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Epcot Holidays Around the World To Be Replaced with New Festival for 2017

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-09-09 16:13
Epcot has announced that the annual Holidays Around the World event will not return for the 2017 Holiday Season. A new "Festival" event will debut combining elements of Holidays Around the World with expanded "Holiday Kitchens":

Quote: Originally Posted by Walt Disney World Resort
Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays

Holidays Around the World is transforming into Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays from November 19 to December 30, 2017.

An International Yuletide Extravaganza

Discover a festival like no other, featuring the joyous holiday traditions of our 11 World Showcase nations. Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season as celebrated by cultures near and far.

Come, delight in stirring live musical productions; savor seasonal food & beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens; and take a festive global tour as costumed performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase!

Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree

Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree—and they need your help! To get started, simply purchase a map and sticker from select merchandise locations, including Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at International Gateway.

As you travel around World Showcase, be on the lookout for Chip and Dale as they gather ornaments from holiday decorations in each World Showcase pavilion. Once you spot them, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map. Then, take your completed map to Disney Traders and exchange it for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale!

Maps are $6.99 plus tax, and are available throughout Holidays Around the World at Epcot while supplies last.

Note: Valid theme park admission is required.

A Taste of the Holidays for Everyone!

Explore the tastes of the holidays around the world as each marketplace celebrates a different nation:

American Holiday Table


From the tender roast turkey to the tasty pork tenderloin, memories of grandma’s kitchen will come flooding back when you visit this salute to the great flavors of America.

Feast of the Three Kings


Dine like royalty as you enjoy scrumptious foods and delicious drinks from the Caribbean at this holiday kiosk inspired by the story of the Magi. While you nibble, learn about the celebration of Three Kings’ Day, El Día De Los Reyes Magos!

Holiday Sweets and Treats


From decadent desserts to savory snacks and merry libations, you’ll be in full swing of the season at this festively-appointed holiday kiosk. Enjoy the view here at Showcase Plaza, meet up with friends or just take a moment to unwind.

Mexico

Watch mariachi dancers celebrating a Feliz Navidad, while imbibing on the zippy spices of Mexican cuisine. The carnitas tacos and horchata margaritas will have you singing, “olé!”
Additional "Holiday Kitchens" are planned to be announced as the event draws near.
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Disney's Hollywood Studios Announces Sunset Seasons Greetings

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-09-09 14:50
Disney's Hollywood Studios has announced a new Christmastime overlay for the Sunset Blvd area of the park:

Quote: Originally Posted by Walt Disney World Resort Sunset Seasons Greetings

Have a flurry of holiday fun in an enchanted winter wonderland—filled with new Disney twists and characters—on Sunset Boulevard.

Stunning Décor and Characters Galore

Get wrapped up in the season as snow falls, Sunset Boulevard twinkles and favorite faces come to life. Taking place from November 9 through December 31, 2017, it’s Sunset Seasons Greetings—an all-new celebration you won’t want to miss!

As 2017 draws to a close, and night falls on Disney’s Hollywood Studios, an unforgettable scene starts to unfold for Guests of all ages. Billboards suddenly begin to move into motion and tell a tale, courtesy of iconic characters sharing their love for the season. All the while, the Hollywood Tower Hotel—a.k.a. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror—magically transforms, bringing to life the characters’ stories.

Disney character moments include:

  • Mickey and Minnie reminiscing about a hometown Christmas as the scene shifts into a romanticized, Norman Rockwell-inspired town—starting in black and white before slowly changing into color.
  • The Toy Story characters guessing which new toys are coming this Christmas as the scene becomes covered in holiday wrapping paper.
  • The Swedish Chef from The Muppets babbling as only he can while the scene turns into giant gingerbread houses.
  • And finally, Olaf pining over his holiday wish as iconic music plays and the scene freezes over into a Frozen winter wonderland—complete with dancing Aurora Borealis lights and projected falling snow.




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Disney's Hollywood Studios Announces Sunset Seasons Greetings

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-09-09 14:50
Disney's Hollywood Studios has announced a new Christmastime overlay for the Sunset Blvd area of the park:

Quote: Originally Posted by Walt Disney World Resort Sunset Seasons Greetings

Have a flurry of holiday fun in an enchanted winter wonderland—filled with new Disney twists and characters—on Sunset Boulevard.

Stunning Décor and Characters Galore

Get wrapped up in the season as snow falls, Sunset Boulevard twinkles and favorite faces come to life. Taking place from November 9 through December 31, 2017, it’s Sunset Seasons Greetings—an all-new celebration you won’t want to miss!

As 2017 draws to a close, and night falls on Disney’s Hollywood Studios, an unforgettable scene starts to unfold for Guests of all ages. Billboards suddenly begin to move into motion and tell a tale, courtesy of iconic characters sharing their love for the season. All the while, the Hollywood Tower Hotel—a.k.a. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror—magically transforms, bringing to life the characters’ stories.

Disney character moments include:

  • Mickey and Minnie reminiscing about a hometown Christmas as the scene shifts into a romanticized, Norman Rockwell-inspired town—starting in black and white before slowly changing into color.
  • The Toy Story characters guessing which new toys are coming this Christmas as the scene becomes covered in holiday wrapping paper.
  • The Swedish Chef from The Muppets babbling as only he can while the scene turns into giant gingerbread houses.
  • And finally, Olaf pining over his holiday wish as iconic music plays and the scene freezes over into a Frozen winter wonderland—complete with dancing Aurora Borealis lights and projected falling snow.




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Strange Dining Question

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-09-09 13:42
I know this is a strange question but just curious. If we already have a reservation for Tusker House for Breakfast and want to change it to a ROL package without cancelling it, will they do this if I call Dining? I originally got a Breakfast reservation for November because they had not opened the ROL packages yet and I wanted to make sure I got one. Then yesterday when I found out that the packages for November were open, I could only get Tiffins and it is a Signature Restaurant. I don't want to give up 2 TS for it. Today I could get Tusker House but it was for Lunch. Before I cancel my other Breakfast Reservation, do you think they would let me make that my package reservation?
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Strange Dining Question

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-09-09 13:42
I know this is a strange question but just curious. If we already have a reservation for Tusker House for Breakfast and want to change it to a ROL package without cancelling it, will they do this if I call Dining? I originally got a Breakfast reservation for November because they had not opened the ROL packages yet and I wanted to make sure I got one. Then yesterday when I found out that the packages for November were open, I could only get Tiffins and it is a Signature Restaurant. I don't want to give up 2 TS for it. Today I could get Tusker House but it was for Lunch. Before I cancel my other Breakfast Reservation, do you think they would let me make that my package reservation?
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Fast Pass Question

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-09-09 13:32
Is Fantasmic considered as a ride or Tier 1 for Fast Passes? I have FP for Toy Story and Star Wars but when I try to make one for Fantasmic it brings my DH name up and says if I make a reservation for it, Toy Story will be cancelled. Why does it just bring his name up. On several FP selections it does this. Both of the other FPs are in both our names. If I click on my name, it just says I have admission and can proceed. I have everything, tickets, reservations, FPs linked to both of us. I didn't think Fantasmic would be considered like a ride. It is a show.
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Fast Pass Question

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-09-09 13:32
Is Fantasmic considered as a ride or Tier 1 for Fast Passes? I have FP for Toy Story and Star Wars but when I try to make one for Fantasmic it brings my DH name up and says if I make a reservation for it, Toy Story will be cancelled. Why does it just bring his name up. On several FP selections it does this. Both of the other FPs are in both our names. If I click on my name, it just says I have admission and can proceed. I have everything, tickets, reservations, FPs linked to both of us. I didn't think Fantasmic would be considered like a ride. It is a show.
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Hurricane Irma Update for Walt Disney World Resort

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 20:27
Hurricane Irma Update for Walt Disney World Resort

Based on the latest forecasts for Hurricane Irma and keeping safety top of mind, Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, Disney Springs®, Water Parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will begin a phased closure to be completed by 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. These areas will remain closed through Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 with the hope of resuming operations on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.


The phased closures are as follows:


Disney’s Blizzard Beach® Water Park: Closed as of Friday, 9/8 – Monday, 9/11


Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon® Water Park: Closing Saturday 9/9 at 5 p.m. – Monday, 9/11


ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex: Closed on Saturday, 9/9 – Monday, 9/11


Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 p.m. – Monday, 9/11


Disney’s Hollywood Studios®: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 p.m. – Monday, 9/11


Epcot®: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 p.m. – Monday, 9/11


The Saturday, 9/9 Illuminations: Reflections of Earth performance is canceled.


Magic Kingdom® Park: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 p.m..


The Saturday, 9/9 Happily Ever After fireworks performance is canceled.


Disney Springs: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 p.m. – 9/11



CLOSURES, CANCELATIONS & MORE


La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil 9 p.m. show canceled on Saturday, Sept. 9.


Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort will close Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.


Disney’s Vero Beach Resort closed as of Friday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m.


Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney's Saratoga Springs


Treehouses will be closed beginning Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.



SPECIAL EVENT UPDATES


In anticipation of inclement weather associated with Hurricane Irma, please note the following event cancelations at Walt Disney World Resort.


Night of Joy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complexhas been canceled on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The performances on Friday, Sept. 8 will take place as planned.
Guests with tickets for Saturday are welcome to attend Friday’s event instead by exchanging their tickets at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Box Office after 4 p.m. Friday.


Requests for a full refund for either event night will be honored.


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been canceled on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The event will take place as planned on Thursday, Sept. 7. Guests are invited to exchange their Sunday, Sept. 10 event tickets for one of the following options:


Tickets to attend another Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party


Tickets to attend an upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party


1-Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper Option, to be used within the next 2 years


Receive a full refund for event tickets


To redeem these offers, Guests should call (407) 939-7818 by Jan. 31, 2018 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., or email us at Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com. Please have your tickets available so we may process your request for you as quickly as possible. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.


Please note the Disney Reservation Center is currently experiencing heavy call volume. If you need to service a reservation for arrival between now and Sept. 13, 2017, we encourage you to stay on the line. If you need to service a reservation for arrival after Sept. 13, 2017 we recommend using your online booking tool, or call back at a later time.
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Hurricane Irma Update for Walt Disney World Resort

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 20:27
Hurricane Irma Update for Walt Disney World Resort

Based on the latest forecasts for Hurricane Irma and keeping safety top of mind, Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, Disney Springs®, Water Parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will begin a phased closure to be completed by 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. These areas will remain closed through Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 with the hope of resuming operations on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.


The phased closures are as follows:


Disney’s Blizzard Beach® Water Park: Closed as of Friday, 9/8 – Monday, 9/11


Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon® Water Park: Closing Saturday 9/9 at 5 p.m. – Monday, 9/11


ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex: Closed on Saturday, 9/9 – Monday, 9/11


Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 p.m. – Monday, 9/11


Disney’s Hollywood Studios®: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 p.m. – Monday, 9/11


Epcot®: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 p.m. – Monday, 9/11


The Saturday, 9/9 Illuminations: Reflections of Earth performance is canceled.


Magic Kingdom® Park: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 p.m..


The Saturday, 9/9 Happily Ever After fireworks performance is canceled.


Disney Springs: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 p.m. – 9/11



CLOSURES, CANCELATIONS & MORE


La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil 9 p.m. show canceled on Saturday, Sept. 9.


Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort will close Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.


Disney’s Vero Beach Resort closed as of Friday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m.


Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney's Saratoga Springs


Treehouses will be closed beginning Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.



SPECIAL EVENT UPDATES


In anticipation of inclement weather associated with Hurricane Irma, please note the following event cancelations at Walt Disney World Resort.


Night of Joy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complexhas been canceled on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The performances on Friday, Sept. 8 will take place as planned.
Guests with tickets for Saturday are welcome to attend Friday’s event instead by exchanging their tickets at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Box Office after 4 p.m. Friday.


Requests for a full refund for either event night will be honored.


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been canceled on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The event will take place as planned on Thursday, Sept. 7. Guests are invited to exchange their Sunday, Sept. 10 event tickets for one of the following options:


Tickets to attend another Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party


Tickets to attend an upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party


1-Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper Option, to be used within the next 2 years


Receive a full refund for event tickets


To redeem these offers, Guests should call (407) 939-7818 by Jan. 31, 2018 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., or email us at Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com. Please have your tickets available so we may process your request for you as quickly as possible. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.


Please note the Disney Reservation Center is currently experiencing heavy call volume. If you need to service a reservation for arrival between now and Sept. 13, 2017, we encourage you to stay on the line. If you need to service a reservation for arrival after Sept. 13, 2017 we recommend using your online booking tool, or call back at a later time.
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Marriott's Royal Palms

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 19:38
Hello,

I was supposed to be at WDW September 9-16 on a solo trip, staying at BWI. Irma forced me to cancel. But now I'm trying to book a different week but there doesn't seem to be any availability at any Disney resort during any of the weeks I can go. I'm working with Magical Journeys, as I have for the past decade. They're the best, but unfortunately can't make rooms appear.

My parents have graciously offered to gift me with use of their Marriott Time Share and I'm looking at Royal Palms. Any thoughts? It would be way too much space for one person (they only have 2 bedroom units), but hey, they offered.

My biggest fear is how to get to Disney every day. I get very nervous driving in unfamiliar places and would love to avoid renting a car. With the savings I'd have on a resort, I could just Uber every day. Has anyone ever done that? Is that a crazy plan?

I'm mourning the loss of losing all my ADRs and FP+ as it is, and would hate to stay off-site being such a devotee, but I don't want to wait another 6 months before I can go again (no availability next few months and I don't want to book in Jan-Feb cause of snow up here. I canceled once for weather and don't want to again!).

Thanks all!
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Marriott's Royal Palms

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 19:38
Hello,

I was supposed to be at WDW September 9-16 on a solo trip, staying at BWI. Irma forced me to cancel. But now I'm trying to book a different week but there doesn't seem to be any availability at any Disney resort during any of the weeks I can go. I'm working with Magical Journeys, as I have for the past decade. They're the best, but unfortunately can't make rooms appear.

My parents have graciously offered to gift me with use of their Marriott Time Share and I'm looking at Royal Palms. Any thoughts? It would be way too much space for one person (they only have 2 bedroom units), but hey, they offered.

My biggest fear is how to get to Disney every day. I get very nervous driving in unfamiliar places and would love to avoid renting a car. With the savings I'd have on a resort, I could just Uber every day. Has anyone ever done that? Is that a crazy plan?

I'm mourning the loss of losing all my ADRs and FP+ as it is, and would hate to stay off-site being such a devotee, but I don't want to wait another 6 months before I can go again (no availability next few months and I don't want to book in Jan-Feb cause of snow up here. I canceled once for weather and don't want to again!).

Thanks all!
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Hurricane closures announced

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 18:51
Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Disney Springs, Water Parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will begin a phased closure to be completed by 9 PM on Saturday, 9/9. These areas will remain closed through Monday, Sept.11 with the hope of resuming operations on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

See the hurricane closure thread in Theme Parks for more details.
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Hurricane closures announced

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 18:51
Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Disney Springs, Water Parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will begin a phased closure to be completed by 9 PM on Saturday, 9/9. These areas will remain closed through Monday, Sept.11 with the hope of resuming operations on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

See the hurricane closure thread in Theme Parks for more details.
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Hurricane closures announced

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 18:48
Disney has released the following announcement to its Cast Members:

Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Disney Springs, Water Parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will begin a phased closure to be completed by 9 PM on Saturday, 9/9. These areas will remain closed through Monday, Sept.11 with the hope of resuming operations on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Check the Walt Disney World Resort website for updates: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

The phased closures are as follows:

Disney’s Blizzard Beach: Closed as of Friday, 9/8 – Monday, 9/11

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: Closing Saturday 9/9 at 5 PM – Monday, 9/11

ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed on Saturday, 9/9 – Monday, 9/11

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 PM – Monday, 9/11

The Saturday, 9/9 Rivers of Light performance is canceled.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 PM – Monday, 9/11

The Saturday, 9/9 Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular performances are canceled.

Epcot: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday, 9/11

The Saturday, 9/9 Illuminations Reflections of Earth performance is canceled.

Magic Kingdom: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday, 9/11

The Saturday, 9/9 Happily Ever After fireworks performance is canceled.

Disney Springs: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday 9/11
Categories: Disney Blogs

Hurricane closures announced

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 18:48
Disney has released the following announcement to its Cast Members:

Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Disney Springs, Water Parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will begin a phased closure to be completed by 9 PM on Saturday, 9/9. These areas will remain closed through Monday, Sept.11 with the hope of resuming operations on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Check the Walt Disney World Resort website for updates: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

The phased closures are as follows:

Disney’s Blizzard Beach: Closed as of Friday, 9/8 – Monday, 9/11

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: Closing Saturday 9/9 at 5 PM – Monday, 9/11

ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed on Saturday, 9/9 – Monday, 9/11

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 PM – Monday, 9/11

The Saturday, 9/9 Rivers of Light performance is canceled.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 PM – Monday, 9/11

The Saturday, 9/9 Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular performances are canceled.

Epcot: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday, 9/11

The Saturday, 9/9 Illuminations Reflections of Earth performance is canceled.

Magic Kingdom: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday, 9/11

The Saturday, 9/9 Happily Ever After fireworks performance is canceled.

Disney Springs: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday 9/11
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Brainwashed

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 18:45
I'm sitting on hold with Disney dining to find out if I can make a dinner reservaton. Normally, I don't like sitting on hold. I always love calling Disney though and listening to their music while I wait. I'm even a little sad when they finally answer. Today, it made me think about all the times Dizneyfreak basically talks about how Disney knows how to manipulate us to be happy with them no matter what they do. I'm such a sucker. At least I'm a happy sucker though. :P
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Brainwashed

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 18:45
I'm sitting on hold with Disney dining to find out if I can make a dinner reservaton. Normally, I don't like sitting on hold. I always love calling Disney though and listening to their music while I wait. I'm even a little sad when they finally answer. Today, it made me think about all the times Dizneyfreak basically talks about how Disney knows how to manipulate us to be happy with them no matter what they do. I'm such a sucker. At least I'm a happy sucker though. :P
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WDW Theme Park closing for Irma (hours and parks)

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 18:29
Walt Disney World theme parks will be closed Sunday and Monday (9/10 and 9/11). Mk and Epcot will close at 9pm on Saturday (9/9) and DHS and DAK will close at 7pm on Saturday (9/9)
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WDW Theme Park closing for Irma (hours and parks)

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 18:29
Walt Disney World theme parks will be closed Sunday and Monday (9/10 and 9/11). Mk and Epcot will close at 9pm on Saturday (9/9) and DHS and DAK will close at 7pm on Saturday (9/9)
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Visa lounge

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-09-08 17:49
Is there still a visa lounge at Epcot for food and wine festival this year?
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