Posts Tagged ‘Epcot’

Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns to Epcot

by on March 6, 2017

Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns at Epcot

©Rikki Niblett

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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New Tequileria Announced For Epcot

by on January 2, 2017


We all know how popular La Cava del Tequila is at Epcot and now it looks like you’re going to have a new place to get your favorite beverage in the Mexico Pavilion. A new outdoor tequila restaurant, Choza Tequila will open outside of the pavilion and will serve up margaritas, as well as Mexican cuisine like tacos, empanadas, chips and fresh guacamole.

This appears to be a replacement for the recently closed margarita stand, but with the addition of an expanded menu, it will be even more delicious.

Looks like 2017 is looking a little better!

Stay tuned for more info about Choza Tequila on the blog!

New Details About Epcot Festival of the Arts

by on December 29, 2016

Epcot Festival of the Arts


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


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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How To Survive New Year’s Eve at Epcot (and Magic Kingdom)

by on December 27, 2016

Epcot’s New Year’s Eve fireworks are unlike any other show at Walt Disney World.

So you’re thinking about doing New Year’s Eve at Disney? Most people would think that’s ridiculous given the massive crowds, but after a few years of experience under my belt doing this very thing, I’m here to tell you, it can be a really fun day in Walt Disney World. Below, I’ll outline a few of my hard-learned secrets to a successful Epcot New Year’s Eve along with a few crowd-sourced tips from my colleagues here at TouringPlans for handling Magic Kingdom, as well.

Julia and Dani have already given some great tips on staying sane during phase closures and planning for crowds at Universal, and many of these rules also apply here, too. Though Epcot does not normally phase-close on New Year’s Eve, the same tips work for surviving the busiest days in any theme park. Dani’s tips about setting up Touring Plans ahead of time are also super helpful for making the most of your theme park visits during the last few weeks of the year.

Why Not Magic Kingdom on New Year’s Eve?

Despite the crowds, New Year’s Eve is a fun day, unlike any other you’ve spent in a park. One of the toughest parts of the day, though, can be actually getting in to a park. As Julia explained, phased closures are very common for this time of year, particularly at Magic Kingdom. This means that, depending on your ticket type and whether you have an existing dining reservation, you may not be able to enter or even hop on transportation to your chosen park.

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The Seas Pavilion Beyond Nemo: The Reason for the Seas(on)

by on December 14, 2016

My guess is that a number of visitors to The Seas With Nemo & Friends Pavilion in Epcot bypass its primary reason for existence. They board the clamshells, sing along with the characters from “Finding Nemo” and catch a viewing of Turtle Talk With Crush. Maybe they let the kids romp around in Bruce’s Sub House. Then, they zip through the gift shop and back outside into Future World.

Copyright 2010 Claire Nat

Exterior of The Seas with Nemo & Friends

But those who rush through the pavilion are missing, to borrow a phrase from the song, “the big, blue world.”

When The Living Seas Pavilion first opened at Epcot in 1986, it boasted the world’s largest aquarium. At 5.7 million gallons and a diameter of more than 200 feet, it’s wider than Spaceship Earth. More than 6,000 creatures, representing 200 species swim their way around the pavilion tanks.

Before the re-imagination of the pavilion in 2006 to include the “Finding Nemo” characters, the aquarium was the focus of the pavilion’s story. Visitors to The Living Seas Pavilion would view a movie, then board a “Hydrolator.” That experience would simulate a journey down to the depths, where guest would board Sea Cabs. This Omnimover ride, while less themed than the current version, kept the focus on views of the coral reef in Sea Base Alpha. Today’s Nemo ride only features the aquarium in the final scenes of the attraction. When you’re riding through the “EAC,” you’re actually within the main aquarium but you can’t see it.

So this post is an attempt to bring you back to the original story of The Living Seas to find a new appreciation for the pavilion and the creatures that reside there. Our son is just nuts about marine life, so we tend to spend quite a bit of time wandering through the pavilion. On a hot summer day, it’s a cool, relaxing escape that’s typically not too crowded.

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Review: Thanksgiving Weekend at Walt Disney World

by on December 5, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re familiar with the TouringPlans Crowd Calendar, you know that major holidays at Walt Disney World can be intense when it comes to lines and crowds. But this year, I abandoned all logic and spent Thanksgiving with my family at Walt Disney World. I survived, but would I do it again? Read on for my Review: Thanksgiving Weekend at Walt Disney World.

November 23rd

My concern over the holiday crowds and never ending lines wasn’t limited to the confines of Walt Disney World. Actually, I was more concerned over what awaited me at my local airport since my family and I were flying into Orlando the day before Thanksgiving. One of the busiest travel days of the year!

Fortunately, our Frontier Airlines flight was scheduled to depart at 7:00 A.M.; and while the queues for security had already been extended, we made it through with plenty of time to spare and with no delays.

I was shocked when we found that there were no lines for Disney’s Magical Express at Orlando International Airport. Maybe because it was still early in the day? Or maybe Disney was more than prepared for the holiday rush? Regardless, we walked right on our bus bound for Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. We had never stayed at the French Quarter as Port Orleans Riverside is the Moderate Resort we gravitate to; but, thankfully we loved the French Quarter! It was smaller and more intimate, yet never once felt crowded or chaotic.

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Express Transportation Being Added to the Walt Disney World Resort

by on December 2, 2016

Express Transportation at Walt Disney World

©Rikki Niblett

Beginning December 7, the Walt Disney World Resort is introducing Express Transportation, a brand new transportation option that provides Guests a faster and convenient way to travel between the four Walt Disney World theme parks, for a price.

This Express Transportation is a special add on that can purchased by Guests who have purchased park hopper tickets. For single-day service, Express Transportation can be added for $15 per person. For multi-day service, it is $24 per person which is valid for seven consecutive days from the day of sale. (Annual Passholders can also chose to add on the single-day option.)

This option will take Guests from inside one them park and transport them straight into another by allowing Guests to travel between backstage locations.

Pick up locations in each park will be found near the exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, east of Spaceship Earth at Epcot, near Rock n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and near Kilimanjaro Safaris entrance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Express Transportation is available from 10:00 a.m. until park close. Pick up will occur every 30 minutes.


A First Look at the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on November 29, 2016

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

©Rikki Niblett

We are just a few months away from the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, which kicks off on March 1 and lasts until May 29. (That’s 90 days of gardens, character topiaries, entertainers and food and drink offerings.) This year will feature a number of new things for Guests to enjoy.

To begin with, there will be two new Outdoor Kitchens that will join the thirteen returning dining kiosks. I am excited to learn what these new kitchens will offer, since I love the fresh food and beverages that this festival serves each year.

One of my favorite things about the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival are the topiaries. This year, there will be an all new Belle topiary from Beauty and the Beast. Belle will be a new generation of topiary that will feature facial features, much like Snow White, Anna, and Elsa currently have. She will be seen wearing her famous yellow ball gown. 

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