• Universal Orlando  have just announced that the long awaited Grand Opening for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter  at Universal Orlando will be on the 18th June 2010.

    A multitude of Harry Potter attractions

    The plans show that the new area of the park will comprise, Shopping and Dining centred in ‘Hogsmeade ‘  Shops include  ‘Owl Post’  where you can send your postcards with a authentic ‘Hogsmeade stamp’ look up and see the resting owls, but watch your ears as you pass by a ‘Howler’ in the window.  Visit ‘Olivanders ‘ to let your wand choose you, for something more lighthearted visit ‘Zonko’s’ Joke shop or stock up on tuck at ‘Honeydukes sweet shop.’Dining is available at the ‘Three Broomsticks’ where you can enjoy a pint of Butterbeer .

    The Dragon Challenge, Chinese Fireball, Flight of the Hippogriff and Hagrid’s Hut

    Attractions and rides include the Dragon Challenge where you can ride either an agressive ‘Chinese Fireball’ of a ferocious ‘Hungarian Horntail’ these two roller coasters twist turn and loop into each other.
    The Flight of the Hippogriff , takes you past Hagrid ‘s hut and through the pumpkin patch.  Don’t forget to bow to the Hippogriff as you approach!

    Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter Films with the Quidditch goals in the foregroundHogwarts Castle, Dumbledore’s Office, Gryffindor Common Room

    Finally the spectacular ‘Hogwarts Castle’  has thrown open it’s doors.  You can wander the corridors and visit iconic places such as Dumledore ‘s office, the Gryffindor  common room, the Defence agains the Dark Arts classroom and many more familiar places.  Join Harry and his friends on ‘The Forbidden Journey’ where you will soar high above the castle grounds on an unforgettable adventure meeting all kinds of magical creatures.

    I know a lot of people who have been waiting a long time for this attraction to open.  I am certainly looking forward to planning my next trip to Florida and making this a ‘must visit’ for my trip!

    Contact us here at DJW Flights and Rental  for our latest flights and accommodation availability.  www.djwrental.com

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  • Top Tips 11.09.2009 1 Comment

    The Magic Kingdom

    During busy periods be sure to arrive early at the park we advise having a good breakfast either at your villa or go all out at one of the many places that offer fantastic value ‘Buffet Breakfasts’ such as Sizzler or Ponderosa.

    Parking and Entry

    As you drive in to the car park make sure you ask the attendant what time the Parade is and what time the Fireworks are as times can vary. They will probably be able to give you a leaflet with a schedule of all the shows etc for the day you are visiting.

    Make sure that all the party remember where you are parked. This is easy to do as all the areas are named and all the rows numbered. So remembering a character name and number eg – Donald row 30 or Pluto 55
    You might want to write it down just in case.
    Once you know the times make a note to get a spot along the parade route about an hour (or at the very least 30 mins) before the parade begins.

    For the Fireworks you really need to make sure you get a spot about an hour before the display. (A great place we have found to be is on the bridge that you went over to get to ‘Adventureland,’ from the area in front of Cinderella Castle)

    At the main ‘Ticket and Transportation Centre’ you have the choice of taking the Ferry boat or the Monorail across to the Magic Kingdom main entrance. Both take the same amount of time to make the short journey to the main entrance. Our top tip is to head straight for the Ferry Boat and head as far forward as you can. (Avoid the temptation to go upstairs the view is just as good from downstairs)
    Have your camera ready to get great shots of one of the 3 mountains in the Magic Kingdom ‘Space Mountain’ and of course of Cinderella’s Castle.
    Once in the main gate if you do not need to rent a stroller (buggy) or wheelchair then proceed straight on and up ‘Main Street USA.’
    At the top of ‘Main Street USA’ in the Castle Terrace bear left and head on in to ‘Adventureland’ go straight to the most popular rides in this area ‘The Jungle Cruise’ and ‘Priates of the Carribbean’ – Johnny Depp fans keep an eagle eye out and see how many times you can spot ‘Captain Jack Sparrow.’
    Continue round the park in an anti clockwise direction. Head for all the major rides first.
    From Adventureland you will continue on to Frontierland. (NOTE where these 2 ‘lands’ meet you will notice ‘Pecos Bill’s Cafe’ – this comes highly recommended for a late lunch.

    Frontierland is home to the other 2 Mountains in the Magic Kingdom ‘Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’ and ‘Splash Mountain’ if the park is starting to busy up it might be an idea to grab a fast pass for these rides and head on to ‘The Haunted Mansion’ This is a continuous attraction and the queue tends to look big but move quickly.

    Fantasyland and is the next stop on your adventure through ‘The Magic Kingdom’ this area is generall suited to younger guests with ‘It’s a Small World’ ‘Peter Pan’s Flight’ ‘Dumbo’ and a wealth of other rides and shows including the fabulous centrepiece caroussel that under 10’s will love.
    Rides here can get busy but this is a good place for a snack and a rest as well as the best place in the park to soak up the atmosphere of ‘The Magic Kingdom’

    Tomorrowland follows with one of Disney’s first white knuckle thrill rides and the 3rd mountain in ‘The Magic Kingdom’ mountain range. ‘Space Mountain’ the ‘Astro Orbiters’ are another very popular attraction in this area. It is also worth taking a trip around ‘Tomorrowland’ on the ride below the ‘Astro Orbiters’ and taking in the rest of the area.

    Next head over to ‘Mickey’s Starland’ this area was constructed as part of celebrations for Mickey Mouse’s 60th Birthday. This area is ideal for younger guests with plenty for them to see and do. We think it is a great idea to take the Steam train from here back to Main Street USA Station and enjoy the sights and sounds along the way as well as giving your feet a well earned rest!

    On the way out of the park take the opportunity to use the Monorail. If you are fast / if you don’t mind waiting a while ask the attendant on duty if there is a chance you can ‘Ride up front’ Sitting up front with the driver is great fun and offers fabulous views.

    Our other tips would be – :
    *Hang on to any bottles of water and refill them at the plentiful water fountains throughout the park

    *Look out for the ‘Kodak Picture Spots’ throughout the park that should give wonderful shots of various areas.

    *Don’t forget sunscreen, even on a cloudy day the sun is very strong and you can burn quickly.

    *Make sure you arrange a place to meet should you get seperated from your party.

    *If you are a ‘Magic Kingdom Regular’ did you know that there some great behind the scenes tours available that let you in on the Disney Magic?

    *Keep an eye out for your favourite Disney Characters in various places and if you want to get a picture with them head over to them straight away and don’t be shy!

    Finally throughout the Disney Properties during construction the architects and imagineers ‘planted’ various Hidden Mickeys throughout the park – How many can you spot in the Magic Kingdom?
    Here’s one we found – Take a look at the scrollwork outside the ‘Mainstreet USA Train Station’

    We’ll be back with more Tips and Hints on the other parks soon.

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