Chocolate Sculptures at EPCOT Food & Wine Festival

Villains sculpture

Villains sculpture

This is the third year for an EPCOT Food & Wine Festival tradition that’s quickly become of one my must-see exhibits at the Festival Center. Teams of pastry chefs from around the Walt Disney World resort collaborate to create fantastic Disney themed chocolate sculptures. Some of these are really quite detailed and ornate. As another bonus, Ghirardelli is usually giving away free chocolate samples in the same area.

Which of the six sculptures do you find the most impressive?

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Walt Disney World Resorts Add Animated Video Tours

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As you’re planning your next Walt Disney World vacation, Disney has added a new tool to help make your decision a little easier. These new Animated Video Tours will take you through a virtual flyover and visit to some of the most popular resorts.

So far Disney has rolled out bird’s eye views tours for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:

and Disney’s Contemporary Resort:

These animated videos are currently available on Walt Disney World’s website but I’ve seen similar videos on the My Disney Experience app too.

Are videos like this useful in getting you excited about booking a stay at a hotel? Which resort would you like to see next?

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Expansion Rumors Revitalized

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Is the next shoe ready to drop for the upcoming Disney’s Hollywood Studios expansion?

Disney has already closed American Idol Experience and will slowly be consolidating its “Frozen Summer” offerings, the Sing-Along which is expected to move into the former home of American Idol, the ice rink may go away or may be moved, and the store will be moved. But Frozen is expected to have a home at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for some time in the future.

For a long time, the big rumors have been about a Star Wars themed land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, there has also long been a rumor of a second expansion happening simultaneously (or nearly) that would grow the presence of Pixar Studios in the park.

Those Pixar Place rumors have been growing significantly louder recently. Word is that the Studio Backlot Tour will be closing forever on September 27th and that adjoining areas, restaurants, and outdoor vending would close beginning in early October. Meanwhile the Oaken’s Trading Post store will move to the old exit area for the Studio Tour (the former AFI exhibit). It’s believed that will make way for a third track to be added to Toy Story Midway Mania in the warehouse currently home to the ice rink.

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Learn to Draw: Grumpy

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It’s time for another video in the Learn to Draw Disney character series. This week it’s Grumpy from the Walt Disney classic animated tale of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The host in this video is Brian James Fichtner from Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Heigh=ho it’s off to the drawing board we go!

Keep practicing and soon you too can work for Disney animation.

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Win a trip to Disney’s Aulani

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I’m very sad that Disney’s Aulani didn’t open up while I still lived on the west coast and a trip to Hawaii seemed a lot more achievable. Alas, I’ll just have to suffer with Walt Disney World a stone’s throw a way.

However, if you want to get to Aulani, Disney may have just the trick to help you experience one of the company’s best new vacation options. Enter the Boldly Go Sweepstakes for a chance to live life unleashed and win a trip to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa! Enter daily for to increase your chance to win.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive some unbelievable perks, including:

  • Roundtrip Airfare for 4 to the island of Oahu, including ground transportation to and from the resort.
  • 6 nights and 7 days in a sumptuous villa inspired by the wonders and traditions of Hawaiian island beauty.
  • Resort credit for most meals;
  • The chance to experience up to 3 exciting excursions of your choice.

That’s a pretty spectacular prize. It even includes cash to cover the taxes for the winner. That’s pretty nice,

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