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End is near for Disney Channel Rocks show, Countdown to Fun parade at Hollywood Studios

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March 21, 2013|By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel Disney World is pulling the plug on two of its live-entertainment options at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park next month. The last day for the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun parade and the Disney Channel Rocks street show will be April 6, a Disney World spokeswoman confirms. Countdown to Fun features characters from animated films such as “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Up,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Ratatouille.” It debuted in early 2011, taking over for a similar presentation known as Block Party Bash. Countdown to Fun reused many of the costumes and altered […]

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LEGOLAND Florida Announces New Park Expansion

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Yesterday, LEGOLAND Florida announced an expansion to the park centered around their Legends of Chima LEGO brand line which will inclue a new attraction. The area, dubbed World of Chima, is set to open this summer. The centerpiece of this new area will be the Quest for CHI interactive water ride. Full details can be found in the press release/video from LEGOLAND:       LEGOLAND® FLORIDA ANNOUNCES MAJOR PARK EXPANSION OPENING SUMMER 2013 – THE WORLD OF CHIMA PRESENTED BY CARTOON NETWORK Immersive new interactive water ride being built simultaneously with roll out of major new product line and […]

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Walt Disney World Announces Disney Springs Transformation for Downtown Disney

Disney Springs will feature new highly themed areas, such as the Landing (pictured)

Yesterday the Walt Disney World Resort announced major changes coming to its Downtown Disney area of the resort. Dubbed Disney Springs, this multi-year, multi-phase transformation of the Downtown Disney area will bring new shops, restaurants, activities, and easier convenience to visit the area with consolidated bus areas and new multi-level parking decks. The announcement was made on the Disney Parks Blog:   Announcing Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort Earlier today, we unveiled plans for Disney Springs, the exciting, multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort, and I’d like to give you all a glimpse […]

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Fun Spot Update

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Fun Spot America is looking great! A green arch now welcomes guests on the North side of I-4 acting as a beacon to fun. This green arch is towering over 3 go cart tracks, and a lot of construction. A VERY picture-es suspended kiddy coaster with yellow track, trimmed with supports of blue, “Rocket Man” looks nearly completed. The GCI Wooden coaster themed to a train is living up to the wonderful architecture a GCI tends to provide. There is a 4th go-cart track (green track) has winding supports in the new construction area, and signs around the existing park countdown less than 50 days […]

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Upload with Shaquille O’Neal was filmed in front of a live studio audience at Universal Studios Florida

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Tonight at 10:30pm Universal Studios Florida will have another production in the books with the premier of Upload with Shaquille O’Neal on TruTV. The series is hosted by Shaq with co-hosts Gary Owen and Godfrey as they review and comment on some of the funniest videos on the internet. The series will also show the the hosts create their own viral videos, prank others and make parodies of recent pop culture stories. Each week also feature a guest comedian. It is the concept of Tosh . O but in a Sports Center setting.

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N. E. S. T. and other updates at Universal Orlando

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Transformers has been speeding along at Universal and over the past weeks newer theming has appeared on the sides of the building. Also new lights have been installed that definitely give a new feel to the building. Subscribe to our twitter or like our facebook page for updates! Haven’t heard the latest from Universal Orlando? Here is a quick way to catch up! Ripsaw Falls is not falling due to a winter refrub     Beautiful cooler morning give way to beautiful days.   Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s Jurassic Park team doing what they do best! The first Mardi Gras […]

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Pigeon Forge Attraction Has Visitors Reaching New Heights.

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Opened in late 2012, the new Wonders Of Flight attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN brings all new altitude to a visit to the Smoky Mountains. Wonders Of Flight is a giant tethered balloon ride which is manufactured by Aerophile.  The ride takes passengers 400 ft in the air, and offers spectacular views of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and the Great Smoky Mountains national park.  It is located just behind the giant WonderWorks museum (the upside-down house) on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  The ride usually lasts between 10-12 minutes.  A strong cable is used to keep the balloon in place as […]

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Holidays In Nashville: December 2012 Photo Report

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The holiday season truly is the best time to visit Nashville, TN.  Back on December 10th…I did just that.  Yeah the holidays are over now and Spring is right around the corner, but why not take a look back at the festive offerings found in Nashville during this past Christmas season.  In this trip/photo report, I take a look at two popular Nashville destinations:  Rainforest Café located in Opry Mills Mall, and the world famous Gaylord Opryland Hotel. After a 3-hr drive from Gatlinburg, I was arriving in Nashville right around lunchtime.  The weather was VERY cold that day; mid to lower 30′s at best, […]

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Introducing Theme Park Weddings

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We’d like to introduce you to our newest series here on Destination South — Theme Park Weddings! Join us as we peer into the world of weddings with a unique twist; couples who tied the knot at a theme park, zoo, or aquarium. Who doesn’t like cake and roller coasters?! The first installment of this series is the wedding of Kim and Matt, who got married at Discovery Cove in Orlando, FL.. complete with dolphins!  Click here to read about how Kim planned this unique event! Did you have a theme park wedding?  We want to feature YOU!  Click here!

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Zombie Bash Review: Fright Fest 2012 at Six Flags Over Georgia

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Hello Everyone! Our Photo Trip Report and Review of Zombie Bash from Six Flags Over Georgia 2012 is now available. Yes, I realize that this is a little old by now, but with the site downtime and “refurbishments”, we did not want this to get lost forever! On October 5, 2012 Destination South was invited to Zombie Bash, a VIP reception hosted by the park to showcase all that Fright Fest 2012 had to offer!  Destination South staffers Chris, Jackie, and Tyler braved the ghouls, zombies, and assorted creatures of the night to bring you this Trip Report! Click the […]

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