Disney Springs to replace Downtown Disney!

Walt Disney World has announced that its popular Downtown Disney shopping and dining districts will be receiving a massive makeover and expansion transforming into a complex called Disney Springs telling a new story born of Florida’s past.

Legend of Chima comes to Legoland!

Legoland has announced a new area called the World of Chima, based on the popular Lego product line with tribes of mystical animal warriors is coming to Legoland this year.

Transformers Invade Universal Studios!

As the opening of Transformers: The Ride 3D draws near Universal have now opened the Transformers gift shop and the Transformers have arrived! The Transformers have invaded Universal Orlando allowing the crowds to have meet and greets with larger than life autobots that look absolutely incredible!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2013

Excitement is in bloom at Epcot theme park this spring with the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival presented by HGTV which takes place between March 6th to May 19th 2013!

Antarctica by SeaWorld Opens May 24th 2013!

Orlando’s must see 2013 attraction - Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin - will open to guests on 24th May at SeaWorld Orlando. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will transport families into a rarely seen, icy world. Visitors will feel the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the eyes of a penguin on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Disney Announce Finding Dory for 2015!



Disney has announced the name of the sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo.
Finding Dory is due to be released in November 2015 and will again star Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, the forgetful blue tang fish.
It will be directed by Andrew Stanton, who made Finding Nemo and WALL-E, but was also responsible for the flop action film John Carter.

The script is fantastic. It has everything I loved about the first one: a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is it's got a lot more Dory
Ellen DeGeneres
"I'm not mad it took this long," said Ellen DeGeneres talking about the new film.
"I know the people at Pixar were busy creating Toy Story 16, but the time they took was worth it.
"The script is fantastic. It has everything I loved about the first one: a lot of heart, it's really funny, and the best part is it's got a lot more Dory."
The sequel will take place a year after the end of the first film, which saw Dory join Nemo's father Marlin in the search for his missing son.
Finding Nemo also starred Albert Brooks, Willem Defoe and Eric Bana.
The film won an Academy Award for best animated feature and made more than £600 million around the world.
Alexander Gould, who played the part of Nemo, said recently that he was "devastated" to realise his voice had become too deep to play the part.

Source: BBC

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Legend of Chima comes to Legoland!



Feel the need to challenge friends to the ultimate CHI battle?

Soon kids of all ages will be able to build their own LEGO Speedorz and battle with water cannons to defend the mystical energy source at Legoland Florida. The park announced Tuesday a new area called the World of Chima, based on the popular Lego product line with tribes of mystical animal warriors.

Set to open in July 2013, The World of Chima, presented by Cartoon Network, will feature an interactive water ride and a Speedorz Arena where multiple players build their LEGO Speedorz and compete in a series of obstacles to fight for the precious supply of CHI. The park will also show a new movie called “Lego Chima 4D Movie Xperience.” Legoland Florida is the first park to feature Legends of Chima and coincides with a new animated Cartoon Network TV series that premiered in January.



“This is the first time a theme park has invested in a major expansion concurrently with the rollout of a new brand and product line, and it was an easy decision based on how well Lego Legends of Chima has been received by children and those who are young at heart around the world,” Legoland Florida general manager Adrian Jones said in a release.

After entering the new area, guests can join the Lion Tribe in a battle to recover the stolen CHI orbs, where they board watercraft and use water cannons to help Laval the Lion Prince defeat Cragger the Crocodile King. The Laval and Cragger characters will also be available for daily meet-and-greet sessions.

Source: [Fox News]

Say Bye to Downtown Disney and Hi to Disney Springs!



Disney takes story seriously, ensuring that every experience has one, whether it’s a ride, show, or shop. When Walt Disney World announced last week that its popular Downtown Disney shopping and dining districts would be receiving a massive makeover transforming into a complex called Disney Springs, it followed in that tradition, telling a new story born of Florida’s past.

This major expansion will see the overhaul of shops and restaurants as well as the addition of two parking garages and an emphasis on the historical Florida waterways.

Here is a slideshow of concept art courtesy of 'InsidetheMagic':



The overhaul will begin shortly and is expected to be completed in 2016. The makeover will nearly double Downtown Disney's size, featuring unique Disney venues coupled with high profile third parties. The replacement of former nightclub home Pleasure Island is at the forefront, becoming areas called The Landing and Town Center, featuring Spanish revival architecture amidst a retail setting with waterfront dining. But retail experts say the larger idea behind the revamped complex is about introducing a host of shopping and entertainment venues--not necessarily associated with theme parks--that will keep visitors from ever wanting to leave the Walt Disney World Resort. Or in other words, imagine shopping for an iPad or picking up the latest Dior lip color in between rides on Space Mountain, without even glancing at the rest of Orlando.

Disney's executive creative director Theron Skees likened the project to New York's Chelsea Market, formerly home to Nabisco bakeries, ultimately transformed into a sprawling venue for retail and restaurants. But he emphasized Disney Springs will also offer visitors a chance to rest.

"We want to be able to create these great locations where people have an opportunity to relax and get away from the harried hustle and bustle that sometimes people experience on their vacations."


Construction on the makeover begins next month. Despite much-hyped speculation about potential retailers, Disney isn't revealing which businesses will be included. Disney representatives say its not because they're unwilling to say; they simply haven't confirmed the retailers yet, and that negotiations continue. Companies like Dior, Coca-Cola, and American Girl are rumoured.

Adding to the convenience of shopping and eating at Disney Springs will be two new multi-story parking garages, adding more than 6,000 spaces to ease existing parking and traffic woes. Disney has declined to confirm rumors of an I-4 highway ramp being built for them.

So, looks like there's going to be a lot of change to the Downtown Disney you already know and love, but will this change be better? Are you looking forward to it? Let us know in the poll below!



Sources: [InsideTheMagic] & [Fox News]

Transformers Invade Universal Studios



As the opening of Transformers: The Ride 3D draws near Universal have now opened the Transformers gift shop and the Transformers have arrived!

That's right, the Transformers have invaded Universal Orlando allowing the crowds to have meet and greets with larger than life autobots that look absolutely incredible!

Check out this video courtesy of AttractionsMagazine:



How awesome is that!? While Universal are keeping tight lipped on an official opening date it surely can't be much longer!

Excited? Let us know below!

Video Source: [AttractionsMagazine]

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2013



Excitement is in bloom at Epcot theme park this spring with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV which takes place between March 6th to May 19th 2013!

Behold brilliant botanicals, unique gardens and so much more at this spectacular annual event that adds some colour to Springtime at Epcot.

Festival highlights include:

  • Educational designer presentations with HGTV and DIY Network personalities
  • Themed flower and garden displays—where you'll learn new tips and techniques that you can try at home
  • Interactive areas for kids
  • Topiary displays of Disney and Disney•Pixar characters
  • The Flower Power Concert Series—featuring live performances from popular hitmakers of the 1960s and 1970s


  • Here's a sneak peak courtesy of AllEars.net:



    This event is definitely not to be missed! Will you be checking it out? Let us know in the Comments below!

    Kings Bowl Coming to I-Drive!



    Kings Bowl to open their first Orlando establishment as part of the I-Drive Live expansion on April 15th 2013!

    Kings Bowl first opened its doors in 2003 in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. Their goal was to focus on recapturing and rekindling the fun and escape of bowling which had faded since its heyday. The 1950's and 1960's are considered to be the golden age of bowling and KINGS design and décor captured the nostalgic feeling while adding modern twists to everything they did.

    From the start, they set out to create a unique and memorable entertainment experience by emphasising good food, cold beer, creative cocktails, cutting edge technology and great music. They put their focus on classic, retro-inspired décor and Executive-Chef designed menus brought to life by excellent service. In doing so, KINGS launched the modern day bowling renaissance of "social bowling" which has revitalized the sport across America.

    Kings have announced as part of the I-Drive Live expansion they will be coming to Orlando and promise that the location will be their best yet!

    This amazing venue will feature:

  • 30,000 square feet of pure entertainment
  • 22 ten-pin bowling lanes
  • Four full-size billiards tables
  • Regulation size, outdoor Bocce ball court
  • Full-service, executive chef driven restaurant serving award-winning food
  • Two premium bars serving inventive and fun cocktails
  • Customizable private space for parties of 10-600 people including corporate/team-building events, birthdays, bachelor(ette) parties, kids parties and more
  • Over 50 giant HDTV's and HD projector screens for all of the sports action
  • Industry best sound, lighting and music environment
  • So there you have it! This April you will be able to bowl like a King as Kings Bowling promises to bowl a strike!

    Source: [Kings Bowl]

    Antarctica by SeaWorld Opens May 24th 2013



    Orlando’s must see 2013 attraction - Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin - will open to guests on 24th May at SeaWorld Orlando.

    Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will transport families into a rarely seen, icy world. Visitors will feel the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the eyes of a penguin on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride. Guests will also explore a massive penguin colony, including King, Gentoo, Adelie and Rockhopper, in an expanse that envelops them in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins’ icy world.

    Adventurers will be able to choose one of two thrills levels to experience the Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin ride. This will allow the whole family to enjoy the attraction at their own pace. Designers say each level has multiple variations for a feeling of unpredictability, just like the continent of Antarctica. The combination of ride experiences include mobile, moving simulators and a completely trackless ride – a theme park first.

    Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will introduce a new SeaWorld star – a young gentoo penguin named Puck. The adventurous penguin hero becomes the ride’s guide and leads guests on an exciting journey through the dangerous, yet wondrously beautiful landscape of the Antarctic.

    Source: [SeaWorld Orlando]

    Monday, 18 March 2013

    That's Right, We're Back!



    We're Back!

    Have you missed us? We apologise for the delay in updating this site, as I'm sure the majority of you will agree, coming back from Orlando to not-so-sunny England can be pretty depressing! So depressing in fact that it's taken nearly a year to start posting again! Holy withdrawal symptoms Batman!

    So an update on my end, I'm engaged! I proposed to my wonderful girlfriend in Orlando in June 2012 and we're going back in March 2014! So here I am, excited about being back in the sunshine state!

    I will try to update this site pretty regularly and there might be a few surprises in store along the way!

    Stay tuned.

    Friday, 13 April 2012

    The Avengers Hits Cinemas This May

    So hype is ramping up thick and fast for 'The Avengers Movie' even to the point where Disney has now got an Avengers themed monorail:
    The movie poster shows exactly who is involved...
    and the second trailer has been released which is looking pretty Bad Ass! So, can you wait until May? Maybe a ride or six on 'The Incredible Hulk Coaster' will help the wait? Remember to follow us on Twitter @FloridayUK and like us on Facebook FloridayUK

    Tuesday, 3 April 2012

    Universal's Cinematic Spectacular & Parade Launch Date Announced



    Universal’s Superstar Parade and Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories will officially grand open on May 8th! These two BRAND NEW entertainment experiences are the next chapter in Universal's ‘Year to Be Here’ after the re-launch of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man earlier this year.



    However there is still no date set for the opening of Descpicable Me: Minion Mayhem, we're still told it will arrive in Summer 2012!

    As always keep checking back for all the latest news and information!

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