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SATURDAY SIX: 6 Reasons We Love Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

by on April 8, 2017
Filed under: Saturday Six, Universal Orlando Resort 3 Comments

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons We Love Universal’s RACE THROUGH NEW YORK STARRING JIMMY FALLON! 

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. (photo by Brandon Glover)

This past week Universal Studios Florida (USF) officially opened their newest attraction, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. While not the E-Ticket thrill ride many Universal fans are used to, it is the family friendly attraction that the Universal parks needed. Featuring the crowd pleasing Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, the attraction continues the Universal tradition of including humor within the attraction, while also implementing a whole new way to experience the thing we all hate the most: Theme Park Lines. Today we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite parts of Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – The Facade

One of the many synergies between the attraction and the park itself is the ride’s natural placement in the New York section of USF. With many theme park fans about to riot because of the Guardians of the Galaxy overlay of Tower of Terror out in California, it is great that Universal was able to place a ride exactly where it should go (as opposed to say, the nearby Transformers: The Ride 3-D.) Not only is Race Through New York in the best possible spot, the facade itself looks so good it immediately made everything around it look better. A scaled down replica of the actual NBC building at “30 Rock” in New York City, Race Through New York looks fantastic. Even better, while the facade looks stunning during the day, the area looks even better at night when the sun goes down.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of April 7, 2017

by on April 7, 2017
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It’s been a fun week in Orlando this week. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the theme park love being given (mostly, of course, courtesy of Jimmy Fallon.) Have you been enjoying all the excitement?

This week, we learn about a Disney sing-along hitting theaters, take a look at a rumor that keeps getting stronger, and so much more! Are you ready? Let’s go!

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

 

That gondola system rumor just isn’t going away. Matter of fact, it seems to be picking up steam.

You may have missed it, but the Main Street Electrical Parade is continuing through August 20 at Disneyland! Hooray! Who else is excited? Read the rest of this entry »

Dani’s Best Week Ever April 6, 2017: SeaWorld makes a splash with a new food festival (and show)

by on April 6, 2017
Filed under: Best Week Ever, Dining 1 Comment

SeaWorld is entering its rebirth and it is gratifying to see them try new things. One highly anticipated enhancement is the creation of the brand new Seven Seas Food Festival. I’ve been curious about this new food festival ever since it was announced, nearly a year ago.

On much shorter notice, SeaWorld announced a new Dolphin show. At such an announcement a wave of sadness crashed over me due to the loss of the creative and theatrical show “Blue Horizons.” I tried to remain optimistic about its replacement. Opening weekend of the new show “Dolphin Days” commenced, so I journeyed to SeaWorld to experience their newest creations.

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Dates Announced for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on April 6, 2017
Filed under: Magic Kingdom, Recent News

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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Are you ready for Christmas trees, hot cocoa, and Mickey Mouse? Well, if you are, you’re ready to celebrate the holidays in style with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The dates for this year’s parties have been announced. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a very popular hard-ticketed holiday event and a fan favorite experience.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights in November and December (21 nights in all) and for 2017, is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates:

 

  • November 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28
  • December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, a fireworks spectacular, cookies and hot cocoa, the Castle Dream Lights, and more.

Do keep in mind that separate admission to attend this event is required. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale in early May. We do not know what this year’s ticket pricing will look like. Stay posted to the blog, as I’ll make sure to post these details as soon as I have them!

Dates Announced for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

by on April 6, 2017
Filed under: Magic Kingdom, Recent News 1 Comment

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We know you’ve been clamoring for them and now we are able to share them with you! The dates are now out for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

This popular Magic Kingdom hard-ticket event is not to be missed by many. This year there will be more nights than ever to experience the spooktacular event; 32 in all. And they start incredibly early too….August 25 is the first party date.

Tickets will be available for purchase later this spring for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on the following dates:

  • August 25 and 29
  • September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29
  • October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31
  • November 1

This year’s event will include Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade, a fireworks spectacular, trick or treating, and the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.

Do keep in mind that separate admission is required. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale in early May. No word on the pricing, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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STK Orlando Debuts New Brunch Option

by on April 5, 2017
Filed under: Disney Springs, Recent News 2 Comments

STK Orlando

©Rikki Niblett

If you’re a fan of brunch, you very may well want to try the brand new brunch offering at STK Orlando located in The Landing in Disney Springs.

Menu offerings include starters like Cinnamon Monkey Bread or a Bag of Stuffed Donuts. Appetizers include seafood dishes like a half dozen or dozen oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, tuna tartare, and the house specialty of Lil’ BRGs.  Entrees include Beef Short Rib & Egg Sandwich, 6 oz Filet Medallion, 16 oz Sirloin, Shrimp & Grits,  Crab Cakes Benedict, Fried Chicken & Funnel Cake, and Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes.

There is also a brunch for two option which includes Dry Aged Tomahawk Steak, Butter-poached 2 lb. Lobster, King Crab Scrambled Eggs, and a Bottle of Veuve Clicquot for the price of $275.00.

As far as beverages are concerned, STK will offer mimosas, frose (raspberry sorbet in rose), martinis and more for brunch.

Brunch at STK Orlando is only available on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Polite Pig to Open at Disney Springs This Month

by on April 5, 2017
Filed under: Disney Springs, Recent News

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The Polite Pig (which is the sister restaurant to the Orlando restaurant The Ravenous Pig) will officially open on April 10 in the Town Center section of Disney Springs! Award-winning Orlando Chefs, husband and wife team, James and Julie Petrakis are opening this newest concept with James Petrakis’ brother Brian.

The Polite Pig will be a fast causal dining experience that will feature an open kitchen and is going to be a southern delight!  The 5,000-square-foot eatery will be open daily, and will offer seating for 190 guests. In addition to indoor seating, The Polite Pig will have a great outdoor patio for Guests to enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask It Results: Favorite Nighttime Show at WDW

by on April 5, 2017
Filed under: Just For Fun, Walt Disney World (FL) 2 Comments

The results are in! Last week we asked you:

What is your favorite current nighttime show at Walt Disney World?

With some of the polling done on Twitter, we’re limited to four choices, but there are more than four nighttime shows at Walt Disney World, so there was an enthusiastic write-in campaign for one fan favorite! Here’s the results, from least votes to greatest, with more than 1,800 votes cast.

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Ask It: Bring Back a Parade

by on April 5, 2017
Filed under: Just For Fun, Walt Disney World (FL) 12 Comments

This week’s Ask It fires up the wayback machine, looking at parades that are no longer around. Here’s this week’s question:

Which Disney Parade Would You Bring Back?

  • Spectromagic (57%, 395 Votes)
  • Tapestry of Nations/Dreams (22%, 150 Votes)
  • Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade (16%, 109 Votes)
  • Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade (5%, 33 Votes)

Total Voters: 687

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We picked one parade from each of the Walt Disney World theme parks, but feel free to comment with other ideas, too. Happy voting!

Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar – April Preview

by on April 4, 2017
Filed under: Crowd Blog, Walt Disney World (FL) 10 Comments

When looking at April Crowds at Walt Disney World it all starts with Easter. This year Easter Sunday falls on April 16. Historically, Sunday is not the busiest day of the Easter season although you can expect to see very large crowds every day around the holiday. The Christmas peak season that we see every year happens between December 27 and January 1, a few days after the holiday itself. For Easter, the busiest days at the Disney World parks happen before the holiday. Guests of the Disney parks can expect to see peak Easter crowds on the Tuesday through Thursday before Easter (April 11 – April 13).

Easter is very busy but not as extreme as Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Easter is not the only date of interest on the April calendar. In fact, April is chock-full of special events. Here is a breakdown of what’s happening in April and how it might impact crowds in the parks.

Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot

Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival continues throughout all of April. Guests can expect the parks to be extra busy on weekends, especially in the afternoon. The festival includes temporary food kiosks all around the park which bring in curious locals who come for the food but don’t ride the rides. This is why you might see very crowded parks with manageable wait times at the attractions. Avoid weekends unless you have no choice or if you are visiting for a specific concert.

Grad Nights

Grad Nights are back but now they are at Typhoon Lagoon. We don’t think those grads will spill over to the other parks in great numbers but beware if they do. There may be a premium on arriving early at the parks on days around Grad Nights – they tend to sleep in.

Easter

The Disney World Crowd Calendar is predicting very busy parks during the second week of April (April 10 – April 17). Two-thirds of the largest school districts are off at least one day that week and that means large crowds at Disney World. The good news is that park hours are extended to accommodate the influx of guests so the savvy planner can take advantage and arrive as early as possible. Do that and you will be ahead of the game. After the Easter break, 95% of school districts are back in class so we expect to see the parks return to moderate crowd levels fairly quickly after Easter Monday. Read the rest of this entry »