Today Disney released further details of the coming overhaul of Epcot including a revamp of the Wonders of Life pavilion into a “play” themed pavilion as well as an artist’s rendering of the new vision for the Epcot entrance plaza that had social media buzzing most of the day, and for good reason.
In the 1930’s walt had been working on an animated short starring Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. While this project was in the works, Walt had a chance meeting with conductor Leopold Stokowski at Chasen’s Restaurant in Hollywood. They had dinner together and Walt explained his latest project. Stokowski was fascinated and said he would love to conduct it.
Rivers of Light viewing area glows with Expedition Everest serving as an impressive backdrop
For many years since its 1998 opening, Disney’s Animal Kingdom was known to guests as a “daytime” park with none of the traditional nighttime offerings that define evenings at other parks (electrical parades, fireworks, fountain shows). In fact it wasn’t just that the park didn’t offer these reasons to stay in the park into the evening, but the park often closed at 6pm before night even fell.
As far back as 2008, Disney had plans to extend the hours of Animal Kingdom by offering nighttime entertainment. The challenge that had existed was that fireworks spectaculars didn’t lend themselves to Animal Kingdom because the noises the pyrotechnics create would upset the resident animals and Disney’s zoologists were adamant that not happen.