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Where to Find the Best Character Dining Experiences at Walt Disney World

Where to Find the Best Character Dining Experiences at Walt Disney World

Whether you are a small child or an adult, there is a joy that is present with everyone when you get to experience any Character Dining Experiences at Walt Disney World. For an adult, it takes you back to your childhood, or maybe you are enjoying the site of seeing joy through your children’s eyes. If you are a child, this might be your hero, your best friend, and the characters that you watch repeatedly in your favorite movie. For a child, they are the real deal.

So where in Walt Disney World are the best character dining experiences? Well, here are some of our favorite Character Dining Experiences that we highly recommend that you try.

Meet the Princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table (Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom)

Princess Character Dining Experience at Cinderellas Royal Table
Princess Character Dining Experience at Cinderellas Royal Table

This dining experience will cost you two table service credits per person, so it is not cheap, but to do this experience at least once in your life, it is well worth it. Once you are checked in at the host stand, you will wait with your party on the bottom story of the restaurant. Here, everyone gets to meet Cinderella in a one on one setting, with her giving ample time to spend with each guest. Once your table is ready, you will be escorted upstairs to the main dining hall of the restaurant via elevator. Here you will have a magical dining experience because you get to meet almost every single Disney Princess.

Meeting all of the Princesses!

The last time we were able to go, we met Ariel, Jasmine, Aurora, Rapunzel, Snow White, Belle, and of course Cinderella. The venue does state that character experiences are always subject to change and can be different. We haven’t been back since Frozen came out, so I’m sure that it is quite possible Elsa and Anna make an appearance. The experience was magical as you are truly dining inside the Castle – so beautiful architecture and stain glass windows all around while meeting Disney Princesses is a must. We do notate that while the food is not the best, this is a must do at least one time while at Disney World – especially if you have a small child who is into Disney Princesses.

The Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom)

The Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and Friends

The Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and Friends

This dining experience is buffet style, so the meal goes quickly, but you can go at your own pace. You never feel rushed, so feel free to truly enjoy yourself and go back for more. You get to meet all of Winnie the Pooh and all his friends- Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet. Every single character spent ample time with my daughter, laughing, dancing, and playing around. After they spend time with each child throughout the evening, they do also have a follow the leader type song and dance throughout the restaurant. The entire place is very casual where you can have a great experience in a relaxed environment. This restaurant experience will cost you 1 Table Service Credit if dining on the Disney Dining Plan, but for no wait for the character meet and greet, we highly recommend it.

The Garden Grill Restaurant with Disney Characters (Epcot’s Land Pavilion)

Dining with Chip & Dale at Garden Grill
Dining with Chip & Dale at Garden Grill

This table service restaurant is one of the coolest experiences. Not only is the food great, and served family style, the restaurant offers meet and greets with Chip and Dale, and at least two other Disney Characters. We’ve met Donald Duck and Mickey at this restaurant. The restaurant also is a rotating restaurant with different scenes to look at, which are scenes also viewable from “Living with the Land” boat ride in Epcot’s Land Pavilion. The Garden Grill slowly rotates around scenes of a prairie, sandstorm, rainstorm, rainforest, and farmhouse.  We highly recommend this restaurant to families of all ages.

Hollywood and Vine Buffet with Disney Characters (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

Hollywood and Vine Buffet with Disney Characters

Hollywood and Vine Buffet with Disney Characters

This restaurant is one of our favorites. Not only does it have great food in a casual buffet setting, but it also hosts several Disney Characters. This location hosts a Disney Junior character dining experience for their breakfast buffet, with favorites like Princess Sofia and Vampirina. It also hosts select seasonal dining packages with Minnie Mouse and Friends. This is a very popular restaurant inside Hollywood Studios as it is the only one that has Character Dining inside this park. We recommend you book reservations as early as possible (6 months in advance if staying on property) and try to get there early in the day, so that you can enjoy the rest of the park afterwards, like Toy Story Land.

Some of the other popular places to see Characters that are highly ranked for Disney Fans are, that we haven’t been to (but are scheduled soon) are:

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Epcot – Norway Pavillion)

Visiting Akershus Royal Banquet Hall gives you the best chance to meet Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Snow White, and Aurora while not spending as much as many other similar dining experiences (only 1 Disney Dining Plan credit).

1900 Park Fare – at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Here you can meet Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh all while enjoying an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet. They are also open for dinner options as well.

Chef Mickey’s – at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

You will meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy while dining in an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

Ohana – at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Here you will dine in an all-you-can-eat buffet while meeting Lilo and Stich for breakfast. This restaurant has an amazing dinner menu, but characters are not scheduled for dinner.

Have you been to any of these Character Experiences? Which ones were your favorites? Let us know which ones you’ll be trying soon!

Here is a great list of 11 things that you MUST have BEFORE your next trip to Disney World!

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Official Date Announced for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

Official Date Announced for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios! (1)

Today is the day that so many people have been waiting for – the official announcement for the opening dates of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World! Disney just announced that the much anticipated Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31st at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California and on August 29th in Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Official Announcement from Disney

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Opening in Phases

While Disney is excited to announce that the parks will both be opening a little ahead of time, there is one thing that might upset some. According to their release today, the new land will open up in two phases. In phase one which begins on the dates announced today, guests of both Disney parks will be allowed to:

Live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample amazing galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and more.

disneyparks.disney.go.com

As for phase two, here is what Disney had to say:

And for phase two, opening later this year, will be Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined that will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality.  In light of tremendous demand, Disney made the decision to open the land in phases to allow guests to sooner enjoy the one-of-a-kind experiences that make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so spectacular.

disneyparks.disney.go.com

Will you need any special reservations?

So, if you will be heading out to Disneyland, we did find out that in order to experience Galaxy’s Edge during the first month of operation, you will need to make a no-cost reservation in advance that will be subject to availability. The good news (or bad depending on how you view it) is that you will not need to make any special reservations to visit the land once it opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You will need a valid Hollywood Studios ticket, but other than that, it will be open to all guests, but I must add that they did state that “capacity is limited”. The release today also stated that Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will be available during extra magic hours.

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge to open on August 29th at Disney World's Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge to open on August 29th at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

What are your thoughts?

So many guests have been waiting to plan their vacations around the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – either because they wanted to be there from the beginning or they were wanting to avoid it at all costs. How does this affect your plans to visit Disney World? How do you feel about Disney opening Galaxy’s Edge on what will most likely be the first or second week of school for most kids in the US? Will you be there? Let us know in the comments below!

2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Complete Food and Beverage Menu

2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival - Complete Food and Beverage Menu

We are so excited to look at the menu options for all the booths at the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.  On Wednesday, March 6th, Epcot will begin their 26th Annual Flower & Garden Festival.  This year’s festival will run for just under three months until it ends on Monday, June 3rd.  While there will be so many new things including new topiaries, a very expanded Garden Rocks Concert Series, and additional special events, this post will be dedicated solely to the wide variety of food booths with full food and beverage menus for you to check out before you go.  Like all the other festivals, there will be booths located throughout the park, many of which will offer new food and beverage options that we have not seen in the past.  While we do not have the pricing yet, you can assume that most of the food items will be in the $3.00 to $10.00 range, and many of these items will accept 2019 Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits.  Let’s dive in!

2019 Epcot International Flower Garden Festival
2019 Epcot International Flower Garden Festival

(Credit Disney World website for all Food Photos)

2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Event Details

  • World Showcase, Epcot
  • Outdoor Kitchens open daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Epcot admission required
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older
  • Outdoor Kitchens subject to closure at any time
  • Food and beverage samples are available while supplies last
  • All menu items are subject to change without notice

Also, items have been labeled making it easier to find things that may be necessary for certain diets.  Items marked with the following tags are:

(GF) are gluten/wheat-friendly

(KA) are kid-approved

(V) are vegetarian

New Booths at the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

This year’s new food booths include Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace, Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth, The Citrus Blossom, and Trowel & Trellis Hosted by IMPOSSIBLE™ Foods.  Here is a look at each menu:

Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace

Food

  • Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil
  • Smoked Salmon Stack with Avocados, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Caviar and Focaccia Crostino
  • Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake, served with Apple Cider Sorbet (V) (GF) (KA)
Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil
Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil

 Beverage

  • Original Sin Brewery Black Widow Hard Cider, New York, NY
  • Florida Beer Company Caribé Strawberry Rose Hard Cider, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Key Lime Apple Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Karbach Brewing Lemon and Ginger Radler Houston, TX
  • Seadog Brewing Company Sunfish Ale, Clearwater, FL
  • Shipyard Brewing Company Grind the Rind Watermelon IPA, Portland, ME
  • Cider Flight
  • Beer Flight

Flavor Full Kitchen at Hosted by AdventHealth

Food

  • Citrus-poached Salmon with Ancient Grain Salad, Roasted Vegetables, Citrus Greens (GF) 
  • From the Garden: Roasted Beets, Cashew Cheese and Micro Herbs with Lemon-oil Dressing (GF) (V)
  • Mickey Tart Peanut Butter Mousse with Strawberry Jam and Boba Pearls (V) (KA)

Beverage

  • Blood Orange Aqua Fresca (non-alcoholic)
  • Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (non-alcoholic) (KA)

The Citrus Blossom

Food

  • Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF)
  • Tuna Tataki with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado and Pappadam Crisp
  • Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF) (KA)
  • Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, Citrus Crumble (V)

Beverage

  • Orange Cream Slushy in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale, Fort Pierce, FL
  • First Magnitude Brewing Lemon Hefeweizen, Gainesville, FL
  • Heavy Seas Brewery TropiCannon Citrus IPA, Halethorpe, MD
  • Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy
  • Beer Flight

Trowel & Trellis Hosted by IMPOSSIBLE™ Foods

Food

  • Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread (GF) (V) (KA)
  • Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, Creamy Herb Dressing (V)
  • Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumb, Pomegranate and Baby Herbs (GF) (V)
Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread

Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread

Beverage

  • suja® Organic Cold Pressed Juice: Noon Greens™ (non-alcoholic)
  • suja® Organic Cold Pressed Juice: Vibrant Probiotic (non-alcoholic)
  • Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® (non-alcoholic)
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Tropical Wonderland Wheat Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® with Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar

Returning Favorite Booths for the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

In the Germany Pavilion, you will find Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market

Food

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V) (KA)
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese (KA)
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries (KA)
Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream

Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream

Beverages

  • Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone, Salzburg, Austria
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager, Munich, Germany
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager, Bad Köstritz, Germany
  • Hugo Cocktail with Sparkling Wine, Elderflower and Mint
  • Beer Flight

In the Paris Pavilion, you will find Fleur de Lys

Food

  • Vichyssoise aux Concombres: Chilled Cucumber Soup (GF)
  • Tarte au Chévre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a flaky Pastry Crust (V)
  • Canard Confit à la Provençal: Braised Duck Confit with Tomatoes and Olives on Polenta
  • Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop (GF)
Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop

Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop

Beverages

  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice
  • Kir Framboise: Sparkling Wine and Monin Raspberry
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Maison de France
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664

Between the Franc and Morocco Pavilions, you will find Florida Fresh

Food

  • Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
  • Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish
  • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue (KA)
Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish

Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish

Beverages

  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy (non-alcoholic)
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company Twisted Strawberry Fest Fruit Ale, Tampa, FL
  • Big Top Brewing Company Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, Sarasota, FL
  • First Magnitude Brewing Monarch Milk Stout, Gainesville, FL
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Key Lime Wine, St Petersburg, FL
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Gin
  • Beer Flight

In the Japan Pavilion, you will find Hanami

Japan Pavilion
Japan Pavilion

Food

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice garnished with Whipped Cream, Berry Sauce Drizzle and Toasted Coconut (V) (KA)
  • Chilled Soba Noodle Salad with Pan-seared Tuna and Wasabi Dressing
  • Karaage with Nanban Sauce: Japanese-style Fried Chicken served on a bed of Shredded Cabbage and topped with a Soy and Vinegar-based Dressing (KA)

Beverages

  • Kirin Draft Beer
  • Sayuri “Little Lilly” Nigori Sake
  • “Ichigo Sun” Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail with Sake, Strawberry Purée and Lemonade

In the Mexico Pavilion, you will find Jardin de Fiestas

Food

Mexico Pavilion - 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Mexico Pavilion – 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • Tlacoyo: Blue Corn Masa topped with Black Bean Spread, Ground Chorizo, Queso Fresco and Mexican Cream
  • Beef Torta: Braised Beef served on a Crispy Sourdough Roll with Queso Oaxaca, Avocado, Pickled Onions and Jalapeños in a Spicy Habanero Sauce
  • Tres Leches: Milk-soaked Sponge Cake topped with Cajeta Whipped Cream and Almond Powder

Beverages

  • Cerveza: Allende Golden Ale Craft Beer served with a Liqueur Floater
  • Damiana Flower Margarita: Damiana Flower Liqueur, Blanco Tequila, Agave Nectar and Citrus Juices served on the rocks with a Black Ant Salt Rim
  • Oaxacan Gin & Tonic: Smokey Gin, Black Currant Liqueur, Vermouth, Lime Juice and Tonic Water
  • Rosé Sangria: Withers Rosé Wine, Tequila Blanco, Elderflower and Ginger Liqueur, Pineapple, Cactus Pear and Ginger Juices

La Isla Fresca – Caribbean-inspired Dishes

Food

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-Lime Sauce
  • Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple (KA)
Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-Lime Sauce

Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-Lime Sauce

Beverages

  • Tropical Freeze (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tropical Freeze with Cruzan Mango Rum

In the China Pavilion, you will find Lotus House

Food

Dragon Topiary - China Pavilion
Dragon Topiary – China Pavilion
  • Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice
  • House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V) (KA)

Beverages

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Bobas (non-alcoholic)
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
  • Pirates of the China Sea: Dark Rum, Peach Syrup and Piña Colada Mix
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice
  • Plum Wine Cooler

In the Canada Pavilion, you will find Northern Bloom

Food

Moose Topiary - Canada Pavilion
Moose Topiary – Canada Pavilion
  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon (GF)
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables (KA)
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato featuring Burton’s Maple Syrup (KA)

Beverages

  • Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Unibroue Éphérmère Apple Wheat Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue Blanche de Chambly Belgian White Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue Lune de Miel Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whisky
  • Beer Flight

Get your tropical fruit fix at the Pineapple Promenade

Food

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
  • Pineapple Soft-serve (V) (KA)

Beverages

  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Pineapple Soft-serve Ice Cream with Fanta® (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Coastal Empire Beer Co. Coco Piña Gose, Savannah, GA (flight)
  • Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI (flight)
  • SweetWater Brewing Company Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple, Atlanta, GA (flight)
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Pineapple Soft-serve Ice Cream with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
  • Pineapple Beer Flight

In the Italy Pavilion, you will find the Primavera Kitchen

Food

  • Pizza Toscana: Rustic Italian Flatbread with Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onion, Mozzarella, Asiago and Parmesan Cheeses (KA)
  • Pomodori Verdi e Mozzarella: Fried Green Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, Balsamic Reduction
  • Tri-Colored Cheese Tortellini, Sage Butter and Chicken Veloute (KA)
  • Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Powdered sugar, Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate-hazelnut Drizzle (KA)
Lady and the Tramp Topiary at the Italy Pavilion
Lady and the Tramp Topiary at the Italy Pavilion

Beverages

  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
  • Moretti La Rossa
  • Placido Pinot Grigio
  • Placido Chianti
  • Villa Sandi Prosecco
  • Montegrande Corbinello
  • Fior d’Arancio Montegrande Moscato
  • Bellini: Sparkling Wine and Peach Purée
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila

In the Morocco Pavilion, you will find the Taste of Marrakesh

Food

  • Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad
  • Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili-ranch Sauce
  • Walnut Honey Baklava
Monsters in Morocco
Monsters in Morocco

Beverages

  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
  • White Sangria
  • Casa Beer
  • Larroque Chardonnay, Meknes

In the American Adventure Pavilion, you will get to try THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews

Food

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw (KA)
  • Shredded Beef Brisket with Smoked Potato, Chorizo Fondue and Green Tomato Relish
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V)
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue, and House-made Pickle

Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue, and House-made Pickle

Beverage

  • Frozen Simply™ Lemonade (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Central 28 Brewing Company Sunshine Greetings Orange Hibiscus Wheat Ale, DeBary, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Phantasmas Spicy Double IPA, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL
  • Boneshaker Zinfandel, Lodi, CA
  • Frozen Simply™ Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine
  • Beer Flight

If you are looking for All-Natural foods that have been infused with honey, you will not want to miss The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™

Food

  • Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Purée, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey-blistered Grapes, Sunflower Brittle and Coriander Flowers (GF) (V)
  • Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, Charred Vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Citrus Greens
  • Local Wildflower Honey-mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses and Petite Lavender Shoots (V) (KA)
Local Wildflower Honey-mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses and Petite Lavender Shoots

Local Wildflower Honey-mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses and Petite Lavender Shoots

Beverages

  • Honey-peach Cobbler Freeze (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Goodwood Brewing Company Brandy Barrel Honey Ale, Louisville, KY
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Honey-peach Cobbler Freeze with Blueberry Vodka

You will also want to keep an eye out for the Specialty Coffee Carts Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®

  • In Future World East, you will find Pedal to the Meadow which will feature the Frozen Cappuccino topped with Vodka and Kahlúa Liqueur.
  • In the Canada Pavilion, you will find Cold Clover which will feature the Cold Brew Coffee with Irish Cream Syrup and topped with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
  • In the Showcase Plaza you will find Goose on the Loose which will feature the Frozen Passion Fruit and Le Citron Vodka topped with Iced Tea
  • In The American Adventure Pavilion you will find Bee’s Buzz which will feature the Frozen Lemonade and Coconut Syrup topped with Pineapple Rum

Additional Locations and Offerings at the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Funnel Cake

Food

  • Key Lime Funnel Cake topped with Crumbled Graham Cracker and Whipped Cream

Block & Hans

Beverage

  • Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Lexington, KY
  • Short’s Brewing Company Local’s Light Lager, Bellaire, MI
  • Dogfish Head Brewery American Beauty Pale Ale, Milton, DE
  • Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA, Brooklyn, NY
  • Golden Road Brewing Pineapple Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Hard Rosé Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Beer Flight

Taste Track

Food

  • Violet Blueberry Vanilla Croissant Doughnut

Beverage

  • Berry Tea Mint Julep (non-alcoholic)
  • Berry Tea Mint Julep with Bourbon

Refreshment Port

Food

  • Coffee-rubbed Pork Poutine with Barbecue Demi-Glace, Fire-roasted Corn Relish and Cheese Curds

Beverage

  • Stow Away Mary: Classic Bloody Mary with Absolut Vodka garnished with Pimento-stuffed Olives, Cherry Tomato, Celery, Jumbo Shrimp and Smokehouse Jerky

Fife & Drum Tavern

Beverage

  • Short’s Brewing Company Soft Parade Shandy, Bellaire, MI
Topiaries at the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Topiaries at the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Are you excited for the 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival?

I don’t know about you, but making my way through this list made me really hungry!  We cannot wait to get back out to Epcot so that we can try some of these awesome food and drink options.  Will you be heading out to the International Flower & Garden Festival in 2019?  Have you tried any of the items on display this year?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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What To Expect at the Opening of Walt Disney World’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

For the longest time, it feels like Disney has been building one of their largest expansions to the Disney parks ever – Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This expansion is happening simultaneously at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. We will focus on Walt Disney World in Florida.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Photo Credit Disney World

So, when does it open? We’ve heard the slated date of opening is “Fall 2019,” which could be anywhere between September 2019-December 2019. One thing is for sure- it will be busy! There are so many Disney Parks’ fans that will want to enjoy the land, but also just Star Wars fans in general will more than likely be booking trips to Walt Disney World for this specific attraction.

What will Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge be like?

Stars Wars land is promised to be one of the most immersive lands that Disney has ever built. For comparisons, if you’ve been to Pandora inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, you’ve experienced feeling like you are in another land that is nothing like in your current world. For Star Wars Land, it is promised to be even bigger and more immersive than Pandora. As far as putting into words, I’ll have to venture out to Disney in the future to adequately do this for you.

The expansion is on the planet called Batuu, which is located at the Galaxy’s Edge (hence the name of the land) and the village that you will embark upon (with the restaurants, rides, and shopping) is called Black Spire Outpost. In this bustling village, you are expected to see cast members walking around in full Star Wars garb, which based on pictures of these costumes, it will truly feel like you are on the set of the movie Star Wars. Much different than the costumes that regular cast members wear around the parks like in Toy Story Land, or even in Pandora. Based on the images I’ve seen already, you will truly feel like you’ve landed on another planet. (I cannot wait)

What is there to do at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

For starters, this land will be so large, it will take you awhile to just take in all the sights around you. You can get lost in just people watching and exploring this new planet. In addition to looking at the architecture of the buildings and the trees and rocks that form the natural looking landscape, you will be able to experience two major ride attractions, restaurants, and shopping.

The Rides at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The two major ride attractions added to Galaxy’s Edge are Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is set to be an attraction that sort of acts like 4 attractions in one-concluding with a trackless dark ride at the very end. It is based on an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order. The attraction is also boasted to be Disney’s longest attraction created as well. I thought Splash Mountain or Carousel of Progress was long (just under 11 minutes for Splash and like 21 minutes for Carousel of Progress) – what is this ride going to be like? Holy Cow I’m excited!

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run will be an attraction where you will sit in individual seats and each has a role in piloting the Millennium Falcon aircraft and each ride experience is said to be different because it is based on how well you piloted the aircraft.  Imagine an amped-up version of Star Tours with an interactive screen and simulations. There is supposed to be technology (rumored) that will link to your Magic Band that tracks if you accomplished or failed the mission – so that cast members inside Black Spire Outpost will be able to engage with you and ask you about it. What? That seems like so much fun!

What about food at Galaxy’s Edge?

There will be several different options (fast-casual, quick service) to choose from, but it is promised to have unique and tantalizing flavors that are out of this world- well, because they are- you are on another planet.

Dining at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Photo Credit Disney World
Dining at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Photo Credit Disney World

There will be the main quick service location, called Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. You will also be able to buy food and drinks from multiple window service locations and kiosks/carts.

Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise?

Yep, there will be a lot of merchandise located in Black Spire Outpost- anything from plush toys, to unique trinkets that make you feel like you landed on another planet and found something so unique, it could not be replicated anywhere else. That is what Disney does- it makes you feel like you have left your current world and embarked upon another. They are in the business of making Magic.

Create a Lightsaber at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Create a Lightsaber at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
– Photo Credit Disney World

There will be one unique destination where you can get a hand built, customized lightsaber and the masters of this shop will teach you the ways of the Jedi. Where else can you get this type of experience? Answer: Only at Disney!

In summary

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is going to live up to the hype- it will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. We cannot wait to book our next trip to Disney, so that we can fully experience the newest attraction that is set to be – OUT OF THIS WORLD.

What do you think? Are you excited? Do you plan on booking a trip to Disney World when Galaxy’s Edge is open? Let us know in the comments below!

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You Have Decided on a Walt Disney World Vacation – Now What?

Walt Disney World Vacation

Congrats! You have made the best and most fun decision to travel to Walt Disney World for your next vacation.  You want to book a Walt Disney World Vacation, but where do you start?

Steps to Create Your Walt Disney World Vacation Package

Start by going to www.disneyworld.disney.go.com to begin your Vacation Search

Pick Your Hotel

Pick Your Walt Disney World Resort
Pick Your Walt Disney World Resort

Here you will begin searching for hotels to stay, by searching your dates of travel and the total number of people in your property. The reason this is important, is the website will help recommend available hotel rooms that can accommodate the number of people in your party. For example, those resorts that have larger accommodations like murphy beds that pull of the wall, or sleeper sofas that turn into full sized beds. There will also be recommendations for family suites at certain resorts.

Your budget will help you navigate through which resort to pick, as there are value resorts as low as $99.00 per night to the super expensive deluxe resorts & villas that go as high as $500 per night, or higher in peak season.

You will also be asked to select which type of room. For example, if selecting a resort stay for the week of August 15th at Pop Century, you will be asked to select from a standard room versus a preferred room, etc. These preferred rooms might have easier access to the main dining hall or parki

Select a Walt Disney World Vacation Package

Select a Walt Disney World Vacation Package
Select a Walt Disney World Vacation Package

Once your hotel is selected, the next screen will have radio dials for you to select. One will just say hotel, and the other says package. There might be a few others pop up if there is a specialized deal going on, such as “free dining” or “fun in the sun package.” These packages might offer unique traits for a specific time frame only. Unless you are doing a specialized package, be sure to select package.

Add your Park Tickets

Add Your Park Tickets
Add Your Park Tickets

So now you’ve got a place to sleep and take a shower, now you’ve got to get your park tickets.  There will be multiple options that show up on the screen. If you selected you are staying 7 nights, and 8 days in the month of November, the website will automatically have the selection for the number of days you are staying. So, in this example, the radio dial will be defaulted to an 8-day ticket, but don’t worry – you can change it if you want to. For deciding the number of days, it is important to know if you plan on going to the parks on the day of arrival and the day of departure. This will come in handy when you know your flight times. Don’t worry – you can change the number of park tickets at any time during this process.

Ticket Options

Select Your Ticket Options
Select Your Ticket Options

The ticket option that is defaulted is a single day ticket to one park per day. What if you want to skip around to parks, can you do this? Of course- for a fee.

You can select to upgrade your ticket to what is called “Park Hopper” which allows you to navigate through any of the 4 major theme parks at any time during the day. For example, you can start off the morning at Magic Kingdom with breakfast reservations at 9:00am, and then head over to Epcot at 11:30 am for a fast pass for Soarin’. You can then finish off the afternoon at Hollywood studios for Jedi Training and then catch dinner at Tusker House at Animal Kingdom. The website will quote you the upgrade charge total and in smaller font show you the price per person.

You can also upgrade to “Park Hopper Plus” which gives you any of the advantages described above plus access to the two water parks on property as well – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

Add a Dining Plan

Select a Disney Dining Plan
Select a Disney Dining Plan

After you’ve selected hotel and park tickets, the next page will be summary page where you can start adding “additional features.” The first option is picking your Dining Package. There are three different dining packages that give you a certain number of credits per package.  Click here to learn all about the Disney Dining Plans for 2019.

The Disney Quick Service Dining Plan

The Disney Quick Service Dining Plan offers families 2 quick service meals per day, 2 snack credits, and 1 refillable drink mug, per person. At the quick service restaurants, regular drinks like soft drinks or tea are included, and you also get an adult beverage as well. A quick service restaurant is any establishment where you order at a counter, and do not have a server waiting on you. An example of a quick service restaurant is Flame Tree Bar-b-que at Animal Kingdom.

The Disney Dining Plan

The Disney Dining Plan offers families 1 quick service credit, 1 table service credit, and 2 snack credits per person per day. You also get the regular beverage and one alcoholic beverage per meal and the refillable mug.  A table service restaurant would be Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom.  

The Deluxe Dining Plan

The Deluxe Dining Plan is the cream of the crop dining plan and it is a lot of food! We’ve done this one before and felt like all we did was eat- but hey if you are in to that, then go for it! You only live once, right?  This plan offers families 2 table service credits, 2 snacks, the same beverage options and refillable mug. Restaurants on this plan would be any dining establishment where you are seated, and a server comes to your table and waits on you. Some high-end character restaurants or signature dining

experiences require that you use two credits per meal per person. (Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of these).

Pick the Plan that is Best for You and Your Family

Selecting the right Dining Plan for you is dependent on your family. Remember that not everyone is the same. If your family rarely snacks throughout the day and aren’t big eaters for breakfast or lunch- maybe you pay out of pocket for your food. If you want a relaxing time, in air-conditioning, with someone waiting on you while you chat with your family about how much fun you are having, maybe the dining plan or Deluxe Dining Plan is right for you.  My favorite dining plan is the Disney Dining Plan where you get 1 quick service and 1 table service. We love to get out of the Florida eat and take a break in the afternoon, and then enjoy something quick and convenient in the evening time, when some people are heading out of the park.

There are multiple charts and calculations out there that will help you calculate money you would spend on the Dining Plan versus not purchasing one and paying out of pocket.

We love the Dining plans because they have already been paid for and we do not even have to think about how much it will cost or worry about the budget- because it has already been set from the booking of our trip.

Adding Memory Maker

Adding Additional Walt Disney World Vacation Options
Adding Additional Walt Disney World Vacation Options

Memory maker is a fantastic package you can add to your Vacation Package.  This is a unique experience where you get professional photos taken all around the parks by the many Disney photographers. The ones that you see holding the cameras all around the parks- yeah, those people! What is neat about this, is that the entire family can get into the picture instead of mom or dad holding the camera. The photographers also sprinkle a little more pixie dust your way and add fun graphics and character images into your photos as well. For example, they may have you hold out your hands (like you are holding something scooped in your hands) and by the time you view your pictures on your Disney account, maybe you are holding the poisonous apple given to you by the evil queen! How fun!  You also get fun little videos added of you and your family when you go on a ride. Your magic band that you select, once you put your deposit down, is the key to everything. Once you scan your band in the line queue, Disney knows that you are on 7 Dwarfs Mine Train and will capture a video of you on the ride attraction.

Add Flights and Ground Transportation

Now it is time to add your flight – if you choose to travel this way. Some people book their flight on the website, but sometimes if you are booking too far in advance, the flight times have not been made available yet. You are more than welcome to book your flight on a separate website, knowing that you can provide Disney the flight information if you need to take Disney Transportation from the airport to your hotel. For example, we always book way in advance, so we book our flight on Americanairlines.com. Once we book the flight, we update our information on our Disney Account that we are arriving at 11:00am on Tuesday August 16th, which tells Disney that I’m going to need their Magical Express transportation from the airport to Pop Century.

Travel Insurance, Summary, and Pay

Finish up and Pay
Finish up and Pay!

Now that you’ve done all of the fun stuff, now you come to the not so fun stuff – paying for it! Ha Ha!

Here is where you can add travel insurance & get the summary for your entire trip. You can also edit anything from this page. (Hint- you can edit after you’ve made purchases as well).

Great news if you do not have the funds to pay for the entire trip – you can put down a $200.00 deposit on a credit card and cancel up to 30 days from your travel dates and get a 100% refund. Hopefully you don’t have to cancel, and you can move forward with your vacation plans, but know that is an option for you if something comes up, or if you just need the time to save up and pay for it in stages.

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