Skip to main content

Ears the News: May 4, 2018 Edition


Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com.


The Pandora Utility Suit made its official debut at Disney's Animal Kingdom last week on Earth Day.

Developed by the Pandora Conservation Initiative, the 10ft tall Pandora Utility Suit is piloted by a
Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com
PCI scientist, who uses the suit to travel through the Valley of Mo'ara to study the Pandoran plants and fauna. During the travels, the pilot takes time to talk to guests and educates them on some of the details of Pandora.

During its opening week there were two shows per day at 9:45am and 11:45am, but the latest schedules are varying. So if you want to see the suit in action, try to get to Pandora early and wait near Pongu Pongu in the far corner of Pandora.

The Haramabe Theater at Disney's Animal Kingdom will be closing for a one day refurbishment next week.

As a result, the Festival of the Lion King show will not be performed on Wednesday May 9 2018.

Disney has released the first image shot inside the upcoming Alien Swirling Saucers attraction in Toy Story Land.

At Alien Swirling Saucers, which is an attraction that’s been designed to look like a toy from Pizza Planet and placed in his backyard next to his Buzz Lightyear’s Star Command playset, Aliens fly around in their toy flying saucers while “The Claw” appears overhead. As you whirl around the toy planets and space stations as part of the game, you’ll swirl to the beat of a fun electronic space music soundtrack that includes eight songs that may sound familiar, but will be heard in a quirky way you’ve never experienced before. Guests will also see pizza details throughout the attraction, including pizza columns, a pizza space station and the Planet Pepperonia.

Disney has also released a ride through video of the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster.


Video courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog.
Having trouble viewing the video? Click here to watch on YouTube.

A Wheezy Audio-Animatronics figure will be part of Slinky Dog Dash in the upcoming Toy Story Land.

At the end of the attraction, Wheezy sings “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” assisted by Mike
Photo courtesy of Disney.
(the tape recorder), who’s provided him with a microphone, and Mr. Spell, who “texts” funny commentary. The friends are surrounded by a collection of toys, including a Rubik’s cube, a canister for a game called Pick-Up Snakes, toy wooden blocks spelling out F-U-N, and toy packages for an RC Car and a triangle puzzle game, all framed by a towering book, Mr. Pricklepants Songs for Singing.

Toy Story Land opens June 30, 2018 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The Magic Kingdom's ticketed event, 'Disney After Hours' will continue into the summer of 2018.

Like before, the event gives guests extra time in the park to enjoy attractions after regular park closing. There are 11 dates currently planned, June 28, 30; July 7, 9, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 30; September 20, 2018.

Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom tickets get you into the park from 7pm, with the event taking place from regular park close for three hours. 'Disney After Hours' includes complimentary ice cream novelties and beverages.

The cost is $119 plus tax for ages 3+ with advance purchase, or $124 for day of. Passholders and DVC can get a discounted rate of $89 plus tax. Theme park admission is not required.

Extra Magic Hours for Disney resort hotel guests are not impacted by this event, with Disney After Hours taking place on non-EMH nights.

You can call 407-827-7185 to book tickets or purchase them directly from the Walt Disney World website.

Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com.

After a 35 year long run, Disney's hard ticketed Night of Joy event at Walt Disney World will no longer take place.

Night of Joy moved from the Magic Kingdom to ESPN Wide World of Sports 2016.

Although Disney has not offered a reason for discontinuing Night of Joy, most suspect that the decision was based on the number of operational difficulties event created.


Looking to plan your next trip to Walt Disney World? Contact the agents at Kingdom Konsultant Travel to help you plan your dream vacation. Email vacations@kingdomkonsultant.com for a free quote today.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Pros of the Disney Skyliner

Disney’s Skyliner, a gondola system connecting several resorts and two theme parks, opened a little over a year ago in September 2019. Before its opening, resorts on the Disney World Monorail, which connects three deluxe resorts and their related villas with two theme parks, were considered the most coveted accommodations … but has that changed now that the Skyliner is here? I recently stayed at Disney’s Riviera Resort, which features a Skyliner station with direct access to the back entrance of Epcot as well as the BoardWalk area and the Yacht & Beach Club. In the other direction, passing through the hub next door at Caribbean Beach Resort allows for access to the front entrance of Hollywood Studios in minutes. Other resorts with Skyliner stations include Art of Animation and Pop Century, which in my opinion raises the value of these Value Resorts. The ability to get to so many resort areas for shopping and dining is a bonus. The continuous cycle of Skyliner gondolas means the lin

Paddlefish Restaurant at Disney Springs

After arriving in Walt Disney World around dinnertime with no reservations on our latest trip, we headed over to Disney Springs to see what was available and Paddlefish caught our eye with the beautiful boat shining on the water.  There was space for us at the bar where they serve the full menu, so we settled right in for what was about to be a delicious dinner. We started with cocktails and were very impressed by not only the cocktail selection, but also the bartender's knowledge and expertise on the menu to guide us through our selections tonight.  At the recommendation of the staff, we had to give the Lobster Corn Dogs a try for our appetizer.  These were so fun and very delicious (and I don't normally like lobster!) They are most like a corn dog in that they are on a stick, but don't let that stop you from giving these a try.  Next up it was time for our entrees, we both opted for options "from the port" since we were in a seafood inspired restaurant, we could

Ears the News: September 27, 2019 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com The 6 mile long Disney Skyliner opens at the end of the month in Walt Disney World, and we are now starting to hear confirmation of some of the operational details. As expected, lightning will be addressed by the Skyliner system closing when lightning is forecast. The system does feature lightning protection, but Disney will obviously be keeping guests out of the sky during bad weather. Bus service will be available during weather closure of the Skyliner. Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com Disney Skyliner is able to carry 10 guests per cabin, and guests may also travel with strollers, wheelchairs and service animals. There are five stations in total covering the 3 lines - at Caribbean Beach, Pop Century/Art of Animation, Disney Riviera Resort, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot International Gateway. Caribbean Beach is the main gateway and you will transfer there to each