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New Details About Epcot Festival of the Arts

by on December 29, 2016

Epcot Festival of the Arts

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Are you as excited about the upcoming Epcot Festival of the Arts as I am? This brand new experience will take place for six weekends (Fridays through Mondays) from January 13 through February 20. The festival’s main goal is to combine visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world. This will be done with seminars, food booths, and Broadway-inspired performances.

First at the Epcot Festival of the Arts, Guests will be able to participate in unique workshops that allow your creative juices to flow.  The Interactive Workshops are $39+tax each. The full list of classes include:

Weekend 1 – January 13 – 16

Friday, January  13 – 11:00 a.m.
“Magical” Mixed Media Art, Rachelle Eason, BoiLedBooks
Create a magnificent mixed media piece using BoiLeD BooK paper and paint.  We’ll finish it off with a mat and some sparkle for a magical masterpiece to display!

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort

by on December 29, 2016

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It’s the most hectic time of the year! Walt Disney World is getting ready to celebrate saying goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 in a way only the resort knows how to…with an explosion of fireworks!

At Epcot, Guests will be able to enjoy two different showings of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. At 6:00 p.m., you’ll be able to catch the show with the beautiful and touching holiday tag. Then, beginning at 11:40 p.m., get ready to usher in 2017 with a show that’s unlike any other.

In addition, Epcot will feature DJs in both Future World and World Showcase. They will be found from 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. at the following locations:

  • the Future World Fountain Stage
  • China – flame effects and smoke-billowing dragon
  • United Kingdom – British Invasion
  • Italy – Euro-pop and lasers
  • Japan – “Silent Groove” party
  • America Adventure – America Gardens Theatre Stage, joined by a Latin band

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Walt Disney World Holiday News and Updates

by on December 22, 2016

Walt Disney World Christmas

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The busy holiday season is coming up this weekend at Walt Disney World and because of that, here are a few things you should keep in mind if you are planning on visiting the theme parks to celebrate.

First, at the Magic Kingdom, Guests will be able to experience many of the events that typically occur during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Here is the schedule of events:

December 23-28

  • Voiceplay (musical group) – 3:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

December 23-29

  • Holiday Wishes – 9:00 p.m.
  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration (Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage) – 7:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
  • Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party – 1:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

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Walt Disney World Annual Passholders Get Special Entrances This Holiday Season

by on December 20, 2016

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To celebrate their Annual Passholders this holiday season, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will be able to enjoy easy access to the parks with special Passholder lines found at the main entrance of all four Walt Disney World theme parks –  Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

This entrance will be found at the main entrance of each of the four theme parks, just after the security stations. Guests looking to utilize this perk will see signs up that will indicate which lanes should be used by Passholders. This should hopefully allow for an expedited experience at the tap-styles and entering the park.

According to WESH, this perk will begin on December 21 and will currently last through the month of January.

 

 

 

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Star Wars Guided Tours Now Available to Book

by on December 20, 2016

Star Wars Guided Tours Available

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A few weeks ago, during the special Rogue One event at Epcot where Disney lit up Spaceship Earth like the Death Star, it was announced that a few new Star Wars-related activities would be introduced for the Walt Disney World Resort. One of those events was the all new Star Wars Guided Tour. For those who were looking to book this seven hour, all-access tour that allows you to be able to enjoy the full Force of Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can now do so!

During the tour, Guests will be able to have VIP access to all things Star Wars at the theme park, courtesy of a Star Wars knowledgeable tour guide. Experiences will include:

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Beer and Wine to be Offered at Magic Kingdom Table Service Restaurants

by on December 16, 2016

Skipper Canteen Magic Kingdom

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It started with Be Our Guest Restaurant back in 2012, and now, due to Guest demand, it’s rolling out to other Magic Kingdom table service restaurants. Beginning December 23, four more dining establishments will begin selling beer and wine.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Guests will be able to purchase an alcoholic beverage during lunch and dinner at Tony’s Town Square, Liberty Tree Tavern, Jungle Skipper Canteen, and Cinderella’s Royal Table. Beverages will only be sold in the restaurants; there will be no to-go orders available.

Beverages that will be available will fit the theme and cuisine of each restaurant. For example, Tony’s Town Square will offer Italian wines and beers; Liberty Tree Tavern will serve beer, cider, and domestic wines that match with the Thanksgiving-themed cuisine; Jungle Skipper Canteen will offer beverages with a global appeal to pair with its worldly menu; Cinderella’s Royal Table will continue with the posh theme by serving champagne and sparkling wine.

Many had wondered, myself included, if the addition of beer and wine at Be Our Guest Restaurant would lead to additional Magic Kingdom restaurants introducing alcohol into other restaurants. Seems that’s now the case.

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Disney After Hours Event Returns to Magic Kingdom

by on December 9, 2016

Disney After Hours

Event Guide from Disney After Hours in April ©Laurel Stewart

Earlier this year, Disney introduced a new special ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom called Disney After Hours. While the event didn’t see a lot of Guests overall, those who did attend said that it was one of the best experiences they’d had. So, Disney has decided to bring it back, with a few tweaks.

Disney After Hours will take place once the park closes on select nights in January, February and March. Event Guests may enter the park as early as 7:00 p.m. and will then be able to remain in the park for three hours past the scheduled closing time for the event.

Dates and times for Disney After Hours are:

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Photo Editing Now Available in My Disney Experience App

by on December 7, 2016

With the recent update of the My Disney Experience app, a new perk has been added for fans of Disney PhotoPass. And trust me, this perk is a long time coming. Guests can now choose to edit their photos in the app. You will now be able to customize purchased PhotoPass photos by being able to crop images, as well as add stickers and frames and save these images instantly.

So, I decided to play with the app and see how the process works.

First, when you open an image, you’ll need to select “Edit.”

My Disney Experience Photo Editing 1

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New Rogue One-Inspired Star Wars Experiences for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on December 6, 2016

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For Star Wars fans, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been the place to go and that trend only continues going forward.

Guests who are excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will soon be able to see AWR (Advanced Weapons Research) Troopers, specialized Stormtroopers with dark armor. These new Troopers are the bodyguards of Director Krennic in the upcoming film. These AWR Troopers will appear in the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show beginning December 16.

For those who want to visit the Star Wars Launch Bay, you’ll now be able to see new props from Rogue One including a Shortrooper Blaster, Director Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle, a Death Star model, a U-wing gunship and more. In addition, additional behind the scenes footage will be added to the film called “Meet the Makers” that’s shown in the Launch Bay Theater. The 10-minute film celebrates the creation of the Star Wars saga and includes exclusive interviews with the directors, writers, producers and other key players responsible for the series.

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Disney Springs Introduces New Disney PhotoPass Studio

by on December 2, 2016

Disney PhotoPass Studio

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Do you love to purchase Disney PhotoPass to capture all of your family’s vacation memories? Well, if you do, you’ll now able able to make a stop at the brand new Disney PhotoPass Studio which has just opened in the Marketplace at Disney Springs!

This location is the perfect place to get your family’s portrait done, as Guests can choose from getting their photographs taken against a standard background or you can even choose to have a virtual background added to your photo that places your family inside some of your favorite Disney scenes.

The Disney PhotoPass Studio also features new viewing stations so that you can preview, purchase, and print your vacation memories that have been linked to your My Disney Experience Account.

Photos taken at the Disney PhotoPass Studio will be linked to your My Disney Experience account and are included as a part of Memory Maker.

Guests need not make reservations for the Disney PhotoPass Studio, so show up and make some memories with your family!

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