2017 Disney’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot Returning in November

Dates for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot are:  November 24th – December 30, 2017.

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.

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Neil Patrick Harris has performed the narration for several years now and is excellent!  He’ll be back this year too, December 18 -21, 2017.

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:

November 24 to 26, 2017: TBD

November 27 to 28, 2017: Matt Bomer

November 29 to 30, 2017: TBD

December 1 to 3, 2017: Whoopi Goldberg

December 4 to 5, 2017: Pat Sajak

December 6 to 8, 2017: TBD

December 9 to 11, 2017: TBD

December 12 to 14, 2017: Warwick Davis

December 15 to 17, 2017: Trace Adkins

December 18 to 21, 2017: Neil Patrick Harris

December 22 to 24, 2017: CCH Pounder

December 25 to 27, 2017: Jaci Velazquez

December 28 to 30, 2017: Chandra Wilson

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Dates, Times and Location:

November 24th to December 30, 2017

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

America Gardens Theater, Epcot

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So good! (Everyone was commenting on how super thin he is!)

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!  🙂

And, he’ll be returning this year, December 15 – 17th!

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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 24, 2017 and then runs nightly through December 30, 2017.

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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Ticket to see Edward James Olmos narrate from last years processional!

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).

Note:  Cast member auditions for the 2017 Candlelight Processional choir were held this summer in July, and CMs were notified if they were selected as a participant by mid-August 2017.  Rehearsals started this week.

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Dapper Day Spring 2017

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Mickey and Minnie looking very dapper!

What:  Dapper Day Orlando!

When:  Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2017 at 9:00am

Where:  Magic Kingdom (April 29th) and Epcot (April 30th)

Details:  Come dressed in your absolute best!

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It’s always extra fun to Disney Bound on Dapper Day!

For more information go to:  Special Things To Do at WDW on Dapper Day!

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Join us worldwide for Dapper Day Spring 2017! 

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Our friend was at Dapper Day weekend at Disneyland last weekend and had a blast!

Dapper Days, Disneyland, CA:  April 22 – 23, 2017

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Stop in at the Expo in Disneyland.

Official link to planned events worldwide:  www.DapperDay.com

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You’re invited!  Bring your friends!

Spring 2017 Dapper Days

Special rates for Disney hotels in CA and FL are available! See links below:

Sat+Sun April 22+23, DAPPER DAY EXPO Free at The Disneyland Hotel
Sun April 23, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing to Disneyland CA
Sat April 29, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing Day 1 to The Magic Kingdom FL
Sun April 30, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing Day 2 to EPCOT FL
Sat May 6, DAPPER DAY Spring Outing to Disneyland Paris

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A very Dapper Mickey & Minnie out and about at Mickey’s Retreat in January 2016.

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Some photos from Dapper Day 2016 at WDW (photo credit:  DCP Blog)

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The perfect dress for Dapper Days!

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Sweet Dapper Days treats will be available this weekend on Main Street USA.

Specialty Cupcakes at the Magic Kingdom

Guests will love these specialty sweet treats, which look almost too good to eat!

“Hats off to Spring” Cupcakes – Vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream, or chocolate cupcake with mocha buttercream. Each cupcake is topped with a sugar cookie sandwich filled with raspberry jam and coated in white chocolate.

Dapper Quartet Cupcakes (four small cupcakes served together) – Two vanilla and two chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and fondant bowties, with colors matching the Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A.

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Enjoy a picnic lunch

Picnic in the Park

Guests may enjoy a Saturday afternoon picnic in the park on Saturday, April 29. Boxed lunches available at Tomorrowland Terrace, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., with a special reserved picnic area in the East Plaza Garden.  ($14.99)

Lunch comes with house-made chips, fruit cup, Dapper Rose cupcake, fountain beverage, and a choice of:

Fried Chicken

Chicken Caesar Salad

Greek Salad Wrap

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

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How pretty!

Floral offerings on Main Street, U.S.A.

A variety of corsages and rose wands from Disney Floral & Gifts will be available for purchase on Main Street, U.S.A. near Uptown Jewelers.

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Hat’s off to the family on Dapper Day 2017!!!

More dress ideas:

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The purple one of the left looks very “Haunted Mansion”!

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Lovely Dapper Day dresses!  Pretty in green.

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Pretty in red!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2017 Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot and Disneyland

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Disney’s EggStravaganza 2017!

From March 1–May 29, 2017, guests at Epcot can search for special hidden “eggs” themed to Disney characters and record your discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially themed Egg-stravaganza map to represent that location.

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Just follow the signs to buy a map!

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99 at the entrance to World Showcase.

Note:  Easter Sunday is April 16, 2017 and special characters will be out and about for meet and greets, including Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny!!!!!

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Epcot’s Egg Hunt map and stickers for 2017, $5.99

Maps and stickers can be purchased for just $5.99 at the following parks and locations:

Disney World

Epcot – Pin Central, Port of Entry (Showcase Plaza), Heritage Manor (The American Adventure) and World Traveler (International Gateway)

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Epcot’s map

Look how cute those mini prize eggs are this year!

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2017  Maps for Disneyland Egg Hunt

And, Epcot isn’t the only Disney Park that’s holding an Easter Egg Hunt this year!

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Easter Egg cake pops at Disneyland!

Disneyland Resort

The Easter egg scavenger hunt at Disneyland will take place from April 1-16, 2017, at Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park, and Downtown Disney District.

You can buy maps at:

Disney California Adventure Park – Elias & Co., Humphrey’s Service & Supplies, Off the Page, Oswald’s, Sarge’s Surplus Hut and Treasures in Paradise

Disneyland Park – Disneyana, Disney Showcase, “it’s a small world” Toy Shop, Little Green Men Store Command, Pieces of Eight, Pioneer Mercantile and Stromboli’s.

Downtown Disney District – Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, D Street, Disney Pin Traders, WonderGround Galleryand World of Disney Store

Disneyland Resort Hotels – Acorns Gifts & Goods, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; Mickey in Paradise, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel; and Fantasia Shop, Disneyland Hotel

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OMG, cute!

How to redeem by May 29, 2017:  A surprise awaits you!

Whether you choose to hunt for eggs or not, return your map to a redemption location for a special surprise – a mini Easter egg to remember your hunt by.  (You get to keep your map, they just mark it with a star!)

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Epcot: Port of Entry

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Disneyland’s Easter Egg Hunt starts Saturday, April 1st.  So fun!

Disneyland Resort: Disney Showcase in Disneyland park; Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park; and the World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.

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Finding an Easter Egg by China.

We loved doing the Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot! Finding Easter Eggs at Epcot: Where to look

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2017 International Flower and Garden Festival

The extended  2017 International Flower and Garden Festival  runs March 1 – May 29, 2017 this year.

Flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot

Thousands and thousands of colorful flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot.  30 million blossoms!

There’s also brand new limited edition Flower and Garden Merchandise available throughout Epcot.

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Some of the really cute items for 2017.

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We love the D&B bags!

And, for the hungry, take a look at the all new Menu for the 2017 International Flower and Garden Festival, just $3 – $8 per delicious item.

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So cute!

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Welcome!

Here are some clues on where to look for the Easter Eaggs at Epcot:

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Now it looks so obvious!!!

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The cast members we asked followed us outside and laughed when we finally found it!

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Triumphant Elly!  1st egg found!!

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These Easter pins are so cute!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2017 International Flower and Garden Festival – Menu for Event

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Welcome!

Kicking off today and running through the end of May!March 1, 2017 – May 29, 2017 – the extended 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot is amazing!

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Flowers and flowers everywhere!

The complete Food Menu for the 2017 International Flower and Garden Festival is outlined below.

The prices for most dishes are in the $3 – $8 range.

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The F&G Festival is so beautiful!

Full Menus with prices for the 2017 Outdoor Kitchen Gardens:

THE BERRY BASKET – NEW!

Food

  • Lamb chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique – $7.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Field Greens with fresh Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spice Pecans (V) – $4.75, Vegetarian, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet (V) – $4.25, Vegetarian, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverage

  • Founders Raubeaus Pure Raspberry Ale – $4.25
  • Island Grove Blueberry Moscato – $5.25
  • Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep (non-alcoholic version also available) – $8.75, $4.25

 NORTHERN BLOOM – NEW!

Food

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple wood Smoked Bacon (GF) – $6.25,Gluten Free, DDP Snack Eligible 
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables – $6.50, DDP Snack Eligible 
  • Nanaimo Bar – $4.25, DDP Snack Eligible 

Beverages

  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whiskey – $11.75
  • Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic) – $4.50
  • Unibroue Maudite Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Unibroue Éphémère White Ale, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Beer Flight – $11.00

 LA ISLA FRESCA

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce – $6.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Caribbean Conch Salad with Avocado, Mango and Onions – $5.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • FlanCocho: Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager – $4.25
  • Frozen Simply Tropical™ Juice Drink with Cruzan Mango Rum – $9.25
  • Frozen Simply Tropical Juice Drink (Non-alcoholic) – $4.25

 CIDER HOUSE

Food

  • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Branston Dressing with Pears – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare – $5.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (V) (GF) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY – $4.50
  • Caribe Blood Orange Tropical Hard Cider, Florida Beer Company, Cape Canaveral, FL – $4.50
  • Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Strawberry Cider, Wisconsin – $4.50
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (Non-alcoholic) – $4.75

URBAN FARM EATS

Food

  • Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction (GF) (V) – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Fingerling Potatoes – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Crabless Cake with Crispy Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Vinaigrette and Old Bay Remoulade (V) – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Avivé Natural Peach Sparkling Wine, France – $9.50
  • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir, Oregon – $5.25
  • Wildflower Pale Ale, Forbidden Root Brewery, Chicago, IL – $4.25
  • Urban Mary with House-made Pickled Green Bean – $10.75
  • Urban Fairy Cocktail – $11.00
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Pineapple Promenade at Epcot

PINEAPPLE PROMENADE

Food

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips – $7.50
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve (V) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery, St. Petersburg, FL – $11.75
  • Pineapple Mana, Maui Brewing Company, Hawaii – $4.25
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum – $10.25
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $3.50

JARDIN DE FIESTAS

Food

  • Chile Relleno de Picadillo: Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef covered with Tomato Sauce and Garnished with Queso Fresco and Toasted Almonds – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Brocheta de Pollo con Salsa Morita: Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper served with Salsa Chile Morita and Garnished with Micro-Cilantro and Edible Flowers – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Tres Leches: Vanilla Sponge Cake, Cajeta, Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk and Garnished with Orange Zest – $3.95, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Hibiscus Margarita – $10.25
  • Elderflower Pineapple Margarita – $11.25
  • Watermelon White Sangria – $8.75
  • Pacifico Draft Beer with Kahlua Floater – $6.75
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

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Food

  • Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap – $5.95, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries (V) – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V) – $4.50, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea – $6.75
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice – $8.75
  • Dragon Pearl: Beer, Honey, Cream and Tapioca Pearls – $8.75
  • S.G: A cooler of Mango Wine, Strawberry and Ginger Ale – $8.75
  • Plum Wine Cooler – $8.75
  • Tsingtao Beer – $3.50
  • Dasani Bottled Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

BAUERNMARKT FARMER’S MARKET

Food

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips (GF) – $5.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Hugo-Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint – $9.50
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager – $4.25
  • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen – $4.25
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager – $4.25
  • Beer Flight – $9.50

PRIMAVERA KITCHEN

Food

  • Antipasto Misto: Cerignola Olives, Sweet Soppressata and Salami, Ovolini, Mozzarella, Sweet Roasted Peppers and Ciabatta Bread – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Meatball Parmigiana: Hand-made Beef and Veal Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana and Fresh Basil – $7.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Strawberry Tiramisu: Ladyfingers, Mascarpone Cream and Marinated Strawberries topped with Strawberry Sauce (DDP) – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Pinot Grigio – $8.00
  • Chianti – $8.00
  • Prosecco – $9.00
  • Corbinello – $8.00
  • Moscato – $8.00
  • Bellini Sparkling Wine and Peach purée – $10.00
  • Rossini Sparkling Wine and Marinated strawberries – $10.00
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila – $10.00
  • Moretti Lager – $5.50
  • Moretti La Rossa – $5.50
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

THE SMOKEHOUSE: BARBECUE AND BREWS

Food

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw and Crispy Onions – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Bean and Corn Salad (GF) – $6.75 DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverage

  • Zen of Zin Old Vine, California – $5.25
  • Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL – $4.25
  • 3 Daughters Phantasmas IPA, St. Petersburg, FL – $4.25
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL – $4.25
  • Beer Flight – $9.50
  • Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine – $11.75
  • Frozen Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $3.25, DDP Snack Eligible

 HANAMI

Food

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side (V) – $5.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Ahi Tuna Poke Sesame Ginger – $8.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beef Teriyaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger – $6.20, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • SapporoPremium Black Lager – $4.25
  • Kirin Ichiban Pale Ale – $4.00
  • Matcha (Green Tea) Sake Cocktail – $7.50
  • Amabuki Kurenai Junmai Sake – $8.50
  • Ozeki Shin Junmai Sake – $8.50
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

 TASTE OF MARRAKESH

Food

  • Merguez “Hot Dog” Sausage: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Satueed Onions and Green Peppers – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Home-Made Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce – $5.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Baklava (V) – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages 

  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur – $8.00
  • White Sangria – $5.00
  • Guerrouane Red Wine – $4.00
  • Casa Beer – $4.00
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

FLORIDA FRESH

Food

  • Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne: Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust (V) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Poulet aux Écrevisses, Riz Pilaf: Baked Chicken with Crawfish served with Rice Pilaf – $5.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Macaron Chocolat Framboise: Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam (GF) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liquor, White and Red Cranberry Juice – $9.95
  • Kir Pomegranate, Sparkling Wine, Pama Pomegranate Liquor – $7.95
  • Brut de Pêche, Natural Peach Sparkling Wine – $7.50
  • Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blend, C’est La Vie – $5.00
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – $4.25
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Over 70 beautiful topiaries to see!

THE OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Set up around the World Showcase, 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 International locations!

New in 2017, is the addition of two more Outdoor Kitchens to the 13 Outdoor Kitchens returning from 2016.

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The International Flower and Garden Show at Epcot

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We ❤ Dole Whip!

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2017 International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot

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Welcome to the 2017 International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot!

Highlights for the 2017 festival include:

  • 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—some being presented for the very first time
  • Inspirational exhibits, seminars, how-to demonstrations and all-new 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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Bring your camera!!

Kicking off today and running through the end of May!March 1, 2017 – May 29, 2017 – the extended 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot is amazing!

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The 2017 International Flower and Garden Festival starts today!

The Disney pin team has created several limited edition pins featuring the F&G topiaries.

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The 2017 Limited Edition F&G pins.

Other limited edition merchandise will be available at the Festival Center where they hold the special cooking and gardening demonstrations.
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There is a dazzling array of over 70 topiary displays, gardens and exhibits—each featuring seasonal designs or several popular Disney characters, including:

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

Festival Blooms – Future World East and West Lake

Fantasia – Future World West

Ranger Mickey & Friends – Future World

Figment – Future World behind Spaceship Earth

Stitch – Fountain-side of MouseGear

Disney Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear – Near Mission Space

Disney Pixar’s Cruz Besouro from the – Near Test Track

Phineas and Ferb – Near Odyssey Bridge

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto – Showcase Plaza

Anna and Elsa – Norway

Bromeliad Dragon – China

Panda presented by Disneynature – China

The Lion King Featuring Mufasa, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Sarabi, Simba and Timon – The Outpost between the Germany and China Pavilion

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany

Lady and the Tramp – Italy

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Woody

Disney Pixar’s Woody – The American Adventure

Beauty and the Beast – France

Belle – France

The Three Caballeros – Mexico

Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom

Peter Pan, Tinker Bell & Fairy Houses from Pixie Hollow – United Kingdom

Bambi and Friends featuring Bambi, Flower, and Thumper – Canada

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Farmer Mickey

Farmer Mickey & Minnie Located between Future World and World Showcase

Bambi & Friends Featuring Bambi, Flower and Thumper Located at the Canada Pavilion

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Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

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Lovely!

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The Lion King

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Beauty and the Beast

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

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The 2017 merchandise logo

THE OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Set up around the World Showcase, 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!

New in 2017, there are two new Outdoor Kitchens, in addition to the 13 Outdoor Kitchens returning from 2016.

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.

Read the entire Food Menu with prices here:

Full Menus for the 2017 Outdoor Kitchen Gardens

THE BERRY BASKET – NEW!

Food

  • Lamb chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique – $7.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Field Greens with fresh Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spice Pecans (V) – $4.75, Vegetarian, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet (V) – $4.25, Vegetarian, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverage

  • Founders Raubeaus Pure Raspberry Ale – $4.25
  • Island Grove Blueberry Moscato – $5.25
  • Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep (non-alcoholic version also available) – $8.75, $4.25

NORTHERN BLOOM – NEW!

Food

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple wood Smoked Bacon (GF) – $6.25,Gluten Free, DDP Snack Eligible 
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables – $6.50, DDP Snack Eligible 
  • Nanaimo Bar – $4.25, DDP Snack Eligible 

Beverages

  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whiskey – $11.75
  • Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic) – $4.50
  • Unibroue Maudite Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Unibroue Éphémère White Ale, Chambly, Québec – $5.00
  • Beer Flight – $11.00

 LA ISLA FRESCA

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce – $6.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Caribbean Conch Salad with Avocado, Mango and Onions – $5.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • FlanCocho: Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager – $4.25
  • Frozen Simply Tropical™ Juice Drink with Cruzan Mango Rum – $9.25
  • Frozen Simply Tropical Juice Drink (Non-alcoholic) – $4.25

 CIDER HOUSE

Food

  • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Branston Dressing with Pears – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare – $5.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (V) (GF) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY – $4.50
  • Caribe Blood Orange Tropical Hard Cider, Florida Beer Company, Cape Canaveral, FL – $4.50
  • Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Strawberry Cider, Wisconsin – $4.50
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (Non-alcoholic) – $4.75

 URBAN FARM EATS

Food

  • Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction (GF) (V) – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Fingerling Potatoes – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Crabless Cake with Crispy Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Vinaigrette and Old Bay Remoulade (V) – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Avivé Natural Peach Sparkling Wine, France – $9.50
  • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir, Oregon – $5.25
  • Wildflower Pale Ale, Forbidden Root Brewery, Chicago, IL – $4.25
  • Urban Mary with House-made Pickled Green Bean – $10.75
  • Urban Fairy Cocktail – $11.00

PINEAPPLE PROMENADE

Food

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips – $7.50
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve (V) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery, St. Petersburg, FL – $11.75
  • Pineapple Mana, Maui Brewing Company, Hawaii – $4.25
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum – $10.25
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $3.50

 JARDIN DE FIESTAS

Food

  • Chile Relleno de Picadillo: Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef covered with Tomato Sauce and Garnished with Queso Fresco and Toasted Almonds – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Brocheta de Pollo con Salsa Morita: Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper served with Salsa Chile Morita and Garnished with Micro-Cilantro and Edible Flowers – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Tres Leches: Vanilla Sponge Cake, Cajeta, Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk and Garnished with Orange Zest – $3.95, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Hibiscus Margarita – $10.25
  • Elderflower Pineapple Margarita – $11.25
  • Watermelon White Sangria – $8.75
  • Pacifico Draft Beer with Kahlua Floater – $6.75
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

 LOTUS HOUSE

Food

  • Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap – $5.95, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries (V) – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V) – $4.50, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea – $6.75
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice – $8.75
  • Dragon Pearl: Beer, Honey, Cream and Tapioca Pearls – $8.75
  • S.G: A cooler of Mango Wine, Strawberry and Ginger Ale – $8.75
  • Plum Wine Cooler – $8.75
  • Tsingtao Beer – $3.50
  • Dasani Bottled Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

 BAUERNMARKT FARMER’S MARKET

Food

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips (GF) – $5.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Hugo-Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint – $9.50
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager – $4.25
  • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen – $4.25
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager – $4.25
  • Beer Flight – $9.50

PRIMAVERA KITCHEN

Food

  • Antipasto Misto: Cerignola Olives, Sweet Soppressata and Salami, Ovolini, Mozzarella, Sweet Roasted Peppers and Ciabatta Bread – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Meatball Parmigiana: Hand-made Beef and Veal Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana and Fresh Basil – $7.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Strawberry Tiramisu: Ladyfingers, Mascarpone Cream and Marinated Strawberries topped with Strawberry Sauce (DDP) – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • Pinot Grigio – $8.00
  • Chianti – $8.00
  • Prosecco – $9.00
  • Corbinello – $8.00
  • Moscato – $8.00
  • Bellini Sparkling Wine and Peach purée – $10.00
  • Rossini Sparkling Wine and Marinated strawberries – $10.00
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila – $10.00
  • Moretti Lager – $5.50
  • Moretti La Rossa – $5.50
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

 THE SMOKEHOUSE: BARBECUE AND BREWS

Food

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw and Crispy Onions – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Bean and Corn Salad (GF) – $6.75 DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños – $6.25, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V) – $3.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverage

  • Zen of Zin Old Vine, California – $5.25
  • Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL – $4.25
  • 3 Daughters Phantasmas IPA, St. Petersburg, FL – $4.25
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL – $4.25
  • Beer Flight – $9.50
  • Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine – $11.75
  • Frozen Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $3.25, DDP Snack Eligible

HANAMI

Food

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side (V) – $5.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Ahi Tuna Poke Sesame Ginger – $8.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Beef Teriyaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger – $6.20, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • SapporoPremium Black Lager – $4.25
  • Kirin Ichiban Pale Ale – $4.00
  • Matcha (Green Tea) Sake Cocktail – $7.50
  • Amabuki Kurenai Junmai Sake – $8.50
  • Ozeki Shin Junmai Sake – $8.50
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

 TASTE OF MARRAKESH

Food

  • Merguez “Hot Dog” Sausage: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Satueed Onions and Green Peppers – $6.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Home-Made Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce – $5.00, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Baklava (V) – $4.00, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages 

  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur – $8.00
  • White Sangria – $5.00
  • Guerrouane Red Wine – $4.00
  • Casa Beer – $4.00
  • Dasani Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

FLORIDA FRESH

Food

  • Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne: Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust (V) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Poulet aux Écrevisses, Riz Pilaf: Baked Chicken with Crawfish served with Rice Pilaf – $5.75, DDP Snack Eligible
  • Macaron Chocolat Framboise: Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam (GF) – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages

  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liquor, White and Red Cranberry Juice – $9.95
  • Kir Pomegranate, Sparkling Wine, Pama Pomegranate Liquor – $7.95
  • Brut de Pêche, Natural Peach Sparkling Wine – $7.50
  • Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blend, C’est La Vie – $5.00
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – $4.25
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The F&G Festival is so beautiful!

The F&G Festival is so beautiful!  (I took this photo on my cell phone last year!)

THE FESTIVAL GARDENS

And, don’t forget to stop by and see the special butterfly pavilion and all the special gardens of the festival!

From Bonsai trees to butterflies, there’s a bounty of displays ready to capture your family’s attention and imagination. Highlights include:

Bonsai Collection – Branch out to the Japan Pavilion to cultivate an appreciation for an ancient art form that produces the most amazing miniature trees.

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The Butterflies on the Go pavilion

Butterflies hatching.

Butterflies hatching daily.

Butterflies on the Go presented by GoGo squeeZ – Float over to this happening habitat in Future World to get an up-close glimpse at several species of butterflies—they may even brush by your shoulder during the exciting walkthrough tour.

English Tea Garden hosted by Twinings of London – Ripen your knowledge of the art and history of tea during this 20-minute guided tour. Afterwards, capture the cutest photos of tea-flavoring plants tucked inside giant saucers that are strewn throughout the garden.

Floating Mini-Gardens – Gaze upon 225 petite plots drifting on the ponds that border the walkway between Future World and World Showcase.

Health & Healing Garden – Glide over to The Land to discover ancient plants that have the ability to heal!

Illuminated Gardens – See Epcot with new wonder as select Disney topiaries and Festival playgrounds all across the park glow with light as the Flower & Garden fun continues into the night!

Pepper Fire Garden – Think you can take the heat? Head to The Land Pavilion to peek at the world’s hottest peppers.

Prehistoric Plants – Spot examples of greenery that existed when dinosaurs roamed the earth at Future World East.

Purple Martins Presented by Audubon Florida – Stop and listen to the tranquil sound of this special species of songbird at Future World East.

Shakespeare Garden – Thou shalt adore matching up famous quotes to flowers found within this vibrant garden in the United Kingdom Pavilion.

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!

So pretty!

So pretty!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot

One last photo….Thousands of colorful flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot –  30 million blossoms!

Disney Vacation Club’s Exclusive Members Only Lounge at Epcot

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The DVC Member Lounge is located on the 2nd floor of the Imagination Pavilion.

Our friends are Disney Vacation Club members and got to check out the new DVC Member Lounge at Epcot last month.

They liked it a lot.  It’s a great place to take a break when the park is busy.

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Check-in here.

It opened last year in the Imagination Pavilion as part of the 25th anniversary of Disney Vacation Club, and it will continue to stay open through 2017 as Disney celebrates Membership Magic Ever After.

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Walk up these stairs to the 2nd floor.  Have your DVC card out!

Lounge Highlights:

Make yourself at home in the DVC Member Lounge that features:

  • Comfortable seating
  • Complimentary soft drinks
  • Children’s play area
  • Wi-Fi
  • Charging stations
  • Computers with printers
  • Member Services Advisors

When & Where:

  • Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10am to 6pm
  • Location: Second floor of the ImageWorks merchandise location within the Imagination! Pavilion at Epcot

Important Details:

  • Valid Membership Card and photo ID required at check-in. The name on the Membership Card must match the name on the photo ID.
  • Party size is limited to the Member and up to 5 guests per Membership Card.
  • Children may not be left unattended in the Member Lounge.
  • Personal cups may not be used with the Coke Freestyle machines.

 

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DVC member’s only!

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South view.  Lots and lots of glass!

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It’s all about the views!

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FREE soda, iced water, and hot coffee/tea!!!

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Charging stations (free)

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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The 2017 International Festival of the Arts at Epcot

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The brand new International Festival of the Arts at Epcot!

What: 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

When:  Fridays through Mondays, January 13 to February 20, 2017

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Artist at work

Festival Highlights Include:

  • Artist appearances
  • Artful photo ops
  • Workshops and seminars with visiting artists
  • Commemorative merchandise
  • Community arts musical showcase
  • Culinary masterpieces
  • Destinations Discovered Tour
  • Disney on Broadway Concert Series
  • Gallery exhibits
  • IllumiNations
  • Interactive mural
  • Living statues
  • Walking chalk gallery and more!

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  • Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered Tour

 

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Cookie painting!

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

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

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Some of the merchandise available

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!

Several Disney artists will be appearing throughout the festival including Jason Grandt, David Buckley, Jerrod Maruyama, and Kristin Tercek.

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Disney on Broadway concert series

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.

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We really like the t-shirts featuring Figment!

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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