The Walt Disney Studios 2017 Motion Picture Slate is awesome, and to keep you up-to-date on the latest news I am launching a Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up with information about Moana, Cars 3, & Beauty and the Beast!
So let the fun begin!
Walt Disney Studios News Round-Up ~ January 17, 2017
Walt Disney Animation Studios says ‘You’re Welcome’ to Moana fans later this month when an all-new sing-along version of the epic adventure will sail in to more than 2,000 theaters nationwide on January 27th and exclusively at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre on January 20th.
The sing-along version of Moana includes the full feature film with on-screen lyrics, so audiences can belt out the words to their favorite songs, such as the Golden Globe®-nominated “How Far I’ll Go.”
Make sure that you check your local listings for showtimes and theaters, because the sing-along run will vary by location.
MOANA home Release date announced
Audiences can soon enjoy the original theatrical version of the film at home and packed with a variety of bonus extras when Moana arrives on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on February 21st & on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand on March 7th.
Moana | Gone Fishing Bonus Clip
Cars 3 Extended Look
Cars 3 is an all-new story that tests the heart of a champion in a high-tech world, and we have learned about two new characters and a new extended look at the movie was released!
It was announced that Cristela Alonzo, as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez, and Armie Hammer, as next-gen racer Jackson Storm, will be joining Owen Wilson in the cast of Cars 3.
Cruz Ramirez is a sunny-but-fierce unconventional trainer at the Rust-eze Racing Center. She expertly arms the team’s talented rookies with cutting-edge tools to tear up the track—but she nearly stalls when her longtime idol Lightning McQueen shows up. While she’d love to help him find his way back to the top, she knows the competition is faster than ever, and victory is all about speed—or is it?
Jackson Storm is fast, sleek and ready to race. A frontrunner in the next generation of racers, Storm’s quiet confidence and cocky demeanor are off-putting—but his unmatched speed threatens to redefine the sport. Trained on high-tech simulators that are programmed to perfect technique and maximize velocity, Jackson Storm is literally built to be unbeatable—and he knows it.
Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds himself faced with a new generation of racers who threaten not only his dominance in the sport—but the confidence that got him there. Determined to get back to the pole position, the #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.
And finally in Cars 3 news, I wanted to share the new extended look!
Cars 3 "Lightning Strikes" Extended Look
Beauty and the Beast Original Motion Picture Soundtrack news
GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend are set to perform the Oscar and GRAMMY-winning duet “Beauty and the Beast” as the title track for Disney’s upcoming soundtrack to the live-action film adaptation “Beauty and the Beast.”
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Beauty and the Beast” will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.
Beauty and the Beast
Earlier in the month during the Golden Globes a new “Beauty and the Beast” spot aired that FINALLY gave us a glimpse at Emma Watson singing as Belle.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast – Golden Globes TV Spot
If you don’t have goosebumps after watching this spot, you’re doing it wrong!!! March 17th can’t get here quick enough!
I can’t wait to bring you more Walt Disney Studios news in a new round-up!
DISCLOSURE: I was provided with tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME at the Amway Center, however all opinions are completely my own.
Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, announced Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced on January 14th (the same day we attended Circus XTREME…gulp) that all shows will end in May of this year.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME will conclude its tour in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7th and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World will conclude its tour in Uniondale, New York, on May 21st.
“Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was the original property on which we built Feld Entertainment into a global producer of live entertainment over the past 50 years,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “We are grateful to the hundreds of millions of fans who have experienced Ringling Bros. over the years. Between now and May, we will give them one last chance to experience the joy and wonder of Ringling Bros.”
For those of you planning on catching the Greatest Show on Earth one last time like we did (You can find the full tour schedule here), I wanted to share with you a **FREE** way to enhance your visit to the circus!
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey All-Access Preshow
An hour before the show starts, ticket holders can attend the All Access Pre-Show for Circus XTREME for FREE!
During the party on the show floor families have the chance to meet the international cast, try on costumes, meet the menagerie of animals, and can even be a part of the ‘show’ by learning from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and jugglers.
During our visit Zoe even got to be a part of a BMX trick! (She is MUCH braver than I am!)
The fun ends with a dance party that takes up the entire show floor.
So grab yourself a complimentary red nose and join us for a look at the All Access Pre-Show for Circus XTREME at the Amway Center!
We absolutely had a blast watching Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME at the Amway Center, and I will cherish all the memories we have made and laughs we have shared as a family with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
The extremely popular SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Preschool Card is back by popular demand for 2017 in a limited time offer that is perfect for families with young children who are Florida residents.
With the Preschool Card, kids five and younger can enjoy all the fun of SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay from now until December 31, 2017 for FREE.
SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are a wonderland for education experiences for children and parents alike! Each park offers many activities, shows, rides, and attractions perfect for pint-sized guests, and this offer is the perfect way to experience it all over and over.
There are no black-out dates so you will also be able to enjoy the special events, festivals, and seasonal offerings at both parks! This includes the new Seven Seas Festival at SeaWorld Orlando and the extremely popular Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends held throughout the year at Busch Gardens Tampa. What a deal!!!
Registration for the 2017 SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Preschool Card must be done in advance and will end on June 27, 2017, so don’t delay!
How to get your 2017 SeaWorld Orlando & Busch Gardens Preschool Card:
Before you get started, keep in mind the following things:
Advance registration must be completed online and the card is not available at the parks.
The offer is only valid for children who are Florida residents ages five or younger at the time of redemption at the park.
The card does not include free parking or admission to separately ticketed events.
There are just a few easy steps that you will need to complete to receive a 2017 Preschool Card!
Parents or guardians will visit the online registration page for the 2017 Preschool Card to complete the simple process.
Print out your redemption certificate once you have completed the form.
Bring your redemption certificate as well as a valid form of ID such as a birth certificate or travel passport to the SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ticket windows.
Enjoy unlimited admission through December 31, 2017!
Here’s a look at the fine print of the offer:
Florida residents only and must bring proof of residency to redeem. Valid only at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for children 5 years old and younger at time of redemption. Unlimited admission through 12/31/17. Bring redemption confirmation and valid form of ID (a copy of a certified birth certificate or travel passport) to the ticket window at SeaWorld or Busch Gardens. School IDs or children’s security IDs will not be accepted. The SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Preschool Card offer is not available at the park; advance online registration required. Only the child’s parent/guardian may register online. Parent/guardian does not have to be present to redeem Card, however friend/family member would need to present the required documents listed above. Not valid for student groups/field trips. Offer only available through June 27, 2017 and subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice.
Dining with a food allergy can be very tricky and a source of stress when you are traveling. However Walt Disney World has quite a number of options available to those with a food allergy, dietary restriction, or lifestyle choice for their diet. I wanted to share a few of the things that you can do ahead of time to help you in your planning if you do have a food allergy or sensitivity to make your dining plans easier (and safer).
Dining with a Food Allergy at Walt Disney World
With Walt Disney World being one of the most visited destinations in the world, they see millions of guests annually. Accordingly, they have started to recognize that many of us have food allergies and/or dietary sensitivities and restrictions.
The process starts when you are making reservations or going to a dining location, because you will always want to make the cast members aware of your allergies or dietary restrictions so they can accommodate your needs in the best way possible.
If you are calling Disney Dining to make a reservation, let them know you have an allergy so that when you check-in the host or hostess can easily mark your table as having a special dining request. Or if you book a dining reservation online, simply check that boxes that best fit your dietary needs. But don’t worry if you forget to do either of those, because you can always let them know when you arrive at the restaurant. You can also contact the Special Dietary Requests Line for further assistance at 407-824-5967.
If your allergy isn’t listed in the most common ones online or on the My Disney Experience app, there is an “other” box that can be selected and you can explain the specifics to the server when you arrive.
In the last few years Walt Disney World’s restaurants, both table service and counter service locations, have started to provide guests with what they call Allergy Menus. These menus address the most common food allergies, which include: milk (dairy), corn, egg, wheat (gluten), peanut, soy, shellfish, fish, and tree nuts.
Here is an example of the allergy menu I received on our last visit to Narcoosee’s.
Another option at the restaurants of Walt Disney World is to speak with a chef if you don’t see any choices that meet your needs on the Allergy Menu.
When the chef comes to your table, they will ask you more about your food allergies or sensitivities to better discuss all the options you have at their dining location.
If you are dining at a buffet, the chef can walk you through the line and tell you exactly what you can and can’t have. At a table service restaurant if you see something on the regular menu that you’d like, but has something you can’t have in it you can ask your chef, and more often than not, they can tweak it for you. The chefs are great and like to be creative and will even sometimes make completely off the menu custom dishes if you don’t see something to your liking on the Allergy Menu.
It never hurts to ask! Always make sure you let them know what you like, too. My friends and I have been amazed with some of the dishes the chefs have come up with when we let them run wild with a little freedom.
I recommend looking at menus online before you make your reservations to get an idea of what the restaurant offers to make sure they have something you may be able to eat, keeping in mind that items are subject to change. Some of Allergy Menus will be more extensive depending on the restaurant.
When you are On the Go, there are tons of great snacks being added to the parks and resorts for guests with allergies all the time.
Throughout the resort you will find snacks ranging from fresh fruit to other vegan and gluten free items readily available in the Snacks with Character line that was recently introduced.
If you have a sweet tooth AND food allergies or dietary restrictions, a visit to Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC at Disney Springs should be in your plans. All of the treats in this special bakery are nut free, vegan, Kosher, and gluten free. I’m allergic to pistachios and am gluten free, and I am usually restricted in what I can have…but not here. It is amazing!
The bottom line is don’t be afraid to eat at Disney restaurant because of a food allergy or if you’re vegan or have a food sensitivity. I promise that whatever dietary sensitivity you may have, in the 45 plus years Walt Disney World has been operating there’s a 99.99% chance that they’ve handled it successfully multiple times over.
Doing a little homework before you arrive never hurts, but Walt Disney World will always do their best since your safety is their number one priority during your visit.
The latest collaboration that I am excited to share with you is Disney Bambi by LeSportac!
Inspired by the original artwork of Bambi that is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the latest collaboration brings the joy of spring and fun of friendship to a group of bags that are perfectly on trend with a charming floral pattern in rich pastel hues.
Let’s take a look at the collaboration’s 20 pieces that are split between a main pattern and five coordinating accent pieces.
Wearing the Magic: Disney Bambi by LeSportsac
Bambi and Friends
Bambi and Friends is the name of the main pattern in the Disney Bambi by LeSportsac line featuring a lovely floral print with Bambi, Thumper, and Flower.
There are 15 items from cosmetic cases to weekend bags ranging from $28 to $144 available in this print, and all three of my ‘go to’ LeSportsac bags are here!
Bambi’s Buddies Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($31) is a great case for traveling! I use my LeSportsac Rectangular Cases for traveling with my make-up. But the sweet front and detail of the front and back are lovely.
This XL Rectangular Cosmetic Case ($40) is the one coordinating accent LeSportsac piece is extremely versatile, and I use the one I have as a packing cube for smaller accessories. It works like a charm!
The new LEGOLANDBeach Retreat, opening on April 7th, brings a brand new resort style to their second hotel at LEGOLAND Florida.
LEGOLANDBeachRetreat will feature the same high level of detail and kid-centric amenities at the LEGOLAND Hotel, but this time guests will enjoy a village-style vacation resort on Lake Dexter (a half-mile away from the park entrance) with 83 beach-themed bungalows offering 166 separate rooms, each with whimsical LEGO décor inside and out.
The brightly colored bungalows are grouped into 13 “coves” named after popular LEGO Minifigures. Each includes an outdoor play area with fun and challenging elements, all within view of the bungalows’ shaded patios, where mom and dad can relax while kids play.
Take a first look inside the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Bungalows that are still under construction!
A sneak peek at the LEGOLAND Florida Beach Retreat Bungalows
Other LEGOLANDBeachRetreat amenities include:
Sandy’s Castle Restaurant, located inside The Lighthouse and featuring a bountiful menu of entrees, sides and desserts designed to please the palates of kids and grownups alike.
Bricks Beach Bar, offering an eclectic menu of made-to-order food, drinks and creative cocktails served poolside and inside The Lighthouse.
A delicious breakfast is included with each night’s stay; lunch and dinner will be available without reservations.
Palm Tree Traders, a large retail shop stocked with LEGO building sets and Minifigures, apparel, toys, swimwear, snacks and sundries.
Complimentary parking in LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s main parking lot.
Early access to the theme park, with exclusive use of some of the most popular attractions, including LEGO NINJAGO World when it opens Jan. 12.
Reservations are available for stays from April 7 through Nov. 30, 2017. To book a stay at LEGOLANDBeachRetreat, visit LEGOLAND.com/beachretreat or call (877) 350-5346 daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nightly room rates start at $135 (plus tax and resort fee) and vary by season, date and availability.
Praise Wave at lets Christian music fans kick off the year on a positive note with a day of fellowship and fun during SeaWorld Orlando’s annual concert series that takes place on Saturdays from January 14th to the 28th.
Guests at SeaWorld Orlando will get the chance to enjoy live performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music while having a fun day celebrating the new year in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides, and attractions.
2017 Praise Wave at SeaWorld musical performances include:
Saturday, January 14 Musical Performance: TobyMac
Seven time Grammy® award winner, TobyMac kicks off Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando. With more than 11 million units in career sales, fans will go gangbusters with songs like “Feel It” and “Lights Shine Bright.”
Saturday, January 21 Musical Performance: Francesca Battistelli
Billboard Chart Topper andGrammy® award winner, Francesca Battistelli will delight audiences with famed songs such as “Holy Spirit” and “He Knows My Name.”
Saturday, January 28 Musical Performance: Skillet
Billboard Award winning and Grammy® nominated Skillet takes the stage with hits such as “Stars,” “Feel Invincible,” and “Awake & Alive.”
Guests will be able to enjoy the live concerts when they take place at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm each Saturday during the event in the park’s Nautilus Theater.
What makes Praise Wave even better is that is included with park admission, but if you want to take your experience to a VIP level you can add on a reserved seating package to your SeaWorld Orlando admission.
The best deal for guests to experience Praise Wave and all of SeaWorld’s special events and new experiences that will be debuting throughout the year, is with an Annual Pass. To purchase tickets visit the park’s website, SeaWorldOrlando.com.
Make sure to follow SeaWorld Orlando on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest details about events and new additions. Also while you are there, join the conversation on social media by using #SeaWorld #PraiseWave.
The 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate has me giddy to say the least with familiar and favorite stories being re-told and continued, a chance to journey into nature, and to go on a colorful adventure.
I can’t wait any longer…let’s go!
New in 2017: Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate
March 17, 2017 –Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios)
Every time I see the Beauty and the Beast trailer I have to catch my breath a little, because Belle is one of my top Disney Princesses and I cannot wait to watch Emma Watson as Belle live out the dream of dancing with Beast in the ballroom or to see/hate Luke Evans as Gaston.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.
“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast US Official Trailer
Seriously…is it May yet???
April 21, 2017 – Born In China (Disneynature)
Watching Born in China will be the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day this year! With stunning footage of never-before-seen imagery of China’s vast terrain, the movie’s adventure takes us through and above the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest while telling a compelling story.
Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured.
Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.
Disneynature's Born In China – Earth Day Trailer
It’s been awesome to be able to share the next generation of ‘True Life Adventure’ films that I loved so much with my daughter, and Born in China looks to be an fantastic addition to the Disneynature films.
May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios)
The first Marvel Studios release in the 2017 Motion Picture Slate is going to set the bar pretty high for the summer, because I don’t know too many people who aren’t hyped for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Teaser Trailer
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos.
The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
I. Cannot. Wait. From the moment I saw the first teaser photo, I flipped! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 seems to be a continuation of the adventures with a perfect combination of action, witty dialogue, & amazing music…and this time we get more Baby Groot!
May 26, 2017 – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (Walt Disney Studios)
Fans of the Disney Parks can’t help but get excited to hear more familiar words that echo in the caverns of the attraction on the big screen! Dead Men Tell No Tales is a continuation of a story and ride that I have enjoyed most of my life!
Teaser Trailer: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
What could be wrong about having more Captain Jack Sparrow in 2017???
June 16, 2017 – CARS 3 (Disney / Pixar)
The intensity of the Cars 3 teaser trailer made me realize how emotionally invested I was in Lightning McQueen…A sentence I never thought I would type.
Cars 3 Official US Teaser Trailer
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.
To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
When Zoe was younger we watched Cars on repeat and then when Cars 2 was released I watched as she enjoyed racing with her friends again, and now I can’t wait to experience Cars 3 with my favorite passenger!
November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Studios)
While Tony Stark is my main man, I can’t help but wait to see one of my other favorite Avengers back on the big screen.
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!
Thor? Gladiatorial contest? The Incredible Hulk? Evil villain? I’m all in!
November 22, 2017 – COCO (Disney / Pixar)
At the 2015 D23 Expo in Anaheim, I was lucky (lucky = waited in the basement of the convention center for hours with great friends, even better conversation, and mediocre snacks) to snag a seat at the Walt Disney Studios presentation to hear about Coco.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt).
Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
I have always been intrigued by the Día de los Muertos celebrations, so you can only imagine what my excitement level is on a scale from 1 to 10…it’s an 11!
December 15, 2017 – STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII (Lucasfilm)
2017 is going to end in a galaxy far, far away when Star Wars: Episode VIII hits the screen.
Now while we don’t know much about what adventures we will go on, we do know that this journey will push the boundaries of the saga even further.
Is there really a better way to end an amazing year of films?
If you aren’t pumped for the 2017 Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Slate, then I don’t know if we can be friends! This is the stuff that movie dreams are made of, and I can’t wait to share more information and even some fun activities about them this year.
The LEGOLAND Florida Resort is rounding out their AWESOME year of expansion with the opening of NINJAGO World, a new resort, new partnerships, and several new special events throughout the year!
New in 2017: LEGOLAND Florida
LEGO NINJAGO World – Spring 2017
The newest immersive area of LEGOLAND Florida inspired by the popular LEGO building sets and television show “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu” on January 12, 2017. will be filled with hands-on outdoor activities, LEGO building experiences, and the centerpiece LEGO NINJAGO The Ride which is an innovative attraction that combines 3D computer animation with 4D effects and groundbreaking technology.
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort–Summer 2017
LEGOLAND Florida will open their second resort, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, on April 7th inviting families to stay in a village-style vacation resort with 83 beach-themed bungalows each with whimsical LEGO décor inside and out themed to popular LEGO Minifigures. The resort has a focus on outdoor play, and the bungalows are grouped into ‘coves’ that feature outdoor play areas that are within the view of the bungalows’ shaded patios, where mom and dad can relax while kids play.
LEGOLAND Florida 2017 Special Events
LEGOLAND Florida is known for hosting special events throughout the year that are filled with special characters and activities which are included in regular park admission, and in 2017 they’re adding two new events and expanding the dates of existing favorites!
The LEGO Batman™ Movie Days – March 4-5 & 11-12: New for 2017Super hero. Crime-fighter. Master Builder. LEGO Batman™ is all of those and so much more. Come meet Gotham City’s Caped Crusader during this celebration of the Warner Bros. feature film, which will include photo ops with the scene-stealing star, a themed scavenger hunt and LEGO Batman™-inspired LEGO build activities.
KIDZ BOP Weekend – April 28-30: New for 2017The No. 1 music brand for kids will deliver three days of high-energy fun during this inaugural event exclusive to LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Guests can enjoy the KIDZ Bop Kids live in concert at The KIDZ Bop Theater as part of their 2017 tour, including songs from the forthcoming “KIDZ BOP 34” album and their version of the LEGO NINJAGO theme song, “The Weekend Whip.”
LEGO Star Wars™ Days – May 6-7 & 13-14: Visit a galaxy far, far away during this Lucasfilm authorized event, which features some of the most famous scenes from the Star Wars saga made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks in the LEGO Star Wars MINILAND Model Display. Activities will include appearances by costumed Star Wars fans, LEGO building activities inspired by Star Wars characters, settings and stories, and a Star Wars™-themed costume parade for kids. It’s the only LEGO Star Wars theme park event in Florida!
LEGOLAND Knight Lights – Select dates in July, including Tuesday, July 4:When the sun goes down, the fun goes up during LEGOLAND Florida’s signature summertime event! The Good Knight offers extended park hours, uniquely LEGO light displays, opportunities to build alongside our Master Model Builders, and meet-and-greet opportunities with one of the heroes of LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS! Plus, enjoy a spectacular themed fireworks show over Lake Eloise to end the night, with a special patriotic show planned for the Fourth of July.
Firefighter Fridays – October 6, 13, 20 and 27: The National Fire Protection Association returns the annual kickoff of to NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week and a month-long celebration of real-life heroes. The event includes fun, educational activities that teach kids the importance of fire safety with opportunities to meet firefighters who keep our communities safe.
Brick or Treat – Select dates in October: The park’s annual, all-day Halloween event promises lots of spooky, kooky, fun for the entire family that includes larger-than-life LEGO models, a costume parade, multiple LEGO build activities, trick-or-treating (with lots of candy!), exclusive LEGO character meet-and-greets, a Halloween-themed fireworks show, and much more!
Christmas Bricktacular – Select dates in December: The LEGOLAND Florida Resort is filled with festive fun to celebrate the season with fun touches like a giant Christmas tree made of thousands of LEGO and DUPLO bricks, holiday-themed scavenger hunts, LEGO building activities, meet-and-greets with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier, sparkling lights, beautiful decorations, and even the occasional snow flurry! At the end of each Christmas Bricktacular, you can end your night with the not-so-silent-night fireworks spectacular choreographed to classic holiday music.
Kids’ New Year’s Eve – Sunday, December 31 only: Ring in the New Year with a one-night-only party built for kids, featuring an exclusive dance party, park-wide LEGO building activities, special entertainment, and an awesome fireworks show that kicks off the ‘kid-friendly’ countdown to a giant LEGO “brick drop” before midnight!
Don’t forget that I will be sharing my favorite picks for 2017 at the Theme Parks this Friday on icFlorida’s Best Bets on WFTV!
SeaWorld Orlando’s iconic Kraken roller coaster will have a new feel in 2017 as it will receive an upgrade to become the first digitally enhanced VR ride experience in Florida. New technology is being developed to create an experience that will enthrall coaster enthusiasts and bring a new level of excitement to Kraken .
Dolphin Nursery – Summer 2017
SeaWorld Orlando’s Dolphin Nursery is one of our favorite stops in the park, so we are extremely excited that this area will get a makeover!
Guests will get an up close view on multiple levels to create a face-to-face perspective with dolphin calves, a new slide out areas and lifting floor will allow for easier access to mom and baby for the veterinary and animal care teams, and the next generation of multi-purpose digital displays will allow SeaWorld educators to share information about dolphin educational and animal care content.
Seven Seas Festival– Starting February 2017
SeaWorld Orlando already hosts some of the most popular music and tastiest food events throughout the year, and in 2017 they will expand to a total of 14 weekends in 2017 as part of the Seven Seas Festival. The festival will feature food and craft brews throughout the park that is inspired by street foods from Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and the Mediterranean.
Flamecraft Bar – Summer 2017
Continuing the park’s food and beverage focus, a new dining location adjacent to the SeaFire Grill along the waterfront area will provide a great place to pause for a drink in a casual atmosphere. TheFlamecraft Barwill feature 16 seasonal craft brews and a new menu.
Electric Ocean– Summer 2017
The evening will shine at SeaWorld Orlando this summer when a brand new, end-of-day spectacle event called Electric Ocean will debut. As the sun goes down, the lights and energy go up offering guests a different kind of fun after dark. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, original music, and pathway entertainment immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder.
Aquatica Pass Member Pavilion– Spring 2017
As part of SeaWorld’s ongoing commitment to their Annual Pass Members, the Aquatica Pass Member Pavilion will open just in time for spring break. The exclusive pavilion will feature concierge service, complimentary sunscreen, a private entrance to Banana Beach, private animal encounters and additional offers.
Nautilus Theatre –Summer 2017
Continuing the park’s focus on entertainment, events and shows, an entirely new experience is coming to the Nautilus Theatre. The dedicated summer show will debut Memorial Day weekend.
Don’t forget that I will be sharing my favorite picks for 2017 at the Theme Parks this Friday on icFlorida’s Best Bets on WFTV!
2017 at the Universal Orlando Resort will see the opening of a new water park and an attraction starring the much beloved The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon!
Don’t forget that I will be sharing my favorite picks for 2017 at the Theme Parks this Friday on icFlorida’s Best Bets on WFTV!
New In 2017: Universal Orlando Resort
Volcano Bay Water Park
New Experiences at Universal's Volcano Bay
At Volcano Bay ‘Water is life’, and this next generation of water park will have 30 acres of fun for the entire family that will feature four distinct areas with highly themed attractions and details.
At the heart of the island stands Krakatau™, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano. Towering 200 feet above the tropical landscape, Krakatau streams waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of heart-pounding water slides.
Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster
Honorary Waturi can experience the power of Krakatau™ on this amazing ride. Four-person canoes slide upward through the mists and into the dark twists and turns within the volcano before emerging with a plunge through a shimmering waterfall.
Ko’okiri Body Plunge
Join in the centuries-old tradition of honoring the volcano god, Vol, by braving the incredible Ko’okiri Body Plunge. Featuring a 70-degree fall through a drop door and 125 feet of screaming, white-knuckle fun, this dizzying descent ends with a watery tribute from Vol himself.
Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides
Join Kala and Tai Nui where sea and sky meet and take a leap of faith from high atop the volcano. Twin trap doors simultaneously drop two guests down clear, intertwining tubes before sending them joyfully splashing into the turquoise waters below.
A favorite among Waturi children of all ages, Punga Racers send single riders on their manta ray mats sliding down four lanes through underwater sea caves.
This peaceful escape overlooks the sparkling waters of Waturi Beach at the base of the volcano.
Locals know — the surf’s always up at Waturi Beach. Swim, splash and relax right along with them in the sparkling waters and warm waves of this sparkling lagoon at the foot of mighty Krakatau™.
The scenic River Village has fun for people of all ages, including the very youngest Waturi.
Honu ika Moana
Just like the ancient Waturi people who rode the ocean waves on friendly sea turtles and whales, guests can enjoy these two twisting, turning, multi-person slides. Honu sweeps up two massive walls, while ika Moana sprays water on riders from the center of the raft.
Tot Tiki Reef + Runamukka Reef
The little ones can frolic among the splashy slides and fountains of the Tot Tiki Reef toddler play area, while Runamukka Reef delights older children with its bubbling geysers, water guns, slides and dump cups.
Kopiko Wai Winding River
Take a slow ride on the Kopiko Wai Winding River. Sprays of water surprise along the way, and beneath the lava rocks, Stargazer’s Cavern reveals the magical night sky above.
Rainforest Village stretches along the shores of an action-packed river and features the perfect mix of relaxation and exhilaration.
Ohyah + Ohno Drop Slides
Test your mettle and get into the Waturi spirit. Ascend cliff side and plummet down the twisting waters of Ohyah before dropping out four feet above the pool below. To achieve even greater bragging rights, brave the rope bridge and plunge down Ohno, a serpentine adventure that ends six feet above the pool below. Be sure to yell your battle cry on the way down.
Maku Puihi Raft Rides
Ready for the high adventure of the Maku Puihi lava tubes? This six-person rafting adventure is a favorite of Waturi families, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Choose one of two paths or try them both—just be ready for a thrilling ride. Puihi careens through a dark, winding tunnel before the stomach-flipping thrill of zero gravity hang time. Maku slides you through a deep volcanic gorge before spinning wildly around bowl-like formations.
TeAwa The Fearless River
Up for an adventure? Take a thrilling whitewater ride along TeAwa The Fearless River. Race along a roaring, watery onslaught of churning rapids and choppy waves hanging tight to your inner tube.
There’s a place where the puka trees grow abnormally tall. Inspired by their twisting roots, the Waturi built four twisting water slides called the Taniwha Tubes. Riders can try all four twisting tracks, but beware — mischievous tiki statues spray jets of water when you least expect it.
One of the main focuses of Volcano Bay is to enhance the guest experience at the park with the power of the TapuTapu wearable (included in admission) that allows you to virtually wait in attraction queues, retrieve tubes and mats at the slides instead of carrying them around the park, and the chance to unlock secret features along the way with a wave of your arm.
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
Join Jimmy Fallon and some familiar favorites on The Tonight Show on this all-new attraction that will take you on a one-of-a-kind adventure speeding down The Tonight Shows’s hallways and through the iconic streets and icons of New York City onboard the world’s first-ever flying theater.
But before your ride experience begins, you will get the chance to walk the halls of NBC Studios on a VIP experience that includes:
Take in a special live performance from the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet,
Meet and interact with The Tonight Show’s beloved mascot Hashtag the Panda,
Step into Studio 6B Club where you can play host at their own Interactive Desk where you will be able to send Jimmy Fallon’s famous Thank You Notes to friends and family,
Prep for your race with a ‘Jimmy Drive’ retro-style video game, and
Watch some of your favorite “The Tonight Show” clips.
Get an up-close look at significant moments in the 62-year history of one of television’s most popular franchises, “The Tonight Show” with real props, cue cards, set pieces, and even actual suits of past and present hosts to NBC video cameras used to record the show to cue cards used in past episodes.
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Happy New Year!!! 2016 brought new additions to the theme parks of Central Florida, and 2017 is going to be a year filled with even more new attractions, lands, and restaurants across the board.
I thought a great way to start the year would be to spend the week looking forward to what is coming in 2017 leading up to me sharing my favorite picks this Friday on icFlorida’s Best Bets on WFTV!
So let’s get this new year started by taking a look at what is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort!
While this year will see the long awaited arrival of Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the amped up construction of both Star Wars and Toy Story lands at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are new shows, attractions, restaurants, and events that will be making their debut at the Walt Disney World Resort!
New In 2017: Walt Disney World Resort
Pandora: The World of Avatar – Summer 2017
Pandora: The World of Avatar will open in this summer, and this land full of fantasy and cutting-edge technology has been created in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment.
The land will feature two signature attractions, Avatar Flight of Passage that will send guests flying above the jungles of Pandora on a Mountain Banshee and on the Na’vi River Journey this a family-friendly boat ride will take riders through the dramatic Bioluminescent rainforests.
The Satu’li Canteen will be the land’s main dining location while Pongu Pongu, a drink kiosk with a design as eclectic as its expat owner, will help keep visitors fed while they ride and shop for Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more at Windtraders.
Rivers of Light – 2017
This powerful theatrical production takes Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests on a magnificent emotional journey – a visual mix of water, fire, nature and light choreographed to an original musical score. Continuing the park’s transformation from a day-into-nighttime experience, the amazing after-dark show on the banks of Discovery River celebrates the majesty of nature and the connection between animals and humans in the world. With innovative and never-before-seen technology, Rivers of Light will be unlike any other production ever staged at Walt Disney World Resort.
Star Wars Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Spring 2017
An all-new Star Wars Guided Tour is a seven-hour immersion in all current Star Wars experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Character greetings, themed dining, ride experiences, insider’s tours, dessert party and VIP viewing of Star Wars: a Galactic Spectacular are among highlights. Offered Mondays and Saturdays, it’s part of several new Star Wars additions announced in December 2016 for the park, including a new onstage sequence in the daytime experience “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away.” Star Wars-themed lands are planned for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
Sky Dine-Around – 2017
The new experience gives guests priority boarding on the monorail for a distinctly Disney dining experience with stops for cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dessert. From a welcome cocktail at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, guests call at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (appetizers), Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (entree), and back to the Contemporary for dessert, cordials and coffee. This experience will be offered Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts – Weekends (Friday to Monday) January 13 – February 20
Epcot welcomes an all-new festival playing winter weekends and treating guests to a triple scoop of artful fun. For six colorful weekends visual, culinary, and performing arts will take center stage. Each weekend will feature taste bud-tempting and eye-dazzling creations from the Disney culinary team. Meantime, exciting new art from various media will tempt art lovers. Because the artwork will change out, it’s a new art festival every weekend. In addition, the lagoon-side stage at American Gardens Theatre will pulse with favorite showtunes performed by Broadway talent. In a collaboration with Disney Theatrical, songs from some of Disney on Broadway’s award-winning shows including The Lion King, Newsies and Aladdin will be performed.
Miss Fortune Falls – Spring 2017
Aboard this family-style raft adventure, guests will be immersed in the story of Captain Mary Oceaneer. Legend holds that this treasure hunter roamed the seven seas in search of undersea artifacts – until a rogue storm marooned her at Typhoon Lagoon. Guests gently ascend in treasure rafts, only to plunge into a whitewater adventure where they will encounter some of Mary’s deep sea booty. When it opens, it will be one of the longest attractions (2 minutes) at Disney’s Water Parks.
Disney Springs – Throughout 2017
New dining establishments will help round out the line-up of dining, shopping, and entertainment at Disney Springs!
Paddlefish – Sleek and modern after a bow-to-stern transformation from the former Fulton’s Crab House, Paddlefish will serve fresh seafood, steaks and chops. Unique menu choices for seafood lovers include a build-your-own boil. A new rooftop lounge will serve up a late-night menu and shipshape views of the water and Disney Springs. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Planet Hollywood Observatory – Longtime Downtown Disney-goers will remember the iconic domed restaurant that drew celebrities and fans of the Hollywood scene. The reborn space will be themed to stars of a different kind: a turn-of-the-20th-Century observatory serving up amazing burgers and sandwiches created by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, and craft cocktails whose names are inspired by the planets and space travel. Movie memorabilia, video screens, contemporary music and themed merchandise complete the scene.
The Polite Pig – A sister restaurant to the Ravenous Pig, a favorite with Orlando locals, The Polite Pig will bring the same focus on genuine Florida cuisine to a broader global audience at Disney Springs. Lunch and dinner menus will feature a variety of wood-fired smoked and grilled items as well as an innovative beverage program that serves all drinks on tap, including beer, wine and cocktails.
Wine Bar George – Orlando master sommelier George Miliotes uncorks his first Disney wine bar in a space reminiscent of a winemaker’s estate warmed by oak wood and cozy lighting. Small plates dominate the food menu but it will be the wines with a starring role: more than 100 selections both by the bottle and the glass in a range of varietals and vintages.
New Cabins and Deluxe Villas coming to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – 2017
A proposed new Disney Vacation Club Resort, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, is scheduled to open, featuring new Resort accommodations that include plans for Deluxe Villas and unique waterfront cabins. Other enhancements coming to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge include a brand-new bar & grill, in addition to a quick-service restaurant. A sweeping re-imagination of the former Hidden Springs Pool, part of Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, is also scheduled to open in summer 2017. Named Boulder Ridge Cove, this area will feature an expanded sun deck and zero-depth-entry pool.
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The “Happiest City on Earth” is about to get a whole lot happier! Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, is thrilled to announce that Shake Shack will open its sixth location in the state at The Florida Mall in 2017.
Opening in Central Florida’s premier shopping destination, visitors will have the opportunity to take a break from shopping and grab a delicious ShackBurger® and local beer at the new, 3,500 square-foot restaurant located in The Florida Mall entrance next to Foot Locker. For a quick snack or family dinner, each savory burger will satisfy all your food cravings!
Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and flat-top Vienna beef dogs (no added hormones and no antibiotics ever), 100% all-natural cage-free chicken (no antibiotics ever), spun-fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine and more. A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world.
“We are so excited that New York City’s favorite burger chain has chosen to open a new Orlando location at The Florida Mall,” said Brian Hanson, general manager. “We continually look for opportunities to enhance our visitors’ experiences with a diverse mix of restaurants and retailers, and we are certain that Shake Shack will be an instant hit with our loyal shoppers.”
I’ll say it…after being together almost 20 years (we met on the first day of History and Drama class at Virginia Tech…Go Hokies!) my husband and I have fallen into a bit of a date night rut! With kids, work, to do lists that never seem to end, and life finding time to think of new date night ideas isn’t always on the top of our priority list.
One of our New Year’s resolutions is to find more time to spend together, and our friends over at Orlando Date Night Guide have launched a new way to make planning fun date nights easier!
The Orlando Date Night Guide has been sharing fantastic date night ideas since 2007, and now they are bringing them to your home with the launch of the Orlando Date Night Discovery Club!
How the Orlando Date Night Discovery Club Works:
Every month subscribers receive 2 fully curated date night itineraries in the mail that will take you to Orlando and Winter Park’s hidden gems and familiar favorites.
Included in your Date Night Discovery Club packet, you will also receive:
More than $20 in gifts and vouchers to use at places included on your itinerary.
A local calendar of events that is chocked full of the best local festivals, special events, foodie favorites, outdoor entertainment, and more to experience in the City Beautiful.
Conversation cues and fun questions to spark discussions while you are on your date night.
Orlando Date Night Discovery Club members perks include:
Special member privileges for select Orlando Date Night Guide events that include front of the line access and the opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public,
During Orlando Date Night Guide giveaways members receive automatic double entries, and
Online content that’s exclusively created for Discovery Club members
Subscriptions start for as little as $18.95 a month and are available in monthly, 3 6, and 12 month options on their website.
SeaWorld Orlando has long been the place for families and friends to ring in the New Year with vibrant fireworks that fill the night sky and festive entertainment throughout the park until 12:30 am, but this year there are two new experiences to help make your celebration more festive.
To get the full experience, the 4-course New Year’s Eve Celebration Dining & Fireworks Package at Sharks Underwater Grill features a prix-fixe signature meal, with mouthwatering entree choices such as char-grilled filet mignon, blackened Cape Canaveral shrimp and much more. Guests will also receive a souvenir group photo and will end the evening with reserved seating at Bayside Stadium for the fireworks show. The New Year’s Eve Celebration Dining & Fireworks package is $199 per person.
For families seeking a unique experience to enjoy together, the park favorite, New Year’s Eve Dine with Shamu Package is returning. While reveling in a delicious, all-you-care-to-enjoy meal, guests can experience a special evening dining alongside killer whales and learning more about their care. At $99 per person, this package includes a souvenir photo and an exclusive firework-viewing reception from the Hilltop Patio.
To book your spot at one of these unforgettable SeaWorld dining experiences for New Year’s Eve visit the SeaWorld Orlando website. Keep in mind that the dining packages will typically sell out in advance and that theme park admission is required to enjoy these special opportunities.
Guests who visit SeaWorld on December 31 will also experience all the wonder, excitement and fun of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration™, which includes six dazzling shows, over one million lights, and more than 60 tasty treats and drinks. Full details are available at www.seaworldorlando.com.
The best way to experience SeaWorld’s New Year’s Eve and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is with an Annual Pass offering unlimited general admission and free parking all year long.