2016 has been quite a dynamic year for Orlando Theme Parks. Many new attractions opened and celebrations began, which has been great for the industry and visitors alike! Let’s take a look back and see what has transpired!Universal Orlando Skull Island: Reign Of Kong
There is no doubt, the summer opening of Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Islands Of Adventure, brought a new era of animatronic’s to Universal. Guest’s get to brave the dangers of a 1930’s expedition that’s caught in a clash between prehistoric predators and fearsome creatures. As ferocious beasts battle, King Kong hurls himself between you and certain doom. But is he friend, or foe? With each primal roar. Each chest pounding thud. One thundering truth comes clear: This is his home, his kingdom. Only he reigns.Incredible Hulk Roller-coaster
The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure roared back to life and reopened in August, after a near-complete transformation since it closed September 2015. The revamped Incredible Hulk coaster features a new story line, a redesigned queue experience, a new track, a new ride vehicle and a new on-board ride score composed by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.
Walt Disney World Star Wars Launch Bay
Disney World wasn’t about to be left behind this year, so new Star Wars experiences were added. The Star Wars themed entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios includes Star Wars Launch Bay, a central locale for fans to celebrate all things Star Wars, new scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, a reimagined Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, where younglings can train with lightsabers and fight Darth Vader, Seventh Sister Inquisitor from the popular Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels, and other characters from the Dark Side, and “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.”New Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
New Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire stage show opened this year and for the first time, modern Disney characters Tiana of “Princess and the Frog,” and Rapunzel of “Tangled,” co-star with Anna and Elsa of “Frozen,” and a host of classic characters performed on the grandest stage in the kingdom. The star-studded tale of friendship presents Mickey Mouse and his troupe of Merry Makers — Minnie Mouse, Donald, Daisy and Goofy – who invite 10 new friends from different animated worlds to join the celebration. This “timeless fairytale” of a show combines grand dance, fireworks and stunts with memorable music, an original song and special effects.SeaWorld Orlando Mako Rollercoaster at SeaWorld Orlando
Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako is Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster. It opened in the summer and the response has been overwhelming! “On Mako you’ll experience what it’s like to be this apex predator, surging through the water at top speed and chasing prey throughout a massive reef,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld’s Senior Director, Development & Design. “It will be a wild mix of fear, thrills and fun.”Legoland Florida Legoland Florida’s Build a Raft
When the LEGOLAND Water Park opened for the summer in 2016 it came with a new attraction and some amenities to make your visit even more incredible. The new Creative Cove Build-A-Raft is the newest attraction where kids can create and race LEGO watercraft through fast-flowing rivers alongside cheering crowds in a setting inspired by the popular LEGO City Coast Guard sets. The Imagination Station has a new expansion that now lets younger model citizens build and play with colorful DUPLO bricks in a water-filled activity center.Busch Gardens Busch Garden’s Cobra’s Curse
Get ready to snake your way through Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s ultimate family roller coaster! This amazing coaster opened this summer and is the only one of its kind in the world, and features a vertical lift. It takes riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations, so be sure to enjoy Cobra’s Curse for a whirlwind adventure!
The OTC Genius doesn’t know if Orlando Theme Parks can outdo 2016 but if the rumors for 2017 are true then I think it will be a bombshell of a year and Orlando Ticket Connection will be here to give you the scoop as well as our famously low prices on all Discount Orlando Theme Park Tickets!!
New Year’s Eve in Orlando is the place to be!! Especially at the world famous Orlando Theme Parks! So bring in 2017 in a phenomenal way and check out the Orlando’s Theme Park 2016- 2017 New Year’s Party Guide. Discover something that’s sure to make your New Year’s a magical celebration for everyone.Orlando’s Theme Park 2016-2017 New Year’s Party Guide
Walt Disney World Resort Celebrate the New Year at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios theme parks. All three parks have added extraordinary improvements to their nightly fireworks and entertainment with special midnight fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot. December 31, is also one of the most popular days to visit. Make sure to pick your park of choice and arrive early before the parks “closes” to additional guests. Discount Disney Tickets available here!
Universal Orlando Resort Both of Universal Orlando’s theme parks – Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, will be in the party mood from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s Eve celebrations in the parks include party zones that will feature DJs, character appearances and amazing fireworks displays at midnight. Discount Universal Orlando Tickets available here!
New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando On December 31, celebrate New Years Eve at SeaWorld Orlando. Vibrant fireworks will fill the night sky and festive entertainment will take place throughout the park, including interactive DJ stations, craft beers and delectable bites. Discount SeaWorld Tickets available here!
LEGOLAND Florida – Kid’s New Year’s Eve Legoland Florida starts the Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve, December 26-31 and features nightly fireworks over Lake Eloise at 7pm.Enjoy the spectacular fireworks explode into millions of tiny LEGO bricks with special 3D viewing glasses. Then New Years begins with Happy Kids’ New Year’s Eve, where the giant LEGO brick drops at a very kid-friendly midnight KST (Kid Standard Time) – otherwise known as 7 p.m. Don’t forget the fireworks and a dance party DJ for the best Kid Friendly New Year’s ever! Discount Legoland Tickets available here!
New Year’s Eve at CityWalk Orlando Universal CityWalk is a nonstop party spot all year round but on New Year’s 2016-2017 the partying is done up with flair! Bid a fond farewell to 2016 with delicious food and live performances. Between shows, dine on all-you-can-eat gourmet cuisine, including filet mignon, jumbo shrimp and decadent desserts. You’ll also enjoy live entertainment in every club, a midnight champagne toast, and more!
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With the return of Praise Wave, guests can celebrate Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Uplifting, live concerts from the hottest names in Christian music will light up the stage at Nautilus Theater. Guests can also enjoy SeaWorld’s thrilling rides, shows and attractions. Christian music fans will kick off the year with a day of fellowship and fun during SeaWorld Orlando’s Praise Wave concerts Saturdays January 14 through 28.Praise Wave 2017 Favorite Christian Music at SeaWorld Orlando
Guests can enjoy live performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides and attractions. 2017 musical performances include:
• Saturday, January 14 Musical Performance: Seven time Grammy® award winner, TobyMac kicks off Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando. With more than 11 million units in career sales, fans will go gangbusters with songs like “Feel It” and “Lights Shine Bright.”
• Saturday, January 21 Musical Performance: Billboard Chart Topper and Grammy® award winner, Francesca Battistelli will delight audiences with famed songs such as “Holy Spirit” and “He Knows My Name.”
• Saturday, January 28 Musical Performance: Billboard Award winning and Grammy® nominated Skillet takes the stage with hits such as “Stars,” “Feel Invincible,” and “Awake & Alive.”
Live concerts take place at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. each Saturday in the park’s Nautilus Theater. Praise Wave 2017 Favorite Christian Music at SeaWorld Orlando is included with park admission and reserved seating packages will be available.
Then in February, guests can enjoy SeaWorld Orlando’s popular music and food events which will expand to a total of 14 weekends in 2017 as part of the all-new Seven Seas Festival. Guests will be able to enjoy performances by some of their favorite country and Latin artists.
Inspired by street food from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean, this expanded festival will bring new culinary offerings to guests throughout the park. Plus, guests will be able to indulge in a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews on tap giving their taste buds a worldly delight.
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Discover a festival like no other at Holidays Around the World at Epcot®-Disney World; featuring the joyous holiday traditions of our 11 World Showcase nations. Holidays Around the World at Epcot® surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season as celebrated by cultures near and far.
Come, delight in stirring live musical productions; savor favorite seasonal specialties at our Food and Beverage Marketplace locations; and take a festive global tour as costumed performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase.
Ring in the season with food, music, and celebrations from around the globe at Epcot® November 25-December 30. New this year, Holidays Around the World is adding even more food and drinks for the winter celebration! Guests can enjoy these new marketplaces:Prost! in Germany – Artisan cheese plate or sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle; Drinks include alcoholic ciders, Williams Punch (hot), Caramel Kiss featuring Werther’s Caramel and glüwein (house-made hot spiced wine)
American Holiday Table in the American Adventure Pavilion – Slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, seared pork tenderloin with green bean casserole, roasted sweet potato wedges and a Champagne demi-glace; Drinks include Shipyard Eggnog White Porter Aged on Bourbon, Firenog (eggnog with Fireball Whisky), Great American Wine Company Red Blend and Chardonnay, hot chocolate, eggnog, and Cocoa Candy Cane (hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps)Alpine Haus between Morocco and France – Duck confit, dumplings, and roasted Brussels sprouts with a fig reduction; cheese fondue in a bread bowl with fresh steamed vegetables, and sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot jam and dark chocolate glaze; Drinks include Frozen Winter Spice Hot Chocolate featuring Twinings of London Tea (alcoholic and non-alcoholic version available) Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner Vetliner White Wine and Heinrich Red Blend
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Holidays Around the World at Epcot®
Our global celebration wouldn’t be complete without jolly St. Nick, who spreads joy to the world in this magical season!
Join us throughout the day at The American Adventure from November 25 to December 24 to share holiday greetings and one-of-a-kind photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus before they fly off on their magical Christmas Eve gift-giving odyssey.
A Walt Disney World tradition now in its 45th year, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot 2016, is a beautiful production of the Christmas story narrated by a celebrity speaker and amazing music by a Mass choir and 50-piece orchestra. This phenomenal event takes place in the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase inside Epcot.
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Experience Universal Orlando Resort’s Christmas Celebration 2016 in the only way Universal Orlando knows how—Wonderful, Enchanting and Breathtaking!! The festivities begin December 3, 2016 and run through January 1, 2017. The two Universal Orlando Parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios promise an amazing Holiday Extravaganza! Universal Orlando transforms into a seasonal spectacular every December, and features special holiday-themed entertainment including the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios & Grinchmas can be experienced at Islands of Adventure!Universal Orlando Resort’s Christmas Celebration 2016 Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios
Macy’s Holiday Parade will command the streets with all the colorful balloons and floats that New York City gets a chance to enjoy every Thanksgiving. Did you know that as soon as the parade is over in New York the balloons and floats are brought down here for everyone to enjoy!! You will be delighted by the marching bands, clowns, and from the jolly man himself; Santa Claus will make his appearance for all the children. Afterwards, enjoy the magnificent tree lighting ceremony with music and a glittering display of lights!The Grinch™, at Islands of Adventure
The favorite green meanie is right next door at Islands of Adventure! Discover Seuss Landing™ where the festivities of Grinchmas transform the park into a wintery wonderland. See characters come to life, as Whos down in Who-ville wander through Seuss Landing, ready to say hello and spread good cheer! Make sure you get a chance to see the live performance of the star of the show, The Grinch™, and get your picture taken with the mean green character himself!Mannheim Steamroller
What would a Christmas party be without holiday music? The world famous Christmas artist of all time will be on hand to sing you through the festivities at Universal Orlando Resort’s Christmas Celebration 2016! With over 27 million albums sold, Mannheim Steamroller will be live on stage at the Music Plaza, and whether you’re a longtime fan or discovering their enchanting orchestral sounds for the first time, it’s a holiday experience you can’t miss. The show is included with your theme park admission or Annual Pass. See them live on the following dates: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18
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A Walt Disney World tradition now in its 45th year, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot 2016, is a beautiful production of the Christmas story narrated by a celebrity speaker and amazing music by a Mass choir and 50-piece orchestra.This phenomenal event takes place in the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase inside Epcot.Candlelight Processional at Epcot 2016
Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. Gorgeous choral pieces performed by an orchestra and various choirs are interwoven with the narration, inspiring the audience with songs of hope and joy. It begins November 25, 2016 and will run every evening through December 30 2015. Shows are approximately 40 minutes.
Candlelight Processional is held every night from Thanksgiving to Christmas inside Epcot. Each night, Disney brings in a celebrity narrator to read The Christmas story. The celebrity narrator is accompanied by a 50-piece live orchestra and mass choir.
The 2016 Candlelight Processional at Epcot will feature the following celebrity narrators:11/25 – 11/27: Steven Curtis Chapman 11/28 – 12/01: Neil Patrick Harris 12/02 – 12/03: Whoopi Goldberg 12/04 – 12/6: Edward James Olmos 12/07 – 12/09 Anthony Mackie – 12/10 – 12/12 Robby Benson 12/13 – 12/15: Meredith Vieira 12/16 – 12/18: Jim Caviezel 12/19 – 12/21: Joe Morton 12/22 – 12/24: Ming Na Wen – 12/25 – 12/27 Jodi Benson 12/28 – 12/30: Cal Ripken, Jr. –
Showtimes are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m and 8:15 p.m. nightly. No Showtime for December 4th.
The Candlelight Processional dining packages allow you to enjoy a meal at one of Epcot’s restaurants, while guaranteeing you a seat for the show. It’s important to note that at times this is THE only way to get a seat. Those with Dinner Packages are the first to be seated – those waiting in line will be given the very few seats that remain. If you’re in Disney during the holidays this is a “Don’t Miss” event.
Seating without the dinner package is on a first come, first serve basis for each show. Guests start lining up 45 minutes (longer as you are closer to Christmas) before show time. 15 minutes prior to the show and seating is then opened up to those on line. Also, keep in mind if you wait in line for the 2nd or 3rd show of the night that you will be hearing the show before yours as it is performed. You can always stroll by the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase to listen to the music and wonders of Christmas.
SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION BRIGHTENS THE HOLIDAYS – WITH ALL-NEW MEET RUDOLPH™ EXPERIENCE AND RETURNING CLASSICS!
Brighten up this year’s holiday season during SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration, where guests experience the joys of Christmas complete with all-new festivities and returning favorites sure to inspire traditions for years to come. Holiday events take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays November 25 through December 11 and then run daily December 16 through 31.
SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION BRIGHTENS THE HOLIDAYS when guests of all ages can delight over scrumptious food, stunning live shows, joyful entertainment inspired by the natural world and much more.
All-New Holiday Festivities
· Rudolph’s ChristmasTown – New this year is the Rudolph’s ChristmasTown where guests can meet Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius from the classic family Christmas television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Plus, guests can stroll past life-size story book vignettes showcasing the classic Rudolph story.
· Santa’s Workshop presented by Coca-Cola – Meet Santa Claus in an all-new Christmas experience. Guests can make timeless memories to treasure as they embrace the joy of the holiday season at Santa’s Workshop, presented by Coca-Cola.
Returning Holiday Favorites
Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas – A returning classic, Sea Lion & Otter Stadium celebrates the season with a hilarious Christmas comedy show. Clyde and Seamore, along with a few mischievous otters, a comical elf, and even a jolly walrus, invite guests to their fun-filled holiday celebration.
· Shamu Christmas Miracles – Shamu Stadium once again brightens the night with dazzling lights and glowing candles, while Christmas carols abound and Shamu splashes to celebrate the holiday season.
· O Wondrous Night – Experience a live nativity only SeaWorld can bring to life, complete with more than 30 carols, life-sized puppets, and animals in a spectacular Christmas favorite based on The Christmas Story. Told through the eyes of the animals that were there, O Wondrous Night is a touching, light-hearted, and glorious celebration with a host of angels, animals, and the true glory of Christmas.
· Sesame Street’s Elmo’s Christmas Wish – The holidays have arrived, and everybody’s Sesame Street® friends have come to SeaWorld Orlando for a festive and fun musical celebration! Elmo’s Christmas Wish will soon become every child’s favorite show. Join Rosita, Grover, Zoe and Cookie Monster as they work together to help Elmo find his Christmas wish!
· Winter Wonderland on Ice – Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels and light as skaters dazzle and delight in this show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza.
· Sea of Trees – Families will stroll through a wintery, watery wonderland as they are immersed in a sea of glistening holiday trees that sparkle to music as they light up the water. New this year is a glistening Christmas tree towering 70-feet above the water.
· The Christmas Market – Nestled along the park’s Bayside Pathway, The Christmas Market features festive entertainment and delicious culinary delights. Complete with playful elves, a charming model train village, and the comedic antics of the Christmas Council, the Market is the centerpiece of SeaWorld’s Christmas event. Guests can also relax near the warm glow of the fire pit a holiday cocktail while experiencing a wonderful view of the vibrant Sea of Trees.
For those looking for unique holiday cuisine, The Christmas Market is filled with fresh-popped kettle corn, waffle cone S’mores, grilled slider sandwiches, short-rib brisket mac & cheese and SeaWorld’s very own apple pie with a unique and delicious twist. Guests can also sip on flavorful hoppy craft brews and specialty flavored hot cocoa located near the stage at Bayside Pathway. Live music under the Gazebo completes the entire experience as guests enjoy the craft brew.
Guests can now indulge their senses with more than 60 delectable bites and craft brews served on tap with two all-new Tasting & Brew Sampler packages.
Guests can also enjoy a memorable holiday meal, along with a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Fireside Feast. The exclusive dinner features an all-you-care-to-eat menu of holiday favorites and delicious desserts.
Ring In The New Year at SeaWorld Orlando
On December 31, guests can ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando. Vibrant fireworks will fill the night sky and festive entertainment will take place throughout the park, including interactive DJ stations, craft beers and delectable bites.
Guy Harvey Weekend-SeaWorld Orlando-Meet world-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey at SeaWorld Orlando during Guy Harvey Weekend taking place November 19 and 20. Park guests will dive deeper than ever before as they explore sharks and their underwater world through inspiring conversations, exhibits of extraordinary artwork, meet-and-greets and signing opportunities.
Hear uplifting stories and gain insight into Guy Harvey’s work during hosted chats at Guy Harvey Weekend-SeaWorld Orlando, taking place both event days at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Browse SeaWorld’s collection of exclusive Guy Harvey artwork and merchandise plus stick around for meet-and-greets and signings inside the Guy Harvey Shop on both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
In addition to the presentations and meet-and-greets, included with park admission, SeaWorld will offer several exclusive opportunities available throughout the weekend. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in a signature dinner of sustainable seafood specialties hosted by Guy in the immersive environment of Sharks Underwater Grill.Guy Harvey Weekend-SeaWorld Orlando
Park-goers will also have the opportunity to purchase thrilling “up close” Shark Encounter private tours with Guy Harvey:
• EXCLUSIVE GUY HARVEY SHARKS UP CLOSE TOUR– Join world-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey as he takes visitors on an unforgettable “up close” tour of the park’s Shark Encounter. Guests will get closer than ever to a wide variety of sharks in this extraordinary 700,000-gallon habitat and learn more about their world and the perils sharks face in the wild. The tour includes a family photo with Guy Harvey, as well as a signed mini-print of Guy Harvey artwork. Park admission is required, but not included. Pricing begins at $39 per person.
• DINNER WITH GUY HARVEY AT SHARKS UNDERWATER GRILL– Guests can savor the flavors during SeaWorld’s culinary celebration at Sharks Underwater Grill hosted by world-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey. Diners will experience a signature menu of sustainable seafood specialties in a unique oceanic space complete with a window into the mysterious world of sharks. Guy Harvey will be on hand to share compelling stories of the ocean, his artwork, and the inspiring beauty of the natural world we share. This 3-course dining experience includes a family photo with Guy Harvey, a signed mini-print of Guy’s artwork and one specialty beverage. Park admission is required, but not included. Pricing begins at $99 per.
• PASS MEMBER EXCLUSIVE MEET & GREET WITH RUM TASTING– SeaWorld Pass Members are invited to join world-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey for an evening of inspiration and conservation. Pass Members will learn about the beauty of sharks and the critical role they play in our ocean while they relax in SeaWorld’s atmospheric Waterfront. Pass Members will also have the opportunity to enjoy a specialty rum tasting experience and receive a family photo with Guy Harvey, one specialty beverage and a set of exclusive specialty glasses. Pricing begins at $29 per pass member.
Once Upon a Time Begins at Magic Kingdom Park The Classic Disney fairy tales light up Cinderella Castle as the projection show “Once Upon a Time” debuts at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® ResortOnce Upon a Time Begins at Magic Kingdom Park
Once Upon a Time Begins at Magic Kingdom Park, uses projection-mapping technology to produce a dazzling three-dimensional effect that fits every nook and contour of the Castle, from its base to the tips of its towers and turrets.
The result: Cinderella Castle opens like a storybook and becomes living art, the canvas for a kaleidoscopic and eye-filling feast of fantasy.
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the timeless animated classic, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the new projection show is narrated by Mrs. Potts who shares “once upon a time” bedtime stories with Chip.
Projected scenes let Guests relive some of their favorite Disney moments. They’ll fly with Peter Pan high above the rooftops of London to Never Land, drop in on a whimsical tea party hosted by the Mad Hatter and watch Winnie the Pooh rise to the top of the Castle while he hangs from a colorful balloon. And these are just some of the enchanting tales that come to life in “Once Upon a Time.”
The awe-inspiring show culminates with classic scenes from “Beauty and the Beast” – the Beast waltzing with his beloved Belle, his duel with Gaston, and finally his transformation back to the Prince. As Mrs. Potts and Chip conclude their bedtime story, the show moves to its grand finale including appearances by characters from some of Disney’s most beloved animated tales. Fireworks bursting above the Castle add to the magic.
“Once Upon a Time” takes its inspiration from a projection show that has thrilled guests at Tokyo Disney Resort since May 2014. The new show replaces the “Celebrate the Magic” Castle projection show that will end its four-year run on Nov. 3, 2016.