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Visiting Three Broomsticks Restaurant at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The first time I entered Three Broomsticks, I didn’t give a second thought to the theming of the restaurant. I was hungry and the menu looked much better than anything else we’d seen…like the gratuitous theme park burgers and pizza.

Now, we try to visit Three Broomsticks restaurant at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park whenever we can. I would say it is a must-do for anyone (or any family) who is fan of the Harry Potter series of books and films. Seriously, eating at Three Broomsticks can enhance a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and should be included in any planning.

Entrance facade to Three Broomsticks Restaurant
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Three Broomsticks has the feel of a rustic British tavern. It is the perfect place to sneak away to for some friendly conversation and good food. The outside facade showcases a cozy, snow-capped inn…and is the place where Harry Potter had his first taste of sweet Butterbeer. It has welcomed many a student from the neighboring Hogwarts.

Three Broomsticks holds a role in some of the pivotal moments of the Harry Potter movies and books. Knowing and understanding this history can enhance any visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando (you can read about them below).

A trip to Three Broomsticks is a must-do if you want to immerse yourself in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. For that reason, I have created this one-day Wizarding World ultimate fan itinerary for my clients. You can grab your copy below and craft the perfect Wizarding World experience for yourself or your family.

 

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Before we get into the history, here are some details that will help you in planning your trip.

About the Three Broomsticks Dining Experience

I often get asked if you need reservations to eat at Three Broomsticks. My answer is…yes and no. Although reservations are available for breakfast, they really aren’t needed. Reservations are not available for lunch or dinner.

Three Broomsticks is located within the Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure Theme Park. You can find it nestled back in the Hogsmeade area of the park. It is modeled after the Three Broomsticks Inn featured within the Harry Potter films and books. As far as quick service restaurants within the park is concerned, Three Broomsticks offers the best visual details. It has dark wood furniture, open beams, and tiny details from the film. It’s the perfect place to sit a while and enjoy a Butterbeer.

Looking around Three Broomsticks, if it weren’t for the ordering area, you might forget where you are for a moment. Tastefully, Universal has managed to hide most other modern-day things (like air conditioning vents) behind the 18th-century decor.

If you’re like me and a little hesitant to eat indoors during flu season (or a pandemic like Covid-19), there is a nice little outdoor seating area behind the restaurant. It is usually less crowded than the indoor space.

The Food of Three Broomsticks Restaurant

The food offerings at Three Broomsticks have British twist to them. They offer a selection of breakfast items as well as lunch/dinner options later in the day.

As of the day of that I am writing this post, these are the current menus:

Breakfast (served until 10:30 am)

  • Traditional English Breakfast: Fresh scrambled eggs, sausage links, black pudding, English bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, sauteed mushrooms, and breakfast potatoes.
  • Porridge Breakfast: Old-fashioned steamed oats with fresh fruit and butter croissant.
  • Continental Breakfast: Colorful array of fresh fruit served with croissants accompanied with assorted jams.
  • American Breakfast: Fresh scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, crisp bacon, and link sausage with butter croissant.
  • Pancake Breakfast: Three fluffy buttermilk pancakes, crisp bacon, and link sausage with butter croissant.

Lunch and Dinner (served 11 am until closing)

A meal of beef pasties, BBQ ribs, and Butterbeer at Three Broomsticks Restaurant
Photo Credit: Touring Plans
  • The Great Feast: First course will be a fresh garden salad tossed with signature vinaigrette dressing. Main course will be a combination of rotisserie smoked chicken & spareribs, corn on the cob, and roast potatoes. The Great Feast serves four.
  • Shepherd’s Pie with Garden Salad: Ground beef, lamb & vegetables crowned with potatoes.
  • Fish and Chips: Fresh north Atlantic cod battered and fried with chips and tartar sauce.
  • Beef Pasties with Garden Salad: Flakey pastry pies filled with ground beef, vegetables, and potatoes served with a side salad and choice of dressing.
  • Rotisserie Smoked Chicken Platter: Served with corn on the cob and roasted potatoes.
  • Spareribs Platter: Served with corn on the cob and roasted potatoes.
  • Chicken and Ribs Platter: Served with corn on the cob and roasted potatoes.
  • Smoked Turkey Leg: Served with wedge fries.
  • Beef Sunday Roast: Slow roasted prime rib, vegetables and potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and au just.

Beverages

  • Butterbeer (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Frozen Butterbeer (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Apple Juice
  • Cider (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Draught Beer (Hog’s Head Brew or Dragon Scale)
  • Fresh Brewed Coffee
  • Gillywater
  • Hot Beverages (coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa)
  • Iced Tea
  • Lemonade
  • Milk
  • Orange Juice
  • Pumpkin Fizz
  • Pumpkin Juice
  • Sparkling Water

Desserts

  • Butterbeer Potted Cream
  • Chocolate Trifle: Layered chocolate cake with fresh berries and cream
  • Cup of Ice Cream: Butterbeer, Strawberry and Peanut Butter, Vanilla, or Chocolate
  • Freshly Baked Apple Pie

The History of Three Broomsticks Restaurant

In the books and films from the Harry Potter series, the Three Broomsticks is a beloved inn located in the village of Hogsmeade. The students from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry often visit it. The restaurant is often busy, warm, a little smoky…but always welcoming to witches and wizards.

Interior of Three Broomsticks Restaurant
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Early History of Three Broomsticks

Rumor has it that Three Broomsticks originated with the village of Hogsmeade itself. There is tales say that the village founder, Hengist of Woodcroft, lived there all the way back in medieval times.

The owner of Three Broomsticks restaurant during the Harry Potter years was Madam Rosmerta. She ran the popular inn for at least twenty years…since at least Harry Potter’s father, James Potter, attended Hogwarts.

Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Three Broomsticks first appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. During their third year at Hogwarts, Harry and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasly enjoyed drinking butterbeer here. They frequently bumped into some of the regulars…such as Rubeus Hagid.

Technically, Harry is unable to actually attend Hogwarts during this year due to Sirius Black’s escape from Azkaban. But that doesn’t stop him from sneaking into Hogwarts so that he can take the time to enjoy a butterbeer with his friends at Three Broomsticks.

It is at Three Broomsticks that the trio eavesdrop over a conversation being had by a group of Hogwarts professors who are talking with Cornelius Fudge. They are speaking about Sirius Black. Harry Potter cowers under a table to listen in on the conversation…and the professors unintentionally reveal that Sirius Black is Harry’s godfather.

Since Sirius Black has escaped prison, several Dementors have been stationed to patrol Hogsmeade Village. Unfortunately for Madam Rosmerta, this means visitors to Three Broomsticks are few because no one likes the the bleak mood that their presence brings.

Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

In this installation of the Harry Potter series, it is at Three Broomsticks Restaurant that Harry Potter meets with Hagrid. Hagrid invites him to go with him to get a look at the first task of the Triward Tournament–dragons.

It is also at this same time where we learn that Alastor Moody’s magical eye has the ability to clearly see through Harry’s invisibility cloak.

At a return to Three Broomstick later on in the tournament, Ludo Bagman offers to give Harry a tip on beating the second task of the Triwizard Tournament. Harry refuses to take the information from him.

On a side note, it is at Three Broomsticks Restaurant that Hermione, getting very frustrated, gives Rita Skeeter a piece of her mind…which Rita does not take very kindly to. In retribution, Rita publishes a slanderous story for Witch Weekly about Hermione.

Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts, there are a number of meetings that take place at Three Broomsticks. Initially, needing a place to meet with other students, Hermione opts to have the meeting at the Hog’s Head next door to Three Broomsticks. She believed it would provide more secrecy. This group of students wound up being the beginning of Dumbledore’s Army.

Unfortunately, Hogs Head did not wind up being as private as Hermione wished. This is probably why Hermione chose Three Broomsticks for a meeting later on with Harry, Luna Lovegood, and Rita Skeeter.

Harry talked briefly at this meeting with a gloomy Hagrid, who was absorbed with thoughts of his family. Harry was then interviewed about his ordeal of Voldemort’s return the previous year for an article for The Quibbler. The Daily Prophet (the leading newspaper for wizard news) was swayed by the Ministry of Magic and therefore would not print information about Voldemort’s return.

Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

During Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts, Harry and his friends only visit Three Broomsticks once. It is a somber visit. After the visit, the group of students witness Katie Bell being jinxed by a package that she had received while at Three Broomsticks. It is because of this that Hogwarts decides to cancel all weekend trips into Hogsmead for the rest of the school year.

While Harry doesn’t enter Three Broomsticks the rest of the year, he does pass by the outside of it with Professor Dumbledore. Dumbledore speaks with Madam Rosmerta and tells her that he is looking for a place less busy to have his drink and walks towards Hog’s Head.

In reality, Harry and Dumbledore head off toward their real task…which is retrieving one of Voldemort’s horcruxes from a mysterious cave. As they return from their adventure, Harry with an exhausted Dumbledore, heads back towards Hogsmeade. They bump into Madam Rosmerta who warns them that there is Dark Matter hovering above Hogwarts.

Madam Rosmerta lends them a couple of brooms. Harry and Dumbledore quickly fly back to Hogwarts where the Battle of the Astronomy Tower starts.

Harry has his suspicions that Draco Malfoy has become a Death Eater. Harry’s fears are correct. Voldemort gives Draco the task of killing Dumbledore. It turns out that Draco had put Madam Rosmerta under an Imperious Curse…and because of this he has been aware of Dumbledore’s time away from Hogwarts.

While under this curse, it was also Madam Rosmerta who had gifted Katie Bell the jinxed necklace earlier in the school year.

Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In Harry Potter’s seventh year, he does not return to Hogwarts as a student. But he does go back to search for the last horcrux. When Harry apparates into Hogsmeade, it activates the Caterwauling Charm which prompts the Death Eaters to come out of Three Broomsticks.

Fortunately, Harry and his companions are given refuge by Aberforth Dumbledore. Aberforth is the barman at Hog’s Head (and Albus Dumbledore’s brother).

Why We Never Miss a Chance to Eat at Three Broomsticks Restaurant

While I am a Harry Potter fan (although not necessarily a Harry Potter nerd), I never miss the chance to eat at Three Broomsticks.

My family loves the decor and how it immerses you into the world of Harry Potter. I can imagine myself watching the Hogwarts students come in and grabbing a snack and a butterbeer…and enjoy a nice chilly butterbeer myself.

The food is a nod to British cuisine you might find while traveling the countryside. In addition, it’s some of the better food available within the Islands of Adventure theme park. Hats off to you, Universal!

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If possible, take the time to visit this eatery on your next visit. Eating a themed restaurant like this can really enhance your vacation. If you’ve had the chance to eat there in the past, let me know in the comments below what is your favorite thing about Three Broomsticks?

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SeaWorld San Diego Review for September 2020

Although we’ve taken a few road trips close to home during the pandemic, somewhere around mid-summer we decided we wanted to venture out a little further this fall. We decided to try somewhere with a short flight. San Diego seemed like a great idea. The only theme park open in San Diego during our chosen dates was SeaWorld San Diego, so we decided to give it a try and review it.

Disclaimer: Theme Park During a Pandemic

I am going to be honest here. While we decided to visit a theme park during a pandemic, the decision to visit a theme park should be solely yours. I am not going to recommend or not recommend traveling. We chose to travel in a way we felt safe, but others may not have felt safe. Honestly, there were a few times when we had to skedaddle out of a situation where we did not feel protected as people were not following protocols.

Every person must decide for themselves what risk(s) they are comfortable with when it comes to travel. I also feel it important not just to protect myself but also to protect others I may have come in contact with. It’s just me. Better safe than sorry.

It is also important to note that our trip was also accompanied by wildfire smoke. This left quite a smoky haze in the air that made everything appear gray. While I am admittedly not the best photographer, be aware that in this case Mother Nature was a factor in the photos I took.

SeaWorld San Diego Review

There were a number of things I was looking to review during my visit to SeaWorld. Among them were:

  • Highlights of the Day
  • Overall Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols
  • Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews Program
  • Open Attractions

Highlights of the Day

I am a total theme park nerd. It is not uncommon for me to have annual passes to the Disney parks and sometimes Universal Studios. Going seven months between visits to a theme park – any theme park – is highly unusual for me. Needless to say, when I entered the SeaWorld, there may have been a tear or two shed. It was a great feeling.

Below is a short video I made of our day. The music I chose was the same music playing in the background and seemed appropriate to the occasion.

We showed up about a half hour after opening. The process to enter was quick and well marked to keep socially distanced. The employees at the front were energetic and seemed genuinely happy to be there. The mood was set for a great day.

Entry into SeaWorld included their current Bayside BBQ & Brews promotion. I’ll go into that a little later. Suffice it to say, we ate all day long…

SeaWorld San Diego Relax by the Bay
SeaWorld San Diego – Views, Drinks, and Live Entertainment

I think one of the hidden gems while we were there was the relaxation areas. There were chairs by the bay, a live acoustic guitar player, and pretty much no one else in the area during the time we spent here. We were allowed to take our masks off and just enjoyed the scenery and all the boats out along the bay. It was heavenly!

Review of SeaWorld San Diego Covid-19 Safety Protocols

The attention to protocols at SeaWorld San Diego were apparent from the moment you walk to the front. There were socially distanced circles on the ground approximately every 6 feet. Each group was supposed to stand on a circle. Since we showed up a half-hour after opening, there was no line. We just wound our way around the ropes to get through.

There was to be a temperature screening right as you walked in. No problem. If they took my temperature, I must have missed it. I did see children without face coverings actually having their temperature checked. According to state guidelines, your temperature must be under 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Face coverings were required for anyone aged 2 years or older. You are allowed to take them off when eating, drinking, or in designated relaxation areas. Most people were compliant, but I noticed as the day wore on that employees were less likely to enforce this rule.

There are reminders everywhere to emphasize social distancing. While most people were respectful of this, the ones who weren’t generally were not wearing their face masks correctly. This became a sore spot for me since we have seen firsthand the devastation that Covid-19 brings to families and healthcare workers.

Cleaning and sanitation protocols were spot on! Employees were constantly cleaning high-touch areas. In addition, there were hand sanitizer stations and hand washing stations everywhere. By the end of the day, we did notice that some of the hand sanitizing stations were not being refilled. It was getting difficult to find hand sanitizer. Luckily, we brought our own.

Bayside BBQ & Brews Program

During our visit, our entrance fee included a lanyard for the Bayside BBQ & Brews. Your lanyard included an area to punch allowing each guest up to six items of food or drink. We knew going in that it would be more than enough food for the two of us.

As far as the food goes, we each enjoyed a lunch entree, an early dinner entree, waters, soda, a slice of cheesecake AND a slice of chocolate cake. We took the pieces of chocolate cake back to the hotel with us as we were so full. But the surprise was that non-alcoholic drinks only counted for a half a punch…so two Diet Cokes were just one punch.

My hubby decided to see if he could grab a snack from a stand for a punch. He got a bag of Planters Trail Mix. When he went to get his lanyard punched, the employee explained to us that it was only half a punch, so we picked up another bag to go. When we left SeaWorld, we still had one more punch left unused and had a backpack filled with chocolate cake and trail mix.

The food was better than the typical fare of theme park burgers or pizza. That being said, it did not even come close to the quality of food that you enjoy at a Disney festival. Not complaining, but we’re not talking gourmet food here either.

Open Attractions During Our Visit

During our visit, it is important to note that none of the rides were open. While initially it seemed a little disappointing, there were still a lot of activities to enjoy.

It appeared that all of the animal exhibits as well as the animal presentations were open. This included the Orca whales, sea lions, penguins, dolphins, turtles, and so much more.

There were a few stages set up where you could enjoy live musical performances. As I mentioned earlier, listening to the acoustic guitar while sitting by the bay was a real treat.

The information we received mentioned there were character meet-and-greets. We didn’t see any of these while we were there. I think they were happening in the Sesame Street area of the park. Since we didn’t have little ones with us this trip, we didn’t stop there.

Review of SeaWorld San Diego Final Thoughts

In the time of Covid-19, things are constantly changing. It is great to see parks reopening in ways that are thought out and intended to keep people safe.

I was definitely happy to be back inside of a theme park…even if the rides weren’t open. It was a feeling that there is a return back to normalcy (even if it means wearing masks for a little while).

I would love to see employees trained on how to ask guests to put their mask back on when appropriate. They all seemed unsure of how to address the issue with guests who were pulling their masks down in high-traffic areas.

There was also a little confusion in the shops about how the process for check-out worked. A little signage would have gone a long ways for those of us unsure how to make our purchases. Some people put items back and walked out. I am sure they could use all the revenue they can get right now.

The Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews program was a great way to kick off their reopening. For the most part, the employees seemed to be back to work. I would rate the experience overall a 7 out of 10.

In its current form, we would not hesitate to return to SeaWorld San Diego. It would be a great place to take the kids right now. Have you returned to a theme park since reopening after Covid-19? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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    What is Included in a Disney Cruise

    IMPORTANT: DUE TO COVID-19, DISNEY CRUISE LINE SUSPENDED WORLDWIDE OPERATIONS IN MARCH OF 2020 AND NO ONE CAN BE CERTAIN WHEN THEY WILL RESUME.

    Photo Credit: Disney Destinations

    Our family loves cruising…there is no arguing about that. People often ask me if I have a favorite cruise line. I honestly do have a favorite (although I haven’t tried every cruise line…yet). But I also have a caveat that just because I have a favorite cruise line, doesn’t mean I always recommend it. Each cruise line…especially Disney Cruise Line…offers unique experiences that are included.

    Disney Cruise Line tends to price out higher for a lot of families. It is what they include that is unique that makes them a little more expensive than other cruise lines. If your family enjoys Disney or are looking for the best family-friendly cruise line, that is when I recommend Disney Cruise Line.

    I’ve created a list of some of the things that are included with a Disney Cruise Line cruise to give clients an idea of whether or not a Disney cruise is the right choice for them.

    Broadway-Style Musicals

    Each of Disney Cruise Line’s ships offers a large theater where entertainment is shown each night. Most night’s you can see a musical or show that is written specifically for Disney’s cruise ships. These Disney-themed musicals are Broadway style in professionalism and yet short enough for kids not to get too antsy.

    Complimentary 24-Hour Room Service

    Disney cruise line offers 24-hour complimentary room service. Menus vary, but generally you can find items like custom-made sandwiches, pizza, and even a few specialties from the chef like grilled salmon on the menu.

    I have a few family members that enjoy ordering warm cookies and milk at 11:00 at night right before bed. Not mentioning any names, but they do it pretty much every single night when traveling on a Disney cruise.

    There are a few room service items that do require an additional charge such as wines, beverages, and some specialty snacks. Always check your in-room menu. If additional charges apply, it will be noted on the menu.

    Complimentary Non-Alcoholic Beverages

    Most cruise lines offer a very limited selection of complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Disney offers coffee, tea, milk, hot chocolate and soda 24-hours a day on the pool deck as well as in the dining rooms during meals. Soda packages can be very expensive on other cruise lines requiring you to pay per person, per day. This is one area where Disney offers a far better value than its competition.

    Disney-Themed Kids’ Clubs

    Disney Cruise Line has one of the largest selection of kids’ clubs found among the major cruise lines. Their offerings and activities are some of the most family friendly…and of course offer Disney touches.

    Although I’ve never been able to “experience” a Disney youth club because I was an adult by the time I first sailed on Disney Cruise Line, I can say I’ve checked them out and think these should be available for adults to enjoy, too. Did you hear that, Disney? We want an “kids club” for adults. Some of the experiences offered are pure magic for a little Disney fan.

    “it’s a small world” nursery

    “it’s a small world” nursery! is available for young children from ages 6 months to 3 years old. In the nursery the young ones can make simple crafts, play games, take a nap, or watch movies.

    The design of the “it’s a small world” nursery! is influenced by the classic Disney attraction found at its theme parks.

    Disney’s Oceaneer Club

    This club is for children from ages 3 to 12 years old. In the Oceaneer Club kids can make friends and explore multi-themed areas and connect with characters from new and classic Disney movies.

    Here the kids will enjoy dressing up as a character, special storytelling get-togethers, and play areas that are larger than life and immerse you in Disney stories.

    Disney’s Oceaneer Lab

    Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is also for children ages 3 to 12 years old. While the Oceaneer Club we talked about above is all about the Disney magic, the Oceaneer Lab is all about exploration.

    The kids can learn and play while at sea through engaging discovery activities, crazy experiments, and interactive spaces and game play.

    Edge

    This kids club is the perfect place for any tweens in a group. At Edge the kids can spend time with kids their own age while they enjoy doing arts and crafts, play games, and watch movies.

    Vibe

    This area is a teens-exclusive space. Here the teens can chill out and listen to music, enjoy some games with fellow teens, as well as watch some TV. Vibe also offers activities like karaoke and teens-only dance parties.

    Delicious Meals in Themed Restaurants

    Tiana's Place is a themed restaurant included in a Disney Cruise.
    Tiana’s Place – Photo Credit: Disney Destinations

    One of the areas Disney excels at in the family cruise arena are its restaurants. I’ve been on many family cruises, and the experiences included in a Disney Cruise restaurant can’t be beat. The wait staff are trained very well at interacting with children of all ages and ability.

    In addition, each ship offers three different restaurants for dinner. You are assigned a rotation where your family gets to enjoy at least one meal in each restaurant…your wait staff travel to the different restaurants with you.

    One night you might enjoy a musical performance by Princess Tiana while eating at Tiana’s Place with delicious foods you might find down on the bayou in New Orleans. The next night you might find yourself dining in Animator’s Palate where the restaurant literally comes to life as you enjoy your meal…and who knows, Crush might just stop by your table to talk and hang out for a few minutes.

    First-Run Films Included on Your Disney Cruise

    Disney offers several places onboard where you can sit back and enjoy some classic…as well as first-run Disney films. There is nothing like getting to see a film the first day it opens…for free…onboard a Disney ship. We were lucky to see the film Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson…on opening day…in digital 3D on one of our Disney cruises. It was a fun experience for our family.

    Snacks

    Disney Cruise Line offers snacks in all the usual places…like burgers or pizza on the pool deck. In addition, you can find soft-serve ice cream on the pool deck for whenever you want a cool treat.

    There are also a couple of lesser known places you can get complimentary snacks onboard. One area where you can find some complimentary snacks is at the Cove Cafe. The Cove Cafe is found in the adults-only area of the ship. Although the specialty coffees and drinks here are offered for an additional fee, the assortment of pastries and desserts are complimentary. This is not a self-serve area, but a cast member at the Cove Cafe will be happy to serve you if you ask.

    Another hidden gem for snacks can be found in the adults-only area of the Disney cruise ships during late evening entertainment. This is usually a buffet of snacks and can include items such as spring rolls, mozzarella sticks, and coconut shrimp. The buffet changes up each evening. These snacks are usually only around for a short time each evening from approximately 10:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. And because this is a buffet, you can feel free to snag as much as you want to eat.

    Special Meet and Greets with Disney Characters

    Being able to meet up with Disney characters and Princesses is unique to Disney Cruise Line. You can meet Mickey and Minnie and all the gang dressed up in their cruising attire…and all dolled up in their finest on formal night. You can find a guide of the times and places you can meet the various characters included in the Disney Cruise daily Navigator app…a listing of all times and activities onboard the ship.

    Themed Deck Parties and Days at Sea

    By far and away, one of my favorite things included in a Disney Cruise are the themed days at sea. I have seen nothing like it on any other cruise ship. Sure other cruises offer themed days, but it is not the same. Not all themed days are available on each cruise itinerary. If you want to experience one in particular, you will need to research the dates (or contact your friendly travel agent) to find the specific theme that you are looking for.

    Below are a few examples of Disney Cruise Line’s themed days:

    Marvel Day at Sea

    Marvel Day at Sea is included in your Disney Cruise.
    Photo Credit: Disney Destinations

    This day is all about Marvel Super Heroes. Marvel Day at Sea includes encounters with some of your favorite Marvel super heroes. You can join in for a special secret agent training session and watch a super hero stunt show. Generally, these cruises take place early in the year and are on sailings to the Bahamas and the Western Caribbean.

    Pirates in the Caribbean Night

    On Pirates night on a Disney Cruise ship, you will start the evening off eating a pirate-themed dinner in your assigned dining room. You can enjoy special trivia and games as well as photo ops with the Disney characters dressed up in their finest pirate garb. The evening is capped off with a special “Pirates in the Caribbean” show on the pool deck followed by fireworks set to special Disney pirate-themed music (weather permitting).

    Star Wars Day at Sea

    If you are a Star Wars fan, this day is for you! On a Star Wars Day at Sea, you will find yourself transported aboard a cruise ship to a galaxy far, far away…okay, a galaxy found on a ship in the Caribbean, but it’s still pretty fantastic. Here you will encounter characters from the Star Wars movies, engage in Jedi training, and end your day at a special Star Wars deck party.

    Is a Disney Cruise for You?

    When I work with clients, I try to match them up with experiences that they enjoy. Sometimes people are unsure if a Disney cruise is a good fit for them. My family likes Disney, so for us it really doesn’t take much to convince me to get on a Disney ship.

    And although Disney’s prices are often more expensive than some of its competitors, it includes experiences that you simply can only find on a Disney Cruise. Whether or not those experiences are worth the extra money is a personal matter.

    If you want more information on how cruise lines price cruises in general, this article continues to be my most read blog post:

    Beginner’s Guide to Cruise Prices

    In the end, I enjoy how family-friendly a Disney cruise is. And since our family really enjoys our Disney (and Star Wars and Marvel movies), it is a perfect match for us when we head out on the high seas.

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    For Travel to Walt Disney World Resort Be Sure to Update “My Disney Experience” App Before You Arrive

    The Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and Theme Parks will be reopening soon. If you have a trip planned in the near future, note that new policies and procedures are in place due to COVID-19. It is important that you link upcoming hotel reservation and ticket information to My Disney Experience as soon as possible.

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    Once these items have been linked to your account, you will be able to receive important information and communication from Walt Disney World resort which will help you in the next steps and important dates for planning, including the Theme Park reservation system that was announced recently.

    If you live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), you can find more information here. Due to COVID-19, information changes frequently, so it is best to visit the Walt Disney World “Know Before You Go” website for the most current information.

    We hope you enjoy your upcoming visit to the Walt Disney World resort!