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Advisory: New rock band at Epcot, beginning May 3

A great news came today, directly from Epcot: a new band is already ready to replace the fantastic "British Invasion"at the busy United Kingdom pavilion, beginning on May 3rd, 2011: _________________________________________________________________________
Advisory~New rock band at United Kingdom May 3
Beginning Tuesday, May 3, we will welcome a new four-piece, high-energy band to the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot to replace The British Invasion. Spanning decades of popular British music, every set is an epic concert and every show is a chronological journey with random fun facts about the songs and artists you have come to know and love through the years. From the Dave Clark Five and the Beatles, to the music of Led Zeppelin and The Who, our guests will have a whole new reason to sing and dance!
The British Invasion's contract end[ed today,] April 30. _________________________________________________________________________

Even though we still think that the "Br…

The Making of "One Ocean" - Whale Behaviors

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This week, SeaWorld Orlando has posted the fourth video of the series about their brand-new show, "One Ocean". This time, we will see how killer whales are responding to some of the new elements that have been introduced in the new show, like water effects and more. Read more, from the SeaWorld Parks Blog: ________________________________________________________________________
Beneath the Surface- The Making of SeaWorld's "One Ocean" - Whale Behaviors
The fourth video in our series “Beneath the Surface” delves into some of the new whale behaviors in the “One Ocean” show.


A new musical score and set enhancements such as fountains provided an opportunity for SeaWorld trainers to work with the whales on new behaviors. Positive reinforcement and a strong relationship between trainer and whales helped integrate behaviors with some of the new show elements. Go backstage with trainers as they work with our family of killer whales. “One Ocean” is now open at SeaWorld Orland…

Old Town update - April 30, 2011

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Welcome to a brief, new Old Town update. Let's see what has changed lately:

First Look at New LEGO Models for LEGOLAND

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LEGOLAND Florida shared with us another look at the work on some of the great LEGO creations that will soon populate LEGOLAND Florida, once it will open, in October 2011. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
FIRST GLIMPSE INSIDE “TOP-SECRET” MASTER MODEL BUILDER WORKSHOP AT LEGOLAND® Florida
Tucked away in a hidden location at LEGOLAND® Florida, master model builders are busily creating the new theme park’s colorful cast of characters. -- Park officials encourage families to snap up preview passes before prices go up May 1 --
Master model builders, who have one of the coolest jobs on the planet, are beginning the painstaking task of creating and caring for the nearly 15,000 LEGO® models that will be on display in the new park. 
From an exact-replica White House complete with “mini figs” of the First Family to pterodactyls, tigers and treasure-seeking pirates, the models are being built in Winter Haven as well as Germany, Denmark, Malaysia a…

Downtown Disney update - PART 1: West Side

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NAVIGATION:The West Side | Pleasure Island | The Marketplace

It has been a while since out last Downtown Disney update, therefore it's time to see what has changed during the past weeks, and, believe me, really a lot has changed! This a very large update, therefore it has been divided in three parts, based on the area of Downtown Disney. This one is about the West Side. Later, you'll see what's new at Pleasure Island (that will soon become Hyperion Wharf) and ultimately, you'll see what has changed at the Marketplace.
Let's start! The West Side has received a lot of additional work:

Downtown Disney update - PART 2: Pleasure Island

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NAVIGATION:The West Side | Pleasure Island | The Marketplace



It is time for a new Pleasure Island update! Let's see the work that has been done on the future Hyperion Wharf site and in general, in the area:


Downtown Disney update - PART 3: The Marketplace

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NAVIGATION:The West Side | Pleasure Island | The Marketplace

Welcome to the final part of our Downtown Disney expedition! This is the Marketplace update.
Let's see what has changed and what's new in the area:

OOTL: Advisories for the Disneyland Resort

Even though here at Orlando Theme Park News we don't usually cover other theme parks in the nation, we wanted to share with you some advisories regarding the preview for the new Star Tours 2, the Little Mermaid ride, and a delayed opening for the Star Trader shop: ________________________________________________________________________
Cast Preview Beginning May 2, 2011:
This is your first boarding call for new adventures in a galaxy far, far away - your first chance to go under the sea and become part of Ariel's world. Cast Previews... for Star Tours - The Adventures Continue and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure will be available [soon]...

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue May 15 / 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 8 p.m. May 16 - 17 & 19 / 4 - 8 p.m.


The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure
May 20 & 23-25 / 4 - 8 p.m. May 21 & 22 / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 - 8 p.m.
 Attraction availability is subject to down times.... These new attractions a…

Miscellaneous Work Around Orlando

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Just to make you aware of other minor work around some of Orlando's restaurants/areas:
The Bahama Breeze restaurant near Downtown Disney's area is receiving its new roof:

Universal Orlando's New Hints on Future Project

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Universal Orlando has given us an interesting, new hint on their future additions, coming in 2012, that will replace "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast". Take a look at what they posted on their official Facebook page: _____________________________________________________________
... For our next UORHint, we're talking colors. We know which of these is our favorite color,


but which is yours? [After this hint, they posted the following pictures:]

Busch Gardens Tampa: Cheetah Hunt's Full Test

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The day has finally come! Cheetah Hunt, Busch Gardens' newest, ultra-themed coaster has finally made a complete circuit on the brand-new track! It looks fantastic, and it is really difficult to think that we're still a month away from its official grand opening.
But, would you like to see the testing of this great coaster by yourself? Then, take a look at this video, uploaded by Busch Gardens Tampa (NOTE: The trains are still not at a full speed, as they're still being tested. Full speed will be reached once the coaster officially opens, so don't be misled by the apparent "slow" speed of the trains): 

Nice job, Busch Gardens. It looks like it's going to be a great ride! We can't wait to check it out, very soon!

Dave & Buster's update - April 28th, 2011

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Wondering if any progress was mad on the new Dave & Buster's restaurant? Well, here's your weekly photo update! The building may still look the same, but the exterior painting has gone very far now:
NOTICE: When taking these pictures, I, the photographer, was not driving! Please, remember to always pay attention to the road while driving!

Fun Spot Parks Planning More Major Rides?

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As you know, Fun Spot's Attractions are really expanding their offerings. First, they announced three new attractions for Fun Spot U.S.A.: one was a minor flat ride (the Screaming Eagle), the other two were major additions which are not open yet, a new arcade and a new wild mouse coaster, the Galaxy Spin, directly from the now-closed Cypress Gardens. After a while, they announced a major expansion of their Orlando park, Fun Spot Action Park.
But it looks like they're just starting to make their parks even better. Take a look at this very interesting new post, that is found directly on Fun Spot's official blog: _______________________________________________________________________________
Surveys, Surveys, Surveys
Over this past weekend over 200 people were randomly surveyed in our two parks. The consensus seems to be that people would like us to add more water rides and water play areas. People want roller-coasters also. But should we get a wooden coaster, or a steel coas…

The Revamped LEGO Store at DTD: Photos

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Downtown Disney is receiving so many great additions that we can't even list. Among these new additions we have a fantastic rehab of the LEGO store, which has been enlarged for our enjoyment! Let's take a look at it:
Here's a general look at the building:

Advisory: Sand Trap Bar & Grill closed tomorrow

Just a small advisory for the day of tomorrow, Thursday, April 27, 2011:
ADVISORY: Sand Trap Bar & Grill at Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf will be closed Thursday, April 28, 2011 due to a special event.

Orlando Thrill Park: Why it Should Not Happen

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That is a shocking title, right? We're aware that the the project for the park has recently been rejected, but the company that is behind this project (dubbed OTP Group, LLC,) has still time to find another piece of land that would be more suitable for their project, which includes, as you may know, almost 15 thrill rides, including large coasters.
But, why have we changed idea? Why don't we want this park anymore? Well, an Orlando Sentinel article opened our eyes. Indeed, the article "Retooled Star Tours to draw a crowd", other than talking about Disney's Hollywood Studios' new ride, includes some tidbits about the Orlando Thrill Park, and quotes some statements made by one of the co-owners of the OTP Group LLC.
Here's the part of the article that really captured our attention, as it sounds complete nonsense: _________________________________________________________________________
Thrills versus theme
The developers [of the Orlando Thrill Park] said.... …

More Info on the Themed Rooms for Disney Hotels

Just this morning we posted the news about the special themed rooms that will be added to both Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Port Orleans Resort. Now, take a look at this interesting article, which shares with us some additional information about them: _______________________________________________________________________
Advisory ~ WDW Resort Specialty Rooms
Specialty Rooms is a key worldwide initiative for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in an effort to appeal to guest interests, integrate industry trends, elevate the guest experience, increase revenue and drive occupancy. These rooms include a variety of options, ranging from Family Suites to themed Storybook Rooms to Signature Suites. They offer a unique design, décor and space options that appeal to guests of all ages and interests, creating a uniquely Disney in-room experience.

Two new Specialty Room offerings will debut at Walt Disney World Resort hotels over the next year:

Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Po…

Inside the 2011 Flower & Garden Festival Center

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No, we didn't forget about going around the Festival Center this year! That is why today we are presenting you some pictures from Epcot's 18th Flower & Garden Festival Center! Enjoy!:

Fun Spot Attractions' New Commercials

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Fun Spot U.S.A. and Fun Spot Action Park have recently posted two new commercials to advertise their parks. We want you to see them to, and to tell us your opinion. Who knows, it may help them for their future new commercials! They've posted two ads: one that takes place during the day, one takes place at night. 
NOTE: You may notice that the quality of the videos is low, and we apologize for that, but there seems like there are no high-definition videos of these commercials.
Enjoy the videos, and then, please, consider participating in our small poll, at the end of this post. Thanks!:
Daytime Commercial:

Port Orleans to Receive New Themed Rooms & More

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More themed rooms are coming to some hotels of the Walt Disney World resort! The Disney Parks Bloghas officially announced that the Port Orleans resort will soon receive some really great-looking themed rooms, with nice, interactive elements and more! Also, the Contemporary resort will receive new "health and wellness suites", with some very particular amenities... Read more:

Specialty Rooms Will Give Guests The Royal Treatment
Hi everyone. I’m thrilled to start off the day by breaking another exciting announcement... on the Disney Parks Blog about two new Specialty Room offerings coming to the Walt Disney World Resort – health and wellness suites and Royal Guest Rooms.

The Disney Look... to the past! (April 23-29)

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It's Monday once again, and it's therefore time to take a look back... back to the Disney Past!:

This Week in Disney History: April 23-29


April 26, 2008 - "Walt & El Grupo" premieres at the San Francisco Film Festival In 1941, as "Pinnochio" and "Fantasia" failed to deliver the box office success of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Walt Disney dealt with financial hardships at his fledgling studio and a fractured animation department that had struck against him. Meanwhile, President Franklin Roosevelt was increasingly concerned about the rise of Nazi and Fascist influences in South America, and he called upon Walt to take a cultural "goodwill tour" of the continent. Using it as a research opportunity for possible story projects, Walt brought a group of 16 all-star studio staffers and artists _ El Grupo, as they dubbed themselves. "Walt & El Grupo" tells the story of their ten-week trip through vivid h…

The Making of "One Ocean" - Education

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The SeaWorld Parks Blog has posted part 3 of the very interesting series, named " Beneath the Surface: The Making of One Ocean". This week we'll see how education played an important role in creating this great show: _________________________________________________________________________
Beneath the Surface: The Making of "One Ocean" - Education
The third video in our series “Beneath the Surface” highlights how “One Ocean” educates and inspires guests to protect the world we share.

The E.T. Adventure: On-ride PHOTOS

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As promised some time ago, here you are some on-ride photos of one of the best dark rides ever created:

The E.T. Adventure
It is currently located only here, in Universal Studios Florida. It was originally also part of Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan, but it was later replaced in both parks. We're very lucky to have the very last version of this fantastic ride, and we would like to keep it, at least for twenty more years.

The experience begins with a seemingly un-themed outside queue, which has some LCD televisions where guests can see some of the actors of the original film talking about their experience. Then, we move to another un-themed are, this time inside. A blast of cold air makes you feel like you're up north... then, a pre-show starts, where Steven Spielberg tells you what to do to save E.T.'s dying planet and reassures you that "you don't have to pedal".

Later, you enter a third, bare room where guests receive their "Inte…

The British Invasion leaving Epcot on April 30th, 2011

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Yes, that infamous rumor that has been floating around for days was true, unfortunately. The British Invasion, one of the best entertainment bands that have worked at the U.K. pavilion (at Epcot) for the past 15 years, is going to leave very soon. Too soon. Here's what a member of the British Invasion wrote on the band's official Facebook Page: _________________________________________________________________________
To Our Fans.
First thanks to all the fans of the British Invasion for all their support over the years!! It has been an honor to perform for you and Disney all these years! We have given our notice to Disney Talent and Casting that we wouldn't be playing after April 30th some time ago. We will be back to play at Disney from time to time... and you will find those future dates posted on the British Invasion Facebook page!! Stay tuned for a british invasion fan appreciation party in May and details of our first concert appearance in downtown Orlando on May 14th. 

Sinc…

SeaWorld Orlando Update - busier than usual

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As you know, the fantastic, new show "One Ocean" has just opened two days ago at SeaWorld Orlando. Everybody is really focused on that, but what about the rest of the park? Well, let's check it out:

New Tour at WDW: Marceline to Magic Kingdom

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A brand-new tour has been added to the Magic Kingdom. It is called "Marceline to Magic Kingdom", and it will go behind the scenes of the Magic Kingdom park. Learn more in this article:

Behind the Scenes - Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour
A new guided tour at Magic Kingdom Park is a great way to learn about the life of Walt Disney and to get a sense of how he drew on his past to change the future of entertainment. Guests can certainly enjoy all the fun of Magic Kingdom Park without this background, but the 2.5- to 3-hour walking tour will give one a deeper appreciation of some of the turning points in the life of the man who dreamed it all into being.

Universal Orlando Gives Hints on New Ride

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What will replace Jimmy Neutron? Who wouldn't like to know the answer to this question? Well, it looks like Universal Orlando is very well aware of this, and it's therefore giving out some special "hints" to its fans.
Here you are the latest (and the first) hints, directly from Universal Orlando's official Facebook page: ________________________________________________________________________
Hey fans! Are you ready for the first UORHint about the concept of our new attraction?  Just remember, to take advantage of these clues you must:
1. Remember, things may not always be as they seem  2. Pay close attention to every detail  3. Remember, we’ve taken some liberties in editing/enhancing the photos 
Here’s the first UORHint: We captured this photo of Thierry Coup, Senior Vice President of the Creative Studio, working in his office at Universal Creative. What do you think he is working on?:[Another] UORHint: The new attraction is being designed by the same team that has bro…

New Resort in Hawaii - Major Work Completed

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Great news for Disney Fans that live in Hawaii (and for all those who will go to visit the resort over there)! Disney has just announced that they've completed a big part of the work on the hotel's structures. Take a look at this fresh press release, which contains more info, along with great images from the hotel's location: ________________________________________________________________________

It's "Time to Add the Magic!", at the New Disney Hawaii Resort
KO OLINA, Hawai'i, April 21, 2011 – Today, in a ceremony on the lagoon fronting the site of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai'i, local crew members from Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc., joined with Disney cast members (employees) to celebrate the completion of major structural work on the Disney resort and the beginning of Disney’s “time to add the magic.”


"One Ocean" Debuts at SeaWorld - Photos & Videos

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We're all One World. One Ocean.
That's the message that the new SeaWorld Orlando wants to share with the viewers of its brand-new show that debuted just yesterday morning, called "One Ocean".
Today, we're going to see how the stadium has changed since the old show, "Believe", was replaced (it was still playing two days ago, can you believe it?), and in particular, we're going to see if "One Ocean" is just as great as the original "Believe", the one that we all loved. To support all we say, we're including photos of the area, together with some videos of the pre-show and the full-length video of the entire show!
We'll start with a column where we'll share our personal opinion on the show (we'll try to include very few spoilers, but if you go and watch the video afterwards, it'll be worthless); then, we'll see some pictures of the stadium and the area in general. Finally, we'll see some videos. Ready? Let&#…

Dave and Buster's update and more (April 22, 2011)

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As usual, we have a nice update on the work of the new Dave & Buster's Restaurant, along with other minor work nearby. Check out the photos below:

Brazilian Pavilion to Be Added to World Showcase?

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After reading the title of this post, many of you will have already thought "Yes, of course...." Well, I am as skeptic as you are, since World Showcase has not received a new pavilion in more than two decades (the last pavilion that was added, Norway, joined World Showcase in 1988... Can you believe that?). Anyway, it looks like this time it MAY be the right time to add something.
According to a Brazilian newspaper article, translated by the Epcot Encyclopedia web site, Brazil is going to add their own pavilion at Epcot. That is one of the greatest honors a country can receive, and it looks like Brazil is willing to pay for it, since they say that "the government forecast is for a big comeback in tourism," with the addition of this new pavilion at Epcot. So, they think that adding the pavilion will help "advertise their beautiful country. I would also add that, since we have a lot of Brazilian guests in the parks here in Florida, it will also make them feel more …

PIXAR's Weekend at Epcot officially announced

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If you follow other theme park sites, you may already know that there will be a fantastic event at Epcot from May 13 to May 15, where you will be able to meet-and-greet a lot of Disney-PIXAR characters! The Walt Disney World resort has finally officially announced the event, and has created a web site, just for this great event, viewable here. Also, here you are more information about this special event, via the Disney Parks Blog:

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Honors Pixar May 13-15
Heads up Pixar fans – we’re breaking an exciting announcement this morning on the Disney Parks Blog.

The 18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will celebrate all-things Pixar, including the upcoming release of “Cars 2,” during Pixar’s 25th Anniversary Weekend May 13-15 at Epcot.

Advisory: MK Parade to Start from Frontierland Today

Just a small advisory for today, Thursday April 21, 2011: _______________________________________________________________________
Advisory~Magic Kingdom Day Parade Step-Off From Frontierland Today 4/21
Both performances of the "Celebrate a Dream Come True" parade will be stepping off from Frontierland today (instead of from Main Street U.S.A.), including the pre-parade marching bands.
 Additionally, a special Grand Marshal moment featuring Cinderella’s coach will take place at 2:45 p.m., also stepping off from Frontierland. Cameras will be in place in the Center Street area to capture this moment on film. _______________________________________________________________________
Interesting to see Cinderella's coach before the parade!

Fantasyland Update - Skyway Station studies and more

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After our great Magic Kingdom update, let's check out the extensive work being done in Fantasyland!
PLEASE,  BEFORE VIEWING THIS FANTASYLAND UPDATE, MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALSO OUR NEW MAGIC KINGDOM UPDATE BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK!
Let's begin by taking a look at the old Skyway station, that is said to be demolished very soon:

Reminder: "One Ocean" debuts on April 22, 2011

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Just as a reminder, SeaWorld's new show, "ONE OCEAN", will begin on Friday, April 22, 2011! Also, we want to refresh your minds about what the show will include, by re-posting this great commercial, that is currently playing right here in Florida, and in other states of the U.S.:

"One Ocean" will debut first at the park here in Orlando, then in the one in California and lastly in Texas. Will you be able to attend the very first showings of this new spectacle of the sea? If yes, that's great! We hope you'll enjoy it! Here you are the times for the show, on April 22:


One Ocean show times: 10:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 7:00

If not, do not be sad. We'll be there for you, taking pictures, videos and making a good review! Stay tuned!

Dance Parties at WDW until April 28

The Walt Disney World Resort is going to hold some extra entertainment opportunities in the next few days:

Advisory ~ DJ Dance Parties Available Through April 28, 2011
Guests looking to get their groove on with great music can visit Club 626 Character Dance Party in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm through Thursday, April 28.  They might even spot a familiar face or two dancing!  And at The America Gardens Theatre at Epcot, a DJ will be spinning favorite tunes through Thursday, April 21 and again Monday, April 25 through Thursday, April 28 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  For Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the park’s evening Extra Magic Hours tonight, Wednesday, April 20, families can enjoy the Disney Junior Dance Party.

Magic Kingdom Update - New, Minor Additions

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Are you ready to discover a lot (really, a lot) of minor, yet interesting news from this ever-changing theme park? Then, let's start right away, with our newest Magi Kingdom update!

Orlando Thrill Park Plans Rejected by the City

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All coaster enthusiasts will be quite sad to hear that the Orlando Thrill Park project, a new theme amusement park with 15 rides (almost all being record-breaking roller coasters), has been rejected yesterday. The plan was considered not suitable for the area, according to the Tangelo Park residents, as they stated that the noise and the traffic that the park would have brought was going to be unbearable. Here's an artistic rendering of what the park would have looked like:

You may have noticed from that rendering (that has been re-worked to please the nearby residents of the Tangelo park) that they planned to add many layers of trees and plants, a small lake with beautiful fountains, and a huge wall to keep the noise away. In addition to that, the OTP group also agreed on building the parking structures on the southern end of their land, to make their rides even further away from the nearby houses. It didn't work.
If you would like more in-depth about the current situation o…

More Info on Star Tours 2

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Would you like to know more about the brand-new experience of Star Tours 2: The Adventure Continues? Then take a look at this new press release, which gives some additional information on the queue line setup and more: ________________________________________________________________________
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue’ Brings Star Wars™ Thrills in 3-D to Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The power of the Force and the magic of Disney have combined to create “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue,” a new 3-D attraction set to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park on May 20, 2011. The attraction also will open at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.
Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours will take Walt Disney World Resort guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they will interact with characters from throughout the Saga. And it will all be in 3-D. With eye-popping 3-D digital filming, a dramatic musical score and …

IOA update: Grad Bash, Triceratops and more

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Islands of Adventure is a fantastic theme park. Its theming has always amazed me. Unfortunately, until last year, it received little attention. Now, it's a different story. Let's see how the park looks, and what's new:

Advisory #1 - Parking Lot Restrictions at some Resorts

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This Sunday, April 24th, 2011, the three Disney Hotel on the Seven Seas Lagoon will have their own parking lot  closed to the general visitors who do not stay there and who do not have a restaurant reservation. Read more: _______________________________________________________________________
Advisory ~ Resort Parking Lot Restrictions 4/24/11
Due to the busy holiday season, the following guest parking lots will be restricted on Sunday, April 24. Disney’s Contemporary Resort Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Disney’s Polynesian Resort
These parking lots will be restricted to only those staying at the resort, attending a convention event at the resort or with dining, recreation or spa reservations. _______________________________________________________________________


You can really tell that it's going to be a crazy week If you can, it would be better for you to avoid going to the parks in these days. What about us? Well, we'll have to go anyway, otherwise... no photo-upda…

Baby Cheetah and Labrador Receive Official Names

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Busch Gardens wanted to let its fans to choose the name for their baby cheetah and the puppy Labrador. Take a look: _____________________________________________________________________ 
Busch Gardens Announces Winning NamesFor Baby Cheetah and Puppy More than 2,400 Guest Votes Helped NameYoung Cat and Yellow Lab Via Facebook Poll Monday, April 18, 2011 (Tampa, FL) – Busch Gardens’ cheetah cub and his new puppy companion have been receiving plenty of attention recently, and now guests will have a name to put with the face.

The Disney Look... to the past! (April 16-22)

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As every week, we present to you a glimpse of the things that have interested the Disney World, Lands and Company on this same week... in the past: ___________________________________________________________________
This Week in Disney History: April 16-22


April 22, 1964 - The New York World's Fair opens  Held in Flushing Meadows Park in the borough of Queens, the 1964 World's Fair was emblematic of the can-do spirit of the Space Age and the promise of tomorrow. But theme park aficionados know it as the place where Walt Disney perfected ride and show technology that still amazes guests to this day, as evidenced in the four attractions he built for the fair. "it's a small world" was a hopeful salute to the children of the world, while the Carousel of Progress followed a family embracing modern conveniences from the turn of the century through the present. The PeopleMover ride system debuted in the Magic Skyway attraction, where riders took a spin through time…

The Making of "One Ocean" - The Music

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SeaWorld Orlando is publishing a series of videos that provides fans the opportunity of seeing the "behind-the-scenes" of how the new show "One Ocean" came to be.
In our last post, we saw how the inspiration for this new show permitted the creation of the concept for "One Ocean". This week, we'll take a look at the composition of some of the new musics that will debut in the new show (when it will premiere, on April 22, 2011). It is said that none of the musics of "Believe" will be reused.
Take a look:

It looks like a great start, right? We can't wait to see the new show, this Friday! Will any of you miss "Believe"?

Universal Studios - Neutron reopens & more (Part 1)

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Finally, here you are our greatly-anticipated Universal Studios Florida update! Among the most interesting news, we have the reopening of Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast, Fear Factor LIVE!, and the preparations for the Grad Bash. Let's begin:

Universal Studios - Neutron reopens & more (Part 2)

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Here we are on part 2 of this new Universal Studios update!
TO  SEE PART 1, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Let's continue to check out the park, beginning from the NEW Fast Five cars, just outside Mel's Drive-In:
- The 1970 Dodge Charger -

Reminder: Busy Week Ahead for the Parks

Just as a reminder, this is going to be very, very busy week for Central Florida's theme parks. Please, check back here on OTPN to know if the parks are closing in phases. The parks that are most "at risk", are Magic Kingdom and Islands of Adventure.
Regarding WDW, there are no phase closings at this time (of course, some of the parks just opened, or are still closed, as of now.):
April 18, at 7:30am - No Park Phase Closings at this Time
April 18, 7:30am – No Phase Closings at this time. All parks are currently at normal operation. Due to anticipated park attendance, please continue to check the Advisories often throughout this week for updates on theme park phase closing conditions.