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Artists Announced for the Garden Rocks Concert Series for the 2015 Flower and Garden Festival

by on January 16, 2015

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Today is full of details about the Epcot special events. First, the dates were released for the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and now we have the line-up of artists who will be performing during the Garden Rocks Concert Series for the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. (For those keeping score, the Garden Rocks Concert Series was previously called the Flower Power Concert Series. Since all the artists who are performing nowadays weren’t necessarily around during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, I guess Disney felt the “Flower Power” name didn’t really fit any more.)

Some of the artists performing at this year’s Garden Rocks Concert Series have previously played during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series during the Food & Wine Festival, including Taylor Dane and Starship, and some have been performing at the Flower Power Concert Series for years, such as Peter Noone and The Village People. This year’s list of artists is really an eclectic mix. 

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Dates Announced for the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

by on January 16, 2015

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It’s the tastiest time of the year…the dates for the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival have been announced. The fantastic fall event will take place for a grand total of 53 days from September 25 through November 16.

The Epcot Food & Wine Festival features such highlights as nearly 30 Marketplace Booths (featuring lots of yummy sweet and savory tapas-sized food and beverages options), the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, celebrity chef demonstrations, beverage seminars, signature dining experiences, and much, much more!

More details for the event will be released later this year, so I’ll be sure to let you know the info when they do! I cannot wait to once again enjoy the deliciousness that is this great annual event.

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New Details About Frozen Addition for Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

by on January 14, 2015

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Good news, Frozen fans! Reports say that documents have been filed with the South Florida Water Management District and the Reedy Creek Improvement District that share some new details about what we can expect with the updated Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

The paperwork indicates that a brand new 13,000 square foot building will be added in what is currently a backstage area that is situated between the Mexico Pavilion and the Norway Pavilion. This new section will house the previously announced Frozen meet and greet, women’s restrooms, and more.

For a map overlay of how the project may fit in Epcot, check out Theme Park Insider.

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Guests Can Purchase DVC at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Soon

by on January 7, 2015

Ed. note – Disney has not released points charts or pricing information for this Disney Vacation Resort yet.

Good news for those of you who are looking into purchasing DVC at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. You may begin to do so soon! Sales for the Disney Vacation Club property go on sale for current Disney DVC members on January 12. They’ll then go on sale for everyone else beginning February 9 .

The first phase of this property is scheduled to open on April 1 with the introduction of the Bora Bora Bungalows and the first connecting Deluxe Studios.

DisneyÕs Polynesian Villas & Bungalows at DisneyÕs Polynesian Village Resort

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Cirque du Soleil La Nouba’s Dinner and a Show Option Returns

by on January 6, 2015

Cirque-du-Soleil-300x400If you’re wanting to experience La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil this winter, you should consider taking part in the “Dinner and a Show” specialty package. This unique option is back again, for a limited time, and allows Guests the opportunity to receive a ticket to the 6:00 p.m. La Nouba show, as well as delight in a great dinner. Guests will be able to enjoy an entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage at one of four Walt Disney World Downtown Disney restaurants – Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, Planet Hollywood, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, or Splitsville Luxury Lanes. and they will have the option to dine at the restaurant of their choice either prior to the show or after.

The cost for a Category 2 ticket is $99 plus tax for adults and $89 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9. A Category 1 ticket is $119 plus tax for adults and $109 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9. The special offer is available for performances Tuesday through Saturday nights January 20 through March 28. (There will be no performance on March 24.)

To book the special event, call (407) 939-7328.

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A Frozen Holiday Wish Extended For a Limited Run

by on January 5, 2015

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Good news for those of you running during marathon weekend, those of you who love the holidays, or for those of you who just really love Frozen! Over at the Magic Kingdom, Guests will continue to have the opportunity to see the castle lighting show, “A Frozen Holiday Wish“. The new holiday treat has been extended for a limited time, lasting until Monday, January 12, with a daily showtime of 6:30 p.m. (Unlike during the holiday season, there will only be one performance nightly.)

During the show, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf help to convince Elsa to utilize her icy powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a gorgeous winter wonderland. This Frozen-themed castle lighting show replaced “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish” earlier this holiday season.

So if you missed out on this spectacular during the holiday season, or you just really love the show, you’ll still have the chance to catch the gorgeous castle lighting ceremony for one extra week!

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Backstage Safari to Become Backstage Tales at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on January 2, 2015

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For those who love taking part in the tours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there will be a brand new one available to enjoy, however, in order for this new tour to begin, we must say goodbye to another. “The Backstage Safari” tour will be retired effective February 27. In its place, an enhanced version of the tour called “Backstage Tales” will debut on March 1.

The “Backstage Tales” tour will give Guests the opportunity to take part in unique behind-the-scenes experiences. During the tour Guests will get a look at the innovative ways Disney is meeting challenges in areas such as conservation, animal nutrition and medicine, animal care and behavioral studies. The tour will give guests the chance to visit the Animal Nutrition Center and see how more than 3 tons of food are prepared and distributed each day; go behind the scenes and explore a backstage animal-housing area; tour the park’s state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, where they may have the opportunity to witness animals being treated; and stop by the Animal Programs Administration building and learn how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation, as well as showcasing they handle animal well-being.

The “Backstage Tales” Tour is available daily for Guests ages 12 and up will last from 7:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. The cost is $90 per person (plus tax). Guests can book the new tour now by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.

 

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The Sorcerer’s Hat To Be Removed Next Week

by on January 2, 2015

Sorcerer's Hat

As you can see, The Sorcerer’s Hat was in a bit of disrepair here at the end.

It’s here! The date is finally here! We now know that The Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will begin to be dismantled starting on January 7. The park icon’s removal won’t happen overnight; instead it will happen in phases. This work will also include other important enhancements for the area as well.

For years, the Hat has also served as a pin store location. The merchandise from this shop will be relocated to Sunset Ranch. So for those of you looking for pins, make sure to head to Sunset Boulevard.

The iconic Hat which is located at the end of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was introduced in 2001 as a part of the “100 Years of Magic” celebration, honoring Walt Disney’s 100th birthday and was initially supposed to be temporary.

It was officially announced that The Sorcerer’s Hat would be removed back in October.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes 12/30/14

by on December 30, 2014

The year is almost over, and I’m back again with one more newsworthy update for 2014! There are quite a few things that guests should know about the Walt Disney World Resort for the beginning of the new year, so I’m here to share everything with you. Ready to get to it? Let’s go!

  • Back a few months ago, (October to be exact), we found out that Island Supply shop would be closing in Adventureland for a new concept. Many in the Disney community were hopeful…would we be getting a shop featuring some of the great Adventureland-themed merchandise sold at the Marketplace Co-Op? Well, I have your answer, and the answer is, “No.” The shop will reopen on January 8 as Island Supply by Sunglass Hut. That means you can purchase high-end sunglasses and other products offered by this new operating participant. In addition, another store selling similar merchandise will open on January 4 at Typhoon Lagoon: Sal’s Shades by Sunglass Hut.
  • Two of Epcot’s Innoventions exhibits will close in the beginning of January. The first is the THINK Exhibit by IBM. This exhibit in Innoventions East allowed guests to take part in three unique experiences that allowed them to engage in a conversation about how we can improve the way we live and work. This exhibit will close January 1. Also closing in Innoventions East is the Test the Limits Lab. Here guests can “test” products to make sure they are safe for consumers by shattering a TV screen, dropping a safe, and more. It will close on January 6. There is no word on whether anything will be replacing either of these two exhibits.

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Contactless Payments Are Now Accepted at Walt Disney World

by on December 24, 2014

Applepay-logoA few months ago, I mentioned that Apple Pay was going to be accepted across the Walt Disney World Resort. Well, beginning today, officially not only will Apple Pay begin to be accepted, but also Google Wallet and other contactless credit cards may be utilized at most Disney-operated locations. These include ticket sales locations, merchandise locations, quick-service restaurants, bars and lounges, spas, and more. Do keep in mind that this type of payment will not immediately be accepted at table-service locations.

Guests can make payments by holding either their mobile device or contactless credit card near the touch-to-pay MyMagic+ devices, and the funds will be charged to your account. Guests will know that a terminal accepts electronic payments because it will include the EMVCo symbol, which looks like a series of curved lines.

EVMCo Contactless Symbol

EVMCo Contactless Symbol

More locations across Walt Disney World, as well as at select locations at the Disneyland Resort, will soon have the ability to accept electronic payments.

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