Skip to main content

Ears the News with Richard

The second phase of the newly expanded Magic Kingdom bus area is now in operation giving direct service to other theme parks. Starting 12/15/2013, the stops for Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom have relocated from the TTC to the new Magic Kingdom stops. You will find the Studios at stops 4 and 5, Animal Kingdom at stop 6 and Epcot at stop 9.

Part of Creature Comforts at Disney's Animal Kingdom will open as a MyMagic+ service center on 12/17/2013. Staffed by Guest Relations, service centers are located in all parks and provide guests with assistance and support in using MyMagic+ and all related services. The store, located on Discovery Island just before the entrance to Africa, will continue to sell merchandise along with operating as the service center.

The Refreshment Port in Epcot's World Showcase is now offering a Disney version of the famous 'Cronut.' Priced at $4.49 (and a snack on the Disney Dining Plan), you can get them now, and they are not just here for the holidays - expect them to be a permanent menu addition. 
"It’s sweet, it’s warm, it’s deep fried and topped with cinnamon and sugar," says Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann. "Simply delicious."
The Cronut is a croissant-doughnut pastry attributed to chef Dominique Ansel for Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City and became famous due to frequent sell outs and being sold for up to $100 each on the black market.

Earlier this week Epcot carried out a small scale test of FastPass+ with non-Walt Disney World Resort guests. A small number of guests were recruited at the turnstiles to use MyMagic+ complete with FastPass+ access via kiosks and the My Disney Experience apps. 
Currently all Walt Disney World hotel guests are eligible to use FastPass+, but off-site guests do not have access.

Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog
The official Disney Parks Blog has confirmed that Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins will be joining Disney Jr Play n' Dine at the Hollywood and Vine in early 2014.


Look for the characters to begin appearances from January 26 2014 at the Hollywood Studios buffet restaurant. Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins will continue to be joined by Handy Manny and Jake from 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates.' 


Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Existing characters June and Agent Oso will be leaving the restaurant.

Food Trucks are heading to the Streets of America this holiday season at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Look out for food trucks to be on the Streets of America at the back of the park from December 24 2013 to 1/4/2014, 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. It is expected that Disney will be deploying the trucks currently stationed at Downtown Disney West Side for this additional capacity offering.
Here is a link to the menus on WDWMagic.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Exciting Disney World Activities Outside of the Parks

Have you ever wondered what there is to do around The Walt Disney World Resort beside visit the Theme Parks or shop at Disney Springs? There are so many great recreational activities right on property. If your family is ready to step outside the parks and see what other fun excursions are offered, check out this list of ideas: Golf Tee off at one of Disney’s three award winning, Arnold Palmer designed, 18-hole courses - Disney’s Lake Buena Vista, Disney’s Magnolia, or Disney’s Palm Golf Course. Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course is a 9-hole course which is great for families or beginners. Golf instructional clinics are available for both adults and juniors, as well as personal lessons with a PGA qualified instructor.  The use of a golf cart is included in your greens fee for the 3 large courses. Oak Trail is a walking course. Want to get a quick game in on the back 9 before heading to the Parks? Reserve the "Sunrise 9" option, and breakfast is included! Reservations: 407

Paddlefish Restaurant at Disney Springs

After arriving in Walt Disney World around dinnertime with no reservations on our latest trip, we headed over to Disney Springs to see what was available and Paddlefish caught our eye with the beautiful boat shining on the water.  There was space for us at the bar where they serve the full menu, so we settled right in for what was about to be a delicious dinner. We started with cocktails and were very impressed by not only the cocktail selection, but also the bartender's knowledge and expertise on the menu to guide us through our selections tonight.  At the recommendation of the staff, we had to give the Lobster Corn Dogs a try for our appetizer.  These were so fun and very delicious (and I don't normally like lobster!) They are most like a corn dog in that they are on a stick, but don't let that stop you from giving these a try.  Next up it was time for our entrees, we both opted for options "from the port" since we were in a seafood inspired restaurant, we could

Agent Spotlight - Ashley

Get to know Agent Ashley in this week's Agent Spotlight Name: Ashley Lehman Kingdom Konsultant Travel Find me on Facebook: @ashleykingdomkonsultant Instagram: @vacationsbyashley I specialize in...  Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Disneyland Resort, Universal Orlando Resort Where do you call home? Cary, North Carolina but I’m originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland What was your dream job when you were 10 years old? Art Teacher Ashley and family Why did you become a travel agent? I’m a planner by nature and love everything Disney. When I realized that I could share my passion for planning Disney vacations, I knew I needed to become a travel agent! Favorite vacation destination? Walt Disney World but Disney Cruise Line is a very close second. This or that: Monorail or Skyliner: Monorail Mickey pretzel or Mickey ice cream: Mickey pretzel Star Wars or Avatar: Star Wars Rollercoaster or dark ride: Rollercoa