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Disney World for the Star Wars Fan

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Disney World for the Star Wars Fan

Anna Trosper
10.18.18

How does Disney do it? They keep getting better and better for us Star Wars fans! Once Disney acquired Star Wars they have been steadily adding more and more Star Wars themed attractions and improvements. The biggest to come will be in 2019 when Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They also have a Star Wars themed resort in the works! I can’t wait to see that, but until then I have plenty to see and do to keep this Star Wars fan happy.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to most of the Star Wars themed adventures. Let’s begin here and take a look at what you can experience.

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Star Tours the Adventure continues might be your first stop in Hollywood Studios. This is a flight simulator that also uses 3D video. Oh, and don’t think you’ll ride it once and that’s it! Disney has an array of different videos so that every time you ride it’s a different experience. Have your camera ready when in line because there are some great photo opportunities at the entrance and during your walk through the queue that you won’t want to miss.

Next to Star Tours, on the left, you will see a stage. This is where Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple is held. If you have a young Star Wars fan between the ages of 4 and 12 years, you will want to sign them up. If I am your agent I will make sure you know all about this and where to go! Training spots fill up fast and it is first come, first served. New recruits will learn how to use the Force with the help of trained Jedi. They will also learn and get to practice lightsaber skills. They just might need them to fight a Star Wars Villain!

Every Star Wars fan needs to have their own lightsaber, right? Well you are in luck. There are two locations on Walt Disney World property where you can create your own lightsaber: Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs and Tatooine Traders in Hollywood Studios. These are not just any lightsaber; you get to customize your very own design. This is a must for every Star Wars fan.

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When you go to Hollywood Studios you will also get to meet a variety of Star Wars characters. Star Wars Launch Bay is the place for meet-n- greets. You might come across my favorite characters, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, or even a Stormtrooper or two walking around. Not only can you meet characters, but you can also check out a ton of nostalgic exhibits of Star Wars artifacts. Some of them are life size reproductions! Interactive Star Wars games can also be played here.

March of the First Order! You will need to keep an eye out on Hollywood Boulevard. Throughout the day the Stormtroopers will march thru the park. It is very cool to see! Also, throughout the day Stormtroopers are out and about interacting with guests. Very fun!

Make sure to end your day at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios with a bang! Stick around for Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.  This evening show is certainly appropriately named.  It truly is a spectacle with projections of Star Wars movie scenes, a light show, and fireworks. And of course, it is accompanied with the famous musical scores from the movies.  I can’t think of a better way for a Star Wars fan to end a day in Disney World.

In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can attend A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party! You must make reservations for this separately ticketed event.  Tickets include a variety of delectable Star Wars themed desserts and signature drinks (both kid-friendly and alcoholic beverages are available). Your dessert experience takes place in Star Wars Launch Bay, and once it concludes, you’ll enjoy special reserved seating for the Galactic Spectacular show.  Finally, your Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party wouldn’t be complete without a Star Wars souvenir.

Ok, now this is a must do! The VOID recently opened at Disney Springs and in it is Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. The VOID is an ultimate virtual reality experience and is a perfect place for tweens, teens, and adults. For the Star Wars fan, Team up (or be teamed up) with four guests and go under disguise to recover the secrets of the Empire. The multi-sensory environment makes virtual reality feel like…well, REALITY! Star Wars fan or not, you’ll enjoy this one! This does take a ticket, so make sure to get there ahead of time to purchase.

Star Wars fans in Walt Disney World have been lucky to enjoy various special Star Wars themed events over the years.  Many fans enjoyed the previous Star Wars Weekends, where special guest stars from the world of Star Wars made appearances.  While this event has been discontinued, fans can now celebrate Star Wars by attending Galactic Nights at Hollywood Studios.  It’s a specially ticketed event that’s really a huge Star Wars party. Guests (Yes, even adults!) can put on their favorite Star Wars costumes and enjoy an evening full of themed entertainment and events, such as a scavenger hunt throughout the park. And of course, there’s always the opportunity to meet Star Wars characters.  I love that this is a special event because that means ride lines will be short or non-existent!

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Over the years there have been a variety of Star Wars events. I was lucky on December 17, 2015 when my son and I got tickets to the opening night of Star Wars the Force Awakens. What a day! We walked the red carpet as we went into the theater at Disney Springs, we met many Star Wars characters and had our photos taken, and we saw the movie before it was out to the public. That night Hollywood Studios was open from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am only for guests that had tickets to the movie premier. It was like we had the whole park to ourselves. We walked right on the rides and there were no lines for meet-n-greets. We also were among the first to see the all new Star Wars Galactic Spectacular. Even with all this, I have to say the best part of the whole experience was sharing it with my son! This is a memory we will share forever.

So, if you are a big Star Wars fan like me, I know you would love all these great adventures. If you have been thinking of a Disney trip I would be happy to help you plan a great one and will make sure you do not miss any of the Star Wars adventures. You can contact me at: annat@wishesfamilytravel.com or please visit my page: www.facebook.com/atrosper.wft . I look forward to helping you with your next adventure.

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PERFECT BUCKET LIST: A FOOD LOVER’S WAY TO SPEND YOUR DAY AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT

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PERFECT BUCKET LIST: A FOOD LOVER’S WAY TO SPEND YOUR DAY AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT

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Food lovers rejoice! Universal Orlando Resort is a place where even your taste buds get to go on an adventure.

Whether you crave something sweet like a Marshmallow Crisp Milkshake from The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen or something savory like Fish & Chips from the Leaky Cauldron in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, there’s a dish available for the entire family. Because it would probably take you an entire week to try all of the food we offer, we picked some of our favorites to get you started…

Universal Orlando Foodie Bucket List

Will you be checking off everything on this Foodie Bucket List? Tell us with #ReadyForUniversal on TwitterInstagramFacebook or in the comments below!

Be sure to check out our Adventure and Entertainment Bucket Lists as well!

 

Originally Published: https://blog.universalorlando.com/visiting-us/universal-foodie-bucket-list/

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Start your next vacation on earth with a trip to the moon: Kennedy Space Center

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Start your next vacation on earth with a trip to the moon: Kennedy Space Center

Allison Flynn
10.16.18

Our family took a small step that felt like a giant leap this year during our summer vacation – we left Orlando to head to the coast to visit the Kennedy Space Center!

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My husband and I are quintessential kids of the 80s. We love watching “The Breakfast Club,” and can remember when “The Simpsons” was a new TV series. As such, one of the common shared memories we have is that of watching NASA and the space shuttle launches.

At first blush, the admission to the Kennedy Space Center seemed pricy to me (approximately $50/person for adults and $40/person for children.) But once we were there and had begun to tour exhibits my opinion changed to that of I didn’t think we’d paid ENOUGH!

Our admission to Kennedy Space Center included almost 30 different exhibits. The park maps we received when we entered gave approximate touring times for each. Once I added them up, I realized we could easily spend a 12-hour day there! However, with kids, we spent closer to 6.5.
Our first stop was the Race to the Moon exhibit, where we saw the actual control room used during the Apollo 8 launch. While we were comfortably seated, we were taken step by step through that day’s launch. TV screens at the back of the room recreated the look and feel of what took place that day, making it feel as though we were really there. (This can be a little loud, so if you have children who are sensitive to noise, you might want to cover their ears or bring headphones.)

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Following that, we took a bus tour that allowed us an up-close look at operational facilities for past and current spaceflight. My oldest son and husband were excited to catch a glimpse of a Falcon Heavy rocket being assembled for an upcoming SpaceX launch.

This tour concludes at the Saturn V Rocket exhibit. The rocket is suspended in the building into its different sections, allowing you to walk beneath it. Also included are other smaller exhibits, including the Apollo Treasures Gallery. My husband geeked out at seeing the Apollo 14 crew capsule, and my children were amazed at the various styles of spacesuits.

I mentioned we were there almost a full day – and if you opt to do the same you’ll be happy to know that there are locations that sell food for lunch. We ate lunch at the Moon Rock Café, which served hamburgers, chicken tenders, and other sandwiches.

Once we’d toured all we wanted of Saturn V and the exhibits therein, we hopped back on the bus to go back to the main campus. We’d purposely saved what we felt was the best exhibit for the very last. And it did not disappoint.

We entered the Shuttle “mission zone” beneath the boosters that would’ve been used to launch a shuttle into space. I never expected them to be so big, although I’m not really sure why not. We were confused, though, once inside because we had to stand in a queue to wait to enter the building. A countdown clock let us know how much longer it would be until “launch.”

When our time counted down, we entered a large room that served as a second waiting area. My children weren’t very patient during this time, and I have to admit, I wasn’t either! After viewing a short film that explained how the shuttle program originated – did you know it took more than a decade to design the shuttles? – we entered yet another room. This time, the screens were almost 360 degrees around us, and showed footage of Shuttle Atlantis during its flights.

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At the end, the room began to open up and I realized that through the opaque screen I was seeing the actual Atlantis. I immediately went to my husband’s side, and together we viewed a space shuttle beyond a television for the first time.

It was amazing. Humbling. Awe-inspiring. Being able to be almost close enough to touch the shuttle… it was honestly my favorite part of our entire vacation. We waited until the first wave of people went past, and then just stood and stared.

This exhibit also included several play areas for children (which turned out to be another good reason to save it for last!) First there was an ISS climbing area that both of my boys enjoyed. Then there was a slide that simulates the shuttle’s landing when it returned to earth. (This is a steep slide, and my youngest son did not enjoy it.)

The Forever Remembered area honors the memories of astronauts who lost their lives on the Challenger and Columbia. This was another area that left a lump in both my throat and my husband’s as we both can recall watching the Challenger tragedy unfold. Personal effects from each astronaut are included, as well as pieces of the ships that were recovered.

Kennedy Space Center is only an hour away from Orlando, so it could easily be a day off from the regular theme parks. Or, it could be combined with a few days at the beach during your overall stay (which is what we did.)

I am looking forward to visiting again, and next time, we’ll plan our vacation around a time when we can watch a rocket launch, too!

If you’d like to include Kennedy Space Center as part of your vacation, I’ll be happy to share more information and tips with you! Feel free to reach out to me via email at allisonf@wishesfamilytravel.com!

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Book By: 12.20.18 Oasis Resorts in Mexico

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Book By: 12.20.18 Oasis Resorts in Mexico

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Blue Bayou at Disneyland

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Blue Bayou at Disneyland

Sarah McClure
10.11.18

Blue Bayou is also famous for delicious Cajun meals and is truly not to be missed.

Located at 31 Royal Street in New Orleans Square, Blue Bayou has been serving guests since 1967. Advanced Dining Reservations are highly recommended, as this is a wildly popular dining experience.

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I suggest arriving early (about 30 minutes) for your reserservation and requesting a table by the water. These tables will offer a perfect view of the beginning section of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. You can see fireflies twinkle, the old fishing boats and cabins on the bayou and watch park guests float by.

 

If you are unable to be seated right near the water, no worries! The entire dining room is beautifully decorated with an evening outdoor patio theme. Paper lanterns are strung from the trees and each table has a small intimate lamp. Looking one way gives you a view of the bayou and water, looking the other way offers a view of the “mansion” and its upper level balconies.

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If it’s a famous Monte Cristo sandwich that you’re looking for, be sure to book your reservation for the lunch hours. Your server will bring a bread basket to your table with focaccia and sourdough rolls to try. You may choose to start with the house salad or the signature New Orleans Gumbo. Both of which are wonderful options. I do find the gumbo to have a scrumptious flavor, but it is a bit too spicy for my sensitive palate. Though my husband loves it! There is also a shrimp boil cocktail for an additional charge.

I have two favorites at Blue Bayou. The first is the Monte Cristo sandwich served with berry jam, crème anglaise and a gooseberry! The portion size is massive and we find that it is best shared, because there is really no way to save left overs. I love the warmth of the meat and cheese, combined with the crunch of the bread smothered in the delectable sauces!

My second favorite dish is the pan-seared salmon served with herbed-white cheddar mashed potatoes and a basil beurre blanc. The fish is always fresh and perfectly flaky, simply remarkable.
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Fantasmic! Dining Packages are available to prebook. This will give you a voucher for a pre-assigned seating area in the center of the water stage. The line will begin near Haunted Mansion. The earlier you arrive to this, the more likely you are to have a front row seat. Click here for the full show from center stage, front row!

I would love to assist you with your next Disney vacation! Please reach out to me via email and we can start the process with a complimentary consultation.

sarahmc@wishesfamilytravel.com

 

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Disney Cruise Line to Sail from New Orleans for First Time in Early 2020

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Disney Cruise Line to Sail from New Orleans for First Time in Early 2020

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

I know many of you are excited to get more details about the news we broke yesterday, so let’s get to it! (If you missed our live reveal, you can watch the replay here.)

In early 2020, we’ll be setting sail from New Orleans for the very first time! Families can join us aboard the Disney Wonder for a tropical getaway combined with incredible Disney entertainment. Six cruises during our limited-time season from New Orleans include four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean sailings; a seven-night Bahamian cruise; and a 14-night Panama Canal voyage.

Those of you from the area, get ready to experience the magic of having a Disney ship in your own backyard. And if you’re joining us from farther away, take time before or after your Disney cruise to discover the Southern charm that’s made New Orleans famous. You can savor the distinct flavors of New Orleans cuisine, visit family-friendly museums and parks, and revel in the sweet melodies of world-renowned jazz music.

In New Orleans, you’ll find magic around every corner as you recognize the iconic sights and sounds that inspired the beloved animated film “The Princess and the Frog.” Then onboard the Disney Wonder, you’ll be treated to a celebration of New Orleans dining and entertainment at Tiana’s Place restaurant with a menu that draws inspiration from the flavors and ingredients of the Louisiana bayou and live music that sets a French Quarter supper club atmosphere.

And that’s not all! We also announced a highly anticipated return to the Hawaiian Islands, along with tropical cruises from Puerto Rico, Florida and California. Read on for more details, and then start planning your Disney cruise vacation for early 2020!

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Long-Awaited Return to Hawaii
After a five-year hiatus, the Disney Wonder will return to Hawaii in early 2020 for two special cruises: a nine-night voyage to Honolulu from Vancouver, Canada, on April 29, and a 10-night sailing back to Vancouver on May 8. You can discover the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, including the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu; the views from high atop the summit of Haleakala on Maui; the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai; and the diverse natural wonders of Hawaii Island.

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Popular Itineraries from Puerto Rico and California
The Disney Wonder continues its standout season with returns to popular home ports on both coasts. First, the ship sets sail for the Southern Caribbean during two seven-night voyages departing Jan. 19 and 26 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, followed by a five-night Bahamian cruise. Then beginning on March 20, the ship embarks on seven sailings to Baja and the Mexican Riviera, ranging in length from two to seven nights, from San Diego, California.

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Unforgettable Tropical Getaways from Florida
In early 2020, we will have three ships sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida, and every cruise includes a day of fun in the sun on Disney’s private Bahamian island reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay.

  • From Miami, the Disney Magic will sail three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises and five-night Western Caribbean cruises.
  • From Port Canaveral, near Orlando, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, plus two special sailings at six- and eight-nights each. The Disney Dream will sail three- and four-night Bahamian cruises.

With a variety of options from Florida, you can choose the vacation that provides something for everyone in your family, combining the adventure and relaxation of tropical destinations, the ease and indulgence of an ocean cruise, and the world-class entertainment and service of a Disney vacation.

Bookings open to the public on Oct. 4, 2018. More details on 2020 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2020 page of disneycruise.com.

 

Originally Published: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/09/disney-cruise-line-to-sail-from-new-orleans-for-first-time-in-early-2020/

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A Taste of the Mediterranean at Mythos!

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A Taste of the Mediterranean at Mythos!

Rebecca Jones
10.9.18

On a chilly Saturday afternoon in January, my daughter, Annemarie, and I walked into the stony structure of Mythos in Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park. We didn’t have reservations, but I’d heard wonderful things about this restaurant, and I was willing to wait for a table. It was so popular, but I was impressed that our wait was only about 30 minutes before they found us a table.

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For our appetizer, we ordered the Spanakopita Dip, described on the menu as “a savory blend of spinach, feta cheese, lemon and fresh herbs, served hot with fresh pita chips seasoned with za’atar spice, with fresh cucumber, tomato, and olives.” It was delicious. I love any kind of cheesy dip, so this was a great variation on an old standby for me.

While we waited for our main dishes, I really had an opportunity to look around at Mythos, the restaurant. The interior reminded me of a washed-out cavern. The walls are made to look like huge amounts of water have spent hundreds of years carving out a space just for you. Their curvy, almost billowy, shapes are relaxing and interesting to look at. I was immediately comfortable there. There is also an open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs and wait staff preparing your dishes.

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Our lunches arrived. I had ordered the Blackened Fish Tacos, and Annemarie chose the Crispy Crab Cake Sandwich. The tacos had a slaw and spicier sauce on them, which normally I wouldn’t go for. I am not a huge fan of spicy foods, but the fish and the veggies calmed the sauce down enough for me to enjoy them. My daughter ended up taking the crab cake out of the sandwich to eat it, and the portion was so large she couldn’t finish it. We both enjoyed the potato salad, although it was a bit creamy for her taste.

The highlight of the meal was, hands-down, dessert. We shared the Chocolate-Hazelnut Crème Brulee, and I wish we hadn’t. Shared, that is. I wish I had ordered my own serving of this amazing creation. I always try to find a good crème brulee while I’m on vacation, and this was quite possibly the best variation I’ve ever tasted. I would go back to Mythos simply to have this dessert again. It was that good.

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By far, our lunch at Mythos was the best meal we had during our three-day weekend at Universal Orlando Resort. The tastes were decadent and rich, while being casual enough to not be intimidating.

Reservations are recommended for Mythos, and can be made 30 days prior to your dining date. Their hours vary, but they are only open for lunch, not dinner. If you have questions about Mythos, or would like to include a meal here on your next Universal Orlando Resort vacation, I’d love to help you. Please contact me at (325) 733-8399 or Rebecca@wishesfamilytravel.com.

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Book by:12.21.18 Marriott Hawaii

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Book by:12.21.18 Marriott Hawaii

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A Practically Perfect Princess Weekend

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A Practically Perfect Princess Weekend

Tiffini Hensley
10.4.18

Last spring a friend of mine asked me to join her in running 13.1 miles at Walt Disney World for the 10th Anniversary of the Princess Half Marathon. We quickly decided to make it a weekend full of princess activities, since she and I only have boys at home.

Here is the story of our perfectly princess weekend.

Once upon a weekend there were two girls who dreamed to be princesses. They then learned their dreams would come true when they would be able to run dressed up as Cinderella and Ariel in the Walt Disney World 10th Anniversary of the Princess Half Marathon. To make their princess weekend practically perfect, they started off with accommodations fit for royalty.

The Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans-Riverside Resort are beautifully appointed with nods to many of the Disney princesses, from magic lamp faucets to magical headboards featuring the Princess and the Frog.

Once checked into their royal accommodations, the girls made their way to the runDisney Expo, located at Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports, where they were able to take numerous pictures and pick up their race bibs and the information about their upcoming race. At the expo there were photo opportunities with princesses, as well as merchandise available for purchase. From the expo, the next stop for the girls was dinner at 1900 Park Fare, to dine with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Anastasia, and Drizella. This popular character buffet is located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and is only one table service credit on the dining plan. The food is plentiful and delicious, offering a fan favorite of strawberry soup as one of the options. The character interaction with the stepsisters is a fan favorite as well and are always good for a lot of laughter.

The next day the girls went to Magic Kingdom, where they conquered a few of the mountains (Big Thunder Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Space Mountain) like true princesses and ate dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Dinner inside the castle was nothing short of amazing and was worth the two table service credits on the dining plan. The experience started off with a meet n’ greet with Cinderella, before heading upstairs to their table, where the dining room overlooks Fantasyland. Throughout dinner, they were able to meet Snow White, Jasmine, Ariel, and Aurora. Since dinner overlapped with the evening showing of the Happily Ever After fireworks, they were even able to have a view of the fireworks behind the castle.

Epcot was the girls’ next adventure, where they ate lunch once again with the princesses at Akershus, located in the Norway pavilion right next to Frozen Ever After. This meal is also one table service credit on the dining plan and starts off with a meet n’ greet with Belle, before meeting additional princesses during the meal itself. Speaking of the meal, it was fabulous and started with a salad bar featuring many Norwegian delicacies, followed by an a la carte lunch, completed by a trio of mouth watering desserts!. After lunch, the rest of the day was set for relaxation to prepare for the big race the next day!

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Sunday was race day! The half marathon started off very early in the morning so that the race was completed before the theme parks opened to guests. They did this because the race itself winds through both Magic Kingdom and Epcot! The race started off the side of one of the Epcot parking lots, then went down the highway (they had the roads closed to traffic) through the gates of Magic Kingdom, through Transportation and Ticket Center, then into the park itself. It was such an exhilarating experience for the girls to run down Main Street USA, being cheered on while staring up at Cinderella’s Castle. After running directly through the castle, runners were then lead behind the scenes before exiting the park to run past Shades of Green and the golf course, then back on the highway to run back towards Epcot. The last leg of the course took the girls through Epcot, with the finish line located back through the gates and into the parking lot of the park.

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In addition to running through the parks themselves, the Disney races are special since they incorporate character meet n’ greets and entertainment throughout the race into the race itself. For this race, there were special meet n’ greets with several of the Disney princes, the evil queen from Snow White, the Genie from Aladdin, Captain Jack Sparrow, the Queen of Hearts and more!

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Upon completion of the race, the girls were exhausted but felt that they had given it their all! To celebrate, they continued with a little pampering at the Senses Spa at Saratoga Springs Resort, before grabbing dinner at Raglan Road (because Ireland is close to Scotland, which the girls felt was a close enough tie in for Merida from Brave), then calling it a night.

The next morning the girls hopped on their magic carpet home, with a feeling that they truly had a perfectly princess weekend!

If you’d like to see additional pictures and videos from my visits to Walt Disney World, please check out my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thensley.wft. If you’d like more information, or to start planning your next vacation, please contact Tiffini@wishesfamilytravel.com

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MAKE A SPLASH WITH DIVE-IN MOVIES AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO HOTELS

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MAKE A SPLASH WITH DIVE-IN MOVIES AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO HOTELS
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Whether I spend the day rocking out on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit or relaxing on Waturi Beach, my favorite way to cool off at the end of the day is with a dive-in movie at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel. Every night around sunset, weather permitting, all six Universal Orlando hotels screen your favorite family-friendly movies at the pools, which means everyone can get in on the fun.

While you’re relaxing by the pool and watching your favorite flick, make sure to check out some of my favorite things about each of our hotel pools!

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Pool at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Bring the whole family along for a dive-in movie at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort’s pool. It’s the largest pool at Universal Orlando Resort, so there’s plenty of space and activities for everyone to enjoy before, during and after the movie. Kids will love splashing in the pool’s shallow zero entry area or zipping down the water slide while parents kick back with a refreshing Dhrum Club Punch. Make a cool family memory when you bring everyone together around the poolside fire pit to roast s’mores.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Lazy River at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

With two pools to choose from, Cabana Bay Beach Resort offers double the fun for dive-in movie goers. While the movie is on, kids can play on the water slide beneath the glow of the neon lights at the Cabana Courtyard Pool or float down the twists and turns at the Lazy River Courtyard Pool while taking in mesmerizing nighttime views of the Krakatau Volcano at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Double the fun means you’ll need to refuel, so be sure to visit Atomic Tonic or The Hideaway Bar & Grill for delicious poolside food and drinks.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Pool at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

At Loews Royal Pacific Resort, you’ll be transported to the South Pacific during the Golden Age of Travel when explorers island-hopped in search of the next great adventure. Kids can take breaks from watching the movie to splash and play on the Royal Bali Sea interactive water feature. Top off the night with ice cream from Bula Bar & Grille for an extra cherry on top.

Hard Rock Hotel

Pool at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Hard Rock Hotel’s pool takes the dive-in movie experience to another level with underwater speakers, so you can take a dip in the pool without missing a moment of the action. Plus, don’t forget to grab a cone of Emack & Bolio’s award-winning ice cream to snack on poolside. Choose from a variety of creative flavors like Twisted Dee-Light, Deep Purple Chip and S’mOreo.

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

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No dive-in movie is complete without snacks and our newest, most modern hotel, Universal’s Aventura Hotel, is the perfect place to try some tasty treats. End your day on a sweet note with an indulgent gelato panini or a delightful cup of sorbet from the hotel’s modern food hall, Urban Pantry. Enjoy the movie from the comfort of your lounge chair or take a break to wind down by the outdoor fire pit with a signature cocktail or glass of wine from the breezy pool bar, Bar Sol.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Pool at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

At Loews Portofino Bay Hotel’s Beach Pool, you’ll feel like you traveled all the way to Italy to enjoy a dive-in movie. Kids will have a blast sliding down the Roman aqueduct style water slide while singing along to their favorite movie tunes. Parents can relax in one of the poolside cabanas with cocktails and food from Splendido Bar & Grill for the perfect ending to a fun-filled day at Universal Orlando.

Are you ready to enjoy dive-in movies at a Universal Orlando hotel? Book your stayand experience all the incredible benefits that come with staying at one of our on-site hotels during your epic Universal Orlando Resort vacation!

Originally published: https://blog.universalorlando.com/extras/dive-in-movies-onsite-hotels/

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