inline imageWalt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is to get a new transport system to transport guests between key locations on Disney property.

The new transport system will be Gondola based with each gondola being an enclosed capsule carrying 10 people. There will be six stations/turn points with three connected aerial cables linking EPCOT, Disney Hollywood Studios, Caribbean Beach Resort and the lakeside area between Art of Animation Resort and Pop Century Resort.

Disney has previously had a gondola style system which connected Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. The system was closed in 1999 after a worker was killed.

Read more details at Orlando Sentinel here
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/trave...418-story.html

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inline imageDisney has released the next video episode for Animal Kingdom's The World of Avatar. Disney have created an entirely new world for guests to explore. And part of creating this new world involved designing an ecosystem of plants and animals.


In this video Imagineer's Joe Rohde and Zsolt Hormay give a detailed look at Avatar's plants and animals.

inline imageUniversal Orlando Resort announces brand-new holiday experiences coming to its destination in 2017 - including a new and magical celebration of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and all-new Holiday Parade featuring Macy's

The most wonderful time of the year is coming to one of the most immersive theme park experiences ever created. Universal Orlando Resort announced today that a new Christmas experience is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as part of its destination-wide Holiday celebration.

Plus, a brand-new parade featuring the well-known American brand - Macy's - will also join Universal's epic line-up of Holidays experiences - making Universal Orlando the place to be for the festive season.

These new experiences will join beloved Christmas traditions at Universal Orlando for the destination's 2017 Holidays celebration, which will run for more dates than ever before from 18th November 2017 to 6th January 2018.

Celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Christmas is a special time in the Harry Potter series, and fans from around the world have long wanted to enjoy that part of J.K. Rowling's compelling story for themselves. This November, the new Christmas experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will give guests a special opportunity to see, feel and even taste what it's like to celebrate the magic of Christmas in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.

As night falls, a magical holiday transformation of Hogwarts castle will take place right before guests' eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art projection mapping and special effects will wrap the iconic castle - bringing holiday spirit and memorable Christmas moments from the Harry Potter series to life like never before.

Festive décor like ornate garlands will line the streets of both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Each storefront will be decked out with uniquely-themed decorations, and guests will enjoy special holiday themed food, drink and entertainment.



Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's
A brand-new holiday parade experience will also join Universal Orlando's resort-wide Holiday celebration beginning this November. Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's will take place in Universal Studios Florida and feature magnificent new, incredibly-detailed floats and balloons, and beloved characters like the mischievous Minions from Despicable Me, popular DreamWorks characters from Madagascar and Shrek – and even Santa Claus himself. Universal is partnering with Macy's, the global leader in balloon entertainment, to bring this new parade experience to life. More details will be released soon.

Universal Orlando's resort-wide Holidays celebration - including Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy's - will run daily from 18th November 2017 to 6th January 2018. Access to the festivities is included in regular admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

inline imageDisney is set to open a private members club at Walt Disney World, similar to the famous Disneyland 'Club 33'.

There will be a unique themed private area in each of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World. Membership will only be for WDW, members will not be granted access to the private clubs at Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland.

More details are to be revealed later in the year.

If you feel this is something for you then you may want to look at Disneyland's Club33 membership details to get an idea of cost. There is a joining fee of around $25,000 and an annual fee of around $12,000.

If you are interested in joining then email wdwclub33@disneyworld.com

inline imageInfinity Falls- Rush The Rapids is coming to SeaWorld Orlando Summer 2018. Incorporating the World's Tallest River Rapid Drop.

SeaWorld Orlando announced today an all new river rapids ride coming to the park in 2018. Infinity Falls will be the main attraction in a new themed area which will fully immerse guests in a rainforest canopy.

"Climb aboard your raft for a journey of discovery down this lost jungle river. Wind your way around soaking fountains and waterfalls as you pass the remains of an ancient civilization. Hang on as the roaring world class rapids send you flying through chutes before you plunge down the tallest drop of its kind into churning whitewater".

Your adventure ends at Harmony Village with a greater connection to the world’s rivers, inspired to spread the message of conservation.







inline image"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon celebrated the grand opening of Universal Orlando Resort's newest ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. The all-new ride takes guests on an action-packed race through the Big Apple against Jimmy Fallon himself, and completely immerses them in the world of America’s favorite talk show – "The Tonight Show."

Jimmy Fallon kicked off the celebration with a New York-style ticker tape parade in Universal Studios Florida that featured tons of confetti, a custom float and beloved Universal Orlando characters. Joining Jimmy on the float were "Tonight Show" house band The Roots, announcer Steve Higgins, and an array of characters from the show, including Hashtag the Panda, the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet, and even Stepdad Gary from the popular "Ew!" sketch. The moment culminated with a countdown to the official opening of the attraction and a special ribbon cutting.

The ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, replaces "Twister Ride It Out, which closed in November 2015.

inline imageCelebrate the magic of the holiday season with your family at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, a special event held select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom theme park!

This festive celebration is filled with spectacular fireworks, a very special holiday parade and live entertainment featuring your favorite Disney Characters. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend this event, and tickets sell out quickly.

Held on select evenings, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates in 2017:

  • November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28
  • December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22

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