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Celebrate the Holiday Season at Walt Disney World Resort!

September 16, 2017

Holidays at Disney's Hollywood Studios

 

The holiday season returns to the Walt Disney World® Resort on Nov. 9, 2017 with must-see new magic and beloved traditions. You will discover countless ways to make memories as you get wrapped up in everything from delightful décor and enchanting events to festive entertainment, sensational shopping and more.

 

This year, Holidays Around the World is transforming into the Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays. Starting earlier than ever on Nov. 19, 2017 the festival includes fifteen Holiday Marketplaces, a new scavenger hunt, fresh and returning entertainment celebrating the holidays of cultures across the globe and more. The beloved Candlelight Processional returns again this year Nov. 24 – Dec. 30, 2017 with new narrators like Matthew Bomer, CCH Pounder and Pat Sajak. Candlelight Dining packages are available again this year for those who wish to enjoy a delicious meal and priority seating at one of the shows.

 

Holidays at Magic Kingdom

 

You can get wrapped up in a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® Nov. 9 – Dec. 31, 2017 with the return of the nighttime favorite Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and new holiday happenings around the park. You can also catch the new Sunset Seasons Greetings where you can see Mickey, Minnie, Buzz, Woody, Olaf and more as they celebrate the season sharing stories, songs and holiday jubilee. Plus, there will be larger-than-life Christmas ornaments floating all along Echo Lake.

 

Don’t forget, you can revel in tasty treats, a holiday parade and fireworks, plus Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show at Magic Kingdom® Park during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  (To purchase tickets, call 855-434-9397.)

 

During  the holidays at Disney Springs®, you can find everything you need to fill your wish lists (and tummy). It’s the perfect place to bask in the joy of the season and discover unique shopping, festive décor, live entertainment, and even a visit with Santa.

 

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Mission: Space ‘Relaunches’ August 13th with Brand New Experiences

July 28, 2017

New Mission Space

 

Starting Aug. 13, 2017, Walt Disney World® Resort will relaunch Mission: SPACE with a brand new experience and an enhanced version of the “classic” attraction.

  • If you think you’ve got “the right stuff,” you can take on the Orange Mission for a truly intense experience that lets you feel the force of an actual space launch en route to Mars. On this mission, you’ll dodge meteoroids, slingshot around the moon and attempt a precision landing on the Red Planet’s alien surface. This “mission” has been enhanced with new, HD video to make it even clearer.
  • Or, you can embark on the more family-friendly Green Mission – a new mission that takes you on an exciting orbit around Earth. On this amazing new adventure, you’ll take in sites like the Hawaiian Islands, Italy’s “boot” and the Northern Lights—as seen from space, of course—before finally landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. No matter which mission you choose, it’ll be a journey that’s totally out of this world.

In addition to all the “mission” updates, the amazing people at Walt Disney Imagineering have also made this attraction MORE family-friendly. Younger astronauts can now ride – the height restriction will be changed for the Green Mission side with the addition of new X-2 booster seats allowing children 40-44” to ride.

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Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot!

June 15, 2017

Frozen Ever After Dessert Party Graphic

 

Starting July 17, 2017 there will be a delicious new way to experience “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot®. Reservations open today for the brand-new Frozen Ever After Dessert Party, the coolest dessert party with reserved seating to an amazing fireworks spectacular, delicious desserts and a special opportunity to enjoy the Frozen Ever After attraction!

The party, which takes place in World Showcase Plaza East, overlooking World Showcase Lagoon, will feature décor, drinks, desserts and snacks inspired by the beloved film, “Frozen.” You don’t have to worry about staking out the perfect spot to view the fireworks, because Frozen Ever After Dessert Party Guests will have reserved seating. Specialty cotton candy lemonade or “melted snow” and other non-alcoholic beverages will delight Guests of all ages. Adults 21 years and older can enjoy alcoholic beverages such as a piña colada, margarita or “Summertime Punch,” a refreshing blend of prickly pear syrup, vodka, lemonade and ginger ale.

Desserts and snacks will be served on three buffet stations, check out the menus below!

Hot & Cold 

  • Olaf’s Warm Double Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake
  • Elsa’s Warm Cottage Pudding with Salted Caramel Glaze
  • Hand-dipped Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Small Bites 

  • Wandering Oaken’s Eclairons
  • Hans’ Key Lime Tarts with Red Glitter Glaze
  • Living Rock Crispy Bonbons
  • Anna’s Blue Velvet Cupcakes
  • Kristoff’s No Sugar Added Lemon Curd with Blueberry

Not So Sweet 

  • Sven’s Fresh Fruits & Berries
  • Grand Pabbie’s Winter-spiced Snack Mix
  • Duke of Weselton’s Cheese Fondue served with Country Bread Cubes, Broccoli, and Grilled Flatbread

After “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” Guests of the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party will be escorted to the Norway Pavilion for a special ride on the popular Frozen Ever After attraction.

The Frozen Ever After Dessert Party cost is $79 for Guests ages 10 and above, $47 for ages 3 to 9—tax and gratuity included. Reservations are now open for dates beginning July 17, 2017!

To book your Walt Disney World Vacation, call 855-434-9397

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Frozen Ever After Dessert Party Illuminations

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

January 16, 2017

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This new event is being held Fridays through Mondays from now until February 20, 2017. And, it will feature new art each week, showcasing celebrated work by Disney historical artists like Mary Blair and Herb Ryman. The event will also feature art being created live by artists like Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos.

 

Epcot Festival of the Arts

 

You can enjoy the performing arts thanks to Disney Theatrical Productions, which will bring an exciting showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage. Performances will be at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday through Monday of each festival weekend. Guests can expect to hear some phenomenal Broadway talent live, performing songs from some of Disney on Broadway’s award-winning shows, like ‪The Lion King‪, Newsies, and Aladdin.

New Food Studios will showcase culinary creations so delicious and intricate, you may not know if the menus are for admiring or eating.

Plus, there will be hands-on experiences for the whole family, favorite Disney characters channeling their favorite artists, seminars and more.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is included with regular Epcot admission.

There’s still time to book a magical Disney Vacation in time to
experience the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
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Seasonal Tastes and Candlelight Narrators at Holidays Around the World at Epcot

November 4, 2016

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One of the most delightful ways for you to experience Epcot® is sampling the tasty treats found all around World Showcase. And now, Holidays Around the World is adding more food and drink for the winter celebration Nov. 25-Dec. 30, 2016.

 Here’s just a sampling of some of the items you’ll find at the five new marketplaces:

  • Prost! in Germany (artisan cheese plate or sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle)
  • American Holiday Table in American Adventure Pavilion (slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce)
  • Alpine Haus between France and Morocco (cheese fondue in a bread bowl with fresh steamed vegetables)
  • Seasonal Southern Delights near World Showcase Plaza (blackened catfish with white cheddar grits with okra)
  • Feast of Three Kings Feast near World Showcase Plaza (Three Kings Bread)

Also as a part of Holidays Around the World at Epcot, Candlelight Processional returns to present the story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

Celebrity Narrators scheduled to make appearances this year include (subject to change without notice):

  • Nov. 25-27 – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Nov. 28-Dec. 1 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec. 2-3 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • Dec. 4*-6 – Edward James Olmos
  • Dec. 7-9 – TBA
  • Dec. 10-12 – Robby Benson
  • Dec. 13-15 – Meredith Vieira
  • Dec. 16-18 – Jim Caviezel
  • Dec. 19-21 – Joe Morton
  • Dec. 22-24 – Ming-Na Wen – NEW!
  • Dec. 25-27 – Jodi Benson
  • Dec. 28-30 – Cal Ripken, Jr. – NEW!

The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the American Gardens Theatre. Dining packages are available on select nights and include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.

Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $27 plus tax per person for adults and $14 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $47 plus tax per person for adults and $20 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.

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*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Theme park admission is required. There is no 5 p.m. show on 12/4.

Top Reasons to Visit Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

September 13, 2016

From cooking demos and live music to delicious food and wine, there are so many reasons for you to experience this year’s Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World® Resort! Let’s take a closer look at one of those tempting opportunities – the Rockin’ Burger Block Party.

 

Rockin’ Burger Block Party

 

When you think of burgers, they usually start with beef and a bun – but the rules are different at this event. You might find the beginnings of a traditional sandwich, and then the chefs take the flavor to a whole new level with patties like an Indian-inspired Malai Chicken Mushroom Burger or a pork slider with aji amarillo chile slaw and avocado on brioche.

These are just two of seven impressive burgers at the first party on Sept. 30, 2016. Other parties will take place on Oct. 14 and Nov. 11 where all-new creations will be featured, with music and plenty of libations adding to the fun. You can even vote for your favorite burger!

Check out all the top reasons for you to visit the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016 in this video!

 

 

 

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2016 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

June 9, 2016

2016 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

 

This summer at Walt Disney World® Resort, you can rock out to sizzling tunes as the 2017 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series occurs at Epcot®.

Every night through July 23, 2016, the America Gardens Theater in World Showcase rocks with live music from some of the best tribute bands in the world, including acts appearing at Epcot for the first time this year.

Here’s a look at this year’s lineup (entertainment and times are subject to change):

  • June 5-11, 2016: Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston
  • June 12-18: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 19-24: Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
  • June 25-July 1: Simply Tina – A Tribute to Tina Turner
  • July 2-9: Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 10-16: Bruce in the USA – A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
  • July 17-23: DSB – A Tribute to Journey

Showtimes are at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. and concerts are included with regular Epcot admission.

What exactly is a tribute band?

A tribute band is a music group, singer, or musician who specifically plays the music of a well-known music act. This includes individual performers who mimic the songs and style of an artist, such as Elvis impersonators covering the works of Elvis Presley, or groups like The Iron Maidens, an all-female band that pays tribute to Iron Maiden. In my opinion, the very best tribute acts are those “endorsed” by the bands or performers they are paying tribute to!  (When the original says that the copy is awesome, most of the time it is!  ) These groups attempt to emulate the vocal styles and overall appearance of that group, to make as close an approximation as possible.  If you want to know what it felt like to see the Bee Gees perform live in their heyday, watching Stayin’ Alive perform is the closest you’re going to get!

If you’re in Epcot for a 2017 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series performance, make sure you get there at least 40-45 minutes early!  The seats fill up very quickly!

Frozen Ever After Attraction & Royal Sommerhus To Open June 21 at Epcot

May 20, 2016

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Two new “Frozen” experiences – the Frozen Ever After attraction and the adjacent Royal Sommerhus – will officially open their doors June 21, 2016.

 

Located in the Norway pavilion at Epcot, Frozen Ever After allows you to set off on an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. First, you’ll be transported to the “Winter in Summer” Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers to create a beautiful “winter-in-summer” day for the entire kingdom. Next, you will pass Troll Valley on your way up to the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace before your return trip to the Bay of Arendelle.

 

You can begin booking FastPass+ for Frozen Ever on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

 

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And, over at the nearby Royal Summerhus, Anna and Elsa’s summer home, the royal sisters will be available for will for greeting opportunities.

 

The Norway Pavilion will open at 9 a.m., along with the Future World area of Epcot.

 

Don’t forget, you can also spot Anna and Elsa over at Magic Kingdom® Park in the “Festival of Fantasy Parade” and the new “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” show coming to Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage.

 

Soarin’ Around the World to debut on June 17, 2016

April 20, 2016

Soarin v2.0
Technically, that’s not correct.  It’s really going to debut in Shanghai Disneyland on June 16th as “Soarin’ Over the Horizon,” but in the United States it will debut on the 17th.

While I’m sad to see the original film retired, I’m really excited about this new film!  I wonder what kind of scents we’ll get this time?

Here’s a little preview of what’s to come:

Sounds Like Summer 2016 Concert Series

April 1, 2016

Three new acts join some of the world’s best tribute bands when the Sounds Like Summer 2016 concert series returns to Epcot® June 5-July 23, 2016.

Sounds Like Summer 2016 Concert Series

 

Bands paying tribute to the music of Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner and Bruce Springsteen are new in 2016.  Here’s a look at the full lineup: (entertainment and times are subject to change).

  • June 5-11: Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston
  • June 12-18: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 19-24: Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
  • June 25-July 1: Simply Tina – A Tribute to Tina Turner
  • July 2-9: Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 10-16: Bruce in the USA – A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
  • July 17-23: DSB – A Tribute to Journey

Performances are included with regular Epcot admission. The Sounds Like Summer 2016 Concert Series takes place at The American Gardens Theater in World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily June 5-July 23, 2016.

What exactly is a tribute band?

A tribute band is a music group, singer, or musician who specifically plays the music of a well-known music act. This includes individual performers who mimic the songs and style of an artist, such as Elvis impersonators covering the works of Elvis Presley, or groups like The Iron Maidens, an all-female band that pays tribute to Iron Maiden. In my opinion, the very best tribute acts are those “endorsed” by the bands or performers they are paying tribute to!  (When the original says that the copy is awesome, most of the time it is!  ) These groups attempt to emulate the vocal styles and overall appearance of that group, to make as close an approximation as possible.  If you want to know what it felt like to see the Bee Gees perform live in their heyday, watching Stayin’ Alive perform is the closest you’re going to get!

If you’re in Epcot for a Sounds Like Summer 2016 Concert Series performance, make sure you get there at least 40-45 minutes early!  The seats fill up very quickly!