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15 of the Best Theme Park Recipes to Make at Home

15 of the Best Theme Park Recipes to Make at Home

One of my favorite things about spending a day at a theme park is the food! There are so many delicious snacks and treats! When we can’t visit the theme parks in person to get our fix, we can make these theme park recipes at home.

Disney Parks Recipes

Disney Parks Churro Bites

Photo: Disney

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine water, butter, salt, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon in 1 ½-quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring pot to rolling boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Add flour and stir vigorously until mix forms a ball. Remove from heat and let rest for 5-7 min.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and stir until combined. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in medium skillet or 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat or until temperature reaches 350˚.
  6. Spoon dough into piping bag fitted with large star tip. Pipe 1-inch strip of dough over saucepan, cut with knife, and drop into hot oil. Repeat until churro bites fill saucepan with room to fry. 
  7. Fry churro bites until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon or mesh spider strainer.
  8. Drain churro bites on paper towel.
  9. Mix sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in medium bowl. Toss in churro bites until coated. Place on serving plate and serve with favorite dipping sauce.

Mickey Mouse-shaped Beignets

Photo: Disney

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine sugar, shortening, salt, heavy cream, egg, flour and boiling water in a large bowl; stir in yeast mixture. With the dough hook attachment of an electric mixer on medium speed, mix the dough just until combined and smooth. Let dough rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll to 1/4-inch thickness and cut individual beignets with a Mickey Mouse-shaped cutter or cut into 2 1/2 to 3-inch squares. Cover with a towel and let dough rise until doubled in size in a warm, draft-free area, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. 
  4. Using caution, heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350°F in a deep, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Fry beignets until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes, turning as soon as they brown on one side. Remove with tongs and place on paper towels to drain.  Dust warm beignets with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tarts Recipe

Ingredients

Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt, divided
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 10 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread

Icing

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Garnish

  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions

For Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

  1. Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt, butter, coconut oil, and 2 of the eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until combined.
  2. Add water and mix on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed and blend until dough is smooth. Do not overmix.
  3. Divide dough into two even balls and wrap in plastic wrap. Rest in refrigerator for 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat over to 375 degrees.
  5. Mix remaining egg and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Lightly flour a large cutting board and roll first ball of dough into 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Cut into eight 2- by 6-inch rectangles.
  7. Place rectangles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with reserved egg wash. Spread 1 tablespoon of chocolate-hazelnut spread on the rectangle.
  8. Roll remaining ball of dough into 1/4-inch thick rectangle and cut into eight 2- by 6-inch rectangles. Place on top of chocolate hazelnut covered tarts and seal edges with a fork. Brush top of tarts with egg wash.
  9. Bake for 17 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely.

For Icing

  1. Mix sugar, 1 tablespoon of the milk, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Slowly add remaining milk until icing is smooth and spreads easily, but is not runny.
  2. Spread icing on each cooled tart and top with bacon pieces.

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Photo: Disney

Ingredients:

Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Double Gloucester or cheddar 
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Garlic Spread

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich

  • 8 slices of artisan bread
  • 8 cheddar cheese slices
  • 8 provolone slices

Instructions:

For Cream Cheese Spread:

  1. Combine cream cheese, Double Gloucester or cheddar, heavy cream, and salt in food processor. Blend until smooth. Set aside.

For Garlic Spread:

  1. Combine mayonnaise, garlic, and salt in small bowl and stir until blended. Set aside.

For Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich:

  1. Lay out artisan bread slices on parchment paper or large cutting board.
  2. Place 2 slices of cheddar on 4 of the bread slices. Place 2 slices of provolone on remaining bread slices. 
  3. Equally spoon cream cheese spread on slices with provolone. Gently smooth cream cheese spread over each slice.
  4. Press cheddar side and provolone side together.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, until hot. 
  6. Brush both sides of the sandwiches with garlic spread. 
  7. Grill sandwiches for 2 minutes on each side, until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown. 

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe

Photo: Disney

Ingredients:

1/2 pound of bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
3 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken stock
4 cups milk
1 pound white cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Coarse salt, freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup warm Canadian golden lager or any pale lager-style beer
Chopped scallions or chives, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a 4- or 5-quart Dutch oven, cook bacon, stirring, over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. 
  2. Add red onion, celery, and butter and sauté until onion has softened, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes over medium heat.  Whisk in chicken stock and bring to boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add milk and continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Do not boil after milk is added.
  5. Remove from heat and add cheese, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Blend with immersion blender until cheese is melted and soup is smooth. Stir in warm beer.  If the soup is too thick, thin with some warm milk.
  6. Serve the soup hot, garnished with chopped scallions or chives.

The Grey Stuff Recipe

Photo: Disney

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 cups cold whole milk 
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix 
  • 15 chocolate sandwich cookies 
  • 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed 
  • 3 tablespoons instant chocolate pudding mix  
  • 12 scalloped sugar cookies 
  • Edible sugar pearls  

Directions: 

  1. Pour milk into large mixing bowl. Add instant vanilla pudding mix and whisk for 2 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened. Place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, until firm. 
  2. Place chocolate sandwich cookies in food processor and pulse until puréed.  
  3. Fold puréed cookies into pudding mix. Stir until fully mixed. 
  4. Add whipped topping and instant chocolate pudding.  Stir until fully mixed. 
  5. Place in refrigerator and chill for one hour. 
  6. Spoon grey stuff into piping bag fitted with desired tip. Pipe grey stuff onto cookies. Top with sugar pearls. 

Tonga Toast Recipe

Photo: Disney

Ingredients: 

Sugar-Cinnamon 

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 

Batter 

  • 4 large eggs 
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 

Tonga Toast 

  • 1 quart canola oil, for frying 
  • 1 loaf sourdough bread (uncut, 12 inches long) 
  • 2 large bananas, peeled 

Directions: 

For Sugar-Cinnamon: 

Mix sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl (large enough to roll toast) with a fork until thoroughly blended.  Set aside. 

For Batter: 

Whip eggs in medium bowl (large enough to dip toast) until well beaten. Add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.   

For Tonga Toast: 

  1. Using caution, preheat oil to 350°F in a large pot or a deep fryer. (If using a large pot, use a candy thermometer to make certain the oil does not get any hotter or it will burn.) 
  2. Slice the bread into four three-inch-thick slices. 
  3. Cut each banana in half crosswise, then each piece lengthwise. 
  4. Place a bread slice flat on the counter and tear out just enough from the middle (do not tear all the way through) to stuff half a banana into; repeat with each bread slice. 
  5. Dip stuffed bread into batter, covering both sides, allowing excess batter to drip off bread and place carefully into hot oil. 
  6. Cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown. If needed, turn toast over after 2 minutes and cook for another 2 minutes on other side. Remove and drain excess oil. 
  7. Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast. 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Milk Shake Recipe

Photo: Disney

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons jelly (strawberry or grape)
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add additional peanut butter or jelly to taste.

Cook’s Notes: Two cups sliced strawberries can be substituted for jelly.

Totchos Recipe

Photo: Disney

Chili with Beans

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Ground cayenne, to taste

Queso Sauce

  • 2 cups jar cheese sauce
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with chilies

Totchos

  • 1 (2 pound) bag frozen potato barrels
  • 1 1/2 cups corn chips
  • Chili with Beans
  • Queso Sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions

For Chili with Beans:

  1. Brown ground beef in a 5-6 quart Dutch oven over medium heat until fully cooked. Drain off excess grease.
  2. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until onion is translucent.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, chili powder, and cumin. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt.
  4. Add black pepper and cayenne, as needed.
  5. Keep warm until ready to serve.

For Queso Sauce:

  1. Place cheese sauce and diced tomatoes with chilies in small saucepan. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes, until warm.
  2. Keep warm until ready to serve.

For Totchos:

  1. Cook potato barrels according to package instructions.
  2. Divide potato barrels into 6 bowls. Place 1/4 cup each of corn chips, chili with beans, and queso sauce on top of each bowl of potato barrels.
  3. Top each bowl with 2 tablespoons shredded cheese, 1 tablespoon sour cream, and 1 teaspoon green onions.

Kitchen Sink Recipe

Image: Disney

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup warm fudge topping 
  • 1/2 cup warm butterscotch topping
  • 1/2 cup warm peanut butter topping
  • 1 medium banana, sliced in 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cinnamon spice cupcake (2 ½ x 1 1/4-inch), quartered
  • 1 angel food cupcake (3 x 1 1/2-inch), quartered
  • 2 generous scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 generous scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 2 generous scoops strawberry ice cream
  • 1 generous scoop mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 1 generous scoop coffee ice cream
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup 
  • 1/4 cup marshmallow cream
  • 1/4 cup strawberry topping
  • 1/4 cup pineapple topping 
  • 14-ounce can dairy whipped topping 
  • 1 large brownie (6-inch x 6-inch), quartered  
  • 1 regular-sized candy bar, quartered
  • 4 chocolate cookies with cream filling
  • 1 tablespoon sliced toasted almonds 
  • 1 tablespoon dark and white chocolate shavings
  • 1 tablespoon crushed chocolate cookies with cream filling 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jellied orange slices, about 2 large slices
  • 1 tablespoon milk chocolate chip morsels
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter chip morsels
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
  • 1 tablespoon rainbow sprinkles 
  • 1/2 cup drained maraschino cherries 

To Serve:

  1. Pour hot fudge, butterscotch, and peanut butter toppings into bottom of large bowl.  
  2. Layer banana slices and cupcake pieces over toppings. Top with all ice creams.  
  3. As quickly as possible, spoon chocolate syrup, marshmallow cream, strawberry, and pineapple toppings over ice cream.
  4. Cover completely with dairy whipped topping. Tuck brownie pieces, candy bar pieces, and cookies in whipped topping.
  5. Sprinkle with toasted almonds, dark and white chocolate shavings, crushed cookies, jellied orange slices, milk chocolate chip morsels, peanut butter morsels, chocolate sprinkles, and rainbow sprinkles. Top with cherries.

What are some of your favorite Disney Parks recipes?

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Universal Orlando Resort Recipes

Butterbeer Recipe from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

One of the most iconic snacks from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or even all of Universal Orlando Resort is butterbeer. Butterbeer is served chilled, frozen, or warm (seasonally) inside of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can find this sweet butterscotch flavored treat in the Three Broomsticks, Leaky Cauldron, Hog’s Head, and carts throughout the Wizarding World.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 4 bottles (12 oz. bottles) cream soda

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
  2. Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

To make your butterbeer most like the original version served at Universal Orlando Resort, you will want to freeze this recipe since it served hot.

We even have a Harry Potter recipe card that you can print out to save your butterbeer recipe to make again and again!

Fried PB&J with Bananas Sandwich Recipe from Halloween Horror Nights

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Although Universal Orlando Resort was unable to offer Halloween Horror Nights in 2020, you can still enjoy a delicious treat from the nation’s premier Halloween event as you dream about the fun for 2021!

The first step to enjoying these fried pb&j with bananas sandwich is to make the secret ingredient that makes this sandwich unbelievable… FUNNEL CAKE BATTER!

Funnel Cake Batter Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, mix the milk and eggs together.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Next, stir the bowl of dry ingredients into the large bowl of wet ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Set aside for later.

Fried PB&J with Bananas Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of thick cut, white bread
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of grape jelly
  • ½ banana sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup
  • ½ cup funnel cake batter
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar
  • Canola oil (I would get at least 48 oz.)

Directions:

  • Preheat a large, heavy bottomed pot or large fry pan with canola oil until it reaches 350 degrees (use a candy thermometer to check temp).
    • You can also use a dutch oven or stock pot to fry as well. Whatever floats your boat… or in this case, sandwich.
    • For the canola oil, you’ll want around 2 inches or so. You want to be able to fully submerge the sandwich in the oil.
    • If you don’t have a candy thermometer (which I did not), you can tell the oil is ready when it’s shimmering with a whiff of smoke.
  • Spread creamy peanut butter evenly on one slice of bread.
  • Spread grape jelly evenly on another slice of bread.
  • Pause to lick any peanut butter or jelly you may have gotten on your fingers.
  • Slice the banana and place onto the piece of bread with the peanut butter.
  • Close sandwich and submerge into the bowl of funnel cake batter until completely covered.
  • Place the sandwich into the preheated oil but be careful! I recommend using tongs or a large slotted spoon.
  • Fry until golden brown on both sides.
  • Remove from oil and place onto paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
  • Drizzle as much chocolate syrup as you’d like and garnish with powdered sugar. I love A LOT of chocolate as you can probably tell in the picture!
  • Lastly, turn on the Halloween Horror Nights Spotify Playlist, close your eyes, and munch away. It’s almost like you’re back on the fog covered streets… almost.

Are you ready to start counting down to Halloween Horror Nights 2021?!

Guacamole Recipe from Antojitos

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

You can celebrate Cinco de Mayo anytime with this guacamole recipe from Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food in Universal CityWalk.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 teaspoon of jalapeños (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon of tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon of red onions (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon olives (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon of lime juice
  • A drizzle of olive oil

Directions:

  1. First, let’s get fancy and get a bunch of little bowls and divide all the ingredients up into them. Then, let’s get mixing!
  2. Put the jalapeños in a large bowl (if you don’t like spiciness, skip this step.)
  3. Carefully cut the avocado in half and discard the pit by inserting the blade into the seed using a quick and gentle cutting movement, then twist and remove. Gently scoop the avocado with a spoon and place in a bowl.
  4. Add the red onion, tomatoes, cilantro, salt, and olives to the bowl.
  5. Add a drizzle of olive oil.
  6. Mash and mix all the ingredients together using the back of a large spoon or fork, then mix in the lime juice.
  7. Shape it into a perfect little guac mountain and garnish with extra cilantro or tomatoes.
  8. Get your favorite chips and get your guac on!

Blast the mariachi music, throw those chips in a bowl, and get that salt shaker ready. It’s time to fiesta!

Big Apple Grilled Cheese Recipe from TODAY Cafe

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

You can bring a taste of Universal’s comfort food to your home with the Big Apple Grilled Cheese recipe from TODAY Cafe. This fun twist on grilled cheese combines the savory flavors of melted cheesiness and tomatoes with the crisp sweetness of apples all in one sandwich. It’s a great lunch option for your kids or for the big kid that’s in all of us.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1 slice of pepper jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon roasted plum tomato
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 4 thin slices of Red Delicious apple

Directions:

  1. Butter two slices of white bread with softened butter
  2. Remove the core of the apple and cut into 4 wedges
  3. Thinly slice one wedge of apple and set aside for later
  4. Place bread butter side down into non-stick fry pan on medium heat
  5. Begin to build the sandwich by laying the pepper jack and Swiss cheese on one slice
  6. Allow the cheese to begin to melt from the heat below
  7. Once the cheese begins to soften, place apples and tomatoes on top of the slice with cheddar
  8. Using a spatula, flip the side with the pepper jack onto the other side and press for one minute
  9. Ensure that both sides are golden brown, remove from pan and place onto cutting board
  10. Cut in half and enjoy the cheesiness!
  11. Serve with your favorite side of fruit, potato salad, or whatever your heart desires

Bonus: it’s an easy recipe to tackle for those of us who aren’t necessarily cooking savvy.

Mini Pumpkin Donuts with Green Icing Recipe

This is the perfect pumpkin donut recipe to bring a little Halloween Horror Nights to your home. Not only are they deliciously pumpkin flavored, they’re also mini and very cute!

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Makes 24 Mini Pumpkin Donuts

Ingredients:

  • 1  cup sugar
  • 4  teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups flour (plus a little more if dough is sticky)
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Green icing or white icing + green food coloring (from local grocery store for topping)

Directions

  • In a large bowl mix the sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and nutmeg together.
  • Add eggs, milk, and melted butter. Beat well.
  • Add 3 cups of the flour, beating until blended. Add one more cup of flour and beat well. The dough should be soft and sticky but firm enough to handle. If you feel it’s necessary, add up to 1/2 cup more flour.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill for (at least) one hour.

During your hour break, turn on the Halloween Horror Nights Spotify Playlist and imagine yourself standing in the fog. Now it’s time for the fun part.

  • Remove your dough from the fridge and begin heating about 1 inch of oil to 360℉ in a large metal skillet or dutch oven.
  • Working half the dough at a time, roll it out on a floured surface to about ½ inch thickness.
  • Cut out circles using a mini donut cutter or small biscuit or cookie cutter, really anything that can give you a mini donut shape. 
    • For the center, I actually use the cap off a soda bottle to cut the holes. (Life hack!)
  • Gently drop the donuts a little away from you in batches into the hot oil.
  • As they begin to puff, flip them over with metal tongs and continue to flip a few more times as they cook. They will take about 2-3 minutes in total and will be a lovely golden brown color all over.
  • Remove donuts from the oil and set them on top of paper towels draped over a plate.
  • Grab the green icing you purchased from your local grocery store and drizzle over donuts as much as you’d like!
    • If you’re unable to find green icing, you can mix green food coloring in any white frosting. 
  • For a little more fun, you can even crush up some cookie crumbles and lay the donuts on top to resemble a spooky little pumpkin patch.
  • Take a photo and ENJOY!

What theme park recipes are you whipping up in the kitchen? Share with us your take on these delicious theme park recipes!

Top 4 Reasons to Book Your 2022 Disney World Vacation Today!

I am so excited to share with you that you can now book your 2022 Disney World vacation package! According to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association, 97% of respondents said that just having a trip planned made them happier! 2020 certainly wasn’t the year that we expected and there may still be some uncertainty for 2021 so now we can start looking forward to 2022! Today, I am sharing with you four reasons why you should book your 2022 Disney World vacation today!

Book with Just a $200 Deposit

You can book your 2022 Disney World vacation package with just a $200 deposit! With the remaining balance not due until 30 days prior to arrival, you will have plenty of time to save for your vacation. You can make payments towards your remaining balance anytime. We can even help you set up weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly payments towards your reservation. You may also find these ways to earn extra money for your Disney vacation helpful!

Best Availability

The earlier that you book, the better the availability will be. Disney has not reopened all Walt Disney World Resort hotels yet so availability is still limited, especially during busier travel times like spring break. Caribbean Beach is also the only moderate resort currently open that can sleep families of five so as you can imagine, these rooms are booking very quickly!

The theme park reservation system has also been extended through 2022 so you can go ahead and reserve your park days as soon as your vacation is booked to ensure that you can visit the park of your choice each day during your visit.

New Attractions and Fun Coming to Disney World

With the 50th anniversary of Disney World in October 2021, there will be a lot of new rides, attractions, and fun in 2022. Although we are still awaiting more details, anniversary celebrations often last a few months to a year so you can celebrate Disney World’s 50th anniversary into 2022! This is the perfect time to come to Disney World with your family!

FREE Gift when you Book by March 1, 2021

Lastly, when you book your 2022 Disney World vacation package with Siera by March 1, 2021, your kids will receive a FREE pair of Mickey ears! Your package must include a minimum three night hotel stay with a three day ticket. Ears will be mailed approximately two weeks before check in.

Here’s a little more information on the Walt Disney World resort hotels and theme park tickets to help you plan the best 2022 Disney World vacation for your family. We are still awaiting the return of Disney dining plans.

Disney’s Value Resorts: 

  • Disney’s All Star Sports Resort (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s All Star Music Resort (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s All Star Movies Resort (scheduled to reopen March 22, 2021)
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Moderate Resorts:

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside (no reopening date)
  • Wilderness Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Disney’s Deluxe Resort:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort (scheduled to reopen May 30, 2021)
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (scheduled to reopen summer 2021)
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (scheduled to reopen June 6, 2021)
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Disney’s Deluxe Villa Resorts: 

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Jambo House (no reopening date)
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

I also have some recommendations for the best Disney resorts for kids and families and share 9 reasons why I think you’ll love Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Please note that your check in date cannot be more than 500 days in the future. We can currently book through June 2022. If you are planning to travel later in 2022, please let me know and we can figure out exactly when your booking window will open. Booking a 2022 package does not guarantee theme park availability, and guests will still need to make their park reservations for arrivals starting in 2022. Guests should book their park reservations immediately after linking their 2022 vacation package in the My Disney Experience app. 

As previously shared, Disney will no longer offer Disney’s Magical Express service for airport transportation, with arrivals Jan. 1, 2022. Complimentary transportation options – such as buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner – will continue to be available within Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Resort hotel guests, including to and from all four theme parks.

Contact Siera today at (734) 771-1290 or siera@destinationsinflorida.com to book your 2022 Disney World vacation!

Top 4 Reasons to Visit Universal Orlando Resort This Spring

Top 4 Reasons to Visit Universal Orlando Resort This Spring

Ahh… spring! I always affiliate springtime with a sense of newness. Something about spring cleaning, spring training, springing forward when daylight saving time begins — it’s all the good stuff of brighter days and fresh beginnings. And, I have a feeling that will be even more necessary and even more true this year, especially at Universal Orlando Resort. To kick off the season, I’m sharing the top four reasons to visit Universal Orlando Resort this spring.

Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval

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This spring, Universal Orlando is delivering all the delicious things we love about Mardi Gras — and PLENTY of new things I’m excited to explore — in the brand new Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval event

The event will include food, entertainment, BEADS, and even a few other Mardi Gras staples. Chef Jason Glus, one of Universal’s Executive Chefs who played a major role in developing this year’s menu says, “As chefs we wanted the food this year to bring everybody together to celebrate all the wonderful flavors from around the world. No matter what celebration, no matter what culture, no matter what ingredient we will all dine together.” 

And with a menu like this, you can sign me up for a little bit of everything!

Hungry for more? Check out our behind-the-scenes look at bringing bold flavors to Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort.

Volcano Bay Reopens February 27, 2021

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Nothing says spring vacation quite like a trip to Volcano Bay. Universal’s water theme park is reopening to guests on February 27 and I personally cannot wait to grab myself some jerk shrimp mac and cheese, a Waturi Fusion ice cream cone, and some volcano-front seating to soak up some rays. 

Want to really kick up the tropical vibes this spring? Consider this 3-Day Tropical Itinerary your guide.

The weather can’t be beat

Speaking of rays, spring in Florida is L O V E L Y. We can all stow away those boots and swap them out for some sandals. I truly love nothing more than grabbing a refreshing Shark Attack from Chez Alcatraz, strolling around the streets of Universal Studios Florida, and taking a ride or two on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit on a sunny spring day. Can’t you just smell the sunscreen and hear the roller coaster screams now?

If you’re craving a full week of Florida sunshine, plan your spring break at Universal Orlando Resort! Here are some tips to maximize your trip.

All the hotel happenings

No Universal Orlando vacation is complete without a stay at one of the incredible Universal hotels — especially during the spring! I know I firmly believe that you should never miss an opportunity to swim, and Universal’s hotel pools give you plenty of opportunities to do exactly that. Plus every pool is unique to its hotel and its theming!

This year in particular I am so excited to try all of the Mardi-Gras-themed dishes and drinks at each one of the currently-operating hotels. Drinking a “Let The Good Times Roll” Hurricane while bowling at Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s Galaxy Bowl is certainly an opportunity we should all be taking advantage of!

Spring is the perfect time to hit up all of the pools around Universal Orlando Resort. Catch me poolside in between beignets all season long.

There you have it! And just think, these are just the top four reasons to visit Universal Orlando Resort this spring! Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit, prepare yourself for a whole lot of jambalaya, and start planning your Universal Orlando Resort vacation!

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Experience Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors Of Carnaval at Universal Orlando Resort from Now Through March 28

At Universal Orlando ResortMardi Gras isn’t just a celebration, it’s a tradition. For over 25 years, Mardi Gras has come to life in Universal’s version of the French Quarter Courtyard in Universal Studios Florida. This year’s Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval will feature authentic cuisine inspired by the most iconic Carnaval festivities across the globe and the biggest spread of food and drink offerings the event has ever had. You’ll be able to experience multiple areas throughout Universal Studios, the hotels, and Universal CityWalk with food and beverages themed to international Carnaval celebrations.

This first-ever, dynamic celebration of flavor and entertainment will take place daily at Universal Studios Florida from Saturday, February 6 and continue through Sunday, March 28. This eclectic global food fest will offer more than 70 delectable dishes and beverages from 13 locations around the globe. Plus, Universal Studios Florida will be decked out in vibrant décor and guests will have the first-ever opportunity to get up close with spectacular and intricately-detailed Mardi Gras floats stationed throughout the theme park. You’ll also enjoy a Big Easy bash in the streets with energetic dancers and stilt performers in extraordinary costumes, brass band musicians, countless beads and a newly-themed Mardi Gras Tribute Store stocked with new merchandise that will give guests the perfect look for this epic celebration.

Here’s a sample menu from Universal Studios to get your mouth watering!

  • Puerto Rico (Pernil & Mofongo, Picadillo Empanadas, Quesitos, Pina Verde)
  • New Orleans (Crawfish Boil, Jambalaya, Beignets, Muffaletta Sandwich, Cajun Twisted & Cajun Sausage Taters, Tropical Storm Punch, Milk Punch)
  • Trinidad & Tobago (Pineapple Trini-Chow, Pholourie, Queen’s Park Swizzle Mint)
  • Germany (Pork Schnitzel Slider, Bavarian Pretzel, Vegan Bratwurst with Beer Braised Onions)
  • Spain (Leche Frita, Paella Mixta, Charcuterie)
  • Brazil (Brigadeiros, Moqueca de Camarao, Stuffed Coxinha, Pineapple or Strawberry Caipirinhas)
  • Belgium (Belgium Liege Waffles, Brussels Frites with Roasted Garlic Veganaise)
  • Italy (Cannoli, Arancini, Italian Rainbow Cookie, Affogato)
  • Colombia (Carnitas Arepas, Limonada de Coco, Coco Loco)
  • Canada (Beef Short Rib Poutine, Sugar Shack Springtime Punch)
  • The Bahamas (Jerk Chicken, Jerk Jackfruit, Goombay Smash)
  • France (Poached Pear Creme Brulee Crepe)
  • Cuba (Cuban Sandwich, Dark Caramel Flan, Plantain Chips, Cuba Libre, Cuban Coffee)

Click here for the full menus and descriptions.

The great news is all of these dishes are served as sample sizes, so you’ll be able to try a little bit of everything. If this sounds right up your alley, you’ll want to check out the Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard options, which you can use for multiple visits (let’s be real, you’ll want to come back to conquer the entire menu).

Universal Orlando continues to implement its enhanced health and safety procedures and guidelines focused on “screening, spacing and sanitization,” and those practices will be applied to all experiences taking place during Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval. Key measures include screening guests and team members, enforcing social distancing, requiring face coverings, limiting capacity and increasing the already-aggressive cleaning and disinfection procedures. Guests may remove their face coverings while actively eating or drinking, but must be stationary and maintain appropriate social distancing.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios. Florida residents can take advantage of an exclusive ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket and receive three extra days free to experience both parks. Guests can also take advantage of a special offer to save up to $200 on 4-day tickets for a family of four.

With exclusive theme park benefits available to hotel guests, staying in one of Universal Orlando’s hotels is the best way to make the most of a vacation to the award-winning theme park destination. Currently, Florida residents can take advantage of nightly package rates as low as $85 per person, per night, at the all-new value property Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites for a family of 4 with a 3-night stay. Non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites as part of a package for a family of four, with a 5-night stay.  

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Yummy Treats Coming to Disney World for Valentine’s Day 2021

Disney Parks Valentine's Day 2021
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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Disney’s chefs and candy makers have been busy creating fun and delicious offerings to celebrate the season of love. You’ll find everything from adorable sweets you can grab on the go to romantic prix fixe meals with extra special touches to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2021 at Disney World.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2021!

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Valentine’s Day 2021 at Disney Springs

The Ganachery (available Jan. 31 – Feb. 14)

  • Sweetheart Minnie Piñata – Minnie Mouse dark chocolate sphere decorated with signature red bow and red heart-shaped dots filled with marshmallow treats.
  • Love Note Heart Piñatas – Chocolate heart filled with heart marshmallows adorned with sweet saying for your love.
  • Strawberries and Champagne Ganache Squares – Dark chocolate melded with strawberries and Champagne. Whimsical Cinderella’s coach container (holds two ganache squares) available for purchase.
  • I Heart U Ganache Lollipop – Raspberry and dark chocolate ganache on a stick decorated with I Heart U.
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Amorette’s Patisserie (available Feb. 7-14)

  • Dipped Strawberry Bouquet – Strawberry dipped in Guayaquil dark chocolate.
  • Love is in the Air Petit Cake – Pink velvet chiffon, strawberry mousse, chocolate chiffon, peanut butter filling, strawberry crisp pearls, and strawberry jelly.
  • Le Grand Amour Éclair – Orange marmalade and milk chocolate garnished with heart and pipette of orange-flavored liqueur.
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Marketplace Snacks (available Feb. 1-28)

  • A Valentine Swirl – A swirl of DOLE Whip®  Strawberry and Chocolate Soft-Serve with Chocolate-dipped Strawberry Garnish.
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Valentine’s Day 2021 at Magic Kingdom Park

Main Street Bakery (available Feb. 12-14)

Various Carts (available Feb. 12-14)

  • Royal Majesty – Strawberry-flavored cake pop dipped in red chocolate and coated with sprinkles.
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EPCOT

Biergarten Restaurant (available Feb. 14)

Traveler’s Café (available Feb. 14)

Garden Grill Restaurant  (available Feb. 14)

  • Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie – Sugar cookies with heart sprinkles.
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Coral Reef Restaurant (available Feb. 14)

  • Red Velvet Cake with white chocolate cream cheese icing, raspberry coulis, and a chocolate strawberry truffle.

Le Cellier Steakhouse (available Feb. 14)

  • Red Velvet Chocolate Bar – Dark chocolate crémeux, red velvet cake, white chocolate-orange-flavored liqueur, and raspberry coulis.
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Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, Masterpiece Kitchen Food Studio (available through Feb. 22)

  • Vanilla, rose water, and pistachio panna cotta.
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Creature Comforts (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

  • Valentine’s Brownie with Mousse Dome – Strawberry mousse atop a chocolate brownie with valentine heart sprinkles.
  • Valentine’s Cupcake – Chocolate cake, cherry filling, and vanilla frosting with a chocolate zebra-striped heart.

Restaurantosaurus Restaurant (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

Flame Tree Barbecue (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

  • Valentine’s Cupcake – Chocolate cake with milk chocolate, soft ganache filling, vanilla buttercream, and Simba and Nala chocolate coin.

Dino-Bite Snacks (available Feb. 2 – Mar. 1)

  • Valentine Ice Cream Sandwich – Strawberry ice cream between two chocolate cookies rolled in sprinkles.
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Tiffins Restaurant (available Feb. 14)

  • Valentine’s Dessert – Chocolate-hazelnut mousse, pistachio cookie, berry coulis, pistachio sponge, chocolate ganache, and hazelnut liqueur-infused chocolate strawberry.

Nomad Lounge and Tiffins Restaurant (available Feb. 12-14)

  • Rose Rosé – Vodka, single estate rye, simple syrup, rose water, and rosé brut.
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Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Gasparilla Island Grill, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Roaring Fork, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Contempo Café, Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Ale & Compass Marketplace, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Beach Club Marketplace, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Capt. Cook’s, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

BoardWalk Bakery, Disney’s BoardWalk

P&J Southern Takeout, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Primo Piatto, Disney’s Riviera Resort

Available Feb. 11-15

  • Valentine’s Day Cinnamon Candy Cupcake – Cinnamon sponge cake filled with red cinnamon mousse topped with heart-shaped vanilla buttercream and Mickey & Minnie chocolate garnish.
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Landscape of Flavors, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Everything POP Shopping & Dining, Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Centertown Market, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Artist’s Palette, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Good’s Food To Go, Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Wind & Waves Market, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Available Feb. 11-15

  • Call Me Sweetheart – Chocolate cupcake filled with hazelnut cream topped with chocolate hazelnut and strawberry buttercream, white chocolate heart, and strawberry crisp pearls.

Valentine’s Day Celebration Wine Package (offered Feb. 11-14)

All Resort Locations Offering Mobile Order

  • A bottle (187ml) of sparkling wine and two squares of dark chocolate ganache with pink raspberry center served in Cinderella’s coach container. Conveniently available on mobile order.
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Topolino’s Terrance – Flavors of the Riviera, Disney’s Riviera Resort 

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu (available Feb. 11-14)

  • Sparkling Wine Toast Included.
  • Choice of One Appetizer:
    • Gnocchi – Duck confit, pesto bianco, garden kale, and pinole.
    • Romaine Insalata – Ricotta, watercress, acciuga, lemon, and olio d’oliva.
  • Choice of One Entrée:
    • King Salmon – Artichoke risotto, sauce vierge, upland cress, and huile d’ olive.  
    • Filet Mignon – Truffle mashed potatoes, charred barbeque onions, fungi purée, and vinaigrette.
    • Rigatoni – Braised chicken sugo, chanterelles mushrooms, dandelion greens, broccolini, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. 
  • Choice of One Dessert:
    • Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake – Sea salt caramel center, chantilly, and raspberries.
    • Key-to-Your-Heart Dessert – Raspberry chèvre cheesecake, milk chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse heart, almond crumble, hibiscus meringues, and fresh strawberries.
  • Special wine pairings will be available.

Narcoossee’s, Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu (available Feb. 11-14)

  • Choice of One Appetizer:
    • Endive and Pear Salad with Gorgonzola, cherrywood-smoked bacon,
      and apple-maple vinaigrette.
    • Maine Lobster Bisque – Butter-poached lobster, coral, and chervil.
  • Choice of One Entrée:
    • Grass-fed Filet Mignon served with Yukon Gold mash, roasted carrots, cipollini onions, and red wine-oxtail reduction.
    • Pan-seared Georges Bank Day Boat Scallops served with Parisian-style gnocchi, peas, ham, and truffle-Meyer lemon cream.
  • Dessert:
    • Key-to-Your-Heart Dessert – Raspberry chèvre cheesecake, milk chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse heart, almond crumble, hibiscus meringues, and fresh strawberries.
  • Special wine pairings will be available.

California Grill, Disney Contemporary Resort 

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu (available Feb. 11-14)

  • Sparkling Wine Toast Included.
  • Choice of One Appetizer:
    • Plant City Strawberry Salad – Butter lettuce, strawberry variations, corn shortbread, and avocado. 
    • Braised Beef Short Rib Wontons with doenjang miso-cola-onion sauce, crispy garlic-chili oil, radish, and pickled lotus root. 
    • Yellowfin Tuna Sampler – Maki, Oshizushi, Nigiri, Tartare served with Wasabi, pickled ginger, dashi, crispy garlic, yuzu-gooseberry gel, soy gel, and tapioca-nori puff. 
  • Choice of One Entrée:
    • Jumbo Scallops served with herb basmati rice, lobster, cashew chutney, bok choy, baby shiitake, and kaffir lime-coconut nage. 
    • Oak-fired Wagyu Striploin served with potato-celeriac-apple pavé, leek fondue, and fig-onion demi.
    • Green Circle Chicken served with truffle-potato rostï, porcini cream, baby turnips, and roasted cipollini.
  • Dessert:
    • Key-to-Your-Heart Dessert – Raspberry chèvre cheesecake, milk chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse heart, almond crumble, hibiscus meringues, and fresh strawberries.
  • Special wine pairings will be available.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day 2021? Be sure to let us know how many days until your next Disney World vacation in the comments below!

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Let’s Celebrate 2021 National Plan for Vacation Day

National Plan for Vacation Day: Looking Ahead to Brighter Days

Spreading Magic LLC is excited to announce it is supporting National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD), the annual day for Americans to plan their vacation for the entire year at the start of the year, on January 26, 2021. 

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Though many Americans are not ready or able to take a trip just yet, there is a wealth of information that says simply planning a vacation can increase happiness. In fact, 97% of survey respondents say having a trip planned makes them happier—and that’s exactly what we will encourage Americans to do this year. 

NPVD is joining forces with the Let’s Go There initiative to encourage Americans to still plan—or even book—future vacations, or to simply keep their travel flame lit and dream of their next getaway. Let’s Go There is led by a coalition of businesses and organizations, including many of the most recognizable U.S. brands from both within and outside the travel sector. [Your organization’s/destination’s involvement in Let’s Go There.] The straightforward mission of Let’s Go There is perfectly aligned with NPVD: As you plan your future trips, the travel industry is ready to safely welcome you back—when you are ready. 

In 2020, the constraints of the pandemic resulted in Americans using, on average, just 6.8 earned vacation days for travel. Survey data shows that 84% of Americans are excited to plan a vacation in the next six months, indicating an impending surge in travel demand once conditions improve. With so many great travel deals to be had, savvy vacation planners who are able to book future trips now would be wise to take advantage of these offers—before demand picks up.

Importantly, Spreading Magic LLC is encouraging Americans to continue to adhere to healthy travel practices—whether one is planning a vacation in the short term or for later this year. U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Confidently toolkit has a wealth of resources and guidance to encourage safe and healthy travel, which includes wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, maintaining physical distance when possible and staying home if feeling sick. 

This year’s NPVD is taking place amid challenging times, but we can still look forward to—and plan for—brighter days. On January 26, use the hashtag #PlanForVacation and tell us where you’re dreaming of traveling to next. 

Please click here to learn more about National Plan for Vacation Day, and click here to learn more about the Let’s Go There initiative. 

Top 9 Locations for Enjoying Ice Cream at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Here in Florida, it’s always ice cream weather. Whether it’s a hot summer day or the middle of a warm Florida winter, there are a variety of incredible ice cream at Universal Orlando Resort.

Let’s see, there are unique flavors like the fruity, colorful swirl of Waturi Fusion. Out-of-this-world creations… basically anything from Penelope’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. And you can even step foot inside a certain ice cream parlour that this young witch could only dream of back when the first Harry Potter book came out.

Here are the top nine locations to enjoy ice cream at Universal Orlando:

Brain Freezin’ D’oh-nut Sundae

Location: Lard Lad Donuts in Universal Studios Florida

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

This sundae is for the adventurous at heart. You’ll get one of Homer’s famous pink-frosted donuts, split in half and filled with your choice of vanilla or chocolate ice cream. You’re not done yet though! Choose your toppings from a variety of sprinkles, hot fudge, or cookie crumbles.

Earl Grey & Lavender Ice Cream

Location: Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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You can’t visit Diagon Alley without a stop at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. My favorite flavor is Earl Grey & Lavender, but a few other unique flavors are the Chocolate Chili, Clotted Cream and, of course, Butterbeer!

Waturi Fusion Ice Cream

Location: Koka Poroka in Universal’s Volcano Bay

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This ice cream is four different flavors with swirls of orange, blue raspberry, strawberry, and banana. Not only is it a party for your taste buds, but its colorful appearance makes it photo-friendly and perfect for your insta.

Chocolate Brownie Bark Sundae

Location: The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen in Universal CityWalk

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

This one lives up to its restaurant’s name. Chocolate ice cream, chocolate brownies, chocolate fresh whipped cream, chocolate sauce, chocolate brownie bark, and — wait for it — chocolate sprinkles. I definitely recommend sharing with your significant other, or you know, a small army.

Emack Attack Sundaes

Location: Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

After a day in the parks, hang out at Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace for scoops of this legendary ice cream from Boston. You can get creative flavors like Deep Purple and Grasshopper in handcrafted sundaes or get them in candy-coated cones.

Baked Alaska

Location: Bigfire in Universal CityWalk

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Before you dive into this cold treat, we’ll need to heat things up. Torched tableside, this Baked Alaska has chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream inside. I think that’s one of the things I love about Baked Alaska. You get both fire and ice working together to create one tasty treat.

Strawberry and Peanut-Butter Ice Cream

Location: Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

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In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and his friends enjoyed strawberry and peanut-butter ice creams. You and your friends can do the same with a cup of this delicious hard packed ice cream available in Hogsmeade at the Three Broomsticks.

Classic Banana Split

Location: Schwab’s Pharmacy in Universal Studios Florida (seasonal)

Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic. Stop by for a scoop of your favorite flavor or a sundae like hot fudge or my go-to, the banana split. It’s the perfect way to take a break and cool off.

Milkshakes!!!

Location: Across Universal Orlando Resort

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Basically, it’s ice cream in a sippable, mobile container, and we here at Universal Orlando have perfected this creamy delight. You can get milkshakes all across our destination, from the whimsical creations over at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen to the classic hand-spun at Mel’s Drive-In to even the “spiked shakes” at The Cowfish.

What is your favorite place to grab ice cream at Universal Orlando Resort? Share in the comments below and explore all of Universal Orlando’s dining before your vacation to discover even more sweet treats.

Best Disney Resorts for Kids and Families at Disney World

Best Disney Resorts for Kids and Families at Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort hotel has over twenty properties that you can choose from. With so many choices, how do you choose the best fit for your family? We are recommending the best Disney resorts for kids and families based on interests and plans.

Best Pool: Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort

Most everyone who has had the opportunity to experience Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts will agree that it is the best pool at Disney World. Your kids will LOVE splashing, swimming, and playing at Stormalong Bay.

You can float in the lazy river, climb to the top of a life-sized pirate shipwreck replica to slide down a 230 foot waterslide, play volleyball in the water, swim in the main pool, or let the kids play in the sand. You can also grab an ice cream treat from the to-go menu at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop.

Bonus: If you order a kids meal from Hurricane Hanna’s Grill, your kids will receive a sand pail and shovel.

Best Theming: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

In my opinion, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has the best theming of any Walt Disney World Resort hotel. And, at a value price tag! Your kids will find larger than life statues from Disney movies that they know and love.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has four sections themed after Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. All of the sections offer family suites which can sleep up to six guests except the Little Mermaid section which offer standard rooms that can sleep up to four guests.

The theming is carried so well throughout the resort, from the rooms to the pools and food court. Your kids will find larger than life statues from Disney movies that they know and love. These make for a great photo opportunity during your visit.

Most Convenient: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

It’s hard to beat the convenience of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This tropical paradise sits across the Seven Seas Lagoon from Magic Kingdom Park. You have a great view of the Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular from the pool and beach area.

You can take the monorail to both Epcot and Magic Kingdom. They also offer a complimentary water taxi to the Magic Kingdom. If you don’t want to have to fold your stroller, we recommend the monorail. The Transportation and Ticket Center is next to the Polynesian so you even can walk over to board the Epcot monorail, without having to ride around and then transfer monorails.

Bonus: You can get the fan favorite Dole Whip’s at Pineapple Lanai, located just outside of the lobby.

Best Disney World hotels for Kids

Best Resort for Animal Lovers: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

If your kids love animals, then you HAVE to stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge! This beautiful property offers savanna view rooms where you can watch animals from the comfort of your private balcony and hotel room. You’ll be able to see giraffe, zebra, cattle, antelope, kudu, wildebeest, and more on the four savannas surrounding the property.

The savanna view rooms can be booked with a king bed (for two guests) or two queen beds (for four guests). There are also less expensive categories available at the resort. Even without a savanna view room, you can still enjoy the view of the animals throughout the resort. There are various public viewing areas and even windows down the hallways for some incredible views.

Best “Bang for your Buck”: Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort offers a great value for your hard earned money. It is part of the value category which are the least expensive hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. The rooms at Pop Century were recently refurbished to include two queen beds, one of which can fold up for more space in the room. It is also part of the new Skyliner (gondola) transportation system for quick and easy access to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. You can also read my top nine reasons why I think you’ll love staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort here.

Best for Nature Lovers: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

If your kids love nature and the great outdoors, then Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is the place for you! This huge campground can be a vacation destination in and of itself. They offer both cabins (that can sleep six guests) in addition to campsites for both tents and RV’s.

Fort Wilderness has a great location on Bay Lake. You can take a complimentary water taxi to the Magic Kingdom. You can also try archery, pony rides, carriage rides, and wagon rides. There are great dining options like Trails End and Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. Plus, you can’t miss Chip ‘n’ Dale’s nightly Campfire Sing-A-long, complete with s’mores.

Best Disney Resorts for Kids

Best Water Play Area for Littles: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter

If you are traveling with little ones, they will LOVE the Doubloon Lagoon water play area at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter. This Mardi Gras themed water play area is located next to the main pool and fully gated so guests 48 inches and under can safely explore on their own. The small size of this resort also makes it very appealing to families with small children.

Bonus: Be sure to try a Mickey beignet from Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. We especially love the seasonal pumpkin spice beignets which are available in the fall.

Best for Princesses: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside is home to Royal Guest Rooms. Royal Guest Rooms are found in the Magnolia Bend section of the resort. Royal Guest Rooms can sleep up to four guests in two queen beds, have a letter from Princess Tiana on the table, fiber optics headboards, Disney Princess artwork on the walls, and more royal touches throughout the resort. Every Disney Princess will feel like royalty in these elegant rooms.

Bonus: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside are sister resorts so they do share amenities as far as pools and dining options. You can take a complimentary water taxi between the two properties.

Best for Pirates: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is home to Pirate Rooms. These pirate themed guest rooms are located in the Trinidad South section. The pirate rooms can sleep four guests in two double beds that resemble pirate ships. You’ll also find a barrel, pile of crates, “Pirates of the Caribbean” divider curtain, and more theming throughout the room. Caribbean Beach is also part of the new Skyliner (gondola) transportation system which allows you to quickly and easily access both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.

I truly believe that each Walt Disney World Resort hotel has its own unique perks and benefits. I have personally stayed at every Walt Disney World Resort hotel and would be happy to share my experiences with you regarding any property.

What do you think are the best Disney resorts for kids?

Planning a Disney World vacation? Don’t miss our guide to character meals or ten things that you should bring when traveling with a toddler.

2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Food Studios Menus

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Ready to kick-off 2021 in an artful way? Then get ready for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, running now through February 22, 2021. In addition to celebrating visual and performing arts, the over 15 Festival of the Arts Food Studios showcase the best in culinary art – blending colorful ingredients, unique cooking techniques, and imaginative presentations to create edible masterpieces for the plate and glass. 

Our culinary and beverage teams created many new tastes and sips for this year’s festival and brought back several fan favorites. Be sure to check out our new Food Studio – Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio – located between Morocco & France. 

Returning is the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine, a fun food stroll highlighting five delicious sweet and savory offerings at the festival – all listed in the Festival Passport. Upon your colorful purchase, you will receive a stamp for your Festival Passport. Once you’ve collected all five stamps, bring your Festival Passport to the Decadent Delights Food Studio to receive an adorable complimentary Artist Palette Cookie. The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine can be completed at your leisure, and you can even bring back your stamped Festival Passport to EPCOT at any time during the festival to complete your stroll.

Here are all of the menus for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Food Studios:

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Refreshment Port (Showcase Plaza)

Food Items:

  • Lobster Poutine: Lobster, Lobster Bisque Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapeños, and Citrus Cream (NEW)

Beverages:

  • Barrel of Monks Brewing Raspberry Beret, Boca Raton, FL (NEW)
  • Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA 
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Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza)

Beverages:

  • Orange Cream Shake in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic)  
  • Lost Coast Brewery Tangerine Wheat Ale, Eureka, CA 
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Selections
    • Key Limen 
    • Strawberry Blush 
    • Orange Sunshine 
    • Sparkling Key Lime 
    • Sparkling Cranberry 
    • Sparkling Blueberry 

The Deconstructed Dish (Showcase Plaza)

Food Items: 

  • Deconstructed Reuben: Rye Popover, Corned Beef, Gryuère Panna Cotta, and Brined Brussels Sprouts with Broken Thousand Island Dressing 
  • Deconstructed BLT: Crispy Pork Belly, Soft-poached Egg, Brioche, Watercress Espuma, and Tomato Jam 
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped New York-style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies 

Beverages:

  • Rainboba: Fruit Bursting Boba with Sparkling Water (non-alcoholic) 
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings of London® Chai Tea Shake with Maple Syrup garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon (Non-alcoholic) 
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings of London® Chai Tea Shake with Cream Bourbon garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon 
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Decadent Delights (Promenade Refreshments)

Food Items:

  • Raspberry Soft-serve Ice Cream (New
  • Lemon Soft-serve Ice Cream (New)
  • Artist Palette Cookie

Beverages:

  • North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner, Fort Bragg, CA 
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Deco IPA, Doral, FL 
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co. Peanut Butter Porter, Douglas, MI 
  • Beer Flight also available 
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Pop Eats (Showcase Plaza)

Food Items:

  • Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese (New)
  • Tomato Soup with French Onion and Bacon Grilled Cheese (New)
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Belgian Chocolate 
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling 

Beverages:

  • #RainbowSherbetGlitterDreamAle by Playalinda Brewing Co., Titusville, FL 
  • Popping Bubbles Cocktail 
  • Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary
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Refreshment Outpost

Food Items:

  • Plant-based Bratwurst with Spicy Turmeric Aïoli, Coffee Barbecue Jackfruit, and Slaw 
  • Warm Brown Sugar-stuffed Pretzel with Banana Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce 

Beverages:

  • Frozen Slushy Coca-Cola® or Minute Maid® Lemonade in a Souvenir Spike The Bee Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) 
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Blue Raspberry Blonde, Titusville, FL (New)
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Cuisine Classique 

Food Items:

  • Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes, and Aged Balsamic 
  • Coq au Vin: Chicken Roulade with Violet Mustard, Candied Carrots, Pancetta Crisp, Marble Potatoes, and Beurre Rouge Sauce (New) 
  • Opera Cake: Almond Joconde, Coffee Buttercream, and Chocolate Ganache (New)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie 

Beverages:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • 81Bay Brewing Rosé Blonde Ale, Tampa, FL 
  • Frozen Rosé 
  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series, Logrono, Spain 
  • Domaine Savary Chablis, Burgundy 
  • A Play on Rosé Flight 
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The Artist’s Table

Food Items:

  • Beef Wellington: Mushroom Duxelle, Prosciutto, and Puff Pastry with Red Wine Demi-Glace and Fennel Cream 
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, and Parmesan Crisp (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • SippingChocolate Flight: White, Milk, and Dark Chocolate (non-alcoholic) 
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co. Neapolitan Milk Stout, Douglas, MI 
  • Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Lexington, KY 
  • Lindemans Framboise Lambic, Belgium 
  • Âme du Vin Côtes de Provence Rosé 
  • Writer’s Block Pinot Noir, Lake County, CA 
  • Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Mozart Cream Liqueurs paired with Sipping Chocolates 
  • Beer Flight also available 
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Mosaic Canteen (Morocco)

Food Items:

  • Mediterranean Flatbread with Zaatar Pesto, Artichokes, Roasted Peppers, Sundried Tomatoes, and Fennel Cream (New)
  • Harissa-roasted Rack of Lamb with Baba Ganoush, Picholine Olives, Toybox Tomatoes, Preserved Lemons, and Pomegranate (New)
  • Mouskoutchou: Orange Cake with Cinnamon-Chocolate Mousse (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Orange) (New)

Beverages:

  • 1906 Reserva Especial Dark Amber Lager (New)
  • Maeloc Blackberry Hard Cider (New)
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Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio (Between Morocco & France) 

Food Items:

  • Chilled Seafood Cocktail with Octopus, Scallops, Shrimp, Black Garlic Aïoli, Tomato-Coconut Sauce, and Serrano-Lime Oil (New)
  • Blue Corn Pupusa-stuffed with Cheese and topped with Shredded Pork, Guajillo and Árbol Chile Sauce, Cabbage Slaw, and Aji Amarillo Crema (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Blue) (New)
  • Passion Fruit Mousse with Dragon Fruit Jam (New)

Beverages:

  • Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie (non-alcoholic) (New)
  • Frozen Piña Colada (New)
  • Passion Fruit Daiquiri (New)
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Festival Favorites (World Showplace)

Food Items:

  • Remy’s Ratatouille with Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Tomatoes, and Red Pepper Piperade (Plant-based) (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Red) (New)
  • Charcuterie with Meats and Cheeses featuring Nueske’s® Applewood Smoked Beef 
  • Lemon Blood-Orange Tart 
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Blue Sky Black Cherry Boba Freeze (non-alcoholic)  
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Strawberry Blonde Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO 
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Milk Stout Nitro, Doral, FL 
  • Cold Fashioned Coffee Cocktail 
  • Neapolitan Beer Flight 
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The Painter’s Palate (World Showplace)

Food Items:

  • Prime Steak Tartare with Pickled Vegetables, Parsley Salad, Béarnaise Anglaise, and Sous Vide Quail Egg (New)
  • Salt-roasted Beet Tartare with Pickled Vegetables, Parsley Salad, and Béarnaise Aïoli (Plant-based) (New)
  • Pistachio Cake with Cherry Mousse and Morello Cherries (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Green) (New)

Beverages:

  • Kalimotxo: Red Wine Cocktail with Pibb® Xtra (New)
  • Frozen Rusty Nail Cocktail (New)
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé, Spain
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Masterpiece Kitchen 

Food Items

  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings, and Zinfandel Reduction 
  • Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-Herbs 
  • Vanilla, Rose Water, and Pistachio Panna Cotta (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Pink)

Beverages:

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

Food Items:

  • Crème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread Bowl 
  • Croissant à la Truffle Noir d’Hiver: Black Winter Truffle Croissant (New)
  • Moelleux à la Framboise et aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate and Raspberry Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates (New)
  • Trio de Macarons: Assortment of Three House-made Macarons in a Gift Box 

Beverages:

  • Frozen French Martini: Grey Goose, Vodka, Chambord Liqueur, Pineapple, Orange, and Grape Juice with Lemon-Lime Foam 
  • Charles Lafite, Brut Méthode Traditionnelle Champenoise, French Sparkling Wine 
  • Château La Gordonne, Vérité du Terroir, Côtes de Provence Rosé (New)
  • Bordeaux Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Baron des Chartrons, 2015 (New)
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El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)

Food Items:

  • Chile Relleno: Fried Poblano Pepper filled with Flank Steak, Black Beans, and Tomatoes drizzled with a Poblano Cream Sauce (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(New)
  • Pork Belly Pastor: Pastor-marinated Pork Belly atop Boniato Purée with Charred Pineapple and Crispy Cilantro (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(New)
  • Taco de Chocolate: Chocolate Candy Shell filled with Mexican Chocolate Mousse with a touch of Chile topped with Tropical Fruit (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(New)

Beverages:

  • Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater 
  • Diego Pomegranate Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, Pomegranate-Prickly Pear Juice, Blackcurrant Liqueur, and Rose Petal Liqueur with a Hibiscus Salt Rim 
  • Frida Carrot Margarita: Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, Carrot Juice, Ginger Cordial, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar 
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Goshiki (Japan)

Food Items:

  • Stone Garden: Red Bean Mousse with Chocolate Rocks and Arare Rice Cracker Pebbles (New)
  • Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Cucumber, and Sesame Seed over a decorated plate of Wasabi Aïoli, Sriracha, and Eel Sauce 
  • Vegetable Gyoza: Vegetable-filled Spinach Gyoza with Tofu atop Mashed Potatoes with a Kamaboko Fish Cake, Pepper Strings and Tonkatsu Teriyaki Sauce 

Beverages:

  • Haiku Draft Lager (New)
  • Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup 
  • Pink Snow: Sake, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, and Calpico dusted with Snowflake Confetti (New)
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The Painted Panda (China)

Food Items:

  • Old Shanghai Shi Zi Tou: Pork and Water Chestnut Meatballs served with Taro Root (New)
  • Sichuan Red Hot Mala Shrimp (New)

Beverages:

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic) 
  • Jasmine Draft Beer 
  • Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto, and Piña Colada Mix 
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec
  • Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower infused Cocktail with Lychee Syrup, Vodka, Light Rum, and Magic Boba Pearls 
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L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)

Food Items:

  • Arancini: Sweet Sausage fried Risotto Balls with Pomodoro Sauce (New)
  • L’Aragosta: Lobster Ravioli with Vanilla-Saffron Cream Sauce and Shredded Chili Peppers (New)
  • Bomboloni: Cream-filled Italian Doughnut with Raspberry Sauce and Powdered Sugar (New)

Beverages:

  • Peroni Pilsner 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • Chianti 
  • Prosecco 
  • Rosa Regale 
  • Moscato 
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco 
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello 
  • AmarettoBellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée, and Prosecco 
  • Bergamotto: Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto, Prosecco, and Cerignola Olive 
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Funnel Cake

  • Red Velvet Funnel Cake topped with Cream Cheese Icing and Pixie Dust (New)
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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • Showcase Plaza – Caramel Canvas Latte: Artisan Latte with Peanut Butter Syrup, Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Sauce topped with SNICKERS® Original Candy Pieces paired with a doughnut       
  • The American Adventure – Color-Me-Latte:  Made for a true artiste with Espresso, Swiss Chocolate Syrup, and Dark Chocolate Sauce sprinkled with M&M’s® Candies paired with a doughnut       
  • Future World East – Starry Night Latte: Paint the sky with this Espresso beverage with Dulce de Leche, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Sauce topped with MILKY WAY® Bar Pieces paired with a doughnut    
  • Canada – Creative Twist Latte: Stretch your imagination with this Latte with Brown Butter Toffee Syrup and Swiss Chocolate Syrup topped with TWIX® Bar Pieces paired with a doughnut

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21 Reasons You Need to Visit Walt Disney World in 2021

21 reasons to visit Disney World in 2021

Happy New Year! Walt Disney World Resort is ready to help you turn the page on 2020 right away and begin 2021 with magic. From new and classic attractions to culinary experiences to character interactions and more, here are 21 reasons to be excited about a visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth in 2021:

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1. Explore the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts: Beginning January 8 and lasting through February 22, you’re invited to an expansive collection of visual, performance and culinary arts throughout the park. 

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2. Gaze Upon the Reimagined Entrance Fountain at EPCOT – The new water feature in front of Spaceship Earth hearkens back to the park’s origins and highlights a greener, more open and welcoming experience as you enter the park. The fountain is the most recent milestone in the historic transformation of EPCOT now underway. 

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse search for their perfect picnic spot in Runnamuck Park as part of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the new family-friendly attraction opening March 4, 2020, in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The first ride-through attraction in Disney history featuring Mickey and Minnie brings guests into the vibrant world of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

3. Step Inside the Cartoon World of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Go through the movie screen as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Engineer Goofy and Pluto take you on a trip through Runnamuck Park … where anything can happen!

Guests come face to face with First Order Supreme Leader Kylo Ren as they stumble into the bridge of a Star Destroyer in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the groundbreaking new attraction opening Dec. 5, 2019, inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

4. Embark on a Star Wars Adventure in a Galaxy Far, Far Away – Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also home to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the immersive, award-winning land featuring two thrilling attractions: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Cinderella Castle, the icon of Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., recently completed a royal makeover. The castle’s new color scheme features bold, shimmering and regal enhancements befitting The Most Magical Place on Earth. Special elements include a sapphire dusting on the blue rooftops and gold trim that makes the spires sparkle in the sun. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

5. Check Out Cinderella Castle’s Royal Makeover – The treasured icon at the heart of Magic Kingdom Park now features bold, shimmering and regal enhancements befitting its royal status, making for a great photo with family and friends. 

6. Experience Classic Attractions at Magic Kingdom Park – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, The Haunted Mansion, “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain … the new year is a great time for you to reconnect with these classics loved by millions the world over. 

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7. Watch for New Residents on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – Nigerian dwarf goats now play like kids at the warden’s outpost near the end of Kilimanjaro Safaris. 

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8. Bask in the Cuteness of Baby Animals – In addition to the Nigerian dwarf goats, you may catch a glimpse of some of the animals born in 2020 at Walt Disney World while at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris, for example, you may spot young Masai giraffe now out on the savanna.

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9. Celebrate the Magic of Nature in Pandora – The World of Avatar – At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, travel to the Valley of Mo’ara to hike among the floating mountains of Pandora and experience two awe-inspiring attractions: Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. 

Mickey Mouse will star in the “Mickey and Friends Cavalcade” when Magic Kingdom Park reopens July 11, 2020, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. With traditional parades on temporary hiatus to support physical distancing during the park’s phased reopening, Disney characters will pop up in new and different ways throughout the day. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

10. Find Disney Characters in New Places – From cavalcades to caravans to flotillas and even special “pop-up” appearances, you can discover favorite friends at all four theme parks and the occasional special surprise at Disney Resort hotels. 

11. Hop from Park to Park – As of January 1, 2021, guests who purchase a ticket or annual pass with Park Hopper benefits can once again visit more than one park per day (with some new modifications).  

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12. Indulge in Sweet New Treats at Disney Springs – When visiting the shopping, dining and entertainment district of Walt Disney World, you have plenty of new options to satisfy your sweet tooth, including newly opened Gideon’s Bakehouse and the forthcoming M&M’S store and Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew. 

13. 50th Anniversary Celebration – Although Disney hasn’t released any specific details as to what we can expect for this very special occasion, the Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate its 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021.

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14. Return to Favorite Disney Restaurants – As part of the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, restaurants continue to return to operation across The Most Magical Place on Earth. Recent reopenings include The Crystal Palace inside Magic Kingdom and the character breakfast at Chef Mickey’s inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. 

15. Make Some Time to Relax Outdoors – Central Florida weather is often gorgeous in the early months of the year, and Walt Disney World offers special ways to enjoy some outdoor recreation, including golf and miniature golf, fishing expeditions, horseback riding and more.

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16. Buzz Through the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, Blooming in March – Beginning March 3, you’ll find fresh cuisine, creative gardens and unforgettable topiaries as part of this annual festival. 

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17. Soak Up the Sun at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park – After remaining closed for all of 2020 due to the pandemic, this wintry-themed water park is planning to reopen in March and celebrate its 25th season in splashy style. 

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18. Look for Some Fresh Pixie Dust at the Entrances to Walt Disney World – Make some new memories as you pass these iconic gateways to The Most Magical Place on Earth, which are receiving a refreshed color palette complementing the recent Cinderella Castle makeover. 

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19. Add Extra Theme Park Magic to Vacations – Available to book beginning Jan. 5, 2021, guests buying non-discounted four-night/three-day room and ticket packages at select Disney Resort hotels for arrivals most nights Jan. 8, 2021, through Sept. 25, 2021, will receive an additional two days of theme park tickets. 

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20. Florida Residents Can Take Advantage of a Special Ticket Offer – Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, the four-day Florida Resident Discover Disney Ticket invites Floridians to visit any of the four Disney parks through June 18, 2021 (subject to blockout dates), for $199 (plus tax).  

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21. Get Excited for Even More Magic Later this Year – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the new family-friendly attraction coming to the France pavilion in EPCOT, will debut in 2021. And the new Cirque du Soleil show “Drawn to Life,” coming to Disney Springs, will be a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Be sure to follow @spreadingmagic on social media for more details about these experiences and other excitement happening around Walt Disney World in the future!

As a reminder, Walt Disney World continues to operate with enhanced health and safety policies so everyone can enjoy the magic responsibly. To manage attendance, guests are required to have valid theme park admission and make a park reservation for each day of their visit through the Disney Park Pass system. Please visit Disneyworld.com/Updates for more information.

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