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Daisy Lauren’s Last Best Week Ever

by on May 21, 2015

1Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World. And sadly, yes, the title is true. This will be my last Best Week Ever article! :( Remember that day job that keeps me from posting photos of myself? Well, I’ve been given an incredible promotion that will involve much more travel. While I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity, it will make it impossible to keep up with my weekly updates.

I’m so thankful to all of you that have read over the last year. I’ll still be helping out on the Touring Plans instagram account, so if you miss me you can find me there. (I know I’ll miss you!) And they’ve told me I can still stop by and post when I have time. So it isn’t really goodbye. :) But that’s enough sad stuff, let’s get going with all the theme park goodness from last week!

As you can tell from the photo above, I started this week at Universal Orlando. We don’t make it out that way nearly enough, but we love the parks. Arriving just after opening meant there were no crowds! It was great! I think we enjoyed the quiet morning walk as much as the park itself.

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So where did we head to next? Why don’t you click to find out? :)

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Where to Find Walt at Disney World

by on May 17, 2015

Walt and Mickey

Walt and Mickey

When comparing the Disneyland Resort to Walt Disney World, one of the biggest differences that always comes up is that Disneyland was Walt’s park while Walt never lived to see Disney World completed. While this is true, that doesn’t mean you still can’t find Walt’s attractions and touches on the East Coast. So keep reading to discover just a few of many places where to find Walt at Disney World!

The Hub: One of the most popular places to take a photo at the Magic Kingdom is in front of the statue of Walt and Mickey with Cinderella Castle in the background. Known as the Partners Statue, it’s appropriately positioned at the center of the park known as the Hub, where paths branch off towards the different lands of the Magic Kingdom. Just seeing the statue at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and at the park center brings it all back to Walt and his most famous creation, Mickey Mouse.  The Hub has undergone some changes lately, but you can still find statuettes of other characters that contributed to Walt’s success, such as Goofy, Donald, Minnie, and more.

101_3519Main Street, USA: Did you know that you can find Walt even before you enter the Magic Kingdom? When approaching the park entrance, you will probably hear a train whistle and the clang of a bell from up above as a train pulls into Main Street Station. This is because Walt loved trains! The Main Street Train Station, along with Main Street, U.S.A, provides guests not just a look at what Walt’s creations, but what was in his heart. Trains were one of Walt’s hobbies and he spend his free time planning and constructing a miniature train that he and his guests could ride on in his backyard. He called it the Carolwood Pacific Railroad. Once you enter the park, you have to pass under the Main Street Train Station; but I encourage anyone who’s interested in learning about Walt to check it out. It’s filled with nods to railroad history and Walt’s passion for this vintage form of transportation. Main Street, USA was inspired after Walt’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri. Walt loved growing up in Marceline and wanted to recreate his memories of the town in his park. He even included a few odes to his family and Imagineers in the names found on the windows above the street. Fun Fact: Walt has two windows of his own. One of them is on the Main Street Train Station and faces out at the entrance while the other is above the Plaza Restaurant and faces Cinderella Castle!

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New Live Entertainment for the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot

by on May 1, 2015

American Music Machine

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Those who enjoy the live entertainment at Epcot now have one more option to experience!

American Music Machine, (I keep thinking of Miami Sound Machine every time I hear their name…haha), a five member, contemporary a Capella group, will bring performances of current and classic American pop tunes to the America Gardens Theatre stage. If this sounds a bit familiar (kind of like Glee), it should; the show’s vocal arranger, Tim Davis helped with creating it.

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Inside Out Preview Headed to Epcot

by on May 1, 2015

©Disney

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After the Tomorrowland preview ends at the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot (which is showing through May 24), a new preview will take up residence in the Magic Eye Theater. This new preview will showcase the upcoming Pixar flick, Inside Out. The special preview will offer Guests an exclusive intro from filmmakers, an advanced look at a sequence from the film, and in-theater effects.

The inclusion of Inside Out‘s preview in the Magic Eye Theater following the Tomorrowland preview does give more credence to the notion that Captain EO really is dead. (Despite insistence that it isn’t. Time will tell.)

This preview of Inside Out will begin on May 30 and will last about 12 minutes. There is currently no end date scheduled.

The movie, Inside Out will premiere in theaters on June 19 and it looks like it will be spectacular. (But something tells me I may need Kleenex…just a hunch.)

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Tomorrowland Preview Now Open at Epcot

by on April 18, 2015

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The Tomorrowland preview has evicted Captain EO from Epcot’s Imagination pavilion. (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

Do you want to go back to the future? Well, we’re already in 2015, so Doc Brown’s time machine is off the table, but Disney is now giving guests a glimpse of the world (or at least the moview) of tomorrow. As Rikki Niblett reported, Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland preview officially opened on April 18 inside Epcot‘s Magic Eye Theater, formerly home to Captain EO.

The new temporary attraction is essentially an advertisement for the upcoming Brad Bird-directed sci-fi flick, which will be released to American theaters on May 22.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 4/17/15

by on April 17, 2015

Happy Friday! Do you have big plans that involve Disney this weekend? If you’ll be traveling to Walt Disney World this weekend (or any time soon), here are some of the news notes you should know!

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom is now offering the pre-order option for breakfast. Guests with a breakfast reservation will receive information via their dining confirmation email and will be able to pre-order meals through My Disney Experience anywhere from 30 days to 5 minutes prior to their reservation. Guests can also still choose to order breakfast at the time of arrival at the restaurant. Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant is currently only being tested through June 18.
  • Epcot will be holding some special events Earth Day, which is April 22. Beginning today until April 22, there will be nature activities for kids and families and a sand-sculpture creation to showcase Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom at the World Showcase Outpost. Then, over at The Seas with Nemo & Friends on April 22, guests can learn about conservation efforts to protect coral reefs, sea turtles, sharks, and the many other amazing creatures that inhabit our oceans.

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Tomorrowland Preview Begins Tomorrow at Epcot

by on April 17, 2015

©Disney

©Disney

I feel a sense of irony writing this title for this article. ;)

For those of you excited about the Tomrrowland sneak peek that will be taking place in Epcot‘s Magic Eye Theater in the Imagination Pavilion (you know, where Captain EO has been playing), it will begin tomorrow, April 18. In addition, to being able to catch the preview guests will also be able to get a close-up look at one of the jet packs used in the film, along with a display of concept art and photos straight from the set.

For those visiting Disneyland, the preview kicked off today at the Tomorrowland Theater. After catching the preview, guests are invited to visit the Starcade to see original props and production artwork.

The preview will last approximately 15-20 minutes and is expected to run until May 24. Tomorrowland heads to theaters on May 22.

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Get Ready to Rock Out with the 2015 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

by on April 15, 2015

Sounds Like Summer Concert SeriesEpcot brings the music every summer courtesy of its Sounds Like Summer Concert Series. What makes this event unique is that it features tribute bands performing hits of your favorite artists. These bands are about as real as a cover band can be.

This year’s concerts will take place from June 7 through July 25 and the seven different acts will perform for a week at a time.

Many favorites will be returning this year, including Hotel California and 2U. The full lineup includes:

  • June 7-13: DSB – A Tribute to Journey
  • June 14-20: 2U – A Tribute to U2
  • June 21-26: Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – A Tribute Billy Joel Show
  • June 27 – July 4: Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston
  • July 5-11: Fire & Ice – A Tribute to Pat Benatar
  • July 12-18: Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 19-25: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles

Do keep in mind that entertainment is subject to change.

These fun concerts take place at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre, which is found at the American Adventure Pavilion. Showtimes are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily and shows are included with your Epcot admission.

So get ready to shake your groove thing and make sure you stop to enjoy the Sounds Like Summer concert series during your summer vacations this year!

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Food and Wine Festival: Epcot vs. Busch Gardens

by on April 13, 2015

The waterbound octopus topiary is just one of the sights at the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival

The waterbound octopus topiary is just one of the sights at the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival

Look, I love Epcot, and because you’re a faceless (but doubtlessly beautiful and well dressed) internet entity, I’m going to project and say you love Epcot, too, and one of the things we both love about it is the International Food and Wine Festival. What’s not to love about food and adult beverages from all over the world amassed in one beautiful sunny location? But this year, for the first time, we have… other options. Saturdays and Sundays from March 7th to April 26th, Busch Gardens Tampa is having their very first Food and Wine Festival, and as a local who now has literally been wined and dined by both of her beloved theme parks, it’s only fitting that I tell you what you’re missing if you stay in Orlando, and what the differences are. Is this a “one is better than the other” situation? Given that the events take place at different times of the year in different locations with different offerings, not really. It’s more my hope to let Epcot fans know that there’s something else going on nearby in Florida now that they really might want to make a visit to when their tummies are a’rumblin’ if they’re on vacation. Hey, if you’re gonna be a foodie, at least be an equal opportunity foodie!

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Best Throwback Ever: April 9, 2015

by on April 9, 2015

Original Flavor Unofficial Guide

Original Flavor Unofficial Guide

Daisy Lauren is enjoying a well-deserved vacation this week. So we’re firing up the Way Back Machine and going to 1985.

From the very first edition of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, we bring you:

Live Entertainment in EPCOT Center

Live entertainment in EPCOT Center is somewhat more diversified, as might be expected, than that of the Magic Kingdom. World Showcase provides almost unlimited potential for representative entertainment from the respective nations, and Future World allows for a new wave of creativity in live entertainment offerings.

Some information concerning the live entertainment on the day of your visit can be obtained from the information desk in the Earth Station lobby. Our experience, however, indicates that the Earth Station lobby attendants are not usually too well informed. Another source of information is the WorldKey Information Service. WorldKey usually has the answers, but it is not as direct as quizzing an attendant. EPCOT Center, like the Magic Kingdom, is very lax and inconsistent about having any sort of printed handout available concerning the day’s performances.

Listed below are some of the performers and performances you are likely to encounter. In addition, fireworks over the World Showcase Lagoon and a daily parade are being planned.

Future World Brass A roving brass band that marches and plays according to a more or less extemporaneous schedule near Spaceship Earth and at other Future World locations.
Robot Characters Costumed characters who lurk in the CommuniCore area of Future World, playing with children and posing for pictures.
American Gardens Stage The site of EPCOT Center’s premier live performances is near The American Adventure, facing World Showcase Lagoon, in a large amphitheater. Top talent imported from all over the world play the American Gardens Stage on a limited engagement basis. many shows highlight the music, dance, and costume of the performers’ home country.
LaserPhonic Fantasy An after dark show, consisting of music, fireworks, erupting fountains, special lighting, and laser technology performed on the World Showcase Lagoon when the park is open late.
Around World Showcase A variety of unscheduled, impromptu performances take place in and around the various pavilions of World Showcase. You may encounter a strolling mariachi group in Mexico, street actors in Italy, a fife and drum corps or a singing group (The Voices of Liberty) at The American Adventure, traditional songs and dances in Japan, comical street musicians (the Pearly Kings and Queens) and a bagpipe band in England, white-faced mimes in France, and a versatile musical group, the Maple Leaf Brass, in Canada.
Dinner Shows The restaurants in World Showcase as well as the Odyssey Restaurant, serve up healthy portions of live entertainment to accompany the victuals. Examples of restaurant floorshow fare include folk dancers and a baskapele band in Germany, singing waiters in Italy, and electronic music at the Odyssey. Restaurant shows are performed at both lunch and dinner seatings. Reservations are required except at the Odyssey.

 

Bring back memories? Have any photos of the Future World Robots? Share them in the comments below.

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