Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Art of Animation Part Two

The Art of Imagination is coming!Each building will have an area for family photo. For Example, in the Lion King area, the imagineers created the characters in such a way that makes you feel as if you are little Simba roaming the African savannah.
They will have the main characters like Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, as well as, scar and the hyenas. In the Cars section, they will have Tow-Mater, as well as, Lightning McQueen and others. The Finding Nemo will have a decor with a huge Crush the turtle and Nemo with Marlin his dad the clown fish. A highlight will be at The Little Mermaid building where a huge King Triton will welcome guest and a huge clam will hold Sebastian as if dancing "Under the Sea".

One interesting thing about this complex is that will have 1,120 Family Suites (rooms that can accommodate up to six people) in the first three buildings (The Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemo), and 864 theme rooms in The Little Mermaid wing. The Family Suites features two rooms with two bathrooms and living room plus a mini-kitchen with a microwave and a mini-fridge and a coffeemaker.

As of this writing, there's one dinning restaurant that will be in this Resort called Landscapes Cafe.

Per Disney's reports, the opening timeline will be: The Finding Nemo wing will open May 31st, 2012; The Cars wing on late July; The Lion King in late September; and The Little Mermaid wing will be opened by late 2012. The resort will be located near the Pop Century by the Wide World of Sports area.

This Value Resort will certainly be a total hit with families and guest that wants to relax and enjoy the newest attractions that will be opening next year and the coming years in the Walt Disney World Resort area. Place your reservation now to this amazing resort; it will be a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day in the newest resort Art of Animation!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The art of Animation Part One

The Art Of Animation is coming to Disney!What would be the place where you can say that you'll feel "Hakuna Matata"? Where you can go "Ka-chow!" with your camera left or right and find the perfect spot for a family photo? Which place will make you feel "totally awesome dude!"? When you could you go "under the sea" in a party atmosphere that has no rival?

The answers to those questions are hints that lay in the new development within the Walt Disney World Resort. Probably you have heard the new revamp section of Fantasyland in Disney's Magic Kingdom, or perhaps the announcement of the Avatar-land in Disney's Animal Kingdom. However, the Walt Disney Company knows that with these incredible cool areas will bring lots of visitors and these will need a place to stay. Hence, the announcement of the new hotel Art of Animation!

The Art of Animation will be a complex of Four (4) different buildings. Each of those buildings will be dedicated to a Disney movie or a Disney-Pixar movie. One for The Lion King, another for Cars, next is Finding Nemo, and last but not least The Little Mermaid.

This is going to be an amazing project from start to finish. To "lick your paws" in anticipation, here are a few nuggets of information about this hotel:

It will sport the biggest pool in the entire resort area. Yes, you hear me right, the Biggest Pool! The pool will measure 11,859 sq. ft. and will have a design to tend for the big ones in the family to the little ones, and the theme of the pool will be that of Finding Nemo. Aside from this one, the complex will also have two other pools and a children's water play area.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

LEGOLAND Preview Part Two

One of the many LEGOLAND dinosaur constructs around the theme park!Towards the back of the theme park you can find the Cypress Gardens… gardens that are still left over from the old theme park, as well as the ski show and stadium that appears to be coming back after renovations. Two of the parks best coasters are also located in the back, the Flying School and the Coastersaurus. The Flying School is a suspended roller coaster where you sit down and your feet dangle in the air. With a lot of steep drops and sharp turns this coaster was great fun. However, finding your way to the Flying School requires a map, because you have to climb a ramp hiding behind a giant red car that will be home to a future ride. The Coastersaurus is located in between The Dragon and the Flying School and is an original wooden roller coaster. From the looks of it they went about repairing it to its original splendor. If you were to ask me I think it is the fastest coaster in the whole park and has a Jurassic Park style theme with lots of Lego dinosaurs.

Coastersaurus is located in the Land of Adventure, and is right next the Lost Kingdom Adventure (Not to be confused with Land of Adventure). This was a great ride because of how quick the line went. Each cart holds four people, and they can have you in a cart and on your way in about twenty seconds. Once in your cart pick up your western style laser gun and shoot targets. On the cart the amount of targets you hit is recorded and you gain a score. So at the end of the ride you can compare your points to the other players in the cart. Nothing is as fun as a friendly competition you know what I mean?

Across from Lost Kingdom Adventure is the Test Track, a speedy little coaster that has you taking one fast drop after the other and keeps to whizzing around in the area. This ride could accurately be described as a road in the sky. From the top of the coaster they give you short breathers where you can actually see whole sections of the park from an aerial view, including the massive lake. Right under the roller coaster is the Imagination Zone, where you can find all sorts of challenges that let you test your creativity with Lego bricks. We spent twenty minutes constructing cars and then racing them while we were there.

LEGOLAND has plenty more rides and attractions, and even more to come when the park opens, but these are the ones that stick out to me the most. The park is only open from 10am till 5pm, so get there early if you want to see it all. It seemed to me like the rides cleared up towards the end of the day, we must have road The Dragon six times in a row because the line was so short! There are also a ton of carnival style games all around the park to enjoy, so be sure to stop in and win a prize.

Friday, October 7, 2011

LEGOLAND Preview Part One

The Dragon Rollercoaster at LEGOLANDSo with the big day coming up on October 15th LEGOLAND has been giving select people preview tickets to view the park before it opens. That means a few select guests get into the park before it’s even officially open. Lucky for me a friend of mine came into possession of one of these tickets and let me tag along for the ride. So, without further ado my visit to the LEGOLAND theme park, just a week before it opens!

As soon as we walked through the gates we were hit with some of the amazing things that the park has to offer. Massive twenty foot tall statues of dinosaurs and Lego characters are standing right at the entrance. Just behind them highlighting the skyline is the Island in the Sky tower, a massive spinning pavilion that gets lifted into the sky above the theme park on a massive blue metal arm. From on top you can see for miles and miles into the distance, but better yet you can see every inch of the LEGOLAND theme park from an aerial view. I wish we hadn’t waited till mid day to go on this cause it would definitely have helped with our navigation of the theme park.

As soon as you pass the Island in the Sky you come to a two story carousel surrounded by souvenir shops containing everything you can think of with a Lego theme. If you hang a right you will come face to face with my favorite ride, The Dragon. This roller coaster leads you through the Lego Kingdom castle where you get to see a ton of Lego constructs, including a massive smoke spewing dragon. Then as you exit the castle the ride begins and you rise to the top of the coaster before plummeting down sharp turns and quick bends. Once you exit The Dragon attraction you pass a few other carnival style rides before finding yourself in Miniland USA. Miniland USA is a collection of incredible Lego structures, entire cities made from the tiny little pieces. They have every major city in the U.S. including some of the country’s most important monuments.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? The holidays creep up on us, but for those of us that are going to visit Disney this season that isn’t such a bad thing. In fact picture after picture of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights are starting to surface. If you don’t know what that is then you have come to the right place, because I am going to explain. Like me and many other Central Florida residents the Dancing Lights display has become a yearly tradition for the family.

When the display arrived in 2006 it was purely the original display from the Osborne estate. The history behind the Osborne estate is pretty simple; in 1986 a man by the name of Jennings Osborne decorated his house for his daughter’s entertainment with 1000 lights. Over the years the light display got bigger and bigger until the two adjacent properties to the house had to be purchased just to support the accumulation of three million lights by 1993.

Unfortunately the light show at the Osborne estate had to be limited, because the masses of people visiting the site caused to great a disturbance in the middle of the night. So now the great display can be found at Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. But not only can it be found here the collection of three million lights has expanded and the lights display dances to different music for nearly forty minutes!

If you are going to visit the Hollywood Studios theme park this season then this is a definite plus! With great music, lots and lots of lights plus the occasional hot coco stand I am excited about this Christmas season coming up… even if all the excitement is a little early!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Lion Will Roar Live in Orlando!

Lately, we been thrilled to go to the movie theater and see the new 3-D presentation to the #1 animated movie of all time, Disney's The Lion King. With unforgettable soundtrack from the academy award winning Sir Elton John, songs like "Circle of Life", "I just can't wait to be King!" and "Hakuna Matata" were instant hits. It shows what a timeless movie it is and why Disney is the best at hand-drawn animation!

Next year, relieve the fantasy and the amazing spectacle and the sheer excitement that is "The Lion King" Broadway style. Yes! Broadway style, because the musical is coming to Orlando from April 17th thru May 13, 2012 at select nights and times (check listings) at the incredible venue Bob Carr Theater of Performing Arts.

The musical is the winner of six Tony Awards (which is the "Oscar" equivalent for theater and musicals) including Best Musical. It is the Seventh longest-running show in history!

The last time the show opened in Orlando was in December 2006 and it was a total hit with both the adults and the children. In the musical, Disney has incorporated new songs, including a musical number with Zazu the hornbill bird that serves as the "butler" to Mufasa and later to Simba.

From the opening number "Circle of Life" where many African animals roams the savanna until reaching to "pride rock" where Mufasa presents Simba as his heir to "Hakuna Matata" where Timon (Meerkat) and Pumbaa
(Wathog) teaches Simba the meaning of "No Worries" with a comic panache, then we reached the pinnacle with the romantic number "Can you feel the Love tonight", this and many others will be a delight to the attendees and will make you sing-along with the orchestra and the chorus.

Don't forget to mark it in your calendars for when The Lion King roars the Bob Carr Performing Theater. It will be a spectacular event that only Disney can create and one not to be missed!