First-of-its-Kind Play Pavilion, New Park Entrance Part of Epcot’s Historic Transformation


As you may have heard, Disney has got BIG plans for its multi-year transformation of Epcot, with new experiences that’ll “Wow!” you while keeping true to the original vision of the park. Today, we excited to share even more of what’s to come.

The ongoing evolution of Epcot includes plans for a play pavilion that’ll be unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the park. This new space will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to life under the dome of the un-named pavilion previously known as Wonders of Life. The pavilion’s city will be bursting with interactive experiences, your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment when it opens just in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort!

“This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we have ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” said Zach Riddley, portfolio executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create, and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”


There will also be exciting changes to the way you come and go at Epcot! As you can see above, changes are coming to the Epcot main entrance, where the plaza will welcome guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly reimagined fountain. This new design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements.

As part of the new entry experience, Leave A Legacy photos will be moving into a beautiful setting just outside the park’s gateway. Additional significant redevelopment will begin between Spaceship Earth attraction and the World Showcase Promenade. More details about the transformation of this area will be announced at a later date.

And if you’re as excited as we are about these upcoming projects, you’ll soon be able to look into the future with us at a new Experience Center coming to Epcot later this year. The Experience Center will be located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion and feature interactive exhibits to help visualize park projects throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.


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Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company Becomes the FIRST Agency Nationwide to Partner with All New Maxa Tours


We are BURSTING with excitement over our latest partnership!!  Rudy Maxa, star and host of the popular PBS travel show Rudy Maxa’s World, announced on February 13, 2019, that after years of viewers begging him to arrange group tours, he has formed a new company that will do just that!

Our own agent Samantha Garrick has connected us with this renowned brand and company to offer you a new luxurious option for seeing the beauty and experiencing the wonder of Europe.

Maxa Tours will offer 3 different luxury-level guided trips through Europe in August and September 2019 at about 60% of the cost of comparable tours.  These unforgettable journeys are perfect for adults, solo travelers, and families with children ages 10 and up.

All hotels included are four- and five-star properties, and you are guaranteed an elevator (no climbing 4 and 5 stories of stairs for Rudy!)

All of your meals are INCLUDED, and if you have seen his show, you know those meals will be amazing!

Leave your luggage in your room for a wonderful day of sightseeing, and it will be waiting for you at your next hotel.

These intimate group tours are limited to 20 guests.  You will be touring via smaller luxury vans, high speed rails, and some short flights in between cities with expert guides.

Each day you will have multiple options of fun things to do, incredible sights to see, with a town card or city pass so that your activities are paid for before you arrive.

Imagine getting to tour Europe with expert guides and celebrity host!! With Rudy’s filming completing in July, his schedule will allow him up to join you on your tour.  Every guest is guaranteed some time with Maxa, on average 72% of their trip!


Are you getting as excited as we are??!!!


Here are the 2019 tour options:

Grand European Voyage — Portugal, Spain, France, Monaco, and Italy

Join Rudy on a Grand Voyage starting in Lisbon, Portugal.  Fly to Barcelona, visit Provence, Cote d’Azur, and Monaco. Tour Portofino, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, and Orvieto in Italy, and end your incredible journey in the eternal city of Rome.

  • September 1-15, 2019
  • September 15-29, 2019


Essential Scandinavia — Sweden, Norway, & Denmark

Visit all the Scandinavian capitals, with side trips to Bergen and the Fjords. Start in Stockholm before flying to Bergen with a visit to Flåm and magnificent Sognefjorden. Fly to Norway’s capital Oslo, then cruise over to Copenhagen.

  • August 21-30, 2019
  • September 8-17, 2019


Essential France, Switzerland, & Italy

A journey from Paris, the city of lights, through Burgundy wine country and Lyon, on to Geneva, top of Europe, Lake Como, Verona, and Lake Garda, with a grand finale in Venice.

  • August 17-27, 2019
  • September 22-October 2, 2019


Ready to plan your extraordinary vacation to Europe?  Email Sam for your customized vacation package!