Friday, September 15, 2017

Ears the News: September 15, 2017 Edition

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'Flurry of Fun' coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios for the holidays.

Disney is bringing a new entertainment line-up to Disney's Hollywood Studios for the holidays this year. In addition to the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! projection and firework show, "Flurry of Fun" will feature new offerings including: 

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Sunset Seasons Greetings
This new projection show on a snowy Sunset Blvd will feature iconic characters sharing their love for the season. All the while, the Hollywood Tower Hotel—magically transforms, bringing to life the characters’ stories.

Disney character moments include:
  • Mickey and Minnie reminiscing about a hometown Christmas as the scene shifts into a romanticized, Norman Rockwell-inspired town—starting in black and white before slowly changing into color. 
  • The Toy Story characters guessing which new toys are coming this Christmas as the scene becomes covered in holiday wrapping paper. 
  • The Swedish Chef from The Muppets babbling as only he can while the scene turns into giant gingerbread houses. 
  • And finally, Olaf pining over his holiday wish as iconic music plays and the scene freezes over into a Frozen winter wonderland—complete with dancing Aurora Borealis lights and projected falling snow. 
The show will run continuously each evening from November 9 to December 31, 2017.

Enhanced Decor around Echo Lake
Extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water will make Echo Lake the merriest of places this holiday season. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-Santa hat.

Additions to ‘For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.’
For a limited time all-new songs from Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be added to the show, with appearances from Olaf himself.

Walt Disney Presents is now open at Disney's Hollywood Studios, replacing the former One Man's Dream attraction.

Most of the original exhibits are still in place, and the section devoted to the history of Walt Disney remains untouched.
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Towards the end of the exhibit, the original Florida Project area is now home to models of Toy Story Land and Star Wars A Galaxy's Edge.

Some new artwork is on display, detailing some of the recent additions to Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney Resort and the parks in Asia.

When movie previews are not playing, the theatre presentation at the end of the exhibit continues to be One Man's Dream.

Beginning November 3, 2017, 'Walt Disney Presents' at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be showing a preview of Coco - the upcoming Disney/Pixar movie.
Along with the preview of Coco, there will also be artwork and character sculptures from the production on display.

Echo Lake at Disney's Hollywood Studios is now completely drained ahead of its upcoming refurbishment.

Along with paint and general clean-up, the structures to add the holiday enhancements will be added to the lake.

During the holidays this year, extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree will be centered on Echo Lake

The Beach Pool at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is set for a lengthy refurbishment later this year.

Both the Beach Pool and the Beaches Pool Bar & Grill will closed for refurbishment on November 20, 2017 through to February 25, 2018, with a planned reopening to guests on February 26, 2018.

The recently refurbished Courtyard Pool will remain open during that time, along with the Courtyard Pool Bar and be the Beach Pool water play area.

Beginning September 17, 2017, Satu'li Canteen in Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom will be adjusting its operating hours.

Breakfast will be discontinued, and lunch will begin serving at 10:00am, 30 minutes earlier than its previous 10:30am lunch opening.

Magic Kingdom's Disney After Hours ticketed event to take place in early 2018.

Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom tickets get you into the park from 7:00 pm, lasting for 3 hours after regular park close, and includes complimentary ice cream novelties and beverages.

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Like before, the event gives guests extra time in the park to enjoy attractions after regular park closing. There are 7 dates currently planned, January 19, 26 and 30, February 8 and 15, and March 1 and 8, 2018.

The cost is $119 plus tax for ages 3+, theme park admission is not required.

Extra Magic Hours for Disney resort hotel guests are not impacted by this event, with Disney After Hours taking place on non-EMH nights.

You can call 407-827-7185 to book tickets.

Disney has announced that its Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground will reopen next week.

Various fake news websites have been posting that the resort is permanently closed.

The resort closed last Saturday due to Hurricane Irma, and suffered considerable damage to the landscape along with uprooted trees.

Guests with existing reservations are being relocated to other accommodations within Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Along with the continued closure of the resort, both Hoop-de-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ will be unavailable.

Disney's Blizzard Beach water park has reopened following a near week long closure for Hurricane Irma.

Typhoon Lagoon will remain closed as work continues on clean-up from the storm.

Disney is looking ahead to the holidays, and has released the full schedule for this year's special entertainment line-up.

Here is everything happening for the 2017 holiday season.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
Guests can get wrapped up in a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Nov. 9-Dec. 31, with exciting new holiday happenings around the park and the return of the nighttime projection and fireworks show “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” 

NEW! Sunset Seasons Greetings – This new holiday experience features spectacular projections of Mickey, Minnie and other beloved Disney characters sharing their favorite Christmas stories as a snowy Sunset Boulevard twinkles with stunning holiday decorations. Holiday magic brings billboards to life and transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into scenes of the season – a giant pile of Christmas gifts, a gingerbread house and a frozen winter wonderland! A frosty summer-loving snowman might even make an appearance to share his holiday wish! This fantastic and heartwarming experience runs continuously throughout the night.

NEW! Enhanced holiday décor around Echo Lake – Extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water will make Echo Lake the merriest of places this holiday season. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-sized Santa hat.

“Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Returns – The hit holiday show returns Nov. 9 sending beloved Disney animated characters on a spirited yuletide adventure to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” combines state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and Christmas music to create a dazzling, one-of-a-kind holiday experience for guests – capped by a special message from Santa himself.

“Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Dessert Party – Guests can wrap up their jolly holiday evenings with reserved viewing of the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” nighttime spectacular. The nightly party includes holiday-inspired snacks, delicious desserts, wine, beer, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A surprise Disney character will also join the fun, posing for pictures and signing autographs. This fun-filled special event is offered Nov. 9-Dec. 30, 2017. Book online at com/dining or call (407) WDW-DINE.

A new friend joins the cast of ‘For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration’ – Holiday fun continues at the Hyperion Theater as Anna, Elsa and Kristoff welcome Olaf to this popular sing-along celebration. Just for the holidays the show will include all-new songs from Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.”

Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine – Meet Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald and Goofy for lunch and dinner celebrations centered on seasonal deliciousness. From Nov. 6-Jan. 7, the mouse-with-the-mostest will deck the halls for a banquet filled with holiday cheer and the joy of the season! To make a reservation, check availability and book online visit com/dining or call (407) WDW-DINE.

Santa Claus returns to the Once Upon a Time shop Nov. 9-Dec. 24 – The beautiful vintage setting of the Once Upon a Time shop recalls bygone days of Santa’s visits to great department stores across the country. Santa will be at the shop daily to greet guests and listen to holiday wishes. Santa Goofy will step in 25-Dec. 31 after Old Saint Nick returns to the North Pole.


Holidays Around the World is transforming into the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays from Nov. 9-Dec. 30, surrounding guests once again in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season.
NEW! Holiday Kitchens – The number of holiday kitchens doubles in size this year to a total of 15, each bringing the flavors of the season to life. New this year, guests can indulge in cookies and desserts at the holiday kitchen located inside the Odyssey complex. Sweet treats include snowflake sugar cookies and a warm apple fritter with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce. Over at the Canada pavilion, dazzling delicacies like the Maple Buche de Noel (maple mousse rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake with cranberry sauce and pecan crumble) celebrate holiday traditions from the Great White North.

NEW! Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree – Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree. Guests can purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations and travel around World Showcase looking for the famous chipmunks with their ornaments. Guests can return their completed maps for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale. Maps are available for $5.99 plus tax.

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NEW! Candlelight Processional Narrators – One of the most popular Epcot traditions returns with new celebrity narrators in 2017. Pat Sajak, Matt Bomer and CCH Pounder will join the lineup of returning favorites like Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg and Jaci Velasquez. The Candlelight Processional is a retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir. The show takes place at the America Gardens Theatre each evening at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 30. Candlelight dinner packages can be reserved by visiting com/holiday.

NEW! Holiday Entertainment – Enjoy the sights and sounds of the nations of World Showcase, as each country’s holiday heritage comes to life amid joyful music and time-honored traditions. Guests will discover an entertaining celebration of Hanukkah in a new location along World Showcase promenade, where a fun and interactive band interweaves the music of Hanukkah with jazz, Latin, rock and even hip-hop influences. Other returning holiday favorites include JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.

Fireworks Finale – The nightly fireworks display, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will feature a special holiday ending.

Magic Kingdom 

A Frozen Holiday Wish – Behold an enchanting performance to melt a frozen heart. Royal sisters Anna and Elsa lead a celebration on the Castle Forecourt Stage nightly Nov. 9-Dec. 31. Featuring special appearances by rugged mountain man Kristoff and lovable snowman Olaf, this merry-and-bright seasonal show culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom – transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering, shimmering ice palace for the holidays.
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – It’s a Christmas party like no other, with joyous music, a shimmering Cinderella Castle, characters in their festive finery and the Magic Kingdom decked out and made even more magical for merry-making guests of all ages. Each specially ticketed, limited-attendance event features an exclusive performance of Holiday Wishes fireworks and the earliest performances of other spectaculars like Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, the Frozen Holiday Wish castle-lighting ceremony and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show. The special party – complete with cookies, cocoa and snow flurries – begins at 7 p.m., after regular park hours. Parties will be held on November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28, and December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade – This enchanting holiday pageant sings and dances its way through the Magic Kingdom park daily Dec. 23-Dec 31. It also makes a special appearance at each Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Brimming with magic and cheer, the parade features Santa Claus, gingerbread men, elves, reindeer, toy soldiers and other friends from the North Pole. They all join Mickey and friends – including Arendelle favorites Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf – in an over-the-top celebration of the season.

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration – From Dec 23-Dec. 31, Mickey and Minnie take to Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage where they host some of their Disney friends for an unforgettable Christmas soiree filled with classic and contemporary holiday songs. Magical holiday projections on Cinderella Castle build to a sensational, snowy finale. Performances are also featured during each Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

It’s a wild holiday time as decorations around the park frame new day-into-nighttime experiences, including Tree of Life transformations, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali Rivers Rapids and Expedition Everest. Guests will be greeted by a dramatic, animal-themed holiday tree, and festive garlands will have the park all a-glow with merriment. 

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Disney Springs

Every corner of Disney Springs is wrapped and ready for the season with holiday décor and special entertainment, making it the most wonderful place to shop. From top name-brands to cozy one-of-a kind retailers and, of course, all things Disney, there’s something for everyone. Busy shoppers can also take a break and enjoy a quick snack on the go or an unforgettable meal at one of Disney Springs many talked-about restaurants.

Here’s a sampling of what’s new:
NEW! An Even Bigger Christmas Tree Trail – To capture the spirit of the season, Marketplace guests can stroll among custom decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme. This year, the Christmas Tree Trail will expand to include ten new trees inspired by Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Snow White and Dumbo. 

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Santa’s Chalet – Santa Claus is accepting Christmas wish lists and welcoming guests to his chalet newly located by the Christmas Tree Trail. From Dec. 25-Dec. 31, Santa Goofy will take over after Old Saint Nick heads back to the North Pole. 

Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt – The mischievous experiment 626 returns to Disney Springs with an expanded scavenger hunt now featuring four new stops, including a special stop at the expanded Christmas Tree Trail.

Holiday Fun beyond the Parks:

The warmth of the holiday season brings cheer to more than 25 Disney resorts.

Every resort across Walt Disney World is decked out for the holidays. Entertainment abounds, including carolers performing on select nights at many resorts.

At Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, guests can take in the grandeur of quintessential Pacific Northwest yuletide cheer beneath the towering lobby Christmas tree, as they cozy up to the fire and relax with a cup of hot cider and snack on holiday treats. They can also relax lakeside and enjoy a seasonal cocktail at Geyser Point Bar & Grill, then settle around the campfire with s’mores and hot chocolate at nightfall.

At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, the Hoop-de-Doo Musical Revue spruces up for the season with live holiday music by the Pioneer Hall Players, including favorites like “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” and “Another Tennessee Christmas.” On select nights, the campground’s beloved carolers arrive by hay wagon spreading holiday cheer to all.

Resort guests can also experience life-sized edible creations at select Walt Disney World Resorts.

An annual treat, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, is a life-sized holiday gingerbread house. This eye-filling (and aromatic) sight is in the resort lobby and is home to The Bake Shop that uses a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria for its tasty cookies and ornaments. 

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A life-sized, edible spinning carousel is a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, while a holiday village with miniature train takes center stage at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

Three all-new New Year’s Eve Celebrations coming to Disney’s Contemporary Resort: 

“Disney Countdown to Midnight” includes delightful dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor (and we hear that Mickey and Minnie may make a special appearance). Then welcome in 2018 with a flute of bubbly and a viewing of those legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks in Magic Kingdom Park. Hours are 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom. This party is designed for guests 18 and older.

PIXAR PARTY– A New Year’s Eve Celebration: This party celebrates beginnings with a Disney Pixar-inspired dinner the entire family is sure to enjoy. This unique celebration lets families ring the New Year together. It features a buffet-style dinner, Disney characters, activities for the little ones, a trendy DJ and exclusive viewing of Magic Kingdom fireworks!

“Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” in the Grand Republic Ballroom is a fine-dining experience inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog.” Toward the end of the evening an amazing vocalist, reminiscent of Tiana, joins the band to bring to life the Academy Award-winning classics of legendary composer, Randy Newman. Guests can then slip outside with a glass of bubbly just before midnight to ring in 2018 with a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. Hours are 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.

Looking to plan your next trip to Walt Disney World? Contact the agents at Kingdom Konsultant Travel to help you plan your dream vacation. Email for a free quote today.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Food and Wine Festival for Little Chefs

Hey there, Disney Guys and Gals!

     It's your pal, Tink, here, talking about one of my FAVORITE events at Disney, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! My family adores this festival, and many, many guests plan their whole vacation around being here to attend the event. With sample-size portions of drinks and eats for purchase, seminars, demonstrations, cookbook signings, and even live concerts, it's easy to fall in love with Food and Wine. But is it the type of thing your kids will be into?

     There's really two ways to answer this. Firstly, let me say that the event IS child-friendly, in that kids are welcome to attend any of the events that are offered, (though, obviously, they can't consume alcohol). Luckily, my daughter, "D", is a kid who will try ANYTHING, so she really enjoys the marketplace booths. Both of my kids LOVE the Eat to the Beat Concerts! It may be artists and songs they have never heard of, but both D and K will rock out to anything with a beat. Depending on the age and interest level of your kids when it comes to cooking, they may love the cooking demonstrations and seminars. Mine are still a little too young to sit still for these. If you have kids that tune into the Food Network, they may be psyched to see some of the celebrity chefs that visit the festival, like Buddy Valastro from 'Cake Boss', or Cat Cora from 'Iron Chef'. And let's not forget one of the most kid-friendly offerings, Remy's Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt! Your tiny chefs can look all around World Showcase for small statues of Remy the rat, and earn stickers and prizes. My kids LOVE to see who finds the most, the quickest. I mean, they are siblings. Isn't EVERYTHING a competition??? There's plenty at the festival to keep kids happy and engaged, especially the older lot.

     With that being said, no, it's not like The Magic Kingdom, where there will be all kinds of attractions and rides for your kids to enjoy. The little ones could easily get bored and since it does get rather crowded around the promenade, especially in the evenings, it could be a little uncomfortable to navigate with a stroller or with small kids on foot. Also, (and this could just be a personal experience that I have had in the past, but it's important to be aware of), Food and Wine certainly doesn't discourage guests from enjoying multiple alcoholic beverages, and it's not uncommon to run into one or two, (or many), intoxicated folks. The majority of the time, I would say this is harmless, but alcohol consumption can certainly cause some guests to have a hard time keeping it "Disney". Language gets a little less "G-rated". PDA's can become a little less "Disney Prince and Princess" and a little more "Jersey Shore". I have even witnessed an occasional guest releasing their alcohol back into nature, (aka, puking in the bushes). Of course it's still Disney, and of course, Disney security is on top of any issues, but it's definitely a slightly rowdier atmosphere on a Food and Wine evening than it would be during other times of the year.

     We do plan on attending the festival with our 5 and 8 year olds many times throughout the weeks that the event runs this year. We know the kids will only tolerate a couple of hours or so away from the rides and attractions, so we will break it up into smaller pieces.

     So, there you have it... my humble opinion on Food and Wine Festival for your Littles! I wish all of you a happy and safe week! (Go home, Irma! You're drunk!)

     Until next time, kids.... Have a magical week!

     Oh, and for assistance planning YOUR visit to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, contact the agents at Kingdom Konsultant Travel today!

- Jenn aka "Tink"

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

It's Magical Dining Month!!!

Hey there, Disney Guys and Gals!

     It's Tink, here to share with you an awesome tip for dining in the Orlando area in September! I bet you haven't heard about this amazing, delicious celebration, which is usually not known to tourists and Guests, (and sometimes not even to locals). Every Fall, Visit Orlando hosts Magical Dining Month, offering amazing dining deals and discounts at over 100 local eateries. And this year, there are even some Disney restaurants included! Let's check it out!

     Magical Dining Month just kicked off, on August 25th, and runs through October 1st. During
 that period, the participating restaurants will offer diners the opportunity to enjoy a multi-course dinner, for the jaw-droppingly low price of $35 per person! Now, we're not talking places to eat like TGI Fridays or Applebees. We are talking about gorgeous Italian restaurants like Ravello at the Four Seasons and Christini's on Restaurant Row, high-end steakhouses like Ruth Chris's and STK and yes, even Disney and Universal restaurants. This can equate to MASSIVE savings! Allow me to show you an example:

     Paddlefish at Disney Springs has a Magic Dining menu. Here's an example of how the cost breaks down...

               Regular Menu: Side Wheatberry Salad       $11.00
                                          Fish and Chips                     $28.00
                                          Carrot Cake                         $10.00

               Magic Dining Menu:   same items                $35.00

     That's a $14 savings! (And an excuse to get dessert! I mean, it comes WITH the meal, right?) Wanna see another one?

     Here's Tood English's BlueZoo at the Walt Disney World Dolphin...

               Regular Menu: New England Clam Chowder       $12.00
                                          Simply Fish                                     $36.00
                                          Chocolate Banana Molten Cake   $13.50

               Magic Dining Menu:   same items                           $35.00

     A $26.50 savings on fantastic food? Yes, please! And each restaurant's menu gives you at least two choices in each course, so you're bound to be able to put together a meal that you will love! Sound good? Now all you have to do is figure out where you want to eat, and make a reservation! Let's look at your choices, shall we? For the moment, I'm only going to detail the on-property options, but know that there are restaurants participating all over Orlando, including in the Dr. Phillips area, International Drive, Downtown Orlando and Winter Park. For the full list of restaurants, along with detailed menus, visit, but here are your Disney area choices....

Boatwrights Dining Hall 
at Port Orleans French Quarter
Choice of Appetizers
Amelia’s Salad
fresh greens, seasonal ingredients, and house vinaigrette

Mardi Gras Fritters
house-made pimiento cheese fritters with pepper jelly

Crawfish Bisque
traditional-style bisque with crawfish tails, a touch of sherry, finished with crème fraîche

Choice of Entrèes
Jackson Square Etouffee
crawfish simmered in rich seafood sauce over rice

Chicken and Dumplings
pan-seared chicken breast, hand-rolled potato dumplings, mixed vegetables, and cream sauce

General Fulton’s Prime Rib
slow-roasted prime rib with our specialty crafted chicory-coffee blend, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and horseradish cream

Choice of Desserts
Crème Brûlée

Seasonal Sorbet

Bourbon Street Pecan Pie

Grand Floridian Cafe 
at The Grand Floridian Resort

Choice of Appetizers
Seasonal Citrus and Cucumber Salad
organic baby lettuce, orange, cucumber, pomegranate, sunflower seeds, and coriander vinaigrette

Caramelized Onion Soup Gratinee
traditional French onion soup

Old South Chicken Wings
crispy-fried and spun with Key lime-datil pepper sauce

Choice of Entrèes
Grilled Pork Chop
10-oz pork chop, boursin cheese-potato croquette, and roasted baby carrots with peppercorn cream sauce and onion jam

Miso-Glazed Salmon
lemon sticky rice, French beans, wasabi peas, and ginger-soy vinaigrette

Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast
buttery mashed potatoes, green beans and mushroom chicken jus

Choice of Desserts
Small Desserts
(Select Two)

Mocha Pot de Crème
coffee-flavored custard and whipped cream

Wild Strawberry Cheesecake

Fresh Berry Tart
layer of almond cake topped with seasonal berries and apricot glaze

Chocolate Timbale
chocolate gateaux with bittersweet chocolate mousse

Il Mulino 
at The Walt Disney World Swan

Choice of Appetizers
Italian rice balls over spicy marinara sauce

Insalata Caesar
the classic Il Mulino Caesar salad

Insalata Trattoria
organic greens, seasonal vegetables, truffle vinaigrette

Choice of Entrèes
broiled salmon, light garlic, olive oil, wild mushrooms,
broccoli rabe

Pollo Piccata
European cut chicken breast, lemon, white wine

Penne Rigate
penne,Il Mulino original marinara, ricotta cheese

Tortellini Alla Panna
meat tortellini, crisp peas, cream sauce

Choice of Desserts
Torta Al Cioccolato
flour-less chocolate cake, whipped cream, zabaglione

Cheesecake Al Italiana
Italian style cheesecake, whipped cream, zabaglione

layered espresso and coffee liqueur, infused lady fingers, mascarpone cream

at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Choice of Appetizers
Jiko Salads
Epcot land pavilion greens, stone fruit, pistachio halva, grilled halloumi cheese, apricot ginger dressing

Inguday Tibs in Brik
mushroom, spinach, cheese in crispy Tunisian filo, apples, curry vinaigrette

Choice of Entrèes
Bo Kaap Malay Seafood Curry
calamari, red shrimp, mussels, coconut curry sauce, saffron rice

Botswana-style Seswaa Beef Short Rib
cassava-potato purée, sambal, baby carrots, and mushrooms

West African Koki Corn
mushrooms, poblano-tomatillo purée, roasted red pepper sauce

Choice of Desserts
Malva Pudding
melktart ice cream, kataifi, kanu tuile, Cabernet gelée

Safari Sunset
carrot cake, cornbread calamansi, and lemon cremeux, Kenyan coffee streusel, citrus gel, valrhona dulcey mousse, candied carrots

Morimoto Asia
at Disney Springs

Choice of Appetizers
Black Cod Nanbanzuke
lightly tempura fried black cod marinated with vegetables

Shrimp Yum Woon Sen
poached Key West shrimp, bean thread noodle salad, soy-lime dressing

Beef Bulgogi Tacos
thin sliced beef short ribs, house kim-chi, spicy gochujang sauce

Crunchy Spicy Tuna Roll (add $5)
hand chopped big eye tuna, scallion, spicy mayo, sesame, tempura flakes

Choice of Entrèes
Red Miso Glazed Faroe Island Salmon
wok sautéed baby bok choy, Shaoxing gastrique

Morimoto Asia Ebi Chili (Shrimp with Chili Sauce)
stir fried shrimp, vegetable fried rice, slow cooked farm egg

A-5 Wagyu Beef Burger Steak
Szechuan chili sauce, tofu, asparagus

Half Rack Morimoto Spare Ribs (6pc) (add $9)
pork ribs, cilantro, hoisin sweet chili glaze

Choice of Desserts
Green Tea Panna Cotta

Mango Coconut Soup
with fresh local berries

Asian Pear Chocolate Mousse

Olivia's Cafe
at Old Key West

Choice of Appetizers
Crab Cake
pan-fried and served with avocado purée, house-made roasted pepper rémoulade sauce, and chayote salad

Conch Fritters
with Key lime-mustard and rémoulade

Tomato-Mozzarella Salad
cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh oranges with mixed greens, ciabatta crostini, and balsamic glaze

Choice of Entrèes
Seven Mile Sea Scallops
pan-seared scallops over soft polenta topped with an edamame succotash and tomato vinaigrette

Plantation Key Pork Chop
brined bone-in pork chop glazed with an apple-white balsamic gastrique served with roasted sweet potatoes, apples, onions, Brussels sprouts, and tossed in a bacon vinaigrette

Southernmost Buttermilk Chicken
mashed potatoes, southern gravy, and seasonal vegetable

Choice of Desserts
Key Lime Tart
baked daily and served with mango and raspberry sauce

Banana Bread Pudding Sundae
house-made daily and served warm with bananas foster sauce and vanilla bean ice cream

at Disney Springs

Choice of Appetizers
Fried Green Tomatoes
elote, pickled watermelon, queso fresco, remoulade

Green Salad
romaine hearts, cucumber, grape tomato, red onion, yuzu

New England Clam Chowder
bacon, potatoes, cream

Conch Chowder
Bahamian conch, spiced tomato broth

Wheat Berry Salad
farmer’s market vegetables, arugula, lemon vinaigrette

Choice of Entrèes
Fish & Chips
beer battered flounder, sweet potato fries, tartar sauce

Shrimp & Grits
cheddar grits, spicy black pepper butter sauce

Half Chicken
Carolina mop sauce, edamame bacon succotash, pickled watermelon

Pork Chop & Applesauce
house-made applesauce, green beans

Catch of the Day
select one of our chef’s preparations

Bearnaise - béarnaise sauce, whipped potato
Beurre Blanc - white wine-caper butter sauce, whipped potato
Floribbean - Jerk spices, papaya-mango salsa, red skin potato

Choice of Desserts
Carrot Cake
cream cheese mousse

Key Lime Pie
graham cracker, meringue

Strawberry Shortcake
farmer’s market berries, whipped cream

at Disney Springs

Choice of Appetizers
Little Gem Lettuce Caesar Salad

Key West Pink Shrimp Ceviche
with sweet potato, choclo and aji amarillo

Shaved Brussels
with dried cranberries, pickled onions and red wine dressing

Choice of Entrèes
Petite Filet Mignon
with olive oil crushed potatoes and smoked tomato sauce

Sea Scallops
with carrot butterscotch, pistachio gremolata and brown butter

Pappardelle Pasta with Duck Confit
wild mushrooms and Marsala wine

Choice of Desserts
Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie
with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream

Salted Caramel Budino
with vanilla chantilly and white chocolate crunch

Orange Dream Cheesecake
with brûléed oranges and whipped cream

The Turf Club
at Saratoga Springs
Choice of Appetizers
The Turf Club Grilled Romaine Salad
lightly grilled hearts of romaine, roasted tomatoes, balsamic vinegar glaze, Caesar dressing, and croutons

Classical French Onion Soup
beef broth, julienne onions, Melted Swiss, and Gruyère cheeses with croutons

Choice of Entrèes
Pan Seared Corvina
lemon risotto and garlic-basil cream reduction topped with a fresh tomato relish

Grilled New York Strip Steak
hand-cut rosemary Parmesan fries and béarnaise sauce

Rigatoni Fiesolana with Shrimp
rigatoni pasta, shrimp, creamy tomato sauce with sausage, Portobello mushrooms, Parmesan, and fresh basil

Choice of Desserts
Chocolate-Espresso Torte
with raspberry sauce and vanilla-port wine ice cream

Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee
fresh fruit and butter breton crisp

The Wave
at The Contemporary Resort

Choice of Appetizers
The Turf Club Grilled Romaine Salad
lightly grilled hearts of romaine, roasted tomatoes, balsamic vinegar glaze, Caesar dressing, and croutons

Classical French Onion Soup
beef broth, julienne onions, Melted Swiss, and Gruyère cheeses with croutons

Choice of Entrèes
Pan Seared Corvina
lemon risotto and garlic-basil cream reduction topped with a fresh tomato relish

Grilled New York Strip Steak
hand-cut rosemary Parmesan fries and béarnaise sauce

Rigatoni Fiesolana with Shrimp
rigatoni pasta, shrimp, creamy tomato sauce with sausage, Portobello mushrooms, Parmesan, and fresh basil

Choice of Desserts
Chocolate-Espresso Torte
with raspberry sauce and vanilla-port wine ice cream

Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee
fresh fruit and butter breton crisp

Todd English's BlueZoo
at The Walt Disney World Dolphin

Choice of Appetizers
Caesar Salad
baby romaine, buttered croutons, shaved Reggiano, lemon garlic foam

bluezoo’s New England Style Clam Chowder
light and brothy with salt cured bacon, house-made oyster crackers

Choice of Entrèes
Simply Fish
marble potatoes, piquillo relish, hearts of palm puree, pea tendrils

Steak Frites
hanger steak, truffle puree, salsa verde, shake and bake fries

Chicken Francese
black rice, charred corn, corn silk, caper emulsion, frisee mache

Choice of Desserts
Warm Chocolate Banana Molten Cake
chocolate cream pudding, chocolate sauce, caramelized banana, banana ice cream

Seasonal Sorbet
a trio of refreshing sorbets inspired by the season

     See anything you like? Good stuff, huh? Looks Deeeeeee-licious to me! If you're interested in making reservations, just contact an agent at Kingdom Konsultants Travel and they'll be sure and make all of your Magical Dining dreams come true! 

     Until next time, have a magical week!!!!

-Jenn aka 'Tink'

Friday, August 25, 2017

Ears the News: August 25, 2017 Edition

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Beginning September 8, 2017, Disney's Hollywood Studios will offer a new Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience.

It all starts at the Fantasmic! theater where you’ll pick up your snacks inspired by the show. Menu items feature a variety of sweet and salty treats for adults or children such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheese and crackers and make-your-own “worms and dirt” pudding.

Each guest also receives a light-up cup with a specialty drink (alcoholic optional for Guests 21 and older), along with a bottle of water.
After you pick up your food and beverage, you’ll be directed to a VIP reserved seating area for Fantasmic!

The Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience costs $39 per adult and $19 per child (ages 3 to 9).

Reservations can be made now online.

Alongside the new Grand Avenue redevelopment of the old Streets of America, Disney has announced that the Muppets Courtyard will be renamed Grand Park.

Muppets Courtyard had only a short existence at Disney's Hollywood Studios, with it being named in March 2016, coinciding with the closure of Streets of America.

The current Muppets Courtyard will become Grand Park, an urban square off Grand Avenue surrounded by shops and restaurants like PizzeRizzo and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano.

The Muppets theater was recently renamed “Grand Arts Theatre” along with a brand-new marquee.

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Cinderella's Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom is scheduled to be closed late February 2018.

The closure begins February 28 through to March 2.

Disney has just released a new version of My Disney Experience that brings a couple of very useful features to app.

First, for Annual Passholders, it is now possible to renew a pass directly from the My Disney Experience app.

And for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests, you can now view room charges and Disney Dining Plan entitlements/usage directly in the app. This should make it easy to keep track of the remaining Dining Plan meals and snacks throughout your trip.

For the iOS version, the update also adds compatibility for the upcoming iOS11.

The updates for iOS and Android are available in the App Store and Google Play.

Disney's Animal Kingdom is celebrating the birth of a pair of Sumatran tiger cubs - the very first in the park's history.

According to Dr Mark Penning, 'Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks,' Sohni and her cubs are bonding well and will be out on the Maharajah Jungle Trek within the next several months.

Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers exist in the wild, with the species critically endangered. These tiger cubs were bred by animal care experts at Disney's Animal Kingdom through the Species Survival Plan, which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

You can visit to learn more about tigers and how you can support them in the wild. Check out the video of the tiger cubs from the Disney Parks Blog. 

Having trouble viewing the video? Click here to view on YouTube.

The Patina Restaurant group will be opening a new Italian restaurant concept at Disney Springs later this year - "Maria and Enzo."

Located in The Landing alongside the water, and part of the complex of buildings that will also house The Edison, the new restaurant will further develop the storyline of Disney Springs.

As the story goes, "Maria and Enzo" will repurpose a former airline terminal complete with an underground rum running tunnel, with The Edison taking over a former electrical power plant.

This particular location has been shrouded in mystery for sometime, with a restaurant called "Walts" originally tipped for the spot.

Both "The Edison" and "Maria and Enzo" are planned to open in the fall of 2017, with the later yet to be formally announced.

The first Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2017 will be held this Friday, August 25 at the Magic Kingdom and WDWMagic has provided a look at the entertainment schedule, dining, attractions, and trick or treat locations to help you plan your night.

As always, the event begins at 7:00pm through to midnight, although party ticket holders can enter the park at 4pm. Learn more about tickets and pricing for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

The hugely popular Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show at Cinderella Castle will be performed three times during each night during August and September 2017 at 8:15pm, 10:45pm and 12:00am. For October and November 2017, showtimes are 7:40pm, 8:35pm, 10:45pm and 12am.
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The Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade is at 9:15pm and 11:15pm with a Zootopia Party Patrol pre-show, and Happy Hallowishes fireworks is at 10:15pm. The Headless Horseman appears 5 minutes before each parade, stepping off in Frontierland.

The Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball Dance Party on the Tomorrowland Stage runs from 7pm to midnight. And keep an eye out for the Cadaver Dans musical group roaming Frontierland throughout the night.

Over at the Haunted Mansion, you might run into Carlotta and Rinotta.

Special merchandise and treats are back - with a special edition MagicBand, a special edition Trading Pin, and of course the event T-Shirt.

A large variety of special treats are available throughout the park, here is a run-down of what they are and where you can get them.
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At the Main Street Bakery and Gaston’s Tavern, you will find a Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome with a graham cracker streusel base, orange white chocolate glaze and a white chocolate Mickey.

The Haunted Mansion Desserts – each with a different flavor and themed chocolate accent – can be tracked down at:
  • Aloha Isle – chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with Oreo panna cotta and a white chocolate Haunted Mansion-inspired portrait. 
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – chocolate tart filled with raspberry compote and topped with white chocolate mousse and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait. 
  • Liberty Square Market – chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter icing and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait. 
  • Storybook Treats – chocolate tart filled with lemon curd, strawberry compote and topped with strawberry mousse and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait. 
Jack Skellington gets his own dessert at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square – a vanilla panna cotta, chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, white chocolate and dark chocolate crisp pearls, dark chocolate curls and a white chocolate Jack Skellington.

A Pumpkin Mickey Waffle with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles and caramel sauce will be offered at Sleepy Hollow.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café will offer Worms and Dirt, a chocolate gravestone with chocolate cake and chocolate mousse with a chocolate glaze topped with Oreo crumbs, and gummy candy.

Chocolate Crisped Rice Treats and Vampire Mickey Brownies will be available at various outdoor vending and kiosks throughout the Magic Kingdom Park.

Trick or Treat Locations at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The Trick or Treat location are included with park admission and can be found at:

  • Jungle Cruise 
  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 
Liberty Square
  • Liberty Square Riverboat 
  • Pinocchio Village Haus 
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic 
  • Pete's Silly Sideshow 
  • Stitch's Great Escape! 
  • Carousel of Progress 
  • Space Mountain 
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe Bay 1 
Available Attractions at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Main Street U.S.A.
  • Town Square Theater
  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin 
  • Swiss Family Treehouse 
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 
  • Country Bear Jamboree 
Liberty Square
  • Haunted Mansion 
  • it's a Small World 
  • Peter Pan's Flight 
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel 
  • Princess Fairytale Hall 
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 
  • Mad Tea Party 
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid 
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant 
  • The Barnstormer 
  • Tomorrowland Speedway 
  • Space Mountain 
  • Astro Orbiter 
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority: PeopleMover 
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin 
  • Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor (Final show at 10pm) 
Dining at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Main Street U.S.A.
  • Main Street Bakery 
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor 
  • Casey's Corner
  • Crystal Palace 
  • Aloha Isla 
  • Pecos Bills Tall Tale Inn 
  • Churro Cart 
Liberty Square
  • Sleepy Hollow 
Liberty Square Market
  • Columbia Harbor House (until 8pm) 
  • The Friars Nook 
  • Storybook Treats 
  • Gaston's Tavern 
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant 
  • Cinderella's Royal Table 
  • Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe 
  • Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies 
  • The Lunching Pad 

Character Meet and Greets at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

  • Aladdin and friends 
  • Tarzan and friends, Moana 
  • Captain Jack Sparrow 
Liberty Square
  • Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas 
  • Anastasia and Drizella, Cinderella, Cruella DeVil, Daisy, Donald, Alice and friends, Belle and friends, Ariel and friends, Pooh and friends, Minnie Mouse, Princess Elena, Princess Tiana, Rapunzel, the Seven Dwarfs. 
  • Lotso 
Main Street U.S.A.
  • Mickey Mouse

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Ears the News: August 11, 2017 Edition

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Disney PhotoPass day comes to Walt Disney World on August 19, 2017, bringing special photo opportunities and characters to the parks and Disney Springs.

Here is the full run-down:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Character Experiences
  • Meeko joins Pocahontas at Character Landing on Discovery Island 
  • Timon joins Rafiki at Rafiki’s Planet Watch 
  • Princess Atta joins Flik at Discovery Island near Creature Comforts 
Photo Opportunities
  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop before the park entrance (daylight hours only) 
  • Jungle Book Magic Shot near Yak & Yeti Restaurant 
  • Visit the PhotoPass photographer in DinoLand U.S.A. from 9-10pm to have magical Mickey light effects added to your photo 
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
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Character Experiences
  • The Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Maleficent, and Cruella de Vil will meet with guests at Sunset Showcase. This opportunity will be available from 10am – 5pm. 
Photo Opportunities
  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop outside the Theater of the Stars (daylight hours only) 
  • Poison Apple Magic Shot on Sunset Boulevard 
  • Fisheye lens in the Chinese Theatre Courtyard area 

Character Experiences
  • Genie will join Princess Jasmine in the Morocco Pavilion 
  • Mushu will join Mulan in the China Pavilion 
Photo Opportunities
  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop near Epcot Character Spot (daylight hours only) 
  • Baymax Animated Magic Shot with the PhotoPass photographer located near Mouse Gear and the Fountain of Nations 
  • Fisheye lens near the fountain close to the entrance to Spaceship Earth 
Magic Kingdom Park

Character Experiences
  • Dopey joins Snow White at Town Square Courtyard 
  • Captain Hook joins Peter Pan in Fantasyland 
Photo Opportunities
  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop in Fantasyland (daylight hours only) 
  • Cinderella’s Coach in Fantasyland 
  • “Tangled” light painting photo opportunity near Ariel’s Grotto (available after dark) 
  • Mickey Mouse Magic Shot on the bridge near Fairytale GardenMain Street Vehicle near the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (available in the morning and early afternoon) 
Disney Springs

Photo Opportunities
  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop next to the Marketplace Stage 
  • Fairy Wings Magic Shot from the PhotoPass photographer roaming around the Marketplace near Tren-D (available from 1-10:30 p.m.) 
  • You can also visit the Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs to enjoy special $99.95 plus shipping pricing on a Personalized Storybook now through August 20. 
Disney is continuing to offer incentives to visit its resort restaurants, with a new offer beginning this week. 

Florida residents can get a complimentary appetizer with each adult entrée purchased and valet parking at: 
The offer is available August 9 through September 30, 2017.

Mobile Order is now available at Disney's Hollywood Studios, with Backlot Express the first to make the phone based ordering available.

The rollout at Disney's Hollywood Studios will continue with ABC Commissary on August 14, and PizzeRizzo on August 15, 2017.

Reservations are now open for the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Like last year, a ticket will get you access to a dessert party along with reserved viewing for the holiday firework and projection show. Tickets have gone up $10 this year, and are tiered depending on dates, costing between $79 and $89. No discounts are available.

In the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, guests can enjoy multiple food stations, featuring holiday-inspired sweet and savory delights like warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread and flatbread, warm pumpkin pie and spiced-bread pudding with hand-dipped vanilla ice cream. The Liquid Nitro Station fires-up the party with chocolate mousse and choice of toppings, including salted caramel sauce.
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Beer, wine and specialty cocktails are available for guests over 21. Specialty non-alcoholic beverages are also available, and of course, hot cocoa.

Each guest will receive a pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses that turn bright lights into holiday holographic illusions such as gingerbread men and candy canes. A VIP character will also be on hand to meet with guests.

Check in for the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party will begin fifteen minutes before show time outside of The Chinese Theatre.

From November 9 through December 15 2017, tickets can be purchased for $79 per adult or $45 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included). Then, as the holidays draw closer from December 17 through December 31, 2017, tickets can be purchased for $89 per adult or $49 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included).

Reservations are now open, and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE or online. Admission to Disney's Hollywood is required.

"Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular" will take a break during most of the holiday period, as Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! takes center stage.

From November 9 to December 14, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will perform at 8pm. Then from December 15 - December 31, both "Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!" and "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular" will be shown. Jingle Bell will be shown at 6:30 PM, and Star Wars at 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM.

Mission SPACE will reopen on August 13 2017 with a new family friendly mission and an all new pre-show.

Disney has revealed that actress Gina Torres will provide the pre-show briefing, replacing Gary Sinise. It also seems that Disney will be marketing the updated experience as "RELAUNCHED! Mission: SPACE."
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The 48 year old actress has appeared in Westworld (as Lauren), Firefly (Zoë Washburne ), Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (as Nebula), Xena: Warrior Princess (as Cleopatra), and most recently as Jessica Pearson in the USA Network series Suits.

One Man's Dream at Disney's Hollywood Studios will soon become home to a preview center for upcoming attractions.

Named "Walt Disney Presents," the preview center will share models, concept art and more.

Starting in mid-September, you’ll be able to view concept art, ride vehicle maquettes and a never-before-seen model for Toy Story Land. A portion of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge model also will be on display, as well as concept art for the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction.

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