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Disney Park and Resort Photo Updates

Disney Park and Resort Photo Updates

Mexican Artist Carmelita Melchor Jimon Painting and Personalizing Catrinas From November 16th - 23rd at Epcot Mexico Pavilion

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Mexican artist Carmelita Melchor Jimon is at Epcot's Mexico pavilion through November 23rd, 2017 with a lot of different handmade catrina figures that can be personalized for those purchasing them. She will be in Plaza de los Amigos from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day. There has been a lot of interest in the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) recently as Disney-Pixar's Coco opens in theaters next week, there is also a wonderful "Remember Me" display that opened about one month ago at the pavilion to enjoy where guests can learn about Day of the Dead, catrinas and other aspects of the holiday. Jimon is a fifth generation artist, creating the figures out of paper mache.

Disney-Pixar "Coco" Concept Art and Maquettes in Walt Disney Presents at Disney's Hollywood Studios (Photos, Video)

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Disney's Hollywood Studios is showing a preview of Disney-Pixar's upcoming Coco through November 29th in Walt Disney Presents. The animated film arrives in theaters November 22nd, 2017! Along with the preview, there is a nice selection of artwork, similar to what you'd find previously in the former Magic of Disney Animation building (that location is now Star Wars Launch Bay). We photographed the various artwork items for years, and now the Walt Disney Presents building tends to showcase animated film concept art and maquettes (we have the Cars 3 display here from May).

The Coco display has no information about any of the artwork. I have posted a number of articles that have had to do with Coco - a couple of book reviews - The Art of Coco and the Coco Read-Along Storybook and CD and then an article about the "Remember Me" exhibit at Epcot. We will have a correspondent at the Coco Hollywood press conference in a couple of days! While I have a familiarity with some of the characters and story, I don't know enough to label everything so I will present the artwork as Disney does - without text. There are some nice maquettes that include Miguel with Dante, along with artwork of all the characters. Coco is inspired by the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Disney's Hollywood Studios Christmas Decorations Arrive, Including New Echo Lake Holiday Location (Photos, Video)

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Disney's Hollywood Studios is now decked out for the holidays! This isn't the earliest the park has decorated, I have been photographing holidays at the parks and resorts for 11 years for our website and one year it was full Christmas on Halloween day. But after ten or so weeks celebrating Halloween, I am glad for the change. And speaking of changes, there are quite a few of them this year. We've already had a year without the Osborne Lights, and last year also saw the new Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! projection show. This year, we will also be seeing the new Sunset Seasons Greetings projection show on the Hollywood Tower Hotel with an official start date of November 9th, 2017. That should look spectacular, but Sunset is already busy most of the time so we'll see how it goes with crowds. When I first heard that Echo Lake would be decorated this year, I wasn't sure what to think - but it is nice, something new. Currently there are no decorations at Pixar Place or Grand Avenue, I am not sure if there will be yet or not.

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Halloween Golf Cart Parade 2017 Photos & Video

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Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground hosted its annual Fort Wilderness Halloween Golf Cart Parade yesterday, and we were there for the 8th year in a row. It is a longstanding tradition for us, and is generally the biggest of the golf cart parades (the others held here are for Christmas and 4th of July). The Halloween golf cart parade was held on October 30th instead of Halloween night. Voting was different this year - the top 5 or 6 carts as chosen by Cast Member judges were brought to the Settlement for guests to then vote on. We didn't stay long enough to see who won. We do have the entire golf cart parade on video, and I am posting a handful of my favorites.

Wall-E was fantastic! Between Wall-E and the Hatbox Ghost, I am not sure which was my favorite.

New Epcot Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Exhibit Opens at Mexico Pavilion in Advance of Disney-Pixar Film "Coco" (75 Photos)

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There is a new exhibit at the Epcot Mexico pavilion called "Remember Me!’ La Celebración del Día de Muertos". Many Disney parks have displays and celebrations currently for Day of the Dead, which is the inspiration for the upcoming Disney-Pixar animated film "Coco". Day of the Dead was first noticed by me at Disneyland many years ago, and there is a large Day of the Dead presence at Disney California Adventure this year. Unlike DCA, I didn't see anything for "Coco" mentioned here yet, but there are 3 or 4 displays not yet filled. It certainly helps Disney guests learn more about the Mexican celebration, which is held on November 1st and 2nd each year. I learned quite a bit that I didn't know.

The exhibit features new art as well as artifacts that are hundreds of years old, blended nicely in display cases throughout the gallery. This is already my favorite exhibit that has run here. There is no current end date on it.

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