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Acoustic Group Quickstep Debuts in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

There’s a new sound on the streets of the United Kingdom pavilion, as the band Quickstep has made their Epcot debut. Quickstep is a four-member group whose authentic songs draw from Scottish, English and Irish traditions. They bring lively, acoustic performances, featuring fiddle, flute, highland bagpipes, a traditional Irish frame drum and more.


Acoustic Group Quickstep Debuts in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot Acoustic Group Quickstep Debuts in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot

You can catch Quickstep every Wednesday to Sunday, just off the High Street along Tudor Lane at the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot.

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Holidays Around the World Returns To Epcot On November 27

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Where can you visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, dine on international cuisine, browse through an amazing selection of holiday gifts, and listen to joyful sounds of the season? You can do all of this and so much more at Holidays Around the World at Epcot, and the fun begins this Friday, November 27.


Holidays Around the World Returns To Epcot On November 27 Holidays Around the World Returns To Epcot On November 27

During Holidays Around the World, each international pavilion throughout World Showcase has something to offer – whether it’s a dance or musical performance, or a storytelling opportunity for guests to enjoy. Guests also don’t want to miss two major musical opportunities offered at the park during this time – the Candlelight Processional and “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season.”

Which “Holidays Around the World” offering is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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#DisneyFamilia: Celebrate the Holidays Mexican Style

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

The event Feliz Navidad is returning this year to the Mexico pavilion at Epcot where guests are welcome to celebrate the holidays a la Mexicana, by sharing their culture and traditions in a very musical way.


The Mariachi, which will perform six times per day starring on November 27th, will sing such known hits as “Feliz Navidad,” “Noche de Paz (Silent Night)”, and more during their presentation.


“Folklórico” dancers, adorned in the traditional, beautiful and colorful costumes, will dance the stories of love, peace and celebration.

Children are invited to play a role in the show, as we tell the story of Mary and Joseph set to the music of the “Posadas”.

Enjoyment of Feliz Navidad is included with the regular admission to Epcot.

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International Treats at Holidays Around the World at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 24th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

‘Tis the season of sweets at Epcot, with World Showcase countries showing off their sugary best starting November 30 for Holidays Around the World. While each country celebrates through special music, storytelling and dance, you’ll also find extraordinary holiday treats—most sweet, but a few savories. These goodies only last through the holidays!

Find Peppermint Bark on the Promenade at American Adventure Enjoy Traditional Rice Cream in Norway Try Some Stollen in Germany at Epcot

Clockwise around World Showcase:

  • Mexico – Sweet tamales.
  • Norway – Frozen Peppermint Trifle; Traditional Rice Cream.
  • China – Kaikouxiao (Happy Face Fried Cake).
  • Germany – Stollen, the classic holiday fruit bread; Glühwein, a hot spiced wine; Werther’s Original specialty drinks and treats, and a German artisanal cheese plate.
  • Italy – Prosecco sparkling wine and Panettone (Italian Christmas bread).
  • American Adventure – Start with a peek at the edible United States Capitol Building and Washington Monument (starting December 1) made out of 50 pounds of gingerbread.
  • On the promenade at American Adventure, The Sugar and Spice shop (open November 27) is the place for treats for the Candlelight Processional. You’ll find peppermint bark, gingerbread cookies, chocolate chunk cookies, holiday tree sugar cookies, hot chocolate, eggnog, hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps, and eggnog with Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon.
  • Japan – A savory grilled Kurobuto pork sausage with pineapple and onions and Hitachino Ginger Beer.
  • Morocco – honey chocolate baklava.
  • France – A classic Buche de Noel au Chocolat (chocolate Christmas log) and a special glace à la cannelle et noix de pecan caramélisées (cinnamon ice cream and caramelized pecans).
  • United Kingdom – Hot applejack cider.
  • Canada – Pecan maple bark.
  • Promenade Refreshments – A little savory, a little sweet: a warm turkey sandwich on cranberry bread with mashed potatoes and gravy; peppermint sundae, chocolate grasshopper, hot chocolate, hot chocolate with Godiva Coffee Liqueur and Red Hook Winterhook Ale.
  • Fountainview in Future World — Mickey Santa Hat Cupcake.
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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Expands to 90 Days in 2016

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Allow me to plant the seed for the perfect holiday gift: a spring trip to Walt Disney World Resort for the 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. It bursts into Epcot on March 2 – May 30, 2016, expanding from 75 days to 90.


As you take in the gorgeous creations we have planned for you, nosh on sweet and savory Outdoor Kitchen dishes and refreshing beverages. Even the kids will want to have a bite – or your whole portion.

Making their topiary debut at the park’s front entrance will be Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie along with Donald and Daisy. And to celebrate the National Parks Service centennial, Ranger Mickey Mouse will join for the first time in Future World.

I can’t wait to see how our horticulture artists create the new Floral Sun garden that will celebrate the brightest star in Earth’s orbit with yellow “sunbursts” that pop up across the Future World landscape.


And I know my toddler, who couldn’t get enough of the “Cars“-themed play area last year – the Cactus Road Rally garden – will never want to leave the innovative new “Fab Five” play garden featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck topiaries. Musical instruments will be built into the children’s outdoor climbing systems.

And we can’t forget about the Garden Rocks concert series – music that spans four decades.

We’ll have more details to share in the coming months, but for now, mark your calendars!

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‘Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival’ To Debut At Epcot’s Magic Eye Theater

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

We know how much Disney Parks fans love our animated films and shorts. So today, we’re happy to share that coming in December, Epcot guests can experience beloved Disney and Pixar animated shorts in a new 4D experience located in Magic Eye Theater in the Imagination Pavilion. “Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival” will include a look into the visionary minds behind some of the world’s most iconic animated films today.

Then inside the theater, guests can put on their 3D glasses and enter the imaginative worlds of three animated shorts, which will burst to life on the big screen (and in the theater) like never before.

To make way for this new offering, “Captain EO,” the current occupant of Magic Eye Theater will say its final farewell December 6. Hope many of you are able to come out to see them change the world one more time.

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Add a Splash of Color to Your Epcot Visit with Colortopia Presented by Glidden

posted on November 13th, 2015 by Geoffrey Pointon, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

Today I’m excited to announce that Colortopia presented by Glidden is officially open at Innoventions East in Epcot. When I stopped by to check out the new exhibit, I was tickled pink by the three immersive zones that truly showed me the power of color.


The first experience takes place in the “Power of Color Theater.” This specially designed area uses vibrant hues along with harmonious sounds and narration to explore the psychology of color. For example, red can make me feel several emotions at once like anger or love.


The second zone called the “The Color Lab” features two interactive stations. The first, Color Mix ‘n Match, allowed my 5-year-old son and me to mix red, green and blue to create new colors. The second station, Spinning Spectrums, uses revolving multi-colored disks to test color perception. As the disks spun faster, my son and I tried to guess the actual color of the disks. While it was a gray area on whether or not we were correct, we had fun guessing together.


My favorite experience is in the third zone, “Color Our World,” which features color shadows and a magic paintbrush. With the magic paintbrush, I was able to choose the color palette I wanted to create a spectacular scene on digital screen. Depending on the color, the scene and storyline changed.

The fun didn’t stop there. While walking around World Showcase I was also able to play with the expansive color palettes with the Colortopia mobile app. I collected colors from each pavilion and added them to my personal color palette to take home. The app also features exciting games to test your memory and understanding of color. Visit, to learn more about the exhibit and the app. It’s a blue ribbon experiences!

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New 360 Video of Walt Disney World Resort Debuts on Facebook – You Control the Experience

posted on November 12th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

We’re excited to share a new video experience that takes you into all four Walt Disney World Resort Parks right from your mobile device. And the coolest part: you control what you’re seeing.

It’s called spherical video technology, or 360 Video. You can find it posted today on the Walt Disney World Facebook page:

As you can see, Goofy leads us through a helpful – if a bit accidental – tour, with a glimpse of thrilling heights, stunning sights, and a few familiar friends. You control the full-circle scenes across Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios by simply moving your device to see the angles you want. You can also place your finger on the screen and move it in the direction you’d like to see. It’s an all-new way to explore The Most Magical Place on Earth, and the next-best view to visiting us in person!

The Walt Disney World Resort 360 Video was developed and produced in collaboration with Littlstar Media Inc., a Disney Accelerator company.

What was your favorite part of Goofy’s tour?

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Last Weekend to Enjoy 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Temperatures are cooling a bit for the final six days of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – so we’ll have great weather for one final lap around World Showcase with a side trip to the new marketplaces in Future World (where the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel in the Chew Lab is getting raves).

On that final lap, enjoy your favorites one last time and then hope the chefs will decide to bring them back for 2016. Ours include Pescado con Coco (seared grouper, pigeon peas with rice and coconut sauce) at the Dominican Republic marketplace, Loaded Pepper Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese at Farm Fresh, vegan moussaka in Greece, escargot croissant with garlic and parsley in France, chilaquiles de pollo in Mexico, cheese puffs in Brazil, beef sliders with pimento cheese at Hops & Barley, a grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato chip “crunchies” in Australia . . . the list goes on and on, with perfectly paired wine, beer and cocktails.

One of our favorite chefs, Alex Guarnaschelli (of “Chopped” fame), will be around this weekend, hosting the What’s Cookin’ With… Sunday brunch at 10 a.m., and a cooking demo at 3 p.m. Sunday – both at the Festival Center. She connects with her audience and has lots of stories to share.

Also in the Festival Center, take a moment to watch “The Making of the Food & Wine Festival,” a fascinating, short film that takes you behind the scenes to really appreciate what goes into making the 53-day festival.

If you need a little pick-me-up, end your evenings at the three final Eat to the Beat concerts at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily at America Gardens Theatre: Hanson (“I Will Come to You”) performs tonight and tomorrow; Maxi Priest (“Close to You”) Nov. 13-14, and Chaka Khan (“I Feel for You”) Nov. 15-16. They’ll have you on your feet.

As you bid the festival farewell, you can always take home a festival cookbook to re-create a memory, or grab a bottle or two of the wines made just for the 20th celebration of the festival – the Napa Valley Festival Chardonnay and the Paso Robles Festival Cabernet Sauvignon are both for sale in the Festival Center (and by the pour at the Chew Lab marketplace).

Hope to see you this weekend at the festival. What’s been your favorite dish or drink this year?

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Twenty Eight & Main Boutique Now Open in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


One of my favorite additions this year to Disney Springs Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort is the new Twenty Eight & Main boutique that recently opened in the Marketplace Co-Op. You may recall from a previous article that Twenty Eight & Main is our new men’s apparel and accessories collection created for especially for distinguished gentlemen who love Disney Parks. I recently stopped by the Marketplace Co-Op to get a first look inside this new destination.


This location carries a variety of apparel items that are classic, stylish yet modern. A handful of accessories, such as headware or luxurious leather bags, are also offered. It was great to see one of my favorite items, the leather briefcase, which has an awesome all over pattern on the inside flap. That same pattern was used on pajama pants and even on the inside of some wall fixtures.


In addition to the Twenty Eight & Main collection, the shop carries apparel and accessories by Pendleton along with shirts by Levi Strauss & Co. Look for a selection of pub-themed goods from the United Kingdom Pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot.


There will be several apparel items that will only be found in this location at Disney Springs. You can see some of those items along a wall that has framed shirts. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a closer look at the shirts (the Shrunken Ned shirt is fantastic!).

Finally, the shop is filled with little details including nods to the lion from the Disney family crest. I loved finding the Orange Bird in a display along with a miniature Rocketeer helmet.

Look for select Twenty Eight & Main items on our Disney Parks online store by visiting Select items may also be found using the free Shop Disney Parks app (see this video for more details about using the app).

Here are some additional images from the shop.

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