d23 Expo 2017

New Plans, Names Announced For Upcoming Star Wars Lands at D23 Expo 2017

Disney’s most anticipated and upcoming Star Wars projects have names now. They will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Also the experience is not limited to just the new themed lands. There will be a new Star Wars inspired Resort as well. Thanks to D23 Expo 2017 for all the exciting new revelations, plans and major announcements made on Disney Parks & Resorts.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge


It’s to be noted that there is no relevancy to any specific film or character arc in the Franchise. Disney’s new Star Wars lands focuses mainly on an unknown planet set on the outer rim of the Galaxy far-far away. And as such the name “Galaxy’s Edge” perfectly fits into the concept. Both the new expansions are expected to open in 2019. The first of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is coming to Disneyland, followed by the second of its kind at the Hollywood Studios of Walt Disney World Resort.

Star Wars Themed Resort

Star Wars Themed Resort


The Star Wars experience gets even more exciting and big as it goes beyond the parks. The officials revealed that a new Star Wars inspired Resort is coming as part of the Disney 360 vacation concept, which is a whole new vacation experience altogether. The Resort will never let you part away with the story. From the moment you step in, you become a citizen of the galaxy and experience the adventures just like the characters over there. And the story touches every single minute of your stay away from the Earth. No opening date announced for the Resort yet.

There will be no Han Solo or Luke Skywalker to save the day. Instead it’s you the guests who are the heroes in the new themed lands. Moreover, the new Star Wars experience allows guests to lead their own unique adventures. Whether it’s in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order or riding the Millennium Falcon the experience will be different base on your decisions.

Another ground-breaking announcement made by officials is about the first ever Mickey-themed ride attraction. The ride is coming to the Hollywood Studios and is replacing the Parks Great Movie Ride attraction. The new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will allow guests to experience the amazing world of Mickey Mouse Cartoons from the Disney Channel. Also according to officials the unique ride will feature new technologies, it will be a “2 and a half-dimension” ride and riders don’t have to wear 3-D glasses to enjoy the same. The officials also added that the ride is expected to be a “mousterpiece” with maximum hidden Mickeys ever.

Toy Story Land - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land – Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Among the other big revelations made on the occasion include Toy Story Land, which is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in summer 2018. Also we have the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired and “Ratatouille”-inspired attractions for Epcot. These two landmark projects are expected to open just in time when the Disney Orlando Resort will celebrate its 50 th anniversary in 2021. The year 2021 will also witness the advent of a new Tron attraction that will occupy an entirely new area, next to Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom.

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sesame street kids land - SeaWorld Orlando

A New Sesame Street Kids Land For SeaWorld Orlando Fans Soon

SeaWorld Orlando guests will be able to experience a live version of Sesame Street in a few years from now. Expected to open by the fall of 2022, the new land is seen as one of the key projects in taking the experience to next level. While the design and features are yet to be determined, speculations suggest the possibilities of a never before marine experience with rides, parade and shows with Sesame Street characters. In fact the new land is expected to be something – which is more immersive than what the Sesame Street Bay of Play kiddie attractions in SeaWorld San Diego and San Antonio parks or the Safari of Fun at Busch Gardens Tampa has to offer.

The new themed land is replacing SeaWorld Orlando’s Shamu’s Happy Harbor – a play area with an array of children’s rides and net climb. Sesame Street has a more subtle presence in Orlando till now. The characters used to appear on special holiday shows and events only. Given the new Land coming in 2022, Sesame Street fans will have the live version of the popular TV show for the first time – where kids will enjoy the scenes and sights in company with live characters such as Big Bird, Elmo and others.

SeaWorld’s relationship with Sesame Workshop (the creators of the Sesame Street) is 37 years old. The long-running partnership between the companies has led to the birth of some of the most extraordinary Sesame Street attractions across the various parks with the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens locations in San Diego and San Antonio. And soon we will have an entire Sesame Street Kids Land for the Orlando Resort as well.

Back in 1980, came the original Sesame Place, built over 14 acres of land in the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The latest revelation of a second theme park of its kind is another most exciting prospect in the offing. Location for the new Sesame Place theme park is yet to be determined by the Company. But there are possibilities suggesting that SeaWorld Orlando could be the new location for the upcoming project. The new Sesame Place theme park is opening in 2021, one year ahead of the new Sesame Street Kids Land in Orlando.

Mobile Order - Disney World's Food Ordering Service

Mobile Order – Disney World’s Newest Food Ordering Experience

The opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park on May 27, 2017 is also the day that marks the beginning of a new food ordering era for guests at the Walt Disney World Resort. Mobile Order – the newest food ordering service will add another step towards making theme park visit simpler and easier. The Satu’li Canteen in Pandora is the first restaurant to offer the new food ordering service. The unique service is soon expanding to other locations of its kind within the Park as well. Also it seems the time is not far when guest will have such quick Mobile Order service at various other locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

Mobile Order option is found in the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device. The all new mobile based feature enables you to order your favorite food items from anywhere within the park. To use the new food ordering option is simple and easy. Just logon to My Disney Experience app and tap on the image of your character. Once inside you should scroll down to – My Plans and tap the “Order Food” option. Choose ‘Dining‘ from the top and then select the restaurant of your choice and tap the ‘Order Food‘ button.

You then have to select the menu items you and your family wanted to have and do a final review of the order before making the payment from the app itself. At present the app is accepting payment from credit and debit cards only. Guests visiting the Park with special discount offers, Disney dining plans or Disney Gift Cards for that matter have to place the order in person at the respective restaurants.

Once the other is placed and payment is made, you simply have to walk to the restaurant and press the ‘I’m Here, Prepare My Order‘ button. The restaurant will be aware of your presence and start the order. The app will then notify you when the food is ready to enjoy. And once the notification arrived, you just have to go to the area that says ‘Mobile Order Pick Up‘ – where you will received the meal you have ordered.

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New SeaWorld Attractions 2017

SeaWorld Orlando Offers Unbelievable New Experiences This Summer

For SeaWorld Orlando fans it’s a whole new world of thrills and entertainments this summer. With its newest 2017 additions and offerings the marine entertainment giant is transforming into a place you have never seen before. Whether it’s the newly modified version of legendary kraken roller coaster –Kraken Unleashed, or the vibrant new night-time attraction – Electric Ocean, the bubble spectacular – POP or the all-new Dolphin Nursery, SeaWorld is taking the experience to next level. So if you are planning your next Orlando theme park visit this summer, don’t forget to include the SeaWorld trip. The premier marine resort is offering you a bunch of never before attractions and adventures aptly described as – What’s Next Is Now.

Kraken Unleashed - SeaWorld's newest coaster experience

Kraken Unleashed – SeaWorld’s newest coaster experience


If you are a thrill seeker, get ready to stare into the teeth of the fastest sea monster ever. The revamped Kraken Unleashed brings to life a first of its kind VR – virtual reality experience on the SeaWorld’s famous floor-less roller coaster. Riders on-board the newly re-designed coaster will explore additional thrills with uniquely designed virtual reality headsets. As it soars to a great height, you plunge to new depths down underneath the sea, discovering new secrets and surprises. The mythical world of the legendary sea monster comes to life as you race through underwater canyons and deep, dark hunting ground of the beast himself. The minimum height requirement for this ride is 54 inches.

POP - Bubble Spectacular - SeaWorld Orlando

POP – Bubble Spectacular – SeaWorld Orlando


The all-new POP in another spectacular highlight that will blow your minds. POP brings to life a highly imaginative and innovative, multi-sensory bubble spectacular that connects you to the wonders of the ocean like never before. This one of a kind offerings of SeaWorld and Bubble Legendary features a unique fusion of natural wonders and amazing bubble artistry by world-famous bubble masters. With an incredible mix of music, lights, lasers and bubbles (big and small) POP is an experience both mysterious and inspiring.

Electric Ocean - SeaWorld Orlando nighttime event

Electric Ocean – SeaWorld Orlando nighttime event


SeaWorld dazzles even more at sunset. The new night-time spectacular Electric Ocean transforms the place into a vibrant and sparkling world of music, dance and party like no other. During the event you will immerse into the exotic underwater world – where playful sea creatures greet you with their awe-inspiring performances, where world class DJ’s transforms the night into electrifying, fun-filled family experience for all times to come.

New Dolphin Nursery

New Dolphin Nursery


SeaWorld’s all-new Dolphin Nursery is again a great 2017 summer offering by the Resort. It comes with a whole new view of the beauty of life in the underwater world, featuring new born bottlenose dolphins with their moms in a playful natural settings like never before.

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star wars lands new details

New Details on Upcoming Star Wars Lands Add to the Excitements

Disney’s largest ever single themed land expansion projects – The Star Wars Lands in Anaheim, California and in Orlando, Florida have taken the theme park world by storm. There is no comparison to the uniquely – immersive experiences the Lands offer. And the latest revelations on this make things even more exciting for the fans.

The recent – 2017 Star Wars Celebration in Orlando shares surprising new details about a space experience like no other. In deed it’s all about choices and consequences. A land where your choices will follow you around, until you end up with your own unique Star Wars story. Truly, the individual decision you make will have a direct effect on the overall experience. For example, you will come across different aspects of the environment, including reactions, based on your pick (on whose side you wanted to be) during the epic space battle between First Order and the Resistance. Your individual choices can earn you the power to add a new twist to the story altogether, or maybe you wanted to trigger some environmental changes with the purchase of a special Star Wars item for that matter. The possibilities can be many, but no real details available yet.

Secondly, character experiences will play a big role. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios – the Star Wars Launch Bay is the only place to meet those favorite space characters till now. But the new Star Wars Lands will change that forever with the inclusion of walk-around characters and droids like never before. Also not to forget the interactive elements with characters as well. For example, in the interactive dark ride you choose to help The First Order, and take commends for your efforts with Kylo Ren. Or possibly you find yourself chatting with Poe Dameron, who implores you to support the Resistance instead.

Star Wars Lands Story

Star Wars Lands Story


On the story side, we only heard about a remote galactic outpost, unknown till know. However, the new details have thrown more light on this mysterious destination – located on the Outer Rim somewhere. Guests will visit a remote village, used to be a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes. However, the rise of hyperspace travel had led to its downfall as a prominence outpost. Now it’s considered as a thriving port for all those who prefer less attention, including rogues, smugglers, and adventurers.

Star Wars Lands are slated to open sometime in 2019. With plenty of additional details to come and with about two years to go before the one of a kind experiences come alive we will certainly keep hearing more about the new Lands.You can book your Disney Tickets in advance at special discounts with The Official Ticket Center.

Universal Orlando Virtual Lines

Universal’s Approach to Virtual Lines Sets New Standards

Ride lines are the biggest disappointments for the otherwise fun-filled vacations in Orlando. But thanks to all the good efforts towards eliminating the waiting woes from time to time. The Theme parks and Entertainment giants keep addressing the epic issue with different innovative approaches. Currently, what Universal Orlando Resort is offering in this regard is quite commendable.

Universal’s approach to Virtual-Lines perhaps sets the standards for future experiments and development in taking the queue experience to next level. Given the Resort’s upcoming attractions, namely – “Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride and “Volcano Bay” Water Park it seems the next-gen queues are no-more queues after all, they are important part of the adventure story. For example guests visiting the Jimmy Fallon ride will sit-back and relax on the couch and enjoy a racy barber shop quartet sing instead of waiting in lines.

At Volcano Bay it’s the most anticipated Tapu Tapu wearable devices (fused to a wristband) that transforms the queue experience altogether. Get a ride time by scanning your device, and go enjoy the rest of the Park without worrying about the lines. The device will alert you when your ride time is ready. Moreover, along with the queue-less experience, Tapu Tapu comes with other interactive features as well.

Virtual lines are the latest development in theme park’s attempt to eliminate waits and incorporates more fun and entertainment instead of looking at someone’s back. Virtual lines empowers you to utilize the waits in the most entertaining and fun format. They are the futures of ride lines – harbingers of a queue less experience that we all love to have.

The previously available ride reservation system have their own limitations. For example the FastPass or Express Pass facilities by Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando help minimize the wait by assigning ride times in advance. But, you have to do the reservations well ahead of time. Also no visitor is allowed to make reservations for more than three rides a day. However, with the new Virtual Lines concept, Universal removes all such restrictions.You don’t have to be an advance planner to book a ride. You can do that at your own convenience. Better still, there is nothing like Wait anymore. It’s a queue-less experience after all.

Pandora-The World of Avatar

Excitement Builds as Countdown to Pandora – The World of Avatar Begins

For Avatar fans, it’s time to face the live version of story now. Pandora- The World of Avatar is opening on May 27, 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. The massive new land will transport you to a visually stunning world of nature and adventure. Pandora is a unique planet, complete with floating mountains, bioluminescent plants, and the blue Na’vi that accompanies you on two amazing excursions. Guests will also be able to dine at Na’vi – themed restaurants or go shopping for Na’vi items, toys and much more.

Among the top adventures found here include, the family – friendly Na’vi River Journey. This one-of-a-kind boat expedition takes you through a glowing rainforest packed with bioluminescent plants, creatures and a Na’vi Shaman that hails a deep connect to the life-force of Pandora. The Avatar Flight of Passage is another awe-inspiring attraction that takes you on a rather thrilling expedition – a jaw-dropping ride on the back of a mountain Banshee over the moon’s incredible landscape. The attraction has a height requirement of 44-inch. Moreover, both Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage come with the FastPass+ option.

Every night at the valley of Mo’ara you will experience exotic plants that come to life in their glowing best. Guests will also be able to explore various Na’vi cultural items including playable instruments throughout the land. There will also be a host of Wilderness Explorers challenges to face, and exciting badges to collect. Tucked in Quonset-hut structure is the Na’vi restaurant – Satu’li Canteen, where guests can dine with a selection of internationally-inspired menus and specialty drinks. In the shopping area, namely Wintraders you can also visit the quick service eatery for some exclusive bioluminescent cocktails and beers, including snacks.


It’s the respect for nature that makes Pandora-The World of Avatar an integral part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. According to Joe Rohde (Imagineer, and an important figure in the original development for Disney’s Animal Kingdom) both the Avatar Films and Animal Kingdom Park are governed by the same intrinsic values of nature – The idea that nature is supreme and we should understand and respect nature. Secondly, the idea that adventure is not only physical but developmental, and it has the capacity to transform guests. Pandora is a world filled with immersive adventures, and surely you will be a different person altogether after the experiences.

Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

New Universal Ride For Jimmy Fallon Fans

All the Jimmy Fallon fans out there, you can fasten your seat belts, it’s time to take the show for a never-before ride experience. Starting April 6, 2017, the host from NBC’s most popular TV program “The Tonight Show” is inviting you for an amazing wild race that takes you through the familiar landmarks and smell of the New York City pizzeria as well. Once inside Studio 6B it’s all you versus the host – Jimmy Fallon, both racing through the streets and skies of The Big Apple. On-board the ride you go twisting, turning and laughing. You pass through Manhattans and even encounter the deepest subways, hover over the skyscrapers and down into the waters of the East River.

The one of a kind Universal ride attraction – Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is taking you right into the world of The Tonight Show, where you race against the host himself in the streets of New York City. The adventure starts even before the actual ride begins. Guests are greeted with exciting memorabilia, including attractive belongings of the past hosts and famous props of the program. The atmosphere inside is such that you will enjoy every bit of the fun that the laugh-filled late night program has to offer.

The décor of 30 Rock in the waiting area and lobby makes you feel like you are right there on the floors of the unique landmark. Moreover, the wait before entering Studio 6B is quite an entertaining one. In the company of favorite characters from the show such as the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet and Hashtag the Panda it can’t get better. During the wait guests can also try a hand with interactive games based on Jimmy’s popular routines, and enjoy video clips from the show as well.

Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon comes in place of the outdated Universal Orlando attraction, namely – Twister: Ride It Out. The new motion simulator ride is seen as another in the line of Universal rides like Harry Potter and Spider-man. It offers an incredible mix of sights, sounds and smell of New York City. The new Fallon’s ride is also the first Universal attraction to offer a virtual line experience. Guest can book return times for the attraction through the official Universal app or at the park’s kiosks.


Jimmy is bringing the Tonight Show out to Universal for the inauguration of his new ride. He is hosting the Show from April 3 through April 6. So get the tickets as soon as you can. You can also visit our universal studios tickets page for discounts on general park admissions.

Disney Quest at Disney Springs

Disney Quest at Disney Springs Is Closing Permanently on July 3, 2017

The one-of-a-kind indoor interactive fun and gaming attraction Disney Quest closes forever, making way for a brand new basketball experience, namely The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort. This is something that fans are aware of since 2015 when Disney had revealed its intent for the first time to stop running Disney Quest and use the venue to create a unique NBA entertainment complex instead. Now with the recent announcement it becomes clear that Disney Quest is available for us until it closes forever on July 3, 2017

Located at Disney Springs West Side Neighborhood, Disney Quest has been a great source of entertainment for all the guests. The 5 story attraction houses some of the most unique gaming experiences, featuring fantasy adventure games, virtual reality and classic arcade games across four distinct play zones (Explore Zone, Score Zone, Create Zone and Replay Zone). There is something special for everyone on each floor of the landmark building. Among the many great Disney Quest highlights include a life-size game, CyberSpace Mountain, Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam, design-your-own-roller-coaster motion-simulator ride and many other arcade video games.

Since inception Disney Quest is considered as a landmark attraction that Disney Springs (previously Downtown Disney) area has to offer. However, it started to appear dated with time, and for many the big-time attraction fell victim to the constantly changing technological needs of the hour. There are others who think Disney Quest had lost its “wow” factor with time as well. Moreover, given the multi-year Disney Springs transformation program, and with more and more fresh and new venues popping up one after the other, it becomes a tough choice for Disney to continue with many of the older attractions in the area. It’s true that Disney Quest may cease to exist on July 3, 2017, but then it’s leaving for good. There are many new and incredible experiences waiting to take their turn, and the NBA Experience is definitely the perfect substitute to start with.

The NBA Experience at Disney Springs

The NBA Experience at Disney Springs


The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort is a never-before basketball-themed attraction, featuring hands on activities, high-tech immersive experiences, including a restaurant and a retail store. The new attraction will put you right in the middle of your favorite NBA actions. Officialticketcenter.com will bring to you more on this as and when Disney make further revelations, including the announcement of its opening.

Disney After Hours

Disney After Hours – An Amazing Night-time Experience

The Disney Parks are the most favorite family fun destinations that Orlando has to offer. However, for many, things are not so exciting given the increasing crowd and long wait times. But thanks to Disney for coming up with new and exciting ways of dealing the inevitable crowd issues time and again. The unique Disney After Hours program is a great example in this regard, featuring 3-hours of most memorable theme-park experience with little-to-no wait time.

Disney after Hours event offers the most exclusive excess to over two dozen top-of-the-line attractions inside the happiest place ever. Guests have the privilege of being a part of the thinnest crowd ever. They are able to maximize their involvement with no wait across 25 unique Magic Kingdom attractions, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Space Mountain, and many more.

Disney After Hours 2017

Disney After Hours 2017


The 2017 Disney After Hours event is available on select dates from January through March – January 20 and 27 from 9 pm to 12 midnight, February 2, 9 and 16 from 8 pm to 11 pm and March 2 and 9 from 9 pm to 12 midnight. It’s a hard ticket event and tickets are available at a reduced price for all guests at $119.00 + taxes. Disney is also giving away the special ticket at discounted rates for its annual pass holders and Disney Vacation Club members at just $89 a ticket. Along with the exclusive access to the Park attractions, the tickets include complimentary ice cream, popcorn, and select beverages too. Other food items are available for purchase as well.

It’s to be noted that the Disney After Hours event allows park entry as early as 7 pm i.e. more than an hour ahead of the Event. Due to this guests have the advantage of enjoying some extra magic moments, such as the nightly – Wishes fireworks show prior to the scheduled closing time. Moreover, the special Event doesn’t affect Extra Magic Hours in any away. Both the programs are scheduled to be held on different nights. So guest staying at a Resort hotel will continue enjoying their share of Extra Magic Hours as usual.