Sunday, July 27, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/21/14 - 7/27/14







News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.

News


Magic Kingdom
  • Yankee Trader's refurbishment has been pushed back to start on July 28.

Epcot

  • The After Hours Wind Down event has been extended to November.
  • The Premium Events for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will go on sale to the general public on July 31. 
  • The Chase Lounge will return to the American Adventure Pavilion's lounge found in the upstairs section again this year. 
  • The Marketplace Booths have been announced for this year's Epcot Food and Wine Festival, along with all the menu offerings.  They are:  
Africa
Food Beverages
Beef tenderloin tips berbere style with okra, jalapeños, tomato and pap MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc
South African bobotie with turkey and mushrooms (gluten free) Fairview Pinotage

The Wolftrap Red: Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier

Australia
Food Beverages
Garlic shrimp with roasted tomatoes, lemon myrtle and rapini (gluten free) Coopers Brewery, Original Pale Ale
Grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato crunchies (gluten free) Chateau Tanuda Grand Barossa Dry Riesling
Pavlova: Crispy meringue shell with fresh berries and vanilla custard St. Kilda Chardonnay

Nine Stones Shiraz

Belgium
Food Beverages
Potato and leek waffle with beer-braised beef Hoegaarden
Belgium waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream Stella Artois
Belgium waffle with berry compote and whipped cream Leffe Blonde

Stella Artois Cidre

Chilled coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

Beer flight (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde and Stella Artois Cidre

Brazil
Food Beverages
Mocequa de pescado: Regal Springs premium tilapia with coconut lime sauce and steamed rice (gluten free) Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
Crispy pork belly with black beans, tomato and cilantro (gluten free) Carnaval Moscato Sparkling White Wine
Pao de queijo: Brazilian cheese bread Tannat Reserve
Cocada: Brazilian coconut candy Frozen Caipirinha

Brewer’s Collection
Beverages
Radeberger Pilsner
BraufactuM Colonia
BraufactuM Palor
Schöfferhofer Grapefruit
Altenmünster Oktoberfest
BraufactuM Roog
BraufactuM Darkon
BraufactuM Progusta IPA
Beer flight 1 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Radeberger Pilsner, BraufactuM Colonia, BraufactuM Palor and Schöfferhofer Grapefruit
Beer flight 2 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Altenmünster Oktoberfest, BraufactuM Roog, BraufactuM Darkon and BraufactuM Progusta IPA


Canada
Food Beverages
Canadian cheddar cheese soup Moosehead Lager
Seared rainbow trout with bacon, frisee and maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette (gluten free) La Face Neige Apple Ice Wine
“Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce (gluten free) La Face Neige Sparkling

Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah

China 
Food Beverages
Beijing roasted duck in steamed bun with hoisin sauce TSINGTAO Beer
Mongolian beef in a steamed bun with chili mayo Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling
Black pepper shrimp with Sichuan noodles Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Syrah
Chicken potstickers Kung Fu Punch with vodka and triple sec

Happy Lychee with tequila and vodka

Mango green tea with popping bubbles

Craft Beers
Beverages
Sierra Nevada, Kellerweis – Chico, CA
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Punkin Ale – Milton, DE
Shiner Brewery, Wild Hare Pale Ale – Shiner, TX
Abita Brewing Company, Purple Haze – Abita Springs, LA
Goose Island, 312 Urban Wheat Ale – Chicago, IL
Florida Beer Company, Sunshine State Pils – Cape Canaveral, FL
Magic Hat Brewery, Dream Machine IPL – South Burlington, VT
Terrapin Beer Company, Rye Pale Ale – Athens, GA
Beer Flight 1 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Sierra Nevada, Kellerweis; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Punkin Ale; Shiner Brewery, Wild Hare Pale Ale; and Abita Brewing Company, Purple Haze
Beer Flight 2 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Goose Island, 312 Urban Wheat Ale; Florida Beer Company, Sunshine State Pils; Magic Hat Brewery, Dream Machine IPL; and Terrapin Beer Company, Rye Pale Ale

Desserts & Champagne
Food Beverages
Dessert Trio: Passion fruit coconut creamsicle, blueberry lime cheesecake roll and chocolate espresso opera cake Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé
Guylian Belgian chocolate seashell truffles Möet & Chandon Nectar Impérial

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc

Dom Pérignon

Frozen S’mores featuring Monin Toasted Marshmallow Syrup


New – Farm Fresh
Food Beverages
Nueske’s Pepper Bacon hash with sweet corn, potatoes, hollandaise and pickled jalapeños (gluten free) Orlando Brewing Company, I-4 IPA – Orlando, FL
Griddled “yard bird” with braised greens (gluten free) Ba Ba Black Lager, Uinta Brewing Company – Salt Lake City, UT

Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale, Bold City Brewery – Jacksonville, FL

Florida Cracker Belgian Style White Ale, Cigar City Brewery – Tampa, FL

Florida Orange Groves, Key Limen-Key Lime Wine

Chateau St. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica® Riesling

St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel

Beer Flight (4 4-ounce servings): I-4 IPA, Ba Ba Black Lager, Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale and Florida Cracker Belgian Style White Ale

France
Food Beverages
Tartelette aux escargots: Escargot tart with garlic, spinach, bacon and parmesan Beer Kronenbourg Blanc 1664
Gratin de crozet de savoie: Wheat pasta gratin with mushrooms and Gruyere cheese Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, La Côte Blanche
Boeuf bourguignon: Braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet
Crème brûlée caramel fleur de sel: Sea salt caramel crème brûlée topped with caramelized sugar Sparkling Pomegranate Kir

La Passion Martini Slush: vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, cranberry and passion fruit juice

Germany
Food Beverages
Schinkennudeln: Pasta gratin with ham and cheese Altenmünster Oktoberfest
Roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
Berliner: Yeast doughnut filled with apricot jam Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese

J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese

Kallstadter Kobnert Spaetburgunder Spätlese Dry Barrique Style

Greece
Food Beverages
Vegetarian moussaka Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
Griddled Greek cheese with pistachios and honey (gluten free) Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
Chicken gyro with tzatziki Sauce Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
Spanakopita Alpha Estate Axia Syrah-Xinomavro

Tzatziki martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS Natural Yoghurt Liqueur

Hawai’i
Food Beverages
Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole® Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise Kona Brewing Company, Big Wave Golden Ale
Tuna poke with seaweed salad and lotus root chips Kona Brewing Company, Castaway IPA

Maui Splash Sweet Pineapple Wine

Aulani Sunrise featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

Hops & Barley
Food Beverages
Artisan cheese plate featuring Cabot Cloth wrapped cheddar, Purple Haze chèvre goat cheese and Cave Man blue cheese Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Baked lobster Alfredo New Belgium Brewing Company Snapshot
Florida grass fed beef slider with pimento cheese Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat
Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins and cream cheese icing Leinenkugel’s Seasonal Shandy

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Cambria Estate Winery

Beer flight (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Samuel Adams Octoberfest, New Belgium Snapshot, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat and Leinenkugel’s Seasonal Shandy

Ireland
Food Beverages
Lobster and seafood fisherman’s pie Guinness Draught
Kerrygold cheese selection: Reserve cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout and Skellig Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
Warm chocolate pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard (gluten free) Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen

Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur


Italy
Food Beverages
Ravioli alla caprese: Cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil Moretti Lager Beer
Filetto di pollo, con funghi al marsala: Chicken tenderloin, cremini mushrooms, marsala sauce and ciabatta bread Moretti La Rossa Beer
Cannoli al cioccolato: Chocolate-covered cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit Procecco, Bosco del Merlo

Pinot Grigio, Placido

Chianti Classico, Placido

Frozen Primavera with limoncello and tequila

Japan
Food Beverages
Spicy hand roll: Tuna and salmon with Kazan Volcano sauce Kirin Draft Beer
Teriyaki gyoza bun: Steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables and sweet teriyaki sauce Sake: Kikusui Ginjo
Chirashizushi: Salmon, shrimp, crab and egg served over seaweed salad and ginger rice Sake Sunrise

Sparkling Peach Sake Gell

Mexico
Food Beverages
Shrimp taco: Fried shrimp, pickled habanero pepper and onions on a flour tortilla Dos Equis Beer
Rib eye taco: Marinated rib eye, roasted chipotle salsa and grilled scallions on a corn tortilla (gluten free) Sangria
Sweet corn cheese cake Tequila Flight

Mango-strawberry margarita

Morocco
Food Beverages
Kefta pocket: Ground seasoned beef in a pita pocket Casa Beer
Spicy shrimp roll with cilantro and mint sauce Guerouane White
Baklava Sangria

Mimosa Royale: Sparkling wine and orange juice topped with orange liqueur

New Zealand
Food Beverages
Steamed green lip mussels with garlic butter and toasted bread crumbs Kim Crawford Pinot Gris
Venison sausage with pickled mushrooms, baby arugula and black currant reduction (gluten free) Mohua Sauvignon Blanc
Lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir


New – Patagonia
Food Beverages
Beef empanada Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut
Grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce and boniato purée (gluten free) Terrazas Reserva Malbec
Roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri (gluten free) Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier

Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir Rosé


Poland
Food Beverages
Kielbasa and potato pierogi with caramelized onions and sour cream Okocim Brewery, Okocim O.K. Beer
Sauerkraut pierogi with pork goulash Blaufraenkische Donausonne, Hungarian Wine

Frozen Szarlotka (apple pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Puerto Rico
Food Beverages
Ensalada de carrucho: Caribbean conch salad with onion, tomato and cilantro (gluten free) Gasolina Sangriiia
Carne guisada con arroz blanco: Slow-braised beef with Puerto Rican-grown rice (gluten free) Medalla Light Beer
Friturias: Sorullitos (sweet polenta fries) and bolitas de queso (cheese fritter with mayo ketchup) Frozen San Juan Breeze
FlanCocho: Vanilla caramel custard with chocolate coffee cake Frozen San Juan Breeze with Don Q Limón Floater

Chilled Club Caribe Mango Rum (neat)


Scotland
Food Beverages
Vegetarian haggis with neeps and tatties: Griddled vegetable cake with rutabaga and mashed potatoes Innis & Gunn Original
Fresh potato pancake with smoked Scottish salmon and herb sour cream (gluten free) Loch Lomond featuring Glenfiddich 12 year
Seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon (gluten free) Glenfiddich Scotch Selection (12, 15 and 18 year)
Crannachan: A traditional Scottish dessert trifle

Singapore 
Food Beverages
Lemongrass chicken curry with coconut and jasmine rice (gluten free) Tiger Beer
Seared mahi mahi with jasmine rice and “Singa” sauce Marqués de Caceres Satinela

Singapore Sling featuring Hendrick’s Gin and Cherry Herring

South Korea
Food Beverages
Kimchi dog with spicy mustard sauce Bokbunjajoo: Bohae black raspberry wine
Roasted pork lettuce wrap with kimchi slaw iCing Grapefruit Sparkling Rice Brew

Soju Fruit Slushy featuring Jinro Chamisul Soju

Terra
Food Beverages
Blackened Chick’n Breast, farro wheat and spicy gumbo sauce featuring Gardein Chick’n Breast Red Bridge Ale
CraB’less CraB Cake with pepper slaw and Cajun remoulade featuring Gardein The Vegan Vine Chardonnay
Chocolate-blood orange cupcake with tofu icing Paperboy Red

Fresh Watermelon Juice



Downtown Disney
  • The Wonderground Gallery has set up a small location in the Marketplace Co-Op.  The shop sells art and a full store can be found at Disneyland Resort. 

General Walt Disney World News
  • Disney is offering the U.S. Military discounted tickets again with the Military Promotional Ticket options.  They are available for use from August 25 - September 30, 2015.  The cost for tickets are: 

    • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax
    • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each, plus tax
    • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax

Rumors


  • Some changes could be taking place with the characters represented in the "Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It" Street Party at the Magic Kingdom.  The Fab 5 will be soon adorning the floats. The floats should also be getting a refreshed look.
  • A new Anna and Elsa meet and greet could be arriving to the Norway Pavilion in a bigger area than it was previously found by the end of the year.
  • The Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover's refurbishment may be taking a little longer than anticipated.  It's re-opening date may be pushed back a couple of weeks.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/14/14 - 7/20/14



News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.

News

Magic Kingdom
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin will be closed for a refurb from Nov. 10-21.

Epcot
  • Spice Road Table will be offering Annual Passholders a 30% discount off regular priced menu items until September 17.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • The Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package has officially sold out for all the remaining dates of the event.

Downtown Disney
  • Circque du Soleil has introduced a brand new backstage tour, where guests can get the chance to see the costuming area, meet a performer, and have Front and Center seats.  The cost is $250 (plus tax) for adults (ages 10+) and $215 (plus tax) for children (ages 9 and under).

Disney Resorts
  • A brand new restaurant called Trattoria al Forno will take the place of the closing Kouzzina.  The new restaurant will feature Italian dishes and is expected to open in December. 
General Walt Disney World News
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports will be holding the first ever Fantasy Football Convention August 22-23.

Rumors

  • We may very well see some character changes in this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party parade.
  • Rivers of Light may have two viewing areas, an Asia area and a Dinoland USA area.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Character Greeting Locations at the Magic Kingdom




Disney characters are, hands down, celebrities.  This is especially true for the littlest fans.  So, meeting Disney characters at Walt Disney World is an important part in many people's vacation. There is something so exciting about the chance to hug, get an autograph from, or pose for a picture with your favorites.  But what is the best way accomplish this?  There are really three major ways to meet and greet characters...you can stand in line, head towards a character meal, or sometimes you can even just happen upon them.


Today I thought I'd start a new series where I take a look at the different characters that are located in the parks, let you know where they are located and a few tips that may come in handy to make meeting them go just a little smoother.
 
One thing you need to keep in mind is that characters are subject to change and not all may appear at the same time. For exact meeting times, be sure to pick up a Times Guide or check the My Disney Experience app or website.  Oh and if you are on the lookout for a specific character and you don't see them listed or on the Times Guide, make sure to ask at Guest Relations, because you just never know who could be potentially out greeting guests.  
 
First, let's start with the Magic Kingdom characters.  The Magic Kingdom sees the most meet and greet opportunities and for good reason...it is the most popular theme park around.  Guests can meet characters ranging from Mickey Mouse all the way to the newest Disney celebrities, Anna and Elsa here. It's really a smorgasbord of Disney fun.


Magic Kingdom Characters

Characters
Location
Notes
Aladdin
Adventureland
  • Found nearby Aladdin's Magic Carpets in the Agrabah Bazaar
  • Meets with Jasmine
Alice
Fantasyland
  • Found near the Mad Tea Party
  • Meets sometimes with the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, or the Queen of Hearts.
Anastasia
Fantasyland
  • One of Cinderella's Evil Stepsisters
  • Meets in the Castle Courtyard with her sister Drizella and her mother Lady Tremaine
Anna
Fantasyland
  • Located in Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
  • Most popular meet and greet in all of Walt Disney World
Ariel
Fantasyland
  • Located in Ariel's Grotto near Under The Sea-Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation 
Aurora
Main Street USA
  • Located in the Town Square Courtyard
Belle
Fantasyland
  • An interactive story meet and greet experience at Enchanted Tales With Belle
  • Guests may be a part of the show
  • FastPass+ is available
Br'er Bear
Frontierland
  • Dance Party
  • No Autographs
  • Found near Country Bear Jamboree
Br'er Rabbit
Frontierland
  • Dance Party
  • No Autographs
  • Found near Country Bear Jamboree
Buzz Lightyear
Tomorrowland
  • Stamps Autographs
  • Located between Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and Carousel of Progress
Chip
Frontierland
  • Meets with his brother Dale
  • Located across from The Diamond Horseshoe at the Rivers of America Crossing
Cinderella
Fantasyland
  • Located in Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
Clarabelle Cow
Frontierland
  • Dance Party
  • No Autographs
  • Found near Country Bear Jamboree
Country Bears
Frontierland
  • Dance Party
  • No Autographs
  • Found near Country Bear Jamboree
        
Daisy Duck
Fantasyland (Storybook Circus)
  • Meets at Pete's Silly Sideshow
  • Dressed as a circus star
Dale
Frontierland
  • Meets with his brother Chip
  • Located across from The Diamond Horseshoe at the Rivers of America Crossing
Donald Duck
Fantasyland (Storybook Circus)
  • Meets at Pete's Silly Sideshow
  • Dressed as a circus star
Drizella
Fantasyland
  • One of Cinderella's Evil Stepsisters
  • Meets in the Castle Courtyard with her sister Anastasia and her mother Lady Tremaine
Elsa
Fantasyland
  • Located in Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
  • Most popular meet and greet in all of Walt Disney World
Fairy Godmother
Fantasyland
  • Meets near Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Cinderella Fountain
Frozone
Tomorrowland
  • No Autographs
  • Part of the #IncrediblesSuperDanceParty at the Rockettower Stage
  • Found with Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Incredible
Gaston
Fantasyland
  • Meets near Gaston's Tavern
Goofy
Fantasyland (Storybook Circus)
  • Meets at Pete's Silly Sideshow
  • Dressed as a circus star
Horace Horsecollar
Frontierland
  • Dance Party
  • No Autographs
  • Found near Country Bear Jamboree
Jasmine
Adventureland
  •  Found nearby Aladdin's Magic Carpets in the Agrabah Bazaar
  • Meets with Aladdin
Jessie
Frontierland
  • Found near the exit of Splash Mountain
  • Meets with Woody
Lady Tremaine
Fantasyland
  • Cinderella's Evil Step-mother
  • Meets in the Castle Courtyard with her daughters Anastasia and Drizella
Mad Hatter
Fantasyland
  • Found near the Mad Tea Party
  • Meets sometimes with the White Rabbit, Alice, or the Queen of Hearts
Marie
Main Street U.S.A.
  • Located at the Flag Pole in Town Square
Mary Poppins
Main Street U.S.A.
  • Located near The Chappeau
Merida
Fantasyland
  • A Play and Greet where guests can color and practice their archery skills
  • Located at the Fairytale Garden
Mickey Mouse
Main Street U.S.A.
  •  Actually talks with guests
  • Meets in the Town Square Theater
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
Minnie Mouse
Fantasyland (Storybook Circus)
  • Meets at Pete's Silly Sideshow
  • Dressed as a circus star
Mr. Incredible
Tomorrowland
  • No Autographs
  •  Part of the #IncrediblesSuperDanceParty at the Rockettower Stage
  • Found with Mrs. Incredible and Frozone
Mrs. Incredible
Tomorrowland
  • No Autographs
  • Part of the #IncrediblesSuperDanceParty at the Rockettower Stage
  • Found with Mr. Incredible and Frozone
Peter Pan
Adventureland
  • Meets at the Adventureland Veranda
Pluto
Main Street USA
  • Located at the Flag Pole in Town Square
Prince Naveen
Liberty Square
  •  Located at the Tiana's Garden Glen
  • Meets with Tiana
Queen of Hearts
Fantasyland
  • Found near the Mad Tea Party
  • Meets sometimes with the White Rabbit, Alice, or the Mad Hatter
Rapunzel
Fantasyland
  • Located in Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
Snow White
Main Street USA
  • Located near The Chappeau
Stitch
Tomorrowland
  • Located at the Rockettower Plaza Stage
Tiana
Liberty Square
  • Located at the Tiana's Garden Glen
  • Meets with Tiana
Tigger
Fantasyland
  • Found near The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh at the Thoughtful Spot
  • Meets with Winnie the Pooh
Tinker Bell
Main Street USA
  • Found inside Tinker Bell's Magical Nook located at Town Square Theater
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
White Rabbit
Fantasyland
  • Found near the Mad Tea Party
  • Meets sometimes with the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, or the Queen of Hearts
Winnie The Pooh
Fantasyland
  • Found near The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh at the Thoughtful Spot
  • Meets with Tigger
Woody
Frontierland
  •  Found near the exit of Splash Mountain
  • Meets with Jessie


Meeting characters at Disney is so much fun!  Make sure when you set out to meet them, have your autograph book and pen ready to go and the camera turned on ready for not just the posed shots, but the candid moments as well.  

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