Posts Tagged ‘Magic Kingdom’

Menu Monday: Late Arrival Day Food Choices at Disney World

by on November 17, 2014

Late Night Castle, perfect sight for late night dining at disney world

Even if you arrive to see this gorgeous sight, it still isn’t too late for you to find a good meal.

The Walt Disney World Resort area has tons of options for dining, from quick service restaurants, places to get snacks, or regular table service restaurants, to fancy, signature dining experiences. However, sometimes there seems to be no options other than the $2 vending machine crackers at your resort, once you’re on the property, especially if you don’t have a vehicle and are relying on Disney transportation. To avoid the stress of trying to track down dining options for your late arrival, I have gathered a listing for restaurants that stay open late, so you can avoid wandering around hungry. In addition, I listed the items available on the menu, written in plain language for easy understanding (i.e., it might be Oak-Grilled Salmon with a Selection of Winter Greens, but I’ll simplify it down to Grilled Salmon). Obviously, both hours and menus are subject to change, but you can check with Cast Members at the park or at your resort upon check in to ensure that these options are still available and open late. Here goes!

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Menu Monday: Best Counter Service Restaurants in Magic Kingdom

by on November 17, 2014

Be Our Guest RestaurantPicking your favorite Walt Disney World counter/quick service restaurant is like picking your favorite child, sure on some days you may like one more than the other (come on, we’ve all been there!), but overall, you just can’t choose a favorite! Dining in Walt Disney World has become a favorite past time among repeat guests. And now, more often than not, first time guests have their own “bucket list” of restaurants to eat at or snack to try. With this increase in demand and expectation, Disney has responded by adding more restaurants and expanding the menus of their current restaurants. These adjustments also come with price increases. As Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin from ABC’s Once Upon A Time always reminds us, “all magic comes with a price” even Disney’s pixie-dusted munchies. But fear not intrepid traveler and foodie, you can indulge your taste buds and save your budget with the counter/quick service restaurants available at every Disney Park and resort. But with literally, over a hundred to choose from (seriously, 102 – I counted!), I’m here to help you select the best of the best, park by park and even among the resorts. This article will focus on the counter service options of the Magic Kingdom. The focus will be on restaurants that offer a full meal option. Though there are many additional locations I could have included in this list, I narrowed it down to exclude those counter locations that really only sell snacks. After watching hours of Master Chef and Chopped, I’ve devised a ranking system that will incorporate four criteria into the ultimate calculation for the best counter service meals.  The criteria are:

  • Best value (portion/cost ratio) = 10 points
  • Flavor = 10 points
  • Originality = 5 points
  • Atmosphere = 5 points
  • Grand total = 30 possible points

Be Our Guest – New Fantasyland

This latest addition to the Magic Kingdom dining line-up has everyone crazed to make dinner reservations or snag the elusive lunch FastPass+ option. The menu is a bit pricier than other counter service option, and it’s only available as a counter service during the lunch hours (10:30am to 2:30pm). Starting at 4pm, Be Our Guest is considered a Table Service restaurant where prices increase and the menu changes a bit.

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My Favorite Disney World Treats That Don’t Have Ears

by on November 10, 2014

Walt Disney World is not only magical, it’s also delicious. Disney World offers dozens upon dozens of restaurants and snack stands throughout the parks and resorts to tempt your taste buds and to keep you full; but my favorite dish is anything sweet! Most guests visiting the Most Calorie Laden Place on Earth who have a sweet tooth like me, tend to gravitate towards the traditional Disney treats, like the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars and Mickey-shaped Candied Apples and those giant Mickey lollipops. I know anything Mickey-shaped is hard to resist, but there’s a whole other world of delicious treats to be discovered at Disney World that don’t resemble everyone’s favorite mouse. So take a look at a few of my favorite Disney World treats that don’t have ears!

Zebra Domes

Zebra Domes

Zebra Domes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This treat is a creamy, savory sweet treat topped with chocolate stripes, just like a Zebra! Naturally, this dessert can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma Restaurant as part of the dinner buffet. Boma is a popular dining destination for many guests and is priced around $35.99 per adult and $16.99 per child. If this doesn’t fit your budget, there is still a way you can enjoy delicious Zebra Domes. Animal Kingdom Lodge’s food court, The Mara, offers packaged Zebra Domes in the refrigerated section for $3.99!

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Jingle Cruise Debuts Today at the Magic Kingdom

by on November 7, 2014

Jingle CruiseToday marks the start of the Jingle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. This holiday overlay of the Jungle Cruise sees the Skippers who are clearly homesick during the festive holiday season, so they decided to create their own festive fun with homemade decorations, gifts, and more.

The Jingle Cruise began last year and has grown exponentially this year. In addition to the dock area being decorated and the boats being renamed with fun holiday themes, this year, many of the show scenes have been decorated too, like the gorilla camp, the temple, and even Ginger and Smiley. (It would appear some supplies didn’t quite make it to their correct locations.) Of course, the jokes are just as corny, with fun, holiday-inspired laughs included too.

The fun Jingle Cruise overlay will last through the holiday season. (Now…if we could only get a few other fun holiday overlays at Walt Disney World too…that would be great.)

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Video: Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party (Full Show)

by on November 4, 2014

Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! full show video

Watch the full video of Magic Kingdom’s new Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! street party (Photo & video by Seth Kubersky)

Are you ready to move, shake, dance, and/or play your way through Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom? If so, a brand-new…make that “sorta-new”…street show is ready to help you do just that. Recently, the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! mini-parade sailed off into the sunset, but its retirement was short-lived. As Daisy Lauren reported in her “Best Week Ever” column, a suspiciously similar new street party started running on October 24 under the name Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!, and we have a full video of the entire show posted below, so you can see for yourself how much has (and has not) changed since its last incarnation:

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New Holiday Fun for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on November 4, 2014

©Disney

©Disney

Guess what? The Holidays start this week at Walt Disney World! Friday, November 7, is the first night (of many) for the Magic Kingdom hard-ticket event, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Each year, Disney adds new fun for guests to experience, and this year brings a number of great new experiences for guests to enjoy.

First, we will see new characters in this year’s “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime” Parade. Not only are Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph being added to the mix of holiday merriment, but it wouldn’t be a party now without being able to see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf from Frozen, too!

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Pros and Cons of Going to Disney World during the Holidays

by on October 31, 2014

Holiday Lights

Happy Halloween, everyone! Did you know that the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a week from today. And that it’s sold out? Enjoy your 6 days of downtime between the 2 month holiday of the Food & Hallowine Festival and the next 2 month holiday of Christmas and New Year’s.

Christmas will be here before you know it, and you might be asking yourself, “Hey, self, should I make my holiday season even more magical by going to Disney World?” I’m glad you asked. Disney World during the holidays is one of my favorite times of year to visit. It’s a time when there are several unique elements from decorations to food present that transform the parks into something special. That’s not to say that it’s the perfect time of year to go. Like any season, there are positives and negatives. While I believe that every Disney enthusiast should aim to visit at least once during the holidays, here are some of my personal pros and cons that should help you decide if it’s worth it.


ak tree

PRO: The Decorations

Walking down a fully decorated Main Street, U.S.A., is almost worth the trip alone for me. I already enjoy spending time just wandering around the Magic Kingdom staple but when the decorations are up, the ambiance gets even better. The decorations don’t stop there. Obviously the rest of the areas in the parks have decorations, but the hotels do, as well. I enjoy hotel hopping just to see how each one is decorated. The level of detail will vary, but some of the hotels go all out: for example, there’s a huge gingerbread house at the BoardWalk!

CON: The Crowds

Like any popular time of year at Disney, you’re going to feel cramped at some points. If all you want out of a Disney trip is short wait times and you don’t care about Christmas, maybe plan a trip for some other time. I could be perfectly happy just walking around the parks and taking everything in, but I understand how some people might not enjoy this and need plenty of attractions. If this is you, whatever you do, do not go during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s the busiest time of year by far. Check out our crowd calendar for more information, but generally it’s less crowded the earlier you go in the season (besides the week of Thanksgiving, of course).

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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: October 30, 2014

by on October 30, 2014

1Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! This week we’re visiting Magic Kingdom for a fun filled evening of playing with FastPass+ and then heading over to Epcot to check out the new show in Italy, ride some rides, and do some shopping! Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Well let’s get started! :)

Heading into the Magic Kingdom this weekend, I was blazing a trail to the new parade. The Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party debuted on October 24, so I was excited to check it out. What did I think? You’ll have to click read more to find out!

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Observations from Magic Kingdom: Be Our Guest Lunch Changes and New Tomorrowland Colors

by on October 29, 2014

WDW’s Magic Kingdom gets ready for another Halloween party as I make observations from the park’s eastern attractions (photos by Seth Kubersky).

After a week of sailing on the Disney Magic, it was a little surreal to step back into the Magic Kingdom again for my first post-Disney Cruise visit to Walt Disney World. Even at Orlando’s oldest theme park, things are always on the move, as I discovered in my mid-morning trip around the park’s eastern half. Here are some fresh observations from Magic Kingdom on 10/23/2014, including policy updates at Be Our Guest lunch, a bold new Tomorrowland color scheme, and the finale of Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It.

Be Our Guest Lunch

Fantasyland‘s popular Be Our Guest restaurant has bedeviled guests in recent months with its evolving lunch policies, which have shifted from favoring walk-up counter service toward FastPass+ reservations.

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Details on the Updated Cinderella Castle Lighting Show – “A Frozen Holiday Wish”

by on October 27, 2014

FCS796642The Holiday Season begins in a little over a week and a half at Walt Disney World! (Wait…what?!) One of the most incredible aspects of Disney’s holiday festivities is the Cinderella Castle holiday lighting show at the Magic Kingdom, which this year will see a change.

For the festive season, Cinderella Castle lights up each evening with more than 200,000 white shimmering lights, causing the castle to appear as though it has been frosted over. The effect is simply stunning, and photos do not do it justice. Prior to this year, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother performed the magic to make the castle shimmer.

However, in 2014 a brand new version of the show features a Frozen twist: “A Frozen Holiday Wish” will debut on November 5. The new show will feature Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and even Olaf; it will end with the traditional castle lighting ceremony, this time with Elsa turning the palace into an icy wonderland.

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