Sunday, July 20, 2014

Photo Gallery: Frozen Summer Fun Celebration at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome: Watch our parade video as Anna and Elsa embark on a goodwill tour of neighboring kingdoms. The royal sisters are joined by Kristoff, the ice cutters and joyous citizens of Arendelle who skate and snow ski their way through the procession. The magic culminates in an enticing moment at the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage to officially welcome Frozen to the kingdom of Hollywoodland! Pending the weather, this will run each day at 11AM thru September 1, 2014
Oaken’s Frozen Funland: Blow into Soundstage One to see how Oaken and his closest cousins have been creating winter magic! Frozen festivities include ice skating and snowman building! Onto our photo gallery.....

Decor on the way into Oaken's

Monday, July 14, 2014

Photo Gallery Report on Cabana Bay Beach Resort tower room at Universal Orlando

We recently had a chance to stay at the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando. We booked at a special Annual Passholder rate of $99.00. On the weekend we visited, the new towers had just opened, along with a second pool and lazy river. Since we are local, we wanted to take advantage of the what the resort had to offer, so we did not visit the parks.

Here is a look at the tower room:

Here is the view from our pool view room (note it is also a theme park view):

Check-in is at 4PM, but we showed up early to get a jump on the pool, and luckily they had our room ready (around 1PM). We immediately headed for the new pool area and jumped right into the lazy river. The lazy river is small, with cool water, very refreshing. It takes about 5-8 minutes to go all the way around. One thing that stood out to us was that there were plenty of lounge chairs for everyone, even in the middle of the day. The tower area pool has a zero depth entry and is very large. We spent a few hours hanging out in the new pool, then moved over to the courtyard pool.

Here are a few pictures from the tower area pool:

Here are pictures from the courtyard area pool, where there is a water slide and kids splash area:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Photo Gallery: Diagon Alley Soft Opens July 3, 2014 at Universal Studios Florida

We were able to check out Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida during the soft opening to the public on July 3, 2014.
Gringotts Dragon high above Diagon Alley

The dragon breathes fire every 10 minutes or so.

Close-up of the Gringotts Dragon in Diagon Alley

Fairly busy crowds during the first public opening.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hogwarts Express Soft Opens at Universal Studios Florida (July 1, 2014)

On July 1, 2014 Universal soft opened the Hogwarts Express

After years of planning and construction, the Kings Cross and Hogsmeade Stations were open for guests.

While it was a "soft opening", it seemed to run flawlessly nearly all day, once it opened around 3PM

Notice to guests that Hogwarts Express is in technical rehersal

Kings Cross is huge.