What did the creative brains behind Halloween Horror Nights 2018 have to say about this years event?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

As Halloween Horror Nights has come to a close the creative minds behind this years event have shared their thoughts on a HHN that has gone down in Universals record books as the ‘hottest’ and most haunted houses ever created!

Firstly i’ve had a look on twitter and found what Mike Aiello : Senior Director Creative Development of Universal Orlando & HHN Orlando had to say.

I have chosen a few of my favourites:

Although it is sad that HHN has come to a close after another spectacular year we can now get excited and speculate on HHN29!! We’ve already had an idea that Netflix’s new show The Haunting of Hill House would make a great addition and Mike and his team are already considering IP’s and working on original content. Wooop!!

Universal posted some closing thoughts from the creative minds behind this year’s Halloween Horror Nights…

Charles Gray: Show Director.

“On the final night of the event, I like to say my goodbyes to not only cast and crew, but to the sounds of the event. I can see visuals anytime on social media or hanging on the walls of our Art & Design offices. But year after year, the audio tracks of Halloween Horror Nights have become a special memory for me.

  • I want the environmental sounds from Seeds of Extinction and the score from Carnival Graveyard to remain in my head.
  • I will walk through the haunted houses on the final night and absorb my favourite scares.
  • I will smile when I walk through Slaughter Sinema and hear a crazed kid scream, “I’ll eat your guts for dinner!”
  • I will snicker when I hear Loomis yell, “No!  No!  No!” into the night air.
  • Hearing, “They’re heeeere” that final time will induce some melancholy and a sense of pride.

I am so proud of what the entire team has accomplished this year. That pride extends from the tech teams to the scareactors. Everyone should be proud of the heart and soul they poured into this twenty-eighth year of Halloween Horror Nights. 2019 is already shaping up to be a year of surprises. See you next year.”

Blake Braswell: Show Director.

“The end of another Halloween Horror Nights has come. And as it fades away into the fog, I know this terror-filled beast will linger long in my heart. What this talented team of creators, designers, technicians and scareactors brought to life were some of the very first horror stories I experienced as a child.

I couldn’t be more proud to have played a part in this year’s event. I hate to see it go, but the tendrils of next year have already crept into our view, and I am thrilled for the screams yet to come.”

Patrick Braillard: Show Director.

“We are about to close the gates on another incarnation of Halloween Horror Nights. Soon the haunted houses and scare zones that you knew this year will disappear, making way for new experiences next year.

The beast that is Halloween Horror Nights is never satisfied with the status quo. It is always evolving, always changing. Sometimes that change is seen as growth—can you say 10 houses?! Sometimes it means welcoming a group of maniacs inside—Academy of Villains, can you feel me?!

But in all of that growth and change, there are things that remain as steady today as they were during our very first event—the passion. The passion of the teams that develop, operate, and manage the event (truly the best in the world). The passion of the scareactors, who are the lifeblood of the event. And of course, the passion of the incredible fans who devote their time and energy to the promotion of all things Halloween Horror Nights (sometimes that involves tattoos…).”

I already can’t wait for HHN29! What about you?

Screams included,

Abby

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns in January

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Epcot International Festival of the Arts is returning for a 39 day celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts from all over the world. It starts on the 18th January and ends on the 25th February, offering activities and entertainment for the entire family.

Plus new for 2019 guests can sing along to their favourite Disney Broadway songs throughout Disney on Broadway Concert Series where each week , different pairs of Disney Broadway stars use the America Gardens Theatre Stage to sing tunes from award winning Broadway productions. There will be daily showings at 17:30, 18:45 and 20:00 and the lineup will rotate regularly and feature music from the likes of The Lion King, Frozen and Beauty & the Beast.

  • Kerry Butler (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • Meredith Inglesby (“The Little Mermaid”) and Steve Blanchard (“Beauty and the Beast”)
  • Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
  • Heidi Blickenstaff (“Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
  • Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)

There is no extra cost for the concert series but you can get reserved seating by booking a dining package at a participating restaurant!

Of course it wouldn’t be an Epcot Festival without tonnes of scrumptious food and Epcot International Festival of the Arts will not dissappoint with their 13 Food Studios, plus other creative offerings.

Drop by The Artist’s Table for beef wellington with mushroom bordelaise, fennel cream and roasted baby vegetables, or enjoy smoked salmon and cream gâteau with egg yolk cream, paddlefish caviar and micro-herbs at The Painter’s Palate. Pop Eats! will serve up almond frangipane cake with raspberry and chocolate, while red wine-braised short rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic will be available at Cuisine Classique.

Guests will also find activities to the inspire artists of all ages. Here are a few fun highlights:

  • Everyone’s invited to grab a paintbrush and help create a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza.
  • At the Artful Photo Opportunities, you can step inside masterworks of art and take photos with friends.
  • The Paint with a Disney Artist program invites guests to learn under the tutelage of a professional (offered select Fridays and Sundays, including continental breakfast, for an additional fee).
  • Performing artists are scheduled throughout the festival, demonstrating gravity-defying feats of strength, acrobatics and many other skills.
  • International musical and variety acts will share their talents with guests, including the return of Bodh’aktan to the Canada stage and Delta Q, a new group performing in Germany.
  • Guests can join in the fun of Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt by purchasing a map at select merchandise locations.
  • A variety of workshops led by professionals will teach different artistic techniques, such as floral design, ink and paint, mixed-media art and more (offered Friday-Monday for an additional fee). As a memento of what they learn, guests will take their creations home with them. Details on workshop registration will be released soon.
  • Complimentary 30-minute seminars will give guests helpful instruction for producing their own artwork at home.

Remember It starts on the 18th January and ends on the 25th February!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Every single night from the 17th November to the 31st December you can celebrate the holiday season at Busch Gardens with Santa, Rudolph and more!

Each night, enjoy millions of twinkling lights and visits to Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®. Plus, beloved characters from the television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” return for some festive fun. Enjoy Yuletide shows, delicious holiday treats, your favourite thrill coasters in the dark. Christmas Town is included with admission.

CHRISTMAS TOWN VILLAGE

Inside Christmas Town Village, shop for the perfect gifts, enjoy Yuletide carols and marvel at model trains that encircle a miniature Christmas city.

SHOWS & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Busch Gardens beams with twinkling lights and yuletide shows during Christmas Town! Enjoy world-class ice skaters, melodious tunes, and even your favorite Sesame Street characters at one of our many shows!

This year enjoy a delightful new show featuring contemporary music that celebrates the traditions of Christmas. It is called ‘Christmas Is…’ and is located inside Dragon Fire Grill.

This new show joins a great line up of returning favourite shows;

Christmas from the Heart – Rejoice in the glory of the season in Christmas from the Heart, the contemporary Christian gospel celebration located inside the Stanleyville Theater.

Carol of the Bells – Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Overlook Restaurant sets the stage for Carol of the Bells, featuring tens of thousands of Christmas lights choreographed to seasonal music.

Christmas On Ice – The creators of the award-winning Turn It Up! capture the holiday spirit as world-class skaters celebrate the many wonders of Christmas in the family favorite show, Christmas on Ice.

Three Kings Journey – Located in the Bird Gardens, the Three Kings Journey Show unites magical voices in perfect harmony, unfolding the famed journey to the humble town of Bethlehem.

Elmo’s Christmas Wish – Visit Sesame Street Safari of Fun to join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Rosita and Grover as they learn the meaning of Christmas in Elmo’s Christmas Wish.

Christmas Town Band – The Christmas Town Band brings a classic Christmas to life with a jazz-inspired twist. Set on the Zagora Patio, this band embodies the true merriment of the season.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

NEW! Congo-Stanleyville Walkway – Journey through our awe-inspiring light tunnel connecting the Congo and Stanleyville areas; this breathtaking pathway is the perfect place for this year’s holiday photo.

Stanleyville – Immerse yourself in the lavender glow of Christmas lights and the splendor of Christmas from the Heart.

Morocco – Family and friends will cozy up to brave the chill in the air along the Morocco pathway. The frozen sights sparkle and shimmers in the night as a live angel sculpture welcomes guests, and brilliant white garland wraps the front of the Moroccan Palace; home to the Christmas on Ice show.

Cheetah Walkway and Plaza  Larger-than-life nutcrackers, exotic decorations and intricate animal patterns create the kind of Christmas found only in nature! Cheetah Hunt® walkway welcomes guests to Florida’s only triple-launch coaster and the iconic Serengeti Overlook Restaurant and Pub, featuring special holiday fare and the Carol of the Bells light show.

Flamingo Way – When it’s warm in December and there’s more sand than snow, celebrate a Floridian Christmas with a touch of the tropics in the Flamingo Way. Guests will be tickled pink as they encounter decorated palm trees and a flock of festive flamingos created from thousands of twinkling pink lights.

Bird Gardens – This poinsettia parkway blooms with hundreds of traditional holiday flowers. Make a family memory with breathtaking pictures in front of an enormous tree made entirely of beautiful red poinsettias, or meet the enchanting Poinsettia Princess for the ultimate family photo opportunity.

MEET & GREETS

Rudolphs Winter Wonderland – Experience the world of Rudolph come to life. Meet and take photos with Rudolph and friends, joined this year by Sam the Snowman, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster.

Santa’s House Presented by Coca-Cola – Step into Santa’s house to share your Christmas wish and take holiday photos with Santa Claus and his team of hardworking elves.

NEW: Brunch With Santa – Enjoy a brunch buffet featuring a photo opportunity with Santa Claus and a selection of seasonal offerings! Brunch is served between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during Christmas Town. Guests make their way to the Serengeti Overlook Restaurant at their leisure during this open-seating experience. Enhance your experience with the options of endless mimosas or a Bloody Mary bar.

Busch Gardens is one of my fave parks anyway but Christmas at Busch Gardens looks even more awesome! Check out the opening times;

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

Stranger Things Day at Universal Studios!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Universal have just announced one of the coolest things EVER.

Tuesday November the 6th was the day that Will Byers disappeared and on the same day this year you are invited to join the search party for Will by taking on the HHN Stranger Things house during the day! From 11am – 7pm anyone in Universal Studios will have the chance to walk through the house for one last time!

There will also be speciality food and beverage options at Benny’s Burger Tent, San Fran Pastry and Boulangerie.

Step into the shoes of Mike, Dustin, and Lucas as you venture into The Upside Down with the help of Eleven to rescue Will from the clutches of the Demogorgon.

This is such a cool idea!! Who’s going?!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Universals first Expansion Plans

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Universal Orlando have files some site development plans with Orange County which give us a look at an expansion of UOR. Now it still hasn’t been confirmed what Universal are planning on doing with all the land they have recently purchased  but the main rumours are a 4th gate or hotels but this surely goes to show that a project is HAPPENING right?!

Now this isn’t a building plan and doesn’t give us much info on what or where anything is going to be ‘built’ it is a sort of, overall site plan which details grading, paving, drainage and utility plans and you’d need a degree to figure the whole thing out!

I’ve tried to simplify the main overall site plan with references to what could be in each space using the site data that is also posted below:

The expansion site is described as being just over 541 acres. Below you can see that there is a planned 4820 regular parking spaces, 201 handicapped spaces, 68 bus spaces meaning a total of 5089 parking spaces! No-one is too sure if it is a parking lot or structure that is planned but i’m sure someone with a brain larger than mine can work it out 😉

Another interesting part is that the sites maximum height allowed for a building is 400 feet! We can also see that 135 acres of land are required for open space, some of which will be stormwater ponds as this is required in Florida due to the amount of rainfall. Universal can make these both offsite and onsite by making them decorative to fit in with hotels and in parks etc.

The main thing we can see is how cars will move around the site, as there is no details of a park or hotels we can only assume this is what Universal are planning on doing with their land but what else could it be?! I mean we’ve already speculated on Super Nintendo World going to a brand new park or evern a Fantastic Beasts world making an appearance in a new gate but who knows.. We can only wait for Universal to tell us!

What do you think is going here???

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

New Wands at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

There’s some new wands on the block! That’s right, in honour of the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Universal have released new wands available at Universal Orlando inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley and they are only available for a limited time from now until January.

The wands are not interactive and are priced at $46 plus tax.

The above photo was taken by Inside Universal and are in order from top to bottom: In order, from top to bottom; Newt, Theseus, Queenie, Porpentina, Flamel, & Leta Lestrange.

The wands available to purchase are from the following witches and wizards:

  • Newt Scamander
  • Theseus Scamander
  • Queenie Goldstein
  • Porpentina Goldstein
  • Nicolas Flamel
  • Leta Lestrange
  • Albus Dumbledore
  • Gellert Grindelwald

Grindelwald’s wand is the Elder Wand that is eventually used by Dumbledore, then followed by Voldemort. Dumbledore’s original wand has not yet been released.

The above photo also taken by Inside Universal and shows the wands on the shelves ready to be purchased.

Don’t forget there’s tonnes of other wands available to purchase at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter including the interactive ones which are awesome!

Who’ll be picking up one of the new wands on their upcoming visit?!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Christmas at SeaWorld Orlando

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I think it’s fair to say that we are allowed to start being excited about Christmas now, right?

Well anyway, we are and to add to our excitement, SeaWorld have just released information on their Christmas Celebrations and this year there’s going to be more lights than ever before and by more we mean over 3 million!

Running from the 17th November through to the 31st December make sure you don’t miss out on all of the festivities SeaWorld have to offer. Get ready to enjoy scrumptious food, stunning live shows, and joyful entertainment.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration Event Days: 17-25, 30 November, 1-2, 7-9, 14-31 December

  • New for 2018: Dine with Santa at Shamu Stadium – Enjoy a warm-hearted Christmas experience and meet Santa Claus as family memories are made at this all-new dining experience. The buffet-style dinner features a taste-tempting menu of traditional festive favourites and delicious desserts. Guests will also receive reserved seating to Winter Wonderland on Ice.
  • Winter Wonderland on Ice – Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels, and lights as skaters dazzle and delight in this show-stopping ice-skating extravaganza. A sea of sparkling trees and towering fountains dancing in the background come together to create a don’t-miss experience the entire family will enjoy.

  • Sesame Street’s Elmo’s Christmas Wish The festive period arrived and everyone’s Sesame Street friends have come to SeaWorld Orlando for a festive and fun musical celebration. Elmo’s Christmas Wish will soon become every child’s favourite show. Join Cookie Monster, Grover, Zoe and Rosita as they work together to help Elmo find his Christmas wish.
  • Shamu Christmas Miracles – Celebrate yuletide alongside majestic orcas as Shamu Stadium is illuminated with dazzling lights and glowing candles while Christmas carols abound.
  • Meet Santa Claus – Guests of all ages can share Christmas wishes and take pictures with Santa Claus during this special adventure, presented by Coca-Cola.
  • Rudolph’s ChristmasTown – Returning for another year of festive fun, guests can immerse themselves into the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s ChristmasTown. As guests stroll past life-size storybook vignettes featuring the classic tale, they’ll have the opportunity to meet their favourite characters: Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius.
  • O Wondrous Night – Experience a live nativity only SeaWorld can bring to life, complete with more than 30 carols, life-sized puppets, and animals in a spectacular Christmas favourite based on The Christmas Story. Told through the eyes of the animals that were there, O Wondrous Night is a touching, light-hearted, and glorious musical with a host of angels, animals, and the shine of Christmas.
  • The Christmas Market – Nestled along the park’s Bayside Pathway, The Christmas Market features festive entertainment and delicious culinary delights. Complete with playful elves, a charming model train village, and seasonal entertainment, the market is the centrepiece of SeaWorld’s Christmas event. Guests can also relax near the warm glow of the fire pit with a holiday cocktail while experiencing a wonderful view of the vibrant Sea of Trees.

 

Daily Holiday Favourites: Offered 17 November – 31 December

  • Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas – A returning classic, Sea Lion & Otter Stadium celebrates the season with a hilarious Christmas comedy show. Clyde and Seamore, along with a few mischievous otters, a comical elf, and even a jolly walrus, invite guests to their fun-filled celebration.
  • Pets Ahoy Christmas – Enjoy a special Christmas version of this side-splitting show with surprise twists and a cast of unlikely characters that will have the whole family laughing from beginning to end.
  • Rudolph’s Movie Experience – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer comes to life at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration this season like never before in an immersive movie experience.
  • Sea of Trees – Take a stroll through a wintery, watery wonderland and be immersed in a sea of glistening holiday trees that sparkle to music as they light up the water. Dazzling images come to life on over 100 trees, including a giant glistening centrepiece that towers 70-feet above the water.
  • Snow Flurries at Waterfront – Guests can walk along the water’s edge for some holiday shopping at the Shoppes at Waterfront as a magical flurry of snow falls over SeaWorld Orlando while holiday sounds and smells fill the air.

Just Around the Corner

  • New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando Park guests can ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando on 31 December as vibrant fireworks fill the night sky at midnight.
  • Returning in 2019: Three Kings Celebration – After experiencing the wonder of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, guests can keep the spirit of the season burning bright at SeaWorld’s Three Kings Celebration from 1-6 January, 2019. Families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men with authentic festive cuisine and celebratory experiences held in honour of the cherished tradition of Latin cultures.

Can’t wait for this! Especially Snow Flurries at Waterfront and to meet Rudolph!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays looks TASTY!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Running from the 18th November through to the 30th December, Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is  a celebration of holiday traditions from around the globe including Candlelight Processional, festive decorations, unforgettable entertainment and of course, YUMMY FOOD!

There will be 12 Holiday Kitchens plus additional locations throughout the park and this year there’s not only new items at Feast of the Three Kings but there is a whole new Holiday Kitchen! ‘L’Chaim’ which will feature traditional Jewish Dishes such as the below Pastrami on Rye, Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup, Egg Cream and more.

Pastrami on Rye from L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Make sure you don’t miss out on the official Holiday Cookie Stroll! All you need to do is buy 5 cookies from any of the official cookie stroll locations (which will be noted in your passport so make sure you get a stamp for each) and once you have collected 5 all you need to do is take your passport to Holiday Sweets & Treats for a free completer cookie. 🙂

Holiday Cookie Stroll Cookies at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

 

Peppermint Sugar Cookies from Bavaria Holiday Kitchen at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Alex Dunlap, Food & Beverage Content Relations Coordinator has put together a handy foodie guide to this event, lets take a look at it! If you’re not hungry now, you will be after this!!

Cheese Fondue from Bavaria Holiday Kitchen at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

BAVARIA HOLIDAY KITCHEN (GERMANY)
Food Items:

  • Potato Dumpling with Mushroom Sauce (Kid-Approved)
  • Sauerbraten, Red Cabbage and Spätzle
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Fresh Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes featuring Melissa’s Produce (Vegetarian) (Kid-Approved)
  • Black Forest Roulade with Cherry Whipped Cream
  • Peppermint Sugar Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Possmann Pure Hard Black Currant Apple Cider, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Schöfferhofer Pomegranate Hefeweizen, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Cider Flight
  • Regional Riesling
  • Glühwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine

Hand-Carved Smoked Ham from American Holiday Table at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

AMERICAN HOLIDAY TABLE (THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE)
Food Items:

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce (Kid-Approved)
  • Hand-carved Smoked Ham with Green Beans and Sweet Potato Casserole (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Kid-Approved)
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce (Vegetarian)
  • Red and Green Chocolate Chip Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • American Heritage Milk Chocolate Gourmet Hot Cocoa with Wondermade Marshmallows (non-alcoholic) (Kid-Approved)
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Cranberry Kringle Pilsner, Orlando, FL
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL
  • JDub’s Season’s Greetings Peppermint Milk Stout, Sarasota, FL
  • Holiday Beer Flight
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: American Heritage Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps

ce Wine Flight from Yukon Holiday Kitchen at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

YUKON HOLIDAY KITCHEN (CANADA)
Food Items:

  • Seared Salmon with Crown Maple Whisky Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant
  • Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere with Canadian Ketchup (Kid-Approved)
  • Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple Mousse rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake with Cranberry Sauce and Pecan Crumble (Vegetarian) (Kid-Approved)
  • Gold Chocolate Chip Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Frozen Coffee (non-alcoholic)
  • Unibroue Éphémère Strawberry and Rhubarb
  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
  • Inniskillin Pearl Vidal Icewine
  • Inniskillin Gold Oak Icewine
  • Ice Wine Flight
  • Frozen Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky

Tres Leches Rice Pudding from Feast of the Three Kings at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

FEAST OF THE THREE KINGS (SHOWCASE PLAZA)
Food Items:

  • Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco (Vegetarian) (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Kid-Approved)
  • Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Green and White Sugar Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (non-alcoholic) (Kid-Approved)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Trey Reyes Mango Golden
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater

HOLIDAY SWEETS & TREATS (SHOWCASE PLAZA)
Food Items:

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Kid-Approved)
  • Holiday Tree Sugar Cookie (Vegetarian)
  • Holiday Cookie Stroll Completer Cookie – Red and Green Mickey Sugar Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic) (Kid-Approved)
  • TG Lee Eggnog (non-alcoholic)
  • Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings Winter Spice Tea (non-alcoholic)
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL
  • Hot Cocoa with Assorted Cordials (Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Liqueur or Fireball Cinnamon Whisky)
  • Firenog: T.G. Lee Eggnog with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings® Winter Spice Tea and Butterscotch Schnapps

Potato Knish with Herb Sour Cream from L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

L’CHAIM! HOLIDAY KITCHEN (BETWEEN MOROCCO AND FRANCE)
Food Items:

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard
  • Potato Knish with Herb Sour Cream (Vegetarian) (Kid-Approved)
  • Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup
  • Black and White Cookie (Vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Seltzer (non-alcoholic)
  • Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail

REFRESHMENT OUTPOST (NEAR AFRICA OUTPOST)
Food Items:

  • Warm Caramel Stuffed Salted Pretzel with Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce (Kid-Approved)

Beverage Items:

  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL

Turkey Poutine from Refreshment Port at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

REFRESHMENT PORT (NEAR CANADA)
Food Items:

  • Turkey Poutine: Sweet Potato Fries with Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish and Crispy Onions

Beverage Items:

  • Eggnog Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Eggnog Shake with Baileys Irish Cream

FIFE & DRUM (THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE)
Food Items:

  • Holiday Apple Pie Sundae with Soft-serve Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce and Crunchy Streusel Topping (Kid-Approved)

Beverage Items:

  • Budweiser Reserve Collection Copper Lager

Croissant Doughnut from Taste Track at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

TASTE TRACK (NEAR TEST TRACK)
Food Items:

  • Croissant Doughnut tossed in Cinnamon Sugar
  • Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate and Holiday Sprinkles (Kid-Approved)
  • Croissant Doughnut with Eggnog Pastry Cream and Gingersnap Crumbs
  • Gelato

Beverage Items:

  • Pancake Milkshake (non-alcoholic) (Kid-Approved)
  • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red

LE MARCHE DE NOËL HOLIDAY KITCHEN (FRANCE)
Food Items:

    • Napoléon de Saumon Fumé, Brioche à L’aneth: Smoked Salmon Napoleon in a Dill Brioche
    • Bouchée à la Reine Traditionnelle: Turkey and Mushrooms in a Veloute Cream Sauce served in a Light Puff Pastry
    • Bûche de Noël au Chocolat “Christmas Log”: Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Caramel Ganache

(Kid-Approved)

Beverage Items:

  • Spiced Rum Punch Slush: Spiced Rum, Rhum Clement V.S.O.P., Orange and Pineapple Juice with Cinnamon
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blend, Château La Grand Moulin, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux
  • Holiday Kir: Sparking Wine and Monin Cranberry Syrup
  • Willm, Brut Blanc de Blanc Sparking Wine

SAPPHIRE HOLIDAY KITCHEN (MOROCCO)
Food Items:

  • Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab with Whole Wheat Pita, Cucumber, Olives, Tomatoes, Mint Yogurt Sauce and Harissa-cilantro Dressing
  • Confit of Chermoula Chicken Drum with Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Almonds, Brussels Sprouts and Pinot Noir Glaze
  • “Sfenj” – Warm Beignets with Cream, Cinnamon Sugar, Toasted Almonds and Chocolate Sauce

Beverage Items:

  • Casa Beer
  • Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
  • The Andalusian “Poinsettia” Cocktail: Sparking Wine, Orange Liqueur and Cranberry Juice topped with Orange Blossom Water
  • Walnut Spiced Coffee with Walnut Liqueur and topped with Cinnamon and Whipped Cream

TUSCANY HOLIDAY KITCHEN (ITALY)
Food Items:

  • Cavatappi ai Quattro Formaggi: Baked Four-Cheese Pasta, Parmesan Crumble and Truffle Essence (Kid-Approved)
  • Mozzarella in Carozza: Golden-crusted Fried Mozzarella Sandwich and Tomato Sauce (Kid-Approved)
  • Crespelle di Mele: Cinnamon Apple Fritters and a Vanilla Sauce Drizzle with Chocolate Caramel Sauce
  • Bacio al Cioccolato: Warm Hazelnut Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream
  • Panettone Mignon: Miniature Traditional Italian Christmas Fruitcake

Beverage Items:

  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato

SHANGHAI HOLIDAY KITCHEN (CHINA) 
Food Items:

  • Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls (Kid-Approved)
  • Mongolian Beef Bao Bun and a Fortune Cookie
  • Celebration Barbecue Pork with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie
  • Spicy Mala Chicken with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie

Beverage Items:

  • Sweetened Bubble Milk Tea: Mango Flavored Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls (non-alcoholic)
  • Jasmine Beer
  • Plum Wine

SHI WASU HOLIDAY KITCHEN (JAPAN)
Food Items:

  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Hot Dashi Soup with Chicken and Spinach
  • Holiday Green Tea “Yule Log”: Delicate Spongecake rolled with Whipped Cream Filling

Beverages:

  • Ichigo Milk Boba: Popping Strawberry Boba Cream Drink with Japanese Calpico (non-alcoholic)
  • Sapporo Draft Beer
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider: Plum Wine, Orange Juice with Lemonade and Apples

LAS POSADAS HOLIDAY KITCHEN (MEXICO)
Food Items:

  • Enchilada de Pollo con Mole: Chipotle Chicken in a Corn Tortilla topped with Mole Negro and garnished with Shredded Oaxaca Cheese and Sesame Seeds
  • Tamal de Camarón: Corn Tamal stuffed with Guajillo-marinated Shrimp topped with Mole Rojo and Shredded Cotija Cheese
  • Arroz Con Leche: Rice Pudding with Cranberries

Beverages:

  • Cerveza Mexicana Artesanal: Allende Mexican Craft Ale served with a Floater of Kahlúa
  • Noche Buena Margarita: Libélula Joven Tequila, Cranberry and Lime Juices and Agave Nectar topped with Lime Foam and Sprinkles
  • La Posada Margarita: Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Horchata-Cinnamon Liqueur, and Agua de Horchata topped with Cinnamon

Where would you be heading first?!

Don’t forget the event is running  18th November through to the 30th December. 🙂

Smiles Included,

Abby

90th Anniversary of Mickey and Minnie Celebrations

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It was all started by a  mouse 90 years ago and Disney are definitely going big with the celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse! All Disney Park sites will hold events to celebrate this milestone including the ‘World’s Biggest Mouse Party – a limited time, global celebration of Mickey and Minnie’ and even an exhibition in New York City!

Here’s what to expect from the Florida parks:

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will celebrate Mickey’s birthday from November 16-18 with special merchandise and food & beverage items as well as the chance for guests to celebrate at Magic Kingdom Park during the “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party, sing “Happy Birthday” along with the Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A., and join in a special birthday dance party at Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Then in 2019, Walt Disney World will continue celebrating when World’s Biggest Mouse Party comes to the resort.

This week we got a sneak peek at the outfits Mickey and Minnie will be wearing for the big celebration. “Mickey Mouse’s crisp white suit will feature a shower of colorful confetti, while fashion icon Minnie Mouse will don a puff-sleeve dress adorned with pompons and a buoyant bubble skirt for the celebration at some of our parks.”

According to Senior Costume Designer Joe Kucharski, their outfits will reflect the party spirit of the celebration:

“The looks that Mickey and Minnie will be wearing to celebrate their 90th anniversary represent all of the colourful exuberance of a party and birthday party decorations, complete with confetti, balloons, pompoms, streamers and more!” he said. “These playful bursts of colour and texture are set against crisp white, meant to evoke the nostalgic feeling of frosting, crisp linens and tissue paper.”

The new outfits will be seen at Walt Disney World Resort in “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party,” opening January 18 during Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom Park – a limited-time celebration that will include new entertainment, merchandise and speciality food and beverage.

As Walt said, ‘I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse’ and these celebrations are gunna make sure of that!!

Smiles included,

Abby

Is an Indiana Jones Land coming to Hollywood Studios?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Orlando Weekly recently posted a rumour that an Indiana Jones themed land could be the next big project for Disney and it would be coming to Hollywood Studios after the opening of Galaxy’s edge. According to many rumour sites they have had the idea of expanding Indiana Jones for a while. There was some speculation a while ago surrounding Indiana Jones moving to Animal Kingdom with the Dinosaur ride being changed up to fit in with the theme but surely it would make more sense for it to go to Hollywood Studios seeing as it would be a land based on an iconic movie hero.

If this does happen it will most likely be where the current Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is and according to Orlando Weekly, it could even expand to cover 8 acres and cover the land where Star Tours currently lives. – This is a lot bigger than what was rumoured for Animal Kingdom!

Word on the street is that it would feature multiple attractions including an indoor family attraction which will be up there with the two new Star Wars attractions and an outdoor roller coaster like Disneyland Paris and Tokyo DisneySea. The peeps in the know however, have been keeping very quiet about this and no details have been shared yet but check out some of the Indiana Jones attractions that can be found at Paris and Tokyo:

An Indiana Jones land is viewed as post-50th Anniversary addition to Walt Disney World with an opening rumoured sometime after 2021 but within the next 10 years but don’t worry because we’ve still got Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening soon enough!

Would you be a fan of an Indiana Jones mini land?

Smiles Included,

Abby