Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ready to have a "Cyber" New Year?

People gather in Time Square for the traditional drop of the ball since December 31st, 1907.

Usually, you are glue to your TV sets to see the amazing and ageless Dick Clark until he press that red button and the New Year is being welcome! Or, perhaps you are standing by Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom, seeing how the fireworks irrupts across the night sky bathing Cinderella's Castle in a blast of incredible designs and colors!

Have you heard about CYBER New Years Celebration?

Well, the past year DISNEYQUEST, that interactive "theme park" in Downtown Disney, started to do a "cyber" end of the year celebration. It was a total success, so this year they decided to do it again!

• The event starts from 8pm - 1am.
• Kids will be entertained by a DJ that will play dance music getting the people in that party mood!
• Unlimited access to ALL the games and DisneyQuest attractions including Buzz Lightyears's Astroblasters, Virtual Jungle Cruise and CyberSpace Mountain.

If you still awake by that time with all the incredible time playing the games and enjoying your time and spending your energy going from one awesome excitement to the next one, then you'll be in for a surprise!

• Cofetti Drop.
• Festive party favors.
• Coupons for a pizza, hot dog, chicken Caesar wrap or Hamburger plus chips and soda.

You can purchase your tickets ahead of time, so you can get a savings for this special "Cyber" event.

Let's create a brand new end of the year tradition, being the magical place that it is, DisneyQuest will have its annual Cyber New Year an event not to be miss!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Processional at EpcotThe Candlelight Processional features celebrities narrating the Christmas story, plus a 50-piece orchestra and a choir made up of hundreds of cast members and community members. The Disney World event dates to 1971 and the first Magic Kingdom Christmas, but it moved to Epcot's America Gardens Theatre in 1994.

There are three performances nightly at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. through Dec. 30. It's included in regular theme-park admission.

The schedule for celebrity narrators is:

Nov. 25-27: Mira Sorvino, Academy Award-winning actress ("Mighty Aphrodite")

Nov. 28-Dec. 1: Gospel singer Michael W. Smith

Dec. 2-3: Geena Davis, Oscar winner for "The Accidental Tourist"

Dec. 4-6: Actor Edward James Olmos (Public shows only at 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 4)

Dec. 7-9: Actress-model-author Isabella Rossellini

Dec. 10-12: Actor Neil Patrick Harris (TV's "How I Met Your Mother")

Dec. 13-15: Actress Lorraine Bracco ("The Sopranos")

Dec. 16-18: Actress-dancer-singer Chita Rivera

Dec. 19-21: Country singer Trace Adkins ("Just Fishin'," "You're Gonna Miss This")

Dec. 22-24: Actress Susan Lucci (Emmy winner for "All My Children")

Dec. 25-27: Actor Blair Underwood ("L.A. Law," "The Event")

Dec. 28-30: Marlee Matlin, Oscar-winning actress ("Children of a Lesser God.")

Do not miss the chance to see your favorite star in an amazing venue, with all the wonderful and the holy-est of occasions, here at Epcot during the Christmas time!

Friday, November 18, 2011

SeaWorld Expansion

The New Freshwater Oasis at Discovery Cove!Recently was announced from SeaWorld Orlando that they will start a series of expansion to its theme park.

First, the one that will draw the eyes will be "Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin". This will be the biggest-ever attraction and will be open in 2013! In their own words this attraction will make you be "surrounded by the sights, sounds and awesome encounters found in this frozen place, embarking on a one-of-a-kind ride". I will also carry state-of-the-art ride technology "for adventures that are different each time", so that visitors can be able to "experience the mystery and wonder of life on the ice through the eyes of a penguin, sensing the beauty and drama of their sometimes-dangerous habitat."

Another incredible attraction coming from SeaWorld Orlando is "TurtleTrek", which will open in 2012! What is really unique about this attraction is that visitors will enter into "two massive naturalistic habitats, one filled with hundreds of freshwater fish and gentle manatees, the other home to more than 1,500 saltwater fish and more than a dozen sea turtles". Then, guests will move to a domed theater were there will be a 3-D/360-degree "completely immersive" picture. The picture, plus the effects and the dome "allows a hyper-realistic 3-D movie to be shown all around – not just in front or on only one screen. It’s this unique and immersive way of showcasing a sea turtle’s epic and astounding journey that is the heart of TurtleTrek. And for the first time, you, the guest, are given a turtle’s eye view of the ocean’s wonders."

The Third attraction will be in its sister theme park Discovery Cove. Here, it will open a new attraction in 2012 called "Freshwater Oasis"! In a relaxing and totally stress-free environment with a design closely resembling the rainforest of the world, guest will "wade past rocks and trees to encounter the thriving, lush habitat of the Asian small-clawed otter. Experience the lively energy of the otter in an up-close-and-personal way, without ever having to leave the refreshing water." There's two ways to "discover" this amazing experience "Swim through waist-deep water to the center of Freshwater Oasis, or view from a scenic pathway, an island abundant with life. There will be no glass separating you from the marmoset monkeys that call the idyllic island home. Experience a whole new world, right in front of your eyes."

Cannot wait to see these incredible attractions, it will certainly make you plan ahead and be ready to experienced it with your own eyes!

So, 2012 will bring TurtleTrek (in SeaWorld Orlando) and Freshwater Oasis (in Discovery Cove), and 2013 will bring Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Disney’s Upcoming Exotic Driving Experience!

Disney’s Exotic Driving ExperienceDisney has always showed an interest in sports, and the Richard Petty Driving Experience was just one way of showing it. However the new buzz around Disney is that Disney is about to open a new and exciting new attraction that will have people from all over Florida coming in. When most people visit the Central Florida area for a vacation they rent a vehicle to make their stay easier. Some people even rent sports cars to make their stay in the area even more exciting. But the truth is everyone has that one car that is so far out of their reach that they would give anything just to drive it for ten minutes. Well here at the upcoming Exotic Driving Experience you are going to be able to do just that!

Disney went around asking their guests that if they had the opportunity to drive just one exotic car which one would it be? After compiling a list and finding the most popular selections Disney will be introducing the new attraction on January 16th of next year. The current list of cars available are Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Audis Porsches and more! They are even building a new course with a bunch of sharp turns and challenges so that you can really put the cars to the test. Apparently you get to take six laps in the car of your choosing.

Now if you are like me you will be heading down to this track when it opens. I don’t know if I would suggest getting there the week after it opens, because I am sure its going to be crowded, but I will most definitely be fighting for my spot in the weeks following!

Monday, November 7, 2011

SeaWorld Up-and-Coming big News!

Shamu says hello
This November the 8th, SeaWorld is getting its feet wet with new additions to its marine theme park in Orlando.

As per their spokeman Nick Gollattscheck said "We do have plans for incredible new attractions at SeaWorld Orlando, and we're committed to finding amazing new ways to immerse our guests and fans in the mysteries of the sea. It's too early to talk about the plans and details right now, but you can expect us to share the news in the near future."

What kinda projects will delight the millions of visitors to this amazing theme park? There's a couple of items that are coming in the "gossip" pipeline, mainly (as per the Orlando Sentinel):

  • One of the biggest projects, expected to be completed in 2013, involves Penguin Encounter, a walk-through exhibit that opened in 1987 and displays several different species of penguins, as well as puffins and murres. This will close in December for an 18-month refurbishment. SeaWorld plans to build an indoor "dark ride" in its place. Since August, SeaWorld Orlando has also trademarked a trio of names that could be associated with the project: "Antarctica" and "Empire of the Penguins," both for use as themed areas in an amusement park, and "SnowWorld," for use as an amusement-park attraction.
  • Separately, SeaWorld is also planning to redevelop its Manatee Rescue attraction, a project expected to debut in 2012. According to a person familiar with details, the plans include renovating a circular theater and using it for an upgraded, sea-turtle movie that will likely be tied in with a theatrical documentary that was released this past summer through SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment's new SeaWorld Pictures film unit. SeaWorld plans to convert the manatee exhibit into a "combination manatee/sea turtle exhibit." SeaWorld last month also trademarked the name "Turtlesphere 360" for use in a theme-park attraction.
  • Discovery Cove, the high-end boutique park next door to SeaWorld, is also a part of the expansion efforts. Documents filed with the water district and Orange County show that SeaWorld intends to convert a now-closed saltwater reef into a freshwater environment referred to both as the "Flooded Rainforest Trail" and as "Flooded Forest River Trails." Its features will include a "primate island" and an otter-viewing area.
Certainly with these trio of possible developments, we are waiting for the official word, and counting the days until these areas open here in Orlando. SeaWorld wants to keep its name as the n. 3 theme-park company in the business, specially getting tough competition from the new Legoland theme-park, the new Fantasyland area in Magic Kingdom, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Island of Adventure.

Stay tune cause this November the 8th will be the official unveiling of the plans for next year!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cinderella's Holiday Wish Show Returns Today!

Cinderella and friends
One of the most magical places on earth is Walt Disney World, specifically Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park! And one of the most inspiring time of the year is reaching upon us, Christmas!

What happen when the two of those unite? Well, the thought is both gratifying and magical! A super jolly good ol’ time, like drinking your hot cocoa with marshmallow combination, simply delightful!

Starting today, Friday November 4th until the end of the holiday season, Magic Kingdom will have a beautiful show called “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish” show.

We meet our beloved fav four: Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy that wants to create magic and thinking in the best way possible. Then, at the castle shows up the Fairy Godmother, who wants to give some magic to the festivities. Enter, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and it is here that they decided to do something to make the castle sparkle as her glass slippers!

Between a little holiday music and dance routine, and a little of the “Salaga-doola, menchika-boola, Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo” from the adorable Fairy Godmother and the end is totally awe-inspiring.

The entire castle lights up as magical as ever. It will look as if the castle has been transformed into a glass, or diamond (depending on your taste), that sparkles in a magical way. Only Disney can do something like this!

To create this effect required: 32,000 sq. ft. fishing nets, 15 miles of cables, 200,00 LED bulbs and 500 strobes. However, what’s more important is the magical results.

Do not miss this amazing and entertaining show, that certainly will be a highlight of your visit to Disney’s Magic Kingdom!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Best Fireworks in the Land!

Wishes Fireworks
One of my fascinations is that of fireworks. Since their inception dating back to 7th century China, which is the earliest documentation of fireworks, people have been marveled by the colorful and incredible designs from that simple pyrotechnics show.

From those humbled beginnings, it has transformed itself into a business that is use around the world. Goes without saying that fireworks and magic goes hand in hand, like peanut butter and jelly, and like Mickey and Minnie!

Walt Disney when creating his masterpiece thought about what would have been the best way to close the park while leaving a touch of pixie-dust to the park's future visitors. The answer was in a show that had Sleeping Beauty Castle as a backdrop in Disneyland. It goes without saying that this magical place, plus the show itself was a total hit. When he decided to build Walt Disney World here in Orlando, goes without saying that he wanted to bring the show to its new place with a few tweaks...this time the backdrop will be Cinderella's Castle!

Back in the those early years, the show was called "Fantasy in the Sky", now it is called "Wishes: A Magical gathering of Disney Dreams".

It doesn't matter how many times you see the show, every single time you'll be immerse in the beautiful designs, the sheer spectacle of its music, and above all, seeing around you all the people marveling at the multicolored display patching the night sky, well, it is without saying that you'll be seeing some grown ups with tears. At the end, no matter your age, you'll be irrupting in joy and in applause as the show culminates with a magnificent spectacle of pyrotechnics magic!

Do not leave the park without seeing this show, it will electrify and it will make you feel that dreams can be reality. Perhaps is good to finish with one quote from one of Walt's incredible creations, Cinderella:

A dream is a wish your heart makes when you're fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartaches. Whatever you wish for, you keep. Have faith in your dreams, and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween has come and gone

Kids at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
So what did you wear this past All-Hallows-Even? Oh my, I am sorry! that is the question I should have made in 1556, but today i would have to ask "What did you wear this Halloween?"

The art of dressing the children in disguises or customes is called guising, and the first records about this we find it as early as 1895 in Scotland. The first record of this tradition in the U.S.A is in early 20th century, and the first mass-produced halloween customes appeared in stores in the 1930s.

Traditionally, Halloween costumes feature scary characters like monsters, witches and devils; also can be ghosts, skeletons, fictional characters, celebrities, even presidents! Of course, little children usually try dressing as either princes or princesses.

It is interesting that Disney compiled a list of the most frequent halloween customes in their parks, and here's the discovery:

  1. Rapunzel
  2. Princess Aurora
  3. Pirate
  4. Belle
  5. Minnie Mouse
  1. Cars 2 Characters
  2. Jack Sparrow
  3. Pirate
  4. Buzz Lightyear
  5. Woody
Now dressing up is all done :(
But Christmas is right around the corner :)