Month: January 2016

Kapoeey! Kung Fu Panda™ Arrives at Madame Tussauds Orlando

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Madame Tussauds Orlando knows Kung Fu… Panda™. The celebrity wax attraction has rolled out the welcome mat for Po the lovable Panda turned Dragon Warrior from the successful animated movie trilogy Kung Fu Panda™. Po’s figure will be on display starting today, the opening day of the theatrical release of Kung Fu Panda 3™.

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Some fun facts about the new figure:

·      Po’s figure weighs 160 pounds

·      More than 75 square feet of synthetic black fur and 45 square feet of synthetic white fur were used to create Po’s figure

·      Po’s eyes are 4.5 inches in diameter

·      His fist is almost a foot long

·      Po’s shorts were made from three different types of silk and a jacquard fabric, which were specially dyed to create 10 different color patches in the style of his animated outfit in the films

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Madame Tussauds Orlando has new Florida resident rates, offering attraction admission for $18 ($13 for children between the ages of 3-12). This special offer saves visitors more than 25 percent off regular admission. For a limited time, tickets may be purchased at MadameTussauds.com/Orlando or at the attraction’s admissions desk. This offer is valid for Florida residents, with valid proof of residency, such as a state-issued ID, utilities or cable bill, bank statement, library card, or recent paystub. Restrictions may apply. Prices and hours subject to change without notice. Attraction admission is not guaranteed and subject to availability. The offer is not valid for premium products and cannot be combined with any other offers or packages.

Madame Tussauds is world-renowned for the creation of detailed and lifelike wax figures that pay homage to A-list celebrities from film and television, sports icons, musicians from all genres, and notable figures from history and pop culture. Each Madame Tussauds figure is truly a work of art, involving teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months on extensive research and take more than 300 measurements to recreate world-famous icons, to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has been at the heart of the 250-year Madame Tussauds legacy.

Guests at Madame Tussauds Orlando will experience the essence of America with this brand new, immersive and interactive wax experience, bursting with family fun and world-class entertainment, as they move through themed areas meeting all of their favorite stars from award-winning film actors, to historical and modern world leaders, sports stars, music legends as well as figures important to Florida. All visitors can shake hands with the president, get on stage with rock stars and pop princesses.

Nickelodeon hotel Orlando to be phased out by April

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According to multiple employee reports and a flood of Facebook post. Management from the Nickelodeon hotel informed employees that the Nickelodeon hotel will be rebranded by April back to a regular Holiday Inn with no affiliation to Nickelodeon. Many of you remember that would Nickelodeon left Universal Studios a lot of the die-hard Nickelodeon employees transferred over to the Nickelodeon hotel. Lots of sadness going on from the employees!

No official announcement has been made by Nickelodeon hotel or Holiday Inn about these changes.

Update

Sources at the Nickelodeon hotel and told us that there are some big changes coming to the Nickelodeon hotel and more information will be released in March.

 

Universal Studios Orlando kicks off 3rd annual Harry Potter weekend

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        This weekend, fans from around the world will come together to celebrate Harry Potter’s adventures at the third annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter.” Hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros., this three-day event will give fans the opportunity to     Enjoy Q&A sessions with film talent and other special guests, including Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Katie Leung (Cho Chang), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)

·         Explore the Harry Potter Expo – full of experiences conducted by Pottermore, Scholastic, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, MinaLima, and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
·         Get a glimpse into the process of prop making in a Q&A session with Pierre Bohanna, head prop maker from the Harry Potter film series
·         Learn about wand duelling in a wand combat masterclass hosted by the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Paul Harris
·         Experience exclusive Quidditch ™ inspired photo opportunities and attend dance demonstrations by Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students
·         Access The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, board the iconic Hogwarts Express and journey between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket
Access to select events within “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included in regular admission to Universal Orlando’s theme parks. Admission to panel events will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hunchback Is A Big Hit But Not On Broadway

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame is based on the 1831 novel by Victor Hugo and features music by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken, with lyrics by Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz and a book by Peter Parnell. This production is directed by Scott Schwartz, and is produced by La Jolla Playhouse in association with Paper Mill Playhouse, and by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse.

 The musical was previously performed at La Jolla Playhouse, officially opening Nov. 9, 2014, and extending through Dec. 14. 2014. On March 15, 2015 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey for a pre-Broadway tryout. However, it was announced that the show would not move to Broadway, and the show closed on April 5, 2015

Form June 21, 1996- September 28,2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Disney MGM Studios  amazed crowds. However there has been a huge cry to bring this show to the broadway stage with some folks even starting a petition drive.

On January 22 the  cast recording will be released  staring The Paper Mill cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame includes Michael Arden as Quasimodo, Ciara Renée as Esmerelda, Patrick Pageas the villainous Judge Frollo, along with Andrew Samonsky as Captain Phoebus and Erik Liberman as Clopin.

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The 1996 Walt Disney’s animated feature film grossed over $325 million at the box office and was nominated for Best Original Score at the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards in 1997. The voice cast of the feature included Demi Moore as Esmerelda, Tom Hulce as Quasimodo, and Kevin Kline as Captain Phoebus.

 

 

 

 

Madame Tussauds Orlando welcomes Keith Urban

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Orlando, Fla. – Jan. 15, 2016 – On the heels of announcing his 2016 world tour, country crooner Keith Urban’s wax figure has made a stop in Orlando. The Australian music artist, “Somebody Like You” singer and Nicole Kidman’s husband will be featured in the wax attraction along with the figure fellow music competition judge Jennifer Lopez.

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Madame Tussauds Orlando has new Florida resident rates, offering attraction admission for $18 ($13 for children between the ages of 3-12). This special offer saves visitors more than 25 percent off regular admission. For a limited time, tickets may be purchased at MadameTussauds.com/Orlando or at the attraction’s admissions desk. This offer is valid for Florida residents, with valid proof of residency, such as a state-issued ID, utilities or cable bill, bank statement, library card, or recent paystub. Restrictions may apply. Prices and hours subject to change without notice. Attraction admission is not guaranteed and subject to availability. The offer is not valid for premium products and cannot be combined with any other offers or packages.

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Madame Tussauds is world-renowned for the creation of detailed and lifelike wax figures that pay homage to A-list celebrities from film and television, sports icons, musicians from all genres, and notable figures from history and pop culture. Each Madame Tussauds figure is truly a work of art, involving teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months on extensive research and take more than 300 measurements to recreate world-famous icons, to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has been at the heart of the 250-year Madame Tussauds legacy.

Universal Studios Announces its Mardi Gras lineup

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ORLANDO, Fla. (January 5, 2016) – Let the good times roll at Universal Orlando Resort’s 2016 Mardi Gras celebration. On select nights Feb. 6 through April 16, guests can top off their day in the theme parks with a family-friendly version of the famed “N’awlins” celebration at Universal Studios Florida – featuring delicious Cajun cuisine, a dazzling parade and 14 nights of exhilarating concerts from some of the biggest names in music.

This year’s star-studded concert lineup features a diverse array of talent with something for everyone to enjoy. Headliners include rock band Fall Out Boy, teen pop sensation Shawn Mendes, GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Adam Lambert, country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes and legendary entertainer Diana Ross. For the complete line-up, see below.

This year’s Mardi Gras parade features 12 vibrant floats, including four new additions that celebrate different cultures and festivals from around the world – Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival. All of the exquisitely detailed Mardi Gras floats are engineered by Blaine Kern Artists, the same company that has been hand-crafting floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947.  Plus, guests can visit Universal Studios Florida’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

For more information on tickets contact Universal Studios!
www.universalorlando.com

Beetlejuice last review at Universal Studios

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Today is a very sad day at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida as one of its iconic shows Beetlejuice Graveyard Review will close today. The closing of the show will make a way for a new attraction. When rumors of the show closing started a few months ago its fans flooded guest services with letters requesting the show not be closed. Even certain cast members took to social media with their passion for the show. However growth is needed within the Universal property so at the end of the day the graveyard will be no more.

Back in 2005 and 2006 I was a Show lead and had the opportunity to work at this amazing venue. The cast and crew are like family. The operations cast members who work the front gate cherish the position and openly interact with guest. On any given day you will see no less than 20 Beetlejuice fanatics. Some of these fans come because they have a favorite actor. Some of these fans, because they have a favorite character. They know every line of the show by heart they sing the songs out loud but one thing is for sure they love beetlejuice.

Is this the end for Beetlejuice?
I certainly hope not they have a show very similar to this one in Japan and it’s a hit there as well. So all you can do his say his name three times and hope that he comes back to Universal Studios Orlando!