Changes coming to Epcot, Typhoon Lagoon

BY DEWAYNE BEVIL ORLANDO SENTINEL

Change is on the way to a Walt Disney World art exhibit at Epcot American’s Adventure.“Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” will be moving into the American Heritage Gallery sometime this summer, according to a post on the official Disney Parks Blog.

It will be a collaboration of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture of Santa Fe, N.M., and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Featured artists of the exhibition, located on the ground floor of the American Adventure building, will be fashion designer Loren Aragon, doll maker Glenda McKay and Juanita Growing Thunder from the Growing Thunder family of Montana. The exhibition will feature interactive elements in which artists share their creative processes and the inspirations behind their works, the blog item says. Epcot already has unveiled changes for art galleries at its Mexico and Norway pavilions on the other side of World Showcase. The American Adventure attraction recently reopened with updates to its audio and sounds systems and a new tribute section in its filmed presentation.

After-hours party

A new Walt Disney World event is getting glowing previews. The resort is adding an after-hours, after-dark dance party – dubbed Disney H20 Glow Nights – this summer at Typhoon Lagoon water park.

Beginning June 21, lighting effects will illuminate the water park, which will feature “Toy Story” characters such as Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie in beachparty mode. Disney says the event was inspired by the animated Pixar short “Partysaurus Rex.”

The evening will include party games, character interactions and dancing on the beach. All of the water park’s attractions will be operating during Glow Nights, according to the Disney
Parks Blog.

The event is tied to Disney World’s Incredible Summer promotion, which will include Pixar properties in all four theme parks, including Incredibles-led takeover of Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom.

Glow Nights will be held on Thursdays and Saturdays between June 21 and Aug. 11. Operation hours will be 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event will require a separate ticket from regular daytime admission. The cost will be $55 ($50 for ages 3-9). Tickets for Disney H20 Glow Nights are on sale now.

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