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Mission: SPACE at Epcot Reopens this August

by on July 27, 2017

Mission: SPACE

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It was announced at the D23 Expo that Mission: SPACE at Epcot would be seeing all new ride profiles and that more information, including an opening date would be released soon. Well, as you can see, I have some new information to share with you about this refurbished attraction.

On August 13, Mission: SPACE will return! Guests will still have the two different ride profiles that they can choose from.

On the Orange Mission, which is the more intense training, Guests will continue be able to experience a truly intense experience where you’ll be able to feel the forces of actual space launch (which let me tell you, can be pretty extreme!) On this mission, you’ll dodge meteoroids, slingshot around the moon and attempt a precision landing on the Red Planet’s alien surface, but this version has been enhanced with new, HD video to make it even clearer. (Oh good….it will make my likelihood of throwing up even higher. Thank goodness there are sanitary bags found inside the capsule!)

Say you don’t want to take the intense ride that you’ll find on the Orange Mission. You want something a little tamer or you have a little one with you who wants to experience the attraction. Well with the new family-friendly Green Mission, you’ll get to take an exciting orbit around Earth. On this new adventure, you’ll see the Hawaiian Islands, the Northern Lights, and Italy all from space, before finally landing at Kennedy Space Center, which is found in Cape Canaveral, Florida. With this new Green Mission, the height restriction will change to 40″ courtesy of new additional X-2 booster seats.

Will you be more willing to take a mission now?

 

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus Released

by on July 20, 2017

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With the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival beginning earlier than ever this year, this year’s festival is going to be here before we know it. Of course, one of the biggest parts of the festival are the International Marketplace and the menus for this year’s event look fantastic!

This year there will be 35 booths to choose from! (Some of the new booths for this year will include Flavors from Fire and Coastal Eats.) That’s going to be a lot of great food and beverage options! Standby favorites will be returning like cheddar cheese soup from Canada and the Kalua Pork Slider from Hawaii, and new dishes, like the Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich!

So, let the planning process begin. I’ve got my list started! Here’s what you can expect to experience this year at the Marketplaces for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival:

 

Epcot Legacy Showplace

  • Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce
  • Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich
  • L’Orange Cotton Candy: A mixture of Lime and Orange Cotton Candy (vegetarian)
  • Bright Horizons: Sprite with Multi-flavored Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)
  • M.I.A Beer Company 305 Golden Ale, Doral, FL
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • JDub’s Passion Wheat, Sarasota, FL
  • Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale, DeBary, FL
  • Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Tampa, FL
  • Eastern Florida Flight
    • M.I.A. Beer Company 305 Golden Ale
    • Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale
    • Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Western Florida Flight
    • JDub’s Passion Wheat
    • Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale
    • Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

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Updates to Mission: SPACE and New Space-Themed Restaurant at Epcot

by on July 16, 2017

Currently, Mission: SPACE is closed for a lengthy refurbishment, but not much information was known about what work was actually going on; though, now we do. Turns out, there are some pretty good changes in store for the space-themed Epcot pavilion.

In the Future World attraction, an all new Green Mission will take Guests on a tour around the Earth. With this new mission, younger cadets to join the adventure at Mission: SPACE for the very first time. There will also be an updated Orange Mission that will make the trip to Mars even more spectacular. Mission: SPACE will reopen to Guests later this August.

Mission: SPACE Restuarant

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However, that isn’t all the news that came out about the Mission: SPACE pavilion. A brand new restaurant which will be located adjacent to Mission: SPACE will also be added. This new dining establishment will invite guests to travel into space, high above the earth for an unforgettable dining experience among the stars.

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New Film for Epcot’s China Pavilion in World Showcase

by on July 16, 2017

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While there are clearly a lot of major changes on tap for Epcot’s future, there was also a smaller, but still significant, change announced during the D23 Expo.

A brand-new film will replace the current Reflections of China film at Epcot’s China Pavilion in World Showcase.

The film will still be a 360 Circlevision film, but will include new and innovative technology. Disney will film this new version utilizing a next-generation digital camera system and the presentation will be shown on a seamless Circlevision screen. That’s going to be a first! It will be incredible to see the landscapes of China in a very realistic way.

This update was mentioned briefly during the Parks and Resorts presentation, so not much else is known about the China film or when it will make its debut, but I will keep you posted when further information gets released!

Ratatouille Attraction Coming to France Pavilion at Epcot

by on July 15, 2017

Ever since I had heard about the Ratatouille-themed attraction located at Disneyland Paris, I have wished I would have the ability to experience it. Looks like that wish will come true without a trip to Paris.

A brand new Ratatouille-themed attraction will be added to the France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

Ratatouille Inspired ride coming to France Pavilion at Epcot

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The attraction will be similar to the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2014.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction Coming to Epcot

by on July 15, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy is an incredibly popular franchise. With its second movie doing very well this year, it’s no surprise that an attraction based on these characters is coming to Walt Disney World.

Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction at Epcot

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New Acts to See at Epcot’s 2017 Eat to the Beat Series

by on July 10, 2017

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With Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival longer than ever, more bands than ever have been added to the companion concert series, Eat to the Beat.

Thirty-two bands, to be exact, will be playing during Food and Wine, which runs from Aug. 31 to Nov. 13, 2017. It’s interesting to note that while Eat to the Beat continues to up its game, the Sounds Like Summer series, which featured tribute bands in Epcot, quietly went away this year.

While the vast majority of the Eat to the Beat musical acts will be familiar to festival regulars (hello Hanson, Air Supply, and Billy Ocean), 11 will be playing the festival for the first time. We’re going to take a look at the new acts and offer up a preview of the sounds that will be filling the Epcot America Gardens Theatre.

But first, a trivia question: Which one of these acts also played 1985’s Live Aid benefit concert? You’ll have to read on for the answer.

The Hooters, Sept. 2-3

This Philadelphia band hit it big in the ’80s with their upbeat melange of rock, folk, and reggae. Their breakthrough album “Nervous Night” yielded the MTV hits “And We Danced” and “All You Zombies”.

The band was formed by Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, taking their name from a nickname for the melodica, a combination keyboard and harmonica. Before The Hooters signed to a major label, Hyman and Bazilian were enlisted to write, arrange, and perform on the debut album of a then-unknown Cyndi Lauper.

Hyman, Bazilian, and several other bandmates from The Hooters’ ’80s heyday reunited in 2001. Here’s a 2016 performance of “All You Zombies” that’s a good demonstration of the musical chops this band has built up in decades of playing together.

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Siemens To End Sponsorship of Disney Attractions

by on July 5, 2017

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It’s official. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Siemens will no longer be a sponsor of popular Walt Disney World and Disneyland attractions as of October 2017.

The company Siemens was a great fit for Epcot for the past twelve years because of their goal focuses on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization and is one of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies.

Siemens currently sponsors both Illuminations: Reflections of Earth and Spaceship Earth. There is no word on if a new sponsor will be introduced or if there will be bigger changes to either of those attractions going forward. Of course, rumors have been making the rounds for years that a new nighttime spectacular would be coming for Epcot.

Sylvania, a Siemens company, was also a sponsor of it’s a small world in Disneyland.

Siemens’ original contract with Disney was signed back in 2005 was slated to last for 12 years.

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Now on Sale for 2017 Holiday Season

by on June 30, 2017

Candlelight Processional

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For those of you who are anxiously awaiting being able to book Candlelight Processional dining packages, guess what? You can now book these packages!

So what exactly is Candlelight Processional? It’s an incredible moving show that takes place during the holiday season in the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Candlelight Processional includes a celebrity narrator, a mass choir, and an orchestra who are there to perform a re-telling of the Christmas Story. The best way to ensure that you get to see this extremely popular show, is by booking a dining package.

This year’s Candlelight Processional takes place from November 24 through December 30. Show times are at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. nightly.

The full celebrity narrator list hasn’t fully been announced for this year, but we do have the start of a partial list. (Yes, our favorite Disney fan will be there again this year-Neil Patrick Harris! This year, I’m going to miss him by a DAY! Ugh!) Guests can expect to see:

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Eat to the Beat Concert Series Artists for 2017

by on June 22, 2017

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With this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival taking place even earlier than ever before (the event kicks off August 31 and lasts through November 13), we are that much closer to the event. I mean it’s literally happening in almost two months time, so it will be here before we know it!

Today, we have the information for who will be performing at this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series. During this concert series, bands and solo artists perform some of their most popular songs nightly. Oh and since there’s more days of the festival than ever before, that means there are more new performers too! This year, there will be 11 new performers to the Eat to the Beat series  including Jazz Legend Kenny G, and pop superstars like 10,000 Maniacs and Squeeze.

Of course, there will be some familiar faces at this year’s festival too. Artists like Taylor Dane, Tiffany, STARSHIP, Sugar Ray, Boyz II Men, and my personal favorite, Hanson will all return. (I’m going to miss Hanson AGAIN!!! ARGH!)

This year’s schedule is as follows:

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