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
- Alpha Centauri Expeditions (or Disney, if you don't feel like playing along) has released
more information on the adventures—dining and cultural—that await guests that visit Pandora - The World of Avatar. There will be three attractions—Avatar Flight of Passage, Na'vi River Journey and Valley of Mo'ara—for guests to explore. Unique Pandora dishes at Satu'li Canteen will pair with beverages from Pongu Pongu, which promises to serve bioluminescent frozen cocktails and indigenous beers. ACE expeditions to Pandora The World of Avatar begin May 27.
- Knott's Berry Farm is giving us a glimpse at the future of theme parks. VR Showdown in Ghost Town will be the first permanent free-roaming VR experience in a U.S. theme park. Guests will wander the park's Calico western town and battle robot cowboys. *Cue the Westworld theme*.
- A new beverage spot in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom is a coffee lover's rocket-fuel refill station. Joffrey's Revive Coffee Kiosk serves up drip coffee, hot or cold espresso drinks, tea and other beverages along with small pastries. Old-school Disney fans will appreciate Mission to S'Mores. Paging Operations Director Johnson.
- The Grey Stuff. Not since the Kungaloosh! at the now-closed Adventurer's Club has a Disney food/beverage item created a passionate fan base. The Orange County Register posted how this "Beauty and the Beast" treat has become a hot seller during it's West Coast debut at the Red Rose Taverne. I'm sure you've heard that it's delicious.
- We're always in green, so the pinching thing that happens on St. Patrick's Day isn't a big deal. Seeing as the restaurant itself was built in Ireland, Raglan Road at Disney Springs treats St. Patrick's Day as a big celebration of Irish culture and tradition. This year's Mighty St. Patrick's Festival is no exception. From March 16-19, the restaurant will pair its menu of traditional and Irish-inspired dishes with a full lineup of entertainment, including the young Byrne Brothers who are frogging adorable.
- The words "Mardi Gras" and "teenager" can cause a parent's eyes to bulge out. With a family friendly version now hopping up and down the park, the Universal Blog posted Teen Tips on Celebrating Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort.
- Rooms and amenities at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel will be receiving a renovation. Inspired by the arts-and-crafts movement, each room will receive new fixtures, decorations and modern graphic touches. The Craftsman Club—the hotel's concierge lounge—will receive artisan touches to its artwork, flooring and furniture.
- Every little thing gonna be all right. The Wailers—famed reggae group co-founded by Bob Marely—will be the musical guests at the Hard Rock Hotel's Velvet sessions in March.
- Cinderella's Ball is one of the most familiar elements of Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade. The Disney Parks Blog has a short video about the behind-the-scenes proccess of costuming the cast of this iconic parade.
- BB-8! BB-8! Star Wars Galactic Celebration, the special ticketed event held at Disney's Hollywood Studios, will be the first opportunity for guests to meet this loveable astromech droid. Chip and Co. has more information about all of the activities at this April 14th event.
- As Universal's Volcano Bay rises above the Universal Orlando Resort, the park posted a video featuring the Universal Creative team members describing the story behind this new water theme park. We can't wait to meet the Waturi on May 25!
That’s it for the theme park news this week. Have a great weekend!