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The WEEKLY EARFUL Orlando Vacation News, Tips and Secrets for May 1, 2009

The WEEKLY EARFUL Orlando Vacation News, Tips and Secrets

by Rick E-Mouse

May 1, 2009 Edition

May Orlando Vacation Events and Attractions

Start the summer early on your Orlando vacation with these exciting May events and attractions:

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival – Explore a wonderland of floral fun, meet gardening celebrities and enjoy classic rock acts. Now through May 31st.

Manta – Ride SeaWorld’s newest, most innovative coaster to date – Manta.  Swoop, dive and plummet – face down – over a giant lagoon filled with over 300 manta rays! Opens May 22nd.

Star Wars Weekends – Journey to a galaxy far, far away at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where you can train to become a Jedi, explore the “force” behind the Clone Wars cartoon and meet celebrities like Ray Park (Darth Maul), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and more! Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays May 22nd through June 14th.

SeaWorld AfterDark – Rock the night away at SeaWorld with special shows like Shamu Rocks and an all new fireworks display extravaganza! May 23rd through September 7th.

Plan your Orlando vacation now and catch these exciting Orlando attractions and events!

Add comment May 1st, 2009

Blast Off to a Great Orlando Vacation this Weekend with the Saturday Space Shuttle Launch and More

Shuttle Discovery to Lift Off this Saturday at the Kennedy Space CenterDon’t miss the Space Shuttle Discovery launch this Saturday, May 31st at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.  This thrilling once-in-a-lifetime space spectacle is scheduled for liftoff at 5:02PM EST. 

Afterwards, head to the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom and discover the hidden treasures and swashbuckling adventures that await you at Mickey’s Pirate and Princess Party.  Plus, meet Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook!  This Saturday, May  31st  from 7:00PM – 12:00 Midnight.  ARR! 

Kick start your summer – catch these and other Orlando attractions this weekend!

Add comment May 30th, 2008

Rock the Night Away with Shamu at SeaWorld AfterDark Now Through September 1st

See Shamu Rocks at SeaWorld AfterDark on your Orlando Vacation!When the sun sets at SeaWorld, the thrills have just begun!  Rock the night away on your Orlando vacation at SeaWorld AfterDark – the park’s brand new nighttime celebration. 

The centerpiece of this sure to be popular nightly event, Shamu Rocks, combines killer whale improv with killer tunes from top rockers – mixed for maximum aquatic & musical mayhem! 

Other SeaWorld AfterDark events include:

  • Bayside Ski Jam – Witness breathtaking watercraft stunts under the stars
  • Shamu Rocks Dinner Buffet – Enjoy dinner as Shamu and friends rock the night away
  • Sea Lions Tonite – See sea lions, otters and walrus lampoon popular SeaWorld shows
  • Mistify – Thrill to the sights of sky-high fountains, fiery seas and a new, must-see fireworks finale 

Stay late and “sea” it all at SeaWorld AfterDark, nightly at SeaWorld Orlando – now until September 1st.

1 comment May 27th, 2008

ALL STAR Vacation Homes Named Among Top Orlando Vacation Savings Deals in CBS Philadephia TV Newscast

All Star Vacation Homes Orlando Vacation DealsALL STAR Vacation Homes was recently named among the top Orlando vacation savings deals in a newscast by CBS 3 Eyewitness News Philadelphia

The report, which aired Monday, May 19th, covered new Disney World, Sea World and Universal attractions but focused primarily on ways to save on Orlando vacation accomodations and rental cars. 

A segment on Orlando vacation homes showed ALL STAR as a great way for guests to save big and get more for their money – like space, privacy and the freedom to eat home-cooked meals plus the company’s free rental car deal. 

Sara Moore, VP of Marketing for ALL STAR Vacation Homes, discussed ALL STAR’s commitment to guest services and went beyond the inherent savings of renting a vacation home or condo as she outlined ALL STAR’s menu of added-value services, usually found only at high-priced, high-end resorts. 

For more, check out the ALL STAR Vacation Homes News and Events page.

Add comment May 22nd, 2008

Orlando Summer Movie of the Week for May 22nd

Summer Orlando Vaction Movie GuideMake your Orlando vacation a real adventure – join Indiana Jones on his all new action-packed quest Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in theatres tomorrow, Thursday, May 22nd at these Orlando area cinemas:

Afterwards, swing on over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the exciting thrills of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! 

Also, don’t miss The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Iron Man and Speed Racer  also in select theatres. 

Want to feel like a STAR and save?  Book a luxury Orlando vacation home with ALL STAR Vacation Homes now and save $150 on select homes!

Add comment May 21st, 2008

MAY ORLANDO ATTRACTION OF THE MONTH: INDIANA JONES EPIC STUNT SPECTACULAR AT DISNEY HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosNearing its 20th anniversary next year, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular continues to be one of the premier attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Lasting a little over 30 minutes, this intense, live-action stunt extravaganza will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! 

The show begins with casting audience members in the roles of extras.  Then the music starts, the lights dim and Indiana Jones explodes onto the stage in a jaw-dropping and unforgettable re-enactment of his classic temple escape scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark – complete with deadly traps and the infamous giant rolling boulder!  The nailbiting action continues as Indy avoids swashbuckling swordsman and armed soldiers in the memorable Cairo chase sequence.  The show concludes literally with a bang as Indy must stave off a towering airplane mechanic, dodge spinning propeller blades and avoid multiple explosions caused by a leaking fuel tank – a flawlessly choreographed live performance of one of Raiders’ most breathlessly exciting action sequences! 

Afterwards, you’ll feel as if you’ve actually been in the movie – an adrenaline-fueled, non-stop “living film” that perfectly captures the essence of everything we love about the Indiana Jones films. 

Whip on over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios today and embark on one of most thrilling adventure attractions at Walt Disney World

Want to add more Indiana Jones to your Orlando vacation adventures?  Catch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hitting theatres this Thursday, May 22nd.

Add comment May 20th, 2008

Orlando Summer Movie of the Week for May 16th

Summer Orlando Vaction Movie GuideGoing to the movies on your Orlando vacation? 

Be sure not to miss Disney Pictures’ The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – opening Friday, May 16th at these top Orlando cinemas:

Next week, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull swings into theatres Thursday, May 22nd.  And don’t forget to live the movies at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and ride the movies at Universal Orlando

Get treated like a STAR on your trip to Orlando, book a luxury vacation home with ALL STAR Vacation Homes.

Reserve now and save $150 on select homes!

Add comment May 16th, 2008

Special Sneak Peak Look at Toy Story Mania at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Mania at Walt Disney World Hollywood StudiosHere’s a special “sneak peek” look at the wild and wacky Toy Story Mania attraction at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios: 

First, Mr. Potato Head greets each guest who “steps right up” to this fun, new interactive 4-D ride.  Once seated in the 4-person car, you’ll be whisked away into a world where toys and kids rule the land.  Next, you’ll race through five midway-style games to test your skills against other players by taking virtual aim at bulls-eyes, ducks, plates and more.  There’s even a space alien ring toss game! 

All of your favorite Toy Story characters are there to join in on the fun – including Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, Ham, Slinky Dog and last, but not least – the Bucket of Green Army Men! 

Don’t miss this exciting new ride, slated to open May 31st in Orlando at Disney Hollywood Studios

And for more “animated” thrills for your Orlando vacation, check out The Simpsons Ride grand opening tomorrow, May 15th at Universal Studios Orlando.

Add comment May 14th, 2008

ALL STAR Vacation Homes featured on WDW Radio Show Disney Podcast May 11 2008

WDW Radio Show Disney PodcastSteve Trover, CEO of ALL STAR Vacation Homes, was featured in an interview on the WDW Radio Show Disney Podcast Sunday, May 11th. 

During the interview, Mr. Trover gave an overview of the vacation home rental experience, focusing on the advantages of renting a vacation home over a standard hotel or resort as well as how ALL STAR Vacation Homes has become a leader in the Orlando vacation market. 

The interview was hosted by Lou Mongello creator of DisneyWorldTrivia.com and author of the Walt Disney World Trivia Book

Head on over to the WDW Radio Show Disney Podcast to listen.

Add comment May 13th, 2008

Orlando Summer Movie of the Week for May 9th

Summer Orlando Vaction Movie GuideCatch all the hot summer flicks on your Orlando vacation! 

This week, don’t miss Speed Racer – opening today, May 9th at these top Orlando cinemas:

Next week, don’t miss Disney Pictures’ The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – opening Friday, May 16th. 

And don’t forget to live the movies at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios Orlando

For the best in STAR treatment on your trip to Orlando, book a luxury vacation home with ALL STAR Vacation Homes.

Book now and save $150 on select homes!

Add comment May 9th, 2008

Chill Out to the Hot Sounds of Bob Marley Reggae Fest at Universal Orlando CityWalk

Bob Marley Reggae Fest at Universal Orlando CityWalkToo hot out?  Catch some cool tunes and chill out this weekend at Bob Marley Reggae Fest at Universal Orlando CityWalk May 10-11th, 2-9pm.

This special two-day celebration of everything reggae features live music from top reggae artists such as Inner Circle, famous for the “Bad Boys” theme from the TV show COPS, DJs and more!  Enjoy a host of Caribbean cuisines, specialty drinks and shop at over 20 exclusive merchant booths along the streets of CityWalk. 

Plus, do dinner Reggae-style at Bob Marley A Tribute to Freedom.  This unique restaurant, built to look like Marley’s home in Jamaica, is set in an open-air dining atmosphere with photo and video tributes to the “King of Reggae”, a Jamaican-inspired menu and more.

Add comment May 8th, 2008

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Brunch at Walt Disney World EPCOT

Happy Mother’s Day!Say “Happy Mother’s Day” the Disney way – take Mom to the Mother’s Day Brunch at EPCOT this Sunday, May 11th during the Walt Disney World park’s annual International Flower & Garden Festival.

Your Mom will be dazzled by the beautiful flowers, melt when she hears the live guitarist playing string serenades and feel like Disney royalty when she sees the EPCOT Mother’s Day Brunch menu.

For fun afterwards, take her to see Davy Jones of the Monkees – part of the International Flower & Garden Festival Flower Power Concert Series, with showtimes starting at 5:45pm.Located at the EPCOT World ShowPlace Pavilion in Walt Disney World, the brunch starts at 9:00am and continues until 3:00pm.

Add comment May 7th, 2008

Catch Viva La Musica at SeaWorld Orlando This Weekend

Viva La Musica at SeaWorld Orlando And Busch Gardens TampaMake this weekend a festive fiesta!  Dance on over to Viva La Musica at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens in Tampa. 

Enjoy the sounds of Latin music as you indulge in the delights of delicious Latin food in this fun and fiery celebration of Hispanic heritage. 

Join in the celebration Saturday, May 10th at SeaWorld Orlando with music by Gilberto Santa Rosa and Sunday May 11th at Busch Gardens Tampa starring Willie Colón.

Add comment May 5th, 2008

Orlando Summer Movie of the Week for May 2nd

Summer Orlando Vaction Movie GuideBe sure to see the latest summer blockbusters on your Orlando vacation. 

This week, don’t miss Iron Man – opening today, May 2nd at these top Orlando cinemas:

Next week, catch Speed Racer – opening Friday, May 9th (theatres may vary). 

For the best in STAR treatment on your trip to Orlando, book a luxury vacation home with ALL STAR Vacation Homes.

Book now and save $150 on select homes!

Add comment May 2nd, 2008

May Orlando Vacation Event Calendar

May Orlando Vacation Calendar

Save $150 when reserving select vacation homes for 5 nights or more in May and enjoy these and other hot Orlando events:

May 2, 9, 16, 21, 26, 31 Mickey’s Pirate & Princess Party at the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom (7:00pm to 12:00am)

May 3, 10 Viva La Musica at SeaWorld Orlando

May 11 EPCOT Mother’s Day Brunch (9:00am to 3:00pm)

May 10-11 Bob Marley Reggae Fest at Universal Orlando CityWalk (2-9pm)

May 15 The Simpsons Ride Grand Opening at Universal Studios Orlando

May 31 Space Shuttle Discovery Launch at the Kennedy Space Center

1 comment May 1st, 2008

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets on Sale May 1st

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween PartyThink it’s too early to plan for Halloween in Orlando?  Think again.  Tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party go on sale May 1st and go fast. 

The annual Halloween celebration is a fall vacation favorite at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Each night features a Halloween celebration filled with signature Disney magic, including:

  • A special Halloween parade of your favorite Disney characters

  • The “Happy Hallowishes” fireworks display

  • Halloween dance parties

  • A mix and mingle with Disney Villains

  • …and, of course, trick-or-treating!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will run this year on select dates September 5th through Halloween night.

Add comment April 30th, 2008

Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Disney’s Animal Kingdom SafariIt’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Disney’s Animal Kingdom first opened its gates.  This Tuesday, April 22nd, the Walt Disney World park celebrates its 10th anniversary.

At 500 acres, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando is the largest park at Walt Disney World and is home to 1,000 animals and 3,000 species of plants and trees.

Planning a trip to Animal Kingdom?  Add a dream vacation home to your safari at ALL STAR Vacation Homes – also celebrating it’s 10th anniversary!

Save $150 when reserving select vacation homes for 5 nights or more during April and May!

Add comment April 18th, 2008

Simpsons Ride Grand Opening May 15th at Universal Studios Orlando

The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Orlando Woo hoo!  The Simpsons Ride grand opening at Universal Studios Orlando is less than a month away!

The theme park-themed attraction, set to debut at Universal Studios Orlando on May 15th, puts you on a simulated roller coaster where you’ll swing, sail, bump and spin your way on both a harrowing and hilarious journey through Krusyland on a mission to save Bart Simpson from the evil Sideshow Bob.

Even waiting in line for The Simpsons Ride will be fun as you pass carnival-like booths manned by some of your favorite eccentric Simpsons characters.  Plus, you’ll watch hilarious mock ads previewing Krustyland’s rides and attractions and even a safety video starring Itchy and Scratchy. It’ll make you say “Doh!” while laughing till your belly aches! 

The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Orlando will also feature 80-foot IMAX screens and nearly 30 Simpsons characters – all voiced by the show’s original cast. The ride is located in the World Expo area where the former Back to the Future ride once stood. 

Don’t have a cow, man!  Join the Simpsons as they take a permanent Orlando vacation. 

Add comment April 17th, 2008

Rock Roll and Relax on Your Orlando Vacation at These Hot May Concerts

Orlando ConcertsKick back and crank up the volume this Spring on your Orlando vacation with these rockin’ groovin’ and relaxin’ May concerts: 

Chicago at Universal Orlando’s Hard Rock Live  – Friday, May 2nd

Tim McGraw at Orlando’s Amway Arena – Sunday, May 11th

The Police (with Elvis Costello) also at Amway Arena – Friday, May 16th

Ace Frehley at the House of Blues Orlando – Saturday, May 17th

Duran Duran at Orlando’s UCF ARENA – Sunday, May 18th

And don’t miss such classic and class acts as Arlo Guthrie, Davy Jones of the Monkees and Tony Orlando at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival. 

Add comment April 11th, 2008

Make Your Orlando Vacation Prehistoric with These Exciting Dinosaur Attractions

Dinosaurs in OrlandoThe dinosaurs have come back…to Florida?  Well, almost.  First, there’s DINOSAUR at the Disney Animal Kingdom – a fast, exciting and wild ride through the past to save a lost dinosaur from extinction.  Next, journey to Jurassic Park at Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure.  Learn more about dinosaurs through interactive games and exhibits, explore prehistoric playgrounds, fly above the trees on the back of a Pteranodon and finally take a boat tour straight from the movies on the Jurassic Park River Adventure.

That’s not all!  Check out Planet Dinosaur at the Brevard Zoo near the beach in Melbourne, Florida – featuring thirteen life-sized and life-like dinosaurs – through May 11th.

And coming this fall to Downtown Disney, there’s T-REX – a one-of-a-kind restaurant complete with lush prehistoric landscapes, a dino-themed gift shop and, of course, giant animated dinosaurs!

Don’t miss these “dino-mite” Orlando vacation attractions!

Add comment April 8th, 2008

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