Category Archives: Epcot

Now is the time! Book your 2017 Walt Disney World vacation now

I want to send you to Epcot in Walt Disney World!
Spaceship Earth in Epcot in Walt Disney World

Now is the time! Now is the best time to book your Walt Disney World vacation for next year! Today’s the first day to book, and a refundable deposit of $200 is all you need hold your reservation.*

As a former Disney Cast Member and current authorized Disney vacation planner, I’m happy to help you plan your vacation with no extra cost to you!  Contact me for a free quote or more information. Let my Disney knowledge help make your vacation Magical!

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iNSIDE Disney Parks – Episode 1

 

Here is the premiere episode of Disney’s official “iNSIDE Disney Parks!” This first-of-its-kind video series will feature the best of everything happening at Disney Parks right now for you and your family! With the latest Disney news and top stories worldwide, it’s an official insider’s look at what’s happening now and in the future – with a touch of nostalgia.

Warning: This just may make you want to book a Disney vacation. 🙂 And if it does, contact me to help customize it especially for you! As always, my services are free.

In this episode:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Awakens at Night – Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, guests can enjoy a plethora of new experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Jennifer Fickley Baker takes us behind the scenes as the Tree of Life prepares for nighttime awakenings.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure park – Luigi turns the tire storage yard behind his Casa Della Tires into a dance floor. Erin Glover goes for a spin with blog author Michelle Harker for a special look at the attraction.

Neel Sethi visits Disney’s Animal Kingdom – For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” Neel Sethi spent some time talking about the film and enjoying the park.

Timelapse of Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – The Tree of Life is the centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From our “Vault” segment, check out the construction of the tree from ground up.

New Star Wars-Themed Experiences This Summer – There’s a lot of fun in store for Star Wars fans this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Shawn Slater, Sr. Creative Entertainment manager and blog author, shared details and more during this episode.

 

New at Disney Parks this summer!
New at Disney Parks this summer!

Snapshot Sunday: Journey Into Imagination with Figment in Epcot

Snapshot Sunday: Disney parks original character Figment in the Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction at Epcot in Walt Disney World - e – shot with a Sony RX100 II
Snapshot Sunday: Disney parks original character Figment in the Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction at Epcot in Walt Disney World– shot with a Sony RX100 II

The Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction in Epcot is a fun little ride that I just love. A fun fact is that the little dragon’s voice is that of Mouse Clubhouse friend Dave Goelz, who is best known as the original Muppet performer and voice of Gonzo!

To capture this very dark scene, I got decent results with an ISO of 6400. The ride didn’t move too fast, so I was able to move my shutter speed up to 1/160 and then bring my aperture down to 1.8.

Feel free to write or comment if you want any more details about the photos, such as settings I used, etc.

Remember Kitchen Kabaret at Epcot in Walt Disney World?

Kitchen Kabaret at Epcot in Walt Disney World, 1993
Kitchen Kabaret at Epcot in Walt Disney World, 1993

I thought it would be fun to post this photo I took in Epcot back in 1993. Looong before Soarin’ was in The Land, this Audio Animatronics variety show, Kitchen Kabaret, made audiences chuckle with good nutrition humor. Pictured are Ham and Eggz, who offered up lots of “cheesy” jokes. While Mr. Hamm reminds people that cheese is a great source of protein, Mr. Eggz comments, “I cheddar to think about it!”

This photo brings back memories of the pre-digital age, where I used lots of film to take lots of photos – and would have to wait until returning from my vacation to have the film developed with great hopes that the pictures turned out.

While Kitchen Kabaret remains just a memory at Epcot, there are plenty of new exciting things to do there today!

 

Free Dining when you stay at Walt Disney World this fall

FREE Dining Plan when you stay at Walt Disney World this fall*
FREE Dining Plan when you stay at Walt Disney World this fall*

 

It’s back!!! Book now for fall and get a FREE Dining Plan when you buy a non-discounted 5-night/6-day package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel and ticket with the Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More Option. This is a limited offer so contact me and get a free quote and reserve your dates now.

When you stay at a select Disney Moderate Resort, Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, you get the Disney Dining Plan with a variety of delicious dining options! When you stay at a select Disney Value Resort, you get the Quick-Service Dining Plan that allows you to enjoy a quick bite!

Booking Window:
April 25 – July 8, 2016

Arrival Window:
August 23 – October 1, 2016
November 15 – 21, 2016
November 26 – 28, 2016
December 10 – 21, 2016

Length of Stay Requirements:
Minimum – 3 nights
Maximum – 14 nights

*Full List of Offer Exclusions:
Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside is excluded during the following dates: November 15 to 21, November 26 to 28 and December 10 to 21, 2016.

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Dining plan excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

Watch Epcot IllumiNations live stream 3/21/16 & get exclusive info here

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot in Walt Disney World
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot in Walt Disney World

On March 21, 2016 at 8:50 p.m. EDT, the Disney Parks blog will live stream IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth from Epcot! While there’s nothing like seeing the show live, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this sneak peek. Be sure to tune in to the Disney Parks blog for the event.

Don Dorsey, creative director of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Don Dorsey, creative director of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Before watching this live event, take a listen to our exclusive in-depth interview with the show’s creator, Don Dorsey, to learn all kinds of fascinating behind-the-scenes information!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot® is just one of the nighttime spectaculars you can enjoy at the Walt Disney World® Resort. This stunning show celebrates the spirit of humanity through fireworks, lighting effects, moving music and more. At the heart of the show is a 350,000-pound Earth Globe featuring a spherical video display, around which, all of the action takes place.

Did you know for an extra sweet nighttime experience, you can indulge in the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party? Available on select nights, the party offers delectable desserts and wines in an exclusive setting with a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon as it erupts in a symphony of color and sound. The cost is $49 for adults and $29 for children ages 3-9. Tax and gratuity are included. Epcot admission is required and is not included in the price. I can help you make reservations for this illuminating experience!

Save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort this summer!

Save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort this summer!
Save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort this summer!

Ready to vacation at Walt Disney World? Book now and you can save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights June 12 -August 25, 2016 when you book by June 10, 2016.

Booking Window:
March 14 – June 10, 2016

Travel Window:
June 12 – August 25, 2016

Plus, you can receive an exclusive “Awaken Summer” graphic MagicBand when you upgrade to a room and Theme Park package with a minimum 2-day Magic Your Way Ticket.**

This summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, the magic of nature will come to life during Rivers of Light and other incredible nighttime experiences. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Force will be unleashed with the all-new Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and Star Wars Launch Bay. At Epcot, Frozen is arriving with new immersive journeys on Frozen Ever After and the Royal Sommerhus. At Disney Springs, the new eclectic mix of boutiques, eateries and entertainment is expanding all throughout the summer. With even more new and exciting experiences coming to Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, this unforgettable summer has something for everyone!

Click here for a free quote! I’m happy to help you plan your Magical vacation!

 

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, Disney’s Port Orleans-French Quarter. 30% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts.

** Option to choose a unique ‘Awaken Summer’ MagicBand with the purchase of a room and minimum 2-day ticket package; If Guest does not customize band, they will default to the unique band

Snapshot Sunday: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

Snapshot Sunday: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at Epcot
Snapshot Sunday: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at Epcot on a Sony RX100 II camera

Today’s Snapshot Sunday photo is of the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at Epcot in Walt Disney World. The Three Caballeros, José Carioca, Donald Duck and Panchito, tend to pop up all over the attraction and I love these Mexican children playing with a Donald piñata.

I always try to take photos without a flash to preserve the carefully designed Disney lighting. Since this attraction is pretty well-lit and we’re not moving too fast in our boats, I used a 1600 ISO on my Sony RX100 II camera. I’ve gotten great low-noise results up to 3200 on my RX100 camera and up to 6400 on the RX100 IV. I tend to intentionally underexpose the photos a bit in attractions so I can use a higher shutter speed and then I brighten it up either in ACDsee or Photoshop.

Feel free to write or comment if you want any more details about the photos, such as settings I used, etc.

New purple Disney MagicBand now available

Purple is now available as one of the eight colors of complimentary MagicBands
Purple is now available as one of the eight colors of complimentary MagicBands

 

Purple MagicBands will come withe new purple Mickey and Minnie luggage tag
Purple MagicBands will come with the new purple Mickey and Minnie luggage tag

The long awaited purple MagicBand is now available as one of the eight colors to choose from when booking a Walt Disney World Resort reservation. In addition, if you choose a purple MagicBand when traveling on a Walt Disney Travel Company package, you will also receive a purple luggage tag!

Other current colors include red, gray, yellow, green, blue, pink, and orange and correspond with the luggage tags shown. Which one is YOUR favorite?

 

Luggage tags correspond with your personal MagicBand color selection
Luggage tags correspond with your personal MagicBand color selection

 

 

 

 

Snapshot Sunday – Epcot Flower & Garden Hook and Pan

It's Snapshot Sunday! Floral versions of Captain Hook and Peter Pan in 2014 at The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
It’s Snapshot Sunday! Floral versions of Captain Hook and Peter Pan in 2014 at The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (Camera Sony RX100 II)

It’s Snapshot Sunday! On Sundays, I’ll be posting some of my favorite photos I’ve taken at Disney Resorts and on Disney Cruises. Feel free to write or comment if you want any more details about the photos, such as settings I used, etc.

With The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival going on now, I thought I’d post my favorite of the festival topiaries from 2014. In the United Kingdom pavilion, you see floral versions of Captain Hook on the lookout for Peter Pan, who’s perched high on a rooftop above him.

With the beautiful sun and skies in Florida this was a pretty easy photo. In fact, the sun was lighting just the right parts for the image. Nothing too fancy, I used an ISO of 400 and a higher aperture just to be sure the Peter Pan was in full focus in the background.