Friday, October 5, 2018

Ears the News: October 5, 2018 Edition


Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com


The Edison at Disney Springs will present 'A Halloween Soirée' - celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Guests are invited to dress in festive attire that pays homage to The Nightmare Before Christmas as they snack on small plates and signature sips inspired by the film and enjoy an enchanted entertainment line-up that includes flying aerialists, stilt-walking skeletons, eclectic dancers, live music and more.
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Tasty passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails are included along with The Edison's full food & beverage menu for purchase. Guest must be 21 or older to attend.

Tickets are $85 per person plus tax and gratuity, and the event takes place October 31, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online now.

A new-look and more streamlined My Disney Experience site has debuted at the official Disney World site.

The new site brings a step-by-step approach to managing your Walt Disney World vacation, including resort stays, ticket purchases, dining reservations and FastPass+ selections.

Beginning October 16, 2018, Walt Disney World will launch date-based tickets, and this updated site looks to be the first step in helping guests navigate the increased complexity of the ticket purchasing process.

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Reservations are now open for Sebastian's Bistro, the new table service restaurant at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.

Availability begins from October 8, 2018, with lunch from 11am to 4pm, and dinner 4pm to 10pm daily.
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Sebastian's Bistro will replaced the former Shutters restaurant as the resort's table service offering.

Located on the waterfront, Sebastian's Bistro offers a menu that blends Latin and Caribbean flavors, with the interior reflecting a tropical beachfront home, from coral patterns and kelp filigree, to lure-inspired art and nautical designs.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort will open the doors to the all new Old Port Royale on Monday October 8, 2018.

Old Port Royale will be come the new front desk and concierge area, and will also include the Centertown Market quick service restaurant, Sebastian’s Bistro table service restaurant, Banana Cabana pool bar, and the Calypso Trading Post.
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Along with the new additions, changes will be made to the island names on October 8. Trinidad North will become Barbados, and Trinidad South will become Trinidad.

Also on October 8, the existing entrance on Buena Vista Drive will close, and the new entrance on Victory Way near to Art of Animation will be the primary entrance for cars and buses.

Finally, pick-up for Magical Express, Disney Cruise Line and luggage delivery will move from Custom House to Old Port Royale early on October 8 2018.

New pricing is in effect at Walt Disney World for beverages and snacks, with some seeing a considerable increase.

The following isn't an exhaustive list, but shows examples of increases observed so far.
  • Regular sodas are now $3.99, up from the previous $3.29 
  • Large sodas are now $4.49, up from $3.49 
  • SmartWater is now $5.50, up from $4.50 
  • Regular coffee is now $3.29, up from $2.79 
  • Hot Tea is now $3.29 up from $2.79 
  • Bottled water is now $3.50, up from $3.00 
  • Orange Juice is now $4.99, up from $4.29 
  • Churro is now $5.89, up from $5.19 

The Magic Kingdom's Be Our Guest Restaurant is now serving alcohol at breakfast and lunch.

Be Our Guest Restaurant made headlines back in 2012 when it became the first Magic Kingdom restaurant to serve alcohol, which was restricted to dinner. Until 2012, since opening day in 1971, the Magic Kingdom had followed a strict no-alcohol policy.

The Fantasyland restaurant is now serving $10 Mimosa and Sangria at breakfast, along with beers and wines at lunch ranging in price from $8.50 to $11.

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Reservations are now open for the new Storybook Dining at Artist Point in Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort.

Starting December 16, 2018, pricing is $55 for adults and $33 for children ages 3-9 (tax and gratuity not included). Each guest will receive one of each appetizer, their choice of entrée, and one of each dessert as well as their choice of non-alcoholic fountain beverage (alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty beverages are not included).

Artist Point will continue to operate as a signature restaurant through November 10, 2018, prior to the switch over to character dining.

According to Disney, "Storybook Dining at Artist Point will invite guests to venture into an Enchanted Forest-like setting inspired by Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” There, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal of fantastic fare with visits from Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy. Delightful music and activities will help bring the classic fairytale to life, and you’ll even have an opportunity for an encounter with The Queen.
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The seasonal themed menu combines classic dishes with playful presentation. You’ll begin with a selection of shared appetizers: Hunter’s Pie with chicken, black truffle, and stone fruit preserve; Winter Squash Bisque with caramel loli and granola served in an adorable black cauldron; Wicked Shrimp Cocktail with soy, miso, avocado, thai chili, and greens; and From the Garden, an array of fruits, vegetables, cheese, and create-your-own honey butter.

For the main entrées, you’ll have a choice of one of the many unique dishes such as the Royal Prime Rib Roast with horseradish mashed potato, hay-smoked carrots, popover, and jus as well as Magic Mirror Slow Braised Veal Shank with mashed celery root, wilted winter greens, and jus. Or if seafood is more your style, try the Seafood Stew with shrimp, bay scallops, mussels, tomato, and fennel.

The kids menu includes the same appetizers and desserts as the main menu and their choice of entrée. Kid’s entrées include the Princess Pasta (with your choice of red sauce or cheese sauce), the Vegetarian Steam Bun (with crip shiitake, hoisin, pickles, and cilantro), Royal Prime Rib Roast, and Grilled Chicken (both served with roasted potatoes and broccolini).

Shared desserts for the table include The Miner's Treasure - made up of sponge cake, chocolate gems, and buttercream icing and the Fairy Tale Gooseberry Pie with meringue. The “Poison” Apple is made of white chocolate apple mousse with a sour center.

Cocktails on offer include the Enchanted Apple with citrus vodka, sour apple, and white cranberry juice or summon The Smoking Mirror with scotch, wildberry, lime, and rosemary smoke. There is also Evil to the Core with silver tequila, habanero, blackberry and orange juice. A variety of beers are also available along with a selection of highly-rated wines from Oregon and Washington State

Peter Pan's Flight at the Magic Kingdom will be closing for refurbishment in early 2019.

The closure begins on January 7, 2019 and reopens to guests on February 2, 2019.

The Tomorrowland Speedway will be closing early in the New Year to begin the re-routing of track to make way for the addition of the Tron coaster.

Current plans call for the ride to close on January 2, 2019 and will reopen to guests on May 18, 2019.
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Disney has said it will open as the same ride, but with adjusted track.

The Walt Disney World Railroad will also temporarily take up residence at the Main Street Station starting in December 2018, pausing its grand-circle tours of Magic Kingdom Park. During this time, you will be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.

Walt Disney Presents at Disney's Hollywood Studios is now showing a sneak peek of the upcoming “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.”

The preview gives an advance look at 12 minutes from the film with a special introduction by Mackenzie Foy, who plays Clara.


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