Tower of Terror to Operate at Reduced Capacity During Refurbishment

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is scheduled to undergo an extended refurbishment which will reduce the ride’s capacity over the next few months.

The refurbishment will take place in phases beginning this spring and continuing through summer. Work on Tower of Terror will occur on one side of the attraction at a time which will allow the ride to remain open, however it will also greatly reduce capacity. This will also result in less FastPass+ distribution.

No major changes are expected to take place. The refurbishment will hopefully restore many special effects which have been lost over the years.

New Season of ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Kicks Off With a Star-Studded Premiere Week

Last summer, the “American Idol” bus visited 24 cities across the nation in search of a superstar. As previously announced, viewers at home will be able to follow the inspiring journey starting SUNDAY, MARCH  3 (8:00–10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, when the first crop of Idol hopefuls audition for their shot at a ticket to Hollywood. The cross-country audition tour will move forward with an all-new episode on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), rounding out a talent-filled premiere week. New episodes will continue on Sunday, starting MARCH 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), and adds Mondays for five consecutive weeks, starting MARCH 18 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT).

ABC revealed today a special look at the “American Idol” judges’ first-ever trip to Idaho in search of a star: https://youtu.be/chYunO_Nxnw

“American Idol” is returning to The ABC Television Network after first making its return to airwaves as the No. 1 reality show launch for its inaugural season on the network during the 2017–2018 season. Helping to find the next singing sensation are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy®-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return as host, and famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones will take on the role of in-house mentor.

“American Idol” is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle’s Trish Kinane, also serving as showrunner, Jennifer Mullin, Megan Wolflick and Industrial Media’s Chris Anokute.  Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.

Booths and Menus Released for 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

The 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will return to Walt Disney World Resort for 90 days, March 6 – June 3, 2019 and feature fan favorites like exhibits, events, the popular Garden Rocks music series, and Festival-exclusive Outdoor Kitchens, each offering a specialty menu of creative cuisine and libations.  With over a dozen booths scattered around World Showcase, you’re sure to sweet and savory bites to love.

2019 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL OUTDOOR KITCHENS and MENUS

Please note: the following menu items marked with (GF) are gluten/wheat-friendly and those with (V) are vegetarian and
(KA) are kid-approved

Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace – NEW!

Take a culinary journey through a choice of delicacies, nurtured into a full bloom of taste sensations!

Food

  • Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil
  • Smoked Salmon Stack with Avocados, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Caviar and Focaccia Crostino
  • Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake, served with Apple Cider Sorbet (V) (GF) (KA)

Beverage

  • Original Sin Brewery Black Widow Hard Cider, New York, NY
  • Florida Beer Company Caribé Strawberry Rose Hard Cider, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Key Lime Apple Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Karbach Brewing Lemon and Ginger Radler Houston, TX
  • Seadog Brewing Company Sunfish Ale, Clearwater, FL
  • Shipyard Brewing Company Grind the Rind Watermelon IPA, Portland, ME
  • Cider Flight
  • Beer Flight

Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth – NEW!

Discover the many flavors of healthy cuisine in this delightful eatery, featuring vegetables straight from the garden!

Food

  • Citrus-poached Salmon with Ancient Grain Salad, Roasted Vegetables, Citrus Greens (GF)
  • From the Garden: Roasted Beets, Cashew Cheese and Micro Herbs with Lemon-oil Dressing (GF) (V)
  • Mickey Tart Peanut Butter Mousse with Strawberry Jam and Boba Pearls (V) (KA)

Beverage

  • Blood Orange Aqua Fresca (non-alcoholic)
  • Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (non-alcoholic) (KA)

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market

Venture to Germany for Bavarian bites sure to sate foodies of all ages—every dish is köstlich!

Food

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V) (KA)
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese (KA)
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries (KA)

Beverages

  • Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone, Salzburg, Austria
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager, Munich, Germany
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager, Bad Köstritz, Germany
  • Hugo Cocktail with Sparkling Wine, Elderflower and Mint
  • Beer Flight

The Citrus Blossom – NEW!

Treat your taste buds to the subtleties of lemon, orange and lime—turning delicious dishes even more delish!

Food

  • Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF)
  • Tuna Tataki with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado and Pappadam Crisp
  • Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF) (KA)
  • Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, Citrus Crumble (V)

Beverage

  • Orange Cream Slushy in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale, Fort Pierce, FL
  • First Magnitude Brewing Lemon Hefeweizen, Gainesville, FL
  • Heavy Seas Brewery TropiCannon Citrus IPA, Halethorpe, MD
  • Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy
  • Beer Flight

Fleur de Lys

Indulge in haute cuisine and boissons that’ll make you fall in ooo-la-la-love with this palate-pleasing Parisian pop-up!

Food

  • Vichyssoise aux Concombres: Chilled Cucumber Soup (GF)
  • Tarte au Chévre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a flaky Pastry Crust (V)
  • Canard Confit à la Provençal: Braised Duck Confit with Tomatoes and Olives on Polenta
  • Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop (GF)

Beverages

  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice
  • Kir Framboise: Sparkling Wine and Monin Raspberry
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Maison de France
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664

Florida Fresh

Enjoy sweet ‘n’ tangy treats from our own Sunshine State-station, nestled between the France and Morocco Pavilions.

Food

  • Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
  • Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish
  • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue (KA)

Beverages

  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy (non-alcoholic)
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company Twisted Strawberry Fest Fruit Ale, Tampa, FL
  • Big Top Brewing Company Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, Sarasota, FL
  • First Magnitude Brewing Monarch Milk Stout, Gainesville, FL
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Key Lime Wine, St Petersburg, FL
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Gin
  • Beer Flight

Hanami

Journey to Japan for innovative plates crafted with culinary Zen—each delish dish is a Festival favorite!

Food

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice garnished with Whipped Cream, Berry Sauce Drizzle and Toasted Coconut (V) (KA)
  • Chilled Soba Noodle Salad with Pan-seared Tuna and Wasabi Dressing
  • Karaage with Nanban Sauce: Japanese-style Fried Chicken served on a bed of Shredded Cabbage and topped with a Soy and Vinegar-based Dressing (KA)

Beverages

  • Kirin Draft Beer
  • Sayuri “Little Lilly” Nigori Sake
  • “Ichigo Sun” Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail with Sake, Strawberry Purée and Lemonade

Jardin de Fiestas

Take a food-tastic tour of the Mexico Pavilion… these tantalizing tastes will add some spice to your day!

Food

  • Tlacoyo: Blue Corn Masa topped with Black Bean Spread, Ground Chorizo, Queso Fresco and Mexican Cream
  • Beef Torta: Braised Beef served on a Crispy Sourdough Roll with Queso Oaxaca, Avocado, Pickled Onions and Jalapeños in a Spicy Habanero Sauce
  • Tres Leches: Milk-soaked Sponge Cake topped with Cajeta Whipped Cream and Almond Powder

Beverages

  • Cerveza: Allende Golden Ale Craft Beer served with a Liqueur Floater
  • Damiana Flower Margarita: Damiana Flower Liqueur, Blanco Tequila, Agave Nectar and Citrus Juices served on the rocks with a Black Ant Salt Rim
  • Oaxacan Gin & Tonic: Smokey Gin, Black Currant Liqueur, Vermouth, Lime Juice and Tonic Water
  • Rosé Sangria: Withers Rosé Wine, Tequila Blanco, Elderflower and Ginger Liqueur, Pineapple, Cactus Pear and Ginger Juices

La Isla Fresca

Nibble on Caribbean-seasoned dishes that’ll send appetites swaying to the island beat!

Food

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-Lime Sauce
  • Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple (KA)

Beverages

  • Tropical Freeze (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tropical Freeze with Cruzan Mango Rum

Lotus House

Sink your teeth into authentic Chinese eats filled with morsels of good fortune!

Food

  • Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice
  • House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V) (KA)

Beverages

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Bobas (non-alcoholic)
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
  • Pirates of the China Sea: Dark Rum, Peach Syrup and Piña Colada Mix
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice
  • Plum Wine Cooler

Northern Bloom

Please discriminating palates with fantastic fare from our Great White North neighbor… O Canada!

Food

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon (GF)
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables (KA)
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato featuring Burton’s Maple Syrup (KA)

Beverages

  • Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Unibroue Éphérmère Apple Wheat Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue Blanche de Chambly Belgian White Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue Lune de Miel Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whisky
  • Beer Flight

Pineapple Promenade

Get your tropical fruit fix from tart ‘n’ tangy to the sweetest frozen treats!

Food

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
  • Pineapple Soft-serve (V) (KA)

Beverages

  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Pineapple Soft-serve Ice Cream with Fanta® (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Coastal Empire Beer Co. Coco Piña Gose, Savannah, GA (flight)
  • Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI (flight)
  • SweetWater Brewing Company Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple, Atlanta, GA (flight)
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Pineapple Soft-serve Ice Cream  with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
  • Pineapple Beer Flight

Primavera Kitchen

Mangiare hearty helpings of Old-Country dishes served with a glass of vino… now that’s amore!

Food

  • Pizza Toscana: Rustic Italian Flatbread with Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onion, Mozzarella, Asiago and Parmesan Cheeses (KA)
  • Pomodori Verdi e Mozzarella: Fried Green Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, Balsamic Reduction
  • Tri-Colored Cheese Tortellini, Sage Butter and Chicken Veloute (KA)
  • Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Powdered sugar, Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate-hazelnut Drizzle (KA)

Beverages

  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
  • Moretti La Rossa
  • Placido Pinot Grigio
  • Placido Chianti
  • Villa Sandi Prosecco
  • Montegrande Corbinello
  • Fior d’Arancio Montegrande Moscato
  • Bellini: Sparkling Wine and Peach Purée
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila

Taste of Marrakesh

Intoxicate taste buds with the exotic flavors of this North African mecca—mysterious Morocco!

Food

  • Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad
  • Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili-ranch Sauce
  • Walnut Honey Baklava

Beverages

  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
  • White Sangria
  • Casa Beer
  • Larroque Chardonnay, Meknes

THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews

Saddle up for slow-cooked specialties and a mighty fine selection of craft beer—at the American Adventure Pavilion!

Food

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw (KA)
  • Shredded Beef Brisket with Smoked Potato, Chorizo Fondue and Green Tomato Relish
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V)

Beverage

  • Frozen Simply™ Lemonade (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Central 28 Brewing Company Sunshine Greetings Orange Hibiscus Wheat Ale, DeBary, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Phantasmas Spicy Double IPA, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL
  • Boneshaker Zinfandel, Lodi, CA
  • Frozen Simply™ Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine
  • Beer Flight

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™

Quell cravings with an incredible menu of all-natural food and drink infused with the nectar of the gods!

Food

  • Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Purée, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey-blistered Grapes, Sunflower Brittle and Coriander Flowers  (GF) (V)
  • Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, Charred Vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Citrus Greens
  • Local Wildflower Honey-mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses and Petite Lavender Shoots  (V) (KA)

Beverages

  • Honey-peach Cobbler Freeze (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Goodwood Brewing Company Brandy Barrel Honey Ale, Louisville, KY
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Honey-peach Cobbler Freeze with Blueberry Vodka

Trowel & Trellis Hosted by IMPOSSIBLE™ Foods – NEW!

Delight in some of your favorite foods—created from innovative recipes with some impossibly delicious twists!

Food

  • Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread (GF) (V) (KA)
  • Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, Creamy Herb Dressing (V)
  • Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumb, Pomegranate and Baby Herbs (GF) (V)

Beverage

  • suja® Organic Cold Pressed Juice: Noon Greens™ (non-alcoholic)
  • suja® Organic Cold Pressed Juice: Vibrant Probiotic (non-alcoholic)
  • Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® (non-alcoholic)
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Tropical Wonderland Wheat Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® with Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar

Specialty Coffee Carts Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®

Wet your whistle with Festival-inspired beverages and adult libations at coffee carts across the park!

  • Future World East – Pedal to the Meadow – Frozen Cappuccino topped with Vodka and Kahlúa Liqueur
  • Canada – Cold Clover – Cold Brew Coffee with Irish Cream Syrup and topped with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
  • Showcase Plaza – Goose on the Loose – Frozen Passion Fruit and Le Citron Vodka topped with Iced Tea
  • The American Adventure – Bee’s Buzz – Frozen Lemonade and Coconut Syrup topped with Pineapple Rum

Additional Locations

Check out some of the offerings at casual eateries where you can find terrific food and beverages to keep your taste buds delighted!

Funnel Cake

Food

  • Key Lime Funnel Cake topped with Crumbled Graham Cracker and Whipped Cream

Block & Hans

Beverage

  • Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Lexington, KY
  • Short’s Brewing Company Local’s Light Lager, Bellaire, MI
  • Dogfish Head Brewery American Beauty Pale Ale, Milton, DE
  • Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA, Brooklyn, NY
  • Golden Road Brewing Pineapple Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Hard Rosé Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Beer Flight

Taste Track

Food

  • Violet Blueberry Vanilla Croissant Doughnut

Beverage

  • Berry Tea Mint Julep (non-alcoholic)
  • Berry Tea Mint Julep with Bourbon

Refreshment Port

Food

  • Coffee-rubbed Pork Poutine with Barbecue Demi-Glace, Fire-roasted Corn Relish and Cheese Curds

Beverage

  • Stow Away Mary: Classic Bloody Mary with Absolut Vodka garnished with Pimento-stuffed Olives, Cherry Tomato, Celery, Jumbo Shrimp and Smokehouse Jerky

Fife & Drum Tavern

Beverage

  • Short’s Brewing Company Soft Parade Shandy, Bellaire, MI

Outdoor Kitchens are open daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM during the festival.

Dates Announced and Tickets On Sale For 10th Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns in 2019 for its 10th year Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9. Foodies can now visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com to book overnight packages and purchase tickets.

Celebrating a decade of food and fun, the Food & Wine Classic treats guests to a street party festival with unlimited food tastings at dozens of stations, featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from around the world amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway.

The event also features numerous themed areas including a beer garden and hands-on seminars with the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts.

”We’re continually amazed at the response to this event and are honored to be celebrating 10 years,” said Luciano Sperduto, the resort’s director of food & beverage. “This year is going to be the biggest and best event yet.”

Individual ticket options can be purchased at www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com. Advance-purchase, event-only tickets to enjoy unlimited tastings on the causeway as well as access to the beer garden are $145 per person (inclusive of tax and service fees).

Educational seminar experiences may be added to packages for an additional fee.

Overnight packages are also available and can be booked by phone at 1-888-828-8850.

With 17 restaurants and lounges and a distinguished culinary and beverage team, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort continually earns national recognition for its food and beverage program. The hotel features more than 70 certified wine sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections.

Menus and more information about the 2019 event will be available at a later date. For the latest, guests can visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com, like www.facebook.com/swananddolphin or call 1-888-828-8850.

Southern California Choirs 10th Anniversary of ‘Celebrate Gospel’ at the Disneyland Resort

15 gospel choirs from across Southern California will come together at Disney California Adventure park on Feb. 16 in honor of Black History Month. The performances will take place in Stage 17 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and are included with theme park admission.

The Amazing Grace Conservatory and Friendship Baptist Church are returning for the 10th year, alongside first-time performers, New Hope Gospel Choir, to expand participation within the local community. Come join in the spirited celebration honoring the rich legacy of gospel music!

Choirs:

  • Amazing Grace Conservatory (Los Angeles)
  • Eastvale Bible Church Mass Choir (Norco)
  • Friendship Baptist Church Mass Choir (Yorba Linda)
  • Greater LA Cathedral Choir (Los Angeles)
  • KJLH Radio Free Performance Choir (Los Angeles)
  • LA Inner City Mass Choir (Los Angeles)
  • Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum (Los Angeles)
  • New Hope Gospel Choir (Orange)
  • Rhythm and Moves Children Youth Choir (Pasadena)
  • Second Baptist Church Mass Choir (Santa Ana)
  • Ty Snow & Xtreme Purpose (Pasadena)
  • Voices of Destiny (Compton)
  • Voices of Life (Riverside)
  • Voices of Unity (The Inland Empire)
  • West Angeles Angelic Children’s Choir (Los Angeles)

House Bands:

  • Higher Authority (San Diego)
  • J. Boykin Gospel Band (Riverside)

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