Visiting Walt Disney World during the early fall has its benefits, including smaller crowds and opportunities to experience Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. But early fall is also smack-dab in the middle of hurricane season and there’s always at least a small chance that your Disney vacation can be impacted by inclement weather. Just over a week ago, Hurricane Irma plowed through Florida, with Disney World in her path. Coincidentally, the day Irma passed through central Florida was to be the day our Disney World vacation ended.
One of the most popular Spring-time events in Walt Disney World, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, blooms today for the 2017 season. From now through May 29th, visitors to Epcot will be able to experience a celebration of Spring, complete with colorful flowers, unique topiaries, outdoor kitchens, exhibits, seminars, how-to demonstrations, and the Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series. Let’s start with the flowers—there are a lot of them.
When’s the last time you visited Disney World or Disneyland? A few months ago? A few years ago? When you were a kid? Never? No matter when you last went on a Disney vacation, there’s a lot of great reasons to look forward to on a visit to Disney World or Disneyland in 2017. Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom This summer, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the biggest Disney theme park in the world, will receive it’s biggest expansion ever: Pandora - The World of Avatar.
Can you believe it’s already November? The holiday season is upon us. Holidays are traditionally spent with family and friends, eating lots of food, exchanging gifts, and being thankful for the blessings we are given. There’s no place like home for the holidays. But for many Disney fans, "home" means Disney World! We love visiting Disney World during the holidays. Our very first trip to Disney World was during the holiday season and almost all of our visits (all but two) have taken place while Disney World is celebrating the season.
Disney has just announced the initial narrator lineup for this year’s Candlelight Processional, performed in the American Gardens Theater in Epcot. This year’s lineup includes: 11/25-27 – Steven Curtis Chapman 11/28-12/1 – Neil Patrick Harris 12/2-12/3 – Whoopi Goldberg 12/4-12/12 – TBA 12/13-12/15 – Meredith Vieira 12/16-12/18 – TBA 12/19-12/21 – Joe Morton 12/22-12/27 – TBA
Earlier this week, Frozen Ever After opened in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. With the continued popularity of Frozen, this new attraction was inundated with long lines of people waiting to see how the kingdom of Arendelle is represented in this new dark ride. The standby lines extended past Epcot’s China Pavilion and had an expected wait time of over 5 hours. To make things worse, the ride went down several times during its first two days of operation, leaving guests waiting even longer to get in.
The days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising. That can only mean that summer is almost here. And if you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, then you’re in for an amazing summer. There are new experiences at all four of Walt Disney’s theme parks, at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park, and at Disney Springs. Let’s first take a look at what’s coming to the Magic Kingdom.
As you probably know, Disney puts on some amazing nighttime shows. And on Monday night (March 21st), you’ll be able to enjoy one of them from the comfort of home. The Disney Parks Blog will be live streaming IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth on Monday night at 8:50pm (eastern)! IllumiNations is one of Disney’s largest nighttime spectaculars, taking place on Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon. When viewing IllumiNations in Epcot, you can see it from almost any location along the 1.
I suppose that this is bittersweet news: Both Joy and Sadness from Pixar’s "Inside Out" are set to join Baymax in the newly expanded Character Spot in Epcot next month! In case you’ve not seen "Inside Out", Joy and Sadness are two of the emotions that define Riley’s personality, along with Anger, Fear, and Disgust. Unlike the classic Disney characters that meet in the original Character Spot, there will be no FastPass+ option to meet Baymax or Joy and Sadness.
Friday Favorites! What is your favorite character topiary at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival?
The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the trees and flowers are coming to life. That can only mean one thing: It’s time for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival! One of our favorite things about the Flower & Garden Festival is all of the topiaries spread around Epcot that resemble Disney characters. This year, the festival runs for 3 months and there are over 3 dozen topiaries, including a brand new Ranger Mickey topiary to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Parks Service!