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5 Exciting Things Planned for Universal Orlando Resort in 2020

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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The last few years have brought a lot of growth and change to Universal Orlando Resort. From new ground-breaking attractions and entertainment to new restaurants that are elevating theme-park dining, the parks keep getting bigger and better. Not to mention the opening of new hotels and big game-changers to the theme park industry like Universal’s Volcano Bay and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And, best of all, there’s still so much to look forward to at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020!

The Bourne Stuntacular – New!

Opening Spring 2020

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It’s all there in the name, folks. STUNTS. And I’m not just talking your typical flying-through-a-glass-door stunt. This live-action show is putting you right smack dab in the middle of the action you’ve seen from Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne films. I recently got a download on the details and from what I’ve heard and seen glances of, this show is going to make you say things like, “Wait! How’d they do that?” Read more here and stay tuned for more details.

Running Universal – New!

5K & 10K – Feb. 1 & 2, 2020

Does your ultimate exercise routine involve running alongside a Minion? Then get ready for Universal’s first-ever Epic Character Race 5K and 10K. You’ll run through the parks with your favorite characters and finish with a really cool medal and bragging rights. Bananas are encouraged. Register now!

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites – New!

Opening March 17, 2020

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No need to fret about where to stay for your upcoming Orlando vacay. I’ve got the perfect place for you and your family. Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites is bringing a relaxing shore vibe to Universal Orlando this spring, complete with 2-Bedroom suites at a value that fits your family budget. Book your stay today.

Universal’s Mardi Gras – 25 Years of Partying

Every Night Feb. 1 – April 2, 2020

Twenty-five years of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida makes for one heck of a bead collection. We’re celebrating with live performances by chart-topping artists, a nightly parade themed to Treasures of the Deep, new Cajun dishes, live entertainment in the French Quarter Courtyard, and — of course — BEADS!

Halloween Horror Nights – 30 Years of Horror

Select Nights Sept. 10 – Nov. 1, 2020

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Ah, Halloween Horror Nights. Just when we think you can’t get any better, you prove us wrong.The horror, scares, and fear you inflict on both your diehard fans and unsuspecting first-time victims grows on a more grand scale with every passing year. 2020 marks the 30 years of the world’s premier Halloween event, and I can’t wait to see what — or who’s — lurking in the shadows.

What’s Ahead…

Wow! Let’s all take a minute and absorb those celebrations and new experiences to check out at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020. It’s going to be a busy year. BUT I’m not stopping there and neither is Universal Orlando! There’s even more in store for you like:

We’ll see you at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020!

2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Celebrates Spring with Garden Rocks Concerts, Topiaries and More

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Epcot’s longest-running annual festival – the 2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – is revving up to be a show stopper, with a Garden RocksConcert Series talent lineup like never before. New to the Garden Rocks Concert Series on the America Gardens Theatre stage this year are Daughtry, Don McLean and other luminaries of various musical genres – so mark your calendars now!

  • March 4-5 – Peabo Bryson NEW
  • March 13-16 – Simple Plan
  • March 17-19 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • March 20-23 – Mark Wills NEW to Garden Rocks
  • March 24-26 – The Spinners
  • March 27-28 – Sister Hazel
  • March 29-30 – The Pointer Sisters
  • March 31-April 2 – Former Journey Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
  • April 3-4 – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • April 5-6 – Exposé
  • April 7-9 – Berlin
  • April 19-20 – Rick Springfield
  • April 24-27 – Plain White T’s
  • April 28-30 – Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
  • May 1-2 – Don McLean NEW
  • May 5-7 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett NEW
  • May 8-9 – Thelma Houston NEW
  • May 10-11 – The Allman Betts Band NEW to Garden Rocks
  • May 15-18 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 19-21 – Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot NEW to Garden Rocks
  • May 24-25 – Daughtry NEW
  • May 26-28 – Marshall Tucker Band
  • May 31-June 1 – Survivor

See a favorite band or a new one you don’t want to miss? One of the best ways to join the concert fun is to book a Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package for one of the shows at 5:30, 6:45 or 8 p.m. Each package includes breakfast, lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants and guaranteed concert seating. Reservations are available now.

The music is surely gonna get you, and that’s not all. The festival presents a kaleidoscope of colorful blooms, topiaries and gardens designed to inspire wonder and whispers of “how’d they do that?!” The brand-new Remy topiary will be unveiled as the centerpiece of a Ratatouille Garden at the France pavilion, where the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction will open in summer 2020. The floral Remy will be surrounded by a colorful garden of veggies that comprise ingredients of a ratatouille recipe.

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It wouldn’t be a festival without fabulous food, and the event’s 17 Outdoor Kitchens plus other food-and-beverage stops will tickle your taste buds. Florida fans will delight in some of the state’s namesake flavors at three different kitchens: honey-laced treats at The Honey Bee-stro, citrus-based marvels at The Citrus Blossom, and sweet and savory delights at Florida Fresh

Elsewhere across the park, lush swaths of bright blossoms, floating gardens, flower towers and more whimsical topiaries will brighten the landscape. Watch for stunning topiary depictions of celebrated heroines like Anna and Elsa, rough-and-ready Toy Story hero Buzz Lightyear, beloved Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, and fairy-tale wonders like Tinker BellSnow White and Bambi. At the Goodness Garden Butterfly House, hundreds of winged beauties will take flight. Nearby at the Play Full Garden, families can celebrate spring at a unique playground experience.  

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Fans of behind-the-scenes tours won’t want to miss booking a Gardens of the World Tour – Spring Edition; an English Tea Garden Tour at the United Kingdom pavilion; or a Behind the Seeds! guided walk through The Land pavilion’s fish farm and four greenhouses. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival began in 1994 as a 38-day celebration of Disney-style gardens and topiaries. The event now flourishes as a 90-day celebration of spring with something for everyone in the family. Follow the Disney Parks Blog for updates and more details. The 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, including Garden Rocks concerts and all gardens and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission. Visit FreshEpcot.com or call (407) W-DISNEY for more information.

Heading to Epcot before the spring? Be sure to check out the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in January and February!

2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns January 17 – February 24, 2020

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort will kick-off its annual global celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts on January 17 and continue for 39 days through February 24, 2020. The event features visiting artists, an array of foodie delights and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.  

The popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series returns to America Gardens Theatre with three daily performances headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows. This year’s talent-rich lineup includes Kissy Simmons, who starred as Nala in “The Lion King,” and Kevin Massey of “Tarzan.” The show-stopping schedule currently features:  

  • Jan. 17, 20, 21, 24 and 25 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”) 
  • Jan. 18, 19, 22, 23 and 25 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee 
  • Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”) 
  • Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
  • Additional January and February performances still to be announced. 

All shows are included with theme park admission. The best way to experience a performance is by reserving a Disney on Broadway Dining Package, which guarantees seating for one show on the day of the dining experience. 

Premium festival experiences that include Paint with a Disney Artist and the World Showcase: Destinations Discovered guided tour are also available to guests for a fee. 

Dining packages and workshops are now available to book by visiting ArtfulEpcot.com or calling (407) WDW-Fest for more information.

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More to See, Do and Eat During the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

  • Indulge in new culinary fun at the Le Cellier Brunch in the Canada pavilion, a leisurely prix fixe bounty each Saturday and Sunday in the relaxing Canadian chateau. Reservations required. 
  • Explore the Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush, green environment built for exploring. 
  • Jump into photo-ops located throughout Epcot, such as the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion where guests can flap their fins in Mermaid Lagoon or get their pirate on at Skull Rock.
  • Grab a paintbrush and add color to a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza. 
  • Join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art in each World Showcase pavilion.  
  • Marvel at and purchase works by Disney’s iconic artists in displays throughout World Showcase.  
  • Watch visiting artists as they create new pieces, from Disney-inspired works to creative art across diverse mediums.
  • Create festival-inspired T-shirts and candles.

Are you heading to the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts? It’s not too late to book your trip today!

Treats for 2019 Holidays at Hollywood Studios Available Through January 5, 2020

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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The 2019 holidays at Hollywood Studios are in full swing this year with tons of decorations, special shows, and of course, the FOOD! I’m in full holiday mode and ready for sweets and treats galore! Each year, the goodies that Disney’s chefs come up with just keep getting better and better, and this year’s array is no exception. 

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To start off, if you’re planning on watching the incredible Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! holiday spectacular fireworks, then you’ll definitely want to try the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party to heighten your festive experience. This party lets you indulge in a variety of delectable desserts before watching the evening spectacular from a reserved viewing area.

Now, onto my list of eats and treats available throughout the park. These items will all be available through January 5, 2020. So be sure to come on out and try them for yourself! 

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Holiday Blondie (Available at Backlot Express) – Blondie made with orange peel, dried cranberries, and slivered almonds topped with white chocolate ganache

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Elsa’s Magical Macarons (Available at Market and BaseLine Tap House) – White and blue macaron shells with white chocolate and gingerbread ganaches

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Chestnut Pinecone (Available at Backlot Express and Trolley Car Café) – Chestnut mousse on top of a milk chocolate sweetened crepes with powdered sugar snow

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Mickey’s Santa Hat Chocolate Mousse (Available at ABC Commissary) – Vanilla shortbread topped with chocolate cake, dark chocolate mousse, dark chocolate ears, and a large white crispy pearl

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Festive Holiday Wreath (Available at ABC Commissary) – Cookie with mint marshmallow topped with white and green icing and a chocolate candy cane

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Cinnamon-Apple Lunch Box Tart (Available at Woody’s Lunch Box) – Lunch Box Tart with cinnamon apple pie filling topped with red cinnamon fondant

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Gingerbread Cookies (Available at BaseLine Tap House, Market, and Dockside Diner) – Soft gingerbread dough topped with maple fondant and chocolate crispy pearls 

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Gingerbread Cupcake (Available at Trolley Car Café) – Gingerbread cupcake with maple Bavarian filling, cream cheese buttercream, red and green sprinkles, and a white chocolate Wayne and Lanny

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Olaf’s Chocolate Marshmallow Verrine (Available at Fairfax Fare) – Layers of chocolate cake, cream, chocolate fudge, mini marshmallows, and white chocolate crispy pearls topped with a white chocolate topper featuring Olaf

Goofy’s Hot, Not Hot, Chocolate Verrine (Available at Backlot Express and Rosie’s All-American Café) – Layers of chocolate cake, cinnamon chocolate cream, vanilla cream, cinnamon marshmallow, and milk chocolate crispy pearls topped with a chocolate topper featuring Goofy

Strawberry Mint Verrine (Available at PizzeRizzo and ABC Commissary) – Layers of vanilla sponge cake, strawberry compote, mint cream, vanilla cream, and strawberry and white chocolate crispy pearls 

Caramel Apple Verrine (Available at Catalina Eddies’s) – Layers of chocolate panna cotta, caramel apples, caramel cream, dark chocolate and salted caramel crispy pearls, apple cream, caramel sauce, and dark chocolate shavings topped with a chocolate topper featuring Mickey and Minnie

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Mickey Light-Up Tree Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at various popcorn carts throughout the park)

Pajama Alien Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at various popcorn carts throughout the park)

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Santa Alien Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Neighborhood Bakery)

Holiday Festive Popcorn (Available at various outdoor vending carts throughout the park) – Sweet and salty mix of caramel popcorn, red and green candy-coated chocolates, white chocolate drizzle, and crushed candy canes

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Northern Lights Slushy (Available at The Market) – Blue raspberry frozen slushy with cotton candy

Olaf’s Snow Flurry Slushy (Available at The Market) – Vanilla orange frozen slushy with whipped cream 

Holiday Mule (Available at Oasis Canteen, Sunshine Day Bar, and Animation Bar) – Vodka, limoncello, cranberry juice, and ginger beer

Frostbite Cocktail (Available at Oasis Canteen, Sunshine Day Bar, and Animation Bar) – Vodka, blue curaçao, cranberry juice, and sweet-and-sour

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Winterberry Margarita (Available at Backlot Express, PizzeRizzo, ABC Commissary, and Rosie’s All-American Café) – Silver tequila, triple sec, sweet-and-sour, cranberry juice, and wildberry syrup

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Hot Cocoa Flight (Available at Fairfax Fare, Dockside Diner, and Woody’s Lunchbox) – Flight of three hot chocolates with vanilla vodka, black cherry bourbon, and Irish cream liqueur

If you’re spending the 2019 holidays at Hollywood Studios, be sure to also make time to stop by the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays and check out the incredible gingerbread displays throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

9 Unique Celebrations Planned for New Year’s Eve 2019 at Disney World

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Get ready to ring in 2020 with one of these fabulous events for New Year’s Eve 2019 at Disney World Resort. From rooftop celebrations, Champagne toasts, and exquisite meals to fun dance parties and character greetings, there are many ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019 at Disney World in true Disney fashion! To help plan your festivities, I’ve put together this list of New Year’s Eve 2019 at Disney World events happening throughout our resort hotels. And remember, these popular events fill up fast, so be sure to book your reservations now by visiting the links below. More details and pricing can be found by visiting the Walt Disney World Resort website or by calling the numbers listed below. 

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First up, Walt Disney World Resort now features three amazing rooftop New Year’s Eve celebrations – at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and at Disney’s Riviera Resort (scheduled to open later this year).

Rooftop Celebrations

Bienvenidos 2020! New Year’s Eve at Toledo’s

Celebrate the New Year with an elegant party at Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, the new rooftop restaurant at the top of Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This special celebration features a savory menu inspired by Spanish cuisine. Entertainment includes an electric flamenco guitarist who will delight you during your meal with exciting melodies alongside a DJ in Dalhia Lounge who will lead the New Year countdown! And from the windows of the restaurant and the Dalhia Lounge balcony, you’ll take in spectacular views of Walt Disney World Resort with glimpses of incredible Disney fireworks displays in the distance.

Make your reservations online today!

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Mezzanotte at Topolino’s: An Italian Masquerade at Disney’s Riviera Resort

Wear your most luxurious red finery as you step into this elegant rooftop restaurant and don custom colorful masks at this special New Year’s Eve party. This Italian masquerade ball comes alive with an exciting DJ, Champagne toasts, and traditional musicians and vocalists from the Italian Riviera, all while featuring buffet displays, á la carte tapas-style dishes, and action stations where our Disney chefs create your dish right in front of you! You’ll also enjoy spectacular sights as neighboring Disney fireworks displays light up the night.

Make you reservations online today!

Elegant Evening Under the Stars at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Ring in the New Year at Disney’s Contemporary Resort with An Elegant Evening Under the Stars at the California Grill. Take in a bubbling Champagne toast in a setting inspired by the twinkling lights and lush greenery of California wine country. Be mesmerized by a sleight-of-hand magician, or have your portrait drawn by an artist on hand. Indulge in decadent delicacies as you mingle with a host of eccentric personalities, and marvel at the dazzling view of fireworks from one of the most sought-after lookouts in Central Florida. You might even catch a glimpse of a few familiar pals as they make a special appearance to celebrate the New Year!

Make your reservations online today!

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations Throughout The Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Celebration at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

This extraordinary soiree will be filled with sensational cuisine, live music, dancing and unique photo opportunities. The Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort becomes the setting for a sensational evening where you can wander through tempting tasting stations and indulge in an assortment of libations for party-goers of all ages before partying it up on the dance floor. Delight in a stunning display of culinary sorcery and personal interactions with the Disney Chefs as they build sensational bites right before your eyes inspired by Disney signature restaurants from across Walt Disney World Resort. With a live band providing the backdrop, you’ll be able to dance and dine all the way to the New Year. At midnight, celebrate with a toast at a special ground-level viewing area near the porte cochére while you take in the spectacular sights of the famous New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Magic Kingdom Park

Make your reservations online today!

Ink & Paint Club at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

You can book a pre-party add-on for the Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Eve Celebration. This special reception is inspired by the iconic Walt Disney Animation Studios Ink and Paint Department. You’ll also enjoy a private area throughout the evening and, after 11 p.m., an exclusive outdoor private viewing of the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks complete with desserts and a Champagne toast. You might even see some familiar friends hanging out for fun photo opportunities!

NOTE: This experience is only available as a combined event ticket with Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Eve Celebration. For further details and to make reservations, visit the Disney Ink & Paint Club page.

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Celebration

Take a trip down memory lane to your own playful beginnings with the Pixar friends. From toys and monsters to supers and adventurers, ignite your childhood memories at this exciting event filled with family fun and delicious food!

Located on the second level of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you’ll find two ballrooms have been transformed to immerse you in the imaginative world of Pixar.

Meet some of your favorite characters, dance with an interactive DJ, go to Boot Camp with Sarge and enjoy other fun-filled activities. You can also chow down on a Pixar-inspired buffet featuring dishes like Ratatouille, white cheddar baked mac and cheese, slow roasted beef tenderloin, crème brûlée tarts and much more. At the end of the night, step outside to a special ground-level viewing area near the porte cochére to enjoy the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Magic Kingdom Park

This event occurs on Dec. 30 (reservations still available) and Dec. 31 (SOLD OUT). Make your reservations online today

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Disney’s BoardWalk Countdown to 2020 at Atlantic Dance Hall

Tons of fun and a late-night party will be on tap at the Atlantic Dance Hall this New Year’s Eve! Kick off the brand-new year with rockin’ music, tasty treats, and a dash of Disney magic as you count down to midnight. This festive holiday celebration includes views of the Epcot Fireworks a live DJ, party hats and horns, a confetti drop, a mouthwatering light-bite menu with savory and sweet eats, and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. 

Make your reservations online today!

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New Year’s Eve at Flying Fish

Celebrate the arrival of the New Year with family and friends surrounded in an atmosphere of elegance as you dine on a multi-course, prix fixe menu created by award-winning Chef Tim Majoras. Seatings are available from 5-6:30pm and 8:30-10pm on Dec. 31, with a sustainable seafood tower and intermezzo included in the second seating. 

Make your reservations online today!

A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Be sure to check out this incredible opportunity to revel in the festivities while tantalizing your taste buds with a special New Year’s Eve dinner waterside at Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Reserve an earlier dinner time for a relaxed, casually elegant experience. Later dinner times amp up the fun with an upbeat three-piece band and a dance floor. 

Make your reservations to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019 at Disney World by calling 407-824-1391.

8 Gingerbread Displays at Disney World for the 2019 Holiday Season

8 Gingerbread Displays at Disney World for the 2019 Holiday Season

From the Disney Parks Blog:

We love the holiday season at Disney World! And, as always, Disney’s pastry chefs have outdone themselves! With displays at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as Aulani and aboard each Disney Cruise Line ship, there are dazzling gingerbread displays wherever you go! Here’s all the info you need to know on this year’s eight holiday gingerbread displays at Disney World, from finding your favorite displays to purchasing holiday sweets. And be sure to look out for some exclusive merchandise, including limited edition pins, ornaments, mugs, headbands and more themed to each of the displays, which can be found at the merchandise shops in each resort’s lobby while supplies last.

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Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Gingerbread Display

New this year is a gingerbread display at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Escape to the rustic majesty of America’s Great Northwest! This gingerbread cabin is inspired by the turn-of-the-century National Park lodges and even features a familiar bear named Humphrey hanging out right in front of the display. Set inside the lobby, the cabin is nestled beside a murmuring creek among the resort’s towering totem poles right next to a stone hearth fireplace and the majestic seven-story Christmas tree. If you look closely, you might just find a few hidden Mickeys! 

Holiday Treats for Sale:

  • Gingerbread Man Kits
  • Gingerbread Pine Tree
  • Chocolate Pine Cones
  • Reindeer Food
  • Gluten-Friendly Gingerbread Man
  • Spiced Moose Cookie
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Apple Cider
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Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Gingerbread Display

Another new display this year comes to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Here you’ll find a holiday village themed to the Saratoga Springs, New York complete with a carousel in the park. You’ll also be able to purchase sugar cookies and gingerbread man cookies! 

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Walt Disney World Resort – Disney Springs Gingerbread Display

Located in the popular Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs, this storefront display depicts a miniature version of the pastry shop and a miniature kitchen. This adorable gingerbread house will be on display starting Nov. 25, 2018, and will be up through the end of December. And when you stop by the shop to see it for yourself, you can indulge in one of the many holiday offerings available:

  • Holiday Petit Cake – Morello Cherry, Chantilly, Chocolate Chiffon Cake, and Dark Chocolate Mousse
  • Yule Log Dessert – Red Velvet Cake with Spice Cream Cheese Icing 
  • Ornament Macaron – With Milk Chocolate Peppermint Ganache
  • Ornament Pastry – Bourbon Hot Chocolate Mousse, Marshmallow, and Chocolate Chiffon Cake
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Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Gingerbread Display

Representing the fun restaurants and shops located along Disney’s Boardwalk, this gingerbread display is in the lobby of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. The display will be up through the end of December. In this display, the BoardWalk Bakery takes center stage with Chef Mickey at the helm! You’ll also be able to snack on festive sweets available for purchase nearby the display:

  • Decorated Mickey and Minnie Sugar Cookies
  • Jumbo Coconut Macaron
  • White and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  • Zimsterne Sugar Stars
  • Spitz Kuchen
  • Mini Contessa Cookies
  • Spitz Lerkerli
  • Stollen
  • Drinking Chocolate
  • Gingerbread Martini
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Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Castle

For the 10th Anniversary of Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Display, Cinderella and Prince Charming greet guests as they come to visit the fanciful gingerbread castle set on an “it’s a small world” backdrop. This 18-foot tall display is located on the 4th floor concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The castle is crafted from thousands of gingerbread blocks, rolled fondant, and modeling chocolate and features a rolled fondant Fairy Godmother and a display box featuring Cinderella’s glass slipper. The display will be up through January 5, 2020. Be sure to come by and see it, and try to find the nine hidden Mickeys and ten images highlighting ‘it’s a small world’ and ‘Frozen 2’ to celebrate the 10th Anniversary! As a tribute to Mary Blair, you might even see the famous five-legged goat! And available for purchase at the Gingerbread Hut nearby are holiday sweets such as:

  • Tree-Shaped Sugar Cookie
  • No-Sugar-Added Cookie
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cookie
  • Chocolate Pecan Cookie
  • Linzer Cookie
  • Gingerbread Boy
  • Gluten-Friendly Gingerbread Boy
  • Gingerbread Shingle
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate
  • Frozen Apple Cider 
  • Alcohol Floaters available for Frozen Drinks
  • Plant-Based Gingerbread Loaf
  • 10th Anniversary Cookie Box of Assorted Guest Favorites
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Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Gingerbread House

As always, the iconic Grand Floridian Gingerbread House fills the resort’s lobby with sugary-sweet scents! This life-size gingerbread house will be up throughout the holiday season. Featuring hidden Mickeys, gingerbread shingles, and more, this 14-foot tall display also houses a little sweet shop selling freshly baked house-made items such as:

  • Gingerbread Shingles
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Stollen
  • Christmas Tree Brownie
  • S’mores Cookie
  • Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
  • Gingerbread Ornaments
  • Mini Gingerbread Houses
  • Assorted Gingerbread Cookie Bags
  • Lollipops
  • Grand Floridian Combo Box
  • Snowman Donut
  • Aurora’s Gifts (petit fours)
  • Grand Floridian Cake Pop
  • Gluten-free Plant-Based Gingerbread Boy
  • Gluten-Free Plant-Based Mint Cookie
  • No-Sugar-Added Cookies

You can also enjoy a Gingerbread House Decorating Demo conducted in front of the display daily Dec. 1-25, 2019. 

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Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel

This life-sized spinning carousel is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The display features Peter Pan-themed carousel horses decorated with hand-crafted chocolate, sugar, and fondant as well as hand-crafted gingerbread shingles and snowflakes. Can you spot all 20 hidden Mickeys? Treats for sale include:

  • Gingerbread Shingles
  • Gingerbread Mickey Cookie
  • Paint-Your-Own Sugar Cookie
  • Stollen Bread Loaves
  • Holiday Cookie Bags
  • Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  • Plant-Based Chocolate Mint Cookie
  • Plant-Based Gingerbread Cookie
  • Chocolate Lollipops
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Walt Disney World Resort – The American Adventure Gingerbread Display at Epcot

This patriotic gingerbread display features the United States Capitol Building as well as the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and a seven-foot gingerbread Washington Monument topped with golden Mickey ears. Located in The American Adventure at Epcot, the display contains six hidden Mickeys and is made with over 50 pounds of gingerbread and 20 pounds of icing! You can visit this display throughout the holiday season at Epcot starting on Nov. 29. 

For more information on the holidays at Disney World, be sure to check out the top six reasons you need to visit Disney World for the 2019 holiday season!

Holiday Kitchen Menus for the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Holiday Kitchen Menus for the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

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The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Presented by AdventHealth returns to the park on Friday, November 29! Celebrating joyous holiday traditions from around the globe, this year’s festival runs from November 29 through December 30, 2019 and features a variety of yuletide decorations, flavors, family-friendly activities, and of course, the wondrous “Candlelight Processional.”

In addition to enjoying the stirring retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a choir and a 50-piece orchestra, special dining packages are also available for this experience every night throughout the festival. The Candlelight Dining Package allows you to enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner with guaranteed seating that night during the show. These reservations fill up fast, so be sure to make yours today via the My Disney Experience mobile app or by visiting the Walt Disney World Resort website.

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The official Holiday Cookie Stroll is also returning this year with yummy cookies galore! Purchase any five 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 activity is great for the kids, and can be completed at your own leisure. You can even bring back your stamped Passport to Epcot at any time during the festival to complete your stroll. And what’s more, there’s a variety of new cookies for you to enjoy this year!

And now – onto the FOOD! If you’re wanting all the info on the menus for the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, you’ve come to the right place! This list is fresh out of the oven and jam-packed with unique dishes, holiday cocktails, and seasonal beverages as well as the classics like cookies, eggnog, gingerbread treats, hot cocoa, and more. Check out all the yummy details below! 

Please note that GF indicates “Gluten/Wheat Friendly” items while KA indicates Kid-approved items

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Feast of the Three Kings (Near the Mexico Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives (GF)  
  • Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce (GF) 
  • Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco (GF, KA)
  • Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds (GF)  
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (non-alcoholic, KA)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Tres Reyes Mango Golden, Doral, FL
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater 
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Holiday Sweets & Treats (Promenade Refreshments):

Food Items:

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy (GF, KA)
  • Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic, KA)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea (non-alcoholic) 
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL
  • Hot Cocoa with Assorted Cordials (Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Liqueur or Fireball Cinnamon Whisky) 
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka
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L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (Between Morocco and France):

Food Items:

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard 
  • Smoked Salmon Potato Latke 
  • Potato Latkes with Sour Cream (KA)
  • Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts
  • Black and White Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Seltzer (non-alcoholic) 
  • Shmaltz Brewing Company Chanukah Hanukkah Pass the Beer, Clifton Park, NY 
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail 
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Refreshment Port (Near the Canada Pavilion):

Food Items:

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

Beverage Items:

  • T.G. Lee Eggnog (non-alcoholic) 
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog with Spiced Rum 
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Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada Pavilion)

Food Items:

  • Seared Verlasso Salmon with Crown Royal Maple Whisky Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant 
  • Canadian Wild Rice and Ham Soup with Almonds served with a Pretzel Roll 
  • Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple Mousse rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake with Cranberry Sauce and Pecan Crumble 
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Frozen Coffee (non-alcoholic)
  • Unibroue Éphémère Cassis
  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
  • Inniskillin Pearl Vidal Icewine
  • Inniskillin Gold Oak Icewine
  • Frozen Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky
  • Icewine Flight also available

Canada Popcorn Cart (Canada Pavilion)

  • Pecan Maple Bark with Maple Sugar

UK Beer Cart (United Kingdom Pavilion)

  • Mulled Cider: Strongbow Apple Cider, Twinings Orange and Cinnamon Herbal Tea, Pimms No. 1, and Apple Juice with Star Anise (served warm) 

UK Tea Caddy (United Kingdom Pavilion):

  • Twinings Iced Christmas Toddy: Twinings Iced Christmas Tea with Honey (non-alcoholic, KA) 
  • Twinings Iced Christmas Toddy: Twinings Iced Christmas Tea with Honey and Drambuie  

Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Rillette de Saumon: Salmon Spread with House-made bread
  • 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 with Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Caramel Ganache (KA)

Beverage Items:

  • Sparkling Rosé Veuve Dubarry Cuvée Prestige
  • Syrah, Grand Vallon, Charles Brotte
  • Kir Imperial: Sparkling Wine and Chambord Liqueur
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Grey Goose Vanilla, Vodka, and Chocolate Milk

L’Artisan des Glaces (France Pavilion):

  • Glace au Pain d’Epices: Gingerbread Ice Cream with Gingerbread Pieces (KA)

Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles (France Pavilion):

  • Bûche de Noël au Chocolat: Chocolate Christmas Log with Chocolate Orange Cream Mousse and Chocolate Crunch Biscuit (KA)

Sapphire Holiday Kitchen (Morocco Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab and Grapes with Euro Cucumber, Red Pepper, Pickled Pearl Onions, 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 and Chocolate Sauce

Beverage Items:

  • Casa Beer
  • Bonassia 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

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan Pavilion):

Food Items:

  •  Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Hot Dashi Soup with Kakiage (Vegetable Tempura) and Chopped Green Onion
  • Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura, and Yellowtail with Vegetables decorated on a bed of Rice
  • Matcha Crème Brûlée: Creamy Green Tea Custard with a Caramelized Sugar Crust topped with Mochi, Strawberry, and Red Bean Jam

Beverages:

  • Ichigo Milk Boba (non-alcoholic): Strawberry Cream Drink with Japanese Calpico and popping Strawberry Boba Pearls
  • Sapporo Draft Beer
  • Tsubaki Whiskey Sour: Plum Wine with Whiskey, Cranberry Juice, and Lemon 
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American Holiday Table (The American Adventure):

Food Items:

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce(KA)
  • Hand-carved Smoked Ham with Green Beans and Sweet Potato Casserole (GF, KA)
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Whisky-Caramel Sauce 
  • Gingerbread Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic, KA)
  • 81Bay Brewing Company Cinnamon Cranberry Orange Wheat Ale, Tampa, FL 
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL 
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Peppermint Chocolate Porter, Titusville, FL 
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps
  • Holiday Beer Flight also available 
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Funnel Cake (The American Adventure):

  • Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake

Fife & Drum (The American Adventure):

Food Items:

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

Block & Hans (The American Adventure):

Beverage Items:

  • Orlando Brewing Blonde Ale, Orlando, FL
  • Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington, KY
  • Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Milton, DE
  • Spiked Frozen Apple Pie: Minute Maid Apple Juice, Monin Cinnamon Syrup and Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine 

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Bianca Neve: Italian Flatbread, Mozzarella, and Parmesan (KA)
  • La Genovese: Rustic Flatbread, Vidalia Onions, White Wine Braised Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mozzarella
  • Collezione Barilla: Pennette Pasta, Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Creamy Sauce (KA)
  • Crespelle di Mele: Cinnamon Apple Fritters with a Vanilla Sauce Drizzle and Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Bacio al Cioccolato: Warm Hazelnut Chocolate Cake with Caramelized Berry Sauce
  • Panettone Mignon: Miniature Traditional Italian Christmas Fruitcake

Beverage Items:

  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
  • Pinot Grigio, Santa Marina
  • Chianti, Gabbiano
  • Prosecco, Villa Sandi
  • Corbinello, Montegrande
  • Moscato Fior D’Arancio, Montegrande
  • Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
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Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Potato Dumpling with Mushroom Sauce (KA)
  • Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce and Spätzle 
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes (KA)
  • Black Forest Roulade with Cherry Whipped Cream  
  • Linzer Cookie 

Beverages:

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

Prost! (Germany Pavilion):

Beverages:

  • M.I.A. Beer Company White Christmas IPA, Doral, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing 70 Degree Winter Weizen, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Shipyard Candy Cane Coffee Porter, Clearwater, FL
  • Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale, San Francisco, CA 
  • Barrel of Monks Brewing Figgy Terno, Boca Raton, FL 
  • Castle Church Brewing Here I Stand Stout, Orlando, FL 
  • Beer Flights also available

Refreshment Outpost (African Outpost):

Food Items:

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

Beverage Items:

  • Coca-Cola Cinnamon Float (non-alcoholic, KA) 
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls (KA)
  • Mongolian Beef Bao Bun and a Fortune Cookie 
  • Celebration Barbecue Pork with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie
  • Chengdu Spicy Street Fries 

Beverage Items:

  • Tsingtao Beer 
  • Firework: Jose Cuervo Tequila Gold, Vodka, Mango Syrup, Orange Juice and Soda Water 
  • Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk and Boba 
  • The Lucky Mo: Peach Schnapps, Peach Syrup, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice and Coconut Milk 

Norway- Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway Pavilion):

  • Traditional Holiday Rice Cream
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Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Giant Tostada de Puerco: Braised Pork served on a Giant Tostada with Chipotle Black Bean Spread, Guajillo Sauce, Queso Fresco, Crema Mexicana, Pickled Onion, and topped with Chicharrón Dust (GF) 
  • Tamal de Pollo: Braised Chipotle Chicken served in a Corn Masa with Yellow Mole and topped with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Queso Cotija and Crema Mexicana (GF, KA) 
  • Horchata Cheesecake: Creamy Rice Cheesecake served with Cajeta Sauce 

Beverages:

  • Holiday Cider: Hard Apple Cider with Cinnamon-infused Tequila
  • Mexican Fruit Punch: Mezcal, Red Wine, and Blackcurrant Liqueur infused with Star Anise, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger and Orange Peel (served warm)
  • Horchata Margarita: Tequila, Horchata Rum, Cinnamon Whisky, and Agua de Horchata served on the rocks

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company:

Future World East: Choco-Latte: Latte with Chocolate Sauce and Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur 

Canada: Ginger Chai Madness: Chai Latte with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur and Gingerbread Syrup 

Showcase Plaza: Coconut Snowstorm: Latte with RumChata and Coconut Syrup 

The American Adventure: Toffee Coffee: Latte with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur and Sea Salt Caramel Toffee Sauce 

The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays starts November 29 and runs through December 30, 2019, so be sure to come on out and feast on these delicious yuletide offerings! For more information on the festival and to make reservations, visit EpcotHolidays.com

Heading to Disneyland Resort for the holidays instead! Don’t miss Disneyland’s Festival of the Holidays!

Enjoy the New Sanaa Kuamsha Breakfast at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge from 7-10 am

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Sanaa is one of the most popular restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort, known for its incredible bread service, African-inspired cuisine and, of course, its incredible views of the lush Sunset Savannah. It is here that you can sit back and enjoy a delectable meal while taking in the spectacular views of African wildlife right outside the windows of the restaurant. With animals including gazelle, zebras, kudu, giraffes, ostriches, cranes, and more, they’re sure to make your meal a memorable experience. 

The restaurant currently offers wonderful table-service dining for both lunch and dinner, but did you know that Sanaa now features a delicious breakfast menu? Recently, the talented chefs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge created the Sanaa Kuamsha Breakfast – served from 7:00am to 10:00am – for those guests looking for an early-morning meal. Highlighting a variety of different flavors inspired by authentic African cuisine, this new dining experience transforms Sanaa into a casual quick-service restaurant featuring grab-and-go options as well as a few familiar dishes with a unique twist that you can only find at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. 

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When you approach the counter, you’ll be greeted with a variety of grab-and-go items including yogurt parfaits, fruit plates, banana bread with house-made African chocolate-hazelnut spread, and more. And if you’re looking for a heartier, sit-down dining experience, you can browse a full menu of entrees which can be ordered at the counter and brought directly to your table! 

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On the entrée menu, you’ll find several familiar dishes complemented with unique African flavors. These dishes include Eggs Benedict (with two brown poached eggs, farmer’s ham, spice route hollandaise, arugula, and berries), Shahi Tukra French Toast (with saffron-scented sultan raisins, whipped chai cream, and almonds), and the Methi Paratha Wrap, which features scrambled eggs, potatoes masala, gouda, chermoula, and papaya achar. And for a plant-based option, you can try the Enriching Grains and Fruit dish with mixed grains, seasonal fruit, South African rusk, and coconut milk yogurt. 

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The Boere Breakfast is another incredible plate with two cage-free eggs, African home fries, house-made boerewors sausage, bacon, and a coconut drop biscuit. 

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For the kids, they can enjoy the Kid’s Explorer Platter with one cage-free egg served any style, African home fries, bacon, and a coconut drop biscuit. Or they can chow down on some classic Mickey waffles and bacon! 

Sanaa is located in Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Sanaa Kuamsha Breakfast is offered 7-10am and reservations are not required. If you’re dining for the lunch or dinner period, reservations are highly encouraged. For more information and to make reservations, check out the My Disney Experience mobile app or visit the Walt Disney World Resort website. And with the holiday season upon us, be sure to make your reservations today, as bookings fill up fast! 

Sneak Peek of New Plant Based Dishes at Disney World

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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