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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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Walt Disney World Fourth of July Celebrations

by on June 21, 2017

Fourth of July Celebrations at Walt Disney World

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Fourth of July and fireworks. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? Walt Disney World is ready to celebrate the good old red, white, and blue in fantastic fashion. So, if you are wanting to salute all nations, but mostly America, they have some great ways to do it!

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Celebrate with Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky which commemorates the Fourth with brilliant fireworks that are all choreographed to patriotic music. The best part about this fireworks spectacular is that they are shown on two nights – July 3 and July 4 at 9:00 p.m. So you have two chances to catch this unique and special show.

You also don’t want to miss The Muppets Present…Great Moments in History. During the show, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and friends reenact famous moments in American history all in a fun manner. This is a live show that is performed daily in Liberty Square.

Another must see during the holiday is the Flag Retreat which takes place at 5:00 p.m. each day in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A.

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be shown twice on both July 3 and 4 – once at 12:00 p.m. and once at 3:30 p.m.

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Megaphone To Host Album Release Party at House of Blues at Disney Springs

by on June 20, 2017

Megaphone

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I know a lot of you are reading the title of this blog post and going, ok….what’s the connection between this Orlando band, Megaphone, and Disney. You know, minus the fact that they are holding their release party at House of Blues at Disney Springs. Well, for those who don’t know, Megaphone includes musicians from the fan favorite band, Mulch Sweat n’ Shears (who used to play at Disney’s Hollywood Studios), as well as current musicians from Blue Man Group at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Megaphone band members include Matt Bloodwell who is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Paul Smith who is on lead guitar, Scott Smith who is on drums, and Dave Traver who is on bass. Matt, Paul and Scott were all part of Mulch Sweat n’ Shears and currently Matt, Paul and Dave are musicians at Universal’s Blue Man Group show.

To celebrate the release of Megaphone’s new album called “Sending Out a Signal,” the band will be performing at House of Blues in Disney Springs on June 24. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Megaphone’s new album will be available for the first time at this event! Tickets are available for FREE at megaphonemusic.com. On the night of the concert, tickets will be $5.00 at the door.

Also performing that evening will be Copper Bones, Kinky Rhino and Kasson.

For those who love great music, this will be a rockin’ evening that you won’t want to miss!

Epcot’s Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival Sees Update

by on June 19, 2017

Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival at the Imagination Pavilion

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One of the best ways to beat the summertime heat when visiting Walt Disney World is to head to the air conditioning. So, it’s pretty convenient that the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival located in the Imagination Pavilion‘s Magic Eye Theater has updated some of the short films that are showcased.

Two new Academy Award winning films have now joined the lineup. The first is Feast” which is a heart-warming story that follows the culinary adventures of a Boston Terrier named Winston. This short premiered with with Big Hero 6.  The second new short is called “Piper” and tells the story of a hungry baby sandpiper who is learning to overcome her fear of the ocean. “Piper” premiered with Finding Dory.  “Get a Horse” which premiered with Frozen is still being shown alongside these two new shorts.

Unfortunately, this means that the short films, “La Luna” and “For the Birds” will no longer be shown.

The Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival lasts approximately 18 minutes and the films are shown

in 3D and include in-theater effects. FastPass+ is available, but is not recommended.

Newly Redesigned Pop Century Rooms Officially Unveiled

by on June 16, 2017

Today, in a tweet that was provided by @WDWToday is seemingly getting buried by the news that a chunk of the monorail appears to have flown off and the monorail is being evacuated, we were able to see officially what the new redesign of the Pop Century rooms are looking like.

 

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Cruz Ramirez from Cars 3 to Meet Guests

by on June 16, 2017

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One of the newest characters in the Cars franchise is Cruz Ramirez. She’s the bright yellow Dinaco-sponsored vehicle who is a technician at the Rusteze Racing Center and has the task of helping Lightning McQueen. I’m happy to report that Guests who visit both Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort are now going to have the opportunity to meet her!

Over in Disney California Adventure, Guests will find her in Cars Land where she will join Lightning and Mater. (Appropriately enough!)

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests will find Cruz at the end of Pixar Place. Guests who can’t get enough Cars at Hollywood Studios can also (for a limited time) see a preview of the film at One Man’s Dream, as well as see maquettes and artwork of the new characters.

So, if you are a Cars fan or you have one in your family, this is certainly a meet and greet experience you don’t want to miss!

 

Disney Introduces New Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party

by on June 15, 2017

Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party

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Are you looking for a new way to experience Illuminations: Reflections of Earth? Beginning July 17, Guests can participate in the Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party. During this party, Guests will receive reserved seating to the amazing fireworks spectacular, delicious desserts and an opportunity to enjoy Frozen Ever After!  The party will take place in World Showcase Plaza East and will feature snacks inspired by the hit film, Frozen.

Buffet items will include:

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Dessert Party Information for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on June 13, 2017

dessert party infoAre you excited about this year’s holiday festivities at Walt Disney World this year? If you are planning on attending either Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, then you may want to partake in their special Fireworks Dessert Party offerings.

During the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests will be able to participate in a bewitching buffet at the Tomorrowland Terrace. Guests will be able to enjoy Halloween-themed treats and then will have a private viewing area for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks.

The Holiday Wishes Dessert Premium Package for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will also take place at the Tomorrowland Terrace, as Guests will be able to enjoy tantalizing treats and fantastic views of Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season.

Both parties will include the following treats:

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Memory Maker Price Increase

by on June 7, 2017

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Memory Maker is one of the great options that the Walt Disney World Resort offers its Guests that allows them to take great family photos with everyone included in the pictures. With Memory Maker, Guests can get digital copies of every photo taken, instead of having to purchase each image individually.

Well beginning today, Guests looking to purchase Memory Maker are now going to have to pay a little more. The price for purchasing Memory Maker in advance has increased from $149 to $169. (Guests who purchase the photo package in advance must do so at least three days prior to their trip because the Advance Purchase option doesn’t include photos taken within three days of purchase.) For those who purchase Memory Maker on property (which is active immediately after purchase), it will now cost $199, an increase from $169.

Guests who purchase Memory Maker receive access to download, print, and share all of their Walt Disney World vacation memories that were taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers.  Guests who purchase this package also receive access to photos taken on select attractions, as well as at select dining locations and it also gives Guests access to magical extras like special on-ride videos from select attractions and Animated Magic Shots!

For those who want to be able to have access to some great vacation memories, this option is really a great way to do it.

Night of Joy Tickets Now On Sale

by on June 6, 2017

Night of Joy

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For those of you wanting to attend this year’s Night of Joy event at Walt Disney World, I can now tell you that tickets are officially on sale!

This year’s Christian music event will be taking place on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 and will be two nights of fun and fellowship. With the recent move the ESPN Wide World of Sports, the event has been expanded with Guests having more options than ever. Night of Joy now has ample seating at indoor and outdoor venues; amazing performances on multiple stages, including Champion Stadium; activities and more.

This year, ticket options will include the ability for event guests to be able to buy a concert only OR a concert plus theme park combination ticket for either evening or a two-night concert ticket.

  • Single-night concert only tickets will be $45 plus tax in advance
  • Two-night concert only tickets will be $69 plus tax in advance
  • Add-on a one day Walt Disney World theme park ticket for only $62 plus tax  (Add-on Theme Park Ticket Option is good for use any one day September 8-30, 2017 at any one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks)

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