Sailing on Disney Cruise Line out of Magic-al Miami

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My family took a Cruise this winter on the Disney Magic leaving from the Port of Miami. We had previously taken both a 3- and a 4-night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Dream leaving from Cape Canaveral. We were curious to know if we would still experience the same Disney ambiance in the Miami terminal and wondered how smoothly the boarding process would be. We were also wondering if we would enjoy the smaller ship. If you are considering taking a Disney Cruise from a different port or on one of the smaller ships, read on as we share our impressions of the Port of Miami, the Disney Magic, and the 4-night cruise to Key West and Castaway Cay.

Getting to the Port

Wanting to spend the morning in Miami’s South Beach, we selected a 1:00 PM boarding time and enjoyed a leisurely morning on the beach and at our hotel, the Lowes Miami Beach. The cab ride to the port is along a low causeway that beautifully showed off the Disney Magic waiting for us to board in birth F. Just a word to the wise, you access the Port of Miami only from the causeway heading North, so our Taxi from Miami Beach, heading South, drove past the Port, and had to take a series of access ramps to turn around and get back onto the causeway heading north and to the Port. This probably cost us another $10 dollars and another 10 minutes. Ironically, when you leave the Port, the opposite occurs, you are forced to go South, so we had to turn around again to go back to Miami Beach to grab our rental car.

The Terminal Experience:

Of course, we were excited to arrive at the terminal which was clean and large. As we exited the taxi, we dropped our bags in the corresponding area and quickly passed through passport screening as we entered the terminal. First impressions, the crowd seemed much more international. There were definitely more families from Latin America and Europe and the passengers as a whole seemed a more diverse lot compared to past trips out of Cape Canaveral.



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The Check In Process:

Excitement grew as Mickey hands waved greetings to us and we were pointed to the check in area. As we entered the hall, Disney signage was welcoming and familiar. I have a feeling that boarding times were of no consequence. There were queues for Silver, Gold Castaway Club members but nobody seemed to be using the allocated lines. There was a counter for DVC members with no cast member in sight. Check in was both friendly and chaotic. In a few moments we had our Keys To the World cards in hand and were walking towards the ship. It was not until later we realized we had no lanyards. Luckily, we picked up some lanyards at a DVC event later that day.

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Boarding the Ship:

Next thing we knew we were walking up to the large Disney Cruise Line panels that provide a family photo opportunity. We took a few photos, turned the corner, and we were entering the central lobby of the ship. “Welcome to the Privett Family!” That just never gets old. Our first impression is how small the “atrium” felt. It was much smaller than the Disney Dream. Uh Oh! Were we going to like this smaller ship? It had the Disney attention to details but the scale threw us off.



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The Disney Magic

Everything on the ship is smaller, the teen club was smaller, the pools, the lobby, the spa area, the night clubs. But as we learned as the cruise progressed, everything seemed less crowded. The restaurants were smaller but that turned out to be nice and a little more intimate. The lines were shorter, the deck parties less chaotic. The pirate party was just as fun and a little less frenetic. The nighttime entertainment including the shows, the karaoke, piano bar, and the Irish pub in the adult district were all very enjoyable and up to a high standard. I enjoyed the adult area pool better on Magic than the Dream, as I could always seem to find a comfortable place to site and relax.

One other benefit of traveling on the smaller ship – Castaway Cay was less crowded. No problem finding lounge chairs under an umbrella with a nice view of the water. There were no lines renting a bike, or picking up a mask and snorkel.

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Key West:

We enjoyed visiting Key West as an alternate destination to Nassau. My daughter and I took a guided bike tour which finishes with a slice of Key Lime Pie. The island is flat and easy to bike with an interesting history. Chickens and iguanas, the southern-most point, and Jimmy Buffet’s old house were some of the sites we saw along the way. My spouse spent part of the day at a local beach with a little shopping downtown.

Debarkation Day:

The same held true on debarkation day: we did not have the same kind of lines to get off of the ship. Once off the ship, passing through customs to grabbing a cab took about 45 minutes. Note, we carried our own bags off of the ship as we have done in the past on the Disney Dream. I just find it less complicated than to have to pack the night before.

If I could merge the beautiful atrium of the Disney Dream with the size and intimacy of the Magic, we would have the best of both worlds. There are benefits of both the larger and smaller ships and I would recommend you try them both and decide for yourselves. This summer, we will be taking an Alaskan cruise on the Disney Wonder and maybe next year, we will try the Fantasy.

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Has Disney’s Rose Gold Craze Gone Too Far?

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Late last summer of 2017, out of nowhere Disney struck gold, or should I say rose gold, with the release of rose gold Minnie ears. This immediately became the hottest piece of merchandise at both the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort. This craze was only amplified when former Disney Channel star Sabrina Carpenter was seen donning the rose gold ears in a picture she posted to her Instagram. Since then, these rose gold ears have been flying off the shelves. Even now, almost half a year after, these ears can still be difficult to find depending on your luck.

As any good business would do, Disney took advantage of this craze and took it to the next level with the release of the sparkly rose gold spirit jerseys, and wouldn’t you know it the spirit jersey took off. Paralleling the success of the rose gold ears, the rose gold spirit jerseys were a major success for Disney.

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Everything after that is where, in my opinion, Disney started to go off the rails with this rose gold craze. Disney began releasing a multitude of rose gold snacks including cupcakes, margaritas, and churros. Disney has also announced that guests have a rose gold embroidery option for ear hats now. The Twitter parody account Serious Park News posted a tweet joking that Disney would be debuting a rose gold turkey leg — that made me do a double take because at this point I thought it might have been the real deal. To be honest, at this point I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Disney did, in fact, create a rose gold turkey leg.

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Disney is obviously a business, and they are going to take advantage of a market that wants to buy anything and everything that is rose gold related. So, at the end of the day, I don’t blame them, but the further this gets played out the more it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. When does something go from being a brilliant marketing move, to feeling like Disney is just swindling guests that are willing to buy anything rose gold related just to get a couple extra likes on their social media with the hashtag #rosegold.



If you haven’t visited the Disney Parks recently, and are still enamored by the rose gold craze, I wasn’t trying to deflate your excitement. I just hope we can soon move to the next craze. Disney’s merchandise has vastly improved over the past year or two, and I’d bet all my Disney Dollars (don’t get too excited, I think I only have like 3 left) that once the rose gold craze dies down we will quickly be swept up into the next craze. What I’m trying to say is that I’m ready to move on. Rose gold had its time in the sun, and I’m ready for the next thing.

What do you think? Are you still on the rose gold bandwagon? Are you like me, and ready for Disney to move onto the next craze?

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Disneyland Moves Construction Walls Revealing New Brickwork, Streetcar Tracks

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The Disneyland Resort is right in the middle of a huge construction project on Disneyland Park‘s Main Street U.S.A. where the entire track for the Horse-Drawn Streetcars is being replaced, causing the Main Street Vehicles to be parked for more than two months.

The construction is set to continue through mid-March, but according to @Johnny17369 and others on Twitter, some of the construction walls have been removed, revealing the updated brickwork and tracks.

New Main Street tracks around the hub now visible. #Disneylandpic.twitter.com/vaf92HoyJR

— John69 (@Johnny17369) February 19, 2018

Over on Facebook, I Support the Disneyland Flag Retreat Ceremony, a fan group that supports the daily event, reports that the construction in Town Square has progressed far enough for the Flag Retreat Ceremony to return on Friday, February 23rd.



While pieces of the track have been replaced and repaired over the years, this is the first time that the entire track has been replaced.

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Black Panther Begins Meeting Guests at California Adventure

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This weekend, just as Marvel’s Black Panther began breaking records at both the domestic and international box office, T’Challa himself began meeting guests at Disney California Adventure.

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Black Panther, the King of Wakanda, arrives in Hollywood Land aboard an armored vehicle, along with his Royal Guards, the Dora Milaje, and greets guests in front of the Hollywood Backlot Stage.

Black Panther focuses on King T’Challa of Wakanda who, after the death of his father, returns home to the isolated, yet technologically advanced nation, to take his rightful place on the throne, but must battle an old enemy that puts the fate of Wakanda, and the entire world, at risk.

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Black Panther isn’t the only superhero guests can meet in Hollywood Land, with Captain America and Spider-Man greeting guests at the end of Hollywood Boulevard, and Groot posing for pictures after Star Lord and Gamora’s Awesome Dance-Off. Check the times guide when you enter the park for details!



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Fried Twinkies and More New Menu Items Added to Walt Disney World Dining Locations

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The Food and Beverage team at Disney Parks is continuously working on bringing delicious new food items to tempt park-goers with, and this month is no different. New menu offerings are available this month at quick service locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and we need to share them with you!

Best Bites Fried Twinkie

First up, Fried Twinkies served with your choice of strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, or caramel sauce are now being served at Friar’s Nook in Magic Kingdom Park. In Fantasyland, guests will find a Hawaiian Flatbread topped with pineapple, ham, cheese, and red sauce at Pinocchio Village Haus as their featured Flatbread of the Month.

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Casey’s Corner is featuring their All-Beef Buffalo Chicken Hot Diggity Dog as February’s Hot Dog of the Month. This all-beef hot dog comes topped with chicken tossed in buffalo sauce, celery, and a garlic ranch drizzle.

This month’s featured flavor of ice cream at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is peanut butter and right next door at The Plaza Restaurant, you’ll find a new dessert on the menu – Warm Butterscotch Bread Pudding with caramel drizzle.



Best Bites Happy Trails Mix

Happy Trails Mix is now being sold at Westward Ho and comes with house-made marshmallows, pretzels, chocolate gems, and mixed nuts. The Golden Oak Outpost is also serving up a couple of new savory snacks including BBQ Chicharrónes – pork cracklings with a BBQ seasoning – and Chili Cheese Waffle Fries with chili and white queso cheese sauce.

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Tortuga Tavern, which is now open year-round, has a brand new Short Rib Sandwich that consists of Chipotle BBQ short rib and citrus slaw served with a side of chips.

Moving onto Restaurantasaurus at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests will find Battered Fish served with French fries for lunch or dinner, and the newest drink on the menu is the Prehistoric Margarita with Jose Cuervo Tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the ABC Commissary has new dinner platters and a new drink added to their menu. The new platters include a Shrimp Platter, a Fish and Shrimp Platter, and a Fish, Shrimp and Chicken Platter which are each served with steak fries and coleslaw. Their new drink is the Happy Daze – with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, melon liqueur, banana liqueur, grenadine, and orange and pineapple juice.



Which of these new offerings are on your must-try list?

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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Union Representing Walt Disney World Workers Claim Disney is Withholding $1,000 Bonus

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Officials and members from Unite Here Central Florida, the unions representing 38,000 Walt Disney World cast members, held a press conference today announcing that the Service Trades Council Union (STCU) has filed an unfair labor practices lawsuit against Disney.

The unions have been in negotiations with Disney since last July, with the most recent offer in December rejected by over 93% of the voting cast members. That offer would have given full and part-time cast members a 50 cent or 3 percent raise per year for two years, whichever was higher.

According to the lawsuit, Disney has told the union that members would not receive the $1,000 bonus announced in January, unless they accept the most recent offer. More than 125,000 full-time and part-time cast members are set to receive the bonus, beginning with $500 in March.

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According to Eric Clinton, president of Unite Here Local 362, “Today, Disney made a proposal in wage negotiations that our members would only receive that $1,000 bonus IF we accepted the same 50 cent raise we just rejected in December. In other words, Disney said, ‘you can have $1,000 if you agree to stay poor.’”

According to Clinton, all other eligible cast members would still be receiving the $1,000 bonus.



Clinton adds, “Disney is discriminating against us for having a union locked in negotiations.”

Disney has yet to respond to the lawsuit or any allegations from the union. We will continue to follow this story.

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Disney Channel’s ‘Andi Mack’ Renewed for a Third Season

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The tween series Andi Mack will be back for a third go-round on Disney Channel. The cast of the show includes Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Lilan Bowden, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie, and Asher Angel who received the great news while on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday. There are twelve new episodes from Season 2 that will debut beginning in June, with episodes from the third season scheduled to debut later in 2018.

“The series is praised as a heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story about the most important things in any young person’s life: family, friends, and the journey of self-discovery.”

You may remember that in the second-season premiere, the channel’s first gay storyline was introduced when the 13-year-old Cyrus Goodman character played by Rush came out to his friends after realizing he was gay. Season 3 will reportedly begin filming soon in Salt Lake City.

Starring Lee as the title character, Andi Mack is created and is executive-produced by Terri Minsky (Lizzie McGuire) and also executive-produced by Michelle Manning (Teen Beach 2, The Breakfast Club). Phil Baker (Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie) is co-executive producer.

Related: ‘Descendants 3’ Coming to Disney Channel Next Summer

Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer at Disney Channels Worldwide said the following about the popular series,



“A series about a girl discovering that her sister is really her mother was new territory for Disney Channel, but Terri’s honest, authentic storytelling allowed our audience to connect deeply to these characters and their journeys of self-discovery. What she has crafted stands as a high-water benchmark for kids and family storytelling around the world.”

The series is from Horizon Productions.

News Source: Deadline

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Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Packages are Available!

Disney World Events

FEBRUARY 28 – MAY 28, 2018

2018 Info

2017 Info

2017 Flower & Garden Festival Overview

2016 Flower & Garden Festivals



One of the most welcome signs of spring is Epcot’s 24th annual International Flower & Garden Festival. While the grounds at Epcot are always beautiful, the Flower and Garden Festival takes them to the next level.

The Garden Rocks Concerts will now take place 4 days each week instead of 3 and dining packages will be available.

Two new outdoor kitchens will be added, bringing the total to 15.

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Throughout Epcot, almost 100 topiaries will be on display. A new Belle topiary with sculpted facial features and a golden ball gown made of Joseph’s Coat plants will debut in the France Pavilion. A new Figment topiary will be placed in front of the Imagination pavilion; Figment will stand 6 feet tall and be atop a yellow ball of Joseph’s Coat plants that is 5 feet in diameter. As always, a new topiary creation will be waiting just inside the entrance. Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, and Pluto will recreate a vintage short film with a floral maypole.

To celebrate the June 2017 release of Cars 3, the interactive play gardens will be reimagined and will include a new topiary with a character from the film. The Music Garden Melodies play area will return as well.

In front of Spaceship Earth, Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie will take their places, along with Chip and Dale posing for a “Fresh Epcot” selfie and guest photo op.

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Perennial Flower and Garden favorites such as the English Tea Garden, Butterflies on the Go, special kids’ activities, and Ask An Expert will be returning. Illuminated topiary and play gardens will light up at night for a whole new festival experience.

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Throughout the event, Disney horticulturists and garden experts will conduct seminars, sharing tips and secrets for you to try at home.

70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes and 220 mini-gardens will be floating out on the water.

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Don’t forget to pick up one of the special gift cards that are created for this event too! They’re tiny and are attached to a bracelet made out of what looks like an old telephone cord. Take a look at the 2017 edition below.


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Purchase an acrylic, dishwasher safe wine glass as a tangible momento of your visit to Epcot’s World Showcase for $5.

2017 Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries

2018 information will be added when it becomes available.

  • Welcome Spring Fun, Food and Flowers – inspired by a vintage Walt Disney short film will spring to life with a floral-festooned maypole featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy and Pluto as they help get ready for Fresh Epcot®!
  • Festival Blooms – Future World East and West Lake
  • Fantasia – Future World West
  • Ranger Mickey & Friends – Future World
  • NEW Figment – Future World behind Spaceship Earth
  • Stitch – Fountain-side of MouseGear
  • Disney Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear – Near Mission Space
  • Disney Pixar’s Cruz Besouro from the – Near Test Track
  • NEW Phineas and Ferb – Near Odyssey Bridge
  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto – Showcase Plaza
  • Anna and Elsa – Norway
  • Bromeliad Dragon – China
  • Panda presented by Disneynature – China
  • The Lion King Featuring Mufasa, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Sarabi, Simba and Timon – The Outpost between the Germany and China Pavilion
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany
  • Lady and the Tramp – Italy
  • Disney Pixar’s Woody – The American Adventure
  • Beauty and the Beast – France
  • NEW Belle – France
  • NEW The Three Caballeros – Mexico
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom
  • Peter Pan, Tinker Bell & Fairy Houses from Pixie Hollow – United Kingdom
  • Bambi and Friends featuring Bambi, Flower, and Thumper – Canada

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2018 Outdoor Kitchens at World Showcase

Outdoor Kitchens (2018 Pricing will be added as soon as it is available.)

Click here for photos of the 2017 Outdoor Kitchen menus

The Berry Basket

Food:

  • Lamb chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique
  • Field Greens with fresh Strawberries, Crisp Quinoa, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spiced Pecans (V)
  • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepper Berry Gelato (V)

Beverages:

  • JDub’s Brewing Company Blueberry IPA, Sarasota, FL
  • Island Grove Blueberry Moscato, Hawthorne, FL
  • Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep
  • Twinings Green Tea Berry Mint Julep (Non-alcoholic)

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™NEW!

Food:

  • Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Puree, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes and Sunflower Brittle (GF) (V)
  • Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, charred vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Watercress
  • Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses

Beverages:

  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Co. Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL
  • Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze with Blueberry Vodka
  • Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze (Non-alcoholic)



Northern Bloom – Canada

Food:

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon (GF)
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato

Beverages:

  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whisky
  • Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Unibroue Maudite Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue Éphémère White Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Beer Flight



Pineapple Promenade – World Showcase Promenade

Food:

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve (V)

Beverages:

  • Coastal Empire Beer Co. Coco Piña Gose, Savannah, GA
  • Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI
  • SweetWater Brewing Company Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple, Atlanta, GA
  • Pineapple Beer Flight
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Pineapple Soft-serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Non-alcoholic)
  • Pineapple Soft-serve with Fanta (Non-alcoholic)



La Isla Fresca – World Showcase Promenade

Food:

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce
  • Caribbean Conch Salad with Mango, Papaya and Pickled Red Onions
  • Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple

Beverages:

  • Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tropical Freeze with Cruzan Mango Rum
  • Tropical Freeze (Non-alcoholic)



Jardin de Fiestas – Mexico

Food:

  • Pork Taco: Slow-braised Pork Taco served with Apple Relish, Goat Cheese and Chile de Árbol Sauce
  • Chilaquiles: Chilaquiles served with Chorizo, Mexican Cream and Cotija Cheese
  • Capirotada: Bread Pudding served with Rompope

Beverages:

  • Tiger Lily Sangria
  • Rose Margarita
  • Violet Cassis Punch
  • Daisy Spicy Beer



Lotus House – China

Food:

  • Spicy Meatballs with Crispy Tofu
  • Fried Chicken Dumplings with Peanut Sauce
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V)

Beverages:

  • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea (Non-alcoholic)
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice
  • BaiJoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
  • Plum Wine Cooler
  • Tsingtao Lager



Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market – Germany

Food:

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V)
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries

Beverages:

  • Hugo-Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager
  • Ayinger Bräu Weisse Hefeweizen, Munich, Germany
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager
  • Beer Flight



Primavera Kitchen – Italy

Food:

  • Frittata di Asparagi: Asparagus Frittata, Mixed Greens and Citrus Dressing (GF) (V)
  • Firtto Misto: Crispy Shrimps, Zucchini and Spicy Sauces
  • Ravioli: Maine Lobster Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
  • Panna Cotta al Melone: Cantaloupe Panna Cotta (GF) (V)

Beverages:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato
  • Bellini: Sparking Wine and Peach Purée
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
  • Moretti Lager L’Autentica
  • Moretti La Rossa



THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews – The American Adventure

Food:

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V)

Beverages:

  • Zen of Zin Old Vine, California
  • Central 28 Brewing Company Sunshine Greetings Orange Hibiscus Wheat Ale, DeBary, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Phantasmas Spicy Double IPA, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL
  • Beer Flight
  • Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine
  • Frozen Lemonade (Non-alcoholic)



Hanami – Japan

Food:

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side (V)
  • Ginger Beef Yaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger
  • Teriyaki Salmon with Furikake Seasoned Brown Rice (GF)

Beverages:

  • Pineapple Momo Sake Cocktail
  • Kara Super Dry Sake
  • Sapporo Premium Black Lager



Taste of Marrakesh – Morocco

Food:

  • Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad
  • Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili Ranch Sauce
  • Walnut Honey Baklava

Beverages:

  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
  • White Sangria
  • Casa Beer



Florida Fresh Between Morocco and France

Food:

  • Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
  • Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Stone-ground Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish
  • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue

Beverages:

  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Key Lime Sparkling Wine, St Petersburg, FL
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company Quat Seasonal Fruit Ale
  • Big Top Brewing Company Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, Sarasota, FL
  • First Magnitude Brewing Co. Monarch Milk Stout, Gainesville, FL
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Tamiami Florida Gin
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy (Non-alcoholic)
  • Beer Flight



Fleur de Lys – France

Food:

  • Tarte à la Tomate Provençale: Provencal Tomato Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Pastry Crust (V)
  • Canard Confit Aux Gnocchi à la Parisienne: Braised Duck Confit with Parisian Gnocchi
  • Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop (GF)

Beverages:

  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Grey Goose Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice
  • Kir Pomegranate: Sparkling Wine, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Village de France
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664



Cider House – United Kingdom

Food:

  • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Branston Dressing with Pears
  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare
  • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (V) (GF)

Beverages:

  • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY
  • Florida Beer Company Caribé Pineapple Tropical Hard Cider, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Ciderboys Grand Mimosa Apple Orange Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
  • Cider Flight
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (Non-alcoholic)

Specialty Coffee Carts Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®

Future World Coffee Cart Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • The Final Lap: Iced Tea topped with Frozen Passion Fruit with Vodka

Port of Entry Coffee Cart Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • Garden of Guava: Frozen Pink Guava topped with Rum or Vodka

American Adventure Coffee Cart Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • Strawberry Piña Colada: Frozen Piña Colada and Strawberry with Rum

Showcase Coffee Cart Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • Orange Blossom Twist: Frozen Orange Pineapple topped with Vodka
2018 Garden Rocks Concert Series

Show times 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in the America Gardens Theatre.

Flower Power Concert Series photos

  • March 2-5: Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • March 9-12: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • March 16-19: Simple Plan “Welcome to My Life”
  • March 23-26: Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • March 30-April 2: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 6-7: Foghat “Slow Ride” NEW!
  • April 8-9: Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” NEW to Garden Rocks!
  • April 13-14: Smash Mouth “All Star” NEW to Garden Rocks!
  • April 15-16: Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” NEW to Garden Rocks!
  • April 20-21: Jo Dee Messina “Stand by Me” NEW to Garden Rocks!
  • April 22-23: Lonestar “Amazed” NEW!
  • April 27-30: Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
  • May 4-7: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”
  • May 11-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • May 13-14: Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles “Hotel California” NEW!
  • May 18-21: The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • May 25-28: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

Note: The concert schedule is subject to change without notice.


Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Packages are Available!


Disney©

Book a Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package which includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch, or dinner at select Epcot restaurants (listed below)
  • Guaranteed seating at one of 3 concert performances later that day

Choose from 15 unique eateries around Epcot, each offering a menu replete with global delicacies.

Each dinner package includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert—or one (1) full buffet or family-style dining, where applicable—along with a non-alcoholic beverage and one (1) guaranteed seat to the Garden Rocks Concert held on the same day.

Advance Dining Reservations can be booked online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

Participating Restaurants for 2018:

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Norway Pavilion

Breakfast: $60 for adults; $36.00 for kids (buffet not available)

Lunch: $70 for adults; $42 for kids

Dinner: $70 for adults; $42 for kids

Biergarten Restaurant

Germany Pavilion

Lunch: $44 for adults; $25 for kids

Dinner: $51 for adults; $29 for kids

Chefs de France

France Pavilion

Lunch: $65.99 for adults; $17.99 for kids

Dinner: $75.99 for adults; $22.99 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant

The Living Seas Pavilion

Lunch: $66 for adults; $22 for kids

Dinner: $66 for adults; $22 for kids

The Garden Grill Restaurant

The Land Pavilion

Breakfast $43 for adults; $27 for kids (buffet not available)

Lunch: $57 for adults; $36 for kids

Dinner: $57 for adults; $36 for kids

La Hacienda de San Angel

Mexico Pavilion

Dinner: $80 for adults; $25.75 for kids

Nine Dragons Restaurant

China Pavilion

Lunch: $50 for adults; $16.99 for kids

Dinner: $58 for adults; $18.50 for kids

Restaurant Marrakesh

Morocco Pavilion

Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids

Dinner: $62 for adults; $19 for kids

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room

United Kingdom Pavilion

Lunch: $57 for adults; $21 for kids

Dinner: $57 for adults; $21 for kids

San Angel Inn Restaurante

Mexico Pavilion

Lunch: $70 for adults; $23 for kids

Dinner: $80 for adults; $25.75 for kids

Spice Road Table

Morocco Pavilion

Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids

Dinner: $63 for adults; $19 for kids

Teppan Edo

Japan Pavilion

Lunch: $62 for adults; $16.99 for kids

Dinner: $74 for adults; $20.75 for kids

Tokyo Dining

Japan Pavilion

Lunch: $62.99 for adults; $16.99 for kids

Dinner: $74 for adults; $16.99 for kids

Tutto Italia Ristorante

Italy Pavilion

Lunch: $64 for adults; $22 for kids

Dinner: $70 for adults; $25 for kids

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Italy Pavilion

Lunch: $54 for adults; $20 for kids

Dinner: $57 for adults; $24 for kids

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Festival Center

2018 information will be added when it becomes available.

This area is open from on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and is where you can find many of the seminars and presentations featured during the Festival.

In 2017, the Festival Center will be open Wednesday March 1-Sunday March 5, then resume its normal operating hours.

  • Garden Information Desk – Ask questions of Master Gardeners from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) at the University of Florida.
  • Garden Theater – See the making of the Festival
  • Horticulture Heritage – See how horticulture has played a role in creating Walt’s vision
  • Greenhouse Stage – Gardening specialists will share their expertise at 11:00am and 2:00pm
  • Fresh Epcot Stage – Demonstrations from experts at 12:00pm and 3:00pm
  • Spotlight Stage – Planting tips from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) at the University of Florida.
  • Festival Stage – A variety of horticulture topics
  • Intermissions Cafe – stop by for a selection of wine, cheese, wraps and salads
  • Festival Center Shop – Flower & Garden Festival-themed merchandise and more.

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Garden Destinations

    2018 information will be added when it becomes available.

  • Water Wise Garden (Presented by Rain Bird Corporation)
  • Prehistoric Plants
  • Purple Martins (Presented by Audubon Florida)
  • Cactus Road Rally – Desert plants and a special play area for kids
  • Festival Blooms
  • Pollinator Paradise
  • Butterflies on the Go (Presented by GoGo squeeZ®)
  • Health & Healing Garden
  • Backyard Habitat (Presented by National Wildlife Federation)
  • Music Garden Melodies – Illuminated after dark, interactive musical playground
  • Nature Works Everywhere (Presented by The Nature Conservancy)
  • Fire Garden
  • Extraordinary Orchids
  • Tuscan Cucina Garden
  • Japanese Mini Garden
  • Bonsai Collection
  • Urban Spice
  • English Tea Garden (Presented by Twinings of London®)
    • New for 2017: There is a complimentary English Tea Garden tour offered Monday-Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. where a Cast Member will explain all of the different teas in the garden. You must arrive early to sign up as this tour is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up is located in the Tea Caddy store across from Rose & Crown. You may even get a sample of tea to take with you at the end of the tour!
    • New for 2017:The Royal Tea Garden Tour is available for booking as part of an additional experience this year. You’ll check in at 9:30 a.m. near the Rose and Crown Dining Room in the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, then head to the tea garden for a 45-minute experience that will include scones with Earl Grey butter, clotted cream and jam, and, tea. You’ll get to hear about the Twinings family (selling tea since 1706) and learn all about the diversity of tea. Part of the fun is being in World Showcase before the park opens – you can take your tea and scones to the beautiful garden and enjoy until the park opens at 11:00 a.m. The cost is $15 per person plus Epcot admission; the tour begins at 9:45 a.m.; call (407) WDW-TOUR to book.
  • Shakespeare Garden

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“TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D” Coming to Universal Orlando in Summer 2013 UK

THE BATTLE CONTINUES…IN ORLANDO


JUST ANNOUNCED:BLOCKBUSTER MEGA-ATTRACTION “TRANSFORMERS: THE RIDE – 3D” COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT IN SUMMER 2013

Hugely-Successful Attraction Will Now Be Featured at Three Universal Parks Worldwide

Guests Will Be Fully-Immersed in a TRANSFORMERS Adventure with Their Favorite Characters and Nemeses from the Popular Film Series


(1st November 2012) – Get ready – it’s time to prepare for battle…

Universal Orlando Resort announced that its next blockbuster attraction will be the widely-popular TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D. The groundbreaking ride – created under license from Hasbro, Inc. and based on its iconic TRANSFORMERS brand – will bring the intergalactic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons to Universal Studios Florida in summer 2013.


Already a “must-see” at Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is a mind-blowing, action-packed ride experience that you have to see to believe. You will come face to face with Megatron. You will dodge explosions and attacks by the Decepticons. You will fight to save mankind alongside Optimus Prime and the Autobots. It will be the greatest battle you’ll ever ride.


Universal worked closely with Michael Bay, the award-wining director of the “TRANSFORMERS” film series and the ride’s creative consultant, to create an authentic experience that brings the non-stop action of the films to life. The attraction combines the larger-than-life TRANSFORMERS characters and an exciting storyline with life-like HD CGI media, state-of-the-art 3-D technology and amazing special effects to place riders right in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil.


“We broke the mold and have taken this ride to a new technological level in terms of blending seamless 3-D,” said Michael Bay, director of the “TRANSFORMERS” films.


“TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is the perfect addition to Universal Orlando’s thrilling theme park experiences,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “The ride has already proven to be a hit at our Hollywood and Singapore parks, and we’re excited that Universal Orlando guests will soon be able to join the Autobots in the fight to save the world.”


TRANSFORMERS films, television shows and merchandise have captivated millions of people all over the world. To date, three blockbuster films have been released – “TRANSFORMERS” (2007), “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” (2009) and “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON” (2011) – grossing more than $2 billion combined worldwide at the box office. The three films were directed by Michael Bay, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and released by Paramount Pictures.


TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is slated to open in summer 2013 at Universal Orlando. The attraction will have one of the shortest build times in Universal history – making it one of Universal’s most ambitious projects ever. For more information about TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, visit www.prepareforbattle.com or see

www.youtube.com/universalorlando

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About Universal Orlando Resort

There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, be transformed into a banana-loving minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. www.universalorlando.co.uk

Universal Orlando Resort is an NBCUniversal company.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORM’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint ventureERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

© 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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Universal Orlando Resort Reveals The New Variety Of Food And Beverage Options Specially Created For The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

New Offerings Include Authentic British Fare, Magical Elixirs – and Even Butterbeer-Flavored Ice-Cream

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 30, 2014) – Today, Universal Orlando Resort revealed details about the variety of new food and beverage options which will be available in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, opening this summer at the Universal Studios theme park. From traditional British favorites like Bangers and Mash to ice-cream with unique flavors such as Chocolate Chili and Sticky Toffee Pudding, guests will savor all-new dining experiences created exclusively for the new land.

Universal Orlando’s culinary team has gone to great lengths to ensure the food experience in Diagon Alley is as authentic as possible. After years of studying the books and films; gathering inspiration from British pubs; developing authentic recipes with imported ingredients from England; and holding countless tastings, Universal’s culinary team, in collaboration with Warner Bros., has created an incredible variety of new foods and beverages the whole family can enjoy, in environments inspired by popular locations from the Harry Potter series.

Guests can stop inside the Leaky Cauldron, the popular wizarding pub and inn where they will be greeted by the savory smells of traditional British dishes such as Bangers and Mash (traditional roasted sausages with creamy mashed potatoes), Fisherman’s Pie (salmon, shrimp and cod baked together under a potato crust), Toad in the Hole (traditional sausage baked into a Yorkshire pudding and served with onion gravy), Fish and Chips, and the Ploughman’s – a feast of English cheese, crusty bread, cornichon pickles, apple beet salad, Branston pickle and a Scotch egg). Guests can also sip on new draught beers created exclusively for the land – Wizard’s Brew and Dragon Scale – and enjoy popular drinks, like Pumpkin Juice and Butterbeer, as well as new beverages like Fishy Green Ale and Tongue Tying Lemon Squash.

Further down Diagon Alley is Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour, the same ice-cream shop where Hagrid bought Harry a chocolate and raspberry ice-cream with chopped nuts in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Stepping inside the whimsical and colorful shop, guests can indulge in more than 20 tantalizing and unique ice-cream flavors including Earl Grey and Lavender, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Chili, Clotted Cream, Salted Caramel Blondie, Apple Crumble, Strawberry and Peanut-Butter, Orange Marmalade and even a soft-serve ice-cream flavor of Butterbeer. Also available will be a variety of fresh pastries, scones, tarts and sweet cakes.

In Horizont Alley – a street branching off Diagon Alley – guests can enjoy delicious elixirs from Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment. The available elixir selection at this cart includes Draught of Peace, Babbling Beverage, Elixir to Induce Euphoria and Fire Protection Potion. By adding these magical elixirs to Gillywater, guests will see their drink transform before their eyes and experience delightful flavor surprises.

For more information about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the new food and drink offerings found in Diagon Alley, check out the Universal Orlando Blog http://blog.universalorlando.com.

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