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:
- We've been curious about the construction taking place on the Universal Studios Florida lagoon over the past few months, and the mystery has been solved! Universal Orlando Resort shared details for Cinematic Celebration, its new music, water and light show featuring some of the park's favorite films and characters. A date hasn't been announced yet, but the evening show is confirmed to debut sometime this summer and we can't wait!
- Universal Studios Hollywood's Raptor Encounter just got a bit more colorful in anticipation of the new Jurassic World film. The film's notable dino-star Blue is now available for thrilling interaction just outside of the Jurassic Park attraction. The experience promises to be intense and is sure to be a hit for film fans like Tad.
- Disneyland reopened Pirates of the Caribbean last Friday, revealing a new scene similar to that of Walt Disney World's version. The auction scene now features Redd the Pirate, a fierce, new female lead who is currently available for meet-and-greets at the park. We love how fun the new scene is, what about you?
- We had the pleasure of learning a yummy recipe from Chef TJ at Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness Chef Series this week. Mickey's Backyard BBQ Pavilion hosted a fun, interactive, FREE cooking experience for the whole family to enjoy ... plus we got to try the Smoked Chicken Goat Cheese Ravioli. Be sure to stop by June 20 and 27 between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to learn how to prepare a delicious dish and try it for yourself!
- Hooray for Earth! SeaWorld is banning plastic in all 12 of its theme parks in an effort to conserve wildlife. The company is eliminating the use of straws and offering cloth bags in merchandise locations rather than plastic. The plastic found in these products can cause damaging plastic pollutions, so SeaWorld is aiming to minimize that waste. We're all about anything that keeps our aquatic friends safe!
- Locals! Locals! Read all about it! We're now selling discount Florida resident tickets to Disney World and have a hoppin' limited time deal. The Florida Resident Disney Discover Tickets allow you to visit the parks for three or four days for as low as $160.87 — which works out to less than $54 a day! Take the leap today before these tickets expire in full June 24, and check out why now is a great time to take advantage.
That’s it for the theme park news this week! Have a great weekend.