Is the Test Track retheme back on again? Whats the story in Fantasyland? Is Turtle Trek set for arrival? We have the scoop for you here in this week's Orlando Parkhopper. But that's certainly not all. We still have plenty to discuss from the Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando too! Plus, info on an epic MiceChat event and a new Kevin Yee Video! Here we go folks!




GUMBALL RALLY CLOSE TO SOLD OUT - GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!The MiceChat Gumball Rally is a race to find out who can ride the most attractions at Disneyland in a single day. It's a fantastic event for Disney fans of any age and a great way to spend a day in the park with friends and family. Whether you win or lose, you are always a winner when the race takes place on your favorite rides at your favorite place on earth.

When: May 19th, 2012
Where: Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California
COST: $29.99 per person
How Do I sign up?: MiceChat Events Store Gumball Rally Sign Up
How Does the Rally Work?: Rally Information Page

But that's just a little piece of the puzzle. We'll also offer a pre-Rally pasta party on May 18th and a MiceChat Mega Meet on Sunday the 20th (save the date). T-Shirts are available for this year's event as well. If you've never heard of the Gumball Rally before, please visit the Rally Information Page HERE for more information and FAQ. A discussion thread has been created in the forums as well: MiceChat Gumball Rally Discussion.

Tickets for this year's event are nearly sold out, so don't delay, get your teams together and sign up today!

And if you'd like to see a version of this event come back to the Disney World parks, be sure to comment about it below. If enough of you ask for it, we'll deliver!






More construction started going vertical in Fantasyland this week, with the framework for the new Seven Dwarves Mine Coaster. There are also a batch of new details emerging on the developing facades for both the Little Mermaid ride and the Be Our Guest restaurant.

Seven Dwarves Mine Coaster:
Below, you can see the brown framework beginning to appear from behind the construction walls for the new coaster.























The Little Mermaid:
The intricacies in the facade for this attraction may set it above the California counterpart on the exterior and queue; however, the rest will be identical to the ride out west.








Here is the entrance to backstage that they are building between Storybook Circus and Mermaid.









Be Our Guest Restaurant, Belle Meet and Greet:
We come to the Belle meet and greet and Be Our Guest Restaurant facades and see more detail. If only they put effort into creating bigger experiences.













We also have a recap of all things WDW from Kevin Yee in his WDW photo Update videos on MiceChat's You tube Channel.

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Weekend 2 (May 25- 27)Weekend 3 (June 1 -3)Weekend 4 (June 8- 10)Activities & entertainment (subject to change)That is all that we have so far. The weekend events and appearances can change at any time so please check back for more updated info as the events get closer.




We are huge fans of SeaWorld Orlando. But it appears that we aren't the only ones. The Park has been packed with record crowds during spring break.




OVERFLOW CROWDS AND PARKING:
Yep, it's that time of year. Crowds and crowds and crowds. Shows are filling up early and the parking lot is spilling onto a grass overflow lot.




Here is the lovely tram.




And now over to the regular lot.


TURTLE TREK:
We are very near the opening of Turtle Trek 4D on April 26th. The vivid blue and orange colors of the entrance are visible through the construction walls. We will being you first word when it opens.














BLUE HORIZONS:
Meanwhile, Blue Horizons is currently down for a little bit of electrical work.









DESPICABLE ME:
Gru's home is coming along nicely as the entry for the Despicable Me simulator attraction, which is taking up the former Jimmy Neutron space.







JAWS IN SAN FRAN:
Since Being evicted from Amity, they have moved the old hanging Jaws into the San Francisco area of the park.



CINEMATIC SPECTACULAR:
We have a little bit of video from testing of the pyrotechnics on the upcoming lagoon show for Universal, "Cinematic Spectacular". This is not how the show is intended to be seen, so we encourage discretion when looking at the video. You can't really judge anything until it is officially open. But here is a peek at it.

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VIVA LA MUSICA:Concert lineup:
April 15: Victor Manuelle
April 22: Grupo Mania
April 29: Dyland y Lenny
May 5: Jerry Rivera
SPECIAL DEAL FOR ANNUAL PASSHOLDERS:
Load up the car with everyone you know and head on down to the park for a very special park admission deal. Now through June 30, passholders can get a $20 discount on admission for family and friends.

Go to the BGT site for specific rules and details



~ORLANDO PARKHOPPER HELPER CONTEST~

Did you spot something interesting in the Orlando parks? Want to share? If you submit a photo, tip, news or even a whole section of info that we are able to use for the column, we'll enter you in a contest to win a $50 Amazon gift card. If we run your item in the Orlando Parkhopper this month, we'll automatically enter you into the contest. A winner will be selected at random at the end of the month.

Just send your entry to dustysage@micechat.com and be sure to mention that you are entering the Orlando Parkhopper contest. Let us know as much as you can about the item you are submitting as well as the name we can use to credit you with on the site.

Good luck!


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Congratulations go to RossMidlane for guessing last week's Hidden Parkhopper by posting..."Hidden Parkhopper is Easter Duffy "







Good job! Let's try this again. Look into the magnifying glass below and see if you can figure out where the park hoppers are this week. Post your guess in the comments area below. If you are the first to answer correctly, you will be featured in next week's update. GOOD LUCK!











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Please join us in thanking the fantastic and talented crew of writers, photographers and news contributors who worked so hard this week to bring you the latest information from the parks. This week's team included:


- Eric M. Davis (King Eric)
- Kevin Yee
-Aimster
- Editors this week: Fishbulb, Dustysage

Thank you all for reading, we hope you have a wonderful week and are inspired to explore the amazing variety of attractions on your next visit to central Florida. We'd love to hear your comments below.