Category Archives: Park News

Chef Tony Mantuano restaurant coming to Disney Springs, Portobello not returning

My suspicions were correct!  I hope you got your chance to say goodbye to Portobello at Disney Springs because it has been confirmed to not be returning at the end of its originally announced refurbishment.  Just like Fulton’s Crab House, the restaurant will be undergoing a full make-over and be coming back with a brand new name, menu, and from the looks of it, will look a bit different as well.

The Portobello restaurant at Disney Springs closed last week for what was originally announced to be a half year’s refurbishment.  It was to be coming back with a newly redesigned menu featuring family-style offerings and new Italian craft beers and wines. Read the rest of this entry

Disney has released the dates for 2017’s MNSSHP and MVMCP

Dates for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party have officially been announced!

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DisneyQuest Officially Closing July 3rd! The NBA Experience On Its Way.

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Well, it finally came true.  DisneyQuest is officially closing forever on July 3rd to ~ eventually ~ make way for The NBA Experience!  Originially announced in 2015 to much shock and confusion, the project went silent only months later and was thought to have died.  And yet, here we are a year later, again surprised to find out the project is alive and well.  Read the rest of this entry

Star Wars: Galactic Nights Special Event Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios April 14

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Are you a big Star Wars fan who misses Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?  Well after three years, they’re finally returning… sort of.  Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for one night only on April 14th, Star Wars: Galactic Nights will be a special event offering for Guests.   Not to be confused with the Star Wars Celebration being held down the street at the Orange County Convention Center from April 13-16, this event will be an after-hours hard ticket event held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 7pm-12am.

Guests are invited to celebrate 40 years of Star Wars dressed in their favorite Star Wars costume while taking part in special offerings during this one night event.  Check out the listing of offerings below. Read the rest of this entry

Our List of Most Anticipated Attractions for 2017

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Well 2016 has come and gone and what a year it was for Florida theme parks.  Both Busch Gardens and SeaWorld premiered outstanding coasters for their parks.  Universal Orlando managed to bring Kong back home, but to incredibly mixed reviews.  And Disney was all over the place with new shows at almost every park (some good, some awful), a new and revamped  E-Ticket attraction  for Epcot, an attempt to make Animal Kingdom a night time park, and new Star Wars offerings at Hollywood Studios including an incredibly impressive fireworks spectacular!

Now, with 2017 here, we have a number of things to anticipate at locations across Florida!  Ranging from VR roller coasters to new attractions and technologically advanced lands to an entire water park, this coming year should be quite exciting.  So here is our count down of what we’re most looking forward to seeing in 2017! Read the rest of this entry

Magic Kingdom Replacing Train Station Welcome Show with new Castle Welcome

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Are you a fan of the Magic Kingdom Train Station Welcome show?  Well I’d catch it soon before it’s gone forever!  That’s right, Walt Disney World has decided to retire the show this coming January!

Starting January 9th, Guests will now be able to enter the Magic Kingdom park and stroll down Main Street U.S.A. early, before the actual scheduled opening time of the park.  This will allow Guests the opportunity for photo ops, breakfast offerings and even some light shopping before gathering in front of Cinderella’s Castle for a brand new Welcome Show located on the Castle Forecourt Stage. Read the rest of this entry

Grinchmas and Other Christmas Offerings Begin December 3rd at Universal Orlando

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Beginning this weekend at Universal Orlando until January 1st, Guests can experience all Universal has to offer for it’s Christmas celebrations.  These aren’t in just one, but both parks of Universal Orlando!

Whoville Celebration

singing-whosFor a Whoville Christmas, head over to Islands of Adventure into Seuss Landing where you’ll be able to find the Whovilles out and about.  Once you get your photo op, be sure to catch a live retelling of the classic story, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Starring The Grinch™ and featuring music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller, The Ginchmass Who-liday Spectacular is a 30 minute stage adaptation inspired by the Ron Howard film.  It’s a great way to catch the Christmas spirit and have a few laughs.  Check out the show times below. Read the rest of this entry

New: Highway in the Sky Dine Around Begins Dec. 2. Here’s Why I Think It’s Worth It!

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Have you ever resort hopped around the Seven Seas Lagoon using the WDW monorail as your transportation?  Perhaps to enjoy some bar hopping and maybe sample a few bites to eat at different locations?   Did you ever want to have someone take care of all of the details for you?  Well, now you can with the Highway in the Sky Dine Around!

Just in case you thought Disney wasn’t offering enough up-charge  or gimmicky food offerings, or doing everything they can to squeeze every penny from its Guests, now you can pay $150 for a five course meal (including alcohol) around all three Seven Seas Lagoon resorts and then finish the night off with Wishes fireworks.  Check out the official description below! Read the rest of this entry

BREAKING: Magic Kingdom to Debut ‘New’ Castle Projection Show on Nov. 4th

oa10923fiI’m very excited to write about Disney’s newest announcement!  Today, the Disney Parks Blog announced today the 4 year old castle projection show, Celebrate the Magic, will be ending its run on November 3rd and will be replaced with a new show titled Once Upon a Time on November 4th.  Check out the official announcement below. Read the rest of this entry

SeaWorld Announces New Attractions for SeaWorld Orlando in 2017!

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Yesterday, SeaWorld announced quite the list of new additions to their parks across the country for 2017. All three SeaWorld parks and both Busch Gardens parks will be getting new attractions in one form or another for the 2017 season and it is very exciting considering the hardships the company has faced over the past few years.  I’m very happy to see they are persistent with moving forward on new and better things for their parks! Here’s what’s coming to SeaWorld Orlando! Read the rest of this entry