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Celebrate The Release of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ at Star Wars: Galactic Nights on May 27

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Are you as excited as I am to see “Solo: A Star Wars Story” when it hits theaters May 25? Here at Disney Parks, there’s no better way to celebrate the release of the film than to follow up a showing by attending the Star Wars: Galactic Nights special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 27.

In case you aren’t familiar, Star Wars: Galactic Nights is a thrilling Star Wars-themed event held after park hours from 7 p.m.-midnight. It will celebrate the entire Star Wars saga – including the latest film – with out-of-this-world entertainment, special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise and F&B, and encounters with rarely seen characters that guests can only experience during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.

Today, we’re happy to share new details on how the May 27th event will feature exclusive “Solo: A Star Wars Story”-inspired content.

Actor Joonas Suotamo Star Wars: Galactic Nights

First up, actor Joonas Suotamo who plays Chewbacca in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” will make a special appearance at the event. The event’s Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away presentation will debut some new video moments from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” And the park’s nighttime projection show, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, will debut a new action sequence from the film.

In addition, guests will also be able to shop for event-exclusive merchandise from the film, taste a Star Wars-themed cupcake with a glowing Millennium Falcon, snap pics with Chewbacca, and more.

Tickets are available now for Star Wars: Galactic Nights. Discounts are available for Annual Passholders and DVC Members. Call 407-W-DISNEY (407 934-7639) for details and reservations.

Disney Cruise Line Unveils Culinary Port Adventures Approved by ‘The Chew’

Arnaldo Zanonatoby , Senior Manager, Port Adventures

I’m excited to share with you today the new fun we’ve cooked up for your Disney cruise. We’ve partnered with ABC’s “The Chew” to bring you unique, food-and-beverage-themed Port Adventures that celebrate the stories, cultures and flavors of the places you’ll visit.

'The Chew' Hosts Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Michael Symon

These one-of-a-kind, culinary-themed Port Adventures are innovative and inspirational, just like the cooking and food trends the daytime talk show explores. Our friends Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall and Michael Symon, hosts of “The Chew,” have given their stamp of approval on these culinary adventures offered in countless destinations across the globe.

What’s more, right now we’re working with “The Chew” team to create brand new Signature Collection Port Adventures that will feature recipes from the show prepared by local chefs in our ports of call around the world. Stay tuned to learn more about these special excursions!

Are you ready explore the world through food with us? Here’s what’s on the menu …

Cooking Lesson in Tuscany

Culinary Classes
Master the secrets to creating exotic specialties from around the world during hands-on seminars and programs led by top chefs ashore. From a cooking lesson in Tuscany to a culinary bootcamp on Prince Edward Island and time at the Klipfish Academy in Norway, you’ll learn to prepare local favorites from an expert chef. The best part? Getting to enjoy your creation!

Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour

Epicurean Adventures
Eat, drink and enjoy a little something extra during select Port Adventures where savoring a delicious meal is only half the fun. In Alaska, feast on fresh seafood you’ve just caught on a fishing expedition off the coast of the scenic Tongass National Forest. On your adventures in Italy, compete in a cooking challenge at a local farm after exploring the ruins of Pompeii and the beauty of the Sorrento Coast.

18th-Century Wine Cellar

Wine & Dessert
Work alongside kitchen pros during appetizing port excursions that teach everything from wine appreciation to dessert creation. After touring an 18th-century wine cellar in the Bahamas, you’ll indulge in a 4-course meal with expertly paired wines. During an excursion to discover the legend of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster, you’ll decorate a cake to artistically express your unique take on the elusive creature.

Walt Disney World Resort

New Digital Key Feature Coming Soon to My Disney Experience App

Thomas Smithby , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

At Walt Disney World Resort, we are always looking for ways to wow our guests with new technology that enhances their experience. The My Disney Experience app is a perfect example, with recently introduced features like mobile order and online check-in that are providing families and friends with additional choices to make their vacation even more enjoyable and convenient. Today, we are unveiling another exciting app feature: a digital key.

Coming soon to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, a new feature in the My Disney Experience app will allow guests to quickly unlock their hotel room using a digital key on their mobile devices, providing them with another seamless room entry option that brings added ease and flexibility to their experience.

Guests can also use their digital key to unlock the hotel entrance gate and common area doors requiring a key, which may include pools, fitness centers, elevators and club level lounges. Arriving travel parties that have checked in online may even use their digital key to bypass the need to visit the front desk, giving them the opportunity to go directly to their room when it is ready and start their vacation even faster.

The feature represents the latest evolution of keyless room entry, which we began offering with the MagicBand, the unique all-in-one device that effortlessly connects the vacation choices guests make in My Disney Experience. Guests may use either or both options to enter their room during their stay.

So how does it work? To use their digital key, guests can opt in and activate the feature on their check-in day through a brief set up process in the app. To enter their room, guests tap the “Unlock Door” button and then simply hold their phone against the door lock. Check out the video below to see a sneak peek of the feature in action.

Bluetooth®-enabled mobile devices with the latest version of the My Disney Experience app are required to take advantage of a digital key for room entry. And don’t forget to wear your MagicBand for all other uses including park entry, FastPass+ redemption, room charges and more.

We will have more to share soon about the digital key feature and other future enhancements to the app, so be sure to read the Disney Parks Blog for the latest information and updates on My Disney Experience – your one-stop-shop for all things Walt Disney World during your visit.

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Foodie Favorites from Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Alex Dunlapby , Food & Beverage Content Relations Coordinator

If you haven’t been to the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at the Disneyland Resort yet, you must come out and experience it! This year’s festival has been the tastiest yet – celebrating the best food, wine and craft beers that California has to offer. With 15 Festival Marketplaces that have plenty of options, there’s something for everyone. The festival runs through April 12, 2018, so there’s still plenty of time to come on out and experience it for yourself.

I just had to share some of my favorite eats, so read on to find out about the best of the best of this year’s festival!

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Salt & Vinegar Parmesan Wings Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Jalapeno Popper Bacon Mac & Cheese

I’ll start the list with my personal favorite dish straight from the Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo Marketplace: Salt & Beer Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings! These savory wings are tossed in a special mix of salt and parmesan cheese and spritzed with a mist of beer vinegar to give it the extra fresh flavor. Also at this booth is one of my top drinks – a non-alcoholic Orange-Vanilla Cream Float, which is topped with whipped cream and pieces of vanilla cake.

Right across from Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo on Paradise Pier are the Garlic Kissed and Off The Cob Marketplaces. Now if you’re a mac and cheese fan, you’ll definitely want to try the Creamy Mac & Cheese at Garlic Kissed. It comes topped with a garlic bread crumble… and it’s also vegetarian!

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Sweet Corn Nuggets Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Caramel Popcorn Crispy Treat

At Off The Cob, you’ll find several yummy options that are perfect on-the-go snacks. The first is the Sweet Corn Nuggets. These savory little nuggets are topped with beef chili and chives with sour cream drizzled on top. And on the sweet side, you should definitely try the Caramel Popcorn Crispy Treat. This little treat comes in the form of a pop on a stick and is dipped in chocolate, and it has my mouth watering just writing about it! Now, after you’ve taken in all the sweet and salty goodness, you might be in need of a refreshing drink to enjoy while you stroll on to the next marketplace. For this, you can sip on the non-alcoholic Popcorn Lemonade Cocktail, which comes topped with whipped cream and is decorated with candy corn.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Compressed Asian Cucumbers Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Beet Kombucha Sangria

Moving on to greener pastures, you can find the Eat Your Greens Marketplace right across from Wine Country Trattoria. Here, you have to try the crisp and cool dish of Compressed Asian Cucumbers. Fun fact about this dish – it’s vegan! This dish also comes topped with green sauce, toasted almonds and sea beans. And if you’re looking for another vegetarian option, you can look to the Grilled Asparagus Caesar Salad, drizzled with Caesar dressing and topped with crunchy croutons. But there’s also an amazing beverage here that all of you adults won’t want to miss out on – the Beet Kombucha Sangria. This bright and tasty drink is the perfect complement to any of these dishes, it even has a couple blackberries mixed in to add that extra “oomph!”

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Spiced Oumph on Pita with Avocado Hummus and Garlic Sauce Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Avocado & Pepper Jack Petite Guacamole Burger

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Avocado Ice Cream Bar

Speaking of “oomph”…on the menu at the Avocado Time Marketplace, the Spiced Oumph! has been the talk of the festival this year! Served on pita bread with avocado hummus and garlic sauce, this delicious dish is another one of our vegan bites this year. Also on the menu at Avocado Time is the Avocado & Pepper Jack Petite Guacamole Burger. This juicy slider-sized burger is sure to make your mouth water. No matter what you get here, though, the Avocado Ice Cream Bar is the perfect dessert to follow your tasting spree, especially on a warm day.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Strawberry & Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt Wasabi Sauce

Another dessert that you won’t want to miss can be found at the Strawberry Patch Marketplace – it’s the Strawberry & Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt Wasabi Sauce. This fruit dessert goes perfectly with a glass of Strawberry Frosé, too, or even a non-alcoholic Strawberry Pineapple Float with Strawberry Popping Pearls.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Salmon Peruvian Poke with a cucumber-lime salad and aju verde salsa Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Jalapeno Lime Margarita

Now if you’re looking for something a bit more spicy than sweet, then the Peppers Cali-Ente Marketplace is the place to go! Here you can try the Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese with Bacon or the Verlasso Sustainable Salmon Peruvian Poke with a cucumber-lime salad and aju verde salsa. Both of these dishes can be paired with a refreshing Lime Margarita garnished with jalapeño or a non-alcoholic Watermelon Lemonade, served with an optional habanero sugar and chili-lime half-rim.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Beer Garden Flight

So after you’ve spent the day tasting and sipping all of those delicious eats, you might be in the mood for a bit of relaxation with a snack an a cold, refreshing beer. The best spot for this is certainly Paradise Garden Grill and the Festival Beer Garden. Here you can either enjoy a tall glass of beer or try a few different brews with a special Beer Garden Flight. And what better snack to enjoy with that beverage than a Large Soft Pretzel served with a Beer-Mustard Dipping Sauce? This location is also the perfect place to sit back and relax while you listen to the sounds of live music underneath a canopy of trees.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival - Large Soft Pretzel

There you have it! My list of just a few of the amazing dishes at this year’s Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. If you’re looking for a full list of marketplaces and offerings, check out my Foodie Guide post or my Festival Events post.

 

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Disneyland Resort

VIDEO: Flyover the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Site

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

While the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands won’t debut to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort guests until 2019, eager fans can take a voyage over the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge construction site – right now!

At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests will be transported to the planet of Batuu, a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge that was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes. Here, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action at two attractions that take detail and immersion to the next level: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

As you can see in this video, which Bob Iger shared this morning during the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is shaping up to be one of the most detailed and immersive lands ever created in Disney Parks history. Take a look at the video above for construction flyover footage that shows the expansive scale of this thrilling addition.

Reservations Now Open for Pixar Play Zone at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Gabriel Gibaldiby , Public Relations Manager

Last week, we shared news of a new immersive children’s experience, Pixar Play Zone, part of a pilot program opening at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on April 13. Starting today, the reservation lines are officially open!

Available nightly, kids, ages 4-12, will be transported to a world full of excitement and adventure with their favorite characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” and “The Incredibles!” While the kids play, parents will be able to enjoy their own getaway throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Pixar Play Zone at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

In Bonnie’s Play Room, children will find a variety of toys. Around the corner, the Living Room will be the center for most of the action, starting with Space Ranger Training where a Space Ranger will teach kids what it takes to become a Jr. Space Ranger of Star Command, including how to identify enemies, like Zurg, and finally, the call of the Space Ranger, “To infinity and beyond!” Then, Woody and Jessie will show them the ropes of the Wild West during Woody’s Roundup – complete with a sing along for a rootin’ tootin’ good time!

Next to the Living Room will be the Radiator Springs Racetrack where youngsters will be able to build their own racecars and take turns sending them down a soapbox derby racetrack for Piston Cup Derby Races.

Finally, they will learn some sweet dance moves during the Incredible Dance Party with Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Incredible – complete with a party host.

The evening will also include arcade games, dinner and dessert!

Pixar Play Zone at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The nightly getaway for kids, ages 4-12, will open doors for check-in at 5 p.m. The experience will begin at the welcome desk, a stop at the “Monsters, Inc.” handwashing station, then Boo’s Closet Door, where youngsters will be able to store any belongings before taking a couple of steps into an action-packed evening of Pixar fun. Programming will run from 6-10:30 p.m. for a fee of $65 per child (plus tax). Children must be fully toilet-trained. Parents will be required to be physically present to check children in and out of the experience.

Guests can reserve their spot at Pixar Play Zone by calling 407-824-KIDS.

Disneyland Resort

Transformation Around Every Corner at Pixar Pier with Jessie’s Critter Carousel and More

Erin Gloverby , Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

In addition to the newly reimagined Incredicoaster and all-new Lamplight Lounge, guests will discover new experiences – both big and small – throughout the newly reimagined Pixar Pier.

Walt Disney Imagineering Sculpted Maquettes of the Critters on Jessie’s Critter Carousel

In 2019, Jessie the yodeling cowgirl will invite you for a rootin’ tootin’ spin on Jessie’s Critter Carousel. Inspired by Jessie’s wilderness friends in the “Woody’s Roundup” television show from “Toy Story 2,” this newly reimagined attraction is a classic boardwalk carousel with a whimsical spin. Saddle up on one of 56 adorable friends, choosing from a turtle, snake, buzzard, armadillo, bunny, deer, raccoon, ram, skunk and two cozy logs inhabited by a family of owls.

And when Pixar Pier opens June 23 at Disney California Adventure park, guests will find transformation around every corner.

Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats Rendering

Just past Lamplight Lounge, you will find Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats. Inspired by the lovable and not-at-all-abominable monster from “Monsters, Inc.,” this will be your go-to for frozen treats.

Poultry Palace Rendering

In the “Toy Story” neighborhood of Pixar Pier, big appetites and small fries alike will love the Poultry Palace. This giant fun meal inspired by Pixar’s short, “Toy Story Toon: Small Fry,” even comes with a Fun Meal Zurg!

Senor-Buzz-Churros

¿Quieres un churro? Stop by Señor Buzz Churros, where Buzz has switched into Spanish mode to offer this quintessential Disneyland Resort treat.

Angry Dogs Stand

Further down Pixar Pier, Angry Dogs will be serving up some hot items – which is the perfect place for Anger from “Inside Out.” The more he burns with rage, the hotter the dogs get!

Come discover these and many more newly themed experiences throughout Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure park!

Walt Disney World Resort

The 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Brings 75 Days of Fall Fun Aug. 30 – Nov. 12

Charles Stovallby , Public Relations Manager

As leaves turning from green to red and gold mean “Fall” in northern parts, “Fall” in Florida has special meaning: Food & Wine Time!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort this fall with 75 days of entertainment, events, and, of course, a veritable cornucopia of wonderful food and tasty beverages.

The festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018.

Our guests will tell you that it’s one of their favorite times of the year; and if you haven’t been yet, this year is a great time for a first visit.

This year’s festival will continue its tradition of fine dining events, appearances by favorite Disney culinarians and top celebrity chefs, and a slate of concerts from favorite bands of the last few decades.

We don’t have too much information to share yet; but, for all you planners out there, we wanted to get dates to you as soon as we could.

For more information on the Festival, check out TasteEpcot.com and stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for updates on this year’s celebrity chef events, “Eat to the Beat” concerts, dining packages, special events and other fun.

Walt Disney World Resort

Incredible Summer Lights Up Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon With Disney H2O Glow Nights

Jennifer Fickley-Bakerby , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Earlier this month, we shared the exciting details of Incredible Summer – a host of new offerings that will bring beloved Disney stories to life at all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks this summer.

Today, we’re happy to share that Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will also join in on the fun with new Disney H2O Glow Nights!

As part of Incredible Summer, “Toy Story” pals will throw glow parties at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park, inspired by the awesome party in the Pixar short, “Partysaurus Rex” (check out a clip of the short below).

On select summer nights starting June 21, special lighting effects will transform the water park like never before as Buzz, Woody and Jessie throw a Beach Party inspired by their friend, “Partysaurus” Rex. Come join the fun, dance on the beach, play party games, and meet up with Buzz, Woody and Jessie, plus, all attractions are open for guest enjoyment.

Disney H2O Glow Nights will take place only at Typhoon Lagoon on Thursdays and Saturdays from June 21-August 11, from 8-11 p.m.

Disney H2O Glow Nights are a separate ticketed event and the party is not included in daytime admission. Tickets will go sale March 19 and cost $55 for adults and $50 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). For more information and to purchase tickets, call (407) 939-1872.

Disney Cruise Line

First Look at the New Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic

Jonathan Frontadoby , Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club

Rapunzel’s Royal Table is now open on the Disney Magic, transporting you to the kingdom of Corona for an evening of music and fun! As the first table service restaurant themed to “Tangled” that features characters and live entertainment, Rapunzel’s Royal Table is a dining experience unlike any other.

Enjoy musical performances from Rapunzel and the Snuggly Duckling Thugs at Rapunzel’s Royal Table aboard the Disney Magic

When you enter the restaurant, it’s as if you’re stepping inside a regal ballroom in the royal castle, lit by glowing wish lanterns and adorned with colorful drawings that reflect Rapunzel’s artistic talents. Here, the King and Queen of Corona invite everyone to take part in a festive celebration of Rapunzel’s birthday and the anniversary of her return to the kingdom.

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider dance at Rapunzel's Royal Table restaurant aboard the Disney Magic

Throughout dinner, the live entertainment includes spirited singing and dancing led by a merry band of musicians, the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs and of course, Princess Rapunzel herself. In true Disney fashion, a lively parade caps off your evening in Corona!

Rapunzel dances with guests at Rapunzel's Royal Table restaurant aboard the Disney Magic

So, what’s on the menu? From the Snuggly Duckling charcuterie platter to the Tangled Pasta and the Birthday Cupcake Sundae, your night at Rapunzel’s Royal Table is quite the feast! Take a look some of the delicious dishes from the “Tangled” themed menu…

Dinner at Rapunzel’s Royal Table is the perfect pairing to “Tangled: The Musical” – our charming Broadway-style stage production aboard the Disney Magic. When telling friends about the destinations you visited on your family’s Disney cruise, make sure to mention the Kingdom of Corona!

Merchandise

Arrive in DisneyStyle This May at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World Resort

Steven Millerby , Communications Manager

One of the best places at Walt Disney World Resort to discover unique merchandise is Disney Springs, a one-of-a-kind environment combining family-friendly entertainment, dining and shopping. Here, a dazzling array of specialty boutiques offer the latest trends and seasonal products from Disney Parks Merchandise. This May, a new shop, DisneyStyle, will join Disney Springs West Side as the destination for fresh and stylish apparel and accessories inspired by beloved attractions at Disney Parks and timeless Disney characters.

Products that will be found at DisneyStyle, Opening at Disney Springs in May 2018 Products that will be found at DisneyStyle, Opening at Disney Springs in May 2018

Modern Disney fashionistas will find a curated assortment of fashion forward products at DisneyStyle, from Spirit Jerseys with nods to Disney Princesses to playful headwear with a Disney twist. Guests can easily create stylish outfits perfect for visiting Disney Parks by mixing and matching fun shirts with accessories such as handbags, headbands, hats, socks, and more. The location will be found adjacent to Star Wars Galactic Outpost.

DisneyStyle will complement an already stellar lineup of Disney-themed merchandise locations at Disney Springs.

Jewelry from Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories at Disney Springs

Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories in Town Center is now the ultimate spot for high-end fashion jewelry from Disney Parks, with an even larger selection of Guests’ favorite brands and products including PANDORA Jewelry, Alex & Ani, handbags by Dooney & Bourke, stylish headwear and more.

This weekend, celebrate the luck of the Irish and find your own pot ‘o gold at Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories with a special CRISLU jewelry showcase. Guests attending the event will receive a complimentary gift with any qualifying Disney by CRISLU purchase, while supplies last.

Items found at The Disney Corner at Disney Springs

The Disney Corner, the newest pop-up shop also located in Town Center, is home to apparel, collectibles and accessories fit for princesses of all ages or fans of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The location also carries fun Disney apparel for infants and toddlers. This enchanting two-story space will only be open for a limited time.

Please keep watching DisneyParksBlog.com for updates about DisneyStyle arriving this spring.

 

 

Bits and Bites from Universal Orlando Resort

4 Reasons Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is the Most Authentic Outside of New Orleans

4 REASONS UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S MARDI GRAS IS THE MOST AUTHENTIC OUTSIDE OF NEW ORLEANS

Although the official Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans has come and gone, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to experience the sounds, flavors and fun of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida through April 7.

In fact, here are four reasons why our Mardi Gras is one of the most authentic celebrations you’ll find outside of New Orleans!

1. Parade Floats

Universal's Mardi Gras Parade 2018

As with most traditional Mardi Gras celebrations, ours is anchored by a dazzling parade featuring colorful floats. Universal Orlando Resort proudly partners with Kern Studios to bring intricately handcrafted floats to Florida. Kern Studios has famously designed and engineered New Orleans’ Mardi Gras floats since 1932.

This year, keep an eye out during the nightly constellation-themed parade for six brand-new celestial creations that include Taurus, Virgo, Andromeda, and Orion. Get ready to catch countless beads as they roll through the streets of Universal Studios, surrounded by festive krewes of colorful dancers and performers.

2. Big Easy Tunes

Mississippi Rail Company @ Mardi Gras 2015

No party is complete without great music, and we can think of no better Mardi Gras soundtrack than traditional tunes from Bourbon Street bands. Widely considered the birthplace of jazz, funk and zydeco-style music, New Orleans is home to some of the best brass bands in the business – and they’re performing here with daily live performances in the French Quarter Courtyard.

Better dust off your dancing shoes, because we have some massive dance parties on our streets.

3. Cajun Cuisine

Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine during Universal's Mardi Gras - Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwich.

For hundreds of years, Mardi Gras has been traditionally observed as the last opportunity to indulge in richly flavorful foods before a season of fasting. Luckily for you, we have some seriously scrumptious dishes to offer.

Our chefs have pulled out all the stops to bring the flavors of New Orleans’ French Quarter to our very own French Quarter Courtyard. From mouthwatering jambalaya to fluffy beignets and more, you’ll be able to enjoy all the Cajun classics.

4. Live Concerts

Universal's Mardi Gras returns in 2018 with concerts by the biggest names in music.

OK, so maybe the first Mardi Gras celebrations didn’t feature live performances by nationally recognized acts, but I can’t talk about Universal’s Mardi Gras without talking about the concerts.

There are still several opportunities for you to enjoy live performances on select nights by some of the biggest names in music. Check out the full line-up.

If you couldn’t make it to New Orleans this year—or just want to know what “Fat Tuesday” is all about—mardi there’s still time to come celebrate with us at Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with your admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual Pass. Now through April 24, Florida Residents can get three months free on Power, Preferred and Premier Annual Passes. Click here for event information and details about special ticket offers.

Everything You Need To Know (And More) About Voodoo Doughnut

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW (AND MORE) ABOUT VOODOO DOUGHNUT

 

It’s right there in my bio on the sidebar: “Likes doughnuts way too much.” Been like that for years. So you might imagine I’m just a little excited about Voodoo Doughnutcoming to Universal CityWalk this spring.

In preparation, I had the chance to visit the original Portland locations and meet with the two founders, Tres Shannon and Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson. Take a look at an interview they did with their very own Voodoo Doll doughnut while I was there:

Over the course of my visit—and over many, many doughnuts—here are a few things I learned about one of the most delightfully weird brands in the food business.

Voodoo Doughnut started in Portland, OR more than 15 years ago

When they first opened Voodoo Doughnut, Tres and Cat Daddy literally sold their doughnuts out of a door at their original location. Almost 20 years later, they’re adding their seventh location here at Universal Orlando Resort – the first on the east coast.

One of the first doughnuts they ever made was the iconic Voodoo Doll doughnut

While still learning how to make doughnuts—from guys Tres calls “old, grizzled doughnuts veterans”—they created the Voodoo Doll doughnut. The shape would become a hallmark of their brand.

The first store was originally open from 10PM–10AM

Tres has long been a part of the Portland music scene. So their original hours were to serve musicians and night owls as much as anyone else.

To help get the store off the ground, Tres and Cat Daddy would sometimes sleep in a cot above the kitchen

You want to talk about #hustle? The founders would make doughnuts in the afternoon, be open all night, then sleep at the store. Only to wake up, go shopping for ingredients, and go back to the grind.

More Than 50 types of doughnuts will be available at Universal CityWalk in Orlando

If you saw the menu reveal last week, you know what I’m talking about. If you didn’t, go check it out. MORE THAN 50!

This is the second Voodoo Doughnut location at a Universal theme park

Universal Studios Hollywood opened a Voodoo Doughnut in 2017.

Both founders are captured in stained glass

Look up when you’re in the Portland stores and you’ll see Tres and Cat Daddy—among others—represented in stained glass.

Voodoo Doughnut makes a range of Vegan doughnuts

If going vegan is your thing, your thing can be found here. A variety of Voodoo Doughnut’s most popular creations are made vegan.

The Universal Orlando location will be next to NBC Sports Grill & Brew

Enter CityWalk and hang a right, like you’re heading towards Universal Studios Florida. The bright pink store will be on your right before you pass NBC Sports Grill & Brew. Your nose will guide you.

Voodoo Doughnut creates Tribute Doughnuts

When a historical figure, pop icon, or famous person passes on, Voodoo Doughnut celebrates their passing by creating specialty memorial doughnuts for display in their stores. It’s a way to honor their contributions and for the staff to express their art and creativity.

If you haven’t started thinking about which doughnut you want to try first, “you better get on your horse and get goin’!” as Tres says. Voodoo Doughnut opens this Spring at CityWalk in Universal Orlando Resort.

I know I’m hungry.

Things To Do at Universal’s Volcano Bay Other Than Waterslides

THINGS TO DO AT UNIVERSAL’S VOLCANO BAY OTHER THAN WATERSLIDES

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My husband is absolutely obsessed with water parks and waterslides. When Universal Orlando Resort first opened Volcano Bay water theme park, it was all he talked about.

On the other hand, I am absolutely terrified of waterslides. Not to mention, I cannot swim. I know… I am in my late 20s, live in Florida… and cannot swim. That being said, I love water, beaches, and finding time to relax.

Thankfully, Volcano Bay is perfect for the both of us. My husband never leaves me for too long with the convenience of TapuTapu. He’s able to reserve his return time for a slide with a simple tap and then join me in lounging on the beach while he waits.

This park offers so much and was definitely worthwhile for someone like me. Here’s my list on what you can do other than waterslides at Volcano Bay.

Relaxing

Volcano-Bay-Kopiko-Wai-Winding-River

It’s tough to stop and relax with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Taking the time to recharge is good for your over-all health. Volcano Bay offers many ways to relax and forget about reality.

Start by taking a trip down the Kopiko Wai Winding River. Flowing down this peaceful river on a giant inner tube really helps take stress away.  Just keep an eye out for those water launchers!

Volcano Bay also provides a tranquil surrounding for sunbathing. The Florida sun is ever-so-friendly in this beautiful oasis. Finding the perfect spot along Waturi Beachand watching the waterfall on the Krakatau volcano, while soaking in the sun, makes for the best relaxation.

Volcano Bay - Premium Seating - Waturi Beach

You can also up your relaxation game with a Private Cabana rental. These cabanas can hold up to 16 people and offer a comfortable way to enjoy time with friends and family.

There is also the option to add on Premium Seating. This includes a pair of padded loungers, canopy, and even storage for belongings. Not to mention, you can relax even more knowing an area attendant will be taking care of your food and drink orders.

Delicious Bites

Chicken and Steak Tacos - Volcano Bay Feasting Frog

Spending all day in this paradise is only made better with their food choices. There were delicious options to enjoy – even for me being vegetarian! You have options like tacos from The Feasting Frog, “longboard” pizzas and tons of burger options like the Quinoa Edamame Burger.

Waturi Fusion Ice Cream - Volcano Bay

Cooling off is made easy, not only with the beautiful beaches, but also with ice cream flavors exclusive to Volcano Bay. The Waturi Fusion is a must during your day at Volcano Bay. Even my husband took the time to indulge.

Refreshing Drinks

One of the reasons we were so excited about our visit was taking the time to enjoy the specialty drinks.

Volcano Bay Specialty Drinks

My husband enjoyed the Volcano Blossom craft beer. He described the drink as tasting “like a tropical island.”

The Volcano Bay Rum Punch was my absolute favorite out of the many cocktails. I truly felt like I was relaxing in paradise with this in hand while relaxing on the beautiful beach.

There are also plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available too. My favorite was the tropical POG, made up of a delicious blend passion fruit, orange and guava juices.

Friendly reminder! You must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol and be able to present a valid driver’s license.

Volcano Bay - Coke Freestyle - Mug

Volcano Bay also offers an incredible deal with their refillable mug. Not only is this mug the perfect souvenir to take home, it can also be refilled all day with thanks to the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines found throughout the park.

Exploring

There is so much to explore at Volcano Bay. Between the beautiful beach, the landscape, and even the Volcano itself, there really was so much to see.

Having no shortage of beautiful views, Volcano Bay is filled with potential Instagram photos. Take aesthetic photos and get those likes!

Volcano Bay Walls

I found many ways to unleash the power of the TapuTapu. The TapuTapu lights up the walls inside the Volcano to reveal beautiful pictures.

My favorite discovery was finding the TapuTapu that launched water to those relaxing in the two rivers. Be on the lookout for ways to unleash the TapuTapu throughout Volcano Bay.

Shopping

Shopping at Volcano Bay

The time you spend at Volcano Bay is something you will want to remember and tell others about. I’m the type of person who buys souvenirs from my favorite trips and adventures with my husband.

Having a weird obsession with hats and tumblers, I was thrilled to see so many available!

Hats and Tumblers at Volcano Bay

The shopping at Volcano Bay is filled with souvenirs and beach gear perfect for remembering your time.

 Though waterslides are a huge reason to visit Volcano Bay, this tranquil water theme park offers so much more. Escaping reality, relaxing in the Florida sun, and enjoying a day at the beach is made perfect with this incredible theme park.

Having fun at Universal's Volcano Bay

Upgrade your Annual Pass to a 3-park pass or add a Volcano Bay day to your upcoming vacation if you haven’t already. You can also enjoy Early Park Admission to Volcano Bay one hour before the park opens if you stay on-site at a Universal Orlando hotel.

You won’t want to miss out on a necessary day of relaxation.

Star Wars, Secrets of the Empire!

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I had the pleasure of experiencing The Star Wars Secrets Of The Empire during my recent visit to Disney Springs. First let me say if you are even remotely thinking about trying this out during your visit, DO IT! This is an experience that everyone in your family can enjoy…..Star Wars Fan, Gamer, an experience for just about anyone.

Once you walk in, to the right and straight ahead are pads for you to check in. There is staff around to help if you have any trouble. You will log in each person in your party, name and email address. After logging in you will be sent to the queue with your party. At this point, another member of The Void will come out check to see how many people are in your party and give you some brief instructions on what to expect next. If  your group is five or more, you will be divided up into smaller groups of four or less. If your group is less than four, they may pair others with your group to make it a total of four. My group was a total of three and no one was paired with us  because there were no single people in the queue at that time.

Next, you and your group will go into another room where you will watch a video about the equipment you will be wearing for the experience; it shows you how to put the equipment on. Once this is over, and the next room is clear, you will be escorted to another room where you will put on a vest and helmet. Don’t worry, there is someone there to help if you have any questions and to make sure you get everything fitted properly. I found the vest and helmet a little heavy and strange but not uncomfortable. Next you will be escorted to another room where you will try the equipment out to make sure everything is working right and to get a feel of how everything works. It took a few moments to get use to viewing everything with the helmet but WOW, it was so COOL!  Once the staff makes sure everything is working properly and that you don’t have any questions, you then receive your orders and proceed into the experience.

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I’m not going to give anything away with the experience but to say it is GREAT! Once we started, I no longer felt the weight of the vest or helmet; I was too engaged into the experience to notice. I thought I would have some issues with my fear of heights, but glad to report, I didn’t  panic with any of the height experiences. Before we knew it, we were done, we saved the Galaxy and were standing there getting our picture taken. The picture isn’t free but a great way to remember the experience.  Please note, this is not included with Memory Maker.

Everyone in my group enjoyed this experience and is now on our must-do list for Disney Springs. As soon as we finished this experience, we all wanted to do it again.

If you are interested in enjoying Star Wars: Secrets Of The Empire, let me recommend that you order your tickets in advance at https://www.thevoid.com/locations/orlando . Talking with the staff, you can get by with not purchasing tickets in advance but times can be limited. If you do not order your tickets in advance, I recommend that you go during the week as weekends can and do sell out. Thanks for reading!    ~Van Jones

 

Updated News from Around the Mouse

Enjoy New and Returning Disneyland Resort Entertainment with Pixar Fest Dining Packages

Alex Dunlapby , Food & Beverage Content Relations Coordinator

Pixar Fest is coming to Disneyland Resort, April 13 through September 3, and I can’t wait! This first-ever celebration of friendship and beyond brings favorite Pixar stories and characters together for a limited time with special parades, fireworks and more throughout the Disneyland Resort. What’s even better is that there are some amazing dining packages available that can make your Pixar Fest experience one to remember, and I’m here to give you all of the tasty details!

Wine Country Trattoria Dining at Disney California Adventure Park

“Paint the Night” Parade Dining Packages

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: A spectacular nighttime pageant of magic and imagination awaits you, with special dining packages for the “Paint the Night” parade! That’s right – this legendary parade is coming to Disney California Adventure park for Pixar Fest starting April 13, and reservations are now open for the “Paint the Night” Parade Dining Packages.

With these packages, you can embark on a culinary adventure highlighted by one of the biggest and brightest parades in Disneyland Resort history. Start your journey with a mouthwatering feast from your choice of two popular Disney California Adventure park restaurants. Step into a Golden-Era movie palace where premier cuisine takes “centerscreen” at Carthay Circle Restaurant or experience Napa Valley’s passion for wine and fresh fare in an idyllic Mediterranean setting at Wine Country Trattoria. And at the end of your meal, you’ll receive vouchers that will give you entrance to special viewing areas where you can enjoy the spectacular sights of “Paint the Night” parade as it makes its way through the park.

At Wine Country Trattoria, prepare to be transported to the heart of Napa Valley as you savor a three-course culinary experience with flavors of California and the Mediterranean. Start of the evening with Italian Insalata with pepperocinis, Kalamata olives, Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, shaved parmesan and a red wine vinaigrette or the Chef’s Soup Selection – Italian Wedding Soup. Then enjoy the main course with selections such as Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with seasonal vegetables, arugula, tomatoes, garlic, chili flakes, Tuscan Salad, Linguine alle Vongole or Fettuccine Shrimp Alfredo. And finally, top off the meal with a decadent dessert of either Trattoria Tiramisù or Chocolate Panna Cotta!

At Carthay Circle Restaurant, dine in style with a four-course meal as you take in the elegance and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. For the first course, experience a delicious Crab Custard with chilled asparagus, and then move to the second course with a savory Soup of Roasted Parsnip accented with Winter Pears, Dried Cranberries and Rosemary Ham. For the main course – choose between the Sustainable Fish of the Day with Spanish chorizo, Bay shrimp and red bell pepper romesco, or Stone Creek Prime New York Steak with winter root whipped potatoes and Cabernet Essence. And finally – for dessert you can enjoy the sweet Painter’s Palette!

Charcuterie Plate from Sonoma Terrace at Disney California Adventure Park

Sonoma Terrace “Paint the Night” Parade Reception

Ignite the night with tasty treats, libations, reserved viewing and a serving of Disney magic with the Sonoma Terrace “Paint the Night” Parade Reception. If you’re looking to end your night on a deliciously dazzling note, then this unforgettable evening is for you! This dining experience welcomes kids of all ages to experience “Paint the Night” parade from reserved seating in the beautiful Sonoma Terrace. At the event, you can help yourself to charcuterie and desserts served with wine, beer and other non-alcoholic beverages. You’ll even receive a box of tasty truffles to enjoy later!

Picnic Lunch at Plaza Inn at Disneyland Park

Pixar Play Parade Dining Package

In Disneyland park, experience Pixar Fest by dining at Plaza Inn before enjoying Pixar Play Parade, debuting April 13. Here you can savor a delicious picnic-inspired meal with a chicken breast and leg, white cheddar macaroni and cheese, lemon green beans, watermelon salad, pudding dessert and your choice of beverage. The kid’s meal will include chicken tenders, choice of side, fruit, pudding dessert and your choice of beverage. In addition, vegetarian options are available upon request. When you book this dining package, you will also receive Disney FASTPASS for special reserved viewing areas for Pixar Play Parade, where you’ll discover some of your favorite Pixar pals from “Up,” “Inside Out” with brand-new story elements.

Reservations for this dining package will open early March, so stay tuned for more info!

Walt Disney World Resort

Celebrate The 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival With Our Latest Wallpaper

Mike Brittonby , Sr. Graphic Designer, Walt Disney World Resort

What do you get when you mix flower petals, chia seeds, coffee beans, split peas, pomegranate seeds and a whole lot of creativity? A unique handmade wallpaper created for the 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival by designer Brittany Ungvarsky is what you get. So whether you have a green thumb or not, download this wallpaper and you will be ready for Spring.

Click here to download the wallpaper in the perfect size for your desktop or mobile device.

Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it. For behind-the-scenes pics showing how we created this wallpaper, check out the Disney Parks Blog Instagram account now!

Walt Disney World Resort

Garden of New Merchandise Blooms for 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Steven Millerby , Communications Manager

Blossoming again in 2018, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort from February 28 through May 28. The festival marks its 25th Anniversary this year with brilliant gardens, fresh flavors, rocking entertainment, and commemorative merchandise. The seeds of this year’s merchandise assortment were planted more than a year ago by event product developer Cathy Dawson. By collaborating with a talented art team and incorporating beloved products from Disney Parks, Cathy tells the Festival’s story from a fresh new perspective.

New Merchandise Blooms for 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - Apparel and Accessories

“This year’s merchandise mixes the latest on-trend designs with products we know guests love such as headwear or home décor,” said Cathy. “Since this year is a milestone anniversary, everything has a new look and many items include a 25th Anniversary logo in the artwork. There’s something for everyone to remember a springtime visit to Epcot.”

A garden of more than 75 items was created for this annual event. Cathy included little details on many products, which are best seen on the stylish accessories and easy-to-wear apparel. New headwear, such as the Mouse-eared baseball cap, contain nods to Spaceship Earth, while the flower-covered headband is reminiscent of the millions of blooms guests will see at Epcot.

New Merchandise Blooms for 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - Home Decor

Cathy partnered with Disney Creative Group artists when creating four art collections that complement the Festival’s overall design. She referenced an artwork style guide during the design process so the products have a consistent look when displayed throughout the park.

The “Mickey’s Grove” collection with Mickey Mouse, Pluto, and Orange Bird contains a harvested assortment of apparel, accessories, home décor, and more. The lovable purple dragon Figment “unearths the unexpected” in the “Figment Discovers” collection with apparel, drinkware, and garden statuary. The “Fresh Epcot” collection has brightly colored picks of the season from a simple pocket t-shirt to collectible pins.

“My favorite collection is ‘Minnie’s Farmhouse Flower Shop’ as the adorable artwork of Minnie Mouse with her cat Figaro captures the essence of spring,” continued Cathy.

New Merchandise Blooms for 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - Annual Passholder Exclusive Products

Annual Passholders attending the event will find a variety of Passholder Exclusive products including drinkware by Tervis, pins, apparel, and a handbag by Dooney & Bourke.

New Merchandise Blooms for 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - Dooney & Bourke Handbags

Additional Dooney & Bourke handbags with images of Minnie Mouse and Figaro will be available. Please note the wallet will be released at a future date during the Festival.

New Merchandise Blooms for 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - MagicBands

When the Festival kicks off on February 28, we are releasing two limited-edition retail MagicBands. The Mickey Mouse-themed one has an edition size of 2,000 and is packaged in an orange-scented box. The Passholder Exclusive MagicBand also has an edition size of 2,000 and complements other Figment products created for the event.

One additional MagicBand will be released at a future date during the Festival. Packaged in a box that smells like flowers, the Minnie Mouse-inspired item has an edition size of 1,000.

These products and many others, including the new springtime scavenger hunt, Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration, will be found in select merchandise locations throughout Epcot.

Disney Parks Celebrate 90 Years of Mickey Mouse with the ‘World’s Biggest Mouse Party’

Thomas Smithby , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Mickey Mouse is headed for his next milestone – 90 years of nonstop entertainment! To celebrate, Disney Parks will kick off the World’s Biggest Mouse Party later this year in honor of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, with special festivities held at each resort around the world. The party is so big, it’s happening all the way into 2019!

Disney Parks will also mark Mickey’s birthday, November 18 – in honor of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928 – with commemorative merchandise, treats, photo locations and more.

But that’s not all! Disney will keep the party going with a star-studded celebration on ABC dedicated to Mickey Mouse, an extended-length birthday episode of Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse animation shorts and dozens of new books, arts and crafts and comics from Disney Publishing as part of Mickey’s 90th birthday celebration. A new show, Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Special Celebration, will also begin touring throughout the Asia Pacific region this July.

To top it off, legendary Disney animator Mark Henn will paint Mickey Mouse’s official 90th portrait, which will debut on the cover of Disney twenty-three in the fall. D23 will also host Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World Resort this November for two days of panels, presentations and entertainment.

So join us in celebrating the big cheese as he reaches the big 9-0 this year, and keep an eye out as we reveal more surprises at Disney Parks leading up to the big day!

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line Adds New Destinations to Incredible Lineup of Itineraries in Summer 2019

Jonathan Frontadoby , Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club

Announced today, in summer 2019 we will sail a first-ever round-trip cruise from Rome and visit seven new destinations in Europe. Plus, we’ll return to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas, including new cruise lengths aboard the Disney Fantasy. Here are the highlights…

Kids in Rome

New round-trip sailing from Rome
For the first time, you can experience the rich history of Rome as a bookend experience in a single Disney cruise, giving you more time to explore iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Vatican.

Norway

First-time visits to seven new ports in Europe
As part of the Disney Magic’s tour of Europe, we’ll call on seven new ports for the first time in 2019, including Gothenburg and Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden; Toulon (Provence) and Brest, France; Cartagena, Spain; Fredericia, Denmark; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. I’ll tell you more about these locales in later posts.

DCL in Alaska

Return to Alaska
The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the 2019 summer season. A variety of five-, seven- and nine-night itineraries will depart from Vancouver, Canada, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska, plus Victoria, Canada.

Disney Fantasy

Special Disney Fantasy itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas 
In addition to seven-night Caribbean cruises, the Disney Fantasy will embark on special itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas, including three-, six-, eight- and 11-night cruises. All cruises aboard the Disney Fantasy in the summer of 2019 include a stop at our private island, Castaway Cay, in addition to multiple tropical destinations.

Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay: More opportunities to explore Disney’s exclusive private island
In 2019, the Disney Dream will sail a series of four- and five-night cruises that include two stops at Castaway Cay. These special itineraries are in addition to three- and four-night Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral that visit Nassau and Castaway Cay.

Guided Experiences with Adventures by Disney

In the summer of 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests can enrich their experience by combining a Europe or Alaska cruise with a package from Adventures by Disney, a leader in family guided group vacations.

New pre-cruise Short Escapes

New in 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer pre-cruise guided experiences in Rome and Vancouver. These three-night Short Escapes, also offered in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Barcelona, allow you to experience memorable icons in ways that few can, such as a private, after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome. Plus, activities like ziplining, flamenco dancing and preparing local cuisine immerse families in the culture of the region.

Guided group excursion packages for select Europe cruises

You can also enhance select European sailings with an Adventures by Disney package during the cruise. Knowledgeable Adventure Guides lead travelers to experience the best of each port, helping you unlock the wonders of the destination through immersive excursions and off-the-beaten-path adventures. In addition, you will enjoy exclusive receptions onboard and have access to concierge service from these dedicated guides throughout the voyage.

These Disney Cruise Line itineraries and Adventures by Disney offerings open for booking beginning March 8, 2018, with the exception of the Vancouver Short Escape, which will open for booking later this year. Check out the Ports and Itineraries for 2019 page of disneycruise.com and adventuresbydisney.com for more details.

New Summer 2019 Itineraries and Departure Dates

In summer 2019, Disney Cruise Line is offering an alluring array of itineraries to must-see destinations throughout Europe, Alaska, The Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Advance Booking for Castaway Club Members

If you’re currently a Platinum, Gold or Silver Castaway Club member, take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to book our new cruises before they go on sale to the general public on March 8, 2018.

When to Book

  • Platinum Members  – Begins March 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time
  • Gold Members – Begins March 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time
  • Silver Members – Begins March 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time

 

How to Book
To make a reservation during this early booking window, please call (800) 388-4513—or contact your travel agent. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

 

Advance Booking for Select Disney Guests

If you’re currently a Disney Vacation Club Member, an Adventures by Disney Insider or a Golden Oak Club Member, you’re invited to enjoy the exclusive opportunity to book our new cruises before they go on sale to the general public on March 8, 2018.

When to Book

 

  • Golden Oak Club Members – Begins March 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time
  • Disney Vacation Club Members and Adventures by Disney Insiders – Begins March 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time

 

How to Book

 

Adventures by Disney Insiders wishing to make a reservation during this early booking window should call (800) 388-4513—or contact your travel agent.

 

Golden Oak Club Members can contact Golden Oak Club Member Services.

 

Disney Vacation Club Members booking with Reservation Points should call Member Services at (800) 800-9800, while Members preferring to make a cash-only booking can call Disney Cruise Line at (866) 325-6348.

 

Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

Mediterranean

Begin your captivating adventure in either Barcelona or Rome and travel to popular ports of call throughout Spain, Italy and France.

An Adventures by Disney guided group tour is available before or during these itineraries.

 

2019 Disney Magic 5-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona

 

Departure Date: July 9, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 Cannes, France
Day 3 Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy
Day 4 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Barcelona, Spain

2019 Disney Magic 6-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona to
Civitavecchia (Rome)

 

Departure Date: June 8, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 Cannes, France
Day 3 Genoa (Milan), Italy
Day 4 Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 7 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

2019 Disney Magic 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona

 

Departure Dates: May 25 and June 1, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 4 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 5 Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy
Day 6 Villefranche (Monte Carlo, Cannes, Nice), France
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Barcelona, Spain

 

2019 Disney Magic 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona

 

Departure Dates: June 22, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 2 Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 3 At Sea
Day 4 Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy
Day 5 Genoa (Milan), Italy
Day 6 Cannes, France
Day 7 Toulon (Provence), France
Day 8 Barcelona, Spain

 

2019 Disney Magic 8-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome)

 

Departure Dates: June 14, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 2 Salerno (Pompeii), Italy
Day 3 At Sea
Day 4 La Spezia (Florence, Pisa), Italy
Day 5 Villefranche (Monte Carlo, Cannes, Nice), France
Day 6 Marseilles, France
Day 7 Barcelona, Spain
Day 8 At Sea
Day 9 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

 

2019 Disney Magic 10-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona

 

Departure Dates: June 29, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 4 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 5 Ajaccio (Corsica), France
Day 6 Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Genoa (Milan), Italy
Day 9 Villefranche (Monte Carlo, Cannes, Nice), France
Day 10 Marseilles, France
Day 11 Barcelona, Spain

 

Europe

Delight in a diverse getaway that gives you the opportunity to explore culturally rich cities and awe-inspiring natural wonders while on a Western Europe, Northern Europe, Norwegian Fjords or British Isles itinerary.

WESTERN EUROPE

 

2019 Disney Magic 7-Night Western European Cruise from Barcelona to Dover

 

Departure Date: July 14, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Cadiz, Spain
Day 4 Lisbon, Portugal
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Brest, France
Day 7 Portland (Stonehenge), England
Day 8 Dover, England

 

NORTHERN EUROPE

 

2019 Disney Magic 7-Night Northern Europe Cruise from Copenhagen

 

Departure Date: August 1, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Nynäshamn (Stockholm), Sweden
Day 4 Tallinn, Estonia
Day 5 St. Petersburg, Russia
Day 6 Helsinki, Finland
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Copenhagen, Denmark

 

 

An Adventures by Disney guided group tour is available before or during this itinerary.

 

2019 Disney Magic 7-Night Northern Europe Cruise from Dover

 

Departure Date: August 18, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Dover, England
Day 2 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 3 At Sea
Day 4 Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 5 Gothenburg, Sweden
Day 6 Stavanger, Norway
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Dover, England

 

2019 Disney Magic 7-Night Northern Europe Cruise from Dover

 

Departure Date: September 1, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Dover, England
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 4 Oslo, Norway
Day 5 Kristiansand, Norway
Day 6 Bergen, Norway
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Dover, England

 

2019 Disney Magic 10-Night Northern Europe Cruise from Copenhagen to Dover

 

Departure Date: August 8, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Tallinn, Estonia
Day 4 St. Petersburg, Russia
Day 5 St. Petersburg, Russia
Day 6 Helsinki, Finland
Day 7 Stockholm, Sweden
Day 8 At Sea
Day 9 Fredericia, Denmark
Day 10 At Sea
Day 11 Dover, England

An Adventures by Disney guided group tour is available before or during this itinerary.

 

NORWEGIAN FJORDS

 

2019 Disney Magic 7-Night Norwegian Fjords Cruise from Dover

 

Departure Date: August 25, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Dover, England
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Alesund, Norway
Day 4 Geiranger, Norway
Day 5 Olden, Norway
Day 6 Stavanger, Norway
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Dover, England

 

2019 Disney Magic 11-Night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland Cruise from Dover to Copenhagen

 

Departure Date: July 21, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Dover, England
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Kirkwall (Orkney Islands), Scotland
Day 4 At Sea
Day 5 Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 6 Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 7 Akureyri, Norway
Day 8 At Sea
Day 9 Alesund, Norway
Day 10 Stavanger, Norway
Day 11 Gothenburg, Sweden
Day 12 Copenhagen, Denmark

 

BRITISH ISLES

 

2019 Disney Magic 7-Night British Isles Cruise from Dover

 

Departure Date: September 8, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Dover, England
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Dublin, Ireland
Day 4 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day 5 Greenock, Scotland
Day 6 Liverpool, England
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Dover, England

Transatlantic

Strike a balance between land and sea on this 13-night cruise from Miami that whisks you away to a variety of charming coastal cities in Portugal and Spain.

2019 Disney Magic 13-Night Eastbound Transatlantic Cruise from Miami to Barcelona

 

Departure Date: May 12, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Miami, Florida
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 At Sea
Day 4 At Sea
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal
Day 9 At Sea
Day 10 Lisbon, Portugal
Day 11 Cadiz, Spain
Day 12 Málaga, Spain
Day 13 Cartagena, Spain
Day 14 Barcelona, Spain

 

Alaska

Embark on an enchanting roundtrip 5-, 7- or 9-night voyage from Vancouver, Canada to witness the breathtaking beauty of spectacular fjords, waterfalls and glaciers—and soak up the culture of historic mining towns.

2019 Disney Wonder 5-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver

 

Departure Dates: July 17, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Tracy Arm, Alaska
Day 4 Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

 

2019 Disney Wonder 7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver

 

Departure Dates: May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19 and September 2, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Tracy Arm, Alaska
Day 4 Skagway, Alaska
Day 5 Juneau, Alaska
Day 6 Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

 

2019 Disney Wonder 7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver

 

Departure Dates: July 1, August 26 and September 9, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Day 4 Skagway, Alaska
Day 5 Juneau/Tracy Arm, Alaska
Day 6 Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

 

2019 Disney Wonder 9-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver

 

Departure Dates: July 8, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 4 Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Day 5 Juneau, Alaska
Day 6 Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
Day 7 Sitka, Alaska
Day 8 At Sea
Day 9 Victoria (British Columbia), Canada
Day 10 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

 

Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean

Escape on a 6-, 7-, 8- or 11-night sailing to sun-drenched ports of call—each itinerary gives you ample time to enjoy your ship’s topnotch amenities and entertainment while at sea.

WESTERN CARIBBEAN

 

2019 Disney Fantasy 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral 

 

Departure Dates: June 30, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4 Costa Maya, Mexico
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 7 Port Canaveral, Florida

 

2019 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral

 

Departure Dates: June 8, July 6, July 20, August 17, August 31, September 14 and September 28, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4 George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5 Falmouth, Jamaica
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 8 Port Canaveral, Florida

 

EASTERN CARIBBEAN

 

2019 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral

 

Departure Dates: June 1, June 15, July 13, August 10, August 24, September 7 and September 21, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 At Sea
Day 4 Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Day 5 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 8 Port Canaveral, Florida

 

 

2019 Disney Fantasy 8-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral

 

Departure Dates: June 22, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 At Sea
Day 4 Basseterre, St. Kitts
Day 5 St. John’s, Antigua
Day 6 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 9 Port Canaveral, Florida

 

SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN

 

2019 Disney Fantasy 11-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral

 

Departure Dates: July 27, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 At Sea
Day 4 Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Bridgetown, Barbados
Day 7 Forte-de-France, Martinique
Day 8 Basseterre, St. Kitts
Day 9 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 10 At Sea
Day 11 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 12 Port Canaveral, Florida

 

The Bahamas

Cast off from Port Canaveral, Florida and journey to scenic hotspots awash with sun, sand and surf—including Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise.

2019 Disney Dream 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral

 

Departure Dates: June 7, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30, September 6, September 13, September 20 and September 27, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2 Nassau, Bahamas
Day 3 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4 Port Canaveral, Florida

 

2019 Disney Fantasy 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral

 

Departure Dates: August 7, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2 Nassau, Bahamas
Day 3 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4 Port Canaveral, Florida

 

2019 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral 

 

Departure Dates: June 3, June 10, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26, September 2, September 9, September 16, September 23 and September 30, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2 Nassau, Bahamas
Day 3 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4 At Sea
Day 5 Port Canaveral, Florida

 

2019 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral with 2 Stops at Castaway Cay

 

Departure Dates: June 19, July 3, and July 17, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 3 Nassau, Bahamas
Day 4 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5 Port Canaveral, Florida

 

2019 Disney Dream 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral with 2 Stops at Castaway Cay

 

Departure Dates: June 14, June 23, July 7, July 12, and July 21, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 3 Nassau, Bahamas
Day 4 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Port Canaveral, Florida

 

2019 Disney Dream 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral with 2 Stops at Castaway Cay 

 

Departure Dates: June 28, 2019

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2 Nassau, Bahamas
Day 3 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4 Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Port Canaveral, Florida

 

Bit and Bites from Universal Orlando Resort!

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Rollercoaster Karaoke with Fernando & Sorocaba

ROLLERCOASTER KARAOKE WITH FERNANDO & SOROCABA

 

Universal Orlando Resort recently hosted the Florida Cup Fan Fest. Soccer fans from around the world came to celebrate their teams and enjoy performances by Boyce Avenue and Brazilian country singers, Fernando and Sorocaba.

The fun didn’t end there. We challenged Fernando and Sorocaba to sing one of their top hits while riding Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. Take a look at what happened in the video below!

For the past four years, The Florida Cup has brought soccer teams from Europe and South America together for a preseason international showdown. This year, the teams included PSV Eindhoven, Rangers F.C., Legia Warsaw, Corinthians, Atlético, Fluminese, Atlético Nacional, and Barcelona SC. Universal Orlando was the official partner of the Florida Cup, offering fans the chance to experience both the thrills and excitement of the games and our theme parks.

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