Posts Tagged ‘Epcot’

A Trip Around The World: Morocco

by on February 7, 2014

Welcome to our grand tour of Morocco in Epcot’s World Showcase! I can’t believe we’ve already visited Mexico, Norway, ChinaGermany, Italy, America, and Japan! I will start off by saying Morocco was the most fun to research. It isn’t a land I really spend a lot of time in, and I loved stopping to really take a look around. I can’t wait to show you what I discovered! Let’s start with a nice scenic shot from the World Showcase Lagoon. The white building on the water is the new Spice Road Table restaurant!

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When you first enter Morocco from Japan, you’ll see this beautiful sign. I can’t think of another land that has something so beautiful with the name of their country (or kingdom)! Maybe that’s because King Hassan II was actually involved with the creation of the pavilion. The government also sponsors the land rather than allowing corporate sponsors.

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Next is the small stage where you can catch Mo’Rockin. This is a fun group that plays rock and roll music with an Arabian beat. Plus there’s a belly dancer! Sorry guys – I was there too early in the day to get those photos for you! ;)

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The Ziti Sisters To Leave Epcot

by on February 4, 2014

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The Ziti Sisters, a musical and comedy group that can be found in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion, will perform their final show on February 22.

The Sisters’ show is about 25 minutes in length and features audience participation in many of the dance performances, as well as in their skits. The show takes place in the main courtyard, and guests are able to recognize the Sisters because they all wear red dresses.

The Ziti Sisters’ remaining showtimes are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. (These are, of course, subject to change.) Make sure to pick up a Times Guide or check Lines for exact showtimes.

Currently, there are no immediate plans to replace this show.

Have you ever caught The Ziti Sisters?

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A Glimpse at the Outdoor Kitchens for Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

by on January 27, 2014

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchen

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Last year, at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, Disney introduced the Garden Marketplaces, which offered up small bites of delectable treats and beverages with a focus on fresh ingredients. For 2014, they will be returning under a new name – Outdoor Kitchens.

The booths are similar to what you would see at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival booths. This year, there will be eleven kitchens total, all found around the World Showcase Promenade.

Quite a few booths will be returning from last year, such as the Florida Fresh booth and The Smokehouse. There is also a handful of new stops, including Urban Farm Eats.

Here is the full list of all the Outdoor Kitchens that will be featured during this year’s festival:

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A Trip Around The World: Japan

by on January 24, 2014

It’s hard to believe we’ve already passed the halfway mark on our world tour! For those keeping track at home, we’ve visited: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, and America. Next up is the beautiful land of Japan. I always like to begin with a striking image, so I’ll start with the large Torii Gate that marks the pavilion on the World Showcase Lagoon. This bright red arch is visible from all around the lagoon, and it’s the prettiest thing on the water (especially at sunset).

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But really when you walk into Japan from America, the first thing you’ll see is the tiny Kabuki Cafe. It’s the little building on the left in the photo below. Don’t be fooled by the size – there is a whole lot of awesome in this little package. Not only are there sushi, ice cream, and beer (which are all excellent separately, but we don’t recommend them together) – there is also kakigori!! “What is kakigori?” you ask? It’s shaved ice with with sweet, fruity flavoring added. This is one of my favorite treats on a hot summer night, and at only $3.75 it won’t break the bank.

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Your FastPass+ Priorities at Epcot

by on January 22, 2014

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A small ceremony at Leave A Legacy in Future World Plaza marks the end of FASTPASS.

Epcot begins exclusive use of FastPass+ on Thursday, marking the official end of the original FASTPASS system at Walt Disney World. We think it would be appropriate tomorrow to recognize the occasion.

We’ve updated of our Epcot touring plans to use only FastPass+. Each plan now lists the suggested FastPass+ start times for the attractions that will save you the most time in line, like this:

Suggested start times for FastPass+ reservations:

Mission: SPACE (Orange) = 9 AM
Soarin’ = 10 AM
Spaceship Earth = 11 AM

The updated plans are very efficient, with the average wait in line under 9 minutes per attraction on most plans. In fact, because the plans are so efficient, we’ve added Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure and other attractions to many of the plans for teens and adults. (We also really like the game.) And some touring plans only use 2 of the 3 FastPass+ reservations you’re given each day, which means you have 1 more to revisit a favorite attraction (that you’ve not already used FastPass+ on that day) or try a new ride.

When we updated the plans, we kept track of how many times each attraction was identified as needing FastPass+. As we did for the Magic Kingdom’s FastPass+ priorities, here’s Epcot’s chart:

Epcot Fastpass Plus Chart

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FastPass+ Coming For All Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot

by on January 17, 2014

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Bye Bye FASTPASS Machines

As MyMagic+ continues to move forward, according to reliable sources both inside and outside Disney, FastPass+ will be rolled out for both on-site and off-site guests at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot within the next week. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is expected to make the change over on January 21, and Epcot is expected to become all FastPass+ starting on January 23. This means that Legacy FASTPASS machines that distribute paper FASTPASS tickets will be turned off, and guests will only be able to make FastPass+ reservations.

If off-site guests would like to make a FastPass+ reservation, they will need to visit one of the FastPass+ kiosks found within the park to reserve their ride times on the day they visit the park. Much like the previous roll outs, non-Disney resort guests will currently not be able to use the My Disney Experience app or website to make FastPass+ reservations. To make a FastPass+ reservation, off-property guests will need to use their RFID-enabled ticket to access the FastPass+ kiosks, as they do not currently have access to MagicBands.

Guests who are staying at a Disney resort will have the ability to make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance via the My Disney Experience app or website. If they have not made them ahead of time, they can also do so in the parks at the FastPass+ kiosks.

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A Trip Around The World: America

by on January 17, 2014

Hello! And welcome to the halfway point on our tour around the world! Can you believe we’ve already visited Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, and Italy? Today we’re bringing you the best pavilion around the World Showcase Lagoon – the U.S.A! And what a lovely pavilion it is:

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When entering the USA from Italy, the first thing you will see is coffee and donuts. While I can’t start my day without a cup of joe, I have to point out the irony in this.

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HGTV and DIY Stars Are Back For Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival

by on January 15, 2014

David Bromstad, HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, Design Star All-Stars: ÒThe Power of ColorÓ

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Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival is only a little over a month and a half away. Among the unique events that take place during the Festival are the presentations by celebrity guests from HGTV and the DIY Network. These showcases take place on weekends during the Festival at both noon and 3 p.m. on The Designers’ Stage at the Festival Center. (Otherwise known as the former Wonders of Life Pavilion.)

For those who are excited to learn tips about gardening or designing and decorating your home, we have a list of the celebs who will be on hand giving demonstrations and when.  They are:

  • March 7-9 – Vern Yip “Design Star”
  • March 14-16 – Chris Lambton “Going Yard”
  • March 21-23 – Matt Blashaw “Yard Crashers”
  • March 28-30 – Matt Meunster “Bath Crashers”
  • April 4-6 – Taniya Nayak “House Hunters on Vacation”
  • April 11-13 – Amy Matthews “Renovation Raiders”
  • April 18-20 – John Gidding “Curb Appeal”
  • April 25-27 – David Bromstad “Color Splash”
  • May 2-4 – Chip Wade “Elbow Room”
  • May 9-11 –Genevieve Gorder “HGTV Star”
  • May 16-18 – Alison Victoria “Kitchen Crashers”

Please keep in mind that this list is subject to change.

The 2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival will take place from March 5 – May 18.

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First Look: Review of Spice Road Table at Epcot

by on January 14, 2014

IMG_3049Spice Road Table opened up on Saturday for previews, and I was able to head over there on opening night.

This new restaurant is found in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot, situated along the water’s edge. It serves up Mediterranean-inspired small plates, along with an extensive drink menu. The restaurant’s inspiration is drawn from outdoor cafes found along the Mediterranean. You really get the outdoor cafe feel, as most of the restaurant is outdoors, with only a small portion of seats situated inside. In the same complex as the restaurant is a Henna tattoo artist station, as well as a Moroccan shop.

The night the restaurant opened, as my husband and I were walking through Epcot, it started sprinkling. Then it started raining…by the time I reached the restaurant, it was POURING! I looked like a drowned rat, seeing as I’d left my umbrella back at the hotel. (So dumb on my part! I always bring it, and then the one time I don’t, downpour!) So, I ran into the restaurant, observing its beauty with rain water-filled eyes. (PS: keep the rain in mind when dining here. While it is covered, there is the potential for you to get a bit wet, depending on the way the wind is blowing.)

My first impressions were that the whole complex was quite pretty. Disney did a great job in the design and theme. As I walked in, I marveled at the incredibly blue wall behind the bar area. I was also in awe of the lights that hung above.

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A Trip Around The World: Italy

by on January 9, 2014

Ciao and welcome to Italy! Can you believe we’ve already been to Mexico, Norway, China, and Germany? We’re almost halfway through our tour, and the scenery just keep getting more beautiful! Today, we start with a very wide angle view showing the pavilion that is modeled mostly after Venice, more specifically Saint Mark’s Square. The first building on the left is Palazzo Ducale.

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On the right hand side when entering this land you can see gondolas, rivers, and bridges. These make a lovely photo spot during the day and an incredible spot for the fireworks at night, if you can swing it.

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