New Universal Orlando 3-Park Explorer Ticket Now On Sale For International Guests, Featuring Universal’s Volcano Bay UK



Guests Can Now Plan to Experience Universal’s Radically-Innovative Water Theme Park for Summer 2017

(26th July 2016) – International guests can now book their 2017 summer holiday to Universal Orlando Resort, including a visit to the destination’s newest water theme park experience, Volcano Bay. The new Universal Orlando 3-Park Explorer Ticket is now on sale for international guests for travel dates beginning 1st June 2017.

Welcome to Universal’s Volcano Bay– a radically-innovative water theme park opening next year at Universal Orlando Resort. Spanning 28 fully immersive acres, Universal Orlando’s third theme park will be an entirely new kind of water theme park experience, giving guests even more to enjoy on their vacation.

The new ticket is available for purchase at the introductory price of £223 for adults and £215 for children, and offers guests 14 consecutive days of unlimited park access to Universal Orlando’s incredible three theme parks – Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and, coming summer 2017, the new water theme park Universal’s Volcano Bay. The Universal Orlando 3-Park Explorer Ticket also includes admission to select live entertainment at Universal CityWalk, where guests can enjoy dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

At Volcano Bay, guests will discover a place like no other, filled with incredible thrills and relaxing indulgences. This one-of-a-kind water theme park will transport guests to a fully immersive tropical paradise featuring 18 unique attractions and hassle-free conveniences so families can get the most out of their time together. Guests do not have to stand in long lines or wrestle with tubes before enjoying an exhilarating variety of experiences, like family raft rides, twisting body slides that launch guests above the water and relaxing in private one or two story cabanas.

Guests staying at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels will receive early park admission to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before the park opens.

The Universal Orlando 3-Park Explorer Ticket is now available at www.universalorlando.co.uk and through international travel professionals.

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VIDEO: Disney reinvents Beauty & The Beast stage show for cruise ship

If you’re taking a holiday cruise aboard the Disney Dream, you’ll get to see Beauty & The Beast like never before.

“It’s a first for us,” show producer Kelly Benton told us. “Nowhere in Beauty and the Beast productions have you seen puppets used to actually represent them in the scale they were meant to be.”

The nearly hour-long Broadway-style show is an adaptation of the live-action, record-breaking movie that hit theaters in March.

“There’s a ton of detail in these characters, and even an Easter egg or two,” smiled puppetry designer Jeff Conover. “[There] may be a hidden Mickey or something else.”

Actor Chris Blem portrays Cogsworth. He says he clocked nearly 200 hours to master his beloved puppet.

“Whenever we pick up each other’s puppet, we’re like, ‘What is this?!” he laughed, referring to his co-stars and their uniquely-operated puppets. “But that’s the great thing. We’ve learned how Cogsworth works versus, say, Lumiere.”

Creators say the ‘Be Our Guest’ number is like you’ve never seen before. Disney describes it as a 7-course fine French meal by way of a Moulin Rouge-inspired circus.

“For a cast of 23, it looks like a cast of about 100 people,” said choreographer Justin Peebles. “In ‘Be Our Guest,’ some performers have 3-4 costume changes just within the 7-minute number.”

As for the costumes, the wardrobe designer says they’re all made to look like 18th century French clothes.

Disney Cruise Line doesn’t have an end date for the Beauty & The Beast production. Just last year, Disney debuted its stage adaptation of Frozen.

You can see that hour-long show aboard the Disney Wonder.

VIDEO: Meet the actors behind Lumiere and Cogsworth

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‘Up’-themed show coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A brand-new show featuring the characters from Disney-Pixar’s “Up” is coming to Walt Disney World.

  • “Up”-themed show coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Show replaces Flights of Wonder, which closes Dec. 31
  • New show to debut spring 2018

Disney shared the news Monday on its official parks blog in the latest round “12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas” announcements.

The new show will debut spring 2018 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It will be located in the Caravan Theater in the park’s Anadapur village, replacing Flights of Wonder. The last day for Flights of Wonder will be Dec. 31.

In the as-yet unnamed show, senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug will discover species of birds from around the world. The new experience will offer guests a chance to experience various winged creatures up-close.

An official opening date was not given.

The new show begin just in time for the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


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‘Disney on Broadway’ performers announced for Epcot arts fest

Walt Disney World has announced who will perform during the “Disney on Broadway” series at next year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

Broadway stars Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Kissy Simmons, Kevin Massey and Alton Fitzgerald White all return for the festival’s second run.

They are joined by festival newcomer Kara Lindsay, who is known for her role as Katherine Plumber in “Newsies.”

All performances will take place Fridays through Mondays at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The lineup for the festival:

  • Jan. 12-15: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey – “Tarzan,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies,” “Frozen”

  • Jan. 26-29, Feb. 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White – “Tarzan,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid”

  • Feb. 9-12, 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland – “Beauty and the Beast,” “Tarzan,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies,” “Frozen”

The festival debuted earlier this year and featured seminars, workshops, and food studios serving “culinary delights.”

The Epcot International of the Arts runs Jan. 12 through Feb. 19.


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Orlando water parks closing due to weather

Orlando area water parks will temporarily close due to another round of cold weather in Central Florida.

  • Orlando area water parks to close due to cold weather
  • The closures are set for Wednesday
  • High temps expected to be in the low 60s

Universal’s Volcano Bay, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and SeaWorld Orlando’s Aquatica will be closed on Wednesday.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach remains closed due to its annual refurbishment.

The closures do not affect the theme parks.

Temperatures are expected to reach highs in the low 60s.

For now, the water parks are set to reopen on Thursday.

All three water parks were closed over the weekend due to low temperatures.


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Disney Springs: The Edison to host New Year’s Eve grand opening gala

The Edison, one of the newest restaurants coming to Disney Springs, is set to open with a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Tickets cost $150 per person and a $27 gratuity will be added at checkout. Space is limited.

The event includes hors d’oeuvres, live-action food stations, and beer and spirits from 8 p.m. to midnight. Ahead of the midnight toast, coffee and desserts will be served.

You must be at least 21 years to attend. The restaurant is asking guests to adhere to a dress code.

The restaurant is designed after an industrial-era power plant and includes a restaurant, lounge and bar.

It features multiple themed areas such as the Ember Parlour, Telegraph Lounge, the Radio Room, the Waterfront Patio and the Lab performance space.

The same company that operates Morimoto Asia, Patina Group, is behind The Edison.

The area next to the restaurant will include three other eateries.

Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway and Pizza Pointe are slated to open in January.

For ticket information, click here.


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Reports: Disney-Fox deal announcement expected Thursday

Disney and 21st Century Fox are close to announcing a deal, according to a CNBC report.

The two companies are set to make a formal announcement Thursday.

On Monday, Comcast took itself out of the running, making Disney the sole suitor for Fox’s assets.

So far, no official details have been released regarding which Fox properties Disney is set to acquire.

However, the deal could include Fox’s film and TV studios, Nat Geo and Fox’s regional sports networks, among other properties. Fox would keep its news division, broadcast network and Fox Sports.

It’s estimated that the deal would come with a $60 billion price tag.

Last week, reports circulated that Disney CEO Bob Iger would extend his contract if a deal with Fox was reached.

Since Iger took over the company in 2005, Disney has acquired Pixar, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm.

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Disney teases Millennium Falcon ride at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

“Star Wars” mania has reached a fever pitch.

  • First look inside Millennium Falcon ride
  • Attraction will be featured in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • The 14-acre land is set to open in 2019

With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” set to premiere Friday, fans are focused on any and every thing Star Wars.

Enter Disney, which today released a photo from teasing its upcoming Millennium Falcon attraction.

The flight simulator ride is one of the attractions that will be featured in the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

The photo shows an area that is modeled after the Falcon’s corridor.

In the tweet below, Disney teases that it will release more information on Saturday during its second Star Wars: Galactic Nights event.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to debut at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019.

“We’re home.” #starwars#galaxysedge – Learn more this Saturday at Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. pic.twitter.com/wGe1rUzpwH

— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) December 13, 2017

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Walrus calves debut at SeaWorld Orlando

Two walrus calves are making their debut at SeaWorld Orlando.

  • Walrus calves debut at SeaWorld Orlando
  • Ginger and Aku are park of the Wild Arctic habitat
  • The two have become fast friends

Ginger and Aku are now part of the theme park’s Wild Arctic habitat.

The two calves were first introduced to each other in November, when Aku was brought to Orlando after being rescued from a gold mining dredge off the Alaska coast. Since then, the two have become fast friends, according to SeaWorld.

Ginger was born at SeaWorld in June.

The two calves have become fast friends, according to SeaWorld. Both are receiving around-the-clock care at their new homes.

Ginger and Aku share the exhibit with several other animal species found in arctic water, including Pacific walruses and beluga whales.

The addition of the walrus calves will give guests a chance to learn more about the animals and what they can do to help. Guest will get to see the walruses play and interact with their care staff.

Walruses in the wild face threats such as habitat loss and dwindling food supply.


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Tiger cubs make their debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Look for the new tiger cubs the next time you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The two Sumatran tiger cubs are now part of the theme park’s Maharajah Jungle Trek, according to a post on the Disney Parks Blog.

Anala and Jeda, the 4-month-old brother and sister duo, are still getting acclimated to their new environment.

Disney released new photos of the tiger cubs exploring the habitat.

The cubs were born in August as part of a Species Survival Plan.

“Our dedicated and highly trained team of animal care experts and veterinarians spent three years preparing for the birth of these Sumatran tigers and have worked tirelessly to provide them with the best possible care so they can grow and thrive,” the blog post said.

The preparation included created a special backstage area where the cubs can learn to swim and climb.

Sumatran tigers are critically endangered species with fewer than 500 left in the wild.


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