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Amazing New Audio-Animatronics to Soon Join Belle

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About ten days ago, the Disney Parks Blog shared with us a truly amazing video of the first half of the new Enchanted Tales with Belle meet-and-greet. It was absolutely incredible to see the portal expanding in front of our eyes, wasn't it? Well, just a couple of days ago, the Disney Parks Blog posted yet another new video of this soon-to-open experience, and this time they show us the incredibly complex Audio-Animatronics that Guests will be able to see(and interact with) inside the Beast's Castle. Enjoy!:

Yes, they are amazing, especially Lumiere, who is incredibly realistic and moves just like in the movies! You will be happy to know that random previews of this meet-and-greet has just started to take place at the Magic Kingdom, according to WDWMagic.com. We will soon head to the park, and we hope to be able to participate in one of these sneak-peeks! We will continue to keep you up-to-date.
VIDEO: ©Disney. All rights reserved.

Celebrating Historic Flight at Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center will be hosting a special event on September 14, 15, and 17. Take a look:
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Celebrate the Historic Final Flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour
Special Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Shuttle Fly-Out Viewing
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (August 31, 2012) – After 19 years of service, 25 missions, 133 astronauts carried, 299 days in space and 122,883,151 miles traveled, space shuttle Endeavour is departing Kennedy Space Center for the last time. Guests are invited to join the farewell celebration Sept. 14 - 17, 2012, at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The public has the opportunity to see Endeavour as it is being prepared for its journey atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) Sept. 14 and 15. Through scheduled exclusive Endeavour bus tours, guests will be able to view the orbiter as it is lifted by the mate-demate device (MDD) and placed atop a specially designed Boeing 747 aircraft.

As a collecti…

Future World Update: Imagination Changes (PART 1)

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Hello Orlando Theme Park News Readers, and welcome to another new photo-update! This afternoon we will take a look around Epcot, with a focus on the Imagination pavilion (that is receiving dome minor additions in the queue area), Test Track, and on the rest of Future World. In an upcoming update, we will also take a quick look at World Showcase to see if there's anything going on there. Let's start, as always, with a quite nice picture of the majestic Spaceship Earth:

Future World Update: Imagination Changes (PART 2)

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Let us continue to take a look at the various attractions and pavilions in Future World:

Future World Update: Imagination Changes (PART 3)

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As you know, The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion has got a new entrance canopy (more photos HERE):

Healthier Kids Menus Debut at Universal Orlando

Both Universal Orlando theme parks have introduced healthier menu items for young guests. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________

Delicious and Healthier Menu Choices Are Now Available for Guests at the Universal Orlando Resort
In an effort to continually enhance dining options for our  guests, [Universal Orlando] has redesigned children’s menus at each of our full service restaurants in Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, with a focus on offering healthier options for kids. Each new menu item has under 300 calories and features fresh steamed vegetables and/or fresh fruit as side items. Pizza and hamburgers are still offered as an option; however the restaurant menus have been  redesigned to highlight the healthier options. _________________________________________________________________________
Very commendable step taken by Universal. Undoubtedly, it will be very appreciated by many parents.

SeaWorld Orlando Rescues Manatee in Cocoa Beach

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SeaWorld Orlando's Rescue team just found a wounded manatee in Cocoa Beach, found on the East Coast of Florida. Take a look, and learn more about this rescue: _________________________________________________________________________
SeaWorld Orlando Rescues Wounded Manatee in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Orlando, Fla. – SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team rescued a manatee injured from a boat strike to its upper back, this afternoon near Cocoa Beach, Fla. The manatee was found by a concerned resident floating unusually on its right side in Brevard County’s Banana River. The resident notified Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) about the animal, and they contacted SeaWorld to conduct the rescue.

SeaWorld rescued the nearly eight-foot-long female sub-adult, and was transported to SeaWorld Orlando for further evaluation and care. After suffering boat strike wounds, manatees sometimes float unusually due to a number of reasons. SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team will conduct test…

Fort Wilderness Parking Lot Restrictions (Aug. 2012)

Just a quick advisory for our readers: _________________________________________________________________________
Fort Wilderness Resort: Outpost Parking Lot Restrictions  (August 31 - September 2, 2012)
Please be advised that Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Outpost parking lot will be available only to Guests with resort, recreation or dining reservations during the Labor Day holiday weekend - beginning Friday, August 31 until Sunday, September 2, 2012. _________________________________________________________________________
Thank you very much for your attention.

New Rendering of Ariel's Grotto in New Fantasyland

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The official Disney Parks Blog just released a new rendering of Ariel's Grotto, the new meet-and-greet that is currently being built underneath the rock-work that encircles the new "Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid" ride. Take a look:

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Here you are a general idea of the size of ads we are currently offering: SMALL AD (125x125)MEDIUM AD (150x150)LARGE AD (305x215)CUSTOM …

Discovery Cove Offers New Discounts for FL Residents

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Discovery Cove is offering a special offer for Florida Residents that can certainly be called a good deal: _________________________________________________________________________
Discovery Cove Announces Fall Dates for Special Florida Resident Rate
- Includes Unlimited SeaWorld and Aquatica Pass through January 2013 -
ORLANDO, Fla. (August 28, 2012) – There's never been a better time than now for Florida residents to experience an exciting fall getaway. With Discovery Cove exclusive savings available through December 31, 2012, Florida residents can enjoy a “Dolphin Swim Day Resort” admission for $199 plus tax or “Day Resort” admission (full day, without dolphin swim experience) for $129 plus tax. This great offer includes an unlimited admission pass to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica through January 31, 2013, valid after the date of Discovery Cove visit.

Hollywood Studios Closing an Hour Later Tonight

Disney's Hollywood Studios will not close at 9 p.m. tonight, as its hours will be slightly extended: _________________________________________________________________________
Disney's Hollywood Studios - Extend to 10 p.m. Close (August 28, 2012)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ park hours for Tuesday, August 28, 2012 have been extended. In addition, a second show of Fantasmic! has been scheduled. 
Park hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fantasmic! shows: 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. _________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for you attention, and enjoy the extra hour at the park today, if you are in the area!

General Magic Kingdom Update: Late August 2012

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Craving for a new photo-update? Look no further, as we take you along with us in this quick Magic Kingdom update! We will take a look around all the areas of the park, with the exception of Fantasyland. Enjoy!:

New Information on Test Track Reboot Released

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Just a few minutes ago, a live question-and-answer session was held with Imagineer Melissa Jeselnick, who is currently working on the major Test Track rehab. Here you are some of the new information that were released during the live chat:
1) What kind of changes can we expect in the queue area?
The queue, the whole attraction is completely reimagined. The queue will look like nothing our guests are used to seeing it look. We'll use the space to introduce guests to Chevrolet’s Automotive Design process - how it starts with a line and ends with the cars you can buy on the showroom floor. We'll have actual items, sketches, cars, models from GM that have never been seen before by anyone outside the Chevrolet family. It's basically changing from testing to design.

2) How are the vehicles customized?
Let's talk about the Design Studios. In the studio, you have a chance to design your own custom concept vehicle. That design follows you into the ride, which is still the same p…

Test Track Rehab: Question & Answers with Imagineer

Starting from 1: 15 p.m. (EDT), Disney Theme Park Fans will be able to participate in a question-and-answer session with Melissa Jeselnick on the official Disney Parks Blog. Melissa is one of the Disney Imagineers working on the Test Track refurbishment project at Epcot. Here's the Live Chat for you:


Remember to post your own questions on the Disney Parks Blog by clicking here!

Blizzard Beach & Winter Summerland Closed Today

Please, note the following advisories for today: _________________________________________________________________________
Blizzard Beach Water Park & Winter Summerland Mini-Golf Course Closed Today Due to Inclement Weather
Please be advised that Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course will be closed today due to inclement weather. _________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for your attention. We will continue to keep you updated regarding any other impact of Hurricane Isaac on the attractions and theme parks in the area. Remember also to keep an eye on our new "temporary closures" gadget located on our sidebar. We will strive to keep it as accurate as possible.

The Disney Look... to the Past! (August 24-30)

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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: August 24-30
Aug. 30, 1995 – Groundbreaking is held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Built around the 22-acre Lake Dorado, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort offers a taste of Spanish Colonial-era Mexico in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort. Located near Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the resort is named for famed conquistador Don Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, who discovered Arizona’s Grand Canyon and explored much of New Mexico during the 16th century. Water is a recurring theme throughout the resort, from the spring-fed Fountain of the Doves near the entrance to the Mayan-themed “Dig Site” pool, which features a 123-foot long jaguar-the…

And the Winner of the Avengers Prize Pack is...

The moment has finally arrived. It is time to reveal the name of the winner of the great Avengers Prize Pack! The Orlando Theme Park News Team used the random.orggadget to be sure to be completely impartial in making this choice. We have numbered all the comments that you posted on this update using the numbers from 1 to 31 (remember that even though there are in effect 32 comments, we had to skip our own comment).
So, are you ready? The comment randomly chosen is comment #18 . Therefore, our winner is...
Doug Reid
CONGRATULATIONS, Doug! Please, contact us (at otpndirect@live.com) in the next 48 hours to send us your house address (that will be used to send you the Avengers Prize Pack) to claim your prize! (Note: In case the winner does not contact us back, we will post a reminder on his Facebook account. If the winner doesn't answer our message before 24 hours, we will choose another winner).
Thank you to all the participants, and look out for more giveaways in the near future!

New Segway Tour Debuting at Epcot (September 2012)

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A new Segway tour will soon debut at Epcot. This new tour will begin to be available to guests starting from September 17, 2012, and it will have a quite long name. We'll just call it "Keep Moving Forward." Here you are some additional information regarding this new offering, from the official Disney Parks Blog:  _________________________________________________________________________

‘Keep Moving Forward’ Epcot Segway Tour & Breakfast Debuts Sept. 17
We have an update that’s sure to be a real treat for fans of early Epcot history.
Beginning September 17, [2012,] Epcot guests can enjoy a new Segway tour that explores Walt Disney’s vision for a better tomorrow – and the results of that vision: The Florida Project and Epcot. The “Keep Moving Forward: See the World, Share the Dream Segway Tour” lasts three hours and includes a Segway training lesson, breakfast at Sunshine Seasons, an in-depth tour of World Showcase, and an exclusive Disney pin.

The tour will cost $99 (…

Win an Avengers Pack on Orlando Theme Park News!

- NOTE!: THE GIVEAWAY HAS OFFICIALLY ENDED. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED! -

We will randomly choose a winner this coming Sunday (August 26, 2012). Here's what the winner will get: Official Avengers logo T-shirt;Official Avengers Frisbee;Official Avengers pin set;...and more (see photo on the left). A big "Thank You!" to all who participated in this special giveaway!

Downtown Disney Update: Volcano Structure Growing

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Hello, and welcome to a quick Downtown Disney update. This week we will take a look at the progress being made on the beautiful new volcano of the Rainforest Cafe and we'll also take a general look around the rest of the Marketplace area. Enjoy the pictures:

Complementary Wi-Fi Now Available at Epcot

Good news! Guests will now be able to take advantage of an additional complementary offering inside Epcot. In fact, free wireless internet was added all around the park on August 24, 2012. Here you are more information:
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Complimentary Wi-Fi Now Available at Epcot
As part of our efforts to continuously improve the experience for Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re excited to announce that complimentary Wi-Fi service is now available at Epcot.
Guests with wireless-enabled devices can now connect to the complimentary network by locating the network (Disney – Guest), selecting to connect and then accepting the terms and conditions. Once connected, the Guest will be connected to the network in locations where the Wi-Fi network is available.
If a Guest has already connected their device to the Disney Wi-Fi network at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel public space, they will not be prompted to accept the terms …

"Camelot Knights" - New Medieval Dinner Show

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Just recently, a brand-new dinner show officially debuted in Central Florida. We are referring to "Camelot Knights Dinner Adventure & Tournament." This dinner-show is presented by the same company that runs the "Pirate's Dinner Adventure" show (you can see photos and a brief description of the Pirate's dinner show by clicking on this link). Here you are a quick description of the show, taken from the official website of this new experience:

Be Our Guest Restaurant: DINNER MENU

Today we are proud to present to our readers the dinner menu of the new Be Our Guest restaurant, which will soon open in the new Fantasyland Forest area at the Magic Kingdom Park. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
- Be Our Guest Dinner - Appetizer:
Charcuterie Plate (assorted Cured Meats and Sausages served with Cornichons, Pickled Onions, and Toasted Whole-Grain Bread);Mussels Provençal (with White Wine, Tomato, Garlic, Onion, Basil, and Butter);Soup
Potato Leek Soup;French Onion Soup (topped with Crouton and Gruyère Cheese);Salad
Garden Salad (with Champagne Vinaigrette);Salad Trio (Three individual bowls of: Roasted Beet, Golden Raisin, and Orange SaladGreen Bean, Tomato, and Roasted Shallot SaladWatermelon, Radish, and Mint Salad);Entrée
Ratatouille Confit Byaldi (Oven-baked Zucchini, Eggplant, Mushrooms, and Caramelized Onions sliced and layered on Quinoa served with Bell Pepper Salsa);Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops (with Sautéed Mushr…

SeaWorld Orlando Update: Antarctica Rocks (PART 1)

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You will notice that the title of today's photo-update has a dual meaning. First of all, we definitely all expect to be blown away by Seaworld Orlando's new attraction coming in 2013 (Antarctica -  Empire of the Penguin), and we can therefore say that this addition will in effect "rock." That said, we also have to share with you some interesting new photos regarding this new addition today, where you'll see some fake, Antarctica-themed... rocks. Let's start, and see what else is new:

SeaWorld Orlando Update: Antarctica Rocks (PART 2)

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It is now time for some great aerial photos! Hang on tight to your hats and glasses, 'cause we are going up!:

SeaWorld Orlando Update: Antarctica Rocks (PART 3)

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According to some insistent rumors, the Terrace Garden Buffet may soon close to make way for a new thrill ride for the park. It may open as soon as 2015:

Contempo Cafe Closing for Refurbishment: Aug. 23-26

The Contempo Cafe (quick service eatery located inside the Contemporary Resort) was closed today and will remain unavailable to guests through August 26, 2012. Here you are more information:
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Contemporary Resort - Contempo Cafe Refurbishment and Relocation (August 23 - 26, 2012)
In order for our resort to continue to flourish as a magical destination, it is necessary for us to make enhancements from time to time. Beginning Thursday, August 23, the Contempo Cafe will be closed due to a refurbishment project. We expect this location to reopen on Monday, August 27.
During this time, there will be a smaller version of the Contempo Cafe set up in the Grand Republic rooms A and B located just off the escalators on the second floor in the Contemporary Tower. This location will be open from 7:00am to 12:00am and will feature a select number of items from the Contempo Cafe menu.
Additionally, The Sand Bar will also extend…

"Celebrate the Magic" Nighttime Show Coming to MK

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A new nighttime show is coming to the Magic Kingdom Park! It will be visually similar to the current "The Magic, the Memories, and You" projection show, but it will certainly continue to dazzle the park's Guests using new visual effect. Here you are more information about this new show, from the Disney Parks Blog (NOTE: this new projection show will NOT replace "Wishes - A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams." It will take place before the aforementioned fireworks show and will complement it): _________________________________________________________________________
Celebrate the Magic’ Nighttime Show Coming to Magic Kingdom Park
Beginning this November, guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park will be able to enjoy a new nighttime projection show on Cinderella Castle. “Celebrate the Magic” will incorporate favorite elements from the current show, “The Magic, The Memories and You!,” with all-new music, storytelling and special effects.

Major Change Coming to Magic Kingdom's EMH

A very important change will soon take place at the Magic Kingdom Park starting from next week. In fact, from Sunday, August 26, 2012, Splash Mountain will not be available any longer to Guests attending the evening Extra Magic Hours. Instead, one attraction will be added to the lineup, with others to be added soon: _________________________________________________________________________ Magic Kingdom: Important Changes to the Evening Extra Magic Hours
As we continue to evaluate what we offer our Guests, beginning the week of August 26, Magic Kingdom Park will be adding Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room to the list of evening Extra Magic Hours offerings and removing Splash Mountain as part of [this change]. In addition, we will be adding Country Bear Jamboree when it comes back up from refurbishment in mid-October. There are also plans to add offerings from New Fantasyland to the evening Extra Magic Hours later this year. At this time, there are no changes to the AM Extra Magic Hours…

The Disney Look... to the Past! (August 17-23)

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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: August 17-23
Aug. 21, 1995 – The PeopleMover closes at Disneyland Park Opened in 1967, the PeopleMover gave Guests an elevated guided tour of Tomorrowland as they enjoyed sleek, streamlined comfort aboard one of 62 four-car trains. The 16-minute journey included a look inside several Tomorrowland attractions, with the trains pushed along quietly from below by pacer tires powered by an electric motor. The track was extended in 1977 to enter Space Mountain and the Superspeed Tunnel, which used wraparound screens to put riders in the middle of a high-speed auto race. After its closure, the PeopleMover track was converted into the high-speed Rocket Rods, which operate…

Turf Club Restaurant to Start Serving Dinner Only

The Turf Club restaurant located inside the Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (Walt Disney World) will stop serving lunch beginning from September 30, 2012. Here's the advisory that confirms this: _________________________________________________________________________ Saratoga Springs Resort: Turf Club Serving Dinner Only Starting September 30, 2012
Beginning September 30, 2012, Turf Club at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa will be open for dinner only from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Paddock Pool Grill and Artist Palette will be available as lunch options for our Guests at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. _________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for your attention. We will continue to keep you up-to-date on this and other subjects.

A Quick Look Inside the Amazing Cottage of Maurice

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"This is absolutely amazing! How do they do that!?"
That is exactly what we told ourselves when watching the newest video of Maurice's Cottage posted on the Disney Parks Blog. Yes, Disney did it again. They were able to surprise and amaze us, even in such an age where advanced technology seems to be an everyday thing. Take a look inside this fantastic place, but, beware! What may look a simple themed environment is going to turn into an incredibly immersive experience...

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All in the Details: Step Inside the World of Belle Through Her Magic Mirror at Magic Kingdom Park
We’ve hinted before on the Disney Parks Blog that Enchanted Tales with Belle, in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, will be no ordinary character greeting. Today, we’re excited to share more details about this special experience. As you’ll see from th…

RFID Lock Conversion Starting Soon at Kidani Village

As you know, all Disney Resorts in Florida are undergoing major changes to upgrade the room's door locks so that they are able to use the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. The next Resort to go "under the knife" will be the Kidani Village (a section of the Animal Kingdom Lodge): _________________________________________________________________________
Kidani Village: RFID Door Lock Conversion Begins August 23, 2012
Beginning Thursday, August 23, new door locks will begin to be installed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village. The new door locks will be enabled with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) door access. New Key to the World cards also enabled with RFID technology will be issued to Guests using the new door locks at Kidani Village. The design on the new card differs slightly from the current card – the clouds and color look slightly different and the placement of the castle has changed.
Please note, new Key to the World cards will be…

New Fantasyland Update: Princesses & Grass (Part 1)

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Wow, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find some creative titles for our Fantasyland updates! Despite this, we are always very happy and excited to post these photo-reports, as many of our readers love to see all the new details and buildings taking shape in this soon-to-open area! We have been following this project since work started back in 2009, and it is incredible to see how far things have gone.
But, enough with words (we were starting to think about the past...). Let's start this update alright!

New Fantasyland Update: Princesses & Grass (Part 2)

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Welcome to part 2 of this exciting Fantasyland photo-report (PART 1 can be found at this link).
Let us now take a look around the Little Mermaid's area, which presents some major changes:

LEGOLAND Offers Free Field Trips for Polk Students

LEGOLAND Florida has recently shared with us a new press release regarding the variety of field trips and education programs that the park offers to young students. You may find this very interesting, especially if you are a parent of a second grader in Polk County. Why? Because they are eligible to participate in some of these activities for free! Here you are additional information: _________________________________________________________________________
LEGOLAND® Florida Makes Learning Fun with Stem Focused, Interactive Education Programs
Central Florida’s Newest Theme Park offers variety of Field Trips – Free to Polk County Second Graders
Winter Haven, FL (August 2012) – LEGOLAND® Florida sparks imagination and creativity beyond the walls of the classroom and makes learning fun this year with hands-on and interactive field trips. Just in time for the 2012-2013 academic year, Central Florida’s newest theme park rolls out eight dynamic, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math…

Pirates of the Caribbean: More Queue Modification

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As we reported back in July, some quite important changes are coming to the queue line of the pirates of the Caribbean attraction, located in the Magic Kingdom Park. Our first photo-update showed mostly some aesthetic changes (i.e. - new lights, cannon balls on the walls, etc.). This time we will show you some more changes that seem to confirm the addition of a FASTPASS line to the attraction. Let's take a look:

Bay Lake Tower to Start Offering Check-In Service

Very good news coming from Bay Lake Tower, the Contemporary Resort's newest DVC addition. Beginning from August 20, 2012, most guests staying at the Bay Lake Tower will be able to check-in by going directly to the lobby of their hotel instead of having to go to the Contemporary Resort's Reception. More information:
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Bay Lake Tower Lobby Offering Check-In
As we continually look for ways to enhance our arrival and overall Guest experience at Bay Lake Tower, we are excited to share the following changes. We are beginning a phased approach to relocating the Bay Lake Tower arrival experience for DVC Members and Guests to the Bay Lake Tower lobby. The lobby will be staffed with Front Office Cast Members from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The Cast will be available to perform all Front Desk and Lobby Concierge transactions including check-in, check-out, ticket sales, dining reservations, recreation and spa reservatio…

Avengers Prize Pack on Orlando Theme Park News!

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The debut of the Avengers movie has been one of the biggest events of the year, and was therefore one of the most popular movies ever produced by MARVEL. With that premise, we are happy to announce that thanks to a partnership with Disney Family Movies we will give our readers the opportunity of winning an Avengers Prize Pack full of surprises! Here's what you may win: Official Avengers logo T-shirt;Official Avengers Frisbee;Official Avengers pin set;...and more (see photo on the left).








So, how can you participate and have a chance of winning these great items? It is very easy: Like us on Facebook;Post a comment under this post, including your Facebook name. And you're done! After that, we will randomly choose one of the comments and will notify the winner within two weeks. How does that sound? Oh, and remember that you can only enter the giveaway ONCE. Thank you.
CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS GIVEAWAY (CLOSING ON MAY 23, 2012) >

Final 2 Days to Participate in the DFM Sweepstakes!

Just as a reminder to all our readers, the Disney Family Movie Sweepstakes will officially conclude tomorrow! You still have the chance to enter, and be able to win some truly fantastic prizes. Take a look: _________________________________________________________________________
Disney Family Movie Sweepstakes End on August 20, 2012

Every four years the world's finest athletes gather to compete at the highest level. Disney Family Movies celebrates these games of summer with the winning lineup of Disney's best. Now a lucky family can win a dream vacation by entering the Disney Family Movies "Play At The Next Level" Sweepstakes.

- SWEEPSTAKES GIVEAWAY DESCRIPTION -

GOLD LEVEL - A family of four will receive a 5-day, 4-night trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida including four (4) nights hotel accommodations at the Walt Disney World All-Star Sports Resort.  Trip will include round-trip coach-class air transportation, ground transfers between the Orlando In…

IOA Update: Lost Continent Continues to Fade Away

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Good evening OTPN readers, and welcome to a new Islands of Adventure Update! As always, we have quite a few new information to share with you, so hold on tight! Here we go:

Be Our Guest: Reservations Start on August 20, 2012

As it was announced a few weeks back, the new Fantasyland will officially start previews for regular park guests on November 19, 2012. For this reason, the Walt Disney World Resort just announced that dinner reservations for the new "Be Our Guest" restaurant will start in just two days! Here you are additional information: _________________________________________________________________________
Dinner Reservations for Be Our Guest Restaurant Open on August 20
Dinner reservations for Be Our Guest Restaurant may be booked beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 20. The first available dinner will be for Monday, November 19. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE, or visiting any Guest Relations theme park location or Guest Services desk at a resort. Online reservations will be available beginning August 22 by visiting www.disneyworld.com/dine.
Located at the base of the mountain below Beast’s castle, this themed venue transports diners to the magical world of “Beau…

LEGOLAND Florida Adding New Pirate Land in 2013

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Today we have got very good news regarding LEGOLAND Florida. According to some plans found online by another website, ParkRumors, it looks like pirates will invade another area of the park next year. The location chosen is found on the right side of LEGO Kingdoms' main entrance, on the back of DUPLO Land. Here's a map of the area we are talking about (screenshot taken from Google Maps):

9:30 p.m. Hoop-Dee-Doo Show Cancelled Three Days

The 9:30 p.m. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue show will not take place for THREE days in a row, starting from tomorrow evening. As always, here's the latest official advisory to confirm this sad news:
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Hoop-Dee-Doo 9:30 p.m. Show Cancelled for August 18, 19, and 20
Please be advised that the 9:30 p.m. show of Disney's Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue has been cancelled for Saturday, August 18, 2012, Sunday, August 19, 2012 and Monday, August 20, 2012. The 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. shows will go on as usual. _________________________________________________________________________
Thank you very much for your attention, and stay tuned for more news and updates coming soon.

Universal: It's All About Back to the Future (Part 1)

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Hello, and welcome to great new Universal Studios Florida photo-report! We are very excited to post this new update, especially since there is progress to show in all the areas of the park. This is such a fantastic time for the Universal Orlando resort, and we definitely want to share with you what we saw in the parks. Let's start:

Universal: It's All About Back to the Future (Part 2)

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Let's now check out the work going on in the former Amity area:

Universal: It's All About Back to the Future (Part 3)

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We will now take a look at the progress being done on the new games area in the Simpsons' queue area:

FASTPASS+ Tests to Resume this Coming September

An interesting advisory was recently released by the Walt Disney World Resort. Indeed, it states that there will be once again tests in some of the parks using the new FASTPASS+ system: _________________________________________________________________________
FastPass+ Test Offered in September
As part of our effort to continually look for new ways to enhance the Guest experience, a test of additional enhancements to our FASTPASS service, which we're referring to as FastPass+, will take place in September at Magic Kingdom Park. More details will be shared prior to the start of the test. _________________________________________________________________________
We are definitely very curious to finally understand what this will be about. Stay tuned.

Sherberth Road & Epcot Resorts Boulevard Roadwork

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Two major road works will start very soon at the Walt Disney World Resort. Take a look at the following advisories, together with the maps we provided to show you exactly where these projects will take place: _________________________________________________________________________
Southbound lane addition on Sherberth Road, Aug. 20 - Nov. 2, 2012
In order to accommodate a second left-turn lane from Osceola Parkway, southbound Sherberth Road will be expanded near the intersection with Osceola Parkway. Work in this area will take place [between August 20 and November 2, 2012] during nonpeak daytime hours. _________________________________________________________________________
Now, here's a map of the area talked about in the preceding advisory:

Third Hoop-Dee-Doo Show Cancelled - August 15

Here we are again. The 9:30 p.m. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue show will not take place tonight (and neither did yesterday). As always, here's the current advisory to confirm this: _________________________________________________________________________
Hoop-Dee-Doo 9:30 p.m. Show Cancelled for Wednesday, August 15
Please be advised that the 9:30 p.m. show of the Hoop-Dee-Doo has been cancelled for Wednesday, August 15, 2012. The 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. shows will go on as usual. _________________________________________________________________________
Thank you very much for your attention, and stay tuned for more advisories!

LEGOLAND's Water Park and... 4,000 Lbs of Ice!?

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What's the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking about something to do to cool off in the middle of a summer day in Central Florida? Dumping boatloads of ice in the water, of course! And that is exactly what has been done at LEGOLAND Florida's Water Park in the past few days. Check it out!: _________________________________________________________________________
LEGOLAND® Florida Water Park Beats the Blazing Heat with 4,000 Lbs of Cool Refreshing Ice
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (August 14, 2012) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just reported July 2012 as the hottest month previously observed in the US records from over the past 118 years. Central Florida has been blazing with summer heat and the temperature is still rising in the August sun. LEGOLAND® Florida Water Park wanted to make sure their guests were extra refreshed from all this heat. So to cool things off, the park brought in a giant ice trailer packed with more than 4,000 pounds of chi…

Major Makeover Coming to Epcot's France Pavilion

Some quite important changes will soon be coming to the beautiful and charming France pavilion at Epcot. This will include the complete renovation of one of the area's signature restaurants (the Bistro de Paris), a major expansion of one of the most popular quick service location (the Patisserie), and the addition of an entirely new quick service offering (the Glacier ice cream parlor). Learn more, from the Disney Parks Blog: _________________________________________________________________________
Major Makeover for the France Pavilion at Epcot
It’s all happening behind the scenes, but by early December, Bistro de Paris in the France Pavilion at Epcot will have a whole new look plus a new name, and by mid-December, a new bakery will be open. Guests may not even notice the construction, as the downstairs Les Chefs de France remains open, as well as the Boulangerie Patisserie bakery and pastry shop.
We talked with Jerome Bocuse, president and owner of the company that runs all thre…

New Canopy Erected in Front of the Seas Pavilion

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Despite being considered one of the most neglected theme parks in Central Florida, Epcot is constantly receiving minor new additions every single month. You can notice this by checking out our constant in-park updates. Today, though, we will take a look at only a few of these new additions, all of which have been installed/added around "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" pavilion. Let's check them out:

Disney Movie Summer Games: Daily Update (Aug. 13)

Check out what will be the last update on the Olympic Summer Games, presented by Disney Family Movies:
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Monday, August 13th Disney Family Movies "Play At The Next Level" Sweepstakes Summer Games Update: After Team USA Men's Basketball finished its inevitable triumph with a gold medal, thus matching their female counterparts, and after the final gold medal of the London 2012 Summer Games was awarded -- to Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania, for the modern decathlon -- London took an incredibly well deserved bow with a spectacular Closing Ceremony that included Annie Lennox, the Who, and, yes, the Spice Girls.
What will your memory of these London 2012 Summer Games be? US swimmer Michael Phelps (on Twitter: @MichaelPhelps) going out on top? The #FierceFive -- including Gabby "The Flying Squirrel" Douglass (on Twitter: @gabbydouglas) sticking the landing and winning gold? US swimmer Missy Frankl…

Universal: Work on Connecting Train Moving Forward

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As you certainly know, Universal Orlando is radically mutating and is increasingly becoming a much bigger threat to Disney. One of its latest project is a realistic train that will soon connect Universal Studios Florida to its sister theme park, Universal's Islands of Adventure. As you may have noticed from our latets photo-reports, work on this new train has already started at Islands of Adventure, but work will soon begin also in the backstage areas of Universal Studios. Here's one advisory recently issued by Universal to all Team Members: _________________________________________________________________________
Utility, Infrastructure Upgrades to Affect Backstage Traffic Flow
Beginning Monday, August 20, 2012 backstage traffic routes will change as our teams conduct infrastructure upgrades and utility maintenance along Perimeter Road.

As indicated in the map above, certain sections of Perimeter Road will be closed – and vehicle traffic will be rerouted; however, pedestrians…

SeaWorld Parks Donate $1.1 Million for Research

The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Funds have generously donated a large sum of money (more than $1 million) to contribute to some of the on-going researches and conservation programs that aim to save animal species. Here's the latest press release which will furnish additional information on the subject: _________________________________________________________________________
SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Grants More Than $1.1 Million to Support Wildlife Research and Conservation
Orlando, Fla. (August 13, 2012) – Animals in need around the world will benefit from more than $1.1 million in grants awarded this year by the non-profit SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Since its inception, the Fund has granted more than $9 million to protect wildlife and wild places. The Fund approved grants to 88 wildlife research and conservation projects. These grants will help researchers identify why 90 percent of one penguin species in the wild has decli…

Magic Kingdom General Update: Rehabs & Refurbs

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Hello, and welcome to a new Magic Kingdom general update. Today we will take a quick look around the park to see what is new in all the lands of the park, except for Fantasyland (we will post an update on that very soon. Stay tuned). We will start, as always, from the beautiful Main Street U.S.A.:

Disney Movie Summer Games: Daily Update (Aug. 12)

Check out today's update on the Olympic Summer Games, brought to you by Disney Family Movies:
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Disney Family Movies "Play At The Next Level" Sweepstakes Summer Games Update for Sunday, August 12th: "Keep calm and play on": It's the final day of these London 2012 Summer Games! All eyes will be on the tip-off as Kobe, Lebron and Team USA Men's Basketball (on Twitter: @usbasketball) look to earn the latest Dream Team moniker, when they play Team Spain in the final play at Olympic Stadium. (Team USA Women's Basketball has not lost a Summer Games match in sixteen starts.) And of course, as the world's eyes turn to Big Ben and our host city London one last time for these Games, the Closing Ceremony (to feature a true 1990's Spice Girl reunion), featuring all the athletes, of all nations, marching together. Go Team World! On to Rio 2016!
Disney Summer Games Tip: Should you wan…

The Disney Look... to the Past! (August 10-16)

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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: August 10-16
Aug. 16, 1955 – Dumbo the Flying Elephant opens at Disneyland Park Grab a magic feather and take flight with the star of Disney’s 1941 animated classic. This opening year attraction (technical difficulties kept it grounded for the park’s first month of operation) first allowed Guests to take a spin above Fantasyland aboard one of 10 airborne pachyderms. Circus music and Disney tunes played on an authentic Gavioli band organ built in 1915 add to the light-hearted atmosphere. In 1990, the ride was entirely rebuilt, increasing the fleet to 16 elephants and adding elaborate, fanciful touches like moving gears and ornate fountains. This attraction can also…

Third Hoop-Dee-Doo Show Cancelled (August 12)

Please, be aware of the following advisory for tomorrow, August 12, 2012: _________________________________________________________________________
9:30 p.m. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Cancelled - August 12, 2012
Please be advised that the 9:30 p.m. show of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue has been cancelled for Sunday, August 12, 2012.  The 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. shows will go on as usual. _________________________________________________________________________
Thank you as always for your attention, and have  a good night!

LEGOLAND Florida Offers Shuttles for Partner Hotels

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LEGOLAND Florida recently announced that they will offer a free shuttle service between the park and three of their partner hotels. Here you are additional information on this new complementary service: _________________________________________________________________________
LEGOLAND® and Partnered BED & BRICK Hotels Add Shuttle Service Central Florida’s Newest Theme Park Continues to Add More Family Friendly Perks
Winter Haven, FL (August 9, 2012) – Local transportation to LEGOLAND® Florida just got easier and it’s free. A bright yellow shuttle bus featuring LEGO® characters can be seen traveling the local streets around Central Florida’s newest theme park. As an added benefit to guests staying in the area, LEGOLAND Florida and three of its local Bed & Brick Preferred Accommodations Partners; Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn of Winter Haven and Hampton Inn of Lake Wales, have teamed up to provide a new shuttle service which will run daily to and from the hotel establishments and t…