Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks.
Here are this week’s theme park highlights
- If #MaytheFourthBeWithYou withdrawals have settled in, you shouldn't put down your lightsaber just yet. LEGO Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND Florida are back for May 6-7 and May 12-13. Snap a photo with LEGO Darth Vader, help build the largest LEGO Yoda model and build your own Star Wars vehicle or droid. Along with these force festivities, LEGOLAND Florida will add scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the Star Wars Miniland USA section in 2018.
- Step aside Mickey Ears, there's about to be a new must-have Disney World souvenir. Guests will soon be able to take home their own banshee at Pandora — The World of Avatar. Banshees are flying creatures that play a big role in the land's e-ticket attraction—Flight of Passage. Inside the land's Windtrader's shop, guests will able to select their own interactive pet, which can be controlled with a small remote. Watch for these winged creatures to fly off the shelf when this new land opens May 27.
- Be one of the first guests to see the latest acquisitions of Taneleer Tivan a.k.a The Collector. The Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT! Premiere Party at Disney California Adventure will let you experience the park's newest attraction before it opens to regular guests. You can also hang with Captain America, Spider-Man and Star-Lord, as well as experience a taste of the upcoming Summer of Heroes entertainment. Preparing my Gamora Disneybound outfit TODAY.
- With Universal's Volcano Bay splashing onto the scene May 25, Universal has upgraded its mobile app. Thru the app, you can add a credit card to your Tapu Tapu—Volcano Bay's free wearable—as well as access the virtual line for rides such as Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.
- There's more information on the Tomorrowland lounge at Disneyland. The Skyline Lounge Dessert Party will take place on the balcony located above Star Wars Launch Bay. It's interesting to note that this area isn't a prime spot to view the Disneyland fireworks. The lounge is simply a relaxing dessert spot that will be open regardless of a fireworks performance.
- What does this Mommy Frog want for Mother's Day? A clean lily pad, wine and Netflix binge time. If your mom wants to be treated to fun times at Disneyland, the park will have some delicious ways to celebrate.
- Magic Kingdom is making room for the many guests that aren't quite ready to say farewell to beloved fireworks show Wishes. The park will be opening backstage viewing areas to handle the crowds flocking to see the show. The final performance of Wishes is May 11, with the park's new nighttime show One Upon A Time debuting May 12.
- Good news for those of you that can't get enough of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This year's festival will expand to 75 days and include new dishes, bites and festival event locations. It runs from Aug. 31– Nov. 13.
- Looking for a fun place to practice your downward frog pose? Roll up your mat and sign up for Yoga By The Springs, a free yoga event at Disney Springs held May 9.
- Get ready to cross "Selfie with the Headless Horseman" off your bucket list. Tri-Circle D Ranch at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort will be hosting a "Return to Sleepy Hollow" event on select dates this September and October. The event will include a screening of the animated film "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" along withe a meet-and-greet with the Headless Horseman.
- BIG additions are headed to Hong Kong Disneyland. In addition to an expanded Sleeping Beauty Castle, favorites from Marvel, Frozen and Moana will be added to the park through 2023.
- Can you smell the Jungle Cruise uproar the Rock is cooking? The star of Disney's upcoming "Jungle Cruise" movie posted a photo where he described his involvement with Walt Disney Imagineering on re-imagining every version of this classic Disney attraction. Later on, Disney responded that there were no plans to change the Jungle Cruise. The Jungle Cruise has, in fact, changed many times since its opening in 1955. We'll see what this beloved classic looks like when the film debuts.
- And finally, one of the Undercover Tourist humans who help out us frogs provided a post on choosing the right Universal Orlando on-site hotel for the Universal Orlando Close Up blog.
That’s it for the theme park news this week. Have a great weekend!