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Ears the News: October 25, 2019 Edition


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In a recent update at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, the Star Wars inspired menu names have been removed and replaced with simple food titles.


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The Braised Shaak Roast has become Beef Pot Roast, Smoked Kaadu Ribs is now Smoked Pork Ribs, and the Roasted Endorian Tip-Yip Salad is now simply a Roasted Chicken Salad. View the full menu at Disneyworld.com for more of the new names.

It isn't clear why the names have been removed, since the original menu had a detailed description of each item and what it contained. However, guest confusion is likely the cause, prompting Disney to make the change.

Warwick Davis and Chita Rivera have been added to the narrator line-up for the 2019 Candlelight Processional.

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Here is the line-up so far:
  • Ming-Na Wen - 11/29-12/1 
  • Neil Patrick Harris – 12/2-12/5 
  • Whoopi Goldberg – 12/6-12/7 
  • Isabella Rossellini - 12/8-12/10 
  • Chita Rivera - 12/11 - 12/12 
  • Gary Sinise – 12/13-12/15 
  • Pat Sajak – 12/16-12/18 
  • Warwick Davis - 12/19-12/21 
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/22-12/24 
  • Edward James Olmos – 12/25-12/26 
  • Marlee Matlin - 12/27-12/28 
  • Lisa Ling – 12/29-12/30 
Splash Mountain will be closing for a near two-month refurbishment in early 2020. 


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The closure begins on January 6 with a reopening to guests on February 28 2020.

Walt Disney Presents at Disney's Hollywood Studios will soon be showing a special look at the upcoming Frozen 2 movie. The preview begins on November 5, 2019.


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Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park will be offering several Halloween activities this year, taking place on October 31, 2019.


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Trick or Treating will be available at three candy stops - Typhoon Lagoon’s front entrance, Singapore Sal’s and Safe Harbor. You can also check out pumpkin carvings at Singapore Sal's and decorate your own mini-pumpkin.

Mickey and Donald will be meeting and greeting in Halloween costumes near the Clock Tower.

Special treats will include the I-Scream Cone at Happy Landings Ice Cream - featuring Orange Dole Whip Soft Serve, a sandwich cookie waffle cone, Halloween sprinkles and a white chocolate surfboard.

You can also try fall-inspired menu items including Pumpkin Milkshakes, Pumpkin Cream Churros and Pumpkin Sundaes through November 23, 2019.

The app-based restaurant ordering system, Mobile Order, has been added to more Walt Disney World Resort hotel restaurants.


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Recent additions include Capt. Cook's at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, The Artist's Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Landscape of Flavors at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, the Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Disney now has more than 35 locations setup for Mobile Order throughout the Walt Disney World.

Mobile Order allows you to pay for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience app, bypassing the queue to order at the restaurant. Using the app, you can select menu items, customize an order and pre-pay for a meal.

Arriving at the restaurant, you tap an “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When ready, you'll be alerted through the app to pick up the meal at a designated window. Credit card payments are accepted via Mobile Order along with the Disney Dining Plan.

Filming for the 2019 ABC Holiday Specials will take place this year November 7, 9 and 10, 2019.


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Although subject to change, the schedule is for filming at Disney's Hollywood Studios on November 7, and Magic Kingdom on November 9 and 10.

Following on from the previous year's new format, there will be multiple TV shows, set to air throughout the holiday season, in November and December. Airing dates are still to be announced.

As in recent years, no parade will be filmed at Walt Disney World, but stage show performances including musical acts will be filmed in Florida. The parade will be filmed at Disneyland Resort in California.

Tickets will not be made available to guests, with Cast Members filling in the audience as extras. It may be possible to see parts of the filming from guest areas however.

Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night debuted at Disney's Animal Kingdom this past summer, and new dates have now been added for this winter.


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Dates are available to book online now for December 4, 2019 through to April 15, 2020.

The $125 dining adventure begins with a welcome reception at the Wildlife Express Train Station and takes you to the train station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, then continues on to Harambe Market. Throughout the night, you’ll take in sights, sounds, and flavors in celebration of “The Lion King” and the Big Five game animals: the African elephant, the rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, and our host animal, the lion. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of the Big Five and the challenges they face around the world as well as how Disney is working to protect them.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will be updated with new destinations inspired by the latest episode of the Star Wars saga at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disney Resort.


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The new additions will open at Disney's Hollywood Studios alongside the December 20th opening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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