As the last leaves of Autumn drift to the
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In this edition we check out the latest ways to save, roll out the newsreel,
learn about the newest park ticket, find out the latest happenings around
Disney's Animal Kingdom, and round-up the changes at Walt Disney World
restaurants. Hang on to them hats and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on
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We're rolling out the Newsreel
for November to cover all the new happenings at the Walt Disney
>> A Moana Meet & Greet opened on November
23rd at Disney's Hollywood Studios in a surprising location. The new Meet &
Greet has replaced a large portion of the final exhibit area beginning just
after the Florida Project News Room. The Meet & Greet queue features rock
formations and a waterfall effect, while the Meet & Greet area itself is beach
themed. The area exits back into the waiting area for the theater.
>> From August 31 through November 13, the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine
Festival at Walt Disney World Resort will be a record 75 days of global culinary
creations, celebrity chefs, premium events, Eat to the Beat concerts, and more.
>> Hangin’ with your favorite Baddie isn’t just for the Halloween season any
more. Guests have continued to enjoy Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
through November and more dates are still available. The park is offering the
separately ticketed event on Fridays & Saturdays in December 2016 and Fridays in
January 2017. During these extended dates, 5:00 pm and 8:15 pm seatings will be
offered and tickets will be $129 per person including tax and gratuity. Guests
can make reservations on the Walt Disney World website or via 1-407-WDW-DINE.
>> D-Living opened in Disney Springs on November 23, 2016; just in time for
Black Friday and Holiday Season shopping. D-Living is the ultimate home décor
store for Disney fans and kids of every age. In this dynamic location, guests
will find a curated assortment of Disney-themed products and more that changes
with each season.
>> Disney’s Hollywood Studios is offering new Christmas offerings during the
2016 Christmas season. The parks is offering a Santa Claus Meet & Greet inside
the Once Upon A Time store located in the Sunset Blvd section of the park. The
Meet & Greet is running now through December 24th. From December 25th – 31st,
Santa Goofy will meet in the same location.
>> Dinosaur has re-opened at Disney's Animal Kingdom from an extended
refurbishment. In addition to refreshing and reactivating several effects, the
attraction has added a new effect.
Read the Spoiler on the New Effect <<
>> Walt Disney Imagineering has announced that a new "adventure" will be added
to Star Tours to celebrate Star Wars Episode VIII. It is expected that these
additions will be more expansive than the characters & sequences added for
Episode VII. Although no specific date was announced, it can be expected to be
near the December 15, 2017 theatrical release of the film.
>> Disney’s Animal Kingdom has changed its operational list for Extra Magic
Hours. Kali River Rapids has been removed while Primeval Whirl and TriceraTop
Spin have been added.
>> The new Doctor Strange character debuted earlier this month in an interactive
show at Disney's Hollywood Studios. "Discover the Mystic Arts" is a new
interactive experience currently offered at 10:30 am 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm
& 3:00 pm Monday-Friday. The show is performed in the new "Bleecker Street"
mini-area salvaged from the razed Streets of America near the end of Pixar
Place. This micro-land has several thematic tie-ins to the film/Marvel Universe
including an Atlas Books facade and a Daily Bugle news paper vending machine.
Stay Tuned to the INTERCOT News Forum for the Latest Updates and Announcements
<<4 Parks, 1 Ticket>>
The Walt Disney World resort has announced
a new ticket that admits a Guest to one day at each of the 4 theme parks. The
4-Park Magic Ticket admits a Guest one day to Magic Kingdom park, one day to Epcot, one day to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and one day to
Disney’s Hollywood Studios on 4 separate days. Guests may purchase through March
5, 2017; however, redemption blackout dates are December 17, 2016 through
January 2, 2017 and April 10 through April 21, 2017.
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<< Opening Pandora >>
Walt Disney Imagineering revealed more
details and concept art today for the forthcoming Pandora-World of Avatar area
at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Pandora – The World of Avatar and shared the
exciting news that the new land is set to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in
Summer 2017 and will tell the story of Alpha Centauri Expeditions, the eco-tour
group that is preparing Pandora for future explorers and adventure seekers.
This stunning new section of the park will feature floating mountains,
bioluminescent plants, and two excursions that will truly push adventure to the
next level. First, the family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests down
a sacred river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end
in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep
connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, the Avatar Flight of
Passage excursion will offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee
over the world of Pandora.
Video Sneak Peek of the Na’vi Shaman Audio-Animatronic <<
The new area of the park will also bring themed retail and dining. Satu’li
Canteen will be the main restaurantand will feature Na’vi art and cultural
items. At Windtraders, travelers can find Na’vi cultural items and sundries;
while Pongu Pongu will be a special drink location with a design that is as
eclectic as its Expat owner.
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<< The Dish on Disney Dining>>
The Dining scene at the Walt Disney World
resort is constantly serving up new offerings and changes. Here's the dish
on the latest news bites:
>> PizzeRizzo – the classic family
pizzeria owned by Rizzo- opened in Muppets Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood
Studios on November 18, 2016. The refurbished two-story eatery has shed its
Pizza Planet shell for a more thematic tie its surroundings and a lot more
seating. Although the location has a strong central story, Guests may not find
as many obvious Muppet gags as they might expect. The thematic details here are
more subtle, but still prevalent. Despite the changes, the dishes have mostly
been sustained. The Entrees are served with a side Caesar salad, and include
personal-sized Pizza Pies, available in four varieties—vegetable, pepperoni,
meat lovers and cheese, as well as a Meatball Sub. If you’re looking for a
lighter option, the Antipasto Salad features a bed of Romaine lettuce piled high
with tomatoes, Mozzarella, Kalamata olives, ham, pepperoni, salami and Balsamic
Vinaigrette. For dessert, indulge in traditional Italian sweets like Cannoli and
Tiramisu. Specialty drinks are also be available, including a non-alcoholic
Peach Bellini, and a Wildberry-Basil Lemonade Limoncello in addition to beer and
wine for adults.
>> Ample Hills Creamery on Disney’s Boardwalk has introduced a new treat for
those who are indecisive about their desserts. The ice cream spot is now
offering 6 Flavor Ice Cream Flights for $10.19. The flights are served in a
circular plastic dish with 6 scoop size depressions and a lid.
>> INTERCOT Field Reporter Christine recently spotted a Rivers of Light Lotus
Popcorn bucket at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Better late than never, this souvenir
is popping up in the park 10 months after the new option was originally
announced. The souvenir bucket for the impending show is currently priced at
Picture of the Light-Up Lotus Popcorn Bucket <<
>> Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory re-opened on 11/19/16 with a refreshed
menu at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter resort. New flavors inspired by New
Orleans include a Cajun King Burger with Andouille sausage, a Crawfish Mac &
Cheese Burger, prime rib, pork rack, roasted sustainable fish, fried chicken,
and BBQ ribs. New southern style breakfast dishes include Crispy-Fried Chicken
on a Biscuit with maple-bacon jam, Molasses-Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll,
House-made Coffee Cake, Jumbo Sweet Potato Belgian Waffle, Cajun Grit Bowl, a
Breakfast Po’ Boy and Pain Perdu. For dessert, there are a number of new
signature sweet creations like the beignet sundae, warm Chocolate-Caramel Bread
Pudding, house-made Mickey Pecan Pralines, and Louisiana-style King Cake. Don’t
worry your sweet tooth, made-to-order beignets remain on the menu, but now
feature new raspberry, caramel and chicory-coffee dipping sauces.
Pictures of the Dishes & Desserts <<
>> The Magic Kingdom has announced a new dining event, Tiana's Riverboat Ice
Cream Social. The event begins on the dock as Tiana and Naveen welcome you
and your sweet tooth to an ice cream social, complete with ice cream and
toppings, drinks, and sweet treats. Then board the Liberty Square Riverboat and
relax while enjoying the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. After the parade, Tiana and Naveen will join
you to continue the party as you all cruise around the Rivers of America,
circling Tom Sawyer Island. Guests may book this event for $49 per adult and $29
for children ages 9 and under (tax included). For reservations, you can book
online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.
bite of Dining Reviews & Disney Food News in the INTERCOT Dining Forum
A Shred of Light >>
Cast Previews for the new Rivers of Light
show were held on 11/27/16 at Disney's Animal Kingdom park.
There was reportedly one show re-set due to a technical issue, but otherwise ran
with no further issues.
The aggregate report from the debut of the 18 minute show has been
overwhelmingly positive. As shown in publicity pictures from Spring 2016, the
show is comprised of multiple floats that fill the River of Life and perform
various synchronized movements along with fountain and lighting effects.
The floats move without any "driver" and move 'autonomously' through-out the
show area along the river. Many of the Cast who experienced the show were
impressed by the complexity and elegance of the synchronized movements that
comprise the body of the show.
The main constructive criticism reported was that storytelling of the show is so
subtle that it may not be followed by some Guests leading them to gain only a
Despite the first set of previews, Disney has yet to make an internal
announcement regarding the Public Debut (or previews) for the show.
As the first winter
winds begin to swirl in, this edition is fading out. Whether you are
excited to try to menu items at the parks, walk under floating mountain in
Pandora, or chill at Club Villain; we hope it has given you some great reasons
to plan that next trip. We'll be back in a few weeks with more great tips, news, and deals. See ya real soon!
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