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Epcot Update: Innoventions Smarter Planet by IBM, Flower and Garden Festival Blooms, Monorail Beam Work and Characters in Epcot – Photos and Video

Hi everyone!

Flowers are starting to bloom around Epcot where Jack Frost took his toll. The purple and white flowers in front of Spaceship Earth are looking great! (below, left). There was a lot of rain today, and part of my time was spent inside creating an avatar of myself to play in the new Innoventions IBM offering called “Run Time” as part of the Smarter Planet exhibit (below, right).

The avatar runs, jumps, dances and looks just like the person designing it (in this case, me!)  (below left and right). When you are done, you send an email to yourself to enjoy the game at home.

There is a seating area where you can wait before playing (below, left). The queue (below, right) leads you past an interesting display.

On the display below, it says, “The chip inside the Sony Playstation 3 is so sophisticated that it also powers the fastest super computer in the world – IBM’s Roadrunner” (below, left). I started the game process by doing the various moves requested (below, right).

Video #1 – IBM Innoventions Smarter Planet Exhibit, “Run Time” Game 2/5/10 – This newly designed exhibit has a fun game which you can email back to play at home. You run, jump, and it creates an avatar that looks just like you to be used in the game.

Beautiful yellow flowers are now planted where a Jack Frost sign once stood (below, left) and the area below that used to hold the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival butterfly tent is getting readied for whatever it will now hold (below, right). The butterfly tent is supposed to be in a different location this year.

The monorail beam is getting cleaned up and it looks great! The dirty side (below, left) is a stark contrast to the newly cleaned side (below, right).

Video #2 – Monorail Beam Rehab at Epcot 2/05/2010 – This video shows the difference from the beam that has been worked on vs. what hasn’t (it looks like they are just cleaning it). The difference is striking.

At the International Gateway, Foulfellow and June and Annie from Little Einsteins greet guests. We were told that sometimes these unusual characters come out when cast members are in training, but we’ve seen quite a bit of the different characters (especially in Epcot) recently.

There is some other activity in preparations for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, which takes place in just under month! A wall (below left) shows a sign (below, right) which lets guests know that the dates are March 3rd – May 16th, 2010.

In Italy, a facade is now up to hide the construction on the upcoming Napoli Pizzeria (below left and right).

The wall next to the tea garden (below, left) has enough space to show what is going on inside (below, right). This is where a small shop used to be, it is currently moved.

The Land boat ride has been walled up, but is now testing it’s boats (below left and right).

For more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE!

Production Update: I’ve been busy looking through my current and vintage video footage, as well as scanning your requests that I receive in my email to decide what my next titles will be.  Look for my first new DVD release of 2010 by the end of February featuring the “One Man’s Dream” show (1990) and the often requested “Light Magic” (1997) to be a part of my upcoming Disneyland Classics Vol 6 title!

Latest Release:

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Jeff Lange Remembers Epcot Holiday Classics

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange with this all-new DVD filled with holiday memories from Christmas past at Walt Disney World’s Epcot.

Features the following: Entrance Topiary (2008),Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (1993),Mickey’s Tree Lighting Treat (2006), The Lights of Winter (2008) and “Let There Be Peace On Earth” Fireworks Finale (2008)!

Running Time: 62 min

For more information or to purchase this item,

please click HERE.

Also available: a full range of Holiday Titles from Disneyland and Walt Disney World HERE!

Available Now:

Holiday Treat 09 copyJeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 09 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2009)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2009 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)”, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade”, “Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season”, “Celebrate the Season Show” special holiday decor, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

For more information or to purchase this item,

please click HERE.

Available Now:

disneyland-parade-classics-copyJeff Lange’s Disneyland Parade Classics Vol 1 (Featuring Disneyland’s Very Merry Christmas Parade 1985)

Jeff Lange takes you back in time to experience this first in a series of DVDs featuring vintage parades from the “Happiest Place on Earth”, Disneyland!.

Features the following classic Disneyland parades: Very Merry Christmas Parade (1985), Totally Minnie Parade (1986), Party Gras Parade – Disneyland’s 35th Anniversary (1990) and The World According to Goofy Parade (1992)!

Running Time: 60 Min

For more information

or to purchase this item, please click HERE.

Also available: Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Parade Classics Vol 2Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Parade Classics Vol 1 and Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Parade Classics Vol 2.

Also Available:

Disneyland Celebrate 2009Jeff Lange’s Celebrate Disneyland 2009

Join Jeff Lange as he brings the magic of Disneyland into your home with “Jeff Lange’s Celebrate Disneyland 2009″!

Featuring: Welcome to Disneyland, it’s a small world,Celebrate! A Street Party, Magical Fireworks plus a special bonus, the updated Disney’s Electrical Parade!

Running Time: 70 min

For more information

or to purchase this item,

please click HERE.

Also available – Remember Halloween 2009:

Trick or Treat 6 CoverJeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 6 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2009)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2009 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Alice & Mad Hatters Treat Party, TheHeadless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade,Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

For more information

or to purchase this item,

please click HERE.

Also available: Trick or Treat vol 1 – 5 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2008) – Click HERE

Also available:

disneyland-classics-vol-5-smallJeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

For more information or to purchase this item, please click HERE.

Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

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As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.