Loews Sapphire Falls Coming To The Universal Orlando Resort In 2016

Loews Sapphire Falls

Loews Sapphire Falls

Universal and Loews Hotels & Resorts Announce New Hotel For Universal Orlando Resort 

Caribbean-themed Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Will Feature 1,000 Rooms and Suites –

Casual Feel Built Around a Lagoon and Towering Waterfall

When it opens in the summer of 2016, guests visiting the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando will walk into a colorful Caribbean hideaway built around a lush, tropical lagoon and towering waterfall.

The new hotel, announced today by Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts, will be located across Adventure Way from the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort. It will become the destination’s fifth resort hotel and its 1,000 rooms, including 77 suites, will bring the number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 5,200.

Loews Sapphire Falls Rendering Universal Orlando Resort

Inspired by the picturesque rivers and waterfalls of the Caribbean, Loews Sapphire Falls will immerse guests in a highly themed resort environment using traditional island styling with modern touches. A resort-style pool with a water slide, children’s play area, sand beach and fire pit will help form a central courtyard and will be surrounded by the hotel’s guest rooms.  There will be water taxi and shuttle access to all of the entertainment and dining options throughout Universal Orlando Resort.

“We are excited to continue our growth plans at Loews Hotels by building another hotel with our long-standing partners at Universal Orlando,” says Jonathan Tisch, Chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts. “Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will be every bit as distinctive as the other four on-site hotels and will offer a new option to families looking for a truly special Orlando vacation.”

 

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Universal Orlando Resort Rendering

 

“Our guests repeatedly tell us that our Universal Orlando on-site hotels provide them a completely immersive vacation experience from the moment they enter our hotels and are transported to another place,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Parks & Resorts. “We look forward to bringing them yet another incredibly themed experience with the opening of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.”

The new hotel will be full service.  Amenities will include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, a full-service restaurant with scenic views and outdoor dining, a themed lobby lounge, poolside bar and grill, quick-service marketplace, valet service and a fitness center. Booking information and pricing will be announced at a later date.

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Guest Post: The Imagination Gala Shines In These Brown Eyes

We are incredibly excited to have Elantrice from Diz Thru Brown Eyes joining us today for a guest post! She is an avid collector of Disney Pins, Vinylmations, Alex and Ani Bangles, and her Harveys for Disney Couture bags will make you green with envy!!! She also is a runDisney participant, who just earned her Coast-to-Coast challenge medal. Elantrice is one heck of a great blogger and friend, and again we are stoked to have her!

The Imagination Gala

Shines in these Brown Eyes

I attended Walt Disney World’s annual pin and Vinylmation event that is held in early September in Epcot.  The events are themed with this year’s being The Imagination Gala.

Figment was our wonderful host and we even got to walk the violet carpet.  The pin event was held over two days, September 5th and 6th.  The Vinylmation event was held on September 7th.

The Imagination Gala

Before I get into the event, I wanted to share the registration process. You have to register for the pin and Vinylmation events separately.  You can also choose to attend a breakfast for each event at an extra price and you get into the venue an hour and half before it opens to those who do not attend the breakfast.  The merchandise offered during the event are limited edition.  In order for there to be fairness, Disney uses Random Selection Progress (RSP).  You place your choices on up to three forms. In early August, an email is sent stating what you have been awarded.  At that time, you can choose to have items removed before your credit card is charged.  If you did not receive what you wanted, you can possibly purchase at the event if items are available.

I selected to do early registration which allowed me to pick up my credentials and items on September 4th at Coronado Springs Resort.  

The Imagination Gala

Usually there is a mad rush to get from the turnstiles to the venue that is located in United Kingdom Pavilion.  I took my time both mornings and got coffee at Starbucks.  

The Imagination Gala

Why the mad rush you ask?  Several attendees come to the event to participate in trading activities and to trade with others.  There are several trading lines manned by Cast Members.  The pin boards are refreshed a couple a times an hour with rare pins.  There are “Pin Talks” with Disney Artists to inform us of what pins are to come.  Besides this, there are fun contests to win prizes and a silent auction.  On the last day of the pin event, winners of the silent auctions are announced as well as a grand prize winner.   I do not trade.  I spent my time taking pictures of upcoming releases of pins and Vinylmations.

The Imagination Gala

The Imagination Gala

The Imagination Gala

The Imagination Gala

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At the pin event, pins are released before the public can purchase.  Hipster Mickey and Minnie pins were released on September 5th and the first pin in the Gen-EAR-ation D 2015 Walt Disney World series was released on September 6th.

The Imagination Gala

The Imagination Gala

September 7th was the Imagination Gala Vinylmation Event. I attended the breakfast that began at 8am.  You could munch on fruit, pastries, quiche, and biscuits while waiting in the trading activities lines. 

The Imagination Gala

For attending the breakfast, the gift was Imagination Gala Award Ceremony Minnie.

The Imagination Gala

I got in line at the event store for the opportunity to purchase Vinylmation.  Released were 2014 Trade Night Figment Vinylmation (Limited edition 500) and Imagination Gala Award Ceremony Clarice (Limited edition 1000).

The Imagination Gala

I got a variant Figment, which was very exciting due to their being only 50 made.

The Imagination Gala

Also offered was Vintage Vinylmation Vault, where you had the opportunity to buy Vinylmation in past series.  I choose a Vinylmation from Park 2.

The Imagination Gala

The Imagination Gala

I left the Vinylmation event early due to my flight leaving at 4:30pm.  I can say I enjoyed both events.  Even though I do not trade, I enjoyed talking with other collectors, Disney Artists, and Cast Members. I even took a picture with   I think I mostly enjoyed sharing upcoming pin and Vinylmation releases with the Disney Community.  I enjoyed attending this events due to me being a collector and a Disney Lover.  I cannot wait for the 2015 event!

The Imagination Gala

Make sure you keep up with Elantrice’s adventures on her blog DizThruBrownEyes!!

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Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine Out On DVD Today

Doc McStuffins School of Medicine

Doc McStuffins School of Medicine

on Disney DVD Today

Releasing on Disney DVD Tuesday, September 9th
– Includes FREE Exclusive Doc McStuffins Dress Up Playset –  

In Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine, a compilation of engaging Doc McStuffins stories, the many specialties in which doctors practice medicine and health care are highlighted for young kids to comprehend.  In her playhouse clinic, Doc is an optometrist, helping her stuffed owl toy, Professor Hoostburgh, to see clearly again.  As a dentist, she fixes a tooth on Donny’s toy shark Mr. Chomp and, as a radiologist, Doc takes an inside look at Daisy’s arm after a Roller Disco fall.  Then, Doc accidentally sprains her own ankle, so it’s up to her toys to provide the care and compassion to Doc herself and with rest,  patience and plenty of cuddles, she will be as good as new, singing  “The Doc is in.”

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And to keep the excitement going make sure you tune into Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine week on Disney Junior on Disney Channel starting Monday, September 26 at 9am/8c! It’s a week of back-to-back episodes where you’ll see Doc practice all kinds of skills – like a dentist, eye doctor, and surgeon! Plus, meet some of the real-life medical experts that help keep us feeling our best. It all leads up to a new Doc McStuffins episode Friday, September 26 at 9am/8c on Disney Junior on Disney Channel!

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