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Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – Behind the Scenes

10275539_10152135911272852_283523096013524292_oWell, the big announcement from Universal Studios Orlando was released today and unfortunately it was not the opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley.

It was however the announcement of the official name of the big attraction Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts along with some behind the scenes footage.

Guests will enter Gringotts™ bank beneath the massive fire-breathing dragon at the far end of Diagon Alley™. Inside Gringotts™ you’ll walk through the bank’s grand marble lobby and see goblins hard at work. Then, get ready to take a journey through cavernous passageways that lead deep underground as you climb aboard Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™.

This new, multi-dimensional 3D thrill ride puts you right in the middle of the action as you face the bank’s stringent security measures while navigating the perilous underground vaults. You’ll encounter Harry, Ron, and Hermione along the way, but you’ll have to evade the wrath of malicious villains Voldemort™ and Bellatrix as well as trolls and other creatures who stand between you and a safe return to Diagon Alley™.

Enjoy the behind the scenes footage and stay tuned for Universal Studios Orlando updates and hopefully, soon, the opening date for Diagon Alley.

Dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Announced

DSCF0035 Don your favorite costume and get ready to trick-or-treat at this Halloween-themed event held inside Magic Kingdom park.

This special event will be held on September: 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and October: 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31 — separate event tickets can be purchased in advance. The tone of the party is “not-so-scary,” which means children of all ages can enjoy it.

Photo0070FourBySixTrick-or-Treat Fun for Everyone
Dress up in your favorite costume to collect candy throughout Magic Kingdom park. You’ll soon discover all the boo-tiful ways that the spirits of the season have transformed the park into a happy haunted hallows! Many favorite Disney Characters are dressed in Halloween costumes, too. So come celebrate and scare up a good time!

You will receive a Trick or Treat Bag to be used at the candy stations found throughout the Magic Kingdom.  Some cast members will give more than others, but there’s no limit to how many times you can go back to the same location for more.

Photo0087FourBySixTrick or Treat Stations

  • Adventureland:  Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean queue
  • Liberty Square:  Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Fantasyland:  Peter Pan’s Flight queue, Pinocchio Village Haus, Storybook Circus, near Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Tomorrowland:  Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain, Stitch’s Great Escape!

Trick or Treat Trails

  • Frontierland :  Near Splash Mountain queue
  • Tomorrowland:  Enter near Space Mountain and exit at Storybook Circus

Options for guests with food allergies are available upon request at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A.

DSCF0047Eerie Entertainment
The night howls with excitement at this spook-tacular party for all little ghouls and boys. Unearth some of the great entertainment that awaits you at this ghastly bash:

Disney Villains Dance Mix and Mingle!
Some of your favorite baddies from Disney films rock you with this thrilling opening number in front of a ghostly Cinderella Castle. When the number is over, the villains veer into the crowds for meet and greets.

Venture into Frontierland where you might even meet a barbershop quartet of dead cowboys who sing songs in the style of the Dapper Dans. They like “axing” Guests questions and answering with puns as part of their “dead pan” humor.

Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade
The grandmaster of this bone-rattling parade has truly lost his head! A hair-raising ride by the Headless Horseman himself begins the festivities, followed by a collection of frightful floats featuring Disney Characters in Halloween costumes. Get ready for the grave diggers! The Haunted Mansion stars in this delightful parade. It’s really not so scary—just fiendish fun!

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The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to “drop in” as Disney Villains tear up the night with fireworks and wicked remixes of their theme songs. Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie are just some of the scoundrels who croon their spooky tunes. Feel a chill as creepy colors crawl over Cinderella Castle. The finale casts a spell you will never forget!

DSCF0036General Pricing
September 2014
September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 2014

  • Advance Purchase:  Adult: $62.00 + tax, Child: $57.00 + tax

October 2014
October 2, 3, 5, 9, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 2014


  • Advance Purchase:  Adult: $67.00 + tax, Child: $62.00 + tax

October 10, 17, 24, 30, 2014

  • Advance Purchase:  Adult: $71.00 + tax, Child: $66.00 + tax

October 31, 2013

  • Advance Purchase:  Adult: $77.00 + tax, Child: $72.00 + tax

Tickets can be ordered by calling We Travelers Three at 614-458-8617 or through your We Travelers Three as part of your package/room reservation.


Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Harambe Nights

dak_harambe_hero_900 In celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Lion King,
celebrate world-class theatrical entertainment alongside a sophisticated culinary experience as you immerse yourself in the story of The Lion King like never before.

An All-Inclusive Feast for the Senses

Harambe-nights-reception-ver-4-16x9Voyage into Harambe Village for a roaring summer celebration featuring the grandest tales and tastes of Africa.

Every Saturday, from June 7 to August 9, 2014, pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of Disney’s The Lion King at an all-inclusive extravaganza inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

The excitement kicks off with a warm welcome reception before moving into Harambe Theater for a private performance of the all-new show The Lion King: Concert in the Wild—complete with a special celebrity narrator and a live orchestra!

Then, once the show comes to a close, you’re invited to hit the streets for an exotic party where you can explore all sorts of sizzling seasonal fare, magical merchandise offerings and a series of Character appearances and artist signings.

Be sure to stick around as the night draws to a conclusion too and receive a fond farewell you won’t soon forget!

Event details are subject to change.

The Lion King: Concert in the Wild

harambe-nights-03Surround yourself in the Savannah setting of the Harambe Theater as you experience The Lion King like never before!

Marvel at the sights and sounds as iconic scenes from the film are recreated with splendid theatricality, all while a celebrity narrator and a live orchestra provide the soundtrack for a never-before-seen take on The Lion King tale.

Celebrity narrators currently scheduled to appear include:

Viola Davis – June 7, 2014
TBD – June 14, 2014
Montego Glover – June 21, 2014
David Alan Grier – June 28, 2014
Michael Beach – July 5, 2014
Harry Lennix – July 12, 2014
Joe Morton – July 19, 2014
Alfre Woodard – July 26, 2014
Brian Stokes Mitchell – August 2, 2014
Patina Miller – August 9, 2014
Entertainment and celebrity narrators are subject to change.

Harambe Nights Street Party

harambe-nights-02Move to the beat as you head out for fun, food, merchandise and more at the Harambe Nights Street Party.

As the celebration continues, dance alongside excited townspeople as a favorite local band fills the night air with non-stop Afro-pop rhythms. Then, take your pick from a festive array of event happenings.

From an assortment of all-inclusive food and beverages—including mouthwatering and sweet tastes, and African beers and wines; to special appearances and signings with select Disney Design Group artists; to magical meetings with Disney Characters showing off their wild sides, countless encounters await your arrival!

Plus, don’t miss your chance to purchase merchandise you won’t find elsewhere:

  • A limited-release case for iPhone 4 and 5 featuring imagery from Disney’s The Lion King, designed by Disney Design Group artist Randy Noble
  • Disney’s The Lion King 20th anniversary puzzle
  • Exclusive event items like apparel, art, collectibles and so much more!

Entertainment, merchandise and event details are subject to change. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to enjoy alcoholic beverages.

Admission Tickets

harambe-nights-04Reserve your place in the circle of life!  Purchase general seating admission to Harambe Nights:  $119.00 for adults; $79.00 for children (tax not included).  Get up close to the sights and sounds with premium seating admission: $134.00 for adults; $94.00 for children (tax not included).

Know Before You Go

harambe-nights-06Learn important information about Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

  • A separate ticket is required to enter and participate in Harambe Nights.
  • For more information on Harambe Nights—including booking a reservation—please call (614) 458-8617 or contact us via email. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
  • Theme park admission is included for the special event only. All attractions, entertainment and other offerings outside of the designated event area will not be available.
  • If Guests wish to enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park prior to the event, additional theme park admission will be required.
  • Advance reservations are highly recommended.
  • Tickets purchased prior to the date of the event will be mailed in advance. If you do not receive your tickets in time, you can pick them up at the ticket windows near the Main Entrance of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
  • Entry to Harambe Nights begins at 7:00 PM with a welcome reception. Please plan on arriving at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the event to ensure you have time to park and enter Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
  • A wristband is required to enter the special event. To retrieve your wristband, please show your event ticket at the Main Entrance. If you are already inside the park prior to the start of the event, you can show your ticket to a Cast Member at the entrance of Harambe Village instead to receive your wristband.
  • Parking is complimentary during the event only, beginning at 4:00 PM.

All information and photos come right from the Walt Disney World website.

Changes to 1-Day Magic Your Way Ticket Options at the Walt Disney World Resort

Magic-Your-Way-Disney-WorldBeginning on June 2, changes to the 1-Day Magic Your Way Ticket options at the Walt Disney World® Resort will go into effect. Now if you choose a 1-Day Ticket you can select from the following:
• 1-Day Magic Your Way Magic Kingdom® Ticket
• 1-Day Magic Your Way Epcot® or Disney’s Hollywood Studios® or Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Ticket
• 1-Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper® Ticket
• 1-Day Magic Your Way Water Park Fun & More Ticket
• 1-Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper® & Water Park Fun & More Ticket

Multi-day ticket options remain the same, providing 2 to 10 days admissions.

With these changes a price increase is also being implemented at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

An adult 1-Day ticket to the Magic Kingdom will be $95 (plus tax), while a 1-Day ticket to any of the other three Florida theme parks will be $90 (plus tax).

An adult 1-Day ticket to Disneyland will be $92.

The biggest increase comes in the Premier Passport, which is valid for all Florida and California parks. The Premier Passport will be $979 (plus applicable tax), up from $849.

More details to come.


Summer Savings at Disney World

With summer right around the corner it is not to late to save on a family vacation to the most magical place on earth… Walt Disney World.  In addition to hotel discounts Disney is now offering a rare discount on theme park tickets of 4-days or longer when booked as part of a vacation package with travel dates between June 13 – August 14.


Room Discounts available this summer

Offer Details:

Disney Value and Moderate Resorts
For stays most nights Aug. 15 – Sept. 28, 2013:

• Save up to 25% at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins
• Save up to 20% at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort
• Save up to 15% at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites

Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts
For stays most nights Aug. 15 – Sept. 28, 2013:

• Save up to 30% at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Beach Club Resort Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard/pool view rooms), Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort (standard/lake view rooms) and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort (including Villas)
• Save up to 20% at Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Just add tickets to take advantage of all the Theme Park fun!

Booking Window:
• Book May 9 – July 31, 2013

Contact us today for your free, no obligation quote and to book your magical Disney vacation.

* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.  Additional per adult charges apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid rooms.

5 Tips for Getting Ready for Family Vacations

By: Kelly Driver


We are two weeks away from our Orlando vacation and I am starting to think about our packing list and what needs to be done before we board our flight. This is a stressful time for any traveler but I think there is an added level of stress when you are traveling with kids.

This will be our 5th trip to Orlando Theme Parks as a family and I think that I may finally have a good system in place. Follow these tips and you will be on your way.

1. Make three lists. The first list is your packing list. The second list is things to do to prepare your home or office before you leave. The third list is a family effort and is for all the “must-do” things each of you want to experience while on vacation.

2. Plan your route or departure. If you are driving it is a good idea to get your route and maps ready a couple of weeks in advance. If you are a AAA member head to your nearest office and have a TripTik made. A TripTik is a great way to get construction information as well as maps and tour books.

If you are flying with little ones make sure you figure out how to get meals into your plan. For example: we are taking an afternoon flight that leave at 12:20pm. We can have a leisurely breakfast at home and be at the airport by 10:30am. Once we check in, go through security and get to our gate we have about 30-45 min before we start the boarding process. This time is pretty easy to kill with little ones. They are so excited and just want to look at the planes. About 10-15 minutes before boarding, one of us goes to a restaurant (usually fast food) and gets us lunch. By the time we have everything it is time to board. We get into our seats, get settled and wait to start taxiing down the runway. When we are able to use our tray tables we get out our lunch. By the time we are done eating the pilot is telling us it is okay to turn on electronic devices. We set up the DVD player or iPad, start a movie for Sydney and enjoy the flight. Since it is only a 2 hour flight to Orlando it works out perfectly. Just as the movie is ending the flight attendants tell us to turn off electronic devices and we start descending. Easy peasy! It is a must to plan out meals while flying. Traveling with a hungry kid (or husband) can be a nightmare.

3. Make packing easy. I have found that the easiest way to pack is to coordinate wardrobes. I’m not talking about completely matching outfits (although matching t-shirts could be fun) but more along the lines of picking a color scheme for each day at a theme park. Yellow for Magic Kingdom, blue for Hollywood Studios, purple for Epcot and green for Animal Kingdom, off days are open for anything. This not only makes for easy packing but it also makes for great photos.

4. Take advantage of technology. Almost every theme park and our tourist destination has an app that can be used with most smart phones and tablets. These apps can give you maps, park hours, wait times and the ability to make dining reservations.

5. Write down emergency information. Leave the name of your resort and your phone numbers for family or a main point of contact, also be sure to put a hold on your newspaper and mail through the post office at www.usps.com.