Cameras rolling in 3,2.1. Hey guys, welcome to an other edition of Orlando
Attractions Magazine – The Show. Today we’re bringing you highlights of Magic Kingdom celebration
for the Super Bowl champions, SeaWorld’s new whale show, Busch Gardens new cheetahs and
the dates for the upcoming Star Wars weekends and much much more.
[music playing] Hi, I’m Samantha Sanders, and I’m Jessica
Steele Allen. This episode is brought to you by the Kissimmee convention and visitors bureau.
If your looking for fun things to do or great travel deals go to visitkissimmee.com. Each
week we bring you the latest attractions, news, and information from all around Central
Florida. If you would like more details about we things we cover on the show you can find
it on our website at attractionsmagazine.com. So Jessica, here we are, just us girls for
an extra fabulous edition of the show, are you ready to rock it out? Of course I am,
you know I asked Jimmy if he could play a little bit of spice girls but I don’t know
if he’s gonna do it. We could totally rock out to some spice girls right now. Girl power.
Now one of the most popular ads of all time begins “Well you just won the Super Bowl,
what are you gonna do next?” go to Disney World of course and that’s exactly what Aaron
Rodgers did. The MVP of the 2011 Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers. Every year
Disney invites the winners of the Super Bowl to the Magic Kingdom. Let’s see what happens
when Aaron visited the park. Well they weren’t hard to find guys but I
found the Central Florida Packers Backers right here, very excited about the parade
today and here to chat with Mike and his friends. How special was today for this group?
>>When your a Packer fan every day is Christmas, this is like New Years. As a Packer fan, to be here at Disney World,
where everybody goes to celebrate after any sort of victory, how does it feel to be here
now and see Aaron Rodgers and celebrate? >>Awesome to be here, all these Packers fans
here, it’s great. Go packers!
[chanting “go pack go”] [cheering] So Aaron obviously a lot of excitement last
night after the game, you’ve had about 12 hours now, how does this feel today?
>>This is like no other, this is special for me. Just to, you know, just being a kid and
going to disney land and then in California knowing how much fun that was. to see so many
Packer fans down here and just being able to share in the celebration with them it’s
incredible. When you were a kid did you see those commercials
with the quarterback screaming “I’m going to Disney World!”
>>Of course I did, I always dreamt about being that guy and now I am that guy.
You know obviously winning the Super Bowl is a huge accomplishment Aaron but your also
the MVP of the game. Tell us how that feels, that’s something that is going to go down
in history books man.>>Well, it’s a great honor to win this award,
to be able to be here today. Just enjoying the success of a great team. A lot of great
men on that team and it’s just special to be honored in this way and to be able to be
down here. So tell me about the parade. How did that
feel to be zooming down the street, Packers fans all over the place screaming for you.
Was that a special moment? What did that feel like?
>>It was special. A special time to able to go through this parade. I thought at some
point most people were waving at me but I know it was a lot of little kids who probably
didn’t know who I was so they were waving more at Mickey. SeaWorld Orlando will be premiering an all
new killer whale show this spring. The new show “One Ocean” will replace the popular
“Believe” show that has run for the past five years. Shamu Stadium will feature special
effects with colored lights, soaring fountains, underwater imagery and global rhythms will
highlight a new contemporary musical score. The Show will feature the whales interacting
in new ways with trainers, the audience, each other and even the set itself. Although the
trainers will not be performing in the water with the whales this time around. That’s unfortunate
it was so cool when they used to do that. The heart of the show is found in its message
that both animals and humans are part of one world, with one ocean. We can look for “One
Ocean” to begin at the end of April. You know our new show is going to emerse guests
in the sea and were gonna do it with a lot of new effects. There’s gonna be lights in
the show and beautiful fountains and of course amazing imagery of the undersea life on beautiful,
panoramic screens, LED screens and that’s all a backdrop. Because our killer whales
are the stars of the show right? So they’re going to be performing amazing behavior, spectacular
behaviors in ways people haven’t really seen before. One Ocean is really about celebrating
unity in this diverse, huge world. We all live in one world and that world is covered
by one ocean and as vast and huge as that feels as one species, we know that as individuals
we can make a difference. So this show, will effect people as all of our shows have at
SeaWorld. It will effect people to walk out and make a difference. We’re fortunate here in Central Florida because
our theme parks entertain, as well as educate and contribute to the preservation of endangered
species. Besides donating almost $100,000 to cheetah efforts in Africa, the Sea World
and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has also funded programs for countless other species
around the world. Busch Gardens Tampa recently welcomed a family of 5 new cheetahs, in accordance
with the international Cheetah Species Survival Plan. They can be seen by guests on the Endangered
Species Safari until the new Cheetah Run habitat and Cheetah Hunt roller coaster are completed
in a few months. If you don’t know by now,most of us are
huge Star Wars fans here at Attractions Magazine, isn’t that right Jessica?. Guilty as charged.
And we have begun the countdown to Disney’s Hollywood Studios annual Star Wars Weekends.
The dates for this year’s Weekends were just announced. It begins May 20 and runs
each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through June 12. You can expect the usual parades, trivia
challenges, memorabilia and presentations during the event. But, of course, one of the
highlights of the event are the stars. C-3-PO himself, Anthony Daniels, will kick off the
opening weekend with the much anticipated reopening of the new StarTours 3-D attraction.
And, you can certainly count on us being there as well! Besides Daniels, Ashley Eckstein,
the voice of AhSOka Tah-no in “The Clone Wars” will be there for the opening ceremonies. Ashley
will serve as celebrity host for all four weekends. Other stars will be announced later.
We’re excited these two stars will be on hand, but, of course, we would like to see
the man himself, George Lucas show up as well. That would be super awesome but you know Lucas
and producer Rick McCallum were recently at Disneyland to test ride the Star Tours attraction
with the Disney Imagineering team. They gave a big thumbs-up after riding the Starspeeder
1000 to several of its destinations. George even stopped to have his photo taken with
the Audio-Animatronic C-3-PO seated in the Starspeeder cockpit. Even though Lucas
was not a Star in our park, television host and comedian Jon Stewart was. He and his children,
Nate and Maggie, were seen riding the Indy Speedway at the Magic Kingdom. Stewart and
his family were celebrating Maggie’s 5th birthday. Happy birthday Maggie. Happy birthday. [music playing]
For easy vacation planning, go to visitkissimmee.com Today, we have several updates for you from
Disney. There are some new construction walls in Fantasyland to hide the construction for
the new expansion area in Magic Kingdom. However, the construction of the larger buildings is
rising tall enough to be seen above the walls. Splash Mountain reopened earlier this month
after being closed for refurbishment. The 64 boats on the ride are now equipped with
lap bars to prevent riders from standing up or getting off before the end of the ride.
And here’s one last reminder that Toontown is closing tomorrow for good. This area will
be transformed into a circus area within the new Fantasyland. Until the area opens again,
the Railroad will stay open but will no longer be stopping in Toontown so keep that in mind.
Though, the characters that are now in Toontown will be relocated throughout the park. However,
Tinker Bell and her friends will be relocated to Epcot. That’s a good thing. A new meet
and greet location at the Town Square Exposition Hall is scheduled to open in the Spring. Until
then, you can find Mickey and Minnie in Tomorrowland. The area just outside of the Haunted Mansion
entrance has been fenced off for construction as well. Word is that they’re working on
a new interactive queue, similar to Winnie the Pooh’s. We can only hope! Yeah that
would sure be fun. If you’ve heard any rumors, be sure to let us know. Meanwhile, Epcot is
hosting a special event this weekend called Main Street in Motion. Imagine being able
to test drive your choice of 70 different vehicles in a no-sales-pitch environment.
That would be pretty cool. It’s free! That’s even cooler. Yeah, even cooler. You get to
choose from passenger cars, performance machines, fun crossovers, full-size pickups, and hybrids.
And, you have a first time opportunity to drive the all-new Chevrolet Volt Electric
Vehicle. I can’t wait for that one. The event runs Friday through Sunday in the Epcot parking
lot. It is advised, but not necessary, to register online in advance at mainstreetinmotion.com.
Also at Epcot, the post show, hands-on area of Journey Into Imagination is presently in
transition. Besides some of the old favorites, there’s a new computer experience where
you can build your own Figment and email it home.>>Look they got a compose your own figment
area. Let’s try it out. Then I can email my figment or I can just keep it this way. Bye! That one is one of my favorites. That sounds
kinda cool, you should go do it. I’ll go check it out. And, if you’ve been to the Downtown
Disney Marketplace recently, you will have noticed the extensive renovation project for
the Lego Imagination Center. Expected to be completed mid-April, the new Lego store will
increase its overall footprint by nearly 35-hundred square-feet. Wow. And, of course, you can
expect to see new Lego exterior models of some favorite Disney characters. While the
store is being renovated, they’ve set up a temporary tent near ‘Once Upon a Toy’.
Kind of hard to miss. Now, speaking of imagination. Let’s take
you on a journey into our imagination. Let’s begin with the Lego Imagination Center greatly
increasing its presence at Downtown Disney, and add the fact that our Producer recently
noticed Legos for sale in the Journey Into Imagination gift shop at Epcot. Now, add in
the fact that Legoland Florida is presently being built less than an hour from Disney
World. Now if you connect those dots and then add the fact that a new sponsor is needed
for the Epcot Imagination pavilion since Kodak pulled out last year, what would you surmise?
I’d definitely ponder some. Now, if that’s not enough to get your imagination stirring,
what if we add the fact that a chief Disney Imagineer was seen recently was seen inside
Epcot’s Imagination pavilion looking around? Putting all these things together, see what
your imagination can conceive! Hey, it’s JD here and here’s your weather.
And now, the weather. Thursday and Friday there will probably be
rain but the rest of the week is totally insane. Saturday the sun starts to shine at 68 degrees
Central Florida is fine. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday you’ll get your kicks, the weather goes from
68 to 76. Wednesday were back, it’s 72 and grand. Then 73 on Thursday put your feet in
our sand. Orlando Attractions wants you here at a park, get out of the snow where it’s
cold and dark. 50 million visitors can’t be wrong this year, pack up your minivan with
all of your sun gear. 7 parks and thousands of places to eat, Central Florida Tourism
can’t be beat. Peace. Happy Valentine’s Day. Now I want to talk to those of you out there
who like to visit us here in Central Florida. Since you’re watching our Show it’s likely
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choose, you’ll find it’s the perfect companion to our show and guide for those of you who
like to visit our area. As many of you know, a new craze for collectors
is Disney’s Vinylmations. One of our fans, who calls himself The Vinylmator, sent us
this video he made of his collection. It seems he got to wondering what the vinylmations
do when no one is around. So he set up a camera to see for himself. Let’s take a
look at what he found out. [music playing] Hey, do you have any 5’s? Nope, do you have
any 9’s? It’s my turn to make sound motion videos. You know that was a great job Vinylmator.
If you keep up the good work maybe one day you will achieve your dream and actually be
an animator for Disney. And for the rest of you, get busy. We want to see your creative
videos too! And now for some entertainment events happening
this weekend. Universal Orlando is kicking off it’s Mardi Gras celebration February
12th. The ultimate street party includes the authentic Mardi Gras Parade, cuisine straight
from the Big Easy and top-name national music talent. This Saturday you can see Frankie
Valli and The Four Seasons and Big Al and The Heavyweights. Sounds like great fun, food
and watch for the hundreds of beads that will be thrown during the parade! Meanwhile over
at SeaWorld’s Bands, Brew and Bar-B-Q, you can jive to Huey Lewis and the News this Saturday
afternoon. And on Sunday at the Busch Gardens Bands, Brew and Bar-B-Q, Montgomery Gentry
will perform. Well, thanks everyone for tuning in to another
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We’re going to close our show today with a tribute to Magic Kingdom’s Toontown which
will be closing tomorrow. From all of us here at Orlando Attractions Magazine – The Show.
Happy Valentine’s Day! [music playing]