Friday, October 26, 2012

Zebra habitat Kilimanjaro safari Animal Kingdom

A few months ago, Disney announced that the poacher scene at the end of the Kilimanjaro safari attraction at Animal Kingdom will be replaced with a zebra habitat. Over the summer the area was cleared and new grassy areas were put in. The past several days the zebras were only in their new habitat in the mornings then transferred them backstage. I counted about a dozen zebras all together.

Remember the old poacher scene? where the poachers truck comes and speeds away with gun fire? the new zebra habitat sits around that area.

Wardens were there for most of the day to make sure the zebras were adjusting to the new environment. Video below only shows the left side of the zebra area, on the right hand side of the safari vehicle there is a small watering hole.


Ride the Disney bus lately? You might have seen this new purple sticker:
 Cameras are now on board some of the Disney buses. Not sure if they will be on all of them. One mounted inside facing front, one just above the front door (facing driver), and one on each side of the bus (outside)
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Constrction Update Universal Studios / IOA

Gaston's Tavern New Fantasyland Magic Kingdom

Pumpkin Carving

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Universal Construction Update 10.23.12

Just a quick construction update on the two large sites in Universal. It looks like the site next to Mel's is the busiest site out of the two areas, growing by the day.

Video of both sites:

  • At Islands of Adventure a new crane is being set up near the front entrance to WWoHP. During the summer, Universal has relocated some of the shops and games in the area around the the Lost Continent, and a wall was placed. A crane can be seen in between the Sinbad show and Dragon Challenge.


Other small things around Universal
New covered meet and greet area? near Animal Actors

  • And finally, after opening just this past spring Universals Hollywood Drive-in golf is getting more work done.
Just a few more nights left for HHN22

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Inside Gaston's Tavern New Fantasyland Magic Kingdom

Pumpkin Carving

Legoland FL turns ONE

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Inside Gaston's Tavern

Gaston's Tavern inside the New Fantasyland is a quick service restaurant which serves roasted pork shanks, cinnamon rolls, LeFou's Brew, chocolate croissants, fruit or vegetable cups and other drinks.

The tavern itself  has 2 small eating areas  (outdoor seating is also available)

Pork Shank, LeFou's brew and cinnamon roll.
All three were good. The pork shank was fall of the bone goodness, seasoned just right. It would be nice to have some type of sauce but, that's just me ($8).   My cinnamon roll was not warm at all and could use more of the gooey stuff ($4). The drink was refreshing, pineapple? apple? frozen drink which can also be purchased in a souvenir mug $10 ($4.50 regular cup)

 A look inside Gaston's Tavern

Other Updates:
 At DHS quick look at the progress being made to the Legends of Captain Jack Sparrow. (Opening Fall)

 Osborne Lights Progress:
 Just missing a few more lights, the hanging angels near the globe and the large tree in the middle of the street. Lights turn on next month
Animal Kingdom animal guide. A small guide, similar to the times guide are available on the map carts in the front of the park. Each section of the park along with each animal that are in that area are labeled on the guide. 
At Magic Kingdom: Magic Carpet closed for a quick refurb. Re-opens next week.
 When Magic Kingdom's turnstiles malfunction.

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Pumpkin Carving
Legoland Florida turns One
New Fantasyland Dress Rehearsal begins 
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pumpkin carving time

Looking for some help decorating your pumpkin this Halloween? Here are some examples to make great looking pumpkins with the family. Below are some of the pumpkins that are displayed along Main St in the Magic Kingdom.

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 Happy Birthday Legoland FL
New Fatasyland Dress Rehearsals
Disney Update 10.10.12


Monday, October 15, 2012

LEGOLAND Florida turns One

 Last year, Legoland Florida officially opened its doors just south of the Orlando theme parks area in Winter Heaven. Since opening, Legoland has improved parts of the park and added new things. Just this past summer it opened the Legoland waterpark and soon will get a new restaurant and adding a StarWars themed area in the miniland section of the park.

Guest visiting today will enjoy 50% off single day admission, free cupcakes to the first 5,000 and special prizes throughout the day.
Take a trip around Legoland FL

Pictures of all things lego at Legoland FL Island in the Sky at Legoland FL


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Dress Rehearsals for New Fantasylad
Disney Update 10.10.12
Universal Update 10.9.12

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dress Rehearsals New Fantasyland preview 10.12.12

On Friday, 10.12 Disney opened  more of the new Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom for dress rehearsals. The area is set to officially open Dec 6th. Enchanted Tales with Belle has been randomly opening the past few weeks... now, more of the new area is open for park guests. 

  • The area is not guaranteed to be open daily and will not have the same operating hours as the park. Yesterday, the area was only open from 10am to about 6pm. Enchanted Tales with Belle, Gaston's Village, Journey of The Little Mermaid as well as a meet and greet with Gaston and Ariel was operating.

Pics of Be Our Guest restaurant and area (not open)
  • Cast members greeted guest and had the menu available for them to view.

  • Meet and Greet with Gaston was just to the left of the fountain statue of himself. Behind the statue was Gaston's Tavern where you can enjoy Lefou's Brew, Roasted Pork Shank, Pastries, Snacks, and Beverages. Restrooms, a small gift shop and popcorn stand also nearby.

 VIDEO: Gaston meet and greet:

Under The Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid / Prince Eric's castle

  • The ride itself was similar to the Nemo ride at Epcot. Check out the full ride below:

  • And Finally, Ariel's grotto located near the ride exit.

Other simmilar post:
 Enchanted Tales with Belle preview  
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Disney Update 10.10.12
Universal Update 10.9.12
SeaWorld Spooktacular 2012 
Epcot 30th Anniversary 
Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2012



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