Wookies, Sith Lords and Jedi! OH MY! Yes, it's Star Wars Weekends at the Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. But that's not all that is happening at Orlando Theme Parks. We have the last bits of news from Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival and a recent look at the Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom. We then move on to Universal Orlando to see the work on Despicable Me and how they seem to be using the new parade floats between shows. Finally, we trim things up by riding the current through SeaWorld to check in on Antarctica and the bizarre new paint job at Clyde and Seymore's. We also have the winners from Gatorland's ticket giveaway to announce, so let's get hopping.


GATORLAND GIVEAWAY:
CONGRATULATIONS to Terrytiger and operkill. They each win a pair of tickets for answering the following question correctly...

Q. WHO FOUNDED GATORLAND, and IN WHAT YEAR?

A. Owen Godwin in 1949

Have fun and take lots of photos to share on MiceChat!




GATORLAND SLASHES PRICES FOR LOCALS:

Summer Florida Resident Special
Adults - $9.99 per Person
Children (3-12) - $9.99 per Person
Seniors (55 yrs. and older) - $9.99 per person
Offer Valid: May 5 -June 30, 2012

visit Gatorland online HERE or call 1-800-393-JAWS.




MAIN STREET U.S.A.:

Work continues on Main Street's Bakery facade. Does it seem like this is taking forever?








FANTASYLAND CONSTRUCTION:
This week we review the progress in Fantasyland. Landscaping is beginning to appear near the Be Our Guest Restaurant facade. We also get a look at the Casey Jr. Water play area at night.


















This cottage is adoraBELLE.







May 18th


Nice hats




Weekend 2 (May 25- 27)




Weekend 3 (June 1 -3)




Weekend 4 (June 8- 10)



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.

FANTASYLAND MODEL:




























FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL CLOSES:
The wonderful Flower and Garden Festival came to a close over the weekend and we were sad to see not leave. It is a wonderful annual event. Hopefully next year will see an expansion instead of more cutbacks.









MICKY DOLENZ:







KIM POSSIBLE BEHIND WALLS:



Epcot will be turning 30 years old this fall and MiceChat will be holding a gala event in World Showcase on September 29th. Proudly announcing . . .


EPCOT 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!




Come celebrate EPCOT's 30th Anniversary in style with a live taping of MiceChat's Communicore Weekly! Join co-hosts Jeff Heimbuch & George Taylor, along with Kevin Yee, Dusty Sage and the Communicore Weekly Orchestra, for a fun-filled night of fandom and frivolity as they tape a special hour long episode of the hit show, Communicore Weekly. The show will be filled with Epcot history, trivia, and special guests.

Join us on the evening of Saturday, September 29th 2012 in the Norway Pavilion Special Events Lounge in EPCOT's World Showcase for this one of a kind event!

Your ticket includes:

  1. [*=left]Admission into the live taping of CW in the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT (note: admission into the park is NOT included)
    [*=left]Meet special guest, Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder
    [*=left]Decadent dessert reception
    [*=left]Short scavenger hunt event hosted by Kevin Yee before the show will be available to those who would like to participate (prizes will be awarded)
    [*=left]Prizes, giveaways and more
    [*=left]The chance to be a part of EPCOT and Communicore Weekly history
    [*=left]Endless Five Legged Goat stories and perhaps even a real life Bathroom Break
    [*=left]Illuminations viewing
    [*=left]Exclusive late night ride after park closing on a selected EPCOT attraction to cap off the evening


Fun, games, Epcot history, celebrities, and live performances of the catchy Communicore Weekly theme songs. This is an event you won't want to miss, but you'll want to act fast, there are a maximum 75 seats available.

For assistance planning your travel to this event, please contact MiceChat@FairyGodmotherTravel.<wbr>com. You'll receive one free admission to this event with every room you book (minimum 3 night stay) through Fairy Godmother Travel (purchase your event ticket now and you will receive a gift card from Fairy Godmother Travel for for any free event tickets you earn).
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Come early and stay late. We are also planning an early Halloween event for Friday, September 28th and a Sip and Nibble around Epcot's World Showcase for Food and Wine festival on Sunday, September 30th. More information about these two additional events will be available soon.<wbr>

For more tickets and more information, be sure to visit MiceChat.com/store





SUMMER CONCERT SERIES:
Rock out this summer at Universal Studios! Select nights June 9-July 14, you can catch 7 OF MUSIC'S BIGGEST STARS performing live in the Summer Concert Series, right next to Orlando's most exciting, cutting-edge rides and attractions.

The Summer Concert Series performances are included with your admission to Universal Studios Florida.

Artists confirmed so far:
June 9: The Cast of Nickelodeon's "Victorious"
June 16: ZZ Top and 3 Doors Down
June 23: Josh Turner
June 30: Al Green
July 7: Lupe Fiasco

For more information, please visit:
http://www.universalorlando.com/Even...er/Lineup.aspx

CITYWALK:
Construction continues on the first part of the CityWalk promenade. From the concept art we've seen, it looks like it will be a happening adult venue.










DESPICABLE ME:
More minion madness is occurring as the work on the exterior of the Despicable Me attraction comes to a close. This ride looks like it is going to be a hoot!












Cute stuff


AMITY CONSTRUCTION:
A long gray tunnel stretches from the San Francisco area to the Men In Black area due to construction of a new Harry Potter themed land inside Universal Studios.











Street actors entertain the crowds


NICK TOON STORE:
The New Nick Toon themed store is getting even more toon-y.





PARADE STOPS:

It appears that Universal is taking the idea of show stops to a whole new level by sending the individual units from their brand new parade out to perform individual shows between parades.











Summer Nights June 23 through August 12!


For more information, visit:
Summer Nights | SeaWorld Orlando

NEW PAINT JOB AT CLYDE AND SEYMORES:
A colorblind otter seems to have taken it upon himself to repaint the set for Clyde and Seymores show. The result is . . . bright. Wear your shades.


DINE WITH SHAMU:
The Dine with Shamu location is still being worked on.








ANTARCTICA:
SeaWorld's mega attraction, Antarctica Empire of the Penguin, still has quite a ways to go before completion. Here is what the site look like right now.















Congratulations go to RossMidlane for guessing last week's Hidden Parkhopper by posting..."the retheming on the Sponge Bob store?"




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!





Want to meet up with other Disney fans while at Disney World?

Several of the Orlando Parkhopper team members are part of a group that meets every weekend. Find out more about the weekly meets (often hosted by Kevin Yee) on Facebook HERE

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 update was brought to you by Eric M. Davis (King Eric), Spark In The Dark, Aimster, Fishbulb & Dustysage


SEND US YOUR PHOTOS AND NEWS FROM THE ORLANDO PARKS - Contact Dustysage@MiceChat.com

Thank you 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.



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