Walt Disney World Sets July 11 Reopening Date for Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World announced plans on Wednesday to cautiously open its gates July 11.

Disney’s theme parks in Florida have been closed since March 15 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their reopening will follow its Florida rival, Universal Orlando, which is set to reopen June 5.

SeaWorld Orlando also presented its plan to Orange County’s Economic Recovery Task Force and plans to reopen for employees on June 10, and for the public on June 11. 

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Universal Orlando Will Reopen June 5

Universal Studios theme park plans to reopen to the public at reduced capacity on June 5, the company said on Thursday. The announcement was made during an Orange County, Florida Economic Recovery Task Force meeting attended by county, health department experts, and community leaders. The Economic Recovery Task Force approved Universal’s plans to restart on June 5.

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New Attractions Coming to Orlando

What is coming to Orlando in 2020 and 2021?

Theme parks all around Orlando have been adding new experiences to their lineups. From the highly themed to the highly thrilling, here are 5 new roller coasters coming to town.

Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando, coming spring 2020

Ice Breaker will be SeaWorld Orlando’s first launched roller coaster. Opening this coming spring, it will be built in the Wild Arctic area of the park. The coaster will take riders both forward and backward, with speeds reaching 52 miles per hour on a 90-second trip. With a track length of 2,750 feet, it will reach a maximum height of 95 feet.

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Amazing Drone Footage Unveils How Disney New Star Wars Lands are Taking Shape

Disney shows sweeping new drone footage unveiling construction of the new Star Wars, Galaxy’s Edge, against music composed for the attraction.

A video of the London Symphony Orchestra playing John Williams’ rousing music created for the attractions as Star Wars fans are taken on a brief tour of Galaxy’s Edge. The video includes incredible sweeping aerial shots that reveal how construction is progressing. Continue reading “Amazing Drone Footage Unveils How Disney New Star Wars Lands are Taking Shape”

TripAdvisor Names the Best Amusement Parks in the World

In the hunt for the world’s best amusement park, a Florida attraction takes the top spot.

The travel review site TripAdvisor revealed its new rankings of the best amusement and water parks around the world in its 2018 Travelers’ Choice awards – and the winner is an attraction in the theme park capital of Florida – Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure came out on top of the ranking just ahead of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida which came second in the list. The third position is taken by the top-rated European attraction of Le Puy du Fou, a historical theme park in Les Epesses, France. Continue reading “TripAdvisor Names the Best Amusement Parks in the World”

Disney’s New Toy Story Land Even More Magical at Night

This land really comes to life at night.

The playfully themed Toy Story Land really comes to life at night and is a more enjoyable experience than during the day.

Toy Story Land, the brand new area that opened on June 30, 2018, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is inspired by the Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. The new land is the first of two major expansions to be built at Hollywood Studios.
Toy Story Land is bright, however with tons of crowds during the day. Although it has an adorable theme, the heat and overwhelming hordes of people ruin the experience. On the other hand, at night, Toy Story Land comes to life and is a really enjoyable experience. Everything looks so festive, all those statues of the character illuminated and various multi-colored lights strung overhead. The buildings are also illuminated with rosy colorful lighting.

Riding the Slinky Dog Dash is another experience that feels completely different at night. As the track has lights, the surrounding darkness intensifies the thrill of the coaster.

The Disney Parks Blog promised that when the land opens, guests will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and others.

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Orlando Police Testing Amazon’s Facial Recognition in Public

Orlando police confirmed they are testing Amazon’s real-time facial recognition on the streets.

The fact that the facial recognition technology was active in public was not willingly shared by the police service. At first, the police department denied and said the trial was confined to its headquarters as the existing pilot was limited to basic testing, and no members of the public were entered for search.

However, after the news was announced by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), police chief John Mina officially admitted at a press conference that three of the city’s IRIS cameras downtown were also equipped with the software. Continue reading “Orlando Police Testing Amazon’s Facial Recognition in Public”

I-Drive’s High-Flying StarFlyer Sets New Opening Date

StarFlyer, world’s tallest swing ride debut pushed to June.

The original May 11 opening date of the StarFlyer has been pushed by 3 weeks. Thrill seekers will have to wait until June 1. The developer, Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments, LLC owns the Vue at 360 complex where the ride will be located. Officials with the company announced a new June 1, 2018 debut. The attraction was expected to open May 11.

Unicorp President Chuck Whittall said that “Kids will be out of school,” at the opening of the new attraction. StarFlyer will be world’s tallest swing ride at 450 feet and two dozen guests at a time will be able to swing at 60 mph. Unicorp President Chuck Whittall said that the reasons for delays include an incomplete railing that will surround the ride, as well as unfinished landscaping features.

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First Glimpse of Upcoming Fast & Furious – Supercharged Attraction

Universal Orlando has released a few more details about its upcoming Fast and Furious attraction at Universal theme park. However, a specific opening date wasn’t announced. “The spring of 2018” said officials from the company.

Universal promises plenty of real-life automobiles involved in the Fast and Furious Supercharged attraction, which means guests will have unique high-speed action experience. A post on the official Universal blog shows that the space houses upgraded cars designed for racing: some of them we have seen in the film’s series and others are especially designed for the high-speed chase experience.

The new attraction will feature the iconic Dodge Charger owned by the character of Dom, played by Vin Diesel. The vehicle is currently parked in front of the Fast and Furious family’s new headquarters. Also, guests will see for the first time, Continue reading “First Glimpse of Upcoming Fast & Furious – Supercharged Attraction”