Reservations now open for afternoon tea at Crescent Solarium

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Guests can now treat themselves to an elegant afternoon tea at Solarium Gardens.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort is taking reservations for Afternoon Tea at Solarium Gardens, part of Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

Several options are available, each varying by meal selection. Guests may choose from the following: Sea Side Park Tea; Sandy Cove Tea; Prince Cove Tea; and Short Sands Beach Tea.

Dining options include assorted tea sandwiches shaped like Mickey Mouse, scones served with cream and homemade breads, for starters.

Looking for complete details on Afternoon Tea? Click here for more information from Disney Parks Blog.

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French Canadian musical tradition comes alive at Epcot

The cultural heritage of French Québec has come alive at the Canada Pavilion in World Showcase, with the introduction of musical performances by TradNation, according to Disney Parks Blog.

In Québécois tradition, music is often a community experience that brings families, friends and neighbors together to play at every opportunity. TradNation features a broad repertoire, including traditional songs as well as original family compositions passed down through generations.

Performances are held on the Mill Stage in the Canada Pavilion, where visitors can immerse themselves in the interactive, musical celebration of life.

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Get ready: ‘Star Wars’ villain Kylo Ren is coming to Disney Parks

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has become a global phenomenon, and soon, guests at Disney Parks will be able to interact with one of the film’s new characters, Kylo Ren.

Every day at Disney Parks, visitors can step into new “Star Wars” experiences such as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and “Star Wars” Launch Bay, where guests can come face to face with some of the greatest heroes and villains of the saga.

Soon, a visit to “Star Wars” Launch Bay at either Disneyland park or Disney’s Hollywood Studios will transport “Star Wars” fans to the “Star Wars” galaxy for an encounter with Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.

Kylo Ren is a dark warrior with a mysterious past. Ren is strong with the Force and serves as a leader of the First Order, seeking to destroy the New Republic, the Resistance and the legacy of the Jedi.

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“Star Wars” Launch Bay was designed to showcase a variety of “Star Wars” characters over time, according to Disney Parks Blog. In addition to Kylo Ren, guests may also come across a garrison of First Order Stormtroopers or the heroic Wookiee, Chewbacca, holed up in a secret Resistance base.

The portal from “Star Wars” Launch Bay to Kylo Ren’s Star Destroyer opens at Disneyland park and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in February.

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Meet Willie, the Aardvark at Rafiki’s Planet Watch

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a new resident!

Willie is making himself at home at Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Willie is an aardvark that frequents the outdoor stage next to Affection Section, where visitors can meet and learn more about him in person.

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Animal keeper Julie (pictured above) has spent a lot of time with Willie as he gets used to his new home. According to Disney Parks Blog, one of Julie’s most memorable moments happened when Willie first walked into Affection Section and every goat and sheep turned their attention to the new arrival.

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Although Willie generally focuses on learning new skills and exploring his world in the late afternoon, officials say he sometimes decides to sleep through training time. All of the animals can choose whether they wish to participate in activities or not, according to Disney officials.

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New Star Wars merchandise available at Disney Parks

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” inspires brand new merchandise available now at Disney Parks.

New products have been released for all ages. Here are a couple fan favorites:

– The Force Push Role Play Action Set — This item was created especially for Disney Parks. The set gives you the power to move a First Order Stormtrooper or TIE Fighter with a wave of your Force Glove.

– The BB-8 Spinning Top — This BB-8 top spins, lights up and makes sounds when activated.

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View photos of the new merchandise and read more information from Disney Parks Blog, HERE.

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Baby marmoset born at Rafiki’s Planet Watch

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —There’s a new, high-pitched call coming from Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and it’s creating excitement among the cast members and guests.

The loud call comes from a tiny animal, weighing only a few ounces. Say hello to the newborn baby marmoset born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. See video below.

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Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ coming soon to Disney Parks

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Disney is celebrating the new year in a big way!

Disney announced that beginning Jan. 21, guests visiting Disney Parks will be able to catch a preview of scenes from Disney’s comedy-adventure “Zootopia” in sneak peeks planned for Disney California Adventure Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

At Disney California Adventure Park, the “Zootopia” preview will be presented at the Bug’s Life Theater with special in-theater effects. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get to see an advance look at clips from the film as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction on Mickey Avenue.

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‘Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season’ performed daily at Epcot

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Visitors at Epcot will not want to miss the Voices of Liberty at the American Adventure Pavilion.

“Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” will be performed at Future World Fountain Stage four times daily.

See below for a mashup of “What Child Is This” and “Carol of the Bells.”

For more information on the holiday show, click here.

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Celebrate the season with fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Disney is lighting up the night with a festive fireworks show at Magic Kingdom Park.

The “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks show is narrated by Jiminy Cricket, features seasonal tunes, and visitors may catch a fleeting sight of Santa and his reindeer passing by.

“Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” is shown each night during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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