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Ears the News: November 15, 2019 Edition


Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News

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The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom awakens each night with two all-new sequences for the Christmas Holidays this year.

The wintery tales are set to new arrangements of familiar holiday music and began each night at sunset through to park close. Check out the video below for a look.


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Mickey's Pantry in the Marketplace at Disney Springs will close at the end of November 15, 2019 to make-way for an expansion of the Spice & Tea Exchange.

Spice & Tea Exchange opened as a shop-within-a-shop at Mickey's Pantry back in 2010, and offers over 40 freshly made blends of tea, and a variety of spices, salts, rice and sugars.

The newly expanded Spice & Tea Exchange will open on November 19, 2019.

The Disney products previously sold in Mickey's Pantry will continue to be available at World of Disney and the Marketplace Co-Op.

Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks is an all-new firework show debuting this year as part of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

Hosted by Minnie Mouse, Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show celebrates the magic of Christmas with medleys of beloved holiday songs, from “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” to “Up on the House Top” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

You'll be able to see the fireworks show during the 23 nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights November 8 – December 22, 2019. See the full schedule and pricing for 2019 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.


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Space Mountain has an all-new holiday overlay during this year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights.

The classic Disney coaster features holiday music and lighting effects throughout the mountain. For Space Mountain fans the lighting adds something a little different, and offers some great views of the track as strobes light up the structure, albeit very briefly. Take a front seat POV ride through in the video below.


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The Epcot International Festival of the Arts returns in the new year for a 39 day celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts.

More performers have been announced for the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, part of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in 2020. 
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Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
January 17, January 20 through 21, January 24

Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee
January 18 through 19, January 22 through 23

Kissy Simmons, Heidi Blickenstaff, Alton Fitzgerald White and Gavin Lee
January 25

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
January 26, January 28 through 29, February 1 through 2, February 5 through 6

TBD
January 27, January 30 through 31, February 3 through 4, February 7 through 8

Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey and TBD
February 9

Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
February 10, February 12 through 13, February 18 through 19, February 22 through 23

TBD
February 11, February 14 through 17, February 20 through 21

Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland and TBD
February 24

Performances are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM daily from January 17 to February 24, 2020.

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In addition to the recently announced Disney on Broadway performers, you can also take park in:
  • A Le Cellier Brunch in the Canada pavilion, a leisurely prix fixe bounty each Saturday and Sunday in the relaxing Canadian chateau. Reservations required. 
  • Explore the Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush, green environment built for exploring. 
  • Jump into photo-ops located throughout Epcot, such as the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion where guests can flap their fins in Mermaid Lagoon or get their pirate on at Skull Rock. 
  • Grab a paintbrush and add color to a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza. 
  • Join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art in each World Showcase pavilion. 
  • Purchase works by Disney’s iconic artists in displays throughout World Showcase. 
  • Watch visiting artists as they create new pieces, from Disney-inspired works to creative art across diverse mediums. 
  • Create festival-inspired T-shirts and candles.
Dining packages and workshops are available to book for Disney Vacation Members and Annual Passholders starting today. DVC Members may book by calling Member Services at (800) 800-9800 and Annual Passholders can call (407) WDW-Fest. General reservations start November 14 and guests can visit ArtfulEpcot.com or call (407) WDW-Fest for more information.

Jaleo Disney Springs is hosting a special one-night-only experience featuring 5 wines and 5 courses with Ontañón, a fifth-generation family-operated winery from the famous Rioja Baja region of Spain.

Raquél Pérez-Cuevas from Ontañón is working to carry on the tradition of grape growing in Spain,
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 and she's bringing five of her family's award-winning wines to Jaleo for guests to experience. The private, seated dinner will feature a special menu from Jaleo Disney Springs Head Chef Rodolfo L. Guzman Aranda and his team to perfectly pair with the Ontañón wines from Rioja, Rueda, and Ribera del Duero, including:
  • Hinojo salad of fennel, tomato, asparagus, and orange dressed with passionfruit vinaigrette 
  • The traditional Spanish dish Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp sautéed with garlic) 
  • Arroz Meloso con Bacalao (creamy rice with seafood) 
  • Costillas de Cordero con Miel y Romero (Josper-grilled lamb chops with rosemary sauce and honey aioli) 
  • Flan Mama Marisa (the classic Spanish custard with 'espuma' of Catalan cream and oranges) 
The event takes place on December 10, 2019, and tickets are $115 per person and are available online now.

The 12th Ron Jon Surf Shop in the United States will officially open its doors to guests at Disney Springs on November 15, 2019.

Located in the Town Center across from the Polite Pig, the 10,000 sq. ft. will offer a wide assortment of surfwear, swimwear, sunglasses, hats and footwear.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is back for the 2019 holiday season, along with one of the highlights of the night, Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

The parade is performed twice each party night at the Magic Kingdom, beginning at 8:30pm and 11pm, stepping off in Frontierland. Here is a look at this year's parade.


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Disney Annual Passholders can now get a discounted ticket to the NBA Experience at Disney Springs.

The special pricing is $19 for adults, and $14 for children and is available from November 15 2019 to March 31, 2020 with tickets purchased at the NBA Experience ticket window. This discount is available for the Passholder and up to 3 Guests. Regular pricing is $34 for adults and $29 for children.


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