Be Our Guest Restaurant brings the magic of “Beauty and The Beast” to life at the Magic Kingdom. The new Disney attraction, located within Fantasyland, makes guests feel as if they have entered Beast’s Castle. The opulence of the grand dining hall ballroom, along with adjacent rooms featuring beautiful scene-inspired tapestries and paintings, and, of course, the magical rose and torn painting of young Beast, create a spectacularly immersive environment.

Dining Hall Ballroom

What makes the Be Our Guest Restaurant at Disney World so unique is the combination of storytelling, theming and food inspired by the classic film.When you dine at Be Out Guest, you don’t just get to eat – you get to experience life inside Beast’s Castle and see numerous elements from the beloved film.

Torn Painting of the Prince

The experience begins by walking through the ruins of an old gateway to a stone bridge, at the end of which you enter through a large doorway into the inner sanctum of the castle. As noted before, three main rooms create the restaurant: the Ballroom, West Wing and Rose Gallery. The grand ballroom, where guests dine of their delectable lunch and dinner choices, recreates the elegance of the film’s scene in which Belle and the Beast whirl around the dance floor. From the floors to the ceiling, and everything in between, the Imagineers at Disney did not miss a single detail. A fresco of clouds and cherubs paint the ceiling, which is also adorned with ornate chandeliers, while the entire room is surrounded by a balcony lined with sashes. The far end of the room features 18-foot tall arched windows giving view to the French countryside and lightly falling snow.

Enchanted Rose

In the mysterious West Wing, guests find the glass jar containing the enchanted rose and the portrait of the young prince in human form, which was slashed by the Beast in a fit of rage. Through the magic of special effects, when lightning flashes the painting changes from Prince to Beast. The West Wing room captures the ominous and dark tones of the emotion behind the Beast, and it was brought to life in superb fashion.

Over in the Rose Gallery, a delightfully upbeat setting welcomes guests. The centerpiece of the room is a nearly seven-foot tall music box with Belle and the Beast twirling atop. Beautifully designed tapestries and paintings recreate scenes from the classic movie and decorative roses can be found throughout the room.

As the Beauty and The Beast is set in France, French-inspired cuisine is served at the restaurant. At lunch, guests order from touch-screen menus and get a rose that they take to their table; the rose tells the food cart where to find the table. At night, it becomes an upscale sit-down, table-service restaurant with wine and beer available. Menu items at lunch reflect a French Bistro theme, while dinner is a more elegant affair with entrees paying homage to classic French cuisine. Of course, there is a kids menu available too, complete with a meatloaf shaped like Mickey Mouse. Full menus are available here.

As you leave the Be Our Guest Restaurant, a beautiful mosaic of Belle and the Prince dancing adorns the wall. Straight from the movie, it is the perfect parting glimpse into the world of Beauty and The Beast.


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Attention Star Wars fans! Disney World has announced the dates for Star Wars Weekends 2014. The annual event, which is held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, attracts fans from across the nation.

Star Wars Weekends will be held every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 16-June 8, 2014.

  • Weekend I: May 16 – 18, 2014
  • Weekend II: May 23 – 25, 2014
  • Weekend III: May 30 – June 1, 2014
  • Weekend IV: June 6 – 8, 2014

Star Wars Weekends features the largest collection of official Star Wars characters found at any theme park in the world, star conversations with Star Wars celebrities, a Death Star-sized motorcade through the park and plenty of entertainment fun for guests of all ages. More details regarding Star Wars Weekends will be released as they become available.

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Ready for an incredible thrill? Try indoor skydiving in Orlando, Florida. The experience recreates what it’s like to actually sky dive but in a controlled, instructor-guided environment. Orlando indoor skydiving is one of the most adrenaline-filled things you can do on your vacation. Give it a try!

The best place to try out indoor skydiving is iFly Orlando.  Indoor Skydiving at iFly Orlando is safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers. No experience is necessary and it’s great fun for all ages.  Kids only need to be three years and older to try out indoor skydiving.

Simply put, iFly is flying; you will soar on a column of air inside a vertical wind tunnel. The vertical wind tunnel moves air up in a vertical column, creating the indoor skydiving experience. iFly uses superior technology and is unique; multiple fans located at the top of the flight chamber produce a wall-to-wall airflow that is smooth and fun to fly in.  Professional flight instructors will provide you with all of your flight gear, along with the fundamental skills for body flight through a classroom training session. All you have to do is get ready to smile because you won’t be able to help yourself once you experience the thrill of a freefall.

Universal Orlando Resort’s ever-popular CityWalk is adding more to the mix in 2014.  A popular collection of national restaurants and shops already call the attraction home, but eight more new venues are planned to open throughout 2014.  These new places to eat at CityWalk coincide with a historic expansion at Universal Orlando, which will see the opening of the destination’s largest hotel, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Concepts that inspired CityWalk’s new eateries came about after a nationwide search for creations that appealed to not only established brands but up-and-comers with creative cuisine.  All of the new venues share an overall theme of inviting common areas, al fresco dining and open kitchens. Get an inside peak at what’s planned at Universal Orlando CityWalk by reading the list below.

Red Oven Pizza Bakery: Take a quick trip to Italy for authentic, artisan pizza–made fresh, while you wait–at Universal CityWalk’s first-ever Neopolitan-style pizza bakery. The combination of the highest quality ingredients and a traditional 900-degree stone-lined oven ensures every slice is pizza perfection. Red Oven is currently open. 

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Take a journey through the cantinas, street carts, and markets of Mexico for unique tapas-style dining at Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food. Only the freshest ingredients are used to create craveable, made from scratch Mexican street fare in an environment of unmatched authenticity.

Hot Dog Hall of Fame: Strike out your hunger at Hot Dog Hall of Fame with some of the most iconic hot dog creations from our nation’s most famous ballparks. Take a seat in the bleachers and enjoy a loaded Chicago dog with all the toppings, a perfectly charred Boston brat, a monster LA dog and more.

The Cowfish: Innovative sushi joins forces with creative burgers for an untraditional dining experience at this reincarnation of the popular North Carolina hotspot. The result: “Burgushi”. A cutting-edge fusion of burger and sushi, burgushi items include sushi rolls created using burger components and sandwiches created using sushi elements.
A new modern Italian kitchen concept: Immerse yourself in the essence of modern Italian cuisine at this new restaurant created by Universal Orlando. Watch as the culinary team handcrafts your pasta from scratch to create fresh takes on classic dishes in a clean, contemporary dining atmosphere.

Cold Stone Creamery: For more than 25 years, Cold Stone Creamery has served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients and their signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone.

Bread Box: With a Bread Box sandwich, you’ll be transported back to your childhood kitchen or your favorite street corner deli.  Here you’ll find that the combination of quality meats and vegetables, fresh bread, and simple preparation can transform a sandwich into something more.

Menchie’s: One of the world’s most popular frozen yogurt shops is coming to Universal CityWalk.   The dream was to create a place where people from all walks of life and ages could enjoy themselves—not only with great tasting, quality frozen yogurt and an expansive self-serve toppings bar, but with a unique experience in a fun and happy environment that makes you smile.

When you visit Universal Orlando Resort, to explore attractions at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, you must walk through CityWalk.  The eclectic entertainment, shopping and dining complex adds an extra dose of festivities to your day at the park as you can easily grab some good grub at the affordable eateries or dine at a restaurant like Emeril’s or Margaritaville to end your day at the park.  You can also visit CityWalk anytime without Universal Orlando tickets

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Are you ready to ring in 2014?  Leave the kids at home and make plans for a night out at Universal Orlando Resort.  The entertainment complex is hosting one of Orlando’s best New Year’s Eve parties, headquartered at CityWalk

Universal Orlando Resort is changing things up a bit for this year’s celebration.  No headlining band is planned.  Instead Orlando’s largest dance floor is taking the stage along with a DJ spinning the hottest hits on a 360 degree platform.  It’s the night you’ve been waiting for and the party you’ve been asking for – all at Universal!  Revel in a world of endless entertainment, decadent food, and an exciting New Year’s experience like you’ve never seen before.

When you attend Universal’s New Year’s Eve Bash at CityWalkyou’ll gain access to:

  • Unlimited gourmet cuisine featuring filet mignon, jumbo shrimp, custom desserts, and more
  • Six unique party zones with entertainment and signature drinks
  • Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor
  • Admission to six Universal CityWalk venues
  • Midnight champagne toast and pyrotechnics display

Eve at CityWalk includes admission to six venues, each with their own entertainment, customized party zones, and signature drinks. And to send it all into the stratosphere, you can celebrate all night on Orlando’s biggest dance floor, built just for Eve in front of the CityWalk Plaza Stage. You’ll kiss 2013 goodbye in style with a 360-degree DJ platform, dancers, and incredible special effects.

Tickets for New Year’s Eve at Universal CityWalk are $99.99 through December 21 and $119.99 after December 21.  All ticket holders must be 21+.

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Ready to ring in the New Year in Orlando?  There are plenty of attractions hosting special events to welcome 2014.  Take a look at the ways to greet New Year’s Eve in Orlando.

Countdown to Kid’s New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND-Florida
December 26-30, 2013
Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve features nightly fireworks over Lake Eloise. Watch the spectacular fireworks explode into millions of tiny LEGO bricks with special 3D viewing glasses.
Kid’s New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND Florida
December 31, 2013
LEGOLAND Florida’s New Year’s Eve celebration is perfect for families. The “Kids’ New Year’s Eve” allows kids to rock out and watch the giant LEGO fireworks at just the right time for them, midnight KST (Kid Standard Time), otherwise known as 7pm EST. All New Year’s Eve events are included with the purchase of LEGOLAND tickets.
New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando
December 31, 2013
SeaWorld Orlando’s New Year’s Eve features a spectacular musical celebration and a fireworks show that will light up the night welcoming 2014. All New Year’s Eve events are included with the purchase of SeaWorld tickets.
New Year’s Eve 2013 at Universal CityWalk
December 31, 2013
Universal Orlando Resort is changing things up a bit for this year’s celebration.  No headlining band is planned.  Instead Orlando’s largest dance floor is taking the stage along with a DJ spinning the hottest hits on a 360 degree platform.  It’s the night you’ve been waiting for and the party you’ve been asking for – all at Universal!  Revel in a world of endless entertainment, decadent food, and an exciting New Year’s experience like you’ve never seen before.  Tickets are on sale now for $99 per person. 
New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort
December 30-31, 2013
The parks come alive to say farewell to 2013. Magic Kingdom presents: “Wishes” nighttime spectacular with a holiday overlay at 8:30 p.m. and “Fantasy in the Sky” at 11:50 p.m. Epcot‘s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” salutes the new year at 6:30 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, “Fantasmic!” combines water, fire, lights, lasers, fireworks and music will be presented at 6:30 and 8 p.m., with “Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!” fireworks display at midnight. New Year’s Eve events are included with the purchase of Disney tickets

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Add some musical groove to your January with Busch Gardens’ Real Music Concert Series.  The Tampa tradition is the theme park’s longest running concert series.  It returns January 14 to March 7, Tuesday through Friday, with crowd-pleasing live music spanning the 1930-1970s.  Here your favorite songs from swing, blues, pop, jazz, disco and rock ‘n roll. 

 

This year’s Busch Gardens Tampa Real Music Concert Series Line-Up includes:

  • January 14-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • January 21-24: Chubby Checker
  • January 28-31: The Glenn Miller Orchestra with The Four Freshmen
  • February 4-7: Bay City Rollers starring Les McKeown
  • February 11-14: Paul Revere and The Raiders
  • February 18-21: The Osmonds
  • February 25-28: Frankie Avalon
  • March 4-7: Lee Greenwood
Shows are held at 11:30am, 1pm and 3:30pm at the Stanleyville Theater.  Plus, all shows are included with the purchase of Busch Gardens Tampa tickets.  That’s right – the Real Music Concert Series is FREE with park admission!

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Check out these events in Orlando happening January 2014:

January 1-4:  Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort
Celebrate the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort including great events like Grinchmas, Macy’s Holiday Parade, and holiday concerts by Mannheim Steamroller.

January 1-5:  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 vacation.

January 8-12:  Walt Disney World 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 11-26: Wild Days at SeaWorld
Wild Days is an immersive SeaWorld event that will connect your family to the wild, wonderful world around you. Presenting a slate of exciting and interactive shows over three weekends, you will have the opportunity to meet the leaders in the world of animal rescue, rehabilitation, and preservation as well as experience animals up close.

January 14 – March 7:  Real Music Concert Series at Busch Gardens
This longest running concert series returns Wednesdays through Saturday’s 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 Busch Gardens admission, but reservation tickets are required to guarantee a seat.

January 31 – February 2: Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts & Humanities
This multi-day, multi-disciplinary event celebrates the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, her hometown, Eatonville, the nation’s oldest incorporated African American municipality, and the contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and world culture.

 

A quick update for all of our Orlando vacation goers – SeaWorld Orlando will be closing Shamu Stadium for three months in 2014. 

The closure is due to needed refurbishments. The main pool will be repainted, as well as new clear panels installed between the animals and the audience.  Visitors who are planning a vacation in Orlando in early 2014 should note the stadium closure will temporarily close the “One Ocean Show” at Shamu Stadium as well as place the “Dine with Shamu” experience on hiatus.  The closure will start in early January and end in early April. 

Nick Gollattscheck, Sea World Orlando spokesman, said, “This is the first time we’ve had to pause shows during stadium maintenance, but it’s also the first time we’ve had to do this kind of maintenance…since the stadium opened in 1984.” He also said that the work isn’t due to any sort of safety concerns and no safety equipment will be changed during the downtime. “It’s maintenance that has to be done with no water in the pool.”

Shamu is one of SeaWorld’s biggest draws so they’ve developed a new experience to entice visitors.  Dubbed “Shamu Up Close,” the presentation will offer interactions both above and underwater and let guests see how training works.

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LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones officially announced the park’s much anticipated LEGOLAND Hotel will open in 2015. The announcement was made alongside community leaders with a ceremonial groundbreaking moment at the site where the hotel will be built, directly to the left of LEGOLAND Florida’s entrance, just steps from Lake Eloise.

“The opening of a LEGOLAND Hotel will transition LEGOLAND Florida from a single-day visit theme park to a multi-day resort destination,” said Jones. “This will serve as a catalyst for future economic development in Polk County.”

http://www.reserveorlando.com/da/legoland-florida-tickets Welcoming guests with a multicolored exterior and entrance, the four-story LEGOLAND Hotel will immerse families with young children in the world of LEGO, as an extension of the vibrant and interactive theme park experience. Created to bring children’s imaginations to life, the LEGO-themed hotel will feature 152 brightly colored and highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor; interactive play areas; a pool and a restaurant.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel will add 250 construction-related jobs during the construction, and another 250 jobs to its employee base to staff the new hotel upon completion.

This will be the fifth LEGOLAND Hotel in the world joining LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Windsor and LEGOLAND Billund hotels. LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel will soon open its doors.
At LEGOLAND Florida, families enjoy more than 50 rides, shows, attractions, a water park and the all-new LEGO World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network. At the World of Chima, the whole family can board an interactive splash battle ride, The Quest for CHI, and kid’s can splash and play in Cragger’s Swamp and race handheld rip-chord powered vehicles at the SpeedorzTM Arena.

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