July 2011 News
Federal Government Moving To Disney World
Date: 29 July 2011 The Spoof (satire)
Orlando, Florida -- Unable to afford escalating real estate prices in Washington DC, the US government is relocating to Disney World.
SeaWorld Orlando: Dolphin calf born
Date: 29 July 2011 Dewayne Bevil on Attractions - Theme Park Ranger
SeaWorld Orlando has a new resident: A dolphin calf was born there Tuesday morning.
Disney brings Cars 2 and Lightning McQueen to Hollywood Studios stunt show
Date: 28 July 2011 Dewayne Bevil on Attractions - Theme Park Ranger
Walt Disney World has put another pinch of Pixar into Disney's Hollywood Studios by inserting a "Cars 2" segment in the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show. Gearheads now can see a Lightning McQueen car in the middle of the production.
Remembering Jennings Osborne at Walt Disney World
Date: 28 July 2011 John Phelan, Show Director, Disney Creative Entertainment
Jennings Osborne, the creator of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, passed away on Wednesday and we extend our condolences to the family. His creativity has influenced many guests, cast members and fans of Walt Disney World, and that includes me. In fact, I consider the years I worked with the Osborne family the highlight of my career.
Changes slow to appear at Disney's Pleasure Island
Date: 23 July 2011 By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel
At the end of summer in 2008, Walt Disney World shut down the nightclubs that once made Pleasure Island an after-dark destination for more than a million people a year, saying it wanted to transform the adult-oriented district into a new venue more suitable for families with children.
No more ESPN The Weekend at Disney World
Date: 22 July 2011 By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
Walt Disney World will no longer host ESPN The Weekend, an annual event that has called the resort home for the better part of a decade, according to a blog post on Disney's website.
Cops: Worker Tries Reselling Multiday Theme Park Tickets
Date: 22 July 2011 WFTV Orlando
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- A ticket booth worker was arrested on Friday for trying to sell 150 previously used, multi-day theme park tickets, according to Orlando police.
SeaWorld Orlando builds 'hospital' for wild dolphins
Date: 16 July 2011 By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel
SeaWorld Orlando is preparing to open a new medical facility for stranded dolphins, two decades after the marine park stopped taking in wild dolphins that washed ashore because of fears that viruses could spread to its captive-animal populations.
Busch Gardens to hold first-ever Grad Nite for seniors
Date: 14 July 2011 By Robbyn Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
TAMPA — Grad Nite is back, but it won't be at Disney.
Busch Gardens Tampa will hold its first-ever 12th Grade Grad Nite on April 27 and 28 next year.
Summer Nights lighting up SeaWorld
Date: 14 July 2011 Dewayne Bevil on Attractions - Theme Park Ranger
I like the summertime format — or maybe it's the philosophy — of SeaWorld Orlando. The theme park offers evening entertainment not available during the day and wraps it into a tidy package called Summer Nights at SeaWorld.
3,000 Harry Potter fans celebrate boy wizard at convention
Date: 14 July 2011 By Jon Busdeker, Orlando Sentinel
Linde Heddes has been hooked on Harry Potter since she discovered the boy wizard at age 9.
Now 22, Heddes, of the Netherlands, made it her mission to be in Orlando this week for the sold-out LeakyCon, a four-day Harry Potter convention at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.
Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Date: 12 July 2011 MyFoxOrlando.com
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Get set for a culinary adventure as Epcot wines & dines visitors during their annual Food and Wine Festival.
Cancelling Walt Disney World’s Hyperion Wharf?
Date: 12 July 2011 Dawn Tinnirello - Long Island Disney Travel Examiner
Long Islanders had always loved Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island and were disappointed when they closed their doors in 2008. Now, most of the original night clubs have been demolished in the reconstruction plans of Disney’s Hyperion Wharf. Those plans were put on hold officially today by Disney when Disney announced that they have stopped the reconstruction.
Splitsville to bring upscale bowling, billiards to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World
Date: 12 July 2011 Inside the Magic
Today Disney announced a new entertainment addition for Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney called Splitsville. The chain of restaurants offers bowling and billiards with “luxury lanes” in an “upscale” setting.
Disney World adds new Winnie the Pooh meet-and-greet
Date: 11 July 2011 Orlando Sentinel (blog)
If you’re a big Winnie the Pooh fan, you’ll be happy to know that you can see the beloved bear in all four Walt Disney World parks. At the start of the summer season, though, a new meet-and-greet was added to Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where characters from recent movies typically appear. Disney’s Winnie the Pooh movie debuts Friday.
Disney to cut monorail hours
Date: 11 July 2011 By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel
Walt Disney World is cutting operating hours for its monorail, a move designed to give maintenance crews more time to work on the aging transportation system.
Butterbeer: How the Harry Potter Beverage Was Made Real
Date: 11 July 2011 Huffington Post (blog)
By now, even the dimmest of Muggles knows that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a smashing success. Ever since this theme-park-within-a-theme-park opened at Islands of Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort, people have been raving about the "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" attraction as well as Hogsmeade's highly-themed shops and restaurants.
Walt Disney World no longer running monorails during park Extra Magic Hours
Date: 09 July 2011 Danny Cox - Disney World Travel Tips Examiner
A rumor popped up a few days ago that monorails would no longer be running during Extra Magic Hours (EMH) at the Walt Disney World parks. It now seems as if those rumors have become a reality. This could cause some commotion with resort guests, but it remains to be seen.
Tinker Bell returns to Magic Kingdom; Disney character meet-and-greet updates
Date: 08 July 2011 Debra Peterson - Disney Travel Examiner
Disney Parks Blog announced July 8 that Tinker Bell and her Disney Fairy friends will once again be available for meet-and-greet opportunities at Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort. The characters will appear at the Adventureland Veranda beginning July 28, 2011.
SeaWorld Orlando: After 3 p.m. ticket added for Summer Nights
Date: 08 July 2011 By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel
SeaWorld Orlando has introduced a new ticket that allows entry into the theme park for a reduced rate after 3 p.m. during its Summer Nights at SeaWorld event. Admission is $49.99 at the mid-afternoon rate through Aug. 14.
Tips to help you pick a Disney World water park
Date: 07 July 2011 Orlando Sentinel (blog)
Walt Disney World is home to two fantastic water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Both are packed with fun activities, but they differ in ways that go beyond the extensive theming. Here are some things to consider that may not be apparent from the guide maps.
Disney World offers more details about new Dumbo ride at Magic Kingdom
Date: 06 July 2011 Orlando Sentinel (blog)
Recently, Disney World officials released another piece of concept art for the Storybook Circus area of the Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom.
Osceola County busts 10 on theme park ticket sales
Date: 06 July 2011 Henry Pierson Curtis - Orlando Sentinel
KISSIMMEE — Osceola County deputy sheriffs arrested 10 vendors Thursday and Friday on charges of re-selling tickets to Orlando-area theme parks.
Mad About Harry Potter
Date: 06 July 2011 By Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel Movie Critic
Any doubt that Orlando is the center of the Harry Potter universe should disappear next week when the most faithful followers of the wizard and his Hogwarts classmates gather for the sold-out LeakyCon, the Harry Potter convention at Universal Orlando Resort.
2012 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend registration opens
Date: 05 July 2011 Debra Peterson - Disney Travel Examiner
On July 5, runDisney opened registration for the 2012 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend. The women’s race weekend will be held Feb. 24 – 26, 2012 at the Walt Disney World Resort..
Fantasmic will now be seven nights a week at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Date: 03 July 2011 Danny Cox - Disney World Travel Tips Examiner
One of the best ways to end particular nights over the years has been to sit down at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World and enjoy the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic. Now guests will have the option of doing that seven nights a week as the incredble show is expanding to air every evening.
The USA's best theme park? The winner is...
Date: 02 July 2011 By Laura Bly, USA TODAY
Break out the butter beer, muggles: Universal's Islands of Adventures, powered by last year's debut of the wildly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter, earned the top spot in the 2011 Theme Park Insider reader poll.
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