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Eight Universal Orlando Vacation Upgrades Worth Every Penny

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It can make such a difference in the lives of you and your loved ones to take a break, have some fun, and make memories. But we all know that going on vacation can also be expensive, so you want to do it right. Feeling good about the time, money, and effort you put in is important.

Before heading on your Universal Orlando Resort adventure, we’ve got some insider tips to help you choose which Universal Orlando vacation upgrades are the best value.

1. Park-to-Park Tickets: You might think you can do one park at a time, but upgrading your tickets will be the best thing you do all vacation. For $55 more per day, you can have the flexibility to roam all three Universal Orlando theme parks whenever you’d like, making planning so much easier. Not to mention, the only way to board the Hogwarts Express and journey between the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is with a Park-to-Park ticket.

2. Hotels that Offer Free Express Passes: For perhaps the most surprising value at Universal Orlando, turn to our Premier hotels. They might cost a bit more than the Preferred and Prime Value hotels, but Loews Portofino Bay HotelLoews Royal Pacific Resort, and Hard Rock Hotel all offer free Universal Express Unlimited. This benefit lets you skip the regular lines at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. You can save up to $129.99 per person and get more time to ride your favorite attractions.

3. My Universal Photos Package: My Universal Photos lets you focus on having fun—we’ll document the memories for you. A one-day pass is $69.99, but you get unlimited digital downloads of photos from your rides and character meet-and-greets. This is especially valuable if you have little ones and don’t want to deal with the hassle of digging out your phone and missing that special moment. And on-ride photos are normally $19.95, so if you plan to go home with more than a couple of those, this package will help.

4. Volcano Bay Premium Seating: If you don’t want to spring for an entire cabana at Volcano Bay, a great option is Premium Seating. Beach chairs can go fast and lockers cost money. But with this upgrade, you get a pair of reserved padded loungers with an adjustable shade canopy and a built-in storage lockbox for only $29.99. Plus, you can enjoy the services of an area attendant who’ll see to your food and drink orders, delivering them right to your seats. It is so worth it to make your chill day the chillest.

5. Refillable Cups and Buckets: Drink water or soda all day long when you purchase a refillable Coca-Cola freestyle cup. Machines are located throughout the parks, and for $14.99, you’ll never go thirsty in the Florida heat. You can also keep the snacking going when you purchase a $5.99 popcorn bucket with the option of $1.29 refills. Just ask for either at the nearest beverage counter, quick service restaurant, or full-service restaurant.

6. Shutterbutton’s DVD Photo Album: You should definitely consider the Shutterbutton’s experience in Diagon Alley if you’ve got fans of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in your party. You’ll be guided through 12 scenes taken from iconic locations, you’ll choose your outfits, and after a bit of acting, you’ll create a portrait of yourself that actually moves. DVD photo albums are an amazing keepsake! The whole afternoon will be memorable enough to warrant the cost.

7. Blue Man Group Tickets: When it comes to entertainment, you can’t get much better than this fusion of comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party. It’s a Broadway-caliber production right here at Universal Orlando. With tickets starting at $60 for adults, you won’t regret spending a night taking in a show you won’t forget.

8. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Cabana Rentals: When it’s time to take a break from the parks, cabana rentals can be a great option for groups staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Up to six people can enjoy amenities like an LCD TV, an in-house telephone to order delivery pizza, an armoire, table, cushioned lounge chairs, and a refrigerator. You can spend a full day recharging with everything your family will need within arms reach. Prices may vary, but they start around $50/day.

Thanks Universal Orlando Resort Blog!

Storybook Dining at Artist Point Opens December 16, 2018

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Magic mirror on the wall, who’s the hungriest of them all? If you’re looking to partake in a fanciful meal set in an immersive enchanted forest, then you might want to make a visit to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge this winter. Starting this December, Storybook Dining at Artist Point invites you to venture into a magical forest-like setting inspired by Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

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Brought to life through rustic décor and iconic music, we’ve brought this beloved fairytale to life. During this immersive character dining experience, you’ll be visited by Snow White and a few of her forest-dwelling friends. You might even have an evil encounter with the Queen!

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In addition to fun characters, tempt your taste buds with a seasonal themed menu that combines classic dishes with playful presentation. You’ll begin your story with an array of delicious shared appetizers: Hunter’s Pie with chicken, black truffle, and stone fruit preserve; Winter Squash Bisque with caramel loli and granola served in an adorable black cauldron; Wicked Shrimp Cocktail with soy, miso, avocado, thai chili, and greens; and From the Garden, an array of fruits, vegetables, cheese, and create-your-own honey butter.

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For the main entrées, you’ll enjoy your choice of one of the many unique dishes such as the Royal Prime Rib Roast with horseradish mashed potato, hay-smoked carrots, popover, and jus as well as Magic Mirror Slow Braised Veal Shank with mashed celery root, wilted winter greens, and jus. Or if seafood is more your style, try the Seafood Stew with shrimp, bay scallops, mussels, tomato, and fennel.

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Kids can enjoy Grumpy’s Grub. This includes the same appetizers and desserts as the main menu and their choice of entrée. Kid’s entrées include the Princess Pasta (with your choice of red sauce or cheese sauce), the Vegetarian Steam Bun (with crip shiitake, hoisin, pickles, and cilantro), Royal Prime Rib Roast, and Grilled Chicken (both served with roasted potatoes and broccolini).

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Give your story a sweet ending with an array of shared desserts for the table. Sing “Heigh Ho” as you discover The Miner’s Treasure made up of sponge cake, chocolate gems, and buttercream icing or enjoy the enchanted flavors of the Fairy Tale Gooseberry Pie with meringue. You can even try a “Poison” Apple made of white chocolate apple mousse with a sour center. But if you’re trying to impress, The Hunter’s Gift to the Queen is just the thing with crackled maple popcorn and ganache hearts.

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If you’re feeling a little thirsty while you’re eating, try some of the wickedly refreshing cocktails and non-alcoholic mocktails we’ve brewed up just for you! For the adults, sip on the Enchanted Apple with citrus vodka, sour apple, and white cranberry juice or summon The Smoking Mirror with scotch, wildberry, lime, and rosemary smoke. If you’re feeling particularly evil, you’ll love the Evil to the Core with silver tequila, habanero, blackberry and orange juice. A variety of beers are also available along with a selection of highly-rated wines from Oregon and Washington State.

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Non-alcoholic options for the little miners out there include the Transformation Potion with sparkling lemonade and the Stone Fruit and Berry Breeze with herbal tea infusion.

Snow White has invited all of her new friends to this magical character dining experience, and she’s inviting you too! So make a journey to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to experience Storybook Dining at Artist Point starting December 16, 2018. Pricing is $55 for adults and $33 for children ages 3-9 (tax and gratuity not included). Each guest will receive one of each appetizer, their choice of entrée, and one of each dessert as well as their choice of non-alcoholic fountain beverage (alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty beverages are not included). All menu items are subject to change.

For a full menu and to make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call (407) WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

Complete List of 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Menus

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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The 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays runs from November 18 through December 30, 2018. Celebrating joyous holiday traditions from around the globe, this festival returns to Epcot once again with festivities including the ever-popular Candlelight Processional (starting Nov. 22) as well as festive decorations and unforgettable entertainment.

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With 12 Holiday Kitchens as well as additional locations throughout the park, there are deliciously festive dishes around every corner. New at this year’s festival are a host of new items at Feast of the Three Kings as well as a WHOLE NEW HOLIDAY KITCHEN! The new L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen features traditional Jewish dishes such as Pastrami on Rye, Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup, Egg Cream, and more.

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And what would the holidays be without cookies? You won’t want to miss out on the official Holiday Cookie Stroll! Purchase any 5 cookies from any of the official cookie stroll locations noted in your Passport, making sure to collect a matching stamp for each cookie purchased. Once you’ve collected 5 stamps, bring the stamped Passport to Holiday Sweets & Treats for a complimentary completer cookie! How fun is that? This fun activity is great for the kids, and can be completed at your own leisure. You can also bring back your stamped Passport to Epcot at any time during the festival to complete your stroll.

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If you’re wanting all of the info on the menus for this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, this list is packed with unique dishes, holiday cocktails, and beverages as well as the classics like cookies, eggnog, gingerbread treats, hot cocoa, and more. Check out all the yummy details below! And if you’re looking for more information on the festival or to book Candlelight Processional Dining Packages, visit the Walt Disney World website.

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BAVARIA HOLIDAY KITCHEN (GERMANY)
Food Items:

  • Potato Dumpling with Mushroom Sauce (Kid-Approved)
  • Sauerbraten, Red Cabbage and Spätzle
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Fresh Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes featuring Melissa’s Produce (Vegetarian) (Kid-Approved)
  • Black Forest Roulade with Cherry Whipped Cream
  • Peppermint Sugar Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Possmann Pure Hard Black Currant Apple Cider, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Schöfferhofer Pomegranate Hefeweizen, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Cider Flight
  • Regional Riesling
  • Glühwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine

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AMERICAN HOLIDAY TABLE (THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE)
Food Items:

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce (Kid-Approved)
  • Hand-carved Smoked Ham with Green Beans and Sweet Potato Casserole (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Kid-Approved)
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce (Vegetarian)
  • Red and Green Chocolate Chip Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • American Heritage Milk Chocolate Gourmet Hot Cocoa with Wondermade Marshmallows (non-alcoholic) (Kid-Approved)
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Cranberry Kringle Pilsner, Orlando, FL
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL
  • JDub’s Season’s Greetings Peppermint Milk Stout, Sarasota, FL
  • Holiday Beer Flight
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: American Heritage Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps

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YUKON HOLIDAY KITCHEN (CANADA)
Food Items:

  • Seared Salmon with Crown Maple Whisky Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant
  • Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere with Canadian Ketchup (Kid-Approved)
  • Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple Mousse rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake with Cranberry Sauce and Pecan Crumble (Vegetarian) (Kid-Approved)
  • Gold Chocolate Chip Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Frozen Coffee (non-alcoholic)
  • Unibroue Éphémère Strawberry and Rhubarb
  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
  • Inniskillin Pearl Vidal Icewine
  • Inniskillin Gold Oak Icewine
  • Ice Wine Flight
  • Frozen Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky

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FEAST OF THE THREE KINGS (SHOWCASE PLAZA)
Food Items:

  • Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco (Vegetarian) (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Kid-Approved)
  • Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Green and White Sugar Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (non-alcoholic) (Kid-Approved)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Trey Reyes Mango Golden
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater

HOLIDAY SWEETS & TREATS (SHOWCASE PLAZA)
Food Items:

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Kid-Approved)
  • Holiday Tree Sugar Cookie (Vegetarian)
  • Holiday Cookie Stroll Completer Cookie – Red and Green Mickey Sugar Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic) (Kid-Approved)
  • TG Lee Eggnog (non-alcoholic)
  • Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings Winter Spice Tea (non-alcoholic)
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL
  • Hot Cocoa with Assorted Cordials (Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Liqueur or Fireball Cinnamon Whisky)
  • Firenog: T.G. Lee Eggnog with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings® Winter Spice Tea and Butterscotch Schnapps

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L’CHAIM! HOLIDAY KITCHEN (BETWEEN MOROCCO AND FRANCE)
Food Items:

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard
  • Potato Knish with Herb Sour Cream (Vegetarian) (Kid-Approved)
  • Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup
  • Black and White Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Seltzer (non-alcoholic)
  • Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail

REFRESHMENT OUTPOST (NEAR AFRICA OUTPOST)
Food Items:

  • Warm Caramel Stuffed Salted Pretzel with Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce (Kid-Approved)

Beverage Items:

  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL

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REFRESHMENT PORT (NEAR CANADA)
Food Items:

  • Turkey Poutine: Sweet Potato Fries with Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish and Crispy Onions

Beverage Items:

  • Eggnog Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Eggnog Shake with Baileys Irish Cream

FIFE & DRUM (THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE)
Food Items:

  • Holiday Apple Pie Sundae with Soft-serve Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce and Crunchy Streusel Topping (Kid-Approved)

Beverage Items:

  • Budweiser Reserve Collection Copper Lager

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TASTE TRACK (NEAR TEST TRACK)
Food Items:

  • Croissant Doughnut tossed in Cinnamon Sugar
  • Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate and Holiday Sprinkles (Kid-Approved)
  • Croissant Doughnut with Eggnog Pastry Cream and Gingersnap Crumbs
  • Gelato

Beverage Items:

  • Pancake Milkshake (non-alcoholic) (Kid-Approved)
  • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red

LE MARCHE DE NOËL HOLIDAY KITCHEN (FRANCE)
Food Items:

    • Napoléon de Saumon Fumé, Brioche à L’aneth: Smoked Salmon Napoleon in a Dill Brioche
    • Bouchée à la Reine Traditionnelle: Turkey and Mushrooms in a Veloute Cream Sauce served in a Light Puff Pastry
    • Bûche de Noël au Chocolat “Christmas Log”: Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Caramel Ganache

(Kid-Approved)

Beverage Items:

  • Spiced Rum Punch Slush: Spiced Rum, Rhum Clement V.S.O.P., Orange and Pineapple Juice with Cinnamon
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blend, Château La Grand Moulin, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux
  • Holiday Kir: Sparking Wine and Monin Cranberry Syrup
  • Willm, Brut Blanc de Blanc Sparking Wine

SAPPHIRE HOLIDAY KITCHEN (MOROCCO)
Food Items:

  • Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab with Whole Wheat Pita, Cucumber, Olives, Tomatoes, Mint Yogurt Sauce and Harissa-cilantro Dressing
  • Confit of Chermoula Chicken Drum with Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Almonds, Brussels Sprouts and Pinot Noir Glaze
  • “Sfenj” – Warm Beignets with Cream, Cinnamon Sugar, Toasted Almonds and Chocolate Sauce

Beverage Items:

  • Casa Beer
  • Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
  • The Andalusian “Poinsettia” Cocktail: Sparking Wine, Orange Liqueur and Cranberry Juice topped with Orange Blossom Water
  • Walnut Spiced Coffee with Walnut Liqueur and topped with Cinnamon and Whipped Cream

TUSCANY HOLIDAY KITCHEN (ITALY)
Food Items:

  • Cavatappi ai Quattro Formaggi: Baked Four-Cheese Pasta, Parmesan Crumble and Truffle Essence (Kid-Approved)
  • Mozzarella in Carozza: Golden-crusted Fried Mozzarella Sandwich and Tomato Sauce (Kid-Approved)
  • Crespelle di Mele: Cinnamon Apple Fritters and a Vanilla Sauce Drizzle with Chocolate Caramel Sauce
  • Bacio al Cioccolato: Warm Hazelnut Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream
  • Panettone Mignon: Miniature Traditional Italian Christmas Fruitcake

Beverage Items:

  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato

SHANGHAI HOLIDAY KITCHEN (CHINA) 
Food Items:

  • Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls (Kid-Approved)
  • Mongolian Beef Bao Bun and a Fortune Cookie
  • Celebration Barbecue Pork with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie
  • Spicy Mala Chicken with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie

Beverage Items:

  • Sweetened Bubble Milk Tea: Mango Flavored Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls (non-alcoholic)
  • Jasmine Beer
  • Plum Wine

SHI WASU HOLIDAY KITCHEN (JAPAN)
Food Items:

  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Hot Dashi Soup with Chicken and Spinach
  • Holiday Green Tea “Yule Log”: Delicate Spongecake rolled with Whipped Cream Filling

Beverages:

  • Ichigo Milk Boba: Popping Strawberry Boba Cream Drink with Japanese Calpico (non-alcoholic)
  • Sapporo Draft Beer
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider: Plum Wine, Orange Juice with Lemonade and Apples

LAS POSADAS HOLIDAY KITCHEN (MEXICO)
Food Items:

  • Enchilada de Pollo con Mole: Chipotle Chicken in a Corn Tortilla topped with Mole Negro and garnished with Shredded Oaxaca Cheese and Sesame Seeds
  • Tamal de Camarón: Corn Tamal stuffed with Guajillo-marinated Shrimp topped with Mole Rojo and Shredded Cotija Cheese
  • Arroz Con Leche: Rice Pudding with Cranberries

Beverages:

  • Cerveza Mexicana Artesanal: Allende Mexican Craft Ale served with a Floater of Kahlúa
  • Noche Buena Margarita: Libélula Joven Tequila, Cranberry and Lime Juices and Agave Nectar topped with Lime Foam and Sprinkles
  • La Posada Margarita: Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Horchata-Cinnamon Liqueur, and Agua de Horchata topped with Cinnamon

ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL LOCATIONS:

L’Artisan Des Glaces

  • Glace au Pain d’Epices: Gingerbread Ice Cream with Gingerbread Pieces (Kid-Approved)

Boulagnerie Patisserie Les Halles

  • Bûche de Noël au Chocolate: Chocolate Christmas Log with Chocolate Mint Cream Mousse and Chocolate Crunch Biscuit (Kid-Approved)

UK Beer Cart

  • T.G. Lee Eggnog (non-alcoholic)
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog with Irish Whiskey

UK Tea Caddy

  • Twinings Iced Christmas Toddy: Twinings Iced Christmas Tea with Honey (non-alcoholic) (Kid-Approved)
  • Twinings Iced Christmas Toddy: Twinings Iced Christmas Tea with Honey & Drambuie

Norway- Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe

  • Traditional Holiday Rice Cream

Fountain View Café

  • Mickey Santa Hat Cupcake

Canada Popcorn Cart

  • Pecan Maple Bark featuring Crown Maple Sugar

Funnel Cake (The American Adventure)

  • Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • Future World East: Mistletoe Mile – Brown Jug Bourbon Cream with Eggnog topped with Whipped Cream and a dash of Cinnamon
  • Canada: Naughty and Nice – Grey Goose and Kahlúa with Eggnog topped with Whipped Cream and a dash of Cinnamon
  • Showcase Plaza: Rum Rudolph – RumChata with Eggnog topped with Whipped Cream and a dash of Cinnamon
  • The American Adventure: Cheerful Elf – Baileys Salted Caramel with Eggnog topped with Whipped Cream and a dash of Cinnamon

Top Ten Must Do’s at Universal Studios Florida

You’re at Universal Orlando’s Universal Studios Florida. What do you need to do that will leave everyone at home wishing they were you? Here are the top ten must do’s at Universal Studios Florida:

1. Join Your Favorite Wizards on Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Plunge into the depths of Diagon Alley’s famed Gringotts bank as you encounter dragons, trolls, and Voldemort himself.

2. Practice Performing Spells at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Witches and wizards can practice their spell casting throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Haven’t had a wand choose you yet? Be sure to check out Ollivanders or Wands by Gregorovitch when you arrive.

3. Become an actual Minion on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Gru is recruiting Minions for his latest scheme, and good news: it looks like you’re the perfect candidate.

4. Head to Studio 6B for Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Visit the famed Studio 6B for a unique tour of the Big Apple. Don’t forget to stop and smell the pizza.

5. Jam out on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Select a song and prepare to rock on this coaster that takes you up a 90-degree angle before dropping you back down at 65 mph.

6. Help Optimus Prime and Bumblebee save mankind on Transformers: The Ride 3-D

It’s time for someone to take down Megatron and the Decepticons, and that someone could be you.

7. Dare to Eat an Entire Lard Lad Donut in The Simpsons’ Springfield, U.S.A.

Giant pink-iced donuts, Brain Freezin’ D’oh-Nut Sundaes, delectable cupcakes… Need we say more?

8. Flee From the Evil Imhotep on Revenge of the Mummy

Forwards or backwards – you’ll barely be able to tell which way you’re moving on this dark coaster. All you’ll care about is avoiding the swarm of insects, mummies, fire…

9. Boogie down with popular characters in the Superstar Parade

Seriously. Where else can you dance with Gru and the Minions, Dora and Diego, plus the one and only SpongeBob SquarePants?

10. Wipe out the scum of the universe on MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack

Aliens have taken over New York and we’re arming you with a blaster to zap them into oblivion. Rack up points and get ready for a lifetime of bragging rights.

What are your favorite must do’s at Universal Studios Florida experiences? Tell us in the comments below!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

New Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party for 2018 Christmas Parties

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a festive and joyous experience for guests of all ages, and new for 2018, you can make it even more magical with Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party!

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At this new and special experience beginning at 9:30 p.m., you can pop in and out at your leisure and indulge in savory hors d’oeuvres including a selection of artisanal meats and cheeses as well as Tony’s famous meatballs, mini hand-tossed pizzas, boursin-stuffed artichoke and more! And if you’re wanting to satisfy that sweet tooth, then you can snack on pumpkin tartlets, Yule Logs, cannoli, Christmas cookies, and red velvet cupcakes.

To go along with this festive array of dishes, raise a glass to the spirit of the season with a selection of complementary beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. While you eat, enjoy a holiday atmosphere and views of Town Square and Main Street, U.S.A

The party doesn’t stop there! At 11:00 p.m., you’ll have access to a special reserved viewing area for the truly enchanting Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade as it makes its way down Main Street, U.S.A. The festive procession includes dancing gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers and beloved Disney characters in their holiday finery. And the party continues until 12:30 a.m., ever longer than Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party is available for $99 per person (plus tax) every Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event night at Magic Kingdom Park. Admission to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is required to attend.

Reservations are now available online or by calling 407-827-7348. Space is limited and will fill up fast, so book your reservation soon!

Everything You Need to Know About Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Are you planning a visit to Walt Disney World Resort for the holidays? Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park is an absolute must-do event during the holiday season. This in-park party celebrates the season with lovely decor, glittering holiday lights, special photo opportunities, snow on Main Street, U.S.A., and entertainment you have to see to believe!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018, which requires a special ticket to attend, will be held on the following nights: November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27 and 29; and December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21. Party fun takes place from 7 p.m.-midnight, although party ticket holders may enter the park as early as 4 p.m. to enjoy regular park offerings.

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The must-see offering, “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” kicks off the fun each night at dusk. Guests arriving early for the party can watch as royal sisters Anna and Elsa lead a celebration for their friends on the Castle Forecourt Stage that culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace for the holidays.

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The “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” stage show brings in Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, and many others who drop by on Mickey’s party dressed in their Christmas best, ready to ring in the season with holidays with carols, old and new.

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Another can’t-miss moment is the “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” This enchanting holiday procession features marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread men, Disney characters, Santa Claus and more!

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Then the highlight of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party night is “Holiday Wishes Fireworks– Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” a special fireworks show set to holiday tunes that light up the sky above Magic Kingdom Park.

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The party also offers guests complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, party exclusive character greeting opportunities – with familiar faces like Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Scrooge McDuck – plus event-exclusive merchandise and special holiday treats.

Top 12 Best Universal Orlando Resort Hotel Rooms

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All of the resort hotel rooms at Universal Orlando Resort are absolutely amazing. Whatever your style is, you can find the perfect hotel and room for you, but these 12 Universal Orlando Resort hotel rooms are what dreams are made of and I’d be more than happy moving into any one of them right this minute.

1. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort 2-Bedroom Suites

Volcano. Views. Enough said. These two-bedroom suites can sleep up to EIGHT people. So grab all your friends or family and get to it. How cool would it be to hang out together in the living room area with a backdrop of a beautiful volcano?

2. Loews Royal Pacific Resort Jurassic World Kids’ Suite

The new Jurassic World Kids’ Suites will make your little ones feel as if they’ve stepped onto the island of Isla Nublar from Jurassic World. They even get to sleep inside their very own gyrospheres! Learn all about these kids’ suites here.

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3. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Despicable Me Kids’ Suite

Aren’t these just the cutest?! These Kids’ Suites let your little ones experience the playfulness of Gru’s laboratory. Kids get the opportunity to sleep in missile beds just like Edith, Margo and Agnes! The suites feature one King bed and two Twin beds. This room, like the other Kids’ Suites, has a connecting room that opens only to the King room.

(Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog)

(Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog)

4. Hard Rock Hotel Orlando Graceland Suite

The Graceland Suite is the ultimate way to live like a king at Hard Rock Hotel. It includes an oversized tub (with an unbelievable view of the parks), walk-in closet, personal gym and a baby grand piano. It even has a glass fireplace in it that separates the bedroom from the bathroom.

5. Hard Rock Hotel Orlando Future Rock Star Suite

Do you have a future rock star in your family? This suite is for them! The Future Rock Star Suite features a King bedroom and an attached themed room for your little rock star. This gives you plenty of space to rent a guitar from the front desk and rock out on the stage in the room.

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6. Loews Royal Pacific Resort Presidential Suite

These sophisticated South Seas-inspired suites are enough to make you feel like you’ve been transported to a true island oasis. I’d be more than happy just moving into the bathroom in this suite! It’s basically like having your own private spa.

7. Loews Royal Pacific Resort Hospitality Parlor Suite

The Hospitality Parlor Suite is the perfect place for entertaining! If you book the connecting King room and the connecting Queen room, this room could sleep up to 10 people! The decor in this suite is very island chic. The parlor is between the King and Queen rooms making the parlor the perfect meeting ground, hangout spot as they start getting ready for dinner and a relaxing space after a day at the parks before everyone’s ready to hit the hay. Speaking of dinner, it has an incredible kitchen giving you plenty of space to fix up all your favorite dishes.

(Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog)

(Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog)

8. Loews Sapphire Falls Sapphire Suite

This suite is gorgeous and spacious! It even has a perfect view of Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The decor makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to a beautiful island oasis.

(Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog)

(Photo: Universal Orlando Resort Blog)

9. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Presidential Suite

Can we just take a moment and talk about how beautiful this suite is? All I need is a faux bear skin rug, chandeliers and sunset views and I’m set for life! Oh and did I mention, this suite even has a personal Peloton bike in it? Well, it does. You can spin and take in amazing views.

10. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Kids Suite

These Kids’ Suites are just so perfect. The octopus design from the wall to the floor gives the room so much life. These Kids’ Suites, like the others, have a connecting room that only opens to the room with a King room, giving parents peace of mind and a little privacy.

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11. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Family Suite

The Family Suites at Cabana Bay are perfect for larger families who aren’t looking to break the bank! These rooms sleep up to six people and feature a pullout sofa to give you plenty of space to hang out with your friends and family during the day and space for everyone to sleep. This suite features a sliding partition that allows those that are sleeping on the pull out a bit of privacy from those sleeping on the Queen beds. The kids can be napping while mom and dad are having a few moments of R&R watching TV (or planning the next day at the parks).

12. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Presidente Suite

This suite is not only big on the inside. It also has the ultimate view of the Harbor Piazza from a balcony and a separate terrace. It is the perfect place to watch the sun go down, enjoy a glass of wine, snack on the finest cheeses and listen to the beautiful Musica della Notte opera singers at sunset…#goals.

Thanks Universal Orlando Resort Blog

Book Disney’s Ultimate Christmastime Package for December 17-22, 2018

Still thinking about the perfect Christmas present for your family? Would you like to celebrate the season in the most magical way at the most magical place on Earth? Add in exclusive access to some attractions, holiday festivities, a special dining experience, and you can enjoy the ultimate Disney Christmastime package from December 17-22, 2018! Guests who purchase this exclusive package will enjoy a five-night stay at a select Disney Moderate, Disney Deluxe or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort hotel, 4-day theme park tickets with the Park Hopper® Option and some exclusive experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort during their stay.

Some of the special (and exclusive) festive experiences included in the Ultimate Disney Christmastime package are:

  • Exclusive Nighttime Access to Toy Story Land on Dec. 17 – You’ll get to spend time at Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios riding Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Toy Story Mania. The new land will also celebrate its’ first holiday season with special decor guests can’t miss.
  • Celebrate the Season with tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Dec. 18 – Ring in the holiday season with admission to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park.
  • Exclusive Nighttime Access to Select Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attractions on Dec. 19 – Enjoy exclusive nighttime access to Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Expedition Everest and Dinosaur plus an exclusive showing of Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • Exclusive Early Morning Access to shopping at World of Disney Store & Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail Experience on Dec. 20 – You can shop at the World of Disney store at Disney Springs, and take time to visit this year’s Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail, to enjoy hot chocolate and cotton candy. 
  • Enjoy an Exclusive Holiday Themed Buffet Dinner Event at Epcot on Dec. 21 – Enjoy a holiday-themed buffet dinner event in World Showplace Events Pavillion.

Since your theme park admission is already included with this package, you will be able to truly enjoy the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort. Some highlights include “A Frozen Holiday Wish” at Magic Kingdom Park, the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays at Epcot, Flurry of Fun festivities and Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Diwali holiday additions to UP! A Great Bird Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, and much more. Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Events & Celebrations site for full holiday vacation-planning details.

The Ultimate Disney Christmastime Package may be booked now through December 2, 2018, for travel occurring December 17-22, 2018. Pricing starts at $175 per person, per night, for a family of four in a garden view room at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. That’s a total package price of $3,500. Availability is limited so book today!

Plus, if you book your Ultimate Disney Christmastime package with us, you can choose from a gift card or in-room gift to make your stay even more magical! You’ll also receive our Guide to Christmas at Disney World! Contact Siera today at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more details!

Enjoy Fall Treats at Disney World in October and November

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Down in Orlando, the trees are still green and the summer heat is still lingering, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fall season at Walt Disney World Resort! Throughout October and November, you’ll be able to find your favorite autumn flavors throughout the resort with these fall treats at Disney World.

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At Magic Kingdom Park, you’ll LOVE all of the spooky sweets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, such as the Candy Corn Milkshake (available daily at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies). This shake is my FAVORITE treat right now. It’s made with candy corn ice cream and topped with cotton candy and the cutest Mickey-shaped marshmallow! If you want to know about all of the fun offerings for this event, I recently put out a foodie guide giving you all the spooky details.

Outside of Magic Kingdom Park, though, there are fall-inspired eats around every corner!

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DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Rosie’s All-American Café, ABC Commissary (all items available through Oct. 31)

  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Coffin Cake
  • Chocolate and Orange Cream Parfait

Trolley Car Café (all items available through Oct. 31)

  • Chocolate and Caramel Apple
  • Chocolate Cake – topped with chocolate mousse and chocolate Mickey ears

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DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM

Isle of Java

  • Apple Cider Donut Holes

Creature Comforts, Pizzafari, Restaurantosaurus

  • Halloween Cupcake (available through Nov. 1) – yellow cupcake filled with pumpkin mousse and topped with cinnamon buttercream, an edible Mickey ghost, and a fondant pumpkin

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EPCOT

Fountain View

  • Halloween Cupcake (available through Oct 31) – chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate mousse and topped with green and purple buttercream, a chocolate bat, and orange sprinkles

Le Cellier Steakhouse (all items available through Nov. 18)

  • Autumn Poulet Rouge Roulade – cornbread stuffing with cranberries, golden raisins, pecans, sweet potato espuma, rainbow chard, and pecan vinaigrette
  • Brown Butter-Basted George’s Bank Scallops – pumpkin risotto, Brussels sprouts, fig and pomegranate slaw, red wine syrup, and pumpkin seed brittle

Sunshine Seasons

  • Pumpkin Bundt Cake (available through Dec. 25)
  • Monster’s Inc. Cupcake (available on Oct. 31 only) – chocolate cupcake with salted pretzel mousse filling and topped with buttercream and a chocolate cake ball decorated with fondant

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WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HOTELS

Visiting one of our Walt Disney World Resort Hotels? You can find some tasty treats at nearly all of our resorts! From pumpkin and candy corn cupcakes to Mickey Pumpkin Spice Beignets, there’s a whole hay-ride full of snacks that you won’t want to miss out on.

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

  • Harvest Pumpkin Cupcake (available through Oct. 31) – cinnamon sponge cupcake with pumpkin cream filling topped with maple buttercream, a candy pumpkin, and fall leaves
  • Frozen or Hot Pumpkin Latte (available through Nov. 30) – with whipped cream, nutmeg, and caramel sauce
  • Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin (available Nov. 15 – Dec. 31)

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Roaring Fork

  • Going Batty Cupcake (available Oct. 30-31) – chocolate cupcake topped with buttercream icing, ganache icing, and a sugar cookie bat
  • Poison Apple Cupcake (available through Oct. 31) – apple-flavored cupcake with caramel filling and topped with chocolate ganache

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Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – Trail’s End To-Go, Chuckwagon

  • Candy Corn Cupcake (available through Oct. 31) – vanilla cupcake with candy corn buttercream

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Contempo Café

  • Minnie’s Not-So-Scary Berry Cupcake (available Oct. 28-31) – vanilla cupcake with raspberry jam filling and topped with vanilla buttercream icing and a white chocolate witch hat filled with blackberry marshmallow and garnished with a fondant bow and dark chocolate spider web
  • Apple Cupcake (available through Nov. 3) – apple-flavored cupcake with apple filling and topped with cinnamon buttercream icing and apple compote
  • Pumpkin Cupcake (available Nov. 4 – Dec. 1) – pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese filling and caramel buttercream icing

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Capt. Cook’s, Kona Coffee Bar

  • Mickey’s Haunted Chocolate Cupcake (available through Nov. 2) – dark chocolate cupcake filled with red velvet cheesecake and topped with buttercream

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Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts – The Market at Ale & Compass, Beach Club Marketplace

  • Caramel Candy Apple Cupcake (available through Oct. 31) – cinnamon-apple cupcake topped with chocolate caramel mousse
  • Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin (available Oct. 20 – Dec. 1) – spiced pumpkin muffin with cream cheese filling
  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pie (available Oct. 20 – Dec. 1) – pumpkin cake with brown butter cream cheese filling
  • Pumpkin Cupcake (available Nov. 1-30) – topped with buttercream

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Disney’s BoardWalk – BoardWalk Bakery

  • Candy Corn Cupcake (available through Oct. 31) – vanilla cupcake with orange marshmallow filling, whipped cream frosting, chocolate Mickey ears, and orange crispy pearls
  • Pumpkin Swirl Cookie (available Nov. 11-24)

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Mill Food Court, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

  • Black Forest Mummy Cake (available through Nov. 1) – chocolate cupcake with cherry filling and topped with vanilla buttercream
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcake (available through Nov. 1) – vanilla cupcake filled with pumpkin cheesecake and topped with cream cheese icing
  • Mickey Pumpkin Spice Beignets (Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory only, available through Nov. 1) – house-made beignets dusted in pumpkin spice powdered sugar

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – The Mara

  • Witch’s Finger Cupcake (available Oct. 26-31) – vanilla cupcake with crispy peanut butter candy filling and topped with a chocolate witch hat

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Disney’s All-Star Resorts – Intermission Food Court, End Zone Food Court, and World Premier Food Court

  • Spider Cupcake (available through Oct. 31) – vanilla cupcake filled with cookies and cream marshmallow filling and topped with orange cookie buttercream and green marshmallow webs
  • Chocolate Indulgence Cake (available through Nov. 30) – Devil’s Food cake and dark ganache topped with pumpkin made of white chocolate mousse
  • Day of the Dead Cupcake (available through Nov. 1) – chocolate cupcake filled with spiced ganache and topped with spiced ganache buttercream, a sugar skull, and chocolate ears
  • Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (available through Nov. 30) – vanilla cheesecake topped with pumpkin spice cream and dark ganache

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DISNEY SPRINGS

It’s the most wonderFALL time of the year! Now through November 7, you can experience autumn with WonderFall Flavors at Disney Spring. You’ll find seasonally-inspired dishes at over 14 restaurants and quick service locations throughout the area (and be sure to pick up an event guide at the Disney Springs Welcome Center or at participating locations). I’ve even put together the ultimate foodie guide to this limited-time experience, and my fellow author, Darcy Clark, has also shared a few ways to “scare up some fun” at Disney Springs in a recent blog post.

In addition to WonderFall Flavors, there are a few other items that have materialized this season!

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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (all items available through Nov. 7)

  • The Forbidden Apple – spiced rum, sour apple pucker, cinnamon whiskey, cranberry juice, lime juice, and grenadine
  • Poison-Less Apple (Non-Alcoholic) – Sprite with caramel and Granny Smith apple

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The Ganachery

  • Minnie Witch Piñata (available through Oct. 31) – chocolate sphere filled with house-made marshmallows and crispy pearls and decorated with chocolate pieces
  • Jack Skellington Piñata (available through Oct. 31) – white chocolate sphere filled with house-made marshmallows and crispy pearls and decorated with chocolate pieces
  • Large and Small Chocolate Skulls (available through Oct. 31)
  • Cranberry Orange Ganache Squares (available through Nov. 8) – flavors of cranberry and orange blended with dark chocolate
    Pumpkin Spice Latte Ganache Squares (available through Nov. 8)

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Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Pumpkin Mickey Macaron (available through Oct. 31) – white chocolate ganache flavored with pumpkin purée and pumpkin spices

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Sprinkles

  • Special Cupcakes topped with Halloween Candy (available through Oct. 25)
  • Strawberry Champagne Cupcake (available through Oct. 31) – vanilla Champagne cake finished with an infusion of buttercream frosting and sweet ripe strawberries simmered in sparkling rosé
  • Black Velvet Cupcake (available Oct. 26-31) – dark chocolate cupcake topped with whipped chocolate ganache
  • Pumpkin Cupcake (available through Oct. 31) – pumpkin cake laced with ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon and topped with sweet cinnamon cream cheese frosting
  • Halloween BOO Box (available through Oct. 31) – vanilla milk chocolate, red velvet, black and white, and pumpkin cupcakes adorned with Sprinkles ghosts and BOO sugar decorations

HALLOWEEN CANDY

And of course, it just wouldn’t be the Halloween season without Halloween CANDY! You’ll find these sweet treats at various candy shops across all of our parks and resort hotels such as The Confectionery in Magic Kingdom Park or Goofy’s Candy Co. and Disney’s Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs. From candy apples to cake pops, we’ve got it all!

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Various Candy Locations Across Walt Disney World Resort

  • Pumpkin and “Poison” Specialty Apples
  • Mummy and Pumpkin Cake Pops
  • Themed Crispy Treats
  • Fall Cookies and Cupcakes

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Fall is HERE at Walt Disney World Resort and it tastes GREAT if I do say so myself. For more information on each of these locations, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website! Happy snacking!

Top Three Reasons Your Teenager Will Love Volcano Bay at Universal

Top Three Reasons Your Teenager Will Love Volcano Bay at Universal

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Top Three Reasons Your Teenager Will Love Volcano Bay at Universal

Grab your swimsuit and suntan lotion! Universal Orlando’s new water theme park, Volcano Bay, has an abundance of thrills and spills. From relaxing and roaring rivers to the heart-pounding Krakatau Aqua Coaster, there’s something for every teenager.

Get cozy, grab a snack, and keep reading for the top three reasons your teenager will love Volcano Bay, including the attractions, food and atmosphere.

 Attractions

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There are 18 fun-filled attractions to cross off your bucket list. When you first walk into Volcano Bay, you’ll be greeted by Krakatau: a spectacular, 200-foot-tall volcano at the center of the park. The volcano not only showcases fantastical views of Orlando, but also offers four different rides that travel through the volcano. These include Krakatau Aqua Coaster, Ko’okiri Body Plunge, and Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides.

One ride you can’t miss is Honu, one of the two waterslides at the Honu Ika Moanaattraction. Honu is a multi-passenger waterslide on the more exciting side and is perfect for experiencing alongside friends or family members.

Even if your teens love stomach-dropping thrills, sometimes it’s nice to sit back and de-stress when you’re on vacation. Kopiko Wai Winding River is the perfect break from the fun, intense waterslides and aqua coaster. The river leads you on a scenic float through River Village and will give your family a much-needed rest from the exhilarating plunges and splashes at Volcano Bay.

If you’re looking for something a little more thrilling, TeAwa the Fearless River might be a better match for you. With periodic choppy waves flowing through the not-so-lazy river, it adds a little adventure to the relaxing float.

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Food

When it comes to dining, there’s no shortage of options. There’s everything from food carts and quick-service stands for when you’re in a hurry, to fast and casual restaurants for when you have a little extra time to sit back and enjoy your meal with leisure.

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Universal’s executive chef, Steve Jayson, recommends the Jerked Mahi Sandwich for seafood aficionados, “If you’re a fish lover, you can’t go wrong with that.” Chef Jayson also recommended the Coconut Crusted Fried Chicken and said it was one of his personal favorites. As for beverages, Jayson said that POG is obligatory. “If you come to Volcano Bay, you’ve got to try POG,” he says. “Passion fruit, orange, and guava – all together in a frozen drink. It’s very refreshing!” It is the perfect cool-down on a sunny Orlando day.

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And of course, you can’t forget dessert! Get ready to indulge yourself… after all, calories don’t count on vacation! Waturi Fusion, or “the rainbow ice cream”, will probably be the most colorful, creative dessert you’ve ever had!

Atmosphere

You’re transported into a tropical paradise as soon as you enter the park! We recommend starting off your day at Waturi Beach, a lush oasis in front of the famous volcano. As you sit with your feet in the sand, listening to the dancing waterfalls, you’ll probably feel like you could spend days at Volcano Bay. There’s a perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.

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The atmosphere was also enhanced by the Volcano Bay staff. Every single Team Member is friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Your kids will be greeted at the entrance of every ride and whenever they have a question or need directions, the team members are enthusiastic to help.

Staying on-property in a Universal Orlando on-site hotel will make your experience at Volcano Bay even better. Hotel guests are able to enter the park one hour earlier than the general public, which definitely helps beat the crowds. For teens with an ambitious agenda for the day, having the early access will be super helpful.

When you stay at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel, another way you can save time is by taking Universal’s transportation to and from Volcano Bay.

Pro tipUniversal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is located right next to Volcano Bay. There is a walking path dedicated to Cabana Bay guests. If you’re debating on which hotel to stay at, this might help you with your decision!

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When it comes to theme parks, long lines always seem to be the culprit of fun. At Volcano Bay, TapuTapu comes to the rescue! TapuTapu is a waterproof, wearable device that has a plethora of features, such as exclusive photo ops, cash-free purchases (simply connect a credit card online), and most importantly: lines. Instead of standing hours in a long line, you can choose which attractions you would like to ride for the day.

You simply check-in to the attraction you wish to go on, and the TapuTapu wristband will notify you when it’s your ride time.

Are you convinced by these reasons your teenager will love Volcano Bay?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote.