We spent a full day yesterday at Epcot for opening day of this years Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The sky was beautiful for much of the day – turning a little grey as the day progressed. The mushrooms from Fantasia (below, left) are outside of the park, which is unusual for Festival topiaries. Sorcerer Mickey cuts a grand figure as he stands atop the entrance display with smoke billowing (below, right).
Lightning McQueen made his debut yesterday at the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (below, left) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. McQueen started performing at Disneyland Paris, in their Moteurs…Action! Stunt Show Spectacular a few months ago, and has was originally expected to make it here earlier in the summer. Before the show begins, Larry the Cable Guy (below, right) does a short plug for the film Cars 2 onscreen that also included brief interviews with Owen Wilson.
After a week of rainy weather, we were finally able to head back to Walt Disney World and check out the latest happenings at Disney’s Hollywood Stusios and The Magic Kingdom. A new “Let the Memories Begin” sign has gone up where the Star Tours billboard had been standing (below, left). The sign (below, right) is very similar to the one that has been in front of the Magic Kingdom for the last 6 months. (we have photos and video of the Magic Kingdom sign HERE)
We were invited by a friend to enjoy a movie at the new AMC Dine-In Theaters at Downtown Disney (below, left). Cast members were offered a free movie, as well as a free soft drink and appetizer or entree. They were also allowed to bring guests! There is outdoor seating in front of the theater (below, left). This entrance now services only the Dine-In Theaters (below, right).