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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Reserve Seats at Epcot 2015 Concerts with FastPass+

The "Eat to the Beat" Concert Series is taking place at Epcot September 25th to November 16th. FastPass+ is available. Make your reservation up to two months prior to the concert for Disney Resort guests or up to one month prior to the concert for non-Disney Resort guests on the My Disney Experience App or website. The FastPass+ line will be outside the American Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early for the shows. The lineup includes:

09/25 - 09/27 - David Cook
09/28 - 09/29 - Wilson Phillips
09/30 - 10/01 - Christopher Cross
10/02 - 10/04 - Starship
10/05 - 10/07 - Smash Mouth
10/08 - 10/09 - The Pointer Sisters
10/10 - 10/11 - 38 Special
10/12 - 10/13 - Rick Springfield
10/14 - 10/16 - Sugar Ray
10/17 - 10/18 - The S.O.S. Band
10/19 - 10/21 - Air Supply
10/22 - 10/23 - Fuel
10/24 - 10/25 - Tiffany
10/26 - 10/28 - Dennis DeYoung
10/29 - 10/30 - Jo Dee Messina
10/31 - 11/01 - Everclear
11/02 - 11/04 - Boyz II Men
11/05 - 11/06 - Sister Hazel
11/07 - 11/09 - Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy
11/10 - 11/12 - Hanson
11/13 - 11/14 - Maxi Priest
11/15 - 11/16 - Chaka Khan 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Food and Wine Festival at Epcot Premium Package

Ok, food and wine lovers, Epcot has a premium package for you! For $199, receive four food tickets, use of shaded areas to relax, admission to IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party, admission to a culinary demo or beverage seminar, a wine glass, a bottle of 20th celebration festival wine, and a Food & Wine Fest-themed MagicBand. Call 407-939-3378 for more information.

Applications Open for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE

High school students nationwide can now apply at to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the innovative, outside-the- classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.
Entering the search for its ninth class of Dreamers, Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire and fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of possibilities and help them prepare for the future. Each year, students participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques, leadership values and networking strategies.
It all takes place in the very magical and creative setting of Walt Disney World Resort. Dreamers are taken both on stage and behind the scenes, where Disney theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms,’ leading to career discoveries, the pursuit of dreams and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Disney Dreamers are exposed to motivational speakers and celebrities who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG. Dreamers have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while they gain first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.
“We’re excited to welcome back Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE for the ninth year,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of deluxe resorts and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “This program stands out for its ability to motivate and inspire teens to think big and achieve their dreams. By applying for Disney Dreamers Academy, high school students from across the country are taking a step toward an experience that can change their lives.”
Applicants must answer essay questions about their personal stories and their dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including a strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams.
Select Disney Dreamers along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where they will participate in life-changing sessions as they are surrounded by the creativity and innovation represented in Disney theme parks around the world. Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 3-6, 2016.
Steve Harvey, syndicated radio and television personality, along with ESSENCE and Walt Disney World Resort will host the selected Dreamers during their four-day power packed career and educational exploration. “One of my personal commitments is to always give back and particularly to youth,” said Harvey. “We’ve seen 800 students come through the program, and I’m excited to find the next 100. I encourage all high school students to take the time to apply for Disney Dreamers Academy because I truly believe that a young person’s dream is more important than anything.”
ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks added, “Each year, ESSENCE is honored to seek out the next generation of big dreamers and welcome them to Walt Disney World Resort for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is our privilege to take part in such an empowering youth platform that enables us to impact the leaders of tomorrow.”
Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, until Oct. 30, 2015. A distinguished panel of leaders will judge the applications in November and winners will be announced in December 2015.
For more information regarding applications, visit: Follow the Dreamers on or on
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Epcot Food and Wine Tasting Sampler

Are you going to Epcot's Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida sometime between September 25th and November 16th? Get the tasting sampler for $59 for a choice of eight tastes of food or beverages. In addition, the tasting sampler includes a collectible pin and priority seating at the Eat to the Beat Concert. This deal may be especially for food guests who want to pair food and drink perfectly. It comes with ideas for pairing.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with Family Feasts at Walt Disney World Resort

Is it too early?

Walt Disney World Resort guests can join together for a joyous and delicious Thanksgiving Day dinner. With a variety of dining options at the theme parks and resorts, there is a cornucopia of exciting lunch and dinner offerings inspired by this American tradition.
Guests can enjoy menu options for Thanksgiving Day meals at Walt Disney World Resort featuring a classic turkey dinner, such as the hearty all-American eats and traditional family- style Thanksgiving feast at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park. For guests looking for a special spin on the traditional turkey dinner, try some of the more unique options, such as traditional Norwegian meatballs and pan-seared salmon at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall or roasted heirloom beets with candied walnuts and mulled apple cider at Artist Point.
At Epcot, guests can dine on Thanksgiving menus during lunch and dinner seatings at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Tutto Itlalia Ristorante, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Dining Room, and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, as well as quick service at Sunshine Seasons.
Holiday menus also are offered at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom; Hollywood & Vine, 50’s Prime Time Café and The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Planet Hollywood, Portobello Country Italian Tattoria, Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, Fulton’s Crab House and Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Downtown Disney; and in resort hotels throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
Availability is limited and dining events are subject to change. For information and reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced to an audience of more than 7,500 fans that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away.
Ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life in the two parks include creating Disney’s largest single themed land expansions ever at 14 acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.
“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”
These authentic lands will have two signature attractions. Along with the thrilling battle experience, another attraction puts guests behind the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, as they take on a customized secret mission.
Iger also shared concept images of the Star Wars-themed lands, giving fans a glimpse at what is to come for Disney parks.
The partnership between Disney and Lucasfilm dates back to 1987, when the successful Star Tours attraction, inspired by George Lucas’s legendary Star Wars film series, opened at Disneyland. The attraction was then redesigned, emerging as “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” in 2011 and featuring more than 50 different story outcomes and the possibility to visit five different planets.
For 60 years, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has been delighting millions of people with fantastic storytelling, exceptional entertainment and extraordinary experiences, creating places where guests can make life-long memories with their friends and families. This announcement marks an unprecedented time of growth with exciting developments happening around the world – from Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration to the anticipated opening of Shanghai Disney Resort in China.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Captain EO at Epcot Reopens

Captain EO, a 17 minute long Michael Jackson (starring as Captain EO) music video at Epcot, has reopened. You might recognize the song, "We are Here to Change the World," used to fight an evil alien queen. Captain EO first opened in Disneyland in 1986, closing in 1997. Guests become immersed in the theater experience due to 3D graphics, special effects, and digital sound.