2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Begins March 2

The 23rd Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, the popular spring festival at Walt Disney World known for its tasty edibles, sweeping floral displays and dazzling topiary creations, starts tomorrow March 2, 2016.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Guests of the 2016 festival can celebrate spring with culinary creations and libations from the festival’s thirteen Outdoor Kitchens, including the new Cider House and La Isla Fresca offerings.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up February 5, 2016: Nine Dragons, Rosen College, Orlando Brewing, Pharmacy

In this week’s dining news round-up, a closing, chef’s dinners, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Nine Dragons at Epcot's China Pavilion - General Tso Chicken

Nine Dragons at Epcot‘s China Pavilion has a new prix fixe lunch menu in honor of the Year of the Monkey. The menu offers three courses for $17.98: Appetizer of spring rolls or pot stickers; a choice of three entrées – Happily Family (with sliced chicken breast, beef and shrimp stir fry), Moo Goo Gai Pan (with stir-fried chicken breast, mushrooms and snow peas), OR General Tso’s Chicken Buns Lunch Box (with three steamed buns and hot-and-sour soup); dessert is strawberry-red bean ice cream or ginger-caramel ice cream.

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Walt Disney World Extends 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival to 90 Days

This week, Walt Disney World announced it has expanded the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival from 75 days to 90.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Now in its 23rd year, the 2016 edition of the festival will run from March 2 to May 30, which is Memorial Day.

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Captain EO to Close at Epcot to Make Way for the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

Captain EO, the 1986 3D sci-fi film starring Michael Jackson, will have its final showing at Epcot on December 6, 2015.

Captain EO at Epcot

It is closing to make way for a new attraction, the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival, that is expected to open later in the month in the Magic Eye Theater in the Imagination Pavilion.

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Walt Disney World Announces Narrators For 2015 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

One of the highlights of the holiday season at Walt Disney World is the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, and the narrators for the 2015 edition have been announced.

Candlelight Processional at Epcot - Neil Patrick Harris; photo by Michelle Snow

A part of the Holidays Around the World celebration at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is a dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story with celebrity narrators, a massed choir singing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs – along with the symphonic strains of the Walt Disney World orchestra.

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Out and About: David Cook Rocks to the Beat at Epcot Food & Wine Festival

As part of a media day this weekend, I got to take in the first set of David Cook as part of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival‘s Eat to the Beat concert series.

David Cook at Epcot
I have to admit I wasn’t that familiar with Cook, though I’d heard a few of his songs on the radio. But this American Idol winner (season 7) definitely turned me into a fan…with only six songs, believe it or not.

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20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Starts September 25

One of the best events at Walt Disney World is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and on September 25, it begins its 20th year of entertaining visitors to Epcot.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The 2015 festival, presented by Chase, will welcome celebrity chefs, debut new marketplace tastes from around the world and celebrate guests’ favorite dining traditions through it’s end on November 16.

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#D23 EXPO 2015 Announcement: Soarin’ at Epcot to Get Video Update

Ten years after Soarin’ opened at Epcot, news comes from D23 EXPO 2015 that the attraction will be getting a “Soarin Around the World” video update.

Soarin' at Epcot

The update will change the video an International tour, which is sure to include all of Disney’s parks worldwide, including the soon-to-open Disney Shanghai in China.  Soarin’ Around the World will take guests on a journey to far-flung lands, over some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders.

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Frozen Ever After Attraction Announced for Epcot in 2016

Walt Disney World has finally announced a name and initial details for the new “Frozen”-themed attraction at Epcot. It will be called “Frozen Ever After” and it is set to open in 2016.

Frozen Ever After at Epcot

We first reported a “Frozen”-themed attraction would be taking the place of the “Maelstrom” ride in the Norway Pavilion last year. Now we have some details to share with you.

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Sounds Like Summer Tribute Concert Series Returns to Epcot Starting June 7, 2015

Sounds Like Summer Concert SeriesEvery summer for the last few years, Walt Disney World has hosted the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot, and it’s been a guest favorite.

The dates and band line-up has just been announced for the 2015 series, so get ready to party this summer with the following bands:

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Epcot to Host Tomorrowland Movie Preview Starting Mid-April

For a limited time, Epcot at Walt Disney World will play host to a sneak preview of the upcoming Disney movie Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland, directed by Oscar® winner Brad Bird, tells the story of a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.

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The List of Narrators for 2014 Candlelight Processional at Epcot at Walt Disney World

Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot's Candlelight Processional. Photo by Michelle Snow.The Candlelight Processional at Epcot is one of the most beloved holiday traditions at Walt Disney World, with the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.

This year’s event has a lot of familiar faces returning to narrate, as well as a few new.

Here is the schedule, so you can plan your visit accordingly:

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Orlando’s Emily Ellyn Appears at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival on October 22, 2014

Orlando Chef Emily Ellyn at Epcot Food & Wine Fest

Visitors to Epcot Center’s Food and Wine Festival tomorrow, October 22, are in for a Retro Rad treat! Emily Ellyn (“Next Food Network Star” finalist, “Cupcake Wars” winning team member, World Food Championships judge) will be on stage at the Festival Welcome Center Culinary Demonstration Stage at 3pm and 5pm. Tickets for the exclusive demonstration are $15* (admission to Epcot is required, and not included).

Guests will sample her Chocolate Tea Cake filled with Rose Water Frosting a.k.a. “I’m a Little Tea Cake”, which pairs perfectly with Banfi’s Rosa Regale. Also on “tap,” Zucchini Limoncello Curd and Ricotta “Whey” Tea Sandwiches with Avero Limoncello from Campania, Italy. Scroll down for her tea sandwich recipe to try at home.

For more information on Emily Ellyn, including upcoming appearances and her many projects, visit EmilyEllyn.com.

*tax is included, and alcohol will only be served to guests over 21.

[Photo courtesy Emily Ellyn Productions]

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Walt Disney World to Close Maelstrom at Epcot in October for Frozen Attraction

Maelstrom to become Frozen

Looks like Epcot is saying goodbye to long-running attraction Maelstrom in October so a new Frozen attraction can be put in.

According to Walt Disney World, the final day of operation for Maelstrom will be October 5, 2014.

It will make way for the Frozen-themed ride that will take guests to the kingdom of Arendelle, using many favorite moments and songs from the film to bring the story to life. The pavilion will also include a new royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet guests.

What do you think of this change? Are you happy to see a Frozen attraction, or are you a die-hard Maelstrom fan?

Disney Announces Major Changes to Musical Entertainment Options at Epcot

Epcot - Off Kilter, Mo’Rockin’Are you a fan, like us, of Epcot‘s current musical entertainment, including Off Kilter and Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps? Then we have some bad news from you.

Walt Disney World announced today that as of next month, Off Kilter, Mo’Rockin’, Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps, and World Showcase Players will no longer perform at Epcot.

Disney says replacements will include a traditional Berber music and dance troupe in Morocco, a corps of dynamic flag-waving performers in Italy, a lumberjack-inspired show in Canada, and a Celtic folk music ensemble at the United Kingdom. More acts may be announced at a later date.

What do you think of these changes at Epcot? For me, seeing Off Kilter was one my highlights in visiting the park, and it’s sad to see so many hardworking people lose their jobs.

There is still a little time to see them before they’re gone. World Showcase Players will have their last performance September 25. Mo’Rockin’, Off Kilter and Spirit of America will be giving their final performances September 27.

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