Thursday, December 29, 2011

DUMBO IN DISNEY CRUISE LINE'S FANTASY SHIP

Dumbo on Fantasy
What is the best symbol to Fantasy? That is exactly the question that Disney is posing for everyone that will be traveling the seven seas of the world! The answer will surprise you.

Continuing their long standing tradition that began in 1998 when the Disney Magic, the first of Disney Cruise Line's ships, started traveling across the seas. There's a couple of things that the imagineers always look when they are designing the ships. One is the title of the vessel and technology advances they are going to include in it. But another one that is as exciting as these two, it's picking up the iconic character they will put in its stern (the back of the ship).

The thinking behind the stern is how tide up is to the title of the ship, and it has to be in a pose that shows the character painting the name of the ship in a wonderful, neat, and unique way, and keeping up with the classic visuals of the original.

So, everyone was fill with excitement with the announcement of the new sister ship to the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy! And as all the information was becoming available, one thing that the imagineers wanted to keep under wraps was the symbol for the ship.

The Disney Magic, for being the first one of the Cruise Line, sported Goofy trying to "paint" the back of the ship with its name. Then, the imagineers got a little more daring and funny with the figures of Donald Duck hanging by a rope trying to "paint" the stern and Hewey (with Dewey and Louie peeking from behind) cutting the rope with a huge scissor, on the Disney Wonder. For the Disney Dream, the imagineers went old school and put the one and only Mickey Mouse in its "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" look sending one lonely mop to "paint" the stern with the name of the Ship.

What do the imagineers did with its newest ship? Well, to answer the original question pose to all the imagineers, they decided to bring back one amazing pachyderm, Dumbo. Of course, that iconic character will never be complete without the help of its amazing rodent companion, Timothy Quincy Mouse. Dumbo will be "flying" with the bucket of paint holding up with his trunk and Timothy Mouse will be holding the brush ready to "paint" the name on the stern. It has that Disney Classic written all over, but at the same time with a fresh look that will be a welcome sight when you arrive from the port of call to the ship.

Do not forget to try this new ship from the amazing Disney Cruise Line. Certainly will be fill with amazing areas to have fun and enjoy your delicious vacation. At the same time, this newest ship will be with the latest technological wonder that only Disney can do. Every Magical wish has been implemented and some you may haven't thought about!

98-days left to enjoy this awesome Ship made by the magic of Disney!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios

The Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal StudiosThere is nothing like the Macy’s Day Parade to kick off the holiday season. But if you’re like everyone else you were running around trying to get the house ready for your Thanksgiving company. Well I have good news for you, you can still catch the Macys parade, and not just a rerun on the television. The Macy’s Holiday Parade has made its way to the Universal Studios, and it even has some additions!

With all the floats and balloons that make the parade a Macy’s event here at the Universal Studios there is no better way to get into the season. My kids and I went yesterday and we had a blast. With full marching bands and all the floats that came directly from the parade it was great! We bought a ton of holiday food and some hot coco and kicked back on the side of the road to all the great music and entertainment.

The best part is that this awesome event isn’t over; it is going till January 1st. So if you are still in town and want to get a good spot on the front row of the Macy’s Holiday Parade you still can! While you are there be sure to check out some of the other awesome Christmas stuff that Universal is offering. Like meeting Santa and the daily tree lighting!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

BE OUR GUEST RESTAURANT NEWS

Be Our Guest Menu
You probably were glued to the big screen watching the movie "Beauty and The Beast", specially the part where Lumiere (the wonderfully funny and friendly chandelier) welcomed Belle and sings the song "Be our guest".

That is the back-story that Disney has for one the Restaurants that is going to open in the new Fantasyland expansion that is being build at this moment in Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Details are coming, since we are getting closer and closer to one of the biggest openings in years for the N# 1 Theme Park in the World!

Be Our Guest is the Restaurant's name. Details given by Disney, the new restaurant:

  • Located in the "Beauty and The Beast" area, and the dining area will be just inside the Beast Castle, one amazing place for one amazing Restaurant in the making!
  • It will fit nicely 550 people.
  • Three (3) dining rooms Library/Gallery, West Wing (where, if you know the movie and story, lays the enchanted rose), Ballroom (remember that awesome part where Belle and Beast dance?).
  • It will offer Table-Service dining during the evening, and Counter-Service dining during the mornings/afternoon.
  • It will feature decoration inspired by the famous movie, and the ambiance be awesomely enchanting with a mural depicting scenes with the characters of the movie.
Even though there's no word in regards to whether is a character interaction, Disney has something up its sleeves. Many gossiping around this Restaurant refers that perhaps there would be a Lumiere audio-animatronic, like "Chefs de France" with Remy in Disney's Epcot, but Disney has been very hush-hush.

Once we are getting closer to the date of launching we all know more information. In this same area there would be another Restaurant called Gaston's Tavern with a huge statue of, you got it!, Gaston!

Stay tuned, this expansion to Fantasyland is looking more and more incredible and immersing and amazing!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gatorland Zip Line Revisit

Gatorland's Screamin Gator Zip Line Course!It has been quite awhile since I have had the opportunity to get to a theme park. But with a friend coming down for the holiday season they asked if we would join them on their visit to a theme park. Now they are planning to spend a whole week between Universal, Disney and other attractions in the area. Unfortunately my work schedule would only let me take off one day. So when it came to which park I could visit with them I had to pick Gatorland.

Now, Gatorland wasn’t always my favorite park in the Central Florida area. But, after they added the zip line course to the park I haven’t been able to think of anything else. When the course first came out I went and visited, road the course and then wrote it a pretty good review. But now I had an opportunity to take a friend on the course for the first time… and we had a blast.

You can make reservations at the park for the zip line course when you purchase your ticket. You see the “jumps” are scheduled throughout the day, and they fill up real fast, so you gotta get in quick. Anyway we had a ten o clock jump scheduled, and at 10:05 we were sitting in a room going over the instructional video and getting geared up. Shortly after we were walking across the park and climbing the first tower three stories into the air.

Now if you think three stories isn’t that high I want to see your face when they clip that thin cable to a wire and tell you to get a running start. Either way, by the third tower jump you feel like a veteran. Jumping off a wooden tower that is swaying in the wind over a pool of alligators sure leaves you with a good memory to take home.

The best part is at the end. The last jump has two wires right next to each other, and they let you race another person in the group. I raced my friend of course, and I am not willing to let you know how it ended… but I will tell you one thing… someone cheated.

Friday, December 2, 2011

JAWS WILL BE CLOSING!!!!!!


Jaws is all hung up
I am bummed out for the following news. Universal Studios Florida will be closing the Jaws/Amity Area for good on January 2nd 2012 @ 9pm.

It’s been one of my favorites attractions. Sure, you can say all you want about how cheesy is the jokes and the interaction of the “boat” driver, but this ride grows on you and totally makes you feel very immerse into the action. Plus, you can feel the heat when you see a charred shark on his final try coming out as one of those nice twists to the ride.

The spokeman for Universal Studios Florida noted that this has been one of the first attractions to open in the park:

“We know you love JAWS! and we do too. It has been an amazing attraction and after terrorizing the waters of Amity here at Universal Orlando for 20 years, it’s a VERY important part of our history“

However, we are excited that something else will be coming into this area, and hopefully they will do something to tell the past guest or little clues to tell that Jaws was here.

Universal also took the chance to assure the visitors about new developments without revealing too much what is going to take place there:

“So, we’ve got a couple things planned to ensure we always remember and honor it. We know it’s hard to say goodbye, but we can’t express how EXCITED we are about the new, innovative & amazing experience we’re going to be bringing you.“

This comes in the date where Universal Studios Singapore is opening its “Transformers – The Ride”, which will open soon in Universal Studios Hollywood. Wheels are turning and would this be perhaps a clue as to what will be build here? Who knows!

Let’s stay tune to what new things will happen in Universal Studios Florida, which will sure make visitors new and “old” happy and excited to come to the center where movies are brought to life in new incredible ways!