It’s getting closer to the opening date of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride at Magic Kingdom, and a few weeks ago Disney Parks released a video shot onboard the actual ride.
The video is a split screen comparison of the actual ride versus the original CGI storyboard for the ride. It shows how they brought the CGI version to life.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is scheduled to open in the next few months, so keep your eyes open at the park for soft opening test runs. In the meantime, here is the video:
Downtown Disney and Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant Hold a Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival Through March 17, 2014
Downtown Disney isn’t just throwing a St. Patrick’s Day event for one day. Nope. in conjunction with Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Disney is throwing a huge eleven day Irish party called the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival that runs through March 17th.
There will be nearly 10 top Irish bands and pro dancers performing on three stages during select days of the festival. Among those scheduled to perform are The Willis Clan, Elevation, Goitse, Three Dollar Band, We Banjo 3, The Raglan Rebels, The Brazen Heads and Raglan Road house bands Creel and The West Coast Trio. Performances start nightly March 7-14 from 5pm to 1am, and daily noon until 1am March 15-17 on stages indoors and out.
Also on tap are a hearty selection of beers, food by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon of Raglan Road, complimentary face painting inside Raglan Road, stilt walkers, living statues, children’s activities and plenty of St. Patrick’s Day memorabilia.
LEGOLAND Florida is bringing back their popular LEGO Movie Weekend, every weekend in March, starting March 8.
Guests will enjoy The LEGO Movie Take Over of Miniland’s New York City building activity, a movie-themed scavenger hunt in Miniland USA, and meet and greet sessions with LEGO Batman, plus characters Emmet and Wyldstyle, who play leading roles in this epic movie.
LEGO Movie Weekends activities are included with park admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit legoland.com.
Head over to Oviedo tomorrow, March 8, and enjoy the 20th Annual Taste of Oviedo. The event is free to attend and doesn’t just include tasty food to sample from area restaurants.
Besides the food, there will be a car show, featuring nearly 100 cars, plus live entertainment, and a kid’s area with a kiddie train ride, bounce houses and other kiddie rides.
The event ends with a fireworks show at 7pm.
The Taste of Oviedo takes place in the parking lot of the Oviedo Mall, which is located at 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd. It starts at 11am.
For more information, visit tasteofoviedo.org. This video will also give you more information:
Daytona commissioners voted unanimously on March 5 to approve millions in funding for a massive new entertainment complex planned across from the Daytona International Speedway.
The $250 million project, to be called “One Daytona,” will include shopping, restaurants, a hotel, and a theater, set on 181 acres of land.
Daytona has so far pledged $20 million to go toward road and traffic improvements near the planned development.
Work on the project could begin later this year, and is expected to bring thousands of construction jobs, as well as permanant jobs once the complex is open.
LEGOLAND Florida reopened portions of the former Cypress Gardens in a ceremony on March 5, 2014. These areas, the Florida Pool and Oriental Gardens, will be open to guests beginning today, March 6.
With elected officials and community leaders in attendance, General Manager Adrian Jones and Bob Gernert, former Winter Haven Chamber Executive Director and Cypress Gardens historian, led the unveiling Wednesday morning.
Florida’s first ever theme park, Cypress Gardens became famous for its botanical gardens, southern belles and was known as the Water Ski Capitol of the World from the 1930s through the 1960s. Cypress Gardens secured national recognition as the film site for a multitude of movies and TV shows. The Florida Pool was originally built as a set for the 1953 film, “Easy to Love”, starring Esther Williams.
The Florida Pool and Oriental Gardens at Cypress Gardens are included with general park admission. For the most current information on special events, daily operating hours and to purchase tickets, visit LEGOLAND.com.
(Photo: Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group)
In a press release on its Facebook page, Central Florida attraction Fantasy of Flight announced it will no longer be open to the public, as of April 6, 2014.
Fantasy of Flight is an incredible aviation-themed attraction owned by Kermit Weeks showcasing vintage aircraft from the world’s largest private collection. If you’ve never made the trip to the attraction in Polk City, you most likely saw its airplane advertising on I-4 between Orlando and Tampa.
Housed in three huge hangars are over 40 airplanes, many of which are restored to original flying condition. In addition to all of the planes, there are themed immersion experiences, flight simulators. interactive exhibits, a tram tour of aircraft maintenance areas, restoration and backlot tours, and more.
“After 18 years of being in operation, it’s time we close the attraction and move forward toward creating the vision for what I know Fantasy of Flight can become,” Weeks said about the closing.
Fantasy of Flight will still exist, but only as an events business, for weddings, meetings, and such. It will also turn the facility into what it was originally designed for, which is a restoration and maintenance facility that will be needed to build future attraction elements. For those who wish to enjoy the historical aspects of aircraft, plans are to open part of the collection in a reduced capacity and admission price later this year.
Groups that are currently booked for admittance to the attraction after April 6 will be issued refunds (including deposits). Groups contracted for Wing Walk Air only and/or private events will not be affected by these changes. Annual passholders will receive a pro-rated refund based on the date of purchase, and refund checks will be mailed to the passholder’s address on file via USPS beginning April 8. If you are an annual pass holder with questions or need to update your mailing address, please contact Brittani Taylor at email@example.com.
In the meantime, you have one month to make the trek out to Polk City if you wish to see this cool aviation attraction.
Fantasy of Flight is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10am to 5pm. For more information about Fantasy of Flight or for event schedules and admission prices, visit fantasyofflight.com or call 863-984-3500.
For the final week of this year’s Bands, Brew & BBQ, SeaWorld Orlando will offer entertainment from Hank Williams, Jr and Alabama.
Bocephus himself, Hank Williams, Jr, will take the stage on Saturday, March 08, at 4pm, and country legends Alamaba will play Sunday, March 09, at 4pm.
The concerts are included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando. There are also VIP packages starting at $39 that include reserved seats and a meal voucher for the BBQ with a non-alcoholic beverage voucher. A Craft Brew Sampler ticket is also available for an additional $24, and it includes 10 samples from over 30 craft beers.
Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for more information, or to purchase tickets.
Lovers of horticulture and food will enjoy the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which returns March 5 – May 18, 2014, at Walt Disney World.
More than 100 topiaries, 220 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers, and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms will add floral splendor to the park landscape. Whimsical topiaries of Mickey Mouse and dozens of other Disney characters will decorate Epcot, from the entrance to the World Showcase.
New this year will be topiaries of Miss Piggy, and Kermit the Frog.
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their “Fans Rule” world tour to Florida with shows in Kissimmee and Orlando at the beginning of March.
March 4 finds the Harlem Globetrotters at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, with a show at 7pm. Tickets are $20 to $60 (plus tax and service fees), and are available online or at the box office.
Two days later finds the Globetrotters across town at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando on March 6. Tickets are $20 to $125 (plus tax and service fees), and are available online or at the box office.
This family friendly show will thrill basketball fans of all ages, as the Harlem Globetrotter entertain with tricks, fancy shots, and rules you won’t find in any other ball game.