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Universal ride that caught fire will be closed for weeks

Universal ride that caught fire will be closed for weeks Jan 3rd, 2011 at 2:00PM: Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls water ride will be closed for several weeks following a fire at Islands of Adventure on Saturday night. The Universal Orlando ride will be closed to repair the damage, and to undergo seasonal maintenance, according to Universal. Ripsaw Falls had already been scheduled to be closed for maintenance in a couple of weeks. About 5:30 Saturday evening, the ride and...

Disney photo privacy questions raised by new 'Let the Memories Begin' campaign

Disney photo privacy questions raised by new 'Let the Memories Begin' campaign Jan 3rd, 2011 at 11:30AM: Walt Disney World and Disneyland are inviting guests to share their Disney Parks memories in the form of photos, video and stories submitted to a Disney Web site as part of a 2011 marketing campaign called "Let the Memories Begin." Videos shot by Disney visitors are being used in TV commercials for the theme parks. And a key component of the new marketing campaign starts early this year,...

Disney World says goodbye to Block Party Bash

Disney World says goodbye to Block Party Bash Jan 2nd, 2011 at 10:00AM: New Year's Day is a day of beginnings, but it marked the end for a Disney World parade. The Block Party Bash ended its run at Disney's Hollywood Studios on January 1. The Block Party Bash was a rolling parade that stopped for a "street party" a couple of times along the parade route. It featured characters from DisneyPixar movies including Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and The Incredibles. ...

Fire erupts at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure

Fire erupts at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure Jan 1st, 2011 at 7:59PM: A ride - a water ride, of all things - caught fire at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure on New Year's Day, causing the evacuation of a section of the theme park. The fire happened around 5:30 p.m., according to Central Florida News 13. No injuries have been reported. Universal Orlando officials evacuted the ride, Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, as well as the surrounding Toon Lagoon...

Chilean miners are going to Walt Disney World

Chilean miners are going to Walt Disney World Dec 28th, 2010 at 9:00AM: "Esteban Rojas, you've just survived 69 days trapped 2,300 feet underground. What are you going to do next?" "I'm going to Disney Worldl!" OK, so maybe that's not quite the way it happened, but the 33 Chilean miners who survived underground after a mine collapse this year are being treated to a Walt Disney World vacation in 2011. Disney has confirmed that the miners and their...

Another fatal Disney bus accident

Another fatal Disney bus accident Dec 27th, 2010 at 11:30AM: There's word this morning that a tourist has been killed at Walt Disney World. The 69-year-old Massachusetts man was in the parking lot at the Port Orleans Resort when he stepped into the path of a Disney bus. It appears that the bus driver was not at fault and will not be charged. There were passengers on the bus at the time, and none of them were injured. This marks at least the...

Four amazing edible Christmas displays at Walt Disney World

Four amazing edible Christmas displays at Walt Disney World Dec 21st, 2010 at 12:00PM: At holiday time, the pastry kitchens in and around Walt Disney World must kick into overdrive, churning out all the holiday desserts served in the restaurants and bakeries at the resort. But beyond the cookies and cakes, Walt Disney World's ovens are filled with some important construction materials - hundreds and hundreds of house and roof tiles, all made out of gingerbread. Here's a look...

Holy Land Experience theme park: Crucifixion, even on Christmas

Holy Land Experience theme park: Crucifixion, even on Christmas Dec 20th, 2010 at 5:30PM: The new Noah's Ark theme park planned in Kentucky may be making headlines these days, but it's not the only U.S. park with a religious theme. Central figures on the Orlando, Florida, theme park scene include Mickey Mouse, Shamu, Harry Potter, and Jesus Christ. Just a few miles from Hogwart's Castle at Universal Orlando Resort lies the Holy Land Experience, a 15-acre theme park firmly rooted...

Disney's Art of Animation Resort: New details, images released

Disney's Art of Animation Resort: New details, images released Dec 16th, 2010 at 2:30PM: Walt Disney World's newest hotel will feature four courtyards themed around four beloved Disney animated films: Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Cars. Disney has just released this concept art for Disney's Art of Animation Resort. The Little Mermaid section of the resort will have 864 traditional hotel rooms with sea-inspired decor. Buildings featuring...

Tommy Lee wants to make SeaWorld sex tape

Tommy Lee wants to make SeaWorld sex tape Dec 10th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has thought a lot about whale masturbation this week. Lee contends that to obtain sperm for breeding purposes, SeaWorld has someone "masturbate" Tillikum, a killer whale at the theme park who was responsible for the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau earlier this year. Lee says it is "sick and twisted," and that it violates SeaWorld's own policies regarding...

Rocker Tommy Lee angered over whale masturbation *UPDATED*

Rocker Tommy Lee angered over whale masturbation *UPDATED* Dec 8th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is angry -- really angry -- about the way Shamu is being treated at SeaWorld. In a letter to SeaWorld Orlando, Lee complains about the methods used by the theme park to obtain sperm from Tillikum - the orca responsible for the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau this spring. Tillikum was brought to SeaWorld Orlando specifically for breeding purposes in...

Disney World at Christmas: Expect crowds. BIG crowds.

Disney World at Christmas: Expect crowds. BIG crowds. Dec 7th, 2010 at 2:00PM: I spent many a childhood vacation driving back and forth to Florida. My family loved to vacation here. We went to various beach communities around the state, and our trips would often involve a day or two spent at Walt Disney World. So the whole family was excited when, in 1984, one of my aunts moved to Florida. It was immediately decided that the extended family would spend Christmas there....

Proposed Orlando Thrill Park Reveals 14 Extreme Rides

Proposed Orlando Thrill Park Reveals 14 Extreme Rides Dec 4th, 2010 at 4:00PM: While Orlando's already known for its world-class theme parks, a developer thinks that there's room for one more. The Baker Leisure Group has proposed a thrill-focused park that would be located in the Tangelo Park area near the Festival Bay Mall. It would be just a short drive from Universal Orlando Resort and its two theme parks. Central Florida is also home to Walt Disney World, SeaWorld...

Disney's Spectacle of Dancing Lights: By the numbers

Disney's Spectacle of Dancing Lights: By the numbers Dec 1st, 2010 at 12:00PM: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is one of the most popular holiday events at Walt Disney World. Each night at dusk, the lights are turned on at Disney's Hollywood Studios. It is impossible to take a picture that shows the magnitude of Disney's dancing lights display. It completely covers the buildings in the theme park's Streets of America section. So, to try to give you the...

Duffy the Disney Bear - New face to see (and buy) at Disney Parks

Duffy the Disney Bear - New face to see (and buy) at Disney Parks Nov 25th, 2010 at 12:00PM: If you are planning at trip to Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World at the holidays, you will likely encounter Duffy the Disney Bear. And when you do, I imagine you will likely think, "Hey, who the heck is this?" No, you've never seen Duffy in a Disney movie. He's never been in a Mickey Mouse cartoon or a Pixar animated short. And he's not the star of a new series for preschoolers on the...

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, SeaWorld Orlando raise ticket prices

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, SeaWorld Orlando raise ticket prices Nov 22nd, 2010 at 12:00PM: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and SeaWorld Orlando have announced price increases at the Florida theme parks. The new ticket price at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is $83.45, including sales tax. You will pay $72.75 for kids ages 3-9. At SeaWorld Orlando, tickets are now $85.19 with tax included, $74.54 for kids. By comparison, a 1-day, 1-park ticket including tax at Walt Disney World is $87.33....

New plans released for Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World

New plans released for Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Nov 18th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Walt Disney World has announced plans for major renovations at Downtown Disney, a 120-acre retail, dining and entertainment complex on the eastern edge of Disney's Florida property. According to details released on the official Disney Parks Blog, the renovated section will be called Hyperion Wharf, and will be a "nostalgic yet modern take on an early 20th century port city and amusement pier."...

Dollywood wins major theme park award

Dollywood wins major theme park award Nov 17th, 2010 at 9:30AM: Dolly Parton visited Orlando, Florida, yesterday to accept the Applause Award on behalf of her theme park, Dollywood. "I love my music, but when you get a chance to do things like this, where you serve so many people in a different way, it makes me proud of something that so many people can enjoy," Parton said during the ceremony on the opening day of the International Association of Amusement...

SeaWorld to open new Shamu show next spring

SeaWorld to open new Shamu show next spring Nov 16th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Shamu will get a new show next spring at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego. The killer whale show will replace "Believe," which debuted four years ago. There's no word yet as to whether SeaWorld's killer whale trainers will be in the water with the orcas in the new show. The trainers have been out of the water since the February death of Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld...

Walt Disney World reduces time spent waiting in line with Tangled Meet and Greet

Walt Disney World reduces time spent waiting in line with Tangled Meet and Greet Nov 16th, 2010 at 9:30AM: The construction on Walt Disney World's Fantasyland expansion is well underway, and apparently so is the testing for some Disney innovations expected to be seen when the new attractions open in 2013. This spring, Walt Disney World tested a new way to wait for a ride on the Rock n' Roller Coaster without lines. Now a meet and greet with the characters from the new movie "Tangled" appears...

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