Archives for June 2010

Fourth of July fireworks at Disney, Universal and Sea World 2010

fourth of July fireworks at walt disney 2010

Well I’m a bit late, but here’s the 4th of July fireworks 2010 schedules for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. Each theme park has it’s own way of celebrating July 4th, and they always are great!
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Going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter tomorrow!

Harry Potter theme park

Well if your a Harry Potter fan you know that the grand opening for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios was on the 18th. No I did not go; there was NOOOOO way I was going to wait for 6 hours just to get in!

I can go there anytime, so why would I go on the most crowded day? It was a madhouse, with people fainting from heat stroke and not enough water stations around.

However, now that the crowds have returned to normal levels; which is still a lot since it’s summer, I’m going to go tomorrow! I have a nifty camcorder with a 70X zoom lens on it. So I’m going to get some very exclusive and very detailed videos of the park and of Hogwarts castle.
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Club Limelite in Orlando

Nightclub limelite in Orlando

367 N Orange Ave
Orlando FL 32801
(407) 648-9800

Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, LimeLite Night Club has a massive dance floor, state-of-the-art lighting, DJs spinning house, Latin, Hip-hop, reggae, Top 40 and Soca rhythms. This club has Orlando’s best dancers, the hottest DJs, the sexiest crowd and the most professional staff. All in all, LimeLite is a very upscale club with excellent bar service and a great VIP section.

Put on your best clubwear to fit in with this trendy crowd. Get ready to have the time of your life by experiencing the club’s themed night. There are two rooms to choose from- the main room playing the best in dancehall, reggae, R&B and hip-hop, while the second room is the best choice for those who love chutney and soca. Each night is different and hosts a particular event featuring Orlando’s top DJs.
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Disney’s Polynesian Hotel Resort in Orlando

Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Book your room here now!

Across the lagoon from the Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Polynesian Resort features a white-sand beach, tropical gardens, live entertainment and island hospitality. The Poly, as it’s affectionately known, is an AAA Four-Diamond award winning resort offering eleven longhouses that house the guest rooms.

Rooms are decorated in “island style,” with bamboo fixtures, prints and tropical paintings. You feel like you are really in Hawaii or some other sort of Polynesian place. Many guests prefer Disney’s Polynesian Resort for convenience.

There is a stretch of beach along a lagoon dotted with palm trees and hammocks, canopy boats and mini-motorboats available for rent in the marina, a volcano-themed swimming pool, spa tubs, children’s pool, arcade room and supervised child care/activities. It is a short walk to the Spa at the Grand Floridian with complimentary access to the gym. The sand is nice for the kids to play.
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Butterbeer, magic wands sell great at Harry Potter park

Harry Potter ride inside Hogswarts Castle

With guest being let into the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios for the soft opening, one thing is clear. Everyone wants to buy Harry Potter merchandise!

For Harry Potter fans, owning something from the Harry Potter movies is one of their top things to do. That is looking like both a blessing and a curse for Universal.

The blessing is of course it’s great they everyone wants to buy Harry Potter merchandise. The crowds all want a sip of the frozen and non frozen butterbeer from the cart that sells it inside.

Another popular item is getting a magic wand from the Ollivander’s store. Buying a chocolate frog at Honeydukes, a candy shop is another popular stop.

In all Universal Studios has created over 600 items to be sold inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They are very happy with the brisk sales of merchandise.

One of the big ticket items I was surprised to find was selling fast is in Dervish and Banges, where they sell replica flying broomsticks, a Nimbus 2001 selling for $250.00 and a Firebolt for $300.00!

The curse of all this is, already they are having problems with long lines inside these shops. Most are small and narrow, making long lines. Just think what it will be like once the normal crowds are let in!

However I’m sure they will add more shops, or add-on to some of them now that they see how popular the merchandise shops will be. Universal Studios is not going to make it hard for guest to buy their merchandise!

However they do seem to have underestimated how popular the Harry Potter merchandise shops are going to be. But, that’s what a soft opening is all about; finding and fixing problems before the grand opening, which is June 18th.

So if you want to buy Harry Potter merchandise when you go into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, go to the shops as soon as you get in, or be prepared for a long wait!

Taking a Vermont vacation, here’s my travel tips

Vermont vacation time!

Well everyone, when you live in Orlando, you go somewhere else on vacation! Since I’m from Vermont I’m going up for a visit in a couple of weeks. So I thought I’d share some travel tips with you.

I’m taking a non stop flight up and back, I hate stop overs. I bought my tickets online, and the day before I’ll check in online at home as well. Then I just print out my tickets at home.

I’m taking only two carry ons. One will be my laptop case, which will have my laptop and any small electronics, like my phone, flash cards and so on. The other will be a duffel bag just under the size restriction for carry ons.
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Two killer whales pregnant at Sea World

Orcas pregnant at Sea World

It looks like there will soon be two more orcas, or killer whales, at Sea World in Orlando. Two of the whales, Tamia and Katina are pregnant. The father seems to be Tilikum. Yes, the same one who killed Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau in February.

I guess that’s good news. I’m not sure how that will affect the Shamu shows, if any. With two of the whales being pregnant at the same time there might be a break in the shows when they are getting close to giving birth.

But after everyone will want to see the little new baby whales! So I’m sure that will help out Sea World and give the shows a new angle. I will let you know once they give birth. :)

New Harry Potter ride youtube video from Universal Studios

For you Harry Potter fans, here’s a new youtube video of the line going into the Harry Potter and the forbidden Journey ride. Yes, they are letting in regular guest for the soft opening finally.

But only a few at a time, and only for a few hours each time. They are trying to get the bugs out of everything and see how things work with crowds in there. Some places you can already see are going to be packed.

The main ride however is getting rave reviews, so that’s a good sign. Check out the video above of Harry Potter and the forbidden Journey ride line. It’s long but if your a big fan you’ll love seeing everything.

They should be letting more and more people in until they finally open it up fully on June 18th. You can try to luck out and hang around there before the 18th to see if you can get in for one of the soft openings.

Gay Days in Orlando and Disney 2010

Gay days 2010 at Orlando and Disney world

Well everyone, I made a mistake! I was suppose to have made this post a few weeks ago but it somehow got pushed up this late. I wanted to tell you all about this years Gay Days events in Orlando and Disney.

This year Gay Days is from June 1st to the 7th, this week! So I’m sorry this is late, and might not be of any use to you. But there is still a few more days to go at Gay Days, so what the heck.

In case you don’t know what Gay Days is, it’s an annual event in the Orlando area that attracts many gay tourist. It’s a week where there are many special events, parties and get to-gathers that attracts millions of gay tourist, who in turn spend millions of dollars here.

It’s also a time when many gays go to Disney and wear red shirts to show their support of gays around the world. Disney has some special events going on for Gay Days, as they want that money!
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