Posts Tagged ‘Epcot’

2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival + Video

by on August 29, 2017

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival begins this week!

My mouth is watering just thinking about all of those delicious dishes…

Okay, back to work. For today’s video, I’ll be showing some highlights this festival has to offer.

Bon appétit!

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Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl

by on August 28, 2017

ice cream crawl passport cover

Leave it to artist Donna Yan’s adorable Dole Whip couple to make us simultaneously want Dole Whip and a Mickey Bar!

I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute must-have indulgences at Walt Disney World is ice cream. Add into that my love of coming up with themes or challenges for our Disney trips, and you get a recipe for success. (Specifically, you get a Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl!) My husband and I are apt to try a variety of challenges on our trips. We might focus on only getting snacks from places we’ve never been to before. Or we might make all of our table service reservations for restaurants we’ve never visited. Or we’ll do a trip dedicated to resort dining. (I’m just now noticing the theme of food in a lot of our planning…) For our upcoming trek, we decided to crank it up a bit and focus on ice cream.

I knew from the very beginning that not only did I want to do an ice cream crawl, but I wanted it to have its very own passport. I was inspired by the Epcot festival passports that detail out what food items you can find where. Seriously, what better way to keep track of all the amazing ice cream options than to have a dedicated ice cream passport?! (You can download your very own passport later in the article.) Let’s back things up a bit and discuss how the ice cream crawl was formed.

Simply put, the ice cream crawl was born out of an intense desire for ice cream. (Okay, it was actually as a result of the Whole30 we were in the middle of, but don’t tell anyone else that. It’s not like we were dying for sugar or anything…) First, I needed to decide what locations would be fair game for inclusion in the passport. All four theme parks were obvious, but what about resorts? Water parks? Disney Springs? At the end of the day, I went with locations that we would be reasonably likely to frequent. This included all four theme parks, Disney Springs, and the area around Crescent Lake. It’s so easy to pop out of Epcot and over to the Crescent Lake resorts that including those seemed appropriate. (And we really needed Ample Hills Creamery in there!)

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Preschoolers

by on August 22, 2017

Welcome back to Part 2 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. Last time we discussed favorites for babies, and next up are the adorable preschoolers. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the preschoolers surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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The Past, Present, and Future of Epcot’s Future World Part I

by on August 21, 2017

Can you believe Epcot is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year? On October 1st, 1982, Epcot first opened its gates and offered two themed lands: Future World and World Showcase. While World Showcase hasn’t changed too much through the years, Future World is a whole other story and more changes are on the horizon. So as this park of the future looks to its own great, big, beautiful tomorrow, let’s take a look at the past, present, and future of Epcot’s Future World!

Note: Because there’s so much to cover in Future World, this article will focus on Spaceship Earth, Innoventions, and Future World East.

In the park’s early years, Epcot was known as EPCOT Center and Future World featured a number of pavilions themed after a particular area of science or technology and funded by a corporate sponsor. But as the years passed, Future World pavilions and their attractions were either replaced with thrill rides, received overlays, or closed completely. Basically, the Future World of today doesn’t resemble its original self or the future either.

Thankfully, Disney announced at the 2017 D23 Expo that changes were quickly coming to Epcot’s Future World and they would only be the beginning! So let’s start our look at the past, present, and future of Future World with the very first thing you see when entering the park.

Spaceship Earth

While the icon of the Magic Kingdom is Cinderella Castle, the icon of Epcot is Spaceship Earth! This massive geodesic sphere actually contains an attraction that teaches guests about the history of communication.

Spaceship EarthThe Past – Spaceship Earth opened with the park in 1982 and was sponsored by Bell Systems. Guests boarded an omnimover that transported them past scenes filled with audio-animatronics highlighting communication breakthroughs in history narrated by Lawrence Dobkin. The finale showcased projections of outer space and the earth before the omnimovers descended backwards to the unloading area.

The Present –  Spaceship Earth has undergone a number of updates, as well as sponsorship changes and changes in narrators. For many people, Walter Cronkite and Jeremy Irons provided some of the most memorable lines in the Spaceship Earth narration. Siemens was the most recent sponsor of Spaceship Earth and the current narrator is Judi Dench. Today’s ride back to the unloading area also features an interactive screen where guests can pick their vision of the future.

The Future – Nothing new has been announced for Spaceship Earth and it’s unknown whether or not it will receive a new corporate sponsor.

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Attraction Overview: Living with the Land + Video

by on August 1, 2017

I’m off to Epcot this morning! Care to join me?

Hop in my boat as I guide you through the attraction, Living with the Land.

Warning: Corny jokes ahead.

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Mission: SPACE at Epcot Reopens this August

by on July 27, 2017

Mission: SPACE

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It was announced at the D23 Expo that Mission: SPACE at Epcot would be seeing all new ride profiles and that more information, including an opening date would be released soon. Well, as you can see, I have some new information to share with you about this refurbished attraction.

On August 13, Mission: SPACE will return! Guests will still have the two different ride profiles that they can choose from.

On the Orange Mission, which is the more intense training, Guests will continue be able to experience a truly intense experience where you’ll be able to feel the forces of actual space launch (which let me tell you, can be pretty extreme!) On this mission, you’ll dodge meteoroids, slingshot around the moon and attempt a precision landing on the Red Planet’s alien surface, but this version has been enhanced with new, HD video to make it even clearer. (Oh good….it will make my likelihood of throwing up even higher. Thank goodness there are sanitary bags found inside the capsule!)

Say you don’t want to take the intense ride that you’ll find on the Orange Mission. You want something a little tamer or you have a little one with you who wants to experience the attraction. Well with the new family-friendly Green Mission, you’ll get to take an exciting orbit around Earth. On this new adventure, you’ll see the Hawaiian Islands, the Northern Lights, and Italy all from space, before finally landing at Kennedy Space Center, which is found in Cape Canaveral, Florida. With this new Green Mission, the height restriction will change to 40″ courtesy of new additional X-2 booster seats.

Will you be more willing to take a mission now?

 

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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