Disney’s family tour operator Adventures by Disney added new programs in Tuscany and Spain designed in the Adventures by Disney model of escorted tours that feature storytelling in a family setting, with activities for children, parents and grandparents, sometimes together, sometimes separately.
The Tuscany program, entitled Tuscany Culinary Adventure, targets foodie families. The schedule includes hands-on cooking lessons for learning how to prepare Italian pizza and bruschetta; special dining experiences; observing how cheese is made and visiting a winery, with adults learning about wine blending, while the G-rated participants learning about olive oil infusion in biscotti making.
In Spain, Adventures by Disney focuses on adventure, culture, art and history. Participants will learn about the making of paella; get a Flamenco dancing lesson in Seville; see a Rumba performance in Barcelona; spend two nights at a Mediterranean beach resort; learn about mixing sangria; and visit major historical and cultural sites such as the Gaudi-designed church in Barcelona, the Prado museum and Royal Palace in Madrid and the Grand Mosque of Cordoba.
Adventures by Disney was launched in 2005. The brand now offers more than 30 itineraries in Asia, Africa, Australia, Latin America, Europe and North America.
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Christmas is a time for eating, drinking and making merry – unless you are at the London Dungeon that is. This year, from Friday, December 5 2014 to Sunday, January 4 2015 guests will experience a very ‘Dungeon Christmas’ as the famous scary fun attraction brings to life preparations for a Tudor festive banquet that’s frankly more festering than flavoursome. Forget plump turkeys and plum puddings this feast is revolting and rancid, prepared by coughing cooks with putrefying ingredients from a rat riddled pantry – indigestion is guaranteed.
Don’t be deceived by the mistletoe and holly, the decadent displays of game and the delicious smells of roasting meat and spiced mulled wine. These welcoming scents and sights soon fade away to reveal the fly infested, mould-encrusted kitchen where preparations for the feast are in full swing. No meat is too decayed, no pan is too dirty and, well, what’s a sneeze in the sauce or cough in the cream between friends? A hands-on impromptu cookery lesson with a cook, foul in every sense of the word, reveals some very surprising culinary secrets and a Christmas menu that will turn the strongest of stomachs. All this before a truly hair-raising main course is revealed!
Those with their senses intact will journey on to the rat infested pantry, where the rodent residents have gnawed their way through a mountain of decaying delicacies, for a close encounter with the scabby Pot Scrubber, who despite being employed to clean hasn’t grasped the concept of hygiene.
Then it’s down into the depths of the Dungeon to meet a host of history’s most horrible characters as they celebrate Christmas. Over 1000 years of London’s dark past is brought to life in 18 shows, featuring a cast including Guy Fawkes, Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett and one of the most prolific torturers of all time. PLUS expect plenty of edge of the seat surprises and TWO great rides.
Tickets from £15.95 (child) and £17.50 (adult) and MUST be booked in advance online – see www.thedungeons.com/London
Opening times: Monday – Friday 10am-5pm EXCEPT Thursday when the attraction opens at 11am with last entry at 5pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-6pm.
For specific Christmas opening times please check the website.
Guests are advised to check website to confirm opening times and MUST pre book tickets before visiting
Best prices online at www.thedungeons.com/london
Prices from £17.50 (adult), £15.95 (children)
Enjoy a whole London day out and save 25% with combination tickets for The London Dungeon, EDF Energy London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium and Madame Tussauds
Nearest tube: Waterloo/ Westminster
Every year millions of people from around the world choose to take a vacation to the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. Club Resort Intervals knows that a large portion of travelers head to the parks around the Christmas season to enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations that the parks’ staff has painstakingly setup. Between the four parks, there is something for everyone around the holidays at Walt Disney World.
1. Hollywood Studios- Club Resort Intervals is aware that one of the parks’ most popular holiday attractions is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights which is on display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. With nearly a fifth of the park covered in millions of Christmas lights, this is one holiday display that children and their parents will not soon forget. To top it all off, all the Christmas lights are synchronized to the Christmas music which is playing throughout the nightly event.
2. Epcot- At the Epcot theme park, Club Resort Intervals notes that it takes advantage of the fact that it features countries from around the world, and incorporates how each country celebrates the season into their daily events. From holiday snacks, to storytelling for kids, a holiday trip to Epcot is a great way to learn a little bit about how other cultures celebrate the holiday. The Candlelight Processional is a holiday musical event that takes place select nights at Epcot, and always features a celebrity speaker, narrating the holiday readings.
3. Magic Kingdom- Club Resort Intervals knows that most kids who are heading to Disney World for Christmas will want to catch Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. As a separate event from day-time admission, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party typically sees smaller crowds than what is typically seen throughout the day. The smaller crowds allow families to enjoy shorter attraction lines, not to mention the exclusive holiday events that take place only during the Christmas Party.
Whether planning a vacation for the holidays or getting a jump start on fantastic 2015 getaway options, Club Resort Intervals members will always be in for a treat when they start planning their dream vacations. Visit https://www.crivacation.com/ to learn more about planning an upcoming vacation with the help of Club Resort Intervals.
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Between 15 and 28 December, Penguin Father Fishmas will be making daily special appearances at The SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Guests can meet the cuddly penguin who will be spreading Christmas cheer in the Penguin: Ice Adventure area, alongside the aquarium’s resident colony of Gentoo penguins as they swim beneath the water and waddle about in their icy home.
Guests can learn fun penguin-y facts in daily talks in the Penguin: Ice Adventure area and can watch the loveable Gentoo penguins gobble up fishy treats during the talk.* PLUS there is an entire marine world to explore including rare giant Green Sea Turtles, tropical fish, rays, crabs and jellyfish – and for the intrepid, special VIP experiences like VIP Shark Feed, VIP Turtle Feed and Snorkelling with Sharks.
AND for those taking pictures for their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, on arrival they can ask at the booking desk for a Santa hat cardboard cut out complete with hash tag and twitter account information. Guests can then get into the festive spirit by taking funny aspect pictures of our animals ‘wearing’ the hats! Tweet them to us at @london_aquarium or post them on our Facebook page (SEALIFELondonAquarium) and we’ll pick one winner to receive a free return visit for a family of four!**
*12:00 Penguin Talk and Feed – talk available daily. Feeds available every day except Wednesday
** ONE winner as judged by SEA LIFE London Aquarium, will win ONE family ticket for up to two adults and two children
Discounts and priority entry available with online booking – visit www.visitsealife.com/London . 0871 663 1678.
Open seven days a week from 10am with last entry at 6pm
Prices start from £18.36 per adult and £13.52 per child; Snorkelling with Sharks is an additional, VIP experience – £125 per person including entry to the attraction
KISSIMMEE, Fla. —Kissimmee has “frozen” over! Fall’s cooler weather is paving the way for new and exciting thrills throughout the popular Central Florida destination. From visiting an ice palace to cooling off in the waters of natural Florida, a Kissimmee vacation is sure to provide unforgettable memories.
The Walt Disney World Resort announced a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot that will replace “Maelstrom.” The new ride will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion also will include a royal greeting station where guests can meet Anna and Elsa. Beginning in early November, “Frozen” will also have a presence at the Magic Kingdom this holiday season when Queen Elsa uses her powers to transform Cinderella’s Castle into an ice palace and “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party”-goers can see the characters in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”
Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince for a magical adventure reliving scenes from the classic ballet. Beginning Nov. 15, ICE! at Gaylord Palms will feature more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, four thrilling slides and back by popular demand, masterful ice carvers from Harbin, China creating sculptures on site at the “Frostbite Factory.” New in 2014, adults 21 and older can chill out and enjoy cider poured through an ice luge at “On The Blocks.” This exclusive ice bar presented by Johnny Appleseed invites guests to enjoy ambient lighting, music and fun photo opportunities.
Cool off with a world- and swamp-famous fruit slushy at Wild Florida Airboats’ new Chomp House Grill! The restaurant offers great lakeside dining and a place to chow down on real Florida BBQ. Enjoy a scenic view overlooking the wetlands at Wild Florida’s Cypress Ballroom with over 2,000 square feet of air-conditioned meeting space and an additional 1,500 square feet of covered deck. Wild Florida also can accommodate unforgettable weddings in a beautiful natural setting.
Get close to Florida’s natural beauty by spending the day at The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek. This new eco-attraction offers a variety of ways to enjoy natural Florida from tandem kayaks, single kayaks, aluminum canoes, large paddle boards and even an electric boat. Basic paddling instruction is provided prior to launching and no previous paddling experience is necessary. It is the perfect retreat for the whole family and a serene break from the action-packed theme parks.
The national traveling exhibition “Great Balls of Fire” lands at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and shares the story of the origins of our solar system, asteroids, comets and their possible impacts and risks. Within the exhibit is the “Asteroid Encounter,” in which guests can test their knowledge by blasting off in a “spaceship” to compile data about asteroids and comets.
Take a step back in time and join the Osceola County Historical Society on Nov. 8 for Pioneer Day 2014 as they celebrate the grand opening of the Pioneer Village at its new location in Shingle Creek! The Pioneer Village features exhibits tracing Osceola County’s history, which depicts early pioneer life in the state of Florida.
The new Al-Marah Interactive Horse Experience gives horse enthusiasts the chance to interact and learn how to care for some among the most beautiful herd of Arabian horses in the world, on an 80-acre property just minutes from the Kissimmee destination. The four-hour program allows guests to groom, feed, ride and learn about these award-winning animals, regardless of their horsemanship skill level. This unique, hands-on opportunity has limited number of participants per session so that each has a chance to interact with the horses and ask questions of knowledgeable trainers. The cost for the program is $195 for the full experience and $30 to observe (it is free for family to watch until Nov. 17). Participants must be five and older in order to ride. For more information, call 407-301-0800.
The newest American Girl store will be celebrating its grand opening at the Florida Mall on Nov. 15-16, 2014. The 15,000-square-foot store will feature the company’s line of contemporary and historical dolls, accessories and a bistro. Families will find local performances during the day, arts and crafts stations, a movie at dark and a free gift while supplies last. Come out and celebrate girls and all that they can be!
The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate now offers a one-of-a-kind sports field complex inclusive of eight regulation size fields in superior condition, professionally maintained and adjacent to the AAA Four-Diamond Resort. This unparalleled complex renders warm-hearted training year-round for major league teams and sports clubs looking for professional fields in close proximity to all the luxurious amenities of a world-class resort.
Get the most out of your vacation this fall and beyond by staying and playing in Kissimmee. With nearly 50,000 total accommodations ranging from high-end resorts, popular hotel chains, vacation home rentals and villas, campgrounds and more, Kissimmee has something to suit any style, any party size and budget. Kissimmee provides easy access to all of Central Florida’s world famous theme parks, amusement parks, natural attractions, great shopping options, and unique experiences. Start planning a Kissimmee vacation today by visiting www.ExperienceKissimmee.com
Mystic, CT – This holiday season, guests are invited to experience Mystic Aquarium’s Washed Ashore Wonderland. To complement the exciting new exhibit “Washed Ashore”, Mystic Aquarium will be adorned with festive holiday décor of recycled material provided by nearby artisans, local businesses and area school children. Washed Ashore Wonderland promises to be equally as fun as it is educational.
Beginning November 28 and on weekends throughout December, children of all ages can build their own holiday crafts from recycled materials in the Aquarium’s Washed Ashore Holiday Workshop.
Visitors to Mystic Aquarium can also meet Santa Claus and enjoy the holiday classic Polar Express with a cup of complimentary hot chocolate. Listen as ‘conductors’ read the whimsical tale or feel the excitement of the Polar Express 4D-experience.
Washed Ashore is a traveling exhibit that features larger-than-life hand-crafted sculptures of marine mammals and other sea life made exclusively from marine debris. Environmental artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi founded the Washed Ashore to educate and create awareness of ocean debris and plastic pollution and its effect on marine life species. See 21 sculptures of the Washed Ashore Exhibit located throughout the Mystic Aquarium campus including Lidia, the eight-foot seal, Tula, a 10-foot sea turtle, and many more.
On Friday, December 5, from 8:30am-10:00am, Mystic Aquarium will host “Munchkin Morning with Santa”. In what has fast-become a family holiday tradition, children will meet Santa Claus before engaging in a host of fun seasonal and animal-themed crafts and activities. The VIP program begins prior to normal business hours; allowing families a unique way to experience the holiday setting and the sights and sounds of the Mystic Aquarium. Pre-registration is required. For pricing and reservations, visit www.mysticaquarium.org.
A local holiday tradition continues on Friday, December 12 as Mystic Aquarium joins Olde Mistick Village for Festival of Lights. From 5:00pm to 8:00pm the outdoor paths of Mystic Aquarium will be illuminated by hundreds of luminaria as guests enjoy seasonal entertainment, face painters, story tellers, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. Entertainment will be provided by local musical groups including Stonington, Ledyard, Chariho, and Montville High Schools, Mystic Middle School Jazz Band, Saxophone Santa, The Cutler Singers and Cutler Brass Ensemble, Mystic River Chorale and more. Plus, see diving Santa and his elves in the Coral Reef Exhibit. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item to benefit United Way of Southeastern CT’s Gemma E. Moran Labor Food Center.
While at Mystic Aquarium, stop by the Aquarium store where finding the perfect gift is easy. Proceeds from holiday shopping go toward the Aquarium’s mission programs including Animal Care, Education, Research and Exploration, and Conservation. Visit mysticaquarium.org for unique gift ideas.
During the holidays and every day, Mystic Aquarium strives to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet. Washed Ashore Wonderland is one more way to engage guests with a festive and impactful message of conservation.
About Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium is a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only beluga whales. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Sea Research is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration. Sea Research receives major support from United Technologies Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company and Foxwoods Resort Casino. Learn more at www.mysticaquarium.org or www.searesearch.org
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Amps Up the Magic at Santa’s Favorite Resort with its Holiday Happenings Line-UpNovember 24, 2014 on 1:06 pm | In Florida, Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Santa, Mrs. Claus and their favorite elf, Kandy Kane, are jetting off to Florida this December to escape the cold and join guests for Holiday Happenings at Santa’s favorite resort – the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. During this month-long celebration, children and kids at heart can enjoy a magical holiday vacation experience at the Epcot Resort Area hotel with special holiday season room rates starting at $159 per night and this year’s activities line-up:
Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet ‘n Greets
Decked out in their Florida vacation attire, Santa, Mrs. Claus and Kandy Kane meet guests in Santa’s customized Tiki Hut on select nights. Featuring reindeer, palm trees and flamingos, this holiday photo opportunity is like no other.
Life-Size Chocolate Holiday Santa Scene
Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-sized sculpture weighs in at approximately 2,000 pounds! The sculpture, created by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard (the only two-time world pastry champion), is showcased in the lobby of the Swan. It features chocolate Santa sitting in his chair, a 7-foot tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker, chocolate fireplace, chocolate Christmas tree and chocolate toy train. The scene will be displayed in the lobby of the hotel throughout December and is 100 percent edible. However, any chocolate lovers thinking of taking on the challenge of consuming this enormous sweet, should consider that it is 4 million calories! (By the way, the sculpture is not available for tasting!)
A Florida Snow Fall and Tree Lighting Ceremony
With the help of some holiday magic, guests can experience a snow fall in the comfort of the Dolphin lobby. Throughout December, the lobby is transformed into a festive holiday scene featuring a 45-ft tall Christmas tree surrounded by a holiday train set. The scene is completed with regularly timed snow fall. This snow, however, requires no shoveling. On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus for the lighting of the Christmas tree, followed by hot holiday beverages and crafts for kids at Santa’s Tiki Hut.
Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins
Even after Santa’s elves have finished making presents, their work isn’t really finished! On December 24, a fully costumed elf will deliver milk, cookies, a plush toy and storybook to the room, read a bedtime story and tuck children into bed before Santa arrives. This premium service costs $55 for one child and $15 for each additional child. A service charge of 20 percent is added. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Dancing Lights Show
A dazzling musical light show transforms the causeway each evening into a holiday spectacle with dancing illuminated palm trees and favorite holiday tunes.
Magic Keys for Santa
How will Santa deliver presents to each guest room without a chimney? With a magic key! Children can hang a magic key on their door to help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve. Magic keys are available at the concierge desk.
Dessert Decorating and Holiday Movies
Throughout December, families can tune in to free holiday-themed movies either on their guest room televisions or, on select nights, on a large screen on the hotel’s private beach. Children can also decorate delicious holiday sweets in the lobby.
For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel or to make room reservations, please visit www.santasfavoriteresort.com or call 1-800-227-1500. Overnight rates start at $159 per night.
About the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is the gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. The hotel is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The hotel features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, the Extra Magic Hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks is open extra time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required) and the new FastPass+ service, where guests can reserve up to 3 select theme park experiences up to 60 days in advance of their visit. The hotel can be reached at 800-227-1500, www.swandolphin.com or through Facebook at www.facebook.com/swananddolphin.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artefacts, in what is the Studio Tour’s first permanent addition since opening. Read more: http://media.visitbritain.com/Story-Ideas/Warner-Bros-Studio-Tour-London-to-unveil-first-new-permanent-feature-devoted-to-the-dark-arts-1196c.aspx
Those with a holiday booked to Orlando have undoubtedly already decided which theme parks and attractions they wish to visit, making it easy to book tickets beforehand. When purchasing tickets from American Attractions, there is a low price guarantee with a fantastic range of combination tickets offering great savings too.
SeaWorld is one of the largest attractions in the city and boasts the tallest, fastest and only ‘floorless’ rollercoaster, named Kraken. Famed for its unique experience offering up close and personal encounters with a variety of marine life, the theme park is extremely popular and one that is sure to provide a truly unforgettable day out.
Those wanting to do so can visit for less than £100 by using the 3-Park SeaWorld ticket from American Attractions, with the added bonus of access to the Aquatica waterpark and Busch Gardens theme park too. Costing just £79 per adult and £74 per child, it’s the perfect combination for families wanting to see all three. Also, for those wishing to visit Legoland, American Attractions offer a combo ticket with SeaWorld that costs just £99 per adult.
To find out more about the great value ticket packages available, contact American Attractions by visiting the website or calling 0800 524 4525.
The highly-anticipated Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark has opened its doors on 3 October, 2014. This one-of-a-kind and first in the world waterpark boasts 30 world-class water rides and slides, live Cartoon Network entertainment shows, mascot meet and greets, thrills attractions and interactive water play fun.
Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, the Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “The Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark will certainly become a must-visit attraction for tourists visiting Thailand, especially Pattaya. Cartoon Network’s characters are well-known and much-loved around the world, and we appreciate Amazon Falls and Turner International Asia Pacific for bringing the life of Cartoon Network’s heroes to Thailand in this one-of-a-kind attraction.”
Cartoon Network Amazone is Thailand’s first international water theme park, as well as the new home away from home of Cartoon Network’s beloved heroes; such as, the Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10 and Adventure Time. The facility is a licensed agreement between Amazon Falls, the developer of the waterpark, and Turner International Asia Pacific, the owner and operator of the Cartoon Network.
The waterpark has been designed to be a ‘daycation’ destination – an attraction like no other in Thailand or in Asia, a place where music and live entertainment with Cartoon Network characters would equally be as important as the water attractions, according to Mr. Liakat Dhanji, Chairman of Amazon Falls.
Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark features 10 themed-entertainment zones and also boasts captivating live and multimedia entertainment that incorporates the latest in interactive smart-screen technology.
The Omniverse Zone boasts some of the fastest water rollercoasters in the world, including a splash landing from a massive 23.4-metre high tower while the Adventure Zone is filled with spins, twists, tunnels and turns. The Cartoonival Zone has more than 150 water features to discover and is where fans can hang out with Ben 10, Chowder, the Powerpuff Girls and all other favourite Cartoon Network friends.
The Riptide Rapids is where guests of all ages can grab an inner tube at any of the landings along the 335-metre long route and ease into the relaxing retreat of this continuous flowing river that winds its way around Cartoon Network Amazone. The Mega Wave Zone is the place to bob up and down on the gentle waves or boogie board on the wavy waters while the Surfarena comes with flowrider instructors to teach new tricks and spins on surfing the waves that roll out at 56 kph.
Cartoon Network Amazone is located in the small seaside town of Bangsaray, about a 20-minute drive from Pattaya City and less than two hours from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Open daily from 10.00 – 18.00 hrs.
For more information, please visit http://cartoonnetworkamazone.com
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