Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon waterpark is about to get a bit more adventurous when the new water attraction, Miss Adventure Falls, opens on March 12. [Read more…]
Breakfast is about to get a little more magical at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk. Starting April 2, guests will be able to meet royal Disney couples Ariel and Prince Eric and Rapunzel with Flynn Rider while enjoying their meals at the “Bon Voyage Breakfast” character dining experience. [Read more…]
Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will become even more droid-friendly this spring as everyone’s favorite droid, BB-8, will begin character meet-and-greets starting April 14, 2017. [Read more…]
Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and if you haven’t already made plans, you might be feeling the pressure about making this holiday a memorable one. Luckily, there are many romantic things to do at the Walt Disney World Resort that can help you celebrate the day of love. [Read more…]
During the Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at the D23 Expo, it was announced that the Soarin’ ride will be getting new scenes and will be renamed Soarin’ Around the World. Let’s take a look at that and some of the other announcements. [Read more…]
Walt Disney World Resort is once again celebrating “Frozen” this summer and also once again bringing back the fan-favorite 24-hour day at the Magic Kingdom. [Read more…]
By Tom Stefanchik
Over the course of the past 10 years, my wife and I have taken our son TJ, who has autism, on dozens of trips to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. During the course of these visits we’ve come to realize that there are certain attributes which can make an attraction extremely appealing to a child with autism. [Read more…]
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, said he was going to Disney World last night in a commercial shot right after the big game, and he made good on that statement today. [Read more…]
After leading his team to a come-from-behind 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots at Super Bowl XLVI, what did New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning do next? He went to Disney World of course. [Read more…]
Join hosts Heather Leonardi and Jeanette Cause for this week’s Orlando-area theme park and attraction news.
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We don’t know if he officially said the line, but President Obama is “going to Disney World”. He’ll be on Main Street U.S.A. this Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, to be exact. But unfortunately park guests won’t be able to see him without a ticket from the White House. (Except for his animatronic version in the Hall of Presidents attraction, pictured above.) [Read more…]
Starting at 6 a.m. on Leap Day, Feb. 29, both the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland park in California will stay open for 24 hours to celebrate “One More Disney Day”. Disney will also be giving away a vacation package each day until then. [Read more…]
Column by Derek Burgan
It’s a good news, bad news situation for Florida residents as Walt Disney World announced it has brought back a very popular four day ticket option from last year, but it has raised the price almost 20 percent. [Read more…]
“You’ve been rescued from being stuck in a mine. What are you gonna do next?” A Disney World visit probably wasn’t on the minds of the Chilean miners as they were pulled up from 2,300 feet inside the Earth, but they are certainly deserving of a vacation. And Disney is going to make it happen.
During their complimentary six-night Disney vacation, Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2011, the miners, their rescuers and immediate families will meet Disney characters, visit all four theme parks and serve as honorary Grand Marshals of the parade in the Magic Kingdom.
“The amazing story of these miners captured the attention of the world for demonstrating the true power and resilience of the human spirit,” said Disney President and CEO Bob Iger. “We are proud to welcome these courageous men and their families to the Walt Disney World Resort.”
Trapped for 69 days in a collapsed Chilean mine, the men were pulled from the darkness in a miracle rescue. In one of the year’s most touching stories, their unbending faith and endurance sustained them throughout the ordeal.
The group will arrive to a welcome dinner with characters, dancing and Chilean cuisine prepared by Disney chefs. During their vacation, they also will be treated to a $500 gift card per family, a group photo in front of Cinderella Castle and personal photo albums of their visit.
Column by Audrey Brown
Not that I want to hone in on Andy Rooney’s territory, but there was once a time when getting to an Orlando tourist attraction was half the fun. At risk of having to start a sentence with the phrase, “You know, in my day…” I do want to say that in the early ’80s, part of the joy of vacation was the adventure of transportation and encountering the unexpected. [Read more…]
Singing champ Lee DeWyze celebrated his victory as the newest American Idol on Monday in a motorcade through Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Excited fans lined the streets, cheering on America’s newest Idol as he and Mickey Mouse greeted fans on their way to a stage set up outside The American Idol Experience attraction. [Read more…]
It looks like the American Idol winner will be coming to Disney World again this year. Lee DeWyze was announced as the 2010 American Idol champion during the finale show on Wedensday night and filmed this familiar commercial shortly after: [Read more…]
Photos by Marcus D’Amelio
Video by Jimmy Strater
The Magic Kingdom Philharmonic Band came marching down Main Street, U.S.A., this morning behind New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He was riding in a pewter convertible with Mickey Mouse, waving to cheering fans. But he’d earned the ride – and the adulation – Sunday night by marching the Saints to a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami.
Celebrating Super Bowl heroes in “I’m Going to Disney…” commercials and rides down Main Street, U.S.A., at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort has been a grand tradition since 1987 and Super Bowl XXI. But this one was unique, involving a team and a city overcoming so much adversity that its fan base goes by the nickname “Who Dat Nation.”
As confetti cannons sprinkled Brees with multi-colored paper, it symbolically showered away 42 seasons of “wait till next year.” The waiting had ended at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, thanks in a big way to a torrent of pinpoint passes by Brees, who earned the Super Bowl MVP honor with a 32-completion, 288-yard, two-touchdown, no-interception performance.
Joining Brees for his celebratory ride, along with Mickey Mouse in his football outfit, were Minnie Mouse (decked out as a cheerleader), Chip ‘n’ Dale in referee garb, and “football Goofy” plus players from a central Florida NFL Youth Football team.
Brees’ celebratory visit happened mere hours after he was featured in the 42nd “I’m Going To Disney…” commercial, a series that has featured a lineup of people from sports and beyond who have exclaimed the iconic line following milestone accomplishments.
Kris Allen shouted the famous words “I’m Going to Disney World!” immediately after being crowned the newest American Idol in the show’s star-studded season finale on May 20, 2009 in Los Angeles.
Disney camera crews captured Allen’s celebratory pronouncement on the Nokia Theatre stage mere moments after American Idol host Ryan Seacrest announced the champion’s name to millions of viewers watching worldwide.
Not only does the newly crowned Idol shout “I’m Going to Disney World!” at the spot’s conclusion, Allen’s voice also is featured throughout the ad as he performs the iconic song, “When You Wish Upon A Star.”
And with the same immediacy that has made the Disney spot one of the most beloved commercials of all-time, the newest “I’m Going to Disney World!” commercial aired on television within hours of the American Idol finale.
Starring in a role usually occupied by sports stars – including Super Bowl heroes and World Series champs – Allen is the second singer to ever star in the Disney commercial in its 20 plus-year history. (2008 American Idol champion, David Cook, was the first.)
The American Idol champion’s role in the newest “I’m Going to Disney World” commercial celebrates “The American Idol Experience,” the new American Idol-themed attraction that had a February 2009 grand opening Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
You can read all about The American Idol Experience in the current issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine.