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LEGOLAND Florida - Video Construction update

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LEGOLAND Florida has just posted a nice video-update of the work that is being done on the site for the new park. Enjoy the beautiful views of the area, and begin daydreaming about the rides you'll see in the park!:

Nice work! There's still a lot that needs to be done, but we can be confident that the park will open on time!

Advisory #3 - MK Meet & Greets Move due to weather

Advisory ~ March 31, 2011 MK Meet & Greet Moves Due to Weather
Due to the rain today (Thursday, March 31, 2011), Rapunzel & Flynn Ryder have moved to the Adventureland Veranda to greet guests alongside Ariel & Eric and Tiana & Naveen. This group will alternate sets with the Storybook Princesses who were scheduled to be at the Veranda. Also, Mickey Mouse will not be at the Tomorrowland Patio but can instead be found today at Town Square Theater along with Cinderella, Belle and Aurora.

Advisory #2 - WDW Golf Courses closed today

Other advisories for today:
Advisory ~
Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Courses Closed Due to Inclement Weather Please be advised that Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course will close today at 2:00 pmdue to inclement weather.  Please check advisories on the site for any additional updates.


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Walt Disney World Golf Courses Closed Thursday, March 31
Due to expected inclement weather conditions, all Walt Disney World golf courses will remain closed for the remainder of today (Thursday, March 31, 2011). As a result, guests with reservations may need need assistance with booking future dates and times. Please direct them to call 407-WDW-GOLF for assistance. The Golf Pro Shops will remain open until 5 p.m. The food and beverage locations (Sand Trap Bar & Grill, etc.) will remain open during normal operating hours. All Walt Disney World golf courses are planned to open for normal operations Friday, April 1.

More Downtown Disney changes (Mickey's Groove closure, Harley-Davidson move)

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More new changes are coming to Downtown Disney. Take a look:
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Mickey's Groove Closure and Orlando Harley-Davidson Move We continually evaluate our mix of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings in the Downtown Disney Area in an effort to meet the evolving needs of our guests. As we continue to pursue ways to energize and enhance Downtown Disney, Mickey’s Groove in the Downtown Disney West Side will be closing to be re-imagined into a new experience. The last day of operation for Mickey’s Groove will be April 2. All of the current products offered in Mickey’s Groove are also available at other locations in the Downtown Disney Area.As we are working toward the re-imagining of Pleasure Island into Hyperion Wharf, Orlando Harley-Davidson will be moving from Pleasure Island to the Downtown Disney West Side into the former LittleMissMatched and Mickey’s Groove venues. Orlando Harley-Davidson has been very successful on Pleasure Island, and will be a welcome additi…

Disney's Hollywood Studios update - New Cars 2 exhibit, Winnie the Pooh and more (Part 1)

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The Magic Kingdom is receiving a lot of love in this period of time, but Disney's Hollywood Studios is having some good time too. Star Tours 2 is coming soon, the Hollywood Tower is receiving a drastic external refurbishment, lots of new exhibit are introduced every three or four months, and more attractions are in the works. But, let's see what's the status of the park as of now:



Disney's Hollywood Studios update - New Cars 2 exhibit, Winnie the Pooh and more (Part 2)

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Here we are, on part 2 of this huge, new Disney's Hollywood Studios update!

FIRST OF ALL, HEAD TO PART 1 OF THE UPDATE, IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY DONE SO.



Advisory #1 - Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon closed

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An Advisory for today:

~Advisory ~ 
3/31/11: Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks Closed Due to Inclement Weather

Please be advised that Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be closed today, March 31st, due to inclement weather.
We're receiving quite a bit of rain, and let me tell you, we really needed it! We're sorry for the guests that will have a not-so-good day at the parks, though. But don't worry: this is the last day of rain. Tomorrow the sun will shine once again!

Dave & Buster's Construction Update (March 30, 2011)

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Welcome to anew Dave & Buster's update! Take a look at the progress that has been done on the building:

Tilikum gets back in the show after more than a year

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You surely remember last year's tragic accident that involved the death of dawn Brancheau, one of the trainers at SeaWorld Orlando. This happened more than a year ago (in February 2010), but we all still remember it vividly, as it was like an earthquake in the theme park fans all over the world.  Today, SeaWorld revealed that they will allow Tilikum, the killer whale involved in the aforementioned accident, to return back in the show. read more, from the Orlando Sentinel:


Killer whale responsible for trainer's February 2010 death returns to SeaWorld shows on Wednesday
SeaWorld Orlando plans to put the killer whale Tilikum back into public performances beginning today, for the first time since the 6-ton whale killed a trainer at the marine park more than one year ago.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment President Jim Atchison signed off on the decision this week, and Tilikum is expected to appear in an 11:30 a.m. performance of "Believe," the company's main killer…

More photos of the baby Cheetah

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As it was reported almost two weeks ago,, a baby Cheetah has found a new home at Busch gardens, in order to live in the new "Cheetah Run" exhibit, that will open with the new coaster in Spring 2011, "Cheetah Hunt". Take a look at these two new pictures of this great-looking baby!:

New Star Tours Destinations to be Announced soon

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The Disney Parks Blog has finally published some of the destinations that we will visit on the new Star Tours - The Adventures Continue. Take a look, and see if you can figure out the meaning of these signs:
New Star Tours Destinations to be Announced Soon


Joyland Theme Park - Plagiarism at its Finest

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China is recently being invaded by theme parks, and that's really great to hear. But unfortunately, among these new theme parks, we have at least one that is planning to build some rides, attractions and buildings that are... way too familiar to Orlando residents and visitors...
This is Joyland(click on the link to go to the official theme park site).

Let's examine some of their artworks for the park (that is currently well under construction), and see how many similarities we can find. First artwork (click on it to see the details):

Adventure Island reopens

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Adventure Island, Busch Gardens Tampa's water park, has just reopened yesterday! Here's the official press release, that was sent to us by Busch Gardens: ______________________________________________________________________
SPRING INTO FUN AT ADVENTURE ISLAND TAMPA, Fla. (March 28, 2011) — Adventure Island is now open for the 2011 season, and Busch Gardens’ water park is the go-to destination this spring break. The best way to join in on the fun is with an Adventure IslandWeekday Pass, where you Pay For a Day and Play WEEKDAYS All Season. With a weekday pass, you pay the price of single-day admission and can come back all season long, Monday through Friday, with no blackout dates. The cost of the Weekday Pass is $42.99 for both children and adults, and it is valid any WEEKDAY, Monday through Friday, through Sept. 5, 2011. For $10 off a single day admission to Adventure Island, visit Domino’s through May 15, 2011, in Tampa, Fort Myers and Orlando to receive a promotion code. Then …

Sounds Like Summer 2011 Concert Series Lineup

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The Disney Parks Blog has finally released the lineup of this year's Sounds Like Summer Concert Series:


Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot Begins June 12
How about we kick off this week with a look at what’s to come at Epcot? This summer, we’ll be offering great tunes at the park from some of the world’s best tribute bands during the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series. It all happens at the open-air America Gardens Theater in World Showcase beginning in June, and this year, we’re featuring a lineup of bands playing tribute to tunes from U2, The Bee Gees, Janet Jackson, Bon Jovi and others. Here’s the schedule: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles, 6/12-18/11Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees, 6/19-25/11Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute, 6/26-7/2/11Little Queen – The Music of Heart, 7/3-9/11Frontiers – A Tribute to Journey, 7/10-16/11Karin Lawson – A Tribute to Janet Jackson, 7/17-23/112U – A Tribute to U2, 7/24-30/11Epcot co…

A look at Orlando: The City Beautiful

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Orlando, the place where dreams come true. Where you can meet Mickey, travel around the world, go behind-the-scenes, take a safari, play with dolphins and discover ancient worlds. But, what about the city of Orlando itself? Have you ever noticed that most of the theme parks and attractions are located in the outskirts of the city? Then, you have to see these photos that we took inside Orlando. It is indeed the city beautiful.
Of course, we didn't visit the whole place, but we went to Lake Eola, the famous residence of the Orlando fountain. Enjoy the views!"

New "Brave" artworks and Mickey's new movie

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The Disney, etc. website shared with us two interesting articles today.
The first one (that can be viewed HERE) unveils some of the artworks for a new Disney Animated film, known as "Brave". Here's one of the artworks:

About the second article, there has been a rumor about a new full-length film of Mickey Mouse and Friends. You can read everything HERE. Here's an excerpt of the article:
"During an interview with Disney veteran Burney Mattinson, Bleeding Cool discovered that a feature-length project for Mickey, Donald, and Goofy is in the very, very early stages of development."
What do you think? I am personally a fan of Mickey Mouse cartoons, so for me this is a great news, and i hope they'll continue to work on this project.

The Disney Look... to the past! (March 26 - April 1)

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As we post every week, here you are a look at the history of the Walt Disney Company!: __________________________________________________________________
This Week in Disney History: March 26-April 1

April 1, 1995 - Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park opens at the Walt Disney World Resort According to legend, a freak snow storm once blanketed the southwest corner of the Walt Disney World Resort, and enterprising locals took advantage, creating Florida's first ski resort on Mount Gushmore. But when the usual hot weather returned, the black diamond runs and bobsled tracks melted away to create some of the world's most thrilling toboggan runs. (This place did open on April Fool's Day.) The third water park to open at the resort, Disney's Blizzard Beach features a family-friendly mix of unique and exciting attractions, but for many the signature ride remains Summit Plummet. Perched atop a ski jump launch, daring riders plunge down this 120-foot-tall incline, hitti…

Busch Gardens Theming Update

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As you know, a theme park ride is not a good one, without the proper theming. And the new Busch Gardens Roller Coaster is really proving to be a masterpiece of theming. A new Cheetah Hunt update, over at BGTNation.net, reveals how extensive the theming is going to be. Take a look at just one of the many pictures that you can find over there:

Doesn't it look spectacular? And wait until you see the rest! Thanks again to BGTNation for keeping us always up-to-date with the news from Busch Gardens Tampa! By the way, did you check out our latest SeaWorld Orlando update? If not, you can find it here!

Magic Kingdom update - Town Square news and more

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No week is complete without having a Magic Kingdom update, right? Yes, I know that it's a new week already (Monday? Wasn't it Friday yesterday? Time flies by really quickly...). Anyway, let's see what Magic Kingdom has to offer now. With all this construction, we need to be kept up-to-date. There you go:
Let's begin with the Town Square Theater, which will open next Friday:


Disney's Blizzard Beach water park reopens today

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After its annual refurbishment, Disney's Blizzard Beach water park is finally back open. Now you can choose between a visit to either Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, until November 2011, when Typhoon Lagoon will go again down for its seasonal refurbishment.
Today's Hours for both water parks: 10:00AM-5:00PM 

The Landmarks Apartments at Universal Orlando

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Would you like to live close to some of the best theme parks in the world? What about seeing Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, the Incredible Hulk coaster, Doctor Doom's FearFall or even JAWS from your own window? No, this is no an advertisement. It's an update on the completely new apartment complex that has been finally completed. It is situated right behind the JAWS ride, at Universal Studios Florida. Take a look at some pictures that we took while passing by the area (we didn't enter because it's a private property, of course):

OOTL: Disney Junior lands in California

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The official Disney Parks Blog reminded us that just yesterday, the new show "Disney Junior: Live on Stage" has premiered at Disney California Adventure park. Take a look:

Adventure for Little Ones: 'Disney Junior - Live on Stage!'
As a new parent, I’m constantly rediscovering our theme parks through the eyes of my six-month-old son, Lucas. Over the weekend, our latest adventure took us to see “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is a newly refreshed version of Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage!

This 24-minute spectacle is geared toward families with preschoolers and takes them on a journey through some of the most popular Disney Junior programming. A host of characters from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Little Einsteins,” and my son’s favorite – “Handy Manny,” take the audience along as they plan a surprise party for Minnie Mouse, participate in a space ship race, and fix a bubble machine.

SeaWorld update - Work on One Ocean & more

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Hello, and welcome to a new SeaWorld Orlando update, with some news on the new "One Ocean" and more! Let's dive in right away!:

Advisory: Boardwalk Resort Parking Restrictions

Uh-Oh! It looks like many people were trying to go to Epcot by parking at Disney's Boardwalk Resort! Well, not anymore, as this year Disney has decided to close the gates of the resort's parking lot for all outside guests who are not staying at a Disney hotel and to all those who have no reservation to any of the hotel's restaurants (excluding all guests who use the valet parking, of course): ________________________________________________________________________

Advisory~BoardWalk - Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Parking Restrictions
After evaluating the first three weekends of Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, we have decided to restrict parking every Friday through Sunday until May 15th.

Disney’s BoardWalk Resort will be limiting parking access to the following groups: Resort guests with a Key to the World cardGuests attending a special event, wedding, or conferenceGuests with dining reservationsGuests utilizing valet parkingGuests with special needsAll other g…

BREAKING NEWS: One Ocean to start on April 23rd?

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BREAKING NEWS! May the new show at SeaWorld Orlando, "One Ocean" premiere on April 23rd, 2011? That's what one of our readers, Ben (owner of a Orlando theme parks' site in Dutch, Orlandotips.nl) reported to us today. As you can see from SeaWorld Orlando's show schedule, Saturday April 23rd, 2011 is the first day to show "One Ocean" as the show performed in the Shamu Stadium.
Take a look:

Thanks again a lot to our reader Ben and to Orlandotips.nl for the fantastic news!

WDW News - March 25th, 2011

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The upcoming week will bring some minor changes to some shows and attractions of Walt Disney World. Let's take a look together now:
MAGIC KINGDOM:
Next week, on April 1st, the new Town Square Theater will open, so the rumors were right! Here you are the opening times, for both Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses:























LEGOLAND Florida's new map, with rides description

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As we recently posted on our official Facebook page, LEGOLAND Florida has released a great-looking park map, that reveals some of the over 50 attractions and shows that will be present inside the park, possibly by the grand opening day, in October 2011. Take a look (Click on it to make it bigger):

Temporary: FREE internet at the Contemporary Resort

A new free internet program is going to be tested at the Contemporary resort (Walt Disney World), that will start tomorrow, Friday March 25th, 2011. More information, from the resort: ____________________________________________________________________

Free Wireless Internet Pilot at Disney's Contemporary Resort Starting March 25, 2011
Free Wireless Internet Pilot at Disney's Contemporary Resort. -Starting Friday, March 25, guests will be able to utilize free wireless Internet in certain areas of Disney's Contemporary Resort.
- FAQs -

- Where will the free wireless Internet access be available at Disney's Contemporary Resort? Free wireless Internet access will be available only in the lobby; main pool area; The Wave Restaurant and lounge; and the Convention Center common areas.
- Why is this free Internet access available at Disney's Contemporary Resort, and why isn't it available at other Walt Disney World Resort hotels? We're currently in the process of pe…

Dave & Buster's update (March 23, 2011)

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As usual, we want to keep you up-to-date with the latest construction of the new Dave & Buster's restaurant!
Enjoy the pictures!:

Sneak-peek inside the Town Square Theater

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Today the Disney Parks Blogshares with us a sneak-peek at the interior of the brand-new Town Square Theater! Take a look at this interesting post:
Exclusive: Magician Mickey to Greet Guests at Town Square Theater at Magic Kingdom Park
At the Disney Parks Blog, we’re as excited as you are to learn more about Walt Disney Imagineering’s (WDI) plans for Town Square Theater, the new permanent home for Mickey Mouse at Magic Kingdom Park that’s set to debut in early April. I’m happy to report that earlier today, WDI gave us an earful – pun intended – on the details planned for this exciting new meet-and-greet area.

Cheetah Hunt testing

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The official Busch Gardens Tampa Blog shares with us some news and pictures of Cheetah Hunt's testing! Take a look: __________________________________________________________________________
Ride Envelope Testing Begins On Cheetah Hunt With Track Construction Complete, Cars are Slowing Making Their Way Around
After bolting in the final piece of Cheetah Hunt’s 4,429’ track just last week, Busch Gardens’ design & engineering team are losing no time in getting the mega-attraction’s trains on the track for the first round of testing.

Cypress Garden's Storm Surge lands in London

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Cypress Gardens, the former theme park that was located in Winter Haven (now it will become LEGOLAND Florida, as you may know) had a somewhat difficult period in the last years of its existence.
During the last year of operation, Cypress Gardens' management decided to sell all the rides that they had, and they wanted to keep only the water park with the gardens (they also got rid of the animals). Some of these rides remained here in Florida (i.e. The Starliner and the Galaxy Spin), others never got to be sold, and were re-purposed for LEGOLAND Florida (i.e. The Triple Hurricane, The Swamp Thing and more).
But there's more. Some rides (or maybe only one) got shipped further away, across the Atlantic Ocean. Indeed, one of our readers, Ben Miller (that we thank a lot!!) sent us some pictures of the familiar Storm Surge, a water attraction that was in Cypress Gardens. Now, it found found a home in a London theme park, (which is by the way a Merlin theme park) called Thorpe park. Tak…

New RunDisney race at WDW

The Disney Parks Blog shares with us a news about a new kind of race that will soon debut at the Walt Disney World resort. Read more:

Follow the Clues to Discover the New RunDisney Race
One of the best kept secrets floating around Disney is about a new runDisney race. Speculation on exactly what the race will be and where it will take place has gotten pretty crazy at times. So we’re going to help you try to figure it out. Starting today, we are posting a series of clues on the runDisney Facebook page. The clues will be posted every few days leading up to the official announcement of the new event. Figure them out, put them together, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what kind of race we’re planning. The clues won’t be easy, so put on your thinking caps and start your detective work. And don’t worry, an entire runDisney community is there to help you solve the riddles! In the mean time, do you want a hint? Well, I’ve probably said too much already. Plus it wouldn’t be any fun if I told…

D23 presents "Destination D" at Walt Disney World

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In case you missed the news about Destination D, a special event that will be held at the Walt Disney World resort, here you are some info on this: ____________________________________________________________________
D23 brings fun and festivities to the Wat Disney World Resort
D23 is living it up at the Walt Disney World Resort this May, offering two fantastic Disney-filled events on property. Think you know the Walt Disney World Resort like the back of your hand? Put your knowledge to the test May 12 and 13 for "D23's Great Disney Scavenger Hunt: Walt Disney World!" The hunt - set to be the largest in Walt Disney World history - is a two-day, four-park event sure to be a blast for serious fans as well as families. On top of the fun participants will have exploring the parks in new ways, there will also be some incredible prizes to be won coming from virtually every corner of Disney.
The hunt is open to both D23 members (discounted price) and nonmembers. For tickets…

Magic Kingdom - Adventureland's bridge open & more

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You know, when some rehabs are finally done, after months and months of work, you feel like you are proud of the work done (even though you may have done nothing towards the project)... For example, now that the work on the Exposition Hall is almost done, I feel so happy. It has never looked this beautiful. Also Pecos Bill's side is looking better than ever, as the new Adventureland bridge (even though it's technically not done yet). Anyway, we have many pictures to see today, so let's start!

Cheetah Hunt update

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A new Cheetah Hunt update has been posted at BGTNation.netjust yesterday, showing the placement of one of the trains of this great new coaster, and more theming! Check it out!

By the way, is anyone going to attend the grand opening of the coaster? We're planning on doing so, but of course, any plan can change at anytime.

The Seas at Epcot helps Manatees

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Just as SeaWorld Orlando does, Disney tries to help marine life, like the magnificent manatees. Take a look: _______________________________________________________________
The Seas releases one endangered manatee and welcomes another
Last March a rescued manatee, Jasper, was brought to The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot for care. The hope was to be able to release him back to his natural habitat in about a year, after he gained weight and received medical care for cold stress. The Animal Programs team released him in the Indian River Lagoon on the Atlantic Coast of Florida Feb. 22. That same afternoon, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that Jasper was cavorting with a group of 30 other manatees.

A look at Waikolohe Valley (Disney's Aulani resort)

The Disney Parks Blog shares with us a very nice video (along with some information) of Aulani's majestic pool. The new resort is situated in Hawaii, and will open soon. Take a look:

Waikolohe Valley Takes Shape at Aulani
It’s a pity, but I don’t get to spend all my time on Oahu. I did get to visit the site of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa last week, and I brought back the latest video of construction progress. This is really exciting for me because, for the first time, I think you can really see some of the key recreation elements taking shape in the Resort’s central Waikolohe Valley.
In the foreground you can spot Menehune Bridge, possibly the handiwork of the Islands’ legendary little people. When completed, it will be a 2,200-square-foot, interactive water play area for children. Further in the background is one of the great landmarks of Waikolohe Valley, Pu‘u Kino. It means “hidden faces in the lava” and if you look closely, you may already be able to detect a few of the hidde…

Universal's Water Park? - RUMOR comes back again

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This rumor is one of the most recurring in the resort. There are people that say that Universal will build a new theme park on the lot just behind Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, while others say that they will build a new water park (and get rid of the largely un-themed Wet 'n' Wild, which is not as profitable as a whole new, and themed, Universal Orlando water park would be).
But, let's take a look at the place in question. The place is really big, as you can see from these photos:

Town Square Theater to open on April 1st?

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According to several sources, the new Town Square Theater (at the Magic Kingdom) should open on April 1st, 2011. If you would like to know more about the features of the new Town Square Theater, please click HERE.
The official Walt Disney World site for Cast Members confirms this, giving these strange opening hours:
Character Meet and Greet (including Disney Princesses) at Town Square Theater 
8 a.m. - 11 p.m. April 1 & 2 / 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. April 3 - on
We are almost sure that the hours of April 3rd (and the following days) have not been decided yet, as we expect them to open the Town Square Theater from park opening to park close.

The Disney Look... to the past! (March 19-25)

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Hello, and welcome to this week's look to the history of the Disney World, Land and Company!
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This Week in Disney History: March 19-25


March 19, 1959 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Shaggy Dog” Meet Wilby Daniels, your average teenage inventor. His father, a retired mailman, doesn’t understand him – and after having had too many canine run-ins on his mail route – won’t even consider letting his youngest son, Moochie, have a dog. When an accident at a museum puts Wilby in possession of a cursed ancient ring, he transforms into a Bratislavian sheepdog. The curse can only be broken through a heroic selfless act, and his father chasing him out of the house isn’t the only thing Wilby has to worry about, as he becomes ensnared in a web of international espionage. The first live-action comedy released by Disney, “The Shaggy Dog” features Disney regulars Tommy Kirk, Tim Considine and Annette Funicello, with…

Islands of Adventure update - Hulk repainting & more

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Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, and welcome to a new Islands of Adventures update! This week, we'll see how the Hulk repainting is progressing, if Mythos had to be cleaned once again, another look at the more-than-amazing Dudley Do-Right Ripsaw Falls and much more!

Dave & Buster's update (March 20, 2011)

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As we do every week, here you are a construction update of the new Dave & Buster's restaurant, that is being built along International Drive, near the future site of I-WALK Orlando:

Advisory - Parking Restrictions at Yacht & Beach Club

An Advisory for Disney's Yacht & Beach Club:
Advisory~Resort Guest Parking Lot Restrictions at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Due to several construction projects, Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts parking lots will be restricted from March 18-31 to only those Guests staying at the resort, or with dining, recreation or spa reservations.

Epcot: Lotso Joins the F&G Festival - VIDEO

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Some days ago, Disney has uploaded a nice video showing how they put Lotso (Toy Story 3's antagonist) just at the entrance of Epcot, in occasion of the 18th Flower & Garden Festival. Enjoy!:

Here's a photo of Lotso (copyright of OTPN):

To see more Flower & garden Pictures, please click here!

Check out the Super Moon tonight!

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Yes, if in your country is still night, you will want to check out the moon! Indeed, today, after eighteen years, the moon's orbit will be even closer to the earth, making it look almost 20% bigger and brighter! Here's what CFNews 13 says about this very rare event, that is really great to see, no matter where we are:
Clear and dry weather will make for good viewing of this weekend's Super Moon. The "Super Moon" is part of the Perigee event, when the moon's orbit is closest to the planet. It's the closest the moon has been in 18 years, and provides a fantastic view, especially near sunrise and sunset. The moon rise time will be at 7:51 pm Saturday and set time at 7:45 am Sunday.
Here's a good picture that explains what is going on right now:

And, here you are some LIVE pictures of the moon, from Orlando, FL (we took them just outside the window)! Take a look at how many details you can see:

Universal Studios update - The Renaissance has begun.

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Renaissance. That's a big word to use for a theme park. But, if you are a theme parks fan, there's no other better word to describe the current situation of Universal Studios Florida. The park is beautiful, no doubt on that, and it doesn't have nearly as many problems as some of the other theme parks in the area (namely, Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park). But (yes, there's a but!) some of the areas and attractions of the park have been either left abandoned, or are currently misused.
And that's where we use the word Renaissance! Indeed, some areas of the park will receive a rehab (either small or big) or a completely new attraction!
First of all, as you've heard earlier this week, Jimmy Neutron Nicktoon Blast is closing forever on August 18th, 2011. That's one of the best news for the park, as the ride was really one of the worst of the park, for a lack of a story-line and for the unimaginative use of a simple simulator, as the ride's vehicle. The n…

Baby cheetah arrives at Busch Gardens Tampa

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A very pleasant news from the Busch Gardens Tampa Blog: a new baby cheetah has arrived at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and he's really beautiful! He looks like a cat! Take a look: ___________________________________________________________________
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Welcomes New Baby Cheetah Young Cat Receives Round-The-Clock Care By Park’s Animal Care Experts
Busch Gardens’ animal care team has something new keeping them up at night – a four-week-old baby cheetah that requires regular feedings and 24-hour care.

The new cub was born at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to a mother who wasn’t able to care for him. When zoo keepers saw that the baby was not eating and having trouble gaining weight, they made the decision to hand-raise him. Now, at a little more than two pounds, the cub is eating well, getting stronger and eagerly exploring his new home.

Advisory #1 - Magic Kingdom hours extended

Just a small news for the Magic Kingdom:
Magic Kingdom Park will now be closing at 1:00am Friday, March 18, 2011 instead of closing at midnight as previously scheduled.

Hop show at Universal Studios Florida

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A new mini-show/ meet-and-greet has recently debuted at Universal Studios Florida. Just a few weeks ago, a stage has been set up next to the New York Streets area. There, you can meet the characters of the new Universal movie "HOP". Take a look at these two pictures that show some of them (the chickens are creepy):


We will go to Universal Orlando today, and hopefully we will be able to take some pictures of the show (the above pictures are not ours). See you soon, with more info about this new entertainment addition!
All Photos: © 2010 Universal Orlando Resort. All Rights Reserved.

Grand Floridian to add a DVC building

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A new blueprint has been leaked in the internet, and it involves a new section of the Grand Floridian resort & Spa. This new section would be a Disney Vacation Club area. Take a look at the blueprints, that are subject to the copyright of the source (sdavey41 on Flickr) and of the Walt Disney World resort:
According to Edward, a poster on WDWMagic, the beach in front of this new section of the hotel will be extended, to accommodate the new buildings. What do you think? There's not enough DVC on property?