Friday, May 8, 2015

Ears the News with Richard

Disney has announced that a preview of the upcoming Disney-Pixar movie 'Inside Out' will be coming to Epcot's Magic Eye Theater later this month.
The theater is currently hosting an extended preview of Tomorrowland which has replaced the theater's regular show - Captain EO. Disney had previously said that Captain EO would be returning following the conclusion of the Tomorrowland preview, but this latest move perhaps suggests that 

Captain EO will not be returning.
The Inside Out preview will begin on May 30 2015.

The DinoLand Dance-A-Palooza at Disney's Animal Kingdom will have its final performance on May 9 2015.
The Dance-A-Palooza is a character dance party located near to Chester and Hester's in DinoLand U.S.A., featuring a changing line-up of characters, but typically Mushu, Miko, Thumper, Miss Bunny, Brer Fox, Flik, Stilt Walkers, Timon.
If you want to catch the Dance-A-Palooza before it leaves, times vary, but there are typically two shows, with the first at 3:30 PM.

Tamu Tamu Refreshments at Disney's Animal Kingdom is no longer serving meals, and instead is a dessert and beverage location only.
Current menu items include Pineapple Whip Soft-serve, Pineapple Whip Soft-serve with Dark Rum, Pineapple Whip Soft-serve with Coconut Rum, Chocolate Waffle with Espresso Mousse, Double Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream Sandwich, Mickey Ice Cream Chocolate Cookie Sundae, Hand-dipped Vanilla Ice Cream with two Chocolate-Chip Cookies, Chocolate-covered Espresso Beans.
Africa will soon be opening the Harambe Market, a new quick service dining location that will offer a range of lunch and dinner dishes.

Remember when the hours for the monorail changed? Do you also remember when the changed the monorail hours that they just changed only to change the change they already changed? If you haven’t already guessed, the monorail hours are once again changing.  Starting on May 3, the Walt Disney World Monorail system will be operating on adjusted operating hours through to the summer.
The Resort and Epcot beam will now operate on reduced hours on Sunday through Wednesday, with regular hours resuming on Thursday through to Saturday. The Express beam will operate on reduced hours Sunday through to Friday, with regular hours on Saturday. The changes took effect on May 3 2015, and will continue through to July 2015.
During the reduced operating hours of the monorail, additional water craft and bus transportation will be available.

MONORAIL HOURS:

Epcot Beam

Sunday: 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Monday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thursday to Saturday - regular hours (8:00 AM until 2 hours after regular hours park closing)
Express Beam

Sunday: 8:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Monday: 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Friday: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Saturday - regular hours (30 minutes prior to Magic Kingdom opening until 1 hour after regular hours park closing)
Resort Beam

Sunday: 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Monday: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM to 12:00 AM
Thursday to Saturday - regular hours (7:00 AM until 1 hour after regular hours park closing at the Magic Kingdom)

Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog
For the first time, Disney's Hollywood Studios will offer a special dining experience for the 2015 Star Wars Weekends.

'Rebel Hangar - A Star Wars Lounge Experience' will offer a specially created menu of Star Wars inspired food and drink during the event weeks from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Star Wars Weekends will be taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 15 to June 14 2015.

Reservations can be made now online. The Rebel Hangar will be located in an area of Backlot Express.

TriceraTop Spin at Disney's Animal Kingdom is closing for a short refurbishment starting next week.

The closure of the spinner will begin on May 11, through to May 23, reopening to guests on May 24 2015.

The operating hours of the stores at Downtown Disney West Side will soon be changed to align with The Landing and Marketplace.

West Side stores currently operate Sunday to Thursday 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM, Friday to Saturday 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM.

From May 10 2015, the hours will change to Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Friday to Saturday: 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM.

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