Posts Tagged ‘Epcot’

A Closer Look at Disney World’s New Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet

by on June 21, 2016

If you’re a fan of Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella, or Sleeping Beauty you’re in luck! On June 17, 2016 – a day full of premiers at Walt Disney World, Anna and Elsa made their journey back to Epcot in an all new meet and greet venue. This opened up a vacancy at Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairy Tale Hall, making it possible for two more princesses to join Cinderella and Rapunzel.

First up, let’s take a look at Anna and Elsa’s new meet and greet area. Arendelle’s royalty proudly welcomes guests into their Sommerhus, a place that is said to be home to family summer vacations in Anna and Elsa’s very early years.

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The exterior is very lovely, with beautiful landscaping and inviting facades. The colors in the Norway pavilion have become much brighter, less subdued, perhaps to fit the colorful animated world of Arendelle. This change, among so many others, is cause for concern for many Disney fans apprehensive about a World Showcase pavilion becoming dominated by a fictional world. Personally, I lean in that direction because I prefer to see the treasures of the real world being placed before guests of Epcot to enjoy and appreciate. But there’s no going back now, so I’ll tried to accept and somehow appreciate the new Norway pavilion.

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SATURDAY SIX Father’s Day Special: Celebrating Dads at Walt Disney World and Universal

by on June 18, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX is a special FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL, paying tribute to all our favorite dads at Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort. After a challenging week in Orlando, we here at the SATURDAY SIX headquarters think it’s time for some lighthearted fun. With tomorrow being Father’s Day, it’s about time we gave a little attention to all the dads we see in Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort. So sit back, put on your favorite pair of dad jeans, and let’s begin our list with…

# 6 – WALT DISNEY: The Father of All Theme Parks

What else can we say about Walter Elias Disney? Without him we wouldn’t have the glorious theme parks we enjoy today and instead would be suffering in the shoddily made and poorly themed rides that make up America’s amusement parks. Even worse, we may have been forced to go to places like museums and libraries to actually learn something. I think I speak for us all when I say UGH. However, thanks to a visionary genius like  Walt Disney creating Disneyland – and then improving upon with Walt Disney World – we all get to enjoy one of the most amazing pieces of entertainment in the entire world.

Unlike most of our hobbies and interests, theme parks are a place we can go with the whole family and enjoy our time together. The theme parks are one of the very few places you can go where no matter who you are, you are accepted. It just doesn’t matter what size you are, what race you belong to, what religion you pray to,  your sexual orientation, or handicap you have. If you’re in a theme park, you are in a safe place. We all owe an unpayable debt to Walt Disney, as his foresight led to us being able to enjoy places that completely transport us away from the real world – and all of its problems – into an alternative reality where everything is as we wish it would be. A world in which the good guys always win. A world where we can fly. A world where our wishes come true.

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Walt was also the father to Diane and Sharon Disney. We all know the story that it was Walt watching his daughters play in shabby amusement parks that inspired him to create something better. Something the whole family could enjoy.  (photo by Brandon Glover)

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Get a Glimpse of Shanghai Disneyland at Epcot

by on June 17, 2016

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Guests who would like to see just what Shanghai Disneyland has to offer, but won’t be able to make it to China any time soon will now be able to do so at Epcot. The Hose of the Whispering Willows gallery in the China Pavilion found in World Showcase will be hosting a new exhibit called “Inside Shanghai Disney Resort.”

This new showcase will feature artwork and props that show the attractions and more found in the all new Shanghai Disneyland Park. The exhibit will also show how the Chinese culture is present at the resort, making it authentically Disney, yet distinctly Chinese. Guests will see how the Imagineers took Chinese inspiration to create the park, as well as the two hotels, and the Disneytown shopping district.

So, if you’re curious about this new resort in Shanghai, make sure to head to the China Pavilion at Epcot to learn more.

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New Entertainment Group for Canada Pavilion at Epcot

by on June 10, 2016

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We’ve been seeing a revolving door of new entertainment acts in the Canada Pavilion lately and now we have a brand new one that’s taking the Mill Stage.

Les Parfaits Inconnus will combine music, circus art and comedy to create an unforgettable show. The group who hails from Québec, consist of talented artists and athletes. Les Parfaits Inconnus will demonstrate a mastery of several circus disciplines as well as proficiency with musical instruments. These off-the-wall characters will showcase a stunning performance that will take place multiple times a day.

As part of this entertainment change, the former band Alberta Bound gave their final performance recently.

No word on how long Les Parfaits Inconnus will be performing at Epcot, but one would assume that this group will also be on stage for a limited engagement, as that seems to be customary as of late with World Showcase performers. (Particularly those who perform in the Canada Pavilion.)

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Dates for the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on June 3, 2016

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We just finished this year’s Flower and Garden Festival and according to Disney, we now have the dates for 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

For 2017, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will take place from March 1 through May 29! That’s 90 days of fun!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival features such highlights as the Outdoor Kitchens that feature fresh flavors and quenching beverages, the Garden Rocks Concert Series, instructional demonstrations and seminars, beautiful gardens, incredible topiaries, kid play areas, and much, much more!

More details for the event will be released going forward, but I at least wanted to let you know that dates to get excited about!  I’ll be sure to let you know when more information about next year’s festival get released.

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TouringPlansTV: Quick Date Ideas at Walt Disney World + Video

by on May 31, 2016

photo - touringplans.comWelcome back to TouringPlansTV!

Walt Disney World is a wonderful vacation destination for people of all ages. There are endless possibilities when it comes to enjoying time with your family.

Now every once in a while, you and your partner may find yourselves alone for a few “kid-free” hours.

What to do with all this extra free time?

Have no fear! With the help of family and friends, I’ve provided a list of quick date ideas to help you and your significant other make the most out of your time together.

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Guests Can Participate in “Speak Like a Whale Day” at Disney Parks This June

by on May 25, 2016

 

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I am not ashamed to admit it. I am really looking forward to Finding Dory. Finding Nemo was always a favorite of mine, so I’m excited to head back into the Big Blue World with Dory, Marlin, Nemo, Crush, Squirt, alongside brand new characters.

To celebrate the upcoming film, Guests will be able to participate in “Speak Like a Whale Day” on June 11 at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resorts. Here’s how:

    • Guests at Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort will receive a complimentary button to celebrate the day.
    • At the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, families can take part in unique themed activities, jam out to a live DJ, and participate in games and giveaways. Young guests can also attend “Whale Speak University” and give speaking the language that Dory seemed to master a try.
    • At The Seas with Nemo & Friends in Epcot, guests can learn about the real-life versions of the characters from the film and see them in their aquarium home. In addition, experts from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Team will be on hand throughout the day to help guests find Dory and her friends, as well as give them a closer look at their world.

In addition, for those who didn’t know, you can now find Dory and some of her new friends from the upcoming film at the Turtle Talk with Crush attraction in Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion and at Disney California Adventure park.

Finding Dory swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.

 

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An Epcot one-day touring plan with Frozen Ever After

by on May 21, 2016

This plan assumes: A willingness to experience all major rides and shows; Soarin’, Test Track, and Frozen Ever After are in the same FastPass+ tier and you can choose only one in advance; Frozen Ever After opens at 11 a.m.

Touring Epcot requires a lot of walking regardless of whether you’re using a plan. This plan uses a small amount of backtracking in order to avoid long waits in line.

The opening of Frozen Ever After complicates touring Epcot for a couple of reasons. Because it’s in the same FastPass+ tier as Soarin’ and Test Track, you can only obtain one in advance. It’s also unlikely to have much day-of FastPass+ availability, because it’s based on a hit film and is one of the few things in Epcot specifically designed for children. And its location in World Showcase makes it impractical as a detour while you’re in Future World.

For those reasons, we think you’ll save more time by choosing Frozen as an advance FastPass reservation than Soarin’ or Test Track. As in years past, we suggest visiting Soarin’ as soon as the park opens, and without FastPass+. Your next visit should be to Test Track, making use of the single-rider line there if possible. Your total wait in line for both attractions should be 40 minutes or fewer. For comparison, we estimate the wait at Frozen to be at least 40 to 60 minutes most of the day. When you factor in the backtracking involved in the alternatives, FastPass+ at Frozen seems to make the most sense.

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Take a Last Flight on Soarin’ Before it Becomes Soarin’ Around the World

by on May 20, 2016

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On June 17, Soarin will officially see its new film debut with Soarin’ Around the World, but for those who want to take their farewell flights and experience the original film one last time, you will now be able to do so!

The classic Soarin’ film will be available for Guests to experience at The Land Pavilion in Epcot for a limited time starting on May 27 through June 16. Guests may book FastPass+ reservations to experience the classic film one last time beginning May 21.

In addition, at Disney California Adventure, Soarin’ Over California will be showing now through June 15.

For those unaware, when Soarin’ Around the World official debuts will take Guests to unique locations across the globe including the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and more.

Ok, let’s review, that is seat, seatbelt, carry-on items, safety strap, fear of heights, keep your hands and arms inside at all times…anything else? Oh yeah…have a nice flight on classic Soarin’ one last time!

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Epcot’s Frozen Ever After and Royal Sommerhaus Debut Date Set

by on May 20, 2016

It is time to get Frozen at Epcot! Both Frozen Ever After and the Royal Sommerhaus are slated to debut on June 21!

These two attractions, both located in the Norway Pavilion will give Guests a chance to experience the Frozen story in a whole new way.

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With the Frozen Ever After attraction, the timeline for the ride, which replaced Maelstrom, will occur after the film takes place. It will take guests on a boat tour through Arendelle during a “Winter in Summer” celebration where Queen Elsa who has embraced will create a winter-in-summer day. During the adventure Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, trolls and Marshmallow join Guests on their boat journey through the frozen willow forest, past Troll Valley and up to the North Mountain to Elsa’s ice palace, returning to the Bay of Arendelle.

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