Category Archives: Walt Disney World Resort

Have Some Disney Fun at Home with the Ultimate Disney Fan Challenge

For the first time ever, Disney Parks are closed for 2 full weeks. I know thousands of guests had to cancel their Disneyland, Disney World, and Disney Cruise vacations. 

Since we are all stuck inside, I’m sure you and your family are craving some Disney fun at home! Here are some fun ideas to create a little Disney magic at home with your family. 

Take the Ultimate Disney Fan Challenge

Disney Puzzle Time

Puzzles are a wonderful way to pass the time and enjoy quality time with your family! If you are looking to add some new puzzles to your collection, the Dollar Tree usually has a great selection for kids just $1 or there are some more challenging options on Amazon like the Disney VillainsDisney Classics CollageDisney Princess CollageAladdinPocahontas, and Toy Story

Disney Movie Night

If you have Disney+, you can find so many incredible Disney movies, from animated classics to the newly released Frozen II. If you don’t subscribe to Disney+ or are just looking to add to your Disney movie collection, you can order Frozen IIMoanaThe Lion KingThe Little Mermaidthe Complete Toy Story Collection, or Toy Story 4

Mickey Mouse Cinnamon Rolls

Disney Family has a Mickey Mouse cinnamon roll recipe that you can make from home with your preferred brand of cinnamon rolls (or homemade dough). If you thought Mickey Mouse pancakes were easy, just wait until you try these cinnamon rolls! You can find many more Disney recipes here

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

You can always celebrate your un-birthday with an Alice in Wonderland tea party! You could make these cheshire cat cookies and cupcakes or your favorite flavor of cupcakes, topped with these fun toppers. There’s even a recipe for these edible teacup treats. You may also want to check out all the Disney inspired crafts here

Learn How to Draw a Disney Character

YouTube has tons of videos to help teach you how to draw your favorite Disney character! Some of our favorites include Mickey MouseGenieDaisy DuckAnnaTinkerBellBuzz LightyearPlutoPascal, StitchWinnie the PoohJack Skellington, and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Play Disney Heads Up

Have you ever played the Disney version of Heads Up? You may have even seen fellow Disney Parks guests playing this game while waiting in line for an attraction! The Disney Parks themed deck features iconic attractions, characters and experiences.The Heads Up app is available for $0.99 in iOS or free on Android. Some other fun Disney games to help you pass the time are Disney HedbanzDisney Color BrainDisney Eye Found It, and Disney Family Feud

Have a Disney Parks Music Dance Party

If you have Apple Music, you can listen to Disney Parks Hits. Pandora also has some great Disney stations, even without a subscription. Or, if you want a CD, we recommend the Walt Disney World Official AlbumDisney Classics, or Disney Theme Parks Classics

Take the Pixar in a Box Course on Khan Academy

Khan Academy, a free learning resource for all ages, has a FREE course called Pixar in a Box which allows you learn about the storytelling process at Pixar. They also just released another FREE course, Imagineering in a Box, which allows you to explore different aspects of theme park design, from characters to ride development, as you design a theme park of your very own. 

Download the Play Disney Parks App

You can download the Play Disney Parks app on iOS and Android devices to interact with the parks like never before! You can download the app through the App Store and Google Play. We especially love the Disney trivia and Disney Parks sounds and music! 

We are wishing you and your family a magical, safe, and healthy spring!

And please don’t ever forget that…

How many days until your next Disney vacation?

Outdoor Kitchen Menus for the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Outdoor Kitchen Menus for the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

From the Disney Parks Blog:

2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
Photo: Disney

With spring just around the corner, it’s time for the return of the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort! Join us for fun, flowers, and most importantly, FOOD! This year’s festival features 16 Outdoor Kitchens and several other locations through the park that will be offering delectable festival bites and libations.

Special dining packages are also available for the Garden Rocks Concert Series. This concert series runs for 90 nights and features over 250 performances by tons of popular artists. This dining package allows you to have either breakfast, lunch, or dinner at select table-service restaurants in the park and grants you guaranteed seating at one of three concert performances that day. Be sure to reserve these early to savor every single minute! For more information and to make your reservations, visit the Garden Rocks Dining Packages web page.

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The 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival menus are incredible and you won’t want to miss out on any of these delicious bites! In addition to the returning Outdoor Kitchens like The Honey Bee-stro, The Citrus Blossom, Trowel & Trellis, and Flavor Full Kitchen, there is a new kitchen in The American Adventure called Magnolia Terrace as well as a variety of new offerings, including a selection of plant-based offerings, throughout all of the menus. Check out all of these offerings and more for the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival detailed below in my official Foodie Guide! The festival runs now through June 1, 2020. And while you’re snacking around World Showcase, be sure to pick up a souvenir Spike the Bee spork! He’s the cutest way to snack sustainably! This reusable utensil featuring this bee-loved pollinator is available for purchase at select Outdoor Kitchens while supplies last.

For more information, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or check out the My Disney Experience mobile app. Happy Snacking!

(GF) Gluten/Wheat Friendly Menu Selections

(PB) Plant-based Menu Selections

(KA) Kid Approved Selections

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Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth
Food:

  • Grilled Baby Vegetables with Hummus Cream and Red Pepper Coulis (PB)
  • Seared Verlasso® Salmon with Farro Risotto and Micro-herbs
  • Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate Crisp Pearls (KA)

  Beverage:

  • Blood Orange Agua Fresca (Non-Alcoholic) 
  • Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (Non-Alcoholic, KA)
Photo: Disney

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™

Food:

  • Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Purée, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey-blistered Grapes, Sunflower Brittle, and Coriander Flowers  (GF, KA)
  • Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, Charred Vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream, and Micro Citrus Greens 
  • Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses (KA)

Beverage:

  • Honey-Peach Freeze in a Souvenir Spike the Bee Sipper Cup (Non-Alcoholic, KA) (Novelty Sipper Only Available While Supplies Last)
  • B. Nektar New Wave Lemonade Mead, Ferndale MI
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • Honey-Peach Freeze with Blueberry Vodka
Photo: Disney

Pineapple Promenade

Food:

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
  • Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake
  • DOLE Whip®  (PB, KA)

Beverage:

  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Non-Alcoholic, KA)
  • DOLE Whip® with Fanta® (Non-Alcoholic, KA)
  • Collective Arts Brewing Piña Colada Sour, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI
  • SweetWater Brewing Company Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple, Atlanta, GA 
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL 
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • DOLE Whip®  with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum 
  • Pineapple Beer Flight 
Photo: Disney

The Citrus Blossom

Food:

  • Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF) 
  • Tuna TatakiBowlwithSpicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado, and Pappadam Crisp 
  • Crispy Citrus ChickenwithOrange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF, KA) 
  • Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, and Citrus Crumble

Beverage:

  • Orange Cream Shake in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (Non-Alcoholic, KA) (Novelty Sipper Only Available While Supplies Last)
  • Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale, Fort Pierce, FL 
  • First Magnitude Brewing Lemon Hefeweizen, Gainesville, FL 
  • Heavy Seas Brewery TropiCannon Citrus IPA, Halethorpe, MD
  • Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy 
  • Beer Flight
Photo: Disney

Refreshment Port

Food Items: 

  • Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-Fennel Salad, Remoulade, and Smoked Paprika Oil 
  • Popsicle Trio: Honeydew, Raspberry-Mint, and Coconut-Lime (KA)

Beverage Items: 

  • Short’s Brewing Company Starcut Ciders Squishy Hard Cider, Bellaire, MI
Photo: Disney

Northern Bloom

Food

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon (GF) 
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables (KA)
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato (KA)

Beverage

  • Maple Popcorn Shake (Non-Alcoholic, KA)
  • Unibroue Éphémère Apple Wheat Ale, Chambly, Québec 
  • 81Bay Brewing Apricot with Maple Syrup, Tampa, FL
  • Collective Arts Brewing Blackberry Fruit Beer, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky 
  • Beer Flight
Photo: Disney

Fleur De Lys

Food:

  • Tarte aux Oignons Caramélisés et Chèvre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a flaky Pastry Crust
  • Canard Confit à l’Orange: Braised Duck Confit à l’Orange with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Tarte Tropézienne, Coulis Framboise: Brioche Cake filled with Light Pastry Cream and served with Raspberry Coulis
  • Éclair Chocolat Framboise: Éclair filled with Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse

Beverage:

  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 Draft Beer
  • VeRy Raspberry: Rosé Wine with Natural Raspberry Flavor
  • Bordeaux, Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Château Tarin
  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose l’Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice 
Photo: Disney

Florida Fresh

Food:

  • Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream
  • Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish 
  • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue (KA)

Beverage:

  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy (Non-Alcoholic, PB, KA)
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company Twisted Strawberry Fest Fruit Ale, Tampa, FL 
  • Big Top Brewing Company Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, Sarasota, FL 
  • First Magnitude Brewing Monarch Milk Stout, Gainesville, FL 
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Key Lime Wine, St Petersburg, FL
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Gin
  • Beer Flight
Photo: Disney

Taste Of Marrakesh

Food:

  • Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad and Cilantro Oil
  • Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili-Ranch Sauce (KA)
  • Walnut Honey Baklava

Beverage:

  • Casa Beer
  • Larroque Chardonnay, Meknes
  • White Sangria
  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
Photo: Disney

Hanami

Food:

  • Frushi: Strawberry, Pineapple, and Cantaloupe wrapped in Sweet Rice and Pink Soy Wrap served with Whipped Cream, Drizzled Berry Sauce and Toasted Coconut (KA)
  • Menchi Katsu Slider: Japanese-style Panko-breaded Beef Patty topped with Tonkatsu Sauce, Mayonnaise, Cucumber, and Pickled Lotus Root
  • Salmon Flower Ikura: Fresh-cut Salmon, Salmon Roe, Spinach, Watermelon Radish, and Chilled Ramen tossed with Poke Sauce

Beverage:

  • Kirin Draft Beer
  • Strawberry Nigori Sake
  • Furano Martini: Vodka, Lavender Syrup, and Yuzu Juice
Photo: Disney

Funnel Cake

  • Mini Funnel Cake topped with Lemon Cheesecake Ice Cream, Blueberries, and Powdered Sugar (KA)
Photo: Disney

Magnolia Terrace (NEW)

Food:

  • Southern Seafood Boil: Shrimp, Mussels, Crawfish, Potatoes, Corn and Andouille Sausage
  • Grilled Oysters with Cajun Butter
  • House-made Boudin Two Ways with Spicy Mustard
  • Pecan Cake with Maple Whipped Cream
  • Pecan Praline

Beverage:

  • Wild Heaven Beer Session Citrus Lager, Avondale Estates, GA
  • The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Amber Ale, Farmville, NC
  • Parish Brewing Co. Ghost in the Machine Double IPA, Broussard,  LA
  • Beer Flight

Block & Hans

Beverage:

  • Arendelle Aqua Lemonade: Frozen Lemonade with Monin Cotton Candy (Non-Alcoholic, KA)
  • Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry Nectar, Boulder, CO
  • Arendelle Aqua Lemonade: Frozen Lemonade served with Monin Cotton Candy and Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine
Photo: Disney

Primavera Kitchen

Food:

  • La Regina “Margherita”: Rustic Italian Flatbread, Vine-ripened Tomatoes, Whole-Milk Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Basil (KA)
  • Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Spring Vegetables and creamy Pesto Sauce (KA)
  • Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Powdered Sugar, Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate-hazelnut Drizzle (KA)

Beverage:

  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner   
  • Pinot Grigio, Santa Marina 
  • Chianti, Gabbiano
  • Prosecco, Villa Sandi
  • Corbinello, Montegrande
  • Moscato, Fior d’Arancio Montegrande
  • Bellini
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
Photo: Disney

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market

Food:

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce  (PB, KA)
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions, and Herb Sour Cream 
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese (KA)  
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries (KA)

Beverage:

  • M.I.A. Brewing Hugo, Doral, FL
  • Bitburger Premium Pils, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
  • Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone, Salzburg, Austria 
  • Apfelschaumwein: Sparkling Wine and Apple Liqueur
  • Beer Flight
Photo: Disney

Refreshment Outpost

Food Items:

  • Pineapple Skewer with Tajin Seasoning (PB, KA)

Beverage Items:

  • 3 Daughters Raspberry Lemonade Dry Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Short’s Brewing Company Starcut Ciders Mosa Hard Cider, Bellaire, MI
  • Ciderboys Banana Bliss Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
  • Cider Flight
Photo: Disney

Lotus House

Food:

  • Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice
  • Bon Bon Chicken Skewer with Sesame and Peanut Sauce
  • House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons

Beverage:

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
  • Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk, and Boba
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice
  • Time Out: Bacardi Rum, Peach Liqueur, Peach Syrup, Piña Colada, Sprite®, Soda Water, and Magic Boba
Photo: Disney

Jardin De Fiestas

Food:

  • Chilaquiles con Pollo: Chipotle-braised Chicken and Tortillas served with Salsa Ranchera, Monterey Jack Cheese, Crema Mexicana, and Guajillo Cheese
  • Quesadilla al Pastor: Flour Tortilla filled with Monterey Jack Cheese and Pork Pastor topped with Grilled Pineapple, Salsa Verde, Red Onion, and Cilantro
  • Choriqueso Torta: Bolillo Roll filled with Chorizo and Monterey Jack Cheese, Avocado Mousse, and Jalapeños

Beverage:

  • Cruz Blanca Rosé Spritz: Effervescent Rosé Wheat Ale with Elderflower Liqueur
  • Mango Mexican Lucky Margarita: Spicy Ancho Verde Liqueur, 100% Agave Tequila Blanco, Mango-Passion Fruit Purée, Lime Juice, Applejack, and Ginger Cordial served with a Tajin Chili-Lime Salt Rim
  • Rosita Margarita: Rose Petal Liqueur, 100% Agave Tequila Blanco, Lemon and Cranberry Juices served with a Rose Petal Salt Rim
Photo: Disney

Trowel & Trellis Hosted by Impossible™ FoodsFood:

  • Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread (GF, PB, KA)  
  • Impossible™ Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, and Creamy Herb Dressing (PB)
  • Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumble, and Baby Herbs (GF, PB)

Beverage:

  • Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® (Non-Alcoholic) 
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Tropical Wonderland Wheat Ale, Titusville, FL 
  • Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® with Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar 
Photo: Disney

La Isla Fresca

Food:

  • Lamb Curry with Sweet Plantains and Rice
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-Lime Sauce (KA)
  • Tropical Mousse Cup: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse, and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple (KA)

Beverage:

  • Tropical Freeze (Non-Alcoholic, KA)
  • Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Tropical Freeze with Parrot Bay Mango Rum 
Photo: Disney

Cool Wash

Beverage Items:

  • Assorted Coca-Cola® Slushies (Non-Alcoholic, KA)
Photo: Disney

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.

  • Nard Mouse Gear: Spring Berry Bliss –Frozen Strawberry and Coconut Syrup topped with Raspberry Vodka
  • Near Canada: Orange Splash –Frozen Lemon mixed with Orange Vodka
  • The American Adventure: Tropical Breeze –Frozen Lemon, Coconut Syrup, and Pineapple Rum
  • Near Disney Traders: Passion Flower – Frozen Passion Fruit and Tea infused with Lemon Vodka

Will you be heading to Disney World this spring to visit the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival?

New Capture Your Moment Experience Available with Disney PhotoPass

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Disney PhotoPass photographers are ready to capture your vacation memories all around Walt Disney World Resort. From picture-perfect scenic spots to popular dining experiences, these are great opportunities to take beautiful photos that include the entire family. 

For those celebrating something special who want a bit more time in front of the camera, we are piloting a new experience at Magic Kingdom Park called “Capture Your Moment,” a perfect add-on to your visit.

Capture Your Moment lets you book time with a Disney PhotoPass photographer for a personalized photo session during regular park hours at Magic Kingdom Park to capture celebrations and milestones, such as a proposal, baby announcement, graduation, anniversary, family reunion, first visit, birthday, and more! 

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All Capture Your Moment photo session locations will offer an iconic view of Magic Kingdom Park, to include a view of Cinderella Castle. At the start of your session, your photographer will share available photo shoot locations and discuss what you’d like to capture before escorting you to your photo shoot location. Once you arrive at your photo shoot location, you will have the opportunity to capture photos there with your photographer for up to 20 minutes. 

Each Capture Your Moment session is $50. Want more time in front of the camera? When you book two Capture Your Moment sessions back-to-back for $100, you can spend up to 40 minutes with your photographer capturing photos. During your 40 minutes, you’ll have the option to visit at least two photo locations. 

Your Disney PhotoPass photographer will customize your photo shoot to your needs while using their creativity and personal style to take stunning photos.  

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Starting today, you can call 407-939-7758 to book a Capture Your Moment session. Capture Your Moment photo sessions are available starting February 10, 2020. A limited number of same-day reservations may be available starting February 10, but you must call 407-939-7758 to inquire. 

Prints and digital downloads are not included with the price of a Capture Your Moment session. However, those with a Disney PhotoPass entitlement like Memory Maker or Memory Maker One Day, as well as qualifying Annual Passholders with a Disney PhotoPass download benefit, can download the photos captured during Capture Your Moment from their Disney accounts at no extra cost.

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If you’re coming to Magic Kingdom Park at Disney World to celebrate, let Disney PhotoPass Service capture your special moment so you can cherish it for a lifetime! 

No refund will apply for no-shows or cancellations made less than 24 hours before the session start time. Gratuity is not necessary. Prices and services offered are subject to change. Full payment is due at time of booking. Those who wish to capture photos with a photographer for longer than 20 minutes can book additional 20-minute sessions, with each session priced at $50. Additional time must be booked in advance. Capture Your Moment is only available during regular park hours. Available session locations will be provided by your photographer at the start of your session and are subject to change based on inclement weather and park operations. Because of other Guest appointments, Guests arriving late to their session cannot have their session extended beyond the stated end time. Guests under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult (18 or older). Maximum party size is 8 per session. No wedding attire is permitted. Any Guest-supplied props need to abide by the Park Policies found here. Valid Theme Park admission required and not included in the session price. Photos are not included with the price of session. Prints and digital downloads can be purchased separately at Town Square Theater or online at Disneyworld.com/PhotoPass

10 Items You Need When Traveling to Disney World with a Toddler

Does a Walt Disney World Resort vacation with a little one sound daunting and overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be! We’ve spent a lot of time at Disney with little ones and have learned that you can bring (or purchase) items that make traveling easier on everyone. We wanted to share with you some items that you can pack to make traveling to Disney World with a toddler as easy and stress free as possible! Plus, one of the best parts about traveling to Disney World with a toddler is that they are still FREE until their third birthday!

Reusable Straws: In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, Disney Parks (and Disney Cruise Line) no longer offer any plastic straws. Although they do have paper straws available, we have found them to be very difficult for little ones to use (and even not the greatest for adults when trying to drink a slushie or Starbucks). We love bringing reusable straws for both our kids and ourselves. We have had great luck with both metal straws and silicon straws with a handy portable case.

Water Bottle: Some locations (like Disney’s Animal Kingdom) do not have lids for their cups, either, so the reusable straw won’t help avoid spills. If you aren’t using a dining plan to receive a free resort refillable cup (that comes with a lid), then we recommend bringing a water bottle to the parks.

Folding Potty Seat: If you have a little one working on potty training, it can be difficult to not lose any progress while traveling. Public restrooms can be a little intimidating for little ones We think the Minnie Mouse Folding Potty Seat and Mickey Mouse Folding Potty Seat are perfect for any Disney vacation.

Sticky Notes: We have found with our kids that they are typically not a fan of the automatic flushing toilets. When little ones need a little time to sit without having to worry about the toilet flushing before they’re done, we recommend placing a sticky note over the sensor.

Autograph Book: At this age, many little ones love seeing and meeting Disney characters throughout the parks and resorts. Autograph books (or another item to autograph) can be a great way to keep little ones engaged and start their interaction with the characters. We love the traditional autograph books, Encyclopedia of Animated Characters, photo mats, and more.

10 things to make traveling with kids easier

Glow Sticks: You can save so much money by bringing glow sticks or light up toys with you. If your kids are up late enough to enjoy the nighttime spectaculars at the parks, there’s a good chance that their little eyes will be amazed by (and want to purchase) all of the light up items. We pick up some glow sticks and have enough to cover each night of the trip!

Packable Rain Coat: You (almost) never know when a rain shower can pop up in Florida! It can be a challenge to pack jackets and rain coats for everyone in the family and carry them around in the parks all day. We love our packable rain coats for days in the parks. They are much sturdier than ponchos so you don’t have to worry about tearing and also fit much better to keep you dry.

Snacks: My second child is one that is always on the move and needs to keep busy which has made traveling slightly more challenging than it was with my first. I have had to become a little more creative and found that snacks are a great way to occupy her while waiting. We can open a pack of Goldfish or M & M’s or Smarties or applesauce while riding a bus to the parks, waiting in line, or even flying on the airplane to keep her busy and content.

Tylenol or Motrin: Unfortunately, you never know when a little one can spike a fever. My daughter had been perfectly healthy on our vacation until the night of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party when she ended up with a 103 degree fever. First aid was wonderful and gave me one dose to take back with us, but I was thankful to have packed a travel size bottle to keep the fever down throughout the rest of our vacation, if necessary.

Wipes and Hand Sanitizer: I generally am not THAT bad about cleaning every surface my child touches, especially now that I have two kids, BUT I think that it’s never a bad idea to wipe down the airplane seat, tray table, and arm rests when your child is stuck there for hours. You may also find wipes handy when you find a dirty table at a quick service restaurant or when your little one spills in the stroller. We also love these hand sanitizer wipes!

What do you find most useful when traveling to Disney World with a toddler? Be sure to let us know!

Please note that this post does contain affiliate links so we may make a small commission if you decide to purchase any of these items. Thank you for your support!

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is Perfect for Hopeless Romantics and Pasta Lovers

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Nestled at the front of Main Street, U.S.A., Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is one of the hidden gems of Magic Kingdom Park. Here, you can relive the romance of Disney’s 1995 animated classic “Lady and the Tramp” in a charming turn-of-the-century trattoria where the famous love-struck pups shared their first plate of spaghetti and meatballs. With its whitewash balustrades, French doors, and expansive front porch, Tony’s classic Italian restaurant is the perfect spot for hopeless romantics and pasta-lovers alike!

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Start your meal off with one (or more!) dishes from the antipasti menu like the Caprese with vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and balsamic glaze. Or if you’re looking for a light seafood appetizer, Tony’s is also known for their crispy calamari served with spicy house-made pickles and herb aïoli.

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For the main course, you’ll find a variety of Italian dishes such as pizza pies, meatballs, and a variety of pastas. Tony’s pizza pies come topped with a blend of cheeses as well as your choice of pepperoni, sausage, or garden vegetables and make for a perfect shareable entrée! The Roman-style steak is another great option with spinach and ricotta ravioli, heirloom tomatoes, wilted chard, hazelnut, and lemon Parmesan crema, or you can chow down on the classic chicken parmigiana featuring lightly-breaded chicken breast topped with provolone and Tony’s marinara sauce served over freshly-made thin spaghetti and local vegetables. 

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Of course, you won’t want to miss out on the pasta! Choose from options like chicken fettuccine alfredo or ravioli and house-made gnocchi primavera, both topped with your choice of grilled chicken breast or grilled jumbo shrimp. The scampi pasta is also a popular dish which features fresh linguine pasta made from scratch in-house and tossed with shrimp, classic butter sauce, Parmesan, and fresh vegetables. 

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And you can never go wrong with good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs! Your freshly-made thin spaghetti can be topped with your choice or hand-rolled pork-beef meatballs or Italian sausage. If you’re looking for a plant-based option, you can even order mushroom meatballs! 

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For dessert, end your meal with a sweet treat that you won’t forget. Try a cannoli with ricotta cream-filled shells and powdered sugar or perhaps the Tiramisù featuring espresso-soaked sponge cake layered with mascarpone sweet cream and served with chocolate sauce. There’s even a yummy chocolate cupcake option for the kiddos! 

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Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is a must-try spot for anyone visiting Magic Kingdom Park. Treat your date, your family, or even yourself to an incredible meal here, and you’ll never forget it! To view the full menu and to make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or check out the My Disney Experience mobile app

Are you planning to dine at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant during your next Disney World vacation?

20 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2020

20 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2020

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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With great new attractions, experiences and places to eat on the way, 2020 is shaping up to be an absolutely thrilling year for guests to visit Walt Disney World, The Most Magical Place on Earth.

If you’re considering planning a Disney vacation in 2020, be sure to check out these 20 reasons why you should visit the Walt Disney World Resort in 2020!

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1. Jump Into New Star Wars Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios– From the newly opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to the new destination that was just added into Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is overflowing with offerings for Star Wars fans of all ages.  

2. Enjoy Disney After Hours Events at Magic Kingdom Park & Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Disney After Hours events allow guests to explore a theme park at night with little wait times for many favorite attractions and character greetings. (Select snacks are also included). Tickets to 2020 Disney After Hours event nights are already on sale. 

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3. Immerse Yourself in the Arts at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts – The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will return to the park Jan. 17-Feb. 24. Get ready to explore a variety of galleries, watch live art demonstrations, purchase artwork and get it signed by the artist, or take in a live performance in the festival’s Disney on Broadway Concert Series.

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4. See Epcot’s New Films – New films will debut at Epcot on Jan. 17. “Awesome Planet” in The Land pavilion showcases the Earth’s beauty and diversity in a 10-minute film featuring spectacular imagery, in-theater effects and an original musical score from Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price. “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” in the Canada pavilion is an update to the previous “O Canada!” film with new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and new narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. Sing Along to “Beauty and the Beast” in the France Pavilion – The “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” will debut in the France pavilion Jan. 17. Directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, the show invites you to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time. It features narration from Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film.

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5. Celebrate Your Villainous Side at Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park – Disney Villains After Hours which returns to the Magic Kingdom Park on 24 select nights starting Feb. 7. This year, the event will feature a new Villains Caravan that will feature favorite baddies like Gaston, Oogie Boogie, Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook and more!

6. Grab Barbecue at Regal Eagle Smokehouse at Epcot – One of the first restaurants set to open in 2020 is Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue a fast-casual barbecue experience at The American Adventure. Expect sliced Texas beef brisket sandwiches, Kansas City smoked chicken, Memphis dry-rub pork ribs, North Carolina chopped smoked pork butt, power green salads and more.

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7. Journey to Space 220 for ‘Out of this World’ Cuisine – Set to open this winter, Space 220 restaurant will offer a one-of-a-kind dining experience. You’ll board a special elevator for a journey 220 miles above Earth to a space station where you’ll enjoy fantastic meals and drinks while taking in views that are truly out of this world. 

8. Cool Down with Ample Hills Creamery Sweet Treats – At Disney Springs you’ll soon be able to tempt your taste buds with flavors like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Peppermint Pattie and Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace when Ample Hills Creamery opens this winter.

9. Grab Grub at City Works Eatery & Pour House at Disney Springs – City Works Eatery & Pour House is set to open on the West Side of Disney Springs this winter. The restaurant and bar, offeing more than 80 beers on tap, will feature plenty of high-def TVs including a 165-inch screen, perfect for viewing live sporting events. 

10. Take in the Topiaries During Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Welcome spring’s arrival with this popular festival, which runs March 4-June 1. This year’s event will feature delectable bites at outdoor kitchens, as well as dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries. In addition, the Garden Rocks Concert Series will include three shows a day for all 90 days of the event.

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11. Hop Aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, set to open March 4 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be the first Disney ride-through attraction featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Here, you will travel inside a Mickey cartoon for a fun-filled adventure where “Mouse rules apply” and anything can happen! 

12. Step Into the Mickey Shorts Theater – A new Mickey Mouse-inspired theater will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in March. Stop in to watch an original cartoon short and enjoy special photo opportunities.

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13. Prepare to Be Astounded at the New Cirque du Soleil Show ‘Drawn to Life’– Get ready to journey into a world where an animator’s desk becomes the stage and drawings come alive. Tickets are already on sale (including preview performances in March), so grab your seats now!

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14. Embark on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot – Set to open in Summer 2020 in the France Pavilion at Epcot, the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction will invite you to join Chef Remy on a super-sized journey through Gusteau’s kitchen.

15. Savor a Sweet Treat at La Creperie de Paris in Epcot – La Crêperie de Paris, offering both table- and quick-service options, opens this summer. The menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse is inspired by the Brittany region of France.

16. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Will Spice Up Fall –The aromas and flavors of global marketplaces will welcome you to the 25th anniversary of this fan-favorite festival. You’ll have a chance to meet celebrity chefs, try new food and wine pairings, and listen to great music during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

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17. Enjoy the Return of Halloween and Holiday Events – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties are guest-favorite events here at Walt Disney World Resort. Keep checking Disney Parks Blog for more information we’ll have for you later this year!

18. Gather for ‘Harmonious’ at Epcot – In 2020, Epcot is on track to debut the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park. It will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world over, carrying you away harmoniously on a stream of familiar Disney tunes reinterpreted by a diverse group of artists from around the globe. The show will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more.

19. Lasso Some Grub at Roundup Rodeo BBQ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Roundup Rodeo BBQ, a new table-service location, is riding into Toy Story Land in 2020. This immersive restaurant will surround guests with a kaleidoscope of toys, games, and playsets while serving up delicious dishes.

20. Celebrate many milestones at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Disney Conservation Fund. Plus, our gorilla family will be celebrating Lilly’s 10th birthday and Grace’s 1st birthday this spring!

Which attraction or offering are you most excited to experience at Walt Disney World Resort in 2020? Tell us in the comments section below!

Enjoy Wickedly Sweet Treats at Disney Villains After Hours 2020

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Get ready to let your inner-villain out because Disney Villains After Hours 2020 is coming back! That’s right, this popular after-hours event will be returning to Magic Kingdom Park on select nights February 7 through July 10, 2020. This special nighttime event showcases some of your favorite Disney Villains and lets you experience the park for an additional three hours after it closes. Throughout the night, you can enjoy frightfully fun entertainment, photo ops, low wait times, and of course, SPECIALTY EATS AND TREATS! 

Check out all of the wickedly delicious bites you’ll be able to find throughout the park. Each of these treats are exclusive to this event, so if this list is making you hungry, be sure to grab your tickets today by visiting the Walt Disney World Resort website!

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Painting the Roses Red (Available at Cheshire Café) – Cheesecake mousse with raspberry gelee, red cocoa butter, and buttercream leaves

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Royal Majesty (Available at Cheshire Café) – Strawberry-flavored cake pop dipped in red chocolate and coated with sprinkles

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Hearts on Fire (Available at Cheshire Café) – Fruit punch, Coke, and strawberry popping candy garnished with a strawberry 

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Poor Unfortunate Soul (Available at Storybook Treats) – Black raspberry soft-serve over Cherry Coke garnished with a sugar crown

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Body Language (Available at Storybook Treats) – Cookies and cream mousse with chocolate cake, glacage, meringue tentacles, and a chocolate shell

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Five Dozen Eggs Slush (Available at Gaston’s Tavern) – Frozen custard with brown sugar topped with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick

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Just Take Three (Available at Sleepy Hollow) – Three beignets dusted with powdered sugar and served with vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream and chocolate ganache

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Voodoo Magic (Available at Sleepy Hollow) – Lemonade, Green Apple Syrup garnished with a Rock Candy Straw

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Locked Away Maiden (Available at Main Street Bakery) – Loaded grilled cheese sandwich with pepper jack cheese, provolone cheese, bacon jam, and tomatoes

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The Diamond in the Rough (Available at Tortuga Tavern) – Mango slush with nutmeg and cinnamon topped with whipped cream and garnished with a sugar diamond

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Hades Hot Dog (Available at Casey’s Corner) – All-beef hot dog topped with buffalo chicken, diced celery, fiery cheese dust, and spicy ranch drizzle

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Hades Temptation (Available at Casey’s Corner) – Purple frozen mocktail “Cosmo” with lemonade, violet syrup, and a gummy worm

Are you attending Disney Villains After Hours 2020? Which one of these treats are you most excited to try during your Disney World vacation?

List of Food Studios Menus for the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Food Studios Menus for the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

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The 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts has returned, highlighting the visual, performing, and culinary arts now through February 24. This year’s festival features a dazzling array of Food Studios along with other festival-exclusive dishes served at various locations throughout the park. From sweet and savory to spicy and scrumptious, this year’s menus are decorated with a whole gallery of items including returning favorites as well as new items that will dazzle your taste buds. This colorful fare paints a yummy picture of culinary perfection presented throughout Future World and World Showcase.

Guests can also savor show-stopping cuisine with a side of sizzling Disney Broadway hits with the Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Packages. You can feast on the finest fare from around the world at participating restaurants before enjoying guaranteed seating at one of three concerts held the same day. For more information and to book a dining package, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call 407 WDW-FEST (407 939-3378). Bookings are available for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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New to the festival this year, Le Cellier Steakhouse will be celebrating the arts with a sophisticated brunch offered on weekends from Jan. 18 through Feb. 23 from 11am-3pm. Come and enjoy a wonderful prix fixe brunch menu which starts with assorted pastries for the table. Dishes to choose from include Cheddar Cheese Soup or Avocado Toast as well as entrées like Montreal-Spiced Corned Beef Hash, Le Cellier Eggs Benedict, or Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bread Pudding. Finish off the meal with a decadent dessert such as Maple Crème Brûlée or Coffee and Donuts. The brunch also includes your choice of beverage. Quench your thirst with a Northern Mimosa, Le Cellier Bloody Caesar, Joffrey’s Le Cellier Blend Press Pot Coffee, or a non-alcoholic specialty beverage. This special dining experience will be $67 per adult and $39 per child 9 and under plus tax and gratuity and is worth two (2) entitlements on the Disney Dining Plan. To make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World Website or check out the My Disney Experience mobile app

As for the menus for the wonderful Food Studios sprinkled throughout the park, here’s your official guide with all the info a budding, hungry artist could ever want! For more information on the festival, visit the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts page. Happy snacking! 

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Pop Eats (Located in Showcase Plaza)

Food:

  • Sous Vide Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Beet Chip Crumbles (Gluten-friendly) 
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam (Gluten-friendly)
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Belgian Chocolate (Kid Approved)
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (Kid Approved)

Beverages:

  • Blue Sky Black Cherry Boba Freeze (Non-alcoholic) (Kid Approved)
  • #RainbowSherbetGlitterDreamAle by Playalinda Brewing Co., Titusville, FL
  • Popping Bubbles Cocktail 
  • Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary 
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Decadent Delights (Located in Showcase Plaza):

Food:

  • White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Caramel, Coconut, and Maple Meringue 
  • Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Pretzel Crunch (Kid Approved)
  • Lemon Blood-Orange Tart 
  •  Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie (Kid Approved)
  • White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette

Beverages:

  • 3 Daughters Strawberry Blonde Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO 
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, England 
  • Biagio Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Cold Fashioned Coffee Cocktail
  • Neapolitan Beer Flight
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The Deconstructed Dish (Located in Showcase Plaza)

Food: 

  • Deconstructed Reuben: Sliced Corned Beef, Rye-crusted Sauerkraut and Jarlsberg Cake with Broken Thousand Island Dressing 
  • Deconstructed BLT: Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam, and Soft-Poached Egg  
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped New York-style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries, Sugar Cookies, and Micro-Basil (Kid Approved)

Beverages:

  • Rainboba: Sparkling Water layered with Fruit Boba and topped with a Foam Cloud (Non-alcoholic) (Kid Approved)
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake garnished with Maple Syrup, a Waffle Crisp, and Candied Bacon (Non-alcoholic) (Kid Approved)
  • Imagery Sauvignon Blanc, California
  • Mad Genius Red Blend, California
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Cream Bourbon garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon
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Refreshment Port (Located near the Canada Pavilion)

Food:

  • Lobster Chips: House-made Chips, Lobster, Lobster Bisque Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapeños, and Citrus Cream

Beverages:

  • Ciderboys Zen Berry Apple Boysenberry Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
  • Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA
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Masterpiece Kitchen (Located in the Canada Pavilion)

Food:

  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction (Kid Approved)
  • Smoked Verlasso Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-Herbs
  • Charcuterie Palette with Artisan Cured Meats and Cheeses featuring Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Beef 
  • Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta  

Beverages:

  • Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Freising, Germany
  • Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Brut Champagne 
  • The Meeker Vineyard Winemakers’ Handprint Merlot, Sonoma County, CA 
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut, Spain 
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé, Spain 
  • Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist 
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L’Art de la Cuisine Française (Located in the France Pavilion)

Food:

  • Crème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread Bowl (Kid Approved)
  • Tomate Farcie Façon Paul Bocuse: Tomato Stuffed with Braised Ribs Paul Bocuse-style
  • Moelleux Aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates (Kid Approved)
  • Trio de Macarons: Assortment of Three House-made Macarons in a Gift Box

Beverages:

  • Frozen French Martini: Grey Goose, Vodka, Chambord Liqueur, Pineapple, Orange, and Grape Juice with Lemon-Lime Foam
  • Veuve du Vernay, Brut N°1, Limited Edition: French Sparkling Wine
  • Vouvray, Marcel Dubois, 2018
  • Bordeaux, Château Malbec, 2015
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Mosaic Canteen (Located in the Morocco Pavilion)

Food:

  • Spiced Beef with Pine Nuts and Dried Cherries, Hummus, and Pita Chips
  • Mediterranean Flatbread with Zaatar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella, and Feta Cheese
  • Chebbakia: Hand-twisted Strips of Fried Dough Coated with Honey, Rosewater, and Sesame Seeds

Beverage:

  • Casa Beer
  • Kasbah Prestige White Wine
  • Embrace the Arak: El Massaya Arak, Orange Juice, and Grenadine
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Goshiki (Located in the Japan Pavilion)

Food:

  • Taiyaki: Fish-shaped Cake stuffed with a Sweet Red Bean Filling served with Green Tea Chocolate and Whipped Cream Cheese  (Kid Approved)
  • Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Cucumber, and Sesame Seed over a decorated plate of Wasabi Aïoli, Sriracha, and Eel Sauce
  • Vegetable Gyoza: Vegetable and Edamame filled Gyoza atop Truffle-mashed Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms, Pepper Strings and Tonkatsu Teriyaki Sauce (Kid Approved)

Beverages:

  • Nomi Yasui Draft Lager
  • Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup
  • Matsuri Sake Cocktail: Frozen Nigori Sake and Calpico accented with Strawberry and finished with Cotton Candy
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The Artist’s Table (Located between The American Adventure and the Japan Pavilion)

Food:

  • Beef Wellington with Mushroom Bordelaise, Fennel Cream, and Roasted Baby Vegetables  (Kid Approved)
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, and Parmesan Crisp (Gluten-Friendly) 
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie (Kid Approved)

Beverages:

  • Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, Milk, and Dark Chocolate (Non-alcoholic)
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co. Neapolitan Milk Stout, Douglas, MI
  • Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Lexington, KY
  • Lindemans Framboise Lambic, Belgium
  • Âme du Vin Côtes de Provence Rosé 
  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Monterey County, CA
  • Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Mozart Cream Liqueurs paired with Sipping Chocolates
  • Chocolate and Beer Pairing Flight
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Funnel Cakes (Located in The American Adventure)

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Funnel Cake with Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Marshmallow Cream, and Raspberry Glaze (Kid Approved)

Fife and Drum (Located in The American Adventure)

Food:

  • Musical Float: Layered Strawberry, Lemonade, and Blue Raspberry Slushy with Vanilla Ice Cream and White Chocolate (non-alcoholic) (Kid Approved)

Block and Hans (Located in The American Adventure)

Beverages:

  • Arendelle Aqua Lemonade: Frozen Lemonade with Monin Cotton Candy and Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine
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L’Arte di Mangiare (Located in the Italy Pavilion)

Food Items:

  • Insalata di Gamberi al Limone di Zagara: Salad of Poached Shrimp in Sicilian Lemons, Arugula, Shaved Fennel, Avocado, and Citrus Dressing
  • Pollo alla Pirandello: Golden Chicken Drumstick stuffed with Ricotta Cheese and Pomodoro Sauce (Kid Approved)

Beverages:

  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
  • Prosecco, Villa Sandi
  • Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande
  • Corbinello, Montegrande
  • Pinot Grigio, Santa Marina
  • Merlot, Montegrande
  • Rossini: Prosecco Mousse with Strawberry Sauce (Contains Alcohol)
  • Amaretto Bellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée and Prosecco
  • Vodka Rossini: Vodka, Strawberry Purée and Prosecco
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Cuisine Classique (Located in the Germany Pavilion)

Food:

  • Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes, and Aged Balsamic 
  • Seared Corvina with Braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc (Gluten-friendly) (Kid Approved)
  • Saint-Honoré Tart: Caramel Cream Tart with Caramel Glaze topped with Cream Puffs
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie (Kid Approved)

Beverages:

  • Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider, Walden, NY
  • Concrete Beach Brewery Rosé Ale, Miami, FL
  • Frozen Rosé
  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series, Logrono, Spain
  • Domaine Savary Chablis, Burgundy
  • A Play on Rosé Flight
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Refreshment Outpost (Located in the African Outpost)

Food:

  • Plant-based Bratwurst with Spicy Turmeric Aïoli, Coffee Barbecue Jackfruit, and Slaw
  • Paintbrush Churros: Cinnamon-Sugar Churros Dipped in Colorful White Chocolate

Beverages:

  • Barrel of Monks Brewery Endless Enigma Golden Pale Ale, Boca Raton, FL
  • Collective Arts Brewing Life in the Clouds Hazy IPA, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Malt Bach Brown Ale, Doral, FL
  • Popcorn Pairing Flight
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The Painted Panda (Located in the China Pavilion)

Food Items:

  • Spicy Beef Shumai
  • Char Siu Pork Bun

Beverages:

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (Non-alcoholic) (Kid Approved)
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
  • Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto, Coconut, and Pineapple
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec
  • Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower infused Cocktail with Lychee Syrup, Vodka, Light Rum, and Magic Boba Pearls
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El Artista Hambriento (Located in the Mexico Pavilion)

Food:

  • Sopes de Barbacoa: Braised Barbacoa Beef served on Fried Guajillo Corn Shell with Black Beans, Cotija Cheese, Mexican Cream, and Chives
  • Agave Pork Belly: Pork Belly caramelized with Agave atop Pumpkin Seed Pesto Lentil Salad

Beverages:

  • Frida Banana Daiquiri: Mexican Handcrafted Rum, Banana Puree, and Applejack (served frozen)
  • Diego Blackberry Margarita: 100% Agave Tequila, Blackberry Purée, Fresh Jalapeño-Lime Juice served with Black Ant Salt Rim
  • Mexican White Sangria: White Wine, Fruit Juices, and Sweet Cinnamon-infused Tequila

Test Track Cool Wash (Located near Test Track)

Beverage Items:

  • Assorted Coca-Cola Slushies (non-alcoholic)

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • Future World East – Modern Pairing: Coconut Iced Latte garnished with a decadent Chocolate Donut and topped with Whipped Cream and Sprinkles            
  • Canada – Impressionism Pairing: Blackberry Iced Latte topped with a delicious Blueberry Donut and Sweet Whipped Cream and Sprinkles
  • Showcase Plaza – Renaissance Pairing: Iced Mocha Latte served with a timeless Glazed Donut and Sprinkles
  • The American Adventure – Baroque Pairing:  White Mocha Iced Latte layered with a Red Velvet Donut and Sprinkles 

Are you visiting the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts? How many days until your next Disney World vacation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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