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Garden Rocks Concert Series Hits High Notes with Band Favorites at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Between March 3 and May 29
Sixteen music acts of multiple genres with hits spanning the past five decades will play the Garden Rocks Concert Series at the 24th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Running 90 days and kicking off March 1, this year’s festival launches the concert series March 3 to showcase performers every Friday through Monday until Memorial Day, May 29. It’s the first year the Garden Rocks acts will appear every festival Monday.
Simple Plan, Exposé and Berlin featuring Terri Nunn will rock Epcot audiences for the first time. Jon Secada, who first played the Garden Rocks stage in 2015, will kick off the concert series March 3.
Guests can dance in their seats each festival weekend to classic tunes at the park’s outdoor America Gardens Theatre overlooking the World Showcase Lagoon. An eclectic mix of Flower & Garden Festival fan favorites includes 1960s icons Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, ’70s-’80s chart-toppers The Pointer Sisters and ’90s hit-makers Gin Blossoms. On Memorial Day, The Spinners will close the 90-day festival with their R&B repertoire of Billboard top hits.
Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and are included with Epcot admission. Here is this year’s lineup (subject to change without notice):
March 3-4 Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
March 5-6 Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX “Grand Illusion”
March 10-13 The Pointer Sisters “I’m So Excited”
March 17-18 Simple Plan (NEW!) “Welcome to My Life”
March 19-20 Plain White T’s (NEW to Garden Rocks series)“Hey There Delilah”
March 24-27 Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
March 31-April 3 Little River Band “Reminiscing”
April 7-10 Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
April 14-17 Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
April 21-24 The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
April 28-29 Exposé (NEW!) “Point of No Return”
April 30-May 1 Berlin featuring Terri Nunn (NEW!) “Take My Breath Away”
May 5-8 STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
May 12-15 The Guess Who “American Woman”
May 19-22 Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”
May 26-29 The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”
Check out some video of the Blue Angels flying over Magic Kingdom.
Guests can enjoy fun this fall at Magic Kingdom® at Walt Disney World® Resort as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party return in all their glory.
For Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas, 21 holiday-tastic dates include:
- November 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28
- December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22
MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY PARTY DATES ANNOUNCED AT MAGIC KINGDOM AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
Guests can enjoy fun this fall at Magic Kingdom® at Walt Disney World® Resort as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, 32 spook-tacular dates include:
- August 25, 29
- September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
- October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
- November 1
Returning to the Magic Kingdom fright-fest are the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show in front of Cinderella Castle featuring the mischievous Sanderson sisters from the hit Disney film “Hocus Pocus;” Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade; and Happy HalloWishes.
On April 10, 2017, The Polite Pig in Town Center at Disney Springs™ at Walt Disney World® Resort will open, the newest concept for award-winning Orlando Chefs James and Julie Petrakis. The husband-wife team, also owners of The Ravenous Pig and Swine & Sons in Winter Park and Cask & Larder at Orlando International Airport, are opening this newest concept with James Petrakis’ brother Brian.
The Polite Pig will feature “modern barbecue” in an open kitchen, with Southern sides like a tomato and watermelon salad, mac and cheese and smoked corn with lime butter – including a sauce bar with seven different ways to top barbeque dishes, from Layla’s Sweet to Fresno Hot Sauce. The Polite Pig will also serve a solid selection of craft beers and cocktails and features a bourbon bar with more than 50 selections, from small batch bourbons to a Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year Family Reserve.
The restaurant has 190 seats, and the décor pays homage to the beloved swine of The Polite Pig, as well as antiquity. Whimsical pigs on various adventures can be seen throughout the space, and rustic touches are used for custom featured art pieces. Large faded graphics also adorn the main wall of the space adding to the feel of the long-time family run business.
From farm-to-table cuisines to unforgettable Character topiaries, Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World® Resort combines the freshest flowers and flavors from around the world. And, there’s still time for guests to come see all that’s blooming this spring! Check out this video for a closer look!
Opening May 27, Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring Banshees. In collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, Disney is bringing to life the fantasy world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s epic film AVATAR.
Guests will discover two main adventures in this breathtaking new land. Avatar Flight of Passage, sending guests flying above the jungles of Pandora on a Mountain Banshee. Na’vi River Journey is a family-friendly boat ride that sails down a sacred river hidden within a glowing rainforest for an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman.
Hungry adventurers can recharge at Satu’li Canteen, the main dining location, or Pongu Pongu, a drink kiosk with a design as eclectic as its expat owner. Shoppers can stock up on Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more at Windtraders.
Rivers of Light is now open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This new nighttime show will take guests on a magnificent journey with a mix of water, fire, nature and light choreographed to an original musical score. Continuing the park’s transformation from a day-into-nighttime experience, the amazing after-dark experience on the banks of Discovery River celebrates the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans in the world.
– See more at: http://wdwnews.com/releases/2017/02/09/new-attractions-experiences-and-dining-debut-this-spring-at-walt-disney-world-resort/#sthash.IlreFH2j.dpuf
When Walt Disney World® Resort Guests enter Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs™, they can feast their eyes on a gallery of goodies, including cookies, macarons, pastries and signature cakes.
Now guests can learn how to create their own magic during a new Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie beginning March 31, 2017. Reservations are now open, and the experience, which must be booked in advance, will be from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every Friday through May 5, 2017.
During the experience, guests can enjoy complimentary specialty coffee, mimosas and bellinis while they work side by side with the pros at Amorette’s Patisserie to decorate their own Mickey Dome Cake. They’ll learn discover how the team at Amorette’s seamlessly blends artistry and storytelling in cake design, starting with the elegant glaçage (that’s French for “mirror glaze”) and ending with the finishing touches such as chocolate sculpted ears, tail, belt and buttons – all edible, of course.
Guests can even take their cake home to impress their family and friends – it not only looks beautiful, but tastes delicious. Space is limited. The Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie is another exciting offering from the Enchanting Extras Collection, which allows guests to enhance your vacation. Cost is $129 plus tax for ages 10 and up, for one to two Guests working on a single cake. A second cake can be purchased for an additional $40. Reservations are available now, and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining.
In an effort to continually improve the Guest experience, Disney often refreshes their offerings and atmosphere. They recently announced exciting changes that will be made at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort beginning May 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.
Please note Guests who booked reservations at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort prior to March 19, 2017, for arrival May 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018, will receive a $75 Disney Gift Card, per night/per room. The gift card will be delivered upon check-in and may be used at participating Walt Disney World Resort Food & Beverage and Merchandise locations. This offer will not be available for reservations booked March 20, 2017 or after.
As a reminder, Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Banana Cabana Pool Bar and Calypso Trading Post will be closed for refurbishment May 1, 2017-June 30, 2018. A variety of dining options available to guests for meals. Please note the following updates:
- An all-you-care-to-eat buffet offering will be available for breakfast and dinner.
- A selection of grab-and-go meals will be available for purchase in three new island markets located in the Aruba, Jamaica and Martinique regions of the resort.
- Additional a la carte offerings will be available at mobile food vending locations.
- In-room dining will remain available, including pizza, sandwiches and pasta.
- The feature pool—Fuentes del Morro Pool—and leisure pools will remain available.
- Recreation activities and entertainment will also be available.