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Walt Disney World News Round-up: Holiday Dessert Party Reservations, Soarin’ Around the World, and More!

Happy weekend and welcome to our Saturday news round-up! We have a lot of news to report including an new holiday-season dessert party and the launch of the all-new Soarin' Around the World at Epcot. Let's check out what's been going on!

Epcot’s Soarin’ Set to Close in January 2016 for Refurbishment

If you're making plans to visit the Walt Disney World Resort before the end of the year you'll want to make that FastPass+ reservation for Soarin'. The popular attraction located in Epcot's The Land pavilion is scheduled to close on January 4, 2016 for a months-long refurbishment.

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Grab A Quick Bite At Sunshine Seasons In Epcot

There's one restaurant at Epcot that I never plan on eating at, but somehow always end up at - Sunshine Seasons. Located on the lower level of Epcot's Land Pavilion, Sunshine Seasons is a food court style quick serve location that is always bustling with energy. Whether you're looking for a hearty lunch, or just a quick snack to grab and go, there's sure to be something waiting for you at Sunshine Seasons.

Best Spots to Relax at Epcot and the Magic Kingdom

We've all been there: that moment when you hit "vacation overload" when the crowds and noise and arguing kids have finally taken their toll and we just want a few minutes of peace and quiet. But where can you find these zones of respite at Disney World when you're surrounded by throngs of people, especially during the crazy holiday season?

20+ Epcot Fun Facts

Walt Disney World's Epcot Theme Park sprawls across an enormous 305 acres, the expanse makes it three times larger than the Resort's first gate, the Magic Kingdom. Since it opened on Oct. 1, 1982 - Epcot has been welcoming guests to explore a world of new ideas and technology amongst a with a kaleidoscope of nations so that we may celebrate the cultural heritage and achievements of the inhabitants of earth. Read on to discover some Fun Facts about Epcot!

Top 5 Reasons to Love Epcot’s Future World

Epcot is always the first park I visit when I'm at the Walt Disney World Resort. It has earned that honor - despite my unwavering love for the Magic Kingdom - because the park is usually less hectic and because there are so many things that I love about Epcot, specifically in Future World.

Top Five Walt Disney World Character Meals for All Ages

When my kids were younger (think: toddlers) we enjoyed a lot of character meals at Walt Disney World. Some were good, some were not-so-good, and one we did because we felt like it was our duty as parents to take the kids to breakfast inside Cinderella Castle. Three times on three different vacations. Thanks, Cinderella.

Breakfast With Character At The Garden Grill

Want to start off your day with a hearty breakfast at Epcot? How about a breakfast that is all you care to eat (served family style), has great character interaction, AND rotates? Then itis time to head on over to the Garden Grill located in the Land pavilion. Chip and Dale's Harvest Feast features a delicious variety of breakfast foods, beverages, and even a visit from the hosts themselves! On most days you can expect to have Chip, Dale, Pluto and Farmer Mickey drop by your table (usually more than once).

Explore Four Unique Greenhouse Environments On Epcot’s Behind The Seeds Tour

The International Flower and Garden Festival showcases the talents of the Disney's florists, landscapers and horticulturists every spring, but did you know that guests can get a peek behind the scenes at The Land's four unique greenhouse environments all throughout the year? This special one-hour walking tour is called "Behind the Seeds" and it's made to spark the imagination of anyone with an interest in gardening or natural sciences.

Learn About Conservation with the Cast of ‘The Lion King’ at ‘The Circle of Life’

If you find yourself with an extra 20 minutes or so to spare before your Soarin' FastPass can be turned in, take a short walk upstairs to the Harvest Theater in The Land Pavilion and catch a showing of The Circle of Life.

Take Flight over California on Soarin’ at Epcot's The Land

It's one of those must-do-and-I-will-run-to-get-FastPasses rides. A visit to Epcot is just not complete until you've had a chance to ride at least once. OK, maybe twice. And then there's the fact that guests actually applaud at the end of each flight. Yes, I'm talking about Soarin'.

Breakfast at The Land: Sunshine Seasons

You woke up early, making your way to Epcot at rope drop so you could RUN to The Land Pavilion, park tickets in hand, just to get those coveted FastPasses for Soarin'. And now that you have the FastPasses and your family has finally caught up with, you realize that in your rush to make rope drop you forgot to eat breakfast.