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Complete List of Iconic Disney World Photos You Need to Take on Vacation

What are some of the most iconic Disney World photos? Wondering which memories you’ll most want to capture? We have some ideas for the best Disney World photos you need to take during your vacation.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the original Walt Disney World theme park. You’ll find so many iconic attractions and photo opportunities throughout the park. As you enter the park, you can stop for a picture in front of the train station. Then, the real magic lies behind there.

As you enter the park, you’ll find Town Square Theater to your right. You can meet Mickey Mouse in his rehearsal room here. This is a great photo opportunity with him and Disney PhotoPass photographers are happy to help you capture the moment.

Of course, you’ll want to capture your family’s first reaction of Cinderella Castle as you walk down Main Street, U.S.A. You can also stop in the hub as soon as you pass under the train station for a great shot of Main Street, U.S.A AND Cinderella Castle behind you.

If you have little ones, you can’t miss the classic photo of their first ride on Dumbo (or in the extra one outside of the exit, just for photos). You’ll also want to capture the afternoon Festival of Fantasy parade in addition to the nighttime spectacular, Happily Ever After.

If you need a photo for your Instagram, don’t miss the Purple Wall at the entrance to Tomorrowland.

EPCOT

Spaceship Earth is the park icon for EPCOT so it’s a great photo spot. When there isn’t construction, you can stop for a picture in front of the fountains and/or with the planters advertising any current festivals. PhotoPass Photographers are often stationed on both sides of Spaceship Earth so you can grab a photo on the way in or out of the park.

A fun photo for kids of all ages is found in the Seas pavilion. At the exit of The Seas with Nemo and Friends attraction, you’ll find Bruce’s Shark World with a life size model of Bruce from “Finding Nemo.” You can even climb into his mouth for a fun picture.

Another Instagram-worthy destination is the Bubblegum Wall located at either exit of Spaceship Earth. We’re really hoping they aren’t affected by the planned refurbishment!

There are some amazing photo opportunities throughout the World Showcase. You can find Disney characters, topiaries during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, delicious treats during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival,

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios has a replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre at the center of the park. You can stop for photos as you enter with this as your background. As you get closer, you can even find some famous handprints from movie stars and even Disney characters.

If you are a Star Wars fan, you can fill your memory card with Disney World photos from Galaxy’s Edge. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the latest addition to Hollywood Studios and has tons of incredible photo opportunities. You can find ships and speeders, the Millennium Falcon, Savi’s Workshop, Droid Depot, Stormtroopers, and more.

Toy Story Land is such a fun and whimsical area. You can stop for a photo in front of a larger than life Woody statue as you enter Andy’s backyard. You’ll also love the popsicle stick wall, green army men, K’nex fencing, larger than life Tinker Toys, and more.

At the end of Sunset Boulevard, you’ll find Tower of Terror. You can stop for pictures down Sunset Boulevard with Tower of Terror behind you. Down Sunset Boulevard, you will also find Rock n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. It offers a fun photo op with the larger than life guitar at the entrance.

Animal Kingdom

The park icon for Animal Kingdom is the Tree of Life. Be sure to snap a family picture in front of the Tree of Life as you enter the park. The Tree of Life is full of intricate carvings so check it out as you get closer and from different angles to view the unique animals carved into it.

Over in Pandora, you can often find the Pandora ranger in his Exo-Carrier utility suit outside of Windtraders. You can ask this Pandora Conservation Initiative scientist about the otherworldly landscape around you and his conservation efforts in Pandora.

DiVine is a unique performer in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She blends in very well with the foliage and greenery around her. If you can spot her, she’s a fun and unique photo opportunity. She is usually found near the entrance of the park or on the walkway between Asia and Africa.

Donald’s Dino Bash has taken over DinoLand U.S.A. You can find some Disney friends like Chip and Dale dressed up like dinosaurs or DuckTales characters meeting guests. This colorful area has some fun photo spots you just can’t miss.

Disney Springs

The Disney PhotoPass Studios at Disney Springs is a “must do” for guests with Memory Maker! You can take FREE photos with a PhotoPass photographer in the studio that will automatically be added to your My Disney Experience account. They even have fun backgrounds and signs that you can add to your photo shoot.

The LEGO Store has some incredible creations surrounding the store. You can often find Cinderella, Snow White, BB-8, and even the Loch Ness monster in the lagoon. There’s also a life size lego creation of Woody & Buzz at the entrance which makes a great photo opportunity.

If you’re planning to pin trade, be sure to stop by Pin Traders. There’s some fun statues of Disney characters for your pictures. Plus, you can trade with the cast members and/or pin board.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, take some pictures of your resort, the pool, and even the room. You may also want to snap a photo of fun transportation methods like the monorail, Skyliner, or ferry.

If you participate in any of the resort activities like the afternoon pool party or Movie Under the Stars, be sure to capture those memories, too.

Experiences

There are some experiences that you’ll want to remember, as well. You can find many of these throughout the parks and resorts.

  • Walt Disney World “welcome” sign as you enter property
  • Meeting Characters
  • Pin Trading
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Favorite Meals
  • Disney Parks Snacks like the Dolp Whip, Mickey pretzel, cupcakes, and more

If you choose to purchase Memory Maker, Disney PhotoPass Photographers can help you capture some of these iconic Disney World photos throughout your visit. You’ll receive digital downloads of your photos and even videos in your My Disney Experience account.

You can even download our favorite Disney World photos spot checklist for your next visit here:

10 Things You Need When Visiting Disney World in Summer

Summer is one of the most popular times of year for a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. With the kids off from school, summer break can be a wonderful time to enjoy a Disney World vacation. There are just a few extra things we recommend packing when visiting Disney World in summer.

Ponchos or Packable Rain Coats: Summer in Florida is notorious for an afternoon thunderstorm. They’re often quick, but come down hard so you can get wet FAST! Therefore, we recommend a sturdy poncho or packable rain coat, especially in case it gets windy!

Fans: Let’s face it… summer in Florida is HOT! So, you need easy ways to stay cool. I have found that the fan you bring varies greatly with personal preference. My kids love the spray misting fans while some guests prefer the neck fans that allow you to remain hands free. Either way, you will want a portable way to stay cool while you explore the parks.

Travel Umbrella: We choose to bring both our packable rain coats AND a small travel umbrella. Depending on how the wind is blowing or how hard the rain is coming down, you may be able to just use the umbrella or you want it in addition to the rain coats to keep as much of your body dry as possible.

Water Bottle: Did you know that you can get a FREE cup of ice water from any quick service restaurant? If you bring a reusable water bottle with you, you can refill it throughout the day from these quick service locations, water fountains or even some automatic water refill stations, like this one in Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

Sunscreen: If we’re honest, you probably need sunscreen in Florida year round, but especially when you’re visiting Disney World in summer! Please remember to bring sunscreen for the whole family. You will likely want something to throw in your park bag to be able to reapply throughout the day. We especially love the sunscreen sticks for little ones!

Cooling Towels: Cooling towels are a portable and compact way to quickly and easily cool off in the parks. We recommend a reusable cooling towel that stays cool for at least a couple hours and can be rewetted in the parks. These cooling towels even come with a carrying pouch and carabiner clip and were designed to draw the sweat away from your skin to keep you cool.

Sunglasses: It can be so important to have a pair of sunglasses for a day in the parks, even for your kids! Although you’ll likely encounter that pop up rain shower in the afternoon, you should still have plenty of sunshine to enjoy, too!

Waterproof Shoes: This is another item that can look different for each guest. I personally swear by Reef flip flops and wear them all day in the theme parks. However, some prefer a sturdier outdoor sandal like Keen sandals or even a water shoe like Crocs.

Face Wipes: If you’re visiting Disney World in summer, you’re going to get hot and sweaty visiting the parks all day. It can be so refreshing to be able to pull out a cool face wipe to wipe away the sweat and feel fresh and clean.

Stroller Cover: If you’re traveling with a stroller, I HIGHLY recommend purchasing a stroller cover. Unfortunately, we learned this the hard way when my son was little and we took our first visit. Although we were seasoned Disney Parks visitors, we had to learn all the extra things we’d need when traveling with a little one. There’s nothing worse than coming out to a soaked stroller that you’re no longer able to use for the day.

What do you need while visiting Disney World in summer? Share your tips for a summer Disney World vacation below!

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Explore the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Menus

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Are you ready to sip and savor across six continents at the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE®?  I know I am! We have 129 delicious days – July 15 through November 20 – to celebrate the best of food and drink at the more than 20 festival-exclusive global marketplaces opening this week and even more coming in the fall! In addition to all the classics and fan favorites, there are SEVEN new marketplaces:

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Festival chefs always focus on authenticity through ingredients, cooking techniques, and presentation to honor the diverse cuisines. And our beverage team thoughtfully pairs wine and beer with the selections at each global marketplace, providing a fantastic variety for our guests.

Emile’s Fromage Montage is the perfect way to get your cheese fix if you are a cheese lover like I am! Check your Festival Passport for the five select marketplaces to purchase delicious cheese dishes, collect your stamps, then stroll over to Shimmering Sips marketplace for a special prize!

And kids of all ages love Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, the family fun scavenger hunt looking for the adorable Remy statuettes hidden all over the festival.

I am excited to share the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival menus so you can start planning your foodie adventure. Enjoy!

Photo: Disney

Earth Eats hosted by Impossible™ (Between Imagination! and Refreshment Port)

Food:

  • The Impossible Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun (plant-based)
  • Impossible Three-Bean Chili (gluten/wheat friendly; plant-based; new)

Beverages:

  • Spiced Apple Twinings of London Chai Tea (non-alcoholic; new)
  • Stephen Vincent Pinot Noir, California (new)
  • Spiced Apple Twinings of London Chai Tea with Whiskey (new)
Photo: Disney

NEW! The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)

Food:

  • Traditional Spicy Vietnamese Beef Pho with Shaved Beef, Enoki Mushrooms, and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Char Siu Pork Udon with Enoki Mushrooms, Bok Choy, and Soy Pickled Egg (new)
  • Shrimp and Coconut Curry Rice Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Tofu Pho with Enoki Mushrooms and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat friendly; plant-based; new)

Beverages:

  • Playalinda Brewing Company Yaupon Brothers Green Tea Pale Ale, Titusville, FL (new)
  • A to Z Riesling, Oregon (new)

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE (Near Port of Entry)

Food:

  • Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone
  • Banana Bread with Mixed Berry Compote (plant-based)

Beverages:

  • Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava Juices
  • Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
  • Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice
  • Mimosa Flight
  • CORKCICLE Stemless Flute
Photo: Disney

Australia (Near Port of Entry)

Food:

  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bush Berry Pea Salad, and Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries, and Lemon Myrtle Meringue (gluten/wheat friendly)

Beverages:

  • Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale                          
  • Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (new)
  • Robert Oatley Chardonnay (new)
  • Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon (new)
  • Wine Flight

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

Refreshment Port hosted by Boursin® (Near Canada)

Food:             

  • Braised Beef Poutine: French Fries, Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce, Cheese Curds, and Gherkin Relish (new)
  • Maple Boursin Cheesecake with Whipped Boursin Maple Bourbon Cheese and Candied Pecans

Beverages:

  • Numanthia Termes Tinta de Toro Red Wine (new)
Photo: Disney

Ireland (Near United Kingdom) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Fisherman’s Seafood Pie
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
  • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy

Beverages:

  • Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
  • Guinness Baileys Shake
  • Bunratty Mead Honey Wine
Photo: Disney

Canada

Food:

  • Canadian Cheddar and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (gluten/wheat friendly)  

Beverages:

  • Collective Arts Audio/Visual Lager, Hamilton, Ontario (new)
  • Château des Charmes Cabernet-Merlot Old Vines (new)
Photo: Disney

Appleseed Orchard (Canada Theatre)

Food:

  • Apple Crumble Tart (new)
  • Apple Chips (gluten/wheat friendly)

Beverages:

  • Frozen Apple Pie (non-alcoholic)
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider (non-alcoholic; new)
  • Collective Arts Brewing Circling the Sun Hard Cider, Ontario, Canada (new)
  • Original Sin Hard Cider McIntosh, New York, NY (new)
  • Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Saint Chéri Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry, Armada, MI (new)
  • Big Storm Brewing Co. Apple Blonde Ale, Clearwater, FL (new)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Apple Pecan Brown Ale, St. Petersburg, FL (new)
  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Apple-y Ever After Green Apple Sour Ale, Orlando, FL (new)
  • Apple Blossom Sky: Fanta Apple, Ginger Beer, Floodwall Apple Brandy, Maple Syrup, and Mini Marshmallows
  • Beer Flight
  • Cider Flight
  • CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
Photo: Disney

Brazil (Between France and Morocco) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp, and White Fish with Coconut-Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Onions(gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (gluten/wheat friendly)

Beverages:

  • M.I.A. Beer Company Limāo Lager, Doral, FL (new)            
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça
Photo: Disney

Belgium (Between France and Morocco) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream

Beverages:

  • St. Bernardus Witbier
  • Delirium Red Fruit Beer
  • Chimay Dorée Gold (new)
  • Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Beer Flight
  • Belgian Abbey Ale (new)
Photo: Disney

NEW! Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina

Food:

  • Fried Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce (plant-based; new)
  • Grilled Kebabs with Couscous, Tomato-Onion Salad, and Garlic Aïoli (new)
  • Lemon-Garlic Chicken
  • Moroccan Spiced Lamb
  • Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips
  • Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Zaalouk, and Zhoug Dips (new)
  • Pistachio Cake with Cinnamon Pastry Cream and Candied Walnuts (new)

Beverages:

  • Fresh Orange Juice (non-alcoholic; new)
  • Fresh Blood Orange Juice (non-alcoholic; new)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (new)
  • Bold Rock Ginger Turmeric Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA (new)
  • Woodchuck Cinnamon Nutmeg Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT (new)
  • Fig Cocktail with White-Cranberry Juice and Fig Vodka (new)
  • Cider Flight
  • CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
Photo: Disney

Greece (Near Morocco)

Food:

  • Spanakopita
  • Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey (gluten/wheat friendly; Emile’s Fromage Montage; new)
  • Lamb Moussaka (new)

Beverages:

  • Mylonas Assyrtiko White Wine (new)
  • Skouras Zoe Rosé (new)
  • Kir-Yianni Naoussa Xinomavro Dry Red (new)
  • Wine Flight

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

Hops & Barley (American Adventure)

Food:

  • New England Lobster Roll: Lobster with Herb Mayonnaise on a Griddled Roll
  • Hot Beef Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Pickled Vegetables (new)
  • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Beverages:

  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Strawberry and Lime, Tampa, FL (new)
  • SweetWater Brewing Company Hazy IPA, Atlanta, GA (new)
  • Lord Hobo Brewing Boom Sauce DIPA, Woburn, MA (new)
  • Bold Rock Roast Coffee Hard Cider, Mills River, NC (new)
  • Longevity Chardonnay, California (new)
  • Tribute Cabernet Sauvignon, California (new)
  • Beer Flight
Photo: Disney

NEW! The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)

Food:

  • Chilled Smoked Shrimp Salad (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Wild Mushroom and Truffle Tart with Gruyère and Crème Fraîche (new)
  • Chilled Crab and Avocado Parfait with Caviar (gluten/wheat friendly; new)

Beverages:

  • Domaine Carneros Cuvée Brut Rosé, California (new)
Photo: Disney

Spain (Between Italy and Germany) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Charcuterie with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Spanish-style Paella with Rice, Chorizo, and Shrimp (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, and Smoked Paprika (gluten/wheat friendly)

Beverages:

  • Estrella Galicia Cerveza Especial Lager (new)
  • Avaline White Blend (new)
  • Faustino VII Rioja Rosado (new)
  • Espelt Garnacha
  • Wine Flight
Photo: Disney

Germany

Food:

  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions, and Cheese(Emile’s Fromage Montage)        
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce

Beverages:

  • Gaffel Kölsch, Cologne (new)
  • Weihenstephaner Lager, Freising
  • Schöfferhofer Wild Cherry Hefeweizen, Mainz (new)
  • Selbach-Oster Riesling
  • Beer Flight
Photo: Disney

The Alps (Near Germany) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Alpine Ham, Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette
  • Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette
  • Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche 

Beverages:

  • Huber Vision Grüner Veltliner, Austria (new)
  • Cave De La Côte Rosé Gamay, Romand
  • René Favre Dôle, Chamoson
  • Frozen Rosé
  • Wine Flight
Photo: Disney

Kenya (Outpost) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato & Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous

Beverages:

  • Tusker Lager

Refreshment Outpost

Food:

  • Spicy Githeri with White Beans, Pigeon Peas, Ben’s Original Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley, and Kachumbari Slaw (plant-based)

Beverages:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing Allspice Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
  • CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
Photo: Disney

India (Near China) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa, and Coriander Pesto Dips
  • Korma Chicken with Basmati Rice, Crispy Chickpeas, and Spiced Yogurt Sauce (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Ben’s Original Basmati Rice (gluten/wheat friendly; plant-based)

Beverages:

  • Mango Lassi (non-alcoholic)
  • Taj Mahal Premium Lager (new)
  • Sula Brut Tropicale Sparkling Wine, Nashik (new)
  • Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
  • Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Chai Cream Liqueur

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

NEW! The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)

Food:

  • Crispy Barbecue Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese (gluten/wheat friendly; Emile’s Fromage Montage; new)
  • Roasted Porchetta with Pork-fat Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Soy-glazed Sticky Ribs with Green Onions and Peanuts (new)
  • Crispy Pig Ear Salad with Fire Roasted Tomatillo Sauce, Pickled Red Onions, Queso Fresco, Roasted Corn Salsa, and Avocado Cream (gluten/wheat friendly; new)

Beverages:

  • Parish Brewing Co. SIPS Pinot Noir Black Currant Sour, Broussard, LA (new)
  • Rombauer Zinfandel, California (new)
  • Bourbon Bloody Mary with Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey (new)

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

Hawaii (Near Disney Traders)

Food:

  • Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Tuna Poke with Eel Sauce, Spicy Mayonnaise, and Crispy Shrimp Chips (new)
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (Emile’s Fromage Montage)

Beverages:

  • Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA, Kailua-Kona, HI (new)
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLEPineapple Juice, and Grenadine
Photo: Disney

NEW! Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience

Food:

  • Garlic-Parmesan Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Barbecue Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Teriyaki-Sesame Wings with Celery and Ranch (new)
  • Traditional Buffalo Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Mango-Habanero Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly; new)
  • Cheese Flatbread (new)
  • Pepperoni Flatbread (new)

Beverages:

  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Pineapple Vibes Blonde Ale, Orlando, FL (new)
  • Central 28 Beer Company Groveland Road Blood Orange IPA, DeBary, FL (new)
  • Wicked Weed Brewing Watermelon Dragonfruit Session Sour, Asheville, NC (new)
  • Bold Rock Honeycrisp Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA (new)
  • Starcut Ciders Magpie Hard Cider, Bellaire, MI (new)
  • Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Apple Lantern Roasted Pumpkin, Armada, MI (new)
  • Beer Flight
  • Cider Flight
Photo: Disney

The Donut Box (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet®)

Food:

  • Candy Jar Donut made with M&M’S, SNICKERS, and TWIX (new)
  • Sriracha-glazed Donut (new)
  • Chef’s Donut of the Day (new)
  • The Donut Box: Pack of the 4 Daily Donuts
  • Crispy Chicken on a Sriracha-glazed Donut

Beverages:

  • Strawberry Smoothie (non-alcoholic)
  • Left Hand Brewing Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout, Longmont, CO (new)
  • Black and White Coffee Cocktail
  • CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
Photo: Disney

Flavors from Fire hosted by The NFL on ESPN presented by Chevrolet (NearTest Track)

Food:

  • The Corned Beef Corner Route: Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions, and Beer-Cheese Fondue (Emile’s Fromage Montage)
  • The Chimichurri-up Offense: Charred Chimichurri Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli (gluten/wheat friendly)
  • The S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon: Smoked Chocolate Cake, Graham Cracker, Marshmallow, Chocolate Ganache, and Candied Bacon

Beverages:

  • Saugatuck Brewing Company Bonfire Beer, Douglas, MI (new)
  • Four Virtues Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel, California (new)
  • Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon
Photo: Disney

NEW! Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • New England Lobster Tail with Lobster Bisque Sauce (new)
  • Lobster Chowder with Bacon, Corn, Potatoes, and Oyster Crackers (new)
  • Baked Lobster Dip with Old Bay Chips (gluten/wheat friendly; new)

Beverages:

  • Coronado Brewing Co. Salty Crew Blonde Ale, San Diego, CA (new)
  • Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa (new)
  • Sean Minor Chardonnay, California (new)
  • Cape Codder: Vodka with Cranberry, Pomegranate, and Lime (new)

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

NEW! Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1

Food:

  • Traditional Macaroni and Cheese with Herbed Panko
  • Truffle Macaroni and Cheese with Herbed Panko (new)
  • Cowboy Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Pork Belly, Brisket Burnt Ends, Pickled Peppers, and Onion Straws (new)
  • Macaroni and Cheese with House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers (plant-based)

Beverages:

  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Lemon Hazy IPA, Tampa, FL (new)
  • L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines, Columbia Valley, WA
  • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

Photo: Disney

Mexico

Food:

  • Chilaquiles con Chorizo: Crispy Corn Tortillas tossed in Salsa Verde and Monterey Jack Cheese topped with Crema Mexicana, Queso Cotija, Pickled Onions, and Ground Chorizo (new)
  • Taco de Ribeye: Shaved Ribeye, Red Onions, and Poblano Peppers on a Corn Tortilla with Ranchera Salsa, Cotija Cheese, and Chives (new)
  • Capirotada de Chocolate: Abuelita Chocolate Bread Pudding served with a Chocolate Crème Anglaise

Beverages:

  • Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater
  • El Tigre Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal with Pomegranate, Prickly Pear, Pineapple, and Ginger Juices served on the rocks with a Hibiscus Salt Rim (new)
  • La Clásica Reyes Margarita: Centinela Blanco Tequila, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Abasolo Corn Whiskey, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar served on the rocks with a Chile Piquín Salt Rim (new)
  • White Passion Fruit Sangria: White Wine, Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur, and a hint of Ilegal Mezcal (new)
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France

Food:

  • Beignet aux Trois Fromages: Warm Beignet filled with Three Cheeses (new)
  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
  • Coq au Vin, Pommes Dauphine: Chicken braised in Burgundy Wine with Bacon and Puffed Potatoes (new)
  • Crème Brûlée au Grand Mariner: Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Grand Marnier Liqueur (contains alcohol; new)

Beverages:

  • Evian Sparkling Cucumber and Mint Water with Magnesium and Zinc (non-alcoholic)
  • Strawberry Rose Mimosa: Pol Remy Sparkling Wine, Orange Juice, and Monin Strawberry Rose
  • Rosé Pétillant Méthode Traditionnelle Champenoise: Rosé Sparkling Wine, Pink Flamingo
  • Chardonnay, Louis de Camponac
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blend, Bordeaux, Château de Prieuré
  • La Passion Martini Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice
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Italy

Food:

  • Mezzelune Croccanti: Crispy Half-moon Breaded Mozzarella-filled Ravioli with Pomodoro Sauce (new)
  • Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce, Romano Cheese, and Prezzemolo (new)
  • Bomboloni: Cream-filled Italian Doughnut with Raspberry Sauce and Powdered Sugar

Beverages:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Rosa Regale
  • Moscato
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello
  • Peroni Pilsner
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China

Food:

  • Pan-fried Chicken Dumplings with House-made Sweet and Spicy Sauce
  • ZiRan Beef Bao Bun: Grilled Beef with Cumin (new)
  • Crispy-fried Pepper Shrimp with Spicy Sichuan Noodles

Beverages:

  • Mango Bubble Milk Tea: Assam Black Tea, Whole Milk, and Mango Syrup (non-alcoholic)
  • ByeJoe Punch: Chinese BaiJiu Spirit, Lychee Syrup, Soda Water, and Piña Colada Mix
  • Dragonfly: Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Absolut Vodka, Orange Juice, and Mango Syrup
  • Kung Fu Master: Absolut Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup, and Orange Juice
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
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Japan

Food:

  • Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables, and Teriyaki Sauce
  • Tempura Shrimp Sando: Crunchy Shrimp served with Yuzu Crab, Green Onions, and Eel Sauce served on a Bun (new)
  • Spicy Hako Sushi: Spicy Tuna and Salmon served Box-style with Red Tempura Crunch and Volcano Sauce (new)

Beverages:

  • Kochi Lemon Drop: Vodka, Yuzu, and Lemon Juice garnished with a Lemon Jelly (new)
  • Ozeki Platinum Sake: Junmai Daiginjo (Refreshingly Dry with a Fruity Flavor) (new)
  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Urayasu Rice Lager, Orlando, FL (new)
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Funnel Cake

Food:

  • Mini Candied Bacon S’mores Funnel Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream
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Joffrey’s

Beverages:

  • The American Adventure – Cinnamon Chai: Refreshing Iced Chai topped with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon (non-alcoholic)
  • Near Disney Traders – Double Trouble Chai: Tantalizing Iced Chai with a Single Shot of Espresso topped with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon (non-alcoholic)
  • Near Canada – Tropical Tea Breeze: Iced Tea and Frozen Lemon with a splash of Coconut Syrup (non-alcoholic)
  • Near Mission: SPACE – Cocoa Cold Brew: Kona Mocha topped with Whipped Cream and drizzled with Chocolate (non-alcoholic)

The 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE is available with valid theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date. For more information, visit TasteEPCOT.com. Don’t forget to share your favorite festival dishes on social media using #TasteEPCOT.

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The Best Places for Nap Time at Disney World in the Theme Parks

If you are traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort with an infant or toddler, you will likely need to allow time for your child to nap during your day. One popular option for families staying at a Disney resort is to go back to their resort during the day to rest and even allow older children time at the pools. However, some families may not want to leave the park during the day, especially if there are rides and attractions older children may want to see. There are plenty of places throughout the parks where you can take a break and let your little one have nap time at Disney World.

nap time at Disney World

Baby Care Center

All four of the Walt Disney World theme parks have an indoor baby care center. These offer amenities such as a private nursing room with rocking chairs, a changing room, a feeding area with highchairs, a kitchen with microwave, oven and sink, a sitting room with TV, and an on-site shop offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and clothing for purchase. They offer a break from the heat and crowds and an area for your child to nap. The Baby Care Center at Magic Kingdom is located between the Crystal Palace and Casey’s Corner, just off of Main Street, USA. Epcot’s Baby Care Center is located between the Mexico Pavilion in the World Showcase and Test Track in Future World. The Baby Care Center at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is located just inside the entrance of the park, next to Guest Relations. Animal Kingdom’s Baby Care Center can be found behind the Creature Comforts store before you enter Africa. Every park also has attractions that can work well for nap time at Disney World, too.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom has many attractions for families with children of all ages. If your child is small enough to nap in your arms or lap, Tommorrowland is a great area for you to start. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is a quiet Audio-Animatronics show that runs just over 20 minutes and allows guests to sit in a theater and watch 4 different scenes progressing through time. Also in Tomorrowland is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover which is a slow-moving 10 minute ride through Tomorrowland. Another perk of these two attractions is the wait is generally very reasonable. Another great option for nap time at Magic Kingdom is the Walt Disney World Railroad which is a real train that circles the entire park, making three stops along the way. You can ride as long as you like, plus you’re in the shade. Of course, you can always sit on a bench or push your child in their stroller through the shops down Main Street as well.

Epcot

nap time at Disney World

Epcot’s Spaceship Earth is a quiet, dark 16-minute ride where children can easily relax and nap. It usually doesn’t have a very long wait, either, if you can ride in the afternoon or later in the day. The World Showcase at Epcot is 1.2 miles around the countries which is a nice walk for parents with children napping in their strollers. There are a number of shops and restaurants to visit along the way. The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion is another option for parents who want to be inside with napping children as there are two floors of viewing areas inside the aquarium in addition to the ride and Turtle Talk with Crush show.

Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is full of shows that you can sit through with a napping child. The Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage 30-minute show is a great option outdoors, but in the shade. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is a great indoor option for hot or rainy days where guests can walk through a gallery exhibit and even sit through a 15-minute movie.  The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular show is also outdoors, but if you are able to sit in the back, should not be too loud for your napping child. The Voyage of the Little Mermaid is a 20-minute show that is inside a theater and generally isn’t overly loud, if you can carry your child in. Although you may want to wait for your little ones to wake up so they can watch, other great shows include For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Beauty and the Beast- Live On Stage, and the Disney Junior Dance Party!

Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has two Broadway style shows where you can carry your napping child into- The Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo- The Musical. As far as seating, the farther back in the theater you can sit, the quieter it will be during the musical numbers. One of the best parts of Animal Kingdom with little ones is all of the walking paths where you can push your children through in their stroller. These areas are generally pretty quiet and you will get to see some animals along the way. Discovery Island Trails and the Maharajah Jungle Trek are two great walking paths during this time.

Where are your favorite spots for nap time at Disney World?

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Best Disney World Rides for Toddlers (and Shows, too!)

Although some families wait to take their children to Disney World until they are “old enough to remember,” we think you can make some pretty magical memories with little ones. Even if your toddler may not remember the trip, your photos and memories will be priceless. We hear a lot of concerns about what little ones can actually do and enjoy in the parks. So, we have compiled a list of the best Disney World rides for toddlers that we hope will help ease any concerns about traveling with a little one.

best Disney World rides for toddlers

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom truly has something for visitors of all ages. Many rides don’t have a minimum height restriction which means you can all ride together. There are, by far, the most attractions for toddlers to enjoy in the Magic Kingdom.

In Tomorrowland, your toddlers will love Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Astro Orbiter, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover, and the Tomorrowland Speedway, where they can actually drive mom and dad around!

Back in Fantasyland, you can’t miss Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Enchanted Tales with Belle, “it’s a small world,” Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, and Mickey’s PhilharMagic. The Barnstormer is a great “first roller coaster” and has a height requirement of just 35 inches. Your kids can also cool off at Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station.

Back in Adventureland, the whole family can see the eighth wonder of the world, the back side of water, on The Jungle Cruise. You can also spin around Adventureland on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin- just watch out for the spitting camel! If you’re all comfortable with heights, you can explore the Swiss Family Treehouse. Take a boat ride over to climb around and explore Tom Sawyer Island, too.

There are still even more attractions that your toddler may enjoy at Magic Kingdom that we haven’t mentioned!

best Disney World rides for toddlers

Epcot

Although Epcot isn’t often thought of for families traveling with little ones, I’d argue that there is still plenty for little ones to enjoy. Your “Frozen” fans can’t miss Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion, starring Anna and Elsa. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet Anna and Elsa in the Norway pavilion. Enjoy a quiet boat ride through Mexico on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, which often has very short wait times.

Your family can ride in a “clamobile” on The Seas with Nemo and Friends where you help find Nemo (again) under the sea. At the end of The Seas with Nemo and Friends, you can explore the incredible aquariums or stop by Turtle Talk with Crush. Spaceship Earth can be a quiet and slow-moving educational journey through human communication.

Living with the Land takes you inside some of the greenhouses where Disney grows fruits and vegetables they serve throughout the parks and resorts. You can “Journey into Imagination with Figment” to learn about the five senses. At the end of the ride, your kids can explore ImageWorks- the “What If” Labs, full of sensory activities and games that spark creativity. 

The annual festivals often bring play grounds which are a great way to let them explore and burn some energy in a confined space. Kids of all ages are encouraged to participate in the Kidcot Fun Stops where they can draw, color and collect activity cards at every country throughout World Showcase. 

best Disney World rides for toddlers

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is so much fun for toddlers! My family’s favorite Disney World attraction is Toy Story Mania. No matter how young or young at heart, you can compete against your family on five carnival style games. Hollywood Studios’ newest attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, is a fun adventure through a cartoon with Mickey and Minnie. Little ones at least 32 inches tall can spin around with the aliens from Toy Story on Alien Swirling Saucers. Slinky Dog Dash is a family friendly coaster with a height requirement of just 38 inches.

Your family can meet Disney Junior characters like Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, and Doc McStuffins in the Animation Courtyard or at Hollywood & Vine. There is also a Disney Junior Live on Stage show where your kids can dance and sing along with their Disney Junior friends. We also recommend Muppet*Vision 3D, the Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage show and Frozen Sing Along show. Little races won’t want to miss Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.

best Disney World rides for toddlers

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is Disney World’s largest theme park. Their attraction Kilimanjaro Safaris is big enough to fit the Magic Kingdom inside of it! On Kilimanjaro Safaris, you will feel like you have traveled to Africa where you can get within just feet of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions, and more. The Na’vi River Journey in Pandora is a calm boat ride through the Pandora rainforest, similar to Magic Kingdom’s “it’s a small world.” TriceraTop Spin in Dinoland allows guests of all ages to ride in a dinosaur, similar to Magic Kingdom’s “Dumbo.” Your little one can even control your up and down motion in addition to your forward and backward motion. Don’t forget to ride the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and check out the Affection Section petting zoo, too.

Aside from rides, there are two incredible Broadway style shows at Animal Kingdom that the whole family can enjoy together. You may also want to check out the Maharajah Jungle Trek where you and your family can see some incredible animals like the Sumatran tigers. Little ones can burn some energy exploring The Boneyard, a dinosaur dig site.

If you’re traveling to Disney World with a little one, don’t forget to take advantage of the rider switch service for any rides that your little one either isn’t big enough for or ins’t comfortable trying.

What do you think are the best Disney World rides for toddlers?

PS- Don’t forget these 10 items you need when traveling with a toddler!

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Seasonal Fun and More Magic Planned for Fall 2022 Disney Cruises

You can celebrate Halloween or the holiday season on a fall 2022 Disney Cruise Line vacation! Disney has confirmed that their magically themed cruise vacations will return once again next year with the Halloween on the High Seas sailings on most sailings from late September through late October and Very MerryTime Cruises on most sailings departing November through late December.

These one-of-a-kind cruises will depart from a variety of popular ports, including Miami, Port Canaveral, San Diego and more. You’ll be able to enjoy festive fun for the entire family with a tropical twist. You’ll even have the chance to experience the excitement onboard Disney’s newest ship, the breathtaking Disney Wish!

Fall 2022 Disney Cruise Line itineraries will offer relaxing Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries departing from Florida and Texas with most itineraries including a stop at Disney Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise. Or, you can set your sights on a number of Baja and Mexican Riviera sailings from sunny California, available for a limited time. Plus, drop anchor in Bermuda or Canada on unforgettable voyages from New York.

Tropical Escapes from Florida

In fall 2022, the Disney Wish and Disney Fantasy will embark on guest-favorite itineraries out of Port Canaveral, Florida, while the Disney Dream continues to sail from Miami.  

The Disney Wish will continue its inaugural season with its first-ever fall and holiday sailings, offering a series of three- and four-night voyages to the Bahamas, while the Disney Fantasy will offer six-, seven- and eight-night vacations to the eastern and western Caribbean.

The Disney Dream will take guests on four- and five-night Bahamian itineraries and five-night Caribbean cruises to either Grand Cayman or Cozumel, Mexico.

All sailings from Port Canaveral and Miami will include a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise outfitted for family fun and relaxation and brimming with special Disney touches.

Caribbean Cruises from San Juan

The Disney Magic will sail out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, for two special itineraries in early November. A seven-night southern Caribbean sailing will visit Antigua, St. Lucia, Aruba and Bonaire, while a following six-night voyage will feature stops in St. Thomas and Falmouth, Jamaica.

Baja Peninsula Voyages from California

Spooktacular sailings return to California in late September with Halloween on the High Seas cruises to the Baja Peninsula from San Diego. The Disney Wonder will host three-, four-, five- and seven-night vacations from southern California, allowing guests to celebrate the Halloween season at sea while taking in the mesmerizing beauty of Mexico. 

Sailings to Bermuda and Canada from New York

The Disney Magic returns to New York in late September for a series of Halloween on the High Seas sailings to Bermuda and Canada. Guests can visit Bermuda’s pink sand beaches and colorful coral reefs on five-night vacations or set their sights for a special six-night cruise to the Canadian ports of New Brunswick and Halifax that includes a stop in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Vacations to Bahamas and Caribbean from Texas

The Disney Magic will visit Galveston, Texas, in late November for a variety of five- and seven-night Very Merrytime Cruises. Guests can experience the magic of the holidays on western Caribbean itineraries with ports of call that include Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Grand Cayman.

Experience Halloween on the High Seas & Very MerryTime Cruises on Fall 2022 Disney Cruises

What’s the only thing better than celebrating Halloween and the holidays with your family? Celebrating them on board Disney Cruise Line!

The magic of the holidays returns to Disney Cruise Line in the fall of 2022 with Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime Cruises across the fleet, including the first fall season on the all-new Disney Wish. With five ships sailing from Florida, New York, Texas and California, more guests than ever before will be able to experience holidays at sea with Disney Cruise Line.

Halloween on the High Seas returns to Disney Cruise Line in mid-September through October 2022. On select sailings across the fleet, guests can dress up and join Disney characters in their Halloween costumes at Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party; enjoy themed food, beverages and crafts; and immerse themselves in a ghostly ship takeover with elaborate decor and a magical Pumpkin Tree. 

From early November through December, the Disney Cruise Line fleet is decked from bow-to-stern with holiday cheer and entertainment during Very Merrytime Cruises. Holiday magic is unwrapped for the whole family with festive holiday decor, favorite characters in their finest holiday attire and a special visit from none other than Santa Claus.

Bookings open to the public June 24, 2021. Who is planning a fall 2022 Disney cruise?

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Best Disney World Restaurants for Kids Other than Character Dining

So, you’ve booked your Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Now what? You may start thinking about where you’d like to eat! Dining reservations are currently available up to 60 days in advance. Today, we are sharing with you the best Disney World restaurants for kids, outside of character dining experiences.

Best Disney World Restaurants for Kids Other than Character Dining

Theme Parks

Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom: My kids love Be Our Guest! There’s something special about dining inside of the Beast’s castle and exploring the West Wing, Ballroom, or Rose Gallery. Plus, your kids will receive a white chocolate “Chip” that they can paint with edible paint! It’s always a hit and great way to end your special meal.

Coral Reef at EPCOT: Did you know that you can dine in front of one of the largest aquariums in the United States? Epcot is home to one of the largest aquariums in the country and part of it is surrounded by a restaurant! You may even be able to get a guide to the variety of fish you’ll see in the tanks in front of you.

Sci Fi Dine In Theater at Hollywood Studios: You’ll take a step back in time to a 1950’s drive in movie theater at Sci Fi. Your kids will have the chance to eat inside of a car while they watch short scenes from old sci-fi movies. Your kids will probably also love their classic American menu featuring macaroni and cheese, a cheeseburger, chicken strips and more.

50’s Primetime Cafe at Hollywood Studios: This is another Hollywood Studios restaurant that will take you back in time to the 1950’s. Your kids will have a chance to see what kitchens and even black and white TV’s looked like in the 1950’s during their meal. This menu is full of comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, chicken strips and more. Just be sure to remember your manners and keep your elbows off the table!

Rainforest Cafe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Your kids will love feeling like they are venturing into the jungle at Rainforest Cafe. They can watch animatronic elephants, gorillas, birds and more while they eat dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets, quesadillas, mini hot dogs and more. Rainforest Cafe does have two locations at Disney World, one inside of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and another at Disney Springs.

Best Disney World Restaurants for Kids Other than Character Dining

Disney Springs

The Boathouse: You can enjoy both indoor and outdoor dining at The Boathouse with beautiful views all around. If you’re seated outside or along the windows, your kids may even spot an amphicar driving across Lake Buena Vista. If you choose to dine inside, you may even be lucky enough to eat inside of a boat!

T-Rex Cafe: If you have a dinosaur loving child, you can’t miss T-Rex Cafe. They can be surrounded by animatronic dinosaurs, including a fifteen foot T-Rex! You’ll even get to experience a meteor shower every 20 minutes. in the gift shop, your kids can dig for hidden dinosaur fossils or build their own stuffed dinosaur. If you’re looking for a sweet way to end your meal, don’t miss the Chocolate Extinction dessert.

Planet Hollywood: You can dine among the stars at Planet Hollywood. During your meal, your kids can watch music videos and even enjoy a sing along every now and then. Some of the tables even have TV’s inside of them. You can also check out a variety of movie memorabilia throughout four floors of the restaurant.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Whispering Canyon has all you care to enjoy skillets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The servers are rather witty and interactive. You never know what might happen when you ask for a drink refill or ketchup with your meal. Although Whispering Canyon has toned down the antics they’ve always been known for, this is still a fun and interactive meal for kids of all ages.

Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village: What could be a better view than watching giraffe, zebras or gazelle walk across the savanna during your dinner? You will enjoy some spectacular views of the sunset savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge during your meal here. Plus, if you’re looking for an educational experience, you may even be able to dine with an animal specialist.

Best Disney World Restaurants for Kids Other than Character Dining

What are your kids’ favorite Disney restaurants? Do you agree with our recommendations for the best Disney World restaurants for kids? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

8 Tips for Using Disney Mobile Order in the My Disney Experience App

Disney is offering guests the ability to mobile order both quick service meals and even to-go meals from select table service restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort. We highly recommend using the Disney mobile order feature in your My Disney Experience app for a number of reasons. Below, you will find eight tips for using the Disney mobile order service in your My Disney Experience app during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

8 Tips for Using Disney Mobile Order

  1. Download the My Disney Experience App: First and foremost, you’ll need to have the My Disney Experience app downloaded to your smartphone or device to take advantage of Disney mobile order. We recommend that you download the app to begin to familiarize yourself with it before you even leave home.

2. Order at least 30 minute In Advance: I recommend selecting your order at least thirty minutes before you are ready to actually eat. There are times when the restaurant is so busy that your immediate timeframe may not be available. You’ll also want to allow time for the restaurant to prepare your order. You can also order early in the day for a later time, if you have a preferred dining time.

3. Use Mobile Order When Possible: Disney mobile order is available at many quick service locations, select table service restaurants offering to-go meals and now even some “snack” locations like Aloha Isle. You can enjoy a number of foods and beverages with this option. It will save you so much time from the locations with a long line of guests not taking advantage of Disney mobile order.

4. Watch for Exclusive and/or Limited Time Offerings: Across the top of your screen, the menu will be divided into sections like entrees, kids meals, beverages, etc. Keep an eye out for any limited time offerings like seasonal items or even exclusive menu items only available through the Disney mobile order service.

5. Know Where to Use the Disney Mobile Order Service: We have included the full list of participating locations below. Not all quick service locations are participating in the Disney mobile order feature in your My Disney Experience app so please familiarize yourself with participating locations in advance. There are also some (new) locations that only service snacks (like Aloha Isle) though!

6. Turn On Notifications: Your app will notify you of a couple important times that you won’t want to miss. If you choose to order for a later time, you will receive a notification when your window opens to arrive at the restaurant. You will also receive a notification when your order is ready and you can enter the restaurant to pick up your order.

7. Customization and Allergies: You can customize select items in the app like removing a sauce or item. Many locations also include allergy friendly menus for the most common allergies. If you have additional dietary needs, please speak to a cast member at the restaurant though.

8. Store Your Preferred Method of Payment: You can store your credit or debit card in the app in addition to a Disney gift card or even Disney Rewards card for a faster and easier checkout process.

Complete List of Participating Locations for Disney Mobile Order Service

Magic Kingdom

  • Aloha Isle
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • The Friar’s Nook
  • The Lunching Pad
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

EPCOT

  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue
  • Sunshine Seasons

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • ABC Commissary
  • Backlot Express
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
  • Milk Stand
  • PizzeRizzo
  • Ronto Roasters
  • Rosie’s All-American Cafe
  • Woody’s Lunch Box

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Harambe Market
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Satu’li Canteen

Disney Springs

  • D-Luxe Burger

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Avalunch
  • Lottawatta Lodge

Disney’s Boardwalk

  • BoardWalk Bakery
  • Pizza Window
  • Trattoria al Forno To Go

Disney’s All Star Movies Resort

  • World Premiere Food Court

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • The Mara

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani Village

  • Sanaa To Go

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Landscape of Flavors

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • Beach Club Marketplace

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Centertown Market

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Contempo Cafe
  • The Wave… of American Flavors To Go

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

  • Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago To Go

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Gasparilla Island Grill

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Olivia’s Cafe To Go

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Capt. Cook’s
  • Kona Cafe To Go

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Everything POP Shopping & Dining

Disney’s Riviera Resort

  • Primo Piatto

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • The Artist’s Palette

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Geyser Point Bar & Grill To Go
  • Roaring Fork

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Ale & Compass Restaurant To Go
  • The Market at Ale & Compass

The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

  • P & J’s Southern Takeout

Have you tried the Disney mobile order service yet?

What You Need to Pack in Your Disney World Park Bag

Disney World park bag

What will you need for a day at Disney World? What kinds of things should you pack for in your Disney World park bag for an enjoyable day? If you’ve never been to Disney World or maybe it’s been a while, you may be unsure what you’d like to carry with you. We have some suggestions as to what we recommend that you pack in your Disney World park bag for a magical day in the parks.

For Everyone

We think the following items are useful whether you are traveling alone, as a couple, or with a family.

Hand Sanitizer: Even before the pandemic, it has always been important to have a way to clean your hands on the go. There are a lot of people touching the same rides, queues, and more so you’ll want to keep your hands clean throughout the day and before meals. We recommend bringing some travel size hand sanitizer. We especially love these alcohol free hand sanitizer wipes for kids.

Sunscreen: It’s sunny almost year round in Florida! Even if you are traveling in the winter, there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy some sunny days and will still want to have some sunscreen to apply throughout the day. It’s MUCH cheaper to bring with you than to have to purchase it from a gift shop in the parks.

Portable Phone Charger: Between taking pictures and videos of your magical memories and checking and making dining reservations and FastPass+ selections in your My Disney Experience account, there’s a good chance that your phone battery won’t last all day in the parks. We recommend a portable phone charger to keep your phone charged throughout your day. I’ve heard great things about this Anker portable charger.

Sunglasses:

Water Bottle: You can always ask for a free cup of ice water at any quick service dining location, but in the heat, it can be nice to have your own water bottle to carry with you and refill throughout the parks. If you’re sensitive to the taste of Florida tap water, you may want to bring a drink flavoring. We love collapsible water bottles to save space in your bag when not in use.

Gum: Did you know that you cannot purchase gum at Disney World? It’s true! If you want to enjoy a piece of gum during your visit, you’ll have to bring some with you! We recommend ordering a multipack from Amazon so you won’t run out.

First Aid Kit: From blisters from uncomfortable shoes to scrapes, you never know when you may need a band-aid or even some Neosporin. These Johnson & Johnson Mini First Aid Kits are the perfect size to toss in your bag and go!

Mickey (or Minnie) Ears: Is any park outfit complete without “ears?” There are SO many to choose from! You can show off your style, favorite characters, and more designs. We love these navy blue ears with pink polka dots or you’ll never go wrong with the classic Mickey ears hat. You can even order an inexpensive 3-pack of Minnie ears.

Ziploc Bags: Ziploc bags can prove useful in the parks for a number of reasons! If you have a quick rain shower and end up with wet clothes, have leftover snacks without a resealable container, or a little one with an accident, you may be thankful for carrying a few Ziploc bags in your Disney World park bag.

Lanyards: If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll receive a complimentary magic band with your reservation so you don’t have to worry about carrying a hard card ticket, but you may want to try pin trading. How cute is this Mickey Mouse lanyard or this Star Wars lanyard?

Disney World park bag

Additional Items When Traveling with Kids

We think the following items are helpful to have in your park bag when you’re traveling with kids.

Mickey Mouse Stroller Hook: Regardless of the size of your stroller, it can be helpful to have an extra place to hang things. We love this Mickey Mouse stroller hook from Petunia Pickle Bottom for hanging jackets, bags, and even the resort refillable drink mugs.

Stroller Tag: If you’ve been to the parks before, then you probably know how many strollers are in the stroller parking areas. With all those strollers so close together, it can be difficult to quickly and easily find yours (especially since cast members often move them so there aren’t open spaces). A fun activity before you go would be to make a sign to hang on your stroller. If you aren’t very crafty or are short on time, these rainbow pom poms can be great to hang on the handle.

Autograph Book (and Sharpie or pen): If you’re planning to meet any characters during your visit, you may want an autograph book for them to sign, especially during character meals. Some guests even like the Disney Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters so each character can sign their corresponding page. Don’t forget to bring a Sharpie or pen for the characters to use as many handlers don’t carry any for you.

Light Up Toys: Light up toys are SO popular in the parks! Kids love playing with these light up toys while they wait for nighttime spectaculars like Happily Ever After. This two pack of Mickey Mouse flashing wands are perfect to keep the Disney magic going. We also love this six pack of flashing Mickey Mouse necklaces or two pack of snowflake wands for any Frozen fan!

Bubble Wand: Bubble toys are another popular souvenir in the parks! These toys can set you back about $25 though so we always try to bring one with us. We love this coloring changing LED bubble wand for less than $15!

Glow Sticks: Glow sticks are a fun and inexpensive treat for the kids while you enjoy the parks at night. You can order a multi-pack of glow sticks so the kids can wear some (or even share with other kids) every night of your stay.

Reusable Straws: Disney Parks have removed plastic straws from the theme parks and resorts. They do offer paper straws at most locations, but these can be difficult for kids to use or even anyone enjoying a frozen beverage. You can bring these stainless steel straws or these collapsible silicone straws that come with a carrying case.

Additional Items When Traveling in the Summer

We think these items are extra useful when traveling in the summer or for our guests who are sensitive to the heat.

Cooling Towels: Cooling towels don’t take up a lot of space in your bag, but can really help keep you cool! These cooling towels use moisture from the towel to draw the sweat away from your skin and stay cool for up to 3 hours! You can order a four pack here.

Handheld Fan or Misting Spray Fan: A handheld fan or misting spray fan can come in handy while waiting for the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom or just walking throughout the parks. Most of the spray fans are battery operated while many of the handheld fans can be charged with a USB port so you can even use your portable charger for your fan! You can order a misting fan here or a handheld fan here.

Print your own Disney Park Bag checklist here:

Disney World park bag checklist

We also have a list of ten things to make traveling with a toddler easier.

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7 Reasons to Spend a Day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Do you love lazy rivers, water slides, or swimming? If so, then you’ll want to add a day at one of the Disney World water parks, Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, to your next Disney World vacation! With the warm temperatures in Florida almost year round, you can enjoy Disney World’s water parks during almost any vacation. 

Here are seven reasons to spend a day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park:

1.Blizzard Beach has a special story all its own 

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A ski resort in Florida? You heard that right! As the story goes, a legendary snowstorm in Florida prompted local opportunists to build a ski resort. When Florida’s climate returned to normal temperatures and the snow began to melt, Blizzard Beach was born.

 2. Blizzard Beach is home to one of the fastest waterslides in the world

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The ultimate water park thrill ride, Summit Plummet, is a 120-foot-tall waterslide with a near-vertical drop. Guests accelerate up to 65 mph on the slide, making it one of the fastest attractions at Walt Disney World.

3. There’s no shortage of tasty treats

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From churros to Mickey ice cream bars, you can discover many of your favorite snacks at the Disney Water Parks. There are plenty of menu options to choose from, including these loaded nachos from Frostbite Freddy’s Frozen Freshments.

4. The first chairlift in Florida was built at Blizzard Beach

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Want to know a Disney secret? This colorful chairlift, built to ferry guests to the top of Mount Gushmore, was the first of its kind in the state of Florida. The chairlift offers a scenic bird’s-eye view of Blizzard Beach and easy access to Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher and Teamboat Springs.

5. There’s a full-service beach bar serving Blizzard Beach-inspired cocktails

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Piña CoLAVA anyone? How about a Blue Blizzard Margarita? The Polar Pub serves as Blizzard Beach’s own full-service beach bar and offers specialty cocktails inspired by the park’s stories.

6. Cross Country Creek is one of the longest lazy rivers in the U.S.A.

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At 3,000 feet, Cross Country Creek ranks among the longest lazy rivers in the country. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete one journey around the waterway – depending, of course, on how lazy you want to be!

7. Teamboat Springs is one of the world’s longest family whitewater raft ride

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One of the world’s longest family whitewater raft ride is none other than Teamboat Springs at Blizzard Beach. Along the winding rapids of Teamboat Springs, guests encounter remnants of the fabled snowstorm in the form of snowshoes, snow shovels, melting icicles and a snow mobile.

Have you ever visited Disney World’s water parks? Which Disney World water park do you prefer?

Don’t miss these 14 tips for visiting one of the Disney World water parks or our list of the best Orlando water parks!

Thanks Disney Parks Blog!