Friday, August 2, 2013

Ears the News with Richard

Disney's Magical Express is conducting a test pickup service from Downtown Disney for the month of August 2013. Guests staying at Disney's Port Orleans Resort can choose to be picked up from Downtown Disney rather than the resort. Eligible Guests must have a domestic flight that departs from Orlando International Airport between 3:00 PM and midnight or an international flight between 4:00 PM and 1:00 AM on the day of check-out.  The pickup location at Downtown Disney in the parking lot near Raglan Road. Signage and cast members in the area will be on hand to assist guests.

Gary Sinise is set to return for the 2013 Candlelight Processional, taking up the opening night slot from 11/29/2013 to 12/1/2013.

Disney has officially announced that the 'Festival of the Lion King' will be moving to a new theater currently being built in Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom. 

The post does not give any new information, other than an opening date of 2014. Work began on the new theater back in March 2013, with construction now being very visible from inside the park. It is expected that the relocation of the show is to free up space in Camp Minnie Mickey for the upcoming AVATAR project.

There have been some more details about FASTPASS+, in particular how unexpected ride closures will be handled.

FASTPASS+ brings a new level of management and automation to the ride reservation system, and one of the big changes over regular FASTPASS is how the system handles attraction closures. Disney is continually making adjustments to MyMagic+, but as of now, here is a rundown of how FASTPASS+ handles attraction closures.

With the current FASTPASS system, a closed attraction simply results in the guest arriving at the attraction, finding it is closed, and either returning later that day to check for a reopening, or choosing not to use the FASTPASS at all. This system can impact wait times, as an attraction reopening after an earlier closure causes a large influx of guests arriving all at the same time to use their FASTPASS out of their designated time slot.

With FASTPASS+, a closure of an attraction results in an automated process where an alternative FASTPASS+ experience entitlement is automatically sent to the guest via My Disney Experience, and the original FASTPASS+ is expired.

Depending on the time of day that the closure occurs, guests receive one of the following options. 
First, if the closure happens early in the day, the guest will be offered a chance to return to the attraction when it reopens or select from a list of up to eight alternative FASTPASS+ experiences at the same park on the same day. 

The final option, if the original selection closes late in the day, is for the guest to select any FASTPASS+ experience at any park on the next day.

Guests are notified of a FASTPASS+ closure for their reserved window via My Disney Experience, with a notification email and a message in the My Disney Experience apps and web site. 

FASTPASS+, a component of MyMagic+ is currently in expanding phases of guests testing. It is expected that MyMagic+ will be available to all guests later in 2013. You can read more about the basics of MyMagic+, FASTPASS+ and MagicBands on our one page guide.

The 'Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show' at Disney's Hollywood Studios is scheduled to be closed for a brief refurbishment in November. The closure begins on 11/18/2013 through to 11/21/2013.

The Marketplace Kiosk menus for the 2013 International Food and Wine Festival have just been released. The 2013 Festival will run from 9/27/2013 to 11/11/2013. 

Here is the full run-down of what you can look forward to sampling this year.

Terra

Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein™ Chick’n Breast
Chili Colorado with House-made Chips and Cashew Cheese featuring Gardein™ Beefless Tips*
Chocolate Cake with Coconut Mousse and Passion Fruit Sauce
Fresh Watermelon Juice
Napa Smith Organic IPA
The Vegan Vine Chardonnay
The Vegan Vine Red Blend
Brazil (All-New Menu)

Seared Scallop with Ragout of Tomatoes, Peppers, Hearts of Palm and Steamed Rice
Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado and Cilantro
Cerveharias Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
Carnaval Moscato White
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

Argentina

Beef Empanada
Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée
Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut
Terrazas Reserva Malbec
Terrazas Reserva Torrontes
Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon

Australia

Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes, Lemon Myrtle and Rapini
Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
Pavlova (Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Driscoll’s® Berries and Vanilla Custard)
Rosemont Estate Pinot Grigio
Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay
Rosemont Estate Merlot
Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz

Mexico

Shrimp Taco with Purple Cabbage
Taco de Ribeye with Salsa de Chipotle
Rice Pudding
Dos Equis Beer
Sangria
Tequila Flight
Mango-Habanero Margarita

Singapore

Lemongrass Chicken Curry with Coconut and Jasmine Rice
Seared Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice and “Singa” Sauce
Tiger Beer
Marqués de Caceres Satinela
Singapore Sing featuring Hendrick’s Gin and Cherry Herring (garnished with Cherry Man Farm-to-Market All-Natural maraschino cherry)

China

Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun
Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles
Chicken Potstickers
Silky Spun Ice with Toppings (three flavors: Coconut, Strawberry, Chocolate)
Tsing Tao Beer
Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling
Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Syrah
Kung Fu Punch with Vodka
Happy Lychee with Vodka
Lychee Aerated Water

South Korea

Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce
Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw
Bohae Black Raspberry Wine – Bokbunjajoo
Jinro Chamisul Soju
Soju Fruit Slushy featuring Jinro Chamisul Soju

Africa

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra and Pap
Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket
Man Vintners Chenin Blanc
The Wolftrap Red (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier)
Porcupine Ridge Syrah

Cheese

Almond Crusted Blue Cheese Soufflé with Fig Jam
Artisan Cheese Selection: Flagship Reserve Cheddar, La Bonne Vie Triple Crème Brie, Wijngaard
Goats Gouda
Once Upon a Vine’s The Lost Slipper Sauvignon Blanc
Once Upon a Vine’s The Fairest Chardonnay
Once Upon a Vine’s The Big Bad Red Blend
Once Upon a Vine’s A Charming Pinot
Brewer’s Collection:
Schöfferhofer Grapefruit
Altenmünster Oktoberfest
Warsteiner Premium Verum
Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
Radeberger Pilsner
BraufactuM Palor
BraufactuM Roog Smoked Wheat Beer
BraufactuM Darkon
Beer Flight 1: Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, Altenmünster Oktoberfest, Warsteiner Premium Verum, Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
Beer Flight 2: Radeberger Pilsner, BraufactuM Palor, BraufactuM Roog Smoked Wheat Beer, BraufactuM Darkon

Germany

Schinken Nudel (Pasta Gratin with Ham & Cheese)
Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
Apple Strudel with Werther’s Original Karamel and Vanilla Sauce
Altenmünster Oktoberfest
Braufactum Darkon
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese
Weingut Pitthan Dornfelder Dry Barrique Style

Poland

Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream
Zapiekanki (Toasted Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Cheese Bread with House-made Ketchup)
Okocim Brewery, Okocim O.K. Beer
Temptation Zinfandel
Frozen Szarlotka (Apple Pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Italy

Ravioli de formaggio all’emiliana
Salsiccia e ‘Papacelli” Napoletani
Cannoli al Cioccolato
Moretti Beer
Moretti La Rosa
Procecco
Pinot Grigio Placido
Chianti Placido
Italian Margherita
American Adventure Coffee Cart:
Shakin’ Jamaican Coffee – Made with Kahlua, Vanilla and Caramel. Served Hot or Frozen

Hops & Barley

Lobster Roll with Lemon Herb Mayonnaise
New England Clam Chowder with a side of Tabasco®
Craisin® Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise
Samuel Adams Boston Lager®
Samuel Adams® Octoberfest
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat®
Rogue Chocolate Stout
Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvée
Beer Flight 1: Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat®, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat®, Rogue Chocolate Stout

Florida Local

Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with Monterey Jack and Sweet & Hot Pickles
Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables and Micro Cilantro
Cigar City Brewing Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale
Orlando Brewing, Sun Shade Organic Pale Ale
Florida Orange Groves, Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria
Florida Orange Groves, Key Limen-Key Lime Wine

Japan

California Roll
Spicy Hand Roll
Teriyaki Chicken Hand Roll
Youki Tofu topped with Miso Sauce, Edamame and Served with Grilled Vegetables
Sapporo Draft Beer
Sake: Junmai Ginjo
Green Tea Colada

Morocco

Kefta Pocket
Harissa Chicken Roll
Baklava
Casa Beer
Ksar White
Sangria
Mimosa Royale
New Zealand:
Gratinated Green Lip Mussels with Garlic and Herbs
Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
Venison Sausage with Pickled Mushrooms, Baby Arugula and Black Currant Reduction
Kim Crawford Pinot Grigio
Mohua Sauvignon Blanc
Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay
Kim Crawford Pinot Noir

Belgium

Potato and Leek Waffle with Braised Beef
Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream
Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote featuring Driscoll’s® Berries and Whipped Cream
Hoegaarden
Stella Artois
Leffe Blonde
Leffe Brune
Beer Flight 1: Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde, Leffe Brune
Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

France

Escargots Persillade en Brioche (Garlic and Parsley Snails in Brioche)
Boeuf Bourguignon (Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes)
Crème Brûlée au Chocolat au Lait (Chocolate Milk Crème Brûlée topped with Caramelized Sugar)
Beer Kronenbourg Blanc
Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, La Côte Blanche
Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet
Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush (Vodka, Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Grand Marnier, Cranberry Juice)

Ireland

Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie
Kerrygold Cheese Selection: Reserve Cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout, Skellig
Warm Chocolate Pudding with Bailey’s® Custard
Guinness Draught
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen

Canada

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
Moosehead Lager
La Face Neige Apple Ice Wine
La Face Neige Sparkling
Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah

Greece

Taste of Greece: Grilled & Marinated Calamari, Hitipiti, Eggplant Dip, Olives and Pita Bread
Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey
Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce
Spanakopita
Dannon Oikos® Light & Fit Blueberry Greek Yogurt
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
Alpha Estate Axia Syrah
Ouzo by Metaxa

Refreshment Port

Dole® Pineapple Fritters
Fried Shrimp with Dole® Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce
Fried Chicken Chunks with Dole® Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce
Orange Dole® Whip
Orange Dole® Whip with Crème de Cacao White
Dragon Berry Colada featuring Bacardi® Dragon Berry Rum

Desserts & Champagne

Chocolate Orange Cupcake
Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecake
Morello Cherry Pistachio Mousse
Dessert Trio
Guylian Belgian Chocolate Seashell Truffles
Frozen S’mores
Pyramid™Weiss Cream Beer
Möet & Chandon Ice Impérial
Möet & Chandon Impérial
Möet & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé
Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé

Hawai’i

Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips
Kona Brewing Company’s Big Wave Golden Ale
Kona Brewing Company’s Pipeline Porter
Lucien Albrecht Gewurztraminer Réserve
Aulani Sunrise featuring Ocean Vodka

Scotland (New)

Seared Scottish Salmon with Cauliflower Puree, Watercress and Malt Vinaigrette
Vegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties-Griddled Vegetable Cake with Rutabaga and Mashed Potatoes
Scottish Banoffee Tart with Bananas, Scottish Whisky Toffee, Walkers Shortbread Crumbles and Sweet Cream
Innis & Gunn® Original
Loch Lomond featuring Glenfiddich® 12 year
Glenfiddich® Scotch Flight (12, 15 and 18 year)

Craft Beers

Dogfish Head Brewery, Namaste
Abita Brewing Company, Fall Fest
Leinenkugel’s® Seasonal Shandy, (Summer Shandy/Orange Shandy)
Florida Beer Company, Devil’s Triangle
New Belgium Brewing Company, Fat Tire
Widmer Brothers Brewing®, Alchemy Ale
Red Hook, Audible Ale
Sierra Nevada, Torpedo® Extra IPA
Beer Flight 1: Dogfish Head Brewery Namaste, Abita Brewing Company Fall Fest, Leinenkugel’s® Seasonal Shandy, Florida Beer Company Devil’s Triangle

Beer Flight 2: New Belgium Brewing Company Fat Tire, Widmer Brother s Brewing Alchemy Ale, Red Hook Audible Ale, Sierra Nevada Torpedo®

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