Vacation Planning Specialist – Nicole!

Independent Travel Agent with The Vacation Wizards!

New Adventures Begin at Mission: Space in August at EPCOT!

Mission: SPACE at Epcot® has been a must-do for Guests since it opened in 2003, allowing space adventurers to become navigators, pilots, commanders or engineers on a thrilling trip to Mars.

And as it was announced at the D23 Expo, in just a few weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy new adventures at Mission: SPACE – an updated Orange Mission and a brand-new Green Mission. (Orange is the more intense training experience, while Green is less intense).

The updated Orange Mission will make an even more visually stunning trip to Mars, while the all-new Green adventure will allow Guests to blast off for an orbital adventure around planet Earth.

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SAVE UP TO 20% on Your ROOM RATE at Select WDW Hotels!

Walt Disney World Resort

You can save up to 20%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels for stays most nights Oct. 8-Dec. 24, 2017.

Booking and Travel Windows:

  • Book by Oct. 7 for stays most nights Oct. 8-Dec. 24, 2017.
  • Book by Dec. 24, 2017 for stays most nights Dec. 8-24, 2017.

When you stay at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll enjoy benefits like first access to Disney FastPass+**planning, complimentary MagicBands, Extra Magic Hours in a Theme Park each day to enjoy select attractions (valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required), complimentary transportation and standard parking, plus more!

The following room types and Disney Resort hotels are excluded:

  • 3-bedroom villas
  • Campsites
  • Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Ask me how you can save BIG on your FALL Walt Disney World Vacation!!!

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TERRALINA CRAFTED ITALIAN OPENS THIS FALL AT DISNEY SPRINGS

The much-anticipated Terralina Crafted Italian is anticipated to open this fall at Disney Springs® in the space of the former Portobello Country Italian Trattoria at Walt Disney World® Resort. Good news, James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano returns from Portobello to curate the new menu, and Chef Justin Plank will be back to run the kitchen.

A multi-million- dollar makeover is transforming the space in The Landing on the shores of Lake Buena Vista. Inspired by the design and lifestyle of Italy’s Lake District, the new restaurant will be reminiscent of an Italian home, with an open kitchen, dining rooms with eclectic décor and a new veranda bar outside the main entrance.

Chef Mantuano’s authentic Italian cuisine (much of it infused with his signature olive oil imported directly from Italy) will include artisanal pizzas and fresh vegetable dishes fired up in a wood-burning oven. Two new signatures – mussels and a grilled pork chop – will be on the menu, along with favorites from Portobello such as the antipasti platter and signature pastas.

Terralina Crafted Italian will be open for lunch and dinner – stay tuned for an opening date!

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COOL Summertime Surprises at Disney Springs!

With Florida temperatures heating up, there are lots of great ways to stay cool at Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort. Check out what your Clients can enjoy this summer at Disney Springs!

  • The “Beat the Heat DJ Dance Party” is a summer-inspired dance party at Disney Springs Marketplace featuring family-friendly music and the iconic Marketplace Fun Fountains. The party takes place daily 1-5 p.m. in between Earl of Sandwich and Once Upon a Toy. And then, once the sun begins to set, the fountains are turned off for the ultimate nighttime dance party – 6-10 p.m.
  • Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, California and offering the Haight Ash’berry’ sundae (hot fudge sundae with seasonal berries, topped with whipped cream and a dark chocolate blueberry square) for a limited time only. If your Clients purchase this sundae, they’ll receive a flower crown and heart shaped sunglasses.
  • Amorette’s Patisserie is now offering Sparkling Hibiscus Lemonade for summertime guests. This refreshing drink can also receive a splash of liquor for those looking to enjoy a spirited beverage.
  • More shade, big umbrellas and new frozen margaritas at Dockside Margaritas , a favorite waterfront respite for cold drinks and live music. And while classic margaritas and other cocktails are on the menu, seasonal frozen margaritas (watermelon, apple, agave nectar and tangerine mix-ins are among rotating flavors) are fun for summertime. Live music usually starts around noon and goes until 10:15 p.m. Plus, every Thursday through Sept. 28, 2017, four drinks will be featured, all at a special “throwback” price. You can look for your favorite blast from the past cocktail, such as the Kungaloosh from Adventurer’s Club and the Bell Bottom from 8Trax. The non-alcoholic Emil’s Strawberry Colada from Adventurer’s Club will also be offered every Thursday for kids (of all ages) to enjoy.
  • Coca-Cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar is offering a wide variety of Coca-Cola flavors this summer, in addition to an array of cocktails, mocktails, smoothies and ice cream floats. Here, you can sip on the ‘Coca-Cola Tastes of the World’ and enjoy a selection of Coca-Cola beverages from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • Paddlefish, located on the iconic Lake Buena Vista paddleboat, is open and has a rooftop bar and lounge that allows you to unwind and enjoy the spectacular views of the summertime sunset and evening activities at Disney Springs. They can also enjoy live entertainment on the rooftop deck every Friday and Saturday night, 9 p.m. to midnight.
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes on the West Side added more air-conditioned space on the second floor with an enclosed balcony that expands the dining room. Tables and high tops are along the windows, with fabulous views of Disney Springs through floor-to-ceiling windows. A new bar anchors the space.
  • The BOATHOUSE at The Landing has three new summer dishes: herb-marinated grilled shrimp with smoked jalapeño grits, cornbread and housemade jalapeño jelly; house-smoked beef brisket au jus sandwich with spicy giardineria; and coconut bread pudding souffle with roasted pineapple and rum caramel sauce.
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. kiosk in Marketplace has a new Latin Dog, topped with chipotle mayo, corn salsa and queso fundido, one of five delectable choices – vegetarians can try the meatless Italian-style with peppers, onion and marinara.
  • The popular “Jasper Board” starter gets bigger at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ with smoked fish dip, pimento cheese, shaved country and tasso hams and buttermilk crackers. With a cocktail, it’s a meal. There is also the new “Ham, Ham & Jam” with three Cheddar drop biscuits with ham, blackberry fig jam and pimento cheese. A new hangar steak with good ol’ Southern succotash (made with grilled corn, tomato and lima beans) and a new Chef Art Burger with Art’s special secret sauce round out the savories. As a lighter option, there’s a new watermelon salad with heirloom tomatoes, crispy ham, feta cheese and candied pecans.

There are also some great shopping opportunities throughtout Disney Springs:

  • Now through July 31, 2017 shoppers can enjoy 50% off select styles at Unode50.
  • British label Superdry is also offering up to 50% off select styles, including their men’s denim and women’s summer dresses now through July 31, 2017.
  • And if you are looking to bring some items back home to help cool-down this summer, they can check out D-Living located in Town Center. This seasonally themed boutique features all the Disney merchandise necessary to enjoy the summer.

Some of these offerings are for a limited time, so be sure to head to Disney Springs to enjoy this cool celebration of summer.

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Celebrate New Years EVE at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

This year there are three ways for you and your family to ring in the New Year at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. These “can’t miss” experiences, which are part of the Enchanting Extras Collection, enhance the Walt Disney World® Resort experience.

For an evening of dining and dancing, “Disney Countdown to Midnight” includes delightful dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor (and we hear that Mickey and Minnie may make a special appearance). Plus, you can welcome in 2018 with a flute of bubbly and a viewing of those legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Magic Kingdom® Park. The party takes place from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom and is designed for Guests 18 years and older. 

If you and your family are looking for a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year, they can enjoy “Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration.” From Andy’s Room in “Toy Story” to  Metro City with The Incredibles, this immersive celebration will include theatrical backdrops, dramatic set pieces and fun props that re-create the fantastic worlds of the Pixar films. And, of course, favorite characters will be on hand from “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” “Cars,” and “Up.” Kids can have fun with Pixar face painting, a balloon artist and a boot camp with Sarge, while an interactive DJ will spin hits from Radio Disney.  Dinner is buffet style. At midnight, your Clients can head outdoors to ring in the New Year with a viewing of the Magic Kingdom fireworks.  This event takes place from 8 p.m.-12:15 a.m in the Ballroom of the Americas. 

Fine dining is the theme of the third party, “Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” in the Grand Republic Ballroom. Inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” the room is beautifully decorated French Quarter style to transport you to the Big Easy. Signature dishes will include herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish etouffee, Black Angus beef cooked two ways, braised short ribs and filet of beef with truffled celery root silk. A N’awlins jazz band will entertain during dinner, joined later in the evening by a vocalist who will bring to life the Academy-Award-winning classics from the film. You can slip outside with a glass of bubbly just before midnight to ring in 2018 with a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom fireworks. This party takes place from 7 p.m.-12:15 a.m. 

All three of these amazing experiences will be available to book on July 11, 2017. Contact me today if you are interested!!!

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ALL NEW “Disney Movie Magic” Nighttime experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Disney’s newest “must-see” show at the Walt Disney World® Resort – “Disney Movie Magic” – has debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and I’m excited to share more details about this one-of-a-kind cinematic experience!

Each night this summer, “Disney Movie Magic” is transforming the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with special lighting and state-of-the-art projection mapping technology to put you and your family right in the middle of a celebration of Disney films.

 

Guests will be able to recognize many of the movie moments during “Disney Movie Magic.” The show features dozens of them, from Disney classics like “Mary Poppins” to contemporary blockbusters such as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” the Indiana Jones adventures and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Also, each high-energy show spans a variety of different genres including musicals, romance, comedy, classics, fantasy, sci-fi and adventure.

You and your family can experience “Disney Movie Magic” nightly at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer, in addition to regular performances of “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.”

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Extra Magic Hours for Pandora the World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom!

As a Guest of a select Disney Resort hotel, you’ll get extra time in a Disney theme park each day to enjoy select attractions with the Extra Magic Hours benefit. And now through August 19, 2017, you can also take advantage of “Extra” Extra Magic Hours only in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®. These nightly Extra Magic Hours offer extra time to fly on the back of a banshee, navigate a mystical river and walk under floating mountains. Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required.

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Magic Kingdom Character Meet & Greets

Main Street U.S.A.

Pluto: You can meet Pluto at the Magic Kingdom in Town Square at the Flag Pole. He is always out at park open and throughout the day.

Marie: You can meet Marie at the Magic Kingdom in Town Square. She meets at the Flag Pole at park open.

Master Magician Mickey stands onstage at Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A.


Mickey Mouse: You can meet Mickey in Town Square Theater at the only meet and greet where he talks to you! You can use a Fastpass to see him or go late in the evening when there is almost no line. This is my favorite spot to meet Mickey!


Tinker Bell: You can meet Tink at the Magic Kingdom in Town Square Theater next to where you can meet Mickey. FastPass+ is available for this meet and greet. This is her only meet and greet so at times her line can get someone long. Tink also appears in Magic Kingdom’s daytime parade Festival of Fantasy.

Adventureland

Aladdin and Disney Princess Jasmine stand arm in arm, smile and gaze into each others eyes


Aladdin & Jasmine: Encounter a whole new world of adventure as you enter into the marketplace. Princess Jasmine and Aladdin are pleased to make your acquaintance and weave stories of Agrabah under the shade of a colorful awning next to Agrabah Bazaar.

Frontierland & Liberty Square

There are currently not any character meet and greets in Frontierland & Liberty Square.

Fantasyland

Alice: Don’t be late for this very important date! You can meet Alice next to the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups ride where she sometimes meets with the White Rabbit.

Ariel, the Little Mermaid, hugging a young girl


Ariel: Venture into a seaside grotto, where you’ll find Ariel amongst some of her treasures. She has gadgets and gizmos aplenty, and she’s always happy to make new friends! Ariel’s grotto is located near Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid.

Gaston: You’ll find Gaston in his element, amid adoring fans at the heart of storybook village near his tavern. He is happy to provide seemingly endless tales about himself.

Merida: Join Merida and her clan in an engaging “play and greet” experience. Inside Fairytale Garden, you can practice archery, color your own “tapestry” of Merida as well as her faithful horse, Angus, and spend some time with Merida herself!

Peter Pan: Spend some time with Peter Pan before he returns to Never Land. Peter may tell tales of his exploits with Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys or Captain Hook. He’d love to hear one of your stories, too. Peter Pan meets his guests next to Peter Pan’s Flight.

Donald, dressed as a snake charmer, at Pete's Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus


Donald Duck: You can meet Donald Duck inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow, where he is a circus star called the Astounding Donaldo.

Goofy: You can meet Goofy inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow, where he is a circus star called the Great Goofini.

Minnie Mouse: You can meet Minnie Mouse inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow, where she is a circus star called Minnie Magnifique.

Daisy Duck, as Madame Daisy Fortuna, at Pete's Sideshow in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park


Daisy Duck: You can meet Daisy Duck inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow, where she is a circus star called Madame Daisy Fortuna.

Tigger & Pooh: Spend time with friends in a shady place in the Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger always love being with new friends and old, sharing hugs and maybe even a smackerel of honey. You can meet Tigger and Pooh outside of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Ride.

Rapunzel holds a toy frog for a girl to kiss at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland

Rapunzel & Tiana: You can meet Rapunzel and Tiana inside Princess Fairytale Hall. FastPass+ is offered for their meet and greet, they meet in the same room but have separate meet and greets.

Cinderella & Elena: You can meet Cinderella and Princess Elena of Avalor inside Princess Fairytale Hall. FastPass+ is offered for their meet and greet, they meet in the same room but have separate meet and greets.

Tomorrowland

Buzz Lightyear stands in front of an electronic board with the message: 'Space Ranger Map'


Buzz Lightyear: After defeating the evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, celebrate your victory with Buzz himself. Captain Lightyear is waiting to meet you at an outpost not far from Star Command Headquarters. Report to Buzz for a handshake, autograph and a photo of your out-of-this-world visit.

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Magic Kingdom Overview

Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971 as the first of four theme parks at Walt Disney World! The park was built as a larger, improved version of the Disneyland Park in California. Magic Kingdom is divided into six different lands; Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.

So, starting off with our first land, Main Street U.S.A. This area of the park is based off a small town in Missouri’s Main Street. All along Main Street you’ll find various shops selling merchandise and food. The design for Main Street U.S.A. is an early 20th century small town America, so all the décor inside and outside of the buildings resemble this design. Also, all the cast members working in the shops along Main Street will be dressed in costumes that resemble the time period’s fashion.

The next section of the park is the hub, right off Main Street. The Hub is at the very center of Magic Kingdom. Here is where all six lands come together in front of Cinderella Castle. In the Hub, you will find the Partner’s Statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, Cinderella Castle Stage, and the best viewing spots for all the stage shows, parades and nighttime fireworks that happen daily within the Magic Kingdom.

Now going clockwise through the lands, the first actual land that you come to is Adventureland. Adventureland represents the mystery of exploring foreign lands. Like for instance exploring the remote jungles of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the South Pacific. And the perfect ride for that is taking a tour on the Jungle Cruise! Some other attractions in this area is The Pirates of the Caribbean, the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Swiss Family Treehouse and the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

The next land is Frontierland where guests can relive the American Old West! From cowboys and Indians to exploring the mysteries of the Rivers of America. Frontierland is home to some iconic classic rides and attractions, those are; Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and the Country Bear Jamboree.

This next section of the of the park is called Liberty Square and it resembles that of a colonial American town during the American Revolution. This area of the park is neat because like when walking through Main Street, you feel like you are in a whole other era. The rides and attractions within this area are the Liberty Belle Riverboat, the Haunted Mansion, the Hall of Presidents and the Muppets Present Great Moments in American History.

Next is probably the most visited section of the park and that is Fantasyland. It is located directly behind Cinderella Castle and in it are rides and attractions based off the most popular animated Disney movies. In the words of Walt Disney, “Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” The rides and attractions within Fantasyland are: It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s PhillharMagic, Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel, Mad Tea Party, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. Now there is also a second themed Fantasyland called Storybook Circus which has taken on the “kids” area of the park. Within Storybook Circus you can find the Barnstormer, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Splash n’ Soak Station and Pete’s Silly Sideshow.

The last section of the park is Tomorrowland. It is set in an intergalactic city of the future. Some of the classic rides and attractions within Tomorrowland are: Space Mountain, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, Astro Orbiter, Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover, the Tomorrowland Speedway, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Monster’s INC Laugh Floor and Stitch’s Great Escape.

And lastly! I don’t want to forget about the Walt Disney World Railroad! It acts as the park’s method of transportation between the different lands with three stations throughout the park; Main Street Station, Frontierland Station and Fantasyland Station. This attraction can be used as transportation around the park or just a way to rest and recharge so that you can finish out a day at Magic Kingdom!

Tips, Tricks, Advice and “Good to Know” Facts about the Magic Kingdom

  • I always suggest, no matter how many times that you have visited the parks, to pick up a Time’s Guide and a Park Map. I say this because the parades and shows can change due to the season, the weather or occasion.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: Main Street U.S.A. is a little piece of Americana. Above this idyllic small town, you’ll see some American flags flying. If you look closely, not one has 50 stars. Why is that? Flags that have less than 50 stars are not real U.S. flags and therefore do not have to be taken down during bad weather or illuminated at night. There is only one flag with all 50 stars on it and the flag is in Town Square the flies on the flag pole and receives a flag ceremony every day at 5:00PM.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: All the shops on Main Street are connected, meaning you can go in one store at the front of the park and exit out of the last shop and come out at the end of Main Street at the Hub. When the park closes go through the shops to exit in order to avoid the crowds.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: The shops on Main Street don’t actually close until an hour after park closing. So take your time and shop around.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: The windows on some of the buildings on Main Street display the names of the men and women that were and are important to the the Disney Family and the development of Walt Disney World. Ex. ” Elias Disney, Contractor” is Walt’s dad who built homes for a living.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: Walt’s name is on some of the buildings as well, but his name will always be facing Cinderella Castle.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: If you need any help with Photopass, Magic Bands or FastPass+ head over to City Hall and a cast member will be glad to help you.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: If you see an old-timey decorative phone on the wall in any of the shops along Main Street, it never hurts to pick it up and listen there just might be someone on the other line.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: If you have any medical problems, First Aid is just next to the Crystal Palace.
  • Main Street U.S.A.: Hidden devices along Main Street emit the smell of cookies and vanilla out onto Main Street.
  • Adventureland: Most people head to Fantasyland when the park opens, which in turn makes Adventureland really quiet in the morning. Hello no wait time!
  • Adventureland: Most of the attractions and shops in Adventureland are either indoor or undercover, which makes it great for avoiding the rain and midday sun.
  • Adventureland: Watch out for the spitting camels! Be aware! If the ground is wet DO NOT walk through it!
  • Adventureland: The front half from the plane on the Jungle Cruise is the one used in the Casablanca scene in The Great Movie Ride.
  • Adventureland: During the Holidays, The Jungle Cruise is transformed into the Jingle Cruise.
  • Adventureland: The water on the Jungle Cruise is dyed in order to make it appear much deeper than it really is.
  • Frontierland: Try to ride Splash Mountain last. If you have ever rode a “wet” ride first thing and then walked around the park all day in wet clothes, you know my reasons for this.
  • Frontierland: The Big Thunder Mountain queue is undercover, but it is still very warm during the hot season so don’t get stuck in a long queue around the middle of the day.
  • Frontierland: Sometimes the parades can change and reverse routes to where they could either end or begin at Splash Mountain.
  • Frontierland: If you’re a Vinylmation collector, Frontier Trading Post is the place to trade and sell figures.
  • Liberty Square: Liberty Square is an ideal part of the park to go to and relax during the heat of the day because all of the main attractions are indoors and hold a lot of people.
  • Liberty Square: The Liberty Tree holds 13 lanterns to represent each of the original colonies.
  • Liberty Square: In one of the upper windows in Liberty Square you’ll find two lanterns warning you that the British are coming!
  • Liberty Square: Many of the displays in the waiting area of The Hall of Presidents are authentic items that belonged to former Presidents and their families.
  • Liberty Square: Disney had to get special permission from the U.S. State Government to have the Presidential Seal on the carpet in The Hall of Presidents.
  • Liberty Square: Tucked into a small corner of Liberty Square there is a year-round Christmas Store, Ye Old Christmas Shop.
  • Liberty Square: While waiting in the Haunted Mansion queue, look for the tombstone for J. Thaddeus Toad. It is a nod to the former ride, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
  • Liberty Square: There are two “stretching rooms” in the Haunted Mansion Ride. One fills up while the other empties and vice-versa in order to keep the guests constantly flowing and filling up the Doom Buggies.
  • Fantasyland: You can ride Cinderella’s horse on Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel, it’s the one decorated with purple flowers.
  • Fantasyland: It is said that if you ride the Lilac teacup on the Mad Tea Party, that it is the fastest.
  • Fantasyland: Try and pull the sword from the stone, you just might succeed!
  • Fantasyland: Dumbo the Flying Elephant Ride has a new interactive queue. Inside the Big Top is a play center where you can wait and play, a cast member will give you a pager that will let you know when it’s your time to ride.
  • Fantasyland: In Pete’s Silly Slideshow, you can meet your favorite characters in wacky circus outfits.
  • Tomorrowland: You can skip fighting through the busy Hub area to get to Tomorrowland by taking a shortcut past Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and walking through Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.
  • Tomorrowland: Get a FastPass for Space Mountain whether it’s busy or not. The FastPass line leads you to the right track, which is longer and faster with more bumps and turns.
  • Tomorrowland: There’s a path behind Space Mountain that leads to Fantasyland and the Walt Disney World Rail Road Station in Fantasyland.
  • Tomorrowland: The TTA Peoplemover runs through some of the rides in Tomorrowland and you can snag a great view of the castle. You can look into Buzz’s Space Ranger Spin and Space Mountain and get an above view of the store Mickey’s Star Traders.
  • Tomorrowland: Part of the original model for Epcot can be seen while ridding the TTA Peoplemover.
  • Tomorrowland: Yes, there are tunnels under the Magic Kingdom. You can tour this underground area by taking a “Backstage Magic Tour” or the “Keys to the Kingdom Tour”. These tours do cost extra and only those 16 years and older can attend them.

Thanks for reading along! Stick around and follow my blog because there is so much more to learn! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at nicole@thevacationwizards.com !

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Eat to the Beat Concert Series Adds Eleven NEW Acts at the 2017 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival!

A record 32 musical acts will rev up the Eat to the Beat concert series during the 22nd Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017 at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Eleven new-to-the-festival bands, including Kenny G., Squeeze and 10,000 Maniacs, join 21 fan-favorite musical acts for a diverse lineup of pop hit makers to rock America Gardens Theatre stage throughout the festival’s 75-day run.

Other new acts to appear are: The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, Mark Wills, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox and Blue October.

Guests also can tune into their favorite returning bands that will include festival opening act Delta Rae.  Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily.  The lineup (subject to change and included in Epcot admission) includes:

  • Aug. 31-Sept. 1         Delta Rae “Bottom of the River”
  • Sept. 2-3                  The Hooters NEW! “And We Danced”
  • Sept. 4-5                  Baha Men NEW! “Who Let the Dogs Out”
  • Sept. 6-7                  Fuel “Shimmer”
  • Sept. 8-10                STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • Sept. 11-12              Lauren Alaina NEW! “Road Less Traveled”
  • Sept. 13-15              Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”
  • Sept. 16-17              Sister Hazel “All For You”   
  • Sept. 18-20              Air Supply “All Out of Love”
  • Sept. 21-22              David Cook “Light On”
  • Sept. 23-24              Everclear “Santa Monica”                   
  • Sept. 25-27              Sugar Ray “Every Morning”
  • Sept. 28-29              38 Special “Hold On Loosely”
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1         Mark Wills NEW! “19 Somethin’”
  • Oct. 2-3                   American Authors NEW! “Best Day of My Life”
  • Oct. 4-5                   Christopher Cross “Sailing”  
  • Oct. 6-8                   Devon Allman NEW! “Ragged and Dirty”
  • Oct. 9-11                 Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX “Come Sail Away”
  • Oct. 12-13               Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • Oct. 14-15               Jeffrey Osborne “On the Wings of Love”
  • Oct. 16-17               Postmodern Jukebox NEW! Various Hits                 
  • Oct. 18-20               10,000 Maniacs NEW! “Because the Night”
  • Oct. 21-22               Toad The Wet Sprocket “Walk on the Ocean”
  • Oct. 23-24               Kenny G NEW! “Songbird”
  • Oct. 25-26               Billy Ocean “Get Outta My Dreams”
  • Oct. 27-29               Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1         Hanson “MMMBop”
  • Nov. 2-3                  Blue October NEW! “Into the Ocean”
  • Nov. 4-5                  Living Colour “Cult of Personality” 
  • Nov. 6-8                  Boyz II Men “End of the Road”
  • Nov. 9-11                Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”
  • Nov. 12-13              Squeeze NEW! “Black Coffee in Bed”

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

Festival-goers can also enjoy Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert. Reservations will opening beginning in July 2017.

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