UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT ANNOUNCES JOINT GRAND OPENING FOR NEW SUPERSTAR PARADE AND CINEMATIC SPECTACULAR…REVEALING THE NEXT CHAPTER IN UNIVERSAL’S “YEAR TO BE HERE”
Universal’s Superstar Parade Will Be A First-Ever Interactive Entertainment Experience;
Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular Dramatically Showcases Powerful, Emotional Moments from Modern Film
Universal Orlando has set a joint grand opening date for two new spectacularly entertaining guest experiences. The new Universal’s Superstar Parade and Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories will have their grand opening on May 8.
Both experiences follow this year’s re-opening of The Blue Man Group Show, the re-launch of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and the opening of the new Hollywood Drive-In Miniature Golf experience at Universal Citywalk. They will be followed by this summer’s launch of Universal Orlando’s newest blockbuster ride – Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.
Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories will present some of the world’s best and most popular films in an innovative, high-tech symphony of imagery, light, sound and special effects. The show highlights some of the most fun, dramatic, awe-inspiring moments from nearly 200 films – representing approximately 300 Academy Award nominations and 100 Academy Award winners.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor and Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille honoree Morgan Freeman, Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular celebrates Universal Pictures’ most iconic films. Their most powerful moments will be shown in crystal-clear clarity on cutting-edge waterfall screens within the Universal Studios lagoon -- surrounded by colorful, dramatically synchronized fountains and pyrotechnics and all against a powerful musical score. The experience will take guests on an emotional journey through epic cinematic moments filled with heroes, horror, laughter, good vs. evil and triumph. The new show will run year-round except during annual and special events.
Universal’s Superstar Parade will offer an entirely new form of interactive entertainment that will give guests and entire families the opportunity to join in the fun. Some of today’s most beloved characters and stories will bring new adventure to the streets of Universal Studios during the parade, an all-new show experience that features larger-than-life floats, state-of-the-art technology and hundreds of energetic street performers. Guests will get to sing and dance along with their favorite characters including the minions from the blockbuster animated feature Despicable Me, E.B. from the hit comedy, Hop, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora & Diego. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy performances and character meet-and-greets prior to the parade at select locations throughout the day.
About Universal Orlando Resort There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation, but there is only one place where vacation becomes adventure: Universal Orlando Resort. It is a unique destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you become part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. Coming this summer: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.
Universal Orlando Resort is an NBCUniversal company.
WHITE CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL BRINGS
WORLD-RENOWNED ARTISTS TO TEL AVIV, MAY 1-10
The festival, named after Tel Aviv's moniker as the "White City" for its collection of white stucco Bauhaus architecture, will be hosted by Grammy Award-winning singer Bobby McFerrin and showcase performances by Rajasthani Josh Group, Goran Bregovic, Oi Va Voi, Renaud Garcia-Fons and Dr L. Subramaniam, among others, at Hangar 11 in the Namal,
Tel Aviv's old port-turned-entertainment hotspot.
"The context of this festival is about bringing an eclectic arrangement of musical genres together, said Zev Eizik, White City Musical Festival Founder and Producer, "because that's what Tel Aviv is about - color, personality and rhythm."
"The White City Musical Festival will showcase some of Israel's top musical acts," said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America," and provide some additional excitement for travelers arriving in Israel this spring."
The festival will also coincide with Tel Aviv Art Year 2012, a year-long selection of art, design and cultural-based exhibitions taking place throughout the city.
For more information on the White City Music Festival and Tel Aviv Art Year 2012, visit http://www.tlv-music.com and www.artyear.co.il. For more information on travel to Israel, visit www.goisrael.com.
Travelers and music fans from around the world will arrive in Tel Aviv for the White City Music Festival, featuring an eclectic mix of jazz, funk, folk and rock & roll music concerts by artists from Israel and around the world at the Tel Aviv Namal, May 1-10, 2012.
THE RETREAT IN LAGUNA LAUNCHES THE WYLAND PACKAGE
Art and Nature Lovers Can Rediscover the Wonders of the Ocean While Helping Protect it; 10 Percent of Proceeds Go to Wyland Foundation
WHAT: Renowned Laguna Beach marine life artist Wyland and the newly-opened Retreat in Laguna have joined forces to offer art and nature lovers a way to relax in luxury, rediscover the wonders of the ocean while helping to project it.
WHEN: The Wyland Package is available now and year round, based on availability.
WYLAND VILLA: Villa Teatro has been transformed into the Wyland Villa featuring Wyland’s artwork, furnishings and books.
DETAILS: The Wyland Package starts at $2,234 for three nights, double occupancy, and includes:
· Accommodations in the Wyland Villa (or any villa)
· Whale Watching excursion for 2 with Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching
· Low Tide Walk for 2 with OC Wildlife and Beach Tours
· Three-course dinner for 2 at Savannah Chophouse. Chef Mark Parianno will prepare your meal in your villa for an additional fee of $250
· Two bottles of Wyland Wine by The Organic Cellar
· Private Wyland Gallery Tour
· Ten percent of proceeds goes to the Wyland Foundation
· Guests also have the option of “adding on” these elements for $234 to any stay (minimum three night stay)
WHERE: The Retreat in Laguna is located at 729 Gaviota Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, just south of Main Beach. Call toll free 877-999-2928, or 949-376-7170, or visit online www.TheRetreatinLaguna.com
SeaDream top rated by Berlitz 2012…
SeaDream once again excels in independent ratings. This time the Berlitz 2012 Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships rates our ships, SeaDream I and II, as the very best in the category for small ships. The 2012 edition of the guide says that “SeaDream’s yachts provide a setting for personal indulgence“.
This Berlitz guide will be available for sale in October 2011.
…and by Condé Nast
Condé Nast’s readers recently ranked SeaDream number one in the category of small ships with a higher score than any other cruise ship regardless of category. They “put SeaDream Yacht Club top in an impressive four out of 12 criteria, including ambience/decor and standard/comfort of cabins…” The complete list “The World’s Top 100″ can be found in the October 2011 edition of Condé Nast Traveller.
For information and reservations please contact your travel professional
or SEADREAM YACHT CLUB or info@SeaDream.com