Friday, October 11, 2019

Ears the News: October 11, 2019 Edition

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The Beauty and the Beast inspired Enchanted Rose lounge is now open at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.


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Located in the former Mizner's lounge, the Beauty and the Beast inspired Enchanted Rose offers small bites and a range of specialty cocktails. The small plates range in price from $14 for truffle fries up to $95 for caviar.

On the drink menu, specialty cocktails are priced at deluxe resort price points - with a seasonal Old Fashioned costing $25 and Martini's at $17.

Starters
Crab and Gnocchetti Gratin
Jumbo Lump Crab, Gnocchetti Sardi, Robiola Bosina Mornay, Citrus Breadcrumbs
$16.00

Artisanal Cheese Selection
Artisanal Cheeses, Pine Nut Bread, Raisins on the Vine
$19.00

Espelette Pepper-spiced Shrimp
Lime Gelée, Piquillo Pepper Purée, Serrano Ham
$19.00

House-made Flatbread
Charred Broccolini, Seasonal Mushrooms, Fennel Sausage, Ricotta Salata, Tomato Confit
$18.00

Truffle Fries
Shaved Black Truffles and 18-Month Aged Parmesan
$14.00

Octopus à la Plancha
Black Olives, Blistered Tomatoes, Fingerling Potatoes
$18.00

Mini Smoked Short-Rib Sliders
Glacier Blue Cheese and Onion Marmalade on Split-top Buns
$16.00

White Sturgeon Caviar
Egg Timbale, Crème Fraîche, Chives
$95.00

Featured Cocktails

Tableside Cocktail - Amour (Love)
Grey Goose Vodka, Pavan Liqueur de France, Pear, Lemon, Twinings of London® Camomile Tea, Agave, Rose Petal
$21.00

Tableside Cocktail - Envie (Envy)
Busnel Calvados de Pays d’Auge, Green Chartreuse, Green Apple Purée, Angostura Bitters, Apple Chip
$21.00

Island Rose
Ketel One Grapefruit and Rose, Lime, Orgeat (Almond), Pineapple, Bitters, and Rose Water
$15.00

Floral Bitter Beauty
Hendrick’s Gin, St~Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Campari, Aperol, Lemon, and Soda
$16.00

Lavender Fog
Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, Rothman Crème de Violette, English Breakfast Tea, Vanilla, and Cream
$18.00

Garden Daisy
Don Julio Reposado Tequila, Midori, Lime, and Cucumber
$19.00

Sunny Margarita
Patrón Silver Tequila, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, Juices of Orange and Lime, and Agave
$19.00

Rye Not?
Whistle Pig 10yr Rye Whiskey, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, Cinnamon, Pineapple, and Lemon
$24.00

Seasonal Old Fashioned
Widow Jane 10yr Straight Bourbon Whiskey, House-made Seasonal Syrup, and Bitters
$25.00

Grand Cocktails
Berkshire Pork Belly
Whistle Pig 10yr Straight Rye Whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, and Orange Bitters
$25.00

Old Fashioned
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Orange, Sugar in the Raw, and Angostura Bitters
$20.00

Side Car
Remy Martin VSOP Cognac, Cointreau, Lemon, and Agave
$22.00

Salty Dog
Grey Goose Vodka, Grapefruit, and Salt
$18.00

Mojito
Diplomático Planas Extra Añejo Blanco Rum, Mint, Agave, and Soda
$15.00

Negroni
Tanqueray N° Ten Gin, Campari, and Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
$15.00

Kir
Trimbach Riesling and Chambord
$15.00

The French 75
Veuve Clicqout Yellow Label Brut Champagne, Hendrick’s Gin, Lemon, and Agave
$20.00 Per Bottle

Kir Royale
Veuve Clicqout Yellow Label Brut Champagne and Chambord Caviar Pearls
$27.00

Featured Martinis
Classic
Choice of Beluga Allure Vodka or Nolet's Silver Dry Gin with Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry and House-made Blue Cheese-stuffed Olives
$17.0

Grand Cosmopolitan
Grey Goose Vodka, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, and Juices of Cranberry and Lime
$17.00

Gibson
Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry, and House-made Cocktail Onions
$17.00

French Rose
g’Vine Floraison Gin, Apricot Brandy, Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry, Lemon, and Grenadine
$15.00

Aura in Me
Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, St~Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Honey, Pink Peppercorn, Cardamom, and Lemon (contains pasteurized egg whites)
$14.00

Espresso Martini
Stoli Vanil Vodka, Espresso, Crème de Cacao
$14.00

Beer and Hard Cider
Bud Light Lager - St. Louis, MO
$7.50

Cigar City Florida Cracker White Ale - Tampa, FL
$9.25

3 Daughters Bimini Twist IPA – St. Petersburg, FL
$9.25

Samuel Adams Seasonal – Boston, MA
$9.25

Stella Artois – Belgium
$9.25

Kona Longboard Island Lager – Kona, HI
$9.00

Schöfferhofer Pomegranate Hefeweizen – Germany
$9.25

St. Bernardus ABT 12 Abbey Ale – Belgium
$11.50

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Chico, CA
$9.00

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA – Milton, DE
$9.00

Left Hand Milk Stout – Longmont, CO
$9.00

Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider – Cincinnati, OH
$8.75

Wine
Veuve Clicqout Yellow Label Brut, Champagne, France
$89.00 Per Bottle

Veuve Clicqout Yellow Label Brut, Champagne, France
$130.00 Per Glass

Laurent Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé, Champagne, France
$30.00 Per Glass

Laurent Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé, Champagne, France
$140.00 Per Bottle

Trimbach Riesling, Alsace, France
$12.00 Per Glass

Trimbach Riesling, Alsace, France
$49.00 Per Bottle

Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany
$16.00 Per Glass

Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany
$65.00 Per Bottle

Jermann Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy
$12.00 Per Glass

Jermann Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy
$49.00 Per Bottle

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
$15.00 Per Glass

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
$59.00 Per Bottle

Silverado Chardonnay, Carneros
$16.00 Per Glass

Silverado Chardonnay, Carneros
$65.00 Per Bottle

Rombauer Chardonnay, Sonoma
$20.00 Per Glass

Rombauer Chardonnay, Sonoma
$79.00 Per Bottle

Enchantée by Gérard Bertrand Rosé, Provence, France
$12.00 Per Glass

Enchantée by Gérard Bertrand Rosé, Provence, France
$49.00 Per Bottle

CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
$15.00 Per Glass

CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
$59.00 Per Bottle

Penner-Ash Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
$18.00 Per Glass

Penner-Ash Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
$75.00 Per Bottle

Duckhorn Merlot, Napa Valley
$25.00 Per Glass

Duckhorn Merlot, Napa Valley
$110.00 Per Bottle

Tikal All Natural Malbec and Syrah, Mendoza, Argentina
$15.00 Per Glass

Tikal All Natural Malbec and Syrah, Mendoza, Argentina
$59.00 Per Bottle

Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley
$17.00 Per Glass

Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley
$69.00 Per Bottle

Emblem by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
$18.00 Per Glass

Emblem by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
$75.00 Per Bottle

Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Garden Spritzer
Seedlip Garden 108 Herbal Distilled Non-alcoholic Spirit, Lime, Agave, and Soda
$13.00

B&B
Fresh Brewed Twinings of London® Iced Tea, Lemon, Blueberry, and Basil
$7.00

Rosemary Cooler
Odwalla® Lemonade, Vanilla, and Rosemary
$7.00

Featuring Freshly Brewed Joffrey’s Coffee™
Cappuccino
$4.79

Caffè Latte
$4.79

Double Espresso
$3.99

Press Pot (serves one or two)
Hot Tea
Featuring Twinings of London® Large Leaf Discovery Collection
$3.99

Disney's Animal Kingdom will be showing off all new holiday decor and entertainment this year, and Disney has today shared a video from inside the Holiday Services department where the new decorations are being created.

photo courtesy of wdwmagic.com

Video for the Disney Parks Blog:  

There will also be a Holiday edition of the Tree of Life Awakening. 

Walt Disney World's new gondola transportation system, Disney Skyliner, remains closed following an incident late Saturday night at the Riviera station.

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No word has been given on when it will re-open.

The $50 Winter 2019 Tasting Sampler is now on sale at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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Included with the purchase are 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 4pm from December 22, 2019 through January 4, 2020: 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).

In addition, with each $50 card purchased, you will receive two (2) reserved seats for the second showing of Rivers of Light: We are One (which must be redeemed between December 22, 2019 and January 4, 2020).

You can buy the Tasting Sample online now at https://wdgiftcards.disney.com/Campaign/DAKDINEBONUS/

Two new kiosks opened last week as part of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.


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The Donut Hole offers Sweet Corn Fritters with Fresno and red pepper jelly as well as Strawberry-dusted Yeast Donut Holes. Beverages include a Strawberry Smoothie (garnished with a donut hole) and a Black and White Coffee Cocktail garnished with a fresh yeast donut with chocolate espresso bean crumbles, plus a Central 28 Beer Company Boston Cream Donut Ale.

Next door at Cool Wash, you can create your own custom slushy blend from six frozen carbonated beverages. Choose from Coke, Fanta Cherry, Fanta Orange, Fanta Banana, Fanta Watermelon and Blue Raspberry. You can then top your slushy with candy pebbles, popping pearls, jelly drops, or popping candy. There is also a Coca-Cola Orange Vanilla with gin in a souvenir cup.

Both The Donut Box and Cool Wash are located in Future World near to Test Track and will be open through the remainder of the festival which continues until November 23 2019.

Beginning October 18 2019, The Animation Experience at Conservation Station will begin offering tutorials for Disney Villains.

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Characters in the rotation will include Scar and Ed from Disney’s “The Lion King,” Bruce from “Finding Nemo” and Hopper from “A Bug’s Life”; ShereKhan from “The Jungle Book” and Tic Toc from “Peter Pan.”

Friday, September 27, 2019

Ears the News: September 27, 2019 Edition


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The 6 mile long Disney Skyliner opens at the end of the month in Walt Disney World, and we are now starting to hear confirmation of some of the operational details.

As expected, lightning will be addressed by the Skyliner system closing when lightning is forecast. The system does feature lightning protection, but Disney will obviously be keeping guests out of the sky during bad weather. Bus service will be available during weather closure of the Skyliner.
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Disney Skyliner is able to carry 10 guests per cabin, and guests may also travel with strollers, wheelchairs and service animals.

There are five stations in total covering the 3 lines - at Caribbean Beach, Pop Century/Art of Animation, Disney Riviera Resort, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot International Gateway. Caribbean Beach is the main gateway and you will transfer there to each destination.

Although Disney Riviera Resort doesn't open until December, the Riviera station will be available for guests staying at Caribbean Beach on September 29.

Travel time is between 5 and 15 minutes deepening on the specific route. 

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The Caribbean Beach Resort station features a Joffrey's kiosk. The menu of coffees, pastries and specialty items will include the new “Toffee Flight Latte” found initially only at the station. The latte blends sea salt caramel toffee and dark chocolate, topped with toffee and chocolate crumbles and whipped cream.

The official opening date is September 29, 2019.
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Disney will begin selling Disney Skyliner merchandise on September 27, two days before Walt Disney World's new transportation system officially take to the skies on September 29.

Merchandise includes pins, MagicBands, T-Shirts, models, luggage tags, hats and even Christmas ornaments. Click the gallery to see more of the Disney Skyliner merchandise.

Merchandise will be available at these locations:
  • International Gateway at Epcot 
  • Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios 
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort 
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort 
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

Walt Disney Presents at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be showing preview scenes from 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' later this month.

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in
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which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

The movie, which opens in theaters on October 18, 2019 began previews today.

More names have been added to the narrator line-up for the 2019 Candlelight Processional.

The latest celebrities include actresses Ming-Na Wen, Isabella Rossellini and Marlee Matlin.
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Part of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, the Candlelight Processional presents the traditional story of Christmas with a 50-piece orchestra, a massed choir and a celebrity narrator. The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre.


Here is the line-up so far:
  • Ming-Na Wen - 11/29-12/1 
  • Neil Patrick Harris – 12/2-12/5 
  • Whoopi Goldberg – 12/6-12/7 
  • Isabella Rossellini - 12/8-12/10 
  • Gary Sinise – 12/13-12/15 
  • Pat Sajak – 12/16-12/18 
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/22-12/24 
  • Edward James Olmos – 12/25-12/26 
  • Marlee Matlin - 12/27-12/28 
  • Lisa Ling – 12/29-12/30 

The Scat Cat's Club at Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter will soon be expanding.

Coming this October, the lounge will expand to a larger space and will serve signature beverages alongside bar food inspired by the "Big Easy."

Scat Cat's Club will offer live jazz music five nights a week.

Just off the lobby will be Scat Cat's Club - Cafe - where you'll be able to pickup the resort's famous beignets throughout the day. 

Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com

Plant-based foods are increasing in popularity and Walt Disney World is responding by expanding menu offerings at its restaurants.

Beginning in early October, all major quick service and table service restaurants at Walt Disney
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World will feature plant-based dishes, which means menu items without animal meat, dairy, eggs or honey.

From October 3, 2019, Walt Disney World will feature more than 400 plant based food options and new graphics will appear on restaurant menus highlighting plant-based dishes.

Some of the new plant-based dishes include:
  • Steamed Asian Dumplings at Le Cellier at Epcot – Plant-based meat dumplings, served with bok choy, Chinese long beans, red peppers and radish in an Asian broth. 
  • Shiriki Noodle Salad at Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom – Made with noodles, edamame beans, mushrooms, green mango and cucumber, tossed with a sweet chili sauce. 
  • Felucian Garden Spread at Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Made with plant-based “kefta,” herb hummus, tomato-cucumber relish and pita. 
  • Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu Bowl at Satu’li Canteen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Crispy tofu, seasoned with chili-spice and topped with a crunchy vegetable slaw, boba balls and your choice of base and sauce. 
  • Plant-Based Cashew Cheescake at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. 
Disney to live stream the debut of 'Epcot Forever' on October 1.

The new nighttime spectacular will be an all-new, limited-time spectacle of fireworks, music,
Concept art courtesy of Disney
lighting, lasers and choreographed special effects kites. The show takes us on a journey through the past, present and future of Epcot, featuring a stirring collection of songs that paint a colorful picture of the park, with a look towards the future and all the magical possibilities still to come.

The live stream begins at 8:50pm on Tuesday October 1 - WDWMagic will post a link just before showtime. 

In the latest behind-the-scenes look at Epcot Forever, Disney takes us to the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London where Disney music producers and the London Symphony Orchestra recorded the musical score for the upcoming Epcot nighttime spectacular.

IllumiNations Reflections of Earth will have its final performance on Monday, September 30. 

Video courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog
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The 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will take place March 4 to June 1, 2020 at Walt Disney World.

The outdoor kitchens will be back, along with Disney themed topiaries and the Garden Rocks Concert Series. A new Ratatouille Garden will debut at the France Pavilion with an all new Remy topiary.

The 90 day-long Epcot Flower and Garden Festival enters its 27th year in 2020. 

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Disney has announced that a new 'Mickey Shorts Theater' will be coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Set to open in Spring 2020, Disney says that the theater will be joining the park’s theater district, but doesn't offer any further details. 

The new theater will be located in the former Sounds Dangerous building, which currently shows the Star Wars: Path of the Jedi movie.

ABC's Good Morning America got a first look inside Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Walt Disney's World Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.

The video includes a look at the Star Destroyer hangar bay reveal, one of the early show scenes in the attraction.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is scheduled to open on Dec. 5, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California.
Video courtesy of GMA
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Disney has released details of the special U.S. Military pricing for Walt Disney World tickets and resort stays in 2020.

Special rates at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels are available for stays most nights January 1 through April 4 and April 19 through December 18, 2020 when you book by December 18, 2020. Call 407 939 7825 for military pricing.

The promotional tickets below are available for purchase:

6-Day Military Promotional Tickets
Purchase now through December 13, 2020
With the Park Hopper Option: $301 plus tax
With the Park Hopper Plus Option: $351 plus tax

5-Day Military Promotional Tickets
Purchase now through now through December 14, 2020
With the Park Hopper Option: $283 plus tax
With the Park Hopper Plus Option: $333 plus tax

4-Day Military Promotional Tickets
Purchase now through now through December 15, 2020
With the Park Hopper Option: $265 plus tax
With the Park Hopper Plus Option: $315 plus tax

Receive admission for 4, 5 or 6 days when you visit during the period from January 1, 2020 through December 18, 2020.

You can also purchase the Memory Maker product for a special price of $98 from January 1, 2020 through December 18, 2020.

Offer is for active or retired U.S. military personnel (including active or retired members of the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of military service members and PHS and NOAA Commissioned Corps members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. military IDs in the absence of active or retired military personnel or Commissioned Corps members.



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Friday, September 13, 2019

Ears the News: September 13, 2019 Edition


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Mobile Order has come to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. 

You can now use your phone and My Disney Experience to order at the Milk Stand, Ronto Roasters and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo.

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A crane is now in position behind Cinderella Castle to begin the installation of the Castle Dreamlights for the Frozen Holiday Wish show. 
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During the work, the walkway alongside the castle is restricted, and the crane may be visible from Main Street U.S.A.

The crane will most likely be visible until shortly before the first Christmas party on November 8.




For the first time in many years, Disney's Animal Kingdom will be hosting a New Year's Eve party on December 31, 2019.

The park will be open until midnight and will offer DJ's in Discovery Island, Asia and DinoLand U.S.A., along with a New year's Eve countdown show on the Tree of Life. 

Photo courtesy of Disney
Unlike the Millennium celebration that held a fireworks show in the parking lot, New Years Eve 2019 will not feature any fireworks and will be music, projections and lighting displays only.

The New Year's Eve celebrations are part of Disney's Animal Kingdom upgraded holiday offering for this year, which will include new decorations and entertainment.

The Magic Kingdom's Fireworks Dessert Party is set for a hefty price increase in the new year.
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For Tomorrowland Terrace seating, current pricing through to January 31 2020 is $84 for adults and
$50 for children. Beginning February 1, 2020, pricing jumps to $99 for adults and $59 for children.

For Plaza Garden viewing, current pricing is $69 for adults and $41 for children. Beginning February 1, 2020, pricing is $79 for adults, and $47 for children.

Disney today took the wraps off the Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind ride vehicles.

Dubbed the 'omincoaster,' the rollercoaster vehicles are unique in that they can rotate 360 degrees and can even launch in reverse.

At Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind the adventure will start in the “Galaxarium,” a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar. You’ll be invited to learn more about Xandar’s treasures – until the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and adventures across the cosmos ensue.

The Epcot attraction opens in 2021.


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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Disney Villains After Hours Event

This summer, the Kingdom Konsultant Agents took on a full day of training followed by a late night Magic Kingdom adventure at the Disney Villains After Hours Event.  The night promised low crowds, special effects on attractions, specialty food items available for purchase, a unique stage show and PhotoPass opportunities, and Maleficent at night. In addition, there were complimentary soda, bottled water, popcorn and ice cream novelties with our event admission! We couldn't wait to see what we could accomplish! Pro tip: you won't be able to accomplish it all in one night, there is just too much to see and do!

The Agents taking over the Kingdom!
Walking in to Main Street was a little hectic with the day guests leaving and the party guests arriving.  We almost missed the guide map but managed to double back to grab some so that we could all make a plan! You notice right away a different feel to the park with little hints of the villains all around.



Eerie lights on the Pirates signage
The two main attractions with overlays were Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.  We opted to head towards Pirates and unfortunately didn't get to experience Space Mountain as the line never got under 30 mins all night and we just weren't willing to wait!

Agent Maci with one of the live pirates in the queue

After adventuring with the pirates some of the agents decided it was time to start the snacking.  We tried two specialty items (from different sides of the park, they were scattered throughout).  We had a big dinner before heading over so we opted to try some drinks.  The Hades Temptation was fun but definitely on the sweet side.  The Wannabe King was a great orange-coke beverage with a fun chocolate rim!  For snacks, we opted for the free ice cream and popcorn that was readily available throughout the park!  You could also get free bottled water and sodas from these stands.

Hades Temptation at Tortuga Tavern: purple frozen mocktail “Cosmo” with lemonade,
violet monin syrup, and a gummy worm
Wannabe King at Cool Ship Treats: Fanta Orange and Coca Cola poured over ice with a caramel and chocolate rim

Agents Pam, Katie and Ashley enjoying their free snacks!
There are also ton of fun PhotoPass Magic Shots throughout the park for this event.  While they were popular, we only had to wait in line behind a few people. 

Agents Mary Ann, Pam, Tara and Jill in a Magic Shot

As the night progressed we kept on working our way through the attractions, most rides had much shorter waits than during a regular day and some had no wait at all, like Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin!

No line at all!

Once we got our fill of rides and snacks, we settled in for the final showing of the Villain's Unite The Night stage show.  The show, hosted by Hades, brings together some of your favorite Disney Villains and some unique displays of power in front of Cinderella Castle.

Hades and Megara
Jafar joins the fun


Fire Dancers
Just a hint of fireworks
After the show we sadly had to work our way out of the Magic Kingdom at the wee hour of just after 1am.  However, Maleficent followed us right down Main Street USA on the way out!  Seeing her at night is definitely a different spin on this awesome parade float.


The Villains bid us farewell at the end of the night which we enjoyed quite a bit!  We were able to ride multiple rides, try a few snacks, catch some photos and see the show, but there was still so much more left to do!


Who is your favorite Villain?  If they bring this event back, would you attend?  Why or why not?  Let us know in the comments!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Ears the News: August 23, 2019 Edition


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Disney has today revealed plans for the new Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Horses from both the Pony Farm and Tri-Circle-D Ranch will have new barns and updated outdoor spaces. 
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Starting August 19 2019, the Draft Horse Barn and Pony Farm will temporarily be inaccessible to guests until the new barn debuts in Spring 2020. Guests can still enjoy Pony rides at the Trail Blaze Corral near the campground's entrance, and the resort's trail rides and carriage rides will continue to operate as normal.


Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party debuted its all new firework show - Disney's Not So Spooky Spectacular.

Replacing Happy HalloWishes, the near 14 minute show features perimeter fireworks, castle projection mapping, an all new soundtrack, and an onstage appearance by Jack Skellington.

Mickey's Boo To You Halloween Parade has some updates for 2019, including the spectral bride who glides among the waltzing spirits, and a new Tomorrowland unit starring The Incredibles and Buzz Lightyear.

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The Liberty Square Riverboat ride in the Magic Kingdom is now closed for a brief refurbishment.

The planned reopening to guests will be on August 24, 2019.

More dates have just been added to the Disney After Hours events at the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom, extending the event through to March 2020.

The new dates are listed below for each park, and all go on sale now. No dates have been announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios.

All Disney After Hours event tickets 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 $95 + tax.

The event gives you access to the park for three hours after regular park hours, which means nearly no wait for attractions, and you can enter the park early – at 7pm on your event night – before Disney After Hours begins. Ice cream, popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages are also included in your Disney After Hours admission, which is a separately priced ticket from daytime park admission.

Magic Kingdom Park
  • August 22, 29, 2019
  • September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019
  • November 18, 2019
  • December 9 2019
  • January 6, 13, 17, 20, 2020
Tickets are currently available for Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park at DisneyWorld.com/DisneyAfterHours.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Includes the Tree of Life Awakenings, the adventures within Pandora – The World of Avatar and more. Select quick-service food & beverage locations will remain open throughout the night for purchases.
  • August 26, 2019
  • September 3, 9, 16, 23, 2019
  • October 5, 9, 19, 26, 30, 2019
  • November 5, 13, 19, 2019
  • December 7, 14, 18, 2019
  • January 9, 16, 22, 30, 2020
  • February 6, 13, 19, 27, 2020
  • March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020
Disney has announced a new TV series and coffee book that will take an in-depth look at the role of Cast Members throughout the company.

'One Day At Disney' will debut December 3, 2019 on Disney+ (Disney's new streaming service,) and the 224-page coffee table book will arrive on the same day in book stores.

Executive produced by Michael Antinoro and David Chamberlin for Endeavor Content, the series kicks off with a feature-length documentary highlighting not only GMA’s Roberts, but also the likes of (in alphabetical order):
  • Walt Disney Imagineer Eric Baker, who helped bring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life 
  • WDI’s Ashley Girdich, a Research and Development Project Manager in the world of robotics technology 
  • Legendary animator Eric Goldberg (Aladdin, Pocahontas, the Academy Award®-nominated Get a Horse!) 
  • Disneyland Railroad cast member Mark Gonzales 
  • Disney Worldwide Publishing’s senior illustration manager Grace Lee 
  • South African actor Zamavus “Zama” Magudulela, currently portraying Rafiki in the Madrid production of Disney on Broadway’s The Lion King 
  • Marvel Studios’ head of visual development Ryan Meinerding (Avengers: Endgame, Guardians of the Galaxy) 
  • Walt Disney World resort veterinarian Dr. Natalie Mylniczenko 
  • Pixar artist and sculptor Jerome Ranft 
Following the debut of the special, more than 50 One Day at Disney shorts—ranging in length between 4 to 7 minutes will debut each week on Disney+.

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Disney has officially named the upcoming Star Wars hotel the "Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser."

Image courtesy of D23.com
The “Starcruiser” you will be aboard is the Halcyon from the Chandrila Star Line.

Disney describes the new hotel as a "first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship. Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey."


Disney has announced that Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.” will be coming to Epcot as part of its redevelopment.

According to Disney, this first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “Moana,” will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

The new area will be located in what is currently Future World in approximately the area currently occupied by the Innoventions West building leading towards the Living Seas. Innoventions West and all the buildings on that side will be demolished as part of the work.
Image courtesy of Disney

Epcot's new preview center will be called the 'Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience' and will open in October 2019.

The new exhibit will showcase the changes coming to Epcot as part of the park's redevelopment. According to Disney "Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside the relentless innovation, energy and excitement and see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation."

'Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience' will be located in the Odyssey.

Guests at the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion at D23 Expo today got a first look at the new Epcot logo.

Part of the redevelopment of the park, the Epcot name remains but with an updated logo.
Image courtesy of WDWMagic.com

Disney has also revealed concept art for the new central spine redevelopment of Epcot - which will see major changes to the center of the park in what is currently Future World.

Future World as we know it will be gone, and will be replaced with three “neighborhoods” - World Nature, World Discovery and World Celebration.

At the center, Innoventions West will be completely removed, and in its place will be a new meet and greet building to replace Character Spot, a large multi-level festival center complete with rooftop bar and lounge, and a walk-through garden area with an elaborate water feature called 'Journey of Water Inspired by Moana.'

On the other side, the existing eastern buildings will remain, but with extensive remodeling, and will become home to a quick service restaurant, an expanded Mouse Gear, the relocated Starbucks and Club Cool, and a couple of smaller Food and Beverage offerings including the much-talked about Beer Garden.


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Tiffins & The Nomad Lounge Review


Tiffins Restaurant opened a few years ago at Disney's Animal Kingdom and instantly became one of my favorite restaurants on property!  The restaurant itself is beautiful and the menu has some unique dishes but still offers something to cater to everyone's tastes.  It is located on Discovery Island right before you cross the path into Pandora so it's easy to get to from a lot of the park.  Tiffins is classified as Signature Dining (two credits on the Disney Dining Plan) and offers Festival of the Lion King and Rivers of Light dining packages.

I like to start every visit here with a trip to the Nomad Lounge, attached and to the left of the entrance.  This is a stop worth checking out on its own with great attention to detail for the traveling nomad.  They offer small plates and a variety of specialty cocktails.  They also offer wine, beer and non-alcoholic specialties as well.  The bartenders here are always wonderful and helped me pick out a drink.  Not pictured here, but the Hightower Rocks is also one of my favorites!

Details in the Nomad Lounge
Some of the beers on Tap
Tempting Tigress - Indonesia; Russell's Reserve 10yr bourbon, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram,
Tamarind syrup, and lime juice
Lambu Libation - Africa; Starr African rum, Cruzan banana rum, guava puree,
with tropical juices topped with Gosling's 151 rum float
We enjoyed our two cocktails while we waited for our table to be ready and in just a few minutes we were escorted through the dining room to our table for dinner. It is definitely worth taking some time to check out the decor here, as there is gorgeous African art pieces around every corner.

Art on the walls in the dining room. 
We started with an appetizer of the Selection of Artisanal Cheeses with the Chef's selection of accompaniments.  The house bread was also brought out which is a bit of a unique taste and has a hint of sweetness to it.  I was also able to get gluten free crackers along with the cheese and bread, which was lovely.

Selection of Artisanal Cheeses
Gluten Free Crackers
Tiffins house bread and dipping sauce
We tried not to fill up on bread as we had lots of yummy appetizers still coming our way, so the small cheese plate was the perfect size to wet our appetite and kick off the meal.  We had a party of six and four of us ordered off the adult menu and the girls didn't feel brave and ordered some simpler items off the kids menu.

Kids Chicken Breast with Seasonal Veggie (Broccolini)
Tamarind-braised Short Rib with Parsnip-Potato Puree, Cauliflower, Cipollini Onion, Medjool Date Vinaigrette
Butter Chicken with Chickpea-Rice Croquette, English Peas, Cauliflower, Pickled Onion
Whole-fried Sustainable Fish with Fermented Black Bean Sauce, Thai Green Papaya Slaw, Peanuts
Braised Lamb Shank with Black-Eyed Peas, Piquillo Peppers, Coriander Chutney, Baharat
The plates were all just beautiful and bursting with color.  There was a variety of sides and sauces to really make each dish a unique experience.  The meat was all cooked very well and fall off the bone where warranted.  The portions were sizable to large (I'm looking at you whole fish!) so we were too stuffed to enjoy dessert this time around. However, the kids meals did come with a cupcake so we took that to go and enjoyed it later and it was also delectable!

While this is a Signature Restaurant so prices are on the higher side, we felt that it was a good value for the quality of food we received.  They do take Tables in Wonderland and the Disney Dining Plan.

Have you been to Tiffins?  What did you think?  If not, what's your favorite restaurant in Animal Kingdom?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

- Agent Maci
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