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Water Returns to Disneyland's Rivers of America

by Mommy Frog on May 12, 2017 2 Orlando

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

Rivers of America

  • Water has returned to the Rivers of America at Disneyland. The northern part of the river—dry since last year due to construction on Star Wars Land—has now been refilled. We hope this means the steam trains, sailing ships and Fantasmic! are close to returning. All of these attractions and more are expected to reopen this summer.
  • Lightsaber Churros have been spotted at Disneyland. They're not as clumsy or as random as pretzels, an elegant snack for a more civilized day.

Universal's Aventure Hotel

  • In WE CAN'T WAIT TO VISIT news—the Universal Orlando Resort is now taking reservations for its newest property, Universal's Aventure Hotel. With over 600 standard rooms and suites, this value hotel features upscale theming, a pool, as well as a rooftop bar and patio, providing an amazing view of Universal's Volcano Bay. Guests will also receive on-site perks such as Early Park Admission. The hotel is scheduled to open August 1, 2018. As you know, we offer discounts on all of the official Universal hotels, and we'll soon be offering discounts on this one.
  • Counting down the days until you can see Magic Kingdom's new nighttime show—Happily Ever After—in person? If you don't mind seeing it live streamed, you can watch the show's May 12 debut on the Disney Parks Blog.
  • I. Am. Groot. Everone's favorite plant-tree-thing will be appearing with Star-Lord and Gamora during Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure.  The Disney Blog posted photos of the terrific threesome. Summer of Heroes starts May 27, the same day Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT! opens.
  • A visit to Universal's Volcano Bay is something you're sure to remember. Judging by the pictures of Volcano Bay merchandise showcased on the Universal Close Up blog, you may need another suitcase just for souvenirs.
  • Changes are under way to Kraken coaster at SeaWorld Orlando. As the coaster undergoes its transformation into a VR coaster, the familiar blue Kraken outside of the queue has been removed. The new entrance and coaster experience will debut this summer.
  • Seeing as we blitzed our frog friends with countless selfies during our visit a few weeks back, we can verify this story is 100% correct. The Los Angeles Times posted an article on how Disneyland is the most-Instagrammed tourist destination in the world. #frogsofinstagram

Jack and Sally

Universal's Aventure Hotel - Tower of Terror

  • Finally, fans of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will want to "drop in" to Midsummer Scream 2017. This Halloween/haunt festival will feature a panel —"Beyond the 5th Dimension: Creating The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror"—that features some of the imagineers responsible for creating this amazing attraction. Midsummer Scream takes place July 29 and 30 in Long Beach, Ca.

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

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 17, 2017 at 8:56 p.m. Sonya Says...

Great information on your site! My husband and I are planning a trip to Universal Orlando in November. This is our first trip to Universal, we usually go to Disney, and we want to get the most out of our trip. We have 4 days, park to park. Do we NEED to get the Express Passes if we have this much time? We will arrive the Saturday before Thanksgiving and leave on the Wednesday before. In our experience going to Disney at this time, the parks don't get really crowded until Tuesday or Wednesday. We are a military family and are trying to do this on a budget so we were thinking Cabana Bay and skip the Express Pass, but after reading some comments I'm not sure what to do.

May 17, 2017 at 4:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sonya,

We were at Universal Orlando at the same time last year. Was it crowded? Yes. Did we have Universal Express? No. We were able to do the rides and experiences we wanted to? Yes. Arrive before the park opens and stay until closing. With four days, there is no need for you to rush. Have fun. Bring back Butterbeer!

Keep Hopping!

Mommy Frog

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