Disney Weekly Scoop

Disney Celebration Vacation

What will you celebrate? Walt Disney World and Disneyland in California is featuring “Celebration Vacations”. A highlight of this celebration is a free ticket to a theme park on your Birthday. You can purchase additional discount Disney Tickets here, thru The Official Ticket Center!


** You can either pre-register for your complimentary birthday admission or fill out forms at the gate. The following restrictions apply:

  • You must be 18 to register online. If you are under the age of 18, an adult must register for you
  • You must produce proof of your birth date and appropriate ID which includes a Driver’s license, State or Government issued ID or Government issued Passport. If you are under age 18 and do not have any of the above, either an original or notarized birth certificate must be shown
  • This offer applies to guests ages 3 and up and is open to all
  • You can upgrade your ticket at an additional cost and it can only be used by the birthday celebrant. Select guests who receive the One Day/One Park ticket which is valid for 12 months may not upgrade it.

If you have a multi-day ticket or are a Seasonal/Annual Passholder, you can choose from the following options:

  1. A One Day Magic Your Way Base Ticket which can be used anytime before your next birthday
  2. A special “Birthday FastPass” for the celebrant and up to 5 members in his/her party – NOTE: These are limited and may not be available after 11:00am
  3. A Birthday Fun Card (see below) equal in price to a One Day Magic Your Way Base Ticket that can be used on your birthday for merchandise, activities and activities. (Adults receive the equivalent of an adult ticket, kids age 3 -9 get the equivalent of a child’s ticket)

Birthday Fun Card:

  • You may use the Birthday Fun Card only towards the purchase of merchandise at participating merchandise owned and operated by the owners of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. The Birthday Fun Card may not be used towards the payment of Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort room/charges or a Disney Cruise Line reservation or towards the purchase of any food and beverage items, alcohol, cigarettes, spa services and products, or personal services such as face painting, caricature drawings, hair braiding, and hair wrapping.
  • The Birthday Fun Card is not accepted at Walt Disney World Resort Operating Participant locations, including but not limited to, China, Japan, and Morocco pavilions at Epcot, Arribas Brothers, Basin, Basin White, Cirque du Soleil, Curl by Sammy Duval, Ghiradelli, House of Blues, Hoypoloi, LEGO Imagination Center, Magic Masters, Magnetron, Niki Bryan Spas, Orlando Harley Davidson Store, Planet Hollywood, Rainforest Cafe, Richard Petty Driving Experience, Rubio Balloon Arts, SD Watersports, Sosa Cigar, Starabillias, Sunglass Icon, Surrey Bike Rental, Virgin Megastore, Wyland Galleries and any other locations or kiosks that are not owned and operated by the owners of the Walt Disney World Resort.
  • The Birthday Fun Card is also not accepted at Disneyland Resort Operating Participant locations or any other locations or kiosks that are not owned and operated by the owners of the Disneyland Resort, including but not limited to, Midway Games, Names Unraveled, Jewel of Orleans, Silhouette Studio, Portrait Artists, Parasol Cart, Heraldry Shop, Crystal Shops (Crystal Arts & Crystal d’Orleans), Paradise Pier Face Painting, Airbrush Tattoos, Rubio Portrait Artist or at Downtown Disney District locations except the World of Disney Store, Marceline’s Confectionery, and the Downtown Disney District Pin Cart. The Birthday Fun Card is also not accepted at Disneyland Resort outdoor vending carts.
  • No portion of the Birthday Fun Card balances will be redeemed for cash.
  • The terms of acceptance of the Birthday Fun Card by participating Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort locations may vary. Check with individual locations for Birthday Fun Card program participation details.
  • The Birthday Fun Card will not be replaced if lost or stolen, except as may be required by law.
  • A damaged Birthday Fun Card will only be replaced if the original card is presented on the day the card was issued to the Guest Relations Lobby at Disney’s California Adventure Park or City Hall at Disneyland Park.
  • The Birthday Fun Card may not be resold in any manner whatsoever.
  • The Birthday Fun Card may not be used towards the purchase of any Disney Dollars or gift certificates/cards.
  • The Birthday Fun Card is issued by and represents an obligation of Disney Gift Card Services, Inc.
  • The Birthday Fun Card is not a credit or debit card and carries no warranties, express or implied
  • Disney Gift Card Services, Inc. is not responsible for any unauthorized use of your birthday fun card. If you should need any other Disney tickets. please contact our office at 1-877-406-4836.

Universal Studios Weekly Scoop

Hi everyone! I just wanted to remind everyone that there are only 3 more weeks left for the Universal Studios Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort. I went there last Saturday and as soon as you walk in, the aroma of spicy, aythentic Cajun food and the sweet sounds of real bands direct from New Orleans fills the air! The parade was awsome and I walked out with a neck full of beads! The street performers and the concert at the end of the night was absoutly spectacular! This weekend, March 28th. will be quite an evening. Kelly Clarkson from American Idol will be performing on the main stage and the following saturday will be M.C. Hammer. Dont wait to purchase your discount Universal Studios tickets for this event now thru The Official Ticket Center. Now dont think that Universal Studios has only two great theme parks to enjoy. They also have a world class night time entertainment complex called, CITYWALK. After you’ve caught all the beads at the Mardi Gras party, take your park ticket over to Citywalk and get FREE admission to all of the night clubs including Pat O’Briens. Citywalk is open every night until 2 am. If you would like to go any other night to Citywalk, please get your discount Citywalk pass here at our office!




This is Universal Studios news release for their new roller coaster ride at Universal Studios Florida. I went there the other day an it is a pretty big rollercoaster! It is one of the first things you see when you walk up to the entrance. This is going to be a great addition to their already world famous theme park!!! Read below.

ORLANDO, FL (March 19, 2008) – Adrenaline pumping and music thumping, you find yourself heading straight toward the sky. Suddenly, you are doing 65 mph, 17 stories over Universal Studios. Gasping with excitement, you rock out to a song you picked before strapping in. And, it’s all on video. Once the adventure is over, you edit the video to send to your friends.

This is true high-tech, customizable, multi-sensory entertainment. Scheduled to open in spring 2009, Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit will stake its claim as the most technologically advanced roller coaster in the world. The Universal Creative team is combining audio and special effects engineering, sophisticated on- and off-board video and one-of-a-kind guest personalization to create a roller coaster experience unlike any other.

“This is the perfect intersection of the digital age and theme park entertainment,” said Mark Woodbury, President of Creative for Universal Parks & Resorts. “Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit blends roller coaster intensity and guest interaction in a way where no two experiences will be the same.”

Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit touts six near-miss moments and first-ever thrills including a record-breaking loop. Ride vehicles feature the brightest and most innovative color changing LEDs in the world. High-energy visual displays fill the queue line. With up to four ride vehicles on the tracks at any given time, and with concert lighting and special effects mixed in, Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit will be a true high-intensity, multi-sensory experience that is unmatched.

Guests can customize their ride experience by choosing what song will play while they’re on the roller coaster. LED boards in the queue lines will display song options from five genres (classic rock, rap, country, pop and disco). Once on-board, guests can choose their song or let the coaster’s digital sound system choose for them. When the ride is over, guests will be able to customize footage from their experience and compile it into a take-home music video.

Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit will be located near the Jimmy Neutron attraction traveling the southern perimeter of the Universal Studios theme park, over to the CityWalk lagoon and back.

Sea World Weekly Scoop

When you arrive at SeaWorld Orlando’s front gate you won’t be able to miss the next major attraction coming to the park. Manta towers over the entrance, inviting guests to enjoy a thrill ride like no other. An all-new breed of thrill ride-plus-up-close-animal-encounters, Manta combines the best of the sea and sky, immersing you in the beautiful and mysterious world of rays and then taking you for the ride of your life aboard a manta-inspired flying roller coaster. Fly, glide and soar headfirst like a ray aboard this unparalleled experienced that only SeaWorld could create. Although Manta is set to open May 22, the park filmed its first test flight today. Purchase your Sea World Tickets here at The Official Ticket Center!

Disney Weekly Scoop

American Idol Experience Attraction Tour

The American Idol Experience Attraction is currently in cast member previews at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and no photos are allowed. That means it’s very difficult to get pictures of the theater and set design. I hear the design looks just like the real thing from the popular TV version of American Idol.

But over the last few weeks, I have been able to walk around and get some great shots that give you a great idea of what you’re going to experience when you do get to see the show.  

Kennedy Space Center Weekly Scoop

Hi everyone! Patrick Here. I just wanted to pass along some new information that was dropped off at our office the other day by our Kennedy Space Center represenitive. As most of you know, the Space Shuttle STS 119 went off last Sunday. It was a beautiful site and I will personally miss the night shots!!! This was the last of the night time launches and I am glad that most of Florida got to see this amazing site. It was seen all the way from Tampa on the other side of the state! The next Space Shuttle Launch is on May 15, 2009 at 7:05 pm EST. This launch will be from launch pad LC-39A. Dont miss this as the Space Shuttle is in it’s last days of service!

 This month’s Astronaut Encounter will be:

March 17-21 Jon McBride

March 22-28 Sam Gemar

March 29-30 Story Mustgrave ( I love this guy!!!) 

March 31-April 2 Al Worden

So dont forget to spend a day at Kennedy Space Center and arrive early as this is a full day event! Purchase your Kennedy Space Center Tickets right here with The Official Ticket Center. Florida’s #1 Discount Ticketing Agency. Lowest Price Guarentee!!! 

Disney Weekly Scoop

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival: It’s all about the princesses

The annual Disney World event is a royal affair.


Belle from ‘Beauty & the Beast’ is one of the topiaries for Epcot’s annual Flower & Garden Festival at Disney World. Giant topiaries don’t grow on trees — not even at Walt Disney World.

That sure would make things simpler than the current system, a months-long process that involves metal frames, specialized irrigation, meticulous trimming, thousands of hair pins and mounds of moss.

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which begins March 18, will gather more than 50 of the statues of greenery. They’re so plentiful, Disney established an official scavenger hunt for them.

Front and center of the festival will be the “Cinderellabration” area, featuring topiaries of Cinderella, Prince Charming, Belle, Beast, Snow White, seven dwarfs and, making their debut, Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip. They’ll be standing where the giant, surfing Goofy did last year. 

To create that look, the outline of each topiary the topiaries is formed by a metal frame. The finished product is not solid foliage straight through: A space of 3 to 5 inches is stuffed with moss and supported by an internal cage. Being hollow helps keep down the poundage.

Plant life is then pinned to the moss.

Disney topiaries have progressed past their all-green predecessors. Now all manner of natural materials is used, especially to convey facial expressions of characters. It makes them look alive.

A trip to the Tournament of Roses Parade in California inspired Disney officials.

Blooms of note

The mist-breathing Bromeliad Dragon returns to lily pads outside China’s Temple of Heaven after a three-year absence.

The 44 towers of flowers, previously sprinkled across Epcot, will be lined up near Spaceship Earth.

Expect more — and larger — floating gardens in the East and West lakes.

Disney Weekly Scoop

One of Walt Disney World’s iconic attractions is getting a makeover. The famous Space Mountain is set close on April 19th. The makeover will include installing of new tracks for the indoor roller coaster and a new ceiling for the signature dome. Do not be disheartened. The ride is said to re-open some time later in the year. Although, this attraction will closed, their is still plenty do at . So, step into a world of fantasy with the seven lands of timeless fun. Get your Disney Tickets and celebrate the magic of dreams come true!!!