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Universal's Volcano Bay Premium Seating

If you’ve read our recent blog, Universal's Volcano Bay Basics , you may recall that Volcano Bay has a variety of seating options available for guests. One of the options you can pay to reserve is Premium Seating. Premium Seating is a great option for those that don’t need a Cabana but would like to have the convenience of reserved seating and some additional amenities.   My family was visiting during peak season, and I wanted to make sure we weren’t stressed about finding a place to take a break or having to wait on food.   I was torn about whether we really “needed” this experience upgrade, but I am so happy we went for it! For the best price, you should try to reserve your Premium Seating as far in advance as possible.  While you may be able to get a reservation upon arrival at the park, it’s always a risk. Plus, you will be paying top dollar if you wait to book. You’re probably wondering, what exactly does Premium Seating include? Here is what you get with your reservation: R

Preguntas Frecuentes de Disney Genie, Genie+ y Lightning Lane en Español

Disney lanzó una gran noticia esta semana sobre el nuevo Servicio Disney Genie, que reinventará la experiencia de los huéspedes en Walt Disney World y Disneyland Resorts. Es posible que la noticia te haya dejado rascándote la cabeza preguntándote "¿qué significa esto para mis próximas vacaciones?”. No temas, ya que hemos recopilado algunas de las preguntas más frecuentes sobre el nuevo servicio. Antes de entrar en las preguntas más frecuentes (FAQ), repasemos los conceptos básicos de este nuevo servicio. Disney Genie es un nuevo servicio digital gratuito y conveniente diseñado para crear el mejor día en Disney que haya tenido. Permitirá a los huéspedes más flexibilidad y mejores herramientas para ayudarles a aprovechar al máximo su visita. En realidad, hay 3 servicios separados que se anunciaron, además de una nueva terminología para aprender: Disney Genie (complementario), Disney Genie + Service (disponible para la compra) y Selecciones de atracción individual (también disponibl

Review of 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicked off on July 15th and is now in full swing! Each year the Festival includes Global Marketplaces where you can taste your way around the world, live entertainment and fun activities the whole family can enjoy. For avid collectors, there's also limited-edition event merchandise available for purchase. If you haven't visited the Festival yet, no worries! The Festival runs until November 20th so there is still time to visit. We explored the Festival offerings a couple weeks ago and I'm ready to share our review with all of you. It was a short trip so unfortunately we didn't get to try all of the food and beverage options but we were able to try a handful of offerings to whet our appetites. I'm looking forward to revisiting the Festival in October to try even more tasty treats! Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE® Location: Near Port of Entry If you're coming from Future World, you'll find the Shimmering Sips

Universal's Volcano Bay Basics

If you have driven on I-4 between downtown Orlando and the various theme parks in Central Orlando you have probably been intrigued by the giant volcano that is visible near the Universal theme parks.   This curiosity is the centerpiece of Universal Orlando Resort's third park:  Universal's  Volcano Bay. Volcano Bay joined Universal Orlando Resort in May 2017.   It is a 27 acre water theme park, and probably my favorite part of our most recent vacation.   There is something for everyone to enjoy here, whether your goal is to find adventure or total relaxation.   Starting Your Volcano Bay Experience While you can purchase single-day tickets to Volcano Bay, the best bang for your buck is to bundle it with the other theme parks in a 3-Park Ticket.   Guests staying at one of the on-site resorts have an advantage for Volcano Bay:   Early Park Admission!   You can enter the park 1 hour earlier than offsite guests, which means you have more choice for seating and you can hop on the

Ears the News: August 21, 2021 Edition

 Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade Disney announced that Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will join the 'Disney Very Merriest After Hours' entertainment at the Magic Kingdom.This holiday parade will be the first full parade at the Magic Kingdom since its reopening. Tickets for the 4-hour "Disney Very Merriest After Hours" grants admission to the Magic Kingdom Park as early as 7PM.  Guests will also have the opportunity to experience the 50th anniversary "Disney Enchantment" fireworks and "Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks" on the same night. In addition to the parade, there will also be holiday overlays to the Jungle Cruise and the Monsters Inc Laugh Floor. Disney Very Merriest After Hours event dates are: November : 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28, 30 December : 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21 Pricing has increased from what we have

Disney Genie, Genie+ and Lightning Lane FAQ

Disney dropped some big news this week about the new Disney Genie Service which will reimagine the guest experience at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. The news may have left you scratching your head asking "what does this mean for my next vacation?!" Have no fear as we have put together some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the new service.   Before we dive into the FAQ, let's review the basics of this new service. Disney Genie is a complimentary and convenient new digital service designed to create your best Disney Day. It will allow guests more flexibility and better tools to help make the most of their visit. There are actually 3 separate services that were announced, in addition to some new terminology  to learn: Disney Genie (complimentary), Disney Genie+ Service (available for purchase) and Individual Attraction Selections (also available for purchase). Lightning Lane is the new entrance at select attractions that will let you bypass th

Universal Orlando Resort: More Than Just Thrills!

I have discovered over the years that many people think Universal Orlando Resort theme parks are just for guests who love thrill rides.   While it is true these parks have some amazing thrill rides (I’m looking at you, Velocicoaster!), there are plenty of rides to please anyone in your party that prefer more tame attractions. Recently I took my own family down to experience everything Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure have to offer.   My son is just venturing into the world of roller coasters, but still has some growing to do.   My daughter is still a bit cautious when it comes to rides.   They both declared that they LOVE Universal Orlando Resort and can’t wait to return!   In no particular order, here are our favorite non-coaster rides that are sure to please everyone in your group.  Despicable Me Minion Mayhem :   In this awesome simulator ride you get turned into a minion! Margo, Edith, and Agnes oversee your minion training, but things get a little out of ha