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:
- Is it ever too early to get a hop on planning your visit to Halloween Horror Nights? Universal Orlando Resort announced next year's start date, which is beginning earlier than ever on Sept. 6. The separately ticketed event, which runs on select nights in the fall, will run through Nov. 2. You scaredy frogs can start working up your courage now to attend next year's event!
- Disney Junior's Vampirina is set to make her Disney World showtime debut in the new Disney Junior Dance Party that opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Saturday. Lily loves this sweet little vampire! She will join other characters from "Doc McStuffins," "The Lion Guard," and "Mickey and the Roadsters."
- Two brave Disney World fans recently attempted what we think of as the holy grail of theme parks quests: They attempted to ride all 46 Disney World rides in one day! Did they make it? You'll have to read the article to find out ...
- Universal Orlando is delivering up the the deliciousness by introducing a dessert party with reserved viewing areas of its Macy's holiday parade and Cinematic Celebration show. The dessert party is perfectly timed during the prime (and busy) holiday season. It will be held nightly Dec. 24 through Dec. 30. Prices are $49.99 per adult and $29.99 per kid (ages 3 to 9).
- Disneyland's new Tiki Room-inspired exotic marketplace, the Tropical Marketplace, officially opened this week, and we got the goods! Look for Tad's video on our YouTube channel soon! In the meantime, check out all of the awesome holiday videos we've rounded up from our recent hops to the theme parks!
- Disney released a few more tidbits on the NBA Experience heading to Disney Springs in the summer of 2019. The new basketball destination will feature physical activities, mental and trivia challenges, and interactive experiences. Guests will be able to track and improve their jump shots and passing skills combine-style, and master the perfect slam dunk (which will be captured on camera). There will also be a retail store with NBA-themed merchandise and a 8,632-square-foot sports/bar and restaurant called City Works nearby.
That’s it for the theme park news this week! Have a great weekend.