Thursday, July 18, 2019

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

I often receive questions about "villas" or "those vacation club rooms" so I wanted to share my experience staying at Bay Lake Tower, the Disney Vacation Club addition to Disney's Contemporary Resort in one of their two bedroom villas. 

First of all, Disney Vacation Club (DVC for short) villas range from Deluxe Studios (sleeping 4-5) to 3 Bedroom Grand Villas (sleeping 12) and you do NOT have to be a Vacation Club member to book them! These options are great for those that like the home away from home feel or for those that travel with larger parties and like to have the shared space together.  All of the Villas include Disney level accommodations, microwave and fridge. Additionally, 1 bedroom villas and above include a full kitchen and dining area as well as a washer and dryer for laundry. 

Let's start with the room. Bay Lake Tower has a modern elegance vibe with some statement colors and deluxe accommodations.  A two bedroom villa has a master suite with king bed and connected bathroom with tub and shower, a second bedroom with two queen beds and bathroom, and a kitchen and living area with a pull out sofa and couch (sleeping 9 total people). The room also had lovely balconies overlooking Bay Lake off all the rooms in this lake view villa.
Dining space

Full kitchen area

Living area

Master bedroom
Master bathroom tub with sliding shutters into bedroom
Second bedroom
This room slept the 9 of us comfortably and was surprisingly quiet in each room with the doors closed.  Our party included 5 adults, 3 teenagers and 1 child, and we all had plenty of space and plenty of bathrooms to get ready in! We also took full advantage of the kitchen, cooking spaghetti, tacos and sandwiches in the villa which can help save a ton of money with hungry teenagers in the family.  We had a lake view room but Bay Lake Tower also has standard views and theme park views (fireworks from your room!) available in a variety of room sizes.

View from our villa

Lunch on our balcony


Another great aspect of a Disney Vacation Club room is they have their own pools!  This lovely pool was just steps away from the building and had plenty of chairs for us to lounge in on a hot afternoon.  If this isn't your style, staying at this resort we also had access to the main Contemporary Resort pool.

Bay Lake Tower Pool

A great benefit to staying in many of the Disney resorts are their marinas and water activities.  This is the Contemporary Resort marina which Bay Lake Tower guests also have access to.  You can rent watercrafts and even go on special adventures from here!

Contemporary Resort Marina
As with many Disney resorts, the perks don't stop there!  Bay Lake Tower is connected to the Contemporary via skybridge and has access to all of the amenities at both resorts.  The Contemporary is on the Monorail loop, has multiple dining and shopping options, and is walking distance to the Magic Kingdom park.  All benefits you would also get from staying in a DVC villa at Bay Lake Tower.

Monorail transportation

Only a few minutes from the MK entrance

Mickey waffles from Chef Mickey's character breakfast
My favorite part of Bay Lake Tower?  The views! With the monorail and MK on one side and a gorgeous lake on the other, you really can't go wrong from any room.  There is beauty to behold around every corner.

Sunset over Seven Seas Lagoon

Have more questions about booking a DVC Villa? Contact your Kingdom Konsultant agent today to learn more!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Ears the News: July 12, 2019 Edition


Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

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The official Passholders Extra website has been updated to include details on the upcoming Annual Passholder previews for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.

According to the site, Platinum, Platinum Plus and Premier Passholders will have the opportunity to register for a preview of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on select dates and times in August at Disney's Hollywood Studios. 
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Email invitations with registration details will be sent out later this summer. If you are an eligible Passholder and would like to register a Guest to accompany you, that Guest must also have a valid Platinum, Platinum Plus or Premier annual pass, be listed on your Family & Friends list and have opted to share "All My Plans" with you.

Cast Member previews are scheduled for August 1 to August 16, 2019, with Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Oga's Cantina, and Savi's Workshop all expected to be available during those dates.

Disney has also announced that Rise of the Resistance will open at Walt Disney World on December 5, 2019 in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.

Despite the Disneyland Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opening earlier than the Disney's Hollywood Studios version, Rise of the Resistance will not open at Disneyland until January 17, 2020.

Epcot's latest signature restaurant, operated by Mitukoshi, is now open in the Japan Pavilion in World Showcase.

Takumi-Tei will be offering upscale dining including a prix fixe tasting menu and a chef's table experience. Highlights of the menu include wagyu beef, sushi, sashimi, unique desserts, signature cocktails, and premium sake. The prix fixe menu is priced at $130 per guest with an optional $75 wine and sake pairing.
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Appetizers include Teien $20 (meaning “garden” and featuring compressed watermelon and tuna sashimi), Nikomi Wagyu $27 (braised wagyu short rib with roasted bone marrow), or Hama no Kani $26 (“Crab on the Beach” featuring crab tossed in a light ponzu sauce as well whole toasted crab), and Agedashi Tofu $19 with fried silken tofu, brown butter black rice and shimeji mushroom.

Entrées include Kamo Rosu and Takumi Gyuniku. The Kamo Rosu, priced at $45, features roasted marinated duck with kabocha squash, edamame beans, Japanese mizuna, cured duck egg yolk, and a grape reduction. The Takumi Gyuniku priced at $93, is a Japanese A-5 wagyu beef tenderloin with leek sauce, warishita, short rib gyoza, roast cippolini onion, curried potato, and seasonal mushroom.

On the Maki Sushi menu, you’ll find Mozaiku $18 (featuring tuna, yellowtail and asparagus) and the Takumi Sashimi entrée $40 features tuna, toro, salmon, yellowtail, uni and ikura.

Desserts include Kumo $14 (yuzu cheesecake, spiced kabocha, orange yuzu gel and blackberry sake) or Suiren Dani $16 (Water Lilly Valley featuring Japanese water cake, rose, kuromitsu and kinako crumb).
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The drink menu beverage menu offers premium sake, wine, beer and cocktails. Specialty cocktails priced at $15 are themed to each of the five dining rooms and include Kochi (Joto Yuzu citrus sake, rum, fresh mint, yuzu juice and orange), Raiju (Haku Japanese vodka, spiced ginger beer and lime), Sakurajima (Japanese whisky sour smoked with cherrywood), and Kami (Roku gin, Sayuri “White Lilly” Nigori sake, calipco and lychee).

Takumi-Tei is open for dinner from 4pm to 9pm. Reservations will be available from July 16 2019 with bookings starting on that day via 407-WDW-DINE or online. To make reservations for the Chef’s Table Dining Experience, call Mitsukoshi directly at (407) 827-8504.

The NBA Experience is now open at Disney Springs, offering fans a huge range of NBA merchandise and collectibles.

The full NBA Experience opens August 12, but NBA fans can now shop for their team merchandise, collectibles, Disney products, personalized Magic Bands and more. Learn more about the activities you can experience when the full NBA Experience opens next month.

The NBA Experience is located on the West Side of Disney Spring, just across from House of Blues.

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A new group of buses are joining the Walt Disney World Transportation fleet featuring an all new look with a heavy emphasis on some favorite Disney characters.

With a style similar to that of the new Disney Skyliner gondolas, the new busses are being wrapped with very prominent character graphics and bright colors - a big departure from the more serious look of the current Walt Disney World Transportation color-scheme. Characters will include Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto.

The new buses also feature USB charging outlets, and there is likely to be onboard Wi-Fi service coming in the future.


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Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is expected to get some enhancements this winter as the park enters its annual refurbishment. 
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The park will be closed from September 8, 2019 to January 4, 2020, reopening to guests on January 5, 2020. This is about 6 weeks longer than the standard refurbishment, and although Disney is yet to announce anything, some enhancements to the park are expected.


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.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Ears the News: July 5, 2019 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

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O Canada! at Epcot's Canada Pavilion will close on August 1 2019 to begin a series of upgrades

The show will be receiving updates to the film, along with an all new projection system.


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Three new Global marketplace kiosks will be part of the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for 2019, taking place August 29 to November 23.

Located next to Le Cellier, Appleseed Orchard Marketplace will serve craft brews, ciders, wines, charcuterie and cheese.

Also in Canada, the "O Canada!" theater will become part of the festival as an indoor location. The show is being readied for a new version, including projector updates.
The Alps Marketplace will offer Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette, or Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes paired with a frozen Rosé.

Emile’s Fromage Montage will let guests sample a variety of cheeses served in inventive ways.

The Disney du Jour Dance Party will return with weekend Radio Disney artist appearances. Sundays through Thursdays will feature a DJ, and Fridays and Saturdays will feature performances by Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country artists and appearances from Disney characters. Some of the acts include Meg Donnelly (“With U,” Disney Channel’s Zombies) Aug. 30-31, Jenna Raine (“A Letter to Me”) Sept. 13-14, Sky Katz (“Like This,” Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home) Oct. 11-12 and JAGMAC (“Like a Band”) Oct. 18-19.


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Pizza Ponte at Disney Springs is now serving Pop Fusion Fruit and Wine Pops, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic flavors.

Flavors include Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry and Florida Orange, White Sangria and Mango Mimosa wine pops, priced at $5 for non-alcoholic and $9 for alcoholic flavors.
The same frozen treats are also available at the Italy Pavilion in Epcot.

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More narrators have been announced for the 2019 Candlelight Processional along with an early dining package booking opportunity for passholders.

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. Candlelight Processional Dining Packages which include a meal at a restaurant and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances.  Candlelight Processional Dining Packages go on sale Wednesday July 3 2019, or July 2 for Annual Passholders and DVC members.

Here is the line-up so far:
·         Neil Patrick Harris – 12/2-12/5
·         Whoopi Goldberg – 12/6-12/7
·         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

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The FastPass+ tiers are being adjusted from August 29, 2019 at Disney's Hollywood Studios, putting all of the most popular rides into Tier 1.

In the change, Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Rollercoaster both move from tier 2 to tier 1. This leaves only a single ride, Star Tours, in tier 2. As a reminder, you can choose one experience from tier 1, and two experiences from tier 2.

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge will open this summer initially without FastPass+, so there are likely more changes to come when the two new Star Wars rides eventually join the FP+ line-up.

Disney's Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Tier 1
·         Rock n Roller Coaster
·         Alien Swirling Saucers
·         Slinky Dog Dash
·         Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
·         Toy Story Mania

Disney's Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Tier 2
·         Star Tours
·         Frozen Sing-Along
·         Disney Junior Dance Party!
·         Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
·         Muppet Vision 3D
·         Voyage of the Little Mermaid
·         FANTASMIC!

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The center of Epcot is about to undergo some big changes, resulting in the closure of the majority of the locations around the Fountain of Nations.

Below is a summary of all the closures and temporary relocations.

The Fountain of Nations, Innoventions East, Colortopia and Nanooze Break are scheduled to close on September 8, 2019.

Electric Umbrella is scheduled to close this winter.

Mouse Gear will move to a temporary home this winter while its current location is reimagined.

Fountain View featuring Starbucks will be relocated to a temporary location in late Fall.

Art of Disney will operate temporarily from a new location while refurbishment is underway. Heritage Manor will later become the new home for Art of Disney offerings.

Pin Central will operate temporarily from a new location while refurbishment is underway. The Camera Center will close this fall to become a new home for Pin Central.

Club Cool will close, and Disney has said via Twitter that it will relocated but did not provide further information.

Character Spot will close on September 8, with characters relocating as follows:

·         Minnie Mouse will move to the World Showcase Gazebo.
·         Daisy Duck will move to the American Adventure.
·         Mickey and Goofy in a temporary Innoventions West area, but with an all new location to be in the Imagination! pavilion.
·         The location for Joy is still to be determined.
·         No mention of Baymax has been made.


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UP! A Great Bird Adventure is closing briefly in September to make changes to the show.

UP! A Great Bird Adventure will close from September 8 to September 14, with a reopening planned for September 15 2019.


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Monday, July 1, 2019

BREAKING NEWS!!! 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival BOOTH MENUS!!!


Hey there Disney Food-Lovers!!!

     Well it's time for my favorite post of the year! The official announcement of the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival booth menus! If you love Food and Wine Festival, like I do, you have been checking Disney blogs and webpages for weeks now in anticipation, so you can start planning out which drool-inducing snacks you'll be enjoying this fall. If you are new to the Food and Wine Festival scene, don't worry... you'll catch on very quickly!


    Epcot has become very well known for their epic festivals. There's Festival of the Holidays at Christmastime, Festival of the Arts in the late winter, Flower and Garden in the spring, and the mother of all festivals... Food and Wine Festival... in the fall (August 29th-November 23rd). This festival centers on all things edible and delights guests with culinary surprises from all around the world. In a previous post, I covered what events and activities are being offered this year, but now it's time to get down to the deets and talk about the food and beverage offerings at the individual Global Marketplaces around World Showcase and beyond. I cannot wait any more, so without further ado.... Ladies and Gentlemen, start your tastebud engines!


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(KA = Kid Approved, GF = Gluten Friendly, V = Vegetarian)





Active Eats

- Loaded Macaroni and Cheese with Nueske's Pepper Bacon, Cheddar and Leeks (KA)



- Spice-Crusted Verlasso Salmon with UNCLE BEN'S Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley, Crushed 
   Avocado and Sherry Vinegar (GF)
- Fruit and Nut Energy Snack: Home-made Mixture of Apricots, Pecans, Coconut, Puffed Rice and 
  Chocolate Chips (V) (GF) (KA)

- (NEW!) MIA Beer Company HRD WTR Key Lime Hard Sparkling Water
- L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines
- Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir


Africa

- (NEW!) Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and Corn Mealie Pap and 
   Kachumbari Slaw
- (NEW!) Spicy Kenyan Vegan Githeri with White Beans, Pigeon Peas, Curry Rice Pilaf and 
   Kachumbari Slaw (V) 
(NEW!) Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-Scented Couscous

- (NEW!) Tusker Lager
- Cederberg Chenin Blanc
- Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
- Groot Constantia Pinotage
- Wine Flight


The Alps (NEW!)

- (NEW!) Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette (KA) (V)
(NEW!) Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes 
(NEW!) Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Creme Fraiche and Blue Diamond 
   Almonds (V) (KA)

- (NEW!) Domaine CARREL et Fils Eugene Jongeiux Blanc
- (NEW!) Cave De La Cote Rose Gamay
- (NEW!) Rene Favre Dole
- (NEW!) Frozen Rose
- (NEW!) Wine Flight


Appleseed Orchard (NEW!)

- (NEW!) Charcuterie and Cheese Plate featuring Burton's Maplewood Farm Apple Jack Brandy
   Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
- (NEW!) Caramel Apple Popcorn (KA)

- (NEW Location!) Frozen Apple Pie Non-Alcoholic (KA) 
- (NEW!) MIA Beer Company Apple Trappe Belgian Style Triple Ale 
- (NEW!) Playalinda Brewing Company Apple Pie Beer
- (NEW!) Sea Dog Brewing Company Green Apple Ale
- (NEW!) Ciderboys Lemon Cello Hard Cider
- (NEW!) Collective Arts Brewing Cherry Apple Hard Cider
- (NEW!) Woodchuck Hard Cider Spiced Apple
- (NEW!) Forge Cellars Dry Riesling Classique
- (NEW!) Conundrum Red Blend
- (NEW!) Amavi Cellars Syrah
- (NEW) Tenshen Rhone Style White Blend
- (NEW!) Lang and Reed Wine Company Cabernet Franc
- (NEW!) Frog's Leap Zinfandel
- (NEW!) Kurt Russell's Gogi Wines Pinot Noir
- (NEW!) Apple Blossom Sky: Fanta Apple, Ginger Beer, Floodwall Apple Brandy, Burton's 
   Maplewood Farm Applejack Brandy Barrel Aged Syrup and Mini Marshmallows
- (NEW!) Beer Flight, Cider Flight and Wine Flight



Australia

- Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (GF) 
(NEW!) Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Puree, Bush Berry Pea Salad and Pistachio-
   Pomegranate Gremolata (GF)
(NEW!) Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries and Lemon Myrtle
    Meringue (V) (KA) (GF) 

- Cooper's Brewery Original Pale Ale
- Hope Estate "Wollombi Brook" Semillon
- Franklin Tate Estates Chardonnay
- (NEW!) 3 Rings Shiraz
- Wine Flight



Belgium

- Beer-braised Beef with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes




- Golden Malted Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)




- Golden Malted Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)

- Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale
- St Bernardus Witbier
- (NEW!) Delerium Red Fruit Beer
- Stella Artois Hard Cider
- Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
- Beer Flight



Brazil

- Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp and White Fish with Coconut-lime 
   Sauce and Steamed Rice
- Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions (GF)




- Pao de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (V) (KA) (GF)




- MIA Beer Company Barbossa Black Beer
- (NEW!) Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde
- Quinta do Crasto Douro Tinto
- Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaca


Brewer's Collection

- (NEW!) Weihenstephaner Festbier Lager
- Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrub
- Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer
- Beer Flight


Canada

- Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup with a Pretzel Roll
- Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce




- (NEW!) Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance Citrus Blonde
- (NEW!) Chateau Des Charmes Merlot
- Chateau Des Charmes Equuleus Red Blend



The Cheese Studio

- Braised Beef "Stroganoff" with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushrooms and Bouris Garlic and Fine 
   Herbs Cheese Sauce (KA)
(NEW!) Black Pepper Boursin Soufflé with Fig Marmalade (V)
- Maple Bourbon Cheesecake with Maple Bourbon Cream, Caramel and Pecan Crunch (V) 

- Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Blueberry Wine
- Le Crema Pinot Gris
- Domaine Saint Andre de Figuiere Rose
- Alta Vista Estate Malbec



China

- (NEW!) Wuxi Spareribs
- Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw (KA)




(NEW!) Mala Chicken and Shrimp Bao Bun 
- Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles

- Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (non-alcoholic)
- Jasmine Draft Beer
- Happy Peach: Peach Liqueur and Dark Rum
- Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice
- Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
- (NEW!) Year of the Piggy: Light Rum, Triple Sec, Lychee Syrup, Lime Juice and Sprite



The Chocolate Studio

- Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (GF)




- Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart with Whipped Cream




- Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea and Chocolate Shake (Non-Alcoholic) (KA)
- Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red
- Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
- (NEW!) Croft Fine Ruby Port
- Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka


Coastal Eats

- Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado-Lemongrass Cream
Baked Shrimp and Scallop Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette




(NEW!) Pacifico True Striped Bass Tostada with Slaw and Fire-Roasted Tomatillo Sauce 

- (NEW!) Short's Brewing Co. Mule Beer
- A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris
- ROCO Gravel Road Pinot Noir


Earth Eats

- The IMPOSSIBLE Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed 
   Bun (V)
(NEW!) IMPOSSIBLE Cottage Pie: IMPOSSIBLE Ground Meat with Carrots, Mushrooms and 
   Peas, topped with Mashed Cauliflower, White Beans and Mozzarella (V) 

- (NEW!) Suja organic kombucha green apple
- (NEW!) Suja organic kombucha pineapple passionfruit
- (NEW!) Suja organic kombucha mixed berry
- (NEW!) Suja organic kombucha Flight


Flavors from Fire

(NEW Location!) The Steakhouse Blended Burger: Blended Beef and Mushroom Slider with 
   Brie Cheese Fondue, Arugula and a Truffle and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche Bun
(NEW!) Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions and Beer-
   Cheese Fondue
Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and 
  Cilantro Aioli
- Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Paprika and Mango-Lime 
  Compote



- (NEW!) Bell's Brewery Porter
- (NEW!) Edmeades Zinfandel
- Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon



France

- (NEW!) Fondue Savoyarde: Fondue of Imported Cheeses and Chardonnay served with Croutons
Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
(NEW!) Boeuf Braise a la Bordelaise, Pomme Dauphine: Beef Braised in Cabernet Sauvignon 
   with Red Onions and Puffed Potatoes
- Creme Brulee: Creme Brulee with House-made Chocolate Hazelnut Cream (KA)




- Kronenbourg 1664 Pale Lager Draft
- (NEW!) Chardonnay, Maison de France
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Village la Tourelle
- (NEW!) Kir a la Grenade: Sparkling Wine with Monin Pomegranate Syrup
- La Passion Martini Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice



Germany

- Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese (KA) 




- Roast Bratwurst in a Prop and Peller Pretzel Roll (KA)
- Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (V) (KA)




- (NEW!) Weihenstephaner Festbier Lager
- (NEW!) August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett
- J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfurstlay Riesling Kabinett
- (NEW!) Selbach-Oster 2016 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese
- Villa Wolf Pinot Noir
- Riesling Flight



Hawai'i

- Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise (KA)




- 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 (KA) (GF) (V)

- Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
- Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine
- (NEW!) AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE Pineapple Juice and Grenadine



Hops & Barley

- New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll




- New Brunswick Slider: Slow-braised Beef Brisket "Pot Roast Style" with Horseradish Cream and 
   Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled Vegetables on the Side
Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (V) (KA)




- North Coast Brewing Co. Blue Star Wheat
- 3 Daughters Brewing A Wake Coffee Blonde Ale
- Heavy Seas AmeriCannon APA
- Angry Orchard Rose Hard Cider
- Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay
- Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon
- Beer Flight



India

- Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (KA) (V)
Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Uncle Ben's Basmati      Rice (V) (GF)
Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread

- Mango Lassi (Non-Alcoholic) (KA)
- Godfather Lager
- Sula Chenin Blanc
- Sula Shiraz
- Mango Lassi with Somrus Chai Cream Liqueur


Ireland

- Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy




Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread (V)




- Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard (V)

- (NEW!) Brehon Brewhouse Killanny Red Ale
- Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
- Guinness Baileys Shake



Islands of the Caribbean

- Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aioli (KA)
Jerk-Spiced Chicken with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt (GF)
- Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (V) (KA)

- Red Stripe Lager
- Caribbean White Sangria
- Frozen Mojito



Italy

- (NEW!) Ravioli Carbonara: Parmesan and Pecorino Ravioli, Egg Yolk, Cream and Bacon
(NEW!) Costine di Maiale: Balsamic-glazed and Oven-roasted Pork Ribs
(NEW!) Pollo: Crispy Chicken with Marinara Sauce (KA)
- (NEW!) Traditional Sicilian Cannoli: Crisp Pastry filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and  
   Candied Orange
- (NEW!) Chocolate-Hazelnut Cake: Vanilla Cake and Chocolate-Hazelnut Mascarpone Cream  
   dipped in Chocolate (KA)

- (NEW!) Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
- (NEW!) Pinot Grigio, Santa Marina
- (NEW!) Chianti, Gabbiano
- Prosecco, Villa Sandi
- Corbinello, Montegrande
- Moscato Fior d'Arancio, Montegrande
- Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila



Japan

- Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce
   (KA)
(NEW!) Frothy Ramen: Chilled Noodles and Dashi Broth with a Light Foam Topping
- Spicy Roll: Tuna and Salmon Sushi topped with Volcano Sauce

- Kirin Draft Beer
- Draft Sake
- (NEW!) Nami Sake Cocktail: Sake, Peach Schnapps, Vodka and Lime Juice



Mexico

- (NEW!) Taco de Puerco: Shredded Pork Belly on a Corn Tortilla with Salsa Verde
(NEW!) Tostada de Carne: Braised Beef on a Corn Tostada with Mole Oaxaqueno and Chicharron
   Dust
(NEW!) Capirotada de Chocolate: Chocolate Bread Pudding served with Chocolate Abuelita
   Creme Anglaise

- (NEW!) Cerveza Por Favor: Mexican Craft Beer served with a Liqueur Floater
- (NEW!) Mexican Sangria: Red Wine, Blackcurrant Liqueur, Citrus Juices, Strawberry Puree and a 
   Hint of Rum
- (NEW!) Clasica Reyes Margarita: 100% Agave Tequila, Ancho Reyes Liqueur, Lime Juice and 
   Agave Nectar served on the rocks with a Tajin Chile-Lime Powder Rim
- (NEW!) Smokey Margarita: Mezcal Ilegal, Pineapple-Ginger Juice, Agave Nectar, 100% Agave
   Tequila and Ancho Reyes Liqueur served on the rocks with a Spicy Salt Rim



Morocco

- (NEW!) NY Strip Steak Green Shermoula Flatbread with Fresh Radish and Tomato Salsa
- Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onions, Tzatziki and Chipotle Sauce
- Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce

- Casa Beer
- (NEW!) Laroque Chardonnay
- Red Organic Sangria
- Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur


Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar

- (NEW Location!) Banana Almond Soft-Serve Sundae with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze
   Almond milk, Fresh Berries and Chocolate Almond Streusel (KA) (V)
(NEW!) Cheesecake Trio: Raspberry, Chocolate and New York-Style Cheesecake Bites (V) (KA)
(NEW!) Shimmering Strawberry Soft-Serve in a Waffle Cone (V) (KA)

- (NEW!) Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange and Guava Juices
- Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
- Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice
- Frozen Mimosa with White Claw Natural Lime Hard Seltzer

- (NEW Location!) Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut, Champagne
- (NEW Location!) Dom Perignon Brut, Champagne
- (NEW!) Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose, Champagne
- Mimosa Flight



Spain

- Charcuterie in a Cone with Imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette
(NEW Recipe!) Spanish-Style Paella with Botifarra and Roasted Chicken
- Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic
  Vinegar and Smoked Paprika (GF)

- Lagar de Bouza Albarino
- Casa Castillo Monastrell
- Espelt Garnacha Old Vines
- Wine Flight


Thailand

- Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-Fried Vegetables (KA)
- Shrimp and Cold Noodle Salad 
- Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice

- Singha Lager
- Maison Willm Reserve Gewurztraminer



The Wine & Dine Studio

- Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Puree, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms 
- Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds 
   (V) (KA)
(NEW!) Trio of Artisan Cheeses: Gorgonzola with Cow and Sheep's Milk, Artigiano Aged
   Balsamic and Cipolline Onion and Italico (V)
- (NEW!) Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Trio of Artisan Cheeses paired with Reata 
   Chardonnay, Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rose and Spellbound Petite Sirah

- Reata Chardonnay
- Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rose
- Spellbound Petite Sirah



Additional Festival Locations


Block & Hans

- (NEW!) Orlando Brewing Blonde Ale
- (NEW!) Goose Island 312 Dry Hopped Urban Wheat Ale
- Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
- (NEW!) Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout

- Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
- (NEW!) McKenzie's Black Cherry Hard Cider
- Beer Flight


The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to Bar

- Ghiradelli Drinking Chocolate (non-alcoholic)
- Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red


Fife & Drum

- Hanson Brothers Beer Company Mmmhops Pale Ale


Funnel Cake

(NEW!) Mini Funnel Cake topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and Mixed-berry Sangria Compote


Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company


- (NEW!) The American Adventure's Whisky Adventure: Frozen Lemon 
   and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
- (NEW!) Canada's Citrus Sunrise: Frozen Orange and Pineapple Juice
   with Grand Marnier
- (NEW!) The Odyssey's Chai-quila: Chai Tea with Avion Espresso 
   Tequila
- (NEW!) Future World East's Acai Surprise: Frozen Wild Berry and 
   Acai topped with Grey Goose Vodka

Refreshment Outpost

- (NEW!) Nigerian Meat Pie
(NEW!) No Worries Panna Cotta: Raspberry, Papaya and Mango Panna Cotta with a Cookie 
   Crumble Base and topped with a Lion King White Chocolate (KA)

- (NEW!) Savanna Smoothie: Coconut Milk, Agave and Amarula Cream Liqueur (V)

Refreshment Port

- (NEW!) Duck Confit Poutine with Fig Demi Sauce and Brie Cheese Fondue
- Dole Whip Pineapple Soft Serve (KA) (V)


- Dole Whip Pineapple Soft Serve with Bacardi Coconut Rum
- Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum
- (NEW!) Barbecue Bloody Mary with Smoked Garlic Sausage and House-made Pickle Skewer 
   served with a Mustard and Barbecue Rub Rim

Sommerfest

- (NEW!) Frangipane Peach Tart

Sunshine Seasons

- (NEW!) Vanilla Gelato Sundae with Ghirardelli Hot Fudge or Caramel Drizzle, Whipped Cream 
   and Sprinkles (KA) (V)





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    Woah! Massive amounts of delicious-sounding sips and bites to be had! What are you MOST looking forward to trying? What? You're NOT booked to be here for this awesome Festival? Well you can't miss this! So contact the agents at Kingdom Konsultants Travel and they will hook you up with a trip you can really sink your teeth into! 

     Until next time, Disney Guys and Disney Gals, have a magical week!

                                                                  Jenn


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