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Foodie Guide to Mother’s Day at Disney Parks

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Foodie Guide to Mother’s Day at Disney Parks

By Karen McClintock, Food & Beverage Content Relations Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Mother’s Day is May 9, and what better way to express your love and appreciation than something delicious at Disney? Treat your mom during your visit to Disney with yummy cupcakes, desserts, brunches, and specialty sips created for Mother’s Day. But to be clear, we love and appreciate moms every day! Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Cupcake and Mother’s Day Dessert from Disney's Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World Resort

Creature Comforts, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (mobile order available)

Flame Tree Barbecue, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (mobile order available)

Restaurantosaurus, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (mobile order available)

  • Mother’s Day Cupcake – Chocolate cake with strawberry ganache filling and white chocolate frosting (available Apr. 30 through June 1)

Tiffins Restaurant, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Mother’s Day Dessert – Coconut and caramelized pineapple mousse, coconut sorbet, almond crumble, pineapple gel, and cherry sauce (available May 9)
Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse Tart and Lemon Cream and Berry Charlotte from EPCOT

Coral Reef Restaurant, EPCOT

  • Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse Tart – Vanilla tart filled with raspberries and chocolate mousse topped with raspberry mousse and wrapped with chocolate rope (available May 9)

Le Cellier Steakhouse, EPCOT

  • Lemon Cream and Berry Charlotte – Lemon and vanilla bean cream with ladyfingers topped with fresh berries (available May 9)
Dipped Strawberry Bouquet and Mother’s Day Swirl from Disney Springs

Amorette’s Patisserie, Disney Springs

  • Dipped Strawberry Bouquet – Strawberry dipped in Guayaquil dark chocolate (available May 7-10)

Marketplace Snacks, Disney Springs

  • A Mother’s Day Swirl – A swirl of DOLE Whipstrawberry and chocolate soft-serve with chocolate-dipped strawberry garnish (available May 7-10)
Mother’s Day Sweet Blossom Cupcake and Mother’s Day Red Velvet Cupcake

Landscape of Flavors, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (mobile order available)

World Premiere Food Court, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort (mobile order available)

Everything Pop Shopping and Dining, Disney’s Pop Century Resort (mobile order available)

  • Mother’s Day Sweet Blossom Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake with marshmallow crème filling topped with strawberry buttercream, white chocolate flower blossoms, and sprinkles (available May 6-9)

Contempo Café, Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Mother’s Day Red Velvet Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing and cream cheese-buttercream icing garnished with sprinkles and a Mother’s Day chocolate plaque (available May 7-9)
Collage of Mother's Day treats from Walt Disney World Resort

Gasparilla Island Grill, Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (mobile order available)

  • Mother’s Day Mimosa Miniature Gâteau – Champagne-infused sponge cake with orange-scented mousse topped with white chocolate slipper (available April 23-May 9)

Barefoot Pool Bar, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Tambu Lounge, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail – A refreshing blend of vodka and flavors of raspberry and lemon (available May 7-9)

Capt. Cooks, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Mother’s Day Butterfly Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake with raspberry mousse filling and buttercream icing (available May 7-9)

Pineapple Lanai, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Key Lime Pie Sundae – Lime soft serve, graham cracker crust, blood orange mango jam, and topped with a macaron (available May 7-9)
Collage of Mother's Day sweets from Walt Disney World Resort

The Artist Palette, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort (mobile order available)

Good’s to Go, Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Mother’s Day Cupcake – Vanilla cake with a peach compote, spiced vanilla buttercream peach mousse, and a white chocolate hat (available April 24-May 9)

Roaring Fork, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (mobile order available)

  • Mother’s Day Cupcake – Tres leche cupcake with vanilla buttercream and a chocolate butterfly (available May 6-9)

The Market at Ale & Compass, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort (mobile order available)

The Beach Club Marketplace, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort (mobile order available)

  • Sweeter Than Roses – Creamy raspberry mousse on chocolate hazelnut cake with ruby red raspberry center and chocolate fondant decorations (available May 2-9)
  • Mother’s Day Bouquet Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake filled with rich chocolate mousse and decorated with an array of buttercream flowers (available May 2-9)
Blueberry pancakes from Ale & Compass Restaurant

Join us for Mother’s Day brunch at these Walt Disney World Resort restaurants:

Bananas Foster French Toast with Bacon and Lobster Ravioli with Shrimp and Heirloom Tomato from Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort

Ballast Point Brewing Company, Downtown Disney District

Lobster Ravioli with Shrimp and Heirloom Tomato – Lobster and ricotta-stuffed raviolis, shrimp, heirloom tomato, asparagus, tarragon-lemon cream sauce, and Parmesan. View full menu here (available May 8-10)

Naples Ristorante e Bar, Downtown Disney District

  • Mother’s Day Weekend Cocktails – Enjoy three specialty cocktails including the Rossini (prosecco and strawberry purée) and the Ruby (vodka, elderflower, and grapefruit). View full menu and make reservations here (available May 7-9)

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Downtown Disney District

  • Bananas Foster French Toast with Bacon – Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen’s famous banana Foster sauce over sweet French toast. View full menu and make reservations here (available May 9 until 3 p.m.)
  • Creole Caprese Salad – Vine tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, blue crab, sweet yellow pepper emulsion, lemon olive oil, and basil-arugula pesto. View full menu and make reservations here (available May 9)
Ice cream flavors from Salt & Straw and Mother's Day brunch item from Tortilla Jo’s at Disneyland Resort

Salt & Straw, Downtown Disney District

  • Eat Your Flowers Series 2021 –Vivid flowers, bright fruits, and potent aromatics that draw us outside no matter the forecast. Flavors include Rhubarb Crumble with Toasted Anise, Wildflower Honey with Ricotta Walnut Lace Cookies, Jasmine Milk Tea & Chocolate, and Mathilde’s Hibiscus & Coconut Sherbet (available April 23-May 27)

Tortilla Jo’s, Downtown Disney District

  • Mother’s Day Brunch – Special brunch menu featuring items like enchiladas, chilaquiles, churro French toast, and huevos rancheros. View full menu and make reservations here (available May 9)
Treats inspired by Mrs. Potato Head and a purse found at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Main Street Market, Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Chinese Almond and Orange Cake (available May 1-31)

Jessie’s Snack Roundup, Toy Story Land

  • Sweet Purple Potato and Coconut Cake (available May 1-31)

Crystal Lotus, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

  • Mother’s Day Lunch and Dinner Menus (available May 8-9)
  • Mother’s Day Specialty Drink – Complimentary specialty drink for all mothers visiting the restaurant (available May 8-9)

Dragon Wind, Disney Explorers Lodge

  • Mother’s Day Lunch and Dinner Menus (available May 8-9)
  • Mother’s Day Specialty Drink – Complimentary specialty drink for all mothers visiting the restaurant (available May 8-9)

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Breaking News: New Halloween-Themed ‘Disney After Hours BOO BASH’ Coming to Magic Kingdom Park this Fall!

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Breaking News: New Halloween-Themed ‘Disney After Hours BOO BASH’ Coming to Magic Kingdom Park this Fall!

By: Disney Destinations May 7, 2021

Since we are Halfway 2 Halloween, we’re spookily excited to announce a new Halloween-themed Disney After Hours event coming this fall to Magic Kingdom Park!

“Disney After Hours BOO BASH” will take place on select nights, Aug. 10-Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. to midnight*. Spooky festivities will include Halloween-themed cavalcades, character sightings throughout the park, special performances by the Cadaver Dans, décor, lighting, music, treat stops with plenty of candy and so much more!

“Disney After Hours BOO BASH” tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom Park as early as 7 p.m. without the need for a day park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation, giving Guests time to enjoy even more of their favorites. 

Guests young, old and immortal can dress in costume for the occasion and get their fill of Halloween candy. As an important reminder, costume masks are not permitted for adults; they can only be worn by children younger than 14. In addition, all Guests are required to wear approved face coverings during the event. Before Guests arrive, check our Know Before You Go page, and Costume Guidelines.

In case you aren’t familiar with Disney After Hours, it’s a special event that’s open to a limited number of Guests, after normal park operating hours. The experience offers low wait times at more than 20 attractions from classics like The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain, to newer favorites like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It’s a ghostly good time for all!

Tickets will go on sale next month, with an early purchase window available to Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Stay tuned for more details to come. We’ll share additional information about “Disney After Hours BOO BASH” as it becomes available, so keep checking for more tricks and treats.

*Some event nights in August and September will be from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 

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Breaking News: Cruise Dining Reimagined with Dine My Way℠

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Breaking News: Cruise Dining Reimagined with Dine My Way℠

May 6, 2021 from Princess Cruises

Enjoy a world of dining options at your fingertips on your next cruise

Dine My Way is all about personalizing your cruise dining experience. Customize your dining time for each day, whether making reservations for the main dining room (which is included) or specialty restaurants (which charge a small fee). Have dinner at the same time each night or change it based on what works for you.* Once on board, you can order food and drinks for delivery wherever you are through OceanNow®. More options at your fingertips means less time waiting and more time to dine your way.

*Reservation times based on venue capacity and availability.

Order Food, Drinks + More with OceanNow®

Hungry during Movies Under the Stars®? Want your favorite fruity drink while relaxing in the Piazza? Looking to avoid a crowd or standing in line? Order whatever you need — burger, beer, chocolate cake, cocktails, etc. — and we’ll deliver it to you with no service charge, wherever you are. Keep your distance, keep your seat, and still enjoy great service.

Dine When, How and Where You Like

Dine on your schedule on a Princess Cruise

Dine When You Want

  • Select dining times for main dining rooms and specialty restaurants.*
  • Change reservations as needed. (It’s flexible!)
  • Request the same time each night if you prefer the same waitstaff.
  • No reservations needed for those eligible for Club Class Dining.

*Previous dining selections (including traditional dining) will be honored.

A plate with seafood artfully placed on a bed of mashed potatoes

Dine How You Want

  • Customize your food and drink orders.
  • Share any dietary preferences.
  • Request your table location.
  • Choose your dining pace.
Make reservations to dine with friends and family

Dine with Who You Want

  • Let us know who’s in your travel party.
  • Easily make and edit reservations that include members from this group.
Enjoy a meal or snack where you want on your Princess cruise ship

Dine Where You Want

  • Take your pick of a variety of eateries and dining options, including regional cuisine.
  • Let your tastes and mood decide, anything from a celebratory multi-course meal at an award-winning specialty restaurant to the best pizza at sea. (Choosing’s the only hard part!)
  • Don’t get up! Order food and drinks delivered wherever you are with OceanNow®.
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News from the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort! Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel Reopens June 15, 2021; More Restaurant Dining Returning to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

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News from the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort! Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel Reopens June 15, 2021; More Restaurant Dining Returning to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

By: Disney Destinations May 6, 2021

Guests can get ready to enjoy summer fun at the Disneyland Resort! As we continue the phased reopening of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, we are thrilled to announce Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen and welcome back Guests starting June 15, 2021, with limited capacity! Guests can also look forward to the return of favorite dining locations, including Napa Rose and Storyteller’s Café, starting May 28, 2021, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa! The Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is a celebration of California’s beachfront heritage, inviting Guests to ride a wave of relaxation from the charming seaside-themed rooms all the way up to the exciting, rooftop pool and waterslides for fun in the California sun. This property is located right in the middle of the magic at the Disneyland Resort, just steps from Disneyland park and Disney Californian Adventure park. Guests can book room reservations starting May 6, 2021, and make Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel their perfect summer destination!

As part of the phased reopening, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will not have food and beverage offerings initially, however, hotel Guests may visit any of the nearby dining outlets at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa such as GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill, Hearthstone Lounge, Storytellers Café and Napa Rose restaurant, plus the many innovative food and beverage offerings throughout the Downtown Disney District. Select restaurants in the Downtown Disney District also provide delivery services. For added convenience, uests of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa can scan QR codes right from their in-room TV to access the links to those restaurants’ delivery webpages and order food and beverages that can be delivered right to the hotel lobbies.*

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is reopening popular dining locations Napa Rose and Storytellers Cafe for Guests to enjoy while staying at the Disneyland Resort, and will be open to non-hotel guests as well. Starting May 28, 2021, Guests can enjoy the warm, inviting ambiance at Napa Rose for in-person dinner. Known for its award-winning wine list, exemplary service and delectable dining, Napa Rose will feature both the prix fixe Vintner Menu and a la carte selections, where Guests can savor wine country cuisine featuring dishes that honor California’s rich culinary bounty, artisan farmers and world-famous wine makers.

Guests can also enjoy hearty home-style favorites while dining at Storytellers Café, offering three-course meals for breakfast and dinner. Whether Guests are hungry for an American Wagyu Burger or craving a classic Mickey Waffle, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds! Dining reservations are recommended and will be available for booking at a later date, so be sure to stay tuned. Character dining will not be featured at this time.

One other great feature that is returning May 28 to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is the special entrance to Disney California Adventure park for Disneyland Resort hotel Guests who are visiting the park.**

Guests planning to visit the theme parks during their stay should remember that all Guests ages 3 and up will need both a valid ticket and theme park reservation for the same day and same park to enter the park they want to visit.*** Theme park reservations have to be made in advance, and they’re limited and subject to availability. Planning a stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel? Guests can use their hotel confirmation number to view the latest reservation availability for theme parks. Guests should be sure to have a valid ticket to book their theme park reservation. Keep in mind: a hotel reservation does not guarantee theme park access, and Guests need to link their park tickets to a Disney account to make a separate theme park reservation. If Guests do not have an applicable theme park reservation confirmation and a valid ticket, they will not be granted access to the theme parks. Also, only California residents may visit the parks at this time. Guests may be asked to show such proof of residency, as necessary. Remember that appropriate face coverings are required for all Guests ages 2 and older throughout the resort.

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Savi’s Workshop: AKA Build Your Own Fancy (not a toy) Lightsaber

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Savi’s Workshop:  AKA Build Your Own Fancy (not a toy) Lightsaber

Amy Baranek
5.6.21

No way am I spending $200 on a lightsaber! Yep, I said that and somehow after researching with my son and watching countless YouTube videos, my mindset started to shift.  My son worked all summer to save for a lightsaber from Savi’s.  Partially due to his enthusiasm and partially due to my inner nerd, I booked an appointment for the both of us during our December trip to Disney. 

A few words of advice if you are planning on building your own lightsaber; first, make your reservations as early as possible. Be sure to do your research ahead of time!  There are so many choices to make- what group of lightsaber, selections within your light saber theme, and what color kyber crystal.  All of these choices can be overwhelming if you don’t have some idea of what you want to do ahead of time.  I recommend trying to book an appointment near the end of your park day.  The lightsabers do come with a sling bag carrying case-but they are a bit awkward to carry around.  I have been told if you are staying on property at Disney, you can stop at guest services and they will deliver your lightsaber to your resort in a day or two.  My personal concern with that is that the lightsaber is large and awkward; I don’t want it broken.  Also, I just paid for the lightsaber; I love it, I’m proud of my creation and I don’t want to be parted from it! 

The Choices

There are four categories to choose from.  When you check in for your reservation, you will be asked which category you choose.  Cast members will have some visual aids for you as well as drawers with everything that you will get to choose from within each option.  This is where narrowing your options down beforehand helps! Below are your four choices:

Protection and Defense: based off the old republic, has some history with the Jedi temple guards

Power and Control: strong, dominant traits-tends to be a Sith favorite

Peace and Justice: your traditional Jedi, put others before yourself, these scraps are taken from fallen Jedi temples

Elemental Nature: earth elements, utilizes all elements of the force, Jedis that also rely on the earth around them to help

Your choices don’t stop here.  You will also need to choose your kyber crystal color.  You will be able to choose between red, green, blue and purple.

You will also need to choose between your activation plate, 2 sleeves (grip plates), the pommel at the bottom of your saber, and the emitter at the top of your saber

The Process

When you check in, you will be reminded that you are there to search through ‘scrap metal’.  After all, you wouldn’t want the First Order ‘bucket heads’ catching on to the lightsaber operation.  You will first pay for the lightsaber-you will need to be prepared to tell them your group choice here.  Based off of your choice, you will get a corresponding pin for the choice you made (Elemental Nature, Power and Control, etc).  You will need to wear this pin to help the saber specialists inside.  After you pay, you will be given a color-this is to identify you with your group.  Each person building a lightsaber is allowed one guest to go in with them.  When ready, your group will be called in to an outside holding/prep area.  Here you will be lined up in the order you will proceed in, guests not making a lightsaber will be asked to stand behind the person that will be making a lightsaber.  You will also be briefed on the ‘scrap metal’ you are about to put together.

 Once you are ushered into the assembly room, you will listen to a short story immersing you in the lightsaber history.  As you are told to pick your kyber crystal, you are asked to close your eyes, listen to your heart, and; if you’re like me, be left with goosebumps!  Once you have your kyber crystal in your saber, you will get to start assembling the rest of the pieces.  My advice here is to be sure you play with the pieces some, see what you like together and what speaks to you.  For me, I ended up with something different then what I had originally thought!  If you have any difficulty during the assembly process-don’t worry, there are plenty of scrap metal specialists (cast members) available to assist you!  Once you have your completed lightsaber hilt, you will rest it in the stand until a cast member comes by to finish the process.  The lights in the room will be lowered, the importance of the ceremony is discussed, (again goosebumps, and perhaps some moisture accumulating at your eyes) and everyone will raise their completed lightsabers together.  There is something awe inspiring watching everyone hold up their completed lightsabers illuminating the room with their work! Shortly after, you will exit and everyone receives their lightsaber sling bag.  Once you have exited the building, I recommend taking a few pictures outside Savi’s with the Batuu backdrop-just watch out for First Order troopers!

Were you debating between 2 color kyber crystals? Head to Dok-Ondar’s where they sell all the kyber crystal colors, including a couple extra (yellow and white).  Did you know each color will create a slightly different sound to your saber?  Also a side note on these crystals, there is an elusive black kyber crystal that 1 in every 300 or so red kyber crystal pack from Dok-Ondar’s will have. 

This is an experience I am so happy I did!  The completed lightsaber is well built, metal and heavy-it is not a cheaply constructed saber! To book your experience-the cost is $199.99 plus tax.  You must be age 5 or older to enjoy this experience, and anyone under the age of 14 must have an adult with them. 

If you are interested in planning your future Disney vacation, please email me at amyb@wishesfamilytravel.com .  If it’s not time yet for you, please follow my Facebook page and Instagram.  May the Force be with you!!

#wishesfamilytravel #amywft #trainedtraveledtrusted #travelplanner #starwars #savis #lightsaber #savisworkshop #savislightsaber #hollywoodstudios #galaxysedge #batuu

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Breaking News: More Exciting Dining Options to Return to Walt Disney World

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Breaking News: More Exciting Dining Options to Return to Walt Disney World

By: Disney Destinations May 5, 2021

Walt Disney World Resort has even more reasons to get excited about visiting in May and beyond! Guests will be able to see beloved characters when Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort reintroduces an all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner starring the Fab Five. Over at the EPCOT Resort area, Guests will be able to once again enjoy seaside meals when Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort reopens, and, get their taste buds ready for the re-opening of Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Chef Mickey’s Dinner

Starting May 16, Chef Mickey’s will offer an all-you-care-to-enjoy family-style dinner that will include “no touch” appearances like snapping a selfie or waving hello as Mickey and some of his favorite pals make surprising appearances in each of the dining rooms. Similar to other character dining locations, Guests will take home a souvenir with character signatures and colorful artwork. 

Seeing favorite characters isn’t all Guests can look forward to at Chef Mickey’s! The dinner menu will include items for the whole family, like starters of “Chef Mickey’s Caesar,” citrus-poached shrimp salad, and assorted breads; main courses of gnocchi, roasted garlic potato Gratin, plant-based faro wheat fried rice, prime rib, roasted turkey, and salmon; and an assortment of sweets to top off the meal. Little ones can enjoy mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, turkey corn dog nuggets, and more! 

Cape May Café 

If Guests ever dream of escaping to the beach and enjoying all the delicious food of an oceanside town, they’ll be happy that Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort reopens on May 18! The New England-style restaurant is a perfect location to refuel before and after a day of adventure at Walt Disney World

Guests returning to Cape May Café will find old favorites and new changes, along with its signature service and quality. The restaurant will serve breakfast and dinner, but Minnie’s Beach Bash Character Breakfast and the Seafood-and-More Dinner Buffet will not return at reopening.

That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of treats in store! The all-you-care-to enjoy family-style breakfast menu will feature popular staples like pastries (including the layered crispy, cream-filled “Lobster Tail”), omelets, and Mickey and Minnie waffles. Highlights from dinner will include house-made Parker House rolls and corn bread, a seafood boil with a variety of fresh seafood, The Turf Platter with steak and chicken, and – my personal favorite – lobster mac and cheese.  

Bookings for Cape May Café and dinnertime at Chef Mickey’s open on May 7.

Tusker House Restaurant

The Guest-favorite character dining location at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Tusker House Restaurant, will reopen this summer! During the modified character experience, Guests will enjoy delicious family-style entrees inspired by the flavors of Africa and can snap photos of Donald Duck and friends, dressed in their safari best as they promenade through the restaurant. We will share more about the menu and reservation information soon.

We look forward to welcoming Guests back to Cape May Café and for dinnertime at Chef Mickey’s later this month. And we can’t wait for Guests to savor the delicious African-inspired fare at Tusker House Restaurant in the coming months. Stay tuned for more scrumptious details and foodie news in the coming weeks!

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Breaking News – Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Launches in 2022 at Walt Disney World Resort

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Breaking News – Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Launches in 2022 at Walt Disney World Resort

By: Disney Destinations May 4, 2021

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will take Guests to a galaxy far, far away for an all-immersive, two-night vacation experience that goes beyond anything Disney has ever created before. What exactly does “all-immersive” mean? Well, in honor of May the 4th, here’s a little hint … 

Not sure if what you just saw is actually what you just saw? Maybe you should watch it one more time. Or 10.

Yes, that’s a new type of lightsaber Rey is holding in her hand, created by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development. Guests who experience Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be the first to see it in action – along with so much more – starting in 2022 when this amazing new two-night adventure debuts. When Guests watch that lightsaber activate right before their eyes it will be just one of the countless ways that, from the moment they arrive to the moment they depart, they’ll be plunged into a Star Wars story where their decisions and actions – or even the casual conversations they may have – determine how their personal journey unfolds.

Guests’ adventure begins at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser terminal at Walt Disney World, where Guests will gather with fellow passengers before departing for their intergalactic destination. Guests will soon enter a special Launch Pod and leave their world behind as they make a hyperspace jump to a galaxy far, far away.

Guests will watch through viewports as they approach the massive and magnificent Halcyon starcruiser, which will be their home for the next two nights. For a limited time, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Guests can now see a model of the ship on display inside Walt Disney Presents – another special May the 4th surprise!

When the Launch Pod’s airlock slides open, Guests will take their first step into a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser comes to life all around them. During their stay aboard this glamorous ship, Guests may interact with an eclectic group of characters both familiar and new, possibly including the starcruiser’s strong and charismatic captain, a plucky ship’s mechanic and a galactic superstar who can captivate an entire room with the crook of one jewel-encrusted purple Twi’lek finger.

This singing sensation will be a featured performer during one of the exquisite dining experiences inside the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, which you can see in this artist concept rendering we’re sharing today for the first time. The enticing supper club’s name is an homage to Corellia, the planet known galaxy-wide for its shipyards that gave us not only the Halcyon starcruiser, but also the Millennium Falcon. The dining room is a bright and welcoming hall that will offer breakfast and lunch to passengers before transitioning each evening into a lavish multi-course menu of both otherworldly and familiar origins.

As the journey continues, Guests will have the opportunity to train in the ancient ways of the lightsaber, learn more about the inner workings of the Halcyon starcruiser and even jump on a transport to the planet Batuu to further their adventure inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This isn’t storytelling – it’s storyliving, where Guests will see, feel and live Star Wars in a whole new way.

We’ll have much more to share about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser in the future as we look forward to its 2022 debut; you can always visit starwarsgalacticstarcruiser.com for more details, and sign up there to receive updates.

And since it’s May the 4th, let’s check out a few other Star Wars happenings at Walt Disney World in honor of this special day.

Star Wars Galactic Outpost at Disney Springs and select locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are showcasing new merchandise available starting today (while supplies last), including apparel featuring the new Disney+ series “The Bad Batch” (also debuting today). There are also new items from the Rainbow Star Wars Collection, as well as new Star Tours-inspired Disney Parks Wishables including R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Today and tomorrow, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is offering special Star Wars-themed desserts and beverages available at select locations throughout the park, including the new Dark Side Chocolate Creation and returning favorite Lightsaber Churro. Also, through tomorrow, Disney Springs will offer the Grogu Mini Dome Cake at Amorette’s Patisserie and the Millennium Falcon Chocolate Pop at The Ganachery.

As you can see, the Force is strong with us here at Walt Disney World Resort. So however you’re celebrating Star Wars today … May the 4th be with you!

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10 Reasons to Love Caribbean Beach Resort!

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10 Reasons to Love Caribbean Beach Resort!

Tiffany Morse
5.4.21

I feel in love with the Caribbean Beach Resort before I ever set foot on the property and my numerous stays there since have only served to increase my love for this property.  You feel like you are in the Caribbean as soon as you drive in.  The tropical decor and theming is completely immersive.  You step away from reality and step into paradise.  The world melts away and you step onto a Caribbean Island where there is no stress, just the magic of the days ahead. 

1.) Beach Feel/ Atmosphere: I love the atmosphere and feeling of leaving reality behind and embracing island life.  Everywhere you look, you can see signs of the beach and carefree island  lifestyle.  Everyone is there to help you with anything you should need, including finding your beautiful, relaxing accommodations.  

2.)  Variety of Rooms: Caribbean Beach Resort(CBR) has a variety of rooms.  As a moderate level resort, the rooms are spacious.  They have preferred rooms that are close to Old Port Royale for your convenience.  Caribbean Beach also has rooms with garden and water views.  However, I saved the best for last as they have  pirate themed rooms.  You actually get to sleep in a pirate bed.  The beds are so comfortable and getting to sleep in a pirate ship is all kinds of awesome.  The fridge is inside a keg barrel and there is a glow in the dark curtain that divides the sleeping area and bathroom.  

3.) Incredible Pools/Slides: The pool is like an old fort with water cannons and slides.  The main pool is huge and so much fun to play in.  It has slides, great places to play hide and seek and varying water levels for hours of endless fun.  The main pool also has a Zero Entry side.  

4.) Variety of Restaurants-Old Port Royale: Caribbean boasts a variety of restaurants from sit down table service at Sebastian’s to many quick service offerings at Old Port Royale.  At Sebastian’s be sure to order the Caribbean Pull Apart Rolls.  They are incredible and it is hard to eat just one.  At Old Port Royale, you have everything from pizza to salad to jerk chicken.   

5.) Spyglass Grill: The Spyglass Grill is located near the pirate themed rooms.   We ate there several times during our last visit.  It was so nice to have great food so close to our room.  We got a Cuban sandwich and Angus Cheeseburgers there on the way back from the parks one night and it was so convenient.  The food tasted wonderful and it was so easily accessible. When we left, we took the amazing Smoked Turkey Breakfast Sandwich and Breakfast Wraps with us to go.  

6.)Separate Splash Pad with fence around it: This is such a cool and great idea.  It is a splash pad with a slide and fence to keep it safe.  It is just for younger children and is safe and so much fun.  A place of their own that they can enjoy.  

7.) Bus Service to every park and Disney Springs, Sky Liner to Epcot and DHS: I drive to Walt Disney World seven to eight hours each way.  When I get there, I am thrilled to let someone else do the driving.  The bus system makes it easy to get to the parks and even Disney Springs.  They have added the sky liner to offer transportation to Epcot and Hollywood Studios to make things even easier.  More ways to get to the different parks eases the traffic and makes getting to the parks quicker.

8.) Recreation: Caribbean Beach has the most amazing pools.  They also have many other fantastic activities.  They have campfire activities, Movies Under the Stars, and several playgrounds.  They also have a Pirate Cruise for pirates ages four to twelve. Your children can follow clues and search for treasure.  They also have bike trails, jogging trails, fishing and volleyball.   

9.) Amenities: Caribbean Beach Resort has Childcare Services, Designated Smoking Areas, Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services.  You can have merchandise delivered and picked up at the resort.  Caribbean Beach also has Resort Transportation, Magical Express, On-Line Check in and Banking Services.  These are just some of the many amenities available at the Caribbean Beach Resort.  

10.) Flat Resort and Well Marked Signage:  I know that Caribbean Beach is a large resort, but it is very flat and easy to navigate.  There are signs everywhere that are well marked.  This makes the resort very easy to find your way around.  

I love the Caribbean Beach for it the island feel and ease of getting around the resort.  I am thrilled to have so many savory dining options, and shopping choices.  The pools are amazing for kids and adults of all ages with something for everyone.  Finally, I love the magic of sleeping in a pirate ship.  That is being right in the heart of the magic.  I would love to discuss these and other details of building your dream vacation.  Please follow me on Facebook at : https://www.facebook.com/tmorse.wft, Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/tiffanym_wishesfamilytravel/, tiffm@wishesfamilytravel.com or 678-770-4144.  I would love to hear from you and help your family plan their next magical vacation. 

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Legs Up. Kick Back. Let’s Sale. Book with Virgin Voyages by 5.31.2021

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Legs Up. Kick Back. Let’s Sale. Book with Virgin Voyages by 5.31.2021

May 3, 2021

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10% off sailings. Up to $200 in onboard credit. And an additional $100 on pre-purchased bar tabs.

It’s been a long year, but the sun is shining and the ocean is calling — so it’s time to get you set up with some not-so-distant plans. 

For the month of May exclusively, book any voyage and you’ll get 10% off and up to $200 in onboard credit. Whether you put it towards elaborate seaweed body wraps at our spa, mojitos on the beach, or seaside ocean tours under the stars, it’s a little bit that’ll go a long way to much-deserved vacation relaxation. Plus, we’ll add an additional $100 when you pre-purchase a bar tab.*

But it’s only for the month of May, so it won’t be long until this deal ends and summer vacations officially begin. 

For more information, contact your Wishes Family Travel Agent!
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864-649-1016

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Tips for a Rainy Day at Universal Orlando Resort

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Tips for a Rainy Day at Universal Orlando Resort
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By Katie Schmidt, Managing Editor of the Universal Orlando Resort Blog

Any Floridian will tell you it’s just good sense to prepare yourself for rain when planning a day at a theme park. We here in the Sunshine State are all too familiar with those afternoon showers that come along during the later spring and summer months.

As someone who has spent plenty of afternoons refreshing my weather app and trying to figure out where I can wait out the storm, I’m here to give you my best tips for a rainy day at Universal Orlando Resort so that you’re all set the next time the clouds start forming.

TIP #1: Stay at a Universal Orlando hotel.

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The closer you stay to the theme parks, the easier it will be for you to decide to head back to the hotel, dry off, and come right back to the thrills once the storm has passed. And trust me, it will. Probably in like an hour or two. Plus with Early Park Admission (one of the MANY benefits of staying at a Universal hotel), you’ll be able to get a head start on your day if rain is in the forecast.

There are also plenty of indoor activities you can do at your hotel! Bowl at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, enjoy some sushi at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, or go on a rum tasting journey at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Plus each of the hotels have a game room, just in case your crew is looking for some friendly competition.

TIP #2: Be prepared.

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Here’s the deal — it isn’t completely unreasonable to assume that at some point during your day at Universal Orlando it may rain. Plan accordingly and throw a poncho or a light rain jacket into your bag to bring on your trip. Also plan to wear clothes and shoes that you won’t mind getting wet, just in case. Like I said, it’s just good sense to go ahead and be ready for a potentially rainy afternoon here in Florida!

There are also ponchos available for purchase throughout the parks, so if you find yourself needing one, check the official Universal Orlando Resort app for the nearest store.

TIP #3: Head to Universal’s Islands of Adventure first.

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If rain is in the forecast, plan to start your day in Islands of Adventure. It has far more outside attractions that will be impacted by the rain, so you’ll want to make sure you get to fit those in first thing. 

Head to Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade to start your day on a thrilling adventure through the Forbidden Forest.

TIP #4: Enjoy some indoor attractions.

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I love roller coasters as much as the next theme park fan, but some of my favorite rides at Universal are indoor attractions. Check my list below for where you can head when the rain starts!

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA INDOOR RIDES:

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ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE INDOOR RIDES:

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TIP #5: Sit back and watch a show.

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Don’t let the rain damper your good time; catch a phenomenal indoor live action stunt show at Universal Studios Florida — The Bourne Stuntacular. Or head over to The Horror Make-Up Show to fit some laughs into your day. They’re close to each other in the Hollywood area of the park so you can start with one and then head to the other without getting too wet!

Definitely download the official Universal Orlando Resort app to check for showtimes and other helpful features like Universal Pay, a map of the parks, and access to the Virtual Line experience.

TIP #6: Head to Universal CityWalk.

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Take a break for a leisurely meal at any of the fantastic sit-down restaurants in CityWalkThe Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is my go-to because me and my crew love all of the different course-options: Bread (the warm chocolate almond bread is a must-order), Appetizer, Libation, Salad, Entree, and Milkshake. I also highly recommend asking if there’s seating upstairs! Watch the storm come and go with a great view.

You can also take the time to sit out the rain by catching a movie at Universal Cinemark.

TIP #7: Ride a water ride.

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I mean, you’re already wet, right? If the storm has passed (or if it’s just some light rain), embrace your current state of damp and at least make the experience a fun one! Enjoy the three water rides in Islands of Adventure — Jurassic Park River Adventure , Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls , and Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges.

VOLCANO BAY TIP: The rides at Volcano Bay only close during inclement weather, so as long as there’s no thunder or lightning, you should be good to go on the rides. If the storm is still going, I’d say wait out the storm and go ahead and use your TapuTapu to join the Virtual Lines for the rides and hunker down at Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club or one of the boat bars.

TIP #8: Ride a roller coaster to dry off.

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When the rain has stopped there is no more thrilling way to dry off than riding one of the high-speed roller coasters at Universal. If you’re in Universal Studios, head to Hollywood Rip Ride Rock-It. If you’re in Islands of Adventure, take a ride on The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Jurassic World VelociCoaster (opening summer 2021!). You’ll be dry in no time!

TIP #9: You tell me!

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These are my best tips for what to do at Universal on a rainy day, but I’d love to hear yours!

Originally posted here.

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