Monday, January 31, 2011

AirTran Airways may move headquarters out of Orlando

Last year, AirTran announced that it would create some 121 new jobs at the new System Operations Control Center headquartered at Orlando International Airport.

Orlando Aviation Authority invested some $1.7 million in the new construction quid pro quo for the expected jobs created by the iconic giant.

Prior to the deal being closed with Southwest, some 500 employees housed in Atlanta would have relocated to Orlando including 252 customer service agents, 100 pilots, 80 mechanics, and 140 flight attendants.

AirTran's fourth quarter and annual profits were down significantly from the same time last year. Down 88% or $17 million in profit the same to a year ago, the beleaguered airlines earned just $1.9 million in the last quarter.

In the wake of the closing proposal with Southwest Airlines, albeit the airlines capacity continues to grow in Orlando, there appears to be no new offer made for OIA.

Albeit, the airlines rang in 7.9% profit, prices will probably increase in Orlando provoked by higher fuel costs due to an unusually severe winter costing some $4.4 million.

Even though the airlines has an outstanding year of great performance and customer service in Orlando, the bottom line is still shrinking.

As Milwaukee's busiest airlines, AirTran revenue for 2010 was an estimated $38 million.

Meanwhile, Orlando officials at OIA continue chatting with Southwest leaders as to the prospects of continued growth in Orlando after the merger is complete.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Gatorland's new zipline experience

Zipping above the tree-line, wild animal encounters, 40 feet above man-eating crocs, is not for the faint-hearted.

Let Gatorland transport you through a first-time-ever view of the alligators breeding marsh.

Elevated to maximum height of 75 feet, thrill-seeks will love the adrenaline rush down the zipline.

Since 1949, Gatorland has been merging two world's, gator's and humans, where visitors can get upclose and personal with the parks residents.

But during all these years, park officials discovered that something was missing from the experience. Albeit, other zip lines parks expose visitors to all the marvels of nature, one thing there are missing, animals.

Gatorland offers all that an more, riders will cross the crocodile exhibit, zip over the jumping Cuban crocodiles, fly over the Nile crocodiles and then culminates through pine trees at the end of the breeding marsh.

Boasting some of the best ecological assets anywhere, Gatorland feels the new zipline is a sweet deal.

For years, one element has been missing from the theme-park, teens, but Gatorland is putting some of the thrill back into one of the oldest theme-parks in Florida.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chilean miners to visit Disney World

Last October, thirty three miners were trapped deep below the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile.

The nearly 70 day ordeal, generating news of Chilean miners lost thousands of miles beneath the surface, made national headlines as people from around the world watched the saga unfold.

The eyes of the whole world were focused on Chile as the first miner emerged from the surface to greet President, Sabastian Pinera. Among those touched by this unfortunate accident was Disney's CEO, Bob Iger.

After the dramatic rescue which touched the world, Disney's President invited some 160 people consisting of family, and friends of the miners to spend six-night vacation at the iconic theme-parks.

Albeit, the miners will be taking a hiatus, Disney has planned quite a program for them including character dinner with Chilean food by signature Chefs, photos backdropped by Cinderella's castle, and a visit to the four major theme-parks.

Armed with a $500 gift card, this trip should make lasting memories for years to come.

This a win-win situation for Disney and the miners. While people will want to meet the miners serving as grand marshals for the special parade at Magic Kingdom, Disney will reap the fanfare that will come with their visit on Monday.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

On-the-go dining at Disney World

When you book a reservation at a Disney theme-park resort, you can also include a dining plan to your vacation package. Disney offers Quick-Service, Package Plus, Package Plus Deluxe, Premium Package, and Platinum Packages.

But fortunately, you don't need a package to eat at you favorite restaurant.

Launched in May of last year is Disney's online dining reservation website that can work with iPhone, Android or the Blackberry Smartphone.

You can book a dining reservation as much as 180 days in advance. The new technology is especially convenient when your walking through a theme-park and the kids are screeming to eat breakfast at let's say "The Crystal Palace". Now, it's no problem.

At one point, guests would have to either call or walk to the restaurant only to find out that they were completely booked, but now, the savvy mother will pull out her Android and get real-time seating availability at the restaurant of her choice.

Disney offers a host a wonderful restaurants that span the gamut from character to dinner shows, dining events to signature dining, Disney has it all.

To eat at one of Disney's restaurants, reservations must be made at least one hour advance. Knowing where you want to eat before you arrive is the key to the best seating.

Kids will enjoy American cuisine at the 1900 Park Fare, buffet-styled breakfast at Chef Mickey's, dine with their favorite princess at Cinderella's Royal Table, or old fashioned dinner show at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.

With over six Character Experiences, three Dining Shows, four Dining Events, six Most Popular Dining and Signature Dining, Disney has something to satisfy your every whim.

Discover the very best that Disney has to offer when you include a dining plan with your hotel reservations.

Monday, January 24, 2011

A banner year for Universal Orlando

Fourth quarter banner checks handed out to employees

A banner year for Universal Studios that boasted some 11 million in attendance for 2010. Thanks to the unrivaled success of Harry Potter, the fourth quarter attendance was the highest in the history of the #2 theme-park in Orlando.

Connecticut-based General Electric was please to report that Universal Studios, who experienced double-digit increase in attendance, had a record year in 2010. Universal's spolesman Tom Schroder, back the report by indicating that he was well pleased with the enthusuasm of theme-park guests.

Wildly successful Potter, with some $200 million of restaurants, shops and rides, drawing enormous crowds, produced a banner year generating bonus checks for thousands of gleeful cast members.

With J. K. Rowling's 7th final adventure film series of Harry Potter, the "Deathly Hallows", two full-length parts, Part 1 released last November, 2010, it looks like Universal Orlando will be able to sustain it's success into 2011.

Universal will hope to capitalize on the last and final adventure of Harry Potter, due to be released in July, 2011.

Even after the NBC Universal entertainment mogul reported 9% revenue growth in addition to 80% operating profit, controlling interest for GE's film & park business may soon be sold to Comcast.

Not only did Universal fill it's coffer last quarter but the overflow has spilled over the gates of the wildly-exciting theme-park to other Orlando-area businesses that have also reported a stellar year.

Hotels close to Universal out-performed previous fourth quarters in almost a decade with attendance increasing to 11.9%. Expect to pay an increase of 10.9% in room rates for Orlando-area hotels along side International Drive.

With the sustained success of both King Kong and Potter, other theme parks have experienced guests being siphoned off a little at a time to experience the magic of the boy wizord.

Join the elite class, dine at Remy's

Remy, upscale restaurant
Upscale cuisine at Remy's will cost an extra $75

Dining on the high seas may cost you a high price on Disney's new luxury liner, Disney Dream. With some 16,000 meals prepared daily for passengers, most are standard meals including soups, salad, pizza, and pasta.

As the cruise industry enters the next decade, food will be an increasingly important element. Disney has aligned itself with consultants as well as add celebrity chefs to the roster to remain competitive.

As Disney's cruise ships become more lavish, new restaurants will join the growing list of upscale restaurants.

Remy, Disney Dreams new over-the-top restaurant, prepares just 96 French-style dishes that offer guests an exquisite experience. For an additional $75, 1st class guests can indulge in menu that offers French classics smoked-pigeon pie, and smoked bison with fennel salad and blood orange.

Palo's, the northern Italian restaurant, found on both the Magic and Wonder, offer less expensive dishes for an additional $20. Some guests, after dining at Remy's, throught that it was too elite for a Disney cruise ship.

On the Dream, there seems to be less health food options for nearly 4,000 passengers. Not only can passengers choose from the Royal Palace, Animator's Palate, and the Enchanted Garden, but now restaurants will rotate new scenes while eating.

In the days to come, industry leaders are hoping that Dream ship will keep the commitment of food-service tweaks that will add healthier choices to the menu.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Las Vegas star Barry Manilow at Amway

Heartfelt singing, over-the-top, glitzy Las Vegas-style, Manilo wooed the star-struck crowd Thursday night at the Amway Center.

Dressed in the usually flashy black leather jacket, Manilow belted out crowd-pleasers with a vengence.

On his tour that covers Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, Manilo, at 67 still knows how to roused his fans with favorites including "Could It Be Magic", "Looks Like We Made It", and "This One's For You."

Manilo, who tours less these days, came out energetically pulling all the stops as he was backed up by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Las Vegas at it's best, selling more than 80 million records worldwide, perhaps the best pop artist, writer, conductor and performer of his time, Manilow continues to build a crescendo with amazing energy druing 80 minute sets for the big finale.

Nominated for both a Grammy award for Best Traditional Pop Album "The Greatest Love Songs of All Time", and two Emmys won for "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program", Manilow performs his classic Copacabana with dancing girls, neon lights, colorful floods, backdropped by a huge light show of rotating bananas and fruit.

At one point he exists the stage while the broadway-style dancers show their stuff only to return onstage with a white jacket and black shirt.

Even Bob Dylan in 1988, during a special moment, was inspired by Manilow when he stopped him at a party, and said, "Don't stop what you're doing, man. We're all inspired by you."

But Manilow's finale created a lasting memory when he said "You didn't think we'd let you go home without doing this one" just before he launched into his most famous hit, "Copacabana".

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Magic, The Memories and You! - A New Disney Presentation

One of the most exciting features that you can see at Walt Disney World is their grand finale at closing time. Sure, no one really wants to leave, especially after all the fun and excitement you had all day, but all good things must come to an end. However, Disney sends you off in such a magical way that it makes you alright with leaving the park. Every night, right before closing time, Walt Disney World puts on an enchanting celebration in the form of a parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade, as a farewell to their visitors. The parade is impressive enough on its own, but now Disney is introducing a brand new feature to their daily closing ceremony and that feature is named "The Magic, The Memories and You!"

"The Magic, The Memories and You!" is presented in true Walt Disney Fashion. Throughout your day, you will notice that there are so many cast members roaming around the grounds at Walt Disney World and they will be asking you and your family to turn and smile for the castle. Now, you maybe be wondering what that means exactly, but by the end of the night, you will know what that is all about. The new event projects a huge slideshow on the main outside wall of Cinderella's Castle and it stars you! Well, you and everyone else that was visiting the park that day.

Each cast member that you see with a camera is documenting your adventure at Walt Disney World and then they put all of the photographs together and then proceed to present to you one of the most gigantic projection shows that you have ever seen. It has been said that the show consists of over 475 images that were taken throughout the day. The new spectacle is presented by 16 of the most modern projectors that money can buy. Video and still photography shimmy across the face of the castle behind some of your favorite and classical Walt Disney songs. The creative minds behind the new event put together a new them song for "The Magic, The Memories and You!" and they call it "Let The Moment Begin."

What a way to end on of the best days that you will ever have on vacation. Disney has really put a whole new light on how they say goodbye to their park-goers. "The Magic, The Memories and You!" is a great way to see your day at the park and provide some of the most valuable memories for you and your family. So, what you need to do is get out to Walt Disney World and see what all of this news is about for yourself. Oh, and if you happen to be visiting Disneyland on, or after, 27 January 2011 (on various nights), you will be able to see a show very much like the one at Disney World.

Star Tours, The Adventure Continues

Scheduled to be opened for new adventures May 20, 2011, Star Tours has been temporarily grounded for new makeover.

The old attraction, based on the Return of the Jedi storyline in 1983, was a part of the Star Wars saga where Darth Vader and the evil Galatic empire begin building a 2ND Death Star to impale the Rebel Alliance.

According to sources, the new attraction will be fashioned around events that
occurred in Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Filming for the new Star Tours has been underway in West Hollywood California since 2009.

Disney hopes to transport passengers in 3-D to a new interstellar route in the Star Wars Galaxy. As afore mentioned, the new 3-D simulator vehicle, will translate thrill-seekers to a period between episodes 3 and 4.

Equipped with a new orange-shaped "Starspeeder" 1000 spacecraft, get ready for some new characters including Aly San San spokesdroid, and the beloved robot C-3PO and AC-38 as pilots.

The former pilot, Captain Rex, will make an appearance at some point during the ride.

The state-of-the-art system ride features high-definition video, Real-D 3D screen, new motion simulator, and first-time-only special effects.

Check out the teaser trailer featuring a podracing scenes from Star Wars Episode I, The Phantom Menace.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Disney Dream ready to set sail January 26, 2011

Captain MickeyAs one of the newest members of Disney's stable of cruise liners, Disney Dream, carrying some 4,000 guests, is ready to explore the Bahamas. Essentially a first-of-it's-kind ship, Dream offers a water-park, clubs, youth lab, big plasma screens, virtual portals, water-play areas and much more.

Set sail with Disney Dream 3-4-5 nights to the Bahamas on January 26, 2011.
Step aboard for quality entertainment, ride the exhilerating AquaDuck coaster, play computer games at the Disney's Oceaneer Lab, joke with Disney characters on the big 103-inch plasma screen, warm up on Sports Deck, and much more.

Recline in a deluxe family stateroom with an oceanview. Enjoy a first-of-it's-kind virtual portholes from inside your staterooms offering real-time views of the high seas.

Home to Disney Dream, Port Canaveral will be hosting the Disney Dream christening on January 19, 2011. Enjoy all the enchantment and surprises on this special day, you don't want to miss it.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Disney's Fantasyland Expansion Announcement Tonight:

Just when you thought that Walt Disney World could not get any bigger or better, the creative minds behind the world famous theme park have announced that they will be expanding a portion of the park. Work has already begun on the Fantasyland expansion and you can see the construction when you visit the park. Although, there is no specific date on when the expansion will be completed, our sources tell us that it will be in the fall of 2012. Disney has scheduled a press conference for the evening of 18 January 2011, to tell us all about their latest Walt Disney World endeavor.

The new expansion to Fantasyland is a huge undertaking. In fact, it is the biggest construction project that Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom has ever seen. With a label that big, you can expect some major attractions to pop up in the new area. We may not know exactly when the new portion of Fantasyland will open, but we do know some of the areas and rides that will highlight the attraction. We also know that the attraction will not open at all once. Starting in the fall of 2012, Disney will start to the open areas of the expansion one section at a time.

Here are some of the highlights that we know of at this time:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

This new ride features a family-style rollercoaster that will transport you deep into the dwarfs' workplace, then mining shaft. This is a new coaster with brand new features that will have you all over the track. While descending into the mine, you will be able to listen to most of your favorite and most memorable songs from the famed Disney animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. You will also see your favorite characters from the story on your trip. This is going to be one of the biggest opens that you will see in the new Fantasyland attraction expansion.

Storybook Circus

At the Storybook Circus, you will be able to see The Great Goofini as you glide high in the circus on this fabulous roller coaster. Although, this is not necessarily a new ride, they designers are giving this portion of Fantasyland a whole new look. It may look a bit different, but you are guaranteed to have the same amount of fun. This is going to be on great renovation to Fantasyland. Leading up to the Storybook Circus will be the familiar site of Dumbo's carousel. However, you are going to see two levels of the ride that will spin you up to the very top of the circus.

Under the Sea: The Journey of the Little Mermaid

Another great addition to the Fantasyland expansion will be the new attraction Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. This will be a fantastic voyage with Ariel and all of her pals that will take you to Ariel's home underwater, as well as some fabulous spots on the dry side of the world. Not only will you have a magnificent time trekking through the vast ocean with Ariel, but you will also get to listen to some of those catchy songs from Disney's animated feature, The Little Mermaid. This ride is based off of the movie, so you know that you will see all of your favorite characters all throughout this brand new ride.

Princess Fairytale Hall

If you are a Disney Princess lover, or know someone who is, this brand new attraction should have you really excited. This part of the new Fantasyland extension will feature a court that even the most heralded royal would be jealous of and will be the new home to the Disney Princess, such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Aurora and many others. This is a great idea because it will allow you to see all of your favorite Disney Princesses all in one spot.

As you can see, the expansion of Fantasyland is going to be huge and it is going to offer so much more to make your Disney visit that much more enjoyable and memorable. Book your trips now for the fall of 2012, because you know once Disney starts opening the new doors on their brilliant expansion, visitors are going to line the streets waiting to catch a first glimpse of this massive undertaking.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

We came down from Baltimore in New Jersey to Orlando to enjoy the theme parks over the week. We ended up purchasing a Seven Day Base Ticket so we could spend a whole day at each park, and then go back to our favorite ones for the last day. However, the entire time we were there one attraction stood out to us in the Hollywood Studios theme park, something that will get us to come back next year.

When we got in our seats at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Show Spectacular we pretty much assumed we would be seeing a little show about Indiana Jones. I mean how can you bring the incredible stunts and action of the movies to a stage? Well our expectations were shattered when we saw the jaw dropping size of the stage, I mean this thing is massive. The set was an underground temple, complete with a variety of traps and of course a golden treasure…

Indiana suddenly drops through the ceiling dangling from a rope. He slides to the ground where spears launch up from the floor in an attempt to stab him. He narrowly dodges them all then runs up some stairs only to fall into a pit. He is narrowly saved when he grabs onto some vines and pulls himself up. Next he dodges some statues holding axes above their heads and makes his way to the treasure. After grabbing it a giant bolder bursts through the wall behind him and chases him down, where he falls underneath it.

Somebody yells “Cut!” and suddenly there is screaming and people run from everywhere to make sure he is ok. He pops up and gives the signal that he is fine then they break the set apart and show you just how all the stunts are done. This is only one of the three scenes they show and explain to you. They even have an instructional part where they show you how the action or fighting sequences are done!

We really enjoyed this; in fact the only souvenirs my kids wanted before leaving was Indiana Jones whip! This is defiantly our favorite, just an awesome show!

The Wild Africa Trek

Be dangled some 15 to 20 feet above hippos

Behind the scenes, the ultimate backstage tour, just feet above man-eating crocodiles, adrenaline-pumping close encounters, all describe The Wild Africa Trek experience at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Not an experience for the faint-hearted, in fact, guests must be 8 years and older to qualify and no flip flops allowed.

From the safari trail to the surreal, blending the imagination with the impossible, Disney transports unexpecting guests to an unheard-of-location backstage that one could only dream of, hold your breath, there is not place for acrophobia here.

With a price of $129, group of 12 maximum, guests really feel special on this one-of-a-kind adventure directly through Savanna forest of Africa.

Watch the safari vehicles rumble beneath your feet, but first, guests are shuffled to a secluded spot, "Dawa Bar" to get outfitted in a special jacket equipped with a harness and the only thing allowed is your camera.

"Let's roll", shouts the tour guide. Challenge your skills and agility with a host of surprises including stairs, hanging rope bridge, challenging obstacles, thick branches, tight quarters, inclines, and much more.

As the rough torrain opens, The Bonna Landing comes into view, smack dab in the middle of the Savanna, lunch is being served with breathtaking close encounters, view giraffes, gazzelles and elephants all frolicking in their own natural habitat.

But that's not all, Disney has over-the-top plans for expansion to expose thrill-seekers to get upclose and personal with wild lions. For about 30-minutes, dare to enter the real Savanna, it's so wild you'll forget that you're in Florida.

Animal Kingdon's newest gorilla, Lilly

Albeit 10 pounds, Lilly is making progress.

Last February 2010, Animal Kingdom was blessed with their newest arrival, Lilly, a western lowland gorilla. A year later, Lilly's weight of just 10 pounds is baffling the zoological team. After one year, the normal weight of a gorilla should be roughly 20 pounds.

Fortunately, first-time mother Kashata, has been lending a helping hand during Lilly's unusual development. Lilly has had difficulty grasping objects, drinking, climbing, and keeping food in her mouth.

In cases like this in humans, doctors would look for problems ranging from neurological disorders to vitamin D deficiency. Animal Kingdom park officials subjected Lilly to a battery of tests including a MRI at the Florida Hospital Celebration, but to date, specialists have found nothing out of the ordinary.

Like humans, Lilly has been undergoing physical therapy in order to develope her mouth functions which is a key component for disseminating important information to the brain. Physical therapy includes stimulation through use of a electric toothbrush that is rubbed in on Lilly's face twice a day.

Multitasking is an important process for gorillas which includes grasping objects with one hand while feeding with the other. Due to the low birthrate of these types of animals in captivity, 10 to 15 a year, finding a gorilla with similar circumstances has been impossible.

Nevertheless, Lilly's progress looks promising to Disney's Animal Kingdom caretakers who feel that her physical status is different from that of just a year ago.

Guests can observe Lilly and her mother at Animal Kingdom's Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.

A Visit to Medieval Times

Live Jousting!

 We live in the Orlando area and it has been awhile since we have done any of the attractions. In fact we have never done any of the dinner shows, so we decided that as a family we would go check them out. We decided to hit up Medieval Times because we all had an interest in their jousting matches. So we set plans and decided to go during a week day to ensure we got good seats, we made the assumption that they are probably packed on the weekends.

Now when it comes to my big family of nine we are always looking for the cheapest prices, whether its coupons or codes we always get the best deal. Well when we were searching online for discounts, coupons and codes we came across a discount ticket dealer, and wouldn’t you know it they were located right across the street from Medieval Times in Kissimmee! We picked up our tickets and they told us that we should head right over, an hour early so we could get good seats.

The greatest part is that we assumed we would be sitting around for an hour waiting for the show, but instead there was a bundle of things to do! Outside they have several buildings that look like they are from the medieval era, inside is a bunch of cool items and hand made tools! They even have a torture chamber that made me cringe when they explained what the items were used for.

When the show started we were served fantastic food, the only weird thing is there is no silverware. They want to make it as authentic as possible so they serve you fantastic food, but you gotta eat it with your hands. During this great meal down in front of you a tournament is going on. Knights from “the kingdom” joust and enact sports; the even had duels with medieval weapons down in the arena.

We really enjoyed it, the food was fantastic, the show was awesome and the kids absolutely loved it. We will definitely be bringing company that visit from up north back to here, it was great!

Fantasy Of Flight

Aircraft Museum

We aren’t really ones to vacation often, but when we do we tend to do things by the book. So when we made our Disney vacation this year we decided that it was in our best interest to pack entertainment into every square inch of the time we had in Florida. So before we came we decided to look into local attractions that would be affordable for the last day we were here when we came across the Fantasy of Flight museum.

Our first impression was that we would get to see a few planes and maybe some medals from war heroes. But instead we found something just as enjoyable as the theme parks. The tour guide told us that this was a small aircraft museum but to me it was the biggest I had ever seen. You could actually enter some of the aircraft that were there, even sit in the cock pit of a few. The tour guide proceeded to tell us that the museum was constantly expanding as new features were added every day.
We were really impressed with the planes, they even had us jump out of the back of one as if we were sky diving. They had planes from both World War II and World War II, something I never had seen before.
The Fantasy of Flight Museum was really fun and entertaining, and I was glad because it was educational for my kids. Since they are constantly expanding we hope to visit next year during our vacation, the guide said they would probably have more stuff to show us.

Seaworld poised to re-open "Dining With Shamu"

Dinner review was very lucrative for the brand.

Nearly a year ago, the show receiving raving reviews, "Dine with Shamu", is scheduled to restart again. Dine with Shamu, featuring the star of the show Shamu, will have limited admission performance in the wake of Dawn Brancheau's death almost a year ago.

Starting on Feb 26, guests will enjoy a scrumptous buffet meal of choice cuts, fresh fruit, vegetables, rice, fruit salad, beef tips, Chicken Florentine, carved turkey, desserts, and chocolate cake while watching experts train their killer whales.

Seaworld's popular show by demand, showcasing killer whales, featuring a viewing area, was left in limbo after Feb 24, when the unfortunate accident happen to SeaWorld's best trainer during the training of the six-ton whale Tilikum.

Meanwhile, Seaworld is in the battle of the century with the U.S. Occupational Safety Dept. that has fined the company some $75,000. Animal rights advocates believe that trainers believe the killer whales like Tilikum should not be in captivity.

On the flip shide, Dining with Shamu, an amazing experience, will be making changes to the show areas in preparation for an unbridled performance. Guests in the dining area will have to enjoy the performance through a special glass among other changes.

It's possible that some time in the future Tilikum will be used in the show again.

Can't wait for STAR TOURS!

I am a MAJOR Star Wars fan! I am not the one who will be dressing as a Star Wars character, but still I am hardcore.

For all Star Wars fans, this year will be like no other! Disney as usual will unveil its Star Wars Weekend. Even though at press time Disney has not announced the dates, we can assume that, as years past, it will be sometime in May thru June.

When Disney announces the dates, it will also announce the stars that are going to be invited to the festivities. I personally have seen Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Jake Lloyd (Young Anakin), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Temura Morrison (Jango Fett), David Prowse (Darth Vader), Ray Park (Darth Maul), and Warwick Davis (Ewok) who has been annually the host of this event. Last year marked two special occasions: The 30th Anniversary of the “Empire Strikes Back”, plus the last time everyone got the chance to ride the Star Tours (version 1.0).

However, this year George Lucas and Lucasfilm and Disney have join forces to bring us a new revamp version of this majorly loved attraction! The blogs are full of glimpses here and there of the new changes. Confirmed are the appearances of several unique cities from the Star Wars universe, plus new characters will appear during the show (hint hint, new androids!). We don’t know if C3P0 will make a cameo appearance, but everything has been hush-hush. We’ll be embarking in a new ship, the Starspeeder 1000. The Disney imaginers’ have told that they will be given an updated ride system that has high-def. video, the impressive Disney Real-D 3D screen, a top of the line motion simulator and several newly added special effects. All in all, Star Tours (version 2.0) promises to be another top awesome ride that will make everyone visits Disney’s Hollywood Studios!