttercream and sauce garnished with chocolate flames and a witch’s broom
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Disney’s Riviera Resort – Le Petit Café

  • Pumpkin Mousse (Available Sept. 17-Nov. 28 starting at 12pm daily) – Pumpkin mousse with pumpkin cheesecake and autumn-spiced sable
  • Jack O Lantern Mousse (Available Oct. 30-31 starting at 12pm daily) – Pumpkin mousse with pumpkin cheesecake and Autumn spiced sable
  • Pumpkin Glacé Coffee (Available through Nov. 28) – Frozen blend of coffee, pumpkin purée, and fall spices topped with cinnamon whipped cream and salted caramel crispy pearls
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Disney’s BoardWalk – BoardWalk Bakery (All Items Available Oct. 26-Nov. 1)

  • Candy Corny Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate candy corn mousse and decorated with orange and yellow buttercream swirls, yellow crispy pearls, and a white buttercream ghost
  • Ghostly Mickey Brownie – Mickey-shaped brownie topped with chocolate ganache and garnished with meringue ghosts
  • Witch’s Mallow-Hat – Breton cookie topped with a marshmallow witch’s hat, coated in dark chocolate, and garnished with Halloween sprinkles
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Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club (All Items Available Sept. 22-Oct. 31)

  • Tiramisù (Available at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace) – Classic tiramisù with coffee flavor, a chocolate pretzel skeleton, and marshmallow skull
  • Candy Corn Cupcake (Available at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace) – Vanilla cupcake with chocolate Mickey ears
  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pie (Available at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace) – Pumpkin cake with brown butter cream cheese filling and sprinkles
  • Pumpkin Spiced Butter Pecan Shake (Available at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop) – Pumpkin-spiced butter pecan shake with chocolate sauce and orange icing topped with a pumpkin cupcake and decorated with assorted chocolate crispy pearls

DISNEY SPRINGS

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Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Candle Petit Cake (Available through Nov. 2) – Layers of chocolate biscuit, vanilla chiffon and cookies and cream mousse with a layer of cookie cream
  • Halloween Minnie Mousse (Available through Nov. 2) – Carrot cake with pumpkin mousse and marshmallow mousse
  • Pumpkin Crème Brûlée (Available through Nov. 27) – Pumpkin custard, leaf cookie, and candied pecans
  • Novelty Pumpkin Tire Straw (Available through Nov. 2)
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The Ganachery 

  • Minnie Frankenstein Piñata (Available through Oct. 31) – Dark 65% chocolate sphere decorated with modeling chocolate and edible “bolts” filled with milk chocolate-covered vanilla bean marshmallows and crispy pearls
  • Caramel Ganache Skulls (Available through Oct. 31) – Dark 65% chocolate skulls filled with creamy caramel ganache
  • Hot Sipping Chocolate (Available through Nov. 2)
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Ganache Squares (Available through Nov. 2)
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AristoCrépes

  • Oogie Boogie Worms in Dirt (Available through Nov. 2) – Mint ice cream, chocolate cookie crumbs, and gummy worms
  • Bug Juice (Available through Nov. 2) – Vodka, raspberry liqueur, melon liqueur, and blue curaçao with house-made sweet-and-sour and topped with cranberry juice and gummy worms 
  • Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket

D-Luxe Burger

  • Pumpkin Milk Shake (Available Through October) – Vanilla gelato, caramel, pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie baking spices, whipped cream, and pumpkin pie baking spices on top 

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Poison Apple Glow Cube (Available Through Nov. 2)

The Daily Poutine(All Items Available Through Nov. 1)

  • Oktoberfest Poutine– French Fries with stout gravy, bratwurst sausage, sauerkraut, and cheese curds
  • Canadian Apple Slushy – Apple whisky with Odwalla Lemonade, caramel, and apple topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle

Dockside Margaritas (All Items Available through Nov. 2)

  • Black Magic Margarita – Tequila, orange liqueur, house-made sweet-and-sour, and black cherry purée
  • Poison Apple Glow Cube 

Outdoor Bars (All Items Available Through Nov. 2)

  • Witch Way– Vodka and blue curaçao with pineapple and orange juices 
  • Jack-O-Lantern– Rum, dark rum, orange liqueur, lemonade, and orange juice with a float of grenadine
  • Shimmery Star Cosmo
  • Tire Pumpkin Novelty Straw

Select Outdoor Vending Locations (All Items Available Through Nov. 2)

  • Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket
  • Halloween Novelty Glow Cubes
  • Halloween Novelty Straws
  • Mickey Pumpkin Premium Popcorn Bucket
  • Halloween Base Popcorn Bucket

Which of these fall 2020 treats at Disney World are you most excited to try?

14 Restaurants Where You Can Enjoy Breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Breakfast has always had a reputation as the most important meal of the day, and maybe even more so when you’re on vacation. It gets you energized for all of the fun activities you’re going to do, while also giving you the opportunity to indulge in delicious food.

Whether you’re staying at one of Universal Orlando’s hotels or looking to come to Universal CityWalk or the parks early, there are plenty of great breakfast spots throughout Universal Orlando Resort. Here are 14 recommendations for a delicious breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort.

Breakfast in Universal Orlando Resort Theme Parks

Universal Studios Florida

TODAY Cafe

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Start your day the right way with a hot cup of coffee and fresh pastries from TODAY Cafe. Or choose a heartier option like a breakfast sandwich or an acai bowl. Also offering lunch options, TODAY Cafe is the perfect spot for brunch if you want to work up your appetite by hitting a few rides first.

Click here to see the full TODAY Cafe breakfast menu.

Leaky Cauldron

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Before you set out to explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, enjoy a hot breakfast from the Leaky Cauldron. Indulge in authentic British fare like the Traditional Breakfast or an Egg, Leek & Mushroom Pasty. I recommend this as the go-to spot for guests with Early Park Admission.

Click here to see the full Leaky Cauldron breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites in Universal Studios Florida:

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Three Broomsticks

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One of my favorite places to have breakfast is in the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. I love being able to enjoy a plate of pancakes and Pumpkin Juice with a view of Hogwarts first thing in the morning. It feels surreal.

Click here to see the full Three Broomsticks breakfast menu.

Green Eggs & Ham Cafe

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Okay, so not your traditional breakfast item, but you’re on vacation, right? Make Sam I Am proud by grabbing a plate of Green Eggs & Ham Tots.

Quick Breakfast Bites in Universal’s Islands of Adventure:

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club

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Before you go conquer the Krakatau Aqua Coaster, fuel up with breakfast at Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club. During the summertime (from May through early Sept.), you can chow down on breakfast pizza, sandwiches, and wraps. Outside of this summertime offering, you can still enjoy a refreshing continental breakfast with fresh pastries and fruits.

Breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

(official opening date coming soon)

Pier 8 Market

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Dockside Inn and Suites is all about relaxation, so why not ease into your morning that way? Wake up with a refreshing glass of orange juice and one of the delicious breakfast items like chicken and waffles or the Pier 8 Egg Muffin. My personal favorite is the Avocado Toast, which happens to be vegan!

Click here to see more of the food and beverage options that will be available at Pier 8 Market.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Dockside Inn and Suites:

  • Starbucks

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

Beach Break Cafe

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Beach Break Cafe offers hearty breakfast items that get you ready for a sunshine-filled day in the parks or out by the pool. Choose from breakfast pizzas, burritos, egg muffins, and even a crispy chicken sandwich.

Click here to see the full Beach Break Cafe breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Surfside Inn and Suites:

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Urban Pantry

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Two words: hash station. This unique staple of Urban Pantry lets you choose from a bowl or wrap with your choice of protein, eggs, cheese, and fresh ingredients. You also have your traditional breakfast station with your morning favorites, including a bacon and egg sandwich that is quite scrumptious.

Click here to see the full Urban Pantry breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Aventura Hotel:

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Bayliner Diner

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Bayliner Diner is the perfect mix of quick-selection and sit-down options. If you want to relax and ease into the day, you can grab a plate of eggs and your choice of sides. Prefer to swing by on your way to the parks? Grab a breakfast sandwich to go.

Click here to see the full Bayliner Diner breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Cabana Bay Beach Resort:

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Amatista Cookhouse

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Breakfast buffets are kinda my jam, especially when I’m vacay. Amatista Cookhouse has one of the best buffets I’ve ever tried. There is a ton of fresh fruit and pastries, biscuits and gravy, smoked salmon, oatmeal and grits, specialty eggs and more. OR you can order off the menu with Carribean inspired dishes like the Eg g White and Smoked Turkey Arepa. You can make a reservation ahead of time here.

Click here to see the full Amatista Cookhouse breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Sapphire Falls Resort:

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Islands Dining Room

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Wake up and get a taste of island life with options like Hawaiin Pancakes, Tahitian French Toast a L’Orange, Smoked Salmon, and more. You can also get your traditional breakfast items like omelets, pancakes, and eggs. You can make a reservation ahead of time here.

Click here to see the full Islands Dining Room breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Royal Pacific Resort:

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

The Kitchen

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The Kitchen has some of the best french toast and waffles I’ve ever had, with “The Elvis” being one of their famous french toasts (pictured above). If you’re visiting on a Sunday, you can also do their Sunday Brunch with live music. Make a reservation ahead of time here.

Click here to see the full The Kitchen breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando:

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

(official reopening date coming soon)

Trattoria del Porto

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Enjoy a delightful morning out on the piazza at Trattoria del Porto. Choose from an excellent breakfast buffet with options for the whole family, or you can order a la carte like the Breakfast Quesadilla. You can make a reservation ahead of time here.

Click here to see the full Trattoria del Porto breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Portofino Bay Hotel:

CRAVING MORE?:If that wasn’t enough of a teaser for your tastebuds, feast your eyes on these Top 10 Breakfast Options at Universal Orlando’s Hotels.

Breakfast at Universal CityWalk

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

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You can enjoy breakfast all day from Toothsome Chocolate Emporium where you can choose from either sweet or savory dishes. You can have delectable waffles like the Banana Fosters or Berries and Cream. And for those looking for heartier options, try the Country Fresh French Toast or the Quiche Lorraine.

Click here to see the full Toothsome Chocolate Emporium breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites in CityWalk:

BONUS: Character Breakfasts

Treat yourself to a fun morning with some of your favorite characters while enjoying a delicious breakfast.

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast (Seasonal)

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This is my top, must-do dining experience at Universal Orlando Resort. During select days Nov. – Dec. you can grab breakfast with The Grinch and Whos from Seuss Landing. It’s like you’ve stepped into a Dr. Seuss book with whimsical drinks and treats and the famous plate of Green Eggs & Ham. *Reservations are required

Where are you going to have breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort first on your next vacation? Click here to see all of Universal Orlando’s dining options and start planning now.

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year’s Event

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year’s Event

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year's Event
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If you’re a Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) superfan, your 2020 calendar may look something like this:

  • January–July: Speculate about HHN.
  • July–August: Cry.
  • August–December: Count down to 2021.

Trust me, I get it. I spend most of my year thinking about, planning for, and counting down to Halloween Horror Nights. It’s by far my favorite seasonal event at Universal Orlando Resort. If you’re out of the horror loop, Halloween Horror Nights is the world’s premier Halloween event featuring terrifying haunted houses, sinister scare zones, and exhilarating live entertainment. Basically, it’s every horror fanatic’s dream event.

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year's Event
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Since the next Halloween Horror Nights is over a year away, a decent chunk of my time will be spent trying to fill the horrific void left in my heart during the now-extra-long off-season. But luckily, I’ve mastered the art of finding spooky joy around Universal Orlando Resort to get your Halloween Horror Nights fix! Below, I’ve compiled all of my favorite ways to scratch that terrifying itch for you so we can stop crying and start screaming. 

WARNING: these tactics are not for the faint of heart.

Universal Studios Florida

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year's Event
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  • Get as close to the full HHN experience as possible by braving Frankenstein’s Lab and Jack the Clown’s Carnival in this year’s Tribute Store, a glorious homage to the HHNs of yesteryear.
    • Between the themed rooms, spooky sound effects, and exclusive merchandise and food and drink offerings, HHN superfans will feel perfectly at home here.
    • Pro Tip: Keep an eye peeled for Easter eggs and throwbacks to years past!
  • Explore the cursed film set and archeological dig site that comprise the queue of Revenge of the Mummy.
    • If the eerie shadows and haunting music aren’t enough to make you sweat, you can always forfeit your soul to Imhotep!
    • Pro Tip: If you’re brave enough, try sticking your hand into one of the glowing slots in the walls.
  • Head over to Louie’s this fall for everyone’s favorite HHN cuisine — pizza fries.
  • Laugh — and scream — your head (or arm) off at Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show.
    • Come for the dark humor, stay for the in-depth look at how make-up and special effects combine to create your favorite big-screen monsters.
  • Get your heart pounding with a ride on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.
    • Racing through the nearby buildings may bring back memories of the paranormal activities they used to house…
    • Pro Tip: There are plenty of on-theme songs to choose, including one you might remember from the HHN29 show Academy of Villains: Altered States.

Islands of Adventure

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year's Event
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  • Take a treacherous journey into the Skull Island: Reign of Kong queue.
    • If prehistoric monsters and a cannibalistic witch aren’t enough, the jump-scares from the natives of Skull Island offer all the HHN vibes you could dream of.
    • After you survive the queue, keep the adrenaline pumping by coming face-to-face with King Kong himself on the ride.
  • Pay a visit to Blue at her Raptor Encounter.
    • Dagger-like teeth + extreme stealth = jump-scare heaven. 
    • Pro Tip: Velociraptors are deadly intelligent — but you may be able to snap a picture with Blue if you’re quick enough.
  • Chat it up with the feisty Mystic Fountain in Sinbad’s Bazaar.
    • An ordinary object possessed by a mischievous spirit? That’s the plot of at least a dozen horror movies.
  • Embrace the occult at Star Souls – Psychic Readings.
    • Nothing makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up quite like an eerily accurate psychic reading.
    • Pro Tip: Leave your skepticism at the door for the best chance of uncovering your fate.

Bonus Horror

13 Ways to Get your Halloween Horror Nights Fix Until Next Year's Event
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  • Brave the terrifying plunges of Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides at Universal’s Volcano Bay.
    • If you close your eyes, the feeling of the trap door dropping out from under you is almost comparable to an HHN jump-scare.
  • Let the churning rapids and chopping waves of TeAwa The Fearless River give you an adrenaline rush.
    • For bonus terror, simply envision a horrific sea monster chasing you as you’re swept along.
  • Take a break from the fear and enjoy a S’mores Sundae from The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.
    • It’s not quite the same as s’mores fries…but it’s still delicious!
  • Dive into the horrific void that is the internet. 
    • If you’re craving lore, rumors, or speculation, there are enough online HHN forums to keep a ghost busy for all eternity.
    • Pro Tip: Follow the official HHN Twitter and, if you’re brave enough, send a tweet to the demon who runs the account. 

The good news: by the time you work up the courage to take on all of the tactics listed above, it may already be time for next year’s Halloween Horror Nights AND you just had a horrifyingly good time at Universal Orlando Resort. You’re welcome. 

If you have any other tips to help your fellow horror junkies get their Halloween Horror Nights fix, be sure to leave them in the comments below, or share them on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram with #HHN!

10 Reasons to Visit Downtown Disney This Summer at Disneyland Resort

10 Reasons to Visit Downtown Disney This Summer at Disneyland Resort

From the Disney Parks Blog:

10 Reasons to Visit Downtown Disney This Summer at Disneyland Resort
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Summertime is a fun time to enjoy the sunshine in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort, where you and your family can dive into cool, tasty treats and the season’s hottest must-have merchandise.

This one-of-a-kind Disney experience recently began a phased reopening with a mix of family-friendly restaurants offering outdoor seating, favorite snacking stops and shopping boutiques. First stop, be sure to visit the flagship World of Disney store for the largest selection of Disney toys, souvenirs, accessories, collectibles and more.

Since the initial reopening of the Downtown Disney District, more locations are now on tap to welcome you including Ballast Point Brewing CompanyTortilla Jo’s and most recently Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

So shop it, taste it, wear it, love it! Here are 10 reasons to visit Downtown Disney this summer at Disneyland Resort:

1. Warm Waffle Sundae at Ballast Point Brewing Company

Overlooking the Downtown Disney District, enjoy the upper deck patio and delve into this pearl sugar waffle made with vanilla bean ice cream, crumbled chocolate wafers, Victory At Sea chocolate sauce, candied walnuts and fresh berries. Try pairing with Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea Imperial Porter!

2. Frosty, Frozen Lemonade at Wetzel’s Pretzels

Nothing says summer like a fresh, frosty, frozen lemonade! Yet, any time of year you can sip on this delightful refreshment, with your choice of the original flavor or strawberry lemonade.

3. Churro Ice Cream Sandwich at California Churro

Through the month of August, don’t miss your chance to try this vanilla bean ice cream sandwich covered with two freshly-rolled, colored crispy cereal churro buns!

4. Strawberry Shortcake CrazyShake at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes

Get your camera and your sweet tooth ready! This strawberry shake has a vanilla-frosted rim topped with a strawberry shortcake ice cream bar, pink & white twisty pop, whipped cream, strawberry drizzle, crumbled cake and a cherry. All shakes can be made with a vegan dairy free ice cream base and lactose free whipped cream.

5. Beignets at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Hurray for beignets, as Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Express locations just reopened!  Indulge in this classic taste of New Orleans with these delicious French donuts which are made fresh throughout the day, deep fried and topped with powdered sugar. They are available in the restaurant and to-go from the Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express window.

10 Reasons to Visit Downtown Disney This Summer at Disneyland Resort
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6. Cool Shades at Sunglass Icon

Stay cool and look cool in these classic Ray-Bans with a touch of Mickey Mouse! These functional and stylish sunglasses, named Justin Mickey A20, feature Mickey Mouse character art and limited-edition engraving on the temples, officially making the Justin Mickey the latest addition to the Ray-Ban x Disney collection.

7. Sunny and Seaside Pandora Charms

Summery and precious, add these charms to your collection: the Pandora Passions Pave Ice Cream Cone Sapphire and CZ Charm, the Pandora Tropical Starfish CZ Charm and the Pandora Me My Summer Sun Crystal Charm. 

8. Summer Sandals and Beach Towels at California Sole

California Sole is the place to give your feet a treat! Slip into a comfy pair of OluKai, Reef, Sanuk, Vans or Havaianas, and add a Pura Vida bracelet for that breezy, beachy, California look. Get the Nomadix go-anywhere towel and take it with you to the beach, yoga or camping. It’s lightweight, quick-drying, sand-resistant and is made from recycled plastic bottles.

9. Beachwear at Curl Surf

Curl Surf has you covered for summertime fun. Stop by to check the newest selection of Roxy, Quiksilver, Levi’s and Billabong, along with graphic tees, swimwear, shorts and sandals. (Adding water is optional!)

10.  Refresh at Rinse Bath & Body Co.

Stop by Rinse’s kiosk in the Downtown Disney District, where you can pick up natural products scented with essential oils, including the Lavender Refreshing Spray to spritz your skin and the Peppofoot Stick to put the pep in your step!

If you haven’t visited the Downtown Disney District lately, be sure to familiarize yourself with our health and safety measures at Disneyland.com/DTD to learn important details, including that all guests, ages 2 and older, must wear a face covering.

During the month of August 2020, Downtown Disney District hours are extended to 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Continue to check Disneyland.com/DTD or the Disneyland app for the latest details, as information is updated often and individual locations may vary. 

We hope you are enjoying these summer days with your family, and we look forward to seeing you again soon in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland!

15 Details in Hogwarts Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter You Won’t Want to Miss

15 Details in Hogwarts Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter You Won’t Want to Miss

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

Hogwarts Castle in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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One of the best parts about riding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is all of the details in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as you walk through the queue inside Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is one of the best queues for any Harry Potter fan because of the amazing relics with unique stories and incredible details. So grab your robe and wand as you learn about the stories behind the most famous relics found in Hogwarts castle at Universal Orlando Resort

COURTYARD:

The Two Guardian Boar Statues at the Gates 

Hogwarts castle
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At the entrance of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the first things we come face-to-face with are the two boar statues. Right below the guardian boars, you will see the name of the attraction lit up in small lights that cascade from top to bottom.

GREENHOUSES:

Mandrakes

Hogwarts castle
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Sitting at the top of the greenhouses we find Mandrakes — a tufty little plant that can be quite dangerous. If de-earthed, a fully matured Mandrake’s cry can be fatal to those who hear it. So, let’s leave them planted, shall we?

House Points

Hogwarts castle
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Another relic you will find is the hourglass-like cylinders displaying the standings of the house points. Triumphs during students’ time at Hogwarts will earn the house points, while any rule-breaking by students will lose house points. As a non-biased Hufflepuff, I think Hufflepuff should be in the lead, but who do you think should be on top?

DUNGEONS:

Potions Classroom Door

Hogwarts castle
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As you leave the dungeons, don’t miss the door on your left titled “Potions Classroom”. If you listen closely, you can hear what’s going on inside, as well as some familiar voices.

One-Eyed Witch Statue

Hogwarts castle
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Continuing along, you’ll pass a statue of a humpbacked, one-eyed witch. Harry first encountered the Marauder’s Map near a one-eyed witch statue just like this one. Mischief Managed!

Professor Severus Snape’s Office Door

As entrancing as the one-eyed witch statue may be, keep your eyes peeled for a door labeled for the infamous Potions master. If you angle yourself just right, you can see it toward the left. This is — in my opinion — one of the coolest things to see.

Mirror of Erised

Hogwarts castle
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We’ll also encounter the Mirror of Erised. The attention to detail is stunning, complete with the “Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi” inscription in beautiful gold lining. Take a moment to stand and gaze into the mirror to discover your deepest desire!  

Griffin Entry to Office

Hogwarts castle
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If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you know all about the entrance to Dumbledore’s office. The Griffin statue requires a password to gain entry, and knowing Dumbledore’s favorite sweet treat has proven helpful in the past. Of course, after this can only come…

DUMBLEDORE’S OFFICE:

Dumbledore’s Pensieve

Hogwarts castle
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Nestled safety in Dumbledore’s office is the Pensieve -a very unique enchanted item where one can deposit their thoughts or memories. The Pensieve was a very important element of Harry’s journey and is destined to become an exciting sight in yours!

Sword of Gryffindor

Hogwarts castle
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The sword of Godric Gryffindor, one of the Hogwarts founders, was made a thousand years ago and is known to appear to true Gryffindors who are in need of it. You can find the ornate sword displayed hugging the wall opposite of Dumbledore in his office. Look up so you don’t miss it!

DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS CLASSROOM:

Dragon Skeleton

Hogwarts castle
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Finally, we’re here. This is my favorite room because there are lots of interesting things in it. Here you will find a relevant artifact from every Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, serving almost as a trophy area from teachers who have come and gone.

GRYFFINDOR COMMON ROOM:

Fat Lady Portrait

Hogwarts castle
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Never a dull moment near the entrance to the Gryffindor common room — the Fat Lady never stops talking. She even mentioned she would go to the Quidditch match if someone could just lift her up and take her but don’t look at me. Any volunteers?

Quidditch Board Game

Hogwarts castle
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

The board is set for people to play a board game of Quidditch, but you won’t find any of the pieces except for the stands. There is only one visible Quidditch board game in the castle and it’s spiritedly themed with the four Hogwarts house colors. 

Wizard’s Wireless 

Hogwarts castle
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Looking much like the radios of yesteryear, is a wizard’s wirelesss. We can almost imagine the Gryffindor students gathered around listening to Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees on the Wizarding Wireless Network. If you get really really close you’ll hear… nothing, sorry. 

Sorting Hat

Hogwarts castle
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

The last thing you’ll see before you hop on for the ride of a lifetime on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Say hello and goodbye to the familiar face of this incredible hat and get ready for quite the adventure with Harry, Ron, and Hermione!

So, how many of these details in Hogwarts Castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort had you noticed? Did you learn something new about these details in the Wizarding World? Let me know in the comments below and share your favorites on social media with #WizardingWorldOrlando

Sneak Peek of Disney World’s Phased Reopening Plus Tips for Your Visit

sneak peek at Disney World's phased reopening

Walt Disney World Resort began its phased re-opening on July 11, 2020. I had the opportunity to spend eight days in the theme parks and at Disney’s Pop Century Resort at the end of July and would love to share my experience during Disney World’s phased reopening this summer.

Overall, I had a magical time in the parks and at my hotel. We were able to see a number of Disney characters, experience all of the attractions we wanted to (many multiple times) thanks to short lines, and even enjoy a character dining experience. The Disney magic is still alive and well and waiting to welcome you back at the Walt Disney World Resort. I even discussed my experience during Disney World’s phased reopening on The Budget Mouse podcast. Be sure to listen for all the details!

Safety Protocols

ways Disney World is keeping you safe during Disney World's phased reopening

Disney is taking guest (and cast member) safety very seriously.

All guests make pass a temperature screening to enter the theme parks and wear a face covering throughout their visit. Face masks are only able to be removed while actively eating or drinking AND stationary. You are no longer able to stroll the parks with a drink in hand without your face covering.

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Social distancing is being practiced everywhere, from the resort lobby to attraction queues and even Disney transportation. Disney buses now accommodate five to six families with barriers installed and select seats marked as unavailable. Dividers have been installed in the monorail, as well. There are ground markers at every attraction queue to keep at least (and sometime more) six feet between parties. At certain points of the queue where guests would be on one side of you or the other, plexiglass barriers have been installed.

They have added hand sanitizer machines throughout the parks and resorts. It is readily available and encouraged both before and after experiencing attractions.

I personally felt very safe traveling during Disney World’s phased reopening with my three year old and eight year old due to all of these safety precautions.

Disney Characters

Disney Characters at Disney World's phased reopening

One thing that many guests seem to be very concerned about (and understandably so) is characters. Disney is not allowing guests to hug characters right now, but we still found plenty of opportunities to see and even interact with them.

All four parks are offering character cavalcades that actually feel like a short, mini parade. You can find Mickey and friends at all four parks and a variety of other characters throughout the parks. Guests can even personally interact with many of these characters. For example, Anastasia and Drizella are often standing on Cinderella Castle with microphones to talk to guests. We also found Buzz Lightyear, Joy from Inside Out, Gaston, Winnie the Pooh, and Alice in Wonderland among others. You can stop for a picture and even talk to these characters.

Disney is currently offering two character dining experiences. You can enjoy breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort or lunch or dinner at Garden Grill at Epcot. These are also the only opportunity to take a picture with the characters with your mask on. The characters just have to keep their distance.

Five Tips for Visiting During Disney World’s Phased Reopening

  1. Take Advantage of Mobile Order Whenever Possible: This single tip will save you so much time during your visit. Mobile order is available at the resort food courts and (open) quick service locations in the theme parks. You can order your meals in your My Disney Experience app and simply arrive to pick up your food when it is ready.
  2. Prepare for Bag Check: Bag check has changed, but for the better! It is so much faster and easier now! However, you can be prepared by removing any large metal objects from your bag like an umbrella or sunglass case as you prepare to enter the park.
  3. Pack Multiple Masks: You’ll probably get hot and sweaty throughout the day so if you have an extra mask in your park bag, you can change it out for a fresh mask. Masks are also available for purchase throughout the theme parks and hotels.
  4. Set Expectations in Advance: You can find a list of which attractions and dining experiences are currently open. Be sure to look this over so you aren’t disappointed with the attractions or even dining experiences are currently available.
  5. Practice Wearing Masks at Home with Kids: Your kids may not have had to wear a mask very much at home, if at all. I would recommend practicing with them at home so that they have an idea of what to expect. They can also start getting used to the mask so it won’t be as bothersome during your visit.
Free Gift when you book a 2020 Disney World Vacation Package

We’d love to help you plan a magical and memorable Disney World vacation this year. Plus, we have a special offer when you book your 2020 Disney World vacation package with us! When you book a minimum three night stay with a three day ticket, you’ll receive a 2020 Walt Disney World Resort photo album ($24.99 value)!

Will you be visiting during Disney World’s phased reopening this year? Don’t miss answers to our most FAQ about Disney World’s phased reopening, too!

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10 Things You Need to Start Crafting with a Cutting Machine

10 essentials for crafting with a cutting machine

So, you’re looking for a Silhouette or Cricut machine? Now what? It can be intimidating to choose a machine and get started. These amazing crafting machines can cut paper, vinyl, leather, wood, and more, depending on the make and model. If you’re just starting out, we have 10 essentials we think you’ll need to start crafting with a cutting machine.

Crafting Machine

If you haven’t chosen a machine yet, this is a good place to start. The major brands (in our opinion) are Silhouette and Cricut. They both offer a variety of models that can help you craft some incredible projects. It just depends what your interests (and budget) are. We prefer the Silhouette Cameo 4 or the Cricut Maker.

Vinyl

We love Expressions Vinyl! We have ordered from Expressions Vinyl for years and always had a great experience. They offer fast shipping and competitive prices. They have permanent and removable adhesive vinyl, heat transfer vinyl, color changing vinyl, and more. You can even receive $5 off your first order from Expressions Vinyl when you order here.

Once you have the crafting machine of your choice and some vinyl in hand, what can you put it on? Here are some ideas for fun and easy starter projects:

Shirts

You can order a four pack of Hanes shirts in a variety of colors including blue, red, pink, purple, orange, and yellow, among others. You can also try this two pack of Gildan long sleeve t-shirts in assorted colors. Or, if you want to try a larger order, we recommend this 12 pack of Gildan t-shirts.

If you know someone having a baby, you can even customize some onesies as a thoughtful and unique baby shower gift.

Tumblers or Water Bottles

Clear plastic tumblers and/or water bottles are a great beginner project. You can order a pack of 12 tumblers from Amazon with either clear lids or assorted colors. You can also order one of these colorful water bottles.

Wood Signs

This six pack of unfinished hanging wood signs would be a great way to make a “welcome” sign or add some new decor to your bedroom or bathroom.

Canvas Totes or Zippered Pouches

You can order a pack of 15 canvas tote bags to decorate. You can add names, logos, characters, and more. If you prefer a little color, these multi-pack canvas bags can have navy, red, or green accents.

You can order a pack of 12 canvas zippered pouches for just over $1 per bag! These make great travel or make-up bags. There’s also a more colorful pack here. These can be a fun idea if you are participating in a fish extender during your Disney cruise.

Key Chains

Key chains can be a quick and easy beginner project. You can add a name or small design to these. This pack of 50 acrylic key chains is inexpensive and will give you plenty of extra’s to practice on.

Coasters

We recommend this twelve pack of stone coasters to get started. You can choose a round or square design. You may want to spray some modge podge over the vinyl as a sealer, just to make sure the vinyl doesn’t peel with use.

Earrings

We love this 30 piece leather earring making kit! It actually includes all of the tools and templates if you want to cut them by hand, but many machines can cut the leather for a variety of shapes and designs. We like that this kit also comes with everything you’ll need for the earrings, from start to finish.

Heat Press or Easy Press

If you’re working with heat transfer vinyl, you may want to consider investing in a heat press or Cricut Easy Press. You can always use an iron to apply your heat transfer vinyl, but may have better results by using a heat press or easy press. The iron doesn’t apply heat evenly so the designs can be more likely to peel off or not stick at all.

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7 Fun Facts About Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island Paradise

How much do you know about Castaway Cay? No matter how many times you’ve been to Disney’s private island paradise, there’s a good chance that you still learn something new with each visit. If you’re looking forward to your first day at this little slice of paradise in the Bahamas, here are seven fun facts about Castaway Cay …

Facts About Castaway Cay
Photo: Disney

The island is reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. If the Castaway Cay post office is open, be sure to stop by to mail a message (and brag) to friends back home. Also check out the merchandise you can only get on the island, like beachwear, hats and collectible pins with the Castaway Cay logo, at She Sells Sea Shells … and Everything Else!

You can walk right off the ship to the island. The dock built at Castaway Cay eliminates the need to tender, making the ship easily accessible throughout the day. Trams provide transportation to and from various points on the 1,000-acre island. All you’ll need is your Key to the World card to get on and off the ship as you please.

Facts About Castaway Cay
Photo: Disney

There’s something for everyone. Disney Imagineers designed Castaway Cay much like their ships, with unique activities and areas for every age group. Places for the family to spend time together are plenty, but when it’s time to do your own thing, kids can head to Scuttle’s Cove, teens to the secluded Hide Out and adults to the pristine Serenity Bay.

All that you need is included. From complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas to an all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffet and ice cream station, Disney has you covered. They even provide beach towels, wagons and strollers to make your day more comfortable. There isn’t much you’ll need to bring onto the island with you, except for of course plenty of sunblock and a good book!

Facts About Castaway Cay
Photo: Disney

There are plenty of Port Adventures options for your family. Just like in other Disney Cruise Line destinations, they work with local operators to offer excursions such as parasailing, deep sea fishing and boat tours. Plus, you won’t want to miss the activities exclusive to the island, including Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure, the Castaway Cay Walking and Kayak Nature Adventure and the teen-only Wild Side Adventure.

The island is stocked with toys for water sports enthusiasts. Water cycles, paddleboats, sea kayaks, sailboats, stand-up paddle boards, floats and snorkel gear are all available to rent. There’s also a watercraft ski adventure for the chance to drive a personal watercraft through mangroves and around the island.

Facts About Castaway Cay
Photo: Disney

You can stay cool even in the warm sunshine. Besides joining the water fun with one of the many activities listed above, the Pelican Plunge slide is a great way to cool off. When you need a break from the sun, shaded areas are located around the island, including covered seating near the lunch buffets and bars, In Da Shade Game Pavilion and private rental cabanas.

What are your favorite fun facts about Castaway Cay? How many days until your next Disney cruise?