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R&B Artist Trey Songz Closes Universal’s Mardi Gras

This Saturday, contemporary R&B artist Trey Songz will take the stage for the final night of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras. Throughout his music career, Trey Songz has released five albums that reached the Top 20 of the Billboard 200. His album Ready won the 2010 BET Award for Best Male R&B Artist and led to six hit singles, including, “I Need a Girl,” “Successful” and “LOL Smiley Face.”

Trey Songz Coming to Mardi Gras

Before the concert, guests can catch colorful beads by the handful during the festive Mardi Gras parade, which features 12 vibrant floats. Guests can also visit Universal Studios Florida’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

Schedule of Events for the Weekend:

  • 4:00 P.M. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens
  • 7:45 P.M. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts
  • 8:30 P.M. – Live Concert Begins

Postcard From Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Villas

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The new Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa are filled with nods to Disney’s classic feature Mary Poppins, and this carousel horse is no exception.  It almost makes you want to break out into a rousing rendition of “Jolly Holiday!”


Celebrities Announced For Star Wars Weekends

This year’s Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is shaping up to be among the best, with a new show, new locations for merchandise and autograph opportunities and a galaxy of stars that includes returning favorites and luminaries making their first hyperspace jump to Star Wars Weekends!

Here are the celebrities scheduled to appear for Star Wars Weekends 2015 (entertainment is subject to change):

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Weekend I (May 15 – 17)

  • Ian McDiarmid: Senator/Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Amy Allen: Aayla Secura (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
  • Tiya Sircar: Sabine Wren (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend II (May 22 – 24)

  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Silas Carson: Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
  • Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend III (May 29 – 31)

  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Daniel Logan: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  • Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend IV (June 5 – 7)

  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
  • Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)

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Weekend V (June 12 – 14)

  • Frank Oz: Yoda (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi; Star Wars Rebels)
  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
  • Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: A New Hope; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)

Of course, Star Wars Weekends host James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels) will be appearing every week, and in addition to Ashley Eckstein’s Weekend IV guest spot, she will also be joining us every day of the event as host of “Padawan Mind Challenge – Family Edition.”

Details are still coming together for the event, but some of the highlights of what’s new for Star Wars Weekends 2015 include:

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“Star Wars: Rebels” – Relive the adventurous twists and turns of the first exciting season of the Disney XD series “Star Wars: Rebels,” in an all-new show with Star Wars Weekends host James Arnold Taylor and a special guest from the show’s voice cast … along with a few surprises!

Autograph Opportunities – For the first time, autograph sessions with Star Wars celebrities will be held in an indoor location, just off Commissary Lane near Star Tours – The Adventure Continues.

Darth’s Mall – Can’t find the droids you’re looking for? Head over to this new complex of shops near Streets of America for the best selection of Star Wars merchandise in this galaxy or any other!

All this, plus dozens of Star Wars characters appearing throughout the park, yummy Star Wars-inspired treats and the spectacular fireworks finale, “Symphony in the Stars.” It just goes to show you that Star Wars Weekends is as close to the Force as you can get!


Magic Kingdom Special Event Tickets Are On Sale

A few weeks ago, we gave you the dates for 2015’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. And we also have been keeping you up-to-date on all the information for 2015’s Night of Joy.

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Well, if you just can’t wait to purchase tickets for your favorite Magic Kingdom Park special event, today is your lucky day.

This year, we’re planning a thrilling new show for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Some of your favorite Disney villains, along with a few new friends, are getting ready to cast a spell on you at the Castle Forecourt Stage. We’ll have more details for you soon about this wickedly delightful addition to the Halloween festivities at Magic Kingdom Park.

Get Your Tickets Now!

Tickets for all three events are currently on sale. You’ll want to buy your tickets as early as possible because dates sell out.

Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party include:

  • September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27; October 1 – Advance: $68 (plus tax) for adults; $63 (plus tax) for children (ages 3-9); Day of the Event: $74 (plus tax) for adults; $69 (plus tax) for children (ages 3-9)
  • October 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, November 1 – Advance: $74 (plus tax) for adults; $69 (plus tax) for children (ages 3-9); Day of the Event: $79 (plus tax) for adults; $74 (plus tax) for children (ages 3-9)
  • Halloween – $87 (plus tax) for adults; $82 (plus tax) for children (ages 3-9)

Tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party include:

  • November 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19; December 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15 – Advance: $74 (plus tax) for adults; $69 (plus tax) for children (ages 3-9); Day of the Event: $79 (plus tax) for adults; $74 (plus tax) for children (ages 3-9)
  • November 20, 29; December 4, 11, 17 – $79 (plus tax) for adults; $74 (plus tax) for children (ages 3-9)
  • December 18 – $82 (plus tax) for adults; $77 (plus tax) for children (ages 3-9)

Single-day ticket prices for Disney’s Night of Joy (September 11-12) are $65 (plus tax) in advance and $80 (plus tax) on the day of the event (if available). A two night ticket also is available for $115 (plus tax) in advance of the event. Group tickets are also available.

To order tickets or find out more information on any of our Magic Kingdom Park special events, guests can contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner.


Universal Orlando Announces Rock The Universe Line-Up

On September 11 & 12, Universal Orlando will host Florida’s biggest Christian music festival, Rock the Universe, and we’re psyched to announce the star-studded lineup.

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On Friday, mainstays of the Christian rock scene Switchfoot will take to the stage to perform their soul-stirring hits. Later that evening, Christian music giants Newsboys and Crowder will captivate the crowd with powerful hits of their own.

On Saturday, the riding, rocking and rejoicing continues with more of the genre’s biggest stars, including the Grammy award-winning Casting Crowns. Also performing on Saturday are international fan-favorites Jesus Culture and Planetshakers.

Casting Crowns at Universal Orlando

FRIDAY
Switchfoot
Newsboys
Crowder
Kari Jobe
Kutless
Family Force 5
Capital Kings
All Things New
Aaron Gillespie
Waves of Glory winner
SATURDAY
Casting Crowns
Jesus Culture
Planetshakers
Tenth Avenue North
Building 429
Andy Mineo
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Nine Lashes
Rapture Ruckus
Shine Bright Baby
Waves of Glory winner

And don’t forget—your Rock The Universe ticket gives you access to all the award-winning attractions offered at Universal Studios Florida. You’ll also have the chance to hear inspirational guest speakers, grab autographs in the FanZone, and experience a special candlelighting ceremony on Saturday night. PLUS, you can be part of a special Sunday Morning Worship service held right here. It’s an entire weekend of faith and fun.


Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Rock To The Band Perry

Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras continues this weekend with a musical performance by award-winning country group The Band Perry on Saturday, April 11.

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The Band Perry, comprised of siblings Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry and Neil Perry, rose to fame with their quadruple-platinum song “If I Die Young,” their platinum song “You Lie,” and their No. 1 Billboard Hot Country song “All Your Life.” Combining country, pop and rock sounds, the musical trio has continued their success by winning multiple CMT and CMA awards, receiving Grammy and Billboard award nominations and selling out worldwide tours. Their second album, Pioneer, was released in April 2013 and produced the No. 1 singles, “Better Dig Two” and “DONE.”

Before each concert, guests can catch colorful beads by the handful during the festive Mardi Gras parade, which features 12 vibrant floats. Guests can also visit Universal Studios Florida’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

Schedule of Events for the Weekend:

  • 4:00 P.M. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens
  • 7:45 P.M. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts
  • 8:30 P.M. – Live Concert Begins

Travel With Rick’s 300th Episode

Episode 300 – Celebrate with Rick and John as they reminisce about the past 6 years and 300 episodes with surprise guests, classic Travel With Rick footage, and questions from friends from all over the world!

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Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Makes its Grand Opening Debut

Walt Disney World celebrated the opening of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest addition to the expanding Disney Vacation Club portfolio in grand Disney style.

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Located on Seven Seas Lagoon, this new resort features over-the-water Bora Bora Bungalows and Deluxe Studios with a tropical ambiance, which are sure to transport members and guests to a South Pacific-inspired paradise. Not to mention, Magic Kingdom Park is just a quick monorail ride away!

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The new reimagined Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort also offers more dining and recreation experiences to discover and enjoy, including a reimagined Lava Pool, new children’s water play area, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Pineapple Lanai, which serves the world-famous Dole Whip soft serve — just to name a few of the exciting new enhancements to this original Walt Disney World Resort hotel. And there’s plenty more beyond that …

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Recently a special group of invited media discovered this exciting new tropical resort with signature Disney touches. From touring the Bungalows and Deluxe Studios to visiting Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Pineapple Lanai, guests were able to experience the exciting new features that Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort have to offer.

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Here’s a video that highlights this momentous occasion.


New “Tangled: The Musical” Coming to Disney Cruise Line

In November 2015, the endearing characters and captivating music of the animated film “Tangled” will enchant audiences once again, this time as an original stage show spectacular at sea aboard the Disney Magic – the first time the beloved Disney tale has been adapted for the stage.

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“Tangled: The Musical” will immerse guests in Rapunzel’s fairytale world through lavish production numbers and spellbinding music. Three new songs created exclusively for this show by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater will bring the story to life onstage.

Featuring elaborate costumes, groundbreaking puppetry and stunning set designs, the show will stay true to the storyline from the hit film – with a few special twists to create a live staged production.

“Tangled: The Musical” complements the line-up of Disney Cruise Line-exclusive live entertainment performed every voyage aboard the Disney Magic, joining “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” and “Disney Dreams… An Enchanted Classic,” which will feature a new segment from the blockbuster animated hit “Frozen” beginning in summer 2015.

The new show will premiere during the Nov. 11, 2015 four-night Bahamian sailing aboard the Disney Magic, which will sail four-night Bahamas and five-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami beginning Sept. 30, 2015 through the new year.


All-American Rejects To “Move Along” At Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras

This Saturday, Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras continues to rock on with a musical performance by The All-American Rejects. This popular alternative rock band is best known for their hit singles, “Dirty Little Secret,” “Move Along” and “It Ends Tonight,” all of which made it into the top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. One of their most successful songs, “Gives You Hell,” was No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified four times multi-platinum in the United States.

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Before the concert, guests can catch colorful beads by the handful during the festive Mardi Gras parade, which features 12 vibrant floats. Guests can also visit Universal Studios Florida’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

Schedule of Events for the Weekend:

  • 4:00 P.M. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens
  • 7:45 P.M. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts
  • 8:30 P.M. – Live Concert Begins

Universal Studios Is Fast And Furious This April

Are you a fan of muscle cars? If you are, this will get your motors running, because three vehicles from Furious 7 rolled into Universal Studios Florida last week.

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Head towards Animal Actors On Location! and you’ll find a three sweet rides from the films—including Letty’s Cuda—just waiting for you to drool over. These amazing rides will be on display through July!

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And if you really want to get ready for the next adventures of Domini Toretto and his family, Universal Orlando Resort has got just the thing.

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The AMC Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX is having a special screening of all six Fast & Furious movies, at discounted prices, between March 27 and the April 3 premiere of Furious 7.

Check out the schedule below and ride on in!

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Brooks Lake Lodge and Spa With Guest Adam Long

Rick and Leslie visit beautiful Brooks Lake Lodge and Spa in Dubois, Wyoming to enjoy some snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and the incredible Wyoming Rocky Mountains and Pinnacle Mountains!

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