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Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way Coming to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

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A Disney Villain you love to hate will be hosting her own festive and fabulous event during this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park!

Starting today, you can book the all-new Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant,  the perfect place to mix and mingle with Cruella de Vil and be part of her circle of puppies, aka friends! Enjoy a fun, festive atmosphere, with themed background music and décor, and a great view of Town Square. 

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Beginning at 9:30 p.m., this new and special experience will allow you to pop in and out at your leisure and indulge in savory hors d’oeuvres with a taste from the Witches Cauldron—a kettle of gooey and creamy spinach dip with ciabatta crostini, assorted Halloween flatbreads and more! In addition, there will be sweet treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake and mini cannoli, Kanine Krunchy cake and Mini De Vil brownies and a variety of beverages including beer and wine selections and more! 

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But the party doesn’t stop there! You will also have access to a special reserved viewing area for the truly enchanting “Mickey’s Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade at 11:15 p.m., featuring some of Cruella’s villainous pals. 

After the parade, the fun continues at Tony’s where you can hang out until 12:30 a.m.

Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way is available for $99 per person (plus tax) every Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event night at Magic Kingdom Park. Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required to attend. Seating is available for guests as they dine on a first come, first serve basis and shared seating is encouraged amongst guests to enjoy both the food and company the party has to offer.

Reservations are available on DisneyWorld.com and by calling 407-939-3463. Space is limited and will fill up fast, so book your reservation soon!

Seven Disney Special Ticket Events Offer After Hours Fun at Disney World

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If you’re looking for a list of the best things to do at Walt Disney World Resort, you came to the right place! Disney Special Event Tickets are one of my favorite things to take advantage of at Walt Disney World Resort, offering a unique immersive experience in the Disney parks. Depending on the event you choose, this is a chance to enjoy some of your favorite attractions with less wait time or celebrate the holidays – Disney style! Whether you are planning your first Walt Disney World Resort vacation or a returning guest, these events are a great way to get the most out of your trip. Keep reading to discover which special after-hours event is right for you!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s iconic Tree of Life will undergo extraordinary “awakenings” throughout each evening as the animal spirits are brought to life by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment. Projections of nature scenes take on a magical quality as they appear to dramatically emanate from within the Tree of Life. (David Roark, photographer)

1. For Nature Lovers: Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

When the sun goes down, Disney’s Animal Kingdom comes alive like never before and Pandora- The World of Avatar transforms into a bioluminescent rainforest.  Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom not only offers the chance to see the park in a whole new light, it’s also a great way to experience many of the exciting attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 

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2. For Fans That Can’t Get Enough Toy Story: Disney H2O Glow Nights at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Looking for more ways to celebrate the release of “Toy Story 4” this summer? Disney H2O Glow Nights is the event for you! From Toy-story themed menu items to character greetings with your favorite Toy Story pals, this one-of-a-kind glow party brings “Partysaurus Rex,” to life and lets you experience Typhoon Lagoon attractions under the stars. 

3. For Villain Devotees: Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park

This summer, Disney’s most notorious villains are taking center stage at Magic Kingdom Park! Disney Villains After Hours will feature a tempting array of villain-inspired treats, special branded merchandise, the all-new night show, “Villains Unite the Night” and Maleficent the Dragon. Check out this complete list of the unique experiences this event has to offer. 

Little green Aliens from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films pilot toy rocket ships in the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The out-of-this-world attraction is inspired by Andy’s toy playset from the Pizza Planet restaurant. With multi-colored lighting and sound effects from throughout the galaxies, Walt Disney World guests swirl and whirl in the toy rocket ships while the Aliens try to get captured by “The Claw” that hangs overhead. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

4. For Adventure Seekers: Disney After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

Let your adventure begin at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Whether you’re heading to Andy’s Backyard, hopping on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith or checking out The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, attending Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios is an awesome way to experience everything Disney’s Hollywood Studios has to offer. 

New in 2015, the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” show during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park features the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s Hocus Pocus, who throw an evil Halloween party with appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other Disney villains, along with dancers, projections and special effects. Walt Disney World Resort is located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

5. For Halloween Aficionados: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Did someone say trick-or-treating in the Magic Kingdom Park? At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, dressing up is not just for kids! The unique special entertainment offerings at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party combine the magic of Disney with classic Halloween traditions. You won’t want to miss the brand-new fireworks spectacular or the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” castle stage show.  

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6. For Classic Disney Enthusiasts: Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park

From Fantasyland to Tomorrowland, there is so much to explore in the Magic Kingdom Park.  Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park allows you to enjoy more than 25 of Disney’s iconic attractions and character greetings including Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight with less wait times.    

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7. For Christmas Connoisseurs: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 

There is nothing quite like watching an enchanting “snowfall” in Florida. In my opinion, the most wonderful time of the year is even more magical when spent at the happiest place on earth! At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party there is no shortage of holiday cheer, Yuletide traditions and beloved Disney characters.  And debuting this year, an all-new holiday firework show, “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.” 

Ready to experience the Disney parks like never before? Plan to purchase your tickets early to save on these awesome special ticket events at Disney World. 

Holiday Celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Begin November 8, 2019

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Everyone will be feeling extra merry and bright at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this holiday season, with festive new entertainment and holiday décor in every land! For the first time, holiday celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be held throughout the park and all the fun begins November 8, 2019.

It all begins when you cross the bridge to Discovery Island, finding yourself in the midst of a celebration of winter, hand-crafted by the eclectic community of artists who make the island their home. The village is filled with sparkling white holiday decorations. Colorful, animal-inspired luminaries line the rooftops, and wireframe lanterns in the shape of beautiful birds can be found perched throughout the area. And during the day, Discovery Island springs to life with a holiday gathering of winter animals, realized in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets. Reindeer, foxes, polar bears, penguins and more interact with guests, accompanied by serenading musicians as they create a playful atmosphere of festive fun.

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As day becomes night, the rooftop luminaries and bird lanterns all around Discovery Island bring a warm and festive glow to the entire village. At the center of everything, the Tree of Life awakens with a series of wintry tales, complemented by a familiar and heartwarming holiday-inspired musical score. Between awakening moments, the Tree of Life continues to shimmer and sparkle throughout the night, alive with the magic of nature and the spirit of the holidays.

Over in Dinoland, U.S.A., all the Disney character friends gathered for Donald’s Dino-Bash! get into the spirit with colorful holiday decorations in the style of Donald Duck and each of his pals, and at night, you’re invited to gather ‘round Truck-O-Saurus for the Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip ‘n Dale and plenty of interactive fun and games.

In Asia, the residents of Anandapur have decorated the theatre district in celebration of Diwali, the holiday festival of lights in India. Glowing flowers, lanterns and more illuminate the square between Anandapur Theater and the waterfront stage, home to authentic cultural performances.

The village of Harambe in Africa welcomes visitors with a unique holiday presentation, blending the inspiration and style of western traditions with the colors and textiles of authentic African celebrations. The various groups appearing throughout Harambe introduce holiday-inspired enhancements, including costume additions and new music, to their performances. The holiday fun continues inside Tusker House for dining with Disney friends, where Mickey and his pals spread holiday cheer throughout the meal.

The holiday spirit even reaches Pandora – The World of Avatar, where the ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora bring a little Christmastime fun to their alien home, with a display at Pongu Pongu of kitschy holiday décor, combining vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.

It’s going to be an extra magical holiday season at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and across Walt Disney World Resort, filled with wonder and delight in all four parks! Make plans to join the holiday celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, starting November 8, 2019.

Complete Guide to the Imagination Pink Treats at Disney Parks

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It’s time to get your PINK ON with new Imagination Pink treats available at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort! They’re yummy and delicious AND they go great with the newly released Imagination Pink merchandise collection. So grab your spirit jerseys, headbands, backpacks, and your friends to try these adorable new treats on both coasts! This guide will help you find all of the Imagination Pink treats at Disney Parks this summer. 

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DISNEYLAND RESORT

Imagination Pink Cake Pop – Available at Marceline’s Confectionery at Downtown Disney District Candy Palace and Hunny Spot at Disneyland Park, and Trolley Treats and Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff at Disney California Adventure Park – Vanilla cake pop with white chocolate ears enrobed in bubble gum pink chocolate and dusted with edible gold glitter

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Minnie Macaron – Available at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland Park and Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe and Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream at Disney California Adventure Park – Minnie macaron with vanilla bean buttercream and Amarena cherry compote

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Imagination Pink Cupcake – Available at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland Park – Pound cake with raspberry marmalade filling and raspberry buttercream swirl frosting

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WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Imagination Pink Piñata – Available at The Ganachery at Disney Springs – Chocolate sphere filled with vanilla bean marshmallows and crispy pearls and decorated with an Imagination Pink Minnie Ears headband

Imagination Pink Ganache Square – Available at The Ganachery at Disney Springs – Summer berry ganache enrobed in dark chocolate and topped with an imagination pink Mickey stamp

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Strawberry Rose – Available at Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs – Chocolate-covered strawberry decorated with pink modeling chocolate

Imagination Pink Champagne – Available at Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs – Pink champagne garnished with edible Minnie Mouse topper

Imagination Pink Cocktail – Dockside Margaritas at Disney Springs – Pineapple juice, coconut rum, peach schnapps, and sweet and sour

Imagination Pink Churro – Outdoor Vending Carts at Disney Springs – Classic Disney churro dusted with pink cinnamon sugar

Imagination Pink Cupcake – Available at Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Strawberry cupcake filled with pink sprinkles and topped with vanilla buttercream icing

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Hot Pink Cupcake – Available at Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Yellow cupcake with guava filling and topped with cream cheese buttercream and chocolate mouse ears

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Imagination Pink Cupcake – Available starting June 30 at Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory and Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Vanilla confetti cupcake with raspberry cheesecake filing, two-tone raspberry buttercream, pink crispy pearls, and pink sparkly chocolate mouse ears

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Pretty in Pink Strawberry Tart – Available at World Premier Food Court, Intermission Food Court, and End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Resorts – Strawberry popping pearls, strawberry-raspberry mousse, pink glitter glaçage, chocolate ears, pink crispy pearls, and a pink chocolate bow

Imagination Pink Cotton Candy Cocktail – Available at Oasis and Barefoot Pool Bars at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Cherry vodka, almond liqueur, and strawberry purée topped with whipped cream

Imagination Pink Cupcake – Available at Capt. Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Vanilla cupcake with red berry cheesecake filling

Imagination Pink Macaron – Available at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Pink macaron with blackberry lemonade ganache filling

Imagination Pink Lemonade – Available at Block & Hans at Epcot – Frozen lemonade with watermelon and desert pear (also available with blackberry moonshine whiskey)

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While you’re out there snacking away, if you’re interested in taking some pics with the bright and vibrant Imagination Pink merchandise, you can find it all at various merchandise locations through Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort as well as shopDisney.com. The collection includes a variety of items including a spirit jersey, a backpack (decorated with a bow and ADORABLE mouse ears), and a sparkly headband! To find out more about this exciting new collection, check out our recent blog post for all of the details. 

For more information on our food & beverage offerings at Disneyland Resort, visit the Disneyland Resort website or call 714 718-DINE (714 718-3463).

For more information on our food & beverage offerings at Walt Disney World Resort, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

10 Reasons You Need to Book a Royal Caribbean Cruise to Experience Perfect Day at CocoCay

Royal Caribbean has completely upgraded and reimagined their private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, to offer a variety of experiences for visitors of all ages. From the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool and tallest water slide to the only private overwater cabanas in the Bahamas, everyone will love the Perfect Day at CocoCay.

This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned. Conquer the tallest waterslide in North America and snap a shot from up to 450 feet up in a helium balloon. Grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. Or get a taste of Bora Bora with your own overwater cabana. This is Perfect Day at CocoCay — only on Royal Caribbean®.

  1. Thrill Waterpark: Daredevils Wanted

This is a drench a minute thrill-a-thon for every adventurer. From giggle-worthy tides to shriek-inducing slides towering high into the clouds. Bounce, climb and swing your way through the obstacles in Adventure Pool. Get swept up by the biggest Wave Pool in the Caribbean. Or if you’re up for a true rush, take on the tallest waterslide in North America — Daredevil’s PeakSM. Whatever your thrill threshold, you’ll find firsts to test your bravery at Thrill WaterparkSM.

2. Coco Beach Club: Elevate Your Perfect Day (Opening December 2019)

Welcome to Coco Beach ClubSM, where every moment is elevated. It’s just you and endless blue, lounging in the only overwater cabanas in the Bahamas. Savor new Mediterranean flavors, then drift along the finest line between poolside and seaside, in an infinity edge pool overlooking the ocean.

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3. Up, Up and Away: Way Above the Ordinary

Take your adventure to the skies aboard a helium balloon and see the islands like never before from the highest vantage point in The Bahamas — Up, Up and Away. Feel your heart race while soaring up to 450 feet above land and sea, then let the wonder wash over you as you coast on the breeze.

4. Oasis Lagoon: A Refreshing Change of Place

This is no mirage, you’ve found it — the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. Make your way through the different coves of Oasis LagoonSM, each with a vibe all its own. Splash right in at the kidfriendly sloping entry. Take your first sip of a cold Coco Loco at the swim-up bar before lounging on one of three swim-up islands. Or treat yourself to total relaxation in the privacy of your own cabana, complete with attendant service.

5. Harborside Drinks and Dining: Hang Like a Local at Captain Jack’s or Fuel Up for Fun at Skipper’s Grill

We’re not sure where Captain Jack was headed when he marooned on this island, but we’re glad he brought the wing sauce. The legend lives on at the rum-runner’s harborside dive. Grab a Coco Loco at the rowboat bar and settle into a rope swing seat. Or snack on the house specialty — chicken wings and fries dipped in signature sauces like mango-habanero and Caribbean jerk. Live jams and water views will put you in an island state of mind in no time at Captain Jack’sSM.

Delicious eats with harborside views — Skipper’s Grill is the spot to relax, recharge and refuel for adventure. Tuck into tacos with guac, enjoy some barbecue chicken hot off the grill or treat your taste buds to a juicy burger. Then indulge in double chocolate chip caramel brownies and fresh baked cookies, or keep it light with fresh tropical fruit.

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6. Splashaway Bay: Even More Fun by the Gallon

The coolest aqua park at sea is breaking out beyond the deck and coming ashore at our largest Splashaway BaySM yet. Now kids can enjoy bigger buckets of fun than ever before with more fountains, pools and water cannons — plus five waterslides, and two massive drench buckets.

7. Captain Jill’s Galleon: Small Hands on Deck

From slides and interactive water cannons, to rope features and a splash pad, this interactive galleon is loaded with swashbuckling thrills for kids of all ages.

8. South Beach: Amp Up, Wind Down

Get ready to fuel your competitive fire, because on South Beach action is everywhere you look. Volleyball, beachside basketball, paddle boarding and glass bottom kayaking — it’s all here. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bite at the Snack Shack or wade out to the floating bar and cool off with a drink. Or kick back in a photo-worthy teepee cabana, perfect for napping and snapping in the South Beach shade.

9. Zip Line: High Flying Hangout

Leave your cares on the ground and soar above Perfect Day at CocoCay on 1,600 feet of zip line — with a splash landing in the harbor.

10. Chill Island: Out-of-Office Oasis

This is the beach day you’ve been dreaming about — crystal clear tropical waters and powdery sands. Kicking back with your whole crew in a private cabana. And just steps away, you can fill up your plate with tasty BBQ right on the beach at Chill Grill. Once you’re feeling recharged, check out the island sights from a jet ski or on a guided snorkel tour.

Please note that images and messaging for Perfect Day at CocoCay reflect current design concepts and may include artistic renderings. All destination features and experiences, and related delivery timing for these features, are currently in development and are subject to change without notice. Perfect Day and CocoCay are trademarks of Royal Caribbean.

You can view a map of Perfect Day at CocoCay here to start planning your perfect day.

Are you ready to experience Perfect Day at CocoCay? Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote.

Guide to Food and Drinks at Disney Parks for Fourth of July 2019

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Get ready for a patriotic spread of red, white, and blue treats that Sam Eagle would be proud to chow down on at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts for Fourth of July 2019. This guide provides you with all of the yummy details your all-American heart could hope for. Happy Independence Day, Disney Foodies!

4TH OF JULY OFFERINGS AT DISNEYLAND RESORT

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Disneyland Park

  • Plaza Inn Dining Package Adult Meal – Available July 4 at Plaza Inn by Reservation OnlySlow-roasted BBQ pork, fried chicken breast, smoked bratwurst with golden mustard sauce, fresh watermelon, corn on the cob, house-made cornbread, sweet baked beans, mac and cheese, and apple pie (vegetarian options available)
  • Plaza Inn Dining Package Kid’s Meal – Available July 4 at Plaza Inn by Reservation OnlyFried chicken leg, mac and cheese, watermelon, house-made cornbread, corn on the cob, and individual classic apple pie (vegetarian options available)
  • Apple Pie Shake – Available July 4 at Carnation Cafe 
  • 4th of July Cupcake – Available July 4 at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe: Cinnamon sponge cupcake with apple filling and buttercream

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Firecracker – Available July 4-7 at Hollywood Lounge: Mojito with blueberries and strawberry popping pearls

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel – Sand Bar BBQ 4th of July Menu 

  • PCH Burger – Short ribs and brisket blend half-pound beef patty with steak tomato, aged cheddar cheese, Vidalia onions, and charred avocado aïoli on a brioche bun
  • All Beef Hot Dog – Wagyu beef dog with caramelized onions and homemade ketchup on a pretzel bun
  • Chicken DrumMettes – Flare of citrus and sea salt with blue cheese dipping sauce and vegetable crudité
  • Veggie Burger – All-natural plant-based vegetarian patty with plum tomato, caramelized red onions, iceberg lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing on a brioche bun
  • Street Corn on the Cob – Sweet Californian corn, chili-lime aïoli, and queso fresco
  • Seasonal Fruit – Watermelon wedge, pineapple spears, and grapes or large dill pickle
  • Watermelon Aguas Frescas
  • Horchata
  • Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
  • Mickey Premium Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Classic Root Beer Float – Vanilla ice cream with root beer
  • Electric Lemonade – Citrus vodka and Odwalla lemonade
  • Odwalla Lemonade
  • Budweiser
  • Bud Light
  • Corona Extra
  • Heineken
  • Blue Moon Belgian White
  • Hangar 24 Orange Wheat Ale
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Downtown Disney District

  • Frozen Cherry Boba Lemonade – Available at Wetzel’s PretzelsFrozen lemonade with cherry-flavored popping pearls and cherry purée
  • Firecracker Cocktail – Available through July 7 at Splitsville Luxury Lanes: Lemonade, citrus vodka, blue curaçao, and grenadine
  • 4th of July Box – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcakes, dark chocolate cupcakes, and gluten-friendly lemon-blueberry cupcakes
  • Americana Mini Sampler – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcake, dark chocolate cupcake, and vanilla cupcake
  • Berry Ice Creams – Available through July 31 at Salt & Straw: Birthday Cakes & Blackberries flavor, Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero flavor, and Fresh Sheep’s Cheese & Strawberries flavor
  • Red, White & Blue Cake Shake – Available July 3-7 at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes: Vanilla shake with red, white, and blue cake slice, whipped cream, sprinkles, a cherry, and a vanilla frosted rim with red, white, and blue sprinkles

4TH OF JULY OFFERINGS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

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Magic Kingdom Park

  • It’s a Party! Sundae – Available through July 31 at Plaza Ice Cream ParlorRed velvet cake topped with birthday cake ice cream, vanilla sauce, raspberry sauce, whipped cream, a cherry, and red, white, and blue sprinkles
  • Sugar Cookie Sandwich – Available through July 31 at Plaza Ice Cream ParlorBirthday cake ice cream sandwiched between two sugar cookies with red, white, and blue sprinkles
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Epcot

  • Berry Shortcake – Available July 4 at Sunshine Seasons: Fresh blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream topped with patriotic sprinkles and a chocolate Mickey coin
  • Fourth of July Cupcake – Available July 4 at Fountain View: Yellow cake with buttercream and white chocolate mousse dome
  • BBQ Rib Plate – Available July 4 at Liberty Inn: BBQ babyback ribs with slaw and cornbread
  • All-American Burger – Available at Liberty Inn1/3 lb Angus burger with Vermont sharp cheddar, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and pickle on a brioche bun with french fries
  • The American Dream – Available at Fife & DrumFrozen blue raspberry slushy with vanilla ice cream and frozen strawberry
  • Voices of Liberty Quick-Service Dining Package – Available July 4 at Liberty Inn: Includes entrée, non-alcoholic beverage, dessert, and guaranteed seating for the Voices of Liberty Show at America Gardens Theatre and can be purchased for 29.99 plus tax on July 4 only in-person at Liberty Inn. Show times are 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Fourth of July Cupcake – Available through July 7 at Creature Comforts and Restaurantosaurus:Yellow cupcake with apple pie filling, buttercream, and chocolate fireworks
  • Ultimate Barbecue Platter – Available July 4-7 at Flame Tree BarbecueHouse-smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, coleslaw, and beans
  • Burger and Brew Combo – Available July 4-7 at Restaurantosaurus7-oz burger topped with smoked cheddar cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and jalapeño poppers and served with fries and your choice of beer
  • 4th of July White Berry Sangria – Available July 4-7 at Tusker House Restaurant, Tiffins Restaurant, Dawa Bar, and Nomad Lounge: White sangria with blueberries and strawberries
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Disney Springs

  • Red, White and Blue Slush – Available July 4 at Amorette’s PatisserieBlue raspberry, white Chantilly cream, and strawberry lemonade
  • Firecracker Cocktail – Available through July 7 at Splitsville Luxury Lanes: Lemonade, citrus vodka, blue curaçao, and grenadine
  • 4th of July Box – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcakes, dark chocolate cupcakes, and gluten-friendly lemon-blueberry cupcakes
  • Americana Mini Sampler – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcake, dark chocolate cupcake, and vanilla cupcake
  • 4th of July Sundae – Available July 4 at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill:Fresh berries and gelato topped with whipped cream, a house-made waffle cone, red, white, and blue sprinkles, and chocolate candies
  • Assorted 4th of July Desserts – Available at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill To-Go Window: Freshly-made brownies, mini cupcakes, cookies, and white chocolate-drizzled popcorn

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

  • Mickey’s Fire Cracker Cupcake – Available July 4 at Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Red velvet cupcake with mixed berry filling and vanilla buttercream icing
  • Independence Day Cupcake – Available July 4 at P&J’s Southern Takeout at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds: Yellow cupcake with buttercream icing 
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich – Available July 4 at Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: BBQ pulled pork with spicy pimento cheese, fried onion straws, bread, and pickles
  • Fourth of July Shortcake – Available July 3-5 at Everything POP Shopping and Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort: Red, white, and blue shortcake with macerated berries
  • Red, White, and Blue Sangria – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: White sangria infused with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
  • Patriotic Rum Punch – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Raspberry rum, blue curaçao, and cranberry and pineapple juices
  • Non-Alcoholic Boom Berry Lemonade – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Powerade Mountain Blast, lemonade, and fresh raspberries
  • The Strawberry Sparkler – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Sparkling wine infused with strawberry purée and fresh blueberries and garnished with a strawberry popsicle
  • 4th of July Donut – Available through July 4 at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Classic glazed donut topped with vanilla frosting and red, white, and blue sprinkles
  • 4th of July Cupcake – Available through July 4 at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Vanilla cupcake with cherry filling, buttercream icing, and red, white, and blue sprinkles and stars
  • Apple Pie Cupcake – Available July 3-5 at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts: Vanilla bean cupcake with roasted apple filling and buttercream
  • Uncle Slam – Available July 4 at Oasis and Barefoot Pool Bars at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortRum blended with cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and strawberry purée with a floater of blue curaçao (non-alcoholic version also available)
  • Raspberry Dole Whip Cone – Available July 4 at Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortBlue sugar cone with red raspberry Dole Whip and red, white, and blue stars
  • 4th of July Cupcake – Available July 4 at Capt. Cook’s and Kona Coffee Bar: Yellow cupcake with lemon-blueberry filling and red, white, and blue, buttercream stars

For more information on the food & beverage offerings at Disneyland Resort, visit the Disneyland Resort website or call 714 718-DINE (714 718-3463).

For more information on the food & beverage offerings at Walt Disney World Resort, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

Top 10 Places Where You Can Relax at Disneyland Resort

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With more than 100 attractions and entertainment offerings, there is a lot to see and do at the Disneyland Resort. Sometimes, the best way to experience the resort is at a leisurely pace, making time to rest and relax. It’s vacation after all!

Here are ten places to relax at Disneyland where you can kick back and enjoy your time at the Happiest Place on Earth:

1. Disneyland Railroad – Take a relaxing tour aboard the Disneyland Railroad and travel to your next destination at Disneyland park on an authentic steam-powered train. The attraction is just over a mile long and offers a nearly 20-minute scenic break if you take it round trip.

2. Star Wars Launch Bay – Explore immersive exhibits, encounter Kylo Ren and get off of your feet for 10 minutes in the Launch Bay Theater in Tomorrowland, offering a short film that celebrates the entire Star Wars saga running continuously throughout the day.

3. People Watching – Relax on benches throughout the theme parks and enjoy the sweet sounds and unique views of the resort. The hustle and bustle of Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland park, including the classic turn-of-the century vehicles, or Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park, brimming with life and live entertainment, are perfect spots.

4. Mark Twain Riverboat – Take a seat aboard the 19th-century-inspired riverboat for a half-mile journey into the worlds of old America. The charming adventure offers all sorts of sights and sounds along the river’s edge.

5. Disney Animation Building – No reservations are required for the drawing classes that occur every 30 minutes at the Animation Academy in Hollywood Land. Plus, the Animation Courtyard, Sorcerer’s Workshop and “Turtle Talk with Crush” are great experiences showcasing beloved Disney films in the same building.

6. Bengal Barbecue – Take advantage of the recently added air-conditioned seats at Bengal Barbeque in Adventureland and try the seasonal favorite, Musubi Special. Additional seating in the area will be available soon when Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and The Tropical Hideawayopen.

7. Tomorrowland Theater and Sunset Showcase Theater – Head to the Tomorrowland Theater or Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land for an entertainment treat. Enjoy a sneak peek of Disney’s dazzling new adventure “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” now playing in the Sunset Showcase Theater!

8. Starbucks – If you’re looking to rest with an additional pick-me-up, there are several Starbucks locations with plenty of seating inside or nearby to enjoy a cup of joe.

9. Main Street Opera House – There is plenty of seating throughout the spectacular Opera House on Main Street, U.S.A. while looking at rare Disney memorabilia. Then watch Abraham Lincoln come to life!

10. Live Performances – Enjoy world-class entertainment while taking a break at the same time. “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” in Hollywood Land and “Mickey and the Magical Map” in Fantasyland are offered several times a day.

Where are your favorite places to relax at Disneyland Resort?

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Surfside Inn and Suites Now Open in Orlando

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites – the first Value category hotel at Universal Orlando Resort is now officially open to guests. This brand new, extra-affordable hotel features a surfboard-shaped pool at Universal’s lowest price point yet.

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This beachy, coastal hotel perfectly captures the laid-back tranquil feel of being in the ocean. The best part –– you’re minutes away from your favorite Universal Orlando theme parks. This hotel was designed by the minds that brought you everything you love about our theme parks, giving you an immersive experience only available at our destination. 

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Your kids will love the surfer vibe and you’ll love the affordable 2-Bedroom Suites that give everyone enough room to spread out. At Surfside Inn and Suites, you can have the hotel you want at the price you’ve been looking for – a value that just cannot be beat in Orlando. You’ll have a complete Universal Orlando vacation experience, which even includes exclusive theme park benefits.

Here’s everything you need to know about Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Surfside Inn and Suites.

THEME PARK BENEFITS

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This hotel wouldn’t be a Universal Orlando hotel without some incredible benefits. Here’s a list of some of the many benefits that come with staying at Surfside Inn and Suites. 

  • One of the best benefits is Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay, one hour before the theme parks open. This means you are first to your favorite rides. (Valid theme park admission required. Select attractions.) 
  • Complimentary transportation to all Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal’s CityWalk makes getting around the resort fast and easy. The ride is less than five minutes, so you’re not wasting any time getting to the action.
  • Forget carrying your wallet around, with Resort-wide charging privileges, your room key card is your main form of payment.
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased at your favorite stores throughout the resort to your hotel so you don’t need to carry your bags around while you’re screaming on your favorite rides. 
  • Your room key gives you complimentary club-to-club access to select Universal CityWalk venues as long as you are a guest. Just show your room key to get into the clubs.  

ROOMS

The incredible immersive experience of Universal Orlando doesn’t end when you leave the parks – it continues back at your hotel as you step into your room. You’ll feel like you’re stepping into a beach paradise that any surfer would love. Every room is the perfect way to start and end an action-packed day in the parks.

STANDARD ROOMS

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Bright, open and soothing, the extra–affordable rooms invite the Florida sun in. Washed in the colors of the sea, they evoke that ocean lifestyle, appealing to everyone.

2-BEDROOM SUITES

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In addition to standard rooms, more than half the rooms at Surfside Inn and Suites will be spacious 2-Bedroom Suites – making it the perfect spot for families.  Our suites can accommodate up to six, which means you won’t have to worry about spending extra money on connecting rooms because everyone can fit into one room, with plenty of space for everyone. These suites feature three queen beds, two TVs, a kitchenette with a sink, picnic table, large mini-fridge, coffee maker, microwave and free WiFi. I’m ready to move in right now!

DINING 

Beach Break Cafe   

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At Beach Break Cafe, the casual dining food court at Surfside Inn and Suites, you’ll be able to take a break from your adventures in the parks and dig into some dishes that were inspired by food trucks, local joints and backyard barbeques.

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Beach Break Cafe will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will feature fresh and flavorful meals, with most priced under $12. From breakfast pizzas to comfort food and power bowls, Beach Break Cafe offers something for everyone in a care-free, cool and relaxed setting. Check out some of the food and drinks you’ll be able to try here

Sand Bar

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Throw on your swimsuit and head to Sand Bar, the laid-back pool bar. Sand Bar will be the perfect place to be while you’re soaking up the sun. The bar will be open in the early afternoon until late evening offering delicious drinks to keep you refreshed. I can’t wait to try the Tidal Wave. It’s made with Endless Summer Rum, Learn more about the drinks here

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

Starbucks

You’ll find a Starbucks in the lobby, offering coffee, tea and fresh food items. It’s a great spot to grab a quick latte before taking the free shuttle to the parks.

Pizza Delivery 

In need of a quick lunch or dinner? At Surfside Inn and Suites you can have pizza delivered right to your room. That’s right! If you want a late night bite or just want to chill at your picnic table, this is a great option for you.

Pool 

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At the heart of Surfside Inn and Suites is the pool. The coolest part about the pool is the fact that it’s shaped like a surfboard with the tail end of the pool serving as a zero entry access point. The pool has plenty of seating for you to kick back and relax including a bench that wraps around the inside of the pool so you can sit along the edge and soak in the Florida sun while enjoying the beautiful lake views.

Here are some additional amenities you can enjoy during your stay at Surfside Inn and Suites: 

  • Universal Studios Store – You’ll find everything from everyday needs to Universal Orlando merchandise you might have missed during your time in the parks.
  • Universal Orlando Vacation Planning Center- skip the front gate ticket windows –– this ticket desk and kiosk makes your Universal Orlando vacation even easier. Just head to the lobby to get information, buy or pick up tickets to Universal theme parks and even other area attractions. You even have the option to reserve cabanas for Volcano Bay. This desk is truly a vacation-saver.
  • Fitness Center – Fitness center is free to guests and offers showers, lockers and changing rooms. 
  • Car Rental Desk 
  • Game Room
  • Self-service guest laundry 

When you’re visiting Universal Orlando with your family, you need a hotel that emphasizes comfort and cost, which is exactly what you’ll get at Surfside Inn and Suites.

I’m so excited to finally say this officially – Surf’s up here at  Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites!

When will you be checking in to Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Surfside Inn and Suites? Let us know in the comments.

Meet Marvel and Other Super Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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As “Avengers: Endgame” has smashed into theaters across the globe, fans have plenty to look forward to in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure park. Step into another time dimension for multiple heroic encounters where you can meet Marvel super heroes and more!

Captain America  

Salute the all-American hero, Captain America, by striking a patriotic pose at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard.

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Thor

Asgard’s royal heir is on-guard eager to meet you and share his galactic adventures.

Loki

Challenge the galaxy’s most swindling trickster, and Thor’s meddling brother, to witty banter and a photo opp.

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Black Panther

Show your respect to the king of Wakanda as you encounter the strength of T’Challa and his guard, the Dora Milaje.

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Black Widow

Join Natasha Romanoff, the most talented spy on Earth, and share your secret missions with her daily in Hollywood Land.

Hawkeye

Show your steady hands and think fast when you meet sharp-shooter Hawkeye.

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Captain Marvel

Awe at Captain Marvel’s extraordinary power as you pose with her and her F-15 Eagle fighter jet at Hangar 12.

Spider-Man

Feel your spidey senses tingle as you meet your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man at the Brownstone Building on Sunset Boulevard.

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Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot

Groove and move with Star-Lord and Gamora at the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!in front of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Once things get going, Groot makes an appearance at the party!

Be sure to download the official Disneyland mobile app to locate when your favorite Super Heroes will be arriving. 

Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

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

12 Disney World Shows You Have to See During Your Next Visit

The Walt Disney World Resort theme parks are known for their characters, parades, fireworks, and rides, but many guests overlook the incredible shows. From Broadway style shows to interactive experiences, there are some great Disney World shows that you won’t want to miss! There is truly something for every member of your family to enjoy!

Here are twelve Disney World shows that you should make time to watch during your next visit:

Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Disney’s Festival of the Lion King is a true Broadway style stage show inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom that lasts about thirty minutes. You’ll get to hear some classic songs and even see a few characters from the original film, but also enjoy some new music and performances from this talented cast.

Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Beauty and the Beast truly comes to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage. You’ll get to enjoy an abbreviated version of the film during this twenty-five minute performance featuring all of your favorite characters from the film.

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration is a “must see” for Frozen fans and anyone who has ever had a Frozen fan in their family. This re-telling of the movie is a fun sing along for kids (and those young at heart), but also has plenty of humor mixed in to keep everyone’s attention.

Finding Nemo- The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Finding Nemo- The Musical is another fabulous Broadway style show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This incredible and colorful forty minute performance features larger than life puppets of your favorite friends from “The Big Blue.”

Voyage of The Little Mermaid at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Voyage of The Little Mermaid is a twenty minute retelling of the film that will take you “Under the Sea” where Ariel wishes that she could be “Part of Your World.” From live performers to colorful puppets, this show is great for the whole family to enjoy together.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom Park: Mickey’s PhilharMagic doesn’t feature any live actors, but is a fun 3-D show in Fantasyland. With scenes and music from many classic Disney films, this is a “must do” for my family at Magic Kingdom. Since this show is held inside, it is a great rainy day activity.

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire at Magic Kingdom Park: Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is a stage show at Cinderella Castle performed multiple times each day. With music, dancing, and more, this is a great show that features lots of our Disney friends.

Disney Junior Dance Party! At Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The new Disney Junior Dance Party! just premiered in December 2018 and is perfect for little ones! They can see some of their favorite Disney Junior friends and even get up and dance along with the show to burn some energy. There is no bench or stadium seating so all guests must sit on the floor with their children during this experience.

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom Park: Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor allows you to go into the monster world and help Mike and some of your favorite monster friends collect your laughter to power their world. There’s even a chance for you to text some of your own jokes for Mike’s nephew, Marty, to read on stage so come prepared 🙂

Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Park: Your family can learn about all 45 men who have held the office of President of the United States at the Hall of Presidents. You’ll have the chance to see and even hear from some incredible audio-animatronic figures. This can be a great educational experience, especially if your kids are missing school for your vacation.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Is an exciting, action packed show, full of tricks and special effects that you see in the movie. This show then takes you “behind the scenes” to see how many of these effects are created and safely performed in the movies.

UP! A Great Bird Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: UP! A Great Bird Adventure is still a relatively new show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Located in Asia, this twenty-five minute show will feature some of the world’s most exotic birds alongside your favorite Disney-Pixar friends from “Up.”

What are your favorite Disney World shows?