V The Velociraptor Testing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Professor Parker Woodson will be bringing his friend V the Velociraptor to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a ‘Jurassic Jaunt’ with guests in Dinoland U.S.A. beginning April 19, 2014!

V the Velociraptor

Professor Woodson has hand raised V the Velociraptor from birth, so V is excited to be out meeting people and exploring the world all around him.

V the Velociraptor

You will be able to find Professor Woodson and V the Velociraptor roaming around Dinoland U.S.A for limited time from April 19 to May 3, 2014.

Merlin Entertainment Brings Three New Attractions to Orlando

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Project Update from Merlin Entertainments PLC for Three New Orlando Attractions

Coming Spring 2015

The leading U.K.-based family entertainment company, owner of LEGOLAND Florida, is bringing three of its best know global visitor attraction brands to Orlando – The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and Sea Life aquarium

With less than a year to grand opening, Merlin Entertainments PLC (Merlin) is gearing up to introduce three of its exciting global brands to the Central Florida region, with the launches of The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE aquarium in Spring 2015 at I-Drive 360 on International Drive.

Famous Disney Bears

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, Disneynature is releasing another new documentary, Bears. This new movie will follow a bear family for a year as the young cubs learn life lessons. Seeing the commercials for this movie got me thinking about all of the bears in the Disney family.

Disneynature Bears
Disneynature Bears

Winnie the Pooh
Let’s start with probably the most famous Disney bear of all. Coming from the books by A. A. Milne, Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are a childhood staple. He may be “stuffed with fluff,” but he can be quite courageous when needed. We’ve all joined in on their adventures (often in search of “hunny”) and learned about friendship along the way. Pooh and Piglet’s friendship in particular, never fails to warm my heart.

Orlando City SC Needs Your Input!

Orlando City SC Stadium Layout

Orlando City SC Seeks Fan Input on Design of New Soccer Stadium

Idea the Result of Recent Supporter Group Suggestions to Architects; Group of Respondents will be selected to Participate in Small-Group Workshops with Stadium Design Team

 

Orlando City SC announced today a unique plan to solicit input and gather suggestions from its fans on the design of its new downtown stadium. The idea was born out of a recent meeting with Orlando City supporter group leaders and stadium architects.

Giveaway: Magic At Play Arrives At Kohl’s

Magic at Play Giveaway!

Magic at Play Jumping Beans Kohl's

Disclosure: Through a partnership with Kohl’s, I have received a promotional item and Gift Card for the Giveaway in exchange for this post. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

The Magic at Play clothing line is an exclusive collaboration between Jumping Beans and Kohl’s that helps your smallest family members show their #DisneySide!

Stars On Ice at the Amway Center

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Stars On Ice

 

Last week we had the opportunity to go see this years Stars On Ice at the Amway Center in Orlando. They just kicked off their nationwide 2014 tour and this year feature 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White as the headliners of every show! The couple took the first ever GOLD in ice dancing for the United States and will perform in every city in the 20 city tour across America, along with their bronze medal winning team mates from the inaugural Olympic figure skating team event. Fans of Meryl and Charlie can also watch them on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars on Monday evenings.

Summer 2014 SeaWorld Camps

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Get Up-Close Animal Experiences This Summer at SeaWorld Camps in Orlando

Looking to expand interests this summer for your children and their friends?  SeaWorld Camps offer educational, fun and exciting encounters for kids of all ages and include up-close experiences with marine animals that encourage a lifelong passion for wildlife and the environment.

SeaWorld Camps

Viva La Música Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

Viva la Música

VIVA LA MÚSICA SIZZLES AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO

 

Sat., April 26 Kicks off this Fiery Festival

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 11, 2014) – Saturdays are heating up at SeaWorld Orlando during Viva la Música, Central Florida’s can’t-miss Latin food and concert festival taking place Saturdays, April 26 through May 17.

 

Celebrate the food, fun, sights and sounds of Latin culture at this annual festival, featuring live concerts by internationally renowned Latin musical artists, included with park admission.

 

Easter Recreation Activities at Walt Disney World

EasterAs promised a few weeks ago, I’m back with more goings on at Disney World resorts and parks for Easter week. If you are a resort guest or live here in the area, Disney Floral & Gifts has tons of great offerings for decor here. In the parks, you can meet and greet with Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny in the Magic Kingdom in Town Square Courtyard from 9am – 5:10pm from April 13 – 19th and then 9am – 12:15pm on April 20th. Special Easter cupcakes are available at several quick service locations in Disney’s Hollywood Studios with white chocolate and raspberry icing.

In the resorts across Walt Disney World property you will find most with special Easter activities. Some of the recreation activities will include things like character meet and greets with characters typically in special Easter outfits.The All-Star Resorts are also featuring games like Bunny Basket Relay, Easter Bingo, Hippity Hoppity Dance Party, Bunny Hoppin Pool Party and Critter Round-Up. At Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas they are having Easter Candy Scramble, Egg-cellent Easter Trivia, Easter Chalk Art and Poolside Easter Craft. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort hosts a Candy Guessing contest, Rubber Ducky Races, a Peeps Grab, Don’t Break the Egg, and Topsy Turvy Scavenger Hunt.

Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp Florida

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Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp FLORIDA is July 4-6, 2014!

Designed as the ultimate driving experience for racing enthusiasts, The Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp FLORIDA gives YOU the chance to experience the thrill of driving two different types of cars and on 3 different tracks, with feedback and coaching provided by industry experts … and legends. In addition to our NASCAR stock cars you will climb behind the wheel of some of the world’s fastest supercars from Exotic Driving Experience.

PROGRAM TRACKS:
  • ‘The World Center of Racing’ Daytona International Speedway - 2.5 mile tri-oval
  • Walt Disney World® Speedway - 1 mile tri-oval
  • The Exotics Course at Walt Disney World Speedway - 1 mile road course design especially for Exotic Driving Experience supercars

Short, Short Tip: LEGOLAND Florida in the Summer

While Florida itself can get super hot in the summer (who am I kidding, most of the year it’s hot!), Shelley wanted to share some ways that she likes to keep cool at LEGOLAND Florida.

There’s so much to look at when you’re wandering around Miniland or when you’re spending a few hours in the water park and with not a lot of shade to escape the Florida sun, make sure you check out the short, short tip on some things to pack before heading out!

And as always, make sure you keep a water, Gatorade, something nearby to stay hydrated.

Short, Short Tip for Keeping Cool in LEGOLAND Florida

Short, Short Tip for LEGOLAND Florida in the Summer

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Easter Activities at Bass Pro Shops!

Bass Pro Shops is hosting fun Easter activities this weekend and next weekend! They include Easter egg hunts, crafts, and pictures with the Easter Bunny!

Easter

 

Each activity has different times and days so make sure you’re paying attention if you want to hit them all. We ended up just missing the Easter egg hunt, which is held during the Easter Bunny’s carrot break, so we missed him too.

 

The Easter egg hunt is on Sunday the 13th, Saturday the 19th, and Sunday the 20th. Registration starts at 1:30, and the hunt starts promptly at 2pm. It’s for ages 2-10, and after you collect 5 eggs, you return to registration to exchange them for candy. The Easter Bunny was on carrot break from 2-3pm while we were there on Saturday the 12th.

An Evening at Markham’s – Tables in Wonderland Exclusive

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An Evening at Markham’s – Tables in Wonderland Exclusive
Thursday, May 1st, 2014, 6:00pm
$195.00 per person, plus tax, gratuity included

 

You are cordially invited to join us at the über exclusive, Markham’s restaurant, located at Disney’s Golden Oak Club, for an unparalleled culinary experience highlighting not only the esteemed talents of Chef Christian Rumpler and Chef Michael Gonsalves, but also select culinary personalities from across Walt Disney World® Resort.  Sommeliers Melissa Schreiber and Wayne Rigsby have paired exceptional beverages with the 8-course menu for a true epicurean evening.

The event is limited to 30 guests and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members.  Park admission not required.

Celebrating The 50th Anniversary of It’s A Small World At Walt Disney World

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Yesterday the Walt Disney World Resort joined in with the other Disney Parks around the world to celebrates the 50th anniversary of It’s a Small World.

It’s a Small World opened as a tribute to peace and hope at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and is an important part of my family’s heart.

It is my father’s favorite attraction (he makes us ride it at least twice per visit), it was my first ride at Walt Disney World, and we brought it full circle as my father and I rode with Zoe for her first ride ever at Walt Disney World.

It's a Small World