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World Showcase DestiNations Discovered is a new walking tour now available at Epcot's World Showcase.
Costing $109+tax per person, the five hour walking tour takes guests through the creation of the World Showcase pavilions. The tour takes place both onstage and backstage, giving a glimpse at some of the behind-the-scenes magic.
Also part of the experience is an inclusive lunch at a World Showcase restaurant, and a cultural demonstration at one of the pavilions.
The tour takes place daily, departing at 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM. Park admission is required, and guests must be aged 16 and over.
Reservations can be made now on 407-939-5277.

Disney has announced that 'Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular' will be debuting at this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Replacing Disney Villains Mix and Mingle, the new show will continue to take place on the castle stage each night during the Halloween party nights.

From the official Disney Parks Blog.

In “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” return to the mortal world for one night during the Halloween season. With only a few hours
Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog
to run amuck, the three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard!
With the help of the Disney villains, Winifred, Mary and Sarah gather together sinister shadows, nefarious nightmares and the power of their frightful friends to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion and cast a spell on everyone in the Magic Kingdom Park. “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” features appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other great Disney villains, along with dancers, projections and special effects that combine to make this new show a not-to-be-missed Halloween treat.
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place on select nights from September 15 through to November 1 2015. Party tickets are required, ranging in price from $68 to $87. 

The Disney controlled Reedy Creek Improvement District and Duke Energy have entered into a 15 year purchase agreement for Duke Energy to build, own and operate a 5-megawatt solar facility that will serve the Reedy Creek Improvement District - providing solar power to Walt Disney World.

The facility will occupy approximately 20 acres near World Drive and Epcot Center Drive at Walt Disney World Resort and its 48,000 solar panels will be arranged in the shape of a Disney-inspired design.
"We are committed to working with customers to expand their use of renewable energy," said Alex Glenn, president, Duke Energy Florida. "This opportunity to serve the Reedy Creek Improvement District is another example of how we are meeting our customers’ interests in renewable energy, while bringing more solar choices to Florida."
The 5-megawatt facility is the equivalent of around 1000 typical residential rooftop systems.

Construction is planned to begin in the summer of 2015, with the facility to be in operation by the end of the year.

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