Entries from All Ears® Guest Blog tagged with 'Epcot'

EPCOT Food & Wine Festival – A Timeline

Last year at the annual EPCOT Food & Wine Festival Carol and I discovered a little hidden treat, a pictorial timeline of the Festival. It was tucked away in a corner of Innoventions East, beside the merchandise area where...

The Galleries of Epcot – Morocco: Gallery of Arts and History

by J. Scott Lopes AllEars.Net Guest Blogger What if I told you there was a great attraction to visit that did not need Fastpass and has no queue to wait in? Well, there is such a place -- it’s...

The Galleries of Epcot -- Japan: Bijutsu-kan Gallery

by J. Scott Lopes AllEars.Net Guest Blogger Epcot is home to many unique galleries that house rotating exhibits, one of which is located in the rear of the Japan pavilion. These galleries are a great place to take a break...

BeaverTails

About a month ago Carol and I enjoyed a Canadian delicacy at FebFest, a winter carnival that takes place in our city every year. Our downtown transforms into a winter wonderland as residents enjoy the outdoor skating rink behind...

Disney Legend Marty Sklar learns that inspiration can be a two-way street

Marty Sklar, center, poses for a photo after his presentation at the Festival of the Arts in Epcot in February. From the left are Julian Robinson, Chuck Schmidt, Marty, Janet Schmidt and Gail Robinson. [Courtesy of Gail and Julian...

Science At Your Feet

When you rush through EPCOT’s Future World early in the morning, part of that mad dash toward the standby line at Soarin’, do you ever notice the big circle on the ground? Most of us don’t see it; we’re...

Card Walker gets the ball rolling on Epcot

Spaceship Earth, Epcot Center's icon, during the early stages of construction. [The Walt Disney Company] CHUCK SCHMIDT / Still Goofy about Disney AllEars.net Guest Blogger "What are we going to do about Epcot?" With those words, first spoken in...

Under Card Walker's guidance, Epcot begins to take shape

One of the many concept drawings, done in the mid-1960s, depicting the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow -- Epcot. [The Walt Disney Company] CHUCK SCHMIDT / Still Goofy about Disney AllEars.net Guest Blogger In early 1956, several months after...

The Music of "Impressions de France"

by Al Krombach AllEars.Net Guest Blogger From the first peaceful notes of a lone flute to the concluding triumph of a full symphony orchestra reinforced by pipe organ, "Impressions de France" at Epcot's France pavilion has thrilled generations of visitors...

Epcot DiveQuest: Under the Seas

by Randi Briggs AllEars Guest Blogger This activity at Disney World’s Epcot has become a favorite for my husband and me. If you scuba dive, then you must try this dive when visiting the World. There are two dives...

Epcot Food & Wine Festivals Gone By

I'd like to begin this blog by explaining to you that Carol and I are neither gourmets nor epicures! We are simple “meat and potatoes” people. In fact, for a long time we avoided the Food & Wine Festival...

Remembering Body Wars

Jim's Attic: Remembering Body Wars By Jim Korkis When Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced more information about the Avatar themed area coming to Disney Animal Kingdom, he stated that "Guests will also discover what...

From the Tickle Trunk – Walt Disney World News October 1982

Let's pull another old newsletter out of the Tickle Trunk and look at a very exciting time in the history of Walt Disney World! The October 1982 issue describes the newest theme park, EPCOT Center which opened that month....

Jim's Attic - Snow Queen Ride

The Snow Queen Ride By Jim Korkis The most recent Walt Disney Feature Animation film, Frozen (2013), is the highest grossing animated feature film ever produced, winning Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song. The...

Dining Takes a Good Turn at the Garden Grill

Despite the countless times I have visited Epcot's Land pavilion, the Garden Grill Restaurant was one of the few Epcot dining locations to which I have never been. Many a time, when walking past to go ride Soarin' or...

D23’s Holiday Splendor

D23's Holiday Splendor Event Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, 2013 What if you had an opportunity to view the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with just a handful of others, all of you with special ears...

Experience a World of Flavors at Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival has returned for its 18th year. As always, the Food and Wine Festival features a variety of events and demonstration in addition to the popular marketplaces scattered around World Showcase. One of the...

Jim's Attic: Century 3

Disney Historian Jim Korkis goes up into his imaginary attic to rummage around his archives and often stumbles across an unusual story about Walt Disney World. Those who have met me know that I take real joy in talking about...

EPCOT Trade Celebration 2013 – Part 2

To conclude my report on the annual EPCOT 2013 Trade Celebration I want to share some photos of the gifts and merchandise that I brought home from the event. If you missed Part 1, you can read it HERE....

Epcot Trade Celebration 2013

It was a beautiful day as I drove over the 1000 Island International Bridge; my destination was the Syracuse Airport where I had a 4 p.m. flight to Orlando. It was the start of my annual trip to Walt...

Food and Wine FastPass ??

Although the 2013 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is still some two months away I've been thinking about an idea that I think would be a win-win situation for both the Walt Disney World Resort and its guests....

Jim’s Attic: The Hidden Roy O. Disney Tribute

The Hidden Roy O. Disney Tribute By Jim Korkis Disney Historian Jim Korkis goes up into his imaginary attic to rummage around his archives and often stumbles across an unusual story about Walt Disney World. Those who have met...

Le Cellier on a Budget? It Can Be Done!

Le Cellier, nestled inconspicuously in Epcot's Canada pavilion, is probably one of the most acclaimed and highly recommended restaurants in Disney World. Getting reservations here for both lunch and dinner can be quite a challenge no matter what time...

Nine Dragons: World Showcase's Overlooked Restaurant

I have had the opportunity to dine at nearly all of the restaurants in World Showcase, but there has been one that has continually eluded me. With all the various cuisines and dining options available throughout World Showcase the...

Taking Tweens and Teens to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival

We are just a few weeks away from our (nearly) annual visit to the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. The hotel reservations have been made, plane tickets purchased, and Advance Dining Reservations are in place. I have...

Dining Under the Sea at the Coral Reef Restaurant

For years the Coral Reef Restaurant was a mainstay whenever I visited Disney World; no vacation was complete without dining there. Whenever someone would ask what one of my favorite Disney restaurants was I would answer without hesitation saying...

Disney helps protect ocean wildlife and you can, too

Yesterday Walt Disney World celebrated World Oceans Day with various education stations and interactive activities for kids inside Epcot's The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Even if you missed the event, though, you still can learn about ways in...

Disney Kids and Nature Celebration unites Disney Channel stars, Earth-friendly ideas

Disney Channel actors Laura Marano, Ross Lynch, Debby Ryan, Bella Thorne and Zendaya interacted with youth leaders at Disney's Friends for Change Youth Summit during the Disney Kids and Nature Celebration at Walt Disney World. The Walt Disney Co....

Dining at Chefs de France

A Relaxing Yet Sophisticated Dining Experience at Chefs de France When it comes to having a variety of dining options, the France pavilion in World Showcase offers a little something for everyone. Whether it is just grabbing a freshly...

Girl Scouts to celebrate 100th birthday at Walt Disney World

Girl Scouts will have a unique opportunity to celebrate their organization's 100th birthday this spring with special events at Walt Disney World during Memorial Day weekend. "Bridging into the Next Century" takes place May 25 to 28 at Epcot...

An Exotic Dining Adventure at Restaurant Marrakesh

Even though the Moroccan pavilion in World Showcase has no attractions like some of the other countries, the pavilion is really an attraction unto itself. It is one of my favorite pavilions to walk through because it so completely...

San Angel Inn: From Mexico City to Epcot

When it comes to the countries of World Showcase, Mexico is one of my favorites to spend time in. While the pavilion's Mayan pyramid exterior is certainly impressive, it is what lies inside that makes Mexico truly unique among...

Tables in Wonderland Holiday Party

by John Bowers Guest Blogger This event was held Saturday December 17, 2011 in the Norway Lounge in Epcot. Price: $115 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included. Let's pop the champagne, we have good reason! The holidays are here...

Have a Jolly Good Time at the Rose and Crown

When it comes to truly immersive dining experiences, Epcot's World Showcase offers a tremendous variety of restaurants to try. While each country's restaurants offer something a little different for guests, they share a common thread in that they all...

What's New, What's Next: Disney World - November 10-11, 2011

There's a lot going on at Disney World! The holidays have arrived. Thursday, November 10, 2011 The entrance to Epcot has garland up. The tree is up at the entrance to World Showcase. The Canada pavilion is still being...

A Little Taste of Food & Wine

Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival is one of my favorite times of year at Disney World; there is so much to do, so much to see, and so much good food to taste. One of the things I...

What's New, What's Next: Epcot - October 27, 2011

On October 27, we spent some time at Epcot. My last visit to Epcot was at the beginning of the month. At The Land pavilion, there is a pumpkin patch set up next to the Garden Grill. Part of...

Five Tips for Food & Wine for First Timers

The International Food and Wine Festival is now underway at Epcot thru November 13. This is the festival's 16th anniversary and it seems to become more and more popular each year. This is definitely one of my most favorite...

Pixar 25th Anniversary Weekend at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

by Guest Blogger Al Williamson The Pixar 25th Anniversary Weekend was held the weekend of May 14-15th at EPCOT. I had gotten an email from Pixar earlier in the week and being a huge Disney Pixar fan, and seeing who...

Disney World: What's New, What's Next May 11-16, 2011

Wednesday, May 11 We checked in at our resort a day before the D23 events began so that we could get settled at the resort and eat at a couple of our favorite places. We spent the morning at...

Nature Inspired Design Tour

On April 2, I went on the Nature Inspired Design tour. For a description of this tour, click here. The tour began at 8:15 so they directed me to the Character Breakfast turnstile toward the far left. For this...

Gardens of the World Tour

During the Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot, the Gardens of the World tour is offered. I went on this tour on April 1, 2011. We met in front of Guest Relations at Epcot- this is to the far...

Tutto Italia in Epcot - Dining with Allergies

I have multiple food allergies (nuts, shellfish and smoked cheese) but Disney does a fabulous job of making sure the food I eat is safe for me to eat. I'm not the most adventurous diner because of my allergies...

Candlelight Processional Part I - Candlelight Processional

On December 7, we went to the Candlelight Processional as part of the dinner package. Yesterday I blogged about the Dinner portion at Tutto Italia. Now, onto the Candlelight Processional itself! They let us in the theater just before...

Duffy the Bear - Walt Disney World

By Guest Blogger Sandi Lamborne! On Saturday September 18th my husband and I attended the Duffy the Bear passholder special event held at the Odyssey in EPCOT. We were greeted outside by cast members who checked our names off their...

New Via Napoli "Soft Opens" Early

by John Kurowksi The landscape of the Italy pavilion in Epcot dramatically changed recently as construction scrims and scaffolding came down to reveal the new, highly anticipated restaurant, Via Napoli. Italy, as both a nation and a World Showcase pavilion,...

Flower & Garden 2010

by Emily Owens-Pickle There is no time like springtime, especially at Epcot in Walt Disney World. For several weeks each year this park is transformed into landscapes of color and Disney characters come to life through Gerber daisies, hydrangeas, monkey...

Nine Dragons Restaurant in China Epcot

In Chinese culture, dragons are symbolic of the elements and considered to be forces of nature. Folklore gives mention of nine types of these magnificent creatures, which also represent good-fortune. Dragons were at one time revered by the Chinese...

Epcot's Tutto Italia in World Showcase - a Review

Guest Blogger Jeff Onorato is back, this time with a review of Epcot's Tutto Italia! Like many loyal patrons, I lamented the loss of L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante when I heard the news of their closure back in 2007....

D23 Flower & Fireworks Celebration at Epcot

Guest blogger Cedric Ching attended the first ever D23 event at Walt Disney World on May 31, 2009. He files this report: THE INTRO/CHECK-IN On Sunday, May 31st, 2009, I attended D23's first official member event in Florida: D23's Flower...

Epcot Updates - DizneyMike's World

While I was in Epcot this week I looked for any signs that the Flower and Garden Festival preparations were underway but didn't see any. However, the Innoventions Fountain is still being worked on. Also, the Goju-no-to pagoda in the...

DizneyMike’s World: Innoventions

So, how many of you who have been to Epcot before have taken the time to stop into either Innoventions East or West? Well, if you haven't you're missing some pretty neat stuff. Mind you, Innoventions is meant to educate...

Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure

DizneyMike visited Epcot today and experienced the new Kim Possible Adventure. My wife, Julie, and I headed over to Walt Disney World today to enjoy a cool, January day at our favorite park: Epcot. When we arrived we were surprised...

Celebrating the Holidays at Walt Disney World - Epcot

Like the other parks, Epcot has its own unique large Christmas tree. However, when you enter the park, you don't notice anything holiday related, until you reach the World Showcase. Then, hold on to your Mickey Santa hat, because there...

Family of the Day in Epcot!

by James Goodman Guest Blogger Our family suffered a huge loss from the Flood in the Midwest in the middle of September. One of the items we lost were the two boxes of all of our Disney Souvenirs and memories...

The Beauty of China - Epcot

One of my favorite places in the World Show Case at Epcot is China. I love the details, the art of the entire country. The colors are so rich in the buildings and the landscaping. Not to mention the food...

Bjorn Again A Tribute to ABBA

Once again America Gardens is rocking out. This week the sounds of ABBA are filling the night air for Epcot park goers. Bjorn Again is a group that was formed in 1988 as a tribute to ABBA. Completely in character...

Epcot's Sounds Like Summer Series - Stayin Alive!

Hello All! My name is Amanda. First, a little about myself. Currently, I am working on my Masters of Science in Software Engineering. My family and I just moved to Florida from Colorado last month. One of the first things...

Walt Disney World as a Teen!!! Part 6

Epcot is in my opinion the hottest (weather wise) park! Ugh I hate walking around there on hot days! I recommend going to the Character Connection first, it's air conditioned and the line is very short if you go first...

MouseFest 2007

by AllEars Guest Blogger: Michelle Scribner-MacLean MouseFest 2007 is over and I am left with one question: How can it be possible to pack so much into a few days? As I waited at the airport, ready to leave the...

Epcot Updates

Welcome TrooperBill as our guest blogger. He visited Epcot (8/1/07) and sends these photos and updates: The wand that once adorned Spaceship Earth continues to be dismantled. You can see progress daily. Larger Image Larger Image The House of Tomorrow...

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