Epcot Gets ‘Frozen’ in Spring for International Flower and Garden Festival

Walt Disney World today unveiled some of its plans for the 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March 4 – May 17, 2015).

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‘Frozen’ Ride Coming to Disney World; Disney to Bring Real Snow for Holidays

Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa meet & greet charactersThe official Disney Parks blog today announced that Disney’s Frozen will find a permanent home at the Norway pavilion in Walt Disney World’s Epcot in the future, replacing Maelstrom, which had been in place since the pavilion was first added in 1988. According to the news, the new attraction ‘takes our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.’ Anna and Elsa, who currently offer a meet and greet at the Magic Kingdom after having started at the Norway pavilion, will resume meet and greets at the new attraction when it is constructed. As of now, there is no announced timeframe for Maelstrom’s closure and replacement.

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PHOTO: Maddie & Tae Get Patriotic with Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World

Maddie & Tae with Minnie Mose (Charlie Champagne/Disney)New country music duo Maddie & Tae — Maddie Marlow (left) and Tae Dye (right) — pose with Minnie Mouse at Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion this past weekend. The duo’s debut single, ‘Girl in A Country Song,’ is rising up the charts and its music video currently has amassed more than 5 million views on YouTube.

Photo by Charlie Champagne, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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PHOTO: ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis Kickin’ It with Mickey at Epcot

Juan Pablo Galavis (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Juan Pablo Galavis, star of the upcoming edition of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor,’ poses yesterday, December 29, 2013 with a soccer-clad Mickey Mouse at the Epcot theme park located in the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Galavis, a former professional soccer player, will star on the 18th season of the reality series when it debuts on January 5, 2014.

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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Muppets to Take Center Stage at 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Kermit the Frog will find it is easy being green when his artfully-crafted character topiary debuts during the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 5 to May 18, 2014 at Walt Disney World Resort. With flamboyance to spare, a floral Miss Piggy will join Kermit and his blooming banjo in the World Showcase topiary display.

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Photo: Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Visits Walt Disney World

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi at Walt Disney World (Photo by Matt Stroshane / Disney)Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi (right) poses September 27, 2013 with fiancé Jionni LaValle (center) and one-year-old son Lorenzo (left) inside the Italy pavilion in the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Polizzi is currently a celebrity contestant on ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World

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‘Independence Week’ Limited Time Magic, Fourth of July Events Announced for Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World today announced its celebration plans for July 4, 2013, as well as what it calls ‘Independence Week’ (July 1-7), part of its year-long ‘Limited Time Magic’ campaign.

All week long, Walt Disney World will present its special fireworks program, ‘Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky’ at the Magic Kingdom, described as a ’15-minute 360-degree fireworks spectacular.’ Prior to the daily afternoon parade, ‘Celebrate a Dream Come True,’ Goofy, Donald and Pluto will lead a spirited procession down Main Street, U.S.A. The rousing pre-parade also features the Main Street Philharmonic, Citizens of Main Street and Walt Disney’s historic horse-drawn calliope. Patriotic-themed merchandise and tasty treats inspired by Americana will also be on the menu all week long.

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival’s New Experiences for 2013

Disney guests can sip and savor fresh flavors from six continents during the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 27-Nov. 11, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney chefs will debut the authentic tastes of Scotland at the celebrated 46-day festival known for innovative food, wine, beer, cocktails, music and entertainment. The sizzling aromas of more than 25 ethnic and specialized marketplaces including Africa, Brazil and Florida Local will tempt guests strolling the World Showcase Promenade. Celebrity chefs like Warren Brown and Jamie Deen will bring culinary cachet to special festival events and demonstrations.

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Starbucks Locations at Disney Parks Update

Yesterday, the official Disney Parks blog offered some new details on the Disneyland location of Starbucks, as the Market House is slated to close next month to begin the conversion for the parks’ Starbucks location, opening this fall — an exact closure date has not yet been announced. This will finalize plans for the Disneyland Resort where the first location has already been thriving at Disney California Adventure at the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café.

On the east coast, we’ve been keeping tabs on the development as plans for the Magic Kingdom and Epcot have already been announced and — in the case of the former — are well underway.

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Kinsey Collection to Open at Epcot on March 8

Guests to the American Adventure pavilion at Epcot will journey “between the pages” of history as the American Heritage Gallery opens its doors to an art exhibit representing over 400 years of African-American achievement and contribution.

“Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection,” which opens March 8, draws from an extensive collection of rare art, documents, books and artifacts amassed by philanthropists Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, who share a passion for African-American history.

Their private collection has been displayed throughout the U.S., including in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Approximately 40 pieces will be on display for Epcot guests at any given time on a rotating basis during the exhibit run.

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