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Friday, May 29, 2015

Surge Pricing at Disney World? Take The Survey Now!

As Ben Franklin so famously said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes... and an annual increase on ticket prices at Disney World."  For the loyal Disney fan, who returns year-after-year to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and all the great attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort, they have come to expect that each year they'll be paying something more than they needed to pay the year before.  Although the increase is generally in the 5% to 10% range, the increase is consistent.  And, what has also remained consistent, is that they know they'll be paying the same daily rate, whether they're going on a Tuesday or Saturday, during the slow season or peak season.

Well, that may be changing!

In recent emails sent out to select fans, Disney has presented a survey asking if people would be willing to pay more for their admission tickets on peak days.  In the proposed hypothetical tiered pricing plan, a single 1-day admission ticket for the Magic Kingdom, currently sitting at $105, would remain the base, otherwise known as Bronze level.  Based on the expected volume in the parks, the price of the ticket could rise to Silver at $115, or even Gold at $125.

Here is the schedule demonstrating the breakdown of Bronze, Silver, and Gold days:

Disney Surge Pricing Calendar

And using the above calendar, here is the pricing chart:

Disney World Surge Pricing

Disney is collecting their own survey results, and we are all left to speculate on what they're receiving.  Here is your chance to voice your own opinion, and to compare it to what others are feeling about this tiered pricing program.



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Free 1-Day Upgrades On Disney World Tickets

DW Tickets, our ticket partner, has released their summer season promotions on Disney World tickets.  Although their full catalog of tickets is discounted from regular gate prices, these particular tickets offer free 1-day upgrades.  Here is the graphic showcasing the promotions:

Free Upgrades on Disney Tickets

The promotion is pretty simple.  Purchase one of the included tickets, and Tickey (DW Tickets' mascot) will automatically upgrade the ticket with an extra day.  All of the specials can be found here.  What makes DW Tickets great, besides the pricing, is their full selection of ticket options.  These Disney tickets can be bought as e-tickets, or, if you prefer to have hard tickets in hand, you can choose to have them shipped to your home, delivered to your hotel, or you can pick them up at their Orlando Welcome Center.

Free upgrades on Disney World tickets.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ordering Food At Disney World and SeaWorld With Apps

Ordering food at Orlando's theme parks can often times be a frustrating event.  Although most parks have used technology (think Disney's Fast Pass) to ease the long lines of the most popular rides and attractions, the food lines are still suffering.  Fortunately, that problem may soon be a problem of the past.  Disney World and SeaWorld have begun testing pre-ordering and paying with the use of apps.  At the moment, that testing is only limited to a few select restaurants, such as Disney World's Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom, and SeaWorld's Seaport Pizza.  However, the results have been promising, and both parks will be extending the tests into additional venues.

SeaWorld apps for Food

Let's hope this takes off, since that will give us all more time to explore everything else in the parks!

For more information, click here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Halloween Horror Nights 2015: Chaos Reigns As Jack The Clowns Returns

The first teasers and trailers have started rolling in for Halloween Horror Nights 25, and, as always, they have us on the edge of our seat (and halfway out the door).  There will be more haunted houses than ever before, they are running on more nights than ever before, and they are bringing back one of their scariest characters of all time.  Jack The Clown!  Just one look at his adorable face below should tell you all you need to know about him.

Halloween Horror Night's Jack the Clown

HHN25 will be featuring 9 haunted houses, 5 scare zones, and 2 shows, making it Universal Orlando's biggest event yet.  It will also be running on 30 nights, making it the longest HHN season yet.

 

We will be sure to bring you more information as we hear it, and to find you the best deals on admission tickets.  In the meantime, try to enjoy your Summers, and keep the image of Jack the Clown far from your dreams.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Star Wars Weekend Returns Today To Disney's Hollywood Studios

 Star Wars Weekend 2015

After 11 long months, in what now seems to have been in a galaxy far, far away, we finally have the return of Star Wars Weekends.  From now until June 14th, Fridays through Sundays, Star Wars fever will once again set upon Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Prepare to see the park filled with both Disney characters, and Star Wars characters.  In fact, prepare to see fans dressed up as Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Hans Solo, walking down the streets in the park, as well as walking down International Drive in Orlando.  Access to the Star Wars attractions and events only requires a regular park ticket.

Star Wars Weekend at Disney

There will be a Celebrity Motorcade, and a "Symphony in the Stars" fireworks spectacular and stage show.  There are several new attractions and happenings this year.  Stop by the new Rebel Hangar for some specialty cocktails and food.  And, actor Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) will be attending for his first time ever.  There is a very exciting list of interstellar celebrity appearances to accompany him.  If you're looking for autographs, then head over and grab a Fastpass ticket to ensure your place in line.  Below is the list of all scheduled celebrity appearances.

Weekend 1: May 15 to 17, 2015
  • Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back; and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
  • Ashley Eckstein (Voice of Ahsoka Tano – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  • Tiya Sircar (Voice of Sabine Wren – Star Wars Rebels)
  • Amy Allen (Aayla Secura – Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith)
Weekend 2: May 22 to 24, 2015
  • Warwick Davis (Wald – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace; and Wicket the Ewok – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
  • Ashley Eckstein (Voice of Ahsoka Tano – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  • Vanessa Marshall (Voice of Hera Syndulla – Star Wars Rebels)
  • Silas Carson (Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith)
Weekend 3: May 29 to 31, 2015
  • Warwick Davis (Wald – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace; and Wicket the Ewok – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
  • Ashley Eckstein (Voice of Ahsoka Tano – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  • Steve Blum (Voice of Zeb Orrelios – Star Wars Rebels)
  • Daniel Logan (Boba Fett – Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones; Voice of Boba Fett – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Weekend 4: June 5 to 7, 2015
  • Ray Park (Darth Maul – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett – Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
  • Ashley Eckstein (Voice of Ashoka Tano – Star Wars Rebels)
Weekend 5: June 12 to 14, 2015
  • Frank Oz (Voice of Yoda - Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back; and Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)
  • Ray Park (Darth Maul – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca – Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope; Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back; and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
  • Taylor Gray (Voice of Ezra – Star Wars Rebels)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Legoland Hotel Will Open This Friday, May 15th

For all the Lego enthusiasts out there, now you can have it all.  First came Legoland Florida theme park, then the Water Park, and now we have the Hotel.  This 5-story, 152-room hotel, which is made up of over two million Lego bricks, is the perfect way to round out the Legoland Florida Resort.  As well as your Lego experience!  The hotel is located at 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven FL, which is just outside the front gate of the theme park.

Legoland Hotel Florida

Whether you're bringing your kids for a super Lego adventure, or even if you're a big kid yourself, the Legoland Hotel has something for everyone.  The outside of the hotel is designed as if built by a bunch of kids.  There are themed rooms, and not just common rooms, but the actual hotel rooms are themed and ready to be explored.  In fact, there are welcome treasure hunts for the kids when they arrive, with special gifts hidden in their bunk areas.  As of now, there are 4 themes to choose from; Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure, or Lego friends.

Pirate themed Legoland Hotel Room

To check out the Legoland Hotel's website, click here.
To purchase discount tickets for Legoland theme park and Water park, click here.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Orlando Eye: Discover The Magic From Above

The Orlando Eye is a 400-foot tall Ferris wheel of sorts, or, as their website describes it, a "400-foot tall observation wheel".  It is located right on International Drive (click here for Google maps location), and, for the first time in a long time, it presents a new angle to see Orlando.  One that, until now, very few people have been fortunate to see.

The Orlando Eye

From high above the ground, encapsulated in comfortable viewing rooms, riders are able to look out over and past Orlando in all directions.  It's really an incredible way to soar above all the action below, to see all the theme parks, lakes, and water parks, to view the Orlando city skyline, to point in the direction of a hotel you might be staying in, and, on a clear day, to see all the way to Cape Canaveral and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Orlando Eye has posted it's opening times through December 31st, and the attraction will open every day at 10 AM.  It will close each night at 10 PM, with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays, when it will be open till midnight.  Tickets are fairly affordable at $25, however, if you prepurchase your tickets and schedule a time slot, the price is discounted to only $18.  And, if you would like a glass of champagne for your adventure, the price is $32.  They also offer several combo ticket options, where you receive discounts if you pair your Orlando Eye ticket with other attractions (SEA LIFE, Madam Tussaud's, and Legoland).

To check out The Orlando Eye website, click here.

Orlando Eye Attraction


Over the weekend, there was a small issue with the wheel, and the attraction was shut down for approximately an hour.  Although there were some frustrated guests, the crews worked hard and quickly to get it back up and running.  More info here


Saturday, May 09, 2015

Disney World's Coolest Summer Ever Kicks Off With A 24-Hour Party

Disney's Coolest Summer Ever

The "Coolest Summer Ever" is Disney World's promotional theme for the 2015 summer season.  And since the official start of Summer is coming up in a couple of weeks, Disney is throwing a 24 hour party to kick off the summer season.  The party will take place at both the Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland in California.  From Friday, May 22nd at 6 AM till Saturday, May 23rd at 6 AM, prepare to party long and hard. 

There will be plenty of activities, parades, and festivities to keep the entertainment rolling along.  Disney Channel and Disney XD will be serving as Grand Marshals, and there will be plenty of Disney characters on hand, as well as several stars from shows on the Disney Channel, including “Austin & Ally” (Ross Lynch, Laura Marano and Calum Worthy); “Jessie” (Karan Brar and Skai Jackson, Peyton List); “Liv and Maddie” (Dove Cameron). Disney XD’s “Mighty Med” will by represented by Bradley Perry and Jake Short.

Additionally, representing the Disney Channel's summer movie "Teen Beach 2", actors Garret Clayton, Lynch, Maia Mitchell and Grace Phipps will be parading down Main Street.

For additional information from Disney's site, please click here.

Friday, May 08, 2015

It's Official, Kong is Returning to Universal Studios!

It might have been the worst kept secret in Orlando for the past few years, but nothing is official until it's official.  And it's official, Kong is returning.

King Kong Returns to Universal Orlando

What started with a teaser image earlier in the week was revealed through an announced by Universal Creative's executive producer Mike West...

Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal Studios

Skull Island, Reign of Kong, will be opening next Summer, which means it will open before the upcoming Universal Pictures movie "Skull: Kong Island", which is opening in 2017.  Mike West said, "You’re going to be at Kong’s world on this one... We will have incredible 3D imagery but it’ll be so much more than that. We’re going to have vast sets, great characters, a complete immersive environment for the guests."

Enter Skull Island at Unviersal Studios Florida

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Nintendo is coming to Universal Orlando

It's finally happening... Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Princess, Yoshi, and the whole Nintendo gang are coming to Orlando!

The details are just starting to trickle in, but, this much is for sure, the famous characters and worlds that Nintendo has created, and have inspired millions, will be coming to Universal Orlando.  There will be attractions and theme parks to entertain all of Nintendo's fans and video game enthusiasts.



Here is the post on the official blog of the Universal Orlando Resort. 
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