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Disney Park and Resort Photo Updates

Disney Park and Resort Photo Updates

Disney-Pixar's "Cars 3" Nationwide Tour Kicks off at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs, Including First Public Appearance of Jackson Storm (Photos, Video)

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Disney-Pixar's Cars 3 is on the road! The film opens on June 16th, 2017, but 27 cities across the country will be part of the Disney-Pixar Cars Road to the Races tour, which just kicked off today at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). The Disney Springs leg of the tour ends on March 26th, but check out the official website to see if the event will be coming to a city near you! Here are photos and video from a media preview today, including new car Jackson Storm, who made his public debut at the event. Cruz Ramirez was first seen during the Daytona 500 week. I expect this tour to be VERY popular! Disney-Pixar Road to the Races ends during the weekend of June 24th and 25th at the Sonoma Raceway in California.

Miss Adventure Falls Family Raft Ride Opens at Typhoon Lagoon (Photos, Video)

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Miss Adventure Falls opened at Typhoon Lagoon today, a new family water raft ride that essentially takes the place of the former Shark Reef even though Shark Reef was in a different location (it closed in October, 2016). The attraction offers the first audio-animatronic in a Disney water park, and a conveyer system so that guests don't have to carry the rafts up a hill. Here is a look at photos and video of the new ride!

I'm starting with the video, and then keep reading for information about the ride and photos.

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Disney's Port Orleans Resort Mardi Gras Pargo Cart Parade Celebrates Disney Transportation (Photos, Video)

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Disney's Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World held its annual Mardi Gras Pargo Parade today (February 28th, 2017), with the theme of "Transportation Magic from Land, Sea, and Sky". It was my favorite of the parades we've shared since we started posting about them in 2012. The Cast Members outdid themselves! Here is a look at photos and video from today. I think it was also the most well attended Mardi Gras Pargo Parade we've seen. I've been asked what a Pargo cart is, it is a golf cart and these are highly decorated.

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Belle Topiary Debuts New Look as Beauty and the Beast Characters Are Added for Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2017

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Back in 2014, Snow White was the first Disney princess to receive a sculpted and lifelike topiary face along with sculpted hands for the Epcot International Garden Festival. Anna and Elsa followed the next year, and now Belle debuts a new look for 2017! She was unveiled a couple of days ago at an event, and is now standing with Beast (also more detailed) in the Epcot France pavilion. Cogsworth and Lumiere are nearby as well. It is always exciting to see changes to the topiaries and displays, I've been photographing the Festival since 2007. This is my favorite time of year at Walt Disney World! Here are a couple of dozen photos from today, with two older pictures to compare and a video from this morning. The characters are based on the Beauty & the Beast animated film, not the live action movie that opens next month.

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2017 Takes Shape as First Topiaries Arrive

This article was update with more photos and a video on February 17th.

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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.

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