Epcot’s Feast of the Three Kings

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Red colors and plants everywhere! Beautiful!

Enjoy Tidings of Joyful Fare

‘Tis the season – embark on an epicurean adventure featuring culinary traditions from countries around the globe.  During the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, guests of all ages can visit themed Holiday Kitchens for flavorful food and beverages that evoke the yuletide spirit.

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Feast of the Three Kings

Travel to the Caribbean for a fa-la-la-la-fabulous fusion of food, drink and culture celebrating the story of the Magi.

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Feast of the Three Kings Holiday Kitchen

This booth, located near World Showcase Plaza, highlights the celebration of Three Kings Day, a religious holiday celebrated in Spain and Latin America as well as the Caribbean.

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Feast of the Three Kings

The full food menu for the Feast of the Three Kings:

Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives

Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce

Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco

Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie

Beverages

Coquito: Tropical Eggnog

M.I.A. Beer Company Tres Reyes Mango Golden

Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater

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$2.50 – $10

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The Three Kings bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for baby Jesus.

Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes Magos) is on January 6, 2020.

Honoring the Three Wise Kings Bearing Gifts

The Epiphany – or the twelfth day of Christmas – is celebrated around the Latino world in many ways with food and presents.

Fanciful Display with Holiday Flowers

The display symbolizes the visit of the Three Wise Kings who followed the shining night star to Bethlehem to see baby Jesus, arriving with gifts on the 12th Day of Christmas, the Epiphany.

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Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays

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Happy Holidays!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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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Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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December 1, 2019: The Epcot Christmas Tree at sunset.

Epcot’s 2019 Holiday Cookie Stroll is a Treat!

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Welcome to the 2019 Holiday Cookie Stroll

Epcot has a sweet event going on for the holidays:  The Holiday Cookie Stroll

It’s a “Cookie Challenge” for guests.

Guests are invited to stroll around the World Showcase and taste five different holiday cookies.

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The cookie challenge is on pages 34-35 of the International Festival of the Holidays passport.

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Challenge accepted!   Done!!!!

Guests receive a coordinating stamp in their International Festival of the Holidays Passport for each cookie sampled.  Once the cookie challenge is completed, the guest receives a free “completer” Mickey holiday cookie.

The cookies included in the 2019 Holiday Cookie Stroll are:

  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen: Linzer Cookie
  • American Holiday Table: Gingerbread Cookie
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen: Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie
  • Feast of the Three Kings: Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen: Black and White Cookie

Completer Cookie: Complimentary Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie at the Holiday Sweets & Treats location.

Guests can share the holiday cookies with their family and friends while strolling or they can complete the holiday cookie stroll over several visits.

Holiday Cookie photos:

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We love Linzer cookies!

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Catch me, catch me, if you can….

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The peppermint pinwheel cookie

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The chocolate crinkle cookie

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The black and white chocolate cookie

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And, finally…the complimentary Mickey Sugar Cookie!

Which cookies do you want to try???

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If you’re caught with your hand in the cookie jar, don’t worry!  You can purchase the 2019 Cookie Stroll Cookie Jar at one of the World Showcase Holiday Markets!

The new Holiday Cookie Stroll is part of Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays and runs November 29th through December 30th.

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Disney World Gingerbread cookies are the best! (Image credit:  Elly Collins)

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LOVE THESE GINGERBREAD COOKIES!!! ❤

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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

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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Two Disney Sisters

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Cookies and hot cocoa = yes please!

 

Celebrity Narrators for the 2019 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

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Dates for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot are:  November 29th – December 30, 2019.

Celebrity Narrators

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. Gorgeous choral pieces performed by an orchestra and various choirs are interwoven with the narration, inspiring the audience with songs of hope and joy.

An exciting line-up of celebrities—including a few new faces and voices—are lending their dramatic talents to the production, have been announced including:

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November 29 – December 1, 2019

Ming-Na Wen – November 29 – December 1, 2019

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Neil Patrick Harris – December 2 – 5, 2019

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December 6-7, 2019

Whoopi Goldberg – December 6 – 7, 2019
Isabella Rossellini – December 8 – 10, 2019
Chita Rivera – December 11 – 12, 2019

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December 13-15, 2019

Gary Sinise – December 13 – 15, 2019
Pat Sajak – December 16 – 18, 2019
Warwick Davis – December 19 -21, 2019
Steven Curtis Chapman – December 22 – 24, 2019
Edward James Olmos – December 25 – 26, 2019
Marlee Matlin – December 27 – 28, 2019
Lisa Ling – December 29 -30, 2019

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December 5, 2018: Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot narrating the Christmas Story.

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He was spotted at DAK walking around with his daughter and a Disney guide the next day.

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Opening event on November 29, 2019 with Ming-Na.

Ming-Na Wen opens the 2019 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays got underway this past weekend with actress and Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen opening the 2019 Candlelight Processional on November 29th.

Ming-Na Wen is known for being the voice of Mulan, and most recently as Fennec Shand in The Mandalorian streaming on Disney+.

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Cast members (in green robes) on the left, visiting high school choir (in yellow robes) on the right.

Dates, Times and Location:

November 29th to December 30, 2019

5:00pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm

America Gardens Theater, Epcot

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December 2018:  NPH was so good! Everyone was commenting on how super thin he is! (Cast members are behind him wearing the green robes.)

Video of  Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot Candlelight Processional. Wonderful!!!

During our DCP program, we went on December 23rd – almost Christmas Eve! – and got to see the Candlelight Processional lead by one of our favorite country singers, Trace Adkins.  It was wonderful!  It really got us in the Christmas spirit!  🙂

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The beautiful new logo for the 2014 Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

The beautiful logo for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

Event Details:

Interested in adding a dining experience to your Candlelight Processional Evening?

Click here:  Candlelight Processional Dining Experience 

The Candlelight Processional is a breathtaking retelling of the Christmas story in words and music complete with a 50-piece orchestra, choir and celebrity guest narrators. The narrator reads the Christmas story and favorite carols of the season are interspersed throughout the program.

The Candlelight Processional is held every night during the Christmas season. The first performance is on November 29, 2019 and then runs nightly through December 30, 2019.

There are three performances each evening at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. The length of the show is about 45 minutes.

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Our FREE ticket to see Edward James Olmos narrate from 2016 Candlelight Processional!  He’ll be back this year on Christmas night, December 25, 2019.

The performance is included in regular Epcot park admission at no additional cost. All Epcot guests are welcome to view this wonderful presentation.

The Candlelight Processional is held in Epcot at the American Gardens Theater in the American pavilion. This is an open air theater and, although there is a roof, you may get wet if it rains. Remember to dress for being outside. Although you are in Florida, it still may be quite cool on a December evening.

The choir consists of members of Disney’s Voices of Liberty (red & black attire), the Cast Member choir (green robes), and visiting high school and guest choirs (gold robes).

CM Update:  Cast member auditions for the 2019 Candlelight Processional choir were held this summer in July, and CMs were notified if they were selected as a participant by mid-August 2019.  Rehearsals started earlier this month.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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December 1, 2019: The Epcot Christmas Tree.

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Happy Holidays!

Epcot’s IllumiNations Ending Sept 30, 2019!

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March 2019: Watching IllumiNations with family for the last time!  IllumiNations has been the 9pm fireworks show a Epcot for nearly 20 years!

After two decades, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” will have its final performance this evening, and the new, temporary Epcot Forever fireworks show will debut Tuesday evening, October 1, 2019 at 9pm.

The current nighttime show opened as part of the park’s Millennium Celebration in 1999 and, after the event ended in 2001, the popular nighttime show remained.

Celebrating the history of Epcot via its music, characters and vision, the new Epcot Forever show will use massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, fireworks, lasers, and special effect kites.  The “Epcot Forever” kites will be viewable at night thanks to unique built-in lighting.

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

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

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Epcot Forever:  October 1, 2019

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HarmonioUS at Epcot“IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth/Epcot Forever” will be replaced in early 2020 by “HarmonioUS,” a new nighttime spectacular that celebrates the role of Disney music in uniting the world.  Disney promises the new show will be “the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park”.

Expect this new fireworks show to last at least 20 years.

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The IllumiNations “Farewell” Merchandise Has Arrived!!!

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

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Whoa.  Tons of Farewell IllumiNations merch this month at Mouse Gear.

The new Farewell IllumiNations merchandise arrived at Epcot this month.

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 until early October 2019.

(Cast members can expect it to show up at Cast Connections by Nov. 1st.)

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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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We watched IllumiNations for one final time with our family in March 2019:

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All the World Showcase pavilions illuminated during the IllumiNations fireworks.  Lovely.

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Red, white, and blue fireworks set to wonderful – and VERY LOUD – 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 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/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Having a fun day at Epcot! Caroline wearing one of her new Minnie Ears.

3 New Films are Coming to Epcot in 2020!

Three brand new film experiences are coming to Epcot.  The new films will all debut on January 17, 2020!

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“Awesome Planet” film is coming to The Land.  Disney announced that the new film will be coming to Epcot’s Land Pavilion in the Harvest Theater – the former home to the Circle of Life film.

“Awesome Planet,” is an on-screen exploration of the realm we call home.  It showcases the spectacular beauty, diversity and dynamic story of our earth with all the grandeur guests have come to expect from Disney Nature films.

With spectacular nature photography, immersive in-theater effects, and space sequences created by none other than Industrial Light & Magic (which provided the cinematic foundation for the Star Wars franchise), “Awesome Planet” will amaze Epcot guests and deliver an environmental message that will resonate far beyond its final scenes.

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Canada Far and Wide

“Canada Far and Wide” in Circle-Vision 360 film replaces Oh Canada!

Canada Far and Wide will debut January 17, 2020 using all new seamless digital technology.  The new 360 movie will include with new scenes, more story, fresh music, and more.

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“Wondrous China” a new Circle-Vision 360 film coming to the China pavilion

Guests will walk through the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest to view this new Circle-Vision 360° film. It’s a warm and appealing introduction to the natural beauty and people of China.

The film utilizes a new digital technology allowing it to be seamless. It’s rumored that a character from the Disney movie ‘Mulan’ will host the new film, we think maybe Mushu.

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Caroline meeting Mushu from ‘Mulan’.

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Having a fun day at Epcot.  (Caroline is wearing one of her Minnie Ears.)

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Mulan is one of the nicest characters you will meet at Epcot!  🙂

Remy’s 2019 Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Hunt at Epcot

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Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Hunt is going on right now around the World Showcase during the 2019 International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.

2019 Remy Hide and seek

Maps are $6.99

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There’s a hidden Remy outside at each country.

The treasure maps for the Remy’s hunt cost $6.99.  For that, you’ll receive a map and a sheet of stickers. The stickers are pictures of Remy with various food items.

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Hi Remy! Found you!!!

You follow the map and find Remy in each country. He’ll be with one of the sticker items like a zucchini, so you’ll peel off that sticker and place it in the circle on the map.

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And the answer is….the France Pavilion!

When you’re finished, take your map back to the shop and you get your choice of a 2019 limited edition Remy pin.

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Don’t forget to pick up your LE pin! (You get to keep your treasure map.)

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Remy’s bottle cozy…2nd one from the right (the blue one, of course).

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2019 International Food & Wine Festival runs from August 29 – November 23, 2019 this year!

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January 25, 2019: Look who was out and about at the Magic Kingdom!!! It’s Remy!  (He’s a “rare” character to spot!)

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June 2019: Major progress on the new attraction in France Pavilion.

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The attraction’s future entrance is coming right along!

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Boat view.

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Massive construction project.

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Preview at D23 earlier this year.

We’ve had several people ask us about how construction is coming along on the new Ratatouille ride at the Epcot France Pavilion.

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April 2018: Before Construction

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June 2019:  Can you spot the ride yet?

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The new Ratatouille ride is to the left of the Eiffel Tower.

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Ride is opening Summer 2020! We can’t wait!!!

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December 2019: Sneak peek at the new ride cars.

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Ratatouille Ride entrance at Disneyland Paris.  The Epcot attraction is a copy of the Paris one.

ratatouille-rideComing to the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase in 2020, the new ride will be based on the popular Disneyland Paris attraction. That 4D ride shrinks visitors down to the size of Remy, the gourmet chef who happens to be a rat, and sends them on an adventure using sophisticated trackless vehicles.

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The Ratatouille Ride.  We’re looking forward to this 2020 Epcot update the most!

france2We are hoping that Disney plans on adding this fabulous Ratatouille Fountain to the Epcot France ride’s entrance too.

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The lovely Ratatouille Fountain at Disneyland Paris.

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Close-up of the Ratatouille Fountain at Disneyland Paris.  Finger’s crossed on this fountain addition.

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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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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/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Caroline holding a little Remy.  He’s so cute!

Epcot’s Club Cool Closed on Sept. 8th

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UPDATE:  Both Club Cool and Fountain View Starbucks closed September 8, 2019!

In anticipation of the huge 50th Anniversary Celebration planned for Walt Disney World Resort in 2021, billions are being spent at Epcot to upgrade the almost 40 year old park, which opened on October 1, 1982 and is really showing it’s age.

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September 9, 2019: Closed for good.

The park’s entire front entrance is being redesigned and several buildings are either being remodeled or torn down completely and replaced.

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August 2019:  Epcot’s Starbucks was inside Fountain View.

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September 10, 2019: The construction walls are up this morning around Fountain View and Club Cool. Photo Credit: BlogMickey

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Walking into Club Cool for a soda. The building that Club Cool is currently in is scheduled to be demolished this Fall, along with the Fountain View building.

Did you ever take the the Beverly Challenge at Club Cool?

WE DID!  

Taking the Beverly Challenge at Club Cool Video Link:  Trying the Beverly Soda for the First Time!

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Lies!  All lies!!!!

Our brother, Christian, decided to take the Beverly Challenge at Epcot’s Club Cool.  We took the Beverly Challenge last year.  It was gross!! We think guys like it wayyyyy more than girls!

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Club Cool at Epcot with it’s free soda tasting stations.

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From Italy:  The Beverly  is billed as a “popular, non-alcoholic aperitif”.

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Christian starting with the Beverly soda.

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Does he like it???!!!

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He says yes!

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Trying other sodas from around the world.  The Fanta pineapple soda is actually pretty good!

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Truth!!

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Yup!  That’s how we feel too!!

We hope Disney Parks brings back Club Cool somewhere in Epcot.

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Having 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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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/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Ahhh, so good!

We’ll miss the Starbucks at Fountain View too!

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Some concept art drawing of the new Journey of Water that’s replacing Club Cool and Fountain View:

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Coming in 2021: The 4 Worlds of Epcot – World Celebration, World Nature, World Showcase, and World Discovery.

Moana’s Journey of Water will be located in the new “World Nature” neighborhood.

Along with the World Showcase, there’ll be 3 new ‘World’s’ at Epcot’s entrance: World Nature, World Discovery, and World Celebration.

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It looks beautiful – like Hawaii in Florida! World Nature

World Nature replaces Future World West and World Discovery replaces Future World East.  Both Future World East/West locations badly needed updating, especially Future World East.

Innoventions West and all the buildings on that side will be demolished as part of the new design before the end of the year.

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Moana’s magical Journey of Water.  Note the new Epcot logo redesign on the poster.

This will be an immersive walk-through attraction with a lot of water features and lush tropical foliage.  Very hands-on for kids.

It looks like they will be adding the popular Jumping Water feature to the attraction.

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Interactive water features for kids. (This is ‘Jumping Water’.)

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Lush foliage. It reminds me a little bit of Avatar over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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“Blowholes” in the “lava” rocks just like what are found in Hawaii! Halona Blowhole

Moana’s Journey of Water is coming to Epcot in late 2020.

This first-ever Disney Parks attraction will be based on the hit film, “Moana,” letting guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring tropical setting.

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A lush tropical slice of paradise with many water features, including waterfalls and jumping water. A 2-story Heart of Te Fiti will be in the center of it all.

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