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Disney’s Geyser Point Bar & Grill Now Open!

New Disney Dining Experience! Make it part of your Disney Vacation Plan!

Opening at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the new Geyser Point Bar & Grill, where you can grab a bite as you enjoy the resort’s rustic beauty. Located along the water’s edge, Geyser Point is designed with cedar beams and natural stone to fit into the design that’s reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest.

At the bar, artisanal sips add an authentic touch to beverage menus, including drinks which feature Pacific Northwest brewers and distilleries, and wines focusing on heritage varietals grown in Oregon and Washington. Small plates include crispy fried oysters with miso tartar sauce; edamame with chili salt; cheesy barbecue brisket with house-made chips; “Shrimp on a Wire” with miso-lime vinaigrette, togarashi (Japanese spice mixture), shishito peppers and chili-aioli; salmon rillettes with sourdough crisps, and handcrafted charcuterie.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a quick-service walk-up window next to the bar makes it easy to order and dine alfresco.

Breakfast includes scrambled eggs with sausage and bacon, crab cakes Benedict, maple-cinnamon pancakes and more. For a lighter bite, seasonal fruit is served with lavender honey-yogurt, and steel-cut oatmeal is topped with dried fruit and nuts. For kids, scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes and granola with apples, strawberries and honey-yogurt dip is on the menu.

The quick-service lunch and dinner menu, available at the walk-up window includes:

  • Bison burger with Tillamook Cheddar, sweet onion straws and marionberry barbecue sauce
  • Classic bacon burger with Tillamook Cheddar
  • House-smoked turkey sandwich with cranberry mayonnaise
  • Lump crab cake sandwich with house-made Canadian bacon and spicy cabbage-carrot slaw
  • Grilled salmon BLT with lemon-caper mayonnaise
  • Salad with grilled Portobello, zucchini, roasted red peppers, tomato and multi-grain salad with goat cheese dressing
  • Grilled chicken or salmon with arugula and romaine, apples, seasonal berries, hazelnuts and red wine vinaigrette
  • Seasonal fruit plate with lavender honey yogurt
  • For dessert there’s seasonal pie and a chocolate brownie mousse with caramel popcorn and toasted meringue

Kids’ all-day menu:

  • Grilled chicken strips with dipping sauces, apple or veggie sticks
  • Finger Food Sampler with sliced smoked turkey, Tillamook Cheddar, spiced apple jam, grape tomatoes and sourdough crisps.

Book and Pall your Disney Dream Vacation! Wilderness Lodge is a fabulous Resort to stay in as well. It’s in the Deluxe Resort category and a quick boat ride to the Magic Kingdom.

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Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival MARCH 1 – MAY 29, 2017

Outdoor Kitchens & Beautiful Gardens!

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. Included in the Festival, are numerous food kiosks featuring delicacies created with fresh fruits, vegetables  and spices.

The Berry Basket

  • Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique
  • Field Greens with Fresh Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spiced Pecans (vegetarian
  • Warm Wild Berry
    Buckle with Pepper Berry Sorbet (vegetarian)

 

Urban Farm Eats Walkway near Imagination!

  • Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction (gluten-friendly & vegetarian)
  • Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Fingerling Potatoes
  • Crabless Cake with Crispy Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Vinaigrette and Old Bay Remoulade (vegetarian)

Pineapple Promenade – World Showcase Promenade

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Taro Chips
  • Pineapple Soft-serve (vegetarian)

La Isla Fresca – World Showcase Promenade

  • 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 Avocado, Mango and Onions
  • FlanCocho: Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake (vegetarian)

Jardin de Fiestas – Mexico

  • Chile Relleno de Picadillo: Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef and Covered with Tomato Sauce and garnished with Queso Fresco and Toasted Almonds
  • Brocheta de Pollo con Salsa Morita: Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper served with Salsa Chile Morita and garnished with Micro-cilantro and Edible Flowers
  • Tres Leches: Vanilla Sponge Cake, Cajeta, Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk and garnished with Orange Zest

Lotus House – China

  • Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap
  • Beijing-style Candied Strawberries (vegetarian)
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (vegetarian)

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market – Germany

  • Potato Pancakes with House Made Apple Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Potatoe Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
  • Currywurst with Paprika Chips (gluten free)
  • Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with
    Mixed Berries

Primavera Kitchen – Italy

  • Antipasto Mista: Cerignola Olives, Sweet Soppressata and Salami, Ovolini, Mozzarella, Sweet Roasted Pepeprs, Ciabatta Bread
  • Meatball Parmigiana: Hand-made Beef and Veal Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana, Fresh Basil

THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews – The American Adventure

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw
  • Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Beans and Corn Salad (gluten free)
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (vegetarian)

Northern Bloom

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Buttered Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoke Bacon (gluten-friendly)
  • Beef Tenderlion Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables
  • Nanaimo Bar Trifle

Hanami – Japan

  • Frushi Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon Rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side (vegan)
  • Ahi Tuna Poke Sesame Ginger
  • Beef Teriyaki Udon Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger

Taste of Marrakesh – Morocco

  • Merguez “Hot Dog” Sausage: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Sauteed Onions and Green Peppers
  • Home-Made Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce
  • Baklava (vegan)

Florida Fresh Between Morocco and France

  • Carne Asada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro LIme Sour Cream
  • Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro (gluten free)
  • Florida Larder Board Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Pâté and House-made Pickles
  • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue

Fleur de Lys – France

  • Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust
  • Puff Pastry Crust (vegetarian)
  • Poulet aux Ecrevisses, Riz Pilaf: Baked Chicken with Crawfish served with Rice Pilaf
  • Macaron Chocolat Framboise Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam (gluten-friendly)

Cider House – United Kingdom

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

Let’s get your quick Disney vacation trip to Walt Disney World Resort booked so you can experience all the beautiful floral and fauna of Epcot and eat your way around the world! info@magicitineraries.com  610-754-1511 or 610-639-0138

“Rivers of Light,”Opens Feb. 17 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Plan Your Disney Vacation Now – 2017 is EXCITING!
For more than a year, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park at Walt Disney World® Resort has continued its evolution to a day-to-night park by introducing a rich variety of new nighttime experiences – from Kilimanjaro Safaris after sunset and fine dining at Tiffins, to the vibrant entertainment at the Harambe Wildlife Parti and Discovery Island Carnivale. And when the Tree of Life awakens after dark, it is truly a sight to behold!

Today, we’re happy to announce one of the park’s newest nighttime experiences, “Rivers of Light,” will make its official debut on Feb 17, 2017.

Continuing the grand Disney tradition of innovative, after-dark entertainment, “Rivers of Light” combines live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature. The story magically unfolds on the broad natural stage of the Discovery River, conveying the uplifting spirit of an ancient and timeless lantern ceremony and filled with symbolism, storytelling and plenty of heart.

Dining and FastPass+ reservations for this new show are now available.  

And don’t forget that the next step in the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom – the grand debut of Pandora – The World of Avatar – will take place on May 27, 2017.

Let’s get YOUR Magical Disney Vacation Booked and Planned so you can be part of the new happenings and have a front row seat!

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Disney’s Magic Kingdom Welcome Show changing

With the Walt Disney World Railroad scheduled for a lengthy refurbishment, the Magic Kingdom will experiment with a new staging area and possibly a newformat for the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show. Beginning January 9, 2017 the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show will move from the train station to Cinderella Castle stage.  In previous years the Welcome Show continued to be offered at the train station.

With this closure the park wants to experiment with a new procedure that allows guests to enter Main Street U.S.A. early and perhaps do some shopping, get those great photos and even some early morning dining in before opening the Magic Kingdom attractions after the welcome.

“With more guests arriving early to the Magic Kingdom park, we are enhancing the morning arrival experience by opening Main Street U.S.A. earlier than the rest of the park.
Guest will be able to get a head start on their day they as enjoy the early morning charm of Main Street U.S.A. with photo opportunities, breakfast options and shopping before the park officially opens.  A new welcome show will debut at Cinderella Castle stage January 9.”

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP)

MVMCP, Disney’s biggest holiday event,  features exclusive holiday entertainment, snow falling on Main St., & complimentary cookies and hot cocoa.
This is a special event with its own ticket. The event “officially” begins at 7:00 pm and lasts until 12:00 am.  However, if you don’t have a theme park ticket to enter the Magic Kingdom for that day, the Castmembers will generally allow MVMCP ticket holders entrance about 4:00 pm.
2016 event dates are:
November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22

People often ask about the least crowded parties and which days they should attend. November party dates will almost always be less busy than December dates, and Tuesdays are usually less crowded than parties offered on other days of the week.

“Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” will make its debut for the 2016 holiday season. In this all-new show, Mickey and his pals invite some of their friends over for an unforgettable Christmas party filled with music, dancing, color and fun. Look for Woody and Jessie from “Toy Story,” Fantasyland friends such as Peter Pan and Snow White, and many more!

Not all of the rides and shows will be open during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but many will and with very little wait times.
Note that FastPass+ is not available during the party (and for most attractions, it’s not needed anyway).
You have 5 hours to enjoy the special events that take place during this party so use your time wisely.

Things you should do:

  • Watch the parade but wait until the second one since it’s less busy and you can do other things during the first one.
  • See the fireworks.
  • Attend the shows – they are exclusive to this party and can’t be seen any other time of year.

Things you should not spend time doing:

  • Eating – you can get cookies (including a gluten free option), cocoa, apples, and apple juice at many locations and there are some restaurants open but we wouldn’t spend too much time on that. Be sure to eat before the events begin so you can spend your time doing other things. Have a big sit down lunch this day!
  • Doing things that are not exclusive to this party which includes meeting some characters and riding rides. If you’re attending on a busy night, focus on the exclusive things as opposed to things you could ride during the day. If you’re attending on a less busy night, the short lines for rides are a lot of fun to take advantage of.

Here’s a sample itinerary plan for the party:

  • If you want to do a popular character meet, line up early. If you want to meet popular characters like Jack Skellington and Sandy Claws, line up around 4:30 for that (he often shows up before the party begins, sometimes as early as 5). If you want to meet the Seven Dwarfs, line up around 6:00 so you can see them as soon as they begin meeting people at 7. Want to meet the princesses w/their princes? Get in line around 6:30 for that.
  • Celebrate the Season at 7:30 p.m.
  • Frozen Holiday Wish at 8 p.m. (or at 6:15 p.m. before the party begins)
  • Go on some rides, pick up some cookies and cocoa, attend the dance party or watch VoicePlay
  • Celebrate the Magic at 9:15 p.m.
  • Holiday Wishes Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at 10:30 p.m.
  • Rides, cookies, character dance party
  • Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show at 11:35

Is it worth it?

For $60-70/person, you get up to 8 hours in the park with an exclusive parade and fireworks, special character interactions, low wait times on rides, with cookies and cocoa.

We love the Christmas party and think it’s worth it for most people, although due to the late hours, we don’t suggest it for most families with young children. Late nights and sleepy kids turn into grumpy families – no pixie dust there!
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DISNEY STORY ROOMS, PLAN YOUR VACATION

DISNEY STORY ROOMS, PLAN YOUR VACATION
Stay and play—and feel like a character in favorite Disney films—with Disney Story Rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels.
Disney Story Rooms offer you and your family the kind of fantasy and adventure that lasts throughout your entire vacation.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
invites you to become a part of beloved Walt Disney Pictures and Disney·Pixar animated films in family suites in Finding Nemo and Cars and Walt Disney Pictures’The Lion King, and standard rooms inspired by Walt Disney Pictures’ The Little Mermaid. Standard rooms sleep up to 4, while suites sleep up to 6. From the magically themed family suites and rooms to the zero entry pool, this Value Resort will immerse you in one of four wonderful “worlds”—for a colorful journey through the story of each film.
• Finding Nemo Family Suites
• Cars Family Suites
• The Lion King Family Suites
• The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms


Pirate Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

These rooms are designed to make you feel as if you’ve “set sail”, with ship-themed beds and other swashbuckling touches-from the light fixtures to the special artwork on the walls. Aaaaarrrrgggg!

Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
are quarters befitting the Princes and Princesses of the family. Here, the remarkable décor and rich details will place your family right in the middle of classic Disney stories. Brought to life by celebrated Disney Characters, each room is fit for royalty. Enjoy magnificent touches and magical surprises, including custom drapes and linens, ornately decorated beds-and headboards that glitter with a fiber optic “fireworks” display. You’ll enjoy majesty and fun, all rolled into one!

Magic Itineraries, Authorized Disney Vacation Planner will help you decide which Resort will fit your idea of the ideal Disney getaway – one your family will cherish forever. Disney Dreams really can come true! Put us to work for you!
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What’s Going On at Animal Kingdom?

Rivers of Light! Is it Happening or Not? Park hours. Getting shorter. The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic!, being cancelled already? Will the Tree of Life continue to light up at night or not? Planning a Disney vacation, especially if you’re wanting to visit the Animal Kingdom Park for evening event, will be disappointment this fall and winter.

All good questions. Answers are far and few between. The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic is going away after  Labor Day. This show, thrown together at the last minute, was a temporary show anyway, to keep guests entertained until the main attraction, Rivers of Light could be completed and rolled out. Alive with Magic was lukewarm at best.

As for the Rivers of Light? No news if or when this long over due show will ever see the light of day or the shadows of night.  A lot of money sunk into a project that we may never see or will not see for a very long time?? One has to wonder why. We’re sure it boils down to money.

We’re also wondering about the Tree of Life and it’s magical lighting at night. The park hours have been  getting shorter. From 11:00pm to 9:00pm and now 7:00pm as we get closer to fall and winter. No word on whether the Tree of Life will be lighting up or not.

So, we went from the excitement of this park being open for more hours of fun and thrills to not.  We’ll have to wait to see what they come up with in the coming months and years with the opening of Avatar.

There is still plenty to do in Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and if you’re a shopper, you’ll love Disney Springs!! Let us help you plan your next Disney Vacation so you’ll get the most magic, and navigate all the pros and cons, so your Disney experience will be the best fir for you!

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Disney Cruises/Pre-Book Character Greetings

Beginning on June 7, Guests traveling on a Disney Cruise will be abile to pre-book two Meet & Greet opportunities with Disney Characters through the My Disney Cruise section of DisneyCruise.com. Guests sailings on cruises of 7-nights or longer that feature at least two sea days will also have the opportunity to pre-book a special Character Breakfast online.

This is good news for all your parents who have a Princess or two who LOVE all or a few of those Disney Princesses and are a must see  when visiting Disney. This added feature will make every little girls heart melt and dream come true! Get the Princess dresses ready, cameras and autographs books too.

If you are interested in pre-reserving tickets for the Princess Gathering, Frozen Meet & Greet or a Disney Character Breakfast   (if applicable) during your cruise, we encourage you to visit the My Disney Cruise section of www.disneycruise.com . This can only be done, once you have paid for your cruise in full and the “window” has opened for you to book your advance registrations for Port Adventures, Spa Treatments, Adult Dining and other fun activities.

If you haven’t already booked you dream Disney cruise, call us and we’ll get you booked and ready for your magical memory cruise!

Concierge Guests will not need to pre-book these experiences. Character Meet & Greet opportunities and Character Breakfasts will be pre-booked ahead of time by the Concierge Team. This makes booking a Concierge Suite even more attractive!

Have a Magical Day!