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Summer Gets Hotter With the “Teen Beach 2″: Beach Party at Typhoon Lagoon

by on April 22, 2015

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Are you a fan of Teen Beach Movie? (That’s the one with Troy and Gabriella, right? ;) ) Well, if you are, then I’m sure you know that the sequel will be airing on The Disney Channel later this summer. So, if you’re excited about of the teen flick part 2, then you’ll need to head to Typhoon Lagoon. You see, in honor of the Coolest Summer Ever, the water park will be introducing the Teen Beach 2: Beach Party for a limited time!

The party will showcase the “bikers” and the “surfers” who will be there to dance, as the DJ on hand spins some great retro tunes. Guests will also be able to participate in games on the main beach area, such as relays, hoola hoop spinning, as well as water balloon and beach ball tosses.

You won’t want to miss out on all the exciting fun–the event only takes place from May 22 through July 5. Guests visiting the water park paradise will surely be transported back to the 1960s with the Teen Beach 2: Beach Party.

(PS: No old fogies….ie…myself….were harmed in the creation of this blog post. Though I do now feel about 100.)

 

 

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Tomorrowland Preview Now Open at Epcot

by on April 18, 2015

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The Tomorrowland preview has evicted Captain EO from Epcot’s Imagination pavilion. (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

Do you want to go back to the future? Well, we’re already in 2015, so Doc Brown’s time machine is off the table, but Disney is now giving guests a glimpse of the world (or at least the moview) of tomorrow. As Rikki Niblett reported, Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland preview officially opened on April 18 inside Epcot‘s Magic Eye Theater, formerly home to Captain EO.

The new temporary attraction is essentially an advertisement for the upcoming Brad Bird-directed sci-fi flick, which will be released to American theaters on May 22.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 4/17/15

by on April 17, 2015

Happy Friday! Do you have big plans that involve Disney this weekend? If you’ll be traveling to Walt Disney World this weekend (or any time soon), here are some of the news notes you should know!

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom is now offering the pre-order option for breakfast. Guests with a breakfast reservation will receive information via their dining confirmation email and will be able to pre-order meals through My Disney Experience anywhere from 30 days to 5 minutes prior to their reservation. Guests can also still choose to order breakfast at the time of arrival at the restaurant. Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant is currently only being tested through June 18.
  • Epcot will be holding some special events Earth Day, which is April 22. Beginning today until April 22, there will be nature activities for kids and families and a sand-sculpture creation to showcase Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom at the World Showcase Outpost. Then, over at The Seas with Nemo & Friends on April 22, guests can learn about conservation efforts to protect coral reefs, sea turtles, sharks, and the many other amazing creatures that inhabit our oceans.

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Tomorrowland Preview Begins Tomorrow at Epcot

by on April 17, 2015

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I feel a sense of irony writing this title for this article. ;)

For those of you excited about the Tomrrowland sneak peek that will be taking place in Epcot‘s Magic Eye Theater in the Imagination Pavilion (you know, where Captain EO has been playing), it will begin tomorrow, April 18. In addition, to being able to catch the preview guests will also be able to get a close-up look at one of the jet packs used in the film, along with a display of concept art and photos straight from the set.

For those visiting Disneyland, the preview kicked off today at the Tomorrowland Theater. After catching the preview, guests are invited to visit the Starcade to see original props and production artwork.

The preview will last approximately 15-20 minutes and is expected to run until May 24. Tomorrowland heads to theaters on May 22.

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Celebrate Earth Day with a Party for the Planet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on April 17, 2015

Disney's Animal KingdomLooking for a great way to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) while visiting Walt Disney World? Look no further than Disney’s Animal Kingdom! (Which is also the park’s anniversary!) Each year, the park holds a special event called Party for the Planet. The day will include unique activities, merchandise, and of course, a cupcake, to celebrate the occasion.

Most events are slated to take place at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Guests should hop on the Wildlife Express Train back to the land, where they will be able to meet Rafiki and Jiminy Cricket (from April 19 through 25); see conservation displays and presentations courtesy of Cast Members; have caricatures done or get your face painted (available through April 25); and visit research stations, which will showcase behind-the-scenes footage of “Monkey Kingdom,” Disney’s newest Disneynature release (available through May 20.)

In addition, there will be vendors and artists selling unique items to guests in both the Africa section of the park and in Discovery Island.

I did mention that there would be a specialty cupcake. It will be a Worms in Dirt-themed chocolate cupcake, with a chocolate mousse filling with white buttercream dipped in Oreo crumbs. It is topped with a chocolate flowerpot and gummy worms. Guests can pick it up at Kusafiri Coffee Shop or at Isle of Java on April 22.

For more information about celebrating Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, make sure you pick up the special Times Guide for full details.

 

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Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package Returns for 2015

by on April 15, 2015

Frozen Summer FunThe Frozen Summer Fun LIVE event will be returning this year, which means that also returning will be the Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package. Booking this package will allow guests to experience three of the most popular events during the Frozen Summer Fun LIVE day. If you are looking for the ultimate Frozen day, this is the way to experience it!

To start, guests will be able to watch Anna and Elsa’s Royal Processional, a fun mini-parade with your favorite characters from the movie, in a reserved viewing area, complete with regal refreshments, such as water, soft drinks, and ice cream!

Guests will then be able to acquire reserved seating to one showing of For the First Time In Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.  The retelling of the story of Arendelle will take place in the newly named Hyperion Theater. (It used to be the Superstar Television Theater, home of the American Idol Experience.)

Finally, guests will end their day with a special dessert party and private viewing area for the Frozen Fireworks spectacular. Guests will be able to enjoy Frozen-themed desserts as well as specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The cost is $69 for adults (ages 10 and up), $39 for children age 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity are included). Reservations can be made online or by calling 407-939-3463. Do keep in mind that package availability is limited.

The package will be available for guests to experience from June 17 through September 7, with the exception of July 4 and 15.

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Get Ready to Rock Out with the 2015 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

by on April 15, 2015

Sounds Like Summer Concert SeriesEpcot brings the music every summer courtesy of its Sounds Like Summer Concert Series. What makes this event unique is that it features tribute bands performing hits of your favorite artists. These bands are about as real as a cover band can be.

This year’s concerts will take place from June 7 through July 25 and the seven different acts will perform for a week at a time.

Many favorites will be returning this year, including Hotel California and 2U. The full lineup includes:

  • June 7-13: DSB – A Tribute to Journey
  • June 14-20: 2U – A Tribute to U2
  • June 21-26: Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – A Tribute Billy Joel Show
  • June 27 – July 4: Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston
  • July 5-11: Fire & Ice – A Tribute to Pat Benatar
  • July 12-18: Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 19-25: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles

Do keep in mind that entertainment is subject to change.

These fun concerts take place at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre, which is found at the American Adventure Pavilion. Showtimes are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily and shows are included with your Epcot admission.

So get ready to shake your groove thing and make sure you stop to enjoy the Sounds Like Summer concert series during your summer vacations this year!

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The BOATHOUSE Now Open at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney

by on April 13, 2015

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The BOATHOUSE is the newest restaurant open in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World. The upscale waterfront dining establishment that specializes in serving steaks, chops, seafood, a raw bar, and more, opened today in what will become The Landing section of Disney Springs. The restaurant will also feature unique nautical offerings, such as a fleet of Aphicars (yep, these cars can go in the water), water taxis, rare dream boats, and more.

As far as the menu is concerned, it is very upscale, however there are a few not so ritzy items offered, as well. Menu offerings are:

Raw Bar

Oysters on the Half Shell – $3.50

Yellowfin Tuna Poke – $16.00

Florida Stone Crab Claws - (Market Price)

Wild Caught Baja Cocktail Shrimp – $4.00

Laughing Bird Shrimp Ceviche – $16.00

Crab & Avocado – $15.00

Anastasia Gold Caviar – $100.00

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More Metal Detectors Installed at Universal Orlando Roller Coasters

by on April 10, 2015

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Be prepared for enhanced security screenings at more of Universal Orlando’s biggest thrill rides. (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

Remember a few weeks back when Universal Orlando stirred up social media park-stalkers (present company included) by installing electronic security screening devices — a.k.a. metal detectors — outside Universal Studios Florida‘s Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster? Well, hold onto your hat (but NOT your phone, keys, or coins) because UOR sprained the interwebs again with yesterday’s introduction of more metal detector screenings at Islands of Adventure‘s Incredible Hulk Coaster and Dragon Challenge.

As of April 9, 2015, all Universal Orlando guests wishing to ride the resort’s major outdoor roller coasters must deposit all loose and metal objects in a locker before entering the queue. Mandatory airport-style security screenings, including walk-through metal detectors and handheld scanning wands, will be used to ensure that no prohibited items — specifically phones, keys, coins, cameras, and selfie sticks — are carried onto the attractions.

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Tickets Now On Sale for Walt Disney World 2015 Special Hard Ticket Events

by on April 8, 2015

MNSSHP and MVMCPBack in February, Disney released the dates for the 2015 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties and the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties. In addition, we’ve received some preliminary information about Night of Joy. Well, I have good news! Tickets are now on sale for all three events!

First, let’s take a look at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. (If you haven’t already done so, check out our recent Least Crowded Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties blog post.) This year’s parties will take place on select nights from September 15 through November 1. Parties will run from 7:00 p.m. until midnight. Pricing for the party nights varies depending on the evening, and there are discounts for select nights. Typically there is an advance purchase discount, minus a few exceptions.

Here’s what you can expect to pay (prices do not include tax): 

Dates: September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27; October 1

  Adult (Ages 10+) Child (Ages 3-9)
Advance Purchase Discount $68 $63
Day of Event $74 $69

 

Dates: October 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, and November 1

  Adult (Ages 10+) Child (Ages 3-9)
Advance Purchase Discount $74 $69
Day of Event $79 $74

Date: October 31

  Adult (Ages 10+) Child (Ages 3-9)
Cost $87 $82

 

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