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Sneak Peek of Regal Eagle Smokehouse Menu Coming to the America Pavilion at Epcot This Winter

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Get ready to chow down on some good ol’ classic American barbecue with Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue, coming to Epcot this winter! This new fast-casual barbecue experience at The American Adventure will offer up classic American backyard barbecue from around the United States as well as a variety of home-style craft brews. 

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On the menu are a variety of sandwiches and platters as well as a plant-based option. Chow down on a sliced Texas beef brisket sandwich with house-made spicy mop sauce on garlic toast or the South Carolina smoked sausage sandwich with tangy mustard sauce and caramelized onions.

You can also feast on Kansas City smoked chicken, Memphis dry-rub pork ribs, North Carolina chopped smoked pork butt, all available by themselves or as part of a delicious hearty platter. For a lighter option, you can grab the Power Greens Salad with chilled pulled chicken, fresh citrus, and a citrus vinaigrette. And if you’re looking for an all-American burger, try the grilled burger topped with BBQ pork and a fried onion ring or take a bite out of the plant-based BBQ burger featuring a plant-based patty topped with BBQ jackfruit served on vegan garlic toast. 

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Of course, if you’re like me, you’ll enjoy slathering your entrée in a delicious barbecue sauce. Sauces include a spicy mop sauce, sweet BBQ, tangy mustard, and a vinegar-based sauce. The side items include your classic barbecue complements like french fries, beer-battered onion rings, mac and cheese, baked beans with burnt ends, house-made pickles, and creamy slaw. 

Kids can enjoy their own fun-sized bites including a burger, BBQ chicken salad, BBQ chicken leg or chicken salad, and even a BBQ rib platter, all served with their choice of two sides.

And finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with a delectable dessert like banana pudding or a s’mores brownie as well as a cup of fresh watermelon garnished with torn mint – YUM. 

All-American beverage offerings will include a selection of beer and cider from around the country, wines from the west coast, and specialty regional cocktails with and without alcohol. Coca-Cola® fountain beverages will also be available to quench your thirst. You’ll also get to enjoy an outdoor bar pouring your favorite craft brews on draft, and the outdoor seating area will be a great place to sit back and sip on a Tennessee Lemonade Cocktail or a non-alcoholic Berry Sparkler!

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Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will open this winter at The American Adventure at Epcot. For more information visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or check out the My Disney Experience mobile app. Stay tuned for more details to be released soon. 

Ready to start planning your Disney World vacation? Request your free, no obligation quote here.

Complete Guide to Sweet Treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019

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Holiday snacks are finally here at Magic Kingdom Park! That’s right, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 starts TONIGHT! This year’s party features an array of sweet and savory bites that will keep you merry and bright all season long. If you’re not familiar, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 occurs on select nights throughout November and December and features exclusive food and beverage offerings, special entertainment and character greetings, festive dance parties, complimentary holiday cookies throughout the park, and more. This year’s party begins on November 8, and this Foodie Guide contains all of the delicious info you need to know!

And of course, you can always enhance your festive experience with two special add-ons this year: Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party (with reserved viewing for the holiday parade) and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party (with either Tomorrowland Terrace or Plaza Garden fireworks viewing). Both of these special events offer wonderful buffets of holiday eats and treats as well as a place to hang out, relax, and watch your favorite holiday time entertainment. Check out the links listed above for all of the yummy details and to make reservation!

Now, on to the eats and treats! As always, our incredible Magic Kingdom chefs have outdone themselves with this year’s assortment. And in addition to the party-exclusive treats listed below, there are also many items available all day, every day! 

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Olaf’s Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake (Available Daily at Main Street Bakery)  Gluten-friendly chocolate cake layered with chocolate crispy pearls, chocolate panna cotta, and marshmallow fluff

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Snowflake Brownie (Available Daily at Casey’s Corner) – Chocolate brownie decorated with sugar snowflakes and icing

Holiday Mickey Cinnamon Roll (Available Daily at Main Street Bakery) – A Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll garnished with red and green icing and a white chocolate Mickey Santa hat

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Carved Turkey Sandwich (Party Exclusive, Available at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café) – Oven-roasted turkey with Applewood smoked bacon, smoked gouda, chipotle garlic aïoli, lettuce, and tomato on a roll

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Christmas Cookie Milkshake (Available Daily at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Cookie butter milkshake topped with whipped cream and a Mickey marshmallow straw

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Christmas Cookie Sundae (Available Daily at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Cookie butter soft-serve topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and a white chocolate piece

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Gaston’s Cheese Dip (Party Exclusive, Available at Gaston’s Tavern) – Beer cheese dip with smoked bacon bits served with breadstick antlers

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Gingerbread Sundae (Available Daily at Storybook Treats) – Gingerbread soft-serve sundae topped with whipped cream, gingerbread pieces, and a Minnie Mouse waffle topper

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An Orange Bird Christmas (Party Exclusive, Available at Sunshine Tree Terrace) – Orange-scented white chocolate mousse filled with orange curd on a citrus-almond cream cake with buttercream leaves and a white chocolate piece

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Cherry & Pistachio Float (Available Daily at Aloha Isle) – Cherry and pistachio swirl soft-serve served over cold hot chocolate

Kakamora Float (Party Exclusive, Available at Aloha Isle) – Coconut soft-serve served on top of pineapple juice and non-alcoholic blue curaçao syrup topped with a chocolate Kakamora cake pop

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Sven’s Carrot Cake (Party Exclusive, Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Carrot cake topped with cream cheese icing, sugar carrots, and a chocolate Sven piece

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Jolly Tamale Christmas (Party Exclusive, Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Three house-made tamales filled with shredded chicken and your choice of toppings from the complimentary fixings bar

Christmas Churros (Available Daily at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café and Outdoor Vending Churro Carts) – Mini churros topped with red and green sprinkles and served with chocolate dipping sauce

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Santa Mickey Waffle Sundae (Available Daily at Sleepy Hollow) – Red velvet waffle topped with mint-chip ice cream, seasonal sprinkles, chocolate sauce, and peppermint powder

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Tis the Season (Party Exclusive, Available at Cool Ship) – Chilled Fanta Orange mixed with cranberry juice and green apple popping pearls

To Be Jolly Float (Party Exclusive, Available at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor) – Peppermint iced coffee topped with vanilla ice cream, crushed peppermint, and a chocolate Minnie Mouse bow

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Deck the Halls (Available Daily at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café) – Frozen eggnog topped with whipped cream, confetti sprinkles, and a chocolate bulb

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Holiday Novelty Souvenirs Offered Daily (Only Available While Supplies Last)

  • Holiday Base Popcorn Bucket – Various popcorn carts throughout the park
  • Mickey Jingle Bell Sipper –Sleepy Hollow and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
  • Mickey Gingerbread Straw Clip – Quick-service restaurants throughout the park
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Party-Exclusive Holiday Novelty Souvenirs (Only Available While Supplies Last)

  • Mickey Light-Up Tree Premium Popcorn Bucket – Various popcorn carts throughout the park
  • Sven Sipper – Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café and Gaston’s Tavern

There’s also an array of complimentary goodies that you won’t want to miss out on (included in the price of your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 ticket). Alternative healthy and allergy-friendly goodies are also available upon request.

Complimentary Goodies

  • Pinocchio Village Haus: Snickerdoodle Cookie, Hot Chocolate, and Fanta
  • Storybook Snacks Cart: Snowman Pretzel
  • Miner’s Cove: Peppermint Cookie
  • Friar’s Nook: Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Lunching Pad: Ginger Molasses Cookie and Apple Cider
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café: Peppermint Cookie, Hot Chocolate, and Apple Cider
  • Jungle Cruise: Ginger Molasses Cookie
  • Tortuga Tavern: Snowman Pretzel and Fanta
  • Golden Oak Outpost: Snickerdoodle Cookie
  • Diamond Horseshoe: Chocolate Chip Cookie and Eggnog

Remember, unless otherwise noted, all of these items are exclusive to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 on select nights Nov. 8 – Dec. 22, 2019. And be sure to check out the My Disney Experience app to mobile order meals and snacks on demand, pay in advance, and skip the line at select quick-service food and beverage locations. It’s the best way to maximize your time in the park!

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And if you’re interested in the holiday shirts and headbands you see in the photos above, then be sure to stop by the Emporium or select merchandise locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort so you can grab your very own Gingerbread Ears or holiday spirit jersey!

So, what are you waiting for? These holiday eats are calling your name! Get your tickets today for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 and come celebrate the season!

Looking for more holiday fun? Don’t miss the Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios!

Disney Villains After Hours 2020 Returns to Magic Kingdom Park in February

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Guests loved Disney Villains After Hours in 2019 so much that next year, Disney Villains After Hours 2020 is coming back to Magic Kingdom Park with more nights and more wicked fun for all!

In 2020, the event will take place on 24 select nights February 7 through July 10! Yes, that’s 14 additional nights!  

Disney Villains After Hours 2020 is bringing back the villain-themed elements guests loved:  

  • “Villains Unite the Night” stage show. Hades and Meg from “Hercules” will set the castle stage ablaze in this exciting and villainous show which also features appearances by Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.
  • Spot Maleficent the Dragon. Maleficent the Dragon, with her Steampunk style and signature wicked grin will be let loose at night – breathing fire as she creeps through the park as a one-of-a-kind experience for party guests.
  • Dance the night away at the Cinderella Castle Forecourt stage, where a party DJ will be spinning some sick beats, transforming the entire Central Plaza of the park into a killer club scene.
  • Discover surprising, villain-inspired additions to Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.
  • Eat and drink wickedly good food & beverages. A variety of specialty food & beverage offerings will be available for purchase, including tasty desserts, drinks and dishes inspired by your favorite villainous friends.
  • Event attendees can purchase exclusive merchandise as well as items from a curated collection of the best Disney Villains merchandise available.
  • Enjoy low wait times at more than 25 attractions and experiences after the park closes to day guests.

Tickets for Disney Villains After Hours 2020 are now on sale! You can purchase tickets in advance for $145 plus tax or $155 plus tax on the event night. That’s at $10 savings if you buy early! Plus, Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of a $30 discount. Limited tickets are available, so get yours soon!

Event tickets allow entry as early as 7 p.m., which gives you time to enjoy fireworks before heading off to the attractions. Select complimentary snacks and beverages are also included in the cost of admission. 

And don’t forget to show off your sinister side by dressing in attire inspired by your favorite baddie and sharing your experience using #VillainsAfterHours.

As a reminder, this event does not include character greetings with the Villains.

For more information on Disney Villains After Hours 2020 and to purchase your tickets, visit DisneyWorld.com/VillainsAfterHours or call the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 939-2742.

Looking for more after hours fun in the parks? We have a list of seven special ticket events to consider for your next visit.

Frozen 2 Treats Now Available at the Walt Disney World Resort

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Frozen 2 treats at Disney World
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You don’t have to journey to an enchanted forest to try these new Frozen 2 treats celebrating the premiere of Disney’s highly-anticipated animated film, “Frozen 2.” All you have to do is visit Walt Disney World Resort, where you’ll find a variety of yummy sweets across property. This list will give you the inside scoop on all of the offerings available! While some items are coming soon, others are available now – so be sure to come on out and try them for yourself! You won’t want to miss these Frozen 2 treats. And be sure to see “Frozen 2” in theaters Nov. 22. 

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Magic Kingdom Park (available starting Nov. 8)

  • Olaf’s Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake (Main Street Bakery, available all day) – gluten-friendly chocolate cake layered with chocolate crispy pearls, chocolate panna cotta, and marshmallow fluff
  • Sven’s Carrot Cake (Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café, Exclusive to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party) – carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting, sugar carrots, and a chocolate piece
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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Leaning Palms

  • Elsa’s Frozen Wave – cotton candy vanilla milkshake with whipped cream, fall and winter sprinkles, and a white chocolate coin 
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Disney Springs, The Ganachery (available starting Nov. 15)

  • Chocolate Olaf – creamy milk chocolate Olaf filled with mini pumpkin spice marshmallows frolicking in a pile of chocolate leaves
  • Pumpkin Spice Ganache Square
  • Chocolate Ganache Pop – salted caramel ganache pop

Disney Springs, Marketplace Snacks

  • Olaf Dole Whip Slushy – vanilla soft-serve on top of blue raspberry slush with Olaf chocolate piece and chocolate chip buttons

Disney Springs, Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Anna and Elsa Petit Cake – cinnamon-nutmeg chiffon cake with Calvados caramel mousse, cranberry-cherry pate de fruit, and roasted hazelnuts
  • Arendelle Anna Petit Cake – cinnamon-nutmeg chiffon cake with Calvados caramel mousse, cranberry-cherry pate de fruit, and roasted hazelnuts
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Epcot, Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe

  • 4 Pack Mini Spirit Cupcakes – 
    • Earth – chocolate cupcake with cookie crumbles and candy rocks
    • Wind – vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream and fall leaf sprinkles
    • Fire – chocolate cupcake with fire buttercream
    • Water – vanilla cupcake with blue buttercream and sugar bubbles
  • Fall Cheesecake – lemon cheesecake with graham cracker crust topped with Olaf and fall leaf sprinkles
  • Caramel Mousse – sea salt caramel mousse with vanilla cake crust and white chocolate piece
  • Frozen Orange Vanilla Cream Soda – served in a souvenir sipper
  • Sven’s Apple Cheesecake – apple-filled cheesecake
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Resorts

  • Dark Sea Chocolate Cake (Beach Club Marketplace and The Market at Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort) – chocolate cake with caramel cream cheese swirl, a dulcey chocolate mousse dome, glaçage, and a white chocolate glaze
  • Frozen Waves Cupcake (available starting Nov. 17 at Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort) – chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate ganache and topped with vanilla mint buttercream and sanding sugar
  • Frozen Fractals Cupcake (available starting Nov. 1 at Food Courts at Disney’s All-Star Resorts) – blue confetti cupcake with shades of blue frost buttercream and a white chocolate piece
  • “Frozen 2” Pumpkin Spiced Donut Tart (Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort) – vanilla tart shell filled with pumpkin custard and topped with a spiced donut cake top, cinnamon glaze, and chocolate leaves
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  • Hidden Truth Cupcake (Good’s Food to Go at Disney’s Old Key West Resort and The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa) – chocolate cupcake with blackberry ganache, blackberry buttercream, white chocolate garnish, and blue and white sprinkles
  • Water Spirit Cupcake (Food Courts at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort and Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort) – chocolate cupcake filled with white chocolate mousse and topped with vanilla buttercream, crispy pearls, and a white chocolate garnish
  • Enchanted Forest Leaves (Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) – maple leaf-shaped sugar cookie sandwich filled with maple and praline buttercream and garnished with a chocolate coin
  • Fall Into Winter Dessert (available starting Nov. 24 at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge) – spiced cheesecake with a caramel apple compote, embossed fondant, and sprinkles

Which of these delicious Frozen 2 treats do you plan to try? For more information on all of the locations listed above, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or check out the My Disney Experience mobile app. 

Heading to Disney World for the holiday season? Don’t miss the $10 bonus card with the Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler.

Add a Sweet Ending to Your Day with the 2019 Jingle Bell Jingle Bam Dessert Party

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Your favorite elves are returning once again this holiday season for the popular holiday nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In addition to fun holiday decorations and offerings throughout the park, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” is a fabulously festive fireworks spectacular that occurs every night from November 8, 2019, to January 5, 2020. And with the return of this popular show comes the return of the amazing 2019 Jingle Bell Jingle BAM Dessert Party! If you’re looking to add a sweet ending to your fun-filled day in the park, this festive holiday dining experience is the way to go. 

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First, head over to Echo Lake to enjoy an array of holiday-themed snacks, decadent desserts, beer, wine, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. On the menu this year are items including warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread, roasted onion dip with kettle chips, winter-spiced trail mix, Yule log cake, caramel apple verrine, and more. There will also be festive holiday cookies and assorted beverages such as a gingerbread martini and hot chocolate. And while you take part in the festivities, Chip and Dale will available for character greetings! 

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Before the show, you’ll be escorted to a reserved viewing area to enjoy Wonderful World of Animation – a beautiful projection show that takes you on a journey through more than 90 years of Disney and Pixar animation – followed by “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!,” a Santa-sized spectacular jam-packed with holiday music, fireworks, special effects, and dazzling state-of-the-art projections.

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Reservations are now open for the 2019 Jingle Bell Jingle BAM Dessert Party for bookings starting on November 8, 2019. This festive dining experience will occur nightly November 8, 2019 –January 5, 2020. The event will start 1.5 hours prior to each night’s showtime. Event times are subject to change without notice and vary throughout the season.

Reservations for the 2019 Jingle Bell Jingle Bam Dessert Party can be made online at the Walt Disney World Resort Website or by calling (407) WDW-DINE (407 939-3463). 

Traveling after the holidays? There are some wonderful dessert parties to be enjoyed year-round! Learn more about all of the delicious dessert parties here.

Get a $10 Bonus Card with the 2019 Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler

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If you’re looking for a great way to experience the flavors of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, then look no further than the Disney’s 2019 Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler! With this digital value card, you’ll be able to enjoy a delectable day of flavorful food and beverage as you taste your way around the park’s carts, kiosks, and, after 4 p.m., at quick-service restaurants with a bonus digital value card. 

The 2019 Animal Kingdom tasting sampler is on sale now and costs $50. It includes two digital value cards: one $50 card that can be used at over 40 outdoor food and beverage locations throughout the park (and does not expire), and a bonus $10 card that can be used at the following quick-service restaurants after 4pm from December 22, 2019 through January 4, 2020: Restaurantosaurus (DinoLand U.S.A), Pizzafari and Pizzafari Family-Style Dining (Discovery Island), Flame Tree Barbecue (Discovery Island), and Satu’li Canteen (Pandora – The World of Avatar). In addition, with each $50 card purchased, you will receive two (2) reserved seats for the second showing of Rivers of Light: We are One (which must be redeemed between December 22, 2019 and January 4, 2020). 

At each of the outdoor food and beverage locations, you can use the $50 card to purchase anything on the menu. Among these dishes are some favorites from this spring’s 2019 Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler as well as a whole host of delicious new bites only available during the holiday season. 

Here’s a list of all the new and returning eats and treats for the 2019 Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler that you won’t want to miss: 

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Kusafiri Bakery (Africa)

  • Curry Trio with Shrimp, Chicken, and Vegetable Curries
  • Coffee
  • Pastries

Caravan Road (Asia)

  • Ginger Slaw Dog
  • Char Siu Pork with Sticky Rice

Mr. Kamal’s (Asia)

  • Fried Chicken Dumplings
  • Kamal’s Fries with Dipping Sauces

Trilo-Bites (DinoLand U.S.A.)

  • Buffalo Chicken Chips
  • Peppermint Cookies and Cream Sundae
  • Bugs ‘n Grubs Cone
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Dino-Bite Snacks (DinoLand U.S.A.)

  • Scrooge McDuck’s Billionaire Bacon Caramel Sundae
  • Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwich

Terra Treats (Discovery Island)

  • Tomato and Cheese Pizza
  • Seasonal Specialty Pizza

Smiling Crocodile (Discovery Island)

  • Pulled Pork Jelly Donut Slider
  • Pulled Pork Street Taco
  • Tamale with Tomatillo Sauce, Red Chile Sauce, and a Jalapeño Cream Sauce

Additional Participating Carts and Kiosks 

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Africa

  • Mahindi (popcorn, glazed nuts, beer)
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments (Simba Sunset, Simba Ice Cream Sandwich, Pineapple Dole Whip Cup, ice cream treats, beer)
  • Dawa Bar (specialty beverages, cocktails, beer)
  • Harambe Fruit Market (fruit, pretzels, grilled corn with African spices)

Asia

  • Warung Outpost (pretzels, chips, margaritas)
  • Drinkwallah (nuts, chips, frozen beverages)
  • Chakranadi (pretzels, nuts, beer, fountain beverages)
  • Anandapur Ice Cream Treats (Forbidden Mountain Cone, soft-serve ice cream treats, fountain beverages)
  • Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks (Pumpkin Spice Pretzel, popcorn, ice cream treats, pretzels, cocktails, beer)
  • Snack Cart near UP! A Great Bird Adventure (ice cream treats)

DinoLand U.S.A.

  • Dino Diner (chips and queso, chili cheese dog, corn chip pie, churros, beer)
  • Corn-ivores (popcorn, bottled beverages)

Discovery Island

  • Feeding Ground (popcorn, frozen lemonade, beer)
  • Eight Spoon Café (macaroni and cheese with pulled pork or shrimp, pretzels)
  • Isle of Java (coffee, pastries, chocolate donut holes)
  • Snack Cart near Tiffins Restaurant (all-beef hot dogs, ice cream treats)
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Pandora – The World of Avatar

  • Pongu Pongu (pretzels, pineapple lumpia, specialty beverages)
  • Beverage Cart near Pongu Pongu (chips, bottled beverages)

Parkwide

  • Ice Cream Carts (ice cream treats, bottled beverages)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler can be purchased starting tomorrow, Oct. 8, and will be available through January 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. noon E.T. and can be used at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during regular operating hours. When you purchase the sampler, you’ll receive an email for each digital value card. Each email will have a barcode that can be added to your digital wallet on your mobile phone and scanned at most food and beverage locations throughout the park. For a full list of participating locations and menu offerings, visit any food and beverage location at the park. To purchase, visit http://offers.disney.com/DAKDINEBONUS/

PLEASE NOTE: 

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler $50 digital value card can only be redeemed at the participating locations indicated on the Tasting Sampler map, which will be available at any participating food and beverage location in the park from December 22, 2019 through January 4, 2020. It cannot be used at Table-Service Restaurants or Quick-Service Restaurants and does not expire. Terms and Conditions apply
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom After 4 p.m. Quick Service Bonus $10 digital value card may only be redeemed at the five locations above and is not valid for use after January 4, 2020. Terms and Conditions apply
  • Guests must be at least 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Please keep a valid form of identification on hand at all times to verify your age. 
  • All menu items and event experiences are subject to change without notice. 
  • $50 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler and the $10 Disney’s Animal Kingdom After 4 Quick Service Bonus are separate products and cannot be combined. 
  • Check in for the Rivers of Light: We Are One show at the Dining Package kiosk on the DinoLand U.S.A. side of the theater and show a Cast Member your Tasting Sampler Digital Value Card on your mobile device.

Planning to visit during the holiday season? Don’t miss this list of all of the festive events in the parks and resorts during this year’s holiday season.

5 Places to Find Dessert on the Disney Dream During Your Disney Cruise

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5 Places to Find Dessert on the Disney Dream During Your Disney Cruise

Cruising on the Disney Dream is a dream-come-true for anyone with a sweet tooth! Whether you take a three-, four- or five-night vacation aboard this Disney Cruise Line ship, you’ll have plenty of options for indulging in decadent desserts. You’ll need the energy for all the fun you’ll have on board, plus calories don’t count on vacation! 

Check out the top five ways you can treat your sweet tooth with dessert on the Disney Dream…

1. Make a pit stop at Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats. Refuel at this dessert shop inspired by the arcade game from Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph.” Your family can celebrate your time aboard with a trophy filled with gelato or an ice cream sundae in a “Sugar Rush” racecar. If you can’t decide which ice cream flavor you want, Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats also has candy and baked treats to satisfy your cravings!  

2. Cool down with an Eye Scream or Frozone treat. While you’re enjoying the sunshine up on deck, grab some soft-serve ice cream and scare-tastic toppings at Eye scream Treats. Named after the friendly, one-eyed monster Mike Wazowski from the Disney-Pixar animated feature “Monsters, Inc.,” this eatery has treats and a wide variety of flavors that will make you scream with joy! Or you can chill out with a cool Frozone refreshment by the pool. Inspired by the ice-creating hero from the Disney-Pixar movie “The Incredibles,” this poolside spot has refreshing, fruit smoothies for the entire family to enjoy. 

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3. Become a dessert connoisseur at Remy. Looking for more than an ice cream cone? Treat your taste buds to a five-course dessert menu served with coffee! The adult-exclusive Remy Dessert Experience features a rich dialogue with Remy’s Executive Chef and Pastry Chef, who will explain the history and evolution of each sweet selection. If you’re a dessert lover, this experience is perfect for you! 

4. Save room for dessert at Palo’s brunch. Adults can indulge in a spectacular champagne brunch at Palo, which includes an all-you-care-to-eat buffet of international cheeses, made-to-order entrées, fresh pastries and, you guessed it, plenty of dessert! With tons of mini-sized desserts, you can treat your sweet tooth to a wide variety of flavors!

5. Brighten your day with dessert at Cabanas. Take a stroll along a beach boardwalk and grab a bite to eat at Cabanas. This restaurant offers guests a casual dining experience with food and beverage stations, breathtaking ocean views, and indoor and outdoor seating. Most importantly, it has a whole section dedicated to desserts like sundaes, cookies, cakes and fruit! 

What is your favorite dessert on the Disney Dream?

Thinking about planning a Disney cruise or already have your next Disney cruise booked? Don’t miss our other helpful posts including a preview of the incredible experiences awaiting you onboard, packing checklist, 10 things the adults will love, and 11 things to do before your cruise.

Top 10 Things to Do in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars fans of all ages will love visiting the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, the “long forgotten planet on the edge of the galaxy, between the Unknown Regions and Wild Space.” There are two new attractions, shopping, dining, and more experiences waiting for you in this new land so we wanted to share ten things to do in Galaxy’s Edge to help you prepare for your visit.

Pilot the Millenium Falcon: The headline attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. You can actually pilot the iconic spaceship as you take on a mission from Hondo Ohnaka. Other necessary jobs on the mission include engineer and gunner.

Tip: Take advantage of the single rider line, if you are able to be split up from the rest of your party to enjoy the experience at a significantly reduced wait time.

Build a Light Saber at Savi’s Workshop: You can build a custom lightsaber and then bring it to life with a kyber crystal at Savi’s Workshop. You can choose from one of four themes- peace and justice; power and control; elemental nature; or protection and defense. These are not inexpensive souvenirs though at $199.99 plus tax each.

Tip: There are less expensive build your own lightsaber options at Tatooine Traders, the gift shop located at the exit of Star Tours, that is perfect for younger fans.

blue and green milk in Galaxy's Edge

Try the Blue or Green Milk: Stop by the Milk Stand to try the blue milk and/or green milk. They are both plant based blends of coconut and rice milks. The blue milk is sweeter while the green milk is a little more flowery or citrusy. They are a little different if you are used to dairy milk, but each had a refreshingly unique flavor. Both the blue and green milks are also available with alcohol.

Tip: These are available as a snack credit on the dining plan and also now available through mobile order so you can save time waiting in line to order one.

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Build a Droid at Droid Depot: Droid Depot offers you the chance to purchase and build your own remote controlled R-series and/or BB- series droid that will interact throughout the land. You’ll get to choose the four components required for your droid and then have the chance to assemble your droid and bring it to life. There are a variety of colors and designs you can choose from. Please note that Disney does only allow one guest to accompany the builder during the experience.

Tip: Special backpacks are available for purchase which are a great way to carry your droid throughout the land where it interacts as well as to transport your droid home, especially if you are flying and need to safely carry it through the airport.

Oga's Cantina
Oga’s Cantina

Grab a Drink at Oga’s Cantina: You can find a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic creations at Oga’s Cantina, one of the galaxy’s most infamous watering holes. Although the food items are quite limited, there is an extensive list of beverages to choose from. While you visit the cantina, you’ll also enjoy musical entertainment courtesy of DJ R-3X, which some of you may remember as a former pilot from the Star Tours attraction. Please note that Disney does limit each party to only a 45 minute experience in the cantina.

Tip: Although guests of all ages are welcome in Oga’s, the majority of the location is standing room only which may make it difficult to enjoy if you are traveling with little ones that will need to be held as strollers are not allowed inside.

Stop for Photo Opportunities: You have the opportunity to travel to another planet on the outer rim when you visit Batuu so don’t miss numerous photo opportunities throughout the land. You will find ships, fighters, speeders, droids, the infamous Falcon, and so much more that make for awesome photo opportunities which is sure to make all of your friends jealous of your travels.

Star Wars Characters: You never know who you’ll find from the Star Wars saga during your time Batuu while you’re exploring the land. We’ve seen Rey, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and stormtroopers. The characters roam throughout the land which offer more unpredictable and surprise interactions in addition to unique photos from the traditional character meet and greets.

Tip: If you do want a longer or more personal interaction or just posed photos, be sure to stop by Star Wars Launch Bay to find BB-8, Kylo Ren, and Chewbacca.

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo Menu

Eat at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo: Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is the primary quick service dining location in Galaxy’s Edge. The menu does have some unique offerings including ribs, pot roast, fried chicken, and more in addition to two specialty, non-alcoholic beverages, moof juice and sour sarlacc. The spacious hangar also offers an outdoor seating area. We have a comprehensive list of the food and beverage options in Galaxy’s Edge here.

Tip: Take advantage of Disney’s mobile order service to bypass the long lines!

Pick up Souvenirs at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities: You can find a wide variety of iconic Star Wars souvenirs in the Den of Antiquities. As the largest merchandise location in Batuu, you won’t want to miss this hidden den. You’ll find kyber crystals, light sabers, ancient tools, and other treasures that are sure to delight Star Wars fans of all ages.

Drink a Coca Cola beverage: Coca Cola designed specialty bottles just for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney Parks. You can pick up a thermal detonator inspired bottle of Coca Cola, Diet Coke, or Sprite throughout the land.

Tip: These are more expensive than the other bottles in the parks at $6 or just one snack credit on the dining plan!

We also recommend downloading the Play Disney Parks mobile app before your visit so you can enjoy additional interactive experiences throughout the land including translating languages from across the galaxy, interacting with droids, and discovering precious cargo.

Bonus: The second new attraction in Galaxy’s Edge, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is scheduled to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, December 5, 2019. This will be one of Disney’s most technologically advanced attractions yet as you join the Resistance in an epic battle against the First Order.

Please remember that reservations are accepted and strongly recommended for Oga’s Cantina, Droid Depot, and Savi’s Workshop up to 180 days in advance. However, walk ups may be welcome to enjoy these experiences, as well.

What are you most excited to see and do in Galaxy’s Edge?

Are you thinking about a Disney World vacation and ready to experience Galaxy’s Edge? Call Siera today at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote! She will help you plan a magical and memorable visit while ensuring that you receive the best deal possible. Plus, as an authorized Disney vacation planner, her services are completely free!

Top 8 Ways to Stay Cool at Disneyland Resort in California

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Right now, there are so many new things to see and do at the Disneyland Resort, that it’s a great time to visit! As the Southern California sun shines bright, here are some ways to stay cool at Disneyland during your visit: 

First up is Disneyland park! 

Break away from the bright sun in a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Within the planet of Batuu, you’ll find many cool places!

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In Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, you can start cooling off in the cavernous path to the Main Hold of the Millennium Falcon. Once you reach this famous space, you can hang out around the Dejarik (chess) table for a few minutes before taking the controls of the fastest ship in the galaxy toward adventure and, ah, yes, a galactic breeze.

As you roam Batuu, head over to the Milk Stand to enjoy a refreshing Blue Milk and Green Milk – these frozen concoctions are sure to cool you down.

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For crafty libations, we recommend Oga’s Cantina. This watering hole is where weary travelers of all ages can join together to refuel after a long day of adventuring. Hang out with DJ R-3X and sip on one of the many out-of-this-world non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverages. Just be sure to make a reservation to visit the cantina before you go!

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Around Disneyland park, guests can stay cool at guest-favorite attractions like Splash MountainMatterhorn BobsledsHaunted MansionPeter Pan’s Flight and many others. 

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And of course, chill out with a Dole Whip Float from Tiki Juice Bar or The Tropical Hideaway, a Mint Julep in New Orleans Square or a delicious old-fashioned ice cream at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor.

Next, is Disney California Adventure park!

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Head to Hollywood Land and experience the newly opened 3D movie musical “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” in the Sunset Showcase Theater. In the show, Donald stirs up some musical mayhem while you get swept into the fantastic world of classic Disney animated musical sequences, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Peter Pan” and “Aladdin.” Fun fact: Some scenes are super breezy! 

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You can also take refreshing flight on Soarin’ Around the World, get lightly drizzled or even soaked on Grizzly River Run, go on a journey with The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, join a thrilling mission with Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, test your illustration skills in Animation Academy or take a break as you’re transported to Arendelle during the theatrical performance, “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” in Hollywood Land. 

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Disney California Adventure also offers amazing cold treats, like the lemon soft-serve at Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats on Pixar Pier, the hand-dipped ice cream bar at Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, Memory Refreshers from Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff and even a delicious fruit smoothie from Schmoozies! in Hollywood Land.

How do you stay cool at Disneyland in the parks?

We know that rain can come along, too, but you don’t have to let it ruin your visit! Here are six ways to spend a rainy day at Disneyland!

Book a Disney World Dessert Party for Delicious Treats and Spectacular Views

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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If you’re looking to add a sweet ending to your day in the parks, then you’re in for a treat with a Disney World dessert party! Each of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort offers a variety of dessert parties that each include exclusive viewings of their park’s nighttime shows and spectaculars. You can book a Disney World dessert party to enjoy delicious treats and a spectacular view of the nighttime show.

Seasonal Dessert Parties

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RESERVATIONS NOW AVAILABLE: Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party (Nov. 8, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020)

Your favorite elves are returning once again this holiday season for the popular holiday nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and they’re hosting a fabulous dessert party to go with it! First, head over to Echo Lake to enjoy an array of holiday-themed snacks, decadent desserts, beer, wine, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. On the menu this year are items including warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread, roasted onion dip with kettle chips, winter-spiced trail mix, Yule log cake, caramel apple verrine, and more. There will also be festive holiday cookies and assorted beverages such as a gingerbread martini and hot chocolate. While you’re taking part in the festivities, there will even be a special VIP guest available for character greetings.

Before the show, you’ll be escorted to a reserved viewing area to enjoy Wonderful World of Animation – a beautiful projection show that takes you on a journey through more than 90 years of Disney and Pixar animation – followed by “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!,” a Santa-sized spectacular jam-packed with holiday music, fireworks, special effects, and dazzling state-of-the-art projections.

This festive dining experience will occur nightly November 8, 2019 –January 5, 2020. The event will start 1.5 hours prior to each night’s showtime. For more information and to book your reservations, visit the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party page or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

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Magic Kingdom Park – Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace (Select Nights Nov. 8-Dec. 22, 2019)

If you’re celebrating the holidays with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, then you can sweeten your night with this holly-jolly dessert party! During this party, you’ll get to take in the incredible sights of Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, exclusive to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. On the menu is a bountiful buffet featuring holiday-themed cupcakes and desserts, chocolate-dipped strawberries, ice cream, a selection of cheeses, seasonal fruits, and a variety of beverages like specialty Christmas drinks, sparkling cider, signature lemonades, hot chocolate, coffee, and tea. Just like the other dessert parties at Magic Kingdom Park, you can enjoy a special viewing area at Plaza Garden or reserved seating at Tomorrowland Terrace. 

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party occurs during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights Nov. 8-Dec. 22, 2019.  For more information and to book your reservations, visit one of the pages listed below or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

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Magic Kingdom Park – Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace (Select Nights Aug. 16-Nov. 1, 2019)

And don’t forget – the spooky season is in full swing at Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom Park has been transformed with Halloween decorations and festivities. On select nights, you can descend upon the park for a spirited evening during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Here you can go trick or treating, meet special characters, watch the popular Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and enjoy this year’s brand new nighttime Halloween fireworks: “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular.” Similar to the regular fireworks dessert party, you can enjoy either reserved seating at Tomorrowland Terrace or a special viewing area at Plaza Garden. This party includes chocolate-dipped strawberries, cupcakes, ice cream, seasonal fruits, cheeses and other ghoulish goodies created daily by our master pastry chef. Sparkling cider, signature lemonades, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will also be served.

Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Dessert Party occurs during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on select nights Aug. 16-Nov. 1, 2019. For more information and to book your reservations, visit one of the pages listed below or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

In-Park Dessert Parties at Walt Disney World Resort

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Epcot – Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot World Showcase

Enjoy a delightful end to your magical day with delectable desserts and spectacular fireworks viewed from a special area, followed by a musical boat ride at Frozen Ever After. Now through Sept. 30 you can bid farewell to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth before it ends its 20 year run to make way for an all-new, limited-time spectacular, “Epcot Forever,” debuting Oct. 1.  

For more information and to book your reservations, visit the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party page or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

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Magic Kingdom Park – Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace 

Feast on delectable desserts before or after enjoying the spectacle of Happily Ever After, Magic Kingdom’s fireworks spectacular, from the comfort of either Tomorrowland Terrace with reserved seating or Plaza Garden right in front of Cinderella Castle. This dessert party occurs nightly throughout the year. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit one of the pages listed below or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Rivers of Light: We Are One Dessert Party

Feast on delectable desserts before soaking up the sights and sounds of Rivers of Light: We Are One from a reserved seating location at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. For more information and to book your reservations, visit the Rivers of Light: We Are One Dessert Party page or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

Calling all Star Wars fans – enjoy special themed treats, a souvenir stein, and an exclusive viewing area of the popular “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with this out-of-this-world dessert party! For more information and to book your reservations, visit the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party page or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience

Please your sweet tooth with a delicious dessert experience while enjoying some of the best seats in the house. Pick up a box of freshly-prepared snacks before heading to a VIP reserved seating area for Fantasmic! Then, just sit back and enjoy your treats while watching the nighttime extravagant musical where the forces of good and evil battle it out in Mickey’s dream. For more information and to book your reservations, visit the Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience page or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

Additional Spectacular Sweet Spots at Walt Disney World Resort

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In addition to the fabulous Disney World dessert party experiences around the parks, there are a few additional sweet dining experiences at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Seven Seas Lagoon near Magic Kingdom Park! For more information on each of these events and to make your reservations, visit their respective pages below or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3483).

Note: All showtimes, experiences, and menus listed above are subject to change without notice.

Have you ever tried a Disney World dessert party? Which one is your favorite experience?