Walt Disney World’s EPCOT has undergone multiple changes and updates this past year! The whole park is getting a revitalization which means new lands, new attractions, and new dining locations!

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One of these dining locations is out of this world, quite literally! Not only is this one of the coolest themed restaurants we’ve ever seen, it’s opening to the public this September! Let’s take a look at what’s in store for EPCOT’s Space 220 Restaurant.

This new and innovative dining spot will be located near and adjacent to the Mission: SPACE attraction, in Future World.

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Upon entering the lounge, your journey is about to take off! Guests will then board a “Space Elevator” to the Centari Space Station. Make sure you take a look behind you as you see EPCOT fade away in the distance.

Once you’ve landed, you will head to the Centari Space Station dining area. While you’re there, you can enjoy a full panoramic view of space and Earth below you.

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The views aren’t the only thing to enjoy. EPCOT has brought on Executive Chef Marc Kusche and his culinary expertise! Chef Marc has created some out-of-this world dishes perfect for your immersive dining experience.

Disney event took to the popular app TikTok to give us and exclusive sneak peak at the inside of Space 220! Let’s take a look!

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Disney Imagineers are hard at work to bring Guests this stellar dining experience soon! Space 220 will be ready for lift off by mid September and just in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration!

What do you think of the new Space 220 Restaurant? Would you want to dine here? Let us know in the comments!

The Disneyland Resort can rejoice again, because character dining has finally made its way back to Disneyland!

Disneyland’s Plaza Inn is welcoming back Guests for Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park!

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This experience will occur daily, unless otherwise specified, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Guests will have to make reservations in advance for this dining option. This dining experience values at $41 for adults and $24 for children, but with your Legacy Passholder discount, it comes out to around $30.

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When it comes to actual dining, the set up is a bit different. Guests are not allowed to serve themselves, like in a buffet-style setting, but Cast Members are there to assist you and help get you the items that you want.

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They have even brought back their amazing omelette station!

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The breakfast selection is great and delicious. But, of course, you can’t skip on the Minnie Waffles!

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The Plaza Inn was even serving their famous fried chicken!

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When it comes to the character portion of this dining experience, you have to remember it is a bit different. However, it is still wonderful to see Minnie and all of her friends!

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Due to new health and safety regulations, Guests do have to be seated while characters come by to say hi and get a quick picture.

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As a reminder the current character lineup is always subject to change. The current roster is:

  • Minnie Mouse
  • Daisy Duck
  • Pluto
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Tigger
  • Chip and Dale

And as if that isn’t enough, Guests will also receive a commemorative button to take home with you!

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It was great to finally be able to have a character dining experience in the park! We already can’t wait to return!

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Will you be coming to the Plaza Inn for Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park? Let us know in the comments!

Universal Studios in Orlando is gearing up for a full month and a half to celebrate their annual passholders! Their Passholder Appreciation Days start from August 16 to September 30, 2021. So let’s see what’s in store for all of you UOAP’s!

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With all this excitement, it sure does make us hungry! Thankfully, Universal Orlando has unveiled a full menu exclusive to Passholders for this event!

What’s on the Menu?

Let us remind you that these items are here for a limited time only, so get your hands on them while you can!

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Make sure you don’t miss out on these AP Doughnuts at Voodoo Doughnut. Yum!

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You have to try this delicious Lobster Mac from Lombard’s Seafood Grille.

Now that you’ve satisfied your hunger it’s time to load up on some free merch!

For a full menu of what will be available for Passholder Appreciation Days, click the link HERE!

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Make sure you don’t forget to grab your UOAP magnet and button while you’re visiting! Both can be picked up at the UOAP Lounge in Universal Studios Florida or at Toon Extra in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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While at either location, make sure you check out the merchandise exclusively for Passholders.

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If that’s not enough, then say “hello” to a month and half full of Early Park Admission! You’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite attractions before the park opens for regular operations!

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For Premier and Preferred Passholders, Early Park Admission will be from August 16 to September 30, 2021. Power and Seasonal Passholders will can enjoy select days with early admission. For those that are 3-park Passholders, their early admission also includes Universal’s Volcano Bay.

What are you looking forward to the most during Universal Studios Orlando’s Passholder Appreciation Days? Let us know in the comments!

Disney California Adventure’s Oogie Boogie Bash is back this year! The Disneyland Resort is in full preparation to welcome back this special Halloween event.

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There is so much to enjoy at this year’s Oogie Boogie Bash, including specialty dining! And the dork is here to let you know if these dining packages are worth it!

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This year, Wine Country Trattoria is offering a Oogie Boogie Bash Parade Dining Package. Before the parade starts, Guests can enjoy a 3 course meal that includes dessert.

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After you’ve finished your meal, you and your party will then head over to a reserved viewing area for the Frightfully Fun Parade! Lunch and dinner menus will be available and the children’s meal also includes and exclusive popcorn bucket.

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If you’re used to more of sweet things life has to offer, you might just want to do the dining package at the Sonoma Terrace.

This dining locale is offering a special Oogie Boogie Dessert Party. This sweet party will occur twice a night, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. If you’re you have children under 2 in your group, they will be free of charge, but have to be seated in the lap of an adult or guardian.

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This party offers a selection of delicious treats and beverages for Guests and special reserved viewing of the Frightfully Fun Parade! Reservations for this special dining package begin on August 11. “Boo-n appetite!”

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It’s important to keep in mind that DCA’s Oogie Boogie Bash is a separately ticketed event and begins on September 9, 2021. Proof of ticket will be necessary in order to reserve a specialty dining package.

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Are you going to the Oogie Boogie Bash this year? Let us know in the comments!

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom welcomes bits first ever Boo Bash! And Disney’s PhotoPass is hard at work making spooky memories for Guests. Let’s take a look at what PhotoPass has in store for this Halloween season!

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During the afternoon hours event, Disney PhotoPass photographers are available and more than happy to snap a photo of you and your group. But make sure you ask for what Magic Shots they can spook your photo with.

Sneak Peak: DELIGHTFULLY SPOOKY TREATS ARRIVE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

With the Magic Kingdom covered in spooktacular decor, it offers as the best backdrop for all of your photos. But with a little extra Disney magic, your photos can transform into the perfect memento with a Halloween touch!

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With the PhotoPass service, you can pick and choose your favorite photos and videos and just pay for those. The Memory Maker is also a great value, because you can then keep all of your photos and videos throughout your trip for only one price.

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Don’t forget that some of your favorite attractions offer photos and videos of your ride experience as well! The following attractions will have this experience during the Boo Bash:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Space Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
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Here are some more Magic Shots you can choose from:

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If you’re not attending the after hours event, don’t worry. You can still add a little Halloween flare to your photos. Take a look!

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Walt Disney World’s Boo Bash is happening now through October 31!

Will you be attending the Boo Bash this year? Let us know in the comments!

Halloween time has arrived at the Walt Disney World Resort! But there’s no need to be afraid, because these delicious treats have also made their spooky arrival just in time!

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Throughout the resort, Guests will able to taste a massive selection of fall treats. But keep in mind that some treats will be exclusive to Disney’s After Hours Event, the Boo Bash!

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At Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, you can find some bewitchingly good sweets for the season. At the Gaspirilla Island Grill, Guests can enjoy the Hocus Pocus “Amuck” Cakes!These cakes will put a spell on you because they’re made of rich Devil’s food cake and filled with “peanut boo-tter”. And they even look like some familiar witches!

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While you’re there, make sure you try the Jack Skellington Pumpkin Pie Cake Pop! And don’t forget about Sally’s Stitched Up Whoopi Pie Heart. They are simply meant to be tried together!

If you’re heading to Disney’s Old Key West Resort, make sure you stop by Olivia’s Cafe to try the Poisoned Delight. This treat is a white chocolate mousse dome with and apple insert and and apple cake that is coated in white chocolate glacage. This treat will only be available for the month of October, so try it while you can!

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There are plenty more treats to enjoy during the Halloween season at the Walt Disney World Resort, so stay tuned for more foodie updates and news about Walt Disney World’s Boo Bash coming soon!

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What is your favorite Halloween treat? Are you going to Walt a Disney World’s Boo Bash this year? Let us know in the comments!

We’re back with another foodie review with the Dorky Dad! This time we’re reviewing one of his favorite dining locations at the Disneyland Resort, Carthay Circle.

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Carthay Circle is located in Disney California Adventure and is your portal to not only delicious dining, but to the glitz and glam that was old Hollywood. Upon entering the lounge, you are immediately transported to another time.

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This dining location reopened when the theme parks did during the global pandemic, but was only offering outdoor or Alfresco dining, with a limited menu.

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Now, Guests can dine inside and soak up the full ambiance and glamour that is Carthay Circle. But how do the two dining experiences compare?

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This dining experience was put in place of in house dining, to comply with California health and safety regulations due to the pandemic. However, despite the slight difference in ambiance, the restaurant was still able to create a pleasant dining experience.

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Alfresco dining at Carthay offers a lighter menu. This Dork does like the smaller bites menu, but really enjoyed the desserts compared to the regular dining desserts. Eric recommends the Double Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae.

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When it comes to cocktails, they are very similar to the selection inside the restaurant. Although, keep in mind, that options are a lot more limited during Alfresco dining.

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The Dorky Parks Dad says that dinner at Carthay Circle is very different from Alfresco service.

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He says that the meal is definitely worth the price. Eric ordered the steak and it was seasoned and cooked perfectly and even says the same about the pork chops.

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The one difference he noticed was that they do no offer complimentary bread. However, you can purchase a bread loaf for the table for only $10.

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Eric also loves the dinner service dessert , but recommends the Valrhona Chocolate Cream Puff.

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As far as the atmosphere and overall experience goes, the Cast Members were very attentive and check up on you often. Eric said that it really reminded him of the atmosphere inside Disneyland’s Club 33.

We think either way you slice it, whether you go to Carthay Circle Restaurant for dinner or for Alfresco dining, there’s plenty to enjoy!

Have you ever dined at Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Resort? Let us know in the comments!

Welcome to the first of many Dorky Dad foodie reviews! If there’s one thing this dork knows, is where to find the best eats and drinks throughout the Disneyland Resort! We’ll even share his top dining tips!

Let’s start with brunch…

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The atmosphere is a big reason why everyone should dine at the Lamplight Lounge at least once! But, this Dorky Dad stays for their brunch that’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trust this dork, you’re not going to want to miss this!

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Move over Lobster Nachos, because Eric says that brunch at Lamplight is always amazing. He even prefers it to their usual menu!

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The Indulgent French Toast is so delicious! The Lamplight Chilaquiles are to die for. And you have to try the incredible Brunch Burger that comes with a fried egg on top!

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After all that yummy goodness, wash it all down with Lamplight Lounge’s impressive Specialty Beverages.

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Eric highly recommends the Mimosa Flight, the Beermosa, and the Cinnamon Toast Cocktail! He really enjoys how this eatery carefully crafted these cocktails to pair perfectly with each meal! And it’s a 10/10 for us!

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So rise and shine and make your way over to the Lamplight Lounge for brunch! You won’t regret it!

Have you tried brunch at the Lamplight Lounge in Disney California Adventure? If you have, what’s your favorite dish to get? Let us know in the comments!

For more updates on Disney dining, check out our latest post HERE!

Universal Studios has been making huge strides to complete their Super Nintendo World. Now you can join in on the excitement with new exclusively themed merchandise!

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The following items are limited time only to celebrate Universal Studios Hollywood’s welcoming of the new land.

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These Super Nintendo plush figures are so adorable! Hopefully, when Super Nintendo World finally opens, we can look forward to a full gang of Nintendo plushes!

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These are going to sell out for sure! We’re willing to bet that when the new land opens, there will be plenty of guests with these hats walking around! They look so cool!

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Now you can take Mario and Princess Peach wherever you go with these pull-string bags! These are perfect to keep all your coins, mushrooms, and whatever else you might need!

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There is a whole bunch a new, fun apparel. We definitely need a pair of the ‘Player 1’ and ‘Player 2‘ shirts and maybe some Mario and Luigi socks to match!

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You can now find these items and more at the Universal Studio Store located inside the theme park. Remember, these items will be available for a limited time only, so get yours now!

Please note that Universal Studios annual passholder discounts do no apply to these items.

What Super Nintendo World merchandise do you have your eyes on? Let us know in the comments!

The Walt Disney World Resort is preparing for their big 50 year anniversary. During the World’s Most Magical Celebration, Guests will be able to enjoy many special offerings, spectaculars, and merchandise! Here’s what you can expect from this grand celebration.

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Beginning October 1, 2021 the resort’s celebration will be in full swing and will last for a full 18 months!

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Disney has been working on this nighttime spectacular for a while now, and it definitely looks worth the wait. Harmonious will tell familiar tales with music we all know and love. The show will include fountains, fireworks, lighting, visual effects, and multimedia magic.

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You’re not going to want to miss this larger than life nighttime spectacular at EPCOT’s World Showcase!

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At Magic Kingdom, you will want to make sure you don’t miss the new nighttime spectacular, Disney Enchantment. This special experience will feature beloved Disney music, impressive lighting, and a stunning firework display. But that’s not all, projection effects will cover Cinderella Castle and even Main Street, U.S.A.

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Speaking of Cinderella Castle, this Magic Kingdom staple has undergone a massive makeover! The castle has received some major decor updates. Gold detailing and beautiful, glistening draping has been added along with EARidescent accents.

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EARidescent is officially the signature color of the 50th celebration. It’s multicolored shimmer effect makes everything look a little more bright and special for the royal celebration! This is just one of the Beacons of Magic coming to the resort this October.

EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth will illuminate the night with its reflective panels. At Disney Hollywood Studios the Hollywood Tower will look glitz and glam with EARidescence. Last, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life will be lit with enchanted fireflies!

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If you’re looking for something to brighten up your day, you may want to set your sights on finding these golden statues. The Disney Fab 50 statues will be located throughout all four Walt Disney World theme parks.

Not all characters have been announced, but here are the ones you can expect to see:

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Donald Duck
  • Daisy Duck
  • Goofy
  • Pluto
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale
  • Lumiere & Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Timon & Pumbaa (The Lion King)
  • Winnie the Pooh & Piglet
  • Edna Mode (The Incredibles)
  • Figment
  • Joe Gardener (Soul)
  • Woody & Bo Peep (Toy Story)
  • Cheshire Cat & Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland)

You definitely don’t want to miss seeing all 50 statues in the parks!

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Unlike Harmonious and Disney Enchantment, Disney Kite Tails is a daytime experience that will take place at the Animal Kingdom!

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Guests can enjoy their favorite characters like Simba and Baloo take to the sky! The three-dimensional kites will soar through the air to our favorite Disney songs. Disney Kit Tails takes flight on October 1 at the Discovery River Amphitheater!

Exclusive Merchandise-

What’s a Walt Disney World trip without a souvenir to commemorate that vacation! With this most magical celebration, you’re guaranteed to find something to take home with you.

Disney just released what 50th anniversary we have to look forward too. Take a look below!

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Most of the new 50th anniversary merchandise will be available starting August 12. The rest of the merchandise with be released at a late date, with select items being available on shopDisney.com.

So make sure you’re on the lookout for all things EARidescent when the World’s Most Magical Anniversary when it makes its way to Walt Disney World this October 1!mh

Will you be visiting WDW for their 50th anniversary? Let us know in the comments!

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