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Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way Coming to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

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A Disney Villain you love to hate will be hosting her own festive and fabulous event during this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park!

Starting today, you can book the all-new Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant,  the perfect place to mix and mingle with Cruella de Vil and be part of her circle of puppies, aka friends! Enjoy a fun, festive atmosphere, with themed background music and décor, and a great view of Town Square. 

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Beginning at 9:30 p.m., this new and special experience will allow you to pop in and out at your leisure and indulge in savory hors d’oeuvres with a taste from the Witches Cauldron—a kettle of gooey and creamy spinach dip with ciabatta crostini, assorted Halloween flatbreads and more! In addition, there will be sweet treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake and mini cannoli, Kanine Krunchy cake and Mini De Vil brownies and a variety of beverages including beer and wine selections and more! 

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But the party doesn’t stop there! You will also have access to a special reserved viewing area for the truly enchanting “Mickey’s Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade at 11:15 p.m., featuring some of Cruella’s villainous pals. 

After the parade, the fun continues at Tony’s where you can hang out until 12:30 a.m.

Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way is available for $99 per person (plus tax) every Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event night at Magic Kingdom Park. Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required to attend. Seating is available for guests as they dine on a first come, first serve basis and shared seating is encouraged amongst guests to enjoy both the food and company the party has to offer.

Reservations are available on DisneyWorld.com and by calling 407-939-3463. Space is limited and will fill up fast, so book your reservation soon!

Seven Disney Special Ticket Events Offer After Hours Fun at Disney World

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If you’re looking for a list of the best things to do at Walt Disney World Resort, you came to the right place! Disney Special Event Tickets are one of my favorite things to take advantage of at Walt Disney World Resort, offering a unique immersive experience in the Disney parks. Depending on the event you choose, this is a chance to enjoy some of your favorite attractions with less wait time or celebrate the holidays – Disney style! Whether you are planning your first Walt Disney World Resort vacation or a returning guest, these events are a great way to get the most out of your trip. Keep reading to discover which special after-hours event is right for you!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s iconic Tree of Life will undergo extraordinary “awakenings” throughout each evening as the animal spirits are brought to life by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment. Projections of nature scenes take on a magical quality as they appear to dramatically emanate from within the Tree of Life. (David Roark, photographer)

1. For Nature Lovers: Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

When the sun goes down, Disney’s Animal Kingdom comes alive like never before and Pandora- The World of Avatar transforms into a bioluminescent rainforest.  Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom not only offers the chance to see the park in a whole new light, it’s also a great way to experience many of the exciting attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 

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2. For Fans That Can’t Get Enough Toy Story: Disney H2O Glow Nights at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Looking for more ways to celebrate the release of “Toy Story 4” this summer? Disney H2O Glow Nights is the event for you! From Toy-story themed menu items to character greetings with your favorite Toy Story pals, this one-of-a-kind glow party brings “Partysaurus Rex,” to life and lets you experience Typhoon Lagoon attractions under the stars. 

3. For Villain Devotees: Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park

This summer, Disney’s most notorious villains are taking center stage at Magic Kingdom Park! Disney Villains After Hours will feature a tempting array of villain-inspired treats, special branded merchandise, the all-new night show, “Villains Unite the Night” and Maleficent the Dragon. Check out this complete list of the unique experiences this event has to offer. 

Little green Aliens from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films pilot toy rocket ships in the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The out-of-this-world attraction is inspired by Andy’s toy playset from the Pizza Planet restaurant. With multi-colored lighting and sound effects from throughout the galaxies, Walt Disney World guests swirl and whirl in the toy rocket ships while the Aliens try to get captured by “The Claw” that hangs overhead. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

4. For Adventure Seekers: Disney After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

Let your adventure begin at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Whether you’re heading to Andy’s Backyard, hopping on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith or checking out The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, attending Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios is an awesome way to experience everything Disney’s Hollywood Studios has to offer. 

New in 2015, the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” show during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park features the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s Hocus Pocus, who throw an evil Halloween party with appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other Disney villains, along with dancers, projections and special effects. Walt Disney World Resort is located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

5. For Halloween Aficionados: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Did someone say trick-or-treating in the Magic Kingdom Park? At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, dressing up is not just for kids! The unique special entertainment offerings at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party combine the magic of Disney with classic Halloween traditions. You won’t want to miss the brand-new fireworks spectacular or the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” castle stage show.  

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6. For Classic Disney Enthusiasts: Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park

From Fantasyland to Tomorrowland, there is so much to explore in the Magic Kingdom Park.  Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park allows you to enjoy more than 25 of Disney’s iconic attractions and character greetings including Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight with less wait times.    

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7. For Christmas Connoisseurs: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 

There is nothing quite like watching an enchanting “snowfall” in Florida. In my opinion, the most wonderful time of the year is even more magical when spent at the happiest place on earth! At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party there is no shortage of holiday cheer, Yuletide traditions and beloved Disney characters.  And debuting this year, an all-new holiday firework show, “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.” 

Ready to experience the Disney parks like never before? Plan to purchase your tickets early to save on these awesome special ticket events at Disney World. 

Holiday Celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Begin November 8, 2019

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Everyone will be feeling extra merry and bright at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this holiday season, with festive new entertainment and holiday décor in every land! For the first time, holiday celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be held throughout the park and all the fun begins November 8, 2019.

It all begins when you cross the bridge to Discovery Island, finding yourself in the midst of a celebration of winter, hand-crafted by the eclectic community of artists who make the island their home. The village is filled with sparkling white holiday decorations. Colorful, animal-inspired luminaries line the rooftops, and wireframe lanterns in the shape of beautiful birds can be found perched throughout the area. And during the day, Discovery Island springs to life with a holiday gathering of winter animals, realized in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets. Reindeer, foxes, polar bears, penguins and more interact with guests, accompanied by serenading musicians as they create a playful atmosphere of festive fun.

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As day becomes night, the rooftop luminaries and bird lanterns all around Discovery Island bring a warm and festive glow to the entire village. At the center of everything, the Tree of Life awakens with a series of wintry tales, complemented by a familiar and heartwarming holiday-inspired musical score. Between awakening moments, the Tree of Life continues to shimmer and sparkle throughout the night, alive with the magic of nature and the spirit of the holidays.

Over in Dinoland, U.S.A., all the Disney character friends gathered for Donald’s Dino-Bash! get into the spirit with colorful holiday decorations in the style of Donald Duck and each of his pals, and at night, you’re invited to gather ‘round Truck-O-Saurus for the Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip ‘n Dale and plenty of interactive fun and games.

In Asia, the residents of Anandapur have decorated the theatre district in celebration of Diwali, the holiday festival of lights in India. Glowing flowers, lanterns and more illuminate the square between Anandapur Theater and the waterfront stage, home to authentic cultural performances.

The village of Harambe in Africa welcomes visitors with a unique holiday presentation, blending the inspiration and style of western traditions with the colors and textiles of authentic African celebrations. The various groups appearing throughout Harambe introduce holiday-inspired enhancements, including costume additions and new music, to their performances. The holiday fun continues inside Tusker House for dining with Disney friends, where Mickey and his pals spread holiday cheer throughout the meal.

The holiday spirit even reaches Pandora – The World of Avatar, where the ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora bring a little Christmastime fun to their alien home, with a display at Pongu Pongu of kitschy holiday décor, combining vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.

It’s going to be an extra magical holiday season at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and across Walt Disney World Resort, filled with wonder and delight in all four parks! Make plans to join the holiday celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, starting November 8, 2019.

Guide to Food and Drinks at Disney Parks for Fourth of July 2019

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Get ready for a patriotic spread of red, white, and blue treats that Sam Eagle would be proud to chow down on at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts for Fourth of July 2019. This guide provides you with all of the yummy details your all-American heart could hope for. Happy Independence Day, Disney Foodies!

4TH OF JULY OFFERINGS AT DISNEYLAND RESORT

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Disneyland Park

  • Plaza Inn Dining Package Adult Meal – Available July 4 at Plaza Inn by Reservation OnlySlow-roasted BBQ pork, fried chicken breast, smoked bratwurst with golden mustard sauce, fresh watermelon, corn on the cob, house-made cornbread, sweet baked beans, mac and cheese, and apple pie (vegetarian options available)
  • Plaza Inn Dining Package Kid’s Meal – Available July 4 at Plaza Inn by Reservation OnlyFried chicken leg, mac and cheese, watermelon, house-made cornbread, corn on the cob, and individual classic apple pie (vegetarian options available)
  • Apple Pie Shake – Available July 4 at Carnation Cafe 
  • 4th of July Cupcake – Available July 4 at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe: Cinnamon sponge cupcake with apple filling and buttercream

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Firecracker – Available July 4-7 at Hollywood Lounge: Mojito with blueberries and strawberry popping pearls

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel – Sand Bar BBQ 4th of July Menu 

  • PCH Burger – Short ribs and brisket blend half-pound beef patty with steak tomato, aged cheddar cheese, Vidalia onions, and charred avocado aïoli on a brioche bun
  • All Beef Hot Dog – Wagyu beef dog with caramelized onions and homemade ketchup on a pretzel bun
  • Chicken DrumMettes – Flare of citrus and sea salt with blue cheese dipping sauce and vegetable crudité
  • Veggie Burger – All-natural plant-based vegetarian patty with plum tomato, caramelized red onions, iceberg lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing on a brioche bun
  • Street Corn on the Cob – Sweet Californian corn, chili-lime aïoli, and queso fresco
  • Seasonal Fruit – Watermelon wedge, pineapple spears, and grapes or large dill pickle
  • Watermelon Aguas Frescas
  • Horchata
  • Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
  • Mickey Premium Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Classic Root Beer Float – Vanilla ice cream with root beer
  • Electric Lemonade – Citrus vodka and Odwalla lemonade
  • Odwalla Lemonade
  • Budweiser
  • Bud Light
  • Corona Extra
  • Heineken
  • Blue Moon Belgian White
  • Hangar 24 Orange Wheat Ale
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Downtown Disney District

  • Frozen Cherry Boba Lemonade – Available at Wetzel’s PretzelsFrozen lemonade with cherry-flavored popping pearls and cherry purée
  • Firecracker Cocktail – Available through July 7 at Splitsville Luxury Lanes: Lemonade, citrus vodka, blue curaçao, and grenadine
  • 4th of July Box – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcakes, dark chocolate cupcakes, and gluten-friendly lemon-blueberry cupcakes
  • Americana Mini Sampler – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcake, dark chocolate cupcake, and vanilla cupcake
  • Berry Ice Creams – Available through July 31 at Salt & Straw: Birthday Cakes & Blackberries flavor, Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero flavor, and Fresh Sheep’s Cheese & Strawberries flavor
  • Red, White & Blue Cake Shake – Available July 3-7 at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes: Vanilla shake with red, white, and blue cake slice, whipped cream, sprinkles, a cherry, and a vanilla frosted rim with red, white, and blue sprinkles

4TH OF JULY OFFERINGS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

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Magic Kingdom Park

  • It’s a Party! Sundae – Available through July 31 at Plaza Ice Cream ParlorRed velvet cake topped with birthday cake ice cream, vanilla sauce, raspberry sauce, whipped cream, a cherry, and red, white, and blue sprinkles
  • Sugar Cookie Sandwich – Available through July 31 at Plaza Ice Cream ParlorBirthday cake ice cream sandwiched between two sugar cookies with red, white, and blue sprinkles
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Epcot

  • Berry Shortcake – Available July 4 at Sunshine Seasons: Fresh blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream topped with patriotic sprinkles and a chocolate Mickey coin
  • Fourth of July Cupcake – Available July 4 at Fountain View: Yellow cake with buttercream and white chocolate mousse dome
  • BBQ Rib Plate – Available July 4 at Liberty Inn: BBQ babyback ribs with slaw and cornbread
  • All-American Burger – Available at Liberty Inn1/3 lb Angus burger with Vermont sharp cheddar, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and pickle on a brioche bun with french fries
  • The American Dream – Available at Fife & DrumFrozen blue raspberry slushy with vanilla ice cream and frozen strawberry
  • Voices of Liberty Quick-Service Dining Package – Available July 4 at Liberty Inn: Includes entrée, non-alcoholic beverage, dessert, and guaranteed seating for the Voices of Liberty Show at America Gardens Theatre and can be purchased for 29.99 plus tax on July 4 only in-person at Liberty Inn. Show times are 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Fourth of July Cupcake – Available through July 7 at Creature Comforts and Restaurantosaurus:Yellow cupcake with apple pie filling, buttercream, and chocolate fireworks
  • Ultimate Barbecue Platter – Available July 4-7 at Flame Tree BarbecueHouse-smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, coleslaw, and beans
  • Burger and Brew Combo – Available July 4-7 at Restaurantosaurus7-oz burger topped with smoked cheddar cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and jalapeño poppers and served with fries and your choice of beer
  • 4th of July White Berry Sangria – Available July 4-7 at Tusker House Restaurant, Tiffins Restaurant, Dawa Bar, and Nomad Lounge: White sangria with blueberries and strawberries
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Disney Springs

  • Red, White and Blue Slush – Available July 4 at Amorette’s PatisserieBlue raspberry, white Chantilly cream, and strawberry lemonade
  • Firecracker Cocktail – Available through July 7 at Splitsville Luxury Lanes: Lemonade, citrus vodka, blue curaçao, and grenadine
  • 4th of July Box – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcakes, dark chocolate cupcakes, and gluten-friendly lemon-blueberry cupcakes
  • Americana Mini Sampler – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcake, dark chocolate cupcake, and vanilla cupcake
  • 4th of July Sundae – Available July 4 at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill:Fresh berries and gelato topped with whipped cream, a house-made waffle cone, red, white, and blue sprinkles, and chocolate candies
  • Assorted 4th of July Desserts – Available at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill To-Go Window: Freshly-made brownies, mini cupcakes, cookies, and white chocolate-drizzled popcorn

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

  • Mickey’s Fire Cracker Cupcake – Available July 4 at Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Red velvet cupcake with mixed berry filling and vanilla buttercream icing
  • Independence Day Cupcake – Available July 4 at P&J’s Southern Takeout at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds: Yellow cupcake with buttercream icing 
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich – Available July 4 at Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: BBQ pulled pork with spicy pimento cheese, fried onion straws, bread, and pickles
  • Fourth of July Shortcake – Available July 3-5 at Everything POP Shopping and Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort: Red, white, and blue shortcake with macerated berries
  • Red, White, and Blue Sangria – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: White sangria infused with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
  • Patriotic Rum Punch – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Raspberry rum, blue curaçao, and cranberry and pineapple juices
  • Non-Alcoholic Boom Berry Lemonade – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Powerade Mountain Blast, lemonade, and fresh raspberries
  • The Strawberry Sparkler – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Sparkling wine infused with strawberry purée and fresh blueberries and garnished with a strawberry popsicle
  • 4th of July Donut – Available through July 4 at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Classic glazed donut topped with vanilla frosting and red, white, and blue sprinkles
  • 4th of July Cupcake – Available through July 4 at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Vanilla cupcake with cherry filling, buttercream icing, and red, white, and blue sprinkles and stars
  • Apple Pie Cupcake – Available July 3-5 at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts: Vanilla bean cupcake with roasted apple filling and buttercream
  • Uncle Slam – Available July 4 at Oasis and Barefoot Pool Bars at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortRum blended with cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and strawberry purée with a floater of blue curaçao (non-alcoholic version also available)
  • Raspberry Dole Whip Cone – Available July 4 at Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortBlue sugar cone with red raspberry Dole Whip and red, white, and blue stars
  • 4th of July Cupcake – Available July 4 at Capt. Cook’s and Kona Coffee Bar: Yellow cupcake with lemon-blueberry filling and red, white, and blue, buttercream stars

For more information on the food & beverage offerings at Disneyland Resort, visit the Disneyland Resort website or call 714 718-DINE (714 718-3463).

For more information on the food & beverage offerings at Walt Disney World Resort, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

12 Disney World Shows You Have to See During Your Next Visit

The Walt Disney World Resort theme parks are known for their characters, parades, fireworks, and rides, but many guests overlook the incredible shows. From Broadway style shows to interactive experiences, there are some great Disney World shows that you won’t want to miss! There is truly something for every member of your family to enjoy!

Here are twelve Disney World shows that you should make time to watch during your next visit:

Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Disney’s Festival of the Lion King is a true Broadway style stage show inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom that lasts about thirty minutes. You’ll get to hear some classic songs and even see a few characters from the original film, but also enjoy some new music and performances from this talented cast.

Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Beauty and the Beast truly comes to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage. You’ll get to enjoy an abbreviated version of the film during this twenty-five minute performance featuring all of your favorite characters from the film.

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration is a “must see” for Frozen fans and anyone who has ever had a Frozen fan in their family. This re-telling of the movie is a fun sing along for kids (and those young at heart), but also has plenty of humor mixed in to keep everyone’s attention.

Finding Nemo- The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Finding Nemo- The Musical is another fabulous Broadway style show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This incredible and colorful forty minute performance features larger than life puppets of your favorite friends from “The Big Blue.”

Voyage of The Little Mermaid at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Voyage of The Little Mermaid is a twenty minute retelling of the film that will take you “Under the Sea” where Ariel wishes that she could be “Part of Your World.” From live performers to colorful puppets, this show is great for the whole family to enjoy together.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom Park: Mickey’s PhilharMagic doesn’t feature any live actors, but is a fun 3-D show in Fantasyland. With scenes and music from many classic Disney films, this is a “must do” for my family at Magic Kingdom. Since this show is held inside, it is a great rainy day activity.

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire at Magic Kingdom Park: Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is a stage show at Cinderella Castle performed multiple times each day. With music, dancing, and more, this is a great show that features lots of our Disney friends.

Disney Junior Dance Party! At Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The new Disney Junior Dance Party! just premiered in December 2018 and is perfect for little ones! They can see some of their favorite Disney Junior friends and even get up and dance along with the show to burn some energy. There is no bench or stadium seating so all guests must sit on the floor with their children during this experience.

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom Park: Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor allows you to go into the monster world and help Mike and some of your favorite monster friends collect your laughter to power their world. There’s even a chance for you to text some of your own jokes for Mike’s nephew, Marty, to read on stage so come prepared 🙂

Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Park: Your family can learn about all 45 men who have held the office of President of the United States at the Hall of Presidents. You’ll have the chance to see and even hear from some incredible audio-animatronic figures. This can be a great educational experience, especially if your kids are missing school for your vacation.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Is an exciting, action packed show, full of tricks and special effects that you see in the movie. This show then takes you “behind the scenes” to see how many of these effects are created and safely performed in the movies.

UP! A Great Bird Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: UP! A Great Bird Adventure is still a relatively new show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Located in Asia, this twenty-five minute show will feature some of the world’s most exotic birds alongside your favorite Disney-Pixar friends from “Up.”

What are your favorite Disney World shows?

Complete Guide to New Lion King Treats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Is your stomach roaring for some tasty grub? Well I’ve got some deliciously exciting news for you! There is a whole pride of eats and treats coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park this summer with offerings that celebrate some of your favorite characters and moments from Disney’s beloved tale, “The Lion King.” 

All of the Lion King treats listed below are now available and will run through the end of summer. From latte art and ice cream sandwiches to special cones and more, there are enough treats here to have a feast fit for a (lion) king! 

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Simba Ice Cream Sandwich – Available at Tamu Tamu

Vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies and decorated with chocolate tail and an image of Simba

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Simba’s Sunset Dole Whip – Available at Tamu Tamu

Pineapple Dole Whip topped with red syrup made up of watermelon and coconut 

King’s Cooler – Available at Tamu Tamu

Pineapple Dole Whip with rum topped with red syrup made up of watermelon and coconut

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Asante Slush – Available at the Shave Ice Cart Near Harambe Market

Shaved ice topped with watermelon and passion fruit-mango syrup

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Serengeti Sangria – Available at Dawa Bar, Harambe Market, and Boneyard Bar

Red sangria

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Bugs ‘n Grub Waffle Cone – Available at Anandapur Bus and Trilo-Bites

Chocolate soft-serve ice cream in a green cone with cookies and cream “dirt” crumbles, gummy worms, and a chocolate beetle

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“The Lion King” Novelty Sipper and Popcorn Bucket – Available Later this Summer at various Outdoor Vending Locations throughout the Park

Only available while supplies last

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“The Lion King” Latte Art – Available at Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.

Special latte art featuring Simba

Lion’s Latte – Available at Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.

Hot or iced latte featuring a decadent blend of espresso, white chocolate and coconut.

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Simba Cupcake – Currently available at Pizzafari

Yellow vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate mousse and topped with buttercream, an edible piece featuring Simba, and a fierce mane of orange and yellow icing

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Simba and Nala Waffles – Currently available at Tusker House (breakfast only)

Kid’s waffles featuring Simba and Nala

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Special “The Lion King”-themed Merchandise – Available at Mombasa Marketplace, Discovery Trading Company, and Island Mercantile

Enjoy these treats in style with apparel including a Long Live the King Black Youth Tee, a Simba Youth Baseball Cap, and a Hakuna Matata Adult Tee

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But that’s not all – in addition to all of these fun treats, there are a few more ways you can celebrate “The Lion King,” such as our new limited-time dining experience – Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night. This event happens on Wednesday nights throughout the summer and takes you on a flavorful journey inspired by the animated classic. Take a train ride to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, enjoy live entertainment, and graze on hors d’oeuvres featuring authentic African fare plus a variety of other delicious selections. 

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Next door at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jiko – The Cooking Place is featuring a limited-time special “Lion King”-themed prix fixe menu. Check out the full menu and more details on my recent blog

For more information on Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and to make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World website or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

12 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Disney World Vacation

A Disney World vacation can add up quickly for families between the expenses of a hotel stay, theme park tickets, dining, souvenirs, transportation, and more. There are some easy ways that you can cut your costs and still have a magical vacation!

Here are twelve easy ways you can save money on your Disney World vacation:

  1. Skip the park hopper option: If you are concerned about your budget, one of the easiest things to trim is the park hopper option. On a multi-day park ticket, this can save you more than $80 per person which quickly adds up for families!
  2. Stay at a value resort: There are five value resorts at Disney World- Disney’s All Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All Star Music Resort, Disney’s All Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. These hotels typically start around $100 per night and still include all of the perks and amenities of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. So, you can take advantage of complimentary magic bands, complimentary transportation to the parks, complimentary airport transfers, and more!
  3. Take advantage of discounts: Disney offers various room and package discounts throughout the year. There are rarely times that there isn’t a special offer available so be sure to take advantage of these to save as much as possible on your vacation.
  4. Travel in the off season: Disney tends to offer the lowest rates in January and September. These times coincide with the lowest crowds so it makes for a great experience all the way around!
  5. Disney gift cards: Did you know that you can use Disney gift cards to pay for any or all of your Disney vacation? It’s true! You can purchase Disney gift cards at a number of retailers and earn cash back on your credit cards or take advantage of discounted prices at wholesalers like Sam’s Club or by saving 5% with a Target red card.
  6. Table service breakfast: If you aren’t purchasing a dining plan, breakfast will be the least expensive meal to purchase. This is especially important if you are planning character dining as you can easily save over $10 per person, just by choosing breakfast over dinner!
  7. Pack breakfast and snacks: Breakfast is a pretty easy meal to pack in a suitcase to bring with you. There are so many choices like cereal, breakfast bars, and even mini doughnuts that can travel well and save a lot rather than having to buy that meal out of pocket. You can also pack snacks to minimize those dining costs in the parks.
  8. Spend a day at Disney Springs: You can skip a day of the parks for some of the wonderful activities available outside of the theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort! You could spend a day exploring Disney Springs, try horseback riding at Fort Wilderness, swim at your resort’s pool, stroll the Boardwalk, and more, all without having to purchase park admission.
  9. Get free ice water and/or Bring a refillable bottle: You can get a free cup of ice water at any quick service dining location in all four theme parks. These are readily available and often waiting on a tray behind the counter. If you don’t love the taste of Florida water (few do), bring a water bottle from home that you can refill in the parks and add your own flavor packet to it!
  10. Bring souvenirs or stop by Character Warehouse: If you can pick up souvenirs from home, whether you go to your local Disney Store, order from ShopDisney.com or even check out the Dollar Tree (or Target Dollar Spot), you can save so much on souvenirs. If you’re looking for authentic park souvenirs, be sure to take the time to visit Character Warehouse at the outlets in Orlando to get discounted merchandise from the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and hotels (and often Disney Cruise Line)!
  11. Bring Your Stroller: Stroller rentals can really add up. If you rent in the parks, single strollers are $15 daily or double strollers are $31 daily. Even length of stay rentals from approved companies can come close to $100 so if at all possible, bring your own stroller with you. Chances are, your kids will be more comfortable in their own stroller, too!
  12. Skip Memory Maker: Memory Maker is available for the discounted rate of $169 when purchased at least 3 days in advance while the cost in the parks is $199. The Disney PhotoPass photographers are happy to take the same pictures on your camera or phone as they do on theirs. The only thing you really would miss are the magic shots and attraction photos.

What are your favorite ways to save money on a Disney World vacation?

Top 9 Reasons to Plan a Fall Disney World Vacation in 2019

It’s always a great time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, but this fall is looking like an extra special time to visit! With some returning favorite annual events and other exciting new grand openings this year, it’s the perfect time to plan a fall Disney World vacation!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be held at Magic Kingdom Park on 36 select nights between August 16 and November 1. The special ticket event will include a new Halloween-themed nighttime show this year featuring state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. Other returning favorites include trick or treating throughout the park, Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show, attraction overlays, and more.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: This annual celebration of cuisine, music and more at Epcot will take place August 29 through November 23. During this foodie festival, the park will brim with marketplaces, culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, specialty merchandise and so much more. 

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The End of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” and the Debut of “Epcot Forever”: “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” has dazzled millions of guests for almost 20 years as Epcot’s nighttime spectacular with fireworks, fountains and lasers paying homage to the joyful story of humanity and the remarkable achievements of our time. The show’s final performance will be September 30, to make way for an all-new, limited-time spectacular, “Epcot Forever,” which will debut on October 1. “Epcot Forever” will be a celebration of the past, present and future of Epcot featuring fireworks, lasers and choreographed special-effect kites accompanied by a stirring collection of songs celebrating the park.

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NBA Experience at Disney Springs: Basketball will officially be “in season” at Disney World this fall, after NBA Experience holds a championship-worthy grand opening on August 12 at Disney Springs. This re-creation of a modern NBA arena will give you the opportunity to feel what it’s like to be a basketball superstar through 13 unique interactive and hands-on experiences.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will officially open to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29. While visiting the land, you can stop for a drink at Oga’s Cantina or discover rare artifacts at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, among other immersive experiences. The groundbreaking attraction Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will even give you control of the iconic spacecraft as the ship hurtles through space on a smuggling mission. 

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Disney Skyliner Transportation: A new mode of transportation will be available to guests at Walt Disney World this fall when Disney Skyliner, a state-of-the-art gondola system, begins gliding across the sky. Disney Skyliner will conveniently connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort (planned to open in mid-December).

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Rivers of Light: We Are One: Animal Kingdom will debut a new version of their nighttime spectacular, Rivers of Light, this summer. “Rivers of Light: We Are One” includes dramatic new imagery and familiar animal characters from Disneynature films along with a colorful tapestry of unforgettable moments from Disney animation.

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Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is opening the new 15-story Gran Destino tower this summer, adding more than 500 guest rooms (including suites and concierge-level services) and crowned by a rooftop restaurant. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has also opened a new waterfront dining and retail shopping area.

10 Year Anniversary of runDisney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend: The 2019 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend will celebrate ten years of running magic when the event takes place October 31 through November 3. This year’s weekend includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon and kids’ races. During the 2019 Disney Fall Feast 5K, you can run, jog or walk your way around Epcot for the first time. Plus, at the November 3 post-race party, you can enjoy after-hours access to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

What are you most looking forward to experiencing at Disney World this fall?

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Complete Guide to Food Bowls at Disney World

Food bowls have become the newest sensation at Disney parks and resorts across the country. With so many yummy options, including tons of build-your-own bowls, there’s something for everyone. They have everything from breakfast and dinner bowls to sweet and savory choices. But remember, Disney’s chefs are always looking to enhance our dining experiences with new menus and new dishes throughout the year, so these bowls are all subject to change – and you never know what new bowls at Disney might show up!

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Splitsville Luxury Lanes

  • Power Bowl – sautéed chicken, kale, and broccoli stir-fried in tataki sauce served over roasted sweet potatoes topped with avocado and sesame seeds
  • Sweet n’ Spicy Chicken Bowl – tempura-battered chicken, broccoli, and peppers (red and green) tossed in spicy Thai chili sauce served over sushi rice
  • Taco Bowl – seasoned ground beef, black bean corn salsa, spicy taco-seasoned sauce, and white rice topped with shredded lettuce, pickled jalapeños, cheddar jack cheese, and sour cream served in a crunchy tortilla shell
  • Spicy Veggie Bowl – broccoli, kale, and crisp mixed vegetables stir-fried in spicy kimchi tataki sauce and topped with avocado and green onions served over sushi rice
  • Spicy Veggie Bowl with Protein (Disneyland Resort only) – choice of grilled salmon, sautéed shrimp, or tofu with broccoli, kale, and crisp mixed vegetables stir-fried in spicy kimchi tataki sauce and topped with avocado and green onions served over sushi rice
  • Poke Bowl (Disneyland Resort only) – choice of salmon, ahi tuna, or tofu with pickled radish and avocado over bamboo rice blend topped with spicy mayo, sesame seeds, and scallions
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4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food TruckDisney Springs

  • Burrito Bowl – choice of brisket barbacoa, chicken tinga, pork sofrito, grilled tri-tip steak, or black beans and rice served with salsa verde, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, queso fresco, cilantro, jalapeño, and corn tortilla strips served over your choice of rice or lettuce

YeSake, Disney Springs

  • Build-Your-Own Bowl – choice of fresh ahi tuna, cooked shrimp, Yakiniku beef, fresh salmon, or grilled chicken served with your choice of rice, grains, vegetables, and sauces

Springs’ Street Tacos, Disney Springs

  • Steak Bowl – grilled steak with avocado crema, pico de gallo, beans, queso fresco, jalapeño, cilantro, radish, and lime
  • Fish Bowl – seared white fish with tropical fruit salsa, beans, red cabbage, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime
  • Chicken Bowl – braised chicken adobo with avocado crema, beans, queso fresco, pico de gallo, jalapeño, cilantro, radish, and lime
  • Vegetarian Bowl – yellow rice, black beans, roasted corn and peppers, pico de gallo, beans, queso fresco, jalapeño, cilantro, radish, and lime
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Intermission Café, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

  • Create-Your-Own Bowl – choice of braised adobo beef or pulled pork with choice of base: fragrant rice, black beans, or pinto beans; with toppings made fresh in-house
  • Plant-based Bowl – plant-based crumbles and cheddar shreds with toppings made fresh in-house
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Satu’li CanteenDisney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Create-Your-Own Satu’li Bowl – choice of wood-grilled chicken, chili-garlic shrimp, beef, or chili-spiced fried tofu; choice of base: rice, black beans, red and sweet potato hash, noodles, or hearty salad; topped with your choice of sauce: charred green onion vinaigrette, black bean vinaigrette, or creamy herb dressing (The options available for the Create-Your-Own Satu’li Bowl allow for 48 different bowl combinations)

Harambe Market, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Rib Bowl – ribs, cilantro rice, and green salad base topped with salsa
  • Chicken Bowl – grilled chicken, cilantro rice, and green salad base topped with salsa
  • Roasted Vegetable Bowl – roasted vegetables, cilantro rice, and green salad base topped with salsa

Landscape of FlavorsDisney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Smoothie Bowl – strawberry banana smoothie topped with honey granola, sliced strawberry, and sliced banana
  • Asian Chicken Bowl – fried chicken with broccoli, onions, peppers, and a honey-garlic stir fry sauce with jasmine rice

Lottawatta LodgeDisney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Rice Bowl – choice of teriyaki-glazed tofu or roasted chicken served with stir-fry vegetables

Leaning PalmsDisney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • Meatless Picadillo Rice Bowl – rice with pigeon pea served with vegan picadillo, roasted corn, pepper, pineapple salsa, and sweet plantain
  • Jerk Chicken Rice Bowl – jerk-seasons chicken served with roasted corn, peppers, and sweet plantains topped with pineapple salsa
  • Adobo Pork Rice Bowl – adobo-seasoned pork served with roasted corn, peppers, and sweet plantains topped with pineapple salsa
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Centertown MarketDisney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Made-to-Order Breakfast Island Bowl – choice of bacon, chorizo, or plant-based breakfast sausage; choice of scrambled, poached, or tofu scramble; choice of sauce: salsa verde or pico de gallo served with home fries
  • Made-to-Order Dinner Island Bowl – choice of sliced rotisserie beef, pork shoulder, jerk chicken thighs, vegan chipotle seitan; choice of base: greens, red beans, and rice base; choice of sauce: chimichurri, garlic ranch, and spicy pink sauce

Contempo CaféDisney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Grilled Shrimp Bowl – blackened shrimp, cilantro rice, and seasonal accompaniments
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ABC CommissaryDisney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Shrimp Teriyaki Bowl – stir-fried shrimp, Napa cabbage, snap peas, red peppers, carrots, onions, edamame, shiitake mushrooms, and broccoli tossed in a house-made teriyaki sauce over brown rice
  • Teriyaki Vegetable Bowl – stir-fried Napa cabbage, snap peas, red peppers, carrots, onions, edamame, shiitake mushrooms, and broccoli tossed in a house-made teriyaki sauce over brown rice topped with crushed cashews
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Fairfax Fare, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • 7-Layer Rice Bowl – choice of grilled chicken, pulled pork, or vegan chili served with cilantro rice, black beans, fire-roasted corn medley, pico de gallo, and sour cream topped with cheddar served with warm tortillas
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Sassagoula Floatworks and Food FactoryDisney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

  • Create-Your-Own Rice Bowl – choice of salmon, shrimp, pulled pork, or tofu; choice of base: white, brown, or dirty rice; choice of beans: red or black; choice of sauce: pico de gallo or BBQ glaze
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Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and CaféMagic Kingdom Park

  • Pork Bowl – pork with roasted vegetables, rice, and black beans
  • Chicken Bowl – chicken with roasted vegetables, rice, and black beans
  • Veggie Rice Bowl – rice, black beans, and roasted vegetables

For more information, full menus, and to make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website

Thanks Disney Parks Blog!

13 Things to Do at Disney World Without a Park Ticket

The highlight of any Walt Disney World Resort vacation is always the four spectacular theme parks, but there is so much more to see and do outside of the theme parks. Whether you have some extra time on a travel day or are taking a break from the parks to rest during your vacation, there are lots of things to keep you busy at Disney World without a park ticket.

Here are 13 things to do at Disney World without a park ticket:

  1. Disney Springs: Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney) is one of the most popular things to do at Disney World that doesn’t require theme park admission. It offers shopping, restaurants, bowling, a movie theater, food truck park, and so much more.
  2. Disney’s Boardwalk: Disney’s Boardwalk offers restaurants, a bakery, pizza window, shops, old fashioned carnival games, surrey bikes, and more. ESPN Club is a great place to catch a game or the whole family can enjoy a leisurely ride along Crescent Lake, if you rent a surrey bike.
  3. Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: Did you know that you can go horseback riding at Disney World? You can! There are both pony rides for little ones and trail rides for those who may just be young at heart. You can also visit Cinderella’s Ponies or enjoy a carriage ride around the property.
  4. Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: You can roast marshmallows and sing campfire songs with everyone’s favorite chipmunks most evenings at Fort Wilderness. You are welcome to bring your own s’mores supplies or they are available for purchase, too. Don’t forget your camera and autograph book for this unique experience.
  5. Watch Fireworks from a Resort: You can see Magic Kingdom’s nighttime spectacular, Happily Ever After, from any of the monorail resorts. You are welcome to visit these resorts, even if you are not staying there. You can make a dining reservation to coincide with a view from select restaurants or head out by the water to enjoy the view. You can also see Epcot’s IllumiNations from Disney’s Boardwalk and Disney’s Beach Club Resorts.
  6. Beaches and Cream: Treat yourself to some delicious ice cream at Beaches and Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. You can choose to dine in the restaurant (reservations recommended) with the exclusive Kitchen Sink or order at the to-go counter and eat at one of the outdoor tables.
  7. Electrical Water Pageant: This parade of floating lights has sailed across the Seven Seas Lagoon since Magic Kingdom Park first opened in 1971. You can view the Electrical Water Pageant from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or even outside of Magic Kingdom Park.
  8. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Animal Kingdom Lodge is quite an incredible resort. You can view some of your favorite animals on the savanna from the resort like giraffe, cattle, and zebra. There are also unique activities available including cultinary tours, face painting, cookie decorating, and more. My friend Leah has a great review here.
  9. Ride the monorail: There are three different monorail routes at Disney World which cover over 14 miles. You can ride the resort monorail between the Transportation and Ticket Center, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Magic Kingdom Park, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There are some wonderful shopping and dining locations along this route.
  10. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: Art of Animation has some of the best theming of any resort. You can enjoy free drawing classes here or take time to explore the four sections of the resort with large statues featuring characters from “Finding Nemo,” “Cars,” “The Lion King,” and “The Little Mermaid.”
  11. Movie Under the Stars: A great way to end you day at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is with a movie under the stars. All Disney hotels offer this free activity, either by the pool or elsewhere on their grounds. The schedule changes monthly so be sure to check with the front desk or the recreation sign by the pool for the current movie showing during your vacation.
  12. Miniature Golf: Disney World has two miniature golf courses on property- Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland. You can find Fantasia Gardens at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel while Winter Summerland is at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park. The cost is $14 for ages 10+ or $12 for children ages 3-9.
  13. Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside: You can enjoy a 25 minute horse-drawn carriage ride from Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside for $55 plus tax. Each carriage can accommodate up to four adults or two adults and three children. Advance reservations are recommended and available up to 180 days in advance.

What are your favorite things to see and do at Disney World without a park ticket?