21 November 2014, 11:14 am
Top Thanksgiving Meals at Universal Orlando Resorts
Holiday celebrations at Universal Orlando may not start until December but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy some special holiday cheer at Universal Resorts this Thanksgiving. In fact, several of Universal’s on-site hotels are featuring fun-filled Thanksgiving celebrations ranging from holiday buffets to live entertainment and even a tree-lighting luau. Plus, when you dine at Islands Dining Room, The Kitchen restaurant and Trattoria del Porto this Thanksgiving, $1 from each meal will be donated to Feeding Children Everywhere, a local charity that empowers and mobilizes people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children. Here is the Thanksgiving Day buffet lineup:
Islands Dining Room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Islands Dining Room inside Loews Royal Pacific Resort will serve up a Thanksgiving buffet from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day including roasted Caroline turkey, smoked ham, almond crusted salmon, stuffed quail, sushi and stir-fry station, omelet station and iced raw bar, as well as freshly baked breads, pastries, cakes and pies. Diners will enjoy entertainment by Universal Orlando characters, a face painter and balloonist, islands musician and hula dancer.
The Kitchen Restaurant at Hard Rock Hotel – The Kitchen restaurant inside the Hard Rock Hotel will also offer a buffet-style this Thanksgiving from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. with a chilled seafood bar, roasted maple brined turkey, slow-roasted country ham, hickory-smoked New York strip and baked gremolata Atlantic salmon. There will also be traditional Thanksgiving sides as well as dishes for the kids and desserts. Just like Islands Dining Room, guests will enjoy Universal Orlando characters as well as a magic man, face painter and a balloon artist.
Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – Another Thanksgiving buffet, the Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel will host a sparkling wine buffet from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day with roasted turkey with wild mushroom and thyme stuffing, baked ham, garlic-crusted roast beef, chilled seafood, omelet and crepes station, pasta station, all the trimmings, plus desserts. The entertainment at this buffet will include a strolling musician, Universal Orlando characters, children’s holiday craft and activity table, face painter and balloon twister.
Gather Together Thanksgiving Celebration at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel will host a joyful Thanksgiving feast in the Tuscan Ballroom starting at 4:30 p.m. Guests can take part in a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with turkey and all the trimmings, live entertainment, plus crafts, storytelling, face painters, drumming and dancing and more.
The fun will continue the day after Thanksgiving with Holiday Harbor Nights at Loews Royal Pacific Resort on Saturday, November 28. Here guests can take part in a traditional Polynesian buffet with special children’s buffet, live music, hula dancers and fire dancers.
20 November 2014, 2:23 pm
Food For Thought Holidays Around the World Treats at Epcot
Delicious dishes from around the world at Disney’s Epcot events and festivals are becoming more and more regular, and very popular. From new kiosks at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival to additions at The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each year, you can always find a dish, treat or drink to satisfy any craving, and this holiday season, Epcot is adding even more food, fun and cheer with seasonal treats during their annual Holidays Around the World.
The holiday cheer is sprinkled throughout Epcot’s many World Showcase pavilions so feel free to peruse and munch as you listen to all of the many wonderful holiday traditions throughout the world.
You really can start anywhere but if you are traditional and like to begin with a meal, head to the Promenade Refreshments for the Turkey Waffle, a sweet potato waffle filled with roast turkey and green bean casserole. This delicious concoction is a meal in one and will instantly put you in the holiday spirit!
Continue your holiday feasting at Japan where you can taste the non-traditional but still delicious teriyaki chicken karaage, a Japanese version of fried chicken bites with teriyaki sauce. Teriyaki chicken karaage is available at Kabuki Café, which is also where you can listen to the hollow-round Daruma doll and learn about the Japanese customs of the New Year.
Once you’re done enjoying something savory it’s time to indulge in something sweet. Epcot has done an excellent job creating different treats from around the globe that will make your mouth water and satisfy your holiday cravings. Canada serves up pecan-maple bark while France treats you to the buche de noel au chocolate (chocolate cake shaped like a log) at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie and L’Artisan des Glaces offers glace au apin d’epices (gingerbread ice cream). The Italy Pavilion will hand out treats like panettone, sweet bread loaf at the Gelato kiosk and chocolate calda (hot chocolate) and Germany will cut pieces of fruit cake. Get a taste of the traditional rice cream at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe and the American Adventure pavilion will bring you tastes of home with freshly baked gingerbread men, chocolate chunk cookies and sugar cookies, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and peppermint bark at the Sugar and Spice Holiday Bakery.
For a holiday drink to make your Christmas more merry head to United Kingdom where you can sip in hot applejack cider with whiskey and a blend of seasonal spices. The Italy pavilion will serve up sweet moscato wine and you can enjoy your fruit cake in Norway with gluhwein (hot spiced wine).
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18 November 2014, 12:05 pm
Inside Frozen Holiday Wish Cinderella Castle Lighting Show
Disney’s hit film “Frozen” has been ranked as the highest grossing animated film of all time, so it is no surprise that Walt Disney World has spent the past year incorporating the movie into its many theme parks. And this holiday season, Disney wants everybody to experience the “Frozen” magic with the new holiday show, “A Frozen Holiday Wish” now playing at Magic Kingdom.
During the holiday season, Magic Kingdom is known for their Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and while the party will still celebrate the season with magical holiday events, this year the attention is on a new “Frozen” show that takes over Cinderella Castle every night through December 31.
Your favorite characters from “Frozen” including Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and the loveable Olaf take over the stage right outside of Cinderella Castle where they begin to discuss how gorgeous the holiday decorations are around the palace. Olaf, who of course couldn’t be found at the beginning of the show then appears and discusses his love of summer. But his love for summer is masked by Anna’s love of the holiday décor, which she can’t seem to get enough of. Kristoff agrees with Anna but thinks it would feel more like winter if there were ice and snow everywhere. Knowing that Elsa can use her powers to bring both of those things to the Castle and Magic Kingdom, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf ask if she wouldn’t mind making everything a little more “Frozen.” Elsa obliges, but not before first asking the audience if that’s what they want too. After lots of clapping, Elsa begins her magical transformation on the Castle.
Using her arms to conjure up the ice and snow, Elsa focuses on one part of the Castle at a time as the Castle slowly becomes covered in winter. As she works, projections and images take over the building making it look as if snow is actually falling onto the castle and in the background the hit song “Let it Go” plays for the excited audience.
Once Elsa has finished, Cinderella Castle is draped in 200,000 glowing white LED lights. And as you take in the gorgeous scene fireworks explode into the night sky. If you can’t make it to Cinderella Castle for “A Frozen Holiday Wish” don’t worry, after the castle has been transformed with ice and snow it will stay lit for the rest of the night. It can be seen from anywhere in the park, so you can still experience the magic of Elsa’s powers!
For a “Frozen” holiday this November through December, don’t miss “A Frozen Holiday Wish” with discounted Walt Disney World tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.