Friday, May 3, 2019

Ears the News: May 3, 2019 Edition


Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com


Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will debut an all new fireworks show for 2019 - replacing the 14 year old Hallo-Wishes show.

According to Disney, "this new show will feature state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting
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and dazzling fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. The show will take guests along on a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. The journey takes them from one room of the house to another, encountering dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of troublemaking Disney villains."

Following from the original pilot at the Magic Kingdom, Disney Guest Experience teams have now been deployed at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The teams at the Studios began appearing in the park earlier this month, and can be found at various locations throughout the park wearing blue shirts.
  • Near the Dedication Plaque and Statue 
  • Near Tower of Terror FastPass+ kiosk 
  • Near the entrance to Toy Story Land 
  • Near the entrance to Path of the Jedi 
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Just like at Magic Kingdom, they can help with wait times, FastPass+, My Disney Experience, Magic Bands and general park tips. The stations also feature a video display offering wait times and information.

Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios has been open for less than a year, and plans are already underway for the land's first addition - a new table service restaurant.

The Roundup Rodeo BBQ restaurant will have an immersive environment full of toys, games and playsets. As for the food, no details have been given, we can assume BBQ from the name, and it appears from the concept art that it may be family style. 
Concept art courtesy of Disney Parks


You may remember the original August 2015 concept art (pictured below), showed a complex of buildings in the area to the lower right side as you enter the land. This was cut from the land that was built, but this is the likely location of the new table service restaurant.



Cinderella's Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom will be introducing a new Signature Celebration package in August 2019.

Priced at $199 plus tax and gratuity for adults and $169 for children, the package includes a character dining experience in the castle, reserved fireworks viewing in the West Plaza Garden, and an after fireworks dessert party.

During the evening, additional extras will include a meet and greet with Cinderella and Prince Charming upon arrival at the restaurant, a complimentary sparkling wine or specialty beverage and a box of truffles.

Reservations will begin April 30 on 407-WDW-DINE. There are no discounts, nor is it on the Disney Dining Plan.

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Disney's Hollywood Studios debuted a new projection show on May 1, 2019, with the premiere of “Wonderful World of Animation.”

The show takes guests on a journey through 90-plus years of Disney and Pixar animated films, including blasts from the past and rarely seen characters, as well as new favorites and classic stories.

"Wonderful World of Animation" begins with Mickey Mouse, as the park’s iconic Chinese Theater transforms into the black-and-white world of the classic short film, “Mickey’s Gala Premiere.” From there, the show celebrates Mickey’s starring role in “Fantasia,” and includes scenes from “Coco” and “The Incredibles” to “Sleeping Beauty” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

The 12 minute show plays nightly prior to the “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” show.


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Disney also released a new behind the scenes video with a look at the new "Wonderful World of Animation."


Video courtesy of Disney Parks.
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Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom will be offering a limited-time Lion King Dining Experience this summer.

This limited-time prix fixe menu will be available during the dinner period at Jiko – The Cooking
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Place starting June 30 in addition to Jiko’s regular menu. Pricing is $65 per person, tax and gratuity not included, with the option to add your choice of two levels of wine pairings at an additional cost.

You’ll start your meal off with the “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” starter – a dish featuring Young Cedar Creek clam malata, potatoes, pomegranate, and a bone marrow finish.

Next, choose from two entrées: Bone-In Ribeye with hibiscus, nettles, and fregula or Lobster Sosatie with red shrimp, squid, mussels, and fragrant rice.

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The dessert features caramelized orange and chocolate choux. 

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Finally, you'll get some candy and teas to complete the experience. Wine pairings are available at an additional cost, and the full Jiko menu will remain available for diners. 

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