Rikki’s Mouse Bites – Walt Disney World News 2/24/14

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  • Disney has increased ticket prices again.  The price of Magic Kingdom single day park tickets increased by $4 to cost $99, for those ages 10 and up. In continuing with a precedent that occurred during the last ticket increase, park admission for Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will continue to cost be just a little cheaper. At these three parks, single day tickets will cost $94 for ages 10 and up. Also a $4 increase. For a full list of the ticket price increases, make sure to check out our Ticket Information page.

rapid fill mugs

  • New Rapid Fill refillable mugs have been introduced property-wide.  Click here for more information on how the Rapid Fill system works.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

  • The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival dates have been announced!  The good news is that the Festival starts one week earlier and gives guests a total of 53 days worth of food and wine fun!  The official dates are September 19 – November 10.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

  • Speaking of Epcot Festivals, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will once again offer the Outdoor Kitchens, which will serve up fresh food and beverages that gather their inspiration from springtime flavors.  The full listing of menu offerings were released this week.  They include:Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico Pavilion)
    • Tacos al pastor – Corn tortilla filled with achiote-marinated pork, garnished with grilled diced pineapple, onions and cilantro
    • Quesadilla de hongos con queso – Flour tortilla filled with mushrooms and cheese
    • Flan de chocolate Abuelita – Mexican chocolate custard
    • Tecate draft beer
    • White Mexican sangria
    • Franbuesa (raspberry) margarita on the rocks
    • Tequila flight – blanco, reposado and añejo
    • Dasani bottled water

    Lotus House (China Pavilion)

    • Beijing-style candied strawberries
    • Spring pancake with grilled chicken and green apple
    • Vegetable spring rolls
    • Popping bubble tea
    • Kung Fu Punch – Vodka and triple sec with mango and orange juice
    • South Sea Storm – Guava juice with light and dark rum
    • Plum wine
    • Tsing-Tao beer
    • Lychee aerated water

    Florida Fresh (Germany Pavilion)

    • Watermelon salad with pickled onions, BW Farm baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction
    • Shrimp and stone ground grits with andouille sausage, sweet corn, tomatoes and cilantro
    • Florida kumquat pie
    • Watermelon passion fruit slush featuring Simply Lemonade®
    • Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria featuring Simply Lemonade, Florida Orange Groves
    • Garda Italian Wine Blend, Quantum Leap Winery
    • Rogue Valley Pinot Noir, Quantum Leap Winery
    • Blonde Ale, Orlando Brewing Company
    • Cotton Mouth Belgian Style Witbier, Swamp Head Brewery
    • Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale, Florida Beer Company
    • Florida Avenue Blueberry, Cold Storage Craft Brewery
    • Beer Flight – Blonde Ale, Cotton Mouth Belgian Style Witbier, Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale and Florida Avenue Blueberry
    • Simply Orange

    Primavera Kitchen (Italy Pavilion) 

    • Caprese – Fior di latte mozzarella, roasted peppers and olio verde
    • Three cheese manicotti – Egg pasta stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce and béchamel
    • Torta di ricotta – Lemon cheesecake with limoncello-marinated strawberries
    • Placido Pinot Grigio
    • Placido Chianti
    • Bosco del Merlo Prosecco
    • White peach bellini – Prosecco and white peach puree
    • Strawberry rossini – Prosecco and marinated strawberries
    • Frozen Italian primavera – Assorted fruit slushy with limoncello and vodka
    • Moretti Lager
    • Moretti La Rossa

    The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews (American Adventure Pavilion)

    • Pulled pig slider with cole slaw
    • Smoked beef brisket with collard greens and jalapeño corn bread
    • Smoked turkey “rib”
    • “Piggylicous” bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzel crunch featuring Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon
    • Magic Hat #9, Magic Hat Brewing
    • Maduro, Cigar City Brewing
    • Fat Tire, New Belgium Brewing Company
    • Billy’s Chilies, Twisted Pine Brewing Company
    • Beer Flight – Magic Hat #9, Maduro, Fat Tire and Billy’s Chilies
    • The Original Rib Shack Red Wine

    Hanami (Japan Pavilion)

    • Frushi – Fresh pineapple, strawberries and melon, rolled with coconut rice, topped with raspberry sauce, sprinkled with toasted coconut and served with whipped cream on the side
    • Temaki hand roll – Sliced Panko fried chicken, curry sauce, rice and pickled julienne carrots wrapped with Nori
    • Hanami sushi – A flavorful combination of salmon, scallop and beef-topped rice balls served atop a shiso violet sauce
    • Japanese puffed rice cakes with green tea whipped cream and azuki
    • Kirin draft beer
    • Pinepple Paradise with Yuzu Slushie – Frozen blend of sweet sake, pineapple juice and crème, flavored with a hint of Yuzu citrus juice
    • Orange Mango Slushie – Frozen blend of Nigori sake, mango and orange juice

    Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco Pavilion)

    • Lamb brewat roll with prunes and sesame
    • Harissa chicken kebab with couscous salad
    • Baghrir – Moroccan pancake with honey, almonds and argan oil
    • Mint iced tea
    • White sangria
    • Guerrouane red
    • Casa Beer
    • Desert Rose – Sparkling wine with pomegranate liqueur

    Fleur de Lys (France Pavilion)

    • Gnocchi Parisien à la Provençal – Parisian-style dumplings with vegetables and mushrooms
    • Confit de canard, pommes de terre Sarladaise – Pulled duck confit with garlic and parsley potatoes
    • Macaron à la fleur d’ Oranger – Orange blossom macaron with white chocolate ganache
    • La Vie en Rose frozen slush – Vodka, Grey Goose Orange, St. Germain Liquor, and white and red cranberry juice
    • Kir Imperial – Sparkling wine, Chambord and black raspberry liquor
    • Rosé pamplemousse cocktail – Rosé wine mixed with natural grapefruit syrup
    • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – Fruity white beer with citrus notes

    Buttercup Cottage (United Kingdom Pavilion)

    • Freshly baked potato and cheddar cheese biscuit with smoked salmon tartare
    • Field greens with Plant City strawberries, toasted almonds and Farmstead stilton
    • Pork and apple sausage roll with house-made piccalilli
    • Freshly baked lemon scones with berry preserves and crème fraÎche
    • Chilled rose blush lemonade featuring Simply Lemonade with Raspberry (nonalcoholic)
    • Twinings® Cold Brewed English Classic with lemon grass syrup
    • Berry tea cocktail – Twinings Cold Brewed Mixed Berry Tea with Florida Cane vodka and Plant City strawberry, flavored with raspberry and açaí syrup
    • Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee
    • Deloach Pinot Noir

    Pineapple Promenade (Canada Pavilion)

    • Pineapple soft serve
    • Pineapple soft serve with Myers’s dark rum
    • Pineapple soft serve with Parrot Bay coconut rum
    • Sweet potato cinnamon waffle with pineapple soft serve
    • Frozen desert violet lemonade featuring Simply Lemonade (nonalcoholic)
    • Tropical Mango Pale Ale, St. John Brewers
    • Once Upon a Vine’s The Lost Slipper Sauvignon Blanc

    Urban Farm Eats

    • Pickled beet salad with goat cheese cream, mizuna and pistachios
    • Land-grown eggplant “scallop” with romesco sauce and spaghetti squash
    • Ghost pepper-dusted tilapia with crisp winter melon slaw and mint oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub
    • Cucumber lemon spa water, finished with a sprig of fresh mint
    • The Vegan Vine Chardonnay
    • The Vegan Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer

    Intermissions Cafe (Festival Center)

    • Grapes
    • Fruit & cheese plate
    • Vegan trio
    • Southwest chicken wrap
    • Tuna salad with pita
    • Side salad
    • Asian tuna salad with noodles
    • Caprese Push-Pop – Tomato, mozzarella and balsamic
    • Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria, Florida Orange Groves
    • Garda Italian Wine Blend, Quantum Leap Winery
    • Rogue Valley Pinot Noir, Quantum Leap Winery
    • Martini Prosecco
    • Strongbow Cider, Bulmers Cider Company
    • SweetWater Blue, SweetWater Brewing Company


  • Star Wars Weekends will see a fifth weekend this year!  In addition, there will be a fireworks show shown nightly during the event.  Unfortunately, that means that the Hyperspace Hoopla will be no more.  Also announced is that James Arnold Taylor, a voice actor who is the voice of hundreds of animated characters, including Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will return as this year’s celebrity host.  The dates for 2014’s Star Wars Weekends are:
    • May 16 – 18
    • May 23 – 25
    • May 30 – June 1
    • June 6 – 8
    • New – June 13 – 15


  • Downtown Disney will see a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day Festival this year!  Of course, Raglan Road is the centerpiece of it all and they will be holding the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival.  From March 7 -17, Raglan Road will showcase talented Irish bands, as well as celebrate their heritage with delicious food! Additional events for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend include:
    • The Raglan Road Dancers, performing daily
    • Renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast, leading Irish Dance Workshops “From Roots to Riverdance”
    • Ceili traditional music and structured set-dancing event, during which host Ronan McCormack invites guest participation
    • living statues
    • face painting
    • Muppets Mighty Family Zone – where guests can snag a photo with Kermit, learn how to draw everyone’s favorite frog, take part in games and DJ dance parties, and more.
    • chalk artists transforming the sidewalks with Muppet characters all in tribute to the upcoming release of Muppets Most Wanted.
    • The AMC Downtown Disney 24 Dine-In Theatres, they will be showing The Muppets and during the screenings, it will include a 7-minute sneak peak of the upcoming film Muppets Most Wanted.
    • Special food and beverage offerings at many of the Downtown Disney restaurants, including the World Showplace of Flavors food truck, which will serve Fisherman’s Pie.

    For more information about the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, make sure to check both Raglan Road’s website, as well as Disney’s!

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