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Dec 07 2012

The Little Mermaid at New Fantasyland


Visitors to the Magic Kingdom can now enjoy the new Fantasyland. The new area opened on the 6th December 2012.  You can travel with Ariel, the Little Mermaid, in her new ride “Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid” songs and characters from the movie will make appearances on the attraction.

Set in Ariel’s undersea world, guests are treated to a “Dark Ride” with modern technological enhancements that make this ride an experience that resembles many scenes from the film. You enter this part of Fantasyland, through Prince Eric’s Castle, descending through grottos and then onto the ride. Various distractions are visible throughout your waiting in line, from such things as Barnacles, Crabs and Starfish.

The ride car resembles a clam shell and once you board it Scuttle, the yarn-spinning seagull, welcomes guests as they embark on their adventure. He tells the story of how Ariel wanted to leave her underwater world and become part of the human race. First, before we can see Ariel, we must descend under the sea. Special effects give the feeling of descending in your clamshell to the ocean floor.  First area we reach is Ariel’s Grotto, where we see the treasures she has collected on land. Things such as whozits, whatzits and thingamabobs. This is where she sings “Part of Your World.”

Then we see a whole host of sea creatures singing and playing instruments to try and convince Ariel to stay “under the sea” all conducted by Sebastian the Crab. However she is determined to go and visit the Sea Witch to see if she can make her human. They have made a great job of Ursula’s lair, along with Flotsam and Jetsom she sings “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”

Next Ariel gets her wish and she becomes human and we follow her to the surface, where we see friends encouraging Prince Eric to “Kiss the Girl” much to the annoyance of Ursula, which leads to a spectacular ending, with a few surprises.


By Steve Sewell

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Jul 05 2012

Jaws Replacement at Universal Studios Orlando

Jaws ride from above

The old Jaws ride.

Following the announcement of Jaws closing at Universal Studios, it is still shrouded in mystery as to what exactly will replace it. There are strong rumours that it is going to be a Harry Potter expansion following the success of the one at Islands of Adventure. Rumour has it that it will feature a London similar to that in the HP movies. There will be a ride set in Gringott’s Wizarding Bank Coaster and there is also space for a Hogwarts Express that may connect you to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in IOA. There is also an enclosed space that could be a secret entrance to Diagon Alley and a Restaurant that could be the site of the Leaky Cauldron.

By Steve Sewell

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Jul 07 2008

Welcome to our Blog

I’ve been traveling to Florida regularly since 1990, staying up to 3 months some times. I have learnt a lot about it and have picked up many tips over those years. Where better to write about my experiences than right here.

In 2004, Dawn and I bought our own villa in Orlando in Calabay Parc a really nice community. We decided to do it after years of staying in hotels until the year before we bought and found that it is the perfect way to spend your vacation.

This blog is also for any villa owners out there as well anyone else who may find it useful and informative.

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