Sunday, November 20, 2016

Ears the News: November 20, 2016 Edition


Welcome to the latest version of Ears the News

Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com.


The Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs is now open.

You'll find it tucked away in the Marketplace, using part of the former bus stop area behind Wolfgang Puck Express.

Along with Christmas music and occasional snow flurries, each tree takes on a unique Disney theme, including, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Disney Villains, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, The Princess and the Frog, Alice in Wonderland, Frozen, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, and The Muppets.

The Christmas Tree Trail will be open through January 8, 2017.

Black Friday shopping will come to Walt Disney World this year, with most stores at Disney Springs taking part in a two day sale event.

Kicking off the holiday shopping season, Disney Springs will open early on both November 25 and 26, with over 60 stores offering sales and promotions.

Starbucks on the Westside will open at 7:00 AM, and Erin McKenna’s, Wolfgang Puck Express, Ghirardelli, Dockside Margaritas, The Daily Poutine, Marketplace Snacks, and the Disney Food Trucks will open at 8:00 AM.

All stores will open at 8:00 AM on both days, with Disney bus transposition beginning at 7:00 AM.

Some of the deals to be had will include:

APEX by Sunglass Hut and Sunglass Icon: 60% off original prices of select styles

Curl by Sammy Duvall: Save up to 40% on select merchandise and enjoy “gift with purchase” items throughout the store

Levi’s: 40% off entire purchase

Spend $500 and receive a free jewelry box

Lucky Brand: Save 40% off all merchandise, excluding “rare finds”

Pandora Jewelry: Free bangle with $125 purchase

Savannah Bee Co.: Receive a free jar of Whipped Honey with Passion Fruit with every purchase, while supplies last

Superdry: Buy 2 items, get 1 free in store

Vince Camuto: Save 40% off entire purchase plus additional door busters at 50% off

Volcom: Save 40% off all Volcom-branded merchandise

It isn't just third party retailers offering deals, Disney will sell a Vera Bradley “Midnight with Mickey” hipster bag for $24.99 at Marketplace Co-Op, Storm Trooper Action Figures for $14.99 at Star Wars Galactic Outpost, and a holiday wreath with lights for $16.99 at Disney’s Days of Christmas.

Disney's Hollywood Studios kicked off its holiday season with a new nightly show - Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”

The show makes use of the projectors and lasers installed for Star Wars A Galactic Spectacular, snow fall, rooftop fireworks around the viewing area, and large scale fireworks from behind the park.

Check out the video below or by clicking here to see the very first performance. You can catch Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! nightly through the end of the year.



Video courtesy of WDWMagic.


Disney has introduced a new limited time special ticket offer, the 4 Park Magic Ticket, which gives guests the chance to experience each park for only $70 per day plus tax.

The 4 Park Magic Ticket, provides one admission to each of the four theme parks on four separate days. The special ticket offer may be used November 15, 2016 through May 26, 2017, with block out dates including December 17, 2016 to January 2, 2017 and April 10-21, 2017.

Tickets must be used within 14 days of first use or by May 26, 2017.

The 4 Park Magic Ticket is available for purchase through March 5, 2017 at DisneyWorld.com/tickets or by calling (407) 939-5277.

Pricing is $279 for adults and $259 for ages 3 - 9.

Holiday Craft Beer has opened in the Odyssey building between World Showcase and Future World, operating most days through December 30, 2016.

Along with her seasonal beers, will be a selection of snacks.

Holiday Craft Beer will not be operating on November 24, December 1, 2, 8 and 29 but will be operating on all other day until the first of the year.

Disney and Intel debut new 'Starbright Holidays' drone show at Disney Springs.

Cutting-edge drone technology took to the skies over Disney Springs last week, as Disney and Intel debuted "Starbright Holidays."

The 5 minute show features 300 Intel Shooting Star drones, intricately choreographed in 3D space over the lake at Disney Springs, and all synchronized to holiday music.

Making use of Disney's recently acquired FAA license to allow drone shows on its property, "Starbright Holidays" is the first time a drone show of this size has been performed in the United States.

The video below from WDWMagic shows a preview of "Starbright Holidays," performed November 16, 2016 at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World.


Video courtesy of WDWMagic.
Click here to view the video on YouTube.


This show was a preview of what is planned to be a longer show. The tentative schedule calls for 3 shows per night, from November 20, 2016 through to January 8, 2017. Viewing areas are located along the waterside promenade between Characters in Flight and House of Blues.

Just in-time for the holidays, Disney is now offering eGift cards in addition to the standard physical gift cards.

You can buy eGift cards online, and have them delivered via email. eGift cards can be used at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Disney PhotoPass, DisneyStore.com or Disney Store locations in the U.S.

The eGift cards are redeemable directly from your phone by scanning the barcode, without the need to print them.

Visit the Disney.com site to purchase.

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

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