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Ears the News: January 17, 2020 Edition


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The France pavilion's Palais du Cinéma will reopen Friday January 17 with an updated Impressions de France movie and an all new “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films.

Along with the new sing-along and upgrade of Impressions de France to 4K projection is a new
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exhibit inside Palais du Cinéma. “Tales as Old as Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen” offers six distinct gallery cases featuring a collection of costumes, music, artwork and more, all dedicated to the adaptation of French literature in cinema, theater, ballet and opera.

The exhibit reinforces how French literature has inspired artists from around the globe, including those who created timeless Disney classics such as “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.” Items on display from the Walt Disney Archives include a glass slipper from the live-action “Cinderella” film and Belle’s costume from the live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” Community arts organizations from Florida also contributed pieces to the exhibit.

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along will play each day from 11am to 7pm, with Impressions de France taking over in the evening from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

Both shows open on January 17, 2020.

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The Grand Arts Theatre, home of MuppetVision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios, is set to receive some updates later this month - including new seats and curtains. 

To complete the work, the show will be closed from January 26 through to February 8, with a planned reopening to guests on February 9, 2020.

Extended operating hours are now in effect at Epcot's Imagination! pavilion as Test Track enters a six week long refurbishment. 

Here are the extended hours for each of the attractions at the Imagination! pavilion:
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment - 9am to 9pm and open during evening EMH
  • Disney-Pixar Short Film Festival - 9am to 9pm and open during evening EMH
  • Mickey Mouse character greeting in the lobby of the Short Film Festival - 9am to 9pm.
  • Wreck-It Ralph meet and greet - 9am to 7pm.
  • Vanellope meet and greet - 9am to 7pm.
  • Joy meet and greet - 9am to 7pm.
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Boutique jewelry brand Rustic Cuff will be opening a limited time pop-up store at Disney Springs.

Located in the former Erwin Pearl store just across from Wine Bar George, the accessory store specializes in statement cuffs, charm bracelets and more.

The Edison at Disney Springs will be hosting its inaugural Masquerade event on February 22, 2020 from 8:30pm to 2am.

According to The Edison, "From the moment you cross the threshold, be prepared to be surprised and delighted around every corner as all party goers will be dressed incognito during a magical evening shrouded in an air of secrecy.
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Guests will be privy to power-house trays of gourmet passed appetizers as well as access to a dedicated menu of themed-cocktails. Masks are mandatory (full face masks are prohibited), and guests must be 21 or older to attend."

Tickets are on sale now at The Edison website and priced at $65 per person plus tax & gratuity.

VIP booths and reserved seating is available for purchase. Email OrlandoEvents@patinagroup.com, or call for more information at (407) 560-8155.

Le Cellier Steakhouse at Epcot's Canada pavilion will be celebrating the arts during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts with a weekend brunch from January 18 through February 23 from 11am-3pm.

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The prix fixe brunch menu starts with assorted pastries for the table. Dishes to choose from include Cheddar Cheese Soup or Avocado Toast as well as entrées like Montreal-Spiced Corned Beef Hash, Le Cellier Eggs Benedict, or Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bread Pudding. Desserts include Maple Crème Brûlée or Coffee and Donuts. The brunch also includes your choice of beverage - a Northern Mimosa, Le Cellier Bloody Caesar, Joffrey’s Le Cellier Blend Press Pot Coffee, or a non-alcoholic specialty beverage.

The Le Cellier brunch costs $67 per adult and $39 per child 9 and under plus tax and gratuity and is worth two (2) entitlements on the Disney Dining Plan. Reservations are available now online.

The latest updates to the Walt Disney World operating hours continues evening Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios into March 2020.

All morning EMH days for March have been replaced with evening EMH, operating from 8:30pm to 10:30pm on most EMH days. Currently April remains with morning EMH, but based on the last few months there is a chance they will be replaced with evening EMH.

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Disney H2O Glow at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is back for summer 2020, and tickets are now on sale.

H2O Glow Nights will take place May 27 through August 29 2020. The party officially runs 8pm-11 pm, but guests can experience Typhoon Lagoon as early as 6pm on event nights.

2020 Disney H2O Glow Event Dates
  • May 27, 30
  • June 3, 6, 10, 17, 20, 24, 27
  • July 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
  • August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
Along with access to all attractions, you get:
  • Lighting effects and décor throughout the water park
  • A DJ dance party on the sandy beaches of the Surf Pool
  • Toy Story-themed activities and Character Greetings
  • Limited-time, event-themed food and beverage specialties
  • The Wharf—an adults-only retreat for Guests 21 and over, featuring live entertainment and a cocktail bar with a bevy of refreshing beverages for purchase
  • A unique Glow wristband especially themed for the event
Advance tickets are available now at DisneyWorld.com and have risen in price by $6 for this year. 2020 pricing is $65 for adults (plus tax) and $60 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). On event days, tickets are $75 for adults (plus tax) and $70 for children (plus tax). The 2018 inaugural season pricing was $55 for adults and $50 for children.

Passholder discounts are available, reducing the pre-purchase price to $59 for adults and $54 for ages 3-9.

Epcot will be deploying Guest Experience Teams to the park later this month, completing the roll-out to all four Walt Disney World theme parks. 
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Operating as a mini Guest Relations out in the park, Guest Experience Team Cast Members can be identified by the blue shirts, and will be located in both Future World East and Future World West.

As in the other parks, the Epcot Guest Experience Team will able to assist with My Disney Experience, Magic Bands, FastPass+ and guest questions.

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