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The Disney Look... to the past! (Jan. 29 - Feb. 4)

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As every week, here you are an article that lists all the important events that have made history in the Disney Parks, attractions, movies and much more!! This week, we'll read about the release of a classic Disney movie and  the best Disney fireworks show on Earth (you know which one is this!).
Read about all of this and much more: ___________________________________________________ This Week in Disney History: Jan. 29 - Feb. 4

Jan. 29, 1959 - Walt Disney Pictures releases "Sleeping Beauty" Walt Disney's adaptation of the story of Princess Aurora (nee Briar Rose), her betrothed Prince Phillip, the wicked Maleficent and an untimely run-in with a spinning wheel spent more than eight years in development and production. Drawing from the 17th century fairy tale by French author Charles Perrault, the Tchaikovsky ballet and the Brothers Grimm retelling of the story, "Sleeping Beauty" was not initially an enormous box office success, but has since grown to beco…

The new "Compose your own Figment" game - VIDEO

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As we reported earlier this morning, with our latest EPCOT update (PART 1 | PART 2), a new game has been introduced at ImageWorks (the post-show of "Journey Into Imagination with Figment). It consists in creating your own version of one of the nicest Disney characters ever, that made this pavilion famous: FIGMENT! You have to create him using different parts of the body that at the end can create a whole new character... or a monster! Here you are a short video of this new game, called "Compose your own Figment":

So, if I am not mistaken, before this game (when Kodak was in charge of the pavilion), you could take a picture of yourself, edit it and then e-mail it to you. This time, you can't take any pictures, but you can send your version of Figment at home (I did, but I'm still waiting to receive the e-mail, since yesterday...). In a few words, I'm extra-happy to see Figment used more in the pavilion, but at the same time, this new game may lack repeatabilit…

Epcot update - Whirlygigs, Imagination news (PART 1)

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Welcome, welcome, welcome to a great EPCOT update! This week we've got so many news that we had to divide this update into two parts! It's rare for our updates to be divided in two parts (unless it's a Magic Kingdom update, where there's always a lot of new stuff). Let's start right away, without losing any second!
It was a magnificent day here, at EPCOT!:

Epcot update - Whirlygigs, Imagination news (PART 2)

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Hi, and welcome to part 2 of this new EPCOT update!
PLEASE, IF YOU DIDN'T READ PART 1 OF THIS UPDATE, CLICK HERE!
Let's continue, shall we?
Duffy is still strong here at Epcot (he's not popular anymore at DCA):

The Carousel of Progress - VIDEO

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If you have ever had the great opportunity of visiting the magic kingdom here in Orlando, Florida, you know that there are many original attractions that have been open since the park's first years. One of these is "The carousel of Progress", which has been open since 1975, and has been performing since then. It was first moved from the 1964 New York's World Fair to Disneyland in California. Then, in 1973 it closed at Disneyland and was moved to the Magic Kingdom, where it still stands today.
Here you are a complete ride-through video of this great show, divided in two parts:
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- PART 2 -

So, what do you think about it? I personally love it, but after a while, i do think that it gets a bit repetitive. I would like them to renew the last scene, as it looks mostly contemporary, rather than futuristic. Also, I would love to see some small additions to the loading and unloading scenes (something minor, of course, but more than just the logo of the attraction. After a…

Site News

Hello, OTPN readers! We have done some new improvements to the site lately, so we wanted to let you know what's new and what's next! Here you are an overview of what has changed:
1) TOOLBAR REMOVED As you know, OTPN had a nice-looking toolbar at the bottom of the site. It had many features, and it added some 'color' to the site. After some feedback, though, we noticed that it wasn't very used by our guests, and we noticed that many of its features were already present on our sidebar. Therefore we decided to get rid of it.
2) SITE NAME CHANGE Did you notice that we changed the name of the site? Yes, it's a very subtle, but important news. It's not called anymore Orlando Theme ParkS News, but Orlando Theme Park News.
3) OPEN LINKS IN A SEPARATE WINDOW Now you don't have to right-click each page to visit a link that we post in our updates! You just have to click on the link, and it will automatically open in a new window, while you will still be able to read thr…

Disney Cruise Line Expansion

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With the new Disney Dream now in service, we can finally say that the expansion of the Disney Cruise Line has officially begun. More info about the Disney Dream, the Disney Wonder and the incoming new ship: ______________________________________________________
Expansion of the Disney Cruise Line official
In the planning stages for years, the expansion of Disney Cruise Line (DCL) is now a reality. On Jan. 26, the Disney Dream sailed out of Port Canaveral, Fla., on its historic maiden voyage, marking the first official cruise on the new ship.

Cheetah Hunt is still growing

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Today our friends over at BGTNation.net have got a great, new Cheetah Hunt update for all of us to enjoy!! It will show you a new stairwell being built (probably an emergency exit) and the installation of the return track! Here you are a picture of what you will be able to see:

What's behind this truck? Where's the stairwell? And, where's the new track, you may ask. To find this out, head over to BGT Nation's update!!

The Screaming Eagle has arrived

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Yes, the new Screaming Eagle flat ride has arrived at Fun Spot U.S.A.! It is being installed on the place of the old Cobra flat ride (which has been completely removed). Here you are some pictures, NOT OURS, taken from Fun Spot's official blog:

Thierry Coup new Vice-President of Universal Parks

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Mr. Thierry Coup has been promoted to a prestigious level just a few days ago. He has helped in many projects at Universal Orlando and around the world, and now being Vice-President of the Universal parks and resorts, we expect to see great improvements to the parks. Read more info about him: _____________________________________
THIERRY COUP PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CREATIVE STUDIO FOR UNIVERSAL PARKS AND RESORTS

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 27, 2011) – Thierry Coup has been named Senior Vice President of the Creative Studio at Universal Creative, the planning and development division of Universal Parks and Resorts. In his new role, Coup leads the creative development activities for upcoming attractions at all of Universal’s theme parks world-wide.

Small Epcot/Magic Kingdom update

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Hello, and welcome to a new OTPN update! This will be very brief, and cover only a limited amount of stuff, but don't worry, we'll go back to Epcot on Sunday and to Magic Kingdom on Tuesday. Here you are some pictures from both parks:
EPCOT:
New banners have finally arrived at Epcot:

Flower Power concert series lineup (2011)

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Here you are the concerts that will be shown each weekend at Epcot, during the World-famous "Flower & Garden Festival"! 
From the Disney Parks Blog:


Flower Power Concert Lineup for EPCOT's Flower & Garden Festival (2011)

Before jumping into the weekend, we have a quick update for everyone looking forward to hearing some fun live music during this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the festival, you’ll be able to enjoy music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s during the Flower Power Concert Series at the America Gardens Theatre. And today, we can share the latest lineup of performers: 3/4-6 Jose Feliciano (Light My Fire)3/11-13 The Guess Who (American Woman)3/18-20 Chubby Checker and the Wildcats (The Twist)3/25-27 Melissa Manchester (Don’t Cry Out Loud)4/1-3 Starship starring Mickey Thomas (We Built this City)4/8-10 Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. (You Don’t Hav…

ADVISORIES for this week

Here you are some advisories from the Walt Disney World resort, for the incoming week:
Nanea Volcano Pool Refurbishment 2/2 - 2/3/11 - Disney's Polynesian Resort - In order for Disney’s Polynesian Resort to continue to flourish as a magical destination, it is necessary to make enhancements from time to time. It is time to refresh the look of Nanea Volcano pool and slide, and as a result the pool will be closed February 2 and 3.  For guest's enjoyment, the leisure pool and our sandy beach area will remain open during this time. The Beach pool complex at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will also be available for Guests wishing to have a pool slide as a part of their experience. 
LEGO Imagination Center Expansion Project LEGO Imagination Center at Downtown Disney Marketplace is preparing for an extensive renovation project that will increase its overall footprint by nearly 3,500 square-feet and add new LEGO exterior models of favorite Disney characters. Expect to s…

The Blue Sky Cellar reopens at DCA

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The Blue Sky Cellar exhibit has reopened just yesterday at the Disneyland resort in California. It shows all of the projects that will be done at Disney's California Adventure.... and one that will be done at the Magic Kingdom too (The Little Mermaid). Here you are some more info about the Cellar: _______________________________________

Blue sky ideas turning into realities
On Jan. 27, the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar debuted a new show showcasing the transformations already underway at Disney California Adventure Park. Imagineers have designed a refresh of the cellar that gives guests a chance to see the process behind the development of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Walt Disney Imagineering Show Designer Alex G. served as the creative lead for this Blue Sky Cellar update, but he was also one of the early designers of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Among the sketches and concept artwork on display, a series of drawings …

Gatorland breaks ground for a one-of-a-kind zip-line

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Gatorland is a fascinating theme park. It's very underrated, as it is one of Florida's original attractions, one of the few post-Disney theme parks that is still standing. And, it's even expanding its offerings this year! They will open a new zip-line that will be very... unique!! Read some info from Gatorland: _______________________________________ Gatorland Reaches New HeightsTheme park opens Orlando’s Wildest Zip line Orlando, Florida: Gatorland is soaring to new heights in Central Florida as the theme park opens the world’s first zip line to race above giant alligators and crocodiles in the all new Eco Zip Line at Gatorland opening in Summer of 2011.
This one-of-a-kind ride takes you on a breathtaking journey along 1,200 feet of high flying adventure from platforms designed to replicate the Breeding Marsh Tower. At heights up to 56 feet, guests will fly at speeds near 30 miles per hour through the park! An adrenaline rush guaranteed to bring out the true adventurer in ever…

OOTL: The memories begin at Disneyland too

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Yes, even though Walt Disney World has introduced the show a week in advance, Disneyland is ready to "Let the Memories begin" too! Here you are some info about their version of the "The Magic, the Memories and YOU!" show, that takes place in front of their "It's a Small World" facade, which is bigger than their castle. From the Disney Parks Blog:
New Projection Show Turns ‘Small World’ Into a Big Canvas, for ‘The Magic, the Memories and You’
I’m going to tell you about a new show at Disneyland park that takes the fa├žade of “it’s a small world” and does some amazing things. It turns it into an animated, etch-a-sketch coloring pad; it coaxes the singing dolls from inside the attraction to appear outside in the show; and it weaves hundreds of guest photos into a giant, surprise mosaic.

Even after I tell you about it, and we share a video sneak-peek of tonight’s first show, I must admit the real thing is so much better. If you can get here, quit reading now a…

The Disney Dream takes its maiden voyage!

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With a dash of Disney magic and a surprising twist, a helicopter hoisted a 16-foot “champagne bottle” across the bow of the Disney Dream during a christening ceremony this morning officially welcoming the newest ship to the Disney Cruise Line family.
Serving the traditional role of godmother for the Disney Dream christening was Jennifer Hudson, the Academy Award and Grammy Award winner whose own dreams of stardom began when she was a performer on the Disney Wonder ship in 2003.
Hudson was joined onstage by Disney CEO Bob Iger and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, as the enormous “champagne bottle” filled with dreams of adventure, romance and fun was lifted into the air and broken across the bow of the 130,000-ton ship.           

Dave and Buster's construction (JAN. 27)

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The new Dave & Buster's building is really "reaching for the sky"!! It's going to be a massive, two-story restaurant.
Here you are some new pictures of the construction:

Tigger's Bouncy Place reopens - VIDEO

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Here you are an HD video of "Tigger's Bouncy Place", which has finally reopened. You can notice that the WDIs (Walt Disney Imagineers) have worked on the pads, and they've also introduced a nice little addition that previously didn't work... Check it out here:

So, what do you think? Does it look safer now? Keep in mind that whenever it rains, the area is promptly closed for safety, so no worries about lightnings being attracted by the metallic springs underneath the pads, but what about children falling down when jumping from a pad to another one?

OOTL: Disneyland's Village Haus reopens

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If you are a bit familiar with the Disneyland resort in California, you know that the Disneyland Park has got a copy of the "Pinocchio's Village Haus". Their version went under a fairly long refurbishemnt, and just reopened, with some new small additions and a new menu. Take a look: _______________________________________
Refurbished Village Haus reopens at the Disneyland resort

Let's Dance at Busch Gardens!

The Classic "Let's Dance featuring Burn the Floor: show has made a comeback to Busch Garden Tampa. It features artists from all over the world (including from Italy!)
Take a look at some videos of the show, over at BGTNation.net! Tell us what you think!

Magic Kingdom update - A wall in every land (PART 1)

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Yes, that's right! At the Magic Kingdom there's a wall in almost every land! Let's see what's new in the park (and, believe me, there are some nice news, too!!):
WELCOME TO THE MAGIC KINGDOM!:

Magic Kingdom update - A wall in every land (PART 2)

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Welcome to part 2 of this week's new Magic Kingdom update!! There are many more pictures to see, so let's continue! BY THE WAY, CLICK HERE TO SEE PART 1 OF THIS UPDATE!
As we said at the beginning of part 1, due to the high winds and the rain, Wishes! was cancelled:

Splash Mountain's NEW lap bars pictures!

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Thanks to one of our readers, Ben G. (that we thank a lot!!), we have some pictures of the new lap bars that have been installed into Splash Mountain's ride vehicles:

The Disney Dream's interior staterooms

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The newest Disney ship, the Disney Dream is very special. It has huge playing areas for children, ever-changing portraits in the restaurants, interactive games throughout the ship, theme park-like shows and more.... But, there's something that's even more unique: interior staterooms.... with an ocean view!! Here you are more information about this out-of-the-ordinary feature, from the Disney Parks Blog:

How Do We Give Every Disney Dream Guest an Ocean View? It’s Magic!
Starting today, we’re counting down to Wednesday’s maiden voyage of our newest ship, the Disney Dream, with daily previews of some of the great amenities and dazzling innovations that await Disney Cruise Line guests. First up is a great example of what Walt Disney called “plussing” – taking a great idea and making it better. When designing the 1,250 staterooms aboard the ship, the creative minds of Walt Disney Imagineering decided early on that every guest should have an ocean view. The challenge was how to do that w…

Info on the LEGO Imagination Center expansion

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Some new information about the work on the expanded LEGO Imagination center at Downtown Disney:
LEGO Imagination Center Expansion Project
LEGO Imagination Center at Downtown Disney Marketplace is preparing for an extensive renovation project that will increase its overall footprint by nearly 3,500 square-feet and add new LEGO exterior models of favorite Disney characters. Expect to see construction walls in the area starting January 29, 2011.
The project is expected to be complete in mid-April, 2011.
During the project, LEGO Imagination Center will operate in a temporary “pop-up” location between Once Upon A Toy and Earl of Sandwich. Work will begin on the temporary store structure January 20, 2011 and the site will open January 29, 2011.
The exact day of the expansion's completion has not yet been released as of today.

Busch Gardens Tampa's new BLOG!

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As you know, some months ago, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment finally created a blog for each and every SeaWorld Park and for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. But, what about Busch Gardens Tampa, you may ask. Well, it wasn't available... until yesterday! Yes, thanks to a news from our friend Screamscape, we found out that the new Busch Gardens Tampa Blog has just debuted!
Here you are an excerpt from their first, welcome post: _________________________________________________
WELCOME TO BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BLOG!
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced today the launch of a park-specific blog!
This new blog will feature stories from all areas of the park, including animal training, engineering, entertainment, horticulture, culinary, merchandise and more. It will also focus on providing behind-the-scenes details and other unique content that can’t be found on the park’s .com site.
“This portal is a place for us to regularly share information and create a two-way dialogue with current and future g…

The Disney Look... to the past! (Jan.22-28)

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Here you are this week's look... to the DISNEY past!

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This Week in Disney History: Jan. 22-28


Jan. 26, 2003 - "Jimmy Kimmel Live" debuts on ABC Former radio host turned television personality Jimmy Kimmel debuted his own nighttime talk show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," on ABC in 2003. His first guests were actor George Clooney and the band Coldplay, who played a mini concert outside the studio on Hollywood Blvd. In addition to celebrity interviews, the show has featured comedy pieces from Kimmel's cousin Sal Iacono, plus red carpet reports from security guard "Uncle Frank" Potenza and parking attendant Guillermo Rodriguez.

Spaceship Earth - ON RIDE VIDEO!

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We finally made it!! After trying many times (and after wasting some videos due to the overwhelming blurriness of the images) we finally took a pretty good on-ride video of the great Spaceship Earth! Here it is:

Yeah, we know. Some parts are still a bit blurry, but at least most of it is not bad, what do you think?

Cheetah Hunt update - Theming is on the way

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A great, new Cheetah Hunt update has been posted on BGTNation. Here you are just a spoiler, that will let you understand why we said that the theming is actually coming:
You see? It's beginning to look great!! That wall looks like it has been around for ages, even though it has been added some weeks ago! Great job, Busch Gardens! That's what we like to see. That's what makes Theme Park a different world. That's what makes theme ten steps higher than Amusement Parks. Theming! Remember to head to BGTNation for more pictures of Cheetah Hunt!!
So, now are you looking forward to see this completed? I personally can't wait! Busch Gardens is really stepping up on its rides! Now we only need three or four dark rides, and it will be one of the best theme parks ever!! What do you think?
Once again, thanks to our friends at BGTNation for the link and the pictures!

Universal Studios update - It's once again empty

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Well, we had a great day at Universal Studios Florida last week. It was great to be almost alone in the middle of the park. Why alone? Well, the holidays are gone (YES!), it was raining, and the neighbor (IOA) was gathering more crowds (of course), so this left US a little bit emptier than usual (after June 2010):

Small updates about Epcot's entertainment

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Just a couple of reminders about two Epcot entertainment shows, in China and INNOVENTIONS WEST:
Effective SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2011 two shows will close at Epcot:

1) DRAGON LEGEND ACROBATS (showtimes: 3:05PM 4:15PM 5:15PM 6:15PM 7:15PM) Description: Dragon Legend Acrobats, a 20-minute live show for Guests of all ages where young Chinese acrobats perform gravity-defying feats, is in the China Pavilion at Epcot theme park. Demonstrating the age-old art form of Chinese acrobatics, the young performers that make up Dragon Legend Acrobats are sure to amaze everyone in your family with their astounding feats of strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. Watch in awe as these graceful and skilled young acrobats fly through the air, dive through hoops, spin carpets on their feet, form human pyramids and contort their bodies in different shapes and sizes—all to the sounds of traditional Chinese music. The China Dragon Acrobats feature young performers—ages 10 to 18 years—from the Pu Yang Academy…

Tiki Room to remain closed until further notice

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As you know, since the "Enchanted Tiki Room - Under New Management" caught on fire some weeks ago, the show remained closed, while the times guide still featured it open, therefore confusing guests that didn't know what happened. Starting this week, times guide have all been updated, and they show the Enchanted Tiki Room as "under refurbishment":

It's still unclear whether the show will receive a completely new show (therefore making many fan of the original attraction happy) or if they will just re-build the Audio-Animatronic figures that have supposedly been burned down or ruined by the water. Also, a specific reopening date for the attraction has not been released yet.
In case there will be any news on the matter, we will let you know. Keep checking out OTPN for  updates.

Gwazi Testing its new trains

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Here you are the official video of Busch Gardens showing the new Gwazi trains testing:

Looking forward to see people on it, to see if the overall coaster experience has actually changed!

Islands of Adventure - A look around the park

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We've got a pretty nice update today, with some pictures around the park in general, including some up-close photos of the burned part of Dudley's facade! Read more:
It was rainy (but we needed rain a lot, so no complaints on this) and a bit cool (but not bad), so the park was not busy at all. You will have a pretty big proof of this later on, during the update. It looked very strange without sunlight, as in Florida there are more than 360 days of sun (with occasional, short rains):

Advisory #1 - Spirit of Aloha show cancelled

An Advisory for today:
8:00pm Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show Cancelled for 1/22/2011 Due to expected inclement weather conditions, the 8:00pm Disney's Spirit of Aloha dinner show at Disney's Polynesian Resort for today, Saturday, January 22, 2011 has been cancelled.

News on Fun Spot's Galaxy Spin

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As we said many times, Fun Spot is receiving a major new ride this year, the Galaxy Spin (previously located in Cypress Gardens, now Legoland Florida resort). Well, now we know for sure WHERE it will be located!: ___________________________________
CONSTRUCTION, CONSTRUCTION AND MORE CONSTRUCTION!
Our Kissimmee park, Fun Spot USA,  has been extremely busy with many new construction projects. Fun Spot is hoping to reveal the new SkyCoaster building in the next few weeks. Our new "Screamin Eagle" should be delivered in the upcoming weeks as well. There has been much speculation on where the Galaxy Spin will go. Once construction is complete on the new indoor building the ticket booth will be moved along with offices and the old building will be removed to make way for the roller coaster. This portion of the project is still several months away.
Future home of the Galaxy Spin:


Lap bars added to Splash Mountain

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Screamscape has finally confirmed a rumor that has been around for quite a bit: that Splash Mountain was going to receive lap bars. And, as of yesterday, it did. Read this article, courtesy of Screamscape: ______________________________________
The rumors are 100% true... Splash Mountain is currently adding a large single lap bar to each and every row on the logs. As outraged as I am about the very concept of this, unfortunately we as guests, have only ourselves to blame. Apparently there are a large number of people out there who think it’s funny/ cool / xtreme to either stand-up during portions of the ride, combined with an equal number of stupid tourists who think that at the first time of a ride stoppage, they are free to jump out of the log and go wandering about inside the mountain. Then the real fun begins as CMs are sent out to search every nook and cranny inside the gigantic structure for these lost guests before they can turn the ride back on. (So maybe we should all …

Legoland Florida's overview - VIDEO

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Would you like to have a sneak-peek of the rides that are coming to Legoland? Here you are their official video that shows the ride that are coming to Legoland Florida:

I can't wait to see more construction pictures, and especially, I can't wait to see the park open!!!
See you next fall, Legoland Florida!!

Epcot update - Flowers everywhere!! (PART 1)

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Thousands of wonderful flowers have been freshly planted around the already amazing-looking small hills and green land that encompasses Epcot's pavilions. The park looks great, and the Flower & Garden Festival is more than a month away!! That's one of the many reasons why I (and a lot of people that I know) love EPCOT.
Let's see what Walt Disney World's gardeners have done:

Epcot update - Flowers everywhere!! (PART 2)

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Here you are Part 2 of this big update! PLEASE, CLICK HERE TO SEE PART 1 OF THIS UPDATE, FOR MORE PICTURES!
Let's continue:

Gwazi's new Millennium Flyers' trains!

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Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa has received brand-new trains, as we reported some weeks ago. Now, thanks to our friends over at BGTNation, we have some great pictures of the new, themed trains!! Take a look HERE! What do you think? They look much better now, don't they? That's how they looked BEFORE they were completely done, from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay:

Thanks again to our friends at BGTNation.net for the great update!!

Little Mermaid dark ride video

A fantastic, new video has been uploaded on the Disney Parks Blog. It shows a lot of the props and Audio-Animatronics that will be used in both versions of the "Journey of the Little Mermaid" dark ride! Take a look behind-the-scenes (from the Disney Parks Blog):

I am really looking forward to see this! It looks really amazing, a true masterpiece! What do you think??

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue opens MAY 2011

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As we announced some weeks ago, the new Star Tours attraction will open on May 2011. From the official Disney Parks Blog:

New Star Tours Attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios debuts in May
As part of a media gathering Tuesday night to celebrate the launch of the Disney Dream, Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton combined the magic of Disney and the power of the Force to reveal the Grand Opening date for the new Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Meg announced that the 3-D attraction will make its galactic debut May 20, 2011.

As you’ve read in past posts from Walt Disney Imagineering’s Tom Fitzgerald, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will feature new droids, a new Starspeeder, new destinations and even a new pilot. So, as we celebrate the “Dream” aboard the sea we also are looking skyward to a “galaxy far, far away” in 2011. Stay tuned for future announcements about the Grand Opening of Star Tours at Disneyland Park in California.  



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The Magic, The Memories, and You! HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO

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Here you are a video that shows the highlights of the new light-show that takes place nightly just 20 minutes before Wishes:

So, what do you think? I personally think it's really nice, much, much better that what I originally thought! Also, the final fireworks are really a nice surprise, perfect ending for the show!! Keep in mind that this video is subject to the copyright of the Walt Disney World resort, and is NOT ours.

Advisories for this week (1/21-24)

Some Advisories for this week:
Extra Magic Hours Changes for 1/23 and 1/24/11 • The Extra Magic Hours (EMH) evenings at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom will vary from their regular schedules on 1/23 and 1/24/11.  Disney's Hollywood Studios will have EMH evening on Sunday, January 23.  Magic Kingdom will have EMH evening on Monday, January 24.
Hoop Dee Doo Show cancellations for January 21 & 23, 2011 The 9:30pm shows for January 21and 23, 2011, have been canceled.

Magic Kingdom update - Jan. 20 (PART 1)

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Hello, and welcome to a new, extensive Magic kingdom update!! Let's see what's new this week:
Work is still underway for the new, small Monorail beam:

Magic Kingdom update - Jan. 20 (PART 2)

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Here you are Part 2 of this huge update! REMEMBER TO SEE PART 2 FIRST OF ALL, BY CLICKING HERE!
Let's go inside Fantasyland:

Dave and Buster's construction (JAN. 19)

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Here you are a quick look at the construction of the new Dave and Buster's restaurant:

Highest-resolution NEW FANTASYLAND map

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If you're like me and want to really see every single detail of this new Fantasyland Expansion, now you have your chance! Here you are a huge concept art for you to see (CLICK ON IT):

Nice, isn't it? In my opinion this New Fantasyland will be a hit. I've read some of the comments in our previous update, and strangely I've notice that some of you are not happy, even if they decided to put another huge new ride (before the mine ride was brought up, there should have been a meet-an-greet in that same spot).  In my opinion they did a fantastic job redesigning some of the areas of the project. I can understand that some of you are afraid that the Dumbo area will look as cheap as DCA, but I am sure it won't. Just because it's themed on a circus, it doesn't mean it's going to be only un-themed tents... They will look great, and the area in general will have A LOT of interactive elements to play with.
About the Seven Dwarfs Mine ride, I think it's going to be g…

More info on "The Magic, The Memories, and You"!

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Hello!! After the exciting news about the new Fantasyland that we received yesterday, here we are with more news on the new pre-show of Wishes, "The Magic, The Memories and You!": ___________________________________
In a Dramatic New Projection Show, Guest Images Come to Life on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – In a dramatic new projection show filled with special effects and magic, Cinderella Castle will transform into a shimmering canvas for images of Walt Disney World guests and the memories they made that day at Magic Kingdom.

In the nighttime spectacle, photos of guests captured that very day in the park will be projected larger-than-life among the spires and turrets of Cinderella Castle.  In similar fashion, guest images will be projected onto “it’s a small world” on select nights at Disneyland Park in California, beginning Jan. 27.
The ten-minute experience – called “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” – will dazzle park guests on both …

FINALLY!! News on Fantasyland Forest released!

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Great news!! finally, new information about the new Fantasyland have been released by the Disney Parks Blog!!! Read it all here, from the official Disney Parks Blog:
Update on New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

As many of you know, we’re in the midst of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history, which will nearly double the size of Fantasyland. And we’re thrilled about the expansion because it’ll allow us to tell our treasured stories in new ways and give you the opportunity to interact with some of our beloved characters like never before. Today, we’d like to give you a first glimpse of the progress we’re making in bringing these stories to life and a look at some of the art will be sharing with the media later tonight.

Reminder: Important Press event TODAY!

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Just a friendly reminder: today there will be a pretty big press event at the Magic Kingdom (that, as we said before, will close promptly at 6 p.m.) and among the new details that will be revealed, they may also include some interesting artworks of the new Fantasyland and more! Stay tuned, and let's hope for big news!!

More attractions after Legoland is completed?

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The Orlando Sentinel shares with us some news about what could come to Central Florida after Legoland is open. There were already a lot of rumors regarding a water park and a Madame Tussaud's museum, and this very interesting article seem to almost confirm part of these rumors. From the Orlando Sentinel: _____________________________________
First Legoland, then wax museum, big wheel?
WINTER HAVEN — The worldwide amusement company building Legoland Florida about 50 miles southwest of Orlando is already pondering expanding its offerings in Central Florida.
In an exclusive interview with the Orlando Sentinel this week, the top executive of Merlin Entertainments Group said the company has other attractions that could do well in Orlando, ranging from its popular Madame Tussauds wax museums to something along the lines of the London Eye, a 443-foot-tall observation wheel on the river Thames in England. That could help generate even more options for the millions of tourists who flock to Cent…

LEGOLAND Florida receives its first Lego models!

Here you are a great video that shows some of the first LEGO models that have been installed in the park!:

They look great! I can't wait to see the whole park! More news about Legoland Florida Resort coming soon! The video is subject to the copyright of the Merlin Entertainment (R) Company. All rights reserved.

Advisory #1 - Ohana closed for refurbishment

A small advisory for today:
Advisory~'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort Closed for Refurbishment:  1/17-evening of 1/20
Please be advised that 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort will be closed for refurbishments Monday, January 17, through the morning of Thursday, January 20. The restaurant is scheduled to reopen for dinner Thursday evening, January 20.

Old Town update

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Hello, and welcome to an... unusual update today. It's unusual because it shows a minor amusement park that is mostly overshadowed by its superior, new neighbor, id est Fun Spot. We're talking about Old Town, that is composed of a very large shopping district and 18 amusement rides. Let's check it out:

Legoland Annual Passes already sell well

Great news from Legoland Florida! It looks like the Annual Passes that have been sold have exceeded the expectations of a lot of people!! Indeed, the Orlando Sentinel has posted an article that makes us feel like they're doing the right thing! Check it out!

Hollywood Studios update - Jan 17, 2011

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After our two updates about the new "Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun" parade that we posted yesterday, here you are a complete look at Disney's Hollywood Studios, with some small news. Let's see:

The Disney Look... to the past! (Jan.15-21)

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As each and every Monday, here you are a new look... to the Disney Past!: _______________________________________ This Week in Disney History: Jan. 15 - 21


Jan. 17, 1996 - Grand opening ceremony held at Disney's Vero Beach Resort Although it welcomed home its first Disney Vacation Club members Oct. 1, 1995, opening ceremonies were held on this day for the first resort to open outside of the Walt Disney World Resort. A two-hour drive southeast of Orlando, Fla., Disney's Vero Beach Resort is located on 71 acres of Florida's "Treasure Coast" along the Atlantic Ocean. The resort features a central inn and a collection of villas and standalone cottages, with an expanse of white, sandy beach and just outside the doors. Members can pamper themselves at The Spa at Vero Beach, or enjoy the romantic dining atmosphere of Sonya's, which Florida Trend magazine named among "Florida's 500 Best Places to Dine" with its collection of steaks, chops and s…