Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Best Harry Potter Film?

fantasticbeastsposterIf you haven’t guessed it yet, the Harry Potter franchise is here to stay.  It arrived with books, which were then adapted into eight films.  Universal got the rights and  made the films reality creative ground breaking lands at their theme parks around the world.  J.K. Rowling even created Pottermore to help fans delve deeper into the wizarding universe.  But fans always want more, and J.K. Rowling delivered with Fantastic Beasts – a brand new movie series revolving around Newt Scamander, the author of the book the movie is named after which is used in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

In this first film of what we now know will be five, we’re introduced to Newt Scamander in 1926 who is traveling from England to America with a ‘suitcase’ full of magical creatures.  His main purpose for visiting is to meet up with a famous magic creature breeder.  However, due to America’s strict wizarding laws magical creatures are forbidden.  But it doesn’t take long for chaos to ensue as one of his creatures sneaks out of his suitcase.  While Newt tries to 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!


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

Starbright Holidays – Full Show, Photos, and Review!

img_6874Disney is trying really hard to turn Disney Springs into a full out destination for Guests and I have to admit, they’re doing a pretty good job. Filled with shops and restaurants of all kinds, live entertainment, and two brand new addition for this Christmas season – The Christmas Tree Trail and now this amazing drone show called Starbright Holidays.

The show features 300 flying drones displaying LED lights as they soar over the lake next to Disney Springs.  Throughout the show, the drones form different shapes in the sky, such as a Christmas tree and an angel, all while flying to an original Disney arrangement of classic holiday songs, which were recorded by a full orchestra.  It should be noted this is the first time a drone show of this caliber has ever been performed in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry

The Christmas Tree Trail is a Perfect Christmas Addition to Disney Springs


This year, Disney Springs added a brand new attraction to its area for this holiday season.  Located at the very east end of the Marketplace where the bus stops used to be is the Christmas Tree Trail.  This is a simple walk through attraction featuring multiple Christmas trees each decorated to represent a specific Disney character or film.  It is completely free and a perfect attraction for the entire family.  When you walk through, they play a wide variety of Christmas songs and even make it snow from above!

Last night, we got to experience this great Christmas attraction and take photos of everything. While I’m not sure how popular this will prove to be as I haven’t seen it heavily advertised and it wasn’t very crowded when we walked through, I’m hoping all of that changes and this attraction returns for next year! Read the rest of this entry

Photo Report: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2016


I love the end of the year because it holds my three favorite holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (in no particular order).  We already celebrated Halloween and even had the chance to go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party last month.  Now normally, people celebrate harvest, keep those brown/yellow/orange colors around a bit longer, and celebrate Thanksgiving, but here in Orlando, Christmas starts November 1 when the Magic Kingdom is flipped overnight from Halloween to Christmas!  And Mickey’s Very Christmas Party started on November 7th.

Normally, I prefer the Halloween party over the Christmas party for a number of reason, mostly being I’ve never really had an overly memorable experience at the Christmas party. It just never seemed to wow me like Halloween’s did.  But this year, all of that changed. 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

Photo Report: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2016


It’s September in Orlando and that means Halloween season is here!  Mickeiy’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party began even earlier this year on Friday, September 2nd giving us more parties than ever and we had a chance to go on September 13th.  It started out with beautiful weather, but around 6, the clouds started rolling in. I dreaded the worst and feared we’d be repeated our disaster of a party from last year, but alas after 2 1/2 hours of rain, it cleared up and we were able to do everything we wanted to! Read the rest of this entry

Artist Point: A True Diamond Among Hidden Gems


Tucked away inside Disney’s Wilderness Lodge behind the ever-so-popular Whispering Canyon Café is one of Disney’s best kept secrets; a longtime signature dining restaurant called Artist Point.  Presenting a menu of Pacific-Northwest cuisine, Artist Point is the place to go for sampling everything the West coast can give.  From filet Mignon to bison, salmon to scallops.  There is something for everyone.

I’ve wanted to try this restaurant for well over a year and we finally had that chance last week.  Like all signature dining restaurants, Artist Point is only open for dinner.  It opens nightly at 5:30pm and closes at 9:30pm.  Our reservation was for 8, but I arrived early to walk around the resort and relax in Territory Lounge. There, I ordered a few cocktails and relaxed, enjoying the atmosphere and theming of the old west explorations. This is a great place to go if you’re a bit too early for your reservation or if you just want a nice appetizer.  After you walk up the ramp to the restaurant, you are greeted by two empty wine barrels and some excellent, rustic theming for the restaurant.  Read the rest of this entry

SeaWorld Announces New Attractions for SeaWorld Orlando in 2017!


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

‘The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History’ Premiere October 2 at Magic Kingdom

gmiah5967746The Disney Parks Blog has officially announced today an opening date of the Magic Kingdom’s newest attraction, ‘The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History.’  We reported about this new attraction a couple months ago here.  Check out the announcement below! Read the rest of this entry