Skip to main content

Ears the News: August 14, 2016 Edition

Welcome to the latest version of Ears the News  

Brought to you by our friends at

Now that the news team from Kingdom Konsultant Travel has returned from their training at Universal Orlando, we proudly return you to your regularly scheduled news.

Epcot's Sunshine Seasons will be discontinuing breakfast from Sunday July 31, 2016.  Located in The Land Pavilion, the quick service restaurant has recently revamped its breakfast lineup, serving a breakfast platter, panini, French toast pudding and Bircher Muesli.  Sunshine Seasons new operating hours will be 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Disney's new family raft ride at Typhoon Lagoon now has a name - Miss Fortune Falls

Miss Fortune Falls logo, courtesy of
Opening in Spring 2017, the family raft ride will become the longest attraction at any Disney water park, clocking in at 2 minutes ride time.  Miss Fortune Falls brings to life the story of fictitious Captain Mary Oceaneer, a treasure-hunting heroine who got stranded at Typhoon Lagoon years ago by a rogue storm.

Once aboard their treasure rafts awaiting them at the ride’s entry point, Guests will embark on a journey through Captain Oceaneer’s past before plunging into a white-water adventure where Guests can see unique artifacts that Captain Mary Oceaneer collected on her many treasure hunts around the world.

The new ride is being built on unused land near to Crush 'n' Gusher.
'Art in August' will be taking place during the weekends at Disney Springs Marketplace

Disney Springs: Photo Courtesy of
Taking place Thursday through Sunday each weekend (August 4 - 28 2016), the event will showcase local and Disney artists working in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, crafts, and jewelry.

On the Marketplace promenade, there will be activities including chalk drawing and meet the artists behind the Disney magic.

Appearing throughout the month will be Disney artists Richard Terpstra, Don “Ducky” Williams, Greg McCullough, Darren Wilson, William Silvers, Quynh Kimball, and Joe Kaminsky. They will be joined by Precious Moments Dolls, Boiled Books stationery and art, Jortra jewelry, Rinse Bath & Body Co, Petal Pushers, Swaying in the Breeze, and Carlos Cuba Photography.

Disney is launching a $500 in-room celebration later this month, featuring an augmented reality Star Wars Rebels interactive adventure.

Available for guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels, the adventure begins with the resort room decorated with an Imperial recruitment banner. The story goes that the Rebel Alliance has infiltrated the room, leaving gear and tech to help on a secret mission for the Rebellion. Through augmented reality on a smartphone, Ezra Bridger (from the TV series, Star Wars Rebels) guides the players on an undercover mission. Slipping on the included Imperial Security Officer disguise, they'll head to Star Tours-The Adventures Continue attraction where hidden data they're carrying will be transmitted in hyperspace.

Once the mission's completed, they'll be directed to their resort room to unlock a mysterious box holding a rebel medal of honor, like the one in the film Star Wars: A New Hope.

Theme park tickets are required and not included, as is an iPhone or Android device.

You can order the Star Wars Rebels Interactive Adventure now online, available from August 15, 2016.

Magic Kingdom increases bag check capacity at the main entrance

Added bag check capacity at Magic Kingdom.  Photo courtesy of
 The Magic Kingdom's bag check area has become increasingly congested in recent times as security checks are becoming more thorough and time consuming.  For guests arriving from resort hotels by bus, or from the TTC by ferry boat, security screening now takes place on the right-hand side of the entrance - an area previously used for exiting only.  This area has been used on occasion in the past, but this summer it has been in constant use, with guests no longer being redirected to walk down the ramp and towards the original main screening area.  For guests arriving via monorail or resort launch, security screening continues to take place at the original main entrance area.  Despite having two screening areas, you should still expect some significant waits getting into the park if arriving at peak time near to opening.

The Magic Kingdom will present a special limited-time meet and greet with Belle

Starting August 7 and taking place daily through to August 31 2016, the experience will be available exclusively to guests who have purchased Memory Maker, Memory Maker One Day package or a Disney Annual Pass with complimentary Disney PhotoPass entitlements (Disney Platinum Plus Pass, Disney Platinum Pass, Disney Gold Pass or Disney Premier Passport). Only one person in each party will need to hold the entitlement to enter, verified by a MagicBand or ticket scan.

Appearing in her formal dress, Belle will appear intermittently from 11:00 AM to 5:40 PM. Belle will also continue to appear at Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland.

Heritage House in Liberty Square has served a number of different roles since closing as a store a few years ago, including a MyMagic+ service center, and most recently as a meet and greet venue with Tiana.

Discounts available at the new Disney Springs Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Celebrating the opening of the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Springs in the Marketplace, Disney will soon begin offering a 10% discount for a limited time.

The 10% discount begins August 7 through to September 5, 2016 and is available to Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney Visa Card members, and Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests.

Themed as a country parlor, the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location offers an expanded salon with interactive features, and a new photo room to capture the transformations.

Pricing ranges from $19.95 to $199.95 plus tax.  Appointments can be made by calling 407-939-7895 for guests aged 3 to 12. The discount only applies to the Disney Springs location.

Four new locations have just been added to the Tables in Wonderland dining discount program, including the highly rated Tiffins Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Tiffins-Safari Gallery Dining room.  Photo courtesy of
The four new locations are:

● Jungle Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom
● Tiffins Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom
● Nomad Lounge at Disney's Animal Kingdom
● Jock Lindsay's Hangar Bar at Disney Springs

Full performer line-up for the 2016 Night of Joy at ESPN Wide World of Sports

Disney's Night of Joy makes the move from the Magic Kingdom to ESPN Wide World of Sports this year, and Disney has now released for the full performer lineup for both nights.

This year there are eighteen Contemporary Christian Music artists performing in three different venues at the Wide World of Sports complex.

New for this year is "Fields of Joy" sporting challenges, including soccer, football and baseball. "FanFest" at the Jostens Center will include a fun, interactive area that includes video games, 60 second challenges, Imagination Playground and oversized versions of popular games such as foosball, connect four and chess. On Saturday night only, FanFest will include a special opportunity for guests to participate in multiple question and answers sessions with some of the top artists appearing at Night of Joy this weekend.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, along with some of their friends, will be meeting and greeting 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM on both nights.

Night of Joy 2016 Artist Line-up

Friday, September 9
HP Field House
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM – Matthew West
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM – Crowder
11:00 PM -12:30 AM – MercyMe

Champion Stadium
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM – Francesca Battistelli
9:15 PM - 10:45 PM – Chris Tomlin
11:30 PM - 1:00 PM – Casting Crowns

Jostens Center
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM – Stars Go Dim
7:45 PM - 8:15 PM – Zealand Worship
8:45 PM - 9:15 PM – Zealand Worship
10:00 PM - 10:30 PM – OBB
11:00 PM - 11:30 PM – OBB

Saturday, September 10
HP Field House
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Thousand Foot Krutch
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM – RED
10:15 PM - 11:45 PM – Switchfoot

Champion Stadium
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM – Hillsong YOUNG & FREE
8:45 PM - 10:00 PM – for KING & COUNTRY
10:45 PM - 12:15 AM – Newsboys

Jostens Center
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM – VERIDIA
9:15 PM - 9:35 PM – Tim Timmons
10:30 PM - 11:15 PM – Derek Minor

The Magic Kingdom's Main Street Electrical Parade will be leaving the park later this year

Main Street Electrical Parade.  Photo courtesy of
Disney has officially confirmed that the Main Street Electrical Parade will be leaving the Magic Kingdom and returning to Disneyland, with its final performance to be October 9 2016. It will debut in Disneyland in early 2017.

Also announced, Paint the Night will continue to perform during the holidays at Disneyland, meaning it will not be heading to Walt Disney World, at least in the short term.

Disney has welcomed a new princess to the Magic Kingdom - Princess Elena of Avalor
The Royal Welcome of Princess Elena of Avalor.  Photo courtesy of

Elena, who appears in the Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor,” will be appearing on the Cinderella Castle Stage for a limited time in a brief show - "The Royal Welcome of Princess Elena of Avalor."

Show times are 9:05 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:20 PM, 1:35 PM, starting August 12, 2016.

Check out the video below provided by WDWMagic for the very first appearance of Elena at Walt Disney World.

"The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic" will have its final performance on September 5 2016

Jungle Book: Alive with Magic.  Photo courtesy of

The limited time show, which opened on Memorial Day Weekend, was brought in on short notice in place of the delayed Rivers of Light show.

Work continues on developing that show, with testing underway daily, and more testing to take place once the Jungle Book leaves the river.

The other nighttime activities at Disney's Animal Kingdom are unaffected, with the Kilimanjaro Night Safaris, Haramabe Parti, Discovery Island Carnivale and the Tree of Life Awakenings continuing.

Operating hours are likely to be shorter than the 11pm closings of recent, at least until Rivers of Lights debuts, which is expected to be later this year.

Ready to start planning your next Walt Disney World experience?  Contact the team at Kingdom Konsultant Travel today!  


Popular posts from this blog

House of Blues Brunch

Brunch is probably my favorite meal to go out for, and Disney Springs has some hidden gems in the brunch department. House of Blues offers weekend brunch with one of the best deals on property, bottomless mimosas!  If you’re up for it, House of Blues offers a laid back atmosphere with live music for brunch. It is available Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm, with the full menu available after 12pm. We were sat in the back room where we couldn’t see the stage but could hear it and it was a great vibe!  Bottomless mimosas and coffee were the popular choice for beverages, but they also offer a variety of brunch cocktails and other options. Bottomless mimosa! We were a party of 8 and hungry, so we started with an order of nachos from the lunch menu and they were a HUGE portion, so glad we had a lot of people to share them with.  BBQ Nachos - Four cheese sauce, avocado, roasted corn salsa, pickled red onion, tomato, Memphis BBQ sauce, cilantro crema, cotija cheese. Chicken, Brisket or Pul

Giovanni's Table on Liberty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has wonderful specialty dining options on all of their ships.  They all have some variety of an Italian restaurant and I've tried Jamie's Italian on the Symphony of the Seas and now Giovanni's Table on Liberty of the Seas. The restaurant is located by the Windjammer Buffet, tucked off to one side as you enter the area.  Once inside, the atmosphere is dark and cozy, very different from the buffet hectic world outside the doors.  There is an open kitchen along the one wall and windows along the other.  The restaurant is a set upcharge, and then you can order whatever you want from the food menu that is to your liking throughout the meal.  Giovanni's is actually undergoing some changes on a lot of RCCL ships, but Liberty hadn't had those changes yet so it was still the "old" one, which was fine by us. We had an amazing meal here, and wouldn't hesitate to come back again on a future cruise.  You might see Giovanni's Kitchen

5 Ways To Get Psyched For Your Disney Trip!

Hey-Howdy-Hey, Disney Guys and Gals!      Is anyone familiar with Barney Stinson's "Get Psyched" Mix? Anyone? How I Met your Mother Fans? Ok, great! So you totally get where I'm going with this! If you have no idea what I am talking about, you can watch a clip  HERE!  Basically, the theory is that no matter what's going on in your life, you can get yourself psyched up and ready for something awesome to happen, all by listening to the right piece of music. Playing off of that theory, I feel that one of the very best things about a Disney trip is actually  preparing  for it, or getting psyched! You can have a whole bunch of crappy stuff happening in your life at the time, but if you have a Disney trip on the horizon... even if it's 564 days away, you have something to look forward to and enjoy preparing yourself for. In fact, many Disney fans, (myself included), pretty much get from one day to the next by preparing for upcoming trips. You may even book a ne