Sunday, April 21, 2019

2019 Grand Floridian Chocolate Egg Display!


Happy Spring, Disney Fans!

     Hope you're finding some rays of sunshine and the first peeks of buds and flowers out your windows. Spring is in full bloom here in Orlando, (just ask my allergies!), and my kids and I hit up one of our favorite springtime displays, The Grand Floridian Chocolate Egg Display! Every year, the pastry chefs go nuts hand carving giant chocolate eggs into edible displays of Disney art. They are pretty amazing and the popularity of them grows annually. In fact, this year there are even eggs on display in other resorts too, like The Contemporary and The Yacht and Beach Club. Now, I haven't gotten the chance to check out any of the other displays yet, but I do have pictures to share of the eggs from The Grand, so let's check 'em out!
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Lilo and Stitch Front

Lilo and Stitch Back

Three Caballeros Front

Three Caballeros Back

Humpty Dumpty Front

Humpty Dumpty Back

Up Front

Up Back

Mary Poppins Front

Mary Poppins Back

Dumbo Front

Dumbo Back

101 Dalmations Front

101 Dalmations Back

Princess and the Frog Front

Princess and the Frog Back

Coco Front

Coco Back

Princesses Front

Princesses Back

Atlantis Front

Atlantis Back

Grand Floridian Front

Grand Floridian Back

Flowers Front

Flowers Back

Toy Story

Starry Night

Assorted Eggs from Previous Years

Assorted Eggs from Previous Years

Assorted Eggs from Previous Years

Assorted Eggs from Previous Years

Assorted Eggs from Previous Years

Assorted Eggs from Previous Years

Assorted Eggs from Previous Years
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     Pretty EGGstraordinary, huh? Feeling sad that you missed out on seeing them in person? No worries! The eggs are on display until April 28th. And if you can't make it this year, you now have an awesome excuse for an Easter-time trip next year! Start planning now with the agents at Kingdom Konsultant Travel. They're the best and would be happy to plan an EGGcellent Disney adventure for you!

     Until next time, Disney Peeps, have a MAGICAL WEEK!!!

                                                           - Jenn

Friday, April 19, 2019

Ears the News: April 19 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

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Disney has released a first look at the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge booth at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

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Most interestingly, the video shows a look at the full-size First Order Troop Transport that will be the ride vehicle for the land's signature attraction - Rise of the Resistance.
Video from the Disney Parks Blog
Disney  also live streamed the “Bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Life at Disney Parks” panel that occurred on Saturday which featured Chris Beatty, Asa Kalama, Margaret Kerrison and Scott Trowbridge from Walt Disney Imagineering and Doug Chiang and Matt Martin from Lucasfilm.
The panel begins at roughly 24 minutes in.
Video from Star Wars.com
In a land where everything must fit authentically within the Star Wars universe, selling regular Coca-Cola packaged products was a no go. So together, Disney, Coca-Cola, and Lucasfilm Ltd designed unique packaging for Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite and Dasani bottled water.
And like much of the food and beverage at Galaxy's Edge, you will only be able to buy this on Batuu.
Video from the Disney Parks Blog.

Disney has announced that a new lounge inspired by Beauty and the Beast will replace Mizner's Lounge.

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According to Disney, this re-imagined lounge will feature four unique spaces inspired by Belle and the Beast. The signature bar will glow from the light of a gold chandelier that takes its inspiration from Belle’s flowing ball gown, with subtle nods to the Beast’s magical rose.
The formal library showcases classical baroque designs and French furnishings inspired by Belle, with hints of the Beast’s friends.
The garden room will be a whimsical space that draws its inspiration from the enchanted forest surrounding Beast’s castle.
Finally, an outdoor patio will evoke the romance of Beast’s garden terrace.
To make space for the expansion, Mizner's has already closed, along with the adjacent men's apparel shop Commander Porter's. Summer Lace on the ground floor will ultimately become home to both men's and women's apparel.
Construction is already underway, with the area around Mizner's and Commander Porter's sealed off and a temporary bar has been setup on the ground floor during the work.


General sales are now open to the general public for Disney's Riviera Resort - the 15th Disney Vacation Club property and the first all-new, stand-alone Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World since 2004.

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As part of the opening of general sales, Disney Vacation Club is offering savings of $2250 when you become a DVC member at Disney's Riviera Resort by May 31 2019.


Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be hosting Easter Egg Relays and Hunts on Easter Sunday April 21 2019 at Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion.

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The Egg Hunts will take place every 10 minutes from 11am to 3:30pm. Check-in opens 30 minutes before each hunt. A separate hunt will be available for kids under 3.
Egg Relays will take place 11:40am to 3:40pm for ages 8 to 12.
Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will also be on hand for meet and greet photos from 11:30am to 4pm.
There will also be an Easter Basket Toss, running continuously.
As always, space for the relays is limited, so check in early (upto 30 minutes before each hunt) to get a place. Be sure to check times guides on the day for any changes to schedules.


The Magic Kingdom will be celebrating Easter with a pre-parade before Festival of Fantasy Parade, featuring the Azalea Trail Maids, Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny, Daisy, Duck, Thumper & Ms. Bunny, White Rabbit, Yellow Rabbit, Clara Cluck, Hippos, Ostriches, and Dancing Chicks.
The pre-parade begins at 2:40pm on both April 20 and April 21 2019. The Azalea Trail Maids will also be appearing in Town Square from 9:45am - 10:30am and 11:30am to 12:15pm on both days.
You can also meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny in the Town Square Courtyard daily through April 21.


If you are still looking for ideas for Easter dining on April 21 2019, Disney Springs has several great options including brunch and dinners.

Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a buffet of classic Italian dishes for the entire family such as Mascarpone French Toast, Poached Hen Egg & Quinoa Kale Salad, and hand-carved NY Strip Steak. The guest of honor, the Easter Bunny, will also be available for a complimentary printed photo souvenir. Tickets for Brunch with the Easter Bunny are $45 per adult and $20 per child. For reservations, visit mariaandenzos.com or call 407-560-8466.
Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Enzo’s Hideaway’s will offer its traditional menu along with three specialty à la carte items. From savory to sweet, these exclusive gourmet dishes include a Spicy Italian Breakfast Skillet (spicy Italian sausage, pancetta, potatoes, red peppers, tomatoes, fontina, calabrian pepperoncini), Nutella French Toast (brioche bread, fresh berries, vanilla mascarpone, whipped cream, maple syrup), and a Frittata Rustica (classic Italian omelet, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, onions, ricotta, ciabatta toast). Make a reservation by visiting, enzoshideawayfla.com or calling 407-560-3696.
The Edison
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Easter à la carte specials include fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (whipped ricotta cheese, lemon, macerated berries, butter, maple syrup), an Edison Egg Burger (brioche bun, bacon, egg, avocado, Edison spicy sauce, hash brown potatoes), or a Smoked Salmon Frittata (smoked salmon, roasted shallots, tomatoes, fontina cheese, chive sour cream, hash brown potatoes). Reservations can be made at theedisonfla.com or by calling 407-560-9288.
Paddlefish
Paddlefish’s menu features flounder with shrimp, scallops, beurre blanc and asparagus ($36) as well as a special Easter Martini complete with a chocolate egg candy garnish ($14).


The Orlando Sentinel got a close-up look at the Disney Skyliner system earlier today and posted some images of the gondola cabin interiors.

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Each gondola cabin has two wooden bench seats that can accommodate up to 10 guests per cabin. Although there is no air conditioning, each cabin has reflective windows to block the sun and plenty of ventilation.
The 300 gondolas on the Disney Skyliner system will travel at 11mph at heights of up to 60ft.
A link to the full article is below.
Disney has also released a new video on the Skyliner.


The ABC Commissary at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be closing for a refurbishment later this month.
The closure begins April 28 2019 through to June 1 2019.


Disney has released details for the May 1 2019 celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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Park hours on May 1 are 9am to 9pm, with the Disney After Hours ticketed event being offered from 9:30pm to 12:30am.
Here is a run-down of the special entertainment and offerings.

  • A Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary Star-Studded Celebration cavalcade starring Mickey and friends will step off at 10am and will head along Hollywood Blvd.

  • Guests entering the park can grab a special 30th anniversary commemorative guide map and button.

  • Special 30th anniversary merchandise will be unveiled on May 1, including a new adult T-shirt, baseball cap, Tervis 24-oz tumbler, MagicBand, ornament and more. Annual passholders can also shop for some items exclusively created for them. Merchandise can be found starting at 8am in Grand Park, while supplies last. (Please note: Merchandise will go on sale at 8am, DisSpecial anniversary food & beverage items will be available throughout the park, including Kylo Ren Cupcakes, Incredibles Macarons, Tres Leches Verrine and more.

  • Debut of “Wonderful World of Animation” projection show at 9:05pm.

  • Disney After Hours ticketed event will also be on offer, with the addition of meet and greets at the Chinese Theatre Courtyard and Star Wars Launch Bay, and a special showing of “Wonderful World of Animation” projection show.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens at 9am)

PizzeRizzo at Disney's Hollywoods Studios will reopen for business on May 4 2019 after being closed since late October 2018.

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The official Disney Parks Blog has released more information on the upcoming Disney Villains After Hours coming to the Magic Kingdom this summer.

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The new 20 minute villains stage show will be called 'Villains Unite the Night,' and will take place three times each night.
In addition to the stage show, Maleficent from Festival of Fantasy Parade will be let loose into the park, and special overlays will be found at Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean.
According to the Disney Parks Blog post, "A dark magic is taking over Magic Kingdom Park and inviting you to run amuck in the Villains’ scary world. The party DJ gets things lit, energizing the castle stage with sick beats and transforming the entire Central Plaza of the park into a killer club scene. As the party heats up, the DJ introduces your “Caretaker” for the evening, the Lord of the Dead, Hades, who arrives in a burst of blue flames for the all-new show, “Villains Unite the Night.”
With Meg by his side, Hades sits atop his dark throne awaiting the alignment of five planets, following a prophecy that states when the five come together he will be able to rule the universe. But this dastardly plan doesn’t go quite as expected, when an assemblage of Disney Villains interrupts his party. Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent arrive with henchmen in tow, prepared to showcase their power with spine-tingling displays of skill. It seems these Villains have also heard the prophecy and believe they are the ones who will rule all."
“I think guests will really be impressed with ‘Villains Unite the Night!’” said Kate Pappas, managing producer with Disney Parks Live Entertainment. “This show is going to be more than 20 minutes long and run three times each night of the event, so everyone will have a chance to see all these great Villains on stage. Add in our amazing DJ, and the hub of the park will be pulsing with energy all night long!”
Disney Villains After Hours tickets cost $139 plus tax in advance, $144 plus tax on the event night. Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Members get a $30 discount and can purchase tickets for $109. Tickets for these specific Disney Villains After Hours event nights will go on sale April 29. Regular Disney After Hours events cost $125 + tax for advance purchase and $129 + tax for day-of purchases. Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders do receive a discounted price of $95 + tax.
Disney Villains After Hours is scheduled for:
  • June 6, 13, 20, 27 2019
  • July 1, 11, 18, 25 2019
  • August 1, 8 2019



Friday, April 12, 2019

Ears the News: April 12 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

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Seven hotels in the Disney Springs Resort area and the Four Seasons Resort have all extended their arrangement with Walt Disney World for Extra Magic Hours and FastPass+.

The extension means that the hotels will be eligible for Extra Magic Hours and the 60 day booking window for FastPass+ through December 31 2020.

The Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels are: B Resort & Spa; Best Western Lake Buena Vista; DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando; Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace; Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista; Holiday Inn Orlando; and Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista.

The Disney Springs area hotels began offering EMH and 60 day FastPass+ in 2018.

Toy Story 4 arrives in theaters on June 21 2019, and Disney has just announced that one of the main characters from the movie will begin appearing at Walt Disney World. 

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Bo Peep will be appearing in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios from the summer. The land currently includes meet and greets with Woody, Buzz and Jessie.

Attractions business website blooloop sat down with several creatives at Disney Parks Live Entertainment and revealed a few details of what we can expect with the upcoming Epcot Forever show. 

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The original announcement from Disney described "Epcot Forever" beginning with a spark of imagination that swells into an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects kites.

blooloop.com elaborates on that, indicating that the show's kites will be operated by two-man teams abroad personal watercraft - something similar to a jet ski. Each of the 8 watercraft will carry a driver and kite operator.

Music is said to include "One Little Spark" and "Magic Journeys," and Walt Disney World Live Entertainment producer Ray Coble says that "pyro is the star."

The limited time "Epcot Forever' show will open immediately following the conclusion of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth in the fall of 2019. The park's permanent nighttime spectacular will debut later in 2020.

The full article can be found at the link below.

https://blooloop.com/features/walt-disney-world-nighttime-entertainment/

"Epcot Forever" nighttime spectacular will debut on October 1 2019.

Epcot Forever will feature fireworks, lighting, lasers and choreographed, special effects kites, accompanied by a stirring collection of songs that paints a colorful picture of Epcot. Disney Parks Live Entertainment is collaborating on the show with noted conductor and composer Don Harper, who is producing all-new arrangements of classic Epcot tunes to weave into the soundtrack of “Epcot Forever.”

Don Harper is credited with work on the scores for National Treasure, Training Day, Armageddon, The Rock, Twister, Broken Arrow, Assassins, and Speed. In the theme park environment, Harper recorded the soundtrack for Fantasmic! at Tokyo DisneySea and most recently, for Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

“Epcot Forever is a celebration of what Epcot has been and what Epcot is going to become,” said Alan Bruun, show director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment. “Music is the star of the show, and we use songs going back to the very beginnings of Epcot to music in the park today – from attractions, spectaculars and other shows – and put them into a fireworks spectacular on the lagoon every night. Guests are going to hear music they know and love but in a whole new way.”

In the video below, you can hear some of the music from the new show and see test footage of the new kites that will be part of the show.

Video from the Disney Parks Blog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PICH94UTxmI

After it launches October 1, “Epcot Forever” will continue into 2020, when it will then make way for the debut of the next Epcot nighttime spectacular as part of the park’s multi-year transformation.

The Orlando Sentinel has reported that Virgin Trains plans to build a station at Walt Disney World as it begins work on a rail link from South Florida to Central Florida. 

Virgin Trains president Patrick Goddard said that the service "would integrate with their transportation system, hotels and theme parks."

The service would also include a station at Orlando International Airport, which could see a rail service from Miami to Orlando and to the theme parks. The expected timeframe is 30 - 36 months.

Aiming to reinvent train travel in the United States, Virgin Trains USA is the express inter-city passenger rail service that currently connects Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with plans to expand to Orlando and Tampa. The company, under direction of Sir Richard Branson, has raised nearly $1.8 billion in the last few weeks, enough to build the link to Orlando.

The full article can be found at the link below.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/transportation/os-ne-branson-talks-virgin-trains-20190404-story.html

Walt Disney World Resort hotels are now charging a service fee for in-room deliveries of packages and groceries. 

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A $6 service fee will be charged if you request the grocery order or package to be delivered to your room. Pickup at the lobby continues to be complimentary.

The service fee is per order and not per bag and only applies to deliveries made to the room. Deliveries made to bell services can still be picked up at no charge.

The new Citizen Watch Mickey Collection is now available for purchase online. 

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The nine Mickey timepieces that celebrate Mickey's 90th birthday are featured in two distinct sizes, 29.5mm and 40mm, all featuring the iconic Mickey figure.

Four 40mm timepieces feature a flat mineral crystal case in all black with silver indexes, two of which are on a bracelet and the others, a black leather strap.

Two of the styles feature black dials with matte and shiny Mickey silhouettes with his iconic red hue accented on both the hands and figure. The other two styles include a silver silhouette of Mickey ‘chasing after time.’

The three remaining 40mm timepieces are offered on a black leather strap, black mesh band or silver mesh band. The dials are black with transparent Mickey print and face design details with spherical mineral crystal.

Citizen’s two 29.5mm Mickey timepieces feature a black dial with diamond accents and case and bracelet in either stainless or stainless steel with rose gold plating. The flat mineral crystal case is complete with a miniature Mickey face positioned at the 8 o’clock marker.

Inspired by Citizen’s best-selling silhouettes, the entire collection ranges from $295 – $475 and are now available for purchase via citizenwatch.com.

“Since his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, Mickey has been the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company and he embodies a positivity that reflects Citizen’s ‘Better Starts Now’ initiative,” says President of Citizen Watch America, Jeffrey Cohen. “We are proud to honor this iconic character on our new timepieces and continue celebrating moments like this as we build on our collaboration with the Disney brand.”

Late last year, Disney and Citizen also unveiled the new Citizen branded in-park clocks, part of the 12 year agreement between the two companies.

The full collection can be seen and purchased on Citizen’s website.

https://www.citizenwatch.com/us/en/collection/disney/

The Pixar Play Zone at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, has concluded its limited-time run and The Game Station Arcade will be returning. 

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The Game Station Arcade will reopen at Disney's Contemporary Resort on April 8 2019.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, which will feature an all new firework spectacular this year. 

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The least expensive ticket remains at $99 as it was last year, although the highest price ticket goes up from $125 last year to $139 for this year.


Event dates for 2019 are as follows

November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24
December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22

As in previous years, pricing varies depending on the date of the party. Passholders can get $5 discount on the advance pricing listed below.

November 11, 12, 14, 17, 21:
Advance purchase: $99 adult, $94 child
Day of purchase: $109 adult, $104 child

November 8, 15, 22 and December 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15:
Advance purchase: $109 adult, $104 child
Day of purchase: $119 adult, $114 child

November 24 and December 1, 6, 13, 17:
Advance purchase: $115 adult, $110 child
Day of purchase: $125 adult, $120 child

December 19
Advance purchase: $129 adult, $124 child
Day of purchase: $139 adult, $134 child

December 20, 22:
Advance purchase and Day of purchase: $139 adult, $134 child

Tickets can be purchased at the official website.

The Tasting Sampler that debuted last year at Disney's Animal Kingdom will be returning in the Spring of 2019.

The offer last year got you $35 of food for $30, and preferred seating for one guest at the second showing of Rivers of Light.

For 2019 the deal is a bit more complicated. The sampler costs $50 and includes two digital value cards: one $50 card that can be used at over 40 outdoor food and beverage locations throughout the park (and does not expire), and a bonus $10 card that can be used at the following quick-service restaurants after 5pm from April 12-22, 2019: Restaurantosaurus (DinoLand U.S.A), Pizzafari and Pizzafari Family-Style Dining (Discovery Island), Flame Tree Barbecue (Discovery Island), and Satu’li Canteen (Pandora – The World of Avatar). At each of the outdoor food and beverage locations, you can use the $50 card to purchase anything on the menus.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler can be purchased through April 22 2019 at noon and can be used at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park during regular operating hours. When you purchase the sampler, you’ll receive an email for each digital value card. Each email will have a barcode that can be added to your digital wallet on your mobile phone and scanned at most food and beverage locations throughout the park. For a full list of participating locations and menu offerings, visit any food and beverage location at the park.

To purchase, visit Offers.Disney.com and use the code DAKDINEBONUS.

Walt Disney Presents at Disney's Hollywood Studios will soon begin showing a sneak peek of the upcoming live-action movie 'Aladdin.'

The preview replaces the sneak-peek of Dumbo and begins April 29 2019 ahead of the movie's release in theaters on May 24 2019.

Disney's Animal Kingdom will be celebrating Earth Day with Party for the Planet April 20 - 22 2019. 

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'Tiffins Talks' returns, with Walt Disney Imagineer and Portfolio Executive Joe Rohde talking about his travels around the world. The 4-course lunch features global dishes, desserts and specialty beverages. Pricing for this dining package is $199 plus tax and gratuity and requires separate park admission. Reservations can be made beginning today by calling 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

Joe Rohde will also be at Mombasa Marketplace, 10am - 11:30am April 20 and 22, where he will be on hand to sign his own unique artwork, a commemorative lion print that will be on sale throughout the event while supplies last. A wristband is required to meet Joe Rohde.

The third parking garage at Disney Springs, known as the Grapefruit Garage, will officially open on April 16 2019.

Located across from the existing Lime Garage, it will offer direct access into the Marketplace at Disney Springs via a pedestrian bridge.

With the opening of the new garage, Cast Members will now be required to park in this garage, which will free up additional space in the more conveniently located Orange and Lime garages. Guests will also be able to park in Grapefruit if they wish.

As with Orange and Lime, Grapefruit will feature the smart parking system that identifies free capacity on each level and free parking spaces within each row.

The new Disney Ticket Center is now open in the Town Center at Disney Springs. 

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Located next to Blaze Pizza behind D-Luxe Burger, the new store offers assistance with Disney theme park ticket purchases, upgrades, Annual Passes and dining reservations.

You can also pick-up guide maps for the parks and Magic Bands.
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