Many families plan a day off from the parks during a Disney World vacation to let the kids rest and relax. There are lots of great activities that you can enjoy like shopping at Disney Springs, horseback riding at Fort Wilderness, carriage rides through Port Orleans, and swimming at your hotel’s pool. With so many resorts to choose from, you may be wondering which Walt Disney World Resorts offer the best pools. Here is our list of our five favorite Disney World pools.
Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club Resorts: Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort have the best pool at the Walt Disney World Resort. They share Stormalong Bay, a three acre “water wonderland.” Stormalong Bay features a lazy river, a pirate ship water slide (one of the tallest water slides at Disney, by the way), a sand-bottomed pool, beach area for the kids to build sand castles, and so much more. The whole family will love splashing and playing at Stormalong Bay.
The Lava Pool at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: The Lava Pool will let you feel like you’ve traveled to Hawaii for the day. Relax under the waterfall while the kids slide down the volcano themed water slide or play on the new tiki-themed water playscape that was built just for them. Plus, the Lava Pool offers a great view of Magic Kingdom’s nighttime fireworks spectacular, Happily Ever After!
The Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort features the largest non-waterpark pool at Disney World, the Big Blue Pool! Your kids will love the Finding Nemo theme of the Big Blue Pool, complete with its own underwater soundtrack with voices of their favorite characters from the movie. There’s also a splash pad and zero depth entry in the main pool, making it a great choice for families with little ones on a budget.
Fuentes del Morro Pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: The Fuentes del Morro pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a pirate’s paradise centered around an old Spanish fortress. Swashbucklers of all ages will love the two water slides, water cannons, and zero depth entry pool while the littlest pirates can splash and play at the shipwreck themed water play area full of mini water slides, crow’s nest, and tipping bucket.
The Dig Site at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: The Dig Site at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is home to The Lost City of Cibola Pool and waterslide. The complex is centered around a 50 foot pyramid, resembling ancient Mayan ruins, with water rushing down the steps. You’ll also find the largest outdoor hot tub at Disney World here, with room for up to 22 guests!
What are your favorite Disney World pools? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
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Have you ever dropped straight down from a Volcano? This is your chance. Ko’okiri Body Plunge at Volcano Bay features a 70-degree angle descent via trap door. This is a real test of courage.
6. Doctor Doom’s Fearfall
One enormous drop for man, one giant launch to the sky for mankind. Doctor Doom’s Fearfall at Islands of Adventure is a glorious treasure. Not only is it fun, but the view from the top—185ft high, to be exact—is enough to make any thrill seeker’s must do list.
7. Ohno of Ohyah & Ohno Body Drop Slides
This drop slide at Volcano Bay does not disappoint when you are an adrenaline junkie. I recommend you don’t miss Ohno (purple) which is a higher drop then Ohyah.
Honu means Sea Turtle (blue slide) but don’t let that fool you—this ride at Volcano Bay is a rush. This is a multi-person raft so get a few of your friends and get terrified together.
10. Revenge of the Mummy
Revenge of the Mummy is an indoor coaster at Universal Studios Florida and is a fan favorite for a reason. You’ll encounter mummies, beetles, fire, and a curse (which, of course, is real)
11. Tai Nui of Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides
This body slide at Volcano Bay is the definition of a rush. This drop slide seats atop of the volcano sending you down fast before reaching the bottom for a glorious splash. Just remember Tai Nui (green) is my recommendation for anyone seeking extra excitement. The anticipation before you drop is what thrills are made of.
12. Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
I know what you’re thinking, is Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls in Islands of Adventure thrilling? Well, one: “danger, dynamite.” Two: you WILL wet your pants.
So now it’s time for you to live your most thrilling life at Universal Orlando Resort.
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Benvenuto! Hop in, cousin, and buckle up while we take a closer look at Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadstersat Disney California Adventure park. This attraction takes you through Luigi’s Casa Della Tires, before heading out to the dance floor where Luigi’s cousins have put on their dancing tires and let loose. Don’t race through the queue or you’ll miss some neat details!
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It’s not called Casa Della Tires for nothing! Luigi has all his finest and favorite tires on display in the tire showroom, including Lightyear Radials, Tortellini Tires and Fettuccini. Keep an eye out for all the different brands!
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As you leave the tire gallery, look across the way where Luigi and Guido have three boards full of memorabilia. It’s no surprise that Luigi is a huge Lightning McQueen fan – he and Guido were part of Lightning’s pit crew at both the Piston Cup and the World Prix. Luigi has even kept issues of magazines like Rolling Tire and RSN where Lightning is featured on the cover. If you look closely, you might spot memorabilia from around the world!
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While it is clear that Luigi loves Italy, he’s made a home in Carburetor County and kept many mementos from his time in Radiator Springs–including a sign for Route 66 and a flier from the Carburetor County Classic Film Festival where they played movies like “Mary Poppin’ a Wheelie” and “Monster Trucks, Inc.”
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As you exit the building and enter the patio area, take a peek at Luigi’s office. He has all sorts of fun décor scattered about, like the Italian flag, postcards from around the globe and even an Automotive Table of the Elements. Some elements to note are Vroomium, Car-bon, Bumperine and Towtalum.
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Luigi’s desk is full of nods to his life in Radiator Springs. You might notice a note from Doc Hudson, file folders with the names of other residents and an invoice from Shiny Wax. While it may not seem the most organized, his desk is a treasure trove of memories!
Thanks for joining us on today’s tour of Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, racers!
Sushi is a very popular food among guests of all backgrounds so if you’re a sushi lover, you may not want to go your entire vacation without any. There are a number of places where you can order sushi at Disney World, but today we’re going to share with you the top seven spots. It’s that small ball of vinegar-flavored cooked rice with fish (usually raw) or vegetables that makes sushi, well, sushi. Rolls count too.
Female sushi chefs are onstage at Tokyo Dining at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot, rolling out favorites such as the Fire Cracker Roll with tempura shrimp, a touch of jalapeño and Sriracha drizzle, or the Tropical Roll with salmon and avocado topped with fried plantain and mango-sweet chili coulis. You can be more straightforward with nigiri (raw salmon, scallops, sea bream and other fish) on a small ball of rice with a dab of wasabi. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
(Quick Tip- If you are just looking for a quick snack of sushi at Disney World, stop by the kiosk just outside of the Japan pavilion or even Katsura Grill!)
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California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort counts sushi as one of its top appetizers (or we can make a meal of it). From a California Combo Roll with jumbo lump crab, avocado, cucumber and shrimp tempura to a snazzy Truffle-Scented Tofu Roll with avocado, jicama, quinoa, crispy fingerling potatoes, silken tofu and truffle emulsion, there are six inventive rolls on the menu. Dinner daily.
At Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Kona Island offers sushi for lunch and dinner in a casual setting in the upstairs lobby. We like the vegetable nigiri, six pieces of seasonal veggies on vinegar-flavored rice. Or try the Hamachi Tuna-Cilantro roll or classic California Roll with lump crab, citrus mayo, cucumber and avocado. Lunch and dinner daily.
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Disney Springs has two spots for sushi: Morimoto Asia and Splitsville. The chefs put on a dazzling show at the sushi bar at Morimoto Asia with favorites like the Spider Roll with tempura soft shell crab, spicy mayo, and asparagus; Eel and Avocado Roll, and the Spicy Salmon Roll. But the pièce de résistance is the Sushi and Sashimi Platter for four to six guests that includes chilled whole lobster, Alaskan king crab, oysters, shrimp, nine pieces of nigiri and 14 pieces of sashimi. Splitsville Luxury Lanes (yes, the luxury bowling lanes) has two sushi bars and offers 10 rolls – try the Ninja Crunch with fried salmon, krab, tempura crunch and salmon drizzled with spicy mayo and eel sauce. Both locations are open for lunch and dinner daily.
Kimonos at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel offers one of the largest selections of sushi at Walt Disney World Resort, with seven cooked sushi rolls and 10 raw sushi rolls. From tempura asparagus to a Cajun Roll with spicy crawfish, there’s something for every palate. Open daily for dinner (nightly karaoke too!).
Where is your favorite place to get sushi at Disney World? Let us know in the comments below.
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Now that you have your interactive wand, you are now ready to cast spells all along your journey!
In total, there are 16 spells you can cast in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and 9 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.
Inside your interactive wand box is a double-sided map that comes with the details of all the spell casting locations.
At the location, a gold medallion shows wizards and witches where to stand as well as the correct wand movement for the spell.
With some practice, you’ll be creating magic in no time. Here’s a quick glimpse of Reparo, one of the many spells you can cast. This charm fixes something that has been broken.
Now you’re all set! You’ve got your robe, Butterbeer, and an interactive wand! Which wand is YOUR favorite all throughout #WizardingWorldOrlando? Tell us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or in the comments below!
Mornings at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, are wonderful, especially because of the abundance of delicious breakfast options. You can choose to indulge in a fantastic breakfast buffet at Makahiki, dine on classics and island specialities at ‘AMA‘AMA, or just pick up light breakfast items from Ulu Cafe. You can even have breakfast delivered to your hotel room through room service!
Aulani’s talented chefs created an island-inspired frittata with egg whites and vegetables, topped with a homemade macadamia nut pesto and cheese and it is delicious! Check out the cooking demo video and full recipe for the egg white vegetable frittata recipe from Aulani below. Enjoy!
Egg White Vegetable Frittata Recipe from Aulani with Macadamia Nut Pesto Serves 4
EGG WHITE FRITTATA
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup diced eggplant
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced mushroom
1/4 cup diced zucchini
1/4 cup diced artichoke heart
1/4 cup diced tomato
16 egg whites
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/2 cup basil pesto
FOR MACADAMIA NUT PESTO:
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
FOR EGG WHITE FRITTATA:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease four (8-ounce) individual casserole dishes with butter. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan for 5 minutes, until hot.
Sauté eggplant in the oil for 2 minutes. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes, until it begins to soften.
Add mushrooms, zucchini, artichoke heart, and tomato and sauté for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Place 4 egg whites in each casserole dish. Add 1/4 of the vegetables to each dish.
Bake for 20 minutes, until eggs are set.
Top each frittata with 1/4 cup of mozzarella, 1 tablespoon of goat cheese, and 2 tablespoons of pesto. Bake for 3-5 minutes, until cheese begins to brown.
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Disney has finally announced the dates that we’ve all been waiting for! Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland Park on May 31 and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29, 2019!
Batuu is the home of Black Spire Outpost, the location you will visit when you arrive at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters.
There will be several locations in Black Spire Outpost to satisfy the appetites of most rogue adventurers:
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – A multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of the large hangar will beckon guests into this fast-casual restaurant, a designated location for traveling food shuttles. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs is in much demand for his culinary skills, so he moves from site to site in a modified Sienar-Chall Utilipede-Transport that becomes a mobile kitchen and restaurant – like an intergalactic “food truck.” His travels across the galaxy allow him to fill his pantry with exotic ingredients he uses to make new and unusual dishes inspired by the fare he created during his time working for Maz Kanata in her castle on Takodana. Now, “Cookie” is proud to share his cuisine with visitors at Tuggs’ Grub, a “traveling diner for diners traveling.”
Cookie’s food shuttle, now docked on the roof of the hangar bay, has lowered a series of pods into the hangar, carrying precious cargo – Chef Tuggs’ finest ingredients gathered from across the galaxy. Situated inside Docking Bay 7, other pods from Black Spire Outpost provide other produce, provisions, and equipment for all incoming freighters to the hangar. Guests may choose to dine indoors in the hangar bay or outside in a shaded courtyard.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature innovative and creative food and beverage offerings that enhance the immersive storytelling of the various dining establishments located in Black Spire Outpost. Throughout the outpost, guests will encounter familiar flavors but sometimes with unexpected and surprising colors and textures. The unique presentation takes Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo to the next galaxy.
One of the new dishes that you’ll be able to try at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is the Ithorian Garden Loaf, a plant-based “meatloaf” that comes served with roasted vegetable mash, seasonal vegetables, and mushroom sauce.
Another hearty option at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is the Smoked Kaadu Ribs. These country sticky pork ribs come with a unique blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw.
Ronto Roasters – A recycled podracing engine fires up a spit of exotic meats, meticulously turned by a former smelter droid, 8D-J8. Guests can even sample some of the tasty Ronto fare.
Milk Stand – The place to go to get your farm-fresh blue milk or green milk, direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms.
Kat Saka’s Kettle – One of the many street market stalls, this grain vendor sells the ever-popular Outpost Mix (sweet and salty popcorn snack with a hint of spice).
For those looking to purchase in-story Star Wars merchandise and rare finds from across the galaxy, you need to look no further than our many different Outpost stores and market stalls.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – For those in the know, Dok-Ondar is the Ithorian you seek for selling and buying rare and uniquely-valued items from across the galaxy and spanning all eras.
Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers – Guests come to the workshop to meet with the Gatherers – a secretive group of people who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of Jedi lore and the Force. The workshop Master guides guests to customize and build their own unique lightsabers, and instructs them on the ways of the Jedi.
Droid Depot – Visitors to Mubo’s workshop can choose parts and construct their own individual astromech droids to accompany them on their journey, and then take them home with them.
First Order Cargo – A spaceport hangar bay serves as the temporary base and landing spot for the First Order. First Order officers have brought in crates of gear, uniforms and other supplies to win the hearts and minds of locals and visitors to Black Spire Outpost.
Resistance Supply – Resistance members and local sympathizers oversee a makeshift stall that supplies Resistance uniforms, pins, badges, hats, helmets, jackets, maps, tools, training supplies, food rations and other items.
There are also several market stalls which sell a variety of merchandise such as:
Spring is upon us and that means the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is about to begin! Starting March 6, join us for fun, flowers, and most importantly, FOOD! This year’s festival features 17 Outdoor Kitchens and several other locations through the park that will be offering delectable festival bites and libations.
Special dining packages are also available for the Garden Rocks Concert Series. This concert series runs for 90 nights and features over 270 performances by tons of popular artists. This dining package allows you to have either breakfast, lunch, or dinner at nearly any table-service restaurant in the park and grants you guaranteed seating at one of three concert performances that day. Be sure to reserve these early to savor every single minute! For more information and to make your reservations, visit the Garden Rocks Dining Packages web page.
I have to say, this year’s menus are incredible and you won’t want to miss out on any of these delicious bites! In addition to the returning Outdoor Kitchens like The Honey Bee-stro, the festival has four new Outdoor Kitchens this year: Arbor, The Citrus Blossom, Trowel & Trellis, and Flavor Full Kitchen! Fried green tomatoes, tuna tataki, blood orange aqua fresca, and grilled street corn on the cob are just a few of the new mouthwatering items featured on the menus. Check out these and all of the offerings on the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival menus! The festival runs March 6–June 3, 2019.
(GF) Gluten/Wheat Friendly Menu Selections (V) Vegetarian Menu Selections
ARBOR (Located at The Gardeners Terrace in The Odyssey Center) Food:
Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-Fennel Salad, Remoulade, and Smoked Paprika Oil
Smoked Salmon Stack with Avocados, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Caviar, and Focaccia Crostino
Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake with Apple Cider Sorbet (GF, V)
Original Sin Brewery Black Widow Hard Cider, New York, NY
Florida Beer Company Caribé Strawberry Rose Hard Cider, Cape Canaveral, FL
3 Daughters Brewing Key Lime Apple Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
Karbach Brewing Lemon and Ginger Radler Houston, TX
Seadog Brewing Company Sunfish Ale, Clearwater, FL
Shipyard Brewing Company Grind the Rind Watermelon IPA, Portland, ME
LA ISLA FRESCA (Located in Showcase Plaza East) Food:
Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-Lime Sauce
Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse, and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple
Simply Tropical Freeze (non-alcoholic)
Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
Simply Tropical Freeze with Mango Rum
THE CITRUS BLOSSOM (Located near Refreshment Port) Food:
Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF)
Tuna Tataki with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado, and Pappadam Crisp
Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF)
Calling all foodies – get your forks and knives ready, because the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is returning to the Disneyland Resort on March 1! Celebrating the beauty and bounty of California, the festival features unforgettable cuisine and beverages from regions across the Golden State. In addition to 14 Festival Marketplaces with incredible menus, you can enjoy family-friendly seminars, celebrity chef sightings, a dinner with Disney chefs, and so much more!
The Marketplace menus this year are jam-packed with a delicious array of new items, as well as some returning favorites. Located throughout Disney California Adventure park, you’ll want to make a stop at every kiosk! Paradise Garden Grill and the Festival Beer Garden are also featuring their own offerings, including a wonderful selection of beer flights and unique dishes.
In addition, the Sip and Savor Pass is a great way to taste your way through the festival and is now available to all guests. This pass includes a souvenir lanyard and credential, entitling you to eight select food or non-alcoholic beverage items from any participating Marketplaces, Paradise Garden Grill and select Festival Food & Beverage Carts. Use all eight coupons in a single day, or spread them out over multiple visits – the choice is up to you! You can purchase the Sip and Savor Pass at various locations throughout the park, including Trolley Treats, Elias & Co., Seaside Souvenirs, the Sip and Savor Cart, the Festival Marketplaces, Festival Gift and Artist Corner and Studio Store in Hollywood Land.
Finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Here is all of the juicy medetails and Marketplace locations for the 2019 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival menus. And when you visit the park, be sure to pick up a Tasting Passport, which includes all of this information and more! Happy snacking!
NUTS ABOUT CHEESE (near Carthay Circle Restaurant at the Festival Entrance) Food:
Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup served in a Mini Boudin Sourdough Bread Bowl (V)
Ham and Vella Jack Cheese Pinwheel with Smoked Pistachios
Creamy Oikos Yogurt Cheesecake (V)
Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Columbia Street, Amber Lager, San Diego
UNCORK CALIFORNIA (near Carthay Circle Restaurant at the Festival Entrance) Food:
California Artisan Cheese Selection – Select from either Point Reyes Blue of Fiscalini White Cheddar Hand-crafted California Cheese (V)
White Wine Flight
Twomey Cellars, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa-Sonoma County
Simi, Chardonnay, “Reserve,” Russian River Valley, California
Patz & Hall, Chardonnay, “Dutton Ranch,” Russian River Valley, California
Red Wine Flight
Erath, Pinot Noir, Oregon
Klinker Brick Winery, Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi
Rowen, Blend, Sonoma County, California
Mixed Berry Mimosa
Chandon Brut, Sparkling Wine, California
Assorted Wine Varietals
CITRUS GROVE (near Carthay Circle Restaurant at the Festival Entrance) Food:
Orange Chicken and Rice
Citrus-brined Pork Roast with Tangy Barbecue Sauce and Lemon Pepper Slaw
Meyer Lemon Blue Diamond Almond Macaron (GF, V)
Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule
Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic)
CALIFORNIA CRAFT BREWS (near the Cars Land Entrance) Food:
Pepperoni Pizza Egg Rolls with Marinara and Pesto Sauce
Bright and Balanced Beer Flight
Pizza Port California Honey Golden Ale
Hangar 24 Orange Wheat
Left Coast Pink Bikini Raspberry Wheat
Karl Strauss Columbia Street Amber Lager
Hobby and Bold Beer Flight
Smog City Sabre-Toothed Squirrel Amber Ale
Lost Winds Tropiclemente Tropical Ale IPA
Towne Park Blacksmith Black IPA
Asylum Rorschach Brown Ale
By the Glass – Bright and Balanced
Pizza Port Brewing Company, California Honey, Golden Ale, Solana Beach
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Orange Wheat, American Wheat Ale, Redlands
Left Coast Brewing Co., Pink Bikini, Raspberry Wheat, San Clemente
Three Weavers Brewing Company, Day Job, Pale Ale, Inglewood
Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Columbia Street, Amber Lager, San Diego
By the Glass – Hoppy and Bold
Smog City Brewing Co., Sabre-Toothed Squirrel, Hoppy Amber Ale, Torrance
Stereo Brewing Company, Perfect Day, American IPA, Placentia
Lost Winds Brewing Company, Tropiclemente, Tropical IPA, San Clemente
Towne Park Brew Co., Blacksmith, Black IPA, Anaheim
Asylum Brewing, Rorschach, Brown Ale with Kenyan Coffee, Anaheim
BERRY PATCH (near the Cars Land Entrance) Food:
Strawberry and Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos Yogurt Wasabi Sauce (GF, V)
Fresh California Berry Pie (V)
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk
Strawberry Float with Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Crunchy Cereal Garnish (non-alcoholic)
PEPPERS CALI-ENTE (near Wine Country Trattoria) Food:
Verlasso Sustainable Salmon Peruvian Poke with Cucumber-Lime Salad and Aji Verde Salsa (GF)
Ghost Pepper Mac and Cheese with Chili Cheese Corn Chip Dust (V)
VEGGIE, VEGGIE, FRUIT, FRUIT (near Wine Country Trattoria) Food:
Grilled Asparagus Chicken Caesar Salad
Cauliflower Ceviche with Chile Corn Crumble and Tortilla Strips (VG)
Duo of Frozen Fruit Fruit Bars – Lime and Strawberry
Cool Lime Michelada with Frozen Lime Ice
Davis Bynum, Sauvignon Blanc, “Virginia’s Block,” Russian River Valley, California
SIGNATURE EVENTS The festival’s signature events are also experiences worth checking out! One of my favorites is Sweet Sundays, which is returning this year. This popular event makes for a sweet start to your day, allowing you to join a celebrity pastry chef for an entertaining dessert-centric demonstration, an interview with the chef, and a light brunch buffet featuring one of the chef’s dishes! If you’ve ever wanted to hone your pastry and baking techniques and indulge in yummy desserts, this is definitely the event for you. This event occurs on select Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park for the duration of the festival, and space is limited, so be sure to make your reservations today!
March 10 – Jean-Marc Viallet, Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef
March 24 – Matt Lewis, Baked NY and Tokyo, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
April 7 – Emily Ellyn, Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen
April 21 – Keegan Gerard, Food Network Challenge
Another exciting event is the Dinner with the Disney Chefs. This sumptuous dinner is on Thursday, March 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria. Here, you’ll get to meet the Disneyland Resort chefs and sommeliers featured in the new Disney Festivals Cookbook, all while enjoying a four-course dinner with dishes inspired by the festival recipes and paired with hand-selected wines and cocktails. This event is a great way to enhance your Food & Wine Festival experience.
For more information on the 2019 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, full menus, event info, and to make reservations, visit the Disneyland Resort website. V Vegetarian VG Vegan GF Gluten Friendly
One of the best parts of a Universal Orlando Resort vacation is never knowing who you might run into while roaming the streets. This complete guide to all of the characters at Universal Orlando Resort will help you know exactly where to find your favorite friends. Just think about how great your Instagram will look with all of these famous faces!
One of the easiest ways to catch a ton of Universal characters is at Universal Studios Florida’s Superstar Parade. Every day, the streets of the park are transformed into a giant stage for interactive experiences with all of your favorites: SpongeBob SquarePants, Max and Duke from The Secret Life of Pets, Gru and the Minions, Dora and Diego, and more! Check your park map for times.
ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE
Hogwarts Express Conductor
The amiable conductor of Hogwarts’ famous train is here to greet you.
Location: Next to the Hogwarts Express right inside the entrance to Hogsmeade
Students of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang
The Triwizard Spirit Rally gives you a chance to meet these visitors from other wizarding schools.
Location: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade near Flight of the Hippogriff
Marvel Super Heroes: Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Rogue
Want to do some extra schmoozing with your favorites? Or maybe you just want to ensure you get to meet the character of your dreams. Share a meal with Universal characters at one of the following dining events.
In-Park and Seasonal Character Dining require reservations.
In-Park Character Dining:
Marvel Character Dining Characters: Captain America. Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm and Rogue Dinner Thursdays – Sundays (5:00 – 7:00pm) Location: Cafe 4 in Islands of Adventure
Hotel Character Dining:
Put a little mayhem in your meal! No reservations required, but dining tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort Characters from Despicable Me Saturday Seating at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00am Location:The Tahitian room