Posts Tagged ‘Epcot’

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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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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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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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.

Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns to Epcot

by on March 6, 2017

Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns at Epcot

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One of the most fun things that happens around the Easter holiday is the Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot. Last year, my husband and I decided we were going to tackle to scavenger hunt and we had the most fun searching for the eggs that feature designs themed after some of your favorite Disney characters.

Oh and let me tell you, this was not an easy egg hunt! We got stumped on a few eggs and much as we didn’t want to, we actually had to ask the Cast Members for clues to help! (Make sure you look EVERYWHERE because eggs may not always be where you think they will be! That’s my best tip!)

With all that being said, I am happy to announce that the Egg-stravaganza has returned to to Epcot and it’s slated to last even longer than normal! This year, the hunt is on until the end of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. (Which ends on May 29 – or while supplies last.).

Guests will be able to search for special hidden eggs and record your findings by placing the sticker that matches that character on the specially themed map to represent that location. There are 12 eggs to find in all; one in each country.

Map from 2016. ©Rikki Niblett

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99, plus tax at Pin Central in Future World, Disney Traders at the entrance to World Showcase, or World Traveler at International Gateway.

When you complete the hunt, return to Disney Traders and you’ll be able to pick up your prize.  You do not officially have to complete the hunt to get your egg, but taking part in the hunt is really a ton of fun!

The Egg-stravaganza Easter egg hunt really is perfect for the whole family and trust me, it’s a wonderful activity for all ages!

Attraction Overview: Spaceship Earth – Epcot

by on February 21, 2017

Photo - Angela DahlgrenHappy Tuesday everyone!

Today’s video is an attraction overview of Spaceship Earth. This is located in Epcot’s Future World at Walt Disney World!

Spaceship Earth Overview

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