Friday, February 24, 2017

Ears the News: February 24, 2017 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

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Details emerge on operational impacts during Caribbean Beach Resort renovations.

Work is expected to last for two years, with Martinique and Barbados islands to become unavailable from May 2017.
Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com.

Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale and Banana Cabana Pool Bar will be closed during some of the refurbishment, beginning May 2017.

Temporary dining options will include:
  • A Caribbean-style buffet for breakfast and a la carte offerings for dinner.
  • A selection of grab-and-go meals available for purchase throughout the day in three island markets in the Aruba, Jamaica and Martinique regions of the resort.
  • In-room pizza delivery will remain available. The menu includes pizza, sandwiches and pasta.
  • Coca-Cola Freestyle machines will be available throughout the resort for Guests to refill their resort mugs.
  • A new quick service location will open near Trinidad island this summer, featuring a walk-up quick service window as well as Guest services assistance in the evenings.
The main Fuentes del Morro Pool and the resort's leisure pools will continue to remain available.

Disney is providing guests with a $25 Disney Gift Card per room for each night of a stay at check-in.

Disney has indicated that the Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined with new additions to the resort’s current marketplace, Centertown, including new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas. This centralized location will offer the resort’s guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining.

Changes have been made this week to guest entry at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The secondary sidewalk entrance that runs alongside Guest Relations is now closed to arriving guests. This walkway was popular with guests arriving from certain areas of the parking lot, avoiding the lengthy walk around the resort bus stops and to the main entrance area.

All guests are now being directed to the main security screening area in-front of the turnstiles.

The secondary sidewalk is still available for guests leaving the park.

Walt Disney Imagineering has shared the first in a new series of videos, giving a first look inside Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Portfolio Creative Executive Joe Rohde also explains how Avatar fits within the original concept of Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Pandora - The World of Avatar will officially open on May 27, 2017. 



Trouble viewing the video? Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Disney's Contemporary Resort is offering a new fireworks viewing experience beginning later this week.

Celebration at the Top costs $99 per person plus tax and gratuity, and includes canap├ęs, a selection of sushi, a selection of flatbreads and other small plates. A complimentary bar offering craft beers, California wines, cordials and coffee will also be available.
Photo courtesy the Disney Parks Blog
Following the food and drink in one of the California Grill's banquet rooms, comes a viewing of the Magic kIngdom's Wishes fireworks show.

To conclude the night, petit four desserts are available in the private banquet room.

Reservations can be made now for dates beginning February 26 through to March 26 via 407-WDW-DINE. Valet parking is included with the cost.

Disney has released new details for the new character dining experience with Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel and Prince Eric at Disney's BoardWalk.

Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno will cost $34 for adults, and $20 for children, beginning April 2, 2017. Breakfast will be available from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM, and is 1 credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

Breakfast will begin with a choice of a mixed berry parfait or fresh fruit salad and a frying pan of pastries featuring braided breakfast bread and clam shell pastries. Entree choices will include:


“Shipwreck al Forno” 
Calzone with scrambled Eggs, Soppressata, Bacon, Sausage, 
Blend of Cheeses and Sunday Gravy 

“Golden Frittata” 
Prosciutto di Parma, Piquillo Peppers, Green Onion, 
Pecorino Romano and Roasted Potatoes 

“Tangled Eggs” 
Tomato & Basil Scrambled Eggs, 
Fresh Mozzarella, Sunday Gravy and Roasted Potatoes 

“Two Eggs Poached Under Water” 
House-made Fennel sausage, Parmesan, and Sunday Gravy 
over Golden Polenta and Toasted Ciabatta 

“Tower of Pancakes” 
Seasonal Buttermilk Pancakes with Bacon or Sausage 

“Royal Breakfast” 
Oak-Grilled Steak, Cheesy Egg Torte, Asparagus, 
Crispy Onions and Roasted Potatoes 

“Swimmers di ‘light'” 
Smoked Salmon Egg White Omelet with Spinach, Mushrooms, 
Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Roasted potatoes 

Photo courtesy the Disney Parks Blog

Kids can choose a Mickey Pancake, Mickey Waffle or a “Little Royal Breakfast,” which will feature an egg, bacon and toast.

Reservations are now open at 407-WDW-DINE or online.

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