Saturday, December 7, 2019

Gearing Up For the Holidays

Theme Park Wrap-Up

With the haunt season winding down and the holidays rapidly approaching, here’s what’s happening in Central Florida’s theme parks:

Walt Disney World

  • Things were a bit rough for the newly-opened Disney Skyliner this month, as just a week after opening, an incident caused a few of the gondolas to bump into each other, which stranded some guests for as long as three hours while the issue was investigated. After a week of closure, testing, and re-training of cast members, the Skyliner reopened to all guests.
  • The new, yet temporary nighttime spectacular, “Epcot Forever,” made its debut this month. The new show celebrates the past, present, and future of the park through fireworks, iconic Epcot music, lasers, and glowing LED kites that fly high above the waters of the World Showcase Lagoon. “Epcot Forever” is set to perform into 2020, leading up to the park’s next nighttime spectacular, “HarmonioUS.”
  • Guests can now take a unique look at what’s to come for Epcot with the new exhibit, “Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience,” which just opened this month in the Odyssey Events Pavilion. The new exhibit includes a 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling film presentation, a three-dimensional model of Epcot with projection mapping, and fun photo-ops.
  • The Palais du Cinéma in the France Pavilion at Epcot, home of “Impressions de France,” has closed for refurbishment as it adds two new experiences for guests. This refurbishment is to prepare the venue for the upcoming “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along,” which will open in January, as well as a new pre-show exhibit in the theater lobby. During this refurbishment, viewings of “Impressions de France” will be unavailable as well as Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. The attraction is set to reopen after the new year. The Beauty and the Beast show will rotate with the France film.
  • The new “Beauty and the Beast”-inspired lounge, Enchanted Rose, officially opened at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Located on the second floor of the resort’s lobby, the reimagined lounge celebrates the romance and magic of the live-action Disney film from 2017. Here, guests can sip on beverages themed to the film while enjoying atmosphere inspired by the characters and locations in and around Beast’s castle.
  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is adding four new animal villains from Disney and Pixar films to its art rotation. Guests can now draw Bruce from “Finding Nemo,” Hopper from “A Bug’s Life,” ShereKhan from “The Jungle Book,” and Tic Toc from “Peter Pan.” Scar and Ed from “The Lion King” will stay in the drawing rotation.
  • Walt Disney World announced new dates for Disney Early Morning Magic, which is returning. This new early-morning offering will kick off on Nov. 13, and then continue on select dates through December and into March.

Universal Orlando

  • Universal has officially announced that “The Bourne Stuntacular,” a new live-action stunt show, will debut at Universal Studios Florida in spring. The show will be based on Universal Pictures’ “Bourne” film franchise, following the character of Jason Bourne around the world as evil pursues him. The new show will be located in the former Terminator 2: 3D attraction building on the streets of Hollywood at Universal Studios Florida. More details on the new experience will be revealed as its opening approaches.
  • Universal has released the lineup for the 2020 return of its Christian music festival, Rock the Universe. From, Jan. 24-25, guests can see performances from TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Newsboys, Switchfoot, Tenth Avenue North, and Bethel Music.

SeaWorld Orlando

  • SeaWorld Orlando’s Christian music event, Praise Wave, is set to return to the park next month, and the lineup of performers has been announced. The concert series will take place on Saturdays from Nov. 2-16 at 1 PM and 5 PM in the park’s Nautilus Theater, and are included with park admission. This year’s performers are Rend Collective, Francesca Battistelli, and Natalie Grant.

Catch more theme park happenings, news, and updates here next month or every day at AttractionsMagazine.com.

Brittani Tuttle is a writer with Attractions Magazine, the only publication that covers all the major theme parks and attractions worldwide. In addition to the magazine, there is “The Attractions Show” online, an email newsletter, podcast, app and more. For more information email info@attractionsmagazine.com and visit AttractionsMagazine.com.on her blog: www.mycardsandhowtheygrow.wordpress.com.

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