Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Expands to 62 Days in 2016

Hot on the heels of California Adventure reviving their Food & Wine Festival, dates have been announced for this year's 21st annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The event will take place from September 14th through November 14th this year.

The event now spans 62 days up from 2015's 53 days. Giving everyone ample time to get down and try all the new and returning dishes. Check back for new details as the event draws closer.

Is This How Disney Will Use Drones In Their Nighttime Shows?

Is This How Disney Will Use Drones In Their Nighttime Shows?

A while back Disney filed patents to implement drones into their nighttime shows. Diagrams showed drones carrying large, presumably cloth, characters that would be illuminated and appear to dance in the night sky. 

Disney has also been testing floating lanterns using drone technology. The first application of this should be in Animal Kingdom's Rivers of Light show coming this year. A video recently posted by Guinness World Records shows yet another potential application of drone technology that Disney could take advantage on in their nighttime shows.

The video shows dozens of drones flying together autonomously to create shapes, patters and changing colors. It is pretty amazing to watch. Considering this video is more of a glorified tech demo, one could only imagine what a Disney Imagineer could do with this tech. 

Drones are a very hot topic regarding safety and security. This technology could only be used when winds are mild and far away from guest areas. That leaves Animal Kingdom's rivers, Epcot's World Showcase Lagoon and even the Magic Kingdom's Seven Seas Lagoon as potential options to display such a show. Epcot has been rumored to receive a replacement to IllumiNations in the coming years, that could be our first look at this technology fully realized in the parks. Check back often to see the latest on this topic.

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Top 5 Things to Look Forward to in 2016

Top 5 Things to Look Forward to in 2016

2015 is a distant memory now. Onward and upward into 2016. Nearly every year for the foreseeable future will bring a noteworthy addition to the Orlando theme parks. Here are some good reasons to be excited to visit in 2016.

#5 Disney Springs expands
The transformation from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs wasn't an easy or a short one but the long nightmare is soon to be over. 2015 saw great additions like The Hangar Bar, Morimoto Asia and the Ganachery. 

2016 will see the opening of the Town Center area of the expansion. It will bring with it loads of new shops like Pandora, Lilly Pulitzer, Edison, Sprinkles, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza and many more. 2016 will be a great time to check out Disney Springs as most of the walls will be down and plenty of new storefronts will be open for business.

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Frozen Attraction Coming to Norway Pavilion, Replacing Maelstrom

Rumors have been swirling for some time now about the fate of Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. Today the hammer has dropped and Disney is closing the Norwegian history ride after 26 years. 

A new Frozen attraction will be taking the place of the ride but there isn't much more information than that. Will the attraction be just an overlay on top of Maelstrom? Is it a total rebuild? Is it even a ride at all? All we know so far is Maelstrom is closing October 5th, 2014 and a rumored date for the new attraction is early 2016.

Anna & Elsa will be moving back to the Norway Pavilion. Their meet and greet is set to have a permanent home near their new attraction.

Frozen Summer Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios is being extended once more into the holidays with Wandering Oaken's being moved and expanded.

Elsa will now host the ceremony to light Cinderella's Castle each night during the holidays in the Magic Kingdom. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf will also be appearing in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.

There are understandable many haters of all the Frozen festivities taking place in the parks, especially Maelstrom closing. I for one am pretty excited to see new things in the parks and especially something new in the World Showcase. What do you think?