Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What's New at Epcot

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are all of the new magic you can experience at Walt Disney World in 2016.




It seems like every time I have the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World Resort, there's something new to look forward to. Recently I've been dying to check out the new Disney Springs area, which looks spectacular. However, I'm also very excited to check out additions and changes to one of my favorite parks, Epcot.



Over the course of this month, June 2016, major changes are coming to Epcot. Here's what you have to look forward to:

Frozen Ever After at Epcot's Norway Pavilion



While many mourned the loss of Disney fan favorite Maelstrom, its replacement "Frozen Ever After" is now upon us and I cannot be any more excited! On June 21, guests will begin boarding a boat to the fictional Norwegian land of Arendelle to prepare for their Winter in Summer Celebration with a summer snow day.

The details are slim, but expect to visit Elsa's ice palace and hear plenty of the terrific Oscar-winning music from the film's soundtrack. After riding the attraction, guests will visit the new Royal Sommerhus, modeled after a traditional Norwegian cabin in Trondheim. I'm really looking forward to this, as I've read the Disney Imagineers visited the village to make this area truly authentic. This will also serve as Anna and Elsa's permanent  home at Walt Disney World for meet and greets.

Soarin' Around the World

Sorry California, but Soarin' is expanding its horizons.

My favorite attraction in Epcot is getting a much-needed facelift and a new film. On June 17, the new film will premiere, featuring the wonders of the world. The notoriously slow line at Soarin' will hopefully improve with the addition of a third theater to accommodate more guests.

Anyone who has experienced Soarin' before it's refurbishment probably noticed specs of dirt on the screen and a choppy film. This will be rectified with new digital screens and high definition, laser projected systems.

My only concern with this particular refurbishment was the possibility of new music, which would've broken my heart. SPOILER ALERT: the original musical score, composed by Jerry Goldsmith has simply been "enhanced" by Bruce Broughton and performed by the London Studio Orchestra. Phew! I can't wait to hear it! (I've embedded it below so you can close your eyes and feel the wind in your face.)




Chat with Dory at "Turtle Talk with Crush"

Anyone who has expereinced Turtle Talk with Crush knows that Dory makes a guest appearance and speaks whale with the audience. Now, in preparation of Finding Dory which hits theaters on June 17, Dory and her pals are making a big impression during the show. 


What addition are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments section below!


 


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