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Sneak Peek of New Plant Based Dishes at Disney World

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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You can now choose from hundreds of new plant based dishes at Disney World! All major quick and table service restaurants are dishing up delectable new options at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort – accompanied by a new plant-based menu icon, a green leaf.

Each one is made from plant-based ingredients like vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds and legumes – and without animal meat, dairy, eggs or honey. From sweet treats to three-course meals, and everything in between, there are more than 400 craveable creations to choose from.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort? Check out the brand-new Guide to Plant-Based Dining on the resort’s website to learn where these dishes – and many more! – can be found during your visit.

(Top) Panna Connie’s Congo Lime Delight from Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen at Magic KingdomPark – Tasty lime ‘panna cotta,’ served with mango-lime sorbet, fresh fruit and a Brazil nut cookie. 

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Marrakesh Falafel Platter from The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – This delicious plate features falafel alongside creamy hummus, soy yogurt, tabbouleh and a cucumber-tomato salad – and don’t forget the pita bread!   

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Chocolate Mint Financier from Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk – This tempting chocolate financier is accompanied by a creamy frozen mint scoop.  

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Lavender Donuts from California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Don’t miss these delightful lavender donuts with blueberry gin jam, pistachio crumble and blueberry “faux yo” (plant-based frozen yogurt)!

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Chickpea Panisse from Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park – Crispy chickpea panisse, tomato jam, roasted carrots, chermoula-spiced garbanzos and chive powder make this dish fit for royalty.

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Loaded Slaw Dog from Casey’s Corner at Magic Kingdom Park – You can’t go wrong with this plant-based sausage, topped with pickled slaw, barbecue vegan aioli and roasted corn relish – plus your choice of french fries or apple slices.

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Quinoa Salad from Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Served with dried fruit and fresh herbs, this salad makes for a tasty snack any time of day! 

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  • Le Fou Festin Breakfast from Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park – Get your day started with this spread of plant-based eggs, sausage and bacon served with breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit.  

These are just a few of the amazing plant-based dishes at Disney World that you can discover across the resort! With so many dishes to discover – like the Mushroom (Lobster-style) Salad from Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot or the Carrot Gnocchi from The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

And don’t forget that even more plant-based dishes will be arriving at Disneyland Resort in spring 2020, accompanied by the new menu icon.

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

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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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

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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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

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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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

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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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.

Top 4 Reasons You Need to Book the New Wizarding World of Harry Potter Vacation Package

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been dreaming of a Harry Potter vacation since the moment you opened your first book. I’d picture myself walking through Platform 9¾ with fellow witches and wizards. Never in my wildest dreams did I actually think I would be able to ride the Hogwarts Express or stand beneath the towering and enchanting Hogwarts castle.

Now, you have the chance to experience all this and more. Universal Orlando Resort has a ‘you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package with all-new exclusive offerings. This vacation package is so incredible that my fellow Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss these details and the top four reasons that the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package is perfect for your next visit.

1. Special Themed Keepsake Box

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This brand-new customized, special themed keepsake box is a perfect collectible for any Potter fan-family. Not only is this exclusive to this vacation package, but when you see the special items contained inside, you’ll see why this will kick-off the vacation of your dreams.

What makes this exclusive to this vacation package?

  • A red, unique special themed keepsake box, exclusive to this vacation package with gold lettering that includes:
    • A personalized vacation welcome letter
    • Set of (3) luggage tags, featuring:
      • Harry Potter
      • Ron Weasley
      • Hermione Granger
    • Hogwarts Railways Lanyard —one for everyone in the family
    • Travel planning guide that includes: fun facts, information about Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, including each lands’ unique dining options, shops and rides

2. Three Words: Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio

Have you ever dreamed of being a part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? You know, really picture yourself here. Well, Shutterbutton’s at Universal Orlando Resort is making this fantasy a reality. Wear your favorite Harry Potter-themed outfits, house colors and other wizarding gear and this magical shop will place you in your favorite Wizarding World sights and scenes!

Why is this so unique??

  • Only this vacation package will unlock an exclusive background
  • Vacation package guest(s) will now receive a complimentary 8” x 10” photo

TIPS & TRICKS:

  • Enjoy (12) iconic scenes from Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley
  • Bring your wizarding world props like wands, merchandise, hats, etc
    • Don’t worry if you don’t have a robe because you’ll be able to borrow robes there
  • (5) guests are allowed per session
  • Reservations are required

3. The Details: Vacation Package & Breakfast

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So, what exactly is included in this vacation package? It was carefully created by Universal Parks and Resorts Vacations to help fans make the most of immersing themselves in the wizarding world. Take it from me, this curated package offers exclusive experiences and convenience – making it something you truly something you can’t miss on your vacation.

What’s included?

  • Hotel accommodations at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel
  • Admission to all (3) Universal Orlando theme parks:
    • Universal Studios Florida
      • In this park, you’ll roam the streets of London before entering Diagon Alley
    • Universal’s Islands of Adventure
      • This park is where you’ll enter the snow-capped village of Hogsmeade and get to experience the awe-inspiring Hogwarts castle
    • Universal’s Volcano Bay
      • Relax in Waturi Beach and enjoy the towering views of the Krakatau volcano

Fun Fact: With your park-to-park passes, you’re able to ride the Hogwarts Express between the lands at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay (and select attractions)
    • Get access 1-hour before the park officially opens
  • Breakfast at an iconic eatery from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Special-themed keepsake box with a personalized welcome letter, travel planning guide, luggage tags and lanyards
  • Shutterbutton’s experience that unlocks an exclusive background and a complimentary 8” x 10” photo
  • Access to select venues at Universal’s CityWalk

4. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Lands: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need convincing to why you need this vacation package in your life. However, if you need reminding, I wanted to list out some of the must-have whimsical experiences offered at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

  • Relish in the picturesque views of Hogsmeade, located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Head into the Forbidden Forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
    • Spiral and dive past Hagrid’s hut on Flight of the Hippogriff
    • Go on a journey with Harry Potter and his friends on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    • Explore the familiar corridors and passageways of Hogwarts castle
    • Board the Hogwarts Express and travel to Diagon Alley
  • Follow in Harry’s footsteps through Diagon Alley, located at Universal Studios Florida
    • Witness a wand choose its wizard at Ollivanders
    • Ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
    • View unforgettable shows at Carkitt Market
    • Walk through the brick barrier in King’s Cross Station and onto Platform 9¾ to board the Hogwarts Express
    • Savor the delectable taste of Butterbeer

We know you’ll want to spend your entire vacation at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; however, remember that you’ll be able to enjoy other parts of Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay. There’s so much to do in our parks that I’m sure you’ll have a blast.

So, tell us in the comments, what’s your favorite part of The Newly Enhanced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package? Can’t wait to see you here!

Ready to start planning your Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation? This post will help you choose the best resort for your visit!

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

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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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.

Enjoy Nightlife, Shopping, Dining, and More at Universal CityWalk

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Any time you visit the parks at Universal Orlando Resort, you first walk through the streets that is Universal CityWalk. It’s a pretty cool area to visit before, during or even after your theme park experience.

This is an entertainment complex that features dining, entertainment and shopping. It is the cherry on top of the perfect day in-park. To help you plan out your visit, take a look at all the offerings.

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT:

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Looking for a day of fun or a day or night out? Here are some entertainment experiences fit for kids of any age.

Universal Cinemark: Catch new releases on big screens with state-of-the-art projection and sound systems that put on an incredible show. Enjoy the ultimate in comfort with stadium seating and NEW upgraded seating which includes over-sized luxury plush recliners with extendable footrests and cup holders. When you’re feeling hungry, the concession stands are stocked with sweet snacks, hot food like pizza, hot dogs and nachos as well as a bar.

Reserved seating now available! Secure your seats online.

NEW enhanced experiences:

  • Newly installed XD viewing experience is enhanced with a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen and a complete surround sound package providing an extreme digital experience (supports RealD 3D)

Find out more about the New Enhanced Movie Experience at Universal Cinemark.

  • Blue Man Group: This is famed worldwide for being an incredible entertainment experience that checks all the boxes. With comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all in one, this is a show you’ll never forget. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
  • Hollywood Drive-in Golf: 50s sci-fi meets horror flick fun on two interactive 18-hole mini-golf courses. Pick your poison with either The Haunting of Ghostly Greens and Invaders from Planet Putt. Discover all the fun.
  • Hard Rock Live: Prepare to be impressed with the 3,000-seat auditorium boasts state-of-the-art audio, lighting, video, and a full bar and concession stand. It’s time to see the latest for who is playing.

TIP: Take advantage of the CityWalk Meal & Movie Deal where you can enjoy a lunch/dinner at one of the most popular restaurants PLUS a movie at Universal Cinemark.

ADULT NIGHTLIFE:

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Talk about a night out with friends, family or loved ones. There are options from clubs to piano bars or karaoke. All locations has a cover.

  • CityWalk’s Rising Star: It’s time for your big break at Rising Star, our own karaoke club. And imagine how you would sound on stage with a live band behind you. This is a sing-along experience you’ll never forget. Learn more here.
  • Pat O’Brien’s: Is this New Orleans or CityWalk? You tell us. This boisterous establishment feels like it’s in the middle of the action on Bourbon Street. Laugh with the dueling pianos as you indulge in authentic cajun cookin’. See the experience
  • the groove: Take your plans to the next level with this multi-level dance club with nightly DJs boasting the latest in sound and special effects. You’ll never be thirsty with several uniquely themed full-service bars. Here’s all the details you need.
  • Bob-Marley- A tribute to freedom: The chillest place in town, these Bob Marley-inspired digs feature Artifacts, photos, and video clips from his storied career that surround you in the open-air veranda and courtyard. Don’t forget to read about the tribute to Universal CityWalk.
  • Red Coconut Club: Step into old Havana and soak up the Cuban flair. This ultra-lavish lounge has two levels of music and dancing, topped with intimate dining upstairs and an outdoor patio. Learn more here.

TIP: Take advantage of The CityWalk Party Pass, which entitles one guest admission to Rising Star, Red Coconut Club, Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, the groove and Pat O’Briens on one select day. And there’s opportunity to enhance your time with the VIP upgrade at the groove, Red Coconut Club and CityWalk’s Rising Star. It provides an exclusive seating area, dedicated server and express entry.

FULL SERVICE DINING:

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For when you want an immersive and unique dining experience. These restaurants are available for more than just dinner:

  • NEW Bigfire: Now Open. Inspired by the cozy nostalgia of cooking over a fire. Open fire cooking is king, where elevated American fare like steaks and freshwater cuisine are given the fiery touch with pairings of different woods, flavoring your meal with smoky goodness. Experience s’mores in a whole new way as graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows are prepared tableside.
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen: Dine in an enchanted Steampunk eatery and enjoy savory classic dishes like steak and seafood, as well as an all-day brunch menu featuring crepes and quiches. Save room for their one-of-a-kind desserts. See the full menu here.
    • (No reservations needed.)
  • NBC Sports Grill & Brew: This unique sports-dining experience is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Kick back with a cold one with over 100 bottles and drafts to choose from while you watch games on 100 high-definition screens. And this isn’t your typical bar food; a mix of tasty classics and new creations are on the
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar: If you didn’t think sushi went with burgers, you’ve never been here. Experience unique burgers or dive into some sushi. Keep them separate or embrace the spirit of Burgushi, a cutting-edge fusion of sandwiches made with sushi stuff, and sushi built with burger stuff. See it to believe it here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)

Or Visit podium to add your number of guests.

  • VIVO Italian Kitchen: Indulge in the Italian cuisine of your dreams at this restaurant where traditional flavor meets modern aesthetic. Watch as hand-tossed pizzas emerge from the oven and as chefs make fresh bread, sauce, mozzarella, and pasta before your eyes. Experience the full menu here.
    • No reservations needed.
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Amp up your dining experience at the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe. You can see the very suit Elvis wore in the film Viva Las Vegas view hand-painted Beatles posters, and more. But in between drooling over rock memorabilia, drool over this rockin’ menu here.
    • Reservations available. Call (407) 351-7625.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: Live one of your favorite movies at this dining spot. All kinds of shrimp are served here along with a host of Southern favorites, from award-winning baby back ribs to fried chicken, fresh fish dishes, and homemade desserts. Check out the full menu.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville: Relax in the tropical oasis, and try not to be alarmed at the eruption of the margarita-filled volcano at The Volcano Bar. Take a bite of the tropics with items like Grilled Fish Tacos and a Cheeseburger in Paradise. There are 10 variations of margaritas and a host of frozen concoctions on deck. See the spread here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Treat your tastebuds to your favorite latin flavors including the famed tableside guacamole that is the perfect pairing to warm chips and a cold cerveza. The fiesta vibes come to life with live Mariachi music on select nights. See the menu here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)

QUICK SERVICE DINING:

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You have to eat, and you have to eat now. These are the restaurants for you.

  • Hot Dog Hall of Fame: Calling all hot dog connoisseurs! Come chow down on the nation’s most iconic franks, from sauerkraut New York dog and poppy-seed buns to Chicago to authentic Milwaukee bratwurst. Check out the full menu.
  • Panda Express: Get the quick Asian-inspired meals you know and love at this quick service location. Check out the full menu.
  • Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar: Sushi—done fast. This is your destination for made-to-order sushi, sashimi and temaki hand rolls. You’ll also find bento boxes, beef skewers, dumplings, and specialty fruit-infused sakes for a convenient meal on-the-go. See the options here.
  • Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches: Experience the sandwich of your dreams. Get your fix with classics like roast beef, chicken salad, pastrami, patty melts, and more. Add soups, salads, sides and sweet treats (even Twinkies) for an easy and quick meal.
  • Red Oven Pizza Bakery: If you’re craving authentic Italian pizza, it’s waiting for you here. Choice from a menu or create a personalized pie that will be baked in a 900° stone-lined oven and cooked in less than 90 seconds. Enjoy the option to dine in or carry out. Check it the menu here.
  • Lone Palm Airport: If you thought you saw Jimmy Buffet’s seaplane in the middle of Universal CityWalk, you were right. It’s actually a waterfront tiki bar where you can get your favorite tropical drinks.
  • Burger King: Yep, there’s a Burger King too, for when you just want a burger and fries—fast. In case you need the menu, check it out here.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill: Oh yeah, sometimes you just need a fat burrito. Create something great with more than 20 incredibly fresh ingredients like all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak and organic tofu to make burritos, tacos, salads, nachos, burrito bowls, and quesadillas. See it all here.

DESSERT & TREATS:

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Hope you saved room for dessert, because you can’t miss these sweet stops.

  • Voodoo Doughnut: The giant, weird and mouth-watering doughnuts you’ve heard about. Indulge in over 50 types of doughnuts! Get funky with options like the Memphis Mafia and the Bacon Maple Bar. See the whole array here.
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen: Experience ultimate indulgence in gourmet chocolates and one-of-a-kind desserts, ranging from artisanal milkshakes to sumptuous sundaes.
  • Cinnabon: When you need comfort food, you need cinnamon rolls. Cure your craving morning, day or night with these warm and gooey deliciousness.
  • Starbucks: There’s no better place to stop on your way into the parks than with a cup of coffee in your hands.
  • Cold Stone Creamery: On your way out of the parks, make a pit stop at this ice cream shop for the pinnacle of ice creams, smoothies, cakes, and shakes. Check out all the options here.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Get your custom ice cream on. Create something just for you with lots of yogurt and topping options at this location.
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: You know when you smell pretzels and have to have one? Yeah, us too. Thank goodness there’s one near NBC Sport Grill and Brew.
  • Dippin’ Dots: There’s even a spot to grab everyone’s favorite tiny ice cream.

SHOPPING

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You’ve dined at an incredible restaurant next door and now you’ve dashed over for some much needed retail therapy. It’s time to experience the crazy variety of shopping that CityWalk has to offer.

  • Universal Studios Store: Sometimes you just need a good souvenir. Or twenty. All of the cool collectables you could ever want from Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are waiting for you here.
  • Quiet Flight Surf Shop: Time to grab some gnarly gear. Stock up on surf-inspired clothing from beach brands like Quiet Flight, Billabong, Vans, Quicksilver, Volcom, Roxy, Ray-Ban, and more.TIP: Get the perfect Instagram shot outside the shop with the huge wave and share it with #ReadyForUniversal.
  • Fresh Produce: You’ll love this cute boutique that stocks lifestyle essentials like beachy apparel and swimwear, vibrant accessories, and adorable homewares. Treat yourself to a bag from Vera Bradley or comfortable footwear from Crocs.
  • The Island Clothing Co.: Step into island time with coastal clothes from The Island Clothing Co. Your favorite brands like Tommy Bahama, Quicksilver, Honolua Surf Co. are all in-store.
  • Rock Shop: Located right off the Hard Rock Cafe lobby, the Rock Shop sells logo and music-themed apparel, accessories, and souvenirs including an array of world famous City Tees and collectible pins.
  • Fossil: You’ll love Fossil’s high-quality leather and accessories like watches, purses and more!
  • P!Q: Find wacky gifts and playful toys for kids of all ages at this funky shop.
  • Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company: Oh yeah—Universal CityWalk has it all. Even a tattoo shop. Founded and inspired by Carey Hart’s passion, you’ll find perfectly clean tattoo stations to and rockin’ tattoo artists.

Whew. What a guide! Next stop, NBC Sports Grill & Brew. Meet you there at 5 ‘o clock sharp. Also, don’t forget to share your perfect day / night at Universal CityWalk in the comments below.

How to Choose the Best Universal Orlando Resort Hotel for Your Family

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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You’ve told your kid(s) they’re finally going on a Universal Orlando Resort vacation and they are psyched. There’s real palpable excitement! Certainly, this is no small feat. Pride rushes through your veins because this is what a parenting win feels like.

Now, the task of picking the right hotel begins. Here’s everything you’ll ever need to know about Universal Orlando Resort hotels to help you decide which spectacular Universal Orlando Resort hotel is right for your whole family. And rest assured that there’s a hotel for every budget and family style, so you’ll have hotel benefits to fit your every need. 

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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No passport needed to enjoy this Mediterranean themed hotel! As soon as you arrive, you’ll be transported to the picturesque seaside village of Portofino, Italy. Kids and parents can enjoy the charming piazza surrounded by a colorful harbor where water taxis ferry guests back and forth to the theme parks. Here at Portofino Bay Hotel, you’ll find three enticing pools and incredible restaurants, from a casual pizzeria to a family-style restaurant with delicious Italian favorites and strolling musicians that serenade you tableside. You can even book a Despicable Me Kids’ Suite that sleeps up to five guests. The kids’ rooms capture the excitement of Gru’s Laboratory as you’ll sleep like Margo, Edith and Agnes in custom missile beds with Minion-inspired bedding. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits and Amenities:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions. 
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal theme parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Three pools and Dive-In Movies
      • The Beach Pool, the ideal place for the family to spend the day together as it features a Roman aqueduct-themed water slide, sandy beach, adjacent children’s pool, poolside activities, two Jacuzzis and three colorful beach cabanas.
      • The Villa Pool is a bit more relaxing with additional amenities, including private cabana rentals and upgraded lounge chairs. 
      • The Hillside Pool is located by the east wing and offers a quiet place to relax by the water. 
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: Campo Portofino 
      • You can drop off your children to enjoy a night full of games, movies,  arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.  $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A stunning and charming re-creation of Portofino, Italy 
    • Nine unique dining locations
    • Despicable Me Kids’ Suites
      • This suite lets parents have privacy in a beautiful master bedroom while the kids have fun in this connected and themed room that opens only from the parents’ room.

Hard Rock Hotel

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Have you ever wanted to live like a rockstar? You can experience it first-hand when you stay at this laid-back hotel with show-stopping service. Your kids will also thank you for having their very own stage in a Future Rock Star Kids’ Suite. See the full breakdown below:  

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation:
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Enjoy a large zero entry pool featuring an underwater sound system, water slide, two hot tubs,  sand beach and volleyball court along with poolside activities and Dive-In Movies
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: Camp Lil’ Rock 
      • You can drop off your children for a night full of games, movies, arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • It’s as if you’re staying in a rock star’s mansion
    • Enjoy the Sound of Your Stay program where you can choose from a menu of 20 different Fender guitars that can be delivered to your room or a Crosley turntable with 10 iconic vinyl records.
    • Velvet Sessions and Velvet Unplugged – live concerts in the hotel lobby
    • Future Rock Star Suites
      • Parents can treat their kids to a Future Rock Star Suite, featuring a King bedroom plus an attached themed bedroom where kids can step on stage to perform under the lights.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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This is a South Seas paradise. As you enter this resort, you’ll find tropical wonders and carefree fun. Similarly, your kids will be transported to another jaw-dropping world when they walk into the Jurassic World Kids’ Suites. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions. 
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Lagoon style swimming pool, poolside activities and kids’ splash zone and Dive-In Movies
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: The Mariner’s Club
      • You can drop off your children for a night full of games, movies, arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • The spirit of ‘aloha’ is everywhere
    • Weekly Wantilan Luau 
      • Join us on Saturday nights for this weekly dinner show that features a Polynesian-inspired buffet. You’ll get to enjoy a scrumptious dinner,  live music, hula and fire dances to make you feel like you’re at an island celebration 
    • Torch lighting ceremony on select nights with a welcome dance, fire dancers and more
    • Jurassic World Kids’ Suites 
    • Despicable Me Character Breakfast 
      • Every Saturday morning, guests can fill up on breakfast favorites including pancakes, bacon,  scrambled eggs and more. Here, you’ll enjoy communal seating and get to meet some of your favorite Despicable Me characters including Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes, and the Minions. 

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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Are you ready for an escape to a Caribbean paradise? Get inspired by cascading waterfalls over lush tropical grounds. This hotel will have you easing into island time with the calming sounds of steel drums. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Preferred Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Preferred hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • The pool is the largest of all of our hotel pools, with a water slide and sandy beach area,  This spells fun and relaxation, as does the hot tub, children’s play area, fire pit, poolside activities, Dive-In Movies and more
    • Game Room
    • Kids’ Suites
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A Caribbean-inspired island retreat
    • Largest pool across all hotels 

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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Little ones will love this vibrant and retro-themed resort. Did you know there are two massive pools, a lazy river and a bowling alley? This resort also offers family suites that sleep up to six, featuring a separate living area with privacy partition and kitchenette, plus a compartmentalized bathroom.  The kitchenettes offer a mini refrigerator, microwave and sink. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Prime Value Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Game Room 
    • Dive-In Movies
    • Resort Kids Camp – Guests have access to this at Universal Orlando Resort hotels. Please call for information and reservations. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • Family suites that sleep up to six and some offer Volcano Bay view rooms
    • Two huge pools, a lazy river, and poolside activities 
    • Galaxy Bowl –the hotel’s very own 10-lane bowling alley and full-service restaurant 

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

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This modern and sleek hotel offers a cool escape for a great price. Aventura’s rooftop offers views of all three Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.  It’s perfect for kids who love technology as many of the room features are controlled by a tablet. It even has a virtual reality game room. If you’re looking for more space, this hotel offers kids’ suites that sleep up to five guests, allowing your little ones to go to sleep while others can relax in a separate area.  See the full breakdown below: 

  • Prime Value Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Pool, poolside activities and Dive-In Movies
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A tech-savvy hotel
    • Virtual reality game room
    • Bar 17 Bistro 
      • This rooftop bar and grille not only has delicious international flavors but also showcases a beautiful 360 view of our three amazing theme parks and Orlando

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites

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Starting this summer, Universal Orlando is adding extra-affordable options for your vacation. The vibe at these two new value hotels is relaxed and easy, with a fun surf and beach theme woven throughout. These hotels offer standard rooms and  2-Bedroom suites that sleep up to six, making it a perfect spot for families of any size. Surfside Inn and Suites is the first hotel of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, NOW OPEN. Dockside Inn and Suites will open in March 2020. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Two Value Hotels
  • Easy Transportation
    • Free shuttle bus transportation to Universal CityWalk and Volcano Bay
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Three pools across both hotels 
    • Game Room
    • Pizza delivery to the room
  • What’s the biggest difference?
    • Our newest and most affordable Universal Orlando Resort Hotel
    • 2-bedroom-suites that sleep up to six 
    • This hotel was designed and created by the same people who bring our world-class theme parks to life

Parents, which Universal Orlando Resort hotel are you most looking forward to staying at? Let us know in the comments below!