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Celebrating 38 years of Festival of the Masters Magic at Downtown Disney

posted on November 5th, 2013 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


Now in its 38th year, Festival of the Masters is an impressive event. With steady growth over the years, this open-air art festival that allows guests the chance to see and buy unique pieces now boasts over 300 artists, including more Disney artists than ever before. (I love that our guests have the chance to meet many of them in person – I’ve gotten to know a few of these artists and the passion they have for their work is inspiring and contagious!)

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Lately, I’ve gotten into crafting – I blame Pinterest – so I’m certain the interactive art & craft experiences presented by Michaels will be a huge hit with families. You’ll have the chance to “make and take” a Mickey ear wood frame and sun visor, color a Disney masterpiece featuring characters from “Frozen,” and contribute to a larger-than-life mural – all of this takes place at Downtown Disney West Side near Bongos.

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Another new element I’m super psyched about is Mixers & Masters, a “sip and stroll” offering that features artistically crafted cocktails from participating restaurant locations. And for guests who want to learn the art of making some of these signature beverages, the daily “Art of Mixology” seminars at the Waterside Stage are not to be missed!

Of course, popular favorites will return including over 130 fine artists who come from across the country — they’ll cover Downtown Disney with limited-edition painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, wood and more; more than 20 up-and-coming “emerging masters”; the 15th annual House of Blues Folk Art Festival “where the Art meets the Soul,” and the aforementioned Disney artists – over 25 of them will appear throughout the weekend at the Disney Artist Village, the “can’t-miss” hub for Disney art aficionados, for meet ‘n’ greets and signings. Additionally, awe-inspiring chalk artists will transform more than 1,000 square feet of sidewalk into a colorful display, and personally, I’m just as excited for the children’s chalk art activities that will give kids a chance to get creative!

I’m not able to attend this year because I’ll be in South Carolina meeting my brand-new niece or nephew (my sister’s new baby is scheduled to arrive tomorrow!), so I’m counting on all of you to check it out. If you’ve been before, please share what you’re most excited about seeing again, and if you attend this weekend, come back and comment to let me know what you enjoyed most.

Here’s to a colorful weekend for all of us!

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Last Week to Savor the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on November 5th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Beautiful, breezy fall days are ideal for the final week of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It has been quite a year!
A Taste of the World at the 18th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

From delicious new tastes (oh, that kimchi dog) to new sips, seminars, celebrity chefs and crazy good live music, 2013 is wrapping up – you have until November 11 to indulge your five senses.

Noteworthy: the fest was among the first venues in Florida to serve wine on tap in 5-gallon kegs with the new Florida law, worth a stop for a taste at either the Festival Center or Refreshment Cool Post – a Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir at Cool Post and a Cabernet and Chardonnay in the Festival Center. And there were a record-breaking 40 new dishes and 80 new beverages added around World Showcase Lagoon . . . how many did you taste?

Special events continue, check out www.epcotfoodfestival.com for last – minute fun. And now we can’t wait for next year.

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Tweet & You Could Win Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 4th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Now that November is here, we’re just days away from the season’s first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Walt Disney World Resort. And this year, you can tweet for a chance to win tickets to attend the event on the night of November 11, 2013.

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Between 10:00 a.m. (ET), November 4, 2013, and 10:00 a.m. (ET), November 7, 2013 we’ll be sharing a #VeryMerry RT-to-Win tweet on our @WaltDisneyWorld account. When you see it, simply tweet or retweet the entire message along with “#SweepsEntry,” and you will be entered for a chance to be one of 10 people who will win a set of four (4) tickets to attend only the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party taking place on November 11, 2013. For your entry to be valid, you must follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter.

We just launched our first tweet at @WaltDisneyWorld. We’ll notify potential winners after 10 A.M. on November 7, 2013. Here’s a link to the sweepstakes rules. Please read them before you enter.

Good luck.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void outside the U.S. and where prohibited. Open only to persons, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S. or D.C. and who have reached the age of majority in their primary state of residence. Sweepstakes starts 10:00 AM (ET) on 11/04/13; ends 10:00 AM (ET) on 11/07/13. Click here for Official Rules.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Returns To Magic Kingdom Park November 8

posted on November 1st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Would you believe that we are only one week away from the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park?

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In case you aren’t familiar, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate ticket event that takes place on select nights at Magic Kingdom Park throughout November and December. Parties give you an opportunity to celebrate with snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A., Disney characters in holiday attire, and very special entertainment offerings, including Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade and Cinderella Castle Dream Lights. For the first time this year, the Celebrate the Magic! castle projection show and Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks will be enhanced with “Glow With The Show” ears – what an amazing sight this will be!

Also new for this year, attendees can experience Jingle Cruise, the first-ever holiday transformation of the Jungle Cruise attraction, which will feature seasonal decor, new holiday jokes and more. Party goers can also pick up a complimentary, event exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card that features Donald’s nephews. And when it comes to character greeting opportunities, look for Merida’s Fairytale Garden to stay open for parties this year.

This year’s parties will take place from 7 p.m.-midnight on November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 22, and December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20. Tickets (which are separate from a regular park ticket) are already on sale now and purchasing ahead of time can actually save you money. Click here to learn more.

What’s your favorite part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

To learn more about spending the holidays at Disney Parks, read these posts:

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Disney Parks After Dark: Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Throughout the month of October, we’ve presented a look at the spooky side of Disney Parks around the world. This week, we’re celebrating Halloween at Magic Kingdom Park with a chilling look at three residents of the Haunted Mansion – the Hitchhiking Ghosts.

In this photo, shot by Disney Photographer Gene Duncan, ghosts Ezra, Gus and Phineas (their unofficial names) appear to hitchhike down the parade route during Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

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To see how Halloween is celebrated at other Disney Parks, including at some of our international parks, check out the list of posts below.

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Caption This: A Halloween Surprise at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy Halloween week!

Today’s Caption This photo was snapped during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park last year. Any guesses as to what caused this little boy’s reaction? A funny costume? A really great trick-or-treat station?

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You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” in the “Comments” section below!

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Spin Doctors Take The Eat To The Beat Stage October 31-November 1 at Epcot

posted on October 30th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Next up in this year’s Eat to the Beat concert series is an act that’s new to the festival lineup this year – the Spin Doctors.

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Shows are included in theme park admission and are performed on the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m., daily.

The schedule of remaining 2013 Eat to the Beat acts are:

  • November 2-3 NEW! Christopher Cross – “Sailing”
  • November 4-5 Hanson – “Give a Little”
  • November 6-8 Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX – “Come Sail Away”
  • November 9-11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – “Go Daddy-O”

(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list.)

For more on the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, click the links below:

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Hear Smash Mouth October 28-30 at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 28th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you’re heading out to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival over the next few days, be sure to check out Smash Mouth, the next act taking the stage in this year’s Eat to the Beat concert series.

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The group’s concerts are included in Epcot admission and are performed on the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m., daily.

The schedule of remaining 2013 Eat to the Beat acts are:

  • October 31 – November 1 NEW! Spin Doctors “Two Princes”
  • November 2-3 NEW! Christopher Cross “Sailing”
  • November 4-5 Hanson “Give a Little”
  • November 6-8 Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX “Come Sail Away”
  • November 9-11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”

(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list.)


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Plan Ahead for Holiday Vacations at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 25th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Halloween is less than a week away, which means the holiday season is fast approaching. I can’t think of a better place to spend a holiday break than at a Disney theme park or resort – there’s simply so much to do and see at our parks this time of year.

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That said, here are a few travel-planning tips and other things to keep in mind when you make Walt Disney World vacation plans for this season.

  • Buy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets Early & Save - The party of the season will return to Magic Kingdom Park on select nights starting November 8. Buying tickets in advance is recommended as the parties are popular, but doing so can actually save you money. Check out the schedule of party nights and prices here.
  • Consider an Epcot Candlelight Processional Package – The Candlelight Processional is an amazing holiday show that’s included in Epcot admission, however, purchasing a Candlelight Dinner Package can help save you a seat while you enjoy lunch or dinner at an Epcot restaurant. Learn more or book here.
  • Bring ‘Glow With The Show’ Ears – Beginning November 8, holiday entertainment will shine brighter than ever when ‘Glow With The Show’ Ears debut at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties (during the “Celebrate the Magic” show and “Holiday Wishes” fireworks), and at Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can buy glow ears at merchandise shops throughout Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Ears purchased at Disneyland Resort will work, as well.
  • Watch For The “Jingle Cruise” To Debut In Early November – As we announced earlier this week, for the first time in Magic Kingdom Park history Jungle Cruise will temporarily transform into “Jingle Cruise” this holiday season. Jingle Cruise is expected to debut in early November, so keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for more.
  • Book Resort Rooms By November 3 – If you book your upcoming trip by November 3, you could save up to 30% at select Disney resort hotels for stays most nights between November 10-22, and November 30-December 23. Click here to learn more.

Do you have a Walt Disney World Resort holiday travel tip? If so, let us know in the “Comments” section below.

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Survivor Takes the ‘Eat to the Beat’ Stage at Epcot

posted on October 24th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Heading out to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival tonight? Don’t miss Survivor, which will take the Eat to the Beat stage October 24-25.

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Concerts are included in theme park admission and are performed on the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m., daily.

Remaining Eat to the Beat performances this year are:

  • October 24-25 Survivor “Eye of the Tiger”
  • October 26-27 38 Special “Caught Up in You”
  • October 28-30 Smash Mouth “Walkin’ On the Sun”
  • October 31 – November 1 NEW! Spin Doctors “Two Princes”
  • November 2-3 NEW! Christopher Cross “Sailing”
  • November 4-5 Hanson “Give a Little”
  • November 6-8 Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX “Come Sail Away”
  • November 9-11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”

(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list)

For more on the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, click the links below:

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