Enjoy wine pairings? Then you're in luck. A new experiece is coming to the quiet Martha's Vineyard lounge in the Beach Club Resort. The new late-afternoon wine pairings will combine food, wine and some learnin' thanks to the experts on hand to discuss what you're eating and drinking.
Dates are Sept. 4, Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 30, 4-5:15pm. Exact wineries are yet to be announced. Only 18 guests will be involved in each tasting. Pricing will vary between $20-30 depending on the winery.
For reservations or more details, call 407-934-3833.
Enjoy wine pairings? Then you're in luck. A new experiece is coming to the quiet Martha's Vineyard lounge in the Beach Club Resort. The new late-afternoon wine pairings will combine food, wine and some learnin' thanks to the experts on hand to discuss what you're eating and drinking.
August 13, 2014
The houses have been announced for this year's Howl-O-Scream event. Dead Fall is the brand new house of the event, with the details posted below. Returning favorites include Death Water Bayou, The Basement, Blood Asylum, Zombie Mortuary, Circus of Superstition and possibly one more soon to be announced house. The upcharge house, The Experiment, also returns with some new and returning "experiments".
No specific scarezones have been announced, but "the streets will swarm with hundreds of roaming creatures" so we know the roaming hoardes will be in force.
We're looking forward to this year's event again as usual, and we'll have more details posted soon.
August 5, 2014
DEAD FALL - House 1
A brand-new house has been announced with the opportunity to vote on specific elements to be included. Facebook fans can vote on these elements starting NOW!
Inside Dead Fall, the ghosts of long lost memories reach into the present and will NOT be forgotten! These spirits from the past lurk in the shadows of this Victorian garden and greenhouse, longing to drag unsuspecting guests into their world. Visitors will have to try to escape before becoming a permanent resident of Dead Fall.
In 2013, Busch Gardens included their Facebook fans in planning Howl-O-Scream’s new haunted house, Death Water Bayou. Fans chose three key elements of the house, and then saw their vote come to life when they visited the event.
Back by popular demand, fans once again have the opportunity to vote on three key elements of Dead Fall, including the name of the estate, a murder tool one of the residents fell victim to, and the name of one of Dead Fall’s residents.
Voting starts today, Aug. 5 on the Howl-O-Scream Facebook page and takes place in a series of three Facebook polls over the course of three weeks. “Like” the Howl-O-Scream Facebook page and start voting now. And stay tuned to the Howl-O-Scream Instagram page for more contests and updated event information.
So head on over to their facebook page and start voting now!
July 22, 2014
Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens for 18 select nights!
Freaky Preview: Sept. 26 & 27
Thursday - Saturday Nights: Oct. 2-Nov. 1
Sunday: Oct. 19
Visit HowlOScream.com for full ticketing information.
Hundreds of roaming creatures will swarm the streets, making escape nearly impossible. A chilling live show will get your pulse pounding, and Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, including North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury™ will keep the screams coming all night long.Freaky Preview is back and will open Howl-O-Scream 2014 on Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 2-Nov. 1. Howl-O-Scream will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 19. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2014. For a limited time, any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream 2014 is $47. There’s safety in numbers, so you and three friends can also save on a pack of four or more tickets to Howl-O-Scream 2014 on Thursdays, starting at $35 per person. Busch Gardens Tampa pass members can take advantage of their limited time exclusive discount on any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream 2014 for only $42.
June 11, 2014
Annual Passholders have been notifed that they will be able to view the tapings of the musical performers for The Tonight Show's recordings at Universal Studios from June 16-19. Musical performances will be limited to 1-2 songs only.
- Monday - Jennifer Lopez
- Tuesday - Jimmy Buffett
- Wednesday - fun
- Thursday - Pitbull
Performances will be at 9pm at the Music Plaza Stage and will occur rain or shine.
August 28, 2014
Halloween - House 8
We now have our full line up of houses with the announcement of Halloween joining HHN 24. Based off the original movie, Michael Myers' twisted world comes to life - whether you like it or not.
Here's a clip of the movie in Universal's announcement.
August 12, 2014
Dollhouse of the Damned - House 5
Giggles & Gore Inc. - House 6
Roanoke: Cannibal Colony - House 7
MASKerade; Unstitched - Scarezone 1
Bayou of Blood - Scarezone 2
Universal has released 3 new original houses and 2 scarezones for this year's event.
Dollhouse of the Damned is themed to a morgue that a little girl has taken over and decorated as her playhouse...but not just any playhouse, a sick, twisted and demented version. We'll be encountering several creepy dolls, and people who are becoming dolls themselves.
Giggles & Gore Inc. is the factory where clowns are made...evil clowns...and they're made out of missing people. Guts, gore and terrifying clowns will be around every corner of this frightening house.
Roanoke: Cannibal Colony is loosely based on real events from colonial times back in 1587. A ship expected to be bringing supplies to the colony arrived but was empty...except for a few cannibals who've taken over the ship. A "chaotic gauntlet of flesh-hungry man-eaters" awaits us.
MASKerade; Unstitched's theme is people who are trapped in an old-world time period. Their skin is falling from their bodies, at least the pieces that they haven't stitched back on. Creepy waltz music will fill the air while they dance among you.
Bayou of Blood revolves around a high-priestess, voodoo and human sacrifices. There will be a "sacrifice right in front of you" which reminds us (and we're hoping) of the old scarezones when they put on a small show.
You can read more details as well as interviews with HHN designers at Universal's Blog.
August 7, 2014
Dracula Untold - House 4
Their next announced house will be based off the soon-to-be-released movie (Oct. 17) of the same name. Dracula Untold house "takes you through the terrifying orgin of the man who became Dracula. Each room contains gothic scenes that highlight Vlad the Impaler's transition into the bloodthirsy creature".
Watch the trailer for the movie below.
August 4, 2014
Alien vs. Predator - House 3
Alien? Predator? "Whoever wins, we lose". We will be thrown right into the middle of this terrifying battle at this year's HHN.
Check out this teaser clip below from Universal.
July 22, 2014
The Purge: Anarchy Scarezone 2
Another scarezone has been announced and this one will be based of this year's new movie "The Purge: Anarchy", currently in theaters.
"Once you enter The Purge: Anarchy you'll be lucky to just survive the night. In this unique experience inspired by Universal Pictures new thriller, turmoil and pandemonium awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims."
Here's the trailer for the movie if you haven't seen it yet.
July 16, 2014
"Face-Off" Scarezone 1
Universal has announced their first scarezone of the event. It will be based off Syfy's show "Face Off". The scarezone will feature 10 different characters inspired by the TV show, as well as this season's winner.
Here's the video with more details.
July 14, 2014
From Dusk Til Dawn - House 2
The second house of the season has been announced - From Dusk Til Dawn.
"Beneath the neon lit facade of this remote biker bar you'll discover a labyrinth of death, as an ancient race of blood thirsty creatures serve up chaos and carnage."
Check out the video from Halloween Horror Nights with more details.
June 9, 2014
The Walking Dead - House 1
Late last night, details were released to USAToday.com about the theme of this year's event. The Walking Dead will be returning for a 3rd year to Halloween Horror Nights 24 in Orlando and in Hollywood. You can read the full details in the USAToday.com article here.
We are not excited in the least about this news. Seriously?? A third year? I know we aren't the only people disappointed to hear this. Last year's event seemed tired and now they're going for another. All that says to us is that the team is tapped of new ideas for the event. As Frequent Fear Pass holders since 2004, this is the first year we likely won't be.
So, what are your thoughts on this news?
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8562 Palm Parkway, in the same area as Kobe, Hooter's and Sea Dog Brewery near Downtown Disney.
Visit their website, but generally 5pm until 2am weekdays and open at 4pm on weekends.
$5 per person, includes free play on all the arcade games
A massive, (think "World of Beer" style), menu of craft and unique beers. Seriously, it's worth the $5 just to come in for the beer selection. Also some wines, sakes, but no liquor.
This'll be a short review because you really just need to go check it out for yourself. Your $5 cover gets you as much free play of their classic arcade games as you'd like. They also have more current systems such as PS4, XBOX One and more. Those systems require a 2 beer minimum per hour - easy, right? It's dark, kinda quiet except for the whirr & chirps from the machines and the occasional Guitar Hero battle. We're sure it gets much more interesting at night, as we hung out on a Saturday afternoon for a few hours.
Did some of the classic arcade games not quite work right? Yes. Did a few not work at all? Yes. Will we still come back? Absolutely. Being our first visit, we're not sure about how quick they are to fix games, but the entire experience and the crazy beer selection will put this place on our regular hang-out list, even though they only have 2 pinball machines. We'll see you there.
Check out their website for full details: Player1Orlando.com and follow them on twitter at @player1orlando
Oh, and if you're looking for more bar fun later at night, in the same mall area you'll find Sea Dog Brewery, Backstage Billards if you feel like playing pool, Kitty O'Shea's, a typical Irish bar with great drink specials, and Hammerheads Bar which has a fabulous drag show on Saturday nights...
A brand new event has been announced to enjoy the best of Epcot's World Showcase - the bars - after hours.
"Just imagine, after IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show at Epcot, instead of heading to your car or back to the resort, you could head to one of four spots in World Showcase for end-of-day relaxation with appetizers and beverages.
You can do just that beginning April 17 through September 15. Choose either La Cava del Tequila at the Mexico Pavilion; Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion; Tutto Gusto in the Italy Pavilion, or Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Each location will have small bites paired with a beverage flight (additional beverages can be purchased) from 9:20 – 11 p.m. It’s a magical time as the park quiets down.
Cost is $35, plus tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, go to www.disneyworld.com/spring, call 407-WDW-DINE, or check in with Epcot Guest Relations to see if space is available."
PTTP's Thoughts: This does not sound like a smart use of money. You have to pick one, ONE location to receive one drink and a couple bite-sized apps for $35. You can already get a couple drinks and an appetizer at any time of the day for that price.
So the only advantage to this is that the location you choose might be less crowded during the event versus during the day?? Take your $35 and spend it trying several locations during the day, or even a full meal. We can only see this being a good deal if it included all 4 locations.
We'll be interested in the thoughts and reviews of anyone who goes so be sure to give your review in the comments.
March 24, 2014
Let the planning - and screaming - begin. The dates for this year's event have been posted. There will be 8 Houses, "Multiple Spin-Chiling Street Experiences" and 2 Live Shows.
Select nights September 19 - November 1, 2014
Check out HalloweenHorrorNights.com for previous events photos and videos and any upcoming information.
Stay tuned to us on twitter as we'll be posing any info and construction pics as we get closer to the event.
December 12, 2013
Today Universal announced what they have planned for a major CityWalk remodel. We'll have 8 new restaurant concepts along with a remodel of the Universal Studios Store. This is the first phase of the evolution of CityWalk with these new restaurants opening by June 2014. We'll likely have another announcement next summer for a phase 2. Posted below is the official press release restaurant descriptions and photos from Universal.
NOW OPEN – Red Oven Pizza Bakery: Take a quick trip to Italy for authentic, artisan pizza--made fresh, while you wait--at Universal CityWalk’s first-ever Neopolitan-style pizza bakery. The combination of the highest quality ingredients and a traditional 900-degree stone-lined oven ensures every slice is pizza perfection.
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Take a journey through the cantinas, street carts, and markets of Mexico for unique tapas-style dining at Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food. Only the freshest ingredients are used to create craveable, made from scratch Mexican street fare in an environment of unmatched authenticity.
Hot Dog Hall of Fame: Strike out your hunger at Hot Dog Hall of Fame with some of the most iconic hot dog creations from our nation’s most famous ballparks. Take a seat in the bleachers and enjoy a loaded Chicago dog with all the toppings, a perfectly charred Boston brat, a monster LA dog and more.
The Cowfish: Innovative sushi joins forces with creative burgers for an untraditional dining experience at this reincarnation of the popular North Carolina hotspot. The result: "Burgushi". A cutting-edge fusion of burger and sushi, burgushi items include sushi rolls created using burger components and sandwiches created using sushi elements.
A new modern Italian kitchen concept: Immerse yourself in the essence of modern Italian cuisine at this new restaurant created by Universal Orlando. Watch as the culinary team handcrafts your pasta from scratch to create fresh takes on classic dishes in a clean, contemporary dining atmosphere.
See photo above.
Cold Stone Creamery: For more than 25 years, Cold Stone Creamery has served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients and their signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone.
Bread Box: With a Bread Box sandwich, you’ll be transported back to your childhood kitchen or your favorite street corner deli. Here you’ll find that the combination of quality meats and vegetables, fresh bread, and simple preparation can transform a sandwich into something more.
Menchie’s: One of the world’s most popular frozen yogurt shops is coming to Universal CityWalk. The dream was to create a place where people from all walks of life and ages could enjoy themselves—not only with great tasting, quality frozen yogurt and an expansive self-serve toppings bar, but with a unique experience in a fun and happy environment that makes you smile.
Since its opening in 1999, Universal CityWalk has served as the “entertainment capital of Orlando,” quickly becoming the hottest place in town among locals and visitors to grab a bite to eat, catch a movie, dance the night away and more. The two-tiered, 30-acre complex features a collection of nightclubs, restaurants and shops themed after some of the most recognizable names in entertainment, including Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Universal CityWalk is also home to Rising Star – an energetic karaoke club where guests can perform with a live band and backup singers, the 36-hole mini-golf course, Hollywood Drive-In Golf, and the indescribable, nationally-renowned live show, Blue Man Group.
We're excited with this announcement of some rather intersting restaurants. Sushi on a burger? Sure, we'll give it a try! Follow Cowfish on twitter (@CowfishOrlando) to get a feel for what they're about. Hopefully the new Mexican restaurant has excellent margaritas. The addition of more restaurants means the possibility of more Happy Hours. We'll find out just what they may be offering as we get closer to opening dates. This expansion will add some new life & excitement to the area. With the exception of the loss of Cigarz, we're looking forward to this.
What's Going Away
**Update: We've gotten word that Cigarz, Katie's Candy Co. and TCBY will be closing to make room for the expansion. No word on the other properites that we mentioned, but given the locations of the other new restaurants, they should be safe - for now.
Cigarz's last day will be December 31, 2013. Katie's Candy Co. and TCBY will likely be closing at or around the same date. We're obviously upset that our favorite "locals" bar at CityWalk will be closing. We'll be stopping by a few times for a last hurrah and proper send off.
**We're still waiting on information on which (if any) clubs/bars will be lost with this expansion. However, it's a bad sign that Red Coconut, Cigarz, Pat O'Brien's and The Groove are missing from the description above. If they do end up killing those properties, it looks like they're trying to make CityWalk more family-friendly than before - and we're not big fans of that.
What are your thoughts? Let's talk in the comments.
November 8-10, 2013
This year you can grab an artfully-crafted cocktail while enjoying a stroll through Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney. Disney Parks Blog announced this new addition on their site the other day:
Artistic cocktails take a front seat with a new twist called “Mixers and Masters” with dining locations featuring specialty drinks for sipping and strolling. Look for feather banners to indicate which restaurants will be participating, with each cocktail priced separately.
How about Caveman Painters Punch from T-Rex Café, or a Picasso Punch from Paradiso 37 . . . the Pinkberry Martini from Wolfgang Puck Café or a Blue Nile from Rainforest Café. Fulton’s Crab House will be pouring Sangria, and Portobello has a Strega-rita (Strega is an orange-flavored Italian liqueur). Sip a Huckleberry Lemonade at Splitsville, a pineapple mojito at Bongos Cuban Café or a fruity Planet Feature Presentation from Planet Hollywood. Pick judiciously, there are lots of interesting tastes to try.
Three times a day you can stop by “The Art of Mixology” at the Waterside Stage, with experts showing what goes into making an artfully delicious cocktail during each 10-minute demo.
We love that Disney is adding this new Cocktail Crawl for the Festival of the Masters event. Just because of this, we might actually attend this year!
January 24-26, 2014
Universal Orlando Resort is hosting another Harry Potter Celebration at the resort in January, 2014. Various ticket options are available, with the best options for those getting full resort packages including hotel rooms. Single event tickets are available, but are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Read the full details from Universal below.
Come and celebrate all of Harry’s adventures at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. From interactive experiences to a private evening reception and more, this exciting event will be three days of unforgettable fun for all ages, set against the backdrop of two amazing theme parks.
- Q&A sessions with the cast members and filmmakers
- A wand masterclass hosted by choreographer Paul Harris, duelling instructor for the feature films
- Opportunities to explore Hogwarts castle, and shop and dine in Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry PotterAn exciting Harry Potter Film Tribute with select cast members and filmmakers
Two Way To Experience This Amazing Event
- Thrilling rides, including:
• Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
• Dragon Challenge
VACATION PACKAGES - limited quantitiy, will sell out quickly
Starting from $395*SALES START AUGUST 22, 2013 AT 12:00 NOON, EST
VACATION PACKAGES INCLUDE:
- 3-night hotel accommodations
- 3-day park-to-park ticket to both theme parks per day
- Entry to a Private Evening Event held in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, (includes one free Butterbeer and light desserts) (Saturday)
- Reserved area for the Harry Potter Film Tribute (Friday)
- Reserved area for the Q&A sessions (Saturday & Sunday)
- Reserved area for a wand masterclass with Paul Harris
- Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- one hour before the park opens
- Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks - one per person
- CityWalk Party Pass
UNIVERSAL PARTNER HOTEL
Starting From $395*per adult, tax inclusiveRestrictions apply. See details
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO ON-SITE HOTEL
Starting From $675†per adult, tax inclusive
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS
Save $20 or more off the front gate priceMULTI-DAY PARK-TO-PARK • TICKETS ON SALE NOW
PARK-TO-PARK TICKET ALLOWS ACCESS TO:
- Harry Potter Film Tribute (Friday)
- A wand masterclass with Paul Harris (first come, first served)
- Q&A sessions (Saturday & Sunday; first come, first served)
- BOTH Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks
• A Celebration of Harry Potter takes place at both Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios theme parks. Admission is included with any park-to-park ticket or Annual Pass.
The California Grill atop Disney's Contemporary Resort has been under an extensive refurbishment since early this year. It's expected to open late summer/early fall, but until then, get excited about their new wine, beer and cocktail offerings.
From the Disney Parks Blog:
Just back from a whirlwind trip through Napa Valley and Sonoma Vineyards, California Grill Chef Brian Piasecki and general manager Michael Scheifler went in search of the best of the best for the soon-to-open California Grill.
“We visited 15 wineries in five days,” says Scheifler. “It was a whirlwind, but we came home with some great new discoveries.” Like Tres Sabores, a small, organic vineyard in Napa where they discovered a delicious zinfandel. And Heitz Cellars, where they are bottling magnums of chardonnay just for California Grill – it’s resting in the bottles now and won’t be ready until fall, says Scheifler.
“We’ll offer club service, where we will bring the magnum to the table to pour by the glass, a really fun presentation” he says.
The new display case is a showstopper as guests exit the elevator to the 15th floor, with 1,600 bottles on display in an onstage, climate-controlled, state-of-the-art cabinet. In all there will be about 250 wines on the list, and out of those, 72 percent will be from California. Another 22 percent is Old World wines and 5 percent New World wines.
“We’ll have something for every palate,” says Scheifler, “from a first-growth Bordeaux to a boutique wine from Oregon or South Africa.”
There will be 80 wines by the glass, up from 50 on the previous wine menu. And sommeliers will be there to help you select a pairing, with more than 20 on staff.
Scheifler is just as excited about the expanded sake program to pair with the expanded sushi menu, with 10 varieties on the list, from a light, sparkling sake to “cask strength.” And craft beer is back, with eight brews on the new menu, mostly from California.
“We can’t wait to debut the new beverage lineup,” says Scheifler. “Drinks span from classic cocktails to wines you won’t find anywhere else, the beverages are a great complement to Chef Brian’s new menu.”
We can't wait to go research the new cocktail menu and some sushi. We'll post a full drink review as soon as we can.
June 13, 2013
Today Busch Gardens announced this year's Howl-O-Scream dates. We'll have our official page up and running closer to the event, but in the meantime you can start booking your trip now as tickets are now on sale.
27 & 28 Opening Weekend
3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
7:30pm-1am Thursday Nights
7:30pm-2am Friday & Saturday Nights
"Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2013. For a limited time, any single-dayadmission to Howl-O-Scream 2013 is $47. Or, if you’re scared to go alone, you and three friends can save on a pack of four tickets to Howl-O-Scream on Thursdays for only $30 per person. Busch Gardens Tampa pass members can take advantage of their exclusive discount on any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream for only $37."
Visit HowlOScream.com for ticket purchases and information.
A new pub has opened up near Downtown Disney. Here you'll find lots of Sea Dog's own beer, a full bar and a full lunch and dinner menu, along with 2 different Happy Hour times.
8496 Palm Pkwy.
This is in the same plaza as Kobe and Hooters, on Palm Pkwy, just off Hwy. 535 (Vineland). If you are coming from West I4, take the 535 exit and turn right at the first light (Palm Pkwy.) then the shopping plaza will be on your right. (Do not drive into the Crossroads Plaza, you cannot get here through there.)
11:30am - 2am
Monday - Friday • 4pm-7pm
Late Night Everyday • 10pm-12am
2 for 1 Specials on select Beer, Wine & Well Drinks.
$.50 Oysters & Peel n' Eat Shrimp • Half-off Appetizers
All Pints $4.50
Shipyard Blue Fin Stout
Sea Dog Hazelnut Porter
Old Gollywobler Brown Ale
Sea Dog Old East India Pale Ale
Sea Dog Pale Ale
Windjammer Blonde Ale
Sea Dog Bluepaw Wild Blueberry Ale
Shipyard Monkey Fist
Shipyard Summer Ale
Shipyard Light Ale
Seasonal Brews Also on Tap - ask for the day's selection
Ciders & Non-Alcoholic beer - ask for the day's selection
Ask you bartender which beers they recommend to make a pub blend.
Can't decide? They offer a 4 beer sampler for $5.50
Have your very own mug waiting for you each time you visit with multiple perks throughout the year. $50 membership fee. Click here to read more details.
We stopped by to enjoy a few brews over the weekend and really liked the new place. It's a very large space, concerte floors, with an urban style with a hint of steampunk in their bottle light fixtures. There's a huge square bar, tons of booth or high top seating and lots of light from the windows with a full view of I4 just outside. Plenty of tvs as well. They also have a patio out in the back.
We'll be back soon to do a full report of beer and food, but we wanted to get this info out now for you. We're most interested in the late night happy hour. C'mon $.50 oysters and cheap beer? Yeah, we'll be back.
Check out SeaDogBrewing.com for more information.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Stars of NBC's daytime drama Days of our Lives will be at Universal Orlando on Saturday, Feb 23 for autograph signing and a Q&A session with fans.
Meet John Aniston, Camila Banus, Shawn Christian, Casey Deidrick, Galen Gering, Kate Mansi, Eric Martsolf, Peggy McCay, James Scott and Arianne Zucker.
There will be autograph-signing sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. at Universal CityWalk.
At 3:45 p.m., there will be an hourlong Q&A session with the cast inside Universal Studios theme park at the Animal Actors Theater. The actors will also appear in that night’s Mardi Gras parade in the park.
(Admission to the theme park required for these events. Actors & times subject to change.)
- Buy 1 adult entree, get 1 50% off at the following locations:
- Pastamore Ristorante & Market
- Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom
- Pat O'Brien's
- Save 25% at Dippin' Dots (Cart only. Valid 5/1-6/30/13)
- Free admission* for you & one guest to Universal CityWalk. Must show valid Premier or Preferred Annual Pass at each venue. Excludes special events. (Valid 5/1-6/30/13)
*Must be 21 or older for admission and to consume alcoholic beverages; valid photo ID required. Does not include admission to AMC Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX or the Blue Man Group show. Restrictions may apply. All Hot Deal offers exclude alcohol (unless otherwise noted) and special events and are subject to change without notice. Must present your valid Premier or Preferred Annual Pass to receive discounts. Not valid with other discounts or promotions. Offers subject to change without notice.
January 26, 2013 - January 5, 2014
at the Orange County Regional History Center
"In an unprecedented collaboration, Universal Orlando Resort and the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Fla., present A Year in the Life: Backstage to Onstage at Universal Orlando Resort, an exhibition that gives visitors an exclusive look at the extensive process that goes into bringing the theme park's iconic annual events to life.
Opening January 26, 2013, and running through January 5, 2014, the exhibition will change with each Universal Orlando event season: Mardi Gras, Halloween Horror Nights, and the holidays - focusing on The Macy's Holiday Parade and performances by Holiday Music Sensation Mannheim Steamroller.
It also showcases the creative process that brought to life two of Universal Orlando's newest entertainment experiences - the Universal Cinematic Spectacular - 100 Years of Movie Memories lagoon show and the Universal Superstar Parade.
Universal Orlando is the only Orlando destination where guests are not just entertained - they become part of the entertainment, soaring above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swinging above the streets with Spider-Man, transformed into a banana-loving minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, and helping Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D.
And this unique collaboration between the museum and Universal Orlando is the first time the public will be able to learn about each step in the story development process that brings the theme parks entertainment experiences and annual events to life."
For more information, visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500
PTTP's Comments: This looks like an amazing opportunity to take a peak behind the scenes and learn about how Universal pulls off these events every year. We plan to make it out for a few of them, but if you go, let us know what you thought in the comments.
Get Ready - It's Time to Prepare for Battle
Grand Opening June 20, 2013!
May 2, 2013
The downtown display was updated early this morning with "Prepare for Battle June 20" added at the top of the sign. Given how ready the ride looks at Universal we're a little surprised the opening date isn't sooner. However, it could start soft open testing at any time, so be sure to follow us on twitter for the latest updates.
May 1, 2013
Transformers have taken over downtown Orlando! They have attached a giant cling of Megatron on the side the Fairbanks building that faces I4 in downtown. There are also 2 cars that are smashed up at the base, along with some rubble and a few N.E.S.T. officers "examining" the scene.
It's quite impressive in person, the photos don't capture its massiveness.
One of us here at PTTP works downtown, so we'll keep an eye on what's going on.
Opening Summer 2013 - Transformers: The Ride 3D
November 1, 2012
Tonight during the Cinematic Spectacular lagoon show, Universal Studios announced their newest addition to the park - Transformers: The Ride 3D. This immersive 3D ride will be opening Summer 2013.
Watch our lagoon view video of the announcement before Cinematic Spectacular:
View a close-up of Universal's video of the Transformers announcement:
Official Press Release from Universal:
Universal Orlando Resort announced that its next blockbuster attraction will be the widely-popular TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D. The groundbreaking ride – created under license from Hasbro, Inc. and based on its iconic TRANSFORMERS brand – will bring the intergalactic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons to Universal Studios Florida in summer 2013.
Already a "must-see" at Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is a mind-blowing, action-packed ride experience that you have to see to believe. You will come face to face with Megatron. You will dodge explosions and attacks by the Decepticons. You will fight to save mankind alongside Optimus Prime and the Autobots. It will be the greatest battle you'll ever ride.
Universal worked closely with Michael Bay, the award-wining director of the "TRANSFORMERS" film series and the ride's creative consultant, to create an authentic experience that brings the non-stop action of the films to life. The attraction combines the larger-than-life TRANSFORMERS characters and an exciting storyline with life-like HD CGI media, state-of-the-art 3-D technology and amazing special effects to place riders right in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil.
"We broke the mold and have taken this ride to a new technological level in terms of blending seamless 3-D," said Michael Bay, director of the "TRANSFORMERS" films.
"TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is the perfect addition to Universal Orlando's thrilling theme park experiences," said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. "The ride has already proven to be a hit at our Hollywood and Singapore parks, and we're excited that Universal Orlando guests will soon be able to join the Autobots in the fight to save the world."
TRANSFORMERS films, television shows and merchandise have captivated millions of people all over the world. To date, three blockbuster films have been released – "TRANSFORMERS" (2007), "TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN" (2009) and "TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON" (2011) – grossing more than $2 billion combined worldwide at the box office. The three films were directed by Michael Bay, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and released by Paramount Pictures.
TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is slated to open in summer 2013 at Universal Orlando. The attraction will have one of the shortest build times in Universal history – making it one of Universal's most ambitious projects ever. For more information about TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, visit www.prepareforbattle.com.
Universal's construction crew has been ferociously building this ride since June. We've never seen such fast movement in construction of an attraction. We'll be protecting the AllSpark from the Decepticons before we know it! We estimate that it may be ready as early as May for soft openings (not official, of course!).
What's the ride like? If you've ridden Spiderman over at Islands of Adventure, it's very similar in ride vehicle, and layout. Visit PrepareForBattle.com where you can watch videos about the making of the ride, behind the scenes information and more!
For the weekend after the announcement, Universal brought out a large-scale model of Bumblebee out in front of the Universal arches. It's a shame it's only for the weekend, as it would be a great promotional item for the attraction.
Prohibition at the Magic Kingdom is over! It was announced today during a special preview of the new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the new Fantasyland expansion, that Beer & Wine will be available only during dinner. It will not be available for carry-out, so no wandering around the park with a brewski (at least not yet).
Beer & Wine Offerings
The Beverage Menu has already been posted to the Be Our Guest Dining page.
Kronenbourg, Hoegaarden Wit, Saison Dupont, Chimay Blue
An extensive list of French & Californian wines are available, along with one of John Lasseter's own vintages. Click on the photo below for the full menu.
From the Disney Parks Blog:
“As part of the overall theming, we wanted to offer wine that enhances the guest experience and complements the French-inspired cuisine,” says Stuart McGuire, Beverage Director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “The wines focus primarily on France’s famous wine-growing regions, including Champagne, Alsace, Loire, Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux.
“We’ll also offer the leading French beer, Kronenbourg 1664,” says McGuire. “And, staying in the general region, we’ll also offer Belgian beers.”
We are reading a lot of mixed reviews on this tradition-breaking decision. We see nothing wrong with having a nice glass of wine or beer with your dinner. We assume they will have a serving policy in place, such as maximum of 2 per person. We're sure Disney will be keeping a very close eye on this decision. They won't let it get out of control or be abused. After all, you can't just saunter in and order one to go, so there's no fear of drunk college students waiting in the Pirates queue with you.
Let's face it - this decision was all about the Benjamins. Yes, just think of the extra profit from selling over-priced wine & beer. Will we see beer & wine seep out into other restaurants in the park? Time and the success of this restaurant will be the deciding factor. And to those saying "this is a place for children"? Don't worry, the tourists who want to get sloshed will go over to the real bar - Epcot.
Think of this as WDW's own Club 33...and don't forget - Walt enjoyed cocktails and cigars.
What do you think? Voice your thoughts in the comments.