May 21, 2015

Do you think Walt Disney World is right to ban selfie sticks on attractions?

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Selfie sticks: Love ’em or leave ’em?

In case you’re like David Letterman and need an introduction to the monopods that allow tourists and social-media users to take better-positioned photos of themselves, allow me to explain. These sticks essentially extend the reach of your arm to allow for better composition of a self-portrait with your smartphone. Selfie sticks secure smartphones on one end, and users press a Bluetooth button on the other – or use a remote control – to snap the shot.

To be sure, selfie sticks have been gaining in popularity during the past year, and they sat firmly atop many holiday wish lists recently. Perhaps adding to their popularity is the inexpensive nature of the devices; entry-level selfie sticks can be had for less than $10.

Certainly, here in Orlando we have a greater opportunity than some cities to witness (and experience?) selfie sticks because of all our tourist attractions. And, of course, they are prominently visible at the theme parks. It’s becoming quite common to see selfie sticks on Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom, as visitors pose for their iconic photos in front of Cinderella Castle.

However, selfie sticks are not allowed to be used on rides at Walt Disney World. (They can be stowed, along with other personal items, on the rides.) Still, guests are not getting the message, so the resort and its sister theme parks at Disneyland have posted warning signs near some attractions, such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, according to various media reports.

“Thunder Mountain has had an especially high number of incidents in which the ride had to be stopped because of selfie-stick use,” the Orlando Sentinel recently reported.

As someone who documents with photos and video much of what I do in the theme parks, I just can’t understand the need to use a selfie stick on a roller coaster. Is shooting that video really worth the very real possibility of injuring yourself or someone else on the ride? Especially when the images probably aren’t going to be that stellar anyway as your smartphone bounces at the end of a 3-foot stick.

Walt Disney World is not the first tourist attraction to ban selfie sticks, though many of the other venues have done so more because the poles interfere with other visitors’ experiences rather than their safety.

Have an opinion? Tell us what you think about selfie-stick use in the theme parks in the comments below.



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May 19, 2015

How teens can earn volunteer hours at Walt Disney World

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Students AND parents everywhere are rejoicing that school is almost out for summer break. My family certainly is among them! But along with the daydreams of lounging by the pool or at the beach without a jam-packed schedule might be the recognition that summer is a great time for kids to complete any required community service hours.

Theme-park fans, like my own children, may wonder if there are any volunteer positions at Walt Disney World. And, in fact, there are opportunities – primarily through ESPN Wide World of Sports. Unfortunately for my 12-year-old son, the minimum age has increased from last summer. You now must be at least 14 to volunteer and those younger than 16 must be accompanied by parents or guardians. All minors must have a parent of guardian’s permission and a signed waiver.

Volunteers, also known as Sports Enthusiasts, can work at events held at the facility at Walt Disney World or at runDisney races held on Disney property. Currently, volunteer registration is open for the Amateur Athletic Union National Club Championships for Track and Field. Volunteer positions for start/finish line, field events, clerk's tent and awards tent are available from July 10 to 18. The application notes that all positions require physical exertion such as raking or lifting. Volunteer shifts are typically assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

For runDisney races, volunteers may work at the Health & Fitness Expo or kid races located at ESPN Wide World of Sports or at the start/finish line or along the course of races that go through the parks. The next runDisney event in Orlando is the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, which includes the half marathon, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and kid races. All events take place Nov. 6 and 7. Registration for volunteers opens several months in advance, but it is not available yet.

Walt Disney World recognizes that even though its Sports Enthusiasts are volunteering for their own personal reasons, they could not host the races without the volunteers' help. As such, volunteers are given "appreciation," for their time. Each person receives a snack and one commemorative piece of apparel for the event.

In addition, volunteers are eligible to earn points toward a complimentary theme-park ticket. Each hour of service completed is equal to one point, and it takes 16 points to earn a day's admission to Walt Disney World. Earned tickets are mailed within 60 days of reaching 16 points.

To get started, you must register through Active.com. You have the option to access the information as a guest or to create an account, which streamlines future registrations.

Volunteers will receive confirmation in the mail of the shifts for which they have been scheduled about a month prior to the event. The mailing also will include further information on parking, directions, and other useful information.

Questions? Call the Sports Enthusiast Information Line at 407-938-3880, or email wdw.sports.enthusiast@disneysports.com.



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May 16, 2015

Magic Kingdom's 24-hour party is perfect way for this family to make memories

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While many families will focus on traditions of backyard barbecues and swimming for Memorial Day weekend, my family will usher in summer with our own tradition of staying up all night in the Magic Kingdom.

As Walt Disney World annual passholders, we are fortunate to be able to spend plenty of time in the theme parks on a regular basis. Some might wonder why would we want to brave the crowds and deprive ourselves of sleep when we go could back to the Magic Kingdom any day. After all, our children go to school all day before we head to the Magic Kingdom.

Sure, my husband and I enjoy the party atmosphere and some of the special entertainment, but what really drives us is our kids’ desire to stay up all night in The Most Magical Place on Earth. They are old enough at 10 and 12 to actually make it until dawn, and their excitement is the stuff of family memories that we will recount for years to come. For them, the thrill isn’t necessarily to stay in the park for 24 hours straight but to stay up all night in the park. Remember when you were younger and staying up on New Year’s Eve was a big deal? Well, multiply that by 1,000!

Of course we will check out the special entertainment that will be offered at the Coolest Summer Ever kickoff event and the short middle-of-the-night queues for favorite attractions, but we also have a few must-do’s of our own:

** Although guests are invited to dress up in costumes, we usually save that for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Instead, my daughter loves to wear Disney-themed pajamas for the event, and I may or may not be joining her this year. She’s too old to wear her pajamas in public otherwise, but my daughter used to love changing into her PJ’s in the park as a little girl.

** Our first stop on Main Street, U.S.A., is The Emporium to shop for event merchandise. Because we all have plenty of Disney T-shirts and don’t purchase souvenirs on each visit like vacationers, this is a treat. We each add one of the all-nighter T-shirts to our collections.

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** My favorite souvenirs are photos of my family at locations you can’t snap on any other day. Last year, there were clever clock backdrops that guests could pose in front of with their arms forming the clock’s hands to tell the time. We also stop in front of a clock on Main Street, U.S.A., right before we leave the park to show how late we were able to stay up.

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** Sweets! More hours in the Magic Kingdom means more opportunities to sample the specialty food items, right? It’s been hot weather at the last two 24-hour parties, so we have gravitated to the Eye Scream Sundaes and Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundaes at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. This is one night where I don’t limit the kids’ sugar intake.

** Our last stop is breakfast in the Magic Kingdom. My husband and I are night owls, so our kids very rarely have the opportunity to eat breakfast in the theme parks, which qualifies it as special in their minds. This year, I will be leading the crew to breakfast because it’s the first time Mickey waffles – my favorite -- will be served at the event.

Of course, then, we have another tradition, in which we drive home and go to bed and sleep into the afternoon.



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May 14, 2015

SeaWorld Orlando to host Canine Companions for Independence graduation

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On Saturday, SeaWorld will be honoring some very important animals, and park guests are invited to share in the celebration. Although these particular animals are not ones that will perform in the theme park’s shows or serve as company ambassadors, their specialized training has prepared them for equally challenging and rewarding roles.

The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence will be hosting its Puppy Matriculation Ceremony at SeaWorld Orlando’s Nautilus Theatre at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16. Teams of 14 graduates and their new assistance dogs will graduate in front of their puppy raisers, instructors, volunteers, and Canine Companions staff members and graduates. But SeaWorld guests are also welcome to attend the ceremony, as well.

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Graduation marks the end of an assistance dog’s professional training and the beginning of a partnership between a human in need and a canine that will provide service and companionship. The organization says these dogs are expected to ‘provide emotional support to children in the courtroom settings, will help special education children in schools, will turn the child in a wheelchair into the cool kid and will give independence to adults so they can live on their own.’

The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence was established in 1989. Its regional training center, which serves the states of Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, is located in Orlando. SeaWorld’s $1 million donation allowed the state-of-the-art facility to open in 2000.

Canine Companions for Independence has placed more than 4,680 assistance dogs with program graduates during the last 40 years. Graduation celebrations are taking place across the country this weekend. Those who would like to watch the graduation ceremonies but who cannot attend in person can view them on CCI’s website, where they will be live streamed.

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To achieve its mission, Canine Companions for Independence hosts fundraising events --called DogFest Walk ‘n Roll -- throughout the year in different cities. Orlando’s event is on Nov. 21 at Lake Lily in Maitland. Owners and their canines are invited to register now for the community dog walk and find out how they can support the organization with fundraising, sponsorships and donations.



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May 12, 2015

What to expect at Walt Disney World's Coolest Summer Ever 24-hour party

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In less than two weeks, Walt Disney World will host its third annual 24-hour party to kick off the summer travel season. Each ‘all-nighter’ has taken place at the Magic Kingdom on Memorial Day weekend and has included special entertainment, unique food options and even themed merchandise. Plus, guests are invited to dress in costumes to show their #DisneySide.

This year’s Coolest Summer Ever event takes place from 6 a.m. May 22 until 6 a.m. May 23., and Disney officials have teased us with a few hints about the magic to be offered that night. Here’s what we know so far:

** “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff will welcome park guests at 6 a.m. after an opening show and ceremony. (Although there has been no official announcement, it’s widely thought that Olaf will begin meet-and-greets that night. The popular snowman has been seen meeting guests at resort hotels and private events since the fall. No word on Kristoff, and Elsa and Anna already are stationed every day at Princess Fairytale Hall.)

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** A host of Disney Channel and Disney XD actors will appear in the Magic Kingdom during at least two themed events. First, the stars will serve as Grand Marshals during the Festival of Fantasy parade at 3 p.m. Afterward, look for some of the actors to join the Club Chill DJ dance party from 4 to 11 p.m. in Tomorrowland. (There also will be previews of upcoming films and music videos.) The actors who have been confirmed, include:

From ‘Jessie’: Karan Brar, Skai Jackson and Peyton List
From ‘Austin and Ally’: Ross Lynch, Laura Marano and Calum Worthy
From ‘Liv and Maddie’: Dove Cameron
From ‘Teen Beach 2’: Maia Mitchell, Garrett Clayton and Grace Phipps
From ‘Decendents’: Sofia Carson
From ‘Mighty Med’: Bradley Perry and Jake Short

Please note that there has been no indication as of yet that the actors will do meet-and-greets with guests.

** After the dance party in Tomorrowland, Rockettower Plaza becomes the location for sing-along screenings of Disney’s “Frozen” from midnight to 4 a.m.

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** Other late-night dance parties will be hosted by Disney characters wearing their pajamas in Frontierland and the Castle Hub. Characters announced so far include Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Chip, Dale and Goofy. (At the first party, guests were able to meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who were dressed in their PJs, in the Town Square Theater. Last year, although they appeared for the opening and closing ceremonies, the famous pair did not meet with guests individually, and many of us were disappointed. We are hoping that changes this year because that was one of our favorite souvenirs.)

** A morning dance party will take place, as well. Join your favorite heroes from “The Incredibles” in the #IncrediblesSuperDanceParty in Tomorrowland, starting at 9:30 a.m.

** Radio Disney personalities Ernie D, Brooke, Candice and Nate will broadcast live from the event from 8 a.m. to midnight.

** There will be additional showings of regular parades. The Move It! Shake it! Dance and Play It! Street Party will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 5:40 p.m., and the Main Street Electrical Parade will step off at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Olaf, Kristoff, Anna and Elsa 'put Magic Kingdom Park 'on ice' with pre-MSEP parade appearances,' according to the Disney Parks Blog.

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** Annual Passholders were invited last month to pre-order the event T-shirts, which feature Olaf and change colors when exposed to sunlight.

** A live Magic Cam feed will allow fans from home to catch glimpses of parades, shows and fireworks at select times during the event.

** For the first year, Mickey waffles will be served for an early-morning breakfast in the park. That’s an unusual occurrence for quick-service restaurants at the Magic Kingdom, although they are routinely available at the character breakfasts. See you in line!

Take a look back at the all-nighter events in 2014 and 2013.



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May 9, 2015

Universal theme parks to build new attractions based on Nintendo characters

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How would you like to step into a life-size video game, much like Wreck-It Ralph does in the animated Disney-Pixar movie? Well, it just might be possible sooner than you think at Universal Orlando.

On Thursday, Universal Studios and Nintendo announced a partnership that “will bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks. Together, these two storytelling giants will create spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds,” said Universal Orlando spokesperson Tom Schroder.

Although specific characters and games were not mentioned, the news release did say the two companies will be developing “immersive experiences [that] will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games.”

With that statement, how could gaming fans not think of Nintendo’s iconic character, Mario, and his pals Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Toad and Donkey Kong?

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Fictional character Mario first appeared in 1981 in the original version of “Donkey Kong,” which was an arcade game. He was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and is voiced by Charles Martinet. In the more than 30 years since his debut, Mario has appeared in a slew of games, most recently attracting a new generation of gamers with Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros and Mario Party 10.

Clearly, Mario has staying power in the video game arena. And the merchandising continues to increase, too. For the last several years, we have spotted Mario among the Halloween trick-or-treaters, on backpacks and school supplies, plush figures, T-shirts, bedding and more.

Nintendo clearly is appealing to female players, as well, with its nod to royalty, Princess Peach. She embodies traditional characteristics, such as acting selfless and demure and dressing in a long pink gown. As Mario’s love interest, Princess Peach is not just a secondary character; she’s the lead in several games.

All of this bodes well for Universal Orlando guests. Even without knowing specifics, we know the new experiences will have wide appeal. And, presumably, they will live up to their billing as “immersive” – a claim that’s not difficult to believe coming from the creators of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

In addition to its games, Nintendo produces various gaming platforms, including Wii U home consoles and Nintendo 3DS portable systems. Nintendo also publishes the hugely popular Pokemon games, which were developed by Game Freak and Creatures, Inc.



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May 5, 2015

runDisney newcomers' look at final Expedition Everest Challenge

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My husband and 12-year-old son ran their first 5K over the weekend – and they chose a runDisney race to make their debut. As longtime local annual passholders, we certainly are familiar with the ‘Disney difference’ – the level of service that sets Walt Disney World events above many others – but we wondered how that would translate into a sporting event. Although plenty has been written about runDisney events, perhaps impressions and observations from a fresh perspective will help you decide if it’s time to register yourself for a runDisney event.

Saturday was the final Expedition Everest Challenge, and it was the priciest 5K on the runDisney schedule because of all the extras it includes. An obstacle course, a scavenger hunt and the after-party were part of the $125 per person price tag. That’s almost double what other runDisney 5Ks cost, but the other running events do not come with all the extra features of the Expedition Everest Challenge.

So, was it worth it?

Both of my guys said, ‘Absolutely’! Although I fully expected that response from my theme-park-loving son, I have to admit that my husband’s excitement over the race somewhat surprised me. I knew he was doing it mostly for my son, but he ended up thoroughly enjoying himself, as well, even though he typically enjoys running by himself. Here is what topped their list of the night’s best experiences:

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** Being able to run a race through a Walt Disney World theme park. As they say, ‘Every mile is magical!’ Parts of the course go backstage, so it’s a thrill to see what is not usually made available to guests. Plus, this run at Animal Kingdom is one of the few nighttime races, and special sound and light effects and pyrotechnics were set up along the race route.

** The camaraderie and party atmosphere of the runners before and during the event. My husband pointed out that he is not ever planning to wear a costume while he runs, but he appreciated the creativity of those who did dress up for the race.

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** The themed photo opportunities staged in the parking lot. The lines were at least 30 minutes long for these sets, but they made for great souvenirs. Because I wasn’t at the race, I asked my husband to be sure to get photos, and this was one of my favorites.

** The well-organized packet pick-up and gear bag check-in and check-out. None of these stations had long lines, like he and my son feared, and at each, the cast members were knowledgeable about answering all their newbie questions.

** Professional photos taken at the finish line and of each participant on the course and with his or her medal.

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** The after-party. If you like Expedition Everest roller coaster or any of the attractions in Dinoland, U.S.A., you could ride them over and over again with very short waits. Plus, there was a DJ and dance party, some character experiences and food vendors.

There only were a couple disappointments for my family at the Expedition Everest Challenge:

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** The difficulty of the scavenger hunt portion of the race. The questions were so tough that participants had to spend a lot of time that they would rather have been at the after-party. Cast members did not readily give up answers, either, and they could not enter the party without having solved the five questions. Some participants may have been looking forward to the brain teasers after the run, but my husband said he was exhausted and ready to relax and recharge at the party, not wrack his brain in frustration. Disney trivia might have been fun, he said, but instead he was met with math problems to solve and bizarre word-play games.

** My son’s medal was broken. Judging from the number of complaints in online chat groups, he was far from alone. Some have reported that those with broken medals can contact runDisney and have new ones shipped to their homes.

Still, overall, both my husband and son left their first runDisney race feeling inspired and ready to get back to training. Good thing, too, because they both are signed up for Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K in November and the Walt Disney World 10K in January.



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May 2, 2015

DisneyBound founder creates themed fitness outfits for runDisney

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A year ago, I told you all about a hot new trend -- DisneyBound -- that allows fans to dress up like their favorite Disney characters without necessarily wearing costumes. Now, runDisney has recognized the popularity of the trend and partnered with its founder, Leslie Kay, to create outfits for its running events. Could planning a themed running look be any simpler?

The term ‘DisneyBound’ took root when blogger Kay started a Tumblr page to showcase the Disney-inspired outfits she put together. It's a place, she says, “where fashion geeks and Disney nerds collide." Kay, a self-professed fashionista and Disney fan, searches for just the right clothes and accessories to create a character look. Then, artist Phillip Light creates an illustration for her website, and links to online stores are added so admirers can purchase the clothes for the looks they love.

Disney fans have wholeheartedly embraced the concept, and many can be seen sporting their looks in the Walt Disney World parks each day here in Orlando and at other Disney parks worldwide.

But Kay has taken on a new challenge with coordinating athletic outfits for runDisney. On her runDisney blog, Kay says, ‘It’s safe to say running wasn’t always my go-to activity. … However, over the years, I’ve grown to love the daily challenge running presents. … There are a few beliefs when it comes to running that I haven’t outgrown. For instance, your running outfit should be one that inspires you to stay active. The more confident you feel in your activewear, the more you will push yourself to achieve your goals. I also still like to believe in the childlike ideal that a brand new pair of sneakers (especially the ones that blink and light up) will make you run faster.’

For today’s final Expedition Everest Challenge, Kay put together a look for runners who want to pay homage to the Yeti. The simple pieces are from Champion and New Balance, which are runDisney partners, and yet the finished result is true to character.

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Kay also has given us fitness looks that channel Mickey Mouse, Dumbo, the Aliens from ‘Toy Story’ and Elsa and Anna from ‘Frozen.’ In a video on her blog, she advises runners that putting together the Mickey Mouse look can be very simple, and many people already have what they need in their closets: a black shirt, red shorts and yellow socks.

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DisneyBound isn't all about spending the big bucks on an extravagant outfit, Kay says. "DisneyBound is meant to be inspiration for you to pull together your own outfits which work for your body and wallet, whether from your closet or local mall," she writes on her Tumblr page.

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I think my favorite runDisney DisneyBound look, however, is that of Olaf. It’s simple, and could be adapted by guys or gals. Perfect for the #CoolestSummerEver!

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April 30, 2015

Disney's Makers Studios to feature Marvel characters and partner with ESPN and ABC

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Maker Studios’ recently unveiled plans for upcoming content illustrates how The Walt Disney Company plans not only to leverage its digital audiences, but also how popular characters, such as those from Marvel, fit into its content strategy.

I wrote about Maker Studios back in February when its co-founder, vlogger Shay Carl Butler, was in Orlando to attend Playlist Live 2015, a three-day convention that started as a way for attendees to learn more about video production from experienced creators.

Maker Studios is a multi-channel network and YouTube video supplier. It reportedly gets about 5.5 billion views per month across its 55,000 YouTube channels. The Walt Disney Company acquired Maker Studios in 2014 for a deal that potentially could be worth almost $1 billion.

In its presentation to potential advertisers this week, Maker Studios revealed that it is working with Disney’s Marvel division to not only promote current releases, such as this week’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ but also original content based on the ‘lore’ of the comic book universe.

According to the Los Angeles Times, ‘Maker's pitch is aimed at advertisers who want to reach millennials, age 13 to 34, who spend an increasing number of hours watching video online and on mobile devices. Sixty percent of that age group visits YouTube at least once a day, according to the company's data.’

Maker Studios encompasses far more video channels that have nothing to do with Disney than those that do. But clearly, The Walt Disney Company is going to make access to its properties more readily available to those under the Maker Studios umbrella.

It also was announced that Disney’s ESPN and X Games will partner athletes with content creators and “deliver cutting edge content year-round,” according to Deadline.com. The site also reported that Maker will “collaborate on nonfiction storytelling around politics and culture” including an original, American Women, with ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions. Plus, among Maker’s large catalogue of upcoming original content is ‘Maker Tales,’ fairy tales re-imagined as music videos.

"Before the Mickey Mouse Club, kids' shows were only hosted by adults with other kids solely used as the in-studio audience. In the 60 years since then, technology has completely changed, but the desire for young people to connect directly with their peers has not," Erin McPherson, chief content officer at Maker, said in a recent USA Today report.

Want to hang out with the blogger stars from Maker Studios? Dates for Playlist Live 2016 in Orlando already have been announced. The conference will take place April 22 to 24 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Tickets, with early-bird discounts, are on sale now at https://www.playlist-live.com/orl-tickets/products



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April 28, 2015

SeaWorld Orando says it is building tallest, fastest, longest roller coaster to open in 2016

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SeaWorld Orlando has announced that it is building Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster. The 200-foot thrill ride is expected to open in 2016.

Although few details were released in its short press release, the theme park did provide some clues about theming, indicating the ride will ‘rise from the ocean depths’ and ‘take its place atop the food chain.’ Which marine animal do you think that could that be? And if you’re thinking shark, what kind?

Visitors and SeaWorld fans can follow the progress of the ride’s construction by using the hashtag #nothingfaster on social media sites. More information is promised in late May.

SeaWorld employed a similar marketing technique leading up to the opening of its most recent thrill ride, Ihu’s Breakway Falls at its Aquatica water park. Guests could follow along using the hashtag #nothingtaller.

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That ride definitely lived up to its billing with an 80-foot-tall platform. Just ask my daughter, the only member of my immediate family brave enough to put herself in an enclosed box and wait for the bottom to drop out so she can free fall into a water slide. You can read more about her experiences here and here. Ihu's Breakaway Falls is the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in the southern United States.

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Back on dry land, SeaWorld Orlando has two large-scale roller coasters. Manta and Kraken. Manta, which aims to give riders the feeling of ‘what it's like to spin, glide, skim and fly like a giant ray,’ is the more daring of the two. Riders are strapped into this attraction almost parallel to the ground as the ride starts and remain facing forward as they race up steep hills, aim for sprays of water and twist and turn. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, especially with a head-first, face-down inverted nosedive. Kraken is based on the mythical tales of a sea creature of the same name. It, too, is a floorless coaster with high and long drops and quick spirals. Imagine the new rollar coaster topping Manta and Kraken!

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SeaWorld Orlando also has a more in-depth expansion on the horizon. The Blue World Project is a multi-million-dollar project that will create first-of-its-kind environments for its signature killer whales at all three theme parks. SeaWorld San Diego will roll out the new environment in 2018, with Orlando and San Antonio to follow. Each new environment will have a total water volume of 10 million gallons, nearly double that of the existing facility, and a surface area of nearly 1.5 acres. The wow factor comes with the views that will be more than 40 feet tall, providing guests with the world’s largest underwater viewing experience of orcas. Plus, guests will be able to walk alongside the whales as if they were at the shore.

AllEars.Net will bring you the latest details about all of SeaWorld’s new attractions.



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