Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ears the News with Richard

The Magic Kingdom's new third bus has opened to guests.  The new loop brings additional capacity, support the new extra long articulated busses, and moves park-to-park busses from the TTC charter lot right to the front of the Magic Kingdom.  The new loop features double sized load zones, allowing stops for 1 articulated bus, or 2 regular busses.
These large zones have been allocated to Port Orleans Riverside, All Star Sports, All Star Movies, All Star Music, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation and the TTC.

The direct service from the Magic Kingdom to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom will not open until December 15 2013, and until then will continue to operate from the TTC.

New Single Stops
1 - Disney's Polynesian Resort and Grand Floridian Resort
2 - Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Contemporary Resort
3 - Disney's Old Key West
4 - Disney's Hollywood Studios (opening Mid December)
5 - Disney's Hollywood Studios (opening Mid December)
6 - Disney's Animal Kingdom (opening Mid December)
7 - Saratoga Springs Resort
8 - Saratoga Springs Resort
9 - Epcot and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
10 - Unload Stop
11 - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
12 - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
13 - Disney's BoardWalk, Swan and Dolphin
14 - Disney's BoardWalk, Swan and Dolphin
15 - Disney's Yacht Club and Beach Club
16 - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
17 - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
18 - Port Orleans Resort French Quarter

New Double Length Stops
These new stops can accommodate a new long length articulated bus, or two regular busses.

19/20 - Port Orleans Resort Riverside
21/22 - All Star Sports
23/24 - All Star Music
25/26 - All Star Movies
27/28 - TTC
29/30 - Pop Century
31/32 - Caribbean Beach
33/34 - Art of Animation


The Disney Springs West parking garage is now moving into the heavy construction phase as 3 large cranes are now on the construction site. Check out the photos below for a look.

Epcot's Holidays around the World has begun, and this year brings a whole host of seasonal food and drink to World Showcase. Here is a rundown of what you can find and where.

Promenade Refreshments
Savory Seasonal Waffles: Turkey Waffle (Stuffing Batter, Turkey, Gravy, and Cranberry Relish); Sweet Potato Casserole Waffle (Sweet Potato Batter,Toasted Pecans, Marshmallows and Caramel Sauce)
Hot Holiday Twinings Teas: Chai; Pumpkin Spice Chai; Christmas; Pure Mint Tea with Chocolate (Specialty Beverage)
Flavored Hot Chocolates: Toasted Marshmallow; Salted Caramel; Peanut Butter;Traditional
Flavored Hot Ciders: Toasted Marshmallow; Hazelnut; Traditional; Spiced Cider with Frangelico Liqueur

Canada
Popcorn cart - Pecan Maple Bark

UK
Beer cart - Hot Applejack Cider

France
Patisserie - Buche de Noel au Chocolat (Chocolate christmas log)
L'Artisan Glaces -  Gingerbread ice cream

Japan
Kabuki Cafe - Teriyaki Chicken Karage

American Adventure
Fresh baked: Gingerbread Men; Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Sugar Cookies; Hot Chocolate; Apple Cider and Peppermint Bark; Sparkling Wines, Cocoa Candy Cane (Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps topped with Whipped Cream)

Italy
Hot Chocolate with CaffÈ Espresso Liqueur

Germany
Sommerfest - Hot spiced wine, Holiday fruit cake
Christkindlmarkt - Werther's Original Caramel Mocha Iced Coffee, Werther's Original Hot Salted Caramel drink

China
Joy of Tea - Happy Face Fried Cake

Norway
Kringla Bakeri - Traditional Rice Cream

Mexico
La Cantina de San Angel - Sweet Tamales

In addition to the new dining options, the live entertainment throughout World Showcase that you know and love still remains. The main events are of course the Candlelight Processional and the holiday finale to Reflections of Earth, but here there is much more to see. Here is the full line-up from November 29 to December 29 2013.

Candlelight Processional
5:00pm, 6:45pm & 8:15pm
IllumiNations with Peace on Earth finale
9:30pm - November 29 to December 25
10pm - December 26 - 30
Joyful!
Joyful! uniquely blends the soulful expressiveness of Gospel and Inspirational Music with the sounds of Jazz, R&B and Urban Music.The holiday music will touch, uplift and inspire you! 1:15pm, 2:25pm, 3:25pm, 4:25pm
Canada
Explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North with The Canadian Holiday Voyageurs. 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 6:00pm
United Kingdom
Share the vivid stories of Father Christmas, dating back to 15th century England. 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:10pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
France
Discover the magic of PËre NoÎl and the joy of the season through a Christmas letter from a child. 11:20am, 11:55am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:05pm, 3:30pm, 4:20pm, 5:05pm
Morocco
Join Taarji, a Moroccan drummer, as he reflects on his familyís traditions commemorating the holiday of Ramadan. 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 4:35pm, 5:40pm, 6:20pm, 7:35pm
Japan
Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year. 12:10pm, 12:50pm, 1:35pm, 2:20pm, 2:55pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:55pm
American Adventure
Whisper your Christmas wishes in Santaís ear. Even Mrs. Claus will be here! November 29ñDecember 24, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm

Discover the connection of todayís Hanukkah tradition and the story of the brave Maccabees and the lamp that burned miraculously for eight days. 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm

Experience the spirit of Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, creativity and community. 11:15am, 11:45am,12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm

Voices of Liberty Dickens Carolers -This outstanding a cappella group brings in the holidays with a special repertoire of holiday songs. 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm
Italy
Meet the kind-hearted witch, La Befana, who arrives on the eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children. 11:55am, 12:50pm, 1:25pm, 2:00pm, 2:55pm, 3:50pm, 4:45pm, 5:55pm
Germany
Meet the kind-hearted witch, La Befana, who arrives on the eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children. 11:55am, 12:50pm, 1:25pm, 2:00pm, 2:55pm, 3:50pm, 4:45pm, 5:55pm
China
Watch the agile Monkey King weave his tail with twists and turns celebrating the Chinese New year: 12:10pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:20pm, 4:50pm, 5:50pm
Norway
Spend time with Sigrid and learn about Julenissen: 3:10pm, 3:50pm, 4:30pm, 5:10pm, 5:50pm, 6:35pm, 7:15pm, 7:55pm
Mexico
Lot Tres Reyes Magos: 1:45pm, 2:35pm, 3:20pm, 4:05pm, 5:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm

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