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New Pirate movie and makeover

Pirate mermaid photo
Shiver me timbers, the 4thPirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides, will be out in theatres tomorrow, May 20th.  The new movie will feature everyone’s favorite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, played, of course, by Johnny Depp.  But the new movie will feature several new characters instead of the same characters from the first 3 movies.  Instead of blacksmith Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, we will meet the famous pirate Blackbeard, played by Ian McShane and Angelica (Blackbeard’s daughter), and played by Penelope Cruz.  The adventure will feature enchanting mermaids, and a journey to the Fountain of Youth.

Inspired by the new movie, Disney is coming out with a new ‘mermaid makeover’ for little girls.  The $29.95 package includes an “ocean-inspired” makeover; complete with ‘mermaid’s tears’ nail lacquer, a rhinestone face gem, hair accessory, and Pirates League sheath.  The makeover will be available at the Magic Kingdom’s Pirate League location in Adventureland.  For reservations and more information, call 407-939-2739.

Personally, I obviously have not seen the movie yet, but I am a big fan of the ‘Pirates’ series.  However, seeing photos of the mermaids, I think they may be too sexually alluring – I’m not sure I’d want my ‘little girl’ to emulate them. Feel free to let me know your thoughts below.

Orlando Tourism News Update

Universal Orlando, for the first time in nearly two years, posted an increase in visitors (even slightly ahead of their 2008 numbers). Thanks to the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal posted strong numbers even though the last month of their quarter was in June and that’s when the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened. The Orlando bed tax which had been on a slide, regained momentum in both occupancy and rate increases in June adding up to an increase of 9% in tourism tax collections. June was the first month since February 2010 where year over year tourism taxes increased from 2009.

Universal Orlando mostly matched Disney’s price increases of last week. Notably it did not raise the price on its most popular ticket option – a two day ticket with park to park privileges. That ticket stayed the same at $145.00. As the summer tourism season winds down, Universal elected to keep Florida resident tickets purchased on-line the same.

Walt Disney World opened a new restaurant in EPCOT Center at the Italian Pavilion a casual family style restaurant. The interior is decorated in sleek Italian fashion. I predict it will be the most popular theme park restaurant in Orlando. So book reservations for Via Napoli soon and enjoy. Disney will also start selling tickets for its candle light processional starting August 26th. The candlelight processional is a long standing holiday tradition at Walt Disney World. Originally it was at the Magic Kingdom, but about a decade ago, they moved it to Epcot Center. The dinner package has some added benefits including guaranteed seating for the candlelight processional and a dedicated area for viewing fireworks. Call 407-WDW-Dine to book this truly uplifting event.

Last week a sting was conducted on Hwy. 192 netting five arrests for fraudulent ticket sales of Disney, Universal and Sea World tickets. Hopefully this new enforcement in Osceola County will lead other unscrupulous ticket sellers to ditch the garish signage on Hwy. 192 screaming they buy left-over days on your tickets.

Disney Raises Ticket Prices and Other Disney News

Walt Disney World announced a price increase for the first time ever breaking the eighty dollar mark at ANY of its numerous theme parks. August typically is the month for price increases and usually Universal and Sea World will match Disney’s price increase. It’s too late to buy tickets at the old pricing, however, if you are planning a trip to Universal or Sea World, buy your tickets now before they raise their prices (it may already be too late). Disney not only increased its one day ticket but also multiple day tickets, upgrades to tickets and even its most popular ticket the Five Day Disney Your Way ticket. Package plans including lodging and tickets prices have also been increased.

With the new price increase perhaps they will be able to fix Animal Kingdom’s most popular ride Expedition Everest. There has been a problem with Disney’s most sophisticated animatronics; its twenty-five foot Yeti. No longer does it scare the pants off Animal Kingdom visitors, because it’s now a stationary figure lit with strobe lights (or as the Orlando Sentinel called it “Disco Yeti”). What a shame that this marvel of Disney’s parks is reduced to this from the original animatronics sensation which swooped in on guests as they passed Yeti on the ride.

Kudos to Disney’s Animal Kingdom as its marine biologists rush to save sea turtles drenched in oil from the world’s largest oil spill. Sea World also is taking part in one of the largest life saving operation of marine animals in history. British Petroleum’s deep water rig that caused this enormous catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico has stopped leaking oil and the final solution to this manmade disaster is within sight.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people in the gulf region dealing with this horrible accident and will be dealing with it for years to come. The chemical disbursements, though ripped by many seem to have had a limiting affect on the scope of the disaster. Skimmers for the past week have had difficulty locating oil on the surface and now dive teams are searching for oil under water. These initial reports, although promising, are surely not the end of the clean up in the gulf region. Wetlands and marshes in New Orleans have suffered devastating effects from oil drenching them. A message to BP – although new oil flow has been stopped spewing out of your damaged rig, you must deal with the damage to the gulfs’  ecosystem as well. Here in Florida we are fortunate as the worst of the oil spill never made it to most Florida beaches. If you’re considering a beach vacation soon, Florida’s beaches are open for business and beautiful with great deals to boot!