This article was update with more photos and a video on February 17th.
One of the highlights of my year will be when the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off on March 1st, 2017! This is our 11th year of covering it (Mousesteps turned 10 this year), and I always head out to preview the Festival as it takes shape in the few weeks prior to Festival opening. The main flower quilt was installed last week, and topiaries are now springing up around World Showcase and Future World. There should be something new every day now until the Festival starts, and the Festival changes even as it takes place. Here is a look at Epcot as it transforms! This is also the final weekend of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, which has been a huge hit in its debut year.
The water was so still on February 17th, it was easy to take beautiful reflection shots.
Limited Release Figment, River Country, and Disney's Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour Disney T-Shirts Available to Order Through February 23rd, 2017 (FREE SHIPPING Sunday & Monday)
Disney Parks online has three "YesterEars" limited release shirts available to order: Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground River Country Tee; an Epcot Figment long-sleeve tee; and a Disney's Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour tee. These shirts are all adult sized. They are available to order through February 23, 2017 and they are buy one, get one 40% off! They do take 3-5 weeks to arrive. Any purchase made through Mousesteps does help support us, thank you!
Here is information on the Fort Wilderness River Country Tee:
- Distressed screen art for vintage styling
- Fort Wilderness River Country and classic Walt Disney World logos on front
- YesterEars logo with Mickey Mouse on back shoulder
- Contrast ribbed crew neck and cuffs
- 50% cotton / 50% polyester
Rivers of Light is now open at Disney's Animal Kingdom park! Originally scheduled to open April 22nd, 2016 (Earth Day), it took over nine more months to debut to guests. We were there for the first preview day, a week before the actual February 17th opening. Here is a look at photos and video from the show, with thoughts on the dining packages and more. We also have a look at the merchandise at the end of the article.
Paddlefish Restaurant Adds Solid Seafood Dining with Rooftop Waterfront Views to Disney Springs (Review)
We were invited to the Paddlefish grand opening at Disney Springs on Friday night, and then joined blogger friends for brunch on Sunday to get a more complete experience. The iconic boat has gone through several incarnations (as has Downtown Disney/Disney Springs), beginning with the Empress Lilly (I went to a character breakfast there in the late 70's or early 80's), and then as Fulton's Crab House, and now Paddlefish. Levy Restaurants owns Paddlefish, along with the neighboring Portobello as well as Wolfgang Puck Cafe on the Disney Springs West Side. The Disney Springs landscape is now very restaurant heavy, with a lot of terrific dining - both counter service and table service - to choose from. Paddlefish is very much a seafood restaurant, with a handful of items geared toward non-seafood eaters like me. The restaurant started taking reservations a few days after opening.
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is the setting for the Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch at 'Ohana. We booked the breakfast for yesterday since we'd never been. This is our review of the experience, and we will be discussing it on Mousesteps Weekly #216. I've been to 'Ohana many times in the past for dinner, it used to be a favorite of mine - and it was nice to try something new to us. Jeff and I have both been visiting Disney's Polynesian Village Resort for 40+ years, it's surprising the breakfast has escaped us this far. You do want to book this before your trip.
'Ohana is the official name of the restaurant, call it "Ohana's" on social media and you'll likely be corrected. But our server even added the "s" at the end, so it's easy to see where there can be confusion. 'Ohana only offers characters at breakfast, dinner is not a character meal.
The sign outside the breakast says "Best Friend Character Breakfast", but online it adds the "s" at the end of "Friend".
Epcot to Disney's Hollywood Studios Photo Walk Via the Walt Disney World BoardWalk 2017 w/140 Photos
We are updating our photo walk from Epcot to Disney's Hollywood Studios, via the Walt Disney World BoardWalk in 2 pages. This has long been one of my favorite walks on property, at about one mile. I think this was the first photo walk I ever posted, back in 2007 and then I posted new photo walks in 2012 and 2015 (at least once it was reversed, from DHS to Epcot). There have been changes along the BoardWalk since my last photo walk. This really is a "door to door" walk, so I am not going inside Disney's BoardWalk Resort, just walking by it. I photograph the entire walk first, and then time it. There are about 140 photos here.
We are starting at the International Gateway. To the right, guests can enter Epcot. To the left, there is a walkway to the BoardWalk area resorts and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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