Universal Orlando Reveals NEW “Universal’s Epic Universe” Theme Park Plans

The fourth gate is here, and it’s expected to be the most EPIC expansion in Universal Parks & Resorts HISTORY!

 

 

The news was announced this morning at Universal Orlando’s press conference, introducing Universal’s Epic Universe to the media. The new addition will include the theme park as well as shops, an entertainment district, and a hotel. According to Universal Orlando, it will be “the most immersive and innovative park we’ve ever created”.

What We Know So Far

Orlando has not seen a new full-fledged theme park since 1999 when Universal’s Island’s of Adventure made its debut. Theme parks take YEARS to create, and that is almost a given considering how long it takes to build a single ride. However, we may not have to wait as long as normal. Land for the expansion has already been cleared as of 2018, which means we are that much closer to construction.

We’re still unsure of land details, but we have our guesses for what may make the cut. Nintendo, Fantastic Beasts, and How to Train Your Dragon are all fan-favorite contenders. We have our hearts set on Nintendo and we have faith that the final lands will be fantastic.

Tom Williams, chairman, and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts also noted that “a Universe is bigger than a World”, hinting toward competing parks. This leaves us with HIGH expectations for something grand.

We studied the map layout of the current parks and the new park plans. By the looks of it, the new area should be larger than all of the Universal Orlando® Resort.

In other words, this may actually live up to the “Universe” references just from size alone!

Location Details

The 750-acre site will be located just 12 minutes away from the current Universal Orlando theme parks and hotels. Traveling between the current theme parks to the new park area will be improved with the current Kirkman Road extension. There are also plans for train construction aimed to have train travel from the Orange County Convention Center-area to South Florida. This will offer an easier way to visit the park.

Due to the expansion, Orlando will be able to create 14 thousand new jobs in this central location. This is a great economy booster for the area and, once completed, will offer a base rate of $15 an hour to employees. It is aimed to also boost tourism in the “theme park capital of the world”.

The Best is Yet to Come…

We cannot wait to see what this expansion has in store and when it will open. We will keep you updated on all of the latest news from Universal Orlando® Resort! You can view this morning’s full press conference here.

Until then, if you’re looking to book a vacation for any of the area’s current theme parks, make sure to check out some of our Magical Vacation Homes!

We’ll see you in the next blog post. Have a MAGICAL day!

 

Disney H2O Glow Nights – The Ultimate Pool Party of 2019

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The sun may be setting at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, but that doesn’t mean its time to say goodbye! From select nights until August 24, 2019, you can splash your way into Disney H2O Glow Nights — the ULTIMATE pool party of 2019! Celebrate the summer with all of your favorite pals from Toy Story 4 and zoom through the wait-free slides for a fun-filled evening!

We were able to attend the festivity recently and got the first-hand experience on what Disney H2O Glow Nights has to offer! If you are wondering if this is something that you and your family would love, we’re going to give you the inside scoop on some of the highlights that make this party one to attend.

 

1- Toy Story 4 Character Greetings

Now, your night can begin in all sorts of ways. Jump into the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool to test the waters with each passing wave. Begin your evening with a relaxing trip around Castaway Creek. The choice is yours, however, we think visiting some of the coolest toys out there should be first and foremost!

Begin the evening with exciting photo-op sessions featuring the pals of Disney Pixar‘s Toy Story 4. For example, pose with your favorite duo, Woody and Jessie, or travel to infinity and BEYOND in your photo with Buzz Lightyear! Capture the best memories before you even splash into the water!

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2- Food and Beverage Offerings

We know, we know, it’s probably best to eat AFTER hitting the water, but we were SO excited to order that we couldn’t wait any longer! Toy Story-inspired food and beverage can be found across Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, and we could not get enough of it during our visit! There’s a variety of options, ranging from plant-based meals to stunning Toy Story inspired beverages! Also, make sure to peak at the register stands if you go. Extra specialty drinks will be advertised there and they ARE worth trying!

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You can find a wide selection of options at Leaning Palms, Typhoon Tilly’s, Happy Landings Ice Cream and Let’s Go Slurpin’. These offerings are available for a limited time, so be sure to try as much as you can!

 

3- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Wait-Free Attractions

It’s time! Get ready for nearly WAIT-FREE lines on your most-loved attractions! Because there are fewer crowds at the events, you get more time to hop from slide to slide all night long. We did not have our camera on us for this one, but every slide we went on had only a FIVE MINUTE WAIT! How awesome is that?

And, if timed properly, you may get to ride everything before the night ends!

 

4- Disney H2O Glow Nights Dance Party

And do not forget, it’s not a party without a DJ. Head over to the Surf Pool Beach and dance the night away to some of the hottest jams. This, to be honest, can be done before, during or after everything else! Since it is a central location, you’re bound to walk through it to and from your destinations throughout Typhoon Lagoon. We snapped some photos of this during the start of sunset, however, at night is when it comes to LIFE. Keep an eye out for the neon lights and projections once the sun goes down. It will be the most fun beach party of the summer!

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We also LOVED seeing the infamous Rex decorated in his best party gear for the evening! Those who love fun backdrops, make sure to snap a photo in front of him to show the world what a blast Disney H2O Glow Nights can be!

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There’s still time to purchase your special event tickets! Click here and choose the Get Tickets tab on the top right corner of the screen, followed by Special Events Tickets. After that, get ready for one of your most fun nights of the summer!

Needing a place to stay before you head off to the water park? Check out our Magical Vacation Homes and make this trip the most magical of them all!

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Until the next blog post, LATER FISHES, and have a magical day!

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𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘞𝘢𝘳𝘴: Galaxy’s Edge — The Two-Month Countdown (and what to Expect)

Disclaimer: Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is not available at opening and will open later in the year.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is set to open on August 29, 2019, and we have been anxiously awaiting the big day! The two-month countdown is on, and here is what to expect.

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Attractions

Get ready to journey through the galaxy on board the fastest ship with Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Based on what we have seen in the California attraction, it’s expected to be a six-person ride, consisting of two pilots, two gunners, and two flight engineers. Depending on which role you are granted will determine how you’ll control the ship inside of the cockpit. If you are the type who enjoys the element of surprise, we won’t spoil too much for you. You can check out more information on the attraction here.

We are still waiting for the announcement of the official opening date for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which, is expected to open later this year.

Attire

Dressing up as your favorite Star Wars characters may be a plan of yours, however, if you are an adult, consider “bounding”! Guests older than 14 are not permitted to dress up in any costume-like gear at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, however, you CAN dress up in outfits inspired by Star Wars, hence where the bounding comes into play.

Food, Beverage, Merchandise!

DON’T FORGET! You will have plenty, and we mean PLENTY of options to choose from in regard to food, beverage, and merchandise! You can learn more about your choices under The Best in Galactic Dining and Beloved Batuu Beverages and Bites here! If you are looking to bring home a souvenir or two, you can learn about merchandise locations under Black Spire Outpost ShopsChoose Your Side, and Treasures for Travelers Big and Small here!

 

Limited Access

Due to the demand for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, access to the entrance of it may be limited. Many factors will determine any restrictions or unavailability and there is no guarantee that passholders will be granted entrance. Keep this in mind when you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Extra Magic Hours and Disney FastPass+

For those of you who have the option to utilize Extra Magic Hours, you are in luck. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge WILL be part of the Extra Magic Hours for Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, however, the Disney FastPass+ service will NOT include anything of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at this time. 

 

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The countdown is nearing its end and we cannot wait to see what the second location of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has in store for us! Make sure to purchase your Disney Theme Park tickets here and book your next Magical Vacation Home in time for the grand opening! 

 

Until the next blog post, have a Magical day!

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Disclaimer: Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is not available at opening and will open later in the year.

 

Island H2O Live! Kissimmee, Florida’s Newest Water Park!

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Island H2O Live!, Kissimmee, Florida’s newest water park is FINALLY open. With its official grand opening today, June 21, it offers single-day tickets and discounted annual passes (until June 23). Right now is the perfect time to attend the Margaritaville Resort extension!

A Social Media Hot Spot

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Themeing plays a crucial role throughout the park. If you are active on social media, terms like follow, hashtag and meme are common. When you come to this park, pay close attention to the names used! You may see some familiar internet words at this new social media hot spot.

Something for Everybody!

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This exciting new park features something for everybody, like eight water slides, two kiddie areas, a 21+ pool and more! The park also offers three food locations ranging from drinks to a full meal to keep your energy high.

Private Hangout Cabanas

You are also able to rent a choice of three different cabanas. Starting at $99.99, your family can enjoy their own private hangout spot. Included, for example, are amenities like water bottles, seating for at least six, a refrigerator, charging stations and other awesome perks. Each cabana offers different options, so make sure to check out which one is best for you.

The Smart Band

A new concept that is becoming popular throughout parks has landed here at Island H2O Live! This park will also feature a wearable band, called The Smart Band. This waterproof band will link to your Island H2O Live! phone app to show you wait times, set up parental controls, and soon, reserve ride time slots.

 

Now is the Time to Go!

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Island H2O Live! will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (hours subject to change). If you’re ready to splash into the summer, this brand new park may be the place for your family.

Looking to book a stay somewhere for your future trip to the waterpark? Make sure to check out our Magical Vacation Homes and make this summer the best one yet!

 

 

 

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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What’s New At 𝘞𝘢𝘭𝘵 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥® Resort: Rainbow Disney Collection 2019

Celebrating Pride month just became extra colorful! Get ready to pridefully parade the colors of the rainbow throughout Walt Disney World® Resort. With the branded merchandise that has FINALLY hit the shelves, Disney-goers can do just that.

You can now showcase the beauty of Pride through MagicBands, Mickey plushes and more with the new, 2019 Rainbow Disney Collection. This assortment of gear celebrates the love and diversity across the globe through its endless merchandise options available online and at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Rainbow Disney Collection Merch Galore!

We recently checked out the new merchandise at Disney Springs® to show some of what you may find on your next trip to the most magical place on Earth, and my oh MY, we could not get ENOUGH of what the mouse has to offer!

Rainbow Disney Collection Minnie Mouse Ear Headband

Another BEAUTIFUL pair of Minnie Mouse ears headbands have arrived, sporting all colors of the rainbow on its lollipop-like bow (at least that’s what it reminds us of). rainbowears-edit

Mickey Mouse Rainbow Standing Pin

A collectible pin is also here to add to your ever-growing lanyard.

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Rainbow Disney Collection – Alex and Ani

For the many Alex and Ani fans out there, have no fear, your next bangles are here! Whether you’re feeling silver or leaning toward rose gold, you will still have pride in wearing whichever one you choose.

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Rainbow Disney Collection T-Shirts for Adults

A variety of t-shirts have also been introduced to the line, featuring simple designs that beautifully communicate the message behind the tee.

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Rainbow Disney Collection Mickey Mouse Tumbler

So, you can’t necessarily wear your pride gear all of the time, but you still want to show it off. No worries, the collection offers this ADORABLE tumbler, perfect for any work desk or gym trip!

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Rainbow Disney Collection Mickey Mouse MagicBand 2

Walt Disney World® Annual Passholder maybe? MagicBand collector possibly? Well, no matter the case, the MagicBand assortment has expanded with a new addition to the family. You can find this little guy at various Walt Disney World® Resort locations.

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Rainbow Disney Collection Mickey Mouse Ears Baseball Cap for Adults

It is absolutely ESSENTIAL to shield your skin from the Florida sun rays! Pridefully protect your face with baseball caps! This one in particular definitely makes a statement. Whether you’re going for a subtle or stand-out look, there are options that will have you covered (literally).

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Rainbow Disney Collection Mickey Mouse Light-Up Necklace

To end off the day, make sure to light up your evening with this magical Mickey Mouse necklace!

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Support the Cause

Best of all, Walt Disney World® Resort kept in mind the message behind the rainbow. Until June 30, 2019, 10 percent of the collection proceeds will be donated to GLSEN, an education organization working to create inclusion and safety amongst K-12 students in the LGBTQ community.

Keep in mind that there is still time to book your pride-filled trip to Walt Disney World® Resort! After gearing up in pride merch, book your Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Park Tickets here! Make sure to check out our available Magical Vacation Homes and see what we have to offer for your next magical getaway. Most importantly, happy Pride and make sure to spread the love!

 

 

Until next time, have a Magical day!

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Get Up and Go Kayaking with Clear Kayak Tours

Area Attractions: Get Up And Go Kayaking

Florida features incredible natural wildlife areas unlike anywhere else. There’s so much to do in the Central Florida area, with all of the amazing new attractions at the theme parks, outstanding dining, as well as plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy natural Florida. One of our favorite magical ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors is clear kayaking with Get Up and Go Kayaking! Keep reading to learn more about this memorable and one-of-a-kind kayaking experience.

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Get Up and Go Kayaking with Clear Kayak Tours

Get Up and Go Kayaking is a Florida-based company that offers clear kayak guided tours in beautiful natural springs all over Central Florida. The clear kayaks provide extra views of the breathtaking Florida wildlife and crystal clear water.

Spend a few hours on a guided kayak tour with the whole family (there are no age limits in place for the tours) as a great getaway from the busy theme parks. Tours are kept small to make sure that you get an intimate experience and maximum interaction. With friendly and knowledgeable guides, you’ll have a great time and learn a lot about the beautiful Floridian wilderness.

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Experience Bioluminescent clear kayaking tours with Get Up and Go Kayaking in Central Florida

For a truly magical experience to enjoy on your Orlando vacation, consider the Bioluminescence night kayaking tour only a short drive away in Titusville. Only available during the summer months, these tours provide a chance to see the natural glowing bioluminescence.

Bioluminescence is the emission of light by a living organism. When the organisms move in the water they create a beautiful glowing effect. This means that you can see fish underwater by the glow that they give off as they swim, your paddle will glow as you maneuver the waterways, and the natural flow of water will illuminate these organisms.

Tours take place late at night when the moon is darker than 55% to see the optimum effect of the bioluminescence. Each tour typically lasts 90 minutes and maxes out at 10 paddlers to provide an intimate experience.

Get Up and Go Kayaking Information

Clear Kayaking in Central Florida from Get Up and Go Kayaking

 

Be sure to reserve your tour in advance! Tours start at only $49 per person for a guided tour. Tours tend to sell out, so be sure to book as far in advance as possible. Get more information and reserve directly on their website: https://getupandgokayaking.com

Locations:

Winter Park (Sunset/Glow in the Dark)

Titusville (Bioluminescent)

Rock Springs

Crystal River (Manatee Tours)

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We definitely recommend a Get Up and Go Kayaking tour while you’re visiting the Orlando area. A great way to experience nature and have a one-of-a-kind vacation experience with unforgettable memories and great stories to share when you get back home. Visit our website to find incredible deals on the best vacation rentals only minutes away from Walt Disney World Resort and have the magical vacation of a lifetime!

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Visit the exclusive Cinderella Castle Suite during the World of Dreams VIP tour at Disney

You Can Now Book A World Of Dreams VIP Tour at Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort has debuted the newest luxury theme park tour offering in Orlando. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, consider booking the World of Dreams VIP tour at Walt Disney World. This tour is fully-customizable and will provide guests with the ability to access exclusive backstage park areas and many benefits! Read more about this exclusive new tour below.

World of Dreams VIP Tour

The World of Dreams VIP Tour costs $12,000 for a 12 hour tour. While the price tag might seem extreme, this tour provides access to exclusive experiences. 6 guests can take this tour, but will have to purchase Park Hopper tickets in addition to the tour cost. The goal of this customizable tour is to make guests feel as if Walt Disney himself was walking around the park.

When you book the VIP World of Dreams Tour, you will have two tour guides, special backstage access, private transportation, exclusive entertainment viewing spaces for fireworks and “skip the line” privileges for all of the attractions! In addition to all of this, the tour includes 3 meals (with alcohol) at any restaurant on Walt Disney World Resort property. That’s right — no reservations needed! You can dine at some of the best restaurants in all of Central Florida with no wait.  Snacks are included as well, so make sure to enjoy all of the delicious treats! This is especially amazing during Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot!

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Visit the exclusive Cinderella Castle Suite during the World of Dreams VIP tour at Disney

 

Another one of the magical perks of this luxury VIP tour is access to Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle Dream Suite. Very few people have seen this beautiful suite located inside of Cinderella Castle. Step inside the castle and discover this royal room.

Stays at the Cinderella Castle Suite are by exclusive invitation only. This secretive suite takes up an entire floor of the castle. Enjoy the gorgeous stained glass windows and views of Magic Kingdom! While you might not be able to book a stay at Cinderella Castle, you can stay in ultimate luxury with Magical Vacation Homes — including a stay at your own Reunion Castle!

Due to the special nature of the offerings of this tour, including all of the custom options, the VIP World of Dreams tour must be booked at least a week in advance. Visit the Disney VIP Tours website for more information about booking. Should you want to add another day your tour, each following day will only cost $10,000. Create your own custom tour for your dream day at Walt Disney World.