Epcot Festival of the Arts

New Epcot Arts Show Brings Together the Best of Visual, Culinary and Performing Arts

The all new Epcot arts Show – Epcot International Festival of the Arts, from January 13, 2017 through February 20, 2017 is a unique mix of Visual, Culinary and Performing Arts that Disney World has to offer. Guest visiting the event will be acquainted with the best of global masterpieces, featuring visual arts, Broadway singers, and incredible culinary experiences for six consecutive weekends at the Resort’s most festive driven Park, Epcot. Indeed a never – before experience for your eyes, ears and taste buds all together.

Epcot Arts Fest

Epcot Arts Fest


The special Epcot Event showcases incredible art works from old Disney art experts, such as Mary Blair and Herb Ryman to present day Disney artist – Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos. Also guests at the Event enjoy live demonstrations of the whole creative process that leads to such amazing creations. Along with the visuals, guests at the Event also come across some of the greatest culinary offerings ever. All the food lovers! Make sure to visit the irresistible Food Studios where the Disney chefs offer their most tempting creations both for your taste buds and the eyes as well.


Another most exciting feature about Epcot International Festival of the Arts is its unique initiative in showcasing performing arts. The extraordinary Event joins hands with the Disney theatrical to make things even more entertaining at the America Gardens Theater stage. The Event presents phenomenal Broadway talents, such as Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland on Jan. 13-16 and 20-23. The Brown and Strickland pair is followed by Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey Jan. 27-30 and Feb. 3-6, while Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White will share the stage on Feb. 10-13 and 17-20. The different pairings are performing songs from award winning Disney on Broadway shows, including Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Aladdin and Newsies, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and more.

The special Event operates Fridays through Mondays over a period of six exciting weekends with each weekend showcasing new arts from historical and current Disney artists. The performances are scheduled at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for each evening of the Fest. No extra fee is required to attend. Entry to the Festival is included in the regular Epcot admission.

Disney World Christmas 2016

Christmas in Orlando Is Extra Magical

The holiday season offers the most wonderful opportunity to visit the world famous theme Parks in Orlando. With so many special events, including parades, shows and miles of dazzling lights and decorations around, it makes a tough choice for the guests. Whether it’s Disney World, or Universal or SeaWorld for that matter, every park has its own unique way of celebrating the epic Story. The crowd is big and so is the celebration. Join the festive fun for a memorable holiday experience.

Magic Kingdom Christmas 2016

Magic Kingdom Christmas 2016

If you are planning to visit Disney World during the Holidays then don’t forget to include the iconic Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom. The Castle comes alive with a breath-taking makeover, featuring over 20000 lights during Christmas. With the special night-time show A Frozen Holiday Wish led by Queen Elsa and her friends Anna, Kristoff and Olaf, the Castle transforms into a glittering ice palace – a sight you really don’t want to miss. Another must visit Magic Kingdom offering is the most popular, separately ticketed Event – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Here you will experience the Christmas magic with Mickey like no other. The annual Event comes with plenty of Festive offerings such as Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and the holly jolly stage show – Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration’, Fireworks and much more.

At Epcot the holly jolly sights of Christmas traditions from around the world is a great fun. Holidays Around the World offers an incredible mix of sights, sounds and flavors of the season from cultures across the globe. The stunning Candlelight Processional, on the other hand takes the popular tradition to new height with awe-inspiring performances from celebrity narrators. Disney’s Hollywood Studios comes with all new Christmas spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Universal Orlando Christmas 2016

Universal Orlando Christmas 2016

At Universal Studios Florida it’s the most amazing ‘Macy’s Holiday Parade’ that brings to life the spirit of the season. The highlight includes sights of amazing balloons and floats, bands, dancers and not to mention the surprising Santa, and the tree lighting ritual. On the other hand, at Islands of Adventure the Grinch is doing his best to ruin the celebrations, coz it’s no Christmas, it’s Grinchmas out there.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas 2016

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas 2016


At SeaWorld the Holiday tradition comes to life amidst a wintry, wet-wonderland. SeaWorld Christmas Celebration comes with special shows and attractions such as the Shamu Christmas Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice with world-famous skaters, and The Polar Experience. Also not to forget the chances of meeting all new Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and friends.

Pandora - The World of Avatar

Avatar Land Opens In Summer 2017

Starting summer 2017, WDW (Walt Disney World) fans will step inside ‘Pandora: The World of Avatar’ – the most anticipated fictional planet of the tall blue Na’vi at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. A visit to this one of a kind attraction will put you right in the middle of the most immersive theme park experience ever. Thanks to the Imagineers in instilling life to an epic concept. Avatar is a unique story. An imagination that has given birth to one of the most successful movie of all time. And now with its live version Disney is taking the excitement to next level.

Imagine a never before canoe ride through the sacred Na’vi River attraction that takes you through the most amazing habitat, featuring bio-luminescent rain-forest, floating mountains and more. You will also encounter Na’vi Shaman – (the character who is so integral to Pandora’s life force) at the end of the family friendly river journey. Guests will also enjoy the most mysterious flight of their life. Just like the way the natives fly on banshees in the movie, guests have their unique banshees to ride over the world of Pandora too.

The latest revelations on Avatar Land is made at The D23 event called the Destination D: Amazing Adventures event in Orlando, Florida. At the Event Disney unveils images that highlights important areas of the attraction such as the Satu’li canteen, Windtraders shopping, Pongu Pongu and more. The company also reveals detail about the bridge that connects Pandora to the rest of the Park area. The story that revolves round the mysterious bridge tells about a destructive company who built it long ago, and now it shows evidence that the evil company is back to accomplish its destructive intent once again.

There were also important updates on another most ambitious project – The Star Wars Land at the Hollywood Studios Park of the WDW Resort. But unlike Avatar Land, there was no opening date announcement for Star Wars as such. However, fans of this famous intergalactic fantasy world can still catch the latest glimpse of the attraction. Disney Imagineers had unveiled a new aerial view of the concept art for the upcoming Star Wars Land.

Castle Projection Show Magic Kingdom

Brand New Projection Show Transforms Cinderella’s Castle into Living Art

The night-time experience at Magic Kingdom Park takes a new leap with the launch of a brand new castle projection show that replaces the old ‘Celebrate the Magic’ projection show. During the occasion the entire Cinderella Castle transforms into a living art. And guests will experience a magical adventure amidst vibrant images and scenes from favorite Disney films. Begins November 4, 2016, the new – Once Upon a Time projection show features many characters and favorite Disney moments from tales such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Frozen. Also include scenes from Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and the many adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Once Upon a Time has its inspiration from the Tokyo Disneyland show of the same name. With one of a kind projection technology, 3D effects and more, it brings to life some of the most unique story-telling moments that Disney has to offer. In the Show you have Mrs. Potts (from Beauty and the Beast) sharing the favorite bedtime stories with Chip. The one of a kind Show takes you on a never-before magical trip that ends in a grand finale with the appearance of more characters from timeless classics and spectacular fireworks display above the Castle.

Whether it’s a fantasy flight with the forever young Peter Pan from London to Never Land or the sight of Mad Hatter’s whimsical tea party, watching Winnie the Pooh and his rise to the top of the castle or the duel between Gaston and Beast waltzing, everything is extra magical about it. Like its predecessor Once Upon a Time uses the best in projection mapping technology to re-create the most fascinating three-dimensional effect, covering every corners and contours of the iconic Castle, from the base to the tips of its towers and turrets.

Once Upon a Time Castle Projection

Once Upon a Time Castle Projection

Once Upon a Time is about 14 minutes long and is essentially the pre-show to the most popular Magic Kingdom fireworks show ‘Wishes’. Once Upon a Time brings an end to the existing ‘Celebrate the Magic’ projection show – one of the most anticipated night-time attractions for the last four consecutive years. November 3, 2016 is the last day for fans to catch this old Show. And if not one can always enjoy the video of the full show by visiting the YouTube Video here.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Show

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Brings the Most Fascinating yuletide Adventure Ever

Walt Disney World is loaded with many new experiences during the Holiday season. And the Resort’s Hollywood Studios Park is no exception. The future home to the most anticipated Star Wars Land dazzles with the festive spirit like never before. It gets an all new nighttime holiday show, featuring world class projections, special effects, fireworks and a sensational score, and not to forget – the ever glittering snow. The mission of finding Santa and bringing him back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve with the elves Wayne and Lanny right in the middle of a unique fun adventure is an experience only possible with the all-new Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Show.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

The special Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Nighttime spectacular show has the entire Chinese Theater facade as its temporary stage. Led by elves Wayne and Lanny the new Show takes us through some of the most memorable holiday moments, featuring scenes from Disney films like Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Bambi, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, including Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. As the duo from the animation “Prep & Landing” embarks on their most fascinating yuletide adventure the entire area turns into a dazzling delight. And the great movie scenes that followed together with the special message from the big Christmas guy contribute to a grand festive finale.

The Show also offers exclusive Holiday Dessert Party experience with reserved viewing areas and includes special desserts and beverage options. Guests can reserved a spot in the courtyard of the iconic Chinese Theater one hour prior to the Show. The Dessert Party guests will also have special 3D glasses – that make viewing even more fun. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday spectacular is definitely the must see Show for the entire family. If you want to include Dessert Party for the Show then charges will go up by additional $69 and $39 for adults and kids.The Show runs at night from November 14 through December 31, 2016. For discounts on general admissions you may also wnat to visit our special Disney World Tickets section.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Hocus Pocus Returns to Disney Halloween Party for the Second Time

The Disney World’s Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular is one of the most popular attractions of the annual Halloween Event hosted by the Resort. This one of a kind castle stage show is a big hit when it was introduced for the first time at the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2015. And as anticipated, the popular stage show returns for the second time now. It brings to life the spooky story from the 1993 classic cult movie right in the middle of the happiest Halloween Party on earth. Hocus Pocus is one of the most favorite and not to be missed Party highlights for Disney fans during the 2016 Event.

If you are attending the special Magic Kingdom hosted Halloween party this year, be sure to visit the Hocus Pocus stage show. Here we have the Sanderson sisters – busy casting their worst spells on the audience. The evil Sisters are not alone, they are accompanied by other familiar Disney villains, such as Oogie Boogie, Maleficient and Dr. Facilier – as they all gathered to help the Sisters prepare the world’s most fiendish potion ever.

Along with the Hocus Pocus show, there are many other special surprises for the Party guests as well. Some of the must visit fun activities and shows the Event offers include the sensational Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade. This special spooktacular parade features some of the most eerily awesome floats with costumed characters, including villains, pirates and not to forget the Haunted Mansion stars. The Parade is truly one of the star attractions with two pre-parades – one led by the Headless Horseman and his hair-raising ride, and the other is the all new Zootopia Party Patrol, can be only viewed from the Main Street USA.

The breath-taking fireworks show – Happy Hallowishes is another must see attraction during the Party. It features an incredible display of fireworks, including castle projections with Disney Villains fill the sky like never before. Again, it’s never an easy task to find such unique Disney characters and take a life-time picture with them. The rare character meet and greet opportunities at the Halloween Party offer the ultimate characters experiences with the likes of Jack Skellington and Sally, Lady Carlotta from Haunted Mansion and many others.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Also last but not the least, we should not forget the sweet and cute candies. They play important role at the Party too. So make sure your special trick or treat bags are full of those before leaving the Party. The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a special ticked Event. The month long Event runs from September 2, 2016 through October 31, 2016 on select nights at the world famous Magic Kingdom Park.

Disney World Annual Passholder programe

Is Disney World’s Annual Pass Still a Favorite Among Those Who Love It Most?

It’s true that the Disney World’s annual passholder program plays an important role every year – pulling the crowd, mostly the locals to the world’s most magical parks in Florida. While the annual passes are packed with many great discounts and offers, they are instrumental in taking the popularity of the parks’ important annual events to next level as well. However, the new developments and recent changes to the passholder program have made things a bit murkier for those who love to have it most. In deed we have a section of the crowd who thinks that the good old pass is diluted with new and unexpected changes today.

The price hike over the past few years and the increasing blockout dates, including other new and not so welcoming changes to the program is taking away the excitements from an otherwise special and popular annual pass program that keeps you coming back again and again. Still for some the price hike is of least concerned as compared to the unique fun and entertainment the Resort promises. But there are others who thinks the hike is a bit aggressive in nature and the blockout dates add up to the wounds.

It’s quite unfortunate to hear things such as – fans of Disney World are reluctant to renew their annual passes, or they are more content with a downgraded version of their passes or like to cancel it altogether. And worst still, some Disney loyal even prefer a Universal Orlando pass over the Disney one. Not that the Universal’s annual passholder programs are cheaper. They are highly prices as well, but comparatively cheaper and offer benefits to parties and premier events such as Halloween Horror Nights.

Though there is no official revelation for the 2016 annual passholder program changes as of yet, speculations suggest a more bleak future ahead. The advent of more blockout dates in upcoming days will definitely make the annual pass program a tough choice to choose from. Off course like every year the change in price and other new implementations are a part of the business and will be always there.

On the other hand, if the speculations are to be believed than it’s quite unfortunate for the fans. But then, Disney is a champion in pulling and retaining its beloved crowd unlike any other. The fact that its annual pass program is hitting a section of guests doesn’t really tells the whole story. We know Disney has an emotional bond with the passholders, and it cannot but only works towards strengthening that unique attachment.

Orlando Theme Park Offers

Orlando Theme Parks Desperate to Attract Guests Following a Slow Summer

For the Orlando Theme Parks – summer 2016 is unexpectedly on the quieter side in terms of attendance. Defying convention, the level of visit stands at a surprising low this time. What should have been the busiest season, turns into a lazy and slow summer with the parks struggling to bring back their usual crowd. Not just Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort, it is happening with almost all the central Florida parks during 2016 so far.

May be it’s the high prices on theme park tickets or lack of other special vacation deals and offers that keep the crowd away. May be there are other global factors such as the low percentage of International travel, etc. that could have contributed to this unusual downturn.

However, the slowness is seen as a perfect opportunity for the budget-minded tourist, and guests holding off their Orlando theme park trips due to high prices, and lack of suitable offers. Truly, the parks are more desperate now. They are throwing the best offers, both in terms of prices and special fun and entertainment options to attract the crowd they always wanted to have.

Indeed we have some serious consumer-friendly opportunities to capitalize on before the end of this summer. Lifting the block out dates for annual pass-holders can boost the visit level by huge margins. And Universal Orlando is doing that with immediate effect. The Resort is lifting all summer block out dates for its lowest tier – Power passes. On the other hand, although not announced yet, Disney World pass holders also have all the good chances of getting relieve from their summer-time block out dates as well. Disney had already done this before when it surprises fans by lifting its block out restrictions during the spring break earlier.

Theme parks hate slow season and they will go against all odds to spice up situations. During such period, one can expect some surprising offers unlike the regular holiday deals. The Orlando theme parks have gone even further in this regard – giving away their most unique offerings to survive a lazy summer set-back. From heavy discounted ticket offers and special price cuts on stays – be it at the Universal Orlando Resort or Walt Disney World for that matter, it’s in fact a very tempting time to re-visit the world famous Florida attractions.

Summer Soak Party 2016

Summer Soak Party 2016

Moreover, if the advent of those newest ride attractions and shows aren’t sufficient enough to convince you, then the parks have opened up dozens of special time-bound events to attract guests such as the newly announced 2016 “Summer Soak Party” by SeaWorld Orlando. So it doesn’t matter whether the all new Kong attraction at the Islands of Adventure or the latest Epcot ride inspires you or not. It can be one of those special limited-time events that forms the most attractive reason for your next visit.

The changes to theme park dining experiences with fresh menus and discounted dining packages also plays important role in encouraging more visitors to the parks. The in-park dining deals this summer are quite an attraction for fans, such as the recently launched special deal by Universal Studios on Coca-Cola Freestyle mugs for the annual pass-holders or the recent developments on Disney World’s dining offers, including changes to popular menus, and coming up of new restaurants and more.

rivers of light - disney animal kingdom

Animal Kingdom’s New Rivers of Light Is Still to See Its Day of Light

The nights at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park are getting brighter with premium nighttime events and activities, but the sensational light show – Rivers of Light is yet to see its dawn. We have an ever-increasing number of Animal Kingdom lovers waiting to celebrate this specially -themed nighttime light show by Disney. Given the follow ups since the first announcement, the all new, one of a kind, exclusive nighttime spectacular is supposed to make theme park headlines about its grand opening by now. However, destiny suggests otherwise.

Today fans are more desperate to know the future of this yet to be launched nighttime attraction. Not that the imagineers are not serious about the project (ever since the first announcement is made) or in handling the preparations for its opening for that matter. But who knows the fate is already scripted. At present the launch of this attraction is confined to some unavoidable delays – might be some technical difficulties, or other internal issues, we don’t know what exactly the cause of this indefinite delay. As theme park lover it hurts to face such unfortunate situations in life. Truly, we have a favorite attraction being postponed until further notice, and sadly there is no new launch date announced as of yet.

When it comes to pending projects, Disney is the one with a long list of unfortunate attractions – future plans and expansions that had been announced with great anticipation only to be cancelled and lost later with nothing to be heard about it. They are history now and moreover, it’s seen that the poor attractions are being wiped out/vanished from the pages of the company’s website as well. Which is not the case with Rivers of Light though. Despite being elusive about its opening, it’s very much there, gracing the official Disney website page dedicated to it. Despite the fear, I hope Rivers of Light will come and definitely light up the skies of Animal Kingdom at night soon.

rivers of light - asian tiger

rivers of light – asian tiger

Rivers of Light is the highlight of the new 2016 summer offerings by Disney World Animal Kingdom. The company had revealed that Rivers of Light will be located at the Discovery River in the Asia section of the Park. The new nighttime show is based on an ancient lantern festival headed by two awe-inspiring storytellers. Beside the storytellers, there will be four animal spirits as well – an Asian Tiger, Tropical Turtle, Great Horned Owl and an African Elephant that keeps returning at different stages during the show to guide you on your journey through the Rivers of Light.

Early Arrival to the Orlando Theme Parks for No Lines

I get the same questions every day from my guests traveling out to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. The question is, “How can we avoid the line at the parks”? The answer is short and sweet, get there early. If you get to the theme parks early, you will have accomplished the biggest task of your day. Getting there early before everyone gets there not only ensures that you won’t have to wait in long lines for the most popular rides, but it will also save you time from the hot Florida sun that will zap your energy level quick!

Most travelers like to wake up kind of early, stroll down to the lobby of their hotel or resort, have a cup of coffee, then head back up to get the rest of the family for breakfast. This takes up at least two hours in the morning and this does not even take in consideration the time needed to travel to the parks. Combine all of this with the crowds rolling in late and security checkpoint lines and bam, you are now in the thick of late morning traffic that everyone hates.

Getting there one hour before the park opens for example at Disney’s Magic Kingdom will not only give you a smooth and stress free experience, but will also get you a very special early morning performance from of all of Disney’s characters before being allowed into their park for the day. After the performance, greeters welcome guests in to enjoy Mainstreet USA for a short period before their rope drop. Many early morning guests then travel back to the top rides with no wait at all. One could ride at least four rides before really encountering any kind of real lines.

When it comes to the saying, “The early bird gets the worm”, this is exactly right when it comes to getting the most while at the theme parks. This method really works best for travelers who can get to bed early the night before and really try to hydrate the evening and morning before arriving at the parks. Waking up early really works best for travelers from Europe due to the time difference. A traveler from England has the clock on their side as they are five hours ahead of us, so the can wake up at 6 am and feel like they slept in until noon! Unfortunately this is not the case for us in the USA.