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Advisory: 9 p.m. Hop-Dee-Doo Show Cancelled Aug. 1

Just a reminder for an advisory that we posted on our Facebook page:
"Please note the 9:30 pm show of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground on Monday, August 1, and Tuesday, August 2, 2011, has been cancelled. The 5:00 pm and 7:15 pm shows will go on as usual."

Islands of Adventure - Quick General Update

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Sunday is usually a day when people in general rest from work. Well, we do too, but at the same time we want to provide you always the best photo-updates, even on the weekend. Therefore, here you are a quick - but interesting - photo-update of Universal's Islands of Adventure, which includes a small behind-the-scenes look at some Seussian creatures that are resting in a backstage area. Let's start:

Epcot's Food & Wine Festival by the Numbers

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The Food & Wine Festival is always full of unexpected surprises. Guests who try a certain type of food from a foreign country may fall in love with it, without even knowing it existed. That's why people love this festival, and that's why it becomes more and more important each year. Even the city of Orlando, seeing the success of Epcot's event, used to hold a very similar festival, called "The Food & Wine" festival, of course (on a side note, unfortunately this year the festival will NOT be held in Orlando, due to the fact that the sponsor of the event was sold to another company).
So, if you're among all the lovers of the Food & Wine festival, then you have to read this interesting press release which lists some fun facts about the festival. Enjoy!: _________________________________________________________________________
16th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival by the Numbers
900,000 Tasty Festival Treats + 33,000 Bottles of Wine …

New Sponsor for 'Living With the Land' & More

Did you hear? Living with Land, one of Epcot's original attractions, and "Crush 'n' Gusher", have both received a new sponsor... Chiquita. Read more, from Wesh 2 News: _________________________________________________________________________
Walt Disney World and Chiquita announced a partnership Friday that will bring produce to Disney's theme parks and cruise ships.
As part of the agreement, Chiquita will sponsor the Crush 'n' Gusher, a water coaster at Typhoon Lagoon as well as Living with the Land at Epcot.
Chiquita said in a press release it would also participate in runDisney marathon events, beginning with the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend in September.
The agreement will also bring more Fresh Express salad items to locations around Walt Disney World. 
Read more at WESH 2 News. _________________________________________________________________________
This may be …

Universal CityWalk: Mini-Golf Construction and More

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Today, we'll be checking out together how the work on the new Hollywood Drive-In Mini-Golf are progressing, as well as a general look around Universal's CityWalk, which has now become "The Entertainment Capital of Orlando," mimicking the signature motto of Universal Studios Hollywood's CityWalk (which is "The Entertainment Capital of Los Angeles).
Let's take a look:

'Upcountry Landing' Kiosk Opens at Animal Kingdom

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A new frozen beverage location has been added in the Asian themed land of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. Check it out: _________________________________________________________________________
Beat the Summer Heat at the New Upcountry Landing
During a recent visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park... I stumbled upon Upcountry Landing, a new frozen beverage kiosk found near Asia, outside the Flights of Wonder attraction.

Old Town Offers 50% Off AMPVenture Tickets

So, you've seen our AMPVenture photo-update, and now you want to try the ropes course/climbing wall/zip-line experience? Then, you won't want to miss this exclusive offer! Take a look _________________________________________________________________________
LIMITED TIME OFFER.......THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!!!!!!!!  
50% off our Ultimate AMPVenture band PLUS we will make it unlimited Rock Wall and Unlimited Ropes Course for our Facebook friends!!! Come check it out!!! _________________________________________________________________________
So, you not only pay half the price, you also get to stay on the course as long as you like! In a few words, instead of $39.95 (plus tax), you pay $19.97 (plus tax), with unlimited access to all the 14 rides of the park too! Isn't that great? For more information, please, visit Old Town's official Facebook page (to ask any question you may have)! Please, notice that the price we calculated may vary. Please, check with Old Town for the offic…

Epcot Update: New 'Kabuki Cafe' & More (PART 1)

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A lot of minor additions are coming to Epcot, most of them being inside both Innoventions East and West. Also, we will check out the new Kabuki Cafe (formerly 'Kaki-Gori') location, which has opened just recently in the Japanese pavilion, and which replaced the temporary-looking cart. Let's start:

Epcot Update: New 'Kabuki Cafe' & More (PART 2)

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Have you already checked out PART 1 of this update before viewing part two? If yes, then let's continue where we left, that is, from the great Fountain of Nations plaza:

New Partner Joins Orlando Theme Park News

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You may have noticed that we have done some minor adjustments to the site in the past few weeks, but we're far from done. For now, they've been mostly technical adjustments, but in the future, you should see even more additions. For now, we wanted to introduce you our newest partner, which we thank a lot for choosing Orlando Theme Parks News:

DWTickets.com offers a variety of discount tickets on all the great theme parks of Orlando, as well as great deals on many Orlando attractions, like the dinner shows. If you're interested in coming to Orlando, and want to be sure to have good deals, while also having valid tickets (you may know how many scams have been reported on this matter), then you should check out on their new official page on our site, "Discount Tickets!"
Thanks again to DW tickets for sponsoring our site, and thanks to all our readers, who continue to read our news and updates every day!

LEGOLAND Florida Unveils More New Models

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A new, "prehistoric" LEGO model, along with a reproduction of a  very well-know character have been installed inside the new LEGOLAND Florida theme park, which will open in just 77 days. Take a look at them, from the park's official Facebook page: _________________________________________________________________________
Check out our new dino in Land of Adventure! He is one of many fun models you'll encounter when we open on October 15. Can find our construction Minilander?

The House of Innoventions Reopens - VIDEO

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Just a few days ago, a 'refurbished' walking tour has reopened at Innoventions East. It is "The House of Innoventions", which showcases some of the latest gadgets available on the market that could make your life... well, more interesting! Take a look at this video, taken by the OTPN staff:

Quite interesting, isn't it? If you're thinking "most of these things are not really from the future...", you' re right. That's why the attraction is not called "The House of The Future" but instead "The House of Innoventions"... What do you think? Are the advertisements a bit too noticeable? Did they make enough changes? In our humble opinion, no. They changed very little, and it took them all these months? Anyway, glad it's back. it's much better than just having an empty space.

New Exhibits Open at 'Walt Disney: One Man's Dream'

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Do you remember that huge wall where it said "THE LEGACY CONTINUES - Coming Soon?" Well, it looks like they've finally decided to add these new exhibits that we were all looking for. This new addition was actually scheduled to be ready by Fall 2010, but it got a very long delay.
Let's take a look together at what has been introduced. This includes a lot of Fantasyland artworks too:

Epcot Cast Member Show Support for Norway

A very terrorist attack has recently struck the whole country of Norway, with the result of many people who died, and a lot more who got seriously injured. For this reason, cast members of the Norway pavilion at Epcot had the opportunity of showing their love to all those who lost their lives, even though they are very far from home. Take a look:  _________________________________________________________________________
Support for Norwegian Cast Members

Following news of the tragic events in Oslo, Norway last week, our hearts, prayers and support went out to our cast at the Norway pavilion at Epcot. This included opening the phone lines inside the Programs Office and at Disney Service Center at Vista Way, allowing cast members to check on loved ones back home free of charge.  In a true testament to their strength and caring, the Norway cast members created a backstage memorial to honor their fallen countrymen, while preserving high levels of guest service on stage so that our g…

Fun Spot: Arcade's Exterior Completed and More

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Fun Spot U.S.A. has recently opened a brand-new game arcade, as you may have seen in one of our latest park updates. On one of our most recent visits, we noticed that the last logo that needed to be installed has now been placed, so we can finally say that the arcade is now complete! Take a look:

REMINDER: Fairies Moving Back to MK Tomorrow

Just a minor reminder for those who will be visiting the parks, starting TOMORROW, July 28, 2011: _________________________________________________________________________
Reminder - Fairies Return to Magic Kingdom Park July 28, 2011
Earlier this year, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends moved to Epcot to meet and greet guests as part of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. As we continue looking for the perfect place for Tink to call home, she will be moving to Magic Kingdom Park to a new location inside the Adventureland Veranda. While the Veranda is being prepared for their July 28 arrival, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends will continue to meet and greet guests at Epcot through July 27, near MouseGear in Future World. _________________________________________________________________________

As the reminder says, today, is their last day of permanence at Epcot. We can't wait to see what they've done inside the Adventureland Verandah! See you soon!

Fantasyland Update - Construction Walls Extended

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Today, we've got a brief Fantasyland update, which covers all the attractions in Fantasyland, including the Skyway, Beauty and the Beast's area, the Little Mermaid's area, Dumbo, and more! We hope you enjoy it.

It looks like the work on the Skyway have stalled. No vertical construction, the old Skyway clock-tower still untouched... We hope they'll continue to make some progress soon:



New Additions for The 16th Food & Wine Festival

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The Food & Wine Festival has always been one of the events that many people look forward to attend, due to the many different food items that come from around the world, which are all available for purchase.

Let's see together what they have in store for us this year _________________________________________________________________________
16th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: A Passport to a World of Flavors Sept. 30-Nov. 13
Paradise Found: Tastes of Hawaii and Caribbean now on the Menu
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Exotic cocktails will pair like a tropical daydream with fresh new tastes from more than one island paradise at the 16th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 30-Nov. 13, 2011, at Walt Disney World Resort. The one-of-a-kind 45-day festival serves up international cuisine, culture and entertainment from six continents, with more than 25 international marketplaces featuring tapas-sized portions paired with beer, wine and inventive new cockt…

Summer Night Dance Competition at Busch Gardens

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Busch Gardens is going to hold a Dance Competition at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on July 30, 2011. It will be part of the park's Summer Nights event: _________________________________________________________________________
BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY CELEBRATES  NATIONAL DANCE DAY ON SATURDAY, JULY 30 Summer Nights Dance Competition Winners Return for the Ultimate Dance-Off
Tampa, Fla.  - The Dizzy Feet Foundation has declared the last Saturday in July National Dance Day. National Dance day encourages people of all ages to get up and get moving! Busch Gardens will take part by cranking up our Summer Nights dance events and featuring our dancers on the Busch Gardens Tampa blog all  week.
          WHAT:   Busch Gardens will host the “Ultimate National Dance Day Dance-off” featuring this summer’s previous Summer Nights Dance Challenge winners. The contestants will square off in a freestyle competition, and the audience will pick the Ultimate Winner. The winning guest will also have the chance…

New AMPVenture Experience Now Open at Old Town

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Old Town is renovating itself. Many new additions are currently in the works, and some of them are already ready to be experienced by guests. Indeed, yesterday we had the pleasure of being present during the media day for the new "Pepsi AMPVenture Experience," a family attraction that includes a four-story ropes course, a very high rock wall and a zip line (due to some minor delays, the zip line will be opened later this week).
Let's take a look at some information about this great, new addition, including a lot of pictures and videos: _________________________________________________________________________

Something “New” is in the Air at Old Town New Pepsi AMPVenture Experience offers exciting, state-of-the-art adventure course
Kissimmee, Fla. (July 25, 2011) – Old Town is introducing exciting changes to the Kissimmee adventure park that will bring visitors to new heights. The new Pepsi AMPVenture Experience offers a 300 foot long zip line, four story ropes challenge c…

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

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Today, it is time to take our time machine, to check out the history of the Walt Disney Company! Let's see what has happened during this same week... in the past!: _________________________________________________________________________
This Week in Disney History: July 23-29

July 24, 1966 - New Orleans Square is dedicated at Disneyland Park Geometry enthusiasts may be disappointed to learn that the first land added to Disneyland Park after its opening is not actually square in shape, but despite the misnomer, this charming slice of the Crescent City is among the most intricate and unique sections of the theme park. With highly detailed belle epoch architecture reminiscent of the French Quarter, New Orleans Square rewards guests who peer into its window displays, sample taste sensations like the Monte Cristo at Café Orleans and clam chowder from the Royal Street Veranda, or find picturesque hidden nooks and corners like Le Court de Anges (the Court of Angels.) The land al…

Magic Kingdom Update - More Refurbishments

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Magic Kingdom is already receiving a lot of attention due to the new, enormous Fantasyland Expansion. This doesn't mean that Fantasyland is the only 'land' of the park that is receiving attention. Indeed, many other areas of the park have been taken over by tarps, used to hide the work being done on the buildings' facades, and according to some rumors, not all the work being done is just to repaint or clean them. There may be something else involved. Something like an interactive game.
But, we'll touch on that later. First of all, let's check out the Magic Kingdom in general:

I-Walk Orlando May Include a Sea Life

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Do you remember that fantastic project that involved the Merlin Company (the same company that also owns LEGOLAND Florida), which is to include a huge Ferris wheel, a Madame Tussaud's museum, and some nice shops? To refresh your memory, please, read this article.
Well, it looks like it will also include a Sea Life! They are huge, two-story buildings which house hundreds of different fish and mammals. Screamscape reported this today: _________________________________________________________________________
Orlando Eye / Madame Tussauds / I-Walk Orlando - (7/25/11) Many have been wondering just what the mystery third Merlin attraction planned for Orlando’s I-Walk attraction area. Previously I had heard that a Dungeon attraction may have been in the works [...] However the latest rumor suggests that instead of a Dungeon, Merlin may opt to make the more perplexing choice of adding a SeaLife Aquarium… within very close proximity to SeaWorld Orlando. Not the brightest idea in the barrel…

OOTL: Historic Bridge Coming to California Adventure

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Disney's... ehm, I mean, Disney California Adventure is still in the middle (well, maybe near the end) of a huge park-wide renovation, which includes a radical change of many of the park buildings' facades. One of the structures that will receive a "face-lift" is the famous Golden Gate Bridge (the bright red bridge that also serves as a passage for the resort's monorail). Take a look at these nice concept art: _________________________________________________________________________
Historic Glendale-Hyperion Bridge Coming to California Adventure
Work began on July 17 at Disney California Adventure Park entrance to transform the Golden Gate Bridge into a re-creation of the historic Glendale-Hyperion Bridge. The rendering below shows the completed bridge at the new Buena Vista Street.


'Pirates of the Caribbean' at Shanghai: What to Expect?

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The "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride is one of the most recognized Disney rides in the world. It has received even more attention since the release of the very popular movie series, which shares the same name of the ride. Going to the different Magic Kingdom parks around the world, you may notice that each version of the ride has something different.
The California version has a very long bayou at the beginning of the ride, and has two waterfalls. The Florida version only has one water fall, but also has a much more detailed queue, and the area where the ride is located has a great theming that matches the ride. At Tokyo, the ride is almost exactly like the one in Florida, but the exterior is the copy of the California version. Disneyland Paris has what many consider the best version ever created... at least until now.
Indeed, you know that a brand-new Disney theme park is currently being built in China. it will become the "Shanghai Disney Resort", and it will feat…

'Club Cool' Extends its Opening Hours

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The Coca Cola-sponsored store at Epcot, "Club Cool", is changing its opening times. Previously, Club Cool opened at 11 a.m and closed at 7 p.m., before the park's actual closure. Earlier this month, it was announced that Club Cool would have changed its opening hours, allowing it to stay open for two additional hours each day. The new time is the following: 
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
What does this mean? Well, you can now take advantage of the free Coke beverages until the park closes, and there's even a bonus: Beverly will be there too. You can't go wrong with that. If you've tasted it, you know...

Islands of Adventure Update - The Triceratops Return

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Welcome to a new Islands of Adventure update! This week, we'll take a look around the park, which has reopened the Triceratops Discovery Trail, along with some other smaller locations around the park. Let's see:

Hollywood Studios Ceases to Hold 'ESPN Weekend'

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Sad news for ESPN fans. The famous "ESPN The Weekend" event, that has been held for years at Disney's Hollywood Studios, has been discontinued. Here's the news, from the Disney Parks Blog:

Disney’s ESPN The Weekend Update
One thing that’s always struck me is our commitment to regularly reviewing the experiences we provide to our guests and challenging ourselves to bring new opportunities to life. Occasionally, this results in something coming to an end, as is the case with what I’m sharing today. In order to focus our efforts on ESPN’s growing year-round presence at Walt Disney World Resort, we have decided to no longer host ESPN The Weekend. As you may know, the event was first created in 2004 in support of ESPN’s 25th anniversary and, along with ESPN Club, served as ESPN’s first significant presence here. While the event has continued for seven more successful years, our relationship with ESPN has evolved significantly and positively.  This has resulted in…

AMPventure to Open Soon at Old Town

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Old Town is coming back. It is finally time for the park to make a comeback. As we reported a week ago, we're going to see a lot of new additions here in the next few months. One of the biggest new additions will be the "AMPventure Experience", which will include a multi-story ropes course, a zip-line and a rock climbing wall. To get additional information on this exciting project, take a look at the following pictures and more, courtesy of Old Town: _________________________________________________________________________
Get ready to be AMP’d at Old Town.The all new AMPventure Experience is a state of the art adventure course comprising of a four story Ropes Challenge Course, an incredible ‘out and back’ Zip Line and a 35 ft adrenaline rushing Rock Climbing Wall. The installation marks the beginning of a new and exciting Old Town which has been taken over by a new management entity, namely, Brothers Enterprises Management Group (BEMG).

Ride the Jungle Cruise... From Your Home

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If you periodically check out OTPN's official You Tube channel, you may have watched our latest uploaded videos, including a Fantasyland update (from last week), a video of the "Welcome" show at the Magic Kingdom and... well, a complete ride-through video of the Jungle Cruise.
If you miss the Walt Disney World resort and you don't have the time an opportunity to go there now, videos are the closest things to feel like you're right there. Check out this video of the Jungle Cruise, and try to pretend you're right there with the crowd (We apologize for the abrupt start...):

Some areas of the ride need to be refurbished, or at least that's what most of us think, but the ride is always very effective and funny, thanks to the capabilities of the skippers. Since most of us have ridden the Jungle Cruise, why not sharing a story or experience that you had during a past vacation?

CityWalk Update - Mini-Golf, Churrascaria and More

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Last time we checked out CityWalk, we saw the progress being done on the new "Hollywood Drive-In" Mini-Golf. Today, we're going to see how far they've gone with the work, along with a look at the new signs of the Churrascaria, just outside the "Latin Quarter" restaurant.
First of all, here's the logo of the new mini-golf course, which looks very old-style:

Sand Sculpture Festival in Belgium... in Disney Style

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A quite nice event has taken place in Belgium, where some artists have created sand sculptures that represent some Disney characters and other very famous icons of Disneyland Paris. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
Sand Sculpture Festival Features Disneyland Paris
If it were a town, it might be said that Disneyland Paris, with its attractions and characters, now has a sister city in Blankenberge, Belgium. There, an incredible likeness of the Parisian resort has been fashioned in sand. Thirty-eight artists from around the world participated in the Sand Sculpture Festival in Blankenberge - officially the largest in the world. They made a sand castle - a 46-foot-high Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant - but they didn't stop there.  They made 125 sand sculptures evoking the Disney Magical Moments Festival at Disneyland Paris.

From scenes capturing unforgettable moments in that resort's two parks to the beloved Disney and Pixar…

Passholders and DVC Member's Special Offer

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It's that time of the year again! Annual passholders and DVC Members can get the opportunity of getting early inside the World of Disney Store at Downtown Disney and buy many Disney items with an up to 50% discount.
Here you are more information about this event: _________________________________________________________________________
Disney Vacation Club Members and Walt Disney World Resort Passholders can enjoy an early shopping opportunity with incredible discounts of up to 50% off select merchandise items, special doorbusters, surprise markdowns and more at the World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, [on]
Saturday, July 23, 6-9 a.m.
This annual event usually draws large crowds in the early hours of Saturday morning. However, guests will not be allowed to enter the promenade to queue at the store until 4 a.m. To participate, guests must have a valid Passholder ID or Disney Vacation Club ID AND government issued photo ID. Merchandise and offers are valid…

Universal Studios Update - JAWS Down and More

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It is finally time to take a look at Universal Studios Florida. This week we'll see a closed JAWS, an unfortunately open Fear Factor LIVE!, Jimmy Neutron, and much more. Let's start right away:

New Additions Debut at MK's "Welcome" Show

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Some new, minor additions were added just a few months ago to one of the shows at the Magic Kingdom. Indeed, the "Welcome" Show, which takes place every morning, just before the park opens, has received the addition of a "talking" Mickey Mouse, some 'new' characters on the train, and lastly, the confetti that used to be launched at the end of the show have been replaced by fireworks (only one blast, of course).
Take a look by yourself at the complete show with these new additions, and compare it with other similar videos taken before January 2011:

Nice, huh? Next time you visit the Magic Kingdom, be sure to get there early to see this show! Also, the park offers a lot of street entertainment during the early morning hours that you can't see afterwards!

4D Theaters and Dark Rides in SeaWorld's Horizon?

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Screamscape has posted some incredibly interesting rumors about SeaWorld Orlando this morning. Indeed, it looks like in 2012 we'll receive a new 4D Theater, along with a small renovation of Shamu's Happy Harbor. But, the real deal should come in 2013, when the park will move the penguins in a new, better home, and... a new dark ride will be finally introduced! Read more, from Screamscape: _________________________________________________________________________
2012 - Turtles 4D & Happy Harbor Water Fortress - Rumor - (7/20/11) I’ve heard from a sharp eyed guest that construction has begun behind the current Manatee attraction area for the park’s 2012 attraction, which is said to be Turtles 4D, a edited down in-ark 4D theater version of this summer’s “Turtle: The Incredible Journey” film. (see below)     From what I’ve been led to understand the current Manatee attraction area will be revamped into a Florida wildlife themed area and serve as home to alligators, turtl…

Lightning McQueen Added to 'Lights, Motors, Action!'

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Yesterday, the official Disney Parks Blog shared with us more news about the introduction of Lightning McQueen (the main character of the Disney-Pixar movies of "Cars") in the "Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show" at Disney's Hollywood Studios:

Lightning McQueen Joins Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show

Earlier this summer, we broke the news that “Cars 2” star Lightning McQueen was set to join Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in July. We just received word that Disney’s famous racecar is revved up and ready to make his debut performance in the show beginning [July 19th, 2011]...
So, beginning yesterday, the segment of Herbie was removed. To see Herbie for one last time, take a look at this video we took just a few weeks ago:

New Flavors Coming to the 16th Food & Wine Festival

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It is almost that time of the year again. This year's International Food & Wine Festival will be held between September 30 and November 13, 2011 at Epcot. As every year, new specialties have been added to the already huge food and wine items that the park offers during that time of the year. Let's take a look at some of them: _________________________________________________________________________
The 16th International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot
The 16th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival September 30-November 13 will feature wine regions from around the world and international marketplaces with tastes that include artisan cheeses and savory bites from more than 25 countries and regions including Hawaii, Scandinavia, South Korea, the Caribbean islands and Portugal.

Refurbishment Schedule at WDW: July-October 2011

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To help you schedule your days during your next vacation, we decided to share with you the dates of the seasonal closures of some rides at the Walt Disney World Resort. Here they are:

MAGIC KINGDOM: Frontierland Shootin' Arcade:Closed from June 13 to September 30, 2011;The Enchanted Tiki Room:Reopening on August 16, 2011;The Swiss Family Treehouse: Closed from September 8 to November 17, 2011;(Eatery) The Lunching Pad:Closed from August 29 to September 16, 2011;(Eatery) Casey's Corner: Closed from August 30 to September 14, 2011;
EPCOT: Nothing to report at this time.
DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS: Sounds Dangerous - Starring Drew Carey:Temporarily closed, operates seasonally;Voyage of the Little Mermaid:Closed from August 15 to September 3, 2011;Studio Backlot Tour:Closed from September 5 to September 24, 2011;Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show:Closed from October 3 to October 6, 2011;
DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM: Primeval Whirl:Reopening on September 15th, 2011 (Subject to…

Dave & Buster's Orlando - Grand Opening Day (Part 1)

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A brand-new restaurant has opened along International Drive, one of the most important visitors corridor of Central Florida, but this is not your typical chain restaurant. Indeed, it is a Dave & Buster's location, which means that there you can "eat, drink, and play" at the same time! Well, maybe you should first eat and drink, and then play, otherwise, it could end up being a bit of a mess...
Anyway, the much-anticipated grand opening day of the new Dave & Buster's has finally arrived. It was yesterday, Monday, July 18, 2011. We were not able to enter through the majestic atrium of this new, great building exactly when it opened, around 11 a.m., but it looked like they did not hold any special opening day party or celebration. They just opened to the public, like it was a normal day. But, for those of us who had never seen a Dave & Buster's restaurant before, it didn' matter. We just wanted to check out the place, and so we did.
To avoid spendin…

Dave & Buster's Orlando - Grand Opening Day (Part 2)

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Welcome to part 2 of this special update of the new Dave & Buster's Orlando. After having seen the exterior of the building in PART 1 of this update, it is time to go inside to check out the arcade and the restaurant. Are you ready? Yes? then, let's go in!
Oh, by the way, before we even start, we wanted to apologize if some of the pictures of the interior are a bit dark, but we wanted to avoid using the flash,especially since it was full of people playing, so the flash would have disturbed guests. Thanks for understanding.
The first thing you see on your left, as you enter the main floor is the "Welcome Center" (and, by the way, some of the team members were holding the door open for guests to go in. We don't know if it will always be like that, but we hope so). There, you can buy your playing cards (that you can also use to buy food), and you can also ask anything about how things work, in case you (like us) have never been in a Dave & Buster's loca…

SeaWorld Hiring 650 People in July 2011

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This month, it could be your chance to go to work to one of the best theme parks in Orlando! Indeed, according to an article of the Orlando Sentinel, SeaWorld Orlando (along with Aquatica and Discovery Cove) is looking to hire quite a few people in many different position. Read More, from the Orlando Sentinel: _________________________________________________________________________
'Hiring blitz' this week for SeaWorld
SeaWorld Orlando says it will conduct a "hiring blitz" this week as it seeks to bring aboard enough seasonal workers to handle the remainder of the busy summer months.
SeaWorld, along with its smaller, sister parks Aquatica and Discovery Cove, wants to add more workers in its operations, culinary and merchandise departments. Aquatica, a water park, and Discovery Cove, a limited-admission boutique park, are also seeking additional lifeguards.
SeaWorld, like Orlando's other big theme park operators, began searching for summer workers back in the spr…

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

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It is Monday once again. What does it mean? It means that it is time to check out our weekly section, that takes a glimpse at the past of the Walt Disney Company: _______________________________________________________________________
This Week in Disney History: July 16-22


July 17, 1955 - Disneyland Park opens in Anaheim, Calif. On 160 acres where orange groves once grew, 30 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, the magical place Walt Disney dreamed of as he watched his two daughters ride the Griffith Park carousel first opened for an international media preview. Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings and future president Ronald Reagan brought the fun live to a nationwide audience on ABC, welcoming guests, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jerry Lewis, Debbie Reynolds and Fess Parker, while taking viewers for the first time into the Disneyland worlds of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy. Though the problems off camera were many, such as ladies' high heels sinking into fres…

Suites Renovation at the Contemporary Resort

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Will you be staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort during or before September 2011? Then, you should be careful of the crane! No, you shouldn't be scared of the bird (Sandhill Cranes are very friendly), but you should be aware that your view from your room may be affected by another kind of crane. A working crane. Take a look at this important advisory:

Crane at Disney's Contemporary Resort through late Sept. 2011
As work progresses on the new wellness suites on the 14th floor, a crane will be outside the resort through late September. The following text is being placed in an in-room flier in Guest rooms during this work:
Disney’s Contemporary Resort Guest,

Thank you for choosing the Walt Disney World® Resort as your vacation destination.
In order for our resort to continue to flourish as a magical destination, it’s necessary for us to make enhancements from time to time.
We’re thrilled to share the suites on the 14th Floor are currently undergoing a transformation.
Wh…

Florida's Spectacular Wildlife - PART 1

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There are countless reasons why a lot of people love Florida. An ever-increasing number of theme parks, water parks, and attractions truly makes the state the "Theme Park Capital of the World". Its incredible golf courses and the many themed mini-golf make it easier to enjoy the warm Florida weather, by playing outside. many of its beaches have won many awards for being among the cleanest and nicest in the country. But, that's not all. We should never forget that those are not the only elements that make up Florida. Indeed, we have to keep in mind that there are a lot of original Florida "residents" that have lived here in the state for thousands of of years, even before Native Americans came in the state. We're talking about the Florida wildlife.
The wildlife is incredibly rich here in Florida, due to the massive presence of forests, lakes and swamps. So, let's take a look at only a few of the great animals that you can find here in Florida, with thes…

Florida's Spectacular Wildlife - PART 2

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Let's continue to check out some of the great birds and animals that populate the great State of Florida
(For PART 1, please, click on the Home page):
An Osprey:

Small Enhancements at Universal Make a Difference

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Universal Orlando has introduced some small but interesting enhancements throughout the parks, to make some of the parks' areas better for both guests and team members. Here you are just three of the new additions: The new Marvel costumes, together with the new Can Am Spyder bikes, have given the Entertainment team at Marvel an exciting new look and definitely increased the quality of our product! Many Team Members contributed to this project, designed to increase Team Member and guest satisfaction alike; Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue enhanced its overall sound by installing a new digital audio board and implementing newly produced versions of the current show tracks; To improve physical working conditions, Amity Games has ensured all the fans in the area are in working order, enhanced lighting to improve safety, and ordered umbrellas for Jaws Cart, Hot Shot, and High Striker. In addition, areas throughout the land have been cleaned and refurbished.; Many more additions were introdu…

More Information on Aulani's Adventures for Kids

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Aulani will be located in a truly great place, Hawaii, and will feature a lot of different adventures for both kids and grown-ups. Let's take a look together at what we can expect to see: _________________________________________________________________________
Kids reign Supreme at Aulani
There is beyond a doubt something for everyone at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. In true Disney fashion, special attention has been paid to making the stay of our younger guests extra magical by offering a diverse array of kid-friendly experiences. Children will make memories in paradise they will not soon forget and will talk about for years to come.

Hawaiian Menehune, mischievous characters responsible for a wide range of mysterious happenings on the islands, are central to the theme of Aulani as they can be found throughout the resort in a way similar to hidden Mickeys. There are two experiences named after the Menehune that children will be sure to enjoy:

Fun Spot Action Park Reveals Plans for Its Future

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Exciting news are coming from Fun Spot Action Park, located along International Drive. Indeed, the park had already announced that a huge expansion for the Orlando park was in the works, but today, they shared a new blue print of the proposed attractions that will be added! Take a look, from Fun Spot's official blog: _________________________________________________________________________
The Future of Fun Spot
Fridays are not just Facebook contest day at Fun Spot, it is also the day when our team comes together to learn more and team build, (plus we do “Safety Lessons on Safety Fridays”). Today’s Friday meeting was a little more special than usual. Our Owner/CEO/ Founder (the BIG guy), John Arie Sr shared his vision of our future with the expansion of the Orlando Park, Fun Spot Action. One of the first things John said was, “We will have some type of water attraction.” Although no specific plans have been made yet it was very cool to hear that we would have an area to cool off o…

'Drake' Performance Cancelled Due to Death in Family

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A very sad news has been shared with us this morning. DRAKE's concerts has been cancelled due to the death of one of his family members. Here you are some additional information about this very unhappy situation:

To see the official announcement, please click HERE. We are very, very sorry about this, and we hope that he and his family will receive the comfort they need in this extremely sad situation.

9:30 P.M. Hop-Dee-Doo Show Cancelled... Again

Usually, we post these minor news on our official Facebook page, but this time, we want to share this with every reader of Orlando Theme Park News. Why? Well, it seems like there is something wrong with the 9 p.m. shows of the very busy "Hop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue", a dinner-show that performs at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Indeed, in the last few weeks, the 9 p.m. show has been repeatedly cancelled, and it looks like the situation is not going to change anytime soon, as that same show schedule has been cancelled yet again: _________________________________________________________________________

Advisory ~ 9:30pm Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue for Monday, July 18, 2011 - Cancelled
Please note the 9:30pm show of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground on Monday, July 18, has been cancelled.  Guests with reservations have already been contacted.  For those Guests interested in reserving this experience, please offer anoth…

More Information on Mouse Gear's Renovation

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Some months ago (yes, this may sound old news to many of you), we reported that Epcot's biggest Disney shop, "Mouse Gear", had received a fairly major renovation. This week, the official Disney Parks Blog shares some more information on the subject. Here's the article:

Mouse Gear 2.0 at Epcot

One aspect of working for Disney that I enjoy is the culture of continuous improvement. You may recall that I love quotes from Walt Disney and I recently found one that summarized his approach to improvements at Disney Parks: “Whenever I go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.” A great example of this philosophy in action is now found at MouseGear in Epcot. I recently visited this merchandise location to speak with Mike Myers, Manager for Merchandise Operations at Epcot, about some of the enhancements.

Aquatica - OTPN's Official Review

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In the past, if people were to ask me which of the water parks we have in Orlando is the best, I would have answered "Well, Typhoon Lagoon, I believe". The "I believe" already showed my insecurity, as I had not visited any other water park in the area, but I based my answer on the attendance that the park had seen (Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is the most visited water park in the world).
Now, things have changed. I have visited Typhoon Lagoon, and let me tell you, it is amazing. But there's another water park that we visited only a couple of weeks ago, that really amazed us: AQUATICA.
Aquatica is really one of the most complete water parks we've ever seen: it has great family rides, children rides and thrilling slides for the ones that like speed. One of the true highlights of the park is without any doubt the rapids ride, called "Roa's Rapids". Once you get in, you can't get out, for multiple reasons. First of all, the rapids are extreme…