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Melissa resides on Florida's beautiful Space Coast with her husband and four Disney-loving boys. She frequently allows skipping school for Disney World visits...because making memories is more important than math. Their family has also been seen on HGTV's hit show "My Yard Goes Disney."

2017 Countdown – 10 Experiences You Can’t Miss in Disney World This Year!

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1. Pandora We’ve all waited eagerly for Animal Kingdom’s new expansion, and it looks like the wait is nearly over! Later this year Pandora—The World of Avatar is slated to open. Aside from incredible theming, Pandora will boast a brand new flying Banshee ride, a dramatic boat tour through bioluminescent forests, as well as several new eateries and other areas ...

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2017 Countdown – 10 Experiences You Can’t Miss in Disney World This Year!

MagicBand Entrance

10. Pass Holder Benefits Because of the 45th year celebration, annual pass holders enjoy added benefits this year, including new discounts at 45 restaurants, deeper merchandise discounts, and even (for some) an additional month of park access. If you’ve been on the fence, 2017 could be a great year to become a pass holder.  Those are ten fabulous things to ...

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2017 Countdown – 10 Experiences You Can’t Miss in Disney World This Year!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom “Rivers Of Light”

2. Rivers of Light As we all know, Rivers of Light has experienced a significant delay from its original would-be debut. The nighttime show will incorporate water, fire, nature, light, and never-before-seen technology, no doubt making it worth the extra wait when it finally opens in a few months.  Photo credit Disney  

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2017 Countdown – 10 Experiences You Can’t Miss in Disney World This Year!

Epcot Arts

3. Epcot International Festival of the Arts Yes! A brand new Epcot festival! On weekends (Friday–Monday) between January 13th and February 20th, guests will be treated to a celebration of arts from around the world. Each weekend will present different visual, culinary, and performing art creations, providing a lively and unique atmosphere. In addition, a partnership with Disney Theatrical will ...

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2017 Countdown – 10 Experiences You Can’t Miss in Disney World This Year!

Choza Tequila

4. Choza Tequila Also coming soon to Epcot, is Choza Tequila, a handcrafted margarita bar under construction in the Mexico pavilion. Rumored to be opening in late February or March, it seems that patrons of Choza Tequila will be able to get light snacks including chips, guacamole, and empanadas (love!) along with their salted-rim beverages.   Photo credit Disney  

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2017 Countdown – 10 Experiences You Can’t Miss in Disney World This Year!

Miss Fortune Falls

5. Miss Fortune Falls Who’s ready for a brand new water ride? I am! This spring, Typhoon Lagoon will introduce its new family tube ride, Miss Fortune Falls. Little is known about this addition, except that at a two-minute run time, it’s poised to be one of the longest rides in Disney Water parks.  Photo credit Disney  

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2017 Countdown – 10 Experiences You Can’t Miss in Disney World This Year!

Disney Springs

6. Disney Springs Dining Four new venues are promised to open this year in Disney Springs. Paddlefish, formerly Fulton’s Crab House, will continue to serve seafood. Planet Hollywood Observatory has changed theming from starlets to stars—as in the actual outer space ones—and will serve American cuisine from Guy Fieri. For all your smokehouse desires, visit the Polite Pig, a sister ...

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2017 Countdown – 10 Experiences You Can’t Miss in Disney World This Year!

Magic Kingdom

7. Welcome Show The traditional Rope Drop of Magic Kingdom has now officially moved to the Castle Stage. While some will no doubt bemoan the change, the logic seems sound. Guests will now be allowed onto Main Street a little earlier, preventing a backlog at the entrance. The welcome show on the Castle Stage is supposed to have the same ...

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2017 Countdown – 10 Experiences You Can’t Miss in Disney World This Year!

Chewbacca

9. Star Wars Guided Tour Star Wars fans will soon have the opportunity to purchase a new seven hour long guided tour of all things Star Wars at Hollywood Studios. Backstage tours, elusive character greetings, and VIP access are just a few of the benefits. Perhaps they’ll offer a glimpse into the new Star Wars Land? One can hope…    ...

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