Disney After Hours has added several dates to both the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom calendars.
After hours is a time for guests to enter the parks when most guests are heading out. The park is open late for just these specific ticket holders. Guests will have access to many of their favorite rides and will also receive unlimited ice cream novelties, popcorn, and fountain beverages. Here are the dates as posted directly from Disney:
Magic Kingdom Park
November 18, 2019
December 9, 2019
January 6, 2019
January 13, 2020
January 17, 2020
January 20, 2020
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
October 5, 9, 19, 26 and 30, 2019
November 5, 13 and 19, 2019
December 7, 14 and 18, 2019
January 9, 16, 22 and 30, 2020
February 6, 13, 19 and 27, 2020
March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2020
If you have a trip planned during this time, this is an excellent way to see a lot of a park in a short period of time. We experienced it in the spring and we did every ride the kids wanted to and also several meet and greets. At one point, it felt as if we were the only guests in the park. It was truly awesome.
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H20 Glow is a great Extra Magical Even that takes place at Typhoon Lagoon on select Summer Evenings. Learn more about it here. This fantastic Extra Magical Event has some awesome perks and one of which will be all of its yummy bites and sips. For all the Disney Foodies, here is the guide, straight from Disney themselves:
Western Beef Brisket, Available at Leaning Palms – Beef brisket, fingerling potatoes, and baby carrots topped with pico de gallo and micro greens
Pork Kabob, Available at Leaning Palms – Jicama slaw, kumquat preserves, pineapple, and watermelon topped with micro greens
Chick Kabob, Available at Leaning Palms – Mojo chicken, jicama slaw, kumquat preserves, pineapple, and watermelon topped with micro greens
Surfs Up Chicken Noodle Salad, Available at Leaning Palms, Typhoon Tilly’s, Snack Shack – Bulgogi chicken, noodle slaw, and lettuce topped with sesame seeds
Fish Out of Water, Available at Leaning Palms – Baked cod, coconut rice, and baby bok choy topped with lemon butter and micro greens
Cheese Party Platter, Available at Leaning Palms, Typhoon Tilly’s – Port Salude, smoked cheddar, fontina cheese, smoked gouda, grapes, and crackers
Bathtub Party Sundae, Available at Happy Landings – Vanilla
ice cream, confetti cake, whipped cream, and chocolate rubber ducks
topped with sprinkles and served in a novelty bathtub dish
Woody’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Milkshake, Available at Leaning Palms – Cotton candy milkshake served in a novelty Woody Boot and topped with whipped cream, edible glitter, and a gummy worm
Pineapple Soft-serve with Blue Raspberry, Available at Typhoon Tilly’s and Snack Shack – Pineapple soft-serve with blue raspberry slushy
The Glowing Unicorn (Non-alcoholic), Available at Leaning Palms –Non-alcoholic violet colada with a glow cube, rainbow whipped cream, edible shimmer glitter, and a twist candy lollipop
Tropical Flash Lemonade (Non-alcoholic), Available at Leaning Palms – Tropical smoothie mix with Odwalla Lemonade and a glow cube
Glow Fusion Punch (Alcoholic), Available at Leaning Palms – Vodka and fruit-based liqueur with grenadine and pineapple juice topped with rainbow popping pearls
Green Glowrita (Alcoholic), Available at Leaning Palms – Tequila, Granny Smith Apple syrup, and sour mix topped with blueberry popping pearls
Strawberry Glow Lemonade (Non-alcoholic), Available at Leaning Palms and High and Dry – Strawberry smoothie mix with Odwalla Lemonade and a glow cube
Buzz Blaster (Non-alcoholic), Available at Leaning Palms – Sprite and green apple popping pearls served with a Buzz Lightyear glow clip
Galactic Lemonade (Alcoholic), Available at Let’s Go Slurpin’ and Fred’s Dive Bar – Blueberry vodka, blue curaçao, Odwalla Lemonade, and pomegranate juice topped with Sprite and a glow cube
Party Time Tea (Alcoholic), Available at Let’s Go Slurpin’ – Tennessee whiskey, sweet tea, and lemonade with a glow cube
Dream Disco Float (Alcoholic), Available at Happy Landings – Hard orange soda, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and edible glitter
Adult Root Beer Disco Float (Alcoholic), Available at Happy Landings – Hard root beer, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and edible glitter
Elysian DayGlow IPA Draft (Alcoholic), Available at High and Dry
Brut de Peche Champagne (Alcoholic), Available at Fred’s Dive Bar – Served in a LED Champagne
Light-up Popcorn Bucket – Main Change Popcorn Cart
H2O Glow Nights Light-up Souvenir Cup – Various Locations throughout the Park
Alien Light-up Souvenir Cup – Various Locations throughout the Park
Light-up Champagne Glass – Various Locations throughout the Park
Glow Cubes – Various Locations throughout the Park
Hallowishes was a fantastic Fireworks display and was one of my favorite parts about the Disney World Halloween party. Disney has decided to replace it this year with an all new Spectacular and I think it is going to be amazing.
For those of you who have had the opportunity to see “Happily Ever After”; the Magic Kingdom night time show that leaves guests with goosebumps and the happiest kind of tears, this will be modeled after that. It will add projections on the castle as well as the lasers, special effects and of course, a beautiful fireworks display. The story will be about Mickey and his friends as they go on a Trick-or-Treating adventure and some of the not-so-scary things they can encounter. We are attending in early September so I will report back about the new show!
In addition to the new show, your favorites will return including the famous “Boo to You” parade, character dance parties, meet & greets with rare characters and of course, trick-or-treating!
The Oogie Boogie Bash will be spooking guests from September 6th – October 31st. This is a separate ticket event that will treat guests to all new entertainment & character interactions. This includes a special version of “World of Color”, “Villainous!”.
Other Halloween “treats” include:
Treat Trails: New immersive trails that will contain characters, possibly even Oogie himself! At the end of the trail, guests will emerge to great big cauldrons of candy to pick from.
DescenDance – A great new interactive Dance Party! The best dancers from Isle of the Lost come to teach us some moves. Groove to all your favorite songs from the Descendants movies!
“Frightfully Fun Parade” – Mickey, Minnie, several other characters, and some of your favorite Villains will delight and cause mischief along the parade route!
Mickey’s Trick and Treat Show – Targeted towards the littles at the party, Mickey and his pals tell stories and enjoy a Halloween Party. Plenty of dancing and candy at this show!
Meet & Greets – Meet with some of your favorites and look for special encounters with villains!
Tickets are limited per party so enjoy shorter wait times at your favorite attractions.
Tickets go on sale April 30th, however if you have an Annual Pass, Disney Visa, or are a DVC member, you can get tickets on the 23rd of April.
Early park entry will be available. The party starts at 6pm but you can get in 3 hours early on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4 hours early on Sundays. Guests will also be able to get into the party’s 4 hours early on the 29th and 31st.
The 2019 Food & Wine Festival is back at Disney’s California Adventure. It kicks off today, March 1 and runs through April 23. We have already seen photos and review of a few offerings. Wow, some of it looks and sounds amazing. There will be 14 kiosks and in addition, there will be several seminars & kids activities a well. Some of the events do require reservations so be sure to look into it soon! Also, this year, the Sip & Savor Pass is available to all guests so that is also something to check out. Remember to pick up your Passport and check it off as you enjoy all the flavors the festival has to offer. For those of you with any restrictions or food preferences, they do offer Vegan, Vegetarian, & Gluten Free options.
Let’s see what is on the menu this year! See any of your favorites?
NUTS ABOUT CHEESE (near Carthay Circle Restaurant at the Festival Entrance) Food:
Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup served in a Mini Boudin Sourdough Bread Bowl (V)
Ham and Vella Jack Cheese Pinwheel with Smoked Pistachios
Creamy Oikos Yogurt Cheesecake (V)
Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Columbia Street, Amber Lager, San Diego
UNCORK CALIFORNIA (near Carthay Circle Restaurant at the Festival Entrance)
California Artisan Cheese Selection – Select from either Point Reyes
Blue of Fiscalini White Cheddar Hand-crafted California Cheese (V)
White Wine Flight
Twomey Cellars, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa-Sonoma County
Simi, Chardonnay, “Reserve,” Russian River Valley, California
Patz & Hall, Chardonnay, “Dutton Ranch,” Russian River Valley, California
Red Wine Flight
Erath, Pinot Noir, Oregon
Klinker Brick Winery, Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi
Rowen, Blend, Sonoma County, California
Mixed Berry Mimosa
Chandon Brut, Sparkling Wine, California
Assorted Wine Varietals
CITRUS GROVE (near Carthay Circle Restaurant at the Festival Entrance) Food:
Orange Chicken and Rice
Citrus-brined Pork Roast with Tangy Barbecue Sauce and Lemon Pepper Slaw
Meyer Lemon Blue Diamond Almond Macaron (GF, V)
Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule
Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic)
CALIFORNIA CRAFT BREWS (near the Cars Land Entrance) Food:
Pepperoni Pizza Egg Rolls with Marinara and Pesto Sauce
Bright and Balanced Beer Flight
Pizza Port California Honey Golden Ale
Hangar 24 Orange Wheat
Left Coast Pink Bikini Raspberry Wheat
Karl Strauss Columbia Street Amber Lager
Hobby and Bold Beer Flight
Smog City Sabre-Toothed Squirrel Amber Ale
Lost Winds Tropiclemente Tropical Ale IPA
Towne Park Blacksmith Black IPA
Asylum Rorschach Brown Ale
By the Glass – Bright and Balanced
Pizza Port Brewing Company, California Honey, Golden Ale, Solana Beach
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Orange Wheat, American Wheat Ale, Redlands
Left Coast Brewing Co., Pink Bikini, Raspberry Wheat, San Clemente
Three Weavers Brewing Company, Day Job, Pale Ale, Inglewood
Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Columbia Street, Amber Lager, San Diego
By the Glass – Hoppy and Bold
Smog City Brewing Co., Sabre-Toothed Squirrel, Hoppy Amber Ale, Torrance
Stereo Brewing Company, Perfect Day, American IPA, Placentia
Lost Winds Brewing Company, Tropiclemente, Tropical IPA, San Clemente
Towne Park Brew Co., Blacksmith, Black IPA, Anaheim
Asylum Brewing, Rorschach, Brown Ale with Kenyan Coffee, Anaheim
BERRY PATCH (near the Cars Land Entrance) Food:
Strawberry and Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos Yogurt Wasabi Sauce (GF, V)
Fresh California Berry Pie (V)
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk
Strawberry Float with Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Crunchy Cereal Garnish (non-alcoholic)
PEPPERS CALI-ENTE (near Wine Country Trattoria) Food:
Verlasso Sustainable Salmon Peruvian Poke with Cucumber-Lime Salad and Aji Verde Salsa (GF)
Ghost Pepper Mac and Cheese with Chili Cheese Corn Chip Dust (V)
VEGGIE, VEGGIE, FRUIT, FRUIT (near Wine Country Trattoria) Food:
Grilled Asparagus Chicken Caesar Salad
Cauliflower Ceviche with Chile Corn Crumble and Tortilla Strips (VG)
Duo of Frozen Fruit Fruit Bars – Lime and Strawberry
Cool Lime Michelada with Frozen Lime Ice
Davis Bynum, Sauvignon Blanc, “Virginia’s Block,” Russian River Valley, California
If you are headed to Disneyland to participate in this festival and you need assistance with accommodations, tickets, or suggestions, please contact me. If you do attend, be sure to tell us your favorites!
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is just around the corner. This year, it will run March 6th through June 3rd. This Limited Time Magic is not something you want to miss. The flowers are stunning and we love walking through all of the gardens, but now let’s talk about the food offerings!
This year, 17 Outdoor Kitchens will be serving as well as other areas for tastings throughout Epcot. The food will all be inspired by fresh ingredients that you can find in gardens. They do have vegetarian and gluten free options if that is something someone in your party prefers or requires. Don’t miss out on all the delicious offerings and fun beverages!
ARBOR (Located at The Gardeners Terrace in The Odyssey Center) Food:
Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-Fennel Salad, Remoulade, and Smoked Paprika Oil
Smoked Salmon Stack with Avocados, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Caviar, and Focaccia Crostino
Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake with Apple Cider Sorbet (GF, V)
Original Sin Brewery Black Widow Hard Cider, New York, NY
Florida Beer Company Caribé Strawberry Rose Hard Cider, Cape Canaveral, FL
3 Daughters Brewing Key Lime Apple Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
Karbach Brewing Lemon and Ginger Radler Houston, TX
Seadog Brewing Company Sunfish Ale, Clearwater, FL
Shipyard Brewing Company Grind the Rind Watermelon IPA, Portland, ME
LA ISLA FRESCA (Located in Showcase Plaza East) Food:
Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-Lime Sauc
Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse, and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple
Tropical Freeze (non-alcoholic)
Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
Tropical Freeze with Mango Rum
THE CITRUS BLOSSOM (Located near Refreshment Port) Food:
Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF)
Tuna Tataki with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado, and Pappadam Crisp
Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF)