The familiar Characters in Flight balloon was recently outfitted with a fresh design that complements the recently transformed look of Disney Springs. The balloon is updated every four years, giving the team the opportunity to create a new look for the balloon.
Matthieu Gobbi, GM of Aerophile (the company operating the attraction), said that “the new balloon envelope was inspired by the springs and the element of water – it’s very coherent, as the balloon floats in the air, then lands on the water of Lake Buena Vista.”

Universal's Volcano Bay continues to take shape next to Cabana Bay. The majority of the water slides that will soon be available to Guests visiting this wonderful water park are already in place, and work is now underway to install additional themed elements, build more rockwork, and plant trees, bushes, and flower beds that will enhance even more the look of this amazing place. Come and join us as we take a look around the construction zone (from a safe distance, of course). The excitement is in the air...

As Disney Springs continues to evolve and grow in size, it is sometimes necessary to introduce changes to new and existing restaurants and shops located on property to serve Guests efficiently (while still offering quality products). For this reason, D-Living will be temporarily closed Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in order to install a new overlay. In addition to that, some dining locations now have different hours than the rest of Disney Springs.
Continue reading this post for additional details about these operational changes.

New booking dates become available starting Wednesday, January 18, for "Highway in the Sky Dine Around," a gourmet dining adventure like no other along the iconic Walt Disney World Monorail System. This experience becomes available Tuesdays–Saturdays from Jan. 18 through March 10. The five-course epicurean journey features stops at several resort hotels for cocktails, appetizers, dinner, and dessert, along with a VIP guide and private viewing of Wishes, Magic Kingdom's nighttime spectacular.

A world of taste awaits you at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s third annual Food & Wine Festival, returning this spring for an extended nine weeks of chart-topping artists and culinary masterpieces. The popular Tampa Bay food and wine festival is included with any Annual Pass, Fun Card, or daily admission to the park and runs Saturdays and Sundays, March 4 through April 30. The biggest names in entertainment will take the stage every weekend with the headlining act starting at 7 p.m. on the Gwazi Field.

For the first time in years, Epcot introduced a completely new special event that aims to keep Guests busy until the Flower & Garden Festival returns to the park in March.
While the event includes many of the features that Guests expect to find (such as food kiosks, seminars, and more), Epcot's International Festival of the Arts is an innovative take on the typical theme park festival, as it introduces some very clever photo-ops, amazing artwork, and food offerings that are pleasing to the palate... and the eyes.