Walt Disney World Releases Details on the Disney Skyliner System Stations

Walt Disney World Releases Details on the Disney Skyliner System Stations

At this summer’s D23 Expo, it was announced a new transportation system at Walt Disney World called the Disney Skyliner would be coming to the resort, and this week we learned more about it.

The gondola-style system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot via stops at Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts, plus other locations yet to be announced.

Select Disney Skyliner cabins will feature Disney characters on their exterior design, including favorites from films, Disney attractions, and of course, the “Fab Five.”

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Out and About: Christmas Bricktacular Returns to LEGOland Florida!

Christmas Bricktacular Returns to LEGOland Florida. Photo by Kirk Garreans for CitySurfing Orlando.

We were invited to attend LEGOland Florida Resort’s “Christmas Bricktacular” on its opening day, and we were excited to experience the event. Opening days are always a challenge as not everything is completely ready, and that was the case here. But that’s okay as the employees were fabulous in getting things done and making sure everyone had a great time.

In fact, the staff was great and very friendly all throughout the park. In Fun Town, they had the store fronts and trees around the carousel decorated for Christmas. It was truly lovely.

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Marvel Character Dinner Coming to Universal Orlando in December 2017

Marvel Character Dinner Coming to Universal Orlando

Further expanding on the park dining options, Universal Orlando has announced it will begin offering a Marvel Character dinner starting December 7.

This dinner buffet will feature fresh salads like orzo and mozzarella and tomato. Entrees will include roasted rosemary lemon chicken, shrimp scampi and chicken scallopini, along with penne Bolognese, stuffed jumbo shells and specialty pizzas. Desserts will finish the meal.

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Walt Disney World To Live Stream ‘Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!’ From Disney’s Hollywood Studios Dec 4, 2017

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! from Disney's Hollywood Studios

As part of their on-going series of event streaming, Walt Disney World has announced they will live broadcast “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios Dec 4, 2017

The show, which takes place nightly throughout the holiday season, stars elves Wayne and Lanny from “Prep & Landing.” In it, Christmas Day is almost here, but Jolly Old Saint Nick is nowhere to be found. Luckily, Wayne and Lanny are on the job, and they won’t rest until the big guy is back at the North Pole.

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2017 Epcot Candlelight Processional Narrators At Walt Disney World

Candlelight Processional at Epcot - Neil Patrick Harris

The Candlelight Processional at Epcot is a highlight of the holidays in Orlando, and this is the full list of the narrators for the 2017 shows, which start November 24 and run through December 30.

A part of Disney’s Holidays Around the World celebration, the Candlelight Processional is a nightly dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story with celebrity narrators, and a mass choir singing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs with the symphonic strains of the Walt Disney World orchestra.

Here are the 2017 narrators. Many are returning favorites (Neil Patrick Harris tends to be very popular), but there are also a few new names (Matt Bomer and Kurt Russell are among those):

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Walt Disney World Releases First Look at Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World Releases First Look at Woody's Lunch Box in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney has released the first details of a new area in their upcoming Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios called Woody’s Lunch Box.

This eatery is fashioned from Andy’s lunch box and thermos, and will feature a walk-up quick-service window that will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats.

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Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns Jan 12-Feb 19, 2018

Returning to Walt Disney World for a second year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate performing, visual and culinary arts from January 12 - February 19, 2018.

Returning to Walt Disney World for a second year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate performing, visual and culinary arts from January 12 – February 19, 2018.

Running seven days a week, the festival will feature seminars and workshops from top Disney, local and nationally-renowned artists including classes on drawing animation, photography, the art of making topiaries, and more.

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Terminator 2 3D Attraction at Universal Orlando to Close October 2017

Universal Orlando has announced it will be closing the Terminator 2 3D attraction on October 8, to make way for a future attraction.

Universal Orlando has announced it will be closing the Terminator 2 3D attraction on October 8, to make way for a future attraction.

The attraction opened in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida on April 27, 1996, and featured a 3D sequel to the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day directed by James Cameron.

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2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Starts August31

2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Foodies get ready…the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts August 31 at Walt Disney World, celebrating its 22nd year.

With 39 new dishes and 65 new cocktails and beverages, the annual festival features 35 marketplaces featuring food and beverage samples representing countries around the world.

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The Horrors of Blumhouse Announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2017 at Universal Orlando #HHN27

The Horrors of Blumhouse Announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2017 at Universal Orlando

Jason Blum, one of today’s most prolific producers of contemporary horror films, brings his signature movies to life in the uniquely distinctive “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Orlando.

From his company Blumhouse Productions, this new maze will feature the following trio of horrors:

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Menus for the Marketplaces at the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

It’s almost time for the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and we have the full listing of food and beverage that will be available at the marketplaces.

Each marketplaces centers on a specific country, featuring dishes native to that country. There are also a couple of marketplaces that group food to a concept, allowing more latitude in the menu.

We don’t have prices to share, but based on recent years, most samples will cost between $3-$8 per item.

To help you plan your visit(s) to the fest, here are all the food and beverage marketplaces to enjoy:

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Live the Horrors of Jigsaw at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2017 #HHN27

The SAW series of films returns to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando with an all new maze built on the upcoming eighth installment of the series, JIGSAW.

The SAW series of films returns to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando with an all new maze built on the upcoming eighth installment of the series, JIGSAW.

Based on the Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures hit horror film franchise, “SAW: The Games of Jigsaw” will bring to life the scariest game yet. In this all-new maze guests will come face-to-face with the work of master craftsman “Jigsaw” and a collection of his most infamous traps from the SAW film series

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LEGOLAND Florida to Offer $99 Annual Awesomer Pass Sale May 26-29, 2017

LEGOLAND Florida

Get ready to nab a great theme park deal…LEGOLAND Florida will offer its annual Awesomer Pass for only $99 each May 26-29, 2017!

That’s right, for less than $99, you get a full year of unlimited admission to LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park.

But that’s not all!

You also get one year of unlimited admission to four other attractions: The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, Sea Life Aquarium Orlando and Legoland Discovery Center in Atlanta.

Other benefits of the pass include free parking at the attractions, early access to Legoland Florida, 10 percent discount on food and beverages at Legoland Florida, 10 percent discount on stays at Legoland Hotel and Legoland Beach Retreat and more.

To get the deal, you have to sign up in advance at legoland.com/memorial-sign-up. An email with a link and discount code will be sent when the sale opens May 26.

Already an Awesomer Pass Holder? Current passholders can renew their Awesomer Annual Pass at the $99 rate through May 31.

The Shining is Coming to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27

The Shining is Coming to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27

REDRUM! REDRUM! Universal Orlando has announced The Shining horror maze, based on the iconic movie, will debut at Halloween Horror Nights 27.

The Shining maze will provide guests with a unique opportunity to relive some of the film’s most memorable and sinister moments.

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