Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2014 in Full Swing
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival has officially begun! You can find 240 photos here, and I will be posting an article with tips for enjoying the 2014 Festival today.
Snow White is my new favorite topiary this year so far - she isn't totally new, but her face is. Until now, she has been faceless like the other princess topiaries - I hope next year they add faces to all! We have an article about it here.
The flower planters in the water have lights on them this year (below, left). We can't wait to see them light up at night! And Tick Tock Croc (below, right) is in a new location in the United Kingdom, along with Captain Hook.
Woody welcomes guests to The Smokehouse Barbecue at the America pavilion (below, left). Sleeping Beauty and Prince Philip dance again in the International Gateway (below, right).
And our newest Seven Dwarfs Mine Train update with a wall down is here.
We returned three weeks ago from 4 nights on the Disney Dream cruise. We hadn't been back since the media cruise sailing in 2011, it was wonderful to be onboard again! I wrote an article about our Remy Champagne Brunch here and 13 reasons why we recommend a Disney Cruise here.
And Doc McStuffins has arrived at Walt Disney World! She is greeting guests at Disney Junior Play 'n Dine at Disney's Hollywood Studios, with Sofia the First (also new to this location), Jake and Handy Manny. Read our article and watch our videos here!
One of the most satifsying events we have covered in a long time is "Extreme Village Makeover" at Give Kids the World. I volunteer there, and it was wonderful to see the new Memory Makers building that Disney built for the volunteers, familiies and expanded gift shop! Ty Pennington was on hand to help "move that bus"! Read about it here.
We also enjoyed Epcot's newest restaurant, Morocco's Spice Road Table. You can read about that here!
My Thoughts on MyMagic+ Testing with MagicBands for Fastpass+ at Walt Disney World
This is a follow-up to my first article from 3 weeks ago on MyMagic+. When we tested MagicBands in the 2 days before we left for our trip to California, I did not realize how popular the first article would be. The most popular keywords coming into Mousesteps have to do with MagicBands and MyMagic+, and I wanted to give more of my thoughts now that we've tested it on several days.
I was skeptical about MyMagic+ with the accompanying MagicBands when I first heard about the program. Actually, Disney had NextGen in mind when I was working at the Disney Reservation Center in 2000. Back then, we were told that eventually, guests would someday arrive at their resort and be called by name without having to say it themselves. I couldn't even imagine how that would work.
"Frozen" Concept Art Now at Disney's Hollywood Studios - Photos and Video
We always enjoy bringing you the new concept art at Disney's Hollywood Studios - this is the 9th or 10th display we've photographed, and I've been so looking forward to the artwork from "Frozen"! It seemed to take forever to get here, but it is still 2 months until the movie debuts in theaters.
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