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:
- You know we love a good "rare" character sighting! José and Panchito, two-thirds of The Three Caballeros, will be joining the Discovery Island Carnivale at Disney's Animal Kingdom! Beginning Feb. 4, these birds of a feather will take part in the fun costumes and festive music. Catch them soon — these birds will fly away from the dance party May 5.
- Walt Disney World has also announced its Incredible Summer celebrations coming later this year. A new Incredibles dance party (featuring the debut of Edna Mode) will take place at Magic Kingdom; a Guardians of the Galaxy show will premiere at Epcot; “Adventurers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure” & A “Dino-Tastic” Celebration for Donald Duck will debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There will be so many new experiences to enjoy!
- Universal Orlando Resort kicks off their Mardi Gras festivities tomorrow (Feb. 3) with New Orleans cuisine, a special parade and lots of beads! Sean Paul will be performing the first of week of the special concert series, taking place through April 7.
- Did you miss the new Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle during last weekend's A Celebration of Harry Potter? You must've sipped on some Felix Felicis, because you're in luck! The new show will continue on select nights throughout the year.
- On the West Coast, Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off their Lunar New Year celebration with Kung Fu Panda characters Feb. 10 through 25. We can't wait to see the minions dressed in traditional Chinese attire and Mandarin-speaking Megatron from Transformers!
- Groot and Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy spent some quality time together this week at Disney California Adventure. Dave Bautista, who plays the role of Drax, met up with his tall and tree-like pal, Groot outside of Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout! Dave also took the opportunity to explore The Collector’s Fortress and its famous collection of artifacts from throughout the galaxy.
- We all know that Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios has been undergoing a major face-lift with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land on the way. But did you know that the park has been considering a name change? Between last year's guest survey and this year's rumors, Orlando Weekly is reporting "Cinemagine Park" will be coming to life.
That’s it for the theme park news this week! Have a great weekend.