has announced plans to revitalize the Pleasure Island district of Downtown Disney. Construction will begin this month on the Downtown Disney entertainment area, which will be renamed Hyperion Wharf. Disney Tickets
do not have to be purchase to enjoy this area, but it is a great place to go after a day at the parks in Orlando
Along with the new name, there will be a new look and purpose to the area. Four of the clubs that were part of Pleasure Island will be demolished to make room for more eateries along the waterfront area. First to go will be the former Motion and Rock ‘n roll Beach Club.
An amphitheater style park on the lakeside will the first new area to open. The park will be located next to Paradiso 37 restaurant and will be open next summer. The entire Hyperion Wharf project is expected to be completed by 2013.
Hyperion Wharf will have a turn-of-the-century seaport theme. The architecture will have an early 20th century design.
The final phase of the project is the removal of the Adventurers Club and BET Soundstage, which will be replace by more restaurants.
Hyperion, the name, has Disney roots as it was the name of the street Walt Disney built his first major animation studio and it has been used with the company’s movie and publishing concerns. Hyperion Wharf continues the changes made at Downtown Disney over the past two years. Additions have included the Characters in Flight balloon ride, shops such as D-Street, Tren-D, and LittleMissMatched and the quick-service restaurant Pollo Camero, which recently opened on the Marketplace side.
Other changes to Downtown Disney include the AMC Theater opening a “concession stand of the future” that will feature gourmet popcorn, self-serve ice cream, specialty coffees and 106 flavors of Coca-Cola. The theaters will convert six screens into a “Fork & Screen” concept next year. They will have “seat side” service, which means food will be delivers to the tables inside the theater.
The Lego store at The Marketplace will expand 60 percent and change its building block icons into Disney characters.
Universal Orlando Resort earned four Thea Awards for its new Harry Potter Attraction during the gathering of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions in Orlando.
The Thea Awards recognized Universal Orlando for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
area and the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
ride that opened at the Islands of Adventure portion of the park. The Wizarding World area won the awards for outstanding achievement in the “new theme park land” and “thematic integration of retail, food and beverage experiences” categories. The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride received awards for outstanding achievement for “featured attraction” and “technical achievement.”
The nominating committee stated the “grand overview of Hogsmeade Village and Hogwarts Castle” won them over, as did the level of detail found at the Forbidden Journey ride, specifically Dumbledore’s Office, the Portrait Gallery and the animatronic Sorting Hat.
Sea World in Orlando celebrates New Year’s Eve with a family-friendly party that includes live music and fireworks. A live DJ will also be on hand as the countdown to 2011 begins at The Waterfront. At the stroke of midnight, guests will witness the Orlando sky light up with brilliant fireworks.
While you’re at SeaWorld, enjoying their fabulous shows like “Shamu…Christmas Miracles” and exciting rides like “Manta,” it’s also a good time to take a trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express. To create the Polar Express Experience, SeaWorld transformed its Wild Arctic simulator into a multi-sensory experience that takes guests on a thrilling expedition to fabled Santa Town. It’s a great way to create a special holiday moment.
Through January 2, 2011, SeaWorld Orlando
will also be showcasing their holiday shows, which include “A Sesame Street Christmas,” and “Winter Wonderland on Ice.”
Disney World Theme Parks come alive to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2011 in Orlando. Elaborate light displays, live entertainment and extended park hours make Disney the place to be to ring in the New Year. Plus, all of the additional New Year’s Eve events are included with your Disney tickets purchase.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
celebrates New Year’s Eve with multiple presentations of “Fantasmic!,” a spectacular of Disney movies and music, as well as a special “Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!” fireworks spectacular and a DJ dance party around the Sorcerer Hat Stage. Disney’s Hollywood Studios will remain open until 12:00am.
The Magic Kingdom will feature special presentations of the “SpectroMagic” parade and multiple nighttime fireworks displays. “Holiday Wishes” will light up the sky early in the evening and guests who are at the Magic Kingdom for the midnight countdown will witness the “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, a 360-degree countdown in the sky that begins around 11:50pm. The Magic Kingdom will be open until 1:00am.
Over at Epcot, guests will be able to celebrate New Year’s Eve around the world. DJ’s, dance parties and a special presentation of the “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” lights lasers and fireworks display. Epcot will be open until 1:00am.
The Animal Kingdom
is open to 8pm only on December 31st. Disney visitors who visit during the day can see one the final presentations of “Mickey’s J
ingle Jungle Parade.”
Downtown Disney in Orlando is hosting their annual Festival of the Seasons this November & December. The entire area is trimmed with lights, seasonal décor and holiday-themed display windows. Plus, Downtown Disney is a great place to do your holiday shopping as there are many unique shops to explore.
The spirit of the season is also celebrated with carolers and holiday performances. Photo opportunities with Santa will also be available, as will street performers like toy soldier stilt walkers and reindeer.
Santa’s Chalet will be open November 19 –November 26 from 5pm to 9:30pm, and will be open from noon to 9:30pm November 27-December 24. Starting December 25, Santa Goofy will be at Santa’s Chalet through January 3, 2011. The hours for Santa Goofy are 3pm-9:30pm.
For even more holiday fun, purchase Disney Tickets
, where all four of the theme parks celebrate the season with holiday fun.
Universal Orlando Resort
is hosting one of the biggest and most entertaining New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Orlando
. The celebration takes place at Universal CityWalk and features live entertainment, CityWalk’s popular night clubs, delicious food and a rocking performance by Brett Michaels, the man who became famous as the lead singer of Poison.
Bret Michaels has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. Some of his most popular hits include “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Something to Believe In,” and “Nothing But a Good Time.”
Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve Celebration will take place 8pm-2am. Tickets for the event are $119.99. This ticket price includes all-night admission to seven CityWalk clubs, all-you-can-eat gourmet cuisine which includes filet mignon and jumbo shrimp, the Bret Michael’s performance, and champagne toast at midnight. The price for the event increases December 28th to $139.99.
Christmas at Disney World
is a magical time of year. All four of the resorts parks – the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – join in on the festive fun creating a holiday extravaganza you’ll want to enjoy with the whole family.The Magic Kingdom
is aglow in holiday lights and cheer November 8, 2010-January 1, 2011. All along Main Street U.S.A. you’ll find beautiful Christmas trees, colorful lights, garlands, holly and wreaths. Cinderella’s Castle is also adorned with 200,000 “dream lights” making it glow and shimmer for the holidays.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is also featured at the Magic Kingdom November 8-December 19. This popular party takes place following regular Magic Kingdom park hours and requires a separate admission ticket. Guests with tickets enjoy a festive celebration featuring live holiday shows, the famous “Mickey’s Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade,” Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie in their holiday best for meet and greets and the nighttime spectacular “Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” which is a dazzling fireworks show set to holiday tunes.
Over at the Disney Hollywood Studios the holidays are featured November 26, 2010-January 3, 2011. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is showcased at this park, at The Streets of America backlot. This Disney holiday tradition is a breathtaking seasonal display featuring millions of twinkling lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music.
The lighting displays are very impressive as they blanket entire buildings in sheets of multi-colored lights, and create scenes of twirling carousels, cherubic angels, and Santa and his reindeer, even Mickey Mouse is illuminated. Approximately every 10 minutes the lights dim and then dramatically relight – dynamically choreographed to traditional holiday music. On select nights, the show is capped off with a flurry of snow for extra holiday magic.
Epcot presents Holidays Around the World during the Christmas season. It showcases international holiday lore and legend at its various pavilions, with Santa featured at the American Adventure pavilion, Pere Noel in France, La Befana in Italy. Kwanzaa and Hanukkah celebrations are also featured. Come nightfall, Disney characters hosts a giant tree-lighting ceremony with music and storytelling. A beautiful synchronized light show – “The Lights of Winter” – lights up the World Showcase, as does the nightly “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth,” which includes a special holiday finale.
The Candlelight Processional at Epcot will also take place this year from November 26-December 31, 2010. This very popular night spectacle treats guests to a performance by a mass choice and 50-piece orchestra joined by celebrity narrators to tell the story of Christmas.
Christmas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, scheduled for November 26, 2010-January 3, 2011, features a giant illuminated tree and “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade.” Over at Camp Minnie-Mickey, Disney visitors can meet characters dressed in their holiday best while listening to carolers at Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village.
All of the Disney holiday events featured at Walt Disney World are included with Disney tickets, except for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Festival of the Masters
is scheduled to take place at Disney World
the weekend of November 12-14, 2010. Award winning visual artists will transform Downtown Disney into an outdoor galley featuring award-winning artists. To qualify for the Festival of the Masters, artists must have earned a primary award in a juried art festival within the last three years. Verification and samples of work is submitted, and then artists are selected from a jury of experts, ensuring those that are display at Festival of the Masters are some of the finest in the country.Nearly 150 honorees will be showcased during the event. Everything from painting to photography to glass works to sculpture, drawing and digital art will be available. Plus, live entertainment and children’s activities will also be a part of the event.
Admission and parking are FREE for this event.
Now is also a great time to visit Disney. The weather is cooler and the crowds are smaller.
Purchase your discount Disney tickets today.
Fantasy of Flight
is hosting the 4th annual Roar n’ Soar
November 13 & 14, 2010, from 10am-5pm daily. The event features high energy excitement and thrills from land, sea and air combine with awesome food, entertainment and the world’s great aviation attraction for a weekend the whole family will enjoy.
Featured during this year’s event is the original No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt drove during the 1987 all-star race will be showcased. This automobile performed the legendary “pass in the grass,” which is one of the most famous moments in NASCAR history.
Other highlights of the Roar n’ Soar event include:
Car Show – Open to classic and vintage cars and trucks from the pre-1985 era.
All-New Motorcycle Show – A Daily bike show will take place and riders will compete in a variety of categories, including cruisers, touring/bagger, stock, trike, antique and custom built.
Slalom – Drivers compete for the fastest time while they race the clock maneuvering through a slalom course on the hangar tarmac. This sanctioned race offers prime spectator viewing and comes to Roar n’ Soar courtesy of The Jaguar Club of Florida and Sun Coast Jaguar Clubs. PLUS, the car show features vintage classic cars by auto icons Jaguar, Austin-Healey, Ferrari, BMW, and Porsche including some of the most unique and exotic automobiles ever made!
R/C Trucks and Buggies – Guests are invited to bring their favorite R/C Trucks and buggies for off-road, dirt slinging, short course fun.
Watercraft – A regatta of classic race boats will be featured on a 1.5 mile oval course on Lake Agnes. Vintage watercraft will be displayed along the shores of Lake Agnes as well.
Aircraft – Some of the world’s hottest vintage aircraft takes to skies during this event to perform aerial demonstrations. Giant scale radio control aircraft, powered paragliders and hang glider pilots will also soar through the skies.
Fantasy of Flight tickets are on sale now.
A SeaWorld Christmas in Orlando is a fun event the whole family will enjoy. From November 26, 2010 – January 2, 2011, SeaWorld will feature spectacular festivities and unforgettable experiences that celebrate the holiday season. Festivities include a dramatic holiday simulator ride, special Shamu Christmas show, special activities on The Waterfront and a holiday fountain show. Christmas at Sea World is presented Friday-Saturday November 26-December 12, and nightly December 17-January 2.
SeaWorld encourages guests to hop aboard The Polar Express Experience for a magical trip to the North Pole. SeaWorld’s Wild Arctic simulator transforms into a thrilling expedition to fabled Santa Town. Classic scenes from the movie and book of the same name, written by Chris Van Allsburg, are recreated for a multi-sensory experience that immerses passengers in special lighting, scent, and sound and motion effects. Guests will find themselves in a winter wonderland surrounded by holiday cheer, beluga whales, polar bears and walruses. The delicious smell of Christmas cookies fill the air and twinkling lights dazzle on a festive tree as families greet Santa and share a magical holiday moment.
Another attraction that is sight to see is the Sea of Trees. Stroll through a wintery wonderland of holiday trees that sparkles to music and lights up the waterfront. The lights literally dance to music, creating a Christmas treat for all.
Holiday shows at Sea World include Shamu Christmas…Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice!, A Sesame Street Christmas, and Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas.
Shamu Stadium presents Shamu Christmas….Miracles, a captivating show that helps guests celebrate the holiday season as Christmas carols, bright lights and glowing candles fill the stadium. The 22-minute show comes to life daily at SeaWorld.
Winter Wonderland on Ice!, at the Bayside Stadium, is an ice skating extravaganza featuring that is highlighted by water fountains, fireworks and cutting edge skate routines.
Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale celebrates the season with soaring fountains, luminous lights and festive fireworks, choreographed to popular Christmas carols.
The spirit of the season is also celebrated at the Makahiki Christmas Luau, a south seas-style festivity that includes authentic Christmas music, costumes and dance reinterpreted with Polynesian rhythms. A delicious island-inspired dinner is served during this production.
Park guests will also want to stroll along The Waterfront to explore the shops, listen to the harmony of the carolers and share their Christmas wishes with Santa. Nightly snow flurries fall upon guests, creating a wonderful holiday environment.