Saturday, December 29, 2012

The New Fantasyland Expansion

New Fantasyland is NOW OPEN—for the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom park, offering more immersive enchantment and interactive experiences! The expansion presents more Disney characters and stories—in rich detail—in 2 new themed areas:
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Storybook Circus
More additions of fun will continue to be revealed through 2014. Upon completion, Fantasyland will nearly double in size—so you can look forward to extensive additions of fun for the entire family.
Enchanted Forest – Now Open
Meet some favorite Disney Characters in Enchanted Forest, where you'll be immersed in the popular Disney films The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Here, you can venture through lush landscapes, discovering roaring waterfalls and royal castles along the way.
Enchanted Forest attractions and experiences include:
  • Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid: Enter Prince Eric's castle, board a giant clamshell and rock out on this new musical attraction
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant: Feast in one of 3 incredible dining rooms in the middle of Beast's Castle
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle: Become part of a lively retelling of the "tale as old as time," hosted by Belle and Lumière
  • Ariel's Grotto: Take photos and get autographs with everyone's favorite undersea princess
Storybook Circus – Now Open
Step right up to the classic American circus! Inspired by the Disney animated feature Dumbo, Storybook Circus transports Guests to another era—a period in time when the colorful big-top tents attracted audiences from far and wide with astonishing stunts, majestic animals and spectacular entertainment.
Delight in the following Storybook Circus attractions:
  • The Barnstormer: Take to the sky with The Great Goofini on spiraling stunt plane adventure high above the Storybook Circus grounds.
  • Dumbo The Flying Elephant: Soar high above Storybook Circus with Dumbo on a ride that puts a new twist on an old favorite—and offers twice the fun!
  • Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station: Adjacent to the Fantasyland Train Station and area restrooms is the Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station, a circus-themed water play area where Guests can enjoy cooling refreshment.
  • Fantasyland Station: Delight in the newest addition to Walt Disney World Railroad!
With multicolored circus tents, lively characters and other nods to Dumbo— Storybook Circus is designed to make you feel like you're a part of this cherished film.
Future Fun in New Fantasyland
Beyond 2012, you can look forward to more additions of fun in New Fantasyland, including:
  • Princess Fairytale Hall: Scheduled to open in 2013, this elegant royal court is home to Disney princesses who are ready to meet their subjects
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: Embark on an exhilarating journey inspired by the classic Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

SeaWorld Orlando’s biggest-ever attraction expansion, opening spring 2013.

Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin will be SeaWorld Orlando’s biggest-ever attraction expansion, opening spring 2013.
   Through the years, SeaWorld Orlando has taken you to far-flung corners of the globe, immersing you in exotic places and introducing them to unique worlds of adventure. But no journey is bigger -- or as incredible -- as the one to come in 2013. It’s a voyage to the bottom-of-the-world, to the coldest and windiest continent, to a place of ice more than 9,000 feet thick. It’s a journey to Antarctica and to the empire of the penguin.
   You’ll be surrounded by the sights, sounds and awesome encounters found in this frozen place, embarking on a one-of-a-kind ride and an incredible family adventure. You’ll experience the mystery and wonder of life on the ice through the eyes of a penguin, sensing the beauty and drama of their sometimes-dangerous habitat. Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin combines closer-than-ever animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time. And, it’s safe to say Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world!
A year-and-a-half from opening at SeaWorld Orlando, details are few. For now, SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica will stay as mysterious as its namesake continent.
“Only SeaWorld and its parks can take you on these journeys or bring these experiences to life,” said Orlando Parks President, Terry Prather. “We’re excited about what the future holds for our parks and for our fans.” 

"Transformers" movie franchise is coming to Universal's theme park in Orlando in the summer of 2013.

     The popular 3-D ride based on the "Transformers" movie franchise is coming to Universal's theme park in Orlando in the summer of 2013.  

    "Transformers: The Ride—3D" opened this past May at Universal Studios Hollywood and debuted in December 2011 at Universal Studios Singapore. The ride in Orlando will be the same as the other two.
     "This is a wildly popular ride," said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, in a phone interview. "It's technologically groundbreaking and tremendously innovative, experimentally immersive and exciting in a way like no other."
    Michael Bay, director of the three hit "Transformers" movies, worked as a creative consultant on the ride, and the movie's actors provided voice talent for the ride as well. But the attraction offers a story line not found in the films.
"You travel this great journey with these characters in the middle of this epic battle that takes place in city streets," said Woodbury.
   The attraction puts riders inside a 12-person vehicle designed to look like a nimble new Transformer named Evac, who goes on a breakneck chase from the headquarters of the top-secret NEST agency through city streets, across rooftops and even inside an office building on the hunt for a missing shard of the AllSpark, the powerful Transformers artifact.
The action is digitally projected on 14 screens among real-world sets that the ride vehicles move into and past, mixing computer-generated fantasy with reality.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Get Ready For Grinchmas™ Only At Universal's Islands Of Adventure

Get Ready For Grinchmas™
Only At Universal's Islands Of Adventure

This holiday season, Universal's Islands of Adventure will transform Seuss Landing™ into the whimsical world of Grinchmas! It's a wintry wonderland sure to delight Dr. Seuss fans of all ages with festive storybook décor around every corner including the Wonky Tree Lot.

The centerpiece of the celebration is a heartwarming live show starring The Grinch featuring music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. See characters come to life before your eyes both onstage and off, as Whos from Who-ville stroll through Seuss Landing, ready to say hello and spread good cheer.



Meet the Grinch in Person!

Get an autograph, shake his hand, or have your photo taken with the mean, green one himself for a one-of-a-kind holiday memento!

See your park map for times.

Legoland Florida's Christmas Bricktacular

Holiday festivities on Saturdays and Sundays in December during Christmas Bricktacular will feature tons of family fun:

  • LEGO® Christmas Tree: The more than 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree made with a combination of 270,000 forest green LEGO and DUPLO® bricks provides the perfect place for every holiday family photo. Through Dec. 25, a special family will be chosen to help light the Bricktacular tree each night. The season's first official tree lighting ceremony will be held Nov. 29 at 5pm with a special master of ceremonies.

  • LEGO Model Build Activity: What LEGO lover doesn’t want a chance to build while at Central Florida’s newest theme park featuring massive creations of the world’s most beloved toy? Help LEGOLAND Florida build a LEGO Christmas Tree in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza that will stand over 20 foot tall when completed.

  • LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt: Help find Santa in this fun-filled holiday scavenger hunt. The whole family can enjoy searching for Santa in the over 30 million LEGO bricks that make up Miniland USA. One lucky hunter each day will receive a prize from the daily drawing.

  • LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier: Guests will have meet and greet opportunities with LEGOLAND Florida’s special holiday friends, LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier.

  • Holiday Festivities and Entertainment: Festive decorations and sounds of the season will fill the entrance of the park and a variety of holiday entertainment will take place throughout the weekend to delight guests of all ages.

  • Holiday Shopping: LEGOLAND Florida is the best place to celebrate the season and pick up the holiday gifts that are on every child’s wish list – LEGO! With six specialty stores, the park is proud to offer a unique and often hard to find selection of LEGO products and more.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fun Spot Action Park is growing and changing

Fun Spot Action Park is growing and changing. They have purchase 10 additional acres and will grow from 5 acres to 15. They are adding 2 roller coasters, one wood and one steel. Also they are getting a 250 ft SkyCoaster ride.They are adding a new track, new rides, and new food options. The 2 coaster will be ready by March 2013 when they will rename the park Fun Spot America. Watch for more news
Fun Spot Action Park is getting HUGE-ER! Coming Spring 2013, Great Coaster's 2,000+ ft White Lightning wooden roller coaster, Chance Ride's 1,200+ ft Vekoma suspended family coaster, and the world's biggest SkyCoaster @ 250ft, plus many, many more Thrill rides to come! The project in its entirety will also include a newly designed Food Court.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park is a breathtaking seasonal display featuring millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music.
The lights are so extensive you may find it hard to comprehend their magnitude. Entire buildings are blanketed in sheets of multi-colored lights, and thousands more lights form twirling carousels, heavenly angels, and even Santa and his reindeer. Approximately every 10 minutes, the lights dim and then dramatically spring to life — dynamically choreographed to traditional holiday music. You have to see the effect to believe it!
Some nights, if you truly believe in holiday magic, the show is capped off with an enchanted flurry of snow.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights started modestly in Arkansas as a single home's annual display. Every year, Jennings Osborne and his family set up an elaborate collection of holiday lights and over the years, the collection of lights grew, and grew... and grew! In 1995, the Osborne family decided to share their magic with the world, and Walt Disney World Resort happily offered to become the new permanent home for this exceptional exhibition of holiday cheer.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is included with standard admission to Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

Waves of holiday spirit splash over you during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration! Carols fill the air, a sparkling Sea of Trees lights up the water and skaters dance on ice. Here in our wintery, watery wonderland, you can journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience, share a smile with a sea lion, and enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world. With everything from Santa to Shamu, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday memories are made. Select dates from November 17 – December 31, 2012.

Shows and Attractions

O Wondrous Night

Hear the greatest story never told with over 30 carols, live-size puppets and live animals in the brand new show that will charm, entertain and delight people from all walks of life. Lots of singing, special effects and incredible lighting enhance this production and holiday spirit. It's a live nativity that only SeaWorld can bring to life.

Sea Of Trees

Take a walk through our wintery, watery wonderland and immerse yourself in a sea of holiday trees. Our glistening forest with over 100 trees sparkles to music and lights up the water... and, your eyes. As the lights literally dance to holiday classics, your heart will soar with wonder and delight at this truly awe-inspiring Christmas treat.

Shamu Christmas - Miracles

SeaWorld invites you to experience the power and beauty of our Shamu family in our nighttime holiday show:Shamu Christmas- Miracles. Thrilling seasonal music rings out and killer whales soar through the air in a story of reflection and understanding... of peace and friendship... of the everyday miracles that surround us all year long. From the sweeping vocal majesty of our soundtrack to the heart-pounding excitement you've come to expect from our Shamu family, this performance will take you on a stirring voyage into the heart of the holidays.

A Sesame Street Christmas

Everybody’s Sesame Street® friends have come to SeaWorld for a festive and fun musical celebration! The holidays have arrived, but Abby Cadabby doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about… she’s never heard of Christmas. Through dance, laughter and interactive sing-a-longs, Elmo, Telly Monster and the rest of her Sesame Street friends teach Abby what Christmas means to them. Your little elves will be smiling all the way home.

Clyde And Seamore's Countdown To Christmas

Santa’s helpers, Clyde and Seamore, are bringing their own brand of comedy to Christmas this year. Our loveable sea lions, along with a few mischievous otters, a comical elf, and a wintery walrus or two, invite you and yours to their fun-filled holiday celebration. It doesn’t get more holly or jolly than this.

Winter Wonderland On Ice

Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels and light as skaters dazzle and delight in this show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza. The other stars of the show are the towering fountains of water dancing on the lake and fireworks that light up the night sky after the last ice show of the evening. It’s a don’t-miss experience for the holidays that will take your breath away.

Holiday Reflections: Fireworks And Fountain Finale

SeaWorld celebrates the season with soaring fountains, dazzling lights, and festive fireworks, choreographed to joyous holiday musical favorites.  Experience a wondrous SeaWorld Christmas connection that lights the night.

The Waterfront

Christmas brings out the child in all of us. That's probably why everyone feels right at home at SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration, where kids can enjoy all the joy of the holidays along with favorites Clyde and Seamore, Sesame Street and more! Gather the entire family for dinner at Seafire Inn during Santa's Fireside Feast, or enjoy a traditional holiday menu at Sharks Underwater Grill.


Now boarding! It’s a wondrous journey to the North Pole aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS. The beloved holiday classic comes to life as you and your family are immersed in the heart-warming story of a young boy’s thrilling ride into an enchanted world. The sights, sounds, and scents of the season surround you. From the moment the conductor calls “all aboard” to your arrival at the North Pole (where you’ll meet Santa Claus himself), THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience promises to create an unforgettable holiday memory.

Happy Harbor

Shamu and his crew invite kids of all ages to play the day away in a wintery wonderland of frosty fun. Whimsical holiday lights decorate the harbor in surprising ways sure to delight the young and young at heart, while snow flurries bring a touch of the North Pole to the games, rides, and experiences of Shamu's Happy Harbor. 
Experience the Holly Jolly Railway — Ho-Ho-Ho! Hop aboard the Holly Jolly Railway for a sea-inspired spin around Shamu’s Happy Harbor — it’s a ride that’s totally Santa-approved!.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

MVMCP 2012

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with your family at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, a special event held select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom theme park!
This festive celebration is filled with spectacular fireworks, a very special holiday parade and live entertainment featuring your favorite Disney Characters. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend this event, and tickets sell out quickly.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party features:
  • The enchanted Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle
  • Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, complete with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself
  • An exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza - Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
  • Live entertainment featuring Disney Characters
  • Meet and greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom theme park with some of your favorite Disney Characters
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • A magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Special access to many of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is held from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight on select nights.   

Tickets are available on and valid for 
November 11/9, 11/12, 11/15, 11/25, 11/27, 11/29 and December 12/2 only.

$58.95 for ages 10 and Up
$53.95 for ages 3 - 9.

SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $5.00 per ticket when using promo code MCP2012 upon check-out!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, Behind The Freeze -- the penguins!

Get ready for an epic exploration into an icy world like you’ve never seen before. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, the most immersive mega-attraction ever created by SeaWorld - is coming in Spring 2013. Set in the majestic grandeur of the icy South Pole, this exhilarating ride will glide, slide and transport your family to the penguins’ surprising world where you can brave a blizzard. Be dazzled by ice and lights. Then it sets you free to explore a one-of-a-kind penguin colony in an expanse that brings you above and below their icy world. It’s an awe-inspiring penguin attraction only SeaWorld could create.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Eat to the Beat Concert Series

Eat to the Beat Concert Series 
Musical entertainment pairs perfectly with culinary fun during the nightly Eat to the Beat concert series. Enjoy a varied lineup of classic rock, soul, R&B, pop and swing hit-makers during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, September 28 through November 12, 2012.
Location: America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase
Show Times: Daily at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Please note that Epcot Theme Park admission is required. Entertainment is subject to change without notice. All songs listed below are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the playlist.
Night Ranger

Night Ranger

Dates: September 28 – 30, 2012
"Sister Christian"
An American rock band, Night Ranger rose to popularity during the 1980s with hard rock hits like the power ballad "Sister Christian," which reached #5 on the Billboard Top 10 list in 1984.
Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray

Dates: October 1 – 3, 2012
After rising to fame in 1997 with the release of "Fly," Sugar Ray gave rock music a pop twist. Fronted by singer Mark McGrath, the band's sunnier sounds marked a shift from the grunge music trend of the 1990s.

STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas

Dates: October 4 – 7, 2012
"We Built This City"
Starship topped the charts in the 1980s with hits like "We Built This City." Today, the band is revamped—led by 30-year Starship veteran Mickey Thomas—and performs the multiplatinum hits of its predecessors.
Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men

Dates: October 8 – 10, 2012
"End of the Road"
Most popular in the 1990s for their ballads and a capella harmonies—like "End of the Road"—Boyz II Men is considered the most successful R&B group of all time, having sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.
Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth – NEW!

Dates: October 11 & 12, 2012
"Walking on the Sun"
Smash Mouth topped the music charts with hits like "Walkin' on the Sun" and "All Star." Their 1960s surf and garage influences combine with modern pop sounds—for a sound that's often described as a "non-stop party."
Javier Colon

Javier Colon, winner of The Voice – NEW!

Dates: October 13 & 14, 2012
"A Drop in the Ocean"
With his spellbinding voice and acoustic-soul style, Javier Colon shot to stardom after winning the first season of the hit NBC show The Voice. His captivating stage presence has won him millions of fans worldwide.
Air Supply

Air Supply

Dates: October 15 – 17, 2012
"Lost in Love"
For more than 30 years, Air Supply has entertained with soft rock hits, like "Lost in Love." This Australian duo went on to even greater worldwide success—and had 8 Top Ten hits in the U.S. in the 1980s!
Gin Blossoms

Gin Blossoms

Dates: October 18 & 19, 2012
"Hey Jealousy"
A popular pop rock band of the 1990s and today, the Gin Blossoms have produced several hits, including "Hey Jealousy".


Dates: October 20 & 21, 2012
"Eye of the Tiger"
For more than 30 years, Survivor has entertained audiences with a string of rock and classic rock hits, including "Eye of the Tiger," the popular song from the Rocky III soundtrack.


Dates: October 22 & 23, 2012
"Give a Little"
A trio of brothers, Hanson first gained popularity with their pop hits in the late 1990s, including "I Will Come to You." Since then, their style has evolved—evident in their 2011 rock single "Give a Little."
Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters

Dates: October 24 & 25, 2012
"He's So Shy"
This R&B recording act achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. For more than 3 decades, these sisters have entertained with soulful hits such as "Slow Hand."
Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

Dates: October 26 – 28, 2012
"All For You"
This alternative rock band from Gainesville, Florida gained popularity with such hits as "All For You." Their music blends elements of pop, Southern rock and a capella—for a sound that offers multi-generational appeal.
Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean

Dates: October 29 – 31, 2012
"Caribbean Queen"
The most popular British-based R&B singer of the early 1980s, Billy Ocean is known for such hits as "Caribbean Queen." His tunes topped charts in Britain, the U.S. and beyond.
38 Special

.38 Special

Dates: November 1 & 2, 2012
"Hold On Loosely"
For more than 30 years, this Southern rock band has entertained with such hits as "Hold On Loosely." Their unique brand of music blends 'muscle and melody' into classic rock entertainment.
Howard Jones

Howard Jones LIVE

Dates: November 3 & 4, 2012
"No One Is To Blame"
This Welsh musician regularly topped the charts in the mid-1980s with such hits as "No One Is To Blame." His synthpop style merged the technology-heavy sounds of new wave with the cheery pop sounds of the late 1960s.
Blues Traveler

Blues Traveler – NEW!

Dates: November 5 & 6, 2012
After more than 20 years, this blues-rock band is still drawing crowds with high-energy, spontaneous live shows. Their best-known single, "Run-Around," was the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history.
Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX – NEW!

Dates: November 7 & 8, 2012
"Come Sail Away"
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of the rock group Styx, with hits such as "Mr. Roboto" and "Babe." As a top-selling solo artist, he's recorded 7 albums, and written and performed many songs for TV, film and Broadway.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Dates: November 9 – 12, 2012
"Go Daddy-O"
A contemporary swing revival band from southern California, this band gained popularity in the late 1990s for such hits as "Go Daddy-O"—and even performed at the Super Bowl half-time show in 1999!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

SeaWorld’s epic new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, transports you into the icy world of the penguin like never before. Experience the mysterious land through the penguins’ eyes on a first-of-its-kind family ride, connect with a colony above and below the water and be inspired to make a difference. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin opens at SeaWorld Spring 2013.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Force is coming to LEGOLAND® Florida
LEGO® Star WarsTM Miniland Cluster Announced as Newest Expansion

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (September 6, 2012) – The Force is coming to LEGOLAND® Florida with a new expansion to the park, LEGO®Star WarsTM Miniland Cluster. The expansion plans revealed the new LEGO Star Wars Miniland Cluster will include a scene from each of the six live-action Star Wars movies, as well as a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars™ all created from more than 1.5 million LEGO bricks and built in 1:20 scale. Following a chronological path through the Star Wars™ timeline, guests will retrace the major events of the beloved Saga. Some of the 2,000 LEGO® models will be more than 6-feet-tall. Interactive buttons will allow children to activate animations throughout the scenes.

“Today, less than a year after our grand opening and only three months after opening the all-new water park, we are thrilled to announce yet another expansion this November. This new LEGO Star Wars Miniland Cluster will add to our 150-acre family theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and interactive attractions,” said General Manager Adrian Jones.

During the event, Jones also outlined the many successes of the park since its opening. Among the achievements include the successful grand opening of LEGOLAND Florida, surpassing attendance projections, opening the LEGOLAND Water Park, setting a World Guinness record and making a huge economic impact with creating more than 1,300 new jobs. In addition to the amazing LEGO models found in the park, Central Florida’s newest theme park provides a full two day experience for families with children ages 2 to 12. The latest expansion of the LEGO Star Wars Miniland is scheduled to open in November.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
The event is held on select nights in September - 2012.
During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.
In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:
  • Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade—including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.
  • Happy HalloWishes—a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky.
  • Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes.
  • Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollow.
The tone of the event is, well, "Not-So-Scary", and is appropriate for children of all ages.


Thursday, August 30, 2012


Ever wanted to see it all? In just 1 day? That's a lot of Disney to fit into 14 hours. But we did it! 
@ 8:00am we started our grand trek in Hollywood Studios. We were given a nice cloth bag with a mister, a water bottle, and a Disney Photo pass DVD. Breakfast was at the Sci-fi dine in and offered a good selection of breakfast goodies. The Sci-Fi dine in is set up like an old drive in movie. Each table is made into a 50s style car and there is a big screen that shows old 50s sci-fi films. After a quick spiel by "Parker Hopper" our camp counselor and  tour guide, we headed to see one man's dream where they have some of the models used to show concept ideas for the theme parks. There is a huge model of the new Fantasyland expansion going on at the Magic Kingdom now. From there we headed through Hollywood studios past the Tower of Terror and  the Aerosmith Rocking Roller coaster. Once on the bus we received our first merit badge. One down and 8 more badges to go.  Follow along with us over the next few days as we blog about our Camp Disney 2012 experiences.

Friday, August 24, 2012

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular 2012

Create family memories during SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, the ultimate family-friendly event featuring an ocean of Halloween fun where children can trick-or-treat, dance with whimsical sea creatures, catch silly and spooky shows and create sea-themed arts and crafts.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place every weekend in October: 6-7, 13-14, 19-21, and 26-28. This daytime event runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., leaving the littlest of trick-or-treaters wide-eyed for the fun-filled activities.

Join us for these fun Halloween Shows and Activities:
  • Trick-or-Treat Sweets
  • Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween Live Musical Stage Show
  • Penelope’s Party Zone with interactive ice DJ, interactive games and activities
  • Fun-loving, fanciful sea creatures greet, mingle, and play with guests making their way through the event

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A new nighttime projection show will begin in November at the Magic Kingdom.
The show will be called "Celebrate the Magic," and will incorporate elements from the current show, "The Magic, The Memories and You!" Show director Katy Harris said the show will take guests on a journey through beloved Disney stories and characters.
"'Celebrate the Magic' takes us on a journey to the heart of the most beloved Disney stories and characters," said Harris. "This amazing show will magically transform Cinderella Castle with spectacular projection effects, choreographed to a new music soundtrack. The show will be full of emotion and storytelling, proving that, with imagination and magic in our hearts, anything is possible."
"The Magic, The Memories and You!" will run for the last time Sept. 3.
The new show will be exclusive to the Magic Kingdom Park.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Fantasyland® Grand Opening Set for December 6, 2012, at the Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort!

The grand opening for the New Fantasyland® expansion at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort will take place on December 6, 2012! Attractions included in this opening are Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Ariel’s Grotto, Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.

Previews of these attractions will begin earlier in mid November.

As previously planned, the New Fantasyland® expansion will continue with the opening of Princess Fairytale Hall in 2013 and the debut of a new Disney “mountain” in the form of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in 2014.

The Storybook Circus section of the New Fantasyland® expansion, which includes Barnstormer – Starring the Great Goofini, the Casey Jr. Splash & Soak Station, and Dumbo the Flying Elephant, opened to Guests in July.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Keeping cool outside the pool.

Summer time in Florida can be hot. With this summer heat wave breaking records all over the United States it is good to know that there are areas in the local theme parks that you can cool off. Often they are set up with the kids in mind. It’s a good idea to make sure that your kids have an outfit that can get wet. Adults can get into the fun as well so wear the right clothes when you head out each day. Some rides are themed around water and it’s a safe bet that you will get wet if not soaked on the rides. Bring some zip lock bags for your phone and wallet.
Another way to beat the heat is to be at the parks early. In the morning the lines are shorter and the heat is lower. As the heat picks up, take that time to watch some indoor shows to cool off. Drink plenty of water and wear at hat. Welcome to Florida, now go have some fun in the sun.

Here is a quick list of the water areas in the theme parks.
Magic Kingdom:  Casey Jr Splash and soak station. Fantasyland.
SeaWorld: Shamus Harbor.
Busch Gardens: Sesame Street Area.
Epcot Center: Fountain area by World Showcase.
Universal Studios: Curious George.
Islands of Adventure: Dr Sussex.
Animal Kingdom: Kali river rapids.
Hollywood Studios: Honey I shrunk the kids.
Legoland: Water Park.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

SeaWorld Orlando has a new addition

There is something magical about dolphins. People love them and love to watch them.  There are boat tours that take you out to see them in a natural environment.  Swimming with them at Discovery Cove is an outstanding addition to your Orlando vacation. SeaWorld Orlando has a new addition, a dolphin calf was born Saturday morning 6/30/12 at 8:47 a.m. The young calf’s sex is unknown at this time, but it has been seen nursing and bonding with its mom, Starkey, both a good indication that the calf is doing well. This is Starkey’s sixth birth. Park guests can see the pair at SeaWorld’s Dolphin Nursery where pregnant dolphins, new mothers, their calves and experienced moms live together.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station

Summer time is here and wow its hot. Welcome to Florida. The new Fantasyland expansion is coming along nicely. We took some time to visit the new Casey Jr. Splash and Soak station this week. If you are looking for a way to cool off then this is the right place to do it. Water is going everywhere. The train is packed with animals from the Disney's Dumbo film. They are all shooting water at you as you walk through. Splash N Soak hmmmm, good name. This area is great for children who need to run and play and the roller coaster is perfect for young coaster enthusiasts. The new Fantasyland Train station will take you to Main Street or Frontierland. The new Dumbo ride has a indoor que, so you can cool off there while you're waiting to ride. Grab your fastpass for Dumbo at Mickey's Philarmagic and head over to the Tea Cups for some Disney style fun.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

LEGOLAND Water Park now open

Legoland in Florida has opened a NEW water park. This is a great way to cool off in the afternoon while you are visiting the park. Just like Legoland, this water park is perfect for children. We had a great time, thank you Legoland for having us. Kissimmee Guest Services sells discount tickets to Legoland and other Orlando attractions. Call us at 1-877-273-5636 or check us out on the web

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Turtle Trek at Sea World Orlando

Turtle Trek

     Sea World has opened Turtle Trek the world's first 3D 360 dome theater experience. In the film you follow a sea turtle from birth through life. As she makes her quest across the ocean she has encounters with a variety of other sea life. Against the odds she makes it past all the crabs and birds to make it into the ocean. There she will face new challenges. Sharks are not the only dangers turtles face. Even plastic bags pose a threat. They resemble tasty jelly fish as they float by and if eaten it can be fatal.  The film is action packed and exciting. Sea World has also done a live action documentary called Turtle: The Incredible Journey. Attempting a perilous odyssey its ancestors have undertaken for millions of years, one loggerhead turtle swims from a beach in Florida across the Atlantic Ocean, encountering stunning sea creatures as well as serious hazards created by modern man.
     The line had holding areas with large viewing windows into the Manatee rescue habitat. Then you move to the next area where you get to see live sea turtles that have been saved by Sea Worlds rescue program. This area is narrated by a host who shared some great insights into what Sea World's rescue efforts over the years. From there it's time to get your 3-D glasses and head into the dome. All viewing areas are good but we liked the area between the podium in the center and the door. The 3-D is good and gives you a real feeling of being immersed in the world of sea turtles. 

    After the film there is an area with an above the water view of the habitats you just were viewing. You can also play Race for the Beach Game for the kids to play. Be sure to get your picture taken with the life size statue of the manatee Mother and her calf.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Star Wars Weekends 2012

Dates: May 18, 2012–June 10, 2012
Star Wars Weekends is an annual special event at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park that celebrates the legendary Star Wars Saga and the animated television series, The Clone Wars. Join Jedi Knights, Sith Lords and Star Wars celebrities for special shows, presentations and memorabilia.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Join the Fiesta This Saturday at SeaWorld Orlando's Viva la Musica

Join the fiesta at SeaWorld every Saturday, April 14 through May 5 during Viva La Musica, Central Florida’s can’t-miss Latin food and concert festival. Viva La Musica blends live performances from award-winning Latin artists with popular Latin cuisine and authentic arts and crafts.

All concerts are included in park admission and begin at 3 p.m. This year’s musical artists include:

· April 14: Elvis Crespo

· April 21: Grupo Niche

· April 28: RKM & Ken-Y

· May 5: Gilberto Santa Rosa

And, what’s a Latin festival without great food? With more than 20 years’ experience in a professional kitchen – and a lifetime enjoying countless Caribbean and Latin dishes – SeaWorld’s own Executive Chef Hector Colon has brought new flavors to Viva La Musica.

“Viva La Musica goes to my heart and soul. I’m able to share a taste of my heritage and many of the same recipes I grew upeating at Latin festivals with our park guests.”

Chef Hector’s passion for cooking is tasted in every dish he creates. During Viva La Musica, guests can sample a variety of foods from the Caribbean, Mexico and all of Latin America such as Lechon, arroz con gandules y pasteles, arroz con pollo, habichuelas rojas y maduros, mofongo con carne frita, alcapurrias and bacalaitos.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

SeaWorld Orlando Now Caring for Two Hawksbill Turtle Hatchlings

SeaWorld Orlando animal rescue team received two hawksbill turtle hatchlings earlier this week. They are approximately two months old.

The first was found at Melbourne Beach by a tourist and was dropped off at the Sea Turtle Preservation Society in Melbourne Beach, Fla. It weighs only 2 ounces and is nearly 3 inches long. The turtle was in lethargic and weak condition when it arrived.

The second turtle was found in Cocoa Beach and also brought to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society. It weighs 2.5 ounces and is just over 3 inches long.

This turtle was covered with algae and fauna, as seen in the photo.

Both hatchlings were brought to SeaWorld for examination and continued care, including, feeding, giving fluids and around-the-clock observation and monitoring.
Because of their age and size, they’re living in a small brooder where the temperature is kept at a constant 84 degrees. They are in the water several times throughout the day but also spend time dry in order to conserve their energy. The turtles are taken home in their brooder each night by a turtle expert (aquarist) for middle-of-the-night feedings.
It’s a tough journey ahead but both turtles are looking better and are showing positive signs.Hawksbill turtles are endangered due to human exploitation and habitat degradation.This year, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 10 sea turtles and released three. For more than 45 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has helped animals in need -- ill, injured and orphaned. More than 20,000 animals have been rescued by our experts. SeaWorld's animal rescue team is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
There is a new game to play at the Magic Kingdom. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is a collectable card game that has people questing about the park doing battle with some of the Disney film villains. The card game is free to play and you can trade cards with other guests while in lines. The concept is that you must find portals placed throughout the park and do battles with the cards in your deck. Some cards make combos that can do more damage and some villains have weaknesses to certain attacks.So head out to the Magic Kingdom and get ready to have some fun.

Quick Facts:
Its free! You get a map, 5 cards, and a portal key.
The game starts at the fire station on Main street.
Use you key card to start each battle.
Each person can get a pack of tickets so you can build a deck with them all.
Combo's are the way to defeat villains fast.
There is a easy and hard mode.
If you beat the easy mode you will get more cards. (After defeating the last boss)
There is only one portal per location so be ready to stand in a short line.
The Sorcerers Crest is the back of the a card.
If you get lost, just place your key card at a portal to find where to go next.
Cards are color coded so you know how to make combos.
Stand on the Seal to do battle.