Happy Canada Day 2019!

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Welcome to the Canada pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.

Happy Canada Day 2019!

The Canada pavilion at Epcot is one of our favorite places, probably because we’ve been to Canada several times and Elly did a Study Abroad program in the beautiful French-Canadian city of Chicoutimi, Quebec.

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Happy Canada Day 2019!

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The gardens that surround the Canada pavilion are lovely.  You can even get married here!

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♪♫♪ Oh Canada…♪♫♪

Of course, we always stop in and watch the O’Canada movie narrated by Martin Short.

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It’s a 360 degree movie.

O’Canada! is a Circle-Vision 360° movie showcasing Canada’s beautiful cities, scenery and people.

Guests watching the fourteen-minute “O’Canada!” movie will view places like Horseshoe Falls, Quebec City, Victoria, and Montreal as well as learn about Canadian celebrities like Mike Myers and Jim Carrey.

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Canada waterfall

This waterfall spot is so lovely!

Many guests don’t realize that at the back of the Canada Pavilion there’s a massive rockwall formation with a mighty waterfall flowing down it. There are several platforms and a small staircase next to the waterfall winding down to a babbling stream.

Guests can arrange to be married or have their vows renewed there.

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It’s the smallest wedding venue at Epcot with seating for just 20 guests.

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Canada Day7Currently, a series of 6 rotating bands perform daily on the Canada Mill Stage.

Current band line-up:  Entertainment at the Canada Pavilion

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Lots of flannel for sale in the Northwest Mercantile gift shop!

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We have this pin!

Flashback Friday:  Seeing Epcot’s Canadian Lumberjack Show

During our first DCP program, a new entertainment act was introduced at Epcot’s Canada pavilion: Canadian Lumberjack Show.

They performed on the Canada pavilion Mill Stage stage and were a hoot.

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Meeting the Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks after the show. So much flannel!  So much muscle!!

We got to see the brand new Canadian Lumberjack Show: The Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks at Epcot’s Canada pavilion last night.

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The Mill Stage smelled so good!!! Like they had been chopping pine trees on it all day!! 😉

The show features a mini-competition between the “blue team” and the “red team.” Each team consists of two lumberjacks as they compete in a series of events, including axe throwing, crosscut sawing and wood carving using chain saws.

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Red Team vs. Blue Team chopping competition.

Conservation is a big initiative for the group, who claim that for every tree that is cut for the show, three are planted in its place.  I must say, it smelled so good when they were chopping wood!  Like we were in the middle of a Canadian pine forest…

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All hunky guys in flannel from Canada!

The act consists of skilled lumberjacks from the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack group, which has performed for crowds around the world and has operated for more than 30 years. The group is based in Kissimmee, Florida.

You can catch their show 6x/day on most days.  If it’s raining or there’s lightning nearby, the show will be cancelled.

Video of the Canadian Lumberjacks Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es1gdrqWbjw

(The Canadian Lumberjack Show replaced Off Kilter, a kilt-wearing, bagpipe-playing band that entertained guests in Epcot’s Canada for 17 years.)

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Enjoying a fun day at Epcot!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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The Canada Pavilion is so pretty at night!

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Oh, Canada! We’ve been here!

Meeting the Fairy Godmother at Disney World

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Meeting the Fairy Godmother on the day we got engaged. She told us: “May all your dreams come true!”  ❤

We have been lucky enough to meet the Fairy Godmother many times at both Disney World and at Disneyland!

She is one of the kindest people that you can meet!

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My mom meeting the Fairy Godmother. She only meets here in front of Storybook Treats when it’s not raining.

She’s a favorite of ours!  She’s just the nicest character that you’ll talk to at the Magic Kingdom!

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Then & Now

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1996:  Meeting the Fairy Godmother at the Magic Kingdom. She noticed that we were wearing the same colors!

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1996:  Caroline going over to give her a hug.

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2019:  Meeting her once again at the Magic Kingdom.  Her Meet & Greet spot is right behind Cinderella Castle.

She got a costume update about 3 years ago.

Can you spot the differences?

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This was the shiny costume she was wearing when we saw her in 2015.  Her costume is now made of soft blue velvet.

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The Fairy Godmother is the sweet and kind fairy that appears to Cinderella when she is in times of need and trouble.

She is a little forgetful, and her spells don’t last past midnight, but through her magic she enables Cinderella to go to the ball to achieve her dream.

With a flick of her magic wand and a Bibbidi Boppidy Boo, the Fairy Godmother is all that is pure and true in the world.

Fairy Godmother Transforms Cinderella’s Dress

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25 years later….

When Amber was 2 years old, she met Snow White at the Magic Kingdom.

“Every single time I saw her until I was 15, she recognized me and knew me by name. She made my Disney childhood so incredibly magical. I haven’t seen her in person since, but I knew she was now the Fairy Godmother. Today, I tracked her down & got to hug her. Best day ever!!”

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And, she also occasionally has to comfort guests:

fairy godmotherShortly following her birth, Janice Murphy’s infant daughter Analiese died from complications related to a rare chromosomal disorder. Murphy recently visited Disney World, bringing with her a purple teddy bear containing her daughter’s ashes.

Murphy wrote that she spent several minutes in the park crying and mourning what she says her daughter will never experience. She lined up to see the Fairy Godmother, and when she finally shared her story with the Fairy Godmother, she writes that she was pretty much floored by her compassionate response.

“Despite your utter lack of knowledge, you included the bear in our interaction,” says Murphy. “And when you found out that my daughter died, and that her ashes are within the bear, you treated her the same way you treat every child that comes to see you every single day: with love, compassion and kindness. When you hugged her, and kissed her cheek, you made me feel like Analiese mattered to you.”

The interaction allowed Murphy to connect with her baby Analiese. She explained, “You helped me feel her spirit in a place she was never able to visit while alive.”

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Cinderella Castle

The beautiful backside of the Cinderella Castle.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Do you know where this Disney wall is???  We do!

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I never noticed this before!

 

Meeting Captain Hook at Disney World

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Captain Hook swinging on by…

Guests can see Captain Hook every afternoon in the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3pm.

He’s on the Peter Pan float and swings on by while standing on the ship’s swaying anchor.

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We like his velvety hair!  (I want to touch it so badly!)

We’ve seen him a few times strolling through Adventureland near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride before the parade.

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The captain waving his hook at guests in line.

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At Hook’s meet and greet:

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He’s a good looking villain!

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And look who was with him!!!

In April 2019, he started greeting young guests at Disney’s Beach Club Resort for dinner.

Dinner with Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew

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That hair!!! ❤

Looking for a Bunch of Scallywags!

Shiver me timbers—Captain Hook and his crew invite you to dinner and to see if ye be worthy of joining their ranks.

Upon entering Pirate Hideaway, seasoned members of Captain Hook’s crew will assist you in the first, most crucial step towards becoming a pirate—receiving your pirate name. Next, they’ll teach you the many skills crucial to life on the high seas such as talking like a pirate, swabbing the deck and singing sea chanties!

Captain Hook himself will be checking in to examine your progress and get you started on your first treasure hunt. You’ll solve puzzles and gather clues on land before setting sail along Crescent Lake.

But beware! For this be not for the faint of heart. Rumor has it there be cursed treasure around these parts. Be you brave enough to seek it?

Beginning April 28, 2019 set sail for Disney’s Beach Club Resort where Captain Hook is on the lookout for new recruits ages 4 to 12.   $55/ticket

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MNSSHP:  Meeting Peter Pan and Wendy…and Captain Hook!

He also regularly appears for some meet and greet time during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Fall.

That’s where we’ve met him.

We also saw him at Castaway Cay when we went on our Disney Dream cruise to the Bahamas.  He certainly gets around!

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Captain Hook and Mr. Smee at Castaway Cay.

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WHAT???!!!  Did Captain Hook kill Queen Athena???

But, remember, he is a villain!

There’s a rumor that he killed Ariel’s mother, Queen Athena!

In 2008, “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” came out and answered the question about Queen Athena’s demise. In the movie’s opening scenes, the terrible tale of Queen Athena’s death by pirate invasion unfolds!

No wonder the mermaids in Neverland are frightened of the pirates who troll and terrorize their waters.  And, King Triton’s complete aversion to humans can be explained, considering humans caused his wife’s death.

Do you think that Queen Athena was killed by Captain Hook’s pirate ship?

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Captain Hook is the dastardly evil pirate villain from Neverland.

Sailing the waters around the enchanted island of Neverland with his crew of misfits and idiots, Hook forever seeks the boy who has caused him so much pain and misery, Peter Pan. The Captain lost his left hand when Peter cut it off and fed it to the crocodile. Since then, the crocodile has been haunting Hook, always wanting more.

Luckily for Captain Hook, the crocodile also ate an alarm clock, so he can hear when the crocodile is near. His evil plans always fail, mainly due to the incompetence of not only himself, but of his downtrodden crew and first mate, Mr. Smee.

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Looking for Captain Hook.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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“Toy Story 4” hits New High with $118 Million Opening Weekend

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At Toy Story 4 opening weekend.

Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” brought the box office to life with a $118 million opening weekend after a three-week slump of underperforming sequels.

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Woody and Bo Peep

The “Toy Story 4” opening, according to studio estimates Sunday morning, ranks as the fourth-highest animated film opening ever, not accounting for inflation. Above it are 2018’s “Incredibles 2” ($182 million), 2016’s “Finding Dory” ($135 million), and 2007’s “Shrek the Third” ($121 million). It’s the year’s third-largest debut, trailing only “Avengers: Endgame” and “Captain Marvel.”

It follows a string of disappointing sequels this spring including “Dark Phoenix,” ”Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “Men in Black: International.”

But “Toy Story 4” has something those films didn’t: great reviews. It rates 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences gave it an A grade on CinemaScore.

We liked it a lot.  4 Stars

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You can take selfies with Forky at both Disneyland and Disney World this week!

The sequel, which introduces the child-crafted plaything Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) to the voice cast including Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, also grossed $120 million internationally, for a worldwide 3-day box office gross of $238 million.

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At Disney World

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Toy Story 4We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Seeing Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Baby!

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And the Oscar goes to……

When we go to Disneyland, we try not to just go to Disneyland (even though that’s pretty hard!)….there are lots of other things to do and see in LA.

Like strolling down the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd.

You start on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine Street in Hollywood and start walking west. [Trivia:  We live on Vine Street!]

There are over 2,600 stars embedded in the sidewalk in the 15 blocks of the Walk of Fame.  There’s a lot to see.

Star Finder: Find the Star

We were interested in seeing all the Disney ones and there are A LOT of those!

(Note:  The area just 1 block off Hollywood Blvd. is a very rough neighborhood!  Only do this walk during the day!)

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We found Walt Disney’s star!  #1 star we were looking for!!!

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It all started with a mouse….

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Snow White has a star too!

The Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

In front of the famous Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.  There are a lot of performers dressed up here doing photo ops.  This is where you can see the handprints and sometimes footprints of stars in the cement.

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Marilyn Monroe’s statue re-enacting her cement signing.

Caroline checking out Marilyn's tiny handprint.

Caroline checking out Marilyn’s tiny handprint.

1937: Snow White Award Walt Disney won a total of 26 Academy Awards, and holds the records for most Academy Awards wins and most nominations in academy history.

1939: Special Award for Snow White
Walt Disney won a total of 26 Academy Awards, and holds the record for most Academy Awards wins and most nominations in academy history.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

Some more Disney-related Star photos:

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Yes, even Disneyland has a star!

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Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, the company’s financial guy, and his best friend.

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Tink’s star

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Yup, Donald has a star too.

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Winnie’s got one.

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Julie Andrews and her star, 1966.

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Such small hands and feet!!!!  Done right after the Sound of Music won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture.

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DHS’s Chinese Theater

We like the Chinese Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and can’t wait for the new attraction to open there in 2020.

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Stormtroopers onstage in front of the Chinese Theater.

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Christian in front of the Chinese Theater.

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Just like the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Disney holds cement signing ceremonies for stars visiting Disney World.   Mark Hamill, 1990.

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Resort Parking Fees Increase at Walt Disney World

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Guest parking at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Guests staying overnight at a Walt Disney World Resort will be charged more for parking starting today.

Disney has updated their Parking Information Page to reflect the increase in the overnight parking fees.

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June 16, 2019

Here are the details:

For reservations made before June 18, 2019 for arrivals in 2019 or 2020:

Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night

Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night

Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night

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It’s always best to just use the free Disney transportation and rent a car on the day you need it.

For reservations made after June 18, 2019:

Disney Value Resorts: $15 per night

Disney Moderate Resorts: $20 per night

Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $25 per night

Complimentary standard parking is available for guests staying at the campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.

These changes come on the heels of the massive increase in prices on Sunday night (06/16/19) for Annual Passes at Walt Disney World.

All of this is ahead of the grand opening of Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge in late August.

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Farewell Merchandise Arrives at Epcot

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Mickey Mouse blowing out the World Showcase torch. Magic Band, $27.99

IllumiNations, the nighttime fireworks spectacular that has been at Epcot for nearly 20 years, is ending September 30th with the new show Epcot Forever premiering October 1st.

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Whoa.

The new Farewell merchandise arrived at Epcot yesterday.

The main logo for the merchandise features Mickey Mouse blowing out the World Showcase torch surrounded by fireworks. Of course, Mickey Mouse blowing out the torch is fitting because of the iconic opening of the show where the narrator blows out the torches at the end of the opening monologue.

The farewell collection can be found at Mouse Gear.

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T-shirt, $29.99

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Ball cap, $27.99

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Travel tumblers, $18.77

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Disney LE pin, $15.99

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Epcot’s IllumiNations Fireworks Show Ending September 2019

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March 2019: Watching IllumiNations for the last time!

April 2019:  Disney Parks announced this week that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will have its final show on September 30, 2019.  It premiered on October 1, 1999.

The new fireworks show called Epcot Forever will debut at 9pm on October 1, 2019.

Watch preview of Epcot Forever:  Epcot Forever – New Fireworks Show at Epcot

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Kites flying high during new the Epcot Forever fireworks show preview.

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Epcot Forever

This is a temporary fireworks show until the new IllumiNations replacement show premieres in early 2020.

The official replacement for IllumiNations, yet unnamed, debuting in early 2020 and will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers. The yet-unnamed show will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world.

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We watched IllumiNations for one final time in March 2019:

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All the World Showcase pavilions illuminated during the IllumiNations fireworks.

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Red, white, and blue fireworks set to wonderful music.

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CP Moment #18: Watching IllumiNations for the first time with your DCP roommates.

VIP Seating for Illuminations

9pm at Epcot.  We’ll miss this fireworks show!  We’ve grown up with it.

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It’s 9pm…so you know where we are!

We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Having a fun day at Epcot!  #TwoDisneySisters

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