16 April 2014, 1:17 pm
Elsa and Anna from Frozen Move to Magic Kingdom April 20
On April 20 Magic Kingdom ® guests will finally get the chance to meet the popular princess sisters Anna and Elsa from the hit Disney ® film “Frozen.” The royal sisters will join their fellow Disney Royals at Princess Fairytale Hall.
Elsa and Anna will appear together each day until the early evening, after which other visiting Disney ® Princesses including Cinderella and Rapunzel will take over and be available for meet-and-greets. Fans will be able to reserve a FastPass+ for the new meet-and-greet experience. Due to the Princesses’ popularity this could save guests hours of standing in line.
The sister’s arrival at Magic Kingdom ® seems to be the final piece of “Frozen’s” takeover of the park as the two Princesses are featured in several other attractions and experiences throughout Magic Kingdom ®.
If you can’t get to Princess Fairytale Hall before Anna and Elsa leave for the day you can always catch them and other “Frozen” characters in the new Festival of Fantasy Parade that now marches up and down Main Street U.S.A. daily at Magic Kingdom ®.
And if your little princess wants to be a real “Frozen” princess Magic Kingdom ® guests can head to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and be transformed into Elsa or Anna with the “Frozen” package. This package includes a choice of either of the sister’s wigs, glowing makeup, face gems, nail polish, a Princess sash and a Princess cinch bag. Magic Kingdom ® also features a “Frozen” segment in the nightly show Celebrate the Magic.
Epcot ® guests can catch Elsa and Anna for the next five days at the “Princess Plass” across from Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot’s ® Norway Pavilion.
In addition to Elsa and Anna’s arrival at Magic Kingdom ® guests will also soon be able to take a ride with some of your favorite characters from Disney’s classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” on the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride at the new Fantasyland. The ride is the final piece of the new Fantasyland and guests can expect to take a ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine” in May but no official date has been released yet.
Stay tuned for more details on Anna and Elsa’s arrival as well as the opening date for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. As always you can find discounted Walt Disney World ® tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.
14 April 2014, 1:10 pm
Its A Small World Celebrates 50th Birthday with Sing Along
Whether you love to sing along to it or cringe when you hear the lyrics to “It’s a Small World,” Disney ® is celebrating the song and the ride’s 50th anniversary this week with a nice little “It’s a Small World” sing-along.
Fans of both the ride and the song will want to head at Walt Disney World ® Thursday to help belt out the iconic song in front of Cinderella Caste at Magic Kingdom ® during a “live global sing-along” on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Then at 2:45 p.m., Space Coast Disney fans can join the chorus and sing before the new Festival of Fantasy parade.
The “It’s a Small World” ride debuted on April 22, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair in a salute to UNICEF. Due to its popularity at the World’s Fair Walt Disney decided to turn it into a permanent attraction. The ride opened with audio animatronics of people from around the world with guests floating past them on small boats at Disneyland in California on May 28, 1966. Since then a version of the ride has been installed in all five Disney ® parks, where the song plays an estimated 1,200 times a day!
Walt Disney World’s ® version of “It’s a Small World” debuted in 1971 with the opening of Magic Kingdom ®. It featured that same catchy, love it or hate it theme song by Richard and Robert Sherman; same art direction by Mary Blair; and same authentic costumes by Alice and Marc Davis.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ride, the Walt Disney Co. will donate $150,000 To UNICEF. In addition for every video recorded and digital doll shared of the event, the Walt Disney World Company will make a donation to benefit UNICEF, up to $100,000."
'It's a Small World' has inspired hundreds of millions of people through its timeless theme," Tom Staggs, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman, stated in a press release. "Every moment of every day, there are Disney guests enjoying 'It's a Small World' somewhere around the globe.”
To celebrate “It’s a Small World’s” 50th anniversary take a ride on the iconic ride on your next Walt Disney World ® visit with discounted tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.
All together now, “It’s a Small World After all…”
11 April 2014, 9:36 am
Top Tips For Visiting Universal Orlando This Summer
With the opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios and the usual crowds that hit the parks this time of year you can almost guarantee that Universal Orlando will be a busy place very soon. With that in mind Orlando Fun Tickets has come up with a few top tips to get you through your adventurous day.
Tip #1 - Eat a big breakfast – This may sound more like a tip for a marathon than a theme park visit but with all of the walking, riding and screaming you’ll be doing throughout the day you’ll want to be sure you tank up in the morning. An Orlando Fun Ticket favorite breakfast spot nearby Universal is Hash House A Go Go. Serving up everything from Griddled French Toast to Eggs Benedict and more Hash House A Go Go is the perfect spot to grab a delicious and filling breakfast before your busy theme park day.
Tip #2 - Get there early – If you do stop for breakfast make sure you do so early. You’ll want to arrive at Universal Orlando when the park opens if not earlier to beat some of the usual summer crowd. This tip is especially important when Diagon Alley opens.
Tip #3 - Tackle on one park per day – Since there are two parks to enjoy at Universal Orlando it is easy to buy park-to-park tickets and hop around from Universal Studios to Islands of Adventure but if at all possible try sticking to one park per day so that you get the most out of each park. Tackling two parks in one day is exhausting and you spend much of your day just trying to get to the other park instead of enjoying the fun.
Tip #4 - Hit the outdoor rides if there’s rain – If it happens to rain on your theme park outing don’t immediately pack up and leave. Florida rain showers don’t last long but they do stop people from going on water rides. As long there isn’t lightning (you won’t be allowed on the ride if it is) take advantage of the short lines for these rides and get in a few good splashes. It is also important to keep rain gear in your car should you need it. You don’t want a little rain shower to stop you from enjoying the rides. Cheap ponchos can be found at any one of the tourist gift shops along I-Drive.
Tip #5 - Do water rides either early or late in your day - And speaking of those water rides make sure you ride them either first thing in the morning and then change right after or later in the day when you can just leave the park afterwards. You don’t want to spend your day roaming around the park in soaked clothes.
Tip #6 - Try not to snack too much – We’re not saying to not enjoy a snack or two - especially the Butter Beer at Islands of Adventure and a Big Pink donut at Universal Studios - but try to limit your munching so that you can enjoy one of the newer restaurants in CityWalk. One of our favorites is Antijitos!