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Ears the News : July 14, 2017 Edition



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Disney operated restaurants join Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month for 2017

This year's Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month will feature some of Disney's own restaurants, along with a handful of the finest from Disney Springs.

Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Jiko, The Wave, The Turf Club, Boatwrights, and Olivia's Cafe are among the Disney operated participants, joined by Morimoto Asia, STK and Paddlefish from Disney Springs.
During Magical Dining Month, over 100 Orlando area restaurants will offer prix fixe 3 course dinners for $35. One dollar from each meal will benefit Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer foundation.

Whether you arrive at the restaurant as a walk-in guest or with advance reservations, just ask your server for the Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month menu. No vouchers, coupons or flyers are needed.


New name for Characters in Flight tethered balloon at Disney Springs

A new balloon design was unveiled earlier this year for Characters in Flight, and changes have been made to the ticket kiosk to fit more closely with the new look the West Side following its transition from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs.

New look Characters in Flight balloon

The tethered balloon ride at Disney Springs now has a new name - "Aerophile: The World Leader in Balloon Flight."


New Gastropub to replace Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club

New gastropub to replace Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club. The Ale & Compass Restaurant will open in October 2017, featuring New England-inspired comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The look of the table service restaurant will take cues from a lighthouse, with an on-stage hearth oven as a focal point.

Ale and Compass Lounge concept art

Nearby, the Ale & Compass Lounge will also open in October, with a new look and menu. Seating is also expanded to 58 seats.


Ale and Compass Restaurant concept art

The updates began with the recent opening of the Market at Ale & Compass, a quick service grab and go location.


Drum Corps International marching performances at Disney Springs this weekend

Disney Springs will host a day of Drum Corps International marching performances this Sunday (July 9).
The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL) at 11:00 AM
Carolina Crown (Fort Mill, SC) at 1:00 PM
The Cadets (Allentown, PA) at 3:00 PM

Disney Springs

All performers will march through Disney Springs starting on the West Side near Cirque du Soleil La Nouba and finishing at the Marketplace near Once Upon a Toy.



New experiences coming to Disney's Contemporary Resort for New Year's Eve 2017

Disney's Contemporary Resort is offering three New Year's Eve experiences for guests visiting Walt Disney World during the holiday period.
The resort has all the bases covered, from fine dining through to a family friendly character filled evening. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE from July 11.

New Year's Eve at Disney's Contemporary Resort


Disney’s Countdown to Midnight
“Disney Countdown to Midnight” includes dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor, along with an appearance by Mickey and Minnie. Welcome in 2018 with a flute of bubbly and a viewing of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in the Magic Kingdom.

Hours are 8pm to 1am in the Fantasia Ballroom. This party is designed for guests 18 and older.

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration
“Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration” is for children of all ages, a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year with a Disney•Pixar-inspired dinner.

Sarge welcomes you to the Ballroom of the Americas that features vignettes of beloved Pixar movies. From Andy’s Room in “Toy Story” to and Metro City with The Incredibles, the immersive celebration will include theatrical backdrops, dramatic set pieces and fun props that re-create the worlds of the Pixar films. Favorite characters will be on hand from “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” “Cars” and “Up.”

Kids can have fun at Pixar face painting, a balloon artist and a boot camp with Sarge, while an interactive DJ will spin hits from Radio Disney (he’s going to be in a “Cars”-inspired DJ rig from Radiator Springs). Dinner is buffet style.

At midnight, head outdoors to ring in the New Year with a viewing of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Hours are 8pm -12:15am.

Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience
Fine dining is the theme of the third party, “Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” in the Grand Republic Ballroom. Inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” the room is beautifully decorated French Quarter style to transport you to the Big Easy.

Actions stations will feature flavors such as oyster beignets, smoked salmon mousse cones with caviar, Kobe beef tartare and sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi. Signature dishes will include herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish etouffee, Balck Angus beef cooked two ways, braised short ribs and filet of beef with truffled celery root silk.

A N’awlins jazz band will entertain during dinner, joined later in the evening by a vocalist who will bring to life the Academy-Award-winning classics from the film. Then slip outside with a glass of bubbly just before midnight to ring in 2018 with a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Hours are 7:00 PM-12:15 AM.



Terralina Crafted Italian to replace Portobello at Disney Springs

Terralina Crafted Italian concept art

Disney and Levy Restaurants have announced that Terralina Crafted Italian will be the name of the new restaurant concept opening in the former Portobello location at Disney Springs.

Inspired by the design and lifestyle of Italy’s Lake District, the new restaurant will be reminiscent of an Italian home, with an open kitchen, dining rooms with eclectic décor and a new veranda bar outside the main entrance.

Terralina Crafted Italian construction

James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano returns from Portobello to design the new menu, and Chef Justin Plank will be back to run the kitchen.

Chef Mantuano’s authentic Italian cuisine (much of it infused with his signature olive oil imported directly from Italy) will include artisanal pizzas and fresh vegetable dishes fired up in a wood-burning oven. Two new signatures – mussels and a grilled pork chop – will be on the menu, along with favorites from Portobello such as the antipasti platter and signature pastas. 

Terralina Crafted Italian exterior concept art

“The new food landscape at Disney Springs is amazing and the guest choices are so diverse that it has become a true dining destination,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy Restaurants. “We are excited to open Terralina Crafted Italian and share our vision to deliver authentic food, hospitality and every last detail as part of a memorable guest experience.”

“It’s been an honor to lead the concept and vision for Terralina Crafted Italian,” said Tony Mantuano, James Beard Award-winning chef. “We wanted to create a dining experience that would transport guests to the shores of Italy. Focusing on the hearth of the kitchen, dishes will embody the passion and flare of the flames. Executive Chef Justin Plank and I cannot wait for guests to come in and have a taste of Italy.”

Terralina will be open for lunch and dinner, with an opening in the fall of 2017.



PhotoPass Day is back at Walt Disney World on August 19

Walt Disney World will once again be celebrating Disney PhotoPass Day on August 19 2017.

Disney PhotoPass Day

The one-day celebration will bring special character meet and greets to all four theme parks, exclusive Animated Magic Shots and more.



Full Festival Marketplace kiosk menus for the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Disney has just released the full menu line-up for this year's upcoming Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

The festival this year begins on August 31 and runs through November 13 2017.

Epcot Legacy Showplace
Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce
Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich
L’Orange Cotton Candy: A mixture of Lime and Orange Cotton Candy (vegetarian)
Bright Horizons: Sprite® with Multi-flavored Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)
M.I.A Beer Company 305 Golden Ale, Doral, FL
Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale, Titusville, FL
Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL
JDub’s Passion Wheat, Sarasota, FL
Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale, DeBary, FL
Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Tampa, FL
Eastern Florida Flight
- M.I.A. Beer Company 305 Golden Ale
 - Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale
 - Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout
Western Florida Flight
- JDub’s Passion Wheat
- Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale
- Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

Flavors from Fire
Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds
Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions, and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso Romano and American Grana Cheeses
Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam, and Maple Butter Syrup
Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, and Raspberry Dust
Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter
Ravenswood Zinfandel, Napa Valley
Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon

Light Lab Beverage
T=C2: Tonic Water and Cotton Candy (non-alcoholic)
RGB: Citrus Apple Freeze (non-alcoholic)
Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls
Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner, Longmont, COPlayalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale, Titusville, FL
Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA, Seattle, WA
Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radiant Flux, Brooklyn, NY
Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale, Grand Rapids, MI
Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA, Patchogue, NY
Space Flight
- Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner
- Playalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale
- Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA
Light Flight
- Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radiant Flux
- Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale
- Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA

Earth Eats Inspired by ABC’s “The Chew”
Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce (vegetarian)
Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese
Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle (gluten friendly)
Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines Chardonnay “Goldie,” California
Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines Pinot Noir, California
Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry Mead

Active Eats
Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions
Roasted Verlasso® Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri (gluten friendly)
Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake, and Tortilla Streusel (vegetarian)
M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Cucumber & Lemon Lime Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling, Washington
Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Coastal Eats
Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream
Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-chipotle Butter Sauce
Erath Pinot Gris, Oregon
Soter Planet Pinot Noir, Oregon

The Chocolate Studio

Chocolate Studio Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (gluten friendly)
Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust (vegetarian)
Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Banfi Rosa Regale, Piedmont
Lenotti Recioto della Valpolicella, Italy
RL Buller Fine Muscat

The Cheese Studio Hosted by Boursin® Cheese

Cheese Studio kiosk

Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce
Savory Caramelized Onion Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Tart with cold Arugula Salad and Aged Balsamic (vegetarian)
Cheese Trio: Profiterole topped with Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange Apricot Jam; Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin® Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning; Strawberry Macaroon with Boursin Pepper Cheese
Leth Steinagrund Gruner Veltliner, Austria
Liberated Pinot Noir, California

The Wine & Dine Studio

Wine and Dine Studio Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce
Pulled Duck Confit with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction
Trio of Artisan Cheese (vegetarian): Fromager d’Affinois de Excellence with Toasted Baguette; Point Reyes Original Blue with Apricot Jam; Point Reyes Toma with Honey
Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Trio of Artisan Cheese Paired with Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, St. Francis Chardonnay and Recuerdo Malbec
Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford
St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma County
Recuerdo Malbec, Argentina
Eden Canyon “Jolie” Red Blend, California
Meiomi Rosé, California

Islands of the Caribbean

Islands of the Caribbean Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Jamaican Beef Patty with Mango Salsa
Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, and Pickled Red Onions (gluten friendly)
Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (vegetarian)
Carib Lager
Caribbean White Sangria
Frozen Mojito

New Zealand
Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Kumara Purée
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir, Marlborough
Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Australia
Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas (gluten friendly)
Grilled Lamb T-Bone with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies (gluten friendly)
Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut (vegetarian)
Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz
Hope Estate “Wollombi Brook” Semillon, Hunter Valley


The Almond Orchard Hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®
Cauliflower Risotto with Pulled Chicken, Artichokes, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese with Aged Balsamic
Fire-roasted Tomato Hummus topped with Blue Diamond® Salt & Vinegar Almonds served with Blue Diamond Nut Thins®
Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Crunchy Chocolate Oats

Patagonia
Beef Empanada
Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée (gluten friendly)
Verum Pinot Noir, Rio Negro
Bodega Noemía de Patagonia “A Lisa” Malbec, Rio Negro

Hawai’i

Hawaii Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers, and Wasabi Cream
Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and Spicy Mayonnaise
Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts
Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine
Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

Farm Fresh

Farm Fresh Food and Wine Marketplace overview

Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy
Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette, and Toasted Walnuts (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
Gumption Citrus Freak Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
Two Henrys Elderberry Cream Hard Cider, Plant City, FL
Florida Orange Groves Mango Mama Wine
Cider flight

Greece
Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki (vegetarian)
Taste of Greece: Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lemon Dill Sauce, Grilled Octopus and Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita
Spanakopita (vegetarian)
Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon (vegetarian)
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, Peloponnese
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko, Santorini
Argyros Atlantis Red Blend, Santorini

Thailand
Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables
Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake with Cold Noodle Salad
Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice
Helfrich Gewürztraminer, Alsace
Singha Lager

Mexico

Mexico Food and Wine kiosk

Rib Eye Taco: Marinated Rib Eye, Roasted Chipotle Sauce, and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla
Tequila Chipotle Shrimp: Served on a Black Bean Huarache garnished with Red and Green Cabbage, Queso Fresco, and Crema Mexicana
Cajeta Mousse served with Cajeta Sauce and White Chocolate Flakes
Prickly Pear Margarita
Classic Pomegranate Margarita
Mexican-style Sangria
Pacifico Lager with Floater

China
Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce
Spicy Chicken Bao Bun
Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles
Chicken Potstickers
Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (non-alcoholic)
Tsingtao Lager
Ritzy Lychee with Courvoisier Cognac VS and Smirnoff Vodka
Happy Peach with DeKuyper Peach Liqueur and Myers’s Dark Rum
Kung Fu Punch with Smirnoff Vodka and Bols Triple Sec
BaiJoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice

India
Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (vegetarian)
Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Basmati Rice (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews, and Warm Naan Bread
Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake with Chocolate Coconut Mousse (vegetarian)
Mango Lassi (non-alcoholic)
Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
Sula Shiraz, Nashik



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