Top 30 Places to Visit on Oahu During your Hawaii Vacation

places to visit on Oahu

A Hawaii vacation is on so many people’s bucket lists! From gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, world class beaches, and a rich culture and history, it isn’t hard to see why. Oahu is the most populous of the Hawaiian islands and truly offers something for visitors of all ages. Today, we wanted to share with you 30 places to visit on Oahu during your Hawaii vacation.

Honolulu

Waikiki Beach

Located on the south shore of Honolulu, the world-famous Waikiki Beach offers a sandy beach full of coral and seashells along with calm waters, which are perfect for a surfing lesson. High-end boutiques, shops, and restaurants are just steps away. After the Waikiki sunset, the fun continues with amazing nightlife and live music. Don’t miss the photo op with the Duke Kahanamoku Statue, either.

Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi) sits prominently near the eastern edge of Waikiki’s coastline and is arguably Hawaii’s most recognized landmark. Diamond Head State Monument offers an historic hiking trail, stunning coastal views, and military history. It is open from 6 am to 6 pm daily, including holidays. The last entrance to hike is at 4:30pm. Gates lock at 6:00pm daily.

Honolulu Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo is 42 acres and home to 905 different animals from the tropics. Komodo Dragons, orangutans, elephants, primates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and a variety of African animals can be seen daily. The Honolulu Zoo is the only zoo in the United States that originated in a King’s grant of royal lands. The Honolulu Zoo is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily, day except Christmas Day.

places to visit on Oahu

International Marketplace

Just steps away from Waikiki Beach, you can visit the International Marketplace. Here, you’ll find over 80 stores in addition to Waikīkī’s largest collection of restaurants on their open-air Grand Lānai. With extraordinary eateries from award-winning chefs like Michael Mina and Roy Yamaguchi, the next chapter in your culinary journey is just around the corner. Bring your appetite and let your culinary story unfold.

Waikiki Aquarium

Located on a live coral reef, the Waikiki Aquarium is home to 460 species of marine life with a creature count of over 3,000. You’ll find fish, sharks, and the only chambered nautilus born in captivity, among others. The Waikīkī Aquarium is the second-oldest public aquarium in the United States. The Aquarium is open every day, except Christmas and New Year’s Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ala Moana Center

The refreshing Hawaiian wind blows through Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest open-air shopping center. There are more than 350 shops and restaurants to explore, including four department stores, first-class boutiques and over 160 dining options. The center’s retailers specialize in everything from casual wear to unique Hawaii surf gear, Aloha shirts, swimsuits and much more. Join us for a shopping excursion in paradise, and don’t forget to enjoy the hula and ukulele performances.

Manoa Falls

The Manoa Falls trail is a 1.6 mile well maintained path through the rainforest, ending at a stunning water fall. The beginning of the trail crosses over a footbridge and then crosses a small stream through a grove of Eucalyptus trees. The trail gradually ascends through a lush rainforest ending at a viewing area set back from the base of the falls. There is a low rock wall and suspended cable with signs indicating the danger of landslide and instructing hikers to not go beyond that point. The trail ends at a graveled viewing area from which the public may view the waterfall and pool. Because of its location and its relatively easy terrain and short length, Manoa Falls Trail is one of the most popular hikes on Oahu.

Hawaii State Art Museum

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM) has some of the best contemporary art from across the state of Hawaiʻi. The museum cafe, Artizen by MW, is open for breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. The museum shop, HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI, features artwork and gift items made by local artists and artisans. HiSAM is a venue for the Art in Public Places Program of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Most of the collection is on display in public buildings, including libraries, schools, and state offices. Artworks in the collection are primarily contemporary works by artists with a connection to Hawai‘i. Admission is always free. The museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and with extended hours on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9 pm.The museum is closed on Sunday and on state and federal holidays.

Bishop Museum

Honolulu’s Bishop Museum is Hawaii’s largest museum dedicated to studying and preserving the history of Hawaii and the Pacific. Originally designed to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a descendant of King Kamehameha I, the museum is now the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. One of Oahu’s most historic places, the museum holds millions of artifacts, documents and photos about Hawaii and other Polynesian cultures. The museum is open seven days a week (excluding some holidays) with regular hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

places to visit on Oahu

Honolulu Museum of Art

The Honolulu Museum of Art’s evolving collection comprises more than 50,000 works that span from the Bronze Age to the present. From free custom tours to a detailed gallery guide, the Honolulu Museum of Art has all the tools to help you get the most out of your visit.

Lyon Arboretum

Lyon Arboretum is part of the University of Hawaiʻi and a public botanical garden. Nestled in the back of Mānoa Valley, this nearly 200-acre tropical rainforest is just five miles from the bustle of Waikiki. Lyon Arboretum has over seven miles of hiking trails and boasts more than 6,000 taxa of tropical and sub-tropical plants on our nearly 200 acres. Lyon Arboretum is open to the public Mondays – Fridays, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturdays, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. They are closed Sundays and for state and federal holidays.

Iolani Palace

‘Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu on the Island of Oahu is the only royal palace in the United States and is an enduring symbol of Hawaiian independence. It was the official residence and capitol of the last ruling monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawai’i – King Kalakaua and his sister Queen Lili’uokalani. After the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i in 1893, the building was used as the capitol for the various Hawaiian governments.

Queen Emma Summer Palace

Hānaiakamalama (The Southern Cross), or Queen Emma Summer Palace, served as a summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii from 1857 to 1885, as well as for her husband King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward. It is a now a historic landmark, museum, and tourist site preserved by the Daughters of Hawai‘i. Queen Emma Summer Palace was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The Palace is open seven days a week and offers guided tours for a fee.

Punchbowl Crater

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in the Punchbowl Crater, is a beautiful place to visit if you want to honor and pay your respects to more than 25,000 veterans who fought throughout of the nation’s conflicts. This 112-acre cemetery, which was built in the basin of an extinct volcanic tuff cone. The creation of this natural “punchbowl” dates back almost 100,000 years and is the result of an infusion of molten hot lava erupting through cracks within the area’s old coral reefs.

North Shore

places to visit on Oahu

Laniakea Beach (also known as Turtle Beach)

There are actually a few beaches along the North Shore of Hawaii where you can often find green sea turtles. We personally enjoy Laniakea Beach. It’s not too far from Haleiwa and is a reasonable drive, especially if there is a lot of traffic on Kamehameha Highway. If you have more time, you can drive further north to Turtle Beach, Waimea Bay, or Pupukea Beach. Please, do remember to keep your distance though and do not to touch the turtles.

Haleiwa

Haleiwa is a beautiful little beach town. There are a number of shops and restaurants within walking distance where you can find fun and authentic souvenirs. You can also find a great variety of food trucks, home of the infamous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck . We don’t think any trip to Haleiwa is complete without a stop at Matsumoto Shave Ice.

Banzai Pipeline

The Banzai Pipeline is in Pupukea. It is known to offer some of the best waves for surfing in the world. Many of the world’s biggest surfing competitions are held here including the Billabong Pipe Masters and Volcom Pipe Pro, among others. The waves are largest in the winter, but the sights are beautiful year round.

Waimea Valley

Located on Wamiea Valley Road, across from Waimea Bay, this beautiful treasure is rich in Hawaiian history and cultural sites, nestled in a stunning botanical garden. Experience more than 5,000 botanicals along a paved path to the 45-foot waterfall. Along the way there are cultural practitioners and artisans sharing various native Hawaiian practices. Waimea Valley is a lush 1,875 acre privately owned property and a non-profit organization. Open daily 9am to 5pm from September to May and 9am to 5:30pm in the summer.

Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii’s #1 visitor attraction, has 6 island villages representing the unique island cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga. Set on 42 acres along Oahu’s North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center has a lagoon that hosts daily canoe tours and an exciting cultural Canoe Pageant. Their award-winning Ali’i Luau takes guests on a journey to learn about Hawaii’s royalty while enjoying traditional Polynesian food and entertainment. You can also enjoy an immersive cinema presentation “Hawaiian Journey”, a tribute to the splendors of Hawaii. Visit the Hukilau Marketplace to shop for various Hawaiian and island-themed centered handiworks, clothing, jewelry, and treats. End your day by attending the “Ha: Breath of Life” show, featuring over 100 performers and the thrill of Samoan fireknife dancing. The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday from 11:45a – 9:30p. Packages start at $64.95.

places to visit on Oahu

Dole Plantation

Originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989. Dole Plantation provides enjoyable activities for the entire family, including the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze. Also popular are informational displays and presentations, as well as their plantation country store offering a wide variety of Dole Plantation gifts, local favorites, foods and refreshments including the world-famous DoleWhip®. And, before you leave you can purchase fresh pineapple to take home.

Windward Coast

Hanauma Bay

Formed within a volcanic cone, Hanauma Bay offers a pristine marine ecosystem and was even voted the Best Beach in the United States for 2016. A marine education center requires first-time visitors to watch a 9 minute video before entering the park so they can learn about the marine life, preservation and safety rules for the park. All visitors are required by law to refrain from mistreating the marine animals and from touching or walking on the coral. Hanauma Bay is closed every Tuesday so that the fish and bay have 1 day of undisturbed rest. Hanauma Bay entrance opens at 6am and closes at 6pm daily.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve is home to 4,000 acres of natural beauty. You can enjoy a variety of adventures here including ATV tours, kayaking, horseback riding, trolley tours, and so much more. Visit Ka’a’awa Valley, known as Hollywood’s “Hawaii Backlot,” to see where over 50 of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies and TV shows were filmed.

Byodo-In Temple

The Byodo-In Temple is located at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. The resting place for many of Hawaii’s departed, Valley of the Temples’ hilly landscape is scattered with hundreds of freshly placed tropical flowers to remember loved ones. The Byodo-In Temple is scale replica of a temple in Uji Japan and made entirely without nails. The Temple Grounds are open 8:30am – 5:00pm daily. Last entrance to Temple Grounds is 4:45pm.

Koko Crater Trail

Stretched across nearly 2 miles of Koko Crater in the Windward Coast region of Oahu, this hiking trail features more than 1,000 steps made from abandoned railroad ties. It is quite steep and a rather difficult climb for kids or beginners. At the trail’s summit, visitors will find panoramic vistas of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Diamond Head State Monument. Plant collections occupy sixty acres of the inner slopes and basin of this 200-acre crater.  

places to visit on Oahu

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail

The Makapu‘u Point trail, within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, offers outstanding views of O‘ahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trail’s destination at Makapu‘u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the lighthouse itself is off-limits). On a clear day, you may even see Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the ‘iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird. This trail is an excellent place to view migrating humpback whales in season (November – May). Binoculars are suggested for viewing the whales and seabirds. An interpretive sign and viewing scope along the trail help you view and identify the whales seen from this location.

Sea Life Park

Sea Life Park is Hawaii’s #1 marine life and wild animal park, offering fun and educational animal experiences for the entire family. With a focus on education and conservation, our shows, exhibits and interactive programs offer thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime up-close encounters, like swimming with dolphins, sharks, and more! There are educational activities and field trips, great family dining options, many special events including the nightly Ka Moana Lū‘au, and of course, the best place to swim with dolphins in Oahu. Whether you’re seeking a hands-on experience, or you prefer to enjoy the excitement from a distance, Sea Life Park will show you where the heart meets the sea.

Lanikai Beach

Lanikai, or “heavenly sea” in Hawaiian, Beach is known for clear turquoise water, a powdery white sand beach, and balmy breezes. It is a particularly good swimming beach. Lanikai Beach offers a picturesque setting, with palm trees lining the backshore and the nearby twin islands of Mokumanu and Mokulua offshore.

Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach allows visitors to rent a kayak, rent a guide, or rent equipment for windsurfing, kitesurfing, boogie boarding or snorkeling. The Kalapawai Market, a vintage beachfront grocery, stocks everything anyone needs for a picnic. This is a beach made for a day trip—and then another one. Kailua Bay’s protective reef allows for safe kayaking and the opportunity to paddle to Mokulua Islands, a bird sanctuary located on a pair of tiny islands with a small beach. You’ll paddle through calm waters with coral reefs and large sea turtles for company. There are generally no significantly hazardous ocean or beach conditions at Kailua Beach, except the occasional presence of Portuguese man-of-war.

Leeward Coast

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

At the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, you can learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. You can visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, except Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The visitor center is free and no tickets are required to see the museums and grounds.

Wet’n’Wild Hawaii

Wet’n’Wild Hawaii is one of Oahu’s top 10 most visited family attractions and has been voted Best of Honolulu Magazine’s “Best Family Attraction.” Located in Kapolei, Oahu’s “Second City”, the park features more than 25 exhilarating attractions. Nestled on 29-acres in lush tropical landscaping and natural cliffs, you will find a different adventure in each corner ideal for families and thrill seekers alike.

Where are your favorite places to visit on Oahu? Did we miss any?

Looking for a little taste of the islands at home? Try this egg white vegetable frittata recipe from Aulani!

The Complete List of Character Meals at Disney World

Character Meals at Disney World

I am often asked by my guests what are their options for character dining experiences at Disney World so I have compiled a list of the character meals at Disney World. Please keep in mind that many of these locations are very popular with guests and all accept advanced dining reservations up to 180 days in arrival.

Character Meals in the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot

  • You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White
  • They serve an American breakfast and Norwegian inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner.

Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom

  • You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner with Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, and Jasmine.
  • They serve a royal feast with American favorites.

The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom

  • You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.
  • They serve a bountiful buffet full of American favorites

Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot

  • You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale.
  • They serve a family style feast full of farm fresh picks.

Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios

  • You can enjoy breakfast with Disney Junior friends- Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, and Roadster Racer Goofy
  • You can enjoy lunch and dinner with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy in seasonal attire
  • They serve a variety of seasonal American dishes.
  • You can book a Fantasmic! Dining Package to enjoy a reserved viewing area for that evening’s show.

Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner with Donald, Mickey, Goofy, and Daisy in their safari gear.
  • They serve an African inspired buffet.
  • You can even book a Rivers of Light Dining Package to enjoy a reserved viewing area of that evening’s show.

Character Meals in the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

  • You can enjoy breakfast with Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh, and Tigger
  • You can enjoy dinner with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella
  • They serve a wide variety of cuisine from “kingdoms” all over the world.

Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • You can enjoy breakfast with Minnie, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy
  • They serve a full buffet including Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, seasoned potatoes, sausage, oatmeal and more.

Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • You can enjoy breakfast, brunch or dinner with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto.
  • They serve a full buffet of contemporary American cuisine.

‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • You can enjoy breakfast with Mickey, Pluto, Lilo, and Stitch.
  • They serve an American breakfast influenced by Polynesian flavors, right to your table.

Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • You can enjoy dinner with Snow White, Grumpy, Dopey, and the Evil Queen.
  • They serve a choice of individual plated entrées and shared starters and desserts.

Topolino’s Terrace- Flavors of the Riviera at Disney’s Riviera Resort

  • You can enjoy breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy.
  • They serve fresh pastries with your choice of entree.

Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

  • You can enjoy breakfast with Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Ryder.
  • They serve seasonal fruit, freshly baked pastries, and a plated breakfast entree.
Character Meals at Disney World

All of these locations (currently) participate in the Disney Dining Plan, Disney Dining Plan Plus, or Deluxe Dining Plan, but may require more than one credit or be removed altogether. Please check with Disney or your travel agent for the most up to date information. Characters are also subject to change.

What are your favorite character meals at Disney World?

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Star Wars Day

Eight Star Wars Inspired Activities to Celebrate Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be With You

Star Wars Day

Star Wars fans know that May 4 is Star Wars Day! This year’s Star Wars Day may look different for many of you than it might otherwise. We love to celebrate Star Wars Day in the Disney Parks, especially with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California. However, with both Disney World and Disneyland temporarily closed, we will be celebrating Star Wars Day at home. We have eight fun ideas and activities to help us celebrate Star Wars Day 2020.

Look the Part

Even if you’ll be spending the day at home, you can still wear your favorite Star Wars look! If you have a Star Wars costume, wear it! Or, just be sure to pull out your favorite Star Wars t-shirt at the least. Don’t forget to order your own Baby Yoda to remain by your side.

Watch the Star Wars films

Of course, there are the nine “episodes” comprising three Star Wars trilogies, but you can also watch other Star Wars films and series to celebrate. Rise of Skywalker will be coming to Disney+ today in addition to all eight of the preceding episodes. If you don’t have access to Disney+ or just want a physical copy, you can order Star Wars: The Complete Saga. You can also find The Clone Wars, The Mandalorian, Rogue One, and Star Wars Rebels, among others, on Disney+. Play Star Wars Bingo while watching the film for a little more interactive fun.

Build Star Wars Lego Sets

Star Wars Lego

There are Star Wars lego sets that are perfect for fans of all ages!

Here are some of our favorites:

If you’re looking for a real challenge, try the 1,351 piece Millennium Falcon!

Star Wars Coloring Sheets

Print and color your own Star Wars sheets! You’ll just need a printer and either crayons or colored pencils (or both).

Listen to the Soundtrack

You can relive the iconic music from Star Wars as it was intended to be experienced with Remastering the Score. Or, listen to the Best of Star Wars playlist. You can even check out the Rise of Skywalker soundtrack from the newest film.

Make Lightsaber Pretzels

Photo: Disney

You can make your own lightsaber pretzels at home with just pretzel rods and colored candy melts! First, you’ll need to heat the candy melt color of your choice until fully melted. Once melted, you will cover approximately 3/4 of the pretzel rod with the candy melt. Once dry, you can then heat black candy melts to cover the bottom of your pretzels for the handle of your lightsaber. You can find the full instructions here.

Play a Star Wars Game

There are a number of Star Wars versions of board games and Star Wars video games you can enjoy. Your kids will love playing Bop It! Chewie Edition, OPERATION: Star Wars Edition, Star Wars Guess Who, Star Wars Catch Phrase and Loopin’ Chewie with you. Gamers can check out Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order or LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and All fans will enjoy the Star Wars edition of Monopoly.

Learn to Draw Baby Yoda (AKA “The Child”)

Baby Yoda (or “The Child”) from The Mandalorian has stolen hearts all over the galaxy! And now you can learn how to draw your very own Baby Yoda! Cuddle up with some bone broth and a soft robe and learn to draw the adorable baby.

Photo: Disney

Bonus: From May 1-8, 2020, E.K. Johnston’s Queen’s Shadow will be available as free download. In the novel, Padmé Amidala, now a senator of Naboo, navigates the treacherous politics of the Galactic Senate and forges a new identity — beyond the queen’s shadow. Queen’s Shadow will be the subject of an upcoming installment of The Star Wars Show Book Club, and you can get your eBook copy right now at DisneyBooks.com.

Happy Star Wars Day! How will you celebrate?

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5 Ways to Take a Virtual Disney Vacation from Your Home

Thousands of guests have had to cancel or reschedule their Disney vacations this spring due to the global pandemic. Many were planning to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, first visit, or just being at Disney. We could all use some pixie dust and Disney magic to lift our spirits during these trying times. We have five ways that you can take a virtual Disney vacation from your own home while the parks are closed.

Virtual Disney Vacation

Set the Scene

You need to get all ready for your virtual Disney vacation! You and your home need to look the part!

Order a backdrop of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland or backdrop of Cinderella Castle at Disney World so you can feel like you’re in the middle of the magic. You will also need some music for your day! Check out the Disney Parks hits on Apple Music. You can also order the Walt Disney World Official Album or the Disney Theme Parks Classics CD.

Don’t forget to wear your Mickey ears or Minnie ear headbands! There are so many cute Minnie ear headbands available like these mint green ears with a pink bow, magic mirror metallic ears, flower ears, Epcot inspired with German flag ears, Buzz Lightyear ears, navy blue with pink polka dot ears, Mardi Gras ears, millennial pink ears, Disney Parks 2020 ears, or birthday ears.

You’ll also want your Disney shirts! Some of our favorites include this Never Grow Up shirt, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” shirt, Minnie Mouse polka dot t-shirt, Pizza Planet shirt, boys Toy Story shirts, Mickey Mouse sunset shirt, Hakuna Matata shirt, girls Disney Princess shirts, Star Wars shirt, and Villains shirt. This “I’m done adulting, let’s go to Disney” shirt may sum up all our sentiments perfectly.

You can also read about how the magic is made throughout the parks and resorts with the new One Day at Disney book.

Watch YouTube Videos of Rides, Shows, Parades, and Fireworks

You can feel like you’re actually in the parks with these virtual rides and shows. Here are a few videos to get your day started:

Magic Kingdom Park

Epcot

Hollywood Studios

Animal Kingdom

Disney World Water Parks

Virtual Disney Vacation

Disneyland Park

Disney California Adventure Park

Learn to Draw Your Favorite Disney Characters

There are free animation classes at both the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort Visit Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, or the Animation Academy in Disney California Adventure Park. Pretend that you are learning to draw with a Disney artist at home! Here are some characters to get you started:

Make Some Delicious Disney Treats

Disney snacks are AMAZING! You can taste a bit of the magic at home with the official Disney Parks recipes. Iconic churros are served throughout the parks at both the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Mickey Mouse- shaped beignets are served in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Resort and at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter at the Walt Disney World Resort. Both the chocolate-hazelnut tarts and grilled cheese sandwich are served at Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney Parks Churro Bites

Disney Parks Churro Bites
Photo: Disney

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Mickey Mouse-shaped Beignets

Mickey Mouse-shaped Beignets
Photo: Disney

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tarts (from Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tarts
Photo: Disney

Ingredients

Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts

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

Icing

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

Garnish

  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions

For Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

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

For Icing

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

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich (from Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich
Photo: Disney

Ingredients:

Cream Cheese Spread

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

Garlic Spread

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

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich

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

Instructions:

For Cream Cheese Spread:

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

For Garlic Spread:

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

For Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich:

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

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup (from Le Cellier Steakhouse at EPCOT)

Photo: Disney

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

The Grey Stuff

Photo: Disney

Ingredients: 

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

Directions: 

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

Tonga Toast from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort 

Photo: Disney

Ingredients: 

Sugar-Cinnamon 

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 

Batter 

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

Tonga Toast 

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

Directions: 

For Sugar-Cinnamon: 

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

For Batter: 

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

For Tonga Toast: 

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

Peanut Butter & Jelly Milk Shake from 50’s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photo: Disney

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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

Totchos from Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photo: Disney

Chili with Beans

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

Queso Sauce

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

Totchos

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

For Chili with Beans:

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

For Queso Sauce:

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

For Totchos:

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

Kitchen Sink from Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Photo: Disney

Ingredients: 

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

To Serve:

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

Make your Own Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Pirates League

Many of your little princesses, princes, pirates, and mermaids were looking forward to a makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Pirates League. You can still have a makeover at home! Order a costume and give your little one a pirate or princess inspired makeover.

PS- We always recommend bringing your own costume to these locations in the parks to save on the cost of your experience!

Here are some costume ideas:

Disney Princesses

Pirates

Here are some inspiration videos for your makeover:

After your Pirates League makeover, Pirate Mac can teach his newest recruits how to ready for life on the high seas here.

End Your Magical Virtual Disney Vacation with Happily Ever After

Our favorite way to end any day at Disney World is with Magic Kingdom’s nighttime spectacular, Happily Ever After. It is a beautiful show and the perfect “kiss goodnight.”

Watch as Cinderella Castle becomes a canvas for the heart-tugging story of the importance of chasing your dreams, no matter what, and finding your happily ever after.  

Have you had to cancel or reschedule your Disney vacation? We hope that these ideas for your virtual Disney vacation brought a little Disney magic to your home while we can’t enjoy the parks in person. When you’re ready to start planning your next adventure for the fall or holiday season or even 2021, we’re happy to help!

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25 Disney Lego Sets Under $25

Disney Lego Sets

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With the kids home from school, we are always looking for fun activities to keep them busy and learning. Whether you need a gift for someone or are just looking for a new activity for your kids, these Disney lego sets are perfect! Check out these 25 Disney LEGO sets that are all under $25 (and can be shipped right to your home)!

Disney Princesses

Belle’s Storybook Adventures

Disney Lego Sets

Beauty and the Beast fans will love Belle’s Storybook Adventures set. This set includes an opening book with Beast’s castle in the center, the outside of the castle on one side and the inside on the other, plus 2 sticker sheets to personalize the book.

Moana’s Ocean Adventure

Disney Lego Sets

Moana’s Ocean Adventures set lets kids replay their favorite movie moments from “Moana” and imagine their own adventures with Moana, her friend Pua the Pig, and sailboat!

Mulan’s Storybook Adventures

Disney Lego Sets

Open Mulan’s Storybook Adventures set for a customizable, opening book with 2 scenes: winter training grounds with spinning training dummy and a garden setting with unfolding plum tree, plus 2 sticker sheets to decorate the book with.

Aurora’s Royal Carriage

Disney Lego Sets

Adventure awaits for fans of Disney Princess Aurora and her owl friend in Aurora’s Royal Carriage set. This adorable playset features a pink and white carriage with translucent top, small table and a cake with a candle.

Ariel’s Storybook Adventures

Disney Lego Sets

Open Ariel’s Storybook Adventures to play out life underwater and on the beach. This set features a customizable, opening book with 2 worlds, Ariel’s underwater palace, with an opening clamshell, slide and different trinkets, and a beach above water with a 2-figure boat, plus 2 sticker sheets to decorate the book with. 

Cinderella’s Castle Celebration

Disney Lego Sets

Cinderella’s Castle Celebration set lets kids replay their favorite movie moments from “Cinderella” and imagine their own adventures in her castle with her animal friends.

Mulan’s Training Day

Disney Lego Sets

Mulan’s Training Day is easy to build and perfect for recreating favorite moments “Mulan.” Train hard at her family temple using the turning training dummy, sword and catapult with boulders, before taking a break with her foal, Khan. 

Belle’s Story Time

Disney Lego Sets

Plan a tea party and enjoy story time with Belle and her friends in Belle’s Story Time set! The set features a princess castle with Starter Brick element, balcony with a magic rose under glass, turrets and a spinning turntable. There’s also a park base with spinning picnic table, buildable water fountain and a trolley, plus a storybook element for Belle to read from.

Rapunzel’s Petite Tower

Disney Lego Sets

Rapunzel’s Petite Tower features a window for Rapunzel to look out of, plus a hairbrush and a frying pan. Open up the Rapunzel’s tower toy building set to store all the pieces safely inside.

Jasmine’s Petite Tower

Disney Lego Sets

Jasmine’s Petite Tower includes a Disney Princess Jasmine mini-doll figure, balcony, drinks glass and a perfume bottle. You can even open up the tower to store all the pieces safely inside this handy Princess Jasmine play set.

Frozen II

Anna’s Canoe Expedition

Disney Lego Sets

Anna’s Canoe Expedition set lets kids build Anna’s ice canoe as they head off on Olaf and Anna’s Canoe Expedition, complete with ice slide, seesaw, movable foliage and rocks with a sleeping earth giant image.

Elsa’s Wagon Carriage Adventure

Disney Lego Sets

Elsa’s Wagon Carriage Adventure includes Elsa’s wagon that can seat 2 mini-doll figures, harness to attach it to Sven, stable with water trough and campfire, hay feeder and a Frozen picnic area.

Olaf Snowman Toy Building Kit

Disney Lego Sets

This buildable Olaf is loads of fun to build and play with. His arms and neck are articulated so you can position and move him however you like, and he comes with Frozen accessories to add to the fun.

Elsa and Olaf’s Tea Party

Disney Lego Sets

Elsa and Olaf’s Tea Party will inspire imaginative adventures and playful learning. Disney’s Elsa and her adorable snowman friend, Olaf, are playing in the snow and building an icehouse! With a teapot, hot chocolate and cakes on the table, the scene is set for a super-cool tea party!

Elsa’s Market Adventure

Disney Lego Sets

Join Elsa and Olaf on Elsa’s Market Adventure. There’s a cart selling fruit and vegetables, a flower stall under the beautiful clock tower, and a dock with a rowing boat for picnics on the water. Turn the clock face brick to set summer or Frozen wintertime scenes.

Toy Story

Toy Story 4 Carnival Thrill Coaster

Disney Lego Sets

The Carnival Thrill Coaster play set features a colorful carnival roller coaster with 3 cars, 6 sturdy track sections and a large entrance arch with spinning turnstile, plus a special Starter Brick baseplate. This fun preschool toy building set also comes with a cute ice cream wagon with balloon and pizza pie.

Toy Story 4 Duke Caboom’s Stunt Show

Disney Lego Sets

Duke Caboom’s Stunt Show set features an adjustable ring of fire with an attached ramp and 2 special Starter Brick plates. This fun set also includes a buildable toy motorcycle, 3 stackable cans, 2 cars and a stunt sign that can be knocked down.

Toy Story 4 Woody & RC

Disney Lego Sets

The Woody & RC set lets kids build a speedy RC car on a special Starter Brick base.

Toy Story 4 Buzz & Bo Peep’s Playground Adventure

Disney Lego Sets

Your kids can build a fun playground set with Buzz & Bo Peep’s Playground Adventure, featuring a 2-level playhouse with kitchen area, slide, bridge, climbing wall, bubble window stand and a special Starter Brick baseplate.

Toy Story Train

Disney Lego Sets

Little ones will love this easy-to-build Toy Story Train set from LEGO DUPLO and Toy Story! Disney Pixar characters Buzz Lightyear and Woody will have endless adventures as they work together to protect the bank vault from the evil Dr. Porkchop, who is featured on a ‘Wanted’ poster.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

My First Mickey Build

Disney Lego Sets

Little ones will love to build and rebuild Mickey Mouse with My First Mickey Build! This 3-D puzzle is easy to build from chunky DUPLO bricks.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Parade

Disney Lego Sets

All aboard the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse birthday train as Mickey and Minnie throw a parade in your honor! Load up the train with everything you need for the perfect birthday party—a buildable cake, balloons and decorated gift bricks. With decorated age bricks numbered from 1 to 5, Mickey and Minnie can bring birthday fun year after year.

Minnie’s Birthday Party

Disney Lego Sets

Celebrate Minnie Mouse in style with Minnie’s Birthday Party! Kids can drive Minnie in her cute pink car to her party house, where Figaro the cat is waiting to get the party started.

Whisker Haven Tales

Berry’s Kitchen

Disney Lego Sets

Berry’s Kitchen is the perfect venue for a woodland tea party. Berry’s Kitchen includes a buildable breakfast bar and stools, display table, cake stand and a special tree gate. Berry is Snow White’s pet bunny.

Petite’s Royal Stable

Disney Lego Sets

Help Petite, Belle’s pony, win the show jumping trophy and then get her ready to go out to a tea party! The set includes a relaxation area, beauty tower, reading tower, podium, show jump, and more.

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Bonus: If you’re looking for a real challenge, try the 4,080 piece Cinderella Castle (sorry, this one’s over $25)!

Need more ideas to keep your family busy this spring or add a little more Disney to your home? We have you covered!

Get the Ultimate Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Does your family love Harry Potter? Are you confused about visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Are you spending thousands of dollars on a vacation and afraid you will miss something? Are you worried that you are going to be waiting in long lines during your vacation? Looking for time saver tips, money saving tips, and all of the secrets and fun inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?  You have come to the right place!

If your answer is YES to any of these questions, then you need the Ultimate Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. For less than the cost of a mug of Butterbeer, you can get this comprehensive guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which covers both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort!

This incredible Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter includes:

  • Descriptions of the rides and must do’s
  • Insiders tips to help save time during your adventure at Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Descriptions of the stores and hidden gems
  • Travel tips to help save money during your Harry Potter vacation
  • Harry Potter secrets inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter 
  • Dining at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including popular restaurants like Three Broomsticks & Leaky Cauldron
  • Must Do’s that you could miss, if you do not read this guide!
  • Tips on how to save money at Wizarding World of Harry Potter – one tip will save you the cost of the guide (and then some)!
  • So much more…
Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Is this YOU?  Meet the typical family visiting Wizarding World of Harry Potter….

This excited family arrives to Universal Studios around 10 AM and makes their way to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley.  Their daughter is a huge Harry Potter fan, wearing her robe and excited for the adventure.  They miss the hidden gems in King’s Cross and head right into Diagon Alley.  They wait in a 90 minute line to ride Harry Potter & the Escape from Gringotts. They forget to purchase a 2-Park Pass, so they have to spend time upgrading their ticket, so they can ride the Hogwarts Express. They wait in line for 30 minutes at Ollivanders in Hogsmeade.  They miss out on Knockturn Alley and the hidden surprise from Moaning Myrtle.  They find out during their vacation that they could have dined for breakfast at Three Broomsticks for free.  So many frustrations!

This is truly the typical family visiting Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Don’t let this be YOU!

Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

If you are planning a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this is a must read guide. Once you confirm your purchase, you will receive an email with a link to instantly download your guides. You can then read in your leisure or print for future use. It’s in .pdf format, so you can read it on your smartphone, iPAD, computer, or your Kindle. There are over 33 pages and pictures of insider information from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort. Ready to purchase the Ultimate Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Planning your Universal Orlando Resort vacation? Don’t miss these helpful articles, too!

You may also want to pick up the Harry Potter Paperback Box Set or Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection to brush up on your Harry Potter knowledge!

Top 10 Things to Do at Home This Spring to Keep Your Family Busy

Things to Do at Home

We have been spending a lot more time at home this spring due to the global pandemic. We are always looking for new and fun ways to pass the time (and keep our kids entertained and active) so we have compiled a list of fun things to do at home this spring!

291 Disney Printables and Coloring Sheets

Disney coloring sheets
Photo: Jones Family Travels

Jones Family Travels has put together an incredible resource of 291 Disney Coloring Sheets and Printables! The Disney printables include Disney classics, Disney live action, Marvel, and Star Wars. You can click on the links in the article and print right to your computer at home. Have a Disney movie night (especially if you have Disney+) and print out some corresponding activities!

Minnie Mouse Oreo Treats

Minnie Mouse oreo treats
Photo: A Princess and Her Pirates

If you are looking for a delicious and easy Disney inspired treat, you will love these adorable Minnie Mouse Oreo treats from A Princess and Her Pirates. This is a fun way to enjoy a Disney treat at home while the parks are closed. You can find the full recipe here.

Disney Magic at Home: Coloring Sheets, Crafts, and Recipes

Things to Do at Home
Photo: An Open Suitcase

An Open Suitcase has a great list of Disney coloring sheets, crafts, and recipes that you can enjoy at home. These Disney coloring sheets, crafts, and recipes can keep the kids engaged and entertained. You can find the full list of Disney printables, crafts, and recipes here.

Fun Hands-On Story Activities

Things to Do at Home
Photo: Ripped Jeans and Bifocals

With our kids being out of school, we’re always looking for resources to help them continue their education at home. Ripped Jeans and Bifocals has a list of stories that work well to keep your kids busy with nature walks and recipes, all while learning. You can view all of the stories and activities here.

Mini Mickey Air Fryer Donuts

air fryer donuts
Photo: The Frugal South

We love this quick, easy, and inexpensive recipe to make mini Mickey donuts at home with little more than your Air Fryer and biscuit dough! These delicious little treats are sure to bring a smile to your face. You can find the full recipe here.

At Home Disney Fun

Things to Do at Home
Photo: Double Your WDW

As annual passholders, we are always looking for free or inexpensive Disney fun at home, when we can’t enjoy the parks! Double Your WDW recommends watching YouTube videos, listening to Disney themed podcasts and music, making Disney inspired recipes from the parks, and other fun activities. You can view the complete list of YouTube channels, recommended podcasts, recipes, and so much more here.

Disney Crafts for Kids

Disney crafts
Photo: The Frugal South

Your kids will LOVE this round-up of Disney crafts! From “Inside Out” characters to a Baby Yoda Puppet or an “Up” inspired Thumbprint Craft, you will find ideas to fit all ages and interests. You can find the instructions and details to make all of these Disney crafts here.

Disney Magic Moments

Disney magic moments
Photo: Disney

Disney recently launched www.DisneyMagicMoments.com, a website where you can find fun and engaging Disney content, stories and resources — for free! — from Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars, to Walt Disney Animation Studios, National Geographic, Disney Parks and beyond.

13 Free Things to Do with Kids at Home and Outside

Things to Do at Home
Photo: The Frugal South

This spring can be a great time to reorganize, declutter, and enjoy quality time with your family. The Frugal South has a list of 13 ideas that won’t cost anything and don’t require you to go anywhere (other than maybe exploring your backyard). You can read all of the ideas here.

Ultimate Disney Fan Challenge

Disney fan challenge

You can spread a little pixie dust in your home with our Ultimate Disney Fan Challenge! We recommend putting together Disney Puzzles, watching Disney movies, baking Mickey Mouse Cinnamon Rolls, having an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, learning how to draw your favorite Disney character, and more! You can read all of our ideas here.

What are your favorite things to do at home? Don’t forget about our suggestions of 101 ways to add more Disney to your home!

101 Ways to Add More Disney to Your Home

Ways to Add More Disney to Your Home

101 Ways to Add More Disney to Your Home

With all of the time that we are spending social distancing, you may be in need of a little Disney magic in your home. There are plenty of inexpensive ways to add more Disney to your home. We have compiled 101 different ways to add more Disney to your home that we hope will brighten your day!

Disney games can help pass the time! You can spend quality time with your family while playing these Disney games together.

20 Disney Games to Play

26 Disney puzzles for the whole family to put together

Add Some Disney Fun to Meal Times with 19 Disney Things for your Kitchen

Accessorize with these five Disney bags

10 awesome Disney decor inspiration ideas for you

9 Disney Coloring Books for Both Adults and Children

PS- Don’t forget your crayons or colored pencils!

Reading is another great way to pass the time! You can read these 9 Disney books

My Favorite Disney Inspired Small Businesses

  • Ambrie has an incredible collection of Disney inspired leggings, dresses, shirts, and more. If you use this link to order, you will receive a $5 discount!
  • I’m a Little Something makes the cutest Mickey soap dispensers and Apple watch covers, all Disney inspired, of course
  • Pixie Kix has custom shoes and adorable Disney clothes for both boys and girls! If you use this link to order, you will receive a $5 discount!

Dreaming of when you can book your next Disney vacation? We’d be happy to help when you’re ready!

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Have Some Disney Fun at Home with the Ultimate Disney Fan Challenge

Disney Fun at Home

For the first time ever, Disney Parks are closed for 2 full weeks. I know thousands of guests had to cancel their Disneyland, Disney World, and Disney Cruise vacations. 

Disney Fun at Home

Since we are all stuck inside, I’m sure you and your family are craving some Disney fun at home! Here are some fun ideas to create a little Disney magic at home with your family. 

Take the Ultimate Disney Fan Challenge

Disney fan challenge

Disney Puzzle Time

Puzzles are a wonderful way to pass the time and enjoy quality time with your family! If you are looking to add some new puzzles to your collection, the Dollar Tree usually has a great selection for kids just $1 or there are some more challenging options on Amazon like the Disney VillainsDisney Classics CollageDisney Princess CollageAladdinPocahontas, and Toy Story

Disney Movie Night

If you have Disney+, you can find so many incredible Disney movies, from animated classics to the newly released Frozen II. If you don’t subscribe to Disney+ or are just looking to add to your Disney movie collection, you can order Frozen IIMoanaThe Lion KingThe Little Mermaidthe Complete Toy Story Collection, or Toy Story 4

Mickey Mouse Cinnamon Rolls

Disney Family has a Mickey Mouse cinnamon roll recipe that you can make from home with your preferred brand of cinnamon rolls (or homemade dough). If you thought Mickey Mouse pancakes were easy, just wait until you try these cinnamon rolls! You can find many more Disney recipes here

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

You can always celebrate your un-birthday with an Alice in Wonderland tea party! You could make these cheshire cat cookies and cupcakes or your favorite flavor of cupcakes, topped with these fun toppers. There’s even a recipe for these edible teacup treats. You may also want to check out all the Disney inspired crafts here

Learn How to Draw a Disney Character

YouTube has tons of videos to help teach you how to draw your favorite Disney character! Some of our favorites include Mickey MouseGenieDaisy DuckAnnaTinkerBellBuzz LightyearPlutoPascal, StitchWinnie the PoohJack Skellington, and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Play Disney Heads Up

Have you ever played the Disney version of Heads Up? You may have even seen fellow Disney Parks guests playing this game while waiting in line for an attraction! The Disney Parks themed deck features iconic attractions, characters and experiences.The Heads Up app is available for $0.99 in iOS or free on Android. Some other fun Disney games to help you pass the time are Disney HedbanzDisney Color BrainDisney Eye Found It, and Disney Family Feud

Have a Disney Parks Music Dance Party

If you have Apple Music, you can listen to Disney Parks Hits. Pandora also has some great Disney stations, even without a subscription. Or, if you want a CD, we recommend the Walt Disney World Official AlbumDisney Classics, or Disney Theme Parks Classics

Take the Pixar in a Box Course on Khan Academy

Khan Academy, a free learning resource for all ages, has a FREE course called Pixar in a Box which allows you learn about the storytelling process at Pixar. They also just released another FREE course, Imagineering in a Box, which allows you to explore different aspects of theme park design, from characters to ride development, as you design a theme park of your very own. 

Download the Play Disney Parks App

You can download the Play Disney Parks app on iOS and Android devices to interact with the parks like never before! You can download the app through the App Store and Google Play. We especially love the Disney trivia and Disney Parks sounds and music! 

Disney Fun at Home

We are wishing you and your family a magical, safe, and healthy spring!

And please don’t ever forget that…

Disney Fun at Home

How many days until your next Disney vacation?

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Pier 8 Market, Sunset Lounge, and The Oasis Beach Bar Coming to Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Dockside Inn and Suites

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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What’s the one thing you look forward to on vacation? Is it thrills and adventure? Maybe trying something new, or spending time with family you haven’t seen in awhile? How about a little relaxation, a way to slow down from the everyday routine, not worry about the usual stresses of life, and just savor every moment spent with your family?

This is the essence of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites. Dockside Inn and Suites invites you to kick back, relax, and take it easy during your vacation at Universal Orlando Resort. This hotel, alongside Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, brings a new value option to Universal Orlando. It’s the perfect place for families wanting to stay connected to the action of Universal’s three theme parks, while enjoying the comfort and ease of a resort that meets their vacation budget. Dockside Inn and Suites’ coastal vibes make you feel as if you’re just feet away from the ocean, which extends into your dining experience with the all-American Pier 8 Market, Sunset Lounge, and The Oasis Beach Bar.

Phil Klinkenberg, director of food and beverage for Dockside Inn and Suites, is sharing all of the details about the new food and drinks from Dockside Inn and Suites. Phil led the creation and execution of Dockside’s dining in collaboration with the chefs and managers of the new resort. Here’s what you can look forward to during your upcoming stay.

Breakfast

Kick start your morning before a day in Universal’s theme parks with breakfast from Pier 8 Market. You can enjoy a lighter option like fresh baked goods prepared daily, or indulge in a heartier meal like chicken and waffles.

Top Picks

  • Chicken and Waffles (served with maple syrup and butter)
  • Pier 8 Egg Muffin (bacon, egg, cheddar, onions, peppers and a side of hash browns)
  • Baja Burrito (chorizo, egg and cheese with salsa)

“With all Universal Orlando hotels, we accommodate guests’ dietary needs,” says Phil. “We pride ourselves on being able to customize and provide options like our Beyond Burger and this vegan avocado toast.”

Lunch

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Take a break from the pool and fuel up with refreshing options at Pier 8 Market (or grab your food and head back for a poolside meal!). One of the great perks about Pier 8 Market is that it’s themed to be an open-air market with easy-to-grab items, similar to what you would find down by the docks of a coastal town.

“Pier 8 Market is meant to feel like an actual market where you walk through the various food stalls and are able to select the items for your meal,” says Phil. “Whether it be our chicken and waffles, pizza or a burger, it’s all meant to be self-serve, grab and go.”

Top Picks

  • Hook & Batter (fish and chips)
  • Garden Pizza (you guessed it, a veggie pizza!)
  • Gulf to Shore (grilled market fish on a toasted bun)
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“Our Dockworker Wrap is inspired by a dish that dockworkers actually put together,” Phil says. “They get a deli sandwich, a side of fries, and a drink. They would take the fries and put it directly on their sandwich to hold with one hand, and then the drink in the other hand, so they could eat and drink easily during their lunch break. We took that concept and made our Dockworker Wrap.”

Dinner

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There’s no better way to end the day during a vacation than coming together as a family and having dinner. There are great options for families at Pier 8 Market with a variety of dishes that any member of the family can enjoy, as well as meals that meet bigger family needs like pizza.

Top Picks

  • BBQCB (burger with smoked bacon, cheddar, onion rings and bourbon bbq sauce)
  • The Joey Sandwich (hoagie with salami, capicola, soppressata, provolone cheese, roasted red pepper and toppings)
  • Stuffed Shells (I recommend a side of Deck Hand Garlic Knots too!)
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Try the Chicken and Waffles – 8 piece bucket of chicken, side of mashed potatoes, side of coleslaw, Belgian waffles and choice of sauce. The sauce choices are on point with the Sloping Sticky Sauce (bourbon bacon maple sauce), Rocket Man (spicy bbq), and Southern Hot (buffalo with a hint of honey).

“Dockside Inn and Suites is a family destination,” says Phil. “So, what the market does is provide something for everybody. In each of the areas in our market we’ll have options for the younger guests in our hotel. So, mom and dad can have what they want and kids can have what they want.”

Dessert

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A meal isn’t complete without a sweet ending. Each food station in Pier 8 Market will have a signature dessert, as well as a variety of other classic treats you can grab. There will also be yogurt and smoothie machines that are perfect for those hot summer days.

Top Picks

  • Key Lime Pie (a Florida classic)
  • Cinnamon & Sugar Zeppoles (an italian treat consisting of fried fritter)

We’re sure that you’re going to love the S’mores – hot off the panini press with all the fixings, ginger-flavored bread with milk chocolate, and marshmallow. It’s ooey and gooey, perfect for the kids to split or the ‘big’ kids like me.

Drinks

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Now, onto a really fun part of Dockside Inn and Suites — the signature drinks.

“The Sunset Lounge is going to be a fantastic little area for you to break away after a day in the theme parks,” says Phil. “We also have The Oasis Beach Bar. Both are a place for people to just kick back, relax, and have an excellently crafted cocktail or a craft beer.”

The theming of the drinks is just as fun as the cocktails themselves. Some of them are even named after slides you may recognize from a certain water park that used to be where Endless Summer Resort is now…

“The drinks at the Oasis Beach pool bar are named after the Wet n’ Wild rides like the Bubba Tub and the Mach Five,” he says. “We had a great time putting it together. We actually wrote the drink names before we came up with what the drinks would be.”

You’ll find cocktails themed to the hotel, as well as a craft beer that will be brewed for the resort.

Top Picks

  • Endless Summer Lemonade (vodka with lemon; this is the resort’s signature cocktail)
  • Sunset Blonde (mango blonde ale; this is the resort’s craft beer)
  • Red Sky at Night (Tequila cocktail with orange and lime flavors)
  • Drop Anchor (rum drink with orgeat and matcha)
  • Shore Thing (grapefruit vodka with lime and ginger beer)
  • Bubba Tub (signature 32oz Dockside bucket that all cocktails from The Oasis Beach Bar can be upgraded to)
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Deep Dive Into the Inspiration

There is a common thread about the Dockside Inn and Suites dining experience: casual comfort. From the ease of selecting your food to the focus on comfort food options, the overall concept is to give a relaxing environment and experience for your family during your vacation.

“I’ve always said we offer people a vacation from the vacation that they’re on, so when they come back to their hotel they’re home,” says Phil. “I think Dockside Inn and Suites will give you that feeling of pure relaxation, no worries and no cares.”

So, what goes into developing the food and drinks for a new hotel?

“It really started with the original concept,” he explains. “Universal Creative and Loews Hotels partnered and came up with the idea for Endless Summer Resort. At the very beginning it was decided that Pier 8 Market was going to happen at Dockside Inn and Suites.”

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They knew they were going to have family-friendly options like pizza and burgers, but there was brainstorming along the way on how to add some unique twists.

“When I came on board, I just wrote down my wish list and what I thought would be fun,” says Phil. “Brainstorming is next with the managing director and chefs, brainstorming with other people that were inspired by talking to friends or reading other venue menus. Inspiration comes from so many different places. Some of it’s memory, some of it’s sensory. So, we take all of those ideas and kind of do a mashup of them. It’s all about collaboration.”

With Dockside Inn and Suites being his third hotel opening with Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort, he is eager for guests to experience all the hotel will offer.

“You know what keeps me going is that experience you have when you bump into a guest in a hallway, or in the restaurant, and you have a conversation with them and realize the things your team did, or that you did personally, made a difference,” he says. “It’s hard to describe that feeling, but when you have it, you know it, and it’s a great feeling.”

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites opens at Universal Orlando Resort on March 17.

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.