The Fourth Epcot International Festival of the Arts Opens!

Celebrating the visual, culinary and performing arts is what it’s all about  during the fourth Epcot® International Festival of the Arts and it’s time to ‘Get your Art On’!

RELATED:  5 Great Reasons to Visit Epcot in 2020

Festival of the Arts 2020
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This year,  you can step inside NEW life-sized frames of Van Gogh’s famous Café Terrace at Night or Sunflowers paintings and star in an Artful Photo Op, taste culinary wonders presenting artfully crafted dishes and libations at the 12 festival Food Studios, watch talented artists at work, and even take home your favorite pieces. Then, after a full day of fun, you can grab a seat and be treated to an unforgettable, complimentary performance of the Disney on Broadway Concert Series!

Child poses inside of picture frame
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Are you an artist yourself? Did you know you can exercise your own artistic talent at multiple interactive exhibits and workshops? There’s something for everyone, including families. Fun-filled activities include:

  • Figment’s Brush with the Masters’ scavenger hunt
  • Animation Academy at America Gardens Theatre
  • Expression Section: Paint-by-Number wall mural in Future World (so cool!)
  • Living Statues (laughs guaranteed!) in Future World East
  • Acrobatic performances of the Art Defying Gravity troupe at the World Showcase Plaza stage
Edible, vibrant pink rose for Pop Eats
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Twelve Food Studios surrounding the World Showcase offer creative bites and refreshing sips for you to enjoy like these standouts:

  • Sous Vide Chicken Roulade at Pop Eats!
  • Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta at The Masterpiece Kitchen
  • Rainboba sparkling water layered with Fruit Boba and topped with a Foam Cloud at The Deconstructed Dish (heavenly!)
  • Chocolate Flight of white, milk and dark chocolate at The Artist’s Table – (yum!)

And you won’t want to miss these brand-new permanent films debuting today around the park:

Awesome Plant at the Land Pavilion sky at night filled with stars as family gazes on
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“Awesome Planet” at The Land pavilion, narrated by Ty Burrell (Modern Family), features spectacular imagery, in-theater effects, and an original musical score by Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price.

Canada's snow covered mountain in Canada Far and Wide, Circle-vision 360 show in the Canada Pavillion
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“Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” in the Canada pavilion, narrated by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy, presents breathtaking new scenes in this update of the original “O Canada!”

France Pavilion display of ornate costumes, music and artwork from cinema, theater, ballet, and opera
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You’re invited to sing-along to a thrilling, new, animated twist on a “tale as old as time.” at the “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in the France pavilion. Directed by Don Hahn, who produced the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films,  it’s a “not-to-be-missed” experience! And, at the theater’s entrance, you can explore a new exhibit, “Tales as Old as Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen,” featuring a stunning display of ornate costumes, music and artwork dedicated to the adaptation of French literature in cinema, theater, ballet and opera. TIP: you won’t want to miss the glass slipper from the live-action “Cinderella” film or Belle’s costume from “Beauty and the Beast.” Community arts organizations from Florida also contributed pieces to the exhibit!

While visiting World Showcase, be sure to check out two new bands including Lebendig, an award-winning German pop rock band, who will perform their modern take on Germany’s well-known Schlager sound in the Germany pavilion. And in the Morocco pavilion, you can enjoy the creative mix of traditional Gnawa music and the current sounds of Morocco with Atlas Fusion.

Certain premium festival experiences, like Paint with a Disney Artist, interactive workshops featuring Ink & Paint Animation, 3D Paper Crafting, Gesture Drawing Basics, Animation 101 or Doodling (Saturday and Sunday only) are bookable in advance and do include a fee, or you can try your luck and sign up for openings still available on the day of your visit.

Epcot® International Festival of the Arts runs now through Feb. 24! Ask a Vacations with Character® Travel Agent for more information on how to book your Spring getaway to “the world” and experience all the festival has to offer! Visit our website for contact information or to request a quote: https://vacationswithcharacter.net/ 

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Celebrate 25 Years of Party at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2020

The holidays are behind us and Spring will be here soon. What a better way to ring in 2020 than at the 25th annual Mardi Gras Celebration at Universal Orlando Resort? Laissez les bon temps rouler every night from February 1 through April 2, 2020!
Mardi Gras Parade Team Member – Universal Studios Florida USF Entertainment

Enjoy a fun-filled day of theme-park adventures and an evening of delightful festivity. Just as in past years, this family-friendly Mardi Gras soiree will feature mouthwatering, Cajun food plus dazzling nightly parades – and one of the most unforgettable concert lineups ever!

Mardi Gras Concert Stage – Universal Studios Florida USF Entertainment

Take a look at this star-studded concert line up! Who are you excited to see? Concerts begin at 8:30 pm on the following nights:


Who doesn’t love a parade?! Watch the confetti and countless beads fly while you enjoy colorful floats and costumes, stilt walkers, and street performers. You won’t want to miss this celebration! TIP: Ask about the kid-friendly special viewing area!!

Mardi Gras Parade Floats – Universal Studios Florida USF Entertainment

Aren’t you excited? Now’s the time to start planning your trip to Mardi Gras at #UniversalOrl — Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Universal Specialist Agent for a free, no-obligation quote today!

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Savor a FREE Delicious Deal for Walt Disney World Announced!

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Create the perfect recipe for a memorable escape at Walt Disney World Resort! With this offer, you can enjoy a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day vacation package that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel and a ticket with Park Hopper option.

You must book through January 16, 2020 and this offer is good for arrivals most nights June 27 through 28, July 5 through 7, and August 29 through September 8, 2020.

As always, the number of rooms allocated for this offer is VERY limited. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Theme park tickets valid for admission beginning on date of check-in and must be used within 9 days of check-in.

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Other Important Details:

  • This offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Advance reservations are required.
  • Theme park admission is required for some dining locations.
  • Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available.
  • Gratuities are not included.
  • Everyone in the same room must be on the same package.
  • The offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

Contact a Vacations with Character® Travel Agent to book this magical offer! We specialize in Disney Destinations, including Walt Disney World. We never charge a fee  but our experience and expertise are priceless! Don’t forget to ask about other special offers as well!!

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Disney Villains After Hours Returns to Magic Kingdom Park in 2020

We are counting down the days until Disney Villains After Hours returns to Magic Kingdom Park for 24 select nights starting February 7, 2020.
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Disney Imagineers are enhancing the experience to include even more fun! New this year, the Villains’ Cursed Caravan will join Maleficent the dragon as she creeps through the park twice nightly. The wicked procession will feature Gaston, Oogie Boogie, Cruella DeVil, Captain Hook and more!

Plus, look out for more villainous action throughout the event:

  • Hades and Meg from “Hercules” will set the castle stage ablaze in “Villains Unite the Night,” featuring appearances by Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.
  • During this sinister soiree, you can dance the night away as a party DJ spins monstrous music on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt stage.
  • Experience the surprising, villain-inspired enhancements at Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.
  • As you make your way through each land, you can strike a pose as you come across sharable photo opportunities scattered throughout the park. (As a reminder, this event does not include actual character greetings.)
  • Disney Villains After Hours also includes wickedly good food and beverage selections. A few of the new treats this year are Painting the Roses Red — a cheesecake mousse with raspberry gelée, red cocoa butter, and buttercream leaves (available at Cheshire Café); Body Language — a cookies and cream mousse with chocolate cake, glaçage, and meringue tentacles garnished with a chocolate shell (available at Storybook Treats); and Five Dozen Eggs Slush — a frozen custard with brown sugar topped with whipped cream and garnished with a cinnamon stick (available at Gaston’s Tavern).
  • Across the park you’ll enjoy access to more than 25 attractions and experiences.
  • You can also purchase new event merchandise, as well as items from a curated collection of the best Disney villain merchandise available.

Event tickets allow entry as early as 7 p.m., which gives you time to enjoy fireworks before heading off to the attractions. Select complimentary snacks and beverages are also included in the cost of admission.

Tickets are available to purchase now if you want to secure your place at one of the events! Disney Villains After Hours tickets are $145 plus tax in advance or $155 plus tax on the event night. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members do receive a $30 discount. Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Agent to book a vacation that includes a wicked good time!

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Top 5 Updates for Walt Disney World

It’s been a busy week for Disney Destinations and we thought we’d share the top 5 things you might want to know about!
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1) Three new films will debut Jan. 17, 2020, at Epcot, on the same day the Epcot International Festival of the Arts begins!

“Awesome Planet”, in The Land pavilion, showcases the Earth’s beauty and diversity in a 10-minute film featuring spectacular imagery, in-theater effects and an original musical score from Academy Award-winning® composer Steven Price.

“Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along”, in the France pavilion, is directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, and invites Guests to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time. It also features narration from Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film. The new sing-along will run in rotation with “Impressions de France,” which will receive an upgrade to 4K projection.

And “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360”, in the Canada pavilion, is an update to the previous “O Canada!” film with new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and new narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.

2) We were given a “first look” inside Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot!
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Chef Remy is cooking up something special at Epcot®, and Walt Disney Imagineering is hard at work developing a new attraction for the park’s France pavilion, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, planned to open in summer 2020. Based on Disney and Pixar’s hit film, “Ratatouille,” this family-friendly attraction will invite you to shrink down to the scale of a rat for a culinary adventure with Chef Remy. You will race across Gusteau’s kitchen floor aboard special trackless ride vehicles, which you can see in the image at the top of this post.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is one of several new experiences coming to Epcot as part of the park’s historic transformation already underway.

3) New Details were revealed on restaurants coming to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue

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The new fast-casual restaurant, opening this winter at The American Adventure in Epcot, will serve classic barbecue and home-style craft brews. When Guests step into the pavilion, they’ll be greeted by the enticing aromas of barbecue coming from a large smoker located in the center of the outdoor bar and seating area. Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will celebrate American backyard barbecue with flavors from different regions around the United States.

Space 220 Restaurant

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Space 220 is a new table-service restaurant debuting this winter at Epcot next to Mission: SPACE. Imagine entering a restaurant and stepping into a special space elevator that will take you 220 miles above the earth’s surface, offering incredible celestial views! Doesn’t this sound amazing? You’ll feel as if you’re traveling straight up into space to dock next to the Centauri Space Station suspended just beyond the orbit of Mission: SPACE. We can’t wait for the journey!

Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant

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Coming in 2020 to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a new table-service restaurant that invites you to a rootin’, tootin’ rodeo right in Andy’s back yard! Here, you’ll be immersed with all your favorite toy pals in the western atmosphere of Woody’s Roundup providing a fun, family-friendly dining experience that could only be had in Toy Story Land. A new artist concept image (see above) emphasizes the theme of the new dining locale constructed from Andy’s favorite larger-than-life play sets and games.

4) JUST ANNOUNCED: Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to Debut in 2021 at Walt Disney World Resort
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Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will begin transporting Guests from Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida to a galaxy far, far away beginning in 2021. This is a new type of immersive vacation that only Disney could create – a two-night, cruise-style itinerary where you become the hero of your own adventure in an experience that surrounds you 24/7 in Star Wars storytelling.

In a new artist concept rendering just released (above), you get a first look at what you’ll see when you arrive for your Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser vacation. The Galactic Starcruiser Terminal is where you’ll begin your Star Wars experience!

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Whether you show up via personal vehicle, Disney transportation or by landspeeder, curb-side check-in prepares you to leave Earth behind, jump to lightspeed and begin your Star Wars story. From the Starcruiser Terminal, Guests will enter an exclusive launch pod transport ship (above) for travel up to the Halcyon, the starcruiser in a galaxy far, far away. Through the pod’s viewports, it looks as though you’re traveling through space to approach the massive ship that is much too large to land on any planet.

A “spaceport of call” to Black Spire Outpost is included in the itinerary, where special passenger transports take you to the planet Batuu (also known as the destination for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®). You’ll remain fully in-story as you step aboard the transport ships designed specifically for this new immersive experience, which take you from Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and back.  For Star Wars fans, this promises to be an amazing experience like no other and we’ll be reporting on all the future details as they are announced.

5) The groundbreaking new Disney attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is officially open at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® – and we’re excited to say Guests are loving it! See for yourself:

Stay tuned to our blog for updates and information to come or to book your next vacation to experience a Disney Destination and see what all the hype is about! Our services are free for our clients but our experience and expertise are priceless! www.vacationswithcharacter.com

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in Universal Orlando!

Universal Orlando is gearing up for a beautiful holiday season! Take a sneak peek at some of the decorations going up around Islands of Adventure and find out why YOU need to vacation in Universal Orlando this holiday season.
Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort – photo credit: Derek Funk

There’s so much fun to be had during the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort! Add in fun decor, special attractions and adorable shows, and it’s no wonder why it’s a “must do” for many families each year.

Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort
Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort – photo credit: Derek Funk

Who doesn’t love the Grinch?! You can catch him in The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular daily. This adorable live performance is a retelling of the classic holiday tale starring The Grinch™. Afterward, you can even meet the maven of mischief himself for an autograph and photos!

Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort – photo credit: Derek Funk

The Cat in the Hat attraction is getting in on some holiday action!

Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort – photo credit: Derek Funk

If I Ran the Zoo, I’d decorate them too!

Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort – photo credit: Derek Funk

If you have never thought about visiting Universal Orlando for the holidays, you should! There’s so much to see…so much to do! Here’s a few more highlights of the seasonal events:

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  • Experience Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ as Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™ are transformed with festive decor and special entertainment. The Frog Choir sings seasonal melodies and there are special treats and drinks to share. Then, at dusk a dazzling projection of holiday spirit, The Magic of Christmas, unfolds on Hogwarts™ Castle.
  • At the Grinch™ & Friends Character Breakfast, choose from irresistible entrees and get your camera ready. The mischievous Grinch™ himself will make the rounds, stopping to pose for photos and share hilariously snarky small talk. (Separately ticketed experience.)
  • Merry and Mayhem combine as the Minions join Santa Claus in Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, a favorite treat that also features characters from Madagascar and Shrek. It’s not to be missed!
  • The best-selling holiday artist of all time also visits Universal Studios as Mannheim Steamroller returns for live performances on select nights and it’s included (yes, you read that right!) with your Universal Studios Florida admission. Concert Dates are Saturday and Sundays: Nov. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15.
  • From Thanksgiving to Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s, all the traditional feasts and festivities are happening in the onsite resorts plus a few surprises! Enjoy classic favorites like ornament decorating, and visits with Santa along with tree and menorah lighting ceremonies. You can also take a break from cooking and savor delicious holiday meals at acclaimed restaurants as well as additional activities for the whole family. You might even catch some rockin’ holiday parties!

    Create more memorable holiday moments and contact us for a free quote! We offer a best-price guarantee, never charge fees, and our experience is priceless!

Be sure to stay tuned for more info and live updates to come as we get closer to Thanksgiving. We’ll be venturing into the the parks and resorts and we can’t wait to share it with you!

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Experience a Holiday of Fun at Walt Disney World®

Good news! Due to overwhelming demand, Disney has increased availability for the 2019 Ultimate Disney Christmas Package and extended the booking window for this special offer!
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This package is a great way for you to experience all the holiday fun of a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation, with an itinerary full of Yuletide offerings – including a five-night stay at a select Disney resort hotel from Dec. 21-26, 2019. Also included are four-day theme park tickets with the Park Hopper® Option, plus some exclusive holiday experiences just for Guests taking advantage of this magical offer.

Some highlights include:

  • Saturday, Dec. 21: Exclusive nighttime access to experience Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey and Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Plus, you can catch an exclusive showing of the park’s new “Rivers of Light: We Are One” show on Discovery River.
  • Sunday, Dec. 22: Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, where you can see the brand-new “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” nighttime spectacular.
  • Monday, Dec. 23, or Tuesday, Dec. 24 (one night per reservation): Access to an exclusive reserved viewing area to watch “Epcot® Forever,” the new nighttime spectacular at Epcot. Plus, each Guest (ages 3 and older) receives a digital $50 Epcot Theme Park Dine Promo Card to use at participating locations in the park.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25: An Ultimate Disney Christmas gift delivered to your resort hotel room!

The holiday season is a special time at The Most Magical Place on Earth, from snow dancing above along Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom® Park to sumptuous smells wafting out of Holiday Kitchens in Epcot, or new festive décor at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to high-tech projection shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. These are just a few of the holiday happenings taking place across all four theme parks, just waiting for you to discover!

Ultimate Holiday Offer for Walt Disney World 2019

The Ultimate Disney Christmas Package now can be booked through Nov. 23, 2019. Contact us for more information or to book and give the gift of magic this holiday season! When you book your vacation with us, our services are free and you’ll receive our expert advice on where to go, what to see and do, where to eat as well as tip sheets, park maps and more! https://vacationswithcharacter.net/disney.html

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5 New Things to Look Forward to at Universal Orlando!

A lot of changes have occurred at Universal Orlando this year and more are coming. Here’s a list of our favorites to share!
Bourne Stuntacular Logo and Background
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1) COMING IN SPRING OF 2020, Universal Studios Florida debuts this new live-action stunt show that will leave audiences wondering, “How on earth did they do that?” Through a cutting-edge fusion of stagecraft and film, you’ll follow hero Jason Bourne across three continents as sinister characters pursue him, hoping to bring him in. Brace yourself for The Bourne Stuntacular!  You won’t just watch it – you’ll feel it.

Take a sneak peek at the new attraction entrance…the walls are down!

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2) NOW OPEN FOR BOOKING: Running Universal

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Running Universal packages are now available to book for Orlando and Hollywood! Get ready to see Universal Orlando Resort like you’ve never experienced it before as Running Universal presents the first ever Epic Character Race 5K and 10K weekend. Join your favorite characters and run through the heart of Universal Orlando Resort. You’ll enjoy special photo ops, take home brag-worthy medals, commemorative swag and a weekend of unforgettable memories. Contact us to book!

3) NOW OPEN: Bigfire Restaurant in CityWalk

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Universal Citywalk’s bold new restaurant is now open, adding to the collection of amazing restaurant selections. American fare like steaks and freshwater cuisine are given the fire-kissed treatment. Bigfire is a wonderful addition to the unique and fun venues at CityWalk.

4) NOW OPEN: TODAY Cafe in Universal Studios Florida™

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“Introducing the first ever TODAY Cafe at Universal Studios Florida™. NBC’s top-rated morning show is the inspiration for this one of a kind cafe. With its stage lighting and TODAY show segments on the big screen TVs you’ll feel like you’re actually on the TODAY set. One of the standout features of the cafe will be seasonal dishes inspired by a TODAY personality.”

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Filled with baked goods, salads, sandwiches and specialty coffees – including a unique blend created specifically for the TODAY Cafe – this is a great place to stop in for a coffee break or grab a snack, lunch or dinner. The TODAY Cafe will make you feel a part of the show’s Studio 1A experience every time you visit.

5) STILL SHOWING: Dark Arts at Hogwarts™ Castle

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“As darkness falls at Hogwarts™ castle, Dementors™, Death Eaters™ and other unspeakable creatures cloak the stone walls with sinister images from the darker side of magic. Experience the fire-engulfed army of Inferi, the soul-draining breath of Dementors™ and the haunting image of Lord Voldemort™ as you stare in awe at the castle’s takeover. It’s an ominous new spectacle of light and music at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.” Running for select nights Sept. 14–Nov. 15, this is a show you won’t want to miss!

If you are interested in more information, simply reach out to us via our websites and fill out a quote form or shoot us an  email at https://universalvacationplanners.com/ or https://vacationswithcharacter.net/universal-orlando.html. We’re always here to help you celebrate life with an adventure and Universal Orlando is a great way to do just that!

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Stay tuned to our blog and social media channels as more details about the exhilarating new live show, resort updates, and holiday happenings will be revealed in the coming days, weeks, and months!

 

New Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler Value Card

If you are looking for a great way to experience the flavors of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler Card is a great option!

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The Sampler Card goes on sale today and costs $50 USD.  When you purchase this card you ‘ll actually receive  TWO digital value cards: one $50 USD card that can be used at over 40 outdoor food and beverage locations throughout the park (and does not expire), AND a bonus $10 USD card that can be used at select quick-service restaurants after 4 p.m.

It’s a great way to enjoy a delectable day of flavorful food and beverage as you taste your way around the park’s carts and kiosks, and select restaurants!

But wait!! That’s not all!!

With each $50 USD card purchased, you’ll also receive two (2) reserved seats for the second showing of Rivers of Light: We are One. (Note: these must be redeemed between Dec. 22, 2019 and Jan. 4, 2020).

Participating quick-service restaurants include: Restaurantosaurus (DinoLand U.S.A), Pizzafari and Pizzafari Family-Style Dining (Discovery Island), Flame Tree Barbecue (Discovery Island), and Satu’li Canteen (Pandora – The World of Avatar).

At each of the outdoor food and beverage locations, you can use the $50 USD card to purchase anything on the menu. Among these dishes are some favorites from this spring’s Tasting Sampler as well as a whole host of delicious new bites only available during the holiday season.

Here’s a list of all the new and returning eats and treats that you won’t want to miss:

Kusafiri Bakery (Africa)

  • Curry Trio with Shrimp, Chicken, and Vegetable Curries
  • Coffee
  • Pastries

Caravan Road (Asia)

  • Ginger Slaw Dog
  • Char Siu Pork with Sticky Rice

Mr. Kamal’s (Asia)

  • Fried Chicken Dumplings
  • Kamal’s Fries with Dipping Sauces

Trilo-Bites (DinoLand U.S.A.)

  • Buffalo Chicken Chips
  • Peppermint Cookies and Cream Sundae
  • Bugs ‘n Grubs Cone

Dino-Bite Snacks (DinoLand U.S.A.)

  • Scrooge McDuck’s Billionaire Bacon Caramel Sundae
  • Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwich

Terra Treats (Discovery Island)

  • Tomato and Cheese Pizza
  • Seasonal Specialty Pizza

Smiling Crocodile (Discovery Island)

  • Pulled Pork Jelly Donut Slider
  • Pulled Pork Street Taco
  • Tamale with Tomatillo Sauce, Red Chile Sauce, and a Jalapeño Cream Sauce

Additional Participating Carts and Kiosks 

Africa

  • Mahindi (popcorn, glazed nuts, beer)
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments (Simba Sunset, Simba Ice Cream Sandwich, Pineapple Dole Whip Cup, ice cream treats, beer)
  • Dawa Bar (specialty beverages, cocktails, beer)
  • Harambe Fruit Market (fruit, pretzels, grilled corn with African spices)

Asia

  • Warung Outpost (pretzels, chips, margaritas)
  • Drinkwallah (nuts, chips, frozen beverages)
  • Chakranadi (pretzels, nuts, beer, fountain beverages)
  • Anandapur Ice Cream Treats (Forbidden Mountain Cone, soft-serve ice cream treats, fountain beverages)
  • Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks (Pumpkin Spice Pretzel, popcorn, ice cream treats, pretzels, cocktails, beer)
  • Snack Cart near UP! A Great Bird Adventure (ice cream treats)

DinoLand U.S.A.

  • Dino Diner (chips and queso, chili cheese dog, corn chip pie, churros, beer)
  • Corn-ivores (popcorn, bottled beverages)

Discovery Island

  • Feeding Ground (popcorn, frozen lemonade, beer)
  • Eight Spoon Café (macaroni and cheese with pulled pork or shrimp, pretzels)
  • Isle of Java (coffee, pastries, chocolate donut holes)
  • Snack Cart near Tiffins Restaurant (all-beef hot dogs, ice cream treats)

Pandora – The World of Avatar

  • Pongu Pongu (pretzels, pineapple lumpia, specialty beverages)
  • Beverage Cart near Pongu Pongu (chips, bottled beverages)

Parkwide

  • Ice Cream Carts (ice cream treats, bottled beverages)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler can be purchased starting today, Oct. 8, 2019, and will be available through Jan. 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. noon E.T. and can be used at Disney’s Animal Kingdom during regular operating hours. When you purchase the sampler, you’ll receive an email for each digital value card. Each email will have a barcode that can be added to your digital wallet on your mobile phone and scanned at most food and beverage locations throughout the park. For a full list of participating locations and menu offerings, visit any food and beverage location at the park. To purchase, visit http://offers.disney.com/DAKDINEBONUS/ or contact your favorite Vacations with Character Travel Agent for help with a vacation package that includes this special offer.

PLEASE NOTE: 

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler $50 USD digital value card can only be redeemed at the participating locations indicated on the Tasting Sampler map, which will be available at any participating food and beverage location in the park from Dec. 22, 2019 through Jan. 4, 2020. It cannot be used at Table-Service Restaurants or Quick-Service Restaurants and does not expire. Terms and Conditions apply
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom After 4 p.m. Quick Service Bonus $10 USD digital value card may only be redeemed at the five locations above and is not valid for use after Jan. 4, 2020. Terms and Conditions apply
  • Guests must be at least 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Please keep a valid form of identification on hand at all times to verify your age. 
  • All menu items and event experiences are subject to change without notice. 
  • $50 USD Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler and the $10 Disney’s Animal Kingdom After 4 Quick Service Bonus are separate products and cannot be combined. 
  • For the Rivers of Light: We Are One show  seating, you may check in at the Dining Package kiosk on the DinoLand U.S.A. side of the theater and show a Cast Member their Tasting Sampler Digital Value Card on their mobile device.
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5 Favorite Fall Fun Events at Walt Disney World Resort

Fall is a Favorite Time of Year to Visit the Walt Disney World® Resort. There’s Simply so Much Fun to be Had! Here’s a List of our Top Fav’s!

Courtesy of Disney DestinationsIndulge in spooky thrills at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is already delighting Guests with the “treat” of a new fireworks show this year – “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular.” Other must-sees at the event are the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show and “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” which features Disney characters in new Halloween costumes – and the spectral bride from the Haunted Mansion.

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Indulge your taste buds at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival – Where else but at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival can you sample mouthwatering international fare at more than 30 Global Marketplaces, watch live culinary demonstrations, and learn tips and tricks from celebrity chefs? Eat to the Beat concerts also keep the fun going in the evening, bringing the sounds of pop, rock, R&B, country, Christian, swing and Latin artists to the America Gardens Theatre, three times nightly. Pop down for a long weekend or add this to your vacation plans — it’s a must do for my family and friends!

RELATED: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Now Open

Catch “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot one last time – While you’re visiting Epcot for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, be sure to stay for “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” The show will take its final bow on Sept. 30, in order to make way for the park’s new nighttime show, “Epcot Forever.”

Make out-of-this-world memories at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Named one of Time Magazine’s world’s greatest places, become part of your own Star Wars story at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Try galactic food and beverages, craft your own lightsabers, build droids and even help fly the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. TIP: Now through September 30, Guests can interact with an exclusive Snapchat filter that’ll put you inside a realistic hologram – start your transmission from the planet of Batuu today! (Available in certain U.S. regions only.)

Dive into a Disney water park – With cooler temps and smaller crowds, it’s the perfect time to cool off and relax in the Cross Country Creek lazy river at Disney’s Blizzard Beach® or jump the waves in the Surf Pool at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon®. Adding this option to your vacation package is a great way to enhance your trip and grab some R & R!

Contact us for details, for tickets, or to book your next Fall getaway! We never charge a fee but our experience and expertise are priceless!

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