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Disney on Ice Touring Shows in Florida

Disney on Ice [© CC BY-SA 2.0 Miguel Discart]

Disney in conjunction with Feld Entertainment produce a number of different family musical ice shows that are performed around the United States (and overseas). The shows called Disney on Ice, are ideally suited to young children.

Prices typically range from $15 up to $50 for front row seats, though they may vary by venue/show. Sometimes there are two shows on a single day, a matinee and an evening performance.

Universal Orlando Announcements 2012

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem

In late January 2012, Universal Orlando Resort announced a slew of new attractions and events coming to Orlando in 2012 to coincide with 100 years of Universal Pictures.

As part of the Universal Pictures Centennial Anniversary Celebration, we can expect more events to be announced through out the year, no doubt including the plans for the now closed Jaws ride and Amity area. Some rumours point towards a new 3-D ride set in Gringotts Wizarding Bank, taken from the Harry Potter books.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Kickoff Celebrations

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

On June 16, 2010 Universal Orlando hosted a private Grand Opening Kickoff Celebration evening at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter officially opens on June 18 but a series of short soft opening periods over the last couple of weeks have helped sort out the last few issues, particularly with the star ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Top Florida Beaches

Siesta Key Beach at Sunset [[© CC BY-SA 2.0 2009 Hans Dekker,]

Since 1991, Professor Stephen Leatherman (Dr Beach) from Florida International University has been ranking America’s top beaches based on 50 separate criteria including sand and water quality, weather, amenities, safety, environmental management, development, ease of access, parking and crowds.

Prior to 2016 all previous first place winners were automatically excluded from the latest survey so you need to take this in consideration when viewing the historical results.

For 2016, three of Florida’s beaches are in the top ten of his annual America’s Best Beaches Survey (four were in 2014 and 2015).

This year the top spot goes to Hanuama Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii.

Star Wars Weekends 2015

Star Wars Weekend [© Walt Disney World]

Each year, Disney put on a series of Star Wars Weekends centred around the Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios running from Fridays to Sundays over a few weekends in late May to early June.

Each weekend (Friday to Sunday) there is an opportunity to see Star Wars actors and movie makers through a series of meet and greet sessions, conversations and motorcades. Admission to Star Wars Weekends is included in the normal admission price.

Universal Grad Bash '10

Rihanna & Chris Brown [Joe Penniston,]

Each year Universal Orlando holds a party for High school seniors and their chaperones after normal park hours from 7 pm to 2 am. The dates for 2010 are April 23, 24 and 30.

The celebrations take place in both parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure where you have access to a number of rides and shows as well as dance parties, live DJs, karaoke, street performers and live music entertainment.

Velvet Sessions 2010

Blue Oyster Cult [Devon Christopher Adams,]

Each month Universal Orlando holds a rock 'n' roll cocktail party on the last Thursday of the month at the Velvet Bar and Lobby Lounge at Universal's Hard Rock Hotel.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes free speciality drinks, finger food and warm-up tunes. A cash bar opens at 8:30 p.m. when the main act starts. You must be 21 or over to enter.


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