Disney Announces Performers for Garden Rock’s Concert Series

The Garden Rocks Concert Series will be returning to the 2022 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival.  The series was missing last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival begins March 2 and runs through July 4 for 125 days.

The line-up will see the return of The Guess Who, Rick Springfield, The Pointer Sisters, Plan White T’s and new for this year The Commodores.

On January 19, guests can make reservations for Garden Rocks Dining Packages.  The packages include guaranteed seating at the show and dining at an EPCOT restaurant.

Shows will be featuring internationally recognized artists Friday – Monday, with local Orlando are bands playing Tuesday – Thursday.

Here is the full line-up –

  • March 4-5 – The Guess Who
  • March 6-7 – Rick Springfield
  • March 11-12 – Melina Leon – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • March 18-19 – Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW
  • March 20-21 – Kool & The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • March 25-28 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • April 1-2 – The Spinners
  • April 3-4 – The Pointer Sisters
  • April 8-9 – Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • April 15-16 – Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston – NEW
  • April 17-18 – Don Felder, Formerly of The Eagles
  • April 22-23 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • April 24-25 – Claudia Leitte – NEW
  • April 29-30 – Berlin
  • May 1-2 – TobyMac
  • May 6-7 – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • May 8-9 – The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks
  • May 13-14 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW
  • May 20-21 – A Flock Of Seagulls
  • May 22-23 – Collin Raye – NEW
  • May 27-28 – Thelma Houston – NEW
  • June 3-6 – Simple Plan
  • June 10-13 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • June 17-20 – Plain White T’s

Standby Queue Coming to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT

Beginning on January 10th, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will discontinue the use of the virtual queue, and will offer a standby queue.

Even though the virtual queue is ending, the Individual Lightning Lane purchase option will continue to be available.

With the removal of the virtual queue it means that no Walt Disney World attractions are currently using the system.  Disney did say today that, “virtual queues continue to be helpful with the launch of popular attractions and the debut of new experiences and offerings, so we may use it again from time to time for select attractions in the future.”

Based on Disney’s statement that it would seem likely that we will see virtual queues deployed with the upcoming openings of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind,’ and TRON Lightcyle Run.

2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival to Begin March 2, 2022

With the official start of winter is still a few days away, spring is already in the air because Walt Disney World has announced that the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival will open on March 2, 2022 and run for 125 days and end on July 4th, 2022.

Disney is busy producing topiaries, hanging baskets, flower towers along with planning fresh cuisine, colorful gardens, playful topiaries and vibrant entertainment.

There will be a new main entrance topiary display that will feature Goofy and a 50th-themed birthday cake since the festival will be taking place during the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary celebration.

There will also be other fan-favorite Disney Character topiaries such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Germany pavilion or Lumiere and Cogsworth welcoming you to the recently expanded France pavilion.

It’s important to note that next year’s festival doesn’t carry the “Taste of” tag, so the conjecture is that we can expect a return of the full festival offerings.

The Garden Rocks Concert Series will be returning for the 2022 festival along with 18 Outdoor Kitchens. More details are coming soon on both on both of these.

Guests who attend the festival will also find blooming keepsakes including vibrant apparel, drinkware, accessories and more with new merchandise collections launching just in time for the event.

To experience the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, guests must have both valid admission and a park reservation for EPCOT on the same date.

Walt Disney World Announces Dates for 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Yesterday Walt Disney World announced that the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will take place January 14 through February 21, 2022.

Disney also announced in the announcement that ‘Disney on Broadway concert series’ makes a return this year after missing from last year due to the pandemic. Performers will be announced at a future date.

The 2022 EPCOT International festival of the Arts will include:

  • Food Studios around World Showcase
  • The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – a fun food stroll featuring five delicious sweet and savory treats
  • Chalk artists
  • Photo ops where you can step into famous artwork
  • A paint-by-number mural
  • Figment’s Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt
  • Performance and visual artists
  • Special festival merchandise

Walt Disney World Announces Candlelight Processional Dining Packages and First List of Narrators

As announced earlier, we know that the 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will see the return of the fan-favorite Candlelight Processional. We now know some of the celebrity narrators that will be appearing.

The list of celebrity narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional will include Chita Rivera, Jodi Benson, Alton Fitzgerald White, Lisa Ling, Steven Curtis Chapman, Blair Underwood and Pat Sajak with more names being added over the coming weeks.

The dates that the narrators will appear are as follows –

  • Chita Rivera – November 29 through December 1
  • Jodi Benson – December 2 through December 4
  • Alton Fitzgerald White – December 5 through December 7
  • Lisa Ling – December 11 through December 13
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 23 through December 25
  • Blair Underwood – December 26 through December 28
  • Pat Sajak – December 29 through December 30

Disney also announced earlier today that dining packages for the 2021 Candlelight Processional at EPCOT will go on sale October 26th.

This year there will only be four restaurants participating.

Each package includes:

  • An appetizer, entrée and dessert or one (1) full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
  • One (1) guaranteed seat per person to the Candlelight Processional held on the same day

Below is the list of participating restaurants along with prices –

Biergarten Restaurant – Germany Pavilion
$62 ages 10 and up, $35 ages 3 – 9

Coral Reef – The Living Seas
$74 ages 10 and up, $25 ages 3 – 9

Garden Grill – The Land Pavilion 
$71 ages 10 and up, $46 ages 3 – 9

Rose & Crown – United Kingdom Pavilion
$63 ages 10 and up, $25 ages 3 – 9

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind to Open in 2022 at EPCOT

Disney confirmed yesterday that Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind will open in 2022 at EPCOT. Disney did not offer a specific opening date.

In the announcement, Imagineer Zach Riddley said –

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, will debut in 2022. That’s right, our friends from Xandar will open the first ‘other-world’ showcase pavilion at EPCOT next year, inviting us on an intergalactic chase through space and time!

Here you see Imagineers Tom Fitzgerald and Scott Drake in the Galaxarium, which when completed will feature a planetarium-type presentation where the Xandarians show us their world, their people and their advanced technologies.

The new attraction will feature an innovation that we have not seen from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus guests on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster. 

Holiday Storytellers Appear to be Returning for the 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

The 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is looking to be a lot like what we’re used to seeing, with more entertainment expected to be returning.

It was recently noticed that a casting call went out from Disney Live Entertainment looking for Equity performers to play the roles of the Holiday Storytellers in each of the World Showcase countries.

Walt Disney World recently confirmed that the Candlelight Processional will return this year.

Space 220 Restaurant to Begin Service Mid-September

Be prepared for liftoff, because the Space 220 restaurant at EPCOT is scheduled to begin service in mid-September.

The Space 220 restaurant is located next to Mission: SPACE, and it will take fine dining to a whole new level.  The immersive experience begins as guests check into the Space 220 Departure Lounge in Future World.  From here, guests will board one of two “Space Elevators” that will transport guests in what will seem like 220 miles above Earth to Centauri Space Station.  Guests will be able to look down through a viewport to see EPCOT shrink away; looking up they will see the Space Station come into view.

Once docked, guests will head through the themed dining area. Inside the dining area, everyone will eperience a panoramic view of Earth below, and a variety of work and leisure activities taking place beyond the windows of the Space Station-themed restaurant.

The Space 220 restaurant menu will feature stellar dishes and gourmet recipes, with a two-course prix fixe menu for lunch, and a three-course prix fixe menu for dinner.

There was no mention by Disney as to when reservations will be opening.

Space 220 was originally planned to open in 2019 but has seen numerous construction delays prior to COVID, and then was further delayed due to construction restrictions during COVID-19 as mitigation measures were in place.

Walt Disney World Announces Cast Member Preview Dates for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Walt Disney World has announced that Cast Member previews for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure on August 19th.  The previews will continue for more than two weeks.

Cast Member only previews begin  on August 19th and run through to September 2nd.  There will be an additional round of previews for Cast Member sweepstake winners, which will allow guests to accompany the Cast Member winners.

In addition to the cast member preview days, there will also bee Club 33 previews that will take place on September 3rd.

Disney Vacation Club previews are planned for September 5, 17, and 20. Dates for the now sold-out Annual Passholder preview include September 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 23, 24, 27, 28.

Annual Passholder Previews for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure to take place in September

Walt Disney World has opened registration for Annual Passholder previews of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure that will take place throughout September at EPCOT.

The dates listed for the Annual Passholder preview include September 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 23, 24, 27, 28. It is important to note that Disney Park Pass reservations are not required for the previews.

Annual Passholders should have gotten an email with a link for the registration. If not, here is a link to the Walt Disney World event page at https://event-registration.disneyparks.disney.go.com/disneyworld

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