Monday, August 06, 2018

Universal Orlando patents "Fantastic Worlds"... what could it mean?

Universal Orlando

Universal is a top destination in Orlando, Florida.  But, it's not the top destination.  Disney World, with its four major theme parks, and multitude of smaller attractions, is not only Orlando's top theme park destination, but the World's.  So, how can Universal start closing the gap?  Well, just as Ray Kinsella heard this in the great film classic "Field of Dreams"... "if you build it, they will come".

We recently heard about Universal Orlando's great plan to build "Nintendo Land", which will bring all the fun and much loved characters of the Nintendo Universe to life, and transporting fans into their favorite lands from their favorite video games.  However, Universal has been busier than that, and it appears they are looking to add several other parks, or "gates".  Universal currently has three awesome gates;  Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay Water Park.  That puts them in a position to be a terrific destination for a 2-3 day period.  If they could add a couple of more successful gates, then they would become a week-long destination, and in rare company alongside the Walt Disney World Resort.

They've been acquiring hundreds of acres of land recently, and their latest patent filing has fans inquiring about "Fantastic Land".  What's super intriguing about this patent filing, is the category in which it was filed; "entertainment services in the nature of amusement park or theme park services".   While the details have yet to come out, we do know that they are preparing for a rush.  The new Aventura Hotel is opening on August 16th, which will now bring their total number of guest rooms to over 6,000.  For those keeping score, that's more than 2.5 times the amount they were able to offer just 5 years ago.

Good luck Universal.. We're rooting for you!!!

Nintendo at Universal Orlando

Monday, July 30, 2018

All Four Disney World Parks in One Day... It's Possible!

Disney World in a Day

Visiting Disney World's magical four theme parks is an adventure like no other.  The parks can seem all the same, and all so different, at the same time.  Having four glorious days, being able to devout an entire day to each magnificent park, can often seems like not enough for many people.  Many vacationers need at least two days at the Magic Kingdom, or maybe even three.  However, some DW fans don't have such luxuries when it comes to time, and they must take as much in as they can in three days.  Or two days.  Or, even one.

Disney World in a day.  Is it possible?  Should it be possible?  Some say no, but others say yes.

A few brave souls have attacked this adventure, and have produced some very impressive results.  Thankfully, they've shared their learned knowledge with us.  For example, the first thing one would want to do is to see which of the four theme parks opens early on their fateful day, and which park will stay open late.  It's best to either begin at or to end at the Magic Kingdom.  And, if entirely possible, one must drive in their own vehicle from park-to-park.

There's many more tips to help in accomplishing this monumental task.  Read the full cheat sheet here!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Disney After Hours - One of the Magic Kingdom's best kept secrets!

Disney After Hours

There are so many things to love at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  However, the long lines and big crowds generally aren't two of them.  For vacationers looking to avoid these two obstacles, there is one solution, but only if they can make it on select days, and don't mind attending the park at night.

Disney After Hours takes place on select nights at the Magic Kingdom, and allows visitor access for a 3 hour period.  During this period, guests will have access to over 25 rides and attractions with little to no wait time.  We've been following up with guests, who have been positing pictures of the wait times they've been experiencing.  None of them have been over 10 minutes!

The price for an admission ticket is $119, for both Adults and Children, and must be purchased directly from Disney (link).

Event Hours • June 28, 30; July 7, 9, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 2018: 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM
• August 30; September 20, 2018 tickets: 9:00 PM to midnight
Event Check-In • Official check-in for the event will take place at the Main Entrance to Magic Kingdom park beginning at 7:00 PM.
• Event begins at park closing time and continues for 3 hours.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Extra Day Free at Disney World and Universal Orlando

In the middle of the HOT Summer, it's always nice to get a chance to spend just 1 more day in the theme park, especially when that park is one at the Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando.  If you're going to Orlando this Summer, and plan on spending multiple days experiencing the best attractions and wild rides, then check out these offers that give vacationers a free extra day in the parks. (check them out here)

Hot Summer Disney Deals

Monday, June 25, 2018

What do Mickey Mouse and Mona Lisa Have In Common?

Mickey Mouse and Mona Lisa

Well, they both sit atop categories in the Global Attractions Attendance Report, otherwise known as Theme Index Museum Index 2017.  Mickey Mouse's Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World was the most visited theme park last year with attendance of 20,450,000.  Mona Lisa, not to be totally out done, pulled in 8,100,000 at her lovely establishment in Paris, Louvre.  Let's take a look at the top ten in each category.  And, while we're at it, we might as well look at water parks as well.

Top 10 Theme Parks Worldwide
Top 10 Theme Parks Worldwide
Top 10 Water Parks Woldwide
Top 10 Water Parks Woldwide

Top 10 museums Worldwide
Top 10 museums Worldwide
Disney certainly continues to reign supreme.  However, when we're not in Orlando, we're looking forward to visiting some of these great other attractions.

A full copy of this report can be found here.


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