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Ears the News: January 18, 2019 Edition


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Tickets are now available for the 2019 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom.

The earlier start introduced in 2018 continues for 2019, beginning a day earlier than last year at August 16. The full schedule is as follows:
  • August 2019 – 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 
  • September 2019 – 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29 
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  • October 2019 – 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31 
  • November 2019 – 1 
As in recent years, pricing changes depending on the specific day, but tickets begin at $79 for advance purchase, rising to $135 for October 31. This year's pricing shows the expected price increase of around $5, with 2018 tickets beginning at $75.

You can buy tickets now at DisneyWorld.com.

Disney H2O Glow at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is back for summer 2019, and tickets are now on sale.

Starting May 30, H2O Glow Nights will take place Thursday and Saturday nights, through August 24 2019. The party officially runs 8pm-11 pm, but guests can experience Typhoon Lagoon as early as 6pm on event nights.

Advance tickets are available now at DisneyWorld.com and are $59 for adults (plus tax) and $54 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). On event days, tickets are $69 for adults (plus tax) and $64 for children (plus tax). Last year's inaugural season pricing was $55 for adults and $50 for children.

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A long standing tradition for many Disney Springs visitors has come to an end - getting that free Ghirardelli sample as you enter the Marketplace store.

The change has been introduced across all of the Ghirardelli stores, and has come to the Disney Springs location during the past few weeks.

Disney has today released a few more details on its plans for the 90 day 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, which reaches its 26th year.

A new Bo Peep and her Sheep topiary from Disney•Pixar’s upcoming “Toy Story 4” will greet guests at the festival’s new Family Play Zone. Featured gardens will focus on butterflies, bamboo and Shakespeare’s metaphoric plants, while more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries – from Snow White to Daisy Duck – will be featured throughout Epcot.
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New Outdoor Kitchens with their own herb and veggie gardens will debut this year with creative bites and beverages. The Garden Rocks Concert Series expands this year to every day of the festival, offering new and returning acts spanning multiple genres. Returning favorites like The Spinners and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone will be joined by artists new to the festival like TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman and Colin Hay of Men at Work.

The 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will take place March 6 to June 3, 2019 at Walt Disney World.

Disney has announced that the new Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy at Disney's Hollywood Studios will open on March 31, 2019.

The all-new show-attraction, to be located in Sunset Showcase near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, will immerse guests in the world of Cars and bring them face to face with racing legend Lightning McQueen.

Taking on the role of rookie racer, you’ll cruise into the theater and find yourself face-to-face with Lightning McQueen, appearing live on stage. McQueen and the entire audience are enveloped by a giant, wraparound screen that is nearly two stories tall and stretches more than 200 feet from end to end, pulling everyone into the action! The racing legend is excited to showcase what he’s learned over the years. Of course, as Lightning McQueen has discovered throughout his career, things don’t always go according to plan, and he has to think fast to get back on course. Friends like Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and Lightning’s pals from Radiator Springs chime in with their support, as Lightning gears up for the challenge.?

Disney Parks Live Entertainment is working closely with the creative team at Pixar Animation Studios to bring this new “Cars” story to life.

The Sunset Showcase venue opened in 2015 as "flex space," allowing Disney to use the building for different purposes. Since its opening, it has been home to the Club Disney dance party, and a Villains-themed ticketed event.

The Associated Press has been given a backstage look at the Light McQueen Racing Academy show and rehearsals for upcoming new entertainment at Walt Disney World.


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Disney's Animal Kingdom is celebrating the birth of a male Masai giraffe calf born this past Monday.

Mom gave birth to the calf in-front of guests on the Kilimanjaro Safari savanna, and both are now remaining backstage for observation

Disney says that mom and her calf will be back on the savanna in a couple of months, and a name is still to be chosen.

The recently opened Sebastian's Bistro at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort will be discontinuing lunch service later this month. 
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From January 27, 2019, the restaurant will only be open for dinner from 5pm to 10pm daily.

If you are looking for lunch at the resort, both the Centertown Market food court and Spyglass Grill will be open for lunch from 11:30am.




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