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inline imageDisney has officially announced via the Disneyparks blog that they are starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot.

The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.

The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests. We think these “Frozen” elements are great compliments to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film.

“Frozen’s” popular characters will also have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. In addition to the ongoing character appearances, Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night starting in early November. And Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

Disney are also extending some favorite elements of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!, too, so that guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can continue singing along to “Frozen” songs with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna. Wandering Oaken’s will set up shop closer to the show through the holiday season and will feature a larger play area with real snow.

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inline imageUniversal Orlando Resort has announced that it will be opening it's newest resort hotel in Summer 2016. The resort "Sapphire Falls", will be on-site and compliment Universals other 4 on-site hotels.

The inspiration behind the name and the overall concept comes from the Caribbean. From the moment you enter the lobby and look out through the floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll feel immersed with picturesque water views including a lush, flowing river and towering waterfall. Then add in a really unique resort-style pool, waterslide, cabana rentals, a sand beach, and laid-back island flair.

Not only is this Universal’s fifth hotel, but it will be Loews’ second largest convention hotel next to it’s neighboring sister hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will boast a meeting and event space equaling 131,000 square feet. This will really be an incredible venue for companies looking to host conferences for thousands of people.

  • Opening Date: Summer 2016
  • Style: Casual and easy-going Caribbean-inspired resort surrounding a lush, tropical lagoon and towering waterfall.
  • Rooms: 1,000 guest rooms and suites.
  • Amenities: Highlights include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, resort-style pool with water slide and children’s play area, valet service and a fitness centre.
  • Dining: Full-service restaurant with scenic views and outdoor dining, themed lobby lounge, quick-service marketplace, poolside bar and grill.
  • Reservations: Will be accepted in spring 2015



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When it opens in the summer of 2016, guests visiting the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando will walk into a colourful 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.

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 holiday.”

“Our guests repeatedly tell us that our Universal Orlando on-site hotels provide them a completely immersive holiday 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 centre. Booking information and pricing will be announced at a later date.

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inline imageFor the first time ever, John Carpenter’s horror classic comes to life as a haunted house at Universal Orlando.

Everyone is entitled to one good scare…and beginning September 19th Universal Orlando will give guests more than one reason to scream as it brings to life John Carpenter’s classic horror film Halloween.

Based on the classic 1978 slasher film, the all-new haunted house follows the story of Michael Myers, a deranged boy from Haddonfield, Illinois. It is Halloween night and no one is safe as the psychotic killer embarks on a murderous rampage. With his iconic mask to hide his identity, Michael sets out for new blood and will stop at nothing as he stalks his victims. Every scene tells the tale of a different kill and if you’re not careful, you could be next.

Halloween is one of the most successful horror franchises of all time and has grossed a collected $366 million worldwide. Since the original Halloween film, nine additional Halloween sequels have been created.
“My experience watching this film growing up is as vivid now as it was years ago. The team and I are beyond thrilled to bring one of the most iconic horror films and characters to life at Halloween Horror Nights.” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment - Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “Halloween, began what would become the slasher film genre and still represents the genre as its horrific crown jewel. Guests will come face to face with Michael Myers as we recreate the kills committed on the night He came home."

Halloween completes this year’s line-up for Halloween Horror Nights 24, which will include some of the most recognisable and terrifying names in pop culture, as well as original content from the masterminds who bring the event to life. In addition to Halloween, Halloween Horror Nights will include experiences inspired by AMC’s The Walking Dead, Robert Rodriguez’s chilling television series From Dusk Till Dawn, the cult sci-fi franchise AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Universal Picture’s upcoming film Dracula: Untold, Universal Picture’s The Purge: Anarchy, and SyFy’s Face Off – In the Flesh.

For a detailed listing of each experience featured at this year’s event, see below.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24 will take place on select nights from September 19th to November 1st. During its twenty-four year history, Halloween Horror Nights has become an iconic event for horror fans from around the world, and the event has been known to sell out.



HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24 – AN OVERVIEW

HAUNTED HOUSES


The Walking Dead: The End of the Line
This year’s bone-chilling maze will be the largest maze ever created at Halloween Horror Nights and will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they once again stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.

From Dusk Till Dawn
Inside this remote biker bar, chaos reigns as guests discover what lies beneath its neon lit façade — an ancient race of bloodthirsty vampires. Based on the hit El Rey Network series, this labyrinth of death will leave guests “drained.”

Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood
Guests will witness the harrowing transformation of Vlad the Impaler to the monstrous Dracula. We know how the story ends, but what terrifying blood drenched journey brought Vlad into the darkness that is Dracula? This is it -- every visceral and feral scare will grab guests by the jugular.

AVP: Alien vs. Predator
In collaboration with 20th Century Fox, Halloween Horror Nights will pit the Xenomorph species against the predators in an epic battle and you’re caught right in the middle. Follow the journey as these two ancient species fight for survival and dominance in the ultimate battle of Alien vs. Predator.

Halloween
Travel with Michael Myers as he begins Haddonfield’s historic night of horrors. You will find yourself racing to get ahead of Michael’s murderous knife as he slashes at his victims and you. Guests will be placed in the depths of Michael Myer’s personal hell as they try and escape his nightmare.

Dollhouse of the Damned
Dollhouse of the Damned will terrify guests with its original characters and visually unsettling environments. Within its decaying walls lay the remnants of an old evil. The devious denizens of the house pull apart and remake the unfortunate souls that stumble through the doorway of the Dollhouse, as they become the Damned that will never escape.

Giggles and Gore Inc.
Evil clowns are not born...they are made. People are stretched, smashed, and eviscerated. Faces are peeled off, voice boxes are torn out, and bodies are stuffed with…other bodies.

Roanoke: Cannibal Colony
Guests will walk into the actual settlement of Roanoke and experience the terror of a community in cannibalistic turmoil. The cannibalistic colonists attack any fresh meat that stumbles near them. Join the colonists in the destruction and carnage by cleansing fire and gnashing of teeth.


STREET EXPERIENCES

Face Off – In the Flesh
The most twisted and gruesome character creations seen on SyFy’s hit show Face Off, will be live and In the Flesh. This unique zone will surround you in the macabre visions and nightmares of some of the most talented up-and-coming make-up artists today.

The Purge: Anarchy
The Purge: Anarchy scarezone will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims. Like civilians in the movie fighting to survive, guests will be at the mercy of cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy brought about by those who believe in an “eye for an eye.”

MASKerade; Unstitched
At first glance, this may seem like a normal ballroom, but guests will be terrified when they see human heads inside oversized candles, appendages dangling in the streets and human faces ripped right from skulls with bloody remains still intact.

Bayou of Blood
The trees are illuminated with candles, voodoo practitioners fill the snake and spider-infested bayou, and the altar is set, as the legendary ‘Mamba’ prepares to flood the bayou with blood.


LIVE SHOWS

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure
Party on as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest stories of the past year with the biggest names in pop culture.

Rocky Horror Picture Show – A Tribute
Let’s do the Time Warp again! Rock out to clips from the classic cult film with your favourite Transvestite, live tribute performers, and audience participants.

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inline imageMickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returned to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort yesterday and Disney has brought some new merchandise to the party. Commemorative items created especially for this event, including apparel, pins, and, for the first time, a limited-edition graphic MagicBand.

The limited edition MagicBand in green and black and includes the event logo is presented in a decorative box. It will have an edition size of 5,000 and will retail for $29.95 (plus tax). Guests must present one of the following for the MagicBand to be linked to at the time of purchase:

  • Valid theme park admission
  • Memory Maker card
  • Active MagicBand

Guests attending the event will also find a few apparel items for adults and kids, including both long and short sleeved options plus a ladies’ cut T-shirt. A slightly altered event logo was used for the limited-release pin.






Another item which fits the theme of the party that guests should look out for is a limited release, graphic MagicBand that contains the infamous wallpaper from the Haunted Mansion attraction (retail is $24.95 plus tax). This item will also have to be linked at the time of purchase.


Products can be purchased from the following locations in the Magic Kingdom:
  • Emporium – Main Street, U.S.A. (pins, apparel and MagicBands)
  • Frontier Trading Post – Frontierland (pins and MagicBands)
  • Mickey’s Star Traders – Tomorrowland (pins and apparel)
Please note the Haunted Mansion-themed graphic MagicBand will only be sold at Magic Kingdom Park at this time.

Guests do not have to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in order to purchase it.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is a fun Halloween-themed event that runs select nights from 7:00 p.m. to midnight through October 31.

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inline imageLEGOLAND® Florida Resort will open the doors to its new LEGOLAND Hotel in Summer 2015.

The new hotel is a five story hotel and will feature 152 Lego themed rooms, suites and interactive play areas all just a few steps from the main Legoland park entrance.

The addition of the Hotel gives guests the opportunity to extend their stay and explore LEGOLAND Florida Resort for more than one day giving them the ultimate family experience.

Legoland's target market is families with children 2 to 12 years old.



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Rooms

  • Sleeps 5 (max 2 adults)
  • King-size bed, bunk bed and pull-out trundle bed
All rooms include:
All rooms include:
  • King bed in the adult sleeping area
  • Welcome Treasure Hunt with LEGO prize
  • LEGO brick to build with during your stay
  • Kids' own sleeping area with bunk bed, pull out trundle bed and entertainment unit (sleeps up to 3 kids)
  • 2 high-definition flat panel TVs
  • Mini-fridge and coffee maker
  • Wi-fi access
  • Early Entry Access to LEGOLAND Florida
Premium Themed Rooms offer additional LEGO décor and models throughout the room, allowing guests to become fully immersed in the theme.

VIP Suites feature a king bed and can sleep up to 5 people, with a living room, pull-out sofa, kids' play area and 3 flat panel TV’s.

Kingdom Room

A royal welcome awaits you in a room fit for a king and his court. Relax while your junior royals head off to their own sleeping quarters.







Pirate Room

After a jolly adventure on the rides in the Park, send your junior shipmates up to their private bunks while you relax in the cabin.







Adventure Room

Get ready for the ultimate adventure! Dare to follow in the footsteps of the famous mini LEGO hero adventurer, Johnny Thunder!





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inline imageDisney is offering a Premium Package, 'the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle', that guests can book for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. The Premium Package will cost an additional $99 per person on top of the normal MNSSHP ticket.

Guests will get to experience a character hosted dessert party inside Cinderella's Royal Table, along with preferred viewing for Boo-to-You parade and HalloWishes fireworks.

Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle

Join Lady Tremaine and her villainous friends at the witching hour for the season’s most decadent dessert party. Taking place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party, it’s the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle!

Set within the majestic halls of Cinderella’s Royal Table, don’t miss your chance to meet a menagerie of malevolent special guests—all while you indulge in devilish desserts and wicked entertainment.

As the evening continues, follow fellow Guests to the dining room, where the surroundings have transformed into an upscale, villainous atmosphere. Inside, enjoy the eerie entertainment as a piano player provides live music, accompanied by a few haunting solos from Lady Tremaine herself.

By purchasing a ticket to both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle, you’ll receive preferred viewing for the 8:15 performance of Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, as well preferred viewing for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular.

Plus, you’ll be treated to the Dessert Soiree at Cinderella’s Table—a delightful affair where you can feast your senses on Lady Tremaine’s eerie musical talents, over-the-top desserts and specialty non-alcoholic beverages. You’ll even receive an autograph card and a souvenir Maleficent dragon cup!

Admission

Admission to the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle is available for $99 per person, plus tax (gratuity included).
Please be aware that admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required and is not included in the price.
In addition, be aware that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event and is not included with admission to Magic Kingdom park.

Reservations

Online booking is not available for the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle. To make a reservation, please call (407) 939-5262. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

Reservations are highly recommended for the Dessert Soiree at Cinderella’s Royal Table, taking place at both 10:15 PM and 11:45 PM on September 1, 9 and 12, 2014; and at 10:15 PM only on September 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31, 2014.

Check-In

To check in for the event, visit the Will Call booth outside the main entrance of Magic Kingdom park from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Starting at 7:30 PM, you may check in at the parade and fireworks viewing area in the central plaza by the Castle Forecourt Stage.

Once you have checked in, you’ll receive a wristband identification, which must be presented to enter the preferred viewing areas and Cinderella’s Royal Table.

If you choose not to participate in the preferred parade or fireworks viewing, you can check in at Cinderella’s Royal Table at your designated seating time.

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