Aladdin glides slowly over a spectacular display of ornamental cabbage aboard his flying carpet this afternoon at Epcot. Ah, the many pleasures of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival…. Salad anyone?
posted on March 29th, 2010 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort
posted on March 29th, 2010 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Earlier today, Thomas shared a first look at an amazing pizzeria opening at Epcot Italy Pavilion. And now I’ve got a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the construction wall comes down at the Mexico Pavilion later this year. If you’ve visited Epcot recently, you know the Cantina de San Angel restaurant is expanding. This artist rendering gives you a good idea of what seating looks like at the restaurant when work is completed. There will be 400 seats – both al fresco and air-conditioned seating for lunch and a coveted spot for dinner and viewing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
And, if you’re curious about the menu, I shared some highlights earlier this month. Please let us know what you think of the look.
posted on March 29th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
As a pizza lover, I raved when we announced plans for an authentic pizzeria at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot but now I’m really craving a first slice after seeing what’s coming later this year. This is your first official peek at what the new 300-seat restaurant will likely look like. And yes, that’s outside dining and vaulted-ceilings.
We’re still waiting for word on an official name but thought you’d like to see this artist rendering first on The Disney Parks Blog.
posted on March 28th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
I’d like to say thank you again to everyone who shared their favorite Disney Parks thrill ride (and lists of faves) here on the blog and on Facebook this week. If you missed the original post, we went into the parks to get an idea of what you were thinking.
Here are a few more of the week’s most popular posts.
Springtime in Tomorrowland — Paul Hiffmeyer does it again, this time blending horticulture with futuristic architecture in his latest photo.
Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular — As one of the longest running Broadway-style shows in the country, there will have been approximately 7,500 total performances and nearly 9.5 million guests will have seen this fantastic show. Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie will make their last appearance on stage in this entertaining show on August 15.
Endangered Sea Turtles Rescued — To help the turtles, the Disney’s Animal Programs team took part in a massive effort by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to rescue more than 4,500 sea turtles impacted by the record cold temperatures.
Extra Time to Dine at Epcot? — Do you like the idea of an extra hour for dining in the evening at Epcot? Give it a try from March 28 through April 10, and let us know what you think — you can book your “extra hour” table at Coral Reef Restaurant, Garden Grill or Le Cellier Steakhouse.
The Mechanical Kingdom — Great news Steampunk fans! On April 1, you can meet Mike Sullivan, the Disney artist behind The Mechanical Kingdom, and have your pins signed at Disney’s Pin Traders from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This store is located in the Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. Steampunk goggles are optional.
posted on March 27th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Some of you have asked if we do anything special in the parks for the Easter holiday. And as you can see by this 1986 image of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse with Mr. and Mrs. Easter, the answer is yes — and this year is no exception.
At Magic Kingdom Park, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be doing a meet-and-greet in the Tour Guide Garden “intermittently” from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, March 28 – Sunday, April 4. Also, on Sunday, April 4, there will be a 3 p.m. parade that’ll feature an Easter theme with the Easter Bunny, Daisy and other entertainers.
And at Epcot on April 4, there will be Easter egg hunts for children ages 3 to 9 every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. at Heritage Garden at the American Adventure Pavilion. There will also be Easter egg relays for children ages 6 – 12 at Future World West Garden ever 40 minutes from 10:40 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
posted on March 26th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company
posted on March 26th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
A quick note…I wanted to share some details about a unique experience I’ll be checking out this weekend at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival called Art in the Garden. There will be nearly 30 artists showcasing their talents at different areas in World Showcase. And we now have the updated list of artists you can see. Here it is:
Carolyn Bellino & Peter Spence
Plein Air Artists:
Mary Jane Volkmann
L. Diane Johnson
(Artists are subject to change without notice)
posted on March 26th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
As you know, our “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day‘ program ended earlier this month when one million people volunteered or committed to volunteer in their communities. But along the way, we created and launched something special to celebrate volunteerism called “Mickey Notes“- our first stop-motion video. It was five days of work at Walt Disney World Resort taking more than 4,300 individual still photographs of about 25,000 pieces of paper. And today, we’re sharing a behind-the-scenes look at how we did it.
Please note that you may no longer register and sign up for projects to earn a free Disney theme park ticket. However, we encourage you to volunteer by visiting HandsOn Network.
WISHES DESSERT PARTY RETURNS. Make your reservation for this exclusive party that resumes Sunday, March 28, at Tomorrowland Terrace in the Magic Kingdom. For $25.99, $13.99 ages 3 to 9, you can settle in an hour before the Wishes nighttime spectacular and enjoy all the sweets you care to eat with coffee, tea and other beverages. And plenty of fantastic viewing spots for the fireworks. Call 407-WDW-DINE and pick a date except for April 23, 24 and 30 and May 1 when the party is on hold for Grad Nite in the Magic Kingdom. (Magic Kingdom admission is required.) If you show up without a reservation, you can try to reserve a spot – but we recommend calling ahead. Even guests with sugar-free diets can enjoy this sweet ending – just ask a cast member for assistance.
FRIES ARE BACK AT STUDIO CATERING COMPANY! As much as we love to eat healthfully, French fries just taste better when we’re indulging on vacation. And fries are back on the all-new menu at Studio Catering Company (just past Toy Story Mania) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. OK, healthful options abound, like a veggie sandwich and a grilled turkey club, but we splurged for the new buffalo chicken sandwich and give it high marks too. For kids, pb&j sammies are tops. Best of all, you can grab a cocktail a refreshing margarita (5 kinds) or piña colada at the adjacent cocktail bar. Now that’s vacation.
NEW EVENING HOURS FOR ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS GRILL. With 15 screens for keeping tabs on sports action, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill is the perfect place for a quick supper — anything from a pastrami on rye with a cold brew to a Greek salad with a glass of Chardonnay. New hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Monday (with daytime hours to support sports activities). And buses now run to the complex from Disney’s All-Star Resorts, Disney Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Guests can redeem a quick-service Disney Dining Plan coupon for both meals and snacks.
I made this image one afternoon in the American Gardens Theater at Epcot. I was waiting to photograph one of the many wonderful concerts that we have there and QI from Beijing, China, one of the students on the college exchange was there to help out with crowd control. This was a spontaneous moment. It’s funny that we had no problem understanding each other through gestures, but we found we could not communicate very well through words. Something got lost in translation.