The Walt Disney Company confirmed today that a Frozen attraction will be coming to EPCOT. The new Frozen attraction will be replacing Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT. Maelstrom will close on October 5, 2014 and new attraction is scheduled to open in early 2016. The Norway Pavilion will also become home to a new Anna & Elsa meet and greet. The pavilion will remain open during construction. What do you think about the new addition?
With EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival about to begin in just a few weeks, it got me thinking about all the great experiences I have had at the festival over the years. From beer tastings in the American Pavilion, wine tastings and demonstrations in Festival Hall, to eating and drinking my way around the world, each year the experience is a little different, but always enjoyable.
Tasting booths are set up throughout the World Showcase, while culinary demonstrations, wine/beverage seminars, book/bottle signings, Ghiradelli’s Chocolate Experience, festival logo shop and dining experiences take place in the Festival Center (located in Future World East, between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy). Entry to the festival as well as many of the special events and demonstrations are included with your park admission. However, all dining experiences as well as most seminars do have additional fees. Call (407) WDW-FEST (939-3378) to purchase tickets.
While the food and wine options during the fest are unbelievable, one of the highlights for me has always been the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. I may not always want to wait to get a seat in the America Gardens Theatre (people line up early for these shows). But, unless it is one of my “must see” performers, I am just as happy enjoying the music from a nearby bench with a beverage or snack from one of the many food booths. But, if you want a guaranteed seat for one of the performances, you’re in luck. New in 2014, EPCOT has added Eat to the Beat dining packages for select shows.
Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages are now available online or by calling Disney Dining at (407)939-1894. The package includes VIP seating to one of the three shows each evening, November 28th - December 30th, 2014. Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. All the while, gorgeous choral pieces are woven into the production as an orchestra and choir provide an inspirational backdrop with songs of hope and joy. Click here to see this year's line up.
The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series will return to EPCOT beginning June 8th. This year’s lineup includes:
* June 8-14: Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles
* June 15-21: Don’t Stop Believin’ ~ Journey Tribute Band
*June 22-28: Good Vibrations ~ A Tribute to The Beach Boys
* June 29-July 5: Don’t Look Back ~ Boston Tribute Band
* July 6 to 12: Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees
*July 13 to 19: Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
* July 20 to 26: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2
Shows take place in the American Garden Theatre in the World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. – except on July 4 when show times are 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. (Concerts are included with Epcot admission.)
This years performers include:
Sept 19-21 – Jo Dee Messina (NEW!)
Sept. 22-23 – The Pointer Sisters
Sept. 24-25 – Rick Springfield
Sept. 26-27 – Christopher Cross
Sept. 28-29 – Hanson
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Air Supply
Oct. 3-5 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
Oct. 6-8 – Sugar Ray
Oct. 9-10 – Fuel (NEW!)
Oct. 11-12 – Sister Hazel
Oct. 13-14 – TBD
Oct. 15-16 – Billy Ocean
Oct. 17-19 – Night Ranger
Oct. 20-22 – Smash Mouth
Oct. 23-24 – Jim Brickman
Oct. 25-26 – Los Lonely Boys (NEW!)
Oct. 27-28 – Wilson Phillips
Oct. 29-31 – Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX
Nov. 1-2 – 38 Special
Nov. 3-5 – Boyz II Men
Nov. 6-7 – David Cook
Nov. 8-10 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Beginning April 17 through September 15 instead of heading back to your car or resort after Illuminations at EPCOT, you could head to one of four spots in World Showcase for end-of-day relaxation with appetizers and beverages.. Choose from one of the following:
La Cava del Tequila at the Mexico Pavilion
Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion
Tutto Gusto in the Italy Pavilion
Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom Pavilion
Each location will have small bites paired with a beverage flight (additional beverages can be purchased) from 9:20 – 11 p.m. The cost is $35, plus tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, go to www.disneyworld.com/spring, call 407-WDW-DINE, or check in with Epcot Guest Relations to see if space is available.
EPCOT is now offering a Muppet scavenger hunt. In celebration of the new 'Muppets Most Wanted' movie, guests will travel around World Showcase looking for Muppet treasures. Clue packets can be picked up in World Showcase Plaza, with the hunt taking place in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany pavilions.
The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series features some of the greatest tribute bands rockin' to U2, The Bee Gees, the Eagles and many more during select nights from June to July. All performances are scheduled to take place at the open-air American Gardens Theater in Epcot's World Showcase.
* June 8 – June 14: Hotel California - A Salute to the Eagles
The scheduled times of the performances are:
Disney is introducing a new dessert party, starting today. The Illuminations Sparkling Dessert parties will take place at EPCOT on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:45pm – 9:20pm. Guests will enjoy dessert and sparkling wines, from a reserved viewing area for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, a fireworks show that takes place around the World Showcase lagoon. Advanced reservations are suggested and can be made 180 days in advance. Click here for details.
The Festival runs through May 8th, 2014 and features topiary displays, seasonal treats, HGTV personalities and the Flower Power Concert Series. New topiaries this year include Kermit the Frog & Miss Piggy, Mike and Sulley’s Monstrous and Soccer Goofy. Click here to learn more.
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