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Everything You Need to Know About TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D at Universal Studios Florida

There are several reasons why TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D in Universal Studios Florida is one of the best rides at Universal Orlando Resort. The action is non-stop from the moment the ride begins, which is then only elevated by the special effects and 3-D elements. Because of the constant action and story turns, the ride feels like it lasts a long time! Lastly, for fans of the franchise who grew up watching the 1980’s animated television series or the more recent live-action movies, this ride gives you the chance to become a part of the long-lasting war between the Autobots and Decepticons — your classic good versus evil scenario.

Not only did TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D bring a new hit attraction to the parks, it introduced one of the coolest character meet-and-greets. And just check out that giant Optimus Prime statue at the ride entrance! Here’s everything you need to know about one of the must-do rides in Universal Studios.

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THE STORY

The battle between the Autobots and Decepticons (two factions of an alien robot species called Transformers) has come to Earth, and you’ve been recruited by the Non-biological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty (N.E.S.T.) to help defend mankind. Your objective: keep the AllSpark — a powerful object capable of creating new life — out of the Decepticon’s possession. Of course, the mission goes haywire as Decepticons descend on the N.E.S.T. base and an explosive battle begins…

THE QUEUE

As you enter the ride building, you’re entering N.E.S.T. headquarters, where you’ll receive debriefing on your mission from N.E.S.T. and the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime. Throughout the queue, you’ll encounter the AllSpark fragment that you’re tasked with protecting, as well as other Transformer artifacts and weaponry.

THE RIDE

Immediately after boarding your ride vehicle, which happens to be your Autobot partner Evac, you encounter your first Decepticon stealing the AllSpark until Bumblebee intervenes… but you’re not in the clear yet. Decepticons surround you at every turn as Evac attempts to evade the onslaught from Bonecrusher, Starscream, and more. During the struggle, you find yourself in the middle of Optimus Prime battling the evil Megatron. Do you and the Autobots defeat the Decepticons? I’ll leave that for you to discover.

The ride experience is motion simulation based with a ride vehicle that moves along a track (NOT a roller coaster) and combines 3-D visual and 4-D physical effects. The Transformers will appear larger-than-life with your 3-D glasses on, and you’ll feel the raging effects of battle around you like strong winds and heat.

Ride Details:
– Minimum height requirement of 40″ (101.6 cm) to ride
– Universal Express Pass is accepted
– You can take your bags on this ride (woot!)
– Child Swap is available upon request

MEET THE TRANSFORMERS

Whenever my friends or family come to the parks for vacation, one of my favorite things I tell them they have to do is meet the TRANSFORMERS characters. I remember the first time I stood next to them — I was in awe (and still am to this day)of how big and incredibly detailed they were, a feeling which only grew when next thing I knew they spoke to me!

You can meet three TRANSFORMERS daily right next to the ride building, kiddy-corner from the Supply Vault store. Optimus Prime (leader of the Autobots), Bumblebee (spunky Autobot lieutenant), and Megatron (leader of the Decepticons).

Download the Universal Orlando Resort App to see the daily meet-and-greet times for the TRANSFORMERS.

SUPPLY VAULT

You’ll need to gear up on N.E.S.T. essentials now that you’ve been recruited to join the battle. Stop by the Supply Vault store (near the exit of the ride) for all things TRANSFORMERS merchandise.

  • Deck yourself out in N.E.S.T. T-shirts, cadet hats, and bags, or show your support for either Autobots or Decepticons with themed apparel, car decals, magnets, mugs, and more. 
  • We can’t talk TRANSFORMERS without mentioning the toys and collectibles (which for some of us are the same thing).

Check out more TRANSFORMERS merchandise before your trip on our online merch store.

FUN FACTS

  • The Orlando ride is the third installation of the TRANSFORMERS ride at a Universal theme park, the first is at Universal Studios Singapore and the second at Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • Evac, the Transformer who is your ride vehicle, was created and designed exclusively for the Universal ride.
  • During the ride, see if you can spot the famous yellow Volkswagen Beetle that was Bumblebee’s alter ego in the original comic and TV series.
  • Besides Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron, there are 13 other Autobots and Decepticons you encounter throughout the ride.
  • When working with big transforming robots, everything is going to be giant in scale. The ride is no exception with 34 custom built screens that tower at heights of over 80 feet tall.

Are you ready to keep the AllSpark safe? Autobots, roll out!

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Magical Activities, Decor and More for the 2021 Holiday Season at Disney World

Are you ready for the most magical time of the year during the 2021 holiday season at Disney World? The 2021 holiday season marks the return of Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom Park. Learn all about the 2021 holiday season at Disney World below.

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Main Street, U.S.A. is decked for the holidays with holly jolly seasonal décor and themed menu items at select locations.
  • On select evenings, special holiday projections will beam onto Cinderella Castle, alternating periodically throughout the night with the Castle transforming into a Beacon of Magic as part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.”
  • Wave hello to Jolly Old St. Nick during special appearances through December 24
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade returns daily from December 22-31

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • The Hollywood Holiday Tower Hotel twinkles anew at the end of Sunset Boulevard during Sunset Seasons Greetings. Projection effects magically transform the park icon into snowy Arendelle, a Muppets gingerbread masterpiece, a Toy Story toy hotel, and a Dickensian village inspired by “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” This holiday show also alternates with the tower’s nightly transformation into a Beacon of Magic.
  • “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” features a festive finale starring Olaf.
  • Santa Claus brings some North Pole cheer to a Merry Motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard through Dec. 24 of this year.
  • Minnie Mouse hosts a meal at Hollywood & Vine, joined by her pals in their holiday finest – and Santa, too!
  • Cheerful holiday décor throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios honors the spirit of the season.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Discovery Island springs to life with a Merry Menagerie of winter animals in the form of playful, life-sized artisan-sculpted puppets interacting with guests.
  • The park’s centerpiece – The Tree of Life – becomes another Beacon of Magic most nights as a part of the 50th anniversary celebration. During the holiday season, there will be even more magic inspired by nature as the holiday edition of Tree of Life Awakenings also takes place most nights.
  • Accompanied by joyful songs of the season, Disney characters set sail down Discovery River, including limited-time voyages featuring Santa Claus through Dec. 24 of this year.

Disney Springs

  • The Walt Disney World shopping, dining and entertainment district transforms into a winter wonderland, full of sparkling lights, enchanting décor and holiday surprises, offering a wide array of Disney holiday merchandise, including ornaments, matching family pajamas, Spirit Jerseys and more.
  • The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll presented by AdventHealth features 20 elaborately decorated themed trees, including some inspired by “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.”
  • In the evening, guests visiting Town Center experience a magical snowfall, bringing the spirit of the North Pole to Central Florida.
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar becomes Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar with delightful décor and a delicious limited-time menu filled with festive favorites.
  • Santa Claus will visit Disney Springs, where guests have the opportunity to wave hello and pose for a photo through December 24 of this year.

Disney Resort Hotels

  • Iconic trees and other seasonal touches turn Disney Resort hotels into holiday hideaways.
  • Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, feature incredible gingerbread displays perfect for holiday photographs … and inspiration for holiday treats.
  • Select resorts offer holiday menus at restaurants, as well as other specialty food and drinks.

EPCOT

  • The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth will return November 26 through December 30 with special live entertainment, Holiday Kitchens throughout the World Showcase, a Holiday Cookie Stroll and more.
  • Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, a beloved holiday performance and Disney Parks tradition dating back to 1958 at Disneyland park, returns with a lineup of celebrity narrators telling the Christmas story, a choir of Disney Cast Members and a live orchestra.
  • Guests of all ages can take part in Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt to search for holiday traditions Olaf has gathered from around the world – and lost along the way!
  • A stirring and uplifting performance of music in celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa, “JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season” returns to the Showcase Plaza Stage.
  • Holiday traditions of the world come to life once again around World Showcase with unique presentations such as Las Posadasat the Mexico pavilion, the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs in the Canada pavilion, a Chinese Lion Dance celebrating the new year in the China pavilion, a Hanukkah storyteller along the promenade and delightful holiday storytellers in France, Italy, Japan, Norway and the United Kingdom.
  • Santa Claus will appear at EPCOT through December 24 of this year, giving guests the opportunity to wave hello and pose for a photo.

The 2021 holiday season at Disney World is an extra magical time of the year. Are you planning a visit to Disney World for the holidays?

5 Fun Facts About Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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If you know anything about Universal Orlando Resort Hotels, you know the teams behind them leave no detail untouched and no space unthemed. That is as true as ever in regards to the destination’s newest property and first extra-affordable value hotel, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. Here are five fun facts about Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Surfside Inn and Suites…

1. Half of the hotel is made up of suites.

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And the suites are pretty sweet, if I do say so myself. If you hear “value” and start picturing anything less than a spacious room with very, VERY comfy beds, a picnic table for meals, storage space, immaculately clean areas, and a surfboard coat-hanger — welp, you’re just not thinking about Surfside!

2. The hotel pool is in the shape of a surfboard.

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Of course the pool at Surfside Inn and Suites is shaped like a surfboard; I told you that the theming at this place has left nothing untouched! This surfboard-shaped pool would take more than 1,191 regular surfboards to fill the total square footage. So, yeah, the pool is huge, there are plenty of spots to sit by it, and the Sand Bar (which is, if it isn’t obvious, a bar) is right by the pool so you’re never too far from your next drink.

3. Speaking of drinks, all food and drink options throughout the hotel are below $12.

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That means whether you’re craving a Breakfast Pizza in the morning or a Pipeline Burger with Bacon Jam in the evening — or if you’re craving both right now just from reading this — you’re eating real good and saving money while you do so.

4. The Shuttle Bus from the hotel to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, and Universal CityWalk takes less than ten minutes.

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Ten minutes away from Hollywood Rip Ride RockitToothsome Chocolate Emporium milkshakes, and all the other incredible thrills at Universal Orlando Resort? OK, I’m in. Staying with Universal at Surfside Inn and Suites means you don’t have to pay for transportation to the parks and you get to ride in style with your fellow vacationers racing for the first row on all the coasters. PLUS! You get into the park before regular park guests with your access to Early Park Admission. That is a full hour before the parks officially open for you to experience.

5. There are more than 1,435 surfboards around the hotel.

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Each of these surfboards were made special by Quiet Flight and fit perfectly with the beachy vibes and tones throughout the hotel. Can you find all 1,435?

What are your favorite facts about Universal’s Endless Summer Resort? How many did you know?

Book your Universal Orlando Resort vacation today to check out Surfside Inn and Suites for yourself and let us know in the comments what you’re most excited about during your vacation!

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Experience the 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Nov 26- Dec 30

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Disney chefs and mixologists are busy as elves creating tasty holiday dishes for the upcoming 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth. I am so excited to share every delicious detail!

This year’s festival runs November 26 through December 30, 2021, and celebrates cherished holiday traditions from around the globe, with a variety of yuletide decorations, family-friendly activities, and the return of the beloved long-standing tradition of “Candlelight Processional.”

And what makes this festival even more magical is the added EARidescent shimmer of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort found throughout the park. Be sure to check out the named neighborhoods as part of the EPCOT transformation, including World Discovery, World Nature, World Celebration, and World Showcase.

Of course, what are holidays without delicious food and drink? The 14 Holiday Kitchens are scattered throughout all 11 World Showcase pavilions and beyond offering returning fan-favorites and delicious classic holiday dishes and festive beverages.

The fun Holiday Cookie Stroll is back this year with a sweet cookie scavenger hunt. The Festival Passport lists the five official Holiday Cookie Stroll locations, and each stop will offer a delicious cookie for purchase and a stamp for your Festival Passport. Once you’ve collected all five stamps, bring your Festival Passport to the Holiday Sweets & Treats Holiday Kitchen to receive a 50th anniversary celebration cookie! Complete your Holiday Cookie Stroll at your leisure – you can even bring back your stamped Festival Passport to EPCOT at any time during the festival to complete your stroll. 

And don’t forget to stop by The American Adventure rotunda, where the EPCOT pastry chefs have recreated the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The American Adventure building in miniature gingerbread versions.

So, without any further delay, here is the Foodie Guide to the 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth. Happy Holidays! 

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Mele Kalikimaka (Near Port of Entry)

Food Items:

  • Kālua Pork with Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes and Mango Salad
  • Lomi Lomi Salmon with Tomatoes, Onions, Salmon Roe, Yuzu-Mayonnaise, and Yucca Chips (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Haupia: Hawaiian Coconut Pudding with Candied Macadamia Nuts and Coconut

Beverages:

  • Hawaiian Pale Wheat Ale (New Item)
  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Melon Breeze with Spiced Rum

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce.

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Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen (Near Disney Traders)

Food Items:

  • Cinnamon-glazed Almonds (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; (New Item)
  • Cinnamon-glazed Cashews (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
  • Cinnamon-glazed Pecans (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
  • Fire-roasted Chestnuts (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)

Beverages:

  • AMERICAN HERITAGE Gourmet Hot Cocoa (Non-alcoholic; New Item)
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog (nonalcoholic)
  • Sweet Nutty Stout, Orlando (New Item)
  • AMERICAN HERITAGE Gourmet Hot Cocoa with Peanut Butter Whiskey, Whipped Cream, and Candied Nuts (New Item)
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog with Peanut Butter Whiskey (New Item)
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Holiday Sweets & Treats (Near Port of Entry):

Food Items:

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, and peppermint candy (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Exclusive Redemption Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (nonalcoholic)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea (nonalcoholic)
  • Eggnog White Porter
  • Coquito Beer (New Item)
  • S’mores Black Lager (New Item)
  • Hot Cocoa with assorted alcoholic cordials
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Beer Flight
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Holiday Hearth Desserts (Near Port of Entry)

Food Items:

  • Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth Cookie
  • Snowball Cookies 
  • Peppermint Bark(Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Mouse Crunch 
  • Gingerbread Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (nonalcoholic)
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider (Non-alcoholic; New Item)
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps
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Refreshment Port (Near Canada)

Food Items:

  • Coquito Soft-Serve Waffle Cone (New Item)
  • Turkey Poutine – French fries with turkey gravy, cranberry relish, and crispy onions

Beverages:

  • Cranberry Hard Cider (New Item)
  • Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cocktail (New Item)
  • Coquito Soft-serve with Spiced Rum (New Item)
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Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada)

Food Items:

  • Seared Scallops with Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney, and Hazelnut Croquant
  • Beef Bourguignon with Crushed Potatoes
  • Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple mousse and cranberry rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake
  • SNICKERS-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS bar pieces (Holiday Cookie Stroll; New Item)

Beverages:

  • Frozen Coffee (nonalcoholic)
  • Maple Cinnamon Coffee Beer
  • Maple Cookie Blonde Ale (New Item)
  • Peanut Butter & Banana Porter (New Item)
  • Icewine, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Red Wine, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Frozen Coffee with Whisky
  • Beer Flight

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

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L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (Between France and Morocco)

Food Items:

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard
  • Smoked Salmon Potato Latke (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Potato Latkes (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; Plant-based)  
  • Sufganiyot: Mini jelly-filled donuts
  • Black and White Cookie (Plant-based; Holiday Cookie Stroll)  

Beverages:

  • Hanukkah Beer
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail
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Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina

Food Items:

  • Grilled Kebabs with Carrot-Chickpea Salad and Garlic Aïoli (New Item)
    • Lamb Kefta (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
    • Harissa Chicken (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Fig Tapenade, and Zhoug Dip
  • Almond-spiced Cake with Ginger Mousse, Orange Ganache, and Sesame Tuile (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Lavender Apple Hard Cider (New Item)
    • Ginger Tumeric Hard Cider
    • Spicy Nutmeg Hard Cider
    • Fig Cocktail with Sparkling Wine, Fig Vodka, and Cranberry Juice (New Item)
    • Cider Flight
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American Holiday Table

Food Items:

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with BEN’S ORIGINAL Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Cranberry Sauce
  • Holiday Pot Pie with Jackfruit, Mushrooms, Carrots, Peas, Onions, and Puff Pastry (Plant-based)
  • Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cranberry Whipped Cream and Candied Pumpkin Seeds   
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with DOVE Dark Chocolate (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Bright White Ale
  • Eggnog White Porter
  • Peppermint Chocolate Stout
  • Regional White Wine
  • Regional Red Wine
  • Beer Flight

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

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Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany)

Food Items:

  • Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce, Spätzle, and Braised Red Cabbage
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes
  • Linzer Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)

Beverages:

  • Hard Apple Cider
  • German-style Gold Lager (New Item)
  • Doppelbock Beer
  • Regional Riesling
  • Glühwein: House-made hot spiced wine
  • Beer Flight

Select Dishes featuring Melissa’s Produce

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Refreshment Outpost:

Food Items:

  • Coconut-Pineapple Cake with DOLE Whip (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Midnight Lager (New Item)
  • Nairobi Coffee Dark Beer (New Item)
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The Donut Box (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)

Food Items

  • Pumpkin Cake Donut with Pumpkin Spice Icing (New Item)
  • Holiday Donut with Coconut and Crisp Pearls (New Item)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Donut (New Item)
  • Eggnog-Cream-filled Donut with Cinnamon Icing and Crumbled Gingersnap Cookies (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Gingerbread Milkshake (nonalcoholic)
  • Gingerbread Stout (New Item)
  • Gingerbread Milkshake with Whipped Cream Vodka
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Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France)

Food Items:

  • Napoleon de Saumon Fumé en Brioche: Smoked salmon napoleon with layers of smoked salmon, dill mousse, and crème fraîche mousse served in brioche (New Item)
  • Dinde Forestière, Patates Douces Rôties: Turkey with bacon, mushrooms, and onions in a mustard cream sauce served with roasted sweet potatoes (New Item)
  • Bûche de Noël Chocolat Blanc, Framboise: Chocolate Christmas log with chocolate biscuit, white chocolate mousse, raspberry cream, and chocolate fudge coating (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Vanilla vodka, vodka, chocolate milk, and whipped cream
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rosé Sparkling Wine
  • Cranberry Mimosa: Sparkling wine with orange juice and cranberry syrup
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Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy)

Food Items:

  • Mezzelune Croccanti: Crispy half-moon breaded mozzarella-filled ravioli with pomodoro sauce  (New Item)
  • Ravioli: Shrimp ravioli in scampi sauce with white wine, garlic, lemon zest, and parsley (New Item)
  • Bomboloni alla Cioccolato-Nocciola: Chocolate-filled Italian doughnut with chocolate-hazelnut spread and powdered sugar (New Item)

Beverages:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Sparkling Red Wine
  • Moscato
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello
  • Pilsner
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Lotus Blossom Café (China) Food Items:

  • House-made Cheesy Crab Wontons

Beverages:

  • Fireworks: Tequila gold, vodka, orange juice, and mango syrup
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Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan)

Food Items:

  • Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade tuna, salmon, ikura, and yellowtail with vegetables decorated on an artistic bed of rice to celebrate the holidays
  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat soba noodle in a hot dashi soup with shrimp tempura, fish cake, shiitake mushrooms, and chopped green onion
  • Mont Blanc Tart: Matcha mousse tart with a sweet red bean center sprinkled with konpeito sugar candy

Beverages:

  • Chocolate Banana Boba: Cocoa, Japanese milky drink, banana syrup, and strawberry popping boba pearls (nonalcoholic; New Item)
  • Sparkling Plum Wine (New Item)
  • Chocolate Tokyo Banana: Cocoa, Japanese milky drink, banana syrup, and vodka (New Item)
  • Pomegranate Draft Lager: Rice lager with hints of pomegranate and lemon (New Item)
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Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico)

Food Items:

  • Giant Tostada de Chorizo: Chorizo served on a giant tostada with chipotle black bean purée, salsa verde, queso cotija, crema mexicana, and pickled onion
  • Tamal de Barbacoa: Shredded barbacoa beef in a corn masa topped with ranchera salsa, queso cotija, and crema Mexicana (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
  • Dulce de Leche Churros sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar

Beverages:

  • Cranberry-Cinnamon Margarita: Apple-cinnamon infused mezcal, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice with a cinnamon-sugar rim (New Item)
  • Horchata Margarita: Tequila blanco, corn whiskey, horchata, and cinnamon horchata rum
  • Mistletoe Cerveza: Lager with blackcurrant liqueur (New Item)
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Funnel Cake

Food Item:

  • Mini Pumpkin Pie Funnel Cake:  Pumpkin funnel cake topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbles (New Item)
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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

Beverage:

  • Carolers’ Cold Brew – Joffrey’s French Roast Cold Brew with brown butter toffee, swiss chocolate syrup, and sweet cream topped with whipped cream and TWIX bar pieces (New Item)

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth is available with valid theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date. For more information, visit EPCOTHolidays.com. Don’t forget to share your favorite festival dishes on social media using #EPCOTHoliday or #DisneyWorld50

(Note: All offerings are subject to change.)

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Celebrate the 2021 Holiday Season at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

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Disney recently shared the best places to eat, drink and be merry at the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and Disney Springs during the 2021 holiday season. Next, they are sharing where you can make spirits bright with delish savories, sweets, and sips during the 2021 holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Wait until you see (and taste!) all the creative offerings at the resorts – fa la la la la bulous!

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Disney’s All-Star Resorts

Intermission Food Court, World Premier Food Court, and Intermission Food Court

  • Pumpkin Tart (available Nov. 25 and Dec. 25)
  • Thanksgiving Dinner – Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, and cranberry relish with choice of apple or pumpkin tart (available Nov. 25)
  • Playful Penguin Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake, cream cheese buttercream, peppermint sprinkles, and a sugared playful penguin (available Dec. 19-Jan. 1)
  • Christmas Dinner – Ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, and cranberry relish with choice of apple or pumpkin tart (available Dec. 25)

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Landscapes of Flavor and Everything POP Shopping & Dining

  • Pumpkin Tart (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Apple Tart (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Playful Penguin Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake, cream cheese buttercream, peppermint sprinkles, and a sugared playful penguin (available Dec. 19-Jan. 1)
  • Spiked Coffee Milkshake (available Nov. 1-30)
  • Cranberry Margarita (available Nov.1-30)
  • Spiked Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate (available Dec.1-31)
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sanaa

  • Chocolate Peppermint Ornament – Ghanaian dark chocolate mousse and peppermint crunch chocolate biscuit with pomegranate and raspberries (available Dec. 19-25)
  • Roast Rib Eye – Roast rib eye with jus lie, Tunisian mashed potatoes, green beans with apricot-cranberry butter, and mushroom conserva (available Dec. 25)

The Mara

  • Gingeraffe – Gingerbread giraffe cookie (available Dec. 1-31)
  • Chocolate and Peppermint Cookie Sandwich – Smoked chocolate and spice cookie with peppermint buttercream (available Dec. 1-31)
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Disney’s BoardWalk

BoardWalk Bakery

  • Peppermint Bark – Milk and white chocolate with peppermint candy (available Dec. 1-26)
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Bread – Pumpkin, cream cheese, and holiday spice (available Dec. 1-26)
  • Mickey Mouse Gingerbread Cookie (available Dec. 1-26)
  • Minnie Sugar Cookie (available Dec. 1-26)
  • Mickey Sugar Cookie (available Dec. 1-26)
  • Gingerbread Boy Cupcake (available Dec. 1-25)
  • Christmas Cookie Box (available Dec. 1-25)
  • Root Beer Float Cupcake (available Dec. 26-Jan. 1)

Trattoria al Forno

  • Thanksgiving Sage & Thyme Oven-Roasted Turkey – Cornbread and sausage stuffing, sour cream-mashed Yukon gold potatoes, green beans and rainbow carrots with herb butter, cranberry citrus compote, pan gravy, and Parker House Rolls (available Nov. 25)
  • Apple Crostata – Vanilla bean gelato, candied pecans, and caramel sauce (available Nov. 25)
  • Mickey Eggs-in-a-Basket – Egg-filled butter brioche and classic pastrami hash with choice of ham, bacon, or sausage (available Dec. 19-31)
  • Oak-grilled Char-crusted Ribeye – Amarone butter, truffle gnocchi, and balsamic-pancetta Brussel sprouts (available Dec. 19-31)
  • Chocolate Cherry Bombe – Chocolate crunch mousse on a fudgy brownie base with cherry filling and amaretto panna cotta (available Dec. 19-31)
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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Centertown Market and Centertown Market Grab n’ Go

  • Apple Tart (available Nov. 25)
  • Pumpkin Tart (available Nov. 7-25)
  • Christmas Brownie Bites (available Dec. 1-31)
  • Eggnog Cupcake (available Dec. 1-31)
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Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Contempo Cafe

  • Gingerbread Boy (available Nov. 14-Jan. 1)
  • Pumpkin Pie Tart – Pumpkin pie tart with cinnamon chantilly cream (available Nov. 14-27)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cookie (available Nov. 14-Jan. 1)
  • Linzer Cookie (available Nov. 14-Jan. 1)
  • Gingerbread House Kit – Build-your-own Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread House (available Nov. 14-Jan. 1)
  • Yule Log – Chocolate peppermint yule log (available Nov.28-Jan. 1)
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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Barcelona Lounge

  • Iced S’mores Macchiato – Espresso, low-fat milk and toasted marshmallow beverage syrup topped with sweet cream and chocolate drizzle (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)
  • Cranberry Mimosa – Cranberry juice and blanc de blanc cava (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)

Barcelona Lounge and Dahlia Lounge

  • Hot Toddy for Two – Twinings Discovery Collection Caramel Rooibos tea, brandy, amaretto, and cinnamon beverage syrup (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)

Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Largo

  • Blood Orange Sangria – Our house-made white sangria topped with blood orange beverage syrup (available Nov. 25-Jan. 8)
  • Spiced Winter Sangria – Our house-made red sangria warmed with spices (available Nov. 25-Mar. 1)

Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Largo and Dahlia Lounge

  • Peanut Butter S’mores Old Fashioned – Peanut butter whiskey, crème de cacao, toasted marshmallow beverage syrup, and orange bitters (available Nov. 25-Jan. 8)
  • Mistletoe Sangria – Our house made white sangria with a melon liqueur twist (available (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)
  • Cruz de Galicia – Amaretto, spiced rum, lemonade, and a splash of soda (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)
  • Toasted Espresso Martini – Vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, freshly brewed espresso, and toasted marshmallow beverage syrup (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)
  • Turkey “a la Plancha” – Plancha-seared turkey breast, aged sherry-sage gravy, cranberry-apple chutney, and scallion biscuit with a choice of two sides: pomme purée,  sweet potato gratin, elote, roasted cauliflower, magdelana dressing, or Brussel sprouts (available Nov. 25)

Toledo–Tapas, Steak, and Seafood

  • Turkey Roulade – Magdalena dressing, pomme purée, glazed carrots, Brussel sprouts,  cranberry relish, and turkey gravy (available Nov. 25)
  • Mulled Wine Pear Mousse – Orange chiffon, candied apples, almond-leaf tuille, and almond crunch (available Nov. 25)
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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Cítricos

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin cheesecake resting on a spiced chiffon cake topped with cassis mousse and a pumpkin seed-ginger crumble with caramel sauce (available Nov. 27)

Gasparilla Island Grill

  • Pumpkin Pie Cake Pop – Pumpkin spice jumbo cake pop enrobed in white chocolate to resemble an autumn pumpkin (available Nov. 1-Dec. 1)
  • Fall Flavors Cupcake – Cinnamon-spiced cupcake with apple filling topped with a sugar pumpkin and maple buttercream in festive fall colors (available Nov. 1-Dec. 1)
  • Happy Holidays Cake Pop – Triple chocolate cake pop enrobed in white chocolate with festive winter décor (available Dec. 1-Jan. 1)
  • Very Merry Minnie Mouse Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake filled with cookies and cream mousse and topped with ganache-dipped buttercream with cookie ears and chocolate a holiday bow (available Dec. 1-Jan. 1)
  • Red Velvet Wreath Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake filled with cream cheese mousse and topped with a vanilla buttercream wreath and a chocolate bow (available Dec. 1-Jan. 1)
  • S’more Cookie – Graham chocolate chip cookie piled with toasted marshmallows and M&M’S (available Dec. -Jan. 1)

Narcoossee’s

  • Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake – Pumpkin cake filled with white chocolate cream cheese mousse with brown sugar glaze and orange marmalade sauce (available Nov. 27)
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Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Good’s Food to Go

  • Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin Cheesecake, bourbon panna cotta, and spiced pecans (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Peppermint Bark – Dark and white chocolate with peppermint pieces (available Dec.1-Jan. 1)
  • Gingerbread Cupcake – Gingerbread cake, caramel mousse filling, and spiced buttercream (available Dec. 1-Jan. 1)

Olivia’s Café

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin cheesecake with toasted meringue, cranberry compote, and cranberry macaron (available Nov. 27)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cake – Chocolate lava cake, peppermint snow, and raspberry sauce (available Dec. 24-Jan. 1)

Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory (French Quarter) and Riverside Mill Food Court (Riverside)

  • Pumpkin Tart (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Apple Tart (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Playful Penguin Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake, cream cheese buttercream, peppermint sprinkles, and a sugared playful penguin (available Dec. 19-Jan. 1)

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

The Artist’s Palette

  • Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin cheesecake, bourbon panna cotta, and spiced pecans (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Peppermint Bark – Dark and white chocolate with peppermint pieces (available Dec.1-Jan. 1)
  • Eggnog Cupcake –  Spiced cake, eggnog mousse filling, and caramel buttercream (available Dec.1-Jan. 1)
  • Gingerbread Cookies – Themed to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (available Dec.1-Jan. 1)
  • Peppermint Mousse – Peppermint mousse, fudge center, and a chocolate cookie (available Dec.1-Jan. 1)
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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Barefoot Pool Bar

  • Frozen Martini with DOLE Whip Watermelon – Vodka blended with DOLE Whip Watermelon and a “green” sugared rim

Kona Café

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Yule Log – Chocolate sponge cake, hazelnut crémeux, chocolate ganache, rum hazelnut chocolate sauce, and royal icing décor (available Dec. 1-31)
  • Mocha Molten Lava Cake – Mocha molten lava cake, pistachio mascarpone cream, and bitter orange marmalade (available Dec. 20-Jan 1)

Kona Island and Capt. Cook’s

  • Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake with milk chocolate rocky road filling and buttercream (available Nov. 15-30)
  • Holiday “Elf” Dome – Vanilla cake with eggnog filling, white chocolate glaçage, and buttercream décor (available Dec. 1-31)
  • Holiday Moana Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake, Morello cherry, buttercream icing, and Moana chocolate décor (available Dec. 1-31)
  • Stroke of Midnight Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake with white chocolate Champagne filling, chocolate-covered pop rocks, and white chocolate clock (available Dec. 29-Jan3)
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Disney’s Riviera Resort

Le Petit Café

  • Mickey Gingerbread Cookies – Gingerbread cookie duo baked in chocolate and glazed with sugar (available Nov. 21-Jan. 1)
  • Peppermint Mousse – Dark chocolate and peppermint white chocolate mousse (available Nov. 28-Jan. 1)

Primo Piatto

  • Eggnog Cheesecake – Eggnog cheesecake with cherry compote and vanilla whipped panna cotta (available Nov. 28-Jan. 1)
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl (available through Nov. 27)

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera

  • Pumpkin Mousse – Pumpkin cheesecake, hazelnut chocolate sponge, pistachio crumble and cherry compote (available through Nov. 27)
  • Black Heritage Turkey – Sous vide turkey breast, turkey leg roulade, sourdough stuffing torchon, sweet potato casserole with spiced marshmallows, potato purée, roasted gravy, cranberry marmalade, haricot vert amandine, and roasted rainbow carrots (available Nov. 25)
  • Caramel Milk Chocolate Mousse – Chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake, chocolate crumble, and chantilly cream (available Nov. 28-Jan. 1)
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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Lobby

  • Gingerbread Pine Tree (available Nov.14-Jan. 1)
  • Reindeer Food – Cubes of gingerbread, chocolate stripped pretzels, holiday granola, and candies (available Nov.14-Jan. 1)
  • Spiced Moose Cookie (available Nov.14-Jan. 1)
  • Peppermint Bark (available Nov.14-Jan. 1)
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Geyser Point Bar & Grill

  • Martinis Around the World Flight (available Dec. 5-Jan. 8; also available as separate drinks)
  • Key Lime Pie – Lime juice, simple syrup, and rum with green sugar rim
  • Poinsettia – Brut Champagne and cranberry
  • Italian Manhattan – Bourbon, vermouth, bitters, grenadine, and cranberry with maraschino cherries
  • Caribbean Cream – Rum, cinnamon cream liqueur, and cream with nutmeg and green sugar rim
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Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort

Ale & Compass Restaurant

  • Pumpkin Tart – Pumpkin tart with chantilly cream with a cherry cranberry sauce (available Nov. 25)

The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin-flavored New York-style cheesecake with caramel sauce, whipped cream, chocolate leaves, and cranberry-flavored sugar crystals (available Nov. 1-Dec. 31)
  • Holiday Red and Green Creme-filled Sandwich Cookie Bonbons – Mousse-filled on a cookie base sprayed with colorful chocolate (available Nov. 1-Dec. 31)
  • Holiday Mickey Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake filled with vanilla mousse topped with holiday décor and chocolate Mickey ears (available Dec.1-31)

The Market at Ale & Compass, Beach Club Marketplace, and Disney’s Beach Club Lobby

  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – A bag of three chocolate crinkle cookies with a dusting of sweet snow (available Nov. 1-Dec. 31)
  • Trio of Fudge – White chocolate peppermint fudge, white chocolate-gingerbread fudge, and dark chocolate-hot cocoa fudge (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Plant-Based and Gluten-Friendly Brownie – Chocolate brownies with chocolate ganache (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Signature Stollen Bread – German bread created with nuts, spices, and fruit coated with a mountain of vanilla powdered sugar (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Mickey Gingerbread – Our traditional sugar-glazed Mickey gingerbread with chocolate backing (available Nov. 1-Dec. 31)
  • Mickey and Minnie Crispy Rice Treats (Sold Separately) – Crispy rice treats decorated with red chocolate, sanding sugar, snowflakes, and chocolate garnishes (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Peppermint Bark – Dark and white chocolate with peppermint pieces (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Chocolate Snow Globe – Dark chocolate snow globe with the 50th Anniversary print (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Snowmen – Chocolate-covered marshmallows decorated to look like adorable snowmen on festive red and white straw (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Chocolate Creme-filled Sandwich Cookie Pops – White chocolate-covered creme-filled sandwich cookie pops themed to The Little Mermaid (available Nov. 1-Dec. 31)
  • Gluten-Friendly Gingerbread Cookie glazed in sugar (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Gluten-Friendly Gingerbread Chocolate Cookie glazed in sugar (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
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In addition to all the sweet holiday treats, our Disney pastry chefs have been busy creating gingerbread masterpieces to get us all in the holiday spirit! Check out all the locations to see these edible marvels!

 Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Lobby

  • This stunning life-size storybook gingerbread house with “cinnamon clouds” puffing from the chimney is beautifully decorated with white chocolate candy canes, edible snowflakes, and sugar poinsettias. Treats for sale include house-made Gingerbread Houses and Gingerbread Ornaments. (Nov. 10-Jan. 1)

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • This life-size spinning carousel is a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The Little Mermaid is the theme with hand-painted holiday characters, handcrafted gingerbread shingles, and fondant snowflakes. And don’t forget to pop over to the Yacht Club lobby and see the adorable holiday village with a miniature train. (Nov.1-Jan. 2)

EPCOT – The American Adventure Rotunda

  • The American Adventure Gingerbread Display – The EPCOT pastry chefs have recreated the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The American Adventure building in miniature edible versions. (Nov. 26-Dec. 30)

(Please Note: All offerings are subject to change.)

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Best Places to Eat, Drink and Be Merry for the 2021 Holiday Season at Disney World

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Happy Holidays! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Are you ready to celebrate the season? Disney’s chefs and mixologists have been busy preparing delicious holiday treats for the Walt Disney World Resort. Here are some of the best places to eat, drink and be merry during the 2021 holiday season at Disney World.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Restaurantosaurus

  • Open-Faced Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich – Grilled multigrain bread with roasted garlic mayonnaise, cornbread stuffing waffle, sliced smoked turkey breast, herb gravy, cranberry sauce, and a fried sage leaf (available Nov. 25)

Satu’li Canteen

  • Thanksgiving Bowl – Cornbread stuffing, sliced roasted turkey, cranberry boba pearls, gravy, and slaw (available Nov. 25)
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse – Pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate “dirt,” and cranberry boba pearls (available Nov. 25-28)
  • Peppermint Cream Cheese Mousse – Peppermint cream cheese mousse, peppermint sauce, peppermint candy pieces, and chocolate “dirt” (available Dec. 1-30)

Tiffins Restaurant

  • Thanksgiving Plate – Turkey roulade, fine-herbs whipped potatoes, maple-glazed carrots, sweet potato pave, wild mushrooms, green bean casserole, cornbread dressing, cranberry gel, and turkey gravy (available Nov. 25)
  • Roasted Squash Soup – Ginger-pear chutney, pickled jalapeño, chai-spiced and candied pistachios (available Nov. 25)
  • Apple Pie Cheesecake – Whipped caramel cheesecake, apple pie compote, white chocolate streusel, and cranberry sauce (available Nov. 25)
  • Horchata Mousse Snow Globe – Golden coffee crémeux, gingerbread sable cookie, coriander chantilly, elderflower meringue, bourbon caramel, and candied pecans (available Dec. 25)
  • Pork T-Bone – Apple-brined pork, sweet potato variations, boniato mash, and ginger-pear butter (available Dec. 25)

Tusker House Restaurant

  • Thanksgiving Dinner – Spit-roasted turkey, turkey gravy, mashed red potatoes, and focaccia bread dressing along with seasonal vegetables, pork loin, flank steak, and an assortment of desserts (available Nov. 25)
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

ABC Commissary

  • Sugar Cookie Snowman – A tasty snowman made of white chocolate sugar cookie mousse, whipped lemon curd, and a holiday sugar cookie (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

ABC Commissary and Catalina Eddie’s

  • Santa’s Belt Cookie – White chocolate-covered chocolate shortbread cookie (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Backlot Express and Trolley Car Café

  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pie – Moist red velvet cake filled with classic cream cheese filling and festive sprinkles (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge and Tune-In Lounge

  • Holiday Bliss – Vanilla vodka, sour apple liqueur, caramel beverage syrup, and vanilla ice-cream mix (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, Rosie’s All-American Café, and PizzeRizzo

  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – Salted caramel beverage syrup and frozen hot chocolate mix topped with marshmallows and chocolate syrup (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with Black Cherry Bourbon – Salted caramel beverage syrup, frozen hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and black cherry bourbon (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
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Oasis Canteen, Animation Arch Bar, and Sunshine Day Bar

  • Christmas on the Beach – Coconut rum, blue curaçao, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice served with a souvenir glow cube (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Outdoor Carts

  • Holiday Brownie – Chocolate Mickey brownie with holiday sprinkles (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

PizzeRizzo

  • Butterscotch Caramel Cannoli – Holiday cannoli filled with caramel cheesecake, butterscotch chips, and chocolate flakes (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Rosie’s All-American Café and Trolley Car Cafe

  • Reindeer Mousse – Spiced caramel cheesecake over peanut butter mousse atop a salty pretzel shortbread cookie (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Woody’s Lunch Box

  • Holiday Lunch Box Tart – Apple pie filled tart frosted with cinnamon icing, sugar snowflake, and holiday sprinkles (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
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Magic Kingdom Park

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies

  • Christmas Cookie Sundae – Christmas Cookie soft-serve topped with whipped cream, hot fudge, and holiday sprinkles (available Nov. 8-Dec. 31)
  • Christmas Cookie Milkshake – Christmas cookie milkshake topped with whipped cream and holiday sprinkles (available Nov. 8-Dec. 31)

Golden Oak Outpost

  • Gingerbread Almond Cake Pop – Gingerbread almond cake pop dipped in white chocolate (available Nov. 8-Dec. 31)

Main Street Bakery

  • Mickey Cinnamon Roll – Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll drizzled with red and green icing (available Nov. 8-Dec. 31)

Sleepy Hollow

  • Ginger Apple Funnel Cake – Gingerbread funnel cake topped with apple pie filling, vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce (available Nov. 8-Dec. 31)
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Disney Springs

Amorette’s Patisserie

  • White Chocolate Peppermint Éclair with White Chocolate and Peppermint Mousse (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Santa Mickey Dome Cake (available Nov. 5-Dec. 30)
  • Holiday Mickey Mousse Mini Dome Cake (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Holiday Parfait – Bourbon white chocolate mousse, cranberry cherry panna cotta, maple chocolate ganache, and chocolate chiffon cake (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • NYE Petite Cake (available Dec. 31)

AristoCrêpes

  • Cherry Jubilee Bubble Waffle – Bubble waffle filled with scoops of vanilla ice cream, cherries jubilee fillings, and whipped cream (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Santa Hot Crêpe – Sweet crêpe filled with eggnog custard topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream (available Nov. 26- Dec. 30)
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D-Luxe Burger

  • Holiday Turkey Burger – Turkey patty, butternut squash risotto cake, bacon-cranberry jam, lettuce, and tomato (available Nov. 5-Dec. 1)
  • “Oh Deer” Cookie Shake – Hazelnut liqueur, vanilla gelato, cinnamon beverage syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon, and sugar dusting with ginger deer garnish (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)

Dockside Margaritas

  • Snowman on the Beach Margarita – Silver tequila, key lime juice, crème de coconut, sweet and sour, graham cracker rim, chocolate pearls, and carrot sugar piece (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)

The Daily Poutine

  • Gobbler Poutine – Turkey, brown gravy, cranberry chutney, and cheese curds (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)

The Ganachery

  • Olaf Hot Cocoa Surprise (available Nov.12- Dec. 30)
  • Santa Mickey Piñata (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Gingerbread Ganache Square (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Peppermint Bark (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Chocolate Christmas Cottage (available Dec. 22- Dec. 30)
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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Venison Slider – Sliders with venison sausage patties, arugula, tomato, and cranberry aïoli on house made buns (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Fried Brussel Sprouts – Fried Brussel sprouts with bacon vinaigrette (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Holiday Lights Deviled Eggs – Colored deviled eggs with tobiko, and shrimp (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Ham and Brie Flatbread – Shaved ham and brie cheese, pomegranate seeds, granny smith apples, apple vinaigrette, and watercress (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Cookies and Milk – Assorted Christmas cookies and coquito (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Lump of Coal Dessert – Cookies and cream ganache “coal” (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Elf Elixir –Tequila, crème de menthe, and half & half with cookie crumb and holly leaf sugar garnishes (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Claus Mo – Traditional cosmopolitan with a shimmery twist garnished with red and white sugar and a candy cane (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Yule Mule – Gin, ginger beer, cranberry juice, and rosemary simple syrup with a holly leaf sugar garnish (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)

Outdoor Carts and Kiosks

  • Mistletoe – Coconut rum, melon liqueur, blue curaçao, orange juice, pineapple juice, and Sprite (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Fireside Cider – Cinnamon whiskey, vanilla vodka, white cranberry juice, grenadine, and Ginger Ale (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)
  • Merry Margarita – Tequila, ginger liqueur, cinnamon beverage syrup, white cranberry juice, sweet and sour, and grenadine (available Nov. 5- Dec. 30)

 (Note: All offerings subject to change.)

Will you be celebrating the 2021 holiday season at Disney World?

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Everything You Need to Know About Wizarding World of Harry Potter Merchandise

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One of the most memorable moments from the Harry Potter films and books is when Harry is shopping with Hagrid for all the supplies he’ll need at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You can also experience the fun of shopping for Wizarding World of Harry Potter merchandise at Universal Orlando Resort as you choose a delightful creature companion, try on school robes, or stock up on quills and parchment.

There are two lands with a number of themed shops for you to explore — Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Each shop offers unique items for purchase that are inspired by the films and books, as well as incredible theming and details that make you feel as if you’re stepping right into the story. Whether you’re a long-time fan, or if it’s your first introduction to the wizarding world, you’re bound to find a magical keepsake to take home.

Here’s the full list of shops you can experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, along with some of my favorite items to keep an eye out for and tips on how to get the best experience during your visit.

DIAGON ALLEY

Quality Quidditch Supplies

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Quidditch is a very popular wizarding sport and now you can get all the gear to rep your favorite house. Pick up house team apparel, pennants, and accessories, as well as everything you need to play, like Quaffles, Golden Snitches, and more.

Quidditch Jerseys: Are you the new Seeker or Keeper on your Hogwarts house team? You can now get your very own jersey personalized with your name.

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

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You can’t miss this whimsical shop run by the pranksters Fred and George Weasley. The bright, orange shop immediately catches your eye and lures you inside to check out its shelves piled high with magical jokes and toys. Adopt a Pygmy Puff or stock up on pranks and tricks like the Decoy Detonator or an Extendable Ear.

Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions

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There’s only one place you can fill out your wizarding wardrobe. Madam Malkin’s offers the best in wizarding fashion, including unique replicas of Hermoine’s Yule Ball Gown and all kinds of Hogwarts house apparel.

Robes and Scarves: Stock up on everything you’ll need for Hogwarts with your house robes, scarves, sweaters, accessories, jewelry, and more.

Borgin and Burkes

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If you muster the courage to wander into Knockturn Alley, get a taste of the Dark Arts inside Borgin and Burkes (my favorite shop) with items like Dark Mark tattoos, Deathly Hallow jewelry, skulls, and Death Eater masks.

Ollivanders Wand Shop

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After you experience a wand choosing a wizard at Ollivanders, stop in the wand shop to browse the wide selection of wands. You’ll find shelves stacked high with wands from your favorite characters and interactive wands.

Interactive Wands: Practice casting your favorite spells throughout Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley with an interactive wand.

Magical Menagerie

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One of my favorite moments in the Harry Potter films is when Harry finds Hedwig, his beloved owl companion. Now, you too can find your very own creature companion in Magical Menagerie from owls and cats to frogs and rats (all cuddly plushes, of course).

Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment

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Known for its stock of magical instruments, Wiseacre’s is the blue shop located right next to Gringotts bank. Inside you’ll find wares like apparel and mugs, along with Butterbeer items perfect for fans of the frothy beverage and toys to challenge the mind like a Diagon Alley puzzle.

Butterbeer Tee: No matter which type of Butterbeer is your favorite (the drink is available in cold, frozen, and even hot during the winter months), show your love for all things Butterbeer with this comfy tee.

Gringotts Money Exchange

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Here’s your opportunity to speak with a goblin, although you may only get a word or two and a glare from him. Afterward, exchange your U.S. currency for Gringotts bank notes, which you can use to shop in Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade. You can also pick up some bags of chocolate Gringotts coins.

Scribbulus

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Scribbulus has all your wizarding-writing needs with quills and ink, Hogwarts house notebooks (another item you can get personalized), stationery, and backpacks to carry it all in.

Howler Recordable Card: Fans may remember when Ron Weasley received a Howler from his mom for flying the family car to Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This recordable card allows you to send your very own Howler.

Wands by Gregorovitch

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There’s another wand shop you will want to check out right across from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Gregorovitch is a rival wandmaker of Ollivanders and you can find character wands, interactive wands, and wand stands at his shop.

Globus Mundi

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You may be on vacation when you visit this shop, but it’s never too early to prepare for your next one. Globus Mundi is the official travel agency of the wizarding world and offers everything you need for your next trip like passport holders, travel apparel, mugs, and more.

Hogwarts Express Line: Travel in style with items sporting designs inspired by the iconic red locomotive, the Hogwarts Express, like a leather stainless tumbler or a collectible foil ticket set.

Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop

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Before you leave Diagon Alley grab some treats to go from Sugarplum’s. This pink, sweet shop offers the finest in wizarding confections like Fizzing Whizbees, different flavors of fudge (including Butterbeer!), pumpkin pasties, Ginger Newt cookies, and more.

Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans: Challenge your friends to try a box of these beans and get ready to capture their reactions. The name says it all with flavors that range from enjoyable like lemon and cherry to the more, uh, unique flavors of grass and earwax.

After you’re done exploring the shops in Diagon Alley, head over to King’s Cross Station to catch the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade (remember, you’ll need a park-to-park ticket to hop aboard the train).

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Before you go, make sure to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter merchandise cart in London right outside of King’s Cross Station. You can find some of my favorite themed apparel here like the Knight Bus merchandise and the Grimmauld Place T-shirt.

HOGSMEADE

Honeydukes

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You’ve arrived in Hogsmeade and the first shop you’ll come upon is the colorful sweet shop Honeydukes. Here, you’ll find all of the famous wizarding treats like Chocolate Frogs, Fizzing Whizbees, Cauldron Cakes, Exploding Bonbons, and more.

Chocolate Frog: You won’t want to miss out on this favorite wizarding world treat. Not only are they delicious, but each Chocolate Frog comes with a collectible wizard card celebrating a famous witch or wizard.

Dervish and Banges

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This is your one-stop shop for all your wizarding needs. Grab all of your Hogwarts house gear like robes, scarves, shirts, and drinkware. And don’t forget to check out the assortment of magical items such as wands, brooms, Sneakoscopes, and Quidditch supplies.

Owl Post

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Owl Post is one of my favorite shops to stop in. It has everyone’s favorite owl plush companions (including Hedwig!) and every writing implement you need from quills to stationery and notebooks. You can also mail letters with a Hogsmeade postmark. For those of you who become inspired to read the books or see the movies during your visit, you can pick up both here, too!

Hogwarts House Stationery: Show your house pride with stationery that you can get personalized at the Owl Post cart located right outside the shop.

Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods

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You can’t visit Hogwarts without stopping here. Rummage through the confiscated trinkets and treasures the school caretaker, Argus Filch, has seized from students such as Hogwarts Crest items, a Marauder’s Map toy, and even movie-replica props like the Hufflepuff Cup or the Sword of Gryffindor.

Hogsmeade Carts

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As you’re wrapping up your day, stop by the carts throughout Hogsmeade for any final finds like wands, wand stands, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure items like Pixie and Fluffy plushies, Hogwarts castle name keychains, and more.

Fluffy Plush Puppet: Little ones love this three-headed pooch puppet. It’s a great souvenir until they are tall enough to ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and meet Fluffy face-to-face!

Shopping Tips for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • For the ultimate wizarding world experience, explore getting an interactive wand first when you arrive so you can practice your spellcasting throughout Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
  • The shops are true to the films with narrow corridors and packed from floor to ceiling with whimsical oddities and magical supplies. Get a start on exploring the shops before the daytime guests with Early Park Admission. This perk is available to guests who stay at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel and gives you access to the parks one hour before everyone else.
  • Another perk for our hotel guests is being able to request to have your merchandise sent back to your hotel. Or, you can have the merchandise held near the park exit so you can pick it up at the end of the day. Just ask a Team Member at the shop and free up those arms from carrying bags for more spellcasting.
  • You can find select The Wizarding World of Harry Potter merchandise in the Universal Studios Stores located in the parks, CityWalk, and hotels. You can also find it before or after your trip on Universal’s online merch store. However, there are certain, exclusive items that can only be found in the lands.
  • Keep your eye out for the unexpected. You never know what you may find!

What’s at the top of your shopping list for Wizarding World of Harry Potter merchandise? Share your favorite finds in the comments below and on Twitter and Instagram using #WizardingWorldOrlando.

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Fa-Boo-Lous Treats and Sips for Fall into Magic at Disney Springs

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It’s time to eat, drink, and be scary! With only a few more weeks leading up to Halloween, it’s time to indulge in all your favorite things at Disney Springs. From the spellbinding shopping at World of Disney to all the ghoulish good treats and sips! Guests will find some returning favorites and sweet new additions this frightfully fun Fall into Magic season at Disney Springs, including the Haunted Mansion Petit Cake, Pumpkin Donuts, Monster Cookies, and more.

You can find all the “fa-boo-lous” and yummy details here so you can make your own frightful foodie crawl on your next visit. (Most of these are only available through Oct. 31, so don’t wait too long!)

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Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Haunted Mansion Petit Cake – Chocolate and vanilla chiffon cakes, with chocolate brownie, and diplomat cream sprinkled with candy-coated chocolate pieces and chocolate chips
  • Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake Roll – Pecan Chiffon cake, pumpkin cheesecake filling, and dulce nutmeg chocolate mousse
  • Pumpkin Crème Brûlée – Pumpkin custard with brûléed sugar, candied pecans, spiced whipped cream, and raspberry cranberry tuile
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Coca-Cola Rooftop Beverage Bar

  • FANTAween Punch – Fanta Orange, Simply Orange, muddled cherries, and whipped cream
  • StrawScary Float and BlueScary Float with Ice Cream
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Disney’s Candy Cauldron & Goofy’s Candy Co. (mobile order now available)

  • Minnie Witch Caramel Apple
  • Mickey Mummy Marshmallow
  • Mickey Halloween Marshmallow
  • Pumpkin Spice Fudge
  • Pumpkin Spice Cupcake
  • Mickey Halloween Cupcake
  • Minnie Halloween Cupcake
  • Mickey Candy Corn Sugar Cookie
  • Mickey Spider Web Sugar Cookie
  • “Pumpkin Pie” Slice Crisped Rice Cereal Treat
  • Mickey Pumpkin Crisped Rice Cereal Treat
  • Jack Skellington Caramel Apple
  • Jack Skellington Crisped Rice Cereal Treat
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Dockside Margaritas

  • Jack O’Lantern – Black rum, rum, white rum, orange-flavored triple sec liqueur, orange juice, lemonade, and a grenadine float
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Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC

  • Vegan and Gluten-Free Halloween Cupcakes and Brownie Bars – Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and chocolate brownies topped with vanilla frosting and decorated with spooky designs
  • Vegan and Gluten-Free Halloween Sugar Cookie Kit – Six sugar skull shaped cookies, Six sugar pumpkin=shaped cookies, purple, orange, and white icing, and sprinkles
  • Vegan and Gluten-Free Custom Cakes – Available by pre-order only; Call (855) GOBABYCAKES to learn more.
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Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew

  • Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew
  • The Great Pumpkin Donut – Plump yeast donut with vanilla icing, black and orange sprinkles, and crowned with candy corn-studded buttercream and pumpkin-shaped marshmallow candies (Available only Oct. 25–31)
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The Ganachery

  • Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
  • Caramel Chocolate Skulls – 65% dark chocolate skulls filled with caramel ganache
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Ganache Squares – Pumpkin, spices, and Italian espresso with milk chocolate
  • Mickey Mummy Piñata – 65% dark chocolate sphere filled with sweet treats
  • Sister Elixir Cocoa Bomb – Dark chocolate cauldron filled with hot cocoa mix and green marshmallows topped with an edible image of the Sanderson Sisters and a chocolate broom stirrer (Available Oct. 19–31)
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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

  • Witch’s Flight – Whiskey, white grape juice, lime juice, and sweet and sour with flavors of green apple, orange-tangerine, and blackberry
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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • Pumpkin Pie Latte – Pumpkin pie syrup, milk and espresso (available hot or iced)
  • Harvest Chai Latte – Pumpkin pie syrup and chai tea (available hot or iced)
  • Happy Harvest Blend, Not-So-Scary Pumpkin Brew, Apple-y Ever After Packaged Coffees

(Ask your barista to top your beverage or a donut with new Disney and fall–inspired designs!)

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Gideon’s Bakehouse

  • The Frankenstein Cookie – Limited-edition almost ½ pound cookie filled with chocolates, chocolate sandwich cookies, and M&M’s
  • The Bride of Frankenstein Cookie – Limited-edition almost ½ pound cookie filled with white chocolate, golden chocolate sandwich cookies, and M&M’s
  • Frankencake – Three layers of chocolate cake, cookies & cream buttercream, layers of M&M’s, and spooky reverse ganache
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Morimoto Asia

  • Black Magic Martini – Grapefruit Vodka, lemon, agave and grape boba
  • Twisted Pumpkin Cocktail – Vodka, Bols Lychee and Pumpkin Spice Liqueurs and house-made lychee syrup.

Paddlefish

  • Vampire’s Kiss – Sparkling wine and raspberry red cocktail
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Splitsville Dining Room

  • Black Cauldron – Blackberry vodka, blackberries, apple liquor, activated charcoal, and fresh lemon juice
  • Poison Apple – Apple whiskey, spiced whiskey, apple cider, and gold glitter with a dried apple garnish
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Sprinkles Cupcakes

  • Black Velvet – A twist on a Red Velvet classic, this decadent dark chocolate cake is topped with whipped chocolate ganache frosting and a black modern dot (Available Oct. 11-17)
  • Double Stuffed OREO – Rich chocolate filled and topped with orange, color vanilla buttercream with Halloween orange OREO cookie crust and an OREO rim topped with a black bat (Available Oct. 18-31)
  • Bewitched – A Red Velvet cake rolled in Halloween-inspired décor by Fancy Sprinkles (Available Oct. 25-31)
  • Trick Or Treat – A Belgian dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting, topped with a variety of candy including Twix, Kit Kat, Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and M&M minis (Pre orders: Oct. 25-26; pick-up and delivery: Oct. 30-31)

Terralina Crafted Italian

  • Crisp Apple Martini – Vodka cocktail with the fruit flavors of apple and the crisp bite of sparkling wine
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Vivoli il Gelato

  • Pumpkin Waffle – Pumpkin waffle topped with vanilla gelato, whipped cream, and brown sugar
  • Pumpkin Cannoli – Crispy pastry shell filled with a sweet cream made with ricotta cheese
  • Jack-O-Lantern Float – Vanilla gelato, Fanta Orange. and whipped cream
  • S’mores Pumpkin Cookie Sandwich – Freshly baked s’mores cookies with pumpkin gelato
  • Mocha Caramel Bombolato – Coffee gelato, chocolate chips. and caramel sauce in a warm Italian Doughnut

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Complete Guide to Dining in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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The immersive experiences within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter bring you as close as you can get to actually living out the fantasy. And one of the most tantalizing ways to immerse your senses is tasting some of the famous treats and flavorful beverages available in Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Today, we are sharing the complete guide to dining in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

BREAKFAST

As the saying goes at Universal Orlando Resort: early to rise, early to ride. This is why staying on property and taking advantage of Early Park Admission can be your best friend, especially with early access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Plus, arriving early means in-park breakfast and I highly recommend you make time to enjoy a pleasant sit-down morning meal at one of the two remarkably themed restaurants in Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley before setting off on your journey. 

Leaky Cauldron – Diagon Alley

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Recommendations: To fully immerse yourself in the wizarding world you’ve got to go all in, which is why I highly recommend choosing one of the more adventurous breakfast plates like the delicious Egg, Leek and Mushroom Pasty.

Breakfast Menu

Three Broomsticks – Hogsmeade

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Recommendations:  The Traditional English Breakfast is the star of the show here, but when I’m in the mood for an old reliable I usually opt for the American Breakfast.

Breakfast Menu – Currently Unavailable

Check the Universal Orlando App for availability and mobile ordering during your visit. 


LUNCH/DINNER

If there’s one word to describe the majority of meals you will find at seated dining locations throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter it is hearty. The menus at the Leaky Cauldron and the Three Broomsticks are loaded with wholesome dishes offering a feast of familiar and even some unfamiliar British fare. This, in addition to extraordinary theming and lively ambiance, makes the entire dining experience an attraction unto itself. 

Leaky Cauldron – Diagon Alley

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Recommendations: I can’t stress enough how good the Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew really is, but I also dig the Mini Pie Combination.

Lunch/Dinner Menu

Three Broomsticks – Hogsmeade

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Recommendations: Fish & Chips is my choice, but if you want something a bit more eclectic try the Great Feast.

Lunch/Dinner Menu

Both the Leaky Cauldron and the Three Broomsticks have kids menu options as well if you’re traveling with young ones.

Short on time? There’s a variety of grab-and-go food options throughout both lands so you can keep exploring and make use of every last valuable minute in the wizarding world.

London Taxi Cart – Diagon Alley

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Recommendations: LoadedJacket Potato


BEVERAGES

When it comes to drinks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Butterbeer is a must-try. However, choices abound beyond just that sweet butterscotch concoction, including a number of other favorite drinks from the stories. Though, if you do opt for Butterbeer, the decision you’ll have to make is…which kind? 

Where to get Butterbeer…

Diagon Alley – Leaky Cauldron, The Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortune

Hogsmeade – Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head, Street Carts

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Recommendation: Frozen Butterbeer is my personal favorite, but cold Butterbeer and hot Butterbeer are also worth a try. Keep in mind hot Butterbeer is a seasonal beverage available only during the winter time.

Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment – Carkitt Market in Diagon Alley

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Recommendations: Sample the lot!CombineFire Protection Potion, Babbling Beverage, Draught of Peace, or Elixir to Induce Euphoria with a bottle of Gillywater for a flavorful treat.

Other Beverages…

Hogsmeade – Three Broomsticks

Diagon Alley – Leaky Cauldron, Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Hopping Pot

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Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Recommendations: Pumpkin Juice is the classic, but Fishy Green Ale and Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice are the more adventurous choices. 

Adult Beverages…

Hogsmeade – Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head 

Diagon Alley – Leaky Cauldron, Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Hopping Pot

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Recommendations: Try the exclusive Hog’s Head Brew or other domestic and imported beers.

Check each location for availability of specific beverages. *Must be 21 years or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages. 


TREATS

Butterbeer isn’t the only sweet treat to be found in the wizarding world. Both lands feature their own whimsically-themed candy shops with shelves and glass cases of popular treats from the stories and some originals you won’t find anywhere else, too. 

Honeydukes – Hogsmeade

Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop – Diagon Alley

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Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Recommendations: Too many to name… but I’ll try. Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, Chocolate Frogs, Exploding Bonbons, Fizzing Whizbees, Fudge Flies, Butterbeer Fudge (yes, this exists and yes, it is absolutely delicious).

Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour – Diagon Alley

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Recommendations: If you have to choose just one, I highly recommend Butterbeer ice-cream, but save room to try the Earl Grey & Lavender, Chocolate Chili and Sticky Toffee Pudding if you can.

Ice Cream Menu


HEALTHY EATING

And if you’re looking for options for healthy eating or special dietary needs, we got you covered with some delicious options. If you or another guest have food allergies or intolerances, we offer a number of dining options throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where our chefs and culinary staff can accommodate your dietary needs. Just be sure to ask your server or attending Team Member for options at your specific dining location. 

Leaky Cauldron – Diagon Alley

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Recommendation: The Ploughman’s is enough food for two and it features an array of a feast of English cheese, crusty bread, field green salad, roasted tomatoes, cornichon pickles, apple beet salad, branston pickle & scotch eggs. Wow, that’s literally a mouthful!

Lunch/Dinner Menu

Three Broomsticks – Hogsmeade

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Recommendation: Rotisserie Smoked Chicken Salad is a nice light way to graze and save room for other delights.

Lunch/Dinner Menu

I hope this guide to dining in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort helped you plan all of the yummy details of your next visit. If I missed any of your favorites, please recommend them in the comments below.

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

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La Crêperie de Paris Opens October 1 with Sweet and Savory Options

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When the newly expanded France pavilion at EPCOT debuts on October 1, helping kick off “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll be immersed in some of France’s signature sights, sounds, smells, and – of course! – tastes. One of the most delicious offerings, La Crêperie de Paris, is a traditional crêperie with a menu inspired by the Brittany region of France. The table- and quick-service restaurant, where everything is made from scratch and to order, will serve savory galettes and sweet dessert crêpes, along with some of Brittany’s famous hard ciders. Read on to learn all about the menu!

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Like all galettes and crêpes from Brittany, La Crêperie de Paris will serve them very thin. The galettes will be cooked at a high temperature, allowing the outside to become crispy and crunchy, surrounding an irresistible array of fillings. The gluten-friendly savory galettes will be made with buckwheat imported exclusively from France and will feature classic fillings with some unique twists. Perhaps the best-known combination – and perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – is the Classique that includes ham, eggs, and Swiss cheese. Perfect for any vegetarian diner and inspired by the “Little Chef” himself, The Ratatouille is filled with tomato, zucchini, and eggplant.

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The sweet crêpes are also thin and made from scratch. From the traditional Gourmande, filled with house-made hazelnut chocolate spread, to the Pomme, filled with caramelized apples and caramel beurre salé, the dessert crêpes are guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. You can even top these decadent delights with house-made ice cream!

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To round out the authentic French experience, La Crêperie de Paris will serve traditional Brittany hard ciders that pair perfectly with both savory galettes and sweet crêpes. From the sweet doux to the less sweet brut and demi sec, the hard ciders are imported from France and made only with apples that Brittany is known for.

The restaurant will also offer a daily prix fixe menu that includes a choice of soup or a salad, one savory galette, one dessert crêpe, and a glass of hard cider, soda or juice. The full menu of savory and sweet crêpes features:

SAVORY GALETTES

  • Classique: ham, egg, Swiss cheese
  • Poulet: chicken, bechamel cheese sauce, mushrooms
  • Chèvre: goat cheese, spinach, walnuts
  • Saumon: smoked salmon, crème fraiche, chives, lemon
  • Ratatouille: tomato, zucchini, eggplant
  • Savoyarde: Raclette cheese, onions, imported Bayonne ham

SWEET CRÊPES

  • Gourmande: hazelnut chocolate spread, whipped cream
  • Banane: banana, caramel beurre salé
  • Melba: peach, red berries sauce, almonds
  • Poire: pear, chocolate ganache, whipped cream
  • Pomme: caramelized apples, caramel beurre sale
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For diners looking for a quick-service option, check out Crêpes À Emporter at La Crêperie de Paris. The walk-up window attached to the restaurant will serve three savory galettes, four sweet crêpes, soft serve ice cream, and an assortment of ciders and wines.

SAVORY GALETTES

  • Cream of Brie Cheese Galette
  • Ratatouille Galette: tomato, zucchini, eggplant
  • Bechamel, Cheese & Ham Galette

SWEET CRÊPES

  • Butter & Sugar Crêpe
  • Hazelnut & Chocolate Spread Crêpe
  • Red Berries Crêpe
  • Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream Crêpe

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be excited to try all the sweet and savory crêpes at La Crêperie de Paris! But I’m also looking forward to enjoying the delicious options inside the restaurant, where the décor – from the stone walls to the blue-glass windows – pay homage to Brittany (with a few Parisian twists!). Even the staff costumes are inspired by traditional crêperies, including the striped shirts and the red hat, known as a miki, traditional to Brittany’s fishermen.

For now, reservations won’t be needed to enjoy this amazing taste of France in the newly expanded France pavilion, opening on October 1, with table service dining available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog, DisneyWorld.com/50 and #DisneyWorld50 on social platforms for more details on “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” Bon appetit!

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