Update on exciting changes with Disney Parks Food & Drink

Spring is in the air at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts!  There are so many exciting happenings  with Disney Parks Food & Beverage.

Oasis Bar & Grill has opened, serving Polynesian-inspired menus to guests of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Tasty snacks like Malasadas (a Portuguese confection coated in sugar) and delicious entrees like a Teryaki-glazed Angus Chuck Burger, Spinach and Watermelon Salad with Grilled Chicken and Grilled Sustainable Fish Tacos are served poolside. There’s also a full bar offering a wide range of tropical cocktails, Hawaiian beer, wine, sodas and teas.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, many of the kiosks have gotten new names and a few new menu items. Folks are loving the Smoked Cheddar Grits with pulled pork and bread-and-butter pickles from The Smiling Crocodile.

Also at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, some tasty new menu items have been added to Flame Tree Barbecue. Look for a Full Rack of St. Louis Ribs, a Roasted Chicken with Mixed Greens Salad, a delicious salad with pecans, apple wedges and cheddar, slow-baked beans and coleslaw in addition to a new side—French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese.

Additional dates have been added for Afternoon Tea at Crescent Solarium at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Added dates include: March 24-29, April 14-17, May 5-8, June 16-19, July 1-4, August 11-14 and September 1-5. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party at Epcot has a new addition to its lineup of sweet treats and sparkling wines. In addition to traditional baklava from Morocco, pistachio cannoli from Italy and more, there is now a nacho bar.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café in Magic Kingdom Park has added a finger-lickin’ good Beef Nachos and a Southwest Burger topped with Pepper Jack cheese, served with a side of tortilla chips to its menu.

Also in Magic Kingdom Park, Casey’s Corner has recently started serving your favorite dogs like Barbecue Slaw and Chili-Cheese which are now available in foot-long size in addition to the standard size..perfect to share!

Reservations are now open for Mother’s Day dining at Disneyland Resort. Look for special menus and offerings at Carnation Café, Blue Bayou Restaurant, Goofy’s Kitchen, Steakhouse 55 and Disney’s PCH Grill.

New Disney owned and operated locations including D-Luxe Burger and Amorette’s Patisserie are coming soon to Disney Springs. Keep checking the Magical-Destinations Blog for more details about these new eateries!

 

Club Villain at Sunset Showcase at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Timing is running out….don’t miss your opportunity to take in the fabulous entertainment hosted by Dr. Facillier, with special appearances by four wickedly wonderful villains.

All-you-care-to-enjoy New Orleans-style food includes creamy polenta with sautéed spicy shrimp, herb-rubbed strip-loin of beef, black-eyed peas, Cajun chicken gumbo and sticky pig wings. But be sure to save room for deviously delicious desserts.

The cheesecake pushup and mini cupcakes (complete with chocolate horns) were inspired by Maleficent. It’ll be off with your head once you sample the desserts inspired by the Queen of Hearts—a red velvet cupcake and macaron. Apple Dearie? Green apple mousse and truffles are inspired by the Evil Queen. Finally, inspired by my favorite villain, Cruella de Vil, is panna cotta with chocolate sauce and mini dog bones and a chocolate tart.

Themed adult beverages include the Cursed Violet (citrus vodka, creme de cassis and lemonade), the Devious Dalmatian (Godiva white chocolate liqueur, coconut milk and boba pearls), Bleeding Heart Sangria and the Poisoned Cinnamon Apple (Fireball whiskey and hard cider). A selection of beer, wine, bottled water, and soft drinks are also available.

Don’t miss your chance to experience Club Villain! Time is running out….reservations made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. A separate ticket for admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required.

 

Special Disney Kid Inspired Summer Packages Available Now

Image 2-24-16 at 1.06 PMBringing your little ones to Walt Disney World Resort for the first time is a big deal, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Just a few days here will feel like an unforgettable getaway, and will give your family a chance to experience the magic of the Happiest Place on Earth!

This summer — May 30 through Aug. 25, 2016 — guests can enjoy a “kid-size” three-night, two-day vacation package with theme park tickets starting at $1,021 for a family of three at one of Disney’s All-Star Resorts. Check out more details on the offer here, which you can book through June 10.

If you’ve been here before, this summer is an ideal time to return since there are new attractions and entertainment at all four parks and Disney Springs. From a historical expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park that includes new nighttime entertainment, to Frozen-inspired entertainment throughout several parks, there is so much for the entire family to see! And you won’t want to miss “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” when it premieres at Magic Kingdom, or all of the one-of-a-kind Star Wars adventures at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Check out our website for these and all the summer specials @www.magical-destination.com

Magic Kingdom to stay open as late as 2 a.m for Disney After Hours

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Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will soon stay open as late as 2 a.m. so guests can enjoy the park after dark. But there’s a price for the late-night experience.

The limited-time event, Disney After Hours,will allow guests to experience select rides and attractions at Magic Kingdom for three extra hours after normal operating times.

Admission to Disney After Hours is $149 per guest, and takes place on select dates in April and May. Ice cream novelties and beverages are also included with the cost of admission.

“Our guests are increasingly looking for new ways to experience the Walt Disney World Resort and Disney After Hours is another option for guests wanting to enjoy more magic in less time at Magic Kingdom Park,” according to a Disney spokesperson.

Admission to Disney After Hours is limited to only a select number of guests.

Magic Kingdom will be closed to guests who haven’t purchased a Disney After Hours ticket. Disney After Hours is not included with a regular ticket purchase to Magic Kingdom.

The following rides and attractions will be open during Disney After Hours:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Disney Princess Greetings at Princess Fairytale Hall
Peter Pan’s Flight
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Space Mountain
Disney After Hours is scheduled from from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. April 28 and May 5 and from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. April 14 and 21 and May 8, 12 and 19.

Official check-in for Disney After Hours will take place at 7 p.m. at the main entrance to Magic Kingdom.

Tickets to Disney After Dark can be purchase by calling 407-827-7185.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Spooks Walt Disney World this Fall

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It’s that time of year again for one of the most popular special events at Walt Disney World – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!! This year’s Halloween party includes 29 nights  to celebrate.

If you have never gone …it’s a fan favorite, especially for the little ones. Guests trick-or-treat throughout the park, discovering all the boo-tiful ways that the spirits of the season have transformed the park into a happy haunted hallows…that includes seeing many favorite Disney Characters dressed in their very own Halloween costumes.

Guests also enjoy special entertainment including a spook-tastic parade and eerie extravaganza of fireworks. The  “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade” is so much fun and “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” and “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks will quickly become part of your favorites!

Here is the full list of this year’s dates: September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31

New this year, Disney has revised their costume guidelines for special events in the theme parks.  For more information including a full list of costume guidelines, check out disneyworld.com and stay tuned for updates on ticket prices and on-sale dates

Dining Plans: How to Decide?

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One of the common questions we hear about the dining plan is: How do I know if it’s right for my family? The Dining Plan can provide value to your Disney vacation and prove to be convenience saver if used properly. There are several considerations you should first understand such as, the difference within the plans, how it works, and your dining and location choices. Based on the needs of your family and budget there are three different plan options to choose. The Quick-Service Dining Plan gives you 2 quick-service entitlements & 1 snack entitlement per person, per night of your stay. The Disney Dining Plan gives you 1 table and 1 quick-service & 1 snack entitlement. The Deluxe Plan offers 3-table service and 2 snack entitlements and is the most expensive of the plans. You can only purchase a dining plan if you book a Disney vacation package (staying at a Disney Resort and park tickets purchased).

Next, consider your family’s eating habits and whether you plan on eating most meals at the Parks. Helpful hint: Before deciding if a plan works for you take some time to look at menu prices compared to what you would order. For example, the Deluxe Plan comes with 3 table-service meals per day and 2 snacks. A table service usually includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and beverage. That can be a lot of food depending on your family. Here’s where the Disney Dining Plan may be a better option especially if you are thinking about dinner shows. These shows are entertaining and can be expensive if paying but otherwise can be a good value if you are using entitlements from our plan.

Overall, your family’s habits and budget should be the main considerations when deciding is the Dining Plan is right for you!!

Dining Plans are accepted at most Walt Disney World Dining Locations. However, there are exceptions. Please Check the resources below to view all of the Quick Service, Table Service and Snack locations that accept Dining Plans.

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/#/counter-service,fast-casual,food-truck/

 

 

Experience Old Florida With Adventures by Disney

12832430_1112435855474282_3846230666592203363_nWant to experience Florida outside of Disney World!  Then check out an Adventures by Disney vacation where travelers can experience the real Central Florida in authentic and exhilarating ways.

From visiting iconic Central Florida locales like the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where you can enjoy a private lunch with an astronaut, to exploring unspoiled wetlands by airboat and kayak, this trip checks more than a few “must-sees” off your travel wish list. But to really see “Old Florida,” you’ll journey to Forever Florida, a 4,700-acre wildlife conservation area that preserves the region’s ranching heritage.

Here you can explore nine distinct ecosystems on a swamp buggy tour that takes you on the lookout for alligators, black bears, deer, panthers and more. Or saddle up for a horseback adventure through natural trails and creeks. Get up close with Florida Cracker Horses, the direct descendants of those brought over by Ponce de Leon and other Spanish settlers in the 1500’s.

Adventure seekers can also enjoy a series of ziplines high above the treetops as well as take a ride on the only zipline roller coaster in the United States! Get outfitted in a harness and set off on 1,000 feet of adventure as you swing, swoop, jump, zip and dip at speeds up to 20 miles per hour along a rigid zip-rail system.

If you want to experience Central Florida like never before, then Adventures by Disney is the ultimate way to visit!  For more information on this and other amazing Adventures by Disney visit our website at http://www.magical-destinations.com

 

Fun for Tweens too!

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Have you been waiting for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park to extend into the evening? Well, the wait is almost over! Beginning April 22, Animal Kingdom Park will transition from a day-into-night theme park showcasing the magic of nature after dark.  While this is exciting for everyone of all ages, in particular this transition will bring new and exciting experiences for Tweens!

When the sun sets, the popular Village of Harambe will become a hot spot for families with the new Harambe Wildlife Parti. Here Tweens can dance alongside local street musicians and entertainers, taste some exotic foods and shop for goodies with the merchants. And the new Discovery Island Carnival will captivate older children with lively music, spirited dance, vibrant costumes, and tasty culinary creations, spreading from one end of the island to the other.

Our family has always enjoyed Animal Kingdom Park and I’m excited for them to experience this energetic and all new entertainment too!

 

They’re back! Spielberg and Ford together again #Indiana Jones

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Disney announced very exciting news for those Indiana Jones fans! Director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison ford will make a fifth “Indiana Jones” film, to screen July 19, 2019.

News for the studio, “Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.”

Production of a new installment about the dashing archaeologist fits with Disney’s strategy of focusing on big-budget franchise films that can attract big audiences but also provide myriad spin-off ancillary opportunities via other media, theme park attractions and merchandising. The first Indiana Jones film, “Raiders of the Los Ark,” debuted in 1981. The last, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” came in 2008.

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn called the Jones character “one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history,” adding, “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”

The four previous Jones films — including 1984’s “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and 1989’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” have brought in nearly $2 billion in box office worldwide.