The creators of the Walker Stalker and Heroes & Villains fandom conventions and stars of top genre TV shows are banding together a new one-day-only Fan Fest Orlando charity event on September 17 at the Orange County Convention Center, in hopes of raising $500,000 for victims and families affected by the Pulse nightclub attack. [Read more…]
If you’re planning on being at the Magic Kingdom during the late hours of Disney’s Coolest Summer Ever kick-off this Friday, join the crew from Orlando Attractions Magazine for a special meet-up. And if you can’t make it, follow us on our social media channels all day and night for updates. [Read more…]
Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa with the event’s newest haunted house, Dead Fall, and you can help choose some of its elements.
Hosts Banks Lee and JeniLynn Knopp bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
If you love collecting Disney memorabilia and talking to other Disney fanatics, you won’t want to miss a special collectors show on Dec. 8 in Mount Dora, Fla. [Read more…]
LeakyCon will be taking place at the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive from July 30 to Aug. 3, 2014. The event will also include a separate-ticketed event at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios. [Read more…]
Howl-O-Scream is giving Facebook fans the chance to face their own fright and vote on several elements of a brand new haunted house – Death Water Bayou. [Read more…]
Star Wars Celebration VI, the official Lucasfilm convention for all things Star Wars, is making a return to Orlando after a successful event in 2010. Star Wars fans, celebrities and more will be taking over a large portion of the Orange County Convention Center from Aug. 23 to 26, 2012. [Read more…]
It’s appropriate that you’ll have to be quick to get the free tickets to meet NASCAR driver Tony Stewart at CityWalk this Thursday. You can get Tony’s autograph at NASCAR Sports Grille from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2010 at Universal CityWalk.
Stewart is the driver of the Number 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet and owner of Stewart-Haas Racing. In 2009, he had five Sprint Cup Series victories, including the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Stewart has two victories thus far in 2010, and is currently in seventh place in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship points standings.
Tony Stewart merchandise will be available for purchase at NASCAR Sports Grille before and during the event.
Universal Orlando Resort partnered with NASCAR Sports Grille and Coca-Cola to host Tony Stewart, who’s next Sprint Cup Series appearance will be at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 31.
It started last Friday afternoon with the undead lumbering from Uno Chicago Grill on International Drive, down the street to the Wyndham Orlando Resort. The Zombie Walk, put on by The Deadite Empire, was the kick-off to Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend. [Read more…]
The first-ever D23 Expo in 2009 left Disney fans asking when there would be another. Now’s the time to start planning. Tickets and special packages are on sale now for a three-day event that will bring the entire world of Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California next Aug. 19 to 21. [Read more…]
Column by Andy Guinigundo
For the past several years, Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been very popular. Even from my vantage point, out of the loop 932 miles away, I can’t wait to see the videos emerging from these weekends. My favorite every year is the always hilarious Star Wars “Dance Off”.
This past weekend in seemingly a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars Days commenced in California, but not at Disneyland. Legoland California hosted its 5th annual Star Wars Days Aug. 7 and 8, 2010. [Read more…]
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter had its official opening on Friday. Hardcore theme park and Harry Potter fans made it in after many hours of long lines through Islands of Adventure and CityWalk. The long lines continued the day after. It may be a while before it’s an easy walk into Hogsmeade. [Read more…]
MegaCon, the sci-fi, comic book, toy, collectable, and other cool stuff, convention starts Friday and runs through Sunday at the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive.
You’ll find a huge floor full of comics, collectables, celebrity and comic artists autograph signings, panel discussions, costume contests and more.
Some of the celebrities scheduled to appear are John De Lancie (Star Trek), Russell Tovey (Doctor Who), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future), Ray Park (Star Wars and Heroes), Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars) and many more. There’s also many kids events this year including a kids costume contest. Check megaconvention.com for the full updated schedule and list of celebrities.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, be sure to stop by the 501st Legion’s booth. Lucasfilm’s head of fan relations, Steve Sansweet will be available along with a representative of Reed Expo, Lucasfilm’s partner in the upcoming Star Wars Celebration V, which will also be held at the convention center in August. Sansweet will also take part in some of the panel discussions.
Friday – 1 to 7 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door for $24.
Overview of 2009 event:
2009 Mini-MegaCon Costume Contest:
Disney has prepared a mega-lineup of presentations and exhibits for its upcoming D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Expectations are high among fans for exciting new announcements, especially on the topic of Disney theme parks. Will we finally see Disney reveal details about the long-rumored update to its Star Tours attraction? Will the “leaked” Fantasyland makeover blueprints become reality? We’ll find out soon enough.
In the meantime, I asked on Twitter and Facebook what random, out-of-nowhere announcement fans would like to see come out of the D23 Expo.
Below are some of the more interesting, far-fetched, and hilarious responses I received. Keep in mind that none of these are fact or even rumors. They’re simply “what ifs” from a passionate group of Disney fans.
Disney: Feel free to take these ideas and run with them. Well, the good ones at least. Some are just silly.
Fans on Twitter:
@Narniaexpert instead of Star Tours 2.0 we get Stitch’s Great Escape 2.0
@Narniaexpert Disney buys DC Comics
@bcrawley A new theme park in the middle of the country!! I know it won’t happen, but it’d be awesome for us in the mid-south!
@doctordisney A remake of The Black Hole starring the Muppets
@thezachbrady the release of Song of the South on Blu-ray
@kennypirate some new rides a pre-teen boy would like are going into mk!
@FVRacerShawny A new D23 cable channel catering to adult Disney fans featuring classic Disney programing plus original programing
@EPCOTExplorer Better benefits for D23 itself, JII refurb, DAK Expansion, FL Refurb. I know it’s a ton, but Disney SHOULD be doing it. 😉
@chips99 With it’s purchase of Marvel this past week, Disney is now buying up NBC Universal as well.
@JoshDaws The return of Horizons or Journey into Imagination would be nice.
Fans on Facebook:
Matt Norris – Fantasyland overhaul.
John Wiedmeier – LOST has extended iteself for another two seasons
Izzy Kaufman – Walt Disney was really frozen and they’ve brought him back to life.
Michael C Jones – Space Mountain 2.0 unveiled – under the new name “Stitch’s Mountain”
Gordon Free – New theme park… Disneyland Seattle.
Matthew Synowicz – A second Space Mountain built next to an existing Space Mountain.
Rob Collier – Disney to buy Marvel Comics? No wait..
Emily Anne Sharpe – building a disney park in new orleans
Rob Collier – Disney offers free Annual Passes. Merch prices go up x10.
Will Betts – Return of the Skyway. Monorail service to Fresno. Jungle Cruise The Movie casting announcement. More flying characters during the fireworks show — Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Iago, and Marty Sklar (he’s not doing anything else now).
Rick Gutierrez – Admission prices to all North American parks drop significantly. That or a new park in being built in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Kyle Araujo – Beastly Kingdom…Hey, you can only dream, right?
Rick Gutierrez – The area between Main Street and Tomorrowland in Disneyland will be made into Heroland, featuring the Marvel Comics characters. Oh and an announcement of SQUIRREL GIRL, THE MOVIE! (There is actually a Marvel character called Squirrel Girl. No kidding!)
Rob Collier – Disney buys Universal theme park and sues itself for character infringement
Raymond Costanza – Meet The Robinsons’ dark ride in the Time Machine + special effects.
Somehow I doubt that any of these will be actual announcements at the D23 Expo this week, but I am excited to find out what Disney has in store for us.
The Walt Disney Parks & Resorts presentation will take place Saturday morning and we’ll be sure to bring you any news that comes out of it and the rest of the Expo, so keep checking back here throughout the week. And if you’re going to be at the Expo, stop our Orlando Attractions Magazine booth (C212) in the Collector’s Forum to say hi and have a chance to win a few goodies.