Author: Rich

Explore New Food Kiosks and more at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Epcot’s ever expanding International Flower & Garden Festival has become one of my favorite times of year to visit Disney World. The entire landscape is transformed into stunning garden displays with unique character topiaries and the addition of food kiosks highlights Epcot’s cultural themes. Outside of a few Spring Break weeks, the crowds are typically lower than the Food & Wine Festival and the atmosphere is more relaxed (aka less drinkers on a world tour). This year’s Festival has once again added more days and also two more kiosks. The Garden Rocks concert series has also added more variety...

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Exciting Renovations Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts

Disney World has begun construction on a huge 15 story resort tower at Coronado Springs, which will add 500 more rooms. Two features that are of interest is the addition of suites and concierge level amenities; the first at a Moderate level resort. Coronado is already a very beautiful resort with amazing landscaping and an amazing variety of architectural designs making each building distinct, giving it the fell of a higher end property. The new upscale additions should fit in well. Caribbean Beach will also benefit from a new centralized shopping and dining area, which may help solve the...

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2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Fun Facts

It’s the time of year once again! The landscapes of Epcot are covered with blankets of beautiful flowers and unique character topiaries pop up everywhere. One of my favorite additions in recent years is the myriad of food kiosks scattered around the park. It’s so much fun to stroll around taking in all the sights, smells, and tastes. Need some sounds too? They even have that aspect covered with the Garden Rocks concert series (click here for schedule). If you’ve never been to Epcot, this is one of the best times of year to go; just skip the heavy...

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Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in May

Disney has officially announced that Pandora – The World of Avatar expansion in the Animal Kingdom Park will open May 27, 2017. From what is already visible from the bus terminal and inside the park, Pandora is going to feature an amazing level of detail and fit seamlessly into the Animal Kingdom’s already lush settings. For more information on what to expect in Pandora, read our previous post here. Per Disney PR: Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Saturday, May 27, it was announced today by Disney CEO Bob Iger during The...

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Rivers of Light Finally Sets Sail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

After many delays, the new nighttime Rivers of Light water pageant will finally debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom February 17, 2017! I had hoped to see it on my last trip back in October since they had been doing test runs after hours, but no luck. Visiting Animal Kingdom after dark has always been one of my favorite and hard to come by Disney World experiences. Rivers of Light has already led to longer hours and even more activities, such as night time safaris and the use of projection technology on The Tree of Life. Check out this half...

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A New Nightly Fireworks Show is Coming to Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom’s popular nighttime fireworks shows don’t change very often. The original Fantasy in the Sky soldiered on from park opening in 1971 all the way until 2003. It’s replacement, Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams, has since filled that spot for the past 14 years and saw the addition of projection technology on the castle. This year the new Happily Ever After   show will take technology even further as it blends projections, lasers, and fireworks along with the always rousing Disney music. Don’t worry, Tinker Bell will still make her famous nightly flight from Cinderella Castle. The...

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2017 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Concert Lineup

The lineup for the 2017 Garden Rocks series has been announced. Taking place every weekend during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, the concert series is always a huge draw to the American Pavilion area. There are a few new acts, as well as some old standards, to liven things up while guests tour and taste their way through the countries. See below for times and full schedule. Per Disney PR: Sixteen music acts of multiple genres with hits spanning the past five decades will play the Garden Rocks Concert Series at the 24th Epcot International Flower &...

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Disney Updates and Cyber Monday Deals

*Disclosure: This post contains links from a trusted partner. If you make a purchase I may earn a small commission.*   We have yet another long list of Disney updates this week plus some awesome Cyber Monday deals to kick off your Christmas shopping or just fuel your year round Disney addiction. Let’s start off with all of the Disney World news. Walt Disney World Walt Disney World is offering up a new type of discount, the 4 Park Magic Ticket. The Magic Ticket is basically a discounted standard non-Park Hopper pass that will get you into one Park...

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Festival of the Arts coming to Epcot

If you were a fan of Downtown Disney’s long-running Festival of the Masters, Disney released some great news today. Beginning January 13, 2017 Walt Disney World will host a new event dubbed Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Building on the success of the Flower & Garden and Food & Wine Festivals, Epcot will now host not only artists, but Broadway style Disney music and culinary studios. The events will run Friday through Monday each week from January 17th to February 20th. Stay tuned for more details on the artist lineups, musical performances, and food studio menus.   Per...

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World of Avatar to Open Summer 2017 Plus Updates

New details are being released during the D23 convention this weekend in Orlando and Pandora – The World of Avatar has been eagerly awaited. The new expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will open sometime this summer. If you’ve been there recently, you’ll already have seen the floating mountains in the background from the entrance and bus stop. Construction has taken a long time, but from what I’ve seen already it is going to have been worth the wait. See below for more details and high resolution images. Per Disney PR: Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks and Resorts, gave a...

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