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Disney News Round Up

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Online reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Pirates League and Harmony Barber Shop can now be made and altered online. Reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, The Pirates League, and Harmony Barber Shop in Walt Disney World can be made up to 180 days in advance. Reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disneyland can be made up to 60 days in advance. The reservation system is now live on Disneyland.com and DisneyWorld.com


Beginning May 24, guests will be able to purchase limited release Mickey Mouse ear hats and Minnie ear bands created by some notable designers, celebrities and artists. The releases will be staggered throughout 2019 and 2020 and will include designs by Heidi Klum, Karlie Kloss, Harvey’s, Alex and Ani, Joe Rohde, and Ashley Eckstein for Her Universe. Ears will be available at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and online at ShopDisney.

Walt Disney World

Disney unveiled several of the 55 designs that will cover the all new Disney Skyliner gondolas. Designs include: 100 Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh and friend; the Haunted Mansion with Madame Leota and the Hitchhiking Ghosts; Lady and the Tramp; Toy Story with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Bullseye; Beauty and the Beast and more. The Skyliner will begin operation this fall and will transport guests from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort (Opening in December) to both Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

Booking is now open for Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events. Events include: Party for the Senses, Sunday Brunch with a Chef, Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It hands on seminars, Parisian Breakfast at Le Chefs de France, the Hibachi Experience in Japan, Italian Regional Food and Wine Pairing Luncheons, Mexican Tequila Lunch, and the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party. Reservations can be made by calling (407) 939-3378. Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival runs from August 29th – November 23, 2019.

Several acts participating in this year’s Eat to the Beat concert series held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase in Epcot were announced. The lineup so far includes:

Plain White T’s - August 29 through 31

Sawyer Brown – September 1 through 2

MercyMe - September 3 through 4

Grace Kelly – September 5 through 6

Zach Williams – September 7 through 8

Lauren Daigle – September 9 through 10

Jimmie Allen – September 11 through 12

TBD - September 13 through 15

The Allman Betts Band - September 16 through 17

Everclear - September 18 through 19

STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas - September 20 through 22

Post Modern Jukebox - September 23 through 24

Blue October - September 25 through 26

Mark Wills - September 27 through 29

Sugar Ray - September 30 through October 2

TBD - October 3 through 9

Boyce Avenue – October 10 through 11

Southern Avenue – October 12 through 13

TBD - October 14 through 15

38 Special - October 16 through 17

Baha Men - October 18 through 20

Billy Ocean - October 21 through 22

Sheila E - October 23 through 25

High Valley - October 26 through 27

Hanson - October 28 through 30

Sheena Easton - October 31 through November 1

Kris Allen – November 2 through 3

Boyz II Men - November 4 through 6

The Hooters - November 7 through 8

Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy - November 9 through 11

TBD - November 12 through 18

DCapella – November 19

Guests wishing to reserve a guaranteed seat to an Eat to the Beat concert may do so by booking an Eat to the Beat Dining package. Packages are available for breakfast, lunch or dinner at 14 eateries surrounding Epcot. Reservations for this package may be reserved by calling (407) WDW-FEST or (407) 939-3378.

Disney announced the name of the restaurant opening this summer in the Japan pavilion will be named Takumi-Tei, which means house of the artisan. The restaurant will be operated by Mitsukoshi USA who run the current merchandising and dining experiences within the Japan pavilion.

NBA Experience at Disney Springs will open on August 12th. The interactive experience will allow guests to participate in 13 hands-on activities including shooting, dribbling, and other tests of skill. Tickets are $34 for adults (plus tax) and $29 (plus tax) for children ages 3-9. Footwear is required and a wavier will be required. Children under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian sign the waiver.

Adventures by Disney

Reservations are now open for 2020 Adventures by Disney Vacations. Itineraries for more than 35 popular locations around the globe including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas will be available. There will be trips for families and special adult only tours. For more information, contact a travel agent from Coasters and Castles Travel.


Disney announced the 2019 Disney Legends who will be honored at this year’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California on Frida August 23. The honorees are:

James Earl Jones (Actor)

Robert Downey Jr. (Actor – Iron Man)

Jon Favreau (Actor, Director)

Wing Chao (Former Disney executive)

Bette Midler (Actress, Singer)

Kenny Ortega (Director, Choreographer, Producer)

Barnette Ricci (Choreographer, Producer, Show Director)

Robin Roberts (Television Anchor)

Diane Sawyer (News Anchor)

Ming-Na Wen (Actress)

Hans Zimmer (Composer)

The D23 Expo will run from August 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets for D23 can be purchased by visiting d23expo.com


Stephanie McNulty is a Vacation Specialist with Coasters and Castles Travel who loves Iron Man almost as much as she loves helping you plan your vacations. She can be contacted at smcnulty@coastersandcastlestravel.com

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