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2011 TEA Worldwide Theme Park Attendance Report

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The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) just released the 2011 attendance figures of the most visited theme parks in the world and in the United States. Take a look at some of these figures, taken from the official Global Attraction Attendance Report (CLICK HERE to view the complete PDF document)

Universal Orlando Raises Its Ticket Prices (May 2012)

Yes, visiting the Universal Orlando Resort will be a little bit more expensive for non-Floridian guests this summer, as ticket prices have increased just a few days ago. Here you are the new prices, taken from the official Universal Orlando Resort website:
ONE-PARK TICKETS:
1-day: $88 per adult, $82 per child;2-day: $119.99 per adult ($60 per day), $109.99 per child ($55 per day);3-day: $135.99 per adult  ($46 per day), $123.99 per child ($42 per day);4-day: $145.99 per adult  ($37 per day), $132.99 per child ($34 per day);PARK-TO-PARK TICKETS:
1-day: $123.00 per adult , $117.00 child;2-day: $139.99 per adult ($70 per day), $129.99 per child ($65 per day);3-day: $152.99 per adult ($51 per day), $140.99 per child ($47 per day);4-day: $159.99 per adult ($40 per day), $146.99 per child ($37 per day);(Applicable sales tax and fees will be added to all ticket products)

As you may have noticed, the increase may seem minimal, but according to Central Florida News 13, this change makes the Univ…

Busch Gardens: Summer Brings Nightly Fireworks

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Some great news just came in from Tampa Bay! This summer is going to be one of the best times ever to visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, not only due to all the new rides and experiences that opened in the past two years, but also because the park will host a nightly firework show this year! Here you are more information: _________________________________________________________________________
Summer Nights Bring Nightly Fireworks to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


TAMPA, Fla. (May 29, 2012) - Busch Gardens’ Summer Nights amps up the excitement year after year, and 2012 promises to offer even more after-dark entertainment and fun for the whole family with a new Latin-infused show at the Desert Grill and—for the first time ever—an amazing fireworks finale every night of the event. From June 9 through Aug. 12, guests will experience extended park hours, special entertainment, high-energy DJs, and the thrill of riding world-class coasters in the dark, including Busch Gardens’ new triple-launch coas…

Advisory: Magic Kingdom Extends Hours Tonight

Here you are a very quick update regarding tonight's operating hours of the Magic Kingdom: _________________________________________________________________________
Magic Kingdom Park Hours Extended to 11 p.m. - May 30, 2012
In order to provide our Guests with the best experience possible, Magic Kingdom Park will be extending by one hour tonight, closing at 11 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. as originally scheduled. Also, additional performances have been added for The Magic, The Memories and You! projection show at 10:35 p.m. and the Main Street Electrical parade at 11 p.m. _________________________________________________________________________
Having just been in the park a few hours ago, we can assure you that this extra hour is really needed, as the crowds are very large, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has been down for three or four hours...

News on Fun Spot America's New Wooden Coaster

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As it was announced a few months ago, the plans for the Fun Spot America expansion include a new wooden coaster, which was originally intended to be very family-friendly (meaning that it would have been very similar to LEGOLAND Florida's Coastersaurus). Just yesterday, though, Fun Spot's officials contacted us and gave us some new, interesting information... Here you are the e-mail (including the renderings they sent us): _________________________________________________________________________
Dear Blogger,

In the past you have been kind enough to help Fun Spot get the word out about a number of different events or new attractions we have. We wanted to thank you by providing you information about one of our new roller coasters before it becomes public. Initially, the wooden (with steel supports0 coaster that GCI was building for us was going to be "family Friendly' and unique to Central Florida because of it's wooden ride. However, as finances have permitted, we…

First Information on Epcot's 2012 Food & Wine Fest.

The Walt Disney World Resort has just released some new information regarding this year's International Food & Wine Festival, which will last one additional day this time. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
Savor Global Tastes, First Vegan Marketplace, Florida Flavors at 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 28-Nov. 12
- Festival Planners Add Extra Day of Tasting Fun -
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - For a record 46 days beginning Sept. 28, Disney guests can taste their way around the world during the 17th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort.  The culinary event, just named one of the Best Food and Wine Festivals by the Travel Channel, includes daily Eat to the Beat! pop concerts and one extra day of festival fun as the foodie celebration continues through Nov. 12. Festival chefs are firing on all burners with menus designed for every palate and a new Marketplace VIP…

LEGOLAND Florida's Water Park Photos (PART 1)

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LEGOLAND Florida's new Water Park is now open! It is without a doubt a great place to escape from the warm summer days, and a way to have fun in the water with the whole family. Since the water park just opened two days ago, we decided to put together a photo-gallery that includes almost 100 photos taken on Grand Opening Day (which was Saturday, May 26, 2012). Enjoy!:

LEGOLAND Florida's Water Park Photos (PART 2)

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Welcome to PART 2 of this LEGOLAND Florida Water Park photo-gallery. Let us continue to check out this amazing place by moving over to the second section of the water park:

LEGOLAND Florida's Water Park Photos (PART 3)

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Welcome to third and final part of this LEGOLAND Florida Water Park photo-gallery. We will now move over to the third (and last) area of this great water park, which is reserved to guests that want just a little more thrills... Nothing too scary, of course, but in this area guests can find some slides that are definitely taller and more imposing:

RetroDisneyWorld.com Officially Opens to the Public

We have got a very good news for you today! The new RetroDisneyWorldwebsite (which contains photos, videos, and information regarding the rich history and heritage of the Walt Disney World Resort) is now finally up and running, and it does look great! Here's what they posted on their home page last Friday: _________________________________________________________________________
Retro Disney World Opens!
We did it! After months of hard work, debugging and hours and hours of naming photos, we are officially open! We still have lots to do, so bear with us. But we wanted the world to see what we have to offer.
We recommend your read "How it all Started" and our "About Us" page, this will help you understand our mission. After than introduce yourself in the "Welcome Center" _________________________________________________________________________
So, what are you waiting for? Check out this new website, and tell us what you think!
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The Disney Look... to the Past! (May 25-31)

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Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of the weekly feature known as "The Disney Look... to the Past!"
Enjoy reading all of the following interesting facts about the Walt Disney Parks, Resorts, Movies, and more:
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This Week in Disney History: May 25-31
May 27, 1977 – Space Mountain opens at Disneyland Park
Two years after the futuristic white spires designed by Imagineeer John Hench rose above Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park, the out of this world thrill ride came to the park that Walt Disney originally envisioned it for. Both roller coasters follow the “space port” concept, but differences about between the two, most notably the size of their iconic show buildings. Spanning 200 feet across, Disneyland’s version of Space Mountain is more than 100 feet smaller in diameter than the Florida original, but its single track accommodates larger 12-seat rockets that ferry Guests across the farthest …

WDW: Attractions Closure Due to Adverse Weather

Please, take note of the following advisory for today, May 28, 2012: _________________________________________________________________________
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Fantasia Gardens, and Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Courses Temporary Weather Closure
Please be advised that Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is temporarily closed due to inclement weather. In addition to that, both Disney’s Fantasia Gardens and Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course have closed due to the same reason. Both courses will re-open when it is safe to do so. _________________________________________________________________________
It is quite rainy and windy today. The situation should improve starting from tomorrow.

Fantasyland Update: Goodbye, Snow White! (PART 1)

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The Fantasyland Expansion project is really turning out to be one of the best things the Walt Disney Company has ever done. The amount of details in these new areas is absolutely great. Today we have a new update that covers all the areas that are receiving some work, so let's start to take a look around (due to the large amount of photos, our comments will be more limited and brief). Enjoy:

Fantasyland Update: Goodbye, Snow White! (PART 2)

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Here we are on part 2 of this latest Fantasyland update (PART 1|PART 3).

Work on the It's A Small World continues as well:

Fantasyland Update: Goodbye, Snow White! (PART 3)

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Welcome to part 3 of this great New Fantasyland update (PART 1 | PART 2).

A very quick taste of the very elaborate Little Mermaid's area:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Soft-Opens

Good news, folks! Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has finally re-opened to the public after having been closed for more than 5 months due to an extensive refurbishment. For today, though, it will be in soft-opening mode: _________________________________________________________________________
Magic Kingdom - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Soft Opens
As the wildest ride in the wilderness wraps up its refurbishment, it is now available to Guests in a soft opening capacity (this means that, although the attraction is currently operating, it may close without notice). FASTPASS will not be available during the soft opening period, and the attraction will not be included in evening Extra Magic Hours for Sunday, May 27. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be in standard daily operation beginning Monday, May 28, including availability of FASTPASS. _________________________________________________________________________
The attraction will officially re-open tomorrow (May 28, 2012). We will soon…

LEGOLAND's New Water Park: Grand Opening Video

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LEGOLAND Florida's new water park opened to the general public just yesterday, May 26, 2012. The Orlando Theme Park News Team was there to cover the event, and brought back a nice video of the grand opening celebration, which includes a nice surprise... Take a look:



Wasn't that great? But we're not done yet. We will post a lot of pictures of the water park very soon.

"Princess Fairytale Hall" Opening in Late 2013

One of the latest Fantasyland updates on the official Disney Parks Blog revealed that the new "Princess Fairytale Hall" - the themed meet-and-greet that will replace Snow White's Scary Adventures - will open in late 2013. Here you are a few more information regarding this new addition: _________________________________________________________________________
The New Fantasyland expansion is continuing, and work is about to begin on Princess Fairytale Hall, a royal meet-and-greet area that will replace the existing Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction. Since our readers are some of the biggest Disney fans out there, we wanted to share that the attraction’s final day of operation will be May 31, to make way for this new character experience.
Located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland, Princess Fairytale Hall will be the new home for visiting royalty in the Magic Kingdom. The castle-like entrance will feature walls of stone and stained glass windows. …

LEGOLAND Water Park's Guinness World Record

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The new LEGOLAND Florida Water Park will officially open to the public tomorrow (Saturday, May 26, 2012), but it may have already been awarded a Guinness World Record! Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
Guinness World Record at All-New LEGOLAND® Florida Water Park
Winter Haven, Fla. (May 24, 2012) Early estimates show the Guinness World Record for the most people bouncing beach balls was obliterated today by guests at LEGOLAND® Florida’s new water park. The final total reached 1,355 volunteers which smashed the previous record of 401 beach balls. Guinness auditors will evaluate the attempt for authentication over the next several weeks. The colorful event celebrated the addition of the water park attraction, which opens to the public Saturday, May 26.

Fort Wilderness Campground: Parking Restrictions

Please, be aware of the following advisory, which will last until May 28, 2012: _________________________________________________________________________ Fort Wilderness: Parking Restrictions - May 25-28
Due to the busy holiday weekend, the Guest parking lot at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will be restricted from May 25 through May 28.
The parking lot will be restricted to only those staying at the resort or with dining or recreation reservations. _________________________________________________________________________
We will continue to keep you-up-to-date. Thank you for your attention.

"The Highland Games Tournament" Coming to Epcot

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Starting from June 1, 2012, a new (temporary) area including Brave-themed games will be available for guests at Epcot. Here you are some additional information, released by the official Disney Parks Blog: _________________________________________________________________________
Brave – The Highland Games Tournament Runs June 1-July 8 at Epcot
Last week, Disney Parks Blog Author Shawn Slater shared a look at the new Merida meet-and-greet experience that’s already begun at Magic Kingdom Park. But I’m happy to announce that Magic Kingdom is not the only one of the Disney Parks that’s getting in on the fun of the new Disney•Pixar film, “Brave.”

From June 1-July 8, Epcot will serve as the setting for Brave – The Highland Games Tournament, a kid-focused offering that will include games like Mini Caber Toss, Cake Toss, Haggis Flip and archery. There will also be a kids’ playground with free enhanced wireless – which is great for us parents who can’t share cute photos of their kids on Twitter…

Kennedy Space Center Introduces New Offers, Tours

Kennedy Space Center Welcomes Visitors with Special Tours & Offers
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (May 18, 2012) – NASA is offering visitors rare access to several key areas of Kennedy Space Center during its 50th anniversary year to enhance a popular destination that already features an array of authentic attractions showcasing the space program and opportunities for up-close viewing of ongoing rocket launches.

A special Kennedy Space Center Up-Close Tour has been extended through the end of 2012 to provide visitors a look inside the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), where the Apollo rockets and space shuttles were assembled. One of the largest buildings in the world, the VAB had been off limits to visitors for more than 30 years until the tour was added in November.

The space agency is also working with Delaware North Companies, which operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, on final details of new tours featuring operational areas that visitors have also rarely ha…

Epcot Photo-Report: Future World Update (PART 1)

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Good evening, and welcome to this latest Epcot update. This time we will only take a look around Future World, but don't worry, there is a lot to report! Let's start right away:

Epcot Photo-Report: Future World Update (PART 2)

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Thank you for staying with us (PART 1 of this update can be found here).
Let's now continue our tour of Future World by checking out the work currently being done on Test Track:

Discovery Cove Guests Now Can Enjoy Aquatica Too

As you may know, every guest visiting Discovery Cove (the all-inclusive natural theme park) has always been able to enjoy a 14-day pass to SeaWorld Orlando. Well, starting from now, Discovery Cove guests will not only be able to visit SeaWorld Orlando, but will also receive a complementary 14-day ticket to check out Aquatica!: _________________________________________________________________________

A Day at Discovery Cove Now Includes Admission to Both SeaWorld Orlando AND Aquatica Water Park
Orlando, Fla. (May 22, 2012) – Discovery Cove is offering the ultimate vacation for Orlando visitors with the introduction of a new, all-inclusive package: A day at Discovery Cove now includes unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark.

These three parks -- Discovery Cove, SeaWorld and Aquatica -- are now known collectively as SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando, the only place in the world that features unique adventures that connect families with animals, the se…

Second Dumbo Spinner Starting Pre-Opening Tests

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The Orlando Theme Park News Team was at the Magic Kingdom just two days ago, and something very interesting was noticed. Indeed, the second Dumbo spinner - which will soon join the other spinner later this summer - was testing... right in front of our eyes (yes, we get excited for minor things as well...). Take a look:

Looking great! We will continue to keep you up-to-date. make sure you check back here for a major Fantasyland update, coming very soon!

LEGOLANDphotos.com - LEGO Water Park Preview

We have a few new information to share with you today regarding LEGOLAND's Water Park:

Our friends over at LEGOLANDphotos.com have a couple of interesting pictures of LEGOLAND Florida's new Water Park. The first picture (which can be found at this link) shows the renovated Joker Soaker attraction, which will soon soak guests with hundreds of gallons of water spilling out of a huge overhead bucket. The site also has a photos of the repainted Wave Pool (link to the photo).
In addition to that, the official LEGOLAND Florida website now includes some Frequently Asked Question regarding the new Water Park. Below you will find some of them:
When is the Water Park open? Please visit http://florida.legoland.com/en/Plan/hours/ for complete details.Do Toddlers (ages 1-2) have to pay admission to the Water Park? Toddlers (ages 1-2 years) are required to have an admission ticket for Water Park entry ($3). Premium Pass Members may bring their toddler into the Water Park for FREE!When is th…

Epcot's New Park Map Welcomes Agent P & Friends

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As you have seen from the post's title, Epcot has got a newer park map that includes some new information and logos referring ti new experiences coming soon to the park. Here's the new park map (FULL-SIZE)

More Rumors on Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates Ride

Our friends over at Screamscape have reported a very interesting rumor regarding the Shanghai Disneyland version of the familiar Pirates of the Caribbeans ride. If these rumors will actually realize, it looks like this version of this iconic ride will be one of the best ever built. Why? Well, take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
Shanghai Disneyland Park News - (5/21/12) Remember that last rumor about the all new version of Pirates of the Caribbean being planned for Shanghai Disneyland? You know… the one where they would use of magnetic LIMs underwater to not only control the speed of the boats, but give them the ability to make the boats move backwards as if pushed by an otherworldly force?
    Well, that rumor just took another big step towards reality this week, with the discovery of a new Disney technology patent filed just last year for an “Amusement Park Ride With Underwater-Controlled Boats”. According to the patent, the technol…

The Disney Look... to the Past! (May 18-24)

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Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of the weekly feature known as "The Disney Look... to the Past!"
Enjoy reading all of the following interesting facts about the Walt Disney Parks, Resorts, Movies, and more:
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This week in Disney history: May 18-24


May 23, 1983 – A renovated Fantasyland opens at Disneyland Park Fantasy reigned throughout Disneyland Park this year, as a whole new version of “the happiest kingdom of them all” was unveiled after an extensive refurbishment. The new land cast aside its old, Renaissance-themed fa├žades of tournament tents and banners, and became the Fantasyland of Walt Disney’s imagination: a quaint, Bavarian fairy-tale village, where the denizens of Disney’s classic animated features lived and thrived. Old classics like Snow White’s Adventures and Peter Pan Flight remained, but with new technology, slightly altered names (they were now Snow White’s Scary Adventur…

Off-Topic: D23 Special Event at Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort will host a special Cars Land/Buena Vista Street preview weekend for D23 members in early June 2012. Here you are all the information you may want to know: _________________________________________________________________________
D23 Members Ticketed Event Offering June 9 - 10
The Disneyland Resort has opened up a limited number of tickets for D23 Members to experience the re-imagined and expanded Disney California Adventure Park, including a preview of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. While these extraordinary additions open on June 15 to the general public, D23 Members have the chance to attend one of two special days of previews on June 9 or 10. Each date offers three windows of time to experience Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. Plus D23 has obtained a very limited number of tickets to enjoy dinner during the evening experience at the Carthay Circle Restaurant.

To celebrate these previews and the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure, the Disneylan…

Disney's Hollywood Studios: Goodbye Drew Carey (?)

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Disney's Hollywood Studios has recently released a new park map which looks almost exactly as the previous one... even though it does include a small - but important - detail. Indeed, the seasonal attraction known as "Sounds Dangerous - Starring Drew Carey" is completely gone, replaced by a more generic "ABC Sound Studios." Here's the park map (right-click on it and open in a new window  to view the full-size photo):

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue: Last Show Cancelled

As usual, the last Hoop-Dee-Doo show will not happen on Monday: _________________________________________________________________________ Hoop-Dee-Doo 9:30 p.m. Show Cancelled for Monday, May 21
Please be advised that the 9:30 p.m. show of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review has been cancelled for Monday, May 21, 2012.  The 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. shows will go on as usual. _________________________________________________________________________
We will continue to keep you up-to-date on this subject, which keeps coming up every week...

The Magic, the Memories, and You! - Summer Edition

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The Disney Company just shared a few new artworks regarding the summer edition of the great "The Magic, the Memories, and You!" nighttime show that takes place nightly both in Florida and California. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
Summer Update of "The Magic, The Memories and You!" Show
Beginning May 25, “The Magic, The Memories and You!” will feature a new summer sequence that visits the beach, the jungle and goes under the sea with favorite Disney  characters and music.

Disney Premier Passport Price Change (May 2012)

Please, take note of this important advisory regarding the Disney Premier Passport: _________________________________________________________________________
Disney Premier Passport Price Change
Introduced in March 2010, the Disney Premier Passport provides a full year of admission to both Disneyland Resort theme parks in California and the four theme parks and two water parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, with no blockout dates. As of May 20, 2012, the price of the Disney Premier Passport will increase to $849.00, plus applicable sales tax.
Disney Premier Passports are available for purchase only at select Disney Parks locations:
Walt Disney World Resort - Guest Relations windows at theme parks and the Downtown Disney AreaDisneyland Resort - Theme park ticket booths Full details for Guests about the Disney Premier Passport are available online at this LINK.
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Thank you for your attention. Feel free t…

New Party Pavilion Coming to Fun Spot U.S.A.

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A brand-new party pavilion is currently under construction at Fun Spot U.S.A. It is being built in the area formerly occupied by the kiddie coaster (which has recently being moved). Here you are some photos of the construction, taken from the official Fun Spot U.S.A. Facebook page:

Reminder: Kim Possible's Game Now Closed

Please, be aware of the following reminder: _________________________________________________________________________ Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure Now Closed
The last day of operation for Disney’s Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure was yesterday (May 17, 2012) in preparation for Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. _________________________________________________________________________
We will head to Epcot in the next few hours to check out the park. Stay tuned.

Universal's CityWalk Update: Boardwalk Takes Shape

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Good morning OTPN Readers, and welcome to another new photo-update from the parks. Today we bring you a new report from Universal's CityWalk, where a new boardwalk is currently under construction along the shores of the central lake. Let's take a look together at the status of this work:

ULINX Jewelry Cart Now Open at Downtown Disney

Just a small news coming from Downtown Disney: _________________________________________________________________________
New ULINX Jewelry Cart Now Open
We’re happy to welcome our newest addition to the carts on Bridge One between Downtown Disney Marketplace and the Lily Pad: ULINX Jewelry.
ULINX Jewelry offers an entirely different design experience. Guests can mix, match and create using strong magnetic pieces, enabling them to develop their own unique look and feel. The designs suit each individual’s style but can be customized easily. _________________________________________________________________________
To be clear, the location of this new cart is the bridge that connects the Marketplace area to the Pleasure Island area of Downtown Disney (near the T-REX Cafe' and Fulton's Crabhouse). We will soon get back to Downtown Disney to check out the work being done on the Rainforest Cafe, as well as to take a look at this new addition.

Agent P's World Showcase Adventure: New Artworks

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The official Disney Parks Blog just released three new artworks related to the new Agent P World Showcase Adventure and also confirmed the closing date of Kim Possible's World Showcase Adventure. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure Coming In Late June
Just wanted to give you a quick update on the new Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, including showcasing some new renderings of the experience we debuted at our Summer to Remember press event in April.

Starting in late June, Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure is 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.

New Medieval Times Show Coming to Kissimmee

Medieval Times, one of Central Florida's most famous dinner-shows, will soon introduce a brand-new show according to Central Florida News 13. The new show will have "new fights, new choreography, new stunts, and a new storyline," according to the article. It will also include "new characters from foreign lands to spice things up a bit, including a nemesary from the north lands..." In addition to all that, an upgraded menu will be offered during the show. This brand-new entertainment offering will officially debut on June 26, 2012.
Make sure to head to the original article published on CFNews13.com to learn more about this news.

New Fantasyland Model Now at Hollywood Studios

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A great news was posted just yesterday on the official Disney Parks Blog. Indeed, the One Man's Dream exhibit at Disney's Hollywood Studios now also includes the fantastic model for the New Fantasyland expansion, which was on display during the press event at the D23 Expo held in California in 2011. This model can be seen by guests starting from today (Wednesday, May 16 2012). Here are some photos of this model in its new location at the park (Photos courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog):


We certainly cannot wait to see this great model in person. It is going to take us at least a couple of hours to thoroughly study it. We are crazy theme park fans anyway, right?
PHOTOS: © Walt Disney World Resort. All rights reserved.

Liberty Square Riverboat Closed for Rehab 'till May 21

Please, be aware of the following advisory: _________________________________________________________________________

Magic Kingdom Park - Liberty Square Riverboat Refurbishment
Liberty Square Riverboat has been under refurbishment and will soon begin its trip back to Magic Kingdom. The night of Thursday, May 17, the riverboat will move through Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon, making its way back into the Rivers of America. This move... should not affect the scheduled performance of the Electrical Water Pageant. The Liberty Square Riverboat will once again set sail for Guests starting May 21. _________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for your attention.

Magic Kingdom Update: Miscellaneous Work (Part 1)

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Good morning, and welcome to a new Magic Kingdom general update. Let's take a look around the park to see what is new since our last update. Actually, let's start from the parking lot:

Magic Kingdom Update: Miscellaneous Work (Part 2)

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Thank you for continuing to read this new Magic Kingdom update (PART 1 can be found here).
Let's now move on to Frontierland, where work is taking place on the Frontier Trading Post:

Off-Topic: Disneyland Park Testing Charging Stations

The Disneyland Park in California will soon start testing an interesting service for guests. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
Charging Lockers available on Main Street U.S.A.at Disneyland Park
Due to the growing need for Guests to have a secure place to recharge the battery of their portable electronic devices, the Disneyland Resort is testing a new offering. Eighteen electronic-charging lockers will now be available on Main Street, U.S.A behind the Market House for a two dollar fee per hour. Guests may choose a locker that is equipped with a 120 volt outlet or a universal charging cable. The space can accommodate items the size of a laptop or small video camera. This new offering is still in the testing phase and is subject to change. The price is $2 per hour, or any portion thereof. _________________________________________________________________________
Sounds really interesting. We think that it would be great for the Walt Dis…

LEGOLAND Water Park: Premium AP Member Event

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LEGOLAND Florida just announced that there will be a special event taking place at the park's new water park on May 19, 2012. But it will be reserved only to Premium Annual Passholders. Here you are additional information regarding this special event, from LEGOLAND Florida's official blog: _________________________________________________________________________
Premium Members Enjoy Early Chance to Soak Up Water Park Fun

Premium Pass Member's are invited to attend an exclusive, limited capacity Preview of the New LEGOLAND® Water Park! The special preview day is Saturday May 19th from 10AM to 5PM and all you need to attend is a valid Premium Pass for every member of your party.
The one and only entrance to LEGOLAND Water Park is through LEGOLAND Florida. Enter the park and make your way to LEGO® City then up the hill and pass the Flying School. A limited number of lockers are available at the water park, so you don't have to store everything in The Beginning.

Universal Orlando Unveils More Summer Concert Acts

The Universal Orlando resort just announced some of the additional performers that guests will be able to see during this year's Summer Concert Series. Have a look: _________________________________________________________________________
Universal Orlando Unveils More Multi-Platinum Acts Performing at 2012 Summer Concert Series
All-New “Summer Concert Ticket” Offer Provides Access to Headlining Concerts for Discounted Rate
ORLANDO, Fla. (May 10, 2012) – Universal Orlando Resort is unveiling even more powerhouse performers that will take the stage at the 2012 Summer Concert Series. Every Saturday night beginning June 9 through July 14, Universal Studio Florida will host one of the hottest concert series around, featuring a star-studded lineup that will appeal to fans of every music genre.

This year, music lovers can expect live performances from classic rock to chart-topping country hits, from mainstream hip hop to soulful R&B. Newly announced performers include Rock and Roll L…

The Disney Look... to the Past! (May 11-17)

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Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of the weekly feature known as "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: May 11-17

May 15, 1928 – Walt Disney’s animated short “Plane Crazy” is first screened “Steamboat Willie” is considered the official debut of Mickey Mouse, but it was actually the third short produced by Walt Disney featuring the mischievous hero. Working in secrecy following the loss of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series to his distributor, animator Ub Iwerks produced more than 8,000 drawings in six weeks to quickly complete the first appearance of Walt’s newest creation. A goof on the exploits of aviator Charles Lindbergh, Mickey flies into all sorts of trouble trying to get his plane off the barnyard grounds. The silent film was screened before a Los Angeles tes…

Cirque du Soleil Going Dark Until May 28, 2012

Please, be aware of the following advisory: _________________________________________________________________________
Cirque du Soleil - No Shows Between May 13 and May 28, 2012
Due to scheduled rehearsal and maintenance, there will be no performances of “La Nouba” May 13–28, 2012. _________________________________________________________________________
We will continue to keep you up-to-date. Stay tuned.

Universal's Superstar Parade - PHOTO GALLERY

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The Universal's Superstar Parade officially debuted to the public on May 8, 2012, and to celebrate the event the Universal Orlando Resort took multiple photos of the floats and the performers. Today we want to share with you these photos (all of which are © 2012 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.). Enjoy: _________________________________________________________________________
Universal's Superstar Parade
Universal's Superstar Parade is now open, bringing an entirely new form of entertainment to Universal Studios Florida that combines wildly creative floats with hundreds of performers to create whole new levels of fun and excitement. Some of today's most beloved characters and stories bring new adventure to the streets of Universal Studios during the parade, an all-new show experience that features larger-than-life floats, state-of-the-art technology and hundreds of energetic street performers. Guests will sing and dance along with their favorite character…

Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue: Last Show Cancelled on May 14

Here we go again: _________________________________________________________________________
Hoop-Dee-Doo 9:30 p.m. Show Cancelled for Monday, May 14, 2012
Please be advised that the 9:30 p.m. show of the Hoop-Dee-Doo has been cancelled for Monday, May 14, 2012.  The 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. shows will go on as usual.
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Surprised? You shouldn't be...

Star Wars Weekends - Official Event Posters

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The official Disney Parks Blog recently released some very creative posters advertising the Star Wars Weekends event that will take place at Disney's Hollywood Studios from May 18 to June 10, 2012. Take a look at them (all posters: ©Disney. All rights reserved.):

"Brave" Play-and-Greet Currently in Soft-Opening

Good news coming from the Magic Kingdom park. Indeed, the newest Disney-PIXAR character  has just started meeting guests in the park. Here you are additional information regarding this new Meet & Greet: _________________________________________________________________________
“Brave” Play and Greet Now in Soft-Opening at the Magic Kingdom
Although this newest character location will not officially open until May 18, Merida has already started visiting with Guests at Fairytale Garden periodically. There is not an official appearance schedule, and the venue may close at any time as we continue to refine the experience. Starting next Friday, May 18, Merida's appearance times will be officially published in the Times Guide.
About the experience:
Get ready to welcome "visiting royalty" from the Scottish Highlands! Disney-Pixar's "Brave" debuts in theaters on June 22, but Magic Kingdom Guests may now visit the adventurous Merida and discover their true bravery…

White Rhino Gives Birth to Calf at Animal Kingdom

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Disney's Animal Kingdom recently welcomed a new white rhino calf. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
White Rhino Gives Birth to Calf at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 9, 2012 – ... A Disney “mom” recently gave birth to a white rhino calf at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. After a 16-month gestation period, Kendi delivered her fourth calf Friday, May 4. The healthy male, which has not yet been named, is the ninth white rhino born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; his mother, 13-year-old, Kendi, was the first. “The birth of a white rhino calf is certainly something to celebrate since the population of this species is endangered in the wild,” said Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., vice president of Animals, Science and Environment for Disney Parks. “It’s encouraging that with protection and careful management, the global population of white rhinos continues to grow.”

Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue: Last Show Cancelled on May 13

Please, be aware of the following advisory for Sunday, May 13, 2012: _________________________________________________________________________
Hoop-Dee-Doo 9:30 p.m. Show Cancelled for Sunday, May 13, 2012
Please be advised that the 9:30 p.m. show of the Hoop-Dee-Doo has been cancelled for Sunday, May 13, 2012. The 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. shows will go on as usual. _________________________________________________________________________
This is concerning. We are posting these kind of advisories way too frequently...

Fantasyland Update: Seven Dwarfs' Mountain (Part 1)

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What is the most followed theme park expansion at the moment here in Central Florida? The New Fantasyland, of course! That is why today we have a brand-new photo-report for you, which contains more than 110 pictures for you to enjoy. For this reason, it important to try not to waste any time. Let's start:

Fantasyland Update: Seven Dwarfs' Mountain (Part 2)

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Welcome to part 2 of this new Fantasyland update (here you are the links to PART 1 and PART 3).
It is now time to take a look at the rest of the Beauty and the Beast area, starting from Belle's Cottage:

Fantasyland Update: Seven Dwarfs' Mountain (Part 3)

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Welcome to part 3 of this new Fantasyland update (here you are the links to PART 1 and PART 2).
Let's now take a closer look at some of these new Casey Jr. animals from another angle:

RetroDisneyWorld.com to Debut Soon

A new Walt Disney World fan site will soon debut to the public. It will be called Retro Disney World, and it will showcase photos, video, and information regarding the "old" Walt Disney World Resort. In brief, this new site promises to celebrate the heritage and history of the Vacation Kingdom of the world. Here you are some more information about the website, which were published by our friends over at Disney Corner: _________________________________________________________________________ The new site is dedicated to Walt Disney World from Pre-Opening to the mid 1990s.They are about half through the building of the site and tell us that there is already nearly 1gb of photos, maps and guidebooks uploaded!There is Facebook, Twitter and Google+ integration with more features to be added in the coming weeks.Expected grand opening is later this month! _________________________________________________________________________
We have to admit that we are quite excited about this …

Vote for Manta as Best Coaster on the Travel Channel!

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SeaWorld Orlando just shared an interesting post on the park's official blog that will give you the opportunity of helping Manta to win as the best roller coaster in a competition that takes place on the Travel Channel: _________________________________________________________________________
Vote for SeaWorld Orlando's Manta as best "Hang 'em High" Roller Coaster on Travel Channel Series
Take a look at this awesome Manta POV narrated by our very own Brian Morrow, Manta's Chief Designer.

The Travel Channel will soon be featuring SeaWorld Orlando's Manta and Kraken thrill rides in a series about the best roller coasters in the U.S. It's great to be nominated, but we want to show everyone who has the most incredible coasters, and you can help!
Now through May 18, vote for Manta as the best in the "Hang 'em High" category. It's all about your feet hanging in the air and the sensation of flying, which is so true on Manta. The winner of t…

Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure Closing Soon

Our friends over at Screamscape have just posted a very interesting rumor regarding a possible closure of Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure, the interactive game at Epcot. Here it is: _________________________________________________________________________
 I’ve been told that the official closure day for Kim Possible is May 15th, and the attraction will be closed for approximately six weeks (Early July) or so until it is ready to reopen with Agent P.  _________________________________________________________________________
As a reminder, this interactive adventure will only receive minor changes and will reopen as Disney's Agent P World Showcase Adventure, which will feature some of the characters from the famous Disney Channel production known as "Phineas & Ferb." For more information on this subject we invite you to follow this link.
A big thank you to Screamscape for reporting this rumor.

Quick Epcot Update: Test Track Progress

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Good afternoon, and welcome to a new, quick Epcot update, which will focus on the work being done on Test Track. let's take a look around the closed pavilion:

Wet 'n Wild Orlando Offers Discounts for Teachers

Thanks to our friends over at Screamscape.com we found out that Wet 'n Wild, Universal Orlando's water park, has a few new discounts for teachers. Here you are the specifications you may want to know: _________________________________________________________________________
WET 'N WILD ORLANDO - AN OFFER JUST FOR YOU!
A rebate of $2.50 from every ticket purchased supports the Florida Education Foundation.
Single Day: $32.99 | Buy a Day get the rest of 2012 Free: $46.99 (Proof of FL Residency required) May: 20% off Breaker's Beach Shop (excluding sundries and candy)June-August: 20% off Food and Beverage (excluding alcohol and candy) September-December: $2 off standard locker rental; FREE towel rental (locker and towel rental good for one time use only L/T) Please print this page and present along with your employee ID or recent paystub, to receive your discounts.

*Plus 6.5% sales tax. Discount good for up to 6 people. Offer valid through 12/31/12 during regular operating…

SeaWorld Update: New Home for Penguins (Part 1)

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A new day means a new photo-update. Indeed, the Orlando Theme Park News would like to welcome you to the latest SeaWorld Orlando photo-report. As always, we have quite a few news to report, so let us start:

SeaWorld Update: New Home for Penguins (Part 2)

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Welcome to part2 of this new SeaWorld Orlando update (PART 1 can be found at this link).
This has to be the most exciting part of our update. Why? Well, because we take you high up, above the park!:

LEGOLAND Water Park: New Combo Tickets & Hours

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The new LEGOLAND Florida Water Park will open to the public on May 26, 2012. Since the opening date is nearing, the park released some new information regarding a new combo ticket that allows guests to visit both LEGOLAND Florida and the new water park. Here you are additional information, courtesy of the official LEGOLAND Florida Blog: _________________________________________________________________________
LEGOLAND Florida's Water Park Combo Tickets Now Available
The LEGOLAND® Water Park has been designed for families with children ages 2 to 12 with six fantastic zones including the LEGO® Wave Pool, Twin Chasers, Splash Out, the Joker Soaker, DUPLO® Splash Safari and the Build-A-Raft lazy river. This new attraction will add hours of fun water play to an already full day, making LEGOLAND Florida a multi-day destination experience for vacationers. It also adds additional value to our Premium Annual Pass.

A variety of ticket options are available for guests who want to explore the…