Kinsey Collection to Open at Epcot on March 8

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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.

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Limited Time Magic: Canada’s Winter Wonderland, New Orleans’ Bayou Bash

Disney Parks has updated its official Limited Time Magic schedule to include two upcoming events at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

At Walt Disney World’s Epcot, the Canadian pavilion will play host to a ‘magical Winter Wonderland’ where guests are invited to play in ‘snow.’ The Limited Time Magic experience will also provide an opportunity to mix and mingle with some unspecified Disney Characters, though Canada has famously played host to Koda and Kenai from Disney’s Brother Bear in the past. The special event runs from January 14, 2013 through January 20.

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Starbucks Slated for May Opening at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

According to internal documents dating various refurbishments around the Walt Disney World, we can currently expect Walt Disney World’s first in-park Starbucks to open at the Magic Kingdom theme park on May 18, 2012.

The restaurant will be located at the Main Street Bakery which is scheduled for closure between January 6, 2013 and May 17, indicating it will emerge as a Starbucks-branded location on May 18, 2013. As with its west coast counterpart, the Main Street, USA location Starbucks will remain themed to its location with cast members donning costumes that lend themselves to the theme park’s land.

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More 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Details; New Food Options; ‘Flower Power’ Line-up

A blooming bounty of festival firsts will welcome Disney guests to the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 6-May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort. First, the news:

  • Epcot chefs will cook up first-time festival food and beverage fun, with special cooking stations offering exclusive-to-the-festival bites along the park’s World Showcase promenade.
  • A new circus-like “Land of Oz Play Area,” based on the Disney fantastical film adventure Oz: The Great and Powerful to be released in March 2013, will debut a kaleidoscope of interactive fun.

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Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Gift Guide Published Online

Annual Passholder exclusive Epcot 'Holidays Around the World' ornamentWalt Disney World has published its guide to annual passholder discounts online at WDWHolidayGiftGuide.com which gives interactive access to its 28 page guide of savings during the holiday season.

One of the actual items featured in the publication is a gorgeous Epcot ‘Holidays Around the World’ ornament (pictured, left) which will be available in Santa’s Village at the American Adventure pavilion.

Arguably much the rest of the publication is fluff and the bulk of the savings appear to be with shops at the Downtown Disney District where 10% – 20% off merchandise seems to be the norm, but it also appears that there are some real bargains to be had.

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First Look: ‘Test Track’ New Costumes

Test Track CostumesIt should come at no large surprise that when the newly revamped ‘Test Track,’ as presented by Chevrolet, makes its official debut on December 6, that cast members will sporting a new look to go along with it. And true enough, as depicted here, not only will that be the case, but there will be little mistake to which attraction a Test Track cast member serves, provided the temperature is above 80 degrees.

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‘Monsters University’ Topiary, ‘Cars’ Playground Added for 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Walt Disney World today announced some of its plans for the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Promises Floral Fantasy and Topiary Triumphs, scheduled to take place at the theme park from March 6 – May 19, 2013.

Commemorating the milestone anniversary will be a Sensational Six birthday event display located at the front of the park. Colorful, whimsical topiaries of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck will welcome topiary Daisy to their Epcot front-entrance celebratory barbecue. The 14-foot-tall topiary Goofy will bobble an anniversary cake while Donald and Daisy play badminton, Mickey fires up the grill, Pluto swipes a link of hot dogs and Minnie chills out on a colorful blanket of blossoms.

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‘Test Track’ New Attraction, Experience Details Released; Opens December 6, 2012

Test Track Concept ArtWalt Disney World Resort guests will experience the thrill of designing their very own virtual vehicle – then putting their design through its paces – when the re-imagined, multi-sensory Test Track Presented by Chevrolet grand re-opens Dec. 6, 2012.

The iconic Epcot attraction, a new collaboration between Chevrolet Design and the creative team of Walt Disney Imagineering, celebrates how meticulous design not only shapes the look of Chevrolet cars and trucks, but drives their performance on the open road.

For inspiration for the project, Walt Disney Imagineers made numerous visits to Detroit, collaborating with Chevrolet designers and touring the inner sanctums of Chevrolet’s design studios.

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WDW Candlelight Processional Update: Lea Salonga, Alfre Woodard Complete Schedule

Walt Disney World has finally completed its scheduled of narrators for its for its annual holiday event, the Candlelight Processional, held at the America Gardens Theatre, beginng November 23 of this year.

As we previously noted on Twitter early this month, Olivia Newton John is no longer performing from December 14-16. Instead, the time slot will be filled by Lea Salonga. In addition, Alfre Woodward fills the final open slot from December 17-19. The full narration schedule as it currently stands is as follows:

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New Disney Store Arrivals and Sales for September 28, 2012 (19 Items) #Epcot30

New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for September 28, 2012

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EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults - Canada EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults – Canada- $24.95

Welcome! Bienvenue! Join the international celebration of EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary with a trip to Canada in this collectible vintage look tee, one of 11 nostalgic styles from our World Showcase series.

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EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults - American Adventure EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults – American Adventure- $24.95

Welcome! Join the international celebration of EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary with a trip to the American Adventure pavillion in this collectible vintage look tee, one of 11 nostalgic styles from our World Showcase series.

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EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults - Morocco EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults – Morocco- $24.95

mrHba! (Welcome!). Join the international celebration of EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary with a trip to Morocco in this collectible vintage look tee, one of 11 nostalgic styles from our World Showcase series.

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EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults - Norway EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults – Norway- $24.95

Velkommen! (Welcome!). Join the international celebration of EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary with a trip to Norway in this collectible vintage look tee, one of 11 nostalgic styles from our World Showcase series.

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EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults - Germany EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults – Germany- $24.95

Willkommen! (Welcome!). Join the international celebration of EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary with a trip to Germany in this collectible vintage look tee, one of 11 nostalgic styles from our World Showcase series.

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EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults - United Kingdom EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults – United Kingdom- $24.95

Welcome! Join the international celebration of EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary with a trip to the United Kingdom in this collectible vintage look tee, one of 11 nostalgic styles from our World Showcase series.

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EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults - Italy EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults – Italy- $24.95

Benvenuti! (Welcome!). Join the international celebration of EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary with a trip to Italy in this collectible vintage look tee, one of 11 nostalgic styles from our World Showcase series.

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EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults - China EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults – China- $24.95

Huan ying! (Welcome!). Join the international celebration of EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary with a trip to China in this collectible vintage look tee, one of 11 nostalgic styles from our World Showcase series.

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EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Adults- $27.95

Dawning of a new era. Join the celebration of EPCOT Center’s 30th Anniversary with this vintage style tee in 100% cotton featuring the original logo for Walt Disney’s dream community of the future.

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EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Women EPCOT 30th Anniversary Tee for Women- $31.95

We’ve just begun to dream. Join the celebration of EPCOT Center’s 30th Anniversary with this vintage style heathered tee featuring the original logo for Walt Disney’s dream community of the future.

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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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