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.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival Combines the Best of Music and Culinary Experiences

The special annual events hosted by the world famous theme parks and resorts in Orlando are source to unique fun and festivities. Visiting the parks during such special occasion is a different experience altogether. This is the time when the fun and entertainment doubles up leaving you and your family with even more special and memorable moments to share and celebrate. At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay too it’s the return of the annual Food and Wine Festival that brings to life the festive spirit that many don’t want to miss. In deed the popular Busch Gardens Event is a unique mix of music and culinary delights.

The popular Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival is running for its third consecutive year, featuring an amazing line-up of musical acts by chart-topping artists and culinary masterpieces, starting March 4, 2017 through April 30, 2017. No extra fee is required. The Event and the Concerts included with the Park’s regular admissions, and with any annual pass or fun card.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival Concert line-up

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival Concert line-up


Music lovers will have the best in country, contemporary, classic, Latin, pop and rock genre to choose from. Among the big names in entertainment that take over the stage for the headlining concert at 7 p.m. on Gwazi Field on every Saturdays and Sundays throughout the Event include Daughtry – March 4, Andy Grammer – March 5, Goo Goo Dolls – March 11, Kool & The Gang – March 12, Young the Giant – March 18, Jason Isbell & John Hiatt Trio – March 19, NBC’s The Voice finalists Craig Wayne Boyd & Adam Wakefield – March 25, El Gran Combo – March 26, DNCE – April 1, Walk Off The Earth – April 2, Daya and Matt Nathanson – April 9, Newsboys – April 16, Gilberto Santa Rosa – April 22, Lynyrd Skynyrd – April 23, and more.

When it comes to food and wine, the Festival is loaded with exciting new cuisine, dishes and alcoholic beverages that can change your selection of taste and flavours forever. Among the main food offerings include lobster ravioli, banana foster panna cotta, duck tacos, gator bites, bacon mac & cheese, brown sugar rubbed pork belly, cabernet-filled chocolates and many others. Wine lovers can choose from a wide selection of wines, cocktails and brews as well. It’s to be noted that unlike the Concerts, the food and beverage is chargeable and is available for an extra fee. For alcoholic beverages one must be 21 years or older.

Epcot Festival of the Arts

New Epcot Arts Show Brings Together the Best of Visual, Culinary and Performing Arts

The all new Epcot arts Show – Epcot International Festival of the Arts, from January 13, 2017 through February 20, 2017 is a unique mix of Visual, Culinary and Performing Arts that Disney World has to offer. Guest visiting the event will be acquainted with the best of global masterpieces, featuring visual arts, Broadway singers, and incredible culinary experiences for six consecutive weekends at the Resort’s most festive driven Park, Epcot. Indeed a never – before experience for your eyes, ears and taste buds all together.

Epcot Arts Fest

Epcot Arts Fest


The special Epcot Event showcases incredible art works from old Disney art experts, such as Mary Blair and Herb Ryman to present day Disney artist – Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos. Also guests at the Event enjoy live demonstrations of the whole creative process that leads to such amazing creations. Along with the visuals, guests at the Event also come across some of the greatest culinary offerings ever. All the food lovers! Make sure to visit the irresistible Food Studios where the Disney chefs offer their most tempting creations both for your taste buds and the eyes as well.


Another most exciting feature about Epcot International Festival of the Arts is its unique initiative in showcasing performing arts. The extraordinary Event joins hands with the Disney theatrical to make things even more entertaining at the America Gardens Theater stage. The Event presents phenomenal Broadway talents, such as Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland on Jan. 13-16 and 20-23. The Brown and Strickland pair is followed by Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey Jan. 27-30 and Feb. 3-6, while Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White will share the stage on Feb. 10-13 and 17-20. The different pairings are performing songs from award winning Disney on Broadway shows, including Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Aladdin and Newsies, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and more.

The special Event operates Fridays through Mondays over a period of six exciting weekends with each weekend showcasing new arts from historical and current Disney artists. The performances are scheduled at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for each evening of the Fest. No extra fee is required to attend. Entry to the Festival is included in the regular Epcot admission.

Disney World Christmas 2016

Christmas in Orlando Is Extra Magical

The holiday season offers the most wonderful opportunity to visit the world famous theme Parks in Orlando. With so many special events, including parades, shows and miles of dazzling lights and decorations around, it makes a tough choice for the guests. Whether it’s Disney World, or Universal or SeaWorld for that matter, every park has its own unique way of celebrating the epic Story. The crowd is big and so is the celebration. Join the festive fun for a memorable holiday experience.

Magic Kingdom Christmas 2016

Magic Kingdom Christmas 2016

If you are planning to visit Disney World during the Holidays then don’t forget to include the iconic Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom. The Castle comes alive with a breath-taking makeover, featuring over 20000 lights during Christmas. With the special night-time show A Frozen Holiday Wish led by Queen Elsa and her friends Anna, Kristoff and Olaf, the Castle transforms into a glittering ice palace – a sight you really don’t want to miss. Another must visit Magic Kingdom offering is the most popular, separately ticketed Event – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Here you will experience the Christmas magic with Mickey like no other. The annual Event comes with plenty of Festive offerings such as Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and the holly jolly stage show – Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration’, Fireworks and much more.

At Epcot the holly jolly sights of Christmas traditions from around the world is a great fun. Holidays Around the World offers an incredible mix of sights, sounds and flavors of the season from cultures across the globe. The stunning Candlelight Processional, on the other hand takes the popular tradition to new height with awe-inspiring performances from celebrity narrators. Disney’s Hollywood Studios comes with all new Christmas spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Universal Orlando Christmas 2016

Universal Orlando Christmas 2016

At Universal Studios Florida it’s the most amazing ‘Macy’s Holiday Parade’ that brings to life the spirit of the season. The highlight includes sights of amazing balloons and floats, bands, dancers and not to mention the surprising Santa, and the tree lighting ritual. On the other hand, at Islands of Adventure the Grinch is doing his best to ruin the celebrations, coz it’s no Christmas, it’s Grinchmas out there.

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas 2016

SeaWorld Orlando Christmas 2016


At SeaWorld the Holiday tradition comes to life amidst a wintry, wet-wonderland. SeaWorld Christmas Celebration comes with special shows and attractions such as the Shamu Christmas Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice with world-famous skaters, and The Polar Experience. Also not to forget the chances of meeting all new Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and friends.

Blue Man Group VIP Experience

New Enhanced VIP Experience for Blue Man Group Fans

Universal Orlando’s multi-sensory theatrical show – Blue Man Group offers a new enhanced VIP experience for its guests. The unique and exclusive option will allow visitors to take the most unforgettable behind-the-scene tour of the popular show. For the first time guests will be able to visit locations and set areas permitted to the show-members only.

The all-new VIP Experience is the ultimate option to explore the actual backstage works – see and discover the inner secrets in the making of such unique shows every night. It includes special pre-show tour where guests will be acquainted with the history of the Blue Man Group. One can also try a hand with the band’s one of a kind instrument; can get even more intimate by using those fluorescent makeup. The VIP Experience also comes with premium seat options for the performance, complimentary souvenir program and more. One can also enjoy an exclusive after-show meet-and-greet with the Group, including free download from the Group’s latest album.

All Blue Man Group performances come with the new VIP Experience option. Interested guests can book it at an exclusive price of $199 (excluding taxes) for Adult, and $149 (excluding taxes) for children ages 3-9. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Blue Man Group Box Office or at the Universal Orlando Park Gates. Advance reservation can also be done online at our site’s Blue Man Group Tickets section, or by calling us directly at 877-406-4836.

Blue Man Group Show - Universal Orlando

Blue Man Group Show – Universal Orlando

The Blue Man Group is a premier entertainment option that Universal Orlando Resort has to offer. It brings to life the most extraordinary and innovative form of theatrical experience ever. With the best of imagination, art, music and technology, it puts together a show that is beyond expectations. Truly, your visit to Universal Orlando remains incomplete without the unique show. So make sure you include the Blue Man Group in the plan. Be a part of the dance, listen to the pulse-pounding sounds, the unique mix of ecstasy, music and comedy, it’s worth every penny. Truly, the show is one of the best parts of your Orlando trip.