Epcot

Voices of Liberty - Holiday Performance at Epcot

Be sure to visit the Voices of Liberty at the American Adventure pavilion inside Epcot this holiday season. These performances are especially moving and a great way to get in the holiday spirit! 

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Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. He is also the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World blog. 

New Entertainment at Epcot

If you're headed to the Walt Disney World Resort, you can now enjoy a new sound on the streets of the United Kingdom pavilion as the band Quickstep has made their at Epcot debut. Quickstep is a four-member group whose authentic songs draw from Scottish, English and Irish traditions. Their lively, acoustic performances feature fiddle, flute, highland bagpipes, a traditional Irish frame drum and more.

Quickstep now performing at the United Kingdom pavilion inside Epcot.

Quickstep now performing at the United Kingdom pavilion inside Epcot.

Quickstep performs every Wednesday-Sunday, just off the High Street along Tudor Lane at the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot.

Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. He is also the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World blog. 

Attention to Detail: Barnacles on the Epcot Torii Gate

Torii Gate in Epcot's Japan Pavilion

To give the illusion that this is an authentic torii in Japan, Walt Disney Imagineering has clever created barnacles on the base of the gate, just like the one it was modeled after: Torii de Miyajima. Of course, this is World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot, a freshwater, man-made lake where barnacles wouldn't naturally exist. These small, but important details tell a visual story that immerses the guest into a specific time and place - Japan. Most people might not consciously "see" the barnacles, but they do see them collectively with all of the other details. Combined, the details add up to tell a visual story. So, for a brief moment, they feel as though they really are in Japan. 

The Torri de Miyajima served as inspiration for Torii in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

The Torri de Miyajima served as inspiration for Torii in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

 

Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Update 2015

Blockbuster Blooms

All the way from Arendelle, Anna and Elsa topiaries will make their royal debut at this year’s Festival. Set in a garden vignette from the icy “Frozen” world, it’ll be a perfect selfie opportunity at World Showcase Plaza.

Botanas Botanico

The new Outdoor Kitchen between France and Morocco pavilions will showcase treats like Cachapas with Farmer’s Cheese, a sweet yellow corn pancake, and Seafood Ceviche with shrimp, scallops and grouper with mango and avocado. Wash it down with the fresh non-alcoholic punch, La Tizana. Add a splash of Santa Teresa RHUM Orange Liqueur for an adult twist.

Bands

Our new concert series, Garden Rocks, spans the decades. Pablo Cruise and The Little River Band will perform on the America Gardens Theatre stage for the first time, while Gin Blossoms (opening weekend!) En Vogue, John Secada and Taylor Dayne are Festival newbies.

 

Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.