Seven Reasons to Bring Little Ones to Halloween Time 2018 at Disneyland

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It’s Halloween Time 2018 at the Disneyland Resort and that means spook-tacular surprises at every turn! Even the littlest guests can enjoy the season with food, characters and attractions to experience. Here are seven ways families with younger children can enjoy Halloween Time 2018 the Disneyland Resort!

VAMPIRINA AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Vampirina has arrived at the Disneyland Resort, just in time for the Halloween season. The popular Disney Junior star greets and takes photos with guests in Disney California Adventure Park in front of “Disney Junior Dance Party!” (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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Meet Vampirina: Vampirina (aka “Vee”), that lovable girl vampire from the hit Disney Junior series “Vampirina,” has joined us at the Disneyland Resort just in time for Halloween. Swing by Disney California Adventure park to meet Vee!

Cruise through Radiator Screams: Make a pit stop in Cars Land where the residents of Radiator Springs have turned their town into Radiator SCREAMs for the season. Meet Lightning McQueen and Mater in their Cars-tumes, take a picture with the spider car, or ride Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree! Younger guests are sure to have a scary good time.

Dance with friends from Disney Junior: While not specifically a Halloween offering, kids will love to dance and sing along at Disney Junior Dance Party! During your visit in Disney California Adventure park, it’s a perfect place for adults to take a rest while little ones dance off some extra energy with stars like Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins.

Share a Halloween-themed snack: This season, there are so many delicious treats to share! For sweet options, split a Main Street Mickey’s Pound Cake or Maleficent churro. If you’re craving something a bit more savory, the Sweet Potato Hand Pie is a yummy treat. For more ideas, check out our Halloween Foodie Guide.

Snap a picture in front of the Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern: No trip to Disneyland is complete without a family photo. Kids will love getting up close to the biggest Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern on Main Street, U.S.A., while mom and dad will love the photo memories to take home. For Halloween, make your silliest, spookiest face!

Get a Halloween-inspired makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: With the wave of a wand, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disneyland park offers head-to-toe pampering for guests as young as age three. This season, choose the Minnie Mouse Halloween Costume set as your little one’s outfit of choice – a bewitching look for any young ghoul!

Say hello to Mickey and pals: Disney friends can be found throughout the resort dressed in their Halloween-best costumes, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck. Be sure to snag autographs and pose for pictures!

There are so many experiences that await little ones at the Disneyland Resort. Discover resources to plan for trips with little ones here, and download the official Disneyland App to make dining reservations, find characters, see attraction wait times and more!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adventures by Disney Offers Three New Short Escape Vacations for 2019

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Today, Adventures by Disney revealed the latest additions to our expanding line-up of Short Escape vacations: three brand-new adventures in Boston, London and Vancouver, Canada, launching next year!

Short Escapes are two- to four-night adventures in iconic destinations that can be booked as stand-alone getaways or as add-ons to other vacation plans. Just like all of our trips, these itineraries feature must-see attractions, hands-on activities and opportunities to discover hidden gems, and each one is filled with all the authentic experiences, VIP service, special access and signature Disney storytelling that set Adventures by Disney vacations apart.

Bookings for new Short Escapes open Sept. 20, 2018. Read on to discover all that’s in store on these exciting itineraries …

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Best of Boston – Past and Present
On the new four-day, three-night Short Escape itinerary in Boston, travelers will discover treasured American history and spirited contemporary culture.

Guests will be immersed in the city’s legendary stories during privately guided tours along the Freedom Trail and the Old North Church—where many famous moments of the American Revolution took place—and a special after-hours visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum that concludes with a private dinner steeped in the city’s storied roots. Other family-friendly excursions and activities include rowing along the Charles River, biking the city on a private adventure, exploring the grounds of Harvard Yard, and indulging in a delicious buffet of seafood, chicken, corn-on-the-cob and more at a private New England clambake on Thompson Island.

The new Boston Short Escape is available on select dates in May through October 2019.

In 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer a brand-new Short Escape itinerary in London, where adventurers will revel in the royal treatment with VIP experiences in one of the world’s most iconic cities. The itinerary includes a private viewing of the royal Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, a high-speed boat ride along the River Thames and a privately guided tour of Westminster Abbey, the revered site of royal coronations and weddings. (Mark Ashman, photographer)

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Bucket List Getaway in London
Our guests will revel in the royal treatment with VIP experiences in one of the world’s most iconic cities during the new three-day, two-night Short Escape in London, which can be booked as a stand-alone vacation or as a pre-cruise add-on to Disney Cruise Line sailings out of nearby Dover, England.

The itinerary is filled with exceptional experiences, including a once-in-a-lifetime, private viewing of the royal Crown Jewels led by the Tower of London’s Jewel House Warden; a private, high-speed thrill ride in a rib boat along the River Thames; and a privately guided tour of Westminster Abbey, the revered site of royal coronations and weddings. Families will also witness the time-honored tradition of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

The new London Short Escape is available on select dates in July, August and September 2019.

In 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer a brand-new Short Escape itinerary in Vancouver, Canada, where adventurers will discover unparalleled views of the city’s lush natural surroundings during exciting outdoor activities like ziplining and gondola rides at Grouse Mountain, a privately guided tour at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and a morning bike ride through Stanley Park. (Diana Zalucky, photographer)

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City Highlights and Outdoor Recreation in Vancouver
Active adventures and culinary delights await on the new three-day, two-night Short Escape itinerary in Vancouver, which can be booked as a stand-alone vacation or as the perfect complement to a Disney Cruise Line Alaska voyage.

Guests will discover unparalleled views of the city’s lush natural surroundings during exciting outdoor activities like ziplining and gondola rides at Grouse Mountain, a privately guided tour at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and a morning bike ride through Stanley Park. They’ll get a taste of the city’s thriving culinary scene during a “foodie” walking tour of Granville Island’s famous Public Market, and there’s even a special scavenger hunt expedition just for Junior Adventurers while adults unwind with beer and wine flights at a local tasting room.

The trip also features early morning access to Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bear habitat, where guests can observe bears up-close, learn from a local bear expert and enjoy a private breakfast with amazing views. Other highlights include photo-worthy encounters with lively lumberjacks, birds of prey and towering totem poles.

The new Vancouver Short Escape is available on select dates in May through September 2019.

Enjoy Fall Treats at Disney World in October and November

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

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

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

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DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

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

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

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

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

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DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM

Isle of Java

  • Apple Cider Donut Holes

Creature Comforts, Pizzafari, Restaurantosaurus

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

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EPCOT

Fountain View

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

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

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

Sunshine Seasons

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

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WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HOTELS

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

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

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

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Roaring Fork

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

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

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

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Contempo Café

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

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

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

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

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

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Disney’s BoardWalk – BoardWalk Bakery

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

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

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

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – The Mara

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

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

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

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DISNEY SPRINGS

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

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

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

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

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The Ganachery

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

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Amorette’s Patisserie

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

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Sprinkles

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

HALLOWEEN CANDY

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

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Various Candy Locations Across Walt Disney World Resort

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

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

Top Three Reasons Your Teenager Will Love Volcano Bay at Universal

Top Three Reasons Your Teenager Will Love Volcano Bay at Universal

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Top Three Reasons Your Teenager Will Love Volcano Bay at Universal

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

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

 Attractions

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

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

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

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

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Food

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

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

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

Atmosphere

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 10 Bermuda Shore Excursions with Disney Cruise Line

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In honor of Disney’s first-ever cruise to Bermuda, setting sail this month from New York City, here are the top 10 Bermuda shore excursions, so you can experience the best of this unique tropical island.

1. The South Shore beaches boast the island’s famous pink sand and turquoise surf. Spend the day relaxing at a pink-sand beach on the Horseshoe Bay Beach Transfer.

2. Bermuda is a cultural melting pot that harbors an eclectic blend of British, American and West Indian influences. While many Bermudian customs appear European (driving on the left side of the road, playing cricket, local pubs serving ale by the imperial pint), Bermudans share similarities with North America in their dialect and currency. Taste the European influence on the Dockyard Brewery Tour and Tasting.

Waterway near entrance to Hamilton harbor in Bermuda.

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3. When it comes to fashion, the island has a style that’s all its own—distinctive for Bermuda shorts, often worn with a jacket and tie as formal wear. You can get a glimpse of the luxurious Bermuda lifestyle on the Famous Homes and Hideaways Cruise.

4. At Admiralty House Park, you can watch cliff divers perform their graceful acts of remarkable athleticism. Or become a cliff diver yourself on the Hidden Gems Exploration Adventure.

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5. The island is home to massive caves featuring stalactites and underground saltwater pools. Descend into a cavern on the Crystal Caves and Pink Flamingos excursion.

6. St. Peters Church, the oldest Anglican Church outside the British Isles, is home to a cultural treasure—the antique altar carved in 1615 by Bermuda’s first governor. Check it out during the Bermuda Island Drive.

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7. Numerous coral reefs are in relatively shallow water, with virtually unlimited visibility, and are readily accessible from shore. Do some underwater exploring on the Snorkel Park Beach Adventure.

8. Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, built in 1846, is the oldest remaining cast-iron lighthouse in the world. Visit the lighthouse and other landmarks on the Scenic South Shore sightseeing excursion.

The boats and homes as seen from the harbor.. St. Georges, Bermuda.

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9. The historic British settlement of Bermuda is dotted with colorful British Colonial architecture, fountains, gardens and plazas. Stroll the 400-year-old cobblestone streets of a picturesque colonial town on the Haunted History Tour of St. George’s.

10. Bermuda’s climate is sub-tropical, with an average annual temperature high of 81° F and low of 60° F. Enjoy the island’s comfortable temperatures with a round of golf at Belmont Hills Golf Club.

Each of Disney Cruise Line’s five- and six-night cruises from New York City to Bermuda include at least two days on the island, giving you more time to soak up the Bermuda lifestyle. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore.

Disney Tails, Lovepop and More Opening at Disney Springs This Fall

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With over 100 stores already open at Disney Springs, it’s hard to imagine we have room for any more. But great news for shoppers like me – we do! Soon, three new venues, including Disney Tails and Lovepop, will be added to the property’s eclectic mix of niche boutiques and brand-name anchor locations, just in time for holiday shopping.

Here’s a preview of what’s to come:

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Disney Tails: Opening October 12, 2018 at Marketplace Co-Op, this is THE must-visit destination for pet owners who want to bring a bit of Disney flair home to their four-legged friends. With two existing character collections (Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse) and two new character collections (Haunted Mansion and Star Wars) set to debut when the store opens, you may want to wait to finalize Fido’s Halloween costume until you’ve had a chance to visit – the themed comfort harnesses are just too cute! While most of the items were designed with dogs in mind, there are a few items that are “purr”fect for cats, too! In addition to leashes, collars, and bandanas, you’ll also discover squeaky toys inspired by some of your favorite iconic Disney foods, because really, it’s not fair that only humans should get to indulge in Mickey waffles, Mickey ice cream bars and Mickey pretzels, right?

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Lovepop: Steps away, in the center of Marketplace Co-Op, a new kind of greeting card will be arriving in mid-October. Lovepop is “more than a card” – it’s an intricate 3D paper sculpture designed on cutting-edge software, then hand-assembled with impeccable craftsmanship. I fell in love with the brand during a recent trip to New York City and was overjoyed when I found out they’d be coming to Disney Springs. Each piece is a gorgeous keepsake and with options for nearly every occasion imaginable, you’re bound to find something just right for the ones you love most.

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The Art of Disney Presents Greg McCullough: Slated to open on November 3, 2018 in the space formerly occupied by Little Miss Matched, an art gallery featuring works by Greg McCullough – a fan-favorite when it comes to paintings of Disney characters and stories – will open for a limited-time engagement through January 1, 2019. Greg McCullough will appear every day, except Mondays, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and guests will have a chance to interact with the artist, have artwork signed, and possibly even catch him painting live. Original works of art, limited-editions, and prints will be available, alongside some unique pieces from his Disney Remnants and Abstract Remnants Collections – mosaic collections created by recycling unused oil pant.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, Basin, one of the most beloved brands at Disney Springs, is putting the finishing touches on a refurbishment of their store. With a mid-October completion date, the location will feel familiar but with lighter, brighter, fresh touches that will open up the space in a more modern way.

With so much newness on the horizon, who’s ready to get a head start on holiday gift purchases and join me on a shopping trip to Disney Springs?

Three Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018 at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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With 2018 fading quickly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to consider where you want to be when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve 2018.

Across Universal Orlando Resort, there will be some amazing celebrations. From midnight toasts to confetti showers, the festivities across our parks and hotels will make this a night you won’t forget.

Here are three ways you can ring in the new year at Universal Orlando:

1. Party It Up at Universal Studios Florida

Make your way to Universal Studios Florida as the Music Plaza Stage and Central Park areas transform into rockin’ party zones. You’ll enjoy live music, appearances by some of your favorite Universal Orlando characters and – of course – essential New Year’s Eve party favors. Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration will light up the night just before amazing pyrotechnic displays and showers of confetti mark the start of a new year. The best part is New Year’s Eve celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are included with your theme park admission or Annual Pass, which are now available with up to six months free.

2. Experience EVE at Universal CityWalk

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Looking for an upscale New Year’s Eve party? Check out EVE at Universal CityWalk. Designed for guests 21 and up, this separately-ticketed event includes unlimited gourmet cuisine, live bands and DJs – including a performance by DJ M-Squared – access to six CityWalk clubs, plus Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor. The only time you won’t be dancing is at midnight, when we’ll pause for a champagne toast and a breathtaking pyrotechnic display. Tickets for EVE are now on sale – learn more and purchase your tickets before December 15 for $30 off!

3. Celebrate at Our On-Site Hotels

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Some of Universal’s on-site hotels also join in the fun, providing a mix of unique dining options, live entertainment, midnight toasts and even balloon drops. Highlights include Hard Rock Hotel’s “Rock-In 2018!” event (where we’ll tune in via satellite to watch the Times Square Ball Drop) and Jake’s “Best of 2018” Beer Dinner at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Click here for details on hotel events and special ticket offers.

Whether you prefer to dance the night away or mark the occasion with a fine dining experience, your ideal New Year’s countdown celebration is bound to be at Universal Orlando.

2018 Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Begins November 9

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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The 2018 Holidays at the Disneyland Resort begins Nov. 9, transforming the Happiest Place on Earth into the merriest! From tasting tidings to spirited entertainment, here is what we are most excited to experience:

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“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland park: “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade is a Disneyland holiday tradition! Whether it’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse offering yuletide greetings, Santa Claus with his prancing reindeer or Disney Princesses dancing at the Candlelight Ball, everyone has a favorite part of this classic parade. As we get ready to welcome back “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, the last day to experience “Pixar Play Parade” will be Nov. 4.

Festive Food Marketplaces at Disney California Adventure park: As part of the Festival of Holidays, the delicious mix of holiday dishes and beverages found at the Festive Food Marketplacescelebrate diverse cuisines, cultures and traditions. Come hungry! To make way for Festival of Holidays, “Paint the Night” parade will conclude its limited run on Nov. 7.

“Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks at Disneyland park: In the evening, spirits will soar during the awe-inspiring “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. This returning favorite culminates with a magical snowfall finale—a truly special wintry treat!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party at Disney California Adventure park: As part of the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! holiday celebration, a colorful street party comes to life with musicians, dancers and giant mojiganga puppets. The Three Caballeros—Donald Duck, Panchito and José Carioca—lead a jolly, joyous celebration!

Seasonal Decor at the Disneyland Resort: Where ever you look, the sights, sounds and tastes of holidays will put you right into the spirit! The halls will certainly be decked—from the glistening Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle at Disneyland park to the gussied up sparkle along Route 66 in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

Which experiences are you most looking forward to this year during the 2018 Holidays at the Disneyland Resort? Tell us in the comments!

Sebastian’s Bistro Opening October 8 at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Life under the sea is pretty great, so Disney is bringing it to the surface and inviting you to be part of the Caribbean world with Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort! This casual, family-friendly table service restaurant features a menu that blends Latin and Caribbean flavors with market-fresh ingredients served up with warm island hospitality and waterfront views.

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With a diverse variety of items that range from seafood and steak to salads, sandwiches, and burgers, the menu balances classic spices with tropical flavors to create bright, fresh tastes. Start off your meal with a tasty appetizer such as the Caribbean Pull-Apart Rolls (served with guava butter, mango chutney, and Jamaican jerk oil), Jamaican Meat Pies with Guajillo chili sauce, or the Arepa with slow-cooked pork and chili-mango barbecue sauce.

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Signature entrées include Skirt Steak “Chimichurri” with crispy yuca, Citrus-Stuffed Sustainable Whole Fish with turmeric brown rice and cilantro-lime vinaigrette, and Sautéed Shrimp and Tamales with sautéed peppers and salsa verde. You can also try the Crab Cake-topped Burger with lettuce, tomato, and horseradish mayonnaise or the Crispy Avocado Bacon Burger with chimichurri and pico de gallo.

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The menu also includes several vegan options such as the Island Curry “Eggless” Sandwich served on multigrain bread and the Plant-Based Bahn Mi Sandwich with cucumbers, pickled vegetables, and Miso-Sriracha mayonnaise.

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For dessert, tropical fruit flavors elevate these decadent dishes. Mile Marker Zero, inspired by the culture of Key West, features Iced Key Lime Pops with sea salt and tropical sauce. Then there’s the Banoffee Pie with banana custard and chocolate ganache served in a graham cracker tart with caramel sauce as well as the Floating Island Sundae with fresh Caribbean fruit, meringue, guava, and Guanabana sorbet. YUM!

The kid’s menu features unique but familiar fare with entrees like Whole Grain Penne with zucchini and roasted tomato sauce, Jerk Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shrimp Skewer with Cilantro-Lime Cream, and a Jamaican Meat Pie. Sides include items such as sautéed green beans, mac and cheese, pizza biscuits, cauli-fries with carrot ketchup, and more!

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Looking for a refreshing drink to pair with your meal? There’s tropical island-inspired beverages for everyone in the family! From refreshing non-alcoholic fruity and frozen mocktails to island-inspired cocktails with Caribbean rums, you won’t have to look far for that perfect pairing. Customize your own rum flight or browse a selection of Caribbean and domestic craft beers, or sit back and relish wines that complement the Latin flavors of the menu.

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When you step into the dining room, you’ll see how Sebastian’s Bistro celebrates the natural beauty of the Caribbean, from coral patterns and kelp filigree to lure-inspired art and nautical designs. All around the restaurant, you’ll enjoy abstract artwork and underwater landscapes, and you might even see a familiar crustacean floating about! Located in the Old Port Royale area, the restaurant blends perfectly with the lush landscapes and vibrant colors that can be found throughout Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, which transports guests to a paradise full of fun and relaxation.

So are you ready to try out this menu for yourself? Then I have good news! Reservations are now available for Sebastian’s Bistro for bookings starting on October 8 and can be made by visiting the Walt Disney World Resort website or by calling (407) WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).