Month: March 2016

Guess can now experience Hello Kitty store at Universal Studios

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Guests can now enter the supercute world of Hello Kitty at the new Hello Kitty Shop Featuring Hello Kitty and Friends at Universal Orlando Resort.

The new retail experience, located inside Universal Studios Florida, features an array of specialty merchandise – including items exclusive to Universal Orlando – and the opportunity to meet Hello Kitty herself.

As soon as guests walk under the shop’s rainbow gateway, they’ll be instantly transported into the colorful world of Hello Kitty. The store is divided into four, unique sections:

·         Hello Kitty Town, where guests can walk through Hello Kitty’s community and find products from some of her famous friends

·         Hello Kitty Sweet Yummy Shop, a section full of Hello Kitty merchandise and sweet treats including Keroppi S’more Fudge, Hello Kitty Chocolate Cupcakes topped with a candy bow and Strawberry Rainbow Fudge

·         Hello Kitty Lounge, an area where guests can pick up their favorite lounging merchandise like fuzzy robes, colorful slippers and an assortment of Hello Kitty plush

·         Hello Kitty at the Movies, showcasing Hello Kitty with a classic movie theatre backdrop

Click here to read more about the Hello Kitty Shop – through the eyes of a super fan.

Have the time of your life Dirty Dancing!

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I still find myself dancing even after walking out of the theater this amazing production of Dirty Dancing national tour makes a stop here at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. Rachel Boone plays the part of Baby and Johnny Castle is played by Christopher Tierney. The chemistry between these two is remarkable throughout the whole production.

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One of the unique aspects of this production is that a number of songs that were unsuccessfully added to the movie due to copyright laws have been added to the production which add a little extra spice.

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The breathtaking choreography and unique use of LED screens and lighting effects really capture the essence of this production. I totally had the time of my life  Enfield engaged through the entire performance .  This is a family-friendly production . Once again a home run hit by Fairwinds, Dr. Phillips Center and Broadway Across America for bringing this amazing production to the Orlando public.
Dirty Dancing runs through April 3rd at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts Walt Disney theater Great seats are still available for more information contact the dr. Phillips box office or get tickets online

Stomp is making noise at Dr Phillips

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From Tic tic-tacs to trash cans you learn  you can make music with just about anything.  The national tour of Stomp makes a shortstop here in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing arts.

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The Walt Disney theater host the cast of this amazing show through Sunday. The cast of eight really knows how to spark the attention of the audience using everything from a common newspaper to a garbage can and everything in between. This family-friendly production does not have an intermission but will definitely keep the attention of children of all ages. Not one word is spoken from the cast of eight throughout the 90-minute production however through percussion and music you learn a new appreciation the world around you. Great seats are still available at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts box office!

MULTI-GRAMMY WINNING ARTIST MICHAEL W. SMITH TO PERFORM AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO’S PRAISE WAVE MARCH 26

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Experience a day of fun, faith and fellowship at SeaWorld Orlando’s Praise Wave Saturday March 26.

Guests can enjoy inspiring live performances by the hottest names in Christian music and — of course — enjoy SeaWorld’s thrilling rides, shows and attractions.  Praise Wave is included with park admission. Concerts begin at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. inside the Nautilus Theater.

On Saturday, March 26, platinum selling band and Christian radio chart topper –MICHAEL W. SMITH  will take the stage at SeaWorld Orlando  Praise Wave’s last weekend.

SPECIAL SEATING

 For a VIP experience, reserved seating is available.

  • Starting at just $10, guests can reserve a premium seat inside the Nautilus Theater.

Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for details.

Disney Dreamers Academy students find ideal educational and inspirational playground at Walt Disney World Resort

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Disney Dreamers join (behind Mickey Mouse L-R) Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large for Essence Magazine, Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications, Inc., radio and TV personality Steve Harvey, Tracey D. Powell, executive champion of Disney Dreamers Academy, and Mickey Mouse on March 6, 2016 to celebrate the commencement of the ninth Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The annual event is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Gregg Newton, photographer)Each year, 100 teens are selected from among thousands across the country to come together to participate in an once-in-a-lifetime, innovative, educational and mentoring program.

The program is Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine. It was inspired by Walt Disney’s passion for motivating those around him to dream big.

The classroom is Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Known as the place where dreams come true, Walt Disney World Resort is the perfect location for this four-day experience, designed to fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of possibilities and help them prepare for the future.

Disney Dreamers Academy takes the same assets and resources that make vacation memories of a lifetime for travelers and uses them to inspire, teach and motivate this select group of students.

The teens receive the unique experience of observing a living laboratory and getting behind the scenes to explore firsthand how Disney turns dreams into reality.

The 40-square-mile resort with four theme parks, two water parks, 36 resort hotels, 200 restaurants and much more, offers an abundance of resources for career exploration.

During the program, Disney Dreamers Academy students participate in immersive, hands-on workshops with Disney Cast Members, representing the best in their fields. In virtually any career in which a student might be interested, whether accounting or zoology, the Walt Disney World Resort can pull from among its team of 66,000 to provide mentorship opportunities.

(MARCH 4, 2016): High school students Ellxis Hinton of Summerville, SC. (left) and Nicole Hood of Camden, NJ. (right) prepare a special dessert with Chef Adrian Mandry of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort March 4, 2016, during a culinary workshop at Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The ninth annual event March 3-6, 2016, is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Chloe Rice, photographer) Sense the program’s inception, Dreamers have gone into a laboratory with a veterinarian at Animal Kingdom, prepared a meal with hydroponic vegetables grown at Epcot, mixed music in a recording studio at Hollywood Studios and built a model roller coaster with Magic Kingdom engineers.

In addition to these behind-the-scenes moments, students have the chance to hear from some of the resort’s top level executives, celebrity partners, corporate sponsors and other affiliated professionals to learn what they do, how they do it, and how they got there.

The theme parks themselves provide their own inspirational and educational moments. Each park is full of opportunities that do more than just provide entertainment, but bring to life something that otherwise might seem distant or impossible.

At Disney Dreamers Academy, students have had the chance to engage with cultures from around the world at Epcot’s World Showcase, observe animals in their natural habitats on Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, hear from the country’s greatest leaders in the Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom and learn about how the entire company got started at Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

For students, just the experience of visiting the Walt Disney World Resort can end up being the ultimate lesson in the power of dreaming big.

(Clockwise from top left) Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large for Essence Magazine, gospel singer Yolanda Adams, Tracey D. Powell, executive champion for Disney Dreamers Academy, Rushion McDonald, executive producer of Steve Harvey Morning Show and Disney Dreamer Alanna Wall of Dayton, OH, join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse March 3, 2016 as grand marshals in a special parade saluting Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The ninth annual event, taking place March 3-6, 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort, is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)“Walt Disney World exists because of one man’s dream,” said Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Vice President of Deluxe Resorts and Disney Dreamers Academy Executive Champion, Tracey D. Powell. “Our goal is to continue the legacy of making dreams come true at Disney Dreamers Academy.”

 

Extra Concerts to Close Festival on Memorial Day

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Village People to Perform at "Garden Rocks" Concert SeriesPop bands with hits spanning several decades will play the Garden Rocks Concert Series at the 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2-May 30, 2016. This year’s festival expands from 75 to 90 days, adding two additional concert series weekends to the lineup and extending the final weekend of performances to Memorial Day.

Blood, Sweat & Tears, Brian Howe, former lead singer of Bad Company, Darlene Love and Georgia Satellites will rock Epcot audiences for the first time. Night Ranger, a fan favorite band that’s played the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, will make a Flower & Garden Festival debut. The Orchestra starring former members of ELO, who topped charts in the 1970s and ‘80s, will kick off the concert series March 4-6.

Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone to Perform at "Garden Rocks" Concert SeriesGuests can dance in their seats each festival weekend to classic tunes at the park’s America Gardens Theatre. An eclectic mix of Flower & Garden Festival fan favorites includes the Village People, who debuted at the festival in 2013. With a nod to the 1960s, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone will rock the house April 1-3. On Memorial Day, The Spinners will close the 90-day festival on a high note, extending their weekend performance to Monday.

Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and are included with Epcot admission. Here is this year’s lineup (subject to change without notice):

 

March 18-20     Little River Band “Lady”

March 25-27     Village People “Y.M.C.A.”

April 1-3     Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”

April 8-10 The Guess Who “These Eyes”

April 15-17     NEW! Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”

April 22-24     NEW! Bad Company, former lead singer Brian Howe “Can’t Get Enough”

April 29-May 1     NEW! Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”

May 6-8     Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”

May 13-15     NEW! Darlene Love “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home”

May 20-22     Night Ranger “Sister Christian”

May 27-30     The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

 

Pre-View Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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"Rivers of Light" at Disney's Animal Kingdom - Expected to open next spring, "Rivers of Light" will be an innovative experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney park, combining live performances, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. "Rivers of Light" will magically come to life on the natural stage of Discovery River, delighting guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney's Animal Kingdom. (Disney Parks)

Supersize Orlando is hearing rumors  that as soon as April 15th you may have the chance to see this all new night time show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a specially ticketed event. Kenny the Pirate sight released some of the rumored possible details.

"Rivers of Light" at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Kenny gives details of 2 possible (rumored) events. We encourage you to go to Kenny’s sight for more info.

(NONE OF THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY DISNEY)