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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Valentines Day at a Universal Resort and CityWalk

If you would like an alternative to spending Valentines Day at one of the two Universal theme parks the Universal Orlando Resort still has plenty of options for you and your loved one, from an exciting show at CityWalk to plenty of romantic options at the three resorts there on property. Or, you could always spend a day in the parks and then end your day with a bang with one of these options. If that is the plan, you can count on DWTickets.com to help with your Valentine’s Day expenses. We are your No. 1 online source for discounted tickets to all of the top attractions in Central Florida, so click here to peruse through these special discounted offers and get your Valentine’s Day planning underway!

As we mentioned earlier, the three first-class hotels at the Universal Orlando Resort are a great way to begin and end your Valentine’s Day this year. In addition to the plethora of amenities available, guests at these three resorts also get select privileges to both of the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure parks, including a UNIVERSAL EXPRESS ride access pass, special activities and recreation, and many other perks for your park-hopping adventures.

The Royal Pacific Hotel is the largest of the three resort hotels, with 1,000 rooms, and is also the most affordable option of the three. This resort is a tropical paradise, with tropical landscaping, elaborate waterfalls and the orchid court with flowers in bloom all year long that will instantly transport any guest to an island in the South Seas. With a sandy lagoon-style pool to lay by in the afternoon and many fine dining establishments to visit at night (including Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, his second restaurant on property, featuring cuisine with Asian and Polynesian influences), you won’t even have to step foot off of the property to fully enjoy Valentine’s Day this year.

The second resort at Universal, the Hard Rock Hotel, prides itself on being the “coolest hotel on earth.” A California mission-style facade will greet the guests upon arrival, and a palm-lined swimming pool immerses visitors in not only water, but sound as well with their underwater music feature. With rock-n-roll memorabilia located throughout and a monthly rock-n-roll party with live bands, you truly can feel like a rock star at this resort. With 650 rooms, it is the smallest of the three accommodations, but it is by no means lacking in the entertainment department. If you happen to be staying here on Valentine’s Day, the Palm Restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel is the most recommended sit-down restaurant, with a legendary menu of American fare, Italian cuisine, prime cuts of beef and jumbo lobster. For reservations for the Palm Restaurant, call 407-503-7256.

The third and final resort on property, the Portofino Bay Hotel, is at the head of the class for the Universal Orlando resorts and is by far the most romantic of all of the Universal Orlando hotels. It, like the other two resorts, has won numerous awards, including the AAA Four Diamond Award, Travel + Leisure Top-500 Hotels, and it is listed by Conde Nast as one of the "World’s Best Places to Stay." With its 750 guest rooms, an average room size of 463 square feet and three distinct pools (including a beach pool with children’s play area, an elegant villa pool with cabanas and a hillside pool), it outshines its competition. At the Portofino Bay Hotel, one can experience la dolce vita – the sweet life – as the picturesque hotel is located along a bay, creating the charm of a sunny seaside village of Portofino, Italy. It is even complete with intricate details such as cobblestone streets and outdoor cafes. Rooms offer stylish and spacious accommodations with Italian furnishings and VIP service all stay long, and dining here is heads and shoulders above the competition as well, with Mama Della’s Ristorante, Bice Ristorante and Trattoria del Porto all offering the finest in Italian cuisine.

If you happen to venture out of your hotel on Valentine’s Day, CityWalk offers a plethora of choices for a special Valentine’s Day. You can experience all of the clubs and bars at this entertainment hub, go see a movie at the AMC Universal Cineplex – or do both! For just $11.99, you can purchase a CityWalk Party Pass, which gives you unlimited one-night access to many of the clubs, bars and restaurants located around CityWalk (of note: this is included with your multi-theme park admission). Or, for $15.40, enjoy the CityWalk Party Pass and a Movie, which allows you the same access as above, with an additional pass to see a movie at the AMC Universal Cineplex, a 20-screen movie theater complex located in the heart of CityWalk. Among the clubs you will encounter at CityWalk are the Red Coconut Club, the newest venture that sits atop CityWalk, the groove – a dance club with a different theme each night – or Pat O’Brien’s, a re-creation of New Orleans’ favorite watering hole.

CityWalk also has another option that is still relatively new to the Orlando entertainment scene. Blue Man Group now occupies the Sharp AQUOS Theater at CityWalk, located between Hard Rock CafĂ© and the main entrance to Universal Studios, providing a small and intimate atmosphere for every single seat in house. Blue Man Group combines a unique blend of music, comedy and theatrics in a one-hour, 45-minute live stage show that amazes and engages its audience with new and unique creativity never seen before. Tickets for this show range from $59-$69 per person, with children’s tickets ranging from $49-$59. However, at DW Tickets, you can purchase discounted Blue Man Group tickets – simply call 1-877-219-9328 to place your order!

From all of us here at DWTickets.com, we would like to wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Valentines Day at Sea World Orlando

Located in between the Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World Resorts is another theme park that is unlike any other in Central Florida Sea World Orlando. This theme park resort offers guests a different experience than either of its competitors, as it gives them a look at sea creatures and land-based animals living in their natural habitats, and combines that with rides, shows and other attractions suitable for the entire family. So, if you are looking to spend your Valentine’s Day with hundreds of loveable animals, Sea World just may be the place for you!

If Sea World Orlando is among your top destination options for Valentine’s Day with your loved one, then DWTickets.com may help you push it to the top of your list. DWTickets.com has exclusive discounted offers on tickets to Sea World that you can’t get anywhere else! These deals are unbelievable and unbeatable, so be sure to purchase them now by clicking here!

No Valentine’s Day would be complete without a good meal, and Sea World Orlando has tons of options to choose from. The Sharks Underwater Grill will not only give your taste buds something to remember, but it will also entice your sights at this one-of-a-kind restaurant. SeaWorld’s chefs serve up world-class entrees, from blackened sea scallops, filet mignon, pan-seared snapper and more, and while the food here is unforgettable, what you are sure to remember is the more than 50 sharks that are swimming just inches away from you at this unique underwater dining establishment.

SeaWorld may have the only restaurant where you can dine with sharks underwater, but they also have another dining option that is unique to only SeaWorld Orlando. At SeaWorld Orlando’s Backstage at Believe… Dine with Shamu, you can enjoy a delicious buffet meal backstage at the new Shamu show, Believe. Meet killer whale trainers and see Shamu from a completely different vantage point as a VIP guest for the price of $37 for adults 10 and up and $19 for children ages 3-9.

Or, if you are looking for a dinner and show all in one, we would like to suggest the Makahiki Luau. As the sun sets over the harbor, the Seafire Inn (located at The Waterfont district in Sea World) celebrates this authentic Polynesian festival that is filled with the exotic sights, sounds and tastes of the Pacific Isles. Pacific Island dancers fill the evening with live music, colorful wardrobes, traditional dance and delicious island cuisine that can only be found at Sea World Orlando. While this show requires an additional ticket, you can also find these tickets at a discounted rate courtesy of DWTickets.com. Click here to make your reservations today!

Of course, Sea World Orlando is not only a place to enjoy a feast – they also have some of the best shows and attractions in all of Central Florida. You and your significant other can enjoy a ride on one of the best roller coasters in America, Kraken, see Shamu the killer whale in Believe, or tickle your funny bone at Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island. Whatever you choose to do on Valentine’s Day this year, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Sea World Orlando!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Orlandos Top Ten To Start 2008

2008 is already proving to be a great year to finally take that Orlando vacation. Your friends at DWTickets.com – the best source for cheap theme park tickets in town - have put together the top ten reasons to plan your trip in the next couple of months.

  1. DWTickets.com! We are the number one reason to get on down to Orlando because we offer the best discounts on all the theme park tickets you need to make your Orlando vacation spectacular.

  2. Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Because you know you want to be one of the first people to celebrate “all things Hollywood” in Orlando now that this park has a new name.

  3. Mardi Gras at the Universal Orlando Resort. “America’s biggest street party this side of New Orleans” takes place every Saturday night from February 2 – April 19.

  4. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Celebrating its 15th year, the theme is “Fun in the Sun,” and the event will run from March 19 – June 1.

  5. Bud & BBQ at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa. This exciting concert series takes place on Fridays at SeaWorld and Saturdays at Busch Gardens from February 16 – March 9.

  6. The Pirate and Princess Party at the Magic Kingdom. This special ticket, after-hours party runs on select dates only from 7 p.m. til midnight and features the “Enchanted Adventures Parade” and the “Magic, Music, and Mayhem” fireworks show.

  7. Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride…Starring You! at Universal Studios Orlando. Be one of the first guests to help film “Motha Nature” at the newly opened Disaster Studios.

  8. Spaceship Earth relaunch. The most recognizable icon at Epcot is reopening its doors this February after a nine-month renovation project. The changes and updates include narration by Dame Judi Dench, brand new scenes and a refurbished time travel machine to transport guests through the giant sphere.

  9. Spring Training at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. The Atlanta Braves return on February 14 to start their 11th year of practicing and playing spring games at Disney’s 220-acre sports complex.

  10. The extension of the “Year of a Million Dreams” at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    And that’s just the beginning! There are many, many more reasons to visit Orlando this year. But remember, the best reason of all is the cheap tickets right here at DWTickets.com!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Spaceship Earth Renovations

The Walt Disney World Resort is constantly striving to maintain and improve all of their attractions to keep guests happy and coming back for regular visits to Central Florida. Whether it is coming up with different annual themes and celebrations (they are currently in the midst of the Year of a Million Dreams celebration) or just looking for ways to improve upon what they have already perfected, Disney is always thinking one step ahead. Case in point: last year, after the multitude of success of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, Disney shut down the immensely popular ride of the same name at the Magic Kingdom Park to incorporate aspects of the movies into the attraction, including appearances from Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Now, the ride is more popular than ever, drawing in fans who have always loved the ride and even more who are drawn in to the trilogy of movies.

Disney is currently hoping that a fourth renovation of the Spaceship Earth attraction at Epcot will reap many of those same benefits as the Pirates attraction did while re-establishing itself as the true centerpiece and foundation for what Epcot (the experimental prototype community of tomorrow) stands for. Before Spaceship Earth closed on July 9, 2007, this 16 million-pound, 180-foot-tall golf ball look alike that opened right along with Epcot back in October of 1982 housed a 14-minute ride that let guests travel back through time to see how humans learned to communicate and how it has evolved over the years. Now, a new sponsorship of the attraction (Siemens) is going hand-in-hand with the current renovations, which also include the removal of the magic wand and the word “Epcot” which has been fixated to the giant sphere since the new millennium celebration began in late 1999.

In addition to the cosmetic changes being made (landscaping is also being done around the attraction to return it to its early luster), the inside and meat of the attraction is being drastically altered as well. Spaceship Earth will now feature three new scenes involving the evolution of computers, as well as new costumes, lighting and props. A brand new musical score by Bruce Broughton has also been composed, while Academy Award-winning actress Judi Dench is the new narrator of the attraction. And finally, the biggest and most impactful change resides at the end of the attraction – guests will now be able to choose their version of the future via an interactive screen in their time machine vehicle.

While Spaceship Earth does not have its official re-opening until February 19, 2008, guests are currently being treated to a soft opening at the park. If you want to be one of the first to see this major renovation, all you need are tickets to access the theme parks. For the best deals on discounted tickets to Disney, along with Universal Orlando and Sea World Orlando, DWTickets.com is your one-stop shop. To get started on your vacation planning and to purchase your discounted theme park tickets, click here now!

Friday, January 18, 2008

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Its an annual rite of passage at the Walt Disney World Resort – just as the holiday celebrations at the parks come and go with each passing year, so do Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Beginning January 5, 2008, tickets will go on sale for all of the Braves’ spring training games, which are held at Champion Stadium at the Wide World of Sports starting February 27, 2008 with a game against the University of Georgia Bulldogs. In all, the Braves will host 16 home games at Disney, eight of which take place on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Whether you will be traveling to Central Florida just to watch one of these games or will already be down here on vacation while the Braves are in town, you should take advantage of the Wide World of Sports Complex’s supreme location to enjoy some of Disney’s parks and other attractions while you are visiting. The complex is just minutes from all four Disney theme parks, and here at DWTickets.com, we can help you see everything at the Walt Disney World Resort for less. DWTickets.com is your No. 1 online source for discounted tickets to all of the top attractions in Central Florida, including the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and Sea World Orlando. Tickets for the Braves games are affordable and range from $14.50 to $23.50, and we can make a trip to the parks affordable too with our unbelievable deals! Click here to check them out now!

The Atlanta Braves are entering their 11th season of spring training at the Walt Disney World Resort, and this year’s schedule features some of the best opponents in Major League Baseball, including the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals, whom the Braves play twice each. Champion Stadium, which seats 7,500 for every contest, has four areas of seating, as mentioned above. The general admission seats, which are $14.50, run down the third base line just past the opposing team’s dugout and is an open lawn where you can bring your own towels or blankets to view all of the action. The bleacher reserved seats are located at the same location as the general admission seats on the opposite side of the field (first base line), but are assigned bleacher seating. These seats, along with the upper level reserved seats, are $20.50 per ticket, while the lower level reserved seats are $23.50.

The Atlanta Braves spring training schedule is as follows:

Wed. Feb. 27 University of Georgia 1:05 pm
Fri. Feb. 29 LA Dodgers 1:05 pm
Sun Mar. 2 Houston Astros 1:05 pm
Tues. Mar. 4 Philadelphia Phillies 1:05 pm
Fri. Mar. 7 Detroit Tigers 1:05 pm
Sat. Mar. 8 Houston Astros 1:05 pm
Sun. Mar. 9 St. Louis Cardinals 1:05 pm
Mon. Mar. 10 St. Louis Cardinals 1:05 pm
Tues. Mar. 11 Washington Nationals 7:05 pm
Wed. Mar. 12 Cleveland Indians 7:05 pm
Sat. Mar. 15 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1:05 pm
Thurs. Mar. 20 Detroit Tigers 7:05 pm
Fri. Mar. 21 Cleveland Indians 1:05 pm
Sun. Mar. 23 Houston Astros 1:05 pm
Wed. Mar. 26 Washington Nationals 1:05 pm
Thurs. Mar. 27 New York Mets 1:05 pm

Monday, January 14, 2008

Disney Follows Our Lead



Disney Parks recently announced that they have launched the “first-ever Walt Disney World Moms Panel” to help Orlando-bound folks like you plan your Walt Disney World vacation. Here at DWTickets.com, we have been doing just that for years!

And we don’t just do Disney.

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Disney’s new panel consists of 11 moms and one dad featured in an online forum where they answer questions from and give guidance to curious future vacationers. There’s nothing wrong with good trip advice – the best vacations come from using it wisely. The downside with Disney’s group is that they only speak Disney. At DWTickets.com, we speak whatever language your Orlando vacation requires.

Our vacation specialists are always ready, willing and able to answer your questions and provide your with the best prices on whatever tickets you need for your trip to Orlando. We also keep you up-to-date on all of the latest theme park news with our DWTickets.com blog. The best part, though, is that when you get your tickets with us, you can get the discount tickets you need for all of the Orlando theme parks – not just Walt Disney World - and you can get them all in one place and at the best prices in town!

We can keep you vacationing after you leave the parks too, with amazingly cheap tickets for all of Orlando’s dinner shows like Arabian Nights, Medieval Times, the Pirates Dinner Theater and Tony N Tina’s Wedding. If space is your thing, DWTickets.com will hook you up with discount tickets to Kennedy Space Center. If it’s fast-moving fun you want, we’ll get you into the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Whatever you want to experience during your Orlando vacation, let DWTickets.com be your guide!

Friday, January 11, 2008

2008 at Walt Disney World



Its a brand new year, and there is a lot going on at the Walt Disney World Resort. The entire property seems to be bustling with change, and the folks at DWTickets.com want to make sure you are in on every update and new opening around The World. Always check our blog to find out the latest news, and always let us be your one-stop ticket shop for all of your Orlando vacation needs. We are the best discount ticket store you will find anywhere, and we offer cheap theme park tickets for Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal and all of the best Orlando area attractions.

In 2008, the Walt Disney World Resort will do some growing with the Jostens Center at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. This latest expansion – scheduled to open this summer - will add 220 acres to the Sports Complex, which is touted as the “leading multi-sports venue for amateur and professional sports in the nation.” The brand new facility adds 45,000 square feet of competition space and will enable Disney to double the number of indoor sporting events they can host.



Landry’s Restaurants recently opened the Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Downtown Disney will see their newest addition later on this year with the opening of “T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure, A Place to Eat, Shop, Explore and Discover.” This new dining, shopping and learning extravaganza is scheduled to open this fall.

At Epcot, the Tutto Italia Ristorante (Everything Italy) opened their temporary location a couple months ago in the Italy Pavilion. In the coming year, this dining establishment – which replaces L'Originale Alfred di Roma Ristorante will go through an expansion and plans a grand opening in the fall.

China’s Nine Dragons restaurant will be closing in the near future and reopening this fall with a new and innovative dining experience. The new sit-down dining room will include five cooking stations where guests can interact and communicate with the chefs from China.

All over the Walt Disney World Resort, updates and innovations are under way – both in the theme parks and at the other attractions across the property. To enjoy the latest and greatest entertainment opportunities at the Walt Disney World theme parks, you can always find your cheap Disney tickets right here at DWTickets.com! Once you get your tickets, let the DWTickets.com blog guide you to an amazing vacation.

Friday, January 04, 2008

2008 The Year of a Million Dreams Continues

When the folks at Walt Disney World asked guests what they wanted for an encore to the first Year of a Million Dreams that started at the end of 2006, the overwhelming response was make more magical dreams come true! And so the Disney Dreams Giveaway will continue into 2008, and the rewards will be more magical than ever.

At DWTickets.com, we want to make your vacation dreams come true too. So for 2008, we are still your number one source for cheap Walt Disney World tickets. We can hook you up with tickets for the other Orlando theme parks too. We are truly the best one-stop shop for all of your Orlando vacation needs.

The dream makers at Walt Disney World have gone over the top in their 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway, and guests will be treated to even more spectacular dreams this coming year.

Included in this year’s Disney Dreams Giveaways will be a private day basking in the luxury of Disney’s own tropical Bahamian paradise, Castaway Cay. This private tropical island belongs to the Disney Cruise Line, and they invite the winner and up to four guests to “lounge in the lap of luxury” in perfect solitude with Disney service at their fingertips and overnight accommodations provided on their own private yacht!

Other lucky winners will get the chance to spend the night in Walt Disney’s own “Dream Suite” at the Disneyland Park in California. Winners of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be randomly selected on most nights throughout the year.

On Main Street U.S.A. in Orlando one lucky winner and up to three of their guests will be honored at the “largest character breakfast in Magic Kingdom history.” No less than 25 characters, including both Mickey and Minnie, will join these fortunate VIPs for a meal to remember in the shadow of Cinderella’s Castle.

Two other lucky winners and their guests will be special visitors in an entirely different setting when Disney’s introduces the brand new film “High School Musical 3.” The newest installment of this huge Disney Channel record-setter will premier in Hollywood with a star-studded event and someone’s dreams will come true when they win this amazing giveaway.

Whatever your wish, if it involves a Walt Disney World vacation, then DWTickets.com is the one and only place to get all of the tickets you need and get in on the latest Disney dreams come true.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

2007 The Year of a Million Dreams



Walt Disney World has long been a magical place where dreams come true, and a new guest reward program implemented throughout the Walt Disney World Resort in 2007 already made that statement a reality for hundreds of thousands of people. The “Year of a Million Dreams” began in late 2006, and it’s still going strong with plans to continue through 2008. We have our own guest bonuses at DWTickets.com, and that includes cheap theme park tickets!

DWTickets.com helps makes your dreams come true with the best discounts on the tickets you need for your Orlando vacation. You can get all of your Walt Disney World tickets right here and get in on the “Disney Dreams Giveaway” like these lucky vacationers did last year:

One Florida family stepped off of Spaceship Earth at Epcot and was magically selected by a Disney Dream Squad member to receive a fabulous return trip to the Walt Disney World Resort valued at $5,200.

A 10-year-old boy from Colorado was transformed into an honorary “junior bellhop” at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He was presented with his very own Tower of Terror bellhop jacket and hat while still at the front gate, and then his family was escorted through the park to be the first guests of the day to take the terrifyingly thrilling plunge.

Just over a year ago, one lucky family from Michigan became the first guests to stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at the Magic Kingdom Park. The family dined in Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant before heading upstairs to spend an enchanted evening in a glorious suite of rooms fit for a princess at Cinderella’s Castle. These dream winners were selected randomly by the Disney Dreams Giveaway computer, and were riding the Star Tours attraction at the Studios when their seat number came up!

On Epcot’s Mission: SPACE, a rider from Maine was in the right spot at the right time, and he won an Adventures by Disney “Viva Italia” vacation package worth more than $25,000. His reward includes a nine-day, eight-night vacation of dreams through Rome and Venice, Italy.

The Disney Dreams Giveaway is continuing in 2008, and you don’t have to miss out. Get your Walt Disney World tickets today at DWTickets.com, and get in on the fun in the New Year!
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