Walt Disney World Resort Hotel News for the Week of Nov 19, 2014

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! Siesta’s Cantina Serving Breakfast at Coronado Springs Resort: Beginning Sunday, Nov. 16, Siesta’s Cantina near the Dig Site pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will serve quick-service breakfast. From 7–11 a.m., Siesta’s Cantina will offer items such as breakfast sandwiches, Mickey waffles and a special “Viva la Vida Breakfast,” which features oatmeal with strawberries and pecans, seasonal fruit and your choice of muffin. Coffee, hot chocolate and other nonalcolic beverages will also be available. This location will be especially convenient to Guests staying in the Cabanas and Ranchos areas. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted.

New! Spectacular ‘Frozen’ Gingerbread Castle at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Take a look at this amazing time-lapse video of the all-new Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, inspired by Disney’s blockbuster film, “Frozen.” Soaring in the resort’s Grand Canyon Concourse, the 17-foot-tall masterpiece is visible from the monorail as guests head to and from Magic Kingdom Park. While it took months to bake all the sweet components, pastry chefs spent five days building the Holiday Ice Castle that’s also inspired by Mary Blair’s “it’s a small world.” Adorned with sugar snowflakes, gingerbread shingles and chocolate-coated trees, look for Anna, Elsa, Olaf,Kristoff and his sidekick Sven created with sugar, chocolate and an assortment of candy. All in all, the pastry chefs whipped up 311 pounds of honey, 514 pounds of flour, 212 eggs, 67 pounds of spices, 222 pounds of icing and 423 pounds of chocolate. The Ice Castle has more than 1,500 gingerbread shingles! There are 14 “Hidden Olafs” in the display, too!

Reminder! Disney’s Polynesian Refurbishment Causes Closure at Kona Cafe: Nov. 20 On Thursday, Nov. 20, from approximately 6 a.m.-5 p.m. there will be some crane activity, located on the back dock of the resort. For your safety, certain walkways and backstage hallways will be inaccessible throughout this timeframe. Please also note that Kona Cafe will be closed for breakfast and lunch on this day but will open at 5 p.m. for dinner.

Reminder! Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos–Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses: Beginning January 8, 2015, the Disney princesses will welcome guests to Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa while we spruce up Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom Park. Reservations are available for Walt Disney World Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members beginning December 3. Reservations open to all guests on December 4. Cinderella will be there to greet guests as they arrive, and the Disney princesses will visit each table for photos and autographs during the dining experience. Breakfast and brunch hours are 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m., and cost is $49.99; $31.99 ages 3-9. The experience is on the Disney Dining Plan (2 entitlements). Cinderella’s Royal Table is expected to reopen in March.

Closures and Refurbishments

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Enjoy Tonga Toast at Home

Some foods are unique to Disney but you can recreate a little Disney magic in your own kitchen.  It’s a great way to ward off the post-Disney World vacation depression. It’s also fun to prepare Disney recipes leading up to a much anticipated trip!

tonga toast lmpTonga Toast is served at Kona Café and Capt. Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Filled with bananas and topped with cinnamon sugar, it’s a sweet start to your day!

Tonga Toast Recipe

Serves 4
Ingredients:
Sugar-Cinnamon Ingredients:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Batter Ingredients:
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Tonga Toast Ingredients:
1 quart canola oil, for frying
1 loaf sourdough bread (uncut, 12 inches long)
2 large bananas, peeled

Instructions:
For cinnamon-sugar:
1. Mix sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl (large enough to roll toast) with a fork until thoroughly blended. Set aside.

For batter:
1. Whip eggs in medium bowl (large enough to dip toast) until well beaten. Add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.

For Tonga toast:
1. Preheat oil to 350 degrees F in a large pot or a deep fryer. (If using a large pot, use a candy thermometer to make certain the oil does not get any hotter or it will burn.)
2. Slice the bread into four three-inch-thick slices.
3. Cut each banana in half crosswise, then each piece lengthwise.
4. Place a bread slice flat on the counter and tear out just enough from the middle (do not tear all the way through) to stuff half a banana into; repeat with each bread slice.
5. Dip stuffed bread into batter, covering both sides, allowing excess batter to drip off bread and place carefully into hot oil.
6. Cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown. If needed, turn toast over after 2 minutes and cook for another 2 minutes on other side. Remove and drain excess oil.
7. Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast.

Recipe courtesy of  Taste of Disney

Try some Tonga Toast this weekend for breakfast!

Written by Sheri Morris, “Main Street Morris”   Sheri is proud grandmother with a keen eye for detail. She specializes in Disney Travel for adults and RV travel.  Book your next vacation with Sheri at 804 405 5005 or at sheri@destinationsinflorida.com.

Walt Disney World Updates and Mousecellaneous News for the Week of Nov 19, 2014

Walt Disney World Resort – Disney Springs

New! “Springs Bottling Co.” Marquee Signals the Future of Disney Springs: As Downtown Disney continues it’s multi-year transformation into Disney Springs, glimpses of the future are already starting to appear throughout the property. Significant progress is being made on the first phase of Disney Springs known as The Landing. One example of this is the recent installation of the “Springs Bottling Co.” marquee that adorns the future Morimoto Asia building. This sign represents the Disney Springs storyline, which places the Morimoto Asia building as the area’s bottling company. The interior of Morimoto Asia will showcase bottling company themes to pay tribute to the history of Disney Springs. Set along the waterfront, The Landing will be home to unique boutique shops and memorable dining experiences including Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE, opening in spring / summer 2015, along with many more experiences that will be shared in the coming months. Keep an eye on the marquee, which in the coming weeks will brighten the area at nighttime – it’ll be quite the sight.

Springs Bottling Co marquee

New! Waterview Stage Now Open at Disney Springs: Located adjacent to the recently announced site for The BOATHOUSE, the Waterview Stage is now offering nightly entertainment, along with great views of Village Lake. Be sure to pick up a Times Guide for specific showtimes.

New! Food Truck Park Coming Soon to Downtown Disney / Disney Springs: Opening later this month, the Food Trucks at Exposition Park on the West Side will be a permanent home for the owned-and-operated Downtown Disney food trucks. Located along the water, the Food Trucks will serve mouthwatering culinary creations daily, such as chicken & waffles and tandoori spiced shrimp. The area will also offer additional seating for diners as well as shaded areas during the day.

Disney Springs

New! Santa Chalet Technology Test beginning Nov. 14: Guests visiting Santa at the Downtown Disney Marketplace will have a new way to wait this year if the queue reaches beyond 30 minutes. How it works:

  • If the queue to see Santa is more than 30 minutes, Guests will be directed to a podium where they may choose to receive a text message or pager when it is time to return to the queue.
  • Guests are invited to explore the Marketplace to enjoy the holiday entertainment and nearby shops.
  • Once paged, Guests should return to the queue for an anticipated 20-minute wait.

Reminder! Downtown Disney Parking Garage to Open Nov 20: The West Side Garage is nearing completion at Downtown Disney. This week, Cast Members have begun parking in the garage. It is expected that they will open additional levels of the garage to Guests on Nov. 20. As Downtown Disney undergoes the transformation into Disney Springs, parking access will continue to fluctuate and change to make way for future expansion.

Walt Disney World Resort – Shopping

New! Watch for Discount Coupons on Receipts: Guests who visit certain quick-service locations in WDW theme parks Nov. 18, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015, will receive a coupon attached to their receipt. The coupon offers 20% off their purchase at participating merchandise locations from store opening until 1 p.m. between Nov. 18, 2014 through Jan. 5, 2014.

New! Disney Infinity 2.0 Ready To Roll Across Walt Disney World Resort This Month: To celebrate the release of Disney Infinity 2.0, guests will soon find five Walt Disney World Resort busses with specially designed wraps. Walt Disney Imagineering created these new wraps featuring characters from the game. They are the same team that designed the previous Walt Disney World monorail wraps.

Disney Infinity Bus Wrap

New! MagicBands Bring More Pixie Dust to Disney Infinity: Disney Interactive’s gaming platform Disney Infinity joined with Disney Parks to offer Walt Disney World Resortguests with a MagicBand a special surprise. In the recently released edition of the game, Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition), only guests with a MagicBand can unlock the enchanting charm of the “it’s a small world” attraction into their very own Toy Box creation. Guests unlock the download of “it’s a small world” for their Toy Box by placing a MagicBand over the Disney Infinity Base. The Base will detect the presence of a MagicBand, and then will instantly unlock the “it’s a small world” download with no online connectivity required.

Reminder! Dining Reservations Enhancements Coming Nov 18: As an enhancement to the Guest dining reservations booking system, the booking window will be adjusted for dining reservations at Walt Disney World Resort.  Effective Nov. 18, Cast Members will be able to assist guests with making reservations such that reservations may be made up to 20 minutes in advance for available seatings at Walt Disney World Resort.

New! Disney Gift Card Pin with Purchase Promotion: Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 18, select locations at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will offera special-edition pin free with activation of a Frozen-themed $75 Disney Gift Card. The promotion is anticipated to be especially popular with Guests who enjoy collecting unique Disney pins. The cards should be on display through Jan. 6, 2015 (or until supplies are depleted).

Merchandise Events

November 21 – 22: Take part in a Disney artist showcase with Joe Kaminski, Alex Maher, Tim McCloskey and Darren Wilson, November 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. and November 22 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

November 21 – 23: Precious Moments doll designer Linda Rick will be on hand for the debut of her Holiday Princess Collection. Look for special appearances by Linda, November 21 – 23 at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace and November 27 – 30 at Santa’s Village at American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot.

Closures and Refurbishments

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Walt Disney World Theme Park News – Nov 19, 2014

Walt Disney World Theme Park News – Nov 19, 2014

Epcot Holiday Fireworks

Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

New! Changes to Park Hours: Park open time changed from 9:00am to 8:00am for 11/21-11/29. On 11/18 & 11/19, park Close extended from 9:00pm to 10:00pm, and an additional Main Street Electrical Parade has been added at 10:00pm.

New! ‘Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration’ Filming: All guests are able to be part of the “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” filming on Monday, Dec. 8 or Tuesday, Dec. 9. The “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” is a complex production, so the filming schedule is in a continual state of development and cannot be shared in advance, but guests will be able to stand on Main Street and in the castle hub area to watch as filming takes place.

Reminder! Adjusted Times for Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party: Due to concrete work on Main Street, U.S.A., Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! will be presented at 12:30 and 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 & 19.

Reminder! Single Day Memory Maker Add On Test Continues: The Memory Maker single-day add-on test at Magic Kingdom has been extended through Dec. 27. Through this test, a new Memory Maker add-on is available for sale to Guests when purchased with a one-day Magic Your Way ticket or a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This package is sold exclusively at Vacation Planning at the Transportation and Ticketing Center. Magic Kingdom merchandise shops are not able to sell this product. The price is $39.

Reminder! Jack Skellington Brings a Touch of Christmastown to Walt Disney World: The Pumpkin King himself, Jack Skellington, has decided to join the holiday celebration at Walt Disney World Resort by dropping in on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. Head back to Storybook Circus during the party, and you’ll find Jack making Christmas as “Sandy Claws” – just don’t count on any gifts from him turning out quite right. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which is separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission, takes place on select nights through December 19.

Jack Skellington Sandy Claws

Epcot

New! New Experiences Coming to Holidays Around the World at Epcot: For the 2014 holiday season, new Holidays Around the World experiences in Mexico, Morocco, and China join returning favorites such as “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season,” the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. In Mexico, guests will enjoy the songs and traditions of “Fiesta de Navidad,” featuring colorful dancers and mariachis, who celebrate the holiday customs of Mexico in an interactive, musical performance. A Moroccan storyteller invites guests to join her on a journey to experience the gaiety of festivals, holiday traditions, and celebrations that are like the “spice of life” across Morocco. And the China pavilion bursts to life with the vibrant Chinese Lion Dance, bringing good fortune and happiness to all in honor of major holidays such as the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.

Reminder! Tastes From Around the Globe at Epcot Holidays Around the World: Holidays Around the World at Epcot where the World Showcase countries reflect the seasonal traditions – including tastes of homelands far, far away takes place November 28 – December 30, 2014. Here’s a small sample of what’s in store: Starting our stroll at Promenade Refreshments, try the Turkey Waffle – a filling sweet potato waffle with roast turkey and green bean casserole (all-in-one holiday dinner). Then head to Canada for pecan-maple bark, a nod to our Northern neighbor’s bounteous maple sugar production. Next door in the United Kingdom, it’s hot applejack cider with whiskey and a blend of seasonal spices – sip while you listen to stories of Father Christmas. Additional treats can be found in each of the other pavilions as well.

pecan maple bark Canada Holidays Around the World

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! Changes to Park Hours: Park Close extended from 9:00pm to 10:00pm on 11/24 – 11/29.

Reminder! “Big Hero 6 Meet and Greet Now Available: The stars of Disney’s new animated comedy-adventure, “Big Hero 6,” are flying into Disney’s Hollywood Studios to greet their fans. Guests will be able to meet Hiro Hamada and his huggable buddy Baymax inside The Magic of Disney Animation attraction, where they can tour the lab at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and pay a visit to Hiro’s garage workshop. Disney’s “Big Hero 6” opens in theaters in 3D on Nov. 7. They are meeting guests in the location formerly used by Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope. Ralph and Vanellope can be seen in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.

Big Hero 6

Reminder! Festive Fall Cupcake Available Starting Nov. 3: Beginning Nov. 3, Guests can enjoy a delicious harvest pumpkin cupcake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For just $5.19 each, this festive fall cupcake will be available at the following quick service locations: FairFax Fare, Pizza Planet, Starring Rolls, Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, Studio Catering Co., Rosie’s All American Café, The cupcakes are included in Disney Dining Plan and available through Nov. 30.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New! Changes to Park Hours: Park Open changed from 9:00am to 8:00am on 11/18 and 11/20-11/28.

New! Holiday offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: The holidays are gearing up at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Guests will soon be able to experience the sights and sounds of the season.

Entertainment – Beginning Nov. 19, the DinoLand Dance-A-Palooza adds special holiday music and décor for the season. Throughout the park, Guests will be able to visit and take photos with favorite Disney friends, each donning their holiday best.

Food & Beverage – Thanksgiving and Christmas meal offerings will be available at Flame Tree Barbecue and Tusker House Restaurant. Thanksgiving dinner will be available at Flame Tree Barbecue from Nov. 23 – 29. Guests also can make reservations at Tusker House Restaurant during all three meal periods on Dec. 25. Additionally, beginning Nov. 23, holiday-themed desserts will be available throughout the park and give our Guests a sweet treat option while exploring during their visit.

Merchandise – Traditional holiday merchandise is now available throughout the park. New this year, Guests can get ornaments and stockings with animal print at Mombasa Marketplace and Island Merchantile, which is perfectly fitting to the park. Additional carts featuring holiday headwear will be set Thanksgiving week.

New! Baby Meerkats on Pangani Forest Exploration Trail: The slender-tailed meerkat lives in open dry areas and savannas. They avoid deserts, forests and hilly terrain, especially hard or stony ground. Disney’s Animal Kingdom meerkats have developed splinter groups, and there have been several births this year. Take a walk down the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and see if you can spot them

Closures and Refurbishments

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Around the Universe: Universal Orlando News, Nov 18, 2014

There are exciting new things happening every day at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Universe.” This week’s Universal Orlando News update features: announcements about A Celebration of Harry Potter, new Passholder discounts, live concerts, holiday menus and more!

What’s New This Week?

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Universal Orlando Theme Parks

New! A Celebration of Harry Potter Details Announced: Harry Potter film talent Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Evanna Lynch are slated to appear at the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” – a special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment. The event allows fans to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films.  Creative talent also set to appear includes Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Kazu Kibuishi, illustrator of Scholastic’s re-imagined Harry Potter book covers, and Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films.

Reminder! A Celebration of Harry Potter Coming in January: “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will take place from January 30 – February 1, 2015 at Universal Orlando. Fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including Q&A and autograph sessions with Harry Potter film talent, special discussions and demonstrations with creative talent, and access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo – where fans can enjoy the Sorting Hat experience, pose for a photo in a recreation of the iconic Great Hall set and celebrate their Hogwarts house pride in an interactive Pottermore exhibit. Guests can also experience Harry Potter’s world for themselves by visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Vacation Package guests and those with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between King’s Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station. Details on Vacation Packages are available here.

New! Annual Passholders Early Admission Returns: Annual Passholders now receive weekday Early Park Admission now through December 18. Block out dates apply (11/17/14 and 11/24–11/28/14).

New! Annual Passholder Discounts on Dining Plans: It’s the perfect way to lock in savings on snacks and meals while you’re here. You’ll enjoy one lower price for food at your favorite places. Just look for the Universal Dining Icon on the menu. For a limited time Passholders can purchase one plan and get 50% off a second plan.  Offer valid for front gate and in-park purchase(s) only when combining a Universal Dining Plan–Quick Service and Coca-Cola freestyle® Souvenir Cup (the “Dining Plan Combo”), with presentation of a valid Annual Pass. Limit two (2) offer redemptions per day [two full price Dining Plan Combo(s) and two ½ price Dining Plan Combo(s)]. If purchasing two (2) Dining Plan Combo(s), both Dining Plan Combo(s) must be purchased and used on the same day during normal theme park operating hours.

New! One Direction Performed Live for Today Show from UOR: Al Roker and Matt Lauer from the “Today” show hosted the One Direction Concert Event at Universal Orlando Resort on Monday, November 17, 2014. The band The celebrated their new album, FOUR, being released on a special 1D version of The Today Show live from Universal Studios Orlando!

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New! Veterans Day Parade at Universal Studios: In honor of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Universal Orlando Resort’s Veterans Network – comprised of more than 450 team members – marched in a special parade at Universal Studios Florida on Monday, Nov. 10. Veterans Day was also commemorated with a flag-raising ceremony and a private lunch for Veterans and their families. Members of several local organizations joined Universal Orlando’s veterans to mark the occasion.

Veteran's Day Parade at USF

New! Universal Announces Nickelodeon’s “Every Witch Way” Weekend in December:  Universal Orlando Resort will host a fun filled weekend featuring the Nickelodeon hit live action series “EveryWitch Way” on December 12 and 13.Fans of the hit series will be able to enjoy two days of spellbinding activities featuring some of their favorite cast members, including Paola Andino (Emma Alonso), Nick Merico(Daniel Miller), Paris Smith (Maddie Van Pelt) and Rahart Adams (Jax Novoa). Nickelodeon’s “Every Witch Way” Weekend will also give guests the several special experiences. More details are available here.

Nickelodeon's Every Witch Way

Reminder! Buy Two, Get third Day Free Offer: Universal Orlando Resort announced the return of the resort’s popular 3rd Day Free Offer for U.S. and Canada residents – giving them a third day FREE with the purchase of a 2-day park ticket. This offer gives visitors even more time to enjoy the trip of a lifetime to Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Offer valid for purchase through June 7, 2015 and is valid for 14 days from the first use – must be used in full by June 20, 2015. Current price of a 2-day, park-to-park ticket is $175.99 per adult, plus tax. Blockout dates apply Dec. 26, 2014 – Jan. 3, 2015. To book, contact us 877-918-8941 or request a price online.

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

 New! Harbor Nights Wine Tasting & Music at Porofino Bay Friday, November 28, 2014: Kick off the season at Holiday Harbor Nights, a wine and music event designed to capture the ambiance of the Mediterranean. Featuring select wines and sparkling wines, gourmet food, live music and the grand illumination of our majestic Christmas tree! General admission: $45* in advance or $55* at the door. VIP/reserved seating: $75* (reserved seating includes private wine station, passed hors d’oeuvres, plus all the benefits of a regular Harbor Nights ticket!) For more information and reservations or call 407-503-1200 or ask your Destinations in Florida Travel Agent.

New! Spend Thanksgiving at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop: Visit Noon – 9 p.m. on November 27, 2014 at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop as Chef Ryan Vargas and team cook-up the following Thanksgiving specials (in addition to our regular menu):

  • Appetizer – Pumpkin Patch Squash Bisque – $9 – Coconut Meringue Kisses, Butternut Squash Wonton
  • Salad – Tchouped Iceberg Salad – $11- Pepitas, Roaring 40’s Bleu, Grapes, Tomatoes, Pancetta, Pickled Onions, Furikake Ranch Dressing
  • Entrée – Traditional Feast – $30 – Roast Turkey Breast, Kalua Leg & Thigh, Hawaiian Sweet Bread Apple Chestnut Stuffing, Buttermilk Smashed Potatoes, Fried Brussel Sprout & Bacon, Old School Gravy, Cranberry Orange Relish
  • Dessert – Pumpkin Budino – $8 – Salted Macadamia Nut Pralines, Chocolate Cremoso

Thanksgiving Emerils

Universal CityWalk

New! Spend Thanksgiving at Emeril’s Orlando: Visit Noon – 9 p.m. on November 27, 2014 at Emeril’s Orlando as we cook-up the following Thanksgiving Specials and Chef’s Tasting Menu (in addition to their regular menu):

  • SEARED DIVER SEA SCALLOPS – 15 – corn maque choux – crystal gastrique
  • CRISPY FRIED CHICKEN THIGH – 12 – pumpkin waffle – slaw – orange blossom honey
  •  ROASTED LOCAL SNAPPER – 35 – blue crabmeat – beluga lentils – mirliton – oyster sauce
  •  BRAISED COLORADO LAMB SHANK – 30 – goat cheese polenta – fig marmalade – rainbow swiss chard
  •  TRADITIONAL ROAST TURKEY – 30 – cornbread dressing – pancetta braised green beans – cranberry sauce – giblet gravy

NewDJ Tony Arzadon Appearing at the groove: On Saturday, November 22, 2014, Catch DJ Tony Arzadon bringing his electrifying beats to the party at the groove. His commanding sounds receive regular airplay on SiriusXM satellite radio and other radio stations, while his energetic DJ performances cement residencies throughout the country and appearances across the globe. Admission: $7 plus tax per person. VIP Table Service available, Call 407-224-2166 for details.

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New! Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies to Play Hard Rock Live Nov 21: The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.” Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies will perform at 7:30 pm Friday, Nov 21. Tickets are $75.50 Balcony Tables, $65.50 Lower Balcony, $55.50 Upper Balcony and $37.50 GA Standing Floor. Doors open at 6:30 pm. More info: 407-351-LIVE (5483).

New! So You Think You Can Dance Show at Hard Rock Live Nov. 22: From the Emmy winning TV Show So You Think You Can Dance, a live performance show will be held 8:00 pm, Saturday, Nov 22. Tickets are $100.50 First 2 Rows and Balcony Tables, $65.60 Lower Balcony, $55.50 Reserved Main Floor, $40.50 Upper Balcony.Doors open at 7:00pm. More info: 407-351-LIVE (5483).

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New! Melissa Etheridge to Play Hard Rock Live Nov 25: American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist Melissa Etheridge will perform at 8:00 pm Tuesday, Nov 25. $77.75  Tickets are$77.75 First 2 Rows and Balcony Tables, $61.75 Reserved Main Floor & Lower Balcony, $52.75 Upper Balcony, $41.75 General Admission Standing Rear More info: 407-351-LIVE (5483).

Reminder! CowFish Sushi and Burger Bar Open: Cowfish has opened its doors at CityWalk! The Cowfish™ is a one-of-a-kind dining experience, thriving on its ability to fuse two niche products seamlessly on the same menu. Fresh, innovative and delicious, the sushi segment of the menu is far beyond what you’re accustomed to. All natural, creative and hearty, the burgers entice with fresh, never frozen, ingredients and bold flavors. Spiked hand-spun milkshakes, premium sakes, craft beers, wine and 10oz exotic martinis round out a huge bar menu that is sure to please. The Cowfish™ aims to offer something for the entire family. Scrumptious appetizers for sharing, entree-sized salads, homemade desserts and a fun kid’s menu. If you can’t make up your mind, try a bento box to sample a mini-burger along with your choice of sushi roll and three tasty side items!

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Closures and Refurbishments

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

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Universal Studios

  • Fear Factor Live: Closed for seasonal maintenance

 

Walt Disney World Resort Hotel News for the Week of Nov 12, 2014

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! New Seasonal Menu Items at Resort Quick Service Locations: Just a monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom Park is Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which offers a savory beef pot roast with seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy. Available only at dinner, it’s just like mom used to make. Contempo Café also recently added some new flatbread pizzas to their menu including a smoked pulled pork flatbread, topped with barbecue sauce, Monterey Jack cheese and vegetable-style slaw.

Contempo Cafe Pot Roast

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is serving up four new loaded baked potato meals, each served with a side of soup or salad. Choose from a baked potato topped with one of the following: barbecued pork; broccoli, cheddar, and bacon; chili and cheese; or chicken, bacon, and cheddar.

POR Loaded Baked Potato

Head over to ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk for chicken and waffles with a kick—jalapeno-cornmeal waffles topped with buttermilk fried chicken and Angry Maple chicken gravy. Brand new on the menu is a barbecue pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich served on thick-cut brioche.

ESPN CLub Seasonal Menu Chicken and WafflesNew! Disney’s Polynesian Refurbishment Causes Closure at Kona Cafe: Nov. 20 On Thursday, Nov. 20, from approximately 6 a.m.-5 p.m. there will be some crane activity, located on the back dock of the resort. For your safety, certain walkways and backstage hallways will be inaccessible throughout this timeframe. Please also note that Kona Cafe will be closed for breakfast and lunch on this day but will open at 5 p.m. for dinner.

New! Trattoria al Forno New Details Released: Opening December 18 on Disney’s Boardwalk, Trattoria al Forno promises diners an authentic taste of Italy – from the top of boot-shaped peninsula to the bottom, with classic Italian cuisine — handcrafted mozzarella, fresh pasta and pizzas baked in new wood-burning ovens. Trattoria al Forno’s wine list “takes guests on a historic journey through the Italian wine regions,” says Jason Cha-Kim beverage manager for Disney Parks & Resorts. “It’s unusual to have a 100-percent Italian wine list,” says Jason, who curated a list of about 70 wines from Italy’s 20 wine regions. Trattoria al Forno will offer more than 30 wines by the glass, starting at $8, and also “quartinos,” which are quarter-liter carafes (about a glass and a half). “This is a great way for guests to try several different wines,” says Jason. “They’re big enough to share, so you can try wines from obscure wine regions.” Wine flights also are available. An all-new breakfast menu will be featured at Trattoria al Forno too. Waffles with espresso-mascarpone cream … poached eggs with fennel sausage, Parmesan and tomato gravy over soft polenta are just a sample of the breakfast menu items. Trattoria al Forno offers American favorites along with some classic Italian tastes.

Trattoria al Forno, the new restaurant for Disney’s BoardWalk.

New! Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos–Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses: Beginning January 8, 2015, the Disney princesses will welcome guests to Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa while we spruce up Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom Park. Reservations are available for Walt Disney World Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members beginning December 3. Reservations open to all guests on December 4. Cinderella will be there to greet guests as they arrive, and the Disney princesses will visit each table for photos and autographs during the dining experience. Breakfast and brunch hours are 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m., and cost is $49.99; $31.99 ages 3-9. The experience is on the Disney Dining Plan (2 entitlements). Cinderella’s Royal Table is expected to reopen in March.

Cinderella Brunch CRT Citricos

Closures and Refurbishments

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Seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels In Walt Disney World® Offering Low “Fall Family Fun Rates”

Rates Starting at $74 per night at Downtown Disney Resort Hotels Now Thru Dec 23!

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Taking advantage of the special “Fall Family Fun Rates” that are being offered by the seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels from November 1-December 23, 2014 is a great way to experience the exceptional special events that are being conducted at theWalt Disney World® Resort in Florida. This includes Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park, Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional at Epcot®, and The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. You should definitely mark your calendars to attend this year.

In addition to the hotels having an ideal location with an easy walk to the shopping, dining and entertainment venues at the Downtown Disney® Area, these seven Official Walt Disney World® Hotels also provide complimentary shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, two water parks, and to the Downtown Disney® area. As a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the “2014 Downtown Disney Deals” booklet that features exclusive discounts and specials from over 30 merchants on Downtown Disney® area dining, entertainment and shopping.

Available for stays November 1-December 23, 2014, the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels’ “Fall Family Fun Rates” are:

  • B Resort & Spa – now open – rates from $99 per room, per night
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – rates from $79 per room, per night
  • Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa – rates from $79 per room, per night
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – rates from $109 per suite, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $89 per room, per night (through December 19th, 2014)
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – Lake Buena Vista – rates from $89 per room, per night
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort – rates from $74 per room, per night.

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Universal Orlando to Host Nickelodeon’s “Every Witch Way” Weekend on Dec. 12 and 13

Visit Nickelodeon’s “Every Witch Way” Weekend on Dec. 12 and 13

Nickelodeon's Every Witch Way

Universal Orlando Resort will host a fun filled weekend featuring the Nickelodeon hit live action series “Every Witch Way” on December 12 and 13.

Fans of the hit series will be able to enjoy two days of spellbinding activities featuring some of their favorite cast members, including Paola Andino (Emma Alonso), Nick Merico(Daniel Miller), Paris Smith (Maddie Van Pelt) and Rahart Adams (Jax Novoa). Nickelodeon’s “Every Witch Way” Weekend will also give guests the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy an exciting celebration to kick off the weekend, featuring DJ Boogie and the cast of “Every Witch Way”
  • Participate in Q&A and autograph sessions with the cast
  • Access a special viewing party featuring an advance screening of the first two episodes of season 3 of “Every Witch Way”
  • And more!

“Every Witch Way” is a spell-binding tale that follows teenager Emma Alfonso (PaolaAndino) as she moves to Miami and discovers that she isn’t so ordinary—she’s a witch. The series, which recently concluded its second season, is a bona fide hit consistently winning its time period (Mon-Fri, 7:30-8 p.m. ET/PT) with kids 2-11. Season 3 of “Every Witch Way” will premiere in 2015, sparking mystery and adventure with a daily dose of magic that will keep viewers captivated and enchanted.

During the event, guests can also experience one-of-a-kind traditions that the entire family will enjoy at Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration. Running daily from Dec. 6 to Jan. 3, guests will come face-to-face with The Grinch at Grinchmas, watch majestic Macy’s balloons wind through the streets and hear Christmas music sensation – Mannheim Steamroller – perform beloved holiday classics.

It’s a weekend of bewitching and holiday fun at Universal Orlando Resort—all included with admission to Universal Orlando theme parks.

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Walt Disney World Updates and Mousecellaneous News for the Week of Nov 12, 2014

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! Holiday Collection For Your Home Now Available at Disney Parks: This year’s new product line is called Holidays for Your Home. This nostalgic line of holiday decorative items includes ornaments, pillows, home goods and more.  The designs were inspired by a few things from the 1960s, including handcrafted holiday cards sent by the Walt Disney Studios and classic holiday television programming. Holidays for Your Home is a return to the holidays of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It looks modern and retro at the same time. Guests will find Holidays For Your Home items in select merchandise locations at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. You may also find select products on the Disney Parks online store – DisneyParks.com/Holiday.

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New! Animated Magic Shots Add Extra Disney Magic to Your Photos: Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort can now have some Disney animation added to their memories and it is all part of Memory Maker! As part of your Memory Maker entitlement you’ll be able to download the video file of your Animated Magic Shot to post online and share with friends. When visiting one of the locations listed below, simply ask a Disney PhotoPass Photographer for an Animated Magic Shot.

  • Epcot, behind Spaceship Earth
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Hollywood Boulevard
  • Epcot, at Norway Pavilion
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom, bridge near Expedition Everest

New! Dining Reservations Enhancements Coming Nov 18: As an enhancement to the Guest dining reservations booking system, the booking window will be adjusted for dining reservations at Walt Disney World Resort.  Effective Nov. 18, Cast Members will be able to assist guests with making reservations such that reservations may be made up to 20 minutes in advance for available seatings at Walt Disney World Resort.

Merchandise Events

November 10 – 13: Artist Greg McCullough will be on hand for special appearances and signings this month at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace. Meet Greg (November 10 – 13, 16 – 20, 26 – 28 and November 30 – December 4).

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November 14 – 15: Meet Disney artists David Buckley, Will Gay, Joe Kaminski, Mark Seppala and Don “Ducky” Williams, November 14 from 6 – 8 p.m. and November 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

November 14 – 16: ACME Archives artist William Silvers will be on hand for a special showcase as we debut some of his newest pieces inspired by Star Wars. William will appear November 14 – 15 from 5 – 9 p.m. each day and November 16 from Noon – 4 p.m.

Closures and Refurbishments

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Walt Disney World Theme Park News – Nov 12, 2014

Walt Disney World Theme Park News – Nov 12, 2014

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Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

New! Jack Skellington Brings a Touch of Christmastown to Walt Disney World: The Pumpkin King himself, Jack Skellington, has decided to join the holiday celebration at Walt Disney World Resort by dropping in on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. Head back to Storybook Circus during the party, and you’ll find Jack making Christmas as “Sandy Claws” – just don’t count on any gifts from him turning out quite right. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which is separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission, takes place on select nights through December 19.

New! Jingle Cruise Returns to Magic Kingdom Park: The popular Magic Kingdom Park attraction, Jungle Cruise, has gone “Jingle Cruise” again for the second holiday season in a row! The additions offer guests the chance to experience a holiday transformation of this fan-favorite Disney attraction. Jingle Cruise is again themed as if the Skippers are once again homesick for the holidays and decorated the attraction queue and boathouse with homemade decorations, gifts and items from back home. (If you listen carefully, you may also hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background in the queue). The boats have been renamed to receive holiday names and the skippers are getting guests laughing with additional holiday jokes. The jungle has also received new seasonal supplies. Unfortunately, some missed their final destination falling deeper into the jungle. In addition to being open during daily park hours, Jingle Cruise will also be in operation during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties.

Jingle CruiseNew! Single Day Memory Maker Add On Test Continues: The Memory Maker single-day add-on test at Magic Kingdom has been extended through Dec. 27. Through this test, a new Memory Maker add-on is available for sale to Guests when purchased with a one-day Magic Your Way ticket or a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This package is sold exclusively at Vacation Planning at the Transportation and Ticketing Center. Magic Kingdom merchandise shops are not able to sell this product. The price is $39.

New! Adjusted Times for Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party: Due to concrete work on Main Street, U.S.A., Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! will be presented at 12:30 and 5 p.m. on Nov. 11 & 12 and Nov. 18 & 19.

New! New Menu Items at Columbia Harbor House:  At Columbia Harbor House in Magic Kingdom Park, they’ve upped the ante at dinnertime by adding lobster and shrimp to their macaroni and cheese. Also on the dinner menu is the piping hot chicken pot pie, filled with tender white-meat chicken, vegetables and gravy and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs.

Columbia Harbor House Chicken Pot Pie Mac and Cheese

Reminder! A Frozen Holiday Wish’ Taking Place Nightly at Magic Kingdom Park: “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” the new holiday stage show that features Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf, debuted recently at Magic Kingdom Park. In the show, Elsa uses her gift to give us an amazing sight that’s perfect for the holiday season – Cinderella Castle covered in glittering ice.

Frozen Holiday Wish

Epcot

New! Holiday Decor Coming to Epcot Nov. 13-14: Holiday decorations are appearing throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. The Holiday Services team will be installing holiday decor at Epcot after park hours on Nov. 13-14.

New! Tastes From Around the Globe at Epcot Holidays Around the World: Holidays Around the World at Epcot where the World Showcase countries reflect the seasonal traditions – including tastes of homelands far, far away takes place November 28 – December 30, 2014. Here’s a small sample of what’s in store: Starting our stroll at Promenade Refreshments, try the Turkey Waffle – a filling sweet potato waffle with roast turkey and green bean casserole (all-in-one holiday dinner). Then head to Canada for pecan-maple bark, a nod to our Northern neighbor’s bounteous maple sugar production. Next door in the United Kingdom, it’s hot applejack cider with whiskey and a blend of seasonal spices – sip while you listen to stories of Father Christmas. Additional treats can be found in each of the other pavilions as well.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! Frozen Holiday Premium Package Second Seating Added: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Guests will be able to add more to their holiday experience with a second seating of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Frozen Holiday Premium Package, offered Dec. 25 – Jan. 1 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., in addition to the sold-out seating those nights from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Guests purchasing the package will receive:

  • Reserved Seating for the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration:” Enjoy reserved viewing in the Premiere Theatre for one show of “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration,” a heart-warming retelling of Disney’s Frozen featuring Anna, Elsa, the newly appointed royal historians of Arendelle, and some of your favorite songs from the film.
  • Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Viewing with Frozen Themed Dessert Party: View the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in a reserved location at the end of Streets of America. The location will include Frozen themed desserts and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for you to indulge in while enjoying millions of holiday lights sparkling in synchronization. This dessert party will take place 5:30 – 7 p.m., Dec. 25 – Jan. 1.
  • Special Holiday Keepsake: Receive a holiday lithograph and Frozen themed pin, as a takeaway to commemorate your visit to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and Frozen themed dessert party.

The Disney’s Hollywood Studios Frozen Holiday Premium Package is available for $89 per adult or $59 per child (ages 3-9) (tax and gratuity included? discounts do not apply). Valid theme park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required and is not included in this package price.

New! Nightmare Before Christmas Song Added to Osborne Lights: There’s color everywhere and white things in the air as the 2014 season of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights returns to the park’s Streets of America. This year, the song “What’s This?” from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” has been added to the show, bringing with it all the wonder and delight Jack Skellington experienced upon first visiting Christmastown. “What’s This?” joins such favorites as “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano and “Christmas Is Starting Now” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on the playlist of holiday songs for the dancing lights. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is presented nightly through January 4, 2015 (except November 20), and is included with regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Reminder! The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Begins Friday, Nov. 7: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, running nightly
Friday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 4. Millions of twinkling lights will dazzle the Streets of America set to holiday music from dusk to park close.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New! Holiday Decor Coming Nov. 17-18: Holiday decorations are appearing throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.  The Holiday Services team will install holiday décor at Disney’s Animal Kingdom after park hours on Nov. 17-18.

New! Huge Mickey Shaped Cinnamon Roll Available: Comfort food isn’t just for dinner. At Kusafiri Bakery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll find this Colossal Mickey-shaped cinnamon roll, which can easily serve two. It’s drizzled with caramel sauce and icing!

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Closures and Refurbishments

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