Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014!!

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Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

Posted on April 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
For many guests, a visit to a Disney Park wouldn’t be complete without catching a parade. Whether it’s the thrill of seeing which Disney character comes up next, or that moment when your favorite character waves right at you, there’s just something magical about a Disney parade.
Today, we’re happy to share that a new procession, the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014.
The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring a celebration of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a parade theme song.
This parade will specifically highlight the stories of “The Little Mermaid,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Dumbo,” “Pinocchio,” “Peter Pan,” “Tangled” and the Disney●Pixar film “Brave” among others.
By Deborah Fitts

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“Walk The World”,a Three-Day Charity Walk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, a First of a Kind

For A Cause Announces Multi-Day Charity Walking Event, November 14-18, 2013

CHICAGO, April 29, 2013– The very notion of what’s magical will take on new meaning in the world’s most famous resort destination this November. For the first time, the Walt Disney World Resort will be the backdrop to For A Cause, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that orchestrates multi-day charity walks in vacation destinations that uniquely allow participants to walk for the charity of their choice.

The Walk The World event, part of the A Walk Around The World — Fundraising Walking Event series (https://www.awalkaroundtheworld.org ), is a walk-only fundraiser limited to 50 participants and takes place November 14-18, 2013. Over the course of three days, walkers will hit the sidewalks and walkways of the Walt Disney World Resort, averaging more than 10 miles a day, following a suggested journey through the resort’s theme parks and other locations. The adventure will take them through resorts like Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, water parks like Disney’s Blizzard Beach, and several of the famed theme parks, including the Magic Kingdom, where walkers will experience all the sites and attractions along the way, at their leisure. In addition, everyone will have a chance to enjoy group meals, activities, shows, fireworks and some special surprises, according to Robert Webber, president of For A Cause.

“There are so many die-hard Walt Disney World fans that are going to love the idea of visiting their favorite theme park while walking to raise money for their favorite charity,” Webber says. “In years past, A Walk Around The World participants have traveled to castles in Europe and trekked miles throughout historical destinations, but this is the first time they’ll be given a chance to visit Cinderella Castle and walk miles throughout a fantasy destination. It’s going to be some serious fun — the Walk will be both magical and meaningful. If your feet get a little tired, you can just hop on one of the enchanted rides and take a break!”

The registration fee for Walk The World is $350 per person and includes lodging at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, group meals, and group theme park tickets. Single participants will be paired with a roommate, although single rooms are available for an extra charge. Walkers must be 14+ years old to participate. There is a minimum fundraising requirement for the charity of the participant’s choice.
“As with all For A Cause events, Walk The World will put participants up in comfortable accommodations, offer excellent food, and an unforgettable experience — this time made possible by the extraordinary setting and fanfare at the world’s most famous theme park and resort,” Webber says.
A complete list of frequently asked questions pertaining to registration, lodging, and walk logistics is available at: https://awalkaroundtheworld.org/FAQ.html. The event’s main website is: https://awalkaroundtheworld.org/Home_Page.html.

For more information about For A Cause, visit http://www.rfac.org
About For A Cause
A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is grounded in its mission to energize and inspire people to make a difference in the world for those who are less fortunate. Orchestrating highly unique, creative and exciting walking and cycling events, For A Cause differentiates itself from other fundraising events by allowing its participants to choose the charity/nonprofit that will benefit from their efforts. Event participants are individuals who walk or ride for everything from breast cancer to AIDS/HIV, homelessness, diabetes, childhood cancers, disabilities, and more. Together, they’ve raised over $500,000 while walking or cycling in incredible destinations worldwide — Italy, Ireland, France, Spain, Scotland, the Netherlands, and, soon, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
By Deborah Fitts

Huge Waterpark Expansion Project Poised For Opening at Quassy Amusement Park!

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April 29, 2013–
Quassy Amusement Park’s plunge into the waterpark business a decade ago seemingly pumped new life into the family-owned property overnight.
The popular H2o attraction, which will officially carry the new name “Splash Away Bay,” is poised to open on Saturday, May 25.
“With the huge expansion of the waterpark for this season, we felt now was the appropriate time to re-name it,” said Quassy President Eric Anderson.
“‘Splash Away Bay’ was a title that surfaced from within our management team,” Anderson added. “At first, we thought we would tag one of the new waterpark attractions with it (name), but the more we thought about it, the better ‘Splash Away Bay’ sounded as an overall waterpark name.”
Quassy is virtually doubling the size of the waterpark – formerly called “Saturation Station” – with the addition of a “BulletBOWL” water raft ride and pair of “FreeFall” extreme bodyslides, all from ProSlide Technology Inc., of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
In addition, the park has constructed a 2,000-square-foot Vortex Splashpad by Vortex Aquatic Structures International Inc., Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada.
“Initially, we were going to call this children’s water play area ‘Splash Away Bay,’ but decided the name was a great fit for the entire waterpark since it is adjacent to our beach,” noted George Frantzis II, a park owner. “That area (splash pad) will be called the ‘Fish Pond’ instead. Our guests have requested a water play area just for the toddlers, and this will be just that!”
All of the new attractions are currently in final phases of preparation for opening on Memorial Day weekend along with Quassy Beach. Quassy Amusement Park opened for its 105th season on April 27.
The new slides and splash pad are located next to the existing “Saturation Station” modular water play area and waterslides. The waterpark expansion, overlooking Lake Quassapaug, was occupied by the “Monster” mad mouse roller coaster, which was dismantled at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
By Deborah Fitts

Universal Orlando Offers Volunteer Vacation!

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Travel – Universal Studios – Seuss Landing offers five rides for the smaller set, including One Fish Two Fish, the Cat in the Hat and the Caro-Seussel. photo by Brian Sirimaturos
I love theme parks, especially Universal Orlando, home of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And I’ve been wanting to take my kids on a volunteer vacation for a while now.

Last week, Universal Orlando announced a chance for families to combine those very two things.

With this vacation package, guests will spend two days enjoying the roller coasters, shows and fun at Universal’s theme parks (Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure) and one day helping out at Give Kids the World Village.

Give Kids the World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort that immerses children with life-threatening illnesses and their families in fun.

During the time at the village, volunteers may assist with makeovers, serve food or greet guests.

Volunteers must beat least 8 to participate and those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Universal will also donate $100 to Give Kids the World for every package booked.

Pricing starts at $589 per adult, tax inclusive. No additional fees to volunteer.

Package includes the following benefits:

• Three nights of accommodations at one of three AAA Four Diamond Award winning onsite hotels at Universal Orlando

• 2-day Base Ticket – one theme park, per day

• A four-hour volunteer opportunity at Give Kids The World Village

• Free scheduled roundtrip transportation to and from Give Kids The World Village

• Early Park Admission to Universal’s Islands of Adventure to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter before the rest of the general public

• Universal Express ride access to skip the regular lines at both Universal Orlando theme parks

Vacation package must be booked by Aug. 29 for travel through Dec. 3.

For more info, go to universalrorlando.com or gktw.org.
By Deborah Fitts

May The Fourth Be With You! Celebrated at Disneys Hollywood Studios For ‘Limited Time Magic”

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For one day only, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present a “Limited Time Magic” event for the annual, fan-proclaimed “Star Wars Day,” May 4 – a date that Star Wars fans worldwide turn into a celebratory pun, “May the Fourth Be With You!”

Separate from our month-long Star Wars Weekends special event (which begins May 17), this “Limited Time Magic” celebration features special Star Wars entertainment, characters, commemorative merchandise, a Star Wars dance party and a Star Wars-themed fireworks show to cap off the day.

You might even find yourself sitting next to Chewbacca aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Star Wars characters will make surprise appearances on the 3-D attraction to enjoy the wild journey through space alongside park guests.

A special edition of Jedi Training Academy also is planned that day, with parents invited to join their children (ages 4-12, sign-ups required on first-come basis) on-stage for the training and final showdown with the Empire.

When the sun goes down, galactic fun lights the night as Lobot (from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back) takes over as DJ for a dance party that will be highlighted by a special Star Wars fireworks show.

“May the Fourth Be With You” “Limited Time Magic” park activities and shows are included in regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Join the conversation online by using the hash tag #StarWarsWeekends on Twitter.
By Deborah Fitts

Attraktsionus Double Ferris Wheel: Twice The Fun,Possibly Twice The Danger

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I love a good amusement park ride as much as the next guy, but even I might have some second thoughts about riding on this unusual double ferris wheel if it ever showed up at my local Six Flags.

Designed by the frequently whimsical, always creative team at Art Lebedev Studios, the Attraktsionus concept would link two ferris wheels together with a single set of cars that can travel between them.

Presumably, some sort of giant belts or cables would drive the cars between the two wheels, thus combining the sensation of riding a ferris wheel with that of a gondala ride. Thanks to the different wheel sizes, the whole thing looks like a giant bicycle chain when viewed from a distance.

I’m doubtful that we’ll ever see this ride turn up at real world amusement parks, but I do think it would be cool to create a whole series of fantastic and impossible rides like this. Oh yeah, there already is…
By Deborah Fitts

“Walter Browser Named VP of Amusement Products at Millennium Elastomers”

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Walter Bowser named VP of Amusement Products at Millennium Elastomers
GARDENA, Calif. — Millennium Elastomers (ME) is pleased to announce Walter Bowser as Vice President of Amusement Products. Bowser has long history in the amusement industry working for Six Flags in various capacities for 21 years.

Millennium Elastomers is the one of the largest urethane processors in North America with facilities strategically located across the United States. Over the last 50 years Millennium has built their reputation on quality and innovation, processing millions of parts for companies like Toyota, Crown Forklift, Raymond, Disney, Cedar Fair, John Deere and Caterpillar. The company utilizes state of the art Baule and Max machines and partners with top chemical suppliers like Chemtura and Bayer Chemicals.

Since the beginning, Millennium Elastomers’ strategy has been to grow the business one customer at a time — one wheel at a time. The mantra has been continuous improvement and the goal has been excellence that customers can count on order after order.

The company’s mission is to provide customers with an experienced and competitive solution either turnkey or scope specific. In a world where labor and material costs are increasing, its knowledgeable innovative team can help plan, organize and execute projects in a cost effective and timely manner. The team can be integrated from the beginning or step in at any time to provide a value added solution.

Walter Bowser can be reached at walter.bowser@melastomers.com, or toll Free at 800-421-1180.
By Deborah Fitts