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Disney & Parks News: Antarctica to Open May 24; Mickey & Minnie Set for Animal Kingdom Move

by Leap on February 22, 2013 · 0 Comments · in News & Refurbishments

It’s time for the Frog Family’s weekly roundup of Disney and Orlando theme park tidbits from the interwebs.

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This week’s highlights:

  • Antarctica Construction via SeaWorld Parks BlogThe biggest news of the week came from SeaWorld, which gave a hard hat tour of construction progress on Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. Behind all of the cool photos was the news that the combination attraction/exhibit starring one gentoo penguin named Puck will officially open May 24. Tad can hardly contain himself!
  • Mickey and Minnie at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park via Disney Parks BlogAlong with Antarctica, we added a couple of other new items to our list of attractions and experiences coming to the theme parks in 2013. One of those was Adventurer’s Outpost, a new meet-and-greet area for Mickey and Minnie on Discovery Island® in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, that is set to open this spring.
  • We also learned that the Kennedy Space Center is debuting a new $100 million exhibit around Space Shuttle Atlantis, which will open June 29.
  • While the date for the launch of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad® Attraction’s interactive queue is still under wraps, imagineers shared a first look at the opportunities guests will have to interact with the attraction while waiting to board. I must admit I got very excited when I learned that the new queue might have me blasting a mine shaft!
  • Ahead of the March opening of the “Oz The Great and Powerful” film and the Flower & Garden Festival,  Epcot® opened the Land of Oz Garden, an interactive garden and play area that features real flowers as well as art glass poppies.
  • Pin Trading via Disney Parks BlogPin traders will be happy to get a peek at the 2013 Hidden Mickey pins – these are cast member pins that are specially designed for trading with guests. It’s never too late to start collecting!
  • Just in time for spring, we have added a few new ticket options and brought back some old favorites. We’re offering single day admission to LEGOLAND Florida (at a savings of $16) as well as LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park 1 and 2 day tickets. We’ve also got the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Combo ticket (at a savings of $13).
  • Disney unveiled a new line of beauty products and cosmetics that will be exclusive to the parks. Select items of Beautifully Disney will be available in early March.
  • Need a Butterbeer fix stat? Orlando Informer taste tested a few recipes that come close to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter must-have.
  • Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland Paris via Disney Parks BlogHard to believe it’s been 20 years already since the opening of Disneyland Paris. Of course, Mickey and Minnie were on hand for the festivities, with Minnie bedecked in a blue neoprene and sequin dress by French fashion house Lanvin. Quelle magnifique, Minnie!

That’s all for this week. Until next week, happy planning!
— Leap

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