inline imageThe Disney Blog has posted a video showing the making of the new show drone experience at Disney Springs, "Starbright Holidays - An Intel Collaboration" is setting the sky aglow this holiday season twice a night in the West Side of Disney Springs. The first aerial ballet of 300 Intel Shooting Star show drones choreographed to a specially orchestrated medley of classic holiday music with a Disney touch invites guests to wish upon a holiday star at Walt Disney World Resort.

The inspiration behind this new holiday experience: the iconic scene in the Disney animated hit, "Tangled," when the birthday lanterns are released over the kingdom. When Walt Disney Imagineers saw that moment, it sparked that magical, "what if" momentum.

Watch how Imagineers and Walt Disney World Creative Entertainment worked with the experts at Intel to bring this experience to Disney Springs this holiday season.

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inline imageImagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure. Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you. And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world.

You will enter an entire realm filled with iconic Nintendo excitement, gameplay, heroes and villains. And it is coming to three Universal theme parks around the globe.

The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions. Their goal: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks. And to do so in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special. All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways.

  • Nintendo-themed areas are coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • These will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They will b· e highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and rest· aurants.
  • Guests will feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games – this time in real life.
  • There will be something for everyone – regardless of their age or gaming experience level.
  • Planning and creative work on these areas is well underway; they will open separately over the next several years.

The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo – two icons of the entertainment world. Universal theme parks create incredibly popular family entertainment experiences for millions of people based on compelling characters, stories and innovative technology. Nintendo creates remarkable and imaginative games filled with captivating stories and beloved characters.

Each Universal theme park will announce details of its specific Nintendo areas. The first such announcement will come soon.

inline imageDisney Parks Blog has announced that at the D23's Destination D: Amazing Adventures presentation, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek gave a construction update on Pandora - The World of Avatar and shared the exciting news that the new land is set to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in summer 2017.

Bob also shared a look at a recent construction milestone - scaffolding has just been removed from the entry bridge into the new land (near Tiffins restaurant), officially connecting the land with the rest of the park.

According to the storyline developed by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lightstorm Entertainment, this bridge was built during a time when a destructive company called the RDA came to Pandora. Now that they're long gone, nature is breaking down evidence of their presence. This bridge will soon serve as an entry into the base camp of Alpha Centauri Expeditions, the eco-tour group that is preparing Pandora for future explorers and adventure seekers.

The story of the bridge is just our first look inside this land, which fulfills the original mission of Disney's Animal Kingdom of being a park that honors animals and natural environments "real, ancient and imagined."

The entire Pandora - The World of Avatar land is set to open in 2017, and will transport guests to a visually stunning world complete with floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. Here, guests will be able to experience two excursions that will truly push adventure to the next level. First, the family friendly Na'vi River Journey will send guests down a sacred river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na'vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, the Avatar Flight of Passage excursion will offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee over the world of Pandora.

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inline imageThe Disney Blog has posted about a new MagicBand is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort as part of Disney's continuing push to innovate and personalise guest's vacation experience.

MagicBand 2 was just unveiled by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek during a D23's Destination D: Amazing Adventures presentation.

MagicBand 2 will feature a new design for the band itself. While the design helps make MagicBand 2 more versatile and customizable it'll still work like the current MagicBand. You will be able to link My Disney Experience to your MagicBand 2, which can serve as a theme park ticket, access to FastPass+ selections, Disney PhotoPass card as well as a room key for Disney Resort guests.

MagicBand 2 will make its resort-wide debut soon.





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inline imageCelebrate the upcoming release of "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" with a new photo scavenger hunt that takes you throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando Resort.

From cute and cuddly Pygmy Puffs to majestic Hippogriffs, there is an abundance of magical creatures to discover, follow the steps below and join the quest to find them all.

Locate all the magical creatures in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.



inline imageJoyous holiday traditions return 3rd December to 1st Jan with Grinchmas, the 15th Anniversary of Macy's Holiday Parade and Holiday Concerts by Mannheim Steamroller.

Beginning 3rd December and running daily through 1st January, families can celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Universal Orlando Resort's Holidays celebration. Adults and children alike will marvel at majestic balloons in the 15th anniversary of Macy's Holiday Parade, discover the holiday cheer of Who-ville at Grinchmas and hear electrifying holiday classics performed by renowned Christmas sensation Mannheim Steamroller.

At Universal Studios Florida, the larger-than-life balloons as seen in the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will fill the streets during the 15th anniversary Macy's Holiday Parade. New to this year's parade is the "Virginia" balloon depicting the 8-year old girl from the famed Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus newspaper editorial of the late 1800s, as well as the "Mother Ginger" special character from The Nutcracker, which will join the many popular balloons in the Macy's Holiday Parade including "Big Man Santa" and the "Wiggleworm."

At Universal's Islands of Adventure, guests will come face-to-face with the mean, green one himself and be filled with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing. Guests can discover the true meaning of Christmas in a heartwarming live show, "Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular," featuring the Whos from Who-ville, or join the Grinch and friends for a delicious holiday breakfast buffet on select dates.

Plus, on select nights, the masters of modern Christmas music - Mannheim Steamroller - return with the sweet sounds of the holiday season at Universal Studios Florida. Performances will take place on the Music Plaza Stage on Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18.

Access to Universal Orlando’s Holidays festivities is included in regular admission to the theme parks. For more information, visit UniversalOrlando.com/holidays

Holiday Celebrations at Universal’s On-Site Hotels
The festivities continue at Universal Orlando's five on-site hotels- including the all-new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, which is celebrating its first holiday. The spirit of the season flows freely at the on-site hotels with festive decor, tree-lighting ceremonies, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's holiday buffets, plus special family-friendly events to ring in 2017.

Eve at Universal CityWalk
The holidays wouldn't be complete without a spectacular New Year's Eve party. Guests can ring in the New Year at Universal CityWalk's electrifying New Year's Eve celebration featuring Orlando's largest dance floor, endless entertainment and all-you-can-eat gourmet cuisine. Information about Eve event tickets will be released at a later date.

inline imageThe new nighttime spectacular, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney's Hollywood Studios stars Wayne and Lonny from "Prep & Landing," combines pyrotechnics, lasers and custom projections, with moments from favorite Disney films, classic holiday songs and snow!

In the video below, Show Director Tom Vazzana takes you behind the scenes to learn more about the making-of this amazing new show, which he says has "one of the best musical scores for Christmas" he's ever heard.

"Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!" will run nightly at the park through December 31.

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Magic Kingdom
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Epcot
Epcot
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9:30pm
Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
9:00am
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Islands of Adventure
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Universal Studios
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SeaWorld
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10:00pm
Busch Gardens
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Aquatica
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5:00pm
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