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.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Disney to Deploy Marvel Superheroes in Theme Parks

Walt Disney Co. is looking to bring some Marvel muscle to Disney theme parks.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told shareholders attending the annual meeting Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo., that the company has done preliminary design work that will one day lead to Marvel superheroes appearing in the theme parks along with Disney's other familiar characters.

"We haven't announced anything yet," Iger said. "But we're working on some concepts."

When Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4.3 billion in 2009, the Burbank entertainment company talked about incorporating the comic book giant's library of 5,000 characters throughout its various businesses.

Indeed, a new animated television series, "Ultimate Spider-Man," premieres April 1, kicking off a programming block devoted to Marvel characters on the cable network Disney XD. Marvel's big-screen presentation of "The Avengers" superhero mash-up reaches theaters May 4. Disney showed a trailer to investors at its annual meeting.

Iger didn't mention which Disney park might get an infusion of spandex-clad heroes. Its competitor, Universal Studios, has the rights in perpetuity for its Marvel Super Hero Island attraction, which includes rides based on Spider-Man, Dr. Doom, the Hulk and Storm, and features a number of other characters from the X-Men. The company also has a 10-year-plus deal for its Spider-Man attraction at Universal Studios Japan.

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For the near term, Disney is focused on an ambitious theme-park project based on director James Cameron's blockbuster science-fiction fantasy "Avatar." Disney announced a long-term licensing deal last fall to develop rides and attractions based on the 2009 film.

The first "Avatar" land is planned for Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Iger told shareholders that the new attraction probably won't open until 2015.

Iger also announced an initiative to hire at least 1,000 returning military veterans over the next three years in a program dubbed Heroes Work Here.

Disney stockholders re-elected all 10 members of Disney's board, including Iger, who was formally elected chairman.

Shareholders also approved the company's executive pay plan in an advisory vote.

[ Source: Orlando Sentinel

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Hollywood Drive-In Golf Now Open

Universal Orlando Resort has officially opened central Florida's newest and most outrageously-themed miniature golf experience 'Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk'. Featuring two 18-hole courses based on classic drive-in era horror and sci-fi movies, this all-new venue is the only place where the entire family can enjoy teeing off through the open mouth of a giant space worm or the basement laboratory of a towering haunted house.

To celebrate the grand opening, some of Universal Orlando's iconic characters were on hand. Universal's classic monsters (including Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein's Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein) putted their way through a creepy cemetery on 'The Haunting of Ghostly Greens' course. On the opposite side, Men In Black agents and Frank the Pug played 'Invaders from Planet Putt' (a course themed after the alien science fiction films of the 1950s).

The course was Designed by Universal's Creative team in partnership with Adventure Golf Design and Development, Hollywood Drive-In Golf is now open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Admission rates to play one course are $13.99 plus tax for adults and $11.99 plus tax for children (ages 3 to 9).

For more information on Hollywood Drive-In Golf, visit www.CityWalkOrlando.com.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Now Open!

Today, Marvel Super Heroes & dozens of Spider-Man fans gathered to celebrate the grand re-opening of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man!

The day started off bad as Dr. Doom and Green Goblin started harassing reporters and kids, but they were quickly chased away by Spider-Man and some of his superhero friends.

Although the storyline for the ride remains the same, the award-winning attraction now features stunning all-new enhancements, including digital high-definition ride animation, a new highly-sophisticated Infitec 3-D projection system, a rockin’ new music score and all-new 3-D “Spider-Vision” glasses.

When the ride begins, you’ll hear a new musical soundtrack has been added. It and the sound in general sound great. But its when you first see Spider-Man that you really notice a difference. Not only are all the screens crystal clear, but you’ll have a hard time telling when the physical props and walls end and the screen begins. (Many of the physical props have been updated as well.)

While the animation has been re-output in HD, they didn’t simply output the same film you’re used to. The characters have some new looks, and the details are amazing. You can see threads on Spider-Man’s suit. You can see rats scurrying in the background. But the animators have added a few new things too. You’ll likely notice things you hadn’t before, whether it’s because the screen is so sharp, or because they simply weren’t there before. One scene now has your scoop vehicle bumping knocking Green Goblin off the top of a building and you can see him falling all the way down in the background. In fact Universal says hundreds of new details and effects have been added including a cameo appearance from Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.

You can view the sneak peek videos for the ride at the official mini-site: http://www.universalorlando.com/spider-man

Who’s ready to ride? We know we are!

[Partial Source: AttractionsMagazine]

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Stan Lee Comments on Spider-Man Ride Refresh

Everyone's talking about it! Including comic book icon and Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.

We are agonisingly close to the re-opening and we can't wait! Are you excited? Leave your comments below!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

The Real Housewives of Disney Parody (VIDEO)

Saturday Night Live has parodied the "Real Housewives" franchise by introducing 'The Real Housewives of Disney' during a sketch.

Featuring such characters as Belle, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Snow White the skit parodies the antics which take place on the "Reality" shows by showcasing booze, snide remarks, fights, tears, and even a “Housewife” who thinks she can sing.

Check out the video below:

Did you find this outright hilarious? Leave your comments below!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Spider-Man to Re-Open March 8th and Launches New Microsite

It's finally here! Universal Orlando has announced the re-opening date of 'The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man' as March 8th 2012.

The Offical Universal Orlando Facebook page posted:

"Alerting All SPIDEY Fans! On March 8 your favorite Webslinger will be back in action as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man reopens with stunning enhancements including 4K Digital High-Definition Animation, New 3-D 'Spider-Vision' Glasses & More! Will we see you there?"

To go along with this, Universal have launched a Micro-Site for the ride offering sneak peeks at exclusive video from the attraction.

The Offical Universal Orlando Facebook page posted the following message announcing the site:

"Alerting All SPIDEY Fans! YOU can help unlock SNEAK PEEKS of the new high-definition ride animation from The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man before it reopens next week! Visit www.www.universalorlando.com/spider-man to see how!"

We definitely can't wait to see what this ride has in store, can you!?

Disney's Habit Heroes Closed After Bully Claims

Disney has closed a new theme park exhibit promoting healthy eating and exercise, but not because it was ineffectual. The reason? It was deemed too offensive to overweight children.

Habit Heroes, an attraction at Disney's Epcot resort in Orlando, Florida, used obese cartoon villains called Snacker, Lead Bottom and The Glutton to highlight the dangers of junk food, too much television, and inactivity.

But critics accused Disney of taking "the side of the bullies" by reinforcing stereotypes of overweight children and stigmatising them for their condition, prompting the entertainment giant to shutter the attraction for a "retooling".

"Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and discrimination," said the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance in a statement criticising the exhibit and an accompanying online game.

"The use of these stereotypes, traditionally used to torment overweight kids, will potentially reinforce and strengthen a cycle of bullying, depression, disease, eating disorders and even suicidal thoughts."

The new attraction was part of Epcot's Innoventions area, intended to showcase futuristic ideas in a child-friendly way. Groups of up to a dozen were led through a series of rooms by a pair of animated fitness fanatic buffs called Will Power and Callie Stenics, learning of the dangers of unhealthy habits as they went.

Disney said that Healthy Habits, which was the subject of a "soft opening" several weeks ago to gauge public reaction ahead of its planned formal launch this week, will remain closed indefinitely.

A message on its website apologised that it was "down for maintenance".

"We've heard the feedback," said spokeswoman Kathleen Prihoda. "That's why we have a soft opening, so we can open it up to others and listen."

The exhibit was partly funded and promoted by Florida insurance company Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which said it was surprised by the outcry and an online petition urging its closure.

"Our goal is to ensure that the attraction conveys a positive message about healthy lifestyles in a fun and empowering way," spokesman John Herbkersman told the Orlando Sentinel.

"To work on further improving and refining the experience, the attraction is closed for the time being. We look forward to officially opening it soon."

Peggy Howell, public relations for the fat acceptance group, said she wanted to see Disney using non-obese characters to illustrate the exhibit, including a "medium-sized" teenager at a computer highlighting not enough exercise or a "thin youth" gorging on a large lunch, exposing gluttony.

"Disney theme parks and characters have always been associated with positivity and joy," she said. "All children, regardless of body size, should be free to enjoy the 'happiest place on Earth'."

Disney, meanwhile, insists it remains the perfect destination for visitors and employees of all shapes and sizes. In 2006 the company redesigned its costumes to allow for the expanding waistlines of cast members, and later that year unveiled a revamp of its theme park catering to operations to introduce fresh fruits and vegetable and reduce artery-clogging oils and sugars.

So what do you think? Do you agree with this decision or disagree? Vote in the poll below!

[Source: The Guardian UK]

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Opens March 7th!

Excitement is in bloom at Epcot theme park this spring with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV!

Watch Disney spring to life with colorful flowers and gardens, dazzling Disney character topiaries, live music and fascinating programs. Held March 7, 2012 through May 20, 2012, this special event beckons you to be inspired by nature at its finest.

Behold brilliant botanicals, unique gardens and so much more! See how green your thumb can be as some of the nation's top designers help you plan everything from planting your first garden to enhancing your home's curb appeal. With expert advice from HGTV and DIY designers and Epcot gardening experts, you're sure to be inspired!

You'll find more than 100 topiaries throughout Epcot theme park—including more than 75 Disney character topiaries! Highlights include character topiaries representing Buzz, Woody and Lotso from Toy Story 3, Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars 2, and other classic favorites.

Also, enjoy unforgettable live music from the 1960s and 1970s during the Flower Power Concert Series. You'll find a different artist every weekend during the festival at America Gardens Theatre. Show times are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

So...whether you want to improve your gardening skills or simply savor colorful scenery, a spectacular array of experiences awaits you at Epcot theme park during this year's festival. We'll see you there!