Halfway To Holidays Announcements

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Disney’s Halfway to Holidays Announcement is Here and It’s BIG! ALL the Holidays are Coming SOON!

Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, does holidays like Disney. And today, we got a HUGE amount of Christmas/Holiday news from Disney! Their Halfway to Holidays week culminated in some huge announcements and it’s the most wonderful time of the year!!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party RETURNS to Magic Kingdom!!

Halfway to Holidays
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On 24 select nights, Nov. 8 – Dec. 22, 2022, this separately ticketed event will invite guests to Magic Kingdom for an evening of merriment. Tickets will go on sale on July 7, 2022, ranging from $149-$199 depending on the night. Select Walt Disney World Resort guests will be able to purchase tickets beginning June 30, 2022.

NOVEMBER PARTIES
  • November 8, 10, 11
  • November 14, 15, 17, 18
  • November 20, 22
  • November 27, 29
DECEMBER PARTIES
  • December 1, 2
  • December 4, 6, 8, 9
  • December 11, 13, 15, 16
  • December 18, 20, 22
What Happens At The Party?
Halfway to Holidays 

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Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration

Join Mickey and his friends at Cinderella Castle and feel the magic of the holidays come to life! This stage show will fill the air with music, snow, and a whole lot of Disney Characters, too!

See fireworks, projections, and sing seasonal songs at Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. And then, it’s BACK! Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade once again winds it’s way through the park to Main St. USA. And what’s a Christmas Parade without SANTA?!?!? Santa will join the parade, pulled by his World-Famous Reindeer! And, of course, you can’t do Christmas without cookies and milk, which will be available throughout the Magic Kingdom for all party goers!

Halfway to Holidays

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Club Tinsel

Citizens of the North Pole will host a dance party at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. Dance the night away with Polar Bears, Reindeer, Elves, and more!

Halfway to Holidays 

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A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas

Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch join host Haley Comet for an intergalactic musical revue on the Rockettower Plaza Stage. The show is full of modern twists on classic holiday songs and the coolest dance numbers in town!

Disney Junior Jingle Jam
Disney Junior Jingle Jam
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Head to Storybook Circus in Fantasyland, where favorite characters from popular Disney Junior shows Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins and The Lion Guard will dance the night away with the youngest partiers.

Holiday-themed Attraction Overlays
  • In Tomorrowland, you can cruise a festive freeway filled with thousands of lights, stylized décor and a fun, futuristic holiday soundtrack as you get behind the wheel on the “Tomorrowland Speedway Race Through the Holidays.”
  • The crew at Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is filling their laugh canisters with some holiday cheer at their “Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor Holiday Show” for everyone visiting the Monster World during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
  • Space Mountain – Holiday Run!! launches you on an adventure through the cosmos, filled with interstellar lighting and high-energy holiday tunes.
  • Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland becomes a wild and wacky Christmas party––where you can spin your teacup to one of 4 holiday combos of lights and music.
  • Get ready to laugh on a Jingle Cruise packed with holiday-themed puns
50th Anniversary Celebration

In honor of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, Party Goers will have 3 special photo opportunities. All Partiers will also receive a special 50th Anniversary commemorative keepsake, themed for the holidays.

Holiday Celebrations Continue All Over Walt Disney World

Santa! Photo: Disney

Santa Claus is comin’ to town! And he’s going to be BUSY at Walt Disney World Resort! Catch him in the Santa Claus Merry Motorcade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Or see him in the Festive Flotilla down the Discovery River at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

You will be able to visit Santa and talk with him and get pictures at Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs. And, finally, Santa will be around during the Epcot Festival of the Holidays (more to come on that in a bit).

Halfway to Holidays Announcements – Animal Kingdom

Halfway to Holidays

Enjoy the return of Merry Menagerie! This beautiful holiday event features winter animals realized in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets.

Halfway to Holidays Announcements – Hollywood Studios

Gertie Photo: Disney

“For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” will add a festive finale, featuring everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, and celebratory songs of the season!

Halfway to Holidays Announcements – Epcot

Since Epcot is once again becoming THE greatest park at Walt Disney World, it’s no surprise that there is a lot coming to the park in celebration of the holidays. First of all, the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays returns on November 25, 2022. This Festival includes Holiday celebration at each of the World Showcase Pavilions. And, of course, FOOD! The Holiday Kitchens will be back in full force! There will also be the Cookie Stroll!

Spaceship Earth Photo: Disney

But wait, there’s more! The Candlelight Processional will ALSO return on November 25! Check back for dates and narrators and Disney gives us more information!

And over at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the Guardians will bring joy to Terra and Xandar, as they rotate their normal jams for epic holiday mash-ups!

Halfway to Holidays Announcements – Disney Springs

Guests will be treated to a magical snowfall, as the North Pole visits Central Florida! Take part in the Christmas Tree Stroll, where elaborately themed Christmas trees will draw inspiration from beloved characters! And Jock Lindsay’s Hanger Bar transforms into Jock Lindsay’s Holiday Bar!

Halfway to Holidays Announcements – Disney Resorts

Don’t miss amazing decorations, including artisan gingerbread creations, at several Walt Disney World Resorts!

This is just the beginning! Stay tuned for more merchandise, food, and more information in the days, weeks, and months to come! Are you interested in taking a trip during the holiday season? Contact me today for your free quote!!

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Character News – Walt Disney World

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There is a WHOLE BUNCH of New Character News for Walt Disney World this Summer. Check it Out!

Disney just released a whole bunch of amazing Character News for this summer and I AM SO EXCITED! Let’s get into it!

MIRABEL!!!!

While still not a proper Meet and Greet (you have to head to Disneyland for those!), Mirabel will FINALLY be making an appearance in the Most Magical Place on Earth! Beginning June 26, Mirabel will be a part of the “Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade” at Magic Kingdom Park! She will be joining Miguel, from Coco, Nick and Judy, from Zootopia, Max Goof, Goofy’s son from A Goofy Movie, and more! Check the times guide for show times!

Coming This JULY!

Get HYPED for summer! Everyone’s favorite Minnie returns to Town Square Theater on July 6, where her and Mickey Mouse will once again be doling out hugs on the regular! They’ll be decked out in their EARidescent 50th Anniversary finest so you are not going to want to miss this!

As if the news of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue returning June 23 wasn’t enough excitement at the Fort, Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long returns to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground on JULY 6!! Here, you’ll be able to join the nutty friends for a campfire celebration followed by a classic Disney movie under the stars.

On July 10, catch Fantasyland favorites Peter Pan and Snow White, as they once again greet guests in Magic Kingdom Park!

Star Wars Launch Bay RETURNS!!!

In perhaps, the BEST news, since this is a gigantic, unused space in Hollywood Studios, Star Wars Launch Bay is set to return on July 17! Here, fans can usually meet Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and BB-8. Pre-COVID, you were able to also bump into the likes of Boba Fett, Stormtroopers, and, occasionally, R2-D2! Plus, see artifacts and props from all 9 movies!

And There’s Still More to Come!

Character News - Launchpad McQuack

Disney also teased there is more to come this summer, including Donald’s Dino-Bash at Animal Kingdom; a visit to Magic Kingdom Park will bring chances to meet Aladdin, Jasmine, Merida, Pooh, Tigger and Storybook Circus pals like The Great Goofini in Pete’s Silly Sideshow; and the Toys will once again be roaming the backyard in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios!

Not to mention the Harmony Barber Shop is reopening July 31! With so much happening, you aren’t going to want to miss this! Contact me today to talk about visiting Walt Disney World this summer!!!

Check out more information about Walt Disney World Resort!

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H2O Glow After Hours

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Everything You Need to Know About H2O Glow After Hours at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon!

Every Saturday night, through August 27, 2022, from 8:00 – 11:00pm, the waters of Typhoon Lagoon are illuminated for a nighttime party! With a special hard ticket, guests can visit the water park for the H2O Glow After Hours party! And, as a bonus, guests can enter at 6:00pm with their ticket, getting an extra two hours in the park! So why should you visit Typhoon Lagoon for this After Hours event?

H2O Glow After Hours
Photo: Disney

Special Food

In true Disney fashion, the H2O Glow After Hours will have special food and drink offerings, and yes, there might be some Encanto-themed treats, too! First things first, ice cream novelties, like Mickey Ice Cream Bars, popcorn, and bottled soft drinks ARE INCLUDED in the price of the ticket. This is the BEST PART of hard ticket After Hours events. Do not hesitate to get your money back by eating and drinking as much of these as you can!

Happy Landings Ice Cream Treats

First, stop by Happy Landings to pick up some yummy ice cream treats. The Neon Party Bathtub Sundae looks ALMOST too cute to eat! Enjoy birthday cake and vanilla swirled soft serve, confetti cake, white chocolate neon ducks, whipped cream, and a glow cube served in a souvenir bathtub! Or maybe you’d prefer the H2O Glow Cone, birthday cake-flavored soft-serve with unicorn sprinkles!

H2O Glow After Hours

The options at Leaning Palms do NOT disappoint! Start off with the Alohilohi Tuna Poke Bowl, with ponzu marinated sashimi tuna, lemon sushi rice, seaweed salad, pickled vegetables, edamame, avocado, wasabi peas, and spicy mayonnaise. Or maybe you prefer the ManGLOW (mango) BBQ Chicken and Waffles? Mango barbecue chicken wings and rainbow mickey waffles with purple cabbage slaw, mango chutney, and Sriracha honey butter!

Everyone can enjoy the non-alcoholic Disco Colada, Piña colada mixed with disco colors, garnished with a pink sugar rim, and topped with blue raspberry whipped cream and a glow cube (because everybody needs more glow cubes!) and the H2O Cake Shake, purple vanilla milkshake topped with a chocolate-dipped Italian crème Bundt cake, whipped cream, and rainbow sprinkles.

MMMMM Snacks!!
Mickey Pretzels
We Don't Talk About Bruno Cone

At Lowtide Lou’s, feast on Mickey Pretzels! But not just any old Mickey Pretzel. These feature rainbow salt and party cheese. Most importantly, though, we WILL talk about Bruno. Head over to the Snack Shack. Here, you can enjoy the We Don’t Talk About Bruno Cone, a DOLE Whip Lime cloaked with Bruno’s candy vision served in a dipped waffle cone and a chocolate rat along his back. And you can wash it down with the Pineapple ManGLOW Mai Tai! For those over 21, a DOLE Whip Mango and Lime swirled with a mai tai and Meyer’s Original Dark Rum served in a whole pineapple.

Glow Mein Noodle Salad
Typhoon Tilly's

And finally, Tropicalamity Cart offers the Glow Mein Noodle Salad, a Jerk marinated chicken, rainbow lo mein noodles, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, green onions, sesame seeds, and a hard-boiled egg. Typhoon Tilly’s will be serving up a Watermelon Poke Bowl, a plant-based option! Ponzu marinated watermelon, lemon sushi rice, seaweed salad, pickled vegetables, edamame, avocado, wasabi peas, and spicy mayo. Need something sweet? How about Unicorn Churro Bites? Maybe you’re thirsty? Try the Encanto Lemonade, Guava passion fruit lemonade with a sugared rim and edible flowers, which is non-alcoholic. The Lightning Punch, however, is not! Bacardi Superior Rum mixed with tropical flavors, green apple mix, pineapple juice, grenadine and topped with, you better believe it, a glow cube! You can read about even more food and drink offerings at Disney Parks Blog!

Extra FUN!

Don’t worry, there’s more than just amazing food and drinks. As part of H2O Glow After Hours, you will enjoy a dance party with a DJ spinning hot beats all night. This spirited celebration is sure to dazzle—with glowing accessories and décor adding to the party atmosphere!

H2O Glow After Hours
Photo: Disney

Be ready to slip and slide your way through the park with little-to-no wait times! Because of the hard ticket event, attendance is limited. This means you can likely walk onto all your favorite attractions over and over again! While attractions are subject to weather conditions or a number of reasons, you will most likely have access to Castaway Creek, Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, Miss Adventure Falls, Humunga Kowabunga, Mayday Falls, Crush ‘n Gusher, and more! Read more about the rules here!!

If you would like to add tickets to this event to your vacation package, contact me today!

If you still need to book your Walt Disney World Vacation for this summer, I have great news! I can help! Get your FREE Disney Vacation Quote today!!

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Halloween at Disney

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All the Announcements from Today’s Halfway to Halloween for Halloween at Disney!

It’s hard to comprehend in April, but it is now Halfway to Halloween! And now, we have some idea of what to expect this fall! Let’s take a look at Halloween at Disney!!

Halloween at Disney
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Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party will return in 2022! I always hated Halloween before I celebrated Halloween at Disney, and now, it’s my FAVORITE event! The party will run on 37 nights beginning August 12 through October 31, 2022. Tickets will range from $109-$199, and will go on sale to the public on May 18. Do you already have a reservation during this time frame? GUESS WHAT?! Your tickets go on sale on May 12! Don’t miss out! This event is awesome and, as it was missing last year, it’s sure to sell out quickly this year!

party dates
  • AUG: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
  • SEPT: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • OCT: 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Halloween at Disney
Photo: Disney
what to expect
  • The Headless Horseman rides again! Don’t miss the Headless Horseman as he trots down Main St USA! And right after he’s finished, catch “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade!” It’s the absolute best parade! You’re going to LOVE IT!
  • Go Trick-or-Treating with a special reusable bag featuring a keepsake 50th Anniversary Celebration and Halloween Design. I may or may not have brought home whole suitcases full of candy before!
  • The return of the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” starring the Sanderson Sisters and your FAVORITE Disney Villains!
  • See you favorite Disney characters dressed up for Halloween at unique meet and greets throughout the park
  • Catch attraction overlays on the following attractions: Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
  • Jack Skellington hosts the “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular” nighttime extravaganza, featuring projections, special effects, fireworks, music, and Disney characters!
  • Special food items inspired by fall flavors and Halloween
  • much more!!
Halloween at Disney
Photo: Disney

Disneyland Resort

Halloween at Disney - DLR
Oogie Boogie Bash

Great news, West Coasters! The Oogie Boogie Bash WILL return again to Disney’s California Adventure! Stay tuned for more details to come as fall approaches. And be on the look out for Mickey and Minnie’s ALL NEW Halloween Costumes!

Halloween at Disney
Mickey and Minnie’s new Costumes

Disneyland Paris

Across the pond, they have announced dates not only for Halloween but also Christmas!! The Halloween Festival will run from October 1-November 6, with their Disney Halloween Parties on October 29 and 31. Then, Disney Enchanted Christmas will run from November 12-January 8! And not to be missed, join Disneyland Paris on December 31 for their New Year’s Eve Party!

Disney Cruise Line

Halloween on the High Seas
Photo: Disney

And lastly, join one of the Halloween on the High Seas Sailings for a spooky voyage at sea! First off, an all-new character meet and greet! Meet Clarabelle Cow, Minnie Mouse, and Daisy Duck as they dress up as the Sanderson Sisters! HOW ADORABLE!!!

The ship atriums will feature enchanted pumpkin trees with a spooky twist, while “Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party” brings back a fun-filled costume party for all to enjoy!

Experience some villainous takeovers in adult-exclusive venues! And, of course, catch Halloween-themed movies on Funnel Vision! Halloween on the High Seas take place on sailings in September and October from Port Canaveral, Miami, and New York City! Contact me for sailing dates today!!

Halloween at Disney
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For more information about these locations, you can visit this link! If you’d like more information on these Halloween at Disney offerings, contact me today!

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Encanto Garden in EPCOT

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Fans are Not Going to Want to Miss this Encanto Garden in EPCOT for the International Flower and Garden Festival!!

Now at EPCOT, as part of the International Flower and Garden Festival! You can now wander through a wonderful garden inspired by the Marvelous Madrigal Family. This Encanto Garden in EPCOT will only be available through May 22, 2022, so contact me today to make sure you don’t miss it!

Where?

Encanto Garden in EPCOT

Admittedly, EPCOT is pretty big, so you’re probably asking yourself “WHERE IS IT? WHERE IS IT?” right about now. Well, this amazingly beautiful garden is located near La Isla Fresca Outdoor Kitchen between the Morocco and France pavilions in World Showcase.

This new “Encanto”-inspired garden will allow you to explore a lush tropical jardín. It was inspired by movie’s strong female characters, Julieta, Isabela, Luisa, and Mirabel. There is also a path inspired by the youngest Madrigal, Antonio.

Encanto Garden in EPCOT
Photo: Disney

La Isla Fresca

La Isla Fresca features three arepas dishes: arepas topped with melted queso fresco; arepa topped with shrimp, crushed avocado ají and tomato sauce; and an arepa topped with chorizo. Don’t forget the Coconut Tres Leches for dessert!! And if you’re thirsty or need something to wash it all down, check out the drinks menus! First, for a non-alcoholic treat, try the Tropical Breeze. This drink has lemonade, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup! Then, for some alcoholic delight, order this with Don Q Limon Rum! Next, the Florida Orange Groves Winery’s Tropical Perception White Sangria may be what you’re after. Lastly, Beer drinkers will want to try the Coconut Key Lime Ale.

Encanto Garden in EPCOT
Photo: Disney

Other Gardens at EPCOT

While visiting EPCOT, Guests can discover two more incredible garden destinations at Mexico pavilion in World Showcase. “Extraordinary Orchids” offers a breathtakingly beautiful area filled with orquídeas, while the “Tropical Rainforest Garden” lets you discover the rich biodiversity of the Mexican rainforest and its adaptive species.

More Encanto at Walt Disney World

Encanto Wall Animal Kingdom

Venture to Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Here, you will have the chance to experience the artwork and wildlife of Colombia, which is where the Familia Madrigal live. Here, you can snap a photo at the mural designed by Colombian artist, Catalina Estrada. Then, make a stop at the cotton-top tamarins, an endangered primate species native to Colombia. You can also learn how you can help protect this species.

Additionally, guests can enjoy an Encanto activity packet featuring fun activities for the whole family. It moves beyond coloring to include small projects. Inside you will find you can create a view finder as well as a family tree!

Available through the end of March, you can receive this Magic Shot with MY favorite member of the Madrigals, Luisa! She’s the strong one. She’s not nervous. But this only runs through the end of March, unless enough people contact Disney so they feel pressure to extend it (hint hint).

Encanto-Inspired Treats at All-Star Movies and Art of Animation for Women’s History Month

Photo: WDWNT

First, we have the Luisa Cake Pop. This is layers of vanilla cake and tres leches pastry cream topped with a doughnut hole “boulder.” Available for $5.29. Next up, the Encanto Cholado, available for $6.99. Here, we have crushed ice topped with sliced fruit, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut. And finally, we have the Mirabel Cinnamon Cupcake! A cinnamon cupcake filled with custard and topped with coconut buttercream, toasted coconut, and Mirabel-inspired fondant.

Personally, I think there needs to be MORE Encanto, and for much longer than 3 weeks. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

For more information about the Flower and Garden Festival, check out this, this, and of course this! Contact me today about how to book your next Walt Disney World Vacation!!

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Flower & Garden Merch!

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Flower & Garden Merch!
Photo: Grace at Love the Mouse Travel

In just one week, the 2022 International Flower and Garden Festival will get under way, and the details are just starting to drip out! We’ve seen a sneak peak of some of this year’s topiaries. We’ve seen the menus, and now? Flower & Garden Merch! That’s right, in addition to saving to eat and drink all the goodies, you also need a bank vault to pay for all the super cute stuff you’re going to bring home! (And don’t forget that empty suitcase for bringing back all the stuff!) Bees will buzz, kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz, and you’re going to SHOP!

The Orange Bird Collection

Oh. My. CUTENESS. Orange Bird is one of my FAVORITES, and he is all over this Flower & Garden Merch every year! You are not going to want to skip the shops! Look at how CUTE this stuff is!!! Of course, don’t forget to get your Orange-Lemon Smoothie in your souvenir Orange Bird Sipper! He’s just the cutest! Check out that new Dooney!!!

Mickey Mouse Home Garden Collection

Photo: Disney

If you’re gardening at home, you’ll want to garden in style. This collection will feature Mickey Mouse, and you’ll want to snatch up every single piece! Featuring Mickey Mouse, this collection includes apparel, yard tools, drinkware, and other accessories. Never forget, that it was all started by a Mouse!

Spike the Bee Collection

Spike the Bee Merch

Spike the Bee has been tormenting Donald Duck since the 1940s, and has become a part of the Flower and Garden festival over the last couple years. Bee prepared for new, cute Spike merch!

Figment’s Garden Collection

Figment's Garden Collection
Figment IS EPCOT!

As we all learned with the Festival of the Arts, Figment is not going anywhere anytime soon! This popular dragon loves all things purple, and, apparently, BEETS! But these pieces will not be available on March 2, so don’t start getting in line today! They won’t be available until later in the Festival!

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Collection

You can’t NOT have these two on merch, right?! All decked out in their Springtime finest, these two will delight in this collection!

To learn more about the Flower and Garden Festival, go here! The 2022 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Show, along with the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, is sure to make for a magical vacation. Contact me today to book YOURS!

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2022 Foodie Guide: Flower & Garden

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The 2022 International Flower and Garden Festival Foodie Guide is Here!!

Foodie Guide - 2022

It’s almost time!! The 2022 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival will kick off NEXT WEEK on March 2, 2022!! This year’s Festival will run for 125 days, ending on July 4, 2022. Disney just released the 2022 Foodie Guide for this year’s kitchens! With 20 Outdoor Kitchens, there are NEW offerings AND returning favorites!

The first thing you’ll want to do is to grab your Festival Passport. Here, you will find each menu, and you can make your Foodie Guide battle plan! You can also find out which kitchens and dishes are part of this year’s Garden Graze. Participants will have the opportunity join this food stroll, and try five delicious dishes at different outdoor kitchens. You will need to get your Passport stamped at each kitchen. After you’ve received all five stamps, head to Pineapple Promenade, where you will then receive your Festival-exclusive treat!

Flower and Garden Festival - Spike's Pollen-Nation Scavenger Hunt

Of course, food is not the ONLY thing available at the Festival! There will be, naturally, flowers! EPCOT will be transformed into a floral paradise, that you have to see to believe! There is also the Garden Rocks Concert Series! And for kids and kids-at-heart, there is the Spike’s Pollen-Nation Scavenger Hunt, where you will search for Spike, an adorable honey bee, in each country around World Showcase! But now, THE FOODIE GUIDE!

Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth (Between Imagination! and Refreshment Port) 

2022 Foodie Guide
Beverages
  • Blood Orange Agua Fresca (non-alcoholic)
  • Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (non-alcoholic)
food
  • Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with savory garlic spread (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based) (Garden Graze
  • Seared Verlasso Salmon with farro risotto and micro herbs
  • Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate crisp pearls

EPCOT Sunshine Griddle (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet) 

food
  • Avocado Toast with marinated toybox tomatoes on toasted ciabatta (Plant-based) (Garden Graze)
  • Shrimp and Grits: Blackened shrimp and cheddar cheese grits with brown gravy and sweet corn salsa
Beverages
  • Froot Loops Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Joffrey’s Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail with milk, rum and coffee liqueur, and vanilla vodka
  • Corned Beef Brisket Hash with house-made potato barrels, onions, peppers, cheese curds, and a soft-poached egg with Tabasco hollandaise (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with cream cheese frosting and candied bacon

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board 

2022 Foodie Guide - Honey Bee-stro
Honey Bee-stro
food
  • Tupelo Honey and Sweet Corn Spoon Bread with jalapeños, bacon, and house-made whipped honey butter (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Lavender Honey Mustard-marinated Chicken Flatbread with whipped honey-ricotta cheese, marinated vegetables, and goat cheese
  • Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with orange blossom honey whipped cream, whipped honey, crystalized honey, honeycomb, dehydrated honey, and fennel pollen meringue kisses
beverages
  • Honey-Peach Freeze in a Souvenir Spike the Bee Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) (Limit 2 per guest)
  • Lemonade Mead
  • Orange Blossom Honey Wine
  • Honey-Peach Freeze with Blueberry Vodka

The Citrus Blossom (Near Port of Entry)

food
  • NEW! Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly, Avocado Cream, Corn Salsa, Salsa Verde, and Plantain Chips (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) 
  • Tuna Tataki Bowl with spicy yuzu glaze, mango, avocado, and pappadam crisp
  • NEW! Grapefruit Tart: Grapefruit curd, lychee jam, ginger mousse, and yuzu cream
beverages
  • Orange-Lemon Smoothie in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) (Limit 2 per guest)
  • Key Lime Hibiscus Ale
  • Orange Peel Ale
  • Citrus Honey Cream Ale
  • Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy
  • Beer Flight

Refreshment Port (Near Canada)

2022 Foodie Guide - POUTINE!
food
  • House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers Poutine (Plant-based) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
beverage
  • Salted Cucumber Apple Hard Cider
  • Lavender Martini: Vodka with lavender and lemon

Pineapple Promenade (Near Port of Entry)

food
  • Spicy Hot Dog with pineapple chutney and plantain chips
  • DOLE Whip (Plant-based)
beverages
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic)
  • DOLE Whip with Fanta (non-alcoholic)
  • Tropical Hefe Wheat Ale
  • Fresh Pressed Mango, Pineapple, and Guava Wheat Ale
  • Hazy Pebbles Fruity Hazy Milkshake
  • Violet Lemonade Ale
  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine
  • DOLE Whip topped with mango cream liqueur
  • Pineapple Beer Flight

And that’s just the beginning! This 2022 Foodie Guide is MASSIVE! The EPCOT Festivals have really become a mainstay and a massive draw! The food is absolutely amazing, and you can definitely spend every night eating around the world! For the rest of the kitchens and food offerings, head over to the Disney Parks Blog and read more! I hope the lines for the sippers aren’t 6+ hours long!

What are YOU most looking forward to eating? I kind of think I need to have that corn spoonbread from the Honey Bee-stro! Are you ready to book your spring vacation to visit the Flower and Garden Festival? Contact me today to get your free, no obligation vacation quote!

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Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser

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Galactic Starcruiser
Photo: Disney

Maybe you’ve heard about the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel that is set to open at the Walt Disney World Resort. Are you ready to actually LIVE Star Wars?

Where is the Starcruiser?

As you leave Hollywood Studios, you can see the outside of the hotel, which is rather bland, by design. You’re supposed to be in space the whole time, aboard a Starcruiser, so it really shouldn’t matter what the outside looks like. The special effects and details and visual effects on the inside should more than make up for all of this!

Inside of Starcruiser cabins

Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle shared this photo of him and Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro on his Instagram, showing a sneak peek of the inside of one of the “cabins” aboard the “ship.” Here’s what he said about it in his post:  “Inside we visited The Atrium and looked out The Bridge windows to what will be a galaxy far, far way. We even checked out the cabins in progress, including their windows to space seen in these renderings.”

More Inside shots of Starcruiser

So far, according to what Disney has said, they will be offering two-night itineraries, where guests will arrive and depart at the same time. This is just like a Disney Cruise and fits the theme of flying away on a space ship. You’ll be “cruising through space,” if you will.

What IS the Starcruiser, anyway?

So this is basically going to be the most expensive role playing game you’ve ever played. Disney is promising to put you smack dab in the center of an interactive intergalactic adventure that you control. You will be 100% fully immersed into the Star Wars Universe. You can see the officially Walt Disney World site here for more information.

Exterior Artist Rendering of Starcruiser
Disney Institute Concept Art

You’re at the Starcruiser, now what?

You will arrive for your two-night adventure, and enter a launch pod, which will jump into hyperspace. Guests will see themselves leaving Florida, jumping into hyperspace (or, as those of us in the snowbelt call it, driving through a snowstorm with your high beams on), and flying to the Halcyon, which is the name of the Galactic Starcruiser that will be your home for the two-night journey.

Interior Artist Rendering of Starcruiser Launch Pod
Launch Pod, Disney Institute Concept Art

Once your pod connects to the Halcyon, you will begin your fully immersive adventure. You will become a character in a true Star Wars story and, like any cruise, there will be an excursion off the ship, where you will travel to Batuu and visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Lightsaber Training Aboard Starcruiser
Disney Institute Concept Art

You will be able to train with a lightsaber, visit lounges and bunkers, and do so many amazing things we don’t even know about. The hotel itself will not resemble a starcruiser. It looks like a bunker. The magic will all be state-of-the-art Disney Imagineering effects.

Opening Date Announced for the Starcruiser

The Starcruiser opens on March 1, 2022, and booking is now open. You will book a 2-day “cruise,” meaning that you will “board” the Starcruiser and embark on a 2-day journey in space, with a stop on Planet Batuu.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Your Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser vacation package includes:

  • 2-night stay in a cabin or suite
  • Ongoing, immersive and interactive entertainment, where choices determine your experience*
  • Food and beverages on the starcruiser (excluding alcoholic and specialty beverages) and a quick-service meal at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo or other select locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios**
  • Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for your planetary excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Valet parking
  • Exclusive Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser MagicBand

It’s a real lightsaber, it DOES exist, and will be used as part of this new immersive experience. TAKE ALL MY MONEY!

So how excited are you for this incredible hotel experience?!! Is this a take it or leave it for you?

Interested in booking a voyage aboard the new Starcruiser? How about a free quote for a Walt Disney World Vacation? Contact me today!

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More Restaurants Returning to Walt Disney World!!

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Disney JUST ANNOUNCED the upcoming return of some favorite restaurants!! Flying Fish at the Boardwalk, Jiko-the Cooking Place at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Saratoga Springs will all be returning soon. And Cape May will once again be offering BUFFET service!

The Flying Fish, located on the Boardwalk, will reopen on January 27, 2022. They will once again offer delicious flavors, sustainable fish, and steak offerings. The Seafood Pearl Pasta consists of shrimp, lobster, scallops, clams, and mussels.

Or maybe you prefer the Plancha-seared Scallops, which are served with savory grits, sweet corn, and Peppadew emulsion. And finish off with an amazing dessert like the Cocoa Breach, which is served with vanilla custard.

On February 3, 2022, head to Saratoga Springs Resort to dine at The Turf Club Bar and Grill. Start off with an amazing appetizer of New York cider-braised mussels,  flavored with garlic, chorizo, fennel, Fresno chili, and apple cider topped with a grilled baguette.

This American-flavored spot will not disappoint, as you next can choose between the Grilled Pork Chop or Braised Lamb Tagliatelle, among other amazing dishes. And don’t forget dessert! Including an amazing New York cheesecake!

Photo: Disney

Next, beginning February 17, 2022, head to Animal Kingdom Lodge to enjoy African, Indian, and Mediterranean flavors at Jiko-the Cooking Place!! Try the Seafood Tangine, made up of prawns, scallops, squid, and Littleneck clams! A returning favorite for dessert, the Kilimanjaro dessert is not just gorgeous, but delicious too. Decadent dark chocolate mousse, pistachio financier, pink peppercorn meringue, cacao nib crunch, and ras el hanout pineapples!!

February 15, 2022, Cape May will see the return of the all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast buffet!! Once again, enjoy items including pull-apart bread with vanilla sauce, beef hash, and an omelet station. And what breakfast is complete without Mickey and Minnie waffles?

Also, the return of the seafood boil buffet! This includes with options like cornbread, seasonal harvest salad, seafood boil, and a daily carving station! And you can upgrade your meal with snow crab legs or even a whole lobster, both purchased by the pound. Come hungry, leave satisfied!!

Photo: Disney

And finally, on January 31, 2022, Ale and Compass will see some favorites, like Blueberry Bacon Pancakes and a tasty buffet filled with dazzling additions to your entrée, including pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, overnight oats, and house-made cheddar biscuits with country gravy, return to what is undoubtedly one of my favorite breakfasts!! And welcome some new lunch favorites, too!

What are YOU most excited to see returning?! What is still missing that you MUST have back (the dining plan, DUH!!) Ready to book your trip? Contact me today!!

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Fan-Favorite Tours Returning to Walt Disney World in 2022

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Great news for fans looking to add some special Disney touches to their Walt Disney World vacation in 2022! Enchanting Extras tours will be returning February 6, 2022, and you can book them now! Advanced reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance, and, while they are not required, these tours sell out frequently, so if these are something you really want to do, you should make the reservation!! These tours are phenomenal and I am more than happy to recommend the best one for your party!

Keys to the Kingdom

This magical, five-hour tour of Magic Kingdom Park is for guests ages 16 and up, and is currently priced at $114 per person. And it does include lunch! This tour unlocks the history of the Magic Kingdom and grants backstage access to LEGENDARY hidden areas, including the fabled “Utilidor” tunnel system! You will also learn the secrets behind some of your favorite attractions!

Caring for Giants

In this 60-minute tour at Animal Kingdom Park, you will learn all about the African Elephants! For guests ages 4 and up, this
tour is currently priced at $35 per person.

You will get a knowledgeable guide who will give you a glimpse into the day-to-day care of the elephants of Animal Kingdom. You will get to observe the elephants from a private viewing area around 80-100 feet away, while you learn about conservation and preservation.

Up Close with Rhinos

Much like Caring for Giants, this 60-minute tour is for guests ages 4 and up, at $45 per person, only substitute Rhinos!

Savor the Savanna

This premium tour, for guests ages 8 and up, offers sights and tastes of Africa. Your private tour starts with a private safari on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. While on your savanna tour, you will be able to enjoy African cuisine, paired with beer and wine! Pricing is $174 per person.

Wild Africa Trek

This Animal Safari at Animal Kingdom Park is NEXT LEVEL! aThis 3-hour safari tour is for ages 8 and up, and costs $199 per person. Participants must be at least 48 inches tall, and weigh between 45

and 300 pounds with the harness gear on. It is recommended that participants have physical stamina, comfort with heights, and the ability to traverse small hills, foliage, and an unsteady rope bridge. You will cross a swinging rope bridge near crocodiles, view towering giraffes, powerful rhinos, and hippos, and ride across an open savanna. An African-inspired meal is included.

Park admission and park reservations are required for both Magic Kingdom Park and Animal Kingdom Park, and are not included in the price of these tours.

Ready to book your vacation and add these incredible tours? Contact me today!

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