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Aquatica's Newest, Tallest Drop Slide To Open May 9

by Mommy Frog on February 21, 2014 3 Orlando

Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks. 

This week’s theme park highlights:

  • Ihu's Breakaway FallsAquatica Orlando announced the official launch date for its brand new TALL slide. Ihu's Breakaway Falls will open May 9. The slide stands 105 feet tall with drops ranging from 27 feet to nearly 40 feet, according to Behind the Thrills.
  • Bacon cupcakeThe menu highlights from the Outdoor Kitchens at the festival sound scrumpalicious, including the bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzel crunch that will be available at The Smokehouse: Barbecues and Brews. Our question for you: Would you try a bacon cupcake? Yum or Yuck? Let us know in the comments!
  • Epcot has added an extra week to the International Food & Wine Festival this fall, starting Sept. 19 and running through Nov. 10.
  • KermitKermit did an exclusive interview with the Disney Parks Blog about his upcoming movie "Muppets Most Wanted" and his topiary debut at the Epcot Interntional Flower & Garden Festival. Surprisingly, he did not mention the bacon cupcake.
  • Justin Moore is pulling double duty this weekend, headlining Bands, Brew & BBQ at both SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
  • Disney Festival of Fantasy ParadeWe're just a few weeks away from the first Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, that is scheduled to debut some time in March at Magic Kingdom Park. This week, we learn more about the parade's original theme song by Composer Mark Hammond.
  • Inside the Magic had lots more details to share about Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley after attending a behind-the-walls tour!
  • We talked yesterday about the best times to visit Disney World in 2014, based in large part on our crowd calendar. For those of you wondering, we have a post on helpful hints for using the crowd calendar.
  • In good news for the economy, Universal is expected to bring in an 3,500 additional jobs in 2014 with the expansion of Harry Potter and the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

That’s it for the theme park news this week. Have a great weekend!

If you’re thinking about a trip to Disney World, make sure to check out the other news, tips and information we post to the blog throughout the week. If you’re ready to plan your trip, we recommend you start with our planning pages.

— Mommy Frog

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jun 4, 2014 at 3:28 p.m. Ariana Says...

Hello!! I have some questions about the Disney wristbands, I bought the tickets for the 4 parks thru this page, and I want to know if I can change the plastic cards when I get to the parks, -and how much additional cost do I have to pay for it? - how it works for the fastpass? Im going to the month of september of this year, due to my HoneyMoon. I hope someone can answer my doubts.. Thank You!...

Jun 4, 2014 at 8:57 p.m. Ariana Says...

Thank you! ;) and even if the plastic card works for the fast pass, can I buy it anyway the Disney wristband and I can use it like the plastic card to take it as a honeymoon gift for me and my husband?

Jun 4, 2014 at 8:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ariana,

Congratulations! We suggest you check out this page that offers a ton of information about FastPass+ and MyMagic+, including the MagicBands. You can purchase the MagicBands when you get to the park for $12.95 each plus tickets (guests staying at the resort get them free). You do not need the MagicBands to enjoy FastPass+ -- your tickets offer the same functionality.



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