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Polercoaster, The World’s Tallest Rollercoaster Coming to I-Drive

Attention thrill-seekers: the word is almost official… the world’s tallest roller coaster, will be built near the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road in Orlando.

The Polercoaster will be approximately 570 feet tall… the tallest structure in Central Florida. For comparison, that’s about 150 feet taller than the Orlando Eye Observation Wheel, now under construction along I-Drive just south of Sand Lake Road. It will be nearly three times higher than both Disney’s Expedition Everest and Universal’s Rip Ride Rockit coasters and roughly 130 feet taller than the 35-story SunTrust Center in Downtown Orlando.

A press conference to officially announce the project is scheduled for Thursday, June 5th.

The Polercoaster will include an observation platform at the top that will have shops and a restaurant and event space.

Early news accounts mentioned that the Polercoaster will cost around $18 per rider and that it has the capacity to carry approximately 850 to 1,600 people per hour.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Officially Opens at Walt Disney World Resort

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a playful and musical family-style coaster that immerses guests in the timeless story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, officially opened at Magic Kingdom today in time to greet summer guests to Walt Disney World Resort.

Joined by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida and Orlando Magic players Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris, Magic Kingdom vice president Phil Holmes welcomed park guests as the first riders to experience the newest attraction at Walt Disney World Resort.

As the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland – the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom – the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a rocking, rollicking coaster that immerses guests in the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey. Inspired by the classic Disney animated film classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the attraction sends riders on a playful musical adventure into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

Featuring an innovative, first-of-its-kind ride system, guests boarding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train pivot back and forth during twists, turns, hills and drops. Guests are transported through magical mountain scenery and a glowing mine with scenes of the Dwarfs and frolicking forest creatures.

Music from the film classic accompanies the journey. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train features spectacular Audio-Animatronics – with cars slowing down so guests can spot favorite characters making an appearance in different scenes.

At ride’s end, the cottage of the Dwarfs, replicated from the film to exacting detail by Walt Disney Imagineers, comes into view with a dancing Snow White visible through a window.

Guests can reserve access to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with FastPass+ in advance of their visit to Walt Disney World Resort using MyDisneyExperience.com a component of MyMagic+.

About Walt Disney World Resort Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous, nearly 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation destination featuring four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom); two water adventure parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon); 36 resort hotels (26 owned and operated by Walt Disney World, includes eight Disney Vacation Club resort properties); 63 holes of golf on four courses; two full-service spas; Disney’s Wedding Pavilion; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; and Downtown Disney, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex.  Walt Disney World Resort is also included in vacation packages of Disney Cruise Line. Located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort opened Oct. 1, 1971. Open daily, year-round. For information on attractions and vacations at Walt Disney World Resort, visit disneyworld.com, call (407) W-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

 

Disney Moving Forward With Flamingo Crossings Project

Disney is finally moving forward on “Flamingo Crossings”, a project that was originally announced back in 2007 but became a victim of the faltering economy.

Flamingo Crossings is located directly outside the western gateway to Walt Disney World Resort and directly off Florida State Route 429. Disney has confirmed that the project is now on the front burner. Disney spokesperson, Marilyn Waters explained “Flamingo Crossings is a Disney master-planned, value-oriented tourist district that will combine third-party branded lodging, retail and dining. We are pleased that the project continues to move forward with interest from well-known brands and hotels.”

Right now, Marriott has filed an application to build 2 hotels and “associated site amenities” on 10.5 acres. Those hotels are the Springhill Suites and Towneplace Suites. Marriot describes TownePlace Suites as “designed for comfortable long-term stays, featuring full- sized kitchens, high-tech amenities and more.” SpringHill Suites are described as “Style and space. Beautifully priced.”

According to Disneys Flamingo Crossings website Flamingo Crossings will be a “pedestrian-friendly themed” development ultimately consisting of 7 hotels, a “Main street” retail development site, several casual sit-down and fast food restaurants, 300,000 to 500,000 square feet of tourist-related retail including gas/convenience stores, grocery, gift shops, and services related outlets.

Disney Parks Kick Off Summer Vacation Season With 24 Hours of Magic, May 23-24

Disney Parks will kick off the summer travel season with a 24-hour, coast-to-coast celebration that invites guests to “Rock Your Disney Side” at three Disney theme parks – Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort in California, and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

From 6 a.m. Friday, May 23, to 6 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014*, on each coast, guests will spend 24 hours laughing, screaming, dancing and embracing their own Disney Side – that fun, playful side that emerges as they enter a Disney park.

Disney pirates, princesses, villains and a few rarely seen characters will stay in the parks all day and all night, inviting guests to dress up for the occasion, too. Guests may join the party dressed in costume, perhaps as their favorite Disney Hero or Villain. Costumes should be child-friendly and adhere to any guidelines determined by Disney.   Continue reading Disney Parks Kick Off Summer Vacation Season With 24 Hours of Magic, May 23-24

Florida DOT OKs American Maglev’s Orlando Airport-to-I-Drive Route

It’s been a long wait for American Maglev Technology Inc.’s Tony Morris — but he’s got the first approval toward making his elevated magnetic-levitation train system a reality. The Florida Department of Transportation on May 19 awarded Morris’ Georgia firm the opportunity to lease rights of way between Orlando International Airport and the Orange County Convention Center for a fixed-guideway transportation system.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, New Walt Disney World Coaster, To Grand Open for Guests May 28

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, will officially open to Walt Disney World guests on May 28, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced today at a media preview of the attraction.

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31 Story Hotel, Mega-Mall and Observation Tower Proposed Orlando’s International Drive

According to plans submitted to the city of Orlando, An international firm intends to develop a mega-mall and hotel with an observation deck on International Drive in Orlando.

The development will include a multi-level upscale shopping mall, indoor ice arena, a food court, 24 hour revolving restaurant, a 31 story, twin-tower 1,263 room hotel and a nine-level parking garage. All this topped with a 450′ tall observation deck.

iSquare Mall and Hotel Development LLC, plans to level the International Shoppes building on the southeast corner of International Drive and Kirkman Road and redevelop the property into a world class tourist destination and 7-star luxury hotel.

The project is expected to go before the city’s municipal planning board in June for master-plan approval.

Disney Springs to Include Several New Upscale Restaurants

The transformation from Downtown Disney into the new Disney Springs continues and with it comes the possibility of several critically acclaimed restaurants putting down roots.

According to reports from several well respected Orlando are blogs, big name restaurants expected to be added to the Disney Springs lineup include:

– The Edison, a Los Angeles restaurant that celebrates the era of invention

– STK, a modern steakhouse with locations in New York, Miami and Las Vegas

– Morimoto, the Japanese and sushi restaurant of chef Masaharu Morimoto and the Starr restaurant group with locations in Philadelphia and New York

– The Boathouse, a new concept from the same people who brought you Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex Cafe

In addition, existing Planet Hollywood, the movie-themed restaurant, will undergo major renovations that will convert the massive globe-shaped structure into one that resembles a planetary observatory. The Boathouse will be built in a space on the lagoon next to Fulton’s Crab House and Portobello, the Italian restaurant. Both of those restaurants are expected to remain as is. Paradiso 37 is also expected to remain.

Central Florida’s Newest Attraction, Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

Get spectacular bird’s eye view of Port Canaveral and the surrounding area from our two observation decks at the Exploration Tower. Discover more about this unique part of Florida from seven floors of exhibits and interactive play.

The new Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral recently opened as part of the Canaveral Port Authority’s celebration of the 60th anniversary.

– Experience what it’s like to be a Port Canaveral Pilot and navigate your boat using a simulator Canaveral Harbor to great cruise ships.

– Explore Central Florida’s past and present with the touch of a finger using our large-scale interactive map

– Learn about the Port’s vibrant history and the key events that helped transform it into the flourishing harbor we know in our state-of-the-art theatre.

Features at Exploration Tower include…

– Indoor and outdoor observation decks
– Auditorium
– Café
– Exhibit Space – (5,550 ft. on four floors)
– Gift Shop
– Corporate Meeting Space
– Event Space for lease

Address: 670 Dave Nisbet Dr. Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Phone: 321.394.3405
Open Daily – 10:00am – 7:00pm ( Hours subject to Change)

Animated Tour of The I-Drive Shopping and Entertainment Complex

Merlin Entertainments Ltd. plans to debut three attractions, The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando Wax Museum and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, as part of a massive project being developed by Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments Inc. and New York-based Circle Entertainment Inc. The projected opening for these attractions is New Year’s Eve 2014.

Design firm Antunovich Associates offers an opportunity to experience what it might be like to ride on Merlin Entertainments Ltd.’s Orlando Eye observation wheel that’s currently under construction on International Drive in Orlando…