Showing posts from March, 2012

Temporary Power Outage at Magic Kingdom's TTC

Please, be aware of the following advisory for today, which may partially affect your visit to the parks: _________________________________________________________________________
Power Outage at the Transportation and Ticket Center
The Magic Kingdom Transportation and Ticket Center experienced a power outage early this morning and the building currently has limited power. For this reason, be aware of the following operational adjustments:
The monorails and Guest Trams have not been affected, and will therefore continue to be operational;The Guest restrooms at the Transportation and Ticket Center are currently not available;At this time, ticket sales are being done manually and Guests may still purchase a One Day, One Park Ticket. Guests who wish to upgrade their ticket to a multi-day or multi-park ticket may do so at other Main Entrance Ticket locations across property. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. ______________________________________________…

Busch Gardens Tampa Welcomes New Baby Aardvark

Busch Gardens shared with us an interesting news: an aardvark was born in the park on March 26. Here he is: _________________________________________________________________________
Busch Gardens Welcomes Its Newest Resident
Tampa, Fla. (March 30, 2012) – Busch Gardens welcomed its newest resident earlier this week: an adorable aardvark born Monday, March 26. The healthy baby weighs about 4.8 pounds and is expected to grow to more than 120 lbs. within its first year.

Advisory: Animal Kingdom Open Until 8 p.m. Tonight

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park will remain open for one extra hour tonight: _________________________________________________________________________
Disney's Animal Kingdom Operating Hours Extended Today
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park has extended operating hours for today, Friday, March 30 until 8 p.m.(the park was originally scheduled to close at 7 p.m.) _________________________________________________________________________
 Thanks again for your attention, and have a day filled with great adventures! 

Universal Studios Update - Fountains of Joy (PART 1)

Hello, and welcome to a brand-new Universal Studios update! There are a few new things that we would like to share with you this week, especially regarding the new nighttime show, the new Despicable Me attraction, and more. Let's take a look around, as we usually do:

Universal Studios Update - Fountains of Joy (PART 2)

Thank you for continuing to read this new update (PART 1 can be found here).
Let's continue to check out the former Amity area:

Advisory: Magic Kingdom Open Until 12 a.m. Tonight

The Magic Kingdom will remain open for an additional hour this evening: _________________________________________________________________________ 
Magic Kingdom Operating Hours Extended Today, March 29, 2012   
Magic Kingdom Park has extended operating hours for tonight, Thursday, March 29 until 12 a.m. (the park was originally scheduled to close at 11 p.m.)  _________________________________________________________________________
 Thank you for your attention, as always, and have a great evening, especially if you are in the parks!

LEGOLAND Florida - Official Video Tour of the Park

LEGOLAND Florida recently published an interesting post on their official blog that included a nice video that shows all the areas of the various themed areas of the park. Take a look, an enjoy: _________________________________________________________________________
Get To Know LEGOLAND Florida
Get ready for a LEGO® adventure like no other in our video tour of the most beautiful LEGOLAND® park in the world - LEGOLAND® Florida. This 150-acre family theme park is geared to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12 and ultimate LEGO fans. This video will take you on a tour of the park to discover the more than 50 rides, shows and attractions that are contained in the 11 zones of the park.

If you love LEGOLAND Florida, share this video with family and friends who may be unfamiliar with the park. Also, please sure sure to subscribe to our YouTube and Facebook channels as we continue to celebrate all that is LEGOLAND! Plan your adventure at _________…

Characters from "Up" Return to Animal Kingdom

Two of the greatest Disney characters of recent years are coming back to Disney's Animal Kingdom to meet and greet guests near the majestic Tree of Life! Here you are some more information: _________________________________________________________________________
Russell and Dug are Back at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Have you embraced your inner wilderness explorer and hiked through Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park recently? If so, you may have stumbled upon Russell and Dug from the Disney-Pixar film "Up" signing autographs, taking photos and having fun with Guests on Discovery Island.
Last December, it was clear that Russell and Dug's limited-time meet and greet – or, "meet Up"  – was extremely popular with Guests. After just one day of meeting with "honorary wilderness explorers," Guests began visiting the park just to meet the curious duo.
Russell and Dug now are back in the park to stay with a special wilderness explorer-themed greeting…

Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival Photo-Gallery (1)

Epcot is already one of the most beautiful theme parks in the world, but it becomes even more spectacular as spring arrives, as it brings the great "International Flower & Garden Festival." Let's take a look at this year's topiaries and flower compositions (as you will notice, there are no comments or descriptions before each photo, as all of them are self-explanatory, and it would require a huge amount of time to do that, as there are more than 200 photos in this photo-gallery!):

Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival Photo-Gallery (2)


Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival Photo-Gallery (3)


Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival Photo-Gallery (4)


Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival Photo-Gallery (5)


New Magnetron Kiosk Opens at Downtown Disney

A new Magnetron kiosk recently debuted at Downtown Disney, in the Marketplace area. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
Downtown Disney Marketplace - Magnetron Kiosk Now Open
A new Magnetron kiosk is now open in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, located in the former Hair Wraps location. Magnetron offers uniquely collectible magnets to help Guests create the best-dressed refrigerator in town. The opening of this new Guest experience means the closure of the former Hair Wraps kiosk. Another Hair Wrap location can be be found at Disney's BoardWalk Resort.  _________________________________________________________________________
It is nice to see the return of Magnetron at Downtown Disney, even though on a partially smaller scale. We will certainly check it out in the next few days. Stay tuned!

"Penguin Cam" by SeaWorld and DC Debuts Online

Have you ever wanted to take a look at how penguins behave and live... 24 hours a day? Now you can, but only for a limited amount of time! Take a look at this post, shared by the official SeaWorld Parks Blog: _________________________________________________________________________

It's Penguin Cam! From SeaWorld and the Discovery Channel
In anticipation of the U.S. premiere of “FROZEN PLANET,” Discovery Channel and SeaWorld have launched an all new Penguin Cam– a live online experience broadcasting 24/7 from Sea World San Diego’s Penguin Encounter exhibit featuring over 300 penguins spanning five species, all of which are featured in the Discovery series.

Live streaming by Ustream
The FROZEN PLANET Penguin Cam at SeaWorld is live from March 1 until April 30, 2012, as well as on the FROZEN PLANET fansite. Hosted by USTREAM this live feed is sure to keep you occupied at all hours of the day!

Magic Kingdom to Close One Hour Later Today

Check out this quick advisory for this evening: _________________________________________________________________________
Magic Kingdom - Extended Operating Hours
Magic Kingdom Park has extended operating hours for tonight, March 27, 2012 until 12 a.m. _________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for your attention, and enjoy this extra hour tonight if you happen to be in the park!

SeaWorld Caring for Two Hawksbill Turtle Hatchlings‏

As usual, SeaWorld Orlando shows how much they care about the natural environment and its creatures: _________________________________________________________________________
SeaWorld Orlando Caring for Two Hawksbill Turtle Hatchlings‏
SeaWorld Orlando animal rescue team received two hawksbill turtle hatchlings earlier this week. They are approximately two months old.
 The first was found at Melbourne Beach by a tourist and was dropped off at the Sea Turtle Preservation Society in Melbourne Beach, Fla. It weighs only 2 ounces and is nearly 3 inches long. The turtle was in lethargic and weak condition when it arrived.

The Disney Look... to the Past! (March 23-29)

Hello, and welcome to a new edition of the famous weekly feature "The Disney Look... to the Past!"
Enjoy reading all of the following interesting facts about the Walt Disney Parks, Resorts, Movies, and more: _________________________________________________________________________
This Week in Disney History: March 23-29
March 24, 1972 – Country Bear Jamboree opens at Disneyland Park Originally envisioned by Walt Disney as entertainment at his never-built Mineral King ski resort, this Audio-Animatronic showcase was brought to Disneyland Park’s newly christened Bear Country by Imagineer Marc Davis after its successful debut at Magic Kingdom Park in 1971. This musical revue, penned by X. Atencio and George Bruns, is performed by a troupe of friendly bears including host Henry, starlet Teddi Barra and guitarist/occasional Elvis impersonator Liver Lips McGrowl. The show later opened at Tokyo Disneyland and inspired two holiday versions. The Country Bears’ Disneyland Park …

LEGOLAND Florida Opens New Snack Points & More

The official LEGOLAND Florida Facebook page recently announced that the park has just added a few new snack points. Here you are the names and the description of each one, from their Facebook status update: _________________________________________________________________________
It's a great day to be at LEGOLAND Florida! The new BBQ Pit opened today near The Big Test. Stop by for some pulled BBQ Pork and cilantro coleslaw on a pita flatbread. Also new today are WAFFLE SPEARS with chocolate and sprinkles! In Fun Town, Sunny's Ice Cream Shop is now open with hand-scooped ice cream in a variety of flavors and toppings. _________________________________________________________________________
In addition to that, a poster of, Sean, shared some more information about other new additions that have recently debuted in the park: _________________________________________________________________________
The Fresh from Florida exhibit is now open. It has some mini…

Storybook Circus: New Dumbo at Night - VIDEO

The beautiful new Dumbo spinner that recently debuted in the Storybook Circus area of Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland is even more beautiful at night, with all the LED lights changing color. Take a look:

Isn't it great? More nighttime videos of the area will be posted soon. Stay tuned!

More Information on New Art of Animation Resort

As you may have read on one of our recent posts, the official opening dates of the new Disney's Art of Animation Resort have now been announced. Here you are a few more information regarding some of the features you will be able to find throughout this great, new hotel: _________________________________________________________________________
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Guests will be drawn into some of their favorite stories when of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort opens May 31 at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney's Art of Animation Resort will be introduced in phases. Guests will join Nemo in his big, blue world in the “Finding Nemo” theme as part of the May grand opening.Mater and Lightning McQueen will invite Guests to the Cozy Cone Motel when  the “Cars” theme opens June 18.Starting Aug. 10, Guests can experience true “hakuna matata” when “The Lion King” theme opens.Guests will discover the world of Ariel and friends in “The Little Mermaid” theme opening Sept. …

CityWalk Update: Major Renovation in Progress

Hello, and welcome to a new, brief Universal's CityWalk update! In this report we are going to take a look at the progress being done to expand the waterfront of this entertainment area. Let's take a look:

Advisory: Buena Vista Drive Work on March 26 and 28

Please, be aware of this advisory if you will be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort on March 26 or 28, 2012: _________________________________________________________________________
Buena Vista Drive Upcoming Lane Closures  Monday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 28, 2012
In order to install traffic signal foundations, on Monday, March 26, the westbound right lane of Buena Vista Drive will be closed from just east of Victory Way to approximately 100 feet west of Victory Way, from 5:00am to 5:00pm. On Wednesday, March 28 the westbound dedicated right turn lane on Buena Vista Drive to Epcot Resorts Boulevard, adjacent to the Hess Gas Station, will be closed up to the existing intersection from 5:00am to 5:00pm. Vehicles may still turn right onto Epcot Resorts Boulevard from the right through lane. Although this work is not expected to impact the entrance or exit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, drivers should be aware that traffic on Buena Vista Drive westbound will slow down and back up…

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Opening Dates

The official Disney Parks Blog just announced all the projected opening dates for the four areas of the newest Disney resort: Disney's Art of Animation Resort. Here are more information, courtesy of the blog:

Opening Dates Now Set for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort  at Walt Disney World Resort

Great news to share today. The teams creating Disney’s Art of Animation Resort tell us that the wings dedicated to popular films “Cars,” “The Lion King,” and “The Little Mermaid” will now be opening sooner than you can imagine after the grand opening of the “Finding Nemo”-themed wing on May 31. Here’s the official schedule: Finding Nemo (Grand opening) – Opens May 31, 2012Cars – Opens June 18, 2012Lion King – Opens August 10, 2012Little Mermaid – Opens September 15, 2012 And guests can begin booking rooms March 23! It seems like just yesterday when we shared the first image of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) putting the finishing touches on the new resort’s marquee and Nemo icons. Now, we’re…

9:30 pm Hoop-Dee-Doo Show Cancelled for March 24

A quick advisory for next Saturday: _________________________________________________________________________
Hoop-Dee-Doo 9:30 p.m. Show Cancelled - March 24, 2012
Please be advised that the 9:30 p.m. show of the Hoop-Dee-Doo has been cancelled for Saturday March 24, 2012. The 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. shows on this same date will go on as usual. _________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for your attention. As always, we will continue to keep you up-to-date.

Hollywood Studios: New Mermaid Ride Model (Part 1)

Hello, and welcome to our latest photo-update! We apologize for the lack of activity in the past few days, but we have been very busy, as you can imagine. But let's not change subject, and let's dive right into this new Disney's Hollywood Studios photo-report:

Hollywood Studios: New Mermaid Ride Model (Part 2)

Thank you for sticking around with us (CLICK HERE for PART 1 of this update).
Let us now continue to check out Disney's Hollywood Studios by heading to one of the nicest exhibits in any Disney theme park: Walt Disney - One Man's Dream:

Universal Orlando Store to Close at Festival Bay Mall

A sad news has been released by the Universal Orlando Resort. Indeed, it looks like the company's store located inside the famous Festival Bay Mall (which will soon receive a major renovation) will soon close: _________________________________________________________________________
Universal Orlando Resort Store at Festival Bay Mall Set to Close
The Universal Orlando Resort store at Festival Bay Mall is scheduled to close on Monday, April 30, 2012. In preparation for the closure, the store will be offering 75% off the lowest ticketed price on previously marked down product for all Team Members beginning Sunday, March 11. The Universal Orlando Resort Store at Festival Bay Mall is located just minutes away on 5250 International Drive. For more information, call the store directly at 407-351-1926. Remember to bring your Universal Orlando ID to take advantage of the savings! _________________________________________________________________________
We will continue to keep you up-to-…

Agent P's World Showcase Adventure Coming to Epcot

As it was announced a few days ago, the famous "Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure at Epcot will soon be replaced by the "Agent P's World Showcase Adventure." Here you are more information: _________________________________________________________________________
Agent P's World Showcase Adventure coming to Epcot
All the would-be secret agents out there will find a great new interactive experience at Epcot this year.
Coming this summer, is Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, based on the wily secret-agent alter-ego of Perry the Platypus – faithful pet to the title characters from Disney’s animated series “Phineas & Ferb.” Although just a simple pet to Phineas and Ferb, Perry turns into Agent P in each episode to help stop the misguided plans of his nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
Epcot Guests will transform into secret agents to help Agent P thwart some of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s most daring plots. Agents will use a “high-tech se…

More Trademarks Filed by Universal and Disney

Today we want to share with you a very quick update on the trademarks that have been filed by both the Universal Orlando Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort. The following trademarks are from Universal: _________________________________________________________________________ UNIVERSAL'S CINEMATIC SPECTACULAR: 100 YEARS OF MOVIE MEMORIESUNIVERSAL'S CINEMATIC SPECTACULARUNIVERSAL'S SUPERSTAR PARADE _________________________________________________________________________
Those three trademarks are obviously for the new show and parade that will soon debut at Universal Studios.
The Walt Disney Company just filed one new trademark related to the Walt Disney World Resort recently, that is FLAMINGO CROSSINGS. There is, however, a huge surprise. It looks like the trademarks for Duffy (the Disney Bear) and for the infamous "What Will You Celkebrate?" campaign have been abandoned!: _________________________________________________________________________ 
On Thursday…

The Disney Look... to the Past! (March 16 - 22)

Hello, and welcome to a new edition of the much-appreciated weekly feature "The Disney Look... to the Past!" Enjoy reading these interesting facts about the Walt Disney Parks, Resorts, and Movies: _________________________________________________________________________

This Week in Disney History: March 16 - 22

March 17, 1999 The grand opening of Test Track is held at Epcot On the west side of Future World is a General Motors proving ground, an automotive testing facility for prototype cars of the future. Step inside and see how vehicles get put through their paces — in very extreme ways — to guarantee their safety before they ever hit the road. You’ll get to take a test drive aboard a slick six-seat convertible, negotiating rough road surfaces, extreme temperature conditions, a corner-filled handling course, and a dramatic high-speed loop where you’ll fly around the front of the pavilion at 60 mph. Test Track opened as a high-octane update of the World of Motion …

Storybook Circus Opening at 12 p.m. on March 21

A quick advisory for Wednesday, March 21, 2012: _________________________________________________________________________
Magic Kingdom: Storybook Circus Delayed Opening on March 21
Storybook Circus at Magic Kingdom Park is expected to open at noon on Wednesday, March 21. On this date, work on the area pavement (that must take place during daylight hours) will be done. The Walt Disney World Railroad will operate as scheduled but Guests will not be able to disembark at Fantasyland Station until the area has opened. As a reminder, Storybook Circus is currently in a soft opening phase, so the area will continue to be refined and improved as needed. _________________________________________________________________________ 
Thank you very much for your attention.

Storybook Circus Videos: Train Spiel, Barnstormer

As mentioned in our previous update, we still have quite a few Storybook Circus photos and videos to share with you! This morning we have two more videos, for example, that we would like you to enjoy:
The first video shows you the addition that has been made to the Walt Disney World Railroad Train Spiel:

As you can see, now the new Fantasyland Train Station is mentioned.

Free Wi-Fi Now Available in All Disney Resorts

Good news! All Disney hotels around the Walt Disney World Resort now offer complementary Wi-Fi: _________________________________________________________________________
Complimentary Wi-Fi Available at Walt Disney World Resort hotels
As part of our efforts to continuously improve the experience for our Guests, we’re excited to say that complimentary Wi-Fi service is now available in all Walt Disney World Resort hotels (At this time, Wi-Fi is not available at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground campsites. However, complimentary wired Internet access is available to these Guests).
Guests will now be able to access complimentary Wi-Fi in their rooms as well as in select common areas within the resort hotel, including restaurant locations, bus load zones, feature pools, arcades, convention spaces (if applicable) and the porte cochere. If the new design configuration is successful, we’ll review providing complimentary Wi-Fi access at other locations within Walt Disney World Resort…

SeaWorld Orlando Releases Loggerhead Sea Turtle

SeaWorld Orlando recently saved a beautiful Loggerhead Sea Turtle that had a fishing hook in her throat. The turtle has now been freed by SeaWorld Orlando's experts after having been cured. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
A loggerhead turtle that swallowed a 4 inch-long fishing hook was released today
Just weeks after SeaWorld veterinarians removed a 4 inch-long fishing hook from its throat, the rehabilitated loggerhead turtle returned home to the waters just south of Cocoa Beach this morning.

The turtle, a sub-adult weighing approximately 100 pounds, was rescued from the intake canal at the St. Lucie Power Plant in St. Lucie County, Fla. The animal arrived at SeaWorld Orlando February 26 and immediately underwent surgery following x-rays and blood work procedures. Vets removed a 4-inch-long fish hook, and after a speedy recovery, the turtle was released back into the wild.

Italian Soccer Team Partners with the Disney Company

This evening we have a news that will please all those who follow Italian soccer, as one of the most important teams of the country may soon come to be trained right here in Central Florida. Actually, they may be coming to the ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex! We are talking about the "Roma" soccer team, which takes its name from the city they play represent, which is Rome, of course.
Indeed, according to an article on the "Corriere Dello Sport" (an Italian newspaper that covers everything about sports), the Roman team has now established a long-term partnership with the Walt Disney Company. As they mention in their article (available only in Italian), the team may have Mickey, Donald, Minnie, or other famous Disney characters among their fans! In addition to that, as we mentioned before, the team may also come here in Central Florida every once in a while.
This may be a very interesting move. We will try to find out more information about this subject. Stay tuned…

Storybook Circus: Background Music and More Photos

As you well know, a section of the brand-new Storybook Circus themed area is now open for the general public at the Magic Kingdom. Just recently we published a three-part photo-gallery of this truly fantastic area, but we are far from done. We have a lot of other videos and photos to share with you!
Today, for example, we have a brief video that includes a sample of the really great music that can be heard near the new Fantasyland Train Station. Enjoy:

And now, here's a collection of some more photos of the area, which were taken by our reader Ryan!:

Disney's Fairway Mini-Golf Closed at 3 p.m. Today

Please notice the following advisory for today: _________________________________________________________________________
Fairways Miniature Golf Course Closed at 3 p.m. Today  
Please be advised the Fairways course at Fantasia Miniature Golf has been closed at 3:00 p.m. today, Thursday, March 15, 2012, for a private party. The Gardens course will remain open to all guests. _________________________________________________________________________ 
Thank you for your attention.

LEGOLAND's New Exhibits: Additional Information

The official LEGOLAND Florida Blog has recently released some new information regarding two new attractions: one that is already available (the LEGO Hero factory) and one that will open soon (the Fresh from Florida Greenhouse Tour). Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
NEW! - Fresh From Florida Greenhouse

Seeds have been planted for a brand new partnership at LEGOLAND® Florida that will bring a new adventure to the park. On March 29, 2012, we'll harvest all the excitement as the all-new Fresh From Florida Greenhouse tour opens. The new attraction will showcase the who, what, where, how and why of “farm to table” agriculture along through an interactive learning experience. 
Families can get nose to nose with a variety of Florida fruits and vegetables – strawberries, corn, tomatoes – and learn how they’re grown, harvested, cleaned and eventually eaten in freshly prepared meals. The Greenhouse is the result of a partnership with Fresh …

Warning: OTPN's Official E-mail Address Hacked

The Orlando Theme Park News team would like to warn each of our readers that our official e-mail address ( has seemingly been hacked, and an outside company is using it to try to unlawfully advertise their products. Please, disregard any e-mails that appear to be sent from our address, that has NO SUBJECT and that includes an extremely short message that goes along these lines:
"Make al0t 0f m0ney using y0ur c0mputer. Http//" OR "Earn m0ney right fr0m y0ur pc. Http//"
As a reminder, the Orlando Theme Park News team has NEVER sent any e-mails containing advertisements to anyone, and never will. We only send e-mails if our readers contact us and are in need of information, but we certainly do not send spam e-mails. We are currently trying to fix the problem by changing our password. If you will receive any similar e-mail in the next few days, please notify us either through our Facebook page or by writing us using our e-mail address (…

Storybook Circus - PHOTO GALLERY (Part 1)

Did you hear the recent news? The first section of the new Fantasyland area, Storybook Circus, has now finally open to the public, and it looks swell! Everything works in perfect harmony: the colors, the theming, and especially the music, which is perfect for the area! As a reminder, we recently announced that we had to make some cuts on our personal comments that were previously included in every photo-update due to time constrictions, but all of these photos are pretty much self explanatory, and they all confirm one thing: Storybook Circus is an awesome themed area, and it's not even complete yet! Imagine all the wonderful things that await us!
But we don't want to lose any more time. Let's start our tour of this beautiful place:

Storybook Circus - PHOTO GALLERY (Part 2)

Welcome to part 2 of this Storybook Circus photo-gallery (PART 1 and PART 3 can be found here).
Here is the Barnstormer - Featuring the Great Goofini:

Storybook Circus - PHOTO GALLERY (Part 3)

Welcome to part 3 of this Storybook Circus photo-gallery (PART 1 and PART 2 can be found here). 
Let's now take a look at the beautiful Fantasyland Train Station, located inside Storybook Circus:

U.S. Post Office Near Walt Disney World to Close Soon

Here's just a quick advisory, in case you need to send something to your friends and family while on vacation: _________________________________________________________________________
Post office on Palm Parkway to close March 30, 2012 Following the closure of the post office located at 8536 Palm Parkway on March 30, packages or letters may be sent at United States Post Offices:
Sand Lake – 10450 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FloridaCelebration – 601 Market Street, Kissimmee, FloridaFed Ex - 1281 South Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FloridaUPS - 8131 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, Florida Guests needing to mail a letter may also continue to visit the front desk of their Resort, or use one of the many mail boxes located throughout Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Resorts.
Thank you for your attention. Stay tuned for a huge Storybook Circus update!

Epcot's 19th Flower & Garden Festival - VIDEO

Epcot is in full bloom and looks better than ever this time of the year, as the 19th Flower & Garden Festival just started a few days ago (on March 7, 2012). Take a look at this nice video-overview that shows some of the great topiaries, flower beds, and themed exhibits that can be seen at the park this year:

All those colors really make the Flower & Garden Festival an event that should not be missed! Stay tuned, as we will soon bring you a huge Flower & Garden photo-gallery!
VIDEO: Subject to the copyright of the Walt Disney Company. All rights reserved.

Fun Spot Shares Even More Info on Major Expansion

Today we want to share with you some news regarding the major expansion of Fun Spot America. In the following article, you will find a few links to the videos and posts that include new background information regarding this project, from the official Fun Spot Attractions Blog: _________________________________________________________________________ 
Did you see Fun Spot on TV this week?  And I am not talking about our commercials.
Channel 9 did an interview last week on our expansion. Here is [the link]. We were interviewed on Fox 35 on Monday about Tourism in Osceola County. Then on Monday night at 11, Channel 6 did an interview about our expansion plans. Here is a link to see that interview - Click Orlando. Then on Tuesday, Channel 2 wanted to do a follow-up story on Osceola Tourism plan, but the story got bumped. A little thing called Super Tuesday and the Presidential elections were deemed more important. Oh well. But stories about our expansion continued to flourish from a story …

The Disney Look... to the Past! (March 9-15)

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of the weekly feature known as "The Disney Look... to the Past!"
We hope you will enjoy all these very interesting facts about the Walt Disney Company:

This Week in Disney History: March 9 - 15
March 13, 2005 – Crush ‘n’ Gusher opens at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water slides tend to be a downhill proposition, but if you’d like to try defying gravity, grab a raft and venture inside the abandoned tropical fruit processing center near the shores of Hideaway Bay. Climb the steps toward one of three 400-foot slides: the Banana Blaster, Coconut Crusher or Pineapple Plunger, and hang on tight. Torrents of white water will send you shooting up roller coaster-like inclines, over sudden drops and through hairpin turns en route to a splashdown finale. This family-friendly “water coaster” is the only ride of its kind in Central Florida, with water jets that pump 1,350 …

New Bus Test Around the Walt Disney World Resort

A new set of larger buses is now circulating around the Walt Disney World Resort as part of a new test:
Bus Testing at the Walt Disney World Resort
Beginning this month (March 2012), the Walt Disney World Resort will begin testing a new kind of bus that has a larger capacity to carry more Guests on the higher volume routes. While these longer vehicles, known as articulated buses, are common within the transit industry, this is the first time Disney has assessed their feasibility around the property. The testing will be done through mid-April. _________________________________________________________________________ 

Would you like to preview one of these buses? Thenclick on this link, where you will find a photo of one of these articulated buses, courtesy of our friends over at

Universal Studios Update - Nighttime Show and More

This morning we have a brief Universal Studios Florida update to share with you. Along with this update we would also remind you that, as we stated on our official Facebook page, due to time restrictions, we will make some changes to the future posts and updates you will see on this site (including this post). We will strive to continue to bring you as many updates as possible, but we will make some major cuts on the personal comments we usually write before or after the photos. In a few words, there will be more to see, but not to read. We hope you will understand, and thanks again for your patience!
Let's start:

Walt Disney World Hotels: Expanded Cable Offerings

All Walt Disney World Resorts will soon receive an expanded cable service:

Expanded Cable Options in All Disney Resorts
Starting March 13, Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels will receive expanded cable channel options on their in-room televisions. Below is the scheduled expanded cable timeline for each resort hotel:
March 13: Disney’s Port Orleans ResortsMarch 15: Disney’s Old Key West ResortMarch 20: Disney’s Caribbean Beach ResortMarch 22: Disney’s Pop Century Resort/Disney’s Art of Animation ResortApril 3: Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & SpaApril 5: Disney’s Coronado Springs ResortApril 10: Disney’s All-Star ResortsApril 12: Disney’s Animal Kingdom LodgeApril 17: Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club ResortsApril 19: Disney’s BoardWalk InnApril 24: Disney’s Contemporary ResortApril 26: Disney’s Polynesian ResortMay 1: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & SpaMay 3: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge ResortMay 8: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & CampgroundPlease note: Dates subject…

SeaWorld Orlando's Team Rescues Dolphin in Danger

SeaWorld Orlando is again showing that the natural environment and its inhabitants are important. Take a loo at this nice dolphin that was recently rescued by the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team: _________________________________________________________________________
Dolphin Rescue in Southwest Florida -  Fishing Line Puts Dolphin in Danger
(March 9, 2012) – Earlier Friday afternoon, a team of marine animal rescue experts --from SeaWorld Orlando, NOAA Fisheries Services, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Chicago Zoological Society, Mote Marine Lab, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and University of Florida – worked together to free a dolphin that had been tangled in fishing line in the Ten Thousand Islands area, a chain of islands off the coast of southwest Florida between Cape Romano and Marco Island.

Remember to "Spring Forward" Tomorrow Morning!

It is once again that time of year to remind to all of our readers living in the United States that at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012 (that is tomorrow morning), clocks will have to be set forward one hour. If you are residing in a Disney Resort, a voice mail will be delivered to your room as a reminder (for the campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, letters will be delivered to the sites).
Remember also to change the batteries of your smoke detectors (that's a good tip courtesy of Innoventions)!

Rainforest Cafe' Construction - Volcano Demolition

As reported a month ago, the exterior of the Rainforest Cafe' at Downtown Disney is completely being redone. Here is the latest look at the volcano, which is being demolished (it is going to look much better very soon!):

Changes Coming to the Disney Gift Card Program

An important change regarding Disney Gift Cards will soon be introduced. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
Disney Gift Card Program Change
Effective March 19, 2012, the maximum activation, reload and total balance limit for the Disney Gift Card is being reduced to $1,000. If Guests want to put more than $1,000 on a Disney Gift Card, they must purchase an additional gift card. Guests may purchase no more than $10,000 in Disney Gift Cards per person/per day, with no more than $1,000 per card, at one time.

Affected products will include:
Disney Gift CardDisney Parks Shopping CardDisney Parks Merchandise CreditDisney Dining Card Guests can purchase and reload Disney Gift Cards using cash, credit cards, or traveler checks at all locations that currently sell Disney Gift Cards. Disney Gift Cards sold across Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are not allowed to be purchased or reloaded with Key to the World or Key to the Magic room charge cards.

A Peek Inside the New "Be Our Guest" Restaurant

The Disney Parks Blog just posted a very interesting post regarding the new "Be Our Guest" restaurant that will open later this year as part of the new Fantasyland Expansion. Take a look:

Walt Disney Imagineers Offer a Taste of the Be Our Guest Restaurant
“Be our guest! Be our guest! Put our service to the test!” Or so the song goes. Who doesn’t love this playful scene from “Beauty and The Beast,” in which the enchanted staff welcomes Belle to the castle in grand style? And speaking of “style,” Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) has been busy recreating the castle’s very detailed beauty in the form of the Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. In this video, provided by WDI, Senior Concept Designer Ted Robledo presents our very first sneak peek inside this highly anticipated restaurant. Imagineers recently put the finishing touches on one of its major elements: a massive mural that will serve as the restaurant’s backdrop. Here, Ted shows how WDI combine…

Micky Dolenz Performing at Epcot on May 18-20

As you may remember, singer Davy Jones recently passed away, unfortunately. The Lead Singer of THE MONKEES will therefore perform at Epcot during the dates in which Davy Jones was to perform: _________________________________________________________________________
Epcot - THE MONKEES Lead Singer Micky Dolenz confirmed as Flower Power Talent May 18 - 20
Fans of Davy Jones and the Monkees told us they would love to see Micky Dolenz at this year's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, saying it would be a fitting way to remember Davy, who has been a mainstay of the event for more than a decade. We agreed and are happy to share that THE MONKEES Lead Singer Micky Dolenz has been confirmed as the final performer at this year’s Flower Power Concert Series on May 18 – 20. This information has been updated on
Thank you for your attention.

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man After Rehab

One of the most spectacular theme park rides on earth, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, has reopened today after one of the most important refurbishments in the attraction's history. Here you are some additional information regarding all the new features that guests will be able to see: ___________________________________________________________________

All-New High-Def Animation and Other Major Enhancements Bring All-New Thrills
Orlando, Fla. (March 8, 2012) – The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal Orlando Resort – one of the world’s most popular theme park experiences – is now even better.

Mind-blowingly better.

The attraction reopens today with all-new 4K digital high-definition animation, a new highly-sophisticated Infitec 3-D projection system, a new music score and new high-tech 3-D glasses so that guests can experience the improvements the way the attraction’s creators envisioned. The attrac…

Extended Operating Hours at MK & DHS (March 8, 9)

Guests will have the opportunity of spending a few additional hours at two Walt Disney World parks this week: _________________________________________________________________________
Magic Kingdom & Disney's Hollywood Studios Extended Hours
Magic Kingdom Park has extended operating hours for TONIGHT, March 8 until 11 p.m. (originally scheduled to close at 10 p.m.). In addition to that, Disney's Hollywood Studios will be open an additional hour TOMORROW, March 9 and will now be closing at 9 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. as originally scheduled. An additional perfomance of Fantasmic! will take place at 9 p.m. _________________________________________________________________________ 
 Thank you for your attention, and have fun in the parks!

Epcot Update: Next-Gen Additions & More (PART 1)

Good afternoon, and welcome to a new Epcot photo-report, which will show you how the park is really looking toward the future, as work on the new X-Pass queues continues... Let's take a look:

Epcot Update: Next-Gen Additions & More (PART 2)

Welcome to part 2 of this new Epcot photo-report (PART 1 can be found here).
Let's now move over to World Showcase, where the back side of the American Garden Theater is now tarp-free, and looks greater than ever:

Additional Main Street Electical Parade on March 9

Please, take note of this special advisory for Friday, March 9, 2012: _________________________________________________________________________
Magic Kingdom: Additional Main Street Electical Parade - March 9
There will be an additional performance of the Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom Park on March 9, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. The first performance will take place at 7:00 p.m., as originally scheduled. _________________________________________________________________________ 
Two parade performances are always better than one, isn't is? Now, bring out a new daytime parade...

Stan Lee Comments on the Spider-Man Ride Rehab

One of the creators of Spider-Man, Stan Lee, has to share some additional details regarding the refurbished "The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man" attraction with us. Take a look:
Stan Lee Talks About "The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

People from all over the world have been looking forward to the reopening of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal Orlando Resort - especially legendary comic book icon and Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee. Hear what he has to say about the attraction, which reopens this Thursday with all-new stunning 4K digital high-definition animation, a rockin' new music score and all-new 3-D "Spider-Vision" glasses. 
We can't wait! The ride will reopen in just 1 day! We will try to be at the park tomorrow to check out what has been done to attraction's exterior and queu…

LEGOLAND Florida Extended Hours: Mar. 10-Apr. 14

Starting from Saturday, March 10, 2012, LEGOLAND Florida will have some special hours. Indeed, the park is scheduled to open at 9:30 a.m. (something that rarely happens), and it is expected to close one hour later than usual, at 6:00 p.m. This unusual operating schedule will continue through the middle of March, until April 15, 2012. This change is probably linked to the fact that many schools will close for Spring Break.
The operating hours of the park will return back to normal (10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) starting from Monday, April 15.

The Disney Look... to the Past! (Feb. 24-March 8)

Good afternoon OTPN Readers! Today we have a special edition of the great feature "The Disney Look... to the Past!" We hope you will enjoy all these very interesting facts about the Walt Disney Company: _________________________________________________________________________
This Week in Disney History: Feb. 24 - March 8

Feb. 29, 2004 – “Finding Nemo” wins the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film Hard to believe, but there was once a time we hadn’t ventured beyond the drop-off, spoken whale with Dory, shredded the EAC with Crush or conquered the bubbles of Mt. Wanahakalugi. But Marlin, a timid clownfish from the Great Barrier Reef, is forced out of his comfort zone when his son, Nemo, gets scooped up by a scuba diver for a dentist’s aquarium. As he keeps swimming across the Pacific Ocean, legend of his dad’s epic journey reaches the entrapped Nemo, and his fellow tank members help him make a break for Sydney Harbor to reunite. With resonant themes about frie…