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Mythos: The Best-Themed Restaurant at Universal Orlando

by on May 11, 2015 10 Comments

Yes, The Three Broomsticks may be the best quick-service restaurant at Universal Orlando Resort, and, yes, a lot of Broomsticks’s impressiveness is due to its immaculate theming, which is arguably in a league of its own.

But Mythos differentiates itself in a number of key ways, from the small (it’s a table-service eatery rather than a counter-service one) to the large (instead of being based on a pre-existent intellectual property, it has the double duty of creating another world for guests to inhabit from scratch while simultaneously transporting them there). When added together, it becomes quickly apparent that Islands of Adventure’s premiere venue is also its most immersive one, and that, indeed, Mythos takes top thematic billing at the entire resort.

What, exactly, is in a theme, and how does it impact your culinary experience? Let’s find out.

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SATURDAY SIX: Top Six Meet and Greets at the Magic Kingdom

by on May 9, 2015 16 Comments

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the Top Six Meet and Greets at the Magic Kingdom. Let’s face it, meet and greets have become an important part of the vacation experience for many guests. Gone are the days when you could randomly bump into characters roaming the parks as the meet and greets of today have become attractions themselves, with some lines equaling even the best rides and shows in the parks. With elaborate sets, must-do character dining, and even special events based around the opportunity to meet characters, nobody does meet and greets better than Walt Disney World. Today we are going to look at the very best meet and greets at the Magic Kingdom, along with a little advice from an expert on meeting characters, Kenny the Pirate. The rankings are based on several factors including; theming of the meet and greet area, guest interaction with the characters, and a pinch of Je ne sais quoi (the indefinable magic that some meet and greets deliver which stays with you and your family for years, if not a lifetime.) Remember that clicking on any picture will bring it up in full size, and with that out of the way let’s start with…

# 6 – The Little Mermaid (Ariel’s Grotto)

Disney hit a home run with New Fantasyland delivering a great coaster with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a wonderful dark ride with Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, and the first “E-Ticket” dining experience with Be Our Guest Restaurant. They also over-delivered in the area of meet and greets with the hilarious Gaston (who we just may see later in the list,) Enchanted Tales with Belle (including the stunning Lumiere animatronic and the how did they do that Magic Mirror,) and Ariel’s Grotto.

The Grotto is located right next to the Mermaid attraction and personifies what Disney can bring to the table. Walking into the area guests will receive the same wow factor they got when seeing the elaborate queue of Under the Sea or the impressive Ursula figure during the ride. This is a setting befit of a Disney princess.Guests are asked to sit next to Ariel on her clam shell bench, and this provides an intimate experience you just don’t get at many meet and greets. Like her movie counterpart, this Ariel will comment on unusual items guests may have that wouldn’t be found in the water, along with having age appropriate conversations with each and every guest. This is your only opportunity to meet Ariel outside of a dining package, and be sure to ask how her friends Flounder and Sebastian are doing!

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The Little Mermaid. (photo by Jackie Laughters)

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Ariel’s Grotto. (photo by Daisy Lauren)

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Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide To Play in ABC Sound Studio

by on May 8, 2015

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Are you a fan of Star Wars Rebels? Well if you are and you need a refresher or you missed the first season, you’ll have a chance to catch up and relive the exciting adventures from the series’ first season at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before the second sesason premieres on June 20 on Disney XD.

Beginning on Friday, May 15, Guests will be able to catch Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide, where they can view the exciting adventures of the crew of the Ghost. This special first season recap will take place in the ABC Sound Studio, where the Cinderella sneak peek is currently taking place. The Cinderella preview will end on May 13.

Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide will be showing daily from 10:00 a.m. until 30 minutes prior to park closing.

The recap is being introduced right in time for Star Wars Weekends, which begins on May 15.

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of May 8, 2015

by on May 8, 2015 1 Comment

In Case You Missed It!

In Case You Missed It!

Wow! This has been a busy Disney and Universal week! I could barely keep up with all the fun! Every day there was some new announced and another great article to read!

What is your favorite news piece that came out, whether it’s listed here or around the Disney/Universal blogosphere?

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

 

This week, Disney announced its Quarter 2 earnings and the company did much better than previously expected, beating expectations with a 10% increase. Find out how. Also, for those who would like to see the full transcript of this week’s earnings call, it can be found here.

Wow! All four Disney Cruise Line ships have been named as part of the 10 Best Cruise Ships for Families by USA Today. Which ship is your favorite to sail on? Read the rest of this entry »

Feel the Force Premium Package Preview

by on May 8, 2015 3 Comments

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Face your fears. Plan ahead. Enjoy the Premium Package.

2015 Feel the Force Details

When the Feel the Force Premium Package Star Wars parade and dessert party was announced last year, I went through a range of emotions on the first day. I started at “That is way too expensive for all of that…” moved quickly to “Maybe I can move a few things around…” Eventually, I ended up at “I must book that thing NOW…” While most reviews were tentative compliments through downright trashing, prepared visitors can make the most out of the experience to turn it into a worthwhile expense. Just be prepared to move to certain areas – and enjoy all that can be offered for the weekend. Read on for a review of last year’s experience. Read the rest of this entry »

Nintendo Attractions Coming to Universal Theme Parks

by on May 7, 2015 5 Comments

Nintendo characters and attractions are coming to Universal parks world-wide.

Universal might not have shocked anyone with yesterday’s long-awaited confirmation that King Kong is coming to Islands of Adventure, but today’s surprise announcement has certainly caught many observers off guard. A joint press release revealed that Universal has teamed with Nintendo to bring the Japanese company’s iconic video game characters to life at theme parks around the world.

The official statement, which we’ve reproduced below, is very vague, with no specifics on which resorts or intellectual properties are involved, nor a timeline of when the promised attractions might open: Read the rest of this entry »

Gift ideas for your own little (and no so little) Disney Princess

by on May 7, 2015 2 Comments

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Wal-Mart Mickey Mouse Purse

Hello again. Having just returned from a fortnight in Florida, I followed my own tips from my last blog and used the flight time to write this blog. As I had spent all of my holiday money, and a lot of my Dad’s hard earned money, during numerous shopping sprees, I thought I would come back with another inspirational, witty and award-winning blog on age appropriate Disney gift ideas for girls (catchy I know but I will think of a better title soon I promise).

My plan is to uncover a range of ideas that you have never really thought of before. I am going to split up my blog into age ranges and then list and explain a few presents that you might be interested in bringing home for your princess/daughter/niece/family friend etc. Being the quintessential Mother’s Daughter that I am, I was born to shop but when I was smaller, I had to rely on my cute smile and good behaviour to get the things I have highlighted. Also, please bear in mind fashions change and I cannot see any Daddy letting their Princess follow Miley Cyrus now; I know mine won’t!

Let’s begin with younger girls and work up my current status of teenage girl.

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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: May 7, 2015

by on May 7, 2015 17 Comments

1Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Hong Kong Disneyland??! Now, before you get too jealous remember that I was in Tokyo just two weeks ago. With upwards of a twelve hour time difference I don’t recommend timing these trips like I did! The jet lag has been brutal. However, when I found out business was taking me to Hong Kong then how could I resist? I had to visit my last Disney park and share it with all of you! :)

With just a couple weeks to plan I made my reservation and purchased tickets. Before I knew it I was walking down Main Street! It seemed oddly smaller than the other parks and lots of renovation was going on. You’ll notice I didn’t include any closer photos of the castle because it was behind tarps! What a bummer! :(

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Want to see what else I saw on my visit to Hong Kong Disneyland? Be sure to click to read more!

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American Ninja Warrior Invades Universal Studios Florida

by on May 6, 2015

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American Ninja Warrior films at USF on May 10-12, 2015. (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

American Ninja Warrior, an NBC and Esquire Network (originally G4) competition show based on the long-running Japanese hit Sasuke, has taken over the New York section of Universal Studios Florida for episode tapings that will take place after park hours on May 10th through 12th.

Tickets to attend the tapings, which will be held at 10:30pm, 12:30am, and 2:30am on Sunday night/Monday morning and Monday night/Tuesday morning, are almost completely sold out at this point, but you may still be able to join the wait list.

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Details about Coolest Summer Ever 24 Hour Event at the Magic Kingdom

by on May 6, 2015 3 Comments

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©Disney

Are you excited about the upcoming 24 Hour Coolest Summer Ever event scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend? (Which is taking place from 6:00 a.m. Friday, May 22 until 6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23.)  It is sure to be a fantastic and fun-filled day with special activities taking place throughout the day!  Here is what unique activities Guests can expect to experience throughout the day:

  • Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff will be on hand to welcome Guests to the park at 6:00 a.m. following a spectacular opening show ceremony.
  • The Festival of Fantasy Parade will take place twice – once at noon and once at 3:00 p.m.
  • The Main Street Electrical Parade will also take place twice – at 11:00 p.m. and at 1:00 a.m.
  • The Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party will take place at 9:30 a.m. and at 5:40 p.m.
  • A DJ will spin tunes in the Club Chill party zone in Tomorrowland from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. In addition, Guests should be on the lookout for some of your favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD stars, because they might just drop by!
  • Late night dance parties hosted by characters in PJs in Frontierland and the Castle Hub
  • Chalk Artists
  • Tasty Frozen-inspired treats

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