Friday, June 8, 2012

Ears the News with Richard

Both photos and video have been released shedding some light on the new interactive queue for Dumbo in the Fantasyland expansion. Guests entering the queue will receive a pager similar to the ones used in restaurants. Kids and adults alike will be free to play in the indoor playground while they wait. When the pager goes off it is your turn to ride.  Here’s a video.

Star Wars Weekends Conclude this Weekend
The “Sundowner Celebration” at Animal Kingdom began on the 3rd and all the details are now available. In Asia you can find specialty food and beverages, tea brewing and cooking demonstrations, as well as an Indian dance and street party.” The Island Groove" steel drum group and "Viva Gala Street Band” will be playing on Discovery Island and there will be a Flamingo game for the kids. Africa offers specialized art, food demonstrations, a Wine Walk and Juice tasting, and a street party with the Tam Tam Drummers and Burudika Band.  Pricing for the Wine walk is $11 for 6 tastings, $8 for 4 tastings, and $4 for the nonalcoholic juice tasting.

Changes have been made to the character meet and greets available at Animal Kingdom.  Daisy, Meeko, Timon, Thumper and Miss Bunny are no longer appearing. King Louie and Baloo have moved into Goofy's former location in Camp Minnie Mickey and Goofy now appears only in Dinoland.

The Walt Disney Company is introducing new standards for food advertising to kids on its TV channels.  Starting in 2015, all food and beverage products being advertised on any Disney Channel will need to meet Disney's nutrition guidelines which limit calories, fat and sugar, and promote fruit and vegetable consumption.  

Disney will also introduce the "Mickey Check" tool, which is an icon that will be positioned on healthy food and menu items sold in stores, online, and in restaurants at domestic Disney theme parks.  This new initiative should begin in the latter part of 2012.
New ticket pricing took effect on 6/3/2012 for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. One of the most notable changes is that annual passes will now be the same price for both children and adults. Children 2 and under will still be admitted free of charge. Full lists of new ticket prices are available here.

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