Posts Tagged ‘Epcot’

Siemens To End Sponsorship of Disney Attractions

by on July 5, 2017

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It’s official. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Siemens will no longer be a sponsor of popular Walt Disney World and Disneyland attractions as of October 2017.

The company Siemens was a great fit for Epcot for the past twelve years because of their goal focuses on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization and is one of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies.

Siemens currently sponsors both Illuminations: Reflections of Earth and Spaceship Earth. There is no word on if a new sponsor will be introduced or if there will be bigger changes to either of those attractions going forward. Of course, rumors have been making the rounds for years that a new nighttime spectacular would be coming for Epcot.

Sylvania, a Siemens company, was also a sponsor of it’s a small world in Disneyland.

Siemens’ original contract with Disney was signed back in 2005 was slated to last for 12 years.

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Now on Sale for 2017 Holiday Season

by on June 30, 2017

Candlelight Processional

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For those of you who are anxiously awaiting being able to book Candlelight Processional dining packages, guess what? You can now book these packages!

So what exactly is Candlelight Processional? It’s an incredible moving show that takes place during the holiday season in the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Candlelight Processional includes a celebrity narrator, a mass choir, and an orchestra who are there to perform a re-telling of the Christmas Story. The best way to ensure that you get to see this extremely popular show, is by booking a dining package.

This year’s Candlelight Processional takes place from November 24 through December 30. Show times are at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. nightly.

The full celebrity narrator list hasn’t fully been announced for this year, but we do have the start of a partial list. (Yes, our favorite Disney fan will be there again this year-Neil Patrick Harris! This year, I’m going to miss him by a DAY! Ugh!) Guests can expect to see:

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Walt Disney World Fourth of July Celebrations

by on June 21, 2017

Fourth of July Celebrations at Walt Disney World

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Fourth of July and fireworks. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? Walt Disney World is ready to celebrate the good old red, white, and blue in fantastic fashion. So, if you are wanting to salute all nations, but mostly America, they have some great ways to do it!

Magic Kingdom

Celebrate with Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky which commemorates the Fourth with brilliant fireworks that are all choreographed to patriotic music. The best part about this fireworks spectacular is that they are shown on two nights – July 3 and July 4 at 9:00 p.m. So you have two chances to catch this unique and special show.

You also don’t want to miss The Muppets Present…Great Moments in History. During the show, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and friends reenact famous moments in American history all in a fun manner. This is a live show that is performed daily in Liberty Square.

Another must see during the holiday is the Flag Retreat which takes place at 5:00 p.m. each day in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A.

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be shown twice on both July 3 and 4 – once at 12:00 p.m. and once at 3:30 p.m.

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Epcot’s Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival Sees Update

by on June 19, 2017

Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival at the Imagination Pavilion

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One of the best ways to beat the summertime heat when visiting Walt Disney World is to head to the air conditioning. So, it’s pretty convenient that the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival located in the Imagination Pavilion‘s Magic Eye Theater has updated some of the short films that are showcased.

Two new Academy Award winning films have now joined the lineup. The first is Feast” which is a heart-warming story that follows the culinary adventures of a Boston Terrier named Winston. This short premiered with with Big Hero 6.  The second new short is called “Piper” and tells the story of a hungry baby sandpiper who is learning to overcome her fear of the ocean. “Piper” premiered with Finding Dory.  “Get a Horse” which premiered with Frozen is still being shown alongside these two new shorts.

Unfortunately, this means that the short films, “La Luna” and “For the Birds” will no longer be shown.

The Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival lasts approximately 18 minutes and the films are shown

in 3D and include in-theater effects. FastPass+ is available, but is not recommended.

Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns to Epcot

by on March 6, 2017

Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns at Epcot

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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

Enjoy!

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New Tequileria Announced For Epcot

by on January 2, 2017

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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

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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

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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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