Saturday, January 12, 2019

Ears the News: January 12, 2019 Edition


Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com


Walt Disney records has released the soundtrack for Pandora - The World of Avatar, which is now available on iTunes and subscribers to Apple Music.

The soundtrack includes music from Flight of Passage, Na'vi River Journey and Satu-li Canteen. Also included is the area music that plays around Pongu Pongu.

On iTunes, the soundtrack can be purchased for $9.99 and includes all 12 tracks, or $1.29 per track. The full soundtrack is also on Apple Music for subscribers.

Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com
Walt Disney World is continuing the V.I.PASSHOLDER program for Annual Passholders in 2019 with dining discounts and early access to merchandise.

From January 6-31, 2019, Passholders will receive a limited-time 20% discount at the following restaurants across Walt Disney World Resort for lunch and dinner:
  • Biergarten Restaurant at Epcot 
  • Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot 
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios 
  • Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studio 
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park 
  • Tiffins Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom 
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park 
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort 
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (Dinner Only) 
  • Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Dinner Only) 
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort 
  • Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort (Dinner Only) 
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort (8:30 p.m. show only) 
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort (Dinner Only) 
  • Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (Dinner Only) 
  • The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 
  • Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort 
Discount applies to the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) during available lunch and dinner meal periods. Valid for the Passholder and up to three (3) guests. Not valid for breakfast, special events and may not be combined with any other discount or offer.

The AMC Disney Springs 24 will begin a series of renovations next
Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com
week, bringing a number of upgrades to the theatres.

Along with increasing the number of dine-in screens, recliners will be coming to the existing dine-in theatres. The bar areas will also see a refurbishment.

Work will take place without closing the venue.

Disney has announced that Kevin from Disney•Pixar’s “Up!” will be appearing at Disney's Animal Kingdom in February 2019.

"UP!" has a growing presence at the park, with Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and Dug greeting guests on Discovery Island, and appearing in the recently reworked bird show “UP! A Great Bird Adventure.”
Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company
The Backlot Express at Disney's Hollywood Studios is returning to a more on-theme menu line-up this month, with the removal of the Star Wars themed items.

The Royal Guard Burger is now named the Backlot Burger, and the Galactic Salad with Chicken becomes the Southwest Salad with Chicken.

In recent years, Backlot Express became home to Star Wars food due to its location next to Star Tours, but with the arrival of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge later this year, Disney appears to be returning the restaurant back to sorting closer to its original story.

Disney Vacation Club is offering a Disney on Broadway Dessert Party for Members and their guests at this year's Epcot International Festival of the Arts on February 25, 2019.

Disney is continuing to offer extras for its passholders, including a free Figment magnet and special event merchandise.

The complimentary Passholder magnet that features Figment is available to Passholders at Mouse Gear or Port of Entry with valid annual pass card and photo ID.

Passholder-exclusive festival merchandise will include a t-shirt and coaster set featuring Mickey Mouse, a pin featuring Pluto – and an exclusive Figment cookie available for purchase at Taste Track from January 18 through January 26.

Passholders also receive a 10% discount for dining packages for the Disney on Broadway Concert Series throughout the festival, and a special 20% discount on dining packages at Biergarten Restaurant and Coral Reef Restaurant for lunch and dinner through Jan. 31. 
Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company


Attendees will enjoy guaranteed seating at one of the evening’s Disney on Broadway concerts at the America Gardens Theatre and an 8:30-9:30 pm fireworks dessert party in the United Kingdom Pavilion before mingling with the Disney on Broadway stars during a casual cocktail hour (9:30-10:30pm) in the Member Lounge atop the Imagination! Pavilion.

Performers will include Ashley Brown (Broadway’s original Mary Poppins), Josh Strickland (Broadway’s original Tarzan), Alton Fitzgerald White (Broadway’s record-breaking Lion King, with 4,308 performances as Mufasa) and Kissy Simmons (Nala in “The Lion King.”)

The cost per person is $77 (plus tax and gratuity) for adults and $52 (plus tax and gratuity) for children. Please note that paid Epcot admission also is required. Call Member Services beginning January 8 at (800) 800-9800 for details and reservations.

The third Disney Springs parking garage will be named 'Grapefruit Garage.'

Scheduled to open in February 2019, the Grapefruit Garage will join the Orange and Lime parking garages, providing additional parking for Disney Springs guests and Cast Members. It had been previously thought that the garage would be named Lemon, but this is no longer the case.

The existing Grapefruit surface lot will be renamed when the new garage opens.

A new IllumiNations Dining Package is coming to Epcot as the Reflections of Earth show enters its final year.

Reservations open January 17 for seating from January 18, 2019 at the United Kingdom's Rose & Crown. Priced at $85 for adults (including tax and gratuity), and $35 for children, package includes seating on the lagoon-side patio from 8pm, a three-course prix fixe menu and a view of IllumiNations.

The menu features a selection of Rose & Crown favorites—as well as a selection of unlimited non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages for Guests ages 21 and older. Scotch Eggs, Fish and Chips, and a Pudding Platter trio featuring Sticky Toffee Pudding, English Trifle, and Chocolate Nougat Bar for dessert will all be on offer.

Reservations can be made online or via 407-WDW-DINE. Separate Epcot admission is also required.

Disney has not yet announced a closing date for the current Reflections of Earth show beyond "the end of summer 2019." The show will be replaced with Epcot Forever.

Two additions are coming to Disney Springs Town Center in the first half of 2019.

First, a Disney Ticket sales center will be moving into the unoccupied space between Blaze Pizza and Zara, just behind D-Luxe Burger.

Nextdoor to the ticket sales center will be an Orange County Sheriff office.

Mickey and Minnie's Surprise Celebration arrives at the Magic Kingdom on January 18, 2019, bringing an all new street party and limited-time experiences.

Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party
In the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party,” Mickey and Minnie Mouse will invite guests to dance with Mickey, Minnie and their pals in front of Cinderella Castle. Shake it along with live singers belting out new arrangements of classic “Mickey Mouse Club” songs.

Joining Mickey and Minnie in all the fun will be Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Max, Chip ’n Dale and others.

Musical Experiences
The Dapper Dans, the Casey’s Corner piano player and others will honor Mickey and Minnie with special musical moments throughout the day.
Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company


Character Meet and Greet Updates
Mickey and Minnie will be showing off their new celebration outfits in Town Square Theater, and Pluto will be appearing at Pete's Silly Sideshow.

In Town Square, there will be surprise character meet and greets, with different characters appearing throughout the celebration.

Celebration Central
Inside Town Square Theater, you will be able to sign a guestbook for Mickey and Minnie.

Food and Merchandise
A variety of specially themed food and drink will be available at the park's quick service restaurants. And special celebration merchandise throughout the park.



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Saturday, January 5, 2019

BREAKING NEWS!: 2019 Festival of the Arts Booth Menus




Heeeeeey, Disney Foodies!!!

I hope 2019 is off to a magical start for all of you! I'm here today, bringing you the 2019 Festival of the Arts Booth Menus!!!!

The 3rd Annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts will run from January 18th - February 25th, 2019. For those of you who have not gotten to experience this relatively new festival, it is a celebration of the arts; including performing arts (Broadway performances), visual arts (art displays and demonstrations), and culinary arts (food booths a la Food and Wine Festival, called "Food Studios"). It takes place mostly in World Showcase, but it does bleed into Future World a bit as well.



In this post, we will be focusing on the Food Studios and their offerings. If you are interested in finding out more details about the Festival events and entertainment, check out my previous post. But for now, let's focus on the good stuff.... the food! Of course, because this is an ART festival, all of the dishes at this Festival are served with the visual presentation at the forefront of the chef's mind. In previous years, everything was gorgeous AND delicious and I'm sure this year will be even better! Let's see which favorites are returning, and which new dishes we can look forward to!

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The Deconstructed Dish

Food:
  • Deconstructed BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam and Soft Poached Egg
  • Deconstructed Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage and a Rye Curl

  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil

Beverages:
  • Pop-Artsicle: Red, White and Blue Frozen Slushy (non-alcoholic) 
  • Deconstructed Breakfast (non-alcoholic) 
  • NEW! Imagery Sauvignon Blanc, California 
  • NEW! Mad Genius Red Blend, California 
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings® Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Cream Bourbon, garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon 
  • Twinings® Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake garnished with Maple Syrup, a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon (non-alcoholic)

Cuisine Classique

Food:
  • Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic 
  • Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc (GF) 
  • Saint-Honoré Tart: Caramel Cream Tart with Caramel Glaze topped with Cream Puffs
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beverages:
  • NEW! Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider, Walden, NY 
  • NEW! Concrete Beach Brewery Rosé Ale, Miami, FL 
  • NEW! Frosé 
  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series, Logrono, Spain 
  • NEW! Domaine Savary Chablis, Burgundy 
  • NEW! A Play on Rosé Flight

The Artist's Table

Food:
  • NEW! Beef Wellington with Mushroom Bordelaise, Fennel Cream, and Roasted Baby Vegetables 
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp (GF)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie 
Beverages:
  • Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, Milk and Dark (non-alcoholic)
  • NEW! Saugatuck Brewing Co. Neapolitan Milk Stout, Douglas, MI 
  • NEW! Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Lexington, KY 
  • NEW! Lindemans Framboise Lambic, Belgium 
  • NEW! Barrymore Rosé, Monterey County, CA 
  • NEW! Carmel Road Drew’s Blend Pinot Noir, Monterey County, CA 
  • Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Mozart Cream Liqueurs paired with Sipping Chocolates 
  • Chocolate and Beer Pairing Flight 

The Painter's Palate

Food:
  • NEW! Smoked Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-herbs
  • Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts: 
    • Whipped Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs (V) 
    • Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs 
    • Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad

  • NEW! Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres: 
    • Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostino: 
    • Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon 
    • Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aïoli (V) 
  • Pop’t Art: Abstract Designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V)
  • White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette
  • Mickey and Pluto White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V)
  • Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V) 
Beverages:
  • NEW! North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner Style Beer, Fort Bragg, CA 
  • NEW! M.I.A. Beer Company Jazz IPA, Doral, FL 
  • NEW! Central 28 Beer Company Miss Mary Brown Oatmeal Brown Ale, DeBary, FL 
  • NEW! Popcorn Pairing Flight

Pop Eats



Food:
  • Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Apple and Beet Chips (GF) 
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam (GF) 
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Callebaut Belgian Chocolate (V)
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-design Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V) 
Beverages:
  • NEW! Blue Sky Black Cherry Boba Freeze (non-alcoholic) 
  • NEW! #RainbowSherbertGlitterDreamAle by Playalinda Brewing Co., Titusville, FL 
  • Popping Bubbles Cocktail 

Decadent Delights

Food:
  • White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Caramel, Coconut and Maple Meringue

  • NEW! Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Pretzel Crunch 
  • NEW! Lemon and Blood Orange Tart 
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie 
Beverages:
  • 3 Daughters Strawberry Blonde Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO 
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, England 
  • NEW! Biagio Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont 
  • NEW! Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • NEW! Cold Fashioned Coffee Cocktail 
  • Neapolitan Beer Flight 

The Masterpiece Kitchen

Food:
  • Charcuterie Palette with Artisan Cured Meats and Cheeses featuring Nueske’s ® Applewood Smoked Beef 
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction (V)
  • NEW! Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta 
Beverages:
  • NEW! Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Freising, Germany 
  • Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Brut Champagne 
  • The Meeker Vineyard Winemakers’ Handprint Merlot, Sonoma County, CA 
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut, Spain 
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé, Spain 
  • Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist


Additional Festival Locations

Funnel Cakes – The American Adventure


Food:
  • NEW! Salted Caramel Funnel Cake

Taste Track – Future World East


Food:
  • NEW! Lobster Bacon Macaroni & Cheese served in a Warm Bread Cone 
  • NEW! Paintbrush Churros: Cinnamon Sugar Churros Dipped in Colorful White Chocolate 
Beverages:
  • NEW! Pancake Milkshake (non-alcoholic) 
  • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont 

Fife & Drum – The American Adventure


Food:

  • NEW! Musical Float: Layered Strawberry, Lemonade and Blue Raspberry Slushy with Vanilla Ice Cream and White Chocolate (non-alcoholic)

NEW! Block & Hans – The American Adventure


Beverages:
  • NEW! Ciderboys Grand Mimosa Apple Orange Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI 
  • NEW! Karbach Brewing Co. Love Street Kölsch-style Blonde, Houston, TX 
  • NEW! Full Sail Brewing Co. Blood Orange Wheat Ale, Hood River, OR 
  • NEW! Dogfish Head Brewery 60 Minute IPA, Milton, DE 
  • NEW! Big Top Brewing Co. Hawaiian Lion Coconut Coffee Porter, Sarasota, FL

Takumi Table – Japan Pavilion


Food:
  • Taiyaki: Fish-shaped Japanese Sweet Stuffed Pastry with Red Bean Paste and topped with Whipped Cream and Sesame Custard 
  • NEW! Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Avocado and Masago accented with Citrus-soy Gelée and Wasabi on the side 
Beverages:
  • NEW! Sapporo Draft Beer 
  • Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup 
  • NEW! Melting Snow Cocktail: Sake, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, and Japanese Calpico 

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company


Beverages:

All Festival specialty drinks served hot or cold.
  • Canada: NEW! Starry Night Latte: A delicious shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with Creamy Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, topped with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream 
  • Disney Traders: NEW! Surreal Cinnamon Latte: A shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with RumChata and Cinnamon Whisky, blended with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream 
  • Future World East: NEW! Espresso-nist Latte: A shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with rich Baileys Espresso Crème Liqueur, topped with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream 
  • The American Adventure: NEW! Bourbon Brushstroke Latte: A shot of Italian Espresso mixed with Bourbon Whiskey Cream liqueur, blended with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream 

El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist) – Mexico Pavilion


Food:
  • NEW! Sopes de Chilorio: Slow-braised Pork marinated in Ancho Chili Paste served on Fried Corn Dough with Black Beans, Queso Oaxaca, Crema Mexicana and Salsa Verde 
  • NEW! Callo de Hacha en Salsa de Jengibre y Habanero: Two Seared Scallops with Ginger-habanero Sauce atop Yucca Purée 
  • NEW! Chocoflan: Creamy Mexican Custard and Chocolate Sponge Cake topped with Cajeta and Hazelnuts 
Beverages:
  • Allende Mexican Craft Beer 
  • NEW! Frida Lychee Margarita: El Velo Blanco Tequila, Lychee Purée, Botran Rum, and Fresh Lime Juice 
  • NEW! Diego Dragon Fruit Margarita: Bruxo Mezcal, Dragon Fruit Purée, Ginger Cordial, and Guanábana Liqueur 

Refreshment Outpost


Food:
  • Chilled Shrimp, Quinoa, Layered Vegetables, Spiced Yogurt and Red Pepper Coulis 

Refreshment Port – Showcase Plaza


Food:
  • NEW! Lobster Chips: Lobster-topped House-made Chips with Bisque Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapeños and Citrus Cream 
Beverages:
  • NEW! Glazed Pork Belly Bloody Mary: Classic Bloody Mary with Absolut Vodka garnished with Maple IPA Glazed Pork Belly, Pickled Carrots, Celery, Stuffed Olives and Cherry Tomato 

The Painted Panda – China


Food: 
  • Crystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling and garnished with Toasted Coconut DELETE



  • NEW! Dragon and Phoenix: Spicy Sautéed Shrimp with Spinach Noodles 
  • NEW! Plum Infused Cherry Tomatoes 

  • Beverages:

    • NEW! “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)
    • NEW! Jasmine Draft Beer
    • Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple
    • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec
    • NEW! Tomato Plum Cocktail: Plum Wine with Plum Infused Tomatoes


    L’Art du Cuisine Francaise – France


    Food:

    • NEW! Crème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread Bowl
    • NEW! Dariole de Saumon à la Provencale, Sauce Beurre Blanc, Fleuron: Salmon Terrine with Zucchini and Tomato, Beurre Blanc Sauce, Puff Pastry Fleuron
    • NEW! Moelleux Aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates

    Beverages:

    • Frosé: Frozen Côtes de Provence Rosé Wine with Grey Goose Vodka and Peach Purée
    • NEW! Crémant de Bourgogne Veuve d’Ambal Expression: French Sparkling Burgundy Wine
    • Alsace, Riesling Reserve Willm
    • Bordeaux, Château Prignac, Medoc, 2014


    Mosaic Canteen – Morocco


    Food:

    • NEW! Spiced Beef with Pine Nuts and Dried Cherries, Hummus and Pita Chips
    • Mediterranean Flatbread with Zaatar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella and Feta Cheese
    • Chebbakia: Hand-twisted Strips of Fried Dough coated with Honey, Rosewater and Sesame Seeds

    Beverages:

    • Casa Beer
    • NEW! Bonassia Red, Meknès, Morocco
    • Embrace the Arak: Massaya Arak, Grapefruit Juice and Grenadine


    L’Arte di Mangiare – Italy


    Food:

    • NEW! Barbabietole Dolci, Caprino Fritto: Roasted Candied Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Fritters
    • NEW! Costine di Maiale Aceto Balsamico: Sweet & Sour Balsamic-glazed Pork Ribs
    • NEW! Spuma al Miele d’Arancio: Orange Honey Mousse with Peaches and Mint Marjoram Cream

    Beverages:
    • Moretti Lager 
    • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer 
    • Prosecco, Villa Sandi 
    • Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande 
    • Corbinello, Montegrande 
    • Pinot Grigio, Bosco del Merlo 
    • Merlot, Montegrande 
    • Amaretto Bellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée and Prosecco 
    • Vodka Rossini: Vodka, Strawberry Purée and Prosecco
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    SO, what do you think? Anything catch your eye? I can't wait to hit up this year's Festival and experience the Arts with my eyes, ears and palatte! If you need help planning your trip the Festival of the Arts, contact the agents at Kingdom Konsultants and they will help you plan a masterpiece of a trip!

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

    Jenn


    Friday, January 4, 2019

    Ears the News: January 4, 2019 Edition


    Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

    Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com


    Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are honoring active-duty and retired members of the U.S. military with special offers on theme park admissions and resort stays for most dates in 2019.

    Beginning January 1, 2019, multi-day Disney Military Promotional Tickets will be available for each location. Here’s a look at the details:

    At Walt Disney World Resort – Military Promotional Tickets include four- and five-day tickets with Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option. The Park Hopper Option with each ticket allows guests to visit more than one park at the resorts on each day of their visit.

    For more details and pricing for the Walt Disney World Resort Military Promotion Ticket, visit Disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers/military-multi-day-tickets-2019/.

    Also, active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel can take advantage of special rates at select Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort hotels. The Walt Disney World Resort room offer is valid for stays most nights from January 1, 2019, through April 13, 2019, and April 26, 2019, through December 19, 2019.

    Disney has also released its Free Dining Plan offer for stays July 5 through September 30, 2019.

    The free dining plan is available when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day vacation package that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel and a ticket with a Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option. 
    Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com.


    Guests staying at select Value and Moderate Resorts receive the Disney Quick Service Plan, which includes two quick-service meals and two select snacks per night honored at more than 100 dining locations.

    Guests staying at select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts receive the Disney Dining Plan, which includes one quick-service meal, one table-service meal and two select snacks per night. Meals are available at over 200 select Walt Disney World dining locations.

    Book through February 10, 2019 for arrivals most nights July 5 through September 30, 2019.

    In addition to free dining, Disney has a new Spring offer for stays at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

    Save up to 25% for stays most nights April 28 through May 27, 2019 when you book through May 27, 2019.

    Save up to 30% for stays most nights May 28 through September 30, 2019.

    Book through March 24, 2019 to take advantage of the greatest savings.

    Florida residents now have a special ticket available to them. Discover Disney Tickets are now available for purchase by Florida Residents, giving special pricing for 3 and 4 day tickets.

    Florida Residents can now purchase a 3-Day Discover Disney Ticket for $175 plus tax for a limited time, valid for admission to one theme park per day. Residents can also add a 4th day for $20 more plus tax. These tickets can be purchased January 3 - June 27, 2019, and are valid for use January 3 - June 30, 2019.

    Tickets can be used anytime now through June 30, 2019 with no blockout dates. Proof of Florida residency required. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Tickets exclude activities and events separately priced.

    This month, Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar at Disney Springs will be partnering with Goose Island Beer Co. to host the first Smuggler’s Series of 2019.

    The Smuggler’s Series is a recurring dining event featuring notable beer, wine, and spirit pairings at the Hideaway. On Saturday, January 19, from 12-2 p.m., there will be a lunch featuring Bourbon County Stout pairings in partnership with Goose Island Brewery. Goose Island Brewery educator and industry expert, Mike Smith, will formally instruct attendees about the brewery’s renowned beer barrel aging program and provide insight on each of the beers carefully selected to complement the dishes on the four-course tasting menu.

    Enzo’s Hideaway Executive Chef John Miele has paired the brews with Italian specialties like aged fontina en carozza, roasted baby beets with burrata, grilled main lobster linguini, ricotta gnudi and braised lamb ragu, and a bittersweet chocolate ganache tart, enhancing the flavors of the stouts in each course.
    Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com.
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    Friday, December 28, 2018

    Ears the News: December 28, 2018 Edition


    Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

    Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com


    The new "Disney Junior Dance Party!" is now open at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    The show for pre-schoolers can be found in the animation courtyard, taking over from the previous "Disney junior Live on Stage!"

    In the show, DJ Deejay and host Finn Fiesta invite everyone in for the party, creating an interactive atmosphere for kids to sing, dance and play along with favorite Disney Junior stars like Doc McStuffins, Timon from “The Lion Guard,” and Vampirina from the hit Disney Junior series, “Vampirina.” Mickey Mouse races in from “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” just in time for the big finale.


    Video courtesy of WDWMagic.com
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    As part of the ABC Christmas Day specialy, Disney shared behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.

    See new footage of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.


    Video courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog
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    Miss Adventure falls at Typhoon Lagoon remains closed following an accident on the water slide on December 8.

    Local Orlando TV stations reported at the time that a 44 year old man's arm became trapped in the ride's conveyor belt. The ride has been closed since, and looks likely to remain closed until after the park's annual refurbishment which begins in January.

    Here is the entertainment line-up for celebrating the New Year countdown to 2019 at Walt Disney World.

    Magic Kingdom
    Park hours on December 30 and 31, 2018 are 8am to 1am, with Extra Magic Hours from 7am to 8am.

    Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks ­– Guests will ring in the New Year in front of Cinderella Castle with the fireworks show that will take place Dec. 30 and 31 2018, beginning at 11:50 p.m. Additional showings will light up the sky both nights at 6:30 p.m.
    • Frontierland and Tomorrowland New Year’s Celebration Dance Parties – 6:45pm to 1am. 
    • Castle Stage DJ - 6:45pm 
    • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - noon and 3:30pm. 
    • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas - 12:15, 1:10, 2, 3:50, 4:45, 5:40pm. 
    • A Frozen Holiday Wish - 6pm. 
    • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration - 7:45, 8:45 and 9:45pm. 

    Epcot
    Park hours on December 31 2018 are 8am to 1am, with World Showcase opening at 9am.

    Hats and Horns will be distributed from 4pm near to Innoventions West, Wonders of Life and The American Adventure.

    New Year's Countdown Fireworks – The spectacular starts at 11:40pm. IllumiNations will also play at 6:30pm, with holiday finale.

    New Year's Eve Parties
    • Fountain Stage 7pm – 1am. 
    • Near Pin Central (Silent Groove) 7 - 11:35pm. 
    • United Kingdom - 7:20-8, 8:25-9:30, 9:55- 10:30,10:55-11:35pm., 12:25-1am. 
    • Italy 7pm - 1am 
    • China 7pm - 1am 
    • America Gardens Theatre: DJs - 1:00pm - 5pm, 7pm - 7:20pm, 8pm - 8:50pm, 9:30pm - 10:05pm, 10:45pm - 11:35pm, 12:40am -1am. 
    • America Gardens Theatre: Corazon A Contemporary American & Latin Band 7:20pm - 8pm, 8:50pm - 9:30pm, 10:05pm - 10:45pm, 12:05am -12:40am. 
    Disney's Hollywood Studios
    Park hours on December 31 2018 are 9am to midnight.

    Fantasmic! will play at 9:00pm and 10:30pm. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, the nighttime holiday show will take place at 9:30pm. The nightly themed firework show, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, will bring in the New Year with a special twist at midnight!


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    Friday, December 21, 2018

    BRAND NEW! Review of the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays - PART TWO


    Welcome back, Disney Foodies!

         Ready for Round Two of some delicious reviews? Earlier this week I gave you a tasty look into the opening of the first ever Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. (If you need to catch up, click here for PART ONE.)  Today we are going to continue our little tour around the world and show you more of what this awesome Festival has to offer. Last I saw you, we were just finishing up our ham and pecan pie in the American Adventure, right? OK. Loosen that belt, and let's keep going... (the first one is a bit out of order, but I forgot to put it in Part One, so here it is:


    L'Chaim Holiday Kitchen
    (Between France and Morocco)




    • What did we try?   Pastrami on Rye
    • How would I describe it?   A pastrami sandwich with mustard, pickle and served on rye. Pretty straightforward. 
    • How was the portion/value?   For $4.75, I'd say the price is fair. Easily shareable, or it can be enjoyed by one husband. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  B   I did not have this one. The Hubs was allll about it though. He thought it was a good amount of meat and the overall sandwich was fresh, warm and tasty. I happen to not like pastrami. Or rye. Oh and I HATE mustard. And dill pickles. 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   I certainly won't, but The Hubs said he would consider it. 
    Pastrami on Rye

    • What did we try?   Black and White Cookie
    • How would I describe it?   A vanilla cakey-cookie with chocolate and vanilla icings. 
    • How was the portion/value?   $2 was just OK. Not a very big cookie, but about inline with the rest of the Cookie Stroll cookies. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  B   Good. Decent. Nothing thrilling, but the cookie was soft and the icings were tasty. 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   Nah. 

    Black and White Cookie

    • What did we try?   Egg Cream
    • How would I describe it?   A chocolatish soda?
    • How was the portion/value?   $3.50 was a lot for this little cup of creamy seltzer water. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  D   Now, I know what an egg cream should be. I used to get them in an ice cream parlor in Boston and I loved them. Kinda like a creamy chocolate soda. This was not an egg cream. My drink was basically seltzer water with a creamy slightly chocolatey, barely sweet finish. I am pretty sure the person who made mine just didn't do it right though.  
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?  No way. 

    Egg Cream.... kinda. 




    Tuscany Holiday Kitchen
    (Italy)








    • What did we try?   Cavatappi Al Quattro Formaggi
    • How would I describe it?   Pasta in a creamy, cheesy, delicious sauce.
    • How was the portion/value?   $8 is steep for this portion of pasta. It's good, but not THAT good. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  A-   So really the only reason this didn't earn an actual A is because last year's carbonara was the bomb, and this one had a lot to live up to. It was very, very good... still cheesy, creamy and flavorful... but they took away the bacon. That's not fair. 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   As much as I did like it, I wouldn't pay $8 again. 


    Cavatappi Al Quattro Formaggi


    • What did we try?   Bacio al Cioccolato
    • How would I describe it?   A warm chocolate hazelnut lava cake dream come true. 
    • How was the portion/value?   So this baby is $10, but soooo worth it.  
    • What letter grade would we give it?  A+   Winner of my favorite dessert of the Festival. It just slightly edged out the Buche de Noel in France. If you have ever been on a Disney Cruise and had chocolate souffle in Palo, this is better than that! It's a little chocolate lava cake, filled with warm chocolate and hazelnut goodness and topped with cream and berries. Bellissimo! 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   Even though I would hate to shell out another $10, I might for this beauty. 

    Bacio al Cioccolato



    • What did we try?   Crespelle de Mele
    • How would I describe it?  Fried dough with fresh apples in it, in a sticky sweet sauce. 
    • How was the portion/value?   Woah. The Italian food was expensive. $78 got us two fritters that weren't particularly big. I don't think it was a good deal. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  B-   Flavor and texture-wise, these were OK. Nothing amazing, but decent. 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   No, thanks. 


    Crespelle de Mele





    Bavaria and Prost Holiday Kitchens
    (Germany)










    • What did we try?   Black Forest Roulade
    • How would I describe it?  A chocolate cake roll with cherries
    • How was the portion/value?   $4.25 isn't terrible based on the size. Easily sharable. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  B-   Meh. It was OK. Not great but OK. The cake was not very chocolatey but it did have a nice coating of chocolate shavings on it and some cherry filling inside. The cherry whipped cream was the best part. 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   Not worth it. 


    Black Forest Roulade



    • What did we try?   Cheese Fondue
    • How would I describe it?  A bread bowl filled with melted cheese and served with steamed carrots, zucchini and mini potatoes. 
    • How was the portion/value?   $8.25 seems like a lot, but this thing could easily be shared among 2-3 people, or no one would blame you if you made it a little meal for one. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  A+   One of my very favorites from this Festival. This cheese fondue was SO good. It was sharp and creamy, and the veggies were perfect with it. The best part though was eating the bowl itself. SO GOOD!
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   Absolutely. In fact, I would like it daily. 


    Cheese Fondue


    • What did we try?   Peppermint Sugar Cookie
    • How would I describe it?  A basic sugar cookie with white chocolate drizzle and candy cane shaped sprinkles.  
    • How was the portion/value?   $2 was OK, but again, the cookie could have been larger. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  B-   An OK sugar cookie but I didn't get much peppermint flavor at all. 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   Nope. 






    Shanghai Holiday Kitchen
    (China)




    • What did we try?   Mongolian Beef Bao Bun
    • How would I describe it?  Marinated beef and veggies on a pillowy, fluffy bun, with a fortune cookie on the side. 
    • How was the portion/value?   $6.50 seemed high for this little bun. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  B+   The meat had a nice flavor, and the bun was so soft and fluffy! Other than being pretty messy to eat, this was a winner. 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   Probably not. It was good, but I'd rather try something else next time. 

    Mongolian Beef Bao Bun





    Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen
    (Mexico)












    Holiday Sweets and Treats
    (World Showcase Plaza)






    • What did we try?   Peppermint Sundae
    • How would I describe it?  Chocolate soft serve with whipped cream and candy cane pieces
    • How was the portion/value?   $5.25 is way too high for what is pretty much plain ice cream.
    • What letter grade would we give it?  C     Plain. Super plain. I mean, it was OK soft serve, but it would have been SO much better with hot fudge. It needed hot fudge!
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   Nope. I'll hold out for ice cream from France. 

    Peppermint Sundae

    • What did we try?   Holiday Tree Sugar Cookie
    • How would I describe it?  A thin shortbread cookie with lots of frosting and sprinkles.
    • How was the portion/value?   I didn't mind paying $4 for this cookie. It's huge!
    • What letter grade would we give it?  B     The best of the cookies! Of course, this one, (go figure), does NOT count toward the Cookie Stroll. My advice? Skip the Cookie Stroll and just get this one!
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   It is very possible. 




    Feast of the Three Kings

    (World Showcase Plaza/Caribbean Themed)







    • What did we try?   Arepas
    • How would I describe it?  A cornmeal pancake with white cheese melted on it. 
    • How was the portion/value?   Two small arepas for $4.50. Not terrible.....If I liked them. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  C     These didn't taste bad but they were super plain. The savory corn disks reminded me of little fluffy pancakes. The melted cheese was good, but it all just kinda tasted like a plain nacho chip that only got some cheese on it and missed the rest of the toppings. 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   Nope. Boring. 

    Arepas

    • What did we try?   Tres Leches Rice Pudding
    • How would I describe it?  A cinnamony rice pudding. 
    • How was the portion/value?   $4.25 for a little cup full. Yes, it's shareable, but the portion isn't large so I think this is over-priced.
    • What letter grade would we give it?  B     The pudding was cool and had a nice flavor to it, but it could have used more spice and a little less sugar. The toasted pumpkin seeds gave it a nice crunch. 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   I don't think so. It was OK, but not at the top of my list. 

    Tres Leches Rice Pudding



    • What did we try?   Red and Green Chocolate Chip Cookie
    • How would I describe it?  A thick, chunky chocolate chip cookie with sprinkles. 
    • How was the portion/value?   This cookie was bigger than the other Cookie Stroll Cookies and a better value for the $2. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  A-     The second best of the Cookie Stroll cookies. Fresh, chocolatey and delicious. The minus is only because it's super messy. My kids had chocolate on their hands, arms, clothes, ME....
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   I might. As long as I have wipes with me to clean up!

    Red and Green Chocolate Chip Cookie


    • What did we try?   Coquito (non-alcoholic)
    • How would I describe it?  Frozen, coconuty eggnog.
    • How was the portion/value?   $4.25 for a small cup is a lot, but so worth it!
    • What letter grade would we give it?  A-     If you are a fan of coconut, you'll love this tropical nog. I would skip most of the festival and get a larger glass of this, if it were an option. 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   Si! 

    Coquito



    Yukon Holiday Kitchen
    (Canada)









    • What did we try?   Maple Buche De Noel
    • How would I describe it?  A rolled gingerbread cake with maple icing, meringue topping, candied nuts and cranberry drizzle. 
    • How was the portion/value?   $4.50 was reasonable. This was a good size. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  A+   Another festival favorite! We LOVED this cake! Most rolled cakes are dry, but this one was light and moist. It had a nice gingerbread flavor, and the maple tied in nicely. The toasted meringue topping was delicious and the nuts added a nice crunch. I wish they served this all year round! 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   YAS!

    Maple Buche de Noel

    • What did we try?   Frozen Coffee (Non-alcoholic)
    • How would I describe it?  A sweetened and creamed frozen coffee.
    • How was the portion/value?   For $4.50, I'd much rather get a full sized coffee drink from Joffrey's. 
    • What letter grade would we give it?  B+   This tasted more like a coffee shake to me than a frozen coffee. (A delicious coffee shake, but a shake nonetheless.) My 6 year old loved it! I thought it was good but I'd rather something full size from Joffrey's or Starbucks. 
    • Will we get it again, when we return to the festival?   Nope. Going to Starbucks for my Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino. 

    Frozen Coffee and Maple Buche de Noel

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         So, there ya have it! That's everything we managed to try at Festival of the Holidays so far. This year's Festival is just as fun, festive and flavorful as last year's!

          Oh, and if you're thinking, "Now I must plan a trip so I can eat all of the delicious food", contact the agents here at Kingdom Konsultant Travel, who would be happy to hook you up with a sweet holiday journey.

         Until next time, kiddos, have a magical week!


                                                                     -Jenn



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