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4 March 2015, 11:04 am

Animal Kingdom Welcomes Baby White Rhino

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Walt Disney World has welcomed several new bundles of joy to its Animal Kingdom park these past few months. Guests can now see five baby sable antelopes galloping on the savannah and will soon meet a new white rhino on the safaris.

Last month, Animal Kingdom expanded their animal offerings when a white rhino gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The baby was the third generation to be born at Animal Kingdom. Both his mother and grandmother were born at the park and can regularly be seen on the savannahs of the Harambe Wildlife Reserve.

Being the third generation white rhino to be born at the park, it is no surprise that he joins eight other white rhinos, all of which were born at Animal Kingdom. The birth of white rhinos at Animal Kingdom is no longer a rarity. In fact, the park is one of the only places that is considered safe for the animal. Poachers have destroyed the white rhino population, leaving the northern white rhino extinct in the wild.

Native to central and southern Africa, the white rhino, despite its name, isn’t actually white. Instead, the rhinos are actually grey and can be recognized by their two horns on their heads. While we aren’t sure how much the new baby weighted they typically weigh up to 143 pounds at birth. Females can grow anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds while adult males can weigh up to a whopping 5,000 pounds!

In addition to caring for the new baby white rhino and the eight others in Animal Kingdom’s park, Disney World is doing their part to help other white rhinos. Several of Animal Kingdom’s cast members are board members for the International Rhino Foundation (IRF). Plus, The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund also contributes to rhino conservation, research and habitat protection projects for rhinos throughout the world. If you’re interested in helping support these white rhinos you can do so by adding a dollar to any purchase at the park, buying a sponsored pin or merchandise item, taking a trek on the Wild Africa Trek excursion or snorkeling at The Seas with Nemo & Friends. All of these attractions donate to rhino conservation.

You won’t be able to see the new white rhino at Animal Kingdom just yet, but once the baby boy is cleared you will no doubt see him roaming the savannahs on the Kilimanjaro Safaris. To do so look for discounted Walt Disney World tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.

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2 March 2015, 10:52 am

Inside Shutterbuttons at Diagon Alley

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There are a lot of things about Diagon Alley at Universal Studios that will let “Harry Potter” fans experience the book and films like they dreamed of when they first saw “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in 2001. One of those things is the shop Shutterbutton’s, where fans can create their very own moving photographs.

Located in Carkitt Market, Shutterbutton’s is dedicated to providing muggles with a moving photograph of their time in Diagon Alley. As you enter the photography shop you will be greeted by a warm and welcoming Shutterbutton staff and asked if you would like a moving portrait photo album of yourself. Your answer should definitely be yes! This experience is by far one of the most unique in Diagon Alley.

Against a special background, your photographer will guide you through 12 iconic scenes from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley as well as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.

As you pose, the photographer will put you inside some of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s most iconic attractions including Hogwarts Express as you ride along the famous locomotive and Gringotts bank with the fire-breathing dragon scaring you off. You’ll even be photographed as you look at one of your friends as they appear on a “Have You Seen This Wizard?” poster. The shock on your face when you see the poster is priceless!

The entire Shutterbutton photography experience takes about 15-20 minutes and by the end you will walk away with your very own DVD photo album in a collectible Shutterbutton’s tin.

To even further immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter make sure you create your very own moving photographs at Shutterbutton’s in Diagon Alley with discounted Universal Orlando tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets. While you’re there don’t forget to check out the rest of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley shops like Ollivanders, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Borgin and Burkes, Scribbulus and more.

 

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27 February 2015, 1:11 pm

Top Activities You Might Not Know About at Walt Disney World

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When it comes to Walt Disney World there are certain rides, shows and attractions that everybody knows. Spinning teacups, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and It’s a Small World are just a few of the popular rides at the Orlando theme park. But did you know, aside from the usual thrills and excitement guests experience at the park, there are some hidden gems most people don’t know about? From surfing to diving with sharks and taking archery lessons her are the top unknown activities at Walt Disney World:

Segway Tour – Take a ride on the world’s first self-balancing personal transporter, the Segway PT! This technologically advanced ride uses gyroscopes and tilt sensors to emulate human balance, meaning you can enjoy the ride without having to shift your weight back and forth. The Segway Tour takes you through The Wilderness Back Trail Adventure at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, where you’ll get incredible views of nature on your very own Segway X2 Personal Transporter.

Harmony Barber Shop Cut – You’ve probably passed The Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom dozens of times and not realized that it is a functioning barbershop! Take a seat in the barber’s chair and experience a good old-fashioned haircut as your transported back to a simpler time. As you do you’ll be entertained by barbershop quartets!

Surf at Typhoon Lagoon – Orlando may not be close to the ocean but that doesn’t mean you can’t surf at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon! The 2.75-million-gallon wave pool provides constant waves every 90 seconds that range form three to six feet, making it the perfect place to grab your board and catch a wave. You can even learn how to cut, carve and “hang 10” from Cocoa Beach Surf School.

DiveQuest at Epcot – Take a dive under the sea in a 6-million-gallon indoor aquarium at DiveQuest at Epcot. Experience marine life including sharks, turtles, eagle rays and tropical fish like you never have before in this exclusive dive opportunity.

Learn to Hula Dance – At Disney’s Polynesian Resort you can learn how to hula dance in one of the Resorts complimentary classes. Auntie Kaul, a hula dancer and instructor with 50 years of experience, leads the classes offered Monday through Saturday at 3:45 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. until noon. You’ll learn a variety of chants and dances during each class.  

Archery Experience – Channel your inner Merida and learn how to hit a bull’s eye at The Archery Experience at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. The 90-minute experience includes an archery guide who will give you tips on how to hit that mark.

Kidcot - At World Showcase in Disney’s Epcot, guests can create their own Epcot souvenirs at the park’s Kidcot Funstops. There are craftsmen on hand to teach the budding artists how to create masks or musical instruments. These funstops are available at each of the pavilions.

Club Cool – Also at Epcot, Club Cool welcomes thirsty guests with complimentary samples of Coca-Cola products from countries around the world including China, Israel, Italy and Costa Rica.

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