Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration at EPCOT’S 2020 International Flower and Garden Festival

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Look for Spike here!

There’s a springtime scavenger hunt going on at EPCOT called Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration. In this hunt, Disney’s favorite honey bee, Spike, has been pollinating his way around the flower and garden festival, giving gardeners of any age the chance to follow his pollination trail around World Showcase at Epcot.

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Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration Map, $7.99

It’s easy to start this new scavenger hunt.  Just pick up a garden map and stickers at Port of Entry, $7.99. Then, it’s time to look for Spike!

Tip:  You can find him in 12 areas around the World Showcase hidden in flowerbeds. Look down low!

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Spike!

As you explore EPCOT’S International Flower & Garden Festival, be on the lookout for Spike as he pollinates EPCOT’S beautiful flower gardens. In each garden, you’ll have to search for the plant Spike has pollinated, identifiable by Spike himself and a Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration plant stake. Once you find him, add the corresponding sticker to your map.

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12 places to look for Spike

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Put a sticker on the map when you find him.

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Buzz, buzz, buzz

After your journey is complete, return your map for a springtime surprise.

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The prize this year is one of 4 plastic drinking cups. You know how we love Orange Bird (cup #2)…

Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration will run for the duration of the 2020 International Flower and Garden Festival, March 4 – June 1, 2020.

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Start at the Honey Bee-stro Garden.

The Honey Bee-Stro Garden – Learn about the importance of honeybees and their hard work in this immersive garden. You can also enjoy some sweet treats and dishes made with honey in the adjoining outdoor kitchen.

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board

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Spike the Bee Souvenir Sipper Cup

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Spike’s Sweet as can Bee t-shirt

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Spike’s tea mug

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Having a fun day at Epcot!

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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During the International Flower and Garden Festival, check out if the Purple Martins have arrived back at EPCOT!

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Look for the sign.

 

2020 EPCOT’S International Flower and Garden Festival

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Highlights for the 2020 International Flower and Garden Festival include:

      • 16 Outdoor Kitchens offering delectable small plates, and flavorful non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages—along with several new food and refreshment kiosks
      • More than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries—including many totally original displays
      • Vibrant gardens, flower towers, wildlife habitats and walkways
      • Inspirational exhibits, how-to demonstrations and farm-to-table dining experiences
      • Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands—with an assortment of debuting acts and dining packages
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    There’s Citrus-flavored food available at the Citrus Blossom booth…including Lobster Tail!!!

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    Bring your camera!!

    The Festival kicks off today and runs through June 1st this year!

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    Beautiful!  So many colors!

    When:  March 4, 2020 – June 1, 2020 – the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival is amazing!

    Where:  EPCOT

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    Flowers, flowers, flowers!  30 MILLION Blossoms!

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    Let’s Dance!

    There is a dazzling array of over 70 topiary displays – some brand new!, gardens and exhibits—each featuring seasonal designs or several popular Disney characters, including some new ones.

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    Remy is brand new for 2020.

    Brand new in Epcot’s topiary lineup is Remy, a rat character from “Ratatouille,” standing on a piece of cheese in the France pavilion. He’s surrounded by planting that represent the ratatouille ingredients. (Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is set to open this summer.)

    Topiary Magic Awaits You!

    Some of the topiaries have moved around due to all the construction, but they’ve all returned this year!

        • Anna and Elsa from Frozen
          Located at the Norway Pavilion
        • Bambi & Friends
          Featuring Flower, Bambi and Thumper
          Located at the Canada Pavilion
        • Beauty and the Beast
          Located at the France Pavilion
        • Bo Peep and Her Sheep with Woody
          Located at Future World East
        • Bold Bromeliads
          Located near The Land at Future World East
        • Bromeliad Dragon
          Located at the Japan Pavilion
        • Buzz Lightyear
          Located near Mission: SPACE at Future World East
        • Captain Hook and Peter Pan
          Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
        • Construction Mickey and Minnie with Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale
          Located between Future World and World Showcase
        • Donald and Daisy with Huey, Dewey and Louie
          Located near Showcase Plaza
        • Fantasia– Sorcerer Mickey, Brooms, Ostriches and Hippo
          Located near Imagination at Future World West
        • Lady and the Tramp
          Located at the Italy Pavilion
        • Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog
          Located between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions at the France Pavilions
        • Pandas
          Located at the China Pavilion
        • Pluto and Goofy
          Located between Future World and World Showcase
        • Remy (NEW!)
          Located at the France Pavilion
        • Simba and Friends
          Featuring Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi
          Located at The Outpost Shop
        • Snow White and Dopey
          Located at the Germany Pavilion
        • Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses
          Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
        • The Three Caballeros
          Featuring Jose, Donald and Panchito
          Located at the Mexico Pavilion
        • Topiary Butterflies
          Located at Future World West
        • Topiary Flowers
          Located near the Main Entrance
        • Winnie-the-Pooh & Friends
          Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
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    The Bo Peep figure, flanked by three wide-eyed topiary sheep from “Toy Story 4.”

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    Lady and the Tramp are still in Italy, but have moved.

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    Kermit riding a bike!

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    Miss Piggy waving.

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    Daisy in front of her garden of daisies.

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    Queen Elsa and Princess Anna.  Look at their hair!!!

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    Snow White

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    Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

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    Lovely!  Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip dancing at sunset.

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    Christian in front of the Lion King topiaries.

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    Beauty and the Beast

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    Sunflowers are my favorite flower!

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    Cogsworth & Lumiere

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    Remy!

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    Don’t forget to get your free Festival booklet. It has all the festival foods listed.

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    30 million blossoms!

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    Load up your Flower and Garden Festival mini gift card with $100 for all the food and drink to try! 🙂  It comes with a paper card embedded with wildflower seeds ready to plant.  Nice!

    OUTDOOR KITCHENS

    Yes, there are flowers, but there’s also special foods available during the festival!

    The food offerings are different than the ones seen at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In many cases, the lead menu item is plant-based.

    “This is all about Mother Earth. … Protein is the secondary star,” Kesting says. “It really showcases all the garden goodness that’s out there.”

    Among the garden edibles: fried green tomatoes, roasted beets, fried cauliflower, potato pancakes with apple sauce, chilled cucumber soup and grilled maple pound cake with peach compote.

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    Roasted corn on the cob!

    Disney is going not only for sights and sounds, but for good smells as well. Outdoor grills will be used for the corn on the cob at the Trowel & Trellis kitchen in Showcase Plaza.

    “It’s like you’re going to a local farmer’s market. You are immersed,” Kesting says. “That’s our goal for any of our festivals.”

    On the liquid side, there’s a delicious beverage at the Citrus Blossom kitchen. The orange cream slushy is a nonalcoholic option that comes in a plastic cup shaped like the Orange Bird character.

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    Last year’s popular Orange Bird-shaped sipper is back!  This little guy is soooo cute!

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    Wrist gift cards for the International Flower and Garden Festival for eating and drinking your way around the world. 😉

    THE OUTDOOR KITCHENS

    There are 16 “outdoor kitchens” at this year’s event, including a new one called Magnolia Kitchen located in the American Adventure pavilion.

    Set up around the World Showcase, the 16 Outdoor Kitchens offer regional and national delicacies to sample and taste, with the emphasis on fresh-from-the-garden goodness. Small plates and beverages give guests the chance to try specialty recipes from many international locations!

    Most dishes are in the $3 – $8 range. Don’t forget that many of these are available for a Disney Dining Food snack credit!

    Our tip:  Plan on spending about $60+ sampling all the cuisine.  Add more for the alcoholic beverages.

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    20% cast member food discount details.  Always ask!

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    Look right behind Buzz Lightyear and you can see the Purple Martin birdhouses.

    Check out the Purple Martins: Presented by Audubon Florida – Stop and listen to the tranquil sounds of this special species of songbird at Future World East. The Purple Martins arrived back at WDW last month and we got to see their nesting boxes!

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    The EPCOT Express Monorail heading back over to the Magic Kingdom.

    THE MUSIC OF THE FESTIVAL

    Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands with new acts added this year.  Always a crowd pleaser!  Air Supply!  Christopher Cross!!!  Tony Orlando!!!

    Get in the Groove

    Move your feet to some of the hottest throwback beats during the 2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion.
    2020 Schedule
    Make a date to catch one or more of our big-name artists live in concert!

        • Peabo Bryson – NEW!
          March 4 and 5
        • The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
          March 6 through 9
        • The Guess Who
          March 10 through 12
        • Simple Plan
          March 13 through 16
        • STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
          March 17 through 19
        • Mark Wills – NEW!
          March 20 through 23
        • The Spinners
          March 24 through 26
        • Sister Hazel
          March 27 and 28
        • The Pointer Sisters
          March 29 and 30
        • Steve Augeri – Former Lead Vocalist of Journey
          March 31 through April 2
        • Blood, Sweat & Tears
          April 3 and 4
        • Expose’
          April 5 and 6
        • Berlin
          April 7 through 9
        • A Flock of Seagulls
          April 10 and 11
        • Atlantic Starr – NEW!
          April 12 and 13
        • Tony Orlando
          April 14 through 16
        • High Valley – NEW!
          April 17 and 18
        • Rick Springfield
          April 19 and 20
        • Christopher Cross
          April 21 through 23
        • Plain White T’s
          April 24 through 27
        • Don Felder – Formerly of The Eagles
          April 28 through 30
        • Don McLean – NEW!
          May 1 and 2
        • Casting Crowns – NEW!
          May 3 and 4
        • Ambrosia with Peter Beckett
          May 5 through 7
        • Thelma Houston – NEW!
          May 8 and 9
        • The Allman Betts Band – NEW!
          May 10 and 11
        • Air Supply
          May 12 through 14
        • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
          May 15 through 18
        • Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – NEW!
          May 19 through 21
        • Claudia Leitte – NEW!
          May 22 and 23
        • Daughtry – NEW!
          May 24 and 25
        • Marshall Tucker Band
          May 26 through 28
        • Crowder – NEW!
          May 29 and 30
        • Survivor
          May 31 and June 1

    The Garden Rocks concert series has shifted to a seven days a week schedule for the run of the event.

    FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE

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    Orange Bird Minnie Ears!!!!

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    So pretty!

    March 2020:  The flowering trees at Epcot are just starting to bloom!

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    Flowers all around the bay.

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    Epcot France Pavilion in the late morning sunlight.

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    Beautiful!

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    At EPCOT’S International Flower and Garden Festival.

    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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    Having a fun day at Epcot! 🙂

4 New Films Have Opened at EPCOT

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Four brand new film experiences debuted at EPCOT on January 17, 2020, the first day of the 2020 International Festival of the Arts.

These are all part of the billion dollar upgrade EPCOT is getting through 2021.

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#1:  “Awesome Planet” film is new at The Land.  The film is showing at EPCOT’s Land Pavilion in the Harvest Theater – the former home to the Circle of Life film.

The 10-minute film is narrated by Ty Burrell.

“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”  amazes Epcot guests with an environmental message that resonates far beyond its final scenes.

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Canada Far and Wide

#2:  “Canada Far and Wide” in Circle-Vision 360 film replaced ‘Oh Canada!’ in the Canada pavilion.

New sweeping panoramic scenes of Rocky Mountains and cities are in the film “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360″, narrated by Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.

It also features new music by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington.

Canada Far and Wide debuts using all new seamless digital technology.  The new 360 movie features all new spectacular scenes of majestic Canada, more story to tell, fresh new music, and more.

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Wondrous China

#3:  “Wondrous China” is a new Circle-Vision 360 film at the China pavilion.

Guests 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. 

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#4: “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in the France pavilion.

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Brand new Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

The previous 30-year old film “Impressions of France” is back, but with an upgrade to 4K projection. Disney Parks officials said it will rotate throughout the day with a “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along.

The sing-along is directed and produced by Don Hahn, who produced the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films.  Angela Lansbery, who played Mrs. Potts in the animated film, narrates the sing-along.

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Two films are being shown daily at the France Pavilion.

Along with the new film, the “Tales as Old as Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen” invites guests to explore six distinct gallery cases inside the Palais du Cinéma.

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Tales as Old as Time. Really cool costumes.

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January 17, 2020: The new 2020 EPCOT logo, back to all caps again!

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Having a fun day at EPCOT! Caroline wearing one of her new 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!

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

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Caroline meeting Mushu.

 

Spaceship Earth at EPCOT Will Be Closing May 26, 2020!

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Spaceship Earth during the 2020 International Flower and Garden Festival.

Disney Parks continues to move forward with the major renovations and upgrades at EPCOT ahead of the 40th anniversary celebration planned for 2022.

Included in the renovation is the complete overhaul of Spaceship Earth.

The update “will focus on the story of humanity, following our long journey from prehistoric humans to today brought to life with magic and depth that only Disney can deliver.”

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The Egypt scene is getting a major overhaul with all the hieroglyphics being dramatically illuminated. Have you ever spotted the Star Wars ones???

Some scenes will be updated and remain in the attraction, to be joined by some brand new scenes that help tell the story of our human experience. In Egypt, for example, the scene will be transformed with new dramatic lighting effects.

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This is a hidden hieroglyphic on one of the pillars on the right hand side of the ride. R2D2 and CP3O!!! (We always look for it!)

The attraction will also featuring new narration and a focus on how light plays a role in our shared journey, “coming to life in dynamic ways in a celebration of the magic that’s possible when we all come together.”

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The entrance to Spaceship Earth is way too congested on heavy load days, especially the Fast Pass queue.  This queue is being redesigned.

The ride’s track will be overhauled with new loading and unloading areas, increasing the ride’s capacity.

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The loading/unloading area will be expanded to increase the ride’s capacity.

The scene at the top of the dome’s attraction where guests look back at Earth from space is being drastically reimagined utilizing the latest in projection mapping technologies.

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Boring!

We’ve always thought LOTS more could be done with the second half of the ride whereby you ride backwards down from the very top of the dome with nothing to look at but light points.  BORING!

Rumor has it that this will be much improved when the ride reopens in 2022.

epcot3For the exterior of Spaceship Earth, Disney will be setting-up projection mapping in mid-2020, covering the entire geodesic sphere with projections during the ride’s lengthy downtime and the redevelopment of the area around it.

It should make for a nice nighttime display as guests are leaving the park.

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Goodbye Starry Nights, the twinkling starlights on the path towards Spaceship Earth.  We loved them!

Goodbye, Starry Nights! As the changes at EPCOT continue they are being turned off and removed  😦  We hope Disney Parks will find a place for them somewhere in EPCOT by 2022.

The major overhaul will cause the ride to close from May 2020 until just ahead of the park’s 40th anniversary in October 2022, two years from now!

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Hmmm…the smell of Rome burning…

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EPCOT seen from the air flying out of Orlando International Airport. Major changes are underway at the entire park!

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Having a fun day at EPCOT! Caroline is wearing one of her new 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!

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The new all caps EPCOT logo:

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January 17, 2020: The new 2020 EPCOT logo debuts at the International Festival of the Arts.  Back to the original all caps again!

‘HarmonioUS’ Fireworks Show is Coming to Epcot Soon

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HarmonioUS at Epcot

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“Epcot Forever” is being replaced in Spring 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”.

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HarmonioUS: Expect large LED floats, very similar to the nightly Rivers of Light floats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks Live Entertainment teams recently passed a major milestone in the development of the show with the delivery of several large floating platforms that will provide the base for the technology used to create “HarmonioUS.”

Watch video of first Floating Platform Barge Arriving here: HarmonioUS Barge Arrives at Epcot

“HarmonioUS” will bring an innovative show of massive floating set pieces that house a variety of show effects, including custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, colorful lights, lasers, pyrotechnics and more to the World Showcase Lagoon.

The show is a magical nighttime dreamscape of Disney music and images where guests can discover how Disney music has the power to inspire and unite us all.

You can catch an early glimpse of concepts for the show now by visiting Walt Disney Imagineering Presents the Epcot Experience, located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion.

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

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HarmonioUS logo

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Epcot-Forever

October 1, 2019 – April 2020.

The current nighttime fireworks show at Epcot is “Epcot Forever”.

“Epcot Forever” has been described as a love letter to the park. The show tells the story of Epcot, beginning with the first spark of inspiration and the opening day anthem, “We’ve Just Begun to Dream,” and continuing through chapters dedicated to the thematic pillars of innovation, exploration, imagination and celebration. It concludes with an all-new verse of the classic song, “One Little Spark,” leading into a spectacular grand finale fireworks show promising “A Whole New World” of magical possibilities to come.

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October 1, 2019 – April 2020.

The temporary fireworks show debuted October 1, 2019 replacing the long-running IllumiNations.

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Epcot Forever

Celebrating the history of Epcot via its music, characters and vision, the Epcot Forever show uses massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, fireworks, lasers, and special effect kites.

Epcot Forever features low flying kites that are visible at night thanks to unique built-in LED lighting.

Watch a bit of Epcot Forever:  Epcot Forever – New Fireworks Show at Epcot

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Illuminated Kites flying soaring during the Epcot Forever fireworks show.

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We love Disney parks fireworks!

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Epcot Forever with the new Epcot logo.

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Having a fun day at Epcot! Caroline is wearing one of her new 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!

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The 2020 International Festival of the Arts at Epcot

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The 2020 International Festival of the Arts at Epcot

The 2020 International Festival of the Arts runs January 17th –  February 24, 2020.

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Welcome to the 2020 Festival of the Arts at Epcot!

Lots More to See, Do and Eat During the 2020 Festival

  • Grab a paintbrush and add color to a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza.
  • Join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art in each World Showcase pavilion.
  • Marvel at and purchase works by Disney’s iconic artists with displays throughout World Showcase.

Watch visiting artists as they create new pieces, from Disney-inspired works to creative art across diverse mediums.

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2020 Festival of the Arts t-shirt

  • Create festival-inspired T-shirts and candles.
  • Explore the Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush, green environment built for exploring.

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    They had these cool life-sized paintings all over the World Showcase.

  • Jump into photo-ops located throughout Epcot, such as the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion where guests can flap their fins in Mermaid Lagoon or get their pirate on at Skull Rock.
  • Indulge in new culinary fun at the Le Cellier Brunch in the Canada pavilion, a leisurely prix fixe bounty each Saturday and Sunday in the relaxing Canadian chateau. Reservations required.

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    See this amazing 3D Moana Chalk Art at Epcot’s 2020 International Festival of the Arts. Yep… it’s actually flat and just sketched onto the sidewalk. So talented! 🙂

  • See amazing sidewalk chalk art!

Three new films will debut at Epcot on the starting day of the festival. Guests can enjoy the “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” at the France pavilion; “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” at the Canada pavilion and “Awesome Planet” at The Land pavilion.

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New 2020 Festival of the Arts Minnie Ears! ❤

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“Where everyone is an artist.”

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Disney paintings everywhere!

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A new wall mural is painted every day.  (Free event)

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It’s fun to see it started in the morning, then come back in the late afternoon and see all the progress made on it.

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We chose the blue color, #7.  You are supposed to paint at least 4 squares in your color.  The festival passport is free.

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The new 2020 EPCOT logo, back to all caps again!

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Free postcard when you’re done painting. The Faces of Figment the day we were there.

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Special LE Magic Bands for the 2020 Festival of the Arts.

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Some Festival merchandise.

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Wineglasses

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Figment’s treasure map for Brush with the Masters.

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Figment’s mug with spoon.

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The coolest things during the Festival are the Living Sculptures!

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There are 6 of them. So cool!

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So cool!

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There are male and female living sculptures.

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Silver, gold, and rose gold metallic colors.  Amazing!

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More things to see and do at the Festival:

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Artists at work.  They paint from opening to closing, when it’s not raining.

Festival highlights include:

  • Artist appearances
  • Artful photo ops
  • Workshops and seminars with visiting artists
  • Commemorative merchandise
  • Community arts musical showcase
  • Culinary masterpieces
  • Destinations DiscoveredTour
  • Disney on Broadway Concert Series
  • Gallery exhibits
  • Interactive mural
  • Living Statues
  • Walking chalk gallery
  • Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered Tour
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Cookie painting!  We tried this sugar cookie!

The Festival of the Arts features several unique food booths, each with an eclectic menu that puts an emphasis on presentation and plating as much as bold flavors.

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Pop Tarts, $4.50. We also got a slice of the Almond Cake.  $4.50

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Paint your own pop tart (with icing!).  Ian says that this is the best poptart that he’s ever tasted!

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Ian’s colorful poptart. It was very good!

Original artwork will be on display at the Odyssey Festival Showplace located in the Odyssey building near the entrance to World Showcase.

In addition, chalk artists will reproduce classic works on canvas as well as park sidewalks, Epcot Living Statues literally come to life and guest performance artists create magic on the spot—with only a wave of their paintbrush!

The America Gardens Theatre offers the free Broadway Concert Series, with songs from Aladdin, Newsies, The Lion King and more. Guests can sing along to sensational, show-stopping renditions of unforgettable Disney hits… bravo!  Visit the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. on each festival day to catch the Disney on Broadway Concert Series.

The show-stopping schedule currently features:

  • Jan. 17, 20, 21 and 24 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
  • Jan. 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
  • Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5 and 6 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • Jan. 27, 30, 31, Feb. 3, 4, 7 and 8 – NEW! Liana Hunt (“Newsies”) and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
  • NEW! Feb. 9 – Special performance featuring Lindsay, Massey, Hunt and Jacobs
  • Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
  • Feb. 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20 and 21 – NEW! Syndee Winters (“The Lion King”) and Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”)
  • NEW! Feb. 24 – Special performance featuring Brown, Strickland, Winters and Scott.

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The 2020 Festival of the Arts.

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Epcot’s Festival of the Arts

Some photos from the 2019 Festival of the Arts:

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This flowerbed was gorgeous! So colorful!

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2019 t-shirt

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Amazing amount of flowers planted ahead of the International Flower and Garden Festival.

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Christian sent us this postcard from the day he went to the Festival.  ❤

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Jump into some artwork by the France Pavilion.

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So pretty at night too!

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We love the way they illuminate Spaceship Earth at night!

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Cheers to the new year!

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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Meeting Mickey and Goofy at Epcot.

My CM friend got me the 2020 Festival Ears!  I love them!

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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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

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

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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