Posts Tagged ‘Epcot’

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable to Close at Epcot

by on January 10, 2018

Circle of Life

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Well, it’s time we say goodbye to the Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable film that is shown at The Land Pavilion in Epcot. The attraction will close after over 20 years on February 3.

The film, for those who haven’t seen it, is an edutainment offering that stars Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon, from The Lion King. The film spotlights the environmental inter-dependency of all creatures and demonstrates just how easily the ecological balance can be upset. The 20 minute show is certainly an enlightening one, although also a little be sobering too. (And the many who napped there will also miss the dark respite.)

There is no word on what exactly what will be replacing the film. For the temporary time being, it appears that the theater will be used by Disney Performing Arts  to host student workshops and performances.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Overview + Video

by on January 9, 2018

It’s January, which means the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is just around the corner!

Click the video below to learn all about this aesthetic event.

Is it super obvious that I googled artistic synonyms” to come up with the word, aesthetic? Let me know in the comments…

New Musical Acts Announced for Epcot This Winter

by on December 21, 2017

Epcot

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Epcot’s World Showcase is an authentic display of entertainment acts. Each one showcases different talents that pertain to something to do with that country. This winter, three authentic acts will take the stage, bringing great offerings.

First is Matboukha Groove. This band is a returning act that performs a unique and entertaining fusion of World Music styles. Guests will be able to catch Matboukha Groove at the Morocco stage from January 1- July 1.

Over in the Germany Pavilion, catch Groovin’ Alps. They are a high-energy German percussion band and brand new to Epcot. Groovin’ Alps brings the sounds of the mountains to Epcot with Bavarian folk tunes played on items found on a dairy farm and they will be performing from January 10 – March 27.

Finally, Bodh’aktan will be returning once again to rock out on the Canada Pavilion’s Mill Stage. Bodh’aktan mixes Quebecois, folk, and polka to make fantastic rock and dance music. They will be performing from January 12-28.

Which new act sounds most intriguing to you?

Holidays Around The Parks: Epcot Edition

by on December 8, 2017

It’s that time of year again when theme parks roll out their holiday decorations to celebrate the season in their own magical ways. Whether you’re a fan of the mouse or the boy who lived, there is something for everyone this holiday season when it comes to décor in the parks. Today we’re going to take you on a tour through Epcot as we explore some of the elements that make Holidays Around the World one of the grandest, joyous celebrations of the holidays in Orlando.

One of the newer offerings this season is the Cookie Nook, located inside the former Odyssey building. As the name implies, you can find a wide selection of scrumptious Christmas cookies to pair with local brews that have a holiday flair to them. Having grown up in Titusville, I must recommend the Playalinda Brewing Company’s Sparkling Christmas Coffee Blonde, which emits a robust coffee flavor for a lighter beer. Holiday gifts are also available for purchase at this location.

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Walt Disney World — Week of December 2

by on November 30, 2017

A new musical group at Epcot? Keep reading to see what else is new at Walt Disney World!

Special Events

  • To celebrate the release of Coco, there’s a new musical act at Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion. El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia will be performing through January 6th. For more information, check out Rikki’s article.
  • Hours have been extended for Christmas Tree Trail! To check out these Disney-inspired trees, visit Disney Springs through January 7th. New hours below!
    • Monday – Thursday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Christmas Eve (12/24): 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Christmas Day (12/25): 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • IMPORTANT: Changes have been made to Disney’s Magical Express (DME) pick-up times. Due to new TSA protocols, DME will pick you up from your Disney resort hotel anywhere from 3 hours and 45 minutes to 4 hours and 15 minutes prior to your flight time. Read Rikki’s article for more details.

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El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia Now Performing at Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

by on November 28, 2017

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Have you had the chance to see Coco yet? Well, to tie the film into its Mexican heritage, the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot has introduced a new musical act for a limited time.

El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia is a musical act that was inspired by the film and they will be entertaining Guests through January 6. The group gets their name courtesy of  the town of Santa Cecilia, which is featured in Coco.  El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia will perform songs from the movie including “Remember Me” and “The World Es Mi Familia.”

In addition, a new interactive exhibit and festive dioramas that showcase scenes from the film will be added to the Mexico Folk Art Gallery. Currently the gallery features an exhibit called Remember Me.

Coco is now in theaters.

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of November 25th

by on November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Or Happy Thursday for my non-American friends! We’ve got changes to Disney’s Magical Express and more, so keep reading!

Special Events

  • IMPORTANT: Changes have been made to Disney’s Magical Express (DME) pick-up times! Due to new TSA protocols, DME will pick you up from your Disney resort hotel anywhere from 3 hours and 45 minutes to 4 hours and 15 minutes prior to your flight time. Read Rikki’s article for more details!
  • The SpectacuLAB has opened inside Innoventions at Epcot! This show is hosted by two REAL scientists who conduct experiments while educating you on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant opens today! This establishment replaced Captain’s Grille and is located at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

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Full Menus for the Epcot International Festival of Holidays

by on November 22, 2017

Epcot International Festival of Holidays

©Rikki Niblett

This year, the Walt Disney World Resort has introduced a new holiday festival. Well, sort of. What was previously known as the Epcot Holidays Around the World is now known as the Epcot International Festival of Holidays. With this name change comes a few additional bonuses, one of which is brand new Holiday Kitchen Marketplace Booths where you can try holiday delights from around the world.

Here are the 12 different Holiday Kitchens and their menus:

Alsace Holiday Kitchen – France Pavilion

Food

  • Napoléon de Saumon Fumé, Brioche á l’aneth: Smoked Salmon Napoleon in a Dill Brioche
  • Le Réveillon de Noël: Turkey Breast Stuffed with Mushrooms and Chestnuts with Sweet Potato Purée
  • Bûche de Noël au Chocolat: Slice of Chocolate Chirstmas Yule Log

Beverages

  • Spiced Rum Punch Slush: Spiced Rum, Rhum Clement V.S.O.P., Orange and Pineapple Juice with Cinnamon
  • Merlot & Cabernet Blend, Château de Bechuad, Saint Emilion
  • Holiday Kir: Sparkling Wine and Monin Cranberry Syrup
  • Champagne Brut, Nicolas Feuillatte

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Dates Announced for 2018

by on November 10, 2017

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Well, we’re reaching the end of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which means that it’s time to learn the dates for the 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

2018 will mark the 25th year for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and it will take place from February 28 (What?!) through May 28! That’s a whole 90 days of fun, flowers, food, and more!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival features such highlights as the Outdoor Kitchens which features fresh and yummy flavors and quenching beverages. There’s also the popular Garden Rocks Concert Series at the America Gardens Theater. You also can’t miss the instructional demonstrations and seminars, the beautiful gardens that can be found throughout the theme park, the incredible topiaries which are a staple to this event, kid play areas, and much, much more!

More details for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will be released going forward, but I at least wanted to know that dates so you could start your planning!  I’ll be sure to let you know when more information about next year’s festival get released.

Choza de Margarita to Open This Week at Mexico Pavilion in Epcot

by on November 9, 2017

Choza de Margarita

©Choza de Margarita / Disney

Choza de Margarita was announced back at the beginning of the year and many were anxiously awaiting the day this outdoor margarita bar would be opening. I can officially tell you that the bar will be opening tomorrow, Friday, November 10. The walk up window was supposed to open earlier this year, but due to the unpredictability of construction, the official opening got delayed.

Choza de Margarita’s menu offers three hand-crafted margaritas. These on-the-rocks options include Acan Grapefruit (Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, grapefruit liqueur, elderflower cordial, lemon juice, cardamom bitters and ginger beer), Guava Pink Peppercorn (Zignum Mexcal Reposado, guava nectar, grapefruit liqueur, lime juice, Peychaud’s Bitters and pink peppercorns), and Lime Cucumber (Avión Blanco Tequila, fresh cucumber, orange liqueur, lime juice and agave nectar).

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