Oz-themed play structures open early for Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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Disney World decided to preview the area along Imagination Walkway in an effort to promote the movie, which hits theaters on March 8. Follow the yellow brick road and pass under the Oz arch near Showcase Plaza and you will spot the downed hot-air balloon on the left, indicating you are approaching the play area. (An area to the right of the walkway in past years has housed detailed sand sculptures related to a current Disney movie. This year, guests will find the Water Wise Garden presented by RainBird located there.)
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Kids can learn about physics behind roller coasters this week at Epcot

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To celebrate National Engineers Week, one of the sponsors at Epcot is offering short and entertaining demonstrations that teach kids the physics behind roller coasters. Though National Engineers Week has a focus of calling attention to the importance of math, science and technical skills, the goal of these sessions is to show that math and science can be a lot of fun. This week, the company is taking a more basic approach to illustrating physics for Epcot's guests. In Raytheon's 15-minute Coaster Crafters sessions, teams of children use plastic hoses and marbles to learn some of the principles behind designing such a thrill ride.
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Saratoga Springs – Lake Buena Vista and the Disney Institute – Part One

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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (from here on simply to be known as Saratoga Springs) is a sprawling Disney Vacation Club resort located on the east side of the Walt Disney World property. It offers 1,260 studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units along with treehouse villas. Facilities include several dining opportunities, five swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, a spa, and shopping. It opened on May 17, 2004.
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Land of OZ Garden Opens in Epcot

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Among the new features for this year's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is the Land of Oz Garden. The new play area/garden is based on the Disney film, "Oz The Great and Powerful," which stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff, and opens in theaters March 8. based on the new Disney film.
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Disney World announces 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

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Walt Disney World has announced the dates of its 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration -- May 9 to 12 (Mother's Day weekend) -- and like last year, attendance is by invitation only. For mommy bloggers, #DisneySMMoms is among the most coveted conferences. Participants learn from speakers who are experts in the fields of online publishing, blogging, communications and marketing. Chris Brogan - president of Human Business Works, New York Times best-selling author and consultant -- has been a featured speaker at the past three events. Other speakers have included Matt Jacobson, head of market development at Facebook; Ridley Pearson, the author of the "Kingdom Keepers" series for young adults and many other novels; Rene Syler, former CBS' The Early Show Anchor and webmaster of Goodenoughmother.com; supermodel Kathy Ireland; and wedding designer David Tutera.
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SeaWorld Orlando Bands, Brew & BBQ

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SeaWorld partners with local restaurants for great BBQ, an array of beers and tops it off with a classic rock and country music concert. Check out Deb's report with photos and video. This year's event is held Saturdays and Sundays now through March 17th, 2013. The event area opens at 11:30am and closes at 7pm. Concerts begin at 4:00pm. Bands, Brew & BBQ is included with your park admission. BOTTOM LINE: I had a great time and hope to get back to see another concert and chow down on more BBQ before the festival ends!
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