Love it, Hate it, Update it Epcot

Love it, Hate it, Update it Epcot

Sarah Tickner is back at it, reporting on what she loves, hates and would love to see updated at EPCOT! Do you agree?

Love it

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind- This roller coaster is nothing short of awesome. It is a super smooth ride, and one of the largest indoor roller coasters in the world. The songs are fun and with 6 different ones, chances are it will feel different with each song choice. This is a great addition to Epcot.

Hate it

Mission Space – I will say this, I have never been on this ride. Because I have heard so many people complain of motion sickness and I am prone to it myself. I know there is a new less intense version, but I don’t know if I can ever give it a chance. 

Update it

Test Track

This had an upgrade not too long ago, to give riders a more immersive experience. However, I still find this attraction mediocre at best. I rode as a single rider, so I did miss building a car, but the ride itself, in my opinion, is boring. I am not sure how to update it to make it more exciting in general, but maybe they could take a cue from Radiator Springs Racers, as that has the same ride vehicle type, but is much more fun. 

Disney Cruise Line Health and Safety Update

Disney Cruise Line Health and Safety Update

Beginning Oct. 14, 2022, for Disney WonderDisney DreamDisney Fantasy, and Disney Wish sailings and Nov. 7, 2022 for Disney Magic sailings, Disney Cruise Line will no longer require Guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of sailing, however, it is highly recommended. All Guests ages 5 years and older who are not fully vaccinated (Unvaccinated Guests) will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 1-2 days before the sail date. Guests ages 4 years of age and younger do not require testing.

From Disney:

Beginning October 14, 2022, for Disney WonderDisney DreamDisney Fantasy, and Disney Wish sailings, Disney Cruise Line will no longer require Guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of sailing, however, it is highly recommended. All Guests ages 5 years and older who are not fully vaccinated (Unvaccinated Guests) will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 1-2 days before the sail date. Guests ages 4 years of age and younger do not require testing. Acceptable vaccines and testing information can be found in the Know Before You Go section of our website.

 COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Disney WonderDisney DreamDisney Fantasy, and Disney Wish sailings from the U.S. beginning October 14, 2022
Fully Vaccinated Guests No testing required. 
Unvaccinated Guests(ages 5 years and older)COVID-19 test required 1-2 days before the sail date. The test may be an observed antigen test through a proctored telehealth service with digital results. A rapid or lab-based PCR test, or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) is also acceptable. 
Unvaccinated Guests (ages 4 years and younger)No testing required.

You can find additional information and details in the  Know Before You Go section of Disneycruiseline.com.

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays – Candlelight Processional

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays – Candlelight Processional

It’s that time of year again! I know so many of you love all the Halloween Festivities, and I admit…I do love Food and Wine Festival HOWEVER my favorite time of year is hands down CHRISTMAS!! I’m so excited to see the lineup for this year’s Candlelight processional!

If you’ve never been, Candlelight Processional is the retelling of the story of Christmas, with celebrity narrators and a full orchestra and choir. It is truly moving and magical!! Enjoy the decorations around World Showcase as well as sample holiday food during EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays!

  • TBA
    November 25 and 26, 2022
  • Edward James Olmos
    November 27 through 29, 2022
  • Raul Esparza
    November 30 and December 1, 2022
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    December 2 and December 3, 2022
  • Isabella Rossellini
    December 4 through December 6, 2022
  • TBA
    December 7 and December 9, 2022
  • Josh Gad
    December 10 through December 12, 2022
  • Gloria Estefan
    December 13 and December 14, 2022
  • Neil Patrick Harris
    December 15 through December 18, 2022
  • Mariska Hargitay
    December 19 and December 20, 2022
  • Cal Ripken Jr.
    December 21 through December 23, 2022
  • Marie Osmond
    December 24 through December 26, 2022
  • Courtney Vance
    December 27 and December 28, 2022
  • Angela Bassett
    December 29 and December 30, 2022

If you want to see this amazing, moving, holiday show, we highly recommend booking a Candlelight Processional Dining Packages! Beginning October 6, 2022, you can secure your spot for this limited-time experience by booking online.

Dining Packages and Prices

Feast on fabulous food for lunch or dinner! Choose from several unique eateries at EPCOT offering Candlelight Processional Packages. Each package includes:

  • An appetizer, entrée and dessert or one (1) full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
  • One (1) guaranteed seat per person to a Candlelight Processional performance held on the same day

Explore participating restaurants and dining package prices, which exclude tax and gratuity:

Adult
(ages 10 and up)
Child
(ages 3 to 9)
Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
$65.00$37.00
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas
$74.00$30.00
Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion
$71.00$46.00
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Canada Pavilion
$100.00$39.00
Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue
(same-day dining packages only)
American Adventure Pavilion
$40.00
Rose & Crown Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
$64.00$28.00
Spice Road Table
(same-day dining packages only)
Morocco Pavilion
$52.00$23.00

Not ready to make a reservation or can’t snag one?

Same-Day Dining Packages

Planning a last-minute visit? You may be able to purchase a same-day dining package, which allows you to:

To check availability for same-day dining packages, visit Spice Road Table or Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue during the Festival. Packages are subject to availability and may not be available on peak dates.

There is still availability if you haven’t booked your holiday Walt Disney World vacation! Our expert travel planners would love to help make your holiday wishes come true this year!

Love it, Hate it, Update it Hollywood Studios

Love it, Hate it, Update it Hollywood Studios

In a new mini-series, Sarah Tickner shares with us what she loves, hates and would update at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Love it – Tower of Terror. I have loved this attraction since I went on it the first time in the 90s. When I went the first time, it was a straight up-and-down drop. Now that the drops are randomized, it is a new and exciting experience each time. Having a vintage theme also gives it a classic feel, which doesn’t seem outdated like some other attractions suffer from.

Hate it – Star Tours. This ride makes me queasy each and every time. Since there is now an entire land dedicated to Star Wars, I really feel like this ride just doesn’t belong where it is and with the 2 other Star Wars attractions that are much more immersive, I think this ride could just go away. I think the short wait times that are now seen here are proof that a lot of people agree with me. 

Update it – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Unlike Tower of Terror’s theming, this ride shows its age badly. Aerosmith isn’t what they once were, and a lot of the people going on this ride probably don’t even know who they are. I don’t hate the coaster itself, although it is a somewhat rough ride, it is a lot of fun. I just think they could find a new theme, Goofy Movie/Powerline anyone?

5 RunDisney tips

5 RunDisney tips

Here are some tips from our very own Sarah Tickner! If you are considering running a RunDisney race, be sure to reach out to her with assistance in planning the trip!

  1. Hit the quick service early. It is no secret that you should carbo load before a long race like a half marathon, but this tip is more about when. I decided I was going to go to my resort’s quick service and get dinner early. I hit up the create your own pasta station at Art of Animation at around 4:30pm. The place was empty! I was able to get my dinner, I also made sure to grab a couple bagels, muffins, croissants, and bananas. I ate my dinner without rushing and it was relatively quiet. When my family headed down around 6:30 that night, the line was back to the gift shop. Eat early, and then snack in your room before bed. 
  1. Go to bed early. Good intentions anyway. I was getting into bed around 7pm that night. You have to be on the bus to the race at 3 am. So it makes for a short night. Of course with all of the people not running the race (they chose to instead, run up and down the hallways) and the nerves and excitement for the next day, I didn’t get to sleep very early at all. I don’t think I actually slept at all that night.
  1. Lay out all of your things the night before. You will have your bib, shoes, outfit, one that probably resembles a Disney character, and other things you will need for your race. It is better to have everything laid out and organized before you go to sleep than trying to find all of the pieces at 2am.
  1. Bring a snack. Remember all the food I bought the night before? I ate a bagel when I got up that morning. And then, I was good, or so I thought. I got on the bus and got to the race. The race starts at 5:30am, but I was there at 4am, and my corral didn’t start until 6:25 am. So, I was STARVING by the time I actually started running. The quick service at the resort was open at 2 am that day and there was a small concession stand at the starting area for the racers, but I should have brought something with me, instead of just sitting in my hotel room.
  1. HAVE FUN! This is probably the easiest thing to do! You are at Disney after all. There are DJs playing upbeat music from the time you get to the starting point until you cross the finish line. There are characters before the race, and on the route itself, among other entertainment.  Just running through the Disney parks is awesome in its own right! I am not a runner and I still had a blast, so much so I have run 3 races so far!

Hopefully, if you decide to participate in a RunDisney race, these tips will help make your experience a great one.