Friday, July 21, 2017

Ears the News: July 21, 2017 Edition


Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com. 


The D23 Expo was last weekend and quite a bit of information was released about a number of projects coming to Walt Disney World.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


Star Wars-themed land update

A huge 50ft wide scale model of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge was revealed along with the name of the new land. The new expansion will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Check out the video below to see a model of the new land.  


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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

In this game-changing attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature an original story that will take guests on a journey inside the world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts using new technologies that turn the flat cartoon world into an incredible dimensional display. Located inside the Chinese Theatre, this new attraction will replace The Great Movie Ride, which will close Aug. 13, 2017. Opening for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be announced at a later date.

Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is scheduled to open summer 2018.

Epcot


In preparation for the park’s 35th anniversary, Epcot will continue to evolve to make it more timeless, more relevant, more family and more Disney, while staying true to its original vision beginning with several newly revealed offerings.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Epcot will have a brand new E-ticket attraction within Future World based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of Guardians of the Galaxy. This is the next step in how guests can encounter these characters at Walt Disney World Resort. To make way for this new adventure, Ellen’s Energy Adventure inside Universe of Energy will close Aug. 13, 2017. The new attraction will open by the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.

Ratatouille

Within World Showcase, in an all-new space in the France pavilion, a new “Ratatouille”-inspired attraction will take guests on a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s Parisian restaurant. Patterned after the number one family attraction at Disneyland Paris, the new attraction will open by the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.

China pavilion

To showcase the splendor and majesty of China, an updated film will be added using a next-generation digital camera system to film a brand new, seamless Circle-Vision show for the China pavilion. 
Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com.


Mission: SPACE

In addition to an updated Orange Mission, a brand new Green Mission will take guests on a stunning tour around the Earth, with younger cadets joining the adventure for the very first time. Mission: SPACE will reopen this August. 

New Space restaurant

Adjacent to Mission: SPACE, a new table-service restaurant will invite guests to travel high above the Earth for an unforgettable dining experience. The new restaurant will be managed by Patina Restaurant Group and an opening will be announced at a later date.

Magic Kingdom


Tron-themed attraction

The highest rated attraction at Shanghai Disneyland is coming to Tomorrowland in a new area near Space Mountain. Opening will be announced at a later date.

Live Entertainment Theater

Based on the iconic Willis Theater in the 1920s Kansas City where Walt lived after he left Marceline, this new addition to Magic Kingdom Park will be located off of Main Street U.S.A. and will be an entirely new venue for world class entertainment. Opening will be announced at a later date.

Resorts


Disney Riviera Resort 

The proposed 15th Disney Vacation Club property will be located near Epcot with a rooftop restaurant that has unbelievable views of nighttime spectaculars at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Opening will be announced at a later date.

Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com.


Immersive Star Wars-themed hotel

An immersive Star Wars-themed hotel will be the most experiential concept ever. Dedicated entirely to the galaxy of Star Wars, guests will have a one-of-a-kind experience where a luxury resort meets a multi-day adventure in a galaxy far, far away. Opening will be announced at a later date.

Transportation


Disney Skyliner 
Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com.

This new transportation system will give guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Skyliner will connect Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to four resorts – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, as well as the proposed 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney Riviera Resort. Opening date for Disney Skyliner will be announced at a later time. 


Minnie Van service

Starting later this month, the Minnie Van service is a whimsical, point-to-point transportation service that will help guests get around Walt Disney World Resort in a jiffy. Guests can arrange their own private Disney vehicle right from their smartphone, and a Disney Cast Member will drive them wherever they want to go around Walt Disney World.

Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com.

DisneyQuest on the West Side at Disney Springs permanently closed on July 3, and permits have already been filed for its demolition.

The Notice of Commencement states 'Demo of structure and additional work" but does not provide a start date. Permits typically expire one year after being issued, and the the expectation is that the demolition of DisneyQuest will begin soon. (Thanks to danlb_2000 on the forums for spotting the permit filing)

Days after its closure, Disney auctioned off most of the video games that once were part of the indoor gaming attraction. 
Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com.

Replacing DisneyQuest will be The NBA Experience - a one-of-a-kind basketball-themed experience featuring hands-on activities that put guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action. There will be immersive NBA video productions and numerous interactive experiences, as well as a restaurant and a retail store. Plans were originally announced all the way back in 2015.

Disney has not yet provided an opening date.

Although not officially announced, it is expected that The NBA Experience will not take all up all of the former DisneyQuest footprint, and that at least one of other tenant may take up space in the area.

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe becomes the second Magic Kingdom restaurant to join Mobile Order.

Later this summer, Pinocchio Village Haus, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café and Columbia Harbour House will be added to the line-up.

Mobile Order allows you to pay for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience app, bypassing the queue to order at the restaurant. Using the app, you can select menu items, customize an order and pre-pay for a meal.

Arriving at the restaurant, you'll tap an “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When ready, you'll be alerted through the app to pick up the meal at a designated window. Only credit card payments will initially be accepted via Mobile Order, Disney Dining Plan guests and those wishing to use a discount will have to use the regular line.

Mobile Order is currently available at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, Tomorrowland Terrace, Flame Tree Barbecue, Pizzafari, Restaurantosaurus, Satu'li Canteen and D-Luxe Burger.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will return to Disney's Hollywood Studios for the 2017 holiday season according to the official Disney site.

Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”

The show makes use of the projectors and lasers installed for Star Wars A Galactic Spectacular, snow fall, rooftop fireworks around the viewing area, and large scale fireworks from behind the park. Watch a video of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! from our friends at WDWMagic.com


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Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort will no longer be temporarily relocating to the convention center from late July. 

The maintenance that was scheduled expected to begin on July 28 through to August 13 2017 has now been cancelled, and the restaurant will be operating as normal.


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 vacations@kingdomkonsultant.com for a free quote today.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Animator's Palate on the Disney Magic

Animator's Palate is the only restaurant that is on all four of Disney's cruise ships, and it really does just give you that magical Disney feeling! There's a little something extra as your meal progresses here, so pay close attention to your surroundings as you dine.

Animator's Palate is typically where character breakfasts will be held on cruises of 7 nights or longer, so you might spend a bit of time here! The restaurant is located Deck 4 Aft.

I was looking forward to this meal because it has one of my absolutely favorite items on the menu; Black Truffles Pasta Purseittes! On this cruise, Animator's Palate was our second night and also Formal Night, so we were all dressed up to enjoy the magic that awaited. This is one of the best themed restaurants in my personal opinion, and I simply love it here!






We started the meal with bread and butter and specialty cocktails of the evening.




First up was our appetizer course. I was traveling with my mom and we both agreed that we love the Black Truffles Pasta Purseittes so that's what we both had ordered. There is of course other items on the menu if these don't sound like your style. (But I highly recommend them!)

Black Truffles Pasta Purseittes — Pasta purse filled with Truffle scented
 Cheese and coated with a delicate Champagne Sauce


We skipped the soup and salad course this night and instead opted to head right into the entree. A lot of options on the menu that I think would appease a large audience, so there's typically a full house here!


Pennete Bolognese - Pennete pasta mixed with a rich Bolognese sauce garnished 
with shaved Parmesean Reggiano and toasted garlic Ciabatta 


Lemon-thyme Marinated Organic Chicken Breast — With Sour Cream Mashed potatoes, 
Roasted root vegetables and Grain Mustard Jus

These two entrees were both delicious and satisfying. They were familiar but still elevated which was just what we needed after a long day at sea! We saved room for dessert tonight, and were once again happy with the choices offered.

White Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake - With Whipped Cream and Raspberry Coulis


Crunchy Walnut Cake - Dark Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Coulis

As your meal progresses here, you'll notice the environment changing around you and different things coming up on the screens. There's really no bad seat in the house, as the magic happens all around. I don't want to get into too many specifics so you can be surprised if your next cruise is your first Disney cruise!









Animator's Palate is a favorite of ours, have you gotten to try it yet? What is your favorite dish here? Let us know in the comments below!

Further questions or interested in booking your next Disney cruise? Contact Vacations@KingdomKonsultants.com today!

Until next time,

Agent Maci

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ears the News : July 14, 2017 Edition



Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

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Disney operated restaurants join Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month for 2017

This year's Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month will feature some of Disney's own restaurants, along with a handful of the finest from Disney Springs.

Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Jiko, The Wave, The Turf Club, Boatwrights, and Olivia's Cafe are among the Disney operated participants, joined by Morimoto Asia, STK and Paddlefish from Disney Springs.
During Magical Dining Month, over 100 Orlando area restaurants will offer prix fixe 3 course dinners for $35. One dollar from each meal will benefit Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer foundation.

Whether you arrive at the restaurant as a walk-in guest or with advance reservations, just ask your server for the Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month menu. No vouchers, coupons or flyers are needed.


New name for Characters in Flight tethered balloon at Disney Springs

A new balloon design was unveiled earlier this year for Characters in Flight, and changes have been made to the ticket kiosk to fit more closely with the new look the West Side following its transition from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs.

New look Characters in Flight balloon

The tethered balloon ride at Disney Springs now has a new name - "Aerophile: The World Leader in Balloon Flight."


New Gastropub to replace Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club

New gastropub to replace Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club. The Ale & Compass Restaurant will open in October 2017, featuring New England-inspired comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The look of the table service restaurant will take cues from a lighthouse, with an on-stage hearth oven as a focal point.

Ale and Compass Lounge concept art

Nearby, the Ale & Compass Lounge will also open in October, with a new look and menu. Seating is also expanded to 58 seats.


Ale and Compass Restaurant concept art

The updates began with the recent opening of the Market at Ale & Compass, a quick service grab and go location.


Drum Corps International marching performances at Disney Springs this weekend

Disney Springs will host a day of Drum Corps International marching performances this Sunday (July 9).
The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL) at 11:00 AM
Carolina Crown (Fort Mill, SC) at 1:00 PM
The Cadets (Allentown, PA) at 3:00 PM

Disney Springs

All performers will march through Disney Springs starting on the West Side near Cirque du Soleil La Nouba and finishing at the Marketplace near Once Upon a Toy.



New experiences coming to Disney's Contemporary Resort for New Year's Eve 2017

Disney's Contemporary Resort is offering three New Year's Eve experiences for guests visiting Walt Disney World during the holiday period.
The resort has all the bases covered, from fine dining through to a family friendly character filled evening. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE from July 11.

New Year's Eve at Disney's Contemporary Resort


Disney’s Countdown to Midnight
“Disney Countdown to Midnight” includes dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor, along with an appearance by Mickey and Minnie. Welcome in 2018 with a flute of bubbly and a viewing of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in the Magic Kingdom.

Hours are 8pm to 1am in the Fantasia Ballroom. This party is designed for guests 18 and older.

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration
“Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration” is for children of all ages, a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year with a Disney•Pixar-inspired dinner.

Sarge welcomes you to the Ballroom of the Americas that features vignettes of beloved Pixar movies. From Andy’s Room in “Toy Story” to and Metro City with The Incredibles, the immersive celebration will include theatrical backdrops, dramatic set pieces and fun props that re-create the worlds of the Pixar films. Favorite characters will be on hand from “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” “Cars” and “Up.”

Kids can have fun at Pixar face painting, a balloon artist and a boot camp with Sarge, while an interactive DJ will spin hits from Radio Disney (he’s going to be in a “Cars”-inspired DJ rig from Radiator Springs). Dinner is buffet style.

At midnight, head outdoors to ring in the New Year with a viewing of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Hours are 8pm -12:15am.

Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience
Fine dining is the theme of the third party, “Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” in the Grand Republic Ballroom. Inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” the room is beautifully decorated French Quarter style to transport you to the Big Easy.

Actions stations will feature flavors such as oyster beignets, smoked salmon mousse cones with caviar, Kobe beef tartare and sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi. Signature dishes will include herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish etouffee, Balck Angus beef cooked two ways, braised short ribs and filet of beef with truffled celery root silk.

A N’awlins jazz band will entertain during dinner, joined later in the evening by a vocalist who will bring to life the Academy-Award-winning classics from the film. Then slip outside with a glass of bubbly just before midnight to ring in 2018 with a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Hours are 7:00 PM-12:15 AM.



Terralina Crafted Italian to replace Portobello at Disney Springs

Terralina Crafted Italian concept art

Disney and Levy Restaurants have announced that Terralina Crafted Italian will be the name of the new restaurant concept opening in the former Portobello location at Disney Springs.

Inspired by the design and lifestyle of Italy’s Lake District, the new restaurant will be reminiscent of an Italian home, with an open kitchen, dining rooms with eclectic décor and a new veranda bar outside the main entrance.

Terralina Crafted Italian construction

James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano returns from Portobello to design the new menu, and Chef Justin Plank will be back to run the kitchen.

Chef Mantuano’s authentic Italian cuisine (much of it infused with his signature olive oil imported directly from Italy) will include artisanal pizzas and fresh vegetable dishes fired up in a wood-burning oven. Two new signatures – mussels and a grilled pork chop – will be on the menu, along with favorites from Portobello such as the antipasti platter and signature pastas. 

Terralina Crafted Italian exterior concept art

“The new food landscape at Disney Springs is amazing and the guest choices are so diverse that it has become a true dining destination,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy Restaurants. “We are excited to open Terralina Crafted Italian and share our vision to deliver authentic food, hospitality and every last detail as part of a memorable guest experience.”

“It’s been an honor to lead the concept and vision for Terralina Crafted Italian,” said Tony Mantuano, James Beard Award-winning chef. “We wanted to create a dining experience that would transport guests to the shores of Italy. Focusing on the hearth of the kitchen, dishes will embody the passion and flare of the flames. Executive Chef Justin Plank and I cannot wait for guests to come in and have a taste of Italy.”

Terralina will be open for lunch and dinner, with an opening in the fall of 2017.



PhotoPass Day is back at Walt Disney World on August 19

Walt Disney World will once again be celebrating Disney PhotoPass Day on August 19 2017.

Disney PhotoPass Day

The one-day celebration will bring special character meet and greets to all four theme parks, exclusive Animated Magic Shots and more.



Full Festival Marketplace kiosk menus for the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Disney has just released the full menu line-up for this year's upcoming Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

The festival this year begins on August 31 and runs through November 13 2017.

Epcot Legacy Showplace
Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce
Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich
L’Orange Cotton Candy: A mixture of Lime and Orange Cotton Candy (vegetarian)
Bright Horizons: Sprite® with Multi-flavored Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)
M.I.A Beer Company 305 Golden Ale, Doral, FL
Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale, Titusville, FL
Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL
JDub’s Passion Wheat, Sarasota, FL
Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale, DeBary, FL
Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Tampa, FL
Eastern Florida Flight
- M.I.A. Beer Company 305 Golden Ale
 - Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale
 - Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout
Western Florida Flight
- JDub’s Passion Wheat
- Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale
- Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

Flavors from Fire
Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds
Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions, and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso Romano and American Grana Cheeses
Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam, and Maple Butter Syrup
Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, and Raspberry Dust
Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter
Ravenswood Zinfandel, Napa Valley
Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon

Light Lab Beverage
T=C2: Tonic Water and Cotton Candy (non-alcoholic)
RGB: Citrus Apple Freeze (non-alcoholic)
Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls
Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner, Longmont, COPlayalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale, Titusville, FL
Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA, Seattle, WA
Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radiant Flux, Brooklyn, NY
Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale, Grand Rapids, MI
Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA, Patchogue, NY
Space Flight
- Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner
- Playalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale
- Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA
Light Flight
- Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radiant Flux
- Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale
- Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA

Earth Eats Inspired by ABC’s “The Chew”
Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce (vegetarian)
Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese
Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle (gluten friendly)
Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines Chardonnay “Goldie,” California
Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines Pinot Noir, California
Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry Mead

Active Eats
Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions
Roasted Verlasso® Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri (gluten friendly)
Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake, and Tortilla Streusel (vegetarian)
M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Cucumber & Lemon Lime Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling, Washington
Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Coastal Eats
Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream
Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-chipotle Butter Sauce
Erath Pinot Gris, Oregon
Soter Planet Pinot Noir, Oregon

The Chocolate Studio

Chocolate Studio Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (gluten friendly)
Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust (vegetarian)
Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Banfi Rosa Regale, Piedmont
Lenotti Recioto della Valpolicella, Italy
RL Buller Fine Muscat

The Cheese Studio Hosted by Boursin® Cheese

Cheese Studio kiosk

Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce
Savory Caramelized Onion Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Tart with cold Arugula Salad and Aged Balsamic (vegetarian)
Cheese Trio: Profiterole topped with Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange Apricot Jam; Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin® Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning; Strawberry Macaroon with Boursin Pepper Cheese
Leth Steinagrund Gruner Veltliner, Austria
Liberated Pinot Noir, California

The Wine & Dine Studio

Wine and Dine Studio Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce
Pulled Duck Confit with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction
Trio of Artisan Cheese (vegetarian): Fromager d’Affinois de Excellence with Toasted Baguette; Point Reyes Original Blue with Apricot Jam; Point Reyes Toma with Honey
Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Trio of Artisan Cheese Paired with Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, St. Francis Chardonnay and Recuerdo Malbec
Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford
St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma County
Recuerdo Malbec, Argentina
Eden Canyon “Jolie” Red Blend, California
Meiomi Rosé, California

Islands of the Caribbean

Islands of the Caribbean Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Jamaican Beef Patty with Mango Salsa
Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, and Pickled Red Onions (gluten friendly)
Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (vegetarian)
Carib Lager
Caribbean White Sangria
Frozen Mojito

New Zealand
Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Kumara Purée
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir, Marlborough
Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Australia
Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas (gluten friendly)
Grilled Lamb T-Bone with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies (gluten friendly)
Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut (vegetarian)
Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz
Hope Estate “Wollombi Brook” Semillon, Hunter Valley


The Almond Orchard Hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®
Cauliflower Risotto with Pulled Chicken, Artichokes, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese with Aged Balsamic
Fire-roasted Tomato Hummus topped with Blue Diamond® Salt & Vinegar Almonds served with Blue Diamond Nut Thins®
Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Crunchy Chocolate Oats

Patagonia
Beef Empanada
Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée (gluten friendly)
Verum Pinot Noir, Rio Negro
Bodega Noemía de Patagonia “A Lisa” Malbec, Rio Negro

Hawai’i

Hawaii Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers, and Wasabi Cream
Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and Spicy Mayonnaise
Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts
Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine
Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

Farm Fresh

Farm Fresh Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy
Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette, and Toasted Walnuts (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
Gumption Citrus Freak Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
Two Henrys Elderberry Cream Hard Cider, Plant City, FL
Florida Orange Groves Mango Mama Wine
Cider flight

Greece
Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki (vegetarian)
Taste of Greece: Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lemon Dill Sauce, Grilled Octopus and Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita
Spanakopita (vegetarian)
Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon (vegetarian)
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, Peloponnese
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko, Santorini
Argyros Atlantis Red Blend, Santorini

Thailand
Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables
Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake with Cold Noodle Salad
Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice
Helfrich Gewürztraminer, Alsace
Singha Lager

Mexico

Mexico Food and Wine kiosk

Rib Eye Taco: Marinated Rib Eye, Roasted Chipotle Sauce, and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla
Tequila Chipotle Shrimp: Served on a Black Bean Huarache garnished with Red and Green Cabbage, Queso Fresco, and Crema Mexicana
Cajeta Mousse served with Cajeta Sauce and White Chocolate Flakes
Prickly Pear Margarita
Classic Pomegranate Margarita
Mexican-style Sangria
Pacifico Lager with Floater

China
Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce
Spicy Chicken Bao Bun
Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles
Chicken Potstickers
Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (non-alcoholic)
Tsingtao Lager
Ritzy Lychee with Courvoisier Cognac VS and Smirnoff Vodka
Happy Peach with DeKuyper Peach Liqueur and Myers’s Dark Rum
Kung Fu Punch with Smirnoff Vodka and Bols Triple Sec
BaiJoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice

India
Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (vegetarian)
Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Basmati Rice (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews, and Warm Naan Bread
Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake with Chocolate Coconut Mousse (vegetarian)
Mango Lassi (non-alcoholic)
Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
Sula Shiraz, Nashik
Kingfisher Lager

Africa

Africa Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, and Pap (gluten friendly)
Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and Quinoa (vegetarian)
Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket with Mint Raita (vegetarian)
Ernie Els “Big Easy” Chenin Blanc, Western Cape
Simonsig Pinotage, Stellenbosch
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape
Wine flight

Brewer’s Collection

Brewer's Collection Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Lebkuchenherz: Decorated Gingerbread Heart
Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrüb
Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer
Beer flight

Germany

Germany Food and Wine kiosk

Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese
Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (vegetarian)
Lebkuchenherz: Decorated Gingerbread Heart
Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel
Dr. Heyden Oppenheimer Sacträger Riesling Spätlese, Rheinhessen
Selbach Riesling Classic Dry, Mosel
Wine flight

Spain
Charcuterie in a Cone with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette
Traditional Spanish Paella with Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken, and Crispy Chorizo (gluten friendly)
Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops and Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, and Smoked Paprika (gluten friendly)
Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Curd
Rafael Palacios Bolo Godello, Valdeorras
Bodegas y Viñedos Artazu Garnacha Rosado, Navarra
Casa Castillo Monastrell, Jumilla
Wine flight

Italy

Italy Food and Wine Festival kiosk

Crispy Calamari with Spicy Pomodoro Sauce
Absolut Penne: Vodka Sauce with Shrimp
Cannoli al Cioccolato: Chocolate-covered Cannoli Filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit
Pinot Grigio
Chianti
Prosecco
Corbinello
Moscato
Frozen Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
Moretti Lager Beer
Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer

Hops & Barley

Hops and Barley Food and Wine Marketplace overview

New England Lobster Roll
Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on Griddled Garlic Toast
Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (vegetarian)
New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire White Ale, Fort Collins, CO
Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale, San Francisco, CA
Orange Blossom Brewing Foxtail Cold Brew Coffee Pilsner, Orlando, FL
Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
Atalon Pauline’s Cuvée Red Blend, Napa Valley
Beer flight

Japan

Japan Food and Wine Festival kiosk

Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumpling
Salmon BLT Sushi Roll
Teriyaki Ginger Pork
Pom Pineapple Sake Cocktail
Kara Tamba Tarekuchi Dry Sake
Yukikiage “Snow Shadow” Junmai Sake
Sapporo Lager

Morocco

Morocco Food and Wine kiosk

Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket
Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions, and Tzatziki Sauce (vegetarian)
Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce (vegetarian)
Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur
Les Trois Domaines Guerrouane White Wine, Meknes
Moroccan Sangria
Casa Pale Lager

Belgium

Belgium Food and Wine kiosk

Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (vegetarian)
Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (vegetarian)
Hoegaarden Witbier
Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale
Stella Artois Hard Cidre
Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Beer flight

Brazil

Brazil Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Escondidinho de Carne – “Little Hidden One”: Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca (gluten friendly)
Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Onions (gluten friendly)
Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
M.I.A. Beer Company Barbosa Black Beer, Doral, FL
Lidio Carraro Chardonnay
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

France

France Food and Wine Festival kiosk 2015

Moelleux au Fromage de Chèvre et Épinards: Warm Goat Cheese Pudding with Spinach (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
Boeuf Bourguignon, Purée de Pommes de Terre:Cabernet Sauvignon Braised Beef with Mashed Potatoes
Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with Housemade Raspberry Jam (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice
Chardonnay, Bouchard Ainé & Fils
Château les Graves de Barrau Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Bordeaux
St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 Pale Lager

Ireland

Ireland Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread (vegetarian)
Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
Twinings® Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel Shake (non-alcoholic)
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
Guinness Blonde American Lager
Twinings® Pumpkin Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka

Scotland
Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream
Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew with Neeps and Tatties
The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked Cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats (vegetarian)
Belhaven Brewery Scottish Ale
Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin

Canada
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (gluten friendly)
Moosehead Radler: Lager infused with Grapefruit, Grape and Lemon Juices, New Brunswick Neige Premiere “Apple Ice Wine”, Québec
Fielding Estate Red Conception, Niagara Peninsula



Some Grand Floridian Resort restaurants closed this week

Grand Floridan Resort beach sea wall construction

Unplanned maintenance has resulted in the unannounced temporary closure of two Grand Floridan Resort restaurants.

1900 Park Fare will be unavailable for dinner on Thursday July 13 2017.
Grand Floridian Cafe will be unavailable from July 13 - 15 2017. 

The resort's other restaurants are operating as normal.



VIDEO - Star Wars Land model revealed at D23 Expo

Disney has revealed a large scale model of the upcoming Star Wars Land coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2019.

Star Wars Land model at the D23 Expo

Unveiled by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek , the model is on display at the D23 Expo, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend.

“To say we are excited for the Star Wars-themed lands to open in 2019 is an understatement,” Chapek said. “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”

Star Wars Land model at the D23 Expo

The new 14 acre land will open with two anchor attractions – one that gives guests the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and one that puts guests right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

Star Wars Land model at the D23 Expo

Video from the Disney Parks Blog.









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