Test Track is officially open at Epcot. The redesigned Disney World attraction is a multisensory virtual experience in automotive design.
You begin the experience at Test Track by walking through an interactive queue with concept vehicles such as the EN-V and Miray on display. Once inside the automotive design lab, advanced computer technology powers the guest design process. Guests can choose from a number of vehicle options and styles and once they have designed the automotive they’d like to test, the design is saved to card swiped at the beginning of the design process. Disney and Chevrolet worked hand in hand on the attraction, and the end result shows high tech, authentic design process.
After your car is designed the test drive portion of the attraction arrives. With the help of innovative technology, you’ll have the chance to test drive your vehicle, through the ride, on tacks surfaces that similar the actual vehicle validation process Chevrolet engineers use. Each design is evaluated and scored based on their performance. Many of the elements of the ride seem futuristic, with sharp neon lights bringing a “Tron”-like feel to the inside portion of the attraction.
The race begins as the car accelerates over the roller-coaster style track. The track features a series of hills, bumpy roads, sharp turns, and more, as well as the 65 mph boost at the end that loops around the outside of the building.
At the end of the experience guests can see their car’s score, make a TV commercial and email it to family and friends, race their vehicle at a digital driving table and pose for a photo with their vehicle.
Splitsville is opening December 19, 2012, at Downtown Disney.
The new addition to Downtown Disney’s West Side brings bowling to a whole new level. The 45,000 square-foot attraction, located in the old Virgin Megastore building, features 30 lanes spread over two floors. Billiards, music and live entertainment round out the scene.
Retro-themed, Splitsville adds a swanky touch to an evening of bowling and fun with friends. Plus, there are delicious dining options available, with the menu featuring items such as hand-tossed pizza, fresh-rolled sushi and juicy burgers. Full bar selections and a variety of menu items you can eat while you bowl make Splitsville a fun, active place to spend time in Orlando.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the second floor of Splitsville will be reserved for guests ages 21 and over who arrive after 10:30 pm.
Take an inside look at Splitsville:
Ready to experience the “tale as old as time?” At Enchanted Tales with Belle, located in the new Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom, park goers can step into the world of Belle and the magic of Beauty and The Beast.
The Walt Disney World attraction is a combination walk-through experience and sit-down show. Visitors make their way to the Enchanted Tales with Belle by walking through Fantasyland Forest to Maurice’s (the father of Belle) cottage. Upon entering the cottage, numerous trinkets and inventions can be seen, including a gold framed mirror prominently on display in the middle of the room.
The mirror is an important element of the attraction as it magically transforms into a door through which guests are transported to the Beast’s castle. Once the second room has been entered, a merry greeting from Madame Wardrobe begins the next phase of your experience. Animatronic yet incredibly realistic, Madame Wardrobe sets the stage for the playacting that is about to unfold. With the help of cast members, she assigns roles, such as the Beast and Mrs. Potts the teapot, to volunteers from the audience. Each volunteer is given a prop and is prepped to meet Belle and “surprise” her by helping her tell the story of when she and the Beast met.
Lumiere begins the third phase of Enchanted Tales with Belle. He, too, is animatronic, and is perhaps even more astonishing to behold than Madame Wardrobe. Lumiere summons guests to Beasts Library and the volunteers from before gather at the front of the room, while the rest of the audience sits on benches to watch the proceedings. After everyone is in their places, Lumiere the Candelabra calls in Belle. Coached by Belle, Lumiere, and cast members, the volunteers perform their roles and bring the story of Beauty and The Beast to life.
Interactive and engaging, Enchanted Tales with Belle is a treat for kids and adults. Plus, the volunteers who participate in the show receive a bookmark and a photo op with Belle. Purchase Disney tickets to see all that is new at Fantasyland.
January 1-6: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Disney’s Hollywood Studios become aglow in light during the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. Presented at the Disney Park every holiday season since 1995, this stunning light show adds an extra dose of festive fun to any Disney World Christmas vacation.
January 10-13: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
Registration is now open for the WDW Marathon Weekend. Events include the Walt Disney World Marathon, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, Family Fun Run 5K, runDisney Kids Races, Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo, Pasta in the Park Party, and the Cool Down Party. For more information and to sign up, visit their website.
January 12 – February 2: Just for Kids Festival at SeaWorld
Saturdays and Sundays in January, SeaWorld Orlando will host a Just for Kids Festival that will feature concerts, dance parties, and special stage shows. All concerts are included with regular admission, but must be picked up for a show in advance.
January 16 – March 2: Real Music Concert Series at Busch Gardens
This longest running concert series returns Wednesdays through Saturdays beginning in January. Listen to live music that will span the decades from the 1930s-1970s. Concerts are held each day at 11:30am, 1pm, and 3:30pm. Concerts are included with regular admission, but reservation tickets are required to guarantee a seat.
Kids have a treat to look forward to in 2013 with SeaWorld Orlando hosting a Just For Kids festival in January and February.
Hosted on Saturdays and Sundays from January 12 through February 2, Just For Kids will feature concerts, dance parties and special stage shows.
Concerts during the festival include:
Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve
Kratt Brothers Live featuring the stars of Wild Kratts
All shows are held at the Nautilus Theater. Concerts are at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. Concerts are include with SeaWorld ticketsbut tickets must be picked up for the show in advance and are on a first come, first serve basis.
Come out to the “Just For Kids” festival at SeaWorld Orlando for to have breakfast with everyone’s favorite furry friends from Sesame Street and experience live shows, kid-sized rides, and meet adorable animals. It’s fun for kids of all ages.