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The 7 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (June 4-10, 2018)

This week at Walt Disney World, A number of big changes come to Epcot in time for summer plus we get the final word on soft openings for Toy Story Land! 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal makes an important addition to Halloween Horror Nights and SeaWorld cuts ticket prices in half! 

1. Guardians of the Galaxy - Awesome Mix Live! now performing at Epcot

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Live! is now playing daily at America Gardens Theater at the back of Epcot's World Showcase. The show features Star-Lord and Gamora in person as a 7-piece alien band plays many recognizable tunes from Awesome Mix Volumes 1 & 2. Here's the official synopsis of the show:

After saving their world from certain destruction, Peter Quill—a.k.a. Star Lord—brokered a deal with Nova Prime and the Xandarian government to bring an outreach program to his home planet. The purpose? To share Xandar’s rich heritage and culture with Earth’s people. As luck would have it, Peter informed Xandar’s leaders that there’s already a place on Earth with a similar mission… a theme park called Epcot, where all of Earth’s cultures are celebrated. So, as part of their first outreach, Xandar has sent some of their most talented performers to showcase their music!

Guests will have plenty of chances to catch this new show, as showtimes will be daily at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8pm. This show will be playing a limited engagement through the end of the summer, officially coming to a close on August 19th. 

2. Epcot changes FastPass+ tier system this week

Mickey in Epcot

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Beginning this week Epcot will be making a minor change to the FastPass+ tiers at Epcot, moving the Mickey and friends Character Spot attraction into tier 1, alongside Mission: Space, Test Track, IllumiNations, and Soarin' Around the World. This change is expected to stay throughout the summer. 

3. Limited-time musical act comes to Canada pavilion for the summer

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Also this week at Epcot, beginning on June 13, the Canada Pavilion will welcome new entertainment act The Blueberry Grass Band to this pavilion's Mill Stage for a limited engagement that will run for just a few weeks from June 13th through August 26th.
 
The Blueberry Grass Band is an accomplished group from Quebec who transform French and English Canadian hits into their own festive sound. Every member of this six-person band has a different musical background, resulting in a group that uses a variety of instruments – string bass, guitar, violin, drums, banjo and of course, voice
 
Showtimes for this new entertainment offering will be 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, 6:15pm, 7:30pm, and performances will only be Wednesday through Sunday. 
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