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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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©Disney

 

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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New Details About the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on May 13, 2016

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Back in February, I let you all know that this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival would be running for a grand total of 62 days, (up from 53 days), from September 14 through November 14. Today, we have a glimpse of a few of the fun things you can expect to experience during this year’s festival.

For the second year in a row, the Marketplace Kiosks will extend into Future World. Also new for this year will be hard soda floats at the Desserts & Champagne marketplace. In addition, a savory vegan dish will debut at the Greece marketplace, and the popular Farm Fresh marketplace will showcase Florida’s flavors with new savory dishes.

The Eat to the Beat concert series will be returning with new artists, including Wang Chung. The “Everybody Have Fun Tonight!” band will open the Eat to the Beat concert series Sept. 14-15. More new acts will join the concert series lineup, including Delta Rae and Toad The Wet Sprocket and popular acts, including Wilson Phillips, Boyz II Men and Jeffrey Osbourne, will return to the America Gardens Theatre stage this fall.

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Alberta Bound Now Performing at Epcot’s Canada Pavilion

by on May 9, 2016

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A brand new live entertainment act has debuted in World Showcase at Epcot.  A new live band called Alberta Bound is now playing at The Mill Stage in the Canada Pavilion. The band plays Canadian music that includes traditional fiddle styles from across the country, as well as performing songs from beloved Canadian songwriters.

Alberta Bound’s light and energetic show offers lots of opportunities for clapping and singing along as they take you on a musical journey of our neighbors to the north. They play Wednesday through Sunday with showtimes at 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 5:0o p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

As part of this entertainment change, the former band TradNation gave their final performance back in April. Alberta Bound will be performing in a limited engagement, as seems to be customary as of late with performers in World Showcase.

 

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Characters from Finding Dory Now in Turtle Talk with Crush

by on May 9, 2016

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This weekend, Dory and friends joined the interactive attraction Turtle Talk with Crush. Guests can now head to Epcot to join Crush in the “human tank” and find Dory, alongside new characters Destiny the whale shark, Bailey the beluga whale, and Hank the “septopus” (a seven-legged octopus). Ina addition, Squirt, Nemo and his dad Marlin also appear in this fun-filled show.

Turtle Talk with Crush is found in The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion and invites Guests to talk to crush in a completely unique experience. During the show, Guests may ask Crush questions and they will receive answers from the famous sea turtle. The improvised show lasts about 15 minutes and I’m certainly curious to see how the addition of these new characters plays out in front of Guests!

Finding Dory swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.

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Trading Post Refreshments: The New Bar in Epcot – Sort Of

by on April 29, 2016

It’s not easy being Canada…in Epcot that is. You’re the first pavilion in World Showcase for anyone who chooses to go to the right. Your neighbor is the UK pavilion which is beloved by many thanks to its charming storefronts, popular pub, and excellent entertainment. Even your World Showcase equivalent–the first pavilion if you go left instead of right–Mexico, really brings on the heat with three dining options, a boat ride, an award winning mariachi band, and an amazing tequila bar that stands as THE ambassador of the heritage and tradition of tequila.

Sure, the Canada Pavilion is a beautiful spot. The lovely gardens found throughout the country are well represented here. There are lots of delightful spots, especially the waterfalls found at the back of the pavilion. Still, many people tend to bypass this pavilion, which is a shame. A new drinking establishment, however, may help to increase interest in this overlooked area.

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The new Trading Post Refreshments has been dubbed Epcot’s new bar. This terminology is a bit of a stretch since there is no seating inside, as you would find at a traditional bar. It is still a nice addition, however. There are three Canadian beers from which to choose plus two ice wines; each selection represents Canada fairly well.

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The prices are also relatively reasonable; two out of the three beers are $6.25 plus tax, with the Blanche de Chambly being $9.25. This beer hails from Quebec and is said to have a yeast and wheat flavor, but I opted to go with the Labatt Bourbon Barrel. I love the rise of beers aged in bourbon barrels, something I’m seeing more and more. I enjoyed the smokey flavor of this beer, though it left a long, lingering aftertaste.

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Celebrate Earth Day at Epcot

by on April 20, 2016

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Earth Day is on April 22, and while most of the focus is always on the events that will occur at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot also gets in on the Earth Day fun.

This year, Earth Day will be celebrated during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival all weekend long, from April 22-24.

Guests will be able to participate in numerous activities to celebrate the day including:

  • The Jungle Book Matching Activity at The Jungle Book Sand SculptureGuests will be able to play a matching game in which they match species that were featured in The Jungle Book to a fun fact about the animals.
  • Butterfly Citizen Science at Pollinator Garden – Here, Guests will have the opportunity to be a part of a science project by collecting data that will then in turn help conservation and horticulture teams learn about  native Floridian butterflies and their plant preference.
  • Meet Captain Ron at The Seas with Nemo & Friends – No…you won’t be able to meet Kurt Russell as a salty seafarer. Instead, you’ll meet a beagle named Captain Ron who helps conservation experts by sniffing out turtle egg nests to help protect them. Captain Ron and his trainer Pepe Peruyero will have appearances at 10:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Earth Day weekend. The duo will also give a short presentation about their work, and will be available for photos.
  • At the Festival Center  Guests can catch horticulture and wildlife experts leading seminars about aquaponics, making your property wildlife-friendly and how to grow new plants from the plants you already have.
  • Participate in a National Park Foundation map activity
  • At 11:00 a.m. each day during Earth Day weekend, you can get an up-close look at a nest with a purple martin expert, presented by the The Florida Audubon.
  • Guests can enjoy the Leap for Wildlife at National Wildlife Federation Garden
  • Guests can discover their footprint at The Nature Conservancy Garden

It seems like a great weekend is in store for those looking to celebrate Earth Day at Epcot this weekend!

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