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:
- The Orlando Sentinel has delved into the implications of the Universal Orlando Resort adding another theme park. A company affiliated with the resort has purchased 475 acres and begun planning discussions with the county, although planning and construction would likely take years. While Universal isn't commenting, others within the industry have weighed in on what this would mean for Orlando's other attractions, including Disney World. For Universal itself, the addition would mean a greater stake in—and dollars from—Orlando's tourism industry. In terms of market share, Disney currently draws about 70 percent of Orlando's theme park visits, according to the Sentinel.
- In hoppy shopping news, Disney World debuted the brand-new Disney Springs bus drop-off location outside of Town Center last week. Disney buses coming from the resorts have their own dedicated lanes to ensure they get you to the entertainment, retail and restaurant destination even quicker! The old bus location will support other partner hotels.
- The Orlando Sentinel dived into STK, a new steakhouse at Disney Springs, taking in the atmosphere and the eats. With a live DJ, the spot is more nightclub than restaurant.
- The 2017 Pro Bowl will be held in Orlando at the Camping World Stadium near downtown, but many of the official activities—including practices, a flag football event and other youth events—will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
- China is celebrating the official opening of Shanghai Disney by issuing two stamps June 16. In one, Mickey and Minnie are seen strolling in their official Shanghai Disney Resort duds. The other one captures the magnificence of the Enchanted Storybook Castle.
- "Frozen—Live at the Hyperion" opened at Disney California Adventure, bringing to life the story of Anna and Elsa in full theatrical form. Look for tips on getting into this popular show from us next week.
- Disneyland is adding live music almost every night of the week during summer, including swing, big band, rockabilly, reggae and oldies groups.
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 Orlando Planning Guide.