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Genevieve Gorder at Epcot This Weekend

If you're heading out to Epcot this weekend, it's not too late to get some expert advice from "Dear Genevieve" star Genevieve Gorder. In this opening week of Epcot's 18th Annual International Flower and Garden Festival, the HGTV personality is the first of the celebrity presenters to offer up advice to guests as part of the HGTV Designer Presentation series.

You can catch Genevieve as she presents "The Art of Sculpting Space" at noon and 3 p.m. both today and Sunday.

Lineup Announced For Epcot's Flower Power Concert Series

It's become an annual - or perennial - favorite of Disney guests. We're talking, of course, of Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival and the accompanying Flower Power Concert Series. This year's lineup was recently announced and will feature artists and music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Here are the dates and acts:

  • #March 4-6 Jose Feliciano
  • #March 11-13 The Guess Who
  • #March 18-20 Chubby Checker and the Wildcats
  • #March 25-27 Melissa Manchester

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas Celebrate 10th Anniversary at Epcot

With Michael Douglas' health issues a constant headline, it was nice to see he and wife of 10 years, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, out and about enjoying a day in the parks.

The celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in Epcot, with kiddos Dylan (at left, age 10) and Carys (at right, age 7).

While Zeta-Jones and Douglas' anniversary is technically November 18th, the couple was seen in Epcot on the 24th.

Kodak to End Imagination! Pavilion Sponsorship

The relationship between Walt Disney parks and Eastman Kodak is soon to end after over a half-century long run. The partnership started in 1955, when Disneyland originally opened, and at present there are over 50 Kodak picture spots in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Although Kodak will not disappear completely from Disney parks, the presence will be slightly decreased.

Kodak has provided corporate sponsorship for Mickey's Philharmagic in the Magic Kingdom and the Imagination! Pavilion at Epcot. Support for the Imagination! Pavilion and Tomorowland theater will end as a result.

Plan Now For 2011's Flower and Garden Festival

Want to say good-bye to winter and hello to spring with a Disney flair? Then mark your calendars now for the 18th annual "Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival."

The Festival is set to take place in Epcot March 2, 2011 through May 15, 2011.

Guests to the festival can expect some 300 million blooms throughout 300 acres of Epcot. Celebrity speakers and the Flower Power concert series are just a few of the things planned to usher in spring at Disney.

Via Napoli Grand Opening Celebration Set for September 10

Disney-goers now have a second table-service restaurant option in Epcot's Italy pavillion. Via Napoli, currently open for walk-up service only, will see a grand opening celebration September 10.

Guests in Epcot's Italy craving authentic pizza can get their fix at Via Napoli. The restaurant is said to import such classic pizza ingredients as cheese and tomato sauce as well as water used in making their dough. During this walk-up phase, remarks on Via Napoli's offerings have been positi

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Epcot was one of Walt Disney's original visions. Originally standing for the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, it was actually intended to be much more of the basis for Walt Disney World than the Magic Kingdom. Eventually however his initial vision proved too grand to be carried out and it became the less expansive park that you see today.

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New Entertainment Options Replacing Several Fan Favorites at Epcot’s World Showcase

Disney has announced that several popular entertainment acts are being replaced in Epcot's World Showcase.

In the next few weeks Mo'Rockin', Off Kilter, Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps, and the World Showcase Players will all have their final performances at Epcot.

Disney said they are "refreshing the atmosphere entertainment around World Showcase with the addition of new acts and enhancements to some existing performances."

Dine on Authentic Wood-Fired Pizzas and More at Epcot’s Via Napoli

The Walt Disney World Resort is full of incredible food options and dining locations and that is especially true at Epcot. You can experience an exotic tapestry of flavors as you tour World Showcase, but one of the best is Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion.

The restaurant sits in the back of the Italy Pavilion and has a rather grand facade in a stately looking building. Via Napoli is owned by the Patina Restaurant Group, the company the runs the other two restaurants in the pavilion, Tutto Italia and Tutto Gusto.

Bookings for Epcot Food & Wine Festival Special Events Begins July 31

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is just a couple of months away and there is some exciting news to share this week.

Bookings for the Food & Wine Festival special events open on July 31 at 7 a.m.

Romance in Epcot's France

Paris, the city of lights, a romantic retreat from the ordinary. I love Epcot's France any time of day, but at nights the beauty and romance of it twinkles and shines. It's the perfect Disney Date Night at Epcot in Walt Disney World. You can stroll through the manicured garden, visit exquisite shops, and watch street performers with their daring feats of acrobatics.

Celebrate the Spirit of Humanity with IlllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

One of the most spectacular fireworks displays at Walt Disney World happens every night in Epcot.

Of course we're talking about IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, the nighttime show that tells the story of the history of our planet in three parts and features lasers, fire, water, and fireworks in addition to a dramatic musical score.

The show debuted as IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth during Disney's Millennium Celebration and was so popular that it has remained at the park ever since.

The Top Must-See Shows at the Walt Disney World Resort

Everyone has a favorite show that is always on their "must" list during a Walt Disney World vacation. And we know the Wishes, IllumiNations, and Fantasmic are likely on that list.

But today we're going to talk about some of the other "must see" shows at Walt Disney World, including a couple that might not be on your radar.

Fabulous Spots To Snack in Epcot

Walt Disney World's Epcot Theme Park is know far and wide for its stellar food and beverage choices. With dozens of snacking and dining locations that represent a board variety of world flavors one could easily make the argument that this Park runs on food. Whenever my family heads to Epcot, we don't often make reservations, instead we celebrate a tradition of simply snacking our way through the Park. Everyone has their own favorite stops, but I thought I would share my three favorites with you.

Fun Ways to Beat the Rain at Walt Disney World

No one wants to hear it, but it is very possible that it will rain during your Walt Disney World Vacation.

Florida might be the Sunshine State, but it can also be rather rainy at certain times of the year especially during the summer months. But don't let a little bit of rain dampen your magical visit.

There are still so many things you can do at Disney, even if it's a little wet outside.

How to Meet Your Favorite Princesses at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks

If you're the parent of any Disney princess obsessed youngster you've likely stood in line more than once to meet The Princesses.

The Disney royalty meet-and-greet has quickly become a tradition during visits to the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort. In fact, some people have been spending hours in line just to meet a certain Frozen duo. More on that later.

5 Reasons To Visit Walt Disney World This Summer

We think that anytime is a good time for a Walt Disney World vacation, but this Summer may be just the time you've been waiting for to take your next trip! There's been a lot going on over the past few years with construction, and beta tests of many new systems but much of that has finally come to fruition. It is Disney, and just as soon as one major project is finished there's sure to be a new one started - but if you've been waiting around for "the best" time to visit - wait no more!