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Sunday, September 30, 2018

10 Disney World Secrets! - Hidden Gems and Facts You May Have Overlooked

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by: guide4wdw - Collin Kendall

10 Disney World Secrets! - Hidden Gems and Facts You May Have Overlooked  

Walt Disney World is full of hidden secrets and facts that so many guests overlook time and time again, but a select few secrets stand out above the rest! So, today, rather than sharing planning tips or even the news of the day, we're taking a moment to share some of our favorite little known facts of the Walt Disney World parks and resorts.

In all reality, there are thousands and thousands of hidden gem secrets and little known details of the Disney parks around the world. It's amazing at times how much we can and do overlook along the way as guests, but today we're going to pick a select few of those little hidden details of the parks to share. As always, this list is in no way all-inclusive, so be sure to share your favorite details in the comments on your favorite social media platform!    
    

The Test Track "Code" 

Believe it or not, after Test Track's remodel many years ago, Imagineering decided to hide one of the most creative Hidden Mickey's you'll ever find in the parks. When you pass through the room with the test vehicle layout on the wall during the ride, look over to the side  and you'll see a web address tucked away in the background of the image on the wall. The address reads http://wdw2.wdpromedia.com/media/wdw_nextgen/favicon.ico. If you go to that link, you'll find one of the most impressive Hidden Mickey's hiding in plain site. 

The Shutters of Liberty Square 

Moving over to Magic Kingdom, if you make the journey over to Liberty Square be sure to look up and around you for a subtle detail that many guests walk right past. If you take the time to pay attention to the details all around you you'll notice that the window shutters bow out at a slight angle. The subtle offset is designed to mimic the wear windows would have shown as a result of the leather straps adhering them to the window in that time frame. At the time period represented by Liberty Square, the shutters would have shown similar wear over time, but Disney's shutters were intentionally developed with metal while they replicate the leather design.   


   

The Nautilus of Winnie the Pooh  

In the early days of Walt Disney World, an attraction called 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea took guests underwater in submarines. The attraction was closed in 1994 and later replaced. Fortunately, Imagineering made a special effort to pay reference to the attraction so many guests enjoyed through hidden details in neighboring attractions. Perhaps one of the greatest examples of this is the tree outside of the Minnie Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Just inside the door of the tree you'll find a small nautilus hidden from view unless you're deliberately looking for it! It's a subtle touch of the past hiding in the present.  

The Lost Boys Fire Brigade 

Over at Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland you'll find one barrel randomly placed near the exit of Peter Pan's Flight. The barrel simply states "Fire Chief Richard LePere Jr. .... Lost Boys Fire Brigade" Almost ironically, the barrel cleverly hides a fire hydrant that would otherwise ruin the theming elements of Fantasyland and the era it intends to portray. The name on the barrel typically represents the current local fire chief to help emergency services find the hydrant if they ever needed it in a worst case scenario. 


Rex's Box and It's Hidden Reference 

While I've yet to discover all of the details of Toy Story Land, one particular piece of the experience stood out right away. As you wait in the queue for Slinky Dog Dash, you'll notice a giant box for "Rex" near the end of the queue. In the top corner of the box, you'll notice a sticker with a price tag listing the toy as $19.95. Coincidentally, that number coincides with the 1995 debut of the Toy Story film!    


The Shocking Historical Accuracy of the Liberty Square "Pavement"

Moving back over to Liberty Square once again, if you happen to look down at the pavement, you may notice a weird design and color change from red to brown in the middle of the street. To many, the slight change goes utterly unnoticed, but it's one of those Disney details that didn't necessarily have to be added to the park. The slight change over represents the period in time of the land. At that point in time, waste was dumped in the street and, in turn, created a river of waste in the middle of the road.      

One Big Aquarium! 

Believe it or not, the tank in Sea Base Alpha is larger in diameter than Spaceship Earth! The massive main tank houses fish of an incredibly diverse variety along with sharks and dolphins. Viewing the sea life inside the tank is a piece of the Epcot experience that many guests ignore entirely. After you leave the Seas with Nemo and Friends attraction, take a few minutes to explore the aquarium and you may be surprised by how much you enjoy it!
       

The King of Morocco

When Morocco was first asked to be a part of the World Showcase, the King of Morocco was so excited by the project that he sent skilled craftsman from his country to work on the project with Imagineering. Since that point in time, despite many changes to Epcot, Morocco seems to have held it's authenticity to a greater degree than many of the other pavilions.    



The Sparkling Epcot Lights 

If you stay until the sun goes down at Epcot, be sure to stop by the main area, near Spaceship Earth, to catch a glimpse of a unique detail that continually catches guests off guard. As you leave the park or slowly make your way towards the front of the park for various reasons, on the left and right side of Spaceship Earth (near the former Innoventions) you'll find glowing lights buried in the pavement illuminating the paths. It's not a show stopping hidden gem but rather one that continually provides that one last unexpected piece of magic for guests as they leave the park.    


The American Adventure 

The American Adventure pavilion is one that guests overlook in general but one particular little detail is the sheer number of "white" shades of paint that are a part of the design of the main building. As you move up from the bottom of the building to the top with your eyes, you'll notice a slight change in white at essentially every tier to help better outline the building. Not only does it add depth, but it's one of those little things that only Disney would take the time and effort to perfect.   

Your Thoughts

As always, if you have thoughts, concerns, questions, or even some tips of your own to share, don't hesitate to reach out to us on Facebook or your favorite social media platform. Give us a follow while you're there, and we'll keep the conversation going in the future. We're not the largest Disney community, but we're one that's there and one that listens. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day wherever you are!



Need My Help?

Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or free-lance work at Guide4WDW@gmail.com. If you need a landscape or theme park photographer, feel free contact me with photo requests or contracts. All theme park writing and photos will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

For anyone else looking to give me a shout or to have their questions answered by me, feel free to contact me anytime via that same email address! I never charge anyone to answer a question and I do answer all of my emails personally.      

Need a Travel Planner?

If you want or simply need a little bit of planning help to make your Disney vacation dream a reality, check out the quote request form below this article for our friends over at Destinations to Travel. They'll let you do as much or as little of the planning as you'd like and may even save you some money along the way! As always, thanks for supporting those who support us.

Ready to Plan?

Last but certainly not least, if you're starting the planning process, a great place to start are with some of our top planning articles! Looking for dining? Check out Disney World Dining Tips For 2018. Want to start with some more tips? 44 Excellent Disney World Tips for 2018 or Disney World Planning Guide and Tips For 2018 are a great place to begin! Looking to save money on tickets? Check out our friends over at The Official Ticket Center for great deals that even made it into our 2018 Discount Disney World Ticket selections and another great way to help us create more content through your contributions at no additional cost to you! You'll probably even save money along the way. 



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

New Disney Discounts Are Here! - Here Are the Details and Current Money Saving Offers

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by: guide4wdw - Collin Kendall

New Disney World Discounts Are Here! - All the Details and Current Money Saving Offers

Each season Disney typically shares new discount offers of various types and percentages. This year is no different. However, as things change from time to time in the Disney discount offer realm, some dates and offers are better than others depending on your situation. Here's a closer look at all that has been released today. Honestly, these are some of the most complicated discounts and offers I've seen in quite some time so we'll try to simplify everything as much as we possibly can. Out of all of these rates, my greatest tip would be to book before October 16th to avoid the new date-based ticket change over.   


The Play, Stay, Dine, and Save Offer   

On the Play, Stay, and Dine offer guests can save up to $500 on a 5-night/6-day stay when paired with a Magic Your Way ticket and dining plan package. This offer must be booked before January 2nd and is valid most nights January 1st through March 9th of 2019. 

The discount presented essentially reflects the savings you can expect from a family of four traveling with two adults, 1 junior (10-17 years old) and 1 child under the age of 9.

In the Deluxe Villa category of resorts you can expect to save up to $500 at the Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Boardwalk Villas, Animal Kingdom Villas, Beach Club Villas, Old Key West, Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Saratoga Springs, and the Copper Creek Cabin Villas. The price will include a room, multi-day ticket, and the Disney Dining Plan (the standard plan).

At the Deluxe Resort level, you can save put to $600 at the Grand Floridian (for some reason the offer lists the savings at up to $500 but lists this specific resort higher discounted than that). You can potentially save up to $500 at Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Beach Club, the Boardwalk, the Contemporary, the Polynesian Village, Wilderness Lodge, or the Yacht Club resort. Once again, the offer requires a multi-day ticket and the Disney Dining Plan.

The Moderate tier reflects the same offer as the Deluxe tier at the Fort Wilderness Cabins, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, and Port Orleans (French Quarter or Riverside). 

The Value tier is slightly different in that the value resort tier only includes the Quick Service Dining plan and you can save up to $300 overall. The resorts included are All Star Movies, Music, and Sports, as well as Art of Animation Family Suites and Pop Century. 

As always, the amount of rooms allocated for these discounts are limited and your savings will likely change as the details of your individual travel party change. 



Magical Room and Ticket Package  

As the second offer on our list, this particular package is pretty limited in nature and will only apply to select travel desires. The offer itself is designed so that a family of four can book a 4 night stay at an All-Star resort with a Magic Your Way base ticket for as low as $2,145. The window of stay dates are most nights January 2nd through February 14th, February 24th through March 7th, and March 24th through April 5th. The party details of the offer are the same as the offer listed above (a family of four traveling with two adults, 1 junior (10-17 years old) and 1 child under the age of 9). While All-Star resort hotels are the cheapest option, this offer also lists higher cost rates of $2,418 for Coronado Springs, $3,025 for Animal Kingdom Lodge, and $2,999 for Saratoga Springs. 


Give the Gift of a Magical Stay

As we move on to the third discount offer, we arrive at one that is a bit more familiar to most of us. This particular discount is based on an up to 25% off savings most nights January 1st through April 27. Essentially the offer applies in the following ways according to Disney's website:

  
Resort CategoryResort Savings
Select Disney Deluxe VillasSave up to 25%
For stays most nights 1/1/19 – 4/27/19 when you book though 1/2/19For stays most nights 1/3/19 – 4/27/19 when you book though 4/27/19
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge25%20%
Copper Creek Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village
Disney's Beach Club Villas
Disney's Boardwalk Villas
Disney's Old Key West Resort
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows - Studios Only10%10%
Select Disney Deluxe ResortsSave up to 25%
For stays most nights 1/1/19 – 4/27/19 when you book though 1/2/19For stays most nights 1/3/19 – 4/27/19 when you book though 4/27/19 
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge25%20%
Disney's Beach Club Resort
Disney's BoardWalk Inn
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Disney's Contemporary Resort10%10%
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
                   
Select Disney Moderate ResortsSave up to 20%
For stays most Sunday through Thursday nights 1/1/19 – 2/14/19 and stays most nights 2/17/19 – 4/27/19 when you book though 1/2/19For stays most Sunday through Thursday nights 1/3/19 – 2/14/19 and stays most nights 2/17/19 – 4/27/19 when you book though 4/27/19
The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort20%15%
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter10%10%
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
Select Disney Value Resort HotelsSave up to 15%
For stays most Sunday through Thursday nights 1/1/19 – 2/14/19 and stays most nights 2/17/19 – 4/27/19 when you book though 1/2/19For stays most Sunday through Thursday nights 1/3/19 – 2/14/19 and stays most nights 2/17/19 – 4/27/19 when you book though 4/27/19
Disney's All-Star Movies Resort15%10%
Disney's All-Star Music Resort
Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
Disney's Pop Century Resort
Disney's Art of Animation Resort - Family Suites only
Once again, rates are subject to change and availability is limited. 




Kid-Size Vacation Package

In the last offer that was released today, a family of three can spend three nights in a standard room at any All-Star resort with a 2 day Magic Your Way Base ticket for as low as $995. Truthfully, sub-$1,000 is a pretty reasonable deal for that size party with tickets included in the package. This rate is available for stays most Sunday through Thursday night stays January 6th through February 13th. 

Once again, other offers for different resort tiers were listed starting at $1194 at Coronado Springs (worth the $200 in my opinion), $1574 for Animal Kingdom Lodge, and $1582 for Saratoga Springs.    

This offer can be booked through January 2nd, 2019. 



Wrapping Things Up

I know what you're thinking, because I was thinking the same thing when all of these rolled out at once... "This is incredibly confusing!" I've been traveling to the parks my entire life and even I had trouble breaking this one down. My greatest recommendation is to do one of two things. First, consider a travel agency like our recommended travel planner Destinations to Travel (Quote Request Form Linked - also seen below). I do not own or work for them but it's who I have used and can whole heartedly recommend to weigh the different offers for you in order to to save you the most money possible. The second recommendation would be to head to Disney's website, punch in some dates, and try several different options and rates to see what shakes out to be the cheapest option for you and your family/traveling party. On top of all of these offers, Disney is changing up the ticketing process on October 16th. So, chances are some of the implications of these rates could change slightly. For more details on that change, check out our Disney Tickets Are Going to Date-Based Pricing on October 16th article. If you book before the 16th, your rate will not be affected.  

It's been a big week for Disney news but hopefully this helps better explain the current offers and potentially helps you book that Disney vacation you've been waiting to plan. As always, my goal is to help you all out in any way that I can so feel free to message me or leave a comment on your favorite social media platform if you have any questions. Enjoy the parks everybody! 



Your Thoughts

As always, if you have thoughts, concerns, questions, or even some tips of your own to share, don't hesitate to reach out to us on Facebook or your favorite social media platform. Give us a follow while you're there, and we'll keep the conversation going in the future. We're not the largest Disney community, but we're one that's there and one that listens. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Need My Help?

Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or free-lance work at Guide4WDW@gmail.com. If you need a landscape or theme park photographer, feel free contact me with photo requests or contracts. All theme park writing and photos will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

For anyone else looking to give me a shout or to have their questions answered by me, feel free to contact me anytime via that same email address! I never charge anyone to answer a question and I do answer all of my emails personally.      



Need a Travel Planner?

If you want or simply need a little bit of planning help to make your Disney vacation dream a reality, check out the quote request form below this article for our friends over at Destinations to Travel. They'll let you do as much or as little of the planning as you'd like and may even save you some money along the way! As always, thanks for supporting those who support us.

Ready to Plan?

Last but certainly not least, if you're starting the planning process, a great place to start are with some of our top planning articles! Looking for dining? Check out Disney World Dining Tips For 2018. Want to start with some more tips? 44 Excellent Disney World Tips for 2018 or Disney World Planning Guide and Tips For 2018 are a great place to begin! Looking to save money on tickets? Check out our friends over at The Official Ticket Center for great deals that even made it into our 2018 Discount Disney World Ticket selections and another great way to help us create more content through your contributions at no additional cost to you! You'll probably even save money along the way. 
   



Monday, September 24, 2018

Disney Tickets Are Going to Date-Based Pricing on October 16th

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by: guide4wdw - Collin

Disney Tickets Are Going to Date-Based Pricing on October 16th

As of this morning, official information is starting to be shared by the Disney Company of a new ticket pricing structure arriving October 16th. The pricing specifics have yet to be announced, but we do know that a Date-Based Ticket and Pricing structure will be adopted on October 16th. 

Beginning on that date, guests will have to purchase tickets that are priced based on the date that they choose to visit the parks. The ticket buying process will essentially use a calendar of different prices (based on the date) where guests can choose their travel dates. Tickets will need to be used during a specific time period, as planned by the dates they select.


Ticket expiration timeframes will also change. 

1 Day base tickets will be valid for admission on the specific date selected. Multi-day tickets are only valid for the start date selected and must be used in an extremely limited time period. Here's the breakdown of expiration we know so far:

1-Day Tickets: only on the date selected 
2-Day Tickets: any 2 days within 4 days of the chosen start date 
3-Day Tickets: any 3 days within 5 days of the chosen start date
4-Day Tickets: any 4 days within 7 days of the chosen start date 
5-Day Tickets: any 5 days within 8 days of the chosen start date 
6-Day Tickets: any 6 days within 9 days of the chosen start date 
7-Day Tickets: any 7 days within 10 days of the chosen start date  
8-Day Tickets: any 8 days within 12 days of the chosen start date 
9-Day Tickets: any 9 days within 13 days of the chosen start date 
10-Day Tickets: any 10 days within 14 days of your originally selected start date

For example, a 6-day ticket is only allowed to be used November 1st through November 9th if the the selected start date is November 1st. 

If you choose to buy the park hopper plus option, it will extend the period for which you can use your ticket by one day. In the example listed above, if you add the park hopper plus option, your ticket will be valid any 6 days November 1st through November 10th.



The only exception to the expiration timeframes are if you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort. Packaged ticket and resort stay bundles will have a valid ticket use period of the package resort check in date to the package resort check out date. You will receive whichever timeframe is longer concerning expiration. 

According to Disney, the expiration changes "better align with observed guest ticket usage patterns." If you do want added ticket flexibility, a "Flexible Date Ticket" option will be available. The cost of that option has yet to be released.        

This is a change that we have expected for quite some time, but it has not arrived in the typical ticket pricing change timeframe. There is only one way around this and that is to book now if you possibly can. If you do want to book a trip before all of this changes, contact our friends over at Destinations to Travel (which also helps us out) or head on over to Disney's site before October 16th. 

The ticket buying change is one that will change the booking experience drastically and is likely to accompany increased costs across the board. Sadly, it's an unfortunate change but one that we will soon be facing for upcoming Walt Disney World vacations. 

Your Thoughts

As always, if you have thoughts, concerns, questions, or even some tips of your own to share, don't hesitate to reach out to us on Facebook or your favorite social media platform. Give us a follow while you're there, and we'll keep the conversation going in the future. We're not the largest Disney community, but we're one that's there and one that listens. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Need My Help?

Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or free-lance work at Guide4WDW@gmail.com. If you need a landscape or theme park photographer, feel free contact me with photo requests or contracts. All theme park writing and photos will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

For anyone else looking to give me a shout or to have their questions answered by me, feel free to contact me anytime via that same email address! I never charge anyone to answer a question and I do answer all of my emails personally.      

Need a Travel Planner?

If you want or simply need a little bit of planning help to make your Disney vacation dream a reality, check out the quote request form below this article for our friends over at Destinations to Travel. They'll let you do as much or as little of the planning as you'd like and may even save you some money along the way! As always, thanks for supporting those who support us.

Ready to Plan?

Last but certainly not least, if you're starting the planning process, a great place to start are with some of our top planning articles! Looking for dining? Check out Disney World Dining Tips For 2018. Want to start with some more tips? 44 Excellent Disney World Tips for 2018 or Disney World Planning Guide and Tips For 2018 are a great place to begin! Looking to save money on tickets? Check out our friends over at The Official Ticket Center for great deals that even made it into our 2018 Discount Disney World Ticket selections and another great way to help us create more content through your contributions at no additional cost to you! You'll probably even save money along the way. 





Sunday, September 23, 2018

Illuminations is Leaving Epcot - Now What?

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by: guide4wdw - Collin

Illuminations is Leaving Epcot - Now What? 

By now you've likely heard that Illuminations finally has an official end in sight after years upon years of rumor and speculation. Disney announced a short few days ago that the show will run until next summer. While no specific "last showing" date has been announced, I have to say that I believe whole heartedly that this is the first of many announcements we'll see announced for Epcot by the end of the year. As any life long Disney fan would, I am waiting in both eager and hesitant anticipation of the details as they unfold. 

Epcot has been a place that so many of us have grown to appreciate for so many reasons, but nostalgia tends to top that list time and time again. As the rumors swirl about what expansions and changes may be on the horizon for the park, it's inevitably hard to see a few things disappear along the way. The entire process is bitter sweet in so many ways. I'll miss Illuminations substantially because it is and will always be quintessentially "Epcot" in my mind. At the same time, it is time for a change. It's been a part of the magic in one way or another since the late 80's and inevitably a lot has changed in the roughly 30 years since it's debut. Without a doubt, it is time for a change. The question still remains, what's next? What's next for nighttime entertainment, what's next for the World Showcase, and what's next for Epcot as a whole? At this point we have more questions than answers, but the Disney rumor mill is churning faster than ever. 


What's Next For Nighttime Entertainment? 

A few short weeks ago, I touched on this exact topic in my Disney Parks Wish List for the Next Two Years! First and perhaps most recognizably I think it's a safe bet that we'll see drones emerge in some form or fashion within the Illuminations replacement show. That detail has yet to be confirmed, but it's about time for Disney to use the technology on a greater level than they have in the past. Intel is doing incredible things with synchronized drones and even Disney has used it in years past, despite reported struggles with the FAA. 

As many of you may remember, around two years ago, Disney debuted the StarBright Holiday drone show at Disney Springs. Among avid Disney parks fans, the show was a hit and one of the most unique and innovative things Disney had tried in years. Skip scene to the following May and drones appeared once again for the media event featuring the Tree of Life Awakening. It was a subtle effect but a shocking addition (I was not there to view it person) that added an entirely different dimension to the creative new show for Animal Kingdom. Sadly, it never became a permanent part of the show.  


Now, well over a year later, drones have yet to reappear. At the same time, Intel continues to improve the technology. It's certainly not a definitive part of the upcoming nighttime spectacular but I could see it as something that is quite likely. Additionally, I would not be surprised if we see a new type of fireworks and a new array of launch angles different than what currently exists with Illuminations. It's not overly difficult to monitor changes to the current launch sites, due to their location on the World Showcase Lagoon, but there is heavy speculation that the new show will feature World of Color-esque water elements. Again, chalk all of this up to complete and utter rumor at this point. It does seem like it is time for a show with a water element to arrive at Walt Disney World. There's no denying World of Color has been vastly successful in California, but outside of the water effects of Rivers of Light, there has yet to be a place for a similar technology in Florida. Is it wishful thinking? Maybe. 

Moving on to a slightly different topic, I do believe there could be a greater push towards a larger scale nighttime entertainment lineup in Epcot. Personally, I'd love to see a nighttime parade (in any park at this point) arrive at Epcot. It is inevitably a long shot and the least likely addition possible at this point in time. 




What's Next for Attractions?

Epcot attraction rumors are in full swing, and they are just that, rumors! All of them could be true and none of them could be true, but they're interesting nonetheless. Perhaps the most believable rumor at this point is a new attraction arriving in the World Showcase. We already know a Ratatouille attraction is coming to the France Pavilion, but speculation is building for one more addition to the World Showcase as well. 

The most believable of the rumors (and they're all likely a stretch) is the potential for a Mary Poppins attraction in the United Kingdom. There are a few flaws in this theory and the first of which is cost. Cost of a new attraction of any quality is going to be a big factor. With this many construction projects unfolding in one park --- the Ratatouille attraction, the Space themed restaurant, the new nighttime show, the Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster, and the entire Epcot "Update" --- I don't see Disney taking on another costly construction project in this park. Another attraction heavily rumored centers around the Jungle Book and an entirely new India pavilion. For similar reasons, I see this as an even less likely addition. Anything is possible but more attraction announcements may be a long-shot this early in the project.


Will the World Showcase "Feel" Start Changing?

I know so many us have this same question, and in all honesty I have no answer whatsoever regarding all of this. For years, I had hopes of a Ratatouille inspired dining location in Epcot, and could almost see the neon lighting of Gusteau's peaking over the buildings in the back of the current France pavilion. Sadly, that day-dream may never become a realty, but I have to say I am surprisingly excited about the attraction. It could add a greater depth and size to that pavilion that has always felt "cramped" as the Epcot crowds have grown over time.

We know IP in the World Showcase is here and here to stay, but so far I'm not overly bothered by it. The Maelstrom to Frozen change still irritates me to this day, but the transition was made in a less aggressive way than it could have been enacted. If everything stays authentically themed and distinctly Disney, I can't see the "character influence" amounting to much of a difference over time.



To be quite straight forward, my larger concern regarding Epcot is what could become of the International Gateway back entrance to the park. As the SkyLiner draws closer and closer to testing and completion over time, and a new resort announced in the Swan and Dolphin group starts construction, more and more guests will become aware of the back entrance. Will the gates be expanded? Will security lines increase? Will the Crescent Lake resort area experience be adversely affected? Those are my peak concerns right now. The Boardwalk resort area is what I consider one of the most overlooked areas of Walt Disney World, and this could be the the change that makes it less of a "Hidden Gem."  

Long story made short, Epcot is going to be changing and it will feel different. It is, at it's very core, the inevitability of change. Change keeps us returning to the parks time and time again. I'm one of the more nostalgic Disney parks fans, but change is inevitable and Imagineering has yet to disappoint. These next few years could unveil an entirely new future for Epcot, and I have to say I'm looking forward to what's next in hesitant anticipation.



Your Thoughts

As always, if you have thoughts, concerns, questions, or even some tips of your own to share, don't hesitate to reach out to us on Facebook or your favorite social media platform. Give us a follow while you're there, and we'll keep the conversation going in the future. We're not the largest Disney community, but we're one that's there and one that listens. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day wherever you are!


Need My Help?

Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or free-lance work at Guide4WDW@gmail.com. If you need a landscape or theme park photographer, feel free contact me with photo requests or contracts. All theme park writing and photos will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

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Last but certainly not least, if you're starting the planning process, a great place to start are with some of our top planning articles! Looking for dining? Check out Disney World Dining Tips For 2018. Want to start with some more tips? 44 Excellent Disney World Tips for 2018 or Disney World Planning Guide and Tips For 2018 are a great place to begin! Looking to save money on tickets? Check out our friends over at The Official Ticket Center for great deals that even made it into our 2018 Discount Disney World Ticket selections and another great way to help us create more content through your contributions at no additional cost to you! You'll probably even save money along the way. 

    



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