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Parks News: Antarctica Prepares for Opening; Universal's Potter Expansion Pegged for Summer 2014

by Leap on May 17, 2013

It's time for the Frog Family's weekly roundup of Disney and Orlando theme park tidbits from the interwebs.

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This week’s highlights:

  • AntarcticaWe're just a week away from the opening of SeaWorld Orlando's Antarctica, a first-of-its-kind attraction that promises to transport guests to the South Pole.  To celebrate, we're going to have a week's worth of spectacular SeaWorld coverage all of next week (including a giveaway that includes SeaWorld Orlando tickets)! As Tad likes to say, it's going to be AWESOME!

  • To whet your appetite, we recommend this terrific USA Today video featuring some of the penguin species that guests will encounter at the attraction.

  • When it opens, Antarctica will offer its very own Coke Freestyle Drink called Vanilla South Pole Chill and a customizable souvenir cup. With the Cup That Cares, guests will be able to track their CO2 savings with every refill in Antarctic, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon AlleyA few more tantalizing details about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley were revealed in a Universal Orlando survey, including a more certain open date and confirmation of a new 3D attraction.
  • In more Universal news, John Stamos stopped by for a sneak peek of Transformers: The Ride 3D.
  • And Orlando Informer offered the top 5 reasons why it loves Universal's Loews Royal Pacific Resort.
  • Adventurer’s Outpost, a new meet-and-greet area for Mickey and Minnie, officially opened this week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
  • Disney Shoe OrnamentMommy Frog is always looking to expand her shoe collection, and coincidentally these stylish shoe ornaments -- including princesses and villains -- are making their way to the Disney parks this spring.

  • LEGOLAND gave us the official opening date for Legends of Chima. It's July 3.

  • MiceChat did a nice report on whether an adult without children can enjoy LEGOLAND (the answer is yes). Check out all of the photos and details about each of the lands.

  • It was good news all around for the Walt Disney Co. in its first three months of the year, with profits up 73%. During a conference call with analysts, Chairman and CEO Bob Iger spoke a bit about MyMagic+, saying “The goal is for us to roll out MyMagic+ at some point this year.”

That’s all for this week. Until next week, happy planning!

— Leap

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