28 July 2014, 9:21 am
Inside Festival of the Lion King at Walt Disney World
The new Harambe Theater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom ® opened its doors a little over a month ago and already guests are flooding the theater to see the revamped production, Festival of the Lion King. If you haven’t yet made your way over to the Africa area of Animal Kingdom ® you might want to do so before August 9.
Prior to closing in January, Festival of the Lion King called a theater in Camp Minnie Mickey home, but due to the Avatar-themed land coming to Animal Kingdom ®, that area of the park was cleared out to accommodate the new project and Festival of the Lion King was in need of a new home. Harambe Theatre quickly began construction and while Disney ® built the theatre they also decided to incorporate a few changes to the popular production.
The show itself about the story of Simba and his journey to become King of Pride Rock hasn’t really changed much. Audiences will still enjoy moments from the classic Disney film, “The Lion King” along with Disney’s ® own unique additions like puppetry but there are a few new things for guests to sing “Hakuna Matata” too. With glorious new floats and even more dazzling elements, the new Festival of the Lion King feels fresh, vibrant and even fuller of animal pride than before. The colossal puppets, dancers, stilt walkers and acrobats are mesmerizing and will lure you in regardless of how many times you saw the show before.
In addition to the new imagery, Festival of the Lion King has also added a celebrity narrator backed by a live orchestra that helps the cast of singers and dancers recreate the drama of an African story circle. The celebrity narrators have been lighting up the production since June and there are only two narrators left including:• Brian Stokes Mitchell — August 2, 2014• Patina Miller — August 9, 2014
But the new changes don’t stop at the show and theatre, Disney ® is also offering a new nighttime street party called Harambe Nights. Here guests are able to enjoy African-inspired food, drink and entertainment both before and after the show. It all begins with a welcome reception in Animal Kingdom’s ® Harambe Village where guests are able to enjoy delicious appetizers, a specialty cocktail and a selection of beer and wines. Then, after The Festival of the Lion King you are invited back to Harambe Village for an after-party with even more African food, Afro-pop, performers and more.
The first-ever Harambe Nights will welcome guests every Saturday now through August 9.
To see the new The Festival of the Lion King in its new home and for a chance to celebrate the theatrical production in Harambe Nights look for discounted Walt Disney World ® tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.
25 July 2014, 12:31 pm
Top Dolphin Encounters in Orlando from SeaWorld to Epcot
Orlando may be landlocked but that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience a few aquatic adventures you would in say, Hawaii or Miami. In fact, Orlando has quite a few dolphin encounters and experiences that will make you feel like you are on a tropical island, and better yet swimming with the gorgeous dolphins of that island. Here are Orlando Fun Tickets top dolphin encounters in Orlando:
Discovery Cove - Guests won’t just encounter dolphins they’ll actually be able to help train them in the “Trainer for a Day” program. This special program lets guests shadow a marine expert and learn all about dolphin behavior and communication. The highlight is a 30-minute dolphin swim experience, including a dorsal fin ride around the lagoon and a “double-foot-push” maneuver, where two dolphins push you along the water. The package also includes a private photo session with two dolphins. Discovery Cove is more than just a theme park; it’s an all-inclusive day resort with food, drink (even alcoholic ones,) and gear, all complimentary during your visit with some of the most amazing animal experiences ever! Also, you’ll get a 14-day pass to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Water Park.
Epcot ® at Walt Disney World ® - Epcot has its own dolphin encounters at The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion in Epcot's Future World section. Here visitors may opt for the Dolphins in Depth program where you’ll learn about the complex behaviors of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The three-hour experience also includes a session with the expert trainers and researchers who work with the dolphins every day as well as interaction with the dolphins in waist-deep water. The experience is capped off with a unique photo-op and a souvenir.
SeaWorld Orlando - When you talk about Dolphin encounters the first place you might think of is SeaWorld Orlando and for good reason like Dolphin Cove where you can feed and touch dolphins and the Blue Horizons show featuring many lovable dolphins. Also, check out the Dolphins Up-Close Tour, where you will get to see how SeaWorld cares for their dolphins as well as participate in a training session and even touch the aquatic mammal. The Dolphins Up-Close Tour is approximately 60-minutes. If you want to actually care for one of SeaWorld’s dolphins check out the Marine Mammal Keeper Experience where you will work side-by-side with marine mammal experts and understand what it is like to care for dolphins as well as other marine wildlife like beluga whales and sea lions.
Whether you want to try all of the above-mentioned dolphin encounters or just one you can always find discounted tickets to Discovery Cove, Walt Disney World ® and SeaWorld Orlando right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.
23 July 2014, 10:02 am
Bad Guys Take Over Hollywood Studios During Villains Unleashed Aug 23
Walt Disney World ® is about to do something they’ve never done before; welcome more than 50 villains who will bring their wicked ways to Disney’s Hollywood Studios ® for Villains Unleashed on August 23. The one-night only party will kick off as the sun goes down and run through the early hours of the morning.
Curious to know which Disney ® villain will take over the park on Aug. 23? Here are just a few of the bad guys who we’re sure will be up to no good: Captain Hook, Cruella De Vil, Darth Vader and the Evil Queen. As they roam Hollywood Studios ® you will get to enjoy some wicked entertainment including a special fireworks show, wild dance parties and villainous food, drink and merchandise.
The villainous fun will include:
Hades Hangout & Dance Party – Hang out with the ruler of the underworld and dance until the early morning hours at this fun-filled area. His band of underworld friends including house band Bernie Briquette and Brimstone, along with DJ Igg Nite and the Underworld Dancers, will join Hades.
Fantasmic! Pre-Show – Something devious will happen to the Fantasmic! pre-show as villains take over and perform their usual wickedness.
Villainy in the Sky – And speaking of wickedness, as the clock strikes the witching hour, the Disney ® villains will join at Hades Hangout for a fireworks show that’s downright devilish. Villains will gather together to unleash their powers into the night sky for a specialty themed fireworks show that’s haunting!
Oogie Boogie’s Variety Show – Mr. Oogie Boogie will host a special variety show crawling with entertainment at Theater of The Stars.
“Star Wars” Villain Zone – Experience the power of the dark side as some of the most feared villains from “Star Wars” take over Hollywood Studios ®.
Ex-Scream Makeovers – If you’d like to join the villain side feel free to get an ‘Ex-Scream’ makeover and get your face painted to look just like your favorite Disney ® bad guy.
Attractions – Villains Unleashed isn’t all about villains. It is also about where they dwell! Make sure you get a few rides in on some of Hollywood Studios’ spookiest rides like Tower of Terror and Star Tours – The Adventures Continue but beware of who lurks in the shadows!
Villainous Food, Drink and Merchandise – devilishly tasty treats will lure you in throughout Villains Unleashed. Plus, you can remember the creepy night for years to come with mischievous merchandise.
To see your favorite Disney ® villains all in one place this August don’t miss the first-ever Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios ® with discounted tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.