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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rooftop Celebrations

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

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

Make your reservations online today!

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

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

Make you reservations online today!

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

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

Make your reservations online today!

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

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

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

Make your reservations online today!

Ink & Paint Club at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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

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

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Celebration

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

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

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

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

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Disney’s BoardWalk Countdown to 2020 at Atlantic Dance Hall

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

Make your reservations online today!

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New Year’s Eve at Flying Fish

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

Make your reservations online today!

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

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

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

8 Gingerbread Displays at Disney World for the 2019 Holiday Season

8 Gingerbread Displays at Disney World for the 2019 Holiday Season

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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

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

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

Holiday Treats for Sale:

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

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

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Walt Disney World Resort – Disney Springs Gingerbread Display

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sneak Peek of New Plant Based Dishes at Disney World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready to start planning your Disney World vacation? Request your free, no obligation quote here.

Complete Guide to Sweet Treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019

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Holiday snacks are finally here at Magic Kingdom Park! That’s right, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 starts TONIGHT! This year’s party features an array of sweet and savory bites that will keep you merry and bright all season long. If you’re not familiar, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 occurs on select nights throughout November and December and features exclusive food and beverage offerings, special entertainment and character greetings, festive dance parties, complimentary holiday cookies throughout the park, and more. This year’s party begins on November 8, and this Foodie Guide contains all of the delicious info you need to know!

And of course, you can always enhance your festive experience with two special add-ons this year: Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party (with reserved viewing for the holiday parade) and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party (with either Tomorrowland Terrace or Plaza Garden fireworks viewing). Both of these special events offer wonderful buffets of holiday eats and treats as well as a place to hang out, relax, and watch your favorite holiday time entertainment. Check out the links listed above for all of the yummy details and to make reservation!

Now, on to the eats and treats! As always, our incredible Magic Kingdom chefs have outdone themselves with this year’s assortment. And in addition to the party-exclusive treats listed below, there are also many items available all day, every day! 

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Olaf’s Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake (Available Daily at Main Street Bakery)  Gluten-friendly chocolate cake layered with chocolate crispy pearls, chocolate panna cotta, and marshmallow fluff

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Snowflake Brownie (Available Daily at Casey’s Corner) – Chocolate brownie decorated with sugar snowflakes and icing

Holiday Mickey Cinnamon Roll (Available Daily at Main Street Bakery) – A Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll garnished with red and green icing and a white chocolate Mickey Santa hat

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Carved Turkey Sandwich (Party Exclusive, Available at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café) – Oven-roasted turkey with Applewood smoked bacon, smoked gouda, chipotle garlic aïoli, lettuce, and tomato on a roll

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Christmas Cookie Milkshake (Available Daily at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Cookie butter milkshake topped with whipped cream and a Mickey marshmallow straw

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Christmas Cookie Sundae (Available Daily at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Cookie butter soft-serve topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and a white chocolate piece

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Gaston’s Cheese Dip (Party Exclusive, Available at Gaston’s Tavern) – Beer cheese dip with smoked bacon bits served with breadstick antlers

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Gingerbread Sundae (Available Daily at Storybook Treats) – Gingerbread soft-serve sundae topped with whipped cream, gingerbread pieces, and a Minnie Mouse waffle topper

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An Orange Bird Christmas (Party Exclusive, Available at Sunshine Tree Terrace) – Orange-scented white chocolate mousse filled with orange curd on a citrus-almond cream cake with buttercream leaves and a white chocolate piece

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Cherry & Pistachio Float (Available Daily at Aloha Isle) – Cherry and pistachio swirl soft-serve served over cold hot chocolate

Kakamora Float (Party Exclusive, Available at Aloha Isle) – Coconut soft-serve served on top of pineapple juice and non-alcoholic blue curaçao syrup topped with a chocolate Kakamora cake pop

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Sven’s Carrot Cake (Party Exclusive, Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Carrot cake topped with cream cheese icing, sugar carrots, and a chocolate Sven piece

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Jolly Tamale Christmas (Party Exclusive, Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café) – Three house-made tamales filled with shredded chicken and your choice of toppings from the complimentary fixings bar

Christmas Churros (Available Daily at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café and Outdoor Vending Churro Carts) – Mini churros topped with red and green sprinkles and served with chocolate dipping sauce

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Santa Mickey Waffle Sundae (Available Daily at Sleepy Hollow) – Red velvet waffle topped with mint-chip ice cream, seasonal sprinkles, chocolate sauce, and peppermint powder

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Tis the Season (Party Exclusive, Available at Cool Ship) – Chilled Fanta Orange mixed with cranberry juice and green apple popping pearls

To Be Jolly Float (Party Exclusive, Available at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor) – Peppermint iced coffee topped with vanilla ice cream, crushed peppermint, and a chocolate Minnie Mouse bow

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Deck the Halls (Available Daily at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café) – Frozen eggnog topped with whipped cream, confetti sprinkles, and a chocolate bulb

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Holiday Novelty Souvenirs Offered Daily (Only Available While Supplies Last)

  • Holiday Base Popcorn Bucket – Various popcorn carts throughout the park
  • Mickey Jingle Bell Sipper –Sleepy Hollow and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
  • Mickey Gingerbread Straw Clip – Quick-service restaurants throughout the park
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Party-Exclusive Holiday Novelty Souvenirs (Only Available While Supplies Last)

  • Mickey Light-Up Tree Premium Popcorn Bucket – Various popcorn carts throughout the park
  • Sven Sipper – Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café and Gaston’s Tavern

There’s also an array of complimentary goodies that you won’t want to miss out on (included in the price of your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 ticket). Alternative healthy and allergy-friendly goodies are also available upon request.

Complimentary Goodies

  • Pinocchio Village Haus: Snickerdoodle Cookie, Hot Chocolate, and Fanta
  • Storybook Snacks Cart: Snowman Pretzel
  • Miner’s Cove: Peppermint Cookie
  • Friar’s Nook: Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Lunching Pad: Ginger Molasses Cookie and Apple Cider
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café: Peppermint Cookie, Hot Chocolate, and Apple Cider
  • Jungle Cruise: Ginger Molasses Cookie
  • Tortuga Tavern: Snowman Pretzel and Fanta
  • Golden Oak Outpost: Snickerdoodle Cookie
  • Diamond Horseshoe: Chocolate Chip Cookie and Eggnog

Remember, unless otherwise noted, all of these items are exclusive to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 on select nights Nov. 8 – Dec. 22, 2019. And be sure to check out the My Disney Experience app to mobile order meals and snacks on demand, pay in advance, and skip the line at select quick-service food and beverage locations. It’s the best way to maximize your time in the park!

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And if you’re interested in the holiday shirts and headbands you see in the photos above, then be sure to stop by the Emporium or select merchandise locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort so you can grab your very own Gingerbread Ears or holiday spirit jersey!

So, what are you waiting for? These holiday eats are calling your name! Get your tickets today for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 and come celebrate the season!

Looking for more holiday fun? Don’t miss the Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios!

Disney Villains After Hours 2020 Returns to Magic Kingdom Park in February

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Guests loved Disney Villains After Hours in 2019 so much that next year, Disney Villains After Hours 2020 is coming back to Magic Kingdom Park with more nights and more wicked fun for all!

In 2020, the event will take place on 24 select nights February 7 through July 10! Yes, that’s 14 additional nights!  

Disney Villains After Hours 2020 is bringing back the villain-themed elements guests loved:  

  • “Villains Unite the Night” stage show. Hades and Meg from “Hercules” will set the castle stage ablaze in this exciting and villainous show which also features appearances by Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.
  • Spot Maleficent the Dragon. Maleficent the Dragon, with her Steampunk style and signature wicked grin will be let loose at night – breathing fire as she creeps through the park as a one-of-a-kind experience for party guests.
  • Dance the night away at the Cinderella Castle Forecourt stage, where a party DJ will be spinning some sick beats, transforming the entire Central Plaza of the park into a killer club scene.
  • Discover surprising, villain-inspired additions to Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.
  • Eat and drink wickedly good food & beverages. A variety of specialty food & beverage offerings will be available for purchase, including tasty desserts, drinks and dishes inspired by your favorite villainous friends.
  • Event attendees can purchase exclusive merchandise as well as items from a curated collection of the best Disney Villains merchandise available.
  • Enjoy low wait times at more than 25 attractions and experiences after the park closes to day guests.

Tickets for Disney Villains After Hours 2020 are now on sale! You can purchase tickets in advance for $145 plus tax or $155 plus tax on the event night. That’s at $10 savings if you buy early! Plus, Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of a $30 discount. Limited tickets are available, so get yours soon!

Event tickets allow entry as early as 7 p.m., which gives you time to enjoy fireworks before heading off to the attractions. Select complimentary snacks and beverages are also included in the cost of admission. 

And don’t forget to show off your sinister side by dressing in attire inspired by your favorite baddie and sharing your experience using #VillainsAfterHours.

As a reminder, this event does not include character greetings with the Villains.

For more information on Disney Villains After Hours 2020 and to purchase your tickets, visit DisneyWorld.com/VillainsAfterHours or call the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 939-2742.

Looking for more after hours fun in the parks? We have a list of seven special ticket events to consider for your next visit.

Frozen 2 Treats Now Available at the Walt Disney World Resort

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Frozen 2 treats at Disney World
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You don’t have to journey to an enchanted forest to try these new Frozen 2 treats celebrating the premiere of Disney’s highly-anticipated animated film, “Frozen 2.” All you have to do is visit Walt Disney World Resort, where you’ll find a variety of yummy sweets across property. This list will give you the inside scoop on all of the offerings available! While some items are coming soon, others are available now – so be sure to come on out and try them for yourself! You won’t want to miss these Frozen 2 treats. And be sure to see “Frozen 2” in theaters Nov. 22. 

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Magic Kingdom Park (available starting Nov. 8)

  • Olaf’s Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake (Main Street Bakery, available all day) – gluten-friendly chocolate cake layered with chocolate crispy pearls, chocolate panna cotta, and marshmallow fluff
  • Sven’s Carrot Cake (Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café, Exclusive to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party) – carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting, sugar carrots, and a chocolate piece
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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Leaning Palms

  • Elsa’s Frozen Wave – cotton candy vanilla milkshake with whipped cream, fall and winter sprinkles, and a white chocolate coin 
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Disney Springs, The Ganachery (available starting Nov. 15)

  • Chocolate Olaf – creamy milk chocolate Olaf filled with mini pumpkin spice marshmallows frolicking in a pile of chocolate leaves
  • Pumpkin Spice Ganache Square
  • Chocolate Ganache Pop – salted caramel ganache pop

Disney Springs, Marketplace Snacks

  • Olaf Dole Whip Slushy – vanilla soft-serve on top of blue raspberry slush with Olaf chocolate piece and chocolate chip buttons

Disney Springs, Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Anna and Elsa Petit Cake – cinnamon-nutmeg chiffon cake with Calvados caramel mousse, cranberry-cherry pate de fruit, and roasted hazelnuts
  • Arendelle Anna Petit Cake – cinnamon-nutmeg chiffon cake with Calvados caramel mousse, cranberry-cherry pate de fruit, and roasted hazelnuts
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Epcot, Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe

  • 4 Pack Mini Spirit Cupcakes – 
    • Earth – chocolate cupcake with cookie crumbles and candy rocks
    • Wind – vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream and fall leaf sprinkles
    • Fire – chocolate cupcake with fire buttercream
    • Water – vanilla cupcake with blue buttercream and sugar bubbles
  • Fall Cheesecake – lemon cheesecake with graham cracker crust topped with Olaf and fall leaf sprinkles
  • Caramel Mousse – sea salt caramel mousse with vanilla cake crust and white chocolate piece
  • Frozen Orange Vanilla Cream Soda – served in a souvenir sipper
  • Sven’s Apple Cheesecake – apple-filled cheesecake
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Resorts

  • Dark Sea Chocolate Cake (Beach Club Marketplace and The Market at Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort) – chocolate cake with caramel cream cheese swirl, a dulcey chocolate mousse dome, glaçage, and a white chocolate glaze
  • Frozen Waves Cupcake (available starting Nov. 17 at Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort) – chocolate cupcake filled with chocolate ganache and topped with vanilla mint buttercream and sanding sugar
  • Frozen Fractals Cupcake (available starting Nov. 1 at Food Courts at Disney’s All-Star Resorts) – blue confetti cupcake with shades of blue frost buttercream and a white chocolate piece
  • “Frozen 2” Pumpkin Spiced Donut Tart (Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort) – vanilla tart shell filled with pumpkin custard and topped with a spiced donut cake top, cinnamon glaze, and chocolate leaves
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  • Hidden Truth Cupcake (Good’s Food to Go at Disney’s Old Key West Resort and The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa) – chocolate cupcake with blackberry ganache, blackberry buttercream, white chocolate garnish, and blue and white sprinkles
  • Water Spirit Cupcake (Food Courts at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort and Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort) – chocolate cupcake filled with white chocolate mousse and topped with vanilla buttercream, crispy pearls, and a white chocolate garnish
  • Enchanted Forest Leaves (Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) – maple leaf-shaped sugar cookie sandwich filled with maple and praline buttercream and garnished with a chocolate coin
  • Fall Into Winter Dessert (available starting Nov. 24 at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge) – spiced cheesecake with a caramel apple compote, embossed fondant, and sprinkles

Which of these delicious Frozen 2 treats do you plan to try? For more information on all of the locations listed above, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or check out the My Disney Experience mobile app. 

Heading to Disney World for the holiday season? Don’t miss the $10 bonus card with the Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler.