Friday, June 29, 2012

4th of July at Orlando theme parks

Orlando theme parks are already packed this weekend getting ready for the big July 4th holiday. Got anything planned?

July 4th Fireworks times at the parks:
-Disney
Hollywood Studios @ 9:45 pm, Epcot @ 10pm, Magic Kingdom July 3rd and 4th @ 9pm.
*check parks times guide.

-Universal Studios will have a special fireworks finale for the 4th of July after the Cinematic Spectacular lagoon show. 
* check parks times guide.


-SeaWorld will also have a special 4th of July fireworks show @ 10:30.
* check parks times guide.


Here are some of the videos from previous years 4th of July fireworks show:


Magic Kingdom:


Epcot:


SeaWorld: Other entertainment for the 4th. At Epcot the Voices of Liberty will hold a concert with the Spirit of America Fife and Drum corps along with Disney characters at the American Gardens Theaters @ 12:30 pm.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Nights 2012 at SeaWorld Orlando

Summer Nights at SeaWorld now through Aug 12th. A cloudy first day for Summer nights at SeaWorld. Entertainment around the park including some characters that we only see in the morning. Night-time shows: Shamu Rocks, Sealions Tonite, and Reflections fireworks.


Shivers the polar bear inside Wild Arctic


Elmo and Friends out for photo op.






Full show SeaLions tonite:


Finale of Sealions tonite. Clyde, Seamore and Winston Walrus shake and dance to LMFAO's popular hit song.







Shamu Rocks Summer Nights 2012. The almost full Shamu Rocks show. At one point before the show the waiting crowd did the wave for a couple of mins.  Gotta love peoples reactions as they see themselves on the big screen during the pre-show.
 Video Shamu Rocks show:

Before the fireworks show a DJ had the crowd dancing. Also a performance by Dragon Legends Acrobats. The back Bayside stadium pathway was opened at 6pm. Nothing really happening in that area.


The fireworks show was the same from last year. Just a few different colors and the way some of the fireworks were launced are new. Did not hear music from the new turtle trek until the end of the show.
Other than that a great night. Glad we went yesterday as it looks like it will rain for the next couple of days.

 -Other Updates from around the park:
Click here for SeaWorld Update Pics for 6.23.12.

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SeaWorld Update 6.23.12.

The Underwater viewing area still has not changed since last visit. Whales are able to swim in the pool after the show. The tables and chairs which was all stacked in one side earlier in the week have now been spread out around the DWS area.




Did not see Tilikum out for the 2 One Ocean show and the Shamu Rocks show we watched for the debut of Summer Nights. The whales did a lot more splashing though.




Makaio came up to the slide out during one of the One Ocean shows. Not sure if it was his first time, the trainers got really excited when he did which happened when the 2 whales are about to kiss (side by side). Kiss did not happen because he was in the center of the 2 whales. Took him a little longer to get himself down. Did not get to get a picture... We were in the sides but im sure its on youtube somewhere.



New souvenir popcorn buckets available for sale at Shamu Stadium. They are $10 and believe is a 99 cents refill.


Have food allergies? SeaWorld has got you covered. Allergy friendly eateries around the park are now labeled on the park map.


Construction update for the new Antarctica attraction: New steel beams are now being placed next to the old penguin encounter structure. A few days ago a crane joined the construction site.





About a week ago several sealions were born, Here is one of them snuggling up with its mom? or dad.
What are you doing up there mommy? (Dolphin Nursery)

There are 2 large turtles in this picture can you spot them?
Other Videos:
Polar bear On the move. Not seen the polar bear move around till yesterday. Short video of it relocating to another spot just a few feet away to rest some more.


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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer is here!

Summer is officially here whats your favorite way to cool off at Disney, Universal, or SeaWorld.


A Water Ride?

Jurassic Park River Adventure

Popeye and Blutos barges

Rip Saw Falls

Splash Mountain

Kali River Rapids

Journey to Atlantis







Or the spalsh zone in the OneOcean show at SeaWorld




Video:


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Art of Animation Cars wing

The new Cars wing at Disney's Art of Animation resort is now open. Check it out below


Video:



Pics:




















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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Who's ready for Summer Nights at SeaWorld?


Summer Nights at SeaWorld is just a few days away. Popular night time shows like Shamu Rocks, Sealions tonite and Reflections fireworks are back. This year, Sea Lions tonite will have an all new spoof of this years new TurtleTrek attraction. End summer nights with Reflections, also with a new score from the new Turtle Trek. 


Here are videos from some of the night time shows from last year:


Shamu Rocks:


SeaLions Tonite with spoof of OneOcean, Blue Horizons, Pets Ahoy, and Alure :


Reflections with music from shows around the park including OneOcean:


SeaWorld getting the fountains, fireworks and lights all set for this weekend.



 Nothing new at the under water viewing. No word on opening. Hope it will be open for Summer nights.  
 Summer Nights shows are included with your paid admission to SeaWorld. Check out SeaWorld's website for more info.

http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/Events/Summer-Nights 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Soft Opening for Despicable Me / Other Universal Update 6.15.12

Universal has finally announced the opening date for Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem ride, it is set for Monday July 2nd. For the last several days park guest are able to test the ride for technical rehearsal. This week passholders are able to enter the park an hour early and ride the new attraction. Link to reserve your space is below. Soft openings should continue for park guests this week.
 The Back To The Future Delorean and train is missing from its spot at Universal. Walls have appeared around this building next to Mel's


 More new covers for the projectors for the nightly Cinematic Spectacular show.

If you have not seen the show, check it out below:


The line-up for the Summer Concert Series at Universal. Miranda Cosgrove added for the July 14th slot

Finally, just after opening a few months ago the new Hollywood Drive in mini golf at Citywalk already getting a small update.


Passholder early access DM:MM

Summer Concert Series 

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