The Universe of Energy has been open since October of 1982. During it’s 35 years in operation it educated people about the energy around our world. We always thought of this lengthy attraction as a way to get out the the rain or cool of for a nap on a hot day.
It has recently been announced at D23, that the Universe of Energy attraction will be closing on August 13th, 2017 and I can’t help but look forward to what has been announced to replace it.
The new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction will be inside the current Universe of Energy building. Disney has not released an opening date for the attraction but Disney Parks Blog says “Epcot’s brand new E-ticket attraction will be based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and is the next step in how guests can encounter these characters at the Walt Disney World Resort. Epcot just may be the perfect place for a “Guardians”-inspired attraction”
Mission: SPACE has been under refurbishment recently and now we know why…
in just a few weeks, guests will be able to enjoy new adventures at Mission: SPACE – an updated Orange Mission (more intense training) and a brand-new Green Mission (Less intense experience).
Disney Parks Blog states “The updated Orange Mission will make an even more visually stunning trip to Mars, while the all-new Green adventure will allow guests to blast off for an orbital adventure around planet Earth.”
Which mission will you take the next time you visit this attraction?
One other announcement has been made for Epcot at D23 and that is the opening of a Ratatouille inspired attraction in the France Pavilion. Guests will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant. According to Disney Parks blog this attraction will open sometime in 2021.
I look forward to bringing you updated information about these attractions as they open in the parks. Stay tuned…
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Epcot’s Candlelight Processional is a holiday tradition for my family. It really gets us in the spirit with the telling of the Christmas Story along with a celebrity narrator, live choir & 50 piece orchestra. If front row seats are on your list for this event, or just a delicious meal with an extra perk, then you will want to book a Candlelight Processional Dining Package. Book early, the spots fill up quickly. If you are one of my guests traveling to Disney World during the holiday celebrations, let me know if you would like my assistance booking one of these packages. (Scroll down for my video from one of last year’s performances)
As a part of Holidays Around the World at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional presents the traditional story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.
Newcomers to the celebrity narrator spotlight this year include Daytime Television Legend Pat Sajak and TV star CCH Pounder, who was recently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park for the Grand Opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.
Returning favorites include television, film and stage superstar Neil Patrick Harris, country megastar Trace Adkins and Contemporary Christian music artist Jaci Velasquez.
Here are the narrators confirmed so far:*
Nov. 24- Dec. 3 – To Be Announced
Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak
Dec. 6-14 – To Be Announced
Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder
Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
Dec. 28-30 – To Be Announced
The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre. These packages, available on select nights, include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.
As with last year, in addition to lunch and dinner packages, breakfast options are available at some favorite restaurants in and near Epcot again this year like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and The Garden Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.
Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $35 plus tax per person for adults and $21 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $44 plus tax per person for adults and $15.50 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.
According to Disney Food Blog, the individual restaurant prices are as follows:
Trattoria al Forno (located on Disney’s BoardWalk, accessible via walkway or boat from Epcot’s World Showcase) *Breakfast and Dinner Only
Breakfast: Adult $47.00 /Child: $28.00 Lunch: N/A Dinner: Adult: $60.00 Child: $21.00
Lunch: Adult $64.00 / Child $22.00 Dinner: Adult $70.00 / Child $25.00
Lunch: Adult $54.00 / Child $20.00 Dinner: Adult $57.00 / Child $24.00
Holidays Around the World is an extravaganza of holiday entertainment, merchandise, food, beverages and festivities where guests can celebrate at Epcot throughout the holiday season. Time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase, and live performances enliven the park throughout the day.
Holidays Around the World, including the Candlelight Processional, runs Nov. 24-Dec.30, 2017 at Epcot.
Watch as Steven Curtis Champman tells the Christmas Story…
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Who doesn’t love the challenge of hunting for eggs during springtime? For 2017, Epcot has extended the dates for this challenge beginning on March 1st and will running through May 29th for the duration of the Flower and Garden Festival.
The cost to participate is $5.99 + tax. You will need to purchase your Egg hunting sticker page and stickers at Pin Central in Future World, Disney Traders at the entrance to the World Showcase or World Traveler at International Gateway. Just look for one of the signs below to indicate where you can start the game…
This Egg-stravaganza takes place in the different countries around World Showcase. You will need to visit each country on the map and hunt high and low, inside and out to find each egg and place the corresponding sticker on your map.
Once you have completed your hunt, you can return to one of the locations selling the maps and get a prize. The prize is your own little Disney egg, filled with magical Disney air. You can choose from Nemo, Dory, Mickey, Minnie, Lady or the Tramp, Stitch and more. Of course the prize eggs are all based on availability.
If you don’t think you can walk around the entire World Showcase or you have a little one who just cannot find all of the eggs, you do not have to worry about collecting your prize. You can always collect your prize egg when you purchase your map & stickers. Just tell the cast member that you would like to select your prize before your hunt & they will allow you to choose an egg and will place a completion stamp on the back of your map.
SPOILER ALERT…. IF you want to know all of the answers to this hunt, scroll down, ALL the way to the bottom of this page, for my completed map from this year.
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During Epcot’s month long “Holidays around the World” celebration, each country in the World Showcase offers a little skit about the traditions of Christmas in their country. You mean you can learn something on vacation? Of course you can and Norway is about more than just meeting Anna and Elsa. 😉
In Norway people that live in big cities attend concerts, festivals and other events. For the country folk on the farms “The Barn Santa” Julenissen pays them a visit. This mischievous gnome can only be seen by those that believe and the audience will have to help the storyteller believe in him as he plays tricks on her while she tells of Norway’s traditions.
Each of Epcot’s 11 countries will have characters, dressed in costume, perform holiday traditions for guests an average of 6 times a day. You will need to check the printed times guide or My Disney Experience app, in order to get exact times for performances each day.
The tale of Norway’s Holiday Traditions is as follows from the sign posted at the Norway Pavilion: The Christmas season in a festive time in the “Land of the Midnight Sun”:however there are remarkable differences between the holiday celebrations in Norway’s cities and the age old traditions of farming communities. In Norwegian towns and cities, there are a host of festivities leading up to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Many will celebrate the holidays going to concerts, fairs and markets, with caroling and church services, or the familiar custom of awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. On many Norwegian farms, there is also much excitement as the children anticipate the visit of “the Barn Santa,” Julenissen, a gnome who lives in the woods and barns across the countryside. It is believed that he is the guardian of the farm animal and every family’s welfare. Young children leave a steaming bowl of porridge in the hayloft during the holiday period to thank Julenissen. Christmas Eve on the farm is busy with fun activity. Farm animal are treated to the finest oats and barley. Birds are offered a julenek, large sheaves of grain places high on spruce poles. Gifts are opened. After darkness, it “lights out” as homes are illuminated by on the warm glow of candlelight. Christmas Day throughout Norway is “family time!” Everyone gathers to enjoy the precious gift of food, music and good times that may last for hours!
Julenissen “Barn Santa”: this mischievous gnome makes the story teller dance since she cannot see him because she does not believe. Is there a child in the audience that can help her see him?
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Today Disney has announced some very exciting news from Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort. Two new “Frozen” experiences – the Frozen Ever After attraction and the adjacent Royal Sommerhus – will officially open their doors June 21, 2016.
Begin Booking Fastpasses on Saturday May 21st, 2016 for the Frozen Ever After Attraction
Located in the Norway pavilion at Epcot, Frozen Ever After allows guests to set off on an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. First, they’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, guests will pass Troll Valley on their way up to the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace before their return trip to the Bay of Arendelle.
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.
Guests will 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. Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the latest locations and times for any Disney Character.
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Beginning this spring and summer Disney World will release all NEW attractions and experiences in all 4 of their amazing theme parks. Night time experience will open in Animal Kingdom, Star Wars will continue to expand at Hollywood Studios, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show will appear on stage in the Magic Kingdom, Soarin’ will reopen with a new show in Epcot and perhaps one of the most anticipated attractions… Frozen Ever After will premiere in Epcot. Read on for details on each of these spectacular additions.
Did anyone else catch the piece of the video above that shows Mickey and the Magical Map which is a how in Disneyland?
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Announces Several new Shows, Parties & Attractions
Starting this Memorial Day Weekend, guests will be able to enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park in a whole new way – after the sun goes down! Whether it’s riding Kilimanjaro Safaris at sunset, venturing down Kali River Rapids at twilight, dancing alongside African performers in Harambe, or reveling in a live musical celebration of Disney’s hit film “The Jungle Book,” Guests have a lot to look forward to.
Here’s a taste of what to expect:
“The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” Show – For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” is filled with music and special effects that celebrates the new film and the classic songs, now infused with an Indian influence.
The Tree of Life Awakens – The park’s iconic Tree of Life undergoes an extraordinary “awakening.” Guests can expect to see animal spirits come to life throughout the evening by magical fireflies. Each scene appears to emanate from within the tree itself and reveals stories of wonder.
Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark – Guests can enjoy Kilimanjaro Safaris in the evening hours, thanks to special lighting that will allow them to explore the savanna – and its inhabitants – well into the night.
Harambe Wildlife Parti – Guests can turn into “party animals” at the Harambe Wildlife Parti and enjoy lively African music, exotic foods and drinks, and explore the local marketplace.
Discovery Island Carnivale – On Discovery Island, guests can join the local community in their celebration of their love for nature in this party that features music, dancers, stilt walkers, food and more.
Tiffins – Guests can enjoy the park’s newest eatery, Tiffins, for both lunch and dinner.
Nighttime Attractions – The park’s attractions, which will be operating in the nighttime hours, will take on a whole new life. For the first time, guests will be able to experience the thrill of attractions like Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids – surrounded by darkness. They’ll also be able to enjoy colorful midway games and attractions in DinoLand, U.S.A.
Tiffins, the newest Walt Disney World® Resort table-service restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will open Memorial Day weekend for lunch and dinner.
Located in the park’s Discovery Island area, the menu is inspired by the world travels of the park’s creators (Tiffin is the Indian word for a lunchbox used by travelers, and also the word for a mid-day meal). Walt Disney Imagineering describes the interior as “a gallery you can dine in with artwork that is a direct result of travels to Africa, Asia and South America,” with tastes such as Berbere-Spiced Lamb Chop with Mustard Greens, Lentil Stew and Mint Chutney (Africa); Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with Huitlacoche Tamale, Hominy Succotash and Red Mole Sauce (South America), and Miso-glazed Black Cod with Forbidden Rice in Steamed Bok Choy with Turmeric Sauce (Asia).
Tiffins will also feature sustainable, organic wines and bio-dynamic viticulture, as well as handcrafted cocktails and beers.
Frozen Ever After Attraction Set to Open at Epcot in June
Frozen Ever After will take guests on an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. Once inside, Guests will be transported to the “Winter in Summer” Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers and creates a winter-in-summer day for the entire kingdom. Passengers will pass Troll Valley on their way up the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace, and later on return to the Bay of Arendelle.
After disembarking, guests can top off their “Frozen” experience by meeting the royal sisters in their new Royal Sommerhus greeting location. Inspired by a Norwegian countryside cabin, Anna and Elsa have opened their summer home for visitors.
To bring this attraction to life, the original voice talent of the original “Frozen” film returned to record new dialogue and songs penned by composers Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Walt Disney Imagineers traveled to Norway for architecture and design research, specifically visiting the Detli House in Sverresborg and the Open Air Museum of Cultural History in Trondheim.
Soarin’ Around the World Takes Flight in Epcot this Summer
On June 17, Guests at Disney California Adventure® Park at the Disneyland Resort and Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort will be able to board the exhilarating aerial adventure that immerses them in a multi-sensory experience, complete with stunning sights, spectacular sounds and even subtle scents. Fastpass+ will be an option for Soarin’ at Walt Disney World Resort beginning Thursday, April 21. In addition to the new film, the Epcot attraction also added a third theater and reimagined its interactive queue.
‘Finding Dory’ Characters Dubut at Turtle Talk with Crush in Epcot
Starting in early May, Guests visiting Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort will be able to spot Dory and some of her friends from the new film “Finding Dory” at the park’s “Turtle Talk With Crush” attraction.
Some of her new pals you can expect to spot within the attraction include Destiny the whale shark, Bailey the beluga whale and Hank the “septopus” (that’s a seven-legged octopus). Crush’s son and best pal Squirt will also be swimming by for the first time. And, Guests may spot Nemo and his dad Marlin.
“Finding Dory” swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.
“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” Set to Arrive On Stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle in June at Mgic Kingdom Park
Beginning this summer at Walt Disney World® Resort, Mickey Mouse and his friends will welcome favorite characters from some of Disney’s newest classics in “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.” This all-new live stage show makes its debut in June on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage at Magic Kingdom® Park, with special appearances by Tiana and Naveen from “The Princess and the Frog,” Rapunzel and Flynn from “Tangled” and Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.”
“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” brings to the stage fantastic costumes, lively dancing, special effects magic and memorable musical moments, including the original song “On This Day” by songwriters Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (“Toy Story: The Musical,” “Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings”).
In the show, Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have been preparing to host a joyous festival and have ventured far and wide to invite friends from other lands to join their celebration. From the Land of the Bewitching Bayous, Goofy has invited Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. From the Land of the Enchanted Woods, Donald Duck brings some new friends he met at the Snuggly Duckling, and Daisy introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn. Finally, Mickey shares a surprise with Minnie, as he has traveled to the Land of the Mystic Mountains to invite Olaf, Anna and Elsa, who contributes a blast of her icy magic. It all culminates in a grand dance, as the Merry Makers invite all their new friends to join in the fun on this special day in Magic Kingdom Park.
“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” celebrates the unique stories of the citizens who make up this magical kingdom.
Star Wars Expansion Continues in Hollywood Studios
There has never been a better time or place to be a Star Wars fan. So many new experiences have already begun & many more are scheduled to open soon.
‘Star Wars, a galactic spectacular’ is anticipated to be the most spectacular night time show in Hollywood Studios You will see new pyrotechnics & projections on the Chinese Theater. Fantasmic will continue nightly on schedule along with the new Star Wars fireworks show.
Guests can currently thrill your Star Wars inner geek at Star Wars Launch Bay. There you can meet characters like Chewbacca & Kylo Ren, visit the Cantina for a snack, browse the galleries filled with movie memorabilia and play exclusive Disney Infinity Star Wars Video games. The Star Tours attraction has added new adventures from the Force Awakens and Jedi Training ‘Trials of the Temple’ has all new villains and characters from Disney XD.
Be sure to catch the new ‘Galaxy Far Far Away’ stage show. Guests can even catch an ‘up-close’ glimpse of the starring characters during the ‘March’ where the stars parade to the stage, before and after, the show.
Disney is working on a new Star Wars Dinner Club to open on an unannounced date in Hollywood Studios. Although there has been no name or menu mentioned yet, Disney has released the concept art below.
If all of this Disney news is making you giddy to see what they’re up to in person, contact your travel agent today (((me))) for a free quote. Right now you can take advantage of Disney’s special Summer Awakens Offers and there are no extra fees to book through a travel agent and they stay on top of news and events to help you plan the perfect vacation. Why Use A Travel Agent?
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The Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival will return to Walt Disney World® Resort March 2-May 30, 2016 – expanding from 75 to 90 days. Here’s a look at what’s new as the festival celebrates its 23rd year!
New culinary creations at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens will introduce fresh variety and flavor to the offerings at a record 13 festival kiosks surrounding the World Showcase Promenade. This year, La Isla Fresca takes your Clients to the Caribbean for authentic bites, including Jamaican Braised Beef with Pigeon-Pea Rice and Jerk-Spiced Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa. And, at the new Cider House, a Field Greens salad with greens harvested at The Land pavilion, heirloom apples, Stilton cheese and dried blueberries will pair well with blueberry hard cider from Plant City, Florida.
At the park entrance, the first-ever Huey, Dewey and Louie topiaries will feature floral interpretations of Donald’s mischievous nephews inspired by the 1943 Donald Duck comic book called “The Victory Garden.”
A new hands-on Harmony Gardens musical playground will debut featuring Disney’s Fab Five topiaries of “band leader” Mickey Mouse, as well as Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck. With the playground’s interactive drums, chimes and xylophones, kids can create their own musical sounds.
And, as in previous years, each weekend at the Festival Center, you can dig in for a complimentary hands-on Gardening Seminar experience as they get tips from experts on a broad range of topics.
Plus, the Garden Rocks concert series returns with music spanning four decades. Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice, BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company, Georgia Satellites and Darlene Love make their Festival debut this year. Here’s the lineup (subject to change without notice):
March 4-6 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
March 11-13 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
March 18-20 – Little River Band “Reminiscing”
March 25-27 – Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
April 1-3 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
April 8-10 – The Guess Who “American Woman”
April 15-17 – NEW!Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
April 22-24 – NEW!BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company “Can’t Get Enough”
April 29-May 1 – NEW!Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”
May 6-8 – Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
May 13-15 – NEW!Darlene Love “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home”
May 20-22 – Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
May 27-30 (Monday) – The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”
Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival.
Please note Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is included in regular Epcot admission.
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