Springtime at Disney

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Spring is in the air! Blogorail Red is sharing what you need to know to enjoy a Spring trip to the Disney Parks.

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Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

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2017 is going to be a big year at Walt Disney World. The new fun that spans all four theme parks, Disney’s Water Parks and Disney Springs. Here are a few things you can check out this Spring.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Rivers of Light is now open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This new nighttime show will take guests on a magnificent journey with a mix of water, fire, nature and light choreographed to an original musical score. Continuing the park’s transformation from a day-into-nighttime experience, the amazing after-dark experience on the banks of Discovery River celebrates the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans in the world.

Magic Kingdom Park

“Happily Ever After” Fireworks and Projection Spectacular

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Starting May 12, Magic Kingdom Park guests will be treated to the most spectacular fireworks display in the park’s history with a brand new show called “Happily Ever After.” In addition to fireworks, the stunning new nighttime extravaganza will feature more lasers, lights and projections than any show at Magic Kingdom Park before it. The 18-minute spectacle will feature moments from beloved Disney films such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” as well as modern blockbusters “Moana” and “Zootopia.” “Happily Ever After” will be presented nightly. Show times vary based on park hours.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Miss Adventure Falls, the newest family attraction at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, splashes onto the scene this spring. Aboard this family-style raft adventure, guests will be immersed in the story of Captain Mary Oceaneer. Legend holds that this treasure hunter roamed the seven seas in search of undersea artifacts – until a rogue storm marooned her at Typhoon Lagoon.

Disney Springs

The culinary scene at Disney Springs continues to evolve with more exciting food and beverage locales, including Paddlefish and Planet Hollywood Observatory, both open now.

Dine amongst the stars at Planet Hollywood Observatory, the newly reimagined restaurant serves up a new menu that includes amazing burgers and sandwiches created by celebrity Chef Guy Fieri, and craft cocktails whose names are inspired by the planets and space travel. Movie memorabilia, video screens, contemporary music and themed merchandise complete the scene.

Paddlefish Disney Springs

Board an iconic paddleboat at Paddlefish, which offers guests a delectable menu of fresh seafood, steaks and chops for lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch. A new rooftop lounge serves up a late-night menu as well as fantastic views of the water and Disney Springs.

First Timer’s Guide to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with Trips with Tykes


“The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a signature event at Walt Disney World in the spring. If you haven’t been before, here’s what you need to know about planning your first trip.” – Leslie

First Timer's Guide to Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival - Trips with Tykes

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2017 Topiaries

The 2017 festival forecast will be sunny with colorful floral bursts by day and a nighttime landscape aglow with twinkling lights:

  • Topiaries of Donald Duck and nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie will share Future World space in front of Spaceship Earth with Chip and Dale for a “Fresh Epcot” selfie and family photo opportunity.
  • Anna and Elsa topiaries will return to the Norway Pavilion festival landscape in celebration of the park’s new Frozen Ever After Nearly 100 festival topiaries in all will include up to 70 character creations such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp, Simba, Timon and Tinker Bell.
  • Guests can plan on special appearances related to Earth Day and other spring activities including: March 31-April 2 and April 28-30: Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment and Conservation
  • Specialists from Disney’s Animal Kingdom; April 22-24: Celebrate Earth Day with featured personalities and activities; May 5-7: Discover the Bounty of Florida Agriculture by learning from Sunshine State specialists; May 12-14: Florida Federation of Garden Clubs presents floral designs that defy description.
  • The Butterflies on the Go garden will return with the story of the Monarch’s epic journey across the continent and featuring butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.
  • On the way to the new Soarin’ Around the World attraction in The Land Pavilion, guests can discover gardens featuring edible flowers, plants that benefit health and healing, and a pollinator paradise.

Springtime at Disneyland
with Love Our Crazy Life

“Springtime at Disneyland is filled with good weather, long park hours, few ride closures, and lots of crowds. We have tips for making your springtime at Disneyland magical.” – Becca

Disneyland Railroad (photo credit: Capturing Magical Memories)

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

With celebrity chefs, winemaker dinners, beer tasting seminars and irresistible cuisine, the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival jump-starts spring with hundreds of culinary experiences and delicious flavors from across the Golden State. Guests will be tempted to visit multiple days as the tantalizing Festival runs March 10-April 16, 2017, at Disney California Adventure Park.

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“This year’s Food & Wine Festival is going to be better than ever, with experiences for guests of all ages,” said Gary Maggetti, general manager, Disney California Adventure Park West. “We’ll have more than a dozen marketplaces open every day, and you can enjoy an entire menu of daily culinary demonstrations and tastings, plus beer, wine and spirits seminars. There will be music everywhere, delicious food, and fun crafts created especially for our younger guests. We have something for the entire family.”

More than a dozen Festival Marketplaces will offer delectable fare, an ideal complement to the Festival-inspired menus at the theme park’s restaurants and eateries.

Dozens of food and beverage professionals will share their expertise during the Festival. Each day, guests will be invited to learn cooking techniques from master chefs, participate in wine, beer and spirit seminars, and discover some of the best California cuisine in dishes served throughout Disney California Adventure.

5 Reasons to See Braves Spring Training this Year
with The Delightful Life

“Many people come and go from Walt Disney World every Spring, without ever knowing the Atlanta Braves hold their spring training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Whether you’re a Braves fan or just a WDW fan, here are 5 reasons you should catch a game!” – Jennifer

Atlanta Braves Spring Training - The Delightful Life

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20th Season of Braves Spring Training at Disney Underway

The Atlanta Braves’ 2017 spring training season at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort has officially begun, with the Braves taking on the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, Feb. 25.

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The Braves have trained at Disney since 1997 and are celebrating their 20th season at Champion Stadium. Their 2017 spring season will be highlighted by marquee matchups against 2016 playoff teams, including the Blue Jays. The Braves also face the American League East champion Boston Red Sox (March 3), the Baltimore Orioles (March 28) and the New York Mets (March 10, 25 and 29).

The Philadelphia Phillies, Yankees and Mets will be part of a three-game homestand March 8-10, one of three homestands for the team this spring. They will host the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins on March 18-20 and the Tigers, Orioles and Mets to close out their spring season March 27-29.

Disney character appearances and special moments such as kids running the bases after every game are some of the in-game entertainment opportunities that make Braves spring training at Disney a unique experience.

Individual spring training game tickets are still available at www.espnwwos.com/braves, through Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Box Office. Tickets range from $15 (general admission berm seating in left field) to $59 (lower level reserved seats).

Information on Braves spring training season tickets, suite/hospitality, group tickets and mini-plans is available by calling the premium sales team at (407) 939-GAME (4263) and online at www.espnwwos.com/braves. The popular mini-plans are available again this season, featuring two three-game options.

Must Haves for Springtime at Disney
with This Roller Coaster Called Life

“Just about any time of the year is a great time to go to a Disney Park, but there are just a few extra things I like to make sure I take with me during the springtime. Read on and check out my “must haves” for springtime at Disney!” – Naomi

Must Haves for Springtime at Disney - This Roller Coaster Called Life

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Epcot’s Flower & Garden: Getting Ready for 2016, Looking Back at 2015
with Sam’s Disney Diary

“It’s that time of year again; to me, the most wonderful time of the year. The snow is finally leaving the northern states, the sun is making some appearances, the local baseball teams are headed to Florida for spring training, and the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is ready to kickoff.” – Sam

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

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