Vacation Planning Specialist – Nicole!

Independent Travel Agent with The Vacation Wizards!

Welcome to My Site!!!

Hey There! Welcome to My Site!

Are you in need of some help planning your next Vacation? How about some tips and tricks to to help you along the way? Well friends you have come to the right place! I’m Nicole and I am an Independent Travel Agent with the Vacation Wizards! I specialize in all things Disney as well as Universal Studios, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line.

The main topic of this site is Disney. BUT! That’s not all I can help you with! So stick around and stay awhile, there’s something here for everyone. From newbies to the experienced bunch out there!

To help you navigate around my site, there are three places to search a topic. The Destination Specific tabs on the right will bring you to blog posts about each individual Destination that I specialize in. At the top right-hand corner, there is a Keyword search where you can just type in what you are looking for. Underneath the Destination Specific tabs I have a Categories section that you can click on. Each Category that you click on will bring you to blog posts that are specifically about that Category. Also, underneath this post are my Most Recent Posts that I have wrote in the past few days! I hope you find the answers you are looking for as you read along!

If you would like to receive a free quote, CLICK HERE! If you would like to contact me my email address is nicole@thevacationwizards.com. You can also go and like my Facebook page, Disney Vacation Wizard – Nicole, so you can get up-to-date travel information on your Facebook newsfeed! I also have a YouTube Channel, Disney Wizard, where you can find helpful planning videos to help you along the way!

I hope to hear from you real soon!

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Magic Kingdom Character Meet & Greets

Main Street U.S.A.

Pluto: You can meet Pluto at the Magic Kingdom in Town Square at the Flag Pole. He is always out at park open and throughout the day.

Marie: You can meet Marie at the Magic Kingdom in Town Square. She meets at the Flag Pole at park open.

Master Magician Mickey stands onstage at Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A.


Mickey Mouse: You can meet Mickey in Town Square Theater at the only meet and greet where he talks to you! You can use a Fastpass to see him or go late in the evening when there is almost no line. This is my favorite spot to meet Mickey!


Tinker Bell: You can meet Tink at the Magic Kingdom in Town Square Theater next to where you can meet Mickey. FastPass+ is available for this meet and greet. This is her only meet and greet so at times her line can get someone long. Tink also appears in Magic Kingdom’s daytime parade Festival of Fantasy.

Adventureland

Aladdin and Disney Princess Jasmine stand arm in arm, smile and gaze into each others eyes


Aladdin & Jasmine: Encounter a whole new world of adventure as you enter into the marketplace. Princess Jasmine and Aladdin are pleased to make your acquaintance and weave stories of Agrabah under the shade of a colorful awning next to Agrabah Bazaar.

Frontierland & Liberty Square

There are currently not any character meet and greets in Frontierland & Liberty Square.

Fantasyland

Alice: Don’t be late for this very important date! You can meet Alice next to the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups ride where she sometimes meets with the White Rabbit.

Ariel, the Little Mermaid, hugging a young girl


Ariel: Venture into a seaside grotto, where you’ll find Ariel amongst some of her treasures. She has gadgets and gizmos aplenty, and she’s always happy to make new friends! Ariel’s grotto is located near Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid.

Gaston: You’ll find Gaston in his element, amid adoring fans at the heart of storybook village near his tavern. He is happy to provide seemingly endless tales about himself.

Merida: Join Merida and her clan in an engaging “play and greet” experience. Inside Fairytale Garden, you can practice archery, color your own “tapestry” of Merida as well as her faithful horse, Angus, and spend some time with Merida herself!

Peter Pan: Spend some time with Peter Pan before he returns to Never Land. Peter may tell tales of his exploits with Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys or Captain Hook. He’d love to hear one of your stories, too. Peter Pan meets his guests next to Peter Pan’s Flight.

Donald, dressed as a snake charmer, at Pete's Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus


Donald Duck: You can meet Donald Duck inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow, where he is a circus star called the Astounding Donaldo.

Goofy: You can meet Goofy inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow, where he is a circus star called the Great Goofini.

Minnie Mouse: You can meet Minnie Mouse inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow, where she is a circus star called Minnie Magnifique.

Daisy Duck, as Madame Daisy Fortuna, at Pete's Sideshow in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park


Daisy Duck: You can meet Daisy Duck inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow, where she is a circus star called Madame Daisy Fortuna.

Tigger & Pooh: Spend time with friends in a shady place in the Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger always love being with new friends and old, sharing hugs and maybe even a smackerel of honey. You can meet Tigger and Pooh outside of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Ride.

Rapunzel holds a toy frog for a girl to kiss at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland

Rapunzel & Tiana: You can meet Rapunzel and Tiana inside Princess Fairytale Hall. FastPass+ is offered for their meet and greet, they meet in the same room but have separate meet and greets.

Cinderella & Elena: You can meet Cinderella and Princess Elena of Avalor inside Princess Fairytale Hall. FastPass+ is offered for their meet and greet, they meet in the same room but have separate meet and greets.

Tomorrowland

Buzz Lightyear stands in front of an electronic board with the message: 'Space Ranger Map'


Buzz Lightyear: After defeating the evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, celebrate your victory with Buzz himself. Captain Lightyear is waiting to meet you at an outpost not far from Star Command Headquarters. Report to Buzz for a handshake, autograph and a photo of your out-of-this-world visit.

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Magic Kingdom Overview

Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971 as the first of four theme parks at Walt Disney World! The park was built as a larger, improved version of the Disneyland Park in California. Magic Kingdom is divided into six different lands; Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.

So, starting off with our first land, Main Street U.S.A. This area of the park is based off a small town in Missouri’s Main Street. All along Main Street you’ll find various shops selling merchandise and food. The design for Main Street U.S.A. is an early 20th century small town America, so all the décor inside and outside of the buildings resemble this design. Also, all the cast members working in the shops along Main Street will be dressed in costumes that resemble the time period’s fashion.

The next section of the park is the hub, right off Main Street. The Hub is at the very center of Magic Kingdom. Here is where all six lands come together in front of Cinderella Castle. In the Hub, you will find the Partner’s Statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, Cinderella Castle Stage, and the best viewing spots for all the stage shows, parades and nighttime fireworks that happen daily within the Magic Kingdom.

Now going clockwise through the lands, the first actual land that you come to is Adventureland. Adventureland represents the mystery of exploring foreign lands. Like for instance exploring the remote jungles of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the South Pacific. And the perfect ride for that is taking a tour on the Jungle Cruise! Some other attractions in this area is The Pirates of the Caribbean, the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Swiss Family Treehouse and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

The next land is Frontierland where guests can relive the American Old West! From cowboys and Indians to exploring the mysteries of the Rivers of America. Frontierland is home to some iconic classic rides and attractions, those are; Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and the Country Bear Jamboree.

This next section of the of the park is called Liberty Square and it resembles that of a colonial American town during the American Revolution. This area of the park is neat because like when walking through Main Street, you feel like you are in a whole other era. The rides and attractions within this area are the Liberty Belle Riverboat, the Haunted Mansion, the Hall of Presidents and the Muppets Present Great Moments in American History.

Next is probably the most visited section of the park and that is Fantasyland. It is located directly behind Cinderella Castle and in it are rides and attractions based off the most popular animated Disney movies. In the words of Walt Disney, “Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” The rides and attractions within Fantasyland are: It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s PhillharMagic, Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel, Mad Tea Party, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. Now there is also a second themed Fantasyland called Storybook Circus which has taken on the “kids” area of the park. Within Storybook Circus you can find the Barnstormer, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Splash n’ Soak Station and Pete’s Silly Sideshow.

The last section of the park is Tomorrowland. It is set in an intergalactic city of the future. Some of the classic rides and attractions within Tomorrowland are: Space Mountain, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Astro Orbiter, Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover, the Tomorrowland Speedway, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Monster’s INC Laugh Floor and Stitch’s Great Escape.

And lastly! I don’t want to forget about the Walt Disney World Railroad! It acts as the park’s method of transportation between the different lands with three stations throughout the park; Main Street Station, Frontierland Station and Fantasyland Station. This attraction can be used as transportation around the park or just a way to rest and recharge so that you can finish out a day at Magic Kingdom!

Tips, Tricks, Advice and “Good to Know” Facts about the Magic Kingdom

  • I always suggest, no matter how many times that you have visited the parks, to pick up a Time’s Guide and a Park Map. I say this because the parades and shows can change due to the season, the weather or occasion.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: Main Street U.S.A. is a little piece of Americana. Above this idyllic small town, you’ll see some American flags flying. If you look closely, not one has 50 stars. Why is that? Flags that have less than 50 stars are not real U.S. flags and therefore do not have to be taken down during bad weather or illuminated at night. There is only one flag with all 50 stars on it and the flag is in Town Square the flies on the flag pole and receives a flag ceremony every day at 5:00PM.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: All the shops on Main Street are connected, meaning you can go in one store at the front of the park and exit out of the last shop and come out at the end of Main Street at the Hub. When the park closes go through the shops to exit in order to avoid the crowds.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: The shops on Main Street don’t actually close until an hour after park closing. So take your time and shop around.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: The windows on some of the buildings on Main Street display the names of the men and women that were and are important to the the Disney Family and the development of Walt Disney World. Ex. ” Elias Disney, Contractor” is Walt’s dad who built homes for a living.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: Walt’s name is on some of the buildings as well, but his name will always be facing Cinderella Castle.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: If you need any help with Photopass, Magic Bands or FastPass+ head over to City Hall and a cast member will be glad to help you.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: If you see an old-timey decorative phone on the wall in any of the shops along Main Street, it never hurts to pick it up and listen there just might be someone on the other line.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: If you have any medical problems, First Aid is just next to the Crystal Palace.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: Hidden devices along Main Street emit the smell of cookies and vanilla out onto Main Street.
  • Adventureland: Most people head to Fantasyland when the park opens, which in turn makes Adventureland really quiet in the morning. Hello no wait time!
  • Adventureland: Most of the attractions and shops in Adventureland are either indoor or undercover, which makes it great for avoiding the rain and midday sun.
  • Adventureland: Watch out for the spitting camels! Be aware! If the ground is wet DO NOT walk through it!
  • Adventureland: The front half from the plane on the Jungle Cruise is the one used in the Casablanca scene in The Great Movie Ride.
  • Adventureland: During the Holidays, The Jungle Cruise is transformed into the Jingle Cruise.
  • Adventureland: The water on the Jungle Cruise is dyed in order to make it appear much deeper than it really is.
  • Frontierland: Try to ride Splash Mountain last. If you have ever rode a “wet” ride first thing and then walked around the park all day in wet clothes, you know my reasons for this.
  • Frontierland: The Big Thunder Mountain queue is undercover, but it is still very warm during the hot season so don’t get stuck in a long queue around the middle of the day.
  • Frontierland: Sometimes the parades can change and reverse routes to where they could either end or begin at Splash Mountain.
  • Frontierland: If you’re a Vinylmation collector, Frontier Trading Post is the place to trade and sell figures.
  • Liberty Square: Liberty Square is an ideal part of the park to go to and relax during the heat of the day because all of the main attractions are indoors and hold a lot of people.
  • Liberty Square: The Liberty Tree holds 13 lanterns to represent each of the original colonies.
  • Liberty Square: In one of the upper windows in Liberty Square you’ll find two lanterns warning you that the British are coming!
  • Liberty Square: Many of the displays in the waiting area of The Hall of Presidents are authentic items that belonged to former Presidents and their families.
  • Liberty Square: Disney had to get special permission from the U.S. State Government to have the Presidential Seal on the carpet in The Hall of Presidents.
  • Liberty Square: Tucked into a small corner of Liberty Square there is a year-round Christmas Store, Ye Old Christmas Shop.
  • Liberty Square: While waiting in the Haunted Mansion queue, look for the tombstone for J. Thaddeus Toad. It is a nod to the former ride, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
  • Liberty Square: There are two “stretching rooms” in the Haunted Mansion Ride. One fills up while the other empties and vice-versa in order to keep the guests constantly flowing and filling up the Doom Buggies.
  • Fantasyland: You can ride Cinderella’s horse on Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel, it’s the one decorated with purple flowers.
  • Fantasyland: It is said that if you ride the Lilac teacup on the Mad Tea Party, that it is the fastest.
  • Fantasyland: Try and pull the sword from the stone, you just might succeed!
  • Fantasyland: Dumbo the Flying Elephant Ride has a new interactive queue. Inside the Big Top is a play center where you can wait and play, a cast member will give you a pager that will let you know when it’s your time to ride.
  • Fantasyland: In Pete’s Silly Slideshow, you can meet your favorite characters in wacky circus outfits.
  • Tomorrowland: You can skip fighting through the busy Hub area to get to Tomorrowland by taking a shortcut past Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and walking through Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.
  • Tomorrowland: Get a FastPass for Space Mountain whether it’s busy or not. The FastPass line leads you to the right track, which is longer and faster with more bumps and turns.
  • Tomorrowland: There’s a path behind Space Mountain that leads to Fantasyland and the Walt Disney World Rail Road Station in Fantasyland.
  • Tomorrowland: The TTA Peoplemover runs through some of the rides in Tomorrowland and you can snag a great view of the castle. You can look into Buzz’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain and get an above view of the store Mickey’s Star Traders.
  • Tomorrowland: Part of the original model for Epcot can be seen while ridding the TTA Peoplemover.
  • Tomorrowland: Yes, there are tunnels under the Magic Kingdom. You can tour this underground area by taking a “Backstage Magic Tour” or the “Keys to the Kingdom Tour”. These tours do cost extra and only those 16 years and older can attend them.

Thanks for reading along! Stick around and follow my blog because there is so much more to learn! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at nicole@thevacationwizards.com !

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Summer Vacation at Disneyland Resort Hotels!!

With the Summer of Heroes in full swing at Disney California Adventure® Park, it’s a perfect time to stay at one of the Disneyland® Resort Hotels. Here are a few ways you and your family can enjoy your vacation at one of our three on-property hotels:

Fireworks Viewing: Hotel Guests can enjoy spectacular fireworks viewing from the rooftop pool deck at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel. For club-level Guests staying at the Disneyland® Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the E-Ticket Club and Craftsman Club — the concierge clubs in both hotels, respectively — also offer perfect viewing.

Pool Parties: Every day beginning July 1, 2017, afternoon parties at the pools will feature upbeat music, dancing and fun games like “Finding Dory’s Friends” and limbo! Daily pool parties are scheduled at these times:

  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa: 4:30 p.m.
  • Disneyland Hotel: 3 p.m.
  • Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel: 1:30 p.m.

At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, there will be special, extended pool parties throughout the Fourth of July week to celebrate the redesigned pool deck. In addition to music and games, complimentary hot dogs and popsicles will be served!

Poolside Cabanas: For hotel Guests interested in lounging by the pool all day, poolside cabanas are available for a half-day or full-day rental at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Our shaded cabanas come equipped with everything needed to relax, including comfy seating, TVs, mini refrigerators, complimentary fruit platters and bottled water.

Disney Dining: To dine with favorite Disney friends, special character experiences can be found at each hotel’s restaurants. The dining room at Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel is buzzing with excitement during the new, limited-time Disney Dinnertime Magic with Chef Mickey Mouse.

Magical Night at the Movies: Starting in July, hotel Guests can kick back and enjoy favorite Disney films on Sunday and Friday evenings. Movie screenings, including pre-show activities and games, will take place at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, but open to Guests of all three hotels.

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Eat to the Beat Concert Series Adds Eleven NEW Acts at the 2017 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival!

A record 32 musical acts will rev up the Eat to the Beat concert series during the 22nd Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017 at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Eleven new-to-the-festival bands, including Kenny G., Squeeze and 10,000 Maniacs, join 21 fan-favorite musical acts for a diverse lineup of pop hit makers to rock America Gardens Theatre stage throughout the festival’s 75-day run.

Other new acts to appear are: The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, Mark Wills, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox and Blue October.

Guests also can tune into their favorite returning bands that will include festival opening act Delta Rae.  Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily.  The lineup (subject to change and included in Epcot admission) includes:

  • Aug. 31-Sept. 1         Delta Rae “Bottom of the River”
  • Sept. 2-3                  The Hooters NEW! “And We Danced”
  • Sept. 4-5                  Baha Men NEW! “Who Let the Dogs Out”
  • Sept. 6-7                  Fuel “Shimmer”
  • Sept. 8-10                STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • Sept. 11-12              Lauren Alaina NEW! “Road Less Traveled”
  • Sept. 13-15              Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”
  • Sept. 16-17              Sister Hazel “All For You”   
  • Sept. 18-20              Air Supply “All Out of Love”
  • Sept. 21-22              David Cook “Light On”
  • Sept. 23-24              Everclear “Santa Monica”                   
  • Sept. 25-27              Sugar Ray “Every Morning”
  • Sept. 28-29              38 Special “Hold On Loosely”
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1         Mark Wills NEW! “19 Somethin’”
  • Oct. 2-3                   American Authors NEW! “Best Day of My Life”
  • Oct. 4-5                   Christopher Cross “Sailing”  
  • Oct. 6-8                   Devon Allman NEW! “Ragged and Dirty”
  • Oct. 9-11                 Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX “Come Sail Away”
  • Oct. 12-13               Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • Oct. 14-15               Jeffrey Osborne “On the Wings of Love”
  • Oct. 16-17               Postmodern Jukebox NEW! Various Hits                 
  • Oct. 18-20               10,000 Maniacs NEW! “Because the Night”
  • Oct. 21-22               Toad The Wet Sprocket “Walk on the Ocean”
  • Oct. 23-24               Kenny G NEW! “Songbird”
  • Oct. 25-26               Billy Ocean “Get Outta My Dreams”
  • Oct. 27-29               Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1         Hanson “MMMBop”
  • Nov. 2-3                  Blue October NEW! “Into the Ocean”
  • Nov. 4-5                  Living Colour “Cult of Personality” 
  • Nov. 6-8                  Boyz II Men “End of the Road”
  • Nov. 9-11                Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”
  • Nov. 12-13              Squeeze NEW! “Black Coffee in Bed”

(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list.)

Festival-goers can also enjoy Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert. Reservations will opening beginning in July 2017.

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Cruz Ramirez Meet and Greet coming to Disney Parks this Summer!

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This summer, when you and your family head on down the highway to Disney California Adventure® Park at Disneyland® Resort, you’ll be able to meet one of the newest stars from Disney·Pixar’s “Cars 3,” Cruz Ramirez. Cruz is joining Lightning McQueen and Mater in Cars Land, starting today. She’ll also be taking a summer road trip down to the Sunshine State, stopping in on Pixar Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort.

In Disney·Pixar’s “Cars 3,” Cruz Ramirez is a top-notch technician at the Rusteze Racing Center where she’s assigned to train the team’s talented rookies. Cruz always had racing dreams of her own, but it isn’t until she meets Lightning McQueen that she realizes her passion to compete is still there. Now she’ll finally get the chance to see if she’s got what it takes to win. You can race out to catch “Cars 3” in theaters in 3D today, and look for Cruz Ramirez this summer as she pays a visit toDisney California Adventure Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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A NEW On-Ride Photo for Pirates of the Caribbean!

Beginning June 19, 2017 at Pirates of the Caribbean in Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney PhotoPass Service will be at the helm ready to capture whether a pirate’s life is for you, or if you’re more likely to strike their colors and run up a white flag.

As you and your family prepare to exit a haunted grotto and dive into the Golden Age of Piracy, a Disney PhotoPass camera will capture the perfect treasure of their swashbuckling voyage. 

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To preview, purchase and download this attraction photo, you must be wearing an active MagicBand linked to your My Disney Experience account. Your photo will be automatically associated to your account, where it can be viewed at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com and in the My Disney Experience mobile app alongside all of their vacation memories from Disney PhotoPass Service.

You can receive all of your Disney PhotoPass vacation photos from Walt Disney World Resort, including attraction photos, with Memory Maker.* 

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Reservations for the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at EPCOT for 2017 are now open!

Starting July 17, 2017 there will be a delicious new way to experience “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot®. Reservations open today for the brand-new Frozen Ever After Dessert Party, the coolest dessert party with reserved seating to an amazing fireworks spectacular, delicious desserts and a special opportunity to enjoy the Frozen Ever After attraction!

The party, which takes place in World Showcase Plaza East, overlooking World Showcase Lagoon, will feature décor, drinks, desserts and snacks inspired by the beloved film, “Frozen.” You and your family don’t have to worry about staking out the perfect spot to view the fireworks, because Frozen Ever After Dessert Party Guests will have reserved seating. Specialty cotton candy lemonade or “melted snow” and other non-alcoholic beverages will delight Guests of all ages. Adults 21 years and older can enjoy alcoholic beverages such as a piña colada, margarita or “Summertime Punch,” a refreshing blend of prickly pear syrup, vodka, lemonade and ginger ale.

Desserts and snacks will be served on three buffet stations, check out the menus below!

Hot & Cold 

  • Olaf’s Warm Double Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake
  • Elsa’s Warm Cottage Pudding with Salted Caramel Glaze
  • Hand-dipped Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Small Bites 

  • Wandering Oaken’s Eclairons
  • Hans’ Key Lime Tarts with Red Glitter Glaze
  • Living Rock Crispy Bonbons
  • Anna’s Blue Velvet Cupcakes
  • Kristoff’s No Sugar Added Lemon Curd with Blueberry

Not So Sweet 

  • Sven’s Fresh Fruits & Berries
  • Grand Pabbie’s Winter-spiced Snack Mix
  • Duke of Weselton’s Cheese Fondue served with Country Bread Cubes, Broccoli, and Grilled Flatbread

After “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” Guests of the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party will be escorted to the Norway Pavilion for a special ride on the popular Frozen Ever After attraction.

The Frozen Ever After Dessert Party is another exciting offering from the Enchanting Extras Collection, which allows you to enhance your vacation with one-of-a-kind Disney experiences. Cost is $79 for Guests ages 10 and above, $47 for ages 3 to 9—tax and gratuity included. Reservations are now open for dates beginning July 17, 2017 and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine or by calling 407-WDW-DINE or by calling your Disney Travel Agent!

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Frozen Summer Games return to Disney’s Blizzard Beach!

“Frozen” Summer Games has returned to Disney’s Blizzard Beach® Water Park at Walt Disney World® Resort.

In addition to the return of the games, you can now meet the team captains, Kristoff or Olaf, near the Beach Haus merchandise shop! In fact, Disney’s Blizzard Beach is the only location at Walt Disney World Resort where you can meet Kristoff, so be sure they take the opportunity to say hello to the “Frozen” star. 

Meeting a few “Frozen” friends is the perfect way to kick off the “Frozen” Summer Games, where once again Guests visiting Blizzard Beach can join Team Kristoff or Team Olaf to participate in a variety of friendly competitions, including Ice Pail Relays, Ski Pole Limbo and Slide Races. Plus, they can also enjoy family activities, crafts and a DJ playing the “coolest” hits.

It’s a really fun way for you and your family to “chill” out as the weather heats up! 

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Stan Lee Assembles Super Heroes for Disney Cruise Line’s Marvel Day at Sea!

You and your family can unleash your inner Super Hero this fall on the inaugural sailings of Marvel Day at Sea with Disney Cruise Line on select 7-night cruises from New York City. Check out this video as Captain America, Iron Man and more get the call from a Marvel legend. 

Marvel Day at Sea kicks off in October on select 7- and 8-night cruises from New York City. The excitement continues on select 5-night voyages from Miami departing January through April.

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NEW Pool Deck at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa!

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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa at the Disneyland® Resort is currently undergoing an exciting hotel-wide renovation—the most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening. Guests have already been enjoying some of the updates—with many new Guest rooms already available and the redesigned pool area now open for summer fun! Here’s a look at some of the details found at our refreshed pool deck.

Each pool area was designed with a variety of natural stones and brick to not only create a warm and welcoming environment, but also define three distinct pool settings. In keeping with the Arts and Crafts style of the hotel, the stone work was hand-laid by master stone mason

The Redwood Pool, with its irregular shape, features earthy, organic-feeling materials, including rustic brown flagstone and multicolored brick bands and slide accents. Situated just behind the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney California Adventure park, the 90-foot-long waterslide curves around a giant Redwood tree stump!

Golden flagstone is used throughout the Fountain Pool. The new urn-shaped fountain serves as the pool area’s centerpiece. Our original turtle fountain can now been seen nestled in the garden as a fun addition to the Craftsman-inspired landscape.

The quiet Mariposa Pool features serene bluestone laid in an ashlar (or rectangular) pattern creating a sleek look. For Guests who wish to stretch out and relax, private cabanas line the edge and are available for half-day or full-day rentals.

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