Friday, February 27, 2015

Ears the News with Richard

Pirates of the Caribbean is scheduled to close for a major refurbishment later this year.
The closure will begin on May 11 and will run through to September 25, reopening to guests on September 26 2015.
Pirates of the Caribbean is experiencing a number of show and ride system issues that require a lengthy closure. Animatronic issues, show audio problems, and continuing issues with boats taking on water are all likely to be addressed.

Stitch's Great Escape at the Magic Kingdom will also be closed for refurbishment on March 1 and 2 2015.

The 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is just around the corner and Disney has released all the menus at the World Showcase Outdoor Kitchens.

Botanas Botànico Seafood Ceviche

Cachapa con Queso
White Corn Arepa
Coconut Tres Leches
Polar Beer
La Tizana
Monte
Paschoal Reserve Tannat
Monte Paschoal Natural Brut White Sparkling Wine

Urban Farm Eat

Kale Salad
Quinoa Vegetable “naanwich”
Ghost Pepper dusted Tilapia
Cucumber Lemon Spa Water with a sprig of fresh Mint
Hess Shirtail Creek Vineyard, Chardonnay
King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir
Urban Mary
Crispin Blackberry Pear Cider

Pineapple Promenade

Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney
Pineapple Soft-Serve with Sammy’s Beach Bar Red Head Macadamia Nut Flavored Rum
or Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade
Berry Tea Cocktail with Twinings Cold-Brewed Mixed Berry Tea
Sparkling Pineapple Wine
Ace Pineapple Hard Cider

Jardin de Fiestas

Achiote marinated pork taco
Veggie Quesadilla
Mexican Chocolate Custard
Blueberry/Pomegranate Margarita
Tecate with Patrón Citrónge
Mexican Sangria
Tequila Flight

Lotus House

Kung Pao Chicken Bun
Beijing Style Candied Strawberries
Vegetable Spring Roll
Oolong Peach Bubble Tea
Kung Fu Punch
South Sea Storm
Honey Mango Wine Cooler
Tsingtao Beer
Plum Wine

Florida Fresh

Watermelon Salad
Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits
Florida Blueberry and Lemon Curd Tart
Watermelon Passion Fruit Slush
Key Lime Sparkling Wine
Blonde Ale
Channel Marker Red Ale
Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale (Festival exclusive)
Jai Alai
Beer Flight

Primavera Kitchen

Pinwheel of Mozzarella
Prosciutto, Ciabatta Bread
Cheese Manicotti
Lemon Custard with Raspberries
Pinot Grigio
Chianti
Prosecco
Corbinello
Moscato
Bellini
Rossini
Frozen Italian Primavera
Moretti Lager and La Rossa

Espresso, Coffee and Pastries at The American Adventure

Chocolate Stout latte featuring Monin chocolate, caramel and hazelnut with milk and espresso
Iced Bailey’s latte featuring Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur with milk and espresso over ice

THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews

Pulled Pig Slider
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash
Smoked Debreziner Sausage
“Piggylicious” Bacon Cupcake
Floridian Hefeweizen
Category 3 IPA
Maple Bacon Stout
Billy’s Chilies
Beer Flight
The Original Rib Shack Red Wine
Frozen Lemonade
Frozen Lemonade with Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey
R.C. Sweet Tea made with Twinings Cold-Brewed English Classic Tea

Hanami
 
Frushi
Teriyaki Curry Bun
Salmon Sushi

Kirin Draft
Yuzu Plum
Wine Slush
Strawberry Nigori
Karatamba Sake

Taste of Marrakesh

Harissa Chicken Kebab
Falafel Pocket with cucumber tomato salad and Tahini Sauce
Pistachio Baklava
Desert Rose
White Sangria
Guerrouane Red
Mint Iced Tea

Fleur de Lys

Parisian style dumpling with vegetables and mushrooms
Pulled Duck confit, with garlic and parsley potatoes
Large Strawberry marshmallow macaron
Ice Pop Peach Grand Marnier Cocktail
La Vie en Rose St-Germain Vodka Slush
Kir Imperial with Sparkling Wine and Chambord Liquor
Beer Kronenbourg Blanc 1664

The 2015 dates for the Magic Kingdom's hard ticketed event Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are now available.

According to the recently released 2015 Flower and Garden Festival event guide map, this year the party will be held on 25 nights, beginning September 15 and ending on November 1 2015. Pricing is not yet available, nor is a date of when you can start buying tickets, although both typically begin in early May.

The dates for 2015 are as follows.

September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27.
October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31.
November 1.

The dates for the 2015 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party have also been released.

Tickets go on sale in April, with pricing to be announced later.

November 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29
December 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18


Bruce Vaughn, Chief Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, today shared a few more teasers for the upcoming AVATAR land at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Along with a new piece of concept art came a video, which shows some of the lighting effects that
WDI have been working on, and more of the area models.

Appearing in the video is Disney COO Tom Staggs, WDI's Joe Rohde, Jon Landau from Lightstorm, and James Cameron, creator of AVATAR.



ADisney increased ticket prices at Walt Disney World effective Sunday February 22 2015.
Increases are across the board, with only DisneyQuest, parking fees, and ECV Wheelchair and Stroller rentals escaping an increase.
The most notable change is the removal of the No-Expiration option on Magic Your Way multi day tickets.
Single Day Passes
A single day at the Magic Kingdom will increase to $105, up from $99, while Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot will increase to $97, up from the current $94.
Annual Passes
An Annual Pass will increase from $634 to $654, and a Premium Annual Pass from $754 to $779.
Water Parks
Water Parks will increase from $53 to $58 for ages 10 and up, and from $45 to $50 for ages 3-9. Annual Passes for the water parks will go from $104 to $110 adults and $85 to $99 for ages 3-9.
Magic Your Way Multi Day Tickets
Multi-day tickets will no longer be available with the 'No-Expiration' option. Price increases typically reflect a $1 - $2 per day change.
A 10 day ticket is now $365, up from $354. A 7 day is now $335, up from $324. And a 3 day is $275, up from $274.
Park Hopper options on multi-day tickets have increased on average $4. Park hopper on a 10 day is now $64, previously $60. A single day park hopper however is now $50, up form the previous $35.
Florida Residents
Florida Resident tickets Annual Passes are now $529, up from $485. Resident Premium Pass is $649, up from $605. Florida Seasonal Pass is $329 up from $319.
Florida Resident 4 Day Pass is now $209, up from $199. A 3 Day pass is $189, up from $179.
Neighboring Universal Studios Orlando responded with their own ticket price increase 2 day later.
One day park tickets went up $6 to a total of $102.
One-day admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure now costs $147, up $11 from $136 last year.

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