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Your Complete Guide to Meeting All of the Characters at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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One of the best parts of a Universal Orlando Resort vacation is never knowing who you might run into while roaming the streets. This complete guide to all of the characters at Universal Orlando Resort will help you know exactly where to find your favorite friends. Just think about how great your Instagram will look with all of these famous faces!

Discover the comprehensive guide to character meet-and-greets at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure below, plus some bonus character dining opportunities!

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA

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Minions

The most mischievous guests you’ll find in Universal Studios Florida come to us straight from Illumination’s blockbuster Despicable Me franchise.

Pro tip: Minions love dance parties as much as they love mayhem!

Location: The exit of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem inside the Super Silly Stuff store

Welcome to Despicable Me Family!

Don’t miss out! Gru and his adorable three girls –Margo, Edith and Agnes—are here to join you for the most despicably delightful photo of your visit.

Location: Superstar Parade

Meet Vector

Gru’s archnemesis Vector wants to meet you (well, that and take his place as the world’s greatest super-villain…)

Location: Superstar Parade

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The Simpson Family: Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa and Maggie 

We KNOW you’re ready for a run-in with America’s favorite family from the longest-running primetime scripted show in television history.

Location: Springfield, U.S.A. near The Simpsons Ride

Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob

Meet the mischievious clown and his sidekick… straight from The Simpsons television show, one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world.

Location: Springfield, U.S.A. near The Simpsons Ride

Knight Bus Conductor

Next to the Knight Bus, which stranded witches and wizards use for emergency transport, you can chat with the bus conductor and the talkative shrunken head hanging over the steering wheel.

Location: Next to the Knight Bus in London near The Wizarding World of Harry Potter –Diagon Alley

Gringotts Goblin

Before trading in your cash for Gringotts bank notes, ask him a question and see what he has to say.

Location: Diagon Alley inside Gringotts Money Exchange

Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron

One at a time, these stars of the Transformers movies will come out and actually talk to you.

Location: Production Central near the exit of TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D

Hashtag the Panda

Jimmy Fallon’s pal is here and ready to mingle.

Location: Inside Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, and Squidward Tentacles

They live under the sea, but they’re here to celebrate with you.

Location: SpongeBob StorePants in Woody Woodpecker’s Kid Zone; Superstar Parade

Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and the Gang

Come find this crew whenever you need a mystery solved or a bad guy unmasked.

Location: Hollywood Blvd. near Brown Derby Hat Shop

Doc Brown

It’s time to go Back to the Future with this eccentric inventor.

Location: The entrance of Springfield, U.S.A. near the DeLorean, and Hollywood Blvd.

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Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey

SomeBODY once told me this was the best place to say hi to Duloc’s finest.

Location: Production Central near Shrek 4-D

Lucille Ball

Tell Lucy just how much you love her.

Location: Hollywood Blvd.

Marilyn

Snap a photo with this starlet in her iconic white dress.

Location: Hollywood Blvd.; New York after the Marilyn and Diamond Bellas show

Beetlejuice

You don’t have to say his name three times, this guy just loves hanging out here anyway.

Location: Hollywood Blvd.near Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show

Betty Boop

You might also spot this classic cartoon bombshell.

Location: Hollywood Blvd.

Hello Kitty

You can never have too many friends! And she cant wait to meet all of you!

Location: Hollywood Blvd. near Hello Kitty Store

Mummy Guards

These tall performers serve up serious looks all day long.

Location: New York near Revenge of the Mummy

Penguins of Madagascar

These schemers are ready for their close up.

Location: Hollywood Blvd. near Garden of Allah

Dora, Diego, Boots, and Baby Jaguar

This crew from the popular kids’ show Dora the Explorer is always up for adventure.

Location: Superstar Parade

Barney and Friends

Come meet and sing-along with your favorite purple dinosaur.

Location: Woody Woodpecker’s Kid Zone near A Day in the Park with Barney

Cabby

There to welcome you into the park, this guy also takes photos in front of his bright yellow taxi.

Location: Universal Studios Florida entrance

Bonus: Universal’s Superstar Parade

One of the easiest ways to catch a ton of Universal characters is at Universal Studios Florida’s Superstar Parade. Every day, the streets of the park are transformed into a giant stage for interactive experiences with all of your favorites: SpongeBob SquarePants, Max and Duke from The Secret Life of Pets, Gru and the Minions, Dora and Diego, and more! Check your park map for times.

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

Hogwarts Express Conductor

The amiable conductor of Hogwarts’ famous train is here to greet you.

Location: Next to the Hogwarts Express right inside the entrance to Hogsmeade

Students of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang

The Triwizard Spirit Rally gives you a chance to meet these visitors from other wizarding schools.

Location: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade near Flight of the Hippogriff

Marvel Super Heroes: Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Rogue

Who doesn’t want to hang out with these heroes?

Location: Marvel Super Hero Island

Marvel Super Villains: Green Goblin, Dr. Doom

When the heroes are away, the villains come out to play.

Location: Marvel Super Hero Island

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Jurassic Park Raptors 

Experience Raptor Encounter! But be careful… these beauties bite.

Location: Jurassic Park

Po

Kung Fu Panda’s affable title character will show you some kung fu moves.

Location: Port of Entry

Puss in Boots

A friend of Shrek and Donkey’s, this swash-buckling kitten is ready for his close-up.

Location: Port of Entry

Alex the Lion

From the Madagascar films, Alex is a showman who will most certainly pose with you.

Location: Port of Entry

Betty Boop

You can also find this classic cartoon bombshell on this side of the Universe.

Location: Toon Lagoon near The Betty Boop Store

Popeye and Olive Oyl

Bring on the spinach. The sailor man and his sweetheart can pack a punch.

Location: Toon Lagoon

Dr. Seuss Characters: The Grinch, Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Sam I Am, and The Lorax

Spend some time with Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters.

Location: Seuss Landing, after the Oh! The Stories You’ll Hear show

CHARACTER DINING

Want to do some extra schmoozing with your favorites? Or maybe you just want to ensure you get to meet the character of your dreams. Share a meal with Universal characters at one of the following dining events.

In-Park and Seasonal Character Dining require reservations.

In-Park Character Dining:

  • Marvel Character Dining
    Characters: Captain America. Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm and Rogue
    Dinner Thursdays – Sundays (5:00 – 7:00pm)
    Location: Cafe 4 in Islands of Adventure

Hotel Character Dining:

Put a little mayhem in your meal! No reservations required, but dining tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort
    Characters from Despicable Me 
    Saturday Seating at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00am
    Location:The Tahitian room

Seasonal Character Dining:

And please note: appearance of characters listed is subject to change without notice, and not all characters listed are guaranteed to appear at the same time, or on the same day.

That’s it! All you need to know about the endearing cast of characters at Universal Orlando Resort. Who are you most looking forward to meeting on your next trip?

Top 5 Reasons to Love Dinner on a Disney Cruise

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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When you’re anticipating all of the fun you’ll have on your first Disney cruise, dinner may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But when you’re anticipating all of the fun you’ll have on your second Disney cruise, mealtime is likely top of mind.

In true Disney fashion, dinner on a Disney cruise is an experience in itself, one the entire family will enjoy. Chances are, mealtime will be a favorite part of your Disney Cruise Line vacation. Here are five reasons why …

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1. You dine in elaborately themed restaurants with a full course of fun. Watch your drawing come to life on the big screen or have a friendly conversation with Crush, the sea turtle from “Finding Nemo,” at Animator’s Palate. Step into an era of southern charm and street parties at Tiana’s Placeon the Disney Wonder. Visit the kingdom of Corona for a festive celebration with live musical performances at Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic. Each ship offers a unique dining experience you won’t find anywhere else.

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2. You are treated to a delicious three-course meal. Each restaurant serves a variety of world-class cuisine featuring market-fresh ingredients, and every meal includes a unique selection of hot and cold appetizers, delectable entrees and rich desserts. The best part? There’s never an up-charge for sumptuous menu items, like Wild Alaska Salmon, in the family dining rooms.

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3. You’ll have a different experience each night. With our innovative rotational dining concept, you get to enjoy all three of our family dining rooms. On cruises longer than three nights, you can dine in some of the restaurants a second time but with a new menu. You can also opt to eat at one of our adult-exclusive fine dining restaurants or dine on your own schedule at our casual dining restaurant, Cabanas.

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4. You can expect the same great service every night. Since your servers accompany you to the different family restaurants, you know you’ll have friendly, familiar and personalized service when you sit down for dinner. Not only will they know you by name, they’ll learn your dietary preferences, food allergies, likes and dislikes. Don’t be surprised if your beverage of choice is waiting for you when you arrive.

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5. Your kids will love it, too. With kid-friendly menu items, servers who perform magic tricks and restaurants sprinkled with a dash of pixie dust, your little ones will feel in their element. And happy kids equal happy parents, am I right? The perfect equation to make memories that last for a lifetime.

Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel Reopens with Dole Whip and Tropical New Eats

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That’s right, Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill has officially reopened at the Disneyland Hotelat the Disneyland Resort! After an exciting refurbishment, the fast-casual restaurant has a vibrant new look, expanded offerings and is back and serving up made-to-order dishes, signature tiki cocktails, Dole Whip and more!

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Tangaroa Terrace, inspired by Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, is the perfect tropical complement to the mid-century modern architecture of the Disneyland Hotel. This island paradise combines traditional motifs from many Pacific islands such as Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Sumatra and New Guinea. Inside, new décor details feature a colorful tropical mural with “hidden” tiki room birds (can you find them all?), bamboo accents, exotic stone countertops and glass fish net float lights, with open air views of the pool. Outdoors, guests enjoy an expanded new patio with brightly colored rattan lounge chairs, tiki bar stools and a communal table for fun, inviting ways to enjoy sunshine and the island vibes.

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Throughout the day, guests can snack on freshly prepared hot and cold dishes all day long. For breakfast (served until 11am), chow down on a classic Breakfast Platter with scrambled eggs, bacon, and hash browns or bite into a Breakfast Sandwich with kālua-style pulled pork, fried egg, hash browns, and gravy. Sweet options include the Açai Chia Breakfast Bowl with seasonal fruit and granola and Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes. One of my FAVORITE breakfast dishes of all time can also be found here – Tangaroa Toast! This brick toast comes coated in cinnamon sugar, and topped with bananas Foster, whipped cream, bananas, and toasted coconut.

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If your mouth is watering from the breakfast menu, just wait until you feast your eyes (and taste buds) on the lunch and dinner menu! Sharable options include dishes such as the Kālua-style Poutine (crispy crinkle fries topped with pork, cheese curds, gravy, pickled onions, and Fresno chiles – YUM) and the Pu Pu Platter, which is another one of my favorites! The platter comes with Chili-Garlic Edamame, Pork Gyoza (pork and vegetable pot stickers), Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Wings, and Panko-crusted Long Beans served with togarashi aïoli; all four can also be ordered individually. And if nachos are more your style, you can snack on the Shipwreck Nachos topped with kālua-style pulled pork, pineapple salsa, hoisin sauce, togarashi aïoli, and barbecue sauce.

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And of course, you can’t go wrong with the Chili-Garlic Edamame (it’s included in the Pu Pu Platter, but you know you’re going to want more!) – young soybeans steamed and tossed with chili-garlic sauce – or even the Fried Spam Musubi served with teriyaki sauce!

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Other dishes include a Lentil Garden Bowl with brown rice, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and onions tossed in coconut curry; the Tangaroa Salad with sautéed shrimp; and an Angus 1/3 lb. Hawaiian Cheeseburger served with grilled pineapple, Applewood-smoked bacon, Havarti cheese, togarashi aïoli, and teriyaki sauce.

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Kids can enjoy their own smaller-portioned versions of these tropical bites. For breakfast, the Kid’s Breakfast Platter and the Kid’s Pineapple Upside-Down Pancake are great options. They can even get the Kid’s Mickey-shaped Tangaroa Toast! All three dishes are served with turkey bacon and fresh fruit. For lunch and dinner, the kiddos can munch on a yummy Grilled Salmon Bowl, a Kid’s Cheeseburger, and the ever-so-popular and tasty Chicken Breast Nuggets.

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The restaurant also offers a newly-enhanced marketplace for grab-and-go pastries and snacks, specialty coffees, pineapple Dole Whip soft serve, Dole Whip floats and Dole Whip floats with a splash of rum, plus a full bar of island cocktails. Mobile ordering is available at this location as well, so if you’re on-the-go, you can enjoy the convenience of ordering and paying for your meal via the Disneyland Resort app without having to wait in line! How cool is that?

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Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill is located in the Disneyland Hotel adjacent to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar and the pool area! For more information as well as the full menu, visit the Disneyland Resort website, or come on out and experience it for yourself!

Top 14 Wizarding World of Harry Potter Experiences at Universal Orlando Resort

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There are too many must-do experiences at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that simply can’t be covered in a brief blog post. It’s one of those things in life that you truly have to immerse yourself in and experience for yourself.

There is so much to see and do that we have highlighted the top 14 must-do Harry Potter experiences for you to enjoy on your next visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.

And trust me, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been dreaming of these must-do experiences since you first read the book!

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1. Entering Diagon Alley.

There is something about that moment you first step foot into Diagon Alley and stand there in awe at something that can only truly be described as out of this world. When this moment happens, take your time, soak it in, and get your camera ready when you hear the Dragon on top of Gringotts Bank begin to rumble!

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2. Have a wand choose you at Ollivanders

Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC. The wand that chose me was a 11″ holly, phoenix feather core, relatively supple.

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3. Get fitted with house robes at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions.

Change out of those Muggle clothes and into some authentic wizardwear.

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4. Find a furry—or non furry—creature companion at Magical Menagerie.

Toad, owl, or cat? You can choose whichever you fancy.

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5. Stop by Quality Quidditch Supplies to pick up some house gear.

Whether on the field or in the stands, Quality Quidditch Supplies has everything you are looking for including brooms, Golden Snitches, Bludgers, house sweaters, and more!

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6. Stock up on pranks at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.

Do you have a mischevious sibling that pranks you every chance they get? Well, you can pick up some pretty great pranks at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes to help even the score.

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7 .Exchange your Muggle money for wizarding currency at the Gringotts Money Exchange.

A REAL exchange with a goblin for some Gringotts™ bank notes. Easy enough, right?

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8. You know at some point you’ll need to visit the vaults in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts…

…but be careful, I’ve heard escaping is impossible.

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9. Pass through the brick wall to Platform 9 3/4 and board the Hogwarts Express.

Get ready to journey to Hogwarts on the Hogwarts Express! Certainly the ideal way to transport yourself from Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade and back again.

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10. Honeydukes is a surefire way to cure your sweet tooth!

Honeydukes is an ideal first stop in Hogsmeade. Not sure which colorful sweet to try first? I highly suggest you try the delicious Chocolate Frogs, each box also includes a special card celebrating a famous witch or wizard.

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11. Pick up some letter writing supplies at the Owl Post.

Don’t forget to pen your friend back home – they’re sure to appreciate a letter, especially one with a special Hogsmeade postmark!

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12. Explore the mysteries of Hogwarts castle as you enter and experience Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Wander around the halls of the castle like a true Hogwarts student. Look carefully, there may be some hidden gems only a true fan would notice!

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13. Missing anything? Head to Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods.

Filch is always sticking his nose in Hogwarts students’ business. But hey, by raiding his confiscated goods you can find some really great items.

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14. My ideal way to end a magical day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Butterbeer at Three Broomsticks.

Personally, I love a mug of cold Butterbeer at the end of a long day. Did you know there are 6 Butterbeer treats in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

Make sure to share your The Wizarding World of Harry Potter must-do’s on TwitterFacebook or Instagram with #WizardingWorldOrlando.

New Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Disneyland This Spring

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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It’s an amazing fairytale come true! Soon you will be able to experience an unforgettable, magical morning with some of your favorite princesses. The all-new Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures is a unique, one-of-a-kind occasion where families can share special moments with some Disney Princesses while enjoying an exquisite, three-course breakfast at the award-winning Napa Rose restaurant.* The morning also includes enchanting activities, intimate story time, a private portrait location and premium keepsakes.

Reservations are now available for this breakfast dining experience coming this spring to Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa!

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The occasion takes place in the elegant surroundings of Napa Rose restaurant, where guests are welcomed into a charming new storytelling environment and served sparkling beverages, including champagne for adults. During the sumptuous breakfast event, Disney Princesses such as Belle, Tiana, Ariel, Jasmine and others arrive to greet and make memories with families.

The morning adventure continues on the patio, inspiring a whole new world of possibilities, where girls and boys let their imaginations soar as they delight in storytelling inspired by confident, kind and courageous Disney Princesses who dream big and celebrate who they are.

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Princesses will share the moments they felt empowered to be their true selves. Mulan may encourage children to strike a pose to discover their own inner warrior, while Rapunzel may share how she felt when she found the courage to explore the world outside her tower, showing little ones how to spin joyfully and shout, “Best day ever!” Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures will encourage youngsters to discover their own strengths and talents, and start each morning with a “can-do” attitude to never stop believing that anything is possible.

The morning concludes with a fond farewell photo opportunity and special treasures to remember this inspirational day. For more information, including reservations for the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures, visit the Disneyland Resort website.

While visiting the Disneyland Resort, there are many wonderful ways to encounter some favorite princesses in the theme parks:**

  • Fantasy Faire: In Fantasyland, meet Disney Princesses, enjoy charming live performances, browse magical mementos and revel in pure fairytale enchantment.
  • Storytelling at Royal Theatre: Behold beloved Disney fairytales live on stage, with fun twists, located in Fantasyland.
  • “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion”: This dazzling theatrical interpretation of the smash-hit animated feature tells the emotional and heartwarming adventures of royal sisters Anna and Elsa—a one-hour Broadway-style show, live on stage in Hollywood Land!
  • Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome: Drift into a wondrous wintry moment as you meet the splendid sisters from “Frozen” in Hollywood Land.

The Disney Princesses look forward to seeing you soon!

*Dining experience and elements subject to restrictions and change without notice. Specific characters are not guaranteed. Restaurant seating is subject to availability and reservations are recommended.

**Separate theme park admission required.

Top Three Reasons to Sail on a Disney Cruise from Port Canaveral

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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With the new year in full swing, we’re excited for Disney Cruise Line’s lineup of sailings from Port Canaveral! Disney Cruise Line is sailing year-round from this port on three-, four- and seven-night voyages to a variety of destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean and Bahamas, as well as a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

Disney Cruise Line’s first homeport, Port Canaveral, remains one of their most popular departure points for family cruises. Here are just a few of the reasons why this Florida port is the perfect place to start your Disney cruise vacation:

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With the Disney Wonder, Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream all sailing from Port Canaveral in early 2019, Port Canaveral offers a variety of Disney cruises and experiences perfect for any family. 
Three ships in port and cruises spanning three, four and seven nights from January to May means a full menu of options to sail from Port Canaveral this year. Each ship has a variety of magical onboard experiences ranging from unique family dining to dynamic Broadway-style live musicals! You can also choose from a wide array of itineraries with sun-drenched beaches to the Bahamas and Eastern and Western Caribbean. Whether you’re looking for a weeklong Caribbean cruise vacation or a shorter Bahamian getaway to relax on the beach, Port Canaveral is the perfect place to begin!

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

Every Disney cruise from Port Canaveral stops at Castaway Cay, our private island paradise in the Bahamas – the ideal getaway for families. 
Castaway Cay is reserved exclusively for our guests and outfitted for premium family leisure. Whether you’re seeking some adventure, relaxation or quality time with your family, this pristine island has something in store for you. With activities from stingray encounters and snorkeling to bike rentals and private cabanas – not to mention powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and lush landscapes all around– your whole family will have countless ways to create amazing vacation memories!

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It’s close to the Walt Disney World Resort – the perfect place to start or end your vacation!
Port Canaveral, near Orlando, is only a one-hour drive from Walt Disney World Resort, giving you the option to plan the perfect Disney vacation – both on land and at sea! We make combining a cruise and resort stay easier with options like motor coach transportation between the port and resort and luggage delivery from the resort to your stateroom. Plus, we’ll assist with booking your accommodations, theme park tickets and resort food package. Pretty convenient, right?

Ready to book your cruise out of “Florida’s Fun Port?” Check out which of Disney cruise from Port Canaveral is the best fit for you!

Enjoy Nine Broadway Style Shows with Disney Cruise Line Musicals

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Disney Cruise Line raising the curtain on their Broadway-style live musicals! On every Disney cruise, you can see cruise ship entertainment reach new heights with the most elaborate productions at sea. Disney Cruise Line has taken the most imaginative elements from modern and classic Disney films to bring the stories you love to life on stage.

Here’s your complete guide to the captivating Disney Cruise Line musicals waiting for you on your Disney cruise!

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“Beauty and the Beast” (Disney Dream)

“Be our guest” for Disney Cruise Line’s original musical production of “Beauty and the Beast!” The first musical inspired by the live-action film, Disney’s creative minds joined forces with top Broadway artists to reinvent this story for the stage. An innovative take on the story transforms renowned songs into spectacular, show-stopping numbers, and lavish costumes and puppetry bring a fresh perspective to beloved characters. Audiences of all ages will be enchanted by characters and songs from the Disney classic, along with two musical numbers from the live-action movie.

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“Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” (Disney Wonder)

Enjoy a heartwarming tale of two sisters with “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular.” Based on the hit film “Frozen,” this musical shows the adventure of Anna and Elsa when an accident as children changes their lives forever. With catchy songs to state-of-the-art designs and technology, this original stage show is a flurry of fun for the whole family!

“Tangled: The Musical,” presented exclusively aboard the Disney Magic, combines a heartfelt story, an enchanting score and lavish production numbers to showcase the thrilling adventure of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, as they face ruffians, thugs and a budding romance on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

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“Tangled: The Musical” (Disney Magic)

At last we see the light…only on the high seas! The animated Disney film “Tangled” comes to life on stage as the first adaptation of the endearing story we all love. We assembled an all-star creative team to develop this original Disney Cruise Line stage spectacular, which includes three new songs created exclusively for the show by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater, along with pioneering puppetry created by master puppet designer Michael Curry.

New to the Disney Fantasy is the Broadway-style production “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular.” The live stage show, performed in the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre, features the cast from the classic animated Disney film, “Aladdin,” in a fast-paced musical comedy. Magic lamps, wise-cracking genies, princesses, evil wizards, a magic flying carpet scene and soaring music are all a part of this stage spectacular. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

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“Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” (Disney Fantasy)

From the big screen to the live stage, enjoy this uproarious performance based on the Disney film “Aladdin.” This mythical story of boy meets girl raises the bar with special effects and technology, which often spills the action into the aisles or above the audience. Enjoy your favorite songs from the movie, or delight in a new song for the production “To Be Free.”

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“Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” (Disney Magic)

What if Cinderella never got a chance to slip on the glass slipper? Beginning where the classic film ended, “Twice Charmed” is a fresh new take on an original Disney story. This new musical combines pop and rock ‘n’ roll elements to create an enchanting score, featuring six original songs as well as classics like “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” and “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”

“Disney Dreams … An Enchanted Classic” tells a bedtime story of a young girl who realizes the power of her dreams with the help of popular characters from beloved Disney features. On the Disney Magic, Anna, Elsa and Olaf from the animated hit “Frozen” make their stage show debut at sea during the Broadway-style production performed at the Walt Disney Theatre. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

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“Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic” (Disney Magic and Disney Wonder)

Journey through a bedtime story with a young girl as she learns to believe in magic through the power of her dreams. Delight as your favorite Disney characters tell their stories through rousing renditions of songs from “Pinocchio,” “Cinderella,” “Aladdin” and more. You’ll see the strength of positive thinking and how an encouraging attitude can affect the whole world.

Every night is show time at Walt Disney Theatre, an elegant, 1,340-seat palace onboard the Disney Dream that is equipped with advanced theatrical technology and state-of-the-art sound, lighting, staging and set design. Premiering on the Disney Dream and headlining the musical repertoire is Disney’s Believe, an original stage spectacular that combines a heartfelt story about a father and daughter with a captivating musical score, a comical and insightful performance by Genie from Disney’s “Aladdin” and appearances from more than 20 of Disney’s most beloved characters. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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“Disney’s Believe” (Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream)

What does it take for a loving daughter to help her father see a life beyond work? Just a dash of Disney magic! Enjoy this spellbinding original musical about a workaholic who reconnects with his daughter with the help of Disney characters. This modern-day fable features some of the most memorable songs from “Peter Pan,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Lion King” and more.

“Disney Wishes” is a Disney Cruise Line stage spectacular, presented exclusively aboard the Disney Fantasy. The show, performed in the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre, is a heartfelt story about three best friends who discover the secret to being a grown-up is staying connected to their inner child. Full-scale production numbers and special effects bring excitement to the stage as the cast performs original songs and classic Disney tunes with a contemporary twist, including “Honor to Us All” from “Mulan” featuring Mulan.

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“Disney Wishes” (Disney Fantasy)

Enjoy an enchanting musical about staying young at heart with “Disney Wishes.” Watch as a young trio of teens go on the “Ride of Their Lives” before graduation with some of their favorite Disney characters. Bask in full-scale production numbers from “Lilo & Stitch,” “The Jungle Book,” “Mulan” and more, all with a captivating, contemporary twist.

Every night is show time at Walt Disney Theatre, an elegant, 1,340-seat palace onboard the Disney Dream that is equipped with advanced theatrical technology and state-of-the-art sound, lighting, staging and set design. The Golden Mickeys is a Disney Cruise Line guest favorite and an award-style show celebrating the musical heritage of Disney animated films. This production showcases an extra sprinkle of glitz and glamour on the Disney Dream with new musical numbers, enhanced technology and dazzling special effects. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

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“The Golden Mickeys” (Disney Wonder and Disney Dream)

You’re invited to a Hollywood-style awards show at sea! Walk the red carpet into the Walt Disney Theatre to enjoy this nighttime extravaganza as it unfolds into dazzling song-and-dance numbers from “Tarzan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and more. And by the end of the gala learn that in our hearts, we are all winners!

So sit back, relax and enjoy the show as the curtain goes up aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships! Make sure you catch your favorite Disney Cruise Line musicals at sea on your next Disney cruise.

New Menu at White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Put away those paddles and get out your forks and knives – White Water Snacks has reopened and is serving up fresh new bites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Located at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort, this white water rapids-inspired eatery serves up everything from Mickey waffles and buttermilk biscuits to Angus cheeseburgers and artisanal pizzas. In addition, the quick-service restaurant now offers mobile ordering through the Disneyland app, allowing you to maximize your time by ordering and paying ahead to skip the line!

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Start your morning off with a selection of classic breakfast dishes, such as the American Breakfast with eggs and bacon (or sausage!) or a warm Breakfast Burrito filled with scrambled eggs, tater bites, bacon, and cheese. The Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwich is another option thats swam upstream to join the menu along with a few vegetarian options like Roasted Vegetable and Three-Cheese Quiches, Avocado Toast, and Egg White Scramble with spinach, asparagus, avocado, and roasted tomato. And for the kids? They’ll love the Breakfast Plate with turkey bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit, and tater bites.

If you’re looking for a sweet start to your morning, you can indulge in a delectable breakfast pastry or a warm Belgian waffle topped with strawberries and chantilly cream. Buttermilk Biscuit French Toast also joins the menu with banana brûlée, toffee sauce, and bacon dust – YUM.

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For lunch and dinner, we’ve got new eats including a couple hearty bowls! The Poke Bowl comes with your choice of salmon, tuna, or tofu marinated in poke sauce and either steamed white rice or shredded lettuce red onions, pickled cucumber, edamame, avocado, green onion, and furikake. Then there’s the Rice Bowl with your choice of grilled beef, chicken, or tofu over steamed white rice and served with a vegetable egg roll, pickled cucumber, and a hard-boiled egg.

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If you’re looking for an on-the-go bite, you’ll love these handcrafted sandwiches. Try the Mortadella Sandwich with provolone cheese and cornichons on a pretzel roll, the Prosciutto, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich with burrata cheese on a French roll, or the Chicken Salad Curry Sandwich on a butter croissant. You can also chow down on a skewer – choose from Shawarma Chicken, Bulgogi Beef, or Mediterranean Vegetables.

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Artisanal pizzas are on the menu and come straight out of the pizza oven. Try the Margherita Pizza or the Pepperoni Pizza as well as unique pies like the Forest Mushroom Pizza with vegetarian sausage or the Charcuterie Pizza with pepperoni, prosciutto, salami, and fennel sausage.

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Other unique offerings include the Cali-Grilled Angus Cheeseburger with grilled asparagus-celery salad, spiced hollandaise, swiss cheese, and artichoke aïoli, Sustainable Fish Tacos with yuzu citrus slaw, and Chicken-Fried Brisket and Waffle with bbq sauce, pimento cheese spread, and housemade pickles.

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Kids can enjoy some yummy chicken breast or mini corn dog nuggets as well as a Parmesan-crusted Grilled Cheese and a PBJ & N Sandwich with peanut butter, jelly, and chocolate-hazelnut spread. All of these are served with either french fries or house-made chips.

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For dessert, sip on a classic Root Beer Float with vanilla ice cream and Chantilly cream, or try the seasonal crostata.

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White Water Snacks is open 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out the full menu by visiting the Disneyland Resort website, and be sure to come on out and try one of these new dishes for yourself! No white water rafts or paddles required!

Top 7 Reasons to Visit Mardi Gras 2019 at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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If you love catching countless beads from vibrant parade floats, eating delicious authentic N’awlins style food and listening to some of the biggest names in music then Mardi Gras 2019 at Universal Orlando is the place for you.

The best part Florida Residents? You don’t have to fly to New Orleans to have that authentic Mardi Gras celebration because it’s right in your backyard.

1. Live Concerts with Some Of The Biggest Names In Music

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First and foremost, on select nights, you can watch some of the biggest names in music take to the Music Plaza stage in Universal Studios Florida for unforgettable performances including…

  • February 9 – BUSH
  • February 16 – Gavin DeGraw
  • February 17 – Dan + Shay
  • February 23 – Macklemore
  • March 2 – Sabrina Carpenter
  • March 9 – Becky G
  • March 10 – Sean Paul
  • March 16 – Steve Miller Band
  • March 17 – Ziggy Marley
  • March 23 – NF
  • March 24 – Pitbull
  • March 30 – Bazzi
  • March 31 – To be announced

*Blockout dates apply for Seasonal Passholders on all concert event nights at Universal Studios Florida. You will still receive access to Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Insider TipHead over to the Music Plaza stage early to get up close and find a nice spot in the grass for the nightly concert. Visiting with a group? Take turns grabbing your fill of N’awlins inspired food & spirits for the best picnic ever.

2. Universal Mardi Gras Parade

Get ready to unleash your wild side with this year’s parade theme –– Party Animals! You will experience returning fan-favorites and new vibrant floats with lively characters decorated in animals from around the world including the jungle, arctic, swamp and more.

Passholders can also enjoy the parade from a special viewing area in front of Mel’s Drive-In™. Don’t worry! No matter where you’re viewing the parade from, be prepared to catch beads by the handful.

Interested in riding and tossing beads from the Mardi Gras parade floats? Passholders can sign up for a chance to be a Mardi Gras float rider with up to five guests! Visit the sign-up page here

Insider Tip: Love catching and collecting Mardi Gras beads from the parade floats? Make your way towards the Horror Makeup Show to catch both the beginning and the end of the parade.

3. Dig Into N’awlins Style Delicious Food

Make your way to the French Quarter Courtyard located in the New York area, loosen up your belt and get ready to try a wide variety of mouthwatering bite-sized Cajun favorites including jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, Andouille sausage, sugary-sweet beignets, and more!

Visit the Mardi Gras Food Guide for more mouthwatering details.

4. Refreshing Mardi Gras Drinks

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Quench your thirst with our refreshing Mardi Gras themed specialty beverages, featuring slushies, a wide variety of craft beer selections and delicious cocktails including the Ragin Rumbalaya, Carnival Cocktail and Vicious VooDoo. 

Stay tuned for more mouthwatering details.

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

5. Live Entertainment and Performers

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Visit the French Quarter Courtyard and join in the Mardi Gras celebration as you encounter stilt walkers, dancers, colorful parade characters and more wandering the streets.

Don’t forget, not only do the Mardi Gras characters carry extra beads, they love to interact with you and take photos. So make sure your camera is handy and don’t be shy to ask for a photo.

6. Big Easy Tunes in the French Quarter

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Now that you have a full stomach and a drink in hand, stick around the French Quarter to hear the signature sounds of these authentic Big Easy bands.

  • February 9 – 17: Dirty Bourbon River Show
  • February 18 – 27: Naughty Professor Brass Band
  • February 28 – March 18: Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister
  • March 19 – April 4: New Breed Brass Band

7. Have The Time Of Your Life!

Whether you’re coming for a day of family-friendly fun, or to wild out with friends, start the countdown now and for a limited time, take advantage of great Universal Orlando Annual Pass Deals to help throw the party and get up to 6 months FREE.

Get ready to find your inner party-animal with us at Mardi Gras!

Tell us about some of your favorite experiences at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2019 in the comments below. And make sure to share your Mardi Gras 2019 moments on TwitterFacebook or Instagram with #UniversalMardiGras.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free at Sea Offers Free Airfare to Hawaii and More

Have you always wanted to visit Hawaii, but thought it was too expensive to get there? Now is the time to book a cruise to Hawai’i! Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion now lets you choose up to 6 fantastic, FREE offers! Book a Studio or Inside stateroom and choose 1 free offer or choose 3 free offers when you book an Oceanview, Balcony or Mini-Suite. Best of all, cruise in a Suite and enjoy all six free offers.

Norwegian’s Free at Sea Promotion

Choose up to 6 FREE offers:

  • FREE unlimited beverage package
  • FREE shore excursion credits
  • FREE specialty dining
  • FREE WiFi
  • Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail FREE
  • FREE or reduced roundtrip airfare on select sailings

Norwegian Cruise Line offers you seven days, four islands and two overnight stays in Hawai’i. You’ll visit O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i and the Big Island of Hawai’i, giving you plenty of time ashore. Yes, Hawai’i is a paradise of cascading waterfalls and jewel-toned beaches. It also has some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses and Norwegian’s shore excursions can take you there. Back on board, you can dine, dance, swim, get a massage and wake up every morning to a new view. Take the cruise voted the “Best Hawai’i Itinerary” by the readers of Porthole Magazine and discover Freestyle Cruising with Norwegian.

What are you waiting for? Take advantage of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free at Sea promotion and start planning your Hawaiian adventure today! Call Siera at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote.