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American Adventure at Epcot Closing for Refurbishment in January 2018

American Adventure at Epcot will be closing for a one month refurbishment in January 2018.  The attraction is scheduled to be closed January 5 – February 5, reopening to guests on February 6, 2018.

For a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments at Walt Disney World Resort, please visit our refurbishment page.

2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival ‘Garden Rocks’ Concerts Announced

The 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will return to Walt Disney World Resort for 90 days, February 28 – May 28, 2018 and feature fan favorites like exhibits, events, tastings and the popular Garden Rocks music series.  Today Disney announced 17 artists from the ‘60s, ‘70s ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s will be taking the stage this year in a variety of genres including rock, pop, country, R&B and dance.

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2018 Garden Rocks Line-up:

  • March 2-5: Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • March 9-12: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • March 16-19: Simple Plan “Welcome to My Life”
  • March 23-26: Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • March 30-April 2: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 6-7: Foghat (NEW!) “Slow Ride”
  • April 8-9: Survivor (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Eye of the Tiger”
  • April 13-14: Smash Mouth (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “All Star”
  • April 15-16: Rick Springfield (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Jessie’s Girl”
  • April 20-21: Jo Dee Messina (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Stand by Me”
  • April 22-23: Lonestar (NEW!) “Amazed”
  • April 27-30: Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
  • May 4-7: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”
  • May 11-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • May 13-14: Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles (NEW!) “Hotel California”
  • May 18-21: The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • May 25-28: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

Garden Rocks performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and are included with Epcot admission.

For more information on the Festival, check out EpcotInSpring.com.  And stay tuned for information on Garden Rocks Dining Packages Coming Soon!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Sold Out December 21

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom is now sold out for December 21, 2017.  This is in addition to the previously sold out party on December 22.

The only remaining date available is for tonight, December 19.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is one of the most magical ways to celebrate the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort.  This special ticketed event is held on select nights at Magic Kingdom and allows guests to enjoy festive decorations, photo opportunities, holiday entertainment, snow on Main Street, U.S.A., and so much more!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place from 7pm to midnight although party ticket holders may enter the park as early as 4 p.m. to enjoy regular park offerings.

The party also offers guests a chance to snack on complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, enjoy party exclusive character greetings (and photos!), as well as pick up event-exclusive merchandise and holiday treats.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this after-hours spectacular, visit Disneyworld.com/Christmasparty.

VIDEO: Disney’s ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ – Teaser Trailer


“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” in theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Posts $220 Million Domestic Debut

Star Wars: The Last Jedi entered the record books this weekend with a domestic debut of $220 million, becoming the second highest opening of all time behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Internationally, the film posted $230.8 million (excluding China, where it opens January 5) for a massive global debut of $450.8 million.

The domestic debut kicked off with $45 million in Thursday night previews heading into a $104.8 million Friday, making it the second biggest Thursday-preview, opening-day, single-day and Friday gross in industry history behind only The Force Awakens. It also joins The Force Awakens as one of only two films to surpass $100 million in their opening day.

Internationally, the film opened No. 1 in nearly all markets and posted the second biggest opening weekend of all time (behind only The Force Awakens) in Australia, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, and Sweden. It was the No. 1 opening weekend of 2017 in all of those countries as well as France, Japan (western), Spain, UK/Ireland, Bosnia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Croatia and Switzerland.

At $450.8 million globally, it is the fifth biggest global opening of all time and the third biggest excluding films that debuted day-and-date in China. It already ranks among the top 20 releases of the year after just five days. Globally, its IMAX debut of $40.6 million places it as the second biggest opening in IMAX history behind only The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi holds a Certified Fresh RottenTomatoes score of 93% and earned an A CinemaScore from audiences.