WDW Refurb Updates: Early Openings, Water Park Closures, Resort Pools, Golf Courses and More

I’ve got a HUGE refurb update here, so bear with me.

At the Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace will be closed from January 3 through February 13.

At Epcot, Living with the Land is now scheduled to re-open on October 4, which is several weeks earlier than the original date of November 1. Also, the new exhibit in the Japan pavilion (which was the tin toy museum) is now slated to open on October 16.

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RSVP to see New Gary Vaynerchuk Seminar at Epcot on Sep 25 Afternoon

In case you missed your chance to watch a live taping of Wine Library TV or are just a fan of Gary, Vaynerchuk, here’s your chance to sign up to attend a newly announced seminar Gary will be holding in the Odyssey building at Epcot for the International Food & Wine Festival. The event will take place at 1:30 pm and is free with park admission. Due to the nature of the event, all attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

To RSVP for the event, click here.

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Experience Live Taping of Wine Library TV with Gary Vaynerchuck at Epcot September 25

Please note this offer is being extended to you through Walt Disney World, not Stitch Kingdom.

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To request tickets and for more information, click here

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Raytheon Announces MathMovesU Sweepstakes for Student to Attend ‘Sum of All Thrills’ Opening and More

WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 3, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) is providing one lucky middle school student with the opportunity to attend the opening of a new interactive, math-based experience called “Sum of all Thrills.”

Set to open in October 2009, the “Sum of all Thrills” exhibit is located at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It will engage children through a fun and educational experience and will help instill in them a lifelong passion for math, science, and technology.

The sweepstakes, which will run through Sept. 15, 2009 on MathMovesU.com, is open to children ages 10 to 16. One grand prize is available consisting of a 4-day, 3-night trip for four to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the “Sum of all Thrills” ribbon cutting ceremony.

The grand prize will include:

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New La Cava del Tequila Serves Up Tastes of Mexican Tequila Heritage (Photos)

Some of the offerings at La Cava del Tequila in EpcotLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tasty tequilas and mouthwatering margaritas are on tap at La Cava del Tequila, a new offering for Epcot guests to explore the heritage and tradition of tequila-making in Mexico.

Tucked away in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot, La Cava del Tequila beckons guests with more than 70 types of authentic tequila, ranging from the simplest to the rarest of them all, aged to perfection and made from the finest distilled spirits from the agave plant. Tequilas range in price from $8 to $50 for a specialty tequila.

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First Look: Disney’s Race for the Taste 10K Medal (Photo) (Updated)

Race for the Taste 10K MedalWe have just obtained this photo of the medal for Disney’s Race for the Taste 10K taking place October 11, 2009. This race takes runners through Disney’s Hollywood Studios and around the 11 pavilions of Epcot World Showcase.  Guests have access to a post-race picnic that includes food samples from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, live Disney entertainment, music, games and face painters.

Runners that record an official time in this event as well as either the Expedition Everest Challenge presented by Champion or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K will also receive the one-of-a-kind special medal we previewed here.

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2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Menus; Bangkok and Rio de Janiero to Make Debut

With the 2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival quickly approaching, we’d like to take a moment to remind you of the international delicacies to be found around the World Showcase. While we currently have a list of each booth’s menu items, we do not have pricing information as of yet.  The booths and menus are as follows, listed alphabetically by city/name:

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Details Emerging on the 2009 Candlelight Processional Package for Dining; 2 TS Credits, Includes Illuminations

The following information has recently become available on dining packages Epcot’s Candlelight Processional (CPP):

The CPP has been raised to 2 TS credits this year if you are on the Disney Dining Plan (and choose to use it).

In addition to preferred seating for the Candlelight Processional (that is, the CPP line being able to enter the America Gardens Theater prior to the standby line), the package also includes access to a reserved area for Illuminations viewing (specifics not yet known).

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New Tequila Bar at Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion Scheduled to Open Late August

La Cava del Tequila, will become the newest addition at Mexico Pavilion on August 28, 2009. Through the décor, art work, original artifacts and products served it will celebrate the heritage and tradition of Tequila making in Mexico.

Guests visiting La Cava del Tequila will have the opportunity to enjoy over 70 types of authentic tequila from several major brands, ranging from the simplest to the rarest of them all, aged to perfection and made from the finest distilled spirits from the Agave Plant.  A Tequila Ambassador will be on-hand to educate Guests on the history of Tequila making and its rich Mexican heritage.

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Givenchy to Launch New Men’s Fragrance ‘Play’ at Epcot’s France Pavilion, August 6-16

Play by GivenchyPlay, the new men’s fragrance by Givenchy, launches at Plume et Palette in the France Pavilion in Epcot®August 6 – 16, 2009

Press “Play” and provoke emotions.

In our high-tech nomadic era of multimedia and modernity, experiences can be shared anywhere, anytime. Let your imagination run wild, escape from daily routines and discover new sensations. Sights, sounds, feelings — and above all scents, with the olfactory sensation of Givenchy’s new masculine fragrance.

Play is extremely modern and yet totally timeless. It brings us back to the very essence of fragrance – a composition, a multi-sensory experience.

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