Saturday, December 15, 2018

Ears the News: December 15, 2018 Edition


Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

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Disney Springs will be hosting a limited time Kingdom Hearts experience this winter.

Beginning December 14, 2018, the experience will give guests the chance to play some of the Kingdom Hearts III game, see a Keyblade exhibit and special artwork.

Visitors can also pre-order the game using kiosks, which is set for release on January 29, 2019. The Disney Springs Kingdom of Hearts experience will be open through January 31, 2019.

Kingdom Hearts III is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the twelfth installment in the Kingdom Hearts series, a sequel to Kingdom Hearts II, and the final chapter in the Dark Seeker saga. Characters from Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Frozen make appearances in the game.

Disney has not yet confirmed the location, but the former Disney Corner building in the Town Centre is thought to be where the Kingdom Hearts experience will take place.

Disney has announced the performer line-up for the 2019 Garden Rocks Concert Series - part of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

This year's concerts will expand to seven days a week, which means more than 270 concerts across the 90 day festival in 2019. 
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Here is the performer line-up so far:
  • March 9-10: Glass Tiger “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” 
  • March 17-20: Simple Plan “Welcome to My Life” 
  • March 28-29: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn “Take My Breath Away” 
  • March 30-31: The Smithereens (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Top of the Pops” 
  • April 3-4: Christopher Cross (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Sailing” 
  • April 5-7: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You” 
  • April 12-13: Sister Sledge (NEW to Garden Rocks) “We Are Family” 
  • April 20-21: Steven Curtis Chapman (NEW) “Cinderella” 
  • April 22-23: TobyMac (NEW) “The Elements” 
  • April 24-26: Lonestar “Amazed” 
  • April 27-30: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman” 
  • May 1-4: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am” 
  • May 5-7: Don Felder, Formerly of the Eagles “Hotel California” 
  • May 20-21: Colin Hay of Men at Work (NEW) “Who Can It Be Now?” 

Garden Rocks concert performances take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. each night of the festival and are included in regular park admission. Guaranteed concert seating can is available by reserving a Garden Rocks Dining Package at select Epcot restaurants. Reservations for concert dining packages opened December 13, 2018.

Disney's Animal Kingdom is offering a new Tasting Sampler offer for a limited time, which gets you $35 of food for $30, and preferred seating for one guest at the second showing of Rivers of Light.

When you purchase the Tasting Sampler, you’ll receive a pre-loaded $35 digital gift card via email for $30. This gift card will contain a bar code that can be added to your digital wallet and scanned at over 40 outdoor carts and kiosks throughout Disney's Animal Kingdom.
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During this limited time, you’ll be able to try out a few new offerings such as Shrimp Curry and Chicken Curry Bowls at Kusafiri Bakery, House-smoked Pastrami Sliders at Smiling Crocodile, Buffalo Chicken Chips at Trilo-Bites, Pulled Pork or Shrimp Mac and Cheese plates at Eight Spoon Cafe, Korean Fiery Beef Sliders and Tuna Bao at Caravan Road, and more.

The experience can only be purchased online or by calling 407 WDW-DINE or 407 939-3463 and must be purchased at least 24 hours prior to arriving at the park, and is valid from December 22 2018 to January 2 2019, during the hours of 10:30am to 6pm.

Disney has announced a change to the narrator line-up for the 2018 Candlelight Processional, part of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.

Joey Fatone will be replacing Edward James Olmos on December 24 and 25.

The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts gets started on January 18, 2019, celebrating the visual, culinary and performing arts.

Like the Food and Wine Festival Marketplace kiosks, and Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens, the Festival of the Arts will feature special menus at kiosks around World Showcase.

The Food Studios kiosks this year will be open daily from 11am to 9pm, January 18 to February 25, 2019.

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The Deconstructed Dish

Food:
  • Deconstructed BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam and Soft Poached Egg 
  • Deconstructed Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage and a Rye Curl 
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil 
Beverages:
  • Pop-Artsicle: Red, White and Blue Frozen Slushy (non-alcoholic) 
  • Deconstructed Breakfast (non-alcoholic) 
  • Imagery Sauvignon Blanc, California 
  • Mad Genius Red Blend, California 
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings® Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Cream Bourbon, garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon 
Cuisine Classique

Food:
  • Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic 
  • Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc (GF) 
  • Saint-Honoré Tart: Caramel Cream Tart with Caramel Glaze topped with Cream Puffs 
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie 
Beverages:
  • Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider, Walden, NY 
  • Concrete Beach Brewery Rosé Ale, Miami, FL 
  • Frosé 
  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series, Logrono, Spain 
  • Domaine Savary Chablis, Burgundy 
  • A Play on Rosé Flight

The Artist’s Table

Food:
  • Beef Wellington with Mushroom Bordelaise, Fennel Cream, and Roasted Baby Vegetables 
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp (GF) 
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie 
Beverages:
  • Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, Milk and Dark (non-alcoholic) 
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co. Neapolitan Milk Stout, Douglas, MI 
  • Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Lexington, KY 
  • Lindemans Framboise Lambic, Belgium 
  • Barrymore Rosé, Monterey County, CA 
  • Carmel Road Drew’s Blend Pinot Noir, Monterey County, CA 
  • Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Mozart Cream Liqueurs paired with Sipping Chocolates 
  • Chocolate and Beer Pairing Flight 
The Painter’s Palate

Food:
  • Smoked Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-herbs 
  • Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts 
  • Whipped Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs (V) 
  • Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs 
  • Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad 
  • Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres 
  • Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini 
  • Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon 
  • Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aïoli (V) 
  • Pop’t Art: Abstract Designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V) 
  • White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette 
  • Mickey and Pluto White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V) 
  • Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V) 
Beverages:
  • North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner Style Beer, Fort Bragg, CA 
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Jazz IPA, Doral, FL 
  • Central 28 Beer Company Miss Mary Brown Oatmeal Brown Ale, DeBary, FL 
  • Popcorn Pairing Flight 

Pop Eats!

Food:
  • Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Apple and Beet Chips (GF) 
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam (GF) 
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Callebaut Belgian Chocolate (V) 
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-design Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V) 
Beverages:
  • Blue Sky Black Cherry Boba Freeze (non-alcoholic) 
  • #RainbowSherbertGlitterDreamAle by Playalinda Brewing Co., Titusville, FL 
  • Popping Bubbles Cocktail 
Decadent Delights

Food:
  • White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Caramel, Coconut and Maple Meringue 
  • Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Pretzel Crunch 
  • Lemon and Blood Orange Tart 
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie 
Beverages:
  • 3 Daughters Strawberry Blonde Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO 
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, England 
  • Biagio Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont 
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port, St. Petersburg, FL 
  • Cold Fashioned Coffee Cocktail 
  • Neapolitan Beer Flight 
The Masterpiece Kitchen

Food:
  • Charcuterie Palette with Artisan Cured Meats and Cheeses featuring Nueske’s ® Applewood Smoked Beef 
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction (V) 
  • Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta 
Beverages:
  • Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Freising, Germany 
  • Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Brut Champagne 
  • The Meeker Vineyard Winemakers’ Handprint Merlot, Sonoma County, CA 
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut, Spain 
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé, Spain 
  • Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist 
Additional Festival Locations from these year-round food stops.

Funnel Cakes – The American Adventure

Food:
  • Salted Caramel Funnel Cake 
Taste Track – Future World East

Food:
  • Lobster Bacon Macaroni & Cheese served in a Warm Bread Cone 
  • Paintbrush Churros: Cinnamon Sugar Churros Dipped in Colorful White Chocolate 
Beverages:
  • Pancake Milkshake (non-alcoholic) 
  • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont 
Fife & Drum – The American Adventure

Food:
  • Musical Float: Layered Strawberry, Lemonade and Blue Raspberry Slushy with Vanilla Ice Cream and White Chocolate 
Block & Hans – The American Adventure

Beverages:
  • Ciderboys Grand Mimosa Apple Orange Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI 
  • Karbach Brewing Co. Love Street Kölsch-style Blonde, Houston, TX 
  • Full Sail Brewing Co. Blood Orange Wheat Ale, Hood River, OR 
  • Dogfish Head Brewery 60 Minute IPA, Milton, DE 
  • Big Top Brewing Co. Hawaiian Lion Coconut Coffee Porter, Sarasota, FL 
Takumi Table – Japan Pavilion

Food:
  • Taiyaki: Fish-shaped Japanese Sweet Stuffed Pastry with Red Bean Paste and topped with Whipped Cream and Sesame Custard 
  • Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Avocado and Masago accented with Citrus-soy Gelée and Wasabi on the side 
Beverages:
  • Sapporo Draft Beer 
  • Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup 
  • Melting Snow Cocktail: Sake, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, and Japanese Calpico 
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

Beverages:

All Festival specialty drinks served hot or cold.
  • Canada: Starry Night Latte: A delicious shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with Creamy Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, topped with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream 
  • Disney Traders: Surreal Cinnamon Latte; 
  • A shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with RumChata and Cinnamon Whisky, blended with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream. 
  • Future World East: Espresso-nist Latte: A shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with rich Baileys Espresso Crème Liqueur, topped with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream. 
  • The American Adventure: Bourbon Brushstroke Latte: A shot of Italian Espresso mixed with Bourbon Whiskey Cream liqueur, blended with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream. 
El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist) – Mexico Pavilion

Food:
  • Sopes de Chilorio: Slow-braised Pork marinated in Ancho Chili Paste served on Fried Corn Dough with Black Beans, Queso Oaxaca, Crema Mexicana and Salsa Verde 
  • Callo de Hacha en Salsa de Jengibre y Habanero: Two Seared Scallops with Ginger-habanero Sauce atop Yucca Purée 
  • Chocoflan: Creamy Mexican Custard and Chocolate Sponge Cake topped with Cajeta and Hazelnuts 
Beverages:
  • Allende Mexican Craft Beer 
  • Frida Lychee Margarita: El Velo Blanco Tequila, Lychee Purée, Botran Rum, and Fresh Lime Juice 
  • Diego Dragon Fruit Margarita: Bruxo Mezcal, Dragon Fruit Purée, Ginger Cordial, and Guanábana Liqueur 
Refreshment OutPost – Outpost

Food:
  • Chilled Shrimp, Quinoa, Layered Vegetables, Spiced Yogurt and Red Pepper Coulis 
Refreshment Port – Showcase Plaza

Food:
  • Lobster Chips: House-made Chips, Lobster, Lobster Bisque Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapeños and Citrus Cream 
Beverages:
  • Glazed Pork Belly Bloody Mary: Classic Bloody Mary with Absolut Vodka garnished with Maple IPA Glazed Pork Belly, Pickled Carrots, Celery, Stuffed Olives and Cherry Tomato 

The Painted Panda – China

Food:
  • Crystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling and garnished with Toasted Coconut 
  • Dragon and Phoenix: Spicy Sautéed Shrimp with Spinach Noodles 
  • Plum Infused Cherry Tomatoes 
Beverages:
  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic) 
  • Jasmine Draft Beer 
  • Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple 
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec 
  • Tomato Plum Cocktail: Plum Wine with Plum Infused Tomatoes 
L’Art du Cuisine Francaise – France

Food:
  • Crème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread Bowl 
  • Dariole de Saumon à la Provencale, Sauce Beurre Blanc, Fleuron: Salmon Terrine with Zucchini and Tomato, Beurre Blanc Sauce, Puff Pastry Fleuron 
  • Moelleux Aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates 
Beverages:
  • Frosé: Frozen Côtes de Provence Rosé Wine with Grey Goose Vodka and Peach Purée 
  • Crémant de Bourgogne Veuve d’Ambal Expression: French Sparkling Burgundy Wine 
  • Alsace, Riesling Reserve Willm 
Mosaic Canteen – Morocco

Food:
  • Spiced Beef with Pine Nuts and Dried Cherries, Hummus and Pita Chips 
  • Mediterranean Flatbread with Zaatar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella and Feta Cheese 
  • Chebbakia: Hand-twisted Strips of Fried Dough coated with Honey, Rosewater and Sesame Seeds 
  • Bordeaux, Château Prignac, Medoc, 2014 
Beverages:
  • Casa Beer 
  • Bonassia Red, Meknès, Morocco 
  • Embrace the Arak: Massaya Arak, Grapefruit Juice and Grenadine 
L’Arte di Mangiare – Italy

Food:
  • Barbabietole Dolci, Caprino Fritto: Roasted Candied Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Fritters 
  • Costine di Maiale Aceto Balsamico: Sweet & Sour Balsamic-glazed Pork Ribs 
  • Spuma al Miele d’Arancio: Orange Honey Mousse with Peaches and Mint Marjoram Cream 
Beverages:
  • Moretti Lager 
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer 
  • Prosecco, Villa Sandi 
  • Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande 
  • Corbinello, Montegrande 
  • Pinot Grigio, Bosco del Merlo 
  • Merlot, Montegrande 
  • Amaretto Bellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée and Prosecco 
  • Vodka Rossini: Vodka, Strawberry Purée and Prosecco 

Reservations are now open for the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts workshops.

Workshops are hands-on, interactive experiences that allow you an opportunity to create your own work of art to take home. Workshops are hosted in the Odyssey Festival Showplace, typically run 75 minutes and are offered Friday-Monday for an additional fee of $39 plus tax.
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Call (407) WDW-TOUR to book, and for more information on workshop and seminar offerings, visit ArtfulEpcot.com.







Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom is scheduled to close for its annual refurbishment in early 2019.

The refurbishment is set to begin on January 7 through to March 22, reopening to guests on March 23, 2019.


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.

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