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Universal Orlando resort reveals ticket packages for newest theme park!

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Today, Universal Orlando Resort revealed more ways guests can experience the highly-anticipated water theme park – Universal’s Volcano Bay, giving them more flexibility to plan their visit.


 

When it grand opens on May 25, Universal’s Volcano Bay will become Universal Orlando’s third amazing theme park and will feature a variety of experiences ranging from daring to serene, offering something for everyone.

 

Volcano Bay’s new offerings provide a variety of choices that allow guests to shape their experience – from new 3-Park Annual Pass products to special Florida resident ticket options. Here’s a look at the new options now available to help guests plan the ultimate Universal Orlando Resort vacation.


 

Florida Resident 3-Park Multi-Day Tickets (Starting at $199.99 per adult – Less than $67 per day)

· The Florida Resident 3-Park Multi-Day Ticket entitles one guest admission to all three of Universal Orlando’s theme parks: Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay. 

o Options available from 2 to 3 days in duration

o Valid up to 180 days after purchase

 

Universal Orlando Resort 3-Park Passes – Florida Residents (Starting as low as $17.38 per month*)

Includes admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park, plus special benefits exclusive to Annual Passholders including discounts and perks, free admission to special events and more.

Four different pass options are available

*FlexPay option is available with low monthly payment rates after one initial down payment

 

Universal’s Volcano Bay 1-Day Admission Ticket (Starting at $67 per adult)

· Allows guests one-day admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay.

 

Universal’s Volcano Bay Express Pass (Starting at $19.99 per person)

· With Universal Express, guests can bypass the Virtual Line experience and enjoy Volcano Bay’s rides at their convenience.

o Universal Express Unlimited (unlimited Express ride access at participating rides within Universal’s Volcano Bay) is also available

 

For more information and to purchase these brand-new ticket options, contact Mary Morales htftps://m.facebook.com/MaryMoralesTravelPlanner/

 

May brings excitement to Walt Disney World!

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Lots of big changes have already happened at Walt Disney World however May is shaping up to be an exciting month last night Disney parks blog went live with a live stream of wishes. Guests were asked to go to their Twitter to unlock a special preview of the new fireworks premiering May 12 following the performance Disney parks blog announced that the preview was unlocked and guest could check it out. So like so many other people I had to take a look the soundtrack is going to feature upbeat re-orchestrated Disney Classics along with a very new modern theme song that happened to bring me to tears.

The State of the art show is going to be using some new technology can Vining lasers, photo map imaging, fireworks and an amazing score even though a lot of people will miss wishes I truly think that happily ever after will quickly win them over and become a magical ending to every night at the Magic Kingdom.

At the end of me Disney’s animal Kingdom open it’s long-awaited avatar land guest have been talking about this for many years and it seems like Disney is about to deliver a very unique never before seen theamd land that has been closely guarded by the Disney Imagineering.

So whether you live in Orlando or traveling to the parks soon Disney is about to up the ante in wow factor.

Orlando Eye too close for annual maintenance

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The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye will be closed for annual maintenance Jan. 30 – Feb. 8 and reopen on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.

 

Although most of our regular planned maintenance and engineering work takes place overnight after we have closed to the public each night, we will close for a 10-day period to perform larger maintenance projects. 

 

Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium will remain open during that time, as will the admissions desks for all three attractions. Visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com for more information.

Orlando celebrity and SeaWorld super star passes away

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Early this morning SeaWorld Orlando celebrity Tilikum “Tilly” passed away he was surrounded by Veterinary staff and caregivers from SeaWorld Orlando . This is a huge loss for the amazing team at SeaWorld Orlando  as they are truly dedicated to each and every one of their animals but Tilly  has a special place in their hearts.  Our very own Jessyca Carr  and her daughter Lily offered some of their very personal pictures for this blog. Lily is an aspiring marine biologist who is home-schooled and has spent many days learning about orcas and other animals at SeaWorld. 


 Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire staff as well as every guest that has ever encountered this amazing orca.


 This is the official statement from SeaWorld from this morning.

The SeaWorld family is deeply saddened to announce that one of its most well-known orcas, Tilikum, has passed away. Tilikum passed away early this morning, January 6, surrounded by the trainers, care staff and veterinarians that provided him around-the-clock world-class care.

Like all older animals, Tilikum had faced some very serious health issues. While the official cause of death will not be determined until the necropsy is completed, the SeaWorld veterinarians were treating a persistent and complicated bacterial lung infection. The suspected bacteria is part of a group of bacteria that is found in water and soil both in wild habitats and zoological settings. 

Tilikum’s veterinarians and caretakers delivered various treatment regimens over the course of this illness, which consisted of, among other things, combinations of anti-inflammatories, anti-bacterials, anti-nausea medications, hydration therapy and aerosolized antimicrobial therapy. 

While today is a difficult day for the SeaWorld family, it’s important to remember that Tilikum lived a long and enriching life while at SeaWorld and inspired millions of people to care about this amazing species.

Tilikum’s life will always be inextricably connected with the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Dawn Brancheau.  While we all experienced profound sadness about that loss, we continued to offer Tilikum the best care possible, each and every day, from the country’s leading experts in marine mammals.

“Tilikum had, and will continue to have, a special place in the hearts of the SeaWorld family, as well as the millions of people all over the world that he inspired,” said President & CEO of SeaWorld Joel Manby. “My heart goes out to our team who cared for him like family.”

Tilikum became a part of SeaWorld’s family 25 years ago. Estimated to be about 36 years old, Tilikum was near the high end of the average life expectancy for male killer whales according to an independent scientific review.

Tilikum was not born at or collected by SeaWorld. He came to us from Sealand of the Pacific in Canada. SeaWorld has not collected a whale from the wild in nearly 40 years, and this past March we announced the end of the orca breeding program effectively making the whales currently at SeaWorld the last generation of orcas under human care

It is kind of strange but yesterday was the last performance of orcas in SeaWorld San Diego

Broadway Stars Take Center Stage at the New Epcot International Festival of the Arts

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Walt Disney world Resort​ has announced the lineup of performers for its brand new series called EPCOT International Festival of the Arts


Disney has gathered some of the top names in Broadway and assembled them for this unique one-of-a-kind experience that guests will be able to experience on select days in January and February.

Ashley Brown Josh Strickland

Jan. 13-16 and 20-23: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland performing songs from: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid

Kerry Butler Kevin Massey

Jan. 27-30 and Feb. 3-6: Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey performing songs from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Newsies and Aladdin

Kissy Simmons Alton Fitzgerald White

Feb. 10-13 and 17-20: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White performing songs from Disney’s The Lion King, Aida, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid

Performances will be 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday through Monday of each festival weekend.

Disney on Broadway Stars Take Center Stage at the New Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Future World Plaza will also be filled with a variety of other visual and live performances including Epcot Living Statues, performances by Central Florida high schools and acclaimed university and college talent appearing through a partnership with Disney Performing Arts. Plus, Epcot’s American Music Machine will perform on the Future World Fountain Stage.

The festival runs Fridays through Mondays from Jan. 13 – Feb. 20.

Contact Mary Morales to book your travel needs she can also help you book fast passes and dinner packages for the festival.

Also follow along with supersize Orlando and Jenie Gallo with The Princess Papers to get all the inside stories on this awesome new event at Epcot.

Major Star Wars announcements released from Disney!

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On Wednesday night how are very own Jenie Gallo (The Princess Papers) was on hand at the Disney parks Blog Meetup as Michael Roddy announced some amazing new Star Wars offerings coming to Walt Disney World Resort.

Beginning this month, Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will have even more to celebrate as favorite Star Wars experiences are updated and new experiences begin in 2017:
Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away: AWR (Advanced Weapons Research) Troopers from the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will debut during a new scene in the existing Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away daytime show. AWR Troopers are encased in specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam.

Star Wars Launch Bay: This location will feature new props from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Making-of footage can be seen in the attraction’s behind-the-scenes film, “Meet the Makers.” Similar updates can also be found at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland® Park in California.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: Voyage changes are coming starting in mid-December, switching back to randomized beginnings (instead of starting each journey on the planet of Jakku) and final destinations.  

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular: This spectacular show will return nightly beginning Dec. 16, 2016 in celebration of the theatrical release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, joining “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” as a second nightly fireworks spectacular at the park through Dec. 31, 2016.


Star Wars Guided Tour: Beginning in 2017, this seven-hour guided tour will be led by a Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide. Your Clients will blast off on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, get an in-depth, insider’s tour around Launch Bay, and enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items at Backlot Express. Plus, Guests age 4-12 will have an opportunity to participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. And, the finale of this unforgettable day includes themed sweets and specialty beverages at Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which also includes reserved viewing for the show. Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for more information on this tour and booking information.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.

To book these specialty tours and packages contact our Fairy Godmother Mary Morales

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SECRET LIFE OF PETS,” BECOMES INTERACTIVE FLOAT IN SUPERSTAR PARADE AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT 

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Starting this December, guests will experience some of the most hilarious and memorable moments from Illumination Entertainment’s smash hit, “The Secret Life of Pets” as they come to life in Universal’s Superstar Parade. The all-new parade floats will give guests the chance to interact with their favorite characters from the film and get a glimpse into what happens when the pet owners are away.

The world of “The Secret Life of Pets” will be brought to life in two incredibly detailed floats. The first is themed after Central Park and will feature the film’s two main characters, Max and his unlikely friend Duke. The second float will showcase the apartments and skyline of The Big Apple from the film. It will house even more memorable characters including the head-banging Leonard, Buddy (and his unique massage mixer), fearless leader Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and more. And – for the first time ever – some of the characters will talk with guests.

The all-new floats will be surrounded by high-energy performers dressed as ordinary pet owners, who will dance, bounce – and even do parkour gymnastics – to a remake of the dance classic “Bust a Move” as the floats make their way down the streets of Universal Studios Florida.