Sunday, November 25, 2018

Ears the News: November 25, 2018 Edition


Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

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Epcot's O Canada! 360 degree movie will receive an update.

The CircleVision 360 show was last updated in 2007 and included new scenes highlighting Canada's natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities and diverse populace and hosted by Canadian actor Martin Short. 
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Disney is also currently working on an update to the Reflections of China 360 degree movie, and both China and Canada movies are expected to use the new seamless 360 CircleVision technology that eliminates the gaps between each of the 9 screens that make up the 360 degree show.

Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration will honor Mickey and Minnie Mouse, with new entertainment, merchandise and specialty food and beverages at Magic Kingdom beginning January 18, 2019.

Here is a run-down of the new character experiences coming to the Magic Kingdom.
  • Mickey and Minnie will greet guests together inside Town Square Theater, wearing all-new, colorful outfits for their special celebration. 
  • Guests will enjoy Celebration Station inside Town Square Theater, where they may sign a guestbook to let Mickey and Minnie know, personally, how much fun they had during the party. 
  • An all-new song, “It’s a Good Time,” will play several times daily as part of the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party.” During this high-energy bash, singing hosts will invite guests to join in the fun with Disney pals including Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and many others. 
  • Mickey’s beloved dog, Pluto, will meet guests under the big top at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus. 

Disney has announced that Disney's Hollywood Studios will mark its 30th year with a new logo.

The grand unveiling is set for January 18, 2019, along with the debut of Metroville where guests can meet Edna Mode and the Incredibles.

Beginning November 21, 2018, Ralph Breaks VR will put you inside an all new multi-sensory Disney adventure where you’ll be immersed in the internet world of Ralph Breaks the Internet. 

In teams of four, guests will break into the internet with Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz disguised as characters from the film called “Netizens” to play the newest, coolest video game ever.
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“There is nothing more magical than stepping inside a rich animated world – especially one filled with color, life, humor and delightful characters as is the case with Ralph Breaks the Internet,” says Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in Charge at ILMxLAB. “Ralph Breaks VR is an experience that brings a smile to your face and the desire to have another go around with friends and family.”

“Designing the elements that pull you irresistibly into the unique world of Ralph and Vanellope has been an incredibly fun process,” said Curtis Hickman, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of The VOID. “What we’ve created together with ILMxLAB is an astounding adventure that allows people to experience a unique extension of Wreck-It Ralph’s detailed characters, environments and stories.”

To experience The VOID, guests must be at least 48” tall and 10 years old.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, which launched last winter, will continue to operate. For more details on experience availability and to purchase your tickets, visit TheVOID.com.

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto will host the first annual “12 Beers of Christmas” at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs on Sunday December 2, 2018.

You'll be able to enjoy pairings of Pan-Asian bites at each station, which include okonomiyaki,
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takoyaki, yakisoba, yakitori, gyoza, various dim sum, raw bar varieties, and multiple types of ramen and sushi. Chef Morimoto will personally host the event and be on hand to autograph his newest cookbook, Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking, which will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the cookbook sales will be donated to Give Kids The World Village. Located in Central Florida, Give Kids The World is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort built exclusively to serve critically-ill children – and their families – who are visiting Florida on weeklong “wish trips.”

"We are so excited to welcome breweries from across Florida to Morimoto Asia for this event as we raise funds for Give Kids the World," said Kyle Collins, Director of Marketing, Patina Restaurant Group. "Chef Morimoto is a big fan of the craft beer movement and pairing his cuisine with beer. He's thrilled to host such a fun afternoon."

Tickets cost $55 per person and can be purchased at https://store.patinagroup.com/event/12-beers-of-christmas (price is all-inclusive and covers tax and gratuity). Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Reservations open November 27, 2018 for the new 15 story Gran Destino Tower at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

The tower, which will be completed in July 2019, will serve as the new main entrance point for guests visiting the resort, and will add a total of 545 new guest rooms (including 50 suites) to the resort, as well as feature a two-story lobby. A themed table-service restaurant is also planned for the top of Gran Destino Tower, offering views of the Walt Disney World Resort.

Concept art courtesy of Disney

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